Our annual review of the year for 2017 is now available! Featuring tracks from Blastculture, Frau Holle, EE7A, Aerologic, Notch and more, our 78 minute mix includes music from our best Toucan Music releases during 2017 and is available for streaming via MixCloud or completely free download. Check it out from our DJ Mixes section or have a listen below…
Happy new year! We’ve been in a reflective mood here at Toucan as we see in 2018, and have carried out our annual check to see which of our tracks have proved the most popular over the last year. In 2017, Psychadelik Pedestrian’s Drones was our most downloaded track, knocking Risey’s Memories Of Thailand from the top spot after five years as our most popular track between 2012 and 2016. Taking second and third in our chart are two tracks from Phish Funk’s Discotheque EP. There’s also a surprise new entry for Phish Funk in tenth place, with their track Beautiful Geometry entering our chart for the first time, despite being nearly ten years old, thanks to its inclusion on our Best Bytes 4 compilation released last year. You can view the complete chart here…
Fresh today, Aerologic and Notch present two remixes of classic Psychadelik Pedestrian vocal tracks. Notch takes the reins for a deep house reworking of Psychadelik Pedestrian’s 2010 track Tears In My Heart, while Aerologic is on hand for a remix of Psychadelik Pedestrian’s 2011 track Upside Down. Download both tracks free of charge and released under a Creative Commons licence for you to re-use in your DJ sets, podcasts and videos for non-commercial use.
Formerly known as sea.envy, we’re delighted to welcome Clayton back to Toucan with three new original tracks from his new EE7A project featuring driving drum machine percussion blended with gritty, overdriven techno riffs and arpeggios. Also included is a remix of JAde Wii track Blue Leaves, combining a catchy hook and soulful melody with edgy, driving techno beats, and a promo DJ mix from the man behind the EE7A project showcasing the music from the release. Download them free from our release page here.
Blastculture returns with his first release since Kill The Drummers, a new track called Waiting Area, blending together old school analogue drum samples with house beats and tribal rhytmic sounds, keeping a rigid four to the floor kick. The Notch remix has a classic speed garage feel with shuffled beats, organ chord hits, deep sub-bass and some sinister stabs thrown in for good measure. Grab both versions now from our release page, free of charge as usual and available for re-use under a Creative Commons licence.
Join us live on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th October to celebrate 20 years of free music from Toucan and our predecessor Frantik Music! Our website was first launched on 24th October 1997 and we’re broadcasting a live 4 hour DJ mix in 2 parts, starting on Monday… join at YouTube:
Following up our Frau Holle LP for Netlabel Day earlier this summer, our latest EP presents two remixes of tracks from the album. Chasing Rainbows receives an update from Marc Burt and Notch, taking the original melody and adding house rhythms, uplifting pads and a catchy hook to finish. Psychadelik Pedestrian takes control for Ascending Souls, building up slowly with a gradually opening filtered hook, then bursting into life with haunting piano melodies and upfront electronic beats added to the uplifting chords of the original. Grab both tracks from this new release here.
Aerologic presents two energetic remixes of classic Marc Burt tracks in our latest EP. Marc’s 2006 trance track Lies is first to receive the remix treatment, with a throbbing warped bass intro breaking down into lush pads, then launching into a bouncy stab pattern before launching back into the pads and a catchy synth melody. Aerologic’s remix of Twenty Ten starts with shuffling hi-hat rhythms and filtered chords before launching into a heavily ducked version of the original riffs with epic sizzling synths and pumping club beats. Download them here.
Following up our latest EP, here is a sneak preview of the new Frau Holle album. Featuring ten electronica tracks combining the sounds of 21st Century chilled trance and house music with classic analog synthesizer music from the 1970s and 1980s, the album will be released on 14th July for this year’s Netlabel Day.
This month we introduce a new artist to Toucan – Frau Holle! Ahead of his new album, which will be released in July, Frau Holle presents two uplifting electronica tracks for free download in our June release, Ascending Souls and Chasing Rainbows. Both tracks are available to download free of charge under a Creative Commons licence and the full ten track LP will be released for Netlabel Day in on 14th July.
Two classic Redmann tracks, Plastic Explosive and Turn The Corner are revisited in our latest EP with new mixes from Notch, fresh for 2017. Turn The Corner receives an update in progressive house style, with the original piano lead, female vocal sample and pads being layered with updated beats, flanging effects and a large, filtered supersaw arp riff. Notch stays true to the original with Plastic Explosive, keeping the stuttering gated trance chords and adding contemporary house beats and layering in more pads and deeper bass. Accompanying the remixes are bonus remastered versions of the original 2002 mix of Turn The Corner and the original breakbeat cut of Plastic Explosive from 2006. Download them all from our release page!
New today, Aerologic presents two remixes of tracks from Psychadelik Pedestrian’s 2016 Un-Unplugged EP in this progressive house release. Speeding up the tempo, Aerologic’s remix of Drones builds up with the haunting strings and pads from the original before launching into huge chunky stabs with a slightly sinister feel, bringing the melody back to drive the track to a crescendo. The remix of Unprovoked Attack begins with a DJ friendly intro featuring s building vocal stab before breaking down into the mellow chords from the original, building up again with sizzling synths over chunky house beats. Download the tracks and find out more about the release here.
Our new EP, released today, features a new original from Notch, and a bonus remix of Listen To The Rhythm by Blastculture. Combining descending bass stabs and deep house grooves, the original mix of Descent breaks down into uplifting, happy piano riffs and rhythmic vocal hits, creating an ecstatic vibe to get those hands up in the air. Blastculture takes control for the remix of Listen To The Rhythm, adding tribal grooves, tech effects and deep bass alongside the mellow synth chords and vocals to create a deep track for some late night action. Download them here today!
Our latest Best Bytes compilation is now available, featuring another 19 Toucan tracks from the last decade of our back catalogue. Toucan Music’s trademark uplifting house music sound is well represented, with future house flavour courtesy of Notch, melodic trance from Mark Burt, and upfront progressive from Aerologic, as well as some forays into other genres such as chillout. As with all Best Bytes compilations, the older tracks have been remastered for the album. You can grab it from our album page with all of the tracks available to download free of charge individually or as one album ZIP file!
Returning with his trademark tech-house sound, the focus is on the rhythm as Blastculture blends acid bass with pounding house beats, drum rolls, intricate rhythmic clicks and shuffled hi-hats in his latest track, Kill The Drummers, released today at Toucan Music. On an old skool tip, the JD Breakbeat remix begins with drum machine beats and glitchy acid redux bass, and breaks down into crunchy, lo-fi breaks and a huge siren riff: one to get the ravers on the floor.
Our annual end of year mix for 2016 is now available! With the mellow, minimalistic grooves of Blastculture, brooding beats and bass of Psychadelik Pedestrian, disco funk of Phish Funk and progressive trance of Marc Burt, the 86 minute mix showcases some of our favourite Toucan tracks of the year. Listen and download now from our DJ mix archive.
Aerologic features in our December 2016 release, out today, with his first solo release in over a year. Breathless builds up with a growling dark bass and breaks down into a melody featuring a haunting piano riff and uplifting warm synth chords, set over pumping electronic beats. Sangria evokes the summer sun and party nights with infectious happy piano chords and upbeat synth arpeggios playing a latin flavoured melody. Both tracks are free to download from our release page here.
Marc Burt returns with our September release, out today, featuring two progressive trance tracks with a classic twist. Poles Apart features a twirling catchy riff set to a background of echoing chords and crisp electronic rhythms, combining the classic trance sound with modern progressive beats. Wheels In Motion features a shuffling, garage style rhythm, warm trance chord riffs and a deep electronic bassline creating haunting melodies weaving in and out of the track. As usual, the download is completely free, so grab the tracks now from our release page.
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An 78 minute mix of the best Toucan tracks from 2017, taking you on a journey from minimal and deep house through to uplifting prog house and gritty techno. The mix features tracks from Blastculture, Notch, EE7A, Frau Holle, Aerologic and more Toucan artists.
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Our annual download chart is released at the end of every year.
1. Drones - Psychadelik Pedestrian 
2. Strum - Phish Funk 
3. Hold On - Phish Funk 
4. Elements - Marc Burt (Psychadelik Pedestrian remix) 
5. Poles Apart - Marc Burt