Stream/Download: The Magician’s Magic Tape #47


It’s a Tuesday morning, rush hour.  I only have like a mile to go to get to work and I cannot get on a bus to save my life…nor a train. What is going on!? Something about a bus fire…WHAT!?

It’s almost as if some higher being heard my cries for help, feeling the numbness in my face from my negative windchill journey and then, POOF! All of a sudden here we have a brand spankin’ new Magic Tape from our boy Stephen Fasano, AKA The Magician. And in true form, he gives us those money tracks that just tickle your insides. How many tricks does this guy have up his sleeve? It’s simply unbelievable.

For those in Chicagoland that made his set at The MID a couple weeks ago, there obviously is no beating a live Magician performance, however this should suffice in bringing you back down to earth and get you through this brutally cold week. This mix is far too fresh to provide a tracklist for – sorry guys, I have not had time to hunt yet. What I can tell you is that Jessie Ware is in there…so do you really need anything else? Nonetheless, it is in the works, as well as a full tracklisting and stream/download link for his Escape: All Hallows Eve set & Magic Tape #46 located below. Enjoy, and stay toasty friends.

Disciples – They Don’t Know
Klaves – Oh No
The Flexican & DJ Sef – Mother’s Day
Dante Klein – Ertesuppe
Clean Bandit – Rather Be (The Magician Remix)
Mausi – My Friend Has A Swimming Pool (The Magician Remix)
Shift K3Y – I Know
Camelphat – The Act
The Magician – Sunlight
Kokiri – Retrospect
Breach ft. Kelis – The Key
ZHU – Faded (The Magician Remix)
David Zowie – House Every Weekend
Arches – Want You
Michael Calfan – Tragic Soul

Julio Bashmore feat. J’danna – Rhythm Of Auld
Klaves – Oh No
Coko – Sunshine (ID Remix)
The Writers Block – Don’t Look Any Further (Love You All Over)
Kokiri – Retrospect
Kelis – Rumble (hed Kandi Ibiza 2014 Edit) (BrEaCh Remix)
Dz – House Every Weekend
Dusky – Yoohoo [17 STEPS]
Friend Within – The Holiday [HE LOVES YOU]
Drew Hill – Talk To You (Groove Armada Remix) [DANSE CLUB]
Godford – Tragic Soul (Michael Calfan Remix)


Stream: Green Velvet’s Electric Playground Podcast 10/11/14

Green Velvet

We’re baaaack…with another hot of the press edition of Green Velvet’s Electric Playground podcast.

Not many words are needed here. It’s been a minute since we put up some Beats by Jones (Curtis Jones, that is), and boy I need it to get me going on the last couple days of this rainy and cloudy week we’ve been having. Huge weekend of music ahead of us here in the Windy City – Temples, Chromeo, Beats Antique, Kygo, and Dopapod to name just a few- with enough shows to satisfy fans of any genre. Green Velvet brings us our Deep House fix today, so turn up, it’s almost Friday! Also, for those with Halloween plans still up in the air, you can catch a live set at Sound Bar.

Tracklist is located below the player. And for good measure, I’ve also included last week’s podcast added to give you a full hour of maximum head bobbing pleasure.*

  1. [00] – Jesus Hates [Recovery Tech – RTCOMP 360]
  2. [05] Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Lovers’ Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya) (Carl Craig Remix) [Crosstown Rebels – CRM 127]
  3. [07] Shades Of Gray – Tonight Is The Night (Smash TV Remix) [Beef – CD 007]
  4. [10] Roy RosenfelD – Awkward (Noob Remix) [Form-Music – FORM 45]
  5. [13] Forest People – Dog In Elevator [UTCH – EP 0021]
  6. [18] L-Vis 1990 – Video Drone [Night Slugs – NSCC 001]
  7. [21] ID
  8. [25] Juan DDD – Black Train [Evolution – EV 008]

  1. [00] Aaron Snapes – Panther [Dirtybird – DB 114]
  2. [03] ID
  3. [05] Maceo Plex – ENTER.Space [Minus – MAX 19]
  4. [07] Traumer – Cyclo [Herzblut]
  5. [12-20] ID
  6. [21] Miss Z – Back [Brazuka – BZM 004]
  7. [22] ID
  8. [27] Chambray – Ghetto Giants [Ultramajic – LVX 009D]

*Soundfuse not liable for injuries incurred due to prolonged head-bobbing.

Exclusive Mix 007: Wyllys’ Room 218 Mix


It’s been a minute since we had an exclusive mix, so we decided to go back to the well and hit up our old friend, the waxmaster Wyllys. Unlike the other seasons, Fall is under-represented when it comes to soundtracks — it lacks just lacks an obvious vibe. Winter always brings bleak, dark sounding mixes, Spring and Summer own the bright & upbeat energy… but what about Fall? We tossed the concept of an “Autumn Mix” at Wade and this is what he sent back. See why we love this guy?

Hello kids,

It’s been a while since I released a mix and the good people over at Soundfuse asked me to do an exclusive Autumn mix. I just couldn’t refuse. It’s my absolute favorite time of year and always a very creative time for me dating back as far as I can remember writing and performing.

As it has been told, a good friend gifted me a pair of belt drive tables a few Summers before attending college, so I wasn’t exactly the worst when I got there, but still so very rough around the edges. Well, when you attend college in Poultney, VT and bring decks, you could be fucking Q Bert for all they know. They loved it and encouraged me to play for them as often as time would allow, which was often. I had my decks facing the window and the speakers pointed out to the quad or I would set them up in a friend’s room right in front of the quad which is what spread the word there was an actual DJ on campus.

Kids would come over to the room to smoke weed, clown around, play Goldeneye on N64, and the regular college dorm shit, and I would start playing all my weird records I had been buying and collecting. I had a penchant for ambient/late night tunes from the very beginning and my crate really reflected that. Kids would get lost in the tunes, ask who they were listening to, and seek out those artists. I wanted to try and recreate that spirit in this mix.

This piece of music was created as a stream of conciousness with zero planning beforehand. I gathered all my weird records in a pile and went for it. I wanted the vibe to bring you back to a huge part of my youth with love and warmth and humanity; clicks, pops, warts, and all.

I have included a tracklist so you can seek out these amazing artists and hopefully go down a few wormholes and discover even more music. A DJ’s job is to always educate as he creates. You have a civic duty to music to push people to support the artform or all is lost.

Thanks so much for all the support over the years. I can tell you the best is yet to come and there are a ton of exciting things happening in the future.

With a love supreme,



Upcoming Dates:

10.9-Garcia’s at the Capitol Theater&/Port Chester, NY
10.10-Rise/Boston, MA
10.18-The Spot/Providence, RI@
10.19-Stella Blues^/New Haven, CT
10.30-Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas$/Las Vegas, NV

& w Newton Crosby
@ w The Indobox
^ w Arclite
$ w The New Deal

1. JFK and Mrs Kennedy live from Natural Cultural Center Washington, DC 1962
2. Fripp and Eno-Wind on Water
3. Actress-Gershwin
4. Dabrye-Making it Pay
5. Ad Bourke-En Trance
6. Apeanaut-Hardwired for Geisha
7. Vine-Roma Stripped
8. Daniel Drumz-If You Want Me, Say It
9. Yoshi-Magnetic
10. Skyscaper-Skyshapes
11. Autechre-Mechanically Reclaimed
12. Prinz Thomas-Don O Van Budd
13. Piano Overlord-Triste Maita
14. Reunion-Eona
15. Dillinja-Warrior Jazz
16. Ryuichi Sakamoto-Salvation (Ashley Beedles Heaven and Earth)
17. Deepflow vs Preston Craig and Clay Ivey-Groove Control (Preston and Clay’s Warfare Mix)
18. Future Loop Foundation-Discovery


Stream/Download: DJ Matt ROAN of Crossfader Kings BOGA Mixtape


Folks – If you have HiFi headphones, this is when they are worth their dollar.  What we have here for your listening pleasure is the first mix in a many-volume series we are working on in a new partnership with Chicago based DJ collective,Crossfader Kings. Matt Roan, a personal favorite and one of the more well-known and refined spinners this city has to offer, brings us this 2-hour beat session with a little bit of commentary (below). With countless reworks and mixes of tracks we already love, Matt Roan strings together the highest of quality cuts without fancy tricks or incessant drops, keeping audiences and listeners constantly moving. From Hot Natured to Moon Boots all the way to Justin Timberlake, the time and care put into this mixtape is evident. The audio quality has been remastered, not only with volume increases for those listening on laptop speakers or Apple earbuds, but with added analogue warmth for the audiophiles out there. Enough from me… sit back and enjoy as this gets you through your Friday. Track list below the player.

Matt Roan

DJ Matt ROAN on the mixtape:  “​I recorded this mix for a local menswear line called BOGA based here in Chicago. They planned a cool grand opening party but the venue was a little up-tight about live music… so I made them this live mix instead!  They wanted a cool mix of tunes that would keep the energy up, provide a nice soundtrack to their evening, and ramp up as the party went on.  As far as I’m concerned… MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.”

Darius – S/Ash
Phoenix – Lisztomania (Classixx Remix)
Darius – Vanyll
Moon Boots – Sugar
Lee Foss & MK – Electricity ft. Anabel Englund
Amine Edge & Dance – Lost
Hot Natured – Isis ft. The Egyptian Lover
Amber Jolene & Nolan – Everyday & Everynight (KANT Remix)
Duke Dumont – I Got U ft. Jax Jones
Anna Lunoe – Up & Down
Oliver $ & Jim Jules – Pushing On
Hercules & Love Affair – That’s Not Me ft. Gustaph
Gorgon City – Real ft. Yasmin
5 Reasons & Patrick Baker – Night Drive In Moscow (Satin Jackets Remix)
Moon Boots – C.Y.S.
Haze-M – Dance With Me
Disclosure – White Noise ft. Aluna George
Kate Boy – The Way We Are (Bixel Boys Remix)
Disclosure – Latch
Calvin Harris – Thinkin’ Bout You (Them Jeans Remix)
Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) ft. A.M.E. & M.N.E.K.
Route 94 – My Love ft. Jess Glynne
Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You (Motez Edit)
The Hood Internet – Without Pressure (Bowie/Dillon Francis)
Cyclist – Shine ft. Maiko Watson (Rogue Vogue Remix)
Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – Love Too Deep
Seal – Crazy (Bixel Boys Remix)
Josh Butler – Got A Feeling (Bontan Remix) (Pleasurekraft Edit)
Ciara – Body Party (Matt ROAN Remix)
M83 – Reunion (Mylo Remix)
Annie – Heart Beats (Krazy Fiesta Remix)

Stream/Download: Move D & G b2b at Louche London 2014/08/30


David Moufang (Move D) is as quiet and unassuming as any underground DJ out there. For the last 20 years he has quietly built a solid reputation among house lovers, and perhaps garnered even more respect from his DJ peers. His addition to Fabric’s famed mix series last year is a must-listen for any fans of deep, soulful house. His all-vinyl sets always carry a perfect balance of current trends while remaining true to his 90s roots. This set at Louche in London is no different; it’s as soulful and engaging as you’d expect. He is joined for an impromptu b2b by his friend G somewhere in the middle of it. Quality stuff as always.

Stream/Download: The Magician’s Magic Tape #45

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Stephen Fassano is at it again folks. The last time we posted a Magic Tape, back in July, we knew there was going to be an extra-long wait for its next rendition. But now that we have a steamy new mixtape from The Magician, which includes tons of exclusive and unreleased material, I’ll tell you that the wait was worth it. Even more, this time we have live show to look forward to:  November 7th at The MID. It’s sure to be cold by then, but these fire beats will warm us up enough to go swimming in the deep end.

Truthfully though, words don’t do this justice. I’ve said it before and I will repeat it: There is no other recurring show or mixtape that I anticipate more than those of The Magician. Pete Tong, you keep us on our toes on Radio 1…Green Velvet, you know I got love for your podcasts until it hurts…But The Magician, he’s on another level of his own indeed. Tracklist below the player. Enjoy.

01. Disciples – They Don’t Know
02. The Flexican & Sef – Mother’s Day
03. Shift K3Y – I Know
04. Klaves – People
05. Karen Harding – Say Something (Zac Samuel remix)
06. ID – ID /
07. Sakima – Energy (Courage Remix)
08. Blonde – I Loved You
09. Higher Self ft. Lauren Mason – Ghosts
10. Syv – Holding Back
11. SRTW – We Were Young (Sascha Kloeber Remix)
12. Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (Alex Adair Remix)
13. Fastlane & Lexi Love – Never Say No
14. Cyril Hahn ft. Ryan Ashley – Open

Stream/Download: The Black Madonna – BIS Radio Show #745


Chicago underground house, techno, and disco purveyor The Black Madonna has a simple message for the dance world: “We Still Believe.” Just as her music career took off in recent years, she was handed the reins to Chicago’s “Mecca of dance music,” the prestigious Smart Bar. In fact, “We Still Believe” has become the name of a new residency for the prestigious club which has already seen the likes of Levon Vincent, Gunnar Haslem, and others perform. After a hit record in 2013 and a few jaunts across Europe, she has garnered considerable acclaim stateside (finally). And now another milestone is under her belt: an appearance on Tim Sweeney’s famed Beats in Space radio show. As per usual, the mix is filled with soulful house, deep disco, and plenty of HI-NRG jams. You can catch her opening up for James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) at Smart Bar on 9/18.

Stream: Shiba San live @ Primary Chicago, 7/31/14

Shiba San

Sometimes the universe has a way of making things right – and this is one of those situations. I cannot express the level of F.O.M.O. I had in writing my last live stream post the day Shiba San was coming to perform at Chicago’s Primary Nightclub a couple weeks ago…yet by the grace of the Deep House Gods, my cries were heard and normality was restored. Gifting us unfortunate souls who were unable to attend with a full soundboard recording of the dirtybird newcomer’s early morning August 1st set, it almost feels like this was posted specifically for me. I joke, but in all honesty, it was such a treat to see this posted to Shiba San’s Soundcloud I practically did a double-take. This live-mix, not surprisingly, goes deep from the very beginning, and includes your typical dirtybird fare: from a re-work of Ludacris’ Move B*tch to one of the more entrancing versions of Shiba’s own Okay I have heard, both of live and studio recordings. This sonic journey is packed full of hip-hop and narrative vocals, dark and funky bass lines, all bending in and out of one another and back onto themselves via silky smooth and utterly mesmerizing transitions. Start your week the right way, and pleasure your eardrums with this 82-minute bass-therapy session.  Doctor’s orders.

No tracklist as of yet.

Stream: Shiba San at Kurv London / Preview: Shiba at Primary – 7/31

Shiba San Primary

Oh man, am I jealous I won’t be in town for this one. Shiba San a rising star and personal favorite of mine off of Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label, absolutely obliterates every dance-floor he touches all over the globe, rooms big and small. If you are planning on attending any Lollapalooza pre-shows before getting your tan on tomorrow, his set at the Primary in Gold Coast tonight is without a doubt the place you want to be. But regardless, this live set is worth a two-headphone listen as you start your final day of July. As is wildly abundant in my previous stream posts, we here at Soundfuse like it deep, dark, and as dirty as possible – Green Velvet, Claude, and The Magician to name a few. Well Shiba San is making his way towards the top of this list and doing so fast, going deeper, darker, and getting grimy A.F. in the sounds below. A Frenchman with this style is definitely a welcome addition to the Dirtybird team, and he makes clear around the 18:20 mark in this close to 2-hour set, “not too many people ACTUALLY have swag” and that “swag does not come from…labels.” This new member of Dirtybird definitely brings the swag-level of Midwest deep house to a new level, though, with his addicting basslines and Curtis Jones-esque vocal samples. He gets right into the thick of things with this live set recorded during last Friday’s Kurv night at London superclub, The Egg. We are working on a track list, but you’ll definitely recognize many of these beats – as expected from a Shiba San set, we obviously get his February 2014 drop ‘Okay,’ which literally made the deep house community explode this past winter. Go on a journey with this mix, and make sure to buy tickets to Primary tonight. The Gold Coast might actually melt into Lake Michigan after this set. You don’t want to miss seeing this genius in a sub-300 person setting like this. Support acts: Them Flavors DJs, MO*E, and TUJ.

Thursday, July 31st | Primary Nightclub (5 West Division) 21+ | $14.50 | Doors at 10pm |  Clubtix

Stream/Download: Mark Farina – Country Club Disco Podcast 001 w/ Golf Clap


One of the hottest DJ groups of 2014 is coming in hot straight out of Detroit. Golf Clap is doing some huge things this year, namely launching their Country Club Disco label, in addition to releasing a blinding number of fantastic mixes. On top of that, these guys played one of the best sets at Electric Forest this year, so they’re doing it right in every way. Last week they released the first of their series of mixes with Chicago mushroom jazz pioneer Mark Farina, and it’s one of the sexiest mixes we’ve heard so far this year. Golf Clap takes the first half of the mix, setting the stage for Farina to get wild in the second half. This thing is gunfire from start to finish, but the cherry on top is when Farina drops a ‘remix’ of Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” right near the end. It might sound weird or just plain off-putting at first glance, but trust us, this track is stupidly good and we’ve never heard it anywhere else.

For some insane reason, they’ve released TWO more mixes in this series on the Country Club Disco soundcloud page, so keep your eyes peeled here —>

And you might as well favorite Golf Clap’s page while you’re at it, these guys are pushing out mixes like they’re about to go rotten in the fridge. And each one seems to be better than the last. Download everything here —>

Country Club Disco Podcast #1 – Mark Farina w/ opening mix by Golf Clap

Our first mix for our Country Club Disco label is none other than the legend Mark Farina.
The first half is @golfclapdet and the 2nd half is Mark’s. Be sure to follow Mark’s page here : @djmarkfarina


Q: What’s the longest set you’ve ever played?
A: 12 hours in chicago

Q. If you were a healing crystal, what kind would you be and why?
A: Moldavite…good for healing, lets me find my spirit guides good protective stone.

Q: How many frequent flyer miles do you have?
A: almost 3 million

Q: What DJs do you trainspot music from their sets?
A: Derrick Carter, Diz, Sneak, Spinna

Q: Can we auction off a chance to get a cake thrown at them by Mark Farina at your next gig for us here at Grasshopper and donate the proceeds to a charity of your choosing?
A: Of course! And maybe the reverse??? someone gets to throw a cake at me?


GOLF CLAP Tracklist (first half of mix)

Killed Kassette – Want You To Dance
Z Factor – Get Into The Music (City Soul Mix)
Souldrifter – Back
Golf Clap – Show You (Danny J Lewis Remix) – Country Club Disco
Golf Clap – Future – Country Club Disco
Geneva – Uncompolicated (Alix Ali Bisou Dub)
Kraak & Smaak (Animist Remix)

Mark Farina – no tracklisting available

Stream/Download: MIXED BY from Mark Farina & Nutritious (4-hour Mushroom Jazz set)

MIXED BY Farina & Nutritious

Back in May, Mark Farina , famous for his Mushroom Jazz series, teamed up with DJ Nutritious for a one-of-a-kind event at The Mighty in San Francisco. Using just three turntables and omitting effects altogether, these two have cooked up one of my favorite MIXED BY editions to date. Farina’s Mushroom Jazz has been a staple in the underground dance community since 1992, in the days of cassette mixtapes. Since evolving to releases in CD, Vinyl, and now digital format, these auditory journeys are a goulash of genres, tempos, and ethnically inspired grooves. As a Chicago native and current San Francisco resident, Farina got into House music in the late 1980’s and hasn’t slowed down since. This MIXED BY feature is a great example of Farina’s range and advanced musical know-how – definitely someone you want to catch live. A sonic experience that elevates you to another dimension, it is always a refreshing feeling when you can stay this inspired for such an extended period of time especially to a tracklisting with so many unusual tunes. There will be some you recognize, but for the most part probably not. Just lean back, pretend it’s Friday, and turn up your bass.

Partial tracklist below the player.

1-14.       ID
15.          Gramatik – Adriatic Summer nights
26.          Gramatik – Street Soul 102 [Lowtemp – LT 013]
49.          Poldoore Feat. DJ Damented & Awon – Sweet Memories [Cold Busted – BUSTED 92]
53.          Flashbaxx Feat. Tanja Proessler, Christoph Matyaschek – Something To Believe [Plusquam Chillout]
67.          Kevin Yost & Guy Monk – Eyes Of Gold [I! – IRECEPIREC 644D3TR]
76.          Buddy Sativa – Una Peripecia [Favorite – FVR 040]
77.          Dolphin Boy – Don’t Stop (Ashley Beedles Mavis Re-Edit) [Hed Kandi – HEDK 109EU]
87.          Thievery Corporation – Stargazer [Eighteenth Street Lounge – ESL 177D]
91.          Riccio – Holly’s Wood [Editorial – ED 34]
94.          Tom Drummond – Bird Beat (9 Number Edit) [Chopshop – CHOPDIGI 041]
104.        Dr Packer – Party At My House [DiscoDat – DD 018]
111.        Alien Disco Sugar – How G [Digital Wax – DWADSSEV 3]
119.        Blue In Green – Voyage (Wanblake Remix) [Cold Busted – TIHISBD 02]
144.        P Sol – Here We Go [Groove Democracy – GD 11]
145.        Peza – Do You Have Any [Midnight Riot – MR 005]
153.        Gazeebo – Scaredy Cat [Gazeebo International – GZ 055V1]
175.        Tony Johns Edits – Prove My Love [Tony Johns Edits – 024]
196.        Vins – California Woman [Whiskey Disco – WD 19]
202.        Wreck All Stars – One Touch (Mix) [Nervous]
205.        Mark Farina & Kaskade – Dream Machine (Kaskade Mix) [Om – 143SVD]
220.        Neil Diablo – Give It Up [Paper Disco – PAPDLA 164]

Stream/Download: theNEWDEAL’s Podcast 001 – Live Set from 7/12/14


It didn’t take long for a live recording of the revamped version of theNEWDEAL to surface. Clocking in at just over an hour, this set contains only one (1) track, which is a huge version of “Gone, Gone, Gone” following about 50 minutes of pure improv. This shit is crazy. Who starts a show with a 50 minute jam?? And it’s pretty damn good for their first show back too. They meander through an array of teases, including a few originals, and basically just feel their way through a long block of time. Naturally there are a few hiccups, which is to be expected. But there are far more instances of that classic tND rage and a few moments of pure live electronic genius that make you wonder how they ever stopped playing together — Dan Kurtz and Jamie Shields’ chemistry is still as potent as ever. The world is a much better place with theNEWDEAL doing shit like this. Long live tND.

Stream/Download: Rob Garza – Disco-Tech Mixtape Series

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A few months ago, Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza began his new Disco-Tech Mixtape series. He’s now on the second installment and, despite the slow uptake, we’re fully locked in to what he’s up to now. These mixes are definitely a step in a new direction for Garza, miles apart from his work with Thievery yet every bit as danceable, and even more energetic. They’re exactly what the headline advertises: a more fierce, uptempo, and aggressive take on disco. His most recent mix is pretty straight-forward, but the first mix in this series is some pretty wild shit, easily one of our favorite mixes of 2014. The best part about these mixes? Garza is running the download through a third-party, eliminating the download limit from Soundcloud! A clever and much appreciated maneuver. Snap these up immediately and keep your eyes peeled for more installments. If this is Garza’s modus operandi for 2014, we might have a whole new monster on our hands.


“Rob’s current foray has taken him back to his electronic roots, exploring modern sounds and rhythms that he finds exhilarating. The sets are harder, darker, groovy, and fun, touching on the tangents of many modern sub genres not usually associated with Rob or his past. “Occult Disco Explosion” is the first in the DIsco-Tech Mixtape series and is an introduction to his sets and new sounds for 2014.”

Quincy Jointz/Talking Heads – Blast/Once in A Lifetime (Valique Ghetto Disco Acid Mix)
Irrelevant Celebrities- Dance and Chant
Sharam Jey- Love Hurts
Marlon Hoffstadt, HRSSN – Skin and Bone (HOSH Remix)
Giom – When I Think About
Jimmy Van M & Afkkt feat. Luxor T – Dreams (Original Mix)
Hot Since 82 – So High
PBR Street Gang – Land Shark
Yeteez – What I Want (Original Mix)
Noise and Girls – Smash TV (German Brigante Remix)
Downtown Party Network – Into Your Face


“This mix is the latest installment the Discotech Mixtape Series where I play songs from past and present… mixed in with some latest unreleased material and songs that I don’t necessarily spin in my live sets. This mix is more on the deep, moody disco tip and features a remix I just did for Kelis. The mix also includes a remix from our Lithuanian friends Downtown Party Network of an original track I’m releasing with my friend Neighbour, as well as a general sampling of music from around the globe. I hope you dig!”

Friday Fish Fry (Rob Garza Remix) – Kelis
Forrest – Marlon Brando
You’re Calling (Downtown Party Network Remix) – Rob Garza and Neighbour
Late at Night (Dub Version) – Betoko, Fritz Helder, Louie Fresco
Okay – Shiba San
My Sister – Weiss (UK)
So Long (NiCe7 remix)- Larse
Noise and Girls – Smash TV (German Brigante Remix)
Illusiones (feat. Rafa Barrios)- Sabb
Detox Blues (H.O.S.H. Remix) – Riva Starr, Rssll
Eyesdown (Sasha Remix) – Bonobo

Stream/Download: Green Velvet – Electric Playground Podcast from 6/21/14

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Photo Credit: Trax Source

It’s almost the weekend, and I  can’t think of a better way to get started than to head bob the afternoon away to the sexy beats of Chicago native Green Velvet’s weekly podcast, Electric Playground.* This edition was broadcast to the world last Saturday, but available to stream for the rest of time only a couple days ago. Green Velvet AKA Cajmere, among several other lesser known aliases, was born Curtis Alan Jones (hence the C-A-J in Cajmere) and has been a staple in the house and techno community since the early 90’s. Just a few weeks after two stellar performances, one as support for the Disclosure gig at the Lincoln Park zoo and the other a 2-hour B2B set at Spring Awakening with legendary Detroit native, Claude VonStroke, we are on a Green Velvet kick.

In my opinion, mixes like this are perfect. Lasting just south of 30 minutes, it’s non-stop movement from the second you press play.And while relatively minimalist in nature, Green Velvet’s track selection is impeccable, as he weaves together repetitive rhythm and soulful vocals with deep, deep synths. If you have ever seen Green Velvet perform live, you will recall that he stands awkwardly upright and stationary, with only up and down movement.  Though slight, this is exactly the physical reaction Green Velvet induces for listeners of Electric Playground. The vocal element in this edition is quite strong, with tracks like Green Velvet’s ‘Shake and Pop,’ ‘I Like It Like This’ by DJ Rush, and ‘Let There Be House’ mixed over Patrick Topping’s ‘Any Amounts.’

A track list can be found below the player – forgive any errors or omissions, I did my best!

And just because, we’ve added a few more recent Electric Playground streams at the bottom of the page to keep the beats going.


  1. Shiba San – Okay | Green Velvet feat. Walter Philips – Shake and Pop | ID
  2. Jimmy Edgar – Strike
  3. DJ Rush – I Like It Like This (DJ Rush Classic Mix)
  4. Patrick Topping – Any Amounts | Jack’s House – Let There Be House (Acappella)
  5. Lil Louis – French Kiss
  6. DJ Le Roi feat. Roland Clark – I Get Deep (Late Night Tuff Guy Remix)

Electric Playground: 6/14/14

Electric Playground: 6/7/14

Electric Playground: 5/31/14

*Chicagoans can tune in live to the podcast 101WKQX/101.1FM, Saturdays at 10 PM

Stream Bassnectar’s NVSB – Album Release: 6/24/14

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Photo by Chad Smith

The wait is over, fellow Bassheads. While the official release to Lorin Ashton’s tenth album ‘Noise vs. Beauty,’ more commonly referred to as #NVSB by Bassnectar and fans alike, is on Tuesday June 24th, Rolling Stone is providing a free full-album stream today, lucky for us .  And though Bassnectar has posted a handful of tracks off of the highly anticipated studio production over the past month or so, I’m more than excited to give this 15-track composition a cover-to-cover listen. Just the name of it, ‘Noise vs. Beauty,’ implies healthy servings of the pillars of Bassnectar’s unique sound and experience – volume, contrast, ethereality. The track Now (feat. Rye Rye) is Trap-Nectar at it’s finest, and differs greatly from all of the other tracks released through Lorin’s social media, his Soundcloud, or as in the case more radio-friendly You And Me, on Sirius XM BPM. Since most of the released singles seem to be more on the ‘Beauty’ side of the spectrum, it is anyone’s guess as to whether the remainder of the album follows suits or chooses to melt our faces off with the low-end energy that only Lorin Ashton can formulate.

The past couple of months, Bassnectar has been on a media frenzy in support of the new album, giving several interviews to the likes of Rolling Stone, as well as in incredibly revealing discussion with, discussing his long break from tour, methods of production, and the work that goes into Bassnectar live production. This has also been a week full of treats for Bassnectar’s loyal fans, with Ashton announcing Madison Square Garden as the location of Bass Center NYC on October 4, as well as in inspirational web-post about his childhood connection to ‘Reading Rainbow’ and how he feels the music and content continues to influence his career and sound. Definitely worth a read, this is the ideal type of fan interaction that has garnered such a massive following and tightly intertwined Bassnectar Family (BNF), who see Bassnectar as more than just a musical artist, but a mindset, experience, and community.

Here is another link to the NVSB Album Stream.  Also, check out the teaser video Lorin has shared to even further build on our excitement.

Tracklist below the teaser.

1. Bassnectar & Seth Drake – F.U.N.
2. Now ft. Rye Rye
3. Loco Ono
4. You & Me ft. W. Darling
5. Bassnectar & Jantsen – Lost in the Crowd ft.Fashawn & Zion I
6. Ephemeral
7. Hold On ft. TURSI
8. Noise ft. Donnis
9. The Future ft. Jenna Sousa
10. Open Up ft. Simon Morel
11. Bassnectar & Amp Live – Mystery Song ft. BEGINNERS
12. Don’t Hate The 808 ft. Lafa Taylor
13. Bassnectar & The Upbeats – Gnar
14. Flash Back
15. So Butterfly (2014 Version)

Stream/Download: Kygo BBC Guest Mix for Diplo and Friends

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This is coming a couple months after first being released to the world, but we are just too excited for Wednesday night’s Kygo set at The Mid not to post something in anticipation of this epic event.  A 22-year-old Norweigan, named  Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, Kygo was discovered online by top tier musicians and DJs and though definitely coming up through the ranks on the more commercial, drop-heavy side of electronic music, his remixes and selection of songs are far from trite.  Because his sound differs so much from progressive house music, and any other genre for that matter, his large and fast-growing fan base has dubbed his dreamy, poppy, yet uniquely downtempo rhythms and melodies as ‘tropical house.’  Aptly characterized, this is exactly the type of music you want to put on while you are outside enjoying the weather.

The tracks on this mix, curated for Diplo’s BBC Radio 1Xtra, are a mixture of current pop songs and nostalgic singles, all remixes of course.  About half of them are Kygo originals while the rest are from a plethora of artists whose music  I will have to dig deeper into.  The mix opens with a remix of Pharrell’s ‘Happy,’ and our ears are treated to the Kygo take on ‘I See Fire,’ the track that jump-started his popularity.  Moving through alternative versions of ‘Sexual Healing,’ TLC’s ‘Waterfalls,’and ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow,’ I would normally balk at these song choices, but my God, these remixes are outstanding.  It is this that gets me so excited for his debut gig at The Mid.  With a relatively small, but surely quick growing canon of music, this midweek treat is sure to be filled with great music — or in Chicago what we like to call Choice Cuts.  Check out this one hour mix to wake yourself up, get pumped during a workout, or to motivate yourself to get up and get out into the warm weather for some tropical house music.  Tracklist located below the player.


1. Pharrell Williams – Happy (Neus Remix)
2. Ed Sheeran – I See Fire (Kygo Remix)
3. Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix)
4. TLC – Waterfalls (Bixel Boys Remix)
5. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Thomas Jack Remix)
6. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy (TEEMID & Joie Tan Cover)
7. ZZ Ward – 365 Days (Jerry Folk Remix)
8. Londonbeat – I’ve Been Thinking About You (Dilemmachine Remix)
9. Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Shine (Kygo Remix)
10. Syn Cole – Miami 82 (Kygo Remix)
11. The Knocks – Comfortable (Oliver Nelson Remix) (feat. X Ambassadors)
12. Else – Her Movie
13. Seinabo Sey – Younger (Kygo Remix)

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Stream/Download: Moon Boots – “Music To… Stargaze To”


To get you through your Friday, whether you are working a full day or kicking it at the pool, we bring to you the disco-infused underground-electro stylings of one of my personal local favorites, Moon Boots.  Moon Boots music, as a member of the French Express collective, is perfectly danceable yet extremely transcendent at the same time.  And though Spring Awakening Festival’s Saturday line-up is filled with impressive talent such as A-Trak, Derrick Carter, the legendary Pete Tong, and Claude VonStroke, anyone considering heading to Soldier Field must plan to catch Moon Boots’ 4:30 pm set at the Hangar stage.

This hour-long stream, aptly named ‘Music To..Stargaze To,’ is just that. It is almost impossible to sit still to these beats, even for the intro.  Quite a few months now since  Moon Boots last released a mix, the SoundCloud description of this stream instructs us – Press play and gaze away!  With a mixture of old tracks, new sounds, and original Moon Boots productions, I could easily listen to this compilation multiple times consecutively.  As if having Jamiroquai and Mary J. Blige remixes isn’t enough of a blast from the past, we get a taste of Moon Boots’ sense of humor in the introduction, as he takes audio samples from the Adult Swim cult-sketch comedy ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!’ I need not say anymore.

Just plug in and enjoy these warm weather tunes.  And don’t forget to check out the track listing under the player.



0. Nightmovers – Da Bi Da (Garage Infusion) / Tim & Eric – The Universe
1. HNNY – Always
2. Jamiroquai – Too Young to Die (Felkon Remix)
3. Kornel Kovacz – Szikra
4. Lancelot – Truth
5. Larse – Tonite
6. Happy Mondays – Stinkin Thinkin (Junior Style Mix)
7. Nile Rodgers – What You Wanna Do (Moon Boots Remix) (snippet)
8. Rolan Tings – Who U Love
9. Moon Boots – Whatever You Need (snippet)
10. I-U (manmakemusic)
11. Lars Vegas & Cleavage – Grace
12. ??????? – ?????????
13. Inland Knights – Slummin It
14. Kyle Hall – Down!
15. Mary J Blige – Beautiful (DJ Spen & Karizma Remix)
16. Loop 7 – The Theme (The Legend)


Stream/Download: Shapes & Colors’ Spring MixTape

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Here at Soundfuse we are big supporters of up and coming local acts.  This week’s stream is from friends of the site Shapes & Colors, who bring a whole new element of creativity to electronic music composition as well as live performance, blending the sound of a live band with impeccable electronic production.  Self-described as a ‘Live-electro Hip-hop collective,’ these types artists, ever pushing the boundaries of musical experimentation, are precisely those that inspire us to keep looking for the next best thing.

Kick off your week the right way with this 45 minute treat.  This upbeat and sunshine-filled mix moves from hip-hop to downtempo to 1950’s Doo Wop harmonies seamlessly.  It also includes periods of glitch-hop followed by powerful brass and sax solos, just one example of the live fusion that S&C brings to the table.  There are episodes of vocal distortion and persistent static and crackles which constantly remind us of the use of vinyl samples.  Towards the end of this stream, S&C busts out Outkast’s  ‘Da Art of Storytellin’ (Part 1) off of the 1998 album Aquemini, which brings back quite a lot of memories, especially for an ATLien like myself.  Following this classic throwback with the Tycho track ‘See’ just emphasizes the diverse taste and strategic methodology with which this music is curated and composed.  Tycho being one of my favorite recent musical discoveries further exemplifies the mass appeal that Shapes & Colors can have for so many different audiences, whether you gravitate to hip-hop or electronic.  Plug your headphones in and let your Monday morning fly by.

The Group

Ramsey Zabout: Laptop/Synth/APC | Matt Rezetko: Drums/Cymbals/Samples

Jeremy Williams: Bass/Moog/EFX | Dan Cantone: Guitar/Loops/EFX

Lucas Ellman: EWI/Sax/EFX


Check out the track listing below the player as well as the S&C Facebook page for updates on new releases and upcoming gigs.

Stwo – Money Trees
Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You
Ta-Ku – Heartbreak (Sinking)
Tom Misch – The Journey
Jeremih x Shlohmo – No More
XVRHLDY – The Root ft David Ashley of JODY, Lucas Ellman
Ego Ella May – Underwater
José James – It’s All Over Your Body (Oddisee Remix)
Pharrell Williams – Marilyn Monroe (screwed)
Joey Bada$$ – Hillary $wank
Outkast – Da Art Of Storytellin’ (Part 1)
Tycho – See
Aphex Twin – avril 14th
Clear Soul Forces – Ninja Rap


Exclusive Mix 006: My Boy Elroy

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For our first Exclusive Mix of 2014, our friend David Arredondo a.k.a. My Boy Elroy is back nearly a year after his first mix for Soundfuse. This one’s got a bit of a darker edge than his 2013 Exclusive Mix but not quite as dark as some of his recently released mixes. It’s a great blend of house music that gets deep at times but always buoys back up to a lighter vibe. While Elroy’s taste has always been on point, this mix feels more polished than last year’s work; an enhanced attention to detail and scalpel sharp craftsmanship is apparent, especially in the complex but perfect transitions between every track. The care he puts into his craft also oozes along the little subtle touches like distortion at 9:35, a tension builder at 13:59, and a glancing blow at 33:08, to name a few. Elroy approaches these things exactly like controlling the turbulent energy of a live set and we love that about him. There’s no question that Elroy is actively stepping up his game. His dedication & passion for producing music gets exercised when creating works like this, and we couldn’t be more stoked to feature him on Soundfuse once again.


Elroy, being the bad ass that he is, was kind enough to release the track listing for this mix as well, which you can see below…

1. Keyboards & Heartbreaks by Gene

2. Dearly Devoted – Gorge’s Classic Remix by Evren Ulusoy

3. I Bring Headphones Up (Detlef Remix) by David Pher

4. Don’t Call Me Artist by Aki Bergen

5. Friends For Tea – Office Gossip Remix by The Disclosure Project

6. Let Me Live (Spiritchaser Instrumental) by Dj Dealer & Rashaan Houston

7. The Fat Rat by Detroit Swindle

8. I Feel For You by Azuni

9. Dublife (Alexkid Dub Mix) by Riva Starr, Horace Andy

10. Micramour by Mihai Popoviciu, Toygun

11. Offshare (Mihai Popoviciu Remix) by Aldo Cadiz, Oscar Barila

12. Things You Do (Original Mix) by Moreno (LDN)

13. Silk Slut (Original Mix) by Weiss (UK)