Top 20 Most Wanted Totally Canadian Records (And Tape)

by Diognes_The_Fox

In light of our recent announcement of bringing Crate Diggers Record Fair to Canada, I thought I might provide some of the most wanted Canadian records on offer. I built this list by looking at the most wanted Canadian-only releases. These are defined as releases from Canada that do not share a master release with a version pressed outside Canada. I personally found this to be a really informative pile of gems worth checking out. Let us know if you have any ideas for countries you want to see featured!

Jack Jutson - Looking Forward To You

2268 wants – Jack Jutson – Looking Forward To You

I want to live inside the B-Side of this record forever. I don’t know how to write music reviews. Is this bass dubby? Is that how you kids describe these things? Dubby?

Breaker 1 2 - Breakin'

2018 wants – Breaker 1 2 – Breakin’

B1 – At first I wasn’t too impressed until it happened and then every hair on my body stood straight up. Goodness gracious. Play loud. The other tracks are fine too, I guess.

Mathew Jonson - Decompression EP

1605 wants – Mathew Jonson – Decompression EP

I can see the title track working particularly well in certain big room situations. Probably good on it’s own right, but those first two set the bar a little high. Honestly though, the more I listen to it, the more it’s sinking in on me. Don’t listen to me. Make your own decisions.

Mathew Jonson - Marionette

1515 wants – Mathew Jonson – Marionette

I immediately knew the title track on this record was going to be good. It slowly builds, almost teasingly so. It’s so good. Soo soo good.

Pender Street Steppers - The Glass City / Golden Garden

1444 wants – Pender Street Steppers – The Glass City / Golden Garden

The A-Side reminds me an awful lot of The Morning After in some respects. Probably debatable, but that would be my first reaction as something to mix with. It’s really good too.

F.U.S.E., F.U.S.E. - Substance Abuse

1427 wants – F.U.S.E., F.U.S.E. – Substance Abuse

Good old fashioned early ’90s stompy washing machine acid techno!! F.U.2. was the one I liked the most.

Godspeed You Black Emperor! - All Lights Fucked On The Hairy Amp Drooling

1367 wants – Godspeed You Black Emperor! – All Lights Fucked On The Hairy Amp Drooling

Our lone tape entry! And the only thing here that isn’t electronic dance music. Neat.

Jack Jutson - Looking Forward To You (Repress)

1365 wants – Jack Jutson – Looking Forward To You (Repress)

I was thinking of merging this down by master release, but I felt it was a worthwhile entry just to show how strong of a demand there is for this track.

Akufen - Architextures 1 -2 -3

1310 wants – Akufen – Architextures 1 -2 -3

I swear I’ve heard the A-Side track somewhere before. It feels really familiar. For a while I was living at a house that was basically the afterparty house for the scene. I’d crash around 10 and get up at 2AM just in time for load of party people to show up and play music until they crashed or left. So so much good music in those days. Maybe I heard this there. I don’t remember.

Mall Grab - Feel U

1184 wants – Mall Grab – Feel U

The title track is pretty okay. I want Osaka to be amazing. I hope it sounds better on record than it does on YouTube.

Various - Rhythms Of The Pacific Volume 1.

1181 wants – Various – Rhythms Of The Pacific Volume 1.

Every track on this one is a winner. I liked Sunrise Market the most. I got lost in it for awhile. It’s hard to review good music sometimes because you get pulled into the music.

Pender Street Steppers - Bubble World

1108 wants – Pender Street Steppers – Bubble World

This kind of reminds me of something Arthur Russell would do at points. I really like it.

Mathew Jonson - Typerope EP

1098 wants – Mathew Jonson – Typerope EP

The title track chugs along with this nice acid-y bassline. I dig.

Unknown Artist - Better / Fever

974 wants – Unknown Artist – Better / Fever

I’ve always been tempted by disco re-edits for my own sets. I don’t know what’s holding me back. These are really solid, definitely worth looking into if you’re into this kind of thing. I like the B-Side more personally.

Aquarian Foundation - Language Of The Hand

960 wants – Aquarian Foundation – Language Of The Hand

This is the point in making a blog post where I listen to an entire record and can’t remember what any of it sounded like beyond “hey, that was pretty cool.”

Teste - The Wipe

819 wants – Teste – The Wipe

The 5am Synaptic mix does not sound like it’s from 1992 at all. Very ahead of it’s time, very fresh sounding. I’d love to hear this at a party.

House Of Doors - Starcave

790 wants – House Of Doors – Starcave

Meanwhile, this sounds like it’s from 1992. My first reaction, like most of the reviews was hearing “Cavern” in the bassline of the title track. The B-Side here would be my preferred side if I had to pick one.

Baby Ford + Eon / Link - Dead Eye / Amenity

779 wants – Baby Ford + Eon / Link – Dead Eye / Amenity

Reminds me almost more of IDM than techno. Definitely minimal, like this blurb.

Estiban - L. A. Walk

769 wants – Estiban – L. A. Walk

This fantastic 1980 LP has a great selection of funk, disco and jazzy slowjams. Some of the cuts received re-edits in April of last year.