Monthly Archives: September 2013

LEAF 2013

Now, we don’t usually give the announcement of a new festy a quadruple take, but this one caught our eye.
LEAF is a London-based three-dayer celebrating the city’s electronic music heritage. It pushes all our buttons with talks from luminaries such as Giorgio Moroder and New Order right through to upstarts like Eats Everything and Happa. Major Lazer, Trentmoller and Omar Souleyman chip in with live sets, and we could go on but it’s becoming Buzzfeed-esque (“17 events you wish you could go to, but  can’t!”)
LEAF is helmed by veteran selector Rob da Bank, together with International Music Summit creator Ben Turner, and you can get your tickets and further info here.
Here are some tunes to whet your appetite, if you needed it whetting any more:
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All About She – Higher (Free)

All About She

All About She are a brand new, immaculately groomed trio from London and, from the sounds of their debut record, they know how to write a pop tune. ‘Higher (Free)’ gets inside your head and won’t leave – and it comes with a nice little remix from garage grandee Grant Nelson. Grant has added some bass wobbling and a nice smashed glass effect, but the pop sensibilities persist across both versions. It’s a bit too polished for some tastes, but a killer melody is a killer melody and, quite frankly, that’s all there is to it.

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CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share (Moon Boots Remix)

Moon Boots has flexed his lush remixing skills on the Glasgow trio CHRVCHES’ ‘The Mother We Share’. Keeping Lauren Mayberry’s gorgeous vocal intact, the Chicago-based producer adds a warm, irresistible glow to the tune. Give him the thumbs up on Facebook and it’s yours for free.

CHRVCHES’ debut album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ is out now, via Glassnote. Creating some decent hype, get it here.

Moby – Another Perfect Life (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

Close your eyes, and imagine for a second that it’s 1991…

Today would have been a day of celebration. News would have reached the UK of the release of Jackie Mann, the ex-RAF pilot captured and held in captivity by Islamic Jihadists in Beirut. After two years, much of which was spent in solitary confinement, Mann’s ordeal was brought to a close. Jackie went on to record the details of his detention in ‘Yours Till The End: Harrowing Life Of A Beirut Hostage.’

That wasn’t the only great release that week in September, 22 years ago. A Glaswegian band called Primal Scream released their third studio album, ‘Screamadelica’. Heavily influenced by the rise in dance music, and the drug culture that accompanied it, ‘Screamadelica’ won the inaugural Mercury Music Prize, went double platinum and is still seen as transcending its time and influence.

One of the many brilliant tracks on ‘Screamadelica’ is ‘Loaded’, a national anthem that, judging by the reaction it got at Glastonbury, is still as loved now as it was on its release. ‘Loaded’ was produced by Andrew Weatherall. Last week Andrew Weatherall reworked ‘Another Perfect Life’, a track featuring The Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne, from Moby’s forthcoming album ‘Innocents’.

The reason we’ve banged on about Beirut and 1991 isn’t just because Andrew Weatherall is at the helm, like he was back then, but because ‘Another Perfect Life’ is from that time. It’s euphoric, with a chorus that you want to shout from the rooftops and a finale that rolls and rolls. It’s just brilliant. Normally we strive to give you the freshest music, but despite this doing the rounds for the past 7 days, we couldn’t not write about it. Stick it on loud and pretend you’re Neil Kinnock.

Javeon – Mercy

PMR Records’ Javeon McCarthy made his Human Drizzle debut in February 2012. ‘Lost Time’ is a memorably fraught piece of soulful bass music, and we enjoyed it very much indeed. Stardom seemed to beckon, but Mr McCarthy then disappeared – before returning last month with ‘Lovesong’. It’s a more straightforward record, and ‘Mercy’ is in a similar vein – both are disarmingly pop, albeit with the kind of squelchy kick drums and distorted vocal echoes so favoured by Julio Bashmore and Javeon’s other Bristolian label mates. We rather like it.

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Tourist – Together

Disclosure’s very own Method Records imprint is recruiting quite the army of fresh talent to join their roster. Hot on the heels of the feisty release from Friend Within, is Brighton-based Tourist. He’s been making music for years under both the Tourist and Little Loud monikers. Chillwave and ambient would certainly be the go-to if we had to pigeon hole him.

However new track ‘Together’ sees him heading in a more upbeat direction. The vocal loops and synth crescendos make this return a dancefloor friendly one, and with an appearance at the Disclosure-curated Warehouse Project at the end of November, excitement to hear the rest of the Patterns EP is bubbling. It’s gonna be out December 2nd and this is an excellent taster.

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Disclosure – Help Me Lose My Mind (Paul Woolford Remix)

Woolie’s back again.

Having turned 2013 into his own piano-driven fiefdom, Paul Woolford took to the Radio 1 airwaves with Annie Mac last week to show off his latest ivory twinkling beauties. As we’re proud champions of the use of the piano in modern house music, we sat up and took notice, just in case you didn’t.

We’ve already doffed our cap to the stomping bass and soaring pianos of his George Fitzgerald ‘I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)’ re-edit. If you feel the same as us, pre-order it now from all good record distributors.

But then he only goes and surpasses that, with his atmospheric yet playful take on Disclosure’s ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ featuring London Grammar. We love this and it’s coming soon on PMR Records.

Woolford has a stellar line up of dates between now and Crimbo, with the highlights being the closing party of his Sunday night residency at Space Ibiza, a couple of potential face-melters at London’s Fabric, and a 20th Anniversary celebration of The Essential Mix at The Warehouse Project. Big.

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Joe Goddard & Boris Dlugosch – Step Together (Alternate Version)

We’ve had a fair amount of Joe Goddard on these pages of late, but we wanted to draw your attention to the ‘Alternate Version’ of ‘Step Together’, Joe’s collaboration with Hamburgian house legend Boris Dlugosch.

We can’t put our finger on what it is about this one, but it’s been on repeat since it surfaced late last night. Please take it for a spin on us. The original was taken from the excellent ‘Taking Over’ EP released earlier this summer. That features the excellent ‘She Burns’ feat. Marla Carlyle, a tune we keep returning too. And it also has the absolutely brilliant ‘Bassline 12”’ which seems to offer something different every time you go back to it.

Chuck in the previously featured remix of ‘Control’ by Disclosure, and I think it’s fair to say that Joe Goddard is definitely on form right now.

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COMA – Les Dilettantes (Roosevelt Mix)

He just keeps ‘em coming.

Roosevelt on the remix here, tweaking fellow Colognians COMA’s single ‘Les Dilettantes’. Flexing similar skills as on the wonderful Scenic remix we posted recently, he adds a super-funky edge to this summer jam.

For those in the capital, he’s heading to Fabric on November 8th to play a DJ set. Get on down.

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S-Type – Rosario

Couple of LuckyMe gems here. Straight up diamonds, no rough involved. 

First up is another uplifting piece of video game electronica from Glasgow’s S-Type, ripped from labelmate Eclair Fifi’s Radio One show last week. ‘Rosiari’ hits the electronic shelves soon, all packaged up as LM017: 

Also getting an airing on the ‘In New DJs We Trust’ starlet’s show was the full-length version of HudMo’s remix of Jackson and his Computer Band’s ‘Vista’: 

Both are hi-vis, high fizz bursts of dance music, and they deserve a listen.

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