Archive for April, 2010

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two great shows in two nights

April 23, 2010

well make that three if you include tomorrow night getting to dj with panda slap at an art gallery/fund raiser.  [aside]

saw Ghislain Poirier last night at HiFi.  amazing! it was a typical thursday night (smalltown dj’s disco/electro kid crowd) and Poirier still killed it.  I am going to step out a little and say that Poirier is one of the producers/djs who has shapped and inspired the music I have been following for the last 5 years. . .right up there with Diplo and Kode9.  they all have their unique sound and are leaders of their trade.  all djs that I have followed from their first internet mixes to semi-stardom.  this is the third or fourth time I have seen Poirier, and each time it’s a totally new experience. last night he played lots of hits off of his new album ‘running high’.  massive sound, heart crunching bass with some high techno/rave/stadium dj bleep bloops to keep the crowd dancing.   MC Zulu had control of the mic all night to build hype.  A black dude wearing sunglasses in the club mc’ing over a white french canadian seems to drive girls wild – there were always at least five of them on the stage.  some critical feedback for Zulu (don’t take too much offence), but you have to stop trying so hard.  plus you don’t need to sing on top of every beat all night long, you can let Poirier’s sounds shine through a little bit.  MC Zulu was rocking a shirt that said “MC Zulu” and he had a hand held camera that he used to film himself .  weird.

GOTAN PROJECT – La Gloria from Ya Basta records on Vimeo.

tonight is none other than RSD, with Sub Swarma.  I am really excited about RSD.  love of jah light and pretty bright light are two songs that always seem to creep back into my mixes, starting years ago when people started talking about this whole dubstep idea.  RSD is Rob Smith from Smith and Mighty and the sounds have matured nicely over the last 15 years. (thanks for the records J + M, I had them pulled out all night).  the Smith and Mighty Dj Kicks (1998?) will be blasting in my house all day tomorrow and I can’t wait. here are so tracks to keep you company while I head off to the club. . .

Pretty_Bright_Light

Kingfisher

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moombahton links

April 22, 2010
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moombahton. new ‘genre’ generating a lot of hype recently.  there was even a show here in Calgary last friday that I heard was great.  my personal take on it is that it is slow rave music.  so far lots of old hits remixed down to that 108bpm speed.  I have read more ‘prestigious’ blogs labelling it as slowed down Dutch House

anyways, I have done all of the research for you.  download till your hard drive is full.  I am not going to fill up any of our precious blog space with it because there is already too much (lazy.. )

scatterblog – good mix and 10+ songs

XLR8R – 2 songs

Fool’s Gold – Moombahton Megamix by Dave Nada (some credit him with the invention of this genre)

Gotta Dance Dirty – few songs

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DJ Kicks: Kode9

April 22, 2010

another Burial spoof?  maybe

I found this article as I was cruising around the red bull music academy website:

Details have been announced for Kode9‘s edition of DJ-Kicks, due for release this June.

The Hyperdub boss took a no-nonsense approach to assembling the mix, compiling what he describes as “just a snapshot of my DJ sets from the first half of 2010.” The tracklist is heavy on UK funky, broken beat, grime and R&B, but surprisingly light on on the genre Kode9 helped vault into widespread popularity: dubstep.

“[The mix is] definitely not an exploration of my musical heritage, but it’s not all new stuff. It probably signifies something about my relationship to dubstep that the mix only has a few dubstep tunes in it… Unfortunately, I fear some listeners, because of my background, will think that all the tracks are just mutations of dubstep.”

In addition to tracks by Aardvarck, Digital Mystikz, Zomby and Cooly G, the mix will feature an exclusive track by Kode9, entitled “You Don’t Wash.” The compilation will be the third installment of DJ-Kicks this year, following contributions by The Juan Maclean and James Holden.

Tracklist
01. Lone – Once In A While
02. Aardvarck – Revo
03. Kode9 – Blood Orange
04. Kode9 – You Don’t Wash (Dub) (DJ-KiCKS exclusive)
05. Cooly G – Phat Si
06. Ill Blu – Bellion
07. Ikonika – Heston
08. Scratcha DVA – Jelly Roll
09. Mr Mageeka – Different Lekstrix
10. Grievous Angel – Move Down Low
11. Sticky feat. Natalie Storm – Look Pon Me
12. Sticky – Jumeirah Riddim Sequel
13. Mujava – Pleaze Mugwanti
14. DVA – Natty
15. Aardvarck – Re Spoken (Nubian Mindz Released Mix)
16. Morgan Zarate feat. Sarah Ann Webb – M.A.B.
17. Rozzi Daime – Dirty Illusions
18. Zomby – Spiralz
19. Kode9 – It
20. J*DaVeY – Mr. Mister
21. Digital Mystikz – 2 Much Chat
22. Terror Danjah – Stiff
23. Digital Mystikz – Mountain Dread March
24. Zomby – Godzilla
25. Digital Mystikz – Mountain Dread March (Reprise)
26. Addison Groove – Footcrab
27. Kode9 vs. LD – Bad
28. Maddslinky – Cargo
29. Ramadanman – Work Them
30. Terror Danjah – Bruzin (VIP)
31. The Bug feat. Flo Dan – Run

!K7 will release Kode9’s DJ-Kicks on June 22nd, 2010

SWEET!

While we patiently await this mix, go buy his book ‘sonic warfare (good read so far) or listen to the newest DJ Kicks : Juan Maclean

juanmaclean-feelsogood

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aphex twin live – coachella 08

April 21, 2010

two years ago this month, mid afternoon under the big top, on a polo field in the california desert… we were there. one of the most incredible shows i’ve ever been to!

it isn’t that often that you come across a recording of a show that you were actually present for so it has always been fun for me to listen to this set, remembering what the feeling was, the vibe in the crowd, the energy and sound, what the dj was doing.  the set started off with everyone hyped but not really knowing what to expect (why is he sitting down?), then a calming and everyone dancing and happy, followed by confusion, still bodies and awkwardness (genius transition @ 23:50!) i’m thinking this is getting good, bring it on…

and then he stood up.

Aphex Twin Live – Coachella 08

tracklist:

01. Intro
02. Public Enemy – Welcome To The Terrordome
03. Run DMC – Beats To The Rhyme
04. ID
05. Strafe – Set It Off
06. Boogie Boys – Break Dancer
07. ID
08. ID
09. ID
10. LFO – Track 4
11. The Night Writers – Let the Music Use You
12. Gregor Tresher – A Thousand Nights
13. ID
14. ID
15. ID
16. Macc – Think Down
17. Fracture & Neptune – Apollo
18. ASC – Confusion
19. dgoHn – Elle
20. System Of A Down – Chop Suey (Drum & Bass Bootleg)
21. Noisia & Mayhem – Exodus
22. Dub-One – Volcon
23. Vertigo – The Drained
24. ID
25. Limewax – Cat And The Hat
26. The Panacea and Code Blue – Graveyard Twist
27. Current Value – Fear

did he pick track two just for the title?

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the xx @ the commodore

April 14, 2010

finally saw the xx in their 3-player persona live. gorgeous, simple, nostalgic, progressive. well done.

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love for fridays

April 9, 2010

Egyptrixx- Hexagon Ya

Cosmin TRG- Since Last Night

Zinc-Blunt Edge

Ikonika-Simulacrum

MJ Cole-Sincere (Nero remix)

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joker

April 6, 2010

yeah for the hump day concert, perfect way to break up the work week.  joker plays the hifi tomorrow night!

have been pumpin these mashups lately.  keeps things light, fun, fresh?

Justin Joker – City River

How Purple Can You Go (Ludacris vs Joker & Ginz)

and a new one, released just two days ago.  more of that signature 80s dubstep sound with a grime/synth stab edge to it. the original is cool, but i much prefer the VIP mix.  a preview for tomorrow night?

Joker – Tron (VIP Mix)

ps. welcome back john!