ANNIE MAC PRESENTS 2014

Annie Mac Presents 2014

The tracklisting of ‘Annie Mac Presents 2014’ reads like a ‘what dance music was hot in the charts this year’ run down; it tells the story of how the UK house sound has exploded into popular culture in a big way. The release is a 2-disc compilation mixed by Ms Mac featuring all the big names like Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Clean Bandit and Gorgon City. It could be said that Annie is the UK’s premier electronic music tastemaker at the moment; this compilation features 8 #1 singles and 14 top 10’s which have all been championed by Annie. Most tracks are in their original edit with a few choice remixes thrown in for some added bounce.

Annie has always been a big champion of new music and some of the artists on this list you wouldn’t have heard of in January but you probably know their name now. Big up UK electronic music!

Yeah it’s probably a bit more ‘popular’ than the kind of stuff we usually blog on TTK but you know this will go down well at a house party. It’s a whole lot of fun.

Annie Mac Presents is out now | grab it here

Annie’s going to spend the remainder of this year touring AMP around the UK, expect crowd pleasing tunes and lots of smiling faces | more details

Tracklisting

MIX 1

  1. Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo – Rhymes
  2. Redlight – 9TS (90s Baby)
  3. Tiga – Bugatti
  4. Shiba San – OKAY
  5. Secondcity – I Wanna Feel
  6. Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne) – Rather Be (The Magician Remix)
  7. Duke Dumont (feat. Jax Jones) – I Got U
  8. Gorgon City (feat. MNEK) – Ready For You Love
  9. Usher – Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)
  10. Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill – Gecko (Overdrive) [DJ S.K.T Remix]
  11. Wankelmut & Emma Louise – My Head Is A Jungle (MK Remix)
  12. Watermät – Bullit
  13. Gerd (feat. Marcoradi) – Still Believe
  14. Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants
  15. London Grammar – Hey Now (Arty Remix)
  16. Kiesza – Hideaway
  17. Route 94 (feat. Jess Glynne) – My Love (Annie Mac Festival Edit)
  18. Sigma – Nobody To Love               

MIX 2

  1. Oliver $ & Jimi Jules – Pushing On (Jesse Rose ‘Live From The Villa’ Remix)
  2. Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck
  3. MNEK – Wrote A Song About You (Kaytranada Edition)
  4. Alex Adair – Make Me Feel Better
  5. Hot Natured – Benediction
  6. Jessie Ware – Tough Love (Cyril Hahn Remix)
  7. Sam Smith – Stay With Me (Soul Clap Remix)
  8. Jess Glynne – Right Here (Skream Remix)
  9. Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving
  10. Gorgon City (feat. Laura Welsh) – Here For You (Bearcubs Remix)
  11. Tourist (feat. Lianne La Havas) – Patterns
  12. FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
  13. Little Dragon – Pretty Girls
  14. NAO vs. A.K. Paul – So Good
  15. Nautic – Lay Back
  16. Låpsley – Falling Short
  17. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

 

CLARIAN | WASTING AWAY AGAIN IN MODERATION (MY FAVOURITE ROBOT RECORDS)

Clarian - wasting away again in moderation

Clarian proves yet again what a super and diverse artist he is with a 3-track EP forthcoming on My Favourite Robot Records. Title track ‘Wasting Away Again In Moderation’ is beautifully dreamy and melodic, featuring dangling harmonies and glowing percussive patterns. ‘Unrest’ has more movement, hand claps, trilling keys and sweeping synths which all colour an expansive deep house groove. For the final track, ‘Floating in the Wind’, Clarian teams up with Miami based producer Uchi, for a moody broken beat emotive tune. Three utterly gorgeous tracks we’ve had on repeat.

out on 3rd November 

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DARKO V | METRONOMIC / THE DEVILS IN THE DETAIL (STUDIO 11)

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Studio 11 is a spanking new London-based imprint which has launched with ‘Metronomic’, a two-track EP from label-founder Darko V. The title track kicks in with crunchy, percussive dub-techno and strong melodic elements; it’s an intricate, captivating production with a melancholic warmth to it. On the flip side is ‘The Devils in the Detail’ which has a dreamier, dub-ier sound and some sweet bubbling arpeggios; the kind of stuff that’s easy to get lost in.

out now | vinyl only (exclusive 400 copies)

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WATERGATE 17 | PAN-POT

Watergate 17 Pan-Pot

If you like techno buy this album. It’s the best mix album we’ve heard all year and we have been completely rinsing it here at TK HQ. We went to see Pan-Pot play LWE at iCan Studios in Hackney last Friday (amazing as always) and this mix is just like their sets; melodic, energetic, exciting and makes you dance yourself into a crazy sweat-drenched frenzy. It’s number 17 of Watergate’s mix series; the Berlin club where the duo are one of the signature acts. The track selection is superb and it’s packed with exclusives including new tracks from Pan-Pot themselves. The mix keeps the pace up from the beginning and is proper party techno the whole way through. There are loads of fist-pumping-the-air moments and big, big tracks that would more than do justice to any sound system. We will be playing this (especially at pre/after parties) for many years to come – classic mix right here. Pan-Pot we salute you; ain’t no one can do it quite like you.

out now | buy it here

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WATERGATE 17  | PAN-POT complete tracklist

1. Pavel Petrov – “Adapt” (Traum Schallplatten)
2. Radio Slave – “Don’t Stop No Sleep” (Nonplus Records)
3. Marco Resmann – “Hello Again” (Watergate Records Exclusive Track)
4. Clint Stewart - “Drenched” (Watergate Records Exclusive Track)
5. Shall Ocin / Paneo – “Lurking Wolves” (Ellum Audio)
6. Whyt Noyze – “Shift” (Sci+Tec)
7. Mark Broom – “Nucleus” (Gynoid Audio)
8. Darlyn Vlys – “Floor 122″ (Santé + Sidney Charles Warehouse Dub) (AVOTRE)
9. Pan-Pot - “Substance” (Second State)
10. Alberto Pascual – “Doer” (CLR)
11. Dario Zenker – “27 Northwest” (Ilian Tape)
12. Maceo Plex – “Conjure Bass” (Ellum Audio)
13. Stephan Hinz – “Hungry” (Watergate Records Exclusive Track)
14. Skober – “Bring It To Me” (Phobiq Recordings)
15. Pan-Pot – “Grey Matter” (Second State)
16. Josh Wink – “Are You There” (Ben Klock Remix) (Ovum Recordings)
17. Martin Eyerer - “Reckless” (Watergate Records Exclusive Track)
18. Pan-Pot & Slam – “Conductor” (Watergate Records Exclusive Track)
19. Pan-Pot & Vincenzo – “Fiction Inc.” (Watergate Records Exclusive Track)

DUDLEY STRANGEWAYS & MICHAEL MCLARDY | LEFTBACK 003 EP

Leftback 003

Nottingham based Leftback Records put out some lovely vinyl releases. Their latest, ‘Leftback 003′, is from detective duo Strangeways & McLardy (ok, they’re not really a detective duo but they should be!). ‘Kepler’ features a lovely hypnotic wind instrument (don’t giggle) and lots of exotic atmosphere. Flipside 1 ‘Backwash (OCH Remix)’ is a well-crafted house number with some nice dark dubby sounds. ‘Backwash (Orginal Mix)’ has a warmer dub sound and some nice dancefloor-ready builds.

out now | buy it here

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SAM PAGANINI | SATELLITE (DRUMCODE)

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Sam Paganini has come close to producing a perfect techno album here. Yeah, it’s that good! 12-tracks long you get the feeling that a lot of love and attention to detail went into this release. Easing us in is an atmospheric intro which creates a spacey experimental vibe ready for some drama, then…boom! Paganini hits us with ‘Another Chance’, ‘White’ and ‘Down’, three tracks that will not just get a dance floor moving but completely destroy it. Hypnotic bass lines and driving percussion are the Italians signature style and his spot-on production skills are showcased to the max in these tracks.

‘Silver Panorama’ switches up the pace giving us some more of those spacey melodic sounds and showing a gentler side to the hard-techno favourite; a pretty interlude while your fist pumping action has a brief rest. ‘Lotus’, ‘Dusty’ and ‘Toxic’ will get you raving once more; proper ‘4am going mental on the dance floor’ stuff. Switching things back is ‘Cosmo’ a very romantic floaty number that somehow just makes sense sitting after its naughty predecessors.

Sam flexes a darker sound with ‘Rave’ which is filled with spooky warped horns and lots of sultry attitude. ‘Sunflower’ winds us down with some melodic techno and ‘Exit’ is a gorgeously fuzzy outro that rounds off this wonderful arrangement of music just the job. It’s a cliche but ‘what a journey!’.

Easily one of the techno albums of 2014. Sam Paganini is the man.

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ALEXANDER KONING | OUR LOVE WAS EVERYTHING (PERCEP-TION)

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WOW. Just wow. This latest offering from Percep-Tion is just magnificent.

‘Our Love Was Everything’ is a six track package from Alex Koning consisting of two original tracks and a whole host of superb remixes to boot. The title track features the gorgeous vocals of Rona Ray and comes with a remix from Traum Schallplatten’s Tim Engelhardt who transforms the warm, soft paced original into an emotional techno cut that we simply cannot get enough of. The chords of this remix lift the track and brings so much ethereal energy, making one heck of a beautiful rework.

The second original track of this release is ‘Flamingos on Ritalin’ (we would love to know how that title came about). This is certainly one for the dance floor as the hypnotic melody and driving beats push the tempo of the release. Dutch producer Malbetrieb offers two remixes; a dub version and one with murmured vocals and sweeps. Matt Keyl has also stepped up to remix duties, creating a stripped back, minimal version of the track with a focus on percussion.

This EP gets a big paws up from us here at TTK and we’re excited to see what releases Percep-Tion and Koning have for us in the future…

FIDELES | HIDDEN LOVER EP (NEW VIOLENCE RECORDS)

fideles - hidden lover EP

Brand new label New Violence Records is kicking things off with a tasty new release from Italian tech-house producers Fideles. Their ‘Hidden Lover’ EP has already had huge support from artists that include Stacey Pullen, Leon, King Unique, Jozif and more. Although the EP as a whole is very much tech-house orientated, the title track has a deeper, melodic feel to it – you could certainly expect to hear ‘Hidden Lover’ rattling the sound system of a club at peak time. In fact as you listen to the rest of the EP you begin to realise that this isn’t just another label pushing out tech house, it’s blurring the lines between tech house and techno and doing it well. ‘Better Thing’ is next up and another example of the genre bending skills of the duo as it develops from a jumpy, house track into a darker, techno piece with piercing saws that creep in through the build. ‘Slopping’ and ‘Soul’Nu’ are more towards the tech-house end of the sprectrum, but pounding bass and cheeky melodic elements creep in, making this a very interesting EP.

‘Hidden Lover’ EP by Fideles is released on New Violence Records 29.9.14

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MARC ROMBOY & STEPHAN BODZIN | KERBEROS/STYX EP (SYSTEMATIC RECORDS)

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Long-term mates and collaborators Stephan Bodzin and Marc Romboy are back in the studio together after a four year break and most definitely on top form. ‘Kerberos’ is minimal with a neo-trance melody and heaps of tingling atmosphere. It’s the kind of track you can get lost in with enough builds to get you coming up on the train on a weekday morning – the last few minutes are quite spectacular. ‘Styx’ really works the cascading keys to create an intense melancholic and dramatic track; cinematic stuff. Very strong tracks indeed – may this partnership continue.

out now | buy here 

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EGOKIND & OZEAN | TRANSITION (TRAUM)

transition

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) – Buy it here and stream below!

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