The new Freundchen EP from Tensnake on True Romance is a lovely little disco starter-pack, you could almost host a mini-carnival soundsystem by playing the three tracks on repeat as they recreate the journey through Notting Hill this weekend.
The title track is pure disco, a nice little warm up before the full-on summer chords, afrobeat vocals, double handclaps and whistles in the B-side Tazaar. Finally getting a little darker for the afterparty soundtrack No Fool.
KDA has remained a bit of an enigma, despite a regular slot on Rinse FM as well as remixing London Grammar and CHVRCHES, but now his own Rumble is being remixed by my Portsmouth homeboy Shadow Child and this should blow the cobwebs off. Lovely build, and quite Dirtybirdy, methinks. Released 8 June, so watch this space.
I LOVE Julio Bashmore. Bashmore has provided me with countless rave glows – those moments where you take a moment to look around you at the crowd and everyone’s smiling and the sun’s out and you’re just so happy to be there. So of late, I have to say I’ve been a little disappointed with some of his output. I’ve waited, excitedly, for a new record which has on occasion not lived up to my own hype. Until now.
The beautiful summery, nostalgic, chilled, romantic soulful disco of Holding On, out on 10 July on his own Broardwalk Records as part of his forthcoming debut album Knockin’ Boots.
If you want a bigger dose, his Essential Mix from early May is well worth it.
One for a sunday is the beautiful Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, not out until 26 May but part of a new third album out on Jagjaguwar. I’ve always been a sucker for a melancholy lyric and a slightly dreamy vocal (hence my undying love for Broken Bells), which this track shares with their previous album II. Catch them at Latitude this year for more ‘psych-soul’ surrealist ballads.
We’ve been eyeing up Gazelle Twin in the office of late, so I’m excited to see my old favourite Tom Demac collaborating on two tracks forthcoming on Hypercolour 9 Feb; Guts “by far the scariest piece of music I’ve ever written!” and an edit of Belly of the Beast. He doesn’t disappoint either, with two rather menacing little stormers that kinda make me want to throw things around.
Monsieur Heretic kindly winged us over his new 44 Squadron EP today, out on Monday on Relish Recordings, and the podcast that he’s done to celebrate the release.
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.
Thanks to the lovely Busy P for drawing my attention to Joyce Muniz and Kiki’s Warriors. Out today on Exploited and sexy as hell with a lovely little Damian-Lazarus-style vocal. Worth your little pay-day pennies!
Also from me to you is the set from Busy P – the master of the build.