Because I Want To Fit In…

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AYNE is back… and to help celebrate we are congregating in urrbody’s favorite/most feared dungeon Southside this Friday for some mega tunage. We all know you’ve done it too many times to count on two hands as is – so let’s throw another notch on the belt and have a big Friday with an all-star team.

Wallace, WILKI and I will be cranking our first ever B2B2B set as Dorsia. Let’s donse.

Come early – stay late – byo kerosene.

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cara-delevingne-eating-n-out-large-msg-1363330539381Don’t really know where to begin. EPIC 3.0 at MSG was absolutely incredible. Luckily for those of you who missed out, some ledj, Flavian Patrao, recorded an hour of the genius with his iPhone not to mention Eric’s set was played live on Sirius Radio so you know the internet got their hands on it. The video obviously does not do the massive production justice, but it’ll give you the general idea. West GA was awe inspiring with the hologram basically at our fingertips, I’m still curious to know how it looked from above. Was not ready for that Sailor & I bootleg, such a nice touch. Reminded me of ID Festival in Mansfield when he cranked out his remix of Deadmau5‘s The Veldt. Everyone wanted it, they just didn’t know it.

Showed up at CityFox in the middle of Ten Walls (live) set (that line tho… damn) and was immediately impressed with the sound quality in that warehouse. Top fkn notch – rivaled any club I’ve ever been in. Dug all the space invader graphics too.


Maceo Plex conjured everyone’s O face during his deep/dark 3 hour journey.

One of my new favorites, Netherland-based Nuno Dos Santos, played the homie David August‘s warm-up set of sorts. Some pretty crazy tunes, including DJ Koze‘s remix of Bad Kingdom (to many a hipster’s dismay) which I was pumped to hear on that system.

Finally as the sun rose, Mr. August showed Brooklyn, once again, that he is a musical genius. Favorite part of his (live) set, though, was a brief moment when one of the sound guys turned down the main levels and was immediately grilled by August and turned them right back up.

Now all we gotta do is wait ~80 days ’til CityFox Diynamic… Mmmmmmm

salud

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Just because we don’t post anymore doesn’t mean we don’t still love you. Can’t believe it’s already Prydz & Olander tomorrow at MSG that’s probably gonna not not rule. Also, word on the street is that David August will start serenading CityFox at 6:30am… now that’s a fun little Saturday(Sunday). Here’s to the weekend:

RELEASE: Roddy Reynaert – Higher Cognitive Process [Ifonika]

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As you enter the “Higher Cognitive Process,” you are immediately hit with a sense of wonder as to what you are about to hear, to feel, to experience. The layered synth melodies combined with the pulsating baselines of “Paracas” grip you firmly and never lets go. “Golden Ratio” begins with a greater emphasis on percussion. As it dives into another series of complimentary primary and secondary melodies, my head is immediately bobbing up and down in line with the powerful driving baseline. The breakdown is as smooth as a newborn’s fanny, and the primary melody is infectious and becomes entangled with a series of secondary synths that come in and out of the aural environment with great fluidity. If you can’t tell this is one of my choice selections off the album. The flawless production aside, the entrancing vibe is what makes this track a highlight for me as a listener and a set staple as a DJ.

With all of the pleasantries out of the way, Roddy Reynaert really dives into the deep end with “Awaken.” This track really brings the intensity and is definitely darker than its predecessors. This is the moment in the night where the club lights go down and the strobes and lasers turn on. Both trance influence is very evident here, and it works to perfection. What can I say about the next song? “Ahnk” is supported by all the top progressive and trance DJs across the world for a reason. It is packed with energy, evokes emotion, and makes you want to party. Can’t ask for much more than that in my opinion. The next track is one you have to listen to a few times to really grasp the full scope. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought I was listening to an Eric Prdyz set. In fact, I would be both surprised and saddened if Eric did not unleash this bad boy at Madison Square Garden later this year. It’s a weapon, pure and simple. And yes, you guessed it, “Vimana” is another favorite from the album.
“Angkor Wat” is a song previously released on Ifonika. I featured it in a mix last summer, for those of you who have been paying attention. For the album, Roddy puts a slightly different spin on the previous version, and I dig it. Playing this in a club is an incredible rush. The track pulsates through the speakers and puts the audience in a trance. The vibe is both dark and sensual, and I fucking love that about the track. Easily one of my favorites off the album…might even take the top spot.

Now I will touch on the track generating the most noise throughout the industry is “Yssim.” It an extremely complex track that gives off a really fun, bouncy vibe, and uses a number of really unique synths that would die to get my hands on (cough…cough). While it’s not my favorite, it definitely does a number on the dance floor. This chart topper is followed up by “Ellora.” And oh is she a beauty. Again, a lot of Prydz influence here. You are immediately surrounded by two lovely melodies that work in tandem as they take you into extremely powerful yet crisp baseline that really tests the speakers. Oh and that insane break down in the middle? Um yeah, hopefully I’m not the only one who had to go find a fresh pair of undies. When it’s all said and done, this one is my #1 on the album without question. I was absolutely blown away.
Full trance mode now as you enter “Green Eye Shine.” A really fun, synth dominated track with a familiar bouncy rhythm. Then Roddy slows the tempo a bit with “Discovery” and slides in with a real sexy groove. Definitely don’t sleep on this one people. Let it grow on you. Really special track and very well made.

As the album enters the final stages, Roddy loses me a bit with “Cuzco” and “Mellon.” If I had to choose any I don’t particularly like from the album, it would be these two. It’s like that hot girl you really want to get down with, but you just couldn’t make through dinner. The last three tracks on the album however are fantastic. “Youthed” features some really cool ambient sounds to go with the sexy, echoing lead melody. In short, I dig it. “Ring Of Templars” and “Goodbye” finish the album off in a very unique, and unforgettable fashion. Both fall into the chill out category on Beatport, but don’t let that fool you, they are full of emotion and are just as powerful as the club style tracks earlier in the album.
When its all said and done, Roddy’s debut album has helped put Ifonika on the map, and I cannot wait for what is in store for the rest of 2014 and years to come. Please, for the love of God, tell me a US tour is in the works.

SPOTLIGHT: TÂCHES

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If you don’t know…now you know. TÂCHES is blowing (excuse my french) the fuck up. Can’t wait to experience his potent, original sound live. If you’re looking for beautiful vocal sampling and hauntingly deep vibes, look no further. The latest production is called “Malindi” and features Jessica Sophie on the vocals. The synth melodies and deep sub bass take you into a dream world full of flickering lights and sexual suggestion. I’m certainly feeling this one in all the right places. Just a warning, you may get an urge to be very very naughty. Give into the vibes. I will leave you with a description from the anonymous UK-based producer himself…

“Hello. These are some sounds I made late at night. I can’t say I was tired but I was certainly dreaming.”

Can’t get enough? Though that might happen…Here is real nice groovy remix of Naughty Boy‘s track with Wiz Khalifa called “Think About It.” TÂCHES simply makes something good into something great, and this is just exhibit A…

I will leave you with this mix for Pulse Radio. It features some unreleased gems, some recently released original tracks, and some really tasteful selections from the likes of Andhim and Miguel Puente, oh and not to mention, the powerful rendition of Marvin Gaye‘s “Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Romanian producer Sllash. It’s strong to quite strong…trust me. Press play and thank me later. The vibes don’t lie.

Trackist

Don’t Call It Love – Zero 7
Grapevine – Sllash
What I’m Missing – Sean Roman
??? – TÂCHES
Boy Boy Boy – Andhim
No Cure – TBoy
I’ll Come Running – Iain O’Hare
Falling Sky – MAM
Nouvelle Future (Olivier Schories Remix) – Dan Caster & Björn Störig
Think About It Ft. Ella Eyre & Wiz Khalifa (TÂCHES Remix) – Naughty Boy
Baby Gurl – Miguel Puente
Something Blue – TÂCHES
??? – TÂCHES & Sonder

RELEASE: Sonic Future – Chameleon EP [Suara]

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Sonic Future is a duo from Brazil consisting of Cesar Funck and VJ Leo and these guys have become a staple in my sets as of late. Always equipped with funky baselines and warm grooves, their tracks have received huge support from the industry from the likes of Maceo Plex, Tube & BergerNoir, and many more! This new EP on Suara consists of a four sensational tracks. The title track, “L.O.V.E.” absolutely dominates dance floors with an a sexy baseline melody and vocals that seem to chant as the groove penetrates you. The next track is a collaboration with Do Santos called “About The Summer,” and this one has one clear message that can be found in pretty much every aspect of the production: the thick, dark, sensual baseline and synth melodies give the track a real dope vibe and the vocals employ a mellow kind of confidence that takes me poolside behind a pair of shades. “Numb” takes you deeper into a land of ambient noises, strong emotion, and warm pads, but then brings you back with a nice diving rhythm. The last track is called “Bring it On” and features a really soulful piano melody, some haunting vocal sampling, and a very powerful drop into an undeniable baseline that invites us to get close and dance closer.