The Hydra at Printworks – 22.04.17

Saturday 22nd April, The Hydra are bringing this belter of a line-up to Printworks, one of London’s most exciting new venues. Don’t hang around, secure your place for the 10-hour masterclass behind the decks at the cavernous venue now.

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Pampa Records head-honcho DJ Koze heads up the billing in this star-studded affair. Sharing a passion for crate-digging, both Motor City Drum Ensemble and Jeremy Underground also appear on the line-up and will be serving up the finest in disco, house, funk and everything in between.

And as if that’s not enough, Rush Hour co-founder Antal and The Hydra’s very own Dolan Bergin complete the line-up for this special event at Canada Water’s brand new hot spot.

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Do the right thing and grab a ticket now for this landmark party. Don’t sleep – they’ll be gone real soon.

 

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

1. The Black Madonna – He Is The Voice I Hear: The Chicago-based producer and widely-acclaimed selector kicks off 2017 in style with this 10-minute disco belter. The already-sold-out-on-vinyl-but-still-available-digitally release is the first on her brand new label, We Still Believe. A firm favourite of the year thus far.

2. Ben Hauke – I Kinda Missed It ft. Joe Armon-Jones:  On point South London label Church continue to impress with a new addition to the family. Jazz-infused dreaminess from Lewisham’s Woop Records owner Ben Hauke. Four track EP dropping soon.

3. Francis Inferno Orchestra – Oasis (Celestial Body Mix): Wonderful nod to the 90s rave era, this Celestial Body mix is part of the three track ‘Oasis & Time’ EP. You can get your hands on it on 30th January courtesy of FIO and Fantastic Man’s Superconscious Records.

4. Gidge – Lit: Taking samples from their previous album ‘Lulin’, Swedish duo Gidge are developing the atmospheric soundscapes they’re known for into a more concise, danceable sound. Their seven track mini album ‘LNLNN’ is released today on Atomnation.

5. Aera – Rotunde: Berlin-based ‘Rotunde’ unveils this perky number ahead of his four track EP due out on soon on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs.

You can wash all that down with this excellent mix the Dutch duo Fouk served up on Brisbane-based radio show and label Beats Of No Nation ahead of their Australian tour.

And remember to give us a follow over on SoundCloud or Twitter for more tip-top track recommendations…

 

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

1. The Violet Hour – Prisoner Of Love: Second taster from Massimiliano Pagliara and Fort Romeau’s side-project, The Violet Hour. Slow-building cosmic disco number taken from their three-track EP.

2. DJ Seinfeld – Forget U: Another dreamy cut from the hotly-tipped DJ Seinfeld aka Rimbaudian aka Armand Jakobsson.

3. Flume – Tiny Cities feat. Beck (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix): Disco titans add an injection of fun to Flume’s ‘Tiny Cities. Not that it needed it of course.

4. Jad & The – Love Tool: Infectious, jazzy number from the Berlin-based, Australian producer formerly known as Jad & The Ladyboy. Keep an eye out for the Super Fun Bumper side-project he runs with Charles Murdoch too.

5. Seb Wildblood – Melodic Tools: Two forthcoming releases on South London label Church, as penned by label head. Always a treat.

And for your Brucey Bonus this week, plug into Tim Sweeney’s Best of 2016 show for an extended listen. It’s goood.

 

 

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Top 10 Tracks of 2016

Goodbye 2016, and good riddance. As a disastrous twelve months for the human race comes crashing to a close, sweeping up a few more icons of music and cinema along the way, solace can be found in those parts of the year that weren’t cataclysmic. Searching among the debris for our tracks of the year, we found these ten diamonds in the rough and we present them to you, polished up and proud as emblems of the fact that – in a world with room for Trump and Farage but not Bowie or Rickman – all is not (yet) lost. You can also find them in our Best of 2016 playlists on Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.

1. The Blaze – Virile: The debut release from French duo The Blaze went largely unnoticed at the start of 2016. With its pensive vocals, catchy melody and rising synths, the tune is at once euphoric and reflective. The lyrics stress the importance of love and togetherness and this warmth is brought to life wonderfully by friends of The Blaze in the accompanying vid. A real delight.

2. Midland – Final Credits: An outstanding Essential Mix and a brilliant EP (‘Blush’) were followed up by his highest position on RA’s top 100 DJs. Whilst 2016 was awful for almost all of us, Midland kept doing what he does best and enjoyed another great year. It was ‘Final Credits’ though – released on Midland’s very own Regraded label – that stole the limelight. Mixmag’s track of the year, ‘Final Credits’ combines a melancholic Gladys Knight sample, with a trademark heavy house beat. It was irresistible at festivals and clubs the world over in 2016.

3. Mood Hut – Better: This bundle of fun came out on Vancouver’s Mood Hut in August this year and harks back to label affiliates JLM and Chris Wang’s Love Dancing parties back in 2009. Both this and B-side ‘Fever’ are irresistibly colourful disco numbers. Credit here should also go to Gladys Knight.

4. Lindstrøm – Closing Shot: It takes a couple of minutes for Lindstrøm to really set the scene here, but once in full bloom ‘Closing Shot’ rivals fellow Scandi-disco bossman Todd Terje for anthemic, feel-good vibes. We’ve had it on repeat since coming out in March.

5. MLiR – People: The Swedish duo that is MLiR (Modern Life is Rubbish) released their debut EP on the excellent Studio Barnhus on 20th June, and this vibrant gem always brings a smile to our faces. Looking forward to hearing more from them in 2017.

6. DJ Sotofett – Current 82 (12 Mix): DJ Sotofett’s 12″ mix of ‘Current 82’ is nearly 14 minutes long. We’ve lost count of the number of times we settled down to listen to this track, only to be interrupted and have to start from the beginning. It was never a chore to do so. Our first discovery of ‘Current 82’ was courtesy of a trippy, slowed down YouTube video, seemingly of the final moments of a rooftop rave. The sun coming up, crowd looking frazzled but happy, this scene was the perfect accompaniment to a remarkable track. Whilst not a club banger, it reminds us of the great qualities dance music is capable of possessing.

7. David August – J.B.Y: The Hamburg producer extraordinaire returned after a two-year hiatus bigger and bolder than ever. This epic and melodic track was his first release on Ninja Tune’s Counter Records and proved to be an excellent addition to his all-new live shows.

8. Jump Source – All My Love Is “Free”: Canadian house music continues to provide understated gems. Elsewhere in our Top 10 we’ve already touched on the Vancouver-based Mood Hut, and Jump Source – helmed by Montreal’s Project Pablo and Francis Oak – replicates the feel-good vibe that has become the trademark of the blossoming Canadian scene. ‘All My Love Is “Free”‘, all high hats and echoey piano, is a warm summer day of a house anthem. A lot of the tracks that we put forward for this year’s final playlist had an introspection that reflected the melancholia of 2016. By contrast, ‘All My Love Is “Free”‘ is pure escapism.

9. Fort Romeau – Secrets & Lies: We continue to be very fond of Fort Romeau’s production and DJ skills. He seemed to take things to a new level in 2016, with the establishment of his Cin Cin label as an essential name for record collectors and DJs. His ‘Secrets & Lies’ EP, released on Live At Robert Johnson way back in January, stood the test of time to make it onto this list. In all honesty, we could have selected either ‘Facing The Sea’ or ‘Secrets & Lies’, but we plumped for the title track in the end. Ten minutes of acid, with a Dirty Dancing sample on loop. Magnificent.

10. Gonno & Nick Hoppner – As Above, So Below: Panorama Bar resident Nick Höppner teamed up with Japanese producer and DJ Gonno to create this dreamy slice of house. Featured in John Talabot’s brilliant Phonica mix, and released soon after on Ostgut Ton, ‘As Above, So Below’ has a lot going on – most prominent of all is a beautiful melody that really got under our skin in 2016.

Head over here for our ‘Top 10 Albums of 2016’ and here for our ‘Best Mixes of 2016’. Alternatively tuck into the below for our extended ‘Best of 2016’ playlist.

Check out these tunes along with our other favourites of 2016, in playlists on Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube. And look out for our favourite mixes and albums of the year on the blog too.

See you in 2017.

 

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Top 5 Mixes of 2016

Also, in no particular order…

1. Phonica Mix Series 27: John Talabot:

2: Secretsundaze – Boiler Room:

3. Essential Mix – Midland:

4. Soul Clap’s Prince Tribute:

5. Essential Mix – Leon Vynehall:

 

Top 10 Albums of 2016

In no particular order…

1. Leon Vynehall – Rojus:

2. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool:

3. Moderat – III:

4. Youandewan – There Is No Right Time:

5. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos:

6. Virginia – Fierce For The Night:

7. Weval – Weval:

8. Christine & The Queens – Chaleur Humaine:

9. Anohni – Hopelessness:

10. Stranger Things OST:

 

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

Another week, another Top 5.

As always get in touch below or on Twitter if you think we’re missing a trick on any big hits, and stay tuned for our ‘Best of 2016 playlist’ coming real soon.

Supreems – Us Together: Dreamy debut release from the Antwerpen producer out on Lobster Theremin.

Mount Liberation Unlimited – Double Dance Lover: The 15-minute epic Disko Dubb dropped last week, now we’re treated to the radio-friendly version of the Stockholm duo’s super-fun return.

Maurice Jnr. – Interlude / Roy Rozell – This Girl: Another split 12″ from two of the Paradise Forum gang provides the second release for Sugarhouse Records’ Bouncin imprint. Not a lot wrong here.

Moby – Natural Blues (Kidnap Kid Remix): Moby’s 1999 hit gets a weighty makeover. Excellent work as always from the Yorkshire lad.

Sandboards – Visa (Space Dimension Controller’s 12Bit Late Tape Mix): Written by Sandboards, remixed by Space Dimension Controller and given away for free by the Feel My Bicep label. Christmas coming a little earlier this year.

Human Drizzle: The Playlist, December 2016

About time we got this up, really.

Some strong releases from our favourite labels including Permanent Vacation, Cin Cin and Feel My Bicep, as well as stand out tracks from the ASL Singles Club, Amsterdam’s Atomnation and a wonderful quarter of an hour crafted by Mount Liberation Unlimited on Studio Barnhus.

Hopefully enough here to get your teeth into while we countdown to xmas and the looming departure of quite an extraordinary 2016.

As ever let us know in the comments if we’ve missed any obvious choice cuts, or give us a shout over on Twitter with some of your top tips.

Stay tuned for our ‘Best of 2016’ playlist coming soon…

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

Another week, another top 5.

Whilst basking in the lovely news that not only Fabric will be re-opening soon but a new 16 acre, 100-laser, 5,000 capacity multi-arts space will be slamming down in Canada Water early next year, check out our favourite tracks from this week.

Voyeur – Silents (Original Beat Edit): London-based duo Voyeur dropped this atmospheric ‘beat edit’ of recent album opener ‘Silents’ earlier on in the week. Like said release (‘Nina‘ is a particular fave) it’s top banana.

Gold Panda – Time Eater (Fort Romeau): Dream combination. FR works his magic on GP’s new one, need we say more?

White Elephant – Tears: Crazy P’s Jim Baron aka Ron Basejam is back with the side-project he spawned with Chris Todd and Ben Smith back in 2011. This finely-crafted number joins three other tracks on ‘The Old Euphonium’ EP out now, grab a copy here.

Shanti Celeste – Dolphin Chant: There’s a strong line-up of talent on this year’s Craigie Knowes-released charity compilation including Legowelt, Andy Hart and Chaos In The CBD. Joining them is this excellently-named and infectious number – all proceeds go to War Child.

Mount Liberation Unlimited – Double Dance Lover (Disko Dubb Mix): Described as an ‘all-encompassing anthem of dance and love’, the Stockholm duo are releasing this 15-minute Disko Dubb track on their next Studio Barnhus 12″. It’s ace.

And for your Black Friday Bonus, let us point you in the direction of the wonderful DFA Records. 25% off all stock including this juicy remix from Luke Solomon.

Let us know in the comments or give us a shout on Twitter if we’ve missed any glaringly obvious gems, and head over to our SoundCloud for a whole lot more including new remixes from Laurence Guy and Mall Grab, and original releases from Roland Tings, Geowulf and A Band Call Flash.

Have a good weekend, people.

Top 5 Tracks of the Week

Oh hi there! We’ve been taking a little break from posting about new music recently, we do apologise!

As of right now we’re taking a different approach to talking about the music we love. In an effort to keep up with the huge amounts of music out there, we’re going to be posting less on the blog, and sharing more on our socials – give us a follow on Twitter, SoundCloud or Facebook to keep up to date with all the tracks that are grabbing our attention.

We’ll be posting our top 5 tracks of the week every Friday right here, plus collating all of our favourites in our usual monthly playlists.

And in no particular order, check out our 5 favourites from this week gone by:

Bézier – Purify: All four of Cin Cin’s fifth split 12” release may as well be up here, but we’ve chosen Bézier from Honey Soundsystem’s ‘Purify’ rather than either of label co-owner Fort Romeau’s smooth cuts. Could be the label’s best yet, listen to the full EP here:

Deltawerk – Sample: New collaboration between Applescall and Hessel Strut from Polynation. This hefty number’s released on the excellent Dutch label Atomnation:

K15 – Returning Is Impossible: Dreamy re-release on Wotnot Music by Kieran from N15, joining three other tracks on the compilation ‘Dancefloor Sweets Vol. 1’, compiled by Wotnot’s very own JJ Mumbles.

Christine & The Queens – Saint Claude (Tourist Remix): As we’ve come to expect from the London via Brighton producer, Tourist adds a stirring and emotive glisten to everyone’s favourite Frenchie’s new single.

Abstraxion – Dystopia (Cleveland Remix): We’re still fairly new to Cleveland’s fandom (‘Atlas’ released earlier on in the year on Hivern Discs and basically any mix he’s done this year pulled us in). Like many of his own productions, Cleveland doesn’t rush this cool, calm and collected remix.

As mentioned, give us a follow on Twitter, SoundCloud or Facebook for a more constant flow of new music.

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