GROOVE ARMADA | LITTLE BLACK BOOK (MODA)

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GROOVE ARMADA are an institution. They’ve evolved, adapted and their music spans decades. They were even the first act to get Nicola into electronic music. Not many acts can make such bold claims.

Fans of the duo will rejoice in news that they have just pulled together a brand new album for Jaymo and Andy George’s MODA BLACK imprint – their Little Black Book. It’s a musical melting pot– part compilation, part album and part remix album, featuring eight brand spankin’ new GA tracks and ten exclusive remixes.

If you register on the MODA BLACK WEBSITE you can get your hands on a free download of their new track ‘Get on the Floor’ which features the sublime vocals of Cari Golden (if you recognise the name, you’re probably thinking of THIS). The duo even threw a free party last night with the Moda boys to celebrate the launch and we headed down (who doesn’t love a bit of Thursday dancing?).

Check out the promo vid below and make sure you sign up on Moda’s website!

 

JAMES LE ROUX | GOING IT ALONE (IGLOO RECORDS)

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I want to give a shout out to an album that came out last month that I’ve been super enjoying. ‘Going It Alone’ is the debut album from UK artist JAMES LE ROUX. It’s melodic house neatly produced with lush layers of trippy sounds, beautifully composed builds and just a proper real nice quality to them; something a bit other-worldly like we’re all having a rave in the jungle in Avatar.

Track 4 ‘Going Alone’ is the biggie on here; dreamy melodies with emotive percussion and a perfect groove. I’m also a big lover of ‘Anybody From Everybody’. This lad has got something special!

buy it here on beatport | stream below

TRACKS WE’RE DIGGIN’ 2DAY (BUMPER EDITION) | 21.5.15

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Tune after tune after tune in this bumper playlist…

        1. Padre Ft Jova | Chasing Mirrors (Christian Löffler Remix) – Gorgeous & dreamy. We love the chopped vocals
        2. Jekyll | The Gardener (Original Mix) – Minimalistic electronica with a bouncy bass
        3. Butler & Bontan ft. Vula | Live My Life – Dance floor filler, real house banger with sassy vocals n’all. BOOM.
        4. Irregular Expression | Philip Glass – Delicate piano & soft beats – smooth
        5. Plastikman | Ask Yourself (Angelo Lomelo Remix) – Warping, thudding techno sounds
        6. Roland Klinkenberg | Musicalife – Atmospheric, echoing sounds – this one has a lot of depth
        7. Nicole Moudaber | Her Dub Material – Deep & dubby from this techno queen
        8. Sasha | Ether – Sasha adds another dance floor filler to his catalogue of many
        9. Hayden James | Something About You – Feel good house vibes ooze from this summery track
        10. Akase | Rust – Midland’s alter ego and a step away from his bassy club sound
        11. Rob Etherson | The Z List – Acid vibes!.  This one is MASSIVE!
        12. Spartaque | Molly Hates This – Serious techno sounds from this track. Phwoar.

CRAZY P | WALK DANCE TALK SING (WALK DON’T WALK / !K7)

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I’m a long-time lover of CRAZY P. Their hazy disco-house sound is fun, likeable and distinctive, and, their gig at Koko, Camden in 2012 was the first gig that Leigh and I went to together and a beautiful friendship blossomed (not romance in case anyone was wondering!). Their new album ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ delivers 11 solid Crazy P tracks – there’s not a dud on here. Their funk, soul and rock infused blend of house remains intact but there’s a distinctly more romantic and dreamy vibe.

The 5-piece band, fronted by glamorous babe Danielle Moore, has now had twenty years’ experience of making music and working crowds. With the ‘funk sound’ now having a moment in the mainstream, 2015 could be a big year for the band who are now comfortable in their own skin but also unafraid to try new things. They perform a bloody excellent live show too!

Highlights from the album include; ‘Cruel Mistress’ an emotive and melodic house belter, ‘Something More’ blue-sy with knock-out vocals, ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ for sassy attitude and ‘Hear My song’ sweet and bouncy disco funk.

With a Crazy P album you can stick it on ten years after it was released and it will get everyone shimmying and not sound dated. I have rinsed Crazy P albums by the pool, at house parties, on my headphones and on dreary Monday mornings to give me a boost. I think they’re ace. ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ is another great addition to their already extensive discography. Add it to your collection and dance in the magical disco dust sprinkles!

Walk Dance Talk Sing is out now | buy it here and stream the snippets below

EINMUSIK | I.D.C (EINMUSIKA)

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We love melodic electronica.  It’s for that reason that we love Berlin imprint EINMUSIKA. They consistently deliver the musical goods and this, their latest release, will set your endorphins free.

Titled I.D.C., the nine track LP is the 4th album from founding father EINMUSIK and its packed with more emotive electronica than you can shake a stick at. The album builds with momentum with an overarching, deep-minimalistic sound that’s echoed by other labels such as STEYOYOKE. My pick of the album has to be ‘Sleep Talk’ – a pulsing track with oscillating synths that’s laced with the soft vocals of Valentine. The strings and driving bass line of ‘Dawn’ makes this an uplifting, feel good track – something that Kolsch fans would really enjoy. ‘You’ is a collaboration with Jonas Saalbach and brings a melancholic feel to the album with minor chords and atmospheric sounds. The penultimate closing tack ‘Parthey’ features piano jams and bouncy bass which brings an unexpected house vibe to the album but sets up the energetic closing track ‘Symmetry’ nicely.

I.D.C is released on 29th May on EINMUSIKA.

FREEBIE FRIDAY | ANDREA FIORITO – TESCHNO

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We have a special Freebie Friday download today… ‘teschno’ comes from Andrea Fiorito on the back of his latest album release. And no, that’s not a typo.  It’s a beast of a techno track – one we’re sure you’re going to love.  We managed to catch up with Andrea to ask him a few questions about the release and his recent album ‘Voodoo Grooves’…

Hey Andrea, your album recently landed on Mike Shannon’s CYNOSURE imprint… we understand you recorded it in a studio that once belonged to your grandfather in Italy surrounded by 200 year old furniture – can you tell us more about that and how important those surroundings were for you in this album making process?

Hello. Well, I am a person who loves art in general, and my grandfather was a very passionate art collector. I think i have to thank him and my grandma because just coming here visiting i learned to love beauty and art. To find myself here with my new family now it’s like a kind of dreamy experience “weird and cool in the meantime”. Of course I felt a special energy while recording the album!

One of your tracks, People in Da House Jam, features a sample from Beat International’s track ‘Dub Be Good To Me’ – a classic and a sample that everyone must recognise. What was it about this track that made you want to sample it for your album?

I simply love that tune and i used it as it was in the 90’s at the times of Todd “the God” Terry or DJ Sneak. I wanted to make my little tribute to the old school New York house!

We’re hosting a free download of a track you produced ‘teschno’ – it is exactly that! We love it. How come this didn’t make the album?

Well to be honest I decided to add another extra tune just for fun. Also the title ‘Teschno’ is funny because Germans use to call teschno the today’s techno,vlet’s say slower and deeper…It’s funny to make tunes just for fun isn’t it? Anyway, that track hasn’t quite go the same feeling as the other tracks of the album…………But I will release that track on vinyl soon!

And finally, the question we ask everybody, if you were a techno kitten for a day what would you get up to?

Good question. I think I would love to sit in front of a sub woofer to get massaged from the bass and feel my body shiver!

Cheers Andrea.
As always, if you like what you hear then be sure to give Andrea some social media love on SOUNDCLOUD & FACEBOOK and you can buy Voodoo Grooves HERE.

 

RHYTHM DISTRIKT 09

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Sometimes all you want is some straight up, fist-pumping, sweat inducing dancefloor techno. UK techno imprint Rhythm Distrikt has a regular compilation series showcasing their latest goods; fresh tracks from the best new talents on the underground scene. The sound is delectably dark and full of energy. There’s lots to get stuck into and each track is pretty big. I can’t get enough of Ron Costa ‘Owl Jolson’, Stefano Cosa ‘The Cave’ and Oscar L ‘Switch On The Love’. If you like your techno bangers, you’ll love this.

out now | buy it here

 

TOM DEMAC | SMOKE STAINED IVORIES EP (AUS MUSIC)

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The latest release on AUS comes from label favourite TOM DEMAC. The 4-track EP kicks things off with ‘Smoked Stained Ivories’, a cheerful melodic track with a wistful intro that cracks into lots of texture, uplifting tinkles and a great hook. There are some nice chunky sections which will make it work well on the dancefloor and searing synths to build drama. A really distinct track that I think will fit nicely into the AUS ‘best of’ catalogue.

The rest of the EP isn’t short of personality either, ‘Guilty Measures’ is packed with sporadic horns, hi-hats and strained melodies. It’s pretty saucy and creates a tense, dark atmosphere. Loads of dancefloor oomph and charisma. ‘RIP Vogel’ is tough and hypnotic and ‘Beckett’s Racket’ is a nicely composed orchestral kinda track with big sounds and heaps of percussion.

A really creative EP that shows off Demac’s unique production skills.

Sweet Stained Ivories was out on Monday | digital | vinyl

TRULYORS | WOLF STORY EP (RHOMBUS)

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Wolf Story is the four track EP from rising electronic producer TRULYORS released on the RHOMBUS imprint. Truylors delivers some simply stunning and emotional tracks.

I was in love with the EP on first listen thanks to opening track ‘Soldier’ – the driving beat and hollow melody combined with ethereal notes make this track glow. ‘Wolf Story’ packs more of a punch than the opener and has a slightly darker and minimal feel to it. Following this is ‘Rattlesnake’ with a melancholic melody and synth bass line which was recently premiered by B. Traits on BBC Radio 1. Closing things off is my favourite track from the EP ‘Coutesan’ – a fantastic serving of emotional electronica that’s packed with euphoric chords and warm electronic sounds. A stunning EP that has marked Trulyors as a producer we are excited to hear more from.

Wolf Story is out now | buy it here

PRIMAL | BOUNDARIES EP (JUST THIS)

Primal - Boundaries EP

JUST THIS is a new record label from the crew at Milan based label HUNTER/GAME. An extension of their scene-shaping loft parties Just This will focus on music that pushes boundaries and encompasses art and sound.

The premier release comes from icelandic producer PRIMAL. ‘Boundaries’ features a unique mesmerising melody which warps melancholically over a shuffling bassline, dripping in drama and atmosphere. CHRISTIAN LöFFLER’S remix of the track is airy, twinkly and uplifting.

Primal’s second original track on the EP ‘Hurricane’ is experimental, full of instrumental sounds and synths. The remix from LULU ROUGE is moodier with a focus on building melodies.

An interesting EP from an interesting new label. It has to be about ‘Boundaries (original mix)’ for us, it’s got a really strong sound and we keep going back for more.

out now – buy here