While the commercial dance music sound seems to still be sweeping across the United States like a swarm of locusts, there is an unbelievable amount of tasteful House, Garage, and Bass coming out of the UK, more specifically London, at the moment. Duke Dumont, Bicep, George Fitzgerald, and Dusky should ring a few bells, and there’s a new duo that needs to be included on this list, and they go by the name of Toyboy & Robin. With a solid foot in the House realm, another foot in Bass, and an elbow in R&B, Toyboy & Robin have created a perfect equilibrium of their sound — catchy, grooving, and undeniably danceable. On that note, the gents have put together an impeccable mix for us today, featuring the aforementioned Londoners as well as Nicolas Jaar, Toro y Moi, Todd Edwards, and many more. One of the better mixes I’ve heard in a long time. Make sure to keep an ear out for Toyboy & Robin’s April release “Jaded” in here as well. Top tune. √+
• Watch Daft Punk‘s ‘Random Access Memories Unboxed’
• Todd Edwards confirms BBC Essential Mix, with “help” from Daft Punk and Giorgio Moroder
• John Talabot Announces New Single
• Low End Theory to come to London
Besides being the vocals behind Disclosure’s hit single, “Latch,” Sam Smith has accrued a budding career and following behind his sexy and sensational vocals. His most recent release, “Lay Me Down,” had women and men alike swooning over his emotional performance on the single. The original was more of a bedroom classic, but Todd Edwards comes through with a dance floor edit to groove and spin your partner around the dance floor to. The sultry pipes of Sam Smith get slapped with a synth line of the deeper nature, a sound that’s all too unfamiliar from the UK songbirds collaboration with Disclosure. The original is available to buy on iTunes, but there is no word yet on this remix EP.
• A-Trak Announces New EP, Listen to a New Track
• Watch Deadmau5 takeover an entire square in London
• Flying Lotus unveils new video featuring Elijah Wood
• Listen to a New Track from Julio Bashmore
• Todd Edwards puts his entire record collection up on Ebay
Last week I posted on the new single from mystery group, letthemusicplay, and today they’ve made producer extraordinaire, Todd Edwards‘, remix available for stream. House House and more House. With some sexy vocals.
Despite volcanic disruptions and endless amounts of airline shenanigans, I managed to make it back to London for the weekend. So here’s the craic: Tonight, Fabric
‘s playing host to a stunning lineup
to mark the drop of Duke Dumont
‘s new FabricLive record.
Where: Fabric (Closest Tube: Farringdon)
Cashmoney: £14 or £11 Students/FabricFirst
A few tracks to send you on your merry way:
Solo‘s most recent tropical effort remixing Berlin-based trio Jahcoozi. Their Sri-Lankan/British MC Sasha Perera sounds eerily similar to M.I.A., minus the gunshots and cashmoney samples, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Their latest album dropped last Monday, entitled ‘Barefoot Wanderer’, and you can get your mits on that here.
Banging remix of New Jersey based UK Garage guru and Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards. MJ Cole‘s smashed out a fidgety Garage rendition of the track – for me, it’s the standout remix on the ‘I Might Be’ EP.
Spitting vocals over Mylo‘s house anthem ‘Drop The Pressure’, former Fabric resident collabs with LA-based electro-dancehall outfit South Rakkas Crew. Dope track.
Hopefully at this point you won’t be a stranger to Florence‘s ‘Drumming Song’, as it’s been remixed to death in the electro world. But this new remix by Seiji from Bugz in the Attic, gives a pretty fresh take on it. I’m a big fan.
Whether you’re out at Fabric tonight or not – Party on, Dirty Dancers; the weekend starts here. Have yourselves a good one.