Been a while since we last did the shuffle and this one is quite the treat. I first got into Shinichi Osawa back when I was an electro enthusiast and he is one of the few artists who has managed to stand the test of time on my play counts. Typically frantic and ADHD in style he always appealed to me because he did so much more than just heavily distorted pumping bass – something that many artists made careers out of. A master of mixing dirty and beautiful as well as a synthesizer virtuoso, his sound is undeniably Shinichi and Shinichi only.
Main Street Electric Parade is a pretty vast departure from almost anything I’ve heard from him or anybody for that matter. It’s microdegrees away from being just another old school techno cheese track but instead is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. It chills me out and pumps me up at the same time, if that makes any sense at all. Special stuff indeed. Enjoy.
Rod Kashani (a.k.a. Sticky K) is also loving life right now. He is an extremely talented Producer/DJ from San Francisco with a very unique style… Wobbly but not dubstep. Melodic but not quite house. Traditional Persian music retrofitted to demolish any dancefloor. This combination of multiple influences, plus a dash of fidget, loads of variation, and a shit ton of attitude blend perfectly to create his incredibly distinctive sound. His last three EP’s plus an assortment of remixes have gotten a lot of people talking, and none are doubting his skills. With Diplo and Crookers supporting his tracks it won’t be long till he’s a household name in dance music. ‘The Reason I Love Life’ is off the California EP that was released a year ago last month, but it could never be more relevant. His official releases are available from iTunes or Beatport.
and a remix for good measure. (many of which are free to download on SoundCloud)
The Black Project is a new disco duo consisting of Italian producers Nello Simioli and Peppe Black. They’ve only been around for a little over a year but have already scored a beatport top ten with their track “Wonder”. They are currently signed to Loudbit records, a label I am unfamiliar with but it is apparently an Italian House and Disco label based out of Firenze. The song that sold me on these guys was “In the Disco”, this track is brimming with energy and feel good vibes (my kind of disco). “In the Disco” also features the same guitar sample used in Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” which happens to be one of my favorite 90s anthems. Respect.