Let the sun in!
So this month a few remixes have come to my attention, and they’re pretty seminal to modern electronic music, particularly this global rhythm – a blend of techno/garage/2-step/house/dubstep with a bit of something for everyone. I truly believe this kind of music could be slipped into almost any set and go down a storm. Take note.
Okay, so a good place to start things off is yet another mix by SBTRKT. This one’s too big to miss though. It’s been around for a while, but it’s absolutely incredible, and a great set-opener (heard it on Jackmaster’s mix back in January). Check:
Now SEIJI is pretty good at bass-heavy house remixes, as you can hear. They’re punchy, a little bit commercial, but also cross over to the d’n'b side of things. His own produced stuff is pretty good too, quite progressive, definitely good filler for a set. Listen to his self-produced stuff above.
And there have been loads of new singles/EPs out recently…some of them brilliant. COSMIN TRG has unexpectedly hit us with a new single, as his sound has panned into the house/techno/garage realm. This one’s a bit more fleshed out than his previous EP, which isn’t exactly bad news. Try it!
Warp have once again delivered something completely out-of-the-blue. This time it’s ex-pat duo AFRICA HITECH, also known as Steve Spacek and Mark Pritchard. The track above shows a more chilled light dub, a la Instra:mental or Scuba, whilst the track below features a wobbly dancehall/garage blen(d…see what I did there?). Anyway, it’s pretty bangin’.
Our favourite Mr. JAMES BLAKE is back with a soul-filled swoony shuffler for us, out on R&S Records. This EP is beautiful, and everyone seems to be raving about it. I personally think this (below) is the best track though – some people too often head for the title track. Must be deaf! Anyway, this guy is pretty much the perfect replacement to Burial (who I find boring) and this proves why. He seems to be in that same kinda school of ‘careful’ producers like Mount Kimbie, LV and Floating Points…
Moving on, ACTRESS seems to be back with an album! Another cheeky surprise this month! I have a feeling this one will be like a bull in a china shop, it might even show up what labelmate Zomby has brought to the table in the past (then again, check the new Zomby tune above)! What do you think?
Next up is possibly the most exciting EP this month. Night Slugs consistently stream the best in world-oriented electronic music. GIRL UNIT is somebody a lot of people are excited about, including myself. His EP on Night Slugs, titled I.R.L EP, has the sheer girth of what managers (and big players) L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok are capable of. I hear their next installment will be from Lil Silva, which sounds just as exciting. Have a listen to Girl Unit’s production below – I’ll tease you though, you’re not getting the title track (which is fucking ESSENTIAL by the way, so buy it)!
“Shade On” – Girl Unit - sorry, asked to remove by Bok Bok…
BONUS HOUSE MIX: “IRL” (French Fries Remix) – Girl Unit - sorry asked to remove by Bok Bok…
We all heard DJ MUJAVA‘s “Township Funk” back in ’08/’09 (see video above). Well this next track has popped up every now and then since then, but the South African house producer hasn’t been well represented in the West. Not to say his release of “Township Funk” by Warp didn’t go down a storm. I just think kwaito has been overshadowed by West Indian or South American equivalents, generally, such as baile funk or soca, or even its neighbour, kuduro. This kind of kwaito best represents Western-influenced African dance music, in my opinion. I thought I’d throw in the mix by Germany-based hype kings Schlachthofbronx there too, as I love those guys.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with something I was really excited about finding, but couldn’t find the full track until now…probably my favourite d’n'b producer, remixed by one of the best garage producers. This is quite an oldie (2001), but a rarity.