A 2002 throwback from one the U.K originators. Kenny Hawkes was station manager at Girls FM pirate radio station, and was major part of the 90s wave of ballsy DJs coming out of the U.K.
Dubbed the ‘Dark Lord of House Music’, in Hawkes’ dance music his Dub influences really shine through. Although the grooves are high energy, they have that dark mystique about them that you hear in a lot of the trippier Dub stuff.
Hawkes passed away in 2011 and his daughter Inez now runs manages his releases (on Bandcamp at least, I can’t speak for elsewhere). When an artist passes away there’s always that concern that their loved ones are no longer able to have a say or a stake in their work, but gladly this is not the case here. You may be also interested to know that Idjut Boys – One For Kenny is dedicated to K. Hawkes.
‘Three Sounds’ comes from Bawrut’s 2018 EP ‘4×4’. Bawrut is a consistently innovative and fresh producer. You may remember his tune ‘Ciquita‘ as well, which repurposed mobile phone interference as a melody. Make up your mind for yourself on that one but regardless of your own opinion, it makes for some fairly funny Youtube comments.
Anyway, Three Sounds is a killer high-energy dance floor number. The bass and percussive melodies, Bawrut’s trademark silver bullets, raise the roof and push things along very nicely.
Further listening: last month’s Pronto Arpeggio. A departure from the low-end focused sounds to more euphoric, melodic dance numbers.
This one comes by way of Juno Lazermachine, via Electro Music Coalition. ‘Interstellar Parade’ is the half-way point if you like, on Juno Lazermachine’s ‘Cosmic Resonance’ album. The rest of the album is well worth checking out. Don’t be mistaken though, while rest of the album shares the same kind of shimmering sound Interstellar Parade, the rest of the work is a lot more hard edged and gritty. This track is very much the respite from the madness.
Electro Music Coalition are worth keeping an eye on in general, if you aren’t already. A Russian outfit consistently putting out Eastern heat. Big respect too, on the really killer releases all the Bandcamp snippets are warped. If you want the goods, drop the dough.
Jeez where to start with Musk. Although still active musicians, releases from the duo made up of Lennart Döring & Gerald Zollner aren’t so regular these days. (Although there is a potential album on the horizon).
All of their output (that I’m aware of via internet stalking anyway) is absolutely superb. Sitting somewhere just between the disco edit and straight up house, their sound has stacks of personality.
We’ll have to dedicate a full post to the best of Musk’s music at some point soon enough but for now, here’s the moody and brilliant Bitch Stole My Money.
It’s 2pm on a Thursday. Any hope of getting some work done evaporated during lunch. You can smell the weekend coming round the corner. Close your eyes at your desk and you can see the dance floor already.
You sneak off to the bathroom to have a little dance music break where you can really get in the zone. This time the algorithm’s on your side, and it puts this on a platter.
Erika Casier’s silky soft vocals combine forces with the melodic themes to make the equivalent of a sonic hug that tells you you’re home now, whilst nifty drums render this track ready for a moment of downtime on the dancefloor.