A haunted weekend has passed, full of horror films starring B-list actors and lots and lots of fake blood. Just as many Halloween parties featuring club smoke, gummy worms and a battle for the best costumes. A lot of good concerts as well, especially in the Toronto area, as both Annie Mac and Madeon entertained crowds thanks to Embrace Presents.
Halloween is always a weekend crowded with events. Sometimes you just don’t have enough time and you’re forced to miss an event you were dying to see. Every time Annie Mac in town, you can pretty much guarantee that I’m there. It was not to be this year, and I’m still upset about that. All the same, I got to attend a lot of events and heard an awesome selection of new songs. Here are some of the bigger ones I came across.
The first is a nice little remix of Tiësto’s “Maximal Crazy” by Bassjackers. They’ve been absolutely killing it of late, and this is no different.
And a little mainstream feel for you right now. I’m a huge fan of DJ Kue’s remixes (Lady Gaga‘s “Monster” and B.O.B.’s “Beast Mode” being among those that stand out). Now the four-eyed spinner is back with another batch — again taking on popular songs. Have a listen if you like — if not, no harm no foul. Very urban influenced here.
It’s the week when guys dress in the most hideous or hilarious outfits they can find, while every woman resembles a porn star — and I couldn’t be happier. Halloween is a weekend that many of us cherish. Whether you’re the little kid who gets a night of candy and excitement, the high school and college kids making blurry mistakes at a Halloween kegger or the adult who appreciates the fun of a good night with friends, Halloween is always a joy. So let’s make it a little more fun!
I’ve compiled a playlist of some of the best electro-house tracks to play this weekend. Whether you’re playing at a party, hosting one or just messing with the kids that walk to your door, I’m sure this will fit in nice and perfect. So strap up and keep your children close because … alll work and no play make Johnny a dulllllll boy! REDRUM!
Felix Cartal does a great job of making an eerie melody, Clockwork picks it up and adds the zombies!
Yes, it’s only Thursday. But I have a special post for you tomorrow, so I thought I’d share what I’m feeling this week a day earlier rather than not at all.
First of all, this was a huge week for new releases. First comes from a duo out of France, who released the album people have been waiting some little while for. Audio, Video, Disco finally dropped on Tuesday– and unfortunately for our friends Justice, many people in Internetland had already gotten their paws on it weeks earlier. Without dissecting it at length (because there are plenty, and I mean plenty of “critics” doing that), I’ll just say: I think it’s a good album. Different, just like Cross was four years ago.
The other huge release comes from a bpm:tv staple and a personal favourite interview of mine: Kaskade dropped a double album, Fire & Ice — and if you know anything at all about Kas, you know it’s heavy and well thought-out.
The first disc is called Fire and features collaborations on every track. A lot of good vocals and catchy strings: everything that makes up today’s poppy sound — and that’s with nothing to be ashamed of. The second disc, Ice, is all songs remixed by Kaskade. Admittedly, two discs’ worth is a lot of Kaskade — but he’s earned it, and I can recommend picking it up. “Turn it Down (Fire Version)” is my fav track, but all of them have a big room sound. For the parties where there are more “top 40″ girls than you know what to do with, this is the album to play.
So without further delay, let’s get into the tracks I’ve been feeling this the week.
Kaskade’s remix of Kaskade’s track “Ice (Ice Version)”. Simple enough to understand, right?
Look, it was always going to be so easy to dislike the Justice album. Though the entirety isn’t my cup of tea, there are very special gems in there. This is more than a track to me. It’s elegance and sophistication that I would loooooooove to see live at a festival (which is what I think this whole album is meant for).
The Boomzers are back! And they have a heavy, loud and uptempo in-your-face track to prove it. If your not familiar with The Boomzers: they’re an Italian electro duo. Fans of Bloody Beetroots, Crookers, The “S” or Fare Soldi? You should pick this up, then.
Happy Hump Day to all you electroites out there. Hope the week is treating you well. The weather today (here in Toronto) is a scene straight out Se7en: dark, wet, and grimy. On a day like this, I try to find the type of track or artist that fits the mood. Sometimes I’ll strike out and fail miserably — but the times I do hit it on the nose are the ones when the day feels perfect.
Enter Julio Bashmore. The Bristol native has had a remarkable year, really making his mark in the world of house. In my Designer Drugs live review a while back, I mentioned that he was playing the same night at another venue down the street, and that the consensus seemed to be that his was the show worth seeing. I chose DD — but the larger crowd chose Bashmore. It became crystal clear right then that he was on to something special, and that if the momentum continued 2011 would be Bashmore’s Year.
I won’t waste my time trying to describe his style, because it’s so distinctive and so spacey that each listener really needs to come up with his or her own interpretation. What I will say, to all the DJs out there unfamiliar with him, is this: if you find yourself playing a later set, his is the perfect 4am to 5 am sound. You can really put everyone in a very specific zone with his tunes. And for those of you who aren’t DJs … well, on a dark and grungy day like today, his tunes are perfect. Try him out.
How about this essential mix? Played for BBC Radio 1 about a month ago, just an absolutely perfect two hours. Like I’ve said before, I truly believe mixes were made for Wednesday. It’s all yours. (You’ll find the full playlist HERE.)
And then there’s this remix. I heard this track about three years ago and it’s been a personal favourite of mine ever since. Not many people seem to have the tune in their catalogue, so be sure to pick it up. I love this track!
The DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll results have been released along with the predictable controversies. This year the first grumblings heard on social networks were all about the now pop-friendly David Guetta took the coveted supreme spot away from Armin Van Buuren.
Here’s how the 10 vote-getters themselves responded on Facebook and Twitter.
1 – David Guetta – Thank you so much for making me number one at the top 100. I have the best fans in the world! -
2 – Armin Van Buuren – Thanks to everybody for the massive support this year no.2 @djmag & best trance! Congrats to @davidguetta for winning this year. -
3 – Tiësto – Thanks for being #1 in your heart, that’s the only thing that matters to me! -
4 – Deadmau5 – #4 again on the top100 DJ polls… hey, not bad for someone who isnt a DJ. Anythings possible folks! -
5 – Above & Beyond – Congratulations to David Guetta for topping the DJMag poll. And big thanks to everyone who voted for us, well chuffed with 5! Tx
6 – Avicii – HALF A MILLION LIKES … AND … NUMBER 6 in the WORLD!!! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE MY FANS!!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ x infinity
7 – Afrojack – Yeesssss #7!!!!! Thanks everyone for voting!!!!!! I fking love u guys!!! Wooot! And great celebrating JACKED last night! 2012 baby les gooo!
8 – Dash Berlin – THANK YOU ALL!
9 – Markus Schulz – Amazing to be in the top 10 again. Thanks to everyone for the support. -
10 – Swedish House Mafia – Big respect to all the Dj’s and the fans that have been supporting this scene and made it so big and it can only get bigger and better. Keep it up. Proud of you guys – Sebastian Ingrosso
REPUBLIC OF DANCE is a bangin’ new compilation from Sony Music and Ultra Records, featuring killer club tracks from deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner, Bingo Players, Mia Martina, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris and many more.
Broooooooooooooklyn!!!! A special edition of Sweets of the Week brought to you from Williamsburg, Brooklyn New York City. As you can imagine, I’m running around to every record store I can find to hear tracks I’ve never heard before to lay on a silver platter for you. So I won’t have a long post today, but with the treats I’m leaving you I doubt you’ll mind. Let’s do it.
New artist, and this track is sooooooooo incredibly amazing — bump at full blast and listen to the whole track, ’cause it keeps getting better all the way to the end. Griz baby!
Let’s talk about Moombahton. Whenever a new genre pops its head into our iPods, there will always be skeptics, haters and posers. I’m not here to examine what types of people make up those three unique categories — that’s not my job. Truthfully, I don’t believe it’s any person’s job. What is my job is to present to you the various characters who have become influential in this genre, lay it on a plate for you, let you savour and digest it, and come to your own opinion about the outcome.
I’m not going to date myself and say I remember when dubstep started. I’m really not that old, and I don’t want to be. But I do remember when it first started to get big here in North America. It was 2007-2008 when the people who had their ears glued to London’s underground began picking up on this grungy, drum-influenced, bass-inspired music. What it had in common with moombahton was: it was very specific, and people either loved it or hated it.
Well, the tables have turned. This time around, it’s North Americans who are the creators of a new genre, and it’s everybody else who needs to decide whether they “feel it or not.” Now, I’m not expert on the subject of who invented the genre or how, but from what I understand, it all basically started with Dave Nada slowing down an Afrojack beat. The track was Moombah, and when he slowed it to 108 (107-111 is the bpm that all moombahton follows) he thought it sounded like reggaeton — so he named it Moombahton.
Whatever the story, this is definitely made for dancing. Sometimes electro just goes faster than you can manage on the dance floor. I mean, you’ve had a couple of brews and you’re a little bloated, right? Lol, no problem: we just slow that tempo down to 108 and it’s easy skankin’, ya dig me?
The one criticism that can be laid on Moombahton — and it’s the same one I’ve heard about dubstep — is that it’s too much like reggae. I’m a huge a dancehall fan, huuuuuge, and I respect what the likes of Vybz, Movado, Busy and Jahvinci are all doing right now. I do believe the genres sound similar (I mean, Major Lazer‘s Pon de Floor could as easily be placed in either category). But Moombahton has way more of a EDM feel, while reggae always seems closer to soul.
But enough of the dry stuff; let’s get into the tunes — starting with the track where it all began.
Dunno about you, but to me some Wednesdays feel about 48 hours long. While Wednesdays has been known as a good day to party, it still feels miles away from the weekend. Days like these are in dire need of good music. The type of music you can zone into. The type of music you don’t need to look down at your iPod every five minutes for a new track. These are the days for mixtapes, and we have been blessed with a good one today.
A week ago, three friends gave us an early Halloween gift. The Glitch Mob released the More Voltage mixtape, which delivers megawatts of strength unmatched in the glitch/fidget world. Boreta, Ooah, and Ed are HUGE right now. Now, we can all sit here and say that their recent success is all about the LA scene LA that they come from or their tireless tour schedule — fair enough. But let’s be honest: their name rocketed up in popularity after their Spotlight on bpm:tv. ‘Cos that’s just what we do here — we’re in the artist promotion business. We can make you a star! Just give us more cowbell!
So yeah, I’m being sarcastic. But it’s been majorly to see these guys blow up in such a short time. The best thing about the three is the way they always seem to challenge each other. Whether in the studio or on stage, there’s an absence of complacency that I really wish more artists would emulate.
I also have a little bonus. There is history with The Glitch Mob. It wasn’t always just three of them. There used to be more. Matthew Kratz was one of them — and he was a major contributor. He’s just released his new album, Anthems Of The Hero, under the name Kraddy, and it deserves some recognition too. To be honest, it’s pretty sick. Enjoy: