Dirtybird has been dropping basslines and creating smiles on the dancefloor since 2005 and Barclay Crenshaw (aka Claude VonStroke) has A&R'd some of the most influential house music producers in the world. A shortlist includes Justin Martin, Catz ‘N Dogz, Julio Bashmore, Riva Starr, Breach, Shiba San, Eats Everything, J Phlip, Style Of Eye, Kill Frenzy and many more, most of whom had their very first records on Dirtybird and even created their artist names for the label. Today, Dirtybird has offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles and has expanded into events and tour production. As it grows, the brand continues to expand beyond music into merchandising, licensing and artist management.
Review: Kicking it off with an undeniable Claude VonStroke 'uhh' on B-side track "The End Of The Lime", the Dirtybird boss hooks up with US house duo Walker & Royce, uh!. Keeping it mainstream and peak time of course is the lead cut with its burning synthlines and bass mechanics that burst with percussive hype and that trademark trippy sound Dirtybird have purported for a generation. Mainstage DJs check this out - but moving to the switch up is "The End Of The Lime" which throws down a laid back, lowly groove with crystal clear bleeps and explosions of detuned rave perfect for that ghostly back room set. Dirtybird. Happy days.
Review: With Dirtybird launching the latest version of their 'Birdfeed' (their online home for label fans), they are releasing 'Best of the Birdfeed: Launch Edition', featuring some of the exclusive tracks that they made available each week. The compilation features established artists such as Mauro Venti with the acid house tunnel vision of "Get It Around" and Case Of The Mondays with the deep down and dirty groove of "All I Got" along with rising artists who made their debut on the feed such as Borgez with the tripped-out minimal funk of "Underwater" and VAI with the seriously jacking drums of "Get Bad".
Review: As the story goes, a late night conversation about the past and future of dance music elicited this surprise left field collaboration from Justin Jay and Claude VonStroke. Jay's mission was simple: push VonStroke to the fringes. As Dirtybird express, VonStroke jumped at the idea of challenging creative expectations, with the result five and leftfield club tracks featuring the fine curation of a Pearson Sound remix which keeps it 'oh-so-minimal' - excuse the pun. An EP influenced by UK jungle, Detroit electro, Chicago juke and deconstructed hip hop inspirations that shaped much of the early Dirtybird sound, numbers like "Nucleus", "Poison" and "Woo" may differ radically but find themselves strung together by a sense of experimentation in polyrhythmic drum programming and dynamic, left of field arrangements. Originally distributed as a white label vinyl only release, this digital version is not to be missed.
Review: Esteemed Californian label Dirtybird welcome WRDO to the family with the Come On Time EP. After a couple of appearances on their Birdfeed service, Claude VonStroke & Co. are excited about this first proper release from the Mexican up and comer, as his home region is said to be the label's biggest fan base. Get on your tunnel vision with the title track, an intoxicating minimal groove with hypnotic vocals that's perfect for getting weird at the afterhours. This is followed by the loopy and rhythmic DJ tool "Our" featuring chiming and jacking beats, reminiscent of Minus staples Run Stop Restore.
Review: Following up promising releases on Box Of Cats, Elastic Rhythms and Teethy, Los Angelenos Arnold & Lane made their Dirtybird debut last year with their track "BayBay" on the Couchout Compilation. 2021 sees them bring a full EP full of oddball grooves on "Dinky Whale", a serving of wonky, bass heavy and boompty minimal tech house. Going for more of a UK tech house vibe is "That's House Music" up next, a tough rolling groove full of attitude that is aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor at peak time.
Review: Still fresh off of his critically acclaimed album 'Midnight Swim' on Dirtybird, Boston's Steve Darko showcases his relentless studio work ethic once again, teaming up with homeboy (now San Diego based) Nik Thrine of Staybad, for two intoxicating and typically bass-driven tracks. First up the is the druggy afterhours bounce of "Small Things" which is the perfect musical accompaniment to knackered Sunday morning vibes, followed by the tough rolling UK tech house vibe of "Droids" which by comparison is much more upbeat and aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor.
Review: It's a real taste of California dreaming on this new one for Dirtybird. Ascendant Los Angeles transplant VNSSA teams up with Bay Area producer, engineer and educator Lenny Kiser. The two artists got together to exchange some ideas, and they were said to be thrilled with the outcome. On "Sinking", they have crafted a dark and dirty main room floor shaker, where a seething Reese bassline plays centre stage alongside VNSSA's smooth vocal delivery. Second offering "Cue The Rhythm" goes further into bass heavy dystopia on this fierce expression in electro, featuring all the classic motifs of the genre.
Review: Next up on Dirtybird is Miami born, now Los Angeles-based Nala, host of the label's TV Party on Twitch alongside friend and local rave legend Richie Panic of Lights Down Low. Following up some great collaborations such as with Tuff Ghost, and another one a couple of months ago with fellow label artist Steve Darko on "Red", she now serves up some seriously bass heavy bounce on the trippy vocal-led groove of "Psychic Attack". Second offering "Sun Is Hot" goes down a deeper and more emotive route, with its sunny, mellowed tones underpinned by some smooth meditative rhythms.
Review: Ascendant Brazilian DJ producer Vinicius Bitencourt, better known as Cour. T, has fast become a staple of west coast tech house institution Dirtybird in recent years. The youngster returns to Claude VonStroke's esteemed label with his new groove called "Monalisa", featuring more of his bumpy and intoxicating minimalist vibes, mixed with more exotic sounds adding to its hypnotic mystique. Second offering is "Louvre Love" (Original Mix) with its wonky low-slung funk by way of a dusty hip-hop inspired production technique, that's just perfect for getting weird at the afterhours.
Review: Since making his debut five years ago, Steve Darko has rightly earned a reputation for the quality of his quirky, funk-fuelled workouts, many of which add foreboding, big room sounds and eccentric musical flourishes to bass-beavy tech-house grooves. You'll find more of the same - and plenty else besides - on debut album Midnight Swim, an excitable, mind-altering journey through twisted but accessible peak-time house. Fans and newcomers alike will lap up cuts such as 'Smooth Like Butter', acid-fired Narko hook-up 'Red' and the sleazy, sub-heavy growl of VNSSA collaboration 'Hypnotized', while the album's frequent diversions - see bubbly ambient/electro cut 'Eucildean Dreams', the deep house warmth of Claude Von Stroke co-production 'How Many Times' and the deliciously drowsy 'Eelated' [sic] - are often equally as impressive.
Review: Claude VonStroke's ever reliable Californian imprint proves once again that west coast = best coast. Their new various artist EP entitled 'Take Flight' sees several artists who have been building a name for themselves among fans via their Birdfeed. These four selected upstarts have come up with new jams for the peak time in typically Dirtybird fashion. Get down to the low slung and bass-driven bounce of "Dance For Me" by San Diego's Dillon Marinez, or feel the truly sensual vibe of dubby deep house journey "Let's Get High" by the mysterious Freqish, while the pairing of Brazil's Hypside and MNK4 results in some trippy afterhours minimal funk on "UFO Technology".
Review: Literally descending into the dirtybird zone with weird twitches, fidget tweaks and poppin drums is Steve Darko's elastic synth splurge into the trawling underground of the Detroit label and its way-out sound. The title track snarling like a panther caught up somewhere in the acidic wilderness. "Red" featuring the vocal spirales of DJ/vocalist Nala again combines acid, this time with deep house and pop sentiments good enough for the Modular Cowboy label back in the day, Norman Nodge's remix to "Words, Breaths, Pauses", perhaps. Have a good trip!
Review: An avid modular synth enthusiast and purveyor of minimal and deep sounds, Wyatt Marshall has been a part of the Dirtybird family for quite a few years. He is co-host of label chief Claude Vonstroke's Birdhouse radio show, and appeared on his album earlier this year collaborating on the track "Youngblood". Marshall makes his EP debut with "Another Redundant Question" which is a serving of slinky and mesmerising tech house with seductive vocals and infectious polyrhythms, which altogether makes for a perfect track for the warm-up or the afterhours alike. Finally, "Da Ding" is a functional deep tribal house tool in the vein of early Mountain People or Andomat 3000.
Review: It has been exactly a year since Iranian DJ/producer Ardalan Noghre-Kar dropped his massive 'Mr Good' LP on the always reliable Dirtybird label. Now Claude Vonstroke & Co. serve up a series of remixes from the San Francisco-based artist's debut album, with highlights coming from: Bostonians Soul Clap who get deep down and dirty on "I Can't Wait", Dirtybird alumnus Kyle Watson with a suitably wonky rendition of "Osci", Brazilian upstart Cour.T with a tough rolling and druggy perspective of "Zombie Village" and Seattle scene veteran Pezzner handing in a mesmerising version of "Orange Dreams". The album was widely admired by critics, DJs, fans and industry alike, and these remixes chase up its success perfectly.
Review: West coast tech house hero Skyler Taugher aka Shaded continues with his successful run of releases on top labels such as Twin Turbo, Hot Creations and Desert Hearts, this time making his belated debut for Dirtybird - his fellow Californians. The Newport Beach native delivers a euphoric and adrenalised trip to set dancefloors alight on "Holla Atcha Boy", followed by the deep and mesmerising melodic house of "Velvet Clouds" which is perfect to wind things up in the A.M. hours. With support ranging from Jamie Jones to John Digweed, Tiga to Christian Smith, and DJ Hell to The Martinez Brothers, Shaded adds to his rich discography with this great EP.
Review: After recent releases on Sixty6 Music and This Ain't Bristol, Birmingham's Marc Spence presents his next outing which is a milestone in his career. He's had a rapport with Dirtybird chief Claude VonStroke since his very early visits to the UK and it was always his ambition to release on the label. Years later, this dream has come true with the Mooda Kooba EP, and it was worth the wait. The title track is right in line with the label's signature sound, with its cheeky and boisterous groove that's equally worthy of the warm-up or afterhours alike. Second offering "They Like" is another fat and wonky minimal tech house jam, that certainly doesn't skimp on the bass frequencies either.
Review: Rising Brazilian producer Cour.T as fast become a staple of the Dirtybird label, and with a title like 'Dope Farm' he absolutely has the US west coast in mind on his new one. With its wonky and knackered groove featuring exotic motifs and hypnotic polyrhythms, it is absolutely perfect for getting weird at the afterhours. This is followed by the swing-fuelled yet tunneling stomp of "Escape From The Barn". Cour.T continues to impress in 2020 and still one to watch moving into next year.
Review: Following on from his infectious Wallflower debut on Dirtybird earlier this year, Robot Love returns to Dirtybird for this melodic follow up. "Tangle" features melodies and vocodered vocals that swirl and dart their way over a brittle rhythm and ominous bass, while on "Slumberjack", Robot Love opts for a deeper sound. The beats are syncopated and chime-bell percussion reverberates throughout the arrangement, providing a backdrop for synth lines that are somewhere between dreamy and easy listening. Closing out this distinctive EP is "What I Lived For", a downtempo piece that is shot through with the kind of bucolic, lullaby melodies that one would hear on an early Lone record.
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: New Jersey's Nasser Baker is a talented young artist that has been mentored by industry veteran Dennis Ferrer, and the level of character on his latest EP shows that he has been in good hands. Recent releases like "Shake It Shake It" on Ferrer's Objektivity, as well as the Bodytude EP on Green Velvet's Relief Records did not disappoint, and now Dirtybird unleash Baker's 'Tribes of the Metronome' EP to the world. Featuring the dirty, bass heavy bounce of the title track and the deep vocal-led groove of "About You" which is perfect to play at the warm-up or the afterhours alike.
Review: With a background in electrical engineering, Los Angeleno Jake Lubell aka Lubelski is always exploring the sounds and frequencies of analogue gear. As a long-time guest of the Desert Hearts crew and an anchor to his newer Percomaniacs label, he's no stranger to Dirtybird either - where he presents his sophomore effort entitled "Lost My Senses". The track is a good serving of wonky and bass-driven funk, with classic house motifs throughout. Second offering "Broken Motor" is one of the most tripped out minimal tech house jams we've heard all year, packed full of modular style blip, blurp and bleep all the way.
Review: While they have remixed one another in the past, this release on Claude Von Stroke's label is the first time that he has produced together with Catz 'n Dogz. Fans of both artists are sure to find much to love here: the title track is a driving affair that features deft filters, insistent bleeps and an infectious vocal chant that will lift even the gloomiest audience. In contrast, "How I Make You Feel" is a deeper cut; while also deploying a vocal sample, the arrangement is based on dubbed out drums and crisp percussion, which provide the basis for swirling synth textures
Review: West coast bass house institution Dirtybird are back with a new one by emerging Brazilian artist Scavazza (Whistle/Up Club/Trash Society), breaking through on the emotive, minimal and vocal-led jack of "Shake Your Hearts". This is backed up by a wicked remix by industry veteran Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero from NYC, whose version gets that strobed-out and energetic tribal house feel in the vein of his early '00s output - which has left its indelible mark on the scene since. There is another original offering which comes in the form of tough rolling UK tech house influenced joint "Hey" - aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor at peak time.
Review: Fernando Bedrinana aka FER BR turns in some heavy tech house treats for Dirtybird that in another lifetime could of been found on a release for Mike Dehnert's Fachwerk label. Nevertheless, this debut W3lcome two-track goes large in every way possible, be it the pumping synth and bassline arpeggios, to tripped out vocals and classic 909 hats in "Caleidoscope" to the more rhythmcentric sequences of "W3lcome". Music that burns with gnarly club aesthetics and the devil's grin to deliver something sublime with dancefloor purpose and functionality. Welcome aboard.
Review: Reuben 'Rebuke' Keeney follows last year's Jump Ship release on Dirtybird with this fine two-tracker. The title track is as deep as it gets for Claude Von Stroke's label, with hypnotic chords and chopped up vocal samples unravelling over a steely, forceful rhythm that resounds to bursts of white noise percussion. It's linear and hypnotic, and is sure to have a huge dance floor impact. On "Koto", Rebuke opts for a more accessible sound. Infectious melodies are underpinned by rolling snares and a pumping rhythm that features rasping percussion. It underlines once again that Keeney is a diverse, versatile producer.
Review: A surprising collaboration here between two old friends from Detroit's heyday: Dirtybird head honcho Claude Vonstroke and the Minus/Items & Things affiliated Marc Houle. Story has it that the latter sent over an old file that Vonstroke loved, but they both realized it needed to sound more modern to suit 2020 dancefloors. The resulting track is "Fly Guy", a throwback to the heady minimal techno sounds of the mid '00s - is this now the classic sound's comeback already? Second offering "Arizona" sees Vonstroke channel the same aesthetic once again, only in a more tunnelling and cerebral fashion that is perfect for trancing out under the strobe
Review: With a long history in the music industry, including a stint as an in-house beatmaker for one of hip hop's mega-producers, to several tours as Gucci Mane's live DJ and a long list of dance music hits on the biggest labels - it was only a matter of time before we'd see DJ E-Clyps' versatility on display again at Dirtybird. Back for the first time since 2017's "Sausages" which appeared on their Dirtybird BBQ compilation, the Blackbird EP features a couple of deep down and dirty jams, that are as bass-driven as you like it. From the sleazy afterhours boompty business of "Coffee Break" and its suggestive lyrics, to the downtime booty house slammer "Scooty Woop" - this sure is NSFW but certainly guaranteed to bang the party!
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: With their sold out party at Space being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dirtybird's annual pilgrimage to Miami may not be back on, but their brand new 10-track compilation to accompany it certainly is! As usual, they've picked up a bunch of unique tracks from established artists and newcomers alike with a penchant for fat, bouncy and bass-driven tech house - a perfect way to soundtrack your lockdown party over the coming weeks. Highlights not limited to: Brazilian upstart Cour.T's NSFW party starter "Acid Pu$$y", the tunnelling 303 acid of Monki's "On Course", Kevin Knapp getting his boompty on as ever with "Dig This" and Jonathan Landossa giving you a microdose of mind altering madness on the thriller "Mind Control". Elsewhere, we're not sure what Morelia and Luke Andy were on when they threw down the the wonky and off-kilter "Wobblesocket" (but we're lovin' it!) and there's' a mastermix of all the aforementioned and more by the ever reliable Gettoblaster.
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: Brazilian upstart Vinicius Bitencourt a.k.a Cour T. is just 17 years old, but is already creating big waves in his home country and beyond. He made his debut at the famous Dirtybird Campout last year and was responsible for two major dancefloor hits on the label, such as "Joker Jungle" and "Black Magic" and here's his new hit prediction - "Drum Machine". This slinky and downright sleazy groove is perfect for setting the mood during the warm-up, or getting down and dirty at the afterhours alike. Equally as bass-driven (this is Claude Vonstroke's label after all!) is the aptly titled "Euphoric" which injects more energy and dancefloor dynamics into proceedings on this tripped-out minimal tech house thriller. No doubt 2020 will be Cour T.'s year and this is ample proof of such - massive!
Review: Pumping peak time club hits from Polish hit makers Catz 'n Dogz that proclaim 'I can do what I want with my body" and 'I'm a slut baby and there's nothing you can do about it'. Dirtybird delivers a sexually charged club hit loaded with an unapologetic monologue about sexual identity that sounds like it comes from a disgruntled Ru Paul, with a dub version that does away with any innuendo for a focus on the track's tribal percussion and pumping synth lines. No Apologies.
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: The ascendant Danny Diaz aka Dipzy (Dark Shades/Brash Beats) hails from Miami. Originally in rock and metal bands, he has only been making electronic music for about a year, but these new jams courtesy of west coast bass house heroes Dirtybird will be stand out tracks - for all your long New Years weekend DJ sets! From the moody and tripped-out tunnel vision of 'Wobble Like' to the boompty afterhours minimal mischief of "What Do You Want". these surefire party starters pack a serious amount of low end - just as you like it!