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Broken Mirror

For some reason this reminds me of the classic 80s electro hit ’19’ by Paul Hardcastle, except that instead of Vietnam being the backdrop, I am now imagining soldiers going to war with machines in a dystopian vision of the future. Now I think of it, I’m probably just imagining this as being the soundtrack to Terminator, which in my opinion is better than Guns ‘n’ flipping Roses by far.

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Chromatics

Shadow

This song sounds exactly like the scene it describes. It’s as if you are driving through a big city, late at night, watching the street lights go by, lost in a the weird twilight hours. It’s dreamy, drifting and ethereal, which makes it perfect for a melting Sunday. Oh, and it’s also free to download, so get the flip on it.

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Kollektiv Turmstrasse

Sorry I Am Late

I played this track for the first time two weeks ago, and thought it was a gamble. The crowd didn’t know it, but I dropped it at peak time anyway. It struck an instant groove, and the place went off. For me, that’s the sign of a great tune – when people hear it for the first time and still just have to get down. An instant set staple.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

Owiny Sigoma Band

Luo Land

Imagine getting so drunk at a house party that you decide to disappear into an empty room to sleep it off, only to be woken an hour later by gang of people storming the room, blasting this song and forcing you to get up and drunkenly dance. You’d be kinda mad for about two seconds, before the tune takes hold and you realise that sleeping is rubbish, and partying is king.

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Friday Bangers

Goldie

Inner City Life

The other night we were hanging out in a park in Berlin, and Ben Jones (the Gigantic contributor and DJ) decided to bring along his portable vinyl player and a little speaker. People accused him of being hipster, but it was honestly just a brilliant idea. Listening to vinyl in the park was a great experience. He played this tune and it took me right back, hadn’t heard it in absolutely years and it’s still a total classic.

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Jamie XX

Loud Places (John Talabot remix)

Sometimes it’s fun to let your mind run away with stoner thoughts, like looking into the sky and contemplating the fact that we are hurtling through space on a rock at super high speed, and that space isn’t something that you just look at in a book or see on the TV, it’s what we are inhabiting right now – an infinite and incomprehensible expanse filled with stars. Anyway, those thoughts are what this song makes me feel like.

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Beach House

Zebra

Beach House have a new album coming out this year, and I can’t wait. I still listen to Zebra every few weeks, and it hasn’t aged or faded for me at all. It makes me melt away, and drift into another world, every single time. The title track is a masterpiece, and if you feel as though you need an aural hug today, this is the song for you.

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Raumakustik

Raider

This track reminds me of the classic Green Velvet banger ‘Destination Unknown’. They both have an undulating and relentless pace, and they both feel as though they might spin the earth of it’s axis at any moment. ‘Raider’ is fairly deranged from start to finish, in the best possible way. It jutters, stutters, spurts and then kicks, sometimes all at once. That’s how you want it.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

Galaxians

Skydive

I was randomly listening to German radio a few weeks back, and all of a sudden this wave of deep electro funk wafted across the room and smacked me right in the face. If I wasn’t sitting down it would have knocked me clean on my arse. Luckily, the artists making it were being interviewed on the station. I learned it was a Leeds duo called Galaxians, and I turned into an instant fanboy. If you’re a fan of Space Dimension Controller (and you should be) then this is right up your straße.

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Friday Bangers

Beck

Mixed Bizness (Nu Wave Dreamix By Les Rythmes Digitales)

Way back in the 90s, Beck released the album Midnite Vultures. It was a complete departure from anything he had put out previously, and is nothing like his later output. The album is an idiosyncratic mash of funk, electro and hip hop. ‘Mixed Bizness’ was one of the singles from the album, and on this remix Les Rythmes Digitales turns it into a hi-nrg disco classic. Dig out that spandex.

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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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