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Trippy Vibe Tuesdays: Episode 1

11 Jan

Dear Explorers of the Musical Universe,

The philosopher Alan Watts said, “We have untold stacks of recorded music from every age and culture, and the most superb means of playing it. But who actually listens? Maybe a few pot smokers.” Well lucky for you all, I happen to be one of those pot smokers, here to share with you some of my favourite music that I happened to stumble upon over the years. I don’t care when the music was released, how popular it was or what genre it might be, so before venturing into obscurity I’d like to start off with an artist you might be familiar with, David Bowie. In 1997 he released what is quite possibly my favourite electronic album, Earthling, combining elements of industrial, break beats and drum’n’bass. This album will leave your mind blown, and maybe a load or two as well. Choosing just one song off this album was just too difficult a choice and I couldn’t limit myself to just one. The song ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ was written by bowie in collaboration with legendary composer Brian Eno and the album features a remix of the song from Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor. It’s no wonder he was asked to judge the walk off between Hansel and Zoolander.

Okay, just one more before we move on, this album is just too good!

Alright, that’ll probably be the only artist of of this post that anyone has heard of. I’d like to move on now to talk about the incredible Swiss drummer, Jojo Mayer, a man who, when I saw him at a drum clinic spent a good five minutes trying to convince everybody that he wasn’t a robot. The thing that attracts me to the music of his band Nerve, is that they try to take principles from jazz and apply it to drum’n’bass. It’s not necessarily jazzy music but the idea that two most crucial elements of jazz, improvisation and rhythmic momentum, drive the music into your brain like a high speed car accident. But seriously he’s not a robot.

Jojo Mayer & Nerve – Retox

Jojo Mayer & Nerve – Jabon

While I’m on the topic of Jojo mayer, I though I’d give you a little bit of a music lesson today by showing you this video that breaks down the break beat.

Now back to the music. This next band, Big Gigantic, is a duo that features Jeremy Salken on drums and Dominic Lalli doing the DJing. They’re approach to drum’n’bass and dubstep is unique because not only do they have a ridiculous drummer, but the DJ also plays saxophone. They have been tearing it up in the jam scene opening up for STS9 and playing at the Nateva festival. This cover of Subfocus’s ‘Rock It On’ is sure to make you want rage out.

If you liked that, you can check out the full show at iclips.net. I think I’m just gonna continue with talking about drummers who play d’n’b. Like Johnny Rabb, who used to hold the title of world’s fastest drummer by playing 1071 single strokes in a minute. He performs with his band BioDiesel and they will make you cum a lot faster than they can play (they can play really fast).

The final band that I’m going to share with you guys today, is called Gruvasylum and they come from my home town of Toronto. Led by acclaimed trumpet player Brownman Ali, who is called “Canada’s preeminent trumpet player” by the Village Voice, who has been featured on over 100 albums, was recently in New York laying down tracks for Quincy Jones, and was taught by the great Randy Brecker. My friends and I have gone to see him so many times that he knows us now, and I really can’t say enough good things about him. I’ll talk more about him in the future but for now, check out his band Gruvasylum, a band he considers to be hip hop with a jazz ideology. Something to keep in mind while your listening to this song, it’s 100% improvised, everything from the fantastic freestyling of MC Enlight to the booming bass lines. These guys are some seriously next level musicians. Enjoy and make sure to check out more of his music at www.brownman.com!

Brownman & GRUVASYLUM – Gruvasylum Theme

I was talking to Brownman after one of his shows and he told me that he was playing at a festival with his Electryc Trio where Johnny Rabb was also playing. Rabb was absolutely mind-fucked by Brownman’s playing that he actually invited him to come and jam with Biodiesel during their set. So make sure Brownman isn’t a name that you forget, I’ll probably be talking about him in future posts, as he leads six bands.

Well that’s it for my first post, but no worries there will back next week with some more music that you might have missed.

Signed Sincerely, Hooch

P.S. This friday at Tiger Bar, yours truly will be rocking out a few tunes with Daniel Mager and Friends, but be sure to stick around the headlining band, Ninja Funk Orchestra, with their brand of music that mixed drum ‘n’ bass, ska and jazz.

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Indubitably Dubstep Vol. VII

6 Jan

To my loyal Dub-Minions,

I have returned from the warmth of the south, kicking and screaming all the way back to the frozen tundra I call my home. It has been a while since I have seen all that strange, flaky white substance falling from the sky, but after one glimpse of the madness approaching Southwestern Ontario over the next few months, I think I made a good decision to get my ass back in that parka. I don’t mind though, seeing how so many DJ’s will be coming to melt the snow [and faces] off everyone with half a brain who bought tickets already. 2011 is really starting off with a bang, as there are loads of albums awaiting to be dropped, like Nero’s new album set to be released in the coming month, as well as a slew of sweat-drenched nights in clubs all over the country.

While cruisin’ the south on vacation these past couple weeks, it became painstakingly apparent to me that clubs would rather play the same old garbage night in and night out, sticking to the same boring Top 40 bullshit that people like Ke$ha, Taio Cruz and Justin Beiber have shat on and called ‘home’. Occasionally I would hear a Deadmau5 track (usually the classic, but overplayed ‘Ghosts N Stuff’) or Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP’s ‘We Speak No Americano’ but beyond that people seem to be stuck in a Billboard coma. At about the 5th rendition of B.E.P’s ‘Dirty Bit’ one night, I decided that enough was enough and ventured over to the DJ booth where I began to plead to the DJ to throw on some Dubstep in order to save his and everyone in the club’s souls. He turned to me and said “I can only play music that will make people wanna dance”. He was wrong on so many levels. For one, there were maybe 10 people on the dancefloor, 6 of which looked like they were just waiting for the YMCA song to come on, the others just casually nodding their heads along to what I think was Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party in the U.S.A’. Secondly, how could he even think that by throwing on some down right dirty basslines and heavy drum beats would make people do less dancing than what was already going on? Too enraged to argue any further, I stormed out of the club and ran as quickly as I could to my laptop for some much needed Dubstep-medication. For all of you who have gone through the similar pains as I have, I feel for you and urge you to listen to these filthy tracks if you are in need of some serious earhole treatment. Oh, and I DARE you not to dance dirty to these gems.

Signed Sincerely, Dr. Robotnix

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Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead – Here Comes The Boom

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Calvertron

Calvertron & Figure – Bring The Bass Back (Calvertron Remix)

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Feed Me

Feed Me – Cloudburn feat. Tasha Baxter

Feed Me – Blood Red

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Skream

Skream – Gather Round

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Hulk

Hulk – Run Train

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Jack Beats


Diplo & Blaqstarr – Get Off (Jack Beats Remix)

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Benga

Magnetic Man feat. Katy B – Perfect Stranger (Benga Remix)

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Trevor Off Key

Trevor Off Key – Day & Night (The Smokers Refix)

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Nero

Nero – Me & You (Danger Remix)

Nero – Welcome Reality

New Avicii Radio Rip + Essential Mix

21 Dec

Sadly, this will probably be my last post of 2010, as I will soon be in the warm bosom of the Caribbean, sippin’ back on rum and trying to move as few muscles as possible. I thought it necessary to go out with a very delectable post, featuring a yet to be released remix by Toronto’s NYE host himself. I can almost guarantee this song will bring in the new year with smiles and sweat on everyone’s face. This track was taken from his recent set he performed on the world-renowned BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix with Pete Tong. I figured why let you get off on a small portion of the mix when I can hook you guys up with the entire thing?? It is packed with so much heat that if you play this from your computer speakers only, they will probably just melt right off. Best use some BIG bass when listening to this.

P.S. If you haven’t already bought your Avicii NYE ticket (what the hell could be taking you so long?) you can easily pick one up through here.

Armin Van Buuren feat. Laura V – Drowning (Avicii Remix)

Avicii – Essential Mix (Dec 11 2010) (Mediafire Download Link)

Signed Sincerely, Dr. Robotnix

Indubitably Dubstep Vol. VI

18 Dec

Dear Dubheads,

Hello once again to my faithful partners-in-Dubstep. I come again bearing my usual array of tasty treats, collected feverishly for all of you to drool over (watch the keyboard!). However, I also come with some unfortunate news. Indubitably Dubstep will be going on a short hiatus for the next couple weeks [tears] but never fear, for The Worst Guy will still be entertaining your earholes with the arrival of some very BIG surprises coming in the next few weeks so remember keep ’em peeled. Now to the main event.

– Signed Sincerely, Dr. Robotnix

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Bassnectar

Since his release of Wildstyle EP back in October, not much new has surfaced from the depths of his wavy hair, however it nearly impossible to search the blogosphere without seeing at least one daily post about the Dubstep Lord. These two tracks show two very different sides to the madman himself; one is a smooth bass-driven womper of a track, the other a remix of ‘Kick/Push’ by Lupe Fiasco. Both are great to just crank the volume to and lie back with a big ol’ spliff in ya hand.

Bassnectar – Land of the Lupes

Me & You – Last Night (Bassnectar Remix)

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Skrillex

After having Skrillex destroy my mind and some articles of clothing back at Wrongbar, I thought it would be a wise decision to go on a little ‘Skrillex-cleanse’ of my entire body, fearing I had become too dependent on his filthy basslines and terror-inducing drops. Too bad he had to go and release another addicting slayer, rendering me helpless to his music, yet again. I guess there’s just no use fighting it any longer.

Skrillex – Cat Rats

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Flux Pavillion

One half of the creators of highly successful UK label, Circus Records, Flux Pavillion would probably be on the first ballot for induction into the Dubstep Hall of Fame. He has consistently created the meanest tracks anyone has ever heard, and has released so many face-melters that he’s created his own timbre. Now, no matter what party I end up at, if there is Dubstep being played, 9 out of 10 times he makes an appearance (or several) in the set. This one is only a preview, but I have been playing on repeat constantly in anticipation for the full release!

Flux Pavillion – Bass Cannon

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Ajapai

I am very excited to introduce this DJ for the first time on the site. I really don’t know much about him, except he hails from Tokyo, Japan and creates some of the heaviest Dubstep I have heard in a while and at the same time keeps the rhythm flowing the whole time so you’re body won’t get a break from moving so hard. Signed under Rottun Recordings this Japanese virtuoso knows all the key ingredients for a delectable Dubstep destructor and you can all have a taste at some of the stuff he has produced. According to his Myspace profile, he doesn’t have any tour dates yet [sad face] but I doubt that will last for long, he really needs to come to North America and demolish some clubs, pronto!

Ajapai – Watch Out

Booty Bronx – Yeah!!! (Ajapai Remix)

Ajapai – Incoming (Taku Remix)

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Extra Special Treats!!!

Koan Sound – New Beginnings

Nero – Me & You

Bratkilla – Methamphetamine

Indubitably Dubstep Vol. III

28 Nov

Another week has passed, mother nature is turning into the cold bitch she normally becomes, the sun basically calls it quits at like 2pm and school decides to shove its fist just a little deeper up our asses….singing ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ seems a tad ironic, doesn’t it? At least this week you can count on some really fucking great tunes to take your mind off of Hell freezing over.

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Bassnectar

Doesn’t it seem like Bassnectar always finds his way onto this site? Is it pointless to keep posting new tracks of his every other day? Shouldn’t I just wait for a bunch of new tracks to get released then put them all on one huge Bassnectar post? Shouldn’t everyone who agrees with me find a tall building and jump off it head first?

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Nero

I don’t think you need psychic powers to realize that 2011 will be the year of Nero. Set to release their first dubstep album early next year, Nero has been going on a tear recently seeing their songs skyrocket to the top of HypeMachine, and Beatport, and also had one of the best mix’s of the year on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix early November. Their remix of Calvin Harris’ gemstone ‘You Used to Hold Me’ isn’t a super heavy song, but in laying off on the epic beat drops, they created a non-stop dancer from start to finish.

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Sekklow

K, so if you are guys are looking at this and going, “Who the fuck is Sekklow???” you’re not alone. Before hearing this song I probably would’ve told you Sekklow is some sort of European-brand prophylactic. Well I would’ve been half right at least; Sekklow is a Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Electronica DJ hailing from London, UK. He is basically a very low profile DJ (his Myspace page has a bit over 20000 views and around 170 friends) with tons of talent. If his resume consisted of this song only, I would hire him for any job available, regardless of its affiliation with music. I hope to hear more from this unheralded beast very very soon.

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Doctor P

Another Dubstepper from the UK, albeit much more famous than Sekklow, Doctor P remains one of the premier DJ’s who have really yet to disappoint on basically everything he’s done. He has lend his hand to so many different DJ’s, and in 2009 he and good friend Flux Pavilion created Circus Records, signing major DJ’s like Cookie Monsta and Brown & Gammon. This song sounds like a video game freezing, then subsequently exploding in 8-bit harmony. Remember to always blow the bottom of the game before jammin it in!

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Prime

I am so excited for all of you to listen to this next track. Prime somehow snuck into my dreams Inception style, killed some evil dream dudes and stole one of my ultimate dreams and made it into a reality. I probably wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that at some point in time everyone was singing this song. It was so geniously catchy and obscene that I’m pretty sure my elementary school banned people from singing that song on school property. But don’t feel bad, my school tried to ban Halloween too. Assholes. Time for some revenge.

Extra Childhood-Memory Redub!

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Glass Animals


I don’t know much on Glass Animals (this was the only pic I could find….I don’t even know whats going on up there) all I know is he/she/they/it can make one hell of a sick dubstep track. The beatdrop uses some serious synth and bass, and the vocal effects lend a eerie kind of tone throughout the entire song. Definitely a must-grab.

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At Dawn We Rage

I love getting new remixes of Deadmua5. Whether its dubstep, trance, DnB, Deadmau5 just seems to create ideal music for genre-bending. I think this is where electro music is heading, to a more unified, genre-less domain led by the likes of Deadmau5, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, etc. One half of At Dawn We Rage is DJ-producer LightsoverLA, so you know you can expect big things from this track. Oh btw, Mau5 man himself will be coming to Toronto for Boxing Day. Make sure to get your ass out of Wal-Mart and into a serious party.

Signed Sincerely, Dr. Robotnix

Daft Punk’s Triumphant Return

26 Nov

In one week and 4 days, the world will be witnessing the long-awaited revival of Daft Punk; the modern day electro equivalent of The Beatles. Not since their 2005 release of Human After All have we been able to get excited for a new album. But not only does this sound like its turning out to be their most epic album to date, it is being used for the soundtrack of TRON!!!!!! (my bet to win movie of the year). If you haven’t seen the original, and base your complete prior knowledge of TRON to the Family Guy skit, then you have to watch it ASAP. The original was so ahead of its time (maybe a little too ahead, according to some critics) and this one looks to do the same thing. The CGI looks stunning, and all of the battles and race scenes makes you wonder if they actually filmed inside the game. Oh, and Jeff Bridges plays himself in it. Twice. And one of him is a younger version. Ya, fucked up. But what makes this movie a must-see isn’t the cool graphics or a multi-dimensional Jeff Lebowski, its those two helmet-wearing French phenoms that will make you sit on the edge of your seat, with your head rocking back and forth and your mouth wide open.

Daft Punk have already released the tracklist to their TRON Legacy album, as well as a few of the songs on it. Just based on the few early releases from this album I can tell its not gonna be a ‘just for the movie’ type of listen. I highly doubt every song will be a rager, that’s just not what Daft Punk is about. They are really broadening the soundscape of this album, and it will probably be one of those listens that will give you an out-of-body experience, coupled with the intense feeling like your flying a spaceship through the universe, blowing up planets just cuz you can. Hans Zimmer has nothing on these guys.

Oh, and if dropping a huuuuge album for an unbelievable upcoming film isn’t enough good news, they are also planning a worldwide tour for 2011/2012. Expect this tour to be one of the biggest selling tours in recent history.

Below I leave you with the tracklist, as well as some of the already released songs and some massive remixes. Oh and the trailer too, just to hype up the anticipation.

Daft Punk ‘TRON: Legacy’ Soundtrack Tracklist

1. Overture
2. The Grid
3. The Son Of Flynn
4. Recognizer
5. Armory
6. Arena
7. Rinzler
8. The Game Has Changed
9. Outlands
10. Adagio For Tron
11. Nocturne
12. End Of Line
13. Derezzed
14. Fall
15. Solar Sailer
16. Rectifier
17. Disc Wars
18. C.L.U.
19. Arrival
20. Flynn Lives
21. Tron Legacy (End Titles)
22. Finale

Daft Punk – Derezzed

Daft Punk – The Game Has Changed

Daft Punk – Recognizer

Daft Punk – End of Line

Daft Punk – TRON Legacy (End Titles)

These two are by far the best remixes of ‘Derezzed’ out there currently

Daft Punk – Derezzed (Breakdown Remix)

Daft Punk – Derezzed (Tron Legacy Soundtrack – NTEIBINT Remix)

 

Signed Sincerely, Dr. Robotnix

[Unbelievable] Gorillaz Remix

23 Nov

Wow do I have a treat for you. Hugely successful altern-rock band Gorillaz have just released a live BBC Radio cover of the song ‘Crystalised’ by the up-and-coming British band, The XX. This song was one of the biggest hits off The XX’s self-titled debut album, which has garnered international success at blinding speeds. The band released their album August of 2009 and since then have been on a huge international tour, playing at some of the biggest festivals like Bonnaroo and Coachella. It is only fitting that Damon Albarn and his band of cartoon misfits would remix this song, however besides Albarn’s recognizable grisly voice, there is little proof that this is in fact a Gorillaz remake. If you are used to their funky samples and hip-hop style breakbeats, this is a nice change of pace, as the Gorillaz take a more minimalist approach to the song, using few instruments (the xylophone gives the song a nice touch) to give the song a feeling of openness. My suggestion: Grab this and a bag of weed and literally watch yourself drift into unadulterated ecstasy.

ExtraSpecialTreats

Signed Sincerely, Dr. Robotnix

Indubitably Dubstep Vol. II

22 Nov

DUBSTEPPERS REJOICE!!!! I have returned to you all with yet another installation of my favourite Dubstep songs that have been on constant repeat in my headphones for the last little while. Some of these have been circulating the web for a while now, but they will still give you the auditory equivalent of a brainfreeze, and may even rip a hole through your body and into another dimension. That’s my warning to all of you; I’ve done my part, now go get your mind blown (figuratively speaking, of course).

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My oh my has the Fresh Prince created some real class acts hasn’t he? One kid is following in his father’s footsteps, making shitty ass movie remakes of classics, and the other is teaching young kids everywhere that it is cool to get whiplash. I’m definitely not a fan of the original, seeing how nails on a chalkboard never really got me off, but this version takes all the pre-pubescent poop stains out of it and turns it into something that I really wouldn’t mind whipping my hair back and forth to (considering I’m taking advice from a 10 year old).

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It’s shocking that this song has managed to somehow stay fresh for so long. ‘We Speak’ has been remixed more times than Lindsay Lohan has had coke snorted out of her asshole, but the top prize would have to go to High Rankin’s wobble-tastic version. This remix is packed with what can only be described as the filthiest of the filth basslines and synth while always sustaining that original sound throughout. A must listen for any fans of the original (ummm so…pretty much everyone).

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Two absolutely MONSTROUS remixes right here. The first one takes the Mau5 banger ‘FML’ and turns it into what can be the closest sounding thing to a killer robots maniacal heartbeat. The second is another excellent remix of one of 2010’s biggest hits. I remember as soon as I heard ‘Animal Rights’ I knew someone out there would have the right size cohones to create a dubstep version of an already amazing song. Dylan Sanders really makes this song dig another layer deeper into your soul, making it even harder to get out of your head. Grab both of them immediately, before you self-destruct.

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Bar9 really has made a name for himself this year. Securing a spot on the top of Beatport really helped launch his career right through the stratosphere and all those other fucking spheres we got floating up there. This one has been around for a little while now, but I think it is one of the most EPIC sounding dubstep tracks out there. The vocals mixed with the heavy beatdrops will turn any atheist into a true dubstep fanatic (yes, dubstep IS a religion). Download and keep the faith, my friends.

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This track has got a more laidback, chill vibe to it. Not to say that you wouldn’t be able to rock out with your cock out (anytime is the right time for that) but this one is more of a driving-in-my-low-rider-speaker-blaring-tit-exploding kind of tune.

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This is what they mean when ‘you save the best for last’. One of the hardest working DJ’s in the entire world, Bassnectar is always delighting his fans with new and innovative stuff. I can honestly say that I will never ever EVER get sick of listening to this man’s music. He has yet to disappoint fans who come out and support his live sets and this is quite the feat, considering he has literally not stopped touring a single day the entire year. Seriously, go check out his recent tour dates. I am so amazed his heart hasn’t just packed up and peaced right out of his chest.

EXTRA SPECIAL TREAT!!!!!!

This is a download link to a live mix Bassnectar recently did for BBC Radio’s Annie Nightingale (long lost relative??). Almost 30 minutes of his top songs, mixed together beautifully with some Classic tunes everyone will recognize. (Props to Bassnectar for including the Morrison intro).

– Signed Sincerely, Dr.Robotnix

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