Category Archives: Deep House

The Cocktail Hour ft. Fout Tet

Four Tet is one of those producers who I know is popular and talented but I never got exposed to him cuz he’s kinda weird and definitely not mainstream. Well not only have I come to realize that I’m missing out of some weirdly awesome music but this guy is playing at Sasquatch. If there’s a place for me to find a groove into a genre I wouldn’t normally slide into, it’s at a music festival. It’s what happened to me with Tycho and I cant stop listening to that guy.

Four Tet, I think I haven’t given you the chance to let me fall in love with you but I’m gonna tap into my younger me’s impressionable mind and see if we can make something click here. My guess is yes.

 

 

Marcus Marr & Chet Faker – Birthday Card

Because I’m contractually obligated to post anything Chet Faker comes within 3 feet of. Lucky for you, once he got within 3 feet of this Marcus Marr beat he started singing. Enjoy.

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Disclosure – Hour Glass ft. LION BABE

Disclosure has a new album dropping tomorrow! We’ve been eagerly awaiting Caracal almost immediately after their breakout album Settle blasted these kids from the UK to the global dance charts.

We’ve had the pleasure of hearing a couple singles so far. Taking a look at the tracklisting with the likes of Sam Smith and other huge featuring artists, Caracal could be set to redefine dance music once again.

Check out these singles featuring LION BABE and who else? Lorde.

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SASQUATCH SPOTLIGHT X COCKTAIL HOUR ft. SBTRKT

SBTRKT is a headliner in my books. I had the pleasure of seeing SBTRKT for the first time at Sasquatch in 2012 and I carry very fond memories that evening. As much as I would love to relive some of those moments in the dance tent, our friend has most naturally risen to the closing slot of the Bigfoot Stage. What was intimate will now be fueled by the energy of the masses. Hes come a long way since Wildfire and I cant wait to see what the masked man has in store for us.

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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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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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