Monthly Archives: January 2016

Lauer – Birsk/Kilian

One punchy house tune, the other more reflective, ‘Birsk/Kilian’ are the yin and yang of Lauer’s recent release on Futureboogie. Quality start to the year from the German producer and one half of Tuff City Kids.

Talking of which, if you’re in London-town this weekend we’d highly recommend a visit to Corsica Studios on Friday night. Said duo are dropping by for a hefty five hour set. With Telephones and Trouble Vision residents in support, it’s not one to miss.

Check their recently-dropped remix of Cologne-based Vimes‘ new single, ‘Mind’, out on Needwant this Friday:

 

 

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Some Like It Hot, Karl – January 2016

At Human Drizzle, we attempt to bring you our favourite musical finds. In almost all cases, these are tracks that we find on SoundCloud, YouTube, Mixcloud or any other file sharing or streaming service. And we love all of the tracks that we post here, or compile in our playlists.

However, it’s one thing to click ‘like’ when a band or producer posts a link to a new track, and it’s quite another to actively seek out and purchase a song. So, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some music which is so good that one listener was compelled to part ways with their hard-earned cash. Our resident DJ, Hot Karl, has been stockpiling records like they’re going out of fashion for some time now. Here we look at ten of our favourite additions to his collection, from the last month, in the hope of sharing some slightly different music with you.

Kicking us off is Dutch producer Junktion, who makes up one half of the excellent deep-disco duo, Fouk. ‘Pale Blue Dot’, a woozy house track with a thumping beat, was released last summer.

Junktion also released on the outstanding ‘Diggin’ Deep Disco #2′ compilation. ‘Sidewalk Salsa’ is another slice of smooth, funky house.

The end of the year ‘top tracks’ list is now a fixture in any music publication’s calendar (you can revisit ours here). Resident Advisor’s tracks of the year rundown is always hotly debated. It is, also, a superb resource for acquainting yourself with tracks that you might have missed in the preceding 12 months. Even better, the arguments in the comments section throw up many more gems. Nods to ‘Cassandra‘ by Donato Dozzy, ‘Carmine‘ by Fit Siegel and the excellent ‘Marine Drive‘ by Florist, all of which could have made it – properly – into this article.

As ever with RA nowadays, Hamburg label Giegling were part of the end-of-year list in most categories. Map.Ache’s ‘The Golden Age’ is a beautiful, slow-burning piece of up-tempo deep house. It brings a smile to our faces every time we hear it, and we can’t wait for the Giegling showcase at Village Underground next month.

No Human Drizzle piece would feel complete without mention of Fort Romeau. We’ve already waxed lyrical about ‘Secret’s & Lies’, but it’s ‘K.O.N.T.R.O.L’ that we want to bring to your attention now. It came out last year and only dropped on our radar thanks to Tim Sweeney’s end-of-year, best of 2015 Beats in Space mix, which is well worth a listen.

Another HD fave, Lorca, has also been in fine form. ‘Creta Kano’ is the a-side of a two-track release on Breach’s Naked Naked Records.

The ‘alt version‘ is great too. Lorca is of course playing alongside Mr Beatnick as part of a Brighton-infused line-up for Human Drizzle Presents on Friday 26 February at Basing House.

This being an article about vinyl, we’re not restricted to talking about the latest releases. This is a good thing, because until this month we had never truly appreciated the amazing Galcher Lustwerk.

As smug as we are to be going to the Giegling night, we are gutted to be missing Galcher Lustwerk the very same evening at Dance Tunnel.

Other notable additions to Karl’s collection feature some modern classics picked up from local record stores or the money-draining Discogs. Damiano Von Eckhart’s Boiler Room brought ‘Wear It Out’ to our attention, from way back in 1979.

Then there’s the up-tempo funk of ‘Into You’ by JD Hall as remixed by Jonathan Morning, a 2005 release on Sunfire Records.

Following in a similar vein is the Masters At Work dub of St Etienne ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ from 1991. An excellent house remix of an already great tune.

To cap off our top records of the month, we’re going to finish with another all-time great: ‘Knight Of The Jaguar’, by DJ Rolando. It’s been a firm favourite since we saw Rødhåd use it to close his set at last summer’s Dekmantel Festival, and it received a re-release in the autumn of 2015.

We hope you agree this is a fitting way to end.

Hot Karl is supporting Lorca and Mr Beatnick at Basing House on Friday 26 February. More details here.

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Maribou State – Portraits Outtakes

Portraits Outtakes’ is a collection of three previously unreleased Maribou State tracks from their 2015 album, ‘Portraits’.

With its ethereal opening in ‘November Nights’, the steel drum-infused waltz of ‘Manila’ and the grandiose, well-orchestrated finale on ‘Colours in The Sea’ it feels like an EP in its own right. Once again the London-based duo show off their ability to skilfully weave together an array of sounds from across the spectrum and continue their DIY approach to writing tunes.

Their live sets will no doubt be where the real magic is and it’s no surprise they’ve got a sold-out show coming up at KOKO in mid-February. Jealz of all you ticket holders for that one.

In other MS news, they’ve recently made a welcome return to collaborating with Pedestrian. He’s dropping a four-track concept EP entitled ‘Circadian Rhythms’, with each track representing a particular time of day. ‘JNT’ is the 4AM 2-step roller and finishes off the record, winding down where the opener ‘Simple Minded At Dawn’ begins all over again. Intriguing, we hope you’ll agree.

Get your pre-orders in for that here, it’s due for release on Dama Dama – a label recently set up by both Maribou State and Pedestrian. If you missed the chance to see them at their label launch party in February fear not, they’ll both be playing at Shapes on April 15th for another Dama Dama knees up.

AKASE – Graspers

Harry Agius a.k.a Midland and Robbie Redway have been busy writing songs under their AKASE alias for a while now. Pronounced ‘A Case’, as in ‘a case in point’, apparently. Having received a helping hand from Ewan Pearson on production and with a handful of live shows already under their belt, their debut album ‘Graspers’ is finally out on !K7 Records.

The tunes are emotive and atmospheric, this meeting of two musical minds really is a solid fit. Redway’s vocal has got gravitas and the electronic soundscape throughout is an accessible one. Best heard live too, wethinks. If you’re in London town on 3rd March we’d highly recommend heading down to London Fields Brewery for their album launch party.

For a taster of the live show, check out this recent cover they did of The War On Drugs’ ‘Under Pressure’ for Sofar Sounds:

 

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Seb Wildblood – U

‘Bonsai Care’ is one of the dreamy cuts from Seb Wildblood’s forthcoming ‘U’ release, a six track cassette the Church co-founder is releasing on his own imprint, SW Recordings. For the more technically savvy amongst you fear not, it’ll be available digitally too.

You can also download another of the tracks from said release, ‘Crazy Eyes, Eric’, courtesy of XLR8R.

Great to see the lad’s showing no signs of slowing down on the production front having released his debut album ‘Foreign Parts’ last August, with a follow up ‘Submarine’ EP just four months later. All the while he and his partner in crime have been continuing to develop a wealth of solid artists on the Church roster with the likes of Ishmael, Laurence Guy and Chaos In The CBD already part of the fam. Good skills.

U‘ is out on 12th February.

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Fort Romeau – Secrets & Lies

Your boy Fort Romeau is on FORM.

The Human Drizzle Presents alumnus had a banging 2015. He released his ‘Insides‘ LP on Ghostly International to critical acclaim, he set up the label Cin Cin with Warm head honcho Ali Tillett, not to mention releasing a 12-inch on Running Back, crafting a string of successful remixes, appearing on Rush Hour’s excellent Music For Autobahns compilations aaaand producing this gem under his F.T.R.M alias.

It doesn’t look like he has plans to slow down either.

Today his new 12″ vinyl release ‘Secrets & Lies’ is hitting the shelves courtesy of Live At The Robert Johnson, and if this title track is anything to go by it should be at the top of everyone’s lists. Romantic house, progressive house, call it what you will. It’s compelling as ever. We’re not afraid to admit we instantly recognised the brilliant sample too.

It’s fair to say, nobody’s putting Fort Romeau in the corner this year.*

*Sorry.

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Cleveland – Atlas

This earworm’s been floating around the net for a few weeks now. Penned by the Luxembourg-based (not Ohio) producer Cleveland, ‘Atlas’ is a slow-building, tense affair and is sounding right at home amongst label-mates Round and Marvin & Guy on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs.

If you’ve got more time on your hands, the mix he recently did for Data Transmission is a really good one to knuckle down to. The tune that kicks in around the 40 minute mark is something to behold, details unknown but due for release later this year, apparently. Free Download on this one.

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Lee Van Dowski – Elle

Premiered first by Anja Schneider on Radio 1, unleashed online courtesy of Deep House Amsterdam at the end of December and this week praised as a Future Classic by Ben Gomori on his consistently-good Turned On Podcast, feast your ears on Lee Van Dowski’s ‘Elle’.

You may want to add this piano-laden belter to your shopping list, it’s out on Schneider’s Mobilee Records this Friday.

Fold – Mills Theme

Fast-rising London DJ Fold produced one of our favourite records of 2015 with the excellent ‘Calmer Mood’ and now he’s back on our radar with another sample-heavy number.

‘Mills Theme’ is a less angular track than ‘Calmer Mood’ or November’s ‘Dreamscape’, eschewing spoken samples and stop-start percussion for a catchy guitar line and hypnotic beat that rise and fall for just shy of 11 minutes. It’s the perfect tonic for your still-sore head this first Monday of 2016.

Human Drizzle’s Top 10 Tracks of 2015

Another close run thing this year, but we have settled on our top 10 tracks – which can all be found in our Best of 2015 playlist here. Enjoy.

1. DJ Koze – XTC: Our no. 1 track of 2015 goes to DJ Koze ‘XTC’. Our first reaction to this year’s chart-topper – released mid-summer on Pampa Records – was one of indifference, but hearing it played by Mano Le Tough and Dixon at Dekmantel forced us into a rapid rethink. We’ve always been a stickler for more melancholic dancefloor music, and ‘XTC’ fits right into that category. In a strong year for house and techno, ‘XTC’ was our unanimous first choice.

2. Fatima Yamaha – What’s A Girl To Do: The year’s most memorable hook was conjured up by (surprisingly) male, (surprisingly) Dutch producer Fatima Yamaha. Scarlett Johansson’s angsty vocal sample is the perfect counterpart to the instantly-recognisable tune, and the two combine to create 2015’s most atmospheric floor-filler.

3. Jamie XX – Gosh: Jamie xx has produced many moments of magic over the past couple of years. But alongside ‘All Under One Roof Raving’ (which appeared in our Top 10 of 2014), the harsh opening and lush crescendo of ‘Gosh’ stand out as a testament to the 27-year-old’s ability to craft music that is both accessible and affecting.

4. Bicep – Just: It was a superb year for the Belfast duo, including a relentlessly busy touring schedule, a residency at XOYO and a crate full of releases that attracted high praise all round. With its breakbeat beauty, ‘Just’ was easily the standout for us, and simple though it may be, it was one of our tunes of the year.

5. Percussions – Digital Arpeggios: In yet another big year for Four Tet, Kieran Hebden’s biggest track actually came under his Percussions moniker. First appearing as part of his Essential Mix with Jamie xx, it’s an epic slow-building masterpiece that made an impression on dancefloors across the globe.

6. Frankey & Sandrino – Acamar: 2015 was another hugely successful year for all-conquering Berlin label, Innervisions. Amongst the now annual event of head honcho Dixon being voted the world’s best DJ by the readers of Resident Advisor, and a series of ambitious parties across the globe, they also found time to release some music. ‘Acamar’, by German duo Frankey & Sandrino, first came to our attention at the turn of the year. It’s a testament to the tune’s brilliance that we’re still loving it 12 months on.

7. Hubie Davison – Sanctified: This disco-infused gem finally saw a vinyl-only release on Midland’s ReGraded label back in November. It’s a catchy number and there are no surprises that the label head has been rinsing it in his sets throughout the year.

8. Adam Port – E Sound Edit: This track was one of the highlights of our party at Basing House. The meandering guitar and shuffling percussion are a winning combination from Berlin producer Adam Port, and we look forward to hearing more from him in 2016.

9. Fort Romeau – All I Want (Massimiliano Pagliara Remix): Italian-born MassPag preps one of the highlights of Fort Romeau’s ‘Insides’ LP for the dancefloor. Be patient with this one and you will be rewarded. Out on the ever-glowing Ghostly International.

10. Lauer – Mausback: With its range of genres and nod to early eighties synth pop, Lauer’s ‘Borndom’ LP was one of our favourite albums of the year. ‘Mausback’ is one of its more balearic moments, and it shows clearly why the Tuff City Kids producer is one of Europe’s most underrated.

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