Dusky – Bitter Lake

You can’t knock their work rate. Having recently played a sell-out 8 hour set at London’s Oval Space and in the midst of their Autumn/Winter tour, Dusky dropped a new three-track EP entitled ‘Lydia’ on their own 17 Steps label last week.

‘Bitter Lake’ is the stand out for us with its infectious, high-energy and ‘hoover-fuelled breakdown’ towards the end. Head over to their SoundCloud to check out the other two.



Disclosure – Magnets ft. Lorde (Jon Hopkins Remix)

Big, bold and beautiful remix of Disclosure’s ‘Magnets’ from Jon Hopkins, as featured on the recently-released ‘Magnets (The Remixes)’ EP alongside other efforts from SG Lewis, Tiga, A-Trak and more. Go buy.


Formation – Control

South London duo Formation and their cowbell-flecked, groove-ridden tune ‘Control’ are here to ease along your Friday afternoons. It joins ‘All The Rest Is Noise’ on the Leon Vynehall-produced ‘Under The Tracks’ EP, forthcoming on Meno Records.

Londoners: get yourself to Corsica Studios on Thursday 26th November to see them in the flesh.

And for yet more cowbells:

Hubie Davison – Sanctified

Congrats, you made it. It’s Friday.


The ‘Sanctified’ EP from Hubie Davison is the second release on Midland’s nascent ReGraded label and this eponymous title track is something to lift the spirits and usher in the weekend. We like to imagine our legions of readers (hi to both of you!) boogying and shuffling their way out of the office to this one.

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Auntie Flo – Theory of Flo

Auntie FloThe long-term Huntleys & Palmers stalwart Auntie Flo (guy on the right) is getting some serious heat right now. And rightly so. He – Brian d’Souza to his nearest and dearest – released his new album ‘Theory of Flo’ just last week and we’re writing this to say it’s good. Really good.

Recorded in London, Glasgow and Havana, it features collaborations with The Noisettes’ lead singer Shingai Showina, Ghanaian singer Anbuley and Esa Williams. The latter (guy on the left) plays a vital role in the Auntie Flo live set and has regularly DJ’d alongside him at their Highlife nights, a party that was spawned by Huntleys & Palmers’ domination of the Glaswegian club scene.

H&P’s penchant for combining world music with electronic sounds seems to finally be getting the recognition it deserves. The Guardian waxed lyrical over their ability to take world music into the future, their regular Rinse FM slot is thriving and Auntie Flo himself’s got an exciting London schedule of late, taking down Rough Trade, Corsica Studios and the Bussey Building. Lead single from his new album ‘So In Love’ premièred recently on Boiler Room and just this week Annie Mac featured it on her Free Music Monday service:

There’s a lot more where that came from too. ‘Theory of Flo’ is full of hypnotic looped samples that are destined to stick in your head. There are slow-paced, contemplative moments in ‘Dreamer’ and album-closer ‘For Mihaly’, but ultimately the whole album keeps your toes tapping. ‘Dance Ritual I & II’ pack a punch with the back-to-back steel drums and euphoric piano combo, and the tribal calls on ‘Hewal3’ and ‘Waiting For A (Woman)’ are totally infectious. The latter’s been an HD fave since Gilles Peterson featured it a while back:

For the Londoners amongst you, the good news is you don’t have long to wait to see him play. Most notably, he’s doing an album launch party at the whopping Free Rotation x Gottwood x Field Maneuvers party this Saturday at the Bussey Building. Not only are all profits going to the Red Cross Refugee Crisis Fund, there’s an excellent line-up to boot – including Blawan, Christian S and Medlar’s Tony & The Waves. It looks real juicy; you can see all the details here. But be hasty as we hear tickets are running low.

Oh yeah, and go buy ‘Theory of Flo‘ as soon as.

NVOY – Higher

Fresh from smashing it out the park at Human Drizzle Presents (seen the pics yet??) London-based duo NVOY are back with brand new single, ‘Higher’.

Premièred by Annie Mac and gaining decent support across the blogosphere, the lads are continuing to carve out a solid rep for their soulful future house. They’re back on Black Butter Records for this catchy release, with a handful of live dates with the label to boot. New Year’s Eve at Manchester’s Albert Hall with Rudimental, David Rodigan and a load of other top guests looks particularly juicy.

Lorca – Creta Kano (Alternative Version)

Naked Naked are on to another winner with Lorca‘s forthcoming ‘Creta Kano’ release. The Brighton-based producer returns to Breach’s label with a three-track EP featuring originals ‘Malta Kano’ and ‘Creta Kano’, and thankfully, he’s also rustled up an alternative version of the latter.

Synths play the lead role in this urgent, but dreamy banger. We like it a lot. Hits the shelves on 20th November…


Aphrohead – Grown Man Cryy (Carl Craig ‘Brainy Grimlin’ Remix)

Ok, let’s get this Thursday started.

Aphrohead, aka Felix Da Housecat for all you 90s heads out there, has recently put out his first LP in over a decade and he’s pulled in the-man-who-needs-no-intro Carl Craig to rework one of the tracks, ‘Grown Man Cryy’.

The ‘Brainy Grimlin’ remix (us neither) is nine minutes of muscular techno that kicks into life with some old-fashioned bleeps at 4:40. Essentially, these two still very much have “it” and “it” is on full display here.

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Fort Romeau – Unititled

Your boy Fort Romeau and Warm head honcho Ali Tillet have gone and set up a new label called Cin Cin, aiming to provide a series of split 12″s which will feature some of their friends old and new. Sounds good to us.

First up FR himself unleashes this dreamy techno number. Stay tuned for the flip side, which is due to feature Nick Hoppner.

For more on the South London producer, a recent Dekmantel podcast featured Fort Romeau’s set at Corsica Studios from a few months back. You can stream the thing below, that’s if you’ve got a spare SIX HOURS. He played some of his favourites all night long…

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Sailor & I – Leave The Light On (Kidnap Kid Remix)

We’ve been enjoying the slightly deeper direction Kidnap Kid’s been heading of late. He’s added some finesse to Sailor & I’s ‘Leave The Light On’. It’s out now on Ultra Music’s sub-label The Invention of Loneliness Records, and you can get it right here.

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