Jam-packed full of goodies this one.
A nod must be made to Cin Cin’s sixth release and their split 12” featuring gems from Elliott Lion and New Jackson. London-based Fold finally releases his 3-track EP on Moxie’s On Loop label, Krankbrother recruit Fort Romeau for remix duties and Matthias Reiling, Art Alfie and Coeo bring the funk.
Sweely’s timeless ‘All The Reasons’ finally gets a release on Distant Hawaii and we welcome back Wolf Music with an excellent offering from Hodini. Not to mention the totally exquisite moment from Z-Lovecraft on South London label No Bad Days.
There’s a lot to digest. The pensive ‘Songs For Knotty’ from Ishmael Ensemble should ease you in nicely…
1. DJ Yellow – Ride The Rhythm (Ian Pooley Remix): Ian Pooley adds his Midas touch to this Marshall Jefferson cover from Paris-based DJ Yellow. Compost Records doing the business on this party-starter.
2. Joe Goddard – Music Is The Answer: Joe Goddard’s sophomore solo album ‘Electric Lines’ is coming out on 21st April on Greco-Roman/Domino, and with tunes this catchy it’s certainly one to look out for. For the Londoners amongst you, catch his next solo live show at Heaven on 4th May.
3. Thundercat – Show You The Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins): Thundercat dropped this smooth-as-you-like number featuring the legendary Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald earlier on in the week. It’s a little precursor to his hefty global tour and star-filled LP due out in March – Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell are a just a few of the names featured on the team sheet. Stay tuned.
4. Yaki Incipient – Cracked: This is the second release on new label South Street (see Urulu’s offering for the first) and it’s penned by Yaki Incipient, supposedly an already ‘prominent Dutch house and techno artist’. Mystery aliases aside, the tune’s a thumper and we can’t get enough of the infectious disco loop.
5. Marquis Hawkes – The Burning Light: Marquis Hawkes returns to Aus Music on 10th February with ‘The Sweet Temptation’ EP. ‘The Burning Light’ is the first taster of five tracks in total and it’s sounding euphoric.
Mix of the week’s from London-based Renata and her offering to the Gottwood mix series, just over sixty minutes of balearic goodness, global flavours and chugging house:
Head over to our SoundCloud page for more of our favourite music including recent tracks from Jacques Greene, Gidge and Fold, amongst others.
Not long now until this guy’s debut album finally drops on Greco-Roman (August 19th to be precise), and ‘Fever’ is further proof the Cologne-based producer knows how to pen a feel-good tune.
One of our favourite Colognian producers Roosevelt has finally unveiled plans to release his debut album. ‘Night Moves’ will drop on 19th August courtesy of the UK’s Greco-Roman and Berlin’s City Slang Records.
To mark its launch Roosevelt released the above video which includes two new singles ‘Colours’ and ‘Moving On’. Both tracks encorporate his Balearic, feel-good sound and set the tone nicely for what should be a successful mid-summer LP release. It’s been a long time coming (he could easily be the most-featured artist on HD, we’ve been watching the lad intently since the end of 2012…)
HD took a trip to Islington’s Electrowerkz for a mid-week knees-up last Thursday to catch a Greco-Roman showcase.
Sadly due to our own tardiness paired with apocalyptic scenes on London’s transport networks, we missed out on the delights of Micachu & Tirzah, so first up for us was HD favourite Lxury. He stepped up and played an hour of non-stop groove, throwing on much of his own production along the way. It had been far too long since we’d listened to THIS:
George T, Greco-Roman’s new boy on the block, stepped up next to push us into the early hours. Nicknamed by the label the ‘Gentlemen of Techno’, the Edinburgh-based DJ drove up the tempo and delivered a high-energy set including his latest release ‘I’ll Do Anything’.
As the final hours drew to a close, the label really came into its own. There are few closer and more fun-loving labels than Greco-Roman and as Roosevelt serenely closed things out, the whole GR family was on the dancefloor till the end.
All in all, it was an impressive back-to-basics showcase from one of the most varied labels in the business. With forthcoming releases like Micachu & Tirzah’s wonky pop, ‘90s house jams from George T and the “free-range funk” of Bullion, GR looks set to continue unearthing the weirdest and most wonderful dance music around. We’ll be keeping an eye on them for sure.
The go-to man to soundtrack sunnier climes is back on the scene as the summer steps it up a gear…
‘Hold On’ joins ‘Night Moves’ as t’other half of Roosevelt’s new double A-side which is due for release on Greco-Roman on 10th July. More fun vibes from the Cologne-based producer to add to an ever-increasing catalogue of goodness. Here’s some he did earlier:
Summer is coming and so begins our annual binge on Roosevelt’s sunny vibes. The man from Cologne has gifted us with a new tune jammed with his usual balearic drums, slinky synths and his very own airy vocals. It makes for a sultry listen:
Marius Lauber himself described ‘Night Moves’ as being based on ‘that moment of the night where all kinds of lost souls realise they’re in a boat together’. Have a listen and get in the boat, all the best people are there.
P.S. If you fancy having a little dance to this one live, then get yourself to Lincolnshire’s Lost Village festival on May 23rd-24th, looks set to be a cracker.
The brand new ‘Into The Everywhere’ EP from rising star Lxury is out now on Greco-Roman, and here’s the recent cut, ‘Square 1’. It’s a quirky piece of house-pop which includes a stellar line-up. Daniel Woolhouse from Deptford Goth is on the vocals and the tune’s co-written by Friendly Fires’ frontman Ed Macfarlane. Should be hitting a radio near you soon.
It comes armed with the animated video below, something about African funeral ritual dances, apparently.
A nice salve for the soul this fresh 2015 Tuesday:
We’ve been giving props to Lxury’s brand of soulful house since he blasted onto the scene last year and ‘Let Down’ is another four minutes for the collection. Alongside ‘Pick You Up’, this is a taster of his upcoming Greco-Roman EP, certainly one to look out for in the quiet early year months.
An excellent start to Ms. Mac’s Free Music Mondays in 2015 too…