Review: San Francisco's Ardalan Noghre-Kar serves up this year's eagerly awaited annual Dirtybird Campout compilation, which is now into its third edition. Happening in the beautifully idyllic surrounds of Bradley in Monterey County on October 6th - 8th, 2017: get your camping supplies packed as they gear up for the Great Outdoors with a proper soundtrack. Von Stroke & Co. reached deep into the Dirtybird vaults for a 'super sized' version of this year's mix. Featuring 15 tracks from featured artists you will see perform live at the event, including many past Dirtybird favorites. They also added two special bonus tracks: the previously unreleased remix of head honcho Claude VonStroke's "Barrump" and his collaboration with the recently retired veteran Jesse Rose "Bare Mountain", which was originally released on Rose's A-Sided label back in 2015.
Review: Amsterdam's La Freund are back with Fulgeance aka Claude, an artist that has been making music spanning diverse styles and various aliases for over a decade, releasing on labels such as Musique Large, Ed Banger and Nowadays to name a few. This is the fourth release under his Claude moniker, which he uses for his more uptempo endeavours. His new track "Future" is a sunkissed and balearic tinged expression in deep house that is at one emotive yet life affirming at the same time. Groningen's Duke Hugh (Rhythm Section International) provides a terrific remix on the nu-disco tip, and "All Right" receives a blistering rework by the inimitable The Maghreban which just defies categorisation.
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!
Dateless - "Dirtybird Campout East Coast Compilation" (continuous DJ mix) - (26:40) 124 BPM
Review: It's that time again kids: the Dirtybird Campout is coming up on the East Coast this January and will feature more low-end boompty biz than you can shake a Novation Bass Station at! Claude Von Stoke & Co. have been generous enough to provide a sneak preview of the potential soundtrack that will fuel your weekend of debauchery at this epic annual pilgrimage. The eight tracks on offer here are mixed to perfection by new signing Dateless - a Los Angeles native who's had previous releases on the likes of Snatch! Toolroom and Armada - so he's definitely got credentials! He even offers up a fine track of his own featuring homeboy Lucati on "Team Work", a sleek and bumpin' electro house groover. Elsewhere there's boss man Von Stroke with Bruno Furlan on the massive 'womp' factor of "The Book Is On The Table" which will be sure to cause a headrush or two at the festival, we bet! The Wolf + Lamb affiliated Nick Monaco makes a surprise appearance on the deep groove of "Drama" (after the massive drop of course) and wunderkind Justin Jay appears with the jacking old school energy of "Oii Oii Oiii".
Review: Reactions to the news that Marcel Fengler was going to mix Berghain 05 focused on the fact that he is the club's most overlooked resident. This is to do Fengler a disservice and to understand the club in the narrowest context possible. If anything, the trajectory Fengler follows here defines the broad brush strokes played out in the Berlin club. There's the eerie intro which moves from Dettmann's vocal version of Emika's "Count Backwards" into Peter Van Hoesen's spacey, bleeping "Axis Mundi". Classic sounds always form an integral part of Fengler's approach and this is evident on Octogen's widescreen yet menacing electro reshape of Terrence Dixon, the wiry 90s minimalism of Ratio and in the alternate version of Secret Cinema's chord-heavy early 90s classic "Timeless Altitude". In between these sounds, Fengler proves his technical prowess, moving effortlessly from the drones and broken beats of Dr Walker's take on Byteone and the Regis version of Tommy Four Seven's "G" into straighter, albeit bass-heavy techno and house from Duplex - remixing Gerd- and LB Dub Corp, who delivers a new, multi-layered take on Fengler's own "Thwack". Put simply, Fengler has that rare talent that most DJs lack - he can put together seemingly disparate tracks without losing the flow. The club he resides at provides Fengler with a blank canvas and this mix is his masterpiece.