PRESS RELEASE (Infamous PR) – Today, Claude VonStroke releases the official remix pack for his 2020 Freaks & Beaks LP featuring remixes by VNSSA, Rodriguez Jr., Nikki Nair, Shiba San & Millad, Steve Darko, and Frankie, out now via Dirtybird Records.
Released at the height of the 2020 worldwide pandemic, Claude VonStroke’s fourth studio album Freaks & Beaks is finally receiving a proper remix treatment. With each artist hand-picked by the Dirtybird label head himself, Freaks & Beaks now sees fresh reinterpretations from both Dirtybird favorites and newcomers.
Describing the remix pack, Claude VonStroke said, “Just like our record label this remix pack goes from thoughtful deep tracks to huge bangers and lots of places in between. There is something for all kinds of house music DJs in here.”
Fast-rising house producer VNSSA brings her main-room peak time techno energy on ‘These Notes In This Order’. Dirtybird standout Nikki Nair shows off his club-leaning production skills on “Flubblebuddy”. Label favorite Steve Darko takes the low end even lower for ‘All My People In The House’, while Shiba San teams up with French producer Millad to flip the track into grimy tech-house banger. Veteran melodic house producer Rodriguez Jr. leaves his mark on the Wyatt Marshall collaboration ‘Youngblood’. Frankie was brought out of retirement to remix his namesake track ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood’ into a minimal masterpiece.
Regarding his remix, Shiba San said, “I heard ‘All My People In The House’ for the first time at CRSSD when Walker & Royce played it during our b2b set in 2019. I asked “What is this track?” and they told me it was Claude Vonstroke and the vocals were by his daughter. I was amazed. When the team reached out about remixing a track for this project, I saw this song on the list and picked it up without hesitation.”
Describing his bass-heavy remix, Nikki Nair commented, “I wanted to emphasize the flubbiness of this track in my remix.”
Steve Darko added, “I had a blast writing this remix for the legendary Claude VonStroke! I’m in love with the nutty synth work in the original track.”
Dirtybird label boss, producer, and Claude VonStroke after 15+ years continues to surprise and innovate in the underground dance scene, releasing an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty-bass and electronica across the label, and in his own DJ sets and original productions. A formidable tastemaker in all of dance music, he has built an impeccable A&R roster signing acts like Julio Bashmore, Eats Everything, Shadow Child, Justin Martin, and Shiba San well before they broke out of their hometown scenes.
2022 has seen Claude return to his roots and the small, off-kilter, dark, dirty dance floors that shaped him. With his ‘Your Dad Plays Great Music Tour’, he has been playing intimate nightclubs across North America unaccompanied by openers or closers, and without flashy LED screens or visuals, simply Claude VonStroke playing the first and last record every night, as he did when he first started, DJ’ing from open to close.
October 2022 will also see the return of Claude’s flagship event, Dirtybird Campout, the beloved 3 day adult summer camp and music festival held in Northern California that breaks away from corporate raves showcasing the spicy, crazy, independent flair of the record label. Campout includes top tier talent from across the world including legends Goldie, Derrick Carter, Green Velvet (as Get Real), Ben UFO, as well as rising stars Nala, VNSSA, Nikki Nair, and many more.
Freaks & Beaks Remixes Tracklist
These Notes In This Order (VNSSA Remix)
Youngblood (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)
Flubblebuddy (Nikki Nair Remix)
All My People In The House (Shiba San & Millad Remix)
All My People In The House (Steve Darko Remix)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood (Frankie Remix)
Claude VonStroke Tour Dates
September 10 – Club Space – Miami, FL
September 16 – Coda – Toronto, ON
September 17 – Warehouse – Washington, DC
September 25 – Bridge City Block Party – Portland, OR
October 7 – Dirtybird Campout – Modesto, CA
October 19 – Groove Cruise – San Pedro, CA
October 28 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
October 29 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI (Barclay Crenshaw Set)
October 30 – City Museum – St. Louis, MO