BIG TUNES of Jun ’17

right yeah more big tunes yeah

PLAYLIST:

1. Shaun Dean – Cheatin’

So yeah here’s a big tune. Lush soulful vocals from Keyshia Cole over a fairly beefy bassline track, more than makes up for in bang what it lacks in imagination and jeez it’s a catchy bastard. Really feeling the trappy, half-time sections as well.

2. Danny L Harle – 1UL

Jeez I feel like even writing about HUGE DANNY’s new tracks is kinda redundant but damn as if he didn’t fully wreck the place again with this one. Absolutely dench bit of what at this stage is straight up pop bang, this one stands out on an EP already full of stand out tracks and if you don’t like it, well fine, that’s just your opinion, man.

3. Randomer – Smokin’

Gotta be honest I’d been getting a bit bored of Randomer lately, his last couple of releases haven’t been too exciting and his mixes and sets I’ve caught have been the kinda deep, dirgy, Berghain-y techno that I struggle to get really excited about… but yeah this is good yeah. Big fat electro kicks, clanky melodic percs, and most importantly a bit of feckin energy. Good man Randomer

4. BS1 – Kick It

BS1 are one of them where you’d be listening to a buncha tunes and something particularly fruity will come on and you’ll be like “ooh whats this” so you’ll check yer phone and it’ll be BS1. At least that’s happened to me. Shining mostly on remixes (like this and this and this), this is the first original of theirs I’ve been really feeling but it’s mad good yeah. Employing a little bit of house swagger on this one but still hitting hard.

5. Chambray – Treat Yo Self

So yeah this Chambray album has turned out to be mad good, not a total surprise but honestly didn’t expect the banger count to be so high. Was kinda hard to pick a favourite even but yeah, this blissed-out, low tempo house bumper fully does it for me, with its sensuous rhythm and lush, glimmering chords. The name is also a banger.

6. Jacques Greene – Real Time

I actually got a whole bunch of actual albums this month, but the one I was most excited about was this debut full length by my main guy Jacques Greene, the man responsible for the Best Song Ever™ as well as a pile of other beautiful, emotive, club music. Turns out it’s actually mad good, although annoying pretty comprehensively paywalled online. This isn’t even the track I wanted to write about, that honour falls upon “I Won’t Judge” cuz it’s mad nice but yeah this one’s groovin’ too. Anyway yeah, his music is deep, lush, emotional, and weirdly personal, like you’re being let in on feelings that aren’t your business.

7. Ghozt – Back of the Club

Sometimes, when I’m trying to narrow down like 200 or so tunes down to 11, there are some tracks that I can’t quite explain to myself why they make the cut. Like, I left out more than a few better songs than this one. Better, but for some reason I just wanted this to be here. It makes me happy.

8. YUNG BAE – Bae City Rollaz feat. ИΔΤVИ

So like the absolute COOL BAI that I am, I had actually heard the song that this track is based on like about 2 weeks earlier, after stumbling across the subreddit for something called City Pop; a genre of Japanese music from the 80’s described as “a breezy, mellow mixture of smooth jazz and album-oriented rock – often with elements of jazz fusion, jazz-funk, or boogie – which appealed to an older and more affluent Japanese audience”. So yeah that’s worth having a dig through if yer feeling this and want to seem even more cool and obscure and shit.

9. Charli XCX – 3am (Pull Up)

Yeah nah fuckin’ still totally feeling this bird eh. This one is just pure straight up dayglo pop mintiness and I’m all about it. Every single track on her recent “Number 1 Angel” mixtape is absolute fire though, helped in no small part from a stellar production job by a team of PC Music superstars. Get it up ye.

10. Shiftee – Drop Top (Curl Up Remix)

My absolute BOY Curl Up doing what he does best, bringing dat fucking hyper, euphoric club fire yo. Got gabba kicks and everything. Baller.

#CRYBANGER OTM: Kylie Minogue – I Believe In You

So yeah this might not be everybodies jam BUT I randomly remembered this song existed a while back and subsequently spent a week fucking obsessed with it. I can’t quite explain it, it’s just unreal, haunting and beautiful and just mad nice. Ok to be fair on close inspection the lyrics are hella corny and yeah it’s also Kylie fuckin’ Minogue but yeah nah I got totes emosh in work to this tune like a bunch of times this month so it’d be straight dishonest not to make it my #CRYBANGER of the month.

Mix of the Month: Don Rimini – DJ Set Somewhere in France In October 2016

Big stinking ghetto house mix here yeah, jammed with originals from the Don’s album All In, which I highly recommend.

Tracklist:

01 – Don Rimini – The Badlqqk
02 – B.A.D.S. – House-O-Matik Hom-O-Patik
03 – 2 Men On Wax – Give Me That D— (Paul’s Clean Mix)
04 – Mike Dehnert – 8 Years Fachwerk
05 – Da Mongoloids – Spark Da Meth (Bangin Like A Benzi Mix)
06 – Kaptain Cadillac – Plastic
07 – Mak & Pasteman – Automatic
08 – Merimell – Work Out (Marvy Remix)
09 – Chambray – Yousme
10 – Don Rimini – Octopussy Part 2
11 – Andre Crom – Circuit
12 – Ryme – Whateva
13 – Don Rimini – Strip Poker
14 – Klienfeld – Believe
15 – Oh Snap!! – Kick + Bass
16 – TWR72 – One
17 – Don Rimini – Honey
18 – Asky – Lemme Put It
19 – KiNK – Strings

super illegal crime download of everything here

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BIG TUNES of May ’17

yeah yeah yeah bit late but sure who even reads this anyway

PLAYLIST:

1. Christopher Rave – People Like You

Off Me Nut Records still keepin’ it interesting with this tasty and appropriately named “Throwback EP” from the also appropriately named Christopher Rave. 7 nostalgia inducing old school squelchers, 707 drums and pianos all the over the shop, hardware euphoria for ironic millennials.

2. Casio Royale – Fun House

Keeping the squelching going with this track from the also appropriately named Casio Royale. Noisy, jackin’ hardware house, I like the way this tune actually sounds kinda rowdy. You can practically smell the sweat and see the topless lads.

3. PG Baur – This Money

Top Billin’ once again reminding me why it’s one of my favourite labels with this booming disco house banger, which also serves as a cautionary tale about stealing from strippers.

4. Kasperg – Until U’re Gone (Murder He Wrote Remix)

I actually rinsed like £30 on tracks from Top Billin’ alone this month, and I definitely should have used that money for stuff like food instead, but fortunately the hit to shit ratio was strong enough that I don’t regret my decision. Not sure how to describe this one, it’s like a breezy bitta breakbeat soca with some nice pianos and that, almost airy like. Also the guys name makes me think of Angela Lansbury which is cool.

5. Al Ferox – The Wizard of Gore

UGH this tracks pure rotten hey. An excellent marriage of shtinkin’ techno and B-movie, video nasty aesthetics, this ones a low-tempo sludgy stomper of a track and it’s fuckin deadly.

6. Marshall Applewhite – Drain You

So yeah you didn’t know it, but turns out you fully need loads of, strange, vocoder-led electro covers of various old rock songs in your life, and the good news is, Marshall Applewhite has got you covered. This release, named after the Heavens Gate cult who committed mass suicide in cool shoes in 1997, features tracks from Depeche Mode, Misfits and The Pixies and is dead good tbh.

7. Nightwave – Luxor (Big Dope P Remix)

Big fuckin’ dramatic booty party slammer from fuckin’ Big Dope P, which is probably my new favourite artist name and I really hope it’s a short guy called Martin.

8. Cool Tweens – Sexual

Discovered this track thanks to my diggings through the Nitecorp soundcloud, so as you can imagine it’s a high energy reboot of some totes emosh pop tune and it’s lush and fun and vaguely euphoric and it’s great.

9. Seppa – Get Burned

Ooooft, man like Seppa goes a little extra ham on this one I reckon. More slickly produced halftime wideness from those lads whose couch I ruined, this one is fresh off Seppa and Kursa’s newly established and delightfully named Slug Wife label.

10. dBridge – dB vs 45 King

Time for some fuckin’ serious fuckin’ drum and bass yeahh argghhh. dBridge doing his best Tessela impression here on this weird, angular cut of almost halftime DnB. Marrying old school sounds and fresh production value, this one bangs hard in a thoroughly memorable way and yeah it’s good so it is.

#CRYBANGER of the month: Sega Bodega – Sun Loop

To me the perfect #CRYBANGER is one you can just as easily play at home chillin’ as you could in a club, and this tune nails it I reckon. Got enough bang not to sound weak, and enough euphoria, if you time it right, to bring the fucking house down.

Mix of the Month: Swindle b2b Joker + Skepta & JME – Live @ Butters 3rd Birthday, 23/02/13

I like this mix cuz, despite (or maybe because of) the often pish MCing and incessant pull ups, there is an undeniable atmosphere of energy and chaos that almost makes ya feel like you are there, sweating and fuckin’ blowing a whistle and generally carrying on like a first year uni student after boshing 5 cans of Thatcher’s and a £15 gurner. Also Joker and Swindle have enough big tunes between them to fill 10 sets, and keep the hits coming throughout. And sure it’s kinda gas hearing Skepta crowdsource the ingredients for a spliff mid-set.

TRACKLIST which I totally figured out myself.

1. 040 – let it be known
2. Joker – Gully Side
3. Rebound X – Rhythm n Gash (Spyro Remix)
4. Joker – Tron
5. Swindle – Do The Jazz
6. Skream – Scrooge’s Revenge
7. Swindle – Moodswings
8. Joker – Zim Zimma
9. Swindle – Start Me Up
10. Preditah – ??
11. Spooky – Baby
12. Joker & Jakes – 3k Lane
13. Swindle – Airmiles
14. Darude – Sandstorm (Candyland’s OG Remix)
15. Darude – Sandstorm (Remix?)
16. Roska feat. Swindle & FuntCase – Spanner In The Works
17. Joker & Ginz – Purple City
18. Joker & Ginz – Purple City (Swindle Remix)
19. Benga – Crunked Up
20. Swindle – Forest Funk
21. JME – ??
22. Preditah – Vinyls
23. TC And Joker – It Ain’t Got A Name
24. Silkie & Swindle – Unlimited
25. Skream – Vacilate
26. Swindle – Last Minute Boogie
27. Redlight – Basscone
28. Swindle – Ringworm
29. ?? – ??
30. Kahn & Neek – Percy
31. Joker – Newham Generals
32. S-X – Bricks (Instrumental)
33. Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat

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Super illegal piracy download of this months tracks here (cept the Seppa track, go buy that shit)

 

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BIG TUNES of April ’17

So yeah I rinsed through an absolute shitload of BIG TUNES this months thanks to basically being able to listen to music at work all day… was hella difficult to cut the 150+ worthy songs I heard down this month to a mere 11 but yeah trust fam these are all fuckin’ 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

PLAYLIST:

1. Pusherman – Donuts

Went on a mad Z-Shed mix nostalgia trip this month, which I highly recommend to anyone as they are a fuckin’ treasure trove of bangers ya may have forgotten about or not appreciated at the time. Well that was the case with me anyway, particularly for this positively prehistoric Riffs mix from 2011, featuring a mad tasty selection of bassy UK funky vibes, like this wee banger. A great example of a decent tune far elevated by an engaging and hooky sample, here in the form of some grime lad mouthin’ off about some other grime lad. Quality though.

2. Canblaster – Clockworks

Another track from the same mix, this one’s an altogether more ethereal affair. A funky, blissed out club banger this, fat kicks, high energy and an absolute perfect series of lush bell-like melodies, I was actually pure obsessed with this for a few days. Seems so fresh and forward thinking, it’s hard to believe it’s as old as 6 years now, and even harder to believe it had actually been sitting on my hard drive since about then as well, totally unappreciated by 21-year-old me. I highly recommend the whole EP, it’s got like 3 more original tracks and a bunch of remixes, including this weird remix of Clockworks by Teki Latex.

3. Pelikann – Internal Blue Screen

In contrast to that here’s something fresh as fuck that brings me back to a golden age not long past, and by which I mean dya remember mutant bass dya? Fuckin’ Pelikann does. This one’s a pure flat-out, shtinkin’ 2012 style 140 noisy bassline caner, reminiscent of Submerse at his most aggro, which I’ve got a lot of time for. Yeah. Not really much I need to say here yeah it’s good yeah.

4. The Horrorist – Mission Ecstasy (Phuture Remix)

So yeah this is another alright track made great by some excellent samples, in this case the recounting by some lad called Oliver of a time he decided to buy some drugs and then bought some drugs and then took the drugs and then he felt the drugs.

5. RJD2 – See You Leave

Here’s something completely fucking different anyway. Recently re-binged Broad City and subsequently picked up the soundtrack, which is pure riddled with decent tracks, like this and this and this, and also this. But mainly this tune tho. I’m not a big hip hop guy but yeah this tune is fuckin’ mint.

6. Charli XCX – Trophy

I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for Charli XCX since that one summer I heard that Boom Clap tune like four times a day on the radio, so I was pretty excited to hear she was working with PC Music guys Hannah Diamond and SOPHIE, who produced this EP and holy heck is it straight fire. Angular, pointy beats add a dimension of weirdness and edginess that works brilliantly with Charli’s bold, brassy, bubblegum pop thing, and it’s all perfectly noisy and obnoxious and it’s great.

7. Ikonika – Idiot

While a great many of the tune on here immediately jumped out at me as bangers, this one kinda snuck up on me. I copped it on the 36 track Hyperdub 10.1 compilation, which isn’t exactly short on stand out tracks itself, but yeah, the more I listen to it the more I like it. Love that urgent, staccato rhythm and hazy, shimmering, melancholic 8-bit synth, which is really quite beautiful I reckon. Also love that it’s called “Idiot” for some reason.

8. Sega Bodega – 3310

Holy shit lads, I really wasn’t joking when I talked about how much good music I heard this month. So yeah this Sega Bodega guy just lashed out this fucking next level release on Crazylegs and it’s fucking mint, cousin. Again it was hard to pick a stand out track but I really can’t get enough of this one cuz it’s mad beautiful I reckon. Starting off all sharp and pointy before blossoming into something rather soft and lush, this one’s a strangely life affirming cut of weirdo bass music and yeah I love it.

9. Machinedrum – Colour Communicator

Speaking of strangely life affirming cuts of weirdo bass music, Machinedrum’s new Human Energy album is pretty much loads of that. Never been particularly fussed about this guy until catching him at Bangface this year, but he was lashing out energy and vibes like a mad cunt and I’ve got lots of time for that. The album as a whole isn’t 100% but the tracks that work really do, and this album closer has firmly taken root in my head and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere so yeah big tune.

10. RUSHHH – U

UGH for fuck sake. SOOOO many bangers. So yeah I’ve been checking out the highly recommended NITE CORP. gang on Soundcloud… well actually my mate Will has and he’s just been sending me the biggest bangers but anyway yeah Jeez they’ve fucking done it here anyway. Big, stupid, euphoric, back-of-the-bus anthem this. Made the last stretch of many a cycle home into a fuckin’ fists in the air adrenaline spaz out so it did. Just that bit at 1.24 where the vocals drops down an octave… pfffffffffffffff.

#CRYBANGER OTM: Hannah Diamond – Fade Away

Ok so to be fair PC Music and especially Hannah Diamond basically specialise in #CRYBANGERS but damn, this one really goes for the jugular in terms of FEELS. HD is at her unearthly best here on this paean to lost love and the transient nature of relationships, or whatever. It’s totes gorge anyway. “Alive, but so dead inside…” jeez Hannah u ok?

Mix OTM: Nightwave – Truancy Volume 118

Trying something new here with this Mix of the Month thing, been out of the habit of listening to mixes, partially cuz everycunt is forgetting to add tracklists these days and partially because I can’t be arsed BUT YEAH gonna give it a go. Kickin’ it off anyway with this pretty tasty selection of left field bass and club music by Nightwave, another artist I feel I’ve been sleeping on a bit but I’m definitely feeling now. Check it yeah.

Tracklist:

Dreams – Esoteric
Djedjotronic – Stables
?? – Not Tryin’

Nightwave – Aero
Nobel – My Reaction (Nightwave Remix)
Swick – Salah’s Groove
Paul Johnson – Let me se you butterfly
Galtier – Cove (Sequence)
Bleaker – Hype (Funk)
Nina Las Vegas & Swick – Cool Sports
DJ Deeon – Let Me Bang (Pyramid Juke edit)
Blastto – Pandemonium
Glacci – Gold Claw ft Hasta
JME – Test Me
Inkke – Hit Me
Noaipre – Tropical Freeze WIP
DJ Deeon – House-o-matic
Lady Leshurr – Lego
Basement Jaxx – Unicorn (Big Dope P & TT the Artist Vocal Remix)
Taso Teklife x Ed – Acid
Big Dope P – Ibogance
Nightwave – Ritual
Kaanerbay – Run
Dream Continuum – Give A Lil Luv
Fei Fei – Little White Lies (Nightwave Remix)

super sneaky illegal zip of all the tunes featured here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/a74c8a2bhc6gx7c/BGTNSAPR_17.rar

 

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BIG TUNES of March 2017

ALRIGHT SO I experienced a pretty fuckin’ significant laptop fuckup this month in the form of a complete failure of my main drive, which has cost me 4 months of original jams, and, worst of all, 6 years of meticulously maintained iTunes stuff, along with all my playlists and blog stuff, SO naturally that was rubbish craic and I’m starting off again from scratch but however BIG TUNES keep getting made soooooooooo…

PLAYLIST of all the tunes:

1. Matt Whitehead – We’re Bombing

YEAH starting things of with some fuckin’ dynamite electro from that A is for Acid guy. Great 80’s vibes on this, even gone and busted out the vocoder and orchestral stabs and all. Blast this outta yer four D-battery powered ghetto blaster if yer mam hasn’t donated it to charity yet. Although it might be tricky getting an .mp3 onto tape so whatever works for you is fine.

2. Joker – Digidesign (Om Unit’s Pop and Lock Remix)

Absolutely love this remix me. The original was like the first Joker tune I ever heard so it’s always been a bit of a percy, and I actually only discovered this like a month or two ago… and I’m not entirely sure why but it just really does it for me. The stilted, almost awkward shuffle to the drums add a vague sense of anxiety to the already somewhat bittersweet synth line and Om Unit embellishes the original melody perfectly and yeah it’s just really good alright.

3. A Bleak Reality – Immoral Nature

Here’s something a lot less uplifting; some dark, dirgey acid from the wonderfully named A Bleak Reality, from their recent Inevitable Disaster EP. Jeez. Be all the pictures of these guys are in black and white. Seriously though this is some brilliantly sweaty, moody, anxiety inducing shit right here, one for panicking in a too-dark club too when you lose yer mates and yer phone and you aren’t sure that stuff was really mandy but think maybe you can ride it out if you distract yourself by dancing and then yer pals find you and they have your phone and it’s grand.

4. Solardo – Phone Jacker

So while searching for this track on YouTube the genre came up as Tech House and I thought “oh shit I listen to loads of tech house now”. It’s like sidled into my interests behind all the other house music like someone getting their pal on the Underground with one Oyster card. Not complaining like, tunes a banger, and I’ve a lot of time for that slick, hypnotic beat, that spaced-out, drugged-up groove, when yer stood on the dance floor with yer eyes closed having a thought party and you’ve forgotten what you’re doing and can’t remember if you had a drink a second ago or not. Also those phone samples are class.

5. Robert Armani – Let Me Hit That

So this mad old tune recently got lovingly remastered (I think) and rereleased by Don’t and it’s sounding proper buff. Or at least I think it is. Didn’t have the original vinyl myself but it’s certainly sounding deep for a tune that came out on Dance Mania in 1994. But yeah aye. Quality ghetto house sleaziness from one of the OGs, a timeless techno banger that sits as comfortably in a house set as it would in a would in a wonky techno rinse out.

6. DJ 199? – Don’t Know Much

Honestly I’ve been wanting to feature this tune for ages but didn’t for reasons. It’s one of those ones where I’m not if the tune is any good or I just love the samples. I think the tune has grown on me as a result of rinsing it just to hear that birds voice. From the same Prjkts compilation as that Lorenzo BITW tune I wrote about in January. Actually yeah this is a banger. I’ve decided now. Graphic designer, art director, architect.

7. Mr. Fuzz – Bel Air

I’ve written before about Main Course and their occasionally rather mixed quality compilations, I remember the 2015 85 track Holiday Pack being a fuckin’ slog to get through only to take away maybe 5 good tunes… well yeah they’ve copped themselves on and this year only included 45 tracks in their 2016 Holiday Pack and 18 of them are actually bangers (source: me). Real step up in terms of quality, was pretty tough picking just one to write about but yeah, this manic Fresh Prince-sampling blast of club heat really did it for me. But yeah do check out this this and also this.

8. Phlegmatic Dogs – Donut Dope

OK so I feel like I maybe overuse the word ‘slick’ when writing this blog but damn so much music today is just so… smooth and sleek and smooth, which of course isn’t always good, and I’ve long been a big advocate of tunes having rough edges and a bit of character BUT with all that says when it comes to big-room American bass-house sometimes that high-end premium glossy finish shit is the business. And that’s what this is, in case you didn’t get that.

9. Sabrepulse – Addicted 2 Love (Brent Kilner x Zerg Bootleg)

Yeah here’s another banger. I mean I really like this tune but like yeah it’s grand like. Big, punchy, ravey, pure last few-tunes-of-the-set vibes, old school diva vocal giving it loads, and straight into some flat-out bassline, breaks clanging everywhere, love that little like end of bar fill with the vocal. Good tune, 5/7.

10. DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ – All the Beautiful Things You Do

OK so straight away I fell in love with this name, I know it’s a little bit done what with Ross From Friends and DJ Seinfeld, and yeah the self-aware lo-fi 90’s meme house is definitely about to start getting old but naw, naw, this tune is just so pretty and upbeat and cheesy and wholesome I can’t even get mad. In fact I love it, it’s a banger and it’s lovely and sure we could all use a little more positivity in our lives from time to time, especially as we all slide inorexiablly towards the cynical malaise that comes with being over-thinking, under-acheiving, directionless 30-year-old millenials or whatever.

#CRYBANGER OTM: Fifth Harmony – Work From Home (Yeahhbuzz’s Smoked Salmon Remix)

OK so yeah I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking “lol jonny you rascal you can’t just call your own tune a crybanger lol” but actually you’re wrong there because I fuckin’ coined that phrase and also this is my blog and also I literally fuckin’ cried (sorta) while playin this tune at three points over Bangface Weekender so there. But seriously though I’m actually really proud of this tune and yeah I know the writing team behind Fifth Harmony are doing the hard work here but still this is a big tune so leave me alone yeah.

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