Kylie Auldist Soul Inspirations

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Soul singer extraordinaire Kylie Auldist is the complete musical package. Blessed with a powerhouse voice and a knack for telling stories, the Australia-bred vocalist, who has four solo albums to her credit, has been turning heads as the featured lead vocalist of The Bamboos and Cookin’ on 3 Burners.

In February Auldist was featured on London-based Soulnaturals’ “You Make Me Feel Like I Can Change The World,” the lead track from their group’s upcoming album, Love Says Yes! It’s a delightful, funky romp that encompasses her oh-so-smooth style and boasts melody hooks for days.

Below Auldist explains the trajectory of how a girl from a remote part of Oz discovered soul music and went on to following in her idols’ footsteps.

Soulnaturals ft. Kylie Auldist’s “You Make Me Feel Like I Can Change The World” is out now on British Soul Standard. Continue Reading

Downtempo Legends Tosca Keep on Going Going Going

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Eight albums into their career Austrian downtempo dons Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber of Tosca felt a desire to embrace their past in order to move forward. Their new album, Going Going Going, is a gallant return to the dub sound they’ve embraced from the beginning but had cast aside on later albums. In the process, they’ve put the kibosh on the vocal collaborations that were prevalent on 2014’s Outta Here and are in a new groove. As Richard Dorfmeister tells us, “Somehow we found out that we are more into instrumental-based music at the moment.”

Revisiting dub and making their musical world a little smaller has resulted in one of 2017’s most enjoyable downtempo albums. We chatted with the duo via email and got down to brass tacks about how they got here from there and what a career-defining Tosca box set might look like. Continue Reading

Marc Baker 5 Tracks of the Moment

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German DJ/producer/indie label mogul Marc Baker’s roots in punk rock and acid house allow him to bring a unique perspective on techno. The force behind the young labels Kippschalter Recordings and Baltic.Dub and a producer since 2013, his copiously crafted output often skews to the darker side of the musical spectrum.

Fresh from releasing his hardihitting Hexentrommel EP on Kippschalter in January, which features remixes by Tag & Wandrach and Coeter One, we asked Baker to share his five favorite records of the moment. Continue Reading

George Kwali 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Brighton-based DJ/producer George Kwali turned heads last year courtesy of underground anthem “Crank It,” an absolutely killer collaboration he cut with homie Kideko.

Kwali is back in fine form with a fiery follow-up, “Dance With You,” which just dropped on TMTR. Brimming with big beats, ballsy basslines and crafty female vocal samples, it’s looking like 2017 will be another huge year for Kwali.

Ahead of a flurry of DJ dates in the UK that extends into the spring, we caught up with the up-and-comer and asked him to tell us about his five tracks of the moment.

Catch George Kwali play b2b with Kideko and guests at The Arch in Brighton on March 11. Continue Reading

Alexander Aurel Top 5 Producers

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Sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways. In 2015 Alexander Aurel was enlisted by My Favourite Freaks to remix Danny Serrano’s “Rafting Rafting In Kayak.” Serrano was so pleased with the outcome that he asked Aurel if he’d like to collaborate.

After dropping “Pusher” on Leena/Mobilee last year, Aurel returns to the label with “Collapse,” a bristling cut he co-produced with Serrano. (The EP also boasts a solo track from each producer, respectively.)

With the release doing damage on the charts and plenty more irons in the fire, we asked Aurel about five producers who inspire him. Continue Reading

Lockyear 5 Tracks of the Moment

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After sowing the seeds of his style in Manchester by way musical influence from Detroit, now London-based techno producer Lockyear made his debut last January on One Track Brain’s OTB Records with “Store Street” / “Katabatic Wind.” A year and two weeks later he returns to the label with his Wave Knowledge EP, a striking three-track effort boasting sinewy melodies and rhythms, deep bass and stripped-down grooves.

The release is worth your attention alone for the blissful “Taming the Elephant,” a 6am track that inspired us to dig out every record we own by The Beloved.

We tracked down the one-named phenom and asked him to share five current tracks he currently can’t live without. Here they are in no particular order. Continue Reading