Ben Browning – Friends Of Mine

Cut Copy’s keyboardist Ben Browning serves up this feel-good tune ahead of releasing his debut album on Yellow Year Records on 16th June. We’re expecting a lot more sample-heavy, synth pop gems to come out the woodwork as the summer rolls on. You can file ‘Friends Of Mine’ next to one of our guilty-pleasures of the year, ‘King’. Gryffin on the remix:

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Found Festival – Brockwell Park 13th June

Just over two weeks now until Found Festival presents five carefully curated electronic stages of electronic music at its new home of Brockwell Park in South London’s Brixton. Block out Saturday 13th June in the diary if you’ve not already.

The line-up is now complete and with the likes of George FitzGerald, Nick Curly and party promoters Feelings hosting stages, it’s looking very tasty indeed. Not to mention big hitters Guy Gerber, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Genius Of Time on the main stage. Here’s how the full line-up is looking:

Tickets can be bought here. There’s only a limited number of £35 tickets left before they move on up in price, so you best get to it.

Delve into Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Boiler Room to get you in the mood:

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Tensnake – The Walk

New belter from Tensnake to blow the cobwebs post-Bank Holiday. ‘The Walk’ is the B-side to ‘Keep On Talking’, the first piece of material the Hamburg producer’s released since his debut album last year.

If you’re after more, he’s put together an hour’s mix for Solid Steel Radio. And you.

Lauer – Borndom LP

We’ve been patiently waiting for Lauer’s second album since we were blown away by the superb ‘Stigma’ last year.

Released on the Munich-based Permanent Vacation label, ‘Borndom’ is out now and we highly recommend you going out and spending all your hard-earned cash on it. It’s an 80s-influenced, synth-heavy piece of work, and we’ve picked out our favourite tracks from the LP to soundtrack the excitements as the bank holiday creeps in.

If you like what you hear and you’re London-based, we highly recommend heading down to Oval Space on 12th June. Lauer is playing in a splendid line-up that consists of Joy Orbison, Gerd Janson and Prins Thomas. Tickets here.

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Bicep – Celeste

It’s time for your weekly dose of Bicep lovin’.

The Belfast boys withdraw from their trademark style for ‘Celeste’, replacing the stomping 4×4 with bongo drums and vocal hooks with drawn-out swoons.  The result is a transfixing piece of dance music unlike anything we’ve heard from them before, carried off like it was their signature sound.  Definitely one to miss-your-bus-stop to.

Catch them at their summer residency at XOYO throughout July, August & September.  Not one to miss.

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NVOY – Girl

Swirling synths, catchy vocals and fidgety beats are the order of the day from London-based NVOY.

First up, the Black Butter Records-affiliated duo unleashed an exclusive track called ‘Girl’ on Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday service. That one’s free to download. And secondly as they quite rightly put it, their ‘remix of Blonde’s latest single is ready to smash up a club near you’:

Head over to their SoundCloud to keep in the loop. One of their first offerings, ‘You Are’, is being served up as the opener for Black Butter’s ‘Spread Love Volume 5′, a compilation featuring a carefully chosen selection of breakthrough artists. Check out the tune below and cop the release here.

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Joris Voorn remixes

Yesterday, Dutch house ever-present Joris Voorn released a remix album to last year’s long-player ‘Nobody Knows’. You just have to look down the list of affiliated artists to get an idea of the man’s standing on the underground scene, with contributions from Guti, Christian Loeffler, Nightmares On Wax and Matthew Dear.

We’ve picked out our three favourites from the collection: remixes from Kolsch, &ME and Ripperton.

Kolsch’s remix of ‘The Monk’ is a bouncey, up-tempo, almost EDM-like track. &ME takes ‘Homeland’ in a deep tech-house direction, and Ripperton’s influence on ‘Sweets For Piano’ results in a great deep house tune.

This is out on Joris Voorn’s label Green right now and is definitely worth checking out in more detail.

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Cassio Kohl – Percolate @ Gottwood Mix

With Gottwood now under a month away, Nottingham-based producer Cassio Kohl has crafted this lengthy mix to whet the appetite for the Anglesey-based festival. Jam-packed with disco and feel-good vibes this is a must for all things summer.

CK will be playing on the party-startin’ Percolate stage on Friday 12th June. Which is irrelevant if you ain’t got a ticket, the festival unsurprisingly sold out a while back. Follow him on SoundCloud to keep up to date with his movements.

Akase – Rust

Formed in Leeds, written in London and produced in Berlin, this collaborative project between Midland and Robbie Redway has been a long time in the making. Not only does the idea of Midland moving away from the dancefloor prove to be an intriguing one, excitement levels were heightened when we heard Ewan Pearson was to be the man at the production helm.

Akase are now set to release their full length debut album later this year on !K7 Records, and ‘Rust’ is the first taster from this. It’s a sombre yet stirring number that whets the appetite nicely for what’s to come. Reports of their debut gig at Corsica Studios last year road-testing their repertoire were all superlative, so stay tuned to hear of plans to play live.

Midland’s provided the remix for the B-side to ‘Rust’, something also to keep your eyes peeled for. Exciting times.

Bicep – Back 2 U (Tranz Dub)

Following on from the atmospheric ‘Just’ a couple of weeks back, we (in collaboration with the Mixmag soundcloud account) bring to you the second cut from Bicep’s upcoming EP.

‘Back 2 U’ (Tranz Dub) flows through the same vein as ‘Just’ in grabbing your attention beyond the ups and downs of your average house track. It has soaring vocals dipping in and out but the focus is on the percussive bass, carrying you through the eight minutes.

The boys are back on Aus Music for this one with a vinyl release on 24th May.

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