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Tessellate @ Corsica Studios, 16.01.15

We can’t get enough of Fort Romeau right now. Having welcomed him to the decks for our night at Plan B in December and swooned over his latest release on Ghostly just today, here we are imploring you to catch him at Corsica Studios on Friday night. Whatever next?

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The South London man will find himself on home turf and in good company on Friday, with Genius of Time headlining and Baba Stiltz also on the bill. The former’s ‘Juno Jam’ was one of the most compelling listens of 2014, with the Swedish duo on many people’s radars since the 2010 release of ‘Same Old Place’. And to get a sense of what Baba Stiltz will be laying down, check out his recent mix for Tim Sweeney:

All in all it’s another compelling line-up from the excellent Tessellate, who have gone from strength to strength since their launch in 2013. You’d be well-advised to read more on Facebook or just bypass that entirely and grab one of the remaining 100 tickets on Resident Advisor.

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Slothboogie @ The Cat & Mutton, 03.04.14

Londoners really are spoilt this bank holiday weekend. With Real Nice attracting Cassius across La Manche to play on Sunday night at Pulse, the extended weekend leaves plenty of room for an afternoon session on Saturday. If you’re in the market for one, the kind people at Slothboogie are putting on just such an affair at newly-refurbished London Fields boozer, the Cat & Mutton. We suggest you check your ex isn’t going here, then make the necessary arrangements. To get you in the mood, here’s their blissed-out summer mix, somewhat optimistically posted a few weeks ago.

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Real Nice presents: Monkey Safari

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If you find you find yourself out and about in London this weekend (it happens), you would be well-advised to head down to Real Nice‘s party at Crucifix Lane. True to form, they have looked far and wide when putting together the line-up for this one – and have lured Monkey Safari all the way from Halle in Germany to south east London. The fraternal double act promise to put on quite a show – tuck into recent single ‘Watching the Stars’ for a taste of what to expect.

Support comes from Sixth Avenue Express, who impressed at the last Human Drizzle shindig at Bar 512 and whose ‘I See’ EP meanders from measured house to disco bonanza in a way that your ears will really appreciate. Give it a spin below, and get yourself down to this party tomorrow night if you happen to be in London.

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Review: Clean Bandit @ Brixton Electric, 26.10.13

Clean Bandit are going to get very, very big. If Human Drizzle were a marketing agency, that is what we might describe as the ‘key takeout’ from Saturday night’s barnstorming show at London’s 1500-capacity Brixton Electric.

Human Drizzle isn’t a marketing agency, so we won’t – but the point remains. We have made our feelings on Clean Bandit very clear, have had the pleasure of seeing them several times in the past – and while their previous shows have been full of mischievous energy and vibrant melody, they have also been pretty much identical. We’re not going to sit here and tell you that finishing your set with a cover of Dario G’s seminal ‘Sunchyme’ is in any way a bad thing (it’s not) but it’s not a trick that bears much repeating.

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All of which explains our delight at the sheer novelty of Saturday’s set – with a veritable avalanche of new material. ‘Novelty’ is a word Clean Bandit must fight against, and it is true that the classical elements could occasionally be better-integrated with their overall sound. Violinist Neil Amin-Smith spends more time grooving than playing, and a closer interplay between strings and beats (as on brilliant debut single ‘Mozart’s House’) would counter accusations that the presence of a violin and a cello constitute little more than gimmickry.

The fact is though, that these are minor gripes when the tunes are so good. ‘Dust Clears’ is a triumph and ‘A&E’ has the place jumping, but it is the new ones that are most revealing. A track that will presumably be called ‘No Place I’d Rather Be’ reeks of chart success. It encapsulates Clean Bandit’s blend of 90s nostalgia and contemporary sensibilities, of intelligence and fun, and (at the risk of sounding like Louis Walsh) it has ‘hit record’ written all over it.

Clean Bandit also deserve credit for their live show. On Saturday they were fronted by Elisabeth Troy, who lent her vocals to bona fide classics like MJ Cole’s ‘Crazy Love’ and, still more prestigiously, appeared on these pages last year following a collaboration with B Traits. Several other singers appeared during the set, including the charismatic Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka for ‘Mozart’s House’.

Some feel that the rotating cast of vocalists is distracting, but it also keeps things fresh and diverts attention away from the traditional frontperson onto the (incredibly talented) musicians around them. The aforementioned strings can be genuinely affecting, while the Patterson brothers comprise a compelling rhythm section at the back of the stage. Jack beavers away masterfully on a variety of instruments, devices and controllers whilst younger brother Luke is a blur of frenzied control on the drums. Crucially, and unlike many artists performing ‘live’, there is a visible correlation throughout between action and sound.

With the definition of live performance increasingly problematic, there is a real sense when watching Clean Bandit that you are witnessing something unique. And if you want to do so in small(ish) venues, we suggest you get on it soon – because they’re about to be huge.

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Needwant with Eddie C @ Basing House, 07.09.13

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London label Needwant have been running nights at Shoreditch’s Basing House for some time now, with one line-up standing out as particularly fruity back in January. Heavy snowfall disrupted Ejeca‘s travel plans that evening but, with summer still desperately clinging on in the British Isles, next Saturday’s headliner Eddie C should have no such problems.

For those not familiar with the unimaginatively-monikered Canadian, check out his recent mix for Beats in Space (below). He’s a seasoned veteran with a taste for disco and funk that is a pleasing antidote to the humourlessness that pervades many a London club night. Support comes from Pete Herbert, whose ambient tones will further enhance what promises to be a top night.

Sound good? Head to our Facebook page to win yourself a shiny pair of tickets – or to Resident Advisor to buy some.

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Human Drizzle Presents

We are very pleased to announce the details of the third instalment of Human Drizzle Presents, due to take place on Saturday 3rd August.

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We’re chuffed to be working with The Hive Project in taking over the fantastic space at The Yard Theatre and welcoming three DJs into the intimate space in Hackney Wick for your dancefloor delectation. Earlybird tickets are practically being given away at £6 a pop right now – so what better time to grab yours from Resident Advisor and then tell all your friends about it on Facebook?

Over the course of the evening we shall be welcoming the following DJs to play:

BEN GOMORI

VANILLA ACE

COPY PASTE SOUL

If you’re not familiar with their work, allow us to introduce them:

First of all we welcome jack of all trades Ben Gomori. The multi-talented producer, DJ, A&R scout and radio host first stole our hearts back in October last year with his nothing-short-of-glorious remix of Dan Croll’s ‘From Nowhere’. It’s so good we placed it at number five in our Top Ten Tracks of 2012.

Since then he’s been running his own excellent weekly podcast ‘Turned On’, dabbling with a hosting slot on the Eastern Electrics podcast, and hunting for fresh talent as A&R scout for London-based electronic music label Glasgow Underground. Wrap your ears round this re-work of Bobby Brown’s classic ‘Two Can Play That Game’ we featured back in April, it’s a summer jam if we ever heard one:

We’re also thrilled to have Vanilla Ace playing. Having had releases on Toolroom Records, Off Recordings and Ministry Of Sound and having cropped up on mixes left, right and centre (including two appearances on The Magician’s Magic Tape Series), his brilliant blend of lively disco and deep house confirms Vanilla Ace as one of our favourite budding London producers.

Here’s our pick of his bunch, so to speak:

Headlining the night is red-hot London producer, Copy Paste Soul. 2013 has seen a steady rise for CPS after two excellent releases on the super-cool Exploited Records, the first being ‘Look At Me’:

With support slots for David August and Isaac Tichauer already in the diary, we’ve no doubt he’ll be in fine form to get everyone’s feet shuffling on 3rd August.

Head to his Soundcloud to hear more of his material. As well as his recent ‘Blink’ EP above, you’ll find a whole lot more, along with his remixes for heavyweights such as Deadmau5 and Photek. For an idea of the kind of infectious sets he throws down, check these two mixes out. The first one he did for Exploited Records, the latter for T Williams’s Rinse FM show. Slide the cursor one hour in for that one.

Human Drizzle, offline. We’ve got three top DJs laying down some mighty fine tunes in this unique and intimate venue.

We can barely contain our excitement – see you down there.

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Future Disco with Benoit & Sergio and Juan Maclean @ Corsica Studios, 01.06.14

This Saturday Future Disco return to Corsica Studios for something of a DFA-fest. The label’s Juan Maclean provides support for DC-based duo, Benoit & Sergio. Further back-up comes in the form of The Mekanism and FD head honcho, Sean Brosnan – but the main draws are likely to be Benoit & Sergio’s dreamy floor-fillers (such as ‘New Ships’ below) and Juan Maclean’s slightly harder-edged house grooves. Future Disco have been kind enough to lob a pair of tickets our way: go here to win them, or here to buy some.

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Human Drizzle Presents @ The Bussey Building

Thanks everyone: more photos to come in the next 24hrs on https://www.facebook.com/HumanDrizzle

And whilst you’re here, why not listen to our April playlist? It’s top.

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Dems & Only Real for free, 28.01.13

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This coming Monday, Londoners are being treated to free gigs by not one but two HD favourites, Dems and Only Real. Dems are celebrating the release of the excellent ‘Christabel’ with a free show at Birthdays in London’s fashionable Dalston. We posted about the track when it first emerged last month, but for those averse to link-clicking, here it is again:

Lovely, we’re sure you’ll agree. Meanwhile Only Real is providing more high quality free entertainment, with his own single launch just a snowball’s throw away at the Shacklewell Arms. Said single is a double A-side of ‘Backseat Kissers’ and ‘Blood Carpet’:

Two amazing artists; two great venues; all for free. This may just be the best Monday night’s entertainment Dalston has ever seen.

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Casino Times & Ejeca @ Basing House, Friday 18th January

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This is one to get excited about.

Label of the moment Needwant have put together a belter of a line-up this Friday at Basing House. If you’re planning to be within a few hundred miles of London this weekend, we recommend you prioritise a visit (that trip to IKEA really can wait. You don’t even really need to go.)

Headlining are Casino Times. The creators of our sixth favourite record of 2012 (no less) are on fire. ‘I Wanna Know’ was accompanied by ‘Trust’ at the end of last year, and new track ‘Heart Strings’ picks up where these two house bangers left off. It’s been an impressive few months from the Oxford duo and they promise to whip up what can only be described as a dancefloor frenzy on Friday.

Also playing is Ejeca, who was responsible for some of the fruitiest beats of 2012, including the ubiquitous ‘Horizon’this gorgeous Panama remix and ‘You’, his moody collaboration with fellow Northern Irishmen Bicep. ‘Natal’ is his new one, and it’s a cracker:

Support is provided by Needwant boss Sean Brosnan (not to be confused with his namesake, Pierce Brosnan’s son. For the avoidance of doubt, their respective LinkedIn profiles can be found here and here). The one we’re concerned with here is an extremely well-respected DJ, amongst plenty of other things. For more info on him, this interview from last year is great.

“But how can I get tickets for this musical extravaganza?”, we hear you ask. Well, you can buy tickets here.

Alternatively, we’ve teamed up with Needwant to give away a pair of tickets. Just let us know your favourite track of the year so far (in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitterand the tickets could be yours. We’ll pick a winner at midday on Thursday (to give you time to mentally prepare yourselves), and we’ll use your answers to inform our January playlist (our Best of 2012 one is here).

Job’s a good ‘un.

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