Gosia’s Track of the Day: Pink Is Punk & Benny Benassi, “Perfect Storm”

January 2nd, 2013

Pink Is Punk & Benny Benassi – Perfect Storm: BUY IT ON BEATPORT

Benny Benassi has teamed up with fellow Italians Pink is Punk (a.k.a. Andrea and Nico) to create this raw, grimy, body-pumping track. Even after three decades on the EDM scene, Benassi’s sound and style continue to evolve — and this collab proves he’s still got it! A good track to help bring you gently back to reality after the blow-out that was New Year’s Eve. Hope everyone had wonderful and safe holidays!

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Gosia Mrugala is a Toronto-based blogger and reviewer. You can read her blog HERE, and follow her on Twitter HERE.

 

Sweets of the Week: Almost the End of Summer Edition

August 20th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

Do you feel it? I definitely feel it. It’s the sound of summer coming to an end.

Ok ok ok ok! Hold on! Quit throwing rotten vegetables! I didn’t mean to say that it’s over — only that this wonderful, busy, record-breaking summer of ours seems to be winding down. But it’s not all doom and gloom: after all, autumn is when producers head back in to the studio, study what they’ve hearing on tour all summer, and get down to creating some next-level shit.

Consider this a quick snapshot of what’s going down as the summer draws to a close.


Anthem. ’nuff said.

Sebastien Tellier – Russian Attractions (Nation Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Benny Benassi takes on the Legend.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Jammin (Benny Benassi Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


The trap is back, as Flosstradamus continue making next-level shit.

Flosstradamus – UNDERGR☢UND ANTHEM: LISTEN TO IT HERE


A little tardy on this one — but the grime is so epic I’m thinking you’ll forgive me.

will.i.am feat. Eva Simons – This Is Love (Afrojack Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Already a huge fan of the original, I appreciate Frenzy’s decision to wait on the remix so it could get a proper hearing. Wicked.

Childish Gambino – Heartbeat (Frenzy Re-Bounce): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Got more trashy electro for you, right here.

La Musique D’Ordinateur – Revolver (Andy’s iLL Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen about this kid for a while now: he makes wicked electro house. Case in point.

Le Castle Vania – Play Loud: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Funky as f**k!

Surrender! – S_M_A_S_H (Blende Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


This is massive, but I can’t seem to find a copy of the whole thing, so we’ll make do with the video.


Heavy heavy heavy remix of a crowd favorite


This just feels good down in your bones


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Attention shoppers: bpm:tv DANCE 2012 compilation in stores today!

April 3rd, 2012

And the awesome continues. (Who said April is the cruelest month? Oh, right: this guy.)

So anyway. Our long-awaited bpm:tv DANCE 2012 compilation CD hits the streets today, with a lineup that includes Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Martin Solveig & Dragonette, Nervo featuring Afrojack & Steve Aoki, Sak Noel … and many more, as they say on the television. Mixed, as always, by the estimable DJ Marky D.

You can find bpm:tv DANCE 2012 at Best Buy, HMV and Walmart, or BUY IT ONLINE.

Own it!


TRACKLIST

INTERNATIONAL LOVE (CLINTON SPARKS & DISCO FRIES RADIO MIX) – PITBULL feat. CHRIS BROWN

BODY WORK (CLUB MIX EDIT) – MORGAN PAGE feat. TEGAN AND SARA

BIG IN JAPAN (DENZAL PARK REMIX) – MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE feat. IDOLING!!!

TURN THIS CLUB AROUND – R.I.O. feat. U-JEAN

PASO (THE NINI ANTHEM) – SAK NOEL

ANTIDOTE – SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA VS. KNIFE PARTY

MUTATE (ORIGINAL EDIT) – SIDNEY SAMSON & LIL JON

AURAL PSYNAPSE – DEADMAU5

WE’RE ALL NO ONE – NERVO feat. AFROJACK AND STEVE AOKI

LONELY TONIGHT (ORIGINAL ENGLISH RADIO EDIT) – HOLD UP

I COULD STAY (CHR REMIX) – KREESHA TURNER

MR. KNOW IT ALL (BILLIONAIRE REMIX) – KELLY CLARKSON

…AND MORE!


 

Live Review: Bingo Players @ The Hoxton

March 12th, 2012

Posted by Gosia Mrugala

BINGO PLAYERS @ THE HOXTON, TORONTO – MARCH 8, 2012

Another incredible night at The Hoxton — and if you weren’t present, you most definitely missed out on a crazy party!

Sad admit it, but this was the first time I’d ever seen Simon Jain behind the decks. I can confidently say that he absolutely rocked that dance floor. His interaction with the crowd was exceptional, too. Definitely the perfect musical aperitif for the Bingo Players.

Once the Dutch duo took the stage an ecstatic vibe surged through the crowd. Their musical selection was impressively diverse: everything from “Feel So Close” to the Skrillex remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema.” They even took “Warp” for a spin.

Their music is very capriccioso, and watching them live is an unalloyed pleasure. When they let “Rattle” blast through the speaker I felt my body — and every body around me — go into an absolute frenzy. That track is a pure blast of adrenaline rushing through body and mind. Girls crawled onto guys’ shoulders just to get close to the Bingo Players level.

Audio specialist Paul Bäumer and graphic designer Maarten Hoogstraten have proven themselves masterful producers, crafting a succession with brilliant tracks in their Enschede atelier. I’m eager to see what they deliver in the future, and when they return to Canada I am most definitely going to be there. Take my recommendation and do the same.

A special thanks goes out to Embrace Presents for making this night possible.

Photo by Gosia Mrugala (IAMMUZYKA)


Gosia Mrugala is a Toronto-based blogger and reviewer. You can read her blog HERE, and follow her on Twitter HERE.

Monday Mash – January 30

January 30th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

 

With the first month of the year coming to a close , we can say with confidence and optimism that 2012 has already produced some great EDM tracks, and is looking to be the year of the bass and synth. With a basket full of club anthems and pop ditties, I’m betting that when the warm weather arrives, our music will once again be the soundtrack everyone’s riding to.

One of the biggest releases of ’12 so far comes from Steve Aoki. It’s a hotly anticipated album — and one that has, to be frank, a very specific sound. I’ll review it tomorrow, so be sure to check back in.

Plenty of great tracks surfaced this past weekend. Take a second and jot ‘em down. Some may be a little too hype for a Monday — but hey, it’s almost Tuesday … when us ravers gets started!

Afrojack & Shermanology – Can’t Stop Me (Aylen Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Keep Me Waiting (Vitodito & Oza x Sia x Flo Rida x Gary Go x Benny Benassi x Neon Hitch): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Free!!! Nero – Must Be The Feeling (Delta Heavy Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Must have!!! Treasure Fingers & Malente – Crusaders EP: LISTEN TO IT HERE


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An Electroman’s Touch

October 5th, 2011

 

Posted by Scott Willats

One of the things that I noticed a good month ago at Labour of Love is the undeniable star status of one Benny Benassi. I can remember early 2004-2005 coming across those extremely bass-filled electro tracks from the Italian. His tracks always sounded so raunchy back then: almost forbidden, yet seductive like all good sins. The fruit was too tempting back then — and it’s even more so today.

Electroman was more than an album, it was International. It’s too bad we missed out on the bpm:tv interview we had planned with him back in August: he flew in on a private jet for his set, and flew out right after because he had a set at Electric Zoo a mere six hours (!) or so later.

That is an international superstar. That is Benny Benassi.

It’s good to hear something new from him, because once most artists release an album all we get for the next while is some tracks that didn’t make the album, or some one-off collaborations. Mr. Benassi, however, has chosen to remix a gem of a track from the new Florence + The Machine record. The track is heat from the beginning and never lets up. Florence Welch’s vocals are absolutely magical on the chords as well. Download immediately. Get the original as well.

Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out (Benny Benassi Remix)


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By the way, it’s not exactly the genre we’re known for but there’s a remix of the same track by The Weeknd that I think is pretty tight.

Florence + The Machine – Shake it Out (The Weeknd Remix)


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I also have a braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand new track from Spencer & Hill. Love these Germans. Do you like to tan and fist-pump? Then THIS is your tune!

Spencer & Hill & Nadia Ali – Believe It (Club Mix): LISTEN TO IT HERE

Forzaaa Electro! … xx


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Scott’s Selections – Episode One

June 28th, 2011

We’re excited to be launching a brand new bpmtv.com EXCLUSIVE feature. Starting today, you’ll be enjoying a regular series of podcasts produced and hosted by bpm:tv’s Scott Willats. SCOTT’S SELECTIONS will round up the biggest, best and baddest electro tracks from the club scene, for your delight and wonderment.

We’ve got Episode One for you right here. Check below for the track listing, with links. And stayed tuned for SCOTT’S SELECTIONS #2 — coming soon!


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CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD


Track Listing

* Aeroplane - Superstar (The Krays Remix)

* Skrillex - Disco Rangers

* Monarchy - Love Get out of my way (Benny Benassi Remix)

* Lady Gaga – Judas (R3HAB Remix)

* Ke$ha – Blow (Cirkut Remix)

* Aeroplane - Without Lies (Kris Menace Remix)


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bpm:tv’s Guide to the Best New Music – June

June 2nd, 2011

Check it out! bpm:tv’s absurdly comprehensive guide to the month’s most important new dance and electronic music releases.

Benny Benassi, Electroman
Italian electro house superstar Benny Benassi drops his eagerly anticipated new album, featuring collaborations with T-Pain (“Electroman”), Chris Brown (“Beautiful People”), the Ying Yang Twins and Kelis, plus the Skrillex remix of “Cinema.” (Week of June 7)

Above & Beyond, Group Therapy
Riding high on the success of their latest single “Sun and Moon,” British trance trio Above & Beyond unleash their sophomore long-player, featuring vocals from Zoe Johnston and Richard Bedford. (Week of June 7)

Trentemoller, LateNightTales
Danish electronic producer Trentemoller oversees the latest installment in the Late Night Tales compilation series, assembling an eclectic wee-hours mix that includes tracks by This Mortal Coil, Mazzy Star, the Velvet Underground and Low. (Week of June 7)

Sydney Blu, Live From Mansion
A native of beautiful Thunder Bay, Ontario, fast-rising Miami DJ Sydney Blu drops her debut CD, a mix recorded live at the famous Mansion Nightclub in Miami Beach, and featuring her killer remixes of Jefferson Airplane’s “Want Somebody” and the theme from True Blood. (Week of June 7)

Jessica 6, See The Light
Brooklyn trio Jessica 6 fuse disco, R&B, New Jack Swing, underground hip-hop, noir pop (whatever that is), classic horror movies and a host of other influences on this debut album. (Week of June 7)

Blue Stone, Pandora’s Box
Get set for more gauzy chill-out music from southern U.S. electro-pop outfit Blue Stone. (Week of June 7)

Manik, Armies of the Night
Samples from Walter Hill’s classic cult film The Warriors set the tone for this debut release from Queens, New York native Manik, a purveyor of deep house recently pegged by DJ Mag as a talent to watch in 2011. (Week of June 7)

More New Releases (Week of June 7)YoungstaRinse 14Holy OtherWith UMihai PopoviciuUnexpected TruthMassimiliano PagliaraFocus For InfinityNiko SchwindGood Morning MidnightGabriel Ananda,Selected Techno WorksHelmut DubnitzkyWe WalkJoachim SpiethSelected 7



 

Junior Boys, It’s All True
The pride of Hamilton, Ontario, synthpop duo Junior Boys (a.k.a. Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus) release their fourth long-player on UK indie label Domino. A 12-inch of the album’s closer, “Banana Ripple,” features remixes by The Field and Tom Moulton. (Week of June 14)

Richard Durand, In Search of Sunrise 9: India
Dutch tech trance maestro Richard Durand, who replaced Tiesto last year at the helm of Black Hole Recordings’ acclaimed In Search of Sunrise compilation series, draws on the sounds of India’s thriving trance scene in this latest two-disc mix. (Week of June 14)

Dash Berlin, 2011: United Destination
They don’t call him “The Flying Dutchman” for nothing. Dutch trance star Dash Berlin (a.k.a. Jeff X Sutorius) cements his rapid rise into the international DJ elite with the second edition of his United Destination mix compilation series. (Week of June 14)

Wolfgang Gartner Presents: Electric Daisy Carnival Vol. 2
Riding high on the success of his breakthrough single, “Illmerica,” Texas electro house DJ Wolfgang Gartner has assembled this killer mix, a companion to this year’s sprawling five-city Electric Daisy Carnival event. Highlights include “Turbulence,” “Sun & Moon,” “Niton (The Reason)” and more. (Week of June 14)

Ante Perry, Flashing Disco Sounds II
Flamboyant German DJ and scenester Ante Perry celebrates the nightlife with a double CD compilation that captures his “swinging, dangerously sexy sound” on tracks that veer from deep house to disco. (Week of June 14)

More New Releases (Week of June 14): Lexy & K-Paul, Psycho; Orjan Nilsen, In My Opinion; Sied Van Riel, Rielism; Electro Wave; PlanningtoRock, W; Matthias Stubo, 1979; Cocoon Heroes, Mixed by Adam Beyer and Dorian Paic



 

Digitalism, I Love You, Dude
German dance-punk duo Digitalism (a.k.a. Jens Moelle and Ismail Tufekci) returns with their sophomore release — and the gorgeous lead single “2 Hearts” bodes well for this effort. Julian Casablancas of The Strokes lent songwriting assistance on “Forrest Gump.” (Week of June 21)

John Tejada, Parabolas
Veteran West Coast producer John Tejada follows up his 12-inch Unstable Condition for Kompakt with a new full-length album showcasing his trademark brand of melodic tech house. (Week of June 21)

The Japanese Popstars, Controlling Your Allegiance
Northern Ireland’s The Japanese Popstars have been pegged as one of electronic music’s most likely breakthrough acts of 2011, on the strength of their raucous live shows and their remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, Beyonce and Kylie Minogue. Their first album for Astralwerks features collaborations with Green Velvet, M83, Jon Spencer and The Cure’s Robert Smith. (Week of June 21)

When Saints Go Machine, Konkylie
With increasingly high-profile gigs on their agenda, a deal with dance label !k7 and their second album set to drop, Danish electro-pop outfit When Saints Go Machine are poised for bigger things. (Week of June 21)

Benji Boko, Beats Treats & All Things Unique
Known for his big hair and bigger stage presence, Brit DJ Benji Boko has recruited guest collaborators such as Maxi Jazz (of Faithless) and Ricky Rankin (of Roots Manuva) for a debut album that promises to cement his rep as a rising talent to watch. (Week June 21)

More New Releases (Week of June 21): Armada Trance; Example & DJ Wire Present the Playlist; Shapeshifters, Nikki Beach in the House; Josh Gabriel, Winter Kills; Roedelius, Piano Piano; Deadbeat, Drawn and Quartered; Paul Hardcastle, Hardcastle 6; Alessio Mereu, Tripolarity; Margaret Dygas

 


 

John Digweed, Structures 2
Veteran British trance DJ John Digweed releases this generous three-disc package on his Bedrock imprint: two mixes, plus a collection of previously unreleased Bedrock tracks from the likes of Robert Babicz, Maetrik (a.k.a. Maceo Plex) and Digweed himself. (Week of June 28)

SBTRKT
On his debut album, fast-rising South London producer SBTRKT explores the territory where dubstep and UK garage intersect with pop. Guest vocalists include Jessie Ware, Sampha and Yukimi Nagano of Sweden’s Little Dragon. (Week of June 28)

Thievery Corporation, Culture of Fear
Washington, D.C. DJ duo Thievery Corporation (a.k.a. Rob Garza and Eric Hilton) drop their sixth studio album, which promises to continue their tradition of mixing and matching genres: from hip-hop and “space-rock” jams to down-tempo trance and dub. Boston underground rapper Mr. Lif adds vocals on the title track. (Week of June 28)

Com Truise, Galactic Melt
Signed to Ghostly International on the strength of his acclaimed Cyanide Sisters EP, New Jersey’s Com Truise (a.k.a. musician and designer Seth Haley) serves up a debut album showcasing his self-described “mid-fi synth-wave slow-motion funk.” Thematically, it’s a soundtrack of sorts for a biopic of Com Truise, “the world’s first synthetic/robotic astronaut.” (Week of June 28)

D:Ream, In Memory Of…
Did you know that Brian Cox, a onetime member of D:Ream, the UK dance-pop hitmakers of the Nineties, is now a renowned physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider project? (The things you learn on Wikipedia.) Professor Cox contributes some keyboard work to the reunited band’s new album – their first studio effort since 1995. (Week of June 28)

More New Releases (Week of June 28): Lady Blacktronica, Future Blues Vol. 1; Silkie City Limits Volume 2

This Week’s Hot 20!

April 4th, 2011

“Who’s That Chick?” Well, sir, that chick is Rihanna – and her collab with superduperproducer David Guetta is perched at the top of this week’s Hot 20 Dance Chart. Benny Benassi? He’s da man — da “Electroman,” to be precise; his collab with T-Pain is feeling no pain, as it sits pretty at number two.

Elsewhere, Inna‘s “Sun Is Up” is up (from eighth place to seventh), but the Taio Cruz/Kylie Minogue joint “Higher” is lower (sinking from fifth place to tenth). Morgan Page‘s “I’ve Had Friends” is losing friends, tumbling all the way from second place to eighth, while the Laidback Luke/Steve Aoki/Lil Jon project is creating some “Turbulence” as it claims 13th spot. And it’s just about time to say goodbye to “Hello,” the Martin Solveig/Dragonette hit, now in 18th place and fading. Check out the full rundown here.

Watch the video for “Who’s That Chick?” by David Guetta featuring Rihanna.