March 18: Review of Day 3 @ WMC 2012

(March 18, 2012: Martin Buttrich, LIVE at the Shelborne)

Day 3 was an all day rager, beginning at the Shelborne for the “Carl Craig & Friends” Pool Party. We arrived just as Martin Buttrich began to play (a live set). The music was really sexy and chill but still danceable and upbeat. As the crowd began to grow, Radio Slave stepped up on the decks and turned up the volume about twofold. Then, he hit everyone with a tsunami of bass. As the party heated up and the sun went down, Tiefschwarz taught us all a lesson with some old school beats and prepared us for the main event, Carl Craig.

After a whole day of chill tech house, I was prepared to see one of my favorites, Nicole Moudaber, shut down the Surfcomber pool party. By a stroke of luck, we arrived at the Surfcomber as she took the decks and a second burst of energy shot through my veins. I was completely blown away by Nicole. She is by far one of the best deejays I’ve ever seen, and here’s why:

1- She SMILES. I hate when a deejay doesn’t look like they’re having fun, makes me feel awkward.

2- She TEASES. And I mean big time. She’ll take out the bass for a full 32 bars and make you beg for it.

3- When she does bring in the bass, she throws it in your face and causes an eruption of cheers from the crowd.

4- Her energy is palpable and she celebrates with the crowd.

5- Her song selection couldn’t be better. She doesn’t give you an opportunity to rest, but only to shake harder.

So it’s suffice to say I’ve developed a little dj crush on Miss Nicole, but how could I resist the way she shakes out her curly fro after her song transitions? Too cute!

Nicole nailed it as closer and I left the place wanting more more more more MUSIC!

Nicole Moudaber @ the Surfcomber Hotel, March 18, 2012

To watch videos of Martin Buttrich and Radio Slave, visit my Youtube page

The DJs to watch for in 2012 (part 1)

So this year I plan to write a lot more on my blog. I’m constantly finding new songs and  djs but then I get lazy or too excited and forget to let all my readers in on the delicious sounds I find. There are a lot of djs I’m really feeling right now (and plenty more that I will write about in the future) but for this post, I’m going to focus on 2 artists and a duo that I just can’t seem to stop listening to.

First, is Alex Tepper   there’s something about his music that just feels so right in my loins. I can’t help but get lost in his tsunami bass that washes over me throughout his songs. It’s like I’m being baptized with bass and I like it. His latest EP release with Sante is a perfect example of this wavy bass that is so easy to groove to. I recommend checking out his soundcloud page (link above) and hearing it for yourself. Alex is only 30 and yet he’s been deejaying for 20 years! That’s right, he got his start when he was just a wee little kiddo and it shows. He is a pioneer in the techno/ tech house scene and has been providing the know-how for a variety of premier league DJs, collaborating regularly with Steve Lawler, Nic Fanciulli, Nicole Moudaber and a host of others, who’ve come to him for a sprinkling of Tepper magic with releases on Get Physical, Cocoon, R&S, Ovum and many others.

“In many respects, I’ve got the best of both worlds. I get to collaborate with loads of really good DJs and those shared ideas inevitably flow back into the work I do on my own. It re-energises my solo stuff.”

He’s not kidding. As his solo career gathers pace, the kings at the top of the game need to watch their seats. He’s gunning for their crowns.

- quote and content courtesy of Alex’s soundcloud

Next is DJ duo Pig & Dan. Man do I love these guys! Their story is something out of a movie. The two met on a flight to Spain in 1999 and after discussing their musical philosophies, background and profound passion for dance music, they began creating music together. So cool, right? The first year the duo was together they created a whopping 18 releases, firmly establishing them as producers of riveting EDM rooted in dark house and vigorous techno. They created a signature of twisted, avant-garde and nebulous sounds that are a force to be reckoned with. When I listen to Pig & Dan music, my heart goes apeshit with happiness. I just repeat “YES!” through all the breakdowns and little twists in their music… YES YES YES!

The Duo are stronger than ever and have recently brought their new label “Balushi” to the Techno stage. Pig&Dan are currently involved with collaborations with techno masters such as Johannes Heil, Eric Sneo, Paul Woolford, Italoboyz, Mihalis Safras and Butch to mention a few. The new leaf has been turned with their Balushi upbringing plus their big move to DJ management masterminds Plantage13. Now theyʼre set for yet another rocket around the globes club and festival venues projecting their positive sounds. Pig&Dan ́s favorite labels Cocoon and Yoshitoshi are at the ready for yet another landslide of monster releases so watch and of course listen out, there is a party in the air.

Bonus: check out their vault of unreleased tracks!

-content courtesy of Pig & Dan Soundcloud

Last but certainly not least is dj & producer Eats Everything. Called “The Breakthrough Artist of 2011” by Pete Tong, this guy is having the best year ever. His sound is incredibly unique and full of massive bass that hits you in the face like big ol’ titties (this is a very good thing for those of you confused by this description). He delivers exquisitely crafted sample heavy tracks paying homage to everything from Randy Crawford to Ray Charles adding his Midas touch of primitive bass and tribal vibrations.

While some producers spend years finding their feet, Dan grabbed everyone’s attention with ‘Entrance Song’ his debut release on Catz N Dogz ‘Pets Recordings’ label that peaked at number 15 in Beatport’s all-genre house chart.

His next two bass-laden dance bombs were picked up Claude Von Stroke for his flagship Dirtybird label, released in autumn. First up is Tric Tac, a co-production between Eats Everything and Worthy followed soon after by ‘The Size’, one of 2011’s best selling underground anthems and respected by many renown djs such as Catz and Dogs who said, “It’s like if unicorns met Jesus and then made babies.”

-content courtesy of thedjlist.com and quote courtesy of Eats Everything Soundcloud