Dunno about you, but this weekend feels like Christmas to me. The dance music season is in full swing, and Canada is playing host to the best parties in the world! Can you feel it?
This is our weekend. There’s Bassmentality — sorry a Super Bassmentality happening in Ottawa, along with the Escapade fest. As for Toronto … well, you may have heard about a little something called the Digital Dreams festival. Homie! Iz going down. I said, can you feel it?
In this spirit of celebration, I’ve put together an extra-special “Sweets” — not so difficult, when you consider that this has been one of the better weeks of 2012 in terms of new music. Special praise for The Knocks, Zeds Dead and, of course, Dillon Francis. CAN YOU FEEL IT?
I love Ryan Enzed. If ever there was producer who deserved to be famous worldwide — as in right this minute — it’s this guy.
Last week Vegas got to me. There was no time to get to my computer, let alone sleep. But with great privilege comes great responsibility. The good news about my adventure last week is that I got to see some sick DJs play brand new tunez. And therein lies my responsibility: to relay these hot tracks to you while they’re still poppin’ fresh. Let the baton passing begin.
This week brought a double dose from Montreal hit men Adventure Club. One track takes the vocals from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ “Maps” and chops it up quite nice, while the other is the background sound for the new Krewella track. Both go hard. Both are free.
The next comes from Ado. Part of the Blood Music stable, he has switched teams to Twin Turbo for the release of Pressure. This new EP is full of raunchy electro techno that will keep you up all night — but it’s the track “Right On” that has me on the edge of my seat. Worth the purchase all on its own. You can get it on Beatport HERE.
The latest Boysnoize Records release is exactly what you’d expect from BNR: innovative, different and completely mental. Les Petits Pilous always seem to find a sound nobody is messing with. You might not like it at first, but like a fine wine…
And speaking of Boys Noize, I have an absolute gem from him right hurrrr. He has created a four-minute tribute to Donna Summer, in a style I could only describe as: washy flossy techno. I think it’s absolute fire. Perfect for your next party!
Shook, possibly the coolest cat in the game, has released a track that lives up to his reputation as one smooth hustler. If you got the one you’re crushing on in the car, this is the tune your mojo is dying for you to play.
Sticking with that sexy vibe, we got something here from two of the most soulful artists in the game. Ellie Goulding takes on The Weeknd‘s humungous banger “High for This” and puts her own adorable touch on it, while Xaphoon Jones from Chiddy Bang gives her a different beat to play with. Together, they come up with something simply breathtaking.
Get used to this one. Avicii gives away a brand new track as a thank you to his fans for hitting 2 million likes. Hate if you want, but there’s a good reason Avicii is maybe the second or third biggest name in EDM — and this song is living proof.
Speaking of big name DJs: Afrojack has taken on a classic and given it his trademark electro touch. I’m always a little hesitant when I hear a Michael Jackson track remixed, and to be honest I’m not 100 percent on board with this one. But decide on your own — you may well find yourself giving it more than one listen.
This song has been remixed, like … what? A million times? Hip-hop, rock, dance — it doesn’t matter, the strings in Phantom of the Opera have been tried and tested. Many times the result have been indifferent, but this time it’s done right. It feels like Ryan Enzed makes music every second of his existence. And why not, right?
Aaaaaaaand … I’ll stop there. Be sure to check in next week. In honor of UEFA EURO 2012 kicking off in Ukraine and Poland on June 8, I’ll be breaking down group by group, country by country. Soccer, you say?!? No, amigo … we’re going EDM with this. We’re going to take a look not at the footballing ability of the competing countries, but their music-making ability. Sweden, Spain, Italy, England, France, Germany, Netherlands — all home to heavy-hitting, world renowned DJs. To say nothing of Ireland, Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, Russia, Greece, Czech Rep, and Poland — all with hidden gems of their own, all capable of competing with the big boys.
So grab your flag and lift it high — cuz bpm:tv presents The real Euro 2012!
Where do I start? This week we saw an absolute amazing mix from Tits & Clits, brand new videos from T.E.E.D and Flux Pavilion, and a brand new track from my favourite producer, Fake Blood. It’s going to be hard to squeeze them all into one sitting, but I really do recommend that you cop each and every one, because this week’s sounds are going to be echoing through summer. Gotta love the beginning of March: everyone’s getting right and ready for the big festival at the end of the month. So for your listening pleasure: a heavy supply of bass, strings, and lots and lots of funk. Strap in and sit up, ’cause we’re about to pummel your brain into a coma.
First out the gate: whenever Fake Blood chooses a track to remix, you know it’s going to be something special. The fact that he chose a rap song makes it even more special for someone like me who grew up listening to hip-hop. His take on Sway‘s “Level Up” is exactly what we’ve come to expect from him: happy/dark/happy/grimy = amazing. Cop it.
This is a big track right here. My first chance to hear Butch Clancy was his awesome remix of a Beatles classic — and he’s outdone even that here. A top-notch effort on this remix of Amy Kuney‘s “Sway.” No words can describe. Get it going!
Ryan Enzed is a producer I’ve been keeping my eye on for the past year. Be sure to check his YouTube channel, where he offers great tips and pointers for all types of producers. His remix of the new Deadmau5 cut is so funky and so catchy that it could well be the breakthrough he deserves. Plus it’s free!
Toronto’s Crystal Castles have become a household name in the worlds of indie and EDM — not just hipster darlings but artists who earn the respect of their peers. With this remix you get a complete different take on their sound: Darker, deeper and just plain villainous — but the passion still comes through. The original, of course, is breathtaking. Enjoy both.
Sticking with the dark tip, I got a hot new joint from Hey Today! This time out, he remixes Black Strobe‘s “Italian Fireflies,” turning it into a call to arms for crooks everywhere. This is what the Joker and Riddler rock out to on their way to work.
Clockwork has been in and out of the headlines in terms of his production skills for a while. With the emergence of his new EP (set to drop on March 13) we can expect to be hearing a lot more of him very soon. This is one of those EPs that could have Miami on lockdown every time the tunes drop. Check out the Dillon Francis remix of “Hulk.” Ravey baby!
I try to stay away from mixes. In all honesty, I want to keep the sweets short and sw … well, you get the idea. But this is just too good. Take your pen out and jot down the tracks featured in this mix, which the boys from Hungary have been gracious enough to list. There are some serious gems in here.
Got a brand new cut from ZHU, but this time the workaholic has included visuals. The Katy Perry cover hits the spot perfectly, and definitely warrants the time and effort it took to make the video. Plus Josh Milan‘s voice meshes effortlessly with ZHU’s classic production. Where does this man find the time?
Bieber?!?! WTF?!?! Your eyes aren’t fooling you. What can I say? My only bias is for good music, and this song is catchy. Hoppy and poppy, you will hear this 100 times before you die, guaranteed. Probably more.