Category Archives: Mixes/Tracks

Brand New Mix from Denver’s Own Movesayer

Photo Credit: @Jim Mimna

Who else likes to lurk in the shadows of the cosmos at night? Deep in the trenches, when you’re lying still and finally free to digest the experiences of your day. The moment after you crack a cold one, take your socks off, and let gravity seduce your eyes shut. I’m sure we’re not the only ones who enjoy creeping through the depths of consciousness. Movesayer is certainly no stranger to such things. That’s inherently clear in his new conceptual piece ‘Fever Dreams’, which we’re spilling into your ears today. Read the rest of this entry

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Way Out West Comes Way Out West

     This Saturday the British duo Way Out West is performing LIVE in Denver for the last stop on their US tour! I warn you, sleeping on this might result in a lifetime of self-loathing and detrimental regret, ultimately leaving you permanently damaged and alone. OK that might be exaggerating, but they did establish themselves as one of the most authoritative DJ duos since the turn of the millennium. Imagine for a second, if Danny Boyle and Guy Ritchie made a film together. These guys would helm the soundtrack. Yeah. So, do you have plans this weekend? Perhaps you’re going to Club Vinyl on March 25th for a space-bound foray into the most cosmic party this Spring? 

     In 1997, Global Underground superstar Nick Warren and teen prodigy Jody Wisternoff combined their talents to form Way Out West, successfully blending multiple genres into one sonic morphogenetic force. Shortly after their inception they carved their own niche out of an already deeply layered musical movement: the trance/progressive house scene of the late 90’s/early 00’s. The duo garnered huge praise for their soul piercing track “The Gift”, released on their debut album Deconstruction in 97′. Being only the second track on their first LP, one could argue it’s the genesis of the breakthroughs they were about to make in the scene. (In fact, it had such an impact in the clubs back then that there is a rumor it was remixed over 400 times.) While emotional and melodic versatility was starkly present in the Global Underground community of the early 2000’s, nobody else seemed to be as proficient at developing it. The danceability of “The Gift” is undeniable, but the emotional response from the song is inescapable. One is powerless against drifting into a deep and personal space when immersed in those vocals, “The Moon and the stars, were the gift you gave”.

 

     That was just the beginning folks. It’s fascinating how we go out of our way to recognize brilliance, but so easily forget that which we honor. Even more fascinating is how quickly we move on from artists even if their talent never faded. Nick and Jody are nowhere near becoming an epitaph of electronic music history. In fact, they are still churning out songs as W.O.W on labels like Anjunadeep, and even their own platforms. Even more admirable is that despite the pressures of evolving music and transitioning generational trends, they have held onto the style that made them what they are through all these years. The 2016 release of “Tuesday Maybe” last year broke a lot of tropes in the dance music realm. After 20 years, they’re actually still capable of topping themselves while staying true to their roots.

     There is a fairly definitive reason this duo has stayed relevant and succeeded at remaining in electronic music’s upper echelon. They essentially represent the entire spectrum of 90-00’s dance music under the umbrella of one moniker (minus disco). No other act can flow between break-beat, drum & bass, techno, house, and especially trance like them. If they could, they were nowhere near as adept as W.O.W. In just minutes you can go from wiping the sweat off your brow to wiping proverbial tears from your eyes (unless you’re really sensitive which is cool too). I was vaguely familiar with their work and decided to see them play at Vinyl last summer. What took place that night quickly transcended into an experience I didn’t think was still possible with modern dance music. Then again, chances to see respected OG’s like this come few and far between. Not only was their work translated perfectly, it was weaved into a completely unpredictable performance utilizing tools outside the usual DJ decks. If you’ve forgotten, or are perhaps unaware, you have a massive opportunity to witness a chapter of music that never should’ve faded into the background. In most ways it really hasn’t. This duo is sewn into history with the likes of Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Deep Dish, and Sasha, and you can see them perform this weekend. It’s past, present, and future all at once.

     We have all yearned for that  sonic comfort within ourselves at some point. That place that strikes a chord in you so deep you could swear you were mainlining the secrets of humanity itself. That is what truly lies under the surface of these dance music gurus. There is a living-soul embedded in their work. So when the party ends and you look at that city skyline, and the weight of the world comes back, what do you really want as the soundtrack to your life at the end of the night? Oh yeah, and the whole detrimental regret you might be risking. Event info and ticket links below, my friends!

https://www.facebook.com/events/303303816738397/

-CB

Five Tracks To Get You Through Monday

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     Mondays inherently fall victim to a bad reputation, but it’s not the calendar’s fault. It’s not even your boss’ fault. It’s really up to us to set the pace we want for the week. Traffic will always be there, the bus will always be late, and your back bike tire will always be flat. Instead of quoting Office Space and drowning yourself in political memes, use this as an opportunity to build your momentum for the workweek. It’s all perspective fam. So here are five tracks to get your auto-pilot lubed up before the weekend makes it’s way back.

 

New Remix From Solomun Hits All The Notes

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It’s all about feeling ladies and gentlemen, and the latest remix from Solomun is a blitzkrieg of emotion. The German producer’s rework of Liu Bei’s “Atlas World” premiered on DJ Mag yesterday, and it is sweet as it is dark. While we love a good floor banger as much as the next music blog, the world is in serious need of artistic direction. Dance music should be viewed like the humans who make it- if it doesn’t have a soul, it’s probably not safe to be around.  It seems that yet again, DIYNAMIC Music is answering the call for quality over calamity, proving once again the future of international techno is safe in the hands of artists like Solomun. Talk is cheap without the walk, so we’ll cut to the sonic chase. Listen to a preview of the track below and head the link at the bottom of the page to see more from the recent issue of DJ Mag! Oh, and did we mention that he has another remix of the tune coming out?! Read the rest of this entry

New Podcast From Raxon!

Raxon, rax-off, don’t forget to breathe, very important Daniel-son.”

If Mr. Miyagi was a real person in the modern day, do you think he’d incorporate house music into his martial arts training? It can be quite physical. Maybe he could start teaching all of those terrible dancers we see at the clubs some decent moves. (We don’t actually discriminate against bad dancers. Everyone’s guilty of a poorly executed robot at least three times in their life. We do discriminate against bad taste though.) I’m pretty sure I’d be a blackbelt, but who could say? What I do know for sure is that this newest Raxon tape is absurdly ninja-like. Zen meets zap, mind meets grind, check it >>>

 

 

New From The Boiler Room: Solomun Live in Tulum

 

People-watching is some of the best mind-numbing entertainment around, if you’re in the right place at least. The Boiler Room has always provided us with some classy dancers to laugh at (not to mention some epic music). From the famous “Ellum kid”, to the “crazy ginger girl”, they’re all passionately making fools of themselves to the soundtrack of the world’s best electronic artists. In reality, however, you’re just getting a glimpse of what you actually look like on the dance floor. There’s no shame in happiness though. In the modern age of live streaming cultures and homeland security, it seems like self-conscious tendencies and public humiliation are fairly moot concepts anyways. If you’re a true live music junkie, then you’re probably on record somewhere in the Youtube Sea. So you might as well just let loose, turn the subs up, and watch Solomun throw the people of Tulum into a rhythmic fervor with his massive 2 hour set. It’s hilarious, it’s moving, it’s got a mean beat to it, and it’s the future of music folks.

Preview The New Electricano Remix!

Vladimir Ivanoff, aka Electricano, just did this little work of Telekollektiv’s “Robot Noir”, which you can preview now! The remix is out next month on Spring Tube, and it is a certified rumble in the deep dark jungle folks. It’s like dropping acid in the Amazon, only in the comfort of your own home. Massive waves of imperial shadows echo against the backdrop of a fierce bass and percussion collaboration. Picture a dim bed of hot coals, illuminating more as the wind passes through. Listening to it makes you feel like you’re engaged in some sonic rite of passage. In reality, however, it is a beautiful example of where international house music is going. Check it out!

Morning Mix Sessions:

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Betoko Hits The Spot

We have your meat-beats on lock ladies and gentlemen. Don’t eat meat? Maybe you can listen to it then- Betoko hopped on the decks for a set at Beats Buffet, and we’ve got the recording right here, courtesy of Meattransmission! Before you know it you’ll be licking your lips and asking for more, because your spot is about to get hit with a brick. Almost a full hour of deep, techy flame is at your fingertips, waiting to crawl up inside your brain. Get ready to chow down on some Grade A London cuts, because Beto Cohen is the Top Chef of his class. Every ingredient is essential to the finished product, and not a single soundbite is borrowed. His neighbors come to him for the sugar. The man is…an artist.

 

#Sunday Funday: Sexy Disco Time Edition w/ Miguel Campbell

It’s sexy disco time ladies and gentlemen. Nothing kicks off your weekend like some silky disco-house, and Miguel Campbell is the turntable Lothario we’re turning to for the job. The 10th installment of his Radio FG mix series dropped recently, check it out! Out of all the guys at Hot Creations, this DJ is the most consistent in terms of style. You know what you’re going to get with Miguel, unlike some of the other beach bums on his label that we won’t name. If you take away the ambiance of neon tank tops, vodka-red bulls, and Ibiza drug binges, who will be left to stand the test of artistry? We suspect that Miguel would still be in the shadows of a dimlit club in London, spinning glamor-gold for all the remaining connoisseurs of dance music. There’s a good level of cheese, but hey that’s what disco is all about right? He adds a signature edge to it that can’t be beat. When it boils down to his production and the reputation he has built around it, Campbell is all killer and no filler. Underneath that baseball cap he fancies so much, is a hard-working brain with an actual musical objective.

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