Monthly Archives: May 2014

Best Youth & Moullinex – In The Shade

This charming, all-Portuguese affair is perfect summer playlist fodder. Producer Moullinex and two-piece band Best Youth have brought together a breezy production containing smooth-as-silk vocals, shimmering synths and a wonderfully casual bassline. Bound to get stuck in that head of yours, this is catchy-as-you-like:

 

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Moonwalk – Back To My House

Proper naughty, this one. In ‘Back To My House’, Italian pair Moonwalk have cooked up a riotous banger to kick off your weekend. It’s pretty straightforward four-to-the-floor dancefloor material, with bellowing bass and the general atmosphere of that time in the latter stages of a club night when things start to get very serious. Say hello to the weekend.

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Gilles Peterson – Sunsplash mix

Something a little longer, a little more louche, a little more leisurely for you now.

Kicking off a series of Guardian Travel mixes, Worldwide and Brownswood head honcho Gilles Peterson has done a mix previewing his slot at Turkey’s Sunsplash festival next week. The founder describes it as summing up the “soulful, bubbly baselines, uplifting vocals, deep rolling beats, a hint of jazz and overall positive atmosphere.”

Sounds good, right?

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Bombay Bicycle Club – Feel (UNKLE Reconstruction)

It seems unlikely that very-inoffensive-but-actually-rather-good balladeers Bombay Bicycle Club would have come to mind when UNKLE were pondering their next move. But thank goodness they did. This ‘reconstruction’ (no less) of BBC’s ‘Feel’ is only the second official remix from James Lavelle’s sonic pioneers in the last four years, and it’s a really lovely piece of music.

Trading the original‘s jaunty countenance for an altogether more epic mood, this brilliantly-layered rework develops into a hands-in-the-air stomper that evokes another 90s throwback, Andrew Weatherall’s excellent remix of Moby’s ‘Another Perfect Life’ from last year. And it’s brilliant.

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Jacques Greene – No Excuse (Fort Romeau Remix)

Fresh new delivery from Mr Mike Greene, aka Fort Romeau.

In remixing Jacques Greene‘s ‘No Excuse’ (yes, we were fairly excited about the prospect of this combo too) he’s served up just over six minutes of the kind of blissed-out, progressive house we’ve come to expect from HD’s favourite ex-member of La Roux.

If these two are on the team sheet, the result’s undoubtedly going to be the kind of music you can properly get lost in. Enjoy:

Released 30th May on the trusty LuckyMe Records, grab a copy here.

Paradise Forum – Lucky Strike

We make no secret of our affection and admiration for the Paradise Forum lot but boy do they make it easy for us. Couple of new ones to get your teeth into.

First up is ‘Lucky Strike’, a smooth house jam that was made to shuffle your plates to:

For a longer listen, one of their number (Angus Goodwin) has produced a mix in advance of their second sell-out party at The Lift on Saturday. It’s in the same vein as the smashing mix they did for the last Human Drizzle Presents, which is a huge stamp of approval:

All in all, keep it up lads.

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Maya Jane Coles – Lost in the City

‘Lost in the City’ has been around in various forms for some time, but it is now available on the deluxe edition of Maya Jane Coles’s ‘Comfort’ album and it appeared on her Soundcloud page yesterday. It’s a typically atmospheric number, with an insistent low-fi guitar riff and all sorts of moody effects and echoey vocals. It’s good.

If you’re a discerning festival-goer, you might catch MJC at the niche end of the circuit this summer: she plays Roskilde, Opene’er and Balaton Sound Festivals, amongst others. Or if you’re feeling less adventurous (but just as rich), you can see her at Glastonbury next month.

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Ranacat – Mad Man EP

It’s been almost a year since we brought Argentine producer Pablo Ranacat to your attention. His truly brilliant ‘The Real Milton Flow’ is still a fixture in our record bag/iTunes ‘Summery BBQ Bangers’ playlist. That rolling piano loop. Woof.  

We thought that might be the start of a wonderful love affair with Pablo. As it happens, it turns out to have been more of a cheeky snog in the queue for the loos…that is until today when, thanks again to Mobilee Records, Pablo has come back around.

‘Mad Man’ EP is a four track release, and it’s clear that Ranacat’s penchant for tinkling the ivories is still going strong. The standout track for us is the title track, but cheeky house number ‘Dreamstage’ is also great. 

It’s out today, and we sincerely hope it’s not another year before we hear from Pablo Ranacat again.

 

Huxley – Body Talk

Light up your life/Friday/bank holiday weekend with this from Huxley:

As part of the 2020Vision 20th anniversary compilation, ‘Content’ (which, by the way, is something you all need to watch out for – new stuff from Eats Everything, Maya Jane Coles, Simian Mobile Disco and Paul Woolford), Huxley has produced this deep house delight. WATCH for the piano coming in at 2:50, it’s a serious business.

Bonus tracks:

All this hits you 30th June on, you guessed it, 2020Vision.

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Chase The Compass present Barrientos 30/05

Date for the diary here guys.

Pals of HD, Chase the Compass, are dipping their toes into the party game with a tasty little line-up at Nomad Bar in Shoreditch on Friday 30th May.

Headlining is Glaswegian Barrientos and we agree with Pete on this one:

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Sounds fun right? More info here and tickets here. Get stuck in.

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