Ice Island: “The General”

DATE:
July 2nd, 2020
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Say hello to Ice Island, the project of Steven Hawley, previously the brainchild/frontman of indie dance ensemble, Codebreaker. After working with artists from The Juan Maclean, Miami Horror to Kathy Diamond & The Outrunners, Codebreaker ultimately disbanded in 2013. Going off the grid to focus on business endeavors and personal growth, Hawley quietly worked on new material honing a fresh inspiration and sound.

After debuted last year with “Enemies”, a collaborative tune with Tonebox, Ice Island just dropped his debut single “The General” and it’s a great one! It’s a big, warm, catchy tune with toughness and vulnerability. A new sound that still manages to hit with familiar, cinematic-like adventure. The single comes backed with an extended mix, a tasteful slice for extended disco enjoyment, and a superb remix by Los Angeles-based producer Woolfy. Enjoy the ride.

The single “The General” is out now. Buy it here.

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Turning Tides: “Giving Me Everything” (feat. Woolfy)

DATE:
December 12th, 2016
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Let us introduce you to Turning Tides, the new collaborative project from Swiss producer/DJ Alex Storrer, aka Lexx, and his long-time partner in crime, bass player Reto “Fu” Gaffuri. The pair have contributed two well-crafted tracks to Zurich’s label Phantom Island upcoming “Uncommon Species” EP. Here, we have Turning Tides’ track “Giving Me Everything”, a beauty of a tune with the sultry vocals from LA-based singer and producer Simon James, aka Woolfy, as well as the keyboard playing by his long-standing companion Dan Hastie, aka Projections.

The “Uncommon Species” EP also features Turning Tides’ smooth tune “Lullaby”, a new track from Florin Büchel, aka CCO, and Kejeblos’ remix of “Vol Direk” by Volt-Face, originally released in 1990. The four-tracker will arrive on January 30th via Phantom Island.

Pre-order your 12” here.

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Lexx: “Turning Tides”
Woolfy Vs. Projections: “Josephine” (Chris Rea Cover)

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La.Ga.Sta. Late Summer Compilation Vol. 5

DATE:
September 18th, 2015
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[Artwork: Stefanos Michaelides]

Yeah, it’s that time of the year when we love to pretend that summer never ends with our annual “Late Summer” compilation. The fifth edition is finally here, featuring 16 tracks from some of our favorite artists and talented newcomers. Brimming with the warmth of those long summer days and sun-kissed vibes of our own road trips, the “Late Summer” compilation Vol.5 takes you on a journey through the most carefree season of the year. While at the same time, we’re trying to bring you a selection of different sounds and different flavors that will soundtrack your blissful car rides and fuel you with a never-ending summer feeling wherever you are. Let’s make it a summer to remember.

As usual, this year’s “Late Summer” compilation features lots of exclusive tunes, including previously unreleased tracks, as well as much-loved gems 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 for making it happen. Stream and download the whole thing below. Ride with us.

DOWNLOAD: La.Ga.Sta.’s Late Summer Compilation Vol. 5 here for the price of an email.

Tracklist:

01. HNNY – Solsidan

What a better way to open our new compilation than with one of our favorite tunes of the year so far from Swedish house producer Johan Cederberg, aka HNNY. Effortlessly smooth and mellow, “Solsidan” is an absolute gem of a tune filled with looped-up vocals and sun-kissed summertime grooves. Taken from his second “Solsidan/Alby” EP for the ever-impressive New York-based label Let’s Play House, it’s now yours for absolutely free.

02. Andras & Oscar – Looking Back (Tornado Wallace Dub)

What a tune! This one feels like an absolute Melbourne affair and it has been on repeat mode all summer. We’re so excited to feature on our compilation a sublime track that finds two of Melbourne’s finest house names come together. Tornado Wallace delivers a perfectly crafted dub version of András & Oscar‘s “Café Romantica” standout “Looking Back”. Exclusive free download, courtesy of Amsterdam imprint Dopeness Galore and Australian label Chapter Music.

03. Woolfy Vs. Projections – Josephine

Woolfy Vs. Projections, the duo of California-based musicians Simon “Woolfy” James and Dan Hastie, have soundtracked many of our rides with their superb cover of The Smiths’ classic “Ask”, which was featured on last year’s compilation. Fresh off the release of their third album “Stations” on Permanent Vacation, it feels so good to have them on board once again. This time with a stunning, sun-drenched cover of Chris Rea’s “Josephine” filled with cosmic disco goodness. Specially made for our compilation Vol.5.

04. Du Tonc – Rise (Mighty Mouse’s Discolife Dub)

Good things comes for those who wait. London’s disco maestro Mighty Mouse revisits the track “Rise” by everyone’s favorite Du Tonc, his collaborative project with Sydney’s Matt Van Schie (of Van She fame), for a special “Discolife” dub version. In true Mighty Mouse fashion, this groove-filled tune will light up any dancefloor. His first ever remix on a Du Tonc track is now yours for free. Rise up!

05. The Juan MacLean – Here I Am (Octo Octa Remix)

It always feels good driving around with The Juan MacLean, the duo of John MacLean and Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem fame). Even better, with a new remix for their track “Here I Am”, taken from last year’s “In A Dream” LP, which also comes as an exclusive free download courtesy of DFA Records. Brooklyn-based house producer Octo Octa has transformed “Here I Am” into an epic, slow burner. It clocks in at nearly eight minutes, and we can’t get enough of it.

06. Lauer – Oramorph

Frankfurt-based producer and Tuff City Kids member Lauer is someone we’ve been following for a long time. After dropping “Borndom”, one of our favorite records of the year, the prolific producer offers us a slow ride with his elegant track “Oramorph”, specially made for our compilation. With its atmospheric melodies and dreamy synths, the track takes us deeper into the universe of Lauer. Expect nothing but quality.

07. Daniel.T. – Boy

Let’s take a late summer drive down the Pacific Coast Highway with Los Angeles-based producer/DJ and avid vinyl collector Daniel.T., also known as one half of Cosmic Kids. His instrumental cover version of Book of Love’s “Boy” is yet another fine example of his colorful sound. The track was featured as a digital bonus track on his excellent debut mini-LP “Tetrachromat” on Young Adults. West coast vibes all round.

08. Ольга Чиповская – Сафари (This Soft Machine Edit)

Tim Sullivan, what a guy! Having already impressed us with his recent debut “On & On”/”This Place Was Meant For Me” EP on Eskimo Recordings, Australian producer/DJ has contributed to our compilation his first ever edit under his This Soft Machine moniker. As expected, This Soft Machine delivers the goods, a killer rework of Olga Chipovskaya’s ’80s electro track “Safari” with infectious grooves for your next exercises on the dancefloor!

09. Cameo Culture – Told You So

Colorful chill-out grooves, lush horns, and tropical-tinged percussions. Brooklyn-based producer/DJ Dave Robertson, better known as Cameo Culture, brings some serious summer vibes with his track “Told You So”, our favorite cut from his recent debut album “Burning Bright” on Wolf + Lamb Records. A perfect tune for your next sunset ride.

10. NO ZU – Ui Yia Uia (Bonus Beat with Maria Minerva)

More heat beat goodness coming to you direct from NO ZU. While their new single “Ui Yia Uia”, a slow boogie groover, is getting plenty of spins, the Melbourne heat beat collective delivers a “bonus beat” version of the track, specially made for our compilation. It’s an infectious clarinet and sax-filled jam that features vocals from Los Angeles-based musician Maria Minerva. “Ui Yia Uia” is the first taste from NO ZU’s forthcoming new album “Afterlife”, which is expected to arrive early next year via Chapter Music.

11. In Flagranti – As Fast As I Can

Get your fill of sleazy vintage disco with “As Fast As I Can”, a classy tune from In Flagranti, our beloved Swiss duo of Sasha Crnobrnja and Alex Gloor. Released earlier this year via their own Codek imprint, this track is exactly what you’d expect from In Flagranti and arguably one of the pair’s finest tunes we’ve heard in a while.

12. Ben Browning – Friends Of Mine (Cooper Saver Remix)

We’re big fans of Cut Copy’s bassist Ben Browning, so we’re delighted to include on our compilation a previously unreleased remix of “Friends Of Mine”. Taken from his recent debut album “Turns”, the track gets the remix treatment by LA producer/DJ Cooper Saver, the man behind the Far Away parties and mixtape series. He infuses “Friends Of Mine” with an extra dose of synths, delivering a deliciously summertime jam. What’s not to love?

13. Knightlife – Haus Angeles

Absolute fire from Melbourne-based producer and Cutters Records’ very own Mike Gamwell, aka Knightlife. For our compilation, Knightlife has reworked The B Boys’ ’80s classic “Rock The House”, turning it into a house floor-filler. Inspired by the L.A. leg of the last tour he did with Cut Copy, the “Haus Angeles” edit is a banger of a tune. Play it loud!

14. McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (Klaves Edit)

Get into the groove with this exclusive disco edit from Polish wunderkind Mikolaj Gramowski, better known as Klaves, who last graced us with his killer double-A-side single “People” b/w “Oh No” on PMR Beat Club. The multi-talented producer works his magic on McFadden & Whitehead’s classic “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”, delivering a dancefloor-ready edit full of infectious grooves.

15. Navid Izadi – Messin (feat. Angelica Bess from Body Language)

Multi-talented San Francisco-based artist Navid Izadi brings some serious heat with his newest track “Messin”. Channeling the vibes of uplifting, ’80s Latin freestyle, Navid Izadi delivers an addictive club tune featuring vocals from Body Language’s Angelica Bess. With its lush synth pads, housey piano keys and soulful boy/girl vocals, “Messin” is just about as infectious as it gets. Exclusive free download, courtesy of Wolf + Lamb Records.

16. Homework – Yakushima Dreams

Filled with mellow grooves and gentle piano stabs, “Yakushima Dreams” finds Homework, the dynamic Amsterdam-based duo of Tom Waist and Zip Stolk, capturing the sun-drenched warmth of summertime deep house. Taken from their recent “Palindrome 1” EP on Let’s Play House white-label series, “Yakushima Dreams” is a farewell letter to the end of the summer.

Gasback:
Download: Late Summer Compilation Vol. 4
Download: Late Summer Compilation Vol. 3
Download: Late Summer Compilation Vol. 2
Download: La.Ga.Sta. Summer Compilation

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Woolfy Vs. Projections: “Combination”

DATE:
July 3rd, 2015
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While the blissful tune “Jakie”, a foretaste from Woolfy Vs. Projections’ upcoming third album “Stations”, is still on repeat mode on our car stereo, the duo of California-based musicians Simon “Woolfy” James and Dan Hastie have just shared the record’s fist single “Combination”. It’s a spaced-out cosmic house jam that gives us yet another reason to get excited about “Stations”. The 10-track record, which completes a trilogy that started with their two previous albums 2008’s “The Astral Projections Of Starlight” and 2012’s “The Return Of Love”, is said to be a “psychedelic folk album through modern day disco aesthetic.” The album “Stations” will drop on August 21 via Permanent Vacation.

The single “Combination”, which includes a fine remix by Permanent Vacation’s co-founder Benjamin Fröhlich, is out now. Get it here.

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Woolfy Vs Projections: “Ask” [The Smiths Cover]

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Sunday #212

DATE:
December 14th, 2014
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SUNDAY SERVICE
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A track for Sunday: Let’s take a ride with California’s Woolfy Vs Projections, the duo of Simon James (aka Woolfy) and Dan Hastie, superb, Balearic-flavored cover of The Smiths’ 1986 classic “Ask”, as part of La.Ga.Sta.’s latest free compilation. Enjoy the ride.

Download here

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

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

DATE:
September 15th, 2014
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[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 for the price of an email.

Tracklist:

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?

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

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Silver Hands: “Skulls (Mike Simonetti Remix)”

DATE:
June 30th, 2014
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Silver Hands, the San Francisco/Los Angeles-based electronic duo comprised of Drew Marcogliese and Liz Wight, are ready to drop their debut EP called “Skulls”, which marks the first release for San Francisco’s party-turned-label Push The Feeling. Here, we have for you a classy remix of Silver Hands’ “Skulls” by New Jersey-based producer/DJ and Italians Do It Better label boss Mike Simonetti, who transforms their track into a thing of pure beauty. You can now grab this remix for free below. Sit back and enjoy the slow ride.

The “Skulls” EP, which also features some rather fine remixes by the likes of Woolfy, Chautauqua, and Drew Marcogliese under his solo project Yr Skull, comes out on July 1st via Push The Feeling. Stream the whole thing here and pre-order your 12” here.

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El_Txef_A: “The Love We Lost” (feat. Woolfy)

DATE:
April 17th, 2014
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NEW MUSIC
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Hailing from the Basque country, Aitor Etxebarria has made a name for himself as El_Txef_A with releases on Permanent Vacation, Suol and Pets Recordings. After a long wait, the talented producer returns with his new album “We Walked Home Together”, the follow up to 2012’s superb debut LP “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room”, which will arrive on May 26th via his own imprint, Fiakun.

Today, we’re treated to the record’s first single, the dreamlike “The Love We Lost”, which finds El_Txef_A once again teaming up with Los Angeles-based producer Simon James, aka Woolfy. This is a truly piece of beauty.

El_Txef_A’s “The Love We Lost” will drop on April 21 via Fiakun. The limited 10″ vinyl will include a never-before-heard track called “Somewhere In A Small Town” by El_Txef_A Band. You can pre-order your copy here.

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Woolfy: “City Lights”

DATE:
March 18th, 2014
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NEW MUSIC
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The last time we heard Simon James operating under his Woolfy alias was last year when the Los Angeles-based producer dropped his great track “Junior’s Throwin Craze” on Public Release. Now, Woolfy, who is also part of Californian duo Woolfy Vs. Projections, makes a welcome with his new solo EP, entitled “City Lights”, which marks his debut release on the mighty Future Classic.

Here, we have the EPs title track, a slow jam driven by marimba sounds and Woolfy’s raw vocals that manages to keeps things loose and carefree. After just a few listens, “City Lights” feels like a perfect summer tune that’ll be stuck in your head for days.

Woolfy’s four-track EP “City Lights”, which features another original track “17” and two remixes by Melbourne’s Francis Inferno Orchestra and LA’s production duo Split Secs, will be available digitally on March 31. You can pick up your 10” here. More great things are on the way. Woolfy Vs. Projections’ new album will drop later this summer via Permanent Vacation.

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Woolfy: “Junior’s Throwin Craze” Video

DATE:
April 5th, 2013
CATEGORIES:
NEW MUSIC
REACTIONS: 1

California producer Simon James, aka Woolfy, recently dropped his new single “Junior’s Throwin Craze” for Eug’s label, Public Release and it’s playful and funky in all the right ways. This late-night jam now gets a great video, which features Peel P50, the world’s smallest city car.

“Junior’s Throwin Craze” is out now, backed with remixes by Eric Duncan, aka Dr Dunks, Jacques Renault and Being Borings, aka Kenji Takimi & Tomoki Kanda. Get it here.

Directed by David Perez, aka Shadi.

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