Capturing the essence of summertime blues is this latest, and dare I say it, rather exquisite rendition of sounds crafted by the mind of HNNY aka Johan Cederberg. The low-slung, shuffling drums of By drag you back to a more relaxed time of nostalgic sunshine, accompanied by the breath of lazy rhythms, as life drifts across this Balearic infused definition of bliss. Next, the timeless captivation continues via the sumptuous Hosoi which fuels the melancholic imagination with gentle piano keys sprinkling the word pleasure all over the airwaves, alongside neatly contrasting plucked bass and insistent snares. Quietly defying urgency.
Returning after a summer break Magazine Sixty reappears refreshed to bring you the hottest, slightly wired, music to devour all at your own leisure…
Single of the Week
Honey Dijon and Tim K featuring John Mendlesohn
Classic Music Company
Again taking its cue from the past and reigniting your love for those timely House sounds around the turn of the nineties, Thunda never the less keeps the spotlight firmly focused on the future too. Fuelled by a hypnotic combination of deep beats and bass this charmingly also features improvised Flute and an array of commanding keys and chords that all weave their certain magic across John Mendlesohn’s rather tasty vocal delivery. Two great remixes compliment the original firstly from HNNY who drop the tempo for a different feel, and from Terrence Parker who conversely injects a rise in energy via Detroit stabs inevitably intensifying it all.
Patrick Kunkel & 212fahrenheit
Never Down EP
Blend It Records
Fancy that. The first record in my mailbox today and it’s a gem. The third release from the label sees Patrick Kunkel & 212fahrenheit deliver succinct yet exciting sounds that all at once feel funky, emotive and come with a pronounced sting in the tail. Slashes of snare punctuate the rhythm while haunting voices colour the arrangement alongside cool basslines and cutting synth lines on the captivating title track remixed superbly by Danny Serrano. The Original version itself features the expanded vocal amidst meandering sounds that again command your focus. Next, Frivolo has rougher bass and a sense of fresh musical flair that makes this also well worth your attention. An excellent remix appears from M.in whose pulverising low end makes for impressive noise with the electronics getting progressively fizzier.
Man With No Shadow
Three kicking tracks go to make up this latest from the mysterious Man With No Shadow. It’s good you get the nod to the past’s influence without trying to simply replay it by adding your own expression into the equation. And that’s just what the opening Urge does and does so in some style. Pounding beats, soaring vocal delays shooting around the stereo and shimmering tension building arpeggio’s do all the rest on this commanding, fiery arrangement of contemporary House Music. The likewise Money Talks follows on with the tough rhythms aided this time by signature stabs accompanied by taught held-string lines that cumulate into a chime led frenzy. The first rate tribal infused Tom Ross ends with a scorching flurry of heavy Toms and darker pulses that again capture their essence perfectly.
Daring to be different and featuring the cutting melodies of Youth proclaiming the record’s title loud and proud the original mix of Good Life deceptively greets you with gritty kick drums and a dark wash of atmospheric synthesizer. And then dances intriguingly in-between Soulful and Techno with a deliberate ease that retains a sense of musicality coupled with a blaze of sheer dancefloor attitude on this stunning production. South London Ordnance Remix then dispense with any melodic niceties to deliver a more driving take, leaving final track Last Seven to twist touches of vocal over further unrelenting electronics.
Sherwood At The Controls/ Volume 1/ 1979 – 1984
Perhaps not always a name that trips off the tongue so much these days but none-the-less one the of the UK’s key producers as this first in line re-issue of his work proudly testifies. You only need look at the track list to qualify that statement and to see the calibre of the people he worked with too – all of which, perhaps, makes you feel just that little bit nostalgic. His trademark ‘Dub’ sound is of course very much in evidence but what also astounds you here is the breadth of styles employed across the selection i.e. that not everything sounds identikit. Artists include Mark Stewart, The Fall, The Slits, Prince Far I, and Annie Anxiety’s gloriously difficult Third Gear Kills, and by far sounds like anything as radical as you are likely to hear this side of Ibiza!?!
With its ‘Live in the future’ refrain strolling around the arrangement this excellent production from Josh Wink is light years beyond Higher State Of Consciousness (released some 20 years ago!) but which feels just as explosive, albeit in a different way. If its Acid you require then the appropriately named Prise D’acid is inevitably the version you’re after, and won’t disappoint. However, the atmospheric qualities of the original are just as rewarding with emotive pads joining the pulsating rhythm section later on. Meanwhile the Tweak Dub strips it all down to basics via a pulsating drum machine and bubbling synth lines to complete this first rate release.
Released as three parts of an intriguing whole this individual edition of the sequence finds itself with the 7AM time-stamp. An ambitious project via the Paris club sees Concrete further establish its diverse identity with four equally striking productions. Chris Mitchell’s intense yet blissful ‘Parallel Symbiotic’ opens with a blur of electricity feeling distinctly emotive and is followed by Lowris ‘C_Crete’ which delivers syncopated edginess accompanied by inviting hints of deepness. Matthew Herbert’s African flavoured ‘Earthenware’ is next composing another captivating listen, while Lazare Hoche’s suitably energetic ‘Spank’ finishes with a creative combination of swirling atmospheric sounds and banging beats.
The idea of revelling in the summer ambience to the intro of Solsidan on loop is very appealing indeed, especially with the sun shining outside. HNNY’s cool combination of jazzy inspired Disco vocals and chords captures the mood perfectly easing you down into recline mode. The Avalon Emerson version pumps up the rhythm with punctuating beats but quite naturally loses the warmer emotion in the process. Second original, Alby replays more classic tones with meandering breezy organ lines playing over crunchy breaks and again feels super sunny, with the Ana Helder Remix re-tweaking the sample for an edgier rendition, though likewise you may still yearn for the more soulful aspects of both originals.
Despite the suspect reference of the title this proves to be a cut above the usual House cliques as its undulating funkiness produced by Gunman is all about sparking your imagination. It doesn’t stop there either as engaging vocal cut-ups combine with warm contrasting keyboard surges and a playful arrangement. The Snuff Crew version follows with harder beats and snappy percussion fuelling a 90’s styled organ punctuated instrumental take on the above, and if anything feeling just that bit more urgent.