Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "GROWING STORM" - Shaun J. Wright & Alinka /// "FADE TO ME" - Hannah Holland feat. Josh Caffe

2 imminent underground house gems on the horizon guys!

The always reliable pair of Twirl Records house magicians Shaun J. Wright & Alinka have dropped a brand new new gem for Allergy Season's charity release "Physically Sick". The pulsating "Growing Storm" is one of 42 exclusive tracks recorded for this honourable protest compilation (showing the middle finger to fascism, bigotry, violence and demagoguery) which also includes new works by Yaeji, Umfang and Alexis Blair Penney.

Buy it now on Bandcamp!

To top it all off we have a completely new hypnotic deep house collaboration by Hannah Holland featuring Josh Caffe which is just out now via Crosstown Rebels. That's your eerily beautiful, half-whispered club noir moment sorted for this Saturday.

Monday, February 27, 2017


I first stumbled upon the enigmatic K Á R Y Y N reading about Björk's inspirations in the Guardian last autumn. The Syrian-Armenian-American artist is paying a hauntingly elegant homage to Aleppo, her childhood hometown with this uncompromising slice of electronica, echoing some of FKA Twigs' most ethereal aural escapades. "Aleppo" comes from K Á R Y Y N's double A-side single "Quanta 1" and the song is accompanied by VHS home footage from her time in the Syrian city. The singer's breathy vocals, combined with the minimal, unnerving production, create an unforgettable atmosphere. K Á R Y Y N lists Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, Kendrick Lamar and Lebanese diva Fairouz as her biggest musical influences in this interview for Phoenix Magazine.

Photo by Derek Hutchison.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


This time last month I was praising Ibibio Sound Machine's "The Pot is on Fire" heralding the release of their 2nd LP "Uyai". Now the Nigerian-British collective is electrifying world music fans with "Give Me a Reason", not only their finest single to date but also one of the greatest dance singles of the past couple of years! This unstoppable amalgamation of throbbing afro-beats, West-African funk, 80's synths, and electro is sure to keep you dancefloor-happy. What a truly vibrant sonic explosion! Dare not to dance!

"Uyai" is out March 3, 2017 on Merge Records.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

CHOON OF THE DAY: "HIGH" - Little Dragon

Every next artistic direction Little Dragon choose to take, always promises a musical thrill. The arrival of the Swedish quartet's much anticipated new single "High" is nothing short of a sonic wonder. The mellifluous "High" is their first new material since 2014, not forgetting their collaborations with Billion One and ODESZA the following year. The surprisingly mellow song is a sublimely arranged downtempo synth-pop gem with Yukimi Nagano delivering yet another impeccable vocal performance. Check out Little Dragon's first 2017 tour dates HERE!

Sunday, February 5, 2017


Soulé is a singer/songwriter based in Dublin. Her latest single "Good Life" is a joyful Saturday night ready Garage gem echoing some of the most memorable 90's Diva House moments. Instantly catchy, effortlessly cool and refreshingly unpretentious. If only Disclosure's 2nd LP sounded as good...

Friday, February 3, 2017

Crème de la crème: TOP 25 BEST OF JANUARY 2017

Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

25 (N) "Perdón" - Buscabulla (Baby Making Records)

24 (N) "Agfachrome RSX II" - Skatebård (Bordello a Parigi)

23 (N) "Little Bubble" - Dirty Projectors (Domino)

22 (N) "Hazy Stomp" - DâM-FunK (Glydezone Recordings)

21 (N) "Ici & Maintenant (Here & Now)" - Yelle (Recreation Center)

20 (N) "The Distance" - Gavin Turek (Madame Gold)

19 (N) "Showin' U How" - George Michelle (Lives Through Magic)

18 (N) "GIVE ME MY HEAVEN!" - Poisonous Relationship (self-released on Bandcamp)

17 (N) "Show You the Way" - Thundercat feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins (Brainfeeder)

16 (N) "WTA" - Ikhana (LJGT Music)

15 (N) "Full Of It" - Yaeji (Allergy Season)

14 (N) "Pluie Fine" - Corine (Kwaidan)

13 (N) "Leaves" - Justin Carter (Mister Saturday Night)

12 (N) "L’Amour en Solitaire" - Juliette Armanet (Barclay)

11 (N) "Guess What" - Code Walk feat. Smerz (Ex-Local)

10 (2) "Malibu Fun" - Midnight Magic (Soul Clap)

9 (N) "The Pot Is On Fire" - Ibibio Sound Machine (Merge)

8 (N) "Baby" - Baba Stiltz (Studio Barnhus)

7 (N) "Smoke 'Em Out" - CocoRosie feat. ANOHNI (slef-released)

6 (N) "Hans Is Driving" - Vitalic feat. Miss Kittin (Clivage Music)

5 (N) "Wrong With Us" - Matthew Dear (!K7)

4 (N) "Johny" - Sofi Tukker (self-released)

3 (N) "Pipe Dreams" - Nelly Furtado (Nelstar)

2 (N) "Bebin" - Sevdaliza (self-released on Bandcamp)

1 (N) "Anymore" - Goldfrapp (Mute)