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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BIG TUNES of February 2017

PLAYLIST of all the tunes:

 

1. Lorenzo BITW – Goo (feat. Kwam)

Ok so I’m straight away breaking my rule about not writing about an artist twice in a row cuz this track is such a banger. Drawing influence from so many different flavours of UK bass music, this grimy, funky, garagy wee mover is as slick as they come. Lad is from Italy or something as well, so fair play to him like.

2. Top Billin feat Matti 8 & Sonny – Skillsei

I’ve mentioned Finland’s Top Billin a few times on this blog as an essential label to keep an eye on, and well they’ve proven me right once again. Stripped down grime aggression this, hissy, distorted drums and some lad spittin’ bars in what sounds like… I wanna say Dutch? Anyway yeah, high energy basement banger this yeah, get it into ye.

3. Tony Quattro – Superbad

Also probably not the first time I’ve mentioned Main Course, another net label whose output, though hit and miss, is always worth a wee dig through from time to time. This is a bit of an older one (2013), but a fuckin’ primer nonetheless. Tidy wee bass house banger this, lots of foward momentum thanks to that rising lead synth, and of course the inspired decision to sample James Brown, a little known 70’s soul singer known for his occasionally theatrical performances.

4. 2000 and One – Kawasaki (Mark Blair’s Vocal Rave Edit)

So yeah this tune yeah. First of all, it’s a banger, it’s been in my head all month. Secondly, now that I’m writing about it I’ve discovered the vocal is from some Riton tune that has like 7 million plays and is mad famous. Works though. Thirdly, this fucking guy, some lad from Belfast apparently, made this track downloadable as a fucking .m4v video file like an absolute mad cunt, and consequently made me feel like a super cool ninja hacker for using Audacity to extract the presumably super low bitrate audio. Good tune though, grab it off his soundcloud.

5. Al Ferox – Car Crash (Anthony Lynn Remix)

Love this track me. Pure languid banger this, lazily dragging its weight around, like some kinda giant, fucked up caterpillar, and just about as slimy too. Loads of those creepy wee tufts of hair they have. But friendly as well like, once you get to know him.

6. Marquis Hawks – Hold On

Can’t describe exactly what I love about this tune. I mean the vocal (which I’ve just discovered is SOS Band’s “The Finest“) is doing the majority of the work here, but something about the way it sits on top of the barebones beat, plus the way it’s been slightly distorted and drenched in echo, that really works to give this song a sort of… strangely sad yet menacing atmosphere. Or something.

7. Aden – Whip (Jimmy Edgar Remix)

This tune reminds me of all the soft-ass house I was really feeling in like 2012, stuff like this and this and this. Which is nice. I actually dunno what to say about this tune, it’s a jam though. Love the faint swagger it has as it drops, almost lairy, before getting progressively more melodic and restrained. It’s good yeah.

8. Fearz – Avirex

Ooosh. Pure industrial strength jacking club techno. To be honest I don’t know enough about techno to be sure what style and era this is ripping off but sure it still sounds fresh as fuck to me so whatever like.

9. Rrotik – In Between

Out to my man Federal for showing me this. Everybody’s favourite thing this, obnoxious big room bass house, ahhhh yes, the good shit. Bangs though. Wasn’t sure about including this, but that second drop is just so silly that yeah, it’s gotten bare spins off me this months. Do love that lazy self-assured swagger of a well  crafted big room banger like this.

10. Lyka – Buff Girls

Hey it’s day bow bow. The Ferris Bueller song. Except it’s been repurposed for a grime track about fine-looking young wans. Big tune this though, high energy roller, doesn’y so much bang as it floats about like a robot butterfly, like one of the bad guys from Lylat Wars (known as Star Fox 64 in the US).

#CRYBANGER OTM: Rain Man feat. Krysta Young – Habit (Akari Remix)

I’m trying this year to always have a fresh #CRYBANGER every month to write about, rather than depending on the backlog or #CRYBANGERS I’ve built up over the years, so yeah there may be the occasional dip in quality…

Not to say that this isn’t a big tune though, heavy as it may be on the cheddar, I’ve also got bare time for how bombastic and just BIG it is. Plus I’m a real sucker for an overly dramatic, totes emosh female vocal, especially paired with such outrageously silly brostep theatrics. I like this tune ok jeez leave me alone.

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BIG TUNES of January 2k17

ALRIGHT YEAH so here we go with another year of bangers! Lotta phresh traxx to get hype about this month cuz I didn’t do a December edition and the tunes have piled up like… eh… leaves or whatever.

PLAYLIST:

1. DJ Wonder – Make Me Over

Starting off as per with the most exciting new track I’ve heard in a while: a fuckin’ demented remix of Hole’s Celebrity Skin, of all things. Shit’s fire tho. Heavy on the soca percussion and B-more kicks, this is some club dynamite and I’m pretty excited about playing it out to a couple of bemused crowds this year. Cop this track for free here and check out DJ Wonder in action on Lenkemz’ Radar Radio show here.

2. Lorenzo BITW – In A Bottle

Seen this guy hyped by the likes of TSVI and the Classical Trax crew over the last year but never really heard a track that grabbed me till I copped this absolute primer of a tune. Aside from featuring vocals from one of my all time JAMS it’s also an extremely slinky bit of tropical murkiness. Simple and effective and yeah, ya really can’t fuck with 16 year old Christina Aguilera.

3. KC Flight – Planet E (Joedan Editon)

Joedan has been relentlessly sticking out decent jams over the last two years at least and shows no signs of slowing down. Between originals, remixes, bootlegs and edits, bassline, techno, house and garage, this guy has something new every couple of days, and yeah, most of it is pretty tasty. Including this mad smooth wee acid roller.

4. Yo Majesty – Club Action (Smookie Illson Booty – Keith MacKenzie And Fixx Edit)

This fuckin’ tune hey. Dropped by my boy Federal during a b2b we were playing in Cosies and holy shit did it go off. Like it was literally the only time all night the dancefloor was even half full. So yeah it’s good yeah.

5. Abra – Crybaby

So I totally downloaded the FACT 50 best tracks of 2016 in a bid to stay hip and current and that and it totally worked, plenty of bangers on there and all. I feel like something of a plagiarist including em here but damn if I haven’t been rinsing this tune for the last few months. Imported directly from 1987, this one’s a lushly emotional pop jam with a distinctly dark twist. Very premium.

6. Soda Plains – She Has All Kinds Of Temperatures

Another artist magpied from that FACT list, and a bit of an odd one at that. Staccato strings stab out a vaguely melancholic melody, while hard, sparse, almost grimy drums punch a syncopated rhythm underneath. Some flutes and shit join in, it’s all very exciting and yeah this is a fucking great track.

7. Wiley – 6 In The Bloodclart Morning

For some reason I feel the need to explain myself that I don’t really listen to grime or hip hop or songs with words in general. Don’t wanna seem like I don’t know what I’m talking about like yeah get me fam. Anyway yeah I like Wiley,  he does a great job of convincing me how class he thinks he is. Beat is fairly hench as well.

8. Tinashe – Superlove (Danny L Harle Remix)

There’s basically no one else right now I gush harder for than Danny L Harle. Man is crushing it, and I mean like every tune I’ve heard him do for the last two years has been a proper like, premium, all time favourite banger. Like he hasn’t dipped below anthem quality since In My Dreams. Between this and his fucking dynamite collaboration with Carly Rae Jespen I’ve basically been constantly moist since mid-November.

9. Neil Landstrumm – Tension In New York

This tune is fucking 20 years old. 20 like. Slimy, wonky techno from when Princess Diana was still alive and Bill Clinton was doing that stuff he got in trouble for and Spice Up Your Life hadn’t even come out yet.

10. Chris Moss Acid – Baddest Motherfucker

Ahhh yeah this fucken tune. The very definition of flat-out. Chris Moss goes fuckin full EUUUURGHHH on this one, starting off with a barrage of uber-distorted 909 snares and barely letting up for like 5 minutes of tearout acid destruction. Baddest motherfucker indeed.

#CRYBANGER OTM: HOME – Resonance

Heard this tune in the background of this rather fun little video chronicling the growth of memes over the last decade or so. Looked it up, fucken 8 million views on YouTube. What? How did I miss this? Always feel a bit of a wally harping on about jams that I’m sure are mad obvious to some people… but whatevs.

ANYWAY YEAH once this tune is fucking gorgeous. When it’s done right that kinda synthwave/vapourwave template is ultra effective at dishing out the feels, and this track pure shovels them out. Has that slow, aching sort of beauty to it that I’m all about. Like when ya look back on good craic you’ve had in the past and you kinda know you’ll never have craic of that calibre again. It was too pure, and you’re too old now. There’s still plenty to look forward too, but it’s all a little diluted now by your expectations, by your loss of naivety, and just by real life in general. lol jk, everything is class.

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The Other BIGGEST TUNES of 2016

So like yeah, every month when I pick tunes to write about, there’s always a bunch that for various reasons don’t make the final cut. Sometimes it’s cuz I’ve already covered that artist a few times, or maybe cuz I wanna write about something else more, or maybe just cuz there’s just too many BIG TUNES to fit. Whatever the reason, I always feel kinda bad for all those wee left behind tracks so I put em all in a big playlist and picked the 25 best so that’s what we got here.

PLAYLIST:

1. Missy Elliot – Lose Control (Sh?m Bootleg Remix)

That guy SH?M has been blowing up this year, with a bunch of tasty releases on Jokers Kapsize imprint. I’ve been mad close to covering him a bunch of times and this tune has been real favourite of mine all year so yeah. Pure breezy house rebuild of a Missy E tune I’ve actually never heard. Real sunshine party starter yeah.

2. Dizzee Rascal – I Don’t Need A Reason

Often I don’t write about the raps cuz I know for a fact someone else is doing it better than me, plus it’s not unreasonable to assume that most people reading this have already heard this Dizzee Rascal guy and don’t need me to tell em this 3-year-old tune is good. That said, this tune is mad catchy and the video is great craic.

3. Lenkemz – Soup

I’ve written about Lenkemz so many times it’s kind of embarrassing so despite rinsing this tune the month it came out, I exercised some restraint. But yeah. Big tune. Razor sharp trap blast from Lenkemz’ somewhat baffling Wholly Whilly EP.

4. Iglooghost – Gold Tea feat. Charlotte Day Wilson

I’ve heard this guy is like 7 years old. Fair play to him. More of that deconstructed club weirdness I’ve come to associate with ilovesingles.club, except this one came out on Brainfeeder no less. Anyway this track is a rather gorgeous little ditty, frantic and emotional, full of twists and turns, rhythmic changes and melodic flourishes. Nice.

5. Gwen Stefani – Bubble Pop Electric

So earlier this year, I’m pretty sure after drunkenly blasting “What You Waiting For?” I downloaded Gwen Stefani’s debut album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Decided to give it a proper critical analysis and all, listened to it like 3 times, did a bit of research about its creation and release, studied some pictures of mid 00’s Gwen Sefani and even read a few interviews… and yeah it’s alright yeah. Few shite tunes, few bangers, all of them perfectly crafted and at least somewhat memorable. This one’s my fuckin’ jam tho.

6. Jamie De Von – Acid Freak (Acidoholic)

Another track that’s been circling the proverbial drain of being written about by me. Nothing particularly exceptional here either, just a straight up club banger, expertly crafted bit of acid house, built upon smooth little 303 lick and a memorable wee vocal hook. Grand, like.

7. Donovans – House of God

I excluded this one from me blog for sounding a bit too much like this tune, but it’s actually a total banger in its own right. Following in that fine old tradition of having some lad ranting over the top like an evangelical preacher about how much he fucking loves house music, this one is tongue in cheek enough to get away from it, and to be fair is also just a jam. Dramatic chords, euphoric builds, and a fairly bomb-ass piano solo, yeah this one gets my vote.

8. AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love (Lil Silva Remix)

Another guy I’ve written about nuff times, Lil Silva has been pure blowing up my phone with tidy jams all year, despite I’m pretty sure none of it actually coming out in 2016. Man just knows how to write a good song. This ones a particularly floaty number and all, not at all the kind of club workout I’ve come to expect from Wee Silver, but yeah, still tasty as. Good lad.

9. Cause & Affect – Get To The Chopper

Lol. Pretty sure this one got dropped only due to the glut of bangers I got my hands on last January, not to mention that several of them came from the same mix as this. Maybe also because it’s a little bait, but jeez those Predator samples get me every time. Only a heartless monster could say no to Arnie.

10. Magnesii – Want Need

Got a bunch of tunes by this guy one day because I think Toddla T said he was good and it seems he was right. Been a slow burner this one, wasn’t really all that hype about it at first but it’s sneaky become a real favourite of mine. Come to think of it my hype for this track is directly proportional to the increase in hype in this track. Yanno like.

11. DJ Marfox – Tarraxo Everyday

Holy shit this is such a jam. Out to DJ Marfox, he’s already featured in my Best of 2016, and fairly sure I’m not the only highly reputable online opinion maker who’s been feelin this release. Anyway yeah this one’s an uncharacteristically sedate wee jam, though still thoroughly tropical, and deeply lush.

12. Drop The Lime – Set Me Free (Lil Silva Remix)

Here’s another vintage banger from my apparent favourite guy. In fact this one’s positively antique, straight outta 2009 and the heyday of UK funky. Tense percussion roller this, for fans of drums. Original is pure tidy as well, absolute peak proto mutant bass from DTL.

13. AC Slater – Everyday

Here’s another boy who was big in the Trouble & Bass game back in the day, tho he’s done a decidedly better job of keeping the hype going. AC Slater has been on the ball with bassy 4×4 club music for time now, despite being a yank, and has rather deservedly become a bit of a big deal, with this track coming out on Skrillyrex’ OWLSA imprint. ANYWAY yeah mean clanky bass house banger this.

14. Skippit – Skank

I’ve mentioned this guy before but he’s low-key been consistently lashing out quality dancefloor fodder since I started following him sometime last year. This one in particular finding it’s way into loadsa my sets this year. Bouncy Soca vibin’ bass house roller this one, very premium

15. DeadbeatUK – Gunman (Thorpey Remix)

Man like Thorpey has flat-out bossing it the last couple years, wapping out fresh tunes on an seemingly daily basis, big releases left right centre and fucking ridiculous bookings all over the shop. This one isn’t even new but yeah it’s real good like.

16. Arctic – Be The Best MC

Out to Arctic for managing to fit more charm and personality into a single 4 track release than most of this current bassline guys are managing over an entire career. His absolutely stellar “I Wish I Had A Magic Carpet EP“, which came out on Tumble in 2015 is smooth, stylish and absolutely bursting with memorable hooks. Also bangers.

17. Joyryde – The Box

Out to JOYRYDE for taking that familiar bass house format that’s been so huge the last few years and fucking cranking it up to 11. Everything I’ve heard by this guy has been so frenetic and over the top, yet extremely slick and clean. Actually holy shit this guy has fucking almost 100k Soundcloud followers jeeeeez. Well now.

18. Darq E Freaker – Hallucinate

At some point last year I wrote about a well old Darq E Freaker tune and then the next week got this like brand new EP so I didn’t write about it despite it being so peng so now here it is. True story.

19. Paula Abdul – Straight Up

Kinda slacked off on unearthing 80’s bangers a bit last year, which is some shameful shit considering it took me like two Youtube suggested video clicks to find this absolute corker. Big tune yeah, especially feeling that massive 80’s snare and general Sonic the Hedgehog vibe of the production. Fuckin’ serious chorus and all like.

20. Zia – Recall

If this tune was any deeper of a roller they’d be using it to flatten the bottom of the sea. Which I’m sure is a thing they have to do sometimes.

21. Anthony Lynn – Substances Interdites

According to Wikipedia, Anthony Lynn is a former American football running back and current head coach for the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL. No mention whatsoever of his forays into techno, which is a shame cuz this ones a real banger. Over 15 years old and still sounding fresh as hell, tense, driving and full of malice. Once again shouts to P-Hocto and his commitment to adding tracklists to his unreal mixes.

22. Dax J – The Future

OK so I know I literally just said this, but check out how tense, driving and full of malice this tune is. Out to Dax J, responsible for tonnes of techno I’ve been feeling this year, surprised I haven’t gotten around to writing about any of it till now. Tune.

23. Inner City – Good Life (Ben Sims Edit)

OK so I know I literally just said this, but I’m surprised I haven’t gotten around to writing about this track till now, cuz it’s easily one of my most played tunes all year. Sampling one of the most ubiquitous rave tunes going, it wonderfully utilises that famous hook to mount a flat-out fucking assault, with pounding, almost tribal drums hammering without respite for all of it’s 6+ minutes. Banger.

24. Aiobahn & Yunomi – 枕元にゴースト (Jam_boy Remix)

One of my favourite things to do is run any Japanese song names I have through Google Translate and renaming the file. Largely because it helps me differentiate and remember the actual tracks, but also because it’s funny. Anyway yeah this one’s called Ghost to Bedside and it’s mad nice. Another stellar release from, you guessed it, Maltine records.

25. Jimmy Edgar – Dreamz Come True feat. Rochelle Jordan

Here’s some straight up fuckin’ get shit done positivity for ya from Jimmy Edgar, who I’ve just discovered is only like 2 years older than me and hasn’t wasted his life.

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