HNNY // YUM001

Posted: December 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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As long time readers will know, I’m a massive fan of Swedish producer HNNY. Preferably pronounced ‘honey’ as his Discogs page explains, he is growing in stature by the release, and this Yum001 EP looks to wrap up a second breakthrough year.

The release also inaugurates the YUMMY label, with HNNY pushing a sound that lands somewhere between Leon Vynehall, Axel Bowman and Mark E. “6:30″ is the EP’s sweet and breezy tune, while “9:15″ is a beatdown house track full of the chiming Rhodes keys you’d expect to hear in a Francis Inferno Orchestra warm up set. Lastly, “12:00″ skirts into killer Balearic disco territory.

Yum001 is preferably listened to while a) strolling alone b) lying in a hammock at sunset c) standing with your bare feet in the sand or d) with your eyes shut. Whichever you choose, it’s a ideal accompaniment. Enjoy!


RON BASEJAM & CHICAGO DAMN // WOLF WHITE 004

Posted: December 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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The Wolf Music pack invite two old friends back for the fourth release in their top notch white label series, playing host to Ron Basejam, Danielle Moore and Chicago Damn for one hell of a party. The A-side sees Ron step up with a beautiful piece of soul sampling, low slung house, topped off by the sugar sweet vocals of fellow Crazy P-er Danielle Moore. Sleek, warm and grooving, this is the perfect track for an Australian summer sunset!

Chicago Damn rocks the flipside with a proper peaktime jam, which comes on strong. Strutting its stuff at the intersection between NY ballroom and Detroit basement, this is one of those killer cuts you can easily pitch up or down a few notches to suit your set. I cannot wait to play this out!


VOYAGE RECORDINGS // VYG01

Posted: May 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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We are approaching nearly a year here in Melbourne town and as most of the regular readers of Givafizz will gather, we have been covering a lot of the local talent. This is with very good reason, with lots of producers gaining attention not just here, but on a global scale – Francis Inferno Orchestra, Fantastic Man, Tornado Wallace, Harvey Sutherland, Sleep D, the Melbourne Deepcast crew – to name just a few!

Andy Hart, who has been running the Melbourne Deepcast’s label, podcast and events with Myles Mac for the past five years has branched out and started his very own label called Voyage Recordings. As the name suggests, it will explore his fascination with space and the galaxy, with this first four-track EP living up to that vibe.

The EP contains tracks from Any Hart himself, along with Harvey Sutherland, Saine and CTEPEO ’57. It’s hard to pick a favourite as they all stand out in their own right, but I’ve been rinsin’ Harvey Sutherland ‘s “Rosebud” track. Sublime!

Anyway, ramble over. Have a listen for yourself. Released late June.


GREEEN LINEZ // HIBISCUS PACIFIC EP

Posted: May 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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Greeen Linez is a collaboration between Chris Greenberg (from British electronic pop band Hong Kong In The 60s) and UK-born/Tokyo-based DJ/producer A Taut Line. The result is yacht funk meets Balearic that draws equally from boogie, jazz-funk & house. As a result, Hibiscus Pacific EP takes us on a musical journey and oozes tropical vibes throughout.

Remix-wise Sorcerer adds a slightly heavier beat and would be our favourite out of the lot. Jaques Renault and Moon B take the reins on the B side and take things in a completely different direction. It’s out now via Alliance Upholstery. Grab your copy here.


SANKT GORAN // TFSS EP

Posted: May 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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Fourth 12″ from Berlin/Stockholm-based record label The Free Spirit Society. The EP comes from label owner, Sankt Göran. Just like the label, this release goes in many directions.

A-sides’ Zurückbleiben is an electro influenced, up-tempo techno track. But the track that really grabbed our attention was on the B-side – “Late Nite Interlude” – is a held back, groovy number with a bouncing bassline and looped female vocal. I’ve had it one repeat since I came across this release last week. Due out soon.


MIA DORA // JEZEBEL EP

Posted: May 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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Fast rising stars Mia Dora are next to ply their trade on Glasgow Underground with the ‘Jezebel’ EP, featuring impressive and diverse remixes from ThermalBear and Walker & Royce.

After dropping the massive ‘You In The Future’ EP on Kerri Chandlers MadTech imprint (a label we simply love) and the ‘Clear’ EP on Moda Black (another), it’s fair to say that these guys have really hit the ground running.

Title track ‘Jezebel’ opens with raw chugging beats and a funky tom workout, evolving and developing into a groovy bumping behemoth. The pulsating bassline is sure to send shockwaves through any dancefloor and we reckon this will sound huge on the festival sound systems.

ThermalBears take goes all New-Jersey tinged, hitting you with stabby chords and synths and swinging drums. It’s a stunning interpretation, pushing the original for track of the EP. NYC-based Walker & Royce serve up a gritty, analogue cut, stripping the track back and relying on a brooding bassline and bubbling syncopated rhythms. It’s a raw and melodic but no less powerful affair.

With EP closer ‘Sex Lines’ the duo offer something different, fusing ‘hiphouse’ vocal lines and bold Chicago drums. The sub takes hold while the hook penetrates deep in to your subconscious. “I am delirious” indeed!

Building on the strength of previous releases, Mia Dora’s ‘Jezebel’ EP is out now on Glasgow Underground.


MELLA DEE // FEEL IT OUT EP

Posted: May 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

artworks-000074445580-fqr07n-t500x500Something a little different here… With releases already from the likes of Squarehead, Urulu and Jack Fell Down, Manucci’s Mistress pride themselves on “bringing you the deeper, sleazier side of underground electronic music…”. Well they certainly don’t fail to deliver here on ‘Feel It Out’, their 8th label release from London-based Mella Dee aka Ryan Aitchison. Forming one half of Mista Men, but recently receiving attention for his solo outings, his sound is inspired by, but not limited to, UK Garage and Bassline. Dark and gritty but oh-so-danceable, ‘Feel It Out’ is no different. Devastating in its simplicity, the title track is a real head nodder built around a growling reese bass, shuffling percussion and catchy vocal samples. This one hits your feet hard. On the flip ‘Raptor’ packs it’s own punch, bringing an eerie reverb drenched vibe, allowing space for spooky atmospherics. Raving in a haunted house has never been so much fun! Last but by no means least we have Leeds-based Will Berridges take on ‘Raptor’. Turning in a deep, pulsating re-rub, he moves the original in to warmer territories with the old-school breakdown around the 4:38 mark being worth the entrance fee alone. Perfectly straddling the House/Techno divide, this one is simply massive. ‘Feel It Out’ is available for pre-order on Manucci’s Mistress.


JAMES WELSH // WANDERLUST EP

Posted: May 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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We are big fans of James Welsh after some beautifully crafted house music on the likes of Hypercolour, Wolf Music, Losing Suki and Futureboogie. He now joins Shabby Doll Records to deliver a four-track release entitled ’Wanderlust EP’. The release brings together three sparkling James Welsh productions, along with a powerful remix of the title track by Hypercolour’s Ste Roberts.

The tracks on the B side really stand out for us, as James gets super smooth with the Larry Heard-esque groover “C64″. Heartfelt vocals declare love for music and yearning for more and the early doors or late night crowd will surely follow suit. The EP closer “Moving Out”, James shows another facet of his production, distilling a soulful beatdown sound. Out now.


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