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Presence – Future Luv (Herbert Did This Remix)

(A blast from the past: I always tended to play the Love From San Francisco mix of this excellent Charles Webster song, but having seen Herbert play a pretty mind-blowing DJ set in Barcelona recently, I’m going back through many of his remixes. He’s always pushed the framework of house music further than most people would dare, so his older tracks still sit well among today’s looser approach to house music. This one is relatively straight forward by Herbert’s standards, but at least it will soothe your brain instead of twisting it).

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Disclosure + Friend Within – The Mechanism (FaltyDL Remix)

(I can’t say I really loved their album in the end, but watching their Glastonbury set (from the sofa of course) I had to admit Disclosure had done bloody well. Not many house acts have even made it to a Glastonbury stage, let alone smashed a headline set only three years after their first EP. In any case this track is really all about the perpetually shapeshifting FaltyDL, who continues to smash any and all electronic/dance subgenre together in the most pleasing ways. This track remains unreleased but at least he’s allowed us to stream it).

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Seven Davis Jr – Summers

(Yeah so this summer is pretty weak so far. But Seven Davis Jr is on the rise and this ear-worm of a track has a kind of warm nostalgia for better summers of distant memory. Go get it stuck in your head too. Available at Boomkat here http://is.gd/qoezbJ).

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Deadbeat + Paul St Hilare – Peace + Love

(Here’s Deadbeat with the dub/techno balance in favour of the former. There’s an earlier version going by the name I.D. 3 that goes double time for more energy, but this version’s ton-heavy bass wins for me. The tech-paced percussion keeps things rolling with a fast-slow vibe that means you happily dance or chill to this one. P.s. the Infinity Dub Sessions album is great – get it).

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Deadbeat – I.D. 1

(I only recently discovered this guy through the Infinity Dub Sessions with Paul St Hilare, who you may be familiar with from the Rhythm & Sound project. Deadbeat shares some sonic similarities with Moritz and Mark, which can only be a good thing so far as I’m concerned. This track represents the dub/techno balance in favour of the latter, but it’s interesting to hear how such minimal dub references can make such a long and relatively pounding track so smooth and hypnotic).

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Jonwayne – GPWW 880 (beats mixtape for Gilles Peterson)

(I mean, wow he’s good. Perfectly synthesises his Stones Throw ancestry through a Brainfeeding perspective. Badass happy weekend music).

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Prefuse73 + Machinedrum – The Only Scarf

(I first heard this track on the excellent JETS (Travis + Jimmy Edgar) FACT mixtape from a year or so ago and had my fingers crossed for a full EP, so I’m a little disappointed this is only a one-off… I’ll take what I can get though when it’s this good. Side note: I haven’t seen anyone else call out the bizarre track name yet, so I hereby officially point out its almost unassuming weirdness).

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Seven Davis Jr. – P.A.R.T.Y.

(The Kutmah discovery channelling Green Velvet on this release for Funkineven’s Apron label. As funky and dark as you might imagine).

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Audion – Sky (Daniel Avery Remix)

(The original hints at Matthew Dear’s forthcoming Audion LP could be his best yet under his techno moniker. It’s a really tough call between MD’s original and this remix, somehow this one feels marginally more epic at this precise moment though).

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sbtrkt – Resolute

(From a forthcoming vinyl series out in June, preceding the new LP).

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FKA Twigs + Inc. – KFA x inc.

(Perfect).

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Wertheimer – Brandished

(Serious wtf-level badassery).

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Four Tet + Terror Danjah – Nasty

(So. Much. Tension. No brainer).

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Pyramid Vitra – Tea & Lemonade

(He comes like a hybrid of early N*E*R*D and James Pants. In a good way. LP out now).

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Sade – Love You More (J Rocc Mix)

(Meant to post this on Valentine’s Day, but didn’t get around to it. Enjoy it as a Valentine’s hangover maybe).