As I’m sure most of you know, Play it Down is a spin off label from Jesse Rose and the Made to Play stable, dedicated to house beats. The next release which dropped earlier this week is from the Swiss-born, Berlin-based producer David Keno. The deep tech house release with a groovy bassline and smooth vocal also comes with two Jesse Rose edits. Nice! You can grab your copy here.
Del’s first foray into the world of music was through a second hand sampler that he acquired and began experimenting with in the late 80’s. Since then, although his studio has been updated somewhat, his love of all things synth still remains. His EP Don’t Lose Control shows his modern disco influence as well as drawing inspiration from the past. And Faze Action steps in with a great edit. Solid! Out now on Juno.
We’ve seen numerous remixes for Lana Del Rey‘s Video Games, Born To Die & Blue Jeans. Now, the new single, National Anthem, has got the remix treatment from the mighty Tensnake. I’m sure over the coming weeks the internet will be awash with remixes of this track – but Tensnake has set the bar very high! It’s a spacey cosmic number, which sounds quiet different for him. But I like it, I like it a lot!
NATIONAL ANTHEM VIDEO
In the original video that was released yesterday, Lana Del Rey has teamed up with rapper A$AP Rocky to reenact US President John F Kennedy’s assassination in the video for her latest single National Anthem. The singer starts off the stylish new promo playing JFK’s lover, Marilyn Monroe, and recreates the famous moment in history when the actress sung to the president at his birthday bash.
Ok ok, I’ve given in and going to join everyone else on the magic train. This mixtape has been blogged & tweeted all day. And with good reason, as it’s packed with lots of great tunes from Perseus, Moon Boots, Peter & The Magician and many more. There won’t be a magic tape in July and August, so this is your summer fill from The Magician. Enjoy!
I’ve been a big fan of these White Light mixes for a while now, and if you follow this blog – these mixes won’t come as a surprise as I’ve blogged others in the series from the likes of Maxxi Soundsystem, The C90s & Plastic Plates. Now the LA duo Oliver work their magic to bring us another unique mix. I’d try and explain it, but they do a much better job…
“In a world between dreams and reality, this mix was intended to conjure the feeling of a night cruise down some lost highway draped in a tapestry of stars. Enjoy”
Mercury are on fire at the moment, this is now their 4th EP and lots of great remixes – I’m pretty excited about what these guys have to bring! They deliver a funky, heavy, energetic kind of house music which has a glance over its shoulder for inspiration.
The title track from the new EP, Old Man’s House is a bluesy / gospel vocal house groover. And my favourite comes on the flipside opener Rio – slapped bass, filtering and a tasty breakdown. Great, just great!
I just discovered this London DJ / producer Nolan, who seems to be making serious waves. His debut release Thief was put out by Nervous Records and made its way into the discerning boxes of Wolf & Lamb, Droog and Maceo Plex. Not bad for a debut!
He seems to straddle house and disco with a underground feel. Exactly the sort of vibes we love! His next release, Ghetto Bicep, is coming out in July on Connaisseur. The title track is a bouncy Disco number with a lively bassline and catchy synths. On the flip, you will find a cover-version of MK’s classic 1991 tune The MKappella.
Nolan is one to watch this year for sure.