We first came across Daniel Klauser when Look Like mentioned him in a recent interview we did with the Swiss based artist. Hailing from Santiago, Klauser produces tunes ranging from Latin infused House to bass oriented jams, that are sure to get dance floors moving the world over. ‘Living In The Past’ is a soulful House number, with spacey synth, and a deep bassline holding it all together. With upcoming releases on Get Flavor (home to our boy Urulu) and Top Billin (on which this track is being released), Klauser is a name you’re sure to hear more of. Get to know.
Jess Phillippe has been kicking it with the Dirtybird fam for a fair while now, so it’s no surprise how much of a party-starting salvo this track is. Other than hype man samples, and descending leads that waft in and out, there isn’t much use for melody in this track. It’s no doubt going to get booties shaking within seconds of the bass dropping, and more than a few grey hairs offended… Why? We’ll leave you to work that one out alone - but we do suggest you nab Phillippe’s Barbary CoastEP.
XLR8R readers may have come across this gem already when they posted it a few days back, if not though - you’re welcome. Its relaxed vibe is rather different from the usual dance-floor orientated output Jam City is known for, though still retains his characteristically bright sound. For those interested in hearing the original (which we should add shares almost no similarity with the remix), can check it out here.
This one has been floating around for a few months now - yet still manages to get us every time we hear it. If you’ve not heard the original, we highly recommend giving that a spin too, or better yet, downloading Aiko’s free Sailing Soul(s) mixtape. Nguzunguzu (try saying that quickly) give the track their own touch, throwing in some frenetic percussion and thick bass, turning it into a dance-floor destroyer. The Cali based duo have already had a big 2011, which has included dropping theirThe Perfect Lullaby mixtape for free, as well as releasing the Timesup EP for Kingdom’s Night Slugs affiliated Fade to Mind imprint.
Okay so we already posted a track from this EP the other day, but goddamn it’s big, so we had to post another. Jacques Greene may just be our favourite artist kickin’ it right now - the man can do no wrong. If this guy gets as big as James Blake, we’d totally understand why, in fact maybe the question should be - why isn’t he as big as Blake already? Perhaps hipsters haven’t come across him yet…
We posted a Balam Acab track a few weeks back, which was from his then forthcoming Wander / Wonder LP. Well, in the mean time it’s dropped, and is even better than we expected. Much of it is relatively ambient and relaxed, with nature sounds a plenty, though still with a solid bassline underpinning it. ‘Motion’ follows this formula, and as cheesy as it may sound, is quite beautiful. What better way to spend a Saturday than listening to this? Enjoy.
If HudMo’s latest salvo wasn’t enough to knock you out of your chair (which is unlikely), then Rustie’s debut LP in October should take care of that. We’ve gone pretty batshit every time someone’s dropped ‘Ultra Thizz' in a mix over the last couple of months, and now it seems like the Warp gods have answered our prayers and gifted us this track while we wait for Glass Swords to drop. ‘All Night’ has perfect after dark vibes, with Miami Vice synth stabs and squarewaves gliding over desperate samples and hard-hitting drums. In a time where everyone’s looking back to the 80s for under-appreciated sounds, this track manages to blend in, yet also stand out.
A couple of days ago we were sent the new Sticky Stockholm EP, and this track has been on heavy rotation ever since. We’re going to attribute it mostly to those chopped up vocal stabs, and the soulful percussive framework, which slink their way around tuned toms. This tune fits nicely with much of the current club scene’s output, so here’s hoping Sticky Stockholm gets some love over the next few months - dude deserves it.
Jacques Greene has been on a roll this year, following 2010’s The Look EP with the still-hot ‘Another Girl’, ‘Lay it Down’ and a rather noteworthy remix on the side. If you thought that Mr. Greene had slowed down or retreated into the studio after that whirlwind trip, think again. His first physical release of refixes came out a few days ago and does exactly what it says on the label. Everyone’s got their underwear in a tizzy over his ”What U R' recast (and rightfully so). This tune is equally as breathtaking, however. He tucks Kelly Rowland’s assertive vocals into a slow-burning, mid-80s environment (think futuristic bleeps and patient 808s), whilst leaving Weezy’s contribution out of the picture for atmosphere’s sake. There are a handful of copies of this sneaky white label left, but it’s likely they will all be gone by the time you click this link…
We don’t know a whole lot about Myrryrs - in fact we’re not even sure how to pronounce his name. What we do know though is that ‘Feel U’ is the opener from his EP of the same name, which recently dropped on Discobelle. We also know that this track is going to be on repeat for a while to come.
Cosmin TRG has been kickin’ it on the scene for a few years now, constantly evolving, and always remaining relevant in the process. He’s released material on a host of labels (Hotflush, Rush Hour and Hessle to name a few), and received praise from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs, Fact and Resident Advior. ‘Less Of Me, More Of You’ has those smooth late night vibes that we’ve come to expect from him, and is our pick on his forthcoming LP, Simulat. We suggest getting this one on vinyl, and also warn you in advance that the keys on this track will probably be stuck in your head for a while. Enjoy.
LOL Boys have continued to increase their profile throughout 2011, releasing a steady stream of OG’s and remixes. They’ve now released their Bubbles EP to go with it, which at nine tracks is really more of an LP (LOL Boys seem to operate in a different universe however). Not only is it nine tracks, it’s also free, which is pretty generous when you consider guys like Borgore charge for their ‘music’… ‘Melt Them’ is one of our favourites on the EP, which you can grab here.
So the above picture is actually the man (well, boy) behind the Skanky moniker. Known to his moms as Louis Johnson, he’s a 17 year old producer coming out of North London, and is not just ridiculously young, but also hugely talented. ‘Blind Spot’ has been floating around on his soundcloud for a few months now, and has just been released as part of his EP of the same name, on Templar Sound. Templar have been killin’ it the past few months, releasing big EP’s from GP favourites Dro Carey and Grown Folk as well. This track is sure to get dance-floors moving, and leave us wondering - what else is Johnson capable of?
It’s been a hot minute since Giles Peterson’s Brownswood label put out its second installment of the Electr*c showcase, but it’s by no means past its’ prime in terms of freshness. Case in point? This Jack Dixon jam. It’s perfect for Summer nights, with its bright piano stabs, and (believe it or not) an Akon sample. All heralding the way for a hands-in-the-air type moment, be it in your cities’ hippest club, or somewhere a little more ‘commercial.’
Klaus may not be quite as known as some of his R & S label-mates - (James Blake, Pariah and Untold come to mind), but is by no means any less talented. The recently released Tusk EP has a unique vibe in the post-Dubstep soundscape, that is outwardly minimal and ambient, yet still bass heavy. The production is intelligent and thoughtful, akin to some of the 90s IDM works, and definitely best suited for home listening. ‘Pim’ exemplifies this, and makes the perfect soundtrack for Sunday night comedowns.
Fitzgerald is often compared to Joy Orbison - the two do undeniably share a similar sound (Orbison came first it should be noted). Whether you think Fitzgerald is ripping on Orbison or not (you wouldn’t be the first to make such a claim), it’s undeniable that he produces some truly bangin’ tunes. The vibes on the Silhouette EP on which ‘Reset’ appears are ridiculously lush, making it a vinyl must have, and a perfect weekend starter. Enjoy.
If you’re a listener of the Hotflush podcasts you may have heard this already, if not - you’re welcome. Braile is the moniker of Praveen Sharma, best known as being one half of Sepalcure, whose remix EP has been on heavy rotation in the GP office. ‘Riverbed’ is the second track off his forthcoming A Meaning EP, which Hotflush were kind enough to send us a promo of. We guarantee (and as y’all can probably gather from this track) that the EP is big, very big. September 12th is the date it drops - be sure to mark it in your calenders folks.
Get Lifted(Karenn Remix) by West Norwood Cassette Library
Despite being one of the lesser recognised names in the modern club scene, Bob Bhamra has been having a pretty fruitful career under the West Norwood Cassette Library institution of late. Before this he used God-knows-how-many aliases across more than a decade, so it’s no surprise seeing how well-produced the OG of this track is. Blawan and Pariah, who make up Karenn (we shit you not), take the OG's uplifting vibe down a few notches, slowing down the eloquent sample to a near-unrecognizable drawl, and replacing the horn stabs/squarewave bass with warbly synths and classic organ pops. Whilst by no means un-danceable, the buildup and comedown are simply jaw dropping, making any form of cohesive movement rather difficult…
Luke Blair (aka Lukid) has been around for a fair while, making lush, ambient house under the name since 2006. ‘My Teeth In Your Neck’ is the first track off his newly-minted Spitting Bile EP for his Glum imprint, on which Blair goes into some rather abrasive territory, ending up with a sound reminiscent to 90s IDM. It utilizes a jagged funk sample, which thrashes itself against dying sawtooth synths. The remainder of the EP is no different in terms of depressive mood, and thus we suggest only happy people listen to it. Enjoy.
There isn’t much info on the man known as Joss Ryan out there, save for twoSoundclouds - but that’s likely to change when this track comes out later in the year on DVA's label. Real heads may have already heard Bok Bok and DVA himself spin this on their Rinse FM shows, and various mixes over the last few months, but it's only recently that the GP staff have unearthed it. It's not too divergent from the usual oeuvre of DVA's imprint, with roots firmly implanted in R&B (check the Amerie one-hit in there!), and the dirtier spectrum of Grime. However, there's also some pretty Ikonika-like synths and string flourishes that zap about, giving it a new element altogether. There's currently only about 215 or so plays of this track on Soundcloud, but we're willing to bet that will change by years end. Keep an eye out.
Omar-S (aka Alex “Omar” Smith) is probably a name anyone with an interest in 4/4 music would know - even if they’re not a House head. Detroit based, Smith has been at it for a while now, in the process earning a worldwide reputation for producing some of the best Deep House ever made. He also runs the excellent FXHE label, on which most his material is released. ‘Psychotic Photosyntehesis’ is off the 12” of the same name, which first dropped in December of 2007. It demonstrates everything we love about Omar-S, and is one of our favorites of his (admittedly that list is pretty big). If you ever get the chance to see the man do a live set, go! In fact we even suggest remortgaging your house for it if need be…
Sasse has being doing his thing for a while now - over 15 years to be exact. He’s released material on a plethora of labels, and heads the stellar Moodmusic, which has worked with the likes of Henrik Schwarz and others. ‘Lions’ is the second track on his newest EP, Tokyo House Underground: Things. It’s a perfectly produced (not that you’d expect anything less from a man of Sasse’s caliber) Deep House number, with vibes simply made for that trendy lounge bar you can never afford to buy drinks at. Don’t despair though - it sounds just as good at home. Enjoy.
A few of you may have dug Unknown to the Unknown’s remix of Mr. Norrit’s lead track from his new EP to have snagged it, when we posted it last month, though if you weren’t so convinced last time, reconsider and listen to this track. While the UTTU refix and the OG showed some frosty London vibes through pleading samples, ‘Do You Luh’ blossoms in warmer climates, with smeared underwater synths and chopped-up samples bouncing off sharp guarachero percussion. This one is perfect for summer playlists, be it for those fast nearing autumn, or on the GP side of the world - keenly awaiting the warmer months.
So we’ve established we’re big Bashmore fans and we’re sure y’all are too. This track appeared on his Batty Knee Dance EP (great name innit?), which was released earlier this year on 3024. Its’ lovely relaxed vibes are perfect for a bit of mid-week-bass-filled downtime. Relax ‘n’ enjoy (though watch out for some serious drops), and of course swear allegiance to thy master - Mr. Julio Bashmore.
Allen Wooton has had a fairly meteoric three years so far as the man behind the Deadboy moniker. He started out sampling zombie movies for tracks in his bedroom, before emerging into the world - armed with a few tracks, his profile quickly grew. Despite being one of the most instantly recognisable names (or blueprints) in the modern British dance scene, Wooton has remained rather elusive about his personal self, choosing instead to stay refreshingly humble. That doesn’t mean Wooton is a recluse though, not only has he been churning out tracks at a consistent rate, he’s also toured the US, Europe and Australia, all within the past twelve months.
U Cheated by Deadboy [Well Rounded, 2009]
Heartbreaker by Deadboy [Well Rounded, 2009]
After fiddling with those zombie movie samples, Wooton crafted what would be the U Cheated 12” for Donga’s Well Rounded label in 2009. Subsequently, the EP would also mark Wooton’s debut into wider conscience, with DJs such as Ben UFO, Jackmaster and Oneman giving the track widespread play. ‘Heartbreaker’ meanwhile became a shining blueprint for the Deadboy sound: melancholy Bass music tailor-made for the clubs… With no signs of slowing down, Wooton then released If U Want Me for Numbers in April the next year with a similarly big response.
Fireworks by Drake (Deadboy’s Tearjerker Remix) [Well Rounded, 2010]
Night Air by Jamie Woon (Deadboy Remix) [Good Years, 2010]
Simultaneously, Wooton started making an even bigger impression on the club scene with his refreshing remixes, from sneakily-released refixes of Drake, Keri Hilson and Cassie to more ‘legally’ released rebuilds of Jamie Woon, Scuba and Delphic - to name but a few. It’s very apparent Wooton pays attention to the best elements when working with other tracks, as he flips the spotlight from Drake to Alicia Keys on the Drake remix, whilst giving Woon’s remix a more sinister shine to the original.
Here 4 U by Deadboy [Numbers, 2011]
Ain’t Gonna Lie by Deadboy [Numbers, 2011]
A little over a year after If U Want Me, Wooton struck again with three impressive gems for his second Numbers salvo - the Here EP. However, what made the EP a little different in comparison to his other two main releases was the widening specter of influences. Not only was Wooton refining his soulful and percussive take on club music with the last two tracks, but he was also displaying a more straightforward side of it, as evident in the lead track.
The EP leaves a rather open-ended question with where Wooton will go next - will he ditch the percussion-heavy framework he’s been renowned for over the last few years? Who knows… we’re getting on it either way.
Witch house - make what you want of it, but there’s almost nothing bad you can say about Balam Acab, dude has been killin’ it the past year. His 2010 released See Birds EP saw heavy repeat in the GP office, and left us all craving for more. Now (finally), the wait is almost over with debut full-length, Wander/Wonder set to drop next month. ‘Apart’ is some next level shit and then some, starting slow (yes, it’s actually playing), before evolving into a hypnotic jam. What better tune for a Sunday night? Hip hop beat-makers take note - you don’t all need to sound like Flylo.
So this track is almost the polar opposite of our last post, and If that was something to listen to before heading out, this is definitely one for coming down to. Chllngr has gained considerable hype in recent months, with debut full-length, Haven recently dropping on Green Owl, a label not hugely known for its Electronic releases. It sits in the somewhat murky realm of Witch house, with Bass and Post-Dubstep other obvious influences. ‘Out Of Your Hands’ is our pick from Haven, with its deep bassline accompanied by sublime warped synth, giving the track a general sense of ease - albeit with underlying melancholy. Another contender for the ever-growing list of track of 2011.
Every Day Of My Life (Jimmy Edgar Remix) by Sepalcure
You probably remember us mentioning this track briefly last week, well since that time its been officially released. We don’t have a lot else to say about the release, but as for the track itself, Edgar’s thrown in a ridiculously deep bassline amongst other things, and turned it into a dance-floor killer.
Floating Points’ (aka Samuel T. Shepard) most recent release for Eglo Records first dropped in June, and has been on heavy rotation in the GP office ever since. Following on from previous works, Shepard again continues to genre hop, this time encompassing more House vibes. ‘Marilyn’ is a funky-as-fuck seven and a half minute banger, with a serious bassline, and some ultra cool 80s sounding synth. With the weekend nearing, make sure you stick this one on repeat. Enjoy.
You could say it’s been a fairly long time coming - this track first popped up in late ‘09 - but we’re glad it surfaced in some manner, at least (god bless the Internet.) Likewise, we don’t think there’s much point in describing this beauty, so all we’ll really say is it still sounds as fresh now as it did back in ‘09, and someone really needs to bug Mr. Orbison for a release. Petition anyone?
So you all know by now that we’re bigfans of this brotherly duo, (sorry if you’re getting sick of the picture - but hey, at least they’re wearing cool jackets). Anyway, there’s not a lot more we can say about them, other than when this track first dropped last year, they were 15 and 18 respectively. Crazy how talented they are innit?
Mystery Girl (Set Me Free) by Pierre’s Pfantasy Club
Unless you happen to be a real House head, it’s kind of unlikely you’d recognize who Pierre Jones is - recognizethesetracks though? Jones had a part in ‘em. With that said, he’s had a pretty big hand in shaping the American House (and acid) scene with his 234827347 projects (of which his Pfantasy Club was one of ‘em). So it’s kind of a big deal that one of his lesser-promoted tracks finally sees wider exposure, courtesy of one of our favourite labels right now. There’s no arguing why it’s such a great track: that goddamn 808, the slinky bass, those vocals… aw man. Seiji’s refix of the track ain’t too bad as well, but the OG is sure-fire club material. Respect the OGs.
The Generic People crew have been pretty big fans of HudMo for as long as we can remember, so a post featuring him was inevitable… However, we were kind of apprehensive about how Satin Panthers would turn out after the slippery slope (in a good and bad way) that was Butter. Our worries were laid to rest when we heard this rather exquisite bomb though, which whilst not as blatantly pinpoint-able as his other work, does carry some rather heavy progression from ‘Thunder Bay’ and ‘Cbat.’ It achieves this through a sleek ‘stadium rave’ framework (peep that piano stab!), with some rather euphoric synths and vocals glittering over the track’s glamorous bombast. We can only hope that HudMo will deliver some rather delicious slabs within the current year if Satin Panthers is anything to go by. On a slight side note, we’d like to dedicate this post to everyone in London (and the UK) right now, stay safe.
So this differs a little to what we normally post, but then it differs to pretty much everything in general. The thought of combining Hip hop beats with Trance samples brings back memories of ‘Nu-Metal’ - sometimes genres just don’t mix well together (or in the case of bands like Limp Bizkit, result in some of the worst music ever created). Araabmuzik (aka Abraham Orellana) however evidently has talent to begin with, on top of which, he must also have a pretty vivid imagination to have envisaged debut LP - Electronic Dream. We can’t really explain how it works, but somehow it does. The sudden happy hardcore sample in ‘Underground Stream’ probably gives a better explanation of this than words ever could anyway. Strap yourselves in - you’re now listening to Araabmuzik.
2562 (birth name Dave Husimans, a.k.a. A Made Up Sound) is somewhat of a veteran on the scene these days, with Fever being his third full length. For some, a back catalog like that might be as good as it gets… not for Husimans though. The entirety of Fever consists of chopped up and altered samples from disco records that he’s acquired over the years, a frustrating challenge within itself. However, it seems with every release he drops, he improves - to the point where he’s incapable of producing a bad tune. Our pick of the album, ‘Brasil Deadwalker’ sounds straight out of a horror film-esque rave… does such a thing even exist? Who knows, but if it does, this should definitely be the soundtrack.
We Call Love (feat. Soul Clap & Osunlade) by Art Department
A three way collab between Art Department, Soul Clap and Osunlade is pretty much the stuff that dreams are made of. Thankfully though, this isn’t a dream. Any Rinse listeners out there would probably have heard them spinning this on the regular - that’s after all how we first came across this gem. Either way, this is undoubtedly one of the best House tracks we’ve heard in 2011, with everything about it near perfect. Especially those vocals… We could continue on, but instead we suggest you just press play.
We have something very special and exclusive for y’all all right here. Sepalcure’s Love Pressure EP dropped just over a year ago and was rinsed hard by all of us in GP office. Now a remix version of the EP is set for release next Monday, featuring Jimmy Edgar and FaltyDL amongst others. The latter doesn’t alter the formula of the OG too much, but enough to give it a fresh sound, and cause us to put this one back onto repeat. This is the perfect Sunday evening soundtrack: sit back, grab a drink, and enjoy.
Futureboogie are killin’ it right now, along with the rest of Bristol (refer to the video in our previous post). Whilst Christophe has been doing his thing for a while now, information on the interwebs was few and far between. The Force EP is his latest offering though, with his original of the same name included, along with three remixes. It’s a disco infused jam, with cowbells and bongo’s thrown in for good measure - yup, futureboogie sure knows how to make things funky. It seems like they’ve established a ‘sound’ for themselves, and we like it, a lot. Watch them closely for the remainder of the year - we’re betting they’re going to get a lot more attention.
Who doesn’t love Julio Bashmore? Maybe deaf people, but definitely no one else. Bashmore was our first ever featured artist last month, in which we spoke about his rising profile, and unique mix of influences. The man himself talks about doing sets in between Dubstep producers in a recent feature about Bristol on RA, and how that’s been a factor in the development of his sound. ‘Jack Got Macked’ was released as a free download back in June of ‘09, and is the very definition of a banger. Most of you will probably recognise those vocals as originally coming from this, along with being sampled in a million other tunes (literally). So who better to listen to on a Saturday than the one and only Mr. Bashmore. Enjoy.
The grafting of Jorge Takei and Robophil has lasted only a year now, but it’s pretty clear the duo can make tracks as head-destroying as their soloefforts. ‘Dungeons' still goes as hard as it did last August and their edit of 'In Da Club' is nothing but pure fuckery at its finest. Their freshest EP (and second for T. Williams’ Deep Teknologi imprint), is more or less on the same path as the Dungeons EP, but that doesn’t mean it’s at all repetitive or tiring. ‘Ceddybu' just might be one of our favourites this year, but this track is just as amazing. 'Shady' tones it down a few notches from the massiveness of sub infested 'Ceddybu', preferring instead to bathe a lone kick and snare in oh-so-loveable club synths. Boom.
The duo formerly known as the MadKids have been on a steady roll since last November’s 'La Charma,’ refixing Adele, Foals and our boy Urulu, as well as releasing the somewhat-underrated ‘Body Holly' back in February. Hence, it doesn't look like their output rate will be slowing down anytime soon, with the still-fresh Ice-T EP continuing to make waves in the G.P office. The whole track has the 90s written all over it, which may leave a few people concerned. Thankfully, the duo lay all worries to rest and reserve the best bit for when the tune actually kicks in - full-on euphoric diva goodness, which is probably best experienced on full blast.