May 26, 2015
WORDS BY LEON CLARKSON
There are only two Wookie’s that exist on this wonderful planet we call Earth. One’s an intelligent biped from the planet Kashyyyk; the ever dependable, Chewbacca. Whilst the other co-pioneered UK Garage’s rise to prominence during the late ‘90s/ early ‘00s, with a continual string of innovative, groove-laden and bass hefty vocal and dub tunes that you need to check out! Historical gush and painfully obvious Star Wars reference behind us, why exactly are we here?
SET MO’s ‘White Dress’ ft. Deutsch Duke (Wookie Remix), that’s why! The brilliantly on-point Australian duo have a knack for creating infectious tunes, and after their solid re-working of Wookie’s ‘The Hype 2.0’ ft Eliza Doolittle last year, it’s on ‘White Dress’ that the favour is returned.
Wookie revitalises things from the laid back, euphoric vocal deep house affair to a much more UK Garage focused redraft. Switching on some trademark Wookie percussive goodness it’s a far pacier journey, with upright beats and attentive chords/keys and a punch-funky bass line to compliment the sublime vocal line from Deustch Duke.
But for all the familiarity, this is unlike any of his other most notable productions of recent times – see ‘Higher’ ft Zak Abel, ‘The Hype 2.0′ ft Eliza Doolittle and his remix of Disclosure’s ‘Voices’. Sit up, take note, and open up your cool Summer 2015 party playlist excel spread sheet that you’ve been tirelessly working on since New Year’s Day; copy and paste this in BOLD >> Set Mo ft Deutsch Duke – White Dress (Wookie Remix).
May 22, 2015
The much-loved Aussie DJ staple will be spinning across the UK, including exclusive sets for London via Birmingham promoters Shut The Front Door, Moda Black festival Lost Village, and our own CTC knees up at The Queen of Hoxton on 5th June.
Warm up for Lost Village (which kicks off later today) with an exclusive mix from Young Franco — it’s the kind of feel good, sunshine house music we’ve come to expect from the Brisbane-based maverick.
May 21, 2015
WORDS BY HOLMES PRICE.
How do you stand out in a summer full of festivals? Plonk yourself in the middle of a mysterious forest, lasso a luxurious lineup, keep the numbers at an exclusive low and the distinctiveness high and you’re stumbling somewhere towards Moda Black’s brand new experience Lost Village. Kicking off this Friday May 22nd in secluded woodland in Lincolnshire, Lost Village is “inspired by a fascination with old ruins and abandoned places” according to festival and label founders Jaymo and Andy George.
No strangers to throwing killer parties, this is the Moda crew’s first venture into a three-day event and with an epic lineup to match the surroundings, it’s got the potential to leapfrog copycats and place itself at the forefront of UK summer calendar. Headliners Four Tet, Jamie Jones and DJ Koze represent the variation found throughout the weekend with everything from festival regulars Annie Mac and Jackmaster providing a surefire selection to more tailored acts like Kölsch, Leon Vynehall and John Talabot mirroring the unique setting with their very personal style. Other highlights include the thunderous duo Dusky, classy club king Jonas Rathsman, disco don Greg Wilson and Greco-Roman fave Roosevelt – who’ll be taking their live show to the forest.
Limiting the tickets to 4,500, Moda have put their trust in both the public and their own musical instincts to deliver a line-up of established and exciting newcomers. Link it in with an atmospheric setting and the finest in food, drinks, exclusive styling booths and special surprise appearances and Lost Village might be the festival everyone is talking about this time next year. Make sure you’re part of the conversation – tickets are still available. See you in the woods.
Lost Village is on this Bank Holiday Weekend. Final tickets at lostvillagefestival.com
May 18, 2015
WORDS BY LOUIS HAINES
Recently released on Jonny White’s No.19 label, Lost In Time is the new project from UK dance music stalwart Ralph Lawson. Having done a great deal to shape the scene in his native Leeds (and beyond) over the last two decades, Lost In Time sees a continuation of the passion Lawson established for the collective approach with 2020 Soundsystem over ten years ago. The combined efforts of original production partner Carl Finlow, Italian artist & producer Tuccillo, and multi instrumentalist & vocalist Debukas, ‘Hold Over Me’ brings a classic sound and charges it with modern style.
The release’s five renderings open with the original vocal mix. One listen through will get your head bopping, with other parts likely to follow suit on repeat plays — this track’s hook is undeniable. Its smooth but lively bounce furthers Lost In Time’s claim to the sort of warm throwback sound that’s comfortable in a contemporary setting.
Recently reformed, 2020Vision’s version delves further into the track’s classic sensibilities with vintage FX stabs and a hi hat focused rhythm. A righteous breakdown section dominates Lawson’s Rise Up Dub, while the release is completed by instrumental and dub mixes from Tuccillo and Lawson.
Listen to the full EP here.
May 3, 2015
WORDS BY LEON CLARKSON
Year young record labels don’t often end up commanding much gravitas, do they? Impressive then that, so far, London based Modelmaker can and have, and are and will… continue to do so, we reckon.
This fine imprint comes from esteemed house duo (Dan) Berkson & (James) What (pictured throughout). An outlet for their own sublime take on underground house, as well as a platform to push who they want. MDL04 is the delectable remix package of their ‘Keep Up Appearances’ EP, which features revisions from Frank & Tony, Dana Ruh, Dorisburg, Alan Doe, and Parole (digital exclusive). Yep. Gravitas bar set.
Frank & Tony – AKA Francis Harris and Anthony Collins, no less – take hold of ‘Seraphim’, softening the percussion and frantic nature of the original resulting in a less hurried affair. Rising pads attract the focus on this revised journey, with alternating 16th hat patterns drawing the attention throughout. It’s a brilliant and haunting re-work.
Dana Ruh tackles ‘Worship’ (ft Qzen) with a thumping hat-centric remix, fusing delicate ambient sound, delayed and filtered stabs and lusty warehouse percussion. It’s rough in all the right ways and you’ll be hearing this at all discerning after-hours parties this summer, trust us.
Aniana stalwart, Dorisberg serves up a bass bruising re-take on ‘Feel Free’. The proudly wild percussion build with the aforementioned bass to tee up a glorious, and enchanting breakdown of euphoric proportions. A lovely cut to add on a mighty remix package, arguably topping that of the brilliant original.
Alan Doe’s remix is so boomingly good that we want to enter the loudest, but best sonically calibrated and worst lit room we can find and move uncontrollably until it stops. For anyone who likes their techno textured, engulfing, hypnotic, and under 128bpm then this is a lot of that.
For those opting for digital-only, you’ll be lucky enough to find yourselves presented with the Parole remix of ‘Feel Free’. It’s a tight construct of sub heavy beats and bass, and high percussion, with anxious pad-lines that enter and get lost in the mix. It’s a fine offering to round off the remix package, but vinyl lovers will miss out.
Berkson & What ‘Keep Up Appearances – Remixes’ via Modelmaker out now.
April 28, 2015
Chase the Compass has twisted up our normal guest mix this week, thanks to Australian DJ and producer, Husky. The label head of both Random Soul Recordings and Bobbin Head Music, Husky has been simmering down under for quite some time, with the expert selector just having embarked on a full US tour.
Over his career, he’s produced a mind blowing amount of remixes and releases with solid collaborations from the likes of Miguel Migs, Frankie Knuckles, Eric Kupper, Jay-J, Richard Earnshaw, Marc Evans, Chuck Love and Zenbi. Next, he steps up to the CTC Guest Mix, for a stellar hour of solid house grooves guaranteed to get you bumping.
1. W.H.A.T.A.M.I – I Feel Fire’ (Husky’s Bobbin Head Deluxe Mix) – Bobbin Head Music
2. Purple Disco Machine – Song For O – Kittball
A – Aaron Smith Feat Luvli – Dancin (Jj Flores & Steve Smooth Accapella) – Pool E Digital
3. Soul Divide – Catch The Light (Man Without A Clue Remix) – Amplified Records
4. Gary Tuohy – Nothing But Your Fool (Husky’s Bobbin Head Remix) – Deeptown Music
5. Random Soul – Stumble (RSR Deep Wash) – Random Soul Recordings
6. Miguel Migs – The Melody – Salted
7. Alex Herrera – You Know I Love Music – Fogbank
8. David Penn & Rober Gaez – Non Stop Rockin – Urbana Recordings
9. Jacob Bech – States – Large Music
10. Ross Couch – Sounds Underground – Body Music
11. Promonova Feat Sondrey – Match Our Love (Husky’s Bobbin Head Remix) – Bobbin Head Music
12. Fred Everything & JT Donaldson – Stop – Freerange
A – Chasing Kurt – From The Inside (Accapella) – Defected
13. Husky Feat Natalie Wood – Next To You – Bobbin Head Music
14. Frankie Knuckles Present Satoshi Tomiie – Tears (Rober Gaez Tribute Mix) – CDR
15. Fear Of Dawn Feat Boswell – If You Only Knew (Husky’s Bobbin Head Mix) – Onelove
16. Random Soul – Make You Feel It – Random Soul Recordings
April 23, 2015
There’s nothing we love more than kicking back and listening to our pal Frank McWeeny’s radio show, French Toast. An expert selector and superstar mixer, you can catch Frank spin all over the globe, including our residency at the Queen of Hoxton in London’s trendy Shoreditch.
In the meantime, be sure to catch up with the latest instalment of his stellar radio show, that features Brooklyn Bass blog head honcho Evan Michael on the line direct from NYC!
There’s also brand new bangers from Hauke Freer, Flex Cop, Jean Tonique, The Revenge, Dimitri From Paris and many more.
You’d be mad to miss it.