[TMN Exclusive Interview] Talking G-House, Touring and Dirtybird with Shiba San

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The Key Ft Kelis (Shiba San Remix)

House music, which far outdates EDM as a genre, has a pretty fascinating history continuing to redefine and segment itself with each new generation of music. Withstanding the test of time effortlessly, House music today maintains relevancy by sticking to its core vision–keeping a dance floor steady grooving all night. Few artists represent that spirit better than Parisian DJ/producer, Shiba San, an emerging force partially responsible for the prevalence of the hip-hop influenced subgenre, G-House. Building each song around an enormous bassline, Shiba truly engineers for the club making his live sets infectiously danceable, often outperforming headliners at major festivals. Casual fans may know him best for his addicting hit single, “Okay,” which found its way into the sets of DJs literally in every corner of the world, but Shiba has also built a dedicated following on his Soundcloud almost purely through the posting of his flawless sets, which include endless unreleased originals and remixes. As of late, though, he’s been unleashing full versions of these potent tracks as he prepare to release an EP next year.

We had a chance to catch up with Lord Shiba, as we like to call him, about his inspirations, favorite places to perform and his future plans with newly joined label Dirtybird Records. Check out the interview below and enjoy some of Shiba’s gems, including his most recent remix above, through out the article. If you have a chance to catch him live (upcoming dates here), we’d highly recommend copping a ticket and bringing all the turn-up available.

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 I Remember (Shiba San remix)

TMN: First of all, thanks so much for taking to time to answer some questions! How’s the road life treating you?

Shiba San: Tough!!!!! It’s obviously nice to travel all over the world, meet new people and discover new music but I’m not getting a lot of sleep!

TMN: What is your first musical memory?

SS: Classical Piano.

TMN: You started DJing at a pretty young age in Paris. At that time, what kind of music were you spinning and how did coming up in that unique scene shape your sound?

SS: I started with Chicago House, then got into Hip Hop. I was nuts about scratching.

TMN: Artists such as yourself, Amine Edge & Dance are really bringing G-House to the masses. For those not as familiar, how would you describe the sound you guys are developing? And what is your relationship like with the Cuff artists?

SS: Amine Edge & Dance invented G-House. I was interested because the mix of hip hop with Chicago house sounds was getting me back to my roots/first love. I don’t really know the other artists from Cuff, I only released one EP on Cuff. Amine Edge & Dance are great people, they are friends, I love what they do and the way they are.

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West Side Connexion (2014 Remake)

TMN: As a fan of both genres, I always love to see the ways hip-hop production styles trickle into electronic music whether it be in dubstep, trap or, in your case, G-House. Who are some hip-hop producers and artists, past and present, that have been particularly influential in your sound?

SS: I’m not sure they influenced me but DJ Premier and Pete Rock are my all time favorites. But I would say that DJ Mustard is the closest to the G-House sound.

TMN: On a similar note, if you had an opportunity to do a full project with a contemporary emcee or hip-hop producer, who would it be?

SS: Drake, Jay Z or Rick Ross.

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Okay (Preview)

TMN: I’m sure you get a question about “Okay” in just about every interview, but it really does a great job of capturing your sound with its fat bass line and minimalistic big-house sound. What is your approach when you sit down to create a track?

SS: I don’t have a particular approach. I basically turn on the computer and play what goes through my mind. Sometimes it’s cool, sometimes it’s not. I make it rest for 2 days, if I find it interesting I keep it, if not I throw it away.

TMN: “Okay” dropped as part of the Dirtybird BBQ compilation tape. What’s your relationship like with the Dirtybird team and how did it come about?

SS: I met Claude (Von Stroke) in Paris when “OKAY” was already #1, it consolidated our relationship (laughs). I met the other artists from Dirtybird at the Hard Day 0f the Dead Festival. It was great, I’m a fan of most of them. Justin Martin is an influence for me. He came to the party in SF when I was playing, it was really special. I love this label and the artists from the label. I’m very proud to be part of it.
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[Chill] Parra for Cuva – Champa (feat. Monsoonsiren)

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Champa (feat. Monsoonsiren)

Like a song whispered from some sort of higher power, Germany’s Parra for Cuva has crafted a piece of meditative perfection in ‘Champa’. Amidst the rush of life, music that can invoke moments of deep reflection are a treasure, and it won’t take long for your mind to be carried away by the delicate electronica flowing freely here. The mood set by the acoustic soundscape is made complete by the mystical vocals of Monsoonsiren, whose name you may recall from the iconic ODESZA track ‘Memories That You Call’. To best honor the inner purpose of this production we won’t divulge any further than that, because this is one that was made to be felt, not just heard, and the sensation certainly reaches deep.

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[Future] Mura Masa – Soundtrack To A Death (Album Review)

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Back in April of 2013, we premiered  “Birdcage Chain,” a nuanced trap masterpiece that introduced us to then 16-year-old beatsmith, Mura Masa. Since the release of his impressive self-titled EP last year, the young UK producer has been evolving and expanding his style to encompass an unmatched repertoire of sounds and influences. After providing a few promising glimpses into his debut album recently, the now 18-year-old musician released his debut album yesterday.

Soundtrack To A Death serves as a fitting title for the project with each song representing a lifetime of its own only to be reincarnated with the next in a refreshing, yet unified manner. While the trap percussion undertones remain prevalent, their booming qualities are contrasted with a mix of gorgeous pianos and synths, unique eastern sounds, engineered electronic instrumentation and flawlessly placed vocal samples. It’s difficult to establish favorites on a project as complete as this one, but we’ve shared a few above that portray its diversity. “…Girl” may best capture Mura Masa’s musical genius as he takes a simple piano melody and builds a masterfully arranged tune that is versatile and endlessly addicting.

In listening to this album, you get the sense that Mura Masa creates meticulously, with attention to every detail and subtlety, resulting in a mind-altering, deeply emotional listening experience, which brings to mind artists like Flying Lotus and XXYYXX. Although “Future” has always seemed like a strange genre classification, Mura Masa truly pushes musical boundaries on this project taking the current direction of electronic music to a whole new level and, at only 18, he is quite literally the future. Soundtrack To A Death can be streamed in its entirety and purchased over at Bandcamp; and is also available on iTunes.

P.S. Hit the jump to see the epic video for “…Girl” and listen to Mura Masa’s remix of Aryay‘s “The Lawnmower,” which just won the official remix contest.

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BiPolar Theory – Lemme [TMN PREMIERE]

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Lemme (Original)

After being introduced to the Deep House duo, BiPolar theory (consisting of Whyel and JDefeats), we instantly got hit with the boogie fever to which we experienced some serious third degree burns from their tunes. Since their debut EP release and their sensational remix of Disclosures “Latch”, we have been anxiously awaiting for these two to come back with some heat for us to share with the world. Well ninjas, today is the Monday of all Mondays because we are excited to share with you the latest original from BiPolar Theory that will 100% take you so deep that DJ Hanzel would be put to shame. In fact, we had to give this one a listen a few times because these two definitely took their underground game to an entirely new level of funky.

Filled with sizzling build ups, sharp and choppy synth breakdowns, and heaps of pitched down one liners, BiPolar gives us a delectable taste of some good, traditional sounding House music. “Lemme” is the type of song that will naturally make your body move effortlessly across the dance floor, almost as if the sound gods themselves are guiding you through a rhythmic tunnel of divine frequencies. Talk about an experience if you ask us. “Lemme” is available for free download viz Panda Funk Records so make sure to grab this one while it’s sizzling hot because there’s no way you’ll be able to listen to this one just once.

 

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[Synth-Pop] Lincoln Jesser – Golden

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Lincoln Jesser has been quietly enticing much of the staff here at TMN over the course of the past few years. From singles steeped in supremely catchy, thought out production structures to a cohesive and accessible debut LP, Modern Color; it’s safe to say we’ve carved out a bit of a soft spot for the So-Cal synth modulator. As a result, every time we’re sent a new lush pop composition from LJ, it more than piques our interest and never fails to deliver an earful of sonic beauty. “Golden”, Jesser’s latest tune finds the young producer in one of the most enlightened stretches of a brief music career, with Jesser’s crooning vocals sounding more polished and directed than ever before -even amongst a deft amount splicing, chopping, and layering. Musically, “Golden” borrows tonality from a multitude of unexpected genres; a swelling, pitched down bass line offers shades of U.K. jack and club-house while a rich, warm pop base lacquers the movement with more than enough unique accessibility to shine amongst what has become an influx of  a formulaic avalanche’s worth of stabs at the revivalist genre. One thing this writer has always associated with Jesser has been: “refreshing”. And that’s once again how “Golden” lays on our palate.

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Kavinsky – Nightcall (Ardency Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Nightcall (Ardency Remix)

As we struggle to hit our snooze button for the eleventh time this morning, we can’t help but close our eyes and sigh at the daunting fact that today is only Tuesday and we are as far away possible from the weekend. Knowing that we still have 3 days of monotony to endure makes us really want to pull the sheets over our head and ignore all of our adult responsibilities for the rest of the day. We here at TMN often find ourselves in this state of mind, however, we tend to remedy these heavy eyelids with some soothing music to refresh our negative mindsets into a more optimistic lime light. Helping lift our spirits and carry us through this mundane day are electronic duo, Ardency and their euphoric remix of Kanvinsky’s famous song, “Nightcall”. Through their emotive approach to this track, they successfully re-worked this wonder into something truly ethereal.

Ardency mentions to us that “this song is simple but thought out and meaningful. Every part of it was made to convey the brooding emotion of Kavinsky’s character. We wanted to stay true to our style while making a remix that did the original justice. Ultimately, the goal of our music is to stimulate emotion within our listeners; we want to make people feel.”

Filled with elongated notes of pure divinity, powerful percussive elements that burst with emotion, and mystical, melodic builds that lead up to a beautiful release, Ardency turns this Kavinsky classic into a memorable piece of art that will swoon you for all eternity. As we await the drop of their upcoming Gradience EP (out next month via Prep School Recordings), Ardency is releasing their “Nightcall” remix for free so we can have something to sit on until then. We can’t wait to hear what’s up their sleeve next, but for now we will just utilize the repeat button until further notice.

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[Deep House] Raury – God’s Whisper (La’Reda Remix)

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God's Whisper (La'Reda Remix)

La’Reda, an LA-based duo made up of two established musicians in Brion Charles and Nathan Barbour, came out with a unique edit of Atlanta-based artist Raury‘s “God’s Whisper” yesterday totally spicing things up and adding their own twist. This rework features a subtle deep-house beat and a chilled out vibe that fully consumes your attention. The original voice samples are incorporated cleverly into the mix. The hollow synths used in the breakdown towards the end of the song fit perfectly with Raury’s powerful vocals. It’s complex and deep without being overdone.

Free download of the song is available here–make sure to check out La’Reda’s Soundcloud for more deep house goodness!

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