Stefan Kozalla, aka DJ Koze, is staple to the german club scene and one of the most underrated producers. Known for his hip hop skills, as well as house and disco, Koze brings something on the more minimal side showing us the genre boundaries don’t scare him whatsoever.
Mixing together a weird concotion of what sounds like Willy Wonka, Alice in Wonderland, And Nicolas Jaar, DJ Koze creates a psychedelic soundscape. Bringing on Matthew Dear, who is known for his unorthodox production style and Dj sets, they create an auditory lucid dream with a heavy bass line reminiscent of slowed down binaural tones. A trippy, distorted vocal over the track tops it off to create absolute wonderment, as it takes you on a 7 minute ride, which feels more like 3.
Definitely something for the daring dj’s to work into their sets and the out-of-the-box listeners, DJ Koze’s full project, Amygdala, can be picked up from Juno in the link below!
This Friday the Boston-based folk duo Tall Heightswill be bringing their smooth acoustic stylings to Beantown for two shows in the same night at Club Passim. Tall Heights’s gorgeous harmonies and soothing instrumentals have drawn attention across the globe, but the guys are probably best known in Boston for playing incredible shows at Faneuil Hall. After two immensely successful EP releases, the duo will be releasing their first full length album, Man of Stone, on the 14th.
While you do have to wait a little bit longer for the full album,
the Dig is ecstatic to premiere two songs off of Man of Stone: “Eastern Standard Time” and title track “Man of Stone.”
You are performing twice on May 10th at Club Passim. Will this be the first time playing a venue twice on the same day?
Yeah, first time. Really looking forward to the Passim crowd, ’cause it’s been a little while and we’ve been everywhere in the country except for home for much of this year.
I find it incredibly hard not to get pulled away when I listen. Do you guys ever get lost in you own music?
Sure, that’s the goal. When that doesn’t happen, we know we need to rework or scrap the idea altogether.
I read that you averaged 100 copies sold per day in the first week of Raftersrelease. Were you expecting such an amazing reception for the EP?
What a fun week. We had been performing those songs out for a bit and I think people were hungry for them, and it was cool to see our home-spun project take off so rapidly.
Being an acoustic folk band, do you prefer when you play at Faneuil Hall or at bigger indoor venues?
Faneuil Hall is a lot of fun for us, great for meeting people from all over and for practicing our craft. But the listening rooms are the best gigs. In the evenings at Faneuil we can approach that kind of vibe, as people will stop in their tracks or camp out on the ground and watch. There’s something special about the impromptu performance. But the subtleties in our music come out best in rooms like Passim, The Avalon Theatre in Maryland, and Room 5 out in LA.
When we did our Lizard Lounge residency in the fall, the room was so quiet for our encore that the entire sold-out crowd heard someone’s tiny little squeak of a fart and we had to stop the show ’cause we all started laughing.
What do you feel is the band’s biggest success recently?
Getting big crowds out to these release shows for Man of Stone, and seeing how excited people are for the new record is pretty special, and totally rejuvenating for us after so much travel over the past few months.
There are a few notches in our belt coming soon that I’m not supposed to talk about yet, but stay tuned …
I was checking out your Pledge Music page for Man of Stone and saw your pledge perks. Since one of them is playing a house show for a donator, are you guys scared about the possibility playing in a crazed fan’s basement?
That nightmare has already happened, and not from a Pledge concert. We had some good laughs afterwards. I like to think we’ve gotten better at recognizing the warning signs in advance so as to avoid putting ourselves in an awkward, or dangerous situation. But the vast majority of house concerts have been fantastic and triumphant examples of human trust.
You guys have said Man of Stone is going to be much deeper and darker than previous recordings. Is there any reason for this, or is it just natural songwriting taking its course?
I think we’re both drawn to the sense of gravity embodied in the songs we love most, so perhaps it’s been a natural progression. It’s not that we were in particularly dark places in our respective lives as we wrote these songs, and in fact, the months since recording, in which we’ve been unable to share Man of Stone with fans, have been some of our most challenging.
But we do both tend to struggle on a personal level with that idea of finding our place as artists, which is what ties the whole project together. Sorry if that was heavy.
After 15 volumes of Rolling in the Deep, I’m sure you know how we get down around here. Same old thing; no gimmicks, no BS, just straight quality underground music that we enjoy and we hope you all enjoy it as well.
P.S. Shout out to Dope Jams! They just opened up a new store in the Katskills and will have an opening party June 9th!
Local Talk records has been bringing the heat ever since I heard HNNY’s Yearning. They continue to keep the depth of the records at a low, shelling out jams like Fred Everything’s Brothers & Sisters. A superior track, it delivers an ultimate smooth feeling whether you’re at an after-hours spot getting a drink at the bar, or just listening to tunes in your room in the middle of the day.
Detroit Swindle have been smashing it recently. They have a new EP out and have been hitting all the big festivals. This is an unreleased jam from their visit to the Mixmag DJ Lab, which is an absolutely massive set. Look out for this release and definitely check out the Mixmag set; you won’t be disappointed.
Tracks like this keep real house music alive. Paolo Rocco is definitely Rolling in the Deep certified with a banger like this.
The italian techno maestro, Joesph Capriati, will be at my favorite club, Output, tonight. If your not busy, I would suggest getting down to see him because it’s join to be a very special experience. I had to include this track in my list as a special thank you to him for coming to New York!
I can’t get enough of all the female DJ’s out there holding their own! Shout out to the female DJ’s not getting enough credit (on the decks not in bubble baths). tINI has been releasing tracks on Desolat (Loco Dice’s imprint) and also has been slaying clubs all over Europe. This song is definitely one of my favorites from her!
I’ve always been a fan of Boy Kid Cloud, With ‘Feel High’ and ‘Feel High VIP’ probably being two of my favorite tracks of his. Consistently, he has shown that he’s not limited to one style of EDM, producing all over the genre spectrum. To celebrate the release of his latest single ’6am / I Need Love’, out now on inspected Records, Boy Kid Cloud has crafted an exclusive mix showcasing a selection of his own released and unreleased tracks. This twenty minute mix features a hoard of new and unreleased tunes from him, ending with the new single “I Need Love’. Most of this Mix rolls on a deep house vibe, and I love it; More ambience than anything else!
1. Boy Kid Cloud – 6am
2. Boy Kid Cloud & Feft – Just Like
3. Ed Sheeran – Give me love (Boy Kid Cloud Un Official Remix)
4. Boy Kid Cloud – In My Head
5. Boy Kid Cloud – Someone said
6. Boy Kid Cloud – This way
7. Boy Kid Cloud – Keep Calling
8. Boy Kid Cloud & Filthy Vicars – Giant
9. Boy Kid Cloud – From the start VIP
10. Boy Kid Cloud & Filthy Vicars – Big man
11. Boy Kid Cloud – Preem
12. Boy Kid Cloud – My Last breath
13. Boy Kid Cloud – Always the same
14. Boy Kid Cloud – I need love
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Protect Audio return with their 6th release and the vibes are deep, dark and rolling! The Diffraction of Sound EP brings together releases from four great up and coming producers from around the globe, unified by a love for grimey drum & bass. Berlin duo Survey deliver a nice techy roller which brings to mind the likes of Amoss or Ulterior Motive, and hits home with great sound design and crisp beats. US producer Homemade Weapons serves up the VIP of Slivers, taking things in a glitchier direction; the standard rolling breaks are eschewed in favour of a distinctly leftfield beat with some nice bongo fills and tons of character.
Over on the back side of the EP Shiver keep things experimental with Displaced, featuring some excellent drum rolls and really atmospheric sound design; truly cinematic work. Finally Marukomo’s Iridium rounds off the EP nicely, forging together drumfunk-esque breaks with the darker synths of modern techstep to create something that feels like equal parts Ed Rush and Paradox.
Check out the first two tracks below and watch out for this one dropping April 29th.
Fans of the deeper side of drum & bass should already be familiar with Seba. The Swedish producer has a pretty immense discography spanning well over a decade, with releases on the likes of Bukem’s Good Looking and Looking Good imprints, Warm Communications, Paradox Music and his own Secret Operations label. With that in mind it’s almost surprising that this is only his second full length album (the first being 2008′s Return to Forever).
The tone of the drum & bass material ranges from warm, rolling liquid numbers like Can’t Describe and Too Much Toon Soon to darker and more minimal tracks like the titular Identity and album closer What’s Your Fantasy. It’s not all 170+ though, with Seba exploring a variety of styles and tempos from the laid back soulful downtempo of Madness through the hypnotic deep house grooves of Could This Be Love and the almost Aphex Twin-esque acid vibes of Midas.
Overall this is an album which proves Seba’s versatility and depth as a producer of electronica imbued with true musicality rather than mere dancefloor heft. Check out the previews below and look out for the release on March 3rd.
They say the third time’s the charm, and this has to be one of our best Rolling in the Deep episodes yet. Our latest installment features classics weaved together with some newer jams. As usual, Jackson and I keep it ever so deep, dark, and soulful. Enjoy:
With such an old school groove you wouldn’t expect this song to be a newly released jam, but hey, we’re not complaining. Everyone knows I’m sucker for old school disco edits, so when I heard this disco jam from Sound Stream, I had to grab it. Honestly, there’s not much more to say, but this song will definitely put smile on your face. Also there’s a solid chance your parents won’t be mad when you blast this song in your living room, so that’s a plus. [P]
A classic track I’ve heard too many times in Seth Troxler’s sets, this Carl Craig remix of Tony Allen’s detroit classic had to be placed in rolling in the deep. It’s an oldie, but true jams never really expire so you know we had to put this baby up. Throw it on and get into an old school mood with this absolute amazing rhythmic groove. [P]
First heard this one back in college on Julio Bashmore’s Essential Mix and it really stuck with me. Not to mention Julio’s career has completely skyrocketed since his essential mix, butMK (Marc Kinchen)has been one of the most consistent house producers for the last 20ish years. Here’s a classic cut from MK, a dub edit of D’Bora’s Going Round, originally released in 1995. [J]
Poland’sSLG has a new single coming out on Pets Recording’s Compilation CD in March, but recently released this beauty last October as part of his Potop EP. Great rhythm and originality in everything I’ve heard from this guy and we’re genuinely predicting him to unleash even more amazing material shortly! [J]
You guys know Rolling in the Deep needs (and always welcomes) a little Uk flavor. Boddika & Joy Orbison have been pumping out some great productions as a duo lately and we’ve been eating up absolutely everyone of one of their delicious tunes. It’s our pleasure to present to you &fate, which is just so deep and menacing. Witness firsthand the hard edge that these two take in this deep house banger. [P]
Welcome to Rolling In The Deep, a brand-new weekly series of tunes that’ll be featured every Sunday on PB&J. This weekly series is dedicated to all of our undeground techno, deep house and minimal fans. We’ll be serving up 5-10 of our favorite jams that are in heavy rotation right now. Enjoy!
Squarehead & Mella Dee – Elevada (Original Mix) – Squarehead & Mella Dee have consistently been on fire with their collabs featuring the perfect blend of upbeat house and UK garage. Certainly on up and up – this is a groove destined for the dance floor.
Ted Alexander – Energy (Original Mix) Are you a fan of deep bass lines and melodic tunes?? This guy has that along with the Life And Death pizzazz that has been dominating deep house lovers hearts all over the place. Let the subtle wooden blocks and ominous vocals in Energy take you for a ride.
Fabio Giannelli – Maintain (M.A.N.D.Y. remix) – The Germans seem to be taking the cake lately. Phillip and Patrick are no exception – being label heads of the prestigious Get Physicalrecords, this bouncy bassline will get your legs running onto the dance floor before you know it…
Tube & Berger – Imprint of Pleasure (Original Mix) – Regularly climbing the deep house beatport top 10 chart, this fresh released from their recent EP demonstrates the true catchiness of their productions. Along with Tube & Berger’s big hit, Lovebreak, this tune has great vocals that layer over a simple melody which only invites you deeper into the track.
Noir & Haze – Around (Solomun Vox mix) – Although this one isn’t a new track , it will always be a goodie. German-bred DJ/Producer Solomun Vox has made a name for himself as the years continue to pass, whether it is djing at Mixmag’s Christmas party or producing solid tracks on the infamous Dynamic records imprint, this guy has what the crowd wants – music that makes you groove.
KMFH – Untitled (original mix) – A relatively new track that popped up on the radar during Christmas Eve, has recently been released by the house legend Kyle Hall. With a bouncing bass line over smooth synthy melodies, this song takes you deep into thought. Shouts to Karizma, this track is simply a banger!
Stay tuned next week in for Vol. 2 of Rolling in the Deep premiering next Sunday!