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Friday Flashback: Etherfox – The Whirled You Live

| June 4th, 2010 | No Comments »
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This week’s Friday Flashback takes us back to 2003 – newcomer’s Etherfox release a 12″ of this record on a Ministry of Sound subsidiary Hussle Recordings. The Whirled You Live and their follow-up record Something Different To Say were both included in numerous compilations by Ministry of Sound and Ked Kandi.

In 2009 The Shapeshifters featured Something different to say on their first Nocturnal Grooves compilation. You haven’t heard the last disco-house smash from Justin Shave & Antigone Foster, trust me.

Tuesday Tunes: Jamie Lewis

| June 1st, 2010 | 2 Comments »

In 1985 Cem Berter aka Jamie Lewis made his first appearance as DJ on the swiss clubs circuits playing classic disco and Funk, but it wasn’t too long before he soon become heavily involved in the developing House music scene in the late eighties thanks to his love and passion for music. From 1987 to 2004 he owned one of the first and most famous record-shop of Switzerland (Dee Jay Service inWinterthur).

He produced his first records in 1992 for the Italian label UMM & in 1994 for the Canadian label Definive rec. (John Acquaviva).

In 1997 Jamie Lewis created his own record label Purple Music, recognized today as one of the most impressive house music label worldwide with artists, producers and remixers like Bob Sinclar, KOT, Sandy Rivera, Dimitri from Paris, Brian Tappert, DJ Pippi, Cerrone, Michelle Weeks, Lisa Millett, Michael Watford, Andrea Love, Jocelyn Brown, Alfred Azzetto, Luca Cassani, Panevino, Kemal a.m.m.
Jamie collaboration’s are not only the most appreciated house music artists but also pop and disco stars like Etienne de Crecy, The Weather Girls, Cerrone and Billie Ray Martin.

His most successfull productions «The light» and «Be thankful» with Michelle Weeks were accalaimed as the records of the WMC inMiami (2002 & 2005) granted him nominations at the UK «House Music Awards». His productions orremixes for «Hooked on you», «You are the one», «Not too Shabby», «Tatoo Woman» by Cerrone, «For you», «It’s over» and «It’s not over» with Michael Watford and «Give you» with Djaimin have been together some of the most plaid titles worldwide

Jamie’s main collaborations are with Defected, Mn2s, Yellow, Universal, Malligator, Salted, and Soulfuric. He mixed over 25 CD compilations incl. the serie Mykonos, Streetparade house, Waxwars, DJ Pippi & Jamie Lewis in the Mix, Defected International and his own serie «My girlfriend is out of Town» and he created  his own t-shirt collection «My Girlfriend is out of town» and «My Boyfriend is out of Town»to expand his business not only into the music branche. His Swiss residencies with the legendary «Purple Music Nights» take place every last Saturday of the month since 1997 at Kaufleuten (Zurich), and bi-monthly at Atlantis (Basel).

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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?

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.

Tracklist:
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.

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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 ;)

Tuesday Tunes: Andy Norman

| May 11th, 2010 | 3 Comments »

Andy’s love affair with djing and clubs began back during the mid eighties after seeing the previous success of his older brother. At first just a lover of all forms of music his taste soon moved toward Soul and Dance music. You could regularly hear artists like Luther Vandross, Earth Wind & Fire & Loose Ends blearing out of his bedroom at home.

Andy’s journey started while running the legendary independent dance music record store ‘Vinylmania’ in Ealing, West London, during the late 80’s beginning of 90’s. The store became one of most well known and respected in the South East of England. During the late 80’s Andy struck up a friendship with Mark the creator of the now successful dance music compilationlabel Hed Kandi, at a small West London nightclub called Haven Stables also in Ealing.

He started working with label founder Doyle back in 1989; it was around that time they both began running local club nights that later went on to be legendary in West London. The early nights were named, ‘Freestyle’
and ‘Colours’ but the most popular and the now very well known night was ‘Back To Love’. These nights ran for a number of years. During these years Hed Kandi was born and one of the first releases went under the same title as the Back To Love night.

While working together with Doyle on their night, Andy worked as the resident dj at Heaven Stables on a Saturday nights. He enjoyed some great years there and forged a number of other partnerships with a couple of other club promoters and broadened his dj horizons.

Andy worked on the London club circuit under another DJ alias for a number of years, working at a number of top club events; The Crazy Club, Black And White Productions & The Wide Awake Club amongst others,
along side the likes of DJs Carl Cox, Brandon Block, Alex P, Smokin’ Jo & Fat Tony.

Another noticeable period during Andy’s djing years was a long relationship with the Epping Forest Country Club in Chigwell, Essex. Working as a resident for a few years kept Andy very busy and opened many more opportunities to work at some other venues in the East London and Essex area, namely Charlie Chans, Faces amongst others.

Well respected for playing numerous dance music styles over the years he has also played for a number of the UK’s top recording artists as The Pet Shop Boys and Jamiroquai.

At the turn of 2000 Andy went on to team up with Doyle at Hed Kandi after the label’s first year to assist on the label’s growth. In that period he provided significant input into a number of quality album releases for
Hed Kandi and the more soulful sister label, JazzFm records.

More opportunities arise and the chance to venture into radio while working with Hed Kandi was seized upon and the Hed Kandi radio show becomes a firm favourite with a new clubbing generation. He’s known as one of the voices behind the mike presenting radio shows that have enabled the brand to become the global phenomenon that is today.

Currently one of the main resident DJs of ‘Team Kandi’ Andy continues to grace some of the world’s greatest nightclubs across the globe; Australia, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Russia & North America are just a
few of the many destinations where Andy has brought his dj style along with the sound of Hed Kandi. Still a part of the Kandi radio team, Andy presents a radio shows on Ministry Of Sound Radio.

He based his DJ style upon being somewhat of party-crowd pleaser, “If you play to the ladies, you are all but
guaranteed to have a great night!”.

As for future and some would say long overdue, Andy’s decided it’s about time to make the move into the
recording studio and produce some of his own music.

Tuesday Tunes: Satoshi Fumi

| May 4th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

During the 1990′s, he grew interested in the Detroit, Chicago and New York house movements. He absorbed and digested the different sounds of electronic music throughout that period, helping him to shape,develop and influence his own unique style. Satoshi’s production skills have matured enough today, allowing him the freedom to create, and as a DJ, to mix a variety of dance music styles together such as Techno, House, Click and Acid. In the same way he releases on many well known labels such as Yoshitoshi ,Urban Torque, Force Tracks etc…

For Satoshi, the opportunity of his lifetime as a producer arrived in 2002 when DC duo Deep Dish picked up his track “Protlex” and released it on their Yoshitoshi Recordings under the slight name change Satoshi Fume. Satoshi possesses a rich imagination, and will continue to be a prolific producer across many musical genres – building a strong discography the entire time as a result.

Tracklist:
01. The Big Crunch-What To Say(Roman Fluegel Dub) [Versatile]
02 .Matthias Vogt -The_Way(Chinese Ghost Dub) [Urbantorque]
03. Lele Cecchini –Joia [Frequenza]
04. Nikola Gala-I Get U [Freerange]
05. Oxia Nicolas Masseyeff-Keep The Drums(Martinez Mix) [Tsuba]
06. Daniele Tignino-Woodanza [Bitten]
07. Jay Lumen-B Groove(Paul Ritch Remix) [Bitten]
08. Shlomi Aber-Groove Mechanism [Ovum]
09. Pitto-Feelin(Joris Voorn Cant Cick This Feelin When It Hits Mix) [Rejected]
10. James Ruskin,Mark Broom-No Time Soon [Blueprint]
11. Reset Robot-La Porte [Soma]
12. Mirko Loko-Love Harmonic(Carl Craigs Soundscape Remix) [Cadenza]
13. Satoshi Fumi-MH1(Father Hawk’s Touch) [Apt.International]

Satoshi is probably one of my biggest influences. The versatility and talent of this dude amazes me time and time again.