Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pompeya – Power (Zimmer Remix)

There’s not a lot wrong with this new Zimmer remix. He’s worked his magic on Pompeya’s ‘Power’ and claims it’s got ‘big piano, pop vocals and feel-good marimba’. We can’t disagree, it really is easy on the ear. The jolly nice fellow is giving it away for free too, but only for the next six days, so you best get on it.

This tune adds to a pile of fantastic remixes he’s crafted this year, including his smashing edit of Montevideo’s ‘Horses‘ and our personal fave, ‘Everybody Dance’ by Chic. Lastly, he’s recently uploaded a September Cinematic Mixtape for your listening pleasure, full to the brim with more feel-good vibes. Check it out below:

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Spada – Claire

This tune from Italian producer Spada has been around for a few months now, but it hasn’t received much English-speaking attention – and nor has Spada himself, despite support from such DJ royalty as Laurent Garnier, John Digweed and Erol Alkan.

‘Claire’ is a patiently-evolving house gem of which Garnier himself would be proud – with an insistent piano riff bursting through the spaced-out effects to provide a great climax to finish. We say ‘finish’ – there’s actually a solid two minutes of silence at the end of the track. These are less enjoyable than the previous four minutes, but overall it’s an excellent piece of music.

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S-Type – Billboard

If Human Drizzle were an expensive ad agency, we’d make this post an elaborate riff on Glasgow producer S-Type’s name-share with a high-end car brand. But we’re not, so it’s some enthusiastic words and Soundcloud links.

The Glaswegian LuckyMe resident has just released his debut EP, ’Billboard’ and it’s a whirlwind of trap percussion and soaring synths. Courtesy of Rustie’s Essential Mix earlier this year, we’ve been hyped for the title track for some time. It’s music to pick you up off the floor after the weekend:

Check out another cut from the EP, ‘Walrus’, and a recent remix of G.O.O.D. Music boss-man, Pusha T:

It’s a smooth yet powerful ride for those looking for luxury in their car tunes…

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Disclosure – Latch (T Williams Club Edit)

We were huge fans of the original version of Latch by Disclosure – so imagine our delight when we heard this remix by one of the hottest producers around, T Williams. The fact that we’ve failed to post any of his stuff before is something of an embarrassment, given the extent to which he has been smashing it for the past year or two (to be fair, we did give a mention to his remix of Javeon McCarthy’s excellent ‘Lost Time’). Here he gives ‘Latch’ a decidedly garage edge, replacing the laid back fuzziness of the original with an insistent, shuffling urgency. It’s a party tune, and no mistake.

T Williams has undergone something of a musical odyssey over the past decade, from releasing seminal grime tracks as DJ Dread D, through the UK Funky movement to the forefront of the new house sound championed by PMR Records, who released his ‘Pain & Love’ EP in September. Why not give that a spin, whilst you’re here?

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Local Natives – Breakers

Feast your ears on the new single from Local Natives, ‘Breakers’. True to form, it’s armed with their staple-sounding intricate guitar-work, soaring harmonies and hands down emotion.

In early 2013 they’re releasing ‘Hummingbird’, the follow up to ‘Gorilla Manor’. If you haven’t heard their timeless 2009 debut, you need to. Having toured with Arcade Fire and The National in the interim, and judging by the sound of the new single above, it looks set to be similarly huge. Expect big choruses, relentless drumming and charming vocals. If, like us you were too slow to get tickets to their show in the capital in December, you can catch them at the ATP UK festival at Butlins in December. Ingeniously, it’s curated by The National, and besides getting to stay in a Butlins lodge, you’ll also be able to see other indie wizards such as The Antlers, Wild Beasts and Youth Lagoon perform.

Here’s a little reminder as to why ‘Hummingbird’ is one of the most hotly-anticipated albums of 2013, they’ve got some boots to fill:

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Julio Bashmore – Husk

The man JB is pretty untouchable at the moment.* Back in July Julio Bashmore unleashed probably the tune of the year with the promise that it “shall echo through the ages.” Such has been its success, and that of Bashmore’s other releases over the past twelve months, that you suspect he could have chosen any old nonsense for his next release and everyone would still have been aghast at the genius of the ginger-bearded Bristolian.

However, what he has chosen is not any old nonsense. ‘Husk’ appeared yesterday, and is the third release on the Boardwalk Records imprint he launched with ‘Au Seve’. It is a futuristic sonic journey which encompasses insistent wobbly synths, epic percussion crescendos and Bashmore’s trademark melodic bass plod. It even has a nice flute.

All in all, it’s a winner. Business as usual, then.

*He’s also untouchable at pong… Check out his website for the chance to win a JB set at your houseparty, if you beat him at pong. We’ve tried (A LOT) and think the game may, just may, be rigged.

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Tempogeist – Romeo (Monitor 66 Remix)

Out this week is Tempogeist’s new EP featuring three new pop-heavy tracks. They’ve also commandeered various people to make their own arrangements of two of the tunes and our favourite comes from Swedish trio Monitor 66. They’ve tweaked ‘Romeo’ into quite the dreamy delight. It’s also another freebie (a lot of generosity this week) so you can download your very own copy via the button below.

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Ryan Hemsworth – Fact mix 352

Something a little lengthier for you today, might even take you through to elevenses. We’ve been big fans of the rather hunky Ryan Hemsworth for a while, from his early Main Attrakionz production work through to his genuinely excellent recent EP, ‘Last Words’. Our fellow Hemsworth fanboys over at FACT have now let him spread his wings with their latest FACT mix and he hasn’t let them down:

It sounds to us like the next evolutionary stage after crooners like Frank Ocean and How to Dress Well, brilliantly blending slow-jams with noisy electronica and growly trap-rap. We expect big things from this guy, starting with a European tour please…

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Free Magic & JKriv – Catalano EP

Brought to you via the third release to date from Brooklyn’s Discovery Recordings, here’s the new EP from Free Magic & JKriv.

All three tracks are perfectly nonchalant, deep house tracks. Their beauty lies in the timeless vocal samples and their inherent retro vibe. If you’re a fan of this style, you should check out JKriv’s own label, Deep & Disco Recordings, a ’home for original soul, funk, disco & house productions’. Which, all in all, sounds like a good home to us.

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Solange – Losing You (Cyril Hahn Remix)

Having blown us away with his remix of Destiny Child’s ‘Say My Name’ last month, Cyril Hahn has now done the business on the pop tune of the moment; ‘Losing You’ by the lovely Solange. There’s a joke here about Cyril working his magic on the Knowles sisters but we’re not making it. Nope.

By stripping away some of the punchiness but retaining its warmth, Hahn has created yet another piece of music made for repetition. Remind yourself of the brilliant original and check out Hahn’s edit below, top stuff.

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