The Droog DJs are some of the fiercest soldiers for the cause of quality dance music in their hometown of Los Angeles. Buddies Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin, and Justin Sloe are proponents of more stripped-down sounds, spinning dubby, clicky, groove-oriented tracks on the techno/house spectrum. Perhaps it's a reaction to their bling-bling Hell-A surroundings. And the vibe is catching on. Droog's profile has risen exponentially through the trio's residency at Avalon in Hollywood.
"Something genuinely cool and different is happening in the house and techno scene in Los Angeles," Sloe says. "An indigenous scene or movement has sprung up here. A combination of locals and new transplants from around the world have been attracted by the new, smaller-scale but more impassioned music-driven nightlife that has taken in a multitude of open-air day parties, a healthy warehouse scene, and the Hollywood revival."
Now the three have taken the next step — founding their own label, in the hopes of pushing this scene's innovations to the rest of the dance music world. All of the music will be produced in L.A., either by L.A.-based artists or visiting international guests. A pair of EPs, due out within the next few months, will showcase the label's MO. The first will feature tracks by Droog, as well as by peers Lee Foss, Jamie Jones, and Lee Curtiss.
Droog: Wednesday, March 25, at the Everything In Between Miami party at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Others on the bill include Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, and Matt Tolfrey. Party goes from midnight to 8 a.m. Thursday. Tickets cost $10 for early birds, $15 late-night. Ages 21+ with ID. Visit Safemusic.us Saturday, March 28, at the Crosstown Rebels Presents Get Lost after-hours party at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Others on the bill include Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, and Seth Troxler. Party goes from 5 a.m. to noon. Ages 21+ with ID. Visit safemusic.us.
1. Jamie Jones, "Summertime/You"
2. Djebali, "California"
3. Damian Lazarus, "Moment"
4. Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, "Heads"
5. Voodeux, "Just a Spoonful"
6. Matt Tolfrey and Inxec, "I Just Can't Take It"
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7. Lee Curtiss, "That Thing (Shameless Disco Dub)"
8. Loco Dice, "How Do I Know (Cassy Remix)"
9. Shaun Reeves, "Patience"
10. Matias Aguayo, "Walter Neff"