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The Amazing MN2S 15th Anniversary Compilation

| April 8th, 2010 | No Comments »

If you like everything soulful and funky within the realm of electronic dance music, you should be well aquainted with MN2S by now. Home to some of my favorite producers (e.g. Timmy Vegas, Grant Nelson, Alex Gaudino & many more), MN2S is a force to be reckoned with.

Almost 15 vocal Milk‘n’2 Sugars years have flown by. In true celebratory style, MN2S have amassed a stunning string of vocal beauties to please your ears – with the very best of their past, present, and future tracks to date.

Splitting the compilation into three competing segments, the first two concentrate on the girls and the guys – with top trumping vocals from leading ladies Barbara Tucker, Lisa Millet, Jocelyn Brown, and Michelle Weeks. Part two showcases key gentlemen of house including Robert Owens, Michael Watford, Arnold Jarvis, and more.

Part three is their gift to every MN2S fan in the land. Here you’ll find brand new exclusive re-edits of some of our most famed tracks to date – from Jon Cutler, Sofia Rubina, and Conan Liquid.

If you haven’t already done so, check out this amazing compilation. Priced at $16.99  on Beatport it’s an absolute steal!

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Armin Van Buuren Explains Dance Music’s Global Influence

| April 7th, 2010 | No Comments »

Perhaps not the most insightful, or least hypocritical, interview with Armin to date but still worth sharing. Shows like A State of Trance and Trance Around The World have helped to make trance, and dance music in general, the phenomenon it is today.

Vital Radio Podcast Now Available on iTunes

| April 6th, 2010 | No Comments »

Yep. Macaulay Culkin can’t believe it either. Vital Radio is finally available in the iTunes store in podcast format! Why did it take us so long you ask? The story is long and complicated and involves alcohol, grizzly bears, and a cassette tape of Dance Music ’95… you probably don’t want to know.

But either way, in case you haven’t noticed, we’re doing everything we can to make the Vital Radio Experience awesome and engaging. Making the show available via iTunes was long overdue and we hope it makes it easier for each and every one of you to get your weekly dose of choonage! Enjoy!

Scope (Ric McClelland) April 2010 Mix

| April 5th, 2010 | No Comments »

I spent the better part of my long weekend listening to layed back house music. In my mind there is nothing better than deep, downtempo and funky grooves to celebrate the arrival of summer. Check out this amazing mix from Scope – this guy has got to be one of my all-time favorite producers.

Scope is Irish based DJ & Producer Ric McClelland. Inspired by Proper House and Intelligent Dance Music, his sound as Scope is clearly focused on grooves & melody.

Scope’s arrival on the global House scene was marked early in 2007 with his debut “Strung Out” ep on Urbantorque, which received massive support across the board, with plays from Fish Go Deep to Sander Kleinenberg, Jimpster to Deep Dish. Now a familiar name with his contemporaries, he has remixed many of House music’s top names including Behrouz, Hipp-e, Francois Dubois, Physics, Milton Jackson, Audio Soul Project, Tom Middleton, Wipe The Needle and most recently TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos. With releases out on top labels such as Urbantorque, NRK, Large Music, Forensic & Plastic City, Scope’s sound is pushing the boundaries of Electronic Dance music whilst gaining worldwide recognition as a key player in the scene!

DJ wise you can catch Scope regularly at his Yello residency in Belfast, Nothern Ireland and also at various party hotspots around the globe. Including gigs in Amsterdam, Budapest, Bydgoszcz, Dubai, Dublin, Helsinki, Istanbul, Lodz, London, Newcastle, Poznan, St Malo, Tbilisi, Valencia, Warsaw, in recent months.


Earth Wind & Fire – September (David Akermanis Bootleg)

| April 3rd, 2010 | No Comments »

I figured it was only appropriate that a bootleg have bootlegged album art. Download & enjoy!

Vital Radio 091 – Hour 1: DJ Endgame

| April 2nd, 2010 | No Comments »

This man needs no introduction. DJ Endgame, the voice of Vital Radio, taking over the resident mix this week.

He’s put together a uniquely Endgame selection of housey tunes that are sure to get you moving. If you like what you hear, join us in Toronto April 17th at Libra Lounge as Endgame, M2J and David Akermanis bring the Vital experience live and direct to Toronto’s King St. West!

Enjoy the mix and have a killer long weekend!

1. Helvetic Nerds – Salto (Leventina Remix)
2. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (DF’s Attention Vocal Mix)
3. Green Power – Meet Me At the Hostel (Club Mix)
4. Viani & Menini ft Terri B – The Revolution (Original Mix)
5. DBN – Jack Is Back (Albin Myers Remix)
6. John Dahlback – Autumn (Extended Mix)
7. Skye ‘N’ Sugarstarr & DBN feat Cosmo Klein – My Belief (Jean Elan Remix)
8. Milk and Sugar ft Ayak – Let the Love Take Over (Alex Gaudino & Jason Rooney Remix)
9. The Black Project – In The Disco (Original Mix)
10. Maboo Inc and Prok & Fitch Umbeki (Matteo Di Marr Mix)


Vital Radio 091 – Hour 2: John Dahlback

| April 2nd, 2010 | No Comments »

John Dahlbäck was born in 1985 in a small village not too far away from Stockholm, the Swedish capital. Since everyone in his family was in some way involved with music, it was no surprise when John started making his own. By playing around with his fathers Atari computer, John learned the basics and after several changes in setup he finally found his sound.

His First demo went out at the age of 15 without any luck, but the second demo did pretty good. With a track out on Route 33 and his first 12″ out on Deep4life, John was heading for the big league. After “Music So Sweet” the releases kept coming, and Johns first label was born together with cousin Jesper. As Hugg & Pepp, the cousins have established a worldknown superduo.

So the releases got more and more and John started to become quite a well known producer. By starting the label Pickadoll for the Plantage 13 labelmanagement, John finally had his own imprint. And what an imprint. With artists like Özgur Can, Sebastien Leger, Dada Life, Zoo Brazil, Robbie Rivera, Laidback Luke etc showing up on the label, John Dahlbäcks little baby Pickadoll has grown enormous.

There’s nothing stopping this superstar, with more releases than any other on some of the biggest labels. Who knows what will happen in the future but one thing is for sure, John Dahlbäck will be there. John takes over the Vital decks this week for the Vital Radio Guest Mix!

1. Copyright – Someday feat. Tasita D’Mour & Imaani
2. Dj PP – Miami Vice
3. Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (An21 & Max Vangelis Remix)
4. John Dahlback feat. Elissa – Bingo
5. Stefano Noferini – Burujava
6. Paul Harris, Michael Gray, Jon Pearn & Amanda Wilson – Caught Up (Hook N Sling Mix)
7. Tiesto feat. Nelly Furtado – Who Wants To Be Alone (David Tort Remix)
8. Afrojack – Bangduck
9. The Black Project – Off The Wall (Simioli & Black Remix)
10. Cicada – One Beat Away (Arno Cost Remix)
11. Seamus Haji & Dino Psaras – My Destiny (Nino Anthony Remix)
12. Big World – Quadrillion feat. Markus Binapfl (Moguai Remix)


In Case You Missed It: The Shapeshifters March 2010 Mix

| March 30th, 2010 | No Comments »

Chances are you’re intimately familiar with Lola’s Theme, the classic disco-soaked anthem that propelled the duo to super stardom back in 2003 (also re-edited back in 2008). Since then the duo have been a venerable force, releasing on highly respected labels such as Defected, Hed Kandi, and their own Nocturnal Groove imprint.

Really, unless you’ve been living under a rock or aren’t particularly interested in house music, these two gentlmen shouldn’t be new to you. I tweeted a link to their Mar 2010 Defected Mix earlier this week but thought I’d highlight it here as well. This mix captures everything I love about the current state of house music: Strong ties to the themes and concepts that gave birth to the genre in the first place (disco baby!) combined with modern tech-house percussive elements REALLY get me going.

But, don’t take my word for it, listen for yourself:

1. UGLH & Federico Locchi – Meraviglioso  (Original Mix)
2. Tapesh – Chicago Groove (Original Mix)
3. Maximiljan & Tapesh – Play  (Daniel Dubb’s ‘It’s Alive!’ Remix)
4. Tapesh – 5 Days (Original Mix)
5. EDX – Party  Of Politics (Mark Mendes Remix)
6. Pitto – Feelin’ (Joris Voorn ‘Can’t Click This Feelin’ When It Hits’ Remix)
7: Pigi & Pirupa – Sweet Devil (Original Mix)
8: Michael Gray – I  Will Follow
9: Su Su Bobien – You Don’t Know (Muthafunk The World Remix)
10: Unknown – Unknown
11: South Street Player – Who  Keeps Changing Your Mind  (Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox Remix)
12: Wippenberg – Pong (Extended Mix)
13: Candi Staton – Musical  Freedom (The Shapeshifters ‘Big Fish Little Fish’ Remix)
14: Los Chicanos – House Of God (Chocolate Puma Remix)


Jim Breese: Miami 2010 Choice Tracks

| March 24th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Its mid March, which means there’s one main focus in Dance… The yearly Winter Music Conference in Miami. House music is currently riding high in the USA, notably thanks to the award winning DJ turned popstar- David Guetta. Admittedly his sound is unashamedly commercial, but due to his success, the spotlight is shining brightly onto a fundamentally underground music. In layman’s terms- you can expect a huge Miami Conference as House Music is currently HOT!

Onto the music, one thing you can’t help but notice is this kind of common ground that’s combining together the tribal toms & dramatic breakdowns of the Bigroom, with the cooler, rolling sub-bass tones of Tech House. Tracks are grooving with such swing..! Jim is right into it & its a surefire winning formula that’ll take over Ibiza in 2010. As Miami acts as a musical test-drive for the summer season ahead, we won’t have to wait long to hear, but for now- Here are Jim Breese’s choice tracks for Miami 2010…

01. Funkagenda Feat. Big Ed – Afterclub (Riva Starr Remix) – Toolroom
02. Lake & Lys – La Tromba (Riva Starr Remix) – Rising Music
03. Prok & Fitch Feat. Nanchang Nancy – Walk With Me (Axwell VS Daddy’s Groove Remix) – Axtone
04. Ridney – At Night – Defected
05. Dirty South & Mark Knight – Stopover – Toolroom
06. Paul Harris, Michael Gray, Jon Pearn Feat. Amanda Wilson – Caught Up (Daley Padley Miami Dub) – Phonetic
07. Lissat & Voltaxx – It’s Not Over – Creme Royal
08. Afrojack & Bobby Burns – Ghettoblaster – Spinnin Records
09. Afrojack – Pacha On Acid – Size
10. Chris Lake & Michael Woods – Domino’s – Rising Music
11. Miike Snow – Silvia (Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South Remix) – CDR


Watch: Ben Folds does ChatRoulette piano improv, live!

| March 21st, 2010 | No Comments »

You should be aware of ChatRoulette by now. You should also be aware of the viral piano-improve video that has been floating around for the past week or so.

Completely unrelated to house music, but – here is Ben Folds getting in on the action, performing an ode to ‘Merton’ – the original guy – at one of his shows, in Charlotte, North Carolina a couple of days ago. 2,000 people apparently.