Much to our excitement, Bodhi have unveiled this colourful vid for ‘Culture’, one half of their ‘Culture/Deliquiesce’ release. Really into the punchy pianos and chopped up vocals on this one, out on Grizzly Records on 4th Feb.
Smooth vibes here from New York’s The Underachievers. Noisey have premiered the video to their latest, ‘The Mahdi’, from their forthcoming mixtape ‘Indigoism’ out 1st February, and it’s a groove with a conscience.
Affiliated with Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label, they’re ones to watch. Not even because they’re going to be big, they’re just mint.
If you want to REALLY feel like you’re missing out, The Underacheivers also crop up in this Noisey vid about the launch of The LongLiveA$AP Tour:
Anything put out on Jacques Greene’s label VASE is worth giving the once over, and this rolling, bouncing vocal house track from Scottish producer Samoyed just proves the rule. ‘Sloe Eyes’ is a warm hug of a tune, fittingly looping the lyrics “into my arms” over and over.
He also featured on the label compilation ‘VSE07’ (alongside Ango, as mentioned on these pages last year), given away for NO MONEY here. It’s considerably more downtempo but no less compelling. Which do you prefer?
The most recent artist to jump on the 90s house revival are Cardiff duo Bodhi – apart from having a great name (Bode-y? Bod-hee? Bod-hi?) we feel that ‘Deliquesce’ is a strong contender for most infectious dance tunes of the year thus far. Well into this one, we are:
This is going to be released on February 4th on Sinden’s Grizzly Records and is accompanied by ‘Culture’, which is already poking its head through the radio waves. It’s a travesty it’s not online yet. The Welshmen first caught our attention with two excellent releases last year: the ‘SY’ EP they gave out on Push & Run and ‘Don’t You Know’, another chopped vocal, bass-heavy house track they gave away for free on XLR8R. Please, please check them out if you’ve not already.
For a softer touch, check out two interesting re-works. Up first, their remix of The XX’s ‘Angels’, and second, fellow Welshman Ifan Dafydd’s take on ‘Deliquesce’. Both are downplayed and pleasingly intimate.
Ok, we can’t keep it from you any longer. HD favourite Ryan Hemsworth is touring Europe and, for those of you in our fair capital, he’s playing a free gig on Friday at Birthdays. Please don’t come as we’d like to get in. Please.
Get in the mood/placate yourself at not getting in with this charming rework of Cat Power’s ‘Manhatten’. He drafts in the borough’s biggest cheerleader (and hot-as-hell lyricist) Angel Haze to provide a vocal counterpoint to the quirkiness of Ms. Power.
Here’s a decent radio rip of ‘Manhatten’ together with the soaring ‘BasedWorld’ below:
Supposedly capturing the vibe of a hazy night out with his friends, 22-year-old Berlin resident Leibniz has crafted a bit of a gem here. After a few minutes of pulsating beats, piano chords provide the backdrop for the soft and subtle vocal to rear its head. This track’s got gravitas.
Goldroom is back and kicking the year off in style with this remix of Charli XCX’s ‘You (Ha Ha Ha)’. Fallen for the heartbreak pouring out of the song, he wanted to spin it into his own version and ‘hopefully create something that tugs on the heart’. The Californian producer has managed to do that, and a whole lot more. Like all his other work, the production shines. He’s added some hefty groove, but also kept the pensive vocals in tact. Bravo.
The original samples Gold Panda’s ‘You’ and will be released on Warner Bros. It’s out on February 10th and features remixes from Burns, Mele and MS MR.
A little tip of the cap to Pete Tong and his team for their special Future Stars of 2013 series of the Essential Mix. Thus far they’ve entertained some real delights. Spawning from the really quite excellent French Express label, they kicked the year off with American DJ Perseus and Sweden’s Jonas Rathsman, who collectively provided a snapshot mix of what French Express are about. Go no further than Chris Malinchak’s ‘You’re So Good To Me’ to see how feel-good it is. The kind people at the super-hot label have crafted a non-BBC version, click here for the free download.
They’ve also invited two heavyweights from the UK bass scene down to partake, Duke Dumont and George Fitzgerald. Both continuing their rise to superstardom, their mixes are littered with names that are making waves in the underground electronic scene, and both are quite simply, essential listening.
Tomorrow night is the fourth and final part of the series and will feature Friction’s one-to-watch in the world of drum and bass, Metrik.