Archive for April, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: Latenta Project

| April 27th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Where does a passion come from? How does it get to the point where once you find it, its all you want to do? Well in Macedonia at a tender young age of 11, Dimce found his passion when he was skipping classes to seek out music at his local record store. What he found that he liked best, was house music. At about the same time Miki, being the creative person he is, found his passion creating music while playing around with production software on his home computer in the early ‘90’s.

Miki (Inox) Stefanoski and Dimce (Dido) Filiposki met 7 years ago, over a chat service talking about the music they both love. Now living in the same city a short distance from each other, many nights are spent in their home studio sharing ideas, creating tracks and mixes to be shared with anyone willing to listen.

Latenta Project tracks have been played and supported by Laurent Garnier, Luke Fair, Desyn Masiello, Demi, Ricky Ryan, 16Bit Lolitas, Leigh Morgan, Nacho Marco, Spiritchaser, Eelke Klein, Satoshi Fumi, Ross Couch, James Talk, Kosmas Epsilon, Manuel Tur, Dana Bergquist, Harry Peat, Steve Mill, Spin Science, Sebastian Davidson, Scope, Add2Basket, Tom Morgan, Mike Haddad just to name a few…

What was a dream of producing proper house music is now a reality. Their first track ‘Good Morning’ woke everyone up including Ricky Ryan who used it for his mixed compilation on Proton Radio two years ago. Since then their tracks have been signed to numerous labels including Plastic City, Proton Music, Sick Watona, Ready Mix, Deepology, Witty Tunes, Outside The Box Music, Cabrio Records, Body Rhythm Black etc. Playing all over the Balkans from and even Dubai they are proving that a true passion can take you places. They both understand what it takes to move a crowd whether they are warming up for someone like Luke Fair or head-lining a full night set. “Its easy to select 20 peak-time bombs and play a 2 hour set but in a 5 or 6 hour set you really need to program the timing. Time and time again they have proved that their passion keeps the crowd not only attracted to the sounds bellowing out of the speakers but glued to the dance floor!

Another great set. If you enjoyed last Tuesday’s Milton Jackson set then you’ll like this even more!

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5 Unreleased Tracks That are Getting Us Excited

| April 26th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

The summer season is right around the corner. There is no shortage of funky tunes floating around in promo-land right now. Here is a small sampling of what you can expect over the coming few months:

Mark Knight – Sax
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Block & Crown – Do 4 Love

Taj Feat. Nana – Friday Night (Kings of Swing Remix)

Grant Nelson – Brazillian Knights
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Jay Vegas – Easy
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Friday Flashback : Tiga – Shoes

| April 23rd, 2010 | No Comments »

Totally my favorite video of 2009. So KITCHY!

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Vital Radio 094 – Hour 1: David Akermanis

| April 22nd, 2010 | No Comments »

David Akermanis is an up and coming producer/DJ, belonging to the new breed of talented producers making his hometown of Toronto, a centre of excellence in house music.

He’s already shown he has top productions by garnering support from Matt Darey, Enesto vs. Bastian, Solarstone, Tom Colontonio, Airbase, Gabriel Lukosz of Basic Perspective, Kenneth Thomas, Andy Moor & many more. His unique progressive sound stands out amungst the crowd and David is quickly carving out his own niche in the world of house music.

His signature combination smooth, sexy melodies and driving bass elements is instantly recognizable, making David one of the hottest breakthrough talents in dance music today.

01. Paolo Mojo – Crazy For You feat. Ryan Starr (Original Mix)
02. Michelle Weeks & The Jinks – Shame (Groove Assassins Mix)
03. ID – ID
04. Suzanne Palmer – Big Love (Muzzaik Remix)
05. Retrodance – Dont Stop Til You Get Enough (Ariel Perazzoli Remix)
06. Arthur Baker – Tear Down The Walls feat. Nona Hendrix & Ladonna (Riva Starr Remix)
07. Danism & Michael Watford – Change (Original Mix)
08. Milk & Sugar – Let The Love (Take Over) feat. Ayak (Milk & Sugar Global Mix)
09. Afrojack & Bobby Burns – Ghettoblaster (Original Mix)
10. Daddy’s Groove & Little Mark – Shorebreak (Magic Island Club Mix)

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Vital Radio 094 – Hour 2: Ricky Ryan

| April 22nd, 2010 | No Comments »

Anyone with even a passing interest in the progressive house genre will either know of Ricky Ryan, or should make a point of getting on board pronto. Ricky’s profile has grown substantially over the past two years, gaining attention being mentored by the likes of Sasha and John Digweed.

It’s not often that you come across a really outstanding DJ, combining oodles of talent with a livewire personality. But Ricky Ryan is just that. In fact, there’s a major movement going on in Argentina, with Ricky one of the leaders. Without banging on too much, his success is exemplified with his show on Proton Radio setting a new record of 1,000 simultaneous listeners, along with rave reviews from Sander Kleinenberg, Danny Howells, and Desyn Masiello.

Check out one of our favourites here at Vital Radio, as Ricky rocks the VR guestmix.

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Electronic Music & Sports

| April 21st, 2010 | 4 Comments »

Sports and music seem to be joined at the hipcheck. Can you picture watching an NHL highlight reel without some awesome adrenaline-pumping tune in the background? Can you imagine a huge crowd rising to their feet without the boom of an Arena Anthem pumping through the stadium’s soundsystem? I know I can’t.

We’ve got the NHL playoffs in full swing, NBA playoffs rocking and rolling, European football leagues determining their Champions, and the world’s biggest sporting event (sorry, Superbowl, we’re talking real football this time), The World Cup is only a few short months away. Time to list some of those big time electronic tunes that get people on their feet and push passionate fans to make some noise.

(Check out my list after the Jump)

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Tuesday Tunes: Milton Jackson

| April 20th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Milton Jackson (aka Barry Christie) Released his first EP aged 19 on Solemusic’s Tronicsole imprint. Known for his dark, almost techno influenced deep house music. Milton Jackson tends to fuse straight driving beats with eclectic, techy production styles. His first and so far only long player, ‘The Bionic Boy’ was received well by critics and the house fraternity and it spawned the Pepe Bradock influenced ‘Sunlight’.

After having mainly appeared on Glasgow labels such as Solemusic and Glasgow Underground, 2006 sees Milton spread his wings with EPs due out on Freerange, Silver Network, Urbantorque and Luke Sardello’s Icon Recordings. He has also recorded under a variety of pseudonyms, even venturing into the down-tempo domain as Napoleon Solo. His Bear Trax imprint released Mylo’s first vinyl release when the pair recorded as ‘The Pretty Boys’.

Enjoy this delightfully laid back, but deep/dark mix! I know I did.

Tracklist:
01. Langenberg – Jalousie [Liebe]
02. Baaz – Get It [Eklo]
03. Chopstick, Johnjon feat. Fritz Kalkbrenner – Keep On Keepin’ On [Suol]
04. Sascha Dive – Jus Groove (Chez Damier Alternate Mix) [Tsuba]
05. Slok – Paris Feeling [Electronic Petz]
06. Pol_On – I Need [Freerange]
07. Trentemoller – La Champagne [Naked Music]
08. Jaffa Surfa – Feel It (Dub) [Off]
09. Christian Burkhart – Tres [Oslo]
10. Anonym – Geile Muziek (Makam Mix) [SushiTech]
11. YoFunk – Marmot [Dark Energy]

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Liberated @ Libra Lounge – April 17, 2010

| April 19th, 2010 | No Comments »

If you didn’t make it out to Libra Lounge this past Saturday night here’s what you missed – many a sexy birthday girl. See you all next time on Saturday, May 8th as we celebrate what I am sure will be another set of fantastic birthday peoples!

Don’t forget that starting in May we’re moving to our summer party schedule – that means twice the good times!

Some of the best progressive house labels are young

| April 19th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

One of the best things about the state of the music industry in 2010 is that almost anyone, with a little time and energy, can deliver great music to the masses. Sure, the old guard still produce a lot of quality Progressive House music – but in my mind, some of the best and most innovative electronic music out there is coming from young artists and labels alike. Here are a few young Progressive House labels that are already becoming a force to be reckoned with:

Nellie Recordings

As a forward thinking newcomer, Nellie Recordings has swiftly been acclaimed as one of those labels that stand the test of time. With support from some of the strongest names in the scene, and an ever growing network – Nellie distinguishes itself by having a brilliant connection with the signed artists and a never-ending dialogue towards the rest of the world.

Starting off as a small label with an alignment towards a broad variety of trance music, more focus was given to the world of progressive house. With new management Nellie quickly showed off its strength by skillful A&R and thereby signing artists that really did a stir within the scene.

Nellie is boasting itself as the label where classic structures of progressive house and trance meet up to create surprising, yet eye-opening results. The traditional values and considerations around electronic music are taken out for a spin before being released on Nellie – hence the ambition to highlight a catalogue of releases that can’t be compared to anything else.

Always striving towards publishing the most authentic of cuts, the goal is to be home for future classics and present bombs that shine with quality and fullness throughout the whole spectrum of sounds, from the deepest bottom to the most sparkling highs. That’s what Nellie Recordings is all about.

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Silk Digital Records

Silk Digital Records began as the vision of four great friends from Moscow: Max Flyantikov (A&R), Michael Alexeev (art design), Anton Vorobiev (IT/finance), and Alex Golovanov (a.k.a Mango, music consultant). Mango’s ability as both a producer and scout for up-and-coming talent in the global progressive scene was instrumental in developing the label’s sound: a distinctive brand of melodic progressive with emotional undertones.

With further support from the Python project (owners of Carica records), Alucard, Dynamic Illusion, Arthur Deep, Embliss, Lokitas, Kintar, Retroid, and Stefan Anion, Silk Digital Records was launched in January 2008.

Two years later, parent label Silk Digital Records is now just one of four distinct electronic music divisions under the umbrella of “Silk Music Publishing”: Silk Digital records, Silk Royal records, Silk Sofa music, & Silk Textures

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Key Recordings

The latest newcomer to the world of progressive house, Key is run by U.S. and Canadian born teenagers Luke Shipstad & Nick Stoynoff.

Still in it’s infancy, after having put out their first two EPs, Key will more than likely be home to many of progressive house’s young stars. With tracks already being supported by Jaytech, and their third release just around the corner you can expect some great stuff from this young fledgling label.

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We’re Giving Away FREE 50$ Beatport Gift Cards

| April 16th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

We’re inviting you to invite your friends to become fans of Vital Radio for a chance to win one of many $50 Beatport.com gift cards that we’ll be giving away. If you’re a Vital Facebook Fan, you’re already entered – and to make your chances even better, invite your friends, because you’ll be eligible the again, next time we hit a 50 fan plateau!

On the left hand side of our Facebook page you’ll see a link to “Suggest to Friends”. Simply invite your friends to join our page for a chance to win! At every interval of 50 (as of my writing this we have 188 fans) we’re going to randomly select one lucky fan who will recieve $50 to go on a Beatport.com shopping spree! That means we’re giving away $50 of Beatport cash when we hit 200, 250, 300, 350 and so on – all the way to 500.

So what are you waiting for? We’re just getting started so your chances are pretty good! Just one more way we’re trying to up the ante and make the Vital Radio experience awesome for you. Make sure you leave a comment on the post about this on our Facebook page to increase your chances to win!

Congrats to Kim Worthington and Michael Kettler! The First two winners of our Beatport gift card giveaway! Woo hoo!