Blood Diamonds & Grimes have got a naughty glint in their eyes.
1 (2) BLOOD DIAMONDS FT. GRIMES – PHONE SEX – 4AD
Futuristic anthem of electronic floaty dream pop with nu disco elements, served on a fat 12” slab of transparent pink vinyl. Comes backed with another new track Ritual, plus 2 remixes from Unicorn Kid and Jensen Sportag. http://youtu.be/FxmCvdY4NZQ
2 (NEW) THE HEAVY – WHAT MAKES A GOOD MAN? – COUNTER
A powerful funky and rocking steamroller of a tune, this punching the air anthem genuinely makes you want to trash the place as well as lifting you up to a higher plane. Awesome. http://youtu.be/wT833yZuO3Y
3 (1) DAN LE SAC – SPACE BETWEEN THE WORDS – SUNDAY BEST
A very impressive debut solo L.P. Bringing in an array of guests and taking on a range of styles with the common denominator being beat savvy electronic pop with substance. This will get the man with the plan a lot of new fans. http://youtu.be/PzPBD69UI3g
4 (11) DAVID LYNCH – PINKY’S DREAM FT. KAREN O REMIXES – SUNDAY BEST
The Danish electronics wizard Trentemoller ditches the humid desert night strung out Americana feel of the original, and takes it to the pulsing back streets of a rain swept buzzing neon city, where acid strobes flash and reflect off the wet shiny black. Meanwhile Visionquest build on a Siouxsie And The Banshees vibe, working it into panic stricken gothic horror.http://youtu.be/eavFUhp-38g
5 (7) MACHINES DON’T CARE – BEAT DUN DROP (MADHAVA REMIX)
– COLUMBIA / DECONSTRUCTION
The Madhava Remix takes it out of the cheesey rave arena, and sits Meleka’s vocals on an energy fuelled fluid skanking groove, which takes the song to a whole new level. Rushing Balearic brass that has got that amazing Andrew Weatherall & Hugo Nicholson feel.
6 (15) STUBBORN HEART – NEED SOMEONE E.P. – KAYA KAYA
Much talked about duo cut a few more notches on the curiosity meter. This has got a David Bowie influences Damon Albarn feel on the vocals, but it doesn’t sound like either of them. Whilst the broken electronic rhythms take an experimental Radiohead route. Exciting and intriguing stuff.
7 (12) THE CAST OF CHEERS – HUMAN ELEVATOR – SCHOOL BOY ERROR
A colourful burst of post punk pop that harks back to the days of quirky clever clever bands from grey satellite towns.
8 (9) THE HEAVY – THE GLORIOUS DEAD – COUNTER
After gaining a vast amount of well deserved recognition and building a massive fan base in America, the British soul funk rockers deliver their third Bourbon and voodoo infused raucous L.P. This should top the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic if there’s any justice. http://youtu.be/wT833yZuO3Y
9 (10) THE ORB FEAT. LEE SCRATCH PERRY – THE OBSERVER IN THE STAR HOUSE – COOKING VINYL
This LP just had to happen, and it’s not a marriage made in heaven as such, it’s more a meeting of cosmic minds that goes way beyond your average bods natural way of thinking, and thank goodness for that is the resounding voice of unreason, we wouldn’t expect any less. Turn on. Tune in. Drop the lot. Enjoy. http://youtu.be/SQx-BefP9-Y
10 (20) MINA TINDLE – BELLS – BELIEVE
A lovely slice of sophisticated French folk pop with subtle electronics. It’s also the lead cut on her critically acclaimed dreamy debut L.P. Taranta, which is quite simply gorgeous. http://youtu.be/Eo-3RaFoXIo
11 (3) BALTHAZAR – MIDNIGHT CITY E.P. – PULSEWITH
Sons Of Guns is the stand out cut, influenced by American Westerns, it’s a nice touch of eighties Balearic meets todays on the button psychedelic house pioneers, with plenty of atmosphere at a steady pace.
12 (14) THE THIRD DEGREE – CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD – ACID JAZZ
Kylie’s pop smash gets dressed up in a crimplene jumpsuit and comes backed with a sizzling percussive remix care of Smoove. http://youtu.be/dfQEls0pQCI
13 (25) SLOK / DJUMA SOUNDSYSTEM – LONELY CHILD / COME TOGETHER – MY FAVORITE ROBOT
A quality double header. Leading with a remake from Italy with rolling house rhythms, spooky vocals and sinister bass keys. Flipped with electronic Norwegian glacial cool. http://youtu.be/aJNBlPSPWig
14 (16) DEAF CLUB – MOVING STILL / LIGHTS – TOO PURE SINGLES CLUB
A lovely slab of wind swept shoe gazing with cascading riffs showering a lack of confidence long fringed beauty. http://youtu.be/I3_-1aBWjJE
15(17) DARIUS SYROSSIAN – MY SIDE PROJECT EP – MILE END
Nice fat slab of bumping house with some great telephone vocal samples…You know what that is? It’s a fucking tuba. Flipped with the percolating acid laced 1994 Session.
16 (28) T.W.I.C.E. – MELODY LANE EP – MY FAVORITE ROBOT
Deep and atmospheric house with clever use of piano and vocal snippets. The Criminal Minds Mix adds sassy funk with dance floor poke, setting floors alight on a global scale.
17 (NEW) DEAD CAN DANCE – ANASTASIS – PIAS
The Australian world music combos first LP since 1996. It’s enchanting and spiritual, with subtle rhythms, sweeping soundscapes, plus a wide range of musical & vocal styles. The Tee Pee Field Massive will be thoroughly overjoyed.
18 (26) ALPHABET BACKWARDS – LADYBIRD – HIGHLINE
Quintessentially English summertime pop from Oxford that’s like a breezy downhill bike ride on a country lane.
19 (22) TOOB – CHOP HOUSE VOL 2 – TOOB
Richard Thair and Jake One deliver a fat slab of groovy techno with a nice warm fluid feel and an abundance of original creaking sounds.
20 (NEW) SEAMING – MERMAID EP – THE STATE 51 CONSPIRACY
Absolutely astounding four track EP that is totally original and will take you to places you’ve never been before. Her unique voice and musical arrangements create a sense of wide eyed magical wonder. Seaming To is going to be a star for all the right reasons. http://youtu.be/5ZXAdkrQhM0
21 (27) FALTYDL – HARDCOURAGE – NINJA TUNE
Bass heavy techno laced with subtle percussion supporting rave vocal and keyboard flourishes.
Shuffling atmospheric techno that twists and turns in all manner of directions. Comes with a nice set of house mixes from Al Bradley, Owen Howells, Josh Butler and Michael Scott.
23 (NEW) TODDLA T – WATCH ME DANCE: AGITATED BY ROSS ORTON & PIPES – NINJA TUNE
The whole Toddla T LP has been remixed by two of the Sheffield underground scenes leading lights, working with a shared love of dancehall and forward thinking electronics. http://youtu.be/Li2FTbpfag8
24 (NEW) THE BIG EYES FAMILY PLAYERS & FRIENDS – FOLK SONGS II –
Twelve tracks of intricately swirling and slightly psychedelic folk, featuring an impressive array of guests including Adrian Crowley, Heather Ditch and James Yorkston to name just a few. Makes you want to trim your own hair with a pair of blunt scissors.
25 (NEW) ALEX ARNOUT – SCIENCE FRICTION EP – TURQUOISE BLUE
Three cuts of sexy heavily delayed vocals tripping around deep house rhythms with warm tones. Freshly pressed plastic to make you moist.
26 (NEW) NIGHT TRAINS – NO MORE HEROES – ACID JAZZ
Take one of The Stranglers 70’s anthems, fire it up with stompin’ northern soul beats, dress it with 60’s bubblegum and front it with a Millicent Martin influenced singer. Result: A guaranteed good time to be had by all.
27 (29) DEEKIE – RUSH – MELODICA
Distant and spiritual with charming chimes, gentle vocals, bubbling electronics and dusty brushes. Must Not Be Mentioned on the flip enters into the busy buy calm world of an insect workers commune.
28 (NEW) LORN – WEIGH ME DOWN – NINJA TUNE
A disturbing masked whirling dervish of a tune lifted from his critically acclaimed LP Ask The Dust. Illum Sphere takes away the sharp edges and wraps it in lush warm tones, Mike Slott brings shuffling percussive rhythms, wobbling bass tones and jazzy key flourishes to the mix, and Mono/Poly goes for atmospheric choral pads offset with electronic seagulls and aggravated Morse code. http://youtu.be/uaVPh0mBeXA
29 (NEW) VARIOUS ARTISTS – BLACK KEY EP (VOL 1) – BLACK KEY
Three cuts of quality underground house to get your teeth into. BLM opens with Detroit infused stabs, luring vocals and subtle keys, Flori goes for an old school Chicago classic riff, and James Johnston rounds off proceedings in a deep & moody manner.
30 (NEW) SIZARR – BOARDING TIME – FOUR COLUMBIA
German electronic four piece influenced by 80’s gothic tinged pop with rolling toms and dramatic synths. Yosi Horikawa, Exeter and Anenon add the dancefloor flavours. http://youtu.be/pDGYHdm07Hc
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