Monthly Archives: June 2014

RÜFÜS DU SOL – Sundream (Classixx Remix)

Classixx are always an essential go to when the sun’s out. Their summery production is never amiss on any of their originals and they always add the feel-good factor to the work of others. No change here with their remix of Sydney-based Rufus Du Soul’s ‘Sundream’.

Appropriately titled, it may be just what the doctor ordered to settle into the week.

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Duke Dumont – Won’t Look Back

Things have really blown up for Duke Dumont since taking the well-trodden path from Human Drizzle Favourite to Chart Sensation. Named by the Guardian last week as a key member of the British House Mafia (yep), yesterday he followed up ‘I Got U’ with ‘Won’t Look Back’. It occupies the same territory as his previous chart successes: it’s packed to the brim with piano lines, female vocals and accessible 90s nostalgia, but – like Clean Bandit, Gorgon City, et al – the Duke is so far resisting going too far into lazy pop territory.

Listen out for some especially fun synthy fiddling from 2:48. ‘Won’t Look Back’ may not have quite the impact of some previous efforts, but it will undoubtedly be big this summer. And long may the British House Mafia dominate the charts, as opposed to the alternative.


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Claude Speeed – Tiger Woods & LuckyMe podcast

LuckyMe have put together a playlist for your Friday!

Packed with all you need to get you through to the weekend, it’s a sonic journey. All served with a gentle Glaswegian lilt.

The first tune out the traps is ‘Tiger Woods’ by RBMA graduate and poly-musician Claude Speeed. Arriving at his upcoming ‘My Skeleton’ EP via American Men (a math rock band) and a couple of drone mixes, he’s settled on an eccentric, percussive sound that draws you in.

He’s declared composer Steve Reich an influence and you can certainly hear the atypical rhythms coming through. If this last sentence feels supplementary, it’s because it’s a vehicle to brag that we have tickets to see the man himself at the Proms later this year. So there.

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L A Y L A – Black Mud (Aquilo Remix)

Bondax aren’t the only Lancastrian youngsters who can work the buttons. Hailing from a similar neck of the woods, Aquilo are a duo who graced these pages back in February with the beautiful ‘You There’ and have been gathering big support for their dulcet tones and reflective atmospherics ever since. With a few originals now under their belt they’ve chosen to remix the title track from Layla’s new EP, ‘Black Mud’, and ultimately there ain’t much wrong with it.


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WotNotMusic Presents: Measure2Measure

Measure2measureFriends of HD WotNot Music are an eclectic bunch. If you’re unaware, they’re a London-based label that focuses hard on creativity, having had quality releases from the likes of Deft, Kab Driver and Belle to name a few.

However when they’re not releasing records*, hosting their weekly radio show on Hoxton FM or giving away free musical advent calendars (you need to check all of these out btw) they’re hosting regular parties on Friday nights at Broadway Market’s very own speakeasy venue, The Souls Broadway E8.

What’s special about this night? They describe Measure2Measure as a night of boogie, soul and funk and if this pre-party mix by K-15 is anything to go by, there ain’t no other place we recommend you wiggling your tail this Friday night. Tickets? You don’t need one, cos it’s bleedin’ well free. Save the money for a cocktail on arrival.

Tell your mates about it here and don’t forget your dancing shoes.


*Releasing records is their main bag, so if you’re keen to hear more from Wotnot here’s a pick of their bunch…


When Bicep describe something as “super deep”, you know we’re going to be plumbing the depths…

‘Tunnels’ is the title track from Sisterhood’s upcoming Tief Music EP and they’ve cut Bicep loose to send this one spiralling down the hole. A hefty bassline kicks in halfway through, almost as a concession to the dancefloor.

Maybe wait until after lunch for this.

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Après – Take You Away (Ben Remember Remix)

As far as first releases go, Ben Remember’s ‘Moving Harts‘ EP wasn’t too shabby for Bambusa Records – the label set up by previous HD Presents headliners Panda. Consisting of three fidgety tracks that are perfect dancefloor fodder, the Bristolian producer clearly is someone to look out for. Three releases down the line for Bambusa and they’ve roped in Ben once again.

He’s on the remix duties for UK producer Après’ ‘Take You Away’. Featuring the vocals of 19-year old singer/songwriter Jamie Grimshaw, the release has already received high praise from the likes of Eton Messy and Toyboy & Robin and is further proof of the talent them Panda chaps are recruiting for their label.

It’s out now so don’t hang around, go grab your copy now.

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BLONDE – Foolish (Joe Goddard Remix)

We gave props to Blonde’s ‘Foolish’ a couple of weeks back and now, thanks to Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday, we have the icing on that particular cake:

Joe Goddard’s taken time out from his 2 Bears residency at XOYO to stretch and mould this one. He’s retained the funky house groove from the original but given it some dancing shoes and sent it out clubbing with instructions not to come back until the next morning.

Essentially, it’s good and it’s free. Say no more.

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Du Tonc – Surging Memories (Remixes)

Lovely to see Du Tonc’s feel-good hit ‘Surging Memories’ resurface as the duo comprised of Mighty Mouse and Matt Van Schie are releasing a bunch of remixes for the track.

First up is a breezy and piano-laden rework from the Belgian producer Attar! Second in line is Kiwi. The recent signing to Duke Dumont’s Blasé Boys Club is everywhere at the moment*, and as with most of his tunes, there’s a gradual progression to this effort that’s sure to go down well.

You will be able to buy these come 23rd June, along with other efforts from Le Visiteur and Adapt Or Die. For the Londoners amongst you, you may want to put Friday 22nd August in the diary too. Du Tonc are playing a DJ set alongside Moonboots and Lancelot at The Nest, definitely one to consider.

*If you were for some reason not watching the footy on Saturday night – the South London producer hosted his first show on Rinse FM. Definitely worth a listen:


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Front To Back – One Day

You thought one festival post was enough for today, didn’t you? Wrong. Party time.

One Day is a new day-nighter, held just outside of London on the 21st of June. It’s hosted by Front To Back, who are also heavily involved with July’s excellent Farr Festival, whilst the music is taken care of by Innervisions, Rush Hour, Saints Don’t Sleep and friends of Human Drizzle, Bade Records.

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This isn’t a festival though; they are harking back to the old parties of the early 90’s that used to litter the home counties. To be honest, we missed out on the original scene due to being in Play Group, so we’re going to check it out and we’re really excited.

There’s plenty going on and One Day have managed to pull together a very interesting mix of artists. The day session offers disco and lots of it, headed up by Amsterdam’s Tom Trago, who has done this exclusive mix for Front To Back…

…and Hunee, who will be rubbing some funk on it…

They’ll be joined by San Proper and Maxi Mill. There’s additional support in Tent 2 from the Saints Don’t Sleep ensemble. We like this particular mix that Larj Hans & The OK Jones Band did for Trouble Vision last year.

As night falls, the BBQs will be tidied away, the cocktails will have taken their hazy hold, sunkissed skin will be tightening up and the Funktion One will drop down a level as a hugely talented line up gives us enough house and techno to keep things bubbling until 6 am.

Where to start here…

Firstly, Innervisions duo Marcus Worgull and Konstantin Sibold will be bringing some Berlin gravitas to the night time, thanks to their readily identifiable brand of ‘smart house’.

Meanwhile, the boys from Bade are out in force and will dropping some of our favourite tracks of 2014. Here’s a little preview of what to expect, as selected and carefully put together by James Sison and Edward Antonio.

If you want further insight (you won’t) into our budding love affair with Bade and the guys playing next Saturday, then look no further than here, here and here.

Goddamn we’re up for it after going through all those tunes. What else do you need to know? Oh yes, there’s a campsite for those that need to grab some shut-eye before returning to the real world, and 21 June is the summer solstice, so…it’s…a…really…long day…ideal for maximising…dancing (I guess that’s the idea behind the whole thing, isn’t it?).

All that’s left to do is GET A TICKET and come join us. Chop chop!



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