So y’all have probably been waiting for this release for a while now, we certainly have. For those that don’t already know, Karenn is Blawan and Pariah. When possibly the producer of 2010, Pariah, teams up with possibly the producer of 2011, Blawan, you know shit is going to get real. It’s pretty difficult to separate the three tracks from one another, with all of them infectiously good. But, because this track didn’t leak prior to its release, we decided to post it for y’all. It warps and twists about the place, and is as terrifying as it is a banger. Show some love - grab this one on wax.
FaltyDL has become a pretty well known name in the Electronic music world, so when he drops something new, people take notice. His Atlantis EP, which came out on seminal label Ninja Tune a few weeks ago, hops about genre wise - as we’ve come to expect from the New York based producer. ‘The Sale Ends’ is our pick from the EP, with its minimal House vibes well suited for the floor. We can only guess which direction he’ll go in next, though we’re sure it’ll be good either way.
We’re all about playing tunes to suit the mood. It’s like dropping Burial on a Saturday night when the floor is full - it just ain’t the right time for it. So on a Tuesday when the weekend seems like an eternity away, a bit of Deep House always goes down a treat. Enjoy y’all.
Om Unit (aka Jason Coles) has been producing music under a few aliases for quite a few years now, as well as being a competition winning DJ. His recent Transport EP is some of his best work to date, and includes this tune which we’re rather fond of. Its soulful vibes and Juke inspired drums melt together perfectly, to form an absolute banger. The EP also includes a nice remix by man of the moment, Machinedrum, and is well worth checking out.
Halls is a South London based producer whose music falls best somewhere between Post-dubstep and Ambient. His soundcloud is filled with some truly wonderful tracks, that are perfect for easing even the most brutal Monday blues. Post-dubstep is one of the more interesting genres to emerge in recent years, and will surely only continue to innovative and evolve. Stay tuned.
After releasing the hugely successful Room(s) LP on Planet Mu this year, and more recently the self titled Sepalcure debut (which he’s one half of), Travis Stewart has had a rather busy year. It seems he has no plans on slowing down though, with this track appearing on his soundcloud earlier. According to Stewart, it’s a B-side from Room(s), giving you an indicator of the quality of that release. No doubt he’ll be featuring heavily in the ‘producer of 2011’ lists in the coming month.
Actress has been a little quiet on the release front in 2011, after dropping the humongous SplazshLP last year. One of the biggest full lengths to come out in the past few years, Splazsh found crossover success, receiving accolades from the likes of Pitchfork. The Rainy Dub / Faceless 12” is probably not going to gain the same level of attention, with it being a somewhat striped down and inaccessible affair. ‘Faceless’ is our pick of the two tracks, with its spaced out simplicity still managing to be somewhat catchy. This 12” may seem a little average on first listen, but is undoubtedly a grower, and well worth a few spins.
2011 has been pretty kind to Kingdom, with his Take Me EP from earlier in the year receiving positive reviews, and his Fade To Mind imprint recently dropping its first release. There’s a fair chance you’ve heard this track from his new Dreama EP already, with most of the bigger music sites showing it some love. Regardless, we like it too much to not post it. Big ups.
Dauwd’s What’s There 12” is one of the lushest releases to drop in 2011 thus far, and has been getting some heavy rotation by all the GP crew. ‘Acireams’ is a lovely mix of Garage and House, sitting nicely with much of the stuff coming out of the UK of late. The title track is just as impressive, and has rightly gained considerable hype. For those into Future Garage, this release is an absolute essential for the collection. Enjoy.
Jack Dixon has again come up with a massive remix, after dropping one for Bwana just last week. Mr. Dixon has already proved his adeptness at making Future Garage, with a number of excellent releases to his name. This tune though has a bangin’ Tech House vibe, proving his versatility as a producer. All good DJ’s take note - add this bad boy to your set-list and reap the rewards.
Zomby released the sombre DedicationLP earlier in the year, which was far removed from his homage to 90s rave, Where Were U in ‘92. His forthcoming Nothing12” sees a return of the airhorns in some tracks, and is as a whole considerably more upbeat and bass heavy. ‘Trapdoor’ is one of the coldest tunes we’ve ever heard, though still has bass and claps well suited for the floor, making for an odd combination. Whilst definitely not the most upbeat way to start your weekend, this track is simply too good not to play.
Our boy Kahn released this tune for free on his birthday - pretty generous innit? It’s a Caribbean infused number that’s no doubt going to get floors moving the world over. It seems Kahn continues to be incapable of releasing a bad track - a trend we hope doesn’t end any time soon.
Our inaugural post back in July was a Darling Farah tune, so long term GP fans would no doubt know we’re big fans of the London via UAE producer. ‘Foreign’ appears on his new Division EP, which dropped this month on Civil Music. It’s a beautifully produced EP, which we highly recommend getting your getting your hands on. Enjoy.
A large Juke inspired bass number from French Electro superstars Surkin and Bobmo, (aka High Powered Boys). Released earlier this year on their own Marble imprint, this high energy future bass rhythm is aimed straight for the club, and is sure to get people moving.
Nadus is one of our favorite Juke producers kickin’ it right now, with his R&B remixes particularly noteworthy. Although the genre is often low on its production values, Nadus is clearly a man who knows a thing or two about producing. Perhaps the even better news is this tune just dropped on Kingdom’s Fade To Mind imprint, giving us a good indicator of the label’s forward thinking attitude. So stop feeling sorry for yourself because it’s Tuesday, and go practice your footwork to this one.
We’ve been following this 18 year old Mid-West based producer for a little while now, with his Avant-garde style instantly catching our eye. Known to his moms as Zach White, his tunes range from Lady Gaga Juke remixes to ‘Seapunk’ (yes, that’s a genre). ‘Ritual’ is a busy array of sounds, that ends with a lovely melodic come-down. Be sure to watch this space as we’ve got a forthcoming interview with the man himself. Stay tuned.
If you’ve slept on Jason Burns this year, then you’ve been missing out. Coming out of Cleveland, Burns makes bass heavy music with R&B infused vibes, meaning it’s perfectly suited for the floor. It also makes a good transition for those not yet converted to the cult that is Bass music. Whilst this remix only dropped a few hours ago, we’re already completely hooked. Big ups.
Guy Andrews isn’t yet a hugely well known name, though if he keeps producing tunes this good it’s only a matter of time before that changes. Released on the consistently solid Hemlock label, Shades / Textures is undoubtedly a 12” necessity for any good collection. B-side ‘Textures’ has a spacey vibe to it, which is funky enough to be dropped on the floor. Get to know.
The Generic People crew are somewhat chummy with like-minded producer Cairo, who’s been doing some big things for Sydney’s club music scene. He’s been a little quiet of late, presumably working on new material… until now. If you read our interview with him in July, the man let slip that he would be putting out an EP with HxdB later this year. This track is a mellow, gradually unfurling journey of Garage percussion, slow pads and contemplative keys, that keeps the listener on its toes as much as it’ll make them dance. We’re just hoping Cairo surfaces a lot more within the next few months. Show our boy and HxdB some love and make sure you grab this EP when it comes out on Party Guy next month.
Ben Ash (better known as Two Inch Punch) has been around for most of this year, winning people over with a cross-pollination of heart-breaking R&B and Bass music. With his recently released Love You Up EP, there’s some definite crossover potential, and whilst there isn’t a weak track on it, this is the tune that really does it for us. Its almost-distant guitar solos and voices fluttering throughout the crackly structure make it the perfect comedown soundtrack.
Here’s some proper vibes to ease you into your weekend, courtesy of the man like Dez Andrés. He’s only been kicking it for a little while, yet the handful of releases he’s put out through Moodymann's imprint have all been on point. This cut is not exception, with its soft, cooey vocal and total House vibes, all making for one massive track. Enjoy!
This banger has been on repeat for a while now in the GP office, and we can’t see that changing. Eliphino is yet another young producer based in London, this time by way of Leeds. To all the DJ’s out there this is definitely an essential tune for any set - well, assuming you want to get the floor moving!
Y’all probably know that FitzGerald’s Shackled EP is dropping on December 5, and like us you’re just a tad excited. There’s also a relatively high chance you’ve heard the bangin’ title track, which has been floating around for a while now. It’s less likely that you’ve heard this tune though, which is the third and final track of the EP. It’s a lush one, which we’ve been giving a heavy rinsing since Hotflush sent it over earlier today. The moral of the story? Buy this one on CD, Wax, Digitally or however else - just make sure you get it!
We posted another Vlsonn track last month that had a similarly twisted vibe to it. ‘Eye Drools’ takes that atmospheric even further however, with its distorted vocals, and skittering synth. Vlsonn is a name worth remembering - we have little doubt he someone you’ll be hearing more of in 2012. Get to know.
Jack Dixon and Bwana have both had what could be best described as ‘break-out’ years. Dixon has been responsible for a number of big tunes, and Bwana raked up a serious track of the year contender with this one. When we spoke with him in August he discussed his (then) impending move to Leeds, and how he’s only been making music since the beginning of the year, not bad eh? This remix doesn’t disappoint in the slightest, and has perfect vibes to help ease any mid-week gloominess.
Y’all know by now that we fuck with xxxy, so when he drops something new, we listen. Whilst this one is cut from a mix and isn’t the best quality, it’s pretty obvious it’s going to be a big one when it drops on Well Rounded. Keep your eyes peeled.
Part of the Wolf + Lamb crew, Voices Of Black make soulful House which often sounds straight out of 80s Detroit. They’ve experimented with genres in the past, and have a decent back history of material which we’ll leave you to explore for yourselves. ‘Waiting Outside’ is definitely well suited for relaxed Sundays, with its chilled vibes hopefully not too headache inducing. We also recommend checking out their recent mix for the excellent Dazed and Confused Magazine here.
Prince Club are another two young cats coming out of Cananda. Their Utopia EP which dropped earlier in the week, contains two OG’s, along with a host of remixes. ‘Olivia’ totally lured us in with its perfectly placed African sample, and funky percussion. It’s the title track that’s got us completely addicted however. That lovely, lush synth has got the whole GP office moving - and it doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon. Between Prince Club and fellow young gun duos Disclosure and Chaos In The CBD, there’s more talent floating around than many producers twice their age could only dream of. Watch out 2012.
We don’t know when this is coming out or what label it’s coming out on. We do know however that, a) it’s a massive tune, and b) it’s from Ben UFO’s stellar Rinse FM mix. It’s a particularly sparse number, with a Dubstep sound (albeit at a lower BPM), and Garage-like drums. When (assuming it does) see a release, it’s no doubt going to get some heavy rotation. Get to know.
LOL Boys continue to have a big 2011, popping up all over the place with OG’s, remixes and even a recent interview with us! This tune is one of their remixes, and is from Salva’s forthcoming Yellobone EP, which features the brilliant ‘Obsession.’ LOL Boys rework the OG into a relaxed beginning-of-the-night-dance-floor jam (a bit of a mouthful innit). If you’re a fan of percussion heavy, synth rich tunes - we suggest pressing play immediately. Enjoy.
We don’t know much about DJ Wool. We do know this is a banger though. This tune is forthcoming on Top Billin, who have released some big dance-floor orientated numbers this year. The SF 90 EP is available to stream on the label’s soundcloud currently, and we highly suggest doing so.
Manaré has been around for a little bit, and is part of Youngunz fam alongside French Fries, Bambounou and (more recently) Chaos in the CBD. He hasn’t yet gotten as much attention as the rest of his crew, though we think that’s about to change with the release of his Pearl EP. The title track is full of morning-after vibes, with bubbly synths and leads popping out like Spring flowers, alongside a Garage-indebted framework. Tracks two and three - ‘Silk’ and ‘Paprika’ respectively, are more hard-lined, though still full of trademark French vibes. Be sure to peep the Chaos in the CBD remix of the title track too - we’re pretty keen on it!
You might be asking why we’ve posted a Drake track? Well, other than being massive fans (we love you, Drizzy), it’s actually produced by Jamie xx. The xx producer has had a big year, releasing his stellar Far Nearer / Beat for 12” for Numbers, as well as collaboration album, We’re New Herewith the late Gil Scott-heron. As for Drake? We recommend getting sophomore Take Care, sooner rather than later.
It’s fair to say that Roska needs no introduction, especially since we’ve posted quite a few of his tracks already.Since releasing the massive Jackpot EP earlier this year, Mr. Goodlitt has been rather quiet lately… Until this free compilation dropped. If the ‘free’ aspect isn’t enough, peep the remixers: Zed Bias, MA1 and Tickles to name a few. However, our favourite has definitely got to be the Night Slugs head honcho’s reconstruction of ‘Boxed In,’ with its alien R&B synths and stumbling urban beats. All in all not unlike the majority of the London label’s aesthetic.
The Birth Of A Feeling by Space Dimension Controller
If you’ve not got Space Dimension Controller’s The Pathway To Tiraquon 6 LP, then you’re truly missing out. Known for his left-field production style, his music sounds like something from a far off future planet. Instead, we suspect he’s actually Belfast’s most innovative musical export (apologies Two Door Cinema Club). This track appears on the recently released R&S compilation,IOTDXI. If you’ve not already got it, stop what you’re doing and buy it - yes, it’s actually that good.
It’s no secret that here at Generic People, we are a little taken aback by Kahn. His ability to make melodic Garage sounds feel fresh all over again is putting him at the forefront of the Future Garage / Post Dubstep scene, that’s really taking off at the moment. This remix of the Bristol based Hip hop act is sublime. Drink it up.
Cloud Boat make music in a similar vein to R&S counterparts, Vondelpark - dreamy Garage based beats, looped over with live guitars. We’re pretty much fallen in love with the relaxed vibes on this tune, and are eagerly awaiting what they do next.
xxxy (known to his moms as Rupert Taylor) has had a rather large 2011, with his recent Kerpow / Down Wit U 12” getting some heavy rotation in the GP office. Whilst A-side ‘Kerpow' is undoubtedly the more known of the two tunes, we dig 'Down Wit U' just a tiny bit more. That funky synth and hard hitting bass sound straight out of Miami, underpinned by a tough London undercoat. We've got a feeling you're going to be instant addicts for this one…
A true blast from the past. CJ Bolland was one of the bigger names in the Techno/House scene in the 90s, which is no real wonder with tracks this good. R&S of late might be known for thrusting dudes like James Blake, Pariah and Blawan into the spotlight, but they were running things a long time before that. Perhaps most impressive about ‘Mantra’ is that it hasn’t aged a bit, still sounding as fresh now as it did on it’s release back in ‘92. Do your ears a favour - buy Bolland’s The 4th Sign LP on wax.