Tagged: Dance

GALLERY: South West Four 2017

The sun shone strongly for this year’s SW4, headlined by Pendulum and Deadmau5 across the two day event at the end of last month. Here’s a little flavour of a bass-filled weekend, including shots from sets by Example, Disciples, Laidback Luke, Knife Party and Sub-Focus

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Tora – Entity (ft. Merryn Jeann)

We can’t get enough of the laidback vibe of Tora and latest tune Entity is one of their slickest yet. It’s taken from the Aussie band’s debut album Take A Rest which is out now and should be of great interest to any fans of the likes of SOHN or James Blake.

Catch them live in the UK next month at Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester (7 October), or their headline shows in London (9) and Brighton (10).

Tora – Entity (ft. Merryn Jeann)

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Dimension – Black Church

Probably our favourite producer/DJ right now, Dimension – aka London-based Robert Etheridge – absolutely smashed his Saturday night set at South West Four Festival at the end of last month, and new tune Black Church is a slick slice of the raw, pared-back drum & bass that he is becoming known for. The track has also been given the full music video treatment – Dimension’s first full visual.

If you like this, you have to hear his incredibly atmospheric and energetic pair Automatik and Generator although please promise us you’ll do so in the dark. And on the loudest speakers/headphones you can find.

Dimension – Black Church

BC Unidos – Bicycle (ft. Shungudzo)

Here’s one that has been bubbling under for a while and since we can’t get it out of our heads, decided it was deserving of a share. BC Unidos is the brainchild of two of Sweden’s biggest producers, Markus Krunegård and Patrik Berger, who have worked with big names such as Santigold, Charlie XCX, Icona Pop, and Robyn. Bicycle is a real feel-good summer cut which has unsurprisingly been picking up a fair bit of airplay. BC Unidos have also released the Carli remix of the track which takes the original into club territory by fusing grime and dancehall and is well worth a listen.

And hey, if cycling-relating music is your thing, then see also this and this…. but be warned that the ladies in the latter one are not wearing cycle helmets!

BC Unidos – Bicycle (ft. Shungudzo)

Jaded – In The Morning

London trio Jaded have been earning rave reviews for this track which is fast becoming something of a summer anthem.

The producers – Nari Man, Jordan Park, and Teo Cretella – met in London from Iran, Italy and London respectively and have been picking up plenty of airplay since last year’s track 4000Hz hit the nation’s ears. In The Morning is their latest brash and highly infections effort and, for us, is infinitely better. And you can catch the guys live on 25 August at London’s KOKO.

As for the video, well, we’ve all found ourselves out late when an attack of the munchies strikes so there’s a lesson to be learned here: if you’re out tonight or over the weekend, be prepared – take snacks. Lots of snacks.

Jaded – In The Morning

TAKE 5: South West Four, 26-27/8/17

SW4 sunday line-upWith less than a month to go until some of the biggest names in EDM assemble on Clapham Common for South West Four, we’ve been casting our eye over the stellar line-up to pick a few not-to-be-missed acts. With headline sets from the likes of Knife Party, Deadmau5, Pendulum, and Tinie Tempah, the event maintains its reputation for booking huge acts. But to be fair, there is solid stuff to be found right throughout the schedule so here are a few that you should seriously consider seeking out if you’re heading along to the big Bank Holiday weekend party.  Continue reading

Neo Noir – Violet (ft. Brooke Williams)

We fell totally and utterly in love with recent Neo Noir track Colours, but this one has done much to wrestle for top spot in our affections. Featuring incredible other-worldly vocals from Brooke Williams, this reinvention of the 1995 song by Courtney Love’s Hole is a multi-dimensional thing of beauty that ebbs and flows, taking you on a real musical journey that you really don’t want to end.

Neo Noir are an LA-based producer/DJ collective made up of Bradley Allan and Greg Ogan. They have that knack of creating EDM tunes of real substance as well as style and we look forward to hearing a lot more from them in the months ahead. In the meantime, if you like Violet, check out When I Was Young, which also features Williams’ wonderful vocals and is super-special.

Neo Noir – Violet (ft. Brooke Williams)

Fabich – Hold On (ft. Josh Barry)

We’re always on the lookout for what we consider to be a ‘Friday tune’, so you can’t even begin to imagine how happy we were to have this beauty appear before our very ears. Hold On is the brand new track from London-based producer Fabich and features the vocal talents of Josh Barry. An absolute gem, and with a suitable cracking video to go with it.

And while you’re about it, don’t miss the absolutely sublime acoustic version of this song – both versions are below.

Fabich – Hold On (ft. Josh Barry)

Fabich – Hold On (ft. Josh Barry) Acoustic

KVR – Never Gonna Be (ft. Kaíva)

Summer tune alert! Out today, Never Gonna Be is the debut single from KVR – 17-year-old producer Koen Van Ravensberg (we see what he did there).

It’s a dance track that neatly fuses some of the core tried-and-trusted dance components with feel-good tropical pop. The vocals of Noréll singer Kaíva offers the finishing polish for a track that should, by rights, be getting a fair bit of radio airplay over the coming weeks.

KVR – Never Gonna Be (ft. Kaíva)

LIVE: Rumours, Birthdays, London (12/5/17)

DSC_0733 (2)A warm, sultry Friday evening in London got even hotter in the basement environment of Birthdays in Dalston, East London. The biggest show so far by emerging soul-pop trio Rumours saw this compact venue packed out and enthralled by an hour-long set that included sublimely chilled out tunes alongside more uptempo material.

Comprising Mark Borgazzi (vocals/keyboards), Federico Bigonzetti (drums) and Marion Solheim (vocals), the band are earning a reputation for finely-crafted songs characterised by a real depth of feeling achieved through wonderful harmonies between the vocals of Borgazzi and Solheim. We’re always keen to discover whether the recorded version of this magical vocal skill can be replicated on the live stage, so it was great to hear them nail it wonderfully on the night.

The set built nicely, from a low-key but solid first half through to a much more upbeat second. So Bad, Invitations and I Do It All were particular highlights – along with new single Hunter – but there were no weak links here. It was an impressive performance for a band still in its relative early stages.

They promised an eager crowd that more new material was on the way soon. If they can create more along the lines of what’s gone before then a very bright future lies ahead… and that’s more than just a rumour.

See also: DISCOVER… Rumours

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Dan Crossley – Nothing But Love

Pure synth-pop at it’s best, this one deserves to be a summer pop anthem. Meet Dan Crossley, a 21-year-old singer songwriter from Telford who has been busy writing songs throughout his teens.

He attracted plenty of attention with his debut track Feel and has now followed it up with Nothing But Love, which is what we have for this tune. It is taken from his five-track EP Feel which is out on Friday 19 May.

Dan Crossley – Nothing But Love

Lauren Faith – Let Them Talk

UK R&B singer/songwriter Lauren Faith has had an introduction to the industry that is anything but low-key. With debut track Got It Good featuring on both Kaytranada’s album 99.9% and Craig David’s latest album Following My Intuition, the 21-year-old has already cut her teeth in the most credible of ways.

Faith has been busy cooking up further material in the studio. Her first solo track, Let Them Talk starts by giving the initial impression that it is going to be a fairly straightforward R&B affair, but then breaks down into a far more jazzy, off-kilter and experimental tone, with an instrumental courtesy of emerging UK beatmaker Lostboy working to emphasise Faith’s silky delivery.

Catch Lauren Faith at her own headline show at London’s Waiting Room on 2 May – tickets here.

Lauren Faith – Let Them Talk

Dead Lavender – Seasons Change

Rather liking Seasons Change, the first commercial release from Dead Lavender. The artists responsible are so far shrouded in mystery, although we do know that they are a London-based collaborative duo, consisting of vocalists and producers V & Oliver. With a second tune apparently in the final stages, hopefully there’s plenty more where this track came from.

The video was shot in Los Angeles on Christmas Day last year and was produced by the pair with a retro vibe using VCR filters and 90’s colour grading.

Dead Lavender – Seasons Change