Our favourite furry friends Hot Chip‘s Joe Goddard and Raf ‘Raf Daddy’ Rundell AKA The 2 Bears have returned with the Bear Hug EP out on 20 June on Southern Fried. I’m very pleased to hear that they’ve got new material as I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the epic third volume of the Southern Fried and Tested compilation, mixed by The 2 Bears and Thomas Gandey (AKA Cagedbaby)- one of my favourites is their own classic Be Strong from the Follow The Bears EP in March last year. This is set to continue as a debut album is in the pipeline for later this year. The 2 Bears – Be Strong
Their EP Launch party is at Scandalism at The Nest next Friday 13 May alongside Toddla T, and you can hear what they’re playing out on their weekly Wednesday-night radio show for Ministry of Sound Radio, and they’re on Annie Mac’s show on Radio 1 on 27 May.
We’ve been keeping our ears open for this one ever since Dan Avery AKA Stopmakingme had a quick drink with Justin Robertson to delve deeper for Dummy Mag, and it’s great to hear a collaboration between two of the people that really get us dancing no matter what.
The Battery Life/Machinist EP will be released on the mighty Southern Fried in May, and here’s a sneaky preview:
Well. I feel thoroughly ashamed of myself. Am I the only person who only really started hearing about Malente with Malente & Dex’s In Nightclubs? And was the EP that contained that track Habibi on Germany’s Exploited label really only released in May 2010?
It seems I’ve made a huge huge mistake. Malente’s disography on Discogs spans ten years, 23 of his own EPs (including the interestingly titled I Sell Marihuana in 2001), four albums and 79 remixes, and that’s not including his many other aliases. His biography on Resident Advisor is the first one I’ve ever seen where they’ve had to write an explanatory prologue; ‘Short info- Aug 2010′ because it wouldn’t even all fit in. Here are some examples: Collaborators: Moston, Lorcan Mak, Spieltrieb, Seductive, Rubix, Reset! Jay Robinson, Dex Remixers: Chaos in the CBD, Myd (Club Cheval), Hickup (Dirtybird), LOL Boys (Palms Out), Sharkslayer (Top Billin), NT89 (Southern Fried), Rishi Romero (Spinnin), Milt Mortez (Discobelle), Zombies For Money (Trouble & Bass), Gingy (This is Music), Seductive (Dim Mak) Record Labels: DIM MAK, Southern Fried, No Brainer, Fool’s Gold, Luscious, Unique…
The list goes on, so you can see that there are quite a few who agree that Christoph Malente can do no wrong. He’s got two EPs on the go at the moment, Oh My God with Moston, released 15 October, and Tarzan Boys with Speiltrieb on Southern Fried, released on 14 November.
So it makes perfect sense for him to start his own record label – No Brainer Records, and two releases so far are stellar: Malente & Moston Oh My God, and the amazing Padrino/ Xhosa EP from Slap In The Bass, which came out 27 October, with remixes by LOL boys and Hickup. Wonky basslines and whistles, saxophones and silly lyrics combine to create a very much dancefloor-focussed catalogue, not taking itself too seriously.
Have a listen to the first No Brainer Podcast, from the man himself:
And the good news is… Matt Walsh has made his set from Bugged Out’s birthday at XOYO last weekend available for download. It was clearly a well thought-out set, meticulously crafted with incredible build; from sounds that wouldn’t have seemed out of place in eighties Manchester, trippy at times, it naturally progresses through to some fresh acid-disco with a healthy dash of funk. Matt then accelerates into the third hour, plunging us into a crescendo of cutting edge tech and electro; hugely synonymous with Bugged Out. At times, perhaps somewhat appropriately for the headliner that night, I was also reminded of my student days in London through the odd sentimental nod to the late, great Trash.
For those who are unfamiliar with Matt Walsh, here’s a brief intro. He’s a resident of the mighty Bugged Out and was hand-picked by Tiga to release on his label Turbo Recordings. Matt releases under his own name and also Clouded Vision, where he collaborates with his studio-partner Steve Cook. Clouded Vision then became the name of their record label too. Both solo and with others, Matt has also released on Kitsune, Wax:On, Seinan Recordings and Southern Fried.
Sometimes it gets hard writing a blog. You go through weeks where too many amazing tracks and mixes pop up and you can’t listen or write fast enough, then weeks where inspiration is thin on the ground. This week I’ve been lucky; there’s been a few little treats that I just can’t get out of my head, and one of them is Packback by Screendeath. Then I discover that the Packback EP is forthcoming on Southern Fried (4 October), that there are remixes from my favourite NT89 and Clouds (the first signing to Fake Blood‘s new label Blood Music: watch out for Liquid, out now), and that the B-side Citral is pretty catchy too.
Ryan Thompson is one of those sickeningly-young producers who, while the rest of us seem to have been sleeping, has already managed to clock up a few years of remixes and productions. He’s 19 and hails from Donghadee in Northern Ireland, and while his remixes of Monarchy and We Have Band have been doing the circuits on the blogosphere he’s also found time to produce his own tracks, such as the brilliant If It Isn’t and Vitamin Friend for Dead Beats and Tommie Sunshine‘s Brooklyn Fire.
The EP is already exclusively on Beatport and you can hear both Packback and Citral on his latest promo mix: Screendeath – Promo Mix September 2010
01. Tong & Spoon – Muchness
02. Melé – Kanopa Riddim
03. Foamo – Here Comes
04. Detboi – I Am
05. Canblaster – Jetpack
06. NT89 – Persian
07. Screendeath – Packback
08. Screendeath – Citral
Hidden Cat is the latest addition to the Kill Em All family, and what a welcome addition he is. Madison Bullard is still a student at the University of North Carolina, but his youth (he’s 20) hasn’t prevented him catching the eyes (and ears) of record companies, after his remix of Dirty Projector‘s singer Angel Deradoorian‘s You Carry The Deed led Lovepump to repeat requests for his services for HEALTH’s In Violet, both of which improve on the originals by adding a subtle touch of disco and melodic bass. He wowed us all at the end of last year with a bold remake of Bag Raiders‘ Shooting Stars, stripping the original completely to create a soulful epic.
NERD – Hot-N-Fun Feat Nelly Furtado (Boys Noize remix)
Hidden Cat – Get With It (Original Mix)
Tim – Old Sunshine
Wafa – Ewid Disco
Camel – Obrigado
Hidden Cat – Get With It (NT89 remix)
Round Table Knights – Cut To The Top feat. Reverend Beat-Man
Ooft – Yeah!
Hidden Cat – Get With It (Gianpaolo Dieli C64 Mix)
Catch the man himself next Friday 27th August at Superfilth at 93 Feet East.