For the next four weeks, SupaJam will be bringing you a weekly selection of five tracks, some classics and some newer releases, all in preparation for the summer of 2012. Each week, we’ll be focusing on a different blend of genres so hopefully there’s something to suit even the most acquired of tastes, from the eclectic to the eccentric.
Pt. I: Dance, House, Bass
The electronic music culture is becoming bigger and better by the day, and there’s no greater time to enjoy it than during Britain’s holiday season. Although the sun has disappeared, you’re still in for a treat at house parties, DJ nights and festivals across Europe. If you can get through these six songs without even tapping a foot, it’s probably time to rethink your life.
The incredible ‘Black Rainbows’ EP was released back in March but I’ve come to find that, during the daily slog of commuting, my day will be fine as long as it features a bit of Dark Sky. Each track on the EP has a different feel but Totem hints at that nostalgic excitement for summer. All tracks have the trademark Dark Sky vibe giving you the urge to instantly break out into dance - but I’ll try to resist while on the 9:11am Brighton to Bedford train. If you’re one of those jammy bastards going to this year’s Outlook Festival, be sure to catch Dark Sky’s set, and kiss them on my behalf.
Last July, family member of Frite Nite Records B. Bravo remixed the classic 90s R&B jam ‘Swing My Way’ and gave birth to an unbeatable dance track for many summers to come. You can download it for free courtesy of Frite Nite. Be sure to check B. Bravo’s most recent track ‘Computa Love’. A true pioneer of futuristic funk. God bless technology.
These downtempo snippets are taken from the recent release from Kahn, Bristol’s homegrown producer and member of Young Echo collective. With distorted vocal sampling of Imogen Heap’s ‘Hide and Seek’, it’s as good as chilled electronic music can get without morphing into lift music. To sink your teeth into the full-length tracks, either order the vinyl 12” or download the MP3/FLAC release from Boomkat. If this is your thing, prepare yourself for Kahn and Neek’s collaborative tracks Fierce and Percy, coming out this month on their own label, Bandulu.
Released back in 2010, this track still doesn’t fail to put everyone in the most summery of moods. A mix of non-corny steel drums and big beat kicks makes it perfect to play at beach parties and garden barbecues, weather permitting. For me, this SoundCloud taster simply isn't enough, it’s all about the full seven-minute version. Also, have a listen to Tensnake’s incredible house remix of Azari & III’s ‘Reckless (With Your Love)’.
Shit just got real. This creation by TNGHT (the teaming up of legendary producers Hudson Mohawke and Lunice) forms part of the much anticipated EP coming out at the end of July on Warp Records and LuckyMe Records. This track alone shows us that all the build up around the collaboration won’t be leading to any disappointment: three and a half minutes of ridiculous bass music that needs nothing other than a good sound system to serve it justice. For more TNGHT hype, take a peep at this.