Jon Hopkins Essential Mix

After a fairly big weekend that saw us take in Hyde’s 1st birthday party at the brilliant Oval Space on Saturday night, we’re in need of a something to zone out to today. Luckily for us, and you if you’re taking a similarly tentative approach to this Monday, composer/producer/performer/DJ extraordinaire Jon Hopkins was on the Essential Mix on Friday night.

It’s a superb selection, that includes some brilliant tracks from Daniel Avery, Recondite, James Holden and this stunning Moderat remix of Hopkins’ ‘Abandon Window’.

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Kokiri – Retrospect

If you, like the rest of the office/city/country/world, have a cold at the mo, maybe you need a bit of happy house?

Kev Williams aka Kokiri has a new EP out on Love & Other and it’s just that, a bit of fun. The title track is a piano-driven house throwback that doesn’t try and be anything it isn’t. Refreshing.

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Croquet Club – Only You Can Tell

Emerging French producer Croquet Club is back with new single ‘Only You Can Tell’, over four minutes of under-stated electronica. It’s calming, pensive and will warm the cockles in these chillier climes.

Out on Monday 24th November on Anjunadeep.


XXXY – 18 Hours (Original Mix)

Put aside six minutes for this one:

We’re a little biased given that xxxy is headlining our next Human Drizzle Presents, but even the most neutral, cold-hearted, mid-week listener can’t help but be moved by this rolling club house track, flecked with his usual garage influences. Premiered over at Deep House London, ’18 Hours’ comes out on an eponymous three-track EP on Rinse and we just can’t wait to hear more.

It’s described as “a gorgeous… whirlpool of a club track”, come get sucked in on 5th December.


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Just Kiddin – Thinking About It (Crom & Thanh Remix)

Something to get your Tuesday morning going. Berlin duo Crom & Than take Just Kiddin’s huge hit ‘Thinking About It’ a little bit deeper with this remix, adding a new dimension to one of the most popular vocal house tunes of the summer. Catch Just Kiddin in a town near you on the Eton Messy national tour.

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Barnt – Chappell

Chances are, if Joy Orbison and Tim Sweeney get behind a record, it’s going to be a cracker. Barnt’s ‘Chappell’ was first aired in Joy O’s essential mix back in July (well worth a listen) and has since featured in Sweeney’s Beats in Space 15th Anniversary compilation. It’s an intense percussive workout that alternates between powerful stabs and the full range of clicks and snares. Mesmerising stuff.

Barnt is the latest signing to Joy O and Will Bankhead’s label ‘Hinge Finger’, with ‘His Name’ becoming the 5th vinyl-only release. The B-side is pretty tasty too, yet more weird and wonderful drum-machine sounds.

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Fort Romeau – Beats In Space Mix

Whilst warming up for his headline slot at Human Drizzle Presents with a US tour, Fort Romeau got the call-up for Tim Sweeney’s iconic Beats In Space radio show. The resulting guest mix is superb. With fine selections involving recent cuts on Hivern Discs and Live At Robert Johnson, a classic from Moby and a heart-wrenching few minutes from Lauer, nothing could whet the appetite more for his appearance at Plan B on 5th December.

If you’re in London, do the right thing, get a ticket and come shake it with us.

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TOURIST – Illuminate (feat. Years & Years)

Tourist is back doing what he does best in new single ‘Illuminate’. Featuring Years & Years’ singer Olly Alexander on the lead vocal, the catchy and stirring chorus on this is another reason to get excited about Tourist’s debut album dropping next year. With Polydor behind that, we’re expecting big things.


Einerlei – Berg (Kesper Remix)

Back in April 2014, we did a feature on the debut release from a Leeds-based start-up label called Slipstone Records. The ‘Moonwalk’ EP was a spacious and perfectly measured three-track release by Kesper, who we later went onto see at One Day festival on the summer solstice. The pick of those three tracks is ‘Re-entry’.

Brooding. Anyway, Slipstone Records are in no rush to hurry through their releases, and the care and attention shown in ‘Moonwalk’ is reflected in ‘Escapism’, the follow up. Einerlei is the producer in chief here – we couldn’t find too much on him, sorry - but it’s clear that Slipstone are developing a very dense and mystical sound. Our favourite is Kesper’s remix of ‘Berg’.

We think this one’s out in early January. Enjoy it on SoundCloud until then.

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Lion Babe – Jump Hi (Todd Edwards Dub)

We’re here for the Todd Edwards on this one:

Much as we’re sure Lion Babe and Childish Gambino are good (and we really did enjoy this at the time), it’s the UKG maestro’s rework that makes this a top listen. Rolling tech house to drive you towards hometime.

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