Monthly Archives: December 2015

Motor City Drum Ensemble & Young Marco @ La Belle Electrique, Grenoble

Two of the finest selectors around gathered in Grenoble’s La Belle Electrique last weekend so we thought we should pop by.

Young Marco has been making a name for himself this year as an unpredictable crate digger as likely to play industrial techno as intergalactic disco. The enthusiastic Dutchman decided to open and close the night, throwing out Fatima Yamaha and Floorplan classics mixed in with this unbelievable piece of Brazilian Funk from 1977:

The pattern of obscure world music would continue unabated as Danilo Plessow tagged in for the small hours. He provided a lesson in joining the musical dots between funk, disco, house, soul and pretty much everything else. Some highlights included funky house from Bosq of Whiskey Barons and the finest in Estonian afro-house from Ajukaja. Tuck in to a snapshot of our evening.

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Human Drizzle: The Playlist, December 2015

Regular readers may be aware that our playlist game has been far from strong of late, and for that we sincerely apologise. However we can assure you it’s worth the wait. There’s a lot of good music on this one.

In the past month Hubie Davison’s disco-sampling ‘Sanctified’ finally got a release on Midland’s ReGraded label, and Future Classic have been busy nurturing new psych-pop band World Champion. Kidnap Kid’s channelling a deeper, nigh-Innervisions style to his production and Auntie Flo released one of our albums of the year.

Plus new tracks from HD faves Lorca, Doc Daneeka, Dusky and a whole lot more. It’s a real goodie. And you can take this overdue bundle of joy as purely an appetiser for our Best of 2015 playlist, due to land in a couple of weeks.

All that’s left is for you to press play and for us to wish you a whole load of peace and goodwill this Christmas. Have a good one.

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Chrome Sparks – Moonraker (Lauer’s Acid Mix)

If it’s got Lauer’s name on it, you’re normally in for a treat. His ‘Borndom’ LP went down a storm this summer and his remixes of Tensnake, Khidja and Walter Jones are regular revisits for us.

Future Classic have recruited him again* to give Chrome Sparks’ ‘Moonraker’ an extra special acid re-touch.

It’s a vibey, infectious number that’ll get you suited and booted for the weekend ahead, and although the acid house breakdown at the three and a half minute point is excellent, the polished Balearic undertone is the real standout for us.

*his work on Touch Sensitive’s ‘Pizza Guy’ all the way back in 2013 was exemplary:

Daniel Avery @ Le Sucre, Lyon

HD took a trip across the channel last weekend for a night of muscular techno with Daniel Avery & pals.

Founded and co-designed by the unofficial deity of Lyon, Laurent Garnier, Le Sucre is a Lyonnais institution. It resides on the banks of the Rhône in the midst of the formerly industrial Confluences district, boasting a fifth floor terrace view over Lyon and the Alps behind.

Friday night saw Avery bring along long-time collaborator Volte Face and ‘master of the neo acid scene’ (not us) Tin Man. The latter stepped up and tested the sound system to its limit, dishing out intense soundscapes like his own ‘Stay Gold’.

Avery has become a regular in these parts, holding down a quarterly residency at Le Sucre and featuring in May’s Nuits Sonores festival. It’s easy to see why, with an eager crowd hanging off each of his elongated mixes as he veered from acid to ambient and back again. In the last hour, he ran through some of the biggest tracks of the year, most notably this terrifying cut from Nina Kraviz’s трип label.

The evening drew to a close with Avery’s ‘Drone Logic’ filling the room as familiar faces climbed the stage to give him a big ol’ hug. With a whole host of big names arriving in the new year, the home of King Laurent appears alive and well.

P.S HD’s journey through France’s electronic music hotspots continues (and ends) as we head to Grenoble to catch Motor City Drum Ensemble and Young Marco at La Belle Electrique.  Should be a good’un.

World Champion – Tip PIt

Dreamy psychedelic pop coming out on the consistently-good Future Classic. ‘Tip Pit’ is out now on the Sydney-based duo World Champion’s debut ‘Avocado Galaxy’ EP, joining the slightly funkier and more upbeat ‘Shakes’:

And for something even more upbeat, check out fellow Australian Tornado Wallace’s edit of the EP’s title track:

 

Doc Daneeka – Where U At?

First class heater coming out on Ten Thousand Yen from label boss Doc Daneeka. ‘Where U At’ is track number one from his forthcoming four-track EP entitled ‘Global Luv’. Hits the shelves 11th December, but you can get your pre-orders on his Bandcamp right now and in doing so get this mover.

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Dense & Pika – Colt (George FitzGerald Remix)

Dense & Pika’s ‘Colt’ was a stand-out for us last year. Fellow Hotflush affiliate George FitzGerald’s revved it up a notch or two, keeping those hearty keys in tact. It’s part of a remix package out on 4th December.

 

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