29 Aug 2013

Izzy Bizu - White Tiger

'White Tiger' by 19 year old Izzy Bizu is quite a dramatic change from all previous, bass-heavy tracks featured on our blog, but her voice is so beautiful and listenable, I had to give it a quick mention. With so many female solo singers knocking about these days, you have to have a significant degree of originality about your voice to really do well and race ahead of the others - a la Adele, Amy Winehouse et cetera. On the basis of her debut single, the piano-accompanied, upbeat 'White Tiger', I say Izzy Bizu is one to watch.

28 Aug 2013

BANKS - Waiting Game (prod. by SOHN)

Incredibly haunting vocals and bass on this new track by fast rising vocal talent, BANKS. A very unique, dark and eerie song, which I both love and feel slightly scared of at the same time (particularly when watching the accompanying video). Now, eagerly await an inevitably great remix!

27 Aug 2013

Bondax - Giving It All (Joe Goddard Remix)

Bondax's new track has already received the remix treatement from both Friend Within and Kiwi Juice. Enter the legendary Joe Goddard - third time lucky, as they say. He speeds it up, strips back the vocals, and allows the track to build for much longer than the original. Another successful venture by Mr. Goddard.

21 Aug 2013

Ella Fitzgerald - Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles remix)

This is incredible. I haven't heard much from Maya Jane Coles lately that has really wow-ed me, but hearing this remix of Ella Fitzgerald has reminded me of how talented she is. I found the contrast of retro and modern produces something that is really memorable and stands in contrast to the incessant sampling of more contemporary R&B samples i.e. Brandy, Cassie, Aaligh etc, in a lot of house tracks at the moment. Beautiful!

18 Aug 2013

Green Velvet - Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82)

Hot Since 82 has remixed the Green Velvet track 'Bigger Than Prince' from earlier this year. The Leeds producer ups the tempo and adds a bouncing beat, the result being a sexy, dark remix of this already infectious house song. Reminds me of the moment at around 5am in a festival tent, when the atmosphere tends to take a darker turn.

FKA Twigs - Water Me

Slightly different to the usual vein of this blog, this song is co-produced by Arca (who teamed up with Kanye to produce a number of his tracks on the album 'Yeezus'). The video is one of the creepiest I've ever seen (avoid if you have a fear of dolls/anime), and is perfectly paired with the eerie, haunting nature of the song itself.

10 Aug 2013

Maribou State - 'All Time Favourites' Minimix

I can only apologise for allowing this one to pass me by until today. Brought to you by my absolute favourite producing duo of the day - Maribou State - I have no excuses to offer for having only just stumbled across this 10 minute minimix of pure brilliance. The pair have been experiencing burgeoning, much-deserved success and recognition since 2011, with their most recent releases including 'Scarlett Groove' and 'Tongue'.

The first time I listened to this minimix, I did so without glancing at the set list, and could not believe the number of songs which would undoubtedly feature in my list of all time top songs ever (I always knew Maribou State and I were KINDRED SPIRTIS): Dawn Penn, Daughter, Jai Paul, Floating Points and Kelis to name but a few. I feel this minimix showcases Maribou State's sheer skill and bredth of musical influence. A personal favourite moment was hearing the vocals from one my fave song of the past year Rhye's 'Open', appearing over The Weeknd track - a beauty!

9 Aug 2013

Bristol In:Motion 2013 line-ups released

Holy crap, the Bristol In:Motion 2013 line-ups are out and I may as well say goodbye to my degree now. Over the past few years I've learnt that Motion will never let me down with its expertly curated line-ups and unique, vibrant, cavernous venue which doubles as a skate park by day. This year they've managed to out do themselves with their autumn season that will see nights going from 27th September to their epic New Year's party and will guarantee my presence most weekends.

The events that particularly caught my eye include Subsoul, Trouble Vision Presents, Just Jack Halloween Freak Boutique, Future Boogie and Annie Mac Presents. Mostly I'd be revisiting old faves like Redlight, Scuba, Soul Clap, Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Maxxi Soundsystem and of course the absolute nutcase that is Justin Martin, but there's a whole bunch in there who I haven't seen yet and would probably do illegal things to be able to attend such as Shadow Child, Maribou State, Dusky, Will Saul and Cyril Hahn.

This autumn Motion has undoubtedly turned itself into a bloody treasure trove of electronic music, and with AMP tickets already sold out after only 3 days of being on sale I'd nab some quick if I were you.

Click here for full line-ups and tickets

6 Aug 2013

Lost - Leftwing & Kody

Released yesterday this deep house banger from duo Leftwing & Kody will no doubt be HUGE on the club scene. Vibes similar to that of Bicep and Dusky and a soulful vocal sample and bassline that'll make you wanna get up and move. Get ready for some bass face. 

5 Aug 2013

Someone - Applebottom

I've been a bit disillusioned with Bristolian Applebottom's past couple of tracks since the brilliance of 'Let You' and 'All Nite' but he has well and truly reignited my love for his productions with 'Someone', an enthralling house track with looped, hooky vocals.