With London club Fabric currently fighting its closure, many artists and producers who have played at the club have contributed a track each to help cover the significant legal costs involved in the fight to stop the revoke of the license by Islington Council and the closure of the club.
The 111-track #SaveFabric compilation featuring tracks from Clams Casino, Clark, Skream, Machinedrum, Ikonika, Addison Groove, Skream, Vex’d, Kuedo and many more. Download it via Bandcamp, iTunes or Fabric’s site.
Cian Ó Cíobháin is the man behind the long-running An Taobh Tuathail radio show on RnaG every Monday to Friday at 9pm. You may have also heard his annual ATT mixes, the last of which was featured here a few weeks ago. He’s a regular DJ at Galway’s 110th Street. His show is one of the best alternative shows on the FM airwaves we have left so there’s no better man to ask for his top 10 tunes of 2013.
Chequerboard – ‘Today Is Beautiful, We Have Things To Do’
John Lambert is king of bucolic, twilit, instrumental music vignettes that quietly nestle their roots deep in the unconscious. Since hearing it for the first time, I’ve been tuning into on a daily basis – as crucial to my wellbeing as that first cuppa in the morning.
Laurel Halo – ‘Sex Mission’
Easily the most hypnotic, mind-melting piece of avant-garde techno I heard this year, from the genius that is Laurel Halo – one to happily get lost in & never find your way home.
My Bloody Valentine – ‘In Another Way’
It was a straight choice between this, or the fabled once long-lost d’n’b track ‘Wonder 2’, but this is quintessential MBV with a heart-wrenching/uplifting (that delicious tension between both emotions, that can verge towards however you feel at a particular time) hook to die for.
Ikonika – ‘You Won’t Find It There’
Played to death on ATT last summer, this lady’s sumptuous tune is constructed from bleeps, bass and grandiose swathes of synth, with a healthy injection of pathos to engage the heartstrings … not to mention an unpredictable structure to challenge the moves of the most jaded of disco dancers. Oh and I almost forgot to mention the sub-bass. Immense.
Mount Kimbie – ‘Home Recording’
If you wanna woo the affection of your beloved, stick this on a mixtape: no need for flowers, poetry or fancy restaurants.
Boards Of Canada – ‘Reach For The Dead’
Their new LP may have not earned the plaudits of previous albums (give it another chance!), but this beguiling track is up there with the finest in their expanding oeuvre.
Dean Blunt -‘Demon’
Ex or current (depends on what you read) Hype Williams man made one of the most unashamedly emotionally bare LPs of 2013 and by doing so inadvertently shaped himself into a modern day Arthur Russell-figure. All heartbreak, no hubris. ‘I’ll come home early next week’ was possibly one of the most romantic refrains that I heard in a song in a long time.
Charli XCX – ‘Grins’
Perhaps the most exhilarating pop-song of 2013. Mark my words, this talented young lady will soon be ubiquitous.
Blondes – ‘Andrew’
Spend time with this one, I mean really spend time with it and you will not be disappointed. Yes it has a 4/4 kick, but I prefer to listen to it lying down with my eyes closed. Preferably as dawn breaks.
Mssingno – ‘XE2’
The world had high hopes for Rihanna when ‘Umbrella’ came out but it’s been all downhill since then. Here’s something that finally fills that emo-r’n’b-dream-void.
SHABBA SHABBA RAAAAANKS. For the hook alone, this track could feature here but stick Busta on this track (like his recent highlight guest verse on Q-Tip’s ‘Thank You’) and it’s game over. It has a serious sinister horror beat to follow up on the equally great remix of Ferg’s ‘Work’. Both remixes have slayed the originals.
5. Future Brown – ‘World’s Mine’ ft. Prince Rapid, Dirty Danger, Roachee
UK grime meets LA aquatic R&B. Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu and J-Cush of Lit City Trax’s Future Brown project has a debut album coming next year with collabs Tink, Shawnna, 3D Na’tee, Maluca, Riko Dan, Ian Isiah and Kelela.’World’s Mine’ is the latest track from it after ‘Wanna Party’.
6. Ikonika – ‘Beach Mode’ feat. Jessy Lanza
Ikonika’s remix of Chvrches this week had me going back to her recent Aeropolis album, particularly this standout track with Jessy Lanza.
7. Friends – ‘The Way’ (Blood Orange remix)
Dev Hynes and Samantha Urbani team up for a smooth ’80s-style R&B remix. Not entirely different to the new Blood Orange album Cupid Deluxe which I’m finding hard to get into.
Slow building euphoria from the Kildare duo’s new EP.
9. Tinashe – ‘Vulnerable’ feat. Travi$ Scott
American R&B singer Tinashe has been building her rep over the last few years with underground-leaning mixtapes and collabs with Ryan Hemsworth and Jacques Greene. ‘Vulnerable’, from her new Black Water mixtape is sensual R&B pitched from a darker place.
10. Dornik – ‘Rebound’
He’s a member of Jessie Ware’s band but he’s also keeping things on the side for himself is this Dornik Leigh kid. He gave us the hazed ‘Something About You’ a few months back and ‘Rebound’ gives us a little more beat to bounce to. Out soon on PMR Records.
While Chvrches‘ debut album Bones Of What You Believe is a decent debut, I’ve found myself returning to the Miaoux Miaoux remix of ‘We Share Our Mother’s Health’ more than the album.
Good news for people like me then, the Lies EP features killer remixes of the song from Ikonika, Lxury and Tourist. Lxury’s is the pick of the bunch, the young UK producer Andy Smith who counts Disclosure as peers in sound and youth, produces a wavy garage/electro cut not too disimilar to his excellent ‘J.A.W.S.’ debut track. Ikonika throws her signature Hyperdub electro style as heard on this year’s Aeropolis album over the track. Tourist’s rework is more serene. The EP is on iTunes from Friday.
CHVRCHES – Lies (Lxury Remix)
CHVRCHES – Lies (Ikonika Remix)
CHVRCHES – Lies (Tourist Remix)
CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share (Miaoux Miaoux remix)
This week’s playlist features new music debuted in the last seven days or heard for the first time this week. The result is a roundup of 20 new music tracks.
This week’s playlist includes new tracks from Lightning Dust, Boards Of Canada, Fuck Buttons, Chvrches, Gold Panda, Disclosure, Booddha, Austra, Pure Bathing Culture, Not Squares, The Bullits, Ikonika and more.