Minneapolis Belongs To You (LOL Boys Remix) by Elite Gymnastics
LOL Boys and Elite Gymnastics is a pairing that seems to go together perfectly, with both duos possessing a unique sound, and a similarly unique sense of humour. 'Minneapolis Belongs To You' has wonderfully worked synths, that make the ideal soundtrack to your next hazy night out, or acid-fueled hallucination. We also recommend you check out our November interview with LOL Boys here.
UK Funky superstar Lil Silva returns with his first release since The Patience EP from May last year. ‘Gobble That’ is a hard edged, grimy number, undoubtedly crafted for the floor more than home listening. Despite his relatively long absence between releases, Lil Silva has remained active on the UK DJ circuit, as well as expertly remixing Lana Del Rey earlier this year.Gobble That / Who Hurt You 12” is set for a mid April release. Watch this space.
South London Ordinance is a name you need to get familiar with if you’re not already. Preferring to so far remain anonymous, the London producer has risen rapidly over the past six months, from complete unknown to one of the mostly hotly tipped names in the scene. We’re not sure when, or where ‘Fantazia’ is getting a release, but we’re sure it’ll cause havoc on quite a few floors when it does. Get to know.
Continuing as promised on a Hip hop tip, this one comes courtesy of Generic People favourite, Brenmar. One of the nicest dudes in the Bass music scene, Brenmar (known to his moms as Bill Salas) has been killin’ the US scene with the likes of Kingdom, and Nguzunguzu for a little while now. Salas gives the Kirko Bangz original some floor oriented percussion that’s enough to get just about anyone moving. Be sure to follow him on twitter too as he’ll drop this for free download when he hits 5,000 followers. Enjoy y’all.
Y’all may have noticed it’s not just Bass music we’re down with - we’re pretty big on Hip hop too. Detroit native Danny Brown is one of our favorite rappers to emerge in years with his versatility and story telling ability near untouchable. So, when combined with an A-Trak beat and some characteristically ridiculous Juicy J lyrics, we’re naturally pretty big on the result. As Bass music and Hip hop continue to overlap more (see: Jam City feat. Main Attrakionz), expect to find more posts on that tip here.
After posting a host of floor-fillers, we thought it was only right to mix it up a little, and post something a bit more relaxed. Manchester based Damu has been a tad quiet of late on the release front after a relatively busy 2011. ‘Sjunga’ marks a change in sound for him, moving away from his signature spacey synths, and into more upbeat UK Garage territory. He’s offering it as a free download, so be sure to grab your copy here.
'Basement' is a rough and sinister Acid stomper with gliding 303s and booming 808s that are bound to shake even the hardest floors upon the first hit. Boddika (aka Alex Green) has been on a streak that few producers can match, with his output consistently of the highest quality, and always of the most danceable nature. For those who know their history, you'll no doubt be aware Green has been on the scene for years, originally as one half of Instra:Mental with Jon Convex. A lot may have changed since their Jungle days of 2000, yet one thing remains the same - their ability to annihilate dance-floors worldwide.
The shift towards full length albums has been a noticeable trend in the past few years in the electronic music world. We’re not entirely show why this is - perhaps it’s simply a natural progression, or maybe it’s producers wanting to prove themselves as ‘true’ musicians, either way we’re definitely not complaining. Addison Groove’s Transistor Rhythm is one of the most anticipated of these LP’s, not only that, but radio rips of ‘Starluck’ have been floating around Youtube for what seems like enternity. The rest of the LP is similarly big, so all in all not a bad way to start the week, innit?
Tessela seems to have one mode only - floor mode. So if you’re into “ambient rain vibes” then we suggest you stop reading immediately, and kindly go back to listening to your Burial rip-off. The Darlene, Please / Let Up 12" is rough, and relentless, with heavy hitting percussion that simply never lets up. It’s a formula that means Tessela probably only has limited home listening potential; yet almost unlimited floor-destroying capabilities. Use wisely.
Jamie Grind (aka Jamie Webster) seems to be on the cusp of breaking out to a larger audience. The London via Leeds native has been on our radar for a while, in which time we’ve seen him progress as a producer, and gain considerable hype. ‘We Still Play’ is taken from Webster’s split EP with Kingthing, which came out on Infrasonics recently, and is well worth splashing some coins on. Enjoy.
T. Williams may not quite be as known as some of his London counterparts, though his skill as a producer is just as great. ‘30 Degree’ is one of the more relaxed tunes from his Can We EP, which came out on Enchufada recently. It’s got plenty of snares, and kicks, which are complemented by some heavy bass and video game-esque synths. It gradually develops into a dance-floor ready tune, which like the rest of the EP will no doubt get floors moving, and asses shaking. Enjoy.
Jimmy Edgar has been doing his thing for a while now since debuting back in 1998 at the tender age of 15. In the years following he’s produced a plethora of music, which whilst ranging in genre, always display his signature eccentricity. It was perhaps a little surprising to many, when earlier this year it was announced Edgar was releasing a new LP on Scuba’s Hotflush imprint. ‘Switch Switch,’ which is taken from his This One’s For The Children EP (also forthcoming on Hotflush), goes on an ’80s Funk tip - not dissimilar to that of Arp.101 and Jam City. Enjoy.
You may have noticed this is our second Citizen post in as many days. Why? Because we’re currently rinsing the shit out of his Vanity EP, which came out last December. If you’re not yet familiar with him, he’s a mysterious London based producer, who has seemingly disclosed minimal details about himself online. He’s also proven to be adept with remixes, with his Whitney Houston remix one of the best to emerge after the R&B singer’s death. Get to know.
Lando Kal (aka Antaeus Roy) is a name you should know by now. The Berlin based producer effortlessly switches genres, ranging from 90s inspired Garage, to Techno bangers. We’ve been waiting quite a while for ‘TMRW’ to see a release, with Roy posting a snippet of it on his Soundcloud nearly a year ago. With another long awaited release, ‘Rhythm Sektion’ (which we’ve been lucky enough to hear already) forthcoming on Hotflush, Roy is set for a big next few months.
Y’all already know we’re big fans of Urulu (known to his moms as Taylor Freels). Naturally then, when Mr. Freels drops new material, we’re all over it. Released last Tuesday on Exploited Rec, Across The Sky continues Freels’ classic House tip, that’s tailored (we’re also fans of bad puns) for late nights. Track three, ‘Don’t Dare,’ is our standout tune - it’s all in those synths innit? Enjoy.
Californian producer Vin Sol was first introduced to us through his collaborations with 5kinAndBone5. On ‘Psychic Convoy’ he goes with a jackin’ House vibe, crafting a memorable tune, that’s sole purpose is for the floor - and everyone on it. Sol is giving away this jam for free on his Soundcloud, so be sure to snap up your copy here.
Ain’t nobody do it like 5kinAndBone5 - and that’s a fact. On this track, the UTTU signed producers combine a somewhat bizarre mix of ecstatic, 90s Euro Dance synths, with their usual Grime-tinged sound. We’re not really sure how exactly it works, but somehow it does, with the end result sounding surprisingly cohesive. So what better track for a Friday than something as ridiculous as this?
Does It Look Like I’m Here? (Daphni Mix 1) by Emeralds
Daphni is Dan Snaith’s (aka Caribou) House side project. Emeralds are a three-piece act from Cleveland, who formerly made Drone, and now produce what is probably best described simply as ‘synth music.’ They supported Snaith on his North American tour in late 2010, which we’re guessing is where the seeds of this remix were born. This isn’t just any old remix though, no, this is something else. It’s a psychedelic journey that gradually builds into a floor annihilator, and subsequently it holds a unique place amongst the tracks we’ve posted. Use wisely.
Stay+ (formerly Christian AIDS) are someone we’re tipping for major success in 2012. Since first hearing their namesake track in the middle of last year, we’ve been eagerly anticipating what the London via Manchester duo have in the pipeline. They combine a range of elements together to form a sound that is probably most distinguishable by it’s overall euphoria. ‘Guardian’ is not unlike much of New Order’s 80s output, and has real potential to become an anthem for the approaching UK summer. With an EP set for release soon, be sure to stay tuned - and of course, stay+.
We’ve been heavily rinsing Colo’s Midday Sun EP for at least the last week. So after posting a George FitzGerald remix last Monday, we thought it was only fair we share an original from the EP, which was released via TAKE Records. ‘Picture Of You’ is a lovely, relaxed jam, that showcases the duo’s keen ear for melody, and obvious pop sensibilities. You probably won’t be hearing a Colo OG in a club anytime soon - but we wouldn’t be surprised if you were to hear one on the radio.
We can recognise Pearson Sound percussion from a mile away - which comes in handy for radio rips. His formula of sparse, yet memorable percussion, with a generally simple vocal cut is continued in this tune. Whilst perhaps sounding somewhat basic, he’s the master of combining all these elements together, and duly creating some of the best music you’re likely to hear. Big ups.
When Soundcloud emails you saying Bartosz Kruczynski (aka The Phantom) has ‘shared’ a new track, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’re in for some aural pleasure. Whether it’s Funk indebted 140bpm business, UK Funky, or whatever else, Krucyznski nails it every time. ‘I’m Banging’ is an instant floor-filler, with perfectly done synths, and a catchy, repetitive vocal cut. Kruczynski is part of Poland’s burgeoning bass music scene - which he discusses in our recent interview with him.
When we talk about producers having a unique sound, few rival Huerco S. Based out of Kansas City (though his location is inconsequential really), his music is somewhat reminiscent to that of Hype Williams, though with a slightly more bass heavy sound. ‘Hiromi’s Theme’ is one of his most interesting works yet, with a distant sounding Japanese female vocal speaking over a fuzzy, organic beat, and intermediate beeps. It evokes images of 70s or 80s anime films, and is the perfect soundtrack for late, reflective nights.
We’re the first to admit that we love a bit of cheese - and we’re not talking about Cheddar either. We challenge anyone who says cheesy is bad to listen to some late 90s UK Garage and not enjoy it. We also have a soft spot for Juke, a genre which borders on ridiculous much of the time. So what happens when the two are combined? Well, naturally we dig it. Raziek has created an undeniably catchy jam, which is unashamedly aimed at the floor, and will no doubt get bodies moving.
Y’all know by now that we love Dro Carey. The Sydney producer has been steadily increasing his reputation over the past 18 months, crafting a unique and varied sound, which has won praise from Pitchfork to XLR8R. ‘Gunmouth,’ which comes from our free compilation that dropped last week, is a Trap music inspired number, and wouldn’t sound out of place with Waka rapping over it. Be sure to grab the compilation here.
This week has already been massive for new music, with the latest Burial + Four Tet collab, the French Fries EP on Dirtybird finally dropping, and of course Fort Romeau’s debut on 100% Silk. Jack Dixon has been on a House tip of late, which he continues with this track - a soulful, late night jam. With an EP dropping on R&S subsidiary Apollo Records later this month, be sure to keep an eye out, in the meantime though, grab this track for free on his Soundcloud.
100% Silk get the sort of press coverage that most labels can only dream of. Whatever the reason for this (we won’t speculate), they do release some genuinely good music, and this LP is no exception. Kingdoms is Fort Romeau’s debut, though the London based producer doesn’t just make House music, he also doubles as La Roux’s keyboardist. It’s an interesting LP, albeit a relatively short one, which stays in a relaxed vein throughout. We’re tipping Pitchfork will be all over this one, so grab it now before they are, and boast to your friends about how ahead you are.
2562 (aka A Made Up Sound) goes on a tribal tip with this one. ‘Jerash Hekwerken’ is an unsettling number with little resemblance of melody, that shuffles along, building up tension with distant noises. It’s Avant-garde to say the least, and leaves us salivating for his Air Jordan EP, which is set for release on March 19. The EP contains a number of field recordings taken in Jordan (hence the name), some of which are obviously apparent in this track. Stay tuned.
So the majority of people are probably still talking about the most recent Burial and Four Tet collaboration. Which of course is understandable, but this track also dropped today, and we think it’s equally good. George FitzGerald has crafted a lovely remix of Colo’s original, and in the process made possibly the perfect Monday tune. Instead of grumbling about the start of a new working week, listen to this tune, and appreciate that you have ears which enable you to do so.
We were just a little surprised when we got an email from Soundcloud entitled “Public Track Burial + Four Tet - Nova shared to you.” With no prior warning of such a big collaboration, simply upping the track to Soundcloud is an interesting way of announcing it. As for the track, we’ll let it speak for itself, and as for a release date? That hasn’t been announced as yet.
GoldFFinch have emerged as one of the hottest duos to come out of the underground of late. Already onto their second EP for the year, they seem to get better with every release, developing a signature sound in the process. It’s a warped Belgian take on Techno, cross-pollinated with the current club trends, which has won them praise from the likes of Boddika and Loefah. With Techno continuing from where it left off last year, we can only guess what the likes of Blawan and co. have in store for us in the near future.
We posted a track from Toronto producer Bassmynt a few weeks ago, and whilst we thought that tune was pretty cool, we’re feelin’ this one even more. ‘Blind Night’ isn’t trying to be emotive, instead, it’s simply made to destroy dance-floors, and we have little doubt that’s what it’ll do. Bassmynt is definitely a producer worth keeping an eye on, and someone we’re tipping you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the remainder of this year. Get to know.
Arp.101 continues to kill it, and them some. After his incredible U EP late last year, and a recent remix for Bonobo, the London based master of Funk returns with this gem. ‘Mystery Man’ is a slow and easy jam, with short, yet memorable vocals, accompanied by layers of synths which switch from quick bleeps, to waves of cascading pads. Incredibly this one is available for free from the Eglo Records bandcamp. Don’t sleep on this - grab yourself a copy and help bring back the Funk.
Apple Bottom is perhaps the most talented 17 year old producing music at the minute. If you’ve slept on this kid until this point - then now would be the perfect time to rectify your error. How? By grabbing this track for free as part of our compilation with Life Crushed, The Leaving Scene, and The Soul Electronic. Do so here.
Night Slugs boss, Bok Bok, dropped his Southside EP (from where this track is taken) in May of last year. The third track of the EP, it was made in honour of this tune - a hit from the not so distant past, when Grime was the word on everyone’s lips. So we fittingly thought we’d post it as a reminder that there’s some big things coming from the Night Slugs crew. Stay tuned.