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Deckajam – Total Jamnation (2014)

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Artists: Deckajam (Kevin Energy, Nick 235, Voodoo Browne, NJC, Laura Bayston, Rhona Nolasco, Sarah Alexandra, Jones 2.0)
Genre/Style: Bass Music, Electronic, Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Progressive House, Rocktronica
Release Year: 2014
Info: Deckajam – Total Jamnation
CDs: 1 (one)
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
Length CD: 01:07:42
Label: Ambiel Music
Product Number: B00LVI9N76
Buy/Download: DOWNLOAD HERE/BUY HERE
More Information: Deckajam – Official Website

If you have been visiting this page recently, you must have seen Kevin Energy’s interview a couple of weeks ago, in which he talked about his past and his present. His present looked quite promising, seeing as he shifted from one scene to the next, and from being a solo DJ to a band member. The band he’s in, is called Deckajam, and alongside Nick 235 they started their journey many moons ago, and they’ve perfected their sound, and if you were online a few months ago, they asked for your help to complete their album. To finish the album, they needed your help. They achieved their required target, and now you can purchase the album via the usual way, and you can get the album as a digital download, or, if you are like me, you can purchase a physical copy of ‘Total Jamnation’, but you have to be very quick, they are about to sell out, of are already sold out. Go to Deckajam’s official website for more details, and I urge you to do so, because this is an exciting album.

Deckajam has key members, which are Nick 235, Kevin Energy and NJC (a.k.a. Nat Clarkson), and to achieve perfection they have guest vocalists. They needed vocalists to come up with their unique sound, which is known to many as Rocktronica/Bass/Electro. Now you might wonder what in Gods name Rocktronica is, and I could come up with a steady answer, but I’m not sure. It’s got something to do with guitars. Guitars and Electronic Dance music combined? If you know the answer, post it underneath the review. But the main thing is quite clear: this band loves the bass a lot! Don’t think they are just another band who makes music live on stage, with a few quest vocalists, and that’s it. You are absolutely wrong: they are the cream of the cream (the French version is much better: créme de la créme). A fresh and unique sound you can expect, nothing you have experienced before.

Not only the key members are what makes Deckajam unique, the vocalists have what it takes, to lift Deckajam to the next level. The guest vocalists are Laura Bayston, Rhona Nolasco, Voodoo Browne, Blake Anderson, Jones 2.0 and Sarah Alexandra. All these people combined is what makes Deckajam so extremely exciting to listen to. They are all very talented, and if you push these people to the edge, they come up with exciting and groundbreaking stuff. Deckajam does not create music to please the listeners and to increase their bankaccount with pounds/dollars, but they make music that comes from the heart, and play it to those who are open minded. People who love music will love this album, because it’s exhilarating. But not only have they delivered an awesome studio album, but also live they have taken the world by storm. Many who have witnessed them, mention their enthusiasm and passion for what they do, and you can hear that when you play this album.

I’ve never been more excited in my life to hear something I normally don’t listen to. Guitars ain’t my cup of tea, but if you play it right and the result is excellent, you have gained another fan… me. And I can say that I’m a Deckajam fan. Not just because they master their craft, but because they are the fresh bit of air the music industry needs. A new approach to already existing standards, creating new challenges to those who want to make it in the music industry. And their album delivers what they have achieved: pure perfection. Want to see the tracks? Getting excited yet?

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01. Deckajam feat Rhona Nolasco & Voodoo Browne – Find The Freedom
02. Deckajam feat Mr Swan & Laura Bayston – All The Lights
03. Deckajam – Save You
04. Deckajam feat Laura Bayston – Move Your Body
05. Deckajam feat Blake Anderson, Jones 2.0 & Laura Bayston – Point Of No Return (Radio Mix) 
06. Deckajam feat Rhona Nolasco – Possess Me
07. Deckajam feat Jones 2.0 & Rhona Nolasco – Stuck In The Middle
08. Deckajam feat Sarah Alexandra – Release Yourself (Radio Mix) 
09. Deckajam feat Rhona Nolasco – Amazing (Radio Mix) 
10. Deckajam feat Voodoo Browne & Rhona Nolasco – Wavey
11. Deckajam feat Laura Bayston & Voodoo Browne – We Don’t Care (Radio Mix) 
12. Deckajam feat Rhona Nolasco – Stay (Radio Mix) 
13. Deckajam feat Rhona Nolasco – Afterglow
14. Deckajam feat Mr Swan & Laura Bayston – Come Alive
15. Deckajam – All Of The Lights (Rocket Pimp Remix) 
16. Deckajam feat Blake Anderson, Jones 2.0 & Laura Bayston – Point Of No Return (Drops Remix) 
17. Deckajam feat Mr Swan & Laura Bayston – Afterglow (Craig Fury Remix) 

You do get a proper looking tracklist, don’t you? Sweet Lord, what a gorgeous looking tracklist. But it’s not the tracklist that speaks loud and clear to you, it’s the music. And the music….. is GOOD. I have seen and heard bits and bobs on the world wide web, but they were teasers, but now I have finally got the album, the teasers were just the top of the iceberg! I was expecting an album like all the others, but I wasn’t expecting anything this great!

It starts with a good ‘Find The Freedom’. A good start, and they maintain this throughout the whole album. You think they go one way, and they choose a different path. If you think that ‘Find The Freedom’ is the sound they continue with, you will be disappointed. They don’t, they jump from one to the next style and genre with ease, and the use of vocalists works beautifully. There’s a certain atmosphere within each track, a party atmosphere. This is a band who are about to destroy your speakers (at home), but there’s a much better way of listening to their tunes: go and see them live. They have capture their ‘bandness’ within each track, and it’s perfect to listen to, but you want to actually see and hear them live, in front of you. Nick 235 on the guitar, Kevin Energy behind the huge keyboards, and the vocalists behind the mics, doing what they do best.

A few tracks made me loose my mind, and it was hard for me to return to civilization. And without kissing one specific arse, I have to explain why I’m going to talk about one of the guest vocalists. Everyone who contributed to this album has got a beautiful voice or a good rapping voice, but there’s one who has got such a sexy voice, a very talented female vocalist called Laura Bayston. Her voice blew me away!!! So enriched, so filled with passion and everything a good vocalist needs to make it in the music scene. Rhona Nolasco also has got a powerful voice, yet when I first heard Laura sing, I thought she was a coloured vocalist, because she does have a ‘darker’ voice, but she isn’t. She’s caucasian, not what I expected. I knew who Rhona was before she joined Deckajam (I am a Freeform fan), but I never heard of Laura before. Now I must.

The best tracks of this album? Yes, I said tracks, because there are more. ‘All Of The Lights’, ‘Save You’, ‘Possess Me’, ‘Move Your Body’, ‘Amazing’ and ‘We Don’t Care’. These tracks stand out, and watch and write down what I’m saying: these tracks will appear in the top 40 very soon! These are amazing tracks, these are what the crowd wants to hear. Quite compilated to explain what they have, but they have ‘it’. You can hear in each and every track that the key members have perfected their craft, and the result is one blinding album, one you will need in your life!

Besides the 14 tracks made by Deckajam, you do get three remixes. They are good, but without them the album would have stayed the same: pure perfection. My God, where did they find Laura Bayston? Her voice… it’s like an angel emerged out of heaven. Someone call God, and mention the fact that he’s missing an angel.. because she’s probably on a stage near you!

This is a band you need to watch and follow. Spend every pound on them, because they are the future. And the future of Deckajam looks promising. If they would go on one of those talent shows, they would get a big yes from the audience, and a big yes from the judges. They are the future, and with ‘Total Jamnation’ they want the whole world to know what they are capable of. A force you should look out for, because they deliver whatever you want from a band.

Pure perfection. One of 2014’s finest albums. It’s hard to achieve what they’ve done with Total Jamnation, but they’ve done it. You want a good album? Go to your local supermarket and you’ll find one. You want an excellent album? You know what to do: buy this now!!!!

Here’s a teaser for all you music lovers out there! Feel the vibe, feel the love, feel Deckajam coming through your speakers!

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Matt Lange August 2014 Promo Mix

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DJ: Matt Lange
Genre/Style: Techno, Tech House, Deep House
Mix Info: August 2014 Promo Mix
Length Mix: 01:02:18
Tracks: 14 (fourteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 142 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Matt Lange – Official Website

Yesterday I woke up, and started listening to Deep House mixes from the second I woke up. After browsing the world wide web for hours, I found this mix, made by DJ Matt Lange. Seeing as I’ve never heard of this man before, I had to do some research to find out who he actually is. It seems that he’s a promising DJ, who had released tunes on the legendary label Anjunadeep, and his music has been supported by artists such as Richie Hawtin, John Digweed, Sasha, Above & Beyond, and the list goes on and on. Not only his music is respected by other artists, the crowd seems to love what he does (and they are right): he has played at SXSW, WMC, TomorrowWorld and EDC Las Vegas. A very interesting DJ, if you’d ask me!

His mix was easy to find on Soundcloud, a few clicks and immediately this one turned up. It’s one of those mixes you can’t stop listening to. And thousands of my fellow Techno/Tech House/Deep House lovers have done the same, and as I’m writing this, there are probably thousands of people listening to this mix whilst on their way to work, or actually working, or just chilling at home. This is really one of those mixes that gets you, deep down in your heart, and touches your soul. Not dark and edgy, but very light, and quite frankly, quite emotional.

Yes, I said emotional, and I’m not lying. This touches your soul, and it makes you want to forget all the trouble you are experiencing, and you just want to dance until the dawn rises. No wars on this planet, no hunger, no ALS or anything else, when you are on the dancefloor amongst thousands of people, the world seems a better place. And without a shadow of a doubt, Matt Lange’s mix has the potential to change your mood and your thoughts. It’s quite difficult to explain, but I think the best thing you can do, and it’s quite simply: press play, and let yourself go!

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01. Bear McCreary – Rick’s Despair
02. Max Cooper – Authmn Haze
03. Joyce Muniz – Sleepless (Wehbba Remix) 
04. Fur Coat – There’s No Time
05. Sian – Shame Cube (Oliver Huntemann Remix) 
06. Julian Jeweil – Rainbow
07. &Me – After Dark
08. Dosem – Urban Shelter
09. Paul Ritch – Inside Me
10. Hot Since 82 – Don’t Touch The Alarm
11. Coldplay – Midnight (Jon Hopkins Remix) 
12. Alan Fitzpatrick – Memories Of A Time Once Past But Long Forgotten
13. Sailor & I – Turn Around (Ame Remix) 
14. Answer Code Request – Thermal Capacity

This is really an amazing tracklist, and even though I don’t know any of the artists (well, besides Coldplay), this tracklist looked amazing, and after hearing the mix a million times, it’s not only looks amazing, it sounds amazing too! Such a cool and smooth mix, Matt Lange has delivered an awesome mix.

Why haven’t I heard of Matt Lange before?

This mix had me dancing from the first second to the last, and I’m again dreading to hear the last couple of seconds, because it reminds me that an hour has flown by! You don’t notice time flying by when you hear this mix, and by the time you’ve heard it 3 or 4 times, the day has nearly ended. What an amazing and breathtakingly beautiful mix!

I urge you to give this mix a go. It’s such a wonderful mix, if this doesn’t make you relax and mellow, nothing will. A beautiful mix, one that should inspire others to create mixes just like this one. Amazing. Yes, it is… amazing!

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SoliDisco’s End Of Summer Mix Tape (2014)

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Act: SoliDisco
Genre/Style: Deep House, Tropical House, Nu Jazz, Gregory House, Funk
Mix Info: End Of Summer Mix Tape (EARMILK Exclusive)
Length Mix: 00:30:01
Tracks: 16 (sixteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: SoliDisco – Official Website

I normally think I’m on top of things, but clearly there are still unknown areas in the music industry/scene I know nothing about! Why would I say this to you? Well, I know I’m going to say something you are not used to hear from me, but I’ve never heard of SoliDisco before?! Yes, I’m ashamed. So how did I get this mix on my newsfeed, if I clearly don’t know them, and never heard anything they made? I was searching on Soundcloud for a cool and awesome Deep House mix, and this one is one of the most played Deep House mixes at the moment. That’s how I found this mix, and seeing as it’s such a good one, I could not share their vibes with those who have not pressed play so far.

Their mixtape is called ‘End Of Summer’, and it’s clearly the end of the summer here in the Netherlands. The sun has disappeared completely, it’s raining for many days in a row, and the temperatures are well below 20 degrees Celsius. The summer has left the Netherlands, which is a bad thing, but to get you back into the short and ferocious summer of 2014, they’ve uploaded this mix a couple of days ago, and if you miss the summer, head over to Soundcloud to hear this mix: summer vibes will return a.s.a.p.! If you close your eyes, and turn up the central heating to the max, you can imagine it still being summer, and if you’ve got the mix volume on maximum, there’s nothing stopping you of getting those vibes back again! Summer has left the Netherlands, but it hasn’t left our minds, has it?

There’s not a lot of info I can find to share with you all. I don’t know a single thing, and their Facebook fanpage and their own website doesn’t have a biography, so I can’t share anything with you lot. Maybe the most important thing for you to do, is to stop reading, go to their Soundcloud page, and press play.

If you are still reading this, you probably want to see a tracklist?

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01. Xinobi – The Best Of Me
02. Modjo – Lady
03. Vanguard – Loving Someone Else
04. Solidisco feat Nina Simone – Feeling Good
05. Kill The Noise – Perfect Combination
06. Kris Menace & The Dream – Walking On Lightning (U-Tern Blend)
07. The Phantom’s Revenge – Charlie
08. Swivel Hips – Green Slippers
09. Kanye West, N.A.S.A., Lykke Li, Santigold – Gifted (Treasure Fingers Epicwave Remix) 
10. The Bucketheads – The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) (Armand Van Helden Re-edit) 
11. Burns & Fred Falke – Y.S.L.M. (You Stopped Loving Me)
12. Solidisco feat Skyy – Top Of The World
13. Bag Radiers – Shooting Stars
14. Chemical Brothers – Swoon (Boyz Noize Summer Mix) 
15. Mylo – In My Arms
16. The Knocks – Classic

A very good and exciting mix! If this doesn’t give you goosebumps, nothing will. Unless you hate the summer, you start dancing until the winter arrives.

This has amazed me from the beginning. A few classic tunes are mixed into this ‘End Of Summer’ mix, such as ‘In My Arms’, ‘The Bomb!’, ‘Lady’, and together with those classics, SoliDisco mixed a few new tracks aswel (well, I think they are new, I have never heard them before). The mix has given me goosebumps, and it turned this grey and dark day into a wonderful and sunny day! I’m now sipping on a cocktail (it’s actually coffee, but in my head it’s a cocktail), my feet are buried deep in sand (it’s not, I haven’t got sand in my house), and I’m alive. Alive and kicking. That’s the feeling this mix generated.

Best track? ‘Y.S.L.M.’. What an awesome track. A deep and romantic track, even though it’s not really romantic and it’s about the lack of love in a relationship, but it’s so good. But ‘Top Of The World’ makes me want to dance in my shorts, and put on rollerskates, and dance underneath a huge discoball! Sweet Lord, this mix makes me loose my mind!

A good mix. Want the summer to re-appear again? You can wait yet another year, or you can press play right now! Vibes included.

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arpz – Hardcore Underground DJ Tools Showcase (2014)

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DJ: arpz
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore
Mix Info: Hardcore Underground DJ Tools Showcase Mix
Length Mix: 00:48:33
Tracks: 20 (twenty)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 111 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Hardcore Underground – Official Website

If you have been living in a cave for the last couple of years, you will not have seen Hardcore Underground (as a label) growing every day, and slowely becoming the biggest label in UK Hardcore history! With brand new releases every month, and a succesful back catalogue, these boys and girls have done the unthinkable, and are still changing the whole scene with their passion and enthusiasm for the music. From album releases by artists such as Dougal & Gammer, Fracus & Darwin, Brisk, Al Storm & Euphony, Marc Smith, the sales are going through the roof. But they’ve decided to release a very unique compilation, called ‘DJ Tools’. Tracks you can’t find anywhere else, only on these CDs. You can’t buy them anywhere else, so they are very exclusive. It’s not an album for DJs who are complete tools, but for DJs to expand their music collection, and give them the opportunity to have bits of UK Hardcore history in the making in their collection.

In simple terms: these tracks are so good, you won’t find them anywhere else. You have to purchase the album(s) to get them. And the albums are filled with 10 tracks each, by artists such as Fracus, Skinny, Al Storm, Darwin, JAKAZiD, Bananaman, Gisbo, and the list goes on. One person who bought the albums (there are two DJ Tools so far), is DJ arpz. Never heard of DJ arpz before, if I’m brutally honest. I found this mix by accident. This mix has been made to showcase the two albums (which you can purchase for a couple of pounds via the Hardcore Underground website), and it has got every track in it, which has been released on these two albums. So 20 tracks in a 48 minute mix. Let’s see how good this mix is, and which tunes are actually on the two compilations….

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01. Fracus – Fixx
02. CJR – Believe
03. Darwin – Light Up The Sky
04. Bananaman & Gisbo – Be The One
05. Fracus & Darwin feat Jessica Palmer – Promises
06. JAKAZiD – Make It Werk
07. Doug Horizon vs Al Storm – Dimensions
08. Doug Horizon vs Deverstate & Inspiration feat Jessica – Test Of Time
09. Skinny – Pressure Rockin’
10. Dougal & Gammer – Fires In The Sky (Fracus & Darwin Remix) 
11. Skinny – Drop This
12. Red Moon & Meron Ryan – Never Let Go (Fracus & Darwin Remix) 
13. Daniel Seven – Valley
14. Darwin – Crashing Waves
15. Darwin feat Pearl Blue – Don’t Be Lonely (Fracus & Darwin Remix) 
16. Bananaman & Gisbo – Blue Eyes
17. Al Storm vs Bezza – Respect The Oldskool
18. Darwin & 3Star – Like Fire
19. Darwin – Music For The Masses
20. Fracus – All Night

It looks good on your screen, doesn’t it? This is one amazing looking tracklist! All the talents have joined forces, and made 2 amazing albums. If you have purchased them already, you know that these albums are amazing, but if you haven’t, make sure you get them as soon as possible, because I was told that these albums will sell out. And you know what will happen to those who haven’t bought a copy? They will cry, they will weep. Don’t weep, buy them now.

arpz (what a name, funny) has done a good job, and he picked the right albums to mix together, yet he has been a bit too eager, too over excited. During the mix he leaves one channel open (volume on too long), and that disturbed me a bit. But just me, I reckon if you press play, you won’t notice a single thing. He jumps from one track to the next, no room to play, no time to relax. A good mix, really enjoyed it. And even though his name sounds like one character’s sound on Hot Fuzz (jarp, narp, arpz)… he made my day!

A good mix, with a few bits and bobs wrong. But not bad ones, so don’t worry, you won’t be disappointed!

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