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Thundercat

Them Changes

I must have just heard a pop, because now the funk is within me. Thundercat is back with his first solo material in two years. I’m still caning ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’ because it’s too good not to, and while this track isn’t a dancefloor destroyer in the same vein, it is an idiosyncratic slow groove funk jam that you will definitely want to be friends with.

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Nils Frahm

Our Own Roof

Sometimes you just need to feel as though time has been slowed down. The music of Nils Frahm has the uncanny ability of making it seem as though it is actually reducing the speed at which the earth spins. It gives you space to breath again, to let things slip away into the ether. It’s what Sundays are made for.

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Lakosa & Rick Grant

Dusk (Ejeca Remix)

There’s something about pure, driving techno that burrows right into the centre of my chest, and then takes over the rest of my body. It’s as if an alien force has turned me into a host, just used for the purpose of dancing. You might know Ejeca better as the purveyor of smart house music, but here he lets his acid techno flag fly to great effect.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

Rex Ronan

Incoming

Where other songs fail, this song leaps on top of them, laughs and then jumps up and down victoriously. Achingly simple, but full of all the usual suspects – the pounding beat, the drops and lifts, the piano synth over the top… But you know what? No one ever complained that neapolitan ice cream isn’t good anymore, just because that combo has been done before. Some classics can be done a thousand times over and when they are done well, it’s always good.

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Friday Bangers

Sister Sledge

You Fooled Around (Ziggy Phunk Soulful Regroove)

I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve shared a Ziggy Phunk remix that I’ve been into. He has made so many good edits that I’ve been caning for months. Here he takes Sister Sledge (the gift who keep on giving) and beefs up the soul factor to a dancefloor shredding level. Midas touch.

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Throwback Thursdays

Very Vibey

Lost

When I was a teenager myself and a group of friends used to go visit abandoned buildings for fun. One of the best places was an old mental hospital that had burned down, inside in the dark, guiding our way with a lighter, the shadows would jump out from everywhere, feeling like they were enveloping your whole body. It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously, which is a funny mix when you’re on acid…

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George Fitzgerald

Call It Love (If You Want To)

You might be more familiar with George Fitzgerald as the purveyor of damn fine house bangers, and currently be wondering just what on earth one of his songs is doing as a Come Down With Me selection on a Sunday. Here’s the thing though, his debut album Fading Love is actually a master class in electronic soul. It has depth, feeling and emotion, as you can see from this track alone. It’s house with a heart, and it’s damn fine.

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Bruno Furlan

That Book

Layering a cool monologue over a great tech house foundation is not a new concept. In fact, it’s a tried and tested formula that you could argue has become a bit of a cliche. However, as with all of these things, when they are done well there is no denying that they are still good. This is a great example of how if something isn’t broke, you don’t need to fix it, but you can pimp it up.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee

People’s Groove

Disco and sunshine go together like gin and tonic. Unless you don’t like gin and tonic, in which case you can replace this analogy with a cocktail combinations of your choice. Basically, what I’m saying is that disco works really well in the summer. It works well all of the time, really, but the summer is especially good. When this track gets going, it makes you want to be dancing on the grass in your bare feet.

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Friday Bangers

BMX

Theme To BMX (MAZZ Edit)

This is an old school Gigantic anthem. It was released in 2008, but it sounds more like 1988. It reminds me of being at a house party where things start out well but eventually get out of hand. Not in a ‘wreck the show’ kind of way, but more a ‘what the hell are we still doing here at 9am on a Monday?’ kind of way. We’ve all been there.

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Throwback Thursdays

Erdbeerschnitzel

Never Tilt

You know what ‘erdbeerschnitzel’ means, translated? Strawberry Schnitzel. Good old Germans, being kooky as per usual. In case you don’t know, a schnitzel is basically meat tenderised and wrapped in breadcrumbs. Now imagine mashing up strawberries and wrapping them in breadcrumbs. RANK. It’s damn lucky that Erdbeerschnitzel make tunes good enough to forget the harrowing food-based mental image they elicit. Damn lucky.

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Roots Manuva

Movements

There’s a whole list of people you don’t want to hang out with after a big night. Talkers, prangers, weepers… you know the drill. Chances are, someone who would “slap the bacon out of your mouth and dance upon your sarnie” would also be on the list to avoid. That’s kind of unfortunate because that’s exactly what’s going down in this track, but goddamn, it’d be the most chilled way to be smacked in the bake. So, Roots Manuva? You’re always welcome to join my Operation Hangover recovery.

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FJAAK

Don’t Leave Me

Fear. It’s shit. I used to get so worried and nervous about so many things. I felt massively uncomfortable when tampon ads came on and my parents were in the room. I liked Blur, because Oasis scared the bejesus out of me. This track makes me feel the same way for about the first minute and a half – like I’ve really walked into the wrong bar, on the wrong side of town. But then, wait, what? Is that a smile emerging on the barman’s face, as he slides over a drink on the house? Did the sticky floor just vanish, and the flickering light just sort itself out? Like a bad bar coming good, this tune blossoms into a little corker.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

French Horn Rebellion

Love Is Dangerous (Chrome Canyon Remix)

Although this song has the funk of a verified floorfiller, it was actually originally written to serve as a warning to anyone foolish enough to attempt to find ‘happiness’ through ‘love’. Silly sausages! Thank God for French Horn Rebellion, who are trying to remind us all to stay cold, lonely and unloved by brainwashing us with this boogie mind control. So the next time you even consider letting yourself go, remember, LOVE IS DANGEROUS.

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Friday Bangers

Cheryl Lynn

Got To Be Real (Get Down Edits Quick Fix)

We’re doing a one-off disco special at Gigantic in Belfast this Friday night called Got To Be Real, so it felt like the perfect time to use this track for a Throwback Thursday. There are plenty of remixes of this out there, but the Get Down guys do the right thing and don’t mess too much with the original, and instead just tinker with it a little to make it more DJ friendly. If it ain’t broken, right?

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Sandro Kait

I Wonder

I’ve got a real soft spot for anything that reminds me of 90s trip hop. There was a glorious time when that sound reigned supreme, and Mo’ Wax and Ninja Tune were seemingly unstoppable sources of smoked-out beats and hazy jazzstep. It has never really disappeared completely, but it’s no longer a dominant force. That’s why it’s nice to hear Sandro Kait breathing life into the genre, proving that jazzy beats will never die.

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