Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday Mashed Up Mix #4

Each Monday I post a little mix of less than 30 minutes for your listening pleasure. It contains a variety of electronic music mixed and mashed up to varying degrees. The music is always first and foremost while DJing and mixing skills are meant to take a back seat. It includes some brand new stuff but also some forgotten gems and whatever it was that had entered my consciousness. I'll be hosting them on my Dropbox page for your listening and downloading pleasure, MONDAY MASHED UP MIX VOL 4. You can find the tracklisting and links for each track after the break...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

AC Slater, RYME & Cosella, Night Bass At The Hoxton

Last night, The Hoxton played host to a crazy party combining the forces of two bass heavy labels, BADLQQK and Night Bass. Cosella, part of the BADLQQK collective, took over the decks just as I arrived shortly after 11. Being the crafty local talent that he is, he started his set off with a cheeky remix of Drake's "Hotline Bling" with a female singer rather than the six god. But that wasn't the only remix of a local pop star. He also dropped his own edit of Chris Lake's bootleg mix of The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face." I'm with RYME on this one, really hope he uploads it, unfortunately Chris Lake hasn't even uploaded his version so it's doubtful, but we can still hope.

Cosella did an incredible job filling up the dance-floor and getting the crowd active. He played just the right mixture of old and new tracks, constantly working them over with filters and other knobs. I specifically remember him playing the Tom Staar remix of Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt "Shake That," and his release on BADLQQK, "Elevator," which got people so hyped a fight broke out. However, the standout track for me, was a forthcoming one from Eyes Everywhere, that I'll be watching out for.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Snakehips ft. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper - All My Friends (Wave Racer Remix)

Australian DJ and producer, Wave Racer, has followed up with Flash Drive EP with a swanky remix of Snakehips' sensational single, "All My Friends," featuring both Tinashe and Chance The Rapper. The original has garner support from all over the scene and has seen a number of remixes from the likes of 99 Souls, PREP, and MVJESTY. Personally, my favourite is the Wave Racer version; easy listening, catchy and just the right production for Wave Racer's unique, bright, bouncy and bumping style. Between the jumping bassline, bright bell chime sounds, popping bubble fills, video game sound effects clips, and echoing vocal manipulations, Wave Racer has absolutely hit this remix out of the park. There are very few producers whose catalogue is entirely 4 and 5 stars in my iTunes library but it seems Wave Racer is incapable of producing anything even close to mediocre. Whether it's original productions like "Stoopid," "Streamers," or "Bubble Wrap," or a remix like "Always," "Stand Still," or "Ryan Must Be Destroyed," that sparkling Wave Racer sound that is so utterly infectious, makes everything better.

Friday, November 27, 2015

San Holo - Can't Forget You (ft. The Nicholas)

The Norwegian music scene has gained tremendous worldwide attention in the past year thanks in large part to the rise of Kygo, Rytmeklubben, Cashmere Cat, Lido and San Holo, who first broke into public consciousness with his "Don't Touch The Classics" remixes, especially when his "Next Episode" remix was featured in TWRK's fifth installment. Holo's inimitable style and sound have catapulted him and his continually growing library into countless mixes and a worldwide tour. SH has his own label, bitbird, but he's also released tonnes of free music, a 3 track EP on Monstercat, an OWSLA single, big names remix credits for Tchami and Porter Robinson, and now he's picked up his very own Spinnin' release: His last release, a collab with Father Dude, was also on Spinnin', and as you might expect with Spinnin', it has marked a move to a slightly more poppy, easily consumable sound and feel for the heavenly, chiptune inspired producer. Both "IMISSU" and "Can't Forget You" lean on sparkling vocals and less on heavily tuned drops or glitchy builds, and what I feel is almost a stripped down, rather confined version of the San Holo I've come to know and love. My only hope is that, because of Spinnin's huge reach, more and more people get into San Holo and he floods us with new music; nothing wrong with that.

SCORE
Composition 2/3
Dynamics 2/2
Improvisation/Progression 2/3
Melody/Harmony 2/3
Originality 1/2
Sonic Quality 2/2
Lyrics 2/3
Vocals 2/2
TOTAL 15/20

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: DVBBS Interview (Full Audio)

Think back to January 2013, what were you doing? What were you listening to? Doubtful that you were listening to DVBBS. They were so fresh on the scene that when I was approached to do an interview on my Enlightenment For Your Ears (then my weekly show on CFBU 103.7 FM), I hadn't heard of the duo. They were still performing live as opposed to the DJ set were more accustom to now. They were seemingly in their transition stage somewhere between the DUBBS and DVBBS that we know today.
That transition was tremendously successful with their release of "Tsunami." Regardless, I took the opportunity to do my first ever interview with what seemed to be a pretty cool (you'll notice that's the only word I could think to use in the interview) and upcoming, and Canadian talent. I must say Alex was pretty down to earth and seemed genuinely interested in creating a party culture synonymous with the DVBBS brand, and if he was high, it certainly didn't come through in the interview, but listen for yourself. So now I present for Throwback Thursday, the actual content people have been searching for in my far and away most clicked post, the full interview with Alex Andre of DVBBS. And no, I can't remember what I first asked him when the recording picks up. 
In the immortal words of Abed Nadir, "Cool, Cool, Cool."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bump In The Hump: November 25 (Season 2, Episode 10)


Tracklist:
  • Fahjah x Synthy Lox - Generations
  • WHIPPED CREAM x DVNK SINATRA - COME UP
  • Timmo Hendriks, Cody Holmes & Lindequist - Birds
  • Lunice - Dial
  • Major Lazer feat. Wild Belle - Be Together (Dropwizz x Savagez Remix)
  • Omar LinX - Back To You (prod. by Hunter Siegel & Pro Logic)
  • Aaliyah - I Don't Wanna (PhatCap! Flip)
  • Tennyson - Fault Line
  • #MashupInTheMiddle
  • Lunde Bros vs Wax Motif, Neoteric - Jump Deep (Fred McLovin Mashup)
  • Ephixa & Stephen Walking - Substance
  • Steve Aoki, NERVO & Tony Junior - Lightning Strikes (Lambo Remix)
  • Diplo x Sleepy Tom - Be Right There (Poe Junior Remix)
  • Frustra - Requiem
  • Tiesto & Don Diablo - Chemicals (Rob James Remix)
  • #IsItTheWeekendYet?
  • I.R.O.N. - Earthquake (RYME Dub Remix)

Bump In The Hump Sneak Peek: Frustra - Requiem

Tonight I'm happy to give a play to one of Toronto's rising stars, Frustra, and his track Requiem. You can listen to it and grab a free download for yourself. If you like that, I highly encourage you check out his album release party, tomorrow at Bassline Music Bar. It should be a scorcher of a night, filled with tonnes of upcoming local talent including my friend Kayj, as well as Mikey Palmero, YDID and NAHTE. It's free before 11:30 and only $5 after that. Listen to Requiem, get hyped for an all new episode of Bump In The Hump tonight, and get your shuffling shoes ready for tomorrow's festivities.
Also listen live to Bump In The Hump 6-7 est via the live stream, HERE.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Selerac - For Those Involved In Hennessy

Ryan Hemsworth's Secret Songs label is slowly winning the internet, one free release at a time. The latest release is a twelve minute epic from North Carolinian, Selerac. It sounds as though it's plucked right out of a Christopher Nolan film, full of dissonance and unearthly feels. It's heavy on mood and atmosphere that transport you and your corporeal form to another plane of existence until the beat drops, at which point you become tied up in a heavenly struggle, mimicking the human condition.
Perhaps the title, "For Those Involved In Hennessy," is a clue to better understanding the meaning behind this mysterious journey. I'm not a fan of Hennessy, but something makes me think that I should give it a try and see where the track takes me while under its influence.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Mashed Up Mix #3

Each Monday I post a little mix of less than 30 minutes for your listening pleasure. It contains a variety of electronic music mixed and mashed up to varying degrees. The music is always first and foremost while DJing and mixing skills are meant to take a back seat. It includes some brand new stuff but also some forgotten gems and whatever it was that had entered my consciousness. I'll be hosting them on my Dropbox page for your listening and downloading pleasure, MONDAY MASHED UP MIX VOL 3. You can find the tracklisting and links for each track after the break...

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ookay - Rockin' Around (and other EDM Holiday tracks)

Yeah, yeah I know Christmas is still more than a month away but I've literally seen Elf on TV at least a dozen times already, and Home Alone has been making the rounds as per usual. I think it's fair game to make my first holiday inspired post. I basically always have the TV muted in the background, and I've seen both the Wet and Sticky Bandits take a beating multiple times now. I've got to say its much better without their stupid comments but awesome music instead.

Is it just me, or do Harry and Marv look like a trap duo, a la Caked Up?
All of this Home Alone trapped out thought reminded me of Ookay's remix of the  Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree." Over the years there have been a whole slew of EDM remixes of holiday tunes, in an effort for labels to capitalize on the excessive number of Ugly Sweater Parties, Secret Santas, and sloppy work holiday blow out bashes. A couple years ago Mad Decent did "A Very Decent Christmas" auto tuning many of their hit tracks to sound like classic Christmas tracks. A year before that Monstercat had done the same thing with slightly more success, having their producers create new and original content that just sounded as though they were holiday material. And just this past year Jersey Club took its turn flipping Christmas, with both Hoodboi and Trippy Turtle creating originals. Even Borgore got in on the action, proving we are in the end of times, giving his "Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse" too much eggnog, turning it into the "Unicorn Christmas Apocalypse."
For a long time now, the Brenda Lee track has been my favourite Christmas track alongside the always awesome "Feliz Navidad." So obviously I jumped at the opportunity to download a remix of Rockin' Around. The reality is no there are really no good EDM holiday tracks, but everyone is going to find one that they can stomach; after all isn't it all about the thought and feeling attached to a gift. And the reality is all of these tracks are gifts, go ahead and download them for free. Lastly, I was watching Stephen Walking on twitch this week work on a couple new tracks, so I thought I'd show off his addition to the Monstercat Christmas Album, "Sleigh Ride."

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Best Mixes Of 2015

One of my favourite things about electronic music is the prominence of mixes and the curating that comes along with being a DJ. There are so many different kinds of mixes, some that are heavily pre-produced and others that are created organically, on the spot, both are valuable and can serve different purposes at different times. I love listening to them any time I'm doing anything, whether it be at working, working out, travelling, playing video games, washing the dishes or doing yard work. Over the years I've become a fan of a variety of different programs, podcasts, annual festival promo mixes or just whatever live set I can find. After the break, I'll be posting a large number of my favourite mixes from a variety of places. But to whet your appetite, check out this one from Alison Wonderland at The Mixmag Lab in Los Angeles.
Her set at the Hoxton was definitely one of the best I saw all year, the most energetic and intense DJing, that's for sure. I always feel like the more into the music the DJ is the more the crowd gets into it, Alison get top marks for this. Always really appreciate DJs not sticking to one genre or sound, especially when more than an hour long.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Disclosure ft. Lorde - Magnets (A-Trak Remix)

It was only a matter of time until the big name official remixes of Disclosure hit the internet and our ear holes. Last week Dillon Francis dropped his version of the Sam Smith vocal aided "Omen," and now A-Trak has followed suit, showing off his resplendent remix of the Lawrence Brothers' collab with Lorde, "Magnets." Lately, A-Trak has been crafting clever and conscious tracks that just cry out for the repeat button; I still wake up most mornings singing "We All Fall Down."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: South Rakkas Crew - Mad Again (Fake Blood Remix)

For the third installment of my TBT series, it is my pleasure to re-introduce the world to one of the bounciest, bleepiest, most chopped, screwed and manipulated, turntablist inspired remixes I ever encountered, the Fake Blood remix of South Rakkas Crew, "Mad Again." There's something special and seemingly magical about hearing a truly unique track for the first time that just sticks with you. This has happened to me on countless occasions (such as Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," A-Trak's remix of Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Heads Will Roll," and Erol Alkan and Boys Noize's "Avalanche," to name just a few) and each time I get the chance I'm transported back to the place I originally heard it with emotions rushing back; feels racing down my spine. I first heard the Fake Blood "Mad Again" remix in what turned out to be my most musically foundational years, in the shittiest of university houses; music was my escape and that shit hole transformed into a a house party on a daily basis.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bump In The Hump: November 18 (Season 2, Episode 9)


Tracklist:
  • Sultan + Shepard vs. Felix Leiter - BWU
  • A-Trak feat. Jamie Liddell  - We All Fall Down (Royalty Remix)
  • Rob James & Dopekidjay - Mesmerized
  • Pachangastorm, Oliver Deuerling, fromdroptilldawn - No Practice (Cosella Remix)
  • KOLAJ - The Touch (DeBoer Remix)
  • Frustra - Possesions (Kayj Remix)
    • Unreleased
  • #MashupInTheMiddle
  • Whipped Cream & SBF vs Adele - Hello From The Other Club
  • Dropwizz x Savages - Sinister
  • Kardoso x PRZM - Escobar
  • Dr. Ozi - Just A Bit
  • CyniCal - Press
  • Charlie Darker & Far Too Loud - Nail Gun
  • Y2K feat. Mark Johns - White Whine (R3Y Bootleg)
  • #IsItTheWeekendYet?
  • Felix Cartal feat. Ofelia - New Scene (CRNKN Remix)

Bump In The Hump Sneak Peak: Kolaj - The Touch (DeBoer Remix)

Last week I played Pusher's flip of Kolaj "The Touch," (check it after the break), but this week I'm proud to present yet another hometown talent laying down a brilliant remix of Los Angeles electronic band, Kolaj and their hit single. DeBoer's tracks have been on both Bump In The Hump and Electronic Impressions, and his star only continues to rise. Tune in tonight for the latest and likely greatest DeBoer production, his remix of Kolaj, "The Touch." Catch Bump In The Hump live tonight HERE from 6-7 EST, stream after the fact via mixcloud, or catch the rebroadcast on 96.9 FM Radio Humber, Friday from 11-midnight. Also stay tuned for the tracklist that will be posted here starting at 6.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Chemical Brothers feat. Beck - Wide Open (Kolsch Remix)

I've been of both Kolsch and Chemical Brothers for a quite some time. Both have been firmly implanted in popular consciousness for the past year, with the Brothers triumphant return via their album Born In The Echoes and Kolsch's sophomore album 1983. The Chemical Brothers have an knack for crafting brilliant and subtle house tracks that wind up spanning multiple genres through the many remixes they inspire. My personal favourite example of this comes in the form of "Go" which has three tremendous remixes, seen after the break. It would only stand to reason that Kolsch, who has some killer remixes to his name (also after the break) would be able to take the Chemical Brothers track "Wide Open" with Beck on vocals and send it into another stratosphere.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Mashed Up Mix #2

Each Monday I post a little mix of less than 30 minutes for your listening pleasure. It contains a variety of electronic music mixed and mashed up to varying degrees. The music is always first and foremost while DJing and mixing skills are meant to take a back seat. It includes some brand new stuff but also some forgotten gems and whatever it was that had entered my consciousness. I'll be hosting them on my Dropbox page for your listening and downloading pleasure, MONDAY MASHED UP MIX VOL 2. You can find the tracklisting and links for each track after the break...

Sunday, November 15, 2015

#NoNeon w/ Hunter Siegel, Ghastly & Dr. Fresch (Review)

Last night Hunter Siegel, and his final #NoNeon party of the year, shook the Hoxton to it's core and nearly brought it to its knees. I've never seen the Hoxton so busy so early, there was a massive line from as early as 11 and by the time I got in at 11:30 the club was already packed back to the door. I'm glad I arrived early because I'm sure the line was never better than the half hour I waited, and to my surprise Hunter took the stage right at midnight. Which apparently he does most of the time (although not at the last #NoNeon).
Regardless what time he went on you had to know, Emperor Palpatine, the Lord of DarkPLUR was going to deliver. Yesterday I speculated that there might be some B2B action, a live performance from Delaney Jane, or some new Hunter Siegel productions. Well, I was about half right, there was no B2B, and neither did Delaney Jane sing live, but she was there side by side with Hunter when he dropped "Still Waiting," as was Autoerotique who joined Hunter onstage when he dropped LYAOF. Best of all Hunter premiered his new collab with Autoerotique, video of which you can watch below.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

#NoNeon - Hunter Siegel, Ghastly, Dr. Fresch and More

Tonight is the last of Hunter Siegel's epic #NoNeon parties hosted at the Hoxton. Each time Hunter and his crew do a great job of bringing in some of the hottest upcoming talent. It's going to be hard to top the last installment that featured "queen of the dark techno scene," Rezz and fellow Canadian star, Sleepy Tom. As you can see from the video below things were absolutely bonkers at the Hoxton, which must have been at capacity, if not over it.
Of course it would be difficult to compete with such a packed lineup and extra long night (4AM last call), but tonight's lineup with Ghastly, and Dr. Fresch might just come through. As much as Sleepy Tom and Rezz are amazing DJs and producers, I think that Ghastly and Dr. Fresch are more of a fit with Hunter Siegel, at least on a sonic level. Expect things to be dark, deep and mighty bouncy when these three hit the decks tonight.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Lido's Soundcloud Rant Update

If you've seen my review post of Lido's show at the Hoxton last week you'll be familiar with his rant about Soundcloud. Apparently Souncloud has now frozen his account which lead to his latest diatribe aimed at the oft maligned streaming site. If you haven't seen the video yet, check it below.
Last night he took to twitter to voice his displeasure, announce "no more remixes from me" but then flip everything by posting one more 'diss-track' of a remix on a new soundcloud @LidoGotClouds.
Click read more to see the tweets and listen to the track.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Phonat - Learn To Recycle

In the second installment of my TBT series, it is my pleasure to re-introduce the world to one of the most brilliant, adventurous, creative and groundbreaking tracks I've ever heard, Phonat's schizophrenic "Learn To Recycle."
As you might expect, I first heard this masterpiece of movement at my guru's house over that fateful summer break in which I was introduced to Fake Blood, Infected Mushroom's "Bombat," London Elektricity "All Hell Is Breaking Loose," and JFK's edit of Buy Now "Body Crash," among others.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bump In The Hump: November 11 (Season 2, Episode 8)



 Tracklist:
  • ATTLAS - Tiff's Theme
  • Paris & Simo feat. Errol Reid  - Can You See
  • Charlie Darker & Far Too Loud - Squirm
  • Dr. Ozi & Spag Heddy - Frontier
  • Stadiumx & Dzasko feat. Delaney Jane - Time Is On Your Side (Drevm x Blvckside Remix)
  • Whipped Cream & Holly - Connections
  • KOLAJ - The Touch (Pusher Flip)
  • #MashupInTheMiddle
  • Boombox Cartel & Jackal - Jamba (Mister Gray Bootleg)
  • Overwerk - Winter
  • Skratch Bastid & Afiara Quartet - Dirty Laundry (Heavy Load)
  • Diplo & Sleepy Tom - Be Right There (Henry Land Remix)
  • Autoerotique - I Get Up
  • #IsItTheWeekendYet?
  • Nelly Furtado & Timbaland - Promiscuous (Dr. Fresch Remix)

Bump In The Hump: Sneak Peak

I've been hard at work searching for and compiling this week's list of the best new Canadian electronic music for another all new episode of Bump In The Hump on Radio Humber. I've even got a track that was released this very afternoon, how's that for brand spanking new? That's a sneak peak in itself but I can do even one better; get a jump on bump with this one.
How awesome is that? Pure musicianship tied to unparalleled DJing skill. The Spin Cycle project between Skratch Bastid and the Afiara Quartet is a groundbreaking musical undertaking and I'll be giving it a first play tonight on Humber Radio. I've been incredibly excited for this since I first heard about it and saw the above trailer for it at the beginning of the year. For some reason it fell off my radar for a couple months until early summer when I revisited the track below.

I was under the impression that the album was only available on vinyl and because of this was forced to take a low quality rip, for my own personal consumption. Despite this fact, it was still one of my most listened to tracks and I hungered for more. It struck me a couple weeks ago that I should take another look at the album's availability and I realized I was wrong, that it was, in fact, available on CD. So I quickly ordered it, and within less than a week it was on my doorstep. Now tonight you will hear "Dirty Laundry - Heavy Load" on Bump In The Hump.

Tune in live from 6-7 via humber.checklines.net (either of the bottom two play options), or find the stream later tonight on this very page, or finally, catch it on 96.9 FM Radio Humber this Friday from 11-midnight.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Keys N Krates - Midnite Mass Tour & U Already Know

If you've been keeping up with Keys N Krates on Facebook/Snapchat/Twitter/etc you've probably already heard this track as a work in progress, but today they've given it a title and full upload on Soundcloud, "U Already Know" (give it a listen after the break). They've had an absolutely massive year literally playing all over the world, releasing an album's worth of music and garnered countless remixes, but today may have been their biggest yet this year. They've just released a new tour schedule seen on the right and you can expect each and every one of the shows to be absolutely fire. The electronic trio from Toronto never disappoint and always bring their infectious energy. The seem to have outdone themselves this time, teaming up with an amazing collections of artists as the travel all over North America. Hermitude has hit it big lately, first gaining the attention of ravers through Flume's groundbreaking remix of "Hyperparadise," but they've really come into their own with their enigmatic original, "The Buzz." Hermitude is not the only duo that will be joining KNK on their epic journey, Stooki Sound will be supporting the boys on a number of stops. Londoners, Stooki Sound are best known for their many collabs with the likes of Mr Carmack, Mura Masa, and massive up man of the moment, Troyboi. After just a few listens it's clear why KNK asked these two to join them on tour. No doubt the crowd will be getting down in epic fashion. The trio is also joined by amazing solo acts Jesse Slayer and GANZ, who was meant to play at their birthday party this summer but had to cancel because of complications at the border. Slayter has been on fire as of late, supporting other Canadian talents Sleepy Tom with his remix of "Pusher," and Jackal's "Chinchilla," but his latest, might be his greatest, a scorching remix of Hoodboi and Lido's "Palm Reader." GANZ has also had a year to remember, first with his debut EP "Dino War," his re-remix of Flume and Hermitude "Hyperparadise," and his amazing work with Alison Wonderland, including his flip of "I Want U."  I've got nothing but high expectations that I'm positive these guys can live up to. Midnite Mass is sure to be a massive success and sure to sell out nearly everywhere. I highly suggest you grab your tickets ASAP.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Monday Mashed Up Mix

Each Monday I spend hours scouring the internet for all kinds of different electronic music. And each Monday I'll be posting a little mix of less than 30 minutes for your listening pleasure. It will always contain a huge variety of electronic music mixed and mashed up to varying degrees. The music is always first and foremost while DJing and mixing skills are meant to take a back seat. It will also include some brand new stuff but also some forgotten gems and whatever it was that had entered my consciousness. I'll be hosting them on my Dropbox, for your downloading pleasure, MONDAY MASHED UP MIX VOL 1. You can find the tracklisting and links for each track after the break...

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Lido Live at The Hoxton (Review)

I've finally had enough time to decompress and reflect on an absolutely amazing night, Friday at the Hoxton for Lido's live performance. It was everything you'd expect and more, particularly because of the surprise appearance of Santell, Lido's most recent collaborator on The Passion Project. Upon arriving at the Hoxton just before midnight and the crowd was already feeling it. It was the first time I'd ever seen dance circle in the Hoxton, and this one was prolonged and featured a wide range of skills from people eating it and a couple deadly battles of carpet cutters. The length of the circle was aided by the opening DJs' long tracks. The one track that stood out to me was a remix of classic Timmy Thomas track "Why Can't We Live Together," which has now been famously sampled by Drake for "Hotline Bling." It's a great remix that culminates in a heavily string aided drop but doesn't stray too far from the original. I'm hopeful someone can identify the remixer because I'd love to add it to my collection; listen below...
I'm not sure who the openers ended up being, as I'm fairly certain the above video isn't either of hrmxny or GrandBuda. Someone said that they had merged this show with another so perhaps these guys were headliners from another event I didn't know about. Regardless, I was there for Lido, who hit the stage shortly after 12:30. And this is how it happened...

Friday, November 06, 2015

Lido Live at The Hoxton (Preview)

I've been waiting for today since the first of June, as it was the first day to order Lido tickets for his November 6th live performance at The Hoxton. I've been a fan of Lido and his side project Trippy Turtle for more than a year. I missed his Trippy Turtle set last fall because of a wedding but nothing like that was going to stop me seeing his live set up this time.
What makes Lido special is his pure, unadulterated love for music. From what I've heard of his live performances, his passion pours through the numerous electronic devices that he brings to life with his beautiful remixes and awe-inspiring originals.


Ever since his remix of Disclosure "Latch" became a viral sensation after RL Grime dropped it at last year's Coachella, as you can see here. Or listen to the full quality original below:

You can find a copy of all of his amazing remixes including the aforementioned Disclosure mix, as well as a brilliant versions of Alt J, Banks, Bastille and Bill Withers. All you have to do is play his trademark on his official webpage at http://www.lidogotsongs.com/  (hint: M-J-T-F)


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WTF Friday: An Hour Down The Soundcloud Wormhole

It probably doesn't come as much of a surprise that I troll soundcloud on the regular. And much like Alice In Wonderland is relatively easy to fall through some sort of wormhole to that transports you to an alien world. This just happened to me as I was looking at goofy mashups, particularly those combining rap and kawaii, and came across this incomprehensibly insane account, dicksoak.


This was the second track I came across, probably should have stopped at the first one but it was so incredibly ridiculous that I just had to give this guy another chance to see if there was any hidden gold. I was immediately greeted with this tuned up Eminem monstrosity, the vocal stabs are hilariously tuned and hits an absolutely awesome peak with the chipmunk tuned background vocals at 33 seconds in. The 8-bit video game score brings the intensity and makes it feel as though you're being chased my some hyperactive Marshall Mathers.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Throwback Thursday: La Roux - Quicksand (Boy 8-Bit Remix) [Review]

This is the first in my TBT series, in which I'll review the most influential tracks from my past. What better place to start than with the most played track in my iTunes, my favourite track of all-time and arguably the most influential for me in many ways. Flashback to 2009 when I was still just learning about the vastness of the world electronic music (not yet called EDM). I had just returned to school after summer break, armed with a new secret weapon, Fake Blood; thanks to my guru who had shown me Fake Blood's killer remixes (Any Way You Choose To Give ItI Want Your Soul, Stuck On Repeat). I then showed my friends at school and we agreed to go see Fake Blood when he came to town. And unbelievably he was coming just a couple months later, with the biggest crew I've ever seen at Sound Academy; Aeroplane, Annie Mac, Boy 8-Bit, Calvin Harris, Fake Blood, Laidback Luke, Nero, Toddla T, and to top it off locals Zeds Dead and my boy Meech. Since it would be a waste to go only to see Fake Blood, I set out to familiarize myself with the rest of the lineup and the one that immediately caught my ear, was Boy 8-Bit. His combination of video game inspired sounds and progressive and playful electro style was everything I wanted in a producer. I was lucky enough to find a discography torrent, complete with a large number of mixes he had done for various radio shows. I was particularly enamored with the following video in which Annie Mac gives the first play to Boy 8-Bit's remix of La Roux, Quicksand.


Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Bump In The Hump: November 4 (Season 2, Episode 7)



       Tracklist:
  • Jonathan Rosa - La La Land
  • Autoerotique - The Sound (feat. Major Lazer)
  • Max Styler & Charlie Darker - D2B (Steve Aoki Remix)
  • MDK - Basswagon (feat. Dannona)
  • Noahplause - On Fire
  • Grandtheft & Brasstracks - All The Way Up (feat. Lia Ices)
  • Tiga - Don't Break My Heart
  • #MashupInTheMiddle
  • Adventure Club x Sebastian Ingrosso x Bare - Reload Lullabies (Havok Roth VIP)
  • Overwerk - Canon
  • Lane 8 feat. Matthew Dear - Undercover (Eekkoo Remix)
  • Reunify vs. Kris Maydak - Worth It (feat. Danyka Nadeau)
  • A-Trak feat. Jamie Lidell - We All Fall Down (CID Remix)
  • Ariana Grande - One Last Time (Fahjah Bootleg Remix)
  • #IsItTheWeekendYet?
  • Fetty Wap feat. William Singe - 679 (Mavro Remix)

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Grandtheft - Quit This City EP (Review)

This past Friday (October 30th), Grandtheft finally released his much anticipated Quit This City EP on Diplo's Mad Decent label. Ever since his performance at Bestival on Toronto Island this summer, it was clear that Grandtheft was sitting on a bunch of unreleased gems, the first of which he premiered via a recap video. Of course, I've been a fan of both Grandtheft and Sleepy Tom for years now, so the thought of these two working together was something I could have only dreamt of. When I first saw the video I immediately reposted it on my friend's wall with the caption "best collab ever?" I think we have our answer. These guys are incapable of disappointment.
While "Hold On" was the lead single, and standout track from the EP, the second single and title track is simply amazing. With flawless vocals laid-down by Lowell and the combination of atmospheric synths, Grandtheft's inimitable drums and badman bass stylings all wrapped around seemingly biographical lyrics, "Quit This City" is a picture perfect illustration of the ethos and sound of this brilliant release from one of Canada's biggest and brightest DJ/Producers. Enjoy the video for Quit This City below.