Artist:¬†Sona Vabos Release:¬†Four Trax EP Label: Southern Fried Records Genre:¬†Dance – House
Southern Fried Records stalwart Sona Vabos returns with a superb new EP featuring a functional title and four tracks that delves into the depths of house music‚Äôs many facets.¬†Sona Vabos has been a core part of the Southern Fried Records artist stable for the last few years, releasing original EPs and lending his considerable remix talents to records from the likes of 2 Bears, Chicken Lips & Crookers. Now the London based producer is set to drop his latest release in the shape of the wonderful ‚ÄėFour Trax EP‚Äô.¬†Support for the record has come from Nathan G, Huxley, Kerri Chandler and more.
Artist:¬†Peter Lyons Release:¬†Music from Vanity Fowl Label: Tape Club Records Genre:¬†Alternative
Peter Lyons, one half of Steve Lamacq favourites Peter & Kerry, composes original dance score for the Matthew Bourne backed New Adventures project.¬†Peter & Kerry, whose debut scored 8/10 in Uncut and was lauded by the likes of BBC‚Äôs Steve Lamacq, and a solo artist/writer/composer in his own right, Peter was given the opportunity to compose an original score for the New Adventures project – an Arts Council funded initiative which saw Matthew Bourne enlisting two young choreographing talents to produce a short performance to be performed at the Saddlers Wells theatre.
Artist:¬†Medlar Release:¬†WOLFEP016 Label: Wolf Music Recordings Genre:¬†Dance – House – Deep
Medlar returns to Wolf Music with some of his finest work to date. Opening cut “The Sun” is the kind of beatdown, soulful house cut you wish Kenny Dixon Jr would get round to making; raw drums, Rhodes sparkles, loose percussion, soulful vocal touches, fluid bass. “Knockard Pearl” arrives first remixed by Detroit Swindle, who pump up this rave-tinted piano house number for top notch 90s style tuff garage action. Medlar’s own version is a deeper, slower affair. Lastly “Govern” weaves blues vocal samples into a pushing, skippy house backing track. Quality stuff all round.
Artist:¬†Attaque Release:¬†Blinded By the Moonlight Label: Bad Life Genre:¬†Dance – House – Electro
New release from Bad Life, who consider this career defining moment for Attaque a masterpiece. When Dominic Attaque sits back at sixty to compose his memoirs, chronicling a lifetime as one of the world’s most innovative electronic artists, he may well consider Blinded By The Moonlight to be his magnum opus; a crowning achievement of analogue-garage-techno power.¬†This is forward thinking electro perfection that‚Äôs as potent on the train as it is in a nightclub.
Artist:¬†Hilly Eye Release: Reasons to Live Label:¬†No Idea Records/Don Giovanni Records Genre:¬†Indie rock
Brooklyn, New York’s Hilly Eye released their highly anticipated full-length album, Reasons to Live, today on Don Giovanni Records. Hilly Eye is a collaboration between guitarist/vocalist Amy Klein (a k a¬†Amy Andronicus)¬†and drummer/vocalist Catherine Tung. The duo formed in 2009 as a way to experiment with noise and melody. Their favorite band at the time was the Osaka noise band Afrirampo and they wanted to start something like that‚Äďa two-girl band that was super primal and agressive, but also psychedelic and dreamy. Their sound alternates between quiet and loud, delicate melodies and big swathes of noise, contrasting elements.
Danny Byrd is back and ready to blow 2013 away with this rambunctious double A-side sampler, as we approach the release of his third studio album later this year. First he teams up with Bristol based Full Cycle legend and Mercury Music Prize winner Roni Size for the explosive, dancefloor-driven ‘Grit’. Bringing together two legends of the D&B scene for the first time ‘Grit’ has an exuberant, larger than life appeal that will surely make it a favourite amongst DJs and punters alike. See the two perform together on stage at Hospitality on 25th of January.
UK electronic maestros¬†Monarchy are back with an extremely-efficient tune featuring the first vocal hummings of Queen of Glamour and burlesque extraordinaire, Dita Von Teese (yes, that Dita Von Teese, the American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, actress and Marilyn Manson’s ex-wife). They’ve paired up on a new single called ‘Disintegration’. Monarchy wrote the song for her and this marks the first time Dita has ever lent her vocals to a released track. The video (exclusively unveiled on NOWNESS) is shot by Roy Raz and features Dita as a classic 1950?s housewife.
Artist:¬†Black Light Burns Release:¬†Lotus Island Label:¬†Membran Genre:¬†Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
Shortly after releasing their last album Black Light Burns, the avant-garde musical alter ego of Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, return with Lotus Island, a conceptual album.¬†The eleven songs, partly instrumental, are built around the previously released track ‘It Rapes All In Its Path’. The idea of building an EP evolved into a pseudo film soundtrack. Furthermore, in January and February 2013 Black Light Burns¬†embark on their first ever European Tour plus 3 gigs in Russia.
Austin-based band Black Books, who signed with Believe Recordings in 2012, is premiering the music video for their song “The Big Idea” off their forthcoming LP. Music website My Old Kentucky Blog and the popular Austin, Texas news site Austinist are co-premiering the video, which is¬†directed by Tim & Joe (Professor Green, Steve Mason, Black Lips).
“The Big Idea” will be featured tomorrow, Sunday, January 20, on the United States television show, “Californication.”
Deep, minimal, underground soul music from Bristol’s Typesun, this time featuring vocals from a man who would rather keep his identity on the down low for now.¬†Already a firm favourite with some serious soul heads world-wide, ‘The PL’ has grabbed the attention of such luminaries as Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Mr Scruff and Pete Tong to name a few. Cryptic but emotive lyrics are set across an expansive instrumental that remains deceptively simple throughout, a huge part of the piece’s charm resting in it’s tension, which never quite releases‚Ä¶
File alongside Dilla, D’Angelo and Dwele – another hint of the diversity and depth of Typesun’s forthcoming debut LP.¬†The remix treatment comes from Behling & Simpson, another of the city’s hardest working production teams who have been making huge moves throughout 2012 with killer releases on the burgeoning Futureboogie imprint.¬†Known to have something of a penchant for a catchy R&B vocal, the duo leave the subtlety of the original behind and flip the whole thing on it’s head in a whirlwind of low-slung, jacking, slow-mo house.
Gilles Peterson – ‚ÄúFeeling Typesun, love ‘The PL’. One to Watch!‚ÄĚ
Artist:¬†Batida Release:¬†Alegria EP Label:¬†Soundway Records Genre:¬†Electronic
Angolan / Portuguese Batida is back with the Alegria EP, the second remix laden offshoot single from his debut LP released early this year. Mixing the syncopated, synthetic rhythms of kuduro with elements of classic 1970s semba and congolese-influenced guitar licks Batida’s creator Pedro Coquen√£o and others have extended and re-worked three of the best album cuts. Batida had a recent Boiler Room gig and the release has been supported by the likes of¬†¬†BBC Radio 1 (B Traits), BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, and XFM (John Kennedy).
Artist:¬†The Carter Bros Release:¬†Metropolitan Label:¬†Tsuba Records Genre: Electronic
Quality cross-genre full length album from The Carter Bros on the mighty Tsuba Records.¬†Australian siblings Tim and Gavin Carter have created their own sonic bubble far away from trends and hipsters in the Northern Hemisphere, and Metropolitan brings together their myriad of influences. Their sample-inspired long player crosses genres and styles from funk to techno via house and disco, as their own production takes lead from their crate-digging heritage in adopted Adelaide, as if¬†re-imagining¬†The Avalanches had they chosen house music over hip-hop.
Artist:¬†Amalia Release:¬†Makings Of Label:¬†Tokyo Dawn Records Genre:¬†Electronic
TDR throws you head first into the deep end of Amalia’s growth as an artist. Time shifting back and forth, tumbling towards funk ecstasy, a soulful quest to find her true-self through lost releases and cosmic connections. Reflecting on lust, hope and heartbreak, we experience a confidence exuding her debut ‘Art Slave’.¬†Amalia opens wider and battles her intrinsic obsession with freedom, collaborating with a worldwide underground of artists from Detroit to Senegal. Breaking out, she tries to fly outside her comfort zone to challenge any pre-conceived notions of what true love and funk may be.
Artist:¬†Romanthony Release:¬†Bring U Up (2012 Remixes) Label:¬†Glasgow Underground Genre:¬†Dance – House
Following on from the re-issue of the classic Dixon edit of ‘The Wanderer’, Glasgow Underground revisits another of Romanthony’s classic works. ‘Bring U Up’ originally appeared on Roman’s Blackmale label in 1995 as a rumbling slice of New Jersey garage complete with gospel samples and Romanthony collaborator The Trojan Horse.¬†For the 2012 versions Glasgow Underground have covered as wide a range of house as possible; including revamps from Deetron, PBR Streetgang, Lee Webster, Toby Tobias, Kevin McKay, and Glaswegian wunderkind Barrientos.
After winning the official Beatport remix contest for Matrix & Futurebound’s ‘All I Know’, and appearing on Hospital Records ‘Hospitality 2012’ album, Maduk makes his debut release on Viper VIP. With his first production, ‘Avalon’ dropping only a year ago in 2011, Maduk has experienced a meteoric rise in the Liquid DnB scene. Releases on Liquicity Records and Fokuz Recordings have seen the hotly tipped producer gain a huge following with over 2 million combined views on YouTube.
Artist:¬†Various Artists Release:¬†Best of 2012 Label:¬†Tsuba Records Genre:¬†Dance
This album brings together a selection of 2012‚Äôs biggest Tsuba tracks including music from leading underground dance artists Huxley, Sascha Dive, Hector, Gerd, Mic Newman, Tazz, Matthew Styles & more.
Tsuba is the second most charted UK label in RA‚Äôs influential all time list and has over 30,000 followers¬†across¬†it’s social networks.
Wild Swim (Believe Recordings) and¬†Screaming Maldini¬†(Alcopop!) have both been listed in BBC Introducing’s Picks for 2013; a selection of artists and bands tipped to make waves this year. The BBC Introducing team have put the list together to celebrate the news that BBC Local Radio shows will now be broadcasting a BBC Introducing programme from 8pm every Saturday evening, starting tomorrow (5th January), to showcase local¬†undiscovered talent across every region of the UK.
Wild Swim’s ‘Bright Eyes’ and¬†Screaming Maldini’s ‘Summer, Somewhere’ have been included in the list of picks, which you can listen to as a podcast and download over on the BBC Introducing Blog.
Listen to individual tracks ‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘Summer, Somewhere’ below.