Never The Same – Loods

I’m highly aware that this is skating just on the ride side of cheese (kind of Loods’ MO) but sometimes you’ve just got to let go. If you do that, you will be rewarded, because this feels real good. Definitely a track to be enjoyed in the sunshine after a drink or two. There’s not much subtlety about it, just strings and horns working to full effect. Summer 2022 baby!

The track is out now on Steel City Records. He’s not from Sheffield, he’s from Newcastle. But not that one, the one in Oz. Which is actually known as Steel City. Who knew?

Gunk – Overmono

I’ve been sitting on this for way too long. Please forgive me.

It’s UK duo Overmono with Gunk. They stood out at Wide Awake festival and this track was the one with the biggest impact. It has a ravey Jacques Greene kind of vibe that hits right.

They are getting well stuck into the European festival circuit with a UK tour to follow in the Autumn (including Koko in September) – don’t miss out.

Bonus track: this was my first exposure to the duo – an incredibly powerful remix of an incredibly powerful track. Full write-up here.

Crosswalk – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

This is my go-to track right now.

I’ve been a TEED fan for a long time, and it makes me really happy that he is back on the solo production train after some well-publicised time away and ups and downs. His two latest singles tell me that his second album is one to be excited about. Where the Lights Go will be released in July and has a mammoth 17 tracks. A lot more TEED to look forward to.

Bonus album: 8th June 2022 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the release of Trouble. And here it is.

Tiraquon Recordings vol. 1 – Space Dimension Controller

Ain’t no two ways about it, I’m a big fan of Space Dimension Controller. He has released a really tasty 6-tracker on his own Tiraquon Recordings.

The release is a slight departure in tone from his usual work; it is less ‘high-concept’ in the sense that there is no space-traveller voiceover, and the tempo is raised a little. Both changes make the tracks just that little bit more danceable. Even so, the release feels very much of the Space Dimension Controller universe. Maybe this is the stuff playing in the clubs of Mikrosektor-50 when Mr. 8040 walks in. Anyway, none of the originality or charm of the persona is lost. Listen up.

If you didn’t understand any of what you just read, where have you been? Do your homework.

Transcendence – Windows

Early Jan might not be the most clubby time for most people, but I couldn’t help but share this one from Windows (formally DJ Windows XP).

The EP opens up with All the Things You Are; I can only describe it as a thumpy monster. But the best part about it is that I’m pretty sure it samples Estelle & Kanye’s American Boy. Inventive, genius, and did I mention thumpy?

Sunset Love is a bit more on the dreamy side and sounds like an early Wayward track. Also highly likable.

Finally Secrets and Long Gone are both nice atmospheric pieces with nice piano and string leads respectively. I suspect they will last a little less long in the memory, but they both stand up well.

Check it out. I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

The Distance – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

If you’d asked me back in 2012 who my favourite artist was, there’s a good chance I would have said Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Trouble was released that year – to date it remains TEED’s only full length album, and it would be tempting to say that Orlando’s production output hasn’t lived up to its promise. There have been some sparks, not least collaborations with Bonobo, Tinashé and Amtrac, but I’ve been thirsting for some new solo work that hits the heights of that album.

And, here we have it.

It’s a high quality EP. My pick is Into the Light.

Bonus album: Trouble. Where it all began. I’ve don’t know why I’ve never written a gushing post about it before. Here it is in all it’s glory.

Lydia – Dauwd

Today is a throwback to a 2014 classic by US-born, Welsh-raised electronic music producer Dauwd.

Lydia is beautifully weird composition. For me, it conjures up some kind of mythical battle – maybe the opening credit sequence of Golden Axe 2. It pounds and shimmers in a hugely original, deeply moving kind of way. Check it out.

Bonus track: basically, there’s a lot more where that came from. This EP scores 3 bangers out of 3 for me. Oh, and the guy is a genius live as well.