Review: 'Freaks and Beaks' is the fourth album from Dirtybird head honcho Claude VonStroke. Taking inspiration from the sense of humor shared between him and label partner Justin Martin, a love of experimentation with everything from hardware and modular synthesis to iPhone apps, and embracing genres as wide as ghetto tech, drum 'n' bass, hip-hop and breaks - together with his idiosyncratic style of minimal tech house. This is VonStroke's love letter to vibrancy and genre diversity. From the bass-driven acid jack of "Freaks Don't Fail Me Now", the trippy afterhours reductions of "Flubblebuddy" or "Youngblood (ft. Wyatt Marshall) to the influence of Bristol's similarly low-end driven sound as heard on "These Notes In Order" or for something different there's even a bit of blissed-out electronica - as heard on the evocative closer "Alpine Arpline".
Review: Showcasing a wide range of sounds has always been very important to Dirtybird head honcho Claude Vonstroke. After 15 years of releasing two track EPs with a crazy A side and a deeper/weirder B side, he's been on to a winning formula all this time - so why stop now! Bringing the sound of the west (best) coast once again in the form of the boompty main room blip, bleep 'n blurp of "All My People In The House" (a big hit at this year's annual Campout we're sure), he then goes even further into the afterhours with studio assistant, friend and modular expert Wyatt Marshall - who collaborates with him on the sensual and evocative B side track "Youngblood".
Review: West coast bass house heroes Dirtybird are back, and showing ya'll exactly hows it's done - with none other than label head honcho Claude Vonstroke doin' the biz. After a year filled with lots of collaborations and remixes, he drops his new boompty thriller "Slink". The track is a typically funky, bass-driven minimal tech house jam highlighted by a catchy original vocal that sounds like it could have come from an '80s female rapper. While "Please Oh Please Oh Please" goes deep into the morning hours on this druggy and hypnotic serving of tunnel vision, powered by its weirdo monologue reminiscent of classics such as "Deep Throat".
Review: It's hard to believe that it's been a decade since the release of "Detroit". To celebrate double figures, its author has released a sprawling "10 Year Anniversary mix", alongside the original version. The party doesn't end there though, and Dirtybird has also selected some impressive producers to rework it. Unsurprisingly, Marc Houle's take is a slinky, stripped back affair, while Octave One's interpretation mines the kind of tribal, percussive sound that the Burden brothers have made their own over the past two decades. Fused with the original version's brooding synths, it makes for a intoxicating techno groove. Finally, Visionquest bring the curtain down with a laid back, groovy house take on this modern-day classic.
Review: West coast bass house institution Dirtybird are back with label head honcho Claude VonStroke, who again 'teams up' with vocalist Bary Drift (many suspect it's another one of Barclay Crenshaw alias) for the first time since 2014's "Califuture". What started out as a demo made for his private fan club a few months ago, has taken on a whole new meaning in recent weeks on "I'm Solo". Here the Los Angeles based producer delivers what has been succinctly described as 'a timely in-house groover with a signature vocal for pandemic living'. This evocative and woozy yet solemn groove will be perfect for the post quarantine warm-up or afterhours alike.
Review: After a relentless touring schedule during the first half of 2017, Dirtybird head honcho Claude Vonstroke hit the studio with a couple of ace producers in the form of Will Clarke and Sebastien V. They collaborated on two giant singles for the Works Well With Others EP. Claude Vonstroke & Will Clarke team up first on "Tiny Tambourine", a dark and filthy tech house groove on the deep and druggy tip. Just listen to that gnarly 'womp' build and build into utter dancefloor madness: this one is huge! Secondly we have Claude VonStroke & Sebastien V with "Daylight Dark Room" an epic dose of acid with a whole heap of bump in the bass and no shortage of jack in the rhythm department. Perfect for getting weird in the early hours, if you ask us!
Review: With house parties most likely to be a big deal for the rest of the year stay safe and quarantined with this 2020 Couch-Out Compilation from Dirtybird! With touches of light fidget house making their way into the sleaze of Nick Siarom's "Living My Life" to heavier, gurgles of dub by Dutch Dannis, this year's Couch-Out Compilation arrives in conjunction with Dirtybird TV's recent virtual festival. For some harder drum tracks look to Mitch Dodge's "Body Breaks" - a track full of that stripped backed Dirty Bird sound - next to some more minimal and melodic Berliner tips from Robot Love's "What I Lived For". Dive deep into the rabbit hole with Sam Shelby's tripped out "Popo", the nostalgic rave and deep house of VNSSA, to some breakbeat, dub tinged and broken treats from Claude VonStroke & Mike Kerrigan. Detroit in the building.
Review: With the wealth of Miami Music Week compilations out there allow us to filter through the bunch to bring you a selection of Armada Music must-haves. A big label player in the EDM scene, the Dutch hub scoops out this mega compilation taking in a wealth of new and recognised producers, remixers to extended rarities and bonus tracks. Kicking off with Loud Luxury's summer glazed ballad "Cold Feet", Lost Frequencies, too, plays on a poppy, R&B and folk tip in "Beat Of My Heart". For the real club vibes look no further than Claude VonStroke's "All My People In The House" - Detroit Grand Pubahs, where love you too - with Kevin De Vries delivering straight up techno vibes to Chicane classic "Saltwater". Find the neon-lit trance in Kasablanca's "Hold Me Close" and the EDM rave in epic compilation closer: "Light Side Of The Harmony (FYH 200 Anthem)".
Review: For an artist who was catapulted onto the international stage by asking "Who's Afraid Of Detroit?", things have come full circle. Claude Von Stroke's latest venture takes him back to the Motor City and features a recording of his DJ set from the recent Movement festival. Fittingly, it starts with the steely electro of Van Stroke's own "Maharaja" before heading into the stripped back techno of Tom Reed & Sonik's "Alert", veering into harder sounds courtesy of Will Clarke & Born Dirty's relentless "Boss Man" and peaking with the raw, percussive "Loud!" by Alex Rubia and Maiki. As homecomings go, it's an impressively raucous one.
Review: Hamburg house hero Solomun presents a couple of dozen remixes compiled between 2009 - 2015 and he's definitely been a busy guy between running the Diynamic label and being quite amusing on Boiler Room Tulum. He takes his deft hand to remixes for pop acts such as Lana Del Rey's "West Coast", Foals "Late Night" and Editors "Our Love" through to Hamburg locals Kollektiv Turmstasse's Berlin legend Paul Kalkbrenner's "Cloudrider" and Tiga & Audion's killer "Let's Go Dancing". And yes his remix of Noir & Haze's "Around" does indeed makes an appearance as well.
Review: One of Ibiza's biggest tickets, Defected throw parties in the same spirit as they release music. With full force and serious knowhow. Here they've curated 40 perfected positioned tacks that don't just represent their vibe, or the spirit of their parties, but also a fitting snapshot of what's going on in house music right now. From Low Steppa to Damian Lazarus, Skream to Claude VonStroke, Josh Butler to The Shapeshifters, the entire tracklist reads (and sounds) like a who's who in house music 2015. Delivered with two mixes and whole host of exclusives, Defected aren't messing around right now.
Review: Mark Knight's label brings together some of the sounds that were showcased over the course of the ADE. Basement Jaxx kick start the compilation with the stomping disco house of "Never Say Never", while Harry Romero shows that he's not just a US house head. Working with Doorly, he drops "The Truth", a tough techno track, led by heavy claps. The techno influence lingers on Maceo Plex's "Conjure Superstar", which features an unusual combination of rave sirens and sublime, 808 State-style synths. As is the case in the wider electronic world, this reinvention of the past is in abundance on Amsterdam 2014 and apart from Plex's track, the most impressive contribution is Dosem's "Chase the Link", which sounds like a particularly dark version of vintage Lil Louis.