May 24, 2012
Welcome back friends! EPISODE 24 on the 24th! I trust everyone has been enjoying the beautiful summer weather already. I’ve personally BBQ’d for dinner the past six nights in a row … taking full advantage of the warm temperatures! Today we’ve got a good mixture of stuff for you to listen to! The dudes from Kannibalen Records get some more love today on their upcoming summer compilation, Markus Cole needs our support in the Calvin Harris Pepsi Remix Contest and Stereotronique make a return with their recent Monstercat release! Now on to the music …
Summer is finally here and the crew at Kannibalen Records have put together a tasty compilation!
Black Tiger Sex Machine have been featured twice (1)(2) now on The Breakdown, along with some of their label mates. For those of you who didn’t know … Black Tiger Sex Machine are the brains behind the Kannibalen Records label and they’ve been absolutely on fire since day one. Each release from the Kannibalen camp has been massive and gained a lot of attention and support, charting numerous times … which is quite an outstanding feat for a label that is only six months old. They’ve had four releases crack the Top 100 for electro house on Beatport, with the peak being #23. Their release, Kill My Soul – Black Tiger Sex Machine and Dabin, peaked at #45 in the Top 100 for dubstep on Beatport, as well as held the #2 spot in the Hot section on SoundCloud, just behind Dada Life.
The last year has been an eventful one for BTSM who have since been on the prowl for fresh meat with their appropriately-named record label Kannibalen Records, a name inspired by BTSM‘s monthly sold-out Kannibalen events at Belmont nightclub. Recognizing the lack of support for local artists in the jungle that is Montreal, BTSM have pounced on the opportunity to create a bridge between artists and business through this newly-established record label. Kannibalen Records is hungry for talent to join their tribe and eat the world alive by night!
Kannibals at the Beach starts off with another epic Dabin production, Tell Me, featuring the breathy vocals of Canadian songstress Daniela Andrade, massive growls from the bass line and high pitch lazer synths firing off.
Charlie Darker then follows up with a big room grinding electro house gem, Corner Kids. The synths Charlie used brings to mind guys like Tommy Trash.
Apashe pairs serious bass sounds with some intriguing instrumentation in Eat My Apple. The vocals that open up the preview on this track sound just like MIA. I wish I knew whether they were or not, lol. I also kinda wish they were in there a bit more! Maybe they are! We’ll just have to wait and see!
Weed Demon and SNAILS hook up and produce Ganja, which is quite a fitting title for this 808-filled trunk-rattling bassterpeice. Those vocals are hypnotizing! (Fun fact: SNAILS is one of the members of Dooze Jackers!)
Karluv Klub shows why he’s one of the rising stars in the world of electro trash with Alright Run!, a track full of distorted bass and heavy synths. This is one of my favorites on the EP.
LeKtriQue’s The Last Hour is a bassheads dream. A jet engine build up topped off by a haunting vocal sample leads you into a drop full of hard hitting crunchy bass and melancholic synth melodies. This tune will be a free download when the EP releases, so mark your calendars for May 28!
Kai Wachi, Kannibalen newcomer, introduces himself in proper fashion with his glitch hop banger, Dissolve. Strong piano chords and a synth line that demands your attention leads you to the bass! This is another one of my favorites on the EP. Those synths are out of this world and that vocal sampling seals the deal for me!
Marc Remillard conjures up 16-bit memories in his complextro smash, Bowser. This one is not for the faint of heart! It’s guaranteed to rock your world. I love the rising action in the synth just before it transitions into the next tune. It leaves me desperately wanting more.
Strava uses a dizzying swirl of plaintive synths and vocal hooks to create a unique electro experience for Arriba. Close your eyes and let this one take your for a ride.
Dooze Jackers and Wes De Graaf finish off the compilation appropriately with the tropical-inspired Fyah!, which is sure to be a festival favourite around the globe. High pitch synth stabs, resembling an airhorn, guarantee your crowd will be jumping. This one will get it’s fair share of plays during these hot summer months!
The compilation is out May 28! Have a listen to the preview mix below and then mark your calendars! You’ll kick yourself if you miss this! I’ll be sure to remind you! SUPPORT!
Artwork designed by Oliver Dumoulin
Markus Cole has been featured on The Breakdown three (1)(2)(3) times now, making this piece his fourth. The young, fast-rising progressive electro wonderkid that is Markus Cole has thrown his flavor on Calvin Harris’ new hit with Ne-Yo titled, Let’s Go. The 17-year-old Toronto-native continues to impress me with each production. His work ethic is outstanding. This is his first official remix and he needs our help to win the Calvin Harris Pepsi Remix Contest.
To vote for him:
1.) Click here!
2.) Log in to your Beatport account (if you don’t have one yet … it’s free and only takes a couple minutes)
3.) Click vote! Make sure you’re on the contest page for Markus!
Markus utilizes some of the most unique sounds and synths that I’ve heard in a while. Opening with a softer kick drum and another eerie synth, he does a great job at building suspense right from the get go. The energy continues to increase and build from the opening kick right to the first break. The outro also continues to build until the track ends. With the exception of a buzzing synth in behind the vocals, Markus maintained much of the original breakdowns. Building towards the drops with strong synth lines, he continues to create suspense with the addition of a quick stop before each drop. The drop is comprised of strong uplifting chords over top of an acid-infused growling bass line. Have a listen to the remix below, taken from SoundCloud, and then head over to Beatport and cast your vote! SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW CANADIANS!
Stereotronique have also been featured twice (1)(2) on The Breakdown. You may remember them as the dudes with the LED ties and banging beats. I reviewed a few of their tracks in early February and I’ve been anxiously waiting for the next piece I’d get to write on them. That time has come!
Stereotronique is back on Beatport with the release of their new original, Gravity, on Waterloo-based label, Monstercat Media. After a few very successful bootleg remixes to start the year off, including a remix of Adrian Lux’s Teenage Crime, which peaked at #2 on HypeM and received support from Lux himself, the duo have since been busy in the studio working on a number of new hard hitting originals, including this latest release and two more tracks slated for releases June and July on Monstercat and Provoke, another Toronto-based label. The Calgary natives have also recently signed on to a monthly residency with RadioFG USA and will be showcasing hourly mixes twice a month.
Outside of the studio, Stereotronique will be playing at the Vicious Circle in Calgary on June 8, June 23 at the Hoxton in Toronto, (a venue that has played host to the likes of Dada Life, Laidback Luke and Bingo Players over the past few months) as well as taking the stage at Edgefest in Toronto, July 14 at Downsview Park, playing alongside Morgan Page and JFK of MSTRKRFT. If you are in Calgary or Toronto for any of those dates, be sure to check out the extremely unique LED ties during their live sets! Looking ahead, the team is planning a southwestern United States tour to kick off in September and as for tracks, you can expect many more huge, main room releases to keep on coming out of the studio.
Gravity is a perfectly crafted electro house jam. The track opens with a hard hitting drum beat and a synth sweep that echoes out. Buzzing synth stabs paired with what sounds almost exactly like an electric guitar lead you into the first break where some big room style synths take over. They rearrange the drum beat just enough before the drop to add some extra anticipation before we reach lift off. The drop on this track is complete madness with a growling acid-infused synth. The level of production these guy bring to the table is outstanding. A high-pitch bubbling enters to take it just that little bit further and really completes the track in my opinion. Have a listen to it below and then head over to Beatport and pick up your copy! SUPPORT!
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See you next time!
– MAKE SMILES