Sophie Lloyd feat. Dames Brown
Classic Music Company
Good things come to those who wait, and for Sophie Lloyd it's come in abundance. A prominent figure on London's DJ circuit and much loved for her vibrant sets, she's now produced one of the biggest feel-good anthems of the summer. Collaborating with the soulful Detroit collective Dames Brown, Calling Out’ is a future gospel house anthem recorded with live keys and a hands-in-the-air breakdown that'll be sure to bring tears of joy to those dancefloor moments. A feel-good record of this kind is a welcome refreshment amongst the more hard-edged club music that's so rife right now. It originally hit the shelves on 7-inch and sold like hot cakes (expensive hot cakes we might add — they were going for £50 for Discogs) and just dropped for the first time digitally. Equipped with two heavy hitting Floorplan remixes, the ‘Calling Out’ legacy has only just begun — a fitting addition to the the timeless Classic Music discography.
'After The Rain'
It's a pleasure to see Basejam back and in perfect time for summer with this delightfully sun-drenched five-tracker. The lead is for those very special moments with hypnotic tribal drums, sultry classic strings and soulful house vocals. ‘The French Exit’ is a slow burner with guitar licks aplenty and a funk-laden breakdown featuring saxophone stabs that'll put you in a twist. ‘After The Sun’ is all about the diva vocals and should be heard at every beach party from here on.
'Don't Forget To Go Home feat. Billy Cobham’
Recently getting the stamp of approval from Pete Tong as his Essential New Tune, Berlin-based Emanuel follows up his recent Moon Harbour EP with this melody-driven single. It will strike a chord with those who know the sample, originally by Billy Cobham and later used by Souls Of Mischief in '93 Til Infinity' and plenty of other dance tunes since. Billy has tastefully replayed the chords especially for this record, aligning with Emanuel's 909 rides and conga-style drums for this bonafide collaboration.
One of the leading labels for dub-techno and an imprint that is inspired by the Soviet era in Russia has delivered a VA that is making house and techno heads rejoice. The heavyweight double vinyl features key artists of the scene, including heads-down cuts from East End Dubs, Idealist, Delano Smith & Traumer. The latter track is a collaboration named ‘Essence’ that is already proving to work wonders in the clubs, with its swirling stabs, high energy hats and dreamy breakdowns.
Jensen Interceptor & Assembler Code
Sync 24’s label is simply unstoppable at the moment and this upcoming collab only serves to verify that point. Deliciously squelchy electro is the dish of the day, as expected, with A-side ‘5050’ already doing the rounds in the clubs. Our personal picks, though, are monstrous, loping ‘Battery Assault’ and the label boss’ remix of ‘Jenson’, which sounds somewhat like a dial-up modem being repeatedly battered by a conveyor belt load of industrial presses. We always hated those bloody things…
Four remixers take on each of the tracks from London-based Italian Mauoq’s 2015 ‘Fabricate’ EP. Dispatch man Arkaik, Ukrainian I Wannabe and Best Of British nominees Conduct each deliver appropriately dubbed-out versions (the latter being especially creepy, and reminiscent of their recent ‘Oma’ LP). However our highlight is Diffrent Music boss Dexta’s rework of the title-track; loaded with bass pressure to the point of eruption, it finally drops its payload in the form of a high impact junglist switch-up. Boom.
Dead Man's Chest
‘Trip II Eclipse’
DMC goes three for three, finishing off the opening trilogy of EPs on his Western Lore label with another essential release. Each track has a distinct character: opener ‘Trip II Eclipse’ is an intensely ominous drum workout built for heads-down skanking; ‘Dub II Eclipse is, you guessed it, and snail-paced, echo-soaked dub reggae version; and bleep-filled closer ‘Mild Mild West’ is more euphoric, coming complete with melodic vocal lines — all tied together with live MC snippets and DMC’s signature atmospheric aesthetic.