The rain might have postponed this weekends celebrations but it did not stop them from happening. Before the event even started, the E.I team were relentlessly working on securing a venue for the second instalment of the party series and succeeded with The Portlands on Commissioners road.


Once the stage was set, it was left to the artists to make the long weekend memorable for those in attendance. Richie Hawtin had the privilege of closing the day out before artists Maceo Plex and Recondite took the stage to set the mood. The second stage was also set with a number of Toronto locals including Aleksandar Kojic, Borzoo and Nadia before Chaim had closing duties.


Considering the amount of work needed to make an event happen at a new venue in such a small period of time, E.I, even without the I was a very special event. Production, setup, music and everything in between were on display and were taken very seriously with every detail considered.

Though we all hope the next Electric island will actually be on the Toronto islands, it’s fitting to know that the team behind the event series will always go over an beyond, even when their backs are pushed against the wall.

See you in August!

 

Photocredits: Andre M Photography 

Hard-work isn’t always rewarded, it can be over-looked and under appreciated, but it’s a risk a lot of people are willing to take. Among the hundreds of DJ sets over the past year, Enzo Siragusa and the FUSE family have been names that continue to pop up everywhere. There is something to be said of those who have the ability to turn heads and move dance floors, all the while pushing their own unique sound. A true definition of hard-work, paying off.

The funny part about ‘Fusic’ is how organically the sound grew. “It’s quite a stripped-back tone and that really evolved from the party, always the B-sides to records. The trippy dub sides with wobbly grooves.” – Enzo Siragusa

FUSE started as a party series in 2008 and grew into a label in 2011. It’s something Enzo created that served as an outlet to showcase music, artists and tracks. FUSE encompassed the underground and pushed the boundaries while paying attention to detail with all matters. Fast forward to a long, but rewarding 2016 where years of hard work started to really pay off for a group of artists who were creating music and throwing parties regularly. Their dub-house sound is evolving and unique, so much so that the FUSE faithful call it Fusic.

The most important thing is to create a certain type of vibe for an underground party. I’ve always focused firstly on the sound and when I say ‘sound,’ I’m referring to technically, how it resonates and reverberates – Enzo Siragusa

May 13th marks Enzo Siragusa‘s debut in Toronto at the city’s premiere underground music venue, CODA. The support cast is made up of local Toronto artists who have also been releasing music and throwing events. It includes Steve Marto & Paul Quzz of All Blak Records, Andrew Choe from My Side Project & Rayan of UNR.

Purchase your tickets HERE
Full event info HERE

 

 

CODA is running a contest for 2 free passes to see Enzo Siragusa this Saturday.
Click HERE to Enter!

Artist: Dario D’Attis
Title: Bogaloo EP
Label: Lapsus Music
Catalogue Number: LPS194
Release Date: April 28th, 2017

Lapsus Music continues its relentless release schedule with their 16th release of the year already. Providing the tunes for the Italian label is Swiss Producer Dario D’Attis who doesn’t disappoint with his Bogaloo EP. Dario is no stranger to Lapsus Music, as this latest EP marks his 8th release on the label but it’s his first solo release with the Italian label. D’Attis has been spitting out quality music for many years with successful releases on Hive, Dftd, and Poker Flat Recordings; and this one is no different. As we have seen over the years, his classic New York and New Jersey house influence is on full display within this latest EP.

First up is the title track, “Bogaloo”. A house roller with flowing hi hats and lively elastic drums. Dario does a solid job in mixing in some great synth work and vocals that echo throughout. A real sharp tune that holds an abundance of great vibes.

The second of the two tracks is “Try Moon”. The tune is built with loopy layers that swing down low and grab the attention of the listener. The percussion is really smooth and clean while the overall groove is inventive. D’Attis uses a vocal sample throughout that almost acts like a layer of the drum line, an interesting and impressive aspect of the track. Another quality tune.

Both of these tracks are interesting and well done, creating a tight and tidy two track EP from Dario D’Attis. Lapsus Music comes through with another quality release to add to their already impressive resume.

You can preview and pre-order the EP HERE.

Artist (s): Various Artists
Title: Moon Harbour 100
Label: Moon Harbour
Catalogue Number: MHR100
Release Date: April 12th, 2017

Tracklist:
1). Matthias Tanzmann – Mahoney Baloney
2). Dan Drastic & Sven Tasnadi – Tastic
3). Luna City Express – Saturday
4). Daniel Stefanik – Resurrection

17 years after its creation in 2000, the Leipzig label has hit its 100th release and they have done it in style. André Quaas and Matthias Tanzmann’s label have actually put out roughly 150 EPs, albums and compilations but this 100th vinyl release is a special family affair for the label. Moon Harbour 100 features key artists Dan Drastic, Sven Tasnadi, Luna City Express, Daniel Stefanik and Matthias Tanzmann himself.

First up is the man who started it all, Matthias Tanzmann. “Mahoney Baloney” is 7 minutes of teasing tech house. Bubbly synth sounds percolate through the dry hollow drums while spoken word vocals add freakiness as it echoes throughout. The warm and rubbery bass ties everything together. Overall another bomb, something we have come to expect from the captain.

Label manager Dan Drastic and his usual sparring partner Sven Tasnadi come together once again for their joint effort, “Tastic”. A deep but cavernous track that features smooth vocals and warm colorful chords that sooth the soul. It is a playful and smartly incendiary track that constantly builds throughout and leaves us with another dance floor banger.

Label mainstays Luna City Express then offer their services for the third track, “Saturday”. A hard hitting track that features vamping synths, frazzled pads and discordant stabs that bring a real wavy feel to the rooted kick drums. A high energy cut that will definitely keep the crowd on its toes for its twisting duration.

The project concludes with the master of intricacy Daniel Stefanik’s “Resurrection”. Restless and bouncy killer drum loops and skewed chords fuel the track, while nicely coiled drums bring a real sense of house funk to the EP. You will be sure to get swept up in this fine tune.

With these 4 very different yet vital cuts, Moon Harbour encapsulates what has made the label so important over the last 100 releases. The German label has helped make the careers of many artists, discovered new talents and showcased underground heroes at the same time. Moon Harbour confirms that while they have grown up they are still young at heart.

Congratulations to Moon Harbour on their impressive milestone release. You can purchase the EP HERE and you can preview the project below.

 

The BPM Festival will enter the European market in 2017, following a 10 year spell in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. BPM will take place in Portugal, September 14 – 17 2017 on the beach resort of Praia da Rocha, Portimão in the countriy’s Algarve region.

The Algarve is an intimate setting, with white sand beaches and picturesque cliffs that will be the perfect back drop for one of the most celebrated festivals around the world. Early bird passes are available via the BPM Festival website.

Official line ups to follow.

Artist: DJ W!LD
Title: Techno City
Label: W
Released: April 3rd, 2017

Tracklist:
1). The Hike (Intro) [Digital Only]
2). Love On The Beat
3). Time To Say Goodbye [Digital Only]
4). Street Religion
5). Americana
6). Aimer et C’est Tout
7). Techno City
8) All Night
9). Talking With Hoffman
10). King Hit
11). Mon Cote Obscur (Outro) [Digital Only]

A staple in the Parisian underground scene and a Circoloco resident at DC10. The Dijon native is a veteran in the music industry and someone who has always remained true to his roots. DJ W!LD has been responsible for over 300 tracks on some of the most respected labels in the world, which lead him to the creation of his own imprint W in 2010. On W, W!LD has exercised an unrestricted artistic vision for his output on the label. This has culminated in his latest release Techno City, W!LD’s first album in over 2 years.

The Techno offering from the veteran DJ undertakes a feel of simplicity that is as refreshing as it is clinical. The album gets underway with the intro “The Hike”, which sets an eerie tone with the sounds of crickets on a dark summers night. Following this is “Love On The Beat”, which sets the pace from the very first kick drum and the swelling bassline smoothly flows into the third track, “Time To Say Goodbye”. Sharp drums and precise hi hat work carry this track as deft piano breaks flow throughout it.

Next up is “Street Religion”, a sweeping disco-synth tune with a very groovy vibe to it. This leads into 90’s inspired “Americana” which holds an old-school grimy atmosphere. This is followed up by “Aimer et C’est Tout”, another sharp and hard hitting techno track that features vocals and whirling synths throughout. The 7th track “Techno City” is a floor filling cinematic track and is most definitely one of the standouts on the project, it really jacks up the energy heading into the final few tracks.

The 8th track is “All Night”, which has a relaxed vibe despite the extremely sharp bass hits; it does well in providing some light relief before the next track “Talking With Hoffman”. This is an acid-tinged 5 AM roller that succeeds in dialing up the energy for the final track. This built up energy leads the listener to the climax of the album, and that is the undeniable club track “King Hit”. An Orchestra of snare rolls, emotive pads and striking vocal samples are the main components of what is truly a phenomenal track. The LP concludes with the outro “Mon Cote Obscur”.

Being both danceable and listen-able, DJ W!LD’s Techno City is a purposeful and coherent body of work. W!LD comes through with rich aesthetics and cutting edge production that has the ability to carry the listener through a wide range of hues and atmospheres. This web work of sounds and functional club tracks is a master class in the age old saying that “less is more”.

The Techno City LP is available now on a double vinyl. You can purchase Part 1 HERE which features “King Hit”, “Americana”, “All Night” and “Talking With Hoffman”. You can also purchase Part 2 HERE which features “Aimer et C’est Tout”, “Love On The Beat”, “Techno City” and “Street Religion”. The digital release will follow soon after and you can preview the LP below.

 

Respected producer and DJ Martin Buttrich is back with his hotly-anticipated new project ‘Collaborator Vol. 1’. Forthcoming on Martin’s own label Rhythm Assault, the 12-track body of original productions will tie together previous collaborations with exciting, new material.

A veritable roll call of electronic music royalty comes together to lend their talents to the collection. Mostly formed in Martin’s famed Barcelona studio, ‘Collaborator Vol. 1’ is the result of friends coming together to experiment and push each other’s creative boundaries.

Martin is the thread that ties this long list of guest artists together, and this is reflected in the sounds present throughout the LP. The individual styles of collaborators come together like the many shades of electronic music present in a Buttrich DJ set; from the fast-paced quirkiness of Luciano or the Martinez Brothers on ‘Animal’ and ‘9 Pound Hammer’, to the refined house of Guti and Konrad Black on ‘New Game’ and ‘Canyon’, through to the mature, darker atmosphere of ‘Messenger’ with Audiofly and ‘Nach Acht’ with Buttrich’s long term production and sparring partner Timo Maas.

Martin’s impeccable sense of mastering ensures the collection of tracks run smoothly alongside each other; his characteristic rich basslines, sense of melody and polished percussion easily recognisable throughout Collaborator Vol 1. 

A previously Grammy-Nominated artist, Martin has always stayed relatively behind the scenes whilst producing for high profile artists – Loco Dice, Depeche Mode and Kelis to name just a few. The release of Collaborator Vol 1 puts Martin at the forefront, whilst providing a statement on his influential position in the electronic music scene.

Tracklist:
1. DJ Tennis & Martin Buttrich – Perpetual
2. Ramon Tapia & Martin Buttrich – Evita
3. Timo Maas & Martin Buttrich – Nach Acht
4. Loco Dice & Martin Buttrich – Damn U Made It
5. Audiofly & Martin Buttrich – Messenger
6. Luciano, Kelli Ali & Martin Buttrich – Animal
7. The Martinez Brothers & Martin Buttrich – 9 Pound Hammer
8. Konrad Black & Martin Buttrich – Canyon
9. Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann & Martin Buttrich – Persuade Me
10. Tiga & Martin Buttrich – Alpine Dub
11. Guti & Martin Buttrich – New Game
12. Matthew Jonson & Martin Buttrich – Synchronicity

Artist: Ben Pearce
Title: Ascension EP
Label: Different Recordings
Released: March 27th, 2017

Tracklist:
1). Intro
2). Transit
3). The Middle
4). Crescent

Last Monday, Ben Pearce released his first original EP since Pomelo which dropped on Moda Black a little over a year ago. The Manchester native comes through with his 4-track Ascension EP that was released on Different Recordings. This EP marks the first release of a 4-part concept series that will allude to Ben’s own life, career and experiences in the music industry. Each EP will carry its own meaning, but will each play a role in tying together Ben’s journey.

The Ascension EP comes across as a very inspired piece of work. The idea of millions of voices competing for attention in the social media age and therefore leading artists to feel lonely and intimidated was the overall inspiration for Ben’s third release on the Belgian label.

The project gets started with the “Intro”. This is a beat-less introduction to the concept EP. Filled with whispering voices and crescendoing synths, the “Intro” is a track that has a very soothing feel to it. A beautiful way to start the EP.

The next track “Transit” carries on that calming tone that was set in the introduction. A soft bassline and a slowly building soundscape of chords lead the way. The quick bass and percussion hits mixed with the slow moving chords create a nice contrast within the track that works out perfectly.

The third track is titled “The Middle”, which stands as the most hard-hitting of the 4 tracks. Fast paced arpeggios and a ominous bassline make this track a staple for the dance floor. Expect this to get its fair share of play at parties all over the world.

The EP closes with “Crescent”, a very uplifting way to conclude the project. Pearce comes through with gradually building layers of chords and synth melodies over a soft bassline. The track almost has an out of this world feel to it, coinciding with the cover art and title of the EP. “Crescent” is an immersive and cinematic closing to a stellar EP.

The wide range of moods and tempos throughout the EP’s 4-tracks are structured similarly to that of a short set. Overall, a well done and cohesive project to kick off the 4-part series. We can’t wait for the next three.

You can purchase the EP HERE and you can listen to the tracks below including a bonus version of “Crescent” which features vocals from Elias.

 

In a world wind of events, Tunisian club “El Guitone Nightclub” has closed following a live set performed by Dax J during Orbit Festival which featured the Muslim call to prayer.

British DJ, Dax J, was playing the coastal city of Nabeul for Orbit Festival which took place near the resort town of Hammarnet—and also featured DVS1, La Fleur and Radio Slave. Following Dax J’s set on April 1st, videos emerged of his set featuring samples of the Muslim call to prayer which attracted the attention of authorities in the Muslim-majority country.

The club, El Guitone, has since shut down as is under investigation. The manager of the venue has been arrested for “violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty,” according to Nabeul governor Mnaouar Ouertani, who said that the government will “not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.”

Dax J has since apologized, stating that he did not realize that the Muslim community would be offended. He has also removed his Facebook page in the wake of on-going death threats.

Orbit Festival has released a statement regarding the incident and defending Dax J.

Chers amis, Nous tenons, tout d'abord, à remercier toutes les personnes qui nous ont fait honneur par leur présence….

Posted by Orbit Festival on Monday, April 3, 2017

Stay Home has consistently succeeded time and time again in making people feel like they are right at home. The Toronto based group has a fast growing reputation for throwing some of the best intimate and underground parties in the city. This Stay Home event is a collaboration between My Side Project, All Blak Records, No Vacancy and House of Lords; and they are set to take over Club 120 this Friday night (March 31st).

A foursome of local talents will be moving the intimate two-floor venue for the night. First we have two members of Toronto’s very own All Blak Records, Paul Quzz and Steve Marto who are fresh off the release of their latest compilation album Atlas. We have the two captains of My side Project on the decks with Andrew Choe and Steve Hale. Two DJs who are no strangers to staying home and throwing top notch events. The vibes for the night will be in very good hands with these 4 at the helm.

We hope to see you at Club 120 at 10 PM sharp this Friday Night. Click HERE for more details.