(01) (–) Crooked Man – Preset/Scum (Always Rises To The Top) (Crooked Man)

Crooked Man aka Richard Barratt second EP for DFA Records is a full release for ‘Preset / Scum’, originally released on the Crooked Man label as a limited edition 12″.

Crooked Man "Preset" (single version) [Official Audio]

 

(02) (–) Maherae – E.B.E EP (Into The Woods)

E.B.E. – A 90’s inspired sci-fi house session: acid, house and electro inspired dance floor tools from Maheras w/ Keith Tenniswood (Two Lone Swordsmen w/Andrew Weatherall) as Radioactive Man on remix duties. “E.B.E.,” the title cut from the release, bumps synthetic drums underneath a mysterious bass line and Fox Mulder sample for a playful 90’s inspired outing while “Pusher,” the record’s A2 cut, is a moody DJ tool that combines playful melodies and chord stabs atop steady hand clap and breakbeat: a perfect transition tool for bridging house and electro. On the flip, Keith Tenniswood’s Radioactive Man remix of “E.B.E.” brings a thumping breakbeat to the groove while maintaining many elements of the original track re-interpreted through rhythm. “Vision” closes out this EP in style with a mysterious electro groove and sampled vocal that drift into hyperreal space amidst effervescent pads.

 

(03) (–) Craig Bratley ft. Danielle Moore – Play the Game (inc. Andrew Weatherall & Heretic remixes) (Magic Feet Recordings)

The excellent ‘Play The Game’ is an arresting track with tough drums and percussion and a thick arpeggiated synth that is angsty and dirty. It is expertly offset by the libidinous vocals of Danielle Moore as a thin drone and frazzled pads grow louder in the mix. Intense and steamy, it is a real chugger for the ‘floor. The master that is Andrew Weatherall then flips the cut into one of his typically tasteful ten minute affairs. Dubbed out, long legged and perfectly poised, it is more cosmic in his hands, with trippy molten melodies and explosive guitar riffs adding real macho menace to the groove. Heretic is Timothy Clerkin, one half of the Eskimo Twins, and his version is equally unique. Tense and prickly, with slapping hits and chopped up vocal, it is a ravey monster designed to make you sweat. 

 

(04) (–) Bryan Ferry – Avonmore – The Remixes (inc. Leo Zero, Idjut Boys, Ray Mang, Justin Robertson, Prins Thomas etc) (BMG)

Bryan Ferry’s most recent musical odyssey came in the form of 2014’s critically acclaimed Avonmore album, now the LP gets some very special remix treatment by a connoisseur selection of disco artists from around the globe . The celebrated and tastemaking likes of Leo Zero, Ray Mang, Prins Thomas, Justin Robertson, Leftside Wobble, Idjut Boys, Man Power and many more all lend their well trained ears and serve up some sizzling new versions of the superb originals. A broad palette of sounds, scenes and genres are traversed along the course of this absorbing collection. It kicks off in style with two different versions of ‘Loop Di Li’. Leo Zero’s take is sun-kissed and breezy, with trilling riffs and sweeping synths. UK disco don Ray Mang then offers a more pumping, groove driven effort that wraps Ferry’s unique vocals up in neo-Balearic cool.  Next up, the marvellous ‘Midnight Train’ is offered as a late night and romantic affair by Johnson Somerset, a cosmic chugger by Man Power and a characteristically left of centre house version by the inimitable Idjut Boys, famed for being remix kings. 
Fans of dubbed out and slo-motion disco will love the brilliant Beard of Concern mix of ‘Soldier of Fortune,’ before five fascinating versions of ‘Driving Me Wild’ take in lush 80s nostalgia, swaggering dub, mechanical psychedelic disco, horizontal grooves and elastic kosmiche from Johnson Somerset, Leftside Wobble, Justin Roberton’s Deadstock 33s, Leo Zero and Ray Mang respectively. The latter half of the album finds nu-disco pioneer Prins Thomas masterfully flip the title track into a broody affair with corrugated bass and tense, scintillating synth lines, whilst PBR Streetgang work ‘One Night Stand’ into a deep and synthetic disco bomb that will have dance-floors in raptures. Elsewhere Idjut Boys, Ray Mang, Leo Zero & Johnson Somerset offer more expert reworks. Hidden Orchestra layer grand instrumentals and sweeping strings into a dramatic and theatrical remix of ‘Send in the Clowns.’ Leftside Wobble then brings us back down to earth with an intoxicating brew of molten synths, woozy chords and smeared pads that sooth mind, body and soul. Finally ambient pioneer Ulrich Schnauss offers up a supreme adaptation of ‘Johnny & Mary’, Ferry’s timeless collaboration with Norwegian man of the moment Todd Terje.

Bryan Ferry – Avonmore (Prins Thomas Remix)

 

(05) (–) Boxed In – Jist (Extended Version)

‘Jist’ marks the highly anticipated return of Boxed In, the brainchild of Oli Bayston –singer, songwriter, producer and frontman. Produced by Dan Carey and Oli himself, ‘Jist’ is a head-turning, expertly-produced cut of electronic pop, which keeps one foot firmly in Oli Bayston’s background – intricate piano lines, taut rhythms – but also digs deeper into the dance music influences tightly compacted within Boxed In.

Boxed In -Jist – (Official Video)

 

(06) (–) Tensnake – Freundchen EP (True Romance)

Ready for summer, New Tensnake up on his own imprint – True Romance

 

(07) (–) The Black 80s – Heart to Art (Sonar Kollektiv)

Sonar Kollektiv is proud to announce the release of another fantastic full length artist album, this time from Canadian pair The Black 80s aka Hollis P Monroe & Overnite. With just a few choice releases in the last few years, this pair has made a real impact on the house world. Things kick off with the brilliant ‘What You Say Now’ which is a seductive fusion of languid grooves and late night melody with properly soul infused vocals. From there a real sense of true song craft and proper structure characterises the album through deep pop house joints like ‘Russian Roulette’ and the mid tempo, elastic and enticing ‘Trembling’ with more heartfelt vocals and contemporary house production. The deliciously dark synths on ‘And You Feel Something are off set by tender vocal deliveries from Overnite that mean the track stays with you much longer than an average club cut. ‘Tell Me’ is a trippy number with playful synths and a real sense of romance in its grooves, ‘Wake Up’ is slow and sensuous, and the excellent ‘Where’s The Money’ is a steamy and slow motion cut that will send floors into raptures this summer.  Touching on many different yet coherent house styles, the album closes out through the gently persuasive house rhythm of ‘The Daylight’ feat. Dominik Marz & Yannick Labbé, the yearning vocals of ‘To Hang On To’ and the slick bumpy beats and warm keys of  ‘Can You Hear The Music,’ all of which make a very real mark. Coming hot on the heels of their remix of Mïus, this album is a fantastic way to announce The Black 80s as one of the most exciting house acts in the game today. 

 

(08) (01) Justice – Safe And Sound

Justice – Safe And Sound (Audio)

 

(09) (02) Makola – This is London (Sub37)

Mix up musical roots nourished in Ghana and Finland with life in East London, cross afro-funk and highlife with grimey raps, party vibes with a low key, but ever present political thread… and you get new duo Makola. Alongside rolling, percussive B Side ‘All My People’, now it’s on way out into the wider world, threatening to gatecrash the UK’s fast growing future-urban party with a bottle of Cava in one hand, and a quickly scrawled political programme in the other. With similarly vibrant follow up singles ready to go, and a dynamic live act taking shape, a busy summer/ autumn looms for an eclectic, dance friendly musical force in the making; looking further forward, 2017’s debut album could hit a cross cultural sweet spot, looking to unify in turbulent times.

Makola – This Is London

 

(10) (–) Vince Watson – VW20 : Introspection (Everysoul)

Stream/embed snippets: https://soundcloud.com/vincewatson/sets/vince-watson-presents-vw20-2
Scottish producer Vince Watson is launching a very special compilation to celebrate his first 20 years in the game.
In two decades Watson has featured on no less than 200 releases, 80 remixes, 8 albums, TV series and adverts. Landing on his own label Everysoul, Vince Watson’s next contribution sees him delve into his established discography where he has spent many hours stripping back his original productions and rebuilding them from the ground up whilst using completely new sounds and parts. Some tracks have been slowed down and remastered, others have been rebuilt into more club friendly numbers and some just sound so much better courtesy of today’s mastering techniques. There are also nine exclusive beatless versions which have never been heard before and were specifically made for this one-off release. Included in the package is ‘Renaissance’, originally released on Carl Craig’s Planet E in 2006, which has been given a completely fresh drum workout to bring the track into proper club territory. ‘Mystical Rhythm’ was one of Vince’s seminal anthems that’s been reimagined as a beatless ambient version whilst the completely remastered ‘Moments In Time’ is the title track from Watson’s second album on Ibadan from 2002 featuring new synth parts, grooves and lush pads. Meanwhile, 2005’s ‘Long Way From Home’ was the standout track from Vince’s fifth album titled ‘The eMotion Sequence’ on Delsin that has never sounded this fat before. On the other hand ‘Pure Innersense’ was released on Laurent Garnier’s Fcom label the same year and earned single of the month with the likes of Mixmag and DJ Mag. It’s rework is subtle in new parts but huge in effect. Watson is offering this project as a 34 track Boxset but also as 6 separate EPs. He also offers to personally send high quality 24bit audio as a goodwill gesture to anyone that buys the release if they request it.
Vince Watson ‘VW20: Introspection’ drops on Everysoul on 29th August via

 

(11) (–) Jorkes – Thank You (inc. Menage a Trois remixes) (Freeride Millenium)

Munich based pair Jorkes are something of an enigma, having appeared on the scene recently with a fully formed sound and a desire to let their music do the speaking for them. Musically the duo seem to be operating with few boundaries, looking to express their emotional states through their music with scant consideration for styles or genres. This latest release sees Jorkes team up with fellow Munich resident and vocalist Karol Schmejchel to deliver a slice of evocative, slo-mo nu-disco. The release kicks of with the original mix of ‘Thank You’, marrying chugging drums and warm bass with stirring pads and the emotionally charged vocals of Schmejchel. It’s a perfect track for dark backrooms and home lounging alike. The remix comes from Manchester trio Menage a Trois who deliver a sonical beautiful reworking built around heartwrenching keys and heavily reverbed guitar parts. Simple understated drums carrying the record along as their vocal treatment soars towards the heavens, this is sublime stuff. The vinyl release will also feature an exclusive instrumental of the Menage a Trois mix for those who like things a little more stripped back.

Jorkes – Thank You (Ménage à Trois Remix)

 

(12) (–) Terranova / Stereo MCs – Connected in Dub (inc. Aaaron, Dennis Bovell & Fetisch remixes) (connected)

Up first is the brilliant ‘004 Remedy’ by Terranova featuring Stereo Mc’s and it is seven odd minutes of arrestingly stripped back and bumping tech infused house, recorded in analogue in a room in Tempelhof the old Berlin airport. Big fat drums provide the pump below as whispered vocals provide intrigue up top and crisp hits and skyward electronic synths add colour to this freaky late night groove. This same cut then comes with a mix by Aaaron (rising genius) that is deeper and moodier, darker and more foreboding, with instructive vocals and rumbling drums bringing the pressure. Then comes ‘Turnaround’ by Stereo Mc’s featuring Terranova (Dennis Bovell Mix), the dub mix of a track included on the first connected release earlier this year. Bovell is a master producer, (The Slits, Linton Kwesi Johnson) reggae guitarist and bass player with a wealth of dub classics to his name. Here he conjures up a spaced out and cosmic, bass heavy yet spacious cut that explodes and implodes at will. One finger piano notes add emotion to the heavyweight production and few tracks are as inventive and original as this. Last of all, ‘004Remedy’ by Terranova featuring Stereo MCs (Fetisch Mix) finds Terranova main man expertly reworking the cut into a forceful deep techno roller with dystopian synth stabs and punchy drums.

Stereo Mc's 'connected' TERRANOVA duB74 (connected001)

 

(13) (–) S-Man & Riddim Commission ft. Richard Judge – Intimidating Love (Undr The Radr)

Roger Sanchez returns to his Undr The Radr imprint with a fresh single entitled ‘Intimidating Love’ in collaboration with up-and-coming London duo Riddim Commission and vocalist Richard Judge. ‘Intimidating Love’, the most recent release under his S-Man moniker, is a vocal cut featuring Riddim Commission – a duo comprised of DJ Swerve & Marco Del Horno who are known for mixing the grit of UK grime with dancefloor focused electronic music. Combining S-Man’s distinguishable house aesthetic with a moody lustre, ‘Intimidating Love’ initiates with a gloopy bassline, crunchy percussion and disembodied twitches before introducing Richard Judge’s sultry vocals – an infectious production destined to keep dancefloors moving for time to come.

S-Man & Riddim Commission ft. Richard Judge – Intimidating Love

 

(14) (–) PLAYGROUP – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED (Yes Wave records)

Released as a series of 9 vinyl EPs, in limited edition runs of 250 each, over a period of 9 weeks, the 30 tracks featured are a collection of reworked demos and unreleased recordings. They still sound as relevant today as they did when initially created, during the writing process of the debut PLAYGROUP album from 1997-2001. Packaged in a collection of 9 individual sleeves that, as a full set, combine to make a single image featuring a photo by legendary photographer Bill Bernstein, they’re as much a testament to Trevor Jackson’s visual ability as his musical one.

 

(15) (–) Kurd Maverick – The Rub Remixed (inc. Tube & Berger vs Juliet Sikora and DJ Fronter Remix) (Kittball)

Kittball is proud to present reworked versions of classic house hit ‘The Rub’ by Kurd Maverick featuring remixes from DJ Fronter and label owners Tube & Berger and Juliet Sikora. Crunchy claps and cosmic echoes set the tone in Tube & Berger and Juliet Sikora’s remix before erupting into an uncompromising groove comprised of distorted vocals and an infectious hook. DJ Fronter’s productions are geared for the dancefloor and his remix is no exception with its rolling rhythms and sultry low-end throbs.

kurd maverick – the rub

 

(16) (03) Aphex Twin – CIRKLON3 [Колхозная mix]

CIRKLON3 [Колхозная mix] is classic Aphex, a snarky and beautiful electronic meditation built from vintage sounds. It’s buoyant, bubbly, and fluid, with repetitions that recall arcade games, side-scrolling, and all the fun of being young somehow. It isn’t always apparent when listening to Aphex Twin, but deep inside the postmodern ennui and irony of his music, there is an eternally youthful feeling, or at least one that is naughty and childish.

Aphex Twin – CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ]

 

(17) (–) Various Artists – Marinis on 57 – Sunset Hours Vol.3 compiled by Simon Mills (Secret Life Records)

This is the third instalment of the Sunset Hours series, a collection of compilation albums inspired by the breathtaking views from Marini’s On 57 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The series began when Ibiza legend Jose Padilla was asked to compile a compilation after he travelled to Malaysia and played at the venue. As the highest rooftop bar in Malaysia the venue offers outstanding views over the city from it’s location close to the world famous Petronas Towers. The album consists of 14 hand selected tracks that capture the mood and atmosphere of the Sunset over the Malaysian capital perfectly. After opening with the excellent ‘I Can Breathe’ by Dekoi we are treated to one of Simon’s own productions, this time in his Napoleon guise, with the exclusive track ‘Interstellar Joyride’ that helps set the mood with quirky synth runs and a warm analogue bass line. There’s a track from Robi Insinna’s alter ego project Manhood and one of last year’s compilers Chris Coco before Farbror Resonde Mac’s ‘Tinden’s Tand’ gives us a flavour of the Balearics islands. Swedish based HNNY is also included with the excellent ‘Cheer Up My Brother’. Other highlights include the timeless ‘What about this Love (Dub)’ from the super talented Mr Fingers aka house music legend Larry Heard, a new Simon Mills remix of Jose Padilla’s ‘Akamundo’, another exclusive track ‘Meeting Point’, the outstanding Yam Who? Remix of Julian Sanza’s ‘Sunset’ before closing with a track from Bent’s Ariels album ‘Exercise 4′

Sunset Hours at Marini’s On 57 – Compiled by Jose Padilla

 

(18) (–) Homeless feat Len Sander – Homeless (Homeless)

Homeless is a brand new project from two established producers. It comes on a new label and is an experiment in offering music only, with no back story, no big name artist associations and no label kudos. The one original track here is ‘Homeless’, a sultry bit of brooding dance pop done exquisitely well. Louche instrumentals, smeared synths and gently persuasive drums all encourage you to get loose and drift amongst the soothing vocals. Those vocals are subtle and tender whilst organic hand claps and skewed bass strokes add energy to the seductive groove. 

 

(19) (05) Parker – Aqua Dust (Jalapeño)

Getting things moving is opener – A Dream and its classic sounding MPC drum break. Reverb soaked melodic sax licks and bluesy vocals come in and out of the ether while the rhythm section keeps things rolling. The track takes more of a rootsy direction with handclaps and some dancefloor ready builds making it a secret weapon for beat hungry DJs. Aqua Dust is a piece of instrumental hip hop reminiscent of the glory days of RJD2. Horn hits and vocal snaps adorn the heavy hitting beat as it drives through luscious strings samples and dream like bars. Channelling elements of Bristol’s dusty trip hop scene it’s one for the diggers and hip hoppers who like their beats underground. First appearing into our consciousness as an exclusive track for Jalapeno Funk Vol. 7 we knew that Doubles was too good to not appear on a full Parker release. And here it is closing out the EP with its soulful vocals, 60’s influenced organ and skipping drumbeat it’s a thoroughbred dancefloor beast. We dare you not to move to this

 

(20) (–) Ethyl & Flori + Our Mutual Friend – Lacewing / Burnside (Mutual Friend Recordings)

London based friends and regular collaborators Ethyl & Flori have been foraying between the blurred lines of house and techno with releases on labels like secretsundaze, Aim and Fear of Flying for the last 6 years – and with a glowing reputation under their belt, 2015 saw the duo launch their own imprint E&F Records. Ethyl & Flori open the package with otherworldy cut ‘Lacewing’, driven by a rolling bass and delicately sprinkled with ethereal chime hits and lingering piano melodies. Up next, Our Mutual Friend deliver a hypnotic, layered remix of ‘Lacewing’, instead laying the focus on down-tempo percussion and glitched samples. Our Mutual Friend open up the flip with ‘Burnside’ which lays down chattering bass hits shuffling alongside soothing melodic chimes, then Ethyl & Flori deliver a toughened remix of ‘Burnside’, injecting some of their relentless techno style by deepening the cut with murky synth notes and dark atmospherics.

 

(21) (–) Made in Paris – You’re Wrong (Upon Access)

Title track ‘You’re Wrong’ takes the lead and sees Made in Paris fuse slow blooming, hypnotic bass drones with a rugged 808 rhythmic drive and electro tinged melodies throughout, setting the tone perfectly for the exciting new imprint. On the flip is ‘Mystic Path’ which as the name would suggest lays focus on a wandering and mysterious vibe with sweeping delayed synth leads, stabbing bass hits and meandering arpeggios while crunchy percussion further fuels the mesmeric groove.

 

(22) (–) Emde – Rosicrucian EP (ft. Tom Flynn & Angelo Draetta Remixes) (Talk Musique)

Late August marks the release of a new 4-track EP entitled ‘Rosicrucian’ from Emde on New York’s Talk Musique Records featuring remixes from UK producer Tom Flynn and Italy’s Angelo Draetta. We now see Emde return with the ‘Rosicrucian’ EP on New York label Talk Musique featuring remixes from Tom Flynn and Angelo Draetta. Across the release Emde delivers a cross-section of spaced-out house and punchy 4/4 rhythms, with ‘Rosicrucian’ setting the tone by laying down a crunchy bass line with driving soulful synths and swelling reverbs before mobilee and VIVa artist Tom Flynn’s remix works in sultry bass notes and shuffling clap hits. ‘Trinitarian’ then begins with a rhythmic drum sequence before a dramatic break introduces a deep melody that resonates throughout. Finally, Angelo Draetta’s dub mix of ‘Trinitarian’ provides a stripped cut scattered with squelchy pads and pitch-shifting notes.

 

(23) (06) Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (Gunther Robles Bootleg)

Mexican artist Gunther Robles has been serving up his own singular sounds since 2002, and now delivers up a cheeky edit of one of the biggest bands in the world. That band is none other than Coldplay, and the track he tackles is Adventure of a Lifetime. Over the course of seven minutes he layers in stiff rubber beats that really get you up on your toes. Fat synth stabs and a slick chords also help colour the groove as Chris Martin’s trademark pained vocals soar up top.

 

(24) (–) LMYE – Manhattan (Idle Hands)

‘Manhattan’ is as indebted to ’70s US Funk as it is to ’90s UK Garage. A house tune that has turned heads on the various mixes it has found itself on over the last year. Over on the flip Shanti Celeste turns in a brilliant remix, one of her best we think.

 

(25) (07) ébastien Léger – Oracle EP (Loveland Recordings)

 

(26) (–) P.A.C.O. & Return Of The Jaded – Rumble EP (Kittball)

Collaborating once again, Canadian duo Return Of The Jaded pair up with Kittball co-owner P.A.C.O. in an atmospheric two-track release. Featuring an infectious female vocal, ‘Rumble’ initiates with a compelling groove before purring synths, uplifting effects and shuffling drums come into fruition. Meanwhile, ‘Deamons’ combines soaring pads with crunchy percussion and echoing rimshots whilst tantalizing melodies operate throughout.

P.A.C.O., Return Of The Jaded – Nights Watch (Original Mix)

 

(27) (08) Various – Jay Strongman Present Heartbreak Popcorn (BBE)

For teenagers listening to their radios in the back seats of their fathers’ cars or slow dancing at High School hops or block parties, this was a golden age of angst-driven songs and the blossoming of what would later become soul music. There were R&B/pop crossovers that sounded like pop and country/gospel fusions that sounded like soul. There were latin-tinged songs with Doo-Wop vocals and pop songs that featured raw R&B vocals but one thing these songs all shared was their subject matter. It didn’t matter the colour of the singer’s skin or if the instrumentation featured twangy guitar, wailing sax or Broadway-show-style strings, all these songs were about heartbreak, soul-searching and lost love. The mainly mid-tempo pacing on these songs also made them perfect for slow jive dancing and a whole scene grew up in Belgium where these obscure tunes from the early 60’s were spun as an antidote to the mainstream dance tunes played in most European clubs in the 1970s. Called “Popcorn” after the James Brown song of the same name, this movement was similar to Britain’s Northern Soul phenomenon with DJ’s seeking out rare obscurities to keep their dancers entertained. Taking the Popcorn scene’s love of the era this compilation concentrates on the more R&B influenced songs of the time, making it perfect for late night dance floor moves and soulful listening at home…

 

(28) (–) Various Artists – Cocoon ibiza mixed by Carl Craig & Sonja Moonear (Cocoon)

CD1 is Carl Craig. A second wave techno pioneer and head of the cult Planet E empire, Craig is synonymous with soul infused sounds, smooth and slick rhythms and tantalising Dj sets that are overflowing with emotion. Decades after starting out he is still as revered as ever, and for good reason. With his mix the Maestro selects fantastic tracks from fellow legends like DJ Pierre (remixed by Ricardo Villalobos), Luciano (remixed by Dennis Ferrer), DJ Deep and Agoria. Craig then creates a perfect journey with these fine component parts and marries power and deepness from start to finish. It makes for a high class techno trip with ravey excursions that feature his exclusive C2 intro edit of Luca Ballerini’s ‘Impressions Of A Dawn’ as well as two more of his remixes of Nicole Moudaber and Agoria that help add yet more class to the overall affair.  CD2 comes from Swiss artist Sonja Moonear, who is first and foremost a DJ. Her sound is rooted in minimalism; slick, stripped back house and techno that is masterfully lean yet also compelling. Her sets are always hugely rhythmic and seductive affairs whether operating at the moody or more vibrant end of the spectrum. Zip is a fan, which tells you all you need to know, if you didn’t already. Whilst her selections start deep and housey with the likes of Franck Roger, Brett Johnson, Elbee Bad and Alex Under, her mix develops pretty soon into a freaky and technoid sound that beams you straight back to Cocoon’s legendary Monday night event at Amnesia. Also included are some all time Cocoon favorites by John Tejada and Ricardo Villalobos (together with Argenis Brito) and the result is a slinky and seductive mix that makes a big impact in truly subversive ways.

 

(29) (–) Ronnie Spiteri – Relations EP (inc. Cera Alba Remix) (Kenja Records)

Produced with the dancefloor in mind, ‘Rumours’ demonstrates animated percussion, chopped vocal murmurs and mesmerising effects throughout. Likewise ‘Relations’ is built with the intention of getting crowds moving but its looped atmospherics and subtle melodies formulate a more low-slung groove. Concluding the release, London based producer Cera Alba remodels ‘Relations’ with a rumbling bassline and distorted nuances to give it a moody overall aesthetic.

 

(30) (–) Paride Saraceni – Heroes EP (Snatch Music)

The mesmerising ‘Heroes’ chugs forward with throbbing synths, ethereal atmospherics and a heavily distorted recognisable sample. Meanwhile, ‘Bass Culture’ combines crunchy percussion with eerie drones and a whispering vocal singing the track title.

 

(31) (09) Mius – Strobe & Noise feat Kasia Kowalczyk (inc. The Black 80s remix) (Sonar Kollektiv)

After the great reception to Mïus’s album Eigengrau back in April, Sonar Kollektiv is releasing a lead single from it complete with a fantastic remix by The Black 80s. This is a truly captivating single with spine tingling synths, a gentle thunder of claps in the background and emotive piano keys adding real majesty to proceedings. When you add in the chilly vocals of Kasia Kowalczyk, which soar with some heavenly chords, you have a really standout production. The Black 80s aka Canadian duo Hollis P Monroe & Overnite have released some choice house cuts on Air London and Freerange in the last couple years. Here they magically reimagine the track as a pinging house cut with taught drums, woodpecker hits and brooding bass. The vocals now take on a real sense of menace and it doesn’t take much to see this one sending clubs onto overdrive. 

 

(32) (–) Colorise – Eos EP (Electronical Reeds)

Belgian imprint Electronical Reeds readies a single from Barcelona’s Colorise featuring three soaring house tracks. Colorise are a relatively new name on the scene having debuted on Spain’s Envy Music at the start of the year. Landing on Electronical Reeds, their next appearance begins with ‘Eos’; a hypnotic production composed of poignant melodies and uplifting synths. The mesmerising ‘Milano’ then incorporates ghostly pads and echoing snares before ‘Ardea’ concludes the package on an electronica tip with heady breaks amongst ethereal chords and metallic warbles.

(33) (10) Night Beats – Sunday Mourning – Jono Ma Remix (Jagwar Ma)

Night Beats have unveiled a Jono Ma, of Australia’s Jagwar Ma, remix of Sunday Mourning, a track from their much acclaimed third album, Who Sold My Generation, which was released on Heavenly Recordings earlier this year. The remix perfectly fuses Jagwar Ma’s electro-flecked psych with the desert-fried R&B of Night Beats, a band steeped in the grand tradition of Texan psych.

Night Beats – Sunday Mourning

 

(34) (11) The Cyclist – Pressing Matters (Hypercolour)

“Pressing Matters” harks back to the golden age of breakbeat; bendy synths and pliable bass smack in the face of brain melting breaks, delivered with energy and a very authentic touch. A hugely unique sound and without frontiers, it’s a cut that will cross genres with ease. Robag Wruhme never fails to disappoint as a producer/remixer; his purple patch seems to show no sign of letting up, his remix of “Pressing Matters” masterfully flips from its breaks origins into a twisted four to the floor belter, with grandiose touches and church like organs giving it a spiritual spin. “Back In ‘92” will indeed evoke memories 24 hour pirate radio output and raving in fields, and for those who weren’t there first time around, it’s a cut that’s as fresh and vital sounding today as it ever was, with light piano riffs and melodious keys over the choppy drums. Featuring the vocal talents of Tanaya Harper, “Push” closes the EP in fine style; intricate drum patterns and rolling snares jar against the ethereal vocal performance and brooding synths, a quintessentially British type of production and one that treads similar territory to Jamie XX’s recent pathos to UK rave culture.

 

(35) (–) Alex Kennon vs Joyfull Family – The Party Is Over EP (inc. Kellerkind Remix) (Yaww Recordings)

Yaww Recordings releases a collaboration between Alex Kennon and the Joyfull Family trio this August including a remix from Kellerkind. ‘The Party Is Over’ sets a warm tone with delicate break-beat drums and idyllic synth lines, flecked with sonic distorts and laid-back vocals. Up next, Kellerkind’s remix permeates the original with murky bass grooves and robotic filters before the ‘3rd Club Mix’ establishes itself on a classic house tip featuring soulful chords and acidic notes. Concluding the release is club- driven number ‘State Of Mind’ which pulsates with heavy snare hits and swelling ostinatos.

 

(36) (–) Animal Trainer – Yumala EP (mobilee)

August marks Swiss duo Animal Trainer’s debut full release on Berlin’s mobilee with a new EP entitled ‘Yumala’. Kicking off with the energy-fuelled ‘Yumala’ that demonstrates Animal Trainer’s trademark slow- rave style, the cut blends together punchy bass stabs and murky synth drones building up to powerful chord streaks, heightened further by patterned sonic notes and chattering hi-hats. ‘Function None’ then provides an equally club-driven, energetic number yet with darker tones dominated by ominous, hypnotic vocals to round off the package in a thoroughly compelling style.

Animal Trainer – Yumala

 

(37) (–) Frankie Knight – White Lies (XVI Records)

Blown in from the South West coast, Frankie Knight returns with her new release “White Lies”. Frankie’s second outing on XVI sees her exploring new musical territories, experimenting with new textures and sounds; summoning visions of hazy, idyllic island life. Psychedelic synth waves wash against the shores of the E.P’s calypso infused soundscape, whilst her delay soaked vocals reverberate through the ether, creating delicately crafted astral pop melodies in their wake.

Frankie Knight – White Lies EP

 

(38) (–) Monotique – Surrender (Incl. SHFT Remix) (LAARK Records)

Up first is the original mix of ‘Surrender’ from Monotique which employs sinewy bass drones, snaking arpeggios and soaring leads to create a brooding and melodic take on contemporary electronic music. To complete the package Indian producer SHFT reworks ‘Surrender’ with a more understated feel, opting for resonant bass swells, spiralling atmospherics and processed snippets of the original number.

Monotique – Surrender (SHFT Remix)

 

(39) (12) Mega Jawns – Blink Of An Eye (Finest Wear Remix) (BBE)

The final single taken from debut album ‘Ten Letters From Home’, Blink Of An Eye is a sultry electronic gem created by Sumsuch & Will Brock aka Mega Jawns. Reminiscent of King Britt’s spacey and soulful ‘Scuba’ productions, ‘Blink Of An Eye’ features typically smooth and understated production from Sumsuch, showcasing Brock’s vocal and keyboard abilities to perfection. A mainstay on Sumsuch’s ‘Colour and Pitch’ label, London producer Finest Wear provides a truly vintage Deep House reworking. A wonderful set-starter, his remix expertly builds up from the softest chord pad into a wonderfully satisfying New York-style House groove which just keeps on rolling. A significant figure in London’s vibrant dance music scene for almost 4 decades, Booker T’s afro-tinged Soulful House remix of ‘Joy’ became the soundtrack to the summer of 2015 on Mi Soul radio, as well as moving dance-floors the world over. A sure sign that summer is on the way once again, this sun- drenched version breathes new life into the song that originally introduced Mega Jawns to the world. Closing out the package, Finest Wear provides a quite remarkable ‘Reprise’ version of his remix, removing the drums altogether to reveal the beauty of the song, making it ideal for a Balearic sunset as well as a very useful DJ tool.

Mega Jawns – Blink Of An Eye (Studio Session)

 

(40) (–) Krisztian Dobrocsi – Playback Philosophy (KX)

From the emotive loops of opener AMNETIC CINEMA to the dreamy epic PLANET NINE, the snappy KALEIDOSCOPE or LIGHT OF ZARTHA’s immersive soundscapes, PLAYBACK THEORY is a departure for Krisztian. The result is an impressive and highly playable collection of tracks that confidently balances between deep textures and catchy hooks – making this a haunting and infectious listening experience for all fans of electronic dance music with heart.

 

(41) (–) Emery Warman – Soulthing EP (Madtech)

Up first on the package is ‘Simple Mind’, taking the lead with a percussive fuelled groove, sporadic vocal swells, resonant synth whirrs and choppy bass hits before ‘Do Tha Music’ follows, dropping the tempo and laying focus on organic percussive hits, snaking subs and spiralling atmospherics. Lastly to round things off title track ‘Soulthing’ lays down a six and a half minute unfaltering groove of vacillating low-end drones, cascading drum lines and a subtly unfolding dynamic.

 

(42) (–) Seahawks – Escape Hatch (Ocean Moon)

Seahawks return with their deepest album to date. A masterful blend of Berlin-School electronics and post ECM New Age fusion. The album opens with sheets of soft white noise, which give way to Budd like treated piano and fretless bass before super saturated saxophone tones and rippling sequences cascade over the listener like a summer downpour. Seahawks trademark tropical vibes continue throughout the album but there’s a constantly changing panorama of moods and tones, from the deeply emotive Missed with its widescreen synth and sax interplay that recall Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack to the epic scope of White Horses with it’s almost Popul Vuh like mantric outro and Starways it’s distorted flugel horn like a ghost from Talk Talk’s Spirit Of Eden. At the very end of the (CD) album there’s another twist. A cover of the obscure Balearic hit Valparaiso by Paula Moore, with a Nassau groove, surprise guest vocal and a twinkle in it’s eye, it provides a suitably eclectic yet ethereal ending.

 

(43) (–) Jordan – Coup De Grace (Twin Turbo)

Jordan joins the Turbo ranks with ‘Coup De Grace’: a classically minded 3­tracker that comes inclusive of a remix from Leeds producer Zia. The title track kicks off with a bold, thudding drums that immediately sit it comfortably with Twin Turbo. Swooning synth lines are pitted against rattling percussion before Pleasure Centre lays out a hypnotic and tightly wound tone throughout. Zia then galvanises the title track and drives overdriven drums through sweeping synths that cap off another coup for Twin Turbo

 

(44) (13) Electric Wire Hustle ft Kimbra – Brother Sun (Ashley Beedle’s North Street Vocal Mix) (Blue Records)

Aron Ottignon & Rodi Kirk’s bouncy 70’s inspired piano-jam, summery, steel-pan version may already be familiar to some of you as it was originally a bonus track on EWH’s 2015 ‘Aeons’ EP. Ashley Beedle’s North Street vocal mix strips back the production to emphasise the evocative vocal collaboration between Mara TK and Kimbra with Darren Morris’s added keyboards taking the whole track to church. Add to that the North Street Dub and you’ve got a package that will uplift the soul.

 

(45) (14) (08) D.D Dumbo – Satan (4AD)

D.D Dumbo – Satan

 

(46) (–) The Butcha – 10001 EP (Incl. Matrixxman Remixes) (Cuttin’ Headz)

The Martinez Brothers Cuttin’ Headz returns with a new EP from The Butcha, entitled ‘10001’ and backed with two remixes from Matrixxman. Up first are two originals from The Butcha, the first of which ’99 Prince St.’ lays focus on echoing atmospherics, snaking Rhodes and shuffling dubbed out percussion while the latter, ‘6 Hubert St.’ pivots towards an amalgamation of upfront organic rhythms alongside a weighty low end drive and wandering synth swells. To complete the package San Francisco’s Matrixxman delivers two interpretations, firstly the ‘Acidized Mix’ which as the name would suggest draws on squelching 303 lines layered over processed snippets from the original before the digital bonus ‘Transhuman Mix’ closes on an arpeggio-fuelled Techno tip.

 

(47) (15) Roberto Rodriguez – Broken b/w Be Yourself (inc. Berger & Young Remix) (Swedish Brandy Productions)

Stuttering synths and infectious clicks set the ball rolling in ‘Broken’ before a bouncy bass line, syncopated chord progressions and pumping pads engineer a killer groove. Meanwhile, energetic organ stabs and a vigorous sub bass construct ‘Be Yourself’ whilst it evolves with layers of catchy hooks and soulful vocal chops, gloomy atmospheres and distant choirs. Label founder Lars Berger then pairs up with producer David Young aka Young David for a stellar remix boasting an array of strings, synth hooks and keys that steadily build above its sturdy chugging bassline and crisp pounding beats.

 

(48) (16) Wild Beasts – Get My Bang (Domino)
Wild Beasts – Get My Bang (Official Video)

 

(49) (17) Celestine – Let It Go Rurals Remix (Peng)

Celestine returns with her solo project ‘Let It Go’, Featuring a remix from The Rurals. Bristols dopest soulful keys player Anders Olinder has composed the music, a songwriting match made in heaven for Celestine’s vocals. ‘Let It Go’ & ‘Drifting Away’ vocals written and performed by Celestine Walcott-Gordon Music composed and played by Anders Olinder Made in Bristol, UK Additional remix production and instruments by Andy Compton Conga’s in The Rurals Remix played by Lisa Cherian Mastered at the Peng Studio Peng Records

 

(050) (–) Mikey V – Shake That EP (Sampled Detroit)

Across the package Mikey delivers his signature robust house style with opening track ‘Shake That’ employing rugged rhythms, resonant snaking synth leads and an amalgamation of intricately processed vocal chops to create a unique spin on contemporary house music. ‘Take Me Over’ follows and opts for a more refined rhythmic approach while shining light on a vacillating sub bass hook, fluttering synth stabs and soft pad swells while infectious vocal stylings run throughout. Finally closing the package is ‘Vain’, again revisiting a raw and energetic drum style alongside hypnotic vocal lines and frenetic synth blips, furthermore shaping up the ‘Shake That’ EP as an exciting and idiosyncratic addition to the Sample catalogue.

 

(51) (18) M.Craft – Chemical Trails (BTWS Re-Animation)

The reanimation by BTWS (aka Erol Alkan and Richard Norris) pulls off the impressive feat of managing to maintain all the otherworldly beauty of the original whilst adding subtle grooves and a whole realm of string-laden drama to create something truly awe-inspriring.

M Craft – Chemical Trails [Official Video]

 

(52) (19) Fae Simon – The One That Got Away (BBE)

A unique, simple and quirky genre-defying track ‘The One…’ is addictive and energetic, with empowering lyrics and and original delivery. DJ Raw Sugar takes the track into smooth 80s boogie/disco territory, with sleazy synths and a Balearic groove. Shaun Ashby’s ‘Back II Basics Dub’ version is reminiscent of early garage, with its stripped beats, smooth chords and heavily chopped vocals.

Fae Simon – One That Got Away ( Acoustic Version )

 

(53) (20) Crooked Man – Happiness (dna 1) (MEET THE CROOKED MAN)

The early, self-released Crooked Man EPs blend wonky electronic rhythms, heavy bass and razor sharp, politically aware lyrics (for proof, check out the banker‐baiting “Scum (Always Rises The Top)”, or the anti‐consumerist disco strut of “Take It All Away”. The Crooked Man may be world weary, but he’s still brimming with rage.

Crooked Man "Happiness" (dna 1) [Official Audio]

 

(54) (–) Jorkes – Thank You (inc. Menage a Trois remixes) (Freeride Millenium)

Munich based pair Jorkes are something of an enigma, having appeared on the scene recently with a fully formed sound and a desire to let their music do the speaking for them. Musically the duo seem to be operating with few boundaries, looking to express their emotional states through their music with scant consideration for styles or genres. This latest release sees Jorkes team up with fellow Munich resident and vocalist Karol Schmejchel to deliver a slice of evocative, slo-mo nu-disco.
The release kicks of with the original mix of ‘Thank You’, marrying chugging drums and warm bass with stirring pads and the emotionally charged vocals of Schmejchel. It’s a perfect track for dark backrooms and home lounging alike. The remix comes from Manchester trio Menage a Trois who deliver a sonical beautiful reworking built around heartwrenching keys and heavily reverbed guitar parts. Simple understated drums carrying the record along as their vocal treatment soars towards the heavens, this is sublime stuff. The vinyl release will also feature an exclusive instrumental of the Menage a Trois mix for those who like things a little more stripped back.

 
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(55) (21) Om Unit – Friend Of Day (Idle Hands)

“Basement Superman” plumbs aqueous depths with its appropriation of dub techno tropes in a slow-stepping, meditative framework. “What It Is” too revels in introspection, a laconic bassline loping jauntily against the feathery beat in a succinct encapsulation of Bristolian laissez-faire.

01 Om Unit – Friend of Day [Idle Hands]

 

(56) (22) Machete Savane – Manticore (Not an Animal)

Not An Animal keeps up the pace and pressure with yet another high quality distinctive release, further cementing the labels specific sound and revealing more of the scope of its musical mission. Machete Savane are compromised of label co owner Andy Bainbridge and producer/composer Saul Richards. Manticore continues with their instantly recognisable hi octane yet organic discofied sound, remix wise, there’s a very much ‘night and day’ choice to be had here, with Johnny Nash (Land Of LIght) providing his trademark blissed-out ambience to a beatless rendition and Ian Blevins taking the original even further into dancefloor territory, upping the tempos and evoking the drive of Paperclip People.

 

(57) (23) Spooky J – Spooky J (Blip Discs)

Spooky-J, the mask before a man of rhythm; an internationally experienced Jazz percussionist and composer based in Leeds, whose originality and experimentation has spearheaded Blip Discs darkest, most outlandish and hands- on dispatch to date. No samples, only original recordings and found-sounds, and Spooky-J’s fascinating approach to Doepfer synth, tam-tam, field recorded Avignonese cows and burgled suburbs in Leeds, kalimba, brush snare… totally originally recorded tracks seamlessly synthesised and orchestrated. Dancefloor gelignite. Limbo Yam – A kalimba-cum-stalactite-drip cavernous reverb drenched hypnosis-deep brush-snare sound vortice. Think Mala, if him and Cosmas Magaya had slogged their kit to the depths of Krubera and were jamming early-dubstep. Pfer – What do you prefer? 808’s? DnB? Freaky-deaky alien soundscapes against down-tempo jungle beats? Soichi Terada if the apes had successfully eloped and dragged you to their sacrificial alter – which you are happily taken to, as the soundscape of tam-tam and blipped out synth from Spooky-J completes your musical journey for this release.

 

(58) (–) Ronnie Spiteri – Relations EP (inc. Cera Alba Remix) (Kenja Records)

Produced with the dancefloor in mind, ‘Rumours’ demonstrates animated percussion, chopped vocal murmurs and mesmerising effects throughout. Likewise ‘Relations’ is built with the intention of getting crowds moving but its looped atmospherics and subtle melodies formulate a more low-slung groove. Concluding the release, London based producer Cera Alba remodels ‘Relations’ with a rumbling bassline and distorted nuances to give it a moody overall aesthetic

 

(59) (–) Various Artists – Cocoon ibiza mixed by Carl Craig & Sonja Moonear (Cocoon)

CD1 is Carl Craig. A second wave techno pioneer and head of the cult Planet E empire, Craig is synonymous with soul infused sounds, smooth and slick rhythms and tantalising Dj sets that are overflowing with emotion. Decades after starting out he is still as revered as ever, and for good reason. With his mix the Maestro selects fantastic tracks from fellow legends like DJ Pierre (remixed by Ricardo Villalobos), Luciano (remixed by Dennis Ferrer), DJ Deep and Agoria. Craig then creates a perfect journey with these fine component parts and marries power and deepness from start to finish. It makes for a high class techno trip with ravey excursions that feature his exclusive C2 intro edit of Luca Ballerini’s ‘Impressions Of A Dawn’ as well as two more of his remixes of Nicole Moudaber and Agoria that help add yet more class to the overall affair.  CD2 comes from Swiss artist Sonja Moonear, who is first and foremost a DJ. Her sound is rooted in minimalism; slick, stripped back house and techno that is masterfully lean yet also compelling. Her sets are always hugely rhythmic and seductive affairs whether operating at the moody or more vibrant end of the spectrum. Zip is a fan, which tells you all you need to know, if you didn’t already. Whilst her selections start deep and housey with the likes of Franck Roger, Brett Johnson, Elbee Bad and Alex Under, her mix develops pretty soon into a freaky and technoid sound that beams you straight back to Cocoon’s legendary Monday night event at Amnesia. Also included are some all time Cocoon favorites by John Tejada and Ricardo Villalobos (together with Argenis Brito) and the result is a slinky and seductive mix that makes a big impact in truly subversive ways.

 

(60) (24) Bicep – Blaze – Lovelee Dae (Bicep Remix) (Feel My Bicep)

A reimagining of Blaze’s seminal recording ‘Lovelee Dae’ – originally released on Classic back in 1997. The remix was originally designed to be included in their Essential Mix in 2014, but a lack of space has meant that its pressing on FMB is the first time it sees the light of day. Using Ralph Lawson and Carl Finlow’s classic aforementioned acapella version as the basis of their work, the Bicep lads ensnare an air of swooning euphoria in their remix that stays true to both their original productions and their DJ sets.

 

(61) (–) Paride Saraceni – Heroes EP (Snatch Music)

The mesmerising ‘Heroes’ chugs forward with throbbing synths, ethereal atmospherics and a heavily distorted recognisable sample. Meanwhile, ‘Bass Culture’ combines crunchy percussion with eerie drones and a whispering vocal singing the track title.

 

(62) (–) Emde – Rosicrucian EP (ft. Tom Flynn & Angelo Draetta Remixes) (Talk Musique)

Late August marks the release of a new 4-track EP entitled ‘Rosicrucian’ from Emde on New York’s Talk Musique Records featuring remixes from UK producer Tom Flynn and Italy’s Angelo Draetta. We now see Emde return with the ‘Rosicrucian’ EP on New York label Talk Musique featuring remixes from Tom Flynn and Angelo Draetta. Across the release Emde delivers a cross-section of spaced-out house and punchy 4/4 rhythms, with ‘Rosicrucian’ setting the tone by laying down a crunchy bass line with driving soulful synths and swelling reverbs before mobilee and VIVa artist Tom Flynn’s remix works in sultry bass notes and shuffling clap hits. ‘Trinitarian’ then begins with a rhythmic drum sequence before a dramatic break introduces a deep melody that resonates throughout. Finally, Angelo Draetta’s dub mix of ‘Trinitarian’ provides a stripped cut scattered with squelchy pads and pitch-shifting notes.

 

(63) (25) Hot Since 82 – Yourself (Knee Deep In Sound)

Hot Since 82’s back on his very own Knee Deep In Sound late July with a fresh new single entitled ‘Yourself’. Daley Padley aka Hot Since 82 has become one of the most prominent acts on the contemporary house scene over the past few years maintaining a heavy touring schedule across the globe and releasing material via the likes of Moda Black, Noir Music, Saved, Suara and of course his own Knee Deep In Sound where he returns to here. Making a welcome return to the label Hot Since 82 offers up ‘Yourself’ and sees him lay down a smoothly flowing dynamic record, drawn out over seven and a half minutes initially led by swirling synth hook and robust percussion before the latter stages open up into a crescendo of rumbling subs, soaring leads and infectious vocal chops.

 

(64) (26) Various Artists – Amuse Bouche Vol. 2 – Sampler (Night Noise Music)

‘Athens 91 (Are Killing Me)’ by newcomer Rude Audio, a journey into dark disco with its squelchy b-line and blackly cosmic melodies. The ever reliable Tel Aviv producer MiddleSkyBoom steps up next in conjuction with Eliezer, dropping the blissfull ‘Move in Place’, a cut that marries laidback bass, subtle percussion and some wonderfully evocative French language vocals courtesy of Noemie Dahan. The second half gets going with IPG v Hot Toddy’s ‘Slow Motion Cowboy’, a thrilling and infectious disco workout that is pure floorfiller, dripping as it is with funk laden bass, tinkling keys and spoken word vocals. The penultimate offering sees Night Noise and Skint Records act Gemini Brothers drop the entrancing ‘Kathamah’. This is seven minutes plus of genre defying electronic music that sits somewhere between slo-mo techno and modern dark disco. Finally we add another new name to the pack as Raymod delivers his truly unique sounding ‘Pain’, a record that pulls in choral vocal stabs, spoken words, dark guitar licks, off kilter drums & acid into something indescribably excellent.

 

(65) (–) 2 Bad Mice – Gone To Soon EP (Sneaker Social Club)

Bristol born imprint Sneaker Social Club have been steadily outletting choice cuts of Rave indebted bass music since 2011. Now, in the follow up to 12”s from Etch, Neil Landstrumm, Bass Clef and Throwing Snow they ready 008 on the label – a release that marks a landmark step as they exultantly welcome revered dons 2 Bad Mice into the fold. The ‘Gone Too Soon’ EP is the first 2 Bad Mice release since 2004 and staying true to those seminal Moving Shadow records of the 90’s that defined their sound, the trio scatter classic breaks over clever sampling and jubilant piano stabs.

2 Bad Mice – Gone Too Soon (New Track!) Raindance 2016

 

(66) (27) Stee Downes – The Bigger Picture (LP) (Sonar Kollektiv)

The album launches with ‘Big Mistake,’ a delightfully carefree, slow motion house groove with Downes in uptempo mode and delivering with real pop appeal. The deeper, more purposeful ‘Never Good Enough’ is heavier and more vulnerable, and Downes’ pained vocals only add to that feeling.  Elsewhere there are summery and codeine paced sing alongs like ‘Lock & Load’ that will sound perfect at outdoor festival stages, more upbeat and club focused numbers like ‘Always on My Mind’ and delightfully heartfelt, clean and joyous numbers like ‘Holdin’ with its colourful arps, lithe vocals and bold drums. Proving he can do just about any style, the second half of the album has big synth smears and subtle funk gold in the form of ‘Life’ and peak time gems like ‘All Over The World,’ which is a fresh and modern house anthem that reminds us that dance music can still have proper lyrics and real messages. The delicious but darker ‘Dignity’ is a real hip swinging jam with melodies raining down its face, ‘Dont Give Up On Hope’ is tender and vulnerable and ‘I’m Getting On’ is a prime candidate to cross over into the mainstream with its sunshine vocals, old school chords and foot stomping drums. Ending on the echoing, downbeat menace of ’Lost Sight of Love,’ Downes completes his album with a very real sense of tension.  Few in dance music have the breadth and depth to their voice of Downes, and when paired with his interesting writing and broad production palette, it all adds up to an essential second full length offering.

Stee Downes – All over the world

 

(67) (28) Litmus – Analytical (Remixes: Dhaze, Cicuendez, James Petrou) (Trojan House Records)

‘Analytical’ is a beautifully melodic piece, down tempo, low slung and gorgeously sluggish. Evolving synth work with an emotionally charged piano melody wash across the canvas delicately, while the sub bass adds rumble and groove as it rolls back and forth. ‘Redemption’, with its minimal flavour and vocal hymn exude a haunting and exciting vibe. The sub bass fills the low end nicely, and its the relationship between the bass and the vocal that will have dance floors in a hypnotic trance. Dhaze brings the noise, and delivers a huge Techno remix of ‘Analytical’ drenched in his signature sound. Uppity and driving, powerful and strong when all the elements culminate, it has enough oomph to make even the most dense dance floors shudder. Cicuendez is up next with his rendition of “Analytical’, and its a minimal Techno affair. Eerily vibbed with a slight industrial feel to its thumping rhythm. It harbors a full pallet of sounds filling the spectrum that add flow to the groove when washing over the subby low end. James Petrou chooses to take his ‘Redemption’ remix to a totally different realm than the original. At its core it is a bass line driven Tech House romper! Creative synth work in the evolving breakdowns dissipate in an instant to give way to the god like bass line which drops into place abruptly and will have crowds begging for more.

Litmus – Analytical (THR022)

 

(68) (29) V / Ripperton – Cin Cin 003 (Cin Cin)

Two perfect Newwave/post/proto/dance tracks sure to rekindle the flames of a lost love or sooth even the most broken hearted of souls. On the flip is a man known to many as Ripperton who delivers two slices of his trademark deep and mysterious technohouse music that unfurl with a poise and elegance known only to those with a true mastery of the craft. Glorious Stuff.

 

(69) (30) Rodion – Days Like This (inc. Markus Gibb and Hugosan Remixes) (Roccodisco)

The excellently all-analogue title track opens things up with skewed synths, apocalyptic bass rumbles and sharp stabs. It is a dark bit of electro disco funk with real menace in its forceful and metallic grooves. Squelchy textures add to the sense of foreboding, but frazzled melodic chords add a little ray of light to the darkness. Lyon’s Markus Gibb is someone who has fans including Ewan Pearson and Andrew Weatherall, and who releases on labels like Blindetonation and Magic Feet, so that should give you an idea about his macho disco sound. His remix here is no different, with heavy, slapping hits and snaking, warped bass making for a masterfully mangled and dark disco chugger.  The other great original is ‘Nebula,’ which is a gurgling cut laced up with bass grumbles, thick and taught synth lines and molten chords that get cut up by crisp percussion and cosmic, twinkling melodies. Paranoid and frenzied, unsettling and atmospheric, it is the sort of track to really consume whole dance floors.  Remixing this one is Roccodisco associate and Rodion’s partner in the Alien Alien project, DJ Hugosan. He has a bizarre and singular style that is full of shock and awe and as such, his spangled remix is prickly and corrugated, bass heavy and playful as well as being truly freaky. 

 

(70) (31 Trevino – Casino EP (Aus Music)

Trevino aka Marcus Intalex joins recent Aus signings Recloose and Cassy with his ‘Casino’ EP. Marcus Intalex is widely known for making ground breaking drum and bass. In 2011 he started the Trevino alias to feed his desire to get back to his roots and rekindle his 4 to the floor spirit. This new phase of his career propelled him to move to Berlin where he’s continued to develop a hugely impressive discography that’s included releases on Ben Klock’s Klockworks and Martyn’s 3024. ‘Casino’ brings together three deftly structured and dance floor focused tracks that blur the boundary between house and techno in true Trevino fashion.

 

(71) (32) Paris Angels – All On You (Perfume) (ISLAND)

Paris Angels – Perfume (All On You)

 

(72) (33) Jada – I Don’t Want Nobody (Harry Vederci Remix)

Harry Vederci, an underground DJ gaining popularity in Ibiza, remixes a timeless classic from the Perfecto back catalogue.

Jada – I Don't Want Nobody (Harry Vederci Remix)

 

(73) (34) Chris Simmonds – Groove From The Heart EP (Sampled Detroit)

London’s Chris Simmonds has been releasing his soul-infused house music under his own name and various guises such as House Proud People and many more since the early nineties. Across the ‘Groove From The Heart’ EP Chris Simmonds delivers a cross section of authentic house styles and the title track sets the tone perfectly right from the start. ‘Groove From The Heart’ lays down a bumpy rhythmic swing alongside sweeping horn sounds and filtered bass tones to create a smooth and dynamic house cut. Up next is the ‘Shuffle Soho Mix’ of ‘Lonely Disco Dancer’ which filtered funk guitar licks, organic percussion and psychedelic guitar slaps into a seven minute heady workout. ‘Rush N Soul’ follows and fuses an amalgamation of sampled chops ranging from double bass hits, retro synth licks, raw percussive rolls and horn stabs to create an intricately processed heavily swung house number. The original mix of ‘Lonely Disco Dancer’ then closes the package, offering up a more disco influenced take this time round via frenzied electric piano hooks, bumpy bass tones, resonant synths and a general organic, musical feel.

 

(74) (35) Brian Cid – Hidden EP (inc. Jon Charnis & Nico Stojan remixes) (Manjumasi)

The hugely inviting ‘Hidden’ goes first and is seven intoxicating minutes of woozy deep house with spaced out pads and atmospheric vibes aplenty. It is the sort of track to really lock dancefloors under a spiritual spell and keep them there. First to remix this is Innervisions associate and L.A based producer Jon Charnis. His soothing version is slick and slow burning, sucking you in with gently undulating drums and jumbled percussion as well as long, sweeping chords. Next up Berlin native and former Bar25 resident DJ Nico Stojan steps up to tackle ‘Hidden’. His widely infused house sound is apparent here once more across eight minutes of superbly synthetic deep house that is sprinkled with cosmic dust and sombre chords that really get you moving and feeling at the same time. The other fresh original is ‘Costa Verde,’ another spine tinglingly emotive cut with spacious pads and deep rolling bass making for a cavernous groove. A gentle scatter of percussion and well poised melodies add to the majesty of the whole thing and really gets under your skin. This is a rich and musical package of contemporary deep house that is laden with real feeling as well as compelling groove. 

 

(75) (36) Pedestrian – Pick Your Shots Clean / Airs & Graces (Dama Dama)

‘Pick Your Shots Clean’ is a track inspired by this spring’s European Dama Dama Label Launch Tour, which saw founding members Pedestrian & Maribou State take to the road, curating bespoke parties with back to back all night DJ sets. As ever, the music itself is hard to categorise, but we would say that it sits somewhere between a rugged 90’s Chemical Brothers track and a 70’s Arabian psych-rock Record. The flipside – ‘Airs & Graces’ – serves as a counter-balance (a kind of yang to the ying of the a-side), that picks up where Circadian Rhythms left off, taking the listener off on a melodic 5-minute trip.

 

(76) (37) Oscar G – Rain feat. Seri Remixes (inc. Lee Walker, Nasser Baker, Cocodrills and Ron Carroll) (Nervous NYC)

Oscar G’s instrumental version strays away from the original by incorporating soaring pads and a ethereal hook that aid in creating a gentle reinterpretation, whilst his rhythmic and percussive ‘Heart Beats’ was produced with Miami’s Heart club in mind. Lee Walker’s remix strips back the tribal element whilst implementing a heady bassline and giving Seri’s vocals the spotlight, in contrast to his ‘Spanking Dub’ which is an instrumental led cut containing tranquil pads and stabbing chords. Cocodrills’ version then boasts various clubby nuances that help construct a peaktime-angled number before Objektivity’s Nasser Baker injects an element of funk with the use of fuzzy synths and echoing notes. Ending the package, Chicago producer Ron Carroll capitalises Seri’s voice for a soul infused conclusion.

 

(77) (38) Glass Animals – Life It Self

Glass Animals – Life Itself (Official Video)

 

(78) (39) M83 – Do It, Try It,

M83, aka Anthony Gonzalez, announces the highly anticipated details of his full-length album, JUNK, out now on Naive. Following the critically acclaimed silver album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, featuring Grammy nominated single “Midnight City,” and two triumphant years of world touring, Gonzalez – who serves as M83’s musical architect, songwriter, front man and primary vocalist – returns with an artistic evolution. Feeling a renewed kinship with Gonzalez’s early musical inspirations like Tangerine Dream, Aphex Twin, and genre-expanding visionaries like Brian Wilson and Kevin Shields, Gonzalez both returns to his roots with this album, yet makes a logical leap forward. “Do It, Try It,” which features a fractured and catchy mélange of old school house music, pianos, synthesized vocals, prog excess and pop art bubblegum hooks.

M83 – Do It, Try It (Audio)

 

(79) (40) Sasse – Ani (inc. Lehar remix) (My Favorite Robot Records)

‘Ani,’ almost ten minutes of brooding and heady house music that has rolling drums setting the tone below as expansive synths smear and skew about in the wide open spaces above. There are shades of Vangelis and a subtle dose of prog in the overall vibe, but circling synth patterns add a sense of hypnosis that make it pure dancing music. Serene and spaced out, it is a masterclass in suspense. As well as a more driven and tense dub version, Lehar provides the stellar remix here. The Italian producer is a restless spirit who has released his melodically rich music on labels like Moodmusic, 2DIY4 and Diynamic before now. Here he layers in more of his trademark chord progressions and rippling keys and has you arching your neck to the suggested skies above as you wallow in his cavernous groove.

 

(80) (41) Kenny Glasgow – Circus Tales (LP) (No.19 Music)

Electronic music heavyweight Kenny Glasgow is back with his much anticpated new solo album entitled ‘Circus Tales’. Right from the off, Glasgow’s dehumanised style is on full display. Robot vocals and rugged grooves are embellished with creepy melodies and unhinged synths. After that arresting opener, ‘Come On’ keeps up the pressure with prying bass and slick drums, and ‘Response From Mars’ gets dark and freaky with wonky chords, minimal drum programming and metallic textures that are industrial and inviting. Trying something fresh with each new track, the album switches up the moods and grooves with ease and style, and ‘floor slaying cuts like ‘Pro-to-Type’ and the melodically expansive ‘Everything is Breath’ prove that with aplomb. ‘Communication Meltdown’ proves Glasgow can play truly musical chords as well as programme drums to make dancers go wild, and the final trio of tracks get truly heady and hypnotic for the most discerning back rooms out there. This is a complete sound world from Glasgow that features a coherent and cohesive set of dance floor tracks. The whole thing is a masterful piece of forward facing work that will surely set the world alight this summer.

 

(81) (42) Deo & Z-Man – Southpole EP (Jeudi Records)

Deo & Z-Man are back on JEUDI records with their second contribution to the label. And once more they are proving their uniqueness in the scene. When they are locked away in the studio they are making music without taking care about whats happening in the outside world. The two brothers have grown up in a professional musical surrounding and with a solid hip hop background are delivering an inspiring 2 tracker here.

 

(82) (43) Primal Scream – Big Belly Nothing 100% DubMastered1644

‘100% Or Nothing’ has been remixed by Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. “Anton’s mix brings out all the slow motion, claustrophobic, endlessly crushing, paranoid dread of “living together, alone, apart” …we love it, thank you Anton.” Says Bobby Gillespie and he should know.

Primal Scream – 100% Or Nothing (Anton Newcombe Remix)

 

(83) (44) Reboot – aLIVE (LP) (Get Physical)

Over the last decade, Reboot has proved he is an artist who always evolves and adapts to new ideas with each new release. aLIVE takes inspiration from “the beauty of all aspects of life” and “the magical connection between everything in existence” according to the artist. It was written over the course of two years and inspired by a multitude of ideas and sketches. The final work was then finished in the last few months along with a brand new live show, and every track features bits of organic sound, found sound recordings, modular synth work and tools like the Eventide Ultra-Harmonizer. Right from the off there is a palpable organic vibe and airy atmosphere. ‘All Live Is Good’ is a symphony of soft and lush sound with gentle rhythms underpinning beautiful chords. A deep, moody and supple sense of groove permeates the rest of the album through woozy and intoxicating cuts like ‘Timelive,’ whilst ‘Just Hang On’ is a crisp and rolling house track full of open space. Always filled with exquisite sound design, subtle details and little textures that make it feel that bit more real and authentic, ‘Foxfidelity’ proves this producer can do jazzy percussion masterfully, ‘Pollo Al Sillao’ is a classic Reboot cut with its strong lines, undulating drum patterns and squelchy sounds and ‘12PM’ is a playful and jostling number that brims with life. Closing out through the angelic harmonics and bell sounds of ‘For A Shadow to Dance With,’ the spine tingling electronic delicacies of ‘Whilst The Others Dream’ and the abstract melody and sombre notes of ‘Piece of Cake’, this ambitious and absorbing album proves it is about so much more than the dance floor. 

Reboot aLIVE teaser

 

(84) (45) Textasy – Wave Racer (from Various Artists Album SECRET RAVE 02) (art­-aud)

G­-23 label art­-aud makes its return with a new output, the long awaited follow up in the secret rave series. While the 01 saw him as the protagonist of the tracks under the secret rave alias, this new chapter contains 4 tracks coming from different bad boys. Anybody Anytime, a new comer from Milan­ Italy at his first release, a collab from G­-23 and his swedish friend Rivet, which already appeared as a remixer on the previous one, a track from Dallas Acid aka Textasy, a crazy guy with texan origins and now Berlin based, and one from the Dublin boss Myler. The records (first run of 300 transparent orange copies) coming with poster insert with a photo from Molly Macindoe, which already worked for the series, integrated to an illustration of the italian and talented Joo

 

(85) (46) Hidden Spheres – Well Well (Rhythm Section)

Rhythm Section International’s 12th release comes from another Mancunian called Tom, this time going by the name of Hidden Spheres. This FEEL-GOOD HIT OF THE SUMMER alert for the title track, ‘Well, Well’, – a certified, yet sophisticated banger, ready to send that festival crowd one step closer to transcendence. A versatile EP spanning over 5 tracks, Well Well is a house-tinged, jazzy affair – rich in soulful vocals, summery chords and live percussion. Hidden Spheres is a seasoned DJ and producer, having released on the likes of Moods & Grooves alongside Theo Parrish, Andrés, MR. G and Moodymann as well as producing the inaugural release for Lobster Theremin imprint Distant Hawaii.

 

(86) (47) Various Artists – Summer Sampler 2016 (inc. Theus Mago, Squire, Heretic, Oliver Nickels & Turbokitchen) (My Favorite Robot Records)

Opening the account is Theus Mago, a moniker of Mexican producer Mateo Gonzalez, best know for his work as Bufi. Here is offers up a scintiallating seven minute slice of bass heavy electro business with full of dark, distorted sounds and atmospheric synths. Next up we have Spaniard, Squire who alongside the featuring Forrest turns in an ethereal and brooding cut that marries otherworldly vocals with subtly building soundtrack of FX and melodies. London based producer and darling of such imprints as Nein, Relish and Beachcoma, Heretic, steps up next with a serious slo-mo workout. Chugging acid lines, cinematic synths and understated drum programming all add up to make for an intense and memorable affair. The penultimate piece comes from Vancouver’s Oliver Nickels, the co-owner of the much lauded Rhombus label. His is a more direct and floor focussed track which uses its nine and a half minute duration to build a hypnotic house groove that has you locked in from the start. Finally we have Italy’s Turbokitchen who close things out with a dark and pulsing number that is both menacing and uplifting, quality stuff.

 

(87) (48) Tim Green – For a Memory (Get Weird)

The stirring opener ‘For A Memory’ is eleven minutes of wordless and intoxicating female vocals, slick rubbery drums and plunging bass. The overall effect is hypnotic, rolling and perfectly groovy, and it will no doubt have whole dancefloors locked under its spell. Some little melodic explosions, sweeping filters and luscious pads all help add a real air of grace to proceedings that mark it out as another classic from Green. ‘For A Distant Memory’ is a subtle but noteworthy reworking of the same cut. In this one, the drums are less direct and more stripped back, there is a focus on the angelic, glowing pads and on spine tingling slices of synth that are reflective and emotive as they drop in and out.

 

(88) (49) Various Artists – Jockey Jams (Toy Tonics)

“The Toy Tonics label have started this irregular series of VARIOUS ARTIST EPs. The first issue includes a space electronica jam by MORITZ BUTSCHEK who is working at Toy Tonics office and is starting to put out his own great tracks now. Then you get a high energetic funk house track by PIXEL82 vs JAD & THE LADYBOY. A heavy hypnotic vocal line from a young kid from Portugal reworked by Australian surfer and Toy Tonics resident Jad & The Ladyboy. The vocals will get your dancefloor hotter then the sun in Australian desert. Also on the EP you find a old school funk jam by New York kid DOUG GOMEZ. This one recalls the funky tracks by people like Ashley Beedle or even Masters At Work when they were doing their NuYorican Soul stuff back in the mid 9oies. It’s full on New York. It’s dirty. It’s hypnotic as hell. And fits well with BLACK LOOPS bonus track that once again is based on a Rhodes Piano riff that creates that certain jazz vibe that Toy Tonics is know for these days” – Toy Tonics

 

(89) (50) DJ Shadow – Bergschrund feat. Nils Frahm (Mass Appeal Records)

DJ Shadow’s new single, “Bergschrund,” is a pulsating, icy collaboration with Berlin-based musician, composer and producer Nils Frahm. “Nils Frahm is an insanely smart composer, he created a sinewy, gated vintage synth line which DJ Shadow then expanded upon, with complimentary effect. The track is called ‘Bergschrund,’ an obscure German word for a particular type of crevasse, or ice cliff, usually found on mountains at very high elevations. ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ is DJ Shadow’s first full-length release since 2011 and finds the groundbreaking artist shifting further toward original composition, experimentation, and live instrumentation.

 

(90) (51) Vibert / DJ Pierre / Hardfloor / Posthuman – I Love Acid 010 (I Love Acid)

Reaching number ten in the series, this special ‘various artists’ edition features tracks from the three headliners of I Love Acid’s London parties in 2015 – Luke Vibert, DJ Pierre, and Hardfloor, plus a track from label owners Posthuman. Four different takes on the sound of the 303, this is acid music for late night dancefloors.

 

(91) (52) Holy Fuck – Xed Eyes (Innovative Leisure)

 

(92) (53) Strapontin – Pedigree (inc. Golden Bug remix) (La Belle)

The EP opens with the wonky, slo-mo strains of ‘Offbeat’, a spacious and hypnotic chugger that sees sweeping synths and an incessant morse code like stab pattern provide the base for some ghostly and discordant vocals. The tempo lifts for ‘It’s a Trap’ as Strapontin journeys into techier and housier territory on this floorfilling affair. Vocal contributions from Josell add to the tracks heady intensity as the record slowly builds though its six and a half minute duration, quality stuff. Title track ‘Pedigree’ is a short but memorable exploration into the outer realms of pulsing machine made electronica. Brooding vocals, metallic hits and churning bass all combine to bring this cut to life with a real sense of menace. Penultimate offering, ‘Les Yeux de la Tete’ is a nine minute plus workout of crunchy drums, bleeps, squeaks and percussive hits peppered with obscure melodic refrains and spoken vocals. Finally we have the Golden Bug remix of opener ‘Offbeat’ which see the French remixer bring his own ethereal and melodic take on things. Live bass, heavy tape delay and swirling FX all seal the deal as this mix works its way under your skin.

 

(93) (54) Kerb Staller – Doorwork (Incl. Shaun J. Wright & Alinka Remix) (Leftroom)

New from Leftroom is ‘Doorwork’, the original mix kick starts the package, as is the approach with Kerb Staller material Tolfrey and jozif deliver a raw and hypnotic number led by chugging bass stabs, clicky stripped back rhythms and infectious vocals. Closing is a remix from Crosstown Rebels act Shaun J. Wright & Alinka who reshape the original with an acid tinged electro twist via spiralling arpeggios, murky square wave bass hits and a baroquely evolving dynamic.

 

(94) (55) Kon & The Gang – Timeless (BBE)

Opening track ‘Timeless’ could hardly be more aptly named. Sublime, smokey piano touches on the intro give way to an uplifting, languid disco track, jammed full of sunshine. Catchy vocal snippets, rock solid bass and guitar licks build up the groove beautifully alongside Kon’s trademark staccato, squelchy synth chord stabs. On the flip-side Truccy (better known as Compost’s Rainer Trüby and Corrado Bucci) present ‘Closer’, another sun-drenched groove with definite Balearic touches. Jazzy chords and touching vocals (performed by the duo themselves with assistance from Nicolas “Michael Ellis” Rogoll) lend the track a distinctly ‘live’ feel. Boston producer and mix engineer Caserta closes out proceedings with his remix of friend and musical collaborator Kon’s ‘Timeless’. Highlighting piano loops and synth stabs from the original version, his rework moves the track seamlessly into Deep House territory, with smoothly rolling percussion and a hypnotic arrangement. A delicious taste of what’s to come from ‘Kon & Gang’, this limited 12″ is surely going to be essential listening this summer.

 

(95) (56) Om Unit – Friend Of Day (Idle Hands)

This new release for Idle Hands has a trio of secret weapons sat waiting for the opportune moment to step out into the world. With the warmer months upon us, it feels like the perfect time to let a track like “Friend Of Day” roll out in a heavy-lidded haze of sun-kissed, ivory-tinkled finery. This being Om Unit, of course there are different shades on offer here as well. “Basement Superman” plumbs aqueous depths with its appropriation of dub techno tropes in a slow-stepping, meditative framework. “What It Is” too revels in introspection, a laconic bassline loping jauntily against the feathery beat in a succinct encapsulation of Bristolian laissez-faire.

 

(96) (57) Dantiez & KPD feat. LaRae Starr – Bad Decisions (Incl. Washerman Remix) (Madhouse)

First is the original mix of ‘Bad Decisions’ from the trio setting the tone with an bright piano stab-led lead line, bumpy shuffled rhythms, a wandering sub bass groove and sporadic horn swells meandering through the record while Starr’s emotive vocal stylings further fuel the infectious house heavy groove. An ‘Instrumental Mix’ is offered up next, as the name would suggest offering a more refined interpretation focused on raw melody and weighty drums. Rounding off the package though is Drumpoet Community’s Washerman, stamping his unique style on the original via choppy square wave bass stabs, soaring string sequences and intricate processing of the original parts, resulting in another weighty house workout to complete the package.

 

(97) (58) Francesca Lombardo – Remembrance EP (Echoe)

The title track ‘Remembrance’ has a spirited melody at its core, which is mirrored by the bass line. It’s all propelled along by sturdy, stomping drums and topped off with a layer of wistful pads. Francesca keeps it simple and hypnotic with this little beauty, a treat for anyone who likes it deep. On the flipside, we’re submerged even deeper with the sombre ‘Never Too Far’. A solemn atmosphere is present from the very start, with ominous tension building throughout the intro. As the track is unleashed, Francesca’s voice is utilised, punctuating the initial breakdown…an assortment of eerie effects work in tandem with the trundling beats to create a captivating slice of moody technoid funk. Wait for the extended breakdown, too, absolute killer.’

 

(98) (59) Kiki & Alessio Pagliaroli – We Turn Into Animals EP (My Favorite Robot Records)

The stirring opener ‘3000’ is seven minutes of restrained tech excellence, with jangling, spine tingling hi hats and gloopy bass teasing you to the point of climax. Serene synth chords add the sort of artistry we expect from this label, then ‘3001’ gets weird, with unsettling glassy synths squiggling about above a firmly rooted drum line. It is freaky music filled with a masterful sense of end-of-the-world doom.
The brilliantly upright ‘We Turn Into Animals’ is then rippled with lush melody and rolling rubber beats. It’s a real soul soother with whispered vocals adding intimacy as you zone out to the blissful sounds. Lastly, ‘Walk Outside’ showcases more stylish synth work, glossy arps and futuristic metropolitan vibes that are musical and magical in equal measure.

 

(99) (60) Theatre of Delays feat. AMA – Madness (Night Noise Music)

The original single is first and is a beautiful cut with lots of thrilling strings and synths adding flesh to the slo mo drums. It is luxurious and spacious in feel and really invites you deep inside it where cooing female vocals by Amanda Cazelet soothe your soul. As well as an extended and even more tantalising mix, Copycat reimagines the track as a much more frazzled and up beat house track. With a great sense of energy, Dualesque then makes it a much more prickly affair with tough machine gun synths shooting through the middle of the vocals, which now sound more tortured as tough beats punch below. The masterful Electrosexual remix then flips the script again, slowing things to a chugging tempo where psyched out synths and rugged arps shoot out of the middle and fire your every synapse. Last but not least, Hotlane gets cute and curious with a remix that is rooted in disco. Fat synths, playful keys and jangling perc all make it as fun as can be.

 

(100) (61) The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra (EMI)

Frankie Sinatra, the lead single of Wildflower, premiered on Australian national broadcaster Triple J on Thursday: a sprawling, sample-heavy calypso that marries Danny Brown, MF Doom and a riff from The Sound of Music in a menacingly playful tapestry.

The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra