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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

1. Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda – Coast 2 Coast: Melbourne-based Harvey Sutherland and his accompanying orchestra are back with the synth ‘n strings ‘Coast 2 Coast’, the first taster from the forthcoming ‘Expectations’ EP, out on 24th March via his own Clarity Recordings.

2. Tom VR – A Fantasy:A Fantasy’ is a measured and hypnotic cut from Leeds lad Tom VR’s ‘frissons’ EP, the second release on Seb Wildlood’s All My Thoughts label. Out 10th April.

3. The Juan Maclean – Can You Ever Really Know Somebody: Party-starter from DFA’s The Juan Maclean, the first we’ve heard from them since 2014. Out now, comes equipped with three accompanying remixes.

4. Octo Champ – Alleluia: A highlight from Octo Champ’s ‘Not Quite Here Yet’ EP, ‘Alleluia’ is layered with infectious samples, synths and percussion. This a total earworm. The EP’s out now on Let’s Go Swimming, head to their party at the Waiting Room this Saturday night to see the Glasgow/London producer IRL.

5. Donald Dust – Joy July: The third cut on No Bad Days’ third release and it’s more synth grandeur from the mysterious producer Donald Dust. All aboard the ‘Dazzle Ship’, EP out now.

Running Back label boss and selector-extraordinaire Gerd Janson stepped into the Essential Mix Hall of Fame last week. For anyone that missed it:

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Peckham Rye Music Festival – 12th May – 21st May

Peckham Rye Music Festival returns for a second year running, this time bigger and better expanding over two weekends. Taking place over four indoor and outdoor stages within Copeland Park, there’ll be a host of workshops, talks, fringe events and parties to get your teeth into.

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With a stellar list of 14 partners on board including Stamp The Wax, Secretsundaze, Balamii and Field Maneuvers, the nine day festival’s set to showcase a vast amount of talent ranging from renowned international acts to a handful of Peckham’s finest.

Get your earlybirds in here and find out more on the event here.

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Bruce Trail – Ravine Dream

Toronto’s Bruce Trail delivers four-track EP ‘Ravine Dream’ on MagicWire. This will be perfect listening to fans of Project Pablo, Jack J, LNRDCROY and Pender Street Steppers. We’ve posted ‘Bridgework’ and ‘Over Falls’. Enjoy.

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Premiere – Fono – Feet On The Ground (Franc Moody Remix)

We’ve been waxing lyrical about Franc Moody for a while now, so it’s particularly exciting to say we’ve got the first play of their brand spanking new remix. It’s a dose of feel-good, hazy tones perfect for this closing chapter of summer we’ve found ourselves hastily flipping through:

For more on the London based group, we’d highly recommend checking their SoundCloud for a healthy serving of cosmic disco goodness akin to the likes of Todd Terje, Eli Escobar and Lindstrom. From their recent EP, ‘T’s and C’s’ hit the shelves courtesy of Juicebox Recordings back in June:

And as for ‘Feet On The Ground’ above, we look no further than another member of the Juicebox fam – Fono. Filed next to Duke Dumont, Karma Kid and NVOY, the Brighton producer is forging a solid rep for his forward thinking take on house music.

It’s taken from his forthcoming ‘Kinetic’ EP which features everything from the smooth and dreamy tones of ‘E^ST’ to the catchy hi-hats and heavy bass of ‘Levitate’. With its bouncy synth chords and stand-out vocal, ‘Feet On The Ground’ finds that perfect balance of dancefloor fodder and pop sensibilities.

Hit written all over this one:

 

 

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808 State – In Yer Face (Bicep Remix)

With the original track charting at number nine in the UK charts back in 1991, here’s the first of two forthcoming Bicep remixes of 808 State’s ‘In Yer face’.

This follows on from the success of their double remix release of Blaze’s ‘Lovelee Dae’ a few weeks back:

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Thaddeus Nelson Jr – Disco Junky

Dreamy cuts coming out on New York-based label, Styles Upon Styles.

Released on 16th September, Thaddeus Nelson Jr has woven together a three-track EP entitled ‘Dance Record’, with each track representing a particular time of the day. Supposedly produced after he’d quit his job at a bowling alley in Times Square, the wonderfully-named ‘Disco Junky’ represents the afternoon. And according to the vintage strings and samples used throughout, a lazy one at that. Lovely stuff.

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Harbinger Kurt – Empire Of The Summer Moon

This one really gets the cogs moving.

‘Empire of the Summer Moon’ is Harbinger Kurt’s first mix and introduction to the shapes and sounds that have influenced them. Their debut single ‘Believe’ is nestled in 35 minutes deep, and their remix of Solomun Grey’s ‘Choir To The Wild’ closes proceedings – really recommend plugging in if you have a couple of hours spare, it’s an atmospheric and thought-provoking listen.

They’re warming up for two of Avant Garde’s forthcoming London parties, the latter taking place on Sunday 28th August at Bankside Vaults. That night hosts a colossal line-up including John Talabot, Roman Flugel, Fort Romeau, Prins Thomas and Sau Poler. Cleveland will also be doing a live set too, it’s one to stick firmly in the diary.

We have minimal details on Harbinger Kurt, besides knowing they’re a duo and one half is a co-founder of Moodroom Collective, a label and club night you should get to know. Talking of which, why not cop a load of said label’s first dreamy release from US-based JVXTA – ‘Never Again’, the final track’s a firm fave:

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Mano Le Tough – Energy Flow – DJ Koze Remixes

Pampa label-head DJ Koze’s gone and dropped two remixes of Mano Le Tough’s ‘Energy Flow’.

The Splasher remix above and the Miles&More remix below are being released on Permanent Vacation. Hitting the shelves soon, expect some heavy rotations this summer.

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Franc Moody

If you like you’re disco cosmic, and your tunes instrumental, let us point you in the direction of new kids on the block, Franc Moody. We don’t know much about the London-based duo, but over the last few months they’ve unveiled three quirky numbers with ‘T’s & C’s’ particularly catching our attention:

With a backdrop of bouncy chords and spiralling synths, FM’s tunes involve a cocktail of sounds that lend themselves to the more idiosyncratic side of Lindstrom or Todd Terje. Have a peak at the video for the funk-fuelled ‘Yuri’, where you can see Mr Shapes throwing what he throws best outside London Bridge station:

Aaaand the most recent offering from Franc Moody comes in the form of ‘Beat In My Head’, a more reflective, psychedelic disco ditty. Yes, a disco ditty, and a psychedelic one at that.

All three tracks are to appear on a forthcoming EP, dropping at some point this summer. Watch this space…

 

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Dems – Gold

Dems have got political. We’ve been following the London threepiece’s trajectory for half a decade now and it’s not one that has been characterised by rage. But when they were evicted from their South London work space to make room for more luxury flats in a city that surely has enough by now, they decided to make a statement through their music.

‘Gold’ is the result and, while the themes represent a departure from their previous material, fans will be pleased to hear exactly the kinds of lush melodies and layered production that have made their music such a pleasure up to this point. Suitably given the topic, ‘Gold’ loses some of the fragility of their early work. Instead it slides into a distorted, echoey refrain that stays with you and hammers home Dems’ message to the developers changing the shape of their city. With a new London mayor starting work this week, it’s a message that couldn’t be more apposite.

 

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