Monthly Archives: June 2015

OFF Sonar Barcelona

HD returned a little bleary-eyed yesterday from the 2015 edition of OFF Sonar, a week of parties put on in stunning locations around Barcelona.

OFF Sonar

Once a year, the Catalan city plays host to Sonar and its partner festival OFF Sonar, producing line-ups that rival Ibiza opening week in venues ranging from hillside monasteries to hidden beach coves. We know you’re busy, so here’s our best effort at summing up the madness in your 5 minute coffee-break.

First up was Poble Espanyol, the 1920s museum in hillside of Mt. Montjuic, for the showcase of Mano le Tough and The Drifter’s label, Maeve. Despite a lineup that boasted Innervisions‘ head honcho Ame and the emerging talent of Aera, it was Mano himself that stole the show with a sunset session that will stay long in the memory. Here’s a taster:

Next up was Resident Advisor’s night at el Monasterio, another stunning hilltop spot on the outskirts of Barcelona. With a varied lineup that featured Pearson Sound, Felicita and Andy Stott, the music flew across genres, sometimes giving the night an uneven feel. That was until the much-anticipated duo of Gerd Janson & Jackmaster took to the decks for a disco masterclass, playing tunes like THIS:

Saturday night meant a trip to the beach to enjoy the delights of Solomun’s Diynamic Records, specifically David August’s ambient live set followed by Adriatique. The Swiss Duo unsurprisingly played a lot of their productions, including this beauty

Sunday brought around the crux of the trip, the Social Music City night at Plaza Major, an old town square inside Poble Espanyol. The lineup boasted wall-to-wall giants including DJ Koze, Maceo Plex and Tale of Us. DJ Koze, given the difficult earlier set, appeared to single-handedly bring the sun down with this one

Facing down the festival equivalent of Day 23 of the Tour de France, we summoned the last of our energies for the evening session. Feeding off a crowd on their last night of a draining week, Maceo Plex laid down a closing set piled high with emotional melodies. Imagine a full orchestral breakdown followed by this and you’ll pretty much get the picture.

Despite all this, we barely scratched the surface of the events on offer. We missed an all-nighter curated by Tim Sweeney, a Villalobos pool party, Nina Kraviz in an aircraft hanger and countless others. Where we did make it though, the venues were surreal, the crowds were friendly and the tunes were always spot on. See you there next year.

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Kayper – The Terminal EP

Kayper’s ‘4 Fingers’ has been on repeat at HD HQ ever since we featured the belter a few weeks back. We’re now treated to the whole EP, due out on June 29th on the taste-makin’ Eton Messy Records, no less.

Kayper’s been in the business since the age of 15, not only DJing all across the world but also working as a presenter on the BBC Asian Network. Having produced her own material for a while now she’s garnered a decent rep for that particular type of house music that’s so popular right now. Driving synths and thumping basslines, soulful vocals and a little bit of garage mixed in for good measure. Who better to release the EP then than Eton Messy, with their increasingly popular brand of house music that sits comfortably within touching distance of pop.

Feast your ears on all three tracks below, and keep an eye on her FB/SC – definitely one to watch.

Shura – White Light (Gabe Gurnsey Factory Floor Remix)

It’s a tough listen, but ultimately, a rewarding one. Factory Floor head honcho Gabe Gurnsey (FFHHGG) has taken Shura’s ‘White Light’ and ironed out any signs of the dreamy pop song that it once was, and created this seven-minute-long remix. It’s an arresting piece, yet strangely infectious.

Check out the vid to the original below. Shura’s twin brother plays the lead guy, apparently.

Dusky – Skin Deep

Second single off Dusky’s forthcoming EP dropped last week and surprise surprise, it’s a good one.

‘Skin Deep’ follows the relentless belter that is ‘Jilted’ and has more of an ambient and euphoric feel. The vocal hooks are catchy and there’s an unmistakably Dusky groove to the track. Both of ‘em will be joined by ‘Parakeet Feet’ and ‘Squeezer’ on the ‘Ordinary World’ EP, out on 31st July on 17 Steps. Get your pre-orders here.

Jessie Ware – Cruel (Klaves Remix)

Jessie Ware gets the remix treatment from our favourite Polish producer, Klaves. He lays the track down on a toe-tapping, chuggish beat whilst also adding his staple-sounding quirkiness to JW’s ‘Cruel’. Head over to his SoundCloud to hear more of his stuff, and have a gander at JW performing the track live amongst the foliage at The Barbican:

Tuff City Kids – Murphy’s Lawyer

Today’s premiere from Deep House Amsterdam is a GEM.

‘Murphy’s Lawyer’ by Tuff City Kids (Running Back head honcho Gerd Janson and Lauer’s side project) will feature on Berlin-based imprint Suol’s annual Summer Daze Compilation series. It’s a hoot. Keep your ears peeled for the rest of the team sheet for that release:


Come Thru presents Kayy Drizz @ Bar A Bar

1433422863908For those of you who made it down to the eighth installment of Human Drizzle Presents to see Anna Wall and Real Nice spin some tunes will know that Stoke Newington’s Bar A Bar is a VIBE. This Saturday, online magazine and club night Come Thru London are having their launch party at the intimate venue with the first ever UK show from Jersey Club Queen Kayy Drizz.

Also playing on the night will be East London Club Trax boss DJ Deamonds who will be the second headliner. Deamonds has made a string of releases over the last year which most recently earned him a featured mix in Thump, check it out:
Ahead of the show Come Thru London has ALSO presented a feature documentary on Kayy which was filmed in the Life Lab, venue of the infamous Jersey Club Boiler Room:
There’s no doubt she’s going to bring the heat this Saturday – we recommend scouting this one out. Check out Kayy Drizz’s SoundCloud for further persuasion.
Tickets can be bought here from RA.
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Bag Raiders – Vapour Trails

Bag Raiders are back! The first cut from their forthcoming ‘Waterfalls’ EP is called ‘Vapour Trails’ and has a lovely summer feel to it. It’s very easy on the ear.

You can grab it for free here by joining their mailing list, and stay tuned to hear the rest of the EP, due to drop later this summer.

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BANKS – Beggin For Thread (Aeroplane Remix)

Ain’t that Aeroplane fella a bundle of fun. Everything he touches, he adds a bouncy, feel-good vibe to. Including Banks’ ‘Beggin For Thread’. Check it out:

Kidnap Kid – Fall/Freedom

Impressive release from Kidnap Kid which has recently dropped on the Pete Tong-founded label FFRR Records. The Yorkshire lad seems to be adopting a more mature sound, with both tracks delving into progressive house territory and leaving behind the pop tendencies of previous hits ‘Thin Lines’ and ‘Survive’.

‘Fall’ and ‘Freedom’ are well drawn out slow-burners with dark undertones, exactly the way we like it. Go grab both from iTunes now.

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