DIRTY CULTURE - PASSWORD TO YOUR HEART [125bpm]
Euphoria is the goal, and it’s been achieved by Dirty Culture.
"Password To Your Heart" is essentially a spiritual glimpse into dancefloor bliss. The unrelenting, uplifting, straight-up piano work here is other-worldly. Setting the mood behind the scenes of the production are the understated vocal samples, meticulously placed in order to make the song whole.
Tudor-Radu Barbu began his dive into deep house culture at the age of fourteen, and is still crushin’ hearts nine years later. This month he’s released two more fantastic remixes for Chocolate Avenue and Italy’s Refresh, both of which will require spinbacks at the drop.
This EP has been released on Techsoul Records, and is available from any of your favorite digital distros. Be sure to stay in touch with Dirty Culture on his SoundCloud, and as always:
CHECAN - BILLZ BILLZ BILLZ [136bpm]
Let’s up the tempo real quick…
With his recent release of the HYTZ / Feels So Right EP on Unknown to the Unknown, Checan is pretty hot on the radar. It’s refreshing to see that he cares less about what’s “cool” in the scene, and more about the sounds that get everyone on the floor elated.
Remixing Destiny’s Child’s #1 hit is kind of an intense endeavor, given it could have gone horribly wrong. But this guy knows exactly what he’s doing, how he’s doing it, and why he’s doing it. Tag this track with whatever hash-tagged, imaginary genre you want, it won’t matter. It’s just fast and rad.
He’s giving this away as a free download on his Facebook page once you’ve “liked” it. No complaints here. Check more on his SoundCloud, and as always:
[Ay yo HurfyD. Don’t worry, I know… #toolate]
MARTIJN - JUST DOING MY THINGS [122bpm]
It’s been about seven years since I’ve been to a rave. I’m talking about the real ones; where you had to hear about it from a friend, call an info line, get a map-point, and take a shuttle to the location in some run-down warehouse district.
I’m not completely naive in thinking that every party-goer there was solely interested in the music, but I can confidently say that it was the aspect uniting all of the people. I’m writing this because after speaking with my boy Brian from Life Crushed last night, we’ve been getting bummed about lack of unity and passion for music in our local nightlife. I really just want to find a party where everyone cares more about the DJ set than getting wasted and possibly rubbing on someone.
I can’t imagine this song being played anywhere in San Francisco, which is daunting to think about considering its passionate history for house music. I wish these pounding grooves and underground vibes would be showcased, uniting people and inspiring movement on the dancefloor. I can’t say too much more about this song, other than I love it, and hope you do as well.
Martijn Hodgson’s been doing this for a while now, and I’ve got nothing but love for the sounds he’s producing. You can listen to more on his website, and check out the Greelpound record label that has put this forth this release. Keep the vibe alive, and as always:
WASHERMAN - BASEMENT CHORD [122bpm]
It’s kind of fascinating when a vinyl release sells out within a month, and little-to-no hype exists around it. I suppose it’s telling that a community exists which is not bound to the internet, and cares more about providing love than providing press.
That aesthetic is profound in Washerman’s Kutz From The Basement EP, in which a community of underground has lovers have fully supported an immense release. Gianni Siravo’s first release was in ‘98, and more than a decade later he’s going strong.
In “Basement Chord” the listener is immersed in jackin’ beats, and retro chords. Repetition is key here, giving way to euphoria and the need to dance. Bigger than life, organic and raw, this is not to be missed out on.
This has been released via the Drumpoet Community, a Zurich-based label active since 2006. It’s available digitally, and I’ve only found one record shop that appears to have a copy of the otherwise sold-out vinyl available. Siravo likely has some large releases in store this year, so stay connected on his SoundCloud, and as always:
HARRY WOLFMAN - DON’T YOU KNOW [120bpm]
I feel as if I’ve been wrapped in a warm, glow-in-the-dark blanket. Like someone turned off all the lights in the club and said, “here, this will make you feel good.”
What Harry Wolfamn has produced seems destined to mend broken hearts; to provide comfort and love. This all sounds very PLUR, but I’m here to tell you that no drugs will be needed in order to start peaking. The moment begins at 1:20 when the bass drops and the vocals appear, causing the spin/twirl/two-step possession of your body.
There is something very disco about this, to the extent that I was concerned the BPM was going to be too slow for me to feature it here (115 minimum). Needless to say, I was over-joyed to find it sitting at a comfortable, nostalgic 120. I think djs could slow this down or speed this up, and the vibe would remain exactly the same.
This is out now on Kote Records, a fantastic digital label from the UK featuring deep house at its very best. You can purchase this from BeatPort to ensure a good time at any party, dj or not. Harry also appears to be a party planner, being co-owner and resident of Wolfstock Events. Keep up to date with him on SoundCloud, and, as always:
***THE DOLLAR BIN***
SHINEHEAD - JAMAICAN IN NEW YORK (CLUB HOUSE) [124bpm]
I can’t really pretend that this is a “rare” find, seeing as four copies are available on Discogs for $2.00 right now. But that doesn’t make it less special.
I think I was rummaging through Amoeba Records in San Francisco when I found this. If you’ve been there, you know that it was once a bowling alley, and is now packed with aisles of every musical medium imaginable. The dollar bins are located on the lower shelves, which means my ass is generally seated on the concrete floor, praying that people don’t kick me as they walk the aisles.
So, once again, getting my hands (and ass) dirty in the bins, I do believe I struck gold. There’s something terribly familiar about this track, although I was less than 10 years old when it was released (1992). The original must have gotten some radio play here (reaching #30 in the UK). Norman Cook appears in the credits for each remix, and for humble reasons unknown to me, does not appear in the track titles. The titles of the tracks are instead labeled by vibe, this one being the club vibe. I don’t really know how to describe this one, other than it gets me moving, and makes me happy.
Really glad you guys are digging this new section; looks like Sunday is working out pretty sweet. You can revisit the past few Dollar Bin entries here, and we’ll get back to current house music tomorrow. As always:
KASHII - HOUSE CULTURE
With five skillfully crafted bangers on this EP, it was nearly impossible to choose one track to feature. I chose the easy way out, because the title track will engulf the listener and command their attention toward the rest of the EP.
I’m a little bummed I didn’t feature this last month when it originally dropped, but its timelessness makes me feel less guilty. Almost a year ago, having fallen in love with Kashii’s signature sound, I asked him if I could feature any unreleased tracks of his. He was kind enough to drop “Fire” which I was in love with (write-up here), and actually ended up on this EP. Turns out it was a perfect precursor for what would soon come.
On the title track, it’s almost as if he chose a dj-unfriendly intro in order to say, “You should probably start your set with this one.” Once those restless, throwback synths make their way in, party-goers should be making the ceilings drip. The half-time claps create a never-ending energy, encompassed by vocals driving the rave aesthetic.
This EP is available digitally from your favorite online distros via Southern Fried Records, who’ve chosen a perfect way to begin 2012. Listen to more from Kashii on his SoundCloud, and keep your fingers crossed for a full album in the near future. As always:
SHENODA - NIGHT EATER
As far as I can tell, there is no vocal sampling of Aaliyah on this release.
Instead, there is simply deep, deep house. And thank god for that. Laurie Shenoda has been part of London’s Hypercolour crew since its humble beginnings, dropping the third release for the label back in 2007. He’s now spreading his wings, if you will, for the Fear of Flying label, and taking house music to higher grounds.
The textured, organic percussion on this track is truly a thing to behold. Turned up loud on a good sound system, the drum patterns will easily infect the dancefloor. Vocal snippets hold the track together, being caressed by pounding 4/4 bass rhythms. Smooth and sexual, an instant good mood will occur upon hearing this.
The “Mines of Minolta EP” is now available digitally and physically. Obviously I will highly recommend the physical release, because it smells better. Learn a little more about Laurie here, and stay tuned on his SoundCloud. As always:
NASTY BOY - ! [121bpm]
Some of my most treasured moments in the desert were the ones where I found myself dancing alone.
If you’ve been to Burning Man, you know that there is music everywhere, at all times. Nothing can fully describe the feeling of riding a bike as fast as you can down the “city” streets at 3am, alone, and suddenly being drawn to a full stop in order to dance. It was just me, with the stars shining, barefoot and kicking up dust into a two-step mini-hurricane.
That was the feeling I got upon hearing a clip of this track. Desperate for the full thing, I immediately contacted him, and he was gracious enough to provide me (and listeners of this blog) the track in its entirety. I could describe this track’s perfectly minimal aesthetic, (the pounding bass, groovy keys and soulful vocals), but I think it’s better to envision how,where, and when you’d dance to this.
This one’s currently unsigned, but Italian house producer Niko has some big offerings for the coming year. Keep up to date with releases and unsigned tracks on his SoundCloud, and always:
KARL MOESTL - LIFE IS CHANGING, YOU CAN’T CHANGE THAT [125bpm]
Do you ever selfishly hold on to something beautiful because you wish that nobody in the world would know but you? That’s exactly how I felt about this track.
Karl Moestl has crafted a five track EP centered around life and beauty, aptly titled “The Life EP.” The progression through this EP takes the listener on a spacial journey of deep, gorgeous intensity. Each track is poetically titled, and upon listening can be immediately understood.
Most intense of these tracks is easily today’s chosen one. With a throbbing, crunchy beat from the get-go, Karl then throws in some effects that may come across as sexual vocal samples. Percussion is minimal here, as the production is centered entirely around the immense power of electronic instruments, and the atmosphere that sneaks in from the background. Suddenly, we’re trapped in the song, and don’t want to get out.
Released this week on Defusion Records, you don’t want to go your life without hearing it. Show some love on Karl Moestl’s website, then preview all the tracks on Beatport. And, as always:
[AURA] - SPLITTING ATOMS (JUSTIN DRAKE REMIX) [123bpm]
This is that peak-time dancefloor business.
[Aura]’s forthcoming EP gives a strong nod to the classics. The original track throws us some punchy, Chicago-tinged rhythms with gritty drums, deep groovy bass, and a kitschy hook that ravers of the world will find familiar and comforting. On the flip, Terrence Dixon shows his Detroit Techno roots with a spaced-out, uplifting and minimal take on the track.
Then Justin Drake goes in. ALL in. Equipped with raw percussion and a perfectly chosen sample of the original, this track does no wrong. This pounds at your feet and invokes some kind of spiritual two-step victory dance. He’s upped the vocal samples from the original, making them more apparent and hypnotic, while ultimately honoring the original.
Surely not to be missed, Rationalism Records will be releasing this EP digitally on February 28th. But, in the meantime, you can stream all of the tracks here. Look out for more from these guys in 2012, and as always:
***THE DOLLAR BIN***
SOUL II SOUL - BACK 2 LIFE (MASTERS AT WORK REMIX) [123bpm]
Here’s a little slice of heaven for your Sunday morning.
I’m a quiet digger. I like to be left alone, getting my hands dirty on the hunt for gold in the basements of my local San Francisco record shops. But when I found transparent red vinyl with the words “Masters at Work” on it, I’m fairly positive the words “OH, FUCK” literally spilled out of my mouth and filled the room.
I can’t find this release anywhere on Discogs, or the internet. It appears to be a collection of pop singles remixed specifically for DJ use back in the day. Let’s not pretend that I was more than 9 years old when this was put on wax, because that would be ridiculous. The nostalgia attached to this doesn’t have much to do with house music, rather everything to do with Soul II Soul (and the Ace of Base remix on the flip). That was my shit.
I really hope you guys enjoy this new endeavor of THE DOLLAR BIN on the site. I can’t quite decide what day of the week is most fitting, but let’s stick with Sundays for now. As always:
TONY LIONNI - HIGHER GROUND [126bpm]
This track is utterly hypnotic.
Imagery can easily be linked to the album artwork, setting the tone for the entire EP. The listener can imagine preparation for flight, or take-off into another realm. With pounding bass from the very start, Tony Lionni sets the tone for the ride. Every loop is added cautiously, from the percussion to the vocals; a step-by-step process that is often rushed but executed beautifully here.
Other tracks on the “Higher Ground EP” include a disco-tinged, subtle banger entitled “Forever is a Long Time.” Also included is Moomin’s softly-stated remix of today’s track.
This is now available from Freerange Records, (home to the likes of Jimpster), and absolutely not to be missed. Listen to some fresh mixtapes from Tony Lionni on his SoundCloud, and always:
CDBL - GANGSTA’S ANTHEM [130bpm]
This is officially my new hood anthem.
I was so stoked to see these guys pop up in my feed today, and beside myself to hear them drop an absolutely massive original track. This one has a stronghold on the listener the moment it drops; building tension with the hood vocals, then leading into an ethereal buildup that this duo has truly mastered.
It’s got all the makings of a 2012 classic; from the rolling bass and that throwback vibe to the forward-thinking, enthralling 130bpm tempo. The production is spot-on, and will surely murder dancefloors across the globe.
Since they were first featured here with their ultra-glowing track “I Need You” last year, they’ve made some big moves. With their Vices EP on the amazing Squelch And Clap, and plenty of remixes under their belt, they’ve now joined forces with Orlinzoo Music. February 13th will see the release of of their Feels So Good EP, and it’s not to be missed.
Be sure to follow the guys (separately known as Comix Del Biagio and Ben Lambs) on SoundCloud, get stoked for the release, and as always: