Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition 2012 – Preview

This year’s annual electronic music festival, MEME, is set to take place at various locations downtown Winnipeg in only a few days! Here are my recommendations as the festival welcomes a variety of interesting local, national and international artists.

Deadbeat, Berlin (June 22nd, Winnipeg Art Gallery – 12am-1:30am)

Though now living in Berlin, Scott Monteith moved to Montreal in 1995 where he quickly became a part of the city’s growing electronic music scene. He released his first 12″ as Deadbeat in 2000.  Twelve years later, Deadbeat has accumulated a prolific resume composed of collaborations, festival appearances and releases on multiple labels. His creations are mainly composed of hypnotic, pattern driven ambient techno, big room 909 techno or laid back electronic dub.

My Favorite Robot, Toronto/Montreal (June 23rd, The Manitoba Museum – 1:30am-4am)

MFR is a label but also a  trio of music makers and djs. Voytek Korab, James Teej and Jared Simms run one of Canada’s most exported electronic music products. With regular gigs in Ibiza and recent releases on Visionquest and Crosstown Rebels, 2012 should be a thriller of a year with plans to release on Berlin’s BPitch Control amongst others… This is Canadian house music!

Anenon, Los Angeles  (June 24th, Old Market Square –  2pm-3pm)

Founder of esoteric west coast label Non Projects, Brian Allen Simon aka Anenon, first came to my attention with his split LP with Asura in 2010, a release that I often revisit to this day.  Anenon and co are firmly rooted in L.A. beat culture, but their post hip-hopism clashes in dissonant harmony with many I.D.M. ethos of yore. Make sure to check out Anenon’s debut LP issued in May, Innerhue. A record Boomkat described as “personal, patient an thoughtful music to live inside of, or rather the music that lives inside of us, aching to get out.”

Pearson Sound, London U.K. (June 24th, Old Market Square – 10pm-11:30pm)

Co-Founder and curator of the much lauded Hessle Audio imprint (home of James Blake), Pearson Sound aka Ramadanman aka Maurice Donovan aka (real name) David Kennedy is without question a key player of the British post-dubstep bass scene. Do not miss.

Local Acts!

Don’t forget to check out some home grown talent on Friday June 22nd at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the Skylight Room as a succession of some of our local favorites will perform. The night will start with Woven Record’s own FmSea and Beauchamp, followed by our friend Aaron Bragger. Don’t miss the return of JNL aka Get Famous at 2am! JNL recently released a pre LP record: “I’m releasing my favourite goodies to you as a way of raising funds to work on my upcoming FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM. ” Purchase here!

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Mincha Hit by Seavibe, JPEG


Seavibe stalwart JPEG’s latest contribution comes to us via a remix of Mincha’s ‘All the Way’.

Though he’s working on numerous other projets, which you’ll be able to read all about here soon, he’s found the time to work on another great Seavibe track which was submitted to Birdy Tweek’s remix contest. He’s put a beautiful rub on the original that will keep you in from the cold. More »

5 Questions For Club Roll Music


Club Roll Music was hatched by some of Montreal’s most elite music business people a few months ago. It’s a label born out of the need for POP Montreal founder Daniel Seligman (with ex Last Gang exec Lenny Levine) to finally  have a hand in one part of the music world he hadn’t touched yet; publishing music! They’ve already picked up a handful of local emerging talent such as Jef Barbara and Karneef. We reached Dan Seligman himself for comments earlier this month. As you’ll see after the jump, this shit is for real. More »

Echolocation Vol. 2: French Fox

Echolocation Vol. 2: French Fox

Echolocation is a mixtape series that seeks to expose various musical schools of thought. Once in a while these will pop up, curated by musicians, label owners and DJs we approach. In this fully billingual installment, we link up with Montreal’s French Fox. Get the scoop after the jump! More »

Mutek_14 Preview


For those who live under a well groomed rock of blissful ignorance and don’t know what Mutek is: it’s a festival of avantgarde electronic music held each year in Montreal’s springtime funtime. The first year I went was in 2009 where I got the chance to see my favorite show of all time at the Metropolis – Moderat. Mutek’s reputation is built on a forward thinking artistic vision – this year is no exception. In this post I will dissect the first wave of announced performers, which will preemptively prompt me to declare this year’s 14th edition (held from May 29th to June 2nd) – a great success! More »

Label Profile: BLWBCK


NOTICE:  The following is in French.

Au mois de novembre dernier je suis tombé par hasard sur le site web d’un label qui a su m’absorber depuis. Avec une sélection d’artistes émergents impressionante qui représentent un panoplie de styles musicaux, BLWBCK est déjà très bien établi depuis sa naissance en 2011. J’ai donc décidé d’approcher les fondateurs du projet, le trio Toulousien de Simon, Romain et Adrien pour en apprendre plus. Trois amis qui en on long à dire sur l’évolution du label ainsi de l’importance des formats de distribution physique en 2013. More »


Five Underrated Songs of 2012

In the spirit of the year end review period, we invited a bunch of our friends to chime in on the subject. Here is Venomblog head honcho and chillwave aficionado/composer Box of Wolves‘  contribution: five dark horse songs of 2012. Check it out after the break! More »


Best Records of 2012

For those who listen to alot of new music, the end of November and early December is a chance to revisit and rediscover what made the year – who stood out of the pack, who had the sounds that will be immortalized in our collective unconscious. This year we invited a bunch of our friends and fellow music nerds to contribute and weigh in on the subject. The result is lengthy post about the year 2012 in music from a variety of perspectives. They all made their picks, and they can be found after the break!
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Booty Bakery Booty Based Mob, Vol. 1

When a few young misfits hatched a plan to start a new weekly in my guest room in the summer of 2011, I don’t think any of us imagined we’d be sitting here over a year later talking about a free (pay what you want) compilation issued by this now staple Montreal crew.  Booty Bakery, (curated by Phil Sparkz, Compton Chic and Victor Bongiovanni) wanted to push a certain forward thinking club music sound that ended up bringing much of Montreal’s beat scene together. Through their high quality guests, the Booty Bakery dancefloors blurred the lines between dancehall, bass, UK funky, gangsta rap and everything mildly related.

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J. Riley Hill - Fio

As usual, there have been a flurry of quality music videos to emerge from the ether in recent times so we decided to expose them here one by one. Let’s dive deep, shall we.  VOLUME 2!

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Echolocation, Vol. 1: Dub Ditch Picnic Records

Echolocation is a mixtape series that seeks to expose various musical schools of thought. Once in a while these will pop up, curated by creators, label owners and DJs we approach. In this first post we explore the very eclectic sounds of Dub Ditch Picnic Records, a tape focused imprint based out of Winnipeg. 

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