Mickey Pearce (real name: Richard Attley) delivered the gigantic Don’t Ask Don’t Get / I am 12” back in January as we’re sure you’ll no doubt remember. Evidently not satisfied with just the one massive 12” in 2012, he’s duly followed his Swamp81 effort with this one,Tempted / Softly Softly. Dropping on Ten Thousand Yen this Friday, it’s everything you’d expect from a producer who seems to have really found his sound under the Pearce moniker (you may remember Attley for his previous work as Shortstuff). We should also add that unlike the name may suggest, there’s nothing ‘soft’ about this one - in fact it’s possibly the polar opposite. Enjoy.
The majority of tracks scattered throughout Bandshell’s first contribution to the Hessle Audio discography exert an active kind of energy. The omnipresent low-end is accompanied by sounds darting from left to right - echoing and decaying, which emerge and then disappear without a trace. While tracks like ‘Rise ‘Em’ and ‘Dog Sweater’ relentlessly aim themselves at the listener, ‘Metzger’ serves as the sole moment of respite and probably the most outwardly melodic part of the EP. During it, indiscernible sounds crumble underneath muddy yet still prominent synths, and restrained percussion. The EP’s consistency has left us curious and excited to see what the man himself comes up with next, and whether it finds a home within Hessle’s territory or elsewhere.
Dead Long Time (Nguzunguzu Remix) by Massacooramaan
As if the original isn’t itself heavy (or good) enough, Nguzunguzu have come through and delivered a certified banger of a remix. The eerie synths coupled with the booming bass give the track a horror-esque vibe, making for a rather haunting and ghoulish aesthetic. So come October 31, we’re expecting this one to pop up at more than a few Halloween parties - and of course in Deadboy’s now annual mix…
Paul Marmota is a Chilean producer now based out of Mexico. South America is a continent that we overlook a little, with our knowledge of what’s coming out of the region admittedly a bit second-rate. However, what we have discovered has had a unique Latino vibe to it, which seems tailor made for dance-floors. This remix is no exception and undoubtedly makes a great summer anthem for the Northern hemisphere (while we freeze down under).
It’s hard to keep track with what is and isn’t real when it comes to the Body High label outta Los Angeles. While we can easily put a name to a face when it comes to most of the label’s roster and its founders, Samo Sound Boy and Jerome of LOL Boys, it’s not as easy when it comes to guys like Floyd Campbell or DJ Funeral. It’s like 1/4th of the Dance Mania roster all over again. However, with the quality of tunes they manage to churn out, it doesn’t really matter who’s behind it.
Alex “Omar” Smith is a name any House fan should know. The Detroit native has been releasing music since the early 00s - much of which on his own FXHE imprint. Smith falls into the small category of producers who never seem to put a foot wrong with their output, meaning all of his releases are pretty much essentials for any record collection. ‘Kosmos’ is characteristically deep, and includes vocal samples towards the end that many of you will possibly recognize from your childhood (depending on your age perhaps).
Bambounou not only rocks some of the best hair in the Bass music world, he also makes some of the most bangin’ tunes. The French producer had a big 2011, and whilst having been a little quiet this year thus far, is set to release an EP on 50Weapons in August. Until then however this remix will be on repeat when it drops tomorrow as part of Lokiboi’s One House EP on Youngunz. Get to know.
Darling Farah is a little slept on in our opinion. The London based producer - via the UAE and originally Detroit (cosmopolitan much?), has been on a streak of quality releases, all of which through Civil Music. Body, his debut full-length has just dropped, and showcases a mixture of dubby Techno and more Berlin inspired sounds. A consistent album from start to finish, we could have picked a number of songs to post, but found the synths on ‘All Eyes’ quite simply irresistible. We suggest snagging this one on vinyl immediately.
Joe Arthur is a 17 year old producer from Bristol who’s surely set for big things. Considering his age, or lack of, his ability to craft catchy tracks is impressive. Through the range of songs on his Soundcloud, the quality goes from strength to strength. It’s no surprise that Russian label Wicked Bass have tapped him for an EP due later this year (like Huerco S, our last guest in the Generic Cast series). The mix he’s whipped up for us is short but sweet, going from modern UK club anthems (George FitzGerald, Guy Andrews) to straight-up classics (‘Promised Land’ and ‘Vamp“‘back-to-back), with one or two curve-balls thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!
Despite its two and a half minute length, ‘Slang Autopsy’ is one of the busiest moments of Dro Carey’s newest offering for the Trilogy Tapes, with tribal percussion paving the way for blistering waves of low-end and vocal chops of what sounds like mindless lunkheads. While most people familiar with Dro’s oeuvre may have been desensitised to his outsider spin of club music, every track on the EP still hits as hard as that first encounter with his music.
Belgium’s Locked Groove released his Rooted EP at the very beginning of this year on Hotflush Recordings - not a bad label to make your debut on. Now he’s duly followed it up with the equally impressive, Keep It Simple EP. At over eight minutes long, ‘Keep Running’ is unlikely to be getting any airplay on your favourite commercial radio station anytime soon. That said, we’ve got few doubts this will be an underground hit. Get to know.
Lee Jarvis is a producer we came across one night whilst browsing Soundcloud. Amongst the plethora of mediocre House we’ve found on there, Jarvis immediately stood out. His bouncy House sound is immensely catchy, with a strong classic Chicago influence - which makes sense as that’s where Jarvis is currently based. We advise following him on Soundcloud and checking out his other tunes.
Cosmin Nicolae has been producing music since Dubstep was still a relatively small phenomena confined mostly to dingy London clubs. Now like so many of the former Dubstep producers, Nicolae has moved onto other sounds, and also onto Berlin. The city has evidently influenced the Romanian producers’ sound, with this particularly clear in his most recent release, the Vertigo / Sommer 12” on 50Weapons. While ‘Vertigo’ is stellar as evidenced here, flip-side ‘Sommer' is just as large, making this one an essential purchase. Enjoy.
Helix is part of the Night Slugs North American contingent - along with long time Slugger, Kingdom. The former dropped the much anticipated ‘Drum Track' on a Night Slugs white label back in March, to which he received widespread acclaim, and established himself as a producer to watch. 'Honig' however is rather different in its sound, starting with a thumping 4x4 beat, before lovely chords progress the tune into lusher territory. This one is as suited for home listening as it is to spinning out, so we recommend buying it on wax here. Enjoy.
We’ve not heard the word ‘Troglodyte’ since our time on the world Dungeons & Dragons circuit. Okay, so perhaps that part isn’t quite true, but one thing that’s a fact is Mr. Bashmore’s ability to craft excellent music. Whether on a more relaxed tip like here or on straight bangers like ‘Au Serve,’ few step up to the plate and deliver as much, and as often as Bashmore manages to. It’s available for free on his Soundcloud now, so be sure to snag yourself a copy.
Since releasing the colossal More Than Me 12” last November, which of course included the huge title track, Eliphino has established himself as a producer to watch. He’s duly returned with the hotly anticipated Vrybdy 12” - to which this is the B-side of. While the A-side is undeniably good, it’s the percussive, hyped up ‘Don’t Make Sense’ that really caught our attention. The somewhat abrasive nature of this tune may be off putting for some, but on a packed out dance-floor it’d surely go down a treat. Enjoy.
Scuba (aka Paul Rose) has again donned his Techno monkier, SCB, and created a thumping remix of ‘NE1BUTU’ in the process. The original comes from Personality, Rose’s third LP, which we found slightly underwhelming in comparison to 2010’s Triangulation. Rose’s Hotflush Recordings has had a big year thus far, releasing excellent material from Jimmy Edgar, Beaumont, and our personal favourite, Locked Groove. It drops on July 2, so be sure to stay tuned.
We posted the original not too long ago, a hard-hitting track that showed a slightly heavier edge to Rupert ‘xxxy’ Taylor’s sound, in contrast to the airy, ‘I Know This (Can’t Be Love).’ However, French Fries restrains the track’s drummier nature and goes in for full club effect on his remix, stripping the snares and throwing echoed HAs into the mix. He does this while still retaining the OG’s silky chord stabs and pleading vocal snippets. There’s no stopping French Fries or xxxy, considering the solid year they’ve had so far, and this remix definitely adds to their impressive track (excuse the pun) records.
Forget everything you know about Chicago Damn for a second, why? Because this is nothing like what we’ve heard from him before. Instead it’s some of the most evil and ominous sounding Acid Techno you’ll hear.
Night Streets (Coyote Clean Up Remix) by DenMother
Detroit’s Coyote Clean Up has progressed a long way since making Chillwave indebted tunes a few years back. This remix is 16 minutes of vibin’ Deep House, which as the title suggests is best suited for, well - nighttime. With any tune of such length there’s always the risk of it becoming stagnant and boring, yet thankfully that doesn’t happen here, with the progression near perfect. We suspect Coyote Clean Up may have something dropping on 100% Silk in the near future (if his sound is any indication) - so stay posted.
Tri Angle Records are one of the most hyped labels to emerge in the Electronic world in recent years. With releases from Balam Acab, Clams Casino, Evian Christ, and of course, Holy Other, the Brooklyn label likes to keep a mysterious, enigmatic aesthetic. Holy Other’s sound is probably best described as an offshoot of UK Garage - with a uniquely Tri Angle-esque twist. ‘Love Some1’ rekindles a similar sound to his debut EP from last year, and is a foreboding and somewhat murky tune, with hazy vocal cuts. Save this one for late nights.
No doubt everyone remembers the original, right? Well here, rising Swiss producer, Look Like, gives it a bouncy twist. This is a straight up body mover, and makes an excellent bridging track from R&B to a more House orientated spectrum - so DJ’s take note. Enjoy your weekends y’all.
Zach White (better known as Indigo Bunting) is part of the Kansas City based ‘Seapunk’ movement which gained notoriety on the internet last year. While that movement seems to have diversified and diverged into different directions, White has found a (somewhat) signature sound to call his own. ‘Pink Starburst’ is a rather busy sounding tune with manic percussion, and well worked vocal cuts, all the while at the usual quick BPM we’ve come to expect from Mr. White. Get to know.
Fresh off remixing duties for Kimbra, George FitzGerald surfaces with the Child EP - his first release of the year. While the title track has been the talk of the town since it first surfaced on the Internet a few months back, it’s this particular track we’ve taken a shine to. Mood-wise, it’s not too dissimilar to Midland’s ‘What We Know,’ with uplifting pianos and what sounds like a booty bass acapella, which give it somewhat of a ‘big room’ track vibe. Thankfully, the track’s structure saves itself from cheese territory, making this one worth dropping in your next DJ set.
Chicago based Flosstradamus have been producing some bangin’ Trap music of late. The Mad Decent (Diplo’s label) signed production duo dropped the massive ‘Look At The Sky' early last month, and have followed it up with a few other jams on their Soundcloud since. This one takes the cake however, completely transforming the Lana Del Rey original into a booming, bass heavy Trap anthem. It also means they join the likes of Lil Silva, and Joy Orbison, both of whom have done stellar remixes of Ms. Del Rey themselves.
No. 1 Spot (Chaos In The CBD Remix) by Savage Skulls
Chaos In The CBD have proved themselves highly capable producers in a few different genres, and while it might have been their smooth House jams that are best known, their floor orientated bass-heavy tracks are equally good. With this remix the brotherly duo have gone all out and created an absolute banger - which is sure to get bodies moving. We’re not sure when it’s seeing a proper release, but it’ll be getting a heavy rinsing from us, and no doubt many others when it does.
Colo straggle the line between Bass music and the less club orientated spectrum. Their Midday Sun EP dropped earlier this year, and whilst slipping under the broader radar a little bit, was a quality release. This rework has thundering, hard hitting bass, and muffled claps. It’s the most out rightly UK Bass sounding tune we’ve heard of theirs to date, proving their versatility as producers, and as a duo to watch in the future. Enjoy.
Pascal’s Chorus (feat. Alby Daniels) by Fantastic Mr Fox
Stephen Gomberg (better known as Fantastic Mr Fox) seems likely to reach the same levels of stardom as Jamie xx, SBTRKT and Disclosure in the very near future. After a big 2010, which culminated in opening for The xx, Gomberg remained quiet last year. Now he returns with his long awaited San’en EP, which includes this soulful R&B tinged jam, as well as three other tracks. We’re predicting this will rightfully get some serious radio play - so keep your ears peeled.
Since Mosca (aka Tom Reid) released his debut EP in 2010 on Night Slugs he’s continued to go from strength to strength. Last year he dropped the giant Done Me Wrong / Bax 12” and The Wavey EP, as well as giving away two tracks of Slo-mo, Hip hop inspired House. A rip of ‘Eva Mendes’ first appeared on YouTube in March, with the hype surrounding the EP continuing to grow since. ‘Murderous’ lives up to this hype, with a catchy vocal hook, and xylophone-esque synths. Don’t sleep on this one.
Keep It 1000 (L-Vis 1990’s Construction Mix) by Sinden
'Keep It 1000' - the first proper solo material in seven years from Graeme Sinden, got a release earlier this week. While the OG itself is a banger that deserves to be heard on a proper system, the track's two remixes (this one and the ravey flip-up by Duke Dumont) end up stealing the show. On this one, L-Vis dons his Club Constructions mask and strips much of the original’s structure, leaving a stomping rhythm section and cascading bleeps in its wake. If you checked out his Club Constructions contribution earlier this year, you’ll probably know this remix is best applied at peak time. Use wisely.