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Aug 31

PREMIERE: Autograf – Dream (Fawks Remix) [Ultra]

Autograf's idyllic ditty and debut original, Dream, is getting its own remix package, and LessThan3 has the exclusive premiere of the official--and officially filthy--house remix from Fawks (pictured).

LA's bass house upstart Fawks last blipped LT3 with his mean mix of RL Grime's Core, and he turns his remix talents on Chicago trio Autograf next for a house remix heavy on the bass and piano. While measurably more subdued than many of his other works known for putting the "bass" in bass house, his take on Dream is a quality demonstration of his mastery of the modern garage-house sound and a great new way to enjoy one of Autograf's best.

Pick it up alongside takes from Robotaki, Sebastian Carter, and more when it drops Sept. 4 on Ultra.

Autograf - Dream (Fawks Remix) [Ultra]
Aug 31

EXCLUSIVE: Sex Panther Drops First Solo Tune, ‘Rue,’ Talks Going Alone

For anyone who thought electro house predator Sex Panther was satisfied in its recent slumber, prepare yourself for a leaned-out, revitalized prowler of the jungle fostering one simple goal: make fun music.

After parting ways with his co-founder, Ryan Fontana, Newport Beach's Aaron Cool (pictured) is looking to the future as the sole soul in control of the famed Sex Panther name, and LessThan3 has an exclusive interview and premiere of his first solo work, Rue.

A high-energy affair, Rue represents the first taste of the new Sex Panther, which Cool groomed for the wetter regions, so to speak, holding the atmosphere of a raucous pool party high among formative factors in his inaugural independent cut.

"It's definitely more splashy than loungey, though," Cool said, expanding on the vibe of Rue.

While finely suited for a summer day, perhaps more importantly, the tune fits in with the persona he plans to carry on into Panther's future. With high-voltage performances placed high on his to-do list, Cool saw no alternative to crafting a keystone cut for his sets while simultaneously setting the tone for his resurgence. But shouldering the burden of two takes serious strength in addition to bringing up certain questions, like whether or not to rename.

"I thought about changing the name; I never really did like that name," Cool said. "At first--when we first started it--when Ryan said it, I was just like, 'yeah, that's funny, whatever, I don't care.' To me, I didn't think anything of it because I didn't think anything was going to really happen out of it."

During Sex Panther's 2011 infancy, Cool said he anticipated playing "only a few shows," leaning on the project mostly as something to do between jobs. However, all Ron Burgundy colognes aside, fate had a special eye for this feline, and despite its nonchalant selection process, the Sex Panther brand had accrued gravity and become too powerful to leave behind.

The name arose about as effortlessly as the project itself after the two met at a Guitar Center in Fountain Valley and bonded over their mutual desire to dive head-first into the DJ world. While learning the ropes together, cementing their bond as an official duo just made sense. Four years and about a half-dozen releases later, the Panther caught a snag.

"Last year, we weren't playing that much," Cool said of his partner's involvement. "He didn't really seem like he was into DJing... he just wasn't putting a lot of energy into it."

Diverted, as so often happens, by life, and to some extent, a woman, Fontana drifted away, Cool said. By January 2015, after multiple unreturned attempts to link up, he felt a change coming.

"Finally, he was like, 'I don't think I'm going to DJ anymore. My heart's not in it.'"

Still friends, but no longer a duo, Fontana gave Cool his blessing to continue the project solo while he pursued other passions including writing and that aforementioned lady-friend, which brings us to today, where we find the Panther reawakening.

Rue represents the first step in a new path for Sex Panther, one that balances ferocious and cuddly in a new way--one that places the reinvigorated act in the front corner of the club pool playfully pounding out waves across the unsuspecting crowd.

Henceforth a solo act, Cool finds himself driven by his solitude.

"Now that it's just me, I know that if I don't do something, no one's going to help out at all," he said.

With Fontana historically handling most of the marketing side, he definitely has his paws full with new responsibilities, but those paws have been itching to get to work anyhow, and their most pressing item of business is new music.

"I'm going to have my own style of what we had before," Cool said, explaining that while fans will still recognize the Sex Panther sound, it will be clear there's a new cat in town.

"I really want everything to be more bouncy and fun," he said of his plans for tweaking the project's ethos.

With a newfound focus and drive, Sex Panther is poised to go hard--hard enough to be actually banned in nine countries.

Pick up Rue when it drops Sept. 14 from Brawla.

Sex Panther - Rue (Original Mix) [Brawla]
Aug 31

Diplo And Sleepy Tom Collab On ’90s Soul-Meets-House Heater ‘Be Right There’

As a fidgeting electro kick tap dances across the bottom end, vocalist Priscilla Renea belts out sections of Jade's 1992 soul smash Don't Walk Away on Diplo and Sleepy Tom's collaborative house groove Be Right There.

Vancouver-based Tom has ridden Pusher, his Fool's Gold-released Anna Lunoe collab, to greater acclaim in 2015. Thus, following up that smash with a release alongside one of EDM-as-pop's biggest DJ/producers is an obvious next step.

House grooves have been creeping its way into the cool down portions of Diplo's mainstage festival sets, and will likely be a huge part of what he's spinning throughout the fall and into the winter. Of his remaining 2015 bookings, most significant to date could be the back-to-back weekends he plays Australia's Stereosonic Festival in November and December. For more Diplo dates, check out his schedule here.

Purchase Be Right There from Beatport here.
Diplo & Sleepy Tom - Be Right There (Original Mix) [Mad Decent]
Aug 31

Disco Diaries 76: Curated By Satin Jackets

Satin Jackets epitomizes the type of music we seek on a weekly basis for our Disco Diaries playlists. There's truly something special about their ability to manifest the magic of classic disco with a smooth, modern twist, and once you've heard any one of a their original singles, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

Satin Jackets was brought to life by two friends, German producer/DJ Tim Bernhardt and lead performer Den Ishu. They've gained notable traction over the last couple years, with infectious singles You Make Me Feel Good and Shine On You, as well as countless remixes hosted by premier Belgian disco house label, Eskimo Recordings.

Ahead of their upcoming Labor Day Weekend performance, we've invited Satin Jackets to share a bit of their groovy magic with us today. Treat yourself to an enticing preview of the show with Bernhardt's favorite five songs, plus personal commentary below. If you enjoy the below as much as we did, you can look forward to Satin Jackets' Sept. 6 set at The Standard DTLA as part of L'Affaire Musicale and Ouija Entertainment's summer Wicked Paradise series. Find details on the event here and be sure to grab your tickets here.

CASSARA - Fantasma [Soundcolours]
This track reminds me of the good times of early Daft Punk. It's rough and straightforward in its approach, like making a statement. CASSARA is also a Hamburg-based musical friend who's just released a remix for Aeroplane with my label Eskimo Recordings.
Purchase here.

Roosevelt - Hold On [Greco-Roman]
This is indie pop like I love it. Great soundscape, catchy, with smart vocals. Reminds me of New Order but in a modern way.
Purchase here.

Ben Macklin - Never Giving Up (Mogul Remix) [Modal]
Berlin's up-and-coming Mogul shows he can combine jazz and breakbeat into this excellent remix while still keeping it within the house music realm.
Purchase here.

ONUKA - Look (Tigerskin Remix)
I'm a big fan of this Ukrainian band fronted by Nata Zhyzhchenko. The Tigerskin remix of this tune from their first EP puts the right house-y feel on it. Wouldn't mind collaborating with Nata someday.
Purchase here/free download here.

Seoul - Stay With Us [Majestic Casual]
I find the atmosphere of this song very intimate and touching. It brings up images and scenery in my mind. Very dreamy. I used it in my Between the Beats mix and still think it's the highlight of it.
Purchase here.

Cassara - Fantasma [Soundcolours]
Roosevelt - Hold On [Greco-Roman]
Ben Macklin - Never Giving Up (Mogul Remix) [Modal]
ONUKA - Look (Tigerskin Remix)
Seoul - Stay With Us [Majestic Casual]
Aug 31

Sound Atlas 22

Welcome to Sound Atlas, a weekly series showcasing LessThan3's desire to scan the world for the most exciting sounds in global electronic music. This week, let's close out the summer with a plethora of unique, exciting, and festival-friendly vibes. ​ ​

PNCVZ - Venezuela
Main Course's latest is Venezuelan up-and-comer PNCVZ' bass-heavy electro banger Venezuela is a glitchy and throbbing homage to his home country that drops into a mess of banging organic percussion and Baltimore club breaks. A frenetic underground heater of a production, it packs a wallop for the bass bin and definitely is perfect for the build into peak-hour hard electro mania. Grab this track for free here.

On tap next from Volume VI of Enchufada's Upper Cuts collection is Afrobeat-inspired trap groove AYYYEEEEE from globally traveled (Latin America, Jamaica, and Ghana) and New York-based producer Kashaka. The track is slow, heavy, and packed with menace with what sounds like a vuvuzela-style horn blaring for extra warning. Check out that jangling tambourine tucked behind the kick, as it pairs with deftly executed vocal chops on the track. From the township to the dancehall, this is unique and premium heat. Download it for free here.

The Frightnrs - Admiration (Cadenza & Toddla T Remix)
Early-'80s Island Records reggae vibes are delivered fresh from Queens, NY "Rock Steady"-style group The Frightnrs on their new Mad Decent EP Inna Lovers Quarrel. BBC Radio 1 presenter and top UK producer Toddla T joins with Caribbean vibe favoring Londoner Cadenza for a massive take on EP single Admiration combining elements of '90s-era dancehall, footwork, and drum and bass to provide a wholly modern vibe to the original's classic feel. Grab the Inna Lovers Quarrel EP here.

Major Lazer - Lean On (Adrián Gutiérrez Merengue Remix)
Spaniard Adrián Gutiérrez molds Major Lazer's summertime moombahton anthem Lean On into a piano house-meets-festive Puerto Rican merengue monster. Flexibly comfortable in both carnival and big room situations, this is a bomb of a remix that really showcases the the broad universal pop appeal of the original. While not available for download, do stream this one early and often.

Jamie xx - Loud Places (Altered Tapes Rework)
Chicago beats and breaks reclaimers Altered Tapes build a soulful and booming nu disco edit from Idris Muhammad's 1977 single Could Heaven Ever Be Like This, the building block of Jamie xx and Romy Madley-Croft's ballad Loud Places. The duo takes a different section of the track and wrap Croft's sumptuous vocal around it to create a must-rinse jam. Grab this one for free here.
PNCVZ - Venezuela (Original Mix) [Main Course]
Kashaka - AYYYEEEEE (Original Mix) [Enchufada]
The Frightnrs - Admiration (Cadenza & Toddla T Remix) [Mad Decent]
Major Lazer - Lean On (Adrián Gutiérrez Merengue Remix)
Jaime XX - Loud Places (Altered Tapes Rework) [Free Download]