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Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 008

Oh hey, how are ya?! We at MMIBTY sure hope this Spring thing is shaping up nicely for you because with all this great music coming in we have been working day and night just to make sure you’ve got it all on your go-to playlist by the time summer rolls around! As previously concluded, good music is timeless, so we’re pleased to bring you two free unreleased remixes of classic vocal tracks from Boston-based Producer and DJ Salvatore LoGrasso in this here Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 008.

Salvatore Marco LoGrasso has been an important fixture in the Boston house music scene for nearly a decade and has performed across the globe alongside Pirupa and Amine Edge & DANCE, and Davide Squillace played Sal’s “Don’t Stop Til Ya” Edit at BPM in 2012. LoGrasso’s sound is a strong amalgam of disco, funk, ghetto house, deep house, techno, and of course house. Once in a group with Pirupa, Leon, & Scot Cox called “Trebled Kids,” Sal also has releases on CUFF, Nurvous, Louder Music, Melodic Art, Foot & Mouth, InMotion, Monique Musique, Stealth, PlayPerView, High Definition, Prawler, Manchester Underground Music, Resonance, FlatBelly Recordings, and Let It Play to name a few!

I had a chance to chat with Sal the other day fresh off playing Sankeys NYC with Amine Edge and after a little convincing, he agreed to give us his unreleased remix of Michael Jackson’s 1979 smash hit “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” to share with you lucky dancing ducks. Sure, the remix is 120bpm just like the original but LoGrasso really has a knack for taking classic vocal tracks and putting a funky-ass spin on ‘em. His sharp percussion and signature kick give way to hefty, sauntering basslines and beauteous breakdowns and “Don’t Stop Til Ya” is no exception. Adding another anthemic weapon to your elaborate arsenal of beats, we pass along an edit of “Don’t You Want Me Baby,” this one with a fantastic vocal breakdown and robust bass that could damn well get your dive bar to appreciate house music. Keep an eye out for this maestro on SoundCloud and Facebook, especially if you’re a MA resident or one of those fortunate enough to visit the musical mecca that is Ibiza this summer as this guy is playing everywhere from Boston to Ibiza (and hopefully Chicago?)!

Also included in this eighth edition of Oxtavius Magical Goodybag is a smooth deep house remix of Timo Maas’ “Hunted” by Romanian duo Livio & Roby found through djmag’s SoundCloud. Digging deeper through our goodybag we find a rework by Cleavage of their well-received “Prove.” With a synth line reminiscent of old school garage, this “Psychedelic Dub Mix” is sexy but serious.

[MIX BOX]
We’re very excited to share this week’s MIX BOX segment of OMG with you because on top of three remarkable sets/mixes, we also have a pair of two-part mixes to share! The first pair is the Harder They Come Spring Promo from Burlington, Vermont based Chris Pattison of Nexus Artists. As with the rest of today’s goodybag, there is garage and deep bass aplenty! Featuring tracks by Low Steppa, Hector Couto, Darius Syrossian, Jay Lumen, Josh Butler, Filthy Rich, Paul Woolford, NiCe7, Maxxi Soundsystem, & Sidney Charles (amonst others), these two halves complement each other perfectly and reaffirm Pattison as one of the main pillars of Burlington’s ever-growing music scene.

Spanish duo Pig & Dan are up next with their superb 2014 March Mix. Full of techno and tech house gems, this two act show is worth the intermission.

Seth Troxler takes the decks for a joy ride in Output NYC’s Outcast 001. I’d sound silly if I tried to describe this set, so do us all a favor: let loose and blast this, baby!

We’re not done yet! Great Britain’s Ant Brooks is on episode 26 of his Groovant Podcast and they just keep getting better. Featuring tracks/remixes by Mladen Tomic, Nicole Moudaber, Matt Sassari, Harvey McKay, Proudly People, DJ Anna, Oscar L, and Brooks himself, this is a podcast you should not only download, but also subscribe to!

Yes, we saved the biggest treat for last. This dude has been making waves throughout Chicago for several years now but with a growing fanbase in Miami, Mexico, New York, and beyond, Garrett B is sure to become a household name for techno- and house-lovers worldwide. Three and a half hours of his opening set for the one and only Jamie Jones at Spybar last week. BOOM! This is deep house or “ghetto sex tech” (as Garrett’s SoundCloud tag tells us) at its finest. Talk about warmin’ the place up!

Michael Jackson – D.S.T.U (Salvatore LoGrasso Remix)
DoNt YoU WaNt ME (Salvatore LoGrasso Remix)
Timo Maas – The Hunted (Livio & Roby Remix)
Prove (Cleavage Psychedelic Dub Mix)
Chris Pattison – HTC Spring 2014 promo part 1
Chris Pattison – HTC Spring 2014 promo part 2
PigDanMarchMix1
PigDanMarchMix2
Groovant Podcast 026 With Oscar L

Got two bucks? Here ya go.

 

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Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 007

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!

BENZI | GIRL TRAPZ | Volume Five (The Finale)

After premiering on the Diplo & Friends Valentine’s Day special, Benzi has unleashed the final masterpiece in the GIRL TRAPZ series. Volume Five closes out the series in ultimate form, with thirty-five new and classic jams getting the Benzi treatment. Included on the mix are super exclusives from the likes of Salva & RL Grime, FS Green, Trippy Turtle, eSenTRIK, DJ Sliink, and many more! This may be the end of GIRL TRAPZ but get ready for a whole new series and many more Diplo & Friends / BBC Radio mixes coming very soon! This is just the beginning shawty!

Download the tracked out album version below and if ya missed any previous volumes, download the entire GIRL TRAPZ series  at benzi.co/GIRLTRAPZCOLLECTION

Plus here is the first track in the mix… a brand new remix by eSenTRIK of the hit single “Pony” by Ginuwine!

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Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 004

Aaand we’re back! Sure, it’s only been two days since we’ve given out one of our magical goodybags, but since I skipped a week and have three days off in a row, I’m pulling some grown-up shit and banging this out today, finally go to the gym tomorrow, and then I can just mix records nonstop after that. So, this time I’ve made things a bit easier because all of the tracks and mixes in today’s bag are straight from Soundcloud, that way you can download, heart/like, repost, message, follow, or do anything else you can think of right from the comfort of the Soundcloud widget on our lovely page!

Today the bag is heavy; chock full of weird and funky deep house, tech house, tribal tech, techno, house, and everything in between. I didn’t realize as I went along but there is certainly a good amount of vocal tracks (especially the first few) this time, both female and male, new school and old! Tip of the hat to DurtysoxXx for his Funk Like Dat edit of “Rebirth of Slick” staying true to the classic hip house sound while breathing new life into it.

The assortment of mixes we have in this fourth magical publication is top notch. We start things off with two hours of Sian (Octopus Recordings) live in Barcelona, then get a dose of Arjun Vagale by way of Boris and his Transmissions podcast. If you live in Chicago or will be around on March 1st, be sure to catch Boris play at Spybar!

Moving along, we are graced with the sounds of Italian techno maestro Joseph Capriati, this time a live recording from BPM Festival just a few weeks ago. Again, if you live in Chicago or happen to stop by on Friday, March 7th, do not miss his set that night at Spybar. If you’re 21, you have no reason not to go because as a MMIBTY reader, you can enjoy FREE ENTRY to this event! Ladies pay no cover all night, and guys only have to pay ten dollars if you (stupidly) arrive after midnight. Detroit native and Chicago favorite Jason Patrick is on warm-up duties, so even if you get there right at ten you’re gonna have a blast. All you’ve got to do is say “Oxtavius” at the door!

Second to last out of the goodybag is BLOND:ISH‘s 6 hour set from Stereo in Montreal recorded January 25th. These ladies ripped up Spybar on Friday with Maher Daniel and Eric Volta. Check out the pics here (as if you didn’t believe it was a good time).

Wrapping things up for Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 004 is a great Producer/DJ duo out of LA called Low Tide with the fourth episode of their Touch of Class podcast. Nice and deep. Cannonball!

Charles Fenckler: 5 Free DLs + Anklam EP Preview

Meet Charles Fenckler, the 19-year-old French Producer/DJ whose debut EP Anklam drops on Slam‘s Soma Records this coming Monday. Sure, he may only have a few hundred Facebook likes or Soundcloud followers at this very moment, but if Anklam is anywhere near as good as the tracks we have for you today, this kid is definitely going somewhere.

First up is a strong acid track called Sequences that would make KiNK proud. The seemingly simplistic 4×4 beat is soon joined by some pert cymbals which carry the 303 theme beautifully. Next is the dub techno Strings Systems. These synth chords have a rich analog sound providing a well flowing theme and are fully supported by a sturdy kick drum. Also included are two tracks Fenckler released about a year ago under the name Aztro. Black Rainbow has an enveloping melody, crisp percussion, and a neat dubby breakdown with chopped vocals, snowballing until it is capped by a sample that may or may not be a distorted dial tone; either way, it sounds sick and makes me want to dance. Parallel 2 features a dissonant melody with chiller drums. For your added pleasure, we’ve passed along a super solid, hour-strong techno mix Charles Fenckler recently recorded for a German magazine called Musix Mag!

Enjoy a taste of the Anklam EP here then pre-order or wait until it officially drops on Monday.

Charles Fenckler – Sequences
Charles Fenckler – Strings Systems
Aztro – Black Rainbow
Aztro – Parallel 2
Charles Fenckler Mixtape For @Musix Mag

Follow Charles Fenckler on Twitter & Soundcloud: @CharlesFenckler | https://soundcloud.com/charlesfenckler
and be sure to give his Facebook page a like!

Five Crucial Mixes (As If You Weren’t Already Excited for NYE)

Already tired of scrolling through all things “Best of 2013?” MMIBTY has solutions: five crucial mixes to help you make it to 2014. Three days ago, Josh Butler gave us a great teaser mix to get us excited for FOUND Music Festival in London this upcoming June. Now, if you haven’t been to London but have been meaning to, this is right up your alley. Last year FOUND was held at Haggerston Park in Shoreditch; a pretty happening area with a great arts scene all around. The last time I was in Shoreditch during the summer I was lucky enough to check out a club tucked away in a disused urban railway yard on Rivington Street called Cargo. I couldn’t tell you for the life of me who was DJing that night but what I can tell you is that it’s got a pretty cool layout and it looks like they’ve got quite the New Year’s party planned with Russ Yallop & Ceri (both of Hot Creations) playing and a “free zombie after party” starting at 6am!

Anyway, this year’s occurrence of FOUND starts at 11am and goes until 9pm on Saturday the 14th, but some quality pre- and after-parties are sure to sprout up as the lineup won’t be released until January 30th. If next year is anything like this year, though, chances are attendees will have the pleasure of gettin’ down to the likes of Amine Edge & DANCE, Audiojack, Betoko, Breach, Deetron, Huxley, Lee Foss (last year he played b2b with MK!), Maya Jane Coles, Shadow Child, Subb-an, wAFF, Waifs & Strays, or Wolf + Lamb!

Enjoy Josh Butler’s Found Festival 2014 Mix:

And here’s a nice little official recap video of FOUND 2013.

Okay, I promised I wouldn’t get all teary-eyed and reminisce about the greatest songs of 2013, but in case you feel like hearing a handful of familiar deep jams mixed in with a bunch of other really rad tracks, we’ve got the perfect 2+ hour set for you to download: Hoj live from Robot Heart at Burning Man 2013! On Hoj’s Facebook page, his info reads simply “smooth grooves” so listen for yourself and I guarantee you’ll agree:

Still with me? Alright, good. Next up we’ve got another brand new promo mix, this one mixed by Waifs & Strays for their NYE party at fabric! Check it out:

Okay, I know we usually specialize in providing single songs and such, but we’ve all got long drives, flights, train rides, and/or parties approaching, so forgive me for squeezing in two more smashing mixes that are available for free download… Second to last it’s: SlamRadio episode 63 by Slam! I never tire of the driving, stimulating house & techno this pair of Scotsmen puts out!

Last, but indubitably not least, we’ve got a killer mix by Sonny Wharton, a big up-and-coming Producer/DJ in the UK. This guest mix for Funk’n Deep (I strongly suggest you follow their Soundcloud account because their “repost” game is top notch–from mixes to teasers to downloadable tracks) features three edits and two original tracks by Mr Wharton himself. The podcast starts out with Joyce Muniz’s sweet take on Maya Jane Coles’s newest “Burning Bright” and provides nearly an hour of fun house, tech house, and deep house including Wharton’s own edit of Kolombo’s jackin’ “Throw Your Hands.”

BONUS #1: Just found another Burning Man set that was recently uploaded. wAFF shreds it at sunrise at Black Rock!

BONUS #2: Since it’s the season of giving, I figured I might as well share with you a mix I threw together the other day. It got chopped three hours and eighteen minutes in, but thankfully there are only two files to it. From deep house to techno to nudisco and tech house, “AV8 Sessions: A December to Remember” should keep you going for several hours! Toss this on at your next party for sure :)

Thanks for sticking around. See you next week!