Hot Sauce 22: Afro-clectic Ting


Rainy night in Toronto. I was treated to an astounding lightning show from the window of my 15th floor apartment while I made this mix from my ever growing “Afro-clectic” vinyl collection.

vinyl mix recorded Sept 5, 2014
length: 59:32

01. Myrian Makenwa – El Platano (Colombia)
02. Tabou Combo – Alle Lave (Haiti)
03. Antione Dougbé et l’Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – Ya Mi Ton Gbo (Bénin)
04. Bony Castro – Labazo (Côte d’Ivoire)
05. Francois Lougah – Bravo Sotra (Mop Mop Edit) (Côte d’Ivoire)
06. Jovens Do Prenda – Farra Na Madrugada (Angola)
07. Son Palenque – Tilitata (Colombia)
08. Son Palenque – Tungalala (El Sapo) (Colombia)
09. Gnonnas Pedro et Ses Dadjes – Dadje Von o Von Non (Bénin)
10. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Iya Me Dji Ki Bi Ni (Bénin)
11. Los Issifu & His Moslems – Kana Soro (Ghana)
12. Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi (Ghana)
13. Orchestre Muyei (aka Muyei Power) – Ben Ben Bee (Sierra Leone)
14. Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats – Jeka Dubu (Nigeria)
15. Joy Nwosu & Dan Satch – Egwo Umu Agbogho (Nigeria)
16. Amadou Ballaké et Les 5 consuls – Renouveau (Burkina Faso)
17. Super Mama Djombo – Festival (Guiné-Bissau)

*these songs from Colombia are Afro-Colombian/Palenque.



MUTEK 2014 highlights!

and I (MissRuckus) ventured out to Montreal for the MUTEK festival again this year (although this year, they were called EM15 since they teamed up with digital arts festival, Elektra, as both were celebrating their 15th year), along with our dancing friend, Genevieve. This was my 5th MUTEK, urbansteve’s 223420th MUTEK, Gen’s 1st… and the Hot Sauce crew have been covering the festival since 2010 (check here for our coverage of previous years). We (okay, mostly MissRuckus) also did a whole lot of Tweeting and Instagramming this year. If you missed our in-the-moment updates, you can still see our Instagram photos here and our Tweets here. Unfortunately, I managed to somehow forget my camera but lucky for us, Gen had hers. Check this space in the next few days for a full festival review by urbansteve!

In the meantime, here is some music by our highlight acts this year…

Since urbansteve is a big fan of Richie Hawtin, he stuck around Metropolis 1 to catch the techno god’s set, while I decided to make the trek to Nocturne 2 to catch Ben Frost who ended up completely blowing me away. He had two live drummers and performed his newly released album, A U R O R A (I need this album on vinyl immediately.. out elsewhere but not yet distributed in North America!). One of the best live shows I have seen in a long time, even beyond MUTEK! It felt like we were all witness to something very special in that space.

wowed urbansteve and I during Nocturne 1, and it was quite the experience to be dancing in front of the stage (and the large bass bins) as the heavy bass surged through our bodies in the most blissful of ways. Bass is seriously meant to be felt, people! Trust.


urbansteve’s other top picks of MUTEK:

Max Cooper
(Lately, I really appreciate when DJs take risks by not doing the standard beatmatch-the-entire-way-through kind of 4/4 sets. He threw a couple of curve balls to the party people at Metropolis 2 which I thought kept things interesting even if it meant interrupting your dancing (including stops, suddenly changing the tempo and mood, etc.). It was late, and I was tired and hangry (yes, hangry), so I left to go back to the hotel in the middle of his set.. but urbansteve can tell you more about it in his upcoming review!)

Voices From The Lake

(I wanted to catch them at Metropolis 2 but went to see Robert Henke‘s much talked about Lumiere during Para_visions 3 instead.. which I found interesting but way too long)


Gen’s top picks of MUTEK:

(…during his too short set at Nocturne 4. We unfortunately missed his surprise set during Piknic Electronik since we were already enroute back to Toronto)

Lee Bannon

(I’m not a drum & bass head like Gen, but I really enjoyed dancing to his set during Nocturne 4, and I have to say that d’n'bers/junglists are some of the hardest dancers around.. good vibe inna da place! The bass probably reached bone rattling level)

Knowing Looks

(I rushed over from Nocturne 4 after catching some of Fluxion‘s dub techno so I wouldn’t miss all of Knowing Looks’ set. Our hometown boy had the crowd bumpin’ in the intimate Savoy Room during Metropolis 3)

Hot Sauce 21: Deep.Dubby.Melodic.Chaotic.

So I recently got together with my good friends MissRuckus and Roland Gonzales for a pre-party “let’s get mentally hyped” session before heading out to see Four Tet with “Shake” Shakir as part of the Foundry series of parties in Toronto. After knocking back some whiskeys and playing some records and Josh Wink’s old classic Profound Sounds mix), we settled in to some deep techno mixes
that really got us into the groove. Efdemin’s XLR8R podcast and a mix of Minilogue’s singles are what mesmorized us into a deep place and later provided the inspiration for this mind trip mix of mine….Deep.Dubby.Melodic.Chaotic.

recorded: March 19, 2014 length: 63:26

01. Kollective Turmstrasse – Videt (Kollective Turmstrasse rmx) [Musik Gewinnt Freunde]
02. Chateau Flight – Cosmic Rage [Versatile]
03. Koss, Henriksson, Mullaert – One (DJ QU rmx) [Mule Electronic]
04. Minilogue – Intermediate State [Mule Electronic]
05. Estroe – Driven (Distortion rmx) [Connaisseur]
06. Luv Jam – Mature Oak [Phonica White]
07. Omar S – Here’s Your Trance Now Dance [FXHE]
08. MicroTrauma – Circulate [Traum]
09. Locussolus – Berghain [International Feel]
10. Deep Space Orchestra – Street Lights [Applied Rhythmic Technology]
11. Martin Buttrich – Space Babe [Vitalik Recordings]
12. Milton Bradley – Motor City [Do Not Resist the Beat!]
13. Tale of Dub – Pattern Select [Delusions of Grandeur]
14. Second Hand Satellites – Orbit 1.4 [Hallucnation]
15. Version – Nothing (Dub mix) [Miso]
16. Resoe – Dubcuttin’ [Echocord]

Hot Sauce 20: The Outernational – Session One

31 African flavours spanning a wide gamut of eclectic styles from my record collection. Fuzzy psychedelic zamrock from Zambia, colourful Ghanian highlife, Nigerian disco thumpers, super charged polyrhythmic funk from Benin, quirky West African electronic sounds from the seventies as well a few modern cutting edge cuts of today

recorded: March 04, 2014 time: 1:36:56
01. Chris Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family – Feelin’ Good (Zambia)
02. Witch – Lazy Bones (Zambia)
03. Chris Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family – Coffin Maker (Zambia)
04. Witch – Bleeding Thunder (Zambia)
05. Edzayawa – Gondzin (Ghana)
06. Colomach – Kpanlogo (Folklore) (Togo)
07. Owiny Sigoma Band – Nabed Nade Ei Piny Ka (Kenya & UK)
08. Sofi Hellborg ft. Tony Allen – Wouldn’t That Be Fun (Sr. Lobo & Watch TV mix) (Sweden, Spain, Nigeria)
09. Bell’a Njoh – Ebolo (Cameroon)
10. Joe Moks – Boys and Girls (Nigeria)
11. BLO – Get That Groove In (Nigeria)
12. Asiko Rock Group – Lagos City (Nigeria)
13. William Onyeabor – Fantastic Man (Nigeria)
14. Willian Onyeabor – Atomic Bomb (Nigeria)
15. The Semi Colon – Ebenebe (Nigeria)
16. Pazy and The Black Hippies – Wa Ho Ha (Nigeria)
17. The Semi Colon – Isi Agboncha (Nigeria)
18. K. Frimpong & Super Complex Sounds – Ahyewa (Hide & Smile Edit) (Ghana)
19. Gatanga Boys Band – Tiga Kundega (Hide & Smile Edit) (Kenya)
20. The Uhuru Dance Band – Untitled (Quantic Edit) (Ghana)
21. Kalambya Boys – Kivelenge (The Busy Twist remix) (Kenya & UK)
22. Son Palenque de Colombia – Samba (Afro Colombian)
23. Mangue Konde – Kalbendo (Burkina Faso)
24. Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou – Adiza Claire (Benin)
25. Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Ahouli Vou Yelli (Benin)
26. Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou – Vodoun Hounwato Minon Dou Gbandja (Benin)
27. Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Se Ba Ho (Benin)
28. Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang – Kill Me With Bongo (Sierra Leone & USA)
29. John Wizards – Hogsback (South Africa, Rwanda)
30. Francis Bebey – Tiers Monde (Cameroon)
31. Melodica Teens Band – Mwekuru Muthao (Kenya)

Top 10 Electronic Albums of 2013

Once again I present you my list of favourite albums of 2013 that I have listened to. No doubt there are countless albums that I have not heard- some of which probably would have made this list- but that’s the magic of the eternal ongoing adventure of discovering new music.
This year I decided to separate my lists into top electronic-based albums and top heavy (guitar-driven, non-electronic) album. Reissues, compilations remix albums are excluded as usual. Here are 10 of my favourite electronic long players of 2013.

10. ELOS
Kid Him
[Alpha Pup Records]

After Just missing the Hot Sauce top 25 of 2012 with Last year’s excellent “Scenes of Life/Electricity” album, ELOS comes through with “Kid Him”. An beat electronic sci-fi journey through loss and isolation. Lots of great sounds and experimental beat patterns on this one.
Top tracks: “Fall Light”, “Topdown”.

9. Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven

Beautiful Cold music that with warm pockets bubbling to the surface. It fits right in with the Warp records aesthetic we’ve all come to trust for decades.
Top tracks: “Zebra”, “Problem Areas”

8. Boards of Canada
Tomorrow’s Harvest

Being a long time fan of Boards of Canada, I too fell into the mystery, intrigue and hype of their long awaited follow up to 2005′s The Campfire Headphase. A little underwhelmed with “Tomorrow’s Harvest”, it still impressed me more than most electronic albums despite it not breaking much new ground. I guess sometimes familiar terrain is still pleasurable.
Top tracks: “Jaquard Causeway”, “Sick Times”.

7. dèbruit
From the Horizon
[Civil Music]

Frenchman, Xavier Thomas continues with his genre-less innovative by pushing chopped up beats and African Highlife sounds. dèbruit’s live Boiler Room Set was one of my favourites of all time too!
Top Tracks: “Ata”, “Cri”

6. The Knife
Shaking the Habitual
[Rabid Records]

Ya,The Knife scare the shit out of us with their music and live show but i’s soooo good. This album was a marathon to listen to but well worth it.
Top tracks : “My Raging Lung”, “A Tooth for an Eye”

5. John Wizards
John Wizards
[Planet Mu Records]

Electronic African Rhythms with hints of Ghanaian Highlife, Congolese rumba, South African mbaqanga and even a Shangaan Electro track are all on this wickedly creative album by South African native, John Withers. You can even hear dub, bass music and tropcalia bits on this wildly eclectic record. The vocals are done by Rwandan singer, Emmanuel Nzaramba.
Top Tracks: “Hogsback”, “Lukasa By Night”

4. Special Request
Soul Music

Junglist! Veteran techno dude, Paul Woolford reinvents himself with a proper old school drum ‘n bass project, Special Request. For those of you who missed the mid nineties jungle boom, you gotta run these tunes! Disc two includes mostly remixes including an excellent one by deep techno don, Kassem Mosse.

Top tracks: Soundboy Killer, “Broken Dreams”

3. Machinedrum
Vapor City
[Ninja Tune]

Best opening track on an album belongs to Machinedrum’s “Gunshotta”! This whole album struck an emotional chord in me. A proper concept album about an imaginary industrial sprawled out dreary urban centre of decay. The tracks although quite different seem to flow and develop into a dark yet calm narrative.

Other top tracks: “Eyes Don’t Lie”, “Centre Your Love”

2. Floorplan

Robert Hood Strikes again with his Floorplan alias made straight for the dancefloor. Last year, Hood’s “Motor: Nighttime World 3″ took the top spot on my albums list. 2013′s “Paradise” album was filled with floor bangers like “Eclipse”, the soulful “Never Grow Old”, and the iconic piano lick of “Confess”.

It was an absolute pleasure to see Robert Hood live in June 2013 at Mutek in Montreal (read my review here) as well as be a part of his Boiler Room DJ Set during the same festival.

…and finally my favourite electronic album of 2013 was…

1. Akkord

Bass music regulars Synkro and Indigo join forces to flex their techno muscles producing a sharp metallic stunner of an album. Although not the most well-rounded album, I found myself gravitating to this album more than any others this year. This album is precisely plotted – from the dark harrowing intro on album opener,“Torr Vale” to the chanting and percussion on “Smoke Circles”. The glitchy sounds on “Hex_ad” conjure up aural demons that need to be heard.



Honourable Mentions

Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind [Text]

Roly Porter – The Life Cycle of a Massive Star [Subtext]

Graze – Edges [New Kanada]

Holden – The Inheritors [Border Community]

Fortune Howl – Earthbound [Relief in Abstract]

Next up: My top 15 non-electronic albums of 2013….


Nils Frahm

Thanks to Navi for sharing this with me. Is it weird to listen to just a little clip over and over again in one evening?


Nils Frahm
performed live not once, not twice, but thrice (is that a real word? it is now!) at Mutek this past year, but the Hot Sauce crew managed to somehow miss him all three times. We heard his sets were phenomenal and a highlight of the festival for many. Kicking myself more than a little for missing it.

More experimental electronics, less piano virtuoso.. but still not your typical Boiler Room set:

Less experimental electronics, more piano virtuoso (you can download this whole thing for free here.. and with an invite to rework the tracks for you creative types!):

Update: There’s a full clip of “Says” (from the album teaser video) floating about in the Soundcloud universe:

Introducing Lab.our Music

Our friends Stuart Li (aka Basic Soul Unit, one of my fave producers fo’ realz) and Jason Ulrich have been throwing Lab.our of Love parties in Toronto for some time now, and both have some seriously good taste in music (in my humbly good taste in music opinion! Ahem). Happy to hear they are now releasing top tunes on their newly minted label, Lab.our.. you know it’s all gonna be good! Check out some snippets from Basic Soul Unit’s new release (Lab.our 01):

And a sampling of what we have to look forward to in October (Lab.our 02) from upcoming Toronto producer, Maxwell Church:

Oh yes! Keep it coming, guys! Also, catch them on the decks at the Lab.our 01 record release party this Saturday night at a very unique venue. You know you wanna.

Update: Check out Lab.our Podcast 01, a taster mix from Jason Ulrich for Saturday!

Snapshots from Sound in Motion 2013


4Basic Soul Unit31Audio Werner

(click on each photo to see full-sized image)

Sound in Motion returns to TO!

Sound in Motion flyer

We’re pretty excited by the lineup at the upcoming 2nd annual Sound in Motion independent electronic music festival, organized with love by our friends at StudioFeed. Kode9, Pinch, Akufen, Basic Soul Unit, Daniel Bell, Audio Werner, DeepChord, SlowPitch, and more more more.. say what?! There’s even a free outdoor event, and a critical mass musical bike ride (check the website for more info!). Yup, see you on the dancefloor.. and also with a SubPac at your back!