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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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Sylas – Shore

Superlative second offering from Sylas:

We featured the moody and melancholic B-side ‘Hollow’ last week, and today we’re treated to the promising lead track from the London duo’s forthcoming ‘Shore’ EP.

Although sombre in mood from the off, ‘Shore’ grows in gravitas as the tune develops. The production’s warm and emphatic and the vocals are faultless – this one’s going to get a lot of attention wethinks. The EP’s out November 24th on the trusty Aesop label, and features an as-yet-unheard track called ‘Layer’ featuring London producer Jelani Blackman and the one and only Brian Eno. Intriguing.

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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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Jacques Greene – Phantom Vibrate EP

FINALLY. The new Jacques Greene EP, ‘Phantom Vibrate’ is out, on Glasgow’s finest, LuckyMe Records. The almost-Gospel like ‘Feel What’ was uploaded yesterday, joining track number one from the EP, ‘No Excuse’ – a heart on the sleeve slice of future RnB.

Both below, grab the EP here.

 

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No Artificial Colours – Reach For Me ft. Alex Mills

The newest members to join the PMR Records family? South East London’s Ryan Ellis and Lewis Wright, aka No Artificial Colours.

After releasing the excellent ‘Crying Wolf’ EP on Kerri Chandler’s Madtech Records and causing hot fuss over that Cyril Hahn remix last year, NAC will be following in the footsteps of Disclosure, Julio Bashmore and T. Williams by releasing ‘Reach For Me’ on Acton’s finest label in the not too distant future. It’s an understated affair with a sultry vocal from London’s Alex Mills. Enjoy:

 

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KHUSHI – In The Sun

One to ease you in:

London-based KHUSHI released his (their?) debut EP back in early March via London-based label Laissez Faire Club, and this gem of a track ‘In The Sun’ surfaced online a few days ago. With its flawless vocals, controlled drumming and hazy soundscapes, it’s got the makings of a wonderful pop song. Be sure to give him (them?) a like on Facebook to stay tuned.

This one caused a stir last year too, rightfully so:

 

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Youan – We Back

Fidgety number from Youan, serves as the ninth release in Eton Messy’s Free Download series. For a different tempo, check out Youan’s recent edit of How To Dress Well’s ‘Words I Don’t Remember’, similarly showcased by the Bristol taste-makers at the start of the month:

While we’re on it, London beatsmiths Toyboy & Robin have had a go at this one by HTDW too.

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Tourist – Patterns

Tourist continues to deliver with his recent collaboration with Lianne La Havas. Joining ‘I Can’t Keep Up’ and ‘Together’ (one of the standouts of 2013, for us), ‘Patterns’ is the title track from his brand new EP, out on Disclosure’s Method Records.

Once again the London via Brighton producer is doing what he knows best – drawing the listener in subtly before a steady build up to the emotionally charged climax. It’s a tried and tested recipe from his more recent releases, and in turn he’s carving out a strong reputation as one of the UK’s most promising producers. Recruiting another celeb for the vocals, (a tip from the label heads perhaps) can only help the matter – Lianne La Havas sounds well at home with the swirling synths and scatty percussion. Her input, combined with the gospel-tinged chorus, make this tune very radio-friendly indeed.

For a change of tempo, check out Tourist’s recent remix of London Grammar’s ‘Sights’, and for a longer stint, his recent guest show on Rinse FM. We’ve got it ALL covered.

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Blue Hawaii – Try To Be (Catz ‘n Dogz Club Edit)

Surprisingly understated offering from Polish producers Catz ‘n Dogz to dust off the cobwebs. It’s an edit they did for fun, giving Blue Hawaii’s ‘Try To Be’ a very welcome bounce. The original from the Montreal duo is a true earworm, proving the voice box is as good an instrument as any. Dulcet tones on this:

 

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Truls – Out Of Yourself (Roosevelt Remix)

You can always rely on long-standing HD fave, Roosevelt.

He’s been called up for remix duties on Universal’s recent signing Truls’ upcoming single, ‘Out Of Yourself’. He’s turned it into the kind of catchy, summery electro-pop that we’ve come to expect from the Cologne-based producer – without doubt one of the most consistent out there.

On the more tranquil side, check out his recent cover of John Martyn’s 1977 track ‘Small Hours’ too:

 

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