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Sep 01

The Digitally Imported Dial 20: House

We're back with our weekly series with Digitally Imported, The Digitally Imported Dial, where we highlight some of the best channels and shows available on the Web’s premier electronic music streaming radio platform. Every channel is curated by hand, so we’re hearing from the men and women behind the scenes how they bring us the music we love.

In the lineup of Digitally Imported’s almost 90 channels of electronic music, House is an absolutely essential offering. DI House has been around for over a decade now, and recently got back its original curator, Jolene Poydar, as the channel director. Learn about her Missouri house roots, the sound she feels defines "house," and more in our interview below.

Perhaps surprisingly, Jolene first fell in love with house music in Missouri:

I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. During college, I lived in Missouri and London. After a brief return to SF, I was drawn to New York and have been here ever since. The ironic thing is, I discovered and fell in love with house music in Missouri. There was a tiny, dark club that had a DJ from Chicago and he would play house music every weekend -- and every weekend, I was there to dance. It’s still how I like my house music: in a sweaty, small, dark club. I started DJing in college, back when there weren’t many female DJs. When I moved to NY, I had to take a break for a few years because I couldn’t afford rent AND records! But eventually, I found my way back and chose DJing for a career. In New York, I’ve played bigger clubs and had residencies at bars and clubs all over town. I’ve also traveled to different parts of the globe to DJ.
Jolene's house tastes were originally gleaned from the Chicago curators of the sound:

My house appreciation was formed by the Chicago sound. I still always veer towards a raw, sexy track with a real funky bassline. With that said, there are so many other beautiful forms of house music. I’m influenced by Frankie Knuckles’ melodic keyboards, snippets of Tony Humphries’ gospel vocals, Jeno’s (Wicked Crew) selection of psychedelic instrumentals, and Naked Music’s funky guitars. As long as it has a smart song structure and makes me feel something, chances are it will end up on the DI House channel. But as our fan base has pointed out, I truly can’t say “no” to a funky bassline.
Jolene was the founder of the DI House channel, and has recently taken the reins once again:

I was the founder of the house channel back in 2002, and painstakingly encoded all of my music from vinyl to mp3s. After five years, I had to step down because of my hectic schedule. I’ve just recently become channel manager again! So if I may be so bold, I’d say that my new monthly show “Colorsplash Mixes” featuring DJ Jolene premiering on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. would be my favorite (every 4th Wednesday)!
Fred Everything and Maxxi Soundsystem are some of Jolene's favorite artists to play on the channel:

I’m drawn to producers that have an intelligent musical background. Fred Everything, Olivier Desmet, Maxxi Soundsystem, Giom, Inland Knights, Johnny Fiasco, Charles Webster, and Jimpster are my top picks, to name a few.
Jolene also gave us a list of some of the best tracks she's found while curating the DI House channel:

There are some songs that simply stop me in my tracks and force me to listen. Here are a few that have done just that:

Logic Box - Liquid
Furry Phreaks ft. Terra Deva - Want Me (Like Water)
Roots & Wings - Come Over To My Place
Nice 7 - Time To Get Physical
Asadinho & Ingrid Hakanson - Love Capacity (Lonely Boys Max Capacity Rework)
We asked how Jolene stays involved in listener feedback, and how she knows what the audience enjoys most:

That’s an interesting question because I’ve just recently re-adopted the channel. I am currently listening to the channel along with the listeners to see which songs fit into my concept of the DI House channel overall. There will be some fine tuning over the next couple of months to make sure that it is staying true to the house sound. Listener votes and comments hugely influence what needs to be kept or taken off, and where the channel will head in the future.
Most of the artists on DI House are underrated, in Jolene's opinion:

Because I select underground house music, I’d say most everyone on the playlist is underrated. But there is something truly inspiring about people producing music for the love of the music alone. I think, somehow, it makes for the best house music possible.
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Sep 01

Jack U & Snails Give Out Booming ‘Holla Out’ VIP

Snails' (pictured) subwoofer massacre of a VIP edit for his Jack U collaboration, Holla Out, is now available as a free download.

The breaking, choppy, trapstyle-heavy bass production has been a festival favorite for the past year, and Snails releases his refreshed take just in time for the explosive end-of-the-summer festival season. Snails has pumped out some top-tier mainstage jams of late, this VIP take joining his new edit of heRobust collaboration Pump This as gargantuan new releases. If wanting to hear Snails play this live, check him out at the Nocturnal Wonderland Festival in San Bernardino, California Sept. 4-6.

Download this excellent VIP edit here.
Jack U & Snails - Holla Out (Snails VIP Edit) [Free Download]
Sep 01

Todd Terry Takes Demi Lovato To The Dancefloor

Legendary producer Todd Terry's take on Demi Lovato's seductive pop hit Cool For The Summer is a bombastic-yet-grooving classic house winner.

Terry's re-emergence on the mainstream dance radar comes from his new Dim Mak release. However, it's this anthemic take on top-40 that could prove to be Terry's next ascendant moment. An elastic and throbbing bassline combines with the chopping technique used on Lovato's top-line turning it into a stabbing tool that threads a bonus melody into the mix.

Though there's no word as to the official release date or purchase information for this remix, we know it's coming from Lovato's label Hollywood Records. Stream it above for now.
Demi Lovato - Cool For The Summer (Todd Terry Remix) [Hollywood]
Sep 01

Jerry Folk Transforms Years & Years’ ‘Desire’

Pop darlings Years & Years get a grooving remix from Norway's Jerry Folk (pictured), and the producer is offering the remix as a free download to his fans.

Taking a slight disco influence and pairing it with a four-on-the-floor house beat, Jerry Folk breathes a dance floor energy into his remix that sounds like something even his contemporary The Magician could nod his head to. Folk keeps vocalist Olly Alexander's R&B inflection central to the remix, while his own production dances in the background. His rendition arrives after the official remix package which includes versions from Tourist, Rainer + Grimm, and Zac Samuel, but is immaculately arranged to offer a little upbeat competition for the official remixers.

For more from Jerry Folk, check out the edition of Disco Diaries he curated for LT3, and claim your download here.
Years & Years - Desire (Jerry Folk Remix) [Free Download]
Sep 01

BREAKING: ID&T Cancels Debut One Tribe Festival In SoCal

UPDATE: SFX representatives contacted LessThan3 and issued the following statement: "The OneTribe festival in SoCal is being indefinitely postponed due to various unforeseen events and circumstances."

SFX said they will be issuing an official statement and refund information shortly.
One Tribe Festival, the brand new event by ID&T in Southern California, has been cancelled, according to sources.

A talent buyer close to the situation has informed LessThan3 that the inaugural One Tribe Festival, by the same SFX-owned company who puts on the Tomorrow events and the newer Mysteryland, will not be going down Sept. 25-26 at Lake Perris Recreation Area about 90 minutes outside of LA. Given SFX' recent financial woes, this does not bode well for the embattled company.

Updates on ticket refunds and more will be posted as they become available.