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  • Twin Shadow – “With Or Without You”
  • Twin Shadow continues his lovely “UNDER THE CVRS” series today with this cover of U2′s…

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  • Video
    3:13, via 1015 Folsom
  • Kit Grill "Changing Patterns"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • London minimalist Kit Grill has shared “Changing Patterns,” a cut which appears on his recently released full-length record Mirror Image. The production largely consists of undulating and beatific synthesizer patterns that Kit Grill anchors to a pulsing drum kit. Each tone and melodic structure seems to roll off of the other before locking into place and gradually coalescing into a composition that shimmers with simplicity.

  • Hugo Frederick "Hanging Gardens"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • Last year, Melbourne producer Hugo Frederick was profiled as one of the the winners of Warp‘s and Bleep‘s Filtered competition, a contest in which unsigned electronic musicians submitted music in hopes of being discovered by the seminal label and selected to appear on a digital compilation of the best entries.

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  • Pause "Plucky"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • London-based producer Pause has unveiled the highly sanitized “Plucky” tune ahead of the release of his forthcoming Distance EP on December 2. On his production, Pause employs a stocky kick drum, electronic bleeps, and searing frequencies that are washed out by a salvo of piercing tones. He balances the sounds on a nearly swung beat, as buzzing static and clipped synthscapes phase in an out of the mix while the whole thing builds to a fractured and lulled conclusion.

  • Throwing Snow launches new project Alight: stream the first track from Iridis inside
  • Throwing Snow will launch a new project, Alight, this December. Although Throwing Snow has been Ross Tones’ main moniker since 2007, releasing on labels like Local Action, Sneaker Social Club and Alexander Nut’s Ho_Tep, this year has seen Tones focus […]
  • Stream a recent Giorgio Moroder DJ set from Vienna
  • Electronic Beats have uploaded soundtrack / disco legend Giorgio Moroder‘s set from a recent show at Vienna’s Museum Quartier.  It’s not exactly full of deep cuts: instead, it’s more Moroder playing his own greatest hits, with ‘What A Feeling’, ‘From […]
  • Techno vanguards Sendai line up second album A Smaller Divide
  • The Belgian techno duo announce a follow-up 2012′s Geotope. Time To Express boss Peter Van Hoesen and analogue explorer Yves De Mey will release a second album under their Sendai moniker in February next year, continuing their exploration of collaged, […]
  • “I’m just disgusted by humanity”: L.I.E.S. boss Ron Morelli talks Spit, clubs and iTunes
  • Buzzin 10 – Bleakest Rave EP
    3:13, via Phuturelabs
  • Top notch dark garage goodies here on this four-tracker for Well Rounded from mysterious London producer Buzzin 10.
  • DJ Haus – Thug Houz Anthems Vol. 2
    3:13, via Phuturelabs
  • DJ Haus – Thug Houz Anthems Vol. 2
    3:13, via Phuturelabs
  • It’s been an impressive first year for the Hot Haus imprint and head honcho DJ Haus brings it to a close with this brilliant four-track EP of classic house shenanigans.
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot is a producer from London by way of Berlin. He is also the label boss for his own label – Rain Maker Records. Rain City Riot is poised for a break out year in 2014 with releases coming form such big labels as Defected and Toolroom! To celebrate, he is giving away another free track, “My Only” to celebrate the great news about the upcoming releases.

    Here is the full streaming preview of “My Lonely”:

    This song and many more can be downloaded for free, just by liking the Rain City Riot facebook page: Click Here to go directly to the music page on the Rain City Riot facebook page

    Below are full streaming previews of other free downloads:

    Here is my personal favorite of the free tracks – Sunshine Anderson – Heard It All Before (Rain City Riot Garage VIP):

    Here is another favorite – “Work The Love”:

    One more streaming track that is free to download, this one is a vocal house track called “Catch The Light”:

    Click Here to buy Rain City Riot tracks from Beatport

    Rain City Riot Soundcloud page

    Rain City Riot facebook page

    Follow Rain City Riot on Twitter

  • Drouble
  • Big post for you guys, as I’ve been pretty slack recently on the updating. Video games and work are making me slow eh. But now you can enjoy a birrage of bass ridden tunes! This first one from 12guage is huge and bound to be played all over by the best in the scene. ♫ […]
  • Fourward
  • New drum n bass from Shogun Audio collective Fourward. Keep your eyes and ears open for these guys. ♫ Fourward – On A Knife Edge daftwho? MUST have BONUS: ♫ Optiv & BTK – Picture Perfect daftwho? MUST have ♫ Gridlok & Prolix – Babylon
  • H A R T E B E E S T — Death
  •   Moments long gone have a tendency to split us in half.  The funny thing is that it’s more the best moments from our pasts that have this kind of power of providing aching pains that resonate profoundly throughout our insides.  Most likely, it’s because these moments are the ones that we yearn to have […]
  • Kool & The Gang – Take The Weight (Nick Bike break – V2)
    3:13, via Schitz Popinov
  • Had another go at this one. Mostly just sound refining, but it pops a bit better. Art by my man Cohen McDonald. Free grabs and hit me up on the Twitterverse while you’re at it. √ ___________________________________ Get @ Nick … Continue reading
  • Illo ft Noah – From Time (Drake Cover)
    3:13, via Schitz Popinov
  • Nice lil cover of Drake’s ‘From Time’ from my man Illo out of Ottawa. Vocals done by Noah Venkatarangam, of whom Illo notes will have a lot of more work coming out featuring that name. Free grabs √ ___________________________________ Get … Continue reading
  • Lil Debbie & Riff Raff – Squirt (Nacey remix)
    3:13, via Schitz Popinov
  • Nacey did a dandy job on the beat for this one. Free download √ ___________________________________ Get @ Nick Bike Twitz! √ Follow Schitz you Twi†Z!! √ Hear† Us on HYPE!! √ Like Us on Facebook √ Share this on Facebook … Continue reading
  • Vinnie Who – 39 (Banjuba edit)
    3:13, via Schitz Popinov
  • Got this in the Schitz inbox yesterday. A nice bumpy bassline and vocoder going on, I can get with that. Free downloads courtesy of Banjuba out of Norway √ ___________________________________ Get @ Nick Bike Twitz! √ Follow Schitz you Twi†Z!! … Continue reading
  • CEO – “Whorehouse”
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • Woah, remember ceo from way back in 2010 when he dropped his magical Swedish take on summer sunsets with “Come With Me”!? It’s damn nice to have him back! New track “Whorehouse” defies its title with all kinds of oddball bubbly energy. A bouncy dance party well worthy of that great album art photo.… continue reading

  • [MP3] Chris Malinchak – “Call My Name”
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • This new Chris Malinchak song is as beautiful as his past music – and this new album art — would suggest. “Call My Name” is a keys-and-beats groover with distant and fragile vocal samples woven in. Perfect for the post turkey dinner digest-fest tomorrow.… continue reading

  • Evan Ønly – “From The Stone”
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • In this season of giving thanks I have to give big ups to the Internet for allowing Evan Ønly to so easily get his music to my ears. The NYC based singer has 175 Facebook likes and less than 1000 listens to “From The Stone” in 6 months. Get on this this throwback synth-wave train and if you all enjoy this gem as much as me then hopefully Evan can give some thanks of his own to the Internet.… continue reading

  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • Bass Report #072
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • I seem to be tooting the OWSLA horn a lot lately, but in a time where kick drums double as one note bass lines to rule the mainstream, you gotta […]
  • What So Not – Jaguar
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •     No matter what the weather or how badly you’re in a fight with your girlfriend, when What So Not release a new track your day automatically brightens. The […]
  • YOGI – Christian Bale
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  • The mystery man behind YOGI is brilliant. The production on his latest OWSLA release, Christian Bale, is chaotic and inventive, but doesn’t lose any of the flow necessary to keep […]
  • Jhene Aiko – The Worst (Chase Miles remix)
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   I was, quite frankly, rather impressed by Seattle native Chase Miles’ debut EP, and his latest offering does nothing but take things to next level. R&B vibes are abound […]
  • Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Collapse
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   Brisbane vocalist, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, made waves mid-2013 with the attempted low-key release of his debut single, Vapour. I say “attempted” because it quite quickly (and correctly) was likened […]
  • Bedlam – Colder
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •     The R&B-meets-soul niche of EDM has yet another contender;  hailing from southwest London, Bedlam means business. The latest release, Colder, has a soothing vocal and a mellow, clean sound that sounds like anything […]
  • Dark Arps – Biggest House In Town
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   Many a time a blogger will talk about taking a journey through song. And lucky for them/us a jounery is the result in #Vancouver based Dark Arps ‘Biggest House […]
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot – free downloads and big news for next year!
  • Rain City Riot is a producer from London by way of Berlin. He is also the label boss for his own label – Rain Maker Records. Rain City Riot is poised for a break out year in 2014 with releases coming form such big labels as Defected and Toolroom! To celebrate, he is giving away another free track, “My Only” to celebrate the great news about the upcoming releases.

    Here is the full streaming preview of “My Lonely”:

    This song and many more can be downloaded for free, just by liking the Rain City Riot facebook page: Click Here to go directly to the music page on the Rain City Riot facebook page

    Below are full streaming previews of other free downloads:

    Here is my personal favorite of the free tracks – Sunshine Anderson – Heard It All Before (Rain City Riot Garage VIP):

    Here is another favorite – “Work The Love”:

    One more streaming track that is free to download, this one is a vocal house track called “Catch The Light”:

    Click Here to buy Rain City Riot tracks from Beatport

    Rain City Riot Soundcloud page

    Rain City Riot facebook page

    Follow Rain City Riot on Twitter

  • [Hip-Hop] Childish Gambino – Telegraph Ave. + Ta-Ku Remix
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • Childish Gambino has been on a roll the last few weeks as he prepares for the December 10th release of his second album, Because of … Continue reading »
  • [TMN Resident Artist] Unreleased Music From Minnesota
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [TMN Resident Artist] Unreleased Music From Minnesota
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • Minnesota has decided to keep us in suspense for a while longer while he continues to work on his new music. So … Continue reading »
  • Owenstone – Days Like Smoke [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • It seems like these days, everyone is taking a second look at what they’re doing. Maybe it’s the economy. Maybe it’s the times. Maybe it’s … Continue reading »
  • Paul Conrad || Heresy Baby
  • Benjamin Francis Leftwich || Atlas Hands
  • Released: September 2013
  • Grizzly Bear || Will Calls (Diplo Remix)
  • Mighty Mouse || Stuck
  • Cheap N’ Chill || Get Together
  • Chris Malinchak || Call My Name
  • Wayward || Love Jones
  • Stream an Exclusive Remix of Disclosure’s "Voices"
    3:13, via THUMP RSS Feed
  • Stream an Exclusive Remix of Disclosure’s "Voices"
    3:13, via THUMP RSS Feed
  • Stream an Exclusive Remix of Disclosure’s "Voices"
    3:13, via THUMP RSS Feed
  • The 90s were pretty great, right? There was AOL, Dolly the sheep, the end of the Cold War, and hella CD burners. There was also plenty of piano house, which may be our favorite thing about the 90s. Thanks to Disclosure and their cadre of collaborators, 2013 is sounding a lot like 1992, except now we have computers the size of a manila envelope and we don't need those big metal boxes to make basslines anymore.

    Enter Le Youth, a Los Angeles-based young gun with an eye towards the pop stylings of years past and a penchant for diva vocals. He provided this totally breezy remix of “Voices,” Disclosure's new single with British songstress Sasha Keable and if you have any heart this will get your euphoria gland stirring for a few minutes. We've got the exclusive stream here at THUMP and we're freakin' stoked about it. Onward!

    Max Pearl wants less cowbell, more piano @maxpearl

  • Around the World in 80 Raves: Check Yo Ponytail 2, LA
    3:13, via THUMP RSS Feed
  • Around the World in 80 Raves: Check Yo Ponytail 2, LA
    3:13, via THUMP RSS Feed
  • Around The World in 80 Raves takes you into the basements, warehouses, and back rooms where the magic happens—from Caracas to Calgary and back. Photo credit: Check Yo Ponytail 2 
     
    NAME: Check Yo Ponytail 2
    LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA 
    RESIDENTS: Franki Chan, $u$Pect
    RECENT HEADLINERS: Alice Glass, Andrew W.K., Sage The Gemini, TOKiMONSTA, A-Trak, Death, Araabmuzik, Com Truise, Salva, Gaslamp Killer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Anamanaguchi, The Thermals, Brooke Candy, XXYYXX
    VIBE: Dark, weird, trippy, funny…"more than a show," as their slogan goes. 
    VENUE: Echoplex in Downtown Echo Park
    WHEN IT HAPPENS: About once a month
     
     
    WHATS THE DEAL THO: When I was 16 I had a lame cheap fake ID saying I was 18 to get into the abundance of 18+ parties popping up in LA. After drinking the red Smirnoff for the first time, I fell on my face in front of the Echoplex trying to get into the original Check Yo Ponytail, and was obviously denied entry. But that just fueled my fascination with the I Heart Comix-presented event, and when the party resurfaced as Check Yo Ponytail 2 a few years ago, I was glad I could finally get in with no hassle.
     
     
    Entering each party is like walking into a music video. Live visuals from the always ghoulish Demonbabies, headliners like Pictureplane, Brooke Candy, Andrew W.K. and Spaceghostpurp, and Los Angeles’ post-hipster fashion crowd fill the club. Check Yo Ponytail 2 is a party given the full LA treatment.
     
     
    The monthly party is open format, refusing to cling to one genre or scene, and focusing instead on showcasing new talent. The experience of Check Yo Ponytail 2 stays buzzing alive online through Ceasar Sebastian's club photography, video re-caps, and the party’s mixtape series
     
     
    Creator Franki Chan uses Check Yo Ponytail 2 as an expression of everything he cares about, and handles everything from illustrating the fliers to booking talent, creating a web series, a merch line, and taking the monthly on the road as a ten-date tour. Auctioning off anything and everything Check Yo Ponytail-related, including a coveted A-Trak fedora, the team behind the party is using Kickstarter to gather much needed funds for the first Check Yo Ponytail documentary. 
     
     
    Booking buzz bands and artists is the party’s “bread and butter,” but providing a place to showcase talent, creating a vibe that is “as much a party as it is a show,” is its goal. With sold-out shows populated by “influencers,” its no wonder Check Yo's reputation has spread far and wide. Because it isn’t themed or trend-based, it has the ability to live on as long as the creators are invested… so come tour New York already!
     
     
    UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS: 
    "As we were waiting outside for the merch guy to grab all of his stuff, Big Freedia and her dancers started an impromptu sidewalk bounce show. They took over everything in sight, stopping cars in the street, climbing on the van rooftop, and even the bus stops. It was literally ass everywhere as a crowd of over 200 gathered. That continued for about another 30 minutes until we realized we had to make it to the liquor store to buy booze for the afterparty before it closed!"
     
     
    Lina likes popsicles and walruses. Follow her – @linalovesit
  • Orchard Lounge is Headed Into Hibernation
    3:13, via THUMP RSS Feed
  • Orchard Lounge headlining at The Metro in Chicago, with visuals by Video Villians. Photo courtesy of Soundfuse. 

    Husband and wife duo Spencer and Bethany Lokken are two DJs who love the shit out of their job. And with not one single record in their official discography, they have indeed made their careers around being just that—disc jockeys.

    For years this talented (and adorable) pair have toured relentlessly, courting the Chicago house heads and festie kids alike. They've made a name for themselves throwing down at their hometown haven, Smart Bar (which Bethany refers to as "church"), and alongside jam band heroes the Disco Biscuits at Camp Bisco, where they have performed eight years in a row—longer, they say, than anyone but the Biscuits themselves.

    Ever since seeing the duo deep in the woods of Michigan at the Electric Forest festival, I've been devouring any and all recordings of their eclectic, but seamless, DJ sets. I don't care how much of an aficionado you fancy yourself (or how well your Shazam app might work)—if you find yourself at an Orchard Lounge gig I wish you luck in identifying the large bulk of their track list. This is a group that isn't afraid to fuck up your expectations, to catch you off guard and, along the way, make you dance like an intergalactic bunny rabbit.

    After dancing—like said intergalactic bunny rabbit—to their headlining set at Output in Brooklyn the night prior, I got the chance to sit down with Spencer and Bethany of Orchard Lounge. By the end of our chat I was mostly just praying that my own marriage could one day be this wonderful. One can dream, right?

    Orchard Lounge was nice enough to throw together a super exclusive studio set for all of us at THUMP. Listen and download below:

    THUMP: So you guys just played at Output in Brooklyn last night, conveniently located down the street from the VICE offices. What has your experience been like playing in NYC over the years?
    Spencer Lokken: We’re enamored with this city. Besides Chicago this is probably our number-one destination. Last night was our first time playing Output—last time around we played the Highline Ballroom, which went really well. I think we have a solid following here and people are open-minded.

    Tell me a little bit about getting started in Chicago, the birthplace of house. How much of that classic house vibe do you guys try to portray in your sets, and how much is just 100% Orchard Lounge?
    Bethany Lokken: I think at first we didn’t want to be completely cornered into the Chicago house scene but now it's really fun to incorporate some of that flavor into our sets. It’s part of who we are.

    SL: We bring Chicago wherever we go and are always trying to rep' the city. We’re really proud of where we’re from but at the same time neither of us actually grew up there—I’m from Minneapolis and Bethany grew up in Arkansas. Before moving to the city we weren’t really exposed to house music at all. That all started after we moved there.

    What type of stuff were you guys listening to before that?
    SL: Everything across the boards—funk, rock, soul. We cut our teeth with a lot of those genres.

    BL: Hip-hop… [pause] Dolly Parton.

    Yeah my cousin said she saw you at Smart Bar and you dropped a sample of "Jolene" in one of the tracks!
    BL: Yeah, it’s fun when you’re able to do that.

    SL: If you look at our iPods now you’ll find everything from house to classical. I think that all really serves to help us be better DJs. It all comes out when we play somewhere that’s not as much of a typical “club”—maybe a fashion show or art opening. There we get to really change it up and play stuff that’s not always four-on-the-floor.

    This is a tough one. Where can I get the best hot dog in Chicago?
    BL: Hot Douuuuugs!

    SL: Yeah that’s not a tough one at all, that’s an easy one. Hot Dougs all the way.

    Let it be known, Orchard Lounge chooses Hot Dougs as their number-one dog in the city. So, moving on from that, you guys are married. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a married DJ duo. Can you tell me a bit on how you guys met and started spinning together?
    SL: We met when I was DJing in Chicago. To make a long story short, Bethany came over to the DJ booth and started pulling records—this was before Serato and Traktor, so I was spinning vinyl. These were records that I didn’t even think a massive music nerd would know about, but she knew a lot of them. My pick-up line was that I had a “pair of turntables I needed to sell her” [laughs]. I’m not sure where that one came from. I definitely didn’t have a pair to sell her.

    BL: We eventually went and bought new ones and put them in my closet.

    SL: That was in 2001. Bethany probably practiced in the closet for almost two years before she came out and did her first gig outside of the closet. It was in a sunglasses shop called The Silver Room. I had been DJing for a while before that so I tried to teach her what I knew. I had the basics down and she had incredible taste in music, which is definitely one of the reasons I was drawn to her.

    When you two are up there spinning do you find that you are in a different state of mind? Are you Spencer and Bethany, married couple, or do you kind of flip a switch and become purely Orchard Lounge? Or is it always a little bit of both?
    BL: We like to get an interesting dynamic because we’re not cheesy lovey-dovey at all—we’re more competitive and we have to be to get the right sound out.


    Orchard Lounge at Otter's Yacht Party in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Soundfuse.

    You both are always playing back-to-back. Does someone usually take the reigns on the night?
    SL: I usually start off the set with a couple of records before we start going into the back-and-forth. I think people are drawn to the fact that we're married, and we share a lot of similarities musically, but also how we can go off in our own directions. I think that’s part of the appeal for any DJ collective. They see what Bethany does and what I do and eventually how we meet in the middle.

    BL: We’re good at always setting each other up, I know that Spencer can grasp on to whatever I am doing.

    SL: There’s always a plan of attack when we are putting together a set and there’s a lot of communication that goes into it. But still a lot of the magic is purely just through spontaneity and being able to make selections based on the energy that the room has.

    Are there a lot of challenges about being a couple and DJing together? What if you have a big argument then have to play a set together? When you get in the booth do you just hit reset?
    BL: I think it actually helps. It makes you forget that you’re husband and wife and makes you remember you’re performing and entertaining people and makes for an interesting chemistry. So when we argue it’s even a better in the end. We could be mad at each other for four hours and it will turn out to be one of our best sets yet.

    Can you tell me a bit about the concept for Orchard Lounge? You guys have that motto “from the dance floor to the couch.” What’s going on there?
    SL: So it all really started when myself, Bethany and our third member, Ben Silver, all were living on Orchard Street in Chicago. That’s how we got our name. After we would go out from seeing a DJ or live act or what not we would always end up back at our place listening to music well into the wee hours of the morning; just the three of us hanging out.

    What we tended to gravitate towards were these really mellow records, not so much in-your face stuff that we had just heard in the club. We were fascinated with making the shift from these banging 120BPM records to stuff closer to 106BPM, almost a hip-hop instrumental feel. Then we really started digging and finding this music that we were so completely enamored with. From there it really just progressed naturally.

    You guys have such an eclectic taste. I like to think I know a lot of the electronic music that is out there but when I see one of your sets I always say to myself, “Where do you find this stuff!” So, where do you?
    SL: Here’s the interesting bit and we didn’t tell anybody this until today. Last night at Output, almost everything we played was from between 2003 and 2009. We purposefully didn’t play a lot of records that came out this year or last year. We know that there’s going to be so many people in the audience who say “I know that one.” When we find our self at an awesome venue with a great sound system we often like to play our classics that might be a little bit older or under the radar. It’s fun for us to hear how they will sound on giant systems.

    BL: We put a lot of time into trying to find stuff that you haven’t heard. It’s a big part of our job.

    Are people always responsive to that?
    BL: We were at a festival this summer and were playing a sunrise set from 4AM to 6AM, and we thought that we would play some more downtempo beautiful music. We looked out into the crowd and everyone was just standing there so we knew that we had to make them dance. So we did!

    SL: Yeah, to that point—I don’t think either one of us is scared to leave people scratching their head about what they just heard. We’re not afraid to clear a dance floor. But it’s always about a balance. We know we can take a risk and play a record that won’t have all of these simple elements that will create immediate emotion. Often we play stuff that requires a little more patience. That’s one of the most fun elements about what we do. We cherish the fact that we’re DJs before anything. The record hunt is so huge for us and is such a part of our history.

    I’ve heard Smart Bar in Chicago is kind of your second home. What do you guys love about playing there?
    BL: We’ve seen so many of our favorite acts there. Smart Bar is connected to The Metro, which is another amazing venue. We saw LCD Soundsystem do a live show once at The Metro, then James and Pat went downstairs to DJ at Smart Bar to close it out. It’s just a magical place.

    SL: The place has a lot of history. We have a great relationship with the owner, Joe Shanahan, and love his whole way of branding and his concept of what he wants to do with that space. It’s a no holds barred place—great soundsytem, dark and dingy basement. It’s hard to explain. Once you go there you understand.  It’s one of those places you go to just forget about all the things that might be bothering you.

    BL: It’s like a church!


    Bethany playing at Smart Bar in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Soundfuse. 

    You always throw in a lot of cool samples in your sets. How do these ideas come together?
    BL: We often turn to current pop culture when choosing samples. Stuff from American Idol, the news, TV shows, funny movies—the Carmax Super Bowl commercial is one of our favorites

    You play at a lot of summer music festivals and often do set-breaks for jam bands and other acts. How did you guys get started in the festival scene?
    BL: We would go to festivals a lot, often to see the Disco Biscuits who are a jam band but also have a lot of electronic and sounds. That was really exciting and new to us. They would take these thirty-minute set breaks and the music would stop. I was always like “the music needs to keep going!”

    SL: We wanted to create this full night of music for the fans where they got the live music elements and immediately would get this DJ set before the band would come back on. So they never really have a chance to breathe. Our other member, Ben Silver, was very close to the Disco Biscuits and had known them since their early days in college around 1999 when they were just coming up. 

    I find it so interesting that many of your fans are house-heads and also crunchy festival hippies. It’s such a diverse mix.
    SL: Yeah we’re really proud of that fact. We knew there would be an opportunity there with how open-minded those fans are and knowledgeable about such a wide variety of music.
     

    Kind of going off that I know you guys are a longtime mainstay at Camp Bisco but didn’t play the festival this past summer, which a lot of fans were super bummed about. How did you guys feel about that? Were you upset?

    BL: We got so much from the Disco Biscuits—we’re very happy to have been there for as long as we were.

    SL: We were there eight years in a row, which I think is longer then any other act besides the Biscuits and we’re really proud of that. To answer your question though, were we bummed? Yeah, we were bummed. 

    So I know you guys are in the studio and are putting together your first release of original material, which is super exciting? Can you tell me a bit about that? Why wait so long to do this?

    BL: We just never really felt any pressure to put anything out—we like keeping things for ourselves. I think it’s the classic DJ mentality of playing those “white label” records that people don’t know.

    SL: We’re perfectionists and have very high hopes for where we are going with our music. But this certainly isn’t the first time we’ve produced. Over the past couple years we’ve been making stuff and occasionally throwing it into our sets just to gauge the crowd response. But we never tell anybody that it was a “Bethany edit” or “Spencer’s new track,” or something from Ben.

    This is the first time I’ve told anyone this, but moving forward into 2014 we're going to take a bit of a hiaitus from DJ gigs and are only going to focus on the studio stuff. Right now we’re trying to find this nice balance of work, play, and DJing and producing, and we finally realized that we need to focus on just one of them. We want to sit down and concentrate on putting these records out. 


    Spencer playing at The Do LaB at Coachella.

    Are you looking to put out a full album?
    SL: I’m a little hesitant to talk about this right yet. It’s TBD for right now, but from what we’ve planned with our own music we’re definitely not opposed to giving it out initially for free. Just giving people the chance to take it and play it out, give it to their friends. We’re also talking about a special limited edition vinyl-only release. So we’re kind of in talks for how we’re going to approach this—what’s most important is the music that ends up being created is something that we’re really proud of. If it’s good enough to get picked up that’s great, if we want to just put it out ourselves because we're dying for people to hear it then that’s what we’ll do.

    Tell me a little bit about this company you guys own, Style Matters.
    SL: I started Style Matters in 2006 to appeal to people who were doing events outside of club culture—stuff like art openings, fashion shows, wedding receptions, corporate functions. People who had a little bit of a budget and wanted something off the beaten path of what was available to them. So in Chicago we found this core group of DJs who were friends and were all very talented. We had this goal to get ten high-end contracted functions within the course of a year. We ended up getting over forty. We knew that there was a market for what we were doing.

    The core business model is really just going out to do what you love to do, but do it for someone else. We’ve met a lot of wonderful people along the way. I played violin for an event with Tom Brokaw and Colin Powel which was amazing. We have some high hopes for where this is going to go. We look at Orchard Lounge as the creative side and Style Matters as the business side, and often they meet in the middle. We get to do what we love to do and don’t have to sit in a cubicle.

    What have been some of the cooler gigs that you have done with the company?
    BL: Spencer liked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show.
    SL: Yeah, that was cool.  

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    David wants to know if Orchard Lounge will play a private DJ set for him and his grandma when he goes to Chicago this weekend. @DLGarber

  • Cooking With The DJ: Apt One’s Thanksgiving Edition!
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  • Cooking With The DJ: Apt One’s Thanksgiving Edition!
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  • Cooking With The DJ: Apt One’s Thanksgiving Edition!
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  • Cooking With The DJ: Apt One’s Thanksgiving Edition!
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  • In this space, I'll be bringing you recipes and food stories from the globe's most cookin-est DJs, paired with carefully selected music for culinary enhancement. In my years in the music game, I have found DJs to be amongst the most discriminating food connoisseurs. This is no coincidence. When travelling, you're being taken to pre-gig meals, usually at a local flagship. When throwing parties in your own town, you're taking guests to dinner or hunting for late night eats. When home relaxing, you're making up for all the gutbuster airport tour food by whipping up some good home cooking. And of course, you're Instagramming it all.

    THUMP: Hey DJ Apt One, what are you doing interviewing yourself in your own column?
    DJ Apt One:
    Funny story. I got drunk last weekend with my editor on a rooftop and convinced him to table this week's column so I could do a Thanksgiving edition in the style of a vaudevillian ventriloquist act. So go ahead and ask me the standard slate of questions, starting with the "Tell me why you're awesome" one.

    THUMP: Rep your gastro-sonic credentials.  Any professional cooking experience?
    I DJ, I produce music, I run a record labeland I write a bit, but no professional cooking experience, if you discount a five-month stint at a deli in high school. When I was 18 and moved out on my own to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh, I ate a lot of shitty food. I realized that I could make myself happy every day of my life if I learned to cook. Now, I work from a home studio and my wife works 9-5; I have been doing all the cooking for us for years. I take walks to get ingredients at my community garden or at the grocery store midday to clear my head while I'm writing music.

    THUMP: OK, so what are we cooking right now?
    Smoked turkey wings—done on a regular home BBQ grill. When you do them right, you basically turn the skin into the meat equivalent of crack cocaine—really crunchy skin with blackened garlic and spices all over it. You eat them with your hands and get really greasy. It's gluttonous and satisfying. Whole turkey and turkey breasts are boring. White turkey meat is always dry. But wings are dark and oily and awesome, and they're really big so it's like cooking pterodactyl wings.

    THUMP: How did you discover this recipe?
    By last summer I started to feel like I had grilled every cut of meat or vegetable worth exposing to flame. I decided to move on to smoking and roasting. I have a 22.5 inch kettle grill and heard you could use it as a smoker. I did a few smoked beer-can chickens and then decided to level up to ribs. The ribs were awesome but the recipe I developed takes two days of rubbing and whiskey-brining and then about six hours of smoking. Way too labor intensive. I'd had smoked turkey in Texas before and decided to give it a shot.

    I watched a few Youtube videos and created my own method and recipe. I experimented with a bunch of different rubs and treatments and I think the one I have here is pretty well calibrated.

    THUMP: Do I have to be a genius to make this? What's the trick to making the dish work?
    To be honest, there are a lot of ways to fuck this up, so be on your P's and Q's with the directions. I wouldn't recommend doing this for Thanksgiving dinner as a first-timer.

    The big trick here is the brining—that gives you a lot more leeway to screw up because the salt in the brine will increase the liquid retention capabilities of the wings. There is a good chance you will cook the wings to the appropriate temperature before the skin has crisped. The skin is the whole key to this. If the skin isn't crispy, it's tough and rubbery, so getting the skin to be a brittle texture and dark gold color may require tossing it directly over the coals for a few at the end. The brine will keep the wings from drying out.

    You need a grill that is deep enough to let you keep the meat away from a direct heat source, I use a 22.5 inch Weber grill, but you can also do this with some gas grills. My estimations of briquette amounts and all that are designed to produce certain temperatures on MY grill, so adjust accordingly.

    You may have trouble finding turkey wings. You may have to request them from the butcher's counter, rather than just relying on a supermarket to carry them out in the refrigerated aisle. If you're having trouble, find a supermarket that caters to a Muslim or Jewish clientele—folks who avoid swine eat more turkey. Get the butcher to separate the "drumstick" type part from the rest for you, but ask him to leave on what I call the "Fugees leg"—the "little retarded leg" referenced in the legendarily un-PC "Chinese Restaurant Skit" on The Score.

    THUMP: Are you going to make wings for Thanksgiving?
    Hell no. You account for about one-and-a-half whole wings per person, but you can fit a limited amount on my grill—maybe four. The more you add, the longer it takes to cook—these things are about a pound each and absorb a lot of heat. I'm having 11 people over, so this is not a possibility. Plus, in the cold, it's very hard to get the right grill temperature. I'm doing a bird oven-roasted in a parchment paper bag so that it steams and keeps from drying out.

    THUMP: Last question: what should we be listening to while we cook this?
    When I get in my bag during grill season, I'm hosting BBQs every couple weeks when I'm in town. So I get in the studio and slap a live mix together to play in the kitchen and backyard while I'm doing my thing. This is one I made for a July 4th BBQ this summer.

    Grill-Smoked Turkey Wings by DJ Apt One
    Recipe is for two whole wings, multiply as needed. Allow one to two wings per person. Add approximately 15 additional minutes of grill time per extra pound of meat. Total prep plus cook time is about 3.5 hours.

    Two whole turkey wings (approximately 1 lb each)
    Approximately 5.5 lbs charcoal briquettes
    Charcoal chimney
    Olive Oil
    Wood Chips
    Sea Salt

    Rub (for two wings, multiply as necessary)
    1 tbsp celery salt
    1/2 tsp sea salt
    1/4 tsp thyme (dried)
    1 bay leaf, crushed
    1 tsp cracked black pepper
    2 cloves garlic

    1. Separate wings at the joint between the two largest segments if you want more maneuverability on the grill. Do not remove the little "Fugees leg." (see above)
    2. Create a brine out of water and sea salt to taste. Aim for an "ocean" level of saltiness. Enough volume to submerge wings.
    3. Soak wings in room temperature brine 2-3 hours.
    4. Soak a handful of wood chips or small blocks in a bowl. Hickory or mesquite are preferred, but I've used downed Sycamore.  Just no pine.
    5. Make your rub out of celery seed, bay leaf, thyme, pepper, salt, garlic.
    6. Light a charcoal chimney full of briquettes, (maybe 5 lbs worth) light it. Coals will be ready when the top ones are grey ash at the corners.  If you're thinking of using lighter fluid, stop reading here and find another recipe. Lighter fluid is gross.  Do not ruin my wings with it.  If you use a gas grill, heat it to 375-400 degrees, leaving at least one burner unlit.
    7. Remove the wings from the brine and pat until totally, completely dry
    8. Cover the wings thoroughly with olive oil. Don't skimp—the more olive oil, the better your chance for ultimate crispy skin. I toss them in a big Tupperware. 
    9. Coat the wings with the rub.
    10. Drain the soaking wood.
    11. When the coals are ready put them in, separated along two sides so they leave at least enough room for wings to sit w/o being over any coals. Make sure all vents are open.  Use a foil drip pan under the wings if you want.
    12. Put the drained wood on top of the coals, or if using gas, put the wood in a foil pouch with a few holes punched in it, and put that pouch on your heat element.
    13. Replace the grill, with openings (if any) over the coals to allow for addition of more wood if necessary.  Cover and let the grill heat up to the 375-400 range (about 5 minutes.)
    14. Put turkey on the part of the grill which is not directly over heat. Space as evenly as possible. Cover the grill with the top vents over the turkey to draws smoke over the meat.
    15. Turn wings every ten minutes, rearranging as necessary to make sure each wing is evenly exposed to heat over the course of the smoke—your grill may have uneven heat.  Add additional wood should smoke levels get low. Two wings should take about an hour. Each additional wing will add about 15 minutes of cooking for the entire lot.
    16. The wings are "done" and safe to eat when a thermometer near the bone of a thick part of the meat registers 180 degrees, but they are only DONE when the skin is dark brown with a brittle, crispy texture. If your wings are at 180 but are not crispy, you can keep smoking, or you can sear them a few minutes per side by putting them over the hot coals, but keep an eye on them so they do not burn. The brine will make the wings fairly resilient to drying out.
    17. Let the wings rest for about 10 minutes. Eat with hands.

    Michael Fichman is a producer, DJ and writer living in Philadelphia. Follow him on twitter at @djaptone.

  • DJ Mes & Sonny Fodera – "Wanna Do" (DJ Dan & DJ Mes We Did It Again Mix)
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  • I can’t think of anything better to leave our readers with for the Thanksgiving holiday than a solid dose of disco. This remix of “Wanna Do” is from some of the best in the game, and has an authentic edge to it that you can’t really find outside of this…
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  • Before all the Thanksgiving and Black Friday madness even begins Portuguese producer, Gunrose—one of Boysnoize Records’ more underrated artists—delivers the calm before the storm with his newest track titled, “Always”. Dished out as the second release under his own  Free Smiles imprint, there will definitely be much to smile about…
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  • Sub Focus released his album Torus a few months ago, and while the British producer was said to have redefined his sound with the release, producers like Metrik, Bro Safari & ETC! ETC!, and Special Request are taking a stab at reworking Sub Focus’ sound with their own remixes of…
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  • Here at EARMILK we are thankful for many things this Thanksgiving; from good music and good vibes to good friends and family to spend the holiday with, there is so much to be thankful for. But most of all we are thankful for you, our fans and followers, whom we…
  • Wolfey – Wolfey EP
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  • Wolfey, a Vancouver-based electronic musician, has just released his self-titled EP on Hybridity Music. By combining yet blurring genres such as soul, R&B, disco and house, the Wolfey EP conveys consciousness and potential, despite the short track list of two singles.  “Local Traffic”, proving quite experimental in its depicted synthetic landscape, is eerie,…
  • Dr. Fresch – Dr. Fresch [EP]
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  • Earlier this month, we introduced you to “Dreamin'” from fresh on the scene producer Dr. Fresch. This week, the LA-based artist celebrates his first official multi-track release out on Prep School Recordings with a 4-track self titled EP. Expanding upon the multifaceted point of view of the first track, Dr. Fresch really makes a statement…
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  • SaveMoney has enjoyed unprecedented success this year; thanks to fan’s and critic’s high praise for both Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap and Vic Mensa’s Innanetape, the Chicago crew have found their way to the forefront of hip hop. Boasting roughly eight talented emcees within their ranks, the collective has plans to take over the…
  • Blackstreet – "No Diggity" (Wafia Cover) (odessa. Remix)
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  • Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” is a 90’s R&B hit that has received much attention in recent years in the form of modern-day remixes and covers; the smooth ballad has influenced projects by Bondax, Gramatik, and Chet Faker, to name a few. With the most recent rendition, Australian-born Jordan Trickey (aka odessa.) puts his spin on Wafia’s…
  • Cynikal – "Lost" (Feat. Jamie Graham) (prod. by Cynikal)
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  • The young Cynikal has just released a track titled “Lost,” and his beautiful lyrics truly shine through in this piece. From the beginning, it’s easy to tell that music has always been an integral part of his life. Beginning with his first piano at age four, he’s progressed into a…
  • Mat Zo – "Lucid Dreams" (The M Machine Remix)
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  • Regardless of style or approach to production, everything The M Machine touches seems to be a breath of fresh air from the expected. The San Francisco trio aren’t afraid to try something uniquely fresh, both in the studio and during their integrated live performances. While last year’s Metropolis EP crossed…
  • OVERWERK – Conquer [EP + Exclusive Interview]
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  • OVERWERK – Conquer [EP + Exclusive Interview]
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  • OVERWERK – Conquer [EP + Exclusive Interview]
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  • OVERWERK – Conquer [EP + Exclusive Interview]
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  • Keeping in time with his other two EPs (Nth ° & After Hours), both of which were released almost exactly one and two years ago, OVERWERK drops Conquer today, rounding out the Canadian electronic producer’s first three EPs with a hat trick. Four weeks ago Edmond Huszar teased the release…
  • Sean Tyas & Noah Neiman Feat. Fisher – "Lose My Logic" (Tomas Heredia Remix) [Premiere]
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  • Sean Tyas & Noah Neiman Feat. Fisher – "Lose My Logic" (Tomas Heredia Remix) [Premiere]
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  • It’s safe to say that the best artistry comes from the result of learning from the right kind of collaboration, where the collision of different styles, tastes, criticism, and support culminate in something better than if it were to be done separately by either involved party. Today, we get an…
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  • Need & Necessity’s latest original mix, “Lemme See”, blends a late ’90s R&B flow with a modern deep house tempo for a final package that transcends decades of dance music. The Colorado duo has been dropping hard-hitting remixes and original tunes for the past year, and has already showcased their ability…
  • Nate Dogg – "I Got Love" (Lokate Bootleg) [Premiere]
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  • Very little is known about Manchester artist Lokate, who was just signed to one of my favorite UK labels, Black Butter Records. But what we do know is that he has a thing for throwback hip-hop tracks, and today he presents us with a bootleg of Nate Dogg’s classic “I Got Love”. The…
  • Craig Mack – "Flava In Ya Ear" (Benji Boko Remix)
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  • Benji Boko is back to grace us with irresistibly funky beats that you just can’t help but move to. Like his other remixes, he has a knack for adding some incredible energy to each of his remixes. In “Flava In Ya Ear”, prepare yourself for some smooth lines from Notorious…
  • Kano – "Puppets and Strings" (Prod. by The Zombie Kids)
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  • From the depths of East London, “Puppets and Strings” marks the long overdue return of Kano, arguably one of the UK’s most revered hip-hop artists of all time. Away from rap, K-A has had a busy year playing Sully in the second series the of the hugely successful Channel 4 drama…

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