Gosia’s Track of the Day: The Prodigy, “Breathe” (Zeds Dead Remix)

January 21st, 2013

The Prodigy – Breathe (Zeds Dead Remix): BUY IT ON BEATPORT

The Prodigy are beyond legendary. From rhythms to vocals, their songs are instantly recognizable to just about anyone who knows and appreciates good music. So it took a certain audacity for Toronto’s Zeds Dead to approach the classic track ‘Breathe” and put their own dub spin on it. All too often, these attempts at re-working iconic tracks end in worse than failure: they ruin the original for the listener. Miraculously, Zeds Dead have pulled it off, ripping apart the original big-beat anthem and turning it into a mind-blowing, body-pumping dubstep monster.


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

 

Gosia’s Track of the Day: Autoerotique, “Roll The Drums” (Clockwork Remix)

January 7th, 2013

Autoerotique feat. Marissa Jack – Roll The Drums (Clockwork Remix): BUY IT ON BEATPORT

“OK ROLL THE DRUMS” … and boom! An orgy of sounds! I love love love this track by Toronto’s Autoerotique, and that goes double for this remix courtesy of Clockwork. The union of Marissa Jack‘s vocals and the blistering “Roll The Drum” rhythm absolutely blows me away. Her sweet, euphoric voice is such a perfectly harmonious compliment to the hard, grimy beat, I couldn’t help but press repeat several times.

If you like this, kids, you’ll want to check out Felix Cartal‘s remix of the same track. GET IT HERE.


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

 

Gosia’s Track of the Day: Felix da Housecat ft. will.i.am, “Burn The Disco”

December 5th, 2012

Burn The Disco feat. will.i.am (David Heartbreak Remix): BUY IT ON BEATPORT

Part of the so-called “second wave” of Chicago house, Felix da Housecat has been a major presence on the scene since the late 1980s. Definitely love the energy of this track: blending his musical touch with will.i.am‘s distinctive vocals brings a rush of pleasure to the senses. You’ve got to check out the mind-twisting video, too. I’m not gonna give any more away than that. Just watch!


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

 

Album Review: Calvin Harris – 18 Months

November 16th, 2012

Posted by Gosia Mrugala


No introduction necessary. If you don’t know from CALVIN HARRIS, you’re not reading this blog. So let’s just dive in.

1. “Green Valley” – Well, that’s 1:49 of my life I’ll never get back. It’s interesting for the first 30 seconds, then continues without much change. Picture the soundtrack to a bad porn scene: not the most auspicious way to start an album.

2. “Bounce” – Here, Harris adds the soulful vocals of Kelis to a funky house track. I like this one, but can’t say I’m the biggest fan. Mostly, I suspect, because it’s been around for some time now and is simply overplayed.


3. “Feel So Close” – I absolutely fell in love with this track the first time I heard it, back at WEMF 2011. Definitely a successful prodution, and it’s no surprise that this became Harris’s first solo single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.


While I’m still a fan of the original, I’ve gotta say: I am head-over-heels addicted to Nero‘s remix of this track. If you haven’t already heard it, you owe it to yourself to give a listen …


4. We Found Love – By now, I’ve heard this track once too often on the radio — and to be honest, I was never a fan. Just not my cup of tea, although I can see why it satisfies the ears of some EDM fans. The music video has earned quite a bit of criticism, and while it’s not the worst EDM video I’ve ever seen, you can’t exactly say it promotes positive lifestyle choices.


5. We’ll Be Coming Back – Don’t know what it is, but something about the vocals of English singer-rapper Example just appeals to my senses. This track starts nice and mellow, then kicks into a solid tempo. Definitely something you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, but at the same time clearly built to rock dancefloors from Ibiza to Iceland.

6. Mansion -  VERY disappointed with Harris on this one. Cuz here’s a track that pulls me in within the first 10 seconds, and at 1:25 has me thinking of the rave scene from Blade … and then it ends just past the two-minutes mark. SERIOUSLY? This had the potential to be a nine-minute epic, but Harris decided to pull the plug and settle for a short, sweet banger. Why?

7. Iron – This track is infatuating — but the affair is short and sweet. At the end you get a nice buildup, and you’re waiting for a sick drop, and then … nothing. THUMBS DOWN to that. Over on Beatport you can buy the vastly superiour full five-minute version of “Iron.” Given the high expectations of his fans, I’m really not sure why Harris decided to put shortened versions of his tracks on this album. Not so nice!

8. I Need Your Love – Harris couldn’t have chosen a better vocalist than Ellie Goulding. Her voice works perfectly with his beats here. And yes, I did press repeat on this one.

9. Drinking From The Bottle – I’ll keep it short: not a fan of this one.

10. Sweet Nothing – I’ve always been a fan of Florence Welch, and her powerful voice works perfectly with Harris mellifluous style. This track has been one of Harris’ biggest successes, charting high just about everywhere from Ireland to New Zealand. Sweet — and definitely not nothing.


11. School – It’s got a soulful vibe and a funky, old-school feel to it. I’m a bit torn on this one: can’t say it’s a favourite, but there’s something to it, all right. Still, of all the short tracks on this album, it’s the only one I’m actually glad is short.

12. Here 2 China – Nope. Didn’t make it past the 20-second mark. Sorry, but no. Just doesn’t fit here.

13. Let’s Go – I remember watching the Euro 2012 tournament this past summer and being absolutely blown away by that Pepsi Max commercial. It was this track that made the spot such an attention-getter, and it more than stands on its own — though it’s Ne-Yo’s voice and the lyrics, more than the music itself, that make the whole thing so satisfying and impressive.



14. Awooga – Another impressive track, but again, too short. If you want to support Calvin Harris by purchasing his album, just know that you’ll be getting the truncated 3:51 version of this song. And maybe make a mental note that the full seven-minutes-plus version can be found over at Beatport for a more $1.49. Just sayin’. And let’s be honest: this track was meant to have some length to it. I’d put it along with “Mansion” and “Iron” as one of my favourites from the album.

15. Thinking About You – OK, the album may have started on a disappointing note, but I’d say it finishes admirably. I’m definitely “Thinking About” this album — though mostly what I’m thinking is that I have some seriously mixed feelings. Overall I’d rate it a success for Harris — but with some questionable odds and ends that make it less satisfying than it ought to be.



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

 

 

Deadmau5 – Album Title Goes Here: The Review

October 15th, 2012

Posted by Gosia Mrugala

Indefatigable bpm:tv bloggeuse Gosia Mrugala walks you track-by-track through the much-touted new Deadmau5 release, Album Title Goes Here. Buckle up!


And we’re off …

(1) Superliminal – I don’t think an album could ask for a better opening track. I am absolutely addicted to this one, which pulled me in from the start to the last beat. One of the tracks I had on repeat while listening to the album.

(2) Channel 42 – On this one, Deadmau5 gets together with Grammy-nominated American house music wunderkind Wolfgang Gartner. It’s quite an intriguing track, but one I had to hear several times before it grew on me. It really didn’t catch my ear at first, but in time I was won over by this funky tune.

(3) The Veldt [8 minute edit] – Can’t say that I’m a big fan of this track, something I would blame on overexposure. It’s an impressive, very mellow piece, but runs on a bit longer than the style really warrants. Still, I’d say it offers plenty of remix potential: we’ve already seen what artists like Tommy Trash and Ezon have managed to come up with when they’ve jumped on this track and added their own kick.

(4) Fn Pig – A calm, mellow buildup until it hits the 2:52 mark — then it changes up. And at 3:41 it kicks in seriously. Makes me think of one of my all time Deadmau5 favourites: “Strobe.” The same kind of insouciant buildup, and a nice rhythm as you get deeper into the track.

(5) Professional Griefers – I can’t lie: I was excited to review the album knowing this track was awaiting my judgment. The verdict: A-plus-plus-plus-plus. Seriously, Deadmau5 has done a transcendent job on this one. And throwing the vocals over to Gerard Way? Perfection. The music video, by the way, is beyond-words entertaining. Check it out:


(6) Maths – Another track I was anxious to review. How else can I put it? I’m absolutely addicted to this dirty electro track! By the one-minute mark it had captured my heart and my grimy, grimy soul.

(7) There Might Be Coffee – Kinda makes me feel like I’m watching  the credits of a Eighties film. Deadmau5 Presents … Flashdance! A funky beat that had me sorely tempted to grab my leg warmers, neon tights, Adidas shorts and a cut-up top. And after the workout? There might be coffee!

(8) Take Care of the Proper Paperwork – This one dragged on a bit, and kept me waiting for a drop that never quite materialized. Still, I can’t lie: I did replay it a few times. A tad repetitive maybe, but it assuaged my musical sensibilities.

(9) Closer – An intriguing opening, enough to really tweak my curiosity — and then it kicks in really nicely at the 2:18 mark. Relaxing, yet upbeat enough to keep the listener from dozing off. Consider me a fan of this one.

(10) October – With its ever-changing cadence, this is one that will satisfy just about any listener’s unique musical taste. I can see it rocking a festival crowd or being enjoyed on headphones in a more serene setting.

(11) Sleepless – Gotta say: not a big fan of the computerized vocals slapped on this track. For the first 25 seconds or so, it was all I could do not to press skip. Minus the vocals, it’s not a bad tune, and maybe a good one for chilling out at home. Can’t really imagine it being dropped at a club or a festival, though.

(12) Failbait – Um, WTF? This one caught me off-guard a little bit. We’ve got a decent EDM album here, and then suddenly: rapping. All “f*ck this” and “b*tch that.” Sorry, won’t lie to you: I didn’t even get past the one-minute mark.

(13) Telemiscommunications – Meh. For an album that starts with a boom and definitely pulls the listener in, it disappoints on the last few tracks. This one, like “Failbait,” just doesn’t feel like it belongs on the album. Instead of arriving at the end of the album wanting more, I was left feeling confused and a little ambivalent. Maybe this track will please some EDM listeners, but it was too mellow for my own tastes.


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

 

 

Gosia’s Track of the Day: “Flutes” (Sasha Remix)

September 28th, 2012

Hot Chip – Flutes (Sasha Remix): BUY IT ON BEATPORT


In brief: When I first started getting into EDM, SASHA was one of the artists who convinced me that my heart belonged to this genre. The Welsh DJ’s prodigious remix of Hot Chip‘s “Flutes” is the kind of track that you can imagine blasting at a beach party, in the comfort of your own home, or on the quaking dancefloor of Toronto’s legendary The Guvernment. It’s totally hypnotizing, drawing all the senses into its rhythm and bassline. Head on over to Beatport to grab the download.

LISTEN TO IT HERE


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

 

Oh, Johnny

September 24th, 2012

Posted by Gosia Mrugala


Los Angeles-based DJ/producer JOHNNY YONO is slowly but surely gaining a rep in the EDM community. His name is starting to be heard more, and his music is receiving serious support from some of the world’s top DJs (Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz). His passion for music is evident in his productions, which showcase a unique electro trance style. “The Machine” opens intriguingly — and at the 2:59 mark it pulls me in completely: mind, heart and soul. His remix of Sunleed’s “Suspended Animation” is another impressive tune that shows off his ability to bring forth the most euphonious sounds. This is one artist I’m waiting anxiously to see live.

Check out the Q&A below.


GOSIA MRUGALA: How would you describe your musical style?

JOHNNY YONO: Well, it’s predominantly progressive trance but, I tend to use elements from electro, progressive house and techno, resulting in a big bundle of aggressive, clubby energy. I always write a track, whether it’s an original or remix, with the club in mind.

GM: Tell me a little bit about your White Light Sessions and how this has evolved since you started it.

JY: started White Light Sessions back in May of 2010, and over the course of those two years it’s captured a pretty wide audience across the globe. Some of my past guests have been Lange, Protoculture, Ferry Tayle and Juventa. You can catch the show on Pure.FM‘s Trance channel every fourth Friday of the month. Piecing together a radio show requires a lot more work than many people think, so when a particular episode is well received by your fans, it’s quite a rewarding feeling.

Johnny Yono: Fairfax (Original Edit): LISTEN TO IT HERE


GM: What influenced you to evolve from being in a rock band to becoming an EDM artist?

JY: I was a drummer for seven years and was heavily involved in rock music, but I ended up leaving my band to pursue an acting career, which later led me out here to Los Angeles. Breaking away from the band opened up a whole new chapter of my life, as I cleaned up the drug use and partied a lot less. EDM also grabbed hold of me at that time and spoke to me in a way that no other music had before. I’m deeply in touch with my emotions and this music is filled to the brim with emotion. I made a partial contribution to my rock band as a drummer, but with EDM I have an entire universe of sounds and instruments to manipulate, which allows me to create a real story from the heart and mind with no boundaries.


GM: Who are your biggest inspirations and what have you learned from them?

JY: As DJs we all have our own idols and inspirations. For me, Paul van Dyk was a major influence. I’ve watched his set from Dance Valley back in 2005 more times than I can count, and his music has always been so heartfelt to me. Tracks like “For An Angel” and “Time of our Lives” are musical pieces that will live on forever, and I’ve always wanted to write with the intent to impact people’s lives. Armin van Buuren has been another inspiration of mine for years now.

GM: Top 3 tracks at the moment?

JY: Wow, that’s a very good question. So many great tunes floating around nowadays. Off the top of my head:

CorderoyMechanical Tears (Club Mix)

Tom FalliROK

Tritonal feat. Jenry RSomething New (Rafael Frost Remix)



GM: Which producing software do you prefer and why?

JY: I’ve been an avid FL Studio user since its primitive days of version 3 and couldn’t imagine using anything else. It allows me to manipulate anything and everything I want in any way possible, and the workflow is incredibly fast. It’s not about what you use, but how you use it. Many producers tend to think that the software defines the producer — but really, it’s the other way around. Whatever works best for that person — to each their own.


GM: Do you prefer DJing or producing?

JY: I could gab about this subject for days. DJing and producing go hand in hand now, and it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to drop one of your own tracks during a live set — especially when they go absolutely insane for it. I never feel more alive than when I’m on stage behind the decks. DJing brings an overwhelming amount of joy in such a short amount of time, while the excitement of producing music stays with you for the long run, or until you finish a project. I’ll end this by saying that I love them both.

GM: Do you prefer playing at clubs or festivals?

JY: I’d have to say clubs. The intimate setting allows you to develop a deeper connection with the crowd, which is what I love most.


GM: What is one aspect about the music scene you wish could improve/change?

JY: One major problem is th0se promoters who would rather book a shit DJ who doesn’t produce music but brings a lot of people to the club, versus a talented DJ with tracks out on major EDM labels — one who might not bring in as many people but who has a real shot at making a career out of this. It’s a real shame. I do, on the other hand, understand that a nightclub needs to open its doors every Friday and Saturday night. It is a business.

GM: Where do you see yourself in five years?

JY: Traveling the world and playing at every major club/festival that has a demand for EDM. And hopefully still having time to teach music production and DJing.



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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Your Download Of The Day: Warrior Music vs Zia’s Theme

August 17th, 2012

In which Toronto’s Warrior Music goes dubstep all over “Zia’s Theme,” a folky tune from the soundtrack of the video game Bastion, and makes vocalist Ashley Barrett‘s promise to “build that city on a hill” sound ominously like a threat. You can download for free at warriormusicbass.com. Level up!

Warrior Music- Bastion (Original Mix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Check out the original track:


 

… who’s there?

August 14th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

My new obsession is NYC electro-pop duo The Knocks. Though they’ve been around since 2007, putting out substantial remixes and originals, it’s only in the past six months that, for me, they have really started to shine. The distinctive way they blend electro with pop-funk gives you a sound that’s been missing from today’s general noise. And their remixes offer clear proof of musical knowledge well above the norm. They know how to preserve what you love about the original song while adding something that feels like it should have been there from the beginning. Right? Right!

What I didn’t know about B-Roc and JPatt — and shame on me! — is their mixing ability. They’ve just released a 15-minute mix that features no less than 46(!) different songs. For those of you who constantly flip radio channels in your car or skip tracks on your iPod faster than Usain Bolt on race day, this mix will be right up your alley. As for those of you who appreciate tracks from start to finish … well, I urge you to do just that: listen to this mix all the way through. It doesn’t feel at all like a clusterf**k of pop tracks; it’s a perfectly balanced blend of familiar tunes and hidden gems that you probably overlooked in the past.

One thing is certain about it: shit knocks!

TSIS Megamix Vol. 1 – The Knocks: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Masssssssive!

Santigold – The Keepers (The Knocks Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


The Knocks – The Feeling: LISTEN TO IT HERE


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