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Bass Coast 2016 approaches


Three weeks ’till Bass Coast 2016! My personal favourite of BC’s artist-run electronic music festivals, Bass Coast is unique for its complete lack of corporate sponsorship, eclectic offering of interactive art, seamless professional execution, and largely female team of organizers (including co-founder The Librarian. Shhh…)

Nestled between the mountains in sunny Merritt, the eighth annual celebration has already made history for being the first time that the show has completely sold out. This year around 3000 people will be making their way to the valley oasis to peruse an innovative outdoor gallery of light and sound-based installations and throw down to a world-renowned roster of emerging Canadian and international talent. Sound like paradise? You’re not far off.

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If you don’t already have a ticket I feel bad for you son, but hey, there’s always Craigslist. (Just be smart about it — scams suck and Bass Coast reserves the right to refuse any ticket bought from a third-party retailer.) Those that are on the fence may be interested in reading our review of last year’s event, which reads a bit like a tour of the grounds and gives you a pretty good sense of the experience & logistics. This year’s line-up is featured in the series below, pick a mix and kick back to gain some perspective on the type of music you can expect to hear at Bass Coast.

See you there!

Bass Coast Project
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Vancouver Arts & Leisure, the Emergence Project, and the Vancity Electronic Underground

Headliners included talent from SHAH DJs and  other major players in Vancouver EDM.

For anyone who’s been following the Vancouver underground rave scene, names like Bizarnival or the Caturday Crew might already be familiar. Likewise, certain venues need no introduction, like the Rickshaw Theatre or Chapel Arts. Two names to add to the vocabulary this summer (if you haven’t already): Vancouver Arts & Leisure and the Emergence Project.

Canada Day saw Emergence’s second event come to fruition at 1965 Main St, where back-door entry meant the party had no curfew. The first thing I noticed was the bleachers set up in the alley for the convenience of those looking to relax in the open air. Inside, the lobby-turned-miniature art gallery hosted rows of shimmering, psychedelic works from local visual artists. Past reception you had your choice of two specially-curated, air-conditioned rooms, each bumping completely different vibes with Application Audio & PK Sound hooking up the bass. The “Tight & Bright” room was the larger of the two – Alex Mei & Perkulat0r’s joint set (Meikulator) was my personal favorite for the night. SHAH Djs mostly dominated the smaller “Red & White” room with enough drums ‘n bass to send you to space. Blowin up the screens in both rooms was DreamJackerz, who provided visuals. But for me, the sense of community at this event was by far its best feature. Being largely dependent on word-of-mouth for its turn-out meant the people showing up weren’t just looking for any party — they were looking for this one.

A guided tour of the VAL revealed to me just how little of the space was actually being used. A third room and an entire sub-level were blocked off, much of which appeared to be awaiting some future TLC. I stumbled upon one unusual corner of the basement where the walls closed in around a slanted, checkerboard floor; it had a slightly-warped, Alice and Wonderland appeal to it. Although admittedly a bit of a fixer-upper (particularly the downstairs), I saw a ton of potential for the VAL to grow into itself as an event space with the capacity to comfortably hold huge crowds and still keep the party going late into the a.m.

With help from all affiliated acts, credit for organizing this all-night basstravaganza goes to Matt Troy of Vancouver Arts & Leisure, Nick Prouten of the Emergence Project, and the talented people over at SHAH Djs. If you couldn’t make it out on Tuesday, don’t let yourself get too hung up over it – Emergence’s next event at the VAL is rumoured to be on an even grander scale, and will be upon us just 10 days from now. On July 17th, the VAL will be hosting Reflektor’s jungle-themed EP release party, ENTROPICA, so grab your ticket now while they’re still cheap!

For more events featuring Vancouver’s best and brightest, like the Emergence Project on Facebook. And while you’re there, show your support for the artists above and hit like for them, too.

Another stacked line-up!

Another stacked line-up!

Future Classics | #TakeOverTuesdays | PRIME


Beginning in February Future Classics will be sponsoring the Dallas Texas based #TakeOverTuesdays by PRIME @ The Red Light Lounge. Every second week we will be hosting a live set from the weeks party on our Soundcloud. The whole point of the operation to extend the reach of each artist in a feature manner.

Mark or alarm the second month of 2k15 as it’s just around the corner. There’s no reason to sleep on the winter of the new year like a coward bear. Stay up and keep in touch with FC and PRIME on the socials below.


PRIME – Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter

Future Classics – Facebook | Hype Machine | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter

Revamped Electropop for Healthy Attention Spans


When someone says that something is refreshing, this could mean (at least) two things. It suggests, obviously, that you have been deprived of it (this definition makes sense, and I think few would question it, unless they don’t know what the word means or what a question is). At the same time, however, there is the implied possibility that this “something” is now made “fresh” again and, perhaps, that it is good for you. Both of these definitions came to my mind during Fortune Sound Club’s Canada Day Long Weekend Party.

When I first came in, Kalibo was already up, playing to a trickling stream of attendees. While there was no crowd in sight just yet, he delivered a subdued and consistent set in tune with what the other DJs would all individually set out to champion: a revamped take on early 90s dance. Kalibo’s material was the kind of foreground sound that doesn’t annoy and the kind of background sound that only rewards. His selection of 90s–themed electronica was a slick presentation of the bold yet intelligent sounds that brought house and ambient together in the first place (the calmer, minimalist sides of The Orb and hints of early club-oriented Kompakt material came to mind). He was perfect for those who had found their seats and were pacing themselves for the long haul. Then, WMN Studies kicked it up a notch, seamlessly carrying the tone over, but bringing more punchy beats and live remixing. He can be accredited for being the first person to give the place a “moving” pulse, as evidenced by more heads turning and more bodies claiming positions on the dance floor (if you wanted to, you could imagine Underworld sneaking in and discreetly pressing buttons, but no one’s forcing you to). His driving beats and low-end throbs were applied sporadically and sparingly. This was, without a doubt, the smart thing to do; having barely reached the evening’s halfway mark, mere suggestions of what is to come manage to compound the anticipation rather than simply cashing it all in prematurely. Ultimately, the guy managed to do just that.

Following the first two sets, Pat Lok took over the controls. Amassing what the two previous DJs had presented, he somehow pushed both styles further, sprinkling in more dance moments and flashy remixes, but also finding more effective moments of singular, minimalist bliss. It was during Pat Lok’s set that I started to consider why 90s dance is so “refreshing.” There is no doubt a component of nostalgia; many generations of late 20-somethings/early 30-somethings may also hear a soundtrack to impressionable childhood experiences with summer breaks, innocent friendships, new places and plenty of sugar. However, there is more to it than that. In a world that has abandoned “plenty,” is easily surpassing “too much” and heading unquestioningly towards “what’s the point?,” I am reminded that less has always been more and- you know what?- will probably continue to be so.

It was around this time that Le Youth took the stage and dove into a full-fledged celebration of what has made his name. Girls flooded the stage and the dance floor came to life as he quickly celebrated nostalgic classics (Salt N Pepa’s “Push It”) and showcased his own tunes (the infinitely-remixed “Dance With Me”). Perhaps the set’s finest moment was the way he played with Corona’s “The Rhythm of the Night,” cutting the thing into pieces to scaffold the emotional pay-off and breaking apart the layers to explore their individual potentials. Though it was a centerpiece, it did not feel elongated or berated; it felt more patient and substantial, and this was the impression brought about repeatedly throughout the evening. Flexible space and a focus on singular ingredients were consistent features of the four artists in the main room. Meanwhile, the crowd was both modest and enthusiastic; when they lost their shit, I didn’t get the impression that it would be super expensive nor easy to replace.

As the pinnacle of the evening, Le Youth seemed to encapsulate the 90s quite well; the clear piano hooks of “Feel Your Love” channeled early 90s dance like Ce Ce Peniston and the reservation/release of Javeon’s vocal performance is reminiscent of what Basement Jaxx is still trying to perfect to this day. The strength of the song for me, like the strongest moments of all of the sets, has to do with giving good ideas the spotlight of center stage, complementing them with clarity, respecting them with patience and providing them with the space to breathe. To round it out, the evening’s DJs all revealed an intuitive mind and an active ear, as evidenced by their understanding of when and how to finally give the listeners what they’d invested in.

At the end of the ephemeral highs, I think even clubbers and concertgoers know full well that less is more. What remains important is how well that “less” is executed. In the case of the evening’s roster, the answer is, quite simply, “quite well.” Some may see Fortune Sound’s embrace of 90s dance for a Canada Day celebration as a desperate grasp at the last available scrap of retro left behind; far from it. If nothing else, the encapsulated summer vibes of 90s dance reflected the dead heat that ended a long, dry June for this northern corner of the west coast. More importantly, for those individuals that remember a world before the internet and this thing I’m typing on, the Long Weekend showcase was both a reprieve for “present” brains and a reminder that there is plenty behind us that we have yet to explore.

Keep up the great work, Fortune.

TONIGHT! Le Youth Long Weekend Party @ Fortune


It’s high time we celebrate our countries birthday once more. The calendar year says so, and who doesn’t love a long weekend? To boot Fortunes crew has arranged a lineup all to conducive for a good time within the realms of House, feels, and all out cool n’ aloof times by solid music.

Headlining is Los Angeles Le Youth. As misleading as his moniker is, he is NOT a french producer. Though, you can rest easy as the producers work will leave you believing you are listening to a Euro legend of some calibre. The single ‘Feel Your Love’ was released as multiple continental dates were announced in North America and Europe. The video for which should be arriving any day now.

Le Youth – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

In support are three wildly appropriate local acts whom all the House and New Disco lovers of the city are well, well, verse with. Pat Lok who took home the sinning title of a DFA Records remix competition some years ago, has only built up steam since. More recently seeing premiers on Vice Electronic offshoot Thump, BBC Radio 1 support, original video productions and a list still to long to go on with.

Pat Lok – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Local White Noise resident(s) and personal favourite, Wmnstudies. The remix repertoire by the East x West coast axis operating duo is like no other. Here are a few more recent examples:

Wmnstudies – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

A more recent name as a solo artist, but equal parts great producer, Kalibo. Perhaps better know to some as member of live DJ/Percussion group Motions joins as well. The best introduction will no doubt be production.

Kalibo – Facebook | Soundcloud

In the Livestock Room

Pure Addiction DJs and will be holding things down in the second room. The hombre’s at will be running in with three staff members. Owner LLCodyJ & student turned instructor Mr. Mister will be going back to back preceeded or followed by familiar face at Fortune, Lisa Delux. Two rooms of the best in House. – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Pure Addiction – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

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The Gaslamp Killer Long Weekend Party at Fortune Sound Club, May 18th

Long weekends are a time to party. And the latest venue to enter into the fold of know’s this. This May long weekend China Town located Fortune Sound Club welcomes The Gaslamp Killer of Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Records.

Once know for un-cconducive sets that would destroy the clubs vibes earning him the name, the Gaslamp Killer (case in point “Killer”), or GLK. Now known further for his endurance in turntableism AND, what audiences would once deem “non flow” Alternative Hip Hop. Featured as one of Fuse’s Crate Diggers with an incredibly eclectic, and at the same time well organized collections, in addition to highlighting some of his better know contributions to the current shape of music both below and above ground. You can expect all things alternative, party, eclectic, just a damn good time.

Locals supporting the night:

Self Evident (Lighta! , Dipped Recordings, East Van Digital) – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Can I Live DJ’s – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Barlee (Lighta! , #FVDED, Lights Out) – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter


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Advance tickets starting at $20 available at Highlife, Zulu, Red Cat, Beatstreet and online

Fortune Sound Club – Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter

This is Blueprint

Lapalux Early Show at Fortune Sound

1458572_773045329387309_1966797771_n Vancouver’s very own Fortune Sound Club is sporting a couple of Brainfeeder signee dates this month. A wonderful phenomenon because Flying Lotus has put together an all star lineup for the label. The first date (THIS SATURDAY) brings Lapalux for an early show in just three days time. Being the last leg of his North American Spring tour there will be plenty local support to help keep the man standing. DJ Sad Girl of West Coast Culture Music & Chapel Sound (featuring Shaprece), and Michael Brock of Hybridity Music have been selected as two of the city’s most fitting acts to share the bill.

Lapalux – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

DJ Sad Girl being an avid lover and music, esp. the level of which Lapalux is releasing into the world, as well as being a prominent name in the city’s music scene is sure to share a vibefull and articulated set. Groomed just for the night.

Also known as VZNS, DJ Sad Girl will be featuring comrade female Seattle vocalist Shaprece during her set. Between the two there is sure to be a lil something special planned for the fast approaching eve.

DJ Sad Girl – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Shaprece – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Michael Brock is making his rounds as well. His debut ‘Scorpio’ EP saw release worldwide this past March 25 through Hybridity Music. The brand of self vocalized R&B inspired by “darkness of animal instinct in human nature” is a new light in Vancouver’s bustling music scene. One being carried appropriately by the scene’s thirst for founded musical genre bending and originality.

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Michael Brock – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter


Tickets can be found at Tickets can be found at tickets Highlife, Zulu, Red Cat, Beatstreet and online

The good people over at are hosting a two ticket giveaway, enter HERE to win in.

Alternatively, Aftr Drk is also hosting a contest, HERE.

Crystal Fighters w/ Clubfeet @ Sydney, The Hifi

Crystal Fighters w/ Clubfeet @ Sydney, The Hifi Firstly, Clubfeet played a few songs before Crystal Fighters and can I just say I have never heard any of these guys original stuff, but after that performance they now have a new fan (and hopefully many more). Check out their track “Last Words” below along with their cover of Disclosures “Latch” and their remix of “Wave” by Crystal Fighters! Really good stuff, would love to see these guys take off. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Starting off 2014 seeing Crystal Fighters live is one great way to ring in the new year. I was pretty much front and centre when they came on stage and the lead singer, Sebastian, walks out in this odd hippie outfit with a sequinned veil over his head & banging 2 urn/pots together and from that point I knew it was going to be an interesting show. Sebastian, Crystal Fighters(Photo taken from the Crystal Fighters Instagram) These guys put out such an amazing energy, vibe and positivity which gets transferred into the audience, its really a spectacle to watch. At one point between songs the Guitarist, Graham, tells the everyone to turn left and right and hug someone that they’ve never seen/spoke to before, then asks us to “let the sun gods hear as many decibels as possible” by getting the crowd to cheer. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] They played almost all of their 2 albums (including “Love Is All I Got”) which you may think their songs are pretty relaxed when you listen to them but when played live they are a completely different story, even the slower/chilled out songs like “Plage” and “Bridge of Bones”. Every song has a much more hyped up tribal dance vibe and you just lose yourself in that moment. During the encore, they finished up with “Wave” and “I Love London” where the audience (including myself) just went nuts over. Really amazing performance and would definitely recommend anyone to not pass up the opportunity to see these guys perform.

HALLOWEEN HYPE W/ Stylust Beats / Pigeon Hole / Scrumb / Max Veilan / Bullet Bill (Digital Motion Events & INEO Studios)

For #Halloween in #Vancouver this year our attention is on HALLOWEEN HYPE at the Red Room Ultra Bar. Two big things are going to make this an unforgettable event: Line up & custom stage and visuals provided by INEO Studios Vancouver.

Breaking it down:

Stylust Beats w. Emotionz – One of the Shambhala Music Festivals annual biggest rockers. Time after time his mixes move the stages audience with hybrid Trap, Dubstep, Hip Hop and throwback selections. Take this years set from the Village stage for example. The dude never lets down. His hype man / rapper / beat boxer / spreader of love, Emotionz who appears with Stylust regularly to further amp the crowd in fluid fashion will be throwing down.

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Stylust Beats – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Emotionz – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Pigeon Hole – Readers of Future Classics know we dig these guys. As members of Canadian Hip Hop group, Sweatshop Union, they have more than enough experience hyping and moving crowds. It’s just what they do. Even more so since the side project began. Pigeon Hole may best be described in short by their Soundcloud about: “Lebowski 1 & Lebowski 2
MPC 2000 x Machine Gun Drum Programming x 808’s
music to make you levitate”

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Pigeon Hole – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Scrumb + Max Velian + DJ Bullet Bill – In support of the night are three more Canadians. From the sounds of things these heads with be supplying an outpour of Breaks, Funk, Trap, Drum & Bass, and Dubstep. Surely you can expect a healthy supply of spooky sounds to.

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Custom stage and visuals provided by INEO Studios Vancouver

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For full event details RSVP. Doors at 9:30pm.