Just some random musical musings on Veld and the two headliners.
Day Two bested Day One.
Great lineup, tons of variety for everyone in attendance. I think the organizers underestimated the pull that some of the artists would have. I would have loved to see Cosmic Gate, Tommy Trash but in particular, Gareth Emery, throw down on the main stage. The cozy confines of the tent (minus the poop) suited them just fine.
Of the sets that I, myself, happened to view in person, I would have to put Gareth Emery, Tommy Trash, Deadmau5, Ben Gold, Avicii, and Max Vangelli & AN21 above the rest. Honourable mentions to Cosmic Gate, Bassnectar, Cazzette, Knife Party, Pierce Fulton, Aly & Fila, & Steve Angello. Everybody else gets a meh.
Deadmau5 put on a good show, but nowhere near his best I believe. Even with the technical difficulties, the show was still enjoyable and featured some of his better tracks. With that being said, you can definitely tell that this guy is not in a great place right now and it showed in his set. While his more tech-leaning material is great (and sounded incredible at Downsview), I felt that his set was very linear. It just never seemed to reach that peak that I thought it would. Considering that it was his hometown gig with 20,000+ in attendance, I really thought he would bring it and give it that over the top feel.
Pains me to say this, but Avicii put on a great, if not the best, set and show of the weekend. I haven’t been a big fan of Avicii for some time now (predictable sets, productions, onstage body movements and attire), but I could not hate on the work he did Sunday night. Everything was on: song selection, transitions, performance, crowd engagement. For two hours straight he literally had everyone’s emotions encapsulated in a knob on his mixer. It literally felt like when the set had reached its apex and there was no way he could top it, he somehow just nudged it a bit further. Basically, he took it to “whole ‘nother level” (holy shit, the unintended pun right here) a bunch of times. He managed to do what Deadmau5 failed to do in my opinion in creating a performance that featured virtually no low points. Kudos (could still work on the song selection though).
Unable to get into the studio to work on new material, Deadmau5 has taken it upon himself to rework some of his recent work.The results? Impressive. Joel makes his 4×4=12 track ‘Cthulhu Sleeps’ into a new kind of beast, all while enjoy a nice slumber apparently. Listen in and have your say below.Read More
Can’t believe how long this series has been going, fuggin 29th edition right here. Still as strong as ever, full playlist below for your weekend festivities. Lots of variety in this set with tracks from new tracks from Deadmau5, Lil Wayne, Avicii, STS, and others. Set things off below (right click, save link as to download). – @SpcPckRead More
End of a crazy week for myself and I’m eager to kick back for the long weekend. Assembled an ecletic set of tracks that I’ve had on replay for a bit. Really digging the Static Revenger mix of ‘Long Time’, a decent banger to get things going. Also in the mix is a new Avicii track, a remix from Keep Shelly In Athens, an Animal Farm and Talib Kweli collab, and more. Enjoy.Read More
If you’re a follower of Thrashing Thursdays, you’re probably saying to yourself ‘Wait, this can’t be week #1 of the series, because where else would I have found these banging tracks that have been invading my playlists lately?’ Well to set everything straight, I would like to make this series into more of a round up of tracks that have been burning my ears at any Thursday of every week. This gives me the opportunity to posts more tracks and showcase more artists in each post. And that makes everyone happy!
So with all that aside, let this week’s Thrashing Thursday be the soundtrack to kick off your early long weekend early.
Wow, Skrillex is trying his hand at everything nowadays. He’s experimented with rasta vibes on his track Ruffneck Bass, deathcore on his collaboration with KoRn and now hip hop with this track featuring Foreign Beggars, all while reinventing the definition of dance music. Keep doing your thing Skrillex and we’ll keep listening!
Everyone and their mothers have heard the Mt. Eden’s original mix, but what about this colossal remix?
This song first surfaced as a collaboration between Feed Me and Deadmau5. I was beside myself when I first heard about it! However, the track has been recently identified belonging to Al Bizarre. Regardless, this track cranks it out with awesome power
Epic. Simply epic.
Madeon recently released a fantastic remix of Deadmau5′s epic Raise Your Weapon. This here is a great mashup that pieces the first verse of Deadmau5′ version with Madeon’s remix. It works together very very nicely
That’s it for the week. Keep checking in for more!
So this week I thought I would bust out some Deadmau5 for all those fans out there that have only been listening to him since Ghosts n’ Stuff brought him into the lime light.
I started listening to him in 2008 with the release of Random Album Title, and you would probably hear it thumping down the hall ways of my university residence a few times a day. I been to two of his concerts, and I must say…you haven’t seen shit for an electro show until you’ve seen Deadmau5 on his Cube. I find many people have not heard most of his work so here is a few of his songs, all from different albums.
From ‘Get Scraped’
From ‘Full Circle’
From ‘Random Album Title’
From ‘For Lack of a Better Name’
From ‘At Play Vol. 2′
From ‘It Sounds Like’
SWEET SHIT EH!?
I’m gonna leave you on this gem. Personally, I think she does a good job over this Deadmau5 track, and she also has an amazing voice.
TRIVIA. CAN YOU NAME THE TRACK?! first to post it in the comments gets nothing.
Can a drummer get some? The easy answer, yes. Recently drummers have been making big splashes in the music scene, with Travis Barker producing hip hop albums and Tommy Lee providing opening DJ sets for big acts like Skrillex (not to mention he’s dating Sofi who appears on a few Deadmau5 tracks, what a rock star!)
With all of these drummers making their cake, I would like to open the spotlight on a friend of mine that throws down some dirty dirty drum lines. Kane G is a talented drummer out of Scarborough, ON and he provides a rock flavour to each of the tracks he contributes to. Check a few of them out,
Kane G – Coming Home (Diddy Remix) (Right click to download)
Love the variety of tracks he mixes on. Dubstep, electro, hip hop, you name it. What I like about this guy is that his live performances also feature a DJ. You don’t often get to hear real instruments when you go out dancing, but Kane is bringing this back in a biiiiiiig way. Here’s a taste of one of these high energy live performances, opening for Zeds Dead in Durham;
With the right DJ behind him and the proper support, I truly believe that Kane G can go a long way. You heard it here first folks. Keep on ear open for this guy and show some love to the drummer. Here’s a link to his facebook webpage, www.facebook.com/kanegofficial
Travis Barker and DJ A-Trak did something similar to this in LA, check out the video. They pulled in some pretty big names,
DJ extraordinaire Deadmau5 has released two new tracks since his huge album 4 x 4 = 12. Deadmau5 has been a favorite DJ of mine for quite some time now and it seems everything he touches turns to musical gold. I personally prefer the minimal sound that he produced in his earlier works over the harder tracks he’s been putting out recently (see also One Trick Pony and the second half of Raise Your Weapon). The two new tracks here show him returning to his roots in progressive minimal stylings, and they’re great.
The first one here is almost 11 minutes long and has an undecipherable title, but Deadmau5 is a giant computer nerd so this probably makes total sense to him. Regardless, I don’t think there’s a track out there that can hold your attention for 11 minutes quite like this one does (scratch that, Strobe). Enjoy,
The second track, Bleed, is like taking a trip through an orchestrated sonic landscape. Love how the bass hits you in waves, I can’t think of a song that really compares to this one.
How can you tell Joel Zimmerman (Deadmau5) is a nerd? Well if getting the health bar from Zelda tattooed on your forearm and the green critter from Space Invaders on your neck doesn’t give the impression, I don’t know what does. But dammmmmmmn can this white boy make music or what.Read More