Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’re probably aware that the shadowy producer Zhu made a buzzed-about pit stop in NYC the other weekend. With so much attention paid to the faceless wonder and his live “Nightday Experience,” it’s easy to overlook the Jersey-based DJ/Producer who warmed up the decks that night. Bender, a DJ/producer with obvious skill, was responsible for getting the crowd in the mood with an opening mix of deep, moody house grooves. Below you can check out his mix containing several of his own impressive remixes as well as a variety of thick, bass-heavy beats that build up a dark vibe that fits perfectly into the Nightday Experience. Check out the mix below and be sure to visit Bender’s Soundcloud page where you can cop his remixes and other sets for free. Keep an eye on this guy as he is bound for good things as house music continues its upward trajectory.
Hailing from Hanover, Germany, Les Loups has graced us on numerous occasions with emotionally rich and invigorating productions, most falling within the realm of what they consider a nu disco, french house, and electro funk sound. If those words catch your eye and those sounds soothe your ears, then you’ll be privileged to indulge in their recent mixtape, ‘Revolved One’, the latest installment to their event series ‘REVOLVED‘. Energetically uplifting from beginning to end, the mix is a perfect way to pass the time with a musically engaging soundtrack packed with a slew of “beautiful synths, playful basslines, and stompy beats”.
01. Ian Pooley ft. Högni Egilsson – 1983 (Album Version)
02. Metro Area – Miura (Album Version)
03. Different Marks ft. Cari Golden – Shiny Pennies (Original Mix)
04. David Rubato – Circuit (Siriusmo Remix)
05. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (Vocal Mix)
06. Lindstrøm ft. Christabelle – Baby Can’t Stop (Aeroplane Remix)
07. La Royale – The Crush (Original Mix)
08. Cyclist ft. Maiko Watson – Shine (Original Mix)
09. Erdbeerschnitzel – Let Go (Original Mix)
10. Movement – Feel Real (Morgan Geist Remix)
11. Stimming – Window Shopping (Original Mix)
12. Artful & Ridney ft. Terri Walker – Missing You (Ridney Rework)
13. Way Back – Way Back (Original Mix)
14. Rudimental ft. MNEK & Syron – Spoons (Album Version)
15. Daniel Paul – Outta Space (Meitz Mix)
16. Persian Empire – Eskapismus (Original Mix)
17. Les Sins – Grind (Original Mix)
18. The White Lamp – It’s You (Ron Basejam Remix)
19. Les Loups ft. L’Étranger – Smile (Unreleased 2012 Demo)
20. Tuesday Born – Mockingbird (Original Mix)
If you have not heard any of Claude VonStroke’s music by now, you are in for some fresh sounds. Before you go and listen to his latest album, Urban Animal, make sure you check out his sophomore, full-length album, Bird Brain, to set yourself up for an exciting first impression. Drawing liberally from people like Paul Kalkbrenner and Ellen Allien, the San Francisco based producer solders ascending vocoder bars over pumping kicks, sliding in a buzzer-beating nominee for freshest album of 2009.
Overall, this is an easy collection to love. VonStroke—Barclay Crenshaw to his notary public—has a clear agenda here: Put the 415 area code back on house’s speed dial. With track titles like “California” and “Bay Area” coupled with a kick-heavy kit and a playfully old-school sample arsenal, he’s also doffing his hat to the days when DJ Shadow was king.
Our personal favorite track on the album is “Bay Area.” In trying to define the genre of this track, we came up with “Deep-Trap,” because it has elements of deep-house sounds and progression, as well as chill 808 drums that we find common in trap. Only with further research we learned that “Bay Area” is actually defined as “Ghettotech” by Claude VonStroke himself. This opened up a whole new genre and world of sound for us—we cannot wait to share more! So, go listen to Bird Brain, and then you should be ready for some of the freshest sounds that Urban Animal provides.