Curated by Claude VonStroke, Dirtybird’s BBQ Compilation (scheduled for release at the end of this month) sets the tone for spring and the start of BBQ party season with a collection of 11 unreleased tracks from both new and veteran Dirtybird team members.
Justin Martin leads the compilation with “Buggin,” and as we’ve come to expect, it features prominent drums that break any four to the floor expectations for dance music juxtapozed with a giant sub-bass. The combination of the two leaves us with a track as goofy as it is bouncy.
Other memorable names from the comp include Shiba San’s “Okay,” a pure dance track with a rolling, descending, and undeniably bouncy bassline. This one’s been rinsed out by all the veteran Dirtybird members, making a huge impact on the festival circuit these past few months. You may recognize SecondCity and Tyler Rowe’s track “I Enter” for the same reason—if you haven’t heard it, expect dark, dancehall vibes infused in the classic hip-hop Dirtybird groove.
Young gun Justin Jay’s “Le Voyou” stands out as well, featuring perhaps the most hip-hop inspired section of the compilation. Jay always keeps his sample work fresh, molding unusual melodies with straightforward basslines and drum patterns.
Christian Martin holds the title of most accurate song title with “Martian Landing.” The euphoric synth line builds to a spacey climax that bounces from synth to bass to texture with ease, leaving the listener feeling like they’re entering a dance tent hosted by Curiosity on the surface of Mars.
All 11 tracks on the record hold up to the standard of excellence in groove Dirtybird has set over the past few years. It’s certainly tempting to try and get a hold of them now, but you’ll have to wait until the Feb. 25th release date to move to these at your next BBQ.
Preview the tracks here: