Newly signed to Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label, Francis Inferno Orchestra is a house producer from Down Under and he’s done a tech-house job on this one. Rhythmic but not oppressive, it’s a mid-set staple.
As festival season cranks into gear, we can imagine getting a serious nod on to this one, perhaps sipping a cold beer on a beach somewhere that isn’t Brighton/the Thames. Surely that’s enough to warrant a listen?
1. Seb Wildblood – :~^: This gem of a track was floating around last year and we’re pleased to see it finally get a release on Wildblood’s forthcoming album of the same name (the one with the emoticon?), out on Omena Records on 17th April.
2. Dark Sky – Filter EP: Have patience with the new Dark Sky EP and you will be rewarded. More impressive sounds from the Londoners, out this week on Monkeytown Records. Catch them live at the Queens Yard Summer Party on Sunday 30th April alongside Andrew Ashong and Auntie Flo, stalls from Phonica and Lobster Records and a number of pop-up food and drink stalls. One for the diary.
3. Maurice Jnr. & Seb Miguel – The Science of Life: Regular readers will know we’re big fans of the Sugarhouse Records crew, particularly after Paradise Forum’s consistent delivery of excellence at some of our parties. ‘T.S.O.L’ is the second track from the third EP on the label and it’s another slice of soulful, deep house fun. Keep Bouncin’…
4. Geotic – Billionth Remnant: Beautiful track from the forthcoming ‘Abysma’ LP from Baths member Will Weisenfeld. It’s serene, pensive, perfect for some down time. The whole album has been described as ‘subtle as a Sunday morning ritual, a tender epiphany in a bombastic fireworks show.’ Ghostly doing the business, pre-order it here.
5. Ponty Mython – Why Can’t We Both Be Right EP: The excellently-named producer is dropping a four track EP on FINA Records, this one’s the laid-back and jazzy number and it’s out on vinyl on 24th March, 12th May digitally.
DJ Boring in the mix for i-DJ last week to get your weekends moving (catch him alongside Project Pablo and DJ Seinfeld at Phonox on 12th May…):
Atmosphere: sometimes good, sometimes bad. Here, good:
Bonobo does his thing on the same track with decidedly more chilled results:
Something for everyone, really.
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.
The Yorkshire Dales don’t see nothing like it.
In two weeks time we’re fortunate enough to be going to Beacons Festival. It takes place on the FUNkirk Estate in Skipton from 7th – 10th August and is without doubt one of the stand-outs of the year in the UK festival calendar.
It’s remarkably only in its third year, and 2014 sees the boutique celebration of music and art host the biggest line-up yet. With stages hosted by RA, Red Bull Music Academy, Noisey, Flux and many more, the range of talent is ludicrous.
The line-up’s bursting at the seams. Dixon and Mano Le Tough, The Fall and British Sea Power, Daniel Avery, Huxley and Joy Orbison. Hot new acts like Wayward, Beaty Heart and Toy feature, as well as stalwarts Crazy P Soundsystem, Greg Wilson and Jon Hopkins. Not to mention Jackmaster, Darkside and Dusky.
The list goes on. And on. And on. Check it out here.
The atmosphere at Beacons is a true delight and with light installations, stalls, fairs and film screenings (Shane Meadows gave a riveting Q&A on his hit film ‘Made Of Stone’ last year) there really is something for everyone.
As usual, to whet the appetite, we’ve compiled a special Beacons playlist for your listening pleasure. Get excited:
New Huxley remix for you.
And it’s an absolute gem, even if the big guy says so himself. He’s got all dark and moody on us by reworking Close feat. Fink – ‘Wallflower‘. Close is Will Saul‘s pet project, and Wallflower sees him team up with Aus Music compadre Fink. It’s taken from Close’s second album, ‘Getting Closer’, a fairly well received release from June this year.
Whilst Aus Music and Simple Records, Will’s other label, both promote the underground house and techno talent in the UK, Close is a more commercially focussed music project, with support from a number of big names like Scuba, Tanner Ross and Fat Freddie’s Drop singer, Joe Dukie. The clear aim of Close was to create an album, not just a selection of tracks, and give it a level of sophistication that required repeat listens, so says Will.
Whilst the original, like much of the album, is carefully paced, tidy and lushly textured, Huxley has taken the mood down a notch or two, building on the atmosphere that’s already present, resulting in a crisp but heavy deep house remix. We think it fits equally well with the early stages of a club set as it does with the late night bus ride down the Walworth road, as you repeatedly question whether or not treating yourself to a cheese and chips from Golden Grill would make your mother proud.
And it’s not the only top remixing being done off the back of ‘Getting Closer’. The Dusky and Midland remixes of ‘My Way’ feat. Joe Dukie are both excellent. Despite being based on the same original release, both produces create contrasting sounds, whilst also stamping their own easily-identifiable presence on the track. A good few things to go on here then, especially if you like your music a touch deeper than most.
Aus Music continues to be the label for cutting edge house in 2013. Will Saul and Fink (bizarrely, it’s the same Fink that HD were bawling our eyes out to when we had our hearts broken at 16 by the girl we met on holiday in Florence…), the co-founders of Aus Music, have worked with esteemed producers Bicep, Ejeca, Dusky and George FitzGerald for some time now.
On top of this, Aus Music is also the place to find two of our favourite tracks of this year – Leon Vynehall’s ‘Sister’ and Midland’s towering banger ‘Trace’. The latest release is from Bristol’s Kieren Lomax – Komon – with ‘Poly Sum’. The introduction hints at Laszlo Dancehall’s ‘Gave Up’, before fading away into a dark, echoey beat. It’s purposeful and sure to have an amazing effect when heard at the right levels in the middle of a set.
‘Poly Sum’ is available on July 15th as the flipside to ‘Walk the Walk’, so keep your eyes out for it. And whatever you do, keep a close eye on Aus Music as they keep churning out those engaging deep house releases.
Human Drizzle share a passion with Flatbush Zombies…synth-laced hip-hop! But seriously, this Brooklyn three-piece (rappers Meechy Darko and Zombie Juice with producer Erick Arc Elliott) live and breathe their music. They live in the BK neighbourhood of Flatbush and their self-confessed aim is to get zombified…
The video for their hype-inducing single, ‘Thug Waffle’, gives some indication as to how they wish to go about this. Flashing their gold fronts and billowing smoke like it’s going out of fashion, the video is a suitable accompaniment to their 90’s-esque, stoned beats and flows. It raced to 100,000 hits with no label support and now they have all the major labels banging on their door, following in the footsteps of their recent gig-buddies (and HD veterans) ASAP Rocky.
We’ll leave the final word to Meechy: “Well, the way everyone is saying we’ve skyrocketed onto the radar, it’s like we were resurrected. Like we went through some hardships and were bought back in this form. We skyrocketed because we had this know how from our past lives. We’re Zombies.”