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Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 010

Yo, what’s up team? If you were lucky enough to get one of those spring break vacation things, I sure hope you enjoyed it because Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 010 is chock full of treats for you to get through the rest of the week and well into the weekend. The first track we have today is one by Pig & Dan called “Marshmallows.” I wouldn’t call it fluffy or sugary, but it’ll get you on your feet no doubt!

Up next is a strong, dark edit by Strange Fruit of Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks” that the duo reworked on their way to play Primary Nightclub here in Chicago two weeks ago. Not only did they put on a fantastic show, but every production they put out sounds better than the last! Pulsating drums carry the listener onward throughout Breezeblocks (Strange Fruit Dark Edit) leading up to a gentle guitar strum during the breakdown. Just listen, man.

Third goody out of the bag is a number by Jesse Voltaire titled “Love Under Will” released by Archipel. Soothingly hypnotic and at times showing shades of dub, “Love Under Will” retains its driving force all along. Fourth up is a track by Christian Prommer called “Waltz.” It’s got a sort of minimal/classical/house vibe that’s very inviting so check it out. You might have to throw Christian’s FB page a like, but is that really the end of the world if you get a sweet free song out of it? Nah.

Moving along, we pass along a super weird EP by Zhao called “Le Passé Reste” released today by Archipel. The title track has a really cool minimal air about it then things get progressively quirkier in Nuages et Fumées. Monochrome begins with a more stripped-down feel but surely don’t stay that way; this ain’t your roommates tech-house. Spatial gets even wilder yet followed by Allenaide, which may very well be some sort of attempt at interplanetary communication.

Making our way into the [MIX BOX] segment at the bottom of our enormous goodybag, we jump right into an hour-long techno mix by the gifted DJ Anna. Save this one for the gym, on the way to a club, or even at your party! The second mix we have for you today is a live recording from the debut of Chicago duo Shytone at Primary Nightclub last Sunday. Shytone is comprised of two very talented and well-known DJs named Kalendr & Inphinity. I’ve heard one or two of their productions and will be sure to include the next one I find that is available for free download.

Next is a dope techno mix [Supreme 144 to be precise] by Spartaque. Having a bad day? Toss this bad boy on. Closing out our tenth edition of the Oxtavius Magical Goodybag is a three hour and ten minute podcast mixed by Wolf+Lamb exclusively for our friends at Data Transmission across the pond. If you dig Wolf+Lamb, you’ll be pleased to learn that Spybar announced yesterday their new quarterly residency with none other than Soul Clap. For ticket giveaways, passwords for free entry, and much more, bookmark so you never miss a show and always pay the best price or no price at all!


Nelly – Ride Wit Me (Viceroy “Jet Life” Remix)

Viceroy has returned with his next installment in the acclaimed “Jet Life” remix series that are always offered as a free download. Previous “Jet Life” adventures have included “Pony” by Ginuwine, “Getting Jiggy Wit It,” and “This Is How We Do It” which has helped make these releases infamous. For number seven, Viceroy has brought back the St. Louis legend Nelly to do a ride along with his hit single, “Ride Wit Me.” Pumping the tropical grooves into the southern rap anthem seems to go flawlessly as this remix takes a turn towards summertime. Another great track as Viceroy picks up the pace after a great Ultra set and prepares for a whirlwind of a summer tour!

ODB – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Worthy’s Raw Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Today we present to you a completely new piece of music from the vaults of Worthy, available exclusively for you to play, download, share with friends, burn, edit, remix, bootleg, the possibilities are boundless. Worthy, a member of the Dirtybird team, remarks, ”I had an idea a year ago to do a remix of ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’, but was so focused on producing my full-length album that I had to put it on the back burner. When I went at it this year, it just came together so perfectly. I think since Wu Tang recently came out with new material, the energy was out there and the Shaolin came down and blessed me creatively. The track is the perfect blend of bass and suspense that I love in my songs.” Get ready to shimmy right into your weekend with this one! Also be on the lookout for his EP coming out April 21st via OWSLA!

We should also point out that Worthy and the rest of the Dirtybird crew received the 2014 IDMA (International Dance Music Awards) award for Best Indie/Underground Music Label. This is a huge honor and shows you just how far Claude VonStroke’s label has come. It’s impressive that a producer like Worthy and anyone else on the Dirtybird label can all have similar sounds but stay supremely unique in their own ways. That booty bass, Tech-House sound will always exist throughout Dirtybird productions but it really takes these special artists to remain exclusive in sound. Big ups to Worthy on “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”!

Depeche Mode – Should Be Higher (Amtrac Remix)

Not everyday do we see remixes come in of the legendary electronic band, Depeche Mode. Of course, the rising superstar Amtrac isn’t your everyday performer. Amtrac is solidifying himself as an all-star in the scene as he continues to demonstrate talent and creativity. Every release of his is different, ranging from 1960′s disco to progressive house made for the main stage. Today we have yet another free, downloadable remix of Depeche Mode’s recent single, Should Be Higher. Cranking up the intensity with a powerful melody, Amtrac keeps the vocals at the fore front of this remix. Be sure to find him at a festival stage this summer.

Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 009

Good evening, groove crew. I’ll keep this one brief because just listening to the first two pieces we have for you tonight will pay homage far better than my words ever will. The first, from Still Music is an unreleased remix by Frankie Knuckles himself of Mitchbal & Larry Williams’ “Jack The House.” The second is a commemorative mix Dimitri from Paris compiled of some of his favorite music from Frankie. Mr. Knuckles will truly be missed and never forgotten.

Freebie three out of Oxtavius Magical Goodybag 009 is a remix from Nic Fanciulli of Fleetwood Mac’s Big Love as a thank you for all the support this year. Though it would have been extra special to see him go back to back with his brother Mark, I was lucky enough to catch Nic at Spybar a few months back and had a fantastic time, so I’m sure Miami Music Week was an absolute blast for the Saved Records crew.

Moving along, we take a trip to the Netherlands for a free download by Walker & Royce ft. Javi called Let Me Be from our audiophile pals at Deep House Amsterdam. Walker & Royce (Sam and Gavin) met long ago but only began producing together in 2011. Fortunately Damian Lazarus took notice to one of their earliest releases and then the “You’re Not Welcome EP” happened through Crosstown Rebels and these guys were on their way.

Up next is a blissful summertime track from Tinush titled “Sommerregen” followed swiftly by an original Booty G-House track called “Fuck U” by Volac who is signed to Amine Edge’s label CUFF. The seventh free goody out of the bag is a sweet little deep techno number by the up-and-coming Chicago duo HXH. Keep your eyes peeled for these dudes in the club and on the cloud!

Progressing into our mix box segment, we are graced with the illustrious sounds of Boston’s Don Fochi. Recorded for Beantown Boogiedown Podcast number seventy-four, the Don spews one hour and thirty-sex sexonds–I mean second sex, fuck it–of passionate deep house from Bob Moses to Beta Ghosts and more. If you’re one of our many Burlington, Vermont readers, it’d be a poor life choice not to attend DEEP SEX ft. Don Fochi & Haitian (2KDeep, Sunday Night Mass, Party Guy Records, Planet 96.7) at the one and only Half Lounge Speakeasy on Church Street.

Our next mix is from another Boston resident DJ, Will Monotone, which was recorded live at Viva Warriors Miami just a few nights ago on the twenty-sixth at The National Hotel. That whole Viva team is spectacular so after listening to this stellar recording, it’s probably safe to say it was a good time.

Fourth featured mix in OMG009 is fifty-three minutes and eight seconds of Bisharat’s live set at this weekend’s 99th edition of The Pool House at the fun and funky Primary Nightclub here in Chicago. My House Of Chi brother Bart Takuski opened up the night so it was one of those times where getting to work by 10am on the dot Monday morning wasn’t exactly the first priority. This Sunday marks the 100th edition of The Pool House, so if you’re in the area, go catch Bisharat, Jordan Bernardo, Hummingbird, and Special E.D. for free before 1am ($5 after) with password “House Of Chi!”  Cannonball!!

Fifth mix for the trail ahead is by Mike Larry, a dude who really impressed my friends and me with his techno flow on one of our annual pilgrimages to Le Beach Club, located roughly a half hour outside Montreal in a place called Pointe Calumet. If you are in Montreal this Saturday night, don’t miss Mike Larry drop his sounds on a decent system at Habitat alongside The Junkies!

The final mix out of tonight’s goodybag is a one-of-a-kind recording of Maceo Plex going back to back with Danny Daze at Miami’s Winter Music Conference just four days ago live for Deep Ellum at Trade. Enjoy the tunes, team. Talk to you again soon.


Props for the photo, Amnah.

Brenmar Searches For Sanctity

Chicago production and remix genius, Brenmar, is back at it again as he gives Rick Ross’s soulful original Sanctified his 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.