Friday Night: the nightclubs in Los Angeles stick out like sore thumbs once the sun sets, specifically due to the increasingly large number of oddly dressed, energetic patrons out late at night, wrapped in hordes around corners and down alleys waiting to get inside and dance away whatever troubles the previous week has left them with. Usually night clubs are pretty standard to figure out: there aren't enough bathrooms, it's stinky and sweaty but you can't wear shorts, and there's a DJ commanding the night from atop a pedestal somewhere in the club. A DJ has a big responsibility. Whether they're playing for a mass of Bassheads who are, mostly, looking to push and shove all their angers out by the end of the night or selecting the soundtrack to a techy, mostly-chill club atmosphere, they need to know what they're doing or the vibe can quickly be ruined.
I come from a mostly punk-rock background in my younger years, so obviously when I was introduced to the electronic scene, dubstep was the call to arms. However, I honestly find that I'm just not as angry as I used to be anymore, so I like to leave my stress behind and boogie to some House music when I can, I feel it helps me relax and the music is great. But to each his own. Either way, whether you're in a packed LA night club, or in the desert with your friends, going out dancing and and letting go of your worries is an important ritual to most of the working class, and if you're like me and have been slowly using this ritual to drift into the awesome new wave of house artists the last couple years, you may have noticed a recurring moniker in your travels: Ocean Roulette. Ocean Roulette is one of my favorite DJs to watch spin, because this ritual is always kept safely with him at the decks. With a background in psychedelic, often emotional and usually experimentally written music, the tracks coming to you during an Ocean set are always weird, wild and groovy.
Now, finally, his first official release is here in the form of "Froze Up/ Wicked" on Psycho Disco Records! Psycho Disco is an impressive collective of artists that have been taking the scene by the wrists and guiding it into a new generation of incredible music selectors with each new single. The same can easily be said of Ocean Roulette's newest release on the imprint. "Froze Up" the first single, has been dropped by none other than Psycho Disco Records founder Treasure Fingers at recent shows (past tracks have found themselves supported by Anna Lunoe, LondonBridge, Ardalan and more) and it's no surprise at all. The groovy, weird and almost sporadic mixture of instruments and sounds keep things interesting while the beat keeps you feeling great and begging for more. This track will definitely be played of a dancefloor near you this summer.. Also, I've been a fan of Ocean's music for a while now, and 'Wicked' delivers the exact kind of weird tech house feel I've grown to love about his sound. The drop hits you with a fat bass that tries to drop you to the floor, but the impressive assortment of percussion keep your feet up and dancing. Everything feels groovy and fun, while also perfected and audibly pleasing.
Honestly, Ocean Roulette has been hitting the scene for a minute now, with awesome performances at Space Yacht, Life Is Beautiful Festival, Collective Zoo, and commandeering stages at infamous Nightclubs like Union and Exchange in LA, while also dishing out hot ass singles that have personally never left my House music playlists (see Smiling on his Soundcloud page for a banger-and-a-half). He is the co-Founder of Jackson Collective out of LA and their festival, Jackson Tree, gets bigger and more popular every single time it goes down (for good reason, Jackson Tree is the shit). This is his first OFFICIAL release, and I'm glad it's finally here. The coming spotlight is something I've been excited to see shine on my dear friend for a long time now. A good release can take an artist from being a familiar name to the main event, and I believe Ocean Roulette has just now made his first step in joining the tech house greats we all know and love. In the time I've been listening to his music, I've been waiting for this day. The day where his talents are showcased to a broader audience and his music starts being poured out of speakers across the country. At such a young age, I'd be concerned almost by how much is about to find itself on my plate. An ever growing music festival, fan base, and music arsenal is just the start for Ocean Roulette, and I'm glad I'm here to ride the wave with him.