Monthly Archives: March 2014

Kele Okereke – Come To Me

Kele is back. He’s got an EP coming out on Crosstown Rebels on 14th April and ‘Come To Me’ is the bouncy closer. Featuring the vocals of Jenny Bastet, it’s not ground breaking , but we definitely like the bass-heavy direction he’s heading…

If you’re in for a longer listen, his mixes are well worth checking out. Try his February ’14 one out for size:

 

 

 

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Jagwar Ma – Uncertainty (Ewan Pearson Remix)

Go on then.

No-preface-needed Ewan Pearson has, like the perfect amount of seasoning in a delicious stew, heightened all the high notes of Sydney’s Jagwar Ma’s ‘Uncertainty’. He’s teased it into an eight minute journey, pulling out the psychedelic twists and turns and propping them up with a hefty bassline.

For something a bit glitchier, but no less British, check out London producer MssingNo’s stab at the same track:

Both 100% tasty.

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Octo Octa – Cause I Love You

Yeah, so not sure exactly what this one is. Tell you what though, we like it:

Brookyln’s Octo Octa has never been afraid of lobbing out something a little different and he’s done it again with ‘Cause I Love You’,  a mixed/screwed/shifted house jam from his new EP on 100% Silk. The frenetic, almost tribal percussion gets the toes tapping whilst the textbook house vocal loops give you something to hold on to.

Does any of that matter? Conclusion – it’s a good listen.

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Isaac Tichauer – Changes

They’re always so crisp.

The 39th release from French Express comes in the form of Isaac Tichauer’s first single of 2014, and as expected it’s a real delight. It’s the kind of smooth house we’ve come to love from the US label and this one ain’t any different – a controlled tempo and soulful atmos make it a sure-fire winner in sunnier climes to come.

Out April 15th.

 

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Kelis – Rumble (Breach Remix)

Guys, wake up.

That should have done the job. Breach continues his hot streak with the latest in a slew of remixes from Kelis’s new ‘Food’ LP on Ninja Tune; it’s a shot of cheerful house to shake off those cobwebs to.

And, as we’re here, this is our pick of the wider bunch of Kelis reworks, from our old pals Mount Kimbie:

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Todd Terje – Johnny And Mary (ft. Bryan Ferry)

It’s tracks like this that make us so darn frustrated we didn’t make it to Todd Terje’s recent album launch at Oval Space. Not only were Bicep and Maurice Fulton also on the bill, but Terje orchestrated a live set showcasing tracks from his eagerly-anticipated album, entitled (ahem) ‘It’s Album Time’.

We have a feeling this one would have been special.

It’s a re-working of Robert Palmer’s ‘Johnny and Mary’, with Bryan Ferry providing the lung power. It’s a moving seven minutes that explores yet another string to Terje’s very talented bow. He’s releasing the album on his own label, Olsen Records. It hits the shelves on April 8th, but you can pre-order a copy here.

 

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Floating Points – King Bromeliad

After essentially crashing twitter over the weekend, feels only right that we bring this from Floating Points to your attention:

Clearly taking an interest in the finer details of producing (as befitting the phd student he is), Sam Shepherd has created eight minutes of atmospheric shuffle with overt jazzy tones. ‘King Bromeliad’ is out soon on the label he co-owns with Alex Nut, Eglo.

Here are other things he’s been doing:

Nice yes?

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Plastic Plates – Nothing Like You

Monday Funday.

Excellent return from Plastic Plates. The Australian producer’s got a two-track EP out on Club Sweat (really?) and the title track ‘Nothing Like You’ is a shimmering five and a half minutes of vocal loops and synth stabs. It’s a perfect soundtrack for Blighty’s recent sunnier climes. B-side ‘Sweat’ (too much?) moves at quite the rate, but is no less good. Punchy for a Monday:

It’s out now, go get a copy here.

Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants

Mystery man Ten Walls (is he really Mario Basanov in disguise?) is back with a brand new banger, and it’s out on his/her/their new label Boso.  

‘Walking With Elephants’ is distinctively Ten Walls, with the electro-tuba sound of ‘Gotham’, and the urgency of ‘Requiem’, both of which featured on many a ‘TOP TRACKS OF 2013’ list. The general feedback so far has been unbelievably positive, with some people claiming ‘Walking With Elephants’ is the track of 2014 already. Seems slightly churlish to proclaim that in March, and we’d maybe liked to have seen a bit more variety from Ten Walls’ previous releases, but, then again, why change a winning formula?

What is certainly clear is that this tune is gonna be massive. Given Ten Walls’ current standing on the deep house scene, this will be one that clubbers will undoubtedly be hearing a helluva lot over the spring and summer. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the next release from Boso too. 

Dan Croll – From Nowhere (Mike Mago Remix)

Regular readers will know, Mr Gomori’s Staring You In The Eye remix of this original from Dan Croll holds a special place in our hearts – the feel-good hit firmly secured a place in our Top Ten tracks of 2012. Since the official remix package released on Universal’s Decca features three efforts we ain’t even heard yet, it was time to investigate.

This one from Mike Mago ain’t too shabby at all, the first half being particularly tasty. Happy Friday all:

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