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I connected strongly with Take Care, and recently I started listening to Nothing Was The Same from start to finish. This album, and Drake in general seem comfortable in their own skin. Its got remarkable atmosphere, a solid range of intensity throughout the tracklist and a confident attitude. The execution of melody, song structure and sonic quality are precise, representing greatness in my eyes.

 

Drake told XXL, “Take Care was about connecting with my city and connecting with my past and sort of still feeling guilty that I’m not in love with one of these girls that cared about me from back in the day. Now, I’m 26, I’m with my friends, I’m making jobs for people, I’m making memories for people that will last a lifetime. I don’t need to be in love right now. I don’t need these things that I maybe once thought that I needed to feel normal and feel righteous about myself. I think for the first time in an album I’m content—not satisfied—but proud of where I’m at as a person.”

I can feel that Drake believes in himself, and I like the way he encourages his crew and city of Toronto.

 

Production on the album was handled mainly by Noah “40” Shebib with additional support from Hudson Mohawke, Nineteen85, Jake One, Mike Zombie, Detail, DJ Dahi, Chilly Gonzales, Majid Jordan, Boi-1da, Allen Ritter, Sampha, Jordan Evans, and the man himself, Drake.

My other favorite tracks from NWTS are “Furthest Thing”, “From Time (Feat. Jhene Aiko)”, “Wu-Tang Forever” and “Connect”.

 

I should take notes from Drake. I like how he has fully embraced his role as an artist. In his mind like with all of us, there are pieces missing, voids to be filled, but the choice of what to focus on is ours. Appreciate where you are, and utilize your position to its fullest potential.

Drake turned 27 yesterday, October 24th 2013.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon

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For those venturing up to Canada for New Years Eve, this event caught my attention. In their words, “Mansion is a collective of music-lovers that devote their efforts towards throwing quality events in non-traditional settings. Our mission has been to open the city’s doors to the very best international producers/performers, support the initiative of innovate local talent and bring concepts to life that our guests have never experienced before, in spaces such as lofts, galleries, warehouses, churches, and Chinese restaurants, as well as, legitimate venues.”. The Metropolis venue for Mansion’s NYE 2013 is industrial as fuck. Perfect choice. 

 

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, XI is the shit and definitely my favorite artist to bring onto Disco Droppings so far. He is incredibly underrated. The alien quality of his music draws me in on a daily basis, and his tunes have become a staple in my DJ sets. He is joined by the mighty Machinedrum, who needs no introduction. Lately he’s been running around with Jimmy Edgar; their combined efforts as Jets can be heard on this self-titled EP via Leisure System. They’ve also put together a Fact Mix. John Roman is a Toronto local, throwing down techno and tribal rhythms, two of my favorite things. 

Packages for this event are sold out, but tickets are still available HERE

 

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– Jimi Jaxon 

 

Thanks to Sean Horton, I’ve become obsessed with Azari & III. I know I’m late, it’s been over a year since their debut self-titled album came out on Loose Lips. Thankfully, I’m making up for lost time. This album has been playing in my car incessantly. There’s a sexy, timeless quality to this 4-piece group from Toronto, as well as a sassy strut. It’s refreshing to see this crew produce as a band, complete with original vocals, drums and funky basslines. Their track “Reckless (With Your Love)” was a mega hit, cementing a reputation for fierce individuality and classic musical expression. 

I hope that one day I’ll see Azari & III live. They are currently a part of the first Sonar North American Tour., with Tiga, Gesaffelstein, Die Antwoord and Seth Troxler among others. This tour has upcoming stops in Chicago, Toronto, New York, Montreal, Boston, Denver, Oakland and La. Head here for more details. 

Rumors of a second album have been floating around, and I cannot wait to hear what these guys do next. Now Magazine snagged this quote from Alixander Lanza III on the direction of the next record, ““We’ve grown into more of a monster,”..”We have this big, throbbing Metallica sound. The entity is now bigger than all of us. Before, it was a little more cozy; this one is thundering, spacious and cerebral. It’s an assault on the mind and body.””

 

 

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– Jimi Jaxon

 

Every element of The Weeknd, from the production of his 3 releases, to the visual representation is stunning. The songs are refreshing, intoxicating and emotionally gripping. Anyone attending Coachella Festival 2012 should make a point to see this guy live. All releases are free, courtesy of The-weeknd.com 

Here are are some of my favorites… 

 

 

 

 

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– Jimi Jaxon