Better nate than lever eh?
1. Armand Van Helden – Go Crazy (feat. Majida)
So yeah I got this Armand Van Helden album from 2007 cuz I wanted one track off it, was worried it’d be full of rubbish as, in fairness to the guy he’s been at it for like 20 years now and I could also distinctly recall having my head wrecked by Bonkers around then. BUT NO turns out I was wrong, Ghettoblaster is literally ALL bang. Whole thing is all high energy, catchy club bangers with a distinctly 80’s flavour, which was the style at the time. Wasn’t easy picking a stand out track, and this absolute belter was a close second choice.
2. Da Posse – In The Heat Of The Night (The Black Madonna It’s Called Acid Mix)
Here’s another track with a not entirely dissimilar flavour to the last one, lovely wee acid mix of what I thought was an 80’s track but now as I’m researching it for this post I’ve discovered it came out in 2014 and isn’t all that different from the original. Huh. Still a BIG TUNE though.
3. Jakazid – Be With U (2017 Remaster)
Ahh, lovely wee Jakazid. One of those guys who only deals in BIG tunes. This one’s a pumped up, hardcore rave monster, breaks, pianos, strings, copious crowd sounds, London accented MC’s, some pitched up bird going mental, it’s got it all. Catchy as fuck too. Recently remastered and released with a hape of remixes from a broad spectrum of lads, so yeah get that yeah.
4. Grimes – Kill Vs. Maim
Mate I fully lost the rag over this album in a way I haven’t over anything in a looooong time, holy shit. Not sure I fully know why either, but it’s probably something to do with the fact that it’s absolutely RIDDLED with BIG TUNES. Honestly. Almost every track is a standout track, fuckin’ huge choruses everywhere, and even with such a hugely diverse bunch of styles touched upon, there’s not a track that really doesn’t work. Even the few tracks I’m lukewarm about don’t even register against the fucking tidal wave of massive alt-pop bangers on here. Fuck SAKE like.
5. James Nasty – Drinkers Anthem
Yanno when you have a tune that you really like despite not being able to get anyone else on board, and you even know deep down that it’s a bit rubbish but you love it anyway? Yeah. Found this one while raiding the Baltimore club collection of none other than Kaptain Cadillac on soulseek. Cheers mate yeah.
6. Darude – Sandstorm (Candyland’s OG Mix)
I don’t think I need to explain why this is absolute BELTER. Finished my set at Townlands Carnival this summer and honestly this track got a better reaction than the whole rest of my set combined, and my set was CLASS and all.
7. DJ Missdevana – Come Back 2017
UGH this tune. Maxiumum power indeed. This absurdly amped bit of tropical bang recently came out on Nervous Horizon’s second compilation and yeah its unreal hey. Those lads are keeping it mad spicy in the UK bass scene at the minute and if you haven’t already you gotta get 2 kno.
8. Lil Crack – Harmful Sequence
So yeah over the past couple of years I’ve become increasingly aware of this sort of deconstructed club music scene, that seems to live on compilations of obscure labels, featuring myriad artists doing strange takes on contemporary club sounds and generally being a bit weird. This one (along with this months #CRYBANGER) comes from Club Late Music, who I’ve covered a bunch of tunes by already and are a perfect example of what I’m on about and are totally worth a dig through. This track is admittedly a little bit more radge than their usual output but aye, dig it my man.
9. Lenkemz – Hot Boltz
Sware down I fucking love Lenkemz hey, which if you’ve been following this blog you’re probably sick of hearing but yeah shit. Man deals EXCLUSIVELY in big tunes, and is always pushing new sounds, changing up his style, and if ya ask me always getting better. He’s fully blasted off into outer space on this track, with marching drums, wailing guitars and a vaguely medieval feel to the hyperactive lead melody. It’s pure mad hey.
10. Cool Tweens – Stay
Remember what I was saying a while ago about all the cool weird artsy club music I’m all about now? Well here’s a bit more of that, this one from Japanese label/collective #weirdkids, who I’ve recently picked up three pretty stellar compilations by. Anyway yeah this tune, well it’s just mad nice and is probably some well-known tune I’ve not heard being remixed but I’m hungry and getting tired of writing so I’m not gonna bother looking it up.
#CRYBANGER: Ideal Corpus – Envole-toi (feat. AamourOcean)
SO I actually picked up this track like 2 years ago and it’s taken until now for me to be like holy shit this tune is fucking mint. Just a beautiful wee melodic arrangement, that wee gated trance synth, the perfect delivery by that french bird, the way it kicks ever so slightly at 1:13, the breakdown and subsequent reprise at the end, the whole thing is a fucking delight.
Mix of the Month: Jerome Hill – SLAM Radio 252
So yeah I’m a huge fan of Jerome Hill’s tracks and have bleated about him on here a number of times before now, and I’ve always known he was an exceptional DJ based on how many of my pals rate him as among the best. And while I love me a good mix I’ve never been overly obsessed with the ‘art’ of mixing, and stuff like scratching, although it’s cool and that, doesn’t get me that excited.
HOWEVER as I was listening to this mix on my way home from work a few weeks ago it struck me how holy shit, this guy blends tunes so seamlessly you’d think they were made for each other, and then holy shit, the way this guy builds the energy levels and then brings them down again so smoothly is off the chain and then, holy shit, he’s just doing a casual bit of scratching over some techno in the middle of all that, then holy shit, he’s just dropped some banging garage track, which, holy shit, now as I’m writing this, I’ve just discovered came out as a promo in 2002 and was limited to only 100 copies, holy shit. This fuckin’ guy hey.
1.DBX – Spock’s Brain (Accelerate)
2.Jerome Hill – The Creeper (Swords)
3.Another Alias – Blind Spot (Don’t)
4. Johannes Heil – Exile 8 (Exile)
5. DJ D-Man – Chicken Head (Dance mania)
6. Boboflux – Puzzlebox (Nu Futura)
7. Neil Landstrumm – Rise Of Slime (Earwiggle)
8. Tube Jerk – Brainbag (Sativae)
9. Slam – Make You Move (Soma)
10. Jerome Hill – Donkey Bite (Don’t)
11. Sunil Sharpe – Owecha (On The Hoof)
12. New Flesh – Stick & Move Remix (Big Dada)
13. Dax J – West Bank (Soma)
14. Marshall Applewhite – Go Home (Yo Sucka)
15. DJ Hyperactive – Reptilian Tank (Contact)
16. M/C/Jones – 3eeek (21/22 Corp)
17. Booty Slave & Dave The Drummer – Defcon 101 (Hydraulix)
18. Radial – Warscare (Mord)
19. DJ JR Dionte – 97 Grads (Dance Mania)
20. Developer – The Charmer (Modularz)
21. Richie Hawtin – 005 (Plus 8)
22. The Gay MC – Boys (U Freaqs)
23. Thomas Bangalter – I Don’t Know (Roule)
24. Nebula II – Antheama (Reinforced)
25. DJ Powerout – Unknown (unknown)
26. Paul Johnson – This one Jacks it
27. Luke’s Anger – Bonus Round 001 (Bonus Round)
28. Axel Boman – Nocturne (Pampa)
29. Another Alias – Swine Of The Month (Whites Of My Eyes)
30. Mr Ho – Vintage VSTs (Clone Jack For Daze)
31. Bitstream – Monolith (Signal)
big ol’ illegal crime .zip of everything can be found here