Monthly Archive for March, 2008

Nitin in profile: Guaranteed to move the floor

Throughout his ten years of experience behind the decks, Nitin has established himself as a sonic force in the electronic music scene, rocking dancefloors from coast to coast and throughout the mid-western United States. A connoisseur of all things house and techno Nitin always has his ear to the ground and has crafted a fresh, intelligent and dirty dancefloor sound. As evidenced by his varied sets, Nitin draws on range of influences that date back to early electro and hip hop and adeptly blends them with the sounds of today by incorporating upfront promotional material from the hottest producers in the industry. While his programming, experience and technical prowess behind the turntables elicits respect from those in the trade it is his ability to work any floor into a frenzy that sets him apart from the competition. Hailing from London, Ontario, Nitin was a pioneering member of the city’s dance music community, assuming the role of DJ, promoter and proprietor of the now defunct Saxaphone Records. Continue reading ‘Nitin in profile: Guaranteed to move the floor’

My Favourite Robot in profile: Non-linear

With over a decade of experience behind the decks and a life-long passion for music, Jared Simms and Voytek Korab have come together to create My Favorite Robot, a tag-team DJ-ing venture. This collaboration brings to the decks a unique mix of minimal tek and electro. Born of the Montreal club scene in the 90s, Simmz and Voytek became fast friends and the synergy was unmistakable. Immersed in a city with a dynamic underground culture they were exposed to a wide variety of sounds that gave them perfect framework. Their tastes differ, but they blend their styles seamlessly and are always in tune to what the other is playing. Continue reading ‘My Favourite Robot in profile: Non-linear’

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Tony Almonte

Tony Almonte is known, in particular, for his involvement in pieces written by the American Roy Davis Jr., Kemetic Just from San Francisco, Miguel Graça from Portugal, Canadian house sensation Fred Everything, Rise Ashen, and the master of groove Trevor Walker. His performances have lead him to collaborate on records and compilations undeTony Almonter several labels, notably: EMI Boston, Bombay Records (Vancouver), Pronto Musique, Guidance Records, Nordic Trax, Kinkysweet, Fossilfuel Records and more…

Over the years Tony has shared the bill with some of music’s most cutting edge acts and globally renowned names in the electro scene, namely: Joe Claussel, Peven Everet, Roy Davis jr., Tokyo’s UFO, Jazzanova, Rainer Truby, Talvin Singh, Llorca, St-Germain, Louis Vega, Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, King Britt, Andrea Parker, Banco de Gaïa, dj Heather, Jojoflores, Nav Bhinder and Patrick Dream and many more…

Tony’s biggest accomplishment would clearly be his involvement with CBC Radio One. Working two years, mixing and featuring globally renowned electro-jazz artist on the international circuit and featuring Indie label acts, “Le Mélange des Genres” had two successful seasons, broadcasting to 500 000 listeners weekly. In this context, Tony Almonte remains the first ever DJ to hold a residency on the CBC roster, also first allowed to merge other artist’s work live on air. He is known to be a risk taker, yet acclaimed for getting the job done properly and with respect to the integrity of the original tracks produced.

Based in Montreal, Almonte is now a proud member of The VooDooMonx — so go check him out at one of their shows!

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DJ Sneak

DJ Sneak

DJ Sneak began listening to house music soon after he and his family arrived from Puerto Rico in the early 1980s. Because he could not speak English, Sneak gravitated to instrumental music (as well as graffiti art), and became inspired by Chicago legends such as Marshall Jefferson and DJ Pierre.

Many of those early innovators had left Chicago for the East Coast by the late 80s, when Sneak was ready to start in the business; by 1992, however, Cajmere had begun a resurgence in the city’s classic sound by starting up Cajual Records. Sneak aided in the revolution with a series of singles on Cajual’s sister label, the harder-oriented Relief Records, as well as putting out singles on the renowned Cajual imprint, setting the stage for a filtered disco house movement to come in the latter half of the 90s with singles such as “The Moondoggy Ep” and “Sneak Essentials.”

Besides other productions for Strictly Rhythm, Henry St., ZYX, 83 West and Feverpitch (several of which feature Armand Van Helden on co-production, building on the Latin vibes of their heritage), DJ Sneak has also released mix compilations including 1996’s Kinky Trax Collection and the following year’s Buggin’ Da Beats. He continued to release tracks through the 90s and into the 2000s, scoring a worldwide smash with the single “Fix My Sink” produced with DJ Bear Who.He eventually started his own label, Magnetic Recordings, and moved to Toronto, Canada, where he operated a DJ booking agency called All World Entertainment. He continues to travel all over the planet as an in demand DJ and is considered one of the top producers and remixers in dance music today.

Lyrics by DJ Sneak are featured in the Daft Punk song “Digital Love” from their 2001 album Discovery.

WMC ‘08: Canada, represent!

With the Winter Music Conference fast approaching, I’ve been reading all kinds of hype over some awesome Canadian DJ’s and bands that will be attending. This year Canada is actually hosting its first “Canada loves Miami” party on March 26 at the Shelborne Beach Resort. So, all you Canadians who fled south for the winter… check it out! If you’ve not been exposed to our national talent, please make sure to hit this event because the Canadian line-up is really hot: Jojoflores, Fred Everything, DJ Sneak, Luke Fair, Max Graham, Sultan, Hatiras, Jason Hodges, Jonny White, Nitin, The Roaches, Amalia Leandro, Danny Torrence, Vivie-Ann, My Favorite Robot and many others. TransCanada Radio will be there alongside a pioneer of the soul jazz and house movement in Ottawa – Trevor Walker. So if you’re headed out to WMC, be sure to look for TCR schmoozing with some of the best that dance music has to offer! Continue reading ‘WMC ‘08: Canada, represent!’

The Voices

Toronto’s The Voices (Truffle, Plant Music) return from a long hiatus with a new lineup and very fresh sound to deliver this dark and stormy EP which features two new original live disco numbers and a stomping Woolfy (Rong, Permanent Vacation) Remix for fans of deeper Disco and Indie Dance.The Voices EP

This will be their first EP since 2005 and follow-up on the initial success of their Sure Thing/Street Commander EP’s on NYC’s Plant Music. Cavern is a Disco-Punk stomper that builds from the start with sizzling 4/4 live drums, bass, keys and a hypnotic subdued vocals that build to an apex only to break down and come back harder on the instrumental tip. For the lovers of Punk Funk, Disco with a bit of Madchester thrown in. Spooky is a tripped out instrumental that is slower in tempo and heavy on the psychedelic. Continue reading ‘The Voices’

Gotsoul Recordings @ WMC 2008

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Gotsoul is a two-fold company founded by a hip and talented team of musicians, DJ’s and producers, along with specialists in PR and Marketing. As a record label Gotsoul specializes in soulful music and eclectic music. According to them, anything that embodies true soul music can be seen and heard from Gotsoul. As a production company, Gotsoul houses an experienced and serious team in image-making, branding, and event planning.The label has included such awesome artists as Jojoflores, Mike Fresco, Osunlade, Trevor Walker, Rise Ashen, Santos, Jaffa, Miguel Graca, Soulcreation, Kenny Bobien, Fred Everything, Bodhi Satva, Nick Holder, Esperanza, and many more.

Gotsoul will, of course, be attending WMC 2008 and we’ll be right there with them!

Check in next week when TCR reports straight from the Winter Music Conference in Miami!

Slim Williams: The Pulse Of The Planet

An avid spiritual curiosity, coupled with a sympathetic embrace of other cultures and other people, has led musician Warren “Slim” Williams to work across musical genres and with a multitude of collaborators. Indeed, over the years, he has shared the stage with artists as diverse as the Neville Brothers, Joe Cocker, Oscar Peterson and Smokey Robinson. Slim’s musical career began at the age of nine, when he began to play the organ in his father’s Baptist church in North Carolina. His move to Detroit at eighteen marked the continuation of his professional career. And what a career it was: The Spinners, The Drifters and The Temptations were among the great acts he worked with. A series of unforeseen circumstances and chance encounters brought him to Quebec, initially to record an album in the Laurentians with his then band Tchukon. As keyboardist and lead voSlim Williamscalist with Tchukon, Slim was instrumental in the band’s success and eventual rise to international prominence after it won the Star Search TV Talent Contest in 1986. He was musical director for a number of important projects, including the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games television special Salute to the Athletes, the World Basketball Championship in Toronto and several galas at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. These accomplishments culminated in a Gemini award for both Oscar Peterson and Slim Williams for best original musical score for the Oscar Peterson biopic, In the Key of Oscar. More recently, he has become a driving force in the Montreal music community, collaborating Slim Williamswith many major artists. A pioneer of music technology, he was able, at an early stage, to harness all the expressive potential and expanded creative options of new compositional tools. Slim is currently at work in the studio, where his complex rhythms, melodic bass lines and lush orchestrations come together in passionate and soulful songs. Slim describes this sound as ’sophistafunk’ – where refined, jazz-tinged arrangements meet the driving beats of funk.

As I’m sure you’re sold on Slim already, you’ll want to be sure to check him out at the Mercury Lounge (Ottawa) on March 29th.

TCR will be there. We’ll wear a flower in our hair.

City of a Hundred Spires: This Ship Will Sink Along With Us

COAHSBuilt in 2003, City of a Hundred Spires has become as notorious around the Ottawa and Montreal music scenes for the sheer volume of their live sets as for the fragility of the melodies they compose. As swaths of reverb and delay augmented guitars and keys swirl around a muscular rhythm section, noisy cityscapes are constructed and laid to waste, leaving but the barest of melodic themes still standing. Fresh off a tour of eastern Canada (Maritimes included) and with the recent release of their 4-song EP Boats Left Sinking, COAHS is preparing for the summer release of their anticipated first full-length LP Graveyard of Ships. Ambitious, meditative and cathartic, City of a Hundred Spires demands attention.