Today is the first Friday of Decemeber, so we’re kicking in the last month of 2016 with some super solid records from some of our favorite up and coming producers. The list runs on, but some of who you may find include KRNE, Rad Cat, Dusty Bits and Twine. As usual, we collected a dozen of our favorite free downloads from over the past week and put them all together for you right here in the Friday Party Playlist. Take us with you to your function tonight, blast the tunes and have yourself a ball. If you need more music, there are 223 other editions of this playlist you can rummage through! No matter what you decide to do, when you turn on these records, make sure to do us a favor and #danceirresponsibly.
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Our friends over at Cadence & Cause are at it again. This time around, they’re working with the Circus Records crew, who happen to be our Resident Label of the month, crafting a fundraiser that’s set on helping kids feel empowered through DJ workshops in Los Angeles.
The prize for this campaign is pretty legendary. Two winners, plus one guest each, will get to play arcade games with Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Cookie Monsta, and Funtcase at XLanes in downtown Los Angeles. How do you enter? It’s easy. Just head over to their campaign page and make a small donation to Give a Beat.
The minimum contribution is just $5 and will go directly towards helping underprivileged kids. That’s something we can all swing, especially for a great cause and a chance for an unforgettable experience.
As an added bonus, we’ve dialed up a little Circus Records playlist for you. Throw it on and go do some good!
Sweeps ends on Monday the 5th at 1:00PM PST. Better hurry up!
Winter weather is finally here! Along with snowboarding, sledding, snowball fights, and schnapps-spiked hot cocoa, we can also look forward to a winter stacked with top-notch talent at Beta Nightclub. Per usual, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to get off your couch and head down. Why’s that? Because we’re hooking you up with free entry.
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Get there before 9:00 on Sunday
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY this week.
The interplanetary bass music producer Au5 and the terrestrial vocal star Cristina Soto have come together to create a riveting and original four-song EP, Freefall, released through the Austin imprint Gravitas Recordings. Au5 has produced music at a prolific pace for years now, from neuro drum and bass to more melodic dubstep similar to the music of Seven Lions. Cristina Soto dropped her own debut album earlier in 2016 on Gravitas. Bass music junkies were introduced to her silky strong voice after Bassnectar remixed “One Thing”, produced by Gravitas label head Psymbionic and Maine’s own Of The Trees.
Soto’s powerful voice lends itself well to powerful bass music. Each song on “Freefall” would be a gem without vocals on account of Au5’s brilliant musical ideas and well-executed production. Bringing the human voice into the mix, and such an expressive voice at that, gives the robotic, space-age sounding EP a human tether, not to mention crossover appeal. She sings of emotional expression itself. “I need my occasional howling at the moon” wails Cristina on “Shock Diamond”, as the song crescendos into fluid drum and bass. “I’m only alive in the freefall” she cries on the title track. I’ve never been skydiving, well outside of a dream, anyway, but to listen to this EP with its abundant energy and beautiful scenery can give one the sensation of plummeting through colorful skies.
We’ve come to expect only the best in production from Au5, and he exceeds those expectations here. He weaves together the emotive note relationships of a grand piano or electronic keyboard with the subtle beauty of deep sub bass, and pairs soaring ethereal synth chords with the wet, dirty crashing lead melodies. The dichotomy between beautiful and ugly noise enraptures the listener on “Emergence”. One moment you’re flying through space on a rainbow super highway, and the next minute your space ship is being shredded molecule by molecule at the event horizon of a black hole.
An Au5 remix of “Emergence”, a variation on his own original, provides an epic closing for the EP, the equivalent of a rock power ballad minus the cheese and plus the 21st century. “Gravitas” means “weighty” in Latin, and there is nothing here which does not live up to that description, from the breadth of Au5’s massive productions to the deeply-felt freedom of Cristina Soto’s vocals.
Earlier this month we had the pleasure of asking a newcomer to the dance music arena some questions. That man was Jetset. The Youtuber-gone-producer gave us a sneak peak into his EP, Flight, with a single, but now the full project is here at last.
With four songs, Jetset cements himself as a creator that needs to be taken seriously. He’s not jumping on any bandwagon, and if he was, dubstep probably wouldn’t be his style of choice, despite it making waves back to the forefront of EDM. Now, this EP isn’t entirely dubstep, as the single “BLOW YA MIND” kicks things up with its electro meets breakbeat sound. In speaking of sound, one has to mention just how good of a sound designer Jetset is already. Each song is packed with vibrant samples; Jetset came out swinging hard with some aggressive, tactical hits. If you’re a fan of guys like Spag Heddy and Ray Volpe, then add Jetset to your list of priorities, because he’s got a lot more coming. I mean, this is only his first project ever… Did we also mention it’s free?
Greg Jones aka G Jones has been an undisputed innovator in electronic music for years now, the champion young gladiator in the arena of filthy, hard-edged sound design, with ever-evolving new expressions of the mind-melting, cathartic bass drop. His production pace is also prolific. It seems every time he performs he’s debuting new singles and collabs, and now he’s dropped “Pull Up”, the first single from his upcoming Visions EP.
Jones’ sound has always evolved at a rate which can be hard to follow. Fans barely get accustomed to one incredible style before the artist moves on to his next manifestation, and some of the stylistic innovations he’s made in the past are now passed over in his new productions. “Pull Up”, for example, lacks the head-nod drums (“trap” beats to some) and the long-sustained synth lines of his earlier work. The track starts with an archetypal faux-dance synthesizer that’s soon interrupted by slashes of razor sharp, two-ton heavy snyths, bounced back and force with a Jamaican voice hollering “Pull Up”, and a mash of hi-hats, 8-bit beeps, and huge variety of seemingly random percussive sounds. What has never left, and will continue to define G Jones music for many ears, are the enormous, meticulously-crafted kicks and experimental snare sounds that anchor “Pull Up”.
This new single confirms what many who’ve been attending Greg’s shows for months already know, that the producer is moving into ever more abstract territory, away from clean beats a la Bassnectar, and more towards the fringes of experimental bass music a la EPROM. “Pull Up” comes ahead of Greg’s Visions Tour, which commences in January and will absolutely barnstorm clubs with support from legends like UK bass pioneer Plastician, and The Widdler.
We hope you stuffed your face and enjoyed Thanksgiving. Now, it’s the weekend, and you get to party all you want, instead of kicking it back with your family. Sure, some of you may have even partied yesterday, but now it’s Friday so the party won’t stop. As we do every week, we collect our favorite free downloads and share them with you. Here we have twelve records, including a closing few with some chilled out vibes to bring your night to a close with ease. Records from this week come from Statik Link, ATLiens, Convex, RIOT, NIGHTOWLS and many more. Stream, download, and enjoy; most of all, #danceirresponsibly.