Sweets of the Week – August Long Weekend Edition

August 4th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

 

And here we go. Y’all getting sick of me talking about festivals? Well sorry, but tuff f***ing luck. Because this weekend Toronto the place in the world to be for EDM. Or any kind of music, actually.

Sure, Montreal has Osheaga happening, which promises to be nuts in its own right But Toronto is bringing the heavy, what with VELD and HARD both going down this weekend.

What’s HARD, you ask? Just a little gathering featuring the likes of M83, Buraka Som Sistema, Austra … oh, and Justice. Sorry, let me rephrase that: JUSTICE!!!! The French icons make their looooooooooooooong-awaited return to Canada in style. Fort York is a special place to be this weekend.

And then there’s VELD, the brainchild of Canada’s own EMD titan, Deadmau5. Check out this lineup: Avicii, Kill the Noise, Mord Fustang, Bassnectar, Cosmic Gate and soooooo many others are busy tearing Toronto’s Downsview Park a new one. Rain is in the forecast for Sunday, but it’s gonna get real messy long before that. Canada, this is our weekend!

And with that, it’s on to …. THE SWEETS!


This will get your weekend going just right. A free download that hits the spot.

Of Monsters & Men – Little Talks (The Knocks Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


In anticipation of Saturday’s main event: 5omething brand new from the Mau5.

Deadmau5 – There Might Be Coffee: LISTEN TO IT HERE


The second installment of Fools Gold‘s Clubhouse compilation series is just as heavy as the first. No point trying to pick a favourite: here’s the whole thing, amigos. Did I mention it’s FREE?!?

Fool’s Gold – Clubhouse Vol. 2: LISTEN TO IT HERE


I got news for you: this isn’t house.

Dream – This Isn’t House EP: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Big room time!

Zedd feat. Matthew Koma – Spectrum (3LAU Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Eddie Thoneick & Norman Doray – Celsius (Original Mix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


How can you not love Montreal’s Adventure Club? OK, maybe the sound is becoming just a tad predictable. But that in no way means it’s played out. And the fact that it’s free is an added attraction.

Adventure Club – Retro City: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Brand new Sound Remedy!

Ellie Goulding – Hanging On (Sound Remedy Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE 


So glad the full version of this is finally out. This is special.


VISUAL SWEETS


Already a huge fan of Dan Black, but this is trippy. I love it.


Nobody’s quite doing it like Calvin Harris right now. Anybody else thinking it’s time for him to do an album with Example?


August 10th. The Hoxton. You will find me there.


Justice flashback!


… and that’s it, kiddos. Be safe this weekend (but not too safe) and make sure you rep bpm:tv a llllllll weekend long!


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Autoeroticism

May 22nd, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

Back to work. A crazy long weekend for most of you ravers — and I hope even those of you who were stuck working managed an hour or two for yourself, to enjoy the spectacular weather. Talking to a few friends of mine, it sounds like the long weekend’s hot spots were the Exodus Festival in Las Vegas (featuring Gareth Emery, Robbie Rivera, LMFAO and Arno Cost) and, closer to home, the beach town of Grand Bend, Ontario — better known to readers of this blog as the setting for bpm:tv’s awesome new original series Grand Benders. And if you couldn’t make it to either of those destinations, I trust our Friday playlist helped to take your backyard BBQ or up-north nightcap to the next level.

Yeah, so what you got for me now? Rest assured, I got some great new tunez that I’ll be relaying throughout the week. But first, I want to pass on this stellar EP teaser from Autoerotique that dropped about a month ago. Each of the three tracks is special, and each is completely different from the others. Give it a taste test, and show your support for Canadian artists by copping this when it drops in June.

Autoerotique – EKG Promo Mix: LISTEN TO IT HERE


While you’re at it, check out the bpm:tv Web Exclusive we shot with Autoerotique some weeks back, at the Chris Lake/Michael Woods show, brought to you by Provoke.

 


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Welcome To The Future

March 21st, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

 

Back to the world of EPs. Believe it or not, I’m one of those people who actually believes EPs are better for music — especially EDM — than albums are. Then again, after checking out Felix Cartal’s brand new album I might have to rethink that position.

Could you imagine if all of our favourite producers came out with long-players this year? How awesome would that be? Like the best year in the history of  electronic music ever. But if that’s too much to hope for, I’d be willing to settle for a full-length album from this guy: Mord Fustang.

He’s back with his latest installment, a four-track EP called Welcome To The Future, and it’s chock full of the usual Fustangy goodness. Now, some of you may know that I care deeply for the Estonian DJ. He’s the artist who kicked off the first ever “Scott’s Selections” podcast, and for that alone holds a special place in my heart.

But enough of the violin strings and heart chords. The point is: Mord is back at his best, with that signature blend of Arps and heavy bass. Now, some artists with successful sound tend to get trapped by it, while others try so hard to escape it that they end up losing the thing that made us love them in the first place. Mord, however, seems to have found the right balance — evolving his sound in new ways, while holding onto those special qualities that first caught our ears.

Check out these two-minute teasers brought to you by Plasmapool — and enjoy every second!

Mord Fustang – The Majestic (Teaser): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Mord Fustang – Welcome To The Future (Teaser): LISTEN TO IT HERE 


Mord Fustang – Super Fever (Teaser): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Wow!

Mord Fustang – Windwaker (Teaser): LISTEN TO IT HERE 


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Weekend Wrap-up

March 19th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

  

Kind of a calm-before-the-storm weekend. Not that much new stuff dropped — but what did definitely raise some eyebrows. First was a quick video teaser from Zeds Dead. You really have to appreciate what these guys are doing right now. Sure, the whole hip-hop/dubstep thing has been taking off everywhere, but DC and Hooks are doing it differently — and doing it better, some (OK, me) would say. Their video teasers and trailers, especially, are sheer genius, creating such a buzz around the songs that they seem larger than life. This video highlights their new track “The One.”  Check it out — and be sure to cop the Victor EP while you’re at it.

Zeds Dead & Omar LinX – The One: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Zeds Dead & Omar LinX – No Prayers: LISTEN TO IT HERE


I’m a huge fan of Ecotek, so when this dropped late last week it was an automatic download. With Paige on vocals, it sounds downright heavenly. Reminiscent of Deadmau5, it’s made for boats and beaches. Throw in remixes from Kevin Alves and Trajikk & Joman, and the whole EP is a must-grab.

Ecotek feat. Paige – Forget About Tomorrow: LISTEN TO IT HERE


Speaking of progressive house, I have a gem for fans of that genre. Whelan & Di Scala are two dudes out of Liverpool who have a track that’s climbing the Beatport charts. “The Fox” will put a smile on your face no matter where you are. This is an immediate buy.

Whelan & Di Scala – The Fox (Original Mix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


A big shout-out to Pleasurekraft, who have been a personal fave of mine since their remix of “La La Land” a few years back. The boys were just in Toronto last week — check out the Provoke Web site HERE for a taste of what you missed. The double Ks, Kaveh and Kalle, know how to nail that perfect balance of carnival and progressive house to create sustained pleasure. Always a good show, and often an even better listen, this Swedish-American duo will be one of the hottest acts to catch this week in Miami. Keep an ear out for their new joint “Skeleton Key,” featuring Green Velvet on vocals. Should be a return to the glory of “La La Land” all over again.

Pleasurekraft – The Main Ingredient (Original Mix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


BIGGGGGGGG!!!! ————–>Umek & Christian Cambas – Heroes of the Night (Pleasurekraft Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE


Something tells me you’ll be hearing a lot of this on the next edition of “Scott’s Selections” — coming next week!


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Stinky, Stanky, Filthy, Outrageous, Disgusting, Epic, Ragin’

March 1st, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

What can we say about Toronto duo Zeds Dead that we haven’t already said? These guys have caught the wave of momentum so many artists crave and are riding it far ahead of the pack. In a week that has seen new releases from Alesso, Ingrosso and Kill The Noise it’s a double dose of Zeds Dead that has the kids going wild. DC and Hooks seem to be in perfect form, hitting the best stretch they have ever known. It’s a demonstration of the truth behind the old adage: hard work and dedication to your craft really will bring you the respect you deserve.

And let’s not forget Omar LinX. This young spitta is stepping up his game in a major way. For so long, dubstep rappers seem to have taken a backseat to the more traditional flowers. But LinX is walking right up to that stereotype with a automatic shotgun and sending it to its maker. His skill is undeniable, his chemistry with DC and Hooks extraordinary. Prepare for a nation of copycats to try to mimic the sound these three have created – but know that just ’cause it glitters don’t mean it’s gold.

And a lesson here for all up-and-coming DJs and producers: Zeds Dead initially gave away almost all of their tracks for free. That’s how you create a fanbase — well, that and making stinky, stanky, filthy, outrageous, disgusting, epic, ragin’ tracks!!!

Zeds Dead, baby. Zeds Dead.


The Roots feat. Monsters of Folk – Dear God 2.0 (Zeds Dead Remix): LISTEN TO IT HERE



Sweets of the week tomorrow!

 


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Electric Daisy Carnival 2012

February 27th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

With March almost here, the EDM season is about to kick off.  The Ultra Music Festival is looking awesome, as always — and unfortunately, it’s sold out. But what about some of the other destination events for all us house junkies?

Coachella, one of the biggest musical festivals out there, has taken on a definite EDM feel, so I’d call that one a top priority. Alas, those tickets have come and gone, too, and the sound of teardrops hitting the ground can be heard throughout the land.

But wait! Turn that frown upside down. The Electric Daisy Carnival is returning to Las Vegas (June 8-10), and I have a feeling this one will be even bigger than before. But don’t just take my word for it — check out the visuals HERE, call your friends and plan your trip. We’ll be there. Will you?


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