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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Signal to Noise: Local DJs Pick Five of Their Favorite Tracks

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Richie Panic enjoys libraries, hospital waiting rooms, and other quiet places
  • Richie Panic enjoys libraries, hospital waiting rooms, and other quiet places

In the pantheon of nightlife, few people are as influential as the local DJs working the scene. As promoters, talent scouts, and party rockers, these tastemakers are trusted to be at the fore of what's happening in music today. For this edition of Signal to Noise, we're focusing our attention on five tracks selected by five of San Francisco's best DJs. Pay attention -- you'll probably hear one of these the next time you're out dancing.

1. Jason Kendig, Resident DJ at Honey Soundsystem

"Hold On feat. Sampha (Matthias Meyer Edit)" by SBTRKT

So I've been mildly obsessed with this Matthias Meyer edit lately. It takes a cool song by SBTRKT and turns up the warm vibes 100 percent. The restrained emotion in the vocal paired with the new arrangement really takes it to the next level. It sounds great at home, and it's proven particularly effective on the dance floor.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The 10 Best Dance Tracks Of 2011

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Julio Bashmore killed it in '11
  • Julio Bashmore killed it in '11

It's been a good year for dance music in the Bay Area. Last week, we took a look at the 10 best releases from local producers. This week, we've turned our attention towards the year's biggest dance tracks. These are the tunes that have kept San Francisco's most forward-thinking clubs hopping. Read on and see what's made the cut.

"Battle For Middle You," Julio Bashmore

2011 was the year when UK garage and dubstep producers decided to go back to their roots. It was an exciting time of cross pollination between scenes that saw fresh forms of music taking hold. At the fore of this contemporary British invasion is Julio Bashmore and this tune, "Battle For Middle You." Incorporating aspects of classic house with the clean and clinical production aesthetic of UK garage, the song features a monster chorus that was the highlight of some of our favorite DJ sets of the year.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Signal to Noise: Five Local Resident DJs on Their Favorite New Tracks

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Juanita MORE! throws some wild parties
  • Juanita MORE! throws some wild parties

Resident DJs are sometimes overlooked, but always influential -- these are the devoted tastemakers working to make your night out a good one. For this week's Signal to Noise we caught up with some of our favorite local residents and asked them to tip us to one of their favorite tracks. Read on and listen, because there's a good chance you'll be hearing at least one of these the next time you go out.

1. Rich Korach, Resident DJ at As You Like It and Paxhau

"Beatbox (PBR Streetgang Mix)" by Crazy P

"I've really been loving this new remix of Crazy P called "Beatbox (PBR Streetgang Mix)". I've played it my last two shows in a row, and that says a lot because I intentionally try not to repeat songs so closely. The thick analog acid bass line, sexy vocals, and deep breaky beats are everything I want in a house track though, so it's hard to hold this one back. It's just epic."

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Signal to Noise: Five Hot Dance Cuts From Local Producers

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Bass music isn't the only thing 5kinAndBone5 likes about the UK
  • Bass music isn't the only thing 5kinAndBone5 likes about the UK

With all the music floating around the Internet, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that there are a ton of talented local producers. This week's edition of Signal to Noise is riffing off that theme, with five tracks from Bay Area-related artists that produce in such diverse fields as house, UK bass, and anthemic hip-hop.

1. Vin Sol - Not The One

Born and raised in San Francisco, Vin Sol has been a fixture on the local scene for a long time. With releases on both Scion A/V and Fools Gold, he's recently been focusing on crafting a prolific output of smartly arranged deep house. "Not The One" is his latest, and it's a soulful late-night affair with muted chimes, a cut-up vocal, and jackin' 909 percussion. Slotting into a genre he refers to as "future deep," the track maintains a slick and contemporary production aesthetic all while referencing the best moments of classic house.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Signal to Noise: A Look at Five New Tracks You Will Be Hearing on SF Dancefloors

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Joy Orbison is one happy dude.
  • Joy Orbison is one happy dude.

Ever found yourself at a club without a clue as to what the DJ is playing? Signal to Noise is a brand new column that looks at the music that's currently being played (or that will be played) in San Francisco's many dance halls. For this week's inaugural edition, we've got a fair representation of the retro-house camp, but also some fine examples from the world of UK garage and hip-hop. Read on and give these tracks a listen.

1. Storm Queen - "It Goes On (Vox)"

The second track by Morgan Geist's (of Metro Area fame) Storm Queen project, "It Goes On" picks up largely where "Look Right Through" left off. The soulful vocals and deep bassline ride a fine line through a dark future-leaning sound, while still maintaining a distinctly retro sensibility. With one foot in the past and one foot in the future, expect this one to light up discerning house dancefloors in the early morning slot.

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