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There are definitely dry spells when it comes to scouring the interwebs for music, where you can’t seem to find anything exceptional not even from your usual go-to artists. Remarkably I haven’t experienced one in maaaaaaaaad long. I hope none of you will either, at least not if I can help it 😉

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Gábor Szabó (Gaga)

Gaga is the owner and curator of the Hungarian label Dark Face Recordings. Releases are true to the name: Dark. Yet like most (good) techno that veers into the minimal category, it’s richly complex and razor sharp. He’s a DJ himself and his fierce talent speaks for itself.

This set has teeth. It takes him less than 10 minutes to hit a strong stylish pace. Hook up some quality sound and go for the ride WOO HOOOOOO

He’s also reworked tracks in really interesting ways, check out what he did with my 3rd favorite Marley’s song “Rasta Love” and a track from the solid Florian Gasperini:

STUPID FRESH

I can’t stop posting about dis dude East End Dubs. He’s so crisp, so fresh and soooo smooth.

This set provides the perfect vibes for chillin and feeling sexy, whether you’re splayed out at your spot blazin a J recovering from the weekend, or at an afterhours with just enough energy to bob your head and 2-step.

Set of the Day Ya’ll

This set had me trippin out on the ride up to Brooklyn the other day. It’s so crisp and intricate, making it one of the most interesting pieces i’ve heard in a long ass time. The start is clean and simple but after 15 minutes he goes into beast mode, interspersing eerie interludes before dropping in killer beats that are endlessly layered and incredibly dirty. The riff at around 25 minutes is one of my favorites. But make sure your sound system is up to par or you’ll lose a lot of the provocative details.

I’m quickly becoming obsessed with Florian, and reveling in the direction my tastes have taken as of late, I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

“You need to feel exposed, otherwise what’s the point of living?”

It’s no secret that I’m a complete electronic music junkie. It adds such a vibrant dimension to my life. The fact is that with a DJ, at least the talented ones, the ones that have depth and play with passion and complexity; it’s not about just sitting there listening to the tracks. It is essential to see them in person, to be a part of the experience of this individual performing on the spot in a completely organic way. It’s something that I’m very drawn to. You go see a rock band or Beyonce for instance, you know their music and all of their songs. You can sing a long and you pretty much know what to expect and what you’re going to hear. With DJs they operate under this very broad scope of a genre, of their “sound” and there are truly no restrictions that are placed on them in this regard. They can draw from vast, eclectic sources of inspiration to manipulate, compliment or contrast different sounds and feelings, creating something completely new and different right on the spot.

The feedback loop in action at Enter Ibiza

The feedback loop in action at Enter Ibiza

There’s this wonderful element of spontaneity that means that in any given night the mood can flow from colorful and expressive, to forceful and aggressive or even reach this culmination of transcendent emotion. As an individual in the crowd, as a person listening to this happening, you are in this amazingly privileged position to contribute. You are changing the direction of the experience. This feedback loop of energy and creativity constantly flowing and evolving between you and the artist. As Dubfire puts it:

Those moments that happen…at given times within your set where a certain track that you’re playing or a group of tracks, or when you’re flowing they just really connect and resonate with the crowd. You can kind of feel a reciprocated energy and response.”

And because of this, this one night you went to see this DJ can never again repeat. It existed in that moment for that span of time that you were in each other’s presence. Incidentally every time you go to see this individual it’s different. And that is what makes it so great and stimulating, intriguing, moving and fun. It’s a beautiful thing, that I don’t see fading out of my life at any point in time.

So the point of waxing poetic about disc jockeys and their craft is to introduce these sweet ass videos from DJ Tech Tools. While Loco Dice demonstrates the equipment and techniques he uses when he plays “like a crazy mad professor,” Dubfire describes the metaphysical domain of the art. These videos really help to show how DJing can be such a dynamic, robust thing: very much taking place in the moment. Indeed even the artists themselves are drawn to the singular exchanges that occur between artist and music-lover.

“When you’re in perfect sync and synergy with the crowd it’s a great place to be, to exist in, those moments are like a drug, they can make you feel really intoxicated.”

How I Play: Dubfire

How I Play: Loco Dice