July 22, 2014
WORDS BY COLIN SNYDER
When Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe came together in Brixton, South London in 1999 to create the duo BASEMENT JAXX, one of house music’s most popular brands was born. Having racked up a whopping seven studio albums including “Rooty” (2001) which featured the worldwide hit and everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure “Where’s Your Head At?”, the two started their own record company Atlantic Jaxx and pumped out commercial remixes for Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson.
Despite not doing a whole lot that’s been up CTC’s alley of late, we’re particularly enamoured with the BJ’s new EP “Never Say Never”, and it’s slew of stellar remixes by Mark Knight, Got Some and Wayward.
The original production features the gifted London based singer ETML, who adds a positive, upbeat vocal to the track’s flawless instrumentation. Toolroom Knights label boss, Mark Knight gives his remix a padded, progressive feel, reworking the vocals with notable sonic flair. Got Some’s remix moves in to deeper water; the perfect cut for a festival set. Finally, the Wayward rework is a little more melodic and percussive – kicking the track back to the uplifting feel of the original.
Basement Jaxx’s forthcoming album “Junto” is set to drop August 25th via Atlantix Jaxx/PIAS. You can also catch them on the 11th of Dec at London’s O2 arena. Watch Basement Jaxx’s just released (and slightly bazaar) video for Never Say Never below.
July 18, 2014
You’ve probably never heard of Lincoln boy, Joe Carson but rest assure you’ll be hearing a whole lot more from his DJ moniker, COURAGE if team CTC has anything to do with it. Courage is the second young gun to take over the reigns on our Chase The Compass Summer Mix Series which turns the spotlight on all things tropical and fruity! Crafting a set more than worthy of the White Isle, Courage shuffles about between genres, from reworked R&B to hands-in-the-air house – this is one free download you don’t want to miss!
You know the drill, stream the mix below or like us one FACEBOOK to get the mix for free!
Squarehead – Elegante
Mighty Dub Kats – Magic Carpet Ride (Eats Everything Edit)
Basement Jaxx – Back 2 the Wild (Jaxx Casadub)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Waulking Song
Fickle Friends – PLAY (Courage Remix)
Courage – You
Youan – We Back
Whitesquare – Sucker for love
Mousse T – Horny ’98
The Bucketheads/Kenny Dope – The Bomb
Todd Terry and the Gypsymen – Babarabatiri (Copyright remix)
July 17, 2014
WORDS BY JESS HOLTON OF I COULD NEVER BE DEAF
Splendour In The Grass is like my devoted boyfriend who lets me fly by the seat of my pants all year round, and then for three days in the middle of an Australian winter let’s me run free amongst the birds, beers, and dust. We hold hands together all day while he buys me overpriced drinks and then at night Splendour wraps his big burly arms around me to keep me warm in the poorly built tent. These three days are sincerely the most miraculous of the year, and must be celebrated with an outrageous lineup, sprawling amphitheatre, and oodles of cask wine in splitting cups from the supermarket.
Here lies the Chase The Compass essential guide to surviving the joys of Splendour In The Grass.
1. Make sure you have an epic playlist to accompany you on the 10 hour drive from Sydney to Byron Bay. Mine this year will consist of The Klaxons latest album, an embarrassing amount of Ja Rule, and something to reminisce on like Foals who played Splendour in 2010. Season your playlist with the dirtiest and worst food that you can possibly muster on the drive up there. We are talking litres upon litres of normal Coca Cola, double cheeseburgers from road side cafes, and enough cheesy chips that your steering wheel will eventually form a delicious rind on top of it. This is how you know you have truly made it.
2. If you don’t know how to set up your tent, employ the people surrounding you to help. Who knows? They may indeed have a gram of coke they want to share with you just because you seem so helpless and also because you have Fireball whiskey shots to go around. This may be wishful thinking, but this is my only option…I mean your only option. Also, this will set you up with some epic campsite tunes because the last thing you need is your friendly neighbour to be blasting Skrillex mixes until the early hours of the morning before you know you have to get your beauty sleep in order to perhaps get backstage and dance arm in arm with Motez.
3. Be sure to stop by the Lionel Richie blow up head this year. I will be there scream singing “All Night Long” for the majority of the festival in between buying drink tickets and losing my soul in the Tee Pee Village. What an amazing 80s tribute to the man who can dance on the ceiling, and provide a shining beacon for you to find your gurning mates.
4. The Red Bull Academy is providing some serious talent this year. If you are searching high and low for somewhere to twinkle your toes then this stage is the place for you. Kicking off on Thursday night before the festivities begin on Friday and going all weekend long; you will be able to see the likes of Sampology, Peanut Butter Wolf, Nicolas Jaar, Wordlife, L D R U, Indian Summer and many more. This is the place to discover new music, bask in the mashing of old, and pretty much lose your shit over and over again.
5. The stellar line up of Hip Hop acts could make your eyes water this year. The duo who are known to keep up so fresh and so clean, clean OUTKAST are in tow, while the least lactose intolerant person on the planet KELIS joins them on Friday. I don’t know about you, but every fibre of my being is screaming “YEEEESSSSS!!!”. But then again, once that dirty beat begins, there really is no telling just how down I may get. My apologies if you dear reader feel the soft caress of my buttocks somewhere over the other side of the world as this is taking place.
6. Although the international acts are really really amazing this year, be sure to check out some local talent. You have RUFUS who can wholeheartedly bring an entire crowd to their knees with their uninhibited stage presence and creamy beats. 90s garage rockers Spiderbait are there, and if that isn’t your bag man then The Jezabels will provide that rock feeling with their high pitched operatic vocals. We have some incredible Australian artists on the bill and there is nothing like a bit of national pride without having to wear an Australian flag, punch people, or chug 50 VBs in a row.
7. Enjoy the beautiful surrounds at North Byron Parklands. You will have the fluorescent pink sun setting in the sky as you take in one of your favourite artists. This doesn’t happen very often in day to day gig life. Trust me. The best part is that no doubt you will have some sort of delicious alcoholic beverage in hand and if you are lucky perhaps even a piece of BBQ chicken pizza with that amazing aioli that captured my heart back in 2012.
8. If you can, come find me and lets hang out. I will make sure that you see the best that Splendour has to offer while telling you stupid jokes and trying not to maintain eye contact for too long because there is a 80% chance I will be cross eyed.
July 16, 2014
We’ve long been fans of Denmark based DJ, KANT and now the Nordic production wizard is back with a bop-ready rework of London’s very own, BLONDE. Kant’s edit of “Higher Ground” – not to be confused with the Steve Wonder classic of the same name – is a beautifully bubbly, commercial club cut that occupies the murky realm between modern day house and straight up pop.
Despite sounding, at some points, a tad trance-y (there’s no doubt that opening vocal is decidedly Van Buuran-esque) the track soon drops into more familiar territory, with a blistering bass line that ranks as one of KANT’s very best. From there it’s more of the same slick production we’ve come to expect from the Danish native, as “Higher Ground” builds to an apoplectic climax before plummeting into a dance-floor-friendly drop.
An interesting step outside KANT’s signature deep and stripped-down sound, “Higher Ground” is a pure pop-tastic delight. It’s the touch of trance-y synths and commercial FX that kick “Higher Ground” in to previously unchartered water for the Dane; a new production style on which he now seems set to capitalise. It might not be ground breaking but it’s bloody good and has earned a well deserved “bravo” from us!
July 15, 2014
When CTC got an email declaring relatively unknown producer Brett Climbalik as the next Carl Craig, naturally, we raised a sceptical eyebrow. Thankfully, the comparison wasn’t wholly unfounded, with Climbalik’s new EP “Wish I Could Say The Same” reminiscent of Craig’s signature, Detriot-influenced style. Inspired by the future-forward jazz of Herbie Hancock and Bill Laswell as well as the sounds of The Motor City, “I Wish I Could Say the Same” is Brett’s debut release under his given name, after more than a decade of performing in jazz ensembles and mastering the art of Hip-Hop production.
The EP’s 10 minute title track is a cinematic dream; a flip flop of shuffling rhythms, emotive synthesisers and icy pads that gradually fuse to a hypnotising final crescendo. The B-side “Goldenrod” swims into more subdued techno territory as Climbalik plays cold synth melodies and warm pads against one another, offset with crisp percussive pops and hints of reverb.
Brett Climbalik’s “Wish I Could Say The Same” is available on wax or digital from Detroit-based imprint, CHAMBRAY RECORDS. Don’t forget to sample the OFFICE PLAYLISTS courtesy of Chambray HQ for more dreamy, techno treats than you can poke a stick at. Bliss.
July 14, 2014
WORDS BY MICHELLE GROJEAN
Linas Strockis AKA FEW NOLDER is back on our radar with a moody slice of atmospheric techno, aptly titled “Clouds”. The second EP release from visionary imprint BOSO, Strockis follows in fellow Lithuanian MARIO BASANOV‘s footsteps, after Basanov’s “Walking With Elephants” EP proved a stellar debut for the fledgling label.
Like Basanov’s “Walking With Elephants”, (which he penned under his successful TEN WALLS alias) the tracks on “Clouds” carefully tread the line between swirling techno and shuffling house, gently stepping to the thud of a sultry 120 beat. Tossing in elements from both jazz and funk, “Clouds” is part pumping club cut, part melodic masterpiece, with the wobbly, robotic sounding “Chestnut” our favourite of the bunch. Each of the tracks stand up on their own as well as part of the set, connected by their booming bass lines and playful nuisances, the inclusion of which help keep “Clouds” a serious but joyous affair.
If you’re looking for music to lose yourself in, be it in the depths of the dance floor or from the comfort of your headphones, then Few Nolder’s “Clouds” is absolutely for you. Thundering yet tender, playful yet powerful, Few Nolder is a name not to be forgotten.
Out now on digital and vinyl.
“Follow Your Heart” is the new single from singer HOLLY JOHNSON who found fame as the frontman of 80′s band, Frankie Goes To Hollywood. What we’re really interested in is the EP’s remix packet though, which features an expertly crafted rework by now sadly deceased music legend, FRANKIE KNUCKLES. The late music great, who was hailed as the “Godfather of house music”, earned the title from his dedication to nurturing and promoting electronica since the 1980′s. Staying true to his craft up until the end, Frankie’s version of “Follow Your Heart” is full of life, filling the listener with his signature energy right from the start. As soon as the distinctive percussion beats drop, along with the looping harmonic keys and bass, it’s obvious that this is the work of no one other than Frankie.
As well as the EP release itself, the Knuckles rework will featured on Holly Johnson’s upcoming album, “Europa”, set to drop in late September on Pleasuredome. Released in conjunction with the re-cut of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s debut album “Welcome to the Pleasuredome”, which is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary in 2014, “Europa” will be Holly Johnson’s first album release in fifteen years. This single is also the second remix Knuckles did for Holly after “Love Train” in 1989.
RIP Frankie, your legacy will remain forever in our hearts.