Secret Diaries, the producer we featured a little while back for his Stock-71 double-mix has just let loose this remix of Stubborn Heart’s recent song ‘Knuckledown’. The original starts with a soundscape that makes you feel like you’re on a haunted beach before the warped, melancholic vocals drop in with a mournful lyric.
Here are a few of my favourite remixes that have been sent my way / I’ve hunted down over the past couple of weeks.
First up is a sick mix of Toddla T’s recent single ‘Take It Back’. It takes a sample of the vocal (provided by Shola Ama) that’s got a great 90’s groove to it and adds it to a great new backing track. The song veers from the uncharacteristically poppy (but very likeable) original when it drops into a proper bassy, dancehall mix around 1:40. I would be very surprised if this didn’t get some massive rotation at all kinds of underground parties, especially up in Sheffield where it seems Toddla can do no wrong.
Sheffield has always been known as a good place for music, even before the Arctic Monkeys existed. The Human League, Long Blondes, Moloko, Def Leppard and Pulp are all from the city and Warp Records was founded up here. What I’m getting at is there is a lot of locally grown music.
There are also a lot of bands that aren’t from here but meet at Uni, and here are three of my favourites from my time up here.
One of the most interesting four piece bands I’ve come across in a while, they are different to anything I’ve heard before. My first experience of them came in a basement at a house party and it blew me away. It’s a conventional three piece lineup plus a front man who plays Sax. It’s really, really good. Have a look here, and if you like it they’ve got a link to download their ep, No Drum And Bass In The Jazz Room on the page.
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