April 19, 2012
Hey guys and welcome back to The Breakdown! I’ve just finished up my last exam on Monday! WOO! It’s officially now Summer. I’m still unsure of whether or not The Breakdown will be switching back to twice a week, but next Thursday I’ll be making my way out West for the Elements Music Festival in Edmonton, Alta. where I’ll be enjoying delicious beats from the likes of A-Trak, Lucky Date, Michael Woods, Spencer & Hill, Cazzette and the list goes on!
Last week I shared with you a portion of the submissions to my inbox and that’s exactly what I’m going to do again today. This post is big.
Up first is Daniel Carelli, hailing from Toronto, Ont. Daniel embarked on the scene releasing his first single on Chuckie’s imprint Dirty Dutch Recordings titled Confronted which was featured on Chuckie’s Dirty Dutch Volume 4 compilation, sharing spots with LiL Jon, R3hab and Swanky Tunes. Confronted also made its way charting at #48 on the Beatport electro charts. Daniel quickly followed up with a massive bootleg of Martin Solveig’s single feat Kele titled Ready 2 Go. This bootleg was supported by many DJs and bloggers globally. The attention directed to this unofficial remix got its spot pressed on vinyl in the UK along with official remixes from Arno Cost and Hardwell. Daniel then went on to release two more remarkable bootlegs tackling Empire Of The Sun and Florence + The Machine both gaining a massive amount of respect from some of the biggest acts today. After a top 20 charting Beatport release titled Takeover on Starter Records, it was only then Daniel was noticed by Laidback Luke. He supported Takeover on two Sirius XM shows, and has smashed this record throughout some of the biggest festivals, and clubs worldwide. With all that said in such a short amount of time, it’s safe to say Daniel Carelli is one to look out for. Let’s get on to some music!
Takeover was played by Laidback Luke on the seventh episode of his Super You and Me radio show, which was live from Holy Ship. Below is a short, but extremely sweet, rip from the show. This track is absolutely massive and I can totally understand how it caught the attention of LBL. The preview starts with a fat bassline and some offset drums. Quickly shifting gears … we get a pounding kick, big room synth stabs, some horns and a nice “Woo!” vocal sample all tucked neatly into a massive build up. This one is a definite must hear, must buy and must play … everywhere. Have a listen to the preview below and then head over to Beatport and pick up a copy!
Next is Daniel’s upcoming release titled, Down, with Mark Mendes and Kamil. There isn’t too much information available on the track as of right now. All I can tell you is that it will be coming out soon on a major label! With support from Thomas Gold and dBerrie already … this tune was a big hit last month in Miami for MMW. Have a listen to it below, which is from a set rip of Thomas Gold. Down starts at the 1 minute 17 second mark with a big lead in. Big room synth lines and a massive kick drum take you into the drop where you’re met with low-end driving synths guaranteed to get the crowd jumping. Daniel‘s tracks are all amazingly high energy and I must say, I’m a big fan of his productions after writing this post! Check out Down!
Next we have DAMN KIDS with his bootleg of Zeds Dead In The Beginning. DAMN KIDS is not new to The Breakdown. We’ve featured his Choke EP in a previous edition. Migrating from Quebec at 5, Toronto, Ont. native Stephane Deschenes aka DAMN KIDS grew up listening to rap & punk through the spoon-fed programming of MTV. After the realization that he sucked at guitar & bass (and couldn’t afford drums), Deschenes decided that his desire to be in a band would be a feat of disappointment. At age 16, Stephane heard the Death From Above 1979 remix album, which led him to Justice, which led him to Boys Noize, which led him to DJing, which led him to the inevitable conquest of production. He soon discovered that his previous notions of musical-inability were prematurely concluded; and could be achieved through the guise of a computer. After walking out of graphic design school, he went to Vancouver, B.C. where he completed his certification in Audio Engineering & Music Production. Fast forward a year and Stephane had now developed a new skill set and sound.
DAMN KIDS is a producer with a passion worth watching grow. His career is young, and his list of achievements is short; but he has found something that takes other artists decades to develop; a sound of his own.
This bootleg is a big fat bouncy treat! Stephane has gone and turned the incredibly hard hitting In The Beginning from Zeds Dead into a free electro-house booty for us all. I’m a big fan of this bootleg. I love Zeds Dead unique sound and DAMN KIDS has really done a good job at giving us a dance-able remix . This bootleg definitely differs from the original, in sense of energy, but it’s just as good in my opinion. Opening with some light claps and a buzzin’ synth, we’re soon met with some upbeat drums and a quick growl of modern talking. That big fat drop really gets me bouncin’ about in my chair. Grab the free download, chill out to this one and let it take you. Get your head bouncing!
I’m sure you guys all remember the progressive-electro gem from Markus Cole in last week’s edition of The Breakdown … well he’s back again this week with another tasty free download for everyone to enjoy! Bittersweet is all the way sweet to me. The intro is fairly simple, leading us into the first break, where we get a taste of some feel-good synths. I’m really starting to enjoy the genre of progressive electro thanks to this dude! The drop is unreal, with a big fat acid-infused bass line that we’ve been seeing a lot more from Nicky Romero these days. This tune is a journey to say the least. From start to finish, I can say I’ve enjoyed every second of Bittersweet, there was never a dull moment. Might give this one a playing out in the next couple of weeks!
There isn’t much on the history Markus Cole, but on SoundCloud he goes to say that he begun DJing and quickly transitioned into producing as he was feeling limited and a little bored. Keep your eye out for this kid, because he is determined and with the talents he has at such a young age – he will go far. He’s currently finishing high school, with plans to be an audio engineer afterwards. GRAB THE FREE DOWNLOAD!
To finish up today’s post – I’ve got another hot little progressive electro remix for you guys from The Dirty Tees, who are originially from Toronto, Ont. now living in Los Angeles. The Dirty Tees are an alternative/dance group comprised of the producer / songwriting team of Ryan Freeman and Grant Peters. The duo began the project while attending The University Of Western Ontario in their first year of study and managed to uniquely define themselves on the blogosphere and in cyberspace. The Tees direct their focus on collaborating alternative tones with the uplifting rhythms of dance music, while aiming to stay progressive in the said genres. Peters and Freeman have recently relocated to Los Angeles, Calif. where they are signed with Natasha Bedingfield’s production company. They are currently directing all energy on completing their debut album.
Below, I’ve got the most recent free download from The Dirty Tees, for you guys. The track starts with a buzzing bass line among a flurry of drums and synths. The level of talent these two put in their productions is clearly evident within the first 45 seconds of hearing this track. The break is a long one and is comprised of some powerful vocals, buzzing synths as well as big room synths. You better make sure you catch your breath during that first break, because they leave you with little room for rest from here on out. The drop hits with a big fat bass line and strong synth stabs. This tune is really beautiful, imo. Have a listen to it below and make sure you take advantage of the free download!
KEEP THOSE SUBMISSIONS COMING IN … if you know some Canadian talent that you think deserves to be featured on The Breakdown, LET US KNOW by contacting thebreakdown(at)djmag(dot)ca! Let your friends know!
The Breakdown will still be going live on Thursday next week. I will read all submissions when I get home after the festival! See you guys there!
See you next time!
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