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TIEKS – The Number

This week Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday features ‘The Number’, an exclusive track from TIEKS (aka Mark Tieku). TIEKS has worked with Florence & The Machine and Duke Dumont, and had support from the likes of Eton Messy, Zoo Music and Atlantic Records.

‘Sing That Song’ established the tone of TIEKS’s solo work, and while ‘The Number’ swaps female vocals for spoken samples, it has the same emphasis on catchy riffs and real groove. The track contains a lovely drop at 01:18, and Mr Tieku repeats the trick several times after that, and all in all it’s a very nice little shuffler, thank you very much.

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Few Nolder – Chall

‘Chall’ by Few Nolder is the second release from Boso, the new(ish) label from Lithuanian producer and erstwhile bassonist Ten Walls. He set the label up with Needwant and Future Disco boss Sean Brosnan and, given that its first release was Ten Walls’s ubiquitous orchestral masterpiece ‘Walking with Elephants, expectations are high. Few Nolder (aka TW’s compatriot Linas Strockis) lives up to them, and ‘Chall’ is a delightfully moody piece of melodic techno. Long live Lithuania, basically.

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Bombay Bicycle Club – Feel (UNKLE Reconstruction)

It seems unlikely that very-inoffensive-but-actually-rather-good balladeers Bombay Bicycle Club would have come to mind when UNKLE were pondering their next move. But thank goodness they did. This ‘reconstruction’ (no less) of BBC’s ‘Feel’ is only the second official remix from James Lavelle’s sonic pioneers in the last four years, and it’s a really lovely piece of music.

Trading the original‘s jaunty countenance for an altogether more epic mood, this brilliantly-layered rework develops into a hands-in-the-air stomper that evokes another 90s throwback, Andrew Weatherall’s excellent remix of Moby’s ‘Another Perfect Life’ from last year. And it’s brilliant.

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Tourist – I Can’t Keep Up

HD fave Tourist is onto a winner yet again with ‘I Can’t Keep Up’, another piece of anthemic electro-pop from the rising star. Londoner Will Heard provides the lung power on this heartfelt number, backed by Tourist’s trademark sound. He can interweave those chopped up vocals with the building synths till the cows come home – it’s stirring stuff:

This will be released on the highly-anticipated ‘Patterns’ EP, due out soon on Disclosure’s label, Method Records. Not only will the above be joining ‘Together’ on the release (the smash hit was placed securely in our Best of 2013 Playlist), but reliable sources inform us a certain Lianne La Havas may be featuring on it too.

To jog the memory:

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Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Collapse

Mixing up the tempo a little bit with this one. The tune’s called ‘Collapse’ and is by Vancouver Sleep Clinic. Also known as Tim Bettinson, he creates atmospheric sounds all the way from Brisbane, Australia. Although he caused a stir with ‘Vapour’ a few months back, he’s due to release an EP with the following, details to follow soon.

There’s nothing totally original about Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s work. There sure is an irresistible fragility to his voice that draws immediate comparisons to Mr Iver – but that doesn’t bother us when the music is this good. It’s delicate and it’s heavy with emotion, and coming from a seventeen year old there’s a lot of potential here. Feast your ears on ‘Vapour’ if you missed it:

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London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years EP

As if they weren’t already one of the most hyped bands in the UK at the moment, London Grammar’s collaboration with Disclosure will undoubtedly make superstars of them yet. ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ is the wonderfully laidback final track on ‘Settle’, spruced up considerably by the injection of Hannah from LG’s verging-on-the-gothic vocals. Even though their input on Disclosure’s track is noteworthy, it’s the London trio’s new ‘Wasting My Young Years’ EP we’d like to draw your attention to. The title track has already firmly secured itself as one of our favourite pop tracks of the year:

The EP comes with not one but four remixes. Even though the other three are worth hunting down, it’s innovative beat maker Star Slinger’s effort that really shines for us.

Catch them at loadsa festivals this Summer before a UK tour in October…

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Jee Day – Sum of Love

‘Sum of Love’ is the new one from Jee Day (aka NYC producer and Run Roc Records boss, Dennis ‘DJ’ McNany). Featuring a sugary vocal from Jee Young Sim, it’s a woozy disco anthem for summer, and it’s really very likeable indeed. Furthermore, the inestimable Lauer has only gone and stretched it into a more cerebral house remix:

Both are out on Beats In Space and can be exchanged for money right here.

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Touch Sensitive – Pizza Guy (Lauer Remix)

Lovely slow build on this remix from German producer Lauer. He knows how to draw you in and stretch things out perfectly. Original’s by Touch Sensitive, is out on Future Classic and is similarly rousing.

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Daughter – Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover)

When you’ve been up all night to get some, had some fun and got lucky, you might want to plug in this down tempo cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ by Daughter. The UK band covered it for Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show ahead of their debut album release. It’s called ‘If You Leave’ and is out on Glassnote Records today! Here’s our favourite from it, a sad little number entitled ‘Youth’.

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Lane 8 – So Much

Regular visitors to these pages (hi there) will know that we are big, big fans of Lane 8. So you can imagine our delight when we received ‘So Much’ from him this week, along with a bit of context.

He was doing a remix for Snowden last year, and was “blown away” by the vocal on their single ‘Keep Quiet’. So he decided (in the words of the man himself) “to timestretch Jordan’s haunting vocal line “is it so much me to ask?” so that it sounded almost like a girl singing the part.”

The end result is a melodic, end-of-the-night slow-burner that’s very easy on the ear (and free to download above).

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