Once again, I am utterly unable to do anything productive due to the monstrous amounts of ethanol imbibed yesterday. It’s all gravy though, we’ve still got something serious lined up for you this evening.
ForteBowie is a 21 year old musician who calls Atlanta home. His unique blend of r&b and hip-hop is hittin’ the spot right now. I’ve recently discovered his productions, and I dig his creativity, style and ambition. You can grab his 2011 mixtape Something about #BowieHERE.
We always try to rep our city at ATV, but the sad thing is most of the great talents Montreal has to offer don’t always get the attention they deserve. However, the producer duo “Love Thy Brother” has been gaining a considerable reputation lately with a couple tracks hitting the top of Hypem’s popular chart. Since the first time Liam and Connor Clarke’s work came to my attention in 2010, they’ve been constantly improving their production’s skills, leading them to open for some of the best artists on the electronic scene.
Once again, their most recent release, a rework of “Radio” by Lana Del Rey, is sure to generate its share of hype. I could tell you how great the rhythm is and powerful the synths are, but honestly how could I put it better than their own perspective of the track:
With this track we wanted to combine two things that people love and hate on more than anything on this planet: Lana Del Rey & Dubstep
We really hate to see a damsel in distress and felt the need to do our small part. For our defence of the embattled songstress we chose Radio, which we thought fitting as it seems to be her proverbial f– you to all her haters.
For our take we started out with our own dark and heavy orchestration — strings, horns, guitars etc — our homage to the cinematic and melancholic production that Justin Parker brought to Born to Die as well as the Larry Gold parts. Since Lana seems to like “really dark and f—ed up” we decided to do Emile one better and drop it into really dark arpeggiated bassline and glitchy distortion.
And because the original song straddles this really great mix between melancholy and happiness we drop it into a happy DnB breakdown at the end.
Reims’ Most Wanted are back with more of that cooked crack. Glasswork & Bourbon, two fine producers in their own right, have taken to collaborating a lot more of late, and this is their most recent brainchild. They have just released this hypnotic remix of High Powered Boys’ The Machine, and the unique club vibe that Marble Music is so well-known for is maintained, highlighted, and pushed to the next level. Both infectious in its tech rhythm and undeniably trippy with its meandering stuttering sounds, this remix is sure to gain them a whole bevy of new fans. Keep a careful eye on these two, big things are on the horizon.
The big homie Mackpaye dropped another mix for WeAreTheMascotte magazine two weeks ago. Some of your might remember the phenomenal mix that he did for them at the end of 2011. I’m still bumpin it on the regular, to be honest. It was one of the dopest mixes that dropped that year, and let us explore the darker side of the dancefloor.
Featuring some of the hardest and most uncompromising techno and house that I’ve heard in a minute, What A Terrific Mixtape 4 is one of those mixes that you can’t help but enjoy. Pure bottled insanity that I’m sure you’ll love.
1/ Destrox – Red 5 [CDR]
2/ Modek – By The Pool (SCNTST Remix) [Bronson]
3/ Mackpaye – Mononizer [CDR]
4/ Headz Up – Blaise [CDR]
5/ Flore – Xenoglossia [CDR]
6/ Milano Techno – Uno [Southern Fried Records]
7/ David Puentez – Malia [120dB Records]
8/ Hornets – You Know It [CDR]
9/ Oblast – Gravity [Add Cat Records]
10/ Australia – Chopper (Klangfarbe Antifeind Remix) [CDR]
11/ Crumps – Basketball [CDR]
Since the download limit on soundcloud has maxed out, Mackpaye has put it up on Zippyshare for you.
For todays instalment, I have some fresh produce from our friend A-Trak with his latest remix of Martin Solveig‘s “The Night Out”. It’s a happy medium between your classic radio-pop Solveig sound, and the music you like to dance to when you’re out and about. I really like the volume of the kick A-Trak includes in the remix, it’s a lot louder then what you’d generally expect to hear in a track like this but in my opinion it totally works in his favour.
PrototypeRaptor is a new artist to me, but when I heard his single “Drive Hard” for the first time just the other day I immediately new this is someone to look into and keep an eye on. Electro house/dub/Drum& bass is his thing, and his array 50+ tracks, remixes and bootlegs wont fail to impress you. He began music production at the early age of thirteen, however he is now twenty one and working hard to put himself out there and make a name for himself. “Drive Hard” especially reminds me of something by Mord Fustang, interestingly both their synthesisers and song structure seem to have close correspondence.
Coming to you live from the frozen, murky-ass waters of Montreal.
As promised, here is our semi-weekly feature on local crusaders of crunk, the infamous party collective known BootyBakery. Every thursday, three of Montreal’s dopest young producers/DJs curate one of the city’s best parties, bringing the very dopest local and international talent to the Blue Dog Motel. Compton Chic, Bongiovanni and Phil Sparkz are dope DJs in their own right, but they’ve got a serious knack for bringing some of the most forward thinking, twerked-the-fuck producers to this tiny-capacity club and setting it ablaze, week after week. If you’re looking for a perfect mélange of boss beats and beautiful, borderline insane humans, this is your Shangri-La . Blue Dog’s soundsystem is not exactly the stuff of legends, but I’ve discovered that if you’re a few shots of Jameson deep, it sounds just fine. That knowledge jewel is on me. You’re welcome.
Avenge the Virgins x Booty Bakery, ho. Get familiar.
This week, on the Booty Menu:
Booty Bakery # 22: Sleepyhead (NY) x Azamat B B2B Markus G (LOL BOYS)
This time around, BootyBakery unleashes New York based producer Sleepyhead on the city. Known for a decidedly unique take on hazy bass music, Sleepyhead released a great tripped-out EP on Trouble and Bass called MOTIONS in January. He’s joined this week by by your favorite DJ’s favorite DJ Azamat B, who will be playing a B2B set with Markus from LOL BOYS. Tight sexy vibes shall ensue, trust.
Sleepyhead (NYC)- Trouble&Bass
A promising young producer from New York, Sleepyhead makes stellar dance music, with influences from deep house, techno, baltimore club and more. I’m well aware that most of the metaphors I use to describe music resolve around psychoactive substances, but who can blame me? This shit is trippy. At times his drugged-out soundscapes sound extremely mellow, but he can easily switch it up with subwoofer busting uptempo club tunes. And anyone whose interests are listed as “Smoking Ganja, Long Boarding, Making Beats, Djing, Eating Food, Spending Money” is fine by me.
Boomclap Soundcrew has pretty much taken over the underground promoting scene in the city, and its two main artists, Azamat B & Markus from LOL BOYS, also happen to be two of the city’s best DJs. Both of these names should be innately familiar to anyone who has been reading this blog for longer than five minutes. Azamat is one of the most versatile DJs I’ve seen so far, and also mixed the first volume of the ATV Mix Series for us. Markus G is one half of internet sensation LOL BOYS, who we’ve featured ad nauseam practically since the blog’s inception. What should you expect of this B2B set? Honestly, no fucking clue. Probably a flawless mix of Trap music, house, techno, juke, r&b, and whatever else you can think of.
And of course, BootyBakery residents Bongiovanni, Compton Chic and Phil Sparkz are also in the mix, serving up a healthy dose of drugged out swagger for di gyal dem. Watch your punani, these three go in pretty damn hard.
Bongiovanni also dropped this dope little twerked-out minimix called Gettogoodies a few days ago. Nothing too complex, just solid vibez.