TRACKS WE’RE DIGGIN’ 2DAY | 19.09.2014

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Of all the lovely stuff that’s been filling our inbox this past week, I’ve carefully sifted through and picked out my favourite fourteen – caus I’m nice like that. There’s a bit of everything I love from whimsical electronica and warm melodies through to harder tech and glitchy experimental sounds. Hit that play button and may your ears be filled with many glorious sounds.

  1. William Arcane | Sunfades – muted and delicate sounds create a wistful atmosphere
  2. Caribou | Can’t Do Without You (Munk & The Black Loops Remix) – A romantic and uplifting remix. Heart.
  3. Rucks | Hard 2 Find (FREE DOWNLOAD) – sultry and sexy deep house
  4. Tony Tokyo | Reeperbahn – loving these smooth grooves from the South London producer
  5. Overjoy | Stop – blissful club melodies
  6. Booka Shade Feat. Fritz Helder | Love Drug (miKech Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD – melancholy warping electro
  7. Lucio Malatoid | Cloudy Sky – tech sounds that bounce off the walls
  8. EJECA | Rick Flair – phat squelchy techno with spades of energy
  9. Nalepa + William Arcane | Feel – experimental dub with lots of originality
  10. Friend Within | The Hat – infectious house that packs personality
  11. Josh Butler & Bontan feat. Josh Barry | We Found A Place – soulful deep house with plenty of shuffle
  12. Ella Eyre | Comeback (Alex Adair Remix) – Adair works some UK house magic on Ella’s quirky vocals
  13. Jinjé | Amya – a lovely enchanting techno track with lots of warmth and layered melodies (my fave of the playlist!)
  14. Baba Stiltz | Reality Sparks – searing trance-like sounds to round off our lovely playlist

BLONDE | I LOVED YOU

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Brizzle duo BLONDE deliver a sugary helping of UKG. Dip back into the nineties with uplifting piano-stabs and vocals that ooze soulful gorgeousness. Pop-tastic loveliness from a right pair of hit-makers. We look forward to a full length from these guys, it will be top of our ‘go-to feel good albums’ list.

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EGOKIND & OZEAN | TRANSITION (TRAUM)

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What immediately grabbed my attention about the debut album from Berlin-based producers Egokind & Ozean were the big names that the album promo compared the duo to - Jon Hopkins, Caribou, James Holden and Four Tet. These are all artists that I have fallen in love with because of the beautiful, melodic and emotional music that they create. This bold claim certainly grabbed my attention and within minutes I was listening…

‘Transition’ is an album with the perfect blend of emotional, melancholic tracks alongside energetic, feel good compositions. The duo recorded each track with live instruments, later manipulating in post-production to develop their beautifully unique and transformed sound. The LP is made up of thirteen tracks, each of which offer an individual feel and input into the album. For example, you have the driving beats and warm sounds of ‘Mega’ which could certainly pass as the product of a Four Tet/Jon Hopkins collaboration; ‘Mute Memories’ is a down-beat, melancholic track with distorted vocals and delicate melodic elements; ‘We Float Around (And Hang Out On Clouds)’ is soft and chilled with a beautiful piano at its heart (that really does transport you to a cloud if you close your eyes); ‘Silverbird Wake Me Up’ has to be my pick of the album – it’s a feel good, melodic track with the production quality you would expect from Four Tet.

This was my first introduction to Egoking & Ozean and it was a pleasant surprise. It’s not often you find an album that delivers tracks of such high quality and consistency throughout. I’ve been genuinely impressed by the style and originality of their sound and, of course, enjoyed the elements of their music that hint to influences from the pioneering producers they are boldly compared to.

‘Transition’ the debut album from Egokind & Ozean is released in the UK 3.10.14 on Traum (CD/Vinyl/Digital)

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FREEBIE FRIDAY | HOWLING (RYAN COLLINS REWORK X ANABEL ENGLUND COVER)

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Anabel Englund’s emotional rendition of Frank Weidemann’s “Howling” gets the Ryan Collins rework treatment and we’re giving it away as a free download!

Ryan was inspired to create a version that he could rinse in his live sets. He’s added real claps, swung hats and a bouncy Moog baseline to give this track just the right vibe, making it perfect for sunsets on the beach or late nights at the club. Enjoy!

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TRACKS WE’RE DIGGIN’ 2DAY (BUMPER EDITION)| 8.9.14

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With over an hour of tracks to listen to in the bumper playlist below, we just know you’re going to be smiling as much as these kitties by the end!

  1. John Talabot | Without You (Villette Remixxx) - deep & melodic vibes that will make you feel good :)
  2. Tigerskin | Sticky Cow  - big fat warping basssssss with huge support from the likes of Dusky, M.A.N.D.Y & Dubfire!
  3. Julio Bashmore | Simple Love Feat J’Danna – Mr Bashmore is back with a soulful house cut and his signature bass sound
  4. Midland | Duster - Forthcoming on Will Saul’s Aus imprint – this latest release from Midland is solid – BIG TUNE!
  5. The Freemasons | Love On My Mind (Benny Mac & Yor Remix) – bassy remix of this Freemasons classic. A nice twist
  6. Nrk1 Feat. Silverpieces | ToSeeYou – Chilled electronica with soft vocals – very soothing
  7. Rafaele Castiglione & John LaMonica | Nature Of The Universe – loving the minimal dub feel of this release. Lovely stuff
  8. GARNIER | ENCHANTé- I’ve been hammering this the past few weeks. Feel good, uplifting electronica = goosebumps!
  9. Laura Mvula | She (Syv Remix) – warm and melodic vibes ooze from this remix. Love the bass too. Totally Tropical!
  10. Skena | The Next Act – we love techno, especially when it sounds like this - minimal & crisp with a Tale of Us Feel
  11. Walter Ego | CTRL+ALT+DEL - a catchy bass line & some damn sexy vocals – we’re certainly diggin’ this
  12. Benny Mac | Dark Sky Bassy house goodness – can’t get enough of this bass line or those vocals. Damn.
  13. Sevenoak | Cicia - a wonderfully chilled track to close things off with.

3 TRACKS I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF RIGHT NOW

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Hello, Nicola here. I just wanted to quickly share three tracks I’ve been rinsing the heck out of this week. Get dancing, it’s Friday.

Green Velvet & Jay Lumen | It’s All About Me (Cajmere Remix)

Henry Krinkle | Stay (Kölsch remix)

Clarian feat. Jess Cardinal – Mirror Of The Sun

Have a lovely weekend x

NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS | THE MENACE EP (MADTECH RECORDS)

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Kerri Chandler’s MadTech imprint continues to impress us with another EP serving up classic deep house. This one comes from South East London duo No Artificial Colours, (Lewis Wright and Ryan Ellis), who have been name checked by artists like Maya Jane Coles, Jamie Jones and Paul Woolford. Title track ‘The Menace’ features emotive vocals and grooves so deep you can get lost in them; top dance floor fodder and pretty f*cking sexy. ’Hypnotize’ is a melodic and dreamy venture into the deep, with subtle eerie sound effects and loads of hi-hats to keep you shuffling. ‘Hawk’ rounds off the trio with a touch of the old skool and a thumping dirty dance floor bass.

out now – buy it here

STAN RICH | NO ROLE / WORLD GATE EP

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This is the second EP from Stan Ritch on NTFO’s label Sintope Digital.  As the title implies the release is made up of two tracks, both of which serve up a hefty serving of emotional electronica.  ‘World Gate’ consists of simple beats and bass with a twinkling melody that builds with sinister background tones; ‘No Role’ has a euphoric synth melody at it’s heart and warbling pads that inject energy.  Dark and tingling stuff. We like a lot!

No Role / World Gate are both out now – get the EP on Beatport

PATRICE BAUMEL & RODNONSONJON | THE TOWER EP (MY FAVOURITE ROBOT RECORDS)

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‘The Tower’ from Patrice Baumel & Rodnonsonjon is pretty terrifying. Techno with a crashing build that will really work up some atmosphere on the dance floor. It gets right under your skin. We would love to hear this played by Adam Beyer at the upcoming Drumcode Halloween party – if you’re reading Adam! Flip side ‘To the End of Time’ is equally as dark. Voices chat in German over the menacing grazing warps. We imagine they’re having a chat about whose turn it is to take the dog for a walk, German speakers please correct us if we’re wrong. Faint beeps and bleeps and lots of crackle give this track the vibe of a sci-fi horror soundtrack, think Sunshine or Moon. Perfect tracks for when you want some dark drama.

out now on My Favourite Robot Records – buy it here

PAN-POT EXTENDED SET | iCAN STUDIOS 10TH OCTOBER

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Pan-Pot are back for another London takeover. We were at their sold-out Second State label showcase in March and it was immense. There’s a good reason why they’re on our top 5 DJs list! This time they’ll be playing an extended set at East London’s iCan Studios, a nice spacey warehouse venue tucked away in Hackney Wick. Expect driving dance floor techno that will get the party going from the start – these guys know how to make a crowd sweat. Grab your tickets now as they will sell out.

Pan-Pot play iCan Studios on Friday 10th October | first release tickets are £15 | buy here

PS. We’ve had a sneak preview of their forthcoming Watergate mix album and it’s bloody sensational – we’ll bring you more on that soon.

You can expect some of THIS! from a Pan-Pot DJ set…