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Mano Le Tough – Energy Flow – DJ Koze Remixes

Pampa label-head DJ Koze’s gone and dropped two remixes of Mano Le Tough’s ‘Energy Flow’.

The Splasher remix above and the Miles&More remix below are being released on Permanent Vacation. Hitting the shelves soon, expect some heavy rotations this summer.

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Mount Kimbie – Made To Stray (DJ Koze Remix)

After eulogising DJ Koze’s ‘Amygdala’ earlier this year, we’ve kept an even closer eye on his activities and, joy of joys, he’s been drafted in for remixing duties by another HD fave, Mount Kimbie.

Koze’s stretched ‘Made to Stray’ into eight minutes of comparatively lush electronica; it’s a blissed out cut with the occasional quirky beat change.

The track’s from an upcoming ‘CSFLY Remixes’ EP, released October 28th on Warp. Enjoy a selection of the rest of the EP, handpicked by us, below (the pick of the bunch being Oneman and Jeremiah Jae’s languid effort):

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DJ Koze – Amygdala LP

We’re a bit late to this talented chap. Roughly 13 years too late, in fact*. DJ Koze began life as a hip hop DJ, segueing into dance music and picking up the prestigious DJ of the Years for 1999-2004 from Germany’s SPEX magazine. His latest output, a clean exploration of the electronica end of house music titled the Amygdala LP, shows he’s hitting a rich vein of form.

Standout tracks include an almost whimsical Matthew Dear collaboration:

and the darker, superbly-titled Caribou joint effort, ‘Track ID Anyone?’:

Now you’re hooked, gorge yourself on his recent FADER mix, as expertly crafted a 45 minutes as we’ve heard all year:

A warm welcome to these pages, DJ Koze.

 

*Although, to our credit, it seems most people outside Germany were too…

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

1. Krankbrother – Disappear Here: The Brothers Clancy bring the atmos in the B-side to their ‘Dreamscape’ EP. It’s over eight minutes of balearic goodness and joins the Fort Romeau remix we featured last week. Without doubt an EP worth parting ways with your hard-earned cash for.

2. Ten Fe – Twist Your Arm (Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas Remix): The list of guest artists on this Ten-Fe remix EP is ludicrous. UNKLE, Ewan Pearson, Tom Furse and Roman Flugel. They all join this effort from cosmic disco veterans Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas.

3. OCTO CHAMP – Said You Were: OCTO CHAMP, the south London (and occasionally Glaswegian) producer, video director and one half of party series Rigid Disco, is the latest to join the Let’s Go Swimming label ranks. Their fourth release comes in the form of his new four track EP entitled ‘Not Quite Here Yet’. ‘Said You Were’ is the second A-side and the bumping bass, colourful vocal and infectious drum patterns are a tasty teaser of more goodness to come.

Go see him IRL at LGS’ next party at The Waiting Room on Saturday 18th March.

4. Recloose – No I Don’t: Second cut from the Brooklyn-based producer’s forthcoming ‘Spirit Knows’ EP and it’s an earworm. Hits the shelves on Monday, bookmark it.

5. Deltawerk – Corridor (Marvin & Guy Mix): Italian duo Marvin & Guy get the call up for remix duties on Deltawerk’s second EP, serving up a tense ten minute work-out that joins Audiojack’s remix on the release. And the original’s worth a listen too.

The latest instalment in Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel mix series is worth a visit for a trip down memory lane. Metronomy’s Joe Mount rediscovers some of his favourites from seven years ago, whilst peppering the hour with a few newbies too.

For more new music, head over to our SoundCloud for gems this week from Marquis Hawkes, Seb Wildblood and DJ Koze.

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The Hydra at Printworks – 22.04.17

Saturday 22nd April, The Hydra are bringing this belter of a line-up to Printworks, one of London’s most exciting new venues. Don’t hang around, secure your place for the 10-hour masterclass behind the decks at the cavernous venue now.

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Pampa Records head-honcho DJ Koze heads up the billing in this star-studded affair. Sharing a passion for crate-digging, both Motor City Drum Ensemble and Jeremy Underground also appear on the line-up and will be serving up the finest in disco, house, funk and everything in between.

And as if that’s not enough, Rush Hour co-founder Antal and The Hydra’s very own Dolan Bergin complete the line-up for this special event at Canada Water’s brand new hot spot.

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Do the right thing and grab a ticket now for this landmark party. Don’t sleep – they’ll be gone real soon.

 

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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.

Human Drizzle: The Playlist, Best of 2015

As we enter a new year, here’s a look/listen back at the last one. Led from the front by our tracks of the year from DJ Koze and Fatima Yamaha, if we were less wary of cliché we might describe it as a journey. As it is, we’ll merely suggest that if you, like us, are taking the view that NYD is the new NYE, these 46 tunes might just be the perfect warm-up soundtrack. See you on the other side.

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Hot Karl exclusive Human Drizzle mix

Human Drizzle’s resident DJ, Hot Karl, has pulled together a selection of the year’s best tracks – and some old favourites – to create an expertly-curated 75 minute mix, if we don’t say so ourselves.

Starting with a slow groove, the mix opens with sun-kissed toe-tappers ‘(I Know) What You Want’ by András & Oscar and Jack J’s ‘Thirstin’, before he gently pulls us out to deeper waters with DJ Koze, Frankey & Sandrino and Percussions.

If you live in the UK and you’re feeling down due to the impending sun-less six months ahead, this is a little reminder of being back on that beach/lounger/super-yacht.

Hot Karl will of course be opening things up for Ben Gomori, NVOY and our yet-to-be-announced special guest headliner at Human Drizzle Presents – Basing House next Friday 25 September.

Early bird tickets will cease to be available this evening – we encourage you buy before the price increase.

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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.

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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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