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Alpines – Chances (Cyril Hahn Remix)

It’s getting silly now.

Our excessive man crush on Cyril Hahn is set to continue after we stumbled across another beauty. Cyril is Switzerland born-and-raised (but Canada is where he now spends most of his days), and we’re going to go out on a limb and say he is the finest Swiss-Canadian producer in the business right now.

On this track he has torn his attention from the Knowles sisters for long enough to tweak ‘Chances‘ by London-based new kids on the block (and HD favourites) Alpines.

The result is wonderful. Not only does it retain the brilliance of the original but Hahn brings to it the same atmospheric vibe that is such a hallmark of his other reworks. More please.

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Alpines and Maya Jane Coles – Why

South London night pop duo Alpines are currently embarking on a series of collaborations with on-the-rise UK producers and DJ’s, ostensibly to showcase new talent, but surely just to give us some aural pleasure. Their most recent, with 23 year old British/Japanese deep house talent Maya Jane Coles, is truly wondrous. Together they’ve reworked Carly Simon’s classic ‘Why’, moulding it into a flowing piece of electronica with singer Catherine Pockson’s vocals hovering above the fray.

We’re very excited about Alpines’ future efforts with Dark Sky and Craze + Hoax. In the meantime, give both their earlier releases, Night Drive and Cocoon, a listen. Accompanying artwork is also worth a gander and they’re unashamedly pretentious about their aesthetic. They sent one journalist some pictures of the star Nebula along with their demo, because, “it is the combination of the electric and the ethereal, which we love.”

You can also grab ticket to see them support Goldfrapp at St. John-at-Hackney church tonight (if you have £35 kicking around…), or if you like your religious gig venues with a NW postcode, see them at Reading dance-rockers Worship’s single launch at St. Pancras Church on the 1st December.

We’ve listened to this A LOT, and it only gets better each time. It’s nostalgic rewrites as they should be and it’s due out in early 2012.

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Farmfest 2014

farmfestWe’re lucky enough to be heading south-west this weekend for Farmfest, an independent little festival in its ninth year that takes place in Somerset’s Bruton.

The two-day event sounds like a charming affair. Situated in the glorious surroundings of Gilcombe Farm, it’s clearly a festival that believes in providing an experience. Sure, the bookers have provided a genre-defying selection of emerging talent you can shuffle your feet to, but it don’t stop there. They’ve organised a range of activities besides this and they’ve provided a load of local produce you can get your teeth into. Not only is it cheap-as-chips, all profits are being donated to a handful of Somerset charities.

Both bands and DJs alike, there’s enough to fill the weekend with a belter of a line-up.

On the pop side, we’ll be looking out for the likes of Alpines, Beaty Heart and Phoria. Not to mention Rebecca Clements whose debut single Wildlife has already gained her Radio 1 exposure. Alongside Emily & The Woods and Public Service Broadcasting, there’s a tasty line up to get the evenings moving swiftly:

There’s a lot in store electronically to take things further deeper too. Fabric regular and We Love Space Ibiza resident Ralph Lawson will be stepping on the ones and twos, alongside DJ Food, Leo Zero and the African-American-inspired Romare. Check out the latter’s Boiler Room mix here, or this cheeky summer mix he did last year:

Besides Channel One Soundsytem, one of the world’s biggest dub-reggae collectives famous for their ace sets at Notting Hill Carnival (sign that petition, folks), HD will be seeking out the Flux-affiliated Aartekt and Jacques Adda – we saw the latter at One Day and he knows his way around a tune.

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All in all there’s a lot of fun to be had. You can find further details about it all here and with tickets at just over fifty smackers, you’d be foolish not to get involved.

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Three Laws – Convalescence EP

Box-fresh London duo Three Laws offer up a couple of evocative treats ahead of their debut EP ‘Convalescence’ dropping on 31st May.

Both tracks have a gothic feel, tailor-made for haunted castles and billowing curtains. Vocalist Louise Gold hits the high notes à la Alpines’ Catherine Pockson and, whilst occasionally slightly overproduced for our four-to-the-floor tastes, there’s bags of potential here. Watch this space.

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Human Drizzle’s Top 10 Tracks of 2012

‘Tis the season to make lists and, whilst our sensible side would call into question the validity of comparing tracks in this way (what are the criteria?), our other side thought it would be fun. So here are our top ten tracks of 2012, in order. If you disagree, please let us know in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook. We won’t take it personally, promise.

1. Julio Bashmore – Au Seve2012 was Julio Bashmore’s year, and the ‘bam bam bam, bam bam bam’ of ‘Au Seve’ sent dancefloors loopy across the globe this summer. It somehow managed to retain the the bass-led, atmospheric subtlety of Bashmore’s other work, whilst simultaneously becoming nothing less than a singalong anthem.

2. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse‘Inspector Norse’ has been equally ubiquitous this year, and with good reason – with Terje’s cosmic squeaking and killer hook bouncing their way into the collective consciousness with joyous abandon.

3. Jai Paul – JasmineWhen Jai Paul released his second ever record in April, a lot of people got very excited. Was this finally going to be his year? Sadly not, as we still await a third – but in the meantime ‘Jasmine’ remains one of the most compelling tracks of recent times.

4Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (Cyril Hahn remix)Cyril Hahn is one of our favourite artists of 2012, having produced a series of excellent remixes for SolangeHAIM and Alpines as well as this aching, melancholy interpretation of Beyoncé and co’s R’n’B staple.

5Dan Croll – From Nowhere (Ben Gomori’s Staring You In The Eye remix): The title of this track is appropriate, in the sense that neither artist had crossed our radar before we heard this. More’s the pity, because it’s a triumph: combining layered production with fantastic melodies and a vocal that doesn’t leave you.

6. Casino Times – I Wanna KnowSlothBoogie first brought this to our attention, and it’s been in our heads ever since: a rolling house track with genuine groove, it’s addictive. This duo are going places (and TEED’s a fan too).

7. Duke Dumont – The Giver: Another contender for personality of the year, DD has mastered some incredibly infectious beats this year. This house anthem is a party starter, boasting one of the most recognised vocals of the year. Listen out for this early 2013 release too, it’s going to be EVEN BIGGER.

8. Jessie Ware – 110%: What a year it’s been for Jessie Ware. She heralded the spring with this gem of a tune: on an album with many highlights, ‘110%’ stands out as three and a half minutes of pop perfection.

9. PillowTalk – The Real Thing: There’s been some great samples this year and this track sees the San Fran trio from the Wolf + Lamb family do the nip and tuck on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s classic ‘Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing’. If this song don’t make you smile big, you’re dead inside. It’s glorious.

10. Ultraista – Gold Dayzz (Maribou State remix): Maribou State’s rework of Ultraista is a thing of great beauty: a fragile start gives way to warm synths and gorgeous melodies in one of the most pleasant tracks of the year.

And they can all be heard on our Best of 2012 playlist. It’s a real treat.

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Bo Saris – She’s On Fire (Maya Jane Coles remix)

Dutch soul singer Bo Saris released ‘She’s On Fire’ this week, and it’s gained a lot of traction – even prompting Winehouse comparisons (albeit by his agency). It’s a breezy, brass-driven soul track which calls to mind the recent output of Cee Lo Green, Plan B and Mark Ronson (but it’s good).

Better, however, is Maya Jane Coles’ remix. London-based producer Coles has been a favourite of ours for some time and she excels herself here – with her deep, subtle house vibes giving the tune a completely different feel. It’s taut and compelling, and has the kind of uncomfortable eeriness that Nicolas Jaar has been perfecting of late.

Good video, too.

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