HANNAH WANTS & CHRIS LORENZO – KNEADIN’
Another bass-heavy monster out of Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird stable from Brummie pair Watts & Lorenzo (last seen getting ‘Dappy‘ on Food Music.) This was smashing festivals across the summer and now finally gets a full release. Birmingham has always a massive speed garage scene and this track has definitely got that aesthetic in spades – the garagey vocal, tempo and, of course that warped bassline pressure. Absolute killer, shame it’s such a tiny sample. Radio rip here if you want more.
Out November 4
DOMINIC RIDGEWAY – WALLEE NEEDS THERAPY
Funny little track this, out today on Diffrent Music, which has just been given the video treatment – all kaleidoscopic visuals and raving silhouettes. That’s kind of what the tune is too, a silhouette of rave’s past brought into the now, a hardcore tune with everything stripped away save for that main, pumping lead synth and minimal drums. I guess there’s a bit of footwork in their too, with nods to icy, sparse DnB and even a bit of Zomby with that not-quite-there percussion. Seemingly not much too it, this has still wormed its way into my nodes and I can’t stop listening.
JASON KENDIG – FAMILY 2013 MIX
Not gonna lie, American DJ and producer Jason Kendig had completely passed under my radar until now but wow, this mix is the absolute shit. Chunky house manoeuvres are the order of the day with some old classics like Ruffneck and Idjut Boys. Stop reading this and whack it on anyway, you want be disappointed.
NINA KRAVIZ – SPACE CLOSING FIESTA
Did you miss Ibiza this year? No matter, you have the next best thing, the internet. Just turn the heating up, get a swimsuit on and away you go (also, drugs.) If you were there, fuck you. This mix by the awesome Nina Kraviz is a stunner with just the right amount of darkness, pump and drive with a satisfying smattering of acid throughout. It’s what I like to call, good.
FOUR TET – KOOL F.M (CONTAINER REMIX)
Nashville producer Ren Schofield puts his distorted and disjointed techno spin on ‘Kool F.M,’ one of the most club orientated tracks from Four Tet’s recent album Beautiful Rewind, and jeeesus, he has created a monster. Evil, snarling FX and the mother of all crushed kicks provide the backdrop for that apocalyptic bassline which just keeps growing and growing in intensity. There’s a brief let up around the 4:30 mark where the beats drop out but let up just isn’t the word – it’s just pure evil. Vicious. Amazing.
He looks like such a nice chap too.
MAYA JANE COLES – FALL FROM GRACE FEAT. ALPINES (CELCIUS RE-RUB)
The original was a slow paced, poppy number a la Jessie Ware, a little bit dowdy and vanilla. Celcius gleefully 2-steps the whole thing up giving it a whole new injection of life and, in turn, creating a joyous dancefloor bomb. It’s an unofficial remix and won’t be released so if you want to get your dirty mitts on it, tough.
LEGOWELT – CRYSTAL CULT 2080
Legowelt’s famed profilic nature continues unabated with the announcement of latest LP Crystal Cult 2080, just a year after the sublime The Paranormal Soul. And who are we to complain when the quality control is this high? This little sample contains 4 of the ten tracks, ‘Crystal Cult 2080,’ ‘Majestic Alchemy,’ ‘Mistral VHS,’ and finally ‘Do What U Gotta Do.’ Whereas his previous album was, for the most part, sharp synths and crisp production, this set has more in common with his latest work on L.I.E.S, – a dusty crackle pervades all. This warmth and fustiness is put down to the DIY germanium crystal compressor the Dutchman used in production (the ‘Crystal’ which the album title refers to.) ‘What about the 2080 bit of the title, is that a reference to the future?’ I think I heard somebody ask. No, stupid, it comes from his ubiquitous use of the classic Roland JV2080 synth on the album. So now you know.