Musical Crush #5: We Need To Talk About Kevin!

Isn’t it just THE BEST when you demand to know the erection-inducing track your DJ fave has just dropped, and fail in your train-spotting mission, only to have said track reveal itself serendipitously the week after when you’re in need of some serious musical nourishment?”

This inspired me to do some ridiculous peacock-type sideways dance at LEAF on Saturday 7th March when Anja Schneider dropped it with a typical cheeky smile on her face; and whilst my lame attempts to find out its name failed miserably (hiding behind speaker before giving up and swapping a ‘whatsthiscalled?!’ for a lame thumbs up, we can now ALL be enlightened about its brilliance…

So it’s with GREAT delight that we can now reveal the track that caused Clare to tune-spot and basically out herself unsuccessfullly on Tobacco Dock stage (displaying a desperate curiousity we are both proudly guilty of – without it, the likes of Fango & Good Guy Mikesh could’ve slipped under the radar), was in fact…

KEVIN OVER – ‘RETROVISION’ [Noir Music]

 

Nothing makes us feel so positively ancient (speak for yourself Clare..) than seeing young Kevin was born in bloody 1991! The techno smarty pants has been Djing since he was 14 and as a producer dropped cuts on the gloriously named Rabies Records, Audio Safari and a maiden EP on Noir back in 2012.

However like some of the finest wines, the best artists are those who linger a little longer in the shadows, their taste and style developing until they’re ready to really let rip with their best stuff … enter 2015’s ‘Retrovision’ EP on Noir.

The title track is the sort of bomb that even through shitty headphones (we’re still mourning the death of Clare’s Sennheisers), causes you to whip up a storm in Starbucks, have you seat-dancing in your office, and transports you to a gloriously dark heads-down hands-up basement rave; this is the sort of masterpiece that makes you pull ’that face’ with each delicious build up, each jabbing piano key raising your BPM, only slowed by the occasional off-beat chord and a sparse gravelly vocal.

The track is now sitting cosy at #20 in Beatport Tech House charts but let’s hope it climbs higher like it deserves to eh! If he continues this inspiring vein of form, we’ll definitely be talking about you more, Kevin! (Lydia & Clare)

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Keep up with Kevin’s face-scratching cuts over at….

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kevinovermusic

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kevin-over

And you can buy the EP (also featuring Marc DePulse & Frag Maddin) here: https://pro.beatport.com/release/retrovision-pt-i/1473310#

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LAST NIGHT A YOGI SAVED MY LIFE…

The brilliant, frustrating, yet ultimately magical aspect of Ibiza is its two halves; the zen and the hedonistic cray cray. People go mad trying to balance them. Or don’t even bother, eschewing the ying and yang for transcendence or a total trash fest.

I am the product of hippy, Ayurveda-embracing parents who never fed me a single meat product in my life, while still embracing a Steve Urkel-like geekism for electronic music from my late teens onwards and an ‘unleash the beast’ appetite for fun that hasn’t tempered with age. Ibiza just makes sense to me.

That said, finding The Balance has remained the eternal struggle. Every time I’m having a divine moment of clarity on a yoga mat, it’s always been preceded by a lengthy dancefloor indulgence, followed by some sort of ‘what-am-I-doing-with-my-life existential crises’, that’s finally balanced out by some downward dogs, with a side of chanting. Phew, balance regained!

In May the two worlds were united for one inspiring day at the Healing Ibiza event.

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The two-day event showcased a variety of different healing and wellness practioners, set among the sumptuous surrounds of the Atzaro Hotel in Ibiza. After what had been a rather indulgent-heavy start to my Ibiza season, I was genuinely looking forward to a day of wholesome good behavior and getting my head in check before a hectic week of work ahead.

Our friend Trish Whelan, was programming the music for the day and had spent months preparing the line-up. Trish is genuine hero of mine, a guru and an inspiration. A stalwart of the music industry, she’s worked with everyone from U2 to Nellee Hooper and indirectly gave me my big break in London while heading up The Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music, hooking me up with Strummerville’s then-publicist Kim Booth from Rebel Butterfly, the company I still work for today.

As much as music runs through her veins, like me (to be fair, far more than me), she has a deeply cosmic side to her and relocated to Ibiza at the beginning of last season to focus on teaching Kundalini Yoga and being a reiki practioner. When work has gotten too stressful, or the partying a little too intense, Trish has been a cosmic leveler, a wise sage and ultimately an invaluable friend.

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On the day of Healing Ibiza I came for the yoga, but ultimately stayed to support Trish. She had spoken exultantly of The Kamari Project, an act that combined Sanskrit mantra with electronic beats, headed by producer Kamari and his partner Manvir, a vocalist and trained instrumentalist, who were closing the day’s events

High on downward dogs and with a golden sunset settling over the stage, we settled on stools to watch them lay down chord-driven house (think Djuama Soundystem’s ‘Les Djinns’ and Booka Shade’s ‘In White Rooms’), that moved into classic ‘90s dance of the ilk of DJ Rolando’s ‘Knights of the Jaguar’, all while Manvir’s delicate chants filled the air. We didn’t stay static for long. In fact, it was the first moment of dancefloor clarify of the season as Trish and our dear friend Leah and I were dancing as if on invisible pogosticks, our arms hoisted skywards. And blissfully there wasn’t a 20EUR vodka in sight or gaggle of bodies crammed inside a seedy toilet cubicle. We’d been gifted a true Ibiza musical moment and the calendar had barely even clocked over into May. And what’s more the two normally disparate worlds of yoga and music had been combined and the union couldn’t have been sweeter. (Clare)

Listen to a mini-set from the Kamari Project’s performance at Healing Ibiza: https://soundcloud.com/akashikrecordings/the-kamari-project-live-ft-manvir-healing-ibiza-mini-mix-2014

Find out more information on The Kamari Project: http://www.akashikrecordings.com/the-kamari-project/

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https://www.facebook.com/thekamariproject

Learn more about Trish Whelan’s Kundalini Yoga and Reiki retreats: http://souladventures.co.uk

Read White Ibiza’s interview with Trish: http://www.white-ibiza.com/ibiza-yoga-wellbeing-soul-adventures-trish-whelan

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Musical Crush #4: Jesse Boykins III – Plain [Nomadic Music]

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iTunes has just told me I’ve played this 14 times since downloading it last night, but to be honest, I’m surprised it wasn’t more. Musically speaking I’ve experienced a sluggish start to 2014 and struggled to find my mojo, but this nu-soul/pop-laced gem is so sublime it’s got me grinning like a giddy teenager.

Introduced to it by my savvy friend Joe (who also makes very tasty tunes under the moniker .motif) during an afters session in Bristol last Sunday, we both sat a little dumbstruck trying to unpack its brilliance.

Produced by Machinedrum, who’s more readily associated with jungle, footwork and drum’n’bass, having released his debut album ‘Vapour City’ on Ninja Tune last year, this is a masterclass in next level studio wizardry; that bassline, those chords and vocal harmonies…deliciously good! – Clare

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WIN! DANIEL AVERY MERCH and TICKETS with TOURIST PRESENT DANIEL AVERY (GEORDIE SPECIAL!)

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When it comes to musical crushes, we won’t even bother crossing our legs to hide it – we have a massive girl boner for Daniel Avery. The young Brit’s debut album ‘Drone Logic’ is still heavily played on our iPod, simultaneously a titillating headphone-friendly album, while having us twitching to shake a leg on the dancefloor, as he evokes a kind of blistering sonic experience akin to the big room sounds of the Chemical Brothers. It’s music guaranteed to raise your pulse rate, but in a pleasant non-heart attack inducing way.

On the back of dominating 2013, Avery isn’t showing any signs of letting up in the first quarter of the year. The title track from his album will be released as a single on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy imprint, with a new remix of Factory Floor, while re-rubs of other album tracks ‘Need Electric’ (Audion remix) and ‘Free Floating’ (Matt Walsh) will complete the package.

To further add to our Avery fix, he’s locked and loaded for an Essential Mix to air on March 29.

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So, when Tourist announced Daniel Avery was going to be playing their first event of 2014 on 8th March, it’s safe to say we’re a bit excited. Following the last two bookings of A Love From Outer Space and Optimo, Tourist are clearly keeping the bar high. After two stellar events at Think Tank Hoults Yard, Tourist have decided to move the party across the road to Warehouse 34 space: however, you can expect it to be nothing like a venue you’ve ever seen before as  they’re hired a theatre company to completely change the space.

Avery will be joined by Tourist residents The Last Waltz. Comprising the DJs who brought the North East the legendary Dada parties, these guys have been released on a plethora of great labels such as Tusk, Let’s Play House, World Unknown, Future Boogie and more.

Head to The Tanners beforehand for a top Pre-Avery Warm Up from 8pm, where Tourist-Mag co-founder Mark Algar and We Love Space resident (often described as a true Balearic heartthrob) Ian Blevins will set the musical bar high for the rest of what looks to be a pretty epic event.

ANYWAY, the really sweet stuff is that Tourist is running a ‘Like’ & ‘Share’ competition that you should definitely try your chances at. All you have to do is ‘like’ the Tourist Facebook Page, then ‘Like’ & ‘Share’ this image to be in with a chance of winning the following:

► 1x Signed Double Gatefold Vinyl Copy of Drone Logic Album ► 1x Official Drone Logic T Shirt. ► 4 x Free tickets to Tourist featuring Daniel Avery (anybody who has already purchased tickets can have fee refunded)

Runner up prizes: ► 2 x Free tickets to Tourist featuring Daniel Avery.

Or, to make sure you definitely get to see one of the biggest most inspirational DJs of last year and undoubtedly the year ahead, you can pick tickets up HERE.

Time for us to go shut our doors and hoy Drone Logic back in our ears… (Clare & Lydia)

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Fresh Meat #1: Gardens Of God

A new series where we pass on news of artists we’ve just discovered and why we want a piece of them…

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While deep in conversation with the legendary Maceo Plex for another piece, he very generously gave me a hot tip to look out for: Gardens Of God, on Ellum Audio. Well, the second he mentioned this new artist was Lithuanian I was typing the name into Google – with Basanov being the only Lithuanian DJ and producer on our radar so far, this was an opportunity not to be missed.

With no RA page, only 114 Soundcloud followers and only 422 likes on Facebook (me being the 114th and 422nd respectively), Gardens Of God, known to his mum as Mindaugas Lapinskis,  is one of the freshest names around, and Balearic deep house at its finest. Here we give you a taster of the hat trick of gorgeous tracks from his forthcoming EP ‘Ys’, starting with the stellar ‘Are We’, featuring celestial vocals from Egle Sirvydyte.

A preview of the whole EP was uploaded on his Soundcloud last week:

 

But… since seventy seconds is nowhere near satisfying enough, luckily for us ‘Are We’ is now available in its entirety since just two days ago thanks to i-D Online:

Beneath ghostly gorgeous vocals lurks a walking bassline that you can expect to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Watch out for the breakdown 4:34 minutes in too which is deliciously satisfying and just gets better the more you listen to it… It’s been a while since we found a track so vocal-heavy that moved us this much which is a refreshing change! Expect whispery hi-hats and trippy synths – what more could you want?!

‘Are We’ will be released on Ellum Audio on February 17th (that’s 3 weeks and 4 days – not that we’re counting…) (Lydia)

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Musical Crush #3: Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants

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Well, it’s been a while since our last post…  Christmas and January are always a bit strange for music, and to be honest we’ve been too busy devouring our veggie Christmas dinners (REPRESENT), travelling Australia (annoyingly not at the same time) and enjoying all the leftovers from 2013 – from past mixes and tracks that slipped by the first time round, to every end of year Top List we could possibly trawl through, to even those pesky toffee penny Quality Streets everyone leaves festering in the tub until last…

So, it really takes a certain calibre of track to, quite frankly, get you beating off to music again. And we’re happy to announce that Ten Walls’ ‘Walking With Elephants’ is it!

Ever since inadvertently ‘outing’ him across the internet with our piece ‘Come Out of the Closet, Mario Basanov!’ we’ve had Basanov and his Ten Walls moniker on constant repeat. The Lithuanian gem has provided us with some of the best music of the last year. Plenty of men disappointed us in 2013 one way or another but Ten Walls continues to satisfy us every time…

Catapulting us right back into that heady state and giving us the back-shivers and goose bumps that only a flawless track like this can provide, Ten Walls continues to blow us away. With a crescendo that creeps up on you throughout and trumpets juxtaposed with those gorgeous electronic strings, Ten Walls undoubtedly remains a crucial ingredient in electronic music. The stunning melancholic elements reminiscent of Jean Michel Jarre are what truly make this track worthy of our First Musical Crush of 2014. Keep an eye out for a release date; Basanov please don’t leave us hanging too long! (Lydia)

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A YEAR OF BEATING OFF: OUR FAVOURITE TRACKS OF 2013

Lydia LogoEnd of year lists can be a right ball ache if you feel obliged to cast a wide net, or represent popular opinion. And for a wee moment there we fell into that trap. Tracks like Ten Walls’ ‘Gotham’, Mano Le Tough’s ‘Primitive People’ (Tale of Us remix) and Paul Woolford’s ‘Untitled’ very deservedly belong in any ‘best of’ review, but for Beating Off Music’s inaugural round-up we had to stick with the ones that moved us the most.

Here find only tracks that made us leap from our work desk and begin a home office dance, scream TUUUUUNE to an empty house or phone a friend we were so awestruck by their sheer affecting genius…

Henry Saiz – Walking On A Wire [Eklektisch]

Clare says: Definitely not a surprise inclusion considering our exultant rave about the track in ‘Why hasn’t Henry Saiz asked me to move in with him yet’ last month,  ‘Walking on a Wire’ sits alongside the Spaniard’s ‘Honey Wine’ as his most brilliant masterstroke to date and also shows he’s more than capable of producing a big room crowd pleaser to compliment his dreamy back catalogue. Ridiculously good.

Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt – Place Of Love (MP Edit) [Ellum Audio]

We say:  Like a really good first kiss this track leaves you breathless, emotional and craving more, more, more! (check out our Musical Crush piece on this track here). Somehow striking a perfect balance between celestial and fist-clenchingly epic, we might even go as far as to dub it the modern electronic version of a certain heavenly choir of Angels.

Ella Fitzgerald – Blues Skies (Maya Jane Coles Remix) [Verve Records]

Clare says: Maya had another mighty year in 2013 with the release of her debut album ‘Comfort’, but it was this remix of Ella Fitzgerald’s classic that saw her deft skill for combining a catchy vocal hook with bass-laced dancefloor sensibilities that saw me hitting the repeat button the most and bombarding Lydia with how-good-is-this-track giddy texts.

Guti – Hope [DTFD]

Lydia says: The vocals and percussion showcase Guti’s classical jazz capabilities but there’s no denying that with a bass like this, part of his heart belongs to house and techno. This is a perfect soundtrack to a moment of joy or when you need a boost (standard from this loveable Argentinian). My own memories of this track accompanied by an Ibiza sunrise, great company, fancy dress and a paddling pool make it one of my favourite and most evocative tracks of the year.

“I do believe music can influence people, inspire them and make them better. ‘Hope’ was an honest anthem to life. Positive vibrations!” – Guti

Dominik Eulberg – Opel Tantra [Herzblut Recordings]

Clare says: Euphoric techno tailor made for ravers reared on trance, Papa Sven was always going to make this Dominik Eulberg moneyshot his own this summer. During one outing to Cocoon I remember climbing my friend Jeremy like a beanstalk (he’s tall y’know) before punching the air like Olympians on point of impact.

Thor – Yellow Sky Over Reykjavík (Baikal Remix) [Connaisseur Recordings]

Lydia says: The muffled drums creeping in then dominating this tune definitely upgrade this from ‘Shazam the hell out of it’ to ‘THIS is the sort of track this blog is about’ status (hence why it was the focus of our first blog post). The breakdown gives me goose bumps, the vocal use sends shivers down my spine and if you don’t pull your best ‘arghhh this TRACK!’ expression to this then you’re dead inside. The ultimate face-scratcher.

 “I never have a vision when I make music, for me it’s like doing a puzzle on intuition. I’ll keep on trying new approaches until something special enough happens. Once that‘s established I follow that lead and hope for the best.
Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t!
– Baikal

Rodriguez Jr. & And.ld – Roads [mobilee records]

Clare says: I am absolutely convinced ex-Youngsters member Rodriguez Jr. is one of the most gifted dance music producers to navigate a Logic session. This trumpet-led gem completed with mobilee label mate And.ld is simply the most sublime record I’ve heard all year, achieving the rare feat of being both melancholic and uplifting all in stupidly good seven minutes. I must have listened to this 50 times and it still has an incapacitating affect.

Ten Walls – Mongol [Life and Death]

We say: ‘Gotham’ and ‘Requiem’ were no doubt bigger, but it was this bad boy that had us looking at each other with awe-stuck disbelief. That twisted Middle Eastern flute combined with the harmonizing pads conjured an almost celestial vibe and made many a dancefloor moment throughout summer. When it was finally released in November it was like we’d finally got to the front of Heaven’s queue and it actually was all it’s cracked up to be.

Rich Nxt – Livin A Vibe [Fuse London]

Clare says: Pure ear porn, good and proper. But as with anything from London’s Fuse crew you’ll do it justice if you’re listening with top-notch headphones or speakers. Rich is an incredible talent and his formative years weaned on jungle records really shine through on this funky stripped back cut with the most PHWOOOAR-inducing drop of 2013. The first time I heard it I had to interrupt a skype meeting to enjoy a blissed-out dance around my room. A few months on and I could still happily roll around in that delicious bass like a pig in mud.

“I finished the first draft of this for the outdoor FUSE events back in September 2012. I was into stripping a few bars of tracks down to the kick and bassline last year and when I tried it on this one and made the drop, I knew it would end up being the one. When I went back to finish it, I was like ‘shall I do the drop again??’ But of course it lost the impact doing it more than once. Instead I experimented with bringing bits of groove at different times for the other drops. I also had lots of fun overlaying various synth counter melodies in different places!”– Rich NxT

Joseph Capriati – Fratello [Drumcode]

Lydia says: If there was ever a track to defy the ‘soulless repetitive sweaty men music’ stereotype that techno is sometimes lumbered with then this is it. The artist (who gives the best bear hugs you could ever wish for), the title (meaning ‘brother’ in Italian), the stunning piano that juxtaposes that thumping bass… The whole thing is full of passion whilst still packing a heady punch.

Guy Gerber & Clarian – Claire [Visionquest]

Clare says: This feels more like a genius musical composition than a dance track. I was at Wisdom of The Glove afters and spent about 40 minutes nervously working up the courage to ask Guy to play it (he had a reputation for being quite an odd ball character and I didn’t know how he’d react.) When I finally did man up, he was the perfect gentleman. He never did end up playing that day, but we still have a really tripped out chat about his glove and taking long metaphorical walks through the dessert, before some snobby American cow came up and asked if he “needed saving”. Chill out, definitely not in the spirit of Ibiza, lady!

Fango – Caballos (Despajados Mix) [Degustibus]

We say: As you can guess from our last blog post ‘Who the Dickens is Fango?!’ we’re huge fans of this wonderfully crazy Venetian drummer-turned-dance music genius. Like Venice itself holds an air of the magical unknown, so does he, hiding behind a mask of mystery but letting his insane tracks do the talking.

Ali Love feat Kali – Emperor (Maceo Plex Last Disco Remix) [Crosstown Rebels]

We say: Maceo really does have the Midas touch as yet another track affiliated with him goes straight into our list. Already a beautiful track, this house music juggernaut puts a hauntingly delicious and decadent spin on things. When Pan Pot dropped this at Amnesia Opening it went down an absolute treat, and will stay in our heads (and hearts) forever- also one of the first tracks we both raved to together – sentimental or what?)

Steve Lawler – Avaida (The Organ Track) [Viva Music]

Clare says: Prog bomb alert! This brings back spine-tingling memories of VIVa Warriors first season at Sankeys Ibiza in 2012 and was one of Lawler’s late night go-to tracks, meaning there was a nice buzz surrounding its release when it finally dropped in February. Whenever I hear it, I’m transported back to that heaving Playa D’en Bossa basement where a certain gurn-filled contentment hung in the air.

And the 2012 exception we all slept on…

Molisans Brothers – Transformation Aineli (Markus Fix Remix) [eMBI Music]


We say: Although this song was actually released in 2012 (featuring on Dixon and Ame’s ADE Boiler Room) it’s only been in 2013 where it has started getting the praise and play count it truly deserves. With Tale Of Us, Maceo, Basanov and other major flavours of the summer rinsing this remix at Enter each Thursday this song has become a huge part of our musical year and deserves a hefty mention.

“We are very happy to see you’ve chosen this song, it makes us so proud! Transformation Aineli was the first EP from our label eMBI music, so it’s full of emotions. Today it’s not easy to start a independent label and not many believed in me and my little dream, so I wanted the first EP to be a bomb! Transformation is very multifaceted and constantly evolving. It starts deep, then you get warm vocals and tech house beats. The remix is a great example of the label: giving unknown but great producers a chance to establish themselves on vinyl.” – Molisans Brothers

…And that’s it from us for 2013.  But don’t fear – a new year simply brings new tracks for us to lose our shit to. See you in 2014!

Clare & Lydia x

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