Friday, August 18, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
"Internet City" pairs the most righteous retro synth with cool vocal play. If you turn it up in the right room, there's no way you don't feel some kind of way. It's a without a doubt, 5 star, perpetually playlisted track. As of two hours after posting, there is no download available, check back for that, I'll retweet (follow me here), but in the meantime I recommend his Monstercat DnB track "Everything."
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
- Markus Aurelius - Horizon
- Conro - Circus (ft. Beckii Power)
- Owl City - Fireflies (pooldad Remix)
- Future Magic x Viska x Lantte - Save Yourself (ft. Katie Mackie)
- Dillon Francis ft. G-Eazy - Say Less (Lunice Remix)
- DJ Khaled ft. Drake - To The Max (Thugli Remix)
- San Holo ft. James Vincent McMorrow - The Future (Vincent Remix)
- ZaGa - Power Up
- 8-Bit Tits - Actors
- Kill The Zo - Part I (Krayysh Remix)
- Sam Lamar x I am Sid - Cry
- Rezz - Green Gusher
- ANGELZ - So Fly (ft. Kaleem Taylor)
- Bliss ft. Fem Fel - I Wanna Feel (Rene LaVice's Feel The Bass Crunch D&B Remix)
- Subject 31 - Hectic
- CRaymak & Apriskah - Arrival
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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Monday, August 14, 2017
"Galaxy Cutter" comes in sweet, soundtracking a sublime ceremony. It feels like waking up in a new video game landscape; your eyes are bleary, battered by chiptuned bleeps and buzzes. The carefree chords bounce brightly, while the drums whip you up into a frenzy. Then there's the first of many fiery flourishes, that while wickedly wild, still satisfy even the most reticent and reluctant raver. The entire atmosphere of "Galaxy Cutter" is epic. It's got a gravity of its own, buckling under its own beauty, before bursting into a blaze of bass. The final piece, and killer capstone, of this great wonder is the guitar at 3:35, and it's role as God sticking his finger in this primordial soup, stirring it to perfection. This track truly has it all: cutting emotional intensity, utterly exciting breaks and drops, and masterful musicality. Become the blind watchmaker and get "Galaxy Cutter" for yourself from Bandcamp, here.
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Friday, August 11, 2017
- The NightOwls - Mustard
- Adrian Oblanca - Daikiry (The NightOwls Remix)
- Audiometrics - Gonna Get Ya (Raul Facio Remix)
- Fragala P - Calling
- Guided By Noises - Static*
- Audiometrics - Digg
- Jared D - Constructed
- Vaxx - Block
- Joey Avila - Downtown LA (Mark Vidovik Remix)
- Staccato - Conqueror*
- Andy Rojas - Sound Decks
- The NightOwls - Lotion
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
- ASHE - Space Between (ft. Amy Kirkpatrick)
- HolloH - I Could Be Wrong
- Tove Lo - Cool Girl (RAWD Remix)
- Father John Misty - Real Love Baby (Smalltown DJs & Fort Knox Five Remix)
- Iggy Azalea ft. Anitta - Switch (Loud Luxury Remix)
- Vices - Essa (Dom Dias Remix)
- Maddmon - Miami
- OAKS - Vibrations
- Botnek - Don't Need You
- Tiga - Woke
- Leterna - Gambit
- ATRIP & CYMN - Get It Right
- KSHMR & Snails - The Serpent
- #MyMixtape Preview Interview w/ The NightOwls
- Episode airs Friday August 11th at 11 PM EDT
Finally the hour wraps up with my chat with Jeff and Mark of The NightOwls before their episode of My Mixtape goes live, Friday August 11th at 11 PM EDT on Radio Humber. Stream Bump In The Hump live (here) from 6-7 PM EDT tonight, and after the fact on Mixcloud.
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Tuesday, August 08, 2017
If you've been to or heard one of his sets this summer you've probably already heard it yourself, but now you can make it your own for free via Hive, here. While it's always been somewhat difficult to categorize Dr. Fresch's productions (most often people go to G-House), but this one takes that even further. It's generally house at its core, but it almost bounces back and forth between Deep and G-House vibes. With the additional influences from UK Bassline this one really earns its name.
The way "Roll It Up" is delivered feels almost like its from a classic cartoon in which physics are defied as a character is turned into a cigarette and smoked. Actually, now that I write that I'm struck with the vision of a certain video, one that I'm hoping someone will overdub and make a music video out of.
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Monday, August 07, 2017
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Sunday, August 06, 2017
Mura Masa - Second 2 None (ft. Christine And The Queens)
I could've gone with any of Mura Masa's album but "Second 2 None" really got me when I heard those pans live on a big system at WayHome. It's incredibly beautiful and perfectly produced.
Pierce Fulton - Life In Letters
That piano makes me feel like a god within the first 5 seconds. How's that for a wake-up call?
Late Nite Tuff Guy - Do I Believe In God (LNTG Muscle Mix)
Been absolutely rinsing out Joe Goddard's disco mix for Annie Mac during Glastonbury (stream here), and this may be the peak cool it hits. As if Prince wasn't funky enough already, this is seriously sublime.
Kraak & Smaak ft. Joi Cardwell - Just Wanna Be Loved (Blende Remix)
Blende sure knows how to bring the bouncy beauty, and with Kraak & Smaak's delightful disco this is a can't miss, despite me doing just that for three years.
A-Trak - Believe (ft. Quavo & Lil Yachty)
Almost at a million plays on Soundcloud should be a sign as to just to how good this is. Oh yeah, and those three on one track? Come on, it really doesn't get much hotter than this extremely cool cut.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
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Friday, August 04, 2017
Apparently an ode to, as Boy 8-Bit put it, "the underdog," however we can read between the lines, and realize that it's about the "director of The Village," M. Night Shyamalan. The nearly 6 month old original holds some exceptional design, especially in terms of the depth of bass and delectable drum work. It also boasts a groove that is just about guaranteed to get your body moving, but for my liking it needed a little more of that M. Night magic, particularly a twist. Boy 8-Bit has obliged (although he thought about doing more), by adding his own vocal bits detailing Shyamalan's struggle with critics.
But this remix is more than just strong storytelling on a hearty house beat, it's got Boy 8-Bit's signature sublime synths that always seem to play perfectly with his crispy, crunchy drum kit. I'll be honest here, I'm gushing because I've loved all of Boy 8-Bit's productions ever since I first heard "The Cricket Scores" years back, but this really does have just about everything that I've come to love about Mr. Morris' music. The bass booms, the sneaky synth progressions, the distorted and disembodied vocals, and the explosive waves of energy in his drops. The only thing it's missing is the chiptune bleeps and bloops, but despite his name, Boy 8-Bit hasn't done much of that since his inception.From the overall soundscape, the onslaught of effects and playful power throughout, there's nothing that this track doesn't have. Add it to your own collection through your preferred service here.
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Thursday, August 03, 2017
|Credit: Karis Malszecki (Instagram)|
This being both my first WayHome, and my first overnight camping festival, I went in with very few expectations or even ideas about what I was getting myself into. I was also flying solo for the most part (bouncing between groups of friends, as I'm apt to do), which allowed for full freedom and discovery. I had a strong schedule of who I wanted to see, but that was more of guideline rather than a strict itinerary. And this is part of what I love about being a blogger/reviewer as opposed to a photographer/videographer/etc, it allows me to experience the festival as a whole, while still focusing on the music. From the camping, food, staff, fellow WayHomies and everything in between, WayHome was pure perfection. If you're reading for the music only, jump ahead to the break below.
Mother nature set the mood for the weekend right off the bat, clearing out the clouds, turning up the temperature and letting the sun shine full blast from Friday morning through Sunday evening. Even the grass was green, which I'm told was not the case in previous years. Check out the Friday night sunset.
The seemingly endless rows of camping played host to hundreds of little parties. It was absolutely mind-blowing walking from one corner to another, passing thousands of people all here for the same thing. Saturday morning I met up with 404, and we literally went back and forth between a half dozen different groups of people getting ready another full day of fun. This was tiring walking so far, but inspiring in that it brought so many people together. However the highlight of my camping came when I met Kyle (left) and his group from Barrie. Just take a look at this character (RIP those sunglasses, which fell into a porta-potty minutes after this picture).
No matter your dietary restrictions or desires there was something for you. Poutines aplenty placated, staples like Pizza Pizza and Beaver Tails satisfied, while dozens of other delicacies tickled your taste buds. I had a wicked good (but ultimately bad choice due to time spent in the porta-potties afterwards) spicy chorizo burrito. However the most talked about foodstuff was The Colossal Onion, but beware it's not for the faint of heart, I barely made a dent in mine even though it was sinfully scrumptious.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
- Attlas - Blood Work (Rhett Remix)
- Linkin Park - Roads Untraveled (CRaymak Remix)
- Simtem - More Loco
- Dropwizz - Bloodlust
- Dyzphoria x 2Ravens - EyezOpen
- Ramzoid - For You (ft. Hail Luna)
- A-Trak - Believe (ft. Quavo & Lil Yachty)
- Conro - Close
- Fall Out Boy - Sugar We're Going Down (Wild Cards Remix)
- Ghastly ft. Matthew Koma - We Might Fall (Future Magic Remix)
- aiwake - Childish (Memorecks Remix)
- Hudson Lee & Verzache - Fix Me
- Thook - 8 Zone
- Rezz x knodis - Premonition
- Markus Aurelius - Nightcrawler
- Goldhouse - On & On (Nah Mean Remix)
- Michael Sparks & MAKJ - Space Jam (ft. Fatman Scoop)
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Monday, July 31, 2017
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One of the undeniable characteristics of WayHome is love, and there was perhaps no better example of that then the nuptials of WayHomie couple, Chayla and Almir. The wedding, which was performed by my friend, and fellow Radio Humber alumnus Kenan (now of 106.9 FM The Wolf), showcased both the incredible community feeling and energy of WayHome, as well as the aforementioned love.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
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8:15 - the world is awake. At least some people are. Some are still partying from last night.
8:45 - I guess I should get upright. The promise of a coffee makes it worth it.
9:00 - I know there were tons of people and tents and parties, but the light of day really puts it in perspective.
10:15 - walk from one site to another, and back and forth all over again. Lots of people raving about last night's acts (Flume, Justice, Danny Brown, Cage The Elephant), others can't stop talking about tonight's acts (Mura Masa, Schoolboy Q, and Jazz Cartier).
10:30 - impromptu trip to Orillia and the LCBO. So many nice looking summer drinks. Pretty colours.
11:15 - portapotties are death traps. The worst sauna you've ever been in.
12:00 - seems like every other site is doing funnels. The drinking is back in full force.
12:30 - my buddy's friend is getting married just outside the entrance. That should be interesting. Last two years at Bestival I witnessed weddings so why not here too?
Friday, July 28, 2017
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8:20 - wake up before my alarm. To excited.
9:30 - after repacking my bag a dozen times I'm on the way to the subway and the shuttle bus.
10:50 - arrive at the shuttle bus. It's full, but they're sending another.
11:10 - we board second bus. Driver really wants us to know his name is Ed.
11:20 - we depart. I'm beside a guy named Harry. He has an indeterminate English accent. Nice.
11:30 - turn onto the Gardiner and the first billboard in sight is for WayHome. Couple cheers.
11:35 - bus is quiet. Most people keeping to themselves, listening to music. Couple of conversations.
11:55 - Harry and his boys crack a beer.
11:57 - I get a whiff of weed. Don't think anyone's smoking it. That'd be massively sketch.
12:05 - now that the beers are flowing (thank Harry and his boys for breaking the ice) the conversations have really sparked up. THE PARTY HAS STARTED!
12:55 - traffic is bad. We were supposed to be there by now, and we're probably an hour away still. Sad.
1:40 - we stop for a quick pee and leg stretch in Barrie. Nearly there.
1:55 - everyone is more warm and cordial than before. We've become wayhomies. Mere minutes away from the grounds.
2:10 - Ed makes a reckless turns onto the camp road and an OPP follows us. Everyone is excited but scared at the same time
3:10 - I finish setting up my tent. This village of tents is awesome. Ended up right beside Mikey Palermo. Sweet.
3:45 - imma die tonight, I hope that's cool with you. Nah I'm kidding no deaths just fun times. Off to get my media pass, looking like the unique goof.
4:25 - waited 10 minutes to get redirected to in turn get redirected. No help in getting a media pass here. It's a hella disaster. Not anyone specific fault just an overall thing.
4:35 - guy comes to help he also knows nothing. They're sending someone else.
4:45 - Ally comes to help me. We drive to get a pass and she does me off at the media gate (couple of autograph seekers). Walk to catch up with RYME.
5:00 - Meech is DJing inside the greenhouse. Ry arrives late, as usual.
5:15 - tons of porta-potties, lots of room to chill and smoke, and the bouncer remembers me as I go back in the greenhouse. Excellent.
5:35 - Mikey says the track I like so much is Drake - Get It Together.
5:46 - I tweeted "somebody sober me up" (since deleted)
6:54 - I write the previous update hoping the spelling and grammar is right.
6:55- I wonder where Harry and my Irish boys are.
7:03 - I forgot about 6:46, and am plotting my next move, amongst hundreds here to see Flume, Danny Brown, and Justice.
7:07 - apparently I was going to write something here but I forgot. Sorry.
8:10 - it doesn't take an hour to walk from site to stage but it's close if you stop at all. And I used the VIP entrance, GA was rammed
8:33 - crowd runs to the stage to hear "Pumped Up Kicks"
8:43 - enough wandering around I asked someone and I ended up being right next door to the wristband refill station.
8:50 - Cage The Elephant absolutely rocking. Singer doing his best Mick Jagger. Loving every minute of it
1:43 - apparently I've got some explaining to do. Home and asleep.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
- Frank Ocean - White Ferrari (Jacques Greene Remix)
- Charlotte Cardin - Faufile (CRi Remix)
- Porter Robinson - Fellow Feeling (Chet Porter Flip)
- Mitski - Francis Forever (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
- JAHKOY ft. Schoolboy Q - California Heaven (Medasin Remix)
- Falcons & Ekali - I Won't Lie (ft. Vanessa Elisha)
- Mura Masa - Love$ick (Dom Dias Remix)
- Flume - Wall Fuck (Gramatik & Ramzoid Remix)
- Phantogram - You Don't Get Me High Anymore (A-Trak Remix ft. Joey Purp)
- Chromeo - Lost On The Way Home (ft. Solange)
- Muneshine - Full Throttle (ft. Darcys)
- Pat Lok - Mar Vista
- MSTRKRFT - Runaway (RYME Remix)
- Justice - Phantom Pt. II (Mathematic Remix)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Whatever its called, it's pure power pop, overflowing with ebullience that takes the more tempered original to new heights. Of course the designs in the original are excellent, especially in their ultra-emotive essence, but this "Ringtone" recasting speaks even more to my soul. While the guitar still shines through, it's the new soaring synths, warped vocals and flourishes of effect-laden fills that bring the rosy blush to your cheeks. However, the cherry on top has got to be ABSRDST's use of the vocals, particularly "I can't wait," whether intentional or not, teases tomorrows release. Pre-order here. FOLLOW ABSRDST: FACEBOOK SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER
Monday, July 24, 2017
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Friday, July 21, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
- HolloH - Hats Off!
- Daphni - Tin
- Atari Jones x Hudson Alexander - Focus (ft. Smrtdeath)
- Bénédicte - Rose
- Dzeko - California (ft. Brynn Elliott)
- Bastille - Glory (Young Bombs Remix)
- Sam Lamar - Denied
- Markus Aurelius - Solipsism
- INF1N1TE - Nerve Gear
- Rezz - Relax
- Max Vierkant - Emergency
- Blansh - Shake It Out
- ARTWERK & ARABIKA - Bus Us (ft. DatDude)
- Eff That - Roll Up
- Hiroyuki Sawano - Call Of Silence (Somna Bootleg Remix)
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
[Rant] Of course the age of technology leads to the ability to create this kind of music, but that's just half of the benefit of advancement. The other half is the internet, and it's social, sharing environment. And music is nothing if not social and shared? Therefore the service Soundcloud provides is almost essential. It's the people, for the people. I know money has to be made, but a balance has to be drawn. No matter what, the need will remain. If SC falls, another will rise in its place.
However enough of the rant, please enjoy a concise 13 tracks from my scan this morning, each quality in their own right, genre and use aside. I've done my best to mix from light to heavy, smooth to rough.Strayframe - Crimson (ft. Spence Hood) FREE
Coolest Crimson known to man. Smooth and intoxicating, with a pair of absolutely crushing drops.
Gromo - Reaction (ft. Breana Marin) FREE
Slow burning, deep, nuclear core reaction. Strong vocals make the lyric "keep coming back to it" true.
Heads2 - Up N Down
Warming things up with funky, swooning future bass. More great vocals, but the chops steal this show.
NatashaMichael - Fuego FREE
Drums light the fire with even more alluring lyrics. However, the vocal effects and sonic flourishes rule.
Blvk Sheep - Falling 4 U (ft. Rahn Harper) FREE
Massive mood. Screaming yet tender trap. Added synth in the second drop caps it perfectly.
GNDR - It's The Future FREE
Power pop future bass. Flying piano fingers, wild vocal chops and soaring synth - need I say more?
Fransis Derelle x Hopsteady - Imaginary Friends
Don't let that opening fool you this track is explosive. Say goodbye, you're catching a rocket.
Nina Las Vegas - Freeze
Frosted tip vocal chops, fight with a flurry of drums and room filling bass. Nina brings the frostbite.
Dualmind - One Day FREE
Wild, turn it around, double-bass blinder. If this is what Future House is, I like it.
The Weather Underground - Existence
Intelligent techno everything (Minimal, Avant-garde, Noise, Experimental). Hypnotic.
brxken drevm - deicide FREE
Only thing ground breaking here is the bass. Just a beat, but effective enough to strike a blow.
Her Mind - Blossom FREE
I've never heard a drop as absolutely, and quite literally, smashing. Period. And this one works. No matching that in the second half, so instead it's triumphant future bass. 5 star success, no doubt.
Markus Aurelius - Solipsism FREE
Robots rule reality in this roaring epic depiction of a dire heavy metal future.