Category Archives: Electro

The Cocktail Hour ft. noimskittles

We’re throwing a throwback electro party!

Its gonna be crunchy and heavy synths with a face full of strobe lights just like you vaugely remember from 2008. If you ever woke up in the morning sore all over from thrashing around a mosh pit to the likes of Justice or MSTRKRFT or The Bloody Beetroots then this party is for you.

We’re reliving the glory days when punks learned how to produce dance beats and electro began fermenting in the blogosphere. Remixes were king. Crookers did hip hop; A-trak was remixing indie dance; Treasure Fingers gave disco some grit; DFA1979 became MSTRKRFT. Then the French took things to a new level with Justice, SebastiAn, and even Thomas Bangalter changing the game. We were thirsty for monsterous beats but we kept it groovy at 128BPM.

One of our DJs did a sample mix of a bit of whats to come tomorrow. Get excited!

The Cocktail Hour ft. JUSTICE [A † THE UNIVERSE]

My coworker and I have a little tradition going in my office on Fridays. We call it French House Friday and we simultaneously rock out inside our headphones to classic French house. Usually Justice or Daft Punk. I work in a pretty quiet office with a lot of older guys which makes the party in my headphones quite the contrast.

Every Friday. Banging French house music. You should join us.

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Alex in Van

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Recovering from his voyage on Holy Ship Alex Mertic (Alex Drury) is a British musical magician and he is coming to Vancouver. This is why you should care.

He is riding high on the success of several new releases, most notable is his collaboration with Oliver:

A hugely popular single “Heart Weighs a Ton” has a fresh remix by Galantis.

You must not forget to check out the Ammunition series that will include Part 4 soon. A highlight from part 2 includes another Oliver duel effort:

https://soundcloud.com/owslaofficial/02-motion-study-ft-oliver?in=owslaofficial/sets/alex-metric-ammunition-pt-2-ep

And the crazy remix by UZ of the anthem Rave Weapon:

https://soundcloud.com/owslaofficial/06-alex-metric-rave-weapon-uz?in=owslaofficial/sets/alex-metric-ammunition-pt-2-ep

Part 3 includes a Mark Yardley happy-go-lucky collaboration:

 

The man himself filled his ears with a mix of indie guitar bands but took hold of Fatboy Slim and late 90’s French house, especially Daft Punk. Seeing him live is definitely unique. He says that he never truly has a concrete plan, but just an idea of what works best at a little club or vast festival. “In a club you have the ability to be take people on a bit more of a journey while at a festival nine times out of ten people want it to be more immediate” (source). That’s not to say that it always turns out that way. Alex Metric is focused on reacting to the crowd and not a playlist.

What’s his number one favorite artist to work with? The legendary Jacques Lu Cont, real name Stuart Price (source). The epic, epic track of Safe With You is proof:

Alex Metric in Vancouver on a Friday Night. My body is ready.

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The Cocktail Hour ft. Tchami

I had a mix all picked out this week but decided to pocket it for a later date because it didn’t quite line up with the mood I’m in today. Today calls for a bit of extra punch in the mix. Something real high energy. Something that’s gonna carry you right through that sugar crash from all the holiday chocolate. Something.. Something like TCHAMI!

 

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Robert Delong @ The Commodore

Saw Robert DeLong open for St. Lucia last night!

Just gotta give all the shout outs to this one man show. Probably one of the weirdest and most exciting acts to watch and an absolute MUST see live.

Its a general rule that I expect to sweat my ass off at a show like this but I also love when the performer sweats even more. Delong delivers in buckets.

 

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The Cocktail Hour ft. Skrillex+Mija

Sometimes I don’t think the people in the circles I run in give Skrillex enough credit. Its a very common attitude among the those who have evolved beyond bro-step and think they have left the likes of Skrillex behind. I’m here to tell you that you’re not only wrong but ol’ Skrilli is probably the one leaving you behind.

How many superstar DJs go exploring after a headlining spot at Bonaroo only to stumble upon a Burning Man art car and proceed, upon invitation, to join little know DJ Mija for a  sunrise DJ set? Not a lot. I’ve seen Sonny play in some intimate settings but this would have been pretty magical. I’m just glad somebody recorded it.

 

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