The Dankles first and foremost is a site where you can not only find music, videos, interviews, and event info on the freshest musical artists out there today, but is also dedicated to spotlighting up and coming talent that we feel deserve a shout. Every Friday, we will be delivering our Fresh Pickn’s of the week with hopes that this start can help you spread your name. So please, if you, your friends, your neighbor, your local dealer, or your 7th grade Science teacher has any music they’ve created that you think we should put on the site; then please feel free to get at us via Facebook, Twitter, or email (thedanklesblog@gmail.com) with your track(s) and links to your social media page(s) along with photo so we can give you a shout!

Douster

Douster is probably the freshest thing out of Lyon, France at the moment, laying down hammers and killing international dancehalls.  With an eclectic background of influences from hip-hop to 50’s R&B, this talented producer has something special.  Though I personally have never seen him live, I’ve heard he has a mystical way of reading crowds, taking control, and guaranteeing an amazing experience.  His variety of sounds is interesting and never boring, with a little something for everything.  A favorite of mine at the moment, “Don’t Need Nobody” can seriously make you feel this exact way, very self-empowering, as if all you need is the bass you’re being fed and the motivation that lives inside.

Listen: Don’t Need Nobody – Douster

Listen: Carajo! – Douster

Nacey

A constantly evolving enigma from the hub of the moombahton movement, Nacey is no newbie to the EDM world, but possibly to your eardrums.  One of the things that draws me to Nacey is his classical music upbringing, mainly on the piano.  For me, the understanding of the classical world is a key element for successful production in any “genre” (if you’re into labels).  Some of these elemental sounds shine through in his tracks, and his collab with ETC!ETC! is a prime example of some jumpy, make you wanna dance choon with some brass sounds that will have you thinking you’re sauntering down the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday.  2012 will prove to be a huge year for Nacey with lots of upcoming releases with T&A and Southern Fried Records, and don’t be surprised when  you hear his tracks being dropped time after time this summer.

Listen: Le Grand Zombi – ETC!ETC! & Nacey

Listen: Elysian – Nacey

James Forrest

In the market for beautifully produced motivational electronica or chilled out smoking music to get your mind right?  You have met your match with Forrest James.  I do not like the classification of music by “genre” persay because of all the misunderstood connotations that come along with such labels.  When someone says “minimal” or “ambient”, people tend to think of lame, slow, simple, unoriginal, etc., but there is a lot more substance to James Forrest’s production than in most of the big name producers we listen to on a daily basis.  Smooth vibes beautifully melded together will bring your mind to focus on the task at hand, give you a break from your stress, or help you reflect.  When in need for a calmer sound, turn on James Forrest and you’ll be instantly engulfed in his dream.

Listen: Understand That This Is A Dream – James Forrest

Listen: Sonic Boom – James Forrest

Sky Monkey

Disco and funkiness is like a medicine that I need a certain dose of every now and again to stay alive and the right amount of blood pumping through my veins.  Sky Monkey is my new prescription.  A producer out of Dallas has such a unique sound, its like nothing I’ve ever heard before. With an overwhelmingly awesome disco overtone, I’ve never seen this patched with dub-like wobbles in such a fashion as Sky Monkey offers.  Not all of his tracks have this disco vibe, as he’s capable of getting his toes wet with many different sounds and styles, but his experimental production has me very intrigued.  We’ll be fresh on Sky Monkey’s trail and bringing you all of his releases as they hit us in 2012, so stay tuned!

Listen: This Is Love – Sky Monkey

Listen: Awesome Dream – Sky Monkey

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