Posted on Apr 28th, 2015
Art by Niv Bavarsky
FG’s near-decade of genre smashing good vibes can be directly traced back to the high spirits of label co-founder Nick Catchdubs. Hailed as “one of the US’s premiere party DJs” by FACT Magazine and a “Mr Do It All” by XXL, Nick has been pulling double duty as a nightclub and festival mainstay while helming Fool’s Gold with partner in crime A-Trak. Now Catchdini makes a bold leap forward as a producer with today’s release of his debut album, Smoke Machine.
Smoke Machine is a 34 minute blast of hyperkinetic beats and nitrous oxide raps. Alternate universe hip-hop superheroes riff on club hookups and pop culture WTFs: Liz Claiborne, Daria, spinning G-Unit chains, Jay-Z’s MoMa installation. “We blowing up spots like Bashir did to Jacko,” boasts Heems on “Full House,” and the man has a point. Smoke Machine detonates your expectations of a “DJ album,” propelled forward instead by Catchdubs’ own tweaked and explosive sense of fun. Get it now on iTunes or stream on Spotify!
Posted on Apr 27th, 2015
Sammy B is back with another volume of his vinyl bootlegs series, flipping throwback jams in his inimitably funky style. Like last time, it’s a completely fan-funded affair you can support via Kickstarter for all kinda goodies. Do it! More official SB trax are on deck this year, along with tons of artist production and collaborations (like this Shyvonne track recently premiered by Fact).
Posted on Apr 23rd, 2015
Ta-ku returns to headphones around the globe this June with Songs To Make Up To, the long-awaited follow up to his 2013 beat suite, Songs To Break Up To. “Love Again” is the project’s first salvo, a collaboration with singer/songwriter JMSN and fellow bass expert Sango (Soulection) that lays handclap-ready gospel vibes all over Ta-ku’s signature, soulful knock. Songs To Make Up To marks a major artistic leap forward for the Perth producer, but like the song says, “Give it time, give it time / This ain’t no race.”
Pre-order now on iTunes to get “Love Again” instantly, and the full album on June 12 from Fool’s Gold / Future Classic.
Posted on Apr 7th, 2015
Our bros Flosstradamus have been blazing around the globe all year. But their upcoming spring and summer North American victory lap might be the HDYBYZ dankest trek yet, topped off by the first annual HDYFEST, going down at Stubbs in Austin on 4/20 (of course). Josh ‘n Curt will be joined at HDYFEST by Valentino Khan, NYMZ and Ricky Remedy, all of whom feature on their new team-up EP Soundclash, also out that day. Pre-order the EP now to get the title track (feat Troyboi) and new VK collab “MFU” immediately. Full tour dates after the jump.
Posted on Mar 24th, 2015
Illustration by Anny Wang
Los Angeles is home to some of the most innovative young club producers in the nation, and Hoodboi may be the most exciting of the bunch. Whether solo or collabing with like-minded DJs in his Athletixx crew, Hoodboi’s energetic, emotional tunes feel equally at home in a Jersey basement or a Zelda bonus level. It’s an all-in approach to electronic music that will warm your emoji heart.
Palm Reader is Hoodboi’s debut EP of original music, a bold leap forward from the R&B bootlegs and party tracks he cut his teeth on. The four tracks are physical and lush; raw club OOMPH sprayed with a candy gloss. From soaring, new-age opener “Dusk” to the hypercolor title track featuring Lido, Hoodboi is making 1080p dance records like none other. Get Palm Reader on iTunes now!
Posted on Mar 16th, 2015
“Shash’U is undeniably next.” So sayeth The FADER, who just premiered “PXXXY,” the first cut off Shash’U’s upcoming PWRFNK EP. We agree! Get the song now when you pre-order PWRFNK on iTunes, and hear the whole thing on 3/31. We’ve also got a deluxe vinyl edition on deck collecting Shash’U’s Thru Da Night and PWRFNK EPs on two 12″s along with a fold-out poster of Ron Wimberly’s awesome wraparound joint cover artwork.
Check Shash’U at our SXSW Showcase this Friday (3/20) and a gang of other Austin shows listed after the jump. He’s celebrating PWRFNK‘s release with a hometown show at Le Belmont in Montreal on 4/4 with Nick Catchdubs and more.
Posted on Mar 10th, 2015
Four Color Zack is a scratch champion and technical innovator. DJ Scene is a clubland institution from Miami to Vegas and beyond. These two “real DJing” vets understand party music like none other, and it shows all throughout their new Slap It Down EP. Featuring amped-up guest vocals from M.O.P. and Mad Lion, Slap It Down lays classic hip-hop party break vibes over modern-day dance muscle, resulting in a stoopidly fun listen for all ages (word to FCZ and Scene’s 8 year old Seattle neighbor Yung Lenox getting busy on the cover artwork). Grab it now on iTunes and get ready to airhorn. (And if you don’t believe us, watch fellow DJ heroes Q-Bert, Jazzy Jeff and more gleefully cutting up the title track after the jump.)
Posted on Mar 5th, 2015
Illustration by Anny Wang
Hoodboi’s amazing debut EP Palm Reader drops 3/24 on FG, but he’s sharing the technicolor title track featuring Lido right now! Complex premiered the tune along with a Q&A, and you can get it immediately when you pre-order Palm Reader on iTunes. Check Hoodboi playing with Athletixx at our SXSW showcase in Austin 3/20!
Posted on Mar 3rd, 2015
On last year’s FG single “Money Time,” Sammy Bananas introduced the neo-diva vocals of Antony & Cleopatra to the world. They’ve just now reconnected in the form of “Sirens,” a chill house cut out now on iTunes. Stay tuned for more heat from all three!
Posted on Feb 26th, 2015
Cover Art by Niv Bavarsky
After dropping the singles “Bizness” with IAMSU & Jay Ant and “Wuts That” with B.I.C., Nick Catchdubs properly announces his full Smoke Machine LP (out 4/28) with bizarro NYC jam “Full House” featuring Troy Ave and Heems. (Cue bomb drop sound effects.) Says Catchdini:
“Full House” started as a beat I made on my couch. Too jiggy to live as an instrumental headphone thing, too weird to give to any artists for their own projects. So with WEIRD JIGGY as a spiritual principle, I went out and recorded an album piece by piece, stockpiling vocals (Troy & Heems were recorded – like most of these – in the side room at Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn) until I had twelve records that felt so much like “me” that they wouldn’t fit anywhere else but Smoke Machine.