Talk about a stacked lineup! Before we get to the good stuff, we hope you’ve grabbed your ticket already because tickets have long been sold out. Hard Summer Music Festival is probably one of the biggest and most popular summertime music festivals in California. It’s a must-go for electronic music enthusiasts and festival goers, considering how incredibly awesome the lineup is this year. HARD has moved their festival from Whittier Narrows to the Fairplex Southern California this year, which is great for the two-day fest because of its big capacity.
Too much dopeness, yet so little time. We hope you’ve figured out your schedule because it’ll be a tough time for all the music fans to watch all your favorite artists. We suggest downloading the Hard Summer app to take a look at the set times so you don’t get lost in the middle of the five stages.
Vibe away to these tracks and we hope see you ninjas and ninjettes there!
D.C. based indie-dance and disco bender Eau Claire just might be one of the hardest working producers in the dance game right now. It seems like not another week passes without another gem bubbling up from her, and after most recently appearing with us behind a shiny take on Saint Motel’s “Just My Type”, Eau Claire’s back with another window into an ever-evolving production psyche on a remix of Midnight Pool Party’s “Disease”. While the original fits squarely into that shapeshifting indie-dance niche, Eau Claire showers a glossy revision with ample disco synths, subdued percussion and some mid-track vocal filtering that would make Imogen Heap quiver with delight. While this writer might be a sucker for sunny dance beats which hearken visions of rooftops, beaches and pools; Eau Claire stands above much of the pack with her tightly wound production and crisply composed dance structures. If Eau Claire keeps rolling on like this, we have a feeling it won’t be long before she’s being mentioned in the same breath as some of the underground dance scene’s biggest names. We’ve already been doing exactly that. Stream Eau Claire’s remix for Midnight Pool Party above and for our friends in the U.S., take a peek at Eau Claire’s next slate of performances below.
Eau Claire Upcoming Shows:
July 31st – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall August 8th-9th – Palm Springs, CA @ Splash House August 22nd – Brooklyn, NY @ Elements Music Festival August 29th – Los Angeles, CA @ Skybar at Mondrian
Welcome to another segment of Deep & Disco Dojo! This week’s playlist will definitely open your eyes to a wide range of artists. We’re getting extra deep with this one, featuring artists like Après, Bobby Nourmand, Pat Lok, and HI-LO. We’re also introducing artists like Reuben Keeney and Truancy to our dojo, as they’ve been digging up some cool new sounds.
Check out these features below and vibe away! If you love house music, these tunes will not disappoint. And if you don’t normally listen to house, you will probably change your mind at the end of this playlist.
While an unfortunate majority of the music industry’s ebb and flow is governed by strict genre guidelines, and what’s ‘hot’ at the moment; certain artists eschew a majority of outside media stimuli when formulating their sonic concept, thus making whatever they are doing a true expression of said artist’s self. And it’s those artists from which many of us find our true inspiration. Midas Hutch -who based off a brief catalog including the TMN-premiered “Try Me” is without a doubt one of those aforementioned artists- cleverly plays on a keen sense of nostalgia with his latest single, “100%”, while delivering a sound that plays equal parts heartwarming revival and contemporary freshness. A cover of Caprice’s 1985 single of the same name, Midas Hutch lays down a rolling set of electric guitar licks on top of what sounds like a gaggle of Roland 909 drum machines and some tasteful piano for a refreshing taste of the young producer. Furthermore, we haven’t heard a vocoder so seductively utilized like that since Zapp & Roger’s timeless “I Want To Be Your Man”, and if it gives you the pelvic thrusts too well… we’re not responsible.
We’ve heard rumblings of Midas Hutch’s first slate of originals being released later this Summer, and you can be sure we’ll keep you Ninjas in the loop, but until then; stream “100%” above and check out the retro visuals below.
When Leon Oziel created the French Express record label in 2010, it signaled a departure from the norm of big-room music production. Originating with the ideals of originality and fearlessness in mind, its producers set out to break the mold regarding the state of electronic music. 5 years have passed since its foundation, and the collective has ascended to the position of DoLab favorite and torchbearer for the blend of nu-disco and dance music.
With a stacked list of contributors featuring Isaac Tichauer, Jonas Rathsman, Chris Malinchak and Perseus, the assemblage has built a reputation on its collective of like-minded artists, churning out tunes that fit into the DNA structure of R&B Disco Funk.
Fitting perfectly with that theme is fellow collective mate Moon Boots’ new song “Magic”. Released via Annie Mac’s New Music Monday series, “Magic” uses an up-tempo vocal sample to construct an irresistible foot tapping track. Moon Boots also utilizes subtle ambient vocalizations, an extensive use of synthesizer, and a funky base line to round out the song.
Washington D.C. based dance bender Eau Claire has been cruising on a tsunami sized wave of buzz lately, and clearly has no plans on slowing down. Certainly one of the busier remixers to permeate our airwaves, Eau Claire’s latest revision comes on indie supergroup Saint Motel‘s radio sweeping single “My Type”, and she’s slathered her feelgood corner of dancefloor directed sound all over it. If you’ve heard the original tune, you may have most likely gotten that original sax hook stuck inside your temporal lobe for better or worse; but Eau Claire effortlessly errs on the better side. Saint Motel’s vocal gets swaddled in syrupy sweet synth and glittery pads before letting that aforementioned hook burst through, bolstered by pulsating yet light kicks and airy claps resultign in just a beautiful alternate take on Saint Motel’s. Good luck getting this one out of your head today. Stream Eau Claire’s “My Type” remix above and be on the lookout for more additions to her steady and tasteful output soon.
As our weather stateside continues to test the tolerable heat index while pool & rooftop parties begin rolling out in the masses, we’ve begun to start craving those perfect Summertime dance tunes. Much to our delight and listening pleasure, it seems that Dutch House superstar Ferreck Dawn heard our calls for tasteful singalong dance music as he’s dropped one of the most infectious tunes we’ve heard in 2015, “Heaven Sent”. Dawn’s certainly had the Midas Touch over the last year, racking up some of the year’s most notable deep-house cuts including collaborations with Redondo (“Love Too Deep” and “Something Else”) and “Heaven Sent” follows a sterling blueprint for club success. Featuring a soaring vocal, clearly the tune’s focal point, “Heaven Sent” rounds itself out further with uplifting grand piano stabs as its hook, scampering percussion and a perfectly swung bassline to create the type of tune that can be just as happily enjoyed in your car, relaxing in a pair of worthy headphones or in the middle of a sweaty, packed club floor.
“Heaven Sent” is out now on Beatport for our savvy listeners looking to add that choice ‘heat-track’ to their favorite playlists or DJ sets, but as you’ve made it this far, stream Ferreck Dawn’s latest single above.