By Cooper Saver
Since their start in 2006, label heads and DJ/production collective Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin, and Justin Sloe have been prevalent forces within the underground dance music community in Los Angeles. The trio manages a busy schedule spent playing out across the world, releasing music on labels such as Crosstown Rebels, running their own label Culprit, and regularly throwing parties here in LA. One of Droog’s next hometown appearances is at a new event called Diversion – a massive block party in downtown LA’s Arts District featuring multiple stages and household names including Dixon and KiNK. Leading up to their set, we rounded the guys up for another one of our 10 Records features to get a taste of things to come – and as expected, it appears we’re in good hands.
Genius of Time – Kepler 186f [Aniara]
This beauty of a tune just hits all of the right spots. They don’t have a ton of releases as Genius of Time; but if they have made a bad track, we haven’t heard it.
Just Be – Dip Your Finger feat. Jesse Monroe [Rebellion]
Just Be (aka Matthew Bushwacka) has been knocking out great underground house music for 20 years now. Here the Londoner delivers a smooth deep jam with a great bassline and even better vocal. What more does one need?
PBR Streetgang – 12.32 (Fort Romeau remix) [Futureboogie]
Our Leeds brothers PBR Streetgang have had a really strong year or two – check out their top notch Crosstown Rebels release too. Fort Romeau has come on like gangbusters recently, too, and his remix is an analogue house beauty.
Four Walls – Limits [Saft]
Not to be confused with Ten Walls (definitely not), this Belarusian producer delivers a sound opening set number that would be as much at home in 1996 as it would in 2016.
Martin Buttrich & Ramon Tapia – Evita [Rhythm Assault]
Another amigo of ours and all-around production master, Buttrich has started a label of his own just to deliver these fantastic collaborations. The latest one with Ramon Tapia is a gorgeous melodic riser.
Uner – Dancemotive (Steve Bug remix) [Culprit]
Here’s a fresh cut on our Culprit label. Uner is an excellent young artist from Spain who’s been making big waves in Europe, especially with some choice Ibiza residency. We got the one and only Steve Bug to give it a moody acid house once-over.
Red Axes – Avalon [Correspondant]
Red Axes are making some of the most interesting music out there lately. Fun song.
Peggy Gou – Gou Talk [Technicolour]
We really like Peggy’s sound: basically, underground house with a gritty edge. This one sounds a bit more polished than the others but she will still wreck you. The bassline is a bit reminiscent of Metro Area’s classic Miura before she switches it up.
Kenny Hawkes – Sleaze Walking (Kenny’s Mise a Jour 2004 mix) [Paper Recordings]
Got to include a proper classic in this selection. The original by the much-missed Kenny Hawkes came out on the old-school UK imprint, Paper…this is his own rework and is the one that never leaves the record box…or should we say, Rekordbox.
Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love (Dixon remix) [Olsen Records]
Todd Terje reworked by our Diversion special guest, the remix master, Dixon. What do you expect? Jam!
Catch Droog alongside Dixon, KiNK (live), Danny Daze, Weval (live), plus local favorites Jeniluv, Cooper Saver, Jen Ferrer, Matt Damon (Matt McDermott & Damon Palermo), and Matthewdavid, at Lot 613. More info & tickets here.