Monday, May 18, 2009

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Its a Dance Your Pants Off:
DCUP, the C90's, Eli Escobar and Foamo

As I struggled to locate a worthy fifth track for this post, I realized that my gnarly week of downs and ups was providing insight; as mon pêre used to say, "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" (what the fuck? - think - don't bite the hand that feeds you). Which is to say, I got lucky and in relation to the elusive fifth track; why push it. To reflect this turn of events, I present to you my lucky number: four (tracks to be shared). Onwards...

First up is DCUP (mad rhymes) from Sydney and he lays down a fresh remix for fellow Aussies damn arms. Its no surprise Aus. has got more rad talent pumpin' out awesome dance beats. This track in particular has a very French feel to it, dare I say reminiscent of Daft Punk, but a little more loungey (type house). Some of the voice samples are a little much, but the overall production is dopeness - classy shit. Hope you dig.

Destination Pt. I - Damn Arms (DCUP Remix)

Next up, from London, England, the C90's, and wow you should hit their my space. I am really diggin' on a few of their remixes, namely the Bell Remix, tons of funk and very hype. But, this time around, I have remix to Headman's track Dirt, which according to LA Friendly, Tiga was loving on his Podcast. In any event, these boys from London continue with their funky legacy - this track is guaranteed to make you want to move while standing, dare I say dance even.

Dirt - Headman (the C90's Remix - Edit)

Moving right along, both these tracks coming up tied for my top picks over the past week and a bit. The first of the two is a remix by Eli Escobar from NYC, boooo Yankees, my bad, but Burnett is a sell out (I know, that's enough). But yeah, the original track is done by clubfeet from Victoria, Australia and its pretty catchy and interesting, but kinda mellow. The remix, however, is really discoed out, with some splatters of house and added synth that echoes so perfectly your brain will melt (trust me you can recover).

The other gem of the week, as they both shall be called (sounds kinda epic/corny at the same time), is another remix by a fellow from High Wycombe in the UK, foamo is his name, and he has been garnering tons of attention over the last couple months and rightly so. This remix is by far my fav. of the ones by mr. foamo that I've heard thus far. Insane build up, and although La Roux is amazing enough on her own, the remix is insanity, I can't convey to you how gnarly this track is, not that the previous track isn't, 'cuz it is, but this one is on the same vein to be honest; a really classy yet dirty banger. Crunch this and you will dance your pants off... seariously.

La Roux - Bulletproof (Foamo Remix)

Peace and Love.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Straight from the Strathcona Ruins
Little Boots (The Golden Filter), Heads We Dance, Van She, Kris Menace, Calvin Harris + more

Alright, I have a lot to show off so I'm just going to get down to business. There's a lot here so take your time with the write-ups or go straight to downloading. Everything below has been carefully combed through to bring you a variety of goodness.

The release of Little Boots's New In Town is on the horizon with her recently seeking publicity through a new music video and some great new mixes to the debut single. The Golden Filter took this track and stellarized it. I don't care if I have to make up words to get the point across. Bottom line is its good, and since I also don't need to introduce The Golden Filter, here's the magic:

Little Boots - New In Town (The Golden Filter Remix)

Heads We Dance used Little Boots in their latest production as well. It's bordering on the indie-pop side and splits from the electro scene. Not typically my cup of tea but its mad catchy and some of you may dig it.

Heads We Dance feat Little Boots - Work It Out

I stumbled across the production version of Van She's remix to Groove Armada's Drop The Tough thanks to ohh crappp. We posted this track earlier under the Bacardi B-Live program release. B-Live also released an unbelievable remix by The Twelves to Groove Armada if you missed it. Van She's version is still spectacular, and the new quality and slight variation from the version I previously knew, brought it back to a prominent position in my library.

Groove Armada - Drop The Tough (Van She Remix) not B-Live version

by Kris Menace releases on May 15. However, I've been lucky enough to stumble across a few excellent tracks that will make an appearance on the 37 track, 3 CD album. Kris Menace is a phenom and his sound and history should speak for itself. These tracks are pretty gold. Get em while you can tho, DMCA may be after us for this- but until then...

Kris Menace - Lightning

Kris Menace - Affinity

N.A.S.A.'s track Gifted was steadily going around the internet before Aston Shuffle touched it up. I didn't like it before, but I like it now. Regardless, the genre mix-up by tossing in vibes from a bunch of contributors is impressive in itself.

N.A.S.A. feat Kanye West, Santogold, Lykke Li - Gifted (The Aston Shuffle Remix)

Calvin Harris had another new remix drop recently that is great. I may be a little biased loving most of the new stuff Harris is making but check this and tell me I'm wrong. It's a little off from the stuff we recently recognize him by with but it still is a good mix all the way through. Always worth checking out.

Passion Pit - The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)

This next track borders between house and electro while having some haunting melodic vocals from Peaches. The mix is pretty sharp. Peaches is coming into some Canadian areas in the future if this hits the spot for you.

Peaches - I Feel Cream

Stumbling across the internet recovering from a cold last week led me to a couple house beats I enjoyed so here's a little taste of that action:

Rampage - Loving U Is Easy
Satoshi Tomiie - Glow (Spirit Catcher Remix)
Bad Boy Bill - Falling Anthem (Herves We Are A Disaster Remix)
Ed Solo - Age Of Dub (Sludge 001)

Just to end things off on a ligther and more positive note. VEGA made a lot of noise the past week with their track No Reasons. It's a great feel good track, perfect and fitting for the dance floor all summer long. They have a real disco vibe, some delightful groovin synth, and great hair. If you haven't caught it already, we're happy to introduce you to No Reasons.

VEGA - No Reasons

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Back To The Grind
Classixx, Golden Girls, & Nighty Max

Classixx delivers a new mix to Phoenix's Lisztomania that is excellent. The soft synth mix produced by the L.A. duo does well to compliment the original Phoenix vocals, even more so than the original, which is the first single off their forthcoming album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix set to be released May 26.09 in North America. Phoenix hits Toronto in June if any are interested. As for Classixx, they can be pretty hit or miss with me. However, this track below is no miss.

Phoenix - Lisztomania (Classixx Version) DMCA rbr

Next up we have one of the more familiar and popular faces on 317 resurfacing yet again. Golden Girls has had yet another dynamite rendition of Do The Criminal come out the past week that absolutely kills it. I'm still undecided with what remix speaks to me the most but the Tape Deck Bros. are contending for the top spot. This remix is disco'd out and guaranteed to have you moving. It's money and a must have.

Golden Girls - Do The Criminal (Tape Deck Bros. Remix)

Nighty Max is 100% new to me. Asian Dan introduced me to this a couple days ago and I can't seem to get enough. The man hailing from Barcelona creates a relatively simple yet infectious track in Flannel Tent. Through Max's significant other Rebecca, it appears he has also became involved or has some ties to another project entitled YALL. This is just a little speculation but be prepared for some solid things to come from Spain.

Nighty Max - Flannel Tent

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Summer Lineup '09

With artists starting to release their summer show listings, we finalized our first edition of the 2009 Canadian summer concert listings (located bottom right sidebar). However, the season is still early. Expect a plethora of additions and some rare cancellations. So keep an eye out for any activity marked with an asterisk*

Please let us know if you have heard of anything new. We like to keep tabs on it all.

That being said, what's looking good right now?

Junior Boys (Babylon in Ottawa, May 10.09)

The new wave sound the Junior Boys create are hitting the nation's capital on Sunday. This will be the bands last stop in North America before heading out to Germany. It's a little short notice but knowing Babylon expect tickets at the door. Plan ahead and call if you're a skeptic (613-594-0003). While I have yet to see a Junior Boys show, I have been an avid fan for a couple years now and I would think they would know how to throw down. One could even say we've been talking about this since early February. Here's something to test the water with:

Junior Boys ft. Andi Tomi - In The Morning

Next up...

Crystal Castles (Sound Academy in Toronto, July 25.09)

Rumour has it Cut Copy could be joining the Castles mid-summer for another great dance party. Crystal Castles would be a great show in itself but the addition of CC would be extroadinary. This news is coming from a friend (and, so if we're wrong. we'll post Luke's phone number and address for you. If the Castles were not phenomenal I may have waited but since they are excellent, plan ahead and get them while you can.

Crystal Castles - Air War


Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts
(August 1st weekend festival in Montreal)

Osheaga promises to be one hell of a party this year. Changing it up a bit the festival kicks off July 30th and 31st by hosting some incredible bands and DJ talent in the some of the city's hottest venues.

The following weekend is traditional goodness. Purchase a wristband and set up shop for the entire weekend or purchase tickets for an individual day. Either way you can't go wrong. Keep in mind additions could still happen.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Winter Gloves
Silver Starling
Josh Ritter
Kitty Daisy & Lewis
Lykke Li
Girl Talk
Jason Mraz
The Roots

Headliner: Coldplay

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

The Honey Brothers
Le Volume Etait Au Maximum
The Ting Tings
Crystal Castles
The Decembrists
Arctic Monkets
Rufus Wainwright

Headliner: Beastie Boys

Hopefully some of these shows, or at least a few others get you excited for the sunny days and warm temperature to come. More updates to come in the future.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Helping You Burn
That Midnight Oil

Yo, yo, yo Qwantums back on the mix after quite some time and he’s got a couple of bangers for you all. Although I have been out of the 317 loop for a bit I still got a couple gems that will vindicate my absence. School is finished for now, work and the summer semester are about to begin, which I have mixed feelings about but I am sure I will get over them. Anyways enough of the chitter chatter, it is time to pony up and get this show on the road.

First off, we got this nuck Feadz from France (hit up his MySpace to check out some sample tracks from his new album) doing some killer stuff. Maybe I am late to the game but I haven’t come across this guy before so check these bad boys out and show him some love. These tracks have a real midnight sound to them. I don’t really know any other way to describe it. They have sort of an end-of-the-night feel in which all you want is to go out strong and split some hardwood before it is time to drag your ass home. Anyways, I yammer, here are the tracks for you to enjoy (especially the Numanoid track).

Man I wasn’t going to throw up this these remixes but I cannot resist now after listening to them again. These are two bangers that you guys must check out. Feadz rips on both these remixes; both Modeselektor and Boys Noize should be proud and frankly, amazed. Enjoy.

I know a thing or two about history. The rise and fall of the Roman Empire, colonization, the French Revolution … but what I didn’t know is that Napoleon never sleeps. This group is interesting; they have got a real disco feel to them, which is nice and light. Check out their MySpace for some more tunes. I have throw up these two in hopes to spark some interest. Check these guys out, they’ve got a little bit of flow. Enjoy.

These are a couple that I thought I would throw in the mix, nothing interesting to note, or say. Just check it out. Hope you dig.

Now for a little something to help burn that midnight oil …

Frank Pleyer, well I haven’t been able to find much information on the man, but my friends this is one of the smoothest tracks I have ever heard. The beautiful sound of the Fender Rhodes electric piano, coupled with the thick repeating fretless bass line, and scantily clad drum line … dope. Wait for it, yea … there are horns. This track defines slower burner for me. Dynamically, this track doesn’t go too far off course, coming back to that original motif again and again, but wow ladies and gentlemen, you can’t ask for more. This is soul/jazz at some of its instrumental fineness without even diverging to far from the original lick. I am sure this track has been sampled before, I have haven’t heard the tune but please let me know if you have come across it. To be honest, it is 3 in the morning and I have had this track on repeat for about 20 minutes now, I can’t over it. When that interlude comes up wait for the drum fill, and then the horns will take over the bass line just for a second, ugh just kills me. Smooth, smooth, smooth, this is baby making music. Please enjoy this one; I don’t think I will come across one like this for some time.

If you dig on the Pleyer track, peep this one too … not as smooth but has got a lovely bass line and some playful piano. At about 0:50, the guitar hoops in for its appearance and kills it. Why does no one make music like this anymore?

Keep it Gully Kids,

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Beats That Move The Soul
Cinnamon Chasers, Discorockets, Ellie Goulding

I love this track. Cinnamon Chasers have been pumping out these goodies since late '08. Not surprising tho, because the Chasers are the solo project of Russ Davies, nephew and son of Ray and Dave Davies who founded the kinks :. musical talent is an inheritable trait among the Davies. The sound has impressed some so much it has been compared to Alan Braxe and the Junior Boys. Pretty impressive hype. Regardless, Davies sets himself apart with this epic synth melody entitled, Luv Deluxe. Keep an eye out for the full length forthcoming album on modus records.

Cinnamon Chasers - Luv Deluxe

Discorockets operate behind a man named Fred. He produces good music. This song Warmer is also good. I think you should have a listen. It's delightful.

Discorockets - Warmer

Kool and the Gang - Be My Lady (discorockets remix)

In other news, this is a pretty sick indie rendition of Sam Sparrow's Black & Gold. Ellie Goulding's take is far superior than any other female mix (and there are a few, including Adele) Plain and simple she kicks her ass.

Ellie Goulding - Black & Gold

Thursday, April 30, 2009

FAQ (Five Annual Quests):
Barletta, Kid Legit, Fred Falke,
Deadmau5 and Pony
Pony Run Run

Hallo, hallo, what the fuck is going on dudes and dudettes, its super good to see everybody. This week, thanks to some creative criticism on the part of some of our readers (peace to ehmos), I have decided to try out a new format for my posts - less typing and a max. of 5 tracks per post.

Personally, this last week has been beyond gnarly and it only seems to be getting crazier. As such, the tracks for this week's post had to reflect the tip I've been on, 'cuz "straight up shit is real and any day could be your last in the jungle..."(Nas - "Represent"). I hate to be pessimistic and blunt, but I'm not trying to get down on you, I'm trying to light a fire under you; carpe fuckin' diem yo! And to prove my intentions are righteous I brought along some fresh new tracks to share...

First up is an awesome new DJ out of Montreal - represent!- by the name of Kid Legit. And, suffice to say, the track I have here, a remix by the boy/man himself, proves its not just a clever name. Mad shout outs to Gnarty Parly for introducing me to this banger, which is more of a fuckin' anthem, or at least it should be and its all madness from about 20 sec. in when the crazy synth loop drops. It is so hype, never mind the catastrophic build-up at the mid-way mark; straight dope, for serious...

Love thy Brother - Get Your Back Up (Kid Legit Remix)

Next up, another remix by a local favourite, (formally DJ) Barletta. Yeah, we love Barletta here at 317 and this track takes my love, for one half of Mansion, to the next level with what seems to be a move towards a more disco-ish type electro-house vibe. Just a little less aggressive then the usual Barletta banger, but nonetheless, the lack of grimmeness (which is a good thing) is made up for amplified disco synth loops and the result: this is one of the illest Barletta remixes that has ever graced my ears. I have mad faith in this one, so get your dl on and pump up the volume...

Meech - Bottome of the Fourth (Barletta Remix)

Number three, one of the craziest remixes I have come across in a while and its up there with the likes of Justice remixing Lenny Kravitz or U2, but way better. So yeah, this one is a single off of U2's newest album, which is coming out super soon, if it hasn't already. Not that I have anything against Bono or the rest of U2, but to be brutally honest, after the Joshua Tree, shit got kinda weak. Long story short, thank whomever deity you worship for Fred Falke and his blessed skills, 'cuz this track is money-tits (sorry for the deragatory statement). Definitely an awesome twist on a way too popped-out band...

U2 - Magnificent (Fred Falke Remix - Edit)

Moving right along, Calvin Harris is the man and the track which is featured here is one of his latest singles which has been widely circulating the net, and its madness. A little longer at just over 8 minutes and some may even say its a little repetitive, but Deadmau5 kills it. Think hype house-disco, with some clean, classy and smooth loops, echoed with amazing breaks that keep you anticipating more magic. If you heard the original, which if you haven't you really should think about doing, you may agree that this remix is a true change of pace, but one that is very fucking fresh and compliments Harris' own dope style. Dare I say, epic...

Calvin Harris - Can You See the Light (Deadmau5 Remix)

Lately I seem to have been on a little bit of a French tip and lets be honest, les Francais represent hard, seemingly in any genre of music, but oh how they love to dance and this last track is no exception; straight heat/hot to def. Pony Pony Run Run, the people responsible for this gourmet audio treat, seem to be ranging on the more disco and indie side of the electronic spectrum, with a heavy injection of funk - a.k.a. - its catchy as fuck. This track has been putting a smile on my face every time I've listened to it; its tons of fun, enjoy, oh and these guys have their new album out on June 15th, so keep your ears to the streets.

Pony Pony Run Run - Hey You

Can't say goodbye without a big fat word up, with tons of representin' thrown in as well. Post up in zee comments section, we love to hear from you and let me know what you think of the new format idea. Word is bond and keep your game(s) tight... Peace and Love.