Out of the deep blue cloudlesss sky, comes an amazing new single from the under appreciated talent of Treasure Fingers. This guy has been making music for forever, every time he steps into the studio another thousand girls’ panties come off around the world. He is once again coming into the busy season, that is the summer time as he pumps out the disco tunes like no other. His new original “Cloud Life” is no exception as he adds it to the arsenal of funky beats that he will unleash on pool party goers all summer long. Be sure to find him touring this summer, as our experience has proven, you will not regret the time spent dancing with him.
As Miami Music Week rolls on, I am finding that many artists are taking the week off from releasing new music, as they are too busy partying it up under the southern sun. However, in order to fill the void for the music craving whores like myself, many acts have released their monthly mixes to tied us over. Enough in fact that I listened to mixes all day yesterday at work and never had to repeat a single one. I have chosen three of them that best exemplify MMW for all of us in the north freezing are asses off.
First up is the very talented Treasure Fingers who lays down the grooviest of mixes full of tracks I have never heard. Bridging that disco/deep house gap that everyone is trying to cross these days is what he does best. This is the perfect mix to help you get your day off to the right start! By the way, all of these mixes include a free download link if you were wondering!
Up next is the monthly mix cooked up by the head of the Fool’s Gold brigade, chef A-Trak. Now half way through his second year of this monthly series, A-Trak has perfected combining both his record releases and tracks that fancy his unusual taste in music. Even though he is not playing at Ultra this year, him and his label mates are painting the streets gold with countless showcases this week!
Finally, the mysterious and ominous Magician takes the stage for an act that will surprise, scare, and captivate your senses as he takes you on a journey down the rabbit hole. Not knowing what he will play next is half the surprise, as The Magician never reveals his secrets or tracklists. Heavy on the disco side the spectrum, pump this mix if you are finding yourself in doldrums because all of your friends are in Miami!
I never miss an opportunity to listen to a mix or live set by quite possibly the king of Disco-House and deep cuts: Treasure Fingers. I posted his live set from Amsterdam Open Air last year and it remains one of my favorites to groove to. After seeing him for the first time during the Electric Zoo 2012 after parties I made sure to pay close attention when new material came out, which is why I bring you Treasure Fingers’ DJ Mag mix. It’s everything that you could want from him and more.
Track list and more info after the JUMP!
In case you missed Volume 1, here’s a little info about our newest segment Shuffle Sundays: So bhanna came up with this concept a little while ago but of course waited way too long to get it started. The idea behind Shuffle Sunday is this: whoever is running the post any given week will simply go through their iTunes on shuffle, sorting through all sorts of tracks spanning genres, older and newer, and find stuff we’ve never posted before or that we haven’t posted in a long time. We sift through a lot of music on a weekly basis and a lot of it ends up falling through the cracks. So the point here is to introduce you (and us) to some tracks that may have slipped under the radar and reintroduce us to some old classics. Sound off on our Facebook page if you really like it!
Back during my senior year of college (2010) I was just starting to really get into Electronic and Dance Music, but I didn’t necessarily have a favorite artist or know what direction to go in with my downloading and listening choices. When I was in Australia the year before, I had downloaded compilations such as Ministry of Sound Sessions and Clubbers Guide which proved to be great resources for all kinds of new music, mostly in the House realm. In a similar fashion, I had stumbled across the NYC-based Designer Drugs who are a prevalent force in the Dance Music world, but if you only pay attention to the mainstream you may not have heard of them. Their sound is grimy and unique and I’d probably most closely relate it to sounds of the Jack Beats. They released a remix compilation in 2010 and this week I rediscovered their remix of Treasure Fingers‘ “Cross the Dancefloor”. The original is a funky Nu-Disco tune and the Designer Drugs remix keeps some of that funk and adds a layer of grime to it. Check it.
In a complete musical 180, the next song I shuffled to was edIT’s “Laundry”. For those new to the program, edIT is a member of the Glitch Mob but he has released some of his own solo material. I had no idea who the Glitch Mob were until my first year at Electric Zoo in 2010. In an effort to become more familiar with them I had downloaded a discography of the group and each of their members. “Laundry” comes from the album Crying Over Pros for no Reason which was released in 2004 – a time at which I referred to all dance music as “Techno”, as most casual listeners do. The tune is very chilled-out and stays true to edIT’s Glitch-style roots. This is certainly nothing you’ll hear on the dance floor but it is a beautiful piece of work that you can tell had a lot of work put into it.
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Fool’s Gold, as I’ve said and will continue to say over and over again, is my favorite record label of the moment. Let me count the reasons why:
- The label hosts some of my favorites including A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Treasure Fingers, Crookers and plays liaison to tons of other unsigned and very talented DJ’s, producers and hip-hop emcees
- They release Clubhouse compilations regularly with tons of free and amazing music, and host on-site “Clubhouses” at many major music festivals
- A-Trak’s monthly Fool’s Gold radio show is not only one of the best in terms of song selection and mixing, but is also probably the funniest I’ve ever heard, thanks to quirky and comedic narration by A-Trak himself
- They host really cool events, like the Fools Gold Day Off and House Party Tour, not to mention this weekend’s free Brooklyn anniversary extravaganza (keep reading for more on that)
- They have a Tumblr dedicated to girls wearing Fool’s Gold merchandise in sexy situations
- They represent everything an independent label should: soley concerned with good music and not influenced by arbitrary constructs like genres or fame
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Fool’s Gold has created more than a label: it’s a culture, a movement and a way of life. I’m proud to rep it because I’m proud of everything they do. So let me get into some more reasons why you should be obsessed, starting with their latest Clubhouse compilation. Continue Reading…
Many of you will remember (and are probably still enjoying) the breakout original from RAC that appeared over the summer “Hollywood”. The light indie track showcased that the Remix Artist Collective was more than capable of producing a crowd-pleasing original; in fact, it probably made it further than any of their remixes ever had, winding up in the libraries and playlists of just about anyone with an ear for a good tune prime for summer activities. Months after its release, Green Label Sound provides us with a fun (and free, like the original) remix package from favorites Treasure Fingers, Cassian and Escort. The irony of having an original produced by remix artists being remixed by other, different artists may be a bit much to handle but, in my opinion, every single one of these remixes breathes a different life to the tune. Treasure Fingers’ version is my favorite but also leaves very little of the original, taking advantage of the vocals and flipping them into sample stabs. Cassian’s remix retains the original verses but adds the funky basslines that characterize his style, giving it more of a driving feel. Escort takes muted guitar strumming and old-timey horns and places it behind the vocals for a different take. Why not grab all three?