Imagine a COMMUNITY MUSIC MARKET made up of interesting people who all share a COMMON PASSION for ELECTRONIC MUSIC (or any music for that matter)..
Imagine if these interesting music enthusiasts brought their USED AUDIO EQUIPMENT, OLD RECORDS, CDs, TAPES, DJ GEAR, AMPS, VINTAGE SYNTHESIZERS, STEREOS, HEADPHONES, TURNTABLES, CDJs, EFFECTS PEDALS, STUDIO EQUIPMENT, PRODUCTION HARDWARE and any gear related to dance music to this community market in order to BUY, SELL & BARTER with one another over GOOD FOOD, COLD DRINKS & FAT BASSLINES.
NOW..... IMAGINE IT WAS A REALITY.
We are putting on a crazy event this SATURDAY at 360 GEARY AVE (Geary Lane) that you really do not want to miss.
Get all the details about the event here, on the BIG CITY BEAT BAZAAR event page.
Today is a special day for a special young cat from Toronto who has been on our radar for a while now. Xavier Gonzalez is the son of a well known Toronto DJ and producer Alvaro Gonzalez (Roots & Wings), and it is no question that this young buck has music on his mind, all the time.
It's a fact that being brought up by a Father who spins proper house music is a blessing, one which few can relate to. Xavier obviously has been lucky when it comes to proper influences in his life, and I got to know this kid after he introduced himself at one of our parties.
I respect people who put themselves out there, swallow their pride and go for it.... a lot. It took me no time to see where this kid's heart was. Having one's heart in the right place is the most important thing, along with hard work and of course integrity.
So I took no time thinking about it and gave him his first house music gig last year, where he opened for Antwon Faulkner on college street, and shortly after learning the basics on CDJs at my place one late night, Xavier was playing b2b with his dad at Late & Deep. That was a cool thing to see.... I wish my dad played house music with me.
Xavier has been djing Hip Hop and House for a while, and although he is pretty new to the scene, he has some serious skill and even more serious potential. It was no suprise to me when I saw that this young gun had landed his first release -- which drops today via Traxsource -- for Ron Allen's record label Strobe, joining esteemed artists such as Nick Holder, Gene King, Demarkus Lewis and Ron himself.
XAVIER GONZALEZ - PALETTE EP...................................... BUY IT (Strobe Records)
Check out his soundcloud as well as the release, and show your support for this young Toronto talent and an important T.O. label by buying it if you like it. Big ups to Xavier, we are definitely rooting for ya brother. keep killin shit!
Here is a bit more from the X-files of Mr. Gonzalez, just to keep you guys on point today.
Xavier Gonzalez - Mix for Punctured Recordings
Maxwell Church has been getting a tonne of praise -- including a mention on BlogTO's music column this week -- for his phenomenal take on Techno following Lab.our 004, the second EP the young Deep North co-founder has put out on the imprint - - run by both Basic Soul Unit and Jason Ulrich. His tracks have been dropped in Berghain, on Boiler Room and from what we can tell - - nearly every corner of this techno-loving planet.
DJ DEEP plays MAXWELL CHURCH - DOLDRUK on BOILER ROOM (@39 mins)
TEASER of "LAB.OUR 004" - courteousy of Lab.our Music
This is not a suprise to us, we have known of Max's potential for quite some time, and it is fantastic to see him being recognized for the beautifully raw musical masterpeices he creates.
MAXWELL CHURCH - MIX FOR WICHELROEDE
You will be hearing lots more about this madman in the future - - mark our words!
This coming friday The Deep North along with our friends at GrooveTO, Vinyl Vaults, Punctured Recordings and of course our overarching family Northern Alliance will be throwing an event at Wrongbar called RAWDITORY TRANSMISSION ft. BASIC SOUL UNIT (Lab.our Music) & JASON ULRICH (Lab.our Music), along with opening sets by MR. PABLO (Vinyl Vaults), ALVARO GONZALES (PUNCTURED RECORDINGS) and a closing set by long time Deep North member and friend BOOK(aka Ben Wood).
BOOK has a vinyl release scheduled with DNR this year (DNR005), and has made a mix to promote this coming week's event, which will feature a number of skilled Vinyl DJ's who will properly school us on how it is done. I am loving this excellent mix by our man Book, as always a super solid selection of tracks by a sick member of the crew.
BOOK / BENJAMIN WOOD - SOMNAMBULANCE MIX >> Book's Mixcloud
Also while we are here.... check out to great mixes by our homeboys Basic Soul Unit and Jason Ulrich which should also get you salivating for the weekend if you are not already. See you at Wrongbar on Friday guys!
BASIC SOUL UNIT @ REX CLUB PARIS [DOLLY SHOWCASE]
JASON ULRICH - LABOUR001 PODCAST [LAB.OUR MUSIC]
Outstrip has just done a remix for Dick Diamonds and Sean Roman on Beef Records. Personally, I prefer the orginal but I like the bass heavy take on this one.
Sean Roman & Dick Diamonds - Late & Deep (Outstrip Remix)
Throwing up a few mixes and tidbits from some great artists and homies which include some big tracks, heavy grooves and badass beats we thought the Deep North readers would definitely like. The first mix comes from Northern Ireland's JC Willians (4Lux, Extended Play, DNR) a label mate of mine and an integral member of the Extended Play imprint based out of Belfast. JC Williams is one of my favourite upcoming artists out there today and has some of the tightest production I have heard - - from jacking house jams to gnarly acid heavy honkers.
JC WILLIAMS - LIVE AT SHINE (w. Phil Kieran, Maya Jane Coles June 2014)
FRACTIOUS & JC WILLIAMS - PRIMAL FUNCTION EP (GEM RECORDS)
Next up comes a mix from an equally important upcoming artist and Deep North Records label member from Texas - - TX Connect (Creme Organization, L.I.E.S., DNR) aka Gavin Guthrie. I caught wind of our good friend about a year ago when I heard a mix by DJ TLR (Creme Organization's Bossman) and two insanely raw and authentic acid house and techno tracks caught my attention immediately. After asking TLR if he could tell me the track ID's, it turned out both were by the same artist, who he said would be releasing on his highly regarded imprint later that year. After doing some research, I realized this guy was completely unknown and judging by the fact that Creme was putting out his shit, that he was gonna be somebody. I had to get my hand on these tracks and connected with him over our shared interest in Acid House and all things raw and real. Some of you probably caught one of his sets in Toronto last month when we flew Gavin out for a show - - but here is some more from this tastemaker and swelling musical Tsunami. Watch out for an EP and remix for DNR later this year on Wax and Digital formats.
TX CONNECT - LIVE SET [ For Detour & Co. - Episode 3 ]
TX CONNECT - CREME ORGANIZATION 2xLP >>> Buy It on Vinyl / Digital
The Swedish producer known Rivet (Skudge, Zodiac44, Kontra-Musik) has been making music for some time now but is beggining to really make waves after being picked up by serious imprints such as Skudge Presents and Kontra Musik. Known for his really organic sounds which really shine in terms of orginality and tight production quality. He was featured on Resident Advisor's podcast series (RA 410) as well as the site's Breaking Through series. Here is a mix he did recently for lfo.fm with Heikki - - I want to thank him for including one of the new Hermans tracks "Warp Shank" in this mix during the second half. Keep your eyes peeled for more from this guy - - guaranteed goodness.
RIVET & HEIKKI - LFO.FM MIX (JUNE 2014)
RIVET - SKUDGE vs KONTRA-MUSIK LABEL NIGHT MIX (May 2013)
You can find (or not find) track lists for the mixes on each artist's soundcloud page.... unfortunately we cannot care enough to do ALL the work for you. However, we do hope you enjoy the music, as always.
Dick Diamonds / Jerry Riggs
Luca Lozano aka Lucas Hunter - - founder of Klasse Records and formerly one half of Zombie Disco Squad - - is back with yet another huge release on yet another super respected label. This time we see him putting it up for the Optimo Music camp, and as expected from this label... the music is top notch.
Definitely suggest you all keep your eyes on this monster if you aren't already. He's been doing good stuff for a long time, and I am sure we won't see this guy slow it down at all any time soon. As his pyseudonym suggests, he is a pretty serious mother fucker.... but no, not Italian.
LUCA LOZANO - AND IT WAS GOOD EP [OPTIMO] >>> Buy It Now
While we are here, we also wanted to share a couple of other dope releases by the UK-gone-Berlin producer and label boss, one of the main men behind the Klasse Wrecks brand.
LUCA LOZANO - LIFE IN BLACK & WHITE LP [Klasse Wrecks] >>> Buy It Now
LUCA LOZANO & MR. HO - DOBB MEEP/DIFFERENT CIRCLES [DISC OVER MUSIC] >>> Buy Now
Klasse Wrecks (aka Klasse Recordings) is the brainchild of Luca Lozano and Mr. Ho is a graffitti-inspired label releasing roots house and techno on Vinyl, Digital and even Tape format since 2010. The Klasse crew has long been a favourite of ours here at The Deep North, as evidenced by some of them coming to play in Canada at our Late & Deep events (sometimes more than once!) and some of us having the pleasure to have been invited to release on this wonderful label and its new vinyl only sublabel Zodiac44 (Forthcoming). Check out some of the wicked tracks Luca and his Klasse fam have made below and on their soundcloud.
RECENT KLASSE RELEASES (VINYL/DIGITAL) >>> BUY SOME WAX & DIGITAL
ZODIAC44 - ZAQUA
That should be enough for now. Still hungry for more Klasse stuff? Check the soundcloud.
Top Billin is a label which has done a lot for house music and club culture during the age of the internet. The Helsinki-based crew generally has spot on taste for good floor crushing club tracks. Giving these boys a shout out from our blog has been long overdue and after hearing the latest by TOO LATE PRODUCTIONS on their soundcloud page, I decided today was the day to sit down and create some content for our recent attempts to acheive some level of blog revival here at the Deep North.
Listen to the GHETTO TRAX EP then buy it here for less than two chocolate bars. Real ass moving shit right here.
TOO LATE PRODUCTIONS - GHETTO TRAX EP >>> Buy It Cheap
Homeboy Deepchild aka Rick Bull has some new Wax hitting the shelves this week via well known producer and audio engineer Tim Xavier's new imprint Face to Face records. A long time favourite of ours, and future member of the Deep North Records artist roster, Rick never ceases to impress us and others around the world. Serious dancefloor Grunk dealer. Git at it before the rum runs dry and the new label's debut EP sells the fuck out.
DEEPCHILD - HAITIAN RUM RUNNER EP [Face to Face Recs] >>> Buy It
If you are a Deepchild fan based in North America, and you have been hoping to catch this guy live in the flesh at his best (probably not in a dress, but you never know), this could be your year.... Deepchild is embarking on a North American Tour and may be in a city near you. We suggest you check out his Resident Advisor Page to see if he will be in your area. That is of course, if he does not get deported.
Oh yes, before I forget to make mention of this again, Deepchild has also launched a new label project recently called Seppuku which is the "sound of uneasy futurism. Seppuku explores the haunted backlots of techno and electronica, broken memetics, parallel lives, lost rituals from dead and imagined cities. Cavernous techno, expansive soundscapes, and encoded voices filtered through redundant technology". Check out a review on the first release here, then make a point of swinging by the label's soundcloud page. For the extra lazy internet slugs out there, I have included snips of the first two weapons released by the label below. Meaty.
SEPPUKU 001: ARCHANE - DOUBT EP >>> Buy It
SEPPUKU 002: DEEPCHILD - SOURCE CODE EP >>> Buy It
What's up y'all, GCue of the Deep North crew signing in for my first official blog post. If you're a fan of my mixtapes & late night sets, you'll know that my playlists run pretty deep across the house spectrum. It's a pretty simple formula actually. All things disco, funky, deep, raw, techno, acid...is all house music in my mind. Moreover, if it's house music made by the hometown fam then you'll certainly find it being played in one of my sets, if not, lingering around in my cd booklet or usb rekord box, ready to be fired off at any given moment. Since i've recently got back in the game of purchasing vinyl records, you'll be damn sure to find this hot new Hermans vinyl-only release, in my box of blazing black crack as soon as next month hits - July 21st to be exact. With remix support from Toronto's own Basic Soul Unit, and pre-release support from our industry's leading djs and producers, this limited pressing will be as good as gone, as soon as it hits the shelf at your friendly neighbourhood record shop. Shout out to Zodiac 44 - Zaires, for putting on our techno-twizzling homeboys.
HERMANS - ZAIRES EP [Zodiac44 Vinyl Only] >>> Pre-Order Here