We’ve watched Taylor Freels (aka Urulu) progress over the past year or so into a rising producer on the House circuit. However 2012 has by far been his biggest year, with an EP on the excellent Exploited Rec., the formation of his own Amadeus imprint, and some recent love from Tensnake. ‘No More’ is part of a free EP Freels is offering after hitting the two thousand fan point on Facebook, so make sure you grab yourself a copy on Mediafire here.
For those who are fans of Foals, you’ll probably be aware that Ed Congreave covers keyboard duties for the band. However for Congreave, being in a highly successful band isn’t the only extent of his music endeavors - he also has a penchant for House. As evidenced by his Boiler Room set earlier in the year, Congreave has impeccable taste in all things House, and is also a more than capable DJ. Now with Jack Savidge (of Friendly Fires fame), the pair have started their own label - the aptly titled, Deep Shit. Judging from ‘Heal’ it’s going to be a solid imprint and one we’ll be closely following. Get to know.
Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth is best known for his original productions for Hip hop artists, along with having an affinity for remixes (see: Frank Ocean bootleg). However, as this track proves, his originals ain’t half bad either. We also suggest checking out the Baauer remix.
For the seventh installment of our guest mix series we’ve enlisted the help of 100% Silk-signed badman, Bobby Browser (known to his moms as Andre Ferreira.) The Oakland-based producer dropped the stellar Just Browsing 12” on the label earlier this year, and has an EP in the works which he is currently “getting mastered.” Ferreira isn’t just a producer however, offering an impressive live synth show and an adept DJ set. This mix is 55 straight minutes of nothing but catchy House tracks, which only a handful of our eagle-eyed readers will be able to trainspot. So if you happen to recognize at least one of these tracks, let us know!
New York-based William Burnett, better known as Willie Burns, has been in the game for quite afew years. However, he’s become more notable under his current guise, releasing stellar EPs for the Créme Organization and the L.I.E.S. imprint throughout the course of 2011. Despite being on the low for most of this year, he’ll be joining forces with Will Bankhead and the Trilogy Tapes crew for his next EP, The Overlord. The namesake track here is quite a curve-ball in comparison to most of his material, with Burnett sparring atonal chord stabs, sinister vocals and persistent low-end throughout the course of 5.5 minutes. It’s quite a refreshing, albeit abrasive, change from most of the tracks we’ve written about this year, and duly will be getting a heavy rinsing in the GP office.
Gerry Read is yet to put a foot wrong in our books. With a consistent output - much of which on Ramp Recordings subsidiary Fourth Wave, Read has firmly established himself in the UK Techno/House scene despite his relatively young age. This particular cut is set for a September 16 release on Fourth Wave, so in the meantime we suggest checking out his (already) rather extensive discography. Enjoy.
Koreless is a producer that will probably find a large amount of crossover success in the near future. His melodic sound (showcased perfectly in this remix) is incredibly accessible, couple that with the fact he’s got a collab with Sampha forthcoming on Young Turks, and you have perhaps the ultimate recipe for wider acclaim. So while the UK Underground is currently obsessed with thumping Techno, it still seems like the broader electronic music public prefer the more harmonic material from the scene. Go figure.
Over the last few years, Christian Sibthorpe (aka A1 Bassline) has gradually cemented himself as an unstoppable producer within the shape-shifting club music spectrum. With releases on Dirtybird and his own Tighten Up imprint, his smooth transition from Electro-house to what’s probably best described as “uncategorizable dance” music has been relatively succinct. 2012 hasn’t seen him slow down either, with him unveiling yet another label, SourceUnknown, coupled with a solid two-piece release to back it up. This cut is the one for us - with the sinister pitched-down vocal snippet, sharp chord stabs and solid waves of low-end and rhythm melding together into a versatile club cut. DJ’s take note.
After doing the rounds as a Dubplate for the better part of a year or so, the Midland and Pariah collaboration finally sees release on Pariah and Blawan’s, Works the Long Nights imprint. There’s probably not a huge amount to add - considering most of you have probably heard the tracks being rinsed for a while now. We can however all agree that it’s a stomper.
Around the same time the dub of Bok Bok’s remix of Riz MC started gaining some steam, Fade to Mind crew member Total Freedom sneakily crafted a bootleg of the remix. The LA based producer pits ghastly traces of Beyoncé’s vocals (mercifully removing Sean Paul’s in the process) against his trademark samples to take the murky, sinister remix into new depths. Floating around exclusively within the Night Slugs and Fade to Mind camps for a while, Total Freedom only recently gave it away following the release of the Dark Hearts Dub 12”. Cop it here while you still can.
Set U Free (Chaos In The CBD Remix) by Planet Soul
Strictly Rhythm were one of the most important House labels to emerge in the 90s, helping establish the likes of Armand Van Helden, Roger Sanchez and Erick Morillo amongst others. While the New York imprint has moved on from its classic 90s sound which we adore, it still remains a presence in the broader House spectrum. So when one of our favourite production duos does a remix of a 90s classic - y’all know we’re going to be all over it. Feel the vibe.
Hot on the heels of Finnish label Signal Life’s first release, in which label owners Teeth and Desto contributed two floordestroyers, Kowton and LAS step up to the plate for the second installment from the imprint. Kowton’s contribution, ‘Jam03,’ naturally follows on from ‘Jam01,’ with slow-churning drum machines and sinister atmospherics leading the way for much of the track. However, Desto flips the track around rather astonishingly, accelerating the clipped percussion into footwork territory while retaining the original’s cold, dub and rhythm track-indebted minimalism. Get to know.
The explosion in so called “Trap” music is probably most akin to when “Dubstep” was first popularized to American audiences by the likes of Borgore, Datsik, and so on. Trap is derived from Southern Hip hop and is by no means a new thing (see: UGK, T.I, Young Jeezy.) However, producers like Flosstradamus have offered their own tilt on the genre - transforming the sound into something more (white) club friendly. So after listening to ‘Underground Anthem’ we suggest giving this track a spin too.
With the weekend just beginning most of y’all will no doubt want to start things off on a somewhat upbeat note. Well, we’ve got you covered - or more accurately, Clicks & Whistles do. ‘Kill ‘Em’ does exactly as the title would suggest, and will surely get any floor shaking. Our next guest mix is set to drop next week - and it could well be our favourite one yet.
Eats Everything is the pseudonym of Bristol based producer Dan Pearce. Pearce burst onto the UK Bass scene last year, with his fresh take on House receiving quite a response. He’s continued that stellar run into 2012, with an excellent EP on Pets Recordings (the label run by Catz ‘N Dogz), as well as submitting a bangin’ RA podcast in June. With this rework Pearce takes more of a classic House approach compared to much of his material - and the results are positive. Enjoy.
While everyone is still losing it over the Hudson Mohawke and Lunice collab (and rightfully so), we’ve been gearing up for the Funkinevil release. Consisting of Detroit whiz kid Kyle Hall, and Eglo superstar FunkinEven, the duo’s EP is soon to drop on Hall’s Wild Oats imprint. ‘Dusk’ makes for a nice little throwback jam, leaving us more hyped than ever for the forthcoming EP. Stay tuned.
We’ve just been given exclusive access to Life Crushed Favoured III from our good friends over at Life Crushed Blog, and we’re duly tipping it to be one of 2012’s biggest free Bass compilations. Expect to hear tracks from this man (or boy) and a host of other up and coming producers. Be sure to like the Life Crushed Facebook page for further release details.
Allen Wooton, better known as Deadboy, has been rather quiet for much of this year, presumably working on his debut album which he’d hinted at in an interview for Dummy in comparison to an active 2011 (releasing the stellar Here EP for Numbers). However, we’re relieved he’s popped his head out from the dark, delivering a floor-friendly remix of Charli XCX’s gloomy-yet-optimistic “You’re the One.” However, while the Charli XCX original emits beams of hope throughout the chorus, Wooton dials up the sinister atmospherics and substitutes the stadium percussion for a thumping, Funky-esque rhythm section, with the original’s euphoric synths fading in briefly before being swallowed into the darkness.
The one like Traxman (known to his moms as Cornelius Ferguson) has been on his grind for a while now. Releasing Ghetto House since the 90s on the legendary Dance Mania imprint, Ferguson is also regarded as one of the founders of Footwork, the frenetic Chicago genre that we’re sure y’all familiar with. It wasn’t until this year however that his debut full length, Da Mind Of Traxman, dropped on Planet Mu. For anyone quick to dismiss Footwork as one dimensional, then as you can hear from this track - and the rest of the album, it’s anything but. Enter da mind of the Traxman.
As our regular readers will no doubt have realised by now, xxxy (or Rupert Taylor) is one of our most regularly blogged producers. It’s not difficult to see why, with Taylor’s output consistently excellent and always forward thinking. This remix is a straight out booty shaker, which retains the original’s soulful vocals, adding in a 4x4 beat and monster bassline to boot. The end result is a summery - and very floor friendly little tune. The ultimate Saturday night jam.
Bondax are unashamedly poppy these days - but we still love them all the same. This particular cut has been floating around the world wide web for a little while now, but this is the first time it has appeared in its complete entirety. It’s set for release on the duo’s very own Just Us Recordings soon, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more. Until then we suggest revisiting our January interview with the hugely hyped duo to see how it all began.
Dirtybird are one of the most hyped imprints in the electronic music world at the moment. Run by the one and only Claude VonStroke, the American label has been on an impressive streak the past year, releasing stellar material from the likes of French Fries, Justin Martin, and A1 Bassline. ‘Daft’ appears on the freshly minted BBQ Trax, and is the perfect party tune to round out the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer - and makes for an excellent start to Spring for those in the Southern Hemisphere. Get to know.
Huerco S. is a somewhat enigmatic character. The Kansas City based producer chooses to remain anonymous, keeping his real identity unknown. Whatever the reasoning for this is, there’s one thing that’s undeniable - his music more than fills any void his suppressed identity may bring about. Some could say that foggy persona matches this remix - which takes his glacial synths, restrained rhythms, and overall ethereal and nostalgic soundscape on board.
Initially established as an outlet for their own tracks in 2005, Rinse FM DJs Dusk and Blackdown have gone on to encapsulate London’s sinister underbelly through the sounds found on their Keysound imprint. In the years since they’ve included Skream, LV, Kowton and Geeneus into the fold (to name just a few.) 2012 hasn’t seen them slow down in the slightest, with Logos’ excellent Kowloon EP released a few months back, as well as their first All Stars installment. Alongside Visionist’s ‘Come In,’ this is our pick of the bunch, with a classic Grime/Dubstep throwback transported into 2012 through jittery organs, sharp one-hits and that glorious titular sample. Enjoy.
We posted the original of this track last month, as well as briefly mentioning the Lazer Sword remix to it. In the weeks since both versions have continued to stay on heavy rotation in the GP office, so we thought it only fair to give the remix a post too. Lazer Sword warp the OG into an almost 80s esque Electro Hip Hop jam mixed with Detroit Techno from the same era - think robotic vocal cuts and futuristic synths. Expect this to feature on our end of year list.
Coming out of Sacramento, Bad Looks are probably a duo you’ve not yet heard. Their bass driven music ranges in its influences, yet one theme remains constant - heavy percussion designed for the floor. ‘Lo Def’ starts with some rather sinister low end, before a souful vocal cut kicks in, followed by Jungle tinged percussion. We suggest jumping in before the hype and following them on Soundcloud.
Despite floating around as a dubplate for the better part of a year, Pusherman’s surefire anthem, ‘Donuts’ just got released earlier this week. It’s not hard to see why people have gone crazy to this tune - with its gliding bassline, sharp orchestral stabs and a sample of Wiley chatting banter on Rinse FM (!), all of which are held together with tight, UK Funky-esque drums. Pusherman have had a pretty big year thus far with ‘Shake it Off’ still going hard, so we’re definitely keeping an eye on these guys. You should too.
Polish duo Catz n’ Dogz have been fairly busy for most of this year, running the excellent Pets imprint (which released Eats Everything’s Jagged Edge 12” not too long ago), as well as touring regularly. However, for their latest EP they’ve returned to reputable Berlin-based house label, Get Physical. In comparison to the swinging House, yet low end-heavy package that was the original, xxxy’s remix sees the drums go more Chicago and Detroit-indebted. Essential listening.
Moving closer towards the release of Tracer, their second LP, Teengirl Fantasy have posted another teaser of what to expect when it hits stores at the month’s end. With this particular cut they take the listener on a rather smooth late 80s tip, with unmistakable drums from the era, chirpy synths and pads, making way for Kelela’s delectable vocals. Our conclusion?The release of Tracer can’t come soon enough.
We’re not really all that familiar with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ discography, but what we have heard is probably best described as catchy, party-driven Synthpop. This makes Lil Silva an interesting producer to be commissioned for a remix, with the Londoner worlds away from Synthpop, instead better known for his rather abrasive club bangers. So what happens when the two are combined? Well the end result is undoubtedly the most melodic offering we’ve yet heard from Mr. Silva, and showcases the producer’s overall versatility and talent. Respect.