If you are still on a comedown from summers sudden and sorrowful end, consider yourself lucky because you have come to the right place to light up your spirits and re-kindle your inner zen. After all, music is the best medicine. DJ Seinfeld continues to encapsulate euphoric golden-age trance sounds with his Parallax EP. Betonkust is back (without Palmbomen II this time) coming from new angles with his singularly unique sound and Clams Casino goes back to basics with the first single off his upcoming album, Moon Trip Radio.
1. DJ SEINFELD - PLEASE SLOW DOWN [YOUNG ETHICS]
DJ Seinfeld continues to grow and hone his soulful productions while maintaining an impeccable consistency and coherency between releases that is starting to set him apart from his contemporaries. This joint taken from October's excellent Parallax EP starts off with a archetypal Burial two-step sound before picking up honeyed vocal samples laced with longing, eventually transforming into a beautiful, uplifting piece of trance-inspired music.
2. COMPUTER DATA - SCHLAFEN [LWLVLS]
This single from San Francisco based Computer Data is taken from the animal rescue fundraiser compilation by LWLVLS. A powerhouse of downtempo club music, this banger has equal parts brooding rainy grey skies atmosphere and heavy head bumping bassline that will have you shacking in your own self contained bubble on the dancefloor, your bedroom or even the library.
3. JACQUES GREENE - DO IT WITHOUT YOU [LUCKY ME]
This astute and in-touch Canadian producer Jacques Greene continues to develop his penchant into mature RnB saturated dance music with his last album, Dawn Chorus. "Do It Without You" is one of the standouts from the album with its effortless momentum and self-empowering emotional resonance. Its breaks, samples and synths are simple ingredients but when combined, create something far greater then the sum of their constituent parts.
4. BETONKUST & INNERSHADES - PUBLIC ACCESS [CLONE JACK FOR DAZE]
I never took the Dutch for artisan beat-makers but Betonkust and the good people at Dekmantel and CJFD have proven me wrong at every turn. In this cut off the Benelux Connection EP he teams up with Innershades for an atmospheric number that swells with an almost cinematic "Opening credits" level of foreshadowing.
5. SHINICHIRO YOKOTA - BELLS [SOUND OF VAST]
Its a little known fact that Japan has a long-standing history of creating and appreciating house and techno. Shinichiro Yokota was an early adopter of newly imported house music from the U.S in the nineties. This charming and effortlessly groovy house track is taken from the Ultimate Yokota 1991 - 2019 compilation, featuring tracks from his two CD only albums.
6. LONE - GLYPHIC [ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS]
Lone's work ethic is impeccable, with a a release or two almost every year since 2008's Lemurian. Following hot on the heels of Augusts Abraxas EP comes the first single off his upcoming album Not Seeing Is A Flower. In "Glyphic" he is playful with the arrangements, creating something that has just the right amount of dynamism to keep it exciting and fresh. Indeed it would appear that Lone has become a genre on to himself.
7. FLOATING POINTS -LAST BLOOM [NINJA TUNE]
Manchester's Floating Points continues to create music on his own terms, the fact that he has a growing group of people interested in his left-field and experimental style of production was probably never a motive of his. Last Bloom is a skittish shape-shifting soundscape scattered with hidden nuances and attention to detail taken from his highly anticipated first album in four years, Crush.
8. PELADA - AJETREO [PAN]
Chris Vargas and Tobias Rochman have teamed up to form the 90's deep house-inspired D.I.Y punk-spirited Pelada. Their debut album Movimiento Para Cambio is a hybrid of all those worlds with Vargas Spanish sing-shouting their political message throughout and infusing the record with extra flavor and depth that set it apart from other more vanilla homages to dance music.
9. BARANSU - IS (PESSIMIST REMIX) [BEAT MACHINE]
Baransu is the creative collaboration between sound designer Matteo Gualeni and visual artist Michael Barteloni that attempts to create a dimension that that transforms sound into light and vice-versa, as well as highlighting the inherent interconnection between visual and sound design. In terms of the music itself this remix by Pessimist takes the club tension generated by the original into more club focused sonic terrain with his breaks and old school acid energy.
10. CLAMS CASINO - RUNE [SELF-RELEASED]
Like his contemporaries Shlohmo and Balam Acab, Clams Casino has had a special place as the score to comedowns, hot box sessions and late night bike rides. Good news is that Clams is about to release his first album since 2016's 32 levels. Moon Trip Radio is due for release on November 7 and if the first single "Rune" is anything to go by it promises to take things back to his original Instrumentals era sound.
11. JINJE - ARE THOSE REALLY BIRDS? [KICK AND DRUM RECORDS]
Yorkshire-based Jinje aka Lee Malcolm is a DJ and producer who considering his technical and creative acumen has not got the attention he perhaps deserves. "Are Those Really Birds?" is an epic 8 minute progressive exploration of atmospheric synths and complex driving polyrhythms that's appeal lies in its free-form healthy approach to ignoring genres and musical borders.
12. MIDLAND - PLAY IT AS IT LAYS [GRADED]
Not wanting to be pigeonholed for making main room disco music, Midland has come through with a wacky and introverted new album, Alchemy of Circumstance. "Play It As It Lays" is a minimal, bouncy, howling number that gives more the longer you listen to it, just don't expect anything remotely like 2016's "Final Credits."
13. PROSPA - CONTROL THE PARTY [RAVE SCIENCE]
This is the latest single taken from their EP of the same name and continues to create the nostalgic dancefloor electricity they are known for, not to mention being the first track to drop on their new label, Rave Science. They are celebrating with an invite-only warehouse party at London's Warehouse Project and Printworks.
14. TELEFON TEL AVIV - NOT BREATHING [GHOSTLY]
When founding member Charlie Cooper passed away in 2009 everyone thought that the project was for all intents and purposes over, now after a decade TTA are back in a new incarnation with the new album, Dreams Are Not Enough on Ghostly. The brutal head-pounding sensibility of "Not Breathing" offers a sharp contrast from the records more ambient and cinematic qualities and has considerable appeal as a standalone track in its own right but perhaps plays better listening to the album as a whole.
15. ALEX FALK - SELF [ALLERGY SEASON]
According to the label "In his first EP for Allergy Season, Falk processes synthetic sounds until they take on near organic texture, creating hypnotic and psychedelic tracks that deftly bang." After listening to the five-track EP "Oof" its hard to argue with that.
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