Eclipse – Fi7i

This track is 80’s step-aerobics on the beach at sunrise, it’s relentless fist pumps while playing laser tag, and it’s disco pumping out of a 1972 Lincoln Continental – with ALL the chrome. Have you ever heard of Vaporwave as a genre of music? I certainly have not, but apparently it’s huge in Malaysia and this guy is a legend in the game. This song makes me laugh and dance, so I hope that effect is somewhat mutual in your brain. Give it a go!

• Keto

Vibe Sessions 002 – Nada Deva

This mix is packed with both classic lyrical excursions and Nu-pop remixes that flow so smoothly together you can’t help but close your eyes and smile. It has those mounting builds and big drops you crave from any mix, and its versatility and effortless transitions make it a lovely listening experience. It’s damn near impossible to keep your neck and shoulders from gyrating to the silky sounds of Edmonton based Nada Deva‘s second instalment of Vibe Sessions (check out #1 here). This dynamic DJ duo of Fransesco and Jen have been making waves in the Western Canadian music scene since 2003 and are a massive part of potentially the most underrated festival of all time – Astral Harvest. They’ve played alongside all the big boys and girls out there and continue to evolve into a provincial treasure. Do check out their wonderful beats on Soundcloud or grab your tickets to either Astral or the Rise & Shine FamJam Fundraiser in Pemberton (party with a purpose :). Don’t hesitate to get up and dance!

Peace and Love >> Keto

Lattice – Tipper

Dave Tipper stands out from the realm of electronic music in the sole fact that there is nobody else like him – he creates music so distinct and unique and he has arguably crafted his own genre[s]. Little did I know he’s released 12 albums and 14 LPs (of which 18 combined were released under his own label, Tippermusic) over the past 20 years, an impressive portfolio on all accounts.

I’ve listened to this song for a few weeks now and I can’t quite put my finger on how to describe it. It’s weird but organic and yet mildly discombobulated, and all of his music makes me think about outer space. Sometimes the audio stimulation a song provides is simply more than enough, and no explanation is necessary. Have a gander at his tunes on bandcamp and get lost in his musical ambience.

> Keto

Krunk Temple – Mr. Moo

This song is crunchy and whompy and really quite weird,

and it’s made by a man who sports a fine beard,

who plays violin over top of his tracks,

while mixing and mastering – amongst other hacks.

Hailing from Portland his real name is Milo,

to the festival scene he isn’t so shy though,

playing numerous fairs near his hometown state;

I would love to see and hear what he might create.

Check out Mr. Moo as you will not regret it,

and if it makes you dance then please won’t you let it!

• Keto

 

 

Dehydrated Funk – High Contrast

“I USED TO THINK YOU COULD BE MORE PRESCRIPTIVE MAKING AN ALBUM, THEN I REALISED YOU CAN’T CONTROL IT IN ADVANCE, YOU’RE BETTER OFF JUST FOLLOWING YOUR HEART AND NOT OVERTHINKING IT. MUSIC IS AN ESCAPE FROM THE LINEARITY OF NARRATIVE AND LANGUAGE AND FROM A WHOLE LOT ELSE.” – Lincoln Barrett

These words resonate deep with me; music is an exquisite escape from reality and a universal language that permeates the very fabric of our souls whether we are aware of it or not. High Contrast’s song Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was the first Drum’n’Bass song I ever heard, and it single handedly turned me on to DnB. Hell, it changed the way I danced at shows, and it changed the way I listened to the drums in all music from that point forward. Years later, I am writing a blog post about this incredible DJ and producer known formally as Lincoln Barrett. I didn’t really know anything about the guy until I read the BIO on his website, but he’s a very interesting character. His musical influences are vast and when he started out he was actually more interested in film than music. Thankfully for us he chose the latter as his main vocation, and the rest is history. If you have a minute, please go read his story and jam some of his tunes, this guy really is a legend.

If you don’t have a minute, at least let me perk your ears to some other classic beat-makers that I only just discovered through him:

Theo Parrish

Depth Charge

Grooverider, and this track for something a little darker

DJ Zinc

High Contrast has remained relevant and far ahead of the curve through his dynamic  stylizations of sonic sound waves. With 6 albums in tow and some seriously dope music coming out of 2017, I don’t think we will see him stop any time soon. This track in particular comes off his Questions EP from March of last year and it is a beautiful piece of work. Clear some space in your living room and have a flail session!

Peace and Love >>> Keto