Monthly Archives: September 2014

Grum – Straight To Your Heart

Scottish producer GRUM is back with two euphoric tracks to pick up your Tuesday afternoons. First one’s an original and the second’s a remix of Secondcity’s ‘What Can I Do’, featuring Ali Love. They’re both piano-laden, clean cut, hands-in-the-air fun. Next up for the Scot, we hear he’s working with Brit popstress Indiana, so keep your ears to the ground for that one.


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Dauwd – Saleh

For those of you lucky enough to have been at Canavan’s for Human Drizzle presents back in May*, you’ll no doubt agree that South London producer Dauwd knows his way around a tune.

His second appearance on Kompakt this year comes in the form of ‘Saleh’, due out on October 20th. As intricate as his last release on the label, the excellent ‘Kindlinn’ EP, ‘Saleh’ furthers his rep as a romantic techno tunesmith with this six-minute gem.

*Talking of Human Drizzle Presents, the next one’s been a long time coming. We’re just finalising details for it now and it’s going to be big. Block out Friday 5th December.

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Hudson Mohawke – Brainwave

It’s ok guys, the weekend’s here.

Feeling a little sore-headed after thinking the weekend started today? This new one from Hudson Mohawke should help. ‘Brainwaves’ moves away from the glitchy abrasiveness of ‘Chimes’, our other taster from his upcoming Warp EP, and paints a picture for you. Soaring choral backing nicely compliments an ambient loop that never drops and is all the better for it.

If you like your HudMo a little longer and more dancefloor, enjoy this recent Boiler Room you animal:

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Chris Malinchak – Happiness (feat. MNEK)

Chris Malinchak is back laying down some Balearic vibes for this collaboration with London’s top vocalist, MNEK – two fine talents from two sides of the pond, it’s a subtle but catchy one. Stay tuned for more new music and an accompanying tour from Mr. Malinchak.

Bicep – Poly Pineapple


That’s how Bicep described the second track from their new FMB004, ‘Poly Pineapple’. It’s pretty much spot on, no further words required. It follows on from the lead track, ‘Lyk Lyk’, a very enjoyable breakbeat-infused house track with some chopped vocals on top:

All shaping up very nicely we reckon.

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John Beltran – Faux (Four Tet Remix)

It’s lunch, you’ve just wolfed down an overpriced chain sarnie, take a deep breath.

Feeling a little reflective over here thanks to Four Tet’s fresh remix of John Beltran’s ‘Faux’. Both remix and original have a quiet sense of melancholy to them, which isn’t entirely the downer you’d expect. There are significant echoes of Four Tet’s early work, and we can see why he’s putting this one out “soon” on his very own TEXT label.

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Sylas – Hollow

London-based label Aesop have established a decent rep now – in their short lifespan they’ve released singles from Wayward, SOHN, Gent Mason and TALA. Next up is London-based Sylas.

‘Hollow’ is their first offering, a dramatic and intriguing listen. Obvious comparisons may be drawn to stars from the experimental electronic landscape such as James Blake and the aforementioned SOHN, but who really cares if it sounds this good:

We don’t know a lot about Sylas, besides the fact that one half of the duo has been perfecting his production skills under the watchful eye of no other than Brian Eno. He helped produce ‘Someday World’, Eno’s collaborative album with Karl Hyde. He’s also rumoured to have worked with Sinead O’Connor and Damon Albarn, amongst others…

Learning from the best – one to watch, wethinks.


Breach – The Key ft. Kelis

Out on 17th November on Atlantic Records, Breach is onto another winner here with Kelis providing the lung power.

This is a rework of a remix Breach did for the RnB star back in March for her Ninja Tune ‘Food’ LP. The collaboration obviously clicked, they returned to the studio to give the tune a revamp, and in doing so have penned a banger. This will no doubt follow in the footsteps of Breach’s previous anthems ‘Everything You’ve Never Had’ and ‘Jack’.

‘The Key’ is a punchy, toe-tapping bundle of joy and has radio written all over it.

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Tief presents Beats In Space 15th Anniversary

BIS 2Attention Londoners! What you doing Friday 26th September? Nothing? Get yourselves down Elephant & Castle way, there’s a night you do not want to be missing.

As part of a global tour covering the US, Japan, Mexico and Europe, Tim Sweeney and his merry men are celebrating 15 years of his Beats In Space radio show. Luckily for us, Tief are promoting the London leg at Corsica Studios and with the line-up they’ve put together, it’s going to be CLASS.

If you’re unfamiliar with BIS, way back in ‘99, then New York University freshman Tim Sweeney hit the airwaves of WNYU 89.1 with the radio show, Beats In Space. In the 15 years he’s been running it, he’s not once missed the Tuesday night slot, playing host to a whole range of guest mixes from the likes of Four Tet, Midland, Gui Boratto, KiNK and John Talabot.

Besides securing a legendary home for broadcasting eclectic, cutting edge music on a weekly basis, Sweeney set up a label for BIS in 2009, and having seen releases from Lauer, Paradis and Jee Day amongst others, he’s further developed the brand’s reputation for discovering top quality, new music.

We’ve seen the DFA Records-affiliated DJ play before many times and he never disappoints. Joining him next Friday is a stellar line-up consisting of Axel Boman, Tornado Wallace, Hunee going b2b with Mr Ties, and Tief stalwart Hessletime.

Need we say more?

Get your tickets here, and delve into the below for a taster of the night.

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SOHN @ Gorilla, Manchester

HD took a trip up North to catch SOHN play live last night at Manc underground venue Gorilla.  Amidst all the Warehouse Project-related chaos in Manchester during the winter months, Gorilla will play host to some of the most exciting talents in electronic music, including Dan Shake and Bondax, and it’s a venue well worth checking out.

Originally born in South London, Christopher Taylor a.k.a SOHN relocated to Vienna in 2012 and his music reflects perfectly the difference between the two cities. He pairs hectic soundscapes with lonely vocal stretches, not afraid to leave seemingly endless silences for the audience to wonder what’s to come. Melancholy is a consistent theme throughout, with his sorrowful vocals at the heart of the music, but it’s soulful too and songs like ‘Lights’ are borderline groovy.

This mix of tranquillity and chaos in his music translated amazingly into a live performance, not least because he shows himself to be an incredible musician. He began with more down-tempo numbers such as ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Oscillate’ and, after a pause and a warning of what was to come, he ramped things up in the second half, belting out ‘The Wheel’ to the crowd’s delight. Backed by a stunning lights show, SOHN provided a visual and audio delight.

Sadly he’s now embarking on a three month world tour but after last night, could it be worth a trip to Brooklyn next month?

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