If you’re a festival DJ or an electro nightclub headliner, you’re going to be playing this track, plain and simple.
For their ‘Go Deep’ remix, originally by Neoteric (Canada) and Wax Motif (Australia), Torro Torro imports all of their sensibilities that make their songs great musically, and deliver an uptempo big-room electro track worthy of the world’s most powerful soundsystems.
This Toronto pair is on a dizzyingly steep trajectory; all of their last six tracks have received huge support from EDM juggernauts like BBC Radio 1, Diplo, Dillon Francis, and Drop the Lime. And their summer tour-plan is wild: a date in Hong Kong next week, and appearances at Shambhala, Digital Dreams, WEMF, Bass Coast, and Stereo Terra.
You can follow the gents and get up to date tour and release info here on Facebook.
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Memorecks on YouTube
Memorecks is a live performance artist and producer who we recently covered in a 14+ minute ‘in the studio’ feature, in which he literally creates two songs from scratch using sounds we completely surprised him with. You can check that out here.
If one thing is obvious from that feature – or any of Memorecks’ many videos on his YouTube channel – it’s that this guy has serious talent. It was no surprise when we learned he’d be supporting Zeds Dead, Omar LinX, and a cast of other great musicians on ZD’s Living Dead Tour.
This is a live jam using an MPC1000 for the samples and drums, Moog Animoog on the iPad3 for the bass sounds, and Ivory2 VST for the piano in Ableton Live.
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Bay Area native Justin Martin‘s debut album, appropriately titled ‘Ghettos and Gardens,’ is an elegant offering that flips effortlessly between melodic, acoustic electronica, full-bodied bass-driven grooves, and heart-pounding drops. It’s the kind of album that conjures images of colorful flowers in sunlight — and then darkness slams down and the flowers become lit neon and start pulsing in time to the music. This particular balancing act can be tricky, but Martin pulls it off by sticking to a graceful minimalism that has you nodding along even as you mentally kick back.
The opening track, ‘Hood Rich,’ begins with a brief rap interlude promising plenty of booty-shaking before veering off in a completely different direction, interlacing soaring strings and lush harmonies with pulsing basslines and intricate synths. This particular song is a good example of how the day-and-night shifts between disparate sounds seems to evolve organically instead of seeming forced. There’s even some castanets thrown in for good measure.
Following on its heels is the more sprightly and laid-back ‘Don’t Go,’ more of a casual suggestion than an exhortation, where the pulsing of the bass is tempered by the acoustic flavor of woodwind instruments and harps.
The album’s title track meanders through some rich chords as it builds slowly towards the big wobbly bass that drives the rest of the song. ‘Butterflies’ features flittering synth arpeggios over a square dance beat and funky bassline. The Goldie remix ‘Kemistry’ intersperses complex tones with spacey blips and a grooving chromatic bass. Other notable tracks include ‘Molokini’, with its graceful filtered harmonies and cricket noises, ‘The Gurner,’ with its touch of brass, and ‘Ladybug,’ a nimble yet daydreamy slow jam. The entire album is beautifully evocative and has a kind of sparseness which works well with the material — even the heavy parts have a languid elegance about them.
Overall, it’s a very promising debut indeed. Grab it over at beatport.
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In what looks to be the most musically diverse festival ever, this year’s lineup for Serbia’s Exit Festival is like the very calculated iTunes playlist that your music junkie friend threw on as background music on a road trip and has you stopping for really frequent bathroom breaks because everything is so ridiculously good that you’re trying not to pee yourself from excitement.
In addition to an amazingly diverse offering of genres, musical acts and overall fun and interesting things to do, what makes the festival even more incredible is the venue. The festival is held within the walls of Petrovaradin Fortress, an 18th century fortress where wars were fought and people once lived and died. And now people come from all over the world come to celebrate the fact that life is fantastic.
Last year’s festival had 14 music stages tucked into every little nook-and-cranny possible in this incredible venue. There were stages devoted to everything from metal, latin, folk, Serbian bands, and local student DJs. But the main draws were the Main Stage and the Dance Arena, which each held over 35,000 and 20,000 people respectively. Last year’s festival featured acts such as Arcade Fire, Jamiroquai, Santigold, Bad Religion, Beirut, Underworld, Deadmau5, Fedde Le Grand, Steve Aoki, Joachim Garraud, Paul Kalkbrenner, Joris Voorn, and Gramophonedzie. In addition, there was a movie area that showed international movies about music, an NGO area to educate festival goers about important social issues, and a couple of towers where people could zip-line while taking in spectacular views of the city of Novi Sad and the Danube river.
With a lineup consisting of the biggest names in music, along with hot new up-and-coming acts, and a whole bunch of acts unfamiliar to me (but that will probably end up changing my life), the Exit Festival aims to please all, and aspires to give everyone a serious education in musical awesomeness.
Here’s this year’s lineup:
Here are some of the featured acts:
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Jacques Lu Cont
Azari & III (Live)
Claude Von Stroke
Buraka Som Sistema
Hercules and Love Affair
Netsky ft. MC Dynamite
Sneaky Sound System
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