Posted on 18 January 2013
Our favorite world-renowned party starters, Verboten and Bespoke, ring in the new year with fantastic lineups for tonight and tomorrow. First off tonight, is Verboten’s event at Highline Ballroom with Hot Natured co-founder Lee Foss, Crosstown Rebel Subb-an and Fist or Finger founder Jozif who blew the sombrero off BPM Festival this past week. Come and celebrate Jozif’s upcoming Balance mix.
Tomorrow, German house pioneers Suol Music stop by Brooklyn for Bespoke Music‘s event. Co-founders Chopstick & Johnjon join the love guru Daniel Bortz for a soulful house experience, filled with gorgeous rhythms that will keep you melting on the dancefloor. Rounding out the night is our talented friend Rami Deejay providing some pure sex funk. We promise this will be a night not to be missed. Check out a mix below that Bortz did “From Suol to Suol” to get a taste of what’s to come!
Posted in DJ, Local Flavor, Mixes
Posted on 10 December 2012
The Dog & Pony Show team up with Turbotax to usher in Julio Bashmore’s long anticipated return onto American soil this Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge. After a meteoric rise last year, Bashmore continues to impress both bass & house heads alike with the massive summer anthem Au Seve, production on Jessie Ware’s Devotion and the creation of his own label, Boardwalk Records. His latest offering Husk provides a stripped down groover with a workout video to boot. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for a chance to win a pair of tickets.
Posted on 25 April 2012
We at HiFi Cartel are excited to announce our upcoming event at Brooklyn’s Glasslands, featuring the likes of some proper badmen…and a badgyal. Stopping off in NYC as part of their Surefire Sound Spring Tour, we bring you the likes of Addison Groove (LIVE) and Doc Daneeka on April 28th. Opening up the night will be bass sweetheart and Miami-based producer/DJ Jubilee. Check out more info on the artists at the jump.
Posted in DJ, Events, HiFi Cartel, Live Music, Local Flavor, Mixes, Music News, New Music, Up & Coming
Posted on 26 November 2011
This weekend’s Essential Mix travels to Bristol’s skate park turned warehouse party, In:Motion, for a Eats Everything live session. Fresh off his latest EP for Dirtybird, Eats Everything aka Dan Pearce has quickly become the unforgettable champion of low-slung house. Boasting a handful of releases in the past year including one of the 2011 summer anthems ‘Entrance Song‘, Bristol seems to have yet another star. Expect two hours of chunky bass laden house perfect for getting your booty shaking.
Eats Everything – Essential Mix Live at In:Motion [Download]
Be sure to tune in next week for Pearson Sound!
Posted on 23 September 2011
Denmark’s Mikkel Hess – recording and performing under the name Hess Is More – has decided to release a a series of New York inspired covers. The first to hit the internet’s airwaves has been his interpretation of the classic track The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel. On the series, Hess commented:
After recently sending the upcoming Hess Is More album off to mastering I needed to work on some other music to stay sane and try keep clear of the classic post creation vacuum. So, I tried my hand on some cover songs free from memory. Simon & Garfunkel / Paul Simon are probably on the Top 3 list of music I have listened the most to in my life. Their original song is just perfect as it is, so I went quite far away from it to get some space and keep it light.
Check out the first song in the series below:
Posted in Editorial, Mixes, Music News
Posted on 19 September 2011
James Blake puts together a two hour mix for Radio 1′s Essential Mix. The mix hops between R&B, soul and bass and includes tons of new and unreleased James Blake tracks, plus what Blake reports as “everything I’ve listend to in the last year.” Stream and download the whole set below and click through to see the tracklist and his whole set from ACL. Be sure to keep a watch for Julio Bashmore on the Essential decks next week.
Celebrate Five Years of Trouble and Bass Tomorrow with a Mishka Art Show, Massive Party and One Megamix
Posted on 15 September 2011
Tomorrow the Trouble and Bass Crew celebrates their five year anniversary in epic style.
First, Trouble & Bas and Mishka put together an art show to commemorate the occasion. The show will feature original interpretations of the Trouble & Bass aesthetic by some of the globe’s most-cutting edge artists, including The Zonders, Aerosyn-Lex, L’Amour Supreme, Overthrow, Healeymade, and Droon. The show runs from 7-10PM at the Mishka store, 350 Broadway in Brooklyn. More info HERE.
Afterwards, be sure and head over to Webster Hall, where Plastician will be joining the T&B crew for what’s sure to be a night of mayhem. A few advanced tickets are left for $15 HERE.
Finally be sure to check out THIS Trouble & Bass all time classics mix from their early days to now.
Posted in Concerts, DJ, Downloads, Events, HiFi Cartel, Local Flavor, Mixes, Music News
Posted on 17 August 2011
A-Trak’s given us all something to “go dance in front of the mirror” for. He says the mirror, I say on your roof top while the September sun sets over New York City. Anyways, this mix is loaded with goodies such as a new Duck Sauce track The Big Bad Wolf and 1984′s Arabesque put out by Discobelle. Give this one a listen and let us know what you think.
Tracklist after the jump.
1. Kid Gloves – Music Power (A-Trak Intro Edit) – Fool’s Gold
2. Rogerseventytwo – You Take Me Higher – Fool’s Gold
3. Marble Players – Let You Go – Marble
4. Alexander Technique & Junior Sanchez – One Day They Love You – InHouse
5. Kid Gloves – Below The Belt – Fool’s Gold
6. Carte Blanche feat. Alexis Taylor – With You – Ed Banger
7. Deadboy – Wish You Were Here – Numbers
8. Tripmastas – Roll Dat – Magnetic
9. Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf
10. Santiago & Bushido – Rhythm For Me – Relief
11. Kry Wolf – Lost In Tremé
12. Roska – Abrupt – Hotflush
13. Dexter – Fat Skinny People – Clone Crown Ltd.
14. The Count & Sinden – Future (Canblaster Remix) – Domino
15. Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team – Bassface – Sound Pellegrino
16. Dr. Gonzo – Dushi – Southern Fried
17. 1984 – Arabesque (NT89 Remix) – Discobelle
18. Arnaud Rebotini – All You Need Is Techno (Gesaffelstein Remix) – Blackstrobe
19. Bart B More & Tommy Sunshine – Body Work – Secure
20. Felix Cartal – The Joker – Dimmak
21. Bassjackers – Mush Mush – Musical Freedom
22. D.I.M & TAI – Ion – Boys Noize Records
23. Clouds – Numbers – Turbo
24. Jaymo & Andy George – Tension – Moda
25. Siriusmo – Feromonikon – Monkeytown
26. Icona Pop – Manners (Style Of Eye Remix) – Kitsuné
27. Para One & Tacteel – Always – Fool’s Gold
Posted in Mixes, Mixtape, Music News, New Music
Posted on 02 August 2011
At this point, I’m fairly certain it’s no big secret that I’m a bit of a fangirl when it comes to Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, and the rest of the Dirtybird gang. After all, I’m a California girl at heart so it’s only natural that the concoction of brilliant tech house with a splash of west coast flavor hits the spot. Add to that the fact that I’ve never been to a Verboten party that I didn’t love, and you can imagine my excitement building as last Saturday night drew ever closer.
Justin Martin’s BBC Essential Mix from July of last year still remains the most played mix of all time on any of my many applications and devices, and to this day I return to it from time to time when I need a cheerful pick me up, or in times of celebration. As I was getting ready to depart for Good Units, I pressed play for the umpteenth time on that trusty mix, trying to understand what exactly it is about the sound that speaks to me so. I did not fully comprehend it until I was standing before him in the subterranean space, uncontrollably grooving and smiling widely to all who glanced at me. The magnetic draw in that Essential Mix is the same as the element that makes listening to him (and all the Dirtybirders) in a club such an incredible experience; it’s that his driving force is FUN.
True to his style, his set at Good Units did not take itself too seriously, creating a strong foundation of tech house and then overlaying playful dashes of hip-hop and pop, only to suddenly toss a heavy techno sound to the crowd. He integrated many favorite tracks off the Dirtybird label, keeping his entire set playful and surprising yet maintaining a beautifully melodic flow. The playfulness of his sound and the lightheartedness that emanated from behind the decks while he played was truly infectious, creating a delightful playground for adults.
Aside from his incredible talent as a producer, VonStroke’s command as a DJ stems not so much from his ability to select the most crowd pleasing track or break new sounds (although he does both of those extremely well), but rather his profound understanding of how to take his audience on a journey without every allowing them to fall behind. His set began with a heavy, soul shaking rhythm, immediately drawing the crowd in, as everyone on the floor moved physically closer to the DJ booth, faces upturned in bliss and bodies shaking. He did not relent for the next 15 minutes or so, and movement away from the dancefloor nearly ceased completely, as desire for a drink or need for the restroom was lost in tech house only fit for the wickedest of dancefloors. And then, just when the novelty of the beat started to wear off, he took it down a notch, releasing everyone for a few minutes, allowing them to remember where they were and grab a friends hand in reassurance that this was in fact still planet Earth. Then up, up, up again, just as the more melodic interlude started to verge on threatening a slight loss of interest. And so it went, until the end of his set approached, and the grand finale began, wrapping up his set with a final punch of old VonStroke favorites.
I look forward to the next time I’m fortunate enough to find myself in the same city as the Dirtybird crew. Until then, have a listen to Justin Martin’s Essential Mix from 2010 after the jump.
Posted in DJ, Live Music, Mixes, Music News, Photo Gallery
Posted on 13 July 2011
It’s already been well-documented that Kingdom is one of the most interesting producers in the game right now. Things were going well with gigs, releases and such. Suddenly, within months he leaves NYC subtly, moves to (mostly) sunny Los Angeles and is enjoying life quite nicely there. But before we can fully accept the fact that Kingdom is in L.A. full-time, he does something else to completely shift our focus. Enter FADE TO MIND, Kingdom’s new label (as well as being hailed as the “American Night Slugs”). Yes, visually it does seem reminiscent of previous Night Slugs releases, but Kingdom, along with Prince William (co-founder of the label) are determined to make it a monster of its own.
The first release is from L.A.-based duo Nguzunguzu, who have been all over the place sonically and are a pleasure to listen to, no matter where or when they DJ. The release, TIMESUP, features three original tracks, as well as remixes from Total Freedom and Kingdom himself. Get familiar in a hurry, FADE TO MIND is surely here to stay.
Click through for Ezra’s Fade To Mind mix for oki-ni which includes a brand new Kingdom original Take Me, a Mariah Carey + Nicki Minaj collab remix plus Nguzunguzu’s Timesup.