Dense & Pika’s ‘Colt’ was a stand-out for us last year. Fellow Hotflush affiliate George FitzGerald’s revved it up a notch or two, keeping those hearty keys in tact. It’s part of a remix package out on 4th December.
Industrial techno fans, please stand up. Dense & Pika blew the scene away with the barnstorming ‘Colt’ in October of last year and they’re back with more of the rough stuff. We’ve heard four of the six tracks on the monstrous ‘Klank’ EP and they show Dense & Pika at their abrasive best.
‘Lazy Wayne’ and ‘Klank’ are two of the most chaotic bangers we’ve heard in a while, combining basslines that will knock your socks off with twitchy drum rhythms. Next to be released was ‘Slowhand’, a less raucous cut which added euphoric sounds to the pulsating undertones. The real standout, though, is ‘Wandering Hands’. It shows off D&P’s incredible versatility, bringing together fidgety clicks and melodic build-ups alongside that ever-present thunderous bass. It’s raw and uncompromising stuff, and it’s sure to be filling warehouses throughout the winter months.
Earlier this month, we went off on one about the re-imagined Eastern Electrics festival, taking place Saturday 2nd August. A stellar line up of techno and house talent touching down in leafy Hertfordshire, record bags fully loaded with prized gems that are absolutely sure to knock your socks off. Tickets here. Tickets here. And tickets here.
Being the considerate people that we are, we thought we’d lob together 90 minutes worth of tracks that best represent our favourites producers from the Eastern Electrics programme. We think this shows that we are absolutely buzzing at the prospect of getting down to Hatfield House for 11 hours of some of the finest dance music you’ll find anywhere.
Given the strength of the Eastern Electrics brand, it’s no surprise that they’ve been able to curate such a quality line-up. In our EXCLUSIVE playlist below, you’ll find offerings from HD faves T. Williams, Waifs & Strays, Mano Le Tough and Waze & Odyssey, not to mention one of the tunes of last year from Agoria, and arguably one of 2014’s best offerings from KiNK and Daniel Avery.
The fun doesn’t end there. Main stagers Maxxi Soundsystem, Steve Lawler, Art Department and house legend Kerri Chandler all have their say, and we cap things off with Route 94 and Dense & Pika.
Need some more? Well, we’re spent, but we suggest you join us on the 22 minute journey from King’s Cross out to the countryside on 2 August for a day of sun-fuelled 4/4 frivolity. For those that missed it the first, second and third times, here’s the ticket link again. But be hasty, they’re running out fast…
Over to you.
Hotflush Recordings is making their return to the live streaming sensation that is Boiler Room this Thursday 21st February and HD are lucky enough to be going. Be sure to tune in live here for what promises to be an excellent evening of musical entertainment (and the chance to catch a glimpse of certain stellar music bloggers).
Flying the flag and taking the headline slot will be label founder and tip top DJ/Producer in his own right Scuba. If you want an idea of the delights that’ll be on show, have a peek at the Boiler Room DJ set he did back in June last year. It’s outrageous.
The quality of the support acts is quite something too. Dense & Pika will be performing a live set, South London Ordnance and Locked Groove will showcase the funky side of house and techno, and most excitingly, George FitzGerald will be flexing his skills on the ones and twos. Have a listen to the following for a flavour of what the night promises: