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21 August 20152015 Remixes - Phish Funk
21st August 2015 Blastculture and Dave Kent remix Phish Funk
Two remixes of Phish Funk tracks feature in our August release out today, with Blastculture and Dave Kent on editing duties. Lava Lamp is tackled by Blastculture, who combines slick house beats with a laid back e-piano groove, pops and glitches to create that late night dancefloor vibe. Dave Kent tweaks The Squelch, adding even more acid grooves. As usual, both remixes are released free of charge under a Creative Commons licence and are available for free download – listen and get those downloads from our release page.
14th July 2015 Celebrating Netlabel Day with 2 new releases
We’re celebrating Netlabel Day 2015 with 2 new releases, out now and currently available exclusively via the Netlabel Day site and Internet Archive. Today also marks the closest approach of the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto, so we couldn’t resist marking the occasion with 2 new mixes by Psychadelik Pedestrian of one of our favourite tracks – Voyage To Pluto – which you can grab now at http://netlabelday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/prism-voyage-to-pluto-netlabel-day.html.
Our second release features 3 new tracks from different artists from forthcoming releases due later this year. Psychadelik Pedestrian presents Pulse, an electro breaks track from his new LP, which will be available in the autumn. From our August EP release, Blastculture has reworked Phish Funk’s Lava Lamp in his minimal yet funky house style. Finally, we introduce new artist Notch, who presents a glitchy house track called Broken Record. These are all available at http://netlabelday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/va-toucan-music-presents-netlabel-day.html.
You’ll be able to download the full release pack of Voyage To Pluto remixes later this week right here on the Toucan website, which will include remastered versions of the original Prism mix and Dreamworld 2005 remix.
16th June 2015 Blastculture returns with a new EP
Our June release is here! This month we welcome back our friend Blastculture, who has created two new intricate house grooves for your listening pleasure. Crime Scene pumps along with a slightly acidic bassline riff while Lets Try To Sleep Now features a dark and brooding bassline alongside those crisp Blastculture beats and is definitely one for late night listening. To complete the EP, Aerologic has also produced an uplifting remix of Lets Try To Sleep, with a simple yet catchy plucked lead hook and plenty of reverb. So don’t fall asleep and go grab those downloads now – it would be a crime to miss them!
21st May 2015 Two new progressive house tracks
This month, Aerologic presents two brand new tracks in our latest release which is available for download today. Kicking things off is Transformation, featuring a massive trance supersaw riff, tingling arpeggios and a bleepy melody. The second track, Jangle, features plenty of warm synth chords and a deep, growling bassline building to a crescendo before breaking into uplifting trance melodies. As usual, both tracks are free to download as MP3 files and available for re-use under a Creative Commons licence – check them out on our release page.
23rd April 2015 The return of piano house
Our April release is finally here and this month we have a treat for those of you who like your house music with a little bit of a retro vibe. The Piano House EP will take you back to the days of unashamedly cheesy ivory riffs, bringing that party feel to the dancefloor. The EP features two DJ friendly tracks, combining the piano house sound with crisp, modern beats to bring it kicking and screaming into the second decade of the 21st century. Find out more here!
27th March 2015 Our top 5 revealed!
Concluding our anniversary countdown of our most popular downloads since becoming a netlabel in March 2005, here are our Top 5 biggest downloads over the last 10 years:
5. Aquarius – Phish Funk
4. Night Beach (Redmann remix) – Psychadelik Pedestrian
3. Prismattack (bouncy mix) – Prism
2. Memories of Thailand (Beat Doctor’s stuck in Britain remix) – Risey
1. Feel The Power – Dreamworld
We’ve a special anniversary podcast to celebrate the occasion featuring all 20 of our most popular tracks from this month’s countdown. Head on over to our podcasts page to listen to and download the continuous 90 minute DJ mix blending the diverse range of styles, from electro house and trance to UK hardcore and even chillout!
Thanks for your support over the last decade – here’s to another 10 years of free music downloads!
20th March 2015 Counting down our top downloads of all time – part 3
Resuming our countdown of the top downloads since we launched the netlabel in 2005, here’s the start of the top 10!
10. Pump It (Beat Doctor remix) – Dave Kent
9. Lost The Plot – Beat Doctor
8. Turbulence (JMD remix) – Marc Burt
7. Born Into It (chillout mix) – Redmann
6. Wonderland (Dreamworld remix) – Redmann
We’ll be announcing the top 5 next week, when we’ll reveal our most popular track of all time…
16th March 2015 Counting down our top downloads of all time – part 2
Continuing our countdown of the top 20 Toucan tracks of all time, today we reveal 10 – 14:
10. Pump It (Beat Doctor remix) – Dave Kent
11. Move Harder (Beat Doctor remix) – Redmann
12. Against The Grain (Beat Doctor v Dave Kent remix) – Psychadelik Pedestrian
13. The Piano Tune – Beat Doctor
14. Pattaya Boom Boom (dub version) – Risey
11th March 2015 Counting down our top downloads of all time – part 1
For our 10th anniversary as a netlabel this month, we’re counting down our top 20 downloads of all time from the Toucan Music website. Here’s the first instalment counting down from 20 to 15:
20. Bad Man – Beat Doctor
19. Aerial Photograph (Marc Burt mix) – Marc Burt v Beat Doctor
18. Plasma – Redmann
17. Dancefloor Virus (Beat Doctor remix) – Silverknight
16. Reaction One (2007 remix) – Prism
15. Hypnotise – Psychadelik Pedestrian
Look out for the next instalment of the chart soon counting down 15 to 10, and our special podcast at the end of the month featuring all 20 of our most popular tracks!
8th March 2015 Celebrate our 10th birthday with our latest release!
Ten years ago on 8th March 2005, we released an EP from trance producer JMD featuring two tracks, Thirty One and Formation. Although the Toucan Music website had been live since January 2004, and had been releasing music online since 1997 under the name Frantik Music, the release of Thirty One and Formation marked a significant moment. Before this two track EP was released, Toucan had promoted all its music on external websites, such as the now-defunct Vitaminic and MP3.com free download portals. In 2005, Toucan Music became a netlabel and we began promoting music downloads directly on our own website, making our audio available under a Creative Commons licence for re-use. Ten years and a hundred and seven releases later, we’re still here! Having clocked up well over a million downloads, our netlabel has gone from strength to strength while continuing to promote a diverse range of electronic and dance styles. Grab our remixes of JMD on the release page here.
12th February 2015 New Blastculture release for February
Our February release is out today! Blastculture is back with two new tracks, showcasing his acid house side with X-Ray Heavy-Handed, bringing in plenty of sirens, claps and bleeps. War At 136bpm is classic Blastculture – pumped up minimal house with techno influences. As always both tracks are available in full length high quality mp3 audio format to download, so grab them now from our release page.
11th February 2015 Check out what’s coming up at Toucan in 2015…
We’ve got plenty more in store for you at Toucan in 2015! Our February release, coming shortly for download, will feature two brand new tracks from Blastculture. In March, we’ll be celebrating the tenth anniversary of our first netlabel release and, to mark the occasion, Aerologic will be revisiting the tracks – Thirty One and Formation. Can you believe it’s been ten years? Neither can we! We’ll have some more great releases later in the year, including a remix of Phish Funk’s Lava Lamp by Blastculture and an EP reviving the classic sound of piano house. Space fans will be eagerly awaiting the first flyby of Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft in July, and we will be celebrating the event by revisiting one of our oldest tracks Voyage To Pluto! So don’t forget to check back with Toucan for more free netlabel goodness every month…
21st January 2015 The Logic EP is live!
In our first release of the new year, Aerologic present a brand new EP featuring four original EDM tracks. Combining Aerologic’s trance-flavoured contemporary EDM with a variety of other influences including classical and old skool, the EP includes a mix of melodies along with more minimal, bleepy tracks. All of the tracks are in full, DJ friendly extended versions and available to download from the release page in high quality MP3 format. Coming up next month we’ll have two new tracks from Blastculture, so stay tuned in February!
1st January 2015 A third year on top for Risey
Happy new year! Thanks to everyone who supported us during 2014 by downloading and streaming our music releases. We’ve counted up all the figures, and across all of our partner sites, Risey’s Memories Of Thailand – the Beat Doctor remix – has been our most downloaded track once again for the third year running! This track, originally released back in 2007, has gone from strength to strength since being released on our Best Bytes compilation series. The remainder of the chart is dominated by Psychadelik Pedestrian tracks, mainly from the 2013 Nocturnia album, but second place shows a surprise return to form for an old favourite chillout track, Night Beach. Now 12 years old and notching up a fifth consecutive year on the chart by reaching its best position so far. Check out the full download chart here.
31st December 2014 Feature length 2014 DJ mix is now available to download
Our feature length DJ mix featuring many of our 2014 releases is now available to download! Just visit the 2014 mix page for a complete tracklist and the download link. Enjoy the mix and keep listening in 2015…
29th December 2014 Mix of the year 2014 – listen tomorrow!
Well, yet another new year is nearly upon us and if you’re fed up of the Christmas music and are looking for something a little different to feast your ears on then we have a treat in store! Our annual end of year mix has been prepared, featuring 75 minutes of the best Toucan tunes from 2014 blended together in a seamless DJ set. Join us over at VKRS Netradio tomorrow evening – 30th December – at 19:00 GMT for the first broadcast, and don’t forget to grab the free download of the entire DJ mix which will be available from New Year’s Eve from the End Of Year Mixes menu. If you’re in a retro mood, all our previous mixes going back to 2005 are also free to download too.
12th December 2014 Polar Interference
It’s December, the nights are closing in and there’s definitely a chill in the air – what better time to bring you a brand new mix of JMD’s trance track Polar? Aerologic is on hand to provide another epic EDM remix, keeping the essence of the original with it’s uplifting melodic hook and adding some seriously dirty bass riffs, punchy EDM beats and a huge saw lead. Hot on the heels of this remix is the one and only Blastculture, who has been busy in his studio reworking JMD’s collaboration with Kube, Interference. Adding his customary intricate techy beats and glitch effects while retaining the original acidic bass and haunting melodic vocal clips, Blastculture once again delivers a deep house track to keep those late night floors alive. Go and get ‘em here: http://www.toucanmusic.co.uk/releases/release.php?q=tou305!
12th November 2014 Two new tracks from Marc Burt
This month’s release features two great new original tracks from Marc Burt. Combining Marc’s trademark uplifting yet slightly chilled trance style with progressive house influences, Human Intelligence is a feature length DJ friendly track with a catchy bleepy riff. Amazonia adds lush reverb and echoes to vocal snippets, retro brass and synth samples, set to a pumping beat with a ’90s garage flavour. Check them out from the release page.
15th October 2014 Two Toucan Remixes
To celebrate ten years of Toucan Music, we’ve two new remixes of The Toucan! Blastculture has reworked The Enemy Within, transforming the electro breaks track into a brooding, groovy house workout complete with crisp beats and rhythmic effects, while keeping the bouncy electro bass. Aerologic’s remix of Audial Assault layers the robotic vocals on top of slamming synth riffs to create a pumping EDM anthem. As usual, both remixes free to download and re-use under a Creative Commons licence – get them from our release page.
17th September 2014 New remixes of Redmann
This month’s release features two new remixes of some classic Redmann tunes. Blastculture gets his hands on Move Harder and reworks the electro house track in a dark and edgy progressive style. Aerologic pumps up the chilled vibe of the original Born Into It by adding big EDM synth sounds and a large build up section in the middle. Both remixes are available to download free now from the release page.
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