Friday
Nov212014

Cool Free Stuff: Tone Ra-We Are Hot U Are Not

Another freshie from Boston’s own Tone Ra. “We Are Hot U Are Not” includes (but is not limited to): 1.) people screaming 2.) amen breaks and 808s being filtered through a minefield 3.) bass stabs reminiscent of horrifying 90s gabber 4.) approximately ten seconds of booty house towards the end 5.) ridiculous track title and 6.) no cowbell or triangle. So, in other words, it’s pretty interesting…and free.

Extra shout-out due to Tone Ra for a feature on Do Androids Dance earlier this week. You can check that here and download his rack “Tired”, another freebie, exclusively on their site.

Friday
Nov212014

Cool Free Stuff: Beatking-Crush (Wheez-ie Bootleg)

Haven’t posted a Wheez-ie joint on here in a minute. While there’s surely no shortage of chop-and-screw versions of Beatking’s now-classic “Crush” still kicking around YouTube from 2010, Wheez-ie takes the tempo in a faster direction on a new bootleg he just uploaded to Soundcloud. Affixing his hallmark bootie house and ghetto-tech formulas to the equation, he essentially coins an entirely new track here, borrowing only the acapella from the original. And if you like acid house and 303’s, be sure to stick around for the second half. This one’s only up until it hits 100 downloads so move quick. 

Thursday
Nov202014

Cool Free Stuff: Chris & Antanas-Hold it Down (House/Techno)

I normally refrain from re-blogging tracks originally posted by major outlets such as XLR8R, but I couldn’t resist on this one as it made every other “free” track (or bootleg) I listened to this morning look like kiddie pool business in comparison. Chris Woodward, one-half of long-established house/techno duo Dubinsky, recently formed a side project with Antanas Antanelis humbly called Chris & Antanas. With an exclusive feature on Boiler Room, an upcoming vinyl release with an appearance from Mr. G, and an XLR8R feature, these guys are well on their way to becoming influential characters in London’s burgeoning house scene.

In addition to an XLR8R post, “Hold it Down” was recently posted to their Soundcloud yesterday. A track that instantly reminds me of Leon Vynehall’s work in aesthetic, “Hold it Down” is an exercise in dusty samples, murky piano riffs, foggy percussion layers that leave no void in the stereo space, and an irregular song structure overall. It’s lo-fi characteristics remind me of early Detroit techno, meaning it obviously fits in quite well in today’s nostalgia-obsessed market. Stream or download it below.

Wednesday
Nov192014

Crate Exploratory: Dillinja-Majestic B-Line EP (Track B1) (1994)

Dillinja-Majestic B-Line EP (Track B2) (1994) from beantownboogiedown on Vimeo.

After a long hiatus, I’m finally getting the Crate Exploratory section of BBD back up and running again. I still need to re-organize all of the content from the old CE page into the general “music” section which I set up over the summer, but am hoping to tackle that over the Thanksgiving break.

For you new readers out there, this section of BBD focuses on obscure-as-hell tracks from the 90s and early 00s that are so little-known they haven’t even been uploaded to YouTube yet. I post tracks from all different styles, the only stipulation is it’s something that can’t be found anywhere online before I upload it. It also has to be from a long-extinct label so I don’t run the risk of getting it flagged.

So let’s go back to the early days of drum and bass legend Dillinja. The Majestic B-Line EP was one of his earliest releases, from a short-lived label known as Deadly Vinyl. The vinyl itself has no info on the track titles or even info on the year it was released for that matter. Like most small labels in those days, this was likely a renegade operation.

Of the four untitled tracks from this EP, I’m posting the first one on side 2 (B1). In this piece we hear a rare glimpse of Dillinja working with complex break edits at a slower tempo. He wastes little time opening it with a doom-and-gloom demeanor. The strings are downright haunting in the early minutes, but they end up evolving quite a bit as the track unfolds. While all four tracks on this EP are a bit different in aesthetic, B1 is by far the darkest. It likely came out in late ‘93 or early ‘94.

Wednesday
Nov192014

Cool Free Stuff: KGreen-Frequency (Garage/Bass)

I honestly don’t know too much about KGreen other than the fact he has nice hidden gems he’s penned on the Soundcloud page of his label, Loin Records. Like the thumbnail of the track implies, “Frequency” is RAW: a grooving mixture of house, bass, and even heady breakbeats in the bridge to completely throw the listener for a loop. “Frequency” has enough swing to immediately make it appealing for DJ’s to play at parties, while the garage-meets-jungle ethos keeps it edgy and interesting. Get it below.

Tuesday
Nov182014

Let's Boogie! Upcoming Boston Events For November 2014

Upcoming Events 

Gallery (John Barera & Will Martin) @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 11.18.14
Bathaus, BLKBX, Tellavision & Dayglow @ Midway Cafe :: Jamaica Plain MA :: 11.18.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Kill the Noise @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 11.19.14
Jacques Greene @ The Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 11.19.14
Re:Set (Slow Hands) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 11.19.14
Project Mixx Presents the Playground (Open Decks) :: 6B Lounge :: Boston MA :: 11.19.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Music Non Stop (Chris Ewen) @ Abigails :: Cambridge MA :: 11.20.14
Elements (DJ Bruno) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 11.20.14
Project Mixx GBFB Fundraiser :: Emerald Lounge :: Boston MA :: 11.20.14
Make it New (Jackmaster & Jasper James) @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 11.20.14
Oh Snap! (Rugged One, Saucy Lady, Yuki Monolog Kanesaka) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 11.20.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Guy Gerber @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 11.21.14
Dirty South @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 11.21.14
Brek.One @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 11.21.14
Felix Da Housecat @ Arc :: Boston MA :: 11.21.14
Costa’s House Party @ Estate :: Boston MA :: 11.21.14
Sound Remedy @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 11.21.14
Candibar Fridays (Jesse Jess) @ Candibar :: Boston MA :: 11.21.14
Unity (Francesco Spagna & Cruzz) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 11.21.14
Freshh 2.0 (Johnson & Johnson) @ O Sushi :: Cambridge MA :: 11.21.14
Dulce Fridays (DJ Dres, Scrap & Problem) @ 20 Linden St :: Allston MA :: 11.21.14
Pico Picante (El Freaky, Yvng Pavl & Riobamba) @ Good Life :: Boston MA :: 11.21.14
Andrew Garcia & DMND//CVTTER @ Middle East Downstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 11.21.14
Crush & Beandream Present Sound Remedy @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 11.21.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Durkin @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 11.22.14
Heroes (Chris Ewen) @ TT the Bears :: Cambridge MA :: 11.22.14
Conspirator @ Paradise Rock Club :: Brighton MA :: 11.22.14
Fresh Produce (Spinderella) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 11.22.14
Danceteria (Just Joan & Saucy Lady) @ Milky Way :: Jamaica Plain MA :: 11.22.14
Rise Afterhours (Richie Santana, Wil Trahan & Offbeat) @ Boston MA :: 11.22.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
H.O.M.E. (DJ Bruno) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 11.23.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Danny Avila @ Whisky Saigon :: Boston MA :: 11.26.14
Gary Beck & Mike Swells @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 11.26.14
Dark Meet (Chris Ewen) @ TT the Bears :: Cambridge MA :: 11.26.14
Re:Set (Soul Clap) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 11.26.14
Turkfest 2/Bianca’s Bday Bash (Leah McFly, Riobamba & Big Bear) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 11.26.14
The Gathering (DJ Bruno, Max Pela, T.C.C., Reggie Reg & G Ground) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 11.26.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Elements (Thanksgiving Throwdown) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 11.27.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
BLOND:ISH @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 11.28.14
Eric Prydz @ Royale :: Bosotn MA :: 11.28.14
Dillon Francis @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 11.28.14
Soul Clap @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 11.28.14
Candibar Fridays (Jesse Jess) @ Candibar :: Boston MA :: 11.28.14
Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & El P) @ Paradise :: Brighton MA :: 11.28.14
Dranksgiving (Amadeezy & Yvng Paul) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 11.28.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Diskino @ The Estate :: Boston MA :: 11.29.14
Paul Foley @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 11.29.14
Social Studies (DJ Nature) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 11.29.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
H.O.M.E. (Eddie Cue) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 11.30.14

Past Events

All Souls Saturday @ Manray :: Boston MA :: 11.1.14
H.O.M.E. (Mikey Mike) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 11.1.14
M-COM Presents Evil Intentions Presents @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 11.1.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Jump Shot (Studebaker Hawk) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 11.2.14
Wunder Sunday (Bud E Green & Spliffolian) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 11.2.14
Triple Platinum (Frank White, Evaredy & Durkin) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 11.2.14
Offbeat Halloween (Alex Villa, Igor Stelea & Daniel Costta) @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 11.2.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Desert Dwellers & EarthCry @ Church :: Boston MA :: 11.4.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
 
Rusko @ Paradise :: Brighton MA :: 11.5.14
Yellow Claw @ Royale :: Boston MA:: 11.5.14
Mark Fell @ Waterworks Museum :: Boston MA :: 11.5.14
Legacy (Jay K & Bobby Bangers) @ Zuzu :: Cambrdige MA :: 11.5.14
WRC Turn It Up For Change (Leah V) @ W Boston :: Boston MA :: 11.5.14
Diehards on Decks (Biclops, Big C, T-One Frequency & Glowworm) @ Shipyard Sports Bar :: Quincy MA :: 11.5.14
Wobble Wednesday (Spankalicious, Bass Coma, Alejo, Wubson & Levitation Jones) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 11.5.14
/\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
DJ Real P @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 11.6.14
RL Grime @ Paradise :: Brighton MA :: 11.6.14
DVNT (Solidisco & B3RAO) @ Venu :: Boston MA :: 11.6.14
Make it New (Bob Moses) @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 11.6.14
Elements (Crissy Criss) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 11.6.14
Polish Ambassador, Liminus, Mr. Lif, Ayla Nereo & Wildlight @ Brighton Music Hall :: Allston MA :: 11.6.14
/\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Dirtydek @ Estate :: Boston MA :: 11.7.14
Steve Lawler @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 11.7.14
Paul Van Dyk @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 11.7.14
Bladerunners & 7L @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 11.7.14
Candibar Fridays (Jesse Jess) @ Candibar :: Boston MA :: 11.7.14
Deep & Soulful (Jorge Serra & Jay Medina) @ Candibar :: Boston MA :: 11.7.14
Friday Night Feelings Finale (Mercedes & Chuckwho) @ Ames :: Boston MA :: 11.7.14
Ghostly Showcase feat. Fort Romeau & Moderna @ Goodlife :: Boston MA : 11.7.14
Freshh Fridays (J.Zamora, KosKos, Sudo & Lulu) @ O Sushi :: Cambridge MA :: 11.7.14
Rise Afterhours (Will Monotone, Randy Deshaies & Patrick Berry) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 11.7.14
Binary 1-Year Anniversary (B3RAO, Mikey Maags & Convoi) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 11.7.14
Re-Imagining the Music Industry seminar feat. Kiran Gandhi @ MMMMAVEN HQ :: Cambridge MA :: 11.7.14
Sound of the Underground (Charles Mazzola, D-Lux, Patrick Barry & John Medeiros) @ Cantab :: Cambridge MA :: 11.7.14 
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Jesse Jess @ Estate :: Boston MA :: 11.8.14
DJ Kon @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 11.8.14
Glow (Breazy) @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 11.8.14
Clandestino!!! @ Naga :: Cambridge MA :: 11.8.14
Heroes @ TT the Bears :: Cambridge MA :: 11.8.14
Julian Ingrosso @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 11.8.14
DECOMPRESSION @ Who’s on First :: Boston MA :: 11.8.14
DJ Hurricane, Brek.One & Bladerunners @ Goodlife :: 11.8.14
DECOM Pre-Party @ Glitch Gallery :: Charlestown MA : 11.8.14
Manik, Kranz & Charles Mazzola @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 11.8.14
Soulelujah (J-Zone) @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 11.8.14
Minnesota, Jackal & G Jones @ Brighton Music Hall :: Allston MA :: 11.8.14
Pinch, Pangaea, Doctor Jeep, Damian Silva & Dumka @ TBD :: Boston MA :: 11.8.14
Some Like it Hott (Caseroc, Randy Deshaies & Matt McNeil) @ Lilypad :: Somerville MA :: 11.8.14
Rise Afterhours (Eddie Elias, Jonathan Santarelli & Daniel Sevelt) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 11.8.14
Uhuru Afrika (Carlos Mena, Adam Gibbons, Sidy Maiga & Househead Pete) @ Milky Way :: Jamaica Plain MA :: 11.8.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Lucero @ The Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 11.9.14
H.O.M.E. (Sexy Scorpio Party) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 11.9.14
Subaqueous, Living Light, Heiss & More Precious Dust @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 11.9.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Trentemoller @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 11.10.14
Ceremony (Static & Arcanus) @ Arc :: Boston MA :: 11.10.14
Proper Villains, 4LMNTZ, Cetana & Manni @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 11.10.14
Fascination (Colby Drasher) @ Jaques World Famous Cabert :: Boston MA :: 11.10.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Caribou @ Paradise :: Boston MA :: 11.11.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Dannic @ Icon :: Boston MA :: 11.12.14
Excess (Dirge & Arcrunner) @ Excess :: Boston MA :: 11.12.14
Mahogany & Andre Obin @ Lilypad :: Somerville MA :: 11.12.14
Sleepy Wonder (of Theivery Corp) @ Church :: Boston MA :: 11.12.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Cassidy @ Candibar :: Boston MA :: 11.13.14
LOUDPVCK @ Naga :: Cambridge MA :: 11.13.14
Decade 80s Party (Foley vs. Foley) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 11.13.14
Elements (Cabin Fever) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 11.13.14
Blockhead, Elaquent, Muneshine & Lightfoot @ Brighton Music Hall :: Allston MA :: 11.13.14
Crush & Beandream Present Mitis, Skrux, Bear Grillz, Stylyze, DuBeats & Stoop Kids @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 11.13.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Ani Quinn @ Estate :: Boston MA :: 11.14.14
Josh Wink @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 11.14.14
Gareth Emery @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 11.14.14
Candibar Fridays (Jesse Jess) @ Candibar :: Boston MA :: 11.14.14
Acoustica Electronica (The Wig) @ Oberon :: Cambridge MA :: 11.14.14
PVRPLE (Lil Keem, 7L, Knife & Amadeezy) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 11.14.14
Tropicool (ConnetICON & Bianca Oblivion) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 11.14.14
Rise Afterhours (Arnej, Glowkids, Danny Satori & the Wig) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 11.14.14
RadioSkotVoid, Emily & DJ Snow Beats Extravaganza @ Gulu-Gulu Cafe :: Salem MA :: 11.14.14
Harder Better Faster (Coone, Venom, Keither & Pantan) @ Middle East Downstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 11.14.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
DJ Sneak @ Candibar :: Boston MA :: 11.15.14
Costa’s House Party @ Estate :: Boston MA :: 11.15.14
Sin-O-Matic (Shivar & Brian L) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 11.15.14
CSC & eSGi Present A/S/L (Gant Man, CS & Nineties Goulet) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 11.15.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
H.O.M.E. (Shadow Kings) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 11.16.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\
Mmmmaven Project Graduation Party @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 11.17.14
//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\//\

Tuesday
Nov182014

Cool Free Stuff: Dej Loaf-Try Me (Nick Catchdubs Jersey Gardens Mix)

“Try Me” put Detroit rapper Dej Loaf on the map a few months ago, and Nick Catchdubs (of Fool’s Gold fame) takes it from its motor city origins right back home to his native New Jersey. Originally a low-key affair, Catchdubs works almost entirely with the drums, keys, and vocals from the original with some added bottom end and a tempo shift. It’s a classic Jersey club edit and the kicks here are massive. Get it below.

Tuesday
Nov182014

Event Review: Above & Beyond in the Words of Someone Unfamiliar With Trance

NV Concepts reached out to me last month to see if I’d be interested in sending a guest writer to the Above & Beyond Halloween show at the Tsongas Center out in UMASS Lowell. Guest writer Bobby DeMarco couldn’t make it so filling in for him is first-time guest contributor Michelle Galvin. Michelle considers herself a bonafide “basshead” so witnessing A&B was entirely a new experience for her. Hey, that’s one more time than I’ve even seen them!

So did she live to tell the tale? Read on to re-live her experience seeing their show first-hand.

Tuesday
Nov182014

Ticket Giveaway! Felix Da Housecat @ Arc, 11.21.14

Felix Da Housecat is one of the few veteran house producers from Chicago who has successfully managed to re-invent himself without forgetting his roots. From his early days working with DJ Pierre all the way up to remixing Madonna and probably having one of the most heavily-licensed back catalogues in the history of dance music, Felix has enjoyed almost three decades of industry success.

Felix’s work in the studio has enabled him to spend more of his time DJ’ing and running his newest label BlaKKout more than ever before. His sets are as varied as his original productions. Felix has no problems navigating between grown-n-sexy grooves for the old-schoolers and piercing electro house, where the samplers give way to synths and young EDM fans just know how to relate. Appeasing Gen-X and Gen-Y can be a difficult line to walk, which is why we pay professionals like Felix the big bucks to traverse the rope over momentous heights so we don’t have to.

 
For the first time since 2007, Felix Da Housecat makes an appearance in Boston. This Friday he plays at Arc nightclub near Fenway, and thanks to CreateSpace and MCOM you’ve got a chance to win a pair of tix! All you have to do is “like” Beantown Boogiedown and MCOM Presents on Facebook, and leave your name and email in the comments section below. Winner gets drawn at 9am this Friday, good luck!

Facebook event page

Tuesday
Nov182014

On the Boogiedownload: Mix 088 by General Motor (House)

If your DJ name is General Motor, chances are: A) you’re American, and B) you’ve been bailed out. I suppose for Boston’s Gareth Middlebrook (aka General Motor), at least one half of this theory is true…and no, not the getting arrested part. General Motor is a very familiar face at just about every proper underground party and venue in this city, and has long held down his post with the Together and MMMMAVEN crews. I’ve worked with him for many years through both of these outlets, so it’s great to finally have him aboard the podcast series.

Click here to read more and check out the mix!