Sideswipe – Be With U – Modern Ruin Records

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Regular readers (whoever you are) of this blog might turn their noses up at the thought of a track that fuses elements of disco and drum & bass together.

We don’t and neither should you.

This track from Sideswipe, on London-based Modern Ruin Records, is the last number on their newest EP, Present Decay, which contains a right old mish-mash of interesting sounds and styles – well worth a listen. Be With U really grabbed us by the ear drums though; with a rich helping of disco deviance crafted amidst a carefully layered bass-backbone, it simply oozes funk, soul and groove, warranting plenty of airtime over the next few months.

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Interview: Ernest

A long weekend in Berlin led to some incredible finds way out back in November. After a weekend walking the concrete floors of some of the finest clubs the EU has to offer – Renate, Farbfernseher, About Blank – we stumbled upon Chalet.

On the Monday night we visited, only the top floor was open, but there was a man behind the decks who made our evening jaunt completely worthwhile – Ernest. So, when we got back to Blighty we simply had to have a word with the man to find out just what makes him tick.

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Toni Be – Black Haumea EP – Rawthenticity

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Here’s a fully French masterclass featuring Rawthenticity owner Fulbert and fellow countryman Toni Be, the latter man responsible for serving up a really fine crafted, crisp EP that is set to be released later this month.

Black Haumea clearly has its roots cemented in a spacey, remote, deep house sound – indeed our research tells us ‘Haumea’ is actually one of Neptune’s very own ‘dwarf planets’ – a particularly apt name in this instance. Have a listen and see what you think:

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Leigh Dickson – KNOE 3/2 – Boe Recordings

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You can always trust Boe Recordings to dish up a cool serving of deep, authentic house music.

Their newest EP comes via Leigh Dickson, a London-based producer who’s previously released some pretty strident techno on labels like Pariter. This most recent release doesn’t wander all that far from a minimal template either. You’ve got four tracks here, each leaning towards a stripped back deep house sound; each is beautifully composed, marrying a collection of intricate percussion pieces to create an ambient, far-off-sounding and absorbing selection.

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Top 15 tracks of 2010

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In 2010, South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup, 33 Chilean miners were rescued after spending 69 days 700m underground and the Arab Spring started.

It was also a time for some pretty good music – in no particular order, here are our 15 favourite tracks from the year of the tiger.

01. Manik – Sex Panther – Culprit

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Erosion Flow – The Hustle – ManMakeMusic

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Loving this particular track from Erosion Flow‘s newest EP for ManMakeMusic.

The Danish producer presents four records here, each possessing a slightly gritty, skewed and rough-around-the-edges sound – the perfect stuff for a long Scandinavian winter’s night, we’d imagine. ‘The Hustle’ is more acclimatised though, featuring an industrial slab of bass and a layer of 4/4 that takes the edge off it. We’d definitely be more than happy to hear this played out all through the summer.

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Centric House – Alright (Black Bombers Sandcastles Edit)

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Tune into this for a soulful, jazzy house joyride. Plain & simple.

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Bodhi – Soul Seeker – Ten Thousand Yen

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Got home from last night, sat down, opened up Soundcloud and got hit with this peachy number from Cardiff-based outfit, Bodhi.

The Bodhi boys first grabbed our attention just over a year ago with their light-hearted but equally thumping edit of Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch’s classic, Good Vibrations.

Soul Seeker is just one track off their new I Need You EP on Ten Thousand Yen, an impressive imprint based somewhere ‘between’ South Wales, London and Berlin. Whilst that’s a tad vague, this new EP is nothing of the sort; in fact, it’s really on-point, especially the last record, Soul Seeker, which we think might contain a super-slowed down vocal sample taken from this old gem (that’s very much a finger-in-the-air guess, mind, so don’t quote us on that). It’s a lazy, stretchy track made uber-sensual by these lyrics alone. Chuck in some nice percussion elements and a wedge of bass and you’ve got yourself a summertime terrace number…

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