This is an unrelenting beast of a love song. Fragments was a fantastic album but Submotion Orchestra's new EP, '1968', wins hands down and this is a killer tune. There are not many songs that make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up quite as much as the Aria from La Wally, but the crescendo in 'Hard To Stay' is like a 30 foot wave of sound that just keeps on coming. First class.
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We live in an age not unlike many others, where pop music is played to death on tinny speakers in hairdressers and the same worn out songs spin round and round in high street bars and clubs keeping people moving purely because they've heard them before. Except the sounds we're subjected to right now seem even more weary, whiny even, as the money making machine we call the mainstream music industry grinds slowly, begrudgingly to a halt albeit with a few stalls and spurts here and there powered almost entirely by Rihanna.
But, beneath what remains of the record labels, spewing forth their weekly top 40, lives a blossoming undergrowth of electronic music, occasionally rearing its little head above the surface to the masses in the form of the likes of Disclosure, Breach, Bondax et al. Not 'EDM' as the Americans like to call it, but a golden age of house music. Groundbreaking? Not massively, with influences spanning quite literally decades, but outstanding sounds from the old guard and the young turks alike.
This particular young turk, Celsius, is one of my stand out artists of the last 12 months and I'm praying desperately for a career path that avoids being chewed up and spit out by a major. 'Incoming' is a barnstormer of an EP and is out now on MadTech so go buy that but in the meantime enjoy this rework of Maya Jane Cole's 'Fall From Greece' with Catherine Pockson (Alpines).
Has to be my track of the year so far. Pity I've only just picked it up though, being 9 months old and all. Deep down and dirty bassline, driving rhythm, it's no wonder Dusky have come out recently and said it's currently their 'secret weapon'. And I love the notes from Banton himself, "This was a vibes...sat down...got the groove...found the synth...and out came this beauty. Stella artois inspired....lol"
I've been pondering long and hard on the new Sub Focus album. A bit like the Nero album, Welcome To Reality, Torus has been so long in the making that his musical style has shifted dramatically over time and so the album at first sounds incredibly incohesive. But, give it time, and it's actually quite awesome. The main reason being that it actually becomes quite evident that his sound bends hugely around the other artists he's collaborating on various tracks. Like this one with MNEK, new single 'Turn It Around' with Kele, and perhaps my favourite, 'Until The End' with Foxes.
Absolutely glorious tune from Seekae. Beautiful everything.
Been keeping this one on the QT. House. Garage. Bass. DJ secret weapon. One of the best tracks of the year. Animist. Tin Head Bump.
So, hot on the heels of (and in fact co-founded by the creators of) Hideout, brand spanking new 'Unknown' is basically one of, if not the most, exciting lineups of 2013. Which you'd expect, I guess, with the Hideout team (and Warehouse project, and Field Day...) involved. As if the setting (a forest surrounded by the Adriatic), the length of the festival (6 days), the stages (including 'the pool' stage) the boat parties (on boats), and the lineup so far weren't enough, these little badgers have also just today been announced, including NMB favourites Jon Hopkins, Paul Woolford, FCL, along with Ryan Elliott, Mark E, Last Magpie, The Sonic Emporium, Death On The Balcony, Man Power & Mediate. You know, just to scratch the surface. That's not to mention (and nice to see the secretsundaze crew out in full force (you'll have to ignore the number of brackets in this post)):
Disclosure / Four Tet / Jessie Ware / London Grammar / Moderat / The Horrors / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / Cyril Hahn / Dixon / Erol Alkan / Floating Points / George Fitzgerald / Giles Smith / Jackmaster / James Holden / James Priestley / Joy Orbison / Julio Bashmore / Justin Robertson / Kerri Chandler / Maceo Plex / Nina Kraviz / Oneman / SBTRKT / Scuba / Todd Terje / Waze & Odyssey
AND THAT'S ME BEING SELECTIVE. I literally couldn't cut that list down. I'm going for a cold bath.
I fell in love with Jay Lumen, much as I fell in love with Budapest, after very little contact. For Budapest, it was about an hour in Szimpla Kert. For Jay Lumen, it was actually earlier release Pulp Fiction, but Analogia has been doing the rounds, and for good reason. I mean it's utterly ridiculous, but it's the absolute opposite of everything these pesky Americans have been doing recently with their 'EDM'. Bleurgh. Listen, be a bit scared if you like, then listen again.
Biiiiiiig bass lines and 90s happy hardcore throwback vocals from rising DnB star Dimension. Now there are times in a man's life when he make questionable life decisions. Last weekend, and when faced with Sophie's choice between supporting friends and family at a wedding, and Global Gathering, you can probably guess that I'm now massively regretting missing Dimension et al.
Check out the absolutely beautiful new single from Die Mason Die. While there are echoes from their earlier track, Lost, there are also tons of other subtle influences I'm struggling to put my finger on. My favourite non-electronic track of 2013. Boom.