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WEEK STARTING 14 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Dolphins Are Back In Venice by Guava.
Fresh, bass heavy, UK dance from Guava (Banoffe Pies / Holding Hands) with assistance from Breaka and LUXE. Returning to Control Freak for his second full length EP ‘The Dolphins are Back in Venice’ - a collection of 4 playful dancefloor bangers, precision engineered for the club.

Returning with a new and refined style, following a relocation to Berlin, but retaining the melodic flourishes of his earlier releases whilst turning his focus squarely towards the dancefloor - a perfect fit for Control Freak. As an accomplished session musician, Guava continues to explore the synthesis between digital and analog production and songwriting techniques, innovatively self-sampling his own guitar playing across the record to add a human touch to his airtight productions.

On new 4-tracker ‘The Dolphins are Back in Venice’, which includes collaborations with rising UK artists Breaka & LUXE, Guava draws influence from a broad range of dance music styles in true CF fashion - combining rising, trance-influenced melodies with the syncopated rhythms and bassweight of the UK scene. Strictly limited vinyl release, hand stamped in London at CFHQ - first come first served!


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Hardcore indebted, front-facing dance music with its chest puffed out. This'll test your speaker stacks to the maxxx!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Guava & LUXE - TWANG
A2. Guava - Framboise Baby
B1. Guava & Breaka - The Dolphins Are Back In Venice
B2. Guava - SZD Orion

Fatima Al Qadiri

Medieval Femma

    ‘Medieval Femme’, Fatima Al Qadiri’s new ten track suite inspired by the classical poems of Arab women, invokes a daydream through the metaphor of an Islamic garden, at the border between depression and desire, where the present temporarily dissolves, leaving only past and future. Mixing neon drones and the faint outlines of Arabesque melody, ‘Medieval Femme’ reveals a fully-realised, dreamlike setting, shaded with colour and subtle friction. Conveying a thematic state of melancholic longing, Fatima seeks to transport the listener to a place of reverie and desolation, to question the line between two seemingly opposite states and rejoice in celestial sorrow. ‘Medieval Femme’ takes instrumentation from music of the Middle Ages, recast in a futuristic setting; soft-synth lutes, organs and pipes reverberate in space while gauzy pulses ripple in response. Fatima's vocals of repeated, mantra-like phrases are sometimes pitched and altered, drawing out increasingly intense peaks, angelic choruses and yearning incantations. On ‘Tasakuba’, Kaltham Jassim’s recitation of a couplet from the 7th century poet Al-Khansa', the sorrow of her words are given a turbulent, hallucinatory setting, before the album resolves on the final song, the limpid, airy ‘Zandaq’.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Medieval Femme
    A2. A Certain Concubine
    A3. Sheba
    A4. Vanity
    A5. Stolen Kiss Of A Succubus
    B1. Golden
    B2. Qasmuna (Dreaming)
    B3. Malaak
    B4. Tasakuba
    B5. Zandaq

    Dansu Discs 2021 takeover continues with Tom Jarmey added to the Dansu Discs team under his new alias Ocean Stirs.

    His ‘Through Twist and Seam’ EP takes you on a journey across tasteful, jungle- infused electro, half-tempo rollers and vocal ear candy. It was a breakthrough 2020 for Tom, with numerous releases under both his Tom Jarmey moniker and collaborative project, Mother Of Pearls.

    Five tracks which demonstrate an uncanny knack of studio trickery, in-depth knowledge of Fast Music, coupled with the restraint, poise and sophistication of an almost guru-level production talent.

    Impossible to catagorize under one simple genre alone, I can see the thing preventing this from being played by eveyone is simply how far the pitch adjust stretches! Sure to cause a fuss when segued into any forward-projected collection of music, these tidy tools will jazz up any DJ set or live stream. Highly recommended! 


    TRACK LISTING

    A1. High Noon
    A2. Interscape
    B1. Spawned In Motion
    B2. Valley
    B3. Latch


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