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Alex Harrington

I have curated a mix this month that should prime you for the upcoming summer season!

I wanted to turn up the heat and bring you tracks that can get anyone moving. I took some inspiration from the deeper side of dance, so this playlist can take you from the pool to the club—and back!

I recently decided to retire All Night Shoes and perform under my “real” name, and with that, my style has evolved as well. In any case, you may hear some familiar sounds here—maybe you can pick them out!

I hope you enjoy this exclusive mix. Enjoy these pre-hot season sounds!

  • Redlight, “Gold Teeth” (TRU Concept Remix)
  • Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” (Chris Lake Edit)
  • Breach, “Let’s Get Hot”
  • Anna Lunoe, “Breathe” (Cosmo’s Midnight Remix)
  • Galantis, “Runaway (U & I)” (East and Young Remix)
  • Tough Love, “So Freakin’ Tight”
  • Kolombo, “Ur the Finest”
  • SNBRN featuring Kaleena Zanders, “California” (Chris Lake and Matroda Remix)
  • Kaskade, “Never Sleep Alone”
  • Bee's Knees featuring Marty Rod, “Rumored to Be Real”
  • Breach, “Jack” (Alex Harrington Remix)

This month, I am bringing you my “New Palm Springs: Vol. 2” mix—part two of a four-part series.

The goal of each mix is to reflect the valley in which we live (or the place you love to visit, if you don’t live here). The Coachella Valley has a unique collection of different cultures that come together and commingle.

As a musician and DJ, I want to create experiences that evoke emotion. This second mix builds on that ideal—I want to give you soundtracks you can keep in your pocket, so to speak. In it, I’ve included my latest remix, “One in Three,” from Name One and Maxxi Soundsystem.

This mix features a deeper, sexier collection of tracks. I wanted this mix to reflect the nightlife in our valley—but from a different angle. Think of it as offering a poolside meets nightclub vibe.

Not everyone follows a crowd; some people want to experience the unfamiliar and expand their usual listening habits. The music I find is from all over the world—including a lot of music made right here in the Palm Springs area. I love finding a balance between local inspiration and international inspiration.

Enjoy this month’s mix below!

  • Moon Boots, “Bills to Pay”
  • Rose, “No Good” (Toniia and Santiago Remix)
  • Tove Lo, “Not on Drugs” (The Knocks Remix)
  • Name One and Maxxi Soundsystem, “One in Three” (All Night Shoes Remix)
  • Disciples, “They Don’t Know”
  • Joshua Heath, “Just Funk Me Already”
  • TRU Concept vs. Beverley Knight, “Keep the Fire Burning”
  • Fabienne, “Sunstroke” (Endor Remix)
  • Me and My Toothbrush, “Show Me”
  • Redlight x Tinashe, “Pretend”
  • T. Williams and MJ Cole, “Privilege”
  • Full Crate, “Hurt Your Back”

FRESH Sessions this month features a fantastic guest artist: Orange County-based tastemaker Death House of Love, aka Reid Horton.

Reid is not only a DJ; he also plays in a band called VIBES.

I had a chance to ask him a few questions about his own tastes in music, and what kind of sounds come to mind when he thinks of the Coachella Valley.

Learn more at www.facebook.com/deathhouseoflove and soundcloud.com/deathhouseoflove, and scroll down to play this month's mix!

How would you describe your sound? What resources do you use to obtain your tracks?

My “sound” is somewhere between disco, Chicago house and indie rock. I grew up listening to fusion jazz greats like Chick Corea, John McLoughlin and Jaco Pastorius. My sound has evolved from more of a rock/jazz/blues background, and I played in punk-rock bands growing up. I’m not a huge fan of labels, so if you like to groove, I think you’ll like my music.

As far as finding new music, I used to write a blog called “Reid’s Wild World,” and thankfully still have a lot of connections from that. I am also on SoundCloud every day, looking for new music. No sleep for the groovy.

How long have you been playing music?

I’ve been playing music since I was 12 years old. I was really into Bad Religion at the time. I asked my mom for a guitar and instantly fell in love with the creative process of music. I’ve played in bands since I was 15, and have always loved the idea of playing live music for people, which is why I think DJing came so quickly to me. I used to make mix tapes (on actual cassettes), ever since I was in middle school, and I saw DJing as natural extension of my own creativity. I am also a member of a band called VIBES. Being able to play “disco” music live is such an incredible feeling, and lets me get my “live music itch” scratched

What record/track is currently inspiring you?

I am really digging the new Cherokee EP (Teenage Fantasy) that was just released on Roche Musique. It’s really atmospheric and layered, with a strong sense of pop delivery—a nice divergence from the pack of straightforward indie/disco/dance. As far as songs I’m playing in my sets, “Number 1 Gurrrl” by Wax Motif is a dance-floor burner that I love throwing on, as well as my dude and fellow VIBES member Templeton’s new tune, “Better Represent.” On a personal note, our new VIBES material is coming really well, and I think it’s easily the best music we’ve written.

When you think of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, what kind of sound/genre of music would you select for a weekend drive?

I envision the long, burning orange sunsets and the way the temperature changes at that time of the day to create an energy shift that is hard to feel anywhere else in the world. I really enjoy the open, creative and slightly-off-center viewpoint that comes along with traveling (or living) in the valley, and I am always partial to a weekend out of Orange County. As far as a soundtrack, I think the new Cherokee EP I mentioned earlier would be perfect, or something along the lines of Classixx album, Hanging Gardens, which I think is easily one of the best records in the last 10 years.

The track list:

  • Casino Gold, “1981”
  • MNEK, “The Rhythm” (Tontario remix)
  • Matvey Emerson featuring Gosha, “All I Want Is You”
  • Years and Years, “Desire” (Rainer and Grimm Remix)
  • Jerry Folk featuring BB Diamond, “So Long”
  • Wax Motif, “Number 1 Gurrrl”
  • Tom Bull, “Not Like Me”
  • Mocki, “Weekend”
  • Wild Cub, “Thunder Clatter” (Bit Funk Remix)
  • Durante, “Full Moon”
  • Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, “Problem” (TKDJs Remix)
  • Mariah Carey, “Emotions” (Christofi remix)
  • Bakermat, “Teach Me” (MK Remix) 

On Friday, Feb. 13, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will host an event featuring fashion and music—with a local twist.

The Seven|Six Trade Show is now in its fourth year; last year’s show was held at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs. The Seven|Six is the brainchild of Coachella Valley local Omar Czar. Full disclosure: I am involved with the Seven|Six Trade Show—and I can assure you that Czar is a “jack of all trades” when it comes to throwing these types of events. He handles everything from booking the musical acts, to bringing in vendors for the show.

For the upcoming show, Omar is looking to bring in more than 50 fashion brands. The Seven|Six is open to any brand that has a seasonal line and a website. These loose rules make it easier for smaller and/or lesser-known brands to get their products exposed to a larger audience.

The first half of the show is open exclusively to scouts from larger retailers.

“We’re making brands available that (weren’t previously) available to locals,” Czar said.

He added that one of their main goals of the show is to encourage local companies to push for more exposure. While many of the participating vendors come from Los Angeles, he wants local designers to take advantage of the opportunity.

“I do it for the locals,” he said. “The local people are our main supporters.”

The Seven|Six also features musical acts at each event. This show will feature hip-hop artist Azizi Gibson, an artist on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. Several DJs will be playing, including All Night Shoes (that’s me!) and Seven|Six collaborator Oscar Smith IV, aka Captain OSIV.

With a local focus and international state of mind, the Seven|Six has something for everyone at every event. Also: Keep an eye out for a Seven|Six retail location, coming soon to the valley.

The Seven|Six Trade Show will take place from noon to midnight, Friday, Feb. 13, at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, located at 150 S. Indian Canyon Drive. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thesevensixx.

This month, I’m launching a new mix series, called “New Palm Springs.”

Each mix will include tracks that I feel reflect our valley. I have always been inspired by my environment. I like cooler, chilled-out tracks for (our rare) rainy days. I like upbeat ones for sunny days.

Living in the Coachella Valley inspires me on different levels. While we are definitely a Southern California community, we also reflect diversity. Here, you can find people from all over the world, and everyone has a story. This can especially be illustrated by the artists who are attracted to this area.

I hope that, with this mix series, I can share my view of the valley and how it inspires me to create. Enjoy the mix by scrolling down and pressing play!

  • Michael McLardy, “You Feel” (DJ Le Roi Remix)
  • Johnny Bravo and Polina Griffith, “Holding Us” (Chris Rockz Dub)
  • Boris Dlugosch featuring Roisin Murphy, “Never Enough” (Jesse Rose Remix)
  • Lovebirds, “This Feeling” (Original Mix)
  • Years and Years, “Desire” (Rainer + Grimm Remix)
  • Adam K and Soha, “Lost In Orbit”
  • Bloc Party, “Truth” (Digitalism Remix)
  • Lapsley, “Falling Short” (JackLNDN Remix)
  • Aaliyah, “Rock the Boat” (Invoker Remix)
  • Carl Cox, “Keepee Uppee”
  • Branded James, “Balboa”
  • All Night Shoes, “Breakaway”
  • Templeton, “Better Represent”
  • Tennishero featuring Chelonis R. Jones, “Alone”

It’s 2015! This month, I have put together a mix featuring artists you’ll most likely be hearing from this year.

Coachella is just around the corner, and you may notice a lot of “electronic” acts that you have not heard before when the lineup is announced. I think Gorgon City—which played on the Do Lab stage at Coachella 2014—will be huge this year; keep an ear out for them.

This month’s mix also features tracks from producer Ben Macklin, an artist I have really taken to recently. His music features lots of bass and tropical vibes featuring synths as well as pianos. It’s perfect for an enjoyable winter day in the desert.

The term “EDM” (electronic dance music) has spread like fire and has been used to describe myriad musical stylings. It’s much like the idea of “rock” music: Multiple genres reside underneath a blanket term. I challenge you to take a closer look at the genres that dance music offers. If you are new to this style of music, use this mix as a primer for a new year of discovery.

Listen below. Enjoy!

  • Ben Macklin, “It’s Over” (Original Mix)
  • Overjoy featuring Lex Famous, “Monstrous” (Colour Vision Remix)
  • Deep Sound Express featuring Raha, “After Rain” (Ben Macklin Remix)
  • JackLNDN, “And What”
  • Cazzette, “Sleepless” (Hotel Garuda and Thero Remix)
  • JesusdaPnK, “Ain’t No Game” (Colour Vision Remix)
  • Just Kiddin, “Thinking About It” (All Night Shoes Remix)
  • Tensnake, “No Relief”
  • Dusky, “Yoohoo” (Original Mix)
  • Freya, “2 Mouths, 1 Love”
  • Gorgon City, “Imagination”
  • Russ Chimes, “Baiona” (Original Mix)

Dance, dance, dance!

I wanted to make this month’s mix something fun and inviting. Over time, anybody can collect a plethora of tracks—and as a DJ, that’s amplified. I’ve recently been listening to a lot of tracks that I haven’t played in a while, and it’s nice to look back on tracks that inspired me. After collecting a few “classic” remixes, I decided to make this mix for you. It’s perfect for listening by the pool or by the fire. I hope you enjoy this holiday FRESH mix!

By the way, my latest release, Pressure, is available now for free download via my SoundCloud page. Enjoy this month’s FRESH mix below!

  • Penguin Prison, “Hang on to Your Love” (Sade Cover)
  • Kill Me Softly featuring Jane Elizabeth Hanley, “Catch” (Ben Macklin Remix)
  • Allure, “Why”
  • George Maple, “Talk Talk” (JackLNDN Remix)
  • Prizm x Fergie, “Glamorous”
  • Kastle x Amtrac, “Hyperspace”
  • Russ Chimes, “Baiona”
  • Water Face, “Gotta Get Close”
  • Alesso featuring Tove Lo, “Heroes” (Amtrac Remix)
  • Mystery Skulls, “Paralyzed” (Aeroplane Remix)
  • Ben Macklin, “DARE”
  • Fleetwood Mac, “Dreams” (D.V.S Remix)
  • Mike Posner, “Cooler Than Me” (Eau Claire Remix)
  • Odesza, “Sun Models” (Elkoe Remix)
  • Moodblanc, “Make Love” (Ben Macklin Remix)
  • All Night Shoes featuring Giorg Tierez, “Pressure”

This month, we’re celebrating one year of “FRESH Sessions,” and I have to thank all of you who have tuned in since the start. When I began writing this column, I wanted to share my love of electronic music with the valley. As the months have gone on, I have evolved as a DJ—and, of course, my sound has evolved as well.

I love the feeling dance music and house music give me. You can dance, be free, shake about—and when you look around, everyone in the room is doing the same thing. There are no pretentious attitudes and no negative judgments—just “good vibes,” as I like to say.

This column has evolved from simple words with a mix to live shows. This month, we will be celebrating at the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10 p.m. This will be a free event and will feature DJ sets from DJ Day, COLOUR VISION and myself.

Thank you all. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. Here’s to another year!

  • Jessie Andrews featuring Comets We Fall, “You Won’t Forget Tonight”
  • Me and My Toothbrush, “Sundown” (Croatia Squad Remix)
  • Endor, “Wiggle”
  • Moon Boots featuring Kyiki, “Don’t Ask Why” (Vanilla Ace and Barber Remix)
  • Gorgon City featuring Clean Bandit, “Intentions” (Club Mix)
  • Oliver, “Fast Forward”
  • TRU Concept and Endor featuring Romany, “Intentions”
  • Basement Jaxx, “What’s the News”
  • Ruffneck featuring Yavahn, “Everybody Be Somebody” (Lucas and Steve Remix)
  • The Voyagers featuring Haris, “A Lot Like Love” (Oliver Heldens Edit)
  • Alex Metric featuring Stefan Storm, “Heart Weighs a Ton”
  • Basement Jaxx, “Never Say Never” (Louis La Roche Remix)
  • Duck Sauce featuring Teddy Toothpick, “Everyone”
  • Adam F and Cory Enemy, “When It Comes to You,” featuring Dizzee Rascal and Margot (Vindata Remix)

This month, I have decided to make a mix featuring some of my favorite tracks at the moment.

While keeping my usual deep-house sound, I’ve developed a playlist that represents my favorite “vibes.” I love getting lost in a song—and the great thing about being a DJ is you get to do that over and over again, while sharing that feeling with those around you.

Come experience this feeling with me! The Independent is sponsoring—along with my new label, Fresh Session Records—FRESH Sessions Live at 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, in Palm Desert. This show will feature CoffeeBlvckk, Synthetix and myself! There’s no cover; 21 and older only, please. We’re hoping this is just the first in a series of events like this, so come out, and enjoy the night with us!

Follow me at Facebook.com/ansofficial for more shows in September—and enjoy the September FRESH Sessions mix below.

  • 4AM, “High and Low”
  • Beyoncé, “Work It Out” (Color K. Remix)
  • One Bit, “Limitless” (Hostage Remix)
  • Quinten 909 and Donagrandi, “Dress 2 Impress”
  • Figgy, “The Truth”
  • Billion, “Special” featuring Maxine Ashley
  • Zeds Dead, “Lost You” (featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy)
  • Michael Calfan, “Prelude”
  • Zhu, “Faded” (Amtrac Remix)
  • Shift K3y, “Touch”

It’s time for August’s FRESH Sessions, the 11th installment in this series!

I’d like to again thank JF//Discord for his guest FRESH Sessions mix last month. While I love offering people some of the best known and unknown current dance music, I also love sharing the work of other DJs.

In the minds of some, there’s a stigma associated with modern DJing. Many see us as mere “party people” who like to play as loud and as fast as possible. This is not true. Yes, we all like to “get down”—but not in the same way.

For example, I appreciate some theatrics in a DJ set. Creating different sounds with someone else’s work is exciting. This month, I try to do just that, with the final installment in my “Poolside Sounds” mix series. I’ve captured a deeper, sexier sound with this mix. I hope you all enjoy.

Meanwhile, catch me at the follow shows this month:

  • Friday, Aug. 1: Toucans “Mischief/Jungle Jam" (Palm Springs Animal Shelter Benefit)
  • Friday, Aug. 15: Toucans “Mischief”
  • Saturday, Aug. 23: The Curve, “Burning BDay Bash III”

I’ll be adding more dates. Follow me on Facebook and on Twitter/Instagram at @allnightshoes!

  • Disclosure featuring Sam Smith, “Latch” (starRo Remix)
  • Gorgon City featuring MNEK, “Ready for Your Love”
  • Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing” (Nine Lives Rework)
  • Gero featuring Kullai Timi, “Turn Around” (Satin Jackets Remix)
  • Zedd featuring Foxes, “Find You” (Simo Remix)
  • EDX, “Breathin’” (Extended Vocal Mix)
  • Cyril Hahn featuring Shy Girls, “Perfect Form”
  • Endor and Midnight City featuring Romany, “Be With Me”
  • Usher, “Yeah” (Knightley Bootleg)
  • TrAmHed, “Circles in My Mind” (Joey Negro Club Mix)
  • Starsmith, “Now I Feel Good” (Club Edit)
  • Kiesza, “Hideaway” (Dom Dolla Remix)
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