Wednesday, 2 April 2014

INTERVIEW // CHARLIE DANCER

With his first track recently aired on BBC Radio Newcastle and a number of strings to his bow, 18 year-old Charlie Dancer is certainly one to watch right now.

We caught up with him to give you guys a quick insight into what he's all about!



Charlie's remix of Dalaro's 'Take My Heart' will be up on his Soundcloud next Monday, but in the mean time listen and download his latest track 'Tryin' below!

Listen/download here:

Sunday, 16 March 2014

HOT NATURED // 'BENEDICTION' (LXURY REMIX)



Hot Natured's 'Benediction' is definitely a track that should be amped up now the sun has decided to show its face again.

The original may be the perfect summer sidekick, but Lxury's remix gives the track a fresh new facelift and isn't one to be left unheard.

The rising British producer behind 'J.A.W.S' and 'We Do' has worked his magic yet again with this one, pleasing our eardrums with a picked apart rework of looped vocals and an added sparkle of his trademark synth lines - resulting in the perfect accompaniment to a few drinks in the heat.

Listen below and download on Beatport:

Thursday, 20 February 2014

AM EXCLUSIVE // CALSONACID - 'VOLVIC'

This week we have a very special instalment coming in directly from Sheffield's CalsOnAcid.

As a special treat for you guys, the man himself (aka Callum Anderson) has produced his latest track 'Volvic' just for us.

BBC Introducing and 1xtra's latest one to watch has laid down bass-ladened banger that should certainly be played on nothing less than the loudest speakers you can get your mits on.

As if the track alone isn't enough of a treat for you, we've also made it available to download free at your leisure!

Check it out:

Sunday, 26 January 2014

DISCLOSURE // 'F FOR YOU' FT. MARY J. BLIGE



After appearing on stage at New York's Terminal 5 with the duo a week ago, the unlikely alliance of Disclosure and Mary J. Blige has skyrocketed.

Rumours bounced around for a couple of days about the potential 'F For You' collaboration, which was swiftly revealed to be the real deal. 

The Sussex brothers made no haste in revealing a teaser video via their YouTube account and on Wednesday uploaded the refreshed and reworked track and video to the public - racking up over a million views in the first couple of days. 

Blige adds that that extra bit of funk and soul to the track, alongside a video packed with animation and the boy's token face stamp taking lead role throughout. 

Disclosure have also been keeping busy in the studio with Q-Tip, not to mention producing the hip-hop youngster's latest track 'You Stressin'. Is there anything they can't do?

Listen to 'You Stressin' below:

Monday, 20 January 2014

KARMA KID // 'LIKE I'M ON FIRE'



Today was a special kinda day - the day Mixmag premiered Karma Kid's latest track.

Bringing the bounce, bass and boogie that we love him for, 'Like I'm On Fire' definitely lives up to its name.

The track is ripped straight his forthcoming EP, which is set for release via Parisian label Roche Musique on February 2nd. 

You can catch Matlock's finest at The Nest (Jan 31st) and Motion Skate Park (Feb 8th) - grab tickets while you can!

Listen to the track below:

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

AM 002 // ARTIKAL (LDN) + INTERVIEW

Bring in the New Year the right way with our latest edition of AM mixes - this time from Artikal (LDN)! 

For those of you who aren't in the know just yet, we asked the man himself a few questions to give you the lowdown on what he's all about.


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I’m a DJ from London who dabbles in a bit of production. I used to be an MC in the garage days, touring around the country and doing pirate radio. I only got into djing a few years ago.

Where does your interest in music stem from?

It started when a mate's brother gave me a tape from a hardcore pirate station – from that day I was hooked!

How would you describe your music style?

I love to play fresh underground house and techno – trippy beats and funky basslines.

Who are you listening to the most right now?

Amine Edge and Dance, Dj Koze and Jessy Lanza to name a few - so many big producers out there right now!

What are your top tracks/artists of 2013?

So many big tunes but this one keeps coming back to my sets: No Hopes, Sergey Tarasov – KFC.
Top artists: Tough Love, Kolombo and Jesssy Lanza to name a few.

Are there any up and coming artists you think we should look out for?

Thee Cool Cats, Sion, Climbers and a label called CUFF ran by Amine Edge and Dance.

Do you have anything exciting in store for 2014?

Gonna be starting my own night in the spring and you can listen to my radio show every Tuesday night on confettidigital.com from 22.00 – 00.00 GMT!

Listen to AM 002 below:

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

EVENT PREVIEW // APE-X PRESENTS KINK (LIVE), NEVILLE WATSON, JAMMHOT, CRTL DJ'S

We're currently in the wake of yet another awesome Ape-X Christmas party - this year featuring KiNK (live), Neville Watson, JammHot and Crtl DJ's,

Held in Newcastle's Cosmic Ballroom with their biggest lineup to date, this night is set to be a banger straight from the get go.

Tickets are still available here - get yourselves down!

Listen to JammHot's Ape-X mix here:

Saturday, 23 November 2013

BONOBO // 'FIRST FIRES' FT. GREY REVEREND (MAYA JANE COLES REMIX)



Needing no introduction (but we'll give her one anyway), the undisputed queen of deep house, Maya Jane Coles is back again with another remix to wipe the smiles off many producers faces.

Sticking to the sultry, dark mood we're used to, Maya has transformed Bonobo's already faultless 'First Fires' into a track we can't help but sway to. There's certainly no mistaking who got their hands on this.

Listen here:

AM 001 // HYBRID THEORY + INTERVIEW

Yesterday marked the first in the series of exclusive Altum Music mixes and we're more than excited to start with one of our favourite acts, Hybrid Theory!

As a little extra for you guys, we interviewed Jay to get a special insight on the man behind the decks.

Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm Jay - Hybrid Theory.  I'm 29 and I am from the second city, Birmingham.

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it before?

I would describe my music as bass driven house with a heavy influence from UK garage.

How did you first get into making music?

I have always been a massive fan of all kinds of music, from Reggae right through to dance. From an early age I always wanted to create and experiment with my own sounds. I started around 2001 on one of the early fruity loops sequencers and took a part time music production course at South Birmingham College.  

Who are you listening to right now? Do you have a favourite track?

There are so many hot producers around at the moment, right now I'm feeling Low Steppa, Crypt, Paul Lawrence, No Artificial Colours, Friend Within and Chris Lorenzo. There's so many other producers making great music at the moment the list is endless. My favourite track at the moment is Low Steppa's 'Waitin', I literally have it on repeat!

Which artist/artists would you compare yourself to?

Crown Duels/Hannah Wants/KryWolf.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you choose?

I would love to collaborate with Wookie, I grew up on 90s house and garage and Wookie is one of the producers that really inspired me and still does. Tracks like 'Battle' and 'Down on Me' will always be in my playlist.

Which of your tracks usually gets the best reaction?

'So High' - I wasn't expecting such a big reaction. Eton Messy featured it on their Youtube channel. it was great exposure to have my music heard by such a wide audience. It's been great to have DJ's like Brackles, Roska and Zinc enjoying and supporting my music across radio and the clubs as well.  

What's been your favourite set to date? Do you have a favourite venue?

I have some up coming DJ bookings and plenty more in the pipeline.

Do you have anything exciting lined up for the future?

I have been so busy this year with the Four40 Records, my record label. Earlier in May this year I produced and mixed the Four40 takeover on BBC 1xtras Xtra Talent alongside my label partner, Tom Giles and good friend Jamie George. I have a remix on Rinse of Jamie Georges new track 'Anywhere But Here' and I am working on my EP that will be released on Four40 this month. 

Check out Hybrid Theory on Soundcloud and listen to AM 001 below:

Friday, 22 November 2013

JAMIE XX // UNTITLED (UNRELEASED)



A new track from Jamie xx (aka The xx's Jamie Smith) has recently surfaced online. Little was spoken of the track after it was originally included on a mix by Spanish producer Pional for FACT and listed as being by an unknown artist.

The "unknown" aspect didn't last long however, as fans were quick to identify the track as one performed by the producer during The xx's Night + Day festivals, which were held over the summer.

Sticking to his signature downtempo, simplistic style, Jamie has delivered yet again with this one. The track is yet to be released officially, so stay tuned for further news!

Listen here:

Saturday, 16 November 2013

DISCLOSURE // LIVE REVIEW

This year saw Disclosure soar from the underground and straight into the limelight. After their debut track 'Latch' peaked at number 2 in the dance charts and 11th in the top 40, the southern brother duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence have certainly made their mark within the electronic music scene.

With a string of further hits such as 'White Noise' and 'You & Me' under their belt, their sell out UK tour was something we had to make sure we didn't miss.

Warming up the crowd for the boys was the elusive Friend Within. Seemingly appearing out of nowhere, Friend Within is a force to be reckoned with within the world of deep house. After storming the room with solid, bass-fueled stompers like his remix of 'The Renegade' and his Karma Kid collaboration 'Feeling (So Special)', the crowd was all set.

The duo kicked off the show by combining Howard's husky vocals and Guy's perfected drum pads to bring us the simple yet seductive 'F For You'. Encased in an abundance of cables and instruments, Disclosure breezed through their set list without a single fault, whipping out extra ammunition in the form of added instruments like Howard's bass guitar for tracks like the awesome 'When A Fire Starts To Burn'.

From beginning to end the boys' effortlessly blended between tracks in front of a backdrop of stunning visuals. The most memorable of which was their token face logo mouthing along to the words of the softer 'Help Me Lose My Mind', which almost enchanted the crowd and gave them the down time they needed before getting back into the groove.

As expected, the biggest hits of the night were 'White Noise' and 'Latch' - both of which sent the crowd into an even bigger frenzy than before. Rather predictably, 'Latch' closed the show, but this worked exactly to plan, as we can guarantee the members of the audience will be ready and waiting for Disclosure to return.

Check out a few clips from the show below:

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

CITIZEN & ASHWORTH // 'SITUATION' EP Q&A


October 14th marked the release of the sixth 12” on Waze & Odyssey’s W&O Street Tracks - this time from good friend Citizen (Laurence Blake) and up and coming producer Joe Ashworth.

The EP kicks off with ‘Situation’, featuring vocals from Shona Carmen over a deep tribal house backbone - mimicking the sounds of legendary clubs such as New York’s Sound Factory and completely stripping back any unnecessary frills.

The stomping ‘LDN Warehouse Dub’ soon follows; bringing things back to home and evoking the sounds of East London with its solid, metallic bassline.

Finally, the EP is tied up with ‘State’ – a heavy pumping example of underground house music that wraps up the trio of genius tracks, making you want to skip right back to the beginning and play the whole thing again.

We figured that reading about this release wasn’t quite enough, so we went straight to the source and asked the guys themselves exactly how this came to light.

How does it feel to be a part of W&O Street Tracks?     

Citizen: I've known Firas (Waze) for a while now and with Serge (Odyssey), W&O have been putting out some seriously great music over the years - when they asked me to do something for them I was stoked. The label’s grown into a really dope collective of producers.                

Ashworth: Easily the best feeling in the world! Seriously though, I really like what the guys do as artists themselves, and they've put out consistently great music, so it feels like being in good company.

How did you find working with each other on the Situation EP?

Citizen: Wow, that was a long process but massively enjoyable. Working with Shona was awesome as well as she perfectly complimented our workflow and saw the vision straight away. Prior to this I'd never worked with anyone before so it was a learning curve.

Ashworth: Laurence is a top lad and great to work with! We have a good time, which is one of the most important things. Hooking up with Shona and working with her completely stepped up the vibe too. We were all knocking back the beers and having a laugh, and the session ended up with Situation. Following that though, for about a year we kept tweaking and changing the track, so many times that we found it hard to draw a line. Finally though, we landed on a track that we were totally happy with. It's good - we push each other to not just be 'ok' with a sound, for example - the other one of us will be like 'that's boring we need to change it.'

Would you say you both have the same approaches and styles to your work? If not, what would you say your biggest differences are and how did you incorporate them?

Ashworth: We do have running jokes about studio differences. I'm sure L won't mind me saying he likes to drench almost everything in reverb, and maybe I go for things a bit cleaner.

Citizen: Haha, yeah we're very different in our styles but over the course of this record we have become really tight at working together, again I'd never worked with anyone else prior to this so it was all kinds of fun.

Where do you find inspiration for your music? Any tracks/artists right now that you find influence you or that have influenced this EP in particular?

Ashworth: Going to clubs and watching DJs I like is as exciting to me now as ever was, so hearing music in that context played by a master of their own craft is very inspiring, whether it be Zip, Omar S, or Levon Vincent. In terms of the EP, the style of the vocal was a sort of nod to 90's house, Julie McKnight etc. The beats, I guess we wanted to make a house track, but a pounding, driving one, something that was a bit rough round the edges.

Citizen: Essentially I wanted to make something that was raw and could be played at any time of the night. Stripping back the elements to the primary components with no superlative flourishes or anything. Just some real back to basics stuff. I think we kind of got there. It's hard being that minimal sometimes!

Individually, what can we expect from you in the future and are there any plans to collaborate again?

Citizen: Coming up I’ve got releases with 2020Vision Recordings and remixes on various labels and a forthcoming Love Fever release which I'm really excited about, plenty more also but it's too early to say...

Ashworth: I have a collab with Kiwi coming out on Andy from Love Fever's new label 'Sneaky' at the end of November. Then a follow up to my first release on Native City, and a couple of other bits already locked in next year. As for working together again we’ve actually already been back in the studio together, so there will be more to come for sure.


Listen to the EP below:

Monday, 28 October 2013

DISCLOSURE // 'APOLLO'



Approximately an hour ago Disclosure dropped their new track 'Apollo' on Soundcloud. Naturally, we pressed play in a heartbeat.

For us, the duo's trademark sound is still in the undertones, but this track is certainly a little different to Settle. The vocals could easily be mistaken as a 90s house rip (nothing to complain about there, who doesn't love 90s house?!), with a slightly heavier than usual backbone than we're used to hearing from the brothers.

Let's face it though, everything the boys touch only seems to get better and better and this track is certainly one that will end up stuck on repeat.

Listen for yourselves:

Thursday, 24 October 2013

MINEO // MIXTAPE VOL 1



Mineo (aka Tom Dinsdale) has slipped under the Hot Creations name with ease. After sending tracks to Jamie Jones and Lee Foss as demos, his work was quickly snapped up by the pair and are now rooted into both of their sets.

Here's the latest mixtape by the man himself. Be sure to listen in even more at his own productions slipped in here, after 18 months in the studio they're exactly how he describes them - "bang. on. point."

Listen here:

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

HOT SINCE 82 // 'KNEE DEEP IN LOUISE' (JAYMO & ANDY GEORGE REMIX)



Hot Since 82 (aka Daley Padley) is the producer that everyone is listening to right now, with Moda Black's Jaymo and Andy George's remix of 'Knee Deep in Louise' sounding hot since the preview was uploaded to Soundcloud a few days ago.

The track features exclusively on disc 2 of the limited deluxe edition of HS82's Little Black Book, which is set for release on the 21st and available to pre-order here.

Listen below:

Thursday, 10 October 2013

INTERVIEW // DUTTY GIRL


Dutty Girl have swept through Bristol's music scene for the last decade, spanning across multiple genres, talents and outputs - from radio shows to club nights, to their own clothing store. 

We decided that everyone who isn't already in the know should hear just what this crew is all about.

How did Dutty Girl begin?

Diss Miss: The first Dutty Girl club night was actually back in 2003. At the time I wanted to create a night that celebrated the females in the hip hop scene. So I went about bringing some of the UK's best hip hop ladies down to Bristol.  Eventually, a few years later Dutty Girl as a collective came together through doing that club night. They all kind of found me by coming along to the nights and telling me they wanted to get involved. Eventually the name of the night became our crew name, and for the last 6 years or so there has been the core 6 of us - Safe Soul, Kash Honey, Dazee, Sarah B Klair and myself.

Where did the name come from?

Diss Miss: I had been working in a Jamaican pub in Bristol and the landlord there is known as 'Dutty Ken', it stemmed from that. My friend and I started calling ourselves his Dutty Girls for a laugh, but it had a ring to it and it stuck so I used it for the club night name. I also really liked the concept of taking a word that didn't have a positive meaning and turning it on it's head, using it for a really positive reason instead.

Sarah B: The name was definitely shocking to a few people in the beginning, and it still does take a few people by surprise, but we like it, it just seems right for us.

Can you tell us a little more about what you each do individually?

Kash Honey: Well, within the crew there are 3 DJs (Dazee, Diss Miss and Safesoul) and 3 MCs/vocalists (Sarah B, Klair and I). Dazee and Diss Miss produce the beats for us vocalists.

SafeSoul: Diss Miss and I both started out as hip hop DJs, and still do love hip hop as do the others, that will always be a strong part of Dutty Girl's roots. To be honest we play deep house more than anything right now. We also have the Radio show every Saturday on Ujima.  That keeps us pretty busy!

Diss Miss: We love and listen to so many different genres between us and you can hear that through our radio show and our live sets, but we all essentially have very similar musical tastes which ultimately makes it all work I guess.

Klair: My role is the diva! As in a singer, I don't request new carpets on my rider or anything though!

Dazee: I'm a Junglist at heart and I’ve been part of Bristol's club scene since the early nineties, originally building a music career as resident and producer for Ruffneck Ting (Drum and Bass club night and label). I recently started promoting the night again and have just relaunched Ruffneck Ting Records. Being a part of Dutty Girl is something different for me, and through it I've opened myself up to a lot more genres. Diss Miss and I produce just about anything we feel like, and we try and make the right thing for whatever the vocalists are feeling at that time, we’ve all worked hard to create an identity and sound together. It’s paying off, as it's definitely become a well-recognised name in the Bristol clubbing scene.

You've been running successful club nights in Bristol for the past 8 years, how would you describe the experience to someone who's never been before?

SafeSoul: We like to think we are taking people on a journey, does that sound cheesy?  It's just that we like to get people on the dance floor! Then we gradually take them through the genres.  

Diss Miss: I try to be guided mostly by the crowd - you can never really plan everything, so I tend to decide a lot of what I'm playing there and then, but maybe I'm just a bit of a spontaneity junkie!

Dazee: We like to keep it moving and not play one genre for too long before we switch it up.  The MCs and singers keep it lively too.

Kash Honey: During one of our sets you'll basically hear all the biggest tunes of the moment, all mixed in and around our own tracks, plus maybe some older tracks or some 90s garage or something, no cheesy chart stuff, just damn good music.

You've recently played at Love Saves The Day, St Paul's Carnival and Glastonbury. What were the reactions like from the crowds and what's been your favourite set to date?

Dazee: Glastonbury was a fantastic experience! We were amazed to be given a prime time spot on the Thursday night on the BBC Introducing Stage from 10-11pm. It wasn’t possible to bring our vocalists for this one so it was just gonna be a DJ set from Diss Miss and I. A friend of ours, MC Carasel offered to join us on stage - he was already performing elsewhere at the festival, and it really worked well. People seemed to love the whole thing. It was a massive opportunity and we're really grateful to BBC Introducing for making it happen! 

Diss Miss: Yeah, we had an amazing response, so many people turned up! As it was Thursday night everything was just getting underway at the festival and people were lively to say the least! We also loved playing at Love Saves The Day and St Paul's Carnival. We love performing live in general, but it's especially good to have the full crew together.

If you could introduce another member to the group (anyone in the world) who would you choose and why?

Diss Miss: Ha ha! That's too hard. We have honestly been very open to the idea of having new members, but no one has come along that seemed to click with us yet. It's just got to feel right, you know? It may have been easier to ask who we would like to work with, but then that list is endless! Off the top of my head I think we'd all probably welcome Ms Dynamite in to the crew though! Legend.

Sarah B: Yeah she's allowed!

Kash Honey: Yeah or Angel Haze, she's sick.

How do you feel about the lack of female DJs/producers/etc in the music industry?

SafeSoul: There's a lot of great female DJs and producers coming up right now; Eclair Fifi, Hannah Wants, Moxie, Monki, Annie Mac, B Traits, Maya Jane Coles, Queenie, Barely Legal, Madam X, it's really looking good for women right now.

Diss Miss: I suppose this issue is why Dutty Girl even exists in the first place. I noticed a distinct lack of women on big line-ups and that was one of the main reasons for me to start the club night, to make a difference to that. It was always about bringing women together as a force to be reckoned with! It can be hard for girls who don't necessarily feel comfortable about starting up djing around so many guys, and there are a lot of us who need to have the support of other women.  But it's certainly looking good for women at the moment, it's a sign of the times. If Dutty Girl happens to inspire any other girls to get involved, then that's basically my dream fulfilled!

Do you feel gender makes considerable difference to your music careers?

Sarah B: Yeah in some ways, we've definitely experienced all kinds - from people booking us just because we're girls, to people not booking us because we're girls. I think at the end of the day, perhaps we do have to strive a bit harder as women, but we can't take that as a negative. We just have to be the best we can be, and just keep on keeping on.

Klair: I think it's different being a singer compared to being a DJ. A DJ is likely to be a man 9 times out of 10, so it's often just more of a shock to people.

Diss Miss: Sometimes I've had the funniest comments, sometimes people are just over-excited to see a girl on the decks, it can be really sweet and also sometimes it's just patronising – I’m not just talking about the guys there either!

If you could send out a message to all women interested in becoming a part of the music world, what would you say to them?

Dazee: You have to be prepared to work for it: hunting down the music, gaining mixing skills, scratching skills, learning about equipment, music production - its not an overnight thing. But if you really want it, stick at it even if it doesn’t seem to come naturally to you.

Diss Miss: It is something you have to be passionate about but don’t take yourself so seriously that you forget that you are there to play music so that people can have fun and shake their asses!

Kash Honey: Just do it!

What does the future hold for Dutty Girl?

Dazee: We have the luxury of an amazing music scene in Bristol, but perhaps we can be guilty of forgetting sometimes that there is a whole world out there!  

Diss Miss: It's time to get the Dutty name out in all forms, via the clothing and music. We have new Dutty t-shirts coming soon and lots more one off designs available on the website too. Right now we're busy rehearsing and writing new beats for exciting up coming shows and really looking forward to playing at Annie Mac Presents at In:Motion in November.

Listen here:

Thursday, 26 September 2013

ALUNAGEORGE - 'YOU KNOW YOU LIKE IT' (TCHAMI REMIX) // FREE DOWNLOAD



Countless remixes of 'You Know You Like It' have been made, although only a small handful are worth talking about. Parisian newcomer Tchami's rework is definitely a hefty portion of that handful.

The track kicks off with a smooth intro, followed by upping the tempo slightly and dropping a huge, almost unexpected deep house bassline right in the middle. This vibe continues for the rest of the duration and is certainly enough to get people going.

We're expecting big things to come from Tchami and will definitely be keeping him on our radar from now on!

Listen/download for free here:

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

LEE SANDERSON // 'BACK TO LIFE' (ORIGINAL MIX)



We're loving this remake of the Soul 2 Soul classic 'Back To Life' straight from Liverpool's Lee Sanderson.

It's always a daring move to put your own take on such a popular, well known hit but this definitely works for us!

The track is set for release on September 11th via Lee's very own Dusk Underground Music imprint.

Listen here:

BONDAX // FREE DOWNLOADS



If you're reading this then chances are you'll love Bondax just as much as we do, so we won't babble on about them too much.

Instead, enjoy the setlist of 6 of their tracks that are all available to whack into you iTunes free of charge!

Alternatively (if you haven't heard already) check out who's gonna be joining them on their upcoming UK tour.

Listen/download:

Monday, 2 September 2013

BLONDE - 'BE MINE' (XO REMIX) // FREE DOWNLOAD


Blonde have always been hot favourites of ours and now we're really in for a treat.

'Be Mine' is a banger in itself,  but with XO adding his own spin we now have a class remix to throw on top.

The track is available to download for free here - you're spoiling us now Sunil!

A while ago we blogged about XO's remix of the classic 'No Scrubs', which is also available to download absolutely free!

Listen below:

Sunday, 1 September 2013

BREACH FT. ANDREYA TRIANA // 'EVERYTHING YOU NEVER HAD (WE HAD IT ALL)'



Amsterdam-based producer Breach (aka Ben Westbeech) has finally unveiled his latest single 'Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)', featuring British singer-songwriter Andreya Triana.

Despite having to live up to the expectations of 'Jack', a release that stormed its way into the set lists of DJs the world over, 'EYNH' is a bass heavy follow-up that is destined to keep Breach on top.

The track will be available for pre-order tomorrow (September 2nd) and is due for release on October 20th via Atlantic Records/Ninja Tune.

Listen to the track below:

Thursday, 29 August 2013

DUSKY // 'CARELESS'



Dusky are back again. After a year packed with releases, their latest track 'Careless' is yet another track laced with all the classic elements that has made the duo one of the most talked about acts in house music right now.

I don't think we really need to describe how good this track is, as it clearly speaks for itself.

'Careless' is set for release via Aus on September 23rd.

Listen to the track below:

DISCLOSURE UK TOUR // SUPPORT ACTS ANNOUNCED

UK house favourites Disclosure have finally revealed who will be joining them on their UK tour, which will take place in November.

After sharing the flyer yesterday via their Facebook page, its safe to say that no one will be disappointed with the lineups.

Joining them at every stop will be Flume, aka Australia's Harley Streten, who earlier this year released his remix of Disclosure's 'You & Me'. Although Flume is a class support act that should easily be looked forward to, the date to be at is undeniably the final night of the tour.

Taking place on Friday 29th at London's Brixton o2 Academy, the boys will be joined by Dusky, Eats Everything, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, T.Williams and Zed Bias - a lineup to wipe most others off the map this year.

Unfortunately, the entire tour is sold out. If you've already nabbed yourself a ticket or two or manage to get your hands on some before November, we salute you!

Listen to Disclosure's recent Radio 1 Essential Mix here:

Friday, 23 August 2013

CHRIS MALINCHAK - 'SO INTO YOU' // FREE DOWNLOAD



Within the last 24 hours, French Express' Chris Malinchak released his new track 'So Into You' via Soundcloud.

Back with yet another original piece, Malinchak is comfortably holding onto the attention he gained from 'So Good To Me' and has already racked up over 23,000 hits in just 20 hours.

Continuing his devotion to deep sounds, however adding a more mysterious and undeniably seductive edge, 'So Into You' differs slightly to his previous tracks but without a single fault in the process.

Luckily for us, he's also made the track available to download for free!

Listen/download here:

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

BONDAX // 'GIVING IT ALL' (FRIEND WITHIN REMIX)



Lancaster duo George Townsend and Adam Kaye, aka Bondax, have released the first official remix of their latest track 'Giving It all' via Soundcloud.

Swiftly following the widespread positive responses to the original, Friend Within stepped in to add his own spin to the hit.

Taking up the tempo and giving the track a more 90s house vibe, whilst still sticking to his unique signature sound, Friend Within has created an understated yet brilliant rework of what's already set to be one of Bondax's biggest releases to date.

Listen below:

ASTER // 'CIELO' (BICEP REMIX)



After starting the project over a year and a half ago, Bicep's remixes for Aster on John Talabot's Hivern Discs label are being released at last.

Each remix is considerably different and earlier this morning Bicep released their version of 'Cielo' via their Soundcloud.

I'm sure we can expect the second to follow shortly!

The tracks will be available on vinyl from September 9th and on digital download September 23rd. 

Listen to the 'Cielo' remix below:

Monday, 19 August 2013

ELLA FITZGERALD // 'BLUE SKIES' (MAYA JANE COLES REMIX)


This remix of the Ella Fitzgerald classic 'Blue Skies' was first featured in Maya's 2nd essential mix for Radio 1.

An unexpected choice of tracks for a deep house rework, nevertheless another awesome piece of work from one of the undisputed queens of the genre.

Buy it now from iTunes.

Listen here:

Sunday, 18 August 2013

MK // SUMMER MIX 2013

Everyone's favourite American DJ/producer, Marc Kinchen (MK) has released his summer mix this week via Soundcloud.

As a veteran and pioneer of house music for the last two decades, MK hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1993/94 and his success within the music industry has been none stop ever since.

MK is on the bill to open Manchester's Warehouse Project this year - a party that certainly shouldn't be missed.

Listen to MK's summer mix here:

ELLIE GOULDING // 'BURN' (CITIZEN REMIX)



Mad Tech Records' Citizen (aka Laurence Blake) channels his 90s dance flair yet again in his latest remix of Ellie Goulding's 'Burn'.

Adding house beats, synths and a clever choice of vocal snippets from the original, Citizen really does make this track his own (cliche we know, but it's true).

Listen to the track below: 

Saturday, 17 August 2013

SHAKEDOWN - 'AT NIGHT' (BLONDE VERSION) // FREE DOWNLOAD



As a thank you for the support from their fans, Blonde (aka Adam Englefield and Jake Manson) have released their twist on Shakedown's classic 'At Night' as a free download.

The daring move to remake such a popular early 2000's track certainly paid off for the duo - producing a banger that we dare say rivals the original.

Download the track here and listen below:

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

URSA MINOR - HURT (PEDESTRIAN REMIX) // FREE DOWNLOAD



If you're looking for something a little more chilled, look no further.

Pedestrian (aka Jack Sibley) is a name that has been uttered and typed by many music fans lately, and we're pretty damn sure that the hype is only gonna increase further.

His passion for a unique and meaningful sound is shown explicitly through each and every one of his tracks, with this particular remix being no exception.

Note that this track is available for free, so click, download, kick back and thank us later!

Listen/download here:

MATT HUGHES - 'IT'S NOT RIGHT' // FREE DOWNLOAD



Southampton's 21 year old Matt Hughes is one producer we've been keeping on our radar recently.

After his first play on Rinse FM, 2 signings and support from the likes of Amine Edge, Shorterz, Pete Graham and more - this year has pushed Matt further into the spotlight and of course, we wanna push the buzz even more.

A particular favourite of ours right now is 'It's Not Right' - channeling Whitney Houston vocal samples with a pumping house backbone. Matt also spoils us further here by making this track available for free via his Soundcloud.

It would be rude not to grab it!

Listen/download here:

HECTIC // 'THE WALL TRIBE'



UK based producer Hectic sent over his brand new track 'The Wall Tribe' earlier today, proving the likes of Skream wrong with their "dubstep is dead" remarks.

With releases on We Are Live, Rub-A-Duck, Black Hole Recordings, Family Tree Records, Hatched and the massive Ministry of Sound, Hectic shows time and time again that QUALITY dubstep is still out there.

This particular track is certainly no exception. Forget Skrillex and all the other bullshit, if you're a true fan of dubstep and its roots then this one's for you.

Listen here:

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

DUBB DISKO // THE BASS & THE HI-HAT EP



CitySeven brings you Dubb Disko's The Bass & The Hi-Hat - a 4 track EP packed with all of the above and a few A+ synth lines for good measure.

The EP kicks off with the title track - a fusion of sultry, breathy vocals layered over a chilled, yet solid bass, swiftly followed by 'Night and Day', with punchy synth pads and soulful vocals that drift effortlessly into the equally soulful 'Please Don't Go'. Last, but by no means least, 'The Answer' draws the EP to a close by combining elements from each of the previous tracks, producing a satisfying ending to a more-than-satisfying blend of deep house.

Listen to previews from The Bass & The Hi-Hat here:

KIDNAP KID // TOP 5 REMIXES



Black Butter Records' Kidnap Kid (aka Matt Relton) closed last year with iTunes US' 'Best Electronic Song of 2012' for his debut release 'Vehl', which was swiftly followed by 'So Close' - racking up over 100k Soundcloud plays in a week.

It's evident that Kidnap Kid solidly creates original tracks of his own, with his remixes also smashing most others out of the picture.

Given the sheer talent of this guy, it would be rude not to check out his remixes in more depth and give him an Altum Music top 5 so here we go.

#5 - The Other Tribe - Skirts (Kidnap Kid Remix)


#4 - Rudimental - Waiting All Night (Kidnap Kid Remix)


#3 - Paper Crows - Homebound (Kidnap Kid Remix)


#2 - Disclosure - Tenderly (Kidnap Kid Remix)


#1 - Naughty Boy feat. Emelie Sande - Wonder (Kidnap Kid Remix)

INTRODUCING // MORRT



If you're looking for a fresh new artist to listen to, look no further.

MORRT, aka 19 year old Josh Mortimer, is a name that everyone should get themselves acquainted with.

After sending a track our way, it wasn't long before we found ourselves clicking play all the way down his Soundcloud page.

Creating a fusion of old school 90s house with the more up to date house vibes we hear today, MORRT's tracks are the perfect mix of catchiness and bass.

Listen to MORRT's latest track 'Want Me' here:

Friday, 9 August 2013

ETON MESSY // AUTUMN TOUR 2013 + FREE DOWNLOAD



YouTube favourites Eton Messy have announced a debut UK tour for autumn this year.

Set to hit 5 major cities, the tour will be stopping off at Paris, Nottingham, London, Newcastle and Bristol. 

Famous for helping the likes of Karma Kid, Disclosure, Bondax and many, many more along their road to success, Eton Messy will be showcasing some of the freshest current talent they've stumbled across and befriended in the past couple of years. 

Lineups are yet to be announced, but dates and locations are as follows:

5th October - Nuba, Paris
14th October - Stealth, Nottingham
18th October - The Nest, London
24th October - World Headquarters, Newcastle
2nd November - Secret location, Bristol

Tickets can be found here.

To celebrate the tour announcement, the Eton Messy boys have put together a stellar mix of sounds that you may hear if you get yourselves down to one of the above dates!

Listen/download here:

REKTCHORDZ & BEN REMEMBER - 'PUMP THE SYSTEM' // FREE DOWNLOAD



As a run up to the 'Saturday Sunset' release on Bear Fresh, Rektchordz & Ben Remember have released a free download of their track 'Pump The System' via Soundcloud.

The pair are definitely worth keeping an eye on right now!

Listen/download here:

BONDAX UK TOUR // SUPPORT ACTS ANNOUNCED



House music's rising stars Bondax have finally announced who will be supporting them on their upcoming UK tour.

Joining the duo are the likes of Shadow Child, Karma Kid, Tropics, Frank B and Snakehips, along with a special yet-to-be-announced guest for their London show on October 4th. 

Bondax, aka George Townsend and Adam Kay, not only have their own tour to look forward to, but have a few festival stints to stop off at along the way. If you just so happen to be going to Reading/Leeds, Creamfields, SW4, Bestival or Ibiza Rocks - be sure to find yourselves at one of their sets.

The lads will be kicking off their UK tour in September and you can find all upcoming dates here

In the mean time, check out their latest track 'Giving It All' - out September 22nd!

Listen here:

Thursday, 8 August 2013

INTERVIEW // PIKCHA



With support from Radio 1, 1Xtra, BBC Introducing, B. Traits and more - Pikcha is certainly one to watch right now.

We asked him a few questions.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm from a small town called Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. When I'm not at home, I'm living as a student in Leeds. 

What do you study at uni?

I study music production at uni, it's great to actually be able to do a course I really enjoy and learn some things that will help my music career as well. 

Where did the name Pikcha come from?

Just sounded like a unique name, I originally wanted just Picture but decided on a different spelling.

How did you first get into the music scene?

When I was about 15, I bought my first pair of turntables and started mixing drum & bass. Shortly after, I managed to bag a residency at a club in my local town. It wasn't until I was about 18 that I started writing music, as soon as I did though, I pretty much haven't stopped. As soon as I went to university I started getting interest from labels, and I was putting out music pretty regularly. Things are changing a lot for me recently though, and I have the Internet to thank for that. Social sites like Soundcloud are a great way to get heard. 

Which of your tracks usually gets the best reaction?

Recently, ‘That Emotion’ seems to get a few hands in the air. It's difficult to say though, I try to keep a constant energy throughout my sets. 

Out of all your original tracks and remixes, which is your favourite?

It's difficult to pick a favourite, I'm usually most into my latest track, as it's fresh. My new one hasn't been released anywhere yet though.

What's been your favourite set to date? Where has the best atmosphere?

I played on a pirate ship in the middle of a lake at a festival recently, the atmosphere was perfect and the crowd were great. One of those sets I won't ever forget. 

You've recently played at Secret Garden Party, how was it?

Yeah, Secret Garden was special. I played the Pagoda stage, it was packed, the weather was gorgeous and the vibe was one of the best I've ever been a part of. I'd love to play there again next year. 

How do you know Eton Messy?

The Eton messy boys have been great in helping to promote my sound over the past few months. I only know them through supporting my music. What these guys do is great, and I'm thankful for their help so far. 

Who have you been listening to lately?

Absolutely loving Sampha at the minute, his new EP has been on repeat alot recently. He has such a soulful voice, which I love from an artist. Also, been listening to Jesse Gavelle's release on Transmission Audio a lot, can't wait to play out a couple of tracks from that. For me though, my favourite track of the moment has to be Banks' 'Warm Water', the production from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is right up my street. 

If you had to listen to one track for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

This is actually a really tough question. I'd probably have to choose something by Aphex Twin, maybe 'Alberto Balsam', no matter how many times I listen to that track, I still enjoy it as much as the first time I heard it. 

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

I'd love to work with Eliza Doolittle, she has a great voice. But I think my dream collaboration would be a track with James Blake.

What does the future look like for Pikcha?

There's a lot of exciting things happening for me at the moment. I can't say too much at the moment though. Expect to see me at more festivals and clubs. Also, a few more remixes over the next few months.

Listen to/download Pikcha's latest track 'Real' for free here:

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

CYRIL HAHN // 'PERFECT FORM' (NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS REMIX)

Earlier today, No Artificial Colours released their own take of Cyril Hahn's 'Perfect Form' via their Soundcloud.

After a string of his own remix hits, Hahn stated through his Facebook page that it's "hard to describe how good it feels to have somebody remix your own song for a change".

No Artificial Colours have added a more deep house twist to the track, incorporating their usual styles and sounds.

Fans have arguably claimed that the original perfect enough already and shouldn't be touched. Let us know what you think!

Read our original article on 'Perfect Form' here.

Listen for yourselves:

Saturday, 3 August 2013

HYBRID THEORY - 'WHATS GOING DOWN' // FREE DOWNLOAD



Four40 Records' Hybrid Theory's latest release consists of a top house/garage track. Centred around a Soul II Soul vocal sample, with his signature synth sounds and a slick rolling bassline, not only is this a track worth listening to but a producer to keep an eye on.

Hybrid Theory has also kindly made this track available for free download and was an easy choice for our track of the week!

Interview with Hybrid Theory (aka Jay Crone) coming soon.

Listen/download here:

Friday, 2 August 2013

SPOTLIGHT // LOCKED GROOVE

Scouted by Scuba, Belgian producer Locked Groove (aka Tim van de Meutter) debuted on Hotflush back in January 2012, gaining wide critical acclaim for his Rooted EP.

Creating a fusion of bass, techno and house, Locked Groove joins the fresh batch of new producers that are swiftly appropriating and innovating their way through the historical annals of electronic music.

This relatively new producer can easily be described as a long-term artist with a strong influence – proved by being spotted by Scuba and his prominent feature of ‘Drowning’ in the DJ Kicks series. Regularly associated with the UK bass scene, Groove personally chooses to relate his music more to the Detroit techno/house and Berlin sound.

It’s surprising that this 24 year old producer only began to develop his own hybrid of industrial techno and deep house in early 2011, as the recognition he has gained would have anyone thinking he’d been a pro in the game for years.

Listen to Locked Groove's Rooted EP here:

Thursday, 1 August 2013

EVENT PREVIEW // DEEPER LOVE'S 1ST BIRTHDAY

After becoming one of the most talked about events in London and Essex, Deeper Love returns to its home city of Chelmsford for its official 1st birthday.

Topping the lineup is one of this year’s rising stars and one of the most exciting artists around right now, Shadow Child. After making his debut via the mighty Dirtybird early in 2012 and gaining support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Disclosure and Eats Everything, Shadow child will be gracing the decks at Deeper Love’s biggest party yet.

After breaking through the ranks of upcoming UK house producers and receiving support from Disclosure to T-E-E-D to Skream and more, Friend Within will also be touching down at the Deeper Love birthday session. With inimitable skills behind the decks and well-versed knowledge in the classics, this ambiguous producer will be adding his own fresh spin to the night.

Joining the above will be Mad Villians, Dare Me, Chris Parkin, Lowtone, Swanky & Tinman, Joe Coules & Sam Payne and many more.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

SPOTLIGHT // SOUTH LONDON ORDNANCE



Producing gloomy original house tracks and remixes of a similar nature, South London Ordnance is creating a unique sound of his own that’s near impossible to ignore.

Joining the UK’s current league of enigmatic producers, S.L.O usually asks for his real name not to appear in print, with questions about musical past and extra-curricular activities also rarely answered.

After delivering his first full EP in September last year via Dutch tastemaker, Audio Culture, S.L.O is now working with Scuba’s Hotflush and has recently created his own label, Aery Metals. With support from the likes of Jamie XX, Benji B, Mary Ann Hobbes, Mosca, Claude Vonstroke, Richie Hawtin and more, S.L.O is fast becoming a household name in forward-thinking bass music.

The latest release from South London Ordnance consists of an unexpected remix. Indie’s popular Swim Deep’s ‘King City’ wouldn’t be the first choice to spring to mind, but S.L.O’s innovative style transforms the track into ghostly vocals with a strong house backbone.

Listen to the track here: