Damon Albarn - Lonely Press Play // There’s something very loose about this track - all of the elements, from the jauntily melancholic piano line to the sketched out percussion sounds, float round the central beat like helium balloons on string. This is the second track to feature from Albarn’s first solo album Everyday Robots. It’s strange to think that Damon Albarn, a prolific and important artist, hasn’t put out a solo album before, but between this and the title track which you can hear here, I’m quite excited.
Maya Jane Coles - Something In The Air [Bonobo Remix] // Everything Bonobo gets involved with is reliably lovely, and this remix of a great Maya Jane Coles tune is no different. It’s got sort of a 2:35am feel to it - floaty and organic, but still active enough to keep you bopping away like a loon on the dance floor making wibbly hand movements in your best friend’s face. Have fun.
Psychemagik ft. Renegade - Black Noir Schwarz // I bloomin’ love Psychemagik. I love their summery, dirty blonde brand of disco house and I love bopping around to their smooth remixes. So I wasn’t really expecting the seductive, dirty club vibes of Black Noir Schwarz, which has been getting the hype for a little while (from Pete Tong, no less) and came out on the Crosstown Rebels soundcloud page today. It’s a little bit different but it’s got a cool, gritty feel to it and I hope to hear it in a good few sets soon. Tensnake has already premiered a remix of it through Mixmag which you can check out here.
Chet Faker - Talk is Cheap // On Soundcloud, Chet Faker initially tagged this tune with the word “sex” and I think that’s pretty apt. Jittering seductively with the uncertain tensions of having someone arousing in your living room, Talk is Cheap is the kind of track that will let whoever it is you’ve got over know that you want to get down to business. It’s now tagged with “abstract” which is also very fitting - layered vocals are propelled forwards by stretched out, winding melodies and a deep synth bass. Go on, light a candle, kick back, call someone you like…
P.S. You’re never going to believe why I haven’t been around. I forgot my tumblr password. Oh, and I also went to India and then came back and moved town and started a postgraduate degree. But hey! I’m back now, and ready to sporadically treat your ears to more tunes.
OUT015 Tuesday Born - Outlook Festival 2013 Mix //
Wake (Two Inch Punch Remix) - Tuesday Born
Long Night - Jaw Jam
Here Comes the Sun - Phaeleh
Dealing (Moodprint Remix) - Up High Collective
Taste of Honey (From the City) - Romare
Mirror Maru - Cashmere Cat
Come Home - Maya Jane Coles
Hoyle Road - Pedestrian
Eyesdontlie - Machinedrum
Your Love (You Give Me Fever) - Romare
Everybody Loves the Sunshine - Roy Ayers
Banks - Warm Water [Snakehips Remix] // How lovely, Snakehips has turned Banks + TEED’s massive future garage tune into a massive house tune- and they’re giving it away for free!
XXYYXX - Fader MoMA PS1 Warm Up Mix // I love a bit of XXYYXX. This mix is a little trippy and experimental but still manages to be smooth. Enjoy.
Monitor 66 - Vitae EP [preview] // Monitor 66’s debut EP is due for release on my favourite label, House of Disco, next week. I love it. Summery house for party people and picnic fans. The swedish duo have kindly released a preview of the whole thing on soundcloud, and are offering free pre-release vinyls to those who like and repost their favourite track. Serve with cold bubbly, sun and strawberries.
My dear and loyal followers- news! Lyfstyl music blog have kindly taken me on as a contributing writer. I’ll try to keep posting the odd tune on HTBY, but you can find longer material - perhaps including a review of the full release of Vitae - on there. I would highly suggest that you all follow them on tumblr, twitter and facebook and add the full blog to your RSS readers.
Disclosure - You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle [Flume remix] // I don’t really rate Disclosure that much. I quite like their earlier stuff and their remix of Running by Jessie Ware found its way into quite a few of my houseparties. However, I think these guys still have a long way to go. They’re certainly not as accomplished as Flume, the similarly aged Australian producer who gives us this remix and achieves the 90s feel and 2013 reinterpretation of garage which the original track was aiming for.
Finnebassen - Baby [Ron Basejam Remix] // And now for more jaunty disco house from House of Disco. I’ve made no secret of my love for the reliability in standard and quality of this label’s output. Ron Basejam, who you might remember from that amazing remix of It’s You by The White Lamp smacks us all with a bit of funk in this decently inventive remix. All of the remixes for this tune are pretty good and it was hard to just pick one. If you’re interested here’s the more straightforwardly house-y Monitor 66 remix too.