We take a break from Porter Robinson week to give you our latest edition of Scott’s Selections. Our mini-mix for June is 17 minutes of the freshest bangers on the planet: a collection of tracks that will turn your party into a rager in a matter of minutes. Brodinski, Felix Cartal, and Pleasurekraft are just a few of the artists to make this month’s cut. Download the mix from SoundCloud, then grab the tunes you like at Beatport.
So this week I focused on the UEFA EURO 2012, a tournament many say is harder to win than the World Cup. A good chance to take a look at some of the powerhouse nations in the EDM game and see just how many A-list artists they’ve got on the roster.
With all that said, though, it bears pointing out that North American is making a pretty convincing bid for EDM supremacy, too. This week, in fact, we have one of the year’s biggest fests taking place down in Vegas. Electric Daisy Carnival is finally here — and this year’s looks to be one for the ages. The set lists are incredible, and too numerous to list here, so I’ll just pass on the images I’ve been drooling over for the past two months. If can’t make it, don’t worry — I’ll have you covered next week with info all the best sets.
Until then, some sweets to turn your weekend into a Vegas vacation. Let’s get to it!
From one side of the country to the other: Felix Cartal lends his touch to Autoerotique‘s “Roll the Drums.” An absolute banger.
A little tardy with this one, but whenever you come across a new Pleasurekraft track you wait until the full version is released. We were teased with a preview a few weeks back, but it didn’t do the tune justice. It’s truly out of this world — particularly once it hits the four minute mark. (PS, Pleasurekraft are in Toronto tomorrrrrrrrrow night at SPACE IBIZA at Sound Academy. BE THERE!!!!!!!!!)
Speaking of previews, Tits & Clits have given us a glimpse of their latest track — and this one can’t wait. It’s a remix of Demon Superior‘s “Creepy Little Doll.” Something about T&C in the studio: they know how to pick just the right chord for every part of a remix. This will be a definite download when the full track becomes available; until then, this two-minute snippet should hold you.
Mau5trap is well represented this week with the latest from Moguai: a remix of a track he released back in February. He must of heard something in the past four months that he wanted to incorporate, because this version is miles away from the original. Both are good — but this one’s better.
One of my favourite acts, T.E.E.D., remixed by none other than Miguel Campbell. Huge!
Just in time for the NHL post-season, I’ve compiled my latest hard-hitting mix. Who needs holograms when you’ve got a mix of Jackbeats, OVERWERK, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Eptic and Kill The Noise. Accompanied by my cuts and add-ons, you know this is a definite download.
The eve of Miami Music Week, and you always knew these sweets were going to be something special — so sit back my friend, because it’s about to get a little hectic. Got some exclusive brand new cuts here from big names and no-names, major players and underground movers. This time of year you can’t help but smile. Suddenly it feels like springtime outside, and that calls for a toast. Coincidentally it’s also St. Paddy’s Day this weekend — which means, for those who can’t make the trip to sunny Florida, there are green beverages to take the pain away.
Enough chit chat. Let’s get in to it — with Tiësto remixing Canada’s own Autoerotique! This is incredibly huge: biggest, baddest Tiësto tune since “Strings.” Yeah, I said it!
How many times can a song be remixed? At least one more, apparently. This take on Lana Del Rey‘s “Blue Jeans” has surpassed Kris Menace‘s mix as my fave. And wow — there is no label with more momentum than Bromance Records right now.
Iy-yi-yi … not gonna lie, I didn’t know much about Delta Heavy until about 27 hours ago, when this dropped. This is the kind of dubstep I love: not just smashing your face in, but doing it with a melodic touch. Enjoy!!!
Diplo is everywhere this week. Check out the new visuals for “Express Yourself.”
Swedish House Mafia are superheros. Not gonna lie — this video is pretty dope.
This, of course, is only the tip of the iceberg — many more songs will be released throughout the week. Be sure to check in every day, as this is the first place all those new tracks will be posted……xx
Continuing with the current outpouring of new tracks, French trendsetter Brodinski‘s label has dropped two of the hottest-sounding tunes since, well, “Bromance #1.”
This double release features a track from Gucci Vump – who, after a long period of anonymity, has been revealed to the world as a collaboration between Brodinski and Guillaume from The Shoes – along with a release from the LA duo Pipes. Both tunes are highly addictive. Gucci Vump’s “Feeling” creates an aura the instant you press start. The play on the vocals, the slight yet effective reverb tagged with the melodic beat — it’s a track equally fitting for a rainy day or a raucous boat party — no small accomplishment. It’s been on repeat for a week and shows no sign of slowing.
The Pipes track, “Sleeping,” is a little more on that rugged raw tip. Dark and dangerous is the emotion I came away with, making it the perfect yin to the yang of “Feelings.” Pipes may not be a household name — yet — but Brodinski’s ears are attuned to gifted underground DJs, and he uses his Bromance label to share their insane talents with the world. A group you should definitely keep an eye on.
A short week, what with the Family Day holiday on Monday, but I’ve still managed to load up a supply of raging tunes to rock you all through the weekend. We’ve got new cuts from some lesser-known names that you’ll want to clear some memory space for, plus a brand new remix from New York’s own Nico Jaar that is up to his usual high standards. Plus new joints from A-Trak, Guxxi Vump and Conspirator. A serious supply of 128 bpm, so let’s get right into it.
Seems right now like some of the most innovative sounds are coming out of … Hungary? Tits & Clits put this country on the map for me, but it’s We Plants Are Happy Plants that have me booking my flight to Budapest. This track may not get people in the club raging like lunatics — but it’s definitely one for those early morning sessions when you feel the need to zone out and vibe.
Nico Jaar has the rare ability to make each of his songs sound completely different from the others. That’s creativity in a nutshell. Another slower track for you to vibe to — and like the previous offering, it’s a top-quality production.
Clockwise from top left: Dada Life, Jokers of the Scene, Gesaffelstein, Brodinski
The slow weekends are over and it’s time to hit the concert scene running. Some heavy shows going down. First up: Dada Life was in Toronto last night, and the Swedish duo put the Hoxton to the test. Next in line: Jokers of the Scene tonight at Wrongbar. The Ottawa duo always puts on a show you want to catch, managing to lay down some grimey-Trent-Reznor-soundtracky-dark-tunez, but still keeping the party hot and the audience on their toes. If you’re in the Toronto area and aren’t familiar wit the Jokers, I really suggest you stop by and check out what two of this country’s most underrated producers are up to. Check in at Embrace Presents to cop an early-bird ticket.
In honour of the monster truck show going down at the Rogers Centre this weekend, I will now point my attention to the main event – Saturday Saturday , SATURDAY!!! (in a booming monster truck show voice). Tomorrow we get to see two of the hottest artists in EDM … scratch that: two of the hottest artists in music. Industry favourite Brodinski is in town to kill the Wrongbar and turn that sum-a-bitch sidewayz, ya dig? This time he brings with him an artist I’ve been going on about nonstop for the past year: Gesaffelstein. Don’t let the German-sounding name fool you, this guy is French techno at its purest. You like Justice? you like Ed Banger Records? you like black leather, dark hair and claps and kicks that rattle your veins and turn your face pale? Wrongbar Saturday. You’re welcome!
First, let’s hear some bangers from the the above mentioned. Dada Life must of been two of the loudest kids on the block growing up. Nothing is soft with them, and that’s why we like them.
A fresh new EP just dropped by this man can only be summed up one way: it bangs! Some serious tunez on this joint. If you’re thinking 12th Planet is just another one of those Skrillex clones, you are dead wrong. This kid has an ear for what’s next, not what’s now, and this EP could spell the beginning of Skrillex opening shows for him. All right, I’ll calm it down — but you get the point: cop this!!!
Finalllllllly! A remix to this track that you can actually hang your hat on. This track is genre-less. You could rap on it, sing on it, speed it up to hardstyle, slow it down to whine to, and on and on. A little bit of everything, which is what we love. Good looking Flosstradamus!
Want to piss off your parents in a hurry? Easy — take Sawgood‘s newest release, lock yourself in the room right next to your folks, and BUUUUUUUUMP THIS! This track has your energy levels covered from every angle. Heavy bass, an up-tempo anticipation and a higher-tempo climax! Everybody just clap your hands!!!!!!!!!!! Even a little DnB thrown in for you creatures!
Attention, attention! This is a new track from Adventure Club – it’s not a remix and it sounds fantastic. (Boys: with tunez like this, when’s the EP dropping!!!!?!?!?) And the best part? it’s free! I love these Montrealers. (But go Leafs!)
First week of January, and it feels like mid-July the way our favourite DJs keep rolling out these tunez
The word “DJ” is sort of an understatement nowadays. When you try to explain to a Baby Boomer that you’re paying 40 dollars to see a DJ, they give a look of disgust and pity at the thought of wasting so much money to see someone do something anyone can do. Little do they know that these DJ’s are creating some of the world’s most innovative sounds with “those computer thingys.” I’m not saying there’s no one from the older generation who gets it, but I’m surprised at how little respect is shown to these artists. OK, Brodinski and Gesaffelstein aren’t the Beatles — but I wouldn’t argue if you compared them to Simon & Garfunkel. Outrageous or spot on?
If 2011 has gone down around these parts at the year The Sheepdogs graced the cover of Rolling Stone, 2012 could be the year when these next few artists become household names. Maybe they won’t reach your parents’ database — and that’s fine. But put an asterisk beside these names in your cerebral memory card.
The Boomers … well, let’s just say it all sounds like this to them…..
Zedd is back with a brand new cut. Not quite hitting the highs of “Stars Come Out,” but big nonetheless. It’s one of those tracks that takes you on a roller coaster, never really letting you settle on one sound: the mark of an innovative producer.
The secret of Sound Remedy is killing me yet keeping me on my toes. The perfect marketing scheme for all you young producers out there: keep your identity and productions ideas as quiet as you can for as long as you can, until you create the biggest buzz imaginable. I have a brand new cut from him today, and it’s an absolute beast made for boat rides, winter club floors or just playing on your shuffle at work. Bump it loud!
Came across this track on the blogs, just minding my own business. I love unknown producers. FareOh and Archie V. aren’t exactly big names where I’m from, but that doesn’t mean these two aren’t beasts behind the boards. This track has a certain Swedish DJ feel, but they make it their own by implementing some good drops. Unfortunately, the name of the song gives it a limited shelf life — but hey, we still got 359 days left to jam to this track. And it’s free! POW!
Every party needs a couple of tracks like these. Originally made for the movie Drive, this one makes you feel sexy even without leather and red lipstick — although, ladies, those would accompany the track elegantly.
As you know, sometimes I can be a bit biased. Just a tad, but all in a good cause. Basically, anytime I hear anything new from Kris Menace, I support it. Usually that’s a no-brainer. When I first checked this song, I thought the original sounded a mile better. But the more I keep playing it, the more I like it.
Our boy ZHU is still at it and still making bangers. Week 16 of his song-a-week project delivers an absolute beast named “Serene.” I can’t wait until he’s finished with this year, looks at everything he’s done, and starts reworking some of these tracks. This song is H.a.m. by itself, absolutely loving it, but it could go in so many directions and I’d love to see him explore them all. Until then, this will definitely suffice. Banger!
Dubstep time! Skrillex is everywhere right now, and the release of Bangarang will keep him in the spotlight. I got no beef with that. But it’s Aylen’s remix of the Ellie Goulding-inspired “Summit” that has my speakers wobbling the neighbours downstairs. Worth a listen — check it out.
So we got the house anthems, the crazy innovative sound of Zedd, some dubstep, and the synthetic bliss of Oliver. What are we missing? Oh yeah: French electro! I swear, Brodinski is in his zone like The Miami Heat right now. Dude is remixing some fire. This time he takes Gesaffelstein‘s “Viol” and sets it on fire. This track was already one of the biggest of the last year, and Brodinski makes it fresh for 2012. I cannot stress how amazing the Jan. 21 Toronto concert at The Hoxton is gonna be — go to Embrace Presents and get your tickets now!
So 2012 is here, and I would say that already we’re off to a great start. The holiday season always lacks a little in the new music department. Artists seem to know that most of the attention in late December will be focused on the best songs of the past year. Why would you want to release a track that’s just going to get forgotten in the hoopla of the holiday season?
For a new music junkie like me, it was actually refreshing to step away from the blogs and podcasts and just enjoy the tunes that we’d heard this year. But that’s done — and it’s time now to get back into the new ish. I don’t have many for you today, but the ones I do have will knock your block off. Lezzzzzzgo!
The number one concert that I’m looking forward to in January is the return of Brodinski with his Bromance teammate Gesaffelstein — a tag-team event in Toronto on Jan. 21st at Wrongbar, brought to you by Embrace Presents. If you’re a frequent visitor to this page, you’ll know how much I adore this French duo. The leaked remix of Justice‘s On’n'On EP has dropped, and it’s looking to get the year started right. Brodinski’s track is the one I was able to get my hands on, but Tiga‘s is floating around out there as well. Do me a favour and find it! It’s heavy. Justice Remixed by Brodinski … doesn’t it feel like 2012 is gonna be BIG?
This track is one of those tunez you either love or hate. For those who hate, I simply state that it needs to be heard in the dark — preferably surrounded by zombies, as you fight with the last of your desperate strength the song’s insistence that you must LOSE YOUR SOUL! Melodramatic? Naw, just Afrojack baby!
Sometimes you look at the title and artist of a track, and before you even hit play you know it’s a bomb — especially when bomb is in the name. Fukkk Offf is back, and he comes bearing gifts of frankincense and bass. Of course, he has help in the form of the Dirty Disco Youth. Together they drop a massive payload of club megatonnage.
Ayayayi! Three tunes and three anthems. And I’ve left the best for last, kiddy kats. This tune should turn up your minus-15 day a few degrees. LAZRtag is here to drop another track — and this bomb is apocalyptic. I lost my lunch at the four minute mark. Words don’t do it justice. Just pick it up, amigo!
Chris Lake last night at Maison Mercer, Zeds Dead tonight at Kool Haus. I think this weekend is taken care of quite nicely.
However, there’s one event that needs to be highlighted specially. Tonight, Wrongbar plays host to the third annual Producing For Presents EP release party. This event is the reason the Faceless management team, Embrace Presents and all these Toronto artists are the cream of the crop in class and talent. For three years, some of the best local DJs have been hitting the studio to create some gems on behalf of the less fortunate. It will be a warm atmosphere with some rich tuneage. John Roman, Poupon, Gold ‘n’ Grams, Prince Club and Meech will all be out, so be sure to pop in and check the event. An automatic place on Santa’s Nice list for those who attend.
CLICK HERE to hear/read more about the event! At least come out for the eggnog!
On to the Sweets….
My Favourite track off the PFP3 EP, VLSONN keeps it slanted and crisp with DX707 … boogie!
SOFI has a cult-like following. In some camps she’s a prodigy and the scond coming. In some other camps she’s not so well known. I feel she has what it takes to go to the next level — and songs like this are helping.
If you know me then you know I love Kris Menace. Whether it’s him, BlackVan or his newest creation Stars on 33, the Menace man gets it done. With a litttle help from Lawrence Tompson and Radical Peterson this is “Keep on Dancing”!
The visuals are available for Brodinski‘s smash “Let The Beat Control Your Body.” The teaser to the release of the Bromance EP makes producing bangers with Gesaffelstein look so effortless. It’s incredible to think how big this song could end up being.
Jonas Rathsman‘s “Tobago” has been a song that I play once a day. It lifts your spirit in a subtle way without you really knowing. He shot a perfect video to match the song: laid back on the islands. Classic.
If it ain’t broke … “Loca People” was everyone’s guilty pleasure it came out. Well, we’re back for round two, as audio porn meets meets visual guilt. Yeah, I watched it twice. OK, three times.
And that’s your sweets for this week. See you guys at the shows……………………….xx