Monthly Archives: March 2012

Human Drizzle: The Playlist, March 2012

Having shivered our way through the first park days of the year, it’s time to head back inside, pop the headphones on and relive the highs and lows of March. As a round-up of tunes we have featured this month, there’s something in there for everyone. We’re also chuffed to have received suggestions and feedback since our last playlist: more of the same please. Apparently ‘the web’ offers a lot of opportunity for interactivity (who knew?)


B.Traits feat. Elisabeth Troy – Fever

Released on Monday, this track has been winning plaudits across the nation’s dancefloors and airwaves for some time, and it’s easy to see why.

First up, B.Traits expertly combines the echoey percussion and acid house piano riffs that the likes of SkreamEmeli Sandé and Toddla T have used to such nostalgic effect in the last couple of years. Then there’s the huge breakdown which owes more than a little to Robin S (and anyone who thinks that is a bad thing lacks either a sense of humour or a pair of ears – hopefully the former). The final ingredient is Elisabeth Troy’s vocal. That’s Elisabeth Troy who sang on MJ Cole’s classic, ‘Crazy Love’. She’s good.

This tune is not doing anything new, but it’s a banger – and you’ll be hearing a lot more of it this summer. And remix fans amongst you may want to check out the decidedly fruity versions produced by D BridgeBreakage and Toddla T & DJ Q.

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Nneka – Shining Star (Joe Goddard Remix)

Nneka first came to our attention when Chase & Status propelled her into the public eye by remixing her track ‘Heartbeat’ back in 2009. Now, just after the release of her new album ‘Soul Is Heavy’, her track ‘Shining Star‘ has been remixed by someone who may just propel her a little further.

Who better to give your work some nip and tuck than King Midas himself, Joe Goddard. Most of the things he’s done over the last 18 months have been nothing short of stellar. He has released a host of remixes, penned one of the biggest tunes of last year in ‘Gabriel’, produced consistent bangers with 2 Bears, and remained a key member of the Hot Chip crew.

This remix may be a sum total of 9 minutes and 2 seconds long. But bear (ahem) with it. Once you’re in, it’s absolutely stunning and could be a contender for our favourite tune of the year thus far. The accompanying army of percussion he’s embedded into this soulful pop tune turns it into an uplifting, pensive, progressive and perfect song. Enjoy.

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Dollop – with Rustie, Koreless, South London Ordnance & more @ Netil 000, Saturday 31st March

Who fancies a night out? Let Dollop provide one. The Nottingham & London promoters have put together a bangin’ line-up for their first big one of 2012.

Book out the 31st March and head down to the recently upgraded Netil House in Hackney to cut up a rug to Rustie, Koreless, South London Ordnance and Charles Drakeford from streamin’ pioneers, Boiler Room. The aforementioned Rustie has done a sizeable rework of SebastiAn’s new track ‘Love In Motion‘ BTW, which we highly recommend.

Tickets are flying off the shelves but there’s still plenty to go around (decent sized venue), we truly madly deeply wish to see you there.

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Dems – Inner O

Fresh from supporting Azealia Banks on her UK tour, Dems are fast-becoming a hotly tipped, one-to-watch band, embodying everything we love about the way pop music is heading. They have the ability to create songs with great melody and a catchy verse and chorus, whilst moulding a staple sound that sets them out from the crowd.

Part of a double A-side with ‘Bridesmaids’, released on Bad Life Recordings on 2nd April, ‘Inner O’ perfectly demonstrates this. The track waltzes through dense atmospherics that are accompanied by pensive and delicate vocals. The levels of experimentation within the production are enough to keep your ears guessing too, an ethos echoed in their DIY approach to the accompanying video (also well worth a look).

If you’re in London town tomorrow night, pop on down to The Old Blue Last where they’ll be playing alongside other ‘Bad Life’ talent – we’d recommend getting there early though as it should and will be heaving.

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Spoek Mathambo – Control

Spoek Mathambo first hit our ears with his 2010 album (2011 for most people without links to the South African ‘township tech’ scene), Mshini Wam (translation: “bring me my machine”). Despite having extensively toured the Afro-futurist (we don’t make these names up, promise) masterpiece and taken part in a whole host of creative cross-overs, he’s found time to push the boundaries even further with his follow-up, Father Creeper.

‘Father Creeper’ is full of edgy electronica, placing Spoek in the same musical bracket as Shabazz Palaces and the like, but they’re atmospheric as opposed to unlistenable. Very much one to pay attention to, rather than background vibes, it’s out on 12/03 on Sub Pop. For the purposes of today however, have a listen of his version of Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’. It gives you a flavour of his dark, Gothic stylings, with a wobbly bassline that hooks you in. The video, directed by photographer Pieter Hugo using mostly local kids, sets the scene perfectly.

As big fans of Joy Division, Human Drizzle were sceptical about this but we had no reason to worry, this classic was in safe hands…

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Supreme Cuts – Silkk

Clicky, buzzy and hazy. All words one could use for Chicago two-man Supreme Cuts’ latest offering, Silkk. Probably in that order. At a healthy 6.48 the song moves through the gears at a steady pace, blending clipped percussion with pleasant enough vocal samples. It’s a small thing but the way the samples come closer and closer to the foreground really got us going here.

Whilst you’re here, have a listen to their remix of Main Attrackionz’s Perfect Skies. As big hip hop fans, Supreme Cuts are picking and choosing their remixes very nicely. Expect more of the same soon. They could do worse than check out Human Drizzle every now and then for ideas…

Supreme Cuts’ début album, Whispers In The Dark, is soon to be out on Dovecote Records. We’re hoping for more of the same.

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Colo – Picture of You

Colo are due to release their debut EP next week on Take Records (home to HD favourite Jack Dixon amongst others) and if you like your beats mellow, your vocals haunting and your synths insistent, we suggest you check it out.

Colo purvey an ambient, soulful version of the kind of post-everything electronic so popular in London at the moment – and ‘Picture of You’ is a good example of this. It manages to be blissed out and eerie at the same time (no mean feat) and its church-hall-school-disco-gone-right video is a real treat. The slowly panning final shot (at 03:00) is worth the entrance fee alone.

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