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.
OK, people. HDP v.10 is upon us. That end-of-summer party you’ve all been waiting for is almost here, and we’re delighted to announce our special guest headliners as the wonderful Wolf Music.
If it’s not in your diaries already, this Friday 25th September, Basing House is the place to be. You, us, four top notch DJs and a superb space to dance the night away. Tickets have been flying off the shelves in the last few days, so to avoid disappointment, snap up yours below:
If you’re unaware, Wolf Music are a duo consisting of Matt and Stu. They’ve been running the highly-reputable eponymous label since 2009, and they’ve been playing records for a lot longer. Deeply rooted in house, disco and soul, they’ve forged an identity for themselves as one of the hottest labels to keep your eye on, championing fresh talent such as Medlar, PBR Streetgang, Casino Times and Bicep to name a few. Their extensive record collection is rivalled by few and attracts bookings all across Europe.
This summer’s seen them play at Gottwood and Festival No. 6. They’ve played for Krankbrother, at Dance Tunnel and they recently made an appearance at XOYO as part of Bicep’s residency. Check out a few of our favourites from the label’s canon below, and stay tuned for more on the duo very shortly.
We can’t wait to see what they bring to the party this Friday night. Joining Black Butter Records’ new signing NVOY, HD fave Ben Gomori and our very own Hot Karl, you’d be a fool to miss out on this one.
Tickets are here. Come join the fun.
Bicep are back populating these pages AGAIN. They’ve remixed Dyone’s 1993 hit ‘Only Love Can Set U-Free’ and served up a party-startin’ five minutes worth of piano house. Courtesy of First Choice Records it can be yours on 14th August…
The Belfast duo are now two weeks into their XOYO residency with a hefty eleven to go. There’s a stellar line-up of guests accompanying them throughout with highlights including Midland, Andrew Weatherall and Nick Hoppner. Check the website for full details and go book yourselves in.
It’s time for your weekly dose of Bicep lovin’.
The Belfast boys withdraw from their trademark style for ‘Celeste’, replacing the stomping 4×4 with bongo drums and vocal hooks with drawn-out swoons. The result is a transfixing piece of dance music unlike anything we’ve heard from them before, carried off like it was their signature sound. Definitely one to miss-your-bus-stop to.
Catch them at their summer residency at XOYO throughout July, August & September. Not one to miss.
Joe Goddard’s taken time out from his 2 Bears residency at XOYO to stretch and mould this one. He’s retained the funky house groove from the original but given it some dancing shoes and sent it out clubbing with instructions not to come back until the next morning.
Essentially, it’s good and it’s free. Say no more.
Things couldn’t go much better for Kiwi at the mo.
He’s had a string of excellent releases on Sneaky, Deep Shit and Days Of Being Wild, he’s remixed Klaxons, Tronik Youth and Wankelmut and he’s recently signed to Duke Dumont’s Blasé Boys Club label. Even though South London-based, he basically lives at XOYO and The Nest and he’s got a busy few months ahead touring the country and Europe. Things are going well for the (originally) Shropshire Lad.
Up next on the release front? He’s returning to London-based Days Of Being Wild with this remix of Club Bizarre’s ‘Bogota’. Just as we found with his recent free download ‘The Kudo Kato’, this ain’t an easy listen. But give it some time and this trippy, slow-chugging grower will soon be worming it’s way right into that old ear of yours. As ever, interesting stuff:
For the longer listen, head over to HarderBloggerFaster. He’s made a disco-heavy mixtape for the first in their ‘Blogcast’ series.
It was only a matter of time before a collaboration like this came about. In fact it’s crazy it’s not been done before, but after both acts supported one another on tour dates recently at XOYO and Ally Pally, a remix has come to fruition. Eats Everything has taken Disclosure’s most recent version of ‘F For You’ featuring Mary J. Blige and given it the once over. Surely a match made in heaven.
Although it does contain Eats’ trademark infectious, punchy synth stabs, we were a little underwhelmed. Sure it’ll get a dancefloor shifting their feet when it’s dropped mid-set, but nothing to write home about here. Considering their gargantuan stature, it’s a shame 😦
On the plus side, Eats Everything is releasing some original material with Justin Martin in the form of his ‘Hello Mr. Jello’ EP at the end of March. It nicely coincides with the last few weeks of his residency at XOYO, check out who is playing alongside him here.
Now, time to take a step back as we go a little deeper.
First up is the latest production from Lorca, who grabbed our attention last year with his blinding remix of Ghostpoet’s ‘Cold Win’. All the big guns were lauding it – Midland went as far as to claim it was the remix of the year. High praise indeed. The Brighton based producer is back here with ‘Forgive Me Love / Naoko’, out on Breach’s Naked Naked label in mid-Feb.
Real late night bus ride vibez, this one grows and swells and will stay with you. Lorca is going to be part of the furniture come the end of 2014.
Then, making his apparent return to production for quite some time is Finnebassen – we’ve not heard anything from him since this gem dropped last year. ‘Fiskeda’ is stripped back Deep House, perfectly restrained.
Great to have the Norwegian back.
You can catch Lorca at XOYO next Friday with Breach and Deetron. Finnebassen is playing in Liverpool on the 7th of Feb, which is a moot point really as you will all be at Bar 512 with us.
‘Hennessy’ is a moody, dark, yet strangely melodic two and half minutes. The sax lifts the tune into HD territory and we’ll be keeping an eye on the ‘cplnd’ account for further outbursts. Catch Dean under the ‘Sean John’ moniker at XOYO this Friday, alongside other good music artists.