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Bare Selection Flowdan – Guilty As Charged – The Remixes


The definition of ‘if a remix was a true remix. All tracks were really good! You guys dropped this at just the right time. You know that tail end of summer?…..Flowdan’s flow is tight ‘I can smell what they’re cooking and I can’t overlook it! This is it! From UK Bass Master Roska, to local label Bare Selection’s come up king Wize, sub-soca legend Marcus Visionary (Inner City Dance) have you seen him live? I went to a Roni Size/Marcus Visionary party and my God, it was wikked and lastly local Cassius by way of Berlin and new with Bare Selection but knowledgeable in UKG as well as bassline Lijah (Bristol) ALL dropped a little something for us.

Here’s something worth noting: as new and underground sounds become more en vogue , Bare Selection is stepping forward and building up the scene. You know adding legs and deeper roots for Toronto’s underground community. I think we can FINALLY say that Canada (starting in Toronto,of course) is finally sustaining and creating a solid scene that is here to stay! So many pockets of subculture right here in the city and so many names, brands, events have their own distinct style. Bravo, Electronic & Underground Toronto! Yasss!

The one fave that stuck out the most on this Aug.6 re-release was ‘Plans In Motion’ why? well, the UK funky, drill and leftfield bass sounds (like any brand new track,) can and I’m sure, DID move waistlines in the 6ix-I’m sure of it, easily. Actually-tracks like these can and do appeal to multiple crowds. These tracks dropped at the perfect post Caribana ‘hotter than a devil’s balls’ time frame; when we reminisce about how summer went while still enjoying it.

This heat dropped at the perfect time. I had to replay them both a few times to see where/what was different and how it moved me.Plans In Motion was already loved by crowds, both here and across the pond. The newer improved versions though,give it more life! Wize definitely has the Toronto and London crowds in mind with the heavier (grime sound) while Visionary kept it a little more soca (sub-soca to be exact.) These sounded carefully crafted,and still all the way bashment!Let the tunes hit your ears and hips for these potential final weeks of outside (I hope not.)Keep an eye (and both hips) out for more fire drops from Bare Selection.

The full remix album with all tracks: Pump Fake,Light Work,Eagle Cry are on all streaming and purchasing platforms Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, Beatport, Juno Download and more. Find Bare Selection on IG/Twitter https://www.instagram.com/bareselection/
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Hot🔥House Tracks For Summer 2020-2021

What a time to be alive! 2020/2021 was one for the books in all areas of life-but for House Music, i’ll say bravo, bravo! I spent most of the lock watching DJOON and Detroit Movement lives and caught all kinds of dope shit that I would’ve planned to see at festivals. .

I don’t know about you but…these tracks moved me! Time is an illusion so I’ve mashed together last summer and some of this summer’s finest that I play for my own ears and soul. As I presently have them all and more on rotation, let me preface this by saying that with many shifts in pace and modes of socialization gradually changing, music has re-emerged as the pillar of strength that carried us through that was seen on programs like Verzuz as well as dedicated channels and pay per view events.

I’ve taken in so many live sets online of which I wouldn’t be privy to unless I’ve seen those artists live somewhere, somehow. I’ve taken in tons of material that I don’t believe I would’ve heard if these artists were on the road most of the year. Thanks to Twitch, YouTube and other online platforms I make sure to factor in new and existing artist lives-I check for hot new drops and I am steadily listening to while I work.

Here are some of my top Global House & Tech track favourites! As much of a House and Deep House Lover that I am, I do listen to music outside of my faves and have stumbled on some good, good stuff. There’s some Canadian tracks squeezed in and around on rotation here goes:

Like a Fool
Fred Everything Lazy Vox

Crazy P – 15 Years of Lazy Days

This is what I remember hearing so often at Li’lys in Toronto! 2021’s Lazy Vox version of Like A Fool is a smoother and groovier collaboration with Crazy P. I call this a more buss down version of the earlier release in 2015. It’s subtle but waaayy heavier! One thing I love the most is when a Montreal DJ/Producer like Fred Everything puts his spin or re-interpretation on already really good tracks. Just when you think it can’t be made any better….This track sounds like what he usually puts out. It’s honest, raw and right in the centre of that pure Deep House scale. 2015’s Mercyless feat.Wayne Tennant has that same bounce. I couple this up with his Madhouse Records release Imagination & Determination. It’s soothing to my ears and soul. Keep them coming!

Stay Inside (Girls of the Internet Extended Remix)
JT Donaldson, Liv.e, Girls of the Internet
Classic Music Company |

I think upon hearing this I really didn’t mind being inside at all!!! Soulful vocals like this were definitely heard across most 90s tracks for them to be a certified bop; this revival is a solid new classic. This is what I was saying earlier about songs being created at the time for that perfect moment in history- it feels very authentic. I don’t know how else to say this; but black female vocals are unmatched. This is smooth and renews a place in time for 2021 and beyond! Accolades for the both of you putting something as dope as this! More please!
https://bit.ly/3eV6sph

China Charmeleon – I Want My Soul – Tribute To George Floyd (My Father’s Records)
Stay True Sounds

Soulful and timely for the year that everything changed. His death touched many around the globe including our brothers and sisters in Africa South. Something special about 2020 and 2021 brought forth cuts like this. This tune has the signature classic sound that moves us House heads. This is fresher. This track brought me to look a little deeper at China’s pre Stay True Sounds discography and remixes. China literally lights up any previously released track in a multitude of ways. We see that in Sculptured Music’s fire track re-do of Sad To Think. Check out China’s set at Djoon’s presentation of the Stay True Sounds roster to capture a more direct taste of his kind of vibe!
https://bit.ly/3kQo3Cu

Boiler
Original Mix
Sydney Blu
Release: Conviction
I love to dance and this is it for me. It took me a minute to release that this was a punchier and persuasively Housier version of the Undr The Radr release in 2020. This track is an example of a period in time where Dance music had some very lit energy! The vocals are catchy and this to me stood out on the Conviction release. This goes with me to the gym, this sits with me as I work! I have to add in that she is also Canadian! You can hear this album here at this presentation from earlier this year! Mr. Afterparty presents Sydney Blu – Conviction Album Set https://bit.ly/3l64ir1

Devotion
by Fred P
devotion
W&P by Fred P

A good friend put me on to his music years ago as he ventured out to Berlin from the U.S. years ago -and his sound imprint has only gotten clearer and deeper over the years. I’m a huge fan of Fred P’s Private Society on Bandcamp and look forward to all the new vibrations he puts forth on this platform quite often. His genre is described as ambient, electronic and it really does sound like this. Devotion is that perfect background music used to gather inspo to create masterpieces and is one of 7 beautifully crafted cerebral tracks released a few months ago. I look forward to anything under Perpetual Sound. How distinct is he as a DJ/Producer? Have a listen to this Fred P remix for Electro Pop artist St. Vincent featured on Nina Kraviz presents release compilation from 2019. I love to chill and lounge with some wicked thought provoking tunes and Fred P did THAT! (listen to the original as well!) He changed that tune into a whole other genre in his distinct style! https://bit.ly/3iLzKaV

Portia Monique
FLOWER
Portia Monique
Sexy…Classy…Seductive

I’ve loved Portia Monique’s sound for quite sometime. She captured my ears in (2013) on The Layabouts – Colours of Love. In addition to that I stayed listening in (2019) on Ralf Gum’s (Go Go Music) album Progressions with sneaky link track After Midnight and right now, this year with Who You Know and Flower. This song intends to nurture the soul and it does just that! The most beautiful tracks are the ones with the strongest messages. She can effortlessly ride these beats so if you’re more into the beauty and strength of vocals-check this out and take it in. Her voice is gorgeous and her sound is unforgettable! She knows her voice (lyrically and soulfully)-you should get to know it too!

The Way (Jazzuelle Darkside Remix)
Luka, Jaidene Veda, Jazzuelle
Re:Vibe Music (Afro Creations Vol.10 Compilation) – Spotify

Reunited again and it sounds so good! Three artists on the House/Deep House circuit that I absolutely enjoy listening to when they collaborate with others but together-is some synergy. One signature style/sound I’ve come to recognize about Luka is what I personally call dark and jazzy which is rarely captured ensemble in ‘House’ anything. I first took notice on 2 out of 3 of them collaborating on the 2013 release Overstanding with the We Go Deep label remixed by sir lsg & Anthony Nicholson. Jazzuelle definitely demonstrates the deviation from his signature futuristic sound on his own projects. I love to hear it!
https://bit.ly/371nQUW

Listen, I could go on and on but these are just a few of the things I listen to- maybe I’ll check in with some stuff in the fall or winter! Enjoy being outside and keep dancing!

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House Music Series –International- Marie Joly – Offering Recordings – Gratitude’s Debut

 

Marie Joly had a lot to share about life lessons, humanity and love. Offering Recordings first lady’s music is described as ‘strongly perfumed with spiritual and conscious messages’ What grabbed me was the album title…I have much to be grateful for. GRATITUDE. Simply titled.

Boddhi Satva declared Marie Joly as ‘one to watch’ 3 years ago during our interview. She was still in production mode when he first visited Toronto and I listened to minor releases until I saw a quick blurb online a few weeks ago that her album debuted on Traxsource at #16! What an entrance! She’s not a stranger to the underground scene though…..this is just one of many projects she’s been working on…we Skyped- me in Canada and she in France! Awesome convo….

Me: Marie-Joly thanks so much for this interview, I can’t believe you’ve finally released some beautiful material after a few years under the radar. Congratulations on your success. Your single and titled album ‘Gratitude’ debuted at #16 on the Traxsource ‘House’ charts.

Me: How would you describe your music?

She: I would describe my music as harmonic, it goes deep, it could be House….if people dance to it maybe……its hard to classify the genre. It’s healing music. I know I want to move people, emotionally and spiritually, like Boddhi!

She: I would call it ‘Spirited House-it’s a more natural sound’ She says ‘I try to be harmonic and soothe people, if I can make people dance that’s ideal’ I’m so proud of this album because even though they are unknown or locally known from (France/Scotland) they are flexible yet experienced artists. “I call it New Age; Funky”

Me: Why music? Tell us a little about yourself? How did you get into making music?

She: My favourite part…I played music from a young age. I was a classically trained musician, I studied ballet, I read music, I played the piano.

Instead of rigid music study she spent time studying improvisation (thinking outside the box). She had to practice Chopin but jazzed it up during practice. Her teacher wanted her to learn the Classics but she continued her musical studies in Jazz.

Me: You’re a multi-talented person…. How long did it take to finalize this specific project?

She: From the time Boddhi suggested I get working on an album to when I handed the album in, it was about 3 years…. so naturally some stuff on the album is older. This album is a good synthesis of my production history. Some old and some new. I needed to create pieces that completed a story.

Me: What does/how do you roll-out your creative process?

She: ‘My mind is always creating, I walk in nature, I hear melodies. I’m walking in the street (I hear melodies, I have lots of inspirations.) I can hear what’s happening in my head, I even hear sounds with silence. You can process sounds and sort them out, it’s kinda like musical meditation’.

Me: What comes first, writing or studio time? Are you a House producer?

She: I produce first, I lay down backing vocals first-it’s a transformative process. It’s spontaneous and in the moment. I go back to adjust and press record. It’s like I’m telling a story. I write about how I feel when I’m looking at me. I’m not disassociating my personality but I look at it. (Be sure to have a listen to ‘Lovin’ You’.) It’s one of those examples. I’m grateful for simple things in life, nature, music, friends and my life. I’m an avid vinyl collector too!”

Marie Joly

Me: What’s your favorite part of the creative process? What’s your least favourite?

She: My favourite part is pulling together sound files, ideas and beats and sounds I’ve saved so many sound files so I can work fast and not waste any time while the creativity is showing up….My least favorite is bittersweet; working with the likes of Atjazz and Black Coffee the pressure is on to create solid output (superior sound.) So humbly she says ‘you know these guys are tenured, you learn from them, it’s humbling-they show you production tricks and knowledge and you’re completely blown away….When I think too much in the studio I lose the thought and vibe so I like to be spontaneous. With that spontaneity you find that some producers are highly spiritual and they are definitely running on a very ‘Deep’ vibration when they make and play music.’

Me: So are you are a producer? (I hate job titles and labels but I had to ask.)

She: I don’t take myself purely as a songwriter or producer. I speak from emotion-I write about emotion. I improvise like Oggun. (Known for his protective nature and his ability to spark ingenuity.)I layer tracks and sounds. It could be spontaneous or it could be here and now.

Me: For this album, did you work on any tracks with Boddhi?

She: NO (he’s 100 supportive from the sidelines) I’ve got a few very close friends that call often to see how I’m doing and they are always checking in to see how smooth the production process is going.  But how I met Boddhi was ‘synchronicity’. She ties this in because it really was a chance meeting.

I was making music but I didn’t know I could get into distribution. I  ran into a producer for NHS Scotland and was commissioned to make a soundtrack for a documentary on Lenox Castle-a hospital. The filmmaker was asked me to do this for NHS National Health Scotland. (Sounds familiar with Jellybean’s story huh?) I worked on it and eventually handed in a tape.’ It’s then that she realized music (her music) was a business!  Fast forward to Winter Music Conference WMC 2007 she did plenty of promo in Miami right around the time he (Boddhi) released his first single on the Soul Heaven compilation. He encouraged her to work on something……this produced ‘Lovin U.’ (Oh la la…qu’est ce qui ce pass?) Boddhi played it EVERYWHERE-it was re-released and remixed by Louie Vega and it did VERY WELL! Boddhi recommended she work on an EP and album. Voila, here’s the album!

During her formative musical years she moved to Scotland and resided there for some time-and it is in Scotland she says she ‘listened to music differently.’ She discovered their ‘Underground’ and slowly built her recording studio and also where she discovered turntables!

Me: Who would you like to mention from the Scottish House Underground or off the beaten path?

She: Aqua Bassino, Vashti Bunyan (brilliant folk singer/songwriter), Craig Smith & The Revenge (check ’em out.)

Me: Who are your musical influences? Who inspires you musically? ‘Nick Holder I respect his musical craft.’ A lot of the times though she says, ‘It’s not just the music that makes me enjoy their music-it’s more than that’ Her favourites, [Boddhi] with the ancestral movement/sound. She really likes J Dilla’s production he helps explore her approach to music production. Other favourites: 4 Hero, Bilal, Vikter Duplaix. She lists so many more….

Me: Who would you love to work with?

She: Osunlade, Moodyman are on my list.

Me: What next for Marie Joly and Offering Recordings?
Marie Joly: Album #2 is 50% done but you never know…there are no collaborations. I’ll work on it myself but if something presents itself I could end up working with anyone.

Her parting words…..Marie Joly <<<(she’s on Twitter) believes that ‘Even though we all try to live with our art, we all have the power and capacity to not only focus on the business side of music. ‘It feels empty that way.’  She promises that this album has more artists with more experience and you do feel it [the ethereal sounds] on Gratitude. You can purchase the album on iTunes.

Marie Joly Just Be

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Slakah the Beatchild – Soul Movement 2 – Album Review (Canadian Release)

 

Soul Movement 2

He’ll be dropping the gems right here. Yes, in Toronto. Live and direct. An underground staple and a conversation piece by artists all over. The minute you say Slakah you see or hear the acknowledgment (head nods) in people’s voices and on their faces.

I sat down to listen to Soul Movement 2 the other night which ‘started as a one-time project became a journey of experiences, wisdom with liquid funk and soul’. From what I gather there is a clear understanding of sounds and music from eras past and current. This album is ridiculous. Lovers of the groove of music this is for you!

Slakah’s voice almost begs ‘I know you wish that you could be here but I dont’ know if you keep up’ to listen to the tunes one by one. Carefully selected collaborations from some of Canada’s wordsmiths and vocalists (Glenn Lewis, Spek Won, Ian Kamau) with song Misscommunication CLEARLY demonstrates that Canada’s got talent!

I hit up a friend at Pandora a free, personalized radio company that plays unlimited music genres similar to Sirius Satellite Radio and he reported that SM2 tracks were being reviewed for final track selection. This is what he had to say:

 ‘He’s definitely a producer at heart… what I can sense is that  he has a knack for lyrics too….and his music ‘feels like a mix of Dwele and Craig David’s voice, QuestLove’s drumming, Ryan Leslie and a little bit of 9th Wonder on the productions…smooth Jazzy grooves with a soulful voice on the vibe’.

Slakah makes a soulful impact.People looking for that soul revival? You get it right here. Canada’s always had talent! It’s been hiding at clubs, in productions studios, DJ Booths and performing in other countries. This sexy Soul Movement 2 is a staple, underground masterpiece. Slakah’s got the formula! This is a mashup of soulful music from all eras: 50s, 60s,70s,80s and right now’s soulful dance sound! I can’t wait to hear what he’ll put out in the future!

Slakah will be laying down a live set on April 10 at the Drake Underground. With an album this dope you will not want to miss this live show! Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25, Eventbrite, Play De Record and Madhus Cafe for $20!

Tracks to check out: Keep Up feat. Ayah, Miscommunication feat.Spek Won and Ian Kamau, #Adventurefor2 (SUMMER JAM), Number 1 feat. Glenn Lewis, Something About Her. I head nodded my way through my entire private listening session. I get it now……Why everyone nods at the mention of Slakah. lol

*He’ll be at Drake Underground April 10th, 2014….I’ll be there-are you gonna be there?

-shine

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Luka – Overstanding Remixes feat. Jaidene Veda (Album Review) for Bamalovesoul.com

Overstanding

If you listeners can recall she brought singles Flo (2009), Do for Love (2010), Healing (2012) with Toronto DJ/Producer Victor Undergroundvibe (Soul Expansions) and now- sexy single ‘Overstanding’. Her vocals ride the beat effortlessly and she enunciates each word for you to feel the melodies.

The chorus resonates:
I tried, I cried, I’d fight, but now I’m overstanding this town, overstanding this sound, overstanding all around, overstanding this, now I’m overstanding my ground

She uses her voice to capture overstanding’s (Rasta) meaning beautifully.
Her vocals are neither overwhelming nor overstated. Less is definitely more here. Be sure to also check out the Overstanding remix by SIR LSG (sirlsg.com) & Anthony Nicholson (Miquifaye)
Enjoy this end of summer beauty. It’s on repeat for me!

https://soundcloud.com/sir-lsg/luka-feat-jaidene-veda

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Dezaray Dawn – The Dawning Album Review for Bamalovesoul.com

Dezaray Dawn.jpg

This album is perfect for lounging at the Martini bar with a cocktail. Can you see it? It’s got the perfect Downtempo sound with substance and perfectly sweet. A cool 10 tracks with a proper bonus remix. There’s something about ‘Futuristic Soul’ that sets a precedent for good quality music that will always be ahead of it’s time! Each song is strikingly hypnotic….almost meditative.

Atlanta based ‘army kid’ import Dezaray

Dawn, has nailed a distinct sound and evokes thought by song rather than the usual listening ‘journey’ through the whole album. Each track can make strong standalone singles. Listen to single Over It. I first heard and still have Blue Six’s Aquarian Angel (2007) on rotation and I believe Dezaray’s The Dawning is taking its place.

The album is mellow with its intro title (The Dawning) and serves as an excellent entry into the world of Dezaray Dawn. This album challenges RnB artists to really push the envelope with sound rather than catchy, empty lyrics. The Dawning is a perfect mixture of Electronic and RnB music. Tracks to tantalize your ears: Da Day, Over It (2012), Chameleon (AppleJac’s Sound of Mecca Remix). My personal favourite is Brand New– it has an awesome chorus and sound. If you love ambient with soul, this album is yours!

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Comfort Fit – Worlds Falling Apart – Album Review for Bamalovesoul.com

German producer Comfort Fit’s latest album, Worlds Falling Apart is the epitome of dopeness. This is what true ‘Mashups’ should be seamlessly made of…no forced sound.

The stand out track Guess There’s Nothing More to Say blew me away! I call this an electro-Jazz-fuse-conjecture. Bermuda and Moonshine Navigator sound like Disco-Jazz tracks fast-forwarded to the future!

This cozy, trippy electro fusion of sounds is an intelligently customized and brilliant pairing of all musical genres that Comfort Fit is known for. It’s scary to think that underground has a whole other element of artistry and should remain untouched to keep the freshness, the vitality intact. At the same time, everyone who doesn’t know about Comfort Fit needs to hear this and if they do know…check this album

It’s very Zero 7, Jazzanova wrapped up in a techno sandwich. You can hear Comfort Fit’s hip-hop roots with the light scratching, sick flowing beats and instrumental hooks. Just when you think you’re acquainted with what you’re hearing it changes. You’ve got to hear this to understand just what I’m writing about.

Worlds Falling Apart, the final track and title of the album is beautifully composed. If you enjoy ethereal flows and painted pictures of liquid without vocals this is the album for you. Another favourite of mine: Adolar Aluminum plays like a binaural beat for the renewed soul. The short and well arranged album, designed for those who need to kick back and zone out for some time will enjoy this record. Comfort Fit’s got the true mash-up music formula down. First Word’s got an ear for incredible talent!