1 (6) AEROPLANE FT. JAMIE PRINCIPLE – IN HER EYES – AEROPOP
The debut release on Vito De Luca’s label Aeropop is a nod to 80’s polished shiny pop. It comes with a good set of remixes, Tiger & Woods go for a sexy Daft Punk influenced work out, Chopstick & Johnjon get deep and sensual, and last but not least Louis La Roche serves up a bombastic big synth assault. http://youtu.be/fJ56dkuXb7o
2 (2) PARA ONE – WHEN THE NIGHT FT. JAW – MARBLE / BECAUSE
Hot from the press in Paris comes an irresistible fat slab of funky modern electronic soul, with great vocals and adventurous nu disco twists. If this don’t make you move then you might as well give up. DVNO strips it back and delivers a sassy electro remix, and Discodeine takes it on a peaking house route. Massive. http://youtu.be/HeSgvHKMpUE
Highlights include low slung grooves with atmospheric blasts shooting through Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Red Right Hand. A slo-mo cosmic take on Michael Andrews & Gary Jules’ cover of Mad World, and housey doings on Dionne Warwick’s Walk On By. May your Strawberry Fields be wonky Forever. http://youtu.be/TS9ioGwe73w
4 (10) PADDED CELL – GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT – DIFFERENT
Richard Sen & Neil Higgins make a welcome return with their first single for a few years. It’s a New York post punk disco influenced number with up to the minute trimmings, and vocals from Free Disco alongside a percussionist, guitarist, sax player and live bass, coming together on a proper old school groove. Deviancy Amp on the flip fuses raw synth stabs and funky percussion for a packed dance floor.
5 (7) CHEVAL SOMBRE – SOMEPLACE ELSE – SONIC CATHEDRAL
The first single to be lifted from Mad Love, the psychedelic LP of 2012. It touches down shimmering from another stratosphere and features Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 fame, putting a whole new angle on There’s a starman waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’ll blow our minds. http://youtu.be/x86pLPHE6sE
6 (1) ROSES GABOR – STARS / NIGHT SKY – GIRLS MUSIC
After collaborations with Gorillaz, Buraka Sound Sistema, SBTRKT and Shy FX, Roses Gabor makes a quality double edged debut on Toddla T’s label. Both cuts buzz with club excitement and post night out journeys home in the early hours.Blissed out but a bit on edge.http://youtu.be/ApijvD-xAJg
7 (3) IMPULSION – THE HIGHER TRIP EP – MICRONAUTICS
Four cuts of top rate house infused disco sassiness. The legendary DJ Pierre gets the ball rolling with a sweeping and tweaking 15 minute extravaganza of The Trip. Kings Of Tomorrow deliver a Ghetto Mix and a Sanjay Dub of Higher, both tracks doing the do, and Impulsion bring proceedings to a climaxing grand finale with the peaking ‘ouse Musiq.http://youtu.be/pCvBG-eUzGo
8 (NEW) JESSE WARE – NO TO LOVE (THE REMIXES) – PMR / ISLAND
Ewan Pearson is up first at the mixing desk, delivering a couple of deep steamy neon numbers, packed with analogue synths and oozing sassy slo-mo hipness to die for. George Fitzgerald pumps it up in a powerful old school soulful house vein, and Todd Edwards adds jazzy elements and psychedelic washes over skipping garage rhythms. http://youtu.be/lmdCheC75nk
9 (16) REMAIN VS POPULETTE – DISCOMFORT – MEANT
A funky and slightly smutty slice of edgy dark electronic disco from France. Troy Pierce is up first at the mixing desk with his Flight LH 436 Remix, a deep out there traumatised techno journey. Chloe takes a trip around the haunted disco, and marc Pinol gets locked into far out slo-mo heaven. One for the freaks. http://youtu.be/NLma78rY3_k
10 (NEW) DJANGO DJANGO – LIFE’S A BEACH – BECAUSE
Another great feel good psychedelic single lifted from one of the debut LP’s of the year. When they first started grabbing the headlines their was quite a lot of comparisons to The Beta Band, and here Steve Mason turns up on remix duties, delivering a nice dubby version with shuffling rhythms and anthemic brass. The Very Best bring proceedings to an atmospheric spaced out finale which builds to epic proportions. http://youtu.be/57jgxPtfddE
11 (27) FLOPPY SOUNDS – THOSE VOICES – WAVE MUSIC
Rob Rives makes a startling return in his Floppy Sounds guise, reunited with vocalist Devon Dunaway for a paranoid schizophrenic tale about voices that won’t go away, over powerful rhythms that have got a certain 90’s Sound Factory feel. It comes with a very useful acapela.
12 (12) VARIOUS ARTISTS – JUST MUSIC CAFÉ VOL 4: THE AMBIENT ZONE – JUST MUSIC
Opening with the excellent Marconi Union’s Weightless, a stunning piece of aural bliss available on CD for the very first time. Other highlights among the rarities, exclusives and unearthed gems include Sense from Digitonal, new signings Op. treat us to Prelude, and Echaskech deliver Little Rays. Float on. http://youtu.be/NMmMNyTwePY
13 (NEW) THE OTHER TRIBE – SING WITH YOUR FEET – RELENTLESS
Bristol six piece with a fat slab of percussive house infused pop that’s pretty much guaranteed to put a spring in your step. http://youtu.be/RrkTOiY9k_4
Three choice tracks that are cutting it from top duo on the Bristol scene. The title track features Shanti Celeste (great name) doing a breathy mesmerising vocal, over swinging crunchy house rhythms, infectious key riffs and a railroad train bell. Fuse Strategy features James Fox injecting a modern soulful R’n’B feel, offset with spaced out jazz funk keys. The closing U Were All Mine keeps the soulful flavours flowing in a chiming blissful state on an organic percussive groove. Nice.
15(9) PLANAS – THE LONG GAME – EXCEPTIONAL BLUE
London’s Toby Davies aka Planas has gained quite a reputation and is a musical force to be reckoned with. His debut LP sees him team up with various singers, creating high drama urban bass’n’beats with pop savvy and a melancholic edge. His star is shining bright. http://youtu.be/jbbd-d1C9XI
16 (NEW) TIGER STRIPES / MY FAVORITE ROBOT – OUT OF PHASE / SHOUT –
MY FAVORITE ROBOT
Tiger Stripes bring in singer Pete Fij from Creation Records shoegazing outfit Adorable, who delivers an excellent performance over classic melancholic synths, atmospheric pads and deep rhythms. Flipped with the My Favorite Robot bosses & Silky doing a moody and techy version of the Tears For Fears 1984 hit Shout. Another quality split artist single. http://youtu.be/gmIVU02oM5s
17 (NEW) PANAMA – IT’S NOT OVER – FUTURE CLASSIC
On the original mix rolling toms drive sublime vocals and melancholic melodies, giving it a moody and distant feel. Kompakt’s Kolsch gives it some oomph with plenty of squelch, Ejeca go for subtle rave-isms plus a scream up piano, and Dave DK brings a certain quality deepness to the song. http://youtu.be/YMKZIaIN7O4
18 (21) DELS – BLACK SALAD EP – BIG DADA
Much lauded MC Kieren Dickins gives us a five track taster of what’s to come in 2013. Main cut Bird Milk featuring singer Bila is spun out, paranoid, fucked up and on a sort of a dark Toon Town vibe, with grainy low slung bass, working its way around a classic horror film soundtrack and a loose version of the main riff from The Animals’ House Of The Rising Sun. And that’s just for starters. http://youtu.be/pKWiXLaRBMA
19 (17) STUBBORN HEART – STARTING BLOCK – ONE LITTLE INDIAN
An out there slice of futuristic blue eyed soul lifted from their critically acclaimed eponymous debut LP. The 128 Yard Dash Remix compliments the song beautifully with a percolating groove of skipping percussion and deep disco bass, and the Something New Remix goes on a dark and fizzing slo-mo chunkathon. http://youtu.be/3RlbcQOPgis
20 (13) POP LEVI – MEDICINE – COUNTER
Surrey’s answer to a modern day Mickie Most is back with his fifth LP. He’s still got the Marc Bolan thing going on, but this time round Ziggy Stardust, The Stooges, Ian Hunter and Vivian Stanshall join the party. If you like your rock & pop glammed up, filled with debauchery, dressed in 70’s chic and finished off with smudged eyeliner, then this is where it’s at. http://youtu.be/HEJu__ZQVoghttp://youtu.be/gsPFX4V5JNM
21 (15) D/R/U/G/S – THE SOURCE OF LIGHT – PIAS
Euphoric synth pop with an edge and an attitude. Daniel Avery gets freaky with it, and Max Cooper takes it on an epic spaced out cosmic journey. http://youtu.be/1mv9bFVfbcY
22 (29) NEIL QUIGLEY & TONE FLOAT FT. CARI GOLDEN – DWTD – HIGHWAY
Deep house with familiar key stabs, pulsing subtleties and swirling poltergeist vocals, making a Deal With The Devil. The Timewriter cranks it up adding spring loaded tension, and Da Lukas gives it a nice warm top riff with a spacious widescreen feel. Spooks in space. http://youtu.be/HBPFNbT9WZU
23 (NEW) OLI FURNESS FT. ELISE – IF I WAS EP – SAY AHH!
Elise’s velvety soulful vocals work their way around intricate house rhythms with familiar sounding analogue synth riffs, mixing back in the day influences with forward thinking technique. Oli’s Old Skool Remix does what it says on the tin, adding scream up piano and tension building synths. Mikki Funk serves up a Deep Dub with jazzy Rhodes flourishes, and Agore delivers a skippy Dark Garage Dub.
24 (24) MILTON JACKSON – LESSONS LEARNED EP – BLACK KEY
Chunky drums and skipping percussion push atmospheric spooky fairground sounds into a spirit lifting feel good number on the opening See The Light. Old school keys and vocal loops weave around deep rhythms on the following 5 Cities, which also comes with a tougher Andy Ash Remix.
25 (NEW) TYTHE – TOTEM POLES / LET THE DANCE END – SUNDAY BEST
A double headed slab of gently strummed melodic Balearic bliss with just the right amount of driving 4/4 beats. http://youtu.be/NL_XGRunkl4
26 (22) CHERIE LEE – LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME THE REMIXES – DANSE CLUB
The original released in 1995 on Music Station now goes for stupid money on Discogs, Ebay etc. So those rather Smart brothers at Danse Club have picked it up to launch their Gold Series with. It’s the first of many long lost gems that will be getting hot remix treatment from some of today’s bright young things. Berlin’s Oliver $ leads the charge. http://youtu.be/WACBf7zMw_o
Nottingham’s brightest new star gets some dazzling remix treatment. The Crooked Man comes up trumps with The Crooked Home, a mesmerising gentle swirling dust storm, feathered with distant reverberating tribal rhythms and powerful voodoo trance vocals, taking you somewhere you’ve never been before.
28 (28) TWO FINGERS – VENGEANCE RHYTHM – BIG DADA
Amon Tobin continues his two fingered assault with long lasting damage, as sickening beats batter your grey matter into useless mush. http://youtu.be/TN1BN4keamc
29 (NEW) FOOTPRINTZ – THE FAVOURITE GAME – VISIONQUEST
Noir tinged synth pop with a certain air of mystery, subtle hooks, whispered vocals and a knowing sophistication with an under the counter feel. Ivan Smagghe gives it a woozy on poppers sleazy backroom workout, and Ryan Crosson & Lee Curtis house it up. http://youtu.be/tNFYS1JY6z4
30 (NEW) DI’ZAIN – PLAY THE GAME (RYAN HEMSWORTH REMIX) – BTU