9 Dec 2013

RA Poll: Top DJs of 2013

Resident Advisor have just released their poll of the top DJs of 2013 and it makes interesting reading. They pride themselves on the fact that they allow only registered RA users to vote on DJs that were in their 2013 calendars, which definitely emphasises the purity of their results but then again leaves out thousands of music lovers not registered with RA and even those who are registered couldn't vote for the DJs they love if they weren't in their calendar. But still, you can't fault the list itself.

Dixon takes a well deserved first place, and having seen him play at Motion with Future Boogie a few weeks ago I can definitely see why. The Berlin-based Innervisions boss is technically flawless in mixing and producing and has to be seen in action to be believed. Have a listen to his essential mix to feel the force.

Cracking seeing Tale of Us and Bristol boy Eats Everything so high up followed closely by the likes of Jackmaster, Hot Since 82, Joy O and Scuba but Dusky deffo deserved to be higher although no. 43 isn't so bad given the extreme calibre of DJs featuring on the list.

Take a look at the full list here.

6 Dec 2013

Heartbreaker - Crazy P

Throwback to this time last year. Aaahhhhh. End of the night sunrise vibes.

5 Nov 2013

Truths EP - Maribou State

From the Truths EP out on Southern Fried Records, two absolutely beaut tracks. Particularly mad on Jimi's vocals dripping with soul on the title track.

30 Oct 2013

Hot Since 82 - Little Black Book

Much to the dismay of my housemates I've had Hot Since 82's new album 'Little Black Book' on the Moda Black label stuck on repeat for an annoyingly long time. BUT IT'S JUST SO DAMN GOOD. At 30, Leeds based Daley Padley is one of the more seasoned, shall we say, of producers compared to the myriad fresh-faced teens that are doing the circuit at the moment.
He started DJing when he was 17 giving him plenty of time to perfect his craft. A regular at Ibiza superclubs, he became somewhat disillusioned with the direction his music was heading in and dropped off the scene circa 2007. Thank the Lord he fell back in love with it other wise I never would have got my filthy hands on this absolute belter of an album.
Dark, mysterious, atmospheric, textured, sexy house with euphoric builds and hefty drops is what it's all about. 'Chords' and his remix of Shadow Child's 'So High' are two of my favourites from the album, but make sure you check out the whole thing. Well worth it.

29 Oct 2013

Anthem - N Joi

This got played out as the last song in the warehouse at Motion's huge halloween party, Just Jack Freak Boutique. Huge old school, piano house from 1991 wwhhuuuttt.

21 Oct 2013

Careless EP - Dusky

Dusky's Careless EP got released back in September on Aus Music but man it just does not get old. I could literally listen to this ALL DAY son. Vocal samples that hook you so easily, chunky dance floor bass, and that dark Dusky sound that gives the boys an ominous edge. Play it agaaaiinnn.

17 Oct 2013

Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Remix) - Teedra Moses

Just stumbled across this beauty and couldn't let it pass. Up and coming Montreal producer Kevin Celestin is originally from Haiti and grew up listening to the likes of Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Louis Armstrong. He cites his influences as 80s R&B and funk which becomes apparent as you delve into the glorious realm of his sensual electro beats. Love-making music.

13 Oct 2013

Free - Star Slinger

Manchester based Darren Williams is probably more famed for his remixes than originals but with 'Free' he proves that he's got the whole musical package. This airy, funky, jazzy tune is a taster from his debut LP getting released in early 2014.

12 Oct 2013

Feel It - Walter Ego

Making waves on the underground UK funky, grime, house and everything in between scene is Sheffield boy Josh Gregory. Classed as the one to watch by underground tastemakers like Rinse FM and Monki, this guy looks set for big things, especially since his release 'Heaven' on Kerri Chandler's MadTech back in August which made him a household name with house lovers. 'Feel It' definitely my fav so far.

9 Oct 2013

Untitled - Burial & Four Tet

Ripped from Four Tet's 8 hour long takeover on Rinse FM comes an untitled, unreleased collab between Four Tet and Burial. A spine-tingling vocal sample, reverb and heavy bassline all contribute to this stellar yet omnious garage-y track. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING THIS MR. TET

3 Oct 2013

Brown Bread - Mak & Pasteman

Hailing from Leeds, the Mak & Pasteman boys frequented Subdub often in their younger years which ended up heavily influencing their sound. Forthcoming in November on Naked Naked, they've smashed it once again with this heavy bass, tech-house beauty.

2 Oct 2013

Girls Love Beyonce (Will Heard Cover) - Drake

You might have heard this charming Londoner's voice feature on Klangkarussel's summer hit 'Sonnentanz', but his cover of Drake's 'Girls Love Beyonce' for SBTV really takes the biscuit. One of the most funk-filled and soulful voices I've heard in a while, he's currently working on new material and is playing gigs here and there in London so catch him if you can.

25 Sep 2013

Help Me Lose My Mind (Paul Woolford Remix) - Disclosure ft. London Grammar

Man of the moment and long time veteran of all things house and techno, Paul Woolford changes London Grammar's 'Help Me Lose My Mind' from a chilled, indie, slow burner into a piano-led house stonker that smacks you in the face with his signature sound right from the off, reminiscent of his earlier 'Untitled'. He keeps Hannah Reid's ethereal vocals mostly intact and chucks in some crazy looped piano chords with a good measure of hefty bass. Et voila.

23 Sep 2013

Rhythm - Deetron ft. Ben Westbeech

I think this might be the one to catapult Swiss producer Deetron from the shadowy underground into the limelight. The first single from his 'Music Over Matter' LP on Music Man Records, the progressive house track ebbs and flows with resonating synths and soulful enthralling vocals from Ben Westbeech aka Breach.

19 Sep 2013

Without (Bodhi remix) - Sampha

Big time collaborative favourite of SBTRKT, Sampha, drips his silky smooth vocals all over 'Without' and Cardiff duo Bodhi have done it justice is in this gorgeous, synthy house rework.