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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

1. Howling – Phases: Flawless supergroup Howling are back with ‘Phases’, the brooding and atmospheric Counter Records-released single from their forthcoming album. They’re playing the Village Underground 15th April, not one to miss.

2. Pépe – Linda’s Retreat: Brighton-based (via Valencia?) producer Pépe dropped this twinkling cascade of goodness earlier on in the week. Release details unknown but catch him at a number of dates at Brighton’s Patterns or Mono, or Honey Moon on the 23rd March for the Londoners (wherever that is).

3. Poolside – Everything Goes: Poolside play this at all of their gigs. Every single one. It’s totally feel-good and they’ve finally self-released it.

4. Auntie Flo – Waiting For A Woman Feat. Anbuley (The Revenge Rework / Dixon Beat Edit): The 2015-released ‘Theory Of Flo’ is getting the remix treatment with efforts from Kornél Kovács, Throwing Shade and Mark E. This Dixon edit of The Revenge’s remix is a highlight from said release, out on the Auntie Flo-affiliated Huntleys & Palmers / Highlife.

5. Roland Tings – Slow Centre: The producer from down under reportedly described his recent single as ‘a 7-minute ride in a cloud. The sound of being hit by lightning. An ode to the pioneers of hypnotic minimalism. A lo-fi computer generated image of a Xylophone rendered in eye splitting high definition.’ It’s that and a whole lot more, featured on the ‘Each Moment A Diamond‘ EP out today on Cascine.

For the longer listen, the latest instalment in the Gottwood mix series comes from Afrobeat producer Dele Sosimi, who with his Afrobeat Orchestra will be headlining the Lawn Stage there this Summer. If this is anything to go by, that could be a festival highlight.

Head over to our SoundCloud or Twitter for more gems from Lane 8 and Kidnap Kid, Solomun and Al Zanders.

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Harbinger Kurt – Empire Of The Summer Moon

This one really gets the cogs moving.

‘Empire of the Summer Moon’ is Harbinger Kurt’s first mix and introduction to the shapes and sounds that have influenced them. Their debut single ‘Believe’ is nestled in 35 minutes deep, and their remix of Solomun Grey’s ‘Choir To The Wild’ closes proceedings – really recommend plugging in if you have a couple of hours spare, it’s an atmospheric and thought-provoking listen.

They’re warming up for two of Avant Garde’s forthcoming London parties, the latter taking place on Sunday 28th August at Bankside Vaults. That night hosts a colossal line-up including John Talabot, Roman Flugel, Fort Romeau, Prins Thomas and Sau Poler. Cleveland will also be doing a live set too, it’s one to stick firmly in the diary.

We have minimal details on Harbinger Kurt, besides knowing they’re a duo and one half is a co-founder of Moodroom Collective, a label and club night you should get to know. Talking of which, why not cop a load of said label’s first dreamy release from US-based JVXTA – ‘Never Again’, the final track’s a firm fave:

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Jonas Rathsman – Cobalt

Jonas Rathsman brings it in hard for his debut outing on Solomun’s Diynamic label. ‘Cobalt’ is a driving tour-de-force that’s due to be released on the sixth instalment of the label’s compilation ‘Four To The Floor’.

Hits the shelves Friday 5th February.


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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Forgive Me Lord For I Have Synth Halloween Thriller @ The Nest, Saturday 26th October

For those of you currently residing, like us, in the capital of the British Isles, this Halloween weekend promises a veritable smörgåsbord of party options for Londoners to get their (possibly fanged) teeth into.

Innervisions x Permanent Vacation are hosting a whopper of a night in a Stratford warehouse (where did they get that idea?) with Dixon, Todd Terje, Tensnake and many more. Meanwhile Solomun heads up another stonking bill down at Cable, with a UK debut for the excellently-named Hot Lunch.

However, if you crave less heftiness in your queue and entrance fee, another night has caught our eye on Saturday. SlothBoogie played a blinder at Human Drizzle Presents on 13.10.12, and he’s put together a tasty line-up for a Halloween special edition of his Forgive Me Lord For I Have Synth night at the Nest.

Showing commendable relevance to the Halloween theme, he has teamed up with Wolf Music (home to HD favourites Waze & Odyssey and PBR Streetgang) to bring you an evening of lupine revelry.

Wolf Music superstar KRL heads things up – this steady Detroit Swindle remix gives you an idea of the kind of sample-heavy, soulful vibes he’ll be bringing to the table:

Wolf Music have a slot themselves – expect more house music with heart and soul (as displayed in the EP they dropped this week):

As for SlothBoogie? If you missed him at our night, you’d be foolish to do so again. In the meantime have a listen to this set from the Nest back in August. It’s a toe-tapper.

Tickets are an absolute snip at £5 and are available here.

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