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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

1. George FitzGerald – Burns: Emotive return for GF with dazzling synths and haunting vocals. Domino’s Double Six doing the business.

2. Dan Shake – Wake, Shake & Bake: Third cut from the London-based producer’s excellently-titled ‘Shakes On A Plane’, out on Lumberjacks In Hell. Akin to most of his repertoire, irresistible disco right here.

3. Dusky – Square Miso: Released Monday just gone, more 90s-influenced, piano house from Dusky. Can’t go wrong.

4 Al Zanders – Song About A Dream: Second cut from Al Zanders’ sample-heavy release on Phonica. The boy done good, watch this space.

5. Lauer – Tyco: Lauer returns to Futureboogie with a three track EP entitled ‘Las Brisas’. Industrial and balearic house from the Tuff City Kids and Talamanca System producer that we’ve come to know and love.

A good week for Tim Sweeney’s Beats in Space radio show. Heavy-hitters Hunee and Michael Mayer both dropped in on the same show. Enjoy:

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

1. The Violet Hour – Prisoner Of Love: Second taster from Massimiliano Pagliara and Fort Romeau’s side-project, The Violet Hour. Slow-building cosmic disco number taken from their three-track EP.

2. DJ Seinfeld – Forget U: Another dreamy cut from the hotly-tipped DJ Seinfeld aka Rimbaudian aka Armand Jakobsson.

3. Flume – Tiny Cities feat. Beck (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix): Disco titans add an injection of fun to Flume’s ‘Tiny Cities. Not that it needed it of course.

4. Jad & The – Love Tool: Infectious, jazzy number from the Berlin-based, Australian producer formerly known as Jad & The Ladyboy. Keep an eye out for the Super Fun Bumper side-project he runs with Charles Murdoch too.

5. Seb Wildblood – Melodic Tools: Two forthcoming releases on South London label Church, as penned by label head. Always a treat.

And for your Brucey Bonus this week, plug into Tim Sweeney’s Best of 2016 show for an extended listen. It’s goood.

 

 

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Mount Liberation Unlimited – Maiden Voyage

Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space is the label behind Mount Liberation Unlimited’s third release, ‘(Eerie) For Your Love’. The Swedish duo have prepped a two track-EP amounting to nearly twenty minutes of ‘eccentric, eclectic and electric crescendos’ – grab a copy here.

You can watch the vid for A-side ‘(Eerie) For Your Love’ here, otherwise plug into the hypnotic and slow-building ‘Maiden Voyage’ below:

Hard to believe this gem was released over two years ago:

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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 Presents @ Basing House – 25.09.15

HD_September_2015_fb_coverHaving recently announced the excellent Wolf Music as headliners joining NVOY, Ben Gomori and Hot Karl for our party this Friday night, we’re limbering up for what is promising to be a night to remember.

Basing House, 10pm on Friday 25th. Get your tickets here.

Although we’ve already featured Wolf Music’s top tunes of the summer, you need look no further than this mix they did for Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space back in April for the kind of music they like to throw together. You can see the tracklisting here, but highlights would have to come from their own label’s exports, Medlar and Frits Wentink. Not to mention the superb K.98 remix of Thrilogy’s ‘Heaven’, also released on Wolf.

NVOY recently dropped the above infectious piece of future house on Black Butter Records. For the longer listen, check the mix they’ve done for the label’s London’s forthcoming parties below:

Penultimately, check out HD fave Ben Gomori’s exclusive recording of his Bestival set this year. He’s played for us twice before and we can’t wait to have him playing again.

Last but not least. Hot Karl rustled this one up a few weeks ago. A selection of his favourite tracks from the year to get you going.

See you Friday.

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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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Palmbomen II – Palmbomen II

“Somewhere between drugged and extremely hungover” is how Pitchfork describe Palmbomen II’s self-titled album, just released on Tim Sweeney’s podcast turned label Beats in Space Records. It’s pretty much spot on:

Palmbomen II is the second such alias of Holland-born producer Kai Hugo, this one said to embody the hermetical nature of the recording process, all done in his mother’s attic. All the tracks are named after bit-part X-Files characters too so you can imagine the vibe he was on. All that’s just bumpf though, the tunes are high quality low-fi electronica and well worth a listen.

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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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Human Drizzle’s Top 10 Tracks of 2014

So here we are. With the curtain now well and truly down on 2014, it’s time to reflect on the year that was. A customary part of this process is the fairly arbitrary ranking of the year’s music into some form of list. After the usual rancorous debate, we have settled on our top 10 tracks – all of which can be found in our mouth-watering Best of 2014 playlist. As always, please share your thoughts on both via the usual channels – and here’s to an even better 2015.

1. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’ (Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix): 2014 proved to be an annus mirabilis for Caribou, with the release of widely-heralded new album ‘Our Love’. Its first single was given the dancefloor treatment by Italian duo Tale Of Us and their Life and Death counterpart, Mano Le Tough. The result was a mind-blowing techno trip that, like all good remixes, picked up the qualities of the original and gave them a lift in all the right places. Epic stuff.

2. Ten Walls – ‘Walking With Elephants’: We first heard ‘Walking With Elephants’ right at the start of the year and we were blown away. At the time, many a commentator was proclaiming it the track of 2014, even at that early stage. And here it is, missing out by a fraction on the Human Drizzle top spot. There is a beautiful sadness to Ten Walls’s work that is present here, floating behind the space-horn and crashing bass that has become his calling card. Ultimately, ‘Walking With Elephants’ just never gets boring, no matter how many times you hear it.

3. Mount Liberation Unlimited – ‘Clinton Space Funk’: Confession time. We failed to pick up on the brilliance of ‘Clinton Space Funk’ when it first appeared earlier in the year. Part of being an adult, though, is accepting when you’re wrong. We now know this track is a beauty and it deservedly sits in our top three. Championed by everyone who came across it, ‘Clinton Space Funk’ provided one of the many highlights of xxxy’s Human Drizzle Presents set at Plan B in December.

4. Jamie xx – ‘All Under One Roof Raving’: When VICE wrote their ​Guide to London in June, they eschewed the customary playlist of local artists in favour of simply posting Jamie xx’s Boiler Room set from that month, on the basis that it “pretty much sums London up right now.” This track closes that set and, whether or not the track was intended as ‘a Scottish Referendum anthem‘, it is a stunningly affecting homage to UK music from a man making some of the best of it in 2014.

5. Jon Hopkins – ‘Abandon Window’ (Moderat Remix): Jon Hopkins had it right: “I honestly think this is one of the best remixes I’ve ever heard. Play it loud.” Built around a drop that never comes (and yet you don’t miss it), this is a piece of theatrical electronica for the ages. Given the year Jon Hopkins has had (his Essential Mix was a belter), it was tough only putting a remix in here but give this a listen and we dare you to tell us we’re wrong to include it.

6. Real Lies – ‘North Circular’: If you’ve been near a radio this year you’ve probably heard these lads’ breakout single, ‘North Circular’. With its lyrical treatment of London gyratory life and atmospheric backdrop, it’s been perfect listening for autumn/winter – and appeals to fans of guitars and electronica alike.

 7. Flight Facilities – ‘Two Bodies’: Flight Facilities’ debut album was four years in the making and since day one they’ve been garnering fans for their versatile, fun-filled, bouncy pop tunes. They’ve added real gravitas to their work here with the soothing, catchy and downright emo ‘Two Bodies’. The Aussie duo aren’t fooling around, and this one’s been on repeat since its September emergence.

8. Sailor and I – ‘Turn Around’ (Ame Remix): This tune first emerged in January as a rip from Mexico’s BPM Festival, and it took until June for the official version to emerge. It was worth the wait. The arrival of the synths after two minutes of sparse build-up is one of the finest moments of 2014 and the whole track is a wonderfully-measured piece of emotive dance music.

9. Lauer – ‘Stigma’: Lauer returned to Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space label in September with ‘Stigma’, the B-side to the driving force that is ‘Hands & Feet’. It’s a compelling listen with an underlying 80s feel, so good it was dropped by both Fort Romeau and our very own Hot Karl at Plan B for Human Drizzle Presents. Memorable.

10. Aquilo – ‘You There’: Lakeland duo Aquilo swept us off our feet in 2014. ‘You There’ is a change of pace from much of this list, but it’s a gorgeous record that deserves to be heard. With its gentle piano line and simple lyric, it is testament to the power of good songwriting, without the frills.

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Barnt – Chappell

Chances are, if Joy Orbison and Tim Sweeney get behind a record, it’s going to be a cracker. Barnt’s ‘Chappell’ was first aired in Joy O’s essential mix back in July (well worth a listen) and has since featured in Sweeney’s Beats in Space 15th Anniversary compilation. It’s an intense percussive workout that alternates between powerful stabs and the full range of clicks and snares. Mesmerising stuff.

Barnt is the latest signing to Joy O and Will Bankhead’s label ‘Hinge Finger’, with ‘His Name’ becoming the 5th vinyl-only release. The B-side is pretty tasty too, yet more weird and wonderful drum-machine sounds.

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