LAURO MARTINS | FLOW WITH ME – FREE DOWNLOAD

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It’s been a while since we’ve given away some musical goodness!  Well today we’re offering you a free download of a brand new track from an artist we’ve featured before – LAURO MARTINS.  This one’s a bit of a dark and minimal tech banger, perfect for a peak time set.  This track make us wanna rave.

if you like what you hear then go give Lauro some love | facebook | beatport | soundcloud

TTK’S TOP TRACKS OF 2014

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Another year, another ‘best of’ list. We’ve picked out a selection of the tracks we’ve been hammering in 2014. Stream them below in no particular order. Happy new year y’all xxx

  1. Marc Marzenit | Perron (Original Mix)
  2. Rone | Parade (Dominik Eulberg Remix)
  3. Maceo Plex | Conjure Drama
  4. Trus’me | I Want You (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
  5. Akkord – Typeface / Greyscale (Vatican Shadow’s The World Is Complete)
  6. Ejeca | Contemplation
  7. Sailor & I | Turn Around (Âme Remix)
  8. Ray Okpara | Chi This Wonder Up (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)
  9. Oberst & Buchner feat. Mimu | Doves (rampue Remix)
  10. Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy | Kerberos
  11. Laurent Garnier | ENCHANTe (Original Mix)
  12. Booka Shade | Line of Fire (Booka’s Club Mix)
  13. Alexander Koning feat. Rona ray | Our Love Was Everything (Tim Engelhardt Remix)
  14. Wilfred Giroux | Stronger (Extended Mix)
  15. Not Donno | Say You Won’t Ever (Deetron T-Line Remix)

STUDIO 338 X EDU IMBERNON | COMPETITION

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Win one of five t-shirts from Edu Imbernon with Studio 338’s ’12 Days of Christmas giveaway!

With the countdown to Christmas well underway, one of London’s most unique and exciting events spaces Studio 338, is treating fans to an assortment of prizes in their ‘12 Days of Christmas’ giveaway! Featuring artists across the festive season including T.Williams, Kris Wadsworth and Session Victim, this is Christmas-come-early for any clubbing fan.

We are giving readers a chance to get their hands on one of five t-shirts from Valencian songwriter, producer, remixer, DJ and label owner, EDU IMBERNON! The multi-talented Edu is known the world over for his feel-good take on electronic music with releases on the likes of Get Physical and DIYnamic. This Saturday he plays at Greenwich superclub Studio 338 for part two of their epic Christmas specials.

Studio 338 based on the Greenwich Peninsula houses Europe’s largest covered outdoor terrace arena, which has seen their hugely successful forest installation transform clubbing as we know it. Stretching across three rooms, the venue continues to play host to some of the biggest acts in contemporary electronic music complete with custom-built VOID soundsystem.

TO ENTER and be in with a chance of winning just head on over to our FACEBOOK PAGE, give us a like and comment on the post related to this competition. Simples.  The competition closes at midnight Saturday 13.12.14 and the  winner will be selected from random and announced via Facebook.

Edu Imbernon plays the Studio 338 Christmas Special on Saturday 13th December, 338 Boord St, Greenwich, SE10 0PF. For information and tickets visit the EVENT PAGE.  Good luck!

BENWAA | VILT (ALTERNATIVE MIX) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

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Our latest free track comes from the lovely folk at GIBBON RECORDS.  Vilt (Alternative Mix) from BENWAA is quite simply techno, there’s no other word for it – it’s dark, menacing and down right dirty.  We’re hosting on our soundcloud as a free download so have a listen below and get it on the DL.  While you’re at it go give the Gibbon guys some FACEBOOK <3

 ‘Vilt’ (Original Mix) is released on Gibbon Records on 23 January exclusive on Beatport.

 

GERRY READ | SOCIALIZE/CHARCOAL EP

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Off his release from AUS Records, Britain’s Gerry Read returns to his home Fourth Wave with a new 12”, ‘Socialize’ and ‘Charcoal.’ The record is a more cohesive affair than his prior releases, while still holding the dusty and sporadic appeal of earlier tracks.

The first cut ‘Charcoal’ is a driving drum-track, with stark atmospheres dancing around offset hi-hats. The synth work holds no melodic content, with the exception of a couple pads and a morphing vocal sample. The track is modular in its execution. Read mechanically swirls his smorgasbord of elements in a stew of modulation.

‘Socialize’ the B-Side track complements the textures of the first track nicely. It holds a more straightforward future-classic vibe with a chunky 303-bassline and simplified rhythm progression. The track dives into a deep chord bath drenched in hollow reverb.

Though Read didn’t re-invent the wheel with this release, the track construction and imaginative textures made for an enjoyable listen. The record would also make for a great addition to any dj’s tool box.

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EP REVIEW | BIG DOINT | BD01

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The imprint from down under, Untzz, have been relentless in their onslaught of dance floor killers in 2013. The wax only imprint’s sister label is, Big Doint, co-run by Babicka (aka Bradley Shawyer) and HVCK (aka Alex Fimeri) from Adelaide, Australia; they hold down one of the longest running residencies at the legendary Sugar Nightclub, throwing weekly ‘In The Deep End’ parties.

The labels debut EP is nothing short of a tasty burger with three compilation tracks that are all worth taking a solid listen to.  Francis Inferno Orchestra starts off with a strong message in, Take No Time. The track is a crunchy compressed jacker, that got me dancing in my seat when it first graced my headphones; if it was a burger, it would most definitely be a half pounder, lathered in mayo, grilled onions, and swiss cheese! The B-sides, Big Doint and Wonderland (Edit), establish a lighter, more melodic faire. Ecstatic in synth use and swing Big Doint is a stipped down delight weighing in at about about 122 bpm. The ode New York 1979 and Paris 1997 emanates in the album finale by Mic MillsWonderland (Edit).

As an EP as a whole, this is some of the rawest house I’ve heard in quite a long time. Like most of Untzz’s releases I’m sure that this limited pressing will become a hard to come by affair once it’s out. So, pick it up before it becomes another sought out piece that will cost a whole weeks worth of wages for flippin’ burgers.

Look for the release on November 25th

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FEEL MY BICEP 002 | ALBUM TRAILER

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Belfast tastemakers, Bicep, are back at in again with another entry into their love affair with pastiche house music. The boys released a preview for their new album out on their own label, Feel My Bicep. The album is a nod to everything that their blog curates, as well as deep cuts from years past. There is not much information on the EP with the exception of the preview video. The VHS inspired trailer is a nostalgic interpretation of 80s b-side films placed over the EP’s tracks.  From the video it looks as if there will be three original tracks on the album: Satisfy, The Final Trip, and Snackbar.

Take a gander at the video below. The 12″ is available for pre-order on Juno and Phonica. Get it while it’s hot, I have a feeling this album will sell out soon after the release date.

Stay up with Bicep on their Twitter, Soundcloud or Blog

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EP REVIEW | COURT | ALL GOOD

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Today’s selection come by way of eighteen year old Belfast producer, Court. His debut ‘All Good’ EP features three cuts sprinkled with splashy 909 hats, M1 organs, and dub-side samples. The title track ‘All Good’ is a futuristic pitched down ice-cold killer of a track that seems to be touching the past with its warped hooky bassline, sunshine synths and chunky percussion. ‘Serious’ is the most emblematic of the current Belfast sound. The Future Jersey Garage track has a subtle syncopated 4×4 groove and has dance floor moving potential written all over it. Rinse FM’s, Frank Butcher, is on remix duties with a stripped down dub of All Good. The remix is a the DJ tool of the release and will fit well right next to a Mr. G track in a mix.

Expect more to come from Court in the future so be sure to follow him on soundcloud and facebook

Look for the full album out on Running Wild in Early November

EP REVIEW | SILK 86 | THE PLEASURE VENTURE

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I found a little tasty piece of deep house this weekend from the the depths of the London Underground. It comes from the London younguns Silk 86. The EP is a solid sophomore release after their debut ‘Clear Waters’ EP on Manucci’s Mistress earlier this year. This album also marks the debut release for Sneaky Music, the brainchild of Love Fever Party creator Andy Bird and Pablo Ranacat.

The album kicks off with a well balanced pad infused groove ‘Felicity'; the groove sets straight most of the time, with a rubbery bassline. The groove train continues on with ‘The Exchange’ a sub-bass driven track that sets a well balanced palate of energy and sass; the hi-hats really get me on this track. The track is reminiscent of an Urulu tune. ‘Nightdrive the final creation of the bundle is what got me on the release. The track has so much space in the drums ccreating a good jackin’ vibe. Short attacked funky synths, good short vocal chops and dubbed out builds, set this tune apart from the prior two jams.

The cut is available for vinyl only consumption and abuse October 28th. Definitely going to pick this up for myself!

pick up the physical release on Juno

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EP REVIEW | NORTH LAKE | MOONWALKER

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As an American vinyl junkie, I have the fantasy of one day walking into Phonica Records to go on a field day where I drop hundreds of pounds on wax that I could never find over here in the states. Their curation is so good that they’ve decided to start pressing their own albums. Their next release comes from an American from the remote upper peninsula of Michigan, North Lake. The Moonwalker EP combines diy analog synth nostalgia with club friendly grooves. Simply put, it does it for me. The synths are chunky, dusty, and evoke a future-classic feel. The album has it’s own identity, and isn’t too egotistical.

The lead track, Marlborol Noir, sounds like if Boards of Canada made a techno album. The bassline is reminiscent of the patch from ROYGBIV. The structure of the tune is dreamy and relaxed.  The most club accessible tracks come are on the b-side of the cut. The 909 drum grooves in Suomi Kutsuu are tasteful, and don’t overpower the synth’s daydreamy dialogue. Moonwalker is the dark chapter in the lot, and carries the most energy.

I look forward to hearing more from North Lake. In an era of Techno and House where the most niche sounds become quickly recycled, he has the ability to give a fresh perspective on what can be done in the structure, while still staying true to the long traditions of Detroit futurism.

pick up your copy at Phonica Records

be friends with North Lake on Facebook and Soundcloud

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