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Banks – This Is What It Feels Like (Prod. by Lil Silva & Jamie Woon)

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Sep 9, 2013
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The transformation of Banks from pseudo-pop to pure, unadulterated R&B has been remarkable to say the least. Her latest work, a collaboration with Lil Silva and Jamie Woon, draws you in with its depth and stellar production quality immediately. Five stars.

 

Banks is currently on tour with The Weeknd and Anna Lunoe – if the opportunity arises to see them in your city, don’t sleep on it.

 

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//Ziad Ramley

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Portugal The Man – Purple Yellow Red & Blue (Rambo Hollywood Remix)

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Sep 8, 2013
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If you don’t think this is the best damn remix of Purple Yellow Red & Blue, you no longer matter to me. Mysterious producer, Rambo Hollywood, gives the percussion in this remix the perfect amount of ‘oomph’ – Lord, do I love a crisp snare.

 

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//Ziad Ramley

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Tinush – My Name Is Vegas

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Sep 8, 2013
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Oooo, guurl’.. Now this is a fun one. Please, allow me the honor of introducing to you wonderful listeners the one, the only, Tinush. Now, seeing as the majority of information surrounding this German tech-house extraordinaire is in, well.. German, that’s about all we can tell you about the man. However, as you will be quick to notice with a listen to his newest creation, My Name Is Vegas, that’s really all you need to know.

 

It is truly tracks like this that continue to feed my hunger (oxymoron!..) for the more minimal, tech spectrum of dance music. Boasting a very refreshing, Jazz-influenced vibe, My Name Is Vegas rocks no lack of funkay’-ass bass, deep-kicks and Full Monty-esque horn action. And that second drop… Hip-thrust engage.

 

All these artists – just so generous these days. With a hop and skip (you must do both) to the man’s Soundcloud, one can find a free download of My Name Is Vegas for all to enjoy. Gracias, Tinush. Gracias.

 

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We Were Born Electric – Live Forever ft. Saidah Conrad

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Sep 8, 2013
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Ever hear of WWBE? Maybe not yet, but you’ve likely listened to tracks that this duo has had their hands in. Welcome to We Were Born Electric – the production combo of Rainer Millar-Blanchaer and Jeff “Grimm” Crake. From songwriting credits with The Weeknd and Drake to various EDM releases, placements on MTV’s Jersey Shore and performances at Digital Dreams, these guys have the combined elements to dominate the pop and EDM scene. With a full EP release looming in the distance, WWBE dropped a sneak peak of what’s to come: their debut single Live Forever featuring vocals from Ain’t No Love songstress Saidah Conrad. Expect a video for this coming soon!

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- Markit

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Subscape – I Need You/Close Your Eyes + Interview

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Sep 8, 2013
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Subscape is known for producing great tracks. But his latest two are the best he’s done yet. I Need You instantly caught my attention with it’s infectious drum beat. Both tracks will be available September 9th, in the mean time check out the previews! Subscape also took some time to answer questions about his latest two tracks!

 

 For our readers who don’t know who you are; introduce yourself! 
Hi I’m Subscape (Anthony Peters), I come from a town called Woking in the UK and have been a DJ/Producer making Dubstep, Drum & Bass and UK bass music for the past 8 years or so. I had my first break in 2008 with my debut release on the mighty Dub Police Records (owned by Caspa) and since then it has been my home in dubstep with single, CD and EP releases stretching over the years. On the label I’ve been known to keep my style very broad, but my more well-known productions have been melodic with a lot of dancefloor euphoric energy!
Your new single seems more refined, was there anything that changed during the production process this time around? 
I don’t think my method of production has changed dramatically over the years, and I think with a lot of producers you tend to stick with a formula that you know works best. It makes you more productive and stimulates your creative side. I also think that I haven’t found the holy grail to production, and I always look for ways to improve my work by learning new techniques, learning new software and collaborating with other artists to broaden my knowledge. So with every track I make there is almost always something new added, whether it be a new synth, new influence or a better mix down. My new single “I Need You” & “Close Your Eyes” was a result of new synth work mixed with my classic sound, especially with “Close Your Eyes” which has a more neuro-sounding bass.
 
What DAW and VSTs are you using?
I run Logic in my studio and also on my laptop when I’m traveling. I find a good balance of using samples and VSTs in my production, I’m a big fan of the Native Instruments plugins like Massive and FM8, i use them mainly for mid range bass and for synth stuff I like to use sylenth, nexus and some Rob Papen VSTs. Camel Phat is pretty good and I just got this plug in called the Sausage Fattener which is a pretty simple tool for beefing up sounds.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2013? 
So I’m really looking forward to the release of “I Need You” & “Close Your Eyes” which is dropping 09.09.13… After that Dub Police is putting out a mix compilation called “Past – Present – Future” which will have some of my tracks old and new, excited for that, and hopefully I’ll be heading back to North America soon!
-Filippo
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Podcast 040 – Lil’ Texas

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Sep 7, 2013
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This week’s Podcast is brought to us by M|O|D‘s shining star, Lil’ Texas. Much like Salacious featurees Falcons and Expendable Youth, Lil’ Texas just gets hip-hop and it shines through in his selections.

 

 

 

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Tracklist:

Amber London – Act II – Texas Phonk
Chris Travis – Tropical
Amber London – Servin Fiendz
Pyramid Juke – Lucy North$ide
Trinidad Jame$ – Gold On My Macbook (Lakim Refix)
Color Plus – Whoah
FKi & Dj Sliink – Amdam IV
Seapoint – Nautical Day
Samename – Make it Hot at Nightfall (Nguzunguzu Edit)
King Louie – Where the Bitches at
Loudpvck – Lonely
Lil Silva – Quest (Original Mix)
Salva – Drop That B
Three Six Mafia – Where’s da Bud (Lord Infamous Solo)
Yung Simmie – Shut Up N Vibe
Mach Five – Chandeliers
Rocko (ft. Every Rapper Ever) – U.O.E.N.O (Crnkn Remix)
C.Z. – Throw Some 1′z
Trippy Turtle – Southside Deep
Cassie – Me & You (Crnkn Remix)

 

//Ziad Ramley

 

 

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Black Tooth – Blue

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Sep 5, 2013
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Shrouded in a veil of mystery, this elusive group has been trickling out singles over the past few months. The trio, consisting of a creative director, a multi-instrumentalist producer/engineer, and a singer/songwriter, just released their fourth song, Blue. Not much is known about their identities, but their sound tells a compelling story. The airy vocal layers sit comfortably on top of production filled with ambient, trip hop and rock elements, all tied together with electronic stitching. Supposedly all of Black Tooth’s releases to date are coming from an EP scheduled for release sometime in October.

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- Markit

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Mord Fustang – If You Want

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Sep 5, 2013
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At long last, the Estonian prodigy of electro-house has returned. It’s a bittersweet reunion, however, because it’s only a teaser- and what a tease it is.

Honestly, Mord Fustang is unlike any other artist out there. He has an incredibly unique sound and feel to all of his tracks; there’s no way you could possibly mistake them for anyone else’s work. “If You Want” is no exception, and as I sit back and let it play, I found myself with a huge grin across my face. His wild running synths are back in full force, and the distorted edge reminds you on every downbeat that it is, in fact, Mord Fustang. His blend of consistency and innovation are a rare cross, and I could listen to it (and sometimes do) all day.

 

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The Latest in Hip-Hop: September Edition

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Sep 5, 2013
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Hey guys, I’m back! The amount of Hip-Hop that came out in August was insane. Not only was the amount a lot, but the quality was great as well! Here’s what you should be listening to!

 

Captain Murphy Feat. Viktor Vaughn, Earl Sweatshirt, & Thundercat – Between Villains

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This collaboration is a dream come true!

 

Earl Sweatshirt – Hive (Feat. Vince Staples and Casey Veggies)

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Earl’s debut album, Dorris, is one of this years best releases. Hive is one of the standout tracks from the album, all three MC’s flows are great, with Staples being the standout.

 

Joey Bada$$ – Summer Knights

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Joey’s second mixtape doesn’t offer anything new. But he has improved greatly as an MC. If you want lyrical and gritty rhymes then this is the tape for you!

 

A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord

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The A$AP Mob are quickly becoming my favorite Hip-Hop group. Rocky’s debut from earlier this year still gets rotation from me and Ferg has knocked his debut out of the park! Trap Lord is very hard hitting and every beat matches Ferg’s unique cadence perfectly.

 

The Underachievers – The Lords Of Flatbush

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One of my major gripes with their last tape was the length, there was too many tracks and felt sloppy towards the end. On Lords Of Flatbush, they have crafted eight fine tuned songs. All the production is handled by Lex Luger.
Lex is known for his Trap production, while that is present, it’s the Jazzier tracks that standout the most.

One of the standout tapes of the year!

 

Trinidad James – 10pc Mild

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This was a huge surprise. Trinidad is actually a great MC, he now has my attention!

 

 

-Filippo

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Bass Report #061

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Sep 4, 2013
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Toronto’s favourite bass-based duo is on top of the report this week, with a brand new tune featuring one of my favourite dance vocalists, Greta Svabo Bech. Bass music for the soul. Don’t sleep on this one!

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#1 Zeds Dead & Greata Svabo Bech – Shut Up & Sing V2.0

Greta Svabo Bech is about to release a remix EP for her song, Shut Up & Sing. This is the undisputed highlight of the bunch. Zeds Dead baby…

 

#2 Kill The Noise & Brillz & Minxx – Saturn (Kill Paris Remix)

 

#3 Whiiite – Still Turnt

 

#4 JVN – Montanha

 

#5 Kill The Noise ft. Mercedes – Jump Ya Body (ExMAG Remix)

 

#6 Pegboard Nerds – Lawless

 

#7 Datsik – Cold Blooded (Twofold Remix)

 

#8 Le Castle Vania ft. Ming & Lena Wolf – Disintegration

 

#9 Mr. Bill & Crazy Daylight – Highwaying

 

*Late Night Special*
I Am Legion – Loose On The Leaves

 

 

 

Still Hot!

#1 Brookes Brothers ft. Chrom3
Carry Me On (Stinkahbell Remix) [From Bass Report 58]

#2 CRUSH ft. Camden Cox
Could This Be Real (Luminox Remix) [From Bass Report 59]

#3 Lana Del Rey
Young & Beautiful (PatrickReza Remix)

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Hayden James – Embrace (Version)

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Sep 4, 2013
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Aussie producer Hayden James (of Permission To Love fame) is back with his debut self-titled EP, and before I get to that review I want to take some time out of everyone’s days to appreciate the Future Classic version of Embrace. Funky, crisp, and – most importantly – sensual, this track makes me want to do all sorts of things with all sorts of people. Enjoy it over and over, like I did.

 

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//Ziad Ramley

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Blackstreet – No Diggity (Bondax Edit)

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Sep 4, 2013
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Well, well, well… Look who decided to remix Blackstreet‘s superb 1996 release, No Diggity. Bondax did, and they win at life. Just listen, it’s sexy.

 

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Much Love,

^Xaos

 

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Ain’t No Love – Fake Your Dreams [Original Video]

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Sep 4, 2013
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Home to Toronto, by way of Montreal, electro hip-hop group Ain’t No Love dropped their newest music video for their summer jam Fake Your Dreams. Not long ago we covered the  the audio made some noise on Hype Machine, peaking at #2. Embracing everything about universal urban youth culture they have an irresistible and explosive live show, strong music production and an appropriately pop music video for Fake Your Dreams. Check both the video and audio below.

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- Markit

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Jarell Perry – Getaway ft. Thurz (Rambo Hollywood Remix)

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Sep 4, 2013
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After top-lining for the likes of Chris Brown, Usher, and Diplo, alternative R&B singer and award-winning songwriter Jarell Perry surprised fans with the highly anticipated music video for Getaway, the lead single for his acclaimed LP, Simple Things. This premiere is the LA-based artist’s first release in partnership with Russell Simmons and his new venture with All Def Digital.

International man of mystery Rambo Hollywood launches his provocative remix for Getaway, featuring a special appearance from U-N-I rapper Thurz from Inglewood, Los Angeles. Not much is known about Rambo, other than that he’s lived in over 15 countries as he moved around the world throughout his childhood while his father served in the military. Stream the audio below:

 

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- Markit

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YADi – Creatures

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Sep 3, 2013
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Hailing from London, England, YADi is making some strong moves, most recently the release of her newest single Creatures. The powerful pop arrangement shines light onto the heavy hitting chorus with some impressive vocal layering, adding overall depth to the song. It was co-written with Ariel Rechtshaid (known for his work with Usher, Charlie XCX, and Haim) and producer/engineer Johan Hugo. The video dropped about a week ago, check it here, and stream the audio below!

 

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- Markit

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Koreless – Never (8prn Remix)

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Sep 3, 2013
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The first time I listened to this remix by Vancouver producer, 8prn, I was using broken headphones. Even then, completely devoid of anything resembling a low end, it still impressed me immensely; those high notes, the echo on the synths, the layers- oh, the layers.

 

Anyway, it’s a great evening listen.

 

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//Ziad Ramley

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Course of Time Podcast #04 – HolloH X Mr. Charlton

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Sep 3, 2013
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Better late than never on this post! Course of Time released this mix to before its 2 year anniversary which passed this pas August at The Supermarket. The event drew an amazing crowd with everyone from members of some of Toronto’s top dance music acts and an impromptu visit from Foreign Beggars’ member Pavan who loved the vibe.

This month’s edition featured rising stars HolloH, who were recently cosigned by Skream, alongside COT Resident Mr. Charlton. This mix is perfect for the club, ride, or bedroom ;) . Don’t sleep on COT which will soon be coming to you in multiple Canadian cities.

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Nightwaves #014: Summer Mixology

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Based on the positive reaction to last week’s edition I thought I’d keep things going with a mix from another close friend of mine. Mike Wilson has been on the scene for a bit now in Toronto as well as in Europe but like many of us reality has pulled him away from his passion for music. He has been back at it and this mix is a testament to that effort.

He has traditionally stuck with the electro and progressive house movement but like many of us he has grown tired of it. Nighwaves agrees and applauds the new direction he has taken. On the mix you will find what he is listening to now and what he thinks is more relevant in EDM today. What we have here is a carefully blended mix of sweet and juicy that will keep you dancing on the beach until the the wee hours of the night. Drink responsibly…..

 

Tracklist: 

Two Door Cinema Club – Handshake (Amtrac Remix)
Cyril Hahn feat. Shy Girls – Perfect Form
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – Latch
Clubfeet – Cape Town (Panama Remix)
Ko Ko – Float
Phoenix – Trying to be Cool (A-Trak Remix)
Young Empires – White Doves (Natural Animal Remix)
Jose Gonzalez – Crosses (Dinner Date Remix)
Le Youth – C O O L (Ben Pearce Remix)
Purple Disco Machine – My House
Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me
Ry Cuming & Frank Widermann – Howling (Ame Remix)
Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky and Sand
Anna Kendrick – Cups (Jellosea Remix)

 

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-LeCastell

 

 

 

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Dr. Dre ft. Eminem – Forgot About Dre (StatiK Remix)

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Sep 3, 2013
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You may all know me as your friendly neighbourhood bass reporter, but today I’d like to share my latest production work with you lovely people.  Hope you enjoy my spin on this classic, and be sure to grab a free download.

 

 

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George FitzGerald – I Can Tell (By The Way You Move) [Official Video]

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Sep 2, 2013
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George FitzGerald’s I Can Tell (By The Way You Move) has been my serve-all go-to for the past two weeks. Get broken up with? Hit play, you’ll feel better. Want to be the life of the party? Pull up that YouTube video, brah. You just booked yourself a ticket to boner-town.

 

And so on.

 

A brilliant track, and an expertly-directed video to boot.

 

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//Ziad Ramley

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