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New Release: DZZ – Friend EP [Shifty Rhythms]

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New Release: DZZ – Friend EP [Shifty Rhythms]

The most unique installment in the Shifty Rhythms catalog to date arrives inside your eardrums by way of Stephens City, Virginia and the far-beyond-his-years talent of DZZ. The packaged product from this enigmatic producer is called ‘Friend’, a perspective-shifting single like none other we’ve heard.

Somewhere between the track’s synthetic kawaii vocal meltdown and seismic 808 jabs lies a song that embodies a completely new step in electronic music. One that, like the EP’s title suggests, incorporates a personal element in varied forms.

Additionally, the haunting vocals of the original cut take joyous flight in a Chilly Gonzales-esque rendition by Baltimore’s ctrl+r, capped off by a early-hours drum and bass anthem from Shifty flagship boys Planet Rock.

The malleable nature of ‘Friend’ implies that electronic music in this day and age can affect the human spirit in several, equal ways if we allow ourselves to embrace its kinship.
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released 22 October 2014

Produced by DZZ
Mastered by Chacona
Artwork by Zracknel: zracknel.tumblr.com

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DJSB – The Gunfighters of Titan

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DJSB – The Gunfighters of Titan

Yesterday LAMP dropped a new track that really shows their depth and diversity when it comes to music selection.
DJSB’s “The Gunfighters of Titan” is a complex orchestra of intergalactic sounds transporting the listener to Saturn’s largest moon. This track is the second release for the upcoming EP 2083 which will be appearing on LAMP before the end of the year.

Be sure to check out his first release here as well:

About DJSB
Originally from Springfield, MA, DJSB is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His BS in Music Technology makes him a specialist in: music theory, composition, orchestration, arrangement, sound design, music business, music copyright and licensing. Early in his career, DJSB played major venues in Boston such as, The Paradise Lounge, Harper’s Ferry, Club Avalon, Bill’s Bar, and also the Middle East in Cambridge. He’s opened up for acts such as, Lupe Fiasco, KRS-One, The New Deal, Maceo Parker, Kool G Rap, Immortal Technique, Kool Keith, DJ Craze, Blackalicious, Murs of Living Legends, Jurassic 5, Devin the Dude, Medusa, Talib Kweli, Xzibit, and many more.

DJSB currently calls Los Angeles home and since his move he’s already been busy perfoming at SXSW. Along with DJing, DJSB regularly perfoming in several bands including Pilot Touhill, White Planes and Audible Mainframe taking on the role of the DJ, Synth, and Beatsmith. With Audible Mainframe he has performed as part of Slick Rick’s backing band as well as collaborating with recording artists such as Damian Marley, Smif N’ Wessun, KOs, Wale, LMFAO, Common, Blackalicious, Biz Markie, Tone Loc, Arrested Development, and many more.

The focus of DJSB’s talent and focus is more on making music than just playing it. He is a musician first, then a DJ. However, being a DJ to him means more than just the playback. He would rather create with a turntable than just push play. This includes scratching, beat juggling, production, live drum sequencing, mixing genres and including these techniques in his own production. His background in music technology, action sports and hip hop culture allows him to create that unique DJSB sound, which is a hybrid of life experiences and mastery of craft. The goal is to use these sounds in the music licensing industry for film and commercial usage.

Bookings/Remix Requests: alex[at]solvethispuzl.com

Check out his special LAMP #weeklymix:

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New ZHU Video – Paradise Awaits

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ZHU – Paradise Awaits

ZHU – Paradise Awaits from ZHU on Vimeo.

Already making serious waves on the scene for his incredible rendition of the Outkast classic “Ms. Jackson” (ZHU aptly retitled his “Moves Like Ms. Jackson”) news about his first perfomance in NYC has been bubbling. The producer, vocalist, musician, high-fashion aficionado, visual artist, et al just dropped this wonderfully crafted video by Tomek Ducki (http://tomekducki.com/). Ducki is an incredibly talented animator, racking up a plethora of awards since 2007. The animator/film producer is originally from Budapest and now resides in Krakow, Poland. His style is very 2 dimensional in nature but his color choice and elaborate use of movement allows for his stories to become multi dimensional.

If this video is any sign of what is to come for ZHU’s highly anticipated “The NightDay Performance” one can only hold their breath with anticipation, and wait for paradise.

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degrade Presents: Color Series: 001 – Wilks

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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 :)

Tracklist

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)

Soundcloud: @degrade_LA
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Brooks and Millar – “Big Daddy” featured on Do Androids Dance

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2014 marks a huge first step for Brooks & Millar who are already supporting acts like Plastic Plates, Jerome LOL, Justin Jay and playing at venues such as Exchange LA and a quaterly residence at The Wilshire. Brooks & Millar are made up of LA based dj/producer combo Josh Brooks (aka PZB) and Jacob Millar.

Brooks saw his personal career as PZB take off in 2011 with a spot at Coachella on The Energy Factory Stage and features at LA’s premier clubs such as Avalon, Dim Mak Studios supporting acts such as Captial Cities, Cassian, Mystery Skulls and more. CBS listed him as one of LA’s Best DJs in 2012. Brooks would also go on to perform festivals such as; Brownies & Lemonade Present: Camp Trill 2012, the Venice Music Crawl 2013 and Brokechella 2013.

Millar, started making music from a very early age. In high school he began to play drums in the electronic-rock band, Blunderbear. After moving to California, Millar studied sound engineering at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. When he graduated, it was only a matter of time before he ran into Josh, and the two would begin their partnership.

For booking Brooks and Millar contact: lamp[at]solvethispuzl.com