Friday, February 27, 2009

The New Music: February, wk. 9
with Justin Faust

Justin Faust's newest release Revenge EP came out earlier this week. As a special treat he has released three mixes of tracks found within the album. Get them while they're hot. As for Faust, he's no stranger to the industry. He has been producing music since 1992 and in doing so has developed his own unique sound that speaks for itself. Faust has also made noise with some of his own remixes including work from Hamilton's own Electric Youth. With the release of Revenge, Faust has created some of the best chill synth I have heard in a long time.

Justin Faust - The Capri Spinoff (Cyndi Seui Night Drive Killer)

Justin Faust - Surfer Mystique (Pelifics Remix)

Justin Faust - Revenge (Russ Chimes Remix)

Electric Youth - Replay (Justin Faust Remix)
(not featured on Revenge-EP)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

time to celebrate!

A lot has been accomplished over the last few days. We lengthened the show listings section on the right sidebar to cover most of the next couple months. If we have left anything out that you know of please let us know via comment or email. As for the content, the next couple months look pretty decent if you can pull yourself away from any obligations you may already have. Initial stuff that catches my attention is the April 9th/11th trio of MSTRKRFT, Crookers, & Steve Aoki set to hit Toronto/Montreal respectively. The Twelves come to Toronto March 26th. Calvin Harris is in town on the 27th, and if you can still get tickets check in on A-Trak in Toronto May 13th. Anyway I won't spoil all the goods, check the listing for more and keep updated for new listings marked with an asterisk (*).

To keep the positive mood flowing it appears like I may actually survive this week. Somehow I have managed to stay atop everything, which is pretty sweet. So in part to celebrate the new addition to the site and the weekend on the horizon (hump day!), here's a random tasty batch to check out. Keep the music flowing.

Adele - Hometown Glory (Chewy Choclate Cookies Remix)

Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)

Tyson Alexanderic - Seduction

Curses! - The Deep End (Holy Ghost! Remix)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Having a week’s worth of bumming around and drinking has allowed me not only to catch up on some sleep but also some much needed music time. In my days of waking up at 2pm and staying out all night, I had stumbled upon some great tunes I would love to share. I got a few oldies and a few dated tracks but nonetheless some bangers to attribute to the 317 repertoire.

Mainstream isn’t all that bad at times. Michael Jackson and the great Stevie Wonder are a couple of examples to back up my claim. Here I have a track from Raphael Saadiq that I would like to share, real poppy but at the same time a great tune to get the party bump’n and shake’n. Speaking of Stevie Wonder, picture Superstition or on that note a young Stevie playing this track and a shocking resemblance will be draped over your thoughts as you listen to this one ladies and gentlemen. I will include both tracks for those of you that might need a little refresher.

Raphael Saadiq - 100 Yard Dash

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Anyways Saadiq kills it on this track and the video is no exception. Not going to say too much about this one seeing as I just came across it. Saadiq being the groovy fellow that he is … is in need of some recognition and in my opinion this is the best way for me, myself to do that. His other tracks don’t do much for me but this guy hits it hard. Please enjoy.

Though I would add an almost unrecognizable remix to keep with the direction of the 317 crew … which I might add I thoroughly enjoy, HA.

Stevie Wonder - Superstition (Justice Remix)

So I have kind been getting on to the funk and soul train lately and digging into the depths that are the “classics”. In my search for the perfect soul song I have come across a couple of more recent groups doing some really great things. Firstly, we got The Bamboos, what a great bunch of fellows … great album artwork, great tracks, just great. So please push back the computer chair you have spent countless hours in and take the time to check out these guys. Number two … a funk fellow going by the name of Lack of Afro (website) must be represented here. Just check ‘em out maybe you like him maybe you don’t … I just got to spread the love. Just a note about Lack of Afro, i need to mention this is one guy working out a flat in England creating some of the best sounding stuff i have heard in a long time.

The Bamboos - Bamboos Them

Lack of Afro - When The Sun Goes Down



Feed Me + Breakbot

Feed Me may be operating under a new name, but as Philip points out, he is not new at all. Under his alias spor he emerged out of the drum and bass scene dropping stuff for such labels as renegade hardware and subtitles.

Feed Me has recently released an electro mix to "not so pretty" by rogues. It maintains much of the pop lyrics but tosses up a dirty, dirty beat. Interesting, catchy, and new consider me in.

Rogues - Not So Pretty (Feed Me Mix)

Speaking of dirty beats. Breakbot re-emerged with "Penelope Pitstop." It has its own vibe going on- and the keyboard addition does it wonders. Check it out- wooo Breakbot!

Breakbot - Penelope Pitstop

Monday, February 23, 2009

Kings of Leon VS. Lykke Li

I recently became infatuated with the Kings of Leon VS. Lykke Li Rodeo Mashup to "Knocked Up." Yeah I know, it's a mouthful. Lykke Li's emotional vocals captivate the soft rhythm produced by the Kings. As a result, the tandom combine to create a riveting sensual mix.

Kings of Leon VS. Lykke Li - Knocked Up (Rodeo Mashup)

Li's going to be appearing later this year at the Coachella Festival (April 17-19th in California). The lineup is starting to look pretty tasty with the likes of Crystal Castles, Felix da Housecat, N.A.S.A., The Presets, Crookers, Hercules And Love Affair, Junior Boys, MSTRKRFT, Friendly Fires, Groove Armada, Sebastien Tellier, and of course Lykke Li all scheduled to perform. Check it out if you want to get an early start on the summer.

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Little Throwback

Lately I've been stuck in my room doing assignment after assignment. As a result, I tend to play more instrumental vibes and beats with no lyrics. This post is to showcase some of the best in that section of my library. Lebatman covers a large component of this. He is undeniably talented at production music. Almost everything he produces I seem to enjoy on one level or another. Although these next two songs are a little dated, they are worth keeping around because they are both devastatingly good. If you like these two tracks chances are Lebatman is for you. Check out his myspace where has an extensive collection posted for all to enjoy!

Lebatman - La Maitresse Aux Yeux D'or

Lebatman - Valentina
The New Music: February, wk. 8

Thanks to the lovely individuals at Hot Biscuits, I was recently introduced to Fisk. The biscuits date them back to being prominent around 2007. They produce a real gritty sound that seems to come from a mash-up of various sounds, genres, and loops. New or not, it's sick.

Fisk - Death In The Streets

Sidechains stumbled in with a new mix the other day that's just starting to grow on me now. It's the Tits and Clits Remix, entitled "Dance While You Can." Anyway, I included "Can't Love You Babe" to show off their potential if the new remix doesn't hit you. Enjoy.

Sidechains - Dance While You Can (Tits & Clits Remix)

Sidechains - Can't Love You Babe

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Friendly Fires

Paul Epworth recently released a mix of "Skeleton Boy" originally put out by Friendly Fires. It stays a little more upbeat, but doesn't stray too far from the original. Regardless it's a sick track; and therefore I don't know who to credit for it. However, hearing the name Friendly Fires recalled some sick stuff to my library, mainly "Paris." To keep with the mix theme, included within is a remix by Aeroplane. They capture and lengthen some of the legendary synth created by the trio. It was one of my favourite mixes last year. Enjoy!

Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy (Paul Epworth Version)

Friendly Fires - Paris (Aeroplane Remix)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

it still hasn't gotten weird enough for me

Alright I'm not going to lie, I was a little thrown by what I should showcase tonight. Since I haven't found the time to go through any new stuff I thought I would start with an artist who has remained pretty constant on my playlist. I decided to chose Weird Tapes, which was surprising even for me. It's not surprising that they hit the blog; it's just surprising how often they seem to "randomly" come across my speakers.

No Paradise - Hail Social (Weird Tapes Edit)

Personal Best - Faux Fox (Weird Tapes)

Party Trash - Weird Tapes

For those that don't know Weird Tapes is a solo project from Hail Social that became big mid-year. I wish I had more info for you, but from what I gather not many people do. What I do know however is that they do make some finger lickin' good beats. As always, enjoy!

Music Comes From Outer Space

I know it is a ways away but the Junior Boys are coming to Ottawa May 5, 2009. Excited to see these guys, but at the same time disappointed that Max Tundra isn’t touring with them. Anyways I have gotten some feedback about my use of IMEEM. I am torn but I must switch to another means of sharing. I had looked into “Castblogone” but Blogger doesn’t seem to support it. I like the idea of being able to stream music right off my post, but I guess I will have to make due. Alternatively, I have set up a means for you guys to simply download the track vs. just listening to them, hopefully that works out better for you guys. I am still in the process of finding a means to stream tracks right off the post but for now this is what is happening.

Anyways in response to the Junior Boys news I have made available a few tracks for your listening pleasure. There is a lot of tour dates in the upcoming months, and not to my surprise a number of Canadian shows. Coming right out of Hamilton, Ontario (ha) these guys rip it, simple. Just enjoy and have fun … hopefully you might be able to add something to your dance party mix or to a sloppy Friday night.

Star - Sleep Tonight (Junior Boys Remix)

This first track is a compilation of two great bands, two different scenes and one great sound. Two great Canadian groups putting something together! This track has kind of a shadowy sound … slow, but not transparent … if glass had a sound … I think this might be it.

Junior Boys - Bits and Pieces

This track picks up the beat a little bit. Very nice track, a great representation of the Junior Boys. Can not wait to see these guys, hopefully a decent venue in Ottawa will pick them up and a party will be had.

Digging in my collection again today to find those long lost tracks, and look what I found. I want to through it back a little bit, to some still fresh hip hop and hit up a little Rakim. Just tossing back to a dope track, one that may have been forgotten over the years. Nothing to say about this one … just gold though. Have a listen and remember the good of days of hip hop.

Rakim - When I B on Tha Mic

Not going to talk you ear off this time around but I have another song I want share. The beauty of hypemachine has allowed me to come across Peter Hadar. Don’t know too much about the guy, just came across this track and thought I would share it on the Information Super Highway. Doing some quick research this guy is from New Jersey and is apparently a neosoul phnom. His record "Memories of the Heart apparently has a smooth blend of midtempo groove, so i have read. I personal have only heard this one track and I am down to hear some more. I am looking forward to finding this album and giving a full listen and really getting a feeling for this midtempo groove as it were.

Peter Hadar - Sweet

Oh yea ha, forgot about this one, introducing the beautiful and contagious PJ Harvey. This is a great track, a little off beat from what is regularly posted on this particular blog but I have no doubt in my mind that once you give this song a chance or two you will not be disappointed. Harvey has been a major player in the indie scene for quite some time, just thought I would toss this one out there and see what response I get.

PJ Harvey - When Under Ether


- Qwantum

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Canada's in Danger! Danger's in Canada!

Danger aka Frank Rivoire hailing from Lyon, France rips it up hard as an electronic "musician" or so he likes to call. Riviore expands on the heavy 80s electronic scene making excellent vibes he slaps modernity with. He is equally talented in producing his own music and remixing tracks. Judge for yourself with the songs provided. He is currently signed by Ekler' o'shock. You may find some more stuff there if you feel like browsing.

However! If you can get to these listed Canadian cities in the coming days, you may want to seriously check out Danger on his North American tour which is right around the corner. I apologize in advance for the short notice for these Canadian listings. But consider this a personal invitation to the exciting adventure of frantically trying to obtain last minute tickets.

Feb 12 : Montreal : Parking Club
Feb 15 : Toronto : The Drink
Feb 19 : Calgary: Snatch

Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Danger Remix)

Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (Danger Remix) **

Symbol One - Love Juice (Danger Remix)

Danger - 00h00 (Feat. Vyle)

Having never attended one of his shows, I hear nothing but great things. Props to redthreat for posting a heads up. Apparently the accompanying visual effects he brings with are just unreal as well, which is of course a nice little added bonus. My personal NEW favourite is the Walking On A Dream Remix. It can be a little more aggressive at times and has a sick dropbeat that I really dig about halfway through the track. Enjoy.

I also wanted to say thanks to MEGAPHONE TEETH for leaving his touch on here. We look forward to hearing from him more often, check out his blog for an equally sexy swagger in a different genre.

Monday, February 9, 2009

It's MONDAY! chill the fuck out.

I have been confined to the computer for a good portion of the last 48 hours with upcoming deadlines on the horizon. But one benefit is while I was 'working' I introduced myself to Aether. This is the alias of Diego Chavez, a graphic designer and music producer representing San Antonio, TX. Chavez is a talented producer who combines hip hop and electro to create a signature sound that travels throughout his mixes. His music strays a little from what we're used to on 317 electro but it's well deserving. Chavez attributes his Hip Hop influence to the East Coast scene and previously made noise remixing Lykke Li's "Little Bit." He just released his solo album earlier this year entitled, "Artifacts." Check out these two little dandies.

Aether - Orfeu Negro

Aether - Makeshift Sanctuary

(art of Diego Chavez)

The track that immediately grabbed me was "Orfeu Negro", and I have no true words to describe it but it's... so chill, instantly relaxes me and in a way that i find comforting. Once I heard it I had to go searching for more and I found a track called "Makeshift Sanctuary." It showcases the talented genre mashup that Chavez is capable of with mixing in with variants from both hip hop and electro. Anyway I hope you dig it, and if you want more follow the link right.... here!
Orange Blossom

I just came home from getting my hair cut, in which I had an interesting conversation with the Barber. Although I hate small talk for the most part, talking with this man was an interesting experience and at the same time we really didn’t talk about anything in particular. It was odd; I had enjoyed talking with this man even though weather and sports had been the major topic of our conversation. The speed in which I was out of the barbershop had sparked a new found interest in small talk, and prompted a day of new findings and firsts.

Getting away from this lame introduction, this is my first post (of many) on 317ELECTRO and well I thought I would do my best to make it a banger. I would like to introduce an interesting fellow by the name of Pavor Stelar. His blend of 1920s, 1930s jazz, swing and blues mixed and sampled with modern house, electro, club, or whatever you want to call it, is unique and refreshing. I believe he is from France, as he is on the French label EtageNoir, although I could be wrong, seeing as I have also read that he also might be from Austria. Regardless of where he is from, Stelar rips it over and over again. Off his 2005 album RoughCuts here is a track called KissKiss. Being one of the more accessible tracks of his, KissKiss is by no other word, a banger. Enjoy.

Kisskiss - Parov Stelar

Blind Alley feat. Sax Max & Lylit - Parov Stelar

I have tried to upload this track a few times, but something ends up wrong either on my end or another, but I am going to give it a go one last time(I might have to upload this track YouTube styley, so bare with me).

The Sweet Divines, a rare album unless you want to go to a show and actually buy it from them, hard when they are based in NYC and you don’t have a car or money, but an awesome track none the less. The Sweet Divines have a classic big band feel to them in vocals while at the same time, the instrument play has a more contemporary approach it to. Not sure what else to say in particular except for this song will going down as a classic in my library and remain a player for a long time. I would love to attend one of their shows, just hoping it would be an experience not often found today. Hope you guys make it to Canada, more specifically Ottawa or Montreal some time soon.

Honeythistle - The Sweet Divines

This is a great cooled out remix to the Gorillaz’s Feel Good Inc. A great dub style beat with a much cooler tone then the original. I am not going to make any silly cliches, or jokes about the DJs name, although i would love to. The Van city, BC native Kutcorners has really out done himself this time around. Check out some of his other tracks and you won’t be disappointed. This pair of tracks took some shifty finagling to get a hold of but I got them and i am sharing. I want to make sure I give credit where credit is due so check out Kutcorners.

Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc Remix - KutCorners

Get Caught - KutCorners

Also, i have a quick question, so if anyone can answer it for that would be great. Who is the artist who did the work for the latest Chromeo album?
- Qwantum

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Up North Trip

Let me begin by saying there is nothing quite like enjoying good music with great people and friends. So this post and the working title have little to do with the seminal Mobb Deep track, but the track mentioned does refer to my crew of friends that came to visit me in Ottawa this weekend and also attended the aforementioned show @ Babylon on Sat. Feb. 7th w/ Jokers of the Scene and Andy Butler from Hercules and Love Affair. To cut to the chase, mad shout outs, peace and even more love to the neighborhood crew representin' Hamiltron!!!! And word up to Gnarty Parly!!! (more to come on these dudes sooner than later...)

To further cut to the chase, the show was fucking brilliant, we effectively danced the night away, peace to the jokers of the scene, they held down the home turff with style and grandeur all their own. As for Andy Butler, yeah you could say he killed it, you could say it was fun, you could even go so far as to say that it was a great set that seemed to go 'till 3am and the reality was: Ottawa + Andy Butler = love.

Moving onwards, talk of fun and love inspires more fun and love I think, in any case, this weekend I also stumbled upon a lovely remix by an Italian fellow named Broke One who hails from the northern city of Lecco. The song, "Blue Dream Lover", is originally done by the down under Gold Coasters Elke. A pretty fresh track on its own, no doubt, however, while Broke One may not be a religious man he has surely blessed this track. Whether its the glorious synth/bit-mashed breakdowns, or that little extra added funky disco vibe care of a beefed up base line has, no doubt, made a priceless heirloom out of a gem of a track. Aside, you can tell I am in a great mood because the terrible puns are flowing. And now the goods...

Elke - Blue Dream Lover (BROKE ONE Remix)

So after some research, I found that this fine Italian beat-craftsman is up to no good. And by "no good" I mean he fuckin' keeps it real. Mad love to BigStereo for the tracks which I am about to share. I was kinda vibin' more off the two remixes, but its literally all rad. Let me know what you ladies gents think in zee comments sectioné. cash money.

Casa Del Mirto - Bad Girls Surf (BROKE ONE Remix)

The Phonograph - Erasmus (BROKE ONE Remix)

Broke One - Tempo

Broke One - EVRBD!

Broke One - The New Wave

On the same tip, not to say that the remixes aren't funky or whatever, because it doesn't really matter, they're dope in their own right, but the Casa Del Mirto and The Phonograph remixes display a little grittier dance style than the three of his original tracks. His own stuff is definitely got a little more funky disco vibe. Either way the name of this Italian's game is diversity, as Lauryn Hill said, "many styles - more powerful than gamma rays". Check the blog world out for his other remixes, not too shabby. ciao for now.