Author Archives: Steven N. Ewald

[GDD™ Premiere] Miami Horror – Real Slow (Tropicool Remix) Takes My Breath Away

I’ve got to be honest here– it’s pretty neat to see your best buds produce music you really love, particularly when it’s one of GDD’s own.  The first time Tropicool played this out, I leaned over and asked him what the Hell this remix was.  You can imagine my delight when he replied, “an old analog Juno and some incredible stems.”  You sly bastard.

His signature touch of feel-good cosmic radiation we know from his mixtapes and Waves ≠ Raves series shines through into his production as well, which that fabulous, fat bassline punches over all the way through.  I’m not huge on disco, but I’m a sucker for a big sexy groove when I can get it, and this one’s got me hooked.  Pour yourself a glass of rum and tell people it’s iced tea, there’s no turning back now… the funk has been unleashed.

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[MIX] Forever Kid Live Debut @ Foreverland, Los Angeles


Foreverland Live Set by Foreverkidmusic on Mixcloud

This one’s been a long time coming.  My bud Joakim, 1/2 of Forever Kid, unveiled the location of an event known simply as Foreverland one fateful Saturday a few weeks ago, and a few hours later a cool 650 people and a veritable militia of street artists, sculptors, and painters had swarmed the spot ready for some strange.  What followed was a righteously sweaty couple hours of edits, remixes, and live, sample-triggering fingerwork storming through the ranks of disco, pop, funk, blog house, Super Mario, and beyond, from years past all the way up to today.

The night saw a vibrantly irreverent blend of people, genres, attire (costumes?), and vibrations; definitely toeing the line amongst one of the most safely bizarre spectacles I’ve ever seen fall into place, while ending up super fun all the same.  The icing on the cake?  They also must have packed at least a couple hundred $k of insanely colored art into the spot, including the sculptural debut of our dear friend scøw, with a couple neat pieces including a giant metallic Rubik’s Cube and Ring Pop.

I think I get why these dudes #refusetogrow up.  lol.

aRod SpringGlo 2014 is a Sexy Soirée into the Wings of Spring

The idea of Spring is observed around here as less of a season, and more of a feeling… it’s sunny and perfect year-round, from Santa Barbara all the way down to the border.  A California-tongue-in-cheek way of saying, “Let’s wear less clothing than we do in the previous very slightly chillier months, and do you want to go ride bikes?”  I believe that is exactly what my main man aRod beckons you to do with this latest installment in his now iconic SpringGlo mix series.

Five years of SpringGlo in the making, this signature of an effortlessly listenable mix features a selection of the usual choice sizzlers, as well the first Twelves remix in a bit, and a pretty righteous Todd Terje/Bryan Ferry track at the end.

If you would so kindly take up headphones and join us in chasing the sunset with a cocktail into the weekend, then yes, we would like to go ride bikes.

ZHU – “Faded” Reveals the Identity of the Enigmatic Producer Z, and is Great.

The mysterious artist know for the past few weeks only as “Z” is now known to be ZHU, and has released more deep pop fire in the form of “Faded.”  After half a million SoundCloud plays, nods from just about every publication, and an on-air mention from none other than Pete Tong himself, ZHU is without a doubt the name of the moment for dance music.  Beyond that, the rest is still a bit of a mystery, but I can say that there will be plenty more to come, and it’s all fantastic.

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[VIDEO] .party() | gdc 2013 ft. Skrillex b2b Diplo + Many More

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.party() | gdc 2013 recap from Production Club on Vimeo.

Our friends at Production Club put together one hell of a party in SF a couple weeks ago, with an equally impressive recap video featuring Skrillex b2b Diplo + The M Machine + Destructo + our very own Burn Unit.


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Overthrow, Trouble & Bass Present LIL DEATH Miami

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LIL DEATH, the distopia-done-right party that every cyberpunk in LA has darkly adored is coming to Miami this week, with a stacked lineup full of longtime GDD favorites.  Our friends The OverthrowTrouble & Bass, and Paris’ Bromance Records are all involved to bring you a very special night of Tech Noir vibes straight out of Gotham, with a very special guest.

What’s more?  All this can be yours for a night with one free RSVP.


Read more about the party in the interview here, and be sure to check out the mix above by our very own GDD writer and Overthrow DJ, Tamara Sky, for a taste of what’s to come.


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Tavik Presents: #GDDRV – Day 6

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After a solid day’s drive soundtracked by mostly old school hip-hop and random tunes from the #GDDRV Twitter request line we finally arrived in New Orleans to the sight of the glowing green home of the New Orleans Saints, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This should’ve been an early warning sign that NOLA indeed takes St. Patrick’s Day very seriously…

Read the rest of the #GDDRV exploits from Dallas and New Orleans on!

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[DOWNLOAD PREMIERE] OWSLA’s Phantoms Churn Up More Funk with “Do Yer Thang”

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This just in from OWSLA’s NEST: funky vocal samples with a futuristic deep groove and heart-palpitating drum patterns from the enigmatic LA duo Phantoms.  We have the free download for you after the jump, as well as where to hear the entire EP first.  ”Do Yer Thang” is reminiscent of TJR‘s dirty funk or maybe even Dirty Tennessee.  Skrillex‘s OWSLA continues to reach– and deliver– for the future, with a range of talent that refreshes fans of bass, funk, and electro alike.

Grab the full EP at OWSLA’s NEST on


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