Starting the week off with a bang in the form of new music from Nonfiction x Thomas Garcia. “I Like It Better” comes off their new release “Big Bro, Little Bro” EP. Featuring vocals from Missy B and a savage house drum line that combine for a sure fire, dance floor burner. Check it out now and grab the whole release while you’re at it.
On Friday’s, we keep it simple. Here are five jams ready-made for your listening pleasure…so don’t hesitate to get down and unwind a little. Treat yo ‘self!
Sebb Junior – Untitled Love Song
Icarus – Trouble feat Talay Riley
Major Lazer – Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell) [Thomas Garcia x Hello Harry Remix]
JNTHN STEIN – Master Control ft. BXRBER (Pat Lok Remix)
Love Galore x Don’t Get Too High (Porsia Camille Mashup)
Ready to take that hump day to a bump day? We have five selections that are sure to put some pep in that step and get you even closer to the weekend.
Disco Fries ft. Great Good Fine OK – Moving On
Two of our personal favorites come together for the ultimate feel good track! Lots of bounce and feels on this one.
Klyne – Sure Thing
Neo-soul masters Klyne bring the heat with this track. Off their self-titled album which we HIGHLY recommend.
Toniia & Menend – Here Where I Am
Toniia and Menend join forces on this beautiful track. Big beat, soulful vocals, and driving synths bring it to life.
She Said Disco – Time To Move
Take an electronic bath in 80s glory with the latest from “She Said Disco”! Throwing it back to this 2016 Nervous Inc. release.
Just Kiddin x Dirty Radio – My Life
Just Kiddin and Dirty Radio are a perfect match for what just may be the most summer-y track of the summer!
Looking for something fresh and dope? Sounds great right? It is because today we bring you an exclusive SoundCloud premiere of this awesome Major Lazer remix from Thomas Garcia x Hello Harry!
Their take on “Aerosol Can” takes out the filler and replaces it with dance floor killer vibes. Nothing too flashy or over produced here. One thing about “major artist” remixes is that sometimes the original takes over the remix. Not the case here. Both producers do well to keep it dance driven. The vocal samples are well placed and drops are smartly executed.
Major Lazer – Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell)[Thomas Garcia x Hello Harry Remix]
This week we bring you a brand new “Interview Series” featuring none other than Mahalo aka Nick Jay. Having put out some killer remixes and originals over the past few years, Mahalo is gearing up for what looks to be his biggest year yet. He’s been taking the stage at various events across the country and we get the feeling he’s just getting started. Enjoy an exclusive Q&A we did with him as well as his track “Current Mood” below. Don’t forget…no pineapple on your pizza, kids.
Your growth in 2016 has led to a busy 2017, how has the year been for you?
Mahalo: While it is definitely the busiest year I’ve ever had it has also been my favorite so far. Lots happening to be excited about!
Is it difficult to balance your music/work-life with your personal one?
Mahalo: Absolutely. I wouldn’t say it’s anything unmanageable but it’s definitely becoming more and more difficult to make time for the more leisurely things in life.
Big shows are becoming a regular thing for you, anything special coming up?
Mahalo: This year I’m performing at EDC which is very special for me. I’ve been going to EDC since I was teenager so it’s a major milestone for me as an artist.
Is pineapple on pizza a good or bad thing? (we know, we know)
Mahalo: A token Hawaii question, huh Alex? Haha dude never put pineapple on your pizza.
Any upcoming releases?
Mahalo: My new track “Heaven” drops the 23rd of June with Adam from Eton Messy/Blonde’s new imprint, Night Beast Records and as part of a joint venture with Perfect Havoc. Very excited for this one.
Mahalo: Lots! but it’s still too early to announce so all I can say is stay tuned 🙂
Pat Lok is a man of many hats when it comes to what genre he plays. From Deep House to Blog House, his signature sound always persists regardless of tempo or vibe. “Stay Together” sits nicely between Deep and Future House with a crazy-infectious vocal track. Pat commands some of the best drops in the game, which is more than evident here. One moment you’re swaying to a breakdown…the next you’re having a dance party. Keep an eye out for his new album dropping soon…
Get ready to get down with this fine remix from the incredible Peggy Gou. Shy Luv are a relatively new act on the scene. They have a penchant for creating catchy and infectious tunes that carry a ton of energy. Their latest release, “Time“, gets a laid-back and late nite treatment courtesy of Peggy. Her take on this track takes us back to 1975 with an excellent flute line that we can’t get out of our head.
This isn’t a track that is going to impress you with fireworks. It does so instead with a clever and driving arrangement that surprises you. The piano is understated but it beautifully fits in with the rest of the song.
Need something that has the perfect mix of inspiration and big dance sounds? Look no further. Our good friends Just Kiddin are gearing up for Summer with their new track “More To Life”. The Potion Records releases sees JK take another massive step towards dance floor glory with a track that is perfect for anytime, anywhere. Listening to this song may literally inspire you to feel like you have found “More To Life”…or at least more gold for your playlists!
Over the past 10 years, bloggers and independent musicians have shared an increasingly important bond. While the mainstream is mostly controlled by organizations the independent landscape is rich with talent. So how does one go about finding this talent? Even more so, how does one provide such artists with a platform for exposure?
Australian super-blog “Acid Stag” and PR company “Mammal Sounds” founder, Jez Ry is a master of discovering great music. The founder of Acid Stag is constantly covering the freshest and most genuine music being created today. Catering to no specific sound, genre, they bridge the gap between popular artists and those who are up and coming. His work with Mammal Sounds goes deeper with Jez pushing various artists who’s works may go otherwise unnoticed.
His passion is apparent and he has done well to make an ever growing name for both Acid Stag and Mammal Sounds. We had the chance to ask him a few questions and we gladly did so 🙂
1. What made you want to get into music PR and blogging?
Acid Stag; I was always on the hunt for new tunes and sharing them with (hassling) my friends on Facebook or whatever, then after a a year or so of watching me do this, my boyfriend at the time suggested we make a music blog and start putting these tracks up there, so we did, and that was the birth of Acid Stag and within 6 months I was doing a phone interview with one of my favourite bands of all time, The Rapture – insane!
Mammal Sounds; I began managing some friends of mine a few years ago called Back Back Forward Punch. I just wanted to help them get their music out there, and thought that being a band manager would be pretty cool, haha. This was going quite well for just over a year before I took on another duo called Midnight Pool Party, and from there things just kept rolling along very nicely. Before I knew it I was managing five insanely talented projects – cln, Golden Vessel, Midnight Pool Party, Back Back Forward Punch, and my newest guy Benji Lewis.
The publicity side of Mammal Sounds came from all of the terrible publicity Acid Stag was being sent. I felt so bad for these artists that were paying these people to promote their music in such a shitty way, and figured I could do a better job and really help them out, so I started doing publicity for other artists outside the MS mgmt roster, and that just seemed to take on a life of its own.
2. Both Acid Stag and Mammal Sounds share the work of artists across multiple genres. Are there any that you prefer in particular?
My tastes are quite varied actually…but you can see that from the content on Acid Stag I guess. For me it’s all about losing yourself in a really good song, a song that has an effect on you, whether that’s physical or emotional….and I will admit that I do have a bit of a soft-spot when it comes to disco 🙂
3. Which artists do you see making their mark in 2017?
haha, well I’d suggest keeping an eye on cln, Golden Vessel, Midnight Pool Party & Benji Lewis, who all have some pretty exciting things happening this year. I do also have my eyes on a few other talented artists but I don’t want to give them away just yet 🙂
4. The Australian music scene has been red hot for years. How have you seen it change over time?
When I was growing up it felt like Australia was just so far away and disconnected from the rest of the world. I used to have to order CDs via a dial-up modem internet and wait weeks for them to arrive…it was painful!
There’s such an insane amount of young talented artists coming out of Australia these days. One of the things I love most about Acid Stag is being able to discover so many of these artists/musicians/producers on a regular basis, and that’s also how I met my guys cln, Golden Vessel, Midnight Pool Party and Benji Lewis!
ahh the internet, I’d be lost without you!
5. If you could meet yourself but a younger version…what advice would you give them?
don’t be scared, do everything 🙂
6. Favourite meal to enjoy before heading out for a show?
Hmmm, I think pizza is my preferred pre-gig dinner choice, a delicious vegetarian pizza with pumpkin!
Enjoy the latest HUMP DAY mix from Acid Stag and our good friends, Just Kiddin:
New fresh cuts. If you were lookin’ for ’em, we got ’em.
It’s kind of what we do here.
One of the most choice cuts, is the newest offering from one of our favorites around here, Midnight Pool Party, and their latest single, “Vulnerable“. This one is fitting perfectly with the recent cooler weather returning. Welcomed, to say the least, IMO.
Down-tempo house grooves flood through when the track begins, as a driving organ line builds the feels. Perfect for late night drives, this tune is a head-nodder through and through. While some of their other work has been a little more upbeat, this groove fits the songs so well, its a very nice change of pace, yet still vibes well in the MPP catalog. Two cups up from us.
If you are looking for a sweet soul lounge house burner (just made that one up…), tune your dials toward Australia, as the dudes of Midnight Pool Party are lookin’ for dance floors near you.
Vulnerable is the single from their latest EP, which you can stream here on Spotify.
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- PREMIERE: Isle & Fever – Dime Piece (Jason Gaffner Remix)September 12, 2017 - 4:23 pm
Debuting the latest from crooner/jammer/musician extraordinaire Jason Gaffner. His take on “Dime Piece” from Isle & Fever is a slick cut that contains the right amounts of groove and fun. Retaining the the feel of the original track while also providing us with something new. Indie Dance goodness at it’s finest!