T. Williams and Shadow Child make a fairly mouth-watering collaboration and one that fails to disappoint. They’ve co-scribed ‘Want You To’, a perfectly stripped back piece of house, with a classic garage feel to it.
This has come to our attention at just the right time to point you in the direction of Shadow Child’s Essential Mix from Friday night. Which is nice.
T. Williams is bussaaaaay this November. Following his recent stomping remix of Disclosure (a ‘club edit’ if we ever heard one), he’s treated us to a new single, ‘Dreaming’, very much in the same vein. Out November 19th on PMR, home to his thoughtful ‘Pain and Love’ EP, ‘Dreaming’ just shouts weekend at you, loudly:
Mr. Williams is also doing the honours for the latest Rinse release (number 21, if anyone’s interested) and it reads a dream. Anyone for Disclosure, Julio Bashmore, Eats Everything and Maya Jane Coles? Full tracklist over at FACT. Worth jotting down the launch party too; 22nd November at Plastic People. We like the sound of “various special unannounced guests who feature on the CD”…
We were huge fans of the original version of Latch by Disclosure – so imagine our delight when we heard this remix by one of the hottest producers around, T Williams. The fact that we’ve failed to post any of his stuff before is something of an embarrassment, given the extent to which he has been smashing it for the past year or two (to be fair, we did give a mention to his remix of Javeon McCarthy’s excellent ‘Lost Time’). Here he gives ‘Latch’ a decidedly garage edge, replacing the laid back fuzziness of the original with an insistent, shuffling urgency. It’s a party tune, and no mistake.
T Williams has undergone something of a musical odyssey over the past decade, from releasing seminal grime tracks as DJ Dread D, through the UK Funky movement to the forefront of the new house sound championed by PMR Records, who released his ‘Pain & Love’ EP in September. Why not give that a spin, whilst you’re here?
The long-term Huntleys & Palmers stalwart Auntie Flo (guy on the right) is getting some serious heat right now. And rightly so. He – Brian d’Souza to his nearest and dearest – released his new album ‘Theory of Flo’ just last week and we’re writing this to say it’s good. Really good.
Recorded in London, Glasgow and Havana, it features collaborations with The Noisettes’ lead singer Shingai Showina, Ghanaian singer Anbuley and Esa Williams. The latter (guy on the left) plays a vital role in the Auntie Flo live set and has regularly DJ’d alongside him at their Highlife nights, a party that was spawned by Huntleys & Palmers’ domination of the Glaswegian club scene.
H&P’s penchant for combining world music with electronic sounds seems to finally be getting the recognition it deserves. The Guardian waxed lyrical over their ability to take world music into the future, their regular Rinse FM slot is thriving and Auntie Flo himself’s got an exciting London schedule of late, taking down Rough Trade, Corsica Studios and the Bussey Building. Lead single from his new album ‘So In Love’ premièred recently on Boiler Room and just this week Annie Mac featured it on her Free Music Monday service:
There’s a lot more where that came from too. ‘Theory of Flo’ is full of hypnotic looped samples that are destined to stick in your head. There are slow-paced, contemplative moments in ‘Dreamer’ and album-closer ‘For Mihaly’, but ultimately the whole album keeps your toes tapping. ‘Dance Ritual I & II’ pack a punch with the back-to-back steel drums and euphoric piano combo, and the tribal calls on ‘Hewal3’ and ‘Waiting For A (Woman)’ are totally infectious. The latter’s been an HD fave since Gilles Peterson featured it a while back:
For the Londoners amongst you, the good news is you don’t have long to wait to see him play. Most notably, he’s doing an album launch party at the whopping Free Rotation x Gottwood x Field Maneuvers party this Saturday at the Bussey Building. Not only are all profits going to the Red Cross Refugee Crisis Fund, there’s an excellent line-up to boot – including Blawan, Christian S and Medlar’s Tony & The Waves. It looks real juicy; you can see all the details here. But be hasty as we hear tickets are running low.
Oh yeah, and go buy ‘Theory of Flo‘ as soon as.
Spring is here. A time for new beginnings, fresh starts and, most importantly, our April playlist. Jamie xx is on fire, TCTS is becoming a firm favourite, T.Williams has collaborated with MJ Cole, and just listen to the way that Fort Romeau track goes through the gears. The section from 04:20 is something to behold.
We can be no more emphatic than to say that if this playlist were an emoji, it would be 🔥.
If you, like the rest of the office/city/country/world, have a cold at the mo, maybe you need a bit of happy house?
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.
After releasing the excellent ‘Crying Wolf’ EP on Kerri Chandler’s Madtech Records and causing hot fuss over that Cyril Hahn remix last year, NAC will be following in the footsteps of Disclosure, Julio Bashmore and T. Williams by releasing ‘Reach For Me’ on Acton’s finest label in the not too distant future. It’s an understated affair with a sultry vocal from London’s Alex Mills. Enjoy:
We chastise ourselves at HD towers when we bring you a new tune that has been ripped from the radio. It’s frowned upon, seen as lazy journalism and is a big no-no in the Human Drizzle brand guidelines (available upon request). You deserve the clearest high definition melodies and that is what we strive to give you.