Monthly Archives: June 2014

Silver Hands – Skulls (Mike Simonetti Remix)

Repetition is the key in this strangely hypnotic remix of Silver Hands’ ‘Skulls’. The uber-trendy Italians Do It Better label-head Mike Simonetti has been called in to work his magic for this first release of the party-turned-label Push The Feeling. The whole EP is out 1st July but you can download this gem for free, right here.

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Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window (MODERAT Remix)

Jon Hopkins tweeted this afternoon “I honestly think this is one of the best remixes I’ve ever heard. Play it loud.”

You’re not far off, Jon, it’s got some heart. Out on Domino, in digital and on vinyl.

 

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Human Drizzle: The Playlist, Eastern Electrics 2014

eastern-electrics-2014Earlier this month, we went off on one about the re-imagined Eastern Electrics festival, taking place Saturday 2nd August. A stellar line up of techno and house talent touching down in leafy Hertfordshire, record bags fully loaded with prized gems that are absolutely sure to knock your socks off. Tickets here. Tickets here. And tickets here.

Being the considerate people that we are, we thought we’d lob together 90 minutes worth of tracks that best represent our favourites producers from the Eastern Electrics programme. We think this shows that we are absolutely buzzing at the prospect of getting down to Hatfield House for 11 hours of some of the finest dance music you’ll find anywhere.

Given the strength of the Eastern Electrics brand, it’s no surprise that they’ve been able to curate such a quality line-up. In our EXCLUSIVE playlist below, you’ll find offerings from HD faves T. Williams, Waifs & Strays, Mano Le Tough and Waze & Odyssey, not to mention one of the tunes of last year from Agoria, and arguably one of 2014’s best offerings from KiNK and Daniel Avery.

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The fun doesn’t end there. Main stagers Maxxi Soundsystem, Steve Lawler, Art Department and house legend Kerri Chandler all have their say, and we cap things off with Route 94 and Dense & Pika.

Need some more? Well, we’re spent, but we suggest you join us on the 22 minute journey from King’s Cross out to the countryside on 2 August for a day of sun-fuelled 4/4 frivolity. For those that missed it the first, second and third times, here’s the ticket link again. But be hasty, they’re running out fast…

Over to you.

 

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Boean | Human Drizzle: The Mixtape, June 2014

Happy Fridays, people.

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Benedict Jackson and Sixth Avenue Express, we’re pleased to say the next installment of our mix series is here. We have a short and sweet selection of movers compiled by Boean – take it as a nifty half hour to bring that weekend ever closer.

The London-based duo have recently shared line-ups with Gorgon City, Friend Within and The Golden Boy. They’ve released on Eton Messy and have been featured a fair few times on these pages too. A standout being this banger:

Their next move is to release ‘What You Do’, which comes out on 7th July on one of our fave new labels, Bambusa Records. Feast your ears:

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Huxley – Oil Spill

Gooooood morning! Wake up yeah?

Huxley’s back, and he’s got some exciting things lined up. Ahead of ‘The Machine’ EP on AUS in July he’s teased us with ‘Oil Spill’, a deep cut with some weighty basslines. And this EP is a taster in itself for his debut album in autumn. Such a tease!

If these releases are anything like ‘Oil Spill’, we’re up for them. As Soundcloud commentator ‘Jam Snax’ so eloquently puts it, “If only BP had released this after Deepwater Horizon; would have totally turned the public perception on oil spills”.

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Bondax – All I See

The sun is out and, with the summer jams coming thick and fast, Bondax get in on the action. ‘All I See’ even has ambient seaside sound effects during the intro, and it couldn’t be any more summery if it slathered itself in sunscreen and got changed into a pair of flip flops.

Having firmly established that THAT photo was absolutely not them, it’s good to have the the Lancaster duo back making music. The lyrics contain a lot of platitudinous stuff about senses coming alive, never wanting to leave, and aligning with the stars, but frankly who cares? It’s just a very big tune.

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The Magician – Sunlight

The Magician is back with a belter.

‘Sunlight’ featured on his Magic Tape 43 and has all the ingredients for an instant summer classic. After a tasty 90 second intro, the catchy vocals from Years & Years lead singer Olly Alexander lead the track nicely into feel-good territory, ably supported by the rising synths and toe-tapping background beat.

This one’s going to be popular. Release date TBC.

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Sessions @ Corsica Studios

This Friday sees Sessions, the weekly in-house promoters at Corsica Studios, curate a line-up only HD dreams are made of. The club nestled in the heart of Elephant & Castle will play host to a whole load of top DJs and you can be there for a mere eight quid. The music at Sessions’ nights consistently delivers and this will be no different.

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Headlining is Fort Romeau. We’ve banged on about the South London producer enough on these pages so we’ll just let the music do the talking – the former member of La Roux is HOT property right now.

In support besides Hubie Davison and LK Aka Lee Konitz comes Urulu and Youandewan. Since running his own label Amadeus and having had releases on Let’s Play House and Exploited, Urulu has attracted a huge following. Check out his Let’s Play House mix for an extended listen but we feel his remix of Jessie Ware’s ‘Sweet talk’ went a tad unnoticed, it’s a banger:

Lastly a light must be shone on the Berlin-based Youandewan, whose recent ‘FM Jam’ EP on Aus Music shows off “his adroit handling of classic house and techno tropes”. 4/5 on RA ain’t bad.

Tickets are currently at the reduced price of just £8, one of the many good reasons you should get on down to CS this Friday night. Head here to bag a ticket and tell all your mates about it here.

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Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving

“I wanted to make something I could play out when I got home that reminded people of how good home is.”

So says Jamie xx of his surprise new single, ‘All Under One Roof Raving’. It heavily samples British artist Mark Leckey’s 1999 documentary ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore’, and you can hear the homesickness as he wrote it on tour with The xx: “Keepin’ it UK” as another sample proclaims. Add in his clipped percussion and steel pans and you’ve a UK classic.

Jamie also did a Boiler Room with NTS bossman Jon Rust yesterday so keep tuned to our twitter for notice when that hits the web.

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Yuksek Boiler Room & Brackles on Rinse

Couple of mixes from a couple of favourites here:

After their tempting offer for our Parisian readers last week, Boiler Room have now put up some of the mixes from the night, and we think Yuksek’s is the pick of the bunch.

Continuing our affair with the Rinse podcasts, we also bring you the latest from Brackles, who doesn’t disappoint with a garage-flavoured romp through the more urban end of dance music, if you’ll forgive the 1xtra vocab.

Both of ‘em are worth the extended listen.

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