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Best Of 2011: Tech House

27 Dec

Tech House is a sub-genre that is very dependent on two things: mood & calibre of sound system.

The minimalistic and repetitive sounds can do wonders for your night or they can drive you absolutely nuts. After seeing guys like Jay Lumen and John Acquaviva earlier this year our appetite for tech house skyrocketed.

For the sake of this ‘Best Of’ series and my sanity, we have picked our favourite tracks of 2011 based on genres categorized by Beatport. With that being said, our picks are purely based on personal taste and they give remixes the same weight as an original track.

The Winners:

Alex Kenji and Federico Scavo both had an incredible year. Kenji topped the charts with releases on Hot Fingers, 303 Lovers and a new remix on the Bingo Players label- Hysteria. While Federico tore up the beatport top 10 with his monster rendition of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers- Otherside.

As was expected there collaboration was a huge success in the house charts and remains our #1 pick for track of the year.

Alex Kenji, Federico Scavo- Get Funky (Original Mix)

I can credit John Acquaviva for wetting my tech house palette. His set at DEMF 2010 was the highlight of the weekend and due to releases like ‘Good Music’ we have stuck around. ‘Good Music’ takes the #2 spot and showcases the minimal techno style that is predominant in his productions.

John Acquaviva, Alex D’Elia & Nihil Young- Good Music feat. Dan Diamond (Original Mix)

Honourable Mention:

Muzzaik gets the honourable mention spot for the alley-oop from Kid Massive. We were already obsessed with the original mix so it didn’t take much to make us a believer in the remixes. The breakdown at 3:45 says it all…

Kid Massive & Peyton- A Little Louder (Muzzaik Remix)

Loose Ends

10 Aug

I have been meaning to do a massive post covering my unbelievable experience at Lollapalooza as well as another biggie with all the music submitted to us but there are not enough hours in the day. For now I decided to give you all the tracks that I have put on Soundcloud over the past year. This is a serious dose of Conductor Beats and includes everything from Trance to Dubstep to Techno. For now they are all under the 100 download limit so hit the jump for an onslaught of FREE tunes!

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Rusko Everyday (Netsky Remix)

2 Aug

This one is brand new (to the best of my knowledge), so get it while it is hot. Brand new Netsky remix of Rusko’s Everyday track. This song has everything, and I mean everything. Hospital Records has another banger on their hands.

Live Forever Remix EP – Shad and Dallas

2 Aug

Back in January Shad and Dallas released their Two Song Ep which featured Live Forever and the Listen Remix. Fast forward seven months and the duo are back with the Live Forever Remix EP.

This EP stems from a contest Shad and Dallas held a few months ago asking for people to take their Live Forever track and give a personal spin to it. Four remixes rose the ranks and made the exclusive EP.

You can buy this EP on iTunes, its definitely worth it. To get a taste of what is on the EP, check out the Kitchen Party and Joose remixes below.

Live Forever (Kitchen Party Remix) – Shad and Dallas 

Live Forever (Joose Remix) – Shad and Dallas 

Movements From Beyond EP

29 Jul

This one just came across the Ambassador Beats Google+ feed, and I just couldn’t pass it up. Usually I let The Conductor handle these beats, but I had my headphones on and decided to step up to the plate.

Marvin Zeyss is a upstart house and techno producer from Germany.  He just released a new EP entitled Movements From Beyond. This three song EP clocks in at just under a half hour, but it chalked full with deep house beats.

This is the perfect way to get your Friday going so chill out and listen to Movements From Beyond below. Click here to head to Beat Port to buy the EP.

Toro Y Moi Freaking Out EP – Saturday Love Single

13 Jul

Toro Y Moi first came on my radar when he remixed Tyler, The Creators French, which was promptly played on The Rinse, which may be a reason they stopped returning my emails…but thats another story.

Toro Y Moi already released a full length Underneath The Pine in February that was well received, but has decided that one major release a year isn’t enough. The first track off his September Ep Freaking Out dropped this morning and we have it for you.

You can check out Saturday Love below and if you like what you hear, click here to head to Pitchfork.com to download it, email address required.

Saturday Love – Toro Y Moi
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Codhoppers Gives All The Data He Knows on Dada Life

11 Jul

I am about to give you everything I know about Dada Life

  1. I announced one of their songs on CJAM once and said Fuck on live radio
  2. The Conductor loves them
  3. I found two songs that I love today and needed to share.
Other than that I know absolutely nothing, but I saw two songs on EarMilk.com that I loved and needed to share. Check them out below and some one educate me on Dada Life RIGHT NOW.

Movement 2011 + John Acquaviva

12 May

Its almost that time of the year where electronic music fans, media, djs and producers flock to Hart Plaza in Detroit for the annual Detroit Electronic Music Festival known as Movement. I went last year for the first time and stepping off the bus in Detroit was like walking into a different planet. After witnessing jaw dropping sets from guys like Excision, A-Trak and Orlando Voorn we quickly got situated at the Vitamin Water stage where London native John Acquaviva stole the night with an onslaught of techno and tech house beats. For those who don’t know…

Movement has become the ultimate stage for the city that founded techno music to showcase its electronic music muscle.

Starting at Noon on Saturday, May 28th Techno heads, House heads and electronic dance music enthusiasts from across the globe will pour through the turnstiles at Detroit’s Hart Plaza for the start of Movement 2011. And for the next three days and nights they will have a chance to experience the ultimate outdoor electronic music venue. 36 hours of music; 4 stages and more than 70 electronic music artists and DJs. Last year’s attendance nearly reached 90,000 over the three days of the festival.

This year Movement is bringing in a lot of talent including heavy hitters Carl Craig, Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Calvertron, Felix Da Housecat and Skrillex. If you haven’t already grab your weekend pass over at the Movement Electronic Music Fest facebook page

Also, check out the new single from John Acquaviva and company and head over to beatport to buy the ‘Good Music’ EP

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John Acquaviva, Alex D’Elia & Nihil Young- Good Music feat. Dan Diamond (Original Mix)

AutoErotique – Turn Up The Volume Video

31 Mar

AutoErotique are a Toronto House duo from Dim Mak Records. They just released their official video for Turn Up The Volume. This video is being talked up by the likes of Skrillex and Steve Aoki so you better check this out now. Check out AutoErotique’s Facebook page, and while your there, make sure you Like Ambassador Beats.

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. R.E.M.I.X.

10 Feb

A month ago today, I brought you the video for L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. by Noah The Whale. Today I have a brand new remix of that song done by Montreal Quebec Remixer Fake Blood.

Other than the quick chorus spelling bee, you wouldn’t even know this was a Noah The Whale remix. That is good for those who enjoy finding new bands based on what songs go into the remix.

Fake Blood is offering this song as a free download, so just right click and save the song below if you enjoy it, and remember L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.!

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. – Noah And The Whale (Fake Blood Remix)

Weekly Webisode #6

26 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers. Welcome to week number 6 and we really feel like we are coming into our own. The Conductor and I have a great line up of tunes for you this week, almost all of them are brand new and haven’t been featured on the site yet. We have two songs from artists that were picked up off of the Ambassador Beats Twitter, some mashups and some chill shit to get your weekend started. There is also a public service announcement to a couple of guys from back home. Enjoy this weeks webisode and click on Read More to check the track list.


Weekly Webisode #6

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Weekly Webisode #5

19 Nov

Another week, another webisode, and unfortunately another set of technical issues. Not only microphone problems but computer issues as well. We are starting to look into different options and hate that we cannot provide a full webisode again this week.

We have an excellent line up of music with a remix from Bad Rabbits, a new Nicki Minaj and Kanye West tune, a DBN remix and the new Hood Internet mashup. As well, back by popular demand, The McNeely Minute.

Check out the webisode below and click on Read More for the track list.


Weekly Webisode #5

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Right This Second

15 Nov

I was tempted to post the radio rip after Pete Tong played this as a world exclusive on Radio 1 last week, but due to our dedication to bringing you only the best quality music, I held out. Today, I am happy to bring you the newest release off Deadmau5’s upcoming album 4 x 4= 12 which officially drops on December 7th. The Mau5 is consistently taking things in new directions and ‘Right This Second’ definitely showcases a shift. The melodic buildups are on parr with his previous work but he has been experimenting with harder drops and with genres outside of electro/house. Hate him or love him its too hard to ignore what the man behind the mask is doing for electronic music.

Pre-order the album on Amazon

Deadmau5- Right This Second

Conditions Remixed

2 Nov

Last year’s Conditions is an amazing album. I love every song on the album and it is easily my favourite record last year, but if your an avid Ambassador Beats reader you already knew that. I post remixes from this album as often as I can.

Well yesterday Conditions Remixed was released. The name basically says it all, but it is an album comprised completely of brand new remixes by some of the biggest DJ’s and Producers in the game. Rusko, Alan Wilkins, Adam Freeland, just to name a few make appearances on this record.

What is awesome about this album is that rather than focusing on two or three songs and offering several different remixes of the same song, each song from Conditions received the remix treatment in its own special way. It is like experiencing the album for the first time all over again.

Last night The Conductor and I played the Alan Wilkins remix to Sweet Disposition on The Rinse and I’ll probably throw another one of the songs from this album on the Weekly Webisode, so check back for that. But until then you can listen to the entire album below. Enjoy.

Weekly Webisode #2

29 Oct

It’s that time again! The weekly rendition of the webisode has been recorded and now shared to you. We’ve got a little bit of everything this week from acoustic jams to heavy dubstep. Check out the stream below and click Read More to view the track list.


Ambassador Beats Webisode #2

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Ambassador Beats Webisode

22 Oct

We’ve been dropping hints, but the Ambassador Beats Webisode has finally arrived. An hour of 10 great songs and conversation from The Conductor and Codhoppers. We are hoping to do this every week so be sure to check back often. The webisode will cover our favourite songs of the past week, some from the website and some that have not yet been posted.

Check out the Webisode and song list below. Enjoy and let us know what you think.

Ambassador Beats Webisode 1

Song List

  1. Freelance Whales – Enzymes – Ambassador Beats Article
  2. Austin Eterno – I Remember Shelter (The Xx Vs. Deadmau5 & Kaskade) – Soundcloud 
  3. A-Trak feat. Cyhi The Prynce – Ray Ban Vision – Ambassador Beats Article
  4. Darwin & Backwall ft. Emilie Wallin- Good Morning Stockholm (Original Mix) – Ambassador Beats Article
  5. Polar Bear Club – Better off Dead (Bad Religion Cover) – Spin.com EP Download
  6. Fragma vs. Chuckie- Toca’s Miracle (Mobin Master Bootleg) – Soundcloud
  7. Kings of Leon – The End – Soundcloud
  8. Netsky feat. Darrison- Escape – Youtube Video
  9. Mansions of the Moon – Glimpse of the Future (Xaphoon Jones Remix) – Ambassador Beats Article
  10. Bassnectar- Underwater ft. Tina Malia – Soundcloud


Moguai EP

6 Oct

Moguai follows up the success of Oyster with a two track EP which dropped on Mau5trap Recordings this week. Along with label mate Michael Woods and founder, Deadmau5, everything that is coming out of this camp is turning to gold. As Deadmau5 rises to superstardom those following on his coat tails will undoubtedly thrive and I cant think of two more fitting dj’s/producers than Michael Woods and Moguai to back the Mau5. Grab ‘Stay Planetary’ below and buy the EP HERE.

Moguai- Stay Planetary (Original Mix)

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