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TĀLĀ & How To Dress Well – The One

Two versions of the same song, quite similar but also pretty good!

Which, in fairness, isn’t a bad effort when you realise they made them in 24 hours.

Having dropped one of them a few weeks back, the second of How to Dress Well and TĀLĀ’s Songs from Scratch collaboration has hit the web today. ‘The One’ is a pretty accurate reflection of the respective talents of the falsetto popster and Kingston producer, bringing you in with soaring vocals and a heavy bassline.

Head here if you want to see a behind the scenes vid (warning – it’s boring).

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Jessie Ware – 12 (feat. Robin Hannibal)

Fresh off of the release of her new album ‘Tough Love’, we’re spoilt for choice for new Jessie Ware material.  The real ear-catcher, though, didn’t even make the final cut for the album. ‘12’ is a blissed-out slow jam featuring Robin Hannibal of Rhye and it’s exactly what you’d expect. Delicate vocals float over a tippy-toe beat to provide a laid-back aural delight, perfect for when you’re all partied out.  It’s also a free download for a limited period, cop it here:

In the description, the instructions are to ‘play it late and go kiss someone’. We know it’s only 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon, but maybe ask around the office?

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Oceaán – Grip

Like your electronic music full of glitches, ethereal build-ups and minimal break-downs? Looking for a new favourite artist? No worries, HD has you sorted. Manchester-based producer Oceaán is a star on the rise, having caught the eye of Radio 1 big dogs Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and guest resident SOHN.

His latest release ‘Grip’, premiered on SOHN’s show a few weeks back and comparisons abound to James Blake. Once you get into his only EP released so far, it’s not hard to see why. A choirboy from an early age, it’s his soulful vocals that bind the music together and will no doubt be a powerful presence in his new live show.

Oceaán is signed to Chess Club Records, forming part of a seriously talented family including Swim Deep and . He is currently touring Europe with his new live show, but he promises us he’ll be back in the UK soon. File this under ‘one-to-watch’.

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Croquet Club – Jacuzzi

Bem-vindo para o fim de semana…

Unless you happen to speak Google Translate Portuguese (we’re on a World Cup tip right now), that means…Welcome to the weekend.

This fresh one from Jeremy Villecourt aka Croquet Club is a mood-setter for your Friday/Saturday night(s). ‘Jacuzzi’ is the title track from his upcoming eponymous EP on the ever-reliable Anjunadeep, and it’s an enjoyable four and half minutes of French vocal house. Watch for the kick around two mins in, weighty.

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Few artists prompt as much excitement here at HD as Aaron Jerome a.k.a SBTRKT.  Following the complex and atmospheric Transitions series, his latest tune ‘Temporary View’ marks a return to his melodic best, bringing in his old buddy and long-time collaborator Sampha in a soulful reworking of his instrumental track ‘Resolute’. Sampha’s vocals float right over the top of SBTRKT’s immaculate production in a taste of what’s to come in his hotly-anticipated sophomore album.

All signs point towards a Young Turks release later this year but he’s keeping his cards pretty close to his chest as you’d expect.  Definitely one to keep an eye on.


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Three Laws – Convalescence EP

Box-fresh London duo Three Laws offer up a couple of evocative treats ahead of their debut EP ‘Convalescence’ dropping on 31st May.

Both tracks have a gothic feel, tailor-made for haunted castles and billowing curtains. Vocalist Louise Gold hits the high notes à la Alpines’ Catherine Pockson and, whilst occasionally slightly overproduced for our four-to-the-floor tastes, there’s bags of potential here. Watch this space.

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Short Stories – Let It Go / On The Way

We bring you good omens for 2013 with the announcement that Koreless and Sampha are to release their two collaborative efforts thus far, ‘Let It Go’ and ‘On The Way’ under the ‘Short Stories’ moniker. Hooray! We’ve been enjoying both on the regs as they’ve knocked around the web these past few years and thought something was in the pipeline after their recent (very) short set during the Young Turks-curated Boiler Room:
Find a slightly cleaner version of ‘Let It Go’ from back in the day here. And here’s the best rip we can find of ‘On The Way’:
According to the accompanying info, “the pair forged a friendship playing at Young Turks parties in 2010, and utilised the same Dalston studio which would later become the writing room for The xx’s second album, spending two days with a vast array of synths, drum machines and other instruments, exploring a new sonic palette and learning about each other’s process for creating music.” Coooooool. Catch the fruits of their labour on 28th January via Young Turks.
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London Grammar – Hey Now

London Grammar should really have been our blog name, given our predilection for both aspects, but we wouldn’t have wanted to deprive this trio of their creative moniker. Plus, they’ve been going for loads longer so we imagine they bagsied it first.
We digress. Not much is known about the elusive threesome but they have an EP in the works and have recently chucked their first single out to the web wolves. It’s called ‘Hey Now’ and it’s an atmospheric, lo-fi piece of electronica given fresh legs by a beautiful female vocal. Pitchfork rightly draw comparisons with a recent Wild Beasts reworking of Jessie Ware’s ‘Night Light’; both are seasonal treats:
Mysteriously all other traces of them online, live sessions and the like, appear to have been taken down, so this is your lot for now. Definitely enough to whet the appetite…
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