With some truly remarkable compositions coming courtesy of Solomun, Octo Octa and another Drumcode belter, July was certainly one to remember.
Barac – ‘Maintain Eye Contact’ [Uvar] – 11th July
One of minimal’s finest, Barac’s ‘Maintain Eye Contact’ is a stand out selection from his newest EP, ‘When We See One’. Furnished with a thick, humming bassline, such ethereal magic is subtle yet catches your attention perfectly with a smart vocal sample inclusion drifting through its percussive elements in a lackadaisical manner.
Solomon – ‘Dre’ [Diynamic] – 13th July
Prominently featured as a part of a long-rumoured collaboration with Rockstar Games, the creators of Grand Theft Auto, Solomun’s ‘Customer Is King’ EP was one of July’s bigger highlights. Whilst not featured on GTA, ‘Dre’ brings about an array of explosive percussion, gnawing synths and bleeps musically tipping the hat to the early West Coast sound.
Octo Octa – ‘Running’ [Skylax Records] – 13th July
Taken from DJ Sprinkles and Hardrock Striker’s ‘Under The Ballroom’ compilation, Octo Octa chimes in with some savoury smooth deep house in the form of ‘Running’. Armed with pitched vocals and deeper textured machine commotion, this serving is the perfect example of Maya Bouldry-Morrison’s signature house sound has become.
George Smeddles – Shake Your Body [Under No Illusion] – 13th July
One track that has been getting rinsed on Fridays at Music On at Amnesia by Marco Carola this summer is that of George Smeddles’ ‘Shake Your Body’. Fused with precise percussion and the catchiest of samples, Smeddles’ knack for a commanding hook is underlined here with this certified groover.
DJ Sneak, Tripmastaz, Rare Two Inc. – ‘UFO’ (Acid Kontakt) [Kwench Records] – 13th July
Making their debut on Cassy’s Kwench Records, DJ Sneak and Tripmastaz team up for the imprint’s sixth release as they manipulate the Roland TB-303 making the most of its distinctive squelch alongside some clattering drum machine rhythms to deliver a relentless release of acid.
Heathered Pearls – ‘The Packard Plant’ (Sophia Saze Remix) [Ghostly International] – 13th July
Following on from a successful 2017 release, Heathered Pearls revisits his ‘Detroit, MI 1997-2001’ EP with a collection of remixes on Ghostly International. Our favourite from the collection comes from Sophia Saze who provides listeners with hypnagogic, enthralling rhythmic expedition comprised of tepid bells and sophisticated percussion.
Daniel Avery – ‘Quick Eternity’ (Four Tet Remix) [Phantasy Sound] – 16th July
Kieran Hebden truly is one of a kind and proves so here providing a spellbinding Four Tet touch on Daniel Avery’s ‘Quick Eternity’. The opening five minutes of the remix hones the focus in on the glorious chimes, whistles and keys that marry together in harmonious fashion. Silence ensues before snarling synth and brittle clap take things on a heavier road.
Nina Kraviz – ‘OPA’ [трип] – 20th July
Celebrating 20 releases with her label, трип, Nina Kraviz gathered together young Russian and Icelandic acts for a gabber-influenced compilation – ‘Don’t Mess With Cupid, ‘Cause Cupid Ain’t Stupid’. A track that defines her label down to a tee is her own contribution, ‘OPA’ which rounds off an uncompromising, hypnotic and intense 10-track LP. A crazy surge of murmured vocals, gabber kick drums and irregular dashes of acid speaks volumes about the label’s courageous output.
Helena Hauff – ‘Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg’ [Ninja Tune] – 25th July
Arriving as her third consecutive release on Ninja Tune, German favourite Helena Hauff gifts us to her latest unfiltered techno development, ‘Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg’. A simple arrangement, this delivery is formed through a cluster of synths playing off each other with flourishing chords shining brightly towards the end.
Adam Beyer, Green Velvet, Layton Giordani – ‘Space Date’ [Drumcode] – 30th July
Two industry icons join forces with Drumcode’s rising star on an organically conceived creation in the form of ‘Space Date’. Driven by Green Velvet’s trademark vocal mesmerism, the trio come together to craft a pulsating, astronomical cut of techno charm woven together in melody and assonance.