Veterans Chris Lattner and East End Dubs team up for their next collaborative release on Dogmatik records, “Reflections” EP. These two producers are each known for their special blend of subtle synths and intricate percussion. Chris Lattner has seen recent success with his “Sick” EP on Fear of Flying, while East End Dubs recent EPs have seen support from John Digweed, Sandy Rivera, and Nick Curly. “Reflections” is a beautiful three tracker with the title track, “Reflections,” “Nutcracker,” and “Raising The Bar.” “Reflections” opens with a dark driving bassline while continuing with tweaks of the synth, and in my mind is the standout of the EP. “Nutcracker” has a distinctive atmospheric feel that will make it a surefire underground classic. Rounding things off, “Raising The Bar,” completes the EP with more subtle percussion. Check out East End Dubs most recent mix here, and Chris Lattner’s preview mix for his upcoming Croatia gig.
We were a bit late to the Diynamic label camp, so we’ve missed out on the glorious back catalog filled with releases from Adriano Trolio, Stimming, H.O.S.H., David August, and Hunter/Game. But recently we’ve been keeping a close eye on them, particularly after the release of Karmon and NTFO collaborative EP ‘Composit.’ Next up is a three track EP from head honcho Solomun himself called ‘Samson.’ The EP follows a great remix for Audion & Tiga, and gets us ready for another eventful summer of Diynamic parties and Solomon’s +1 Ibiza nights. The first track ‘Medea’ is a deep one with acidy vibes while straddling a thin line between house and techno. The bassline oscillates with a soupy feel to it that works surprisingly well. The title track is next, ‘Samson,’ which is a slower cut characterized by vibrant synth strings and minor chords. This one is our favorite, and will be a perfect addition to Ibiza sets this summer. Finally, a string only version of ‘Samson’ provides a nice treat as a clean yet powerful addition to a DJ’s repertoire.
Happy Sunday everyone! Today’s featured track is intended to give you that kickstart you need to get out of bed, particularly for those of you still asleep at 1pm! (really nothing wrong with that though…) Friend Within has been on fire as of late, with a remix for Klingande and a full feature EP back in February on Hypercolour. This time the mysterious producer lends his talents to Bipolar Sunshine, aka Adio Marchant, previously of Manchester based Kid British. The Guardian describes Bipolar Sunshine’s style as “a rapping, singing indie-rocker with a penchant for gospel, soul and pop.” Not our personal favorite, so we were hopeful that Friend Within’s remix of his latest single ‘Where Did The Love Go’ would be the best of both worlds. Thankfully our hopes come true. Friend Within delivers a fantastic remix of the original, maintaining the indie vocals while chopping everything else. He overlays the cut up vocals on top of a great tech house bassline with strong kicks and hi-hats. This one will get you groovin’ for sure, so we hope you enjoy this week’s Sunday Slowdown.
There are a few labels that we follow closely at Side of Groove, and one of those lucky enough to join our closely watched ranks is Food Music, the newish label of Shadow Child and Kry Wolf. We loved the label’s last release ‘Timeless,’ courtesy of newcomer Lena Cullen. For its next release, Shadow Child and Kry Wolf sign the Belgian duo goldFFinch to a three track EP called ‘Black Pyramid.’ GoldFFinch is most well known for their ’11th Hour’ EP released last summer on Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label. ‘Black Pyramid’ marks the debut release on Food Music, and indicates a shift in sound from their synth heavy and less percussion reliant Dirtybird release. The title track highlights goldFFinch’s ability to craft an intricate groove around simple, muddy percussion. ‘Erosion’ drives things forward with a huge, rolling bassline complimented by well-timed melodic sounding stabs, making this one our favorite off the EP. ‘Feather’ ends things right, as goldFFinch create a darker, more industrial focused sound with crisp off beat hi-hats, more stabs, and detuned vocal snippets.
We at Side of Groove are big fans of UK duo Leftwing & Kody, and are always happy to get our hands on new music from them. First introduced to these guys courtesy of Anjunadeep with ‘Deep In,’ the past few months have seen a steady stream of great releases for Off Recordings and Exploited, along with remixes for Noir’s label. Somehow they have also found the time to kickoff their own label called ‘Lost Recordings’ with bomb tracks from PAWSA and Origins Sound (both of which we covered extensively). Their next EP ‘Missing’ sees them debuting on Supernova’s label Lapsus Music (no surprise given Supernova’s recent remix for PAWSA’s release on Lost). ‘Missing’ is our clear favorite and opens with a supreme storytelling vocal complimented by a tech-heavy bassline and wavy synth. ‘Higher’ finishes things off with synth based percussion and groovy vibes.
While Adam Beyer is well known for the success of his Drumcode label, few know that he also runs a “little brother” label called Truesoul. Since 2002 Truesoul has had only about 50 releases, but each one of them is a gem. Most recently, Truesoul put out a one track EP ‘You Know‘ by the label boss himself and his partner Ida Engberg, which has proved to be one of the most successful releases to date for the label. Truesoul Records next release is a huge five track EP called ‘Structures’ courtesy of Portuguese producer Bruno Deodato, known as Trikk. Trikk has seen earlier success with his bumpin’ four tracker ‘Midnight Sequence’ released on well respected Hypercolour, and has done remixes for George Fitzgerald and Defected favorite Rachel Row. Trikk’s ‘Structures’ EP kicks things off with our favorite track ‘Deeper Point,’ which features an amazing vocal snippet layered over clutch hi-hats and a moody industrial bassline. ‘Houx 93’ features another tough, high pitched vocal with more dark percussion and tech vibes. Harvey McKay, no stranger to Adam Beyer, provides his talents to craft an industrial focused remix with his signature percussion that turns the original into a real driving force. ‘Bliss Drive’ takes things in a different direction with numerous bleeps and a garage like feel. This is the most interesting track from the EP and is a funky meld of different sounds. Finally, ‘Straight Circles (Beat Mix)’ rounds things off with a hard-hitting, stripped down track with big kicks and a fittingly eerie vocal. This is a great EP with lots of variety and is a surefire sign of great things to come from both Trikk and Truesoul.
One of the most prolific producers with an incredibly storied history is Curtis Jones, known professionally as Green Velvet or Cajmere. Around since the early 90s, this artist has seen his fair share of ups and downs, as some of his best tracks were released before EDM existed. Under his Green Velvet moniker, Curtis is responsible for the infamous “Cameras ready, prepare to flash” vocal, as well as “It’s Time for the Percolator” which saw a 2010 re-release on Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label. More recently, Green Velvet was the original artist responsible for one of the biggest hits of the summer, Hot Since 82’s remix of ‘Bigger Than Prince,’ and 2013 also saw Curtis release an album ‘Unshakable’ under his Green Velvet moniker. Amazingly, Curtis has also found the time to run two prominent record labels, one for Green Velvet and the other for Cajmere, called Cajual and Relief. As a celebration of both labels histories, a compilation album ‘Cajual Vs Relief’ was announced and just released. The compilation features 36 tracks and remixes from Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, Cajmere, Harvard Bass, Harvey McKay, and Oliver $ among others. One of our favorites is a contribution from PAWSA, a relatively new producer who we recently discovered (and wrote about here). PAWSA’s contribution of ‘Irony’ is a perfect fit for the compilation. ‘Irony’ features a bouncy bassline, perfect side stepping kicks and crisp hi-hats, and a delicious vocal that could even be Green Velvet himself.