Record stores are part of my life. Since I was a teenager, I spent the money my mum gave me for lunch on records. Visiting a record store is a really special moment and every time I go to a new record store I feel a mix of feelings: nervous, anxious, happy. Going to record stores and collecting records has helped me to produce and get different approaches to production, too. It was in a record store where I started my idea of how John Talabot music should sound.
Genre-defying Lone just dropped his latest single, and it’s a keeper for sure. The playful “Airglow Fires” is sure to get your head nodding, top tapping, body moving, etc. The multitalented producer from Manchester - whom Pitchfork hilariously classifies as “UK nü rave” — will release the track on R&S Records as a single in July. Preorder here if you’re feeling it — because aren’t you?
Veteran house duo catz n’ dogz has struck gold in its latest Pets Recordings’ signee, Good Paul. Hailing from Poland, the young talent is responsible for an impressive number of smooth, hypnotic productions cut from a melting pot of house, garage and breakbeat influences. Check out “Heaven” below to get a taste of his refreshing sound, and grab the entire Cloned Soul EP on Beatport if you like what you hear.
New remix of Worpo’s “Vicious Circle” from the ceaselessly skilled Fybe.one. The Londoner — who also dabbles in illustration and graphic design — always impresses with his intricate and melodic high quality creations. Scope the track below, and download it from Worpo’s Vicious Circle EP, available via the German collective Noorden.
John Talabot and Pional in the building. Again. Much to our delight, the Spaniards have given “So Will Be Now” the vinyl treatment, issuing a limited press of the original plus a freshly mixed club revision. You’ll find the latter below, so get listening stat. Purchase the record courtesy of Permanent Vacation if you feel so inclined.
Catching Flies releases his latest single from The Long Journey Home, his highly anticipated follow up to The Stars, which will be available on June 17 via Indigo Soul. You can find out more information about his upcoming release on his website, and enjoy more of his music on his Soundcloud page for listening. Personally, I am a major fan of the emotive quality of his music, and I absolutely love the cover art involved with his upcoming release as well. Enjoy!
More bumpin’ club music from the house hub of Bristol — what else is new? Red hot vocalist-producer duo AZ&TOR, formed by Zoe Aisha and The Only Richard, assembled this edit of “Resend” for a free release from MadTech Records and Crystal Culture in March. It’s a fun, well-produced track indicative of their undeniable mainstream appeal — think AlunaGeorge but, you know, “deeper”. Get groovin’ and grab the download below.
Bonus: this freestyle Zoe did with Wretch 32 showcasing her vocal prowess and soulful roots.
Couldn’t resist sharing this one. Brighton-based Bailey has reworked City High’s 90s classic “What Would You Do?” for the dancefloor with a bout of “Disclosure vibes” (his tag, not ours!) via sweeping percussion and 2step riffs to enstill that contemporary UK funky flair. Enjoy it below, and head over to SubSoul’s YouTube channel for the download tomorrow.
Another reason to love Jamie Grind: he’s giving away his Short Stories About People EP for free. The dancefloor maestro flexes his production chops in a big way on what is possibly our favorite release from him yet. He tactfully fuses house, garage and R&B influences to construct a cohesive EP comprised of a slick preface and two fantastic feel-good tracks. Download Short Stories About People immediately.
We’ve had Baths’ new album Obsidian on repeat all week. It’s an incredible release from a production and lyrical standpoint, and we highly recommend checking it out. “Miasma Sky” is one of my many highlights.