REVIEWED: ALISTAIR ALBRECHT – GISB [MUSKOX RECORDS]

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Muskox are a relatively new label, but hit hard with this upcoming EP from UK producer and Muskox label manager ALISTAIR ALBRECHT. A nice straightforward bottom end is coupled with some great piano riffs, certain to get floors moving – very much of the London sound I know and love.

Also on the EP is a remix from my friend Dutch producer Extrano, which adds a melodic bassline and a little bit more jack than the original – I can see this making its way into the earlier portion of my extended sets.

A nice EP – look for it April 21 from Muskox Records on all digital shops.

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Muskox Records on Soundcloud | Facebook | Beatport | muskox-records.com
Alistair Albrecht on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | alistairalbrecht.com
Extrano on Soundcloud | Beatport

WOZ: BREATH EP [BLACK BUTTER RECORDS]

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Now a staple imprint of the family WOZ returns with another trademark affair: sidewinding basslines, sultry samples mixed with snappy organic beats. The two tracks here simply put, are huge. Grab them both exclusively on beatport. or pre-order directly from Black Butter Records.

With lots of exciting features and remixes in the pipeline, Woz’s genre-defying sound is one to keep an eye on for 2014. If you missed these free downloads, now’s your chance to grab them too.

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Black Butter Records on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | black-butter.co.uk
Woz on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter

JUNOFEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC SHOWCASE

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The Junos are Canada’s musical awards, celebrating the achievements of artists, bands, producers, etc. It’s basically the Canadian version of the Grammys, which often over represents mainstream and top 40 culture.

Recently however, there have been strides to include electronic artists in the mix. While not getting the attention they deserve, there have been some choice nominations category since this one specifically was created in 2011. For example, last year saw GRIMES win “Electronic Album of the Year.” This year, nominees include tech house stalwart NOAH PRED for his album Third Culture, GRAZE‘s self titled long player, RYAN HEMSWORTH‘s Guilt Trips, A TRIBE CALLED RED‘s genre-bending Nation II Nation, and BLUE HAWAII‘s Untogether.

There’s some weighty underground nods here but the real party won’t be at the awards show on Sunday night. No. You see, our friends at Memetic are hosting a proper party, one you can dance at on Friday night. The bill features two of the nominees, Noah Pred and Graze, as well as a stack of locals who’ve made some incredible waves outside of Winnipeg. Tickets for this show are only $15. Full details are in the poster above, or click the Facebook link below.

JUNOfest Electronic Music Showcase
Friday, March 28
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre (281 Donald Street)
$15 / $30 for the JUNOfest wristband (access to all Juno shows)
Facebook event page

Full album previews here:

WINNIPEG WEDNESDAY: SANCTUARY [MARCH 22]

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Super stoked for the next Sanctuary. It might have something to do with the fact that I get to play, but also because it’s one of the most intimate club nights Winnipeg has going.

Saturday, March 22
The Loft 774 Corydon Avenue
Tix: $5
Facebook event page

The evening will be curated by a few old timers. KRISCO might play some jungle and drum n bass, or he could play the 4/4 rhythms. Who knows.

ALEXANDER KRYGSVELD, who regularly pays tribute to the underground at Back2House, will grace the decks. A set from ANDREW YANKIWSKI, producer and audio engineer from Precursor Productions, promises to bring sonic delights as well.

I’m having a difficult time figuring out what I’m going to play. The general theme will be deep in sonics and may go something like this…

HYBRID THEORY: THE DARK EP

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A bit blown away at HYBRID THEORY‘s latest, out now on Ciao Records. The Four40 Records honcho continues his experiments in bass heavy house, combining a range of influences to bring forth exciting and original productions almost daily. The Dark is no exception – a melting pot of different underground characteristics brought together for any bass head’s sonic delight.

The title track is a percussive shuffler. A bit more 4/4 than 2-step, “The Dark” rumbles like a wonky uncle – a bit creepy but too fun to run away from.

The second track, “All Again,” just might be the favourite (although it really is difficult to pick just one). Here’s another shuffling cut where Hybrid Theory flexes his meaty muscles for some of the cleanest, yet devastating low end.

CROOKERS takes “The Dark” for a heavy romp through a deep cavernous garage. This is a jam that deserves to be played loud, on a proper club system.

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Ciao Records on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | ciaorecs.com
Hybrid Theory on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter

ORPHANS STHLM: CHORDUX / RIPLEY

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Here’s some feelgood house music from Stockholm’s ORPHANS STHLM. Out on one of my favourite labels, 12-3 Recordings which is arguably the most under-rated imprint out there, the two track release offers significant variety. The lead cut, “Chordux,” is what the definition of house should be: jovial, bouncy, and deep.

The second track, “Ripley,” is ripe with French flavours. Loopy and filtered this jam could seemingly find itself in the front of Bangalter’s crate.

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Orphans STHLM on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter

OKAY – SHIBA SAN (JASON LAIDBACK REMIX) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

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Well, SHIBA SAN‘s latest, the bassy house stomper on Dirtybird, hit the #1 spot on beatport’s house chart. As it turns out, JASON LAIDBACK, the chief rhythm selector and one half of breaks duo, Slyde, got his filthy paws on the tune turning into a breaks infused dance-floor filler. The bootleg doesn’t veer far from the original, but it’s almost guaranteed to work wonders on any crowd that likes it deep and a bit chunky.


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Here’s the original for reference, which is kind of a must have tune, even if it’s top of the charts.


Grab this on beatport

Jason Laidback’s bootleg of the Stone Roses’ “Fools Gold” hit the circuit a few weeks ago. For anyone who loved the band way back when, this track will certainly provide a quick trip down memory lane.


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I’m not sure if it’s intentional, but the remix above heavily borrows elements from Grooverider’s remix of the same tune. What do you think?

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Jason Laidback on SoundCloud | Facebook