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Mano Le Tough – Everything You’ve Done Before (Dixon Remix)

Innervisons head honcho Steffan Berkhahn – better known to all of us as Dixon – is finally releasing his ‘retouch’ of Mano Le Tough’s ‘Everything You’ve Done Before.’ It’s got a glorious bassline, whilst the track builds to a crescendo of sorts over the top of a slightly haunting vocal. It will be released on Innervisions on August 30th.

There’s a good chance that you’ll have heard it before as it was included on Dixon’s Essential Selection for Radio 1 earlier this year, with a You Tube rip doing the rounds ever since. We just thought we’d share it with you because we think it’s great, and it gives us the opportunity to tell you that we’re on the Innervisions boat party with Dixon and Âme at Unknown next month. Shouldn’t be too shabby.

Jack Dixon – Coconuts (Disclosure Remix)

Disclosure have taken the UK music scene by storm this year. The two brothers from South London released a hugely successful EP, and every mix and remix they’ve touched has turned to gold.

So after a brief hiatus, it’s no surprise that their latest offering is nothing short of exquisite. Jack Dixon’s ‘Coconuts’ is a wonderful slice of ambient UK funky in its own right, and Disclosure have managed to twist and turn it into a smooth RnB-infused gem, echoing their staple sound we’ve grown to love.

What’s more, Jack Dixon has decided to offer them both up on his SoundCloud as free downloads. Christmas may have just come early.

 

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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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Human Drizzle’s Top 10 Tracks of 2015

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.

Skream – Still Lemonade

Definitely one to be excited about. The journey that has taken Oliver Jones a.k.a. Skream through disco remixes and house rollers appears to have reached its destination with an album due out later this year on the mighty Crosstown Rebels. ‘Still Lemonade’ is the first single from the upcoming LP which sees Jones push himself into much darker territory.

The track shows Jones’s impressive versatility, building through emotive melodies and fidgety synths to a spine-tingling break down around the four minute mark. It’s a cracker which wouldn’t look out of place on a Kompakt compilation or at the peak of a mind-bending Dixon set. After flying through the genres in recent years, Skream seems to have settled in the realms of melodic techno. In the immortal words of the man himself, “this is the shit. It’s dark, it’s going off, it’s dancefloor as fuck.”

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Recondite – Levo

German producer Recondite is known for his tough yet emotionally fragile brand of techno. ‘Caldera’ was one of the big tracks of the summer, and perfectly encapsulates the style we’re talking about.

His latest release – the 55th put out by Innervisions – is something of a departure. He’s dropped the hard-hitting aspect of his recent work, and focussed on the emotion. It’s no great surprise; ‘Levo’ and ‘Garbo’ are both tracks that would fit into a DJ performance by Innervisions boss Dixon.

Out as of yesterday.

 

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Beacons Festival 2014

The Yorkshire Dales don’t see nothing like it.

In two weeks time we’re fortunate enough to be going to Beacons Festival. It takes place on the FUNkirk Estate in Skipton from 7th – 10th August and is without doubt one of the stand-outs of the year in the UK festival calendar.

Beacons Logo 2014

It’s remarkably only in its third year, and 2014 sees the boutique celebration of music and art host the biggest line-up yet. With stages hosted by RA, Red Bull Music Academy, Noisey, Flux and many more, the range of talent is ludicrous.

The line-up’s bursting at the seams. Dixon and Mano Le Tough, The Fall and British Sea Power, Daniel Avery, Huxley and Joy Orbison. Hot new acts like Wayward, Beaty Heart and Toy feature, as well as stalwarts Crazy P Soundsystem, Greg Wilson and Jon Hopkins. Not to mention Jackmaster, Darkside and Dusky.

The list goes on. And on. And on. Check it out here.

Beacons Festival 2013

The atmosphere at Beacons is a true delight and with light installations, stalls, fairs and film screenings (Shane Meadows gave a riveting Q&A on his hit film ‘Made Of Stone’ last year) there really is something for everyone.

More information can be found here and more importantly tickets can be bought here. If there’s one tip we have for August, we highly recommend you hit the north.

As usual, to whet the appetite, we’ve compiled a special Beacons playlist for your listening pleasure. Get excited:

 

 

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Lake People – Night Drive

Lake People, Germany’s Martin Enke, has been one of our favourite producers for the last year or so, ever since we first clapped our ears on his mesmerising remix of ‘Ordinary’ by Kollectiv Turmstrasse.

One of the unsung heroes of 2013 that one. Here, Martin is back again with two new house cuts for Guy Gerber’s Rumors label, already rattling through the releases. This is the third this year and third since it’s inception (Dixon and Guy handled the labels launch with some aplomb…)

‘Night Drive’ is a two-track EP. The eponymous side A, has a beat reminiscent of ‘Ordinary’ but is much more restrained. ‘No Turning Back’ on the B side is our favourite, with a cloudy background piano fading in and out, and a busy synth in the foreground.

If you like some of the tracks already released on Rumors, or you’re a fan of Guy Gerber/Dixon/Lake People et al, you’ll be right at home here. Its out now.

Noir & Hayze – Angel (Ripperton Mix)

Swiss house and techno producer Raphaël Ripperton – Ripperton – remixed one of the standout tracks at the end of last year. His remix of ‘Why don’t ya?’ by Baikal was pretty serious, clocking in (as it did) at just over 14 minutes. Mesmerising stuff, and that ending…Wow.

Then Dixon jumped on the bandwagon, did his thing, beefed it up, and that was great too…

Anyway, now Ripperton is back with a new remix. The track is ‘Angel’ and it’s originally produced by Noir & Hayze. It’s got some really great moody summer vibes, and we hope/expect to be hearing this a lot over the coming months.

Out on June 9th.

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Innervisions 50th Release

German techno and house music pioneers Innervisions have reached a half-century of imprints. They’ve done it in style too, with a bumper four-part, nine-track release…

The opening exchanges – IV50.I – belong to Recondite and his release ‘PSY EP’, the title track of which is soaring tech-house, with a distinctive Innervisions feels to it. It’s one you’re sure to be hearing a lot more of in the coming months.

Frankey & Sandrino  are at the helm for IV50.II – ‘Save EP’. Slower tempo than ‘PSY’, both tracks are gradually-building deep house. ‘The Edge’ was featured on Innervisions head honcho Dixon’s Essential Mix last year – it’s a bomb…(Dixon seems to have his eye in at the moment too, FYI).

IV50.III sees Diynamic Music stalwart David August release ‘Epikur’, which first came to our attention earlier in the year (it’s sensational). On the reverse, ‘Agatha’ again combines that thumping beat with shimmering synths and pads.

Finishing this epic release, is Orson Wells. IV50.IV – ‘Endless’ – features three tracks. ‘Obsidian’, is ebbing and flowing techno, an awkward sound that is seemingly relieved before the end with the introduction of a crushing bass line. ‘Nightshift’ is urgent house, up-tempo but with that strong emotive feeling that is present in Innervisions work. Finally, ‘Endless’ the EP’s title track sounds like something that you might expect to hear from Henry Saiz or Guy J.

Innervisions are one of the most revered labels operating at the moment. Dixon plays London tomorrow, at a sold out, all night takeover of Studio Space in Wapping (tickets are still available for Recondite joining Scuba for the warm-up tonight, as part of a Hydra double-header.)

If you missed out on tickets for this weekend, fear not – Innervisions will be taking their Lost in a Moment party on tour, and it will be swinging through London in October.

Get. It. In. The. Diary.

Phew. That’s probably more Teutonic techno than you’re used to from us here at HD, but we like to keep you on your toes.

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