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Thursday
Sep012011

S.A.S. = Such Awesome Stuff?

"S.A.S. is Subb-an and Shelton, and it’s our alias for the more housey, broken beat, Chicago, after party style tunes. It is more edits based but you will hear in some of them that the music has been totally reproduced, we’’ve got loads of S.A.S stuff to come this year"

- Subb-an, in his interview for The Burlington Project 

It took me a while to figure it out, but S.A.Ssimply stands for Subb-an and Sheltonand I had been vibing off of this duo's collaboration work well before I had any idea who the two producers behind the project were.  Knowing who S.A.S. really are has put all the mysterious pieces into place for me, as the talented and extremely versatile duo produces everything from nu-disco to deep house to hip hop.

I am a fan of both producers' solo work, and the two have been on a tremendous heat streak with awesome releases on labels such as Foot & Mouth and Hot Natured.  Their latest release on Foot & Mouth, the Are You Satisfied EP, is more than satisfying, if I may say so myself.  The four edits on the release are funky, fresh and banging dancefloor fire starters.   Check out You Gotta Think from their latest release, as well as some solo productions from each producer before digging into this S.A.S. Mix made for the Soulclap Blog.  Such Awesome Stuff.

 

S.A.S. - You Gotta Think >>> [BUY]

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Subb-an - The Lovers Night (ft. Beckford) >>> [BUY]

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 Subb-an - You Got All Night (Edit) >>> FREE, Right Click, "save link as"

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Adam Shelton - Do Not Attempt >>> [BUY]

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DICK DIAMONDS

Wednesday
Aug312011

Hooked On Heart Beats

Artwork by Dick DiamondsTwo songs with that feelgood Nu-Disco vibe.  Two song's by talented producers.  Two song's united in one post because they both contain the word "heartbeat" in them.  This is as good of a reason as any for me to write a post on lovely music that sends shivers up the spine and moves my soul - -  hopefully yours as well.

This re-work of Heartbeat by Paul Woolford takes the cake at this Nu Disco party, mainly for its amazingly catchy and pleasant melody, which turns a seemingly sad tune into something happy, one could almost even say it makes you feel euphoric.  Simply put, I love this Locol Action release with all of my heart.  *Blush*

T. Williams, Terri Walker & Paul Woolford - Heartbeat (Paul Woolford Rewurq) >>> [BUY]

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If you haven't been able to tell, I am a Sean Roman addict.  Failing at other avenues to finally "Shake the Seans",  I am now trying to drag all of my friends into this addiction with me - - in order to feel some security that I am not alone in this dark, dark world of Roman tune binging.  Actually, it's a great addiction to have, especially since Sean produces only the cleanest smack for one to bang out to, such  this wicked edit of Glass' song Let Me Feel Your Heartbeat.  Somebody call the doctor.

Glass - Let Me Feel Your Heartbeat (Sean Roman Edit  > > > Download, Right Click, Save As

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Tuesday
Aug302011

Strange Animals, Talking Melodies

It's no secret amongst those who know me that I am an absolutely crazy fanatic for the music of Jamie Jones.  It might be a lesser known fact that I am also a huge fan of the Talking Heads, a band which made wonderful music between 1976 - 1988, and which has developed a well deserved cult-following, largely due to the genius of it's lead singer David Byrne.

What do you get when you combine Jamie Jones, Wolf + Lamb's main man Gadi Mizrahi and The Talking Heads?  This wonderful edit of 1983's This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), easily one of my favourite tracks by this classic band.  Enjoy the video of the original tune, then check out the wicked edit - - released by Wolf + Lamb Black on Vinyl.

 

The Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

 


The Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Jamie Jones & Gadi Mizrahi Edit) >>> [BUY Vinyl]

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While you're at it, you may as well grab Music for Dreams' owner Kenneth Badger's edit of David Byrne's song Strange Overtones as well.  Although it is a little less "electronic" than what we usually post, I will still bet 1 million dollars that most will love this succulent musical morsel.   

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David Byrne - Strange Overtones(Kenneth Badgers Strage Rabbit Tones Edit) >>> [FREE]

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DICK DIAMONDS

Tuesday
Aug302011

Joey, Jozif and Kevin

I have three tracks here which are worth mentioning, not because they are all fresh on the market, but because I have played them so much that I almost feel obliged to.

The first track I will mention is the original mix of Kings Cross by Joey Jumble and Felipe Cruz, released in the fall of 2009 on PM Music.  This tech house track would be perfect for a big room party with fat, rounded bass and powerful kicks - - definitly one for those all hopped up and ready to jump around.  Far from deep, this one may actually be very annoying to some of you, and even slightly dangerous for anyone suffering from ADD.  Let's risk it.

Joey Jumble & Felipe Cruz - Kings Cross (Original Mix) >>> [BUY] 

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Next up is one from the UK's Kevin McKaya bad ass house producer who is also the founder of the Glasgow Underground imprint.  His track Propaganda is possibly the most standout track from his Club World EP, released in the first quarter of 2011 on Glasgow Underground.  This house track is a banger which will pound the living crap out of your head, and likely cause your downstairs neighbours to bang against their cieling in hopes that you might actually keep it down.  Prediction.  True?

Kevin McKay - Propaganda (Original Mix) >>> [BUY]

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Finally, the third track I wish to share comes from the deeper end of the spectrum unlike the previous two tunes and was one of the tracks recommended on Juno's February Tech/Minimal chart - - which is excactly where I heard this InFine release first.  The song is called Sunrise by England's Jozifa name which has been getting more and more attention over the past year.  Read the review of Jozif's Sunrise EP (4/5) on Resident Advisor - - and for those really digging the tune, make sure you peep Jozif's podcast for Resident Advisor, RA.235, which is packed full of exclusive edits and remixes.

Jozif - Sunrise (Original Mix) >>> [BUY]

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DICK DIAMONDS

Monday
Aug292011

DEEP NEWS: Events Page

Hello Everyone!!

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that they are just as happy as we are that the Monday grind was not too horrible.  Just wanted to let everyone know that we have had a couple of updates on the site which might be of interest to you, especially if you live in our hometown of Toronto.

We now have a two new sections dealing with upcoming events, which you can access on the right hand side of the blog.  One of the sections relates to our monthly late night parties, aka the Late & Deep party series, which links directly to the official Late & Deep website. This site will keep you updated as to when our next Late & Deep event will be.  The second section is titled Upcoming Events, and this page will let you know when you can catch one of our official parties, as well as other parties which we help organize or which one of our resident DJs will be playing at.  Check them out!!

Here is a sweet Nu-Disco mix put together by our boy DJ Fame, who will be playing alongside Justin Tyce, Boots Boogie and myself Dick Diamonds.  Check out the event on our Upcoming Events page, and also keep your eyes open for DJ Fame's upcoming exclusive DRM mix for the blog!!

 

DJ Fame - Hawaii Disc-O - Summer 2011 Nu Disco Mix by DJ Fame

 

DICK DIAMONDS 

Friday
Aug262011

DRM 014: Noah Pred

The 14th submission in our exclusive DRM mix series comes from Noah Pred, a great producer, DJ, buinessman and leader in the Canadian Techno scene and beyond.  The owner of the successful Thoughtless music imprint is a very busy guy who -- despite his constant hustle -- always finds the tme to invest in the well being of the artists on his label, put together fun events to help promote those artists and also to help those who have helped help him in the past.  With releases on Thoughtless, My Favourite Robot and New Kanada, among others, Noah Pred has established himself among the top techno producers out there.

Take a moment to download this wonderful exclusive mix that Noah sent us.  The mix is actually a live recording of a recent set Noah did at Li'ly, a Toronto bar & afterhours club - - one which sees a number of top producers and DJs rock out at.  Noah was also kind enough to share two amazing tracks with the readers of the Deep North, Milk Thistle and my personal favourite Unsung FWD Dub, both released on the Thoughless imprint. Enjoy!

Noah Pred - Milk Thistle >>> [BUY]

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Noah Pred - Unsung FWD Dub >>> [BUY Original]

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DRM 014 - Noah Pred's Exclusive Live Set, Recorded @ Li'ly on July 29, 2011 

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DICK DIAMONDS

Wednesday
Aug242011

More Exclusives: Sean Roman & Jeff Rhodes

Another exclusive?  You know how it is here at The Deep North, we always share the goodies we get when we can.  Our boy Sean Roman is on fire right now, developing dance floor monsters that in my opinion, are some of the baddest house heaters coming out of Canada at the moment.  Recently Sean sent me a few tracks of his, many of which had recently been signed to killer labels such as Hot Waves, , Act Natural, Assembly and My Favourite Robot.  While all the tracks were serious heaters, my very favourite was one called Quirks, which he produced with Jeff Rhodes.


SEAN ROMAN & JEFF RHODES - QUIRKS .......... Download below.

While the -- suprisingly -- unsigned song is very simple, the vocal loop and the bassline werre destined to be together, combining to help create an infectiously catchy track that has me shaking without every day unless I get my fix - - a quirky dose on a phat set of speakers.

Sean told me at Late & Deep III this past weekend that I could put it up on the blog as an exclusive to share with the readership - - so here I am.  While I am stoked and honoured to share it with the world via the Deep North, I am only going to share the 128kbps version.  Why?  Simply because I think that Sean should hold out until someone realizes that this track is a wicked party jam that needs to be released.  In the meantime, here is the 128kbps version to get y'all excited.  Someone pick this one up please.

You can catch Sean Roman alongside DR.DVS, Pavel Elkin and myself Dick Diamonds, this Friday night at Augusta House for Nevernight - - a FREE jam I am putting together for fun.  It's always a good time seeing sean rip it up, so reach out if you want to hear some Deep House and Techno treats from this guy.  Check out the details for this event on Resident Advisor.

Sean Roman & Jeff Rhodes - Quirks [Deep North Exclusive] >>> Right Click, "Save Link"

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DICK DIAMONDS

Monday
Aug222011

EXCLUSIVE TRACK: INSOMNIA by 3.A.M.

Last week I got an email from my good friend Terror Tone, head honcho over at bass-loving Stacked Records, which contained a new track by 3.A.M., a hometown trio made up of Paul Rusu, AJ Healy and Feddy Haze.  Tone told me that the style of house did not quite fit the bill for but said that the song should be heard by me because the three local chaps were "hungry" and hustling their material - - something I like to see.  I am a huge believer that only artists themselves can get the ball rolling by getting heads turning ealry, an absolutely crucial step in making something for yourself within the music industry in my opinion.  You have got to work for yourself, and let others see that you are worth investment.

While the track falls into the progressive house category - - which doesn't tickle my fancyoften - - there is a destinctive tech house feel to it, which kept me engaged and held me until the end of the track.  While I would argue that this tune doesn't really bring anything overly fresh to the table, it definitly is something some of our readers would enjoy, especially because the track is available for free download at full 320kbps quality.  I will note however, that I was really into the funky drum loop that shows itself from time to time on this one.

Check the tune, and leave some constructive feedback for the boys of 3.A.M. before you check out their soundcloud and  facebook pages.

3.A.M. - Insomnia (Original Mix) >>> FREE 320, Right click, "save as"

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DICK DIAMONDS

Sunday
Aug212011

Free Fax Trax & Herman's Mix

"The kids are on fire!"

That is what I heard a little old lady say as dozens of small children ran out of a birthday party at a local McDonalds this afternoon, smoke billowing out of the windows as clowns with fire extinguishers piled out of an amphibious 2-door 1968 Volkswagon Beetle.  In the end, the clowns failed to extinguish the fire, and only one double cheeseburger was saved from the blaze.

Just joking.

On a serious note, here are two brand new tunes by a kid who is on fire, The Deep North's Max the Fax.  The kid - - one half of Phantom Ambulance and my new roommate - - is always working on music in the bits of time he has between working and sleeping long hours, with the only break he takes being when he is contemplating whether or not he should cook up some gourmet fettuccini and chicken.  I wish he made that stuff as much as he makes tunes.

You can download the songs either below, or through his bandcamp page.  If you like what you hear, leave us a small comment - - we love the feedback.  

 

Max the Fax - Long Gone (Original Mix) >>> [Max's Bandcamp]

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Max the Fax - Sawmill Blues (Original Mix)  >>> [Max's Bandcamp]

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Keep your eyes out for a new track by Max and I in the coming week or so, as we have been working on the debut tune for our project dubbed "The Hermans".  Here is a little mix we did way back in May, late and drunk after a party.  It was actually our first ever b2b set.  It's far from perfect, but a fun little mix to get you through the mondaze.

The tracklist can be found in the "information" section of the track, under the "lyrics" tab on iTunes.

The Hermans - P. & Wee Hermans' Great Adventure >> Right Click, "Save As"

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DICK DIAMONDS

 

Friday
Aug192011

DRM 013: Zaid Edghaim

What a hectic week.  I hope everyone is as stoked as I am to see Deepchild, Noah Pred, Alicia Hush and our very own Phantom Ambulance tonight at Li'ly resto lounge for the official Phantom Ambulance Medicine EP release party.  I just wish that our friend and Thoughtless Music artist Zaid Edghaim would also be in attendance, because word on the street is that he won't be making it.

Like they say, there is something good to be found in every bad situation.  So, while Zaid won't be there to celebrate with us tonight, the good news is that we have a new exclusive mix from him to add to our blazing hot Deeply Rooted Mixtape collection.  I got this sweet set from Zaid over a week ago, but the unstoppable DRM transport trucks have been unloading hot mix after mix on us, causing a serious roadblock of mixes on the trans-northern musical highway.

Get ready for a sweet journey through the deep, minimalist reaches of heaven.  People, this mix is nothing short of amazing, so buckle up, and keep your hands and feet out of the aisle.

DRM 013 - Zaid Edghaim's Exclusive Deeply Rooted Mixtape <<< Right Click, "Save As"

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For more great music by Zaid, check out his soundcloud page.

DICK DIAMONDS