London collective, Jungle, shared a new director’s cut version a few days ago for their latest track “Happy Man” rocking some of that addictive modern soul. The original video appeared back in May and in it we saw the group watching a woman giving it all in performance on TV. For this director’s cut we are taken into the scene that was unfolding on the TV and get to see her full performance. The star is Nat Zangi and this super talented dancer gives a memorable show. Everything about her movements and emotions on her face gave us a new perspective on the song and lyrics. Check it out up above!
This new Hush Hush has us in the mood to dance. “hh123“ is the name and it rocks a groovy classic house vibe with deep percussion and undulating synths. There’s also an iconic Diana Ross sample that is the cherry on top. He shared a preview of this jam a while ago and now it officially gets a full release. And there’s also promises of more to come so we’ll definitely be keeping an ear out for that.
The Stratford Court crew is a day away from dropping a brand new compilation titled ‘Iterum.’ So far they’ve leaked two tracks from the project including Andy Shand’s “Spacestation Melody” and a couple of days ago they shared the track “Cookout On Cloud 9″ by Yung Bae and Flamingosis. You can expect a total of 17 exclusive tracks from various artists making for a solid summer playlist to enjoy poolside. Check out the soulful, feel good groover by Yung Bae and Flamingosis up above!
Sultry romance hits the air thanks to the one-and-only Jerry Folk. Earlier today he shared the second single off his forthcoming ‘Leisure Tapes’ EP. This one is called “Sweetness On My Tongue” and it brings some groovy R&B tinged vibes that has us longing for those moments on the dance floor when you exchange glances with someone special feeling all the vibes the song is serving just like you are. The synths and pads are masterfully handled on this jam especially when you hit the chorus and it takes you higher and higher. It’s a total stand out.
We love Hercules & Love Affair because they use their platform to speak on current issues and it’s been that way since the early days of the group. They use dance music to shed light on harsh realities, truths and things that our society takes for granted sometimes. The latest extract from their new album ‘Omnion‘ is called “Are You Still Certain” and yesterday they dropped a new music video for it! They team up with emerging Lebanon based band Mashrou’ Leila that has been receiving well deserved international recognition for the voice that they are giving to the youth of the Middle East. Here’s a bit more about the track from Hercules & Love Affair:
“Featuring Hamed Sinno from Mashrou’ Leila, the video pitches the cold hand of the law, the spectre of violence and innocence lost, as a timeless ever-present human struggle. Sinno performs against a series of vignettes that illustrate the ego’s blind pursuit of ‘truth’. It was been directed by Joie Iacono and Andy Butler under their Hoarder alias (in collaboration with Robert Fox).
Taken from the latest Hercules & Love Affair album, ‘Are You Still Certain?’ is at once a balm to cultural tensions and a challenge to misconception and prejudice, written by Butler and Mashrou’ Leila with additional vocals by Rouge Mary.”
Stream it up above!
Breakbot teams up with Ruckazoid for an intergalactic ride filled with funky disco vibrations. Once again his attention to design shines bright in this new music video that follows a magnetic character that is a merging of Breakbot and Ruckazoid into the cosmic pimp known as “Breakazoid.” The video is directed and animated by Olivier Lescot and the team at Brunch Studio. It’s soulful nu disco that blends retro and modern beautifully that is further reflected in the video. We’re hooked (and low-key hoping that they collaborate again)! Check it out up above. And grab your copy here via Ed Banger Records.
Currently riding this glorious funk wave that The Internet is gifting the world. The group returns with a brand new album this Friday, July 20th titled ‘HIVE MIND.’ So far they’ve shared three singles off the album with the latest being “La Di Da.” We get an earful of Syd’s ultra sultry vocals as well as a bit of Steve Lacy’s vocals too. They have this effortless cool that makes us weak at the knees. These instrumentals have us going wild. That electric guitar solo is the cherry on top. It’s the kind of music we want to listen to in our bedrooms or in the car on a late night drive.
Following up on his debut 12″ Catalonia based sound designer Mateis e. aqir returns with a full 10 track LP for the taste-making imprint All My Thoughts. He resides by the sea and you can get a sense of that fluid, mellifluous energy in his tracks. Our current favorite is “Flangering Evening“ that brings a charming, offbeat percussion blended with ethereal chimes and immersive synthscapes for that extra airy touch. On one hand you have this infectious rhythm and on the other you have hypnotic atmospherics that complement each other beautifully.
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Stockholm based imprint OMENA has a hot new release slated for late August from U.K. duo, Voyeur. The boys unleash the title track, “Awakening,” with all of its dance worthy glory. It’s like a seven layer dip of percussion with playful melodies and uplifting vocal chants. Feel-good definitely comes to mind when we hit play on this track. Be on the lookout for the August 24th drop with a remix from Casino Times!
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Leave it to jackLNDN to bring you all things deep and rhythmic. For his latest remix he takes on one of The Funk Hunters‘ latest tracks, “Say Something.” This groove is seductive with an irresistible R&B touch that is never far behind with a jackLNDN mix. He takes LIINKS‘ vocals and utilizes them in key points throughout the track. Stream it after the jump!