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:
Lose yourself in this DFA-inspired collaboration:
As a Christmas gift, DFA have put out a free remix from New Build, the next move from two members of Hot Chip (Al & Felix, not these two reprobates). UK house producer Table Man spins ‘Pour it On’ out into a faintly tropical but low-key piano house track. It’s lovely.
They’ve commandeered both heavyweights Nick Hoppner and Tim Goldsworthy to lend a hand, with the DFA Records co-founder’s remix available to stream now. Using his own vocals, he’s stretched out a slick almost ten minutes version of the tune.
As a further bonus, Dauwd himself rounds off the line-up on the EP with a ‘Dub Version’ of ‘Silverse’. Similarly smooth, this.
John Maclean, better known as The Juan Maclean, has completely out done himself here. He’s teamed up with Nancy Whang to create one of our favourite party tunes of the year. You may recognise Ms Whang as featuring on previous songs not only by The Juan Maclean but also LCD Soundsystem, and this track has got their label-family DFA Records written all over it.
The vocal stabs, gorgeous piano loop and simple lyrics come together to create over 8 minutes of proper feel-good music. All involved, we salute you.
Vito de Luca has had his wicked way with Aus producer/singer Surahn’s ‘Wonderful’ and it exudes (late) summer goodtimes. You can download it for free here, or pick up a hard copy for yourself, together with a Miami Horror remix, later this month.
Come on, wake up. Time to get cracking.
‘Factory Floor’ is due out on 9 September and, if ‘Turn It Up’ is anything to go by, they’ve settled in nicely at new home DFA. Is that a cowbell we hear?
Tip of the cap to Max Joseph and the Red Bull Music Academy for producing this documentary on the excellent independent outfit, DFA Records. Narrated by comedian Marc Maron, this is a great insight into the independent label that’s released 141 12’’ singles and 34 albums since 2001. Shed some light on whether DFA is a “dumb fucking acronym” for “Disco for assholes”, what people look like when they dance to DFA, and how 12 years ago the label began making dorky white people accept dance music in the indie rock world.
It’s impossible to rate such great music, but here’s three of our favourite DFA records to date. Happy 12th Birthday…
LCD Soundsystem: Get Innocuous!
Hercules & The Love Affair: Blind
The Juan Maclean: Happy House
After a five year hiatus, The Rapture have finally decided to return to their DFA roots and are on the brink of releasing their fourth studio album. If the new single ‘How Deep is Your Love?’ is anything to go by, the album’s going to be superb. The song is centred on an irresistible piano loop that evokes classic house music, and the mood is enhanced by various handclapping and percussive treats flirting in the background. Even Luke Jenner’s almost-out-of-tune yawping makes you want to move. The second the saxophone creeps in you realise the Brooklyn now-three-piece are in fine form. This tune is oozing with groove and makes the prospect of the imminent ‘In The Grace Of Your Love’ album an exciting prospect. Hopefully it’ll bring about echoes of their previous success.