Dirty South shows his dark side on brooding ‘darko’ LP [Album Review]

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Dirty South shows his dark side on brooding ‘darko’ LP [Album Review]Dirty South Darko Album Review

Dirty South is a man of his word. He promised fans two albums before the year was out, and suddenly darko arrived right in the nick of time. Just a month after releasing the stunning XVthe cinematic house titan submitted yet another chapter to his long player history – and it’s unlike any project the producer has helmed to date.

For some, it may have made sense to release both fall albums as a double LP. Yet Dirty South’s decision to separate the two projects makes perfect sense when listening. Both are worlds apart in feeling, tone, and flow. XV was brilliantly bouncy, often bursting with waves of elation; darko, on the other hand, is something different with a more anxious mindset all its own. The mournful synth swells of “Temps” announce the project’s ethos immediately, and the feeling of unrest permeates throughout the rest of the journey. On “Cassetta,” the intro burns slowly before ascending chords spread the tension on thick. “Piksi” follows directly behind, which is shaping up to be one of the darkest tracks in Dirty South’s repertoire.

Despite the unity of darko‘s world, trademark Dirty South touches abound. While the beaming brightness of past hits like “If It All Stops” is nowhere to be found, the “Kino” shuffles and grooves as undeniably as any of the artist’s dance floor weapons. “Lava” is a rhythmic tour-de-force, despite snarling horn-like synth blasts tethering it firmly into the album’s aesthetic. But despite Dirty South’s mastery of vocal-infused efforts show in past releases on labels like Anjunabeats, darko remains starkly instrumental. The move feels calculated as the arrangements ebb and flow freely, leaving the listener to wonder if any lyrics could speak single-handedly for the soul of the record.

The producer admitting the record is his favorite to date could indicate this new sonic direction — also showcased in songs like his recent remix of Lane 8’s “No Captain” — is settling in to stay awhile. The relentless cohesion of darko is something Dirty South had yet to do at this level. As “Corda” looms into sight to cap off the album, it sets the mind on fire. There’s a sense that the gravity of the sum of its parts has seeped in, and the effect after listening to the LP’s entirety is vivid. It’s gripped in an atmosphere of anxious and electric yearning, soundtracking a feeling of introspection and raw hunger. Beautiful but stark, dark but restrained, mournful but energized; whether or not these tracks invade the same playlists and dance floors Dirty South has presided over all these years is irrelevant. For a statement as nuanced and unified as darko is a triumphant highlight in and of itself.

Steve Void, BEAUZ & Wave Wave – Bending (ft. Joey Busse) (Marvin Vogel & Panuma Remix)

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Is it possible to have 6 people on 1 track? Well, Steve Void, BEAUZ, Wave Wave, Joey Busse, Marvin Vogel & Panuma just did it and DID IT WELL. “Bending” the original tune featured the 1st 4 artists and now gets a tropical deep house remix by the 2nd, Marvin Vogel & Panuma. The “Bending” remix

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Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & more

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Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & moreLost Frequencies Ais 205

Past hits like 2014’s “Are You With Me” have made Lost Frequencies a certified star in his home country of Belgium. Stateside, the melodic electronica virtuoso has dazzled crowds opening for heavyweights including Don Diablo, and more recently The Chainsmokers. Releasing a steady stream of wistful deep house cuts through Armada and his own aptly named Found Frequencies imprint, Lost Frequencies is carving out his own four-to-the-floor formula with lethal crossover appeal.

This year has been another big one for the producer, with high profile slots at festivals like Electric Zoo, and infectious singles like “Melody” and “Like I Love You” leading the way. On the heels of a standout remix of the newly formed LSD’s “Thunderclouds,” the Lost Frequencies dropped by to look back on his whirlwind year and talk what’s next – and drop off a textbook feels-inducing journey for the 205th edition of our Axis series. In typical form, the one-hour ride blends anything everything soothing and uplifting, spanning recognizable hits and some of some juicy IDs from the artist and his label mates.

You were recently listed on DJ mag’s top 100 DJ list at #17. What are your feelings about making it, and the recent online backlash to the list? 

It felt amazing to hear that I reached #17, I climbed 9 places which I certainly didn’t expect and I’m very thankful to all my fans and friends supporting! I think with a list, poll, or anything that “ranks” artists will always face backlash, there is always someone, or another scene, that doesn’t agree! But overall, the response has been very positive and I’m grateful to be recognized alongside so many leaders in dance music!


Last year, you were able to join The Chainsmokers on tour. What are some personal lessons and takeaways from the experience? 

I did, it was crazy! I learnt; pranks can bring you all together and keep you sane on the road – it was one of my favorite memories in such a huge year, Alex and Andrew are so much fun and the vibes were crazy! It was amazing to be able to take my sound to so many huge arenas in the States.


Outside of your own music, what can fans expect soon from your recently revealed Found Frequencies imprint? 

We’ve just released remixes from of ‘Like I Love You’ but for me, it’s also important for us to help introduce new artists that are making music we think is really cool! We have new music from Pretty Pink, Jameson and Mordkey next month, get ready!

The Lost Frequencies catalogue is stuffed with vocal features – Who’re some artists on your wish-list to collaborate with next?

I would love to work with MØ, her voice sounds so fresh, different and exciting on every release.

What’s next in the evolution of the Lost Frequencies sound?

My recent remix for LSD’s (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) latest track I really enjoyed but I have already started working on new tracks – they may appear on my next album but nothing is set in stone yet, my calendar is super busy but new music is something that is definitely on my mind. You’ll be able to keep up to date on anything and everything across my social media!

Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & more

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Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & moreLost Frequencies Ais 205

Past hits like 2014’s “Are You With Me” have made Lost Frequencies a certified star in his home country of Belgium. Stateside, the melodic electronica virtuoso has dazzled crowds opening for heavyweights including Don Diablo, and more recently The Chainsmokers. Releasing a steady stream of wistful deep house cuts through Armada and his own aptly named Found Frequencies imprint, Lost Frequencies is carving out his own four-to-the-floor formula with lethal crossover appeal.

This year has been another big one for the producer, with high profile slots at festivals like Electric Zoo, and infectious singles like “Melody” and “Like I Love You” leading the way. On the heels of a standout remix of the newly formed LSD’s “Thunderclouds,” the Lost Frequencies dropped by to look back on his whirlwind year and talk what’s next – and drop off a textbook feels-inducing journey for the 205th edition of our Axis series. In typical form, the one-hour ride blends anything everything soothing and uplifting, spanning recognizable hits and some of some juicy IDs from the artist and his label mates.

You were recently listed on DJ mag’s top 100 DJ list at #17. What are your feelings about making it, and the recent online backlash to the list? 

It felt amazing to hear that I reached #17, I climbed 9 places which I certainly didn’t expect and I’m very thankful to all my fans and friends supporting! I think with a list, poll, or anything that “ranks” artists will always face backlash, there is always someone, or another scene, that doesn’t agree! But overall, the response has been very positive and I’m grateful to be recognized alongside so many leaders in dance music!


Last year, you were able to join The Chainsmokers on tour. What are some personal lessons and takeaways from the experience? 

I did, it was crazy! I learnt; pranks can bring you all together and keep you sane on the road – it was one of my favorite memories in such a huge year, Alex and Andrew are so much fun and the vibes were crazy! It was amazing to be able to take my sound to so many huge arenas in the States.


Outside of your own music, what can fans expect soon from your recently revealed Found Frequencies imprint? 

We’ve just released remixes from of ‘Like I Love You’ but for me, it’s also important for us to help introduce new artists that are making music we think is really cool! We have new music from Pretty Pink, Jameson and Mordkey next month, get ready!

The Lost Frequencies catalogue is stuffed with vocal features – Who’re some artists on your wish-list to collaborate with next?

I would love to work with MØ, her voice sounds so fresh, different and exciting on every release.

What’s next in the evolution of the Lost Frequencies sound?

My recent remix for LSD’s (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) latest track I really enjoyed but I have already started working on new tracks – they may appear on my next album but nothing is set in stone yet, my calendar is super busy but new music is something that is definitely on my mind. You’ll be able to keep up to date on anything and everything across my social media!

Silk Music Releases A Melodic Slice Of Heaven With Their Only Silk 05 Compilation

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If you are a deep, progressive, melodic house lover, then you know that today is a special day in our scene. Silk Music has presented us with “Only Silk 05”, the fifth edition in their near-annual compilation series, inspired by the radio show and podcast of the same name. A two-part compilation of 31 brand

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dzill Drops Banger Of a Single “Bad Habits” Featuring Rachel Ellicott

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dzill has taken full flight in the Tri-State area, building a fan base with a strong foundation in a wide variety of Electronic music genres. With a strong background in music, his strong ability to manipulate sound has created what appears to be an extremely bright future. He came up playing the flute, better than

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Wild Culture – Together Alone

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Released today through RCA/SME is “Together Alone,” a track from Wild Culture that features vocalist Loren Nine. “Together Alone” is a gripping release from the Austrian duo, and set to delight fans for the weekend and beyond. The tune tells a love story, seamlessly bringing together deep house beats and layered melodies to create a

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Revelries – Naked ft. Jeoko

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The exciting duo Revelries are bringing out their new single this week. From their previous two singles, they have amassed over 5 million Spotify streams, but the pair is moving towards fresh territories with “Naked.” Collaborating with Romanian singer Jeoko, its polished deep house sound is given an Eastern twist, with plenty to keep the

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Voost Releases Soul Catching House Single “Hold On”

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Voost is here to stay with his new chill and melodic single “Hold On”. Released via ChillYourMind, the track is a sequence of smooth sound that will bring your mood up almost immediately. “Hold On” is in the classic style we have seen from this artist, capturing a deep, melodic house vibe that is both

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Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback” Gets A House Remix From Scissors

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The London duo, Scissors, describe themselves as “Music addicted guys trying to put some fresh ideas into dancefloor classics,” which is exactly what they did with their latest spin. The guys took Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback” and transformed it into a Deep House track by bringing out the basslines and adding some deep synths. There’s even a

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