Archive for May, 2010

Vital Radio 098 – Hour 1: David Akermanis

| May 28th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

One of the things I like most about being a part of Vital Radio is that it gives me a chance to show off my versatility. Like many, I started off some time ago by playing trance. Over the years my tastes have evolved and I’ve developed a pretty wide appreciation for electronic dance music. From deep and tech house to progressive and funky house – my horizons have more than broadened since the first episode of Progressive Aggressive back in January of 2007.

This episode of Vital Radio features a selection of my deep and tech house favorites from the months of March & May. I hope you enjoy the mix.

01. Dodha – The Jam (Original Mix)
02. Ante Perry & Olivier Gregoire – I am So (Original Mix)
03. Redondo – For Your Savior (Original Mix)
04. Lovebirds – My Man (Original Mix)
05. Sezer Uysal & Evren Ulusoy – Singing In The Bathtub (Original Mix)
06. Oleg Poliakov – Caravan (Original Mix)
07. Lovebirds – Alright (Original Mix)
08. Mark Knight – Sax (Original Club Mix)
09. Pierce & Jerl – Roots 2.0 (Original Mix)
10. Mark Knight – Devil Walking (Original Club Mix)


Vital Radio 098 – Hour 2: Menini & Viani

| May 28th, 2010 | No Comments »

Michele Menini and Gianluca Viani have been working together as DJs and producers since 1989.

Their Dance and House music productions soon reached success. In 2008 they start a new project together. The first act of their partnership was the release of the single Dark Beat with Christian Key on vocals and recorded for Loudbit, Stefano Noferini’s recording label.

Dark Beat aroused immediate interest and it has been played by international DJs to great effect,Their follow-up single La LaLand met with similarly positive reactions and along with Dark Beat was among the most played records at the Winter Music Conference held in Miami in March 2009.

New releases by Menini & Viani’s in collaboration with talented and renowned house music singers are now in the making.


1. Suzanne Palmer – Big Love (Etienne Ozborne & Peter Brown Mix)
2. Martin Accorsi – Soul Jack (Chocolate Puma Remix)
3. Paul Thomas, Sonny Wharton, Ant Brooks – Brass (Original Mix)
4. Hardsoul & Mitch Crown – NRG (David Penn Remix)
5. Menini & Viani Feat. Khatrine Ellis – I Need (M & V Roll Mix)
6. Joan Reyes – Shakedown (Bass Kleph Remix)
7. Tristan Garner & Gregori Klosman – Fuckin Down (Antoine Clamaran Remix)
8. Ambush, Albert Neve, Dj Obek ft Ambush – Atun Con Pan (Original Mix)
9. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Riva Starr Paradise Garage Remix)
10. Menini & Viani – Pump The Bass (Original Mix)


Friday Flashback: Kings of Tomorrow – I’m So Grateful

| May 28th, 2010 | No Comments »
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This week’s Friday takes us all the way back to 1996. You might know this gentleman – most people know him as Sandy Rivera.

Rising Stars: Kaspar Kochker

| May 28th, 2010 | No Comments »

You’ve gotta love this guy. Big ups to my Latvian brethren! A producer of some really awesome progressive tunes to boot.

Friday Flashback: CeCe Rogers – Someday

| May 21st, 2010 | No Comments »
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How can you not love this soulful classic?

..And subways go underground too!

| May 21st, 2010 | No Comments »

So, this post was inspired by a twitter update made by our very own @DavidAkermanis talking about Jamiroquai being decent music for the commute to work.

If you ride the subway, you can easily relate to this slick track, “Jamiroquai – Deeper Underground“..

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And guess what, it has an interesting electro-house remix by ‘Metro Station‘ too!..

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For those of you looking for a more deep-house (yes, deep house to go deep underground, indeed) experience, I proudly report I had this one on vinyl (but seem to have lost it, shame on me) and it’s quite a fancy remix…

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Fitting music in the subway if you’re rockin’ some big headphones? YES!

I’m pretty sure all of these are available on Beatport and/or iTunes.

I’m glad I shared this with you.

- Aren

Tuesday Tunes: Syke n’ Sugarstarr

| May 18th, 2010 | 4 Comments »

Syke n’ Sugarstarr – the name is synonymous with pure house music. Since the late 1990s the duo has crafted a whole series of worldwide club hits, firmly establishing them as top producers and DJs. In the dance scene they are renowned for their knack of setting new trends.

As well as a host of their own tracks, S’n'S have produced or remixed songs for numerous local and international acts over the past decade. They were behind the Disco Boys” megahit “For You” (which attained gold status) whilst Mousse T, Armand Van Helden, Incognito, Michael Gray and Barbara Tucker are among the many artists to have called upon the services of Syke n’ Sugarstarr.

S’n'S have certainly left their mark on the music industry – as a look at the list of labels they have worked with clearly demonstrates: Ministry Of Sound, Universal Music, Subliminal, Soulfuric, Swingcity, Southern Fried, Peppermint Jam and ,last but most definitely not least, Kontor Records. Germany`s leading dance label has signed an exclusive deal with Syke”n”Sugarstarr.

At the time of writing, “Danz” was setting the world`s dancefloors alight. Previewed at the Miami Winter Music Conference “07 the tune went on to be one of the Ibiza anthems for the summer. With their side project SE:SA the pair stormed into the UK Buzz Chart at #3   with “Like This Like That (Bonstair), enjoying support from the likes of Pete Tong. Syke”n”Sugarstarr were responsible for one of the biggest house tracks of 2006 – “Are You Watching Me, Watching You” (feat Alexandra Prince). Their first album was released as long ago as 2004 – “Best Of Syke”n”Sugarstarr”, a compilation of their finest productions and remixes. The tracklisting featured smash S”n”S hits like “Ticket 2 Ride” (Tikke Tikke, Ride Ride), “Release Your Mind” as well as Gadjo`s success “So Many Times”, which Serhat (aka SE:SA) co-produced.

The most appealing aspect of Syke’n'Sugarstarr is just how fresh they sound, both in their productions and their DJ’ing, which, as anyone who has seen them on the decks will know, is as diverse and experimental as their studio work. The best way to describe them would probably be as musical pioneers, which, in this age of copyists and covers merchants, is exactly what the world needs right now.

01. John Dahlback feat. Elodie “Bing0” (Original Syke’n'Sugarstarr Radio-Edit)
02. Funkerman feat. Ida Corr “Unconditional Love” (House For All Mix)
03. Hardsoul “NRG” (David Penn Remix)
04. Kings Of Tomorrow “Finally 2010” (Fox’n'Feel 2010 Bootleg)
05. Interactive “Who Is Elvis” (David Amo & Julio Navas Remix)
06. Pirupa “Blu”
07. Ron May “No Jazzz” (David Jones & Neuroxyde Remix / S’n'S Edit)
08. Lena Meyer-Landrut “Satellite” (Inpetto Remix)
09. Moby “Wait For Me” (Laidback Luke Remix)
10. James Talk & Ridney “Forever” (Syke’n'Sugarstarr Radio Edit)
11. The Prodigy “Omen” (Simmons & Machiavelli Bootleg)
12. Afrojack “Pacha On Acid”
13. Tim Berg “Bromance” (Avicii’s Aren@ Mix)
14. Syke’n'Sugarstarr & Alexandra Prince „So Alive“ (Michael Brun Remix)
15. Paul Kalkbrenner “Bengang“

Hat tip to our resident photo man @Smuncky for sending me this weeek’s Tuesday Tunes.


The Masked Heroes of Electronic Music

| May 17th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

It all began with a duo known as Daft Punk. Mysterious, talented and just plain bad-ass, they set a trend that still influences artists today. In recent years, with the reincarnation of Daft Punk since Coachella 2006, many Electro and Nu-Disco/Indie Dance artists are popping up following the same style code: never (or at least rarely) showing their faces and rockin’ crowds wearing masks. Below are a list of some of my favorite Masked Heroes of Electronic Music.


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(Above video is a finalist from the Danger’s “Bostleg Tournament“.)

Vital Radio Episode 100 Live Stream

| May 15th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

We’re live streaming the recording of our 100th Vital Radio episode Saturday, May 15th at 9 PM EST. Join us tonight as we broadcast live!

In the meantime, we’re streaming tunes all day long. Come on in!

Liberated @ Libra Lounge – May 9, 2010

| May 12th, 2010 | No Comments »

Definitely not the busiest night we’ve seen at Libra Lounge but, by the beard of zeus, was the vibe ever amazing when I showed up. Had to attend an engagement party for two of my good friends so we rolled-in around 12:30 when DJ Ups was wrapping up. The boys had things WELL under control.

One of my favorite things about our lovely Toronto residency is the consistently electric vibe that takes hold of you as soon as you enter the venue. More of the same in a few weeks – I’ll be back at Libra on Saturday, May 29th alongside the always stellar Aren DeJong and your Vital Radio host, DJ Endgame.

I think our camera man was having entirely too much fun to take photos anyhow ;)