DJ duo Duck Sauce — A-Trak and Armand van Helden — have returned for the first time in six years with “Smiley Face,” their new single. Duck Sauce are confirmed for a set at Coachella this April, which will be their return to the festival after last playing in 2014. Though no further dates have been announced, this could be a sign of more to come.
Not unlike Duck Sauce’s “Barbra Streisand” and “Big Bad Wolf” sampling Boney M’s disco hits “Gotta Go Home” and “Rasputin,” respectively, “Smiley Face” continues to pay homage to modern house’s classic New York City club roots. The early gospel house vibes of Two Tons of Fun’s (Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes) “Make Someone Feel Happy Today” are present here, and just like Duck Sauce’s previous hits, this one feels like both a club and festival set favorite for 2020.
Related, Martha Wash is quite important to house and pop music history. Check this link out here to learn why.
Check out “Smiley Face” below and download it on DJcity.
The New York City DJ/producer, who was responsible for underground house classics like Earth People‘s “Dance” and Soho‘s “Hot Music,” talked about how he got his start in the 80s and working with rappers like Nas and Large Professor during their early years.
Watch the full interview above.
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A-Trak at the Dior 2020 Men’s Fashion Show at the Rubell Museum in Miami. (Source: Instagram)
“I worked closely with Kim Jones, artistic director, who is a true music head. We picked songs together, he event sent me records from his own collection,” says A-Trak.
Stream A-Trak’s DJ set at the Dior 2020 men’s fashion show below.
Skunk Anansie – Hedonism – acappella b/w Georgia – About Work The Dancefloor – The Black Madonna Remix
Prince – Baby I’m A Star – Flaunt Edwards Meets Fat Head Re-Edit
J Rocc & Flaunt Edwards – In The Circus
Ethyl Meatplow – Queenie – MK Dub Mix
Rose Laurens – American Love
Tiga – Shoes
Eddy Grant – Time Warp – Oliver Edit b/w Eddie Fowlkes – Something Special
Dan Hartman – Vertigo / Relight My Fire
The Dells – Get On Down
Whitney Houston – Dance With Somebody – acappella b/w Kraftwerk – Numbers
Midland – The Alchemy of Circumstance
Lxury – Distance
Inner City – Pennies From Heaven
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A-Trak at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on April 26, 2019 (Source: Facebook)
A-Trak said in the press release:
“Genre-specific stores don’t reflect the DJ landscape anymore. The open-format DJ community has needed a home where we can find all the music we need, curated by like-minded people we respect. Both Beatport and DJcity have been vital to the health of DJ culture for many years, and I’m honored to work with their teams to bring some great products to market.”
He added on Instagram:
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Here we go! I'm excited to join the board of managers at @beatsourceofficial, the new venture between @beatport & @djcity. There are some challenges that need to be met to improve DJs' experience in shopping for music. On one hand there is curation, and Beatsource will be an open format store. The idea of genre-specific stores is dated. Beatsource is built by Beatport + curated by DJ City's trusted team, followed by DJs around the world. On the other hand there is tech: as the music industry fully embraces streaming, DJs will need solutions to play songs from lockers where their song library is stored offline. This new technology opens the door to a bunch of other advancements: new types of promo pools with tracked plays; even tackling the problem of performance royalties for songs played by DJs. There is a lot at hand here. By joining the board, my role is to give input that represents the entire DJ scene. I'm happy to be involved!
Beatsource President Brian “DJ Quickie” Wong says:
“He is absolutely the perfect fit to help our organization as an advisor. We all know him as one of the greatest DJs ever and as a passionate advocate for the open format DJ, but it’s his creativity in business that is going to be so valuable as our company innovates and leads the DJ world into the streaming era.”
The public beta of Beatsource’s download store is set to launch in September. Its streaming service, Beatsource LINK, is expected to release at the end of 2019. Based on Beatport’s patented technology, the streaming service will integrate the Beatsource music store into DJ software and hardware and will include offline streaming.
McDaniels recently spoke with Music Week about the future of Beatport and DJ streaming.
A-Trak at the 2018 Goldie Awards. (Source: Facebook)
The Goldie Awards have announced the judges for the 2019 competition, which goes down in New York City on Oct. 17.
The awards, which feature separate DJ and beat battles, will be judged by an eclectic lineup. They include Armand Van Helden, Just Blaze, Busy P, Craze, Take A Daytrip, Alison Wonderland, UNIIQU3, and Kittens.
Entries for the DJ and beat battles are open until Sept. 1. Submission and ticket info can be found here.
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Goldie Awards DJ battle (Source: Facebook)
DJs and producers have one month left to enter A-Trak‘s third annual Goldie Awards DJ and beat battle.
Applicants can enter by completing the submission form on the Goldie Awards website and uploading a video to Instagram or YouTube by Sept. 1.
The Goldie Awards will select eight DJs and eight producers from the video submissions to compete in New York City on Oct. 17.
Get more info and buy tickets on the Goldie Awards website.
Stay tuned for updates on DJcity, which is an official partner of the competition.
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