Huxley – Let It Go

February 14, 2012 in Singles

And from Deso, we move on to Huxley, who last week did such a fine job of remixing the former’s She Loves Deep. This week, he steps up in his own right with an absolute MONSTER of a house tune that, if there’s any semblance of decency left in the world, you’ll be hearing from now till Xmas.

“An emotive cut which duly warrants the oft-overused term ‘anthem’,” reads the hype sheet, and for once the hype is justified. Like Luca C & Brigante’s Different Morals last year (a personal tune of 2011 for sure), this sees contemporary deep, techy house getting its soulful, vocal groove back in style. It’s one of those rare beasts that brings all the energy and drama required for the bigger floors, yet without shedding an iota of its underground credibility in the process… this record deserves to be HUGE.

And speaking of underground credibility, it also comes complete with a remix from the hotly-tipped Eats Everything, who take us into more esoteric pastures with a stripped-down rub, based on more militant beats, that chops and loops the vocal and synths to head-frying afterhours effect. Which is nice, obviously.

Out: 15 February (tomorrow)

About: This comes on Hypercolour, who surely need no introduction from me by now…

Maya Jane Coles – Don’t Put Me In Your Box EP

November 29, 2011 in Singles

Now to an EP that’s sure to get a lot of attention, coming as it does ON one of the hippest labels around and FROM one of the scene’s current hottest names. Lucky, then, that the EP’s plenty strong enough to warrant the kind of attention it’s likely to get.

 

Parallel Worlds kicks off the EP, a lovely deep house groover that sounds a bit like Lidell Townsell’s All I Wanna Do reinvented for 21st century Berlin. Dub Child is up next, a more chilled-out slab of deep dub house/dub techno, and the gentle, introspective mood continues on Something In The Air, which has echoes of both progressive house and a whole bevvy of ambient/experimental artists, before the EP comes to a close with Parallel Worlds, which takes us back to the dancefloor.

It makes me chuckle indulgently to see the dance press getting their designer scanties all in a twist over Maya Jane right now, giving that she was getting big props on this very blog a whole two years ago! But she deserves it for sure – and on the evidence of this EP, her talents are still only maturing.
So the soon-come artist album should be worth looking out for, eh?
Out: This week
About: Find out all you need to know about the uber-hip Hypercolour here. One of them’s called Russell so they must be cool, innit? Even if he has only got it as a surname. It’s the thought that counts.

Kamo – Hulme EP

August 15, 2011 in Singles

I used to live in Hulme, which for those not in the UK is a somewhat, ahem, ‘run-down’ part of Manchester*. So, evidently, do Aussies Kamo… and to celebrate that fact, they’ve put together this hard-to classify EP.

The track that’s doing it most for me is Gin N’ Wine, a bumpy, off-kilter slab of future garage. I guess you could also just about apply the ‘future garage’ tag to I Have You, though I’d personally say it’s more just a downtempo cut than anything. My Submarine then takes us into bruk beat territory, before we end with Lights Out, which comes on like a Harold Budd ambient number at first before breaking out into a kind of future garage/R&B/broken beat fusion-type thing.
Like I said, it’s hard to classify overall but this is forward-thinking stuff for sure, and definitely worthy of your attention.
Out: This week
About: This is on Losing Suki, which is an offshoot of London-based label Hypercolour
*Actually to be fair it’s a lot better now than it was, it’s all been demolished and redeveloped and cleaned-up and stuff. But while I was living there I got mugged once and had a gun pointed at me another time, and they found someone murdered directly below my bedroom window (albeit five floors down)… and I only lived there four months. In the good bit!