Been thankful for some hot premieres this week as signs of the seasons changing are becoming more and more evident. Brisk mornings I've been bobbing my head to the upcoming Nachtbraker release on Heist. Both "Hamdi" and the Session Victim remix of the EP's title track "M.M.M" showcase proper restraint while rewarding the dance floor with their infectiousness and pay off. Really really digging the recent artwork designs as well as wishing I had Hamdi to play this weekend as JP and I bring the Tiki Basterds moniker back out with our pal Narwhal for a new local music festival.
Another great release is in the pipeline for the HOMAGE boys up in New York also. The second premiere "Please Don't" from their sophomore release by Chevals becomes quite hard to deny with its funky guitar, playful swing and swelling strings. Give that a listen here.
Rounding out this week I just can't help but stay impressed with Tech Support and his mix of unreleased tracks for Polymer. His productions are a breath of fresh air reworking some of the classic and familiar with an equal split of vibes evoking an easygoing boogie or full on get down. Peep that groove sesh right here and keep those eyes to the cosmos for more next week!
Let's go on a journey, first stop planet bandcamp! Northeastern sexual-predator Touchsoul put out some shimmering goodies this week in his Downfresh Ep. I was lucky enough to find Preserved Instincts, the spiritual successor to Dope Jams during a visit to upstate NY this weekend. The place really does possess some isolated magic. Replete with a dj booth and soundsystem that puts many venues to shame, the shelves are stocked up with hard-to-find classics and esoteric underground gems. I picked up an ep of crazy Vince Watson, Rhythim is Rhythim remixes that I will be sat cross-legged and crying to for months to come! I also snagged these super handy dancefloorrumblers from DJ Monchan.
This week in Cosmic news, I wanna first send big love to anyone in the Caribbean Islands and Southeast US that have or will be affected by Hurricane Irma. My mom and grandpa live near Daytona, and were a few feet away from a tree that fell on their house due to Hurricane Matthew last year, so I hope that you/your all's loved ones will evacuate if you already haven't, or at least seek refuge. Now to the more positive stuff, Crackazat released a new 12" on Local Talk recently, Proton Blue, which will act as the lead single to the full length LP that's coming out later this year. I've been in love with his productions ever since John Penn dropped Lindop Circles at a local club last year, to which I was forced out of my seat by that infectious lead and onto the dance floor. This release is nothing short of catchy, with the bright and bouncy title track on the A side, to the low down, bass-driven groove with an equally smooth vocal performance. Listen to the EP here. The Guardian recently published an article focusing on Bicep's 'secret dance floor weapons', in support of their album release, and it's a crate diggers wet dream. From the original inspiration for starting Feel My Bicep, to finding house remixes on trance CDs, these two are truly a testament to the importance of continuous learning in DJing, so definitely nerd out and discover the gems they spotlighted here. Speaking of nerding out, I've been slowly educating myself on legendary producers through RBMA's recent slew of remastered/reuploaded lectures, this week, it's been Morgan Geist's talk. In his 78 minute long talk, he goes into great detail about his initial exposure to electronic music, starting Environ, Metro Area, and my personal favorite part, his views on bootlegged and editted music. Give the lecture a view here! Till next time friendos!