As you may or may not know, I’ve started a new monthly podcast series in association with Modulate FM. The series, titled “An Obsession With Sound” will feature live recordings, studio mixes, and guest appearances chock full of the best underground tech house you can find.
The first instalment was recorded live at The Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg, Canada on 20 September. Have a listen! It starts out light and groovy, then around the 30 minute mark we get ready for some serious business.
01. Aki Bergen – Get Better feat Lazarusman (Original Mix) – Neurotraxx Deluxe
02. Federico Locchi & UGLH – No Category (Piano Dub Mix) – 8Bit Records
03. Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky and Sand (Original Mix) – Bpitch Control
04. Adam Port – Weekend (Original Mix) – Play It Down
05. Jesse Rose – Alone (Original Mix) – Mixmag Records
06. Simone Vitullo – Confusion feat. Lady Vale (Original Mix) – Lapsus Music
07. Dubspeeka – Possession (Original Mix) – Truesoul
08. Alex Mayer – Profuse (Miss Shiva Remix) – Essence Recordings
09. Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero, Erick Morillo, & Jose Nunez – Dancin (Accapella) – Subliminal Records
10. Ruben Mandolini – Aporia (Original Mix) – Toolroom Records
11. Tina V – Techy For Me (Original Mix) – Sphera Records
12. Sharam Jey – Shake Your (Nicole Moudaber Remix) – Toolroom Records
13. Kaiser Souzai – Bolero (Dubspeeka Remix) – BluFin
14. Carlo Lio – Stuck In A Dream (Original Mix) – Mindshake Records
15. Tomi Chair – Walking On Your Image (John Norman Remix) – Stripped Digital
16. Robert Babicz – A Night In Melbourne (Original Mix) – Treibstoff
17. F.Sonik – Under Control (Original Mix) – KD Music
Release/catalogue number: AOWS001
Release date: Sep 26, 2013
I know very well it’s Thursday, almost Friday even. You see, I had every intention on getting this post done last night but right after I finished the post on Factory Reset: Rudux, but the second I hit publish, my four year old son came screaming down stairs. When I went to see what all the commotion was about, I found him sobbing. That’s when he told me a snake bit his finger. True story. There actually was no snake but he wouldn’t hear otherwise. We spent the next 30 minutes or so looking in his bed for it. He spent another 30 minutes after that singing and during that time I was trying to keep him somewhat quiet so he wouldn’t wake his younger brother and his super tired mum.
That’s quite the excuse, I know. You better have a better one if you’re going to miss STICKYBUDS tomorrow night. Our friends from the BassFace crew are bringing him in once again and I couldn’t be more excited. Sadly I missed the last time he was here. That show was described to me as “ghetto funk 2.0.” This time the folks at BassFace are upping the ante, throwing the party at The Pyramid – a venue which has continually made investments in their PA – and has arguably one of the best in-house systems in the city. So, snake-bitten finger or not, get down.
Below you’ll find a brand new bootleg (and free download) from Stickybuds and SLYNK, as well as couple other recent tunes.
Let it be known, Stickybuds doesn’t play the same set twice, perhaps his last mix from Shambhala might give those unfamiliar with him an inkling of what to expect.
Stickybuds on SoundCloud
Stickybuds on Facebook
BassFace on Facebook
BassFace on Twitter
Stickybuds on Twitter
DJ culture has a starting point, a birth if you will, in every city big and small. Winnipeg’s scene, I’m told, got its start largely from one person, Eldon Keller. Sadly, Eldon passed away on February 25, 2013.
He was the DJ who provided the first club soundtrack. Happenings (aka the Club) was the only place to be on a Saturday night in Winnipeg for a very long time, and Eldon made it that way.
Eldon was foundational to a number of people who helped build DJ culture in Winnipeg, namely Harry Chan who’s back in Winnipeg for this special event – a tribute to the late Eldon Keller and fundraiser for two organizations doing important work, and donated in Eldon’s name.
For those of us who came out in our late teens and early twenties in the pre-AIDS era of the early 80’s in Winnipeg our entrance had a sound track. When AIDS hit our community it hit hard as we lost an entire generation of US. Today, 30 years later, and across provinces and even countries our bond as friends who survived all of that loss is even stronger. And, sadly, now, we have lost someone who has meant so much to all of us. Thank you Eldon Keller for helping us all ‘come of age’ when we did, and helping us to come out in the most glorious of ways to the most fabulous of sound tracks.” (Alex Wilson)
Factory Reset: REDUX
Saturday, September 14
The Pyramid Cabaret
Tix: $15 adv / $20 at the door
Click here for event info
Four months ago BREACH (aka BEN WESTBEECH) released a seminal tune for 2013. “Jack” deepened dancefloors and flooded it with bass-driven, grinding crotches. In the time since Dirtybird dropped the Jack EP, the internetz has been awash in bootlegs, some good and others not so much.
For our Winnipeg Wednesday, BALTIC give us his take on “Jack” and I gotta say, he nailed this remix. Cresting with 90s stabs and techno sentimentality from the decade, Baltic’s bootleg is remarkable.
The orginal EP is a must-listen, even if you’ve heard it before.
Baltic on SoundCloud
Breach/Ben Westbeech Links:
Breach on SoundCloud
Breach on Facebook
Breach on Twitter
Dirtybird on SoundCloud
Dirtybird on Facebook
Dirtybird on Twitter
I made a joke to my wife a few weeks ago that there’s probably 1000 djs in Winnipeg. Honestly, I don’t think that number is far off and considering the size of this city that means there is likely one dj for every 10 people living here. The truth is, that ratio is probably higher.
Helping me prove my point, rather serendipitously mind you, STEPHEN HUA and his SOUND REPUBLIC empire are hosting the second annual 100 DJ Block Party this weekend. The two-day event (running August 3 + 4) across four venues/stages will showcase some Winnipeg club staples such as Hollywood Hype, Tec-G, and even Stephen Hua himself. (Truth be told, before he became the don of night clubs in Winnipeg, Hua cut his teeth cutting records.) The event also brings out some of Winnipeg’s underground elite in the likes of JR, Sw@t, Gumby, M.E.L.T., oh, and THE SHAKE (of which I’m one half of, along side LOTEK). There are countless bedroom djs hoping to break out this weekend too.
Considering the number of people involved, it’s kind of impossible to get all the details, so you might as well check the Facebook event page.
Practically every genre in dj culture is going to get represented too. Here’s the vibe I think we might head in…
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It’s been nearly a month since the last SANCTUARY. I’m kind of scratching the paint off the walls waiting to get back there. The last one was so fun
because I played. The lineup for the night’s next installment rubs elbows with more of Winnipeg long-time underground lovers. By that I mean, these djs, who’ve been part of the underground culture here in Winnipeg since its inception, love the the roots of house and techno etc. I didn’t mean these four djs get sweaty with each other when no one’s watching. No.
This Friday, July 19, Winnipeg’s monthly night for dub, house, techno and all frequencies in between will be curated by:
It’s going to sound something like…
Grab the full details here.
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Winnipeg has a substantial history of dj culture for a city of its size. One of the problems with it though is that, at times, it’s a little segregated with a number of different niches battling it out to reach a somewhat limited audience. That audience seemingly gets younger and younger (as geezers like me get older) and it chases the neon flash of a diluted “EDM.” That’s not intentionally meant to sound elitist but there are certainly a number of us who think this and we’re looking for nights out with much more substance.
That substance can be found in a relatively new monthly called SANCTUARY.
The organizers of this monthly have been around, djing, going to shows, and throwing parties for nearly two decades. They describe the night as a more intimate experience than your average club night with some of Winnipeg’s veteran and up-and-coming djs playing dub, broken beat, house, and techno.
The lineup for this month has some truly great talent, notably JOE SILVA, one of the house and techno pioneers in Winnipeg. As a solo artist and as half of TONEPUSHERS, he’s released material on Thoughtless, 7 Stars Music, Balanced Records, and a whack load of other labels.
We’re going to be treated to a set from Samo, who’s been behind the lens quite a bit lately and hasn’t played publicly for a minute. He’s one of the doods behind the now defunct Voules Random blog but keeping on top of things, sending me tunes to check out every now and then. The night will finish with a set from JUSTIN KACE, who’s also one of the aforementioned organizers behind the monthly. His grip on the atmospherics of techno should take us to new heights.
I’m also honoured to be on the bill this month and I’m looking forward to a deep dive into some house music. There will likely be a heavy dose of material from OFF RECORDINGS as well as some other jems from NURVOUS.
Check the event details here.