March 2018 – Our favourite 10 releases of the month - My Ibiza

March 2018 – Our favourite 10 releases of the month

With opening parties now being announced, here’s the best music from March to get you in the mood for the forthcoming season.

Featuring everyone from Berlin-based Peggy Gou to the fantastic Four Tet, we’ve got your favourite Easter weekend selections noted.

Pangaea – ‘Bone Sucka’ [Hessle Audio] – 2nd March

Making his first appearance on Ben UFO’s Hessle Audio since his debut LP ‘In Drum Play’, Pangaea returns with a wave of relentless breakbeats with ‘Bone Sucka’. Initially distant in the background, Kevin McAuley takes you by surprise by projecting impactful breakbeats into the forefront amplifying a jaunty atmosphere with gasping vocals and abstract bleeps.

Peggy Gou – ‘Once’ [Ninja Tune] – 2nd March

Arguably the hottest dance music property on the planet right now, Peggy Gou brings something warm and satisfyingly diverse with her latest three-part 12-inch on Ninja Tune titled ‘Once’.

The South Korean selector delivers a modern outlook on house and disco with ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’, as she blends together a host of melodic components with her pure Korean vocals. ‘Hundres Times’ arrives with a powerful rhythm and dampened spots of hidden melody. Finally, ‘Han Jan’ is a graceful electro highlight with a percolating bassline spilling between some cuspidate percussion.

Bicep – ‘Opal’ (Four Tet Remix) [Ninja Tune] – 8th March

Real name Kieran Hebden, the exceptional Four Tet chimes in with a remarkable rework of Bicep’s emotive ‘Opal’ from their self-titled debut album. One of the more impressive high-profile remixes in recent months, Four Tet evolves an already stellar effort to the next level by stretching out the rhythm, enhancing the kick drum and inserting further textures like crowd noise and bells providing a more dysphoric result.

Pional – ‘Miracle’ (Open Up Mix) [Permanent Vacation] – 9th March

Issuing his first release in over two years, Spanish DJ/Producer Pional picks up where he left off with some exquisite euphoric house. By far the stand out inclusion on his new EP, the ‘Miracle’ (Open Up Mix) presents that typical intergalactic synth which slithers across tribal drums and impressive chords maintaining a smooth mood with a careful utilisation of vocals.

Daniel Avery – ‘Radius’ (Surgeon Remix) [Phantasy Sound] – 9th March

Following up on the release of his recent ‘Slow Fade’ EP, Daniel Avery delivers a series of remixes, one of which comes courtesy of techno titan, Surgeon. Giving his take on ‘Radius’, Surgeon provides his impersonal touch on things by developing Avery’s warm synth coating with an eccentric, vigorous beat.

Butch – ‘Countach’ [Cocoon Recordings] – 12th March

Marking the 150th release for Cocoon Recordings, German selector Butch provides an exceptional outing with ‘Countach’. Naturally bringing proceedings to the surface, Butch enforces a heavy arpeggio line before being chased down by a prime-time filter. Highly acidic, this dance-floor-driven creation closes with an emotive string combination proving an instant hit amongst revellers.

Sasha, Dems – ‘True’ (Michael Mayer Remix) [Late Night Tales] – 19th March

Emerging as an unexpected yet brilliant cut on Late Night Tales last autumn, Sasha’s haunting collaboration with London group, Dems, returns with a cinematic remix courtesy of Kompakt co-boss, Michael Mayer. Inciting intrigue and mystery, Mayer features churning synth-led melodies pairing up with intense top lines with demanding scattered percussion.

Hidden Empire – ‘Mind Palace’ [Stil Vor Talent] – 23rd March

Established regulars already on Stil Vor Talent, live double act Hidden Empire introduce their debut album, ‘Mind Palace’. Bridging together instrumental tact with melodic mysticism, it’s the title track that pushes the boundaries of opposite formulas. Illustrating ingenious rhythms, a gradual bassline follows a breakbeat-heavy lead drenched in heavenly vocals.

LONE – Ambivert Tools Volume Three [R&S Records] – 23rd March

Showcasing both extrovert and introvert elements within this particular EP, Nottingham-born DJ/Producer, LONE, serves up a surreal and euphoric 90’s dish in the final submission of R&S’ three-part Ambivert Tools series.

Delving into the UK’s storied history of dance music culture, the Magic Wire chief precisely constructs a slow, deep break-beat basis on ‘Temples’ before adding striking tom-toms and a lustrous bamboo flute. ‘Hyper Seconds’ perfectly details LONE’s ability to channel classic US house grooves with some relentless percussion as breezy synths wonderfully compliment a resolute four-to-the-floor throwdown.

Phase Fatale & Silent Servant – ‘Confess’ [BITE] – 29th March

Fusing together elements of techno and EBM, Phase Fatale teams up with Silent Servant for the inaugural release on his brand new imprint, BITE, with ‘Confess’. Providing an unconventional offering, the title track delivers a powerfully abstruse, industrial atmosphere fuelled by driving techno complimented by a combative snare drum and askew shrieks.


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