Change Underground and Aidan McGlynn present their monthly podcast series, which showcases some of the shining lights from today’s scene. Here he takes you through the tracks on this month’s mix.
1. Hot TuneiK – ‘Through Other Dimensions’ – Particles
Lovely, spacey deep prog from Hot TuneiK, a cut from the treat-laden Spring Particles compilation. It’s really nice and low-key, with pulsing basslines and dreamy pads creating a great atmosphere.
Release date: 2/5/16
2. Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z – ‘Temporary Sanity (Cornucopia Remix)’ – Lost & Found
This remix sees Cornucopia taking on one of the highlights from Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z’s ‘Time’ LP, replacing the meandering breaks of the original with crisp four-to-the-floor percussion and a slinky bassline designed to make you sway. The magic starts close to the three minute mark, when the soft chords from the original begin to seep into the track, before Cornucopia weaves those unforgettable layered, glassy melodies into an uplifting, gorgeous sonic storyboard, while the breakdown offers a more reflective moment for good measure. This is utterly lovely from Cornucopia, with Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z’s melodies working superbly with his own sounds and arrangement, and it’s surely destined to be a definitive part of the soundtrack of this summer.
3. Kurt Baggaley – ‘Winterland (Petar Dundov Edition)’ – Chapter 24
‘Winterland’ is already very much working with a sonic palette that we hear in Petar Dundov’s work, and he uses that to his advantage, creating a gorgeously layered piece of music with gently twisting hooks and twin basslines – one pulsing while the other finds its groove – and lovely sweeps, all of which set the scene for a clever use of sounds from Kurt Baggaley’s original together with Dundov’s own intricate melody lines. The breakdown is stunning, offering a drifting, dreamy moment before the second half of the remix turns up the heat with acidic squelches. His recent album is well worth a listen too, if you haven’t already checked it out.
4. Matter & GMJ – ‘Space Between’ – Proton
Space Between’ opens with moody, twisting acidic sounds, but Matter & GMJ’s melodic touch is back on show almost as soon as the kick drum powers up, with gorgeous smooth synths punctuated by explosive melodic stabs, and further hooks getting a grip in the first breakdown. As the track single-mindedly plows towards the main breakdown, melodic stabs and electric growls drive it forward, while the breakdown introduces some devastating chord changes underneath the rippling hook, creating a standout moment before the mix takes a surprising turn.
5. Audioglider – ‘Memory Lapse (Fractal Architect Remix)’ – Hydrogen
Fractal Architect’s ‘Rust’ was one of my absolute favourites last year, and his take on Audioglider here is another perfect piece of house/progressive/techno crossover, released on 238W’s sister label Hydrogen. When I first heard this, I immediately had it pegged as the opening track of this month episode, but actually it works here as a bridge between the two halves of the mix. Audioglider has a new album coming out in early July, and you should watch this space for some news about that soon.
Release date: 16/5/2016
6. Felkon – ‘Selene’ – Soulfooled
This is a gorgeous piece of house on Alex Niggeman’s Soulfooled label, which contrasts understated grooves and shimmering breakdowns. We interviewed Felkon back when this EP was released, so if you like what you hear here, be sure to check that out and explore his other work.
Release date: 22/4/16
7. Ewan Rill – ‘Thank You’ – Suffused
This isn’t the first time one of Ewan Rill’s creations has graced this podcast – his searing ‘Too High’ provided one of the highlights of the very first episode. This is a somewhat mellower number, but it still packs a punch with some seriously emotional melodies. To Ewan Rill and Suffused, I say: no, thank you.
Release date: 2/5/16
8. Ablekid – ‘Consciousness Conductor’ – Juicebox
‘Consciousness Conductor’ is packed full of nods to classic progressive and trance records, while still managing to sound fresh and contemporary – this is a really powerful and unique track out of my former home, Austin, and yet another essential addition to Juicebox’s discography. And don’t miss the other 3 tracks on this release – they’re all worth your while.
9. Ryan Davis – ‘Brun’ – Anjunadeep
Hands down the most beautiful piece of electronic music of 2016 so far. Ryan Davis is just a genius, and his debut EP on Anjunadeep is everything we hoped for. There have been some cool, clubbier mixes of this track since it first dropped, but the original remains unbeatable.
Release date: 22/4/16