BIG NEWS!!! The Straight Goods fam (DJ Drastik & myself) are pleased to announce our merger/fusion with one of Canada's most notorious monthly parties, Disorganised.
For anyone unfamiliar with the Disorg movement, it is a 5 year strong no-format dance party headed by DJs Booth & Chameleonic (aka Jokers of the Scene). The night has showcased some of the top artists of today and tomorrow, from MSTRKRFT, Diplo, Crookers, and Girl Talk... to Kid Sister, Flosstradamus, Switch, and Crystal Castles.
Just over a year ago, Drastik and I teamed up to do something very similar... host a monthly party where we introduce some our favourite foreign music talents to Ottawa's dancefloors. We've done our best to bring in names that have never been through this city before (Pase Rock, Treasure Fingers, Stretch Armstrong, Eli Escobar, U-Tern, among others).
Our 2 companies have always had parallel party aspirations: throw sweaty genre boundary-less jams alongside some of tomorrow's finest djs/performers. We will continue to do so until our knees buckle/ears fall off.
This Friday (@ Babylon) will be our merger kick-off jam.
From this point on, we welcome you to the renovated Disorganised - which will continue to go down the very first Friday of every month (always at Babylon).
Monday, September 29, 2008
BIG NEWS!!! The Straight Goods fam (DJ Drastik & myself) are pleased to announce our merger/fusion with one of Canada's most notorious monthly parties, Disorganised.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Just received this new remix from Louie Fresco (1/2 of The Disco Villains, on the right in above pic). Its a DV spiced version of Noise Beat Propaganda's "Sexy Neon Wine". The boys took it in a totally different direction than they did with the previously posted Ludacris dancefloor banger - a genre bend that one should appreciate, given the lack of versatility many djs display now-a-days.
Noise Beat Propaganda - Sexy Neon Wine (Disco Villains remix) (zShare)
PS. I could see this song being in a commercial.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Benzi's newest mixtape, Motivation 2, finally dropped yesterday. The Lil Jon hosted release is a collaborative effort between Benzi, Mick Boogie, and close homie (+ StraightGoods past guest dj) Neoteric. The feature is a follow-up to this year's Motivation (hosted by Fatman Scoop), and joins the ranks of Benzi's highly acclaimed mixtapes (None Higher w/ Lil Wayne, Get Right w/ Rick Ross, Blackout! w/ Twista, We Got The Remix w/ Clipse, Summer Madness w/ the Ying Yang Twins, and The Refix w/ Pitbull). Its a genre hopping assortment of 50+ tracks sure to keep you on your toes. Just peep the tracklist... Marvin Gaye, Prince, Crookers, Laidback Luke, and pretty much everything in between. Throw it on the trusty iPod and warm yourselves up 'cause we'll be bringing our man Benzi through town for a party sometime in the near future!
Benzi, Mick Boogie, Neoteric - Motivation 2 (Hosted By Lil Jon) (zShare)
01. Lil Jon - Introduction
02. Biggie Smalls - Juicy (Benzi Refix)
03. Pitbull & Lil Jon - Krazy
04. Felli Fel, Ludacris, & Akon - Buck In Here (Villians Remix)
05. T-Pain - Can’t Believe It (B-Flat Remix)
06. Chromeo - Fancy Footwork (Crookers Remix)
07. ATB - Til I Come
08. David Guetta - Love Is Gone (Mano Remix)
09. Donnis - Party Works (1 Fish 2 Fish Remix)
10. Kid Cudi - Day N Nite (B-Flat Remix)
11. Nacho Lovers - Acid Life
12. Marvin Gaye - Give it Up (Sizzahands Remix)
13. Prince - 1999 (Rock-It Scientists Remix)
14. Steve Angello & Laidback Luke - Be (Riz Remix)
15. Paul Johnson - She Got Me On (Neoteric Edit)
16. Skepta - Rolex Sweep
17. Bangers & Cash - Digital Pussy (Kid Color Remix)
18. The Supremes - Keep Hangin On (Emynd Remix)
19. John Legend & Andre 3000 - Green Light (Diplo Remix)
20. Thunderheist - Jerk It (Nacho Lovers Remix)
21. Surkin & Chromeo - Chrome Knight
22. Tag Team & Jay-Z - Whoomp There It Is (League Crew Remix)
23. EPMD - Run It (Sinden Remix)
24. Thundercatz - 3am (Klever Remix)
25. Busta Rhymes & Chic “Dancing King (Terry Urban Remix)
26. Treasure Fingers & 6th Sense - Cross The Dancefloor (Curses Remix)
27. Jelani - Let’s Dance (Durkin Remix)
28. Kickdrums & Prydz - Love Is A Drug (Apt One Remix)
29 Mstrkrft & Marky - Bounce (Mansion Remix)
30. Fly Union - Jackin My Fresh (Mick Boogie Mix)
31. Idle Warship - Steady
32. Kardinal Offishall & JDavey - Digital Motown
33. Kanye West - Homecoming (Discotech Remix)
34. Fully Fitted - Roll It
35. Fake Blood - Mars (Player Player Remix
36. The-Dream - I Luv Your Girl (Chaise Remix)
37. Goldrocc & Svelt St. - The Right Way
38. Rye Rye & Krames - Get Familar
39. Will.I.Am & Kanye West - Impatient Boy (Benzi Refix)
40. Clipse - Fast Life (Bird Peterson Remix)
41. Clipse - When The Last Time (Risk One Remix)
42. Busta Rhymes & Pharrell - Light Your Ass (Switch Remix)
43. Earth Wind & Fire - Groove Tonight (Redhead Kingpin & The FBI Remix)
44. Pilot - Magic (Mykill Remix)
45. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz - Deja Vu (Bomberman Remix)
46. DJ Kool - Keep Making Noise (Nadastorm Remix)
47. Smoke & Mirrors - Insane
48. Trackademiks - Enjoy What You Do (Flosstradamus Remix)
49. Tittsworth & The Federation - Drunk As What (Top Billin Remix)
50. Enur - Calabria (Deeq Remix)
51. Groove Armada - Get Down
52. Bel Biv Devoe - Poison (Gant-man Remix)
53. 504 Boyz - I Can Tell (Top Billin Remix)
54. Lil Wayne - The Beat Build (Bird Peterson Remix)
55. Lil Jon - Outroduction
Probably our biggest concert to date goes down this Saturday - the Still High Tour w/ Method Man & Redman. Only change/addition to the night's lineup is that Drastik & Tom Wrecks will be joining fellow Stylusts member Illo to throw down a 4 turntable team routine (8:30 set time).
For all you fashionably late arrivers... doors open at an early 8pm, and the show will end promptly at 11. Don't be that cool guy strutting towards a locked empty venue at 11:45.
Ticket prices and outlets are on the flyer, click to enlarge.
CAN'T WAIT... GONNA BE BIG!!!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Just snatched this from the La New Shit blog (run by fellow Ottawarians Eric & Vincent). The new mix comes from New York's dj/producer/promoter/club owner Larry Tee - a legendary figure who not only coined the term "electroclash", but also catapulted the careers of Peaches, Scissor Sisters, and Fischerspooner. The unreleased material rammed compilation is on the heavy electro-house tip, with familiar samples and vocals galore throughout.
Larry Tee - New Material Mix (zShare)
Larry Tee ft. Roxy Cottontail - Let’s Make Nasty (Xmas in July Mix)
Larry Tee ft. Jeffrey Starr - Louis Vuitton (Santiago & Bushido mix)
Larry Tee ft. KIM - That’s Not It
Larry Tee - Pussy Beats (Jeff Doubleu mix)
Larry Tee - I Love U (Bart B More mix)
Larry Tee ft. Christopher Just - Get Your Grind on (Xmas in July mix)
Larry Tee ft. Tobell von Cartier & Christopher Just - Black Pussy Surprise
Larry Tee ft. Tobell von Cartier - Clap That Ass (Tomboy mix)
Larry Tee ft. Mel Merio - Hipster Girl
LA's Stones Throw recording artist & boogie-funk master Dâm-Funk will be at the Timekode monthly, alongside fellow Los Angeles music selector TY-G. The Timekode fam (Adam White, Zattar, Eric Roberts) has been consistent in throwing some of Ottawa's best dance parties. Heavily soul, funk, disco, and breaks rooted, the sweatbox of a party is probably the only night in town where you'll find a 35yr old man grooving and snapping his fingers (with eyes closed) in the middle of a heated break dance circle. The jams take place on the 2nd floor of an African restaurant in Chinatown - so you know people travel for that feel-good music.
Here is a Dâm-Funk guest appearance on U-Tern's radio show:
One Day Later Radio (#36) - Special Guest DAM-FUNK (stream link, with download option)
The Keith Diamond Band - All Night Rocker (1981 Millennium)
Terry Burrus and Transe - Love Rockin' (1983 Arista)
Midnight Express - Danger Zone (1983 Tri Fire)
Cliff Dawson - I Can Love You Better (1982 Boardwalk)
Omni - Body Groove (Dub Mix) (1983 Mercury)
Gunter Phillips - 1-2-3- LUV (198? Stanpico)
Raymun - Do You Feel Like I Feel (1983 Clockwork)
Wickett - Can't Get Enough Of You (1983 Mr. T)
David Astri - Dancing Digits (Option "B") (1983 Award)
Airforce - Body Data (1983 AVI)
Kevin McCord - Never Say (1985 Presents)
Prince & The Revolution - 17 Days (1984 Warner Bros.)
The General - Life In The Big City (1983 Vee Kay)
Home Boy aka 'Cecil Lyde' - A Love Connection (1986 Al West)
Dãm-Funk - Burgundy City (2008 Stones Throw)
Party is @ The Eri Café Pan-African Social Club (953 Somerset St. West). Doors 9pm.
Homies Jesse & Ivan (aka the Lookout boys) are throwing a massive jam at The Fix Fridays, with Fool's Gold's Kid Cudi, Kanye West's Plain Pat, Chicago's Hollywod Holt, and jukin' Million $ Mano. $10 cover before 12am is insanely cheap for this lineup, as is the $2 pre-midnight drink pricepoint.
Kid Cudi - Day N Nite (Old Money vocal edit) (zShare)
Kid Cudi - Cudi Get (zShare)
Kid Cudi - Is There Any Love? (ft. Wale) (zShare)
Hollywood Holt - Caked Up (Black Holes Remix) (zShare)
Kanye West - Flashing Lights (Mano Uptempo Remix) (zShare)
The Dream - Shawty is a 10 (Mano remix) (zShare)
Party is @ The Coda Club (4119 St.Laurent). Doors 11pm.
The Tdot "Twelve Steps" Album Record Release Party with the producer himself on decks, DC's Jesse Tittsworth.
Tittsworth - WTF (ft. Kid Sister & Pase Rock) (zShare)
Party is @ Wrongbar (1279 Queen St. West). Doors 10pm.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The above is Adam Tensta's 4th single "Dopeboy", featuring E-Boi.
Tensta has been on a constant come-up since his last year's "My Cool" and "They Wanna Know" hits (off the debut album, It's a Tensta Thing).
And then there's Maskinen - but he keeps it native tongue.
Aaaaah, just received some brand new goodness from Tom. He's finally come out of his summer hibernation mode (where unreachable via, literally, any non face-to-face forms of communication). The isolation + remix and production focus resulted in a slew of bangers, all of which will be posted here in due time.
The first of these - his twist on Kanye's newest single, "Love Lockdown". This shit'll be everywhere within a week... just wait and see.
Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Tom Wrecks remix) (zShare) or (divShare)
* he also made a dub version with less vocals, which I'll add to this post as soon as I get it.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
M.I.A.'s Diplo produced "Paper Planes" beat has been getting an unreal amount of remix attention - even 50 Cent took a wack at it (a pretty wack wack, though). The Trey version is probably my favourite, due to both its unexpectedness and his little twists of the original version (ie. his rendition of "more records than the KGB").
Trey Songz - Paper Planes freestyle (zShare)
Pic by Bret Flashnick (Associated Press)
Holy fuck. I'm in complete shock right now. Been calling people (basically anyone I know that is friends with Adam) to hopefully get an update on their state. Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) & his music collaborator/former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker are currently in critical condition after their plane crashed mid-night, killing the other 4 passengers on board. The flight was following their Friday night outdoor concert near the University of South Carolina - a free gig that drew over 10,000 people into the streets.
My thoughs and prayers are with the boys, their families, and the families of the perished.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Pieter Hugo, winner in the Portraits section of the 2006 World Press Photo competition, was voted one of the world's 50 young photographers who will be considered great by 2025.
Following text by Pieter, on "The Dog's Master":
These photographs came about after a friend emailed me an image taken on a cellphone through a car window (this picture) in Lagos, Nigeria, which depicted a group of men walking down the street with a hyena in chains. A few days later I saw the image reproduced in a South African newspaper with the caption 'The Streets of Lagos'. Nigerian newspapers reported that these men were bank robbers, bodyguards, drug dealers, debt collectors. Myths surrounded them. The image captivated me.
Through a journalist friend I eventually tracked down a Nigerian reporter, Adetokunbo Abiola, who said that he knew the 'Gadawan Kura' as they are known in Hausa (a rough translation: 'hyena handlers/guides').
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
This is the 1st of my two big announcements. About 2/3 years ago, I started promoting hiphop concerts and parties for Kapacity Entertainment, an Ottawa based business headed by good friends Mikey & Graeme. What started as a small local hiphop movement back in '99 quickly evolved into one of Canada's premiere concert/club promotion companies, bringing everyone in from De La Soul, Clipse, and Talib Kweli, to A-Trak, RZA, and Chromeo. Mikey & Graeme were the guys that got me into this music-driven lifestyle. My involvement with their events, bookings, venues, talents, and crowds eventually led to my own bookings and parties (of non-conflicting music genres) & management of Drastik. I owe it all to these two homies, so I'm beyond excited for them and their brand new branch of Kapacity - a talent bookings & management firm by the name of OneLove Artists & Entertainment.
Their official OneLove roster is stackeddd, to say the least.
Live Acts (alphabetical)
Boot Camp Clik
Jeru The Damaja
Kidz In The Hall
RA The Rugged Man
Virgin Blonde Fantasy
Grandmaster Roc Raida
For full company & booking/tour info, hit up the new OneLove A&E website.
PS. OneLove & I will be working together to book a Drastik & Kid Fresh (holder of 3 worldwide, 2 European, & 5 national ITF & DMC DJ championship titles) North American tour this coming spring. Keep your eyes & ears peeled.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I totally skipped on posting this, but then the whole U-God/Yuksek hiphop/electro combo brought it all back. Another hiphop track getting tweaked by an electro-house king. This EPMD joint was remixed by 3 of UK's finest... Sinden, Herve, and Duke Dumont. I'm only posting the Duke version, due to the fact that my iTunes "play count" tab tells me I like it WAY more than the other 2 versions (and because it display's Duke's production versatility).
EPMD - Run It (Duke Dumont remix) (zShare)
Friday, September 12, 2008
It ain't no Wilt Chamberlain feat, but still. Bigups to all who frequent on the reg, the newbie visitors (Russia, central US, where you at?), and fellow blog friends that exchange tunes & keep me in the loop of goodness.
Now a song. Graeme Sinden's recent edit of A-Trak's "Say Whoa". I think it bangs better than the Boys Noize version too.
A-Trak - Say Whoa (Sinden remix) (zShare)
ALSO - 2 BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING THIS WEEK!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I had always been on the neutral tip about Blaqstarr. Never hated, never loved, always liked, but never over the top. My views have changed - and this shit has been on steady repeat for 5 days now. There's something pleasantly raw about his voice and flow... like a rapper crossing over to RnB, with a slight hint of reggae in the way he lengthens some words. The always solid Diplo & Switch with the production credentials too. Why isn't this track absolutely everywhere?!?
THIS IS MY NEW JAM.
Blaqstarr - Get Off (produced by Diplo & Switch) (zShare)
So I started an "Ace ads" section back in July after seeing this witty advertisement. The section is due for an update.
This is a 3 part campaign designed by the DDB Sydney ad agency, comically stressing the importance of wrapping & protecting food. Me likey.
* click pics for full size.
UK's production and remix team Simian Mobile Disco, composed of James Ford & James Anthony Shaw, has a knack for molding careful instrumentations and minimal vocals into ear candy. Here is their deep and bubbly (almost submarine-ish?) version of Kid Sister's "Pro Nails", with very minor intricate sampling and absolutely no vocals from the original.
Kid Sister - Pro Nails (Simian Mobile Disco remix) (zShare)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
This was rather unexpected. Yuksek completely reworking a U-God joint. Remember when U-God sued the Wu Music Group (Wu-Tang Clan) for $170K earlier this year? As one of the article comments said, "U-God should give Wu Music $170K for all those wack verses over the years". Hahaha.
U-God - Ugodzilla (Yuksek remix) (zShare)
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Pic from Gabriel Galvao on Flickr
Just saw this. A study involving 36,000+ people ties certain personality traits to musical genre preferences.
Samba: High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Blues: High self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease
Funk: High self-esteem, creative, not hardworking, outgoing and at ease
Jazz: High self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease
Classical music: High self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease
Read the article here.
Or be a part of the still growing study here.
Vid snatched from Eskay
Yeah there are Dizzee and Wiley, but Kano is (and has been for a good minute now) proper reppin' the UK grime scene too. This is from his upcoming "140th Grime St" album, due for drop September 29th.
PS. Notice how the music crackhead bought a cd, but then got high off a cassette player? You can't play cds with a tape player, you crackhead.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
France's electro-house powerkid Surkin getting his already perfect "White Knight Two" track revamped by 2 equally prestigious names: Chromeo & Laidback Luke.
Surkin - Chrome Knight (feat. Chromeo) (zShare)
Surkin - White Knight Two (Laidback Luke remix) (zShare)
Tdot is taking over. This remix might as well become the city anthem. The "Bounce" original was produced by Toronto's heavy-weights AL-P & JFK (which = MSTRKRFT), with vocals by N.O.R.E & Thunderheist's (+ Toronto's) Isis. Now it's been effectively twerked by the city's newest duo, Mansion (which is DJ Barletta & Van Helder).
MSTRKRFT - Bounce (Mansion remix) (zShare) [YSI]
* I was going to link this back to my older post filled with Barletta originals & remixes... but... it's... gone? Weird.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Heavy hitting wobbly bass makes girls dance with their eyes closed & hands up. Fatman Scoop samples make guys punch air. Combining the two makes everyone go ape-shit on the dancefloor. Everyone knows this.
...and DJ Kue knew it too.
DJ Kue - Fuk it up (zShare) [YSI]
An older Boy 8-Bit joint that never gets old.
Boy 8-Bit - The Cricket Scores (Original Mix) (zShare) [YSI]
Note to Ottawa: Boy 8-Bit will be @ Babylon on October 20th with Diplo, Abe Vigoda, Telepathe, and local homies Jokers of the Scene.