JURASSIK: FLAME ON EP [HOT CAKES RECORDS]

Jurassik - Flame On EP (Hot Cakes Records)

London producer JURASSIK is one of the new wave of artists combining jungle, garage, and breakbeat flavours into a rich matrix of roughneck riddims.

His debut on Deekline’s Hot Cakes imprint is a mighty four-track EP exploring nearly every facet of UK bass music. It’s led by a ravey throwback full of breaks, grueling basslines, and a bit of grime.

Next up is “Boomshakalah”, a floor-filling slice of grimey bass music, cut with sampled breakbeats, sirens, snatches of ragga vocal, and a killer drop that just screams carnival time.

We follow up with “Fyah”, which throws a lost acapella from the legendary Ragga Twins over kicks, claps and searing percussion to create another guaranteed future rave anthem.

Finally, Hit Dat (Jurassik’s 2014 VIP) sees the producer revisiting his 2010 smashup, adding strings, ragga vocal licks and searing fx for a bonafide dance floor destroyer.

Grab the EP on Beatport.

Jurassik also put together this mix for Lady Wak’s radio show. Quite nice…

Free download

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JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH CANADA CHART (JULY 2014)

John Norman I decided to do a special edition chart for Canada Day, focusing on Canadian acts pushing their sound internationally in the techno scene. Here are some of my current favourites from this talented group of artists.

 

 

John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Resonance [KMS Records]
This has been such a huge tune for me, I had to give it some chart love. Check it out!

 

Nathan Barato – Black Magic [Moda Black]
This tune is great fun, with a dark underside and some cheeky vocals. And I just love the kick.

 

Todd Terry & Sound Design – Bounce To The Beat (Noah Pred Raw Future Edit) [Hard Times]
Noah Pred offers a trippy and chugging re-work of this classic tune, fresh for the summer.
No Preview Available – Check it here on Beatport

 

Carlo Lio – Love Nation [Intec]
I’ve charted it before, and likely will again. Lio’s smooth basslines with a hot vocal make this a dance floor stunner.

 

Plastikman – EXpire [MUTE]
The master himself has released a new album chock full of forward-thinking musical beauty. The album has its ups and downs, but this tune is an absolute beauty.

 

Dave Wincent – Afterhours (John Norman Remix) [Dynamo Recordings]
This is a newer one of mine, my first appearance with Dynamo Recordings, which is quickly becoming a hotbed of emerging techno talent. Definitely watch for releases from this label.

Greg Gow – Three Ways To Skin A Cat (Way 01) [KMS]
This tune is an absolute killer on the dancefloor, and one I’ve found myself playing quite a bit over the last while. If you haven’t heard it already do check it out.

 

John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacommotto – All Night, All Right [Definitive]
This is a classic tune, and one that will never leave my list of favourites.

 

Agua Sin Gas – Vamonos (Jay Frog & Deko-ze Remix) [Vamos Music]
This is a fun and bouncy techno tune, definitely gets everyone moving.

 

Jerome Robins & Rashid Ajami – Unstoppable [Kittball]
This is such a beautiful tune. It was huge for me last summer, and will be again. Perfect for a sunset set.

 

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FUNKYSTEPZ: KINGS CROSS EP [FOUR40 RECORDS]

Funkystepz - Kings Cross EP

Underground music specialists FUNKYSTEPZ join the Four40 Records family with a knockout 4-track EP, infusing UKG, UK funky, house, and of course bass. The Kings Cross EP draws on a range of underground music influences, condensed into the realm of house music that’s equally melodic and heavy. You can preview below but you can save the trouble and get the 320s from Juno right now. Seriously, this entire EP is a 10/10.

The title track combines a choir chorus and bubbling basslines with subtley funky shuffle.

“Bump X” conjures some 90s nostalgia with its key stabs and 4/4 kicks. This is a track that’ll get the ladies’ hips moving while simultaneously cause a ruckus with the lads.

“Boyz In Da Hood” is an all out jackin’ number, styled with a little g-house flair and the perfect amount of grime for those times when the dancefloor craves something a little dirty.

“Twister” is all about surprises. The tune starts with a garage shuffle but immediately drops into something more sinister. Just as fast, the track changes back. These switches are executed perfectly – even though they’re abrupt, the track flows like vodka at a hen party.

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SIRUS HOOD: WHAT YOU ARE [CUFF]

CUFF vol 2 feat Sirus Hood, Amine Edge, Dance, Holt Blackheath, etc.

It’s hard to believe that SIRUS HOOD doesn’t use social media (other than SoundCloud) and continually garners serious respect among fans and djs alike. Mind you, when you have the production prowess that the Parisian producer has, it’s easy to see why he continually wins such praise.

His latest comes from a compilation on the AMINE EDGE and DANCE imprint, CUFF. Mechanical claps accompany the track’s swinging bassline, deep kicks, and pitched vocals. It all comes together for an addictive, hip swaying, underground stomper.


This entire compilation is well worth picking up. Grab it on iTunes.

This tune is tight, but his back catalogue is nothing to laugh at either. The material he’s dropped recently is nothing short of phenomenal.

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WINNIPEG WEDNESDAY: FORKS BRIDGE PARTY

Memetic Forks Bridge Party

Here’s something really special from our friends at Memetic. They’re hosting an all-day, outdoor party at one of the most historic sights in Winnipeg. t’s another first for the Memetic crew, a free electronic music event with a special multimedia visual performance once the sun sets. Suspended over the Assiniboine River at the Forks, the former rail bridge is one of the most unusual places to party and I’m sure there has never been a concert on it.

The event features the return of MICH EP, and a headlining set from a crowd favourite at last year’s Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition, MAX ULIS. A number of our favourite local jocks are playing too, including Shael, Nathan Zahn, Mike Jasper, Rick Logic, Lotek, Berbs, and Kasm.

Saturday, July 5
The Forks
Full event info here.

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WINNIPEG WEDNESDAY: FREAKY FLOW [JUNE 30]

freaky flow in winnipeg (june 30, 2014)

What a better way to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday, than with one of Canada’s top drum and bass exports. Now residing in LA, Bass Therapy is excited to welcome FREAKY FLOW, one of the pioneers of the Canadian electronic scene dropping an all vinyl set!

Monday, June 30
Ozzy’s Nightclub (160 Osborne Street)
Tix: $15 adv / $20 at the door
Local support by: CHRIS KOMUS // LOTEK // NATHAN ZAHN
Facebook event

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WASABI & HAWAIIAN BOY: LADY [ERASE RECORDS]

Wasabi & Hawaiian Boy - Lady

Erase Records have been holding down the deep house vibes for a little longer than a hot minute. The label and artists on it have a wondrous ability to draw on classic samples and work their production magic into pure dance floor joy. The latest from the label’s founder, WASABI is more of the same. Co-produced with HAWAIIAN BOY, the track takes Modjo’s “Lady” (which samples Chic) for a dive in the deep end of the pool. Summer’s here, let’s go for a swim.


Grab it on Beatport

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