Monthly Archives: October 2012

Clean Bandit – A&E

Clean Bandit hold a special place in our hearts. Their (incidentally genius) single ‘Telephone Banking’ was the first track ever posted on these pages. Today they released a new video to accompany new single, ‘A&E’. It’s up there with their best work, a visually stunning composition to match what is another gem of a tune.

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Roosevelt – Soleil

We expect big things from this guy.

Marius Lauber, who performs under the moniker of Roosevelt, wowed us with his debut single ‘Sea’ back in September, and it’s only up until now we’ve come across the enchanting B side, ‘Soleil’. He creates the kind of music that makes us smile, a lot. Here his understated vocals compliment the euphoria of the tune wonderfully. Personally we’d like it to go on rather longer than it does.

Check out ‘Soleil’ below, and have a peak at the video for ‘Sea’ too. Both are out now on Greco-Roman.

As a little bonus here, Roosevelt has gone and done a mix for i-D online. Featuring the likes of Pachanga Boys and Joakim, it is sure to brighten up your day. Enjoy.

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Atlas Genius – Back Seat (Goldroom Remix)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from one of our favourite producers of the year, Goldroom. LA-based Josh Legg has forged quite the reputation for making tunes feel good. He’s mastered some top remixes, crafted the odd mix and penned his own fantastic tunes. Be it happy or sad he gives music a wonderful, sun-kissed edge.

Now he’s back tweaking indie-band-from-down-under Atlas Genius’s new track ‘Back Seat’. It’s got all the mod-cons to an end-of-summer hit – the Balearic backdrop, bouncy synths and numerous crescendos. Free download available here.

Great to have you back Josh, you’ve warmed the cockles once again.

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John Talabot & Pional – Braves

Anyone partial to a bit of long distance running? This one may be for you.

Spanish top dog of twenty twelve John Talabot has teamed up once again with Pional to produce a piece of music written specifically as the theme tune for the ‘Maraton Divina Pastora De Valencia’, the annual marathon in Valencia. Talabot claims it was written in a similar vein to “something epic like Eye Of The Tiger” – within seconds of listening you can see why.

Born out of a pulsating heartbeat, there’s a driving force behind this tune that should be perfect to inspire those both in their training up to the event and to those who are on their last legs during race time. We hear the song is going to be played during the painful stretch of the course that’s known as ‘The Wall’, where competitors’ loved ones can show their support. And even if you prefer the comfort of your armchair to your lycra, it’s definitely worth checking out, this tune’s got a great beat.

Why not make your first steps, stretch off those fingers of yours and click the free download here. It might make the pain all the more bearable…

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Forgive Me Lord For I Have Synth Halloween Thriller @ The Nest, Saturday 26th October

For those of you currently residing, like us, in the capital of the British Isles, this Halloween weekend promises a veritable smörgåsbord of party options for Londoners to get their (possibly fanged) teeth into.

Innervisions x Permanent Vacation are hosting a whopper of a night in a Stratford warehouse (where did they get that idea?) with Dixon, Todd Terje, Tensnake and many more. Meanwhile Solomun heads up another stonking bill down at Cable, with a UK debut for the excellently-named Hot Lunch.

However, if you crave less heftiness in your queue and entrance fee, another night has caught our eye on Saturday. SlothBoogie played a blinder at Human Drizzle Presents on 13.10.12, and he’s put together a tasty line-up for a Halloween special edition of his Forgive Me Lord For I Have Synth night at the Nest.

Showing commendable relevance to the Halloween theme, he has teamed up with Wolf Music (home to HD favourites Waze & Odyssey and PBR Streetgang) to bring you an evening of lupine revelry.

Wolf Music superstar KRL heads things up – this steady Detroit Swindle remix gives you an idea of the kind of sample-heavy, soulful vibes he’ll be bringing to the table:

Wolf Music have a slot themselves – expect more house music with heart and soul (as displayed in the EP they dropped this week):

As for SlothBoogie? If you missed him at our night, you’d be foolish to do so again. In the meantime have a listen to this set from the Nest back in August. It’s a toe-tapper.

Tickets are an absolute snip at £5 and are available here.

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Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me

Chris Malinchak continues to impress with his new single ‘So Good To Me’. It’s just over five minutes of blissful, soothing tones. Over a bed of vocal harmonies, this track flirts with pensive melodies and soulful vocals, creating quite the unforgettable piece of music. What’s more, the kind people over at French Express are giving it away for free! Get involved.

All of his releases this year, including work from his side project ‘The Establishment’, have been outstanding – and this is yet another to add to the list. Chris, you’re so good to US, thank you.

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Black Magic Disco – Black Magic Mixtape 002

We have been fans of Black Magic Disco for some time now, having covered both the glorious Axel Def back in January and the first Black Magic Mixtape last month. So you may have some inkling at the happiness we felt earlier this week when the Antipodean plate-spinner notified us of the birth of the follow-up.

This happiness then turned to what can only be described as unbridled euphoria when we saw that the new mix opens up with two recent HD favourites, in the shape of Audiojack’s rework of Homework and (promise this is the last mention this month), Julio Bashmore’s Au Seve. The rest of the mix has a fun, retro flavour – and all in all it’s both a right laugh and a thoroughly good use of 53 minutes.

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Dan Croll – From Nowhere (Ben Gomori Remix)

As featured on Aeroplane’s tardily-delivered and thus appropriately-named ‘No-So-Monthly October Mix’, here’s Ben Gomori’s new remix of Dan Croll’s ‘From Nowhere’. This has been on repeat at HD HQ; pretty much everything about it is instantly catchy – the vocal hooks, piano crescendos and reverberating synths. What’s more, you can download it for free if you click right here. Go for it.

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Shlohmo – Ghosts Pt. II (Groundislava Cool Mix)

Theydidit. Again.

In a bout of entirely welcome mutual back-patting, Groundislava, a founding member of anti-label collective Wedidit, has reworked his stable-mate Shlohmo’s ‘Ghosts pt. II’ into a surprisingly upbeat and optimistic piece of electronica.

GIL never strays too far from the clicky modus operandi of Wedidit though, thank goodness, and his recent album on Friends of Friends, ‘Feel Me’, is a tour de force of that ‘woozy, low-spec instrumental hip-hop’. We particularly like this Ryan Hemsworth cut and  ‘Cool Party’, an absolute banger that the eagle-eared amongst you will recognise from RH’s stomping FACT mix.

We didn’t do it, they did.

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Alpines – Chances (Cyril Hahn Remix)

It’s getting silly now.

Our excessive man crush on Cyril Hahn is set to continue after we stumbled across another beauty. Cyril is Switzerland born-and-raised (but Canada is where he now spends most of his days), and we’re going to go out on a limb and say he is the finest Swiss-Canadian producer in the business right now.

On this track he has torn his attention from the Knowles sisters for long enough to tweak ‘Chances‘ by London-based new kids on the block (and HD favourites) Alpines.

The result is wonderful. Not only does it retain the brilliance of the original but Hahn brings to it the same atmospheric vibe that is such a hallmark of his other reworks. More please.

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