Claude VonStroke shares cheeky new single, ‘Comments,’ with ZDS, plus preternatural music video

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Head Dirtybird, Claude VonStroke just released his latest single, “Comments.” The track is a combined effort with Dirtybird frequenter, Zombie Disco Squad (ZDS), including vocals from popular house music voice-over artist, KE.

This is VonStroke’s second single out on his own imprint this year, following the upbeat jam, “Getting Hot.” “Comments” is not the prime-time dancefloor delivery of its predecessor; though, it invokes the kind of quirky groove upon which Dirtybird built its name. With numerous artists including Justin Martin and Desert HeartsPorky already showing support, this track will likely be a favorite on the four-by-four festival front through 2019.

The new track also comes along with a music video that continues the Boss Bird’s trend towards the wacky and weird, but with a darker twist. Adopting an aesthetic reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project, the visual sequence is full of smoke, blindfolds, rope knots, and hedge clippers. The tagline for the song is “People talk shit and that ain’t right.” The video seems to present the possible fates of those caught with malice in their mouths.

Walker & Royce – Bodies Do The Talking

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Walker & Royce – Bodies Do The TalkingWalker Royce 1

In 2017, Self Help became one of DIRTYBIRD‘s top LP releases while also establishing Walker & Royce as high caliber house talents with crossover appeal. It was a truly seminal output for the duo, who went on to tour internationally and further increase their global presence. They’ve officially returned to their Self Help home for their first solo release there in nearly two years—and what a grand homecoming it is.

Bodies Do The Talking is a heady two-tracker. In fact, both of its offerings pack in so much power that one could argue the EP is a double A-side. It starts off deceptively, with smoothed, lo-fi textures in its title track leading listeners to believe they’re in for a mellow ride. Suddenly, however, these pleasant textures give way to absolute destruction, as cunning synth progressions explode over powerful percussion. “Uh-Oh” is the groovier of the two, causing a strong impact on its own via creeping vocals and tense, buzzy hardware buildups that give way to a wild climax. This EP seems to have been made with big crowds in mind, and is certainly effective in its pulverizing mission based off reactions thus far.

Shiba San, Mija, Jhené Aiko, and more top 2019 West Coast Dirtybird Campout

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Shiba San, Mija, Jhené Aiko, and more top 2019 West Coast Dirtybird CampoutDirtybird Campout

Claude VonStroke is bringing his quirk-friendly caravan of house and tech-centric talent back to Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds October 4-6 for the West Coast arm of his Dirtybird Campout festival series.

The 2019 lineup boasts both familiar four-on-the-floor flock members, like Justin Martin, Shiba San, Mija, and J.Phlip, as well as multifarious members of the hip-hop and bass communities, including resplendently strange and multifarious sounds from Cut Chemist, Nastia, and the Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter, Jhené Aiko. The three-day frenzy will see its off-the-wall curation sectioned into two stylized stages, with classically curious Dirtybird emblems designated to the Birdhouse stage, while the Bass Lodge will harbor just that, as well as the urban end of the roster.

The festival/label’s fearless leader and “head counselor” will be performing at the Campout twofold, under both his ’90s hip-hop-hailing experimental project, Barclay Crenshaw (his actual name) and his more widely known alter-ego, Claude VonStroke, in a back-to-back set with EPROM.

Tickets to the West Coast Dirtybird Campout are on sale now here.

Photo Credit: Aaron Glassman

Prepare for the Dirtybird BBQ with a fierce new ‘Get Roasted’ compilation

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Prepare for the Dirtybird BBQ with a fierce new ‘Get Roasted’ compilationGetroasted Dirtybird

In preparation for the DIRTYBIRD‘s annual Dirtybird BBQ traveling concert series, the San Francisco and Los Angeles-based label always allows one of their many DJs to pick some selections from label-mates and give fans a quick tease of what to expect at the year’s events. This years compilation, titled Dirtybird BBQ: Get Roasted, features ten exclusive cuts from the label’s deep roster, all mixed together by DIRTYBIRD newcomer, VNSSA.

Featuring tracks from Codes, Holt 88, Emery Warman, Westend, and more, the compilation puts the spotlight on some of the label’s lesser known talent. However, this talent steps up to the plate, delivering some hot tunes for VNSSA to mix into a solid 45 minutes of grimey house beats.

DJ Glen & Bruno Furlan make heavy new DIRTYBIRD EP, ‘Another Planet’

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DJ Glen & Bruno Furlan make heavy new DIRTYBIRD EP, ‘Another Planet’AnotherPlanet 3000

Brazil is a growing hotspot for quality underground-leaning DJs. DJ Glen and Bruno Furlan are two burgeoning talents fitting this description, and they’ve come together for a brand new EP that Claude VonStroke has picked up for DIRTYBIRD. In fact, given the high anticipation built around this new project as it’s been roadtested over past months and the gargantuan sounds packed inside, VonStroke has tapped Another Planet as one of DIRTYBIRD’s biggest releases of 2019.

Another Planet‘s title A-side is a veritable destroyer. Built with apocalyptic synth roars and a buzzing low end, the track explodes out of its breakdown with brute force and leaves a crazed dancefloor in its wake. “Ducking” closes out the EP on an edgier note, with undulating percussion hits and fierce vocal samples making for a spry and invigorating mix. Upon listening. it becomes clear why this EP is revered as such a hot ticket release.

Furlan is already a DIRTYBIRD veteran. He’d caught Claude VonStroke’s attention in 2018, where the two proceeded to collaborate on the searing, “The Book Is On The Table.”

Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to Miami Music Week 2019

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Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to Miami Music Week 2019Miami Music 1

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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DIRTYBIRD’s 2019 BBQ lineups are hereDirtybird BBQ LA Get Tiny Photography3 1

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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The Radar 123: Mixed by KolomboKolombo Press Shot Uncredited

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

“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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Matthias Tanzmann – The Treat [EP Review]TheTreat

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.