Back in 2006, almost 10 years ago, Swedish DJ/producer Steve Angello released one of his most notable tracks called “Teasing Mr. Charlie”. The track is a true Acid House gem that highlights one of Angello’s favorite sounds in dance music. Just like the Swedish dance juggernaut, I too share a love for Acid House. It’s a sound that is both funky and grimy at the same time and in today’s dance music scene it isn’t a sound heard too often – though it does date back to the 1980s and 90s. Steve Angello, throughout his career, has made it known that he has a strong love for Acid House, though it’s a little disappointing that he hasn’t dropped a track of that style in quite some time. Have no fear – Sebjak and Tony Senghore are here to put a fresh twist on a House classic.
After a massive start to the year with releases “Raveline” and “We Are” both released on Ultra Records, Swedish DJ/ producer Sebjak, alongside Tony Senghore, have created a very special remix of Steve Angello’s Size Records release “Teasing Mr Charlie” available as a free download. The remix is bigger, bolder, and louder as Sebjak and Tony Senghore add their energized Big Room feel for an absolute dance floor destroyer.
If you check out some of Sebjak’s releases, like “Raveline” and “We Are” above, you’ll see he has a BIG sound. Falling somewhere between Big Room and Progressive, with a true ravey feel and elements of Acid House throughout, he’s got a formula that is both unique and hard-hitting. Already marking himself out as one of the most exciting new talents to come out of Sweden, a country synonymous with producing some of the world’s biggest dance music stars, Sebjak is now making an impression on a much larger scale. Having signed an exclusive deal with Ultra Records, Sebjak is focusing on working with his fellow Swedes – Steve Angello and AN21 on “GODS” and Jaz Von D on “Into The Wild”, both which featured in Sebjak’s guest mix for Steve Angello’s residency show on BBC Radio 1.
Check out the track and keep an eye on this rising star!
Chicago production and remix genius, Brenmar, is back at it again as he gives Rick Ross’s soulful original Sanctifiedhis own twist. With Kanye and Big Sean joining Ross on the original it quickly becomes clear why Brenmar chose to take this track to the next level. With no short of great vocals Brenmar cleverly samples Big Sean’s claim that “All I want is a hundred million dollars and a bad bitch”, I mean isn’t that the American dream at this point? With the addition of some clever snares and snaps over some glitched out effects and a heavy drum line all leading into a heavy but fun drop Brenmar truly took this track to the next level. As usual this one can be downloaded for free below as well as on Brenmar’s Soundcloud, if you aren’t familiar with Brenmar he has been quite busy this year and I would also highly suggest his new EP type project High End Times Vol. 1.
The Brooklyn based horn toting brothers, FrenchHorn Rebellion, are back at it with a brand new four track EP available for free download. The new EP entitled Swing Into Itis a blast from start to finish as the Molinari brothers paint a picture of their newly created “Next Jack Swing” sound. The EP contains two brand new originals featuring gorgeous vocal support from HAERTS and St. Lucia, as well as two outstanding remixes on the title track from the Chordashian’s and Ghost’s of Venice. French Horn Rebellion has truly exploded onto the scene in the past few months and if you have the opportunity to see them live I would take full advantage as they put on one hell of a show with live horns and all. Grab the free download of the full Swing Into It EPbelow and enjoy!
There are a lot of artists out there that like to beat around the bush and allude titles to deviant behavior, but not 4:20, no sir they got right to the point. Released off of French recording label cosmonostro the compilation of instrumental music titled “Bluntstrumentals” is a collection of hip-hop instrumentals pure and simple. No this isn’t a collections of trap bangers that will summon legions of neon new age ravers ready to get “plurnt” and RAGE into the evening, this is a collection of electronically produced songs that are reminiscent of the works on Gramatik’s “Street Bangerz Vol.1 & 2.”
This 13 track collection is awesome, each track bounces and flows with the spirit of hip-hop that can bring out the linguist in anyone. 4:20 has only made blips on the electronic scene, but I am hoping for their sake that they will keep up their production, it is very exciting seeing this type of music circulating within the networks I am following. I don’t know much about 4:20 aside from what I can collect off their sound cloud and their entertaining bio, I think it’s enough to suffice. Take a look.
“I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for cuban refugees, I write award winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally I tread water for three days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and god-like trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook thirty minute brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I’m bored I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang-gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge. I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail.” – 4:20
The name’s Goodybag; Oxtavius Magical Goodybag. If you haven’t yet noticed, it’s our seventh (007) installment of said series and we’re feeling pretty bloody chipper about it. That’s why today we dug deep through the labyrinths of the internet and, more crucially, Soundcloud, to deliver to you, our cherished reader, nine tracks and eight rather lengthy mixes. Sure, nowadays when we see a song that’s posted more than a handful of days ago it seems like old news, but that’s why this week we’ve shaken things up a bit by including several songs nearing their first birthdays and even a mix that’s almost–wait for it–TWO! But hey, we all know that good music has no expiry date, so let’s go on a little adventure because, believe me, the sounds in this bag are more than worth their, uhh, free download-ness…
The first track out of Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 007 is Uto Karem’s 2014 techno remake of his 2008 minimal track “Don’t You Know.” This one has more of a tribal vibe than the original and bangs pretty hard. Something tells me this will go over really well in Miami this year. Next, DAVI spices up Russ Yallop’s already stellar “The Journey” ft. Aimee Sophia. The third track we have for you today is Scarlett Nina’s rich deep house jam “Werkstatt 1.” The bass line on this has a mind of its own, communicating with the other instruments in a buoyant and effortless manner.
Fourth out of the bag is a regift from our friends over at HighOnBeats.com. Originally by Rebecca Brandt, Doctor Jeep puts his own spin on “The Moment.” Do yourself a favor and check out the full feature here. On to the next goody…
This funky number is a remix with a little drum and bass flavor by Montreal’s Stefny Winter of Platypus’ “Argyle.” Stefny has gigs in both Denver and Chicago pretty soon so I searched high and low for any free downloads I could find by the talented songstress/DJ and thankfully “Argyle (Stefny’s Bonus D’n'B Mix)” is one well worth listening to!
Moving forward, Isaac Tichauer’s “I’ll Let You Go” (French Express) is one I felt obligated to include solely because of how often I hear it played in the club and at parties in the past few months, so if you never tracked it down or just haven’t heard it yet, well, here it is. [RIP Aaliyah] Also included is Tichauer’s year-old “I Forgive You.”
The next song takes things down a notch, and by that I mean LEVER’s “Careless” is a chill, relaxing track, so keep it on deck next time you’re feeling burnt out, learnt out, or just plain turnt out.
Rustling through our goodybag further, we arrive at Urulu’s “Works For Me” Dub of Jessie Ware’s “Sweet Talk.” This remix radiates that pure house sound of yesteryear while incessantly rejuvenating the listener.
What’s that? No more free tracks, you say? Why, that’s preposterous! Don’t fret, y’all, because we have a combined listening time of damn near eighteen hours of podcasts, live sets, & promo mixes for you. So you could wake up at six in the morning, toss on this playlist, and still not be done by midnight. You’re welcome. Here’s a quick rundown in case you’re not quite convinced.
[THE MIX BOX]
I. Detroit Techno Militita – The Grid Episode 26: this one was recommended by my fellow Chicago MMIBTY Writer/Representative “JD” and I’m pretty stoked on it.
II. Stefny – Archipel 10 yr Anniversary: Really neat & weird. Be sure to check out Stefny’s track “Do The Robo” on Beatport!
III. Nostaljack – 50 Mins of Deep Techno: This mix is by an up-and-comer out of Melbourne, Australia with solid dubby techno, acid house, and deep house
IV. Mia Wallace – Nightsweat Podcast 020: An extremely talented producer/DJ group based in Chicago. JUST LISTEN. THESE GUYS SHRED.
V. Dixon & Âme Boiler Room x Innervisions DJ Set @ ADE 2012: Almost two years old but these two are nasty, and TOGETHER?! One of those “wish I was there” moments. Âme played a fantastic set recently at Spybar but I actually can’t contain my excitement for the Maceo Plex + Dixon loft party that’s one looong month away.
VI. Habitual Hypnosis Podcast 001: Another Chicago outfit, this one a duo comprised of Happyghost and Housework. Check ‘em out.
VII. Second to last out of the bag is the second part to the one-of-a-kind set that was Joseph Capriati b2b Adam Beyer live from Metropolis in Naples. Capriati rocked the house at Spybar recently so now it’s Mr Beyer’s turn to do the deed. Enjoy free/reduced entry all night when you say “Oxtavius” at the door this Thursday, the twentieth of March. (More specifically, pronounce it like the emperor, not how you refer to your last sexual partner. Furthermore, ladies are free all night with password and gentlemen pay $10 after midnight. Just sharin’ the knowledge, man.)
VIII. Golf Clap puts Soundcloud’s six hour, forty-five minute cap to the test in good fashion!
Enjoy the goodybag, gang. See you on the dancefloor!
The young producer hailing from Hamburg is back at it again with another gorgeous deep track entitled Dance With Me, and this one is just truly filled with love from start to finish. The song begins with some underlying vocals and a perfect piano riff to compliment, however Felix Jaehn quickly brings the vocals to full power while simultaneously injecting a powerful bass line that only grows heavier as the the track continues. Felix has been extremely interested in music all his life, from his start as a violinist to his discovery of house music and DJing at just age 16. Now at just 20 years of age this young gun has really refined his sound and is producing some absolutely gorgeous beats. Grab the free download below and be sure to give Felix Jaehn a follow on Soundcloud as you will not want to miss a release from this up and comer.