Chopstick & Johnjon: “Catamount” (feat. Slow Hands)

November 26th, 2015

Berlin’s Suol Records head honchos Chopstick & Johnjon, aka Chi-Thien Nguyen and John Muder, make a welcome return with a new EP called “Closer”. The record of four fresh tracks marks the pair’s first release of original material since last year’s debut album “Twelve”. Our favorite cut from the release is the eight-minute “Catamount”, a finely crafted house tune that finds Chopstick & Johnjon teaming up with New York-based producer Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands. And it’s worth every minute. Enjoy the ride.

The “Closer” EP, which also features guest appearances from Larissa Kapp and Chris James, drops on November 27 on Suol. Pre-order it here.

Chopstick & Johnjon: “Pining Moon”


Sunday #249

November 8th, 2015

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Slow Hands: “Coney Island Stroll”

Having just released his excellent debut album “I’ll Find Me”, New York-based producer Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands, takes us for a Sunday ride with his new track “Coney Island Stroll”, one of the record’s standout cuts. “This album has been an insightful journey. What was built to act as an easel, holding a canvas painted with the colors of a very specific creative moment in my life, in itself became the inspiration for so many more canvas,” he says. The “I’ll Find Me” LP is out now on Wolf + Lamb Records. Get it here.

“20 Tracks For 200 Sundays” – A Mixtape by La.Ga.Sta.


Slow Hands: “Phonograph Love” Video

October 20th, 2015

New York-based musician/producer/DJ Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands, has shared this surreal video for his superb track “Phonograph Love”, a slinky groover from his upcoming debut album “I’ll Find Me”. Watch the video above, and make sure to check out a tasty remix of the album’s title track by Boston’s duo Soul Clap below. The “I’ll Find Me” LP will drop on November 6th via Wolf + Lamb Records. Pre-order it here.

Directed by Kieran Behan of Crystalmafia.

Slow Hands: “I’ll Find Me” [Extended Mix]

TAGS: , ,

Slow Hands: “I’ll Find Me” (Extended Mix)

October 7th, 2015

New York-based musician/producer/DJ Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands, is just a month away dropping his much-anticipated debut album “I’ll Find Me” via Wolf + Lamb Records. We’ve already heard “Phonograph Love”, a perfectly crafted tune of slinky grooves and whispery vocals, and now we’re treated to an extended mix of the record’s title track. In true Show Hands fashion, this gorgeous nine-minute version of “I’ll Find Me” is a club-friendly affair filled with rich piano chords, acoustic guitar melodies and amazing trumpets supplied by No Regular Play’s Greg Paulus. Blast it above.

The extended mix will appear on Slow Hands’ upcoming “I’ll Find Me” Remixes EP, which will drop on November 6th via Wolf + Lamb Records. The release also features remixes by Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb, along with an entirely live bluegrass version of the tune recorded with the help of Vermont’s band Gold Town and his longtime collaborators Dave “Cameo Culture” Robertson, Nico “One of Them” Dalagelis. Below, you can watch a video for this version, which was shot by Duncan Lake at the Sugar Shack in Tinmouth, Vermont.

“For me, this forthcoming album is a documentation of the rediscovery of my root musical inspirations. Nothing is more inspiring to me than the places that I am from, and the people that surround me in NYC and Vermont,” says Ryan Cavanagh.

Slow Hands’ debut “I’ll Find Me” LP arrives on November 6th. Pre-order the EP here.

Slow Hands: “The Fiasco”

TAGS: , , ,

Slow Hands: “Phonograph Love”

September 11th, 2015

It’s been a long time coming, but New York-based musician/producer/DJ Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands, will finally drop his long-awaited debut “I’ll Find Me” LP on November 6th via Wolf + Lamb Records. The new album, a guitar-driven, storytelling record, finds Slow Hands re-exploring his classical roots. As we read, it’s a “return to the musical womb.” Our first taste from the forthcoming LP comes in the form of “Phonograph Love”, a perfectly crafted tune of slinky grooves, funky guitar licks, and whispery vocals. This one marks his first new material since last year’s excellent “Everything (We Are)” EP. We’d expect nothing less from the organic specialist.

Slow Hands: “The Fiasco”


La.Ga.Sta. Top 15 April 2015

May 7th, 2015

It’s that time again! Here’s our monthly list of the most downloaded tracks on La.Ga.Sta., featuring new tracks and remixes by the likes of Duke Dumont, Dimitri From Paris, Chromatics, HNNY, Goldroom, Pomo, Klaves, and many more. Check out the full list below, and relive the magic of April’s most popular mpFrees. As always, this is your Top 15 chart.

Top 15 April 2015:
01. Tuxedo: “So Good” [Dimitri From Paris Remix]
02. Falqo: “Sleepy Crusader”
03. Pomo: “Feel The Same Way”
04. Chromatics: “In Films”
05. Dirtytwo: “Moody” [HNNY Edit]
06. Goldroom: “Mykonos” [Fleet Foxes Cover]
07. Klaves: “Come On”
08. Duke Dumont: “Need U (100%)” [James Laurence Bootleg]
09. Justin Jay: “Mind Games”
10. Cheerleader: “Sunshine Of Your Youth” [Plastic Plates Remix]
11. Wunder Wunder: “Wonderful Way”
12. The Swiss: “Elouisa” [Cesare Remix]
13. Bill & Ted: “Nasty”
14. Four Tet: “Angel Echoes” [Lancelot Re-Edit]
15. Man Power: “Renamed”

Top 15 March 2015

TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bill & Ted: “Nasty”

April 23rd, 2015

It’s Thursday and we’re ready to throw it back. The next installment of New York’s label Let’s Play House ongoing series called LPH Direct Tracks” of quality edits takes us back nearly four years. Back then Jacques Renault and Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands, bunked in Berlin, called themselves Bill & Ted, watched ’80s midnight movies, and cranked out this little gem, an edit of Vanity 6’s “Nasty Girl”. Now that’s a treat!

Download here

Elvin Tibideaux: “Just Give Me Joy”

TAGS: , , ,

La.Ga.Sta. Late Summer Compilation Vol. 4

September 15th, 2014
mpFree, News

[Artwork: Stefanos Michaelides]

YES, it’s finally here. Today, we’re so excited to bring you the fourth installment of La.Ga.Sta.’s Late Summer Compilation series, which is now available for free download. The new compilation Vol 4 collects 15 tracks from some of our favorite artists that will not only transport you to your own dream beach, but will extend this summer to eternity. Everything we love about summer is here: delicious tropical-flavored tracks, road trips under the sun, silky smooth house tunes, cool drinks by the pool, gentle sea breezes caressing our faces, and dancing on the sand ’til dawn. You should know by now that summer on La.Ga.Sta. never ends. Ride with us.

This year’s Late Summer Compilation features exclusive unreleased tracks, along with much-loved tunes available as a free download for the first time. We hope you like it as much as we do. Shout out to all the artists and labels that contributed to the making of this compilation. Stream the whole thing below, grab it, love it, play it, and share it. Vrooom!

DOWNLOAD La.Ga.Sta.’s Late Summer Compilation Vol. 4 here [190 mb]


01. Nile Delta – Aztec (Pional Remix)

Lots of people have been asking us about this remix, so we’re psyched to open our new compilation with this sublime take on Melbourne’s producer Nile Delta great tune “Aztec” by Madrid-based producer and frequent John Talabot collaborator Pional. Previously only available on vinyl, this remix is now available for free download, courtesy of Cut Copy’s own Cutters Records imprint. Feel the heat under the sun!

02. Slow Hands – The Fiasco

NYC-based producer and member of Crew Love family Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands, was kind enough to contribute to our compilation a brand-new track called “The Fiasco”. With its sun-kissed vibes and slinky grooves, this tune screams summer. Slow Hands, who last graced us with his solid “Everything (We Are)” EP, can do no wrong. “The Fiasco” is now available exclusively on La.Ga.Sta.’s Compilation Vol. 4.

03. Daniel.T. – Wingin’ It

Los Angeles-based DJ and producer Daniel.T., Daniel Terndrup of Cosmic Kids fame, always delivers the goods, and this brand-new track called “Wingin’ It” is no exception. We first heard it on his excellent “Resonant Places” mixtape, and now this summer-soaked jam is available for free download, exclusively on La.Ga.Sta.’s Late Summer Compilation Vol. 4. Pure class!

04. Atsushi Yano – Solid Gold

What a ride! Japanese producer Atsushi Yano keeps the good vibes going with “Solid Gold”, a groove-filled tune built around sun-drenched, Afro-funk-inspired rhythms that clocks in at eight minutes, but we can’t get enough of it. “Solid Gold” is taken from his “Chewy Tunes” 12″ on LPH WHITE, the sister label of the ever-excellent Brooklyn-based Let’s Play House, run by Jacques Renault and Nik Mercer. Play it loud.

05. Poolside & Fatnotronic – Onda

Our favorite Los Angeles-based “daytime disco” duo Poolside, aka Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise, have teamed up with Fatnotronic, the São Paulo duo of Bonde Do Rolê’s DJ Gorky and Phillip A. (of Killer On The Dancefloor) to deliver this superb acid-tinged edit of “Onda” from Brazilian soul legend Cassiano. This edit will appear on “Brazilian Edits Vol.1”, the first installment of a new series of reworkings of Brazilian funk and disco tunes, coming out soon via Chit Chat Records. In the meantime, grab a copy of “Onda” for free, exclusively on La.Ga.Sta.

06. Sinkane – How We Be (Lexx Remix)

Sudanese-born, New York-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab, aka Sinkane, just dropped his excellent second LP “Mean Love” on City Slang/DFA. Here, we have for you a superb remix of his funky, soul-drenched track “How We Be” by Swiss DJ/producer Lexx. Expect nothing, but 100% dubby goodness. You can now download this remix, courtesy of all-time favorite DFA Records.

07. Larry Gus – Human Migration

Greek-born, Milan-based singer/producer Panagiotis Melidis, aka Larry Gus (Greek for “larynx”), who wowed us with last year’s debut LP “Years Not Living” for DFA, kindly offered us this unreleased track called “Human Migration”, another fine example of his talent. It’s precious. You can always count on quality from Larry Gus.

08. Maricopa – Everyday Mysticism

Belfast-based producer Michael Dillon has made quite a name for himself as Maricopa with a handful of quality releases and a series of EPs of pure downtempo house, perfectly sun-soaked vibes and subtly melodic soundscapes. His contribution to our compilation, an exclusive new track called “Everyday Mysticism”, is yet another gorgeous slice of downtempo heaven. Dive in.

09. André Laos – Detour (Session Victim Remix)

Session Victim, one of Germany’s finest house music acts, takes us for a slow ride with this brilliant remix of “Detour” by Gothenburg-based newcomer André Laos. Filled with smooth vibes and warm grooves, this remix is taken from André Laos’ recent debut EP “Roundabout”. You can download it for free, courtesy of Let’s Play House. Great vibes all around!

10. Psychemagik – Balearic Girl

It’s time for Psychemagik. The UK cosmic-disco of Danny McLewin and Tom Coveney delivers this superb edit “Balearic Girl”, taken from a rare Swedish hairspray advert. This edit with plenty of infectious vocal hooks and dreamy beach vibes is just prefect for your “Endless Summer” playlist. The edit of “Balearic Girl” appears on Psychemagik’s final installment of the Discotheque Wreckers series.

11. Hidden Fees – So What

Brooklyn’s Hidden Fees, the duo of Ivan Berko and Thomas Gluibizzi, recent single “So What”, featuring vocals from Ghost Exits’ Christopher Exits, is one of our favorite tracks of the year so far. We’re delighted to have it as part of this year’s Late Summer Compilation, courtesy of Tim Sweeney’s always on point Beats In Space Records. A solid jam with a timeless feel.

12. Midnight Magic – Psycho For Your Love (Midnight Magic’s 2014 Rework)

Brooklyn-based cosmic disco outfit Midnight Magic never failed to amaze us. For our new compilation, they reworked their track “Psycho For Your Love”, and turn it into a sleazy disco affair that’s quite hard to resist. You can grab a free download of Midnight Magic’s 2014 rework of “Psycho For Your Love”, exclusively on La.Ga.Sta.

13. Woolfy Vs Projections – Ask (The Smiths Cover)

California-based musicians Simon James and Dan Hastie, aka Woolfy Vs Projections, bring us a pleasant surprise, a perfectly crafted sunny cover of The Smiths’ 1986 classic “Ask” with a Balearic feel. We have already road tested this cover, and it feels so good while driving. Another exclusive track on our compilation. Can’t wait to hear the duo’s new album on Permanent Vacation.

14. COMA – Les Dilettantes (Roosevelt Mix)

This one has been on repeat on our car stereo for the past few months. Cologne’s electronic duo COMA, aka Marius Bubat and Georg Conrad, “Les Dilettantes”, taken from their superb debut LP “In Technicolor” on Kompakt, gets a disco-infused rework by fellow German producer/singer and album collaborator Marius Lauber, aka Roosevelt. Once again, Roosevelt works his magic on “Les Dilettantes”, stretching it out into a gorgeous nearly-eight-minute dancefloor heater. Loved up!

15. Miami Horror – Wild Motion (Pete Herbert Remix)

We couldn’t think of a better way to close our new “Late Summer” compilation Vol 4 than with this classy remix of “Wild Motion”, the recent single from Melbourne-via-LA electro-pop four-piece Miami Horror, by the mighty London-based Pete Herbert. What’s not to love?

Download: Late Summer Compilation Vol. 3
Download: Late Summer Compilation Vol. 2
Download: La.Ga.Sta. Summer Compilation

TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

La.Ga.Sta. Top 15 August 2014

September 15th, 2014

[Artwork: Y. Foulias]

We were quite busy working hard on our new “Late Summer” compilation Vol 4 that’s why it took us a bit longer to share with you the complete list of the top 15 most downloaded tracks of August. So, here’s your chance to revisit the most popular mpFrees from the past 30 days or so on La.Ga.Sta. As always, this is your chart. Fill it up!

Top 15 August 2014:
01. Body Language: “Good Things”
02. Bicep: “Satisfy” [John Talabot’s Alt Mix]
03. Little Jinder & Melo: “Inga E Som Vi E” [HNNY Remix]
04. Slow Hands & Tanner Ross: “All The Same” [Slow Hands Folk Wash]
05. Phoenix: “Bankrupt!” [Gesaffelstein Remix]
06. Pomo: “Only You”
07. Lindstrøm & Todd Terje: “Lanzarote” [Daniel.T. Remix]
08. Thrupence: “Don’t You Mind”
09. A.N.D.Y.: “Whitney”
10. Panama: “Stay Forever”
11. Wayward: “Speak On It”
12. Rhye: “3 Days” [Nick Monaco’s Retouch]
13. Music Go Music: “Inferno”
14. Sirma: “Trigger” [Pat Lok Remix]
15. astronomyy: “Nothin On My Mind”

Download: Top 15 July 2014

TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

LAGASTAPE: Slow Hands’ NYC – MS Road Trip

August 29th, 2014

[Artwork: Stefanos Michaelides]

Today, we’re extremely psyched to share with you La.Ga.Sta.’s new monthly mixtape series called “LAGASTAPE” tailor made for long, road trips. Once every month, a favorite artist/producer jumps in our driver’s seat, choosing a destination and playing the songs he loves to hear while driving there. “LAGASTAPE” is not your typical dance mixtape, it is a soundtrack to accompany your next road trip. The first installment of our “LAGASTAPE” mixtape series comes from our beloved New York-based producer Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands, who recently wowed us with his excellent debut “Everything (We Are)” EP for Wolf + Lamb Records. Grab your keys, and take a ride with Slow Hands’ great two-hour mixtape full of classic tunes, an imaginary road trip from NYC to the Dockery Plantation in Mississippi. What a ride!

Download here

“This is a road trip, not a terrace in Ibiza.” – Slow Hands

“After more than a decade living in NYC never having owned a vehicle, I find myself being asked by La.Ga.Sta. for a “road trip” mix. Fortunately, I have been a fan of this blog for quite some time, so I stole one half of No Regular Play’s car and drove around randomly in an effort to come up with a “road worthy” mix.

During my time driving aimlessly around the city trying to research, it dawned on me that I have never really been on an extensive road trip, not in the traditional “Ryan McGinley”/Levi’s sense anyway; flying American flags, shooting off fireworks, drinking bourbon, and meeting random rural babes that strip down and jump into a leach filled pond. I believe I have actually seen more of the rest of the world, than of my own native country. I suppose I can always retire to a giant RV, and drive around selling home made turquoise jewelry that I make in the back…the american dream!

So, having been pent up in the studio working on my album for the last few months, I decided to expend some creative energies through writing. I am going to create a road trip playlist for an imaginary “dream” road trip of mine that goes from NYC to the Dockery Plantation in Mississippi, with a little explanation of each song. Here we goooooo!

Disclaimer: If you are only partial to mixes of smoothly mixed deep-progressive-trance-hop-minimal-nu-techno then please stop here, you will just end up hating more than you probably already do. This is a road trip, not a terrace in Ibiza.”

John Wizards ~ Hogsback
This song feels like what it might sound like if packing and walking to your car in NYC made a sound. It also sounds a bit chaotic, like traffic!

Jay Z feat. Rick Ross ~ F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit
NYC (JZ) -> Mississippi (RR), c’mon!

Tame Impala ~ Why Won’t They Talk To Me?
This song never fails to get me to rock the fuck out, perfect driving song. In our imaginary drive, we would be in Southern New Jersey right now.

Talking Heads ~ Road To Nowhere
No explanation needed. Random Fact: This song was at the end of the Fred Savage movie “Little Monsters”. I really need to watch that again.

Steve Winwood ~ The Finer Things
Winwood is a Brit, but this album sounds like it could have been made in Jersey (apologies to Springsteen, “Nebraska” just didn’t fit at this moment). It was a real toss up between this and “Higher Love”, this won due to the mere fact that it has the best synth solo ever played.

Roxy Music ~ Oh Yeah!
Bryan Ferry is the coolest dude on the goddamn planet.

David Bowie ~ China Girl
This guy was my hero growing up. This song was written with Iggy Pop in Berlin in 1977. What?! If I could live only for one day on this planet, I would have wanted to be the studio engineer the day this happened, or the drug dealer at the very least.

The Knife ~ A Tooth For An Eye
Well, we would be about on the border of where the South begins at this point. Unfamiliar ground to a North Easterner such as myself. This song sounds like unfamiliar ground.

Jimi Hendrix ~ If 6 Was 9
I have only been to Virginia a couple times, and where I was…was, well…pretttttty, prettt-ty rural. This is one of my favorite Hendrix tracks, it’s so original, and I first heard it in “Easy Rider” (a life changing film for me). That scene is how I have felt when ever I have spent any time in Virginia.

Aretha Franklin ~ The Weight
While we’re on the topic of Easy Rider. This was recorded in Mississippi, and has Duane Allman on the guitar…revo-goddamn-lutionary.

Joe Cocker ~ You Can Leave Your Hat On
Time to pull into a truck stop. I am imagining some sort of cross between something out of a JT LeRoy novel, and Roadhouse. Either way, there is definitely a strip club involved, and this would have to be the song. I had wanted to use The Steve Miller Band’s “The Stake”, because if I were a stripper, that would be my song, but you can’t really deny this reigning as the supreme strip club song.

Righteous Brothers ~ Unchained Melody
I have, sadly, only been to one strip club in my life. It was called ‘Wizards’, and it was next to the 7-11 in West Philadelphia. I went on a Thursday afternoon. I don’t recommend this AT ALL! (the complimentary cold cut platter is absolutely ravaged by the strippers at this point in the afternoon ). So, my strip club experience is left mostly to imagination, but I always thought this would be a hilarious song for a stripper to dance to. Also, we brought up Roadhouse before, and Patrick Swayze was in Roadhouse, and this song was in “Ghost”. Boom!

UB40 ~ Red Wine
There must be a truck stop stripper somewhere in Virginia named Red Wine, don’t you think?

Steely Dan ~ Peg
Alright! Let’s class this shit up already! Get the hell out of the strip club and move along. We’re feeling good. What goes with feeling good? Yacht rock, duhh. The bass line in this song is amazing. I had wanted to use Deacon Blues because of the “die behind the wheel” lyrics, but this song is just so awesome. Random Fact: The guitar player for The Doobie Bros and Steely Dan is this guy Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, read his wikipedia page. It is a new goal of mine to consult for the military.

The Steve Miller Band ~ The Joker
Since we look too damn cool blasting Steely Dan, let’s get slapped with some classic rock road trip necessities. But not TOTALLY obvious necessities, like certain Tom Cochran songs. Just because classic rock stations play it doesn’t make it classic rock. That shit came out in the 90s. You know the song I am talking about.

Led Zeppelin ~ Over The Hills And Far Away
Needs no explanation, solid rad.

Little Feat ~ Dixie Chicken
Lowell George is a god.

Tennis ~ Dimming Light
The sun’s going down. Some new stuff thrown in, this band is great!

The Allman Brothers ~ Little Martha
One of the most beautiful songs ever written. If you don’t know what to do during the next 4 songs, you probably shouldn’t be reading this to begin with (I just hope your with someone more suitable than “Red Wine”).

The Beatles ~ Something
If memory serves me correctly, I lost my virginity to this song or maybe it was “Bell Bottom Blues” or both.

Stephen Stills ~ Love The One You’re With
Sometimes you’ve just got to settle.

Eric Clapton ~ Easy Now
If you are in high school, and trying to seal the deal with your lady, and reading this for some strange reason, then take my advice, play Clapton. I don’t know what deep seeded Freudian science causes this, but even if a girl thinks “Wonderful Tonight” is cheesy, there is still something to it…perhaps from the countless times they danced to it at middle school sock hops.

Walls Of Jericho ~ A Day And A Thousand Years
WAKE UP!!! Can’t fall asleep on the road.

Kanye West ~ I’m In It
If I were to go go down in a blaze of glory, for instance; at the end of a bank robbery, being chased by the cops on the edge of the grand canyon (Heat meets ‘Thelma & Louise’ style), as I drove off the cliff in a ball of fire shooting my tommy gun back at the police, this is the song I would want playing.

Django Reinhardt ~ Django’s Tiger
Playing this dude’s music is the only thing that got me into music school, and rescued me from a life spent pumping gas. So I owe him a lot. Epic song title.

Joe Pass ~ Oleo
I love that you can hear the humanness of Pass in this recording or perhaps the in-humanness. It’s sick how good a guitar player this guy was.

Nat King Cole ~ L-O-V-E
Route 66 would have been the obvious choice, but I like to sing this one, and sing-alongs are vital to road trips.

Father John Misty ~ Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
I know very little about the area we would be in at this point of the road trip, so we are just going to listen to awesome tunes to pass the time. I have seen this dude twice in the last 6 months, he is stupidly talented.

Joe Purdy ~ Outlaws
Fuck me, the lyrics to this are so good.

Ray Lamontagne ~ Narrow Escape
After I am finished with my album, I am focusing %100 of my energy on writing murder ballads. This is one of my favorite more recent ones.

Townes Van Zandt ~ Flyin’ Shoes
One of my favorites. If you haven’t seen “Be Here To Love Me”, then go back in time, start a West Coast Video account and rent that shit!

Arcade Fire ~ Afterlife
This album is pretty great, this song is my favorite. Lyrically it seems a bit depressing, but it feels up-lifting.

Vampire Weekend ~ Worship You
We made it! Pay homage to the God’s that once treaded this sacred ground.

Howlin Wolf ~ Wang Dang Doodle
Like this guy!

Slow Hands’ “Everything (We Are)” EP is out now on vinyl via Wolf + Lamb Records, while the digital version will arrive on September 15th. Pick up your 12” here.

mpFree: Slow Hands & Tanner Ross: “All The Same” [Slow Hands Folk Wash]

TAGS: , , , ,