Earlier this year we noted DJ collective trio Droog in our Remix Issue, saluting them for fine tuning five years as LA based label, Culprit Records. Way back then, the label issued its first release that marked the debut of Hot Natured, while setting an innovative tone for the industry; being responsible for getting the likes of Seth Troxler and Guy Gerber regular spins at LA Clubs, astutely signing Soul Clap and carefully grooming the label’s very own artists—like this one we lurrrve—was the beginning of acting as a sustainable home base to artists. As the label continues to grow and shape how we ingest our house music, we simultaneously connect with the Droog-Culprit philosophy: to absorb global underground culture and refract it through the lens of LA.
Quenching the hunt for a good time, Droog provided plentiful sounds this past summer with late night Lot 613 turn ups and Standard DTLA weekend rooftop sessions and are welcoming Fall 2015 live music programming. The boys hit the decks on Saturday, October 24th with the hot topic that everyone’s buzzing about: the straight outta Brooklyn, 14-hour multi-stage, day to night, indoor/outdoor festival touted as The CityFox Experience invades DTLA to transform a new, never-before-used space into a music playground for Angelenos. Naturally, we add to the anticipation with a curated soundtrack selection and commentary. Take a listen:
Tiger Stripes – Twilight featuring Vanita [Studio Barnhus]
Everything in this track is in its right place, we love everything about it, really. One of those rare tracks where, as soon as you hear it, you go “I wish I made this!”
Kate Simko & Tevo Howard – Beat Behavior featuring Jem Cooke [Last Night on Earth]
Superb modern deep house jam, all the elements are right on: old school percussion, killer bassline and a perfect female vocal. Wicked stuff from Kate and Tevo!
Ishivu – Gryning (Matt Karmil remix) [Trunkfunk]
Another outstanding Swedish producer here, Matt Karmil, and another slice of near perfection. The main melody that runs throughout the song is insanely catchy in a very non-pop/mainstream way. Not sure what genre label you’d put on this track and it doesn’t matter, it’s just good dance music.
DJ T. – Euphoria [Aus Music]
Thomas Koch aka DJ T. needs little introduction and here he is with a killer track on one of the best labels around, Aus Music. Like most of the picks on our playlist, this one combines the old school and modern house elements really well. DJ T. has been on fire lately.
Bambook – Dance with Me featuring Jennie A [Culprit]
What is it with the Swedish producers these days? Here is one more Swedish originated jam, this one is on our label, Culprit. Bambook have a knack for dreamy deep dance music with memorable vocals. This one will stand the test of time, that’s for sure.
Whitesquare – Daylight [20/20 Vision]
This is from one of our favorite up-and-coming producers who is from Rome, Italy. He walks that line between techno and house exceptionally well. We are happy to be bringing him onboard at Culprit very soon!
Sascha Funke – Mango (DJ Koze’s Pink Moon remix) [BPitch Control]
This epic jam is circa 2008 and is a bit of an underrated classic. Like many DJ Koze’s productions, it’s a bit ahead of its time so it souds just as fresh today as it did then. Sascha Funke, remixed by Koze, on the legendary BPitch Control label – with this combination, highest quality is guaranteed.
Maribou State – The Clown feat. Pede (Axel Boman remix) [Counter]
Axel Boman is cut from the similar cloth to DJ Koze and we absolutely love his stuff. The Clown is definitely a candidate for the remix of the year honor. Subtlety and simplicity is the key here – and it’s glorious. Dropped at the right moment to the right crowd, it will turn you inside out and isn’t that the ultimate effect?
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