EDM Digest: Volume 4
We’ll start this edition of the Digest with a fresh face on an old label. You guys know that I can barely go a week without mentioning something or someone off Crosstown Rebels, and unfortunately, this week is no exception. Following WMC week in Miami, I heard some great reviews about a relatively unknown female DJ by the name of Francesca Lombardo. From what I’ve gathered, she threw down an absolutely monstrous set at Get Lost, Crosstown’s annual label party at the (in)famous Electric Pickle. After digging around, I unearthed this great little promo mix by Francesca on Fabric London’s website. Silky smooth and well crafted, this mix heavily features the warm and melodic bass lines that have become a defining staple for Crosstown artists. Her ear for pacing, coupled with a knack for tasteful track selection, makes her addition to Crosstown Rebels a no-brainer. I can’t wait to see what she does in 2012. Check it out:
Next up, an artist that is close to my heart: Martyn. I fell in love with the Dutch national after seeing him at Camp Bisco a couple of years back; his sound is a creative melting pot of techno, house, dubstep, and bass music that is never stale and endlessly exploratory.
He defies every genre label slapped on him, and both of his albums Great Lengths and Ghost People are fantastic explorations into the far reaches of the EDM universe. His close relationship with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label has been a marriage made in musical heaven, and one gets the sense that FlyLo and Martyn are kindred spirits in their affinity for turning sonic convention on its head. Martyn’s imaginative and twisting style is on full display throughout this Essential Mix…and did I mention he lives in Washington D.C.? ‘Nuff said.
Straight from the pool deck in Miami comes this almost 2 hour long set by Round Table Knights. The Swiss DJ/producer duo have been consistently putting out great house music from 2010 onwards, showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Their remix of Tensnake’s Coma Cat last year arguably outshined the original, and their EPs off Made to Play have all been fantastic. This mix is a perfect encapsulation of the Round Table Knights sound: bubbly, energetic house edged with deeper undertones coupled with eclectic track selection. I loved this recording because you can faintly hear the crowd getting into it in the background and cheering their approval. It’s a long one, but really catches fire around the 35-minute mark. There’s a bonus mix by Oliver $ on the website as well, also recommended. Enjoy.
This next mix comes to us by way of Belgium courtesy of a new DJ collective by the name of Shindu. Not much is known about these guys (and a girl) save a couple of tracks and this mixtape, but from what I’ve heard so far, I think this group is headed in the right direction.
Pledging to “create jaunty yet clever tracks drenched in late 80s electronica and atmospherics,” Shindu succeeds on every front by weaving nu-disco and house together into an unabashedly fun hour of booty-shaking tracks. This mix is a great party starter, and has been on repeat in my house the past couple of days. I think you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was.
Sometimes, you have to pay due diligence to the stuff you missed, even if it’s not the most up-to-date. I apparently missed this podcast from Pillowtalk (their first ever), and boy, do I regret not reporting it when it dropped. If you haven’t heard of these guys, consider this your introduction. Hailing from San Francisco, Pillowtalk specializes in combining R&B, jazz, and blues with house, creating soulful and expressive remixes and originals. Releasing on acclaimed labels like Wolf + Lamb and Visionquest, they have caught on in a major way. Their sound is warm and welcoming – this is the type of electronic music you can show anybody and dare them not to like it. Stop reading. Just listen.
Bonus round! Right before I submitted this article, Coat of Arms dropped a new April – May mix that I just had to include. I posted their fantastic February – March mix before, so no introduction is necessary for these guys. Expect another high-quality hour of deep house straight from England’s finest.