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End of the Year Wrap-Up

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This year was a great year for many artists and for the blog as well. The team decided to do a top10 of our favourite music in 2010. Here is a few things on 2010 from a few writers that had time to write.

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Cosmic Gate @ Redlite (picture by Fred)

Fred’s thoughts on 2010

For me, 2010 was a great year (besides, of course, my lack of posts since uni started this September).

Thoughts on the Blog itself:

I have to say that even if I’m not posting, I’m still working on the website pretty often. I receive quite a few emails about new artists (that I will post about in a few weeks) and I need to make sure everything on the website runs great. I fix the coding of the webpage from time to time to optimize it and make sure there aren’t any bugs that slow down the loadtime or anything. Also, as some of you may have seen, I’ve removed the ads, centered the layout and added the “Recent Comments” widget to the website not too long ago. I’m planning to make the website independent (no blogspot anymore!) and to do a brand new template for the website, you know, Maddecent style. This will allow me to put DIRECT LINKS TO TRACKS, to make PREVIEWING OF TRACKS POSSIBLE, to have a unique layout, to get a NEW LOGO (and/or make this one better) and many more things. We are also planning on making t-shirts at one point. Of course this won’t happen instantly, but it’s the plan for next year.

General thoughts on music:

I really think this year was a great year for music. I personally discovered A LOT of new music and artists and I discovered new styles. I got to go to some awesome shows with members of the team and got to listen to a lot of new genres.

I need to say though that some electronic music is getting fucking boring and repetitive. I didn’t find a lot of new “good” dutch lately (although, I must admit there was a lot early this summer), I didn’t find that much dubstep (I used to find a lot of new things, but now, even Rusko went mainstream), etc.

I must congratulate trance for always coming out with new stuff and I must slap Deadmau5 for releasing a HORRIBLE album this month. Comon man… try harder… and fucking murder Sofi please. Oh, and stop playing Minecraft.

Who I want to give a High Five to (I’m sure I missed someone):

Classixx, Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto, Markus Schulz, Rusko, Noisia, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Calvin Harris, Diplo, Major Lazer, Datsik and Excision, Doctor P, Sidney Samson, Jochen Miller, GARETH EMERY, Yuri Kane, Chris Lake, Kabz and SOLO (for bringing us flithy bass), Chuckie, W&W, Pendulum, Above and Beyond, Cosmic Gate, Skrillex, A-Trak, Armen Van Helden, Congorock, Dada Life, Michael Woods, Marcel Woods, Wolfgang Gartner, Avicii, Ben Gold, Pryda, Steve Angello, Flux Pavilion, Swedish House Mafia, Adam K, Classixx, Jakwob, Bassnectar.

Who I want to slap pretty hard in the face (I’m sure I missed someone too):

CROOKERS (fuck man that album was bad), Deadmau5 (wtf), Rusko (eh!), David Guetta (you don’t deserve your fucking spot), DJ MAG, Skrillex, Sofi.

ONE more thing before my top10:

One (swedish house mafia) is a great track, but could people stop overfuckingabusingitintheasssofuckinghard that much? That is all. (Same thing happened with Day N’ Nite and We No Speak Americano)

 

Note: The top10 is not meant to bring new music or to give download links to everything, it is there to share the music we liked the most this year and that we really enjoyed. The top10 can include an album or an artist instead of a track name.

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Fred’s TOP10 OF THE YEAR

1- Mason - You Are Not Alone (I simply love this track)

2- Ferry Corsten and his Once Upon a Night Vol. 1 (Greaaat trance, I listened to it A LOT this year)

3- Gareth Emery (For releasing an great album and great tracks)

4- Arno Cost – Cyan (This song is super original, I love it)

5- Tim Berg – Bromance (Avicii’s Arena Remix) (Obviously, this is a killer)

6- Doctor P, Flux Pavillion and Datsik & Excision (For bringing NEW dubstep to the scene)

7- Classixx - I'll Get You feat. Jeppe (Royal Rumble Edit) (Great oldschool track, my favourite of this year)

8- Afrojack – Pacha On Acid (It brought some epic moments to shows this summer)

9- Jochen Miller - Brace Yourself (Extended Mix) (This is an AMAZING track)

10- Doctor P – Big Boss (Wow that shit is harrrd, really love it)

 

Before my part is over, I wanted to say thanks to the team here @thehawt for everything they did this year and I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year with a lot of new music! Thanks for your support and your comments, we really enjoy getting feedback! I hope 2011 will be a great year for the blog like this year was. Cheers!

 

Justin’s TOP10s

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Justin's top 10

1. Electric Zoo 2010

2. Swedish House Mafia (Everything)

3. Tim Berg - Bromance (Avicii's Arena Mix)

4. Pendulum - The Island Pt.1 (Dawn)

5. Favorite albums: Northern Lights, Mirage, Do You Dream?

6. Arty

7. Michael Woods - Dynamik (Original Mix)

8. TATW

9. Garuda

10. Adrian Lux - Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode)

 

Justin's not top 10

1. Club Muzique (FUCK YOU)

2. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (The album)

3. DJMag

4. Michael Cassette guest mix on TATW

5. Hotfile (Makes us wait 30 minutes before another download)

6. "- I like electronic dance music.

- Who do you listen do? - David Guetta." (STFU)

7. Paul van Dyk (Canceled on Electric Zoo last minute and, to my knowledge, only produced 1 track)

8. 4x4=12

9. Kyau & Albert's crowd at 1234

10. The douchebag who threw the beachball onto Tony's face at Electric Zoo

 

Ellis’s TOP10s

House

1. One – Swedish House Mafia

2. Bromance (Avicii’s Arena Mix) – Tim Berg

3. Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrick B Remode) – Adrian Lux

4. Hide and Seek (Afrojack Remix)- Imogen Heap

5. You Are Not Alone - Mason

6. Pacha On Acid - Afrojack

7. Miami 2 Ibiza – Swedish House Mafia

8. Hello (Michael Woods Remix) – Martin Solveig & Dragonette

9. Stranger to Stability (Len Faki Podium Mix) – Dustin Zahn

Trance

1. On a Metropolis Day – Gareth Emery vs. OceanLab

2. Empire – Super8 & Tab

3. 100 – Wippenberg vs. Rank 1 vs. Nic Chagall

4. Harmonic Motion Lange

5. Don’t Give a Fuck – Stoneface & Terminal

6. The Great Escape – Rank 1 vs. Jochen Miller

7. Anphonic - Above & Beyond vs. Kyau & Albert

8. The Emrgency (Marcus Schossow Remix) – BT & Andrew Bayer

9. Forza – MEM

10. Intro (Sander Van Doorn Booty Mix) – The XX

Dubstep

1. Sweet Shop – Doctor P

2. Where is My Mind (Basenectar Remix) – The Pixies

3. Come Ere and Say That - Ruskooooooooooo

4. Sick Tonight (Doctor P Remix) – Scorbius Pip vs. Dans le Sac

5.Got 2 Know – Flux Pavilion

Drum and Bass

1. The Island (Part I) - Pendulum

2. Sweet Shop (Krooked & Camo Remix) – Doctor P

Live Sets

1. Above & Beyond (Electric Zoo)

2. Gareth Emery (Black and Blue – Circus - Electric Zoo respectively)

3. Ferry Corsten (Bal en Blanc)

4. Cosmic Gate (Electric Zoo – Divers Cités)

5.Paul van Dyk (Resolution)

Honorable Mention : Marcus Schossow (On January 2nd so not officially 2010)

Top 5 Djs to Hopefully see in 2011

1. Jochen Miller

2. Marcel Woods

3. Paul van Dyk

4. Afrojack

5. Ben Gold

Slaps in the face

1. Muzique

2. Red-Lite / Laval Douchebags

3. David Guetta

4. Playground Productions

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Message from the team

Thank you for reading our blog and happy new year! Hope to see you all  in 2011! Cheers!

Never Judge a Book by its Cover

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Every time I think that I’m completely up to date with the current happenings of the electronic music world, a new artist re-ignites my flair for new tunes. Thomas Gold is the one to blame on this occasion. I honestly do not know how this DJ was able to escape my field of vision, as he has been an important contributor to the house scene for some time now. I first heard about him through “AGORa”, one of the tracks featured on Size Matters, a compilation of dancefloor hits mixed by Steve Angello and his younger brother, AN21. I don’t like the song, so his name swiftly flew out the other ear and I did not hear it again until his remix of Moguai’s “We Want Your Soul” recently became one of Beatport’s featured tunes. I had to give it a listen: Size Records only releases the best. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, the track was deemed to be Hawt-worthy. The moral of the story is: never judge an artist by the first track you hear, improvement is implied. Of course there are some exceptions (Deadmau5’s math sucks as bad as the new album). Here is the aforementioned remix as well as an older track riddled with percussions straight from a marching band. It goes great with the title (Marsch is German for March).

Moguai – We Want Your Soul (Thomas Gold Remix)

Thomas Gold – Marsch Marsch (Original Club Mix)

“Nitro” and “Midnight Run” took a backseat to Michael Woods’ previous hit release “Dynamik”. However, the Englishman is a testament to improvement, as the once mau5trap benchwarmer seems to be one of its current frontrunners. His latest track dubbed “No Access”, ironically not released on mau5trap, is a feast for the ears as Woods continues to blur the lines between house and progressive. image

Michael Woods – No Access (Original Mix)

As a personal resolution including the blog, I pledge to post more dubstep in 2011. For now, you’ll have to settle for this one lonely track. Truthfully, I think it makes up for the lack of wobble on The Hawt. Doctor P seems to be one of the genre’s innovators, continuously attempting to further it. Listen for the electro-like build-up before the drop.

Blame ft. Camilla Marie – Star (Doctor P No Rap Remix)

Not much to say about this track. The title reads like the sounds my cat makes when I give him a bath. I found this track the same way I did the Thomas Gold remix. I’ve also never heard of the artist. Great first impression though.

EDX – Szeplo (Original Mix)

This track is currently one of my favourites. It just knocked Gareth Emery’s “Arrival” off my iPod’s top 25 most played songs. The tune comes from Anjunadeep golden boy Michael Cassette’s debut artist album, “Temporarity”. I fell in love with it the second I heard it on TATW and hopefully, you will too.

Michael Cassette – Memories (90’s Piano Mix)

This final track is my favourite remix 00-aruna_with_mark_eteson-let_go__remixes-cover-2010of Aruna & Mark Eteson’s “Let Go”. Like “Memories”, the song was also featured on TATW, receiving heavy support from Above & Beyond. Although the Nic Chagall remix seems to be the most popular, I prefer the more melodic take delivered by Who.Is.

Aruna with Mark Eteson – Let Go (Who.Is Remix)

Just to let you guys know, I finished a runner-up in Above & Beyond’s TATW 350 competition, winning a t-shirt in the process. Speaking of the trio, their prestigious label is turning 10 in the new year. To celebrate the milestone, a special album called “10 Years of Anjunabeats” will be released on January 17th. If you haven’t already, check out its promotional video here.

As promised, the Chris Lake interview is on its way and should be in any day now. We have also contacted Ben Gold’s manager who has kindly granted us a short interview with his client. Be sure to continue checking The Hawt for our picks for the songs of the year, as well as a full calendar for the first few months of Montreal’s 2011 gigs.

Finally, The Hawt would like to wish all of its readers a very happy holiday season.

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If only my Christian upbringing would allow me to give gifts like these…

Trance, Dubstep & other mau5's

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Hey everybody. We are Circuit 12 and we will be new writers for The Hawt. We really hope to be able to bring you, the readers, the best music out there and to keep you up to date with Electronic Music.

Both of us will be blogging independently as well as collaboratively. This is me, Rob, one half of Circuit 12 and the 2nd half, Jon, will also be blogging.

We hope to stay quite active in our writing and we will always be able to answer any form of question you may have. You can email us at circuit12@overtonerecordings.com

To kick things off, I would love to discuss TATW 350, the milestone episode of Trance Around The World. Just in case you are not familiar with this podcast, it is a 2 hour show hosted by Above & Beyond that you can download free on iTunes. It also is broadcast live on DI.FM every Friday at 2PM EST.

So this past Friday, the 10th, Above & Beyond celebrated their 350th edition of the show. An amazing achievement. I hear the party lived up to the achievement. From what I hear, the party (held at the L.A. Palladium) was beyond electric, with a godly line-up that included the likes of Super8 & Tab, Boom Jinx, Jaytech, Cosmic Gate as well as A&B themselves. The show started off with Boom Jinx, who true to his style, delivered an awesome progressive set which warmed up the crowd substantially. It was then Jaytech's turn who did exactly what Jaytech does, and it was brilliant.

Then, it was time for Cosmic Gate. Like the gods that they are, they delivered one of the best sets of their career, and had the LA Palladium bowing down to them, and loving the tunes. And as soon as the crowd was at its climax, Above & Beyond stepped on stage to the sound of Aruna and Mark Eteson. It was magical. They killed it, track after track.

To finish off the night, Super8 & Tab played a great set which added the cherry on top of the cake.

I went to go check the tracklists and was happily surprised to see the genre of songs all artists played. I was hoping A&B would not celebrate their 350th episode with a masquerade of dream trance, and they did not. Above & Beyond played a very deep melodic set compared to what they usually play. The highlight of the set, in my opinion, was Jerome Isma-ae & Daniel Portman's remix of Reflect by Maor Levi (Youtube link below). For fans of deep house, you will surely adore this tune.


Not only was the party incredible, but the guys at TATW did such a good job at getting faraway fans involved. There was a special TATW site where you could see where in the world people were listening. They even managed to reach the #1 Trending Topic on Twitter that day, an amazing achievement.

I think they deserve all the buzz they get, because they are amazing producers as well as amazing DJ's, and they are definitely some of my favorites in Trance.

Also, the 351st episode of TATW was broadcast today with a guest-mix from Armin van Buuren. It was an awesome follow-up to 350 and it was awesome to be able to experience a little ASOTATW, if you know what I mean ;)

On to other things.

I was listening to Episode 113 of the Gareth Emery Podcast, and came across a masterful dubstep/electro song. It is signed to deadmau5's label mau5trap, and is a collaboration between filthy-electro expert Feed Me and LA based Kill The Noise. I really, really liked this tune, and I thought I would share it with you. I unfortunately could not find a DL link, but I will link you to Youtube.



And in other dubstep news, Skrillex is going on a "mini-tour" with Nero, the dubstep king. If ever this show comes to Montreal, it is something you should not miss. If you like dubstep that is.

The new deadmau5 album was released not that long ago, and I have listened to it fully. I must admit I was not totally impressed by most of the songs, but there are still a few brilliant ones (Raise Your Weapon, Some Chords, Cthulu Sleeps). I really think deadmau5 has fallen a little behind in producing since his Strobe/Arguru/Brazil days. He seems to have very similar repetitive songs being released one after the other, and I am just not satisfied. And I also must admit that it is really the vocals in Raise Your Weapon that give it such power. I mean the dubstep part is good, but the power of the song is from the vocals, which are brilliant. The new deadmau5 album is what i was expecting, but now what I was hoping.



Blake Jarell is in town tonight, at Circus Afterhours. He is performing a 5-hour set. I must say I do not know much about Blake Jarell, but I definitely know he is a skilled producer who will surely play a good set.

I have been talking to producer Matt Lange for a little while now, and hopefully I will be able to interview in the coming weeks, make sure to stay tuned for that.

To end this off, here are a few good Trance songs I have been hearing over the last little while. One of them is a great remix by Cressida of Jericho. The other one is a brilliant remix of Pocket Damage by Ferry Corsten. It's Rafael Frost on the remix, so you know it will be good.


Thanks for reading The Hawt.

Circuit 12 (Rob)

Way to Take One for the Team

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School’s out for a month. So here’s my chance to publicly apologize to Ellis for his beastly undertaking of the blog for the last 3 weeks or so with a few posts of my own. While the rest of the guys are currently still incapacitated by the demands of finals, allow me to lay down my thoughts on some interesting happenings around our city, as well as some awesome tracks.

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A while back, I talked to you guys about a Swedish House Mafia documentary called “Take One”. I just finished watching the movie and it has got me so pumped for dancing, drinking and flat-out house peppered with some dominating basslines. The film is just awesome. I may be speaking with some heavy bias, but it basically tells the story of Axwell, Ingrosso and Angello from the Winter Music Festival in 2009 to the one in 2010 and their ascension to the throne of house supremacy. What’s not to love? It gives the audience a more personal look at the three, and clearly shows that Axwell is the most successful, Ingrosso is a lot more talented than you would think and Steve Angello is a badass. And a f***ing asshole. He owns a Ferrari, Range Rovers, Audis, Porsches (yes, those are all plural) and most likely lots of other gadgets and he did not choose to show in the flick. He uses the Swedish language barrier to talk behind people’s backs, insulting them constantly. Although this is somewhat entertaining, it gives him the flair of a closet douchebag.

Speaking of Steve Angello, as Ellis mentioned in one of his previous posts, the Swede was in Montreal on November 19th. Idiot that I am, I had not bought my fellow writer a ticket to the show, like he so often does for me, and this caused some confusion. To make a long story short, scalpers were scarce and consequently, so was Ellis, who headed to 1234 to see Ashley Wallbridge. Pretty good trade-off, wouldn't you say? In fact, there were 4 elite DJs in Montreal on that night: Angello, Wallbridge, Sean Tyas and tech master Richie Hawtin.

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The Telus Theater was, needless to say, filled to the brim with hungry, party-starved Montrealers looking to let loose. And they didn’t waste any time. Within the first minutes of screams and fist-pumps, a few girls had already climbed onto their friends shoulders and taken their shirts off. This fleshy gesture was ignored by most, as all eyes were locked on Angello as he proceeded to mix “One” with “Destination Unknown” and “We Are Your Friends” with his newest track, “Rave N’ Roll”. The show hit a climax when he unleashed a mix of “Bromance” and “Dynamik”. That’s when I lost it. If you’ve ever been to a live show, I’m sure you’ve experienced the following: you’re jumping up and down in a sea of strangers and your ears realize that what they hear is perfect. That solitary bead of sweat runs down your face, you close your eyes, a chill travels through your entire body, you become unaware of your fellow partisans stepping on your footwear, your extremities tremble uncontrollably, your arms shoot into the air, the room slows down and the only thing audible is the sound of the DJ. You don’t hear the music, you experience, feel it. Angello followed with the songs you expect to hear at his shows, such as “KNAS”, “Leave the World Behind”, “Tivoli”, etc. The show was great, more than worth the 30$. Here’s his latest along with my favorite from the night and an older one that I can guarantee was the motivation behind Afrojack’s “Pacha on Acid”.

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Steve Angello – Rave 'n’ Roll (Original Mix)

Tim Berg & Michael Woods – Bromance Dynamik (Axwell Mashup)

Steve Angello – Teasing Mr Charlie (Original Mix)

The night did not end there. I met up with Ellis and we headed over to Circus Afterhours to see Sean Tyas. I had not heard much from him other than his “Sanctuary” remix. I was expecting some calm, melodic trance and was surprised when he started. He pumped out track after track of powerful, rugged bass coupled with enchanting melodies. Saying it was the most energetic trance I've ever experienced is an understatement. The harmony of high BPMs, loud bass, and swift melody made for an excellent close to an excellent night. Here’s a remix of a Tiësto classic that was a highlight of his set.

Tiësto – Suburban Train (Sean Tyas Dirty Mix)

Time for an anecdote. Anyone listen to Trance Around the World? Above & Beyond are podcast masters and the 350th edition of their prestigious radio show took place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. The trio ran a contest for the special occasion in which participants had to share their interesting ways of listening to the show. I entered the competition, saying I would attach a souped up megaphone to the roof of my car and drive around downtown while blaring the music for all to hear. I was chosen as one of the finalists. Problem is, at the time of this post, I was sitting at home listening to the podcast while writing. Yup, I lied to Above & Beyond. The winner receives some professional audio gear and and gets to meet the DJs. I wonder what I’ll say if I win… The set list for their Palladium show was Boom Jinx, Jaytech, Cosmic Gate, Above & Beyond and Super8 & Tab; if you haven’t yet, this is as good a time as ever to subscribe to the podcast.

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Lets end with some more tracks. This first song is by a duo I have never heard of, which boggles my mind since this tune is so good.

Matisse & Sadko – Hi Scandinavia! (Original Mix)

Next, here are 2 more mashups from Armin. The first one was shown to me by Ellis and only furthers proof of his great taste in music. You might recognize both songs from the second tune. “The Great Escape” was featured in a Gareth Emery mashup that was previously posted on the blog and “Right Back” is the second track in Ferry Corsten’s Bal en Blanc set that Fred posted a while back.

Armin van Buuren vs. Jochen Miller – In & Out of Connection (Armin van Buuren Mashup)

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Afrojack has been sustaining Wall Recordings on his own. The Dutch house prodigy has released track after track that all have been received by the public with open arms. His tunes have completely overshadowed those of his label mates. Here is his latest.

Afrojack – Replica (Original Mix)

I posted Noisia’s “Alpha Centauri” a while back and I am proud to say that it is one of my most downloaded songs. Recently, Datsik and Excision released a great remix of the tune, replacing the drum & bass with a genuine dubstep feel.

Noisia – Alpha Centauri (Excision & Datsik Remix)

Some things to look forward to:

- Fred has been in touch with Chris Lake and The Hawt will soon get an exclusive interview with the English DJ as well as a detailed review of his great set at La Mouche.

- The writers will be teaming up to browse the full scope of 2010’s releases to decide which tracks stand atop as the best of this past year.

- A well-deserved Ellis rest.

Where is My Mind?

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It seems like every time I write, I’m apologizing for the long delays between posts. I would personally blame Justin for that. But then again I blame Justin for pretty much anything. Speaking of him, his boy Skrillex is the man of the hour and is tearing Beatport apart, but don’t tell Justin that or he’ll go on this long rant on how he sucks now. Gotta admit, I’m kinda disappointed with his new album myself but at least, for every track he releases, there seems to be a sick remix. My personal favourite is with no doubts this next one that just gets so pumped and makes me want to fight. Wonder why…

Kill Everybody (Bare Noize Remix) - Skrillex

Big Boss – Doctor P

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Alright so you’ve got the new Doctor P track and all the good dubstep I’ve been hearing lately has gotten me so hyped up for Igloofest. But with exams and all coming there’s few things better than some good chill dubstep  for you to sit back and relax to and there’s few better at it than Jakwob.

Daydreaming (Jakwob Remix) – Kid Sister

A Life Worth Living (Jakwob Remix) – Alan Pownall (Very fawking hawt)

I can’t describe how god the second track is, (very fawking hawt is an understatement) and I’m kicking myself for not knowing it before.  I’m sorry, here’s the the best end of movie song ever remixed in apology.  

Where Is My Mind (Bassnectar Remix) – The Pixies

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Just learned today that Michael Woods is in Montreal next week December 9th at Theatro Montreal. Not a huge fan but it promises to be sick. Also for those of you like me who have nothing planned on New Year’s Eve, there’s two ridiculous shows at Red-Lite and Circus.  The lineup is Avicii and Cosmic Gate compared to W&W, Ummet Ozcan and Adam K at Red-Lite and Circus respectively. It was heart breaking decision and although I’ve already seen Cosmic Gate and Avicii and none of the others, I just had to chose them, just had to.

Before I go, here’s a track that still blows my mind after more than a year from Ashley Wallbridge (Gareth 2.0) and Andy Moor. I’ll leave the honour to Fred an Justin to cover Chris Lake and all the awesomeness that comes with him.

Faces (feat. Meighan Nealon) – Ashley Wallbridge & Andy Moor

I Need More Painkillers!

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What’s up ladies and gents? We haven’t posted anything for a while so here’s a little music to brighten your week. And, especially for Will, there’s gonna be a bit of everything, not just trance.

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So this first track is a new release and I just can’t stop listening to it. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I like almost everything that Mysto & Pizzi do. If you haven’t heard of them yet, go check’em out on Youtube, they’re hilarious.

Malo (Mysto & Pizzi Remix) – Avicii

Let’s face it, it just wouldn’t be one of my posts if I didn’t have any trance in it.

Painkillers (Stoneface & Terminal Remix) – Kyau & Albert

Good Dreams (Barnes & Heatcliff Remix) – tyDi

Hands to Hold Me (feat. Cristina Soto) – Tritonal

By the way, Armin is having a vote on his website for the song of the year. If you’re like me and you look for any reason not to study, there’s  a huge list of great tracks you can check out. Oh and if Stoneface isn’t the best Dj name I just don’t know what is.

This next track I did not like at first, I found it kinda boring but I just could not get it out of my head.

I Can’t Stop – Flux Pavilion

And finally, this final track is getting kind of mixed reviews. It’s a weird mix between trance and d&b. Mostly, if you liked the original trance version you might not like it but I still find it sick. There cannot be enough mixes of this song.

On a Good Day (Metropolis) (J Majik & Wickaman Remix) – OceanLab vs. Gareth Emery

Zaboomafo ain’t got shit on me

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Aight so I don’t feel like ranting on Dj Mag since Justin took care off that in brilliant fashion so here’s a picture of the wisest most badasses lemur there is.

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I’m really in a trance mood so here’s a little something something.      Since life is awesome, here’s some awesome music to compliment it.

Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello (Michael Woods Remix)

Jochen Miller – uPad

Both tracks featured on Gareth’s podcast, although Jochen Miller’s is a bit unconventional for him, it’s still baller. Oh an I’m not a usually a big Michael Woods fan but this is a massive, massive track. Just massive.

I really looked a long time for this next Myon & Shane54 track because although it was featured on A State Of Trance a while ago, I couldn’t seem to track it down so i had to settle with a rip. Very good nonetheless.

Myon & Shane54 – International Departures (Classic Anthem Mix)

Soundlift – Empty Streets (Daniel Kandi Remix)

And finally, if you’ve been to any kind of raves/concerts this summer, for sure you’ve heard at least one of these tracks.

Mr. Pit – Sky Traffic (Personal favourite, no doubts homeboi)

Marc Marberg vs. Kyau & Albert – Megashira

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Piece of advice, don’t fuck with ninja lemur…

A City of Wonder, a Vote for Disaster

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During the past few weeks, The Hawt has become a forum for previewing, reviewing and critiquing electronic music events in Montreal. In the spirit of consistency, this post begins with more proof towards the thrilling aspects of the city’s nightlife.

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Sunday, October 17th was a special night for both Ellis and myself. Having to choose between Rusko and Laidback Luke is never an easy task. There is a reason why the Superbowl and Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals are not on the same night. We decided to go our separate ways and focus and two different genres. For the purpose of this post, Ellis was kind enough to provide me with his take on the night:

“Put’Em Up Put’Em Up Put’Em Up Put’Em Up

Aight so on the same night Justin went to Laidback Luke, some friends and I went to the Just For Laughs Studio to see Rusko and, needless to say, it was insane! People fighting, hitting, pushing, swearing; everything a good dubstep concert should have. For those who haven’t seen him live, what really makes him special is that every now and then, he grabs the mic and starts either singing, shouting or whatever he feels like doing. So anyways, back to the event, Vilify (think that’s how you write it, my bad if it aint) opened for him and on top of being hot and pretty good, she’s supposedly the one that takes care of almost everything dubstep in Montreal. Rusko came on at around 1ish and by that time, my friends had already ditched me and I was all alone, but that did not make it any less awesome! He played a lot of his older tracks mixed in with a few from his new album and obviously, some crazy reworks that you’re never able to find anywhere, which just pisses you off.

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Rusko – Hammertime

Doctor P – Sweet Shop (Friction vs Camo & Krooked Drumstep Remix)

The second track was a total crowd killer, literally. When you expect the Sweet Shop drop, but get this d&b style craziness instead, there is no choice but to jump around and hit people. Oh, and just as a complementary track to one I’m sure Justin will post, here’s a Wolfgang Gartner and Justice mashup.

Justice vs. Wolfgang Gartner - Illmerica Is Your Friends (Steve Camp Mashup)

The tone of his guest post communicates the intensity and superb entertainment of the night, two things that have become synonymous with a live Rusko concert. Coincidentally, I would use the same attributes to qualify the show I attended. Although Laidback Luke performed at Electric Zoo, we were only able to watch him from the line for the Above & Beyond signing. Owning a t-shirt signed by two of the members of one of the greatest DJ trios is a privilege, but as I would soon learn, it cannot be compared to watching a true master of house music.

The event was held at club Muzique, a relatively new addition to the Montreal scenery. Even though it was meant to be 21+, I was able to enter with my name on the guest list (more on this later). The crowd erupted when Luke made his entrance and the cheering did not stop until 3 a.m. As I am sure that most of you have noticed, electronic music has undergone a slight metamorphosis lately. The lines between genres are being blurred and it is becoming much more difficult to classify tracks. Laidback is an exception to this rule. Every mix he played was pure house, something that became very evident when considering his song choices. Two of my favorite moments of the night were when he played the Congorock remix of “One” and when he mixed Till’ Tonight with Miami to Ibiza. Another fantastic moment occured near the end of the night, when he payed his respects to his music’s ancestor, disco. He gave Axel F the moans from Pon de Floor and quickly transitioned to MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This”. As far as his own tracks are concerned, Laidback Luke also played his popular remix of Robbie Rivera’s “Rock the Disco”. Here are two tunes from the soiree, as well as his newest bootleg.

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Jay-Z ft. Swizz Beats - On To The Next One (Laidback Luke Bootleg)

Swedish House Mafia - One (Congorock Remix)

Robbie Rivera - Rock The Disco (Laidback Luke Edit)

Lets fast forward to this past Tuesday, October the 26th. The stage was set for another evening at Muzique, this one to celebrate the club’s one-year anniversary. The owners invited all of their resident DJs to open for Avicii, the night’s main act. Just like Laidback Luke, the event was meant to be 21+, so I called Muzique and asked to add Ellis, as well as myself to the guest list. Please explain to me how the following makes any sense: I was allowed to enter for Laidback Luke, but we were denied access for Avicii. As far as I know, the rules for both nights are identical; 21+, but 19+ with guest list. Even Ellis’ skills in the art of persuasion could not convince the bouncer to let us is, although he did not try long enough to get any results. The look he gave us let us know it was time to go. I can only hope the young Swede comes back to Montreal some time in the near future. Here is a remix of his from Tiësto’s “Kaleidoscope Remixed”.

Tiësto ft. CC Sheffield - Escape Me (Avicii Remix)

Enough with the events, here are a few new tracks that I have been dying to share with you for a while.

As Ellis correctly predicted in his guest post, the mashup he posted is an excellent complement to this next song. Ever since this artist was first discussed on The Hawt, he has been in constant rise, touring around the world while collaborating with huge producers and putting his own spin on the popular Electro House subgenre. We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him at the Electric Zoo festival, where he put on an absolute beast of a performance. This tune has garnered lots of attention, earning the support of Laidback Luke and Gareth Emery. Here is the newest release from Wolfgang Gartner, a song that will certainly be featured on his upcoming artist album, due sometime early in 2011.

Wolfgang Gartner-Illmerica

Wolfgang Gartner - Illmerica (Extended Mix)

As Fred pointed out in his previous post, we’ve been slacking when it comes to dubstep. Although pickings have been slim, I do have a brand new one that will surely make you crave more deep synths and the overall dirty sound most of you have come to love. This is latest Borgore track. I’ve got to give a shout out to Gotta Dance Dirty; they have an amazing blog, go check it out if you haven’t already.

Borgore - Sex Instructions Dub

This next one has been sitting in Beatport’s Electro House top 10 for quite some time. When I posted about Hey Today!’s “Toasted” back in early June, I honestly believed they were a lower-tier, underground German duo. However, their latest remix of Tiga’s “You Gonna Want Me” has shot them into the spotlight and displayed the innovation they impose onto their music. I really enjoy listening to this track, especially from the 3:40 mark, where they divert from the tune’s core beat. Instead, they put an electro sound onto Tiga’s techno beat. Its different, but it sounds really good.

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Tiga - You Gonna Want Me (Hey Today! Remix)

Last Thursday, the new Gareth Emery podcast finally appeared on iTunes, an arrival that had been overdue for a long time. The songs played were great, but two caught my ear as being better than the rest. The first is from MEM, who came along with a very impressive trance track. It is called Forza and as Gareth later explained, the tune had been killing it for him in his recent sets. The second is from fellow Canadian Adam K, a progressive DJ from Toronto. Remember how I wrote that the lines between genres were being blurred? This song is a perfect example. Its slow tempo and relaxing melody give it a few trance aspects, but do not be fooled; this is progressive house.

MEM - Forza

Adam K ft. Naan - Wake Up (Club Mix)

Do not think that I’m strictly posting songs from the podcast. With the exception of the Adam K track, I’ve had these tunes in my library for a while. Gareth and I must have the same taste in music.

To finish off this large post, lets take a look at DJ Mag’s rankings of the top 100 DJs.

To start off, congratulations to Armin van Buuren for his fourth consecutive year as the world’s #1 DJ. I really was not expecting this, I rather thought that Above & Beyond, Markus Schulz or Ferry Corsten would take the crown. To be frank, very little of the top ten made any sense to me. I respect David Guetta as a DJ and I think he produces great music, but there is no way that he should be ranked higher than any of the previously mentioned. Most of you already know about the true producers behind some of his biggest hits like “When Love Takes Over”. He acts as a cheap ad campaign, giving them credit in the fine print at the bottom of the screen. According to Fred and Ellis, who attended his set at last year’s Bal en Blanc, he is awful live and the radio-like music he emits makes him sound like an amateur.

Placing immediately after Guetta were Tiësto, Deadmau5 and Above & Beyond, who respectively grabbed the 3, 4 and 5 positions. Deadmau5’s jump up 2 spots was also a surprise. His album was great, be he somehow seemed to disappear during the rest of the year. His single with Chris Lake, “I Said”, was and still is awful. “Some Chords” and “Animal Rights” do not warrant a number 4 spot. The Canadian is due for a new album release in December of 2010, one he will call 4x4=12. Here is the tracklist.

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1. "Some Chords"
2. "Sofi Needs a Ladder" (You Need A Ladder with vocals)
3. "City In Florida"
4. "Bad Selection"
5. "Animal Rights"
6. "I Said (Michael Woods Remix)"
7. "Cthulhu Sleeps"
8. "Right This Second"
9. "Raise Your Weapon"
10. "One Trick Pony"
11. "Everything Before"

One thing I am happy to see is that Axwell wraps up the top 10. In fact, all members of the Swedish House Mafia are in the top 20 and the trio itself places at #23. The DJ Mag vote is supposed to be an attempt to represent each DJ’s success during the course of the year. In this capacity, Swedish House Mafia should, without a doubt, be the #1 DJ. Their incredible summer took them to the Brixton Academy on more than one occasion and they also earned themselves a residency at Motel Masquerade in Ibiza, the party capital of the world. The film documenting their tumultuous 2010 will be coming out in the next month, so keep posted as it will surely be very entertaining. Check out the trailer here.

Unfortunately, DJ Mag’s voting method is highly flawed. Simply telling the magazine which DJs you like is not a valid measure of skill, hard work or innovation. Inside the method itself lies the biases of evaluation without numerical values. It is no longer a judgement on who is the best, but merely a popularity contest, a vote for class president, if you will. This year’s vote saw a large crowd of North Americans and therefore, whoever spent the most time on the radio waves or on their North American tour received an automatic bid. It is a shame to see the poll be reduced to such an infantile compilation of voices from uneducated, stubborn fans who want to see the one artist they know in the rankings. Notable additions were those of Afrojack, Avicii, Arty and Dada Life while unacceptable descents were those of Above & Beyond, Sander van Doorn, Cosmic Gate and Lange. Regardless of the results, go check out the bios from your favourite artists, some of which are quite funny. For example, Sebastian Ingrosso claims that he is best known for “fucking clubs in the pussy”.

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This IS A SCION EVENT!

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IMG_0143 (Pictures taken by Fred… which means… TheHawt copyright.)

Me and Fred went to a Scion promo that consisted of 3 different Scions (that we played around with a little: popped the hood, shifted gears, etc.), a small dancefloor, some extremely expensive booze (For all you alcoholics out there, don't worry! There is a Couche-Tard just up the street where you can find some cheap beer. We quickly ended up there.) and a couple of couches upstairs. In other words, Suco wasn't exactly a perfect location for this kind of event and the crowd wasn't spectacular but thankfully, the musik was f@cking awesome.

IMG_0171 We got there around 10ish, when Duvall was on the mini half stage. He wasn't bad but we left about ten minutes later (as previously noted to get some more alcohol in our systems). When we returned, after a certain encounter with a young woman trying to con us into going to another party and a quick observation as to how bad women are at parking, Classixx started playing. Now I dont want to understate how good they were, but holy sh!t did they blow my mind! Their Electro/Indie/Oldschool was exactly what I needed on a Thursday night. I even enjoyed myself more then when my imaginary girlfriend comes over and gives me a BJ. WOOT WOOT!

Dial 1 - Classixx

Cold Act Ill - Classixx

I'll Get You  - Classixx (Ft. Jeppe)

Now we had to leave around 1 due to a multiple of reasons, but if any of you get to see these guys live, I suggest you stay till the end. You won't regret it.

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Now as I was looking into my old files for Classixx songs, I ran into a couple of songs that sounded very similar by a group previously known as the Young Americans. Well it turns out they are actually the same people! SAY WAHT?!? The Young Americans had to change their name to Clasixx a little while ago due to legal problems. Well guess what? I still have some of these songs for you to enjoy!

Starts with One - Shiny Toy Guns (Young Americans Remix)

Turning Inside Out - Young Americans

And to top off this oldschool mood, lets introduce you to Chromeo's new album. This awesome, Montreal based group is bringin on some intense competition to their previous album (Fancy Footwork) with their new one: Business Casual. It's sweeeeet! Buy it!

I'm not contagious - Chromeo

Night by Night - Chromeo


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Emma Hewitt is Fucking Hot…

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… and Gareth Emery is the world’s best Dj, these are just facts of life. I could theoretically write an essay explaining and proving these statements to be true but instead here’s a picture a crazy good setlist. (For some dubstep don’t forget to check out Fred’s Post.)

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(okay, the picture does not do here extreme live hotness any justice but there are seriously no pictures of her almost, its a tyranny)












Gareth Emery at Black and Blue 2010

Tiësto vs. Diplo – C’mon

Gareth Emery – Full Tilt

Gareth Emery – Arrival (feat. Brute Force)

Pendulum – The Island Part 1

OceanLab – Lonely Girl (Gareth Emery Remix)

Super8 & Tab feat. Jan Burton – Empire (Some Remix I don’t know) (by the way a decent dubstep remix to this song was made by Kidnap & Ransom)

Gareth Emery – All is Now

Gareth Emery - Global

tyDi vs. Ben Gold – Vanilla Profile (Mashup…)

Rank 1 vs Jochen Miller vs John O’Callaghan – The Great Find (Gareth Emery Re-edit).

Tiësto vs. Lange vs. Andy Moor vs. Komytea – Lethal Stadium Four (Gareth Emery Edit)

Gareth Emery – Sanctuary (Club Mix)

Ben Gold – Starstruck

Ummet Ozcan – TimeWave Zero

Gareth Emery – Stars (feat. Jerome Isma-Ae)

Gareth Emery – Into the Light (feat. Mark Frisch)

Paul van Dyk – We Are One (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)

Gareth Emery vs. Motorcycle – As the Exposure Comes (Gareth Emery Mashup)

Gareth Emery – Citadel

Gareth Emery – Fight the Sunrise (feat. Lucy Saunders)

OceanLab vs. Gareth Emery – On a Metropolis Day (Myon & Shane54 Mashup)

Super8 & Tab – Helsinki Scorching (A Classic)

Dj Orkidea – Metaverse (Gareth Emery Remix)

Gareth Emery vs. Delerium – This is Silence (Black Army Mashup)

John O’Callaghan – Big Sky (feat. Audrey Gallagher)

 

This should sum up his set at Black and Blue pretty well. This is super unofficial though, its just out of memory and I did my best to get them all in order, I might also be missing a few since his set was 3 hours long and I’m deprived of sleep at the moment. Most songs have already been posted so if you look back in older posts you’ll probably find them.

So like I mentioned, I happened to go to Black and Blue at Palais des Congrès last night and it was insane. imageIt was the first time  that I went to a rave alone, but it was chill. Notable Djs were Marco V, tyDi, Ali and Fila and obviously Gareth Emery. Vocalists Emma Hewitt (terribly gorgeous) and Audrey Gallagher (looks like a house mom) made guests appearances. The set up was ok but nothing compared to Bal en Blanc. Like usual, some very odd people, highlight is no doubt a girl who had the same haircut as Rusko. Like almost at all his shows Gareth had to fight through technical difficulties when the speakers on one side of the room just stopped working but he’s a trooper and he powered through it. One inconvenience is that I had to leave relatively early so i only caught a glimpse of Ali & Fila.

Here are a couple beast tracks:

tyDi – You Walk Away (feat. Audrey Gallagher)

Dash Berlin – Waiting (feat. Emma Hewitt) (A must have in my opinion)

Marco V – Reaver

Oh and I guess for Fred…

Flux Pavillion – Night Goes On

Calvin Harris vs. Steve Angello – You Used To Hold Me vs. KNAS (S.Co & D'arrigo Bootleg) (Props to Gotta Dance Dirty for this one)

Once again, please excuse errors and omissions cause I’m crazy tired and my ears are ringing  at the moment.

NEED MORE DUBSTEPPPP.

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If you follow The Hawt on Facebook or Twitter, you probably read the “new posts after midterms bla bla bla”". I’ve been super busy with school, studying a lot and failing exams anyways. I had 4 midterms this week. It kinda blew. Anywayyys… that’s my excuse for not posting. Thanks to the others for posting enough while I couldn’t.


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What I noticed on the blog was the lack of dubstep lately. After Electric Zoo, Justin and Ellis were mad on Trance and House. I’m not complaining because what they posted was amazinnnng, but I’m just stating a fact.

So… I’ll start with some “new” Major Lazer. By “new” I mean new in my music library, because I had a hard time keeping up with new releases since school started and this “new” Major Lazer I’m talking about was released 2 months ago. I’m obviously talking about their new EP “Lazers Never Die”. It is short, but very nice (that’s what she said am I right). It’s basically 2 new tracks with 3 remixes of their previous album. In the 2 new tracks, there is one that was released like a year ago and the other wasn’t released before the EP, but was in a Major Lazer Essential Mix (Diplo’s half) from a whiiileeeeeeeee back. The remixes are decent and are basically electronic versions of some reggae tracks. Check them out, I’ll only post the 2 new tracks that are pure reggae/dancehall/potsmoking music. I swear to god, when you listen to the tracks you become black for a few minutes.

Major Lazer - Sound Of Siren Feat. M.I.A. & Busy Signal

Major Lazer - Good Enuff (Cash Flow Dub) Feat. Collie Buddz & Lindi Ortega

 Lazers Never Die EP

On with some (needed to survive) dubstep…

So I talked to an old friend l used to play computer games with (he’s a dubstep addict) and he gave me a few tracks that are worth posting. I wish he would post on the blog though! Haha. Here is some Don Diablo, Excision and Datsik, Bob Marley, Flux Pavilion and some DJ Fresh.

Sick mashup.
Don Diablo vs Excision & Datsik – Blow The Calypso

Sounds like old school Rusko! (This is where you hear Bob Marley)
Flux Pavilion – Excuse me

Here is more Flux Pavilion. The main synth sounds like some Doctor P.
Dj Fresh - Gold Dust (Flux Pavilion Remix)

You remember the Brostep mix #2 from Kabz months back right? You know the one where you guys learned what was filthy dubstep? Ya’ know… da real thang. Well Kabz released 2 new mixes since(there’s one that I already posted and that was pretty good, but it doesn’t come close to brostep#2 or the new mix I’m posting today). His newest one is really filthy with some tracks reminding me of brostep. I LOVE IT. He also plays some Noisia! Check it out, it’s worth it (download it!). Oh and don’t forget to ask Ellis to play it in his car. Hah!

KABZ - SUMMER FILTH MIX!!! by DJ KABZ

TRACKLIST:

1. Richard Pryor Intro
2. Cutting Crew - Died In Your Ams (Monster! Monster! RMX)
3. Wizard Sleeve - FuntCase & Southbound Hangers
4. Clap Your Hands (Dubstep Version) - Drumsound & Bassline Smith
5. Typhoon - Foreign Beggars ft. Chasing Shadows
6. Brock Out - FuntCase & DatsiK
7. Split The Atom (Bar 9 RMX) - Noisia
8. You've Failed - Robzords
9. Medibot Remix - Metaphase
10. Jabba 2 - Kane
11. It's All Gone Down The Toilet - Narky
12. Teflon ft Kemist (DatsiK & Excision RMX) - Kelly Dean & Steady
13. Piano Tune - Bar 9
14. Bliss - Cookie Monsta
15. Dune - Minnesota
16. Slow Down - Trolley Snatcha
17. Born Free (12th Planet Remix) - M.I.A.
18. Dirty Jersey (ReFix) - Mike Honcho
19. Geisha - J. Nitrous
20. Haunted House - The S.K.
21. Gargoyle - Doctor P
22. Mugatu - DZ
23. Sumurfin Be Runnin - Laney
24. Interruption 4 (Cardopusher RMX) - Enduser
25. Ill As FUCK - Section 8
26. In Memory - SPL
27. Knock Knock - UltraBlack
28. Firewater - Jason C & Metaphase
29. Collabz - KzA
30. Pump It - Plater
31. Wonderland (hd4000 RMX) - BTrippin
32. Bound To Drizown - 40z N 9z

 

On with some ooooold school mixed with some trance.

The first song I want to post is the one that Tiesto has been spamming lately on Sirius XMs (Tiesto’s Club Life thing). Here is what he said after playing it: “This track  always makes me smile” (add his amazing weird accent that we all love). What he said is true by the way. It’s an old school track that got remixed by Fred Falke. The result is a disco-ish song that has a nice groove and that is mixable with Trance! AMAZING!

Sia - Clap Your Hands (Fred Falke Remix)

Here are some songs from Gareth Emery’s sets that are really sick and that he played at Circus. (The two first songs of the set). The first one was just mystic/cool; it’s just a really nice intro. Annddd the second one is just a really garrethemeryish trance song: neat! Enjoy.

Arno Cost - Cyan (Original Mix)

Mason - You Are Not Alone (Original Mix) <—Personal Favourite

Have a nice week and check Cyan’s official video HERE, it’s really cool.

BONUS (BAL EN BLANC REPRESENT!):

Sander Van Doorn - Daddyrock (Original Mix)

I’m a terrible person.

$H!T S0N

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Ok, so it has a been a f*%king long time since I posted anything so I'm gonna change things around a little by talking as little as possible and getting you the most musik I can. Here are some sweet remixes I found on a new favorite site of mine (respekt to http://funkyremixes.com) We got rap, hip hop, blues and rock:

Ashwan - Summer (Bootleg Remix)

Chino - Chino's Chucks

Deutscheunschuld - Material Girl (DU Remix)

MC Jack in the Box - Brad and Chuck

MC Jack in the Box - Bring the Music Back 

MC Jack in the Box - Crazy Love

Mickey Jello - Paparazzi

Rythm Scholar - Funk Hustler

Tengiz - No Meaning No

Wade - Gold Teeth


Also, to top it all off, let's get a little more mainstream. Here's a song that's been playing a lot on the radio that I found hilarious (you've probably already heard it.. Asians rapping to a club beat.... its actually not that bad.

Far East Movement - Like A G6 ft. The Cataracs

Man I want a Gulfstream! GRRRrrr!

 Enjoy it, i will!

Remnants of the Zoo

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Loud music always sounds better, that is why live shows are so popular. If you are someone who failed to attend Electric Zoo 2010, here is a chance to redeem yourself. On October the 10th, Montreal will welcome many popular DJs for the 20th anniversary of the Black & Blue festival. To name a few, Mark Anthony, Chus & Ceballos, Aly & Fila and Gareth Emery will be in attendance. This event is sure to attract a large crowd, so buy your tickets ASAP. Click here for more info on Black & Blue 2010.

The Saturday following this massive event will take place at the Telus Theater on St-Denis. With a new name and new member, this year's Bloody Beetroots have somewhat revamped their music as they attempt to recover from a quiet 2010. In my opinion, the trio has become too mainstream and my appeal for them has steadily decreased ever since "Romborama" was leaked weeks before its planned release. And besides, 35$ for a 2 hour set? Nevertheless, this track is pretty decent. For the purpose of this tour, they have named themselves Death Crew 77 and have welcomed a drummer, Edward Grinch.

The Bloody Beetroots - Death Crew 77 - Domino

Montreal will also receive a visit from Laidback Luke on the very next night. Performing at club Muzique on St-Laurent for the modest sum of 10$, attendees are certain to hear some of his latest and most popular house tracks like his remix of Wynter Gordon's "Dirty Talk" and "Till Tonight", his collaboration with vocalist Jonathan Mendelsohn. Apparently, Laidback and Mendelsohn developed quite a rapport while producing this tune. In fact, during Luke's set at Electric Zoo, Mendelsohn made a surprise appearance and added some live vocals to their track. More info about the show here.Wynter Gordon - Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)
Laidback Luke ft. Jonathan Mendelsohn - Till Tonight (Original Mix)

Shortly after, on October the 22nd, the Swedish House Mafia will be releasing an album named "Until One." This work will also serve as the soundtrack to their upcoming film which carries the same name and documents the trio's biggest moments as producers. The featured tracks range from old to new, aggressive to soothing, yet all stick to the distinct SHM sound. Here is the track listing.
1. Swedish House Mafia vs Tinie Tempah - Miami 2 Ibiza (Album Version)
2. Swedish House Mafia - Miami 2 Ibiza (Instrumental)
3. Sander van Doorn - Reach Out
The Source ft. Candi Staton - You Got the Love (Acapella)
4. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello & Laidback Luke ft. Deborah Cox - Leave the World Behind
5. Axwell - Nothing But Love (Remode)
6. Steve Angello & AN21 - Valedja
7. TV Rock - In the Air (Axwell Remix)
8. Sebastian Ingrosso - Kidsos
Justice vs Simian - We Are Your Friends (Acapella)
9. Prok & Fitch pres. Nanchang Nancy (Axwell & Daddy's Groove Remix)
10. Steve Angello - Tivoli
Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
11. Benny Benassi pres. The Biz - Satisfaction
12. Steve Angello & Laidback Luke ft. Robin S - Show Me Love
13. Steve Angello - KNAS
14. Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South - Meich
Coldplay - Clocks
15. David Guetta ft. Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South & Julie McKnight - How Soon is Now (Main Mix)
16. AN 21 & Max Vangeli - Swedish Beauty
Louie Vega & Jay 'Sinister' Sealee staring Julie McKnight - Diamond Life (Acapella)
17. Supermode - Tell Me Why
18. Adrian Lux - Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode)
19. Steve Angello - Monday
20. Miike Snow - Silvia (Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South Remix)
21. Axwell - I Found You (Remode)
22. Daft Punk - One More Time
23. Swedish House Mafia - One
24. Swedish House Mafia ft. Pharell - One (Your Name)

Here is Swedish House Mafia's newest track with vocals from Tinie Tempah.

Swedish House Mafia vs Tinie Tempah - Miami 2 Ibiza

Just a small side-note before I continue; all the most played tracks at Electric Zoo, "One" (I heard 8 times), "Conscindo" (5), "KNAS" (4) and "Empire (Kyau & Albert Remix)" (4) have all been posted on The Hawt, before or shortly after their release dates. I don't mean to brag, but I actually predicted One's success in a post towards the start of summer (Proof). Just goes to show you that we, the writers, are very reliable in providing you with the best new tracks from the electronic music world. So spread the word, tell your friends about The Hawt!

Next up, I've got the latest track from Michael Woods. Unlike the Bloody Beetroots, his tunes have been getting progressively better. This song is great, my favorite from him so far. Enjoy.

Michael Woods - Dynamik (Original Mix)

So there was this song, played towards the beginning of Above & Beyond's Electric Zoo set, that I vividly remember as being one of my favorites of the festival. I asked many people surrounding me if they knew the name of the tune, some guy told me it was a Kaskade remix, another told me it was a new Deadmau5 track. Upon our return to Canada, this track drove me crazy. I searched, raided the blogs, conversed on forums and sifted through many episodes of TATW. Enter Ellis, connoisseur of the trance music, locker of the hotel room, who correctly identified the masked marvel. The artists responsible are all great and have never produced a bad song. I LOVE this track, it is absolutely amazing.

Rank 1, Nic Chagall & Wippenberg - 100 (Original Mix)

This next guy is relatively unknown. Porter Robinson is an 18 year old from North Carolina who went from nobody to somebody overnight. His first ever release, "Say My Name", hit the top of the Beatport ElectroHouse chart. The song is really great, pulling trends from Electro, Progressive House, Trance and Dubstep. Check out his interview with Gotta Dance Dirty here.

Porter Robinson - Say My Name (Original Mix)

Last, but not least, check out this rip-off of Some Chords. I'm not posting this song because I think its good, but solely because it truly sounds like it was stolen from Deadmau5.

Spencer & Hill - Sunbeam (Original Mix)

I Wanna Go High…

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We’d been talking about it for weeks now and finally, last weekend, we went to New York for the Electric Zoo festival that took place on Saturday and Sunday. I know its a bit late, one week that is, but i got lazy. Just to put you guys in context, it was from 11am to 11pm on both days, with four stages and (usually) all of them jam packed and it was non-stop craziness. The weekend started on a great foot when Justin decided to bet with me that we could not get from Montreal to New York on one tank of gas. It took some insanely good driving on my part, some drafting behind trucks for extended periods of time and putting the car on neutral while going downhill but at the end, with the tank empty and Justin begging me to exit and put gas before we ran out, we made it safely to the hotel. But anyways, enough laughing at Justin for the time being and here’s a list of the Djs we saw and a couple of their tracks.

 Day 1

Glenn Morisson

First Dj of the weekend and he was pretty good. Got to give him credit, although the crowd was pretty at the start because it just opened, the guy was having fun nonetheless.

Contact (Deadmau5 Remix) – Glenn Morrison

Gareth Emery

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It was only our second set of the day but it was without a doubt one of the best of the whole festival.

The Island Part 1 (Dawn) – Pendulum

On a Metropolis Day (Myon & Shane 54 Mashup) – Gareth Emery vs Oceanlab (REPOST)

He’s probably my favourite producer at the moment and it can only get better with his new album upcoming. Don’t forget to check out his single Sanctuary from Justin’s last post.

Markus Schulz

It was my second time seeing him although the first time was cut short by boring friends at Bal en Blanc and i must say there is a reason he is  in the Top Ten of Dj Mag. 

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Rain – Markus Schulz (REPOST)

Perception (feat. Justine Suissa) – Markus Schulz (REPOST)

Mainstage – W&W (REPOST)

Yeah yeah, a lot of reposting but they’re sick tracks, trust me. Once I get the live set I promise to make the most of it.

Fake Blood

I was pussy last time he dropped by Montreal and to be honest it’s a shame I missed him

Stuck on Repeat (Fake Blood Remix) – Little Boots

Rusko

Anyone order a bass Panini?

Lick the Lizard – Reso & Rusko (sorry for guys talking, its the only version of the song that I know of).

Massive. Played a lot of reworks of his classics, so much fun. Actually got to fight until I got to the front and it was worth all the fighting.

Benny Benassi

What to say about Benny? Probably the only disappointing set on the weekend. In his defence, there were technical difficulties during his set but when he came to drop Spaceship (his track of the summer) he got on to the table and pumped up the crowd just to mix out of it. Disrespectful. Table mounting should not be used except for awesome drops.

Spaceship (feat. Kelis & Apl de Ap) – Benny Benassi

Don’t like his sound usually but this track is addictive.

Axwell

Ok so I never really listened to Axwell before and lord was I wrong. Here’s one of my favourite tracks of the moment.

Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrick B Remode) – Adrian Lux

Alright so basically we have no choice but to repost this but this song song was played 7 times : Dirty South, Markus Schulz, Axwell (twice), Armin and I’ve forgotten all the rest because seriously everyone played it, EVERYONE.

One – Swedish House Mafia (REPOST)

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Day 2

D. Ramirez

The first Dj really worth mentioning and probably the only one who has a haircut that can rival with Rusko’s, which one is worst I really can’t decide.

System (Deadmau5 Remix) – D. Ramirez & Mark Knight

Cosmic Gate

Yeah we went to see them again, and like usual they were beasts.

Not Enough Time (feat. Emma Hewitt) – Cosmic Gate

Man On the Run (Nic Chagall Remix) – Dash Berlin

Avicii

Pleasantly surprised by his set, unfortunately I didn’t stay the whole time because there was a great vegan restaurant and I was hungry. 

New New (Avicii Remix) –Bob Sinclar

And obviously he played Bromance and the crowd went absolutely nuts.

Bromance (Avicii Remix) – Tim Berg (REPOST)

Above and Beyond

They probably had the bet set of the weekend. They just had so much fun and were incredible. At some point Paavo would write messages to the crowd on his Mac, energy was just insane.

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This track is my favourite at the moment, its off of Super8 & Tab’s new album and there’s a couple of remixes but here’s my personal favourite.

Empire (Kyau & Albert Remix) – Super8 & Tab

Sander Van Doorn

Just like Bal en Blanc he was totally awesome. At some points, these two guys were going to leave but i convinced them to stay because they should not miss out and they thanked me after, that’s right.

Hymn 2.0 – Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze

Major Lazer / Diplo

So Diplo tried to slip a fast one past everyone. As you probably know, he is part of Major Lazer. Well turns out, the guy we saw at Osheaga and Electric Zoo was only him and we saw him later again as Diplo the next day. Pretty baller.

Wolfgang Gartner

Probably one of the most entertaining Djs there, his set was just sick. Really. Three turntables, one mixboard and a lot of awesomeness.

Conscindo – Wolfgang Gartner & Mark Knight (REPOST)

Armin Van Buuren

What so say, what to say? Nothing much other than it was crazy. The crowd was completely insane and there’s a reason why he’s # 1 in the world. It definitely was not the best set of the weekend, but the ambiance was totally different from all the others (Oh and he knows how to do a succesfull table mount).

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Mirage – Armin van Buuren

So that was basically our awesome weekend, if i had to get two lessons out of it they would probably to never trust Justin with directions and also never to lock him out of a hotel room when he’s only in his boxers and a towel, turns out he gets really pissed…