Spokes is a DJ and blogger, with a passion for House, Hip-Hop and all things bass heavy. Spokes founded music blog Loose Synths a couple of years ago alongside friends Shooting Horses & DLVRY as an outlet to write about all the music they'd been DJ'ing out and obsessively collecting over the past ten years. Since then the blog has gone from strength to strength sidelining out into a series of parties in and around London as well as the occasional podcast.
Check out why Spokes picked these tunes for this month:
01. Four Tet - Pyramid: One of my favourite cuts from his latest album Pink - Hebden has an amazing ability to transcend genres and scenes which is a testament to his skill as a producer. An absolute master.
02. Jessie Ware - Running (Disclosure Remix): I'm killing two birds with one stone with this track if I’m honest. Jessie Ware has just released the best pop album of the year, make no mistake and Disclosure are two young producers on the edge of becoming massive. This remix of theirs reworks her original into a swinging house groover that's impossible not to dance too.
03. Missy Elliott - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly): After years of waiting, Missy has finally released some new material, reuniting her working relationship with Timbaland - I thought I'd reflect on their productive partnership by looking right back to her debut from '97 and the frankly amazing Ann Peebles sampling 'The Rain' Check the original as well, it's a classic.
04. Artifact - Archaic Line: Bristolian Artifact is part of emerging group of producers including South London Ordnance, Ziro & Hodge who have a distinctly UK take on Techno & House. He's about to drop a great new EP for Local Action Records but alas it’s not on Spotify so I've chosen the equally good 'Archaic Line' taken off his debut single for Deadplate Records.
05. Duke Dumont - No Money Blues: The second installment of Dumont's 'For Club Play Only' series just released on Turbo sees him fire up his 808 for a bumpy US house esq cut complete with male diva vocals. A fine return to form after a couple of years away from the limelight.
06. KW Griff ft Porkchop - Bring In The Katz: Straight up Baltimore Club anthem that should come with a health warning strapped to it! It's just dropped via the ever consistent Night Slugs and comes backed with an equally strong L-Vis 1990 remix. BRING IN THE KATZ!!!
07. Bondax - Baby I Got That: Another youthful production duo (they've just finished their A Levels!) who are set to take over the world in the next 18 months. Baby I Got That is dangerously catchy.
08. TNGHT - Higher Ground: The result of Hudmo and Lunice's much lauded collaboration as TNGHT and for my money the best track from the EP. It ain't clever but it sure it is big.
09. Mala - Cuba Electronic: I could easily write a 1000 words about Mala and how important he is, both to Dubstep and dance music culture in general but I'll save the essay and instead focus on his new album 'Mala in Cuba' and in particular 'Cuba Electronic'. Bass weight, frantic percussion and that second spine tingling drop make for one his best tracks since the early days of DMZ.
10. LV ft Okmalumkoolkat - Spitting Cobra: One of my favourite tracks taken from LV's new album ‘Sebenza’ just released on Hyperdub. This track is a bit more restrained than some of the others but it features a stunningly acerbic Okmalumkoolkat who is on fire, musing on the perils of internet culture.
11. Floating Points – Marilyn: Bit of crate digging now from one of my favourite labels Eglo Records. This cut from label boss Floating Points was nicely summed up by Loose Synths cohort Shooting Horses as "sounding like a cat jumping up and down on a keyboard and coincidentally managing to hit all the right keys" which to be honest I can’t argue with. Essential tune.
12. Wiley - Wot Do U Call It: Wiley latest stuff isn't really my cup of tea if I'm honest, but that's not to say he's not deserving of the success and recognition that he's finally receiving. However, for me his early stuff will always reign supreme. 'Wot Do U Call It' is taken from his 2004 debut album 'Treddin on Thin Ice' and sees him spitting some classic verses over the top of his seminal eski riddim 'Igloo'. Oh yeah and the video is great as well:
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