SG Lewis – Warm

Fresh material from PMR Records sub-label Beat Club has just landed. Following in the footsteps of Klaves’ excellent ‘People/Oh No’, the London-based label’s next release comes in the form of SG Lewis’ debut single, ‘Warm’. The UK producer’s channelling the smooth and soulful akin to label mates Jessie Ware and Dorkin, and having already featured on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show, the lad’s sure to be popular.

‘Warm’ is out now, bag yourself a copy here.

Dante – Champagne Problems (HNNY Remix)

One of our favourite Swedish producers continues to impress with this brand new remix. HNNY has taken on fellow Swede Dante’s new single ‘Champagne Problems’ and all 23 minutes of it are a real delight. Yes, you read correctly, nearly half an hour. But it’s all worth your time.

If you’re after more of HNNY’s original work, he’s got an EP load of it coming out on Pets Recordings, entitled ‘Carefree’. Five fun-filled tracks to get you ready for sunnier climes to come. Cop the previews below:

Jonas Rathsman – Wolfsbane

Disclosure’s very own Method Records has just spawned a new imprint, Method White. It’s an outlet for some of their favourites from the underground electronic music scene, and who better to kick off the series of one-off releases than Swedish producer-extraordinaire and French Express stalwart, Jonas Rathsman.

This one’s a mover and is prime for the dancefloor. No release date on it yet, but keep your eyes peeled on Method White for more details.

Late Night Tales – Jon Hopkins

Hands up if this week’s all getting a bit much? Need a little time out? Look no further than Jon Hopkins’ forthcoming Late Night Tales‘ compilation, it’s looking to be pretty special and could be the perfect respite for your weary selves.

If you’re unaware of LNT’s work, they invite artists to delve into their record collection to create the ultimate late night selections. With previous guests such as Four Tet, The Cinematic Orchestra and Belle & Sebastien, the collective is the absolute don for atmospheric, chill-out, whatever genre you want to call it. It’s relaxing, and for that little moment in time you can escape your busy lives, let go and forget about all your worries.

So when we heard Jon Hopkins had been recruited for the next edition we were pretty excited. Judging by the promo, he’s put a lot of time and effort into it, he ‘chose tracks not just because they have been important to me but because of how they sit together, putting as much thought into the transitions and overall narrative as I did into the track choices’.

As with tradition on all these compilations, Hopkins has done an exclusive cover version, which will feature poet Rick Holland’s spoken word on the full release. The instrumental is of Yeasayer’s ‘I Remember’ and it’s quite something. Fragile doesn’t even cover it. The rest of the line-up includes choice selections from Nils Frahm, Sigur Ros’ Jonsi and this hypnotic number from Darkstar:

It’s not all ambience, though. Hopkins has included more beat-heavy works from Holy Other and Gold Panda, and he delves into the indie with a School Of Seven Bells track. Also on there is the totally irresistible ‘Lady Divine’ by Alela Diane:

All-in-all we know this is a compilation that you need in your life. It’s currently on pre-order with both digital and vinyl releases out at the end of Feb, beginning of March. If you needed more persuading, he’s even squeezed in Four Tet’s ‘Gillie Amma, I Love You’. It’s moving:

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James Sison – Napier Lake EP

Bade Records have been making waves since they launched at the start of 2014, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down with their latest release, an EP from founder James Sison. Having played Human Drizzle Presents in Peckham last year, and produced an excellent mix for us as well, we’re more than familiar with the man’s work, and you should be too.

The word ‘atmospheric’ was meant for it, with both the EP’s original tracks feeling taut and anxious despite clocking in at a hefty eight minutes apiece. With sonorous horns and jittery percussion, the title track is a moody introvert of a tune that demands repeat listening. Lead track ‘Stolen’ is similarly tense, while also playing host to the vocal talents of Clover (aka Jessica Belgrave), who comes to the fore during a pretty intense breakdown just shy of the four minute mark.

It’s compelling stuff, and the EP is rounded off by a remix from Italian duo Speaking Minds that is no less uncompromising than the rest of it. You can listen to previews on Soundcloud here or buy the bastard on Beatport here.

 

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Skream – Still Lemonade

Definitely one to be excited about. The journey that has taken Oliver Jones a.k.a. Skream through disco remixes and house rollers appears to have reached its destination with an album due out later this year on the mighty Crosstown Rebels. ‘Still Lemonade’ is the first single from the upcoming LP which sees Jones push himself into much darker territory.

The track shows Jones’s impressive versatility, building through emotive melodies and fidgety synths to a spine-tingling break down around the four minute mark. It’s a cracker which wouldn’t look out of place on a Kompakt compilation or at the peak of a mind-bending Dixon set. After flying through the genres in recent years, Skream seems to have settled in the realms of melodic techno. In the immortal words of the man himself, “this is the shit. It’s dark, it’s going off, it’s dancefloor as fuck.”

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Fort Romeau & New Jackson – Not A Word

Here’s the second taster from Fort Romeau’s debut LP, ‘Insides’, and it comes in the form of a collaboration with Irish producer New Jackson.

Like many of FR’s thought-provoking house tunes, ‘Not A Word’ really comes into its own after the 3 and a half minute mark when the producers’ synth trickery takes centre stage and pushes the robotic vocal and pounding beat aside. It’s as dreamy a piece of work as you’d expect from these two and we love it. Not long now until Ghostly International does the good thing and releases FR’s debut LP, ‘Insides‘. 31st March, to be exact.

While we’re on it, may as well revisit New Jackson’s release from last year, ‘Having A Coke With You’. We placed it in our Best of 2014 playlist it’s so good, check out the rest of that here.

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Maribou State – Rituals

Newly signed to Counter Records, an imprint of Ninja Tune, Maribou State have given us a taste of their upcoming album ‘Portraits’. It’s the duo’s first full-length but they’ve stayed true to their ambient, psychedelic sound throughout a series of EPs and ear-catching remixes (remember this cracker?).

Rituals shows off their ability to combine moody vocal dubs, rolling breakbeats and even a tense guitar solo to dramatic effect. They join the SOHNs, James Blakes and Gold Pandas of this world in being able to craft an atmosphere without needing to overwork a thumping bassline or a strained vocal.

Luckily for all the Londoners, the duo will be dropping into Oslo Hackney on March 26th before heading stateside. Not one to miss.

‘Portraits’ is out on Counter Records on June 1st.

Human Drizzle: The Playlist, February 2015

Ah January, what a blast! Not.

Now that the second most miserable month of the year (hello February!) is out of the way, you can wrap your ears around our musical highlights from the last few weeks. Big releases from Ghostly International; new kids on the block Kalyde, Apres and Lxury causing a stir; and there’s that delightful Kolsch remix nestled in there too.

Just as importantly, stay tuned for some exciting announcements from HD HQ soon. We be planning some parties.

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Escape – Just Escape EP

The next release on Will Saul’s Aus Music is a real stand out. It comes in the form of the ‘Just Escape’ EP from Glaswegian producer Escape.

The title track does what it says on the tin. The dense bed of atmos on this is quite remarkable, with Daudi Matsiko’s yearnful vocals completing the package. It’s a surprisingly delicate offering from a predominantly harder-hitting label. The great news is that Jacques Greene and Justin Martin are on the line-up for remix duties, the latter bringing ‘Just Escape’ a lot closer to the dancefloor. Stay tuned for JG’s effort.

‘Just Escape’ is joined on the EP by ‘With You’, the synth-stabbing, toe-tapping number that proves there’s definitely more than one string to the Scotsman’s bow. Look forward to hearing more.

EP’s out on 16th February.

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