Catz ‘n Dogz newest track “New Love” is on repeat on my laptop for maybe the fifth time, and things will be this way for a while. As the Polish duo announced on their social media, this track marks a meaningful 100 release on Pets Recordings, so of course, it’s a big deal. This is the way to celebrate. “New Love” touches every part of your being and invites you to lose yourself and dance it like when you were very young and carefree. But we all are exactly that, don’t we? This release comes with its own MV, so things look very promising.
Official release: 23 January
Ben Böhmer is back at it with brand new masterpieces from the electronic music world, all packed nicely into an already adored and simple titled EP – “Dive”. The producer has had his first ‘Essential New Tune’ on BBC Radio 1 from ‘Morning Falls’ era, which I guess made everyone wait with much anticipation a next successful craft, which is what happened. Released 6th July 2018, the new EP has the perfect playlist to listen to keep you company whenever and wherever. “Vale” and “Dive” are two tracks the German musician has been showing off, and I do not blame him. “Vale” or “see you again” is one beautiful track, where joy and a hint of sadness come together and blend into a smooth journey. Featuring vocals of Margret, ‘Dive’ is a dreamy like experience after which the abstract ‘Sonnenallee’ follows. Even before the official release of this new EP, fans already had a taste thanks to Anjunadeep mixes – a perfect tease before the actual “out now”.
North is the last EP released by Finnish Dj Yotto, packed with five Finland’s rural landscape-inspired works. North is also the title of one the tracks, released to the public on October 6, when the whole album has made its way out in the world. Yotto is known for the quality of his craft, if we only mention the unprecedented five Pete Tongs’s ‘Essential New Tunes’ on BBC Radio 1.
I loved the new track and I still do. It makes for a perfect tune when you all you need is something soothing. I guess we can blame on Finland. Can we really?
While writing this few lines, I am wondering why have I not been keeping up with what Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar from Bicep have been doing. I must have been consumed by something entirely different, but here I am reporting on their most recent release, Glue. The guys are ready with a self-titled new album, set to be out September 1 and till then Glue has been given to us as a treat, on August 4. Plenty of time to make a pre-order, since the new track is simply outstanding. Noticeably softer and smoother than what they have created for Aura, released back in June, from the same album. Both tracks have received positive reviews, mine included. However, I am more inclined towards Glue, and that’s my final say on the matter.
Label: Ninja Tune
Genre: Electronica, Downtempo
So it’s been a while since 8-9 July when Kappa Futur Festival 2017 happened in Turin. Meanwhile, I’ve been busy procrastinating so here are my top three tracks from the festival, delivered to you better later than never.
Seth Troxler’s b2b set with The Martinez Brothers gave me a tune to love and attach in the depth of my soul. Released by artist Kid Enigma under label Plant 74 on 11 December 2014, Dangerous is an awesome piece with smooth rhythms and lyrics to remember.
The first track from Nina Kraviz’s set is her 2014 release, IMPRV. Simply as that. Or not. Listening to it I got a slightly surreal feeling, a result of Kraviz’s seductive voice played on top of a mysterious sound resembling, in my opinion, an 80’s nostalgy. Then, in the middle of the track, there’s a change of pulse and suddenly everything becomes more awake and alert. Maybe we were in fact dreaming. Then we woke up.
And finally, there’s Joseph Capriati’s ‘one of a kind’ techno track Solar System, released back in 2012, under Drumcode label. The Italian Dj gifted the audience with this powerful tune, slightly mixing the track for the live version.
Seth Troxler had a b2b session at Ultra Music Festival Miami on March 26 with none other than Jamie Jones. These two guys seem to be often in each others company during music events, and that ends up well. At Ultra Miami the set they’ve build lasted for two hours and held Troxler’s unique style of interfering with the track right when you’re about to have your ascension to another dimension, and then still get you satisfied. As for Jamie Jones, I feel like his style is more aligned with the audience and when combined with Troxler’s craft, the delivery just gets to a whole new level.
The set had a lot to offer, most tracks being the treasure type, like Sweet Light’s Trixx. The tune is from 2004 and may be uncomfortable for listening to headphones due to a patterned scratchy sound, which gets better and better as the track evolves and relaxes.
Old School from Metronomy received a well-deserved attention at the beginning of the set, and it may be or may be not worked by ID artist, but Fatima Yamaha did just as good at remixing it back in June, last year.
What I Want from DirrtyDishes and Mikah, officially released in March this year, is another track that stood out with its impressive voice and lyrics repeated on a danceable orchestration.
Maceo Plex has been releasing a good bunch of remixes and collaborations in the past few years, leaving fans satisfied enough but the best part has been only recently presented, consisting of an actual album from the artist. Officially announced on June 16, it is said to be inspired by Maceo’s paternal experience since the birth of his child. And although you wouldn’t normally compose techno out of your child-parent bond, if Maceo has done it, we can only take his word for it and embrace the subject and the method.
Eleven tracks are making the cut on the album, named ‘Solar’ after Maceo’s son, and if you’re in doubt, I will tell you that a while back the artist composed a track with a similar name, ‘Solar Detroit’. Not the same thing. Back to what has happened on the new album, with ‘Polygon Pulse’ I have a feeling of Deja vu. ‘The Separation’ is a tantalizing call to a surreal past, and ‘Solar Wind’ wins in terms of edginess. ‘Lucid Dreamer’ starts off sounding lifeless but slowly builds up emotion and even pleasure.
With all these great tracks it seems not only unappropriate to choose a favorite but pointless too, proving once again the quality of Maceo Plex’s craft.
First track and my favourite from this list, Home -perfect way to name such a track -, comes from Icarus. The two brothers behind the label made this beautiful, dreamy and almost hypnotising track as a collaboration with artist Aurora. It’s a great electronic sound, easy to listen and done with good taste, lasting a little over 6 minutes. Definitely a treat!
Next track in line comes from Lithuanian producer and artist Few Nolder. Called One, the track is a beautiful journey into the sound, well done, compact and mesmerising. It definitely makes you eager for the summer and a much needed electronic vibe in the air – something we all have been missing this past winter.
Last track called Another Day Heartless comes from London based artist Demarzo, who himself writes about his music on his Facebook page, as “the stuff that makes you dance”. I guess he likes to keep his promises because this Heartless track is indeed a danceable one, and in fact it is the only track from today’s list where you have the dancing thing going on. And because two minutes is not enough, here you have the longer version, a little over 6 minutes to enjoy.