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Claude VonStroke – Can’t Wait / The Clapping Track

6 Aug

Claude VonStroke - Can't Wait : The Clapping Track

The artwork for Claude VonStroke’s upcoming 3rd album, “Urban Animal” best summarizes the theme of this full length outing from the dirtybird chief. A collection of architectural photography in disrepair from Detroit and The Midwest were chopped up and reconstructed into the shapes of 3 amazing animal portraits, a lion, a lizard, and a bird.

In the same way, Claude has taken sounds and snippets of his busy and sometimes frantic life and created an album from these simple and complex elements. Beauty and intrigue created from smaller pieces of chaos and adversity.

The introductory single, “Cant Wait,” is reminiscent of some of VonStroke’s deeper classics while also pushing further into new territory. A sense of restraint and release play games throughout this melancholy tune with a fat bassline locking down the groove. “Can’t Wait” has fleeting moments of euphoria that are both surprising and uplifting especially for a summer open air crowd.

“The Clapping Track” then shows us the fun side of VonStroke where he cuts apart 16 claps and then brings them back together – building up to a standing ovation as a resonate organ sounds. This house anthem has already been destroying the Dirtybird Ibiza residency and summer festival circuit as well.

Both tracks are great for the club and leave us wondering what other happy surprises have been constructed out of the infinite imperfect pieces inside Claude VonStroke’s head.

(dirtybird SC, 2013) Beatport here.

Mark Starr – Rood Boy (Friend Within Remix)

10 Jul

Tune in to Friend Within’s bangin’ remix of Mark Starr’s Rood Boy – available exclusively via dripfm!

GoldFFinch // 11th Hour

1 Jul

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With a change in the season and the promise of balmy city sunsets on the horizon, it feels natural that dirtybird should drop a much welcomed curveball into their 2013 EP catalogue. Courtesy of Belgium born duo, GoldFFinch, the ‘11th Hour’ EP explores the label’s more implicit approach to bass, with all the richly textured, distinctively UK sounds we’ve come to expect from the pair. The EP also marks GoldFFinch’s first original dirtybird release proper, after proving their worth on the heavy hitting Players compilation and remixing French Fries’ ‘Space Alarm’ as an induction.  
   
‘11th Hour’ opens the EP with a beautifully carved intro of muted, sensual synths and a blunted percussion beat that immediately picks out a swinging, London-centric rhythm. As the distant yearn of afterhours city lights emerges, the intro melts into a fluid-yet-funky roller, a languid longing for the urban twilight hour. ‘Sultry Steel’ flirts with UK Garage foundations, as the drums skip along with knowing skill and a slinky vocal sample punctuates the fuzzy atmosphere. As the track name suggests, it’s the steel drum melody that gives the beat its memorable dance floor significance.  
   
Erring on the subtler side of late night bass, dirtybird has uncovered a veritable gem here. Enjoy!

(dirtybird SC, 2013) Beatport here!

Eats Everything & Justin Martin // The Gettup

21 Jun

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In case you missed it a couple weeks back tune in and grab this banger from Eats Everything and Justin Martin. A text from dirtybird:

Dirtybird’s troublesome twosome, Eats Everything and Justin Martin, join forces once again for a single-track release, ‘The Gettup’. Marking the first official collaborative release on dirtybird for the pair, ‘The Gettup’ channels midsummer mayhem just as much as it does a heaving basement, combining the artists’ penchant for house music frivolity and organ-shaking bass in equal measure. 
Eats and Justin sculpt a sultry house groove from the off, interspersing the slinky sounds with mischievous vocal effects. An initial percussion breakdown paves the way for perhaps the most filthy bass line crunch you ever heard: all bow down to the almighty Gettup! Vivid chord stabs, vocal reverbs and some seriously inspired drum work all pull their weight on this skillful, larger than life club record. Then again, what else would you expect from dirtybird’s first transatlantic bromance collar.

Make That Booty Clap Remixes

7 May

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Kill Frenzy’s storming debut on dirtybird, the addictive, juke charged brute with its ingenious hip hop breakdown, is back for re-release with a slew of remixes from some choice label affiliates. Not content with the originals genre-traversing legacy (including plays from Soul Clap to Skrillex and pretty much everyone in between), Belgiums booty obsessed Kill Frenzy has rallied the likes of The Martin Brothers, Zombie Disco Squad, Plastician and Mark Starr to deliver their own take on the track, bringing the work out to brand new dance floors in the process.  

The Martin Brothers set the pace with a characteristically heavy house bass line, the twisted “make that booty clap” vocal sample dancing over the driving groove. Zombie Disco Squad let’s the buttock-smacking claps take centre stage, while a clever percussion score and perfectly timed ellipsis make for certified ghetto house dance floor material. Dirtybird debutant by way of Croydon, Plastician, focuses on the bass elements of the original, creating a swaying dubstep rhythm where booty claps become glock pops before your very eyes, while Mark Starr opts for a similarly languid groove, without losing sight of Kill Frenzy’s playful genre-splicing.  

“Make That Booty Clap feat. DJ Funk” became an instant milestone in the dirtybird canon and its great to see Kill Frenzy’s debut receiving such masterful reworks a year on.  

VonStroke

Buy it here.

Breach // Jack EP

1 Apr

From Claude VonStroke: “I had dinner with Breach in London and he told me “Hey, I have a track that is really dirtybird. I would put it out but its really sounding right for you guys.” I took this with a grain of salt but then I heard “Let’s Get Hot” and I found out he was right. It’s got the swagger and the sound. It makes girls grind their asses into boys crotches on the dancefloor. Perfect. Signed.

So I then asked him to make something even more sexual, thinking it would be ages before I got something back. 10 days later the A-side came back to me as a 2 minute clip while i was on the train to warehouse project in Manchester. I liked it so much that i edited it on the train to stretch it out to 5 minute. As expected, it slayed the room and the final version Breach has delivered is one of the best records of the year in my opinion. With the simple title of “Jack” you can see for yourself when you play it. This is the real deal.

Love, 
VonStroke”

Beatport here

dirtybird Players (Part 2)

11 Mar

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Part two of the massive dirtybird players compilation is here. This time we feature some of the labels biggest Europe based acts Eats Everything & Catz n Dogz along with some European newcomers GoldFFInch, Friend Within & 6 Stroke.  In addition we still got that old school Cali crew repping with Leroy Peppers and Claude VonStroke as well as our newest addition Mark Starr from Florida.

This half of the comp goes all the way from booty bass to deep house to future dubstep and represents the various styles and directions of the label. Again, we like to keep the words short and sweet and let the music do the talking.

We hope you enjoy it. 
(VonStroke, 2013)

Beatport here!

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Release/catalogue number: DB088
Release date: Mar 13, 2013

dirtybird Players (Part 1)

27 Feb

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Introducing the dirtybird players compilation, the follow-up to last years “Hatched” comp which was picked as the compilation of the year in DJ mag.  It’s 14 original tracks split into two releases and featuring up-and-comers and old schoolers on the label. The musical direction of dirtybird is always evolving but that sense of good times is always there in the background, keeping you smiling and dancing in your house parties, giant clubs and car stereos around the world. 

Part one of the players comp is totally stacked with killer trax from veteran db artists Justin Martin & Ardalan, Kill Frenzy & Nick Monaco,  Munnibrotherz, and J. Phlip.  In addition some newer acts like Shadow Child, Nick Olivetti, & Supatrol all deliver monster tunes I really love as well.

As usual the music speaks for itself so we will spare you the 2 page blurb.

Enjoy the tunes! 
VonStroke

Beatport here!

Friend Within // The Game

18 Feb

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Breaking through the ranks of upcoming UK house producers is “The Game EP” from new artist Friend Within.  The man behind the new moniker is a mystery but the quality is impeccable. We tend to believe this is not the work of a new kid but rather an experienced producer who knows what he is doing. These 2 tracks were the cream of the demo pile and there’s no way this guy just picked up a DAW last week.

‘The Game’ kicks off with a stuttering heavyweight house cut on the title track; a shuffling snare rolling instrumental that is built for peak time house parties. ‘The Hollow’ shows a penchant for 90s house echoed by some truly crisp and crunchy basslines that cement Friend Within as a monster producer and close friend of the dirtybird camp.

But who is Friend Within? It’s clear he has inimitable knowledge behind the decks, is well-versed in the classics and brings a fresh spin to experienced production. His roots may be impossible to determine but the eary support is universal. We are just happy to be first (as usual!) to release his music. With forthcoming releases on the likes of Hypercolour and Pets Recordings in 2013, plus huge love for forthcoming remix ‘Renegade Master’ that has everyone from Disclosure to Monki and B.Traits in a spin, expect to be seeing and hearing a lot more from Friend Within over the next years to come.

(dirtybird SC, 2013) Beatport here.

Worthy // Dip

18 Jan

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Preview of my upcoming track Dip coming out on the “Dirtybird Players Sampler” dropping January 30th!!! (Worthy SC, 2013) Featuring tracks by Cause & Affect and Justin Jay.

Kry Wolf & Claude VonStroke // Turbosteppa

27 Oct

Forthcoming fresh and bassy collaboration between Kry Wolf and Claude VonStroke out on dirtybird Nov 21!

_Kry Wolf & Claude VonStroke – Turbosteppa

French Fries // Space Alarm

22 Oct

French Fries delivers two originals on the cutting edge of modern bass. “Space Alarm” is right up in your face but artfully holds back right when you think it will go over the top. The inside “Smoke Wine” is more in the vein of last years smash “Yo Vogue” yet more understated and deep which is rare for the genre. When I play these at the right time they always solicit an audible “ooooh” from the crowd at the drops. Remix #1 is by Justin Martin who really blows it up dirtybird style with almost a breakbeat old school electro beat. Remix #2 is by dirtybird newcomers GoldFFinch via Belgium who also deliver a really funk laden club version. Both remixes are ace and the full release brings a very fresh sound to the label. (VonStroke, 2012) Out on beatport Oct 31st and everywhere else Nov 13.

Justin Martin // Ghettos & Gardens Remixes Vol. 1

27 Sep

Justin Martin‘s Ghettos & Gardens Remixes Vol. 1 out next week on dirtybird! Below are a few picks, click here to hear ’em all!

_Justin Martin, Leroy Peppers – Riding Spaceships (Ardalan Remix)

_Justin Martin – Butterflies (Catz ‘n Dogz Remix)

_Justin Martin – Molokini (French Fries Remix)

Justin Jay // The Dip

24 Sep

If you ain’t dippin’ you must be trippin! Remember vibin’ to the original as a little kid. Check out this bassy ass version by 19 year old Justin Jay as well as a remix by Prince Club. Out soon on dirtybird!

_Justin Jay – The Dip

_Justin Jay – The Dip (Prince Club “Dip it good” Re-work)

Justshakeit Demo // Tyrone + Sneddon

18 Sep

Tune in then grab this bangin booty bass mix by Tyrone + Sneddon from Justshakeit!

_Justshakeit Demo – Tyrone + Sneddon

Kill Frenzy // Go To The Mo

1 Sep

Kill Frenzy debuted on dirtybird with the label anthem of last year “Make that Booty Clap featuring DJ Funk”. To have a track that gets played by everyone all the way from Soul Clap to Skrillex shows Kill Frenzy’s ability to bridge the gap between genres, cliques and crews around the world. This new EP pushes even further into that original sound. To be able to combine footwork, breaks, techno & dubstep and make it all playable in house DJ sets is a big achievement and Kill Frenzy seems to have claimed this new genre all for himself. We have to give credit to co-producer of “Go To The Mo” dirtybird’s long time friend Sacha Robotti working with KF on the A side, but there is no denying this new talent from Belgium and we are really excited to have Kill Frenzy be a part of dirtybird. It also makes me happy that after 8 years some of that San Francisco dirt is breaking through to places like Belgium other countries in Europe outside of the UK. (dirtybird SC, 2012) – Out Sept 12, 2012

BBQ Trax

17 Aug

Before dirtybird was a record label it started as a San Francisco barbecue party based on sunshine, great music and carne asada. Friends playing good music out in the park for anyone who would show up. In celebration of the energy and spirit of the BBQ party we bring you this 4 track release with that summery open air vibe.  

Everyone on the EP is making their 2nd or 3rd appearance on the label. Los Angeles based Justin Jay returns with “Femme Fatale” a fantastic sounding 70s inspired funk-house jam. Nick Monaco also returns, continuing his quirky ideas with the thematic and amusing “Don’t Hate, Create!”. A1 Bassline is back with the ever smooth and melodic 808 boomer called “Daft”. And lastly, we have the highly anticipated return of Shadow Child with “Comb Over” which he co-produced with long time friend of the label, James Talk.  

We hope you enjoy and get to try these tracks somewhere outdoors this summer with some BBQ and beers.  

(VonStroke, 2012)

dirtybird Summer EP

17 Jul

And we’re off! Who has the lucky task of following up Justin Martin’s epic Ghettos & Gardens album? It’s a sampler called “dirtybird summer” celebrating the sounds and sunshine of this year’s amazing summer season.  

Track one of this diverse four parter is a melodic overture by the Munnibrotherz from South Africa who debuted on dirtybird last year with the hit record “Moon Chon Chayouh.” Track two is a dirtybird virgin, Nick Olivetti. Some of you have probably heard me drop his track “Hectic Guitar” at some point on the road this year, it was a big part of my live sets. This new one “Jump Up” is just as deadly and even more focused on the super heavy grooves Nick is so good at producing.  

Track three is a really fun db style party track by Genghis Clan. Its got the big build up and the fun vox samples but the drop is pure house music and pure summer groove. It really works, especially outdoors. Last but not least are my buddies from Bristol, Waifs & Strays who are also making a debut on dirtybird with “Lost In The Party.” This is kind of like a nu-disco style track if the producers were from Bristol and grew up on filthy basslines and roast dinners. Its also got elements of Detroit techno. Simple and effective I like to say.. (VonStroke, 2012)

Justin Martin // Don’t Go

5 May

“Don’t Go” is Justin’s most emotional work since “The Sad Piano”. Ten years after his stunning debut, his ear for gorgeous melodies is stronger than ever. A timeless organ intertwines with an increasingly urgent harp, eventually lifted beyond the heavens by the song’s ethereal vocals. Don’t think this $h!t don’t bang though!! “Ruff Stuff” is a rough-n-tough excursion – first swelling with euphoric shimmering chords leading into a full-on drum and bass inspired beatdown. This is the peaktime dirtybird sound at its finest. (dirtybird SC, 2012)

Shadow Child EP

31 Mar

Just having wrapped up the epic HATCHED compilation we roll right into the first original EP of the year. It seems like we’ve been blessed because Shadow Child has delivered an incredibly strong debut release. “String Thing” was given to me with support by Eats Everything and I’ve already seen it completely rip up several rooms on tour last month.  

I thought that was going to be the A-side killer and then “Rustic Chip” came in which i think could possibly be even better. The production style is kind of like old school Solid Groove meets drum n bass and i’m really digging this record. Super-fat, well-mixed sounds put in all the right places, this stuff really works. (VonStroke SC, 2012)

Beatport here!