It's a spontaneous 320 day at X-fated!
I was doing the usual cursory check of MySpace pages the other day, to see if anyone interesting would grace Montreal with their presence before the end of summer, and while checking Egyptrixx's page, I saw that he produced a remix about a month ago for a new project called The Aikiu, which features, among others, Pilooski. He did a fantastic mix for XLR8R a little while ago, and while he isn't the only man behind the Aikiu curtain, he's the only one I know anything about. 'Trixx seems to be finally settling on a loose aesthetic for his tracks, and this remix of "Just Can't Sleep" is a strong one, similar in feel to his massive remix of Brodinski's "Arnold Classics". Loopy synths and heavy sub-bass, while still maintaining a strict house 4-to-the-floor beat make it a quirky and unique but very accessible tune, which isn't an easy thing to pull off. Here it is, in juicy 320. The rest of the EP is quite solid as well, and is available on Juno.
More recently, the sometimes-impressive High Rankin has released a new EP featuring purely original tracks. The EP (Cut You Down) is quite varied, featuring house beats, some dnb, and plenty of dub and garage sounds, which makes it his most interesting release yet (especially after the clones "Occupation: Pimp and Gambler" and "No Money for Guns"). My favourite track is by far "They Are Watching". It has a sparse and highly distorted beat, lots of 8-bit sounds, and a very, very creepy backing melody and intro. Peak hour track for sure, and a sleeper because the intro is so smooth and eerie. I highly recommend picking up the EP, but for now here's "They Are Watching", also in 320.
Finally, remember Project Bassline (a.k.a. the Wideboys)? Their high-speed, beefy bass track "Drop the Pressure" was an enormous hit in 2008, and the Jack Beats remix was possibly one of the biggest club tunes of 2009 (and still gets played, even by the men themselves, as in their Essential Mix). Well, they just released a new EP titled the Twelfth Step. Similar in creative vision to High Rankin's release, it features mostly dubstep and dnb sounds, and the title track is absolutely fantastic. Normally I don't go in much for the huge drop/stupid bass genre of dubstep, but this is executed perfectly. Here, I give you a 320 of the remix by tropical garage bway Melé, who recently released an excellent EP of his own on Mixpak Records.