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Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi (Hudson Mohawke RMX)

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Dec 16, 2014
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Four Tet’s ‘Parallel Jalebi’ has to be one of my favorite tracks of like ever. Seeing him play live was like a tween getting excited over the announcement of One Directions tour stop at Levi’s Stadium (go niners). I didn’t think it could get any better until Hudson Mohawke decided to flip it into this dark, heavy, im gonna eat you animal. Give it a listen!

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Marian Hill’s “Got It” Kill Them With Colour remix

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Dec 16, 2014
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Canadian duo Kill Them With Colour release a rework of Marian Hill’s serene modern R&B jam “Got It”

This is a dreamy take on the original pushing more of a numbing audible effect. A calm ascend that takes this re-work into a poingent synths and fantastic drum work.

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KLP – Medicine (Jordan F Remix)

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Dec 16, 2014
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Riding on the success of her latest single Medicine, Australian indie pop singer KLP recently decided to release a remix contest for the song in collaboration with The Ripe. As a big fan of the song and KLP herself I followed the contest with interest till I stumbled on a submission by Australian synth-pop producer Jordan F. Drawing from his synth-pop background Jordan F managed to take KLP’s vocals and transform  the song into a groovy nu-disco tune that’ll have you thinking about the 80s from the moment you hear it.

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Ain’t No Love – Summa (prod. Birthday Boy)

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Just after Toronto got hit with the year’s first major snowstorm, Ain’t No Love has decided to release a new track called Summa, reminiscing on times when it was warmer. This track is the 2nd release from the group’s forthcoming EP, which will be released through Warner Music Canada in February 2015. The song was produced by Birthday Boy, who has been making waves of his own across the blogosphere, having topped Hype Machine’s charts and with a few mixes for THUMP.

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Tegan and Sara – So Jealous (Royal Refix)

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Dec 16, 2014
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One of my favorite producers in the game, Royal, just dropped a “Refix” that is to stay on his Soundcloud, unlike the rest of his epic tunes that recently succumbed to the copyright police, and I couldn’t be more excited. This OFFICIAL Refix of Tegan and Sara’s So Jealous is absolutely amazing with nods to Cashmere Cat and Lido.

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Waxman – Different From The Rest [from Scion Sessions Presents: Rare Beef – Capsule Volume 1]

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Scion Sessions & Rare Beef have collaboratively collected 16 tracks from Rare Beef’s roster and extended family for the FREE 16-track alternative electronic music compilation “Capsule Volume 1”. Everyday starting December 10th, a single track off the compilation will be sequentially released daily via Scion Sessions’ SoundCloud.

The sixth track of the sixteen is “Different From The Rest” brought to you by Waxman. Hailing from Toronto, but with musical roots in Montreal as well, (Jacob) Waxman’s music draws from a wide variety of influences. Whether you’re grooving to his subtly-lifted funk loops or getting lost in drawn-out analogue sequences, Waxman’s music will get you there. Hours upon hours meticulously fine-tuning his sounds, mixes, and music have led to tracks that get the dance floor bumping, while still leaving you grooving on your headphones at home. Waxman’s precision and ear leave tracks with the subtle and polished gleam that only a wax-finish can possibly provide.

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Savant – ZION [Album Review]

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Dec 14, 2014
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While Alexsander Vinter has already touched on a countless range of styles through his music, he delves into yet another unexplored area in his latest full length release. A man seemingly on a quest to comprehend the entire musical universe, Savant reaches into the politics, conflict, history, and alien mythology of Middle Eastern culture, incorporating heavy Hebrew and Arabic influences with his wildly imaginative dance music, and breathing life into his latest creation, ZION.

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As far as full length albums go, Savant certainly stands behind the extended format, and builds a deep story from start to finish. It’s rare to take in such vivid imagery without the help of lyrics, especially in the realm of dance music, and I couldn’t help myself hearing ZION as more film score than album my first time through. If you’re someone who appreciates a collection of music as one whole piece, you should know that that’s exactly what this is, and it’s the best way to experience it. Let’s be honest though… not everyone has the time or patience to listen to 16 tracks beginning to end, so for the sake of the masses (and to keep myself from writing a book), I’ll break down a few of the songs I’ve already latched onto.

 

Let’s start with Nazareth. If I had to explain ZION in a single track, here you go! You won’t miss the outside influences here, as Savant uses a close recreation of the Rhaita (variation of an oboe) layered over a pan flute, and what sounds to be an Oud, working in his typical fashion. That is, of course, ripping out a melody that might be considered complex solo material elsewhere. I deserve some sort of props if I nailed that instrument combo… Just sayin.

 

Next? A softer number by the name of Outcasts, which seems to waiver outside the album theme a little, perhaps on purpose. I love it nonetheless. Drums reminiscent of Aphex Twin‘s masterpiece Flim take the spotlight at times here, while peaceful tones radiate from the piano and bass lines. Summed up, this song is a pleasant excuse to give your ears a rest from the abrasive Savanty madness we’re all here for.

 

That brings me to my third pick of the bunch, Mecca. Rough translation: Abrasive Savanty madness. If you’ve been following the lead up to ZION`s release, this one has been available for a few weeks already, but I can’t not include it. It is the face melting, baby punching, back-flipping off the roof, dance floor destroyer of the album. Opening with catchy Arabic vocals draped over a rolling snare line, Mecca builds into a brutal drop, highlighted by that delightful brand of bass distortion between “shit, this still sounds flat” and “my speakers are on fire now”. You know dat sweet spot.

 

Honorable mentions: Desert Eagle (makes you feel like a super hero), Arrival (“unlocking my car” noise used as percussion = boss), Apocalypse (that funky synth just slays me)

 

Final thoughts? I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Like I mentioned (along with many North Americans) I am fairly uneducated in the realm of Middle Eastern music, yet found this to be an intriguing blend of very different musical worlds that managed to compliment one another. I already had a great respect for Savant‘s talent and willingness to experiment… but bump it up another notch.

 

 

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Bass Report #110

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Dec 14, 2014
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Our champ this week is known for crossing the smoothest of basslines with laid back vibes that’ll leave you questioning the universe. In a very good way.

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#1 Ben Howard – Conrad (Hybrid Minds Bootleg)

I woke up to a day of studying for mid terms, a noise complaint from the landlord, and a blue screen of death. This beautiful new bootleg from Hybrid Minds made it all better… err, minus the noise complaint… and the BSOD… and studying just took a back seat. Shit. Well, I feel good anyway. You know what to expect from these two by this point, and this easy-going remix of Ben Howard‘s Conrad may be the best I’ve heard yet. Flowing bass, seamless drums, emotionally touching vocals, and a spaced out guitar riff holding things together. Enjoy.

 

#2 Getter – Stay Awhile

 

#3 Joker – Midnight

 

#4 Maztek – Three Point Zero

 

#5 LO’99 & Marshall F – Take Me Back

 

#6 MUST DIE! – Hellcat (Annix Remix)

 

#7 K+Lab ft. The Mic Smith – The Mothership (Skope remix)

 

#8 Opiuo ft. D-Sens – La Fong (Lunar Sound Remix)

 

#9 Black Sun Empire & State of Mind – Ego

 

*Late Night Special*
T.I. & Young Thug – About Da $ (Kaytranada Remix)

Still Hot!

#1 Kill Paris – Float (Wicked City Remix)

#2 Maya Jane Coles – Will I Make It Home Tonight

#3 Justin Martin – Don’t Go (VIP)

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KwikFiks – See Clearly [from Scion Sessions Presents: Rare Beef – Capsule Volume 1]

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Scion Sessions & Rare Beef have collaboratively collected 16 tracks from Rare Beef’s roster and extended family for the FREE 16-track alternative electronic music compilation “Capsule Volume 1”. Everyday starting December 10th, a single track off the compilation will be sequentially released daily via Scion Sessions’ SoundCloud.

The fifth track of the sixteen is “See Clearly” brought to you by KwikFiks. KwikFiks, born Danny Voicu, is the owner of the hands behind the production of some of Future Music/ House’s newest and most profound originals and collaborations. An erudite scholar well-versed in the digital archives of syncopation and shuffle, Danny Voicu assumed the title KwikFiks after spending several years working on productions, ranging over a vast amount of EDM genres.

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Briggs – The One [from Scion Sessions Presents: Rare Beef – Capsule Volume 1]

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Scion Sessions & Rare Beef have collaboratively collected 16 tracks from Rare Beef’s roster and extended family for the FREE 16-track alternative electronic music compilation “Capsule Volume 1”. Everyday starting December 10th, a single track off the compilation will be sequentially released daily via Scion Sessions’ SoundCloud.

The fourth track of the sixteen is “The One” brought to you by Briggs. Briggs is one half of the duo Deep Loves Mask and an up and coming DJ/producer in Toronto’s burgeoning electronic scene. Born in Denmark and raised in Toronto, his production is rooted in the vibes of traditional vocal-infused house but simultaneously pushes the aesthetic boundaries of the genre through the infusion of new sonic textures. His live sets are highly eclectic, taking the dance floor from the introspective rhythms of deep house to the frenetic pace of footwork and juke, all held together by a singular focus on soul.

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Deep Loves Mask – The Remedy [from Scion Sessions Presents: Rare Beef – Capsule Volume 1]

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Scion Sessions & Rare Beef have collaboratively collected 16 tracks from Rare Beef’s roster and extended family for the FREE 16-track alternative electronic music compilation “Capsule Volume 1”. Everyday starting December 10th, a single track off the compilation will be sequentially released daily via Scion Sessions’ SoundCloud.

The third track of the sixteen is “The Remedy” brought to you by Deep Loves Mask. Their bio best describes their intentions and sound: Everything deep loves masks…Somebody hidden in this way – who instinctively needs speech in order to be silent and concealed, and is tireless in evading communication – wants and encourages a mask of himself to wander around, in his place, through the hearts and heads of his friends. And even if this is not what he wants, he will eventually realize that a mask of him has been there all the same, and that this is for the best. Every deep spirit needs the mask…

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FanBoy – Somebody [from Scion Sessions Presents: Rare Beef – Capsule Volume 1]

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Scion Sessions & Rare Beef have collaboratively collected 16 tracks from Rare Beef’s roster and extended family for the FREE 16-track alternative electronic music compilation “Capsule Volume 1”. Everyday starting December 10th, a single track off the compilation will be sequentially released daily via Scion Sessions’ SoundCloud.

The second track of the sixteen is “Somebody” brought to you by FanBoy. FanBoy is a duo currently based out of Montreal & Madrid. Both members come from separate musical projects, but FanBoy is an homage to the classic sounds of early dance tracks. Having kept quiet, surrounding themselves with an air of mystery; this will be FanBoy’s first release of original material. The duo began by providing the public with bootleg remixes until the time was right to unload a handful of original material. With analog hardware in hand, and a keen distinction to keep a clean aesthetic, this duo is looking to maintain that which makes them FanBoy.

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HolloH – Exodus [from Scion Sessions Presents: Rare Beef – Capsule Volume 1]

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Scion Sessions & Rare Beef have collaboratively collected 16 tracks from Rare Beef’s roster and extended family for the FREE 16-track alternative electronic music compilation “Capsule Volume 1”. Everyday starting December 10th, a single track off the compilation will be sequentially released daily via Scion Sessions’ SoundCloud.

The first track of the sixteen is “Exodus” brought to you by HolloH. A house/garage duo based out of Toronto, the result of countless studio hours and collaboration between Nicholas Spencer and Parker Nowlan. Having released singles on Teenage Riot in addition to Rare Beef, as well as being selected for the Montreal 2014 edition of Red Bull Music Academy’s Bass Camp, the duo thrives as stand outs in the up-and-coming generation of electronic music producers. Finding support from Skream, MSTRKRFT and Juan Atkins, the young pair have recently released their new self-titled EP in order to cement their place in the electronic music landscape and begin their journey to the international stage.

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Omar Linx – ‘The Wild’

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Dec 9, 2014

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If it wasn’t already clear after the first 2 singles off the album were released, ‘Dosey Doe’, an electronic-charged rap song and ‘Forgive Me’, a deeper look into the revenge aspect of the album, Omar confirmed with his full release that he is back and better than ever!

To further showcase the versatility LinX has showcased on the album, he hits fans with a cut from the project fittingly titled, “The Wild”. Produced by Fytch & Kushberry, Omar display his lyrical prowess and effortlessly rides the beat never getting out of pocket. You need a pick me up? This is your joint.

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Corbu – Neon Hall (Autograf Remix)

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Dec 8, 2014
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That’s right! Another killer tune from the only cool guys you know that play marimba. Autograf‘s new Neon Hall remix really shows off the way they dominate the lower tempo spectrum. Tropical house? Sure. But aint’ nobody mixing this up with elevator music. (Sorry Kygo, I didn’t say it!)

 

 

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Cleveland – Flares

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Dec 8, 2014
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This one’s for everyone who ever wished Explosions In The Sky would get their hands on Ableton. Cleveland does late night right with new track Flares, blending organic warmth with electronic punch to bump up that head nod factor. Enjoy.

 

 

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Rae Sremmurd – No Type (LUCA LUSH & Josh Pan Flip)

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Dec 7, 2014
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This remix is simply incredible. An impressive work of art really. Remixed by New Yorkers Luca Lush and Josh Pan this production successfully merges trap, hip hop, house, deep house and maybe even progressive house??? However you want to pick it apart, one thing is for sure: it gets the people going….

 

“I make my own money, so I spend it how I like.”

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Royksopp – Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix)

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Dec 7, 2014
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Lately the talented Spaniard Maceo Plex has been producing a lot of quite undistinguished minimal material. But a few days ago a friend of mine brought this little marvel to my attention. With Royksopp’s haunting vocals and Maceo Plex’s dark touch, this song comes together as a perfect expression of King Maceo.

 

“Free to explore, we had it all.” 

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Dinnerdate – Want You

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Dec 3, 2014
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Did you think he could only do remixes? On this beautiful track from his debut EP on Kallias, Dinnerdate matures as an artist with his first two original productions. The title track “Want You” on the EP blends his love for the piano with a relaxing bass line that warms our days with ease.

 

“I want what you want me to do.”

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Years & Years – Desire (Rainer + Grimm Remix)

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Dec 3, 2014
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Rainer + Grimm are back with a smash remix for London-based electro pop group Years & Years’ new single Desire. They were able to flip the track’s pop aesthetic into a banger with some of their signature production style. The remix was released through Polydor as part of an official remix package, which is now available on iTunes.

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