Its safe to say August brought the heat on a number of levels, least of all, the music. Four Tet released three lovely tracks that were created to go with a painting exhibition, Seer continues to explore the outer edges of dance psychedelia with Principle of Causality, we also had a dope remix of Boa Kusasa and Redders big tune BTTF, not to mention a slick and sultry looper from Kelman Duran and Mess Kid. Summer may be approaching the end, but the tunes are definitely still coming in.
1. DJ LOSER & XIAO QUAN - "老虎的偉大秩序" [VEYL]
Greece native DJ Loser is taking warehouse rave energy to blistering heights for his recent 7 track release Urban Survival Anthems. This is the stand out track of the record, armed with a great opening sample of anime style Japanese dialogue and a ferocious rave momentum, it's difficult to find a fault in its aged but timeless formula.
At number two in stark contrast to the relentless acid house energy of our top spot comes a characteristically light and airy banger from Four Tet. The first of three tracks that accompanied a painting exhibition is seven minutes of fresh crisp melodies and basslines that will surely appeal to young and old alike.
3. BOA KUSASA & REDDERS - "BTTF (K-STYLZ REMIX)" [DURKLE DISCO]
Based deep in Somerset in the south west of the U.K and part of the Glastonbury Babylon Uprising micro venue, Boa Kusasa are no stranger when it comes to making infectious rhythms to get people moving. They have teamed up with DnB vocalist Redders for BTTF. This remix from K-Stylz takes makes it even more murky and gritty then the original
4. KELMAN DURAN & MESS KID - "NO YOU" [POINT RECORDS]
Reggaeton experimenter Kelman Duran and Mess Kid have taken apart the original dembow-infused club banger and recreated in swathes of smokiness and slow-mo sexy sample loops. This comes from their collaborative Two Suns EP out in September.
5. DEFEKT - "MAGNETIC RESONANCE" [WINTHORPE ELECTRONICS]
Winthorpes third release is from Dublin based DefeKT. The title track from his upcoming EP of the same name finds the sweet spot between techno, electro and trance to create a truly special arrangement that could lead to serious existential discombobulation on the dance-floor.
6. THE JUAN MACLEAN - "PRESSURE DANGER" [DFA RECORDS]
An unreleased track from The Brighter the Light compilation, this mid-tempo banger features delay soaked chord-vamps and beautiful vocals from Nancy Whang. In other words, Mr. Maclean has found gold again.
7. BOYGIRL - MUM SAID STOP PLAYING WITH THE GENDERS OR YOU MIGHT BREAK THEM [SELF-RELEASED]
Lurking deep in the swamp of artists that is SoundCloud, lies the mysterious sounds of the provocative Boygirl. In this track we see a dreamy patchwork of mood and feeling stitched together with an undeniable emotional charge.
8. OM UNIT & DJRUM - "RUINS" [COSMIC BRIDGE]
In "Ruins" Om Unit and Djrum bring jungle, techno and ambient together through a epic 5 minute mini-journey. This cut is one of 14 tracks on a new compilation, Om Unit Presents: Cosmology - Dark Matter, out on September 6th.
9. SEER - "PRINCIPLE OF CAUSALITY" [GHOSTLY]
The Brooklyn duo continue to explore the outer edges of dance psychedelia with their new EP, No Resurrection. This resolute 808 drums propel "Principle of Causality" onward as disembodied sounds pepper it with a slightly ominous vibe throughout.
10. LOUISAHHH - "FERAL RHYTHM" [RAAR]
According to the label "Feral Rhythm" is "A modern anthem, a call to action, a loving upsetter, 'Feral Rhythm' is a brave mantra for these trying times." It hits hard from the beginning, brings some guitars in later on and relents in its advance only slightly to let the vocals shine through. "I believe we can be free, move your body to the beat."
11. DOMINIC MARZ - "RELEASE" [HUNTLEYSPALMERS]
Taken from the collaborative EP of Bavarian brothers Dominic Marz and David Kochs, "Release" starts off minimal but at 2:05 launches into an barrage of high notes warbling and frayed nerves that serve as the meat for the remainder of the tune, before slowing down and starting back up again. Repetitive and fairly linear but somehow compelling and exciting nonetheless.
12. FRANZ MATTHEWS & SOCIAL SUICIDE - "TUTAN JAMON (MANFREDAS REMIX)" [ESKIMO RECORDINGS]
Such was the appeal of the original "Tutan Jamon" released in March this year, that it has been given the go ahead for treatments by Manfredas, Chaim, NTEIBINT and The Oddness. In this remix Lithuanian born Manfredas takes the original and extenuates its inherent psychedelic qualities to create something somehow even more gripping and exotic.
13. STAVE - "P107.4" (PESSIMIST REMIX) [PI ELECTRONICS]
The 7th release from Pi electronics sees Stave aka Jonathan Krohn deliver four emotional and slightly gloomy tracks plus this remix of PI07.4 by Pessimist. Typically deep, dark and foreboding, this remix is considerate enough not to stifle the originals depth, but instead adds to it.
14. MR. SUNSHINE - "MY KNIFE" [HOMAGE]
This is a big house tune with basslines reminiscent of early UK garage and a hook that will shake up the dance floor in the least imposing fashion. It doesn't knock you out with originality but in terms of its parameters delivers the intended effect.
15. RYAN JAMES FORD - "BATHURST & COLLEGE" [DREAM TICKET]
This humble offering from Ryan James Ford doesn't overreach in its aims, which is refreshing in itself, but what it does do, it does very well. It's vintage sounding balls-out breakbeat badness go with the recent efforts by the likes of Lone and Octo Octo to breath life into a nostalgic and head bumping simplicity of the genre that is often overlooked by the more progressive and leftfield electronica of today.
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