Thursday, March 24, 2011

In the woods?



Two bears is a couple of guys from the UK who have ended up on the always up front Southern Fried Records owned by the one and only Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim. Midland has taken the already sexy song and turned the bass up to baby making levels. Im really feeling this one.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Whoring it up


Hoxton Whores have been around for a very long time. First coming on the scene with a slew of bootlegs they have since started making their own originals. A nice progy feel with out being too formulaic and some nice early 90's goth influences make this track a give me for a lot of my crowds.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The drums of spring


Nouveau Yorican is a side project of Laidback Luke. Abandoning the huge builds of arena house for some mighty fine african and latin influenced beats. Even the name of this project imparts a knowledge of dance music history. Nuyorican Soul was a Masters at Work side project that incorporated live musicians and vocalists (as opposed to samples). This tune will surely find a home in my spring sets, but I have a feeling that little horn drop and a solid vocal sample might keep this one active for quite some time.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Amen brother


Todays tune is a wonderful melding of new and old. With big room electro bass that pushes and pulls dancers all over the floor and some laser fills to spin the spun there is no mistaking this for an old song. But its heavy use of the Amen Break and a vocal sample from this amazing video explaining that breaks importance tie this song into the collective history of dance music.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sol unlimited


Dreek sol posted this little gem on soundcloud about a month ago. I thought I had posted it already but I was wrong. Dreeks music is solidly techno, but it has a funk to it. Hypnotizing, not boring in its repetitiveness, thick but not overbearing his music walks the line and walks it well.
He will be performing his super flashy fun to watch Live PA / DJ hybrid set tonight at the Inferno in Madison, WI. If you are in the area check it out.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

All beat up



Im going to take today to pimp my new spring mini mix. Its a jam packed 6 tracks in 14 minutes of hard hitting electro house. The recording is an unpracticed set, recorded live in one take, and Im pretty pleased with it.
Also bonus points for anyone that can name the intro sample!


Sprung forward by Wyatt Agard
Track List
Umek & Traumer - She Never Wants To Come Down (Original Mix)
Tiga - You Gonna Want Me (Hey Today! Remix)
Autokratz - Opposite of Love (Les Petits Pilous Remix)
Ftampa - Hard Thing
The Subs - Face of the Planet (Gtronic Remix)
Miles Dyson - Minimal My Ass (Miles Dyson & Flutuance Remix)
Mord Fustang - The Electric Dream

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Not your dads tron



Gtronic is a man from Antwerp who makes amazing music. Its like someone took some shit ass electro house and shoved it threw the skinny puppy grinder. With long distorted snares and bass so thick you could cut it with a knife. Keep an eye on this one, hes set for large things.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hitting the gym


Bob Sinclar might best be known for over the top club singles now. But, if you search back into the early days you will find an album, Paradise. That album is home a hand full of songs that defined an era of house music. When sampling technology had finally come of age but the music being made with samplers wasn't taken seriously. Disco and funk records where ripped to pieces (sometimes as small as one drum hit, sometimes as recognizable as a chorus vocal) and weaved back together into raw, soul filled collages of time and dance.
This was the definitive hit off that album, 'co produced' by Thomas Bangalter (one half of daft punk). Rumor has it that this one was really all Thomas, and a lack of proper crediting caused a rift.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

No thorns


When I found out that Jesse Rose and Henrik Schwarz were making music together as Black Rose I almost screamed I had such a fan boy moment. Then I heard the the first tune 'Anthem' and I didn't love it right away. Knowing the quality of tunes these guys usually put out I thought I might have been missing something, so I played it out a few times.
I am so very glad I did. This song is made to be played loud, on large speakers. It grabs you when played at the right volume. Hips are unable to stay stationary. It is a house tune the likes of which are rarely made and often played.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A room with no windows


I'm playing at a nice little sweaty on campus dance spot called Opa tonight. It presents a common problem for many DJ's. The max capacity at this place cant be more than 70, and while I bet we cram a good 110 in there on a given friday its not exactly a festival environment. But its also an on campus bar where students go to hear some banging tunes that live on their iPod mixed with a few new tunes. This means alot of Deadmau5, Chris Lake, Laidback Luke and Afrojack, but those breakdowns are just too long for such a small space, people get bored. Enter the DJ edit. Heres my quick and dirty edit of the Deadmau5 banger Cuthulhu Sleeps.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Running


Im running a bit late today so not much of a lead in. Im really feeling this Bass Kleph joint though. Its a proper spring jam.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bang!



I figure if I'm going to lay into a chart topper I might as well share one of the new tunes I'm actually really excited about. Umek has been on fire lately. I feel excited every time I see his name on something. Working alone or with other people, original or remix its just all good. This one brings a solid bass line together with a nice squelching synth. Its got what it takes, and Ill be playing it for quite a while.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sailing in the dark


Chris Lake is a Scottish producer who has been on the production scene for just over five years. Walking the thin line between good clubby and formulaic boring, Lake uses super clean noises and a superb understanding of mixing vocals to add brightness to his music.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

THE BIGGEST TUNE EVER!!!


I sort of felt left out of the cool blog group because I hadn't yet put this tune up. But I didn't really know what I wanted to say about it. So I gave it a few weeks and let it mill about on my iPod and played it out a few times.
This song has so much hype behind it that a whole festival got named after it in the EU. Its been in the play lists of the A list electro guys for about 9 months. It has everything a song needs, except soul. I listen to it and I feel about as excited as a dead man. Its formulaic to the Nth degree. Its even missing that super punchy clean sound that redeems so many of these chart topping floor fillers.
I don't think any one song has ever made me understand the hatred that one of my (to be unnamed) mentors had for Alice DeeJay's better off alone (spoken quietly to be the reason said man closed his record store). To see so many people so excited for something so plain, it just feels wrong.
*as a side note, as I was writing this listening to the tune at hand my girlfriend (who could take or leave dance music) said 'see baby thats a good song, its not boring' so I guess it has something...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Deep house drop


Soul Clap is on a mission to make you love deep house. With lush, deep production and a hand full of R+B edits for the folks that want a sing along song, their tunes are a staple in my early night sets at clubs as well as the foundation of my martini house set right now. Anything they touch it its good at the least and most of the time amazing.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wheres Garfunkel?


Benoit & Sergio might be the best two man house team since Masters at Work. Thats saying a lot, cus I love me some MaW. But these guys incorporate the ethnic rhythms just as well and bring a Nico style atmosphere to the music. From a cocktail lounge to a sunrise set at a massive, these songs are home everywhere good music is appreciated.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

all messed up


Chromeo poses a unique problem for me. I really like his music, but I really hate playing it out. Something about it just feels like I missed a gear mixing into and out of every track out there. Until now.
Djedjotronic has worked his magic on Hot mess, and turned it into a ghetto tech master piece. Im pretty much a fanboy for anything edjotroinic has done after he started hanging out with Busy P, and this is no different.