Category Archives: Chillwave

The Cocktail Hour ft. Tycho

This Cocktail Hour will always be a memorable one. The hour was 5am. Some people went to bed and got up early for this one and some people stayed up real late. For me, trying to catch my first playa sunrise, it only seemed appropriate to go the distance.

I’ve learned there is a special kind of second wind when it comes to staying up very very late and its called the sunrise on the playa. We’ve all partied to the point of the sun coming up and its usually the signal to go to bed but when your on the playa is different. It’s cause for celebration. Its easily the most breathtaking sights I’ve ever witnessed. Imagine it. A thousand people hopped in their bikes to chase a literal Dusty Rhino towards the horizon. On top of that massive rhino is Tycho.

The ambient music is pounding out of this rhino but your not looking that direction, you’re facing east. At Burning Man theres no LED screen lined DJ booth demanding you attention. You’re not even sure if this is where you’re supposed to be but the secret is you’re always where you’re supposed to be. You’re surrounded by your fur clad family. A little delirious from not sleeping but it adds to the moment. You might be dreaming.

The sun rises and you just start walking towards it. People spill over the trash fence and it seems like you could walk forever. When the BLM streaks across the desert in their SUV and tells everyone to get back over the fence you just try and take it in while you can. I couldn’t take a picture that would do that moment justice so I didn’t try. Its something to be experienced. Just before you go someone starts a group hug and hundreds of revelers embrace in the warming sunshine skimming across the playa. Its then that you finally feel home.

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The Cocktail Hour ft. CHEROKEE

Happy Friday peeps!

I thought to counteract this dreary Vancouver weather, I’d infuse your afternoon with some smooth french house music. Just imagine you’re on a sunny beach in France and let Cherokee groove you through the workday.

Been meaning to post Cherokee for a while and we finally got enough to do a whole hour on the BBQ. Two hot mixes coming down the pipe!

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new music video from FirewoodPoetry – Mediastinum

Hey there internets!

We’ve got to meet an up-and-coming local producer FirewoodPoetry in the last couple of months and are really excited to see her grow and work hard at getting out there. In january, after listening to The Scientist EP I thought what a cool project it would be if we shot a music video for one of the tracks. After a few nights of brainstorming we narrowed it down to one track, and pumped out his beauty in a month and a half! I hope you enjoy!

Make sure to also check out her latest remix of Fear by Raavn, where she adds a great vocal to slick minimal house track.

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Caribou. Canadian electronic band at the frontier of electronic sound, destroys the commodore.

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I wake up, its awful light out to be my regular weekday wake up time… What the hell is the time? 3 hours late?! I guess I had such a good time last night I don’t even need to go to work, it is Friday after all, am I right!? But never mind my morning logic, let’s delve into what the hell went on at the commodore last night..

As I stand here waiting for the seabus in the oh-so-sunny Vancity, ears plugged with Caribou‘s Our Love album reliving the set. What a beau-u-u-u-tiful orchestration of a show. Unlike the album that hits you smack on the head with the hit track sing-along Can’t Do Without You, the band comes out on stage (after an incredible opening set by the seemingly anonymous and minimalist Koreless; you killed it brother; I am now a huge fan) and takes over the commodore and every single person standing inside the legendary ballroom with the album’s title track Our Love. In the same vain as Koreless’ opening themes, the track goes on for about ten minutes, relentlessly spiraling and meandering in the soundscapes the quartet creates. I have to mention, that I was fully expecting a one man show here, and was pleasantly surprised to see 4 dudes in all white come out and construct this beautiful experience for both the audience and themselves. From the first track, there is an obvious elephant in the room, as you are flowing along the progressive melodies and hooks there is an invigorating backbone to the whole ensemble– that drummer. Are you serious!? Some of the abrupt entrances at full tilt into an already overwhelming intro of the next track were just unreal. Thank you, my ears are hooked now!

I don’t necessarily want to go through the set track by track, but there was a vibe in the room like we are all on a ship with a captain taking us to the same destination.. The amount of anticipation built up for this (unlike on the album) in itself is an electronic symphony that had me and my boy mfbq turning to each other and saying “holy shit” every time the tracks progressed into what seemed to be a 2.0 version of themselves. As if riding the energy structure of an old wooden rollercoaster we’d have out hearts up high and feeling weightless, and then as if falling off the train completely would plummet down to be gently caught by a toned down version– a recap of the adventure of the song we just went on– to really enrich and relive that experience.

Inevitably, the rollercoaster led us to our predetermined and unanimously agreed upon destination: Can’t Do Without You. Hearing the trickling singing throat welps across the floor and being part of them, feeding our energy from the ground through our feet and body to culminate in the throat and be released into the room genuinely shows the appreciation we have for the art being performed. As an ode to the beautiful creation the crowd and performer blend in a sphere of revolving energy that can only be fostered and cherished that one night, in that moment. The fans’ ears couldn’t just stop at the all-consuming hit track. Once the commodore wooden floor was trembling from the rhythmic stomps of anticipation and plea for an encore, the quartet came back on humbled and so grateful for the energy in the room. They opted to go for the tentalising and almost tribal Sun track from the previous Swim album. They closed with saying that after completing a long, incredible tour, this was the craziest show they’ve ever played. All I have to say is, thank you Caribou for sailing with us and being an awesome captain.

This was really a next level sailing, and the crowd and the performers knew it. I think at the end of the day there were a few factors at play. One, talent and ingenuity (Caribou). Two, the show-goers love for the music. Three, venue– the commodore knows who to book and bring to this city, and they understand what an awesome venue they have and how the crowd’s energy can be really ravelled up, distilled and ridden, provided the show is good. The show was good.

There is promise in the future of electronic music, and Caribou and the commodore are behind it, that’s for sure.

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Sips a beer from a mini growler on one of the view spots at the lonsdale key, looking over the beautiful Vancouver skyline.

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the weekend wind down ft. firewoodpoetry

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Well it’s superbowl sunday for some, but for others it’s that day of the week where you just want to listen to some slow and chiller beats after a weekend of dancing your neck out.

Here is a little treat from a local artist FirewoodPoetry. Representing the pacific north-west, splitting her time between Saltspring Island and Vancouver, Trinity Forbes seems to have gained some momentum and is working hard on a new release to kickstart this year. Keep her on your radar for the next release (because after the sneak peak I got a few days ago) I can hardly wait to get my ears on it and hopefully catch her live show in the near future.

Make sure the sub is plugged in, light up the hooka, layback on the couch and enjoy this menacing, dark and steady EP. Here is The Scientist by FirewoodPoetry

enjoy,
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The Cocktail Hour ft. Hayden James

Happy New Year to my Blackout BBQrew!

I wish I had more time for postings over the holiday break but I was too busy doing the listening and dancing part of music hunting. And drinking, is drinking part of the job description? lets say yes.

So we’ve got some exciting music and events to share with you guys! I’ve become obsessed with everything on Australia’s Future Classics label. We’ve already been introduced to this weeks feature artist on the Cocktail Hour but perhaps your guys need more convincing about Hayden James.

We already know he can run with the big dogs because hes holding it down in the chillwave section of FC alongside the likes of our dudes Chet Faker and Flume. But Hayden stands out on his own when we steps up the BPM. I’ve been obsessed with his new single Something About You.

But this is the Cocktail Hour and that means you want a chuck of music to plug in and drift into the groove so enjoy this chillwave/dreamhouse mix by the talented Hayden James

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