With 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
It’s been way too long since we heard something new from Sub Focus (Nick Douwma), but when this dropped last month, it was not only long-awaited but also hugely surprising as it represents a major departure from pretty much all of his previous work. (Oh and he’s grown his hair quite long too – what’s going on with the world?!)
Full of retro 1990’s references, we guarantee Love Divine will get stuck in your head. It might take two listens, but it will!
Sub Focus – Love Divine
It’s been over ten years since DJ/production duo Digitalism first appeared on the scene. Jens Moelle and İsmail Tüfekçi have become firm favourites on the European festival circuit and this summer will be making a huge impact with a host of new material from their latest album Mirage, out last week.
The album is pure electronic fun, spanning a whole host of genres from disco and prog rock to rave and hip-hop and with a flavour of style and variety we’d most closely associate with the wonderful Royksopp. But our standout from a first listen of the album is the electro-indie Battlecry which just gets into your head and kick-starts our working week nicely – turn it up loud and enjoy!
Digitalism – Battlecry
Ashamed to admit that we were late to discover this track earlier this year, despite it being out in 2013, but better late than never! It’s an amazing piece of work from Sheffield-based DJ Kidnap Kid (Matt Relton) with sublime vocals from one-time Rudimental collaborator and now solo artist Sinead Harnett.
It’s about as soppy as any selection on Sync will ever get, but its refined beauty wins us over every time.
Kidnap Kid – So Close
Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp have proved their longevity since forming in 1998.
Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland’s upbeat sound has seen them span a number of different musical genres across their five studio albums, including ambient, house and synthpop.
But just as importantly, they’ve been consistent in coming up with some highly creative videos for their tracks. Once we decided to feature Röyksopp in our Backtrack section, we struggled to pick between Eple (originally released as their second single in 2001 and included on the 2002 LP Melody AM before a single re-release in 2003), and Remind Me (their fourth single, released in 2002) but went for the former for its sheer bonkers-yet-brilliant concept and execution.
So sit back, and enjoy a piece of music video brilliance…
Röyksopp – Eple
Oh hang on, we think Remind Me should be here too. If you’ve never seen it before, take a look at this and prepare for a statistical overload!
Röyksopp – Remind Me