Archive for January, 2013

dirtybird delivers Friend Within ‘The Game’ EP(preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2013 by J.D.

FriendWithin_TheGame_Breaking through the ranks of upcoming UK house producers is no easy feat, but with the debut release ‘The Game EP’ from new artist Friend Within out on dirtybird on 6th February, this is one name you will be seeing a lot more of very soon. ‘The Game’ kicks off with a stuttering heavyweight house cut on the title track; a shuffling groove-laden instrumental that is built for peak-time main rooms. But it’s ‘The Hollow’ with a clear penchant for 90s-leaning house echoed by some truly crisp and crunchy basslines that cements Friend Within as a monster producer and close friend of the dirtybird camp. And let’s face it, there’s not many better friends to have in the music game right now!

But who is Friend Within? It’s clear they have inimitable knowledge behind the decks, are well-versed in the classics and bring a positively fresh spin to experienced production, but their roots are impossible to determine. Personally, we can’t help but picture Friend Within as a new alias from someone you should already know… With early support from the likes of Skream and Heidi, forthcoming releases on the likes of Hypercolour and Pets Recordings in early 2013, plus huge love for forthcoming remix ‘Renegade Master’ that has everyone from Disclosure to Monki and B.Traits in a spin, expect to be seeing and hearing a lot more from Friend Within over the next few months. And in the meantime, get your best Cluedo game faces on; you’re gonna need ‘em.

Scuba-Fact Mix+ live show at The Forum, Sat 27th April 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , on January 31, 2013 by J.D.

Scuba1304_F04YLWScuba Live
@ The Forum
Sat 27th April 2013
+ Special Guests

As one of the most important new figureheads to emerge in electronic music in recent years, SJM Concerts and Lock N Load Events are delighted to present the return to London of Scuba, for an exclusive showcase of his outstanding live show. Taking place on Saturday 27th April at The Forum in Kentish Town, Scuba will be joined by some of the most talented, forward-thinking artists currently residing in the scene.

Having released some of the most influential and experimental music of the past few years, Scuba has been instrumental in shaping London and Berlin’s musical landscape. 2012 witnessed the Hotflush label boss develop his innately devastating sound yet further, producing some of the biggest tracks of the year such as ‘The Hope’, ‘Hardbody’ and ‘Talk Torque’. Scuba was also responsible for numerous stand-out performances, including Berghain, The Warehouse Project, Space Ibiza, Fabric, Bestival, Dimensions and Outlook to name a few.


Whilst his Hotflush imprint has blossomed into one of the leading labels in electronic music, Scuba has also stretched his legs into new sounds with an arsenal of rich synths and melodies. Representing a new chapter in Scuba’s unstoppable ascent to the highest echelons of electronic music, his live performance at The Forum will again illustrate his exceptional ability to blow people away by his superlative talent.
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Rd, Kentish Town NW5 1JY
Open from 9.00pm – 2.00am
Nearest Tube: Kentish Town (Northern Line – High Barnet branch)

1. Sigha – Suspension (Hotflush)
2. South London Ordnance – Revolver (Hotflush)
3. Locked Groove – Firefall (Hotflush)
4. Jessie Ware – No To Love (George FitzGerald remix) (PMR)
5. Dense & Pika – 31 (Hotflush)
6. Sigha – Puritan (Hotflush)
7. Locked Groove – Dream Within A Dream (Hotflush)
8. Duke Dumont – The Giver (Locked Groove remix) (Turbo)
9. Machinedrum – Part Of Me (Hotflush)
10. Scuba – Too Strong (Hotflush)
11. Dense & Pika – Crispy Duck (Hotflush)
12. George FitzGerald – Needs You (Hypercolour)
13. Machinedrum – Torso (Hotflush)
14. Scuba – Talk Torque
15. Sigha – Brood (Hotflush)
16. Scuba – Untitled (Hotflush)
17. Locked Groove – Lost (Hotflush)
18. SCB – Dissipate (Nonplus)
19. Joy Orbison – BRTHDTT! (Hinge Finger)
20. Locked Groove – Heartbreaker (Hotflush)

ClekClekBoom presents Paris Club Music Volume I

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2013 by J.D.

ClekClekBoom presents Paris Club Music Volume I

ClekClekBoom presents Paris Club Music Volume I

Paris is back and it’s no longer pumping to the filtered sound of disco house. Instead, a ‘90s generation have come of age born into the monochromatic shadow of Mathieu Kassovitz’s classic film, La Haine. A world of internal tensions cracking the ground for new shoots to appear from a vibrant street culture that’s en Seine in the membrane, raised as much on global bass and hip-hop’s freakiest mutations as the distant orbit of Chicago and Detroit.

 You can hear it in the music of ClekClekBoom, the Paris-based label which began in 2007 as a website releasing baile funk from Rio’s favelas but now serves up its own home-grown ghetto grooves. Built around a core of twenty-something DJs and producers, spearheaded by French Fries (who runs the label alongside Ministre X and The Boo), their youthful energy has forged boundary breaking ambitions. And as ClekClekBoom Recordings reaches its first birthday at the start of 2013, its dedication to quality and longevity is evident in a commitment to vinyl, alongside digital, releases, a box fresh aesthetic courtesy of artistic director The Boo, their fortnightly Boomcast show, attracting like-minded guests from Lunice to Bok Bok, and now this compilation – split between exclusive new tracks (CD1) and a summary of the label’s first eight releases (CD2).

Paris Club Music Volume I will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats in early April 2013.


The CD release will includes every track, new and previously released, unmixed.

CD 1

French Fries “Yo Vogue VIP” (4:56)

Manaré “Riddle” (5:02)

The Town “Dice” (5:41)

Jean Nipon “Coming At You” (5:03)

French Fries “Southside” (6:06)

Coni “Missing You Nire“ (5:44)

Ministre X “Kobe” (6:02)


CD 2

French Fries “Champagne”(4:23)

French Fries “Hugz” ft. Bambounou (6:35)

Coni “Luz In Pool” (8:27)

Ministre X “Callin Me” ft. Sana (Radio Edit) (3:42)

The Town “The Movement” (5:01)

Bambounou “Night” (4:45)

Manaré “Quartz” (6:06)

Chaos In The CBD “Slab” (4:16)



2x 12” LP including only the original, exclusive tracks.

Tour Dates

22/02/2013: Fuse, Bruxelles, Belgique

French Fries + The Town + Coni                       

01/03/2013:  Fabric, London, England

French Fries + Bambounou + Jean Nipon + Manaré + The Town + Ministre X + The Boo + Bok Bok

02/03/2013:  Machine, Paris, France

French Fries + Bambounou + Jean Nipon + Manaré + The Town + Coni + Ministre X + The Boo     

23/03/2013:  La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France

Bambounou + Jean Nipon + The Town + Manaré + The Boo

29/03/2013: Bikini, Toulouse, France

Jean Nipon + Manaré + The Town + Strip Steve + Myd

03/05/2013: iBoat, Bordeaux, France

Bambounou + The Town + Coni + The Boo

Harry Wolfman – Booty Call (LMD067) inc. Ben Pearce & Pete Dafeet remixes(Preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2013 by J.D.

Harry Wolfman - Booty Call (LMD067) inc. Ben Pearce & Pete Dafeet remixesAnother rising star of the UK house scene, Harry Wolfman from the head-turning Purp & Soul crew, joins the Lost My Dog ranks with his latest EP of trippy and twisted deep house. Harry’s three original tracks are all built around hypnotic deep grooves, complemented by thickly layered synths and pads, and sparse vocal stabs. The result is a captivating listen.

Title track ‘Booty Call’ is backed by two remixes – the first by Ben Pearce, still riding high on the success of his Beatport chart-topping single ‘What I Might Do’ last year. Ben takes things even deeper than the original with huge swirling build-ups and a relentless nagging bassline. The second remix comes from Lost My Dog boss Pete Dafeet who is currently in a hot streak of form following an album and 2 EPs for LMD in 2012, and has countless remix and worldwide gig requests rolling in. Pete’s remix retains the eerie feel of the original, but increases the energy in the drums and brings extra grit to the synth work.

Depeche Mode – Heaven(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , on January 30, 2013 by J.D.

depechemode heaven delta machineHeaven, the first single from the forthcoming album “Delta Machine”.

Gigamesh – Enjoy [preview]

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by J.D.

Enjoy-art02Gigamesh is beginning 2013 by debuting a new single, courtesy of the fresh house label – Nurvous Records. ‘Enjoy’ is Gigamesh’s follow up to his All My Life EP, and includes a remix by the disco-funk duo, Oliver.

A modern dance track, influenced by pop and funk, with the classic upbeat and catchy style we’ve come to love from Gigamesh – this is a song you will wait all night to hear. You can preview ‘Enjoy’ in the teaser video below or on Soundcloud and pick it up exclusively on Beatport, February 12th (Available everywhere, March 26th).

Upcoming Shows

Feb 1 – Quebec, QC – Le Cercle
Feb 2 – Montreal, ON – Velvet Speakeasy
Feb 7 – Los Angeles, CA – King King
Feb 8 – San Diego, CA – Analog Bar
Feb 23 – Minneapolis, MN – Kitty Cat Club
Mar 8 – Seattle, WA – See Sound Lounge
Mar 9 – Winter Park, CO – SnowBall Music Festival

Ave Astra – Don’t Try Again

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by J.D.

Ave Astra - Don't Try Again

After making a huge hit on Beatport with his mesmerizing track “Do I Hate Or Love”, our favorite Istanbul producer Ave Astra is back with a new single on Filigran.
It is just one track: But what a track it is. It is one of these tracks that come along every couple of months, where you know immediately, that it will be a bomb for the dancefloors around the globe. Breathtakingly beautiful production.

Visionquest Reveal Footprintz Debut Album ‘Escape Yourself’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by J.D.

Visionquest Reveal Footprintz Debut Album 'Escape Yourself'Every journey has its beginning, and as the opening chords of ‘The Things That Last Forever’ give way to a hypnotic bassline, you know you’re on your way. Basslines form a key part of the Footprintz sound, acting as an anchor from which vocal melodies, synth lines and warm chords weave around in an often psychedelic style. Debut single, ‘Utopia’, exemplifies this ethic with its synth flirtations and optimistic vocal musings adding layers upon a solid core.

As Clarian and Addy say, “We wanted to work around a concept of escaping the confused years of growing up. 16-25, those are the years where you’re figuring yourself out, going through the motions of meeting different people and finding new things”.Tracks like ‘Uncertain Change’ and recent single ‘Dangers of The Mouth’ tackle this subject head on, focusing on the insecurities that arise from growing up. ‘Zanzibar’ takes a lighter approach, touching on the innocence of youth that brings with it, its own simple pleasures.

What becomes apparent throughout ‘Escape Yourself’ is a real craftsmanship toFootprintz’s songwriting. Each track reveals a little more on each listen, aided by the slick production work, done predominantly by the guys themselves in their Montreal bunker studio full of analogue equipment, odd instruments and a fridge laden with ‘special brownies’; which goes some way to explain a noirish-haze that permeates through the album.

Having met at an afterparty aged 15, Clarian North & Adam Hunter have experienced most of their adult life together. ‘Escape Yourself’ distills their experiences, wraps them in a warm analogue fuzz and shares them with the listener. You join them on their journey, and deep down they hope it helps you shape your own.

Ejeca – Frequency EP (Preview)+ Hi Rollin (Official Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by J.D.

Ejeca - Frequency EPLast Night On Earth add yet more undeniable talent on the cusp of serious recognition, as they release Ejeca’s latest EP ‘Frequency’ Out Now.

In recent months Ejeca has been thrust into the limelight following an outstanding collaboration with Bicep, with his solo work receiving high praise from the likes of Pete Tong,  Jackmaster and of course, Sasha.

Last Night On Earth continues to support and pluck artists that are turning heads, with Ejeca at the forefront of ushering in the recent heavy 90’s revival. His nu-house, garage style is ever present in his latest ‘Frequency’ EP.

The first two tracks ‘Hi Rollin’ and ‘Neva 2 Far’ are dripping with classic vocals and vintage house sound. ‘Nassau Storm’ brings a dubby side to the EP, while ‘Time For Change’ adds calming intelligent beats fused with soul.

Last Night On Earth hit the spot once again as the supreme Ejeca puts out another incredible release.

Ejeca “Frequency” EP

 (Last Night On Earth) LNOE015

1. Hi Rollin

2. Neva 2 Far

3. Nassau Storm

3. Time For Change

Ejeca – Hi Rollin (Official Video)

Download:Dobie – Twitter Riddim

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by J.D.

Dobie is a legendary figure in British bass music and beyond. From working on the first two Soul II Soul albums, he went on to produce London Posse’s all-time classic “How’s Life In London?” before recording a solo LP for Pussyfoot, “The Sound Of One Hand Clapping,” which went some way to defining the “trip hop” sound now enjoying something of a rebirth. In between he has remixed everyone from Bjork, Massive Attack, Les Negress Vertes and Tricky to Gangstarr, Wooky and Wiley and recorded for a host of labels including Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood and BBE, as well as producing and mixing for the aforementioned Roots Manuva. And that’s before you even get into his time as a legendary skateboarder and a photographer of that crowd as well as the nascent UK hip hop scene. A truly amazing figure, his role in Black British culutre from the ’90s onward is a story waiting to be told. His new album, “We Will Not Harm You,” will be released on Big Dada in February 2013.

Download:Dobie – Twitter Riddim