Monday, December 09, 2019

Robin M - Hangdrum

Half of rising London-based duo CLiQ, Robin M released a two track EP to Ground Up Records Friday. Piquing my interest thanks to its title, the lead track does indeed feature the "Hangdrum." An undeniably beautiful instrument, Robin uses its soothing resonance brilliantly combining it with other tribal-like drums and a cool deep club sound. "Hangdrum" transforms any listening environment into a hazy forest, making masterful use of the steam/fog-machine sound effect. A captivating and immersive cut, Robin M has built the perfect blend of emotive natural feels and club qualities. Get the EP now here.

Friday, December 06, 2019

Enlightened Listening for December 6

It's the end of the year and everyone's busy so I'm gonna keep the write-up to a minimum for this edition of Enlightened Listening. We open with the first single from ATTLAS' forthcoming album, before turning to two epic compilations from EMERCIVE and fabric respectively. They're followed by two of my favourite artists in Jessie Ware atop Franky Wah and another new Caribou cut. Next up Purple Disco Machine tries his hand at taking on Dua Lipa's fantastic "Don't Start Now." Staying funky, Friend Within hits Toolroom for "Space Jam" and GotSome sends us some Chicago grooves with "The Message." Finally we close with an ingenious take on Joris Voorn's "Messiah." Enjoy and have a great weekend!

ATTLAS - Sinner Complicated

Various Artists - Converge, Vol. 3

Various Artists - 20 Years Of fabric

Franky Wah - Time After Time (ft. Jessie Ware)

Caribou - You And I

Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now (Purple Disco Machine Remix)

Friend Within - Space Jam

GotSome - The Message (ft. Chuck Roberts)

Joris Voorn ft. HÆLOS - Messiah (Dark Science Piano Mix)

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Throwback Thursday: HAIM - Falling (Duke Dumont Remix)

With the retrospective that comes with this final month of the decade, I figured today's Throwback Thursday post would be a perfect time to shine a light on one of the most important pieces in my musical evolution.

The year was 2013 and I found myself reaching into genres that I either hadn't heard before or hadn't enjoyed much in recent years. And of course there is always an impetus to such exploration, a singular inspiration. In this case it was Duke Dumont's blissful take on HAIM's "Falling." Introduced to me as a track he'd been closing his sets with at the time, I was immediately hooked on his cherubic chord selections and ever growing atmosphere. It's pure sonic pleasure with just the right amount of dance desire. His work around HAIM's vocals, especially Danielle's breathy delivery, is simply sensational. It was quirky and captivating to me, someone who had never heard HAIM before - however this was all about to change.

Later in that year HAIM performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, once again captivating me with their energy, enthusiasm and all around artistry (Este's incredible bass face included). All that winter I gorged myself on other live performances, eventually playing their Days Are Gone on repeat as I rode lawnmowers and weed-whacked my way through my landscaping job the following summer.

As readers of this blog will know, HAIM have since become one of my all-time favourite bands and for that I can thank Duke Dumont. It is this kind of inspiration I aim incite with this blog and my various radio shows, as you never know where your tastes will turn or what connections will be made.FOLLOW DUKE DUMONT: FACEBOOK SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER