In the course of electronic music’s ascent to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, the genre of electro house has played no small role. Built around house music’s classic formula and enhanced with edgy sonics and powerful rhythms, electro house has dominated dancefloors for years now, with some of electronic music’s heaviest hitters (Justice, Tiesto, and Deadmau5, just to name a few) delivering many of the genre’s most memorable efforts. With this in mind, we’ve put together what we see as 20 of the most distinctive, important electro-house tracks to date, and present them to you, in no particular order, to relive, debate, hate, and—who knows—hopefully get turned on to something new.
Now in its seventh year of existence, the Hard Summer festival once again grabbed Los Angeles’ State Historic Park by its cojones over the weekend. Featuring a roster of artists from across the electronic spectrum, the music was spread across four stages and two days, and performed for some 70,000 people. Somewhere between a high school rave and a state fair that you really wouldn’t want to bring your parents to, there were many things in abundance. Among them: syncopated hi-hats, undergarments disguised as clothing, and young people absolutely on one. Or two.
We’ve got a pretty exciting day on News today, with plenty of video coming back from Ibiza’s first opening parties, some fun being had with techno in Detroit, and confirmation that Skrillex’s Essential Mix pretty much killed it. Come on and see what else is inside.
Claude VonStroke is just days away from kicking off his dirtybird empire’s first-ever Ibiza residency—big times, as anyone can attest. Beginning on June 27 and going through September 12, the big bird’s band of merry pranksters (which will include Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Nick Monaco, Eats Everything, and more) will take over Sankeys each Thursday night with their brand of epic bass- and house-infused partying. Fortunately for you, they’ll be sharing their goings on throughout the entire summer season exclusively with Beatport via special mixes and charts from the crew via their Beatport DJs page. In the meanwhile, check out what VonStroke had to say about what to expect on the White Isle this summer.
A few weeks back, as he was prepping for a gig with drum & bass legends Photek and LTJ Bukem, San Francisco producer/DJ Justin Martin sat down with us at nearby Pyramind Training for a little chat. The dirtybird stalwart may focus more on bassy house and techno these days, but his electronic music roots definitely lie with early drum & bass. In this video interview, he walks us through that first exposure to those aforementioned heroes, the evolution of the dirtybird mascot, and how his remake of Goldie’s “Kemistry” came to be. Check it out in its entirety after the jump.
As the newest and youngest member of the dirtybird crew, 20-year-old Justin Jay proudly reps his SoCal roots, bringing LA’s laid-back vibes into perfect harmony with dirtybird’s trademark groovy funk. After winning a DJ Mag competition at the tender age of 18, Jay released his first track ever on dirtybird in 2010, and in the past three years his stature has only grown. Now, with his Static EP burning up the deep-house charts, we checked in with him to talk NorCal/SoCal beef and having two Justins on one label.
If you happened to attend the dirtybird Players BBQ during this year’s Winter Music Conference in Miami, you were likely treated to Breach’s “Jack” during a very special B2B set with label bosses Claude Vonstroke and Justin Martin. After the second I want your body/Everybody wants your body /So let’s jack line, everyone, myself included, was shouting the lyrics and acting them out—in a rather suggestive manner. And when Laidback Luke played it during his set at Ultra Music Festival, the song became the unofficial anthem for the music week.
Whether it’s the memorable bassline, or the even more memorable lyric, “Jack,” which made its way into our Top 10 just days after its release, is just one of those tracks that has “instant classic” stamped all over it. We caught up with the Brit behind the song, Ben Westbeech (aka Breach), who is currently posted up in the Netherlands, to talk about making hits, studio tricks, and the dream that inspired the infamous “Jack.”
Justin Martin and Eats Everything have been making a splash on Dirtybird label for a while now, but last year’s successful solo releases, BBC Radio 1 Essential mixes, and non-stop touring schedules accompanied by a summer residency in Ibiza have just further cemented their—and their label’s—place amongst dance music’s finest.
The News staff was overwhelmed by amazing releases of all shapes and sizes this year, but we couldn’t be more pleased to bring you 10 must-hear long-players from the past 12 months. Whether it was abstract house offshoots, soulful debuts, skittery rhythms, or looks back at a bygone era, there was much awesomeness to digest. So without further ado, let us present to you our favorites for 2012.
2012 offered up way too many gems to possibly assemble an objective list of the year’s best tracks or remixes—it seemed like every day we had a new favorite or a new #1 tugging for our attention. But with that said, at the end of the year, some tracks just wouldn’t back down, keeping us hyped right on through December. So, without further ado, we offer you 10 Must-Hear Tracks and Remixes, as chosen by the staff of Beatport News.