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The Summer of EDM Festivals

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First of all, I know I’m a horrible blogger for barely posting anything in the past month. But what can I say? I was super busy from hearing all these crazy festivals hitting Toronto this summer! I hope my readers will be stopping by to this beautiful (and crazy) city to check out the numerous concerts that are brought to you by fellow music promoters.

Within just one month, four major new festivals were announced through social networks with some of the biggest international DJ’s and Producers headlining it. Toronto is used to having to accommodate weekly EDM events throughout the city, but having a two day, 12 hour festival featuring various genres of the EDM community? Never. That’s why I’m more excited than ever to be living in Toronto this summer to experience all four hometown shows, I hope all of you have the same opportunity as well.

To celebrate these announcements and welcoming, as well as promoting international to local DJ’s, I have compiled a list of mix tapes of DJ’s that will be hitting Toronto this summer. Because believe it or not, this summer will be all about the EDM Festivals.

Which one are you most excited for? Tweet at us through @_RoomNoise or Like us on Facebook.

DIGITAL DREAMS:

Kaskade Live At Coachella 2012 by Kaskade

Alesso – Essential Mix – 24.03.2012 by edmtunesTV

Chuckie – Essential Mix 27-01-2012 by edmtunesTV

FULL FLEX EXPRESS:

Sirius XM Blow Your Head 11 by diplo

Eight And A Half – Scissors (TOKiMONSTA Remix) by TOKiMONSTA

IDENTITY FESTIVAL:

Identity Festival Lovers Mix by Arty

Essential Mix by Nero

Alexandra Palace, 26th November 2011 (Full Set) by Eric Prydz

VELD:

Knife Party UKF – Liveset by Knife Party

Essential Mix BBC Radio 1 (28-04-2012) by Nicky Romero

May 2012 Mix by Tommy Trash

Enjoy these mix tapes, it will keep you hyped until you see these guys live!

Constance Chan

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Favourite Albums of 2011

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I must start off by saying I was rather disappointed with my personal selection of my favourite albums of 2011. In my opinion I felt that this year for music went through a huge wave of different trends and hits. And those trends were both good and bad. Obviously, it is pretty much impossible for me to listen to every genre that there is out there, so I try my best to listen to everything I can.. when I can.

Some of the great things that happened this year was the success of many producers and DJ’s that had finally gotten the recognition they deserved. And the way that live music can be experienced at any where and at anytime. With the help of websites such as Turntable.FM and Boiler Room, more and more fans have the opportunity to hear and see what their favourite DJ’s/producers are playing at live shows. Another great event that happened throughout this year is the press and documentation of music trends and collaboration. Earlier this year we saw the release of The Electro Wars - a documentary focused on how the online music world has evolved as a genre and as well as the business side of it. And just a couple of weeks ago we saw the interview clips for the upcoming film Re:Generation The Music Project featuring various collaborations between artists of different genres.

I feel that the downside to this year’s music was how certain genres exploded onto the mainstream group and the creativity of some genres such as Dubstep is no longer what it was. I’ve read several of articles on the history behind it, and I’ve seen this genre from when it just hit the North American music scene. Now, producers such as Skrillex are selling out shows as much as any other popular musicians on the top 40′s chart. Music is music, but I feel that some people are just throwing stuff on top of other music samples and labeling it ‘X genre’… when in reality it’s pure junk.

Overall, I’m not TOO upset about these albums, but I wish I had more time this year to listen to what other musicians had to offer through an album… and not just singles and remixes.

10. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

I’m sure many Coldplay fans would agree that this album felt a bit forced, as in it wasn’t what the band wanted as a group naturally. It felt that Mylo Xyloto was pushed by the band’s record label to just produce another album.

9. Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Despite her massive success in the past three years, I must say I was SUPER disappointed in this album. Yes there were several great tracks, but the whole album just made no sense as a concept. It sounded like one big messy mixtape inspired from different musical eras.

8. Adele – 21

Adele has put so much passion onto every single, it’s definitely a beautiful album to listen to when things isn’t just going right. I’m sure the millions of fans who bought her album would agree.

7. The Strokes – Angles

Some great tracks on Angles but there were many other singles that made me wonder how they managed to put this album together. This album’s sound is definitely a bit different compared to their older albums.

6. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia/Ultra

This whole album is just purely beautiful. From singing about Coachella to sampling Coldplay and MGMT. This 24 year old has already earned writing credits from John Legend, Beyonce and even Justin Beiber. You’ve probably seen Frank Ocean in Odd Future, but this mixtape is completely different from what he might sound like when he’s with Tyler, The Creator. Definitely a must listen if you haven’t had the chance to check it out. Ocean is listed as one of the top musicians to look out for in 2012.

5. Theophilus London – Timez Are Weird These Days

LISTEN TO: All Around The World, Stop It, Wine and Chocolate

 

I was absolutely a huge fan of Theophilus London in 2010 and finally he released a full-length album this year. I couldn’t get enough of it. He got even more recognition because of HTMIIA (RIP) as his single “I Stand Alone” was featured in one of their promotional trailers. Theophilus London will stop by Toronto on February 17th at Wrongbar.

4. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

LISTEN TO: No Church In The Wild (feat. Frank Ocean), Lift Off (feat. Beyonce), Why I Love You (feat. Mr. Hudson)

I must admit, when I first heard this album I was kind of disappointed…but it was definitely one of those albums that grew on me throughout the months of listening to it at parties, events and just when I needed some sort of ‘hype’. Musically, they had great collaborations and major sampling from various electronic/dubstep artists such as Cassius (‘Why I Love You’) and Flux Pavillion (‘Who Gon Stop Me’). I guess when two major hip-hop artist collaborate.. it won’t be a let down.

3. Kaskade – Fire & Ice

LISTEN TO: Turn It Down, Ice (feat. Dan Black), Room for Happiness (feat. Skylar Grey)

I have always been a huge fan of Kaskade, he is one of the producers who have been working endlessly on this genre from the beginning. And because of the recent trends in Electro he’s finally getting huge recognition by everyone. I definitely loved the collaborations in Fire & Ice, mainly because most of the guest vocalists are still up and coming musicians who need this great exposure. Check this album and his previous ones to see where I’m coming from.

2. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

LISTEN TO: Intro (feat. Zola Jesus), New Map, Claudia Lewis

Absolutely speechless. M83 had surprised me. I heard Midnight City and my first impression was “just another one hit wonder”. It wasn’t until I checked out the entire album and was 100% blown away by it. From the short instrumental tracks to the big band sounding singles with synths and sax, it’s one of those inspirational albums that makes you appreciate music in a whole different level. Anthony Gonzalez mentioned many times in his interviews that Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins played a huge role in the sound of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. It’s great to hear inspirations from 90s’ bands mixed into the current trends of music. I have so much more respect for a band like M83 because this two disc, 22 track, hour long album had the ability to make anyone feel a mix of various emotions by simply just listening.

1. Foster the People – Torches

LISTEN TO: Houdini, Waste

Foster the People has become one of those bands that blew up in the span of less than a year. I remember listening to their single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ in an Entourage episode back in 2010. And it wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that they hit the radio waves with that same song. Now they’re selling out shows across the globe and despite their popularity, they did earn it no matter what. They are the perfect example of how successful bands can become with the help of music blogs/aggregators and music supervisors. Most of their success came through sending their EP to music licensing companies to air on television shows. And because of more hype from blogs, it instantly led them to a record deal. FTP has only been together for two years, so I hope their next album won’t be a let down.

Honorable Mentions:

Metronomy – The English Riviera

Feist – Metals

Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix

- Constance

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It’s an EDM Christmas?

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Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all the readers who are stopping by Room-Noise.

Here’s a roundup of some Christmas songs and videos for your listening pleasure. Let’s just say, Kaskade should just make an entire Christmas album.

Kaskade – Still Still Still

Frank Sinatra – Mistletoe And Holly (Kaskade Mix)

By Kaskade

Bing Crosby – White Christmas (Kaskade Mix)

By Kaskade

Check out this hilarious skit made by my good friends at The ElEmEh Show:

Video premiere of Skrillex – Ruffneck

Special thanks to Kathy for sending me the Kaskade tracks!

- Constance

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Mix-Tape Wednesdays: Top 5 Favourite Essential Mixes of 2011

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In three weeks 2011 is about to come to an end – bringing in a new year of music, mix-tapes and remixes. There was definitely one thing that changed and came to my attention this year with mix-tapes.. and that’s BBC Radio 1′s Essential Mixes. If you go on the official site you can vote for your favourite essential mix of the year. Unfortunately, I cannot just pick one, so I’ll list my top 5 favourite mixes.

Throughout this year, these essential mixes have blown up. More and more DJ’s and producers are getting the recognition they deserve because of this one to two hour mix. I think these essential mixes are also a good judgement of how DJ’s and producers perform during a live event – as most of these are recorded through a concert event. And to be honest with my readers, I find these mixes to be 100% accurate of what their actual playlist will be like. So next time, if you’re unsure about checking out a DJ/Producer at a show, listen to their essential mixes to get a feel.

Calvin Harris – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix (Live in Carlisle)

KASKADE’S BBC RADIO 1 ESSENTIAL MIX

Jamie xx Essential Mix

DILLON FRANCIS 25 MINIMIX ON FLUX PAVILION TAKEOVER BBC RADIO1

James Blake – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

 

You can check out the rest of the set list and DJ’s/Producers featured on the show in 2011 on the official website.

More updates to come.

- Constance Chan

MixTape Wednesdays: LAZRtag

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I have always been a huge fan of the duo DJs LAZRtag, I had to feature them this week when I found out that they had released an amazing mix tape six months ago on their SoundCloud page. These guys are from Los Angeles, California dealing with various record labels, and also keeping their style fresh and new by remixing music from not just one genre. The benefits from featuring a mix tape and listening to them is to hear various new tracks that you haven’t discovered before. So I hope everyone enjoys this week’s mixt tape by LAZRtag.

OFFICIAL: MYSPACE | SOUNDCLOUD

Mixtapes by LAZRtag

Tracklist:

1. “It’s Just a Game” Intro
2. Uffie Feat. Pharrell – Add SUV (Armand Van Helden Remix)
3. LAZRtag – Klepto
4. Tiesto vs. Diplo – C’mon
5. Tom Deluxx – Run (Cyberpunkers Remix)
6. Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness (Benny Benassi Remix)
7. DJ Antention – Real Bad
8. LAZRtag – Belong To You
9. Black Eyed Peas vs. Skrillex – Rock Your Body
10. Scanners – We Never Close Our Eyes (LAZRtag Remix)
11. Laidback Luke Feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn – Till Tonight (Dub Version)
12. Datarock – Dance (LAZRtag Remix)
13. Hatiras, Jelo, Stanton Warriors and Vandal – M.A.D. (Elite Force Mix)
14. LAZRtag – Never Gonna Stop (Disco Villains Remix)
15. Hatiras – Space Invaders (Nom De Strip Remix)
16. Fake Blood – I Think I Like It
17. Avicii & Sebastien Drums – My Feelings For You
18. Passion Pit – Little Secrets (LAZRtag Remix)
19. Kaskade Feat. Haley – Dynasty (Dada Life Remix)
20. Etienne De Crecy – Hope (DJedjotronic Remix)
21. Dada Life – Love Vibrations (Phatzoo Remix)

Download: Australia 2010 Mix – LAZRtag

- Constance Chan

MixTape Wednesdays: RELEASE – Düzi

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I’m all about supporting local DJ’s in Toronto, so when I saw and heard this mixtape I had to share it with the readers of Room-Noise. Check out Düzi’s latest mixtape featuring genres of Progressive/House/Vocal/Electro. For more mixtapes by him, check out his MySpace page linked at the bottom.

RELEASE Mixtape by duzimusic

Tracklist:
- Gravitonas – Religious (Dada Life Remix)
- Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand (Afrojack Meaty Mix)
- Martin Solveig and Dragonette – Hello (Bassjackers Remix)
- Roger Sanchez – Another Chance (Leonardus Remix)
- Angger Dimas – Are You Ready (Original Mix)
- Neon Stereo – I See You Baby feat. Kween G (Vandalism V8 Club Mix)
- Carlos Barbosa & Artistic Raw – As We Drop (Original Mix)
- Alex Gaudino – I’m In Love (I Wanna Do It) (Robbie Rivera Remix)
- Axwell – Nothing But Love (Remode Mix)
- Kaskade & Seamus Haji Feat. Haley – So Far Away (Original Mix)
- Sandro Silva – Yearbook (Original Mix)
- Pryda – M.S.B.O.Y. (Original Mix)
- Boys Noize – Yeah
- Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica (Extended Mix)
- Swedish House Mafia – One (Congorock Remix)
- Tiesto feat. Diplo – C’Mon (Original Mix)
- Young Rebels & Francesco Diaz – Damascus (Dada Life Remix)
- Kaskade feat. Dragonette- Fire In Your New Shoes (Sultan and Ned Shepard Electric Daisy Remix)
- Robbie Rivera – We Live For The Music (Funkerman Remix)
- Mobin Master feat. Stephen Pickup – Feel The Rush (Miami Husslers Remix)
- Kaskade feat. Haley – Dynasty (Dada Life Remix)
- Afrojack ft Eva Simons – Take Over Control (Vocal Extended Mix)
- Afrojack & Gregor Salto Feat. Jimbolee – I’ll Be There (Main Mix)

Download: RELEASE MixTape – Düzi

MYSPACE | SOUNDCLOUD

- Constance Chan

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