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Krywald & Farrer – Top Pocket Persies

Percolate residents Krywald & Farrer are slowly establishing themselves not only as top notch selectors, warming up dancefloors for heavyweights including Floating Points, Jackmaster and Moodyman to name a few, but also for penning their own tunes. They’ve got skills in the production department and their recent ‘Top Pocket Persies’ EP is a good case in point.

The stand-out track for us is the entrancing ‘Spoon Billed Sandpiper’, though the other two tracks are no less worth checking out – ‘Is That Saeed’ is a jazzy, fidgety number and the soulful deep house of ‘Blue Brother’ closes the EP, the latter ending with a sample that hones in on their world music inclinations from previous EP, ‘The People’s Asafo’. Similarly, worth your time.

Rob Da Bank’s very own dance-focussed imprint Silver Bear Recordings are overseeing the business side of things for this release. ‘Top Pocket Persies’ hit the shelves last Friday.

And for the longer listen, this mix they did for Stamp The Wax should be bookmarked, it’s top:

 

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Percussions – Digital Arpeggios

Kieran ‘Four Tet’ Hebdon’s just released one of the tracks of 2015.

‘Digital Arpeggios’, out today on Text Records under Hebdon’s Percussions moniker, has been hotly anticipated since the start of the year. ‘Digital Arpeggios’ first came to many people’s attention on the Essential Mix in March, when Four Tet paired up with Jamie XX.

We were lucky enough to see this live at Dekmantel last month. Foolishly, we left the main stage to see Jackmaster, and we missed out on fully appreciating what proved to be one of the many highlights of the festival.

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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.

OFF Sonar

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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Beacons Festival 2014

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.

Beacons Logo 2014

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.

Beacons Festival 2013

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.

More information can be found here and more importantly tickets can be bought here. If there’s one tip we have for August, we highly recommend you hit the north.

As usual, to whet the appetite, we’ve compiled a special Beacons playlist for your listening pleasure. Get excited:

 

 

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Can U Dance – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

Selector superduo Can U Dance swung by Glastonbury on their European tour last week, and blasted out an hour of music to get you PUMPED:

Put out there as an Essential Mix, it’s Oneman and Jackmaster at their very best, racing through tunes from INXS to The Streets and clearly enjoying their new project. In fairness, who wouldn’t? It’s basically an opportunity for them to play wall-to-wall bangers at festivals all summer.

Jelz.

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Boiler Room Presents ‘Do Not Disturb’

And now, a hefty line-up.

Every music fan’s favourite live streamers, Boiler Room, have teamed up with W Hotels to launch the first in a series of Do Not Disturb events out of their manors in London, Paris and New York.

The following BIG NAMES are kicking things off in style tomorrow night in the hotel’s E-WOW suite in Leicester Square:

20:00 – 21:00: Boiler Rooms DJs

21:00 – 22:00: TEED b2b Friendly Fires

22:00 – 23:00: Loefah b2b Jackmaster

23:00 – 00:00: Jimmy Edgar b2b Machinedrum

00:00 – 01:00: Skream b2b Disclosure

We’ll be there, keeping an eye on things, see if you can hear us cheering wildly by listening live from 20.00 at www.whotels.com/donotdisturb.

We’re spoilt for choice with warm-up tunes here but check out the below for a sample:

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Spencer – ‘Hidden Depths Of Numbers’ Mix

Another day, another amazing Glasgow-based label mix. Numbers, a name we’ve mostly encountered through their release of Jamie xx’s ‘Far Nearer’ and Deadboy’s ‘If U Want Me’, are the latest curators in the ‘Hidden Depths’ event series. To help us get all excited, Numbers boss Spencer has put together a storming preview set.

The mix joins the dots between the night’s DJs, blending Chicago house honcho Lil Louis with newer cuts from Artwork (one third of Magnetic Man) and Numbers residents Jackmaster and Spencer. Worth a special mention is an edit of Sophie’s ‘Nothing More To Say’, which Jackmaster tells us was made specially for him. Lucky begger…

The night is next Wednesday (12th September) at Village Underground in London. At £5, it’d be rude not to…

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