Victimizing your mother, because you can.

I made it out alive guys! They tried to take my happiness, to kidnap my 'joie de vivre'. Unfortunately, the hurricane that is finals left behind over a thousand papers scattered around my room. A clean-up operation is highly needed, and I, much like ex-president George W. Bush, will not be a part of it. Must I victimize my mother once again? Will she be the one to instil order in such a chaotic environment to which I feel a certain attachment towards (go anarchy)? That is the one thing I am most definitely not looking forward to when I move out. Don't get me wrong, independence is wonderful, but with it comes so many tiring and sisyphean responsibilities. Nevertheless, I am willing to compromise if it grants me the ability to sleep in before my classes.

Anyways, the scholastic blabber has finally ceased, for there is no reason to discuss it anymore. It is only getting warmer, meaning summer is on the way. For now, however, thunderstorms will have to do. Since they constitute the perfect excuse to stay in and self-entertain for hours, no complaint will be heard from my part. 

Before we delve into the recent releases and upcoming events, I wish to, as they say in France, 'throwback thursday'. I found this gem from Diego, a seasoned swedish edm producer who has been around since the turn of the millennium. This piece comes to us from his 2011 'Hope' EP, released through Gem Recordings. The synth stabs are perfectly transformed throughout this piece to create a certain signature house feel that artists such as Leon Vynehall would frequently employ. I must say the vocal sample is extremely blurred, but if you pay close attention, deciphering it simply translates to "give me the hope". In house music, it is very important to have audible samples, for it denotes professionalism of the industry. Furthermore, you need to think of the symbolism. Where is the symbolism in a monotonous house tune with a small mandarin sentence on repeat?

Another throwback tune I would like to, well, 'throw' to you would be from Joy Orbison. A pioneer in the genre, Joy O has brought house (although at this point we can pretty much call anything house) to what it is to this day. He was ahead of his time, for what he produced in 2009 through Hotflush is still relevant and tasteful 4 years later. Would you like an example? Here is one of his pieces, Wet Look.

Also, on a hip-hop side note, black hippy have released a teaser for their upcoming tour together. For the uninformed, black hippy comprises of Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock. At approximately 1:15 into the video, they all begin to demolish the U.O.E.N.O. beat, all to create one hell of a remix. Hear it below:

As of recent, there has been much noise towards the upcoming disclosure album, and this is completely understandable. I mean, after releasing such a killer EP (The Face) the year prior, you have to expect that their full length album will be just as good. Also, the fact that they are releasing an LP is in itself a proof of their prowess in their musical domain. From what we have heard here at The Hawt, we can definitely say that we're liking it. Take a listen to 'When a fire starts to burn', a song released on soundcloud less than a day ago, which will feature on their newest LP, entitled 'Settle'.

For all you swag kid readers out there who still eat trap up like it was 2012, I found one on my soundcloud stream the other day that, in the words of those Hypebeasters, is pretty "finna swag OG 100 killa". This shit goes hard in the paint yo. Nothing more can be said from this dying genre, although it might be seeing a resurrection in the next few years. Dominated by basement producers, these people will soon see the lackluster interest over the span of time, and will adapt to newer markets, while those true to the genre will stay and push the envelope of heavy-bass EDM forward (UZ, Baauer, Lunice and what have you).

A few months ago I brought to you a new piece from Jacques Greene entitled 'Quicksand'. As it turns out, he is about to release a new 3-track EP, from which this song was pulled from. Named "On Your Side", this EP will feature the likes of R&B's How To Dress Well on the track named after the EP. Nothing has really seemed to change in his style, he has remained stable in the tempo of his productions, and his soundkits seem unmodified for the most part. Since we liked the old Jacques Greene, it is safe to say we remain loyal listeners of his music to this day. Listen to it below:

The video of the week comes to you from a mysterious group/label, Boards of Canada. Throughout the last few months, cryptic releases such as unnamed vinyls and vague commercials with numerical codes on Cartoon Network have left many puzzled as to the purpose of it all. It seems as though they have answered with a piece entitled 'Reach for the dead'. In the same visual style as the teaser commercials, this tune most definitely comes to one as an ambient piece of progressive nature. The layering of the piece is very well done, and quite well mixed, allotting each sound it's respective importance in this musical/visual journey.

For those residing in Montreal, there is quite alot of shows in the next few weeks. Firstly, and most importantly, George Fitzgerald along with Prince Club will be at the Velvet this Saturday. Secondly, Lunice, Tommy Kruise and High Klassified will all be at the Astral on the 31st of May. Thirdly, boiler room is making a return to Montreal on June 2nd for Mutek after a highly successful show the previous month. For more information, I will provide links below to the aformentionned. Expect me there, I will most probably be in the first row.

George Fitzgerald + Prince Club

Lunice + Tommy Kruise + High Klassified

Boiler Room Montreal for Mutek

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