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Shura – What’s It Gonna Be

Shura’s rise to nigh-meteoric fame has been relatively speedy. Since our attention was grabbed by the saucy vid for ‘Touch’ a couple years back, she’s comfortably been one of the UK’s brightest young talents.

The video for said single has clocked up over 26 million views and she’s been remixed by heavyweights such as Four Tet, Jungle and Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey (amongst so many others). Her year’s about to get a whole lot better as she releases her debut album on Polydor on 8th July, whilst also playing Primavera, Parklife and Wilderness (amongst so many others).

Not to mention she had her first headline slot at Koko last night.

She’s doing alright. Recently crowned as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, you can now cop her new single ‘What’s It Gonna Be?’ – a brilliant piece of 80s-influenced, feel-good pop:

She’s playing the courtyard at West London’s K-West Hotel as part of her headline slot for the Bushstock festival on 18th June, check her website for more details on that intimate affair.

Klaves – My Mind

Klaves is back doing what he does best. ‘My Mind’ is more jazz-infused house from the Polish producer. It’s infectious stuff, and free to download too. Thanks to Annie Mac’s excellent Free Music Monday service.

For more of his recent material, check out snippets from his recent 12” on Let’s Play House. Or go the whole hog and buy a copy from Juno.

Auntie Flo – Theory of Flo

Auntie FloThe long-term Huntleys & Palmers stalwart Auntie Flo (guy on the right) is getting some serious heat right now. And rightly so. He – Brian d’Souza to his nearest and dearest – released his new album ‘Theory of Flo’ just last week and we’re writing this to say it’s good. Really good.

Recorded in London, Glasgow and Havana, it features collaborations with The Noisettes’ lead singer Shingai Showina, Ghanaian singer Anbuley and Esa Williams. The latter (guy on the left) plays a vital role in the Auntie Flo live set and has regularly DJ’d alongside him at their Highlife nights, a party that was spawned by Huntleys & Palmers’ domination of the Glaswegian club scene.

H&P’s penchant for combining world music with electronic sounds seems to finally be getting the recognition it deserves. The Guardian waxed lyrical over their ability to take world music into the future, their regular Rinse FM slot is thriving and Auntie Flo himself’s got an exciting London schedule of late, taking down Rough Trade, Corsica Studios and the Bussey Building. Lead single from his new album ‘So In Love’ premièred recently on Boiler Room and just this week Annie Mac featured it on her Free Music Monday service:

There’s a lot more where that came from too. ‘Theory of Flo’ is full of hypnotic looped samples that are destined to stick in your head. There are slow-paced, contemplative moments in ‘Dreamer’ and album-closer ‘For Mihaly’, but ultimately the whole album keeps your toes tapping. ‘Dance Ritual I & II’ pack a punch with the back-to-back steel drums and euphoric piano combo, and the tribal calls on ‘Hewal3’ and ‘Waiting For A (Woman)’ are totally infectious. The latter’s been an HD fave since Gilles Peterson featured it a while back:

For the Londoners amongst you, the good news is you don’t have long to wait to see him play. Most notably, he’s doing an album launch party at the whopping Free Rotation x Gottwood x Field Maneuvers party this Saturday at the Bussey Building. Not only are all profits going to the Red Cross Refugee Crisis Fund, there’s an excellent line-up to boot – including Blawan, Christian S and Medlar’s Tony & The Waves. It looks real juicy; you can see all the details here. But be hasty as we hear tickets are running low.

Oh yeah, and go buy ‘Theory of Flo‘ as soon as.

NVOY – Higher

Fresh from smashing it out the park at Human Drizzle Presents (seen the pics yet??) London-based duo NVOY are back with brand new single, ‘Higher’.

Premièred by Annie Mac and gaining decent support across the blogosphere, the lads are continuing to carve out a solid rep for their soulful future house. They’re back on Black Butter Records for this catchy release, with a handful of live dates with the label to boot. New Year’s Eve at Manchester’s Albert Hall with Rudimental, David Rodigan and a load of other top guests looks particularly juicy.

Jax Jones – Yeah Yeah Yeah (Clapapella Dub)

Second remix of this one to surface in the last week or two and it’s a corker.

The excellently-named ‘Clapapella Dub’ version of Jax Jones’ new single ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ chugs along at a very accommodating pace, and much to our enjoyment, JJ very kindly donated it to Annie Mac’s ‘Free Music Monday’ service yesterday.

It joins Roosevelt’s more tropical effort, which you can listen to below:

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NVOY – Girl

Swirling synths, catchy vocals and fidgety beats are the order of the day from London-based NVOY.

First up, the Black Butter Records-affiliated duo unleashed an exclusive track called ‘Girl’ on Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday service. That one’s free to download. And secondly as they quite rightly put it, their ‘remix of Blonde’s latest single is ready to smash up a club near you’:

Head over to their SoundCloud to keep in the loop. One of their first offerings, ‘You Are’, is being served up as the opener for Black Butter’s ‘Spread Love Volume 5′, a compilation featuring a carefully chosen selection of breakthrough artists. Check out the tune below and cop the release here.

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Après – Chicago

Released to the world via Annie Mac’s trusty Free Music Monday service, here’s ‘Chicago’ from Bambusa Records-affiliated producer Apres. Risky business playing with such a big sample, but it’s paid off. It’s a rolling, feel-good number, and it’s yours for FREE.

Percussions – KHLHI

Having plopped out tracks here and there over the past few years under the Percussions alias, your boy Four Tet has now pulled them all together for a full-length on his Text Records label. To mark it, he’s donated the percussive roller ‘KHLHI’ to Annie Mac for her Free Music thing:

Some of you will have heard this first time round last year but having it for yourself is good right? Download the full album here:

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Wilfred Giroux – Praise For

This funky little number came out on Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday service this week. The track’s called ‘Praise For’ and it’s by Wilfred Giroux. The Polkadot Recordings-affiliated producer is capping off an impressive year with this silky and infectious house track. He had a huge hit back in April with ‘Stronger’, was responsible for a string of big remixes and took to the airwaves on Rinse FM a couple of times.

With the promise of new music in January 2015, things are looking bright for the 22-year-old. Catch him on a very tasty line-up at the Troxy this New Year’s Eve, courtesy of Dollop. He’s rubbing shoulders with TEED and MK, amongst others.

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Kattison – Know You’re Ready

Those long-time HD followers (yeah that’s you) will know that we’re big fans of Greco-Roman. Releasing the likes of Roosevelt, Lxury, label co-owner Joe Goddard and other HD favourites, the Greco-Roman family is an illustrious group. Kattison is the new signing to the label and his debut single ‘Know You’re Ready’ has already caught the ears of tastemakers Annie Mac and Monki.

It’s a delightful dancefloor shuffler with weighty basslines throughout, sure to make your Tuesday morning move that little bit quicker.

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