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5 can't-miss Toronto electronic EPs from 2014 (so far)

Posted by Sanj Takhar / July 24, 2014

Toronto electronic epsEvery year come December publications (including us) release their best-of lists and, as music addicts, we scavenge through them (cynically or not) in search of those gems we missed. Some tracks we're happy to recognize, while others have us kicking ourselves - how did we not know about that song back in July?? To help you conquer those end of year lists (if only for the sake for your ego), catch you up on these five stellar electronic EPs Toronto artists have dropped so far this year. Unless you're super cool and have heard all of these already - then leave us some tips in the comments.

Bassmynt- Moon Blank EP
Bassmynt is an elusive character in the world of Toronto electronic - I kind of dig it. Having released majority of his music on Vancouver based Aufect Recordings, this producer has something special going for him. Mixing really astral sounds with addictive drum patterns, this EP is sheer perfection for people who like little booty in their eclectic music.

Maxwell Church - Lab.our 04 EP
Released on Lab.our Music (the killer creation of Toronto's own Basic Soul Unit and Jason Ulrich), this EP is raw, smoky and absolutely heavy. Ready to fill an entire freaking warehouse, tracks like "Geosynchronous Orbit" will have you stomping until your shoes break. Church also released another murky dancefloor killer on Klasse Recordings as Hermans (a duo with Jerry Riggs). Their newest EP (Hermans EP Zaires), out July 28, will feature an awesome remix by Basic Soul Unit that is making rotations on dancefloors across the globe.

Nautiluss- Solstice EP
This name is no stranger to the music scene in Toronto; our beloved Nautiluss has done it again with his recent release on Audio Culture. While still maintaining his Toronto signature toughness throughout, there is also a very ethereal, almost euphoric, sense to this EP. Sure to appeal to a wide audience, I find myself nothing bad to say - only, "Whoah, tight."

Arthur Oskan - Primitive Waves
Arthur Oskan is known throughout Canada for creating stellar music and live performances. His new release on Beachcoma is no exception. As each track progresses you become sucked into an encompassing mass of synths, build ups, and basically, bliss. This EP is one you should be adding to your arsenal before summer's end for the perfect late night beach party tunes.

Ferenc Stenton - Video EP
Relatively new to the scene, Stenton has really taken off with this new release on locally owned Teenage Riot Records. The minimal approach to this EP is exactly what you would want for late night: dark, eerie, and dissociative with whole lot of "ouff." A must listen, especially if you're interested in a good old fashioned chair rave.

Writing by Sanj Takhar. Photo of Ferenc Stenton by Conrad McGee-Stocks via Facebook



jerry riggs aka dick diamonds / July 24, 2014 at 02:08 am
NICE ONE on the mention of obvious monster MAXWELL CHURCH.
This kid has a heart of gold and was the one who taught me most of what I know about music. Seriously about time he gets that Toronto love, long overdue!!

Much love to BlogTO!

I do have a correction though....

Our HERMANS EP ZAIRES, which is coming out on FRIDAY (july 28th) via ZODIAC44 (Klasse Sublabel) is the one which is remixed by Basic Soul Unit.

Check it out here:
JERRY RIGGS / July 24, 2014 at 02:35 am
Thanks for the writeup Sanj! Max really deserves it, one of the smartest musicians I know.... taught me most of what I know when it comes to production!

Correction... the HERMANS EP only drops this friday, not out yet!

Aubrey replying to a comment from jerry riggs aka dick diamonds / July 24, 2014 at 08:24 am
Thanks Jerry, this has been corrected. We did try to profile Maxwell last year but I think communication didn't work out, I'll email you :)
Rishi G / July 24, 2014 at 10:32 am
EyeForQuality / July 24, 2014 at 11:10 am
I can't believe Soren Nordstrom wasn't on the list!

There's an event coming up where you can catch him live, if you missed him at Cherry Beach earlier this summer.

ahh / July 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm
weee!! Dance Music.
Audio Blood / July 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Loving the Maxwell Church!
Maxwell Church / July 24, 2014 at 08:17 pm
Thanks so much!
honoured to be included in this list.

thanks again.

Inner City Dance / July 24, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Shrouded in anonymity, Stereo Mars debuts to the world via Inner City Dance bringing with him 4 cuts of Garage artillery aimed directly at the dance floor. Inner City Dubs Volume 2 continues on the path started on Volume 1, combining elements of Bashment, Techno and Original 2 Step over top of a classic 90's Garage template, brought up to date with fresh production and a weighty, overall more militant edge. All four tracks master the essence of Urban London dance music perfectly, balancing themes of dark with light, rough with smooth and aggression with soul into one cohesive sonic melting pot.
Inner City Dance / July 25, 2014 at 12:14 am

With his latest offering, Artifice drops two expertly crafted, fine tuned minimal rollers both showcasing his own personal style and affinity for hard pulsing beats and bass tempered with subtle tension building textures.
Nadya / July 26, 2014 at 01:19 am

Definitely worth your attention!
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