1. Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda – Coast 2 Coast: Melbourne-based Harvey Sutherland and his accompanying orchestra are back with the synth ‘n strings ‘Coast 2 Coast’, the first taster from the forthcoming ‘Expectations’ EP, out on 24th March via his own Clarity Recordings.
2. Tom VR – A Fantasy: ‘A Fantasy’ is a measured and hypnotic cut from Leeds lad Tom VR’s ‘frissons’ EP, the second release on Seb Wildlood’s All My Thoughts label. Out 10th April.
3. The Juan Maclean – Can You Ever Really Know Somebody: Party-starter from DFA’s The Juan Maclean, the first we’ve heard from them since 2014. Out now, comes equipped with three accompanying remixes.
4. Octo Champ – Alleluia: A highlight from Octo Champ’s ‘Not Quite Here Yet’ EP, ‘Alleluia’ is layered with infectious samples, synths and percussion. This a total earworm. The EP’s out now on Let’s Go Swimming, head to their party at the Waiting Room this Saturday night to see the Glasgow/London producer IRL.
5. Donald Dust – Joy July: The third cut on No Bad Days’ third release and it’s more synth grandeur from the mysterious producer Donald Dust. All aboard the ‘Dazzle Ship’, EP out now.
Running Back label boss and selector-extraordinaire Gerd Janson stepped into the Essential Mix Hall of Fame last week. For anyone that missed it:
Gerd Janson and Lauer are back producing the goods as Tuff City Kids.
‘Labyrinth’ features Norwegian singer Annie on vocals and is the first taster of their forthcoming full-length, due to drop on 14th October on Permanent Vacation.
Hold tight for that release. In the meantime, the ‘Labyrinth’ EP is out on 23rd September and will also feature remixes from Morgan Geist and DJ Oyster, pre-orders here.
The team sheet involved in the Gerd Janson-curated ‘Musik For Autobahns 2’ compilation is something to behold. Joy Orbison, Lauer, Fort Romeau, Bicep and many more, all penning tracks that have been inspired by trips on the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Heidelberg.
Apparently Leon Vynehall undertook extensive research of the BAB 5 to come up with ‘Midnight On Rainbow Road’ and boy do we thank him for it. M.O.R.R is over six minutes of electronic bliss and is a welcome return from LV. Check out the preview for the whole album here and pre-order a copy from Rush Hour here.
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.
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.
Today’s premiere from Deep House Amsterdam is a GEM.
‘Murphy’s Lawyer’ by Tuff City Kids (Running Back head honcho Gerd Janson and Lauer’s side project) will feature on Berlin-based imprint Suol’s annual Summer Daze Compilation series. It’s a hoot. Keep your ears peeled for the rest of the team sheet for that release:
We’ve been patiently waiting for Lauer’s second album since we were blown away by the superb ‘Stigma’ last year.
Released on the Munich-based Permanent Vacation label, ‘Borndom’ is out now and we highly recommend you going out and spending all your hard-earned cash on it. It’s an 80s-influenced, synth-heavy piece of work, and we’ve picked out our favourite tracks from the LP to soundtrack the excitements as the bank holiday creeps in.
If you like what you hear and you’re London-based, we highly recommend heading down to Oval Space on 12th June. Lauer is playing in a splendid line-up that consists of Joy Orbison, Gerd Janson and Prins Thomas. Tickets here.
Acid house, our favourite type of residence.
All the way from Hull via Germany, the Tuff City Kids mix of ‘We Start Over’ by Steve Cobby is a Balearic delight and nicely warming us up for the White Isle pilgrimage this summer. Tuff City Kids, aka men o’ the moment Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer, have taken on the Hull resident’s deep original and made it rave-ready. They’ve also whipped up a Garage Dub, the thought of which excites us. All in all another classy release from International Feel.
So it’s not playing to a baying crowd at Parklife, but a review on Human Drizzle’s still pretty good right?
Aside from being chuffed with his HD review, Midland can be happy with a good day’s work on ‘Before We Leave’. It’s got a rolling Hacienda-esque feel with understated strings lifting the percussive…percussion.