[Audio] Hot Natured’s ‘Off World Lover’

 

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2013’s Different Sides Of The Sun, by robotic House supergroup Hot Natured is still one of our favourite albums of the decade so far. The outfit, consisting of London SynthPop turned synthetic House master Ali Love, Chicago DJ superstar Lee Foss, Wales’ fines Jamie Jones and CazalsLuca C delivered an instant classic in their début full length record. Sounding unlike anything else around at the time, the album grabbed house and took it down a decidedly 80s Electro alleyway for a good seeing to. Ali Love’s futuristic, Sci-Fi themed vocal performances, paired with a host of quality guests, and an array of stripped down & groovy, analog dance tracks made Different Sides Of The Sun something both compelling and unique. It’s an album that still in heavy rotation round these parts.

It’s been eighteen months since the last new tune from this foursome. We’ve had reMix singles in the meantime (including the amazing Luxry mix of Benediction) but new in terms of original track. Well the wait was finally over with the announcement of Off World Lover. The single is due out in September, as a prelude to the group’s sophomore album that is slated for a 2016 release and will feature a remix from Bristolian producer Will Clarke.

Appropriately released on Jones and Foss’s Emerald City label, Off World Lover continues deeper along their visionary House journey. From a title that brings BladeRunner to mind, to Ali’s interplanetary lyrics, to the otherworldly lead lines this is definitely SynthPop and House music for futurists.

Hot Natured have this knack of making raw, analog sounds sound rich and full. Like most Hot Natured tunes, Off World Lover is quite minimal in it’s arrangement, but never feels like it. In lesser producers hands this synthetic orchestra might sound lacking, but these four maestros can eschew flashy, cheap, modern production tricks and still sound as bombastic as any of today’s big, overproduced, dance tunes. With a growling, rumbling bass undulating over a skippy House beat the foundations are laid for this galactic opus. Synthesizers bleep, sounding like the alerts of a spaceship’s computer while electronic strings zip past like starlight and an otherworldly hook plays in the distance like a half-heard Theremin. Over this Ali’s passionately delivers his long-distance lament, calling out between the planets to his long lost love. Howe Hot Natured manage to sound like this, and never once stop being unbelievably funky is a mystery. But they do, and we’re all thankful for that.

♫ Hot Natured – Off World Lover

Hot Natured’s Off World Lover is released 18th September.

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[Audio] Dots Per Inch’s ‘Take It Slow’

 

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One of the rising stars of the UK House scene, and in out humble opinion one who deserves a lot more attention, is Dots Per Inch. We’ve featured a number of his tunes on the site, each one some consistently solid work from this enigmatic producer. His latest offering is Take It Slow, which one again sees him teaming up with singer Bia to deliver some infections and funky sounds. Check it out.

Take It Slow adds a little soulful sheen to DPI’s big House sound. With a rich, vintage feel (including a little record crackle) the London based beat wrangler serves up another of his fine blend of UK Deep House and classic early 90s House vibes. Combining an intoxicating, warm mood, that’s ripe for getting lost in on the dancefloor, with energetic and nostalgic passages, Dots Per Inch has served up another sure fire floorfiller.

♫ Dots Per Inch (Feat. Bia) – Take It Slow

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[Audio] Julio Bashmore reMixes Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’

 

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Last month the Disclosure dropped Holding On, the first single from their forthcoming new album Caracal. Featuring vocals from Grammy award winning singer Gregory Porter the track is a warm and glowing slice of UK Deep House. This tune has now been given a relentless dancefloor reMix by Bristolian producer Julio Bashmore. Most likely for slated for a forthcoming reMix single, ‘cos there’s no way this track and stay unreleased.

Bashmore takes his time building up hypnotic groove based on undulating loops. Contrasting the reMixes rumbling baseline and knife edge hook with Porter’s comfortable and soulful vocal makes for an intoxicating six minutes. Loaded with a classic build, and groove you can get lost in, this track is summer festival gold and not to be confused with Bashmore’s own Holding On.

♫ Disclosure (Feat. Gregory Porter) – Holding On (Julio Bashmore’s Elevated Mix)

Disclosure’s Holding On is out now.

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[Download] Back Back Forward Punch’s ‘No Answer’

 

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Australian production duo Back Back Forward Punch have dropped a brand new tune, No Answer, ahead of the release of the release of their début EP later this month. They are giving away the tune, for the sweet price of free, until the EP’s properly drops. We’ve features a handful of BBFP’s tunes and reMixes here on ER so we’re quite looking forward to this EP dropping. Summery Pop House goodness all the way.

From moment one, No Answer hits you with a gloriously Tropical hook and you just know things are gonna’ get groovier from here on in. It’s absolutely carefree and deftly plays between a cheeky Pop song, delivered by Laura Boland’s warm vocal, and a sunshine festival burner. This is how you do Pop House these days; there’s even a twisting progressive breakdown!

Back Back Forward Punch – No Answer

Back Back Forward Punch’s No Answer EP is released soon.

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[Video] Cardboard Foxes’ ‘Forever’

 

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North London outfit Cardboard Foxes’ soon-to-be-released, Minerva featuring, single Forever has been doing it ‘round these parts since the sun has come out. Ahead of the tracks’ release the Foxes have dropped a brand new video. Peep this.

For such a buoyant track, the video (shot by Crooked House Films) is quite moody. But a stylish moody. There’s a lot of choreography that seems to play again troubled relationships. Or something, we’re not great at interpreting videos. Looks nice though.

Cardboard Foxes’ Forever is released 29th June.

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[Audio] Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’

 

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Unlike their most recent offering, Bang That, the surprise new offering from Disclosure is actually from their forthcoming sophomore album. Holding On is the first single from the new full length record, which is due out in the vague area of ‘before the end of the year’ and comes equipped with a smooth vocal from Grammy award winning singer Gregory Porter. Check it our below (in a squished official YouTube stream, ‘cos the SoundCloud stream is only a minute and a half. We’ll never understand some of these decisions…)

Holding On has us eagerly awaiting the new album. This one adds a little Garage skip into the Disclosure sound. Keeping up the neo-UK Deep House-whatever synths, peppered with a little early 90s House vibe, Disclosure serve up what is surely bound to be another live crowd pleaser while Porters soulful, warm, vocals tie the track together nicely. Warping synths ahoy!

♫ Disclosure (Feat. Gregory Porter) – Holding On

Disclosure’s Holding On is out now.

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[Audio] Cardboard Foxes’ ‘Forever’

 

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The amazingly named Cardboard Foxes are a North London based outfit who are about to blow up with their début single, Forever. Enlisting the help of Minerva for this slice of buoyant Pop-House that look set to be hammered out this summer. The track’s called Forever and it’s out next month ahead of the group’s première long player, due out later this year. Check it out.

Dropping you into the action with a hammerfall piano hook, Forever soon lightens the mood with sparkling leads and an easy House groove. Minerva’s vocals dip in and out of the track giving it a slick commercial touch that is surefire airwave friendly while still maintaining a dancefloor dominating vibe. With just the right touch of euphoria, to be uplifting but not cheesy, Forever is bound to lift spirits this festival season.

♫ Cardboard Foxes – Forever

Cardboard Foxes’ Forever is released 29th June.

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[Audio] Dots Per Inch’s ‘Too Far’

 

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UK House rising star Dots Per Inch has served up another new tune. This one is his forthcoming new single for the London based Xylo label. Too Far sees Dots Per Inch teaming up with vocalist Bia in a track that crosses club and radio play boundaries. It’s Dots Per Inch’s most song oriented tune so far; turn up the bass.

Bai’s soulful yet slightly vulnerable voice glides perfectly over Dots Per Inch’s sweet combination od House, Bass and a little Garage skip. Aimed at summer dancefloors, this tune even brings a little Topical vibe to the booming bass as DPI peppers the track with an Island melody guaranteed to go down a treat at festivals this year. Too Far neatly packages Garage Rhythms, Deep House bass and a compelling groove with a sing-a-long chorus in a huge crowd pleaser.

♫ Dots Per Inch (Feat. Bia) – Too Far (Original Mix)

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[Audio] Ben Mono’s ‘Gamma’

 

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Out in May is the new release from dancefloor renaissance man Ben Mono on MadTech. It’s taken from MadTech’s MadTech 02: Ibiza compilation alongside the likes of Human Life, Bontan, Celsius, Leftwing & Kody, Josh Butler and Alexis Raphael. The track, Gamma, sees Mono in Deep House mode but giving it a twist of something close to our hearts, Bleep House. Check it out.

The lead lines or hooks of Gamma could have been taken directly from a release in the brief golden ear of the Warp Records cantered Bleep House scene. The Sci-Fi stabs and synthetic House robo-riffs could easily slide onto any number of records from that period; but here Mono layers them over a booming, festival ready, UK Deep House rhythm section. This is machine funk at it’s finest. Whether you came for the bass or to jack, this one’s got it all.

♫ Ben Mono – Gamma

Ben Mono’s Gamma is taken from the MadTech 02: Ibiza compilation; released 11th May.

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[Audio] Edwin Van Cleef reMixes Kindred Spirits’ ‘Folies D’antan’

 

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A brand new reMix from the man Edwin Van Cleef. This one slipped out quite quietly earlier this month as the new single, on which the reMix featured, from Kindred Spirits dropped. Out on Green Martin, the single is called Folies D’anta; which according to Google Translate means ‘On the old follies’, we’re sure something gets lost in context there. Check it out.

Cleef brings it, in warm House style, here. Easing us in with some deep chords and a pounding kick, Cleef slowly serves up a spacious atmosphere before injecting a growling bass into the gradually evolving proceedings. Before things kick off we’re taken through a haunting, ringing, breakdown that snare rolls it’s way into the tracks euphoric and captivating final length. A tune to get lost in.

♫ Kindred Spirits – Folies D’antan (Edwin Van Cleef reMix)

Kindred Spirits’ Folies D’antan is out now.

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