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Dolly Parton – Jolene (Todd Terje Remix)

If you’re fed up of winter, there are few things more cheering than news of a remix from everyone’s favourite Norwegian, Todd Terje.  This time he was set the task of remixing Dolly Parton’s seminal ballad ‘Jolene’ as part of T Magazine’s tribute to the queen of country music. A preview emerged in December, and now we have the full version:

Terje is careful to leave Parton’s voice to shine, instead focusing on dialling up the tune’s waltzing bassline and Flamenco-style guitar. He delays her powerful vocal until almost halfway through the track, setting the stage perfectly in what feels more like an homage than a remix.

This rework of Parton joins an illustrious roster of classic edits from TT, including his majestic ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’,  an exceptional effort on Chic’s ‘I Want Your Love‘ and the never-ending groove of KC & the Sunshine Band’s ‘I Get Lifted.

So cheer up, close your eyes, and think of summer months ahead listening to music like this.

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Yuksek Boiler Room & Brackles on Rinse

Couple of mixes from a couple of favourites here:

After their tempting offer for our Parisian readers last week, Boiler Room have now put up some of the mixes from the night, and we think Yuksek’s is the pick of the bunch.

Continuing our affair with the Rinse podcasts, we also bring you the latest from Brackles, who doesn’t disappoint with a garage-flavoured romp through the more urban end of dance music, if you’ll forgive the 1xtra vocab.

Both of ‘em are worth the extended listen.

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Toyboy & Robin – Better Places (feat. Alex Adams)

‘Better Places’ is the new one from Toyboy & Robin, and it’s right up our street. Deploying the same ear for a melody that made ‘Jaded’ one of our favourite dancefloor moments of 2013, ‘Better Places’ features the considerable falsetto vocal talents of Alex Adams. It also gives you the unmistakeable feeling that it’s going to be very big.

Like Clean Bandit’s chart-slaying ‘Rather Be’, ‘Better Places’ combines a 90s sensibility with a memorable pop hook and all manner of nostalgic summer vibes. It even has a guitar line that calls to mind the great Daryl Braithwaite – and we would be very surprised if it isn’t very soon providing the soundtrack to your summer. Toyboy & Robin release the ‘Better Places’ EP on Chase & Status’ MTA Records on 17th March, and you can expect very big things from them (and Mr. Adams) in 2014.

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Sam Sparro – Hang On 2 Your Love (PIXELATED REMIX)

Pixelated have given an extra bounce to Sam Sparro’s hit from last year, ‘Hang On 2 Your Love’. It’s a catchy vocal, but the New York duo have dressed it up perfectly as dancefloor fodder. There’s some refreshingly clean cut fun to be had in this tune.

And here’s one they made earlier for Poolside:

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Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)

When we saw Clean Bandit live last month, we wrote this:

“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.”

We were wrong about the title, but we stand by the rest. It appeared on Thursday, is called ‘Rather Be’, features Jess Glynne on vocals, and is Clean Bandit’s most pop moment to date. It’s a very easy listen and, with another stonking video and a genuinely anthemic chorus, it’s hard to see ‘Rather Be’ being anything other than absolutely huge.

Quite right too, if you ask us.

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Jerome LOL – Always Ft Sara Z

As paid-up fans of the sadly-departed LOL Boys, we at HD were always going to take great interest in what Jerome LOL did next. Well…..

‘Always’ is the first cut from his ‘Deleted/Fool’ EP, out on Friends of Friends 04/02, and it’s a shuffling, upbeat four minutes featuring the vocal talents of Sara Z. Whets the appetite nicely for the EP, we’d say.

Whilst this is his first solo EP, he’s not been lounging around this past year. He self-released two, dancier (yup, it’s a word) singles that are both worth a listen, check ‘em out:

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S-Type – Rosario

Couple of LuckyMe gems here. Straight up diamonds, no rough involved. 

First up is another uplifting piece of video game electronica from Glasgow’s S-Type, ripped from labelmate Eclair Fifi’s Radio One show last week. ‘Rosiari’ hits the electronic shelves soon, all packaged up as LM017: 

Also getting an airing on the ‘In New DJs We Trust’ starlet’s show was the full-length version of HudMo’s remix of Jackson and his Computer Band’s ‘Vista’: 

Both are hi-vis, high fizz bursts of dance music, and they deserve a listen.

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Todd Edwards Essential Mix

Something time-limited for you here.

We recommend, nay insist, that you head over to the Radio 1 website and listen to producer-extraordinaire Todd Edwards’ Essential Mix. Get it HERE whilst it’s hot (and legally available).

It’s two hours of mostly originals, including this exclusive version of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ and ‘Something About Us’:

It’s Essential.

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Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game (Ben Gomori’s 4Play Re​-​Edit)

Guess what? HD favourite Ben Gomori has only gone and followed up his amusingly-titled recent Justin Timberlake remix with a rework of Bobby Brown’s classic 90s anthem, ‘Two Can Play That Game’. Yeah, we know!

He strings out the opening and keeps you waiting for what is one of the more iconic piano riffs of the last century (or any century for that matter) but it’s worth the wait. The drop at 02:22 is really splendid, and the rest of the track is very nice dancefloor fodder.

For more Ben, listen to his podcast Turned On, and/or (preferably and) his new Chapel Club remix:

Oh, and stay tuned for some exciting Gomori-themed news from us…

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Hudson Mohawke – Pleasure

We apologise in advance for the intense feeling of missing out when you’ve read this post.

Following a limited run vinyl release back in 2011, ‘Pleasure’ is a Janet Jackson-flecked piece of joy from Numbers man Hudson Mohawke. Please, please listen to it before kicking off your Bank Holiday weekender:

The imprint that put out this goodtimes tune was the specially created label, Pleasure Principle. This has now morphed into the all-star surfing holiday festival in Newquay that kicks off next month, and ‘Pleasure’ is a teaser for that. The three days are jam-packed with essential listening, not least HD regulars from Joy Orbison, TNGHT and Rustie. To assuage the FOMOs, get a ticket here or try your luck with FACT’s ticket giveaway here.

In case it wasn’t clear, we wish we were going.

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