Archive for September, 2010

Vital Radio 113 – Hour 1: Dj Endgame

| September 24th, 2010 | No Comments »

Endgame is the host of Vital Radio, a weekly program that features the best electronic musicians from all across the world.  Featuring brilliant exclusive mixes and engaging one-on-one interviews from the world’s top jocks, Vital Radio connects Toronto’s elite with the music they crave.

Beyond his Radio Hosting talents, Endgame spins a unique blend of house, progressive and trance, bringing high energy and passion to every one of his live performances.

Tracklist:
1. Hard2House – Alegria (Original Extended Mix)
2. Nadia Ali – Fantasy (Morgan Page Remix)
3. Miami Horror – Moon Theory (Sam La More Remix)
4. Favretto – Circus (Extended Version)
5. Roger Sanchez – 2gether (Alex Armes & Scott Anselmo Remix)
6. Syke N Sugarstarr & DBN feat_ Cosmo Klein – My Belief (Brockman & Basti M Remix)
7. Fedde Le Grand ft Mr V – Back & Forth (Fedde’s Future Funk Remix)
8. Mohombi – Bumpy ride (Chuckie remix)
9. Swedish House Mafia – One (Extended Version)
10. Miami Horror – Sometimes (Hook N Sling Remix)
11. Pendulum – Watercolor (Deadmau5 Remix)

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Vital Radio 113 – Hour 2: Moguai

| September 24th, 2010 | No Comments »

He has been a leading figure in the electronic music scene for more than a decade, setting new standards in production, as so many music lovers have had the pleasure of witnessing.

His DJ sets are no less remarkable, surround sound experiences for countless clubbers. So why are we casting a glance back to the apparently unremarkable place where it all began? Because this is the starting point for Moguai the artist’s continuing journey across the globe. Welcome to the kinetic highway.

Moguai was inspired by the spherical, experimental sounds emanating from the Rhine metropolis and, at the same time, found his way as a DJ into the rave scene of the Ruhr and beyond. This was the era of vast warehouse gatherings with gigantic sound systems turned up to the max. The shockwaves were so severe, that traces of them can still be felt and heard today. At the epicentre: Moguai. His sound, however, does more than just shake and disturb…the Moguai sound is different.

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Friday Flashback: Captain Hollywood – More And More

| September 17th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Review: Electric Zoo – Day 2

| September 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Part 2 of the Electric Zoo festival in New York City. If you havn’t checked out Part 1, you can [do that here]

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Review: Electric Zoo, NYC 2010 – Day 1

| September 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

In case you missed it, a handful of Toronto’s Vital Crew headed down to New York City to check out the massive Electric Zoo Festival. Here’s a run through of the highs and lows, and the other cool stuff we noticed along the way. (Full Review After The Jump) Read More

Vital Radio 112 – Hour 1: Tom De Neef

| September 7th, 2010 | No Comments »

DJ/producer and label owner Tom de Neef obviously likes his music to do the talking. Refusing to be pigeonholed by people’s perception of any one persona, he has relentlessly reinvented himself through a myriad of production monikers, including: Plastika, TDN, Behemoth, Villanord, Gattaca, and the Bazement Freakz (with Eddie Amador).

That’s the music that he produces at his studio in Antwerp, Belgium. His talent and passion for DJ’ing  can be heard while he’s spinning at Roger Sanchez’s Stealth parties, Hed Kandi events,…
He started with Hed Kandi in 2001 and played for them at the hottest clubs and festivals around the world. He also did a mix compilation for HK (world series 2006) and some cool mixes (brand new heavies, Stonebridge, Full Intention,…). However, despite such club-thumping achievements, some – including Roger Sanchez – still think that he is ‘underrated’.

1. Prayin – artist unknown (Tom De Neef Re-Edit)
2. Roog & Phonic Funk – KTDNG
3. ATFC – Bring the Beat Back
4. Dave Mayer – Rhythm
5. Rene Ames – Balanceo
6. Marijn ten Velden vs Red Carpet- Together All Right
7. ID – ID
8. ATFC – Guru
9. Roog & Phonic Funk – The Fridge
10. Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano – Traffic Jam
11. Felix da Housecat – Thee Anthem (Eric Prydz Remix)

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Vital Radio 112 – Hour 2: Morgan Page

| September 7th, 2010 | No Comments »

With over 110 remixes to his name—including tracks by Madonna (“Miles Away”), Katy Perry (“I Kissed A Girl”), Tegan & Sara (“Back In Your Head”), and La Roux (“Bulletproof”)—Morgan Page has earned a solid reputation for transferring insatiable pop energy to the dance floor in the form of banging, progressive house tracks. High ranking spots on iTunes’ dance chart, Beatport’s progressive chart, and Billboard’s club charts affirmed his salability, while an ’09 Grammy nomination for Deadmau5’s remix of Page’s “The Longest Road” simultaneously bolstered his underground cred while spotlighting his skills as a songwriter.

The landscape dramatically shifted for Page when he released a now infamous collection of bootleg remixes in 2005 entitled Cease And Desist. Without the help of master tapes (or label permission) he extracted a cappellas and signature melodies from tracks by David Bowie, Coldplay, Imogen Heap, Esthero, and The Kills with surgical precision, then rounded out the sound with luminous instrumentation and blazing beats. His undulating progressive feel and strict attention to kit detail—never the same kick drum twice, ever—was a perfect compliment to the larger than life vocal hooks. Dance music blogs like Resident Advisor and Beatportal took note, and Page’s own server continually crashed under the weight of the mix’s download traffic.

1. Axwell – “Nothing But Love “(Remode Mix)
2. Dan Castro – “High Tide”
3. Adrian Lux – “Teenage Crime” (Axwell & Henrik B Remix)
4. Pryda – “The End”
5. EDX – “Hoover” (Adam K Remix)
6. Max Vangeli feat. Max C – “Look Into Your Heart”
7. Tim Berg – “Loopde”
8. Adam K – “My Love” (EDX Remix)
9. Robyn – “Dancing On My Own” (Michael Woods Remix)
10. Wolfgang Gartner & Mark Knight – “Conscindo”
11. Mark Knight – “Devil Walking”
12. Red Carpet feat. Hardwell “Allright 2010″

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Vital Radio 112 – Hour 1: David Akermanis

| September 7th, 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.

Akermanis entered the dance music scene in summer 2009 with his chart-topping remix of James Nelson’s Relax, which was in high rotation on XM Radio and Music Choice. In 2010, David made several appearances in the Beatport Progressive House Top 100, receiving support from heavyweights like Andy Moor, Matt Darey and Kenneth Thomas.

David also hosts Progressive Aggressive, a monthly podcast and radio show that showcases his own brand of melodic dance music. Frequently including exclusive material from other up-and-coming progressive artists, his radio show has become a must listen for progressive lovers across the globe.

01. Ray Paxton & Marcia – Life Is Precious (Main Mix)
02. Patrick M – You Got (Original Mix)
03. Block & Crown – Tribute To The Paradise Garage (Club Mix)
04. Mark Knight – Sax (Original Club Mix)
05. Remady & Manu-L – Give Me A Sign (Leventina Club Mix)
06. Z Factor – We’ll Keep Climbing (Joey Negro Club Mix)
07. Sebastien Drums & Avicii – My Feelings For You (Original Mix)
08. Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Afrojack Remix)
09. Denzal Park – Filter Freak (Kam Denny Remix)
10. Mark Knight & Wolfgang Gartner – Conscindo (Original Club Mix)

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Vital Radio 111 – Hour 2: Mason

| September 7th, 2010 | No Comments »

Every now and again one of those records comes around that defies being pigeon holed and given a label. Mason burst onto the dance scene with their groundbreaking tune Exceeder back in 2006. The record swiftly went from destroying dance floors to tearing it up the World’s charts and laying the foundations for more forward thinking music.

Its not about making records for a particular set of Djs or trendy scene but just good honest music! As a result Mason’s tunes are played by a huge array of decksman from Pete Tong and Zane Lowe (BBC Radio 1) to Fat Boy Slim, Eric Prydz, A‐Trak and Carl Cox.

Mason’s latest anthem is the massive ‘Corrected’ which features the vocal talents of Hip Hop legend ‘DMC’ of seminal band Run DMC, joined by  the soulful and fresh hit artist Sam Sparro.

1. Rah Band – Clouds Across The Moon (Neuroxyde Meets Aki Bergen Remix)
2. The Glimmers – Esta Si Esta No (In Flagranti Remix)
3. Andre Crom – Gonna Be Alright
4. The Krays – We’re ready When You Are feat. Ebony Bones
5. Rocut – Life Is A Test
6. Feist – Sea Lion Woman (Pitto bootleg)
7. Koen Groenenveld – 1981
8. Diagram Of The Heart – If I Were You (Riva Starr Dub)
9. Idiotproof vs. Eats Everything – Can You Jump
10. Evil Nine – Stay Up (Mason Remix)
11. Sharam Jey – Attention
12. Tommy Trash & Tom Piper – The Bum Song
13. Mason – Runaway
14. Sick Jargo – Go Hump (Hijack Reloop Mix)
15. Tony Senghore – Burnin’

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Vital’s Field Trip to the (Electric) Zoo!

| September 2nd, 2010 | 3 Comments »

Electric Zoo is a monster outdoor electronic music festival that stretches over 2 days, and happens on Randalls Island in New York City. The lineup is intense. With over 70 electronic artists on 4 main stages, its going to be a wild 48 hours in the Big Apple.

Check out the roster!

With so many musical masterminds in one place, how could we not ship some of the Vital crew down to see what Electric Zoo has to offer?  The V-Team consists of @smuncky, @robloach and @djendgame along with a few other regular Vital shenanigan seekers.

For those who don’t have the chance to head down to the party this weekend, I’ll  give you a blow-by-blow review of what New York and the Electric Zoo have to offer this year.

[All the updates will be blogged about here, and quick updates at twitter.com/vitalradio]

If you’re in NYC fire me a tweet - Let me know what your plans are this EZ weekend!