North County-based DJ and longtime host of San Diego’s weekly Dubstep/UK Garage-focused radio show, P Man, is well known for his excessive vinyl collection. However after 6PM PST this Tuesday, May 8th, he will also be known as the first San Diego DJ to be given a weekly slot to host on pirate-style station Sub.FM: Voted by MixMag as the “Best Dubstep Radio Station” it is the longest running Dubstep internet radio station and host to more live Dubstep & Future Garage than any other radio station online.
P Man will be joining the ranks alongside Sub.FM’s radio roster that includes bass music legends, El-B, BunZer0, BoomNoise & Sgt. Pokes, The Chorizo Show, Whistla, Metalbox, Compa, T_!, Incyde (of HotFlush Recordings), DJ Enme, Car Crash Set, Be-1ne, Distal & Shortstack, AxH and Bassic Boston, as well as a brand new show from the US ambassador of Dubstep, Joe Nice.
For more information or for more announcements about the show, check out the P Man Show’s event page here.
I’ve had this mix, the latest from San Diego-based DJ [*one of my favorite & consistently awesome artists to book] Sean Fizz, at the top of my playlist over the last few days. It’s been my constant go-to background soundtrack for when I’m writing at the office or while reading over contracts. But, it wasn’t until I was driving on a deserted mountain road through the immense but yet eerily still Carson National Forest, somewhere out in the middle of New Mexico, that I realized how subtly vibrant and of course, thoroughly enjoyable this mix really is.
Fizz’s “Home Cooking Mixtape” is a well-curated playlist, that doesn’t include those upfront peak time drops or attention-coaxing tunes. It’s a downtempo-y house chill-out mix that subtly and very successfully, maintains its effervescent character. It’s not your typical “zone-out” mix. On the contrary, this selection heightens your awareness to your surroundings. Hypnotic vocal repetition, airy yet uplifting builds, minimal percussion, and elusive funky pulses throughout the mix effectively maintain your personal attentiveness rather than provoke a heavy-eyed reaction. Tracks like the latest off his new EP “Echoes of the Past” by Todd Edwards, Bok Bok & Tom Trago‘s collab “Pom Clash,” the definitively Claude Von Stroke remix of French Fries’ “Yo Vogue,” and Sean Fizz‘s own original, “Wavey,” are no doubt the stand-outs from this mix package.
Where his tune selection lacks in being
distracting “floor-filling,” it makes up for in its environmental versatility: in that anywhere outside of the club, this mix is adaptable; an ideal background soundtrack at anytime of day. As per the conditions by which Sean Fizz made this mix, “while cooking [his] breakfast this morning” [and thus, derived its namesake, Home Cooking] you can no doubt sense that “slowly ease out of bed, wake up to a hot & delicious home-cooked meal, and skip out the door in a good mood for the rest of the day/overall happy yet easy-breezy vibe” this mix presents.
Although, Sean Fizz may have put it best:
“All the love I put into my meal I also put into this mixtape, enjoy!”
Warm, fuzzy, and deliciously refreshing indeed. Definitely worth the DL diskspace, snap it up for free below:
Maelstrom – House Music (Boston Bun Remix)
Audiojack Feat Kevin Knapp – Stay Glued (FCL Weemix)
Sean Fizz – Wavey
Nick Monaco – Boom Soul (Manaré Remix)
Claptone – She Loves You
Jean Nipon – Girl Complex
Daniel Klauser – Simply Swag (Chaos In The CBD Remix)
Todd Edwards – Echos Of The Past
Boddika – Up And Dance
Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Pom Clash
DVA – Step 2 Funk
French Fries – Yo Vogue(Claude VonStroke Remix)
GoldFFinch – Funky Steppa
Tuff Wheelz – Hypnotizing ( The Town Hypnotize Like In 96 Remix)
5KINANDBONE5 – Reset
French Fries – Champagne
Distal – Coke Bottle
There are several incredibly cool underground galleries and hidden gems spread out across the Barrio. It’s really exciting to San Diego-based artists not only taking advantage of the vibrant and excessively rad locales for different performance/artistic mediums, but also exposing viewers both outside and even residents of SD to the local culture of modern street art and other different forms of visual expression, that are brewing under the radar.
Explore The Spot in Barrio Logan more thoroughly on their website.
Official video for Cali Cam – Golden (State of Mind)
This video was shot all in one take by The Visualists at The Spot in Barrio Logan.
San Diego-based fam of talented dudes, The Office Twins & Third Twin, drop the hot techy wax and jam out behind the decks at some of the biggest shows around town. Yesterday, they released a new mix, in honor of the annual (/now bi-annual) 3-day-long gathering of hipsters, fashion-bloggeristas, and hula-hoopers everywhere: Coachella Music Festival.
Focused on the theme of “Lost in a Desert Oasis” this trio of brothers have put together a well-mixed playlist, that features deep mechanical builds, garage & disco-minded piano key leads, and fresh & enthralling techno newness. The only fault of this mix, is that it very bitterly reminds me of the lack of ruthlessly dark and sinister techno that I could be immersing every last bodily molecule of mine into this weekend and/or next. Killer driving mix to get totally lost in during that long desert drive, with a break of some big housey reverbs to keep ya from nodding off. Sync this to your Pod before you hit the road.
EXCERPT FROM FULL ARTICLE – READ IT HERE.
Although San Diego’s own NOLD continues to tirelessly work on productions under his own name, in recent months he’s shifted his priority focus onto his new production project, in cahoots with best bud and at the time, nu-disco producer, Collin Smith, aka KEYTONE. Fusing together Keytone’s techniques with NOLD’s mid tempo projects he had been playing with over the past several months, their new production pseudo, Meridien (a spin on the name of the street of the place where they were staying during WMC in 2011) as well as their own unique approach to the moombahton genre, were born.
“We’ve really been trying to push the envelope as far as making stuff that’s not just cliché dirty Dutch sounding Moombahton, and have actually been incorporating a lot of the influences we both share from some of the first types of Electronic music we grew up on, using a lot of analog sounds and other stuff in our productions, that you might not hear in a typical Moombahton track,” says NOLD.
“We really just want to show people that Moombahton isn’t just slowed down house music or a different form of Reggaeton; that you can really get creative and experiment with creating your own sound at that tempo while still making music that will make people dance.”
In just a short time, Meridien have certainly taken production initiative: They’ve just released a remix of Korova’s new single “Puma” which will be featured as part of the forthcoming “Red Panda Chronicles: Part 2” EP on RudeTOON Records/Shifty Rhythms and they’re looking forward to the release of an upcoming remix they did of Carrier’s “Slapback”set to be released on Rot10 Musik, and will be the duo’s first official release on Beatport/iTunes. In addition to this, they are in the process of remixing a single by MC/Rapper “Marvel the Gr8″ from the “Random Citizens” based out of LA, (which will probably be released for free via their Soundcloud) and later down the line but still close to fruition is a forthcoming 4/5 track EP featuring a track they are making in cahoots with NOLD’s childhood friend and incredibly talented female vocalist, Nina Farag. Not to mention, all of this is happening in the midst of their apparently massive studio renovation taking place currently in San Diego.
Although the boys of Meridien have been hustling hard inside and outside the studio as of late, they were still kind enough to slow their roll for just a shake or two, and bump out a one-hour long booty-movin’ worthy joint mix exclusively for us. Free Download compliments of the duo and free stream available to your heart’s content:
Too Fresh (Meridien Remix) – Too Fresh | Unreleased
Memblee (Original Mix) – ESSBEEDEE | Rot 10 Musik
Slapback (Meridien Remix) – Carrier | Rot 10 Musik
Egypt (Neki Stranac Moombahton Edit) – Slap In The Bass | No Brainer Records
Bam Bam (Original Mix) – Sazon Booya & Willie Bones | Rot 10 Musik
Here We Go (Original Mix) – Cam Jus | Rot 10 Musik
Puma (Meridien Remix) – Korov∆ | RudeTOON Records/Shifty Rhythms
Silly String (Original Mix) – Gooffee | Soundcloud.com/Gooffee
Get Dat (Original Mix) – Jay Fay | Young Robots
Dud Dud (Mother Brother Remix) – Deathray Diamond | Modern Nostalgia Records
The Clap (feat. ETC!ETC!) (Original Mix) – Bro Safari | T&A Records
Rukus (Original Mix) – Valentino Khan & Will Bailey | Mad Decent
Persian Algebra (Original Mix) – Sticky K | Jeffree’s/Mad Decent
The Moombahstard (Original Mix) – Vato Gonzalez | Soundcloud.com/VatoGonzalez
Cold As Ice (A.Skillz & Nick Thayer Bootleg) – Foreigner | Mixmag
Hulk (Dillon Francis Remix) – Clockwork | Dim Mak Records
Must Be The Feeling (Delta Heavy Remix) – Nero | MTA Records
Fuck Wit My Eardrums (Original Mix) – Klever x Billy The Gent | Mad Decent
Circus (Original Mix) – Steve Starks x JWLS | Mad Decent
When I usually send off this list of questions to artists, for the purpose of writing press kits and artist biographies for them, in return I typically receive just one to two sentences, (if I’m lucky sometimes even full & coherent ones) of bare bones, cut & dry, and minimal bits of chopped up facts and a stale laundry list of accolades.
NOLD, however, did something different. He
wrote a novel told a story; and a unique and candid one at that. Although a bit more lengthy than I’m normally used to, it’s no doubt one I wouldn’t feel right about not sharing. NOLD’s ascension to becoming one of San Diego’s most active producers, and indisputably one of the most industrious within the class of emerging names in Moombahton, worldwide, warrants me to justify my following claim: that without a shade of doubt, NOLD is among the top 5% of SD’s most promising EDM artists. I’ve never heard the guy even play the same style of music twice in his sets but nevertheless his unpredictable sets are always teeming with top-notch taste and an aural sensibility that has never fallen short. He’s opened up for some of EDM biggest names at night clubs and even festivals around the West Coast, including Zeds Dead, Nadastrom, Kill the Noise, JFK of MSTRKRFT, LA Riots, ETC!ETC! and Valentino Khan; but as of recent especially, he’s made it clear he’s ready to take over center spotlight behind the decks. While most San Diego-based artists are satisfied with staying tied to the San Diego scene, with the occasional gig up in LA of course, NOLD’s mindset, not to mention the mere presence of his exuberant enthusiasm alone, far extends the confines of San Diego’s county lines.
Bottomline: NOLD is uncomfortable with the lack of recognition San Diego’s music and artists receive, and he’s fervently striving to change that. And no one comes in with more enthusiasm for the sound and an unabashed hunger for making big moves than NOLD himself.
Full story + Exclusive Mix after the jump!!!
I’ve always had a not-so-secretive obsession with discovering FUCKJAMS, and the artists who make these infinitely pleasurable tunes. (first article) My fascination and unapologetic depravity has led me to produce a new monthly feature for the site that will feature sexy mixes from both local heroes and globally-praised names alike, who have been asked to deliberately contribute to my own personal, and yet very public celebration of these unabashedly pervert-centric sounds.
The first volume of our series comes from San Diego’s own disco-love inducing pair, French Kiss Collective. FKC recently celebrated the release of their premiere EP, White Lightning, earlier this month: a blissful 3-piece collection of their own originals and their own dreamy Poolside rework; tracks that would make any chip on a shoulder sparkle in the LED light and swoonworthy synth coos that would make the hips of any disco lover quiver during their ethereal builds. Needless to say, we were impressed and very proud of FKC’s debut release. Thus we reached out to these mastros in the art of instilling sensually grooves on the floor and asked if they would put together a well-mixed collection of tunes, made explicitly for evoking promiscuity and deviance behind closed doors. And the result is a plunge into a pool of hour-long, uncompromisable sensuality.
For those of you that want to have sex that involves feelings, this is the perfect über luscious disco mix that integrates perfect hip-plungin grooves and emotions that exist outside the beer-goggles continuum. The mix starts with a nice & delicate foreplay section. But then by the 17 minute mark, the mix drops into Gigamesh & Amanda Love‘s Red Light all inhibitions quickly reside and it’s GAME ON. A frisk transition into animalistic bass passion and alluring vocals that will no doubt have you and your partner in crime clawing your way to the bedroom.
Other worthy audible mentionables include U-tern‘s reflip of Shock Talk, Doctor Dru & Adana Twin‘s Juicy Fruit, and a chunky slice of Falcon Punch‘s unreleased spacy drop Illusion. The FKC boys however were damn kind enough to share their salacious selection of hip-thrust-worthy disco love jams below:
1. Alex Gopher – Super Disco
2. D-Pulse – Velocity Of Love (Hot Toddy Mix)
3. Mark E – Special FX
4. Louis La Roche – Footsteps
5. Cicada Elle Et – Cicada Elle Et Moi
6. Gigamesh – Red Light Ft. Amanda Love (Original Mix)
7. Shock – Shock Talk (U-Tern Disco Mix)
8. Francis Inferno Orchestra – So Devine
9. BoomBox – Midnight on the Run
10. Daft Punk – Something About Us (Cherokee Remix)
11. Fritz Kalkbrenner – Facing The Sun
12. Tensnake – Believin’
13. Jonas Rathsman – Tobago
14. Doctor Dru & Adana Twins – Juicy Fruit
15. Falcon Punch – Illusion (unreleased)
When I either profile or do press work for artists, I send each individual or group the same very bare bones list of very generalized questions; asking them to quickly list or prepare 1-2 sentence answers to the questions they find the most relevant to themselves personally/their brand. I’ve done this exchange with dozens and dozens of different artists over the years, and I’ve received more or less the same vague or short-listed responses from the universal whole – leaving gaps that allow me to then integrate their facts with my own creative and journalistic touch.
Under the same expectation, I recently asked Eddie Turbo & Prince Zohar, the duo behind Gematria – San Diego’s Original tropical sound system & record label – to respond to these same questions and return them to me at their own convenience. Their thoughtfully-prepared answers and incredible insight they obviously took much time to carefully prepare, honestly left me a bit jaw-dropped. Instead of fusing their answers with too much of my own personal whimsy, I’m going to let their charismatically witty and post-Heisenberg sophisticated answers, that not only successfully demonstrate their individual unique character but their profound and hopeful prospective of San Diego’s music scene, speak for themselves.
GEMATRIA: FROM THE BEGINNING
Prince Zohar grew up on a self-proclaimed never-never land called Zohar Island: where kids just play music, swim, catch fish, build stuff, tell stories, draw pictures, make love, and drink mescal with pineapple juice before bed. Back on our more universally understood world, Eddie Turbo, born Beau Lamontagne, grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In the post-Millenium year of 1999, his own manifest destiny led him into the arms of his now home and the very beating heart of all he loves – San Diego, California.
Before anything, Beau heeds a full disclaimer – explaining that he’s more an editor and selector than artist or producer, henceforth explaining the origin of his club-floor pseudo, Eddie Turbo, which just happens to be simply a clever play on “Editor Beau.” Pretty fun, right? Nonetheless, since his arrival to sunny San Diego, Eddie Turbo has righteously demonstrated his higher value selectivism and proven mastery behind the decks.
In 2002, Turbo started his chain of epic accolades on the local level by becoming a resident DJ at Brokenbeat produced event, Milkcrate Mathematics, SD’s underground hip-hop night held at Red C lounge – where he rapidly gained praise for not only his unhinged taste and diverse selection of proper records, but the overall surprising reaction to the context of it all.
“The fact that some suburban kid from Massachusetts raised on a diet of Yo! MTV Raps was part of such a genuine underground movement is still beyond me,” says Turbo.
As Eddie Turbo became more known for his curious favoring of culture-rich sounds, he continued to push different brands of sound over the heads of most, and straight to San Diego’s open-minded minority. As a result of exhaustive persistence and a personal passion for bringing awareness to the music he supported, 2003 became a definitive year for Turbo: He became both the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Re:UP Magazine, releasing his first issue in May 2003; and months later, he started up Dub Dynamite – a night dedicated to celebrating Dancehall, Roots, and bass culture – with nice guy and cohort selector Rashi, of Tribe of Kings.
[Tribe of Kings] have a great mix of rocking the mic, running dubplates, proper mixes and pushing new tunes,” says Turbo. “I pretty much have an honorary doctorate in the realm of shamanistic dancehall party rocking from watching those guys.”
Thus joining forces with TOK’s Rashi, they came together to concoct the total eclectic cocktail, serving-up “magical, full house moments on a Monday night where everyone is grooving out to some obscure Johnny Osborne stepper tune dubbed out by King Tubby.” Delivering unimaginable whole nights where San Diego’s loyal following for underground sound was not only celebrated, but its decisive presence demonstrated that the local awareness and demand for global-minded dance parties was more significant than anyone could have predicted, and much less anticipated.
Turbo’s constant and fervent determination on both the RE:UP Magazine and the Dub Dynamite fronts swiftly and to no one’s surprise made him one of San Diego’s most respected authorities of the EDM underground.
Back in Golden Hill, a passion for making dub led Prince Zohar to start Habitat Sound in 2005, a mad catalyst disguised as a platform for his own production of sound; one that he has taken extra precaution to ensure it could not be defined by any specific genre overlay. But in human terms of understanding, in essence, it’s an unpredictable and organic experimentation involving electroacoustic music, ritualistic rock, improv & free jazz, and a process of making analog dub direct to tape with a decisive absence of any short-cuts involved. Zohar’s quest for dub-legitimacy caught the ears of many long time badmen in the dub circuit, in fact, Mad Professor dug Zohar’s Habitat Sound work so much that he offered to master it (which he did)! Zohar’s wax has also seen spins from dub kings Lee “Scratch” Perry and Dennis Bovell.
As if two compelling forces of sonic dub nature had met head-on impact, on one particularly defining Monday evening at Dub Dynamite in 2006, Rashi introduced Turbo to the illustrious dub-masterminding-enthusiast himself, Prince Zohar. And that’s when shit got real.
Continue reading about the legend that is Gematria after the jump:
We already started the weekend early here at the office, and we want you to get your weekend started the right way too. It’s March. The sun’s starting to peep through the Feb gloom, and we’re in San Diego. Pool parties at the Wavehouse kick off this month, and as per always, SD’s party scene is thriving and bustling with all kinds of global EDM figures and babe-laden distractions. Scroll through our top picks of cool time goodness and get your debauch’d agenda in full Irish (or whatever) swing.
NEW SECTION: **WEEKLIES**
Filling you in on regular shindigs around town we super dig and are, more times than not, free to enjoy and even easier to love…
–> Full list of events, guest lists, secret deals, and more after the jump!
The ¡BAJATON! crew is crazy busy this month: After hosting our regular monthly gig at the beginning of the month with Mad Decent/Dim Mak‘s Valentino Khan, this past Wednesday debuting our event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we will be back in SoCal and cruising up the coast this coming Wednesday, February 15th, and hosting our premiere event in cahoots with our homie KEDD COOK at his awesome weekly residency at La Cave Wednesdays in Costa Mesa! And of course we our bringing along our trusted and always amazing OG BAJATONista, ETC!ETC!, just for the occasion.
If you caught ETC!ETC! at our first ever BAJATON event in San Diego, then you are WELL AWARE that this energetic character off top-shelf indie label, Mad Decent, has a collection of electro-fied moombah bangers and unparalleled gusto for invoking all out sweaty dancefloor devastation. His recent feature spotlight, exclusive interview and mix for highly-respected promo/event production juggernaut MEDIA CONTENDER has summoned a whirlwind of attention for this endlessly talented and always caffeinated producer, garnering him big ups from industry leaders and of course pretty much every blog out there alike. (DOWNLOAD MIX HERE)
Along with ETC!ETC! our ¡BAJATON! resident selecta COLOUR VISION will be joining the La Cave line-up, showcasing unreleased gems and freshly produced indie-inspired moombah reflips off his forthcoming compilation, Nightswim Dubs Vol. 1, set to drop in March. And of course La Cave’s hump day party mastermind himself, Kedd Cook, will also be rounding-out this bad ass line-up of top-notch party-instigating racketeers.
MORE INFO HERE.
La Cave Wednesdays Present: BAJATON TAKEOVER w/ ETC!ETC! (Mad Decent/LA) + COLOUR VISION + Kedd Cook – February 15th, 2012
1695 Irvine Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA