Cool Free Stuff: Eric Copeland-Uncle Sam's Blues (Low Jack Remix) (Abstract)

Not known for playing things safe and following the rules, the L.I.E.S. camp recently celebrated their 50th release. While much of the output on this experimental label is exclusive to only vinyl, they just posted to their Soundcloud what is perhaps the first free download they’ve ever done. It’s a downtempo remix done by Low Jack of their most recent release, Eric Copeland’s “Uncle Sams Blues”. While the original was already pretty abstract, the remix makes the obscure disco riff even less recognizable by turning it into a sun-drenched Jamaican dub-fest. The lo-fi qualities heard on both versions is a L.I.E.S. signature, probably the only quirk you can guarantee on any track from their catalogue. 


Ticket Giveaway! Nightmare Fest feat. BT, Figure, Terravita & more!

It’s that time of year again where the days get shorter and the nights get a little bit colder. And the aroma of pumpkin spice everything starts to permeate store shelves and Facebook feeds alike. Yep folks, fall is here. Don’t fret though, because it’s not like these big EDM festivals are coming to an abrupt halt or anything. In fact, one of the biggest ones you’ll find on the east coast in this post-Electric Zoo season isn’t even happening for another month and a half. I’m obviously talking about the Nightmare Festival here!

A ghost-infested jam originally launched by the Steez Promo gang a couple years ago on their home turf in Baltimore, the lineup for Nightmare gets bigger and more badass every year. Hence why the baton has now been passed to the B.A.D.A.S.S. Raves collective. And while I don’t normally do extensive promo on a lot of parties outside the immediate Boston area, there’s several New England residents and alumni on the lineup this year, and I’ve got the go-ahead to launch a couple ticket giveaways for it. The first of which you can enter after reading below.

An outdoor festival deep in the woods outside Baltimore, Nightmare touts 3 stages in addition to a chill-out zone, art showcases, tons of vendor booths, and a haunted walk. The latter of which is is an 18-and-over walk, so you may wanna pack extra diapers. Catching up on Season 4 reruns of Walking Dead on Netflix probably won’t prepare you for this.

The full lineup was just announced this past weekend and consists of everyone from BT to Figure, Mayhem, Christian Martin, DJ Funk, and Liquid Stranger. Local legends Terravita and DJ Knowledge will also be in the mix too. You can check the full list here, along with additional info on the festival itself.

So about that contest: just “like” Beantown Boogiedown and B.A.D.A.S.S. Raves on Facebook, share this post on your newsfeed, and respond in the comments section below with your name and email. Winner will get a free pair of tix to the festival (a $200 value), drawing is on October 1st. There will also be a second drawing on October 20th, so stay tuned for the details on that one as well!

Nightmare Festival website


Cool Free Stuff: Ulterior Motive-U Feel (Drum & Bass)

The legendary sax riff that the Lafayette Afro Rock Band built, which has been sampled in countless jams both in hip hop (“Rump Shaker”) as well as drum and bass (“War For ’94”), gets yet another lease on life thanks to Ulterior Motive. On the cusp of releasing their debut album The Fourth Wall, they dropped a freebie titled “U Feel”, which relies heavily on the five-note riff. A Metalheadz release, “U Feel” also leans on the classic palette of warp-speed breakbeats and effects that helped establish the label in the 90s. Follow Ulterior Motive on Facebook to download the track (you can only stream the one below), and be the first to grab the album when it releases early next month. 


Ticket Giveaway! Crystal Method @ Royale, 9.5.14

While it’s tough to sustain a career for more than a few years in any music scene, there’s little doubt the world of electronic music is likely the most difficult of all of them. The trends and the landscape are always changing in dance, and the most successful have had to balance their original sound with adapting to the trends taking place. Crystal Method have managed to juggle both, which explains why they’re still touring and releasing albums even after 20 years. They play their first show of the year in Boston at Royale this coming Friday, in conjunction with Evolve.


Coming off a hefty tour schedule loaded with festivals all summer, the Crystal Method are still plugging their self-titled long player released back in January. A dense palette of modern dance, electro, broken beats, bass, and even some country (thanks to a vocal contribution from LeAnn Rimes), The Crystal Method is an album of risks and rewards, but with little compromise. And they somehow always manage to find time to record their weekly Community Service podcast, an important staple in helping them build and maintain an organic fanbase in recent years.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show tomorrow. To enter, all you need to do is “like” Beantown Boogiedown on Facebook, then leave your name and email in the comments section below. Drawing takes place at 12pm tomorrow. Good luck!

Additional details on Royale’s event page


Cool Free Stuff: Xavier Gonzalez-The Roof (Deep House)

Using only two single-bar vocal licks sampled from Janet Jackson, up-and-coming Toronto producer Xavier Gonzalez manages to build an entire song out of them. “The Roof” turns the king of pop’s sister into the queen of the disco re-edit for five minutes, as the two hooks Gonzalez uses in this track work perfect with the overall groove. With a classic live bass riff culled right from the late 70s married with modern-day house pads, Janet’s late 80s and early 90s prominence ties both generations together perfect. Free download. 


Let's Boogie! Upcoming Boston Events For September 2014

Upcoming Events  

Make it New (Residents) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.4.14
High Life (Ballast, 2K2 & Timmy Trax) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.4.14
Elements (High Contrast) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.4.14

FRESHH Fridays @ O Sushi :: Cambridge MA :: 9.5.14
Casual Friday (Frank White) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.5.14
Vocal Tracking Workshop (feat. Andre Obin) @ MMMMAVEN HQ :: Cambridge MA :: 9.5.14 (7-8pm)
Heroes (Chris Ewen) @ TT the Bears :: Cambridge MA :: 9.6.14
Triple Platinum (Evaredy, Frank White & Durkin) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.6.14
Rise Afterhours (Mike Swells, D-Lux, Edward’s Here & Galen) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 9.6.14
Dancing on the Charles Finale (Soul Clap, Tanner Ross, Bruno, Navbox & Randy Deshaies) @ Marsh Post :: Cambridge MA :: 9.6.14
Blend (Mr. V, Lenore, Bamboo, Leo Alarcon, Kranz, Nick Minieri, Cross Chatter, Wil Trahan & Sketch Rokk) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.6.14
H.O.M.E. (Deejay Daz-One) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.7.14
Reggae Boat Cruise (Soul Rebel Project & Jaminic) @ Salem MA :: 9.7.14
Jump Shot (Lady Spindrift & Sterling Golden) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.7.14
Rudimental @ Naga :: Cambridge MA :: 9.9.14
Drop it Open Decks (Erik B Brown) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.9.14
Drunken Doja Monkey, NuMind & DJ Homewrecker @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.9.14

Gallery (Brenden Wesley, Will Martin & Matty Gavris) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.9.14
Andre Obin, Miss Geo & Kodacrome @ Great Scott :: Allston MA :: 9.10.14
Re:Set (Will Saul & Patrick Barry) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.10.14
Wobble Wednesdays (Kraddy, VibeSquad, Uncle Bob & JSB) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.10.14
Scanners (Profligate, Outmode, Via App & DJ Won’t) @ Club Bohemia :: Cambridge MA :: 9.11.14
Dada Life @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 9.12.14
PVRPLE (Voltran, DJ Knife & Amadeezy) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.12.14
Radioskotvoid Presents a Night of Skwee @ Gulu-Gulu Cafe :: Salem MA :: 9.12.14

Acoustica Electronics (Terrence Parker & The Wig) @ Oberon :: Cambridge MA :: 9.12.14
Lucky Date @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 9.13.14
Sweet Shop (Eddie Fowlkes) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.13.14
Daniel Dubb, Lux Groove & Ser Clave @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 9.13.14
Dusk Til Done (La Freur, SITH & Ryan Royce) @ TBD :: Boston MA :: 9.13.14
Fresh Headz BBQ on the River (Sergio Santos, Sal Lograsso, Smeed & Sus Til Don, Waldo, Jacob Kranz,
Bogey Bambatta & TC Eureka) @ Marsh Post :: 9.13.14
MMMMAVEN Presents Today (Omar S, Jacques Greene, Francois K, John Barera, Leah V & Bianca Oblivion) @ Lawn on D/420 D Street :: South Boston MA :: 9.13.14 (3-9pm)
Savoy @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 9.14.14
H.O.M.E. (DJ Safire) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.14.14
Wobble Wednesday Great North Pre-Party (Ill-Esha, D.V.S., Psymbionic & CloZee) @ Wonderbar :: Boston MA :: 9.17.14
Make it New (Martyn) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.18.14
Lee Burridge & Scot Cox @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 9.19.14
Beandream & Happps Presents Binary (Darko, Stylyze, Spacecase & Ghast) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.19.14
Simian Mobile Disco @ the Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 9.20.14
Social Studies (Moodymann) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.20.14
HarborArts Fest 2014 (Soul Clap & friends) @ 256 Marginal St :: Boston MA :: 9.20.14
H.O.M.E. (Househead Pete) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.21.14
Bonobo @ Paradise :: Brighton MA :: 9.23.14
Fluxion & Ricardo Donoso @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.24.14
Crush Boston (Dub Fx, Brownnoize, Twist of Fate, Daze Inn, Honeycomb & Butcher Brotherz) @ Middle East Downstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 9.24.14
iExperia Boston @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 9.25.14
Make it New United Hearts Fundraiser (Sepalcure) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.25.14
Sweet Shop (Jonas Rathsman) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.26.14
Laidback Luke @ Whiskey Saigon @ Boston MA :: 9.27.14
Table Manners VI @ 101 Paris St :: Everett MA :: 9.28.14
H.O.M.E. (Keith Kene) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.28.14
House of Pela (Mike Steva, Max Pela, Jorge Serra & Jay Medina) @ Naga :: Cambridge MA :: 9.28.14 

Past Events

Drop It Open Decks (CPU & SOUL) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.2.14
Project Mixx @ The Playground :: 6B Lounge :: 9.3.14
Wobble Wednesdays (Moon Hooch) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.3.14
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 9.3.14
Legacy (Frank White, Breeazy & Mei Ohara) @ Zuzu :: Cambridge MA :: 9.3.14
Re:Set (Caseroc, Alan Manzi & Randy Deshaies) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.3.14


On the Boogiedownload: Mix 083 by Daft (Techno)

When I reached out to Will Swartzell (aka DJ Daft) a few weeks ago to record a mix for BBD, one of the first things he did was send me a pic of him rocking Providence’s best sound system (aka Club Therapy) to use for the cover art. So naturally I decided to do the exact opposite and design it using his LEAST favorite thing in the world: an endless, twisted array of hideously-colored ethernet cables.

Click here to read more and check out the mix!


Cool Free Stuff: Grimes-Skin (Sorrow Remix) (2-Step Garage)

While the hallucinogenic track “Skin” from the tail end of Grimes’ critically-acclaimed Visions LP may not have garnered all the attention back in 2012, UK bass producer Sorrow just breathed some new life into it. Giving it a classic two-step garage treatment, Sorrow’s skipping, carefree-yet-consistent rhythms provide just as good a foundation for Grimes’ vocals to shine as the less-predictable original did. Plenty of breathing room is left for Sorrow to add dense reverb trails and other filters to her voice, a place this up-and-coming producer manages to succeed where countless others have fallen short. Grab Sorrow’s remix below. 


Ticket Giveaway! Social Studies Presents Jacques Renault at Goodlife, 8.29.14

D.C.-turned-Brooklyn transplant Jacques Renault is a man of many talents. These include (but are not limited to) his original productions, his classic house and disco re-edits, his knack for playing long and wildly divergent DJ sets, his label Let’s Play House (now with 30 releases under its belt), and last but not least, his legendary “roving dance parties” he throws up and down the east coast. That’s a pretty nice resume, and the fact he handles all of it with finesse and good taste means he has passed the Social Studies test: he’ll be touching down in Boston at Goodlife tomorrow night. 

Renault’s best-known tracks right now are perhaps “Back to You” and “Fake Out”, both of which are built on a backbone of the funkiest sounds to come out of Chicago and Philly in the 1970s and 80s. With darker overtones coupled with a jackin’ groove, both these tracks are instantly brought up to date and can move 50-year-olds and 20-year-olds alike on the dance floor.  Other recommended cuts by Renault include his remix of “Hibiscus Pacific” by Alliance Upholstery (a release on a New England-based label), as well as his “Got to Believe” bootleg from earlier in the year.

Want to check this dude for free? Thanks to Goodlife and Social Studies, we’re giving away a pair of tix to the show. All you need to do is “like” Beantown Boogiedown and Social Studies on Facebook, then leave your name and email in the comments section below. Drawing is tomorrow at 12pm so act quick! Good luck. 

Facebook event page 

Oh…and….consider yourself warned for next month’s Social Studies on 9/20. Mark your calendars NOW.


Ticket Giveaway! Lifted Contingency Label Takeover @ Goodlife, 8.30.14

It’s an extended weekend, so the possibilities for parties will be endless as we close out the summer here in Boston. If you need help narrowing your options, look no further than Goodlife this coming Saturday. The Lifted Contingency are taking things over, putting the spotlight on the next wave of bass music producers from our own backyard. 

Graphs has been steadily building traction with his hybrid juke-jungle work, while Tone Ra handles the experimental side of the field and label founder Kidd Drunkadelic brings his curatorial skills to the table. Then there’s Robokid, who’s sound you would need paragraphs to describe, but with features from everyone from MASS EDMC to Do Androids Dance, there’s no need to explain further. If you want to look into the future of many a DJ’s record bag in 2015, this night would be a good place to start. 

If you RSVP on Goodlife’s site, your confer charge gets knocked down from $10 to $5. And you also stand a chance of us knocking that price down to $0 if you “like” Lifted Contingency and Beantown Boogiedown on Facebook, and leave your name and email in the comments section below. Yes folks, this is a ticket giveaway. Drawing is 12pm this Friday so act quick, and good luck.

First 100 people through the door also get a copy of the forthcoming 24K EP, featuring tracks by Tone Ra, Graphs, Robokid, and Lightfoot! Sound clips below.