Saturday, September 28, 2013

Listen to: My Name Is My Name by Pusha T

Pusha T

Pusha T's upcoming release on G.O.O.D. music is expected to release this fall. So much hype has been surrounding the album. Even Kanye West has praised Pusha T as a cultivator of culture and a game changer. So with major cosigns from everyone and a few singles out, we can just expect the best. Let's be honest though, when hasn't Pusha T delivered? To all of this anticipation we see that Joaquin Phoenix produced the beat. Of course we know that he most likely had help from Hudson Mohawke, who is a producer on the label. So as to the legitimacy of it all, we dont know. However, its an amazing track. Check it out!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Discover & Download: 2DEEP

Discover & Download: 2DEEP

  Los Angeles has long been a thriving music scene, and in affect is home to many artists and producers. Electronic music has seen a flourishing scene in the city, but what separates Los Angeles from many cities is the connection to the future and strong latin roots. This has led to the rise of electronic music fused with latin and Caribbean rhythms. Championing the movement is 2DEEP. A DJ/Producer duo that has been mastering the sound of Tropical Bass. 2DEEP has really changed the game with music that spans from Festival Twerk, Moombahton, and have coined the term Trapaton to describe some of their productions. It is with their unique sound and hustle that we are able to hear their music in clubs and major festivals. I have been lucky enough to meet 2DEEP and their music embodies their personality of having fun and enjoying the night. So with this in mind we decided at Dance & Romance to ask a few questions. Enjoy!

Congratulations to 2DEEP for winning Tomorrowland competition

D&R: What is your name, favorite food, and what city you from?
Luis: My name is Luis aka papi chulo. My Favorite food Encebollado. I'm from New York, but living in Los Angeles.
Ultra: My name is Ultra. ULT for short, last name BRO. My favorite food is sushi. I’m from Los Angeles, born and raised. =)

D&R: Describe your sound in three words?
2DEEP: Our sound in three words: Big Twerk House

D&R: What three songs you guys have been into lately?
2DEEPApe Drums – World Boss, DJ SNAKE – Turn Down for What, & Funkin Matt – Hawok 

D&R: Who do you have in mind when you Dj and produce?
Ultra: When DJ'ing, I usually just want to bring that party vibe into the mix, and just have the place booty poppin! Very heavy into the hip hop mash ups and stuff like that. We usually only play little venues with like 150-200 people tops so I don’t really like to get into that big house tunes with the huge builds and stuff. Usually just dj appropriately, does that make sense? And as far as production, PERSONALLY, I like to make what comes naturally and sometimes that can be really left field stuff, but for 2DEEP, Luis and I try to keep in mind of making music we can 1) Play at the club and 2) Play at bigger events like festivals and stuff so our 2DEEP releases usually don’t steer that far away from that mental.
Luis: When we DJ I just usually read the crowd before we go on so if they want like some Twerk/Hip Hop stuff we'll probably start off with that so we can get the girls dancing (haha) Usually just catering to the mami's. For production usually like Ultra said how would this track sound at a festival.

D&R: You have collaborated with a good amount of producers, how has the process been? Do you feel you have developed your sound with these collaborations?

2DEEP: Yeah, a lot of productions consist of collaborations with producers that attract us. For example, Ape Drums has a very heavy influence in dance hall and we love that sound, Corrupted Data has this big dutch sound that we’re very into, so when it comes to trying to express our ideas and lay it out, working with other producers that know how to bring our ideas into light is a huge plus for us and definitely helps develop our sound. One dude we work with a lot is our homie Jonny Chino, and we’re always bouncing ideas off of each other. Working with other creative minds that share the same interest in sounds is fun and that’s probably why we have so many collaborations with different people. The actual process of getting these songs done with other producers consist of literally just speaking about our ideas and it all works out. (Shout out to all the homies we’ve worked with!!)

D&R: You have received a lot of cosigns and your tracks have been played at festivals by some of the biggest names. How does it feel to have your tracks being heard by thousands of people?

Ultra: Honestly, it’s dope to see a video of our tune being played somewhere to thousands of people, and I like to check out how the crowd reacts. The worst part is when you’re at the actual event attending it with your friends and it happens, because then it gets all weird. Your homies are all cheering you on and then people are like why are these dudes going so HAM right now, and then you have that one homie that’s like “THESE GUYS MADE THIS TRACK” and then it’s just awkward for me. Luis loves it though because he’ll take any opportunity to pick up some groupie love. I personally am not into festival pussy, because I imagine it to just been sweaty all day and stuff hahah. UNLESS, its like backstage festival pussy, because its been in a more friendlier environment, then It’s all fair game.
Luis: Haha yup shout out to the groupie luv, That backstage festival pussy the best tbh.

D&R: You have played shows in California, Florida, and on the east coast. What party has been your favorite place to perform? Why?
Ultra: SHAKE N BASS. MECCA FOR ALL SUCIAS/SUCIOS/RATCHETS. Def the favorite place and the peeps that throw that party are so cool too! Then it’s Tallanasty with Team Jaguar and their crazy dance party!
Luis: Shout out Menace Beach man! That party was so nuts also Shake n bass. It's just a different crowd over there than LA their way more fun.
D&R: What is the current musical direction of 2 Deep? And what music projects are in the works right now?
Ultra: We’re working on compiling an EP for Muevelo so that’s one music project Luis and I are mainly focused on, but as far as our production goes, we’re wrapping up this 3 track EP called Festival Twerk.
Musical direction? I don’t really know
Luis: Yeah just finishing up our Festival Twerk EP and we have something with Corrupted Data coming! #Twerklordz

D&R: You post it often, but what exactly is Plurgatti Boyz ?
2DEEP: That’s us, we live it.

D&R: What are your thoughts on the current state of Moombahton?
Luis: I think it's still dope! You ever played moombahton at a party? Tell me everyone doesn't start dancing when you do.
Ultra:  If you’re really about that life, then you’ll dig and look for dope Moombahton. There’s still a lot of good Moombahton out there, its just that there isn’t a Moombah-Thong blog no more so everyone got lazy and decided to just say RIP. PHONIES!

D&R:What is your view on Twerk (bounce) music, Trap, and Miley Cyrus?
Ultra: I love all music and I feel the same way about it ALL. Hahaha Miley Cyrus could get it! #YUNGSUCIOSQUAD #FUCKWITHMEYOUKNOWIGOTIT
Luis: Loving the Twerk Bounce stuff! I'm a big hip hop head so I love it not really the EDM/Dubstep trap stuff though, It's a bit boring and I can't stand Miley Cyrus. (haha Ultra just a Yung Sucio)

D&R: What three Producers should we be listening to?
Luis: Everyone on our MUEVELO comps.

D&R: What is Muevelo? And who are the people involved with this movement?
2DEEP: Muevelo was the name we gave the party Luis and I started. I remembered I wanted to call the party MOOMBAH but I listened to a friend that was like “NAH MAN, AFROJACK HAS A SONG TITLED MOOMBAH” I shouldn’t have listened to dude. SMH We probably coulda made it BIG off that name and been on Telemundo or Univision or whatever =\ but yeah Muevelo was the name we chose, and pretty much we throw a monthly moombahton party. What does that mean? What is a moombahton party? IDK After the first year, we started compiling music from some of our favorite producers that would write back to us and share music with us, and BOOM. We released our first EP. We’ve done three different EPs all being very heavily influenced by moombahton and cumbia and dembow, because DUH. But for this new one we’re focusing on other sounds you can hear at Muevelo. Like house music or what we like to consider as Tropical Bass music. So that same flavor but at a faster tempo, nah mean?
So, Muevelo is just a party and you hear party music at our party. So Muevelo is party music.

D&R: Anything you want to tell your fans?
2DEEP: Thanks for all the support and feedback! <3 <3 #YUNGSUCIOLIFE

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Flavors

Monday Flavor

The weekly installment of Monday Flavor continues to bring you the best in underground sounds. This week we get some alternative R&B sounds and some funky house. So enjoy this new flavor for your ears.

Anna Lunoe is quickly on the rise with her house music. Some of her tracks have just been on point and this latest one is no different. Lyrics that you catch yourself repeating and a groovy drum pattern. This is a must for your car radio and your DJ arsenal of music.

Jaw Jam makes this bouncey bootleg of Dru Hill and it is done well. A hint of a club beat and a smooth synth you would expect of chill music. This is a great tune with a popular classic. *Rush Hour nostalia*

Ok, so lets start by sounding like every other write and say this is the jam! The bass synth, percussions, and mixdown are all intelligently done. The track follows a smooth R&B chillwave style, then amplifies with a club style downbeat mixed with some Bmore. A little bit for everyone and this is an instant favorite. So make sure to grab your copy!

 The remix in my opinion is better then the original. Touurs from Philadelpha is on point. His music is all about the vibes and this remix delivers that message. Those east coast cats just on that beat grind.

Growing up my mother would always play Groove Theory on her cassettes. So its always a good feeling when i hear a remix from tracks that were bumping in my childhood. This remix gives a modern facelift to the original with some creamy and bouncy synths. The added percussions and funky bassline make this track. The remix keeps the inteegrity of the original with just a beautiful update. A mandatory track for the DJ arsenal and for your Itunes. So catch the download now!

Mixtape of the week:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Flavors

This week on Monday Flavors, we have a funky house vibe for you to enjoy. We have on our roundup featuring tracks and remixes from Kry Wolf, Chris Malinchak, Jimmy Edgar, Luxury, Lone, and a mix-tape by Literature. So enjoy the good vibes and funk with us.


Mixtape of the week:


Mad Decent Block Party - Los Angeles [Recap]

This year marked a transition for Mad Decent and their commercial success. The recent success of Mad Decent has led to a rise of fan base. With a growing fan base and radio play, Mad Decent's Annual Block parties have become a full on tour and major productions showcase. This has led to the full capacity event to begin charging. A step that in a direction i feel deviates from the original purpose of the block parties. How ever you feel on the matter, it is without a doubt that production has increased. This year in Los Angeles the lineup had many artists that are in heavy rotation in southern California currently. All the sets were amazing, but the most noteworthy performances were Matt & Kim, Riff Raff, and Clockwork.

As Riff Raff hopped on stage, he was rocking his new Husky puppy. It was an interesting performance with a suprise performance by Lil Debbie (Kreayshawn) and performing "Bake a Cake," which took time from Riff Raff's set. Of course since the schedule was strict, they eventually cut off Riff Raff and he left the stage in an uproar.

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I will say that the end made Riff Raff that more respected and loved. Receiving a full on crowd chant at his abrupt end. 

Clockwork (aka R.L. Grime) as always gave a great performance and rocked the crowd.

And the best performance goes to: Matt & Kim for their Hip Hop covers, Original classics, and their amazing performance that separated themselves from every act on the bill. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Robo-Psycho Entertainment Presents: ZOMBIE PROM V2.0

Robo-Psycho Entertainment 

       This is the second big event ran by Ridgecrest's very own Robo-Psycho Entertainment, also known as RPE. Not many people know of RPE, but with artist like Astral Angst , Boarsley, Convo, and DJ PaniiQ they will soon be known across the west coast. Robo-Psycho Entertainment now invites you to a bloody rotting flesh extravaganza! Zombie Prom v2.0

For more Event Info click [HERE]

       This event will be held at the Historic USO Building in Ridgecrest CA, from 8pm to 2am. You will be blasted by the sounds of some of southern California's newest upcoming dj's and producers such as:
Astral Angst 

Dj PaniiQ

Tomas Marc
Plus many more!!!!

 I had a chance to sit down with head of RPE, Adrian Lemon aka Dj PaniiQ and ask him  a few questions about his events and music, here is what he had to say:

How did it all start?
We began as a group of friends who shared a passion for all facets of Electronic Music and decided to throw a house party for my wife's birthday. It was a local success & we kind of just rolled with it, haha.

What are you future plans for RPE?
I'd really like to branch out to the rest of Southern California. I mean, we have a talented group of gentlemen out here. The world deserves to know about them & hear what they're doing.

It kinda sucks living in a small town with an even smaller scene. The people who do attend are our absolute die-hard fans & the people who don't, just don't understand it.

It's all grade A gravy though, as I see us teaming up with some production companies in the near future. L.A. here we come, hope you're ready.

Friday, September 6, 2013

DJ Spotlight: DJ Rell

DJ Rell

Urban regional dance music has been dominating the electronic music world, and different scenes such as Trap, Juke, Bounce (Twerk), and Club are clearly the most authentic sounds to electronic culture and music. Jersey, Baltimore, and Philadelphia dominate the club music scene with variants depending on the east coast city you hail from. The success of artists such as DJ Sliink, Dj Sega, and many others has opened the flood gates and brought the attention of many to these scenes to see whats fresh. One standout is DJ Rell, a member of Brick Bandits and a Jersey Club producer. Collaborations with fellow Brick Bandits members, and a stockpile of club remixes makes DJ Rell; a fast rising producer in not only the club musice scene, but the bigger electronic dance music landscape. Constant releases has led to cosigns from many DJ's on radio and in mixes. This is understandable since DJ Rell infuses high energy in his mixes and the beat can just conjure up ideas of girls twerking and grinding to his remixes. So keep an eye out for DJ Rell, because he is one of a few club producers about to break through.

Here are our six favorite tracks from DJ Rell :


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Joker Releases "Sega Drive" EP


Just, wow!  The new "Sega Drive" EP from the man himself, Joker, takes nostalgic 8-bit to a whole new level right here.  Released for free three days ago on his soundcloud page, the nine track extended play takes you deep into a world of retro psychedelia that only Joker could have pulled off.  From Sonic The  Hedgehog coin synths and awesome lo-fi drums to classic Sega sound bytes and samples, this is one release from Joker you can't miss out on.  The funk is in full force!

Track List
1.  (Stage 1) Green Brook Zone
2.  (Stage 2) Lava Lake
3.  (Stage 3) In The Bar
4.  (Stage 4) Emerald Ring
5.  (Stage 5) Island YM
6.  (Stage 6) Desert Labrynth
7.  (Stage 7) Pink Metropolis
8.  (Stage 8) Tokya District
9.  (Stage 9) Special Stage

Stream and download all the tracks below!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Donna Summer - Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) [Chromeo & Oliver Remix]

The disco revival is in full force, everyone rejoice!  Chromeo & Oliver team up for this amazing rework of an old Donna Summer classic and it just doesn't get much funkier than this.  From the bass line work  and truly 80's synth sounds, to the vocoder vocals and of course Donna's forceful voice, this video will have you moving to the groove in no time.  The "Queen of Disco" would be throughly impressed, I'm sure of it.  Don't forget where modern dance music came from ladies and gentleman, get educated.  Disco is back baby!