Vital Radio 105 – Hour 2: Antillas

| July 23rd, 2010 | No Comments »

In 2002, after several hits in different dance music genres under an assortment of pseudonyms, Luca Moretti and his businnes/studio partner Ricky Romanini decided it was time to focus on trance.

Their first pure trance track titled “I Will Find You”, became an instant hit, landed on BBC Radio 1 and was supported by the likes of Judge Jules, Dave Pearce and Pete Tong.

Antillas took things to another level with their remix of Tiesto’s Just Be, and have seen their name stamped on more than 500,000 singles and 10,000,000 compilations sold across the globe.

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Friday Flashback: Alter Ego – Rocker

| July 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment »
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Six years after it’s initial release and this track STILL rocks! Blast it!

The 2nd Annual Pier Pressure Boat Cruise – July 17, 2010

| July 21st, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Well it’s Wednesday, and I feel like I’ve finally recovered from this past weekend’s Vital Events / Liquid Stairs boat cruise. We had a great boat run by a really professional crew, and the best crowd we could have asked for. I’ve tried by best to gather pics from everyone that was taking them but I know I’ve missed TONS – so if you’ve got more let me know and I’ll post them up here with the rest.

I honestly can’t identify my standout party moments because the whole thing was so freaking awesome…  that and I had at least 5 beers in the first two hours I was on board. But what I will say is an immense thank you to everyone who partied on the boat with us, and to Andrew Wright (aka DJ Ups) for organizing the cruise. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Drop us a line and let us know your stories from the cruise!

Oh, and something else… How does everyone feel about a rooftop pool party sometime in the near future? Yes/Yes? Let us know ;)

Tuesday Tunes: Tom Middleton

| July 20th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

To the untrained eye Tom Middleton is just another DJ. Beard, box of records, bounces behind the decks. You seen one, you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong. You see Tom isn’t just a DJ. He’s a scientist; a meticulous technician with a thirst for all musical forms from breakbeat to baroque.

Researching each and every project with eagle eyed glee, Tom approaches every venture, from productions to DJ mixes, with the attention to detail that’s usually reserved for the likes of architects, surgeons, engineers and (ahem) two bit biography writers. His mix CDs such as ‘The Sound Of The Cosmos’,  ‘3D’ and ‘The Trip 2’ show true precision and forethought with Tom spending hours of preparation studying the key of each track and how they relate to each other. His ‘Crazy Covers’ compilations reveal an encyclopaedic knowledge of contemporary popular music from the 1950s to this very day. Not to mention a sense of humour.

Many believe he was born with these razor sharp skills. Classically trained in piano and cello Tom understood music’s essential rudiments and theory long before he could grow those iconic whiskers on his chin. It’s this adept understanding of the true technicalities of music – how it works, how arrangements compliment each other and how you can convey the strongest message – that’s helped him carve a unique career that’s spanned from his deep space delights with Mark Pritchard as Global Communication and Jedi Knights to last year’s breathtaking debut album ‘Life Tracks’, a homage to the ambient and soundtrack music. To this day he refuses to sample other people’s music, preferring instead to create his own sounds using virtual orchestra and band software he’s programmed himself.

Achievements are in abundance where Tom is concerned… The blissed out AMBA project pitched him alongside an orchestra and choir to maximum mesmerising effect. His 50 improvised performances with The Bays pushed dance music to its most unpredictable, wildest, limits. He helped Aphex Twin secure his first record deal and founded labels such as Evolution, Universal Language, Heard and E3. He’s flirted with chart success with the 2002 club smash ‘Take Me With You’, hosted his own show on Kiss FM, been resident at Ibiza’s most super of superclubs Manumission and tutored the winning DJ Ryan Shaw in ITV’s cult DJ challenge The Joy Of Decks.

As a DJ he’s performed in almost every corner of the globe to crowds as large as 150,000. With his trademark widescreen musical repertoire, he’s spent years championing styles long before they were the norm, helping Ulrich Schnauss develop his career and hosting Hot Chip and Mylo’s festival debut appearances. From ambient to drum & bass, techno to rock n’ roll, his attention to detail allows him to find connections between the most disparate forms of music, uniting every genre with technical skill, utilising all manner of forward thinking technologies. Such versatility has also scored him a wide range of remixes, too, with artists as far flung as Prince and All Saints.

More recently Tom’s seen major airplay action with ‘Remember The Love’ – his homage to the roots of house music written over the course of 24 hours at dance music’s inaugural International Music Summit – Forge on Digweed’s seminal Bedrock imprint, Orange Light’s ‘A Few Good Days’ and The Golden Girls’ stone-cold classic ‘Kinetic’ on the recently rekindled R&S.

He’s toured with the Smirnoff Experience performing in Moscow, Paris and Shanghai alongside high profile acts such as Kelis, Faithless, Duran Duran and Mark Ronson and recently remixed classics ‘Oh Marie’ and ‘Quando Quando Quando’ for a worldwide TV campaign for Fiat.

No, Tom is no ordinary DJ. He’s a true scientist, a self-proclaimed research freak who spends his life consuming information in the pursuit of authenticity, clarity and truth. Not just on music, but all his passions. From his love for innovative, simplistic design – he’s currently designing bespoke luxury villas in Italy and a domestic product to help mothers with newborn children – to his flare for fine food and wine. He even considered becoming a chef at point. Fortunately he didn’t, or dance music would be lacking one of its most unique, ardent, inventive ambassadors.

Tracklisting:
01. Tom Middleton – 10:10 [Toolroom Records]
02. Joe Goddard – Apple Bobbing (Four Tet Remix) [Greco Roman]
03. Tracey Thorn – Why Does The Wind (Andre Lodemann Remix) [Buzzin Fly]
04. Tensnake – Coma Cat [Defected]
05. Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Last Day
06. Sebastian Tolk – The Sun [Einmusika Recordings]
07. Chase Buch – Monkey Drum [Fish Rec]
08. Tiefschwarz – The Whistler [Souvenir Music]
09. Christian Arenas – Feel The Night Feat. Tania Mashay (Les Bijoux (aka David Jones) & Aki Bergen Mix
10. Cassius – 99 Tim Green Remix [Cassius Records]

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Phoenix – 1901 (Mahan Javadi vs Signal Six Remix)

| July 20th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

Some of you may remember this remix from the Vital Radio & Liquid Stairs Boat Cruise. It’s a fresh new one by Aren de Jong (Signal Six) & myself. Here it is now for your listening pleasure – enjoy!

Dj Endgame Presents: “Commercial Proposition 2010″

| July 17th, 2010 | 3 Comments »

Uh, Shwing? Our boy Endgame has unleashed his yearly summer tradition on us. I suggest you give it a listen:

It’s that time of year again! When the weather gets hot, and patio season is in full effect, I put together some of my favourite vocal house tracks of the past year. It’s one of my favourite mixes to put together, and this one’s chalked full of sexy, summery, vocal house tunes – I hope you like it!

As always, I love to hear what you think, fire me a tweet @djendgame or “Like” my page on facebook, thanks for the support!.

Tracklist:
1. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (DF’s Attention Vocal Mix)
2. Lena Meyer Landrut – Satellite (Inpetto Remix)
3. Sandy Vee Feat Robin S – Straight To The Sky (Nicky Romero Remix)
4. Solu Music feat Kimblee – Fade (Avicii 2009 Remix)
5. Kelis – Acapella (Dave Aude Club Mix)
6. Kid Massive – Touch Me (In The Morning) (Avicii Remix)
7. Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Original Mix)
8. Temper Traps – Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirty South Remix)
9. The One Hundred – Break Me Down (Bellatrax Remix)
10. Bellatrax Feat Tina Cousins – Cant Hold Back (Original Extended Mix)
11. Kaskade – Angel on My Shoulder (Edx’s Belo Horizonte at Night Remix)

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Remady ft Manu L – Give Me A Sign

| July 16th, 2010 | 1 Comment »
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Love it.

Vital Radio 104 – Hour 1: Mahan M2J Javadi

| July 16th, 2010 | No Comments »

M2J (Mahan Javadi) always brings something new to the table. Holding no musical boundaries, M2J spins a wide range of Electronic Music ranging from Downtempo to House to Breaks and more. In addition, Mahan has gained quite a reputation for integrating rare and unreleased mash-ups and remixes of popular hip-hop and rock tracks into his sets.

The intent is to always keep crowds guessing and excited. Flowing from style to style, his DJ sets revolves around music, rather than specific genres. Listeners experience and discover something new each time as it is mixed in with music they are already familiar with. These connections provide a set off point for exploring and noticing new types of music.

Tracklist:
1. Style Of Eye – Girls (Original Mix)
2. Flight Facilities ft. Giselle – Crave You (Graz Remix)
3. Pance Party – Maru (Original Mix)
4. Kaskade ft. Haley – Dynasty (Dada Life Remix)
5. Mason – Exceeder (Felguk Remix)
6. Dada Life – Happy Hands & Happy Feet (12″ Version)
7. Congorock – Babylon (Dub Mix)
8. Alter Ego – Rocker (Original Mix)
9. Aaren San – Apes From Space (Dirtyloud Remix)
10. Frederic De Carvalho, Pro7 & Gooseflesh – Rock Star (Pro7 Remix)
11. Benjamin Theves – Texas (SebastiAn Remix)
12. autoKratz – Skin Machine (Original Mix)
13. Light Year – Sex Education (Original Mix)
14. Carte Blanche – Black Billionaires (Original Mix)

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Vital Radio 104 – Hour 2: Swen Weber

| July 16th, 2010 | No Comments »

Born in the heart of Germany, Bochum, Swen Weber started making his own tunes in 2001 under the synonym StormQ and since these early days has gone on to release tunes on Ministry Of Sound, Great Stuff Records, and Paradise Records to name but a few.

During this time he has been assisted by John Acquaviva and signed to the biggest electro label in Germany, Great Stuff Records, with his first release “First Stroke”. With a unique blend of hard electro, techno, electro house and minimal, Weber has taken the world by storm with live sets alongside DJing, pushing the envelope and surprising his audience each time with groundbreaking tracks.

Tracklist:
1. The Bloody Beatroots – Warp 1977
2. Miles Dyson – Outro (Roy Rosenfeld Remix)
3. Incognet – My Side (Aggressive Remix)
4. ID – ID
5. Miles Dyson – Outro (Breakfest Remix)
6. D-Funk & Hariku – Get Ramped Up
7. Elite Force – Melodic Hypnotik  (Miles Dyson Remix)
8. Quintino – You Know What (Joeysuki Remix)
9. Albin Myers – Da da da (Original Mix)
10. Swen Weber – Bass (Original Mix)
11. Swen Weber – 1855 (Original Mix)
12. Luke Chable – Pressure (Original Mix)

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Tuesday Tunes: Jaytech

| July 13th, 2010 | No Comments »

In a world awash with carbon copy producers, 24-year-old James Cayzer aka Jaytech is a bright exception. Classically trained as a pianist and a perfectionist when it comes to programming, his unique blends of deep melodies and sunny electronic grooves are equally at home in the DJ sets of Sasha or Desyn Masiello as they are in the stadium headlining appearances of Above & Beyond.

Despite his relative youth, Jaytech’s prodigious creativity and prolific work rate (he started producing at just 14 and released his first track at 16) have seen him rise up as the most consistent artist on the popular Anjunadeep imprint — even releasing the label’s first full artist album through 2008’s ‘Everything Is Ok’ (“Lush, melodic and soaked in electronic groove – a crossover gem” **** -DJ Magazine), and hitting number one in the iTunes dance chart with his Anjunadeep 02 mix compilation in 2010. (“Compilation of the month **** -Mixmag.)

Cementing his position as one of the leading lights within deep, uplifting electronic music, Jaytech’s monthly mix show ‘Jaytech Music’ now airs on radio stations across the globe and is downloaded by thousands as a monthly podcast.  A window into his sound, it’s also the best place to hear Jaytech’s upcoming personal productions before anyone else.

Long chosen as the warm-up DJ of choice for Above & Beyond, Jaytech is now taking off as a headline DJ in his own right. Chosen to headline the Anjunadeep room at Anjunabeats’ flagship party at this year’s Miami WMC, he remains the number one headline DJ within the core Anjunadeep family.

Proof of his rising stock behind the turntables, a packed DJ diary has recently taken in dates at Ibiza’s Amnesia and Japan’s world-famous Womb. In the past year he has also traveled the vast corners of his Australian homeland with the Future Music Festival and taken his uplifting and perfectly paced sound on tour in America — both as support to Above & Beyond and on his own solo tours.

Often uplifting but never obvious, Jaytech is a force on an unstoppable rise right now. And his journey is only just beginning.

Can’t get to Ibiza this year? No problem – we’ve got you covered. This week’s Tuesday tunes is from a man that really needs no introduction, live from Amnesia in Ibiza – a club that really needs no introduction!

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