Sylas – Hollow

London-based label Aesop have established a decent rep now – in their short lifespan they’ve released singles from Wayward, SOHN, Gent Mason and TALA. Next up is London-based Sylas.

‘Hollow’ is their first offering, a dramatic and intriguing listen. Obvious comparisons may be drawn to stars from the experimental electronic landscape such as James Blake and the aforementioned SOHN, but who really cares if it sounds this good:

We don’t know a lot about Sylas, besides the fact that one half of the duo Fred Gibson, has been perfecting his production skills under the watchful eye of no other than Brian Eno. He helped produce ‘Someday World’, Eno’s collaborative album with Karl Hyde. He’s also rumoured to have worked with Sinead O’Connor and Damon Albarn, amongst others.

Not to mention the 22-year-old’s other project Count Counsellor, a band he’s in whose blend of hip-hop and atmospheric electronica is definitely worth your time.

Ones to watch, wethinks.

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Breach – The Key ft. Kelis

Out on 17th November on Atlantic Records, Breach is onto another winner here with Kelis providing the lung power.

This is a rework of a remix Breach did for the RnB star back in March for her Ninja Tune ‘Food’ LP. The collaboration obviously clicked, they returned to the studio to give the tune a revamp, and in doing so have penned a banger. This will no doubt follow in the footsteps of Breach’s previous anthems ‘Everything You’ve Never Had’ and ‘Jack’.

‘The Key’ is a punchy, toe-tapping bundle of joy and has radio written all over it.

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Tief presents Beats In Space 15th Anniversary

BIS 2Attention Londoners! What you doing Friday 26th September? Nothing? Get yourselves down Elephant & Castle way, there’s a night you do not want to be missing.

As part of a global tour covering the US, Japan, Mexico and Europe, Tim Sweeney and his merry men are celebrating 15 years of his Beats In Space radio show. Luckily for us, Tief are promoting the London leg at Corsica Studios and with the line-up they’ve put together, it’s going to be CLASS.

If you’re unfamiliar with BIS, way back in ‘99, then New York University freshman Tim Sweeney hit the airwaves of WNYU 89.1 with the radio show, Beats In Space. In the 15 years he’s been running it, he’s not once missed the Tuesday night slot, playing host to a whole range of guest mixes from the likes of Four Tet, Midland, Gui Boratto, KiNK and John Talabot.

Besides securing a legendary home for broadcasting eclectic, cutting edge music on a weekly basis, Sweeney set up a label for BIS in 2009, and having seen releases from Lauer, Paradis and Jee Day amongst others, he’s further developed the brand’s reputation for discovering top quality, new music.

We’ve seen the DFA Records-affiliated DJ play before many times and he never disappoints. Joining him next Friday is a stellar line-up consisting of Axel Boman, Tornado Wallace, Hunee going b2b with Mr Ties, and Tief stalwart Hessletime.

Need we say more?

Get your tickets here, and delve into the below for a taster of the night.

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SOHN @ Gorilla, Manchester

HD took a trip up North to catch SOHN play live last night at Manc underground venue Gorilla.  Amidst all the Warehouse Project-related chaos in Manchester during the winter months, Gorilla will play host to some of the most exciting talents in electronic music, including Dan Shake and Bondax, and it’s a venue well worth checking out.

Originally born in South London, Christopher Taylor a.k.a SOHN relocated to Vienna in 2012 and his music reflects perfectly the difference between the two cities. He pairs hectic soundscapes with lonely vocal stretches, not afraid to leave seemingly endless silences for the audience to wonder what’s to come. Melancholy is a consistent theme throughout, with his sorrowful vocals at the heart of the music, but it’s soulful too and songs like ‘Lights’ are borderline groovy.

This mix of tranquillity and chaos in his music translated amazingly into a live performance, not least because he shows himself to be an incredible musician. He began with more down-tempo numbers such as ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Oscillate’ and, after a pause and a warning of what was to come, he ramped things up in the second half, belting out ‘The Wheel’ to the crowd’s delight. Backed by a stunning lights show, SOHN provided a visual and audio delight.

Sadly he’s now embarking on a three month world tour but after last night, could it be worth a trip to Brooklyn next month?

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Klaves – People

Infectious and funky are two words that spring to mind on the first listen of Klaves’ new single, ‘People’. There’s a lot going on but the Polish producer skilfully layers the tune, gradually building towards a crescendo that’ll have even the clumsiest looking dainty on the d’floor.

Some more good news – this will be released on PMR Records’ new sub-label, Beat Club on 12th October. Spawned to push forward newer talent while PMR focuses on the household names, Beat Club sounds right up our street. Stay tuned for more on that and Klaves’ B-side, ‘Oh-No’.

The 2 Bears feat Sink the Pink – Not This Time

Hanging out with Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard must be great. The lovable bears just can’t stop spreading the fun right now, whether it’s giving out free tye-dye t-shirts or hiding Indonesian Rupiah around Bestival…

Their latest single is ‘Not This Time’ featuring the colourful Sink the Pink crew. Raf’s vocals take centre stage, belting out a seriously catchy chorus that won’t leave you for days and days. It’s a feel-good sort of tune that’ll have you toe-tapping in the office, wishing you were wearing one of those t-shirts and spending some Rupiah.

The excitement continues as ‘Not this Time’ will join ‘Angel’, ‘Get Out’ and ‘Money Man’ on their upcoming album. ‘The Night is Young’ is due to be released on October 12th on Norman Cook’s Southern Fried Records. More fun times ahead.

P.S Catch their live show at Tufnell Park Dome on October 30th, see you there.

Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy – Kerberos

As summer draws to a close, darker days mean darker tunes.  ‘Kerberos’ is haunting techno at its finest, with an enchanting melody and atmospheric build-ups all the way through.  Very reminiscent of David August’s work we raved about here.

Released on Romboy’s Systematic label, ‘Kerberos’ is the latest in collaborations between these techno titans that go back to 2005.  It’s sparser and darker than what we’ve heard from them before, but it’s all the better for it.

If you like it, check out their Boiler Room in Sao Paulo last month for more of the good stuff.

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Flight Facilities – Two Bodies

Sensual vid for an even more sensual tune.

‘Two Bodies’ is the next single to be released from what can only be described as a highly-anticipated debut album from Flight Facilities. They’ve worked on it for the last four years, and featuring hits like ‘Clair De Lune’, ‘Stand Still’ and this pop gem featuring fellow Aussie Emma Louise on vocals, ‘Down To Earth’ is sure to be a big success.

Out October 24th, pre-orders here.

 

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SBTRKT feat. Raury – Higher

Since we last updated you on HD favourite SBTRKT, he’s been a busy man, spoiling us with details of his new album. ‘Wonder Where We Land’ is set for release on September 22nd and judging by what we’ve heard so far, it’s time to get hyped.

This latest album teaser has come in the form of a collaboration with prodigious 18-year-old rapper Raury. With other partners on the album ranging from A$AP Ferg to soulful youngster Denai Moore, it feels like Aaron Jerome is ready to put his well-known production skills to the test.

September 22nd can’t come quickly enough over here.

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Human Drizzle: The Playlist, September 2014

September, is that you? But you’re early surely? Whatever, you’re here now.

Stave off the autumn with us by taking a tour of August’s musical delights. John Talabot featured heavily, Shelby Grey gave notice of his not inconsiderable promise and everyone lost their collective sh*t over the Caribou remix. Sounds like the best night ever.

Whilst we’ve got your attention, block out Friday 5th December in your diaries. Next Human Drizzle Presents. It’s been far too long.

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