Archive for June, 2010

Mark Knight’s Toolroom Remix Contest

| June 30th, 2010 | No Comments »

With all of the remix contests popping up all over the internet (some legit, some not-so-legit), its refreshing to see a contest that seems to be opening up the competition for all the right reasons.

Here’s what Mark Knight had to say:

“There seems to be an over saturation of remix competitions at the moment, but these aren’t really proving a spring board for people careers. With myself as a producer and Toolroom as a leading label, we felt we had the vehicle to offer up something innovative and put something back into the development of up and coming artists. The ethos of Toolroom has been one of finding and nurturing new talent – ala Funkagenda and Dave Spoon. We’re looking for the stars of the future right now, so this co-production competition makes perfect sense. With the 8 bar loop I’ve provided, I’ve laid down the backbone of the track with enough scope for interpretation. What I’m looking for is clever use of the parts, creative sound design with any new parts included and a good arrangement. Over to you guys…”

The catch is that you have to buy the remix pack (its only a couple of bucks at least)

Beatport: Get the key parts HERE
Toolroom: Get the midi partsHERE

“Future Music Magazine,Mark Knight and Toolroom Records have teamed up with Beatport and Sonic Academy to launch a fresh and exciting ‘co-production’ competition – the first of its kind. The idea of the competition is to give up and coming producers the chance to work with one of the industry’s leading artists, launch their music career with the world’s premier dance label and be financially rewarded for their work, receiving 50% of publishing and an equal share of artist sales royalties. Not a bad deal at all.”
If you want to enter, get to the studio because you’ve got to upload your gem to Beatport’s SoundCloud by the 15th of July.

The full details of the competition are here:

Friday Flashback: Hardsoul feat. Ron Carroll – Back Together

| June 25th, 2010 | No Comments »

Hailing from the Netherlands, Hardsoul consists of brothers Rogier (DJ Roog) and Greg van Bueren.

Founded in 1997, Hardsoul began releasing music on Soulfuric Recordings, a label owned by Marc Pomeroy and Brian Tappert. This led to another release on Soulfuric, “Sweatshop”, in 2003, before graduating to Defected Records’ sublabel ITH Records, where they released Back Together, a vocal anthem sung by Ron Carroll, in 2003. It received airplay on mainstream radios and topped at #60 in the UK Singles Charts.

They have also remixed tracks for Black & White Brothers, Todd Terry, Blaze, King Britt and Africanism.

In 2004 Roog and Greg launched their own label, Hardsoul Pressings, under the Soulfuric umbrella. In 2006 Roog and Greg launched their second label, R&G Electronics, which is meant to be a platform for the less well known cutting edge in house music.

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Vital Radio 102 – Hour 1: David Akermanis

| June 24th, 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. Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Afrojack Remix)
02. Squeeeze – Doop (Manuel De La Mare Remix)
03. Sebastien Drums & Avicii – My Feelings For You (Original Mix)
04. Martin Solveig – C’est La Vie (Fedde vs. Martin Club Mix)
05. Eddie Thoneick – Nothing Better feat. Shena (Original Mix)
06. James Talk & Ridney – What You Need (Vocal Mix)
07. Morgan Page – Fight For You (Sultan & Ned Shephard Remix)
08. Dave Aude – Make it Last feat. Jessica Sutta (Original Club Mix)
09. Cicada – Fever (D.O.N.S. Remix)
10. DJ She vs. Vlad Topalov – Satisfied (Swanky Tunes Remix)
11. Shawn Mitiska – Silently feat. Jaren (Matt Cerf Remix)


Vital Radio 102 – Hour 2: Mathieu James

| June 24th, 2010 | 3 Comments »

Mathieu James is a local DJ that has been pumping out some great house music in Toronto. With a releases out on Pawn Shop Records called “Sneakin’ Around” and several more on the way, Mathieu James takes on the vital radio guest mix to show off his powerful brand of electronic music.



1. Bob Sinclar – New New New (Avicii Remix)
2. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Dim Chris Remix)
3. Prok & Fitch – Walk With Me (Daddy’s Groove Remix)
4. Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirty South Remix)
5. Laidback Luke & Gregor Salto – Shine your light (Siege Remix)
6. Laidbackluke & Gregor Salto – Step by step (Abel Ramos from Haarlem with love mix)
7. Miike Snow – Silvia (Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South Remix)
8. Big World – Quadrillion (Moguai Remix)
9. Marco V & Sander Van Doorn – What Say (Hardwell Remix)
10. Steve Angello – Monday with Axwell & Dirty South – Open your heart (acapella)


Harry Choo Choo Romero – Phuture (Joris Voorn Remix)

| June 24th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Love, love, love, LOVE this tune.

Tuesday Tunes: Latenta Project @ Gloss Cafe – St. Petersburg, Russia

| June 22nd, 2010 | No Comments »

This week we’re bringing back one of our favorite intelligent housey duos: the very talented Latenta Project.

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!


Must Read: Pump up the Jam – A DJ’s guide to Mastering

| June 22nd, 2010 | No Comments »

Back in the day, playing out your own edits was strictly for the DJ elite, who had the reel-to-reel know-how (and the cuts on their fingers to prove it). But between the spread of affordable DAWs and the rise of digital DJing, it’s easier than ever to create your own custom versions to play out.

But getting your exclusive refix to sound decent on a big system is harder than it might seem. DJ TechTools comes to the rescue with ‘Pump Up the Jam: A DJ’s Guide to Mastering’. They enlist the heavyweight mixing/engineering expert John Cuniberti to spell out the basics of mastering, and UK house DJ/producers Sonny Wharton and Digital Impression chime in with their own tips for eager beavers who want to sink their teeth into the dark art of mastering for club play.

Check out the entire thing over at DJTechTools.

Sneak Peek: Dada Life on Vital Radio!

| June 16th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

For those of you attending the Dada Life event this Friday at The Social for NXNE 2010 will be happy to hear that you can get a second serving of Dada Life goodness on Vital Radio this weekend! Tune in this Saturday, Sunday and next Wednesday (exact show times to the left) as Dada Life take over the Vital Radio guest mix!

They don’t care about genres. They don’t care about smartness. They don’t care about the things you care about. Dada Life just want to make you jump up and down. Then make you crash into a wall with a smile on your face.

The formula has been a winner since the start. In summer 2006 Dada Life released ”Big Time” on Mylo’s label Breastfed and DJs all over got their first take on the duo. Since then there has been a steady stream of records: ”The Great Fashionista Swindle”, ”Vote Yes” and “Fun Fun Fun”. Played by DJs such as Crookers, Tiësto, Eric Prydz and David Guetta – and featured on tons of compilations. Dada Life have also remixed artists such as Laidback Luke, Maskinen, Alex Gopher and John Acquaviva.

Now get ready for the next step. The first single – “Happy Hands & Happy Feet” – from their upcoming album has just been released. The album is called “Just do the Dada” and will drop soon.

As DJs Dada Life always have a little extra in their record bag. They constantly produce their own remixes/edits (“Guerilla Farts”!!!) of good tunes in order to have something unique to play. (And when they get bored with the tunes, the mp3s end up somewhere on the net…)

Dada Life – Happy Hands & Happy Feet (Official Video):

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Dada Life – Let’s Get Bleeped Tonight (Official Video):

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Tuesday Tunes: AN21

| June 15th, 2010 | No Comments »

Being the younger sibling of Steve Angello must come with its perks. Antoine Josefsson aka AN21 appeared out of nowhere in 2009 with two rather large collaborations with his brother, ‘Flonko’ and ‘Valodja’.

The cuts were two of the year’s biggest singles for the Size Records posse, and ‘Valodja’ in particular became something of an anthem for the Ibiza summer crowd, immediately teeing up the youngster for an international career. Since then, AN21 has quickly embedded himself in the Size family, gaining respect through association.

A production partnership with San Francisco DJ Max Vangeli, resident of the city’s long-running Ruby Skye venue, certainly shows signs of future fruition. The pair’s   progressive cut ‘Gama’ was recently included in Pete Tong’s Essential Countdown, and their mix of Steve Angello’s ‘Monday’ from late last year was a favourite amongst the share-o-sphere.


Project: Break-Dancing Music Vids!

| June 14th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

So I got to thinking, what are all the best (official) music videos that have big-time break dancing in them? I was trying to keep it focused on electronic music, but if you’ve got some that are just too good to miss from other genres, be sure to post it.

Here are some of the ones that came to mind for me:

Run DMC vs Jason Nevins – Its Like That

Who can forget Jason Nevins & Run DMC and this classic!

Fatboy Slim – Praise You

(This one might not be exactly considered “Break Dancing” at all lol)

Dirty Vegas – Days Go By

This one’s got a pretty cool story to it as well – probably one of my favourite EDM videos.

If you’ve got a video that needs to be on the list post it in the comment below, or fire us a tweet @vitalradio – Lets make an awesome block-rockin’-break-dancin’ list…werd.