As I'm sitting here chomping on Hi-Chews allocating my pending paycheck on a few record orders it's in the back of my head and I'm sure many others about how to pull Christmas presents off this year. Luckily Dirt Crew has our back with another run of holiday packs they'd featured last year. Two different sized packs, both come with records and stickers, wrapped in a semi swanky tote with free shipping and mp3's included! The small pack is my choice, releases from Harry Wolfman, Thatmanmonkz, and The Revenge of this past year. Hit up Dirtcrew.net for the perfect gift for that DJ or beat enthusiast in your life.
In other grooves, Powerdance's extended club mix of their tune "Fantasy Light" of their album from this past summer The Lost Art of Getting Down quietly hit record retailers this week. JP turned me on to them with the irresistible "Muscle Groove" about a year ago and it was clear from that point on that I'd be investing in their work once i found it. Led by Luke Solomon, they are a collective of appreciators of dance music and carry a particular cadence in their message of boogie down. Peep that Bandcamp action right here and I'll gobble at ya next week. Bye!
London pub-boogie hero and oft-touted Portishead cohort Andy Smith has a new compilation dropping tomorrow, 'Reach-Up Disco Wonderland'! You can choose your own configuration of media, but I'll be getting the wax, because there's some supreme classics on here like 'Is It In' and the Whiskey Baron's edit of 'Got To Have You In My Life'. Pre order it today! Let's keep that live feel going with the what looks like Compost's spin-off from thir 'Future Sound Of Jazz' series. 'Compost Nu Jazz Vol 1' Is available digitally now! Really dig these fresh broken beats. Lets finsh of this paragraph with our arm pits fully exposed! This heavy chord and vibes driven jam from S.A.M. got me reachin' up! Thanks International Sun-Earth Explorer!
It might seem like another regular old week of beats, but I'm still riding a wave of motivation and excitement after my trip to Chicago this past weekend. Super stoked off all things music, so getting to share some heat that I grabbed from Gramaphone is just another treat, though apparently, Jackmaster put in like 8 hours worth of digging before we got there, which might have explained why the edits and new house sections looked so barren. Anyways, starting with one of the store's own, Garret David and his Ebb Vibe EP, this was one that I heard a few months ago when I was first familiarizing myself with Distant Hawaii. Tracks like Vermillion and Stewing stood out to me for their mesh of ambient / field recordings with Chicago house, but I also really enjoy tracks like Down Around and Simple in Spring for their more upbeat and healthy bounce per ounce ratio. You can grab/preview that release here. Another hot one I was able to grab, thanks to Michael Serafini's recommendation, was Scrimshire's Summer Lovin' Edits. Simply put, it's the jam, even if I'll have to get creative in order to mix them into a set when it's freezing outside. Grab that lovely release over here. Finally, the last score I'll share is Octo Octa's New Paths, released on Argot earlier this year. I was bummed to miss the Argot Five Year Anniversary party at Smartbar, because her music means so much to me. In fact, her first album, Between Two Selves was the project that showed me you can convey strong emotions through instrumental music. Ever since that realization, I haven't looked at dance music the same, and continually am amazed by her productions. Grab that journey of a single over here and for all my seasonally depressed peeps out there especially, stay positive.