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Mixmag In Session: Blonde

Anyone need to blow the cobwebs this morning? We highly suggest you wrap your ears around this little mix Blonde have done for Mixmag, the tracklisting’s a fun-filled line-up including Detroit Swindle, MK’s tasty remix of Celine Dion and an excellent inclusion of Beesmunt Soundsystem’s summer hit ‘How I Wish’ – these boys clearly know their way around a party tune.

It’s no surprise then that one half of this Bristol/Leeds duo comprises one of the co-founders of the ever-popular tastemakers Eton Messy, and with a recent signing to Parlophone they’re clearly going places.

Their upcoming single, ‘Foolish’, premiered on Eton Messy of course, is released today. Check it below and head over to Mixmag to get that mix for good.

Bodhi – Mixmag & Groove Series mixes

Couple of top mixes here from Welsh duo Bodhi to set you up for the weekend. One’s the first part of their monthly ‘Groove Series’ of mixes and t‘other’s one they’ve just done for Mixmag. They’re party starters.

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Top 10 Tracks of 2016

Goodbye 2016, and good riddance. As a disastrous twelve months for the human race comes crashing to a close, sweeping up a few more icons of music and cinema along the way, solace can be found in those parts of the year that weren’t cataclysmic. Searching among the debris for our tracks of the year, we found these ten diamonds in the rough and we present them to you, polished up and proud as emblems of the fact that – in a world with room for Trump and Farage but not Bowie or Rickman – all is not (yet) lost. You can also find them in our Best of 2016 playlists on Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.

1. The Blaze – Virile: The debut release from French duo The Blaze went largely unnoticed at the start of 2016. With its pensive vocals, catchy melody and rising synths, the tune is at once euphoric and reflective. The lyrics stress the importance of love and togetherness and this warmth is brought to life wonderfully by friends of The Blaze in the accompanying vid. A real delight.

2. Midland – Final Credits: An outstanding Essential Mix and a brilliant EP (‘Blush’) were followed up by his highest position on RA’s top 100 DJs. Whilst 2016 was awful for almost all of us, Midland kept doing what he does best and enjoyed another great year. It was ‘Final Credits’ though – released on Midland’s very own Regraded label – that stole the limelight. Mixmag’s track of the year, ‘Final Credits’ combines a melancholic Gladys Knight sample, with a trademark heavy house beat. It was irresistible at festivals and clubs the world over in 2016.

3. Mood Hut – Better: This bundle of fun came out on Vancouver’s Mood Hut in August this year and harks back to label affiliates JLM and Chris Wang’s Love Dancing parties back in 2009. Both this and B-side ‘Fever’ are irresistibly colourful disco numbers. Credit here should also go to Gladys Knight.

4. Lindstrøm – Closing Shot: It takes a couple of minutes for Lindstrøm to really set the scene here, but once in full bloom ‘Closing Shot’ rivals fellow Scandi-disco bossman Todd Terje for anthemic, feel-good vibes. We’ve had it on repeat since coming out in March.

5. MLiR – People: The Swedish duo that is MLiR (Modern Life is Rubbish) released their debut EP on the excellent Studio Barnhus on 20th June, and this vibrant gem always brings a smile to our faces. Looking forward to hearing more from them in 2017.

6. DJ Sotofett – Current 82 (12 Mix): DJ Sotofett’s 12″ mix of ‘Current 82’ is nearly 14 minutes long. We’ve lost count of the number of times we settled down to listen to this track, only to be interrupted and have to start from the beginning. It was never a chore to do so. Our first discovery of ‘Current 82’ was courtesy of a trippy, slowed down YouTube video, seemingly of the final moments of a rooftop rave. The sun coming up, crowd looking frazzled but happy, this scene was the perfect accompaniment to a remarkable track. Whilst not a club banger, it reminds us of the great qualities dance music is capable of possessing.

7. David August – J.B.Y: The Hamburg producer extraordinaire returned after a two-year hiatus bigger and bolder than ever. This epic and melodic track was his first release on Ninja Tune’s Counter Records and proved to be an excellent addition to his all-new live shows.

8. Jump Source – All My Love Is “Free”: Canadian house music continues to provide understated gems. Elsewhere in our Top 10 we’ve already touched on the Vancouver-based Mood Hut, and Jump Source – helmed by Montreal’s Project Pablo and Francis Oak – replicates the feel-good vibe that has become the trademark of the blossoming Canadian scene. ‘All My Love Is “Free”‘, all high hats and echoey piano, is a warm summer day of a house anthem. A lot of the tracks that we put forward for this year’s final playlist had an introspection that reflected the melancholia of 2016. By contrast, ‘All My Love Is “Free”‘ is pure escapism.

9. Fort Romeau – Secrets & Lies: We continue to be very fond of Fort Romeau’s production and DJ skills. He seemed to take things to a new level in 2016, with the establishment of his Cin Cin label as an essential name for record collectors and DJs. His ‘Secrets & Lies’ EP, released on Live At Robert Johnson way back in January, stood the test of time to make it onto this list. In all honesty, we could have selected either ‘Facing The Sea’ or ‘Secrets & Lies’, but we plumped for the title track in the end. Ten minutes of acid, with a Dirty Dancing sample on loop. Magnificent.

10. Gonno & Nick Hoppner – As Above, So Below: Panorama Bar resident Nick Höppner teamed up with Japanese producer and DJ Gonno to create this dreamy slice of house. Featured in John Talabot’s brilliant Phonica mix, and released soon after on Ostgut Ton, ‘As Above, So Below’ has a lot going on – most prominent of all is a beautiful melody that really got under our skin in 2016.

Head over here for our ‘Top 10 Albums of 2016’ and here for our ‘Best Mixes of 2016’. Alternatively tuck into the below for our extended ‘Best of 2016’ playlist.

Check out these tunes along with our other favourites of 2016, in playlists on Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube. And look out for our favourite mixes and albums of the year on the blog too.

See you in 2017.

 

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

Another week, another top 5.

Whilst basking in the lovely news that not only Fabric will be re-opening soon but a new 16 acre, 100-laser, 5,000 capacity multi-arts space will be slamming down in Canada Water early next year, check out our favourite tracks from this week.

Voyeur – Silents (Original Beat Edit): London-based duo Voyeur dropped this atmospheric ‘beat edit’ of recent album opener ‘Silents’ earlier on in the week. Like said release (‘Nina‘ is a particular fave) it’s top banana.

Gold Panda – Time Eater (Fort Romeau): Dream combination. FR works his magic on GP’s new one, need we say more?

White Elephant – Tears: Crazy P’s Jim Baron aka Ron Basejam is back with the side-project he spawned with Chris Todd and Ben Smith back in 2011. This finely-crafted number joins three other tracks on ‘The Old Euphonium’ EP out now, grab a copy here.

Shanti Celeste – Dolphin Chant: There’s a strong line-up of talent on this year’s Craigie Knowes-released charity compilation including Legowelt, Andy Hart and Chaos In The CBD. Joining them is this excellently-named and infectious number – all proceeds go to War Child.

Mount Liberation Unlimited – Double Dance Lover (Disko Dubb Mix): Described as an ‘all-encompassing anthem of dance and love’, the Stockholm duo are releasing this 15-minute Disko Dubb track on their next Studio Barnhus 12″. It’s ace.

And for your Black Friday Bonus, let us point you in the direction of the wonderful DFA Records. 25% off all stock including this juicy remix from Luke Solomon.

Let us know in the comments or give us a shout on Twitter if we’ve missed any glaringly obvious gems, and head over to our SoundCloud for a whole lot more including new remixes from Laurence Guy and Mall Grab, and original releases from Roland Tings, Geowulf and A Band Call Flash.

Have a good weekend, people.

Motor City Drum Ensemble & Young Marco @ La Belle Electrique, Grenoble

Two of the finest selectors around gathered in Grenoble’s La Belle Electrique last weekend so we thought we should pop by.

Young Marco has been making a name for himself this year as an unpredictable crate digger as likely to play industrial techno as intergalactic disco. The enthusiastic Dutchman decided to open and close the night, throwing out Fatima Yamaha and Floorplan classics mixed in with this unbelievable piece of Brazilian Funk from 1977:

The pattern of obscure world music would continue unabated as Danilo Plessow tagged in for the small hours. He provided a lesson in joining the musical dots between funk, disco, house, soul and pretty much everything else. Some highlights included funky house from Bosq of Whiskey Barons and the finest in Estonian afro-house from Ajukaja. Tuck in to a snapshot of our evening.

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Bicep – Back 2 U (Tranz Dub)

Following on from the atmospheric ‘Just’ a couple of weeks back, we (in collaboration with the Mixmag soundcloud account) bring to you the second cut from Bicep’s upcoming EP.

‘Back 2 U’ (Tranz Dub) flows through the same vein as ‘Just’ in grabbing your attention beyond the ups and downs of your average house track. It has soaring vocals dipping in and out but the focus is on the percussive bass, carrying you through the eight minutes.

The boys are back on Aus Music for this one with a vinyl release on 24th May.

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Human Drizzle Presents @ Bar A Bar, 25.04.2015

Party time: Human Drizzle Presents is back.

HD_March2015_flyer_digital_v2 (1)On Saturday 25th April, we’ll be taking over Bar A Bar on Stoke Newington Road for six hours of the best that London’s young DJing elite can throw at us. What’s more, HDP version 8.0 will be the first instalment of a high-calibre series of Human Drizzle parties coming your way this year.

Earlybird tickets are just £6, available from Resident Advisor.

We’ve worked hard over the winter to curate a line-up of really exciting artists, all of whom are making big waves in the capital, the UK and beyond. Real Nice and Benedict Jackson have long been on our radar and we’re delighted to have them join Human Drizzle for the first time. And when we first heard Anna Wall at Oval Space last October, we were in contact the very next day about getting her onboard.

From humble beginnings DJing and throwing parties all across Bristol and London, to more recent years producing their own music and running their own label, Real Nice have made an impressive mark on the underground music scene and we can’t wait to see them on the ones and twos. We love this mix they did for Mixmag last year.

We’re also really excited to have Benedict Jackson bringing his combination of disco and house to the night. His mixes show a diverse range of old and new, with as many classics included as there are current club bangers. This, his latest mix, is no exception and hot off the press to boot…

Anna Wall has been making a name for herself since moving back to London after stints in Berlin and Ibiza. Whilst on her travels, she’s chalked up some big slots in the booth at some of Europe’s most respected clubs, including regular playing time at ://about blank in Berlin. A summer on the road beckons and it’s great she found time to party with us before setting off. Below is a taster of what she’ll be bringing to Human Drizzle Presents.

A night in a sweaty darkened room wouldn’t be complete without the looming presence and eargasmic selections of our resident Hot Karl. When he starts his set, the punters haven’t arrived; by the time he’s finished, they’re all in the smoking area. A true professional.

Only things left to do are (i) buy a ticket here and (ii) tell your pals about it over here.

Human Drizzle Presents

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Lxury – Pick You Up

Get a load of this to brighten up your Thursday.

‘Pick You Up’ is the first single from Lxury‘s upcoming EP, Into the Everywhere, on Greco-Roman. After cutting his teeth at Disclosure’s Method Records, Lxury appears to have found his musical home at GR and it’s easy to see why. His buoyant, soulful house fits nicely next to the likes of Joe Goddard and Roosevelt. If this is your kind of thing, you’ll LOVE his Mixmag mix from a couple of months back

Into the Everywhere is set for release on February 16th next year.

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Baba Stiltz – Aches

Precocious talent alert.

Having put out some singles on Axel Boman’s Studio Barnhaus label, released a couple of folk-pop albums and produced for Sad Boy phenomenon Yung Lean, 21 year old Swedish producer Baba Stiltz decided it was time to put out an LP under his own name. Surprise surprise, it’s great. Mixmag premiered ‘Aches’, and Studio Barnhaus gave us ‘Reality Sparks’, both deep, ambient cuts with a spacey feel.

Basically, he’s bossing it and we should go along for the ride.

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BLONDE – Foolish (Joe Goddard Remix)

We gave props to Blonde’s ‘Foolish’ a couple of weeks back and now, thanks to Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday, we have the icing on that particular cake:

Joe Goddard’s taken time out from his 2 Bears residency at XOYO to stretch and mould this one. He’s retained the funky house groove from the original but given it some dancing shoes and sent it out clubbing with instructions not to come back until the next morning.

Essentially, it’s good and it’s free. Say no more.

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