As the days get shorter and the dark nights get longer I find myself drawn to the deeper more electronic end of things. Gone is the vibrancy of summer, it's time for some heads down music...
The Number 1 spot goes to Part 3 of the new Vibes LP from Future Times. Shanti Celeste's 'Strung Up' is a lovely slice of future boogie dripping with the sound of Detroit. C'est Life (aka Jack J) rounds off the 5 tracker with 'New Years Eve 2013' and fans of his recent EPs on Mood Hut will immediately spot his distinctive style.
Floating Points snaps up Number 2 with his highly anticipated 'Elaenia' Album. And it is a proper LP too, none of this 8 bangers and we're out of here business... Whilst 'Nespole' is my personal favourite and 'For Marmish' and 'Peroration Six' stand out, the 7 tracks are intended to be listened to in full and uninterrupted. It's been a long time since I looked forward to listening to an album as much as I did with this one.
Number 3 goes to Amsterdam based don Mr Mendel for his 2nd EP on Basic Fingers. The 3 tasty slices of Disco and a Brazilian cut show why he is currently one of the world's most in demand DJs. I've been waiting to get my hands on 'Looking For A Girl' since he dropped in his mix for Dig Deep Mix back in April last year - and more than a year later Mr Mendel's edit of Little Beaver - 'Listen To My Heartbeat' still sounds great!
Levon Vincent steals 4th as he takes us into darker territory with a two tracker on Novel Sound. On the A Side we get the deep Techno funk of 'The Fear'. The track was featured on his Fabric mix CD back in April 2012 and fans have been waiting for it to get a vinyl release ever since. Levon has teamed up with Marcel Dettmann on the B Side for a more upbeat affair of synths and bleeps to deliver a sure fire floor worker. Released on both Pink Vinyl and regular Black, the coloured vinyl sold out in a matter of hours...
At Number 5 LNRDCROY delivers two almost ambient tracks. Both 'Freedom For Antboy II' and 'Donny On The River' are delicious pieces of string laiden chillage to ease your mind to. Whilst 'Terragem' on the B Side is one of those lovely bubbling acid House numbers that is the aural equivalent of getting into a warm bath.
And that's just the Top 5. Start the player or follow the links for the full Top 30.