San Diego’s biannual waterfront who’s who of electronic hot topics, CRSSD festival, will return September 28-29 for its fall 2019 arm, featuring a both a plethora of its cornerstone house and techno talent, plus a number of avant-garde electronic—including Richie Hawtin, Moon Boots, Kaskade, Hot Chip, and Anna Lunoe.
Lunoe, a longtime CRSSD contender who’s played both the fall and spring editions of the painfully cool West Coast affair, is looking ahead to her Sunday slot at The Palms stage. To prepare, she’s looking back on this past summer, packing some of her fondest anthems of the bygone festival season into a half-hour mini mix. Lunoe uses the 30-minute display to prove she’s down for the get down, and she’ll be holding no sonic punches this weekend at Waterfront Park. Accenting the mix with both Lunoe originals (“303” and “Badass”) and crowd-corralling stompers like Damien N-Drix’s “Let It Ring,” the recent Mad Decent habitué gives listeners a tantalizing taste of her resounding DJ capabilities.
“This mix is representative of the sets I was playing at the beginning of summer at big festivals,” Lunoe says of the selects.”But I plan on bringing some new vibes to CRSSD. The crowd there is always so ready to go deeper. I have no idea where I’ll go with it yet. Time will tell.”
Party Favor is back with new music after releasing 11 track album Layers earlier this year. His newest single is a collaboration with Danish DJ and production trio, Nonsens, and the release unites the best elements of each artist’s bass driven sound.
“Gasoline” is filled with a hectic energy that immediately throws the listener into the midst of a pulsing bass build. Soprano synths give the release a retro vibe and unique flair. “Gasoline” ultimately culminates with a hefty drop that knocks people out with its power—perfect for weaponizing during peak of a heavy club set.
Party Favor has been a Mad Decent frequenter, but his newest release and latest album are out now on his own label, Area 25. It is Nonsens’ first release on the label.
Passing the microphone to bounce master, Big Freedia (who previously worked alongside DJ Snake and Diplo to deliver “Drop”) for some on-brand lasciviousness, Francis and Dutch producer, TV Noise erect “Bawdy”‘s buoyant moombahton infrastructure. The lyrics arrive in tricky tandem with the track title: “Move your bawdy-awdy / Work your bawdy-awdy.” Another hip-shaker from the Francis camp in the books—for certain.
“Bawdy” is indeed just a fragment of what’s to come on the Francis front. His new mixtape, Magic Is Real, is due out in full November 15, through IDGAFOS and Mad Decent.
“[House music] has always been incredibly important to me, and Higher Ground is our homage to the legends and opportunity to champion new sounds and artists from around the world pushing the genre forward,” Diplo writes in a recent press release.
The variety of the event’s roster embodies the sonic diversity that Diplo seeks to instill in the imprint, which will encompass releases spanning tech-house, deep/melodic house, and Afro-infused house, among other styles.
Dirtybird favorites Walker & Royce put forth the label’s inaugural release on Wednesday, with their four-part (two originals, two extended cuts) EP, Rave Grave. Higher Ground is also expected to house a number of Diplo’s own original productions.
Four on the floor enthusiasts can secure tickets to Higher Ground, here.
Mad Decent record label founder, Diplo, is adding a new record label to his collection in the form of a new deep house imprint. The label, Higher Ground, follows the naming convention of the artist’s recent EP, Higher Ground. The label will serve as a platform to showcase both established and up-and-coming talent in house music, and it will serve as a home for Diplo’s own house tracks and collaborations going forward.
“House is where it all came from,” Diplo says of the new endeavor in a press release. “Everything we know and love as dance music today started with the masters in Chicago and Detroit almost 40 years ago. The genre has always been incredibly important to me, and Higher Ground is our homage to the legends and opportunity to champion new sounds and artists from around the world pushing the genre forward.”
Higher Ground enlists Brooklyn-based house duo Walker & Royce for its first release. They will be putting out two singles, “Rave Grave” with VNSSA and “The Biznes” on Sept. 2. The label will also be doing a takeover at The Brooklyn Mirage on Sept. 22. The lineup is yet to be announced, and tickets are on sale here.
Dillon Francis has been a busy, busy man this summer, debuting on Monstercat and releasing a new collab what seems like every other week, all while serving as a resident DJ in Las Vegas and squeezing in a few international shows here and there.
On Aug. 28, the producer-turned-DJ-turned-infectious-internet-personality continues his hot streak with the release of the oft-teased and distinctly memorable “GO OFF (Nuthin’ 2 It).” Of course, because there’s “nuthin’ 2 it,” fans are also treated to the simultaneous drop of the song’s music video.
The new release show Francis returning to Mad Decent, the Diplo-led recording conglomerate where the California native’s ironically iconic rise began years ago. “GO OFF (Nuthin’ 2 It)” is built around its commanding vocal sample, which in itself is half sass, half soul and all Dillon, but it’s the accompanying harmonies and jukin’ bassline that give it his signature club-ready sheen.
“GO OFF (Nuthin’ 2 It)” is the first track from Francis’ upcoming Magic is Real mixtape, which will be dropping new songs every two weeks starting starting Aug. 28.
Go deep, then go deeper. Matroda and Loge21 are diving to the bass depths in their new collaboration, “Raise Em Up,” out now on Mad Decent.
Fans of both artists knew spotless sound design and an irresistible bass punch would be the result when these two notable acts came together, and that’s exactly what happened. “Raise Em Up” introduces itself with a simple enough house kick but soon morphs into something more complex as filtered vocals make an entrance and a wonky background melody wobbles in and out. The drop presents something new entirely, using the element of surprise to catch the listener off guard.
These two artists delightfully plunge their fans into their own realm of madness, delivering a bass house installment that’s sure to thrill fans of all house music persuasions.
Those who have been following Mad Decent‘s movements lately will know the label’s been on a huge house tip this year, coming to a crest with Diplo’s house music-heavy set at Coachella this past April. The Mad Decent boss as well as his frequent label cohorts like Anna Lunoe (exemplified in her most recent EP release) and Valentino Kahn are diving headfirst into four-on-the-floor with well-timed ferocity.
Continuing this trend in fine style, Kahn has seen fit to jam-pack six of his hottest house releases into one convenient package: an EP, aptly titled House Party.
This EP (Kahn’s second EP ever) contains three huge solo cuts including the off-the-wall dancefloor weapon, “Pony,” in addition to three equally destructive collaborations like “JustYourSoul” with Diplo himself, and “Flip The Switch” with Chris Lorenzo. Stream the full EP below.
The six-track House Party compilation kicked off with the release of “Pony” in May, and since then, the mustached producer has unveiled tracks like “JustYourSoul” with Diplo, “Better” with Wuki and Roxanna, and now a new one: “Flip The Switch” with Chris Lorenzo. This sultry house heater is the final single to be disclosed, just a day before the EP’s full release.
The two prolific house producers waste no time setting the mood for their collaboration, introducing an eerie piano melody before dipping quickly into a hard-hitting bassline and menacing vocals. They build swiftly to the first drop, using a minimalist synth melody to lead into a hefty house rhythm that carries through the remainder of the tune.
House Party arrives in full Aug. 9 via Mad Decent.
“What’s the move? What’s the vibe tonight? Because I’m trying to look cute, get wild tonight.”
If the response to those questions involves anything to do with Diplo or Kaskade, stress goes out the window. The lyrics are from Diplo’shouse track with Blond:ish, “Give Dem,” featuring Kah-Lo, and who better to remix a dance floor-ready Diplo heater than veteran remixer Kaskade?
The rework jumps into the kick snare house percussion, eventually making its way to the casual, rhythmic vocals that build anticipation from their illuminating background. Deep club bass riddles the hook, adding low-end heft from the groovy original.
The eclectic house DJ, who just came off remix projects with Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Lopez, now turns his talents towards the house persona from the Mad Decent label boss for a can’t-miss remix.