Boston producer/DJ Durkin’s latest Live A Little release channels 80s disco boogie vibes with the mysterious Antenna King on “No Help.” B-side bop “Washed” featuring First Year Project takes us back to the future for even more feel good dance music with a classic Fool’s Gold spin. Listen Now!
Durkin reteams with Maka Oceania for the house bounce of “Walkathon,” the latest drop from his Live A Little series and an anthem for digital divas worldwide. It’s paired with the whispery stepper “Thirty Three,” where longtime collaborator Black El takes the project’s rest and relaxation ethos to absurd lyrical levels. “Are you stressed? You should listen to Pusha T, sipping tea.” Listen Now!
Durkin celebrates classic hip-house vibes (and literal chilling) with Latrell James on “Freon,” the first taste of his Live A Little project (backed with bird noise banger “Excuse Me” on the b-side). Stay tuned for future Durkin drops as the Boston-based DJ/producer continues to refine his feel good signature with a series of Live A Little releases on Fool’s Gold. Listen Now!
Boston duo Maka + Durkin channel global dance vibes on their effervescent new Fool’s Gold release Waterproof, blending afrobeats and dancehall rhythms, classic house and R&B, and future-minded beats from their hometown and beyond. But Waterproof’s personal touches take those international musical vibes to a deeper level. From bilingual single “Malie,” sung in English and Maka’s native Tongan (“Malie is a Tongan word that means well done. It’s most often used to appreciate when people are dancing well, or after someone sings a song and does a good job”) to perseverance anthem “Tropical Rain” featuring Ghostdad, Waterproof adds a welcome dose of island magic and IRL emotions to Maka + Durkin’s hybrid electronic sound. Get into it!
Maka & Durkin return to Fool’s Gold with bilingual single “Malie,” sung in English and Maka’s native Tongan (“Malie is a Tongan word that means well done. It’s most often used to appreciate when people are dancing well, or after someone sings a song and does a good job.”) Hear more on their upcoming Waterproof (out 9/12), where the duo flip afrobeats and dancehall rhythms, classic house and R&B, and future-minded beats from their Boston hometown and beyond. Turn it up!
Maka & Durkin take a deep dive into the unknown on their debut collaboration, Another Island. These two producers and songwriters have discovered some kind of magical bass Atlantis off the coast of their native Boston; after crafting wavy instrumentals for the likes of Michael Christmas and other underground favorites, they go solo with an artist EP as poppy as it is enjoyably experimental. Somewhere between a great first date and a screensaver come to life, Another Island melds tropical rhythms, video game sonics, and yearning melodies for a Fool’s Gold confection like none other. Listen now and watch the animated vids for each track by Ghostdad after the jump. Read More
“Waterworld” kicks off Maka & Durkin’s enjoyably wavy EP, Another Island (out 8/31). The two Boston-based producers and songwriters take a left-field approach to modern pop sonics, laying Maka’s yearning vocals over hybrid bass drops and layers upon layers of celestial synths, resulting in a tropical jam as catchy as it is futuristic. Listen now!
A rising producer you definitely need to know is Boston beat guru Durkin. We dropped his “Pump Dance” (a collab with fellow weirdo Ghostdad under the Banana Seat alias) this past May, as well as a super jamming remix for Sammy Bananas “Money Time.” He’s got a new EP out now on iTunes courtesy our extended fam at Slow Roast, take a second to get familiar with all these and as always… play em loud!