Claude Speeed – Prove You Exist

So, you know how we wuz luvin’ that Claude Speeed track about a month or so back? Well, there’s more. A whole album more.

To mark its release, he’s done a couple of things. First, he’s put out a trippy vid for the final track of the album, ‘Prove You Exist’. Described as the monumental crescendo of his debut album, it’s more soundscape than bangin’ house track, moving more towards the modern classical influences he regularly cites:

Along the same lines is the LuckyMe man’s FACT mix, a hypnotic 90 minutes of forward-looking electronica:

As one established music critic of some renown said, Claude’s output is “a symphony for festival down-time”.

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Farmfest 2014

farmfestWe’re lucky enough to be heading south-west this weekend for Farmfest, an independent little festival in its ninth year that takes place in Somerset’s Bruton.

The two-day event sounds like a charming affair. Situated in the glorious surroundings of Gilcombe Farm, it’s clearly a festival that believes in providing an experience. Sure, the bookers have provided a genre-defying selection of emerging talent you can shuffle your feet to, but it don’t stop there. They’ve organised a range of activities besides this and they’ve provided a load of local produce you can get your teeth into. Not only is it cheap-as-chips, all profits are being donated to a handful of Somerset charities.

Both bands and DJs alike, there’s enough to fill the weekend with a belter of a line-up.

On the pop side, we’ll be looking out for the likes of Alpines, Beaty Heart and Phoria. Not to mention Rebecca Clements whose debut single Wildlife has already gained her Radio 1 exposure. Alongside Emily & The Woods and Public Service Broadcasting, there’s a tasty line up to get the evenings moving swiftly:

There’s a lot in store electronically to take things further deeper too. Fabric regular and We Love Space Ibiza resident Ralph Lawson will be stepping on the ones and twos, alongside DJ Food, Leo Zero and the African-American-inspired Romare. Check out the latter’s Boiler Room mix here, or this cheeky summer mix he did last year:

Besides Channel One Soundsytem, one of the world’s biggest dub-reggae collectives famous for their ace sets at Notting Hill Carnival (sign that petition, folks), HD will be seeking out the Flux-affiliated Aartekt and Jacques Adda – we saw the latter at One Day and he knows his way around a tune.

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All in all there’s a lot of fun to be had. You can find further details about it all here and with tickets at just over fifty smackers, you’d be foolish not to get involved.

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Glass Animals – POOLS (Roosevelt Remix)

Roosevelt on the remix is always a winner.

He’s been recruited alongside Kwes and Jackson and his Computer Band by Oxford four-piece Glass Animals to inject his usual dose of summer goodness to their single ‘POOLS’. Head here for the free download and check the vid to the original below:

 

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Joe Goddard – Endless Love feat. Betsy

Here’s the title track of Mr Joe Goddard’s brand new EP, ‘Endless Love’.

Being the fan of collaboration that the Hot Chip and 2 Bears member is, he’s roped in Betsy to provide the vocal on this hypnotic house number. We don’t know a lot about her, but her soulful tones can also be heard on the sister track to ‘Endless Love’, ‘Make It Right’.  They sit nicely alongside three other dancefloor-inspired tracks on the ‘Endless Love’ EP, which is out now on Greco-Roman. Grab a copy here.

Welcome back Joe, summer anthem in the making wethinks.

 

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Beacons Festival 2014

The Yorkshire Dales don’t see nothing like it.

In two weeks time we’re fortunate enough to be going to Beacons Festival. It takes place on the FUNkirk Estate in Skipton from 7th – 10th August and is without doubt one of the stand-outs of the year in the UK festival calendar.

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It’s remarkably only in its third year, and 2014 sees the boutique celebration of music and art host the biggest line-up yet. With stages hosted by RA, Red Bull Music Academy, Noisey, Flux and many more, the range of talent is ludicrous.

The line-up’s bursting at the seams. Dixon and Mano Le Tough, The Fall and British Sea Power, Daniel Avery, Huxley and Joy Orbison. Hot new acts like Wayward, Beaty Heart and Toy feature, as well as stalwarts Crazy P Soundsystem, Greg Wilson and Jon Hopkins. Not to mention Jackmaster, Darkside and Dusky.

The list goes on. And on. And on. Check it out here.

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The atmosphere at Beacons is a true delight and with light installations, stalls, fairs and film screenings (Shane Meadows gave a riveting Q&A on his hit film ‘Made Of Stone’ last year) there really is something for everyone.

More information can be found here and more importantly tickets can be bought here. If there’s one tip we have for August, we highly recommend you hit the north.

As usual, to whet the appetite, we’ve compiled a special Beacons playlist for your listening pleasure. Get excited:

 

 

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Pional – It’s All Over (John Talabot’s Stormbreak Refix)

Quick one for you.

Ahead of the release (finally) of Pional’s mighty ‘It’s All Over’ on 4th August, Hivern Discs have lobbed out the John Talabot refix. Guess what? It’s great!

And here’s a rip of the original, because you’re/it’s worth it:

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Jamie T – Don’t You Find

Few days late to this but can we just add our voice to the chorus; welcome back old pal:

Trying for one moment to put aside our longstanding affection for Jamie T (you may even spot some of our number in the video for ‘If You Got The Money’, we think ‘Don’t You Find’ is different, but good different. In his own words, he was trying to “get power out of slow songs rather than using tempo to get aggression out” and it works. Pared down guitars and emotive strings offer a new backdrop to Jamie’s dulcet tones, a stark contrast to the early bellicosity of ‘Fire Fire’.

Released a couple of days ago, it will be followed by album ‘Carry On The Grudge’ on September 29th. Don’t know about you, but we’re excited. Very excited.

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Mayer Hawthorne – The Stars Are Ours (Detroit Swindle’s Big Dipper Mix)

Detroit Swindle are back remixing their pal Mayer Hawthorne again in this excellently-titled free download. There’s nothing totally original about it but the piano loop and funky percussion work is second to none. There’s a whole eight and a half minutes for this one to creep in, too. It’s the Dutch duo at their best.

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Basement Jaxx – Never Say Never (Wayward Remix)

Wayward just keep ‘em coming.

Whether it’s the blissed-out balearic vibes on ‘Belize‘ or the soulful pop of ‘Love Jones‘ and ‘Marvin‘, they’ve consistently delivered and have fast become one of our fave production duos out there.

Now they’ve boldly taken on Basement Jaxx’s new single ‘Never Say Never’, injecting a whack of bounce to the original. They’ve focused on the catchy vocal and given it even more of a party feel – it’s absolutely the Monday morning pick-me-up we all need and only heightens our anticipation of their next single, due out very soon we hear.

Keep your ears peeled for that one, and if you’re at Global Gathering, Beacons or Bestival, do the right thing and find out where they’re playing.

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Aeroplane Remixes

If there was a  Human Drizzle hall of fame, Aeroplane would be a nailed-on inductee. His towering achievements in disco were the early building blocks upon which this great institution was built. Those monthly mixes…it was a simpler, more innocent time.

That said, it’s been a wee while since we wrote about the great Belgian. We think it’s time to rectify that.

When the sun is out in London like it is today, people tend to go for it bigtime (for those readers that don’t live in this currently sweltering metropolis, the place basically turns into one great big Bulmers advert), so good ol’ Vito has arrived with two summery bangers to get you through the last hours of the afternoon, until you can taste that first, crisp Disaronno on the rocks Aperol Spritz.

The Aeroplane remix of Riton‘s ‘Inside My Head’ wallops along nicely, with some gorge vocals from Meleka to get you going.

And then we’ve got Vito’s new remix of Charlie XCX‘s ‘Boom Clap’. Lovely nu-disco feel to this one; very Aeroplane.

He’s hitting the Euro festival scene pretty hard this summer, starting at Benicassim this weekend. He’s next in the UK at the Nest in London on 12 September.

There it is. Welcome back Aeroplane. Get out there and enjoy the sun.

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