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!

Herva

When I first heard Herva’s production I was pretty surprised (in a good way) because he was so young, nineteen at the time.  His background as a drummer projects into his signature sound and the mixture of soul and dance beats is something that hit me quite hard from the beginning.  Last week, he dropped his “Meanwhile In Madland” album, which has been creating quite a buzz on Beatport.  With a bit of something for any kind of mood, Herva’s sounds define many situations from seduction to reflection to carefree fun.  I’m never quite sure what will be next from Herva; since one track can be minimal and more down-tempo, the next R&B with jazz breaks and smooth vocals, to hip-hop percussion tracks, and soulful more disco-y sounds.  This unstoppable creativity and variation has sparked more than a general interest for me in this young Italian producer, he’s made me a believer that EDM is not becoming definable and oversaturated (as many now believe), that their is still unexplored and virgin territory/sound.

Listen: Skin – Herva

Listen: Soulcrash – Herva

Willie Graff

There is not much that makes me happier than to think back to some of my favorite memories from when I was a teenager and my entire life revolved around friends and music.  My music taste was evolving at that point making what was a natural jump for me from jam bands to the more electronic side.  The tracks that define this jump for me are some of the classics like “Castles In the Sky” and “Sandstorm” for example.  Because of copying, repetition, resampling/mixing to no end, there’s nothing like finding a track now-a-days that can transport me back to this era.  Yet alas when Willie Graff comes through the speakers of my car, I feel like I’m a teenager again, invincible to real-world problems and catapulted back into my glory days.  His original techno sound with the classic synths, dips & glitches that are the roots of the “popular” EDM we hear everyday, I’m so glad that Willie Graff forms part of my daily playlist.  When I get too off direction, his beats pull me back to ground like the reality check that we all need every now and again.  So throw him on, and let him remind you why we truly love electronic music.

Listen: Set Me Free – Willie Graff & Tuccillo

Listen: Get It On – Willie Graff & Tuccillo

W∆RP♬W∆VE

Many of our followers do not know this, but the sport of snowboarding has played a major part in The Dankles upbringing and general way of life with a few of  our contributors having deep roots in the industry. We were first introduced to the whole electronic music genre through videos that featured our favorite riders every season; though obtaining tracks back then involved actually heading to a local music store and praying for a copy of a Felix da Housecat album. Now that it’s 2012, it feels like it was only time when my two worlds would come together for the sake of music. I can say that W∆RP♬W∆VE (otherwise known as Eric Messier) has contributed to me spending countless hours watching him slay mountains from Japan to Washington to Austria all while enjoying the sport for what it truly, the pure pleasure of riding for oneself. When he isn’t strapped into his board pulling madman methods for days (video example) and traveling the globe, you can find W∆RP♬W∆VE planted in Tahoe throwing down banger gems and playing at local venues. Word on the street….he will be putting out bi-weekly tracks soon so be sure keep an eye out for upcoming work! Enjoy mes Amis

Download: H.A.M VOL. 1 (BANGER)

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