We may be nearly midway through February, but we still think it counts to call this a new year reboot – we’re bringing back the CTC Staff Room feature for 2018. Each month the writers and editors will be rounding up the hottest five releases of the last 30-ish days that may have slipped through your fingers; because there’s nothing worse than being late to the party on a must-listen fresh tune.
Show your love for the artists featured, and if we’ve missed an absolute belter this month don’t be afraid to let us know in the comments. Let’s dive in to the Staff Room:
CFCF ‘Self Service’
Straight out of the gates into 2018, CFCF (aka Michael Silva out of Montreal) drops a joyous little number on SOBO, Project Pablo’s Sounds of Beaubien Ouest label. Warm sunny beats, Daft Punk-esque vocals, and plenty of twinkly percussion make this one you’re likely to hear on the beach this summer.
Justin Blanc & A.R.S ‘My Love 4 U (Aurora Solowey Pawa Remix)’
If you’re after something with a bit more muscle though – look no further than this thumper from Quebec’s Justin Blanc, given an even deeper treatment by Illegal Digits Recordings’ Aurora Solovey. Full of suspenseful vocals and a bassline that calls incessantly to the dancefloor, the kick in this one will have the sweat running down your neck.
Hidden Spheres ‘Lianas’
Taking things in a much more tropical direction is the gorgeous first release for Hidden Sphere’s brand new ‘Fruit Merchant’ label. Taken from the ‘Wonders of the Rainforest’ EP, this is the stunning closer. The keys loop is jazzy as hell, and the brass stabs combine with the off kilter percussion to give this a really improvisational feel. Tailor made for the cocktail hour, this is a classy number make no mistake.
Same Old Souls ‘Lakeside Station’
Danny Marshall out of New Zealand spins a hypnotic deep house vibe on Lakeside Station, under his Same Old Souls alias. The bassline keeps it grounded while the synths and percussion run riot, with reverb and vocal samples adding to the swirling texture. This is one to get lost in.
Lauren Lo Sung ‘Worthless’
This groovy little house roller feels just as at home in the warm up as in peak time – but without doubt firmly in the club. Phasing pads and melancholy vocals link up over a subdued bassline, punctuated by a beautifully balanced beat. Big things from the Liverpudlian to start her 2018, and ours.