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Aphrohead – Grown Man Cryy (Carl Craig ‘Brainy Grimlin’ Remix)

Ok, let’s get this Thursday started.

Aphrohead, aka Felix Da Housecat for all you 90s heads out there, has recently put out his first LP in over a decade and he’s pulled in the-man-who-needs-no-intro Carl Craig to rework one of the tracks, ‘Grown Man Cryy’.

The ‘Brainy Grimlin’ remix (us neither) is nine minutes of muscular techno that kicks into life with some old-fashioned bleeps at 4:40. Essentially, these two still very much have “it” and “it” is on full display here.

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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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Kele Okereke – Come To Me

Kele is back. He’s got an EP coming out on Crosstown Rebels on 14th April and ‘Come To Me’ is the bouncy closer. Featuring the vocals of Jenny Bastet, it’s not ground breaking , but we definitely like the bass-heavy direction he’s heading…

If you’re in for a longer listen, his mixes are well worth checking out. Try his February ’14 one out for size:

 

 

 

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Psychemagik – Black Noir Schwarz (Tensnake Remix)

After a moderately chuggish intro, we’re treated to the slightly darker side of Hamburg’s finest, Tensnake. He’s taken on Psychemagik’s new one ‘Black Noir Schwarz’, which is due out on Crosstown Rebels on March 10th. Both the original and remix are stomping. Largely centred around the wonderful vocal from Renegade, they contain some weighty tones that should be hitting a dancefloor near you soon enough.

Feisty for a mid-week listen.

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