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Some Like It Hot, Karl – January 2016

At Human Drizzle, we attempt to bring you our favourite musical finds. In almost all cases, these are tracks that we find on SoundCloud, YouTube, Mixcloud or any other file sharing or streaming service. And we love all of the tracks that we post here, or compile in our playlists.

However, it’s one thing to click ‘like’ when a band or producer posts a link to a new track, and it’s quite another to actively seek out and purchase a song. So, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some music which is so good that one listener was compelled to part ways with their hard-earned cash. Our resident DJ, Hot Karl, has been stockpiling records like they’re going out of fashion for some time now. Here we look at ten of our favourite additions to his collection, from the last month, in the hope of sharing some slightly different music with you.

Kicking us off is Dutch producer Junktion, who makes up one half of the excellent deep-disco duo, Fouk. ‘Pale Blue Dot’, a woozy house track with a thumping beat, was released last summer.

Junktion also released on the outstanding ‘Diggin’ Deep Disco #2′ compilation. ‘Sidewalk Salsa’ is another slice of smooth, funky house.

The end of the year ‘top tracks’ list is now a fixture in any music publication’s calendar (you can revisit ours here). Resident Advisor’s tracks of the year rundown is always hotly debated. It is, also, a superb resource for acquainting yourself with tracks that you might have missed in the preceding 12 months. Even better, the arguments in the comments section throw up many more gems. Nods to ‘Cassandra‘ by Donato Dozzy, ‘Carmine‘ by Fit Siegel and the excellent ‘Marine Drive‘ by Florist, all of which could have made it – properly – into this article.

As ever with RA nowadays, Hamburg label Giegling were part of the end-of-year list in most categories. Map.Ache’s ‘The Golden Age’ is a beautiful, slow-burning piece of up-tempo deep house. It brings a smile to our faces every time we hear it, and we can’t wait for the Giegling showcase at Village Underground next month.

No Human Drizzle piece would feel complete without mention of Fort Romeau. We’ve already waxed lyrical about ‘Secret’s & Lies’, but it’s ‘K.O.N.T.R.O.L’ that we want to bring to your attention now. It came out last year and only dropped on our radar thanks to Tim Sweeney’s end-of-year, best of 2015 Beats in Space mix, which is well worth a listen.

Another HD fave, Lorca, has also been in fine form. ‘Creta Kano’ is the a-side of a two-track release on Breach’s Naked Naked Records.

The ‘alt version‘ is great too. Lorca is of course playing alongside Mr Beatnick as part of a Brighton-infused line-up for Human Drizzle Presents on Friday 26 February at Basing House.

This being an article about vinyl, we’re not restricted to talking about the latest releases. This is a good thing, because until this month we had never truly appreciated the amazing Galcher Lustwerk.

As smug as we are to be going to the Giegling night, we are gutted to be missing Galcher Lustwerk the very same evening at Dance Tunnel.

Other notable additions to Karl’s collection feature some modern classics picked up from local record stores or the money-draining Discogs. Damiano Von Eckhart’s Boiler Room brought ‘Wear It Out’ to our attention, from way back in 1979.

Then there’s the up-tempo funk of ‘Into You’ by JD Hall as remixed by Jonathan Morning, a 2005 release on Sunfire Records.

Following in a similar vein is the Masters At Work dub of St Etienne ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ from 1991. An excellent house remix of an already great tune.

To cap off our top records of the month, we’re going to finish with another all-time great: ‘Knight Of The Jaguar’, by DJ Rolando. It’s been a firm favourite since we saw Rødhåd use it to close his set at last summer’s Dekmantel Festival, and it received a re-release in the autumn of 2015.

We hope you agree this is a fitting way to end.

Hot Karl is supporting Lorca and Mr Beatnick at Basing House on Friday 26 February. More details here.

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Hot Karl exclusive Human Drizzle mix

Human Drizzle’s resident DJ, Hot Karl, has pulled together a selection of the year’s best tracks – and some old favourites – to create an expertly-curated 75 minute mix, if we don’t say so ourselves.

Starting with a slow groove, the mix opens with sun-kissed toe-tappers ‘(I Know) What You Want’ by András & Oscar and Jack J’s ‘Thirstin’, before he gently pulls us out to deeper waters with DJ Koze, Frankey & Sandrino and Percussions.

If you live in the UK and you’re feeling down due to the impending sun-less six months ahead, this is a little reminder of being back on that beach/lounger/super-yacht.

Hot Karl will of course be opening things up for Ben Gomori, NVOY and our yet-to-be-announced special guest headliner at Human Drizzle Presents – Basing House next Friday 25 September.

Early bird tickets will cease to be available this evening – we encourage you buy before the price increase.

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Human Drizzle Presents…xxxy and Fort Romeau @ Plan B, Brixton

Human Drizzle Presents is returning this December 5th, to Brixton’s Plan B – tickets available here.

We’ve taken some time out since our last party at Canavan’s. The aim was to take our Human Drizzle nights to the next level. We return now with a stellar line up at our biggest venue, and a belief that this is our boldest night yet.

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The strength of a night can only really be judged by the quality of those performing, and we’re extremely proud to present to you two of the finest DJing talents currently operating on the European underground club scene; Berlin’s xxxy and London’s Fort Romeau.

Berlin-based Mancunian xxxy has built up a powerful following thanks to his signature blend of UKG and house. He has released, prolifically, on Ten Thousand Yen, Rinse, More Music, Well Rounded and Infrasonics, and his Rinse FM show has only strengthened his position as a unique and highly regarded voice on the UK underground scene.

2014 has been a consistently brilliant year for xxxy on the production front. In June, he released ‘Never Enough’ on Rinse; an up-tempo deep house banger, with a flicker of electro underneath a diva vocal sample.

That release also included ‘No More’, an emotive, oscillating house track.

Then, in August, came the ‘Goldfish’ EP on Doc Daneeka’s Ten Thousand Yen. The B-Side ‘Evade’, was more melodic yet less muscular than ‘Goldfish’, showing the flexibility in xxxy’s production.

Whichever direction xxxy’s productions take him in, his work always displays an acute appreciation for the dancefloor. 2012’s ‘Everything’ EP was no exception; three blinding party tracks, with none better than ‘Everything’.

To truly understand the scope of xxxy’s talent, though, you really have to go to the longer form. His slot on Rinse FM never disappoints, with May’s two-hour session particularly diverse.

We’re extremely excited that he’s making the trip over from Berlin for this night and we cannot wait to see him in action.

Fort Romeau’s brand of thoughtful disco and deftly crafted house has earned him a passionate fan base, with high quality releases on Live At Robert Johnson and Ghostly International. ‘The rainy day Todd Terje’ has enjoyed a relentless 2014 touring schedule, including a number of impressive festival slots, a mini-tour to the US and a couple of stints in the booth at Panorama Bar.

Long-time readers of Human Drizzle will have seen his releases mentioned on these pages frequently. His remix work is impressive enough, reworking Gold Panda and Jacques Greene to great effect in the last 18 months.

But it’s his own production work that really catches the eye. There is an understated class running through his releases, be it in in the restraint of ‘Stay True’, the old skool disco vibes of ‘I Knew’, or the smooth deep house of ‘Jetée’.

This is the tip of the iceberg in terms of what to expect from both of these guys, and we cannot stop ourselves from reiterating the pride in the Human Drizzle camp for securing them for this night.

In support, our old friends and long-time collaborators Paradise Forum will be supplying the residents of Brixton with their usual blend of funk, soul and house.

Finally, Human Drizzle’s very own Hot Karl will be running through some of the tracks of the year, for those keen to get down their nice and early.

To cap things off, we have a sensational venue hosting us. Plan B has long been one of London’s best clubs, and a look through the acts that have performed there in 2014 alone shows the regard it is held in.

This promises to be a massive night, one that we’re hugely excited about spending with you.

Earlybird tickets are on sale now – step this way to secure yours.

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