Monthly Archives: June 2012

Human Drizzle: The Playlist, June 2012

How is it the end of June already? Anyway, the silver lining is that we get to put out this month’s playlist and we think it’s a winner. Jam-packed with your favourite tunes from the new and improved Human Drizzle, it should usher in the weekend nicely.

As ever, let us know what you like and what you found offensive to your ears. We’re at twitter.com/humandrizzle and facebook.com/humandrizzle.

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Sneaky Sound System – Friends (Plastic Plates Remix)

Featured on nu-disco aficionado The Magician’s ‘Magic Tape 18’, Sydney-based Plastic Plates has given the Midas Touch to ‘Friends’ by Sneaky Sound System.

‘Friends’ is the next single off the fellow Australians new album ‘From Here To Anywhere’ which is out now on Modular Recordings. Plastic Plates sharpens up the track with an assortment of percussion and groovy bass lines which fit perfectly with the catchy vocals, turning it into a fairly hefty summertime hit.

Tip of the cap to Plastic Plates, this tune’s got all sorts of strut.

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Metske – Spin States

Now for something completely different. Metske is Owen Hackett, a Nottingham-based producer who also releases music under the name of Metaphi. The sound is not entirely divorced from the otherworldly sonics emanating from Rustie and his Glaswegian comrades, but it is pretty striking nonetheless.

After three minutes of fairly unsettling squeaks and bleeps, a squelchy hip hop beat arrives and lends ‘Spin States’ an intoxicating swagger that really smacks you in the chops. When combined with these retro video game visuals (courtesy of of Lewis Hackett / Prefix Studios), you’ve got something a bit special.

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The Invisible – Wings (Floating Points Remix)

A moulding of The Invisible and Floating Points was only going to produce great music, and they haven’t disappointed. Eglo Records co-chief Sam Shepherd (Floating Points’ real-world name) has drawn out and injected atmosphere into ‘Wings’, the new single from The Invisible’s second album, ‘Rispah’.

Listen to a radio rip above or hear the full track exclusively on the Guardian website here.

Both collaborators have clear influences: Radiohead for The Invisible and Four Tet for Floating Points, and frankly it’s a credit to them that you can draw those parallels so easily. Building on frontman/producer Dave Okumo’s soulful guitar riff, the song meanders wistfully through the original‘s electro-rock structure. Real dreamy.

Out July 9th on London’s Ninja Tune (who also have ‘Rispah’ available to stream on their soundcloud) we say get a copy for Dave, who was recently electrocuted during a gig in Nigeria and broke his leg. Cheer him up, cheer you up. Everyone’s a winner.

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Mighty Mouse – Electric Moonshine

Occupying similar territory, both musically and geographically, to HD favourites like Cosmonauts and Tronik Youth, London-based Mighty Mouse has been producing brilliant cosmic disco for some time now. Free monthly mixes in the Aeroplane mould have been a pleasure (June’s is particularly excellent), and this month also sees the release of the EP, ‘Disco Battle Weapons (Vol. 2)’.

Our favourite track from said EP is ‘Electric Moonshine’, a handsome piece of spaced out nu-disco with a lovely combination of Pjanoo-esque keys, stabbed strings, and gentle percussion. All in all, it’s a blissed-out piece of dance music tailor made for summer.

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Anna Lunoe & Flume – I Met You

There’s been a welcome influx of Australian artists creating polished and upbeat pop music of late. Electro pop from New Navy and Cloud Control akin to Cut Copy and Bag Raiders, more controlled cuts from Warpaint and obscene psychedelic rock from Tame Impala. Maybe it’s the water down under, but suddenly there’s a trend emerging and it’s becoming easier for artists to make a name for themselves, outside of their antipodean existence.

Next on the list is Anna Lunoe whose been fine-tuning her skills as singer-cum-DJ-cum-producer. 2012 sees her leaving the mixing behind and creating her own material. She has teamed up with fellow Sydney-ite…Sydney-un (?) Flume to create one of the most irresistibly joyful tunes of 2012. Lunoe’s vocals shine in verse and chorus and Flume adds a weighty bass line, creating an extremely uplifting piece of music. All sun-kissed and psychedelic, the video is a must-see too. Look out for the disguised synth, it’s amazing what shapes and sizes they come in nowadays (old man comment).

This track is part of an EP entitled ‘Real Talk’ by Anna Lunoe & Friends. Flume is acting comrade on this one and she’s got Michael Di Francesco from Van She helping out on title track ‘Real Talk’, a tune recently featured on The Magician’s Magic Tape 23. Yep, it’s a biggie.

Be sure to keep an eye on this girl’s movements in the future. For now, let this song make your day.

 

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Cooly G – Playin Me

‘Playin Me’ is the soon-to-be-discharged debut album from South Londoner Cooly G and all signs are pointing towards a heavyweight LP. Released on Hyperdub (iconic home to innovative artists like Kode 9, Burial and Zomby) on July 17th, it marks the next stage in the evolution of her brand of broken house and UK Funky. Anyone that can work in a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Trouble’ onto a Hyperdub release is pushing some boundaries somewhere.

Out of the tracks already floating around the ether, we particularly like ‘Landscapes’, a woozy tour of her vocal skills and post-garage beats. The no-frills sound reflects its origins in her home studio (or ‘living room’ as she calls it) and has pleasant echoes of her early work that hooked us in, including the masterful ‘Love Dub’.

The official release party for ‘Playin Me’ is the insanely well-appointed Bloc festival, which tells you all you need to know about Cooly G’s direction of travel…

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Arsenal – One Day At A Time (Joakim Remix)

Sharing a name with the only team in north London in possession of a manager (and a league title, for that matter) may have had a detrimental effect on their SEO, but this hasn’t stopped Belgian duo Arsenal making high quality house music for more than a decade.

Here Parisian remix maestro Joakim reworks this highlight from Arsenal’s 2011’s EP, Lokemo. Despite Joakim’s introduction of a lazier tempo, the remix has a certain darkness – before opening out into an expansive balearic disco stomper at around the five-minute mark. All in all it’s rather splendid.

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Clubfeet – This Time (Jeremy Glenn Remix)

Melbourne five-piece Clubfeet seem to be causing some hype down under for creating easy-on-the-ear electro pop. They’re currently working on a full length album whilst producer Victor Van Vugt tweaks the buttons. To give you an idea of the kind of thing we’re talking about, he’s previously worked with The Knocks and Depeche Mode. While we wait for this release, they’ve released a double A-side entitled ‘City Of Light’ / ‘This Time’.

Taken from this and working from another side of the world, Canadian based Jeremy Glenn has decided to remix ‘This Time’. If, like us, you have been enduring the rain-sodden misery of London in June, you may want to sit back, relax, and feast your ears on this slow-burning sunny delight.

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How to Dress Well – Ocean Floor for Everything

PhD-wielding sensitive soul Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well, has served up some heart-achingly good crackly electronica over the past few years, pulled together in his debut album ‘Love Remains’. After a relatively output-lite six months (bar an excellent mix for Interview magazine, featuring reworks of A$AP Rocky, Future, the-Dream and Carly Rae Jepsen) he’s back with ‘Total Loss’, a new album out this autumn on Weird World.

Appetites are being whet by taster track ‘Ocean Floor for Everything’. It’s noticeably less low-fi (hi-fi?) than previous efforts but hasn’t lost any of HTDW’s trademark atmosphere: echoey falsetto vocals recall The Weeknd’s sense of angsty longing and Jai Paul’s bittersweet melodies – associations enhanced by the combination of tinny percussion, hazy distortion and guttural chanting. The overall effect is pretty intoxicating. Let Dr. Krell’s soundscapes ease you into the week.

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