The latest installment in our sporadic yet always satisfying mix series comes courtesy of a producer I’ve been posting a fair bit about recently. Hailing from Glasgow, Mirrors is a high-calibre architect of the house and garage variety, although recently exhibited his polymathic talents by dropping a stellar hip-hop release in the form of Superior EP.
Clocking in at just under 40 minutes, the mix itself is a compelling exploration of new house music with throwback elements. Featuring tunes from the likes of Synkro, Boddika & Joy Orbison, Mosca, Jack Dixon and Mirrors himself, the track that really stands out is Ce Ce Penniston’s dance classic ‘Finally’. Honestly, including that was a master stroke. I first listened to the whole thing in my car and if anybody had been watching me when that came on, they would have seen me transform into a ’90s backing dancer trying to steal a little bit of limelight. It made me genuinely wonder if I was born into the wrong generation…
Listen after the jump via Mixcloud or download here.
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You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this. Seriously, almost as long as the entire world has been waiting for Detox (well..maybe not an entire generation, but you get the point). The first release from Fantastic Mr Fox since the truly astonishing Evelyn EP way back in 2010, San’en EP drops on Black Acre on June 7th. Comprising four tracks, three of which feature vocalist and label-mate Alby Daniels, this will surely be one of the most anticipated releases of the year.
I know this news actually broke a few days ago, but I heard ‘Yesterday’s Fall’ and the title track on Radio 1 the other day and I’ve been listening to them on loop and drooling ever since. It was a long wait, but I can assure you he’s delivered. Expect a more in-depth analysis when the EP drops and I’ve had time to work out the delirium…
Previews and tracklist after the jump!
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A departure from his usual offering of house and garage vibes, yesterday saw Glasgow producer Mirrors drop a 5 track hip-hop release entitled Superior EP. Despite track names such as ‘Swag’ and ‘Mo Money’ implying Soulja Boy style vacuity, this is actually pretty melodic stuff. Lush synth, elements of tonal percussion, vocal snips and an assault of intricate hats combine to form some seriously infectious beats that make me want to get some hydraulics installed on my Astra and bounce down my local high street. Infinitely more captivating than the majority of snap tunes my delicate ears have been subjected to, it highlights Mirrors’ cross-genre skill and displays his ability to infuse any style of music with raw rhythmic talent.
Superior EP is available for free download over at the official I AM site. Listen after the jump.
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Part of his recent Flyte EP, which dropped on 6 Bit in March, ‘Bloodsport’ is an energetic yet darkly inflected track from LA producer Dreams. A stylish reimagining of the ’80s, it progresses with beautiful depth and adds an emotive element to all the neon clothes, extravagant haircuts and polished fitness videos that the decade produced. Featured in the Rustie essential mix I posted earlier today, it really stuck with me and is one of the few tracks that I individually picked out to listen to in its entirety. It also made me want to buy a white suit, a car phone and a wrap of cocaine that I would plan to snort off a stripper on a yacht in Miami. That’s what they did in the ’80s right?
Listen/download below, and buy the full EP at Bandcamp.
Dreams – Bloodsport
Everyone’s favourite Glaswegian producer Rustie was this week’s Radio 1 essential mixer and last night at 1am, he dropped to hours of incredible tunes. Featuring new tracks from Dorian Concept, Hudson Mohawke, Surkin and Rustie himself, this one is big. Almost as big as my nose…oh God I’m hideous!
Have a listen over at the Radio 1 site or download from Mediafire. Tracklist after the jump.
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Appearing on Context’s forthcoming Drowning EP, Seattle-based Kid Smpl’s remix of the title track is a chilled out yet profound experience. Heavily reverbed aspects of the original merge with vaporous atmospherics and sparing percussion, conveying the spacious and euphoric inclinations that so often characterise his music. As much as I like the original, the decision to subdue the auto-tuned chorus is intelligent and makes this mix a hell of a lot more listenable.
Drowning EP is out on April 22nd courtesy of Textured. Listen after the jump.
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