Big Shot Guest Mix: The Checkup

The Checkup

Working professionally for a little over a year, Brussels-based house duo The Checkup have earned quite a reputation for themselves in a relatively brief span of time. Comprised of two classically trained musicians with a penchant for crafting funky numbers for the dance floor, The Checkup’s Raphael and Alex have produced sublime tracks for labels such as Large, King Street Sounds, Solo Music , Beef Records and Electronical Reeds.

They’ve wasted no time getting down to business in 2015, releasing “Move Me” on Chicago’s Large Music as they forge ahead with other irons in the proverbial fire.

In between studio sessions and DJ gigs, the guys whipped up an exclusive Big Shot Guest Mix. It’s an in-depth examination featuring deep tunes from Soledrifter, Detroit Swindle, Sydney Charles and Dale Howard.

“It’s a mix to keep you warm this winter,” the guys tell us about their comprehensive, hour-long session. “House and deep house in this one. These are definitely our favorite genres, be it for inspiration our our club tools. There are quite a few new tracks of ours, along with what we really liked in 2014. We think it’s a great sum up of this year’s energy and a glimpse of what’s coming in 2015! Enjoy.”

Big Shot Guest Mix: The Checkup by Big Shot Magazine on Mixcloud

Big Shot Guest Mix: The Checkup

  1. Soledrifter – “Gritty Love”
  2. Mountal – “Boat Party”
  3. The Checkup – “The Race”
  4. The Checkup – “I Got Something”
  5. Detroit Swindle – “Huh, What”
  6. Ben Mono – “The Dub Feel” (Urulu remix)
  7. Zhu – “Faded” (The Checkup Classic Remix)
  8. Sydney Charles – “Going Down”
  9. Dale Howard – “Limit”
  10. The Checkup – “Think About It”
  11. The Jam Experience – “Your Love”
  12. Luigi Rocca, Tim Cullen – “Touch Me”

Lil Louis Facing Permanent Hearing Loss After Accident

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Legendary Chicago DJ/producer Lil Louis suffered a possible career ending injury during soundcheck this weekend at Sankeys in Manchester. According to a post on his Facebook page, as Louis was about to leave the soundcheck an employee came into the DJ both and decided to show a new toy — a very powerful fog or horn machine — “which seemed inches from my left ear. As he shot it, the compressed air that blasted out was louder and more shrill than anything I’d ever heard. It hurt so bad, I jumped in the air and screamed.”

Louis, who is known for crafting classic tracks such as “French Kiss” and “Club Lonely,” was forced to cancel the gig and was hospitalized.

“I was taken to the hospital, where I have spent the night being passed around a bevy of doctors including an ENT specialist. I was diagnosed with sound induced hearing oss, a permanent hearing loss, and given a strong steroid medication.

“I haven’t been able to easily walk straight (my equilibrium is off), so I can’t work out, hold down food, and I’m nauseous and lightheaded.”

Louis’ full statement about what transpired is below. Sankeys hasn’t commented yet on the incident. Continue Reading

Luke Slater Readies New Planetary Assault Systems EP

luke slater Planetary Assault Systems

Techno troubadour Luke Slater will release a new Planetary Assault Systems EP next month on his own Mote Evolver label. The Eyes Themselves EP features three dynamic cuts. The title track is a deep, spacey affair while “Strange Attractor” glides along on a musical bed of blips and bleeps. “Arc” is one of those epic, take-no-prisoners tracks that builds into fever pitch. We’d embed SoundCloud links so you could get a taste for the magic Slater laid down, but the maestro isn’t big on doing that sort of things. Nonetheless, look for Slater’s latest and greatest when it’s released on February 23.

Remembering Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese


Music fans are mourning the loss of Edgar Froese, the legendary founder of German electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream who died on January 20 after suffering a pulmonary embolism in Vienna. He was 70 years old. Tangerine Dream posted the following message on Facebook:

Dear Friends,

This is a message to you we are very sorry for…

On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.

The sadness in our hearts is immensely.

Edgar once said: “There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.”

Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.


Born Edgar Willmar Froese in Tilsit, East Prussia, he formed Tangerine Dream in 1967 after the breakup of his psych-rock outfit the Ones. Froese had a prolific career, issuing a plethora of snth-led albums with Tangerine Dream as well as solo releases exploring a diverse array of styles ranging from ambient to Krautrock.

The last post on his official Facebook page on January 1, presumably posted by Froese, read: “HAPPY & PEACEFUL NEW YEAR, my Facebook friends! May the Tangerine Dream continue, best, Edgar.”

Indeed, may the Dream live on.

image via Facebook

Premiere: Aggborough’s “The Answer To Everything”

Aggborough William Richard Green

Over the years William Green has expressed himself in a variety of artistic mediums, including DJing, music production, fashion and co-presenting club nights in London. This month he debuts his Aggborough alias by issuing a two-track EP on OTB Records, a work which hints at even bigger things to come from the emerging maestro.

We’re pleased to world premiere “The Answer To Everything” from the EP, an underground house cut built on a deep, take-no-prisoners groove.

Green fuels his romp with crafty samples of actor Ben Gazzara portraying Charles Bukowski explaining “style” lifted from the 1981 film Tales Of Ordinary Madness. In the endGreen, who often uses field recordings in his productions, delivers a hard-hitting number that’s bound to get any warehouse party started right.

Take a first listen to “The Answer To Everything” below, and keep an eye on this chap.

OTB Records will release Aggborough’s “The Answer to Everything”/ “Mitzpe Ramon” EP on January 26.

Check Out Gansevoort Hotel’s ‘Suite Beats’

Manufactured Superstars - Gansevoort presents - Suite Beats

Gansevoort Hotel Group, which operates two hotels in New York City and maintains outposts in Turks + Caicos and the Dominican Republic, has announced the upcoming release of a star-studded EDM compilation mixed by Manufactured Superstars. Due out January 26, the two-CD set, Suite Beats – Day & Night, features the Superstars’ Bradley Roulier and Shawn Sabo crafting vastly different mix sessions reflecting the daytime and nighttime vibe at the hotel.

A scan of the track list shows that no expense was been spared when it came to licensing — we’d expect nothing less — as the compilation features cuts from big-name artists Calvin Harris, Avicii, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Kaskade, Katy Perry and The Killers, as well as original tracks from the Superstars themselves.

Manufactured Superstars play an album launch party at Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC on March 5th and will support the release with a four-month trek across North America, hitting Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, Chicago, Atlantic City and many more.

By issuing Suite Beats Gansevoort Hotel Group joins an esteemed list of hotels who’ve released bespoke DJ mix compilations over the years, including Hôtel Costes, W Hotels and Hotel Es Vive.