My music homework – actually listening to all the things I dig out or get sent – gets done when I’m sat at my desk concentrating on something else. Entire mixes get lost unless they are sufficiently banging to stop me getting my proper work done (!)
So it was nice today when this, from 19-year-old LA-based Justin Jay snuck into my earlobes and gave me a little desk-rave break.
Out on Dirtybird now.
Miss Kittin and Marc Houle have collaborated for Houle’s Items and Things label on Where is Kittin? a six track EP featuring two original tracks, as well as remixes from Dubfire, John Foxx & The Maths, and two further edits from Miss Kittin, whose double album Calling From the Stars is out 22 April.
Suitably filthy-dirty, you can hear the preview here.
This is a lovely little bit of piano-house, and I really enjoyed the whole EP; a nice mix of upbeat house with some great vocals. Actually I’ve had it on repeat for a lot of the day – it just trips along and flows nicely. Well done that man.
It’s from The Phantom, aka Warsaw based Bartosz Kruczynski, it’s called Piano Moods, and is due for release on 17 January on Marcin Czubala‘s Your Mama’s Friend imprint. Nice remixes too from Medlar and Chaos in the CBD.
We knew it would have some dancefloor pow (see b-side The Dinks) and some signature synths, but what we hadn’t bargained for was the beautiful vocals from Anabel Englund. I can’t find a previous Lee Foss track with a female vocal (except the Brandy sample on Keep My Cool), and it’s a really nice touch, sitting well with his brand of slow-groove house. Great lyrics too; just generally very lovely indeed.
A2 is Goodnight Moon, featuring a sample from the scene in The Wire where Kima Greggs and her son say Goodnight Moon from their Baltimore window. Lee’s already made a track called Stringer Bell so it’s safe to say he might be a fan.
Here’s a preview of the whole release, out 12 November 2012.
You know when you’re really tired and working all the hours under the sun and you don’t seem to be getting anywhere, and your back aches and you got rained on? That’s always the time that when I take five minutes out of the chaos to have a look around the web someone somehow understands and offers me a ray of sunshine.
Chris Malinchak‘s records are always a thing of soulful beauty or a nice bit of disco-funk, and he gives most of them away for free on his French Express label, alongside Jonas Rathsman and Perseus among others. Bloody talented AND kind.
This is completely lovely. I mean, just listen to that vocal. Kinda sends goosebumps doesn’t it? Have I mentioned that it’s completely lovely and beautiful? THANK YOU Mr Malinchak.
Oh and PS, once you feel all warm and fuzzy from that beaut, dust off the cobwebs and listen to this little rave-up.
When MK puts his name to anything, you KNOW it’s going to be a dirty, evil little club monster.
I have to say I did get a little saturated by Hot Natured‘s Forward Motion last year, mainly because I put it in early DJ sets where I practised it to death, but one of my favourite things about a perfectly-timed remix is it reminds you of all the things you first loved, and gives the track a new life.
And what a life it is! Out on Hot Creations as part of the Benediction EP, 29 October. Have a listen.