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Paul Woolford – Untitled (Scuba Remix)

A little feisty for a Monday but this one shouldn’t really slip under the radar.

Originally released on Hotflush Recordings, ‘Untitled’ has without doubt been one of the tunes of the year. Now label head honcho Scuba has decided to try his hand at giving it a refix, and it’s as beefy as you’d expect.

This comes ahead of ‘Untitled’’s re-release on Sony’s subsidiary Relentless Records, next week.

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Disclosure – Help Me Lose My Mind (Paul Woolford Remix)

Woolie’s back again.

Having turned 2013 into his own piano-driven fiefdom, Paul Woolford took to the Radio 1 airwaves with Annie Mac last week to show off his latest ivory twinkling beauties. As we’re proud champions of the use of the piano in modern house music, we sat up and took notice, just in case you didn’t.

We’ve already doffed our cap to the stomping bass and soaring pianos of his George Fitzgerald ‘I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)’ re-edit. If you feel the same as us, pre-order it now from all good record distributors.

But then he only goes and surpasses that, with his atmospheric yet playful take on Disclosure’s ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ featuring London Grammar. We love this and it’s coming soon on PMR Records.

Woolford has a stellar line up of dates between now and Crimbo, with the highlights being the closing party of his Sunday night residency at Space Ibiza, a couple of potential face-melters at London’s Fabric, and a 20th Anniversary celebration of The Essential Mix at The Warehouse Project. Big.

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George FitzGerald – I Can Tell (By The Way You Move) Paul Woolford Remix

Party tune.

Unsurprisingly, delivered to you by one of 2013’s most talked abouts, Paul Woolford (it’s still sounding good, isn’t it?) He’s tweaked George FitzGerald’s ‘I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)’ into a piano-laden thumper.

Keep your eyes peeled for Woolford’s next release under his Special Request moniker. An LP entitled ‘Soul Music’ is being released on 7th October.

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Paul Woolford – Untitled

If it were 2008, we would say that this track has been generating a lot of buzz online. It’s not, so we won’t – but you get the picture. Dance veteran Paul Woolford has revealed only that the track is called (somewhat unimaginatively) ‘Untitled’. It starts off with fairly unforgiving percussion and bass, before one of the year’s most explosive piano riffs changes things and the track transforms into a soulful, retro house banger.

Given its tantalising fade out after two minutes, it’s slightly infuriating that this is the only version that exists – but it’s safe to say that it’s blowing up. Scuba may be biased, given the track’s imminent release on Hotflush , but when Waze & Odyssey and Huxley are both describing it in exactly the same terms as “sound of the summer”, either there’s some kind of conspiracy going on or it’s going to be really big. Or both.

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The Warehouse Project – Edible featuring Eats Everything, Laurent Garnier, Midland

Last weekend, Human Drizzle took a trip to a rain-swept Manchester to experience the 2014 edition of the world famous Warehouse Project.

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This year the Warehouse Project returned to its spiritual home of Store Street for the first time since 2011. A series of arches that once comprised an old air raid shelter underneath Manchester Piccadilly train station, this is a venue that the promoters know well, and it shows in the organisation of the night.

One minor complaint about WhP is the insistence that you have to be in the club by 10:30pm at the absolute latest. It’s unclear whether this is to increase bar sales, to catch out those people with poor time management skills, or to reduce numbers inside – but it feels like an overly authoritarian move.

However, this is the only real complaint we could have about the organisation. The sound in both rooms is crisp, the venue isn’t too full (as it was at the Victoria Warehouse when we last came in 2012) and it’s easy enough to move around, get a drink and find a seat in the whatever-people-are-calling-the-chill-out-area-nowadays room. Most importantly, we were able to do our thang on the floor without having our style cramped by anything other than our own diminishing manoeuvrability.

Onto the music. We arrived to Drop The Mustard laying down Sasha’s massive remix of London Grammar ‘Hey Now’, a slightly lighter than expected start to a night that featured Subb-an, Paul Woolford, Catz N’ Dogz, Midland and Laurent Garnier, all of whom were lead by the ever enthusiastic Eats Everything.

As the doors shut behind us, Catz N’ Dogz took over in the main room. We took the opportunity to go and check out the excellent Marquis Hawkes in Room 2 (you could do far worse than spending an hour listening to his mix for WhP…)

Soon, the man the punters came to see took to the decks in Room 1 – Eats Everything displaying his usual carefree abandon and willingness to interact with the crowd.

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It wasn’t long before he was delighting a now fully charged up dance floor by hammering into 90s classic B.B.E ‘Seven Days And One Week’.

It was a shame that Laurent Garnier and Midland played at the same time, such fans are we of both of their abilities. Laurent Garnier’s Essential Mix from earlier this year is top – a full 20 years after his first session for Radio1?! – whilst regular readers of HD will know how highly we talk of Midland.

Midland rounded off what was a brilliant night by calling on one of the big tracks of the Ibizan summer; the ‘Re-Plant’ of ‘Never Grow Old’ by Floorplan which rocked the White Isle throughout 2014.

By that point, HD was well past its bedtime and we collected ourselves and headed out, ears ringing, into the North Western night.

It’ll be interesting to see where the Warehouse Project goes next. They’ll be celebrating their 10th birthday next year – not a party that you want to overlook in a hurry – and you hope that they are given the support they deserve to properly laud what has become a Mancunian, if not national, clubbing institution.

Huxley – Body Talk

Light up your life/Friday/bank holiday weekend with this from Huxley:

As part of the 2020Vision 20th anniversary compilation, ‘Content’ (which, by the way, is something you all need to watch out for – new stuff from Eats Everything, Maya Jane Coles, Simian Mobile Disco and Paul Woolford), Huxley has produced this deep house delight. WATCH for the piano coming in at 2:50, it’s a serious business.

Bonus tracks:

All this hits you 30th June on, you guessed it, 2020Vision.

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Human Drizzle’s Top 10 Tracks of 2013

Having bid a fond farewell to 2013, it’s time to reflect on the year’s key musical moments. The brouhaha this list caused amongst the specially-appointed Human Drizzle panel will take time to die down but, as time goes on and wounds heal, we would welcome your thoughts in the usual places (the comments below, and here and here).

Oh, and listen to them on our Best of 2013 playlist. It’s lovely.

1. CHVRCHES – Lies (Tourist Remix): It’s always difficult to put one tune above all others after a year like 2013, but we’ve had to do it for you guys. For you, the reader. We think this rework of bright young things CHVRCHES (who also blew us away live) by HD favourite Tourist, deserves that acclaim. It’s a slow-burning, ear-worming piece of vocal house and it hasn’t left us since it landed in our inbox all those months ago. Expect an awful lot more from both artists in 2014.

2. Paul Woolford – UntitledAlong with Todd Terje’s ‘Strandbar’, ‘Untitled’ was the summer house anthem of 2013. Released whilst Paul Woolford was prepping the primal ‘Soul Music’ under the Special Request moniker, it was heralded by pretty much everyone who clapped ears on it. A thrilling combination of crushing bass and slapping kick-drums leads into the echoey piano loop, which is then chopped and re-chopped over the track’s six minutes. Together this produces hands-in-the-air euphoria on a scale that was rarely matched this year.

3. Breach – Everything You Never Had (We Had It All) (Ft. Andreya Triana)Ben Westbeech had quite the year. Human Drizzle were perhaps in the minority when we didn’t fall arse over tit for ‘Jack‘, Breach’s huge hit in the first part of 2013. However, when we first heard ‘Everything You Never Had’ on T Williams’s Rinse FM show, we were spellbound. It may not be fashionable to say it, but the final drop is pretty much perfection in terms of what we would want to lose our shit to in a club.

4. Wayward – Love Jones: The hot-as-you-like London-based label Aesop’s third release came in the form of ‘Love Jones’, by London duo Wayward. The infectious vocal loop and glorious piano intertwine wonderfully, gradually building to a heartfelt crescendo. Very much looking forward to hearing more from these guys in 2014.

5. Agoria – ScalaRegular readers will know HD’s feelings towards Innervisions, and that we are partial to the odd piano-driven house banger too. So, when French producer Sebastian Devaud aka Agoria released ‘Scala’, a piano-driven house banger on Innervisions, it was highly likely to be welcomed into our top 10 with open arms. Innervisions have been releasing elegant house and techno since they started out, but they seemed to reach new highs in 2013, with Ten Walls’ ‘Gotham‘, Marcus Worgull and Peter Pardeike ‘Lenoix‘, and then the exhilarating ‘Scala’. After lush synths open the track, ‘Scala’ pauses to finally introduce a rolling piano line that is just perfect. No surprise that it was a monster hit at the end of the summer.

6. James Blake – RetrogradeDespite an eye-catching collaboration with RZA in 2013, James Blake was at his most intoxicating on ‘Retrograde’. The track constituted less of a departure from 2011’s eponymous album but it is a gorgeous piece of haunting, fragile, atmospheric music.

7. Midland – Trace: When it first came out, ‘Trace’ was unlike anything else we had heard. A warped, indecipherable sample repeating over and over on top of an infectious beat, it builds to a shuddering crescendo that melted the dancefloor every time it was dropped. It feels as fresh and exhilarating now as it did on first listen. Released on one of our favourite labels – Aus Music – Midland’s biggest hit so far is an instant classic and has paved the way for his meteoric rise. 2014 promises to be a huge year for Harry.

8. Todd Terje – Strandbar (disko): In Todd we trust. This summer we were treated to the return of Mr. Terje. The unstoppable producer penned over eight minutes of D.I.S.C.O fun that soundtracked festivals far and wide. With the recent release of ‘Spiral/Q’, he shows no sign of slowing down. HD royalty.

9. George Fitzgerald – I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)This one was everywhere in 2013, and rightly so. Taken with the thumping remix by renaissance man Paul Woolford, the tune stands out as house with one eye on the future. Bring on his new album on Double Six.

10. Clean Bandit – Dust Clears: It’s been a huge year for Clean Bandit and, with their live show winning plaudits and recent single ‘Rather Be’ heading for chart success in January, you suspect 2014 is going to be even bigger. ‘Dust Clears’ is an altogether gentler affair, but its lush melodies and brilliantly barmy video epitomise what we love about the band.

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