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Friday
Jul262013

BRRRRRR,,,,,,

 

Yo, it's Rhobot Jones back again with a heater that's real chill to cool you down this hot summer. On the chopping block tonight we've got long time Deep North supporter Lucian C who just turned out an exclusive mix for us. Right now I'm grooving to it as I write to you all. So you all know what to do, hit the link and get right or get left. You will be pleasantly pleased with this. 

 

RJ Out

Tuesday
Dec112012

Moss Sandwich


New heat from one of my favourites, Dial Records co-owner, Lawrence. Releasing an EP once again on Japan's Mule Musiq, Gardens Of Moss, is a delight to the ear drums. With a remix of the second track Neon Lights by Christopher Rau and a hip hop version of title track what's not to like? Give the title track a listen:

Gardens Of Moss >>> [Buy It]

Sunday
May202012

#SimTO: Independent Electronic Music Festival

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#simTO looks to be a promising contender in the year of festival upstarts in Toronto. Click the image to check out the website and don't forget to grab a super cheap earlybird ticket!!

If you haven't heard yet, The Deep North is one of the players - - along with breakandenter and Hushlamb - - behind this summers Sound In Motion Electronic Music Festival, a totally independent project headed by the brilliant people at Studiofeed which will be bringing some seriously amazing music and art to Canada's multicultural capital of tunage.

The three-day festival will focus on electronic music, namely house and techno - - but expect more than that - - and is scheduled to run from Friday July 13 through to Sunday July 15.  The festival is unique in that it is a not-for-profit event which spans three days, is held at various downtown locations - - including Sugar Beach (1000+ Capacity) and a huge warehouse location - - showcases a large number of local artists as well as an exciting lineup of international acts into the mix.  The best part of this event is that the festival, unlike some other "festivals" happening this summer, is a completely independent undertaking - - there is no bullshit here - - free of any corporate funding, relying solely on the time and effort of a music loving community.  That's what we are talking about, baby!!

While the complete lineup and schedule of events has not been uncovered yet - - read: more to come - - below I will quickly list some of the exciting acts that will be rocking one of several festival events happening Friday night, Saturday, Saturday Night and Sunday.

 

WHO YOU CAN EXPECT @ THE SOUND IN MOTION MUSIC FESTIVAL

ARTIST NAME ..... ORIGIN (Affiliations) 


Sammy Dee ............ Germany (Perlon/Ultrastretch) 

Dualism .................. Switzerland (Archipel/Maschine/Numbolic)

Billy Dalessandro ... United States (Archipel/Siteholder/Soniculture) 

Demas ..................... Germany (Klangscheiben Records)

Konque .................... United States (Alka Rex & David Last)

Pursuit Grooves ...... United States (Techtonic/Deepblak)

Pheek ...................... Canada (Archipel)

Matt Thibideau ........ Canada (Cynosure/Obsolete Components/Archipel)

Mark Thibideau ....... Canada (Cynosure/Obsolete Components/Archipel)

Arthur Oskan .......... Canada (Thoughtless/Night Drive/Beretta)

Knowing Looks ....... Canada (WCNL/Musique Risquee)

Yes Ma'am .............. Canada (Alicia Hush & Ana+one)

Cee Cee Cox ........... Canada (Siteholder/Takita/Two Birds)

+ MUCH, MUCH, MORE!

 

Unlike other festivals, the Sound in Motion event is unbeleivably affordable. especially if you act now and purchase your Early Bird Weekend Pass.  The Early Bird Pass is a super steal at only $55.00, but is only offered for a limited time and at a very limited number of 200 passes.  I have just been told by our accounts department that these Early Bird Passes are ALMOST SOLD OUT so save yourself time and money by buying them online right now - - by using either Debit or Credit!  Yes, that is right, you can use your debit card to make this simple transaction.  Don't sleep on this deal guys!

 

We are super excited for this event, and we cannot stress enough just how important it is that you come out and support this wonderful music festival.  We know how many complaints we all have heard about Toronto's lack of anything close to a real music festival.  Well, here it is people... this is our chance to make our dreams a reality, let's build something that will grow and continue years into the future.  For more information on this event, make sure you check out the sound in motion website.  See ya there!

 

...by Dick Diamonds

Wednesday
Apr042012

Better? Nah.

Better than running into this bad ass looking gangster, maybe. Image by the talented M. Krajnak of New Jersey. Click image to see more of his fantastic work.

John Tejada is a name which I will admit I hear quite a bit, but which I regrettably have little experience with - - in terms of time spent - - knowingly - - listening to his tracks.  The guy is a legend in his own right, based simply on the number of nasty labels he has released on, some of which can be seen by checking out his resident advisor DJ page or his Discogs page.  Dude makes some serious freaking tuners that will leave you in diapers eating out of a fucking airplane spoon - - face it, guys like this will always make producers like us feel like children.  Oh well, at least the peach puree tastes damn good.  Much on these.

I can see this tune being a soundtrack to some of my better days for sure.  Or a song I would cry to while thinking of how much I love the girl who just dumped me.  Either way, useful and good for the emotional roller coaster rides.

John Tejada - Better Days (Original Mix) >>> [BUY IT] (Palette Rec)

 

The name is the truth.  This is def one song I recognized from the late night, but just recently became aware it was produced by Tajeda.  Big tune worldwide.

John Tejada - Sweat (On the Walls) >>> [BUY IY] (Poker Flat Rec)

 

Hotter than most.

John Tejada - Ustable Condition (Original Mix) >>> [BUY IT] (Kompakt)

 

This one is an oldie but a goodie.  Fuck minimal.

John Tejada - Paper Jet (Original Mix) >>> [BUY IT] (Palette)

 

This is completely unrelated, but I am squeezing it in anyways.  The Late Night Tuff Guy is back at it again with this release on Dessert Island Discs.  Bad to the bone, Aussie style.

Late Night Tuff Guy - I Got So Much Love(Original Mix) >>> [BUY IT]

...by Dick Diamonds

Thursday
Feb232012

TDNM003: MAX THE FAX - SQUIRREL TECHNIQUE MIXTAPE

It's been a minute since any of us here at the Deep North have made a TDNM (Team Deep North Mixtape) mix for the blog, and that is about to change.  Max the Fax made a mix for this sieries a few months ago and was stoked to share it with everyone, but that was made impossible by a disasterous hard drive failure that set him back more than a hot minute - - but from the ashes he has risen again, and one of the things he has done recently is record a new mix.

The mix is a fairly random selection of tunes from our youngest member's (quite small) post-hard drive apocalypse collection. Its a nice little blend of new and old music from both local friends and favourites as well as international greats who have inspired the Fax Machine.  Of course, the mix includes a few tunes which he has made and includes collaborations with friends - - such as Deep North crew mates Sean Roman, Rob Steal (White Lions) and myself, Dick Diamonds (The Hermans) - - which he is quite excited to share publically for the first time.

So come on down to squirrel town and get down - - we hope you enjoy the local cuisine.

You can find the tracklist on his soundcloud page.

To instantly download this mix, click here. 

 

In case you missed it the first time around, check grab this free download of Max's official remix of Deepchild's tune The Suffering Ones.

 

by DICK DIAMONDS

Friday
Dec022011

DRM024: ANA+ONE

ANA+ONE of Hushlamb productions and Siteholder records drops the 24th mix in our series!

FINALLY.

Our good pal Jesse Morrison, aka Ana+one, decided it was time to get this ass to work on his exclusive Deeply Rooted Mixtape for the blog's regular series.  Boy are we glad.  Along with his crewmates Alicia Hush and Zaid EdghaimAna+one ( "Anatone" not "Ana plus one" - - which sounds like a girl on guestlist) has now pushed the ball into the corner of Talal & Zoi, the only DJ's in the whole Hushlamb crew who have not made us a mix.  Let's hope they at least get one in to us, its now a goal of mine.

Anyways, Jesse is a quiet fellow with a great smile, a super nice guy who makes some rad music too.  With releases on Siteholder Music and a number of releases on the way, Ana+one shows that he is not a pushover when it comes to production, or DJing.  I loved Jesse's set at LATE & DEEP IV, and exclusive does not dissapoint.  The mix clocks in at 56 minutes and is a sweet string of minimal house music that reminds me how much I love the genre, yet often forget about it due to the weak representation it gets here in Toronto.  This is outside of the very few who - - like Hushlamb - - strive to keep it alive.  Check out Ana+one's tracks  on Beatport and Soudcloud quickly before hopping into this steamer like an overly eager lobster.

The tracklist can be found, as usual, on our Deeply Rooted Mixtape (DRM) page, located on the right navigation bar.  Enjoy!

DRM024: Ana+one - Better Late Than Never Mix (Exclusively @ The Deep North)

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...By Dick Diamonds

Monday
Oct312011

Ana + Mix = Still Waiting.

One huge red citrus fruit is all it takes to scare off tree loving birds.Minimal music lovers listen up.

Local producer and DJ Jesse Morrison, aka Ana+one (pronounced ana-tone) of the Hushlamb put together this BBQ friendly mix together just in time for the end of Summer, which, unlike dirty hot dog eating filthbags with mustard mouth, is now just a figment of our imagination.  Mind you, some of the days have been "summerishly warm" in this wonky and wacked out weather.  Yup, I make up words and no one can do anything about it.

Ana+one_Dirty Mustard Mouth (Cap-Chat Promo Mix 2011) by a n a + o n e

Watch out for new releases by Jesse in the coming months, including this remix he did for Jonas Sellas' upcoming release on soon to be launched label Micromod Music.  Also throwing in there some other little diddies I enjoy called Ants (Freaked Mix) and First Place Loser (Funk 101 Rework) just because I feel like it.  Biatch.

 

Jonas Sella - ptyrah - Ana+one remix (Coming soon micromod 001) 

 

Ana+one - First Place Loser (Funk 101 Rework) by a n a + o n e

 

Ana+one is one bad mother minimalist.  True statement.  His weakness is he is slower than a Canada Post mailman delivering mail when it comes to delivering a hot mix.  F'real, yo. 

...by Dick Diamonds

 


Friday
Sep232011

Thoughtless Music Party Tonight

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY. 

It's lunchtime for most of us here in Toronto, and everybody knows that lunch break is the second best part of the day, next to going home.  Although gloomy, raining and generally sour weather might throw an otherwise perfect lunch off the tracks, we have so many reasons to be happy.  One of those reasons is that tonight Noah Pred and his crew at Thoughtless Music are back at Li'ly Lounge and are ready to get down at College Street's basement bunker of bass.

Tonight the imprint is hosting it's monthlyThoughtless Showcase jig, which showcases some exceptional international talent and always backs up the imported artillery with big, bad, guns from home.  All the way from Los Angeles, California, comes [a]pendics.shuffle, ready to unleash a live set of minimal and techno that some say will blow your mind to bits of amazing. With releases on Thoughtless, Culprit, Adjunct and Mo's Ferry, among others, it's easy to imagine what all the hype surrounding this man is about.  Supporting from the French territory of Quebec is Vincent Lemieuxwho has released on coveted Perlon and is a long time fixture in Montreals EDM scene as well as a programmer for the famous Mutek festival.

The two out of towners will be supported by Arthur Oskan - - possibly the hottest artist to release on the imprint this year after his highly acclaimed A Little More Than Everything LP - - and our homeboy Zaid Edghaim of the Hushlamb camp.

Check out the Facebook Event!

 SPECIAL DEEP NORTH OFFER: 

Thoughtless has agreed to give out a FREE Arthur Oskan CD to the first ten people who buy their ticket online through The Deep North.  To get your free CD, buy your $10 ticket here and make sure you put "referred by the Deep North" in the notes or address section right before you checkout.  Then when you arrive at the venue, the CD will be given to you when you enter.  Thanks Thoughtless!

Arthur Oskan - Use No Good 

Arthur Oskan - July 2011 Thoughtless Podcast

  Podcast Piknic 07: Vincent Lemieux by Piknic Electronik

Tuesday
Sep202011

DRM018: Alicia Hush

As we prepare for our next Late & Deep event this Saturday, a couple of great gifts hav arrived from the event's headliners, Alicia Hush and production trio White Lions.  We are stoked that both have submitted exclusive mixes for our Deeply Rooted Mixtape series just in time to help stoke the fire of excitement as we get close to Saturday's festivities.

Alicia Hush - Kissing Booth Criminal >>> [BUY]

First up is minimal/house producer and DJ Alicia Hush.  Hush is one of Toronto's best afterhours DJs and co-founder of Hushlamb Productions along with close friend and promoter Sarah Lamb.  Hushlamb - - a portmanteau which combines the names of it's founders - - is a promotions company and crew that was "born out of a shared desire to create space in [Toronto] for the style of music we vibe off of, and [a] place for emerging artists to be heard".  For the past few years, Hushlamb - - which also includes producers Talal & Zoi, Ana+one, and Zaid Edghaim - - has been throwing top notch music-focused, dance floor friendly events which always have an amazing vibe and mind blowing sound.  Alicia and her crew bring Toronto some of the most exciting underground house, techno and minimal producers out there.  Trust me, this crew is a vital pillar in our cities underground EDM scene.  Read more about them on their official website.

Click the image above to see the Event information

Alicia Hush talks with Toronto's media freaks over at StudioFeed.  StudioFeed seeks to give a greater voice to independent Artists and musicians from Toronto.  Check them out!

 Check out all seventeen DRM submissions and get the tracklist for this mix here.

DRM018: Alicia Hush - Exclusive Late & Deep Mix >>> Right Click, Save As..

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...by DICK DIAMONDS

Saturday
Sep172011

Three Free Bits Of Heat

Picture by Merry Sommers, the queen of photos.Ok I lied, it's actually five (5) free bits... but before we get to those, read the following text...

The tunes are only 128kbps, so when you are done testing these joints, get out there and buy the 320.  We always provide links to an online retailer where you can purchase the songs at top quality.  These  artists work hard to bring you sweet ass tracks like these, so show some love here and there, when possible.

If you are one of the many people who never buy music, make sure you dont' miss a show by your favourite EDM producer(s) when they happen to come to your town.  This is how many producers, if not the majority, make their money these days.  Support the artists and make sure you hit the odd performance to "show" -- pun fully intended -- your support for artists and the scene in general.

With no further ado...

Jamie Jones is a clear favourite for me.  This man simply has some of the gnarliest, most driving bass lines in the game, and the moves he is making right now with his labels, his production and his influence are almost unparallelled.  This guy is "the crack", as the Irish might say.  Make sure you check out his recent mixtape for Fabric, which came out last month, and has, of course, an amazing selection of tracks.  Shouts go out to our homies The White Lions, whose song "DePalma" (MFR) was included in the mix.  Good look.

Summertime - Jamie Jones (Jones & James Dub Mix) >>> [BUY IT]

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Mobilee's rebel child and family member, Leena Music, released an amazing EP called This Time by Germany's Jona, a house producer who can bring you the goods whether its deep house or tech house.  I just stumbled across this EP during a dig, and I love it.  Dont stop here, check out the other star song on this release, the title track This Time.  

Jona - Drifting Away (Original Mix) >>> [BUY IT]

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German weir-duo Moenster (Lexy & Gunjah) brought the heat with their EP, That Girl, released on their own label Moensterbox, this month.  The label is new, but I was suprised to see some seious artists on the roster.  Very interesting duo here, keep six on these lads.  Feel the driving bassline drop in at 3:37 in this one.  Super good, but again, make sure you do not miss the title track (ft. Spoony Talker), I almost think I like it best.  Work that box.

Moenster - Work The Box (Original Mix) >>> [BUY IT]

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I like the original track by Daft Punk a lot, so it's just natural that one would like this.  All natural enjoyment.  Benoit & Sergio are two Washinton DC producers who like to make some weird ass shit.  Like, they are complete weirdos, and people eat it up.  I love that.  It's almost as if the more weird they get, the more radical they sound.  No wonder they got signed to visionquest - - they fit fit right in.

Benoit & Sergio - Around The World >>> [BUY IT]

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Andy Kohlman is an amazing producer.  Minimalist, Techno is not something that I usually love, but Kohlmann's production is almost always lovable, especially his releases on Lordag.  This remix was released in 2009, and until recently, was the only production I had ever heard by Jenn.  Turns out she has released a lot of good stuff.

Andy Kohlman - Steppenzebra (Jenn Remix) >>> [BUY IT]

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DICK DIAMONDS