Syl Johnson – Is it because I’m Black ( David August Live)

Sitting in the midst of David August wonderful improvised Berlin ‘Boiler Room’ set in 2014, is this absolute rocket of an adaptation of Syl Johnson. Music purists would argue that the original can’t be touched, that it’s a catastrophe, a musical crime etc.. I cannot disagree more. This jam from August was done live and was never even released. The beauty of modern internet is that most sets are recorded, thus we are treated to finding every tune we hear live from a rip from a YouTube fan.

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August settled nicely alongside ‘Nicolas Jaar’ at the top end of chilled experimental house music since he burst on the boiler room scene, like Jaar he steered onto other projects since to ‘find his roots’, as he puts it. I took in a WHP Manchester gig two years ago headlined by Jaar and was bitterly disappointed by his new ultra bizarre routine. We head to David August tomorrow night in Paradiso, Amsterdam in the hope that he maintains performing classics like this tune and doesn’t simply make rhythmless noisescapes like Jaar did two years ago. I’m definitely too harsh with my Nicolas Jaar comparison here, but we will see tomorrow night.

 

Jay Quentin – Information Superhighway

ADB910EC-BDE6-428A-83A3-E5EBDBA13084Some nice Acid Tech from Berlin stalwart Jay Quentin. We don’t really often post many techno tracks unless they have something really nice, this one does. The Daniel Avery-Esque drone is superb coupled with the progressive and interesting industrial sound effects throughout tune. Enjoy it if you like a birra tech.

Marcel Fengler – Jaz ( Kosi Edit )

Koze-featAbsolutely love DJ Koze’s style . The man just never disappoints does he – Another smooth chilled remix here from the steller German. We just cannot wait for his new album to be released after being teased with the Roisín Murphy appearance. Mellow stuff here. A brooding beat with subtle sounds caressing it as it takes us on a little journey. I just walked home listening to this – It usually feels like a chore but this time I floated home – Hopefully you will too. That bit at the end though- Blissful!!

 

 

André Hommen – Metropoli

maxresdefaultWhat.A.Release! André Hommen was a bedroom producer before he ventured to playing some local underground events in Nettetal – Germany. Since then Hommen has travelled far and wide with the great Denis Ferrer- spinning to freshest and smoothest house beats to the masses. Hommen is taking his fantastic collection as far out as Vietnam in May and is one of the most sought out DJ’s on the circuit. His latest release ‘Metropoli’ has BBC News 24 theme tune vibes to it but is a real find. Exciting stuff from Hommen – He is on our must see list for the summer season.