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Wednesday
Aug172011

Everyone Loves Good, Free Shit

A very exciting offer here from my good friend Akua Grant, better known by her stage name Lady Blacktronika.  The first lady of beatdown threw me a hot little link a couple of weeks back for a new project she is working on with Chris Mitchell called The Ikenga Project.

The EP is being offered in conjunction with Lady B's label Sound Kemystry, and it includes three tracks titled Stress, For Real and Passion and Fortune.  I am stoked on this EP, especially on the track Stress, which has a very nostalgic feel to it, perhaps because it reminds me of something that Ratatat would produce -- a band which I listened to a lot back in the summer of 2007.  I am also really feeling Passion and Fortune, a song with tons of muffled excitement in the background and tasty vocal cuts which leave me thinking of the sexy ex-girlfriends I have lost in the past.

Take the EP for a test run, and if you are feeling it, go to Lady Black's soundcloud or scroll down to download the entire EP as a .zip file.

 

FREE 3 Song EP by the Ikenga Project

 

 

Download the free EP by clicking the following link >>> [DOWNLOAD]

 

DICK DIAMONDS

Wednesday
Aug172011

Three In Three (005)

 A very busy summer of DJing, cruising the side streets of Toronto and selling longboards at the shop have made it difficult for me to post on the blog, but I have found three hot tunes to share in this months three in three.

 

Futuristic Space Organs 

Samuel L Session - The Organ Track(Wehbba Remix) >>> [BUY]

Released in February, 2011.

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Revolution, Jazz, Sex.

Stimming  & David August - Sexy Biest >>> [BUY]

Released in July, 2011.

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Ceationist, Deep Evolutionist.

Johnny Dangerous - Emerald City(Sublevel / LADM Alternate Vocal Mix) >>> [BUY]

Released in 2006.

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DURT STASH

Sunday
Aug142011

DRM 012: Neoteric

Since our internet situation has been less than optimal (non-existant) until now, we have been having some trouble with our day to day transactions, one of which has been getting our good old pal Neoteric's Deeply Rooted Mixtape up on the blog so that we could all enjoy this delicious bag of candied tunage together.

Neoteric, who is originally from Canada's West coast, moved out to Europe in order to kick his music career into high gear.  The move has put Neoteric amongst some of the worlds finest electronic producers and our boy is constantly on that hustle and grind, day in and day out -- evidenced by some of the projects he has been working on.

In mid July Neo put out a gnarly followup to his electro house compilation, Turned On Volume 1, through Discobelle.  While the first volume in the compilation series was decidedly electro house, the followup has moved a bit more towards the techier side of house music, a flavourful mix of sweet electronica which we are loving over here at the Deep North. 

Take small bite out of this remix of "How Deep Is Your Love" by Neoteric & Wax Motif -- a savory house biscuit remix -- and then tell us you don't want to devour the whole thing.  I bet you can't.  Download this beautiful bit from discobelle or XLR8TR for free.

 

The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love (Neoteric & Wax Motif Remix) >>> [Free Download]

 

Earlier in the year Neoteric & Wax Motif came together with Southern Fried to put forth the Go Deep EP, which includes remixes of the club banger by Supabeatz, KeithMaxxi Soundsystem as well as local Toronto producer Gingy.  I really like the original mix, but I think Maxxi's version gives it a good run for it's money in my opinion, followed by the version put together by our fellow Torontonian Gingy.

 

Neoteric & Wax Motif - Go Deep >>> [BUY]

 

 

Neoteric & Wax Motif - Go Deep (Maxxi's 12" Deep Mix)  >>> [BUY]

 

Neoteric & Wax Motif - Go Deep (Gingy Remix) >>> [BUY]


As you can see, this guy likes to put in work.  It was no suprise to me that Neo has a very hard time finding a moment to breath in between putting together his White Light and unlisted mixes, doing radio shows for Scion, working as an A&R for Dubsided Records and touring the European continent to bang out shows for big crowds.  After being told that a mix would be difficult to get from him a couple of times, I had pretty much given up - - until one day a few months ago Neo hit me up saying that he had not forgotten us, and that he would have a Deep House mix put together exclusively for the blog.  

So here it is folks, a Deep & Delicious mix by my man Neoteric straight out of Berlin, a place which undoubtedly influenced his selections and desire to focus a bit more on the deeper side of house, a side which i wish was as popular here in Canada as it is on the European continent.  Now, let's dig into this hearty melange of deep, dirty tracks.  

To view the tracklisting along with the other eleven DRM mixes in our exclusive series, click here.

 

DRM 012 - Neoteric's Exclusive Deeply Rooted Mixtape >>> Right Click, "Save As.."

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DICK DIAMONDS

Sunday
Aug142011

Sphere Voyage

Not going to say much about this new sizzling hot tune by Martyn called Masks other than: WOAH.

Masks.  Aptly named, the track - - along with the entire August 2nd Masks/Viper release on Brainfeeder - - is a departure from Martyn's usual production sphere centered on bass music. taking listeners into the spheres of techno/house/electronica, something that may be unfamiliar or, completely unknown to some of the man's fans and followers.

We love the deep, greasy groove you get with this song, especially our blog-mate Book, but be sure to let us know what you think by leaving a comment to this post!!

 

Martyn - Masks >>> [BUY IT]

Dig right on in, don't be shy and please leave a comment if you like the track.  Thanks go out to our boy Terror Tone of Stacked Records for tuning me into this one a couple of weeks ago.

 

DICK DIAMONDS

Sunday
Aug142011

Oh, hello ... We Are Back.

The Deep North is back and ready for action.  The new HQ is now hooked up with the internet so we will be back to our regular routine of serving hot, hot servings of deep and delicious house music - - at least according to our tastes.

To comemorate the return, we have a big mix by Neoteric coming at you for DRM012, but we will talk about that one in a bit.

For now, let's turn our attention over to French producer Romain Ruffiac, aka Remain, an artist whom I just found out about during a latenight dig for music last week.  The French producer recently released a ruthless stinger of a tune called Concrete on the french imprint Family Name.  The sixth release on the Family imprint, Concrete comes in a huge package - - possibly the biggest one I have seen for a single - - consisting of eight (8) remixes of the original.  Yes, 8 remixes, one release.

I will let you judge it yourself, but I am bent over whether the original mix is the best version, or whether the remixes by the UK's Matt Walsh or France's Matthus Raman take the cake.  I am still undecided, so listen to these three and decide for yourselves.  Perhaps the release could have come with fewer remixes, because most could not even dream of reaching surefire banger status like these ones...in my humble opinion of course.

CAUTION: EXTREMELY HOT.

Remain - Concrete (Original Mix) >>> [BUY] 

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Remain - Concrete (Matt Walsh Remix) >>> [BUY]

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Remain - Concrete (Matthus Raman Remix) >>> [BUY]

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If you get a chance, also check out Remain's Ralf EP which I am also pretty into.  Stay cool, stay in school!!

 

DICK DIAMONDS

Friday
Aug122011

Phantom Ambulance's Medicine EP On Thoughtless Music

ATTENTION ALL READERS, LISTENERS & LURKERS.

We have a special announcement today concerning some of our crew members here at the Deep North, in particular the two weirdo's who make up Toronto's hottest new Techno duo Phantom Ambulance.  For those who don't know anything about this see-through EMS vehicle which produces bad-ass tech house, deep house and techno, the duo consists of twenty-one year old friends and obsessive music fans Max the Fax (Deep North founding member, resident DJ and contributor) and Maxwell Lucas (Deep North resident DJ).

The two young producers came together less than a year ago after techno-loving Max the Fax had decided to step his production game up from Garageband to Ableton, following a post I did on his tunes on plugged not thugged last spring and after playing his first ever DJ set at Tick, Tech, Toe, a tech-house night at downtown drinkhole TOTA Lounge.  Maxwell Lucas, a classically trained musician, was lured into the EDM scene by his longtime friend Max's obsession, and before one could blink an eye the two were pumping out killer tunes that were so technically sound, quirky and novel that they impressed even the most respected producers in the game, including Canadian techno titan and Thoughtless Music head Noah Pred.

After hearing a few tunes by the Ambulance, Noah decided to back The Medicine EP, a four track digital release on Thoughtless Music which includes two original tracks -- Medicine and Fabulous -- along with two remixes of Medicine by producers Beton Brut and Dactilar.  The EP is the first release for the boys, and we could not be happier then to see it happen on a Canadian label run by a veteran musician such as Noah, who treats the label as a large family.  In case you are not familiar with this label, the exceptionally talented roster should speak volumes in terms of Thoughtless' penchant for releasing only extremely high quality work.  The imprint has released material by some of the worlds best EDM producers including Jonny White, Kate Simko, Talal & Zoi, James Teej, Mike Shannon, Arthur Oskan, Sean Roman, Zaid Edghaim, Tomas Jirku and Noah Pred himself.  I speak on the whole crew's behalf when I say thank you to Thoughtless Music, Noah and everyone who has supported Phantom Ambulance in the past, present and future.  

 

Below I am going to include four 3-minute previews of the entire Medicine EP, from the originals to the remixes, to give everyone a taste of what the release is like.  We will also direct you to the groubs Bandcamp Page where you will be able to download around five to six previously shared 320kbps Phantom Ambulance tracks FOR FREE!!  GO GET THEM WHILE ITS HOT!!!

 

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PREVIEW #1: Phantom Ambulance - Medicine (Original Mix) << [BUY IT]


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PREVIEW #2: Phantom Ambulance - Fabulous (Original Mix) >> [BUY IT]


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PREVIEW #3: Phantom Ambulance - Medicine (Beton Brut Remix) >>[BUY IT]

 

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PREVIEW #4: Phantom Ambulance - Medicine (Dactilar Remix) >> [BUY IT]

 

Hope you love these tunes as much as I did.  Make sure you grab more FREE PHANTOM AMBULANCE 320's HERE.

 

DICK DIAMONDS

Thursday
Aug112011

DRM 011: Tasc

Our eleventh exclusive comes from our home town of Toronto, courteousy of our friend Matt Patry, aka Tasc, a well known veteran DJ and turntablist in the Canadian music scene.  I am not kidding when I say that this guy brings the big guns to any dance floor shootout he gets involved with, often turning any crowd into a frenzied dance mob within minutes of touching the decks.  I personally wish I could see him spin this weekend in the Algonquin area for WEMF, a major music festival held deep in the Northern bass-bushes of Ontario.  Although he may been known more recently for his bass banging sets characteristic of the Channel One family, Patry is a bigtime house head, a lover of that good old four to the floor that we love so much here at The Deep North.  Folks, it is for this reason that we called upon him to cook up something extra nice for the readers of our blog.  Tasc's oven just opened up, and let's just say you should expect a delicious treat of hot, hot heat.

The Channel One bass-ballin' team member and Spaceballin' head honcho brings us a big, bad musical meatloaf jammed with all sorts of dance floor goodies and cooked to sweet, succulent aural perfection.  We suggest that you prepare yourself because this hot loaf of house music is so dirty that you will have to put on a bib just to keep your life presentable after digging into this one.  Prepare to bob and weave for a good hour and a half, as Tasc took this mix to the limit.  Don't think about it, just dig into it.  Are you up to the task?

DRM O11 - TASC's Exclusive Deeply Rooted Mixtape for The Deep North 

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The tracklisting for this mix, along with the other mixes in the DRM series can be found here.

DICK DIAMONDS

Thursday
Aug112011

Feelgood Patch

This track by newcomer Outboxx has really been doing it for me lately, standing out from the ever-accelerating stream of killer UK-bass rooted house productions for it's rejection of the futurist sounds usually employed by the genre in favour of a very traditional sound palette that is nothing if not refreshing.  The great side-chained keys and groovy synth-bass sound could almost be stock presets found in garageband, but the focus here is all on the vibe and melody.  Check the track below to hear what I am talking about.

Outboxx - Blueberry Lemon >>> [BUY IT]

 

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 BOOK

Tuesday
Aug092011

We Need A Connection...

We have moved to a new spot, and as a result, have been without internet in The Deep North HQ for the past week.  Fear not, we should be back in action in the next few days.  We apologize for the slow rate of updates.  Great news though, as we have great new exclusive mixes on the way from Neoteric, Tasc and Zaid Edghaim.  That should build some anticipation for the coming week.

In the meantime, enjoy these sweet tunes by Danny Daze, Maceoplex and Caribou.

 

Danny Daze - Fall Away From Love >>> [BUY]

 


DJ T. - City Life ft. Cari Goldman (Maceo Plex Remix) >>> [BUY]



Virgo Four - It's A Crime (Caribou Remix) >>> [BUY]


 

Benoit & Sergio - Principles >>> [BUY]


Again, we apologize for the slow updates, but we will be back in action soon enough.  Thanks for the patience. 

Sincerely,

Dick Diamonds

Thursday
Aug042011

Who The Fuck Is... (002)

LEE WEBSTER??

I was tuned into this amazingly talented producers music by Bubba, through his wicked exclusive mix for The Deep North (Bubba's Bass Huggin Mix - DRM010).  It was here that I first heard the track Style Wars, as it was the opening song on Bubba's murderous mix.  I had never heard of Lee Webster (aka Mr. Hi Rize, Larry Concha) before, but I am super glad that our boy Bubba introduced his tunes to us.  This guy is a phenomenal producer, especially in terms of the number of high quality tunes he churns out each month.  Take a look at his soundcloud to get an idea about just what I am talking about.  Tons of great tunes, edits and remixes populate the page, most which are unsigned and offered as free downloads. Hey label heads!! Wake up and smell the Webster...there are tons of heaters waiting to be picked up and released.

I think it will be a matter of time before we start hearing more and more about Mr. Webster and his obsession with both fingers and house music.  Originally from London, the Barcelona-based Webster's production is not only limited to House music, as you will see that he also produces some wicked Hip-Hop tracks and even some bass music.  Heavily influenced by garage, jackin house, disco, funk, hip hop and deep house, Lee states that his musical style can be described as a marriage between "Dope and Deep".  I would have to agree.

Here are a few of Lee's tracks which I picked up off his soundcloud page.  You should do the same, you will love it.  To download the tracks, click each tracks "download" button on the soundcloud player.

 

 

Lee Webster - Trains & Walls (Style Wars)

 

 

Lee Webster - Stroke Your Cat

 

 

Todd Terry - Scat Cat (Lee Webster's Scat Dog Remix)

 

 

Lee Webster - Mango Love

 

Lee Webster - Menage A Trois 

 

 

Wu Tang Clan - Da Mystery of Chessboxing (Lee Webster's Cocaine Disco Remix) 

I love Wu-Tang as much as life itself, and I personally thank Lee for doing this remix of a classic.

 

DICK DIAMONDS