Human Drizzle: The Playlist, February 2016

January seems like a distant memory now, which is no bad thing. There were, however, an abundance of great new tunes released that we simply couldn’t let slip under the radar.

Midland’s side-project AKASE finally released their excellent debut LP, one of our favourite German producers Lauer kicked off the year with a bang and London-based Seb Wildblood prepped the release of his new cassette, ‘U’. HD regulars Klaves, Fort Romeau, Maribou State and many more also feature.

It’s a good one! Enjoy x

 

Human Drizzle Presents @ Basing House – 26.02.16

Just two weeks now until we return to the intimate and slightly sweaty confines of Basing House for our first party of 2016. We’re excited. Come join us by spending just six pounds on a ticket to dance the night away to three of our favourite selectors:

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If you’re unaware of Mr. Beatnick, he’s received high praise for his releases on Don’t Be Afraid and Tief, and his NTS Radio show is going from strength to strength. He’s a producer, DJ, music journalist and record label owner and we’re very much looking forward to his set on the 26th:

Regular readers will know we’ve had our eyes on Brighton producer Lorca for a while. With dynamic releases on 2020 Vision, Church and Breach’s Naked Naked label, there’s a pulsing, tribal element to his music and he’s most definitely one of the most underrated producers out there.

As always, our resident Hot Karl will be setting the scene with a healthy dose of what’s been pushing his buttons in 2016. Get a flavour for his taste in our new feature, Some Like It Hot, Karl.

There’s a lotta fun to be had, grab a ticket now and see you down the front.

Kidnap Kid – Birds That Fly

Kidnap Kid continues his exploration of emotive productions in new single, ‘Birds that Fly’, a slick and considered number that’s due to be the first release on his very own label of the same name, Birds That Fly Records.

Keep your ears peeled for the flip side to said release, ‘Moments’. It’s a juicy, heartfelt five minutes with accompanying instrumental mix too.

Last but not least, for anyone across any of the ponds be sure to check out Kidnap Kid on his gargantuan tour across the US, Australia and New Zealand if you can.

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Hawkes & Blake – Flip A Coin

2nd release of 2016 for Aus Music and it’s a good one!

Having dropped the ‘Stormy Search’ EP just last year, dream team (Marquis) Hawkes and (Timothy) Blake have joined forces again to unleash ‘Flip A Coin’ ahead of their ‘Love Precipitation’ EP. There’s a lot going on in this flamboyant affair with its jazzy piano, 90s garage undertones and stabbing synths throughout. It’s ace.

The EP’s out 12th February.

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Garden City Movement – My Only Love (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)

Another compilation’s popped up on our radar. BLDG5 Records have gathered talent from across the globe to help compile their new 13-track release, ‘Nightingale Floor’.

We were drawn instantly to the slow disco of Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s remix of Garden City Movement’s ‘My Only Love’:

As well as the Tel Aviv trio appearing not once, not twice but thrice on said release, Londoners William Arcane and Al Dobson Jr also feature, alongside this balearic pop number from Domenique Dumont – a relative of the Duke somewhere down the line no doubt…

 

More details on the release here.

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Jonas Rathsman – Cobalt

Jonas Rathsman brings it in hard for his debut outing on Solomun’s Diynamic label. ‘Cobalt’ is a driving tour-de-force that’s due to be released on the sixth instalment of the label’s compilation ‘Four To The Floor’.

Hits the shelves Friday 5th February.

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Klaves – My Mind

Klaves is back doing what he does best. ‘My Mind’ is more jazz-infused house from the Polish producer. It’s infectious stuff, and free to download too. Thanks to Annie Mac’s excellent Free Music Monday service.

For more of his recent material, check out snippets from his recent 12” on Let’s Play House. Or go the whole hog and buy a copy from Juno.

The Blaze – Virile

Fun-filled start to the week courtesy of French duo The Blaze:

‘Virile’ was released on Bromance Records last week on a 24-track compilation entitled ‘Homieland Vol, 2‘. Myd’s ‘Again’ is a slightly harder but no less good stand-out from the release too:

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Lauer – Birsk/Kilian

One punchy house tune, the other more reflective, ‘Birsk/Kilian’ are the yin and yang of Lauer’s recent release on Futureboogie. Quality start to the year from the German producer and one half of Tuff City Kids.

Talking of which, if you’re in London-town this weekend we’d highly recommend a visit to Corsica Studios on Friday night. Said duo are dropping by for a hefty five hour set. With Telephones and Trouble Vision residents in support, it’s not one to miss.

Check their recently-dropped remix of Cologne-based Vimes‘ new single, ‘Mind’, out on Needwant this Friday:

 

 

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Some Like It Hot, Karl – January 2016

At Human Drizzle, we attempt to bring you our favourite musical finds. In almost all cases, these are tracks that we find on SoundCloud, YouTube, Mixcloud or any other file sharing or streaming service. And we love all of the tracks that we post here, or compile in our playlists.

However, it’s one thing to click ‘like’ when a band or producer posts a link to a new track, and it’s quite another to actively seek out and purchase a song. So, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some music which is so good that one listener was compelled to part ways with their hard-earned cash. Our resident DJ, Hot Karl, has been stockpiling records like they’re going out of fashion for some time now. Here we look at ten of our favourite additions to his collection, from the last month, in the hope of sharing some slightly different music with you.

Kicking us off is Dutch producer Junktion, who makes up one half of the excellent deep-disco duo, Fouk. ‘Pale Blue Dot’, a woozy house track with a thumping beat, was released last summer.

Junktion also released on the outstanding ‘Diggin’ Deep Disco #2′ compilation. ‘Sidewalk Salsa’ is another slice of smooth, funky house.

The end of the year ‘top tracks’ list is now a fixture in any music publication’s calendar (you can revisit ours here). Resident Advisor’s tracks of the year rundown is always hotly debated. It is, also, a superb resource for acquainting yourself with tracks that you might have missed in the preceding 12 months. Even better, the arguments in the comments section throw up many more gems. Nods to ‘Cassandra‘ by Donato Dozzy, ‘Carmine‘ by Fit Siegel and the excellent ‘Marine Drive‘ by Florist, all of which could have made it – properly – into this article.

As ever with RA nowadays, Hamburg label Giegling were part of the end-of-year list in most categories. Map.Ache’s ‘The Golden Age’ is a beautiful, slow-burning piece of up-tempo deep house. It brings a smile to our faces every time we hear it, and we can’t wait for the Giegling showcase at Village Underground next month.

No Human Drizzle piece would feel complete without mention of Fort Romeau. We’ve already waxed lyrical about ‘Secret’s & Lies’, but it’s ‘K.O.N.T.R.O.L’ that we want to bring to your attention now. It came out last year and only dropped on our radar thanks to Tim Sweeney’s end-of-year, best of 2015 Beats in Space mix, which is well worth a listen.

Another HD fave, Lorca, has also been in fine form. ‘Creta Kano’ is the a-side of a two-track release on Breach’s Naked Naked Records.

The ‘alt version‘ is great too. Lorca is of course playing alongside Mr Beatnick as part of a Brighton-infused line-up for Human Drizzle Presents on Friday 26 February at Basing House.

This being an article about vinyl, we’re not restricted to talking about the latest releases. This is a good thing, because until this month we had never truly appreciated the amazing Galcher Lustwerk.

As smug as we are to be going to the Giegling night, we are gutted to be missing Galcher Lustwerk the very same evening at Dance Tunnel.

Other notable additions to Karl’s collection feature some modern classics picked up from local record stores or the money-draining Discogs. Damiano Von Eckhart’s Boiler Room brought ‘Wear It Out’ to our attention, from way back in 1979.

Then there’s the up-tempo funk of ‘Into You’ by JD Hall as remixed by Jonathan Morning, a 2005 release on Sunfire Records.

Following in a similar vein is the Masters At Work dub of St Etienne ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ from 1991. An excellent house remix of an already great tune.

To cap off our top records of the month, we’re going to finish with another all-time great: ‘Knight Of The Jaguar’, by DJ Rolando. It’s been a firm favourite since we saw Rødhåd use it to close his set at last summer’s Dekmantel Festival, and it received a re-release in the autumn of 2015.

We hope you agree this is a fitting way to end.

Hot Karl is supporting Lorca and Mr Beatnick at Basing House on Friday 26 February. More details here.

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