Since theThey! LiveLP dropped a few days ago, it’s been on heavy rotation here in the GP office. It’s moody, atmospheric, and features the lovely voice of Abigail Wyles on two tracks, including ‘Halo' - the first single. 'Charlottenburg' is a little more floor oriented, with a big bassline, and melodic synths. This album definitely has some serious crossover potential, that could rival even the likes of Mount Kimbie, and Sepalcure. Get to know.
British producer Submerse has never been one to stick to a genre, producing tunes ranging from Garage to Drum and bass, and beyond. He’s responsible for one of the best Future Garage jams ever made (in our humble opinion), with the brilliant ‘Hold It Down,’ which came out on Well Rounded back in 2010. ‘Tears’ is a glitchy, D&B infused affair, with one of the better vocal cuts we’ve heard of late. So instead of grumbling about it being Monday - just give this one a spin.
Armand van Helden is a name any old school House head knows. He’s also someone you may associate with the likes of Steve Aoki, and other cringe worthy producers, that we’re not going to mention. Shift back to the early to mid 90s though, when Strictly Rhythm and co. were doing their thing, van Helden was producing some of the most danceable House of the era. This track is no exception - it’s funky, soulful, but most importantly it’s nearly impossible to stay still to. So just imagine it’s ‘93, you’re at NYC’s hippest club, the floor is packed, and the DJ’s spinning this song. Feel the vibes.
Crew Love (Vin Sol & 5kinAndBone5 Remix) by The Weeknd
To us, The Weeknd kind of died a little after House of Balloons, which we should add was one of our favourite releases of 2011 (and the past decade). Thankfully, the dudes over at 5kinAndBone5 have teamed up with Vin Sol, to create this remix, and duly put some life back into the R&B singer’s sound. It’s a frenetic number, with 80s indebted drums, and vibes made for the floor. So if you’re reading this Abel - please get these dudes to produce whatever you do next, cheers.
A dark, and eerie remix from Germany’s Manuel Tur. From the screeching vocal cuts, to doom filled synths, and background effects, this tune would be the perfect addition to any Halloween playlist. Released on Tur’s Mild Pitch imprint, it’s one of the most haunting tunes we’ve heard, and is definitely not something you’d want to listen to walking home alone at night. Beware.
Another banger from rising New Zealand duo, Chaos In The CBD. Fresh from the lovely ‘I’m Losing You,’ off the Sinterklaas SocietyCompilation, and their equally big ‘Forests' remix, they've now dropped this number. We already know the brotherly duo make some of the smoothest House you're likely to hear, yet they manage to take things to another level again here. With an ear for melody that few producers can match, this tune is full of late night vibes, with a lovely vocal cut, and Techy percussion.
Australia, despite its rich and varied musical history, isn’t a place hugely associated with electronic music. This perception is changing however, with a host of producers popping up around this great, isolated landmass we call home. From House and Techno, to R&B tinged Garage, and Dubstep inspired jams, there’s a diversity here that’s as mixed as Australia itself. We’ve also included a few tracks by producers from our Trans-Tasman neighbour, and long time friend, New Zealand. So go on mate - throw another shrimp on the barbie, pop open a cold beer, pause the Hottest 100, and enjoy the mix.
Formerly known as 3channels, Catz ‘n Dogz are a half Polish/German duo who make bass-heavy, floor oriented House. Since its release on Dirtybird in mid-December, we’ve given this tune a heavy rinsing - at home, at our club night, and also on our radio show. So whilst geared towards the floor, it’s versatile enough to be played anywhere, the sign of a certified banger. Big ups.
Magnum comes from one of the most fertile breeding grounds for electronic music - Puerto Rico. Okay, so perhaps not a place hugely associated with the genre, he may just change that. On this track he enlists French Fries to give it the remix treatment, who duly creates a raw, bass monster that would rock any club system. It seems like the rising Parisian producer, and ClekClekBoom founder can do no wrong at the moment, with everything he touches turning to gold.
New business from rising Toronto producer Kevin McPhee. Those that have previously heard McPhee, would probably associate him more with bass-heavy House, rather than dubby Techno. However, on ‘Outs’ McPhee takes a darker approach - with the result being an eerie Techno stomper, that’s sure to get pulses racing. After a rather large 2011, we’re tipping this man to make even more inroads to stardom this year. Get to know.
GoldFFinch are another talented duo to emerge of late. Hailing from Belgium, the pair make Techno jams, inspired by a range of influences. ‘Arabian Prince’ is surely a homage to the 80s Electro Hip hop producer of the same name, whose music shares similarities to much of the material coming out of the UK currently. Be sure to keep an eye out on our friends over at Life Crushed blog, who have a full review of the 12” on the way.
Despite just how good this tune is, its received minimal coverage since dropping nearly a month ago on DWNTWN RCRD, a Swiss based imprint. Dehousy is based out of Rennes, France, and is a relatively frequent uploader on Soundcloud. The smooth vibes on this tune - with its soulful vocal, and deep bassline, make it perfect for both home and club listening. So show your friends, your mumma, and whoever else, because tunes this bangin’ should be heard.
"Crunk Bass" isn’t really an established genre yet, but if it was/ever is, Clicks & Whistles are undoubtedly the founding fathers of it. The duo have had a fairly steady output of releases over the past year or so, all of which are solid, and well worth checking out. Their sound is well suited for the floor, with ‘Relief’ no exception. So any bass music DJ playing to a group of Hip hop heads - be sure to sneak some Clicks & Whistles into your set.
What’s the key to being a successful electronic artist in the UK right now? Making good tunes? Nahh - obviously it’s being called Jamie. There’s poster boy Jamie xx, there’s crooner Jamie Woon, and then of course there’s Mr. Grind. Born as Jamie Webster, the London based producer has been making waves over the past 12 months, with his own take on UK Garage. Best of all though, Webster has just dropped a free four-track EP, from which ‘Don’t Think’ appears on. So give thanks y’all, and grab your copy here.
Perhaps not the most fitting vibe for a Friday, and a little different from what we normally post, there’s something about this track that caught our attention. A busy combination of chopped vocals, synths, and percussion, somehow it manages to still sound cohesive. Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) is a producer on the verge of bigger things, and with his When You’re Gone EP dropping next month, we’re sure you’ll be hearing a lot more of his name in the future.
From Brisbane, Australia, a place with next to no history in (current) electronic music, we introduce to you Tincture (aka Luke Dalton). Utilizing the R&B vibes that are currently popular in the Bass music world, ‘You’ll Learn’ is essentially a remix of Usher’s ‘Burn' - a track we haven't heard in at least five years. After all, there's nothing quite like reminiscing over a song from your youth, right?
Another one of a host of Juke, and R&B inspired producers to appear in the past few years, Montpelier native Raziek is part of the always bangin’ Top Billin crew. He dropped his Love Vs Bass EP late last year, which we’ve duly given a heavy rinsing in the GP office since. This one is heavy on the R&B vibes, which coupled with the thumping percussion, makes for a total floor destroyer. Big ups.
Whilst we sometimes find Future Garage a little tiresome - there’s only so much reverb-soaked, Burial wannabes we can take, Synkro manages to absolutely nail the sound here. It’s atmospheric, the vocal is perfect, and the overall vibes are just beautiful. If anyone ever asks what the genre sounds like, after god (Burial), this would probably be a pretty good starting point. Enjoy.
Spam Chop (known to his moms as Lukas Cole), is a Nottingham based producer, and founder of Wigflex Records. ‘Blergzz’ starts relatively relaxed, before dropping into a heavier middle section, then getting even heavier again with an absolute monster bassline. Despite being a somewhat hectic track, heavy on percussion, and synths, it never feels cluttered. It’s available on the Boiler Room Soundcloud, which we suggest following immediately if you’re not already doing so.
Smooth may not be the first word that enters your mind when someone mentions Techno. This track however is one of the smoothest, and deepest tunes you’re likely to hear - of any genre. It’s contemplative, late night vibes are so well executed, that we’d almost call it the perfect tune. The Weekly Contract Events EP from which it’s from, also includes tracks from Kowton, and Kareem Moser, and is an absolute essential for any good DJ’s collection.
We posted a Bambounou track last week from the forthcoming Sinterklaas Society compilation, which is set for release next Tuesday, and includes tracks from all of the Youngunz crew. Now, arguably the biggest name in the crew, French Fries (aka Valentino Canzani) has dropped his contribution towards the compilation. It takes a heavier approach than the other tracks so far, going with a more Dubstep inspired sound, rather than a House tip. Be sure to have Tuesday marked on your calender - we sure do.
Why are we posting this? Well, other than diggin’ Ms. Banks, the beat is actually produced by none other than Machinedrum (aka Travis Stewart). Stewart fans will no doubt recognise it as ‘SXLND,' which has been floating around the net for a month or so now, after first appearing on the LuckyMe Soundcloud. We mentioned a few days ago that he’s going to struggle to top his massive 2011, but it seems like he’s already on the way, particularly if the massively hyped Banks continues to show love (or luv).
We’ve been waiting for this release for a little while now - and luckily it dropped in time for our next club night. ‘Make U Understand’ is a a prime-time UK Garage track, with some Dubstep wobble, transported into 2012’s more freakier side. We’re tipping big things from not only 5kinAndBone5 this year, but also from Unknown To The Unknown, who had a stellar 2011. Get to know.
If you’ve been sleeping on Sydney based producer Dro Carey - then you better wake the fuck up. Born as Eugene Hector, he’s a prolific beatmaker, constantly uploading new material to his Tumblr. However, he’s gone one step further here, dropping a whole mini-LP for free download. This tune is dark, edgy, and most of all perfect for late night listening. Download yourselves a copy here. Now.
Dam Mantle, along with the likes of Rustie, and Hudmo have made Glasgow into one of the most exciting places for electronic music. Known to his moms as Tom Marshallsay, the Glaswegian producer makes music ranging from Dubstep, to wonky Hip hop, and beyond. This remix is heavy on the synth, and whilst still retaining basically the same vocal cuts to the original, it speeds up to a more club orientated BPM. It eventually transitions into a percussive rich latter half, from where it gradually comes down, and ends somewhat minimally. Enjoy.
The first offering for Hotflush in 2012 comes by way of Belgium, from Antwerp based producer, Locked Groove. Since this 12” landed in our inboxes a few weeks ago, we’ve given it a heavy rinsing - the thumping, atmospheric vibes completely hook us in every time. This year promises to be a big one for the forward thinking label, with a new LP from Scuba set to drop, along with a host of other releases. From Dubstep to Future Garage, and now to Techno, Hotflush are always one step ahead of the rest.
Ripped from Kingdom’s (aka Ezra Rubin’s) Fade To Mind mix for The Fader, we assume this one is dropping in the coming months. We’re expecting big things from Rubin this year, and from his Night Slugs affiliated Fade To Mind imprint, both of which had a solid 2011. Rubin also contributed to the most recent Dirtybird compilation, with the track ‘SFX,’ an ominous sounding floor-destroyer.
After having a massive 2011 as both Machinedrum, and one half of Sepalcure, it’ll surely be difficult for Travis Stewart to reach such levels this year. Or will it? Judging by this track it seems possible it could just happen. ‘DDD’ in preview form has been floating around on the LuckyMe Soundcloud for a few months now, but this is the first time it’s been released in full, and it doesn’t disappoint. What will Stewart manage to produce for the remainder of the year? Only time will tell - but we’re betting it’ll be good.
Based out of New Orleans, DJ and producer Jim-E-Stack makes soulful, bass-heavy jams. Stack’s sound has far more in common with the UK, than it does with the Southern United States, which shows just how truly global bass music has become. We suggest getting hold of his Come Between EP, which dropped on Juno yesterday, and is set for release on other sites this Monday. Get to know.
Just when we thought this week couldn’t get any better for new music, this happened. After a groundbreaking 2011, these two young brothers seem destined for even bigger things this year - in fact, we’re almost certain of it. Why? Firstly, they’re soon to embark on a UK wide tour with electronic superstar SBTRKT, and secondly, they make tunes as good as this. ‘Flow’ is characteristically soulful, yet is also poppy enough to be a crossover hit. If you’ve slept on Disclosure ‘til now; rectify your mistake immediately.
Forests (Chaos In The CBD Remix) by Shooting Horses
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Youngunz crew has us on their payroll, in fact, maybe they should - this remix is our third post inas many days from one of their artists. It comes not from France, but by way of New Zealand, from rising duo Chaos In The CBD. The smooth vibes hooked us in immediately, and has subsequently resulted in it being on repeat since. Enjoy.
Youngunz crew member Bambounou has developed a signature sound of his own, however on this tune he strays from that, instead going with more of a House vibe. ‘Fake Jake’ is from the forthcoming Sinterklaas Society compilation, which also features Generic People favourites and fellow crew members, Chaos In The CBD, French Fries, and Coni. They’ll be dropping free tracks daily on the Youngunz soundcloud until its release later this month - so we highly suggest following ‘em.
Dropping officially today on Orca Recordings, XI’sImmunity / Squeeze 12” is a dark, and atmospheric Future Garage affair. A-side ‘Immunity’ is without doubt a solid track, but it’s the B-side, ‘Squeeze’ that really caught our attention. It has a Zomby type vibe to it, with relatively sparse percussive arrangements, and a chopped, melancholy female vocal. All five of Orca’s releases have been sublime, and we’re expecting to hear a lot more from them, and this Berlin based producer in the future.
Despite making bass-heavy House for a good while now, we’ll always remember A1 Bassline for his (cough), Bassline days. That’s probably just us trying to cling onto our fading youth, either way though, his recent output has been sublime. The percussion, that repetitive vocal saying “why do you” over and over, and of course the massive bass - everything about this tune is on point, and made to destroy floors. We’re not sure exactly when Dirtybird plan to release it, but we’re hoping it’s soon, real soon.
So this is hardly even a full tune, fuck it though - when Skream drops something that sounds like his output circa 2007, we take notice. It’s easy to forget that the London producer was one of the pioneers of Dubstep when hearing his latest project, Magnetic Man. Skream (real name Oliver Jones) still caters to his original fans though with sub-bass heavy bangers like this. We’re just hoping that this sees a proper release on Skreamizm Vol. 7. Fingers crossed.
The second release on French Fries’ ClekClekBoom label, comes from fellow Parisian, Coni. Like his label-mates, Coni’s sound is percussion rich, and heavy on R&B vocal samples. ‘Suma’ is made for dance-floors, with its uplifting synth, and funky drums. His Luz In Pool / Suma / Crush 12” dropped recently - and we highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy. We’re also tipping Coni is a name you’ll be hearing a lot more of during the course of this year.
Perhaps Daniel Klauser is a fitting person for our first guest mix, like us, he’s a relative new comer to the bass music world. At just 20, he’s cemented himself as a growing name, getting love from Santiago to Stockholm. Part of the talented Get Flavor crew, Klauser takes a mix of influences, before combining them to form his own unique sound. We’d best describe it as South American tinged House - but we’ll leave you to interpret it for yourselves. He’s also founder of the stellar Diamante Records, which is based out of Klauser’s home-town of Santiago. This mix is definitely aimed towards the floor - and the ladies on it. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Look Like has been making his mark on the Bass music world for a year or so now - with his profile continuing to increase. This remix of French duo, CDBL is possibly our favourite track of his to date, and is hopefully an indicator of what’s to come in 2012 from the Swiss producer. In our interview with him back in August, he spoke about the high density of clubs in his home country, yet the relatively small amount of people producing music. So perhaps we’ll be seeing a few more Swiss producers making a name for themselves in the future. Big ups.
Sam Shepherd, better known as Floating Points, had a rather active 2011. He somehow managed to drop the stellar ‘Marilyn' and 'Danger' himself, while juggling a prolific year for his label, Eglo (co-run with Rinse FM DJ Alex Nut), which released some memorable works from Funkineven, ARP101, and Fatima. Shepard then proceeded to cap the year off with the excellent Shadows EP, a collaboration with visual artist Will Hurt, (you can see some of it in action here.) The EP is full of heavily introspective, (yet accessible) grooves, with ‘Realise’ being a prime example. It’s anchored by indecisive percussion and pensive keys, which slowly come in throughout the course of the track. Sit back, turn off the lights, and give this one a spin.
It’s no secret we’re big fans of Californian producer Urulu (aka Taylor Freels), his smooth House vibes seem to ‘get us’ every time, with this track no exception. Freels has mastered the delicate art of vocal samples, again, totally nailing it here. Off the back of a solid 2011, if Freels continues producing tunes of this quality for the remainder of this year, he’s no doubt set for big things. Get to know.
This track is by no means a new one, first released as part of Cosmin TRG’s A Universal Crash EP, which came out last April on Rush Hour. However, it’s also part of the stellar Best of Rush Hour 2011 compilation, which we’ve had on repeat the past month or so. It also includes the likes of Bnjmn, Recloose, Lando Kal, and more, making it an essential release for anyone into House. Get on it.
Slovenian born producer Maya Medvesek has become a relatively well known name in the mostly male dominated UK Electronic scene. Her latest release, the FestivusEP (we’re guessing Medvesek is a Seinfeld fan), came out recently on Fortified Audio. From the smooth Jazz sound, to the well placed rap sample, the vibes on this track are simply perfect.