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Some Like It Hot, Karl – January 2016

At Human Drizzle, we attempt to bring you our favourite musical finds. In almost all cases, these are tracks that we find on SoundCloud, YouTube, Mixcloud or any other file sharing or streaming service. And we love all of the tracks that we post here, or compile in our playlists.

However, it’s one thing to click ‘like’ when a band or producer posts a link to a new track, and it’s quite another to actively seek out and purchase a song. So, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some music which is so good that one listener was compelled to part ways with their hard-earned cash. Our resident DJ, Hot Karl, has been stockpiling records like they’re going out of fashion for some time now. Here we look at ten of our favourite additions to his collection, from the last month, in the hope of sharing some slightly different music with you.

Kicking us off is Dutch producer Junktion, who makes up one half of the excellent deep-disco duo, Fouk. ‘Pale Blue Dot’, a woozy house track with a thumping beat, was released last summer.

Junktion also released on the outstanding ‘Diggin’ Deep Disco #2′ compilation. ‘Sidewalk Salsa’ is another slice of smooth, funky house.

The end of the year ‘top tracks’ list is now a fixture in any music publication’s calendar (you can revisit ours here). Resident Advisor’s tracks of the year rundown is always hotly debated. It is, also, a superb resource for acquainting yourself with tracks that you might have missed in the preceding 12 months. Even better, the arguments in the comments section throw up many more gems. Nods to ‘Cassandra‘ by Donato Dozzy, ‘Carmine‘ by Fit Siegel and the excellent ‘Marine Drive‘ by Florist, all of which could have made it – properly – into this article.

As ever with RA nowadays, Hamburg label Giegling were part of the end-of-year list in most categories. Map.Ache’s ‘The Golden Age’ is a beautiful, slow-burning piece of up-tempo deep house. It brings a smile to our faces every time we hear it, and we can’t wait for the Giegling showcase at Village Underground next month.

No Human Drizzle piece would feel complete without mention of Fort Romeau. We’ve already waxed lyrical about ‘Secret’s & Lies’, but it’s ‘K.O.N.T.R.O.L’ that we want to bring to your attention now. It came out last year and only dropped on our radar thanks to Tim Sweeney’s end-of-year, best of 2015 Beats in Space mix, which is well worth a listen.

Another HD fave, Lorca, has also been in fine form. ‘Creta Kano’ is the a-side of a two-track release on Breach’s Naked Naked Records.

The ‘alt version‘ is great too. Lorca is of course playing alongside Mr Beatnick as part of a Brighton-infused line-up for Human Drizzle Presents on Friday 26 February at Basing House.

This being an article about vinyl, we’re not restricted to talking about the latest releases. This is a good thing, because until this month we had never truly appreciated the amazing Galcher Lustwerk.

As smug as we are to be going to the Giegling night, we are gutted to be missing Galcher Lustwerk the very same evening at Dance Tunnel.

Other notable additions to Karl’s collection feature some modern classics picked up from local record stores or the money-draining Discogs. Damiano Von Eckhart’s Boiler Room brought ‘Wear It Out’ to our attention, from way back in 1979.

Then there’s the up-tempo funk of ‘Into You’ by JD Hall as remixed by Jonathan Morning, a 2005 release on Sunfire Records.

Following in a similar vein is the Masters At Work dub of St Etienne ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ from 1991. An excellent house remix of an already great tune.

To cap off our top records of the month, we’re going to finish with another all-time great: ‘Knight Of The Jaguar’, by DJ Rolando. It’s been a firm favourite since we saw Rødhåd use it to close his set at last summer’s Dekmantel Festival, and it received a re-release in the autumn of 2015.

We hope you agree this is a fitting way to end.

Hot Karl is supporting Lorca and Mr Beatnick at Basing House on Friday 26 February. More details here.

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Human Drizzle’s Top 10 Tracks of 2015

Another close run thing this year, but we have settled on our top 10 tracks – which can all be found in our Best of 2015 playlist here. Enjoy.

1. DJ Koze – XTC: Our no. 1 track of 2015 goes to DJ Koze ‘XTC’. Our first reaction to this year’s chart-topper – released mid-summer on Pampa Records – was one of indifference, but hearing it played by Mano Le Tough and Dixon at Dekmantel forced us into a rapid rethink. We’ve always been a stickler for more melancholic dancefloor music, and ‘XTC’ fits right into that category. In a strong year for house and techno, ‘XTC’ was our unanimous first choice.

2. Fatima Yamaha – What’s A Girl To Do: The year’s most memorable hook was conjured up by (surprisingly) male, (surprisingly) Dutch producer Fatima Yamaha. Scarlett Johansson’s angsty vocal sample is the perfect counterpart to the instantly-recognisable tune, and the two combine to create 2015’s most atmospheric floor-filler.

3. Jamie XX – Gosh: Jamie xx has produced many moments of magic over the past couple of years. But alongside ‘All Under One Roof Raving’ (which appeared in our Top 10 of 2014), the harsh opening and lush crescendo of ‘Gosh’ stand out as a testament to the 27-year-old’s ability to craft music that is both accessible and affecting.

4. Bicep – Just: It was a superb year for the Belfast duo, including a relentlessly busy touring schedule, a residency at XOYO and a crate full of releases that attracted high praise all round. With its breakbeat beauty, ‘Just’ was easily the standout for us, and simple though it may be, it was one of our tunes of the year.

5. Percussions – Digital Arpeggios: In yet another big year for Four Tet, Kieran Hebden’s biggest track actually came under his Percussions moniker. First appearing as part of his Essential Mix with Jamie xx, it’s an epic slow-building masterpiece that made an impression on dancefloors across the globe.

6. Frankey & Sandrino – Acamar: 2015 was another hugely successful year for all-conquering Berlin label, Innervisions. Amongst the now annual event of head honcho Dixon being voted the world’s best DJ by the readers of Resident Advisor, and a series of ambitious parties across the globe, they also found time to release some music. ‘Acamar’, by German duo Frankey & Sandrino, first came to our attention at the turn of the year. It’s a testament to the tune’s brilliance that we’re still loving it 12 months on.

7. Hubie Davison – Sanctified: This disco-infused gem finally saw a vinyl-only release on Midland’s ReGraded label back in November. It’s a catchy number and there are no surprises that the label head has been rinsing it in his sets throughout the year.

8. Adam Port – E Sound Edit: This track was one of the highlights of our party at Basing House. The meandering guitar and shuffling percussion are a winning combination from Berlin producer Adam Port, and we look forward to hearing more from him in 2016.

9. Fort Romeau – All I Want (Massimiliano Pagliara Remix): Italian-born MassPag preps one of the highlights of Fort Romeau’s ‘Insides’ LP for the dancefloor. Be patient with this one and you will be rewarded. Out on the ever-glowing Ghostly International.

10. Lauer – Mausback: With its range of genres and nod to early eighties synth pop, Lauer’s ‘Borndom’ LP was one of our favourite albums of the year. ‘Mausback’ is one of its more balearic moments, and it shows clearly why the Tuff City Kids producer is one of Europe’s most underrated.

Human Drizzle Presents @ Basing House, 25.09.15

HD_September_2015_flyer_digital_altRight folks, date for the diary.

On Friday 25th September HDP is returning to London town for it’s tenth outing! Taking place at the excellent Basing House in Shoreditch, we’ve cooked up a killer line-up for you including one very special guest we’re extremely happy to have on board. Facebook event details can be found here and tickets can be bought on Resident Advisor right now at the early bird price of £6.

To give you a taster, wraps your ears around NVOY’s single ‘You Are’, we hope you agree it’s an infectious number. The Black Butter Records-affiliated newbies have been making a name for their glistening future house sound. They’ve spent a chunk of time at Sankeys this summer playing alongside Kidnap Kid and Gorgon City amongst others, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they bring to the party.

Playing alongside NVOY will be now-HDP-veteran Ben Gomori. There’s a reason we’ve invited him back time and time again, we know he’ll get you moving. Delve into his set from our last party at The Alibi for proof:

As always leading the charge from the front will be HDP stalwart Hot Karl. Excited don’t even cover it. Equipped with its Funktion-One soundsystem, Basing House is the perfect spot for our tenth outing, we’re looking forward to this one.

Come join the fun and bag yourself a £6 ticket now.

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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.

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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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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.

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Tessellate @ Corsica Studios, 16.01.15

We can’t get enough of Fort Romeau right now. Having welcomed him to the decks for our night at Plan B in December and swooned over his latest release on Ghostly just today, here we are imploring you to catch him at Corsica Studios on Friday night. Whatever next?

Tessellate

The South London man will find himself on home turf and in good company on Friday, with Genius of Time headlining and Baba Stiltz also on the bill. The former’s ‘Juno Jam’ was one of the most compelling listens of 2014, with the Swedish duo on many people’s radars since the 2010 release of ‘Same Old Place’. And to get a sense of what Baba Stiltz will be laying down, check out his recent mix for Tim Sweeney:

All in all it’s another compelling line-up from the excellent Tessellate, who have gone from strength to strength since their launch in 2013. You’d be well-advised to read more on Facebook or just bypass that entirely and grab one of the remaining 100 tickets on Resident Advisor.

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Fort Romeau – Beats In Space Mix

Whilst warming up for his headline slot at Human Drizzle Presents with a US tour, Fort Romeau got the call-up for Tim Sweeney’s iconic Beats In Space radio show. The resulting guest mix is superb. With fine selections involving recent cuts on Hivern Discs and Live At Robert Johnson, a classic from Moby and a heart-wrenching few minutes from Lauer, nothing could whet the appetite more for his appearance at Plan B on 5th December.

If you’re in London, do the right thing, get a ticket and come shake it with us.

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Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

Big excitement around this one.

Caribou aka Dan Snaith (you might also know him as Daphni or Manitoba) has a new album coming in October. That seems like an awfully long time to wait on the evidence of ‘Can’t Do Without You’, the first track from the album ‘Our Love’.

It’s basically gorgeous, with a mood that will be familiar and well received by fans of 2010’s ‘Swim’. For anyone that needs a reminder of the majesty of ‘Swim’ and why it was voted Resident Advisor’s 2010 Album of the Year, this should help you out…

Ergo, we’re particularly excited about this one and with good reason. Anyone who is in with a chance of seeing Caribou in the next few months at Sonar, Dimensions or Bestival should grab it with both hands.

 

Human Drizzle: The Playlist, May 2014

This month’s Human Drizzle playlist is here and it is, to quote your man Geoffrey Chaucer, “as fresh as is the month of May.” This edition is an especially carefree affair, and it’s the perfect thing to get you in the mood for the bank holiday weekend and, more importantly, for Human Drizzle Presents at Canavan’s in Peckham on Friday 9th May. You could not come, but we’d advise against it. Check it out on Facebook and book your tickets via Resident Advisor.

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Lane 8 – The One EP

‘Nothing You Can Say’ is the jewel in the crown of Lane 8’s upcoming ‘The One’ EP, out on Anjunadeep:

Featuring the wistful vocals of Lucy Stone, this demonstrates yet again Lane 8’s ability to pen a feel-good tune. The title track is more of a slow-burning deep house track, but it’s no less good. The EP comes armed with a remix from Austrian duo Klangkarussell and the whole package hits the shelves February 10th.

For the longer listen, check out this recent mix he’s done for Anjunadeep which features HD faves Clancy and Bodhi, amongst others.

PS. Londoners (or not, if you’re keen) – Lane 8’s playing alongside Isaac Tichauer and Hackman at The Nest on April 4th. Get down there. Guaranteed fun, that.

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