Dennis Ferrer and Sweets of The Week

February 10th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

The end of what can only be considered a slow week in terms of new releases.  Hey, they can’t all be winners, right?  Sometimes you have to wait a week or two — and in the end, that new track you uncover is all the more Sweet.

I am, however, running into Dennis Ferrer tonight, which I am super stoked about. So I figured this would be the perfect time to reminisce on some of the goodies he’s delivered over the span of his career. This is the man who became the face of EDM in 2009.  While the mass audience was going crazy for David Guetta‘s “Sexy Bitch,” Dennis Ferrer had the night owls on the floor till the sun came up in the red room baby!  He created a cult following, and that cult is still alive and kicking. We’ve been  aching … no, dying  for some brand new DF.  Tonight, with luck, we’ll hear some new joints.

So let’s take a look at the man of the moment, and then enjoy the sweets.

We’re going to get to the anthems eventually, but it’s these first two tracks that really define Dennis.  He’ll take a simple looped melody and make it darker, balanced against other elements that brighten it up.  The best part is that he keeps the rhythm at such a level of anticipation that you don’t even know it’s happening.

Dennis Ferrer – Sinfonia Della Notte (Original Mix): LISTEN TO IT HERE

If you liked that, you’re going to love this one.  It can either sound to you like a huge clash of percussion, or the perfect underground symphony. Obviously, I choose the latter.  Released in 2007, “Destination” is one of those tracks that the Ferrer cult adores, but that wins over non-believers as well. It’s like Tango on E

Dennis Ferrer – Destination: LISTEN TO IT HERE

My two favourite Dennis Ferrer songs are up next.  Nothing else need be said — if you don’t have them, get them!

Touched the Sky – Dennis Ferrer: LISTEN TO IT HERE

Dennis Ferrer- The Red Room: LISTEN TO IT HERE

Just an ordinary day…

If you’re in Toronto  tonight, be sure to check Dennis Ferrer out at Maison! CLICK HERE FOR INFO & TICKETS


Speaking of kings of underground house, Nic Fanculli is worthy bearer of the title. A track that Dennis Ferrer has been bumping for a minute now has surfaced for me and you online.  Enjoy this one!

Subb-an – This Place (Nic Fanciulli Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE

Yeah, I already dropped a post about Feed Me earlier in the week. But this, my friend, is a chuuuune!

Feed Me – Relocation: LISTEN TO IT HERE

Otto Knows this and Otto Knows that….Otto Knows what the masses want

Otto Knows – Million Voices: LISTEN TO IT HERE

Sound Remedy don’t seem capable of making bad songs.  Took a dubstep track I didn’t care for (hold the spit and vinegar, please) and turned it into an electro banger.

Crush On You (Sound Remedy Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE

Can’t have a week without grime, right? Right? Right Right!

Imogen Heap – Headlock (JCRNDA Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE

My boy ZHU is on a rampage right now.  There’s a quick teaser out for his documentary, and if the minute-long trailer is any indication of what to expect, it will be a treat.  On the production side, he’s still plugging away at the 52  to ZHU project, and he’s not slowing down.

I can’t speak for ZHU, but I have a feeling the two of us share the same respect for Wolfgang Gartner‘s music.  As I have posted earlier, I’m in love with Gartner’s newest, “There and Back” — and guess who decided to put his own spin on it? Playing off the right elements and adding his own special Mace Windu-style Jedi touch (much as he did on “Spacejunk”) ZHU takes us There and Back and There again with his remix. Cop it!!!!!

Wolfgang Gartner – There and Back (ZHU Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


What’s hotter than Dubstep in a 40-degree-plus club? Dubstep girls in a 40-degree-plus club. Name: Scott W. Sex: Yes please…. had to bring it out.

That’s it. Dillon Francis EP dropping next week. You know I got that covered!


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Tuesday’s Turn

February 7th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats


My apologies for not posting yesterday. What with a crazy weekend and a Super Bowl hangover, let’s just say my motivation was a little lacking yesterday. But I’m back today with a couple gems that I uncovered over the weekend.

First off, a brand new joint from The Perez Brothers that’s so catchy and so poppy that I’d swear it’s bound for your local Top 40 station in the not too distant future. These guys don’t drop off many tunes, but when they do it’s an automatic must-have. Enjoy this one.

Yinon Yahel feat. Emmi – Tonight (The Perez Brothers Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE

Next up, a track that sounds as though it could be an anthem for the London 2012 Olympics. It has such a big room sound, yet it also seems ummmm … PG-13, for the lack of a better phrase.

Otto Knows – Million Voices: LISTEN TO IT HERE

Then we have the return of Todd Terje, who always seems to make the most relaxing yet inspiring music. This track will grow on you, trust me.

Todd Terje – Inspector Norse: LISTEN TO IT HERE

Last, we have the new one from Cosmic Gate, who absolutely shut down The Guv in Toronto this past weekend. I was lucky enough to catch up with Nic and Bossi at their hotel just before the show. Always love hearing from these guys. Keep an eye out for the interview on bpm Spotlight — coming soon for all you trance zombies!

Cosmic Gate & Arnej – Sometimes They Come Back For More


We’re only reached the first week of February, and already there’s word that this is the video of the year. Upon review, I have to say it’s going to take a lot to top this masterpiece. The video is exactly what the song is — but more. Not exactly the EDM you’re used to hearing here, but we promote good music — and this is good music.

A-Trak and Dennis Ferrer on the schedule for this week — should be great interviews.  Stay tuned for updates!


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