Summer is here and with that wholesome wave of soul nourishing heat comes a selection of equally hot tracks to accompany your soon to be halcyon days. We have the second track off Burial's new EP to soundtrack your summer sunsets, a sick bass masterpiece off Aggromances stellar new EP, an upbeat sizzler from De Grande not to mention a whole host of other tunes of varied flavors.
1. AGGROMANCE - LUMBRE Y MADERA [HEIDRAH CLUB DE BAILE]
Aggromances first full length album, Tubera is a multifaceted and provocative work that takes inspiration from his native land of Argentina and the wider continent of South America itself. A member of the ahead of the curve South American imprint Heidrah Club De Baile, Aggromance spares no expense in showing the world the potential of South American electronic music.
2. BURIAL - STATE FOREST [HYPERDUB]
This is the beautiful second single from the EP Burial dropped in June. Where the first track "Claustro" was a lovestruck RnB joint, "State Forest" is a return to Burial's ambient explorations. In it he uses his formidable understanding of texture and mood to create a tense and moving soundscape that is so very easy to get lost in.
3. COLD FRONT - STARS AND STRIPES [KNEKELHUIS]
Another unusual but awesome track for you this month. Knekelhuis has teamed up with Parisian record store Dizonord to reissue a record of this 90's underground band from Minneapolis that mixes multiple flavors from synth pop to hip-hop and the result is pretty exceptional in my humble opinion.
4. KONX OM PAX - OPTIMISM OVER DESPAIR [PLANET MU]
There is no better way to start off the summer then with the positive vibes of Konx Om Pax's new LP, Ways of Seeing. This cut from the album may start off from a basic place but be patient and it will unfold and develop like a snowball rolling down a mountainside until it overwhelms you in infectious, positive energy.
5. I HATE MODELS - THE BEGINNING OF THE END [PERCTRAX]
Some may have mixed opinions on this record from I Hate Models. To veterans of the scene, its run of the mill brutal and industrial techno but to others it was a thrilling journey of head-pounding extravagance. For me, it was certainly the latter. This is the introduction to L'Age Des Metamorphoses released in June, an atmospheric and tense buildup to over 90 minutes of equal parts pain and pleasure.
6. DE GRANDI - R7 [PARADOXE CLUB]
A breath of fresh air for you at number 6 with this this slick and airy banger from De Grandi's new EP Paris Nord Est. It amicably follows the ethos laid down by the label of creating innovative and bold club music with its ostentatious melody and nonchalant charm.
7. GORO - BIG BOI TEARZ [SELF RELEASED]
Goro is flying the flag high for Bulgaria with this dope cut off his new album, Unbound Forever. Based in Berlin he uses his skill with drum programming to create a solid grounding for his swirling emotive production to float around. His new album blends traditional club music with the Balkan influences of his homeland. I especially dig the sample toward the end, "Everyone has a power, but it will be your curse until you learn how to embrace it."
8. BRAME AND HAMO - DIAL UP [BRAME & HAMO]
The Irish duo have been at the forefront of cutting edge house music since the creation of their first imprint Splendour & Squalor. They have since experimented with everything from retro-futurist haze and bleep techno since, but have taken things back to basics with "Dial Up" from their fifth EP Pressure. Inspired by Josh Wink and The Chemical Brothers this rave tune was impressively recorded in one take.
9. PARRIS MITCHELL VS NINA KRAVIZ - FEEL MY BUTTERFLY (GHETTO ACID ORIGINAL MIX) [SNATCH! RECORDS]
The latest release on Snatch! Records sees ghetto house connoisseur Nina Kraviz collaborate with an artist close to her heart. Known as a pioneer of the genre, Parris Mitchell confirms that the respect is mutual with this killer track. Learn how it was made here.
10. THE TEFLON DONS - JORDAN DOWNS [WORLDSHIP MUSIC]
We have a nostalgic nineties house banger for you at number 10. Taken from the Burell Brothers influenced LA Housin Authority EP compromised of several re-released old school tracks lost to the ages, Jordan Downs (Love) encapsulates the easy going warm vibes of nineties house music.
11. JUAN POWER - PRAISE THE TOAD [LIFE AND DEATH]
While not necessarily braking any new ground Jaun Maclean and Man Power team up on the new EP For Life and Death to create some truly discreet and electric jams. This cut is driven onward with steely determination for seven minutes, picking and losing sounds along the way but always with the pulse of drums guiding it in the background.
12. FLOATING POINTS - LESAPLX [NINJA TUNE]
The artisan beat-maker and neuroscientist Floating Points has come through with the goods on "LesAplx," the first of two singles released on Ninja Tune. According to one comment on YouTube its like Like "ARP3 had a threesome with Open Eye Signal and Blade Runner." The consensus seems to be that its not long enough, but what is offered is hearty and intricate and sure to keep his fans pacified for a hot second.
13. RICHIE FINESTRA -EARNED MY RIGHT TO BE HATED [RICHIE FINESTRA]
Richie has named himself after the main character on hit TV show Vinyl. While not a struggling record label executive himself, he clearly has a passion for music and a ear for exciting rhythm. In "Earned My Right To Be Hated" he shakes everything up and lets it splurge out the blender.
14. IDENTIFIED PATIENT - CHANTALS CHANT [DEKMANTEL UFO]
Dekmantel is constantly pumping out forward thinking and edgy electronic music. This is the first single from recently signed new artist Identified Patient. It's a hypnotic looper that could put you in a dance floor trance if your not careful. Also has a few extra surprises thrown in their too.
15. SHIFTED - MIXEN [STROBOSCOPIC ARTEFACTS]
This cut from Shifted is subtle thinking mans electronic music. He doesn't grab attention with any big wobbles or thumps, instead he coaxes and piques interest with his down-tempo and minimal production that's purity shines through like H20 from a freshwater spring.