May 2017

I’m posting my May playlist a few days early. Throughout the month we got a lot of new dance releases with new music from Patrice Baumel on Afterlife, new Mano Le Tough, Pearson Sound, Forest Swords, and the fantastic new Shanti Celeste release on Idle Hands which is sure to be a highlight of the year when end of year lists roll in. We also had new music from Mount Kimbie and Royal Blood.

New Music: Mano Le Tough ‘Big Words From The Small Mouth’

Mano Le Tough has just had a new release come out on Maeve.

It’s the Irish born artist first release of 2017 and his first after the release of his second album ‘Trails’ that was released in 2015. Title track ‘A Big Word From The Small Mouth’ is a trippy acidy techno roller. I reckon this one is going to be rolled out everywhere across the summer months.

Mano Le Tough ‘Arganol N All’ is out now via Maeve.

Club Night: The Hydra at Printworks

I finally got to attend Printworks on Saturday for The Hydra’s second instalment featuring an all-star line-up consisting of Willow, Antal, Jeremy Underground, Motor City Drum Ensemble and DJ Koze. Althought I didn’t get to see Antal or Willow, something I’m a bit gutted about.

I got into the building at around 15:45 and it just felt really weird because it was still light outside but when fully inside its fine as it feels like night time, unless your mates want to go for a fag then everything throws you off again and it just seems odd.

I spent almost all the day in room 1 seeing Jeremy Underground do this thing blending in 90s house records with disco and soul records his set was a lot better than when I saw him at Oval Space. In his set the lights I’d heard so much about got into full swing and they are ridiculous some of the best I’ve ever seen. With the rigging moving in all kinds of directions throughout the old press hall. MCDE had the crowed dancing to an incredible set of house, disco and Brazilian music mixed perfectly of course, the man is amazing selector and also an amazing DJ and normally you either get one of the other but he does both perfectly. DJ Koze headlined weaving into a more dance based set full of house and techno and his own productions, while he might have played it safe sticking to those genres the music in his set was incredible and mixed flawlessly. It’s probably the best set I’ve seen this year so far, and him ending the night on his Operator remix was truly a amazing experience having the whole hall sing along to every word!

One of the only let downs I had with the venue is where you stand. As the left and right side of the press hall are beneath an upper floor so you can’t really see the light show so everyone tries to get in the middle to see it. Also the lights might be too good as some of the night I lost track of the music and just kept looking at the amazing lighting.

It was very strange going home and seeing people just starting to go out.

Mix: Bruce’s Fact Mix 590

Bruce has only gone and done the latest Fact mix.

It follows on from his release on Helmlock ‘Before You Sleep’ which came out earlier in the month, if you haven’t checked it, I strongly recommend you do!

Bruce’s mix for fact is a hour long journey through the musical realms of IDM, techno, and left field dance music. The mix has songs from Overmono and Pepe Bradock.

 

New Music: Dark Sky ‘Kilter’

Okay, Wednesday needs to calm down!

Today its been announced that Dark Sky will be releasing their second LP again on Monkeytown Records titled ‘Othona’ saying the album will be a blend of “contemporary techno, classic electronica and their roots in British bass music”.

Before ‘Othona’ is released they’ll also be releasing a single ‘Kilter/Acacia”. Kilter has recently been a staple in Bicep’s shows.

Also today Tale Of Us have announced their debut album ‘Endless’ being released on Deutsche Grammophon. The album will be a mix of “electronic synthesis with classical, ambient and film score music”

‘Othona’ will be released 7th April with ‘Kilter/Acacia’ coming before on 17th March both on Monkeytown.

‘Endless’ will be out 31st March via Deutsche Grammophon.

New Music: Joy Orbison ‘Off Season’

Joy Orbison has announced his first solo material since 2012.

He’ll be release long awaited favourite ‘Off Season’ a break filled techno roller and ‘Fuerza’ a more laid back but equally as good house track. The release will be available on his Hinge Finger label.

He’s also got another EP coming on Toss Portal. Which says OUT SOON. Six Joy tracks in one day, 2017 seems alright so far.