Blurring the lines between analog instrumentation and digital production, this Montreal-based electro-jazz group brings a contemporary approach to dance culture. The duo of Nick Schofield and Dave Switchenko have played with the likes of Suuns, Doldrums and AKUA at festivals like Evolve and POP Montreal and regularly get national airplay on CBC and campus community stations across the country. You can stream Saxsyndrum´s new album below.
For the past decade or so, Palenque Records founder Lucas Silva has done field recordings in the town of San Basilio de Palenque of musicians such as Batata, Son Palenque, and Sexteto Tabala. To introduce this music to a wider club-going audience, Silva teamed up with Dutty Artz ambassadors Atropolis and Geko Jones to curate a compilation of remixed works of Palenquero cultural music. The partnership was initiated when Atropolis met Silva, on a trip he took to San Basilio de Palenque with his New York DJ crew Cumba Mela, and the two of them decided to collaborate on a project. Geko Jones, a regular visitor to the Northern coast of Colombia and staunch advocate for Afro-Colombian music, came on board to help curate the compilation. Together, the two reached out to the Dutty Artz extended family for their remixes, with a host of talented producers such as Captain Planet who turns in a wobbly pop banger, So Shifty who are on a hype German-soca tip, Matt Shadetek on a pensive melodic 6/8 run, and DJs Thornato and Chief Boima highlight the Congolese flavor that so inspires the Palenquero community. Geko Jones and Atropolis also submit their own productions, for an ultimate result that is a reflection of a continued cultural exchange that exists between New York and Colombia.
All this resulted in the new compilation: Geko Jones and Atropolis present: Palenque Records Remixed. Get it on iTunes or Boomkat.
The So Shifty remix is up for free download for a week so be sure to get it.
The idea behind the mix is a groovy hour of dance music before Sweden clock out and go all-in at midsummer. You will hear harder tunes like Louisahhh mixed with deeper house from different corners of the world. Among them: Berlin-producer Adam Port, Swiss duo Round Table Knights and of course also some Swedish classics such as Genius Of Time with their amazing use of a Whitney Houston song. The mix also includes songs from the new rising stars Say Lou Lou in a HNNY-remix and Albin Karlsson. Enjoy!
Them Jeans – ‘Vowel Play EP’ (No Brainer Records) just hit the stores. With ‘Vowel Play’, ‘Glass House’ and ‘Cortado’ it includes three original tracks from bouncy House to beautifully fragile deepness. Prince Club (Snatch! Records) deliver a trippy acid house remix for ‘Vowel Play’. BS1 (Boys Noize Records) let the machines speak, turning the vowels into beats. Not included and only here as a free download you can grab the trap-ish ‘Vowel Play’ Remix by Feral.
The Swedish electro pop duo Grenades For The Wall consists of song writer and producer Josef Melin and the singer Agnes Grahn. They met when they both studied at the same school but it was their love for house music and 70s soul that brought them together. They got signed to Cosmos Music Group after just one gig and today sees the release of their first single “Fight Your Battles With Me”.
Here is the Great Skies remix of the single for you listening pleasure.
Next up in the AIAIAI mix series is non other then our very own Discobelle DJs with a mix dominated by techhouse but with more of a darker and bittersweet theme, drawing inspiration from the long and cold Scandinavian winter. Everybody needs to listen!
Tracklist after the jump.
1. Round Table Knights – So Good 2. Riva Starr – Absence 3. Sidney Charles – House Lesson 4. Claptone – Wrong 5. HNNY – For The Very First Time 6. Robosonic – The Edge 7. Giorgio Moroder vs MB Disco – From Here To Eternity (Compuphonic Remix) 8. Cassio Kohl – Legendary 9. Doctor Dru – Foolish 10. French Fries – D’Angelo