The Martinez Brothers drop massive new mixtape, ‘Space Jams Vol. 1’ [Stream]

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The Martinez Brothers are New York City house music royalty. Growing up in the Bronx like so many of the city’s legends, their father, Steve Martinez, imbued music in Christian and Stevie Jr. from a young age. They hit the road at 15 and 18 respectively, and they’ve never left it.

The two have been absorbing music from around the world their entire lives, and their latest mixtape, Space Jams Vol. 1, expresses this fact in full while maintaining their indelible NYC identity.

Never betraying their unending commitment to the four-on-the-floor, this mixtape features nine dance-floor ready heaters (which have likely been heard in their sets for years already). Each of them features subtle undertones that allude to their concrete-infused homeland such as the heavy disco samples on “Hitman.” Not to mention the flip of D’Angelo’s “Betray My Heart” off his latest album, The Black Messiah, which was largely recorded and produced in NYC.

New York’s musical history goes so much deeper than house music, though, and The Martinez Brothers made sure to honor it in full. Not only is there a straight-up hip-hop track on the tape (“4 U Shaolin Traphouse”), but the interludes pay homage to some of east-coast rap’s greatest including J Dilla and MF DOOM.

As artists, the pair have not engaged in production as much as their fellow dance-music lifers. They’ve put out singles, remixes, and EP’s few and far between, and they still don’t have an official album to their name. This makes Space Jams Vol. 1 their lengthiest release to date with 13 total tracks.

Stream the full tape below or pick it up on Bandcamp for whatever price you choose.

Photo Credit: Erik Voake

Rudimental teams up with The Martinez Brothers for Afrobeat house feeler

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Rudimental teams up with The Martinez Brothers for Afrobeat house feelerRudimental Press Shot

Rudimental and The Martinez Brothers are at it again, releasing their new collaborative single, “Sitigawanda,” a reunion of sound since their 2017 “No Fear” project. Their newest installment features a house backbone from the Bronx duo alongside fluttering instruments and leisurely melodies from the drum ‘n’ bass UK band. The Chichewa vocals are sung by Faith Mussa, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Malawi who stands out in his country as an electronic one-man band.

The single teases Rudimental’s forthcoming EP set to drop in July. Early in the year, the band dropped their Toast To Our Differences LP, which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart with their track “These Days” featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen.

ODESZA, Phantogram, Lane 8, and more top CRSSD festival’s spring 2019 lineup

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Organizers on behalf of San Diego’s house-and-techno-hailing CRSSD festival have released the Waterfront Park event’s phase-one lineup. The expansive artistry, including widely received electronic billings, like ODESZA (who will be returning after making their far humbler debut in 2015), Phantogram, and Whethan, exemplifies the once-modest festival’s continued growth in popularity and attendance.

The bi-annual soiree, of which this year’s spring installment is set for Mar 2-3, has seen idiosyncratic acts across the board–from Gesaffelstein to Empire Of The Sun–sweep through its stylistically sectioned stages, The Palms, City Steps, and Ocean View. With a mass of acts still to come, the brimming first batch includes additional support from Petit Biscuit, The Martinez Brothers, Jungle, and more. See the full lineup below.

Tickets to 2019 CRSSD go on sale Tuesday, Dec 11. They’ll be available here.

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Check out these top notch sets from Circoloco’s Halloween warehouse party lineup

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Check out these top notch sets from Circoloco’s Halloween warehouse party lineupCircoloco Halloween

While the vast number of halloween parties drawing top tier talent all around America, the anticipation may be at its highest in New York City. However, of all the wild yet intimate club shows and raucous warehouse performances in store for this weekend, it’s possible that the hottest night out this weekend may be Circoloco‘s Halloween warehouse show. With their killer lineup of Peggy Gou, The Martinez Brothers, Virgil Abloh, and Blond:ish all throwing down in a warehouse at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard (pictured below), the Teksupport hosted event is slated to be a special one.

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In preparation for the event, we’ve compiled some of the best sets from the Ibiza party legends’ New York lineup.

The Martinez Brothers b2b Loco Dice b2b Seth Troxler @ Printworks London 

This stunning set is impressive for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, it’s not often that so much techno talent comes together in one location – and what a location it was. In the disused printing press facility that is Printworks London, the DJs put on over six hours of entrancing house, techno, and everything in between. If The Martinez Brothers can channel a similar energy this weekend, Brooklyn is in for a treat.

Peggy Gou x Boiler Room @ Dekmantel 2017

Peggy Gou has seen a rapid ascent in the world of house and techno over the past couple of years, and one can only think that it has something to do with her live sets. Touching on acid, disco, jazzy house, and more, Gou flexes her mixing prowess at the Boiler Room stage at Amsterdam’s Dekmantel Festival. Filmed in the classic Boiler Room style, it’s easy to see how good of a show the DJ puts on from the fans behind her alone.

Virgil Abloh b2b TaEast @ Boiler Room Weekender

Another Boiler Room veteran, Kanye West’s creative director and one of Time’s most influental people of 2018 always keeps fans guessing with his sets. From underground trap music and Kanye tracks to acid and techno beats, expect a diverse selection from this cultural magnate this weekend.

Blond:ish @ Untold Festival Romania

If this set is any indication, Blond:ish will be providing a more textured sound than her lineup counterparts. Bringing the sounds of the underground to Untold Festival’s beautiful Romanian forest location, grooving basslines and an atmospheric vibe lead to a calming yet engaging set. Hopefully bringing similar energy to Brooklyn Navy Yard, Blond:ish is an underrated act to look out for this weekend.

NMF Roundup: Habstrakt comes in hot, Alpha 9 soothes with ‘Azzura,’ The Black Madonna remixes Silk City and Dua Lipa + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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AXIS 202: Loco Dice b2b The Martinez Brothers

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There’s an undeniable air of showmanship The Martinez Brothers put out with each gig. Born performers, the two are masters at filling the room with infectious, pumping house for hours on end. Their peer Loco Dice has an equal flair for expressing himself behind the decks, putting his head down and using his hip-hop influences to put forth spastic, yet carefully thought-out voyages through gritty soundscapes.

When these stalwarts come together, it becomes difficult not to get ensnared in their captivating rhythms. Take their b2b at Movement, for example, which Dancing Astronaut has successfully nabbed to become this edition of AXIS. Listeners who were there are immediately transported back to the packed mainstage that they dominated while closing down the festival on Sunday night, May 27. One need not have been in attendance to fully enjoy the pleasant melange of house and tech they’ve selected, however; the energy pouring out of the speakers is palpable, and it becomes easy to melt into the grooves and become part of the cheerful crowd while listening.

Photo credit: Joshua Hanford

Electric Island unveils official 2018 season lineup and dates

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With summer quickly approaching and the impending urge to go from coat-checking at indoor venues to dancing at outdoor stages, festival lineups have been dropping left and right with names to suit a liking for everyone.

With great anticipation for their 2018 reveal, Electric Island just released a lineup worth waiting for. As past years have marked the festival as not only a local fan-favorite but a nation-wide eye catcher, the 2018 edition precedes its legacy with a handful of coveted names like Billy Kenny, Jackmaster, and The Martinez Brothers.

Spread out over the span of four holiday weekends, Torontonians are lucky to host this unique event, aptly named for its location on the Toronto Islands. In addition to the immense variety of names, attendees will be treated to rare sets like Carlo Lio b2b Nathan Barato, and Detlef b2b Latmun.

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Season passes are available for purchase online

Movement Festival releases unparalleled 2018 lineup

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Though the start of festival season is still some months away, lineups announcements have begun in earnest.. From the recent additions of Alesso and Alison Wonderland to this year’s Tomorrowland lineup, to the announcement of REZZ’s headliner status at Shambhala Festival, 2018 is easily rounding out to showcase the brightest acts within the music industry.

Adding onto the anticipated list of high-profile events, Movement Festival unveiled an unprecedentedly packed and diverse 2018 lineup. Following the pursuit of festivals utilizing a variety of genres to pique attendees’ interests, this year’s headliners include Dirtybird founder Claude Vonstroke, an exclusive b2b set between Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers, and the venerable Wu-Tang Clan called upon to close out the event.

Not only marking a special 20th anniversary of Paxahau, the mastermind behind Detroit’s electronic music bookings, the landmark event has shown true to their techno roots by boasting acts like Dubfire, Seth Troxler and, Tiga amongst a handful of other performances.


Taking place over May 26-28, weekend GA and VIP passes are available for purchase online.