EDM Euro Cup 2012 – Group 3

June 6th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

  

In the UEFA EURO 2012 tournament, the group that includes the reigning world champion and a four-time world champ is one to watch. Ditto for our EDM Euro cup. In dance music as in football, the Irish are the most fun to watch, with fans as crazy as they are dedicated. Spain has the EDM culture down to a T, as you’ll see when you check out the scenes in Madrid and Barcelona. Italy, of course, is home to some of the biggest names in house and the coolest kids in electro. And then there’s Croatia, known for crazy, and I mean absolutely off-the-hook, recover-for-a-month boat cruises and beach festivals. These teams may be relatively unknown, but they’re massively experienced — a group worth watching, indeed.


GROUP 3

Spain – Sak Noel

For so long the Spanish were perennial underachievers. They couldn’t win the tournament if the earth opened up and swallowed the other 15 teams. They always had a strong team, always looked to finish strong, and always choked. Or they did until 2008, when they finally wrapped it up with the help of a strong core of Barcelona players. Now they can’t lose, and are bidding to become the first country to win three major international tournaments in a row. EDM-wise, Espana has always been a hotbed for house music, and Ibiza is basically global ground zero for electronic music — EDM is practically woven into the very stones of the island. Ibiza is home to some of the best clubs in the world — and those clubs play host to every A-list DJ on the planet.

Yet for all that, Spain isn’t known for producing a spectacular bumper crop of homegrown DJs. So I made the sexy pick: Sak Noel. He may be the most inexperienced DJ in bpm:tv’s Euro 2012 tourney, but he also boasts the biggest song. This is what Ibiza feels like. WTF!?

A double dose!


Italy – Crookers

When it comes to soccer, few do it better than the Italians. When it comes to Italians DJs, few do it better than Crookers. It seems like only yesterday that this duo was breaking onto the scene with their smash hit remix of “Day ‘N’ Night.” This song was more than music — its effortless mix of rap and electro was something new and special. Electro had always been big in Europe, but this track made it big in North America. It was the snowball that started the avalanche we’re seeing today. Crookers faces some stiff competition from Benny Benassi and Bloody Beetroots, as well as from up-and-comers like The S and Stefano Noferini – but I think it’s Andrea “Bot” Fratangelo and Francesco “Phra” Barbaglia who best rep team Italia.

AC/DC  - Thunderstruck (Crookers Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Ireland – Annie Mac

Ireland may not have an oversupply of great producers, but there are definitely a few worth checking out: Johnny O’Callaghan and Timmy & Tommy stand out in my mind. But let’s be honest: when you think Irish DJs, you think Annie Mac. Miss Macca has been a pillar of the EDM community for close to a decade now. Loved by many for her easygoing, happy-go-lucky persona, this Dubliner knows her tunes. You want to hear something new and fresh, something you’ve never heard before? Two places to go: bpmtv.com or BBC Radio 1 on Fridays. True Say Annie Mac is Killing it!

Say no more …

Annie Mac Minimix: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Croatia – Miss Sunshine

One of the smaller countries in the tournament but by no means the weakest, Croatia is always well represented and well supported and well played. Behind the decks, their musical representative, Miss Sunshine, exhibits the same beauty the Croatian national squad displays on the pitch. Her live sets are meant to be seen and felt in a dark cave somewhere in Zagreb, where the mixture of liquor, sweat and drums put you in a trance. Her original tracks start slow and slowly began to grip at your soul, until you realize you’ve been dancing to the same beat for the past 15 minutes and don’t ever want to stop. She may not be as well known as the other artists in this group, but she can hold it down with the best of them.

Miss Sunshine – Revenge (Tic Tac Toe): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Miss Sunshine @ Dream Machine: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Next up: we finish our tournament with Group 4– in EDM terms, the Real Group of Death.

 


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Stinky, Stanky, Filthy, Outrageous, Disgusting, Epic, Ragin’

March 1st, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

What can we say about Toronto duo Zeds Dead that we haven’t already said? These guys have caught the wave of momentum so many artists crave and are riding it far ahead of the pack. In a week that has seen new releases from Alesso, Ingrosso and Kill The Noise it’s a double dose of Zeds Dead that has the kids going wild. DC and Hooks seem to be in perfect form, hitting the best stretch they have ever known. It’s a demonstration of the truth behind the old adage: hard work and dedication to your craft really will bring you the respect you deserve.

And let’s not forget Omar LinX. This young spitta is stepping up his game in a major way. For so long, dubstep rappers seem to have taken a backseat to the more traditional flowers. But LinX is walking right up to that stereotype with a automatic shotgun and sending it to its maker. His skill is undeniable, his chemistry with DC and Hooks extraordinary. Prepare for a nation of copycats to try to mimic the sound these three have created – but know that just ’cause it glitters don’t mean it’s gold.

And a lesson here for all up-and-coming DJs and producers: Zeds Dead initially gave away almost all of their tracks for free. That’s how you create a fanbase — well, that and making stinky, stanky, filthy, outrageous, disgusting, epic, ragin’ tracks!!!

Zeds Dead, baby. Zeds Dead.


The Roots feat. Monsters of Folk – Dear God 2.0 (Zeds Dead Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE



Sweets of the week tomorrow!

 


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Tuesday’s Turn – February 14

February 14th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

 

So what happened? Did Skrillex win a Grammy? No, please don’t answer that. The biggest sign of the EDM takeover isn’t the awards these artists are winning — it’s the sheer volume of buzz that gets uncorked when these awards go down. My Facebook and Twitter feeds were a veritable orgy of Skrillex and Deadmau5 praise on Sunday night, and that will always elicit a wry smile. But of course, congrats to Sonny for bagging three awards –and  to all the other winners, too.

Let’s jump back into it, shall we? On Friday I was bemoaning what a slow week it had been for new releases, and the production gods must’ve heard, because on the weekend I came across an abundance of new tracks — enough material to be talking about for days. But It’s only Tuesday. Let’s just check ‘em out and discuss later. Highlights include Jacques Lu Cont, who is worth the price of admission to Coachella alone!


Today is the eve of Dillon Francis Day, which we’ll be celebrating by checking out his brand new EP. In the meantime, Dillon has a nice fresh remix for us. So sick!

Clockwork – Hulk (Dillon Francis Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Felix Cartal is a beast — always has been, always will be. Whenever there’s anything new from him, it’s instantly news. Cop this on Beatport asap.

Felix Cartal – Domo: LISTEN TO IT HERE


After his huge night on Sunday, Skrillex served up a brand new joint with vocals. Seems about right. However this song is a litttttttle too emo for me.

Skrillex – My Good Bye: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Came across this thanks to Toddla T. It’s wibbly-wobbly-funky … catch-up?  Naw, ketchup! Very tasty!

Justice – Canon (Erol Alkan Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


… and I have plenty more. But you neeeeeed to really hear these two tracks. Here we go!

Anthem status!!!

Jacques Lu Cont – Church: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Miike Snow – Paddling Out (Jacques Lu Cont Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Jacques Lu Cont also put out a pretty crazy mini-mix on Annie Mac‘s show last Friday. CHECK IT OUT if you have a chance.

And a visual, mais bien sur.

Should have clips of my encounter with Dennis Ferrer up sometime this week.


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Tuesday’s Turn

January 24th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

  

A great weekend in EDM has passed us by, but not without dropping some anthems to keep on repeat on our iPods and Pioneers. It was always going to be something special, what with the large number of shows happening from Van City to Halifax.

One measure of a good weekend? The quality of the BBC Radio 1 Friday dance party. Unfortunately, Annie Mac wasn’t able to host her regular Friday show — but the replacement she found was none other than the “inventor” of dubstep himself, Skream. Mister Skream stepped into the booth and put together one of the best Radio 1 Friday mixdowns we’ve heard in a while. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show, CLICK HERE to listen. It might be worth downloading for those long shifts when your regular playlist just doesn’t cut it anymore. (Pete Tong was not to be outshone, by the way, as he also put together a wicked collection of the best big room house anthems on the globe right now.)

Another great part of the weekend was hearing Embrace Presents, the leader in bringing the best EDM talent to Canada, unveil its list of upcoming shows,which I’ve included below. Expect to see many of these reviewed in the weeks to come.


Some treats for you …

So we’ve all heard the rumours that a certain trio of Swedish DJs may not put together the most “authentic” mixes at their live shows. But when you have tracks this big, I don’t think it really matters anymore. Enjoy this one.

Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Nico Jaar is on fire! In his latest outing, he drops a typical Jaar 5am track that will leave you clinging to the dancefloor like a strung-out jabba wokkie! And yes that’s Demi Moore and Bruce Willis’s daughter delivering the vocals.

Nicolas Jaar – And I Say (feat. Scout LaRue and Will Epstein): LISTEN TO IT HERE


The only thing better than a new TEED track is a new TEED remix. Repeat please!

Jonquil – It’s My Part (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) (Snippet): LISTEN TO IT HERE 


Next up is a wicked Kid Cudi remix. Cudi sounds perfect on these beats!

Kid Cudi – Soundtrack 2 My Life (TYR & CR^NKN Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


And, as promised, a list of the best Embrace shows in Toronto coming up over the next couple of months. See you tomorrow kiddies!

Saturday, January 28 - BASSJACKERS with Special Guests
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street | Doors 9PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $10.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Saturday, January 28 - NIGHTBOX with THE BALCONIES & CHRISTIEN SUMMERS
Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West | Doors 9PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $8.50 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This & Soundscapes

Wednesday, February 1 - Trouble & Bassmentality Present: DROP THE LIME with THE M MACHINE
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $10.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Friday, February 3 – BENI with Special Guests
Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $10.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Saturday, February 4 - SURKIN with Special Guests
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $13.50 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Monday, February 6 - Presented in association with Drambuie: THE ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR with VACATIONER
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street | Doors 8:30PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $16.50 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Thursday, February 9 - A-TRAK with Special Guests
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street | Doors 9 PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $20.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Friday, February 10 - KEYS N KRATES with GRANDTHEFT
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street | Doors 10 PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $15.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Tuesday, February 14 - DIE ANTWOORD with Special Guests
The Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne Street | Doors 8PM | All Ages Event
Adv. Tickets $29.00 (plus facility fee & s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Wednesday, February 15 – Bassmentality Presents: 12TH PLANET with FLINCH & CRIZZLY
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $12.50 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Thursday, February 16 - JOHN DAHLBACK with Special Guests
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $15.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

** NEW DATE ** Thursday, February 16 - THEOPHILIUS LONDON with Special Guests
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $17.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Saturday, February 18 - Presented in association with Live Nation: SLEIGH BELLS with Special Guests
The Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne Street | Doors 8PM | All Ages Event
Adv. Tickets $24.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Saturday, February 18 - DJ KRUSH with THEVINYLKILLER
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $16.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Wednesday, February 22 – Bassmentality Presents: TWO FRESH with NiT GriT
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $12.50 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Saturday, February 25 - HOOK N SLING
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $12.50 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Wednesday, February 29 – Bassmentality Presents: DREAM & BOY KID CLOUD
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $10.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Saturday, March 3 - TRUST with ELL V GORE
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $10.50 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Tuesday, March 6 - An Evening with MOE.
The Mod Club, 722 College Street | Doors 8PM | All Ages Event
Adv. Tickets $29.00 (plus facility fee & s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Thursday, March 8 - BINGO PLAYERS with Special Guests
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $15.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

** NEW DATE ** Friday, March 16 - DEANER OF FUBAR with Special Guests
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $15.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Saturday, March 24 - Presented in Association with Hospital Records, Destiny Events & Electronic Nation: HIGH CONTRAST, NETSKY, CAMO & KROOKED, MYSTICAL INFLUENCE, LUSH & HYDEE
Kool Haus, 132 Queens Quay East | Doors 10PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $35.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca & Play De Record

Monday, April 2 - METRONOMY with Special Guests
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street | Doors 9PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $16.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record

Wednesday, April 4 - FIRST AID KIT with Special Guests
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West | Doors 9PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $18.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This & Soundscapes

Thursday, April 5 - HOWLER with Special Guests
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West | Doors 9PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $8.50 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This & Soundscapes

Friday, April 20 - HOCKEY TEETH
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West | Doors 9PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $10.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This & Soundscapes

Tuesday, May 1 - Presented in Association with Live Nation: MIIKE SNOW with Special Guests
Sound Academy, 11 Polson Street | Doors 8PM | All Ages Event
Adv. Tickets $26.50 (plus s.c.) at ticketmaster.ca, Rotate This & Soundscapes

Wednesday, May 2 - SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS with Special Guests
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street | Doors 9PM | 19+ Event
Adv. Tickets $15.00 (plus s.c.) at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record


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Calvin’s World

January 10th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

Not every day brings a batch of great new tracks — and I’m happy for that fact. Some days you need to sit back and dwell on the past, and all the good we’ve received from it. On days like this, it’s worth zeroing in on individual artists who deserve a little bit of a spotlight all their own. Today I’m going with Scotland’s new ambassador, Calvin Harris.

Calvin has been plugging away consistently for the past five years, dropping track after track, remix after remix. Some to great success, others not so much. While it may look like he had immediate chemistry with Kelis on “Bounce,” one tends to forget that back in 2007 they’d released “4th of July (Fireworks)” — a track that never really sprang to life.

I’ll be the first to tell you that popularity of a track is by no means the best measure of success. But when you have a collab of that magnitude, you’d expect the  focus would be on producing a song with the broadest appeal possible. It wasn’t. Calvin stuck to his guns, making more tracks for more artists, knowing that his productions were rock-solid, and that eventually the momentum would be on his side, rather than against him.


Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone: LISTEN TO IT HERE


So “I’m Not Alone” is already known as a monumental tune. That’s not even close to an overstatement. For many, it was the song of the decade. A track that vividly captures the life of a raver, it was everyone’s favourite tune for a minute. Admit it, you know it was.

That was all dandy — but it really wasn’t until 2011 that things took off for Calvin. I remember listening to him in conversation with Annie Mac in Ibiza last August, and hearing how amazed he was when Annie ranked him in the same heavyweight class as Guetta and Tiësto. By this time, he had put together a string of songs that the whole world wanted to hear. “Awooga” was kinda weird, but in an Afrojack world it was exactly what ravers wanted to hear. “Bounce” left nothing in doubt. Calvin and Kelis didn’t worry about how many people would like the song, and it benefited from the decision to give their creativity free rein. And then “Feel So Close” comes along and becomes a BBC Radio 1 favourite. Nero makes a colossal remix, and the rest is history.


All of these are heavy tracks. But it’s his collaboration with Rihanna  on “We Found Love” that has put him among the elite — and, in a way, elevated him above the elite. At this moment, there is no one else in the world like Rihanna. Everything she touches turns to gold. She is more than an “it” girl — she is the girl. But even Rihanna couldn’t have imagined just how big this song would be. Number one in more than 40 countries, countless plays on North American and European radio stations, and a video that is destined to rack up every MTV award in sight.

Is this the pinnacle — or just the beginning for a new global DJ? The answer can only be answered in time, but I’ll tell you this: Calvin Harris never quit when he was down, so I wouldn’t expect him to stop now!

Calvin Harris feat. Kelis – Bounce: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Big beat!!

Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris- Dance Wiv Me: LISTEN TO IT HERE


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A Couple of Snacks

December 13th, 2011

Posted by Scott Willats

  

The festive time is approaching, and with the holiday season comes the annual barrage of year-end reviews. I’ve been seeing a lot of blogs posting their top 10 DJs or top 10 songs of 2011. I’m always torn when I see these posts. One the one hand, as a fan I’m always cheering for my favourite artists to make the cut. On the the other hand, it seems absolutely ridiculous that only 10 tracks or artists could possibly rank as the best of the year.

I was talking to a  fellow electro head the other night who told me he loves our “Sweets of the Week” posts because they place a great deal of importance on variety. Exactly! Every week, I try to deliver six or eight of the most original-sounding new tunes. Can u imagine if I just took ten from the whole year? Impossible.

Anyways, as you can see, I’m rambling a bit — because at the end of the day, I still do like these year-end reviews. The question is: do you? I have a couple of ideas for the coming weeks.  In addition to new tracks, in each post I’ll be dropping a song or two from this past year that should be remembered. However, if you are a fan of the top 10 format let me know — and tell me who you think should be on the list — and we’ll make something happen.

Until then, some tracks found over the weekend that I think you’ll enjoy …


A friend of mine organised an Adventure Club concert in Sudbury a couple of weeks ago. Apparently it got a little out of hand: unconfirmed eyewitness accounts suggest Leighton may have been running in his birthday suit through the Holiday Inn. This track caused a similar reaction in my house this weekend … and that’s all I’m gonna say. Emily Haines, u so fiiiiiiiiiiiiiine!

Metric – Collect Call (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Alert the crowd, Benga is on his remix tip. Evacuate immediately. BAM! Full volume …

A-Trak and Zinc – Stingray (Benga Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Heard this track on Annie Mac, Friday in my flat, figured it was beats from Jack. See what I did there? Forgive the corn. This is like a Fake Blood dubstep track … eaaaasy.

Jack Beats – End Of Love: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Brand spanking new. I’m a huge fan of DJ Kue, especially his B.O.B and Lady Gaga remixes. This is another track for the masses. Sometimes you gotta play this at the venue, and most of the time you end up liking it more than you wanted to. Trust me, this is a banger.


This sounds a li’l dirrrty… Dillon, get em!

Chuckie – Who Is Ready To Jump (Dillion Francis Remix) (Dirty): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Chris Lake, Zeds Dead and tons more this week, all at your favourite bookmark……….xx

 


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DJ Mehdi (1977-2011)

September 13th, 2011

DJ Mehdi (born Mehdi Favéris-Essadi), the Parisian electro/hip-hop producer renowned for his work with the likes of Daft Punk and Chromeo, has died at age 34 — apparently the result of an accidental fall. Friends, collaborators and his many admirers are paying tribute.

Chromeo: “We lost our brother. No words.”

Theo Keating (Fake Blood): “We have lost one of the rare beautiful people in this business. A true gentelemen and a friend. I am in pieces. My heart goes out to his boy.”

Martin Solveig: “Devastated. We all loved Mehdi. My warmest thoughts to his relatives and Ed Banger crew.”

Uffie: “I’m so sad I couldn’t be at the hospital with the rest of the crew to see your face one last time. You knew how to light up our heart as did a dancefloor. Life wont be the same without you in it… we will miss you more than words can say… I just cant believe this…love you.”

Annie Mac: “I’m speechless for the loss of DJ Mehdi. Sending all my love to his beautiful family and to Pedro Winter and Ed banger Records in Paris. X”

deadmau5: “rest in peace Dj Mehdi :( didn’t get a chance to meet you, but fortunate enough to know you through the amazing music that inspired millions, myself included.”

MORE INFORMATION HERE.

Sampling: Dillon Francis

June 2nd, 2011

How awesome is Annie Mac? A massively successful DJ and host of her own highly influential BBC Radio 1 show, she’s the star of this week’s bpm:tv Web Exclusive video, which you need to check out asap.

All that, and she posts a brilliant free track on her Web site every Monday. Our favourite of late comes from Dillon Francis, one of the stars of the emerging Moombahton scene, which you can hear Annie discussing in that Web Exclusive clip. The track is called “Beautician,” and you can listen to it here.

Dillon Francis – Beautician by Annie Mac Presents

You can listen to more from Dillon Francis over here.

Live Review: Annie Mac

April 20th, 2011

Annie Mac @ Webster Hall, New York: April 15, 2011
Reviewed by Scott Willats

Get on the N train. Off at 8th Street. Hit the pavement. NYU Hospitality, Soho Swag, welcome to Webster Hall, welcome to New York City.

The minute I arrived at Webster Hall for their latest version of “Girls & Boys” the city was talking to us. A couple of hipsters from the Lower East Side had raved that you will not see an electro genre show in a better place than Webster Hall. I told them it would be tough to impress a bpm:tv reviewer because we have access to the best concerts in the best venues. But he was sure I would leave tonight feeling a complete sweet sensation.

My newfound L.E.S friend said, “The key with Webster Hall is the three floors. If you’re a real electro fan you’ll eventually end up downstairs, no matter how good the DJ is on the main floor. Who are you guys planning on checking out? Oh, Annie Mac? Yeah, she might be the rare DJ to keep you satisfied on the main floor.”

You have no idea.

What can you say about Ms. Mac? Is the woman ever angry? Has she ever played a dated tune? Is she the most likeable personality in the house/electro scene? Whenever I look at Annie Mac, I think that she would make the most amazing best friend. Always friendly, always eager to hear new music, and always willing and wanting to share.

Before I get into the absolute phenomenon that was her show, I must give a very big shout-out to Savoy, who opened for her. Specific club DJs sometimes get overlooked, and I have to admit my anticipation to see Annie was so high that I didn’t think much of Savoy. But the Brooklyn DJ opened my eyes in a hurry with tunes like “Get Static,”, “Money for Nothing” and a track that I had to run backstage to find out what the name was: “Hella Good Remix.” A very talented DJ/producer with a great “big room” sound. Check him out here.

On to our main squeeze and her performance. The crowd — some of the most knowledgeable dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass fans I’ve seen in a while — were screaming for Mac the minute Savoy finished. Up comes the skinny, pale-faced, crazy-hair beauty, with an assortment of Heineken, water and juices to her right. She starts us off with Justice’s “Civilization,” and suddenly the atmosphere is just like the Adidas commercial that track features on: competitive. It feels like she wants to outdo each song with the next. The show felt like Friday night on BBC Radio 1: non-stop energy. Let’s be honest, though: the dubsteppers were in the building, and they were very pleased when she broke the floor with Rusko’s “Everyday.” Try and picture it: 3,000 in-your-face lunatics going nuts … and then pause. “The Sun is Shining Everday.” BAM! Skank and Stride with Your Screwface Pride, UGLY!

She’s unique because she doesn’t divide her sets with genres. She literally plays the next best song that matches the crowd’s energy. The Rusko chuune was very deep and massive, but the real highlight track of the night was Dr. Gonzo‘s “Springer.” If Dr. Gonzo doesn’t sound familiar to you, you’re not alone, it’s a new name for the all-star collaboration of Crookers, Wax Motif and Neocentric. “Bust Em Up” is their main release, but “Springer” might be bouncing and bumping its way across dancefloors all summer. You must check it out; just another gem in Ms. Mac’s arsenal.

The night became a blur after that. The combination of drum ‘n’ bass, electro and dubstep with a hint of reggae was so precise and so fine that only a skilled DJ could perfect this kind of set, and with such ease. She sent us home with a song she has been playing on a regular basis for the past two months on her show, Chase and Status’s “Blind Faith” — which if you haven’t heard yet, you can thank me later. Such a perfect song to exit on, it actually left me feeling sad. But there was nothing to cry about. Because just like the song screams, Annie Mac and Webster Hall gave me such a “sweet sensation.”