This summer isn’t just about fabulous festivals — EP releases are dropping fast and furious, too. Exhibit A: the latest from talented Toronto producer Poupon and Montreal duo Prince Club, who have pooled their creative juices and poured the resulting cocktail into their DAW of choice … and voila: the Technique EP.
Fans of their last collaborative EP (Platinum) should be thoroughly impressed with what they’ve come up with here. The title track sounds almost filtered, but in a classy, polished way — as though it’s already bumping from your basement. The (sampled?) vocals are mesmerizingly catchy. Those arresting ahhhhhs feel at once tribal yet utterly modern. Like “Iron & Water” by Gingy & Bordello or “Something” by Meech, this track has the kind of consistency that makes you want to loop it for hours and hours. Deep.
“The Block” is dangerous. It borrows the immortal 20th Century Steel Band sample from “Heaven And Hell,” famously lifted by Jennifer Lopez — and you immediately get why J.Lo’s effort fell short. But this track is more than just the sample: it has a pace to it. Though it stays at the same 122 as “Technique,” it seems to make you move faster. A perfect track to throw on at your party just when everyone is comfortable on the dancefloor.
So. Another Canadian EP, another success. And again, a reminder of why EPs are so essential. As much as I love albums, I wouldn’t be able to wait until Poupon and Prince Club release an long-player. This is the tease and taster we crave and need. Technique‘s technique will leave you satisfied.
Fresh from the success of the Searching EP and tours in France and Scotland, Toronto’s Poupon is back. This time around he’s the special guest, lending a helping hand in the studio for two of Montreal’s finest. Prince Club and Poupon have formed up like Voltron to drop the highly anticipated and precisely timed Platinum EP on Snatch! Records.
Who are Prince Club? Simple: imagine if P.K. Subban and Carey Price took all that talent of theirs behind the Pioneers. There’s a simplicity and beauty to each and every one of their tracks. Zack & Max (who used to be the MadKids for those of you who remember) are two young DJ/producers who get what people want to hear. They’re not going to dress it up for you and turn their sound into something it’s not. They seem to have a clear vision for each track — one that comes out exactly as planned when it’s relayed via the Bose speakers to your ears. Good house producers: that’s who Prince Club are.
Their Love Strong EP was an industry favourite. For those of you who are unaware of the duo but familiar with Poupon and like his style, I can say with utmost confidence that you are going to love Prince Club. To get yourself acclimatized to their sound, check out this absolute phenom of a track:
The first tune that deserves special attention is the titled track. A song well worth its namesake, “Platinum” gets you involved quickly. You immediately feel as though you are walking down a hall into the main floor, where hundreds of ravers are in their element, Raybans on and denim fresh. The beat is sort of a a quick roller coaster: up and down really quick, but muffled, giving it the feeling that it’s inside you. That would be enough on its own, but with Poupon’s help, the duo add a Biggie sample and chop it to perfection. Describing tunez to this extent isn’t something I care to do often — but I wanted you to realize just how B.I.G. this song could be. Peep it!
The rest of the EP I’ll let you describe for yourself. But the one thing I noticed is just how polished it sounds. Every clap sounds crisp, every kick hits — and that just raises the level of the whole project.
In a world where you can find any track online for free, this is one of those releases worth paying for — not just to support Canadian talent, but also because it’s not worth waiting a week or more for a free copy to turn up somewhere.
If the Platinum inspires you the way it did me, you’ll want to be at Wrongbar in Toronto this Saturday for the release party — and a chance to hear these tracks the way they’re meant to be heard. I’ll see you there.
So Christmas and New Year’s have come and gone, leaving the inevitable post-holiday sense of letdown in their wake. To lift the spirits a little, here’s a look back at the Sweets of the Week anthems that made 2011 memorable.
Posted three weeks ago: VLSONN‘s beast of a tune. Cop the EP amigo!
The magical mau5 weekend is upon us, and it’s safe to say that if you’re into EDM you’ll be at the Rogers Centre tomorrow night. So what does that leave us with for Sweets? Seems most appropriate to post tracks from artists who’ll be playing tomorrow. Like an ode to Toronto. And if we’re gonna highlight all things Toronto, let’s do it right. Ladies and gentlemen: the best Sweets of the Week eveeeeeeeeeeer!
First, THE VETERANS. Not focusing on the new, but rather the classic. I’m gonna post the tracks I feel best defines who they are. You’ve probably heard them before — but if you haven’t, enjizzoy.
“Alone With You,” “Ghosts N Stuff,” “Strobe,” “I Remember,” “Some Chords” … I could go on forever. However, it’s this rendition of “The Funeral of Queen Mary” — Wendy Carlos, or is it Walter Carlos? Love him or hate him, Deadmau5 is brilliant in the studio and pretty immaculate on stage as well.
What can you say about Ethan and Alice? International artists in the purest form. “Baptism,” “Celestica,” “Untrust Us,” “Crimewave,” “Not in Love” … emotional tracks for days. And then the remixes: world class. This track sticks out for me. Eyes roll back around when skulls hit the ground.
JFK and Al-P are some of electro’s most innovative artists. Both have such a diverse background (Death from Above, Girlsareshort) but together they blend perfectly. Just reach into the hat and pick a track … all of them are stellar.
A bpm:tv favourite. Sydney is everything you imagine when you think of Canada: beautiful, intelligent and talented. An absolute beast behind the tables, Ms. Blu could well be cited as an inspiration behind the man with the mau5 head.
Next: THE HOT SHOTS. There’s a new artist every 15 minutes in this genre. Some have the longevity to stick around for a bit and some are gone faster than they arrived. Here are some Toronto young gunz I expect to be headlining events like Meowingtons Hax in the future.
Hype and buzz is a weird thing. Sometimes it’s well deserved, sometimes it’s not. And sometimes, as in the case of Toronto musician Poupon, there’s just not enough hype to match the skill. I look at someone like Julio Bashmore and look at Poupon and I really can’t see why Bashmore is getting the crazy love and Poupon is not. Not that Bashmore doesn’t deserve it — he does — it’s just that Poupon is equally skilled. With the release of the Searching EP, though, the love is intensifying — and after this European tour I don’t see it letting up anytime soon.
Some kids are just born with it. Born with the innovative direction and purpose to do things different. GRiMESKEE is one of those prodigies. In the clusterf**k world of dubstep it’s easy to blend in with the crowd. This kid sees that as an opportunity to stand out. Making mixes using a vast variety of genres can seem a little scattered, but somehow he makes it work. He also makes it look easy.
Everything I said of GRiMESKEE could be applied word-for-word to SposhRock. This new wave-synthetic-genius has been dropping little blessings of magic every few months. One thing you’ll notice of SposhRock is that with every release he challenges himself. He easily could stay in one spot, but every new track is a new vision. A great artist to keep following up on because you never quite know what you’re about to hear. Keeps you on your toes.
Another bpm:tv favourite. Blessed with the creativity to think outside of the box during live sets, Meech is always a treat to check out. His work his partner Meati is up to the same standard as Poupon: clean and polished with a hint of swag. But what keeps Meech ahead of the pack is his ambition.
Though not a Torontonian (we won’t hold it against him), Overwerk has to be placed on this list. I spoke highly of him in a recent post but not enough can be said to describe his sound. With an ear for the masses and a production quality few can match, Overwerk could easily be the next Deadmau5 — maybe even bigger. A brand new release from him, and as you can hear, this track could be an anthem.
Another weekend blown by and the music was heavy, the brain is hurting and the liver is shot. Guess what? I’d do it all again. No time to detox when you’re going as hard as sheetrock.
Friday was a success with both parties and I was happy to see some bpm:tv fans show up and enjoy the festivities. The Poupon EP is special, people — pick it up!!
A little on the sluggish side today, and it’s Monday, so I won’t waste your time with a lot of dialogue. In fact I won’t waste it with any.
Here are three tracks that came out this weekend that I am completely in love with.
Kaskade: “Turn It Down” First is a big room track from bpm:tv fave Kaskade. Tune is an absolute monster and I’m finding it really funny how we take Kaskade’s production for granted. This guy represents consistency. Hope, wait, glad you enjoy it!! BUY KASKADE’S MUSIC ON BEATPORT
Toddla T: “Streets So Warm” Second is from Toddla T. His album was sent to us right around the time we were heading to WEMF. Such a strong reggae influence, and for those of you who are Major Lazer fans this is riiiiiiiiight up your alley. Eh Yo DJ, Brinnnnng Dat Riddim Back!!! BUY TODDLA T’S MUSIC ON BEATPORT
Skream: “Up All Night (Remix)” Third is the special one…….Skream!!! If you have been waiting for a follow up to his version of La Roux‘s “In for the Kill,” then wait no more. Words don’t do justice to his remix of Alex Clare‘s already huge track. Turn this up!!!! LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD
It’s Friday!!! Yes, the weekend is here — and this one has a unique taste to it. For those of you across Canada, I truly apologize for speaking specifically to Toronto crowds. Throughout the next few months I will focus on every major city in Canada and their electro scene. But this weekend could be a classic in Ontario’s capital.
TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival is in town and for electro heads like us the main importance of this event is the extended 4 am closing. Whaaat? Like us Canadians don’t drink enough in our allocated hours: now we get an an extra two. No complaints here, though. That just means the late night sets are going to be that much more lucid — and I’m stoked.
Amongst the many parties tonight, two are on the top of the list. At The Mod Clubtonight there will be the ever-growing and ever present Poupon‘s Searching EP release party. You want a good vibe, with good people in a classic setting? Simple, head to The Mod Club for 10 pm, and I can assure you that a smile (whether from the Jäger or the music) will be written across your mug around 4 am. Check out the teaser … like, really check it. Lights low, drink in hand … enough said!
The second party is more of an up-tempo, in-your-face bass-fest with some of the most knowledgeable music fans in the city bumping to trashy electro. One of the mad geniuses behind the trend setting earmilk.com, ElectBlake, is throwing down a huge party at The Gladstone. Never seen many of the artists perform, so I can’t really give an accurate portrayal of what it should be like tonight — buuuuuut considering my iPod consists roughly 65% of material found on earmilk.com I would definitely recommend checking it out. The jump-off starts at 10 pm. DETAILS HERE. Have a listen to the Promo Mix on SoundCloud.
Too many options, I know. Maybe do like me: pull the old credit card out, put on the dancing shoes and reinvent the term club hop. 4 am comes but once a year.
BTW the definitive track from Labour of Love is this epic big room banger! On a weekend like this I have to throw it in to get you hyped.