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We’re deep in the dog days of Summer, so it’s only appropriate we turn up the heat with a bit of fire from our “Summer Funk” release, featuring four bangers from four different artists.
Lee Walker makes his debut on Dirtybird with “Rock Climber”, a ferocious track with build-ups and build-downs that make you feel like you’re on an unforgiving rollercoaster. Huge.
Weiss has been a favorite of ours the past year, and follows up his recent Dirtybird EP with “Bounce”. It does exactly what it says, with Weiss’ trademark mixture of jackin beats, underground boom and a bit of amusement.
Lord Leopard first appeared with Eats Everything in March on one of our biggest EPs of the year, and goes solo with “As Gospel”. The contagious lead line swirls in and out over a dark set of drums and bass that will certainly contribute to Lord’s rapid ascent as an artist to watch.
Bump Ugly’s “Lost My Mind” rounds out the EP with animated beats and bass that dance along with quirky bleeps and blips for a funky Summer ride.
[BACK CATALOG] With a change in the season and the promise of balmy city sunsets on the horizon, it feels natural that Dirtybird should drop a much welcomed curveball into their 2013 EP catalogue. Courtesy of Belgium born duo, GoldFFinch, ‘11th Hour’ explores the label’s more implicit approach to bass, with all the richly textured, distinctively UK sounds we’ve come to expect from the pair. This release also marks GoldFFinch’s first original Dirtybird release proper, after proving their worth on the heavy hitting Players compilation and remixing French Fries’ ‘Space Alarm’ as an induction. ‘11th Hour’ opens the release with a beautifully carved intro of muted, sensual synths and a blunted percussion beat that immediately picks out a swinging, London-centric rhythm. As the distant yearn of afterhours city lights emerges, the intro melts into a fluid-yet-funky roller, a languid longing for the urban twilight hour. ‘Sultry Steel’ flirts with UK Garage foundations, as the drums skip along with knowing skill and a slinky vocal sample punctuates the fuzzy atmosphere. As the track name suggests, it’s the steel drum melody that gives the beat its memorable dance floor significance. Erring on the subtler side of late night bass, dirtybird has uncovered a veritable gem here. Enjoy!
2016 was a banner year for Dirtybird’s founder, Claude VonStroke. He debuted his Get Real alias with Green Velvet in the winter, and followed up with another number one single in the spring with “The Rain Break”. He celebrated the 10th anniversary of “Who’s Afraid of Detroit” to kick off the Summer, and finished in the fall by being crowned ‘America’s Best DJ’ by Pioneer at a ceremony he shared with all the fans at the Dirtybird Campout.
After a relentless touring schedule the first half of 2017, Claude hit the studio with a couple ace producers, Will Clarke & Sébastien V to collaborate on two giant singles for the “Works Well With Others” EP.
“Tiny Tambourine” is the product of Will Clarke & Claude working together. It’s a bit of a misnomer, as ‘tiny’ is the last word to describe the heavy bassline which starts to form immediately at the track’s outset. Continuing to build over crisp and heavy beats and outbursts of drama before dropping back to the burly bassline, the result is monstrous. Will Clarke has been on a Dirtybird hot streak having released 3 solo EPs, 5 singles, an appearance on Justin Martin’s album, as well as a brand new collab with Shiba San on the BBQ compilation and a full takeover on the Birdhouse radio show.
On the flip side, Claude teams up with one of Dirtybird’s freshest talents, Sébastien V, for “Daylight Dark Room”. A light, melodic tone contrasts with a dark and funky acid resonance to create a truly unique masterpiece. The mysterious Sébastien V was also featured on the Dirtybird BBQ compilation with his super-hot track “Funkulate,” and there are rumors floating around that he is actually someone from the core Dirtybird roster sporting a secret alias.
Over the past few years, Brazil has become a new breeding ground for fresh and talented artists that have been champions of the Dirtybird sound—Bruno Furlan, Ciszak and DJ Glen are just a few of the Dirtybird mainstays that come from south of the equator. The latest import we welcome is Danny Kolk from Sao Paulo, with his “Doctor EP” on Dirtybird Select. Both tracks tear it up with the funky, quirky, bass-heavy sound we love so much. Welcome Danny—or as they say in Brazil, “Bem Vida”!
[BACK CATALOG] After an impressive late morning closing set at Dirtybird’s Watergate party in Berlin, Sacha Robotti made his way to Switzerland to play at Nordstern. Hooking up with an equally exhausted Swiss producer, "Look Like" on arrival, the tired and wired duo shared thoughts over a heady green tea session. Realizing they shared a deep love for bass, they made a pact: to write a collaborative EP that would score the highest of marks from Dirtybird big dog Claude VonStroke. These two slick-back groove attacks are the end result... “Loca Lola” is a one-way ticket to the most mischievous of party districts where an array of manipulated vocal samples bounce avidly on a bed of chop-slapping beats. Complete with head-popping stabs, cheeky wolf whistles and a carnal carnival shriek, it’s left VonStroke‘s floors floundering the world over on every roadtest. “Dropout”, meanwhile, tunes into a darker, booty-busting techfunk groove where cut-throat vocal stabs punctuate the unrelenting bassline and chest-stamping kicks. Heads down, please; this one shifts in a serious way. What started as a comedown has turned into a fire-up. Collab creations don’t come any better than this. Something tells us Robotti and Look Like will be locking horns again the future.
The lead single off the upcoming debut album from Walker & Royce, “Take Me To Your Leader” is the insanely catchy hit that features the charismatic vocals of long time friend and fellow New Yorker, Dances With White Girls. The song tells the tale of an stimulating trip from out of this world, constructed around an impeccable Walker & Royce production—the first from their much anticipated LP, “Self Help”.
[BACK CATALOG] "Back at the end of 2004 when I was just beginning to set up this tiny label called Dirtybird I would have never believed we would be here at EP number 50! We've had CDs, secret releases and album remixes so technically we hit 50 release long ago, but it's still very special to see the words "Dirtybird 50" on a record. The three tracks I've chosen for this release go through a wide range of our sound. "Cyclone" by Samuel Dan and Feygin is a throwback to the way dirtybird records sounded back in 2006, raw and fun with big drums. But "Cyclone" sounds amazing compared to the sound quality of some of those old records we all love, a definite update to the old db vibe. B-Ju's "Babbel Net" is his follow-up appearance to last year's bomb track "My Sneakers" that all of us played 1000 times. This is more in the smooth 808 style of dirtybird while still giving you some punch and melody. This record works really well for me and this groove crossover into a house set no problem. Last but not least is Maelstrom's "You Play." This is a real monster, not so much for the house heads but instead for those of you who like to cross genres and explore the bass regions during your sets. Definitely not your friendly deep house record this one is a real db banger in the tradition of big dirty bass we love here in San Francisco. Thanks for listening. " -Claude VonStroke
This is the one you've been waiting for. First broken by Claude VonStroke & Justin Martin in their B2B set at Miami this year, "Ya Kidding" by FISHER was the biggest track of the conference. The vocal says it all - "Movin' On The Dancefloor". A former pro surfer from Sydney, Australia, FISHER's debut release is already generating big waves with early support from Pete Tong, Green Velvet, Eats Everything, Skream, Latmun, and more. We also enlisted two mighty remixes from artists who have sculpted their own unique sounds--the red hot UK duo Solardo and the mysterious up and coming, Sébastien V. And for our Birdfeed members, we also have an exclusive remix from Eli Brown just for you!
“Do You Love Me?” is the question Toronto based artist Sven Lochenhoer asks on his Dirtybird Select EP, and after hearing these bangers, we can definitely answer “Yes”. Sven first popped on to Dirtybird with a stand-out track on 2016’s BBQ compilation, “Get Down To This”, and this latest effort once again fits the Dirtybird sound like a glove.
The title track is filled with peaks and valleys, a bit of acid, and a bunch of fun. “On and On” mixes a funky bass, loopy carnival sounds and some deep chords, before escalating into a surging drop.
Exclusively for our Birdfeed members, “Amazon” keeps the same vein as the other tracks, but takes a more melodic turn for an understated balance.
The self-proclaimed “Dirtyboy” from Brazil is back. Bruno Furlan has an infectious energy that carries through into his music. His highly distinctive style is based on a restrained economy of sounds. This minimal approach makes for some of the rawest funk beats on the label. Everything is in exactly the right place and all the grooves are perfect.
Take the first single, “Action”. After a massive descending fall we drop into the most hard hitting simple beat with an even simpler bassline - it's pure dirt. And on the other single ‘Orange Juice,' the surprises are all masterfully held until the very end of the track where it kicks into a frenzy of bubbling filth - brilliant.
At only 22 years old, Bruno Furlan has achieved what some artists never achieve - his own distinct original sound. Who knows where he can take it from here.
[BIRDFEED EXCLUSIVE] One of our biggest singles last year, Shiba San's "Up & Down" is already a Dirtybird classic. Dallas producer Left/Right sent in this remix to us and completely flipped it, taking it to a darker place and turning it into a low-end heavy breaks track. A secret weapon just for our Birdfeed family.
[BIRDFEED EXCLUSIVE] No matter what holiday you celebrate, it's always nice to give and receive this time of year. We want to help ring in the season with some special editions of a couple of good 'ol Santa Claude's greatest hits just for our Birdfeed members. The UK's Cal Johnstone re-edits the timeless "Who's Afraid of Detroit", and Italy's MAGNVM! reworks the classic "Deep Throat". Happy holidays from the Birdfeed!
[BIRDFEED EXCLUSIVE] A little something to say "Thanks" to our Birdfeeders! Mainly known for his main room hitters, ghetto jams and tech bombs, Kill Frenzy shows his softer side with 'Last Night Slow Jam', a special treat just for our Birdfeed members. Enjoy!
Another secret weapon exclusively for our Birdfeed members! This track had the world talking after we retweeted a short video of Justin Martin playing it at Shambala, and then a few days later at HARD Summer. Once we found out it was from our 'Dirtyboy' from Brazil, Bruno Furlan, we knew this would be perfect for our Birdfeeders!
Wood Holly & Sage Armstrong teamed up for the booty-shakin single "Ass Out", which originally came out on our New Year's Special at the end of last year. Wood made this special edit just for his set at HARD this year, and features a touch of 303. We love the new version and thought you would too, so here it is as an exclusive download for our Birdfeed members!
There seems to be a lot of heat coming from south of the equator lately, and our next Birdfeed Exclusive release adds to the flames with a smokin’ single from Brazil’s Dakar. As owner of the Clap7 label and releases on labels like Snatch, LouLou, and This Ain’t Bristol, in a short time Dakar has been rapidly making a name for himself. We’re happy to welcome him to Dirtybird with the infectious bassline of "Woobly", one that will surely fit snug in any of your sets.
The DIRTYBIRD BBQs have become something I look forward to almost more than anything else we do at the label. The special daytime sets allow for more risk taking and more bass music to sneak into the house music that usually gets played at night. I’m really looking forward to Gril$on cooking me a burger this summer and rocking out with the fans. Check out these great tracks that range all the way from really funny to serious ass shakers.
- Claude VonStroke
The new dirtybird compilation is loaded with 11 great tunes I have been collecting for over 6 months. Most notably, the Shiba San "OKAY" record has absolutely been destroying every dance floor known to man. We have lots of big birds like Justin Martin, Catz ‘N Dogz & Justin Jay on this, plus a ton of great newcomers and friends making appearances.
The dirtybird BBQ was founded as a small get together in Golden Gate Park thirteen years ago. We've had the same core line-ups and even the same chef, Grillson, since the beginning. But three years ago, the free party in the park got too big and our permit was pulled. The city of San Francisco could no longer handle the amount of people showing up to the event.
Ever since then we have been trying to think of way to bring back the vibe of the BBQ park party. This year we finally put together a team that is able to take the BBQ party all across North America and Europe. We will be starting in Miami and ending in San Francisco so make sure to come grill and chill with us sometime this year. This compilation is a celebration of the O.G. dirtybird BBQ vibe. I hope you enjoy the music.