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Monthly Archives: May 2011


Deep Space Orchestra is one of those sounds that are uniquely electronically composed. Chris Barker’s and Si Muray’s moniker fits them well, their production style heavily leans towards the side of electronic synthesizers and instruments versus sampling and looping (not that they don’t use them) and their work comes out sounding like a jazz duo gone galactic. The grooves are friendly, accessible, yet out of this world. I would put them at par with other artists who are focusing in on the synthesizers, for instance MCDE’s recent work “Monorail,” or Metro Area’s work from early 2000’s.

This release is on the label Delusions of Grandeur, which is responsible for some of the best in the slowmo disco/house sound and the recent LP release by 6th Borough Project’s “One Night In the Borough.” It isn’t an easy gig to be next on the press after a release like that, but Deep Space Orchestra’s “Lo Pan” picked it up and kept things interesting with a truly fresh sound. Lo Pan also gets a remix by Trickski. The track takes on a whole new life with a moody electrofied bass and vocals portrayed as a message from the far reaches of the void. The vocals have a similar feel to the recent Trickski track on the label Suol, “Point 0”. Last on the EP, “Disarm,” orchestrates a deep space venture accompanied by some disco strings, the rhythm is persistent, moves forward and doesn’t look back.

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I’m diggin’ the double clap in the original and love the vocals in the Trickski remix, “Somethings waiting for you in deep space, it’s your own ice cold face.” Classic!

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Also look out for Deep Space Orchestra’s label Use of Weapons. It’s brand spanking new, and definitely worth a listen.

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This is what I’m talking about OC! Wednesday’s at La Cave have been known for their high energy nights and on June 8th an LA local, Goddollars, who has been miraculously throwing honest to god quality, move your f***ing ass to some disco, acid, & soul dance parties is coming through to turn some OC heads on to whats proper.

Goddollars is the guy behind bringing some of the most stand out artists to LA and Palm springs. Just to name a few: Motor City Drum Ensemble, Tensnake, LCD Soundsystem, Mock & Toof, Todd Terje, Prince Language, Dâm Funk, Nicky Siano, Greg Wilson, Metro Area, InFlagranti, House of House, and many more.

Located at:
1695 Irvine Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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Over at Mesa you got…


Located at:
725 Baker Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Funkmaster Dâm Funk will be turning Mesa into a shrine for the spaced out cosmic electric funk that he has collected and curated throughout his journeys into time and space. As you might have guessed from the flyer, it’s a good idea to bring your 3D glasses. This is the only way to experience the sound to color synesthesia of Mr. Dâm Funk’s records. Be warned if you aren’t prepared you will remain in the two dimensional realm of predictability.

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Here are some full length tracks from Dâm Funk courtesy of Habituate.

“The Telephone Call”

“I appreciate My Life”

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And over at Focus you got…


Located at:
4253 Martingale Way
Newport Beach, CA 92660

I will wholeheartedly say my favorite nights at Focus have been the nights where locals takeover. Lately I have been more and more impressed by what OC has to offer, Cocoe & Massa are two of those offerings.

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We are in luck, Cocoe just recently updated his soundcloud with a wide range of productions and collaborations. Here are some that stood out to me.

“Just Dance” (deep instrumental arrangement and vocal work on this)

“Brothas on Music” (luv the synth in this one)

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Steve Massa is part of the Heartbeat crew and soundsystem, you might also remember Brian Kott, another Heartbeat member from one of the last Hometown Hero nights. (First time I caught Brian play some tunes he played some Metro Area). These guys are holding it down when it comes to that late night, lethargic, and elcectic house and tech sound. If my memory serves me correct, I think when I was at an Absurd underground my friend ran into Massa and got a mix cd, I’ll see if I can get a hold of that one. No worries though, here is a mix from Massa for right now.

“Live at Secret Cinema”

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This Thursday is lookin’ good for a night of record rotations hosted by Ubiquity Record’s own Thomas PM. If you know Ubiquity Records you know they are the epitome of a well rounded record label. They keep their taste well in tune with the vast under current of music and keep an eye out for pressing everything from jazz to beats to minimal dubbed out techno. Listen to the release NOMO – Rocket #9 [UR12202] and see for yourself how eclectic the sound is. That particular release has the massive Matthew Dear remix on it from 2006. If your head was wrapped around the happenings of Circo Loco DC10 you remember this track. I definitely have had my fill of minimal but this one remains the stand out track of the time period for me.

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You won’t be hearing minimal techno being played out here, although I have dropped Matthew’s NuTones remix there one night. I’ll be playing my 90’s house records, this particular night. I’ve got my thoughts swimming around the sounds of Todd Terry and the NYC Sound. I have been keeping these records mostly to myself and only dropping a garagey tune here and there, but this time around it’s going to be the staple of my set.

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Nice little mini mini mini mix of the three tracks from the newest EP

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Love the instrumental straight forwardness of these tunes. It is the sort of style I crave after delving deeper into the conceptual side of dance music, a good classic structure that keeps you moving. It makes you feel at home, makes you think of friends on a dance floor. These tunes are a vessel that take you away from the no-good nonsensical calamities that continually try to come down upon our house.

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Excerpts of the individual tracks
“House Fever”

“Midnight Call”

“Talkin’ About Love”

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Reel to reel edited ruff cuts from the stylishly obscene and outrageously hedonistic days of the Music Box are pressed into vinyl once more. The first Partehardy release is back after 5 years of not losing much of it’s value in the discogs trade. This is a look into a time where perfection was a matter of creating a moment and not necessarily creating a seamless track. Here is to senseless dancing with your eyes closed.

Blue Magic – Welcome To The Club (Ron Hardy Re-edit)

Nightlife Unlimited – Peaches & Prunes (Ron Hardy Re-edit)

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I came across this while on a major hunt for a stand out piece of work. I knew it was this one when I heard it. This is the first release on the label Discaire. After reading info on there website and admiring the pictures on their FB page, I like them even more. They are in their infancy but have really pulled together a solid concept. I can’t speak for them but I feel like they are going for a heavy and out of this world trip into the darkest corners and wildest happenings of the disco era. The sound is climactic, dramatic, and brave.

I would play this along side Brassica’s “The Centre” or RetroGrade’s “Moda.” I would also use it as a an elevating psyched out thought provoker after a good dose of proper energetic disco. Needless to say I’m looking forward to more. I hope to be surprised once again when the next one is out.

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An excerpt from the Discaire website:

“You discover dance floors for dancers, sound systems for lovers and realize it was as though you had never left.”

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Dig the music? Stay connected with them on Facebook or better yet on their website.

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