Replay: September 2016

In this monthly series, we scour the depths of the Internet and its memory vault to curate a list of tracks that caught our attention in the previous month. From classics to the freshest and obscure releases, we bring you tracks that we believe you deserve to know or are deserving of greater attention, or both! Sit back and enjoy the ride.

1. CLUBKELLY – MITSUKI

CLUBKELLY released their self-titled EP on September 2nd on the Crazylegs label and the track MITSUKI immediately caught our attention. The influences of French house are immediately apparent and understandable, since CLUBKELLY comes from Paris, France. Driven by a single female vocal hook and a chord progression slammed with a low pass filter, the song’s energy is undeniable right from the start even before the drums make their appearance. If you need an upbeat song to lift your mood or get yourself moving, look no further.

2. Darling – Jacob’s Lead

A Dutch producer, Darling makes his debut on the Voyage Direct label run by Tom Trago. Jacob’s Lead begins with a smooth bass line that recedes into the background as, unsurprisingly, the lead melody takes over. Yet, they combine harmoniously to create a calm yet mysterious atmosphere that has us enchanted.

3. DNGLS – Heliris (Xhin Remix)

Turning our attention to the local scene, we have a remix of DNGLS – Heliris by our techno pioneer Xhin that debuted on Boiler Room in 2014. Leaving the confines of the 4/4 kick drum in the original, Xhin drops an IDM-style beat that immediately changes the dynamics of the song into one that is more rugged and abrasive. The overdriven sounds adds to the post-apocalyptic landscape of the song, before fading into a single sine wave that leaves us in suspense.

4. David August – The Spell

David August continues his progress into left-field electronica with his latest track “The Spell”, which will be released as an EP on Counter Records. The track begins with a swirling vocal-like synth and the sporadic appearance of drums. Slightly past the 3-minute mark, the song descends into a long ambient segment that is interrupted by a female speaking before arpeggiated synths drive the song back into its groove. This is a song that may not be immediately accessible but with each listen, the track seems to reveal elements you did not notice before that paints a new story.

5. KiNK – Chorus

Next up, we have KiNK’s Chorus, another track with a close connection to Singapore. His latest Chorus EP was released in September on Midnight Shift, a Singaporean label that is now also based in Berlin. As the title suggests, the chorus effect is the key element of the song, with the build up of the song synced to the amount of chorus applied to the lead. Our verdict? KiNK delivers yet again.

6. Joss Moog – Secret Garden (Flapjackers Remix)

Some songs make you feel like you are in the lush tropics with a piña colada in your hands. Other times, they make you want to have a slinky sexy time. This song will have you  feeling all sexy and smooth. Enough said.

7. Tycho – Horizon

From the opening chords to the catchy synths, ‘Horizon’ grabs you immediately and doesn’t let go. One of the standout tracks off their third album (which was quietly released by the band last week), it’s got the hallmarks of the Tycho sound we love: a driving beat, irresistibly warm vibes and a great build-up to a euphoric chorus. Upbeat and buoyant, it throbs with an infectious energy that will have you moving your body. Perfect for zoning out or cruising along the highway as the sun sets.

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