This has been out for a couple of weeks now, so this is less of a heads up in advance and more of a youhavetohavethisrecordinyourlifesogooutandbuyitrightfuckingnow. Essay’s production just gets better and better, so who knows what he’ll be able to do a few years from now. Probably find whatever’s inside the Higgs Boson or something ridiculous like that. For now though, let’s just enjoy his music… and then purchase it here.
DFRNT’s sophomore album Fading has utterly blown me away and made my life a whole lot better; exactly how an album should make you feel. Rarely have I listened to an entire album this consistently since receiving it, and every time I notice something different about it.
It’s subtle, yet hugely engaging, and balances delicacy and power in an extraordinarily effective way. ‘In You Go’ is one of the album’s more chilled moments, and an undoubted highlight in an LP packed full of them. I urge, nay, demand that you buy this album when it drops on Echodub later this month.
This is the debut LP from Francis Harris (perhaps better known by his moniker Adulnapper) and it’s absolutely lovely. The below two tracks are personal favourites, but the entire album really needs to be listened to from start to finish… beautifully deep, absorbing music of the very highest quality. Best of all, you can buy it now
Another album taster here. Now I’d be the first to admit that the whole pitched-down vocal thing has really started to razz me off lately, so if you share similar sentiments then this might not be for you. However, I think that in certain circumstances it can still work, and this is one of them, El Txef A’s gloomy voice complimented by the laconic track over which it floats.
Either way, the rest of the album is ace and features enough non-warped vocals to keep everyone happy, so check it out when it comes out on Fiakun soon.
Towards the end of last year, our friend Sun Glitters released an album which we got very excited about. Then very early this year, Little White Earbuds and Smallville got together on one of the best podcasts we’ve ever heard, which included this remix of ‘Beside Me’ by Essay. Personally, I could listen to those chords on loop for quite some time, and better still, it’s available to buy now along with 16 other album remixes. So much good news in such a small post…aren’t we good to you?
Do you like strings? If so, you’re reaaaally going to like us today, although you’ll probably like Matthew and Lee a little more. We’re merely the messengers, bearing heavenly deep house from their All Day I Dream imprint. The cloud says it all, just let yourself float away…And if you don’t like strings? They’ve even chucked in a Dub for you…for the love! Due out in the next few weeks so make sure you BUY it.
The title track from Moomin’s new LP on Smallville is – like the rest of the album – haunting, evocative and utterly sublime. I’d never heard of him (her? it? them??) until now, so there’s a decent chance some of you may have not either. Pick it up now from What People Play and find a suitable place in which to melt…
More Ibzian Riviera than Devonshire coast, this is Jamie Blanco’s 808 Acid remix of a Metronomy song. I have to be completely honest: I wasn’t bowled over by ‘The English Riviera’. Completely personal preference, but for all its ice creams and seagulls, it didn’t get into my soul. I just didn’t find any of the melodies catchy enough, I didn’t like a quality in the vocals and I therefore dismissed it because I am mean. I do however honestly love this. I love the warmth the bassline brings, I am truly astounded by what is unlocked on that drum machine, and as it clicks purposefully into the last breakdown, I adore it when the Charles-B-esque acid descends on the ending. I also concede a previous point, the vocal works…in this instance. It’s available to download on Jamie’s Soundcloud, how lovely!
Resident Advisor recently covered this superb album, and it’s a good job they did as it’s been on repeat ever since I first stuck it on my pod. At less than 30 minutes its a short but incredibly sweet excursion through dreamy pads, echoing beats and chopped vocals of indeterminate gender. Think Burial, but if he ever got out of London and sat on a beach occasionally.
‘Beside Me’ is the album opener, and you can pick up the whole thing from the Sun Glitters website for about the same price as a pint.