Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to Miami Music Week 2019

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Between Ultra Music Festival, Winter Music Conference, and the disorienting litany of poolside affairs throughout Miami Music Week, it’s easy to feel a little dazed, and a lot confused if you’re headed down to Miami this week. Don’t waste any more time poring over event flyers because Dancing Astronaut has lined up the best of the best for the 2019 chapter of what is feasibly the most essential week in the electronic music macrocosm. From Skrillex to smooth house, Dirtybird beats to plush poolside pop, we’ve got you covered.

Words/selects by Bella Bagshaw & Alex Krinsky


Brownies and Lemonade:

Where: Mana Wynwood Warehouse

When: March 28

Skipping Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s rendezvous under their Dog Blood joint alias would be a glaring oversight on any attendee’s Miami Music Week agenda. But the duo is just one of the active ingredients to this resplendent after-hours recipe, with Anna Lunoe hopping back-to-back with A-Trak, and Whethan, What So Not, and more for supplemental sweetness. Tickets to the show, running 10 pm-4 am March 28, are available here.

Monstercat Uncaged: 

Where: SQL Miami

When: March 31

Cat’s out’a the cage, as Canada’s premier electronic hub, Monstercat, heads to Miami—with an abundance of sharp-toothed talent in tow. Head to SQL March 31 from 10 pm-5 am to catch Kill Paris, Pegboard Nerds, RIOT, Pixel Terror, and more. Tickets available here.

No Sugar Added:

Where: The Sagamore Hotel

When: March 30

No Sugar Added—but ingratiating nonetheless—Miami-bound folk would be remiss to duck out on the 10-year anniversary of this yearly Diskolab staple. This year quarterbacked by Kaskade, Kayzo, Audien, Deorro, and Benny Benassi, the RC Cola Plant-held blowout jolts to the top of the 30+-party Diskolab agenda throughout the course of the week. Tickets to No Sugar Added, going down Saturday, March 30 from 10 pm to 5 am, are available here.

Repopulate Mars:

Where: Kimpton EPIC Hotel

When: March 29

Let tech-house take over Friday, March 29 while Chicago’s landmark Hot Creations label founder, Lee Foss and gang (MK, Max Chapman, Detlef, Huxley, and more) conquer the EPIC Hotel pool. From noon to 11 pm, catch this cosmic clan of four-on-the-floor stalwarts posted poolside, with an array of special guests scheduled to shake things up. Advance tickets are sold out, but a select number of tickets will be available at the door; so head over early.

Masquerade Miami w/ Claptone WMC 2019 x EPIC Pool Parties:

Where: Kimpton EPIC Hotel

When: March 30

Head to the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel Saturday with a bathing suit and of course your finest masquerade mask in hand for what is liable to be the best pool party of 2019. Claptone, Dennis Ferrer, Weiss, Franky Rizardo, and Mat.Joe will be soaking up any residual Vitamin D and throwing down restorative beats from noon to 11 pm. Tan lines are inevitable after this one. Grab a ticket here.

Space Yacht: Welcome Records:

Where: 3100 Wynwood

When: March 28

Head over to the launch pad, 3100 Wynwood, Thursday night for lift off at Space Yacht’s Welcome Records party. Wander through the endless murals of Miami to find Wooli, Whipped Cream, 1788-L, Habstrakt, and more throwing it down from 10 pm until 7 am. Tickets to Space Yacht are on sale here.

Desert Hearts:

Where: Floyd

When: March 28

The Desert Hearts family will be congregating at Floyd at 11 pm Thursday at Floyd. This mind-melting set will have Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Rybo & Lubelski to care for you throughout the evening and set you on the right track for the weekend. Desert Hearts Showcase tickets are available here.

All Day I Dream – Miami Grooves:

Where: Delano South Beach

When: March 29

If by Friday you’re ready for a lucid daydream, saunter over to the The Delano Beach Club from 12PM to 11PM. The All Day I Dream crew will be hosting Lee Burridge, Bedouin, Hoj, and Newman. Guaranteed disco cabana vibes. Tickets are on sale here.

Dirtybird Players Miami:

Where: Club Space Miami

When: March 29

Space will without a doubt be popping all week but Friday night very well may be the best “motion of the ocean,” if you know what we’re saying. Dirtybird is taking over for Dirtybird Players, and in classic family fashion the whole crew will be bouncing about the terrace and loft from 11 pm to the sun sheds light on all the beautiful faces. Expect to see Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Walker & Royce, J. Philp, Steve Darko and more at this sold out sure-fire fun fest. Tickets are available here.

GET LOST Miami – 14th Session:

Where: Venue TBA

When: March 30

For 24 hours starting Saturday, March 30 at 5 am GET LOST will surely be the setting sun on Miami Music Week. With the location still yet to be announced, this one is for the troopers: the few who know they will never get enough. GET LOST will have an opening set by WIZARDRY (Damian Lazarus, DJ Tennis, and DJ Three), but that’s just the beginning; one can expect to see Diplo, Claude VonStroke, MK, Gorgon City, and many more. Grab tickets here.

DIRTYBIRD’s 2019 BBQ lineups are here

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It’s time to assemble the flock; the DIRTYBIRD BBQ lineups have arrived for each city, and Claude VonStroke has once again assembled a high caliber crew of friends and labelmates to join him on the cross-country adventure. Justin Martin, Will Clarke, Sacha Robotti, and Shiba San are just a few of the names who will be appearing at the BBQ’s stops in LA, SF, Brooklyn, Austin, and Denver.

Food and good music remain the pillars of the DIRTYBIRD BBQs; however, this year guests will have an even more immersive experience throughout the day with the introduction of the Sizzle stage. Campout-inspired activities like bingo, a “Bird Roast,” and more will be hosted, allowing fans a taste of the childhood revival that happens each fall.

Finally, head here to enter a contest to win a pair of flights and tickets to the New York BBQ to spend quality time with Will Clarke.

Bay Area (May 4 – Alameda County Fairgrounds):

Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Christian Martin, Worthy, Ardalan

LA (May 5 – LA Exposition Park):

Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Sacha Robotti, Justin Jay, Wyatt Marshall vs Lubelski, + SPECIAL GUEST

Austin (June 1 – Carson Creek Ranch):

Claude VonStroke, Walker & Royce, Christian Martin, Ardalan, Steve Darko b2b VNSSA + SPECIAL GUEST

Denver (June 8 – Fillmore Outdoors) – City Vote Winner*

Claude VonStroke, Christian Martin, J.Phlip, ZDS, VNSSA, + SPECIAL GUEST

Brooklyn (June 16 – Brooklyn Mirage):

Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Gene Farris, Will Clarke, J.Phlip, Joeski, Steve Darko b2b Codes

 

Photo credit: Get Tiny Photography

The Radar 123: Mixed by Kolombo

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Belgium is a breeding ground of class talent, and Kolombo is one of those keeping the country at the top of its game. The veteran producer maintains a staunch commitment toward experimentalism and sonic evolution, building a vast and diverse catalog across a number of aliases that has led to his work being heard in a variety of settings. As a DJ, Kolombo draws upon his multitude of influences to craft carefully laid-out, unique journeys with each set that play perfectly to each venue he plays at.

With this in mind, Kolombo makes for a perfect Radar contributor. He’s submitted a spirited one-hour house mix, whose deep grooves, smooth transitions, and cheery track selection make for an uplifting listen. Listen closely, and his newest track off DIRTYBIRD‘s 2019 Miami Compilation, “O Ride O Ride,” which features a timeless mashup of classic rave elements and elrow-esque levels of quirky editing. Pre-order a copy of the compilation here, and make sure to keep watch on Kolombo as he continues to climb the house ranks.

 

BOT & Will Clarke are ‘Feeling Good’ with long-awaited collaboration

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“Feeling Good” has been making its way around the house and techno circuits for quite a few months now. The mellifluous stomper, which has been revealed as another BOT & Will Clarke, is almost too effective at getting stuck in the mind with its pitched-down vocal hook and creeping progressions. Paired with crackling analog elements, machine sampling, and acid blips at play below driving percussion, “Feeling Good” positions itself as a peak time jaunt capable of smashing the dance floor into bits. It’s this fierce personality that has led Claude VonStroke, Solardo, and other top tier talent have been giving the record a fair rinse in their sets throughout the festival season.

Tiger Stripes was also called into action for remixing duties—an act not seen much around the DIRTYBIRD nest, but one the label admires greatly. The Swedish producer adds a bit more of a melodic and spacey take to the original, adding consistency via distinctive synth stabs and even tougher percussion. Tiger Stripe’s version is equally adaptable to the peak time while standing completely on its own.

Prior to “Feeling Good,” BOT and Will Clarke enamored the dance world with “Techno (not techno).” They’ve made it clear that music with both their names in the credits is not to be missed.

 

Matthias Tanzmann – The Treat [EP Review]

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DIRTYBIRD is continuing to build its flock across the pond. They’re particularly fixated on underground hotspot Berlin, drawing the likes of Chambray, Marc Houle (who currently resides there), and now, Matthias Tanzmann into their fold.

Tanzmann’s label debut arrived on March 1 under the name, The Treat. Ever the tasty ensemble, the EP’s title track is a playful groover that’s centered around its bassline. It errs slightly on the minimal side, with other notable accents being hollow,  metallic drum clangs and sparse vocal clips. Despite its simplistic nature, “The Treat” carries joyful overtones that are sweet to the senses and make for plenty of fist-pumping moments on the floor.

“Filthy,” on the other hand, is more high charged. The B-side’s wailing synth tones and equally infectious bottom line feel like they belong on Ibiza, or in the middle of an elrow party. It would appear Matthias was inspired by his stints on Ibiza whilst creating the tune; not a bad influence by any means. The Treat is ultimately another dip into the European tech sound by DIRTYBIRD, and a nice complement to the label’s overall aesthetic.

Outside the EP, Matthias has kept himself busy in the studio alongside Davide Squillace and Martin Buttrich putting the final touches on their first album under their Better Lost Than Stupid alias. They’ve just put out the vocal version of their scintillating tune, “Inside,” which Dancing Astronaut premiered here.

 

Claude VonStroke tries his hand at stand up comedy on episode four of ‘Stroke Show’ [Watch]

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Claude VonStroke tries his hand at stand up comedy on episode four of ‘Stroke Show’ [Watch]Claude Vonstroke Djing Dirtybird Campout

Attendees of DIRTYBIRD collective’s iconic festival, the Dirtybird Campout, know stand up comedy shows to be an integral thread in the recreational fabric of the event. Each year, Dirtybird Campout comedy director, Blakeshine, coordinates live comedy sketches that guarantee attendees belly-aching laughs in between sets. A demonstrated expert in the comic realm, Blakeshine gives label head honcho, Claude VonStroke, a crash course in stand up comedy on episode four of VonStroke’s newly minted talk show, Stroke Show.

VonStroke’s first formal endeavor in stand up sees him experiment with parody in his characteristic convivial manner. “I’m only here because my  employees put me up to it!” VonStroke says at the beginning of his routine. VonStroke’s good-natured, warm personality creates an immediate stage presence that contributes to the Dirtybird boss’ successful comic debut.

Marc Houle debuts on DIRTYBIRD with acidic EP

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The past few months have been a time of evolution for the DIRTYBIRD brand, which has been consistently stepping outside its status quo to feature an array of new artists and sounds. Their latest signing comes from seasoned veteran Marc Houle, who’s instilled his hardware mastery into a blistering two-tracker dubbed Min And Soda. What he’s come up with manages to fit in well with the label’s explosive aesthetic, while standing out as a unique and rather left-field addition to the catalog.

“Min And Soda” shows no mercy as the EP’s A-side. Synth stabs thunder down upon the listener, breaking into the skull to allow for more stripped-back, yet effective percussions and touches of acid to invade and remain stuck in there long after finish. This track is more than likely going to be heard on the wide festival and club circuit during the coming months. “Car And Driver,” on the other hand, hits hard on the low end, melting the mind with vibrating acid lines and pops of retro synths—a sneaky beast, indeed.


Order a copy of ‘Min And Soda,’ out now, here

Claude VonStroke launches wacky new video series, ‘Stroke Show’

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The Dirtybird label boss has launched a brand new video series called “Stroke Show.” Based on its premiere, the series will follow the weekly endeavors of Claude VonStroke, whether it be in the office or on tour. However, the techno DJ is known for his wacky personality, a trait that coincides with the video’s framework. It also appears to be a play on late night talk shows, with VonStroke as the host (yet more Eric Andre style for those familiar).

For Episode 1, he interviews a special guest AKA his personal assistant “since we’ve never done a Stroke Show before and have no viewers”. They talk through his experiences on Holy Ship! 2019, which consisted of 5 a.m. elevator interviews with attendees that were asked to make weird noises, losing money on poker, live pirate skits that weren’t exactly rehearsed, dubstep headbangers, and more. VonStroke adds additional context in the description: “Thanks for tuning in to the first ever weekly episode of Stroke Show. As you can tell, I had a great time on Holy Ship. I also interviewed my assistant, Maddie and my dog Q-Tip. Every week I will interview a guest and show a part of my crazy life as a DJ, Dad, Art Enthusiast, Music Producer, Event Promoter, Clothing Designer, etc.”

See a full list of upcoming tour dates here.

Grill and chill with Claude and company: Dirtybird announces 2019 summer BBQ tour dates

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Grill and chill with Claude and company: Dirtybird announces 2019 summer BBQ tour datesDirtybird Bbq Claude Vonstroke Crowd Credit Upperleft

An indelible pairing, like mustard and hot dogs or ketchup and french fries, Dirtybird beats and sweet, sticky barbecue is a classic summer combination. Come May 2019, Claude VonStroke will once again rally the Dirtybird flock and grease the grill for a five-date Dirtybird BBQ mini-run. The San Francisco-born collective will bring their blend of booty shakin’ bass and house groove to the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, and Brooklyn to kick off the summer swelter.

As in years past, Dirtybird will host its Best In Show contest, to award prizes for best costume, best dance moves, best custom creations, and overall best in show. The tasty tradition will also offer attendees standard barbecue fair and vegetarian options with the purchase of a BBQ Feast Ticket. Tickets to all Dirtybird BBQ events will go on sale on February 4 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Purchase tickets here.

Dirtybird Summer 2019 Tour Dates:

Bay Area, May 4 – Alameda County Fairgrounds
Los Angeles, May 5 – LA Exposition Park
Austin, June 1 – Carson Creek Ranch
Denver, June 8 – Fillmore Outdoors
Brooklyn, June 16 – Brooklyn Mirage

Photo Credit: Lisa Lee Photos

H/T: Mixmag

‘Along Came Polly’ producer Rebūke continues hot streak with ‘Jump Ship’ on DIRTYBIRD [EP Review]

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‘Along Came Polly’ producer Rebūke continues hot streak with ‘Jump Ship’ on DIRTYBIRD [EP Review]Rebuke Jump Ship Art

Hot Creations had an instant classic on its hands in “Along Came Polly,” an infectious jam that would put Rebūke’s name on the map and eventually hold the top spot of Beatport’s Overall Chart for quite some time. It’s clear the aforementioned producer had found a magic formula of mixing past and present tech house elements into veritable hits that would be warmly received by mass audiences. He continues to strike this balance on Jump Ship, his next release on DIRTYBIRD that is already making its way around the festival circuit and proving to be somewhat of a break for him across the pond.

The title track captures attention right away with pulsating bass and tightly mixed tribal drums that eventually lead into absolute mayhem post-break. Hollow, seven-note bursts function as lasers that, when targeted at the dance floor, prompt uncontrollable dancing. Meanwhile, “The Pipe” takes on a more hypnotic profile, but equally chaotic nonetheless. It chugs forward like a sine wave, with micro peaks and valleys manifested once again through bassline and hollow synth bursts enticing listeners to move up-and-down alongside the music. This action has been evidenced in videos circulating around of the tune being rinsed at high profile festivals like Holy Ship!, where reception looks to be wide open.

Not too shabby of a release for a producer who only just broke into the house sphere a year ago.


Order a copy of ‘Jump Ship’ here