Esteemed music technologist and audiovisual producer, NALEPA is a veteran of Los Angeles’ vital music scene and known for his vast and eclectic array of artistic collaborators that cross mediums as often as they cross genres. He has produced tracks with such legends as Bill Laswell and Pharoah Sanders, and energized crowds at clubs and festivals around the world. Nalepa currently has several collaborative releases in the pipeline as he simultaneously teaches Ableton Live for Dubspot and maintains a heavy tour schedule with The Weeknd.
After a series of prolific collaborations and extensive touring last year, Steve Nalepa returns to explore the frontiers of bass, broken beats and 4/4 rhythms with “Night Bloom,” the premiere release on LA’s new TeamSupreme label. Night Bloom’s seven tracks explore a bpm range from 131 to140 with cinematic booms while avoiding the entrapment of any one genre, fusing elements of ambient, Chicago house, dub and shoegaze.
Below are a couple cuts from the EP. For a limited time, all seven tracks are available on Nalepa’s bandcamp page for $1 (that’s right, the whole EP is just a buck).
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It’s been way too long since we’ve posted anything the ALL GOOD FUNK ALLIANCE. To remedy that we have this chilled-out collaboration that combines AGFA’s funky breaks with COPYCAT‘s dancefloor vibes. The project came to light when AGFA toured Australia in January and made a visit to Copycat’s studio in Melbourne. It’s a perfect combo inspired from Grand Puba’s golden era hip-hop classic.
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It’s kind of a Donnie Darko mood around the house right now, then this just comes our way from a mysterious producer out of Toronto, ANONYMOUS ELECTRONICA, who’s not associated with the Anonymous hacktivist collective. I mean what? I kind it of funny. I find it kind of sad…
Not exactly party music but I have a feeling that if this drops in a set, anywhere, it’s going to get everyone’s attention.
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Bulabeats founder, JOHNNY PLUSE, has a pack of downloads available from his forthcoming long player, The Book of Lies. There are some choice cuts, all falling somewhere into the breaks realm. Some a bit faster, others running mid-tempo. Can’t point out any signature style because it’s quite diverse, but there are some really nice change-ups that could work wonders on the dancefloor.
Peep a few of the tracks below and for the full free set click here.
All 14 tracks are available on March 22 on Juno Download.
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Here’s a tasteful edit from LANCE HERBSTRONG, who delicately add Jimi’s vocals to PRETTY LIGHTS‘ iconic tune. Everyone knows the samples so we won’t bore you with those details. Just listen and grab the free download.
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Here’s what the boys had to say about the tune.
Last summer, as we were road trippin, we were listening to Pretty Lights.
Finally Moving came on and Pete (Peter Di Stefano of Porno For Pyros) said it sounded like JImi Hendrix. He grabbed his guitar and started strumming All Along The Watch Tower as it played..
“No reason to get excited,”
The thief, he kindly spoke
“There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke…
We struggled with the Etta James sample…. To be honest, it’s played out, over-used and we spent months over-thinking it. We worried the over-use of it would take away from the beauty of two legendary musicians singing to each other from the grave. As we stood on the stage at Wakarusa last summer watching Pretty Lights with our team and friends.. Derek played Finally Moving. Watching the crowd singing “sometimes I get a good feeling” together in the beautiful Ozark mountains we knew we had to leave it in.
If for some reason, you haven’t heard the Pretty Lights version, now’s your chance.
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Change is in the air! This weekend President Obama was inaugurated for a second term and for the special occasion FORT KNOX FIVE chose one of their favorite anthems from the Summer of Love and remixed it into a funky party jam.
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I have a bit of a secret to let you in on: I’ve become a bit of a closet hipster when it comes to electronic music. Not in the pretentious Bon Iver listening, Chomsky quoting, fair-trade coffee drinking, Etsy surfing kind of way (although I do happen to like all those things…), but the “I liked ‘X’ before it was cool” kind of way. At least that’s what I like to tell myself. But I digress… The fact of the matter is, since the eclectic upstart label DhARMA came on the scene last year, they’ve quickly become my go-to label for new indie dance and synthpop and certainly have become one of my favourite labels of 2012. I feel like I’ve been granted access to some secret club that plays only fantastic and unique music. And their seventh release by Brooklynite ARRON ALEXIS continues that trend.
The title track, “Kill The Lights”, is a lush offering with almost hypnotic vocals. I suppose you could describe it as downtempo, but it certainly will put you in a relaxed state of mind. It is, however, very representative of the future retro sound (does that even make sense?) that the folks at DhARMA have curated and cultivated. “Scars” flows nicely from there and expands on everything that the previous track brought to the table but with a small hint of 80′s pop (think Phil Collin’s “In The Air Tonight”). The real prize among prizes here, though, is brought to us by KYSON, whose remix of “Kill The Lights” takes the original and feeds it a Xanax before taking things to a dark and mystical place. This track truly does urge you to just simply kill the lights… Sincerely a beautiful track that I could listen to on a loop for hours. Really, I could do that with this entire release. Not a bad way to ring in the new year.
Released on New Year’s Day 2013, you can now pick up Kill The Lights on Beatport or on DhARMA’s BandCamp Page. With support from other like-minded hipsters such as John Digweed, Jody Wisternoff, M.A.N.D.Y, Derek Howell, Roberto Rodriguez… but you’ve probably never heard of any of them…
Stay tuned as I’ll be posting an interview with DhARMA label co-founders Dibby Dougherty, Ciara Wilson and David Young in the not too distant future.
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