Track: Revolution (Vocal Mix)
Artist: R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan
Those bat-shit crazy blonde twins are at it again!! … No you Fucking saps I’m not talking about Jedward. Nervo, Ummet Ozcan and R3hab collide to form a team tighter than the Chinese gymnasts, producing a track that leaks vibrancy from every pore. The high octane bed of synths are laced perfectly with NERVO’s soaring vocals creating an elevated feeling of Euphoria only to be fucking PUNISHED by the spiky dropping bass that proceeds it. Definitely worth a listen, go on, PRESS PLAY NOW.
Track: Money On My Mind
Artist: Sam Smith (MK Remix)
Huge shout out to British boy Sam Smith for making 2013 his bitch and winning the BBC Sound award for his fucking STOMPER of a collaboration with Disclosure back in the summer of 2013. Joining his rightful place among the elite vocalists of Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J and beating the likes of Ella Eyre and Sampha to lift this years title, it’s a no-brainer that Sam’s smooth mouth noises are a remixers delight.
Premiering on Annie mac’s show last week was this little gemstone from the remixing genius that is MK, or Mark Kinchen for the less informed melts among us. This remix infuses angelic chops of Sams voice and infuses it with strict high hat arrangements and wavy, padded basslines to concoct a perfect low-vibe house track that is just as useful for the way up as it is for the come down..
Don’t do drugs kids.
Track: Ribs (Let’s Have A Sleepover Version)
Artist: Lorde (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
What a Fucking good start to 2014! The dreamy house tones of Ryan Hemsworth team up with the New Zealander WONDERKID and her iconoclastic attitude to create the perfect January blues antidote. The only thing this sleepover needs is a copy of Love Actually and a pillow fight!
Track: Project T (Original Mix)
Artist: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Sander Van Doorn
Label: Spinnin’ Records
Album Title: Amsterdam Dance Event 2013
In a year where the Electronic Dance scene has become hotter than a Puerto Rican salad it’s become increasingly difficult for your average blogger (including me) to trust the minefield of music being uploaded to the inter-web every second. After taking a step back and trying to decipher which producers are - as many hipsters jumpers would say - ‘Hype’ and who’s really going to light it up like a lighter does, I made an enlightening discovery.
Who the FUCK cares?
It’s not in my hands to determine who’s better at clicking their apple mac’s on a plane to their next show. What I can distinguish is where the next coruscating diamond in the rough is coming from and why you morons should be listening to it. So sit back an enjoy my favorite dance album of this year, an album that holds it hands up and salutes us as we pass through to 2014 messier than an amputee’s hand writing.
Album Title: Revolution
A backside gyrating Revolution has been unleashed on the masses that is set to cause serious spinal injury on the dance-floor. In his typically idiosyncratic manner, Diplo’s revolution effortlessly meanders through all mother-twerkin EDM genres including a ubiquitous infusion of hip-hop. Unlike the groundbreaking album Express Yourself, Revolution’s genre hopping lacks cohesiveness and the ability to blend each track to it’s predecessor resulting in a bass filled mess on the senses. An unadventurous and dilettantish release from the American that fails to impress the always-hungry-for-something-new UK dance scene I represent.
1. Biggie Blunce - feat. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter
2. Revolution - feat. Imanos & Faustix & Kai & Travis Porter**
3. Crown - feat. Mike Posner & Boaz van de Beatz & RiFF RAFF
4. Rock Steady - feat. Action Bronson & RiFF RAFF & Mr MFN eXquire
5. Revolution - (feat. Imanos & Faustix & Kai) [Boaz van de Beatz Remix]
6. Biggie Bounce - (feat. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter) [TWRK Remix]
Album Title: Wild Light
Wild Light is easily the finest work that 65DaysofStatic have produced to date. A meticulously carved, post-rock reverberation that ventures far beyond any resonating sounds from this galaxy. The grandiose guitar peaks fused with a futuristic digital backdrop gives each track a blistering sense of unpredictability and complexity which allows the listener a new insight into it’s sophistication with every listen. Starting with Heat Death Infinity Splitter, Wild Light holds a meteoric weight throughout that almost single-handedly drives the direction of a unique genre. Post-Rock annihilation that would turn your milk sour.
1. Heat Death Infinity Splitter**
3. The Undertow
5. Sleepwalk City
7. Unmake the Wild Light
8. Safe Passage
Artist: London Grammar
Album Title: If You Wait
The burden of releasing a debut album under the shackles of ‘most anticipated’ fell upon a hotly tipped British trio by the name of London Grammar. The group use a blend of desolate emotion fused with indie-rock similar to the likes of The xx or Daughter.Headed by strikingly haunting vocals, Hannah Reid’s technically gifted voice commands and drives the album through stylish backdrops and ambient chords. The album as a whole is well produced and reflects a great first year for the group, with tracks such as Wasting My Young Years and Hey Now reaching the levels expected of this young trio. Another highlight of the album being French house artist Kavinsky’s Nightcall being stripped down to nothing but spellbinding vocals which can only be described as gorgeous and transcendent. There is much to be built upon however, with a few tracks often lacking enough emotional urgency to marry the vocals to the melodies behind in a way that Daughter or Florence Welch can.
1. Hey Now
2. Stay Awake
4. Wasting My Young Years**
8. Metal & Dust
11. If You Wait