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Top 5 Tracks of the Week

1. Krankbrother – Disappear Here: The Brothers Clancy bring the atmos in the B-side to their ‘Dreamscape’ EP. It’s over eight minutes of balearic goodness and joins the Fort Romeau remix we featured last week. Without doubt an EP worth parting ways with your hard-earned cash for.

2. Ten Fe – Twist Your Arm (Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas Remix): The list of guest artists on this Ten-Fe remix EP is ludicrous. UNKLE, Ewan Pearson, Tom Furse and Roman Flugel. They all join this effort from cosmic disco veterans Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas.

3. OCTO CHAMP – Said You Were: OCTO CHAMP, the south London (and occasionally Glaswegian) producer, video director and one half of party series Rigid Disco, is the latest to join the Let’s Go Swimming label ranks. Their fourth release comes in the form of his new four track EP entitled ‘Not Quite Here Yet’. ‘Said You Were’ is the second A-side and the bumping bass, colourful vocal and infectious drum patterns are a tasty teaser of more goodness to come.

Go see him IRL at LGS’ next party at The Waiting Room on Saturday 18th March.

4. Recloose – No I Don’t: Second cut from the Brooklyn-based producer’s forthcoming ‘Spirit Knows’ EP and it’s an earworm. Hits the shelves on Monday, bookmark it.

5. Deltawerk – Corridor (Marvin & Guy Mix): Italian duo Marvin & Guy get the call up for remix duties on Deltawerk’s second EP, serving up a tense ten minute work-out that joins Audiojack’s remix on the release. And the original’s worth a listen too.

The latest instalment in Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel mix series is worth a visit for a trip down memory lane. Metronomy’s Joe Mount rediscovers some of his favourites from seven years ago, whilst peppering the hour with a few newbies too.

For more new music, head over to our SoundCloud for gems this week from Marquis Hawkes, Seb Wildblood and DJ Koze.

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The Invisible – Life’s Dancers (Floating Points Remix)

Floating Points has stretched out The Invisible’s ‘Life Dancers’ giving the London band’s latest single more space and added orchestration. A relaxing and reflective number to join the original and ‘First Time’, a track FP co-wrote with The Invisible, on this Ninja Tune vinyl release.


Bonobo – Flashlight

Great news everyone. After two years of solid touring with his incredible LP ‘North Border’, Bonobo is back in the studio doing his thing. ‘Flashlight’ gives you a bit of extra bounce in your step, with a lush selection of warm guitars and airy synths, backed up by garage-infused drum rhythms. No one does ‘instrumental’ quite like Simon Green, and this track is just as compelling as classics such as ‘Cirrus’ and ‘Les Labas’. Check it out

Green returns to long-time label mates Ninja Tune for the EP, due out on December 1st.  Put it in your diaries.

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Kelis – Rumble (Breach Remix)

Guys, wake up.

That should have done the job. Breach continues his hot streak with the latest in a slew of remixes from Kelis’s new ‘Food’ LP on Ninja Tune; it’s a shot of cheerful house to shake off those cobwebs to.

And, as we’re here, this is our pick of the wider bunch of Kelis reworks, from our old pals Mount Kimbie:

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Bonobo – The North Borders

It’s nice to see someone with a bit of experience behind them on these pages, a refreshing break from all these young whippersnappers (don’t see that word written very much). Bonobo‘s first release was in 1999 and he’s still got it, oh yes. ‘The North Borders’ LP is his latest take on British electronica and the first single, ‘First Fires’ has a lush new video for your enjoyment:

And here’s a couple more from the album to prolong the high:

Full disclosure – HD have a vested interest in bigging Bonobo up as he’s headlining Beacons Festival in sunny Skipton, a stop on our festival tour this summer. We need him full of confidence and at the top of his game – you can do it Simon!

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FaltyDL – ‘She Sleeps’ (Gang Gang Dance Remix)

Now this is a nice jam.

‘She Sleeps’ from FaltyDL’s new LP, ‘Hardcourage’ (available to stream on Resident Advisor here) has been garnering some serious praise for its laid-back feel and well-chosen guest vocalist in Friendly Fires’ Ed MacFarlane. And now it has a slightly more scatter-brained but oh-so-catchy remix from Brooklyn oddballs Gang Gang Dance. Whilst undoubtedly poppier than some of their previous output it still has some of their famous ‘bung-it-at-the-wall and see what sticks’ approach (credit to FACT for the phrasing) that made tunes such as ‘First Communion’ such fun to listen to.

For those of you in the depths of winter, we think this sounds like the Coming of Spring…

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Jesse Boykins III & MeLo-X – The Perfect Blues (Jacques Greene Remix)

After some meatier releases, HD fave Jacques Greene has toned things down a little here and delivered a warm embrace of a remix:
He’s taken on ‘The Perfect Blues’ from singer/songwriter Jesse Boykins III and producer/MC MeLo-X’s collaboration album, ‘Zulu Guru’, with satisfying results.  Jacques has kept the soulful vocals but woven in a relaxed house beat and some muffled synths. It makes us feel safe. Here’s the original for the inquisitive amongst you:
Manic American Machinedrum has also had a crack at a rework and put his inimitable beat-driven stamp on it:
Different reworks, different vibes. Both good. Simple as.
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FaltlyDL – Straight & Arrow (Four Tet & Gold Panda Remixes)

FaltyDL is releasing his new single ‘Straight & Arrow’ in November and, as per, it’s top notch. It’s all glitchy samples and emotive vocals, with an overall warm vibe provoking blind excitement for the album, ‘Hardcourage’, on the shelves in January 2013.  What’s really exciting with this delightful Ninja Tune release is the stellar line-up on the remixing duties, in Four TetGold Panda and Mike Q. Four Tet serves up a part-hazy, part techno-scatter of a track that gets better every time you hear it, and Gold Panda puts his usual dream-like stamp on the tune. Stream all below; which one takes your fancy?

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The Invisible – Wings (Floating Points Remix)

A moulding of The Invisible and Floating Points was only going to produce great music, and they haven’t disappointed. Eglo Records co-chief Sam Shepherd (Floating Points’ real-world name) has drawn out and injected atmosphere into ‘Wings’, the new single from The Invisible’s second album, ‘Rispah’.

Listen to a radio rip above or hear the full track exclusively on the Guardian website here.

Both collaborators have clear influences: Radiohead for The Invisible and Four Tet for Floating Points, and frankly it’s a credit to them that you can draw those parallels so easily. Building on frontman/producer Dave Okumo’s soulful guitar riff, the song meanders wistfully through the original‘s electro-rock structure. Real dreamy.

Out July 9th on London’s Ninja Tune (who also have ‘Rispah’ available to stream on their soundcloud) we say get a copy for Dave, who was recently electrocuted during a gig in Nigeria and broke his leg. Cheer him up, cheer you up. Everyone’s a winner.

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