Gramme return on a massive high
1 (5) GRAMME – TOO HIGH – TUMMY TOUCH
After nothing for a decade, Gramme bounce back with a 5 track dirty disco banger, this would give Beth Ditto & Co a run for their money. Leo Zero delivers a sterling low slung funky remix. Rough News and I Feel The Moment (Inst) both run up a couple of notches on the funk thermometer, and the closing Filey Selassie Remix of Fascination makes for some serious bass bin action. http://youtu.be/iG3zOTYdQBo
2 (1) JAGWAR MA – THE THROW – MARATHON ARTISTS
After blazing a trail last year, Australia’s favourite groovy psychedelic duo get 2013 off to a blinding start, with another winner in their own distinctive style of intoxicating far out happening club songs built on irresistible grooves. Onwards and upwards. http://youtu.be/1vU6a7Haw78 http://youtu.be/BpwqfTVaUAk
3 (2) BLACK STROBE – THE GIRL FROM BAYOU – BLACKSTROBE
The Paris based outfit return with a sexy and sultry disco number that’s just a little rough around the edges, and shows that they are still leaders among the pack.
4 (9) DAVID SHAW AND THE BEAT – TRANCE IN MEXICO / REMIXES – HER MAJESTY’S SHIP
Justin Robertson comes up trumps with his Deadstock 33s Remix, an infectious Balearic bounding disco acid reel.
5 (NEW) CHARLIE BOYER AND THE VOYEURS – THINGS WE BE – HEAVENLY
Another slice of near on pop perfection where smutty 70’s New York punk shimmies alongside glamorous 21st century psychedelia. Be there or be square. http://youtu.be/VUbeV4q4G_Q
6 (7) FOALS – MY NUMBER – TRANSGRESSIVE
A burst of feel good sunshine pop with big choruses, jangly guitar licks and a funky groove.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs gives it some peak time club action.
7 (10) DAN MICHAELSON & THE COASTGUARDS – BLINDSPOT –
THE STATE 51 CONSPIRACY
A heartbreaking and intimate LP that bares it’s soul with just the right amount of sparse instrumentation, alongside honest lyrics and a tender cracked voice that puts a lump in your throat. “You’re scared of growing old without someone who knew you were beautiful before…” “Even though my sheets are wearing thin, I wrap you up so you can feel loved again…” http://youtu.be/74SRGY3JJZs
8 (3) ALICE RUSSELL – TO DUST – TRU THOUGHTS
Classy and sassy soul with pop sensibilities that pushes all the right buttons. Alice has got what it takes to be up there with Adele and Amy. http://youtu.be/DtcQHtgfXKg
9 (27) SKY FERREIRA – EVERYTHING IS EMBARASSING – POLYDOR / CAPITOL
After becoming a cult hit and winning loads of plaudits in the U.S. The American press dharlings single of 2012 is getting a U.K. release. Modern teen pop gets a new dimension with out there mixes care of Timmy The Terror and UMO. http://youtu.be/1jtTeMgWNhA
10 (14) FALTYDL – SHE SLEEPS – BLUEBERRY / NINJA TUNE
Ed Macfarlane Of Friendly Fires fame lays haunting and fragile vocals over delicate and yet edgy electronics. Holland’s Martyn is up first at the remixing desk, delivering a pumping disco stomp. Gang Gang Dance serve up richly textured melancholy. Ital goes for a spot of mind bending, and 2000Black get back in the groove.
11 (12) CARMEN VILLAIN – LIFEISSIN – SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND
A dreamy psychedelic breeze over a teaming with life spring meadow. On the flip you’ll find the Prins Thomas remix, with a cushioned 4/4 kick and just the right amount of subtle disco synths which complement the woozy song perfectly. http://youtu.be/fw3aRNTibNQ
12 (8) LAPALUX – WITHOUT YOU – BRAINFEEDER
Stuart Howard sparsely layers gorgeous electronic textures, offset with understated glitches and clicks, whilst Kerry Leatham’s delicate and heartbreaking vocals are gently treated to breathtaking perfection.
13 (17) DARWIN DEEZ – FREE – LUCKY NUMBER
A trashy and fuzzy explosion of kitsch skate rock. Billy works it into a warm beautiful shuffling Balearic number where the sunlight filters through the trees. http://youtu.be/smmErdX4N8c
14 (16) GRIZZLY BEAR – GUN SHY – WARP
The Brooklyn four piece serve up a fine slice of whimsical psychedelic pop from their critically acclaimed LP Shields. It comes with a funky progressive disco wizard work out from Lindstrom. http://youtu.be/wIyGBQW_9Pc http://youtu.be/x9Fju9_BePM
15 (19) TOM BUDDEN & FORREST – LADY IS TROUBLE EP – GRUUV
The title cut is a deep and steamy house number with enticing risky vocals if you dare.
X-Press 2 bump it up and give it a nice little twist. Also comes with a chunky mix by OOFT! of bonus cut Falling. http://youtu.be/9buqBzxONAo
16 (6) DU TONC – DARKNESS – CHEAP THRILLS
The low slung sugary sweet, shiny disco pop debut release, from Matt Van Schie of Van She fame, alongside cohort Mighty Mouse. Glistening catwalk perfection. http://youtu.be/NIqu-ISggCw
17 (18) SEASFIRE – FALLING – TOO PURE SINGLES CLUB
Feb’s TPSC release has got that certain melancholic Bristol sound with a bit of Everything But The Girl thrown into the equation, and it should come in a sumptuous dark velvet sleeve. Zaffre Janvier delivers a spooked remix on the flip. http://youtu.be/eDOzLV9NZD0
18 (13) UNIVERSAL SEX ARENA – WOMEN WILL BE GIRLS – GRAN DONNA
Seventies rock influenced debut LP, from raucous Italian six piece, that is a bit like a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack, and is causing quite a storm. http://youtu.be/wIjEBSHLXnM
19 (22) LETHERETTE – D&T EP – NINJA TUNE
A burst of fizzing electrics on a sun drenched disco groove. Clark goes a bit crazy and gets a tad industrial with it. Dorian Concept throws rave shapes at it, and The Invisible take it to the shady side of town. It comes backed with the lush and soulful She Shines. http://youtu.be/e7bSJTyg-xE
20 (NEW) FUZZY LIGHTS – THE HOUR / BLIND (HARMONIUM VERSION) – LITTLE RED RABBIT
The Harmonium Version of Blind is absolutely stunning, it is totally heartfelt and breathtakingly beautiful. Take a deep breath and prepare to be blown away.
21 (24) THE BURRELL BROTHERS – NON STOP/THE REMIXES – DANSE CLUB
Another U.S. 90’s gem is dusted down and spruced up for today’s floors. Just Be aka Matthew B of Layo & Bushwacka fame is up first with his percussive, clean cut & bouncing Insomniac Mix. Italy’s Lula Circus make good use of the soulful vocal, laying it on warm lush deepness, and Chubby Dubz gets raw and dirty with a peak time jackin’ number.
22 (29) HUGO & THE PRISMATICS – THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOOP – GOODVIBE
Debut LP of twisted electronics, far out space jazz, deep house rhythms and psychedelic shenanigans all simmering together in one big stewing pot. Nice.
23 (15) FAIRMONT – AUTOMATON REMIXES 1 – MY FAVORITE ROBOT
Fairmont’s recent Automaton LP gets overhauled by some of our favourite knob twiddlers. Ewan Pearson gets proceedings off to a very accomplished start with a 10 minute remix of Last Dance., Ryan Crosson fluffs up Alkaline, Undo sinks Fate into deep dirge, and Arthur Oskan tweaks Tiny Diamonds.
24 (25) FREAK SEVEN – SURREAL – 20:20 VISION
Trademark freaky vocals in a poltergeist style weave over pulsing Detroit influences, working into a heady blissful state. Sebo K takes it deep. Dario Zenkers jacks and pumps.
25 (NEW) STUBBORN HEART – BETTER THAN THIS – ONE LITTLE INDIAN
An electronic yet organic slice of futuristic melancholy steeped in rustic charm, lifted from their critically acclaimed eponymous debut LP. Graham Massey delivers a simmering stripped back remix, and it comes with dark and sumptuous new song Do Tomorrow. http://youtu.be/KEDwgr5v-2Y
26 (NEW) JAMES TEEJ – LIKING YOUR DISORDER – LAST NIGHT ON EARTH
Timo Maas delivers a classic remix that teases and builds, layering rhythms alongside organic synths. It’s got an early Underworld feel about it. Nice.
27 (30) LEMAITRE – RELATIVITY 3 EP – SUBSTELLAR
Norwegian duo that are making waves with their slightly psychedelic electronic dance pop. Sort of Daft Punk meets Royksopp and goes Aussie Big Day Out. http://youtu.be/PUwLGYnY9RU
28 (26) HERVE FT. AUSTRA – SAVE ME – CHEAP THRILLS
A brooding dramatic almost biblical number, with a sinister feel, strong ice queen vocals, and not a dance beat in sight. A change is as good as a rest. http://youtu.be/2sEVMBa8Gmk
29 (NEW) GIOVANNI DAMICO – CRY WALL EP – BLACK KEY
Go straight for Love Me, a lush deep number with velvety tones and soulful vocals. Moodtrap delivers a perky remix, adding tense pokey riffs and a raw slightly strung out vibe.
30 (28) TRWBADOR – SAFE – OWLET MUSIC
The debut single release from this Welsh girl/boy duo is cute and intricate DIY ramshackle pop, coming over like a young Kate Bush fronting the school play at Royston Vasey Secondary Modern. On the flip Cornershop do a skanky remix of To The Bull. http://youtu.be/4ciucPYvZO0