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Elli Ingram- Poetic Justice (Prod. Felix Joseph & Rudi Redz) (Island)
She’s taken 2013 by storm, becoming a YouTube sensation with 300,000 views on this song alone. Here the ridiculously talented 19 year old from Brighton gives Kendrick Lamar’s hit a soulful revamp. With her Adele-like vocals, Elli might sound like an angel, but her lyrics have got an edge. She’s also just seriously cool to be honest. Her EP sober is out now, def worth a listen.
Sky - Black Rose (Henrik Schwarz Edit) (WeandSound)
Legendary Henrik Schwarz delivers this punchy track taken from his recent PHENOMONAL boiler room set, “sky”. It’s a serious track - nothing less than you’d expect from the deep house veteran… Listen out for the beautifulllll vocals from Luisa Gerstein.
Paul Woolford- Unititled (HotFlush)
First time I heard this, I saw it close a set at 7am and give a zombified 7am crowd a completely new energy. It’s already been doing the rounds on Internet, radio and in the clubs, and has been praised by Jackmaster, Ben UFO and Bicep. Old school samples, slamming piano and bubblegum vocals, it’s the perfect blend of hard and soft.
Peace Division- Backlight Sleaze (Gerd’s Tough Sleaze Remix) (Dogmatik)
You might feel you’ve been transported to a dark corner of Berlin, listening to this futuristic remix. Robotic voices repeat “Into the black-lights” and a monologue of an American writer is recited over a repeittitive beat, which documents the seedy life of an exotic dancer. It’s the symbol and percussions, which kick in about 2 minutes that send the track into a new dimension. A deep and dark dance floor number!
Jon Hopkins- Breathe This Air feat. Purity Ring (Just Music)
He may be English, but his music doesn’t sound it. Known for his delicacy and sophisticated production, Hopkins' recent album ‘immunity’ has been widely praised. He’s also collaborated with Coldplay and Brian Eno. Here, on Breathe this air, he never lets the track settle, tweaking and adding layers to appear as if the song is building to a Crescendo, which never happens. Its soft and relaxed for an electronic track, but still has purpose.