***THE DOLLAR BIN***
SHAI - IF I EVER FALL IN LOVE (JOSHUA REMIX)
I wasn’t even sure if it was necessary to put words to this, as it literally speaks for itself. But it deserves love, verbally or otherwise.
I found it sitting in a pile of used records at my local shop, with no description other than the words “Too Shai (vox),” and knew the odds of it being bad were slim. The fact that this shop has no vinyl listening station is partially annoying, but also sparks intense anticipation to get home and throw it all on the table.
Then it was placed on my deck, and sure enough, within the first few beats I was completely taken. It’s gems like this that I live for, and hope it never stops being as exciting. A little searching led to me to find that this is the last in a series of releases by Joshua, a fellow Californian with a knack for 2step.
As a token of my love for all of you, I’ve ripped the vinyl into mp3 format, but still highly suggest you purchase the vinyl (and all the other ones in the series.)
Catch up on previous episodes of The Dollar Bin, and as always:
STAR ONE FT. SARAH LILLIE - RESPECT (HARRY WOLFMAN REMIX) [122bpm]
If this track doesn’t make your day brighter, I’m not sure what will.
In the original we hear subtle, smooth jazzy sax, which highly contrasts the bass-heavy vibes in the beginning, but in a way that is calming rather than concerning. Harry Wolfman decided to extract that calm, and infuse even it with even more jazz. He highlights that sax to make it a standout sound, while adding a piano sample that is so unexpected, you can’t help but wake up from whatever daydream you were having.
This one will be released June 11th on forthcoming Carrot Records label, but for now you can visit Star One’s SoundCloud page for some more garage-y vibes, and head to Harry Wolfman’s page for more deepness. Check Harry’s track featured here a few months back, which completely blew me away. As always:
FAYE - WATER AGAINST THE ROCKS (HNNY’S HUNNY MIX)
Honest moment: I wasn’t immediately in love with this original song or video.
BUT THEN this producer comes along and creates a sick, sick obsession within me over those vocals. Beginning with what feels like the most basic 4x4 beat in the universe, those chords sneak in along with the vocal snippets and completely envelop the listener, bursting into powerful repetition and classic garage percussion.
I originally discovered HNNY via his feature on the amazing 10” EP for Studio Barnhus, where he belts out a pounding Mariah Carey remix with Kornel Kovacs’ “Down Since ‘92" on the flip. Listening back to that, I have to say I didn’t see something like this coming.
Regardless, he is a force to be reckoned with, and easily a contender for my top songs of the year thus far. Listen to more on his SoundCloud, and be on the lookout for the official release from Hybris/Best Fit Recordings on June 25th. And, as always:
AE - DUBDED
What started out as a personal DJ tool has morphed itself into a full-blown masterful release from Chicago native Andrew Emil.
I’m sure if I heard this played live I’d immediately bum-rush the dj booth and demand a track ID, which is likely what happened here. AE’s sampling of Lutricia McNeal’s “Stranded" sparks an immediate emotional attachment to the song, not to mention the familiar rumblings of late 90’s UKG nostalgia.
"AE’s Dub Editorial Vol. 1" is the first vinyl release from this producer’s fresh label, and if the coming EPs are anything like this one, I’ll surely be starting a new collection. Andrew unleashed this track on his SoundCloud several months ago, then titled “Stranded (AE’s Dub Edit),” and it appears to have inspired an entire collection of 2-step dubs, which are all sounding on-point based on the samples. Grab this on vinyl before it’s too late, and as always:
TODD EDWARDS - LOVE INSIDE
"After four years of wanting to put together a digital label," Todd Edwards unleashes Nu Trend Music, and a banger release to boot.
This song has been kicking around for some time in radio shows and dj sets, and the world should feel blessed to behold its official release. When it comes to producers that are universally trusted with making quality, classic UK Garage, Todd is in the top tier. Good luck figuring out the vocal samples. In fact, if you do, hit me up.
The EP includes the original, an alternate and a sunshine mix. It should be available shortly on all good digital sites, but the first one I found was on Boomkat. Look out for more from the label, and of course check Todd’s SoundCloud for more goodness. As always:
HACKMAN - FORGOTTEN NOTES
I can’t really put into words the effect this song just had on my body and mind.
If I were to attempt a description of those feelings, it would probably sound like I was rolling. I don’t know how Ben (Hackman) managed to encapsulate these deep, emotional vibes, but I imagine he was feeling them when he made it. I never thought I’d describe a song with “jazzy” undertones and subtle “disco” leanings on this blog, but it’s happening.
This is a limited 10” pressing on Records Are My Pillow (RAMP), and one that you’ll feel ashamed for missing out on. Pre-order this in physical form, and copp the FREE digital over at Juno. Show some love to Hackman on his SoundCloud, and as always:
A Leaving Scene Mixtape
01. The Organ Grinder - I Don’t Love You (Ft. Jessy Allen) 
02. 24Hour Experience - Take Me Up To Bed (Filthy Dub) 
03. Alex Agore - I Got Something 
04. X-Factor - Com’in 
05. Bicep - $tripper 
06. Raw Power - Wanna Be Your Girl 
07. Osunlade - Envision (Argy Vocal Mix) 
08. MK - Love Changes (Ft. Alana) 
09. Detroit Swindle - Nothing Else Matters (Morning Factory Remix) 
10. Andrea Mendez - Bring Me Love (M&S Smooth Dub) 
11. Jason Grove - Mastercuts 4 
12. David Anthony - Do Me Like That 
CHAMBOCHE - SMOKE SCREEN (KRL REMIX)
Good lord, KRL killed this remix. Murder. All-out massacre.
Ever since he threw up a clip of this track, I’ve been drooling. I just live for when that bass hits and the world stops and life reeks of glorious victory. Vocals are, of course, on point as ever; filtered to match the uplifting atmosphere of the track. This one’s a stomper.
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been rinsing the vinyl release of this for a week or so, and was kind of hoping it would never be released digitally. Sometimes music discovery is a selfish pursuit. But, I found myself pretty stoked last night at 2am when I saw Juno had an exclusive digital release of the EP, and of course immediately copped it.
Check out the rest of the EP, including a remix by Wolf Records alumni Bicep, and two original heated tracks by Chamboche. Keep up to date with Under The Shade Records, and as always:
BAD BEATS - BE MINE
Well, that was just too easy.
After a disgusting amount of time since my last internet rabbit hole music binge, this was the first thing I came across. I didn’t really need to go any further.
That minimal beat, piano progression, and on-point vocal sample nailed it. I can’t for the life of me figure out which happy hardcore song from my teen years used the same sample, but that’s a rabbit hole I’m not willing to fall into.
I also can’t find a single thing about the human behind the Bad Beats name other than a FaceBook page which continues to tell me nothing. On the other hand, the Mood You record label is easily a new favorite, and one that I’ll be watching closely. Go grab this whole EP digitally, and as always:
ANDY ASH - LOVE ME STRAIGHT
Gimme orgasmic female vocal snippets any day. I’m all for it.
I don’t need to talk about what this guy has under his belt in terms of fantastic releases, you can research for yourself with a quick googling. What strikes me the most about him is the breadth of knowledge and passion for not just one breed of house.
I don’t normally get down with disco-tinged stuff; I understand and appreciate it, but it doesn’t move me like US Garage & Deep House do. On this release, I found myself enamored by the funky, soulful A-side tracks just as much as the B-side (which I specifically purchased the vinyl for.) I have to say, this guy put some kind of energy into it that really moved me.
I’m still gonna focus on the deeper, more two-step track on the release, because of my slight obsession with it. It’s now available as a digital download (thank gawd), as well as on vinyl. Listen to more from Andy Ash on his SoundCloud, and as always:
MR. G - DAILY PRAYER
"Heal my heart. Ease my pain. Give me the strength to love again."
I feel like I can touch the ceiling listening to this. It’s like you’re getting lifted up, but your feet are planted firmly on the [under]ground.
Mr. G, AKA Colin McBean, has two decades worth of deep roots in the house scene; that’s a history that can’t be touched. His personal label, Phoenix G Records, is a solo mission and body of work that is prolific unto itself. With this release on said label, McBean takes one of Kerri Chandler’s classic diva vocals (by Treasa Fennie), and does something truly beautiful with it.
While this was released last year on vinyl (long sold-out), this was recently released digitally for the world to enjoy. I’m particularly obsessed with this track, and can’t speak more highly for the work that McBean has done. Look out for his next release with Holic Trax, (stream a preview here) and as always:
MOONY ME - KONFUSED
About three seconds into a preview of this track, my fingers panicked and hit the “buy” button for its vinyl release. I suppose the panic was induced by the possibility of not owning it in physical form, but also by the possibility of never hearing the song in full.
Fortunately it was released digitally yesterday, and the vinyl has gotten a heavy rinsing in my living room for the past week. There’s some serious kind of magic in this track. Maybe it’s the starry atmosphere; those chimes that feel like night time and mystery. The start-stop hi-hats leave a negative space that is filled beautifully by the unintelligible vocal snippets, and the song begs for a repeat.
These Days Records is Argy's label; an outlet for new artists as well as his own productions. This release includes his own “Back To The UK” remix that complements it perfectly. The current series of EPs is said to be a puzzle that will fit together in the end, told in pictures and music. Look out for more from Moony Me on his SoundCloud, and wait to put the puzzle together with more from These Days. As always:
THOMAS GANDEY - THE ORGAN TRACK
My life has been really 110bpm lately. Fortunately, the guys at Southern Fried Records have released another epic EP that picks me up and makes me move.
The deep organ noise that Thomas Gandey has developed is a refreshing take on a nostalgic trend. We’ve been hearing it everywhere; that Robin S. “Show Me Love” sound that doesn’t seem to get old. Granted, you can’t touch a classic like that, but apparently it is possible to flip it into the future.
The layering of elements in this song is breathtaking. I try not to envision what it looks like on a computer; I’d much rather get caught in its ethereal bliss, whatever visions may come.
Now available digitally from all your favorite outlets, go buy this and get ready for summer. With three remixes and an addition “Stripped” mix, this EP does not disappoint (the Maxxi Sound System remix is a devastating banger). Listen to more from Thomas Gandey on his SoundCloud, and as always:
***THE DOLLAR BIN***
ANDREA MENDEZ - BRING ME LOVE (M&S SMOOTH DUB) [124bpm]
Okay, this wasn’t actually a dollar. But, mathematically, the track itself was.
Black Pancake Records in SF is my go-to spot for a relaxing, no pressure digging experience. Not to mention they actually have [nice] turntables available for previewing vinyl. At other shops I’m forced to use my intuition; based entirely upon year of production and visual aesthetic. Let it be known that this trick doesn’t always work.
So, when I dropped the needle on this one, headphones on and no expectations whatsoever, I couldn’t bare to listen to more than five seconds of it, because it was too good. I wanted to wait until I got home to really experience it, in full effect and free from physical inhibitions in order to dance.
Worth every penny. With more than 20 different releases and re-releases of this single, I’m pretty stoked to have stumbled upon this one. M&S did all four of the remixes on it, and this one just happens to make me the happiest. Hope this gets your day going.
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POLKADOT - SOUTHBANK
How do you react to a 17 year old making this calibre of music? Personally, it makes me wonder what I was doing when I was that age, and it sure as hell wasn’t producing banger tracks like this.
UK native Sam Bevan is the one behind this heaviness. His youth shows in the new-school bass, and his historical knowledge is displayed within the percussion. When the rap sample comes in (“Yo, check this out”), he’s literally telling the world to pay attention, and with a drop like that we definitely should. You can play this on your pathetic laptop speakers, but its effectiveness is truly experienced on a good system.
Sam was kind enough to send this to me last week, and I’ll admit it’s been getting an embarrassingly high play count in my car. At less than four minutes long, it just begs for a repeat.
His EP “Don’t Pigeonhole Anything” was released today as a free download on his SoundCloud, and why it’s free I couldn’t possibly tell you. 97Sides is the label behind it, and they appear to be more invested in pushing good music than pulling in dollars. Go grab this ASAP, rinse, repeat, and as always: