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Oliver Dollar & Brillstein – Ain’t I’m Clean

After the worldwide success of “Pushing On” hitting Beatport number one for most of the Summer and charting at number 15 in the UK Top 40, Oliver Dollar has returned with a single on Jesse Rose’s Play It Down Records. Though “Pushing On” was a widely popular song in the realm of House music this Summer, it remains one of my personal favorites from 2014. You can hardly beat the funky bass line and infectious vocal hook and it always makes me happy to see quality dance music seeping into the Beatport Top 10. Oliver Dollar (also known as Oliver $) is a German producer and DJ who has been known to dig through crates for that perfect sample. The story with “Ain’t I’m Clean” is:

“On one of his many legendary trips to LA Oliver Dollar found himself entrenched in yet another spiral of digging for samples, listening to oddities and generally funking things up with his pal Brillstein. It was on this particular trip that “Ain’t I’m Clean” was born. A track perfect for all occasions, beginning, middle or possibly end.”

I believe the sample comes from the late Rufus Thomas who was an American rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian. From the first few seconds of “Ain’t I’m Clean” you can tell it contains funk all throughout. While this one may not stack up to “Pushing On” it remains obvious why Oliver Dollar, Brillstein, and the rest of the Play It Down Records crew are some of the greatest names in underground House music.


TBD Fest – Festival Preview

It has yet to be determined what’s in store for us when the inaugural TBD Fest hits the streets of Sacramento this weekend, October 3-5. What we do know is that we’re damn excited—and for good reason. This isn’t the first rodeo for the fine folks at Launch Events. What was once a one-day hotel party known  as Launch Festival has evolved over the years into a week-long Sacramento showcase of music, art, fashion, technology, and lifestyle. This year, Launch has been rebranded and renamed as TBD Fest, and it’s an entirely different beast, though the Launch spirit remains in tact.

We don’t expect this 3-day festival to have the roughness of a typical first-year fest. I mean, just look at the lineup: an eye-catching list of headliners with a juicy supporting bill as well. These guys know what they’re doing. This weekend, a world-class event is coming to California’s capital, and as a NorCal native, I couldn’t be more excited. TBD aims to be an evolution of music festivals, and I’m excited to see what they have up their sleeves. It’s going to be more than a music festival– it will be a festival of art, life, and forward-thinking. But the soundtrack is going to be pretty killer.

On that note, let’s take a look at that soundtrack. Dance music fans will have their plates full with mega-headliners Moby and Justice, who will have support from the likes of Dillon Francis, Gramatik, Keys N Krates, RAC, The Gaslamp Killer, Viceroy, and more. Hip-hoppers will be stoked to see local legends Deltron 3030 as well as one of my personal favorites, Danny Brown. The live acts are what really set TBD Fest apart from other festivals though. A truly unique and exciting bill of awesome rockers and indie poppers ensure that we’ll be getting down on the dance floor. Empire of the Sun, Blondie, Kurt Vile, DIIV, Cherub, MS MR, MNDR, Goldroom, and a hefty group of local artists will have us partying like it’s 2014. Oh, and Explosions in the Sky is going to absolutely annihilate our faces and bodies with loud, emotional, instrumental masterpieces.

So yeah. The lineup is insane. What’s more insane is that this party is going to be happening right along the Sacramento River in the Bridge District of West Sacramento, just minutes away from downtown. The event is going to have a heavy emphasis on food, art, yoga, technology, and lifestyle. This is taking place in the state’s capital, after all, not exactly known as a party destination. But we will party. And we will think. And we will live. This is going to be the real deal. A true sensory exploration and one hell of an audio/visual adventure. TBD Fest, we don’t know what you’re going to be, but we’re ready for you. See you on the other side.

Check back next week for our official review. Until then, check out the full schedule, which was released this morning, and get your ears warmed up below.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Apollonia @ Bijou Boston 10.15.14

French supertrio Apollonia, comprised of Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, and Shonky, will embark on their biggest North American tour to date, followed by South America and rest of the world tour dates through the end of the year, to herald the much-anticipated release of their debut artist album ’Tour à Tour’ this fall 2014. The new album ’Tour à Tour’, translated from French as “alternately,” refers to Apollonia’s signature back-to-back-to-back DJing style. For these brothers in rhythm, they say it “represents the idea of a continuous motion of music between us; a never-ending circle that flows and becomes hypnotic. Our album represents the way we approach our DJ performance—there is a unity between us and we work like one artist. The music we play holds no boundaries of time, respecting music old and new.”

***TICKET GIVEAWAY*** Enter to win (1) pair of tickets to Apollonia at Bijou as well as a copy of their new album ’Tour à Tour’!Apollonia ‘Tour à Tour’ is out October 20 on Apollonia. Pre-order now on iTunes! 


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AC Slater Announces Night Bass Fall 2014 North America Tour w/ Jack Beats

This October, bass house champion AC Slater takes his Night Bass party on the road for the first time with Jack Beats, Hannah Wants and Kry Wolf. With AC Slater’s Night Bass parties popping off every month in Los Angeles, the Night Bass tour brings the crew’s tastemaking fusion of house music with the dirty basslines of UK garage across 12 cities in North America. AC Slater has been one of the hardest working DJs this year constantly releasing new music for free download and curating some of the best shows in LA this past summer. Recruiting Jack Beats was a no brainer for this tour as the duo live by the night bass mantra. The tour kicks off this week so be sure to grab tickets before it’s to late!

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Matt’s House 004

It’s been a little while but welcome back to another edition of Matt’s House. Like always, I strive to bring the very best in Deep, Progressive, Electro, and everything in between. Today we have a few songs that I have recently discovered that I think should get some attention. No matter how new or old good music is good music. Thanks for stopping by for some tunes and be sure to check back soon for some more great music. (Click the Shopping Cart for FREE DL)


First up, we have a remix of one of my favorite bands growing up. This one will get those nostalgic juices flowing. Throw this one on and sing along, I know you know the lyrics too.


Next up, we have a new one from Addal. Addal is still pretty new to me but this song definitely got my attention and deserved a spot on the top 3.  This one isn’t for Free DL, which is the usual at Matt’s House, but it is a deep house gem never the less.


Last up this week, we have another track on the deeper side. This one comes from Teddy Cream, a duo out of Australia. Usually known for their Melbourne Bounce remixes, they have changed it up a bit as of late. Check these out now and be sure to stop by next time for another edition of Matt’s House.

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Invade San Francisco on the Renegades of Rhythm Tour [TICKET CONTEST]

Music fans are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when veteran turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist celebrate the legacy of Hip-Hop vanguard and Universal Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa on their Renegades of Rhythm tour this fall. And for those lucky enough to live in San Francisco or the greater Bay Area, we’ve got your chance for A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS to next Friday’s show at Mezzanine!

“This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale. They’re HIS records, with his blessings. This isn’t just ANY copy of ‘X’ breakbeat, it’s THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS’ records.” – DJ Shadow.

Using only vinyl pulled from Afrika Bambaataa’s historic collection – over 40,000 strong and permanently archived at Cornell University – DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist aim to present Bambaataa’s legacy in all its genre-busting and socially-minded complexity. DJ Shadow states, “His collection includes not just Soul and Rap, but also Soca, Calypso, Dub, Salsa…it’s obvious that this music was important to him, and it’s reflected in his own music. For example, when the Soulsonic Force is singing an African chant, it actually comes from a Manu Dibango record. That’s when being a crate-digger comes in handy – you have to be able to pick up on the references and reiterate them.”  The Renegades of Rhythm tour will use six turntables and a variety of real-time effects. “It adds another performance level, real-time sampling from the record that’s being played,” says Cut Chemist. Visuals for the tour will be supplied by acclaimed video director, multimedia producer and regular DJ Shadow collaborator Ben Stokes. The tour is produced by Jamal Chalabi and Backlash Management.

Though DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist may not be your stereotypical “EDM” DJs, they’ve been doing it for a long time and they are truly masters of their craft. Both DJs span genres and if you want to see what REAL turntablism is all about then this is a show not to be missed.

One lucky winner will be picked at random for a pair of tickets and he or she will be announced after 5pm on Friday October 3rd. Good luck!