It’s ironic how clean, layered, and considered the builds are when they’re mixed with such scrunchy metal sounds (especially track 2, Flesh), and what I love about a Heretic track (and is also true of Timothy Clerkin’s other alias as one half of Eskimo Twins) is that they creep up and suddenly the drop is thundering down on you. Heretic as a side project was bourne of a desire to create club bangers for DJ sets, and there’s always that undercurrent of driving electro. I’m almost going to say there’s a certain funk element too, which definitely comes across in Soviet.
Have a listen here
And the podcast (he’s right; the opening two are astounding)
I love Worthy. Especially when I have a playlist full of slightly dreamy melancholy lilts and all of a sudden a Worthy number sneaks in there and blasts all the cobwebs away. I always find myself turning up a Worthy track and walking a little bit faster. He’s linked to so many other good things too, Anabatic, Dirtybird; the list goes on.
Anyway, he’s got a new album out, Disbehave, and its characteristically wonky and deconstructed with actually a very lovely spattering of downtempo numbers. He’s given us a preview:
Annie Mac gave us a little Worthy treat for free last week – download I Get here.
It’s very Behling & Simpson; they have an unparalleled knack of perfecting this skippy little off-beat that gives their productions a sense of percussiony, rolling type movement – somewhat hard to describe but if you listen to a lot of their records (I do) then it’s very much a signature style. Very pleased to see variations on this theme in the new stuff, and this looks like a good few EPs worth at least.
Behling & Simpson – Salsa Verde
Behling & Simpson – Never Knew
Behling & Simpson – Muted
Kerri Chandler – Peace Of My Mind (Behling & Simpson remix)
Seka – Hot (Behling & Simpson remix)
Behling & Simpson – In The Sky
Behling & Simpson ft Tita Lau – Can’t Find Love
Behling & Simpson – Don’t Give Up
Behling & Simpson – Kalypso
Behling & Simpson – All Night Long
Behling & Simpson ft Danni Moore – What Did I Do
Behling & Simpson – Lucin
Behling & Simpson – Livin’
Behling & Simpson – Soportando
It’s that time of year where we pack our bags and fly off to our favourite city in the world, Barcelona, for Sonar.
We’re pretty excited about Despacio this year after the mess that was their two nights at The Roundhouse, and of course no visit to any part of the world would be the same without a little Poland in the form of the lovely Catz n’ Dogz. They’ve given us some ear-fodder for the journey.
Bristol’s done it again, and provided us with yet another soundtracker to a first class rave. Ashley Westlake, better known as Woz, has been busily building his production oeuvre and testing it out on crowds such as that at Fabric last week, and it seems everyone on the airwaves is playing new EP Breathe, released today on label-of-the-moment Black Butter. Stream it here.
Check out Pour Me as a free download on his soundcloud page too.
Eskimo Twin Tim Clerkin has been powering through the first half of 2014 with his own brand of driving, twisted synthy techno, brought to us via his Heretic moniker and not one but two releases in the last two months.
He started with the clangy, robotic Geodesic EP on Days of Being Wild, and his latest, A Curse EP is due for release on Abode on 24 March. The title track harks back to the very best of nineties rave with its muffled chime riff, served as an accompaniment to Christopher Hitchens’ spoken condemnation of the concept of religion, while Sharia Law is an out-and-out acid build. Remixes from Club Bizarre and Abode label boss XY-Me.
Get your lug holes round this.
Black Butter Recordings have been sending some true greats recently, and their new offering from BB regular Kidnap Kid sees Sheffield’s Matt Relton combine beautiful vocals and moody baselines to create an entirely beautiful EP from start to finish, including Fur Coat on the remix.
He is going to be absolutely everywhere this year (including my Portsmouthian motherland), having just finished a European tour with Disclosure and now on to supporting a US tour with Rudimental, TEED, Disclosure and AlunaGeorge, as well as taking in pretty much every festival you can think of. Some pretty well-deserved attention if you ask me.
Stronger is out now.