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MMIBTY Exclusive Mix by Mike Vincent

I’ve been friends with DJ/producer Mike Vincent since the fifth grade. We met in English class in a town called Natick, 30 minutes outside of Boston. Mike was wearing a Rage Against the Machine t-shirt. I was (and still am) a Rage Against the Machine fan. From that point on Mike and I shared a common interest in music. We both liked the same bands and the same musical styles and we would continually share tunes with each other. Mike was always a guitar player and once I began playing the drums we would have recurring jam sessions, eventually forming the band A Crowded Mind. Mike and I did the band thing through high school but once college came we parted ways, keeping in touch sporadically. Finally Mike and I reconnected after college only to find out we both had a huge passion for dance music. While I enjoyed writing about and listening to dance music, Mike had taken things a step further with his background in music production: he’d been working on writing dance tracks and DJing at parties around Boston. After making some key connections in the industry Mike became a resident DJ at Bill’s Bar, located right next to Fenway Park. Bill’s is a unique venue in that it has the feeling of a bar while keeping the music format in the dance music world. As I was getting my feet wet with DJing myself Mike invited me to open for him during his residency and between the two of us we had many awesome nights on Landsdowne St.

I’d like to say I take partial credit in coming up with Mike’s stage name of Mike Vincent and that happened when things really started to progress for him. Between playing gigs around town and holding down a full-time job, Mike somehow found the time to hone his skills in the studio. Before he knew it, Mike Vincent was on the Barstool Blackout Tour, co-Headlining with Dante the Don and playing in front of thousands of people each night at venues like the House of Blues Boston, the Worcester DCU Center, Philadelphia’s Electric Factory, and Washington DC’s Fur Nightclub (just to name a few). Things kept getting bigger for Mike and this past Spring he decided to move to LA to pursue his dream of producing and DJing professionally.

This morning Mike Vincent sent over a brand new mix, compiled exclusively for MMIBTY. Having seen Mike DJ many times and having heard several of his mixes, I can honestly say this is the best 70 minutes he has strung together yet. The sound Mike Vincent prefers is something along the lines of funky bangers. Mike’s always preferred heavier tracks, but when he’s not in front of a crowd of thousands of screaming fans covered in foam, he prefers to break out the funkier side of hard-hitting House music. Mike and I share this in common. These days the key to my heart is a good bass line, something that has almost disappeared from dance music. But Mike has done his homework and mixed together a set that keeps things aggressive, fun, and flowing. The set opens with a Mike Vincent original called “Dirk Diggler”, out on his forth-coming EP, and displays his continued growth as a songwriter. The mix follows with a string of high-energy tunes including Paris & Simo/Merk & Kremont’s “Tundra” and the Sick Individuals remix of “We Are the Sun”. After taking a Progressive break with EDX’s “Hazed”, we’re treated to songs like “La Tromba” (Chris Lake & Nom De Strip Remix), another Mike Vincent original called “Monday”, a bangin’ track by Marcel vs. Stefano Pain called “Back”, and Madeon’s new track “Technicolor”. I love Mike’s inclusion of Michael Woods’ remix of “You Don’t Know Me“, Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso’s “Roar” (funkier than I realized), and Felguk’s “Slice and Dice”.

Overall this mix is very well-done and I’ll definitely be playing it repeated times over the coming weeks. Make sure to show Mike Vincent your love and support and make sure to also keep your eyes locked on his SoundCloud page for new releases! *Track list after the jump!*

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It’s Finally Friday and I’m Listening to Felguk

As if the near-100-degree heat here in Boston today isn’t enough, I’m turning up the temperature with Felguk‘s new Slice & Dice EP released on their own Dongle Records. This six-track big boy was released last Tuesday, so I apologize for the delayed post, but I think it was worth the wait. The Brazilian duo, Felipe Lozinsky and Gustavo Rozenthal, have been releasing music since 2007 and are just one example of successful Electro-House producers and DJs coming from South America – other notable artists include Dirtyloud, Darth & Vader, and FTampa (all from Brazil). I’ll admit I haven’t dived as deep into Felguk’s catalog as I would have liked, but I can tell you that the tracks I HAVE heard are pure Electro-House gold. And I’m talking REAL Electro-House, none of that Big Room nonsense. And sometimes, by the way, they produce Dubstep.  So it’s all good, aggressive dance music.

I’m really impressed by what Felguk did with the Slice & Dice EP. Not only is the collection six tracks, when some EPs are just two, but each song has its own identity. The title track “Slice & Dice” is a standout and my early favorite from the EP. So much so that when I first heard it I sent it out to a bunch of friends I knew would appreciate it. I have a weakness for high-pitched chopped-up vocals and “Slice & Dice” delivers that on top of screaming synths and a simply dirty Electro wobbly drop. It’s pure heaven for the Electro-House fan. Rounding out my top-three are “Get Down” and “Shine On”. “Get Down” is a fun Electro-House track that will cause you to nod your head and stomp your feet, featuring some off-beat patterns and a repeating “down down down” vocal hook. “Shine Down” is a Reggae-infused Dubstep jam that was produced in collaboration with Israeli duo Infected Mushroom, a definite surprise to me considering they come from opposite sides of the track.

Other notes:
-“Loudblue” reminds me a bit of Avicii & Nicky Romero’s “I Could Be the One”
12th Planet‘s remix of “Slice & Dice” is pretty epic and gets nice and Trappy

If you want to grab the entire EP head over to Beatport to purchase it. You can also stream Slice & Dice on Felguk’s SoundCloud page.

Felguk – Slice & Dice
Felguk – Get Down
Felguk & Infected Mushroom – Shine On

It’s Finally Friday! A Few Bangers for Your MLK Weekend

Long weekends deserve extra special treatment, especially if they involve some football playoffs, making the above picture incredibly fitting (and easy on the eyes).

Some unfortunate news today for those of you who listen to Dance Department podcasts:

Our dear Dance Department fans,

We tried really hard…. But due to changes in law, Radio 538 can no longer offer you Dance Department podcasts completely free of charge. We are now obliged to charge for a small fee for the use of this service. A small, symbolic contribution of only € 5,38 has therefore been introduced to allow to you enjoy a whole year’s worth of Dance Department. That’s only € 0,10 per podcast!

This will all start in February 2012. We will announce later how it exactly works. We really hope we can count on your ongoing support!

We’ll keep you posted!
Love, peace and beats…. the Dept. team

At the end of the day, it’s a small amount to pay, but this could be a sign of things to come. Make sure to grab as many as you can while they’re still free!

Today I bring you some tracks that will be perfect to get the party started and are perfect for your bumpin DJ sets. After all, I will be spinning them myself, so take a page out of my book and get things cookin. I’ll preface this by saying most of the tracks are not hot off the press, but they’ve aged more like fine wine. Get it!

Tiesto ft. Kay – Work Hard Play Hard (Paris FZ & Simo T Remix)
Starkillers & Nadia Ali – Keep It Coming (Original Mix)
Felguk – 2Nite
Deadmau5 – Ghosts N’ Stuff (Dirty Disco Youth Remix)

Meet Haydn Hoffman (and his collection of bootlegs, remixes, and originals)

So there I was, this past weekend at Boston’s Bills Bar, hangin’ out with DJ Spiezio who spins his collection of EDM bangers on Saturday nights – when I heard the familiar chords of Avicii’s “Levels”.  I quickly realized this was not the original mix, because whatever version he was playing went HARD. And I thought I had previously heard pretty much every version of “Levels”, as it can be considered the biggest EDM song of the year. But no, here comes Haydn Hoffman to teach me something new.

I did some research on this Southern California native and found he has a very comprehensive website complete with a press kit, biography, and a complete list of original tracks, bootlegs, and official remixes. According to his site: “Following 3 years of touring and recording as a guitarist in the band Invictus, Hoffman began producing, drawing inspiration from the sounds of electro veterans such as Designer Drugs and Le Castle Vania.” And thanks to a recent interview with Music Under Fire, I learned that this up-and-coming producer is in med school – leading me to the assumption that he is in his mid-twenties (although he began producing music at age 11).

Hoffman’s style varies between Electro-House (“complextro” as he calls it) and Dubstep, creating hard-hitting tracks that ooze bass-heavy madness. It’s easy to see where his taste comes from, when he lists DJs/producers such as Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, Zedd, Felguk, Lazy Rich, and Dirtyloud (“he’s probably my biggest musical influence at the moment”) as musical influences – all of whom have been the leaders in creating bangers over the past couple years.

Keep your eye on this kid and if he announces a tour date near you, make sure to go check him out so he doesn’t have to suffer through more years of med school…

Selected Tracks:
Avicii – Levels (Haydn Hoffman Bootleg Remix)
Crissy Criss – Kick Snare (Haydn Hoffman Dubstep Remix)
Nishin Verdiano – Clash of the Electronics (Haydn Hoffman Remix) <– **wow**
Haydn Hoffman – Flatline (Original Mix)

To purchase more of his tracks, support him at Beatport and make sure to check out his Facebook page.


Survival Sunday: Monday Edition Featuring Doctor P & Flux Pavilion, Steve Aoki & Tiesto and more

Welcome all to the late edition of our weekly installment of Survival Sunday. Sorry for the late arrival but I have a legitimate excuse that I won’t bore you with.  Anyways, this past week turned out to be the time for some huge releases so lets get straight into it.

Flux and Doctor P’s newest collaboration (of which there have been many) brings a completely new sound which further emphasizes their mutual like for melodic sounds and innovation. It won’t be the newest “Louder” or “Gold Dust” but it certainly is unique.

Flux Pavilion & Doctor P – Superbad

Steve Aoki has teamed up with the man of the hour right now Tiesto to bring you the latest in a series of amazing collaborations from Aoki. From “Warp” with the Bloody Beetroots, “Turbulence” with Laidback Luke, “No Beef” with Afrojack and most recently “Earthquakey People” with Rivers Cuomo, the record label mogul/DJ/producer is unstoppable. This track is no exception. Not to mention Tiesto is coming off one of his biggest years of all time with songs like “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “Maximal Crazy” continuing to tear up speakers and dancefloors worldwide.

Tiesto ft. Steve Aoki – Tornado

Progressive house artist EDX released his newest single this week and this one should become quite the hit among progressive house fans. Personally, I’m not the biggest prog fan but I have always liked EDX’s style and I think you’ll see that on this track.

EDX – D.A.N.C.E. (Original Mix)

Finally, the vocal mix of Swedish House Mafia’s collaboration with Knife Party debuted this week on (you guessed it) BBC Radio 1. The track not only adds some vocals but also brings a more finished sound with it than the last preview heard. Obviously when this track gets officially released, it will be massive and everyone will already be quite familiar.

Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party – Antidote (Vocal Mix) [LQ BBC Radio 1 Preview]

As an afterthought (and since he was featured on last week’s SS), here’s Lazy Rich’s newest remix. Goes hard as you’d expect.

Felguk – Blow Out (Lazy Rich Impossible Remix)