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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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Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me (Cyril Hahn Remix)

Couple of exciting bits of Cyril Hahn news for ya; a new tune and the chance to hear it live!

His latest rework, this time of festive troubadour Gabrielle Aplin (her version of ‘The Power of Love’ soundtracked John Lewis’s latest brain-washer), continues in the same vein as previous successes. Cyril brings his urgent, melodic feel to the tune, infusing it with “a dreamy sense of nostalgia”, as i-D Magazine put it.

For something a little meatier, check out his recent mini-mix for Rob da Bank on Radio One too:

And, as tipped on these pages last month, Cyril has now announced dates for his European tour in February/March of this year. These will sell out before you can Say My Name so get yourselves signed up for the announcement ASAP. Do that HERE.

Cyril tour

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LEAF 2013

Now, we don’t usually give the announcement of a new festy a quadruple take, but this one caught our eye.
LEAF is a London-based three-dayer celebrating the city’s electronic music heritage. It pushes all our buttons with talks from luminaries such as Giorgio Moroder and New Order right through to upstarts like Eats Everything and Happa. Major Lazer, Trentmoller and Omar Souleyman chip in with live sets, and we could go on but it’s becoming Buzzfeed-esque (“17 events you wish you could go to, but  can’t!”)
LEAF is helmed by veteran selector Rob da Bank, together with International Music Summit creator Ben Turner, and you can get your tickets and further info here.
Here are some tunes to whet your appetite, if you needed it whetting any more:
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Notting Hill Carnival 2012

It’s August Bank Holiday, and that means only one thing for most Londoners (and it’s not Creamfields, or Reading Festival). The behemoth that is Notting Hill Carnival rolls into west London on Sunday and, to celebrate this fact, we have decided to share some Carnival-themed tunes with you.

Firstly this from Italian duo NiCe7. ‘Back To 90’ is a slightly baffling tune, in that most of their other output (including the rest of their recent ‘Back to Basics’ EP) is pretty serious tech-house. This track, by contrast, is a lovely bit of 90s garage-y house – complete with wailing female vocals, Robin S chord progressions, and comedy crash cymbals. It’s genius.

Carnival also seems like a good excuse to post some dancehall, so here is a not-that-new-and-really-quite-random-but-frankly-amazing mix from Austrian (yes, Austrian) outfit, G Spot Sound. It’s awesome.

And finally, for those lucky enough to have tickets to Red Bull’s Carnival party on Monday (free food! free booze!), here is Major Lazer’s new video for ‘Get Free’. The original video was good but this one is great.

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