Monthly Archives: September 2012

Giraffage, xxyyxx & Rounds

For those of you in the UK fortunate enough to see Giraffage + xxyyxx on their recent tour, we hope you’ll agree with us when we say that of all the post-everything beat makers, they’re not only the most soulful and exciting, but they’re also the most underrated. On Tuesday night they played a mind-blowing set in London’s venue of the moment Birthdays. The musical range on show was staggering. For the most part, the crowd was giving it some, bouncing along to their maximalist beats. Have a listen to their collaborative tune ‘Even Though’ and xxyyxx’s ‘Eclipse’ and tell us your head don’t nod or fingers click.

Yet they can also wind it down with intensely thought-provoking slow-jams too, testament the other night to the sea of lighters mobiles in the air. Feast your eyes on the super slick video to ‘About U’ by xxyyxx and listen to Giraffage’s highly emotive ‘Feels’ below.

A tip of the cap must go to Bird On The Wire for sourcing the talent though. Supporting both of the aforementioned acts who’ve crossed the pond to get here were London-based Rounds, who we sneakily managed to catch stocking up on a well-deserved takeaway after their set. (Possible artwork lads?)

Hailing from London, Rounds create lush soundscapes supported by heavy synths and pulsating drumbeats. They employ a DIY approach to performing, covering all bases by sampling, mixing and playing instruments themselves. Very refreshing at a gig where Macs are the mains supply. Check out our pick of their bunch below (so to speak).

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Karma Kid – It’s Always

Out this week is the new one from Karma Kid. He’s a young lad from Derby who has been making tunes in his garage at home for the last year or so. A few messages with fellow youngster-nimrods Bondax later and his tune is being released on their Just Us Recordings label, once they’d given it the once over on the production side of things, of course. This is a promising start for the young lad; even HD fave Star Slinger has got his mitts on the track. Both are below, enjoy.

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Roosevelt – Sea

Cologne-based Roosevelt is about to embark on a UK tour supporting the wonderful Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs throughout October and, judging by his debut single ‘Sea’, this slot is well deserved. It’s a gorgeous slice of electro-pop. Recently signed to Greco-Roman (think Joe Goddard, Hackman and Drums Of Death), this guy’s one to watch.

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dOP feat. PillowTalk – Your Feelin’ (Soul Button Remix)

We like the original version of this tune, but not half as much as the remix. German DJ and producer Soul Button slows things down and brings the best elements to the fore in order to create a brilliantly measured piece of soulful house music. Tuck in.

Chic – Everybody Dance (Zimmer Remix)

New stuff from Zimmer, everyone’s favourite Parisian purveyor of horizontal disco (he may be some people’s second favourite, but he’s definitely Top 2).

He’s been playing out this remix of Chic’s classic for some time, but now it gets a release, and (as the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed from the Soundcloud embed above) a free one at that. How generous.

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Ejeca – Horizon

Very exciting new material from Ejeca. He’s previously wowed us with the toe-tapping ‘Around U Baby’ and the seminal hit ‘You’ with Bicep, but this new garage-infused track ‘Horizon’ really is promising stuff. Hopefully it’ll be stuck on repeat in a club near you soonish, and it’s released on Needwant on September 24th. Shame about the radio rip, mind.

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Waze & Odyssey – Love That Burns (Hot Enough)

‘Love That Burns (Hot Enough)’ is the new tune from Waze & Odyssey, a classic house track that reeks of the 90s, fully armed with looped vocals and a tuneful piano riff. It’s out on vinyl on October 22nd, but if you can’t wait that long, their ‘Turn The Volume On’ EP is out this week on Body Work.

We were first blown away by this tune when it appeared on the ‘Magic Tape Twenty Five’ from The Magician. Check it out below, it’s jam-packed with top unreleased summer tunes.

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Bicep – Vision Of Love

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” This is what Napoleon famously said, at some stage during the French Revolution. It also seems to be the ethos for the rising stars that are Bicep, the Irish-raised and now London-based duo.

Famed for their Feel My Bicep blog (a tasty insight into what makes them tick musically), they’ve decided to start releasing records on their very own Feel My Bicep Records label. And excitingly enough the first release is brought to you from the lads themselves. It’s a vinyl-only 3-track EP entitled ‘Vision Of Love’ and here’s the title track from it, a ‘cheeky 90s piano houser’. Starting as they mean to go on, we hope they’ll have more luck conquering the UK than the aforementioned military leader. Too much? Just let the music do the talking.

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Disclosure – Latch

Can you believe it’ll be 2013 next year? This inane observation was prompted by the premiere of the first single from Disclosure’s (aka the brothers Lawrence) debut album, due to be released in…2013! PMR Records are doing the honours, keeping up their sterling run of releases from Julio Bashmore to Jessie Ware’s sumptuous ‘Devotion’.

Latch’ continues the shuffling beat + soulful vocals (this time by newcomer Sam Smith) combination that made this year’s ‘The Face’ EP so listenable.

Accessible dance music pin-up Annie Mac has installed the track in her upcoming compilation and enlisted them for the accompanying tour. Guaranteed fun.

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Ryan Hemsworth – Overthinking (Supreme Cuts Mix)

Upcoming Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth is part of Wedidit Collective, whose members also include master of understatement and Human Drizzle favourite, Shlohmo.

Hemsworth’s dreamy blend of hip hop beats and electronic soundscapes seem like a suitable way to ease into what is a gloriously sunny evening from where we’re sitting (central London, if you must know). It’s Ryan’s HD debut (we hear he’s made up about it) but it’s not the first time we’ve featured Supreme Cuts – who rework the lovely original into something which is altogether more frenetic but still joyfully fuzzy.

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