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David August – J.B.Y.

David August is back.

It’s been two years since his last solo record, and ‘J.B.Y.’ is worth the wait. The new single, released today by Ninja Tune’s Counter Records, is as epic and melodic as the German producer’s previous work – but with more complexity. It’s a many-layered production, featuring a brilliant breakdown after the three-minute mark and a sense of brooding menace throughout.

The label say: “This isn’t house music, this isn’t the clubs, this isn’t the places August has been hitherto. ‘J.B.Y.’ resolves not with an explosive “moment” but with delicately beautiful Erased Tapes-esque piano introspection and the evocation of tape-hiss drenched ambience.”

It’s certainly a unique piece of music, and you’ll be able to enjoy it as part of his live show at London’s Koko in June. More here.

 

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Bicep – Just

Now this is something. ‘Just’ is the new one from Bicep, brought to you (and us) by the increasingly influential Boiler Room Debuts, and it’s a humdinger of a tune. Combining atmospheric builds with catchy riffs and busy percussion, it’s a multilayered beast that should probably soundtrack an esoteric sci-fi film that you say you love but, if you’re really honest, you don’t really understand. It’s out on May 25th anyway (the track, not the film).

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Ten Walls – Sparta & Blue Orphan

Ten Walls is back, and he’s brought his tuba with him. After the brutality of November’s ‘Chains And Shackles’, the title track on new EP ‘Sparta’ reprises the grandiose brass that made ‘Walking With Elephants’ such a classic.

B-side ‘Blue Orphan’ explores similarly epic territory, and you can expect to hear a fair amount of both this summer. Compelling stuff from Lithuania’s finest.

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Garden City Movement – When We Had It Easy

After a long night carousing in honour of hitting 2000 twitter followers*, this is just what HDHQ needed today:

‘When We Had It Easy’, the new single from Tel Aviv electronic trio Garden City Movement, picks up where we last found them, fusing glitch electronica with some serious pop melodies. It’s delightfully atmospheric and whets the appetite nicely for next month’s ‘Modern West EP.

*Not really, we’re saving the champaegerbombs for when we hit 10k.

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Late Night Tales – Jon Hopkins

Hands up if this week’s all getting a bit much? Need a little time out? Look no further than Jon Hopkins’ forthcoming Late Night Tales‘ compilation, it’s looking to be pretty special and could be the perfect respite for your weary selves.

If you’re unaware of LNT’s work, they invite artists to delve into their record collection to create the ultimate late night selections. With previous guests such as Four Tet, The Cinematic Orchestra and Belle & Sebastien, the collective is the absolute don for atmospheric, chill-out, whatever genre you want to call it. It’s relaxing, and for that little moment in time you can escape your busy lives, let go and forget about all your worries.

So when we heard Jon Hopkins had been recruited for the next edition we were pretty excited. Judging by the promo, he’s put a lot of time and effort into it, he ‘chose tracks not just because they have been important to me but because of how they sit together, putting as much thought into the transitions and overall narrative as I did into the track choices’.

As with tradition on all these compilations, Hopkins has done an exclusive cover version, which will feature poet Rick Holland’s spoken word on the full release. The instrumental is of Yeasayer’s ‘I Remember’ and it’s quite something. Fragile doesn’t even cover it. The rest of the line-up includes choice selections from Nils Frahm, Sigur Ros’ Jonsi and this hypnotic number from Darkstar:

It’s not all ambience, though. Hopkins has included more beat-heavy works from Holy Other and Gold Panda, and he delves into the indie with a School Of Seven Bells track. Also on there is the totally irresistible ‘Lady Divine’ by Alela Diane:

All-in-all we know this is a compilation that you need in your life. It’s currently on pre-order with both digital and vinyl releases out at the end of Feb, beginning of March. If you needed more persuading, he’s even squeezed in Four Tet’s ‘Gillie Amma, I Love You’. It’s moving:

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James Sison – Napier Lake EP

Bade Records have been making waves since they launched at the start of 2014, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down with their latest release, an EP from founder James Sison. Having played Human Drizzle Presents in Peckham last year, and produced an excellent mix for us as well, we’re more than familiar with the man’s work, and you should be too.

The word ‘atmospheric’ was meant for it, with both the EP’s original tracks feeling taut and anxious despite clocking in at a hefty eight minutes apiece. With sonorous horns and jittery percussion, the title track is a moody introvert of a tune that demands repeat listening. Lead track ‘Stolen’ is similarly tense, while also playing host to the vocal talents of Clover (aka Jessica Belgrave), who comes to the fore during a pretty intense breakdown just shy of the four minute mark.

It’s compelling stuff, and the EP is rounded off by a remix from Italian duo Speaking Minds that is no less uncompromising than the rest of it. You can listen to previews on Soundcloud here or buy the bastard on Beatport here.

 

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Fort Romeau – Insides

To fill the void after his set at the last Human Drizzle Presents, Fort Romeau has been working on a new LP for Ghostly. ‘Insides’ is due out at the end of March and the title track has just blasted its way onto the web:

It continues in the atmospheric house/romantic techno (delete according to wanky genre tolerance) vein but there’s a confidence about it that suggests he’s finding his place. As Mike Greene himself says, “Playing in clubs definitely had an effect on how I approach composition and pacing, I wanted to allow things to breathe and develop gradually over longer track lengths, rather than cram everything into four or five minutes.” Whatever it is he’s allowing to breathe, it’s working.

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Ten Walls – Chains And Shackles

Ten Walls has only gone and produced the scariest tune of the year. ‘Chains and Shackles’ is the full package of howls, glitches and jerky breakdowns that build on each other to produce a captivating banger. It’s 10 minutes of intense techno, showing off the mysterious artist’s ability to craft an atmosphere like few others.

The perceptive amongst you will have heard this spooky thumper in Ten Walls’ essential mix last month. If you haven’t had a listen yet and fancy having a seriously productive hour, get it on:

He has unexpectedly released this one on a free so grab yourself a copy while it lasts.

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TIEKS – The Number

This week Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday features ‘The Number’, an exclusive track from TIEKS (aka Mark Tieku). TIEKS has worked with Florence & The Machine and Duke Dumont, and had support from the likes of Eton Messy, Zoo Music and Atlantic Records.

‘Sing That Song’ established the tone of TIEKS’s solo work, and while ‘The Number’ swaps female vocals for spoken samples, it has the same emphasis on catchy riffs and real groove. The track contains a lovely drop at 01:18, and Mr Tieku repeats the trick several times after that, and all in all it’s a very nice little shuffler, thank you very much.

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Doc Daneeka – Treptow

Doc Daneeka’s ‘Walk On In’ was one of our favourites of last year, so you can imagine our excitement when ‘Treptow’ appeared on DD’s Soundcloud this afternoon. The single is out on Numbers on Monday 9th June, and it’s a little more challenging than its predecessor. The TenThousandYen plate-spinner shows real confidence in giving the listener essentially nothing but percussion for the first two minutes, before introducing some insistent keys and general atmospherics. Even then it’s sparse, moody stuff – but strangely compelling at the same time.

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