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dj Smiley Mike Breakbeat vs Electro House vs Dirty Trance


B-Phreak – Roll the Drums (Original Mix)
Blazer – Dubcode (Original Mix)
Tempo Giusto – Demigod
Fisherman & Hawkins – Apache (Original Mix)
Aggresivnes – Limitless
Robert Vadney – The Second Sky (Liquid Vision Respray)
Xgenic – Blaster (Blazer Remix)
Markus Schulz & Ferry Corsten – Loops & Tings (Extended Mix)
Tempo Giusto – Blacksmith (Mark Sherry Remix)
Tempo Giusto & Mike Koglin – Crunk
Tempo Giusto & Mike Koglin – Crunk (Genix Remix)
Tilt & Paul van Dyk – Rendezvous (Orkidea Remix 1)
Wezz Devall – The Great White Buffalo (Original Mix)
Nick Rowland – Monolith
Quadrat Beat – Good Life (BreaksMafia Remix)
Myagi – Chaos Quokka (Beatman and Ludmilla Remix)
Stanton Warriors – Cut Me Up (feat. Them & Us)
Simon Patterson & Blazer – Contraband (Blazer Remix)
Elite Force – Calypso (with Datsik & Excision)
Vent – Feedback
Vent – Ignite
Blazer – Back to the Roots (Original Mix)
The Hague – Crank
Cut & Run – Amen
Dave London – Black Disc (Breaksmafia Remix)
Sketi – Cladocera (Blazer Remix)
Quadrat Beat – BlackJack (Blazer Remix)
Will Atkinson & Darkboy – Darker Shades of Black (Blazer Remix)
Kemtrails – Crystal (Colombo Remix)
Kemtrails – Crystal
Wizard & Ivory – Jack in a Box (Specimen A Remix)

Interview with Dark Arps and MUX before Sequential Circus 14

This week we broke free of our usual uninterrupted mix format, taking time to talk with Dark Arps and MUX, two of the Live PA acts featured on the upcoming Sequential Circus 14 lineup.

(For the full audio podcast, click the link at the bottom of this post)

Despite a few technical challenges, we managed to cover quite a bit of ground… Dark Arps has fairly recently relocated to Vancouver, Canada after a 17 year stint in the UK where he toured extensively as part of 10-piece breakbeat orchestra, Keiretsu. Clearly he’s spent a significant amount of time evolving his sound which blends breaks, progressive house and sweeping atmospheric sounds.

Dark Arps in his intelligent light suit (v2.0), with version 3.0 ready for debut this week!

MUX has been on hiatus for roughly 5 years (living on a sailboat off the coast of Mexico) and in addition to talking about the birth of Sequential Circus, tells us how, with the help of a Windows 95 machine, he continues to deliver screeching acid lines in every track he performs (Hint: Nord).

MUX rockin’ the Skytrain at the Robot Uprising party.
Photo credit: Matthew Trentacoste

I could have talked with these guys for days longer, and we will… as Sequential Circus continues to evolve. We also could have played tracks from both of these guys for hours on end, and so you will hear more of their material in the coming weeks and months.

Sequential Circus 14 happens this Saturday January 25th at Open Studios in Vancouver.

Plus, don’t miss the debut of the new daytime portion of Sequential Circus; a partnership with the Vancouver Producers Forum to bring you an afternoon of talks, workshops and panel discussions from veteran live performers. If you’re a live-pa artist, a producer interested in taking things live, or even just a fan who’s curious about what’s going on under the hood, this will be an excellent session of tips, tricks and techniques for live-pa performance.

Aaron Olson Succumbs to the 303 followed by a dj Caddyshack Mix

Aaron Olson Mix

01. Andrey Subbotin & Anna Tarraste – Martini at Night
02. David Hopper & DMorse – Miami Road
03. Alex Ptiza – Atalon
04. Ethan – Rewind
05. Elmir PazyTron – About It
06. Archon & IgoRich – Hey Mom
07. Armosh – Entering
08. Julia Luna – Sunday
09. M’Dax – Rock It
10. DJ MEG – Calipso
11. Getting Over – Capital of the Rock
12. Ducked Ape – Le Dernier Soir (Tmare Remix)
13. pomDeter – Call Me A Hole
14. Yoondell – Modulation
15. Receptive & New World – Hope at Dawn (Pizz@dox Remix)
16. Glynn Alan – Unforgiven (Krysztof Chochlow Remix)
17. Paul Gallagher – From Above
18. DJ Generator – Something Cum Inside Me (Shaun T Remix)
19. Global State All Stars – Imagination (Aaron Olson Remix)

dj Caddyshack Mix

Da Hool – Meet Her at the Love Parade (Rel 1 Re-fix)
Showtek & Justin Prime – Cannonball (Rel 1 Re-rub)
Tiesto – Traffic (Bass King vs. X-Vertigo New Era Mix)
The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (Noisia Remix)
Tiesto & Diplo – C’mon (Rel 1 Re-fix)
DallasK – Crush (Rel 1)
Avicii – Levels (Skrilly Rub)
Rolvario & Moe Aly – Rockin’
Laidback Luke feat. Chuckie & Martin Solvei – 1234 (Rel 1 Re-rub)
Rel 1 – Show me love (2k12 Redub)
Basto & Ellie Goulding – I Rave on Lights (Meynard Macol Mashup)

Rave Breaks Are Making a Comeback

I couldn’t have been happier a couple weeks ago when I was checking out the TrackItDown breakbeat top 100, and lone behold, half of the top 20 breakbeat tracks were classified as rave breaks. I got into electronic music in the early 90s when groups like Acen were churning out warehouse bangers like Window in the Sky and Trip II the Moon. The Illegal Rave compilations were another favourite of the time and groups like Hackney Hardcore and Urban Hype were belting out classic rave anthems like Trip to Trumpton, all well before the classic trance anthems of the late 90s.

So when I saw new artists like E-Lab Rat and Northbase resurrecting the classic rave breaks that I grew up with, I couldn’t wait to put together a set. And here it is. Oldschool rave breaks interwoven with new hardcore breaks and phat dubstep basslines. This mix is intense. Is you have a pacemaker, you should probably change the batteries before going any further.

(Did I mention that everything Blazer touches turns to gold?)

dj Smiley Mike Badass Rave Breaks Throwdown

Will Atkinson & Darkboy – Darker Shades of Black (Blazer Remix)
Sketi – Cladocera (Blazer Remix)
Blazer – Skill Cypher
Quadrat Beat – BlackJack (Blazer Remix)
Brian Cameron – Seratonin Syndrome (Eshericks Remix)
Wizard & Ivory – Jack in a Box (Specimen A Remix)
HardNoise – Breakaway (Blazer Remix)
Northbase – Hallow 808
Northbase – Acid Flashback
601 – Blackout
Northbase – Ruffneck
DaVIP – Brick (Imetic Remix)
Wizard & Ivory – Jack in a Box (Aquasky Remix)
Northbase – Fright Night
RadioKillaZ – The Cholo
E-Lab Rat – Ambitious (Electrux Remix)
E-Lab Rat – 3 Bad Rats (Ben Venom Remix)

dj Smiley Mike Electro House Mix

4 Strings – Rise Again
4 Strings – Cheesecake
Bassjackers & Angger Dimas – RIA
Deadmau5 – Sometimes Maths Gets Complicated (Ryan Enzed Bootleg)
Filo & Peri – Subzero
Gareth Emery – Tokyo
Melleefresh – Intuition (Darth & Vader Mix)
Nicky Romero – Toulouse
Niels van Gogh vs. Emilio Verdez – Beatrocker
Omnia & Ira – The Fusion (Armin van Buuren’s Intro Edit)
Sander van Doorn – Drink to Get Drunk (Extended Mix)
4 Strings – Cheescake
Avicii – Sweet Dreams (Gregory Klosman Remix)
Avicii – Sweet Dreams (Cazzette Meet at Night Mix)

Hard Ball Mix
Bangin Hard Trance Mixed with Full On Psytrance

dj Smiley Mike Bangin Hard Trance Mix

Ovnimoon – Galactic Mantra (Liquid Soul Remix)
Bamboo Forest – Voyager (Solar System Remix)
Dejavoo – Loud & Nasty
Shift – Dead Meat Pt 2
Force 9 – Boomin (Wragg & Log:One Remix)
Simon Qudos – Ascension Protocol
Wragg & Log:One & Nomad – Relentless
Wragg & Log:One – Enemies of the Earth
Dapanji – 1 2 3 Go
E-Jekt – High Robot (Dejavoo Remix)
ESP – See the Light
Wragg & Log:One – Mindscape (Nomad Remix)
Steve Hill & Technikal – Theme from HTML (Nomad Remix)
Nomad – Ignited

dj Smiley Mike Dubby Breaks Mix

Hulk – Ozzy Osborne – Crazy Train ft. Twista (Hulk Remix)
Hedflux & Neurodriver – Energy Vibration (Veltix Remix)
DaVIP – Crash
Paul van Dyk – We Are Alive (DJ Icey’s Arctic Blast Mix)
Nero – Promises (Skrillex Remix)
Johnny Cage & Scarletti – Scratch N Scar (Duel Calibre Remix)
Dave London – Africa
Dave London – Breathe Deep
Nick Thayler – Toasted
Nick Thayler – Mind Control