SEBASTIAN WOJKOWSKI nails the euphoric thing with this 2-track EP. ‘Bright Side’ is a smooth, solid house tune with a cosmic synth-led melody that draws you right in. It’s a ‘close your eyes, out your hands in the air’ kinda track – big. ‘Thing’ has a groovin’ melody reminiscent of 90s house. It’s pure dancefloor fodder with drawn out builds and heightened tension making for some totally epic moments. Nice work Seb. Rave on.
BLOND:ISH fans get excited. The talented duo have just dropped edition one of their very own radio show ‘the SPACE_BTWN’ – stream below or grab a free download by following THIS LINK and signing up to their newsletter. The 70min show features music the pair are currently into plus features like the Stalker Sessions, “where we showcase a producer from the result of our stalking sessions online looking for new or unreleased tracks”, and OMwork, “where we dig a little deeper with some meditative thinking man’s electronica”. It’s a beautifully put together selection that will give your ears some new and cosmic sounds. Doesn’t seem to be a track list though which would be cool…
They have also announced the release date for their debut full-length ‘Welcome To The Present’. The 11 track release promises tracks with ‘psychedelic and spiritual influences’ and not just peak-time bangers. We can’t wait to get lost in some mind-altering magic music. It’s out on 23 October so keep your eyes peeled.
‘Circle Culture’ is ANJA SCHNEIDER’S first release of 2015 and it’s a beaut! Title track ‘Circle Culture’ builds tension slowly, teasing us with hypnotic beats and tinkling melodies. Anja makes full use of the slow build, working in a lengthy atmospheric moment before a subtly mesmerising drop. It’s blissful and full of ethereal energy with a touch of the signature Schneider bounce. The remix comes from Konstantin Sibold & Leif Muller. The pair take it to a darker place, with trippy twisted vocal samples, heightened tension and a grittier, pacier sound for the dancefloor. ‘The Squaring’, a second original track from Anja, is a smouldering blend of breakbeats and techno. Again she uses drawn out tension to build a heightened exotic atmosphere; the track is raw and dubby and a little bit dangerous. A sensual and emotive EP from one of our favourite techno artists.
ALAN FITZPATRICK is back with a pretty mega 3-track release – it’s bomb heavy! ‘Love Siren’ is deep and steamy with powerful builds and drops; definitely a dance floor winner. ‘U Said U’ is my fave from the release. Celestial vocals hum over a meaty bass line providing a great contrast of sounds. It’s sleazy and pretty at the same time and the pumping beats are killer. Wrapping it up ‘Rumours’ sure ain’t no filler track, it’s filled with a lush crescendoing melody that builds tension and drama for a great emotive dance floor workout. Strong sounds from the DRUMCODE star!
Our favourite techno heads GERTIE have got an EP out and it’s a smasher. Four tracks; two originals, two remixes. Title track ‘Semper’ is energetic dancefloor techno true to the duo’s style; vocal samples add soul and they nail it with the tantalising builds. JON GURD gives the track a remix delivering a chunkier more progressive version. Original track deux ‘Bowden’ is bouncy, upbeat techno that you can really throw some shapes to. The remix for this one comes from HORATIO who takes it to darker, deeper places. Luvin’ it.
ED001 marks the start of what we hope will be a growing series of compilations from melodic house and techno label CHAPTER 24. Their First Editions LP was released yesterday, a special remix compilation that features six edits of some of the labels first and finest releases.
Kicking things off is the Melokolektiv (Crosstown Rebels, OFF) remix of Quartz’s ‘Crystals’ – a driving, melodic track with emotive builds and plenty of dance floor energy. The euphoric, uplifting sounds of the Sam Pauli & Paul Nolan edition of Danny Oliveira’s Stargazer is next up –our fave track from the compilation. Marten Sundberg’s edit of ‘The Owl’ is raw with dark synths and tense layers whereas things get deep in Framewerk’s edit of KatrinKa’s ‘Echo Gnomic’. The penultimate closing track, Darien J’s rework of ‘Start Over’ is a brilliantly energetic and feel good track with one hell of a catchy melody. Finally, the compilation closes of with another edit of ‘Echo Gnomic’, this time by Berlin based AFFECT!, a slow, unwinding piece with a dreamy, ethereal feel to it – a perfect closing track.
We’re in love with this compilation and we’re in love with Chapter 24. They’re building a brand around a sound that’s gathering some serious momentum in the underground scene. Be sure to follow them on SOUNDCLOUD for their latest releases and melodic goodness.
You can buy ED001 – First Editions on BEATPORT and the guys are also throwing their next Gather Round party on Saturday 12th September at Blackall Studios which will be headlined by Jonas Saalbach (live) – playing his first London show – and supported by Melokoletiv and the Chapter 24 crew which includes Paul Nolan, KatrinKa and Sam Pauli. Tickets are on RA HERE.
We’re also really excited as KartinKa is the lined up to produce our next Kittencast…. keep an eye out for that one coming early August.
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!
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
- Padre Ft Jova | Chasing Mirrors (Christian Löffler Remix) – Gorgeous & dreamy. We love the chopped vocals
- Jekyll | The Gardener (Original Mix) – Minimalistic electronica with a bouncy bass
- Butler & Bontan ft. Vula | Live My Life – Dance floor filler, real house banger with sassy vocals n’all. BOOM.
- Irregular Expression | Philip Glass – Delicate piano & soft beats – smooth
- Plastikman | Ask Yourself (Angelo Lomelo Remix) – Warping, thudding techno sounds
- Roland Klinkenberg | Musicalife – Atmospheric, echoing sounds – this one has a lot of depth
- Nicole Moudaber | Her Dub Material – Deep & dubby from this techno queen
- Sasha | Ether – Sasha adds another dance floor filler to his catalogue of many
- Hayden James | Something About You – Feel good house vibes ooze from this summery track
- Akase | Rust – Midland’s alter ego and a step away from his bassy club sound
- Rob Etherson | The Z List – Acid vibes!. This one is MASSIVE!
- Spartaque | Molly Hates This – Serious techno sounds from this track. Phwoar.
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