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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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Come Down With Me

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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Throwback Thursdays

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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Jimmy LaValle

Moving On

You might know Jimmy LaValle better as The Album Leaf, but here he is creating film scores under his own name. His nuanced, subtle and soothing touch is absolutely perfect for this type of work. It adds poignancy and weight to every moment, and here it feels as if a heaviness is slowly being lifted through the course of the song, and by the end you feel as if you could just drift away on a breeze. Beautiful.

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Come Down With Me

The Glitz

Heutelieberja

As a kid, did you ever lie down on the grass on a sunny day, look up at the clouds, and imagine bouncing along on them? I always thought of them as being like big fluffy bouncy castles, and genuinely believed you could float on them if you got that high. Then science ruined it by teaching me that clouds are actually just a mass of liquid droplets, and you would fall right through one to your death. Still, if you really could dance on clouds, this is the song I would do it to.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

Sadam Ant

Baby Brother (DJ Fudge Mix)

I’ve been thinking a fair bit about people’s ‘dance faces’ lately, probably influenced by Limmy’s dance face skit. If I was a photographer, I’d love to take on a project of capturing as many dance faces as I could. You know the moment, when the record kicks in and it’s so funky that you almost can’t believe it, and your face makes an involuntary motion, as do your feet. You probably don’t want to know what you look like at this moment, but that’s not the point, it’s about trying to capture that split second of pure funky abandon. Can anyone lend me a camera?

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Friday Bangers

A Guy Called Gerlad

Voodoo Ray

For some reason this classic track popped into my head this morning. It’s funny how music does that sometimes – springs up out of nowhere, with no prior inspiration, and it booms around inside your mind. I don’t know why, but it seems weird to think that this song is from 1988. In my mind, electronic dance music still seems new, and this could have been released today, but it’s closer to 30 years old. Fun fact, the original sample said ‘Voodoo rage’ but the old sampler used to make it didn’t have enough memory, so it was truncated to ‘Voodoo ra’.

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Throwback Thursdays

Aphex Twin

6 backdrop trigger

In case you missed it, the other day Aphex Twin dropped another shed load of tracks on his user48736353001 Soundcloud account. There are now almost two hundred pieces of music on his page, which means you can spend hours exploring and digging through it all. This is one of the recent uploads – a haunting, creepy dose of dystopian robotic horror that you probably shouldn’t listen to just before bedtime.

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Oxon.

Falling Leaves

For some reason lately every pair of jeans I own has ripped in the same place. Every. Single. Pair. I’m talking inside a period of three weeks too, like there is some giant jean ripping conspiracy being waged against me by the universe. And some of these jeans are treasured favourites that are as comfortable as ten year old slippers. And when they are ripped and gone it’s like losing a friend, and you know that even though you can just get another pair, it won’t be the same. I think I might be too attached to my clothes. This is the debut track from Berlin-based producer Guy Henderson, AKA Oxon., and I really like it.

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Come Down With Me

Julio Bashmore

Holding On feat. Sam Dew

Everyone and everything looks better in the sunshine. It’s as if there is actual happiness contained in the rays of light. And when you see your crush in the sunlight, well, in that moment you’ve already married them in your head and are on a honeymoon together in a tropical paradise, dancing every evening at sunset to this song.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

Justin Jay

You Give Me Butterflies

Once, when on holiday in Italy, my mum, dad, sister and I rented one of those pedal boats and took it into the sea. We got quite far out. I panicked, jumped off the boat, and swam to the shore by myself. I was only 6 years old and everyone freaked out. That experience is the exact opposite of how this song sounds. In an alternate universe we just hung out on the waves in the sunshine, rocking gently with this tune in our heads, happy as fuck.

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Friday Bangers

Golden Girls

Kinetic (Frank De Wulf Remix)

More than 20 years ago, I used to have to travel on a bus for an hour every morning to get to school. To cope with the journey I used to listen to my walkman (remember those?) non-stop. I had this one mixtape from a Northern Irish DJ called Jacko that I almost wore out. It was just when I was getting into dance music, having previously been into tons of punk and grunge. I remember the music seeming so different than anything I had heard before. This track was on it, and every time I hear it now I feel like I’m back on the bus again, looking out the window, watching the hills roll by.

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Throwback Thursdays

OneKnown

Blue Galaxy

Do you ever think about what kind of music household appliances would listen to, if they were sentient beings? I do. I reckon washing machines would listen to death metal, toasters would listen todub reggae, and I think microwaves would listen to OneKnown. In fact, that’s exactly what happens whenever you leave the house. The microwave turns the stereo on, starts a bleeped out rave, and gets his mates round. And don’t even ask what the fucking kettle gets up to…

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