LA is a wonderful melting pot for creatives and entrepreneurs looking to experiment with new ideas and concepts; a large population of them are currently broadening their scopes at “La Playa”. In the past 4-5 years a new batch of audiophiles, music aficionados, producers, visual artists and more have begun establishing a strong independent scene on the west coast. Los Angeles, in particular, has an amazing network of record labels, event companies, and boutique lifestyle brands with similar underlining goals; make music, throw parties, and most importantly, have a blast doing it. While operating as independent entities, a majority of these groups cross over and seem to go out of their way to help one another progress and build their respective followings. Case in point with degrade.
I first came across this crew after a good friend invited me to their private Facebook group. As pretentious as that may sound, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that its members were genuinely interested in sharing their individual music interests and that a lot of their tastes were auspiciously inline with mine. Furthermore, a lot of their members would often post exclusive upcoming events; sometimes happening on the same night as their own. It was this unselfish attitude that solidified my affinity for degrade. Their website speaks volumes to their eclectic selection of sounds and a color/vibe based archiving system caters to those of us that believe mainstream genre labels are insufficient in communicating how we really “feel” about the music we listen to.
To kick of the next stage in their evolution they have embarked on a monthly mix series that features one of their founding members and a rising talent in LA’s scene, Wilks (Prep School Recordings). The mix features a few of his own original sounds as well as a trademark collection of break-beating, ass-shaking, grooves guaranteed to put you in a hell of a good mood. So sit back, and enjoy “degrade.LA : 001 – Wilks [.blue]“.
*Full tracklist at the end of the post
A note from the degrade crew:
“degrade.LA is an electronic music collective and event company based out of Los Angeles. The business model and spirit of the company is based around their website, a music platform where songs are categorized by color and vibe which gives users the ability to select playlists based on mood.
This month they have launched their brand new Color Series, a robust and enlightening monthly mix curated by hand selected DJ’s that embody a vibe from the degrade.LA website. The first installment kicks things off with Los Angeles native deep house producer, Wilks representing the .blue category. The track list is comprised of high energy, hypnotic dance floor tunes that take listeners straight into the late night warehouse parties that feed the underground culture of LA.
Stay tuned for more Color Series releases every month, featuring an eclectic array of fresh music from both up-and-coming and well known DJs.”
Make sure to grab the Free Download of this mix
TLC ft. Missy Elliot – Dirty Dirty (AObeats Flip)
Jaded – Gully Creeper
Worthy – Hit Me
Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo – Rude Boy
Kayliox vs OptionAvailable – Von Deeper
Wilks – In My System
Justin Jay – Bounce and Break
Victor Ruiz – Take A Nap (Groove Delight Bootleg)
Kaskade x Amtrac – Yep
Sage the Gemini – Gas Pedal (Motez Edit)
Iggy Azalea – Fancy (Milk N Cookies Remix)
Flexb – Baby I’m Boss
Wilks – Live Illegal
Tough Love – Love Happiness
Treasure Fingers x The Knocks – My Body (Intermodal Remix)
Disciples – Catwalk (Plastic Plates Remix)
Cajmere x Sonny Fodera – You’re the One (Pleasurekraft Remix)