Everyone is always dead keen to share their ‘Ultimate Summer Playlist’, less so with music suited for the frosty season.. There’s plenty out there, so we thought we would buck the trend.
Get ya gloves on..
Stray – When It Rains
We seriously miss these tunes from Stray.. We love the Wonky Hip-Hop vibes Ivylab are doing these days but he really was the best of the lot at tunes like this.. Rainy day anthem.
Bit of a depressing one, but a seriously beautiful tune this.. Good for your Monday morning commute.
Modern classic.. Probably the best of the collabs between these two. Seriously chilling vibes.
No real need for justification on this one, it’s just straight up beautiful.. One of the best melodic drum and bass tracks of all time. Bravo.
January & February.. Are shit. This is well documented in plenty of meme’s, articles and general online dichotomy. You can’t argue with us on this one. If you’re one of those people that say ‘Oh but my Birthday’s in February’ or ‘Nah I quite like doing a sober January, a good detox levels you out’.. Do one.
It’s not even the weather.. Because lets face it, even the summer is shit here. It’s the horrible abyss from now until around mid-April of most of us having no money, no plans and just no fucking hope to be honest. It’s hardly surprising travel agent sponsored ad’s are appearing all over my facebook & Instagram, people just can’t face the next few months sat on a tube.
We’re all in the same boat on this one.. However, here’s how Slinkie will be trying to survive this shite state of affairs. Suggestions welcome.
A Shit Load of Netflix Series:
You might already be doing this.. The key is to step it up a gear. Have at least 4 or 5 on the go. The world has lied to you and no, this is not the time to be eating healthy and going to the gym… Summer’s not for like 6 months so bollocks to that. Pass me another walnut whip. If you haven’t watched Narcos by the way, get it on mate.
Book A Random Holiday
You would be shocked how cheap you can get a holiday at this time of year.. Literally, I’ve spent more wonga on one night in London than it costs to get an all-inclusive in February. Go somewhere weird, Norway fuck it. Why not.
Buy Something Expensive and Pointless
A Tattoo? Cashmere for your cat? A ceramic dildo? Whatever.. Crack on because you’re going to have a bit of spare cash from the serious fun vacuum that is January anyway.
It gets a bad rep this.. But it’s a misunderstood beast I feel. It’s cold AF out so an Irish coffee warms you up a treat. One word of advice, this is still generally frowned upon while at work so maybe your lunch-break or after work is a good call… Try not to be this knobhead though.
TURBO173 – An absolute monster of an EP from Perth Drug Legend
We first heard the monstrous sounds of PDL with his track ‘B’, A low tempo piece of crunchy techno madness with some serious production.. Back with more of the same on the legendary Turbo Recordings, we have a serious slice of techno with the ambiguously titled ‘Bliss & Envy: Halfers on a fish bowl’
All the tunes have serious punch, but we bloody love the last track Jocks Get The Fly Girls
Ross From Friends is a guy we’ve had on our radar a little while now (Since the show first aired)…
We know him for making melodic & vintage style techno, with some silky harmonies layered throughout.. But never to this standard. The whole ‘Portraits Remixed’ EP has been a triumph so far, but this Wallflower remix absolutely takes the biscuit. The percussion in this track is so experimental & left-field it suits the glorious chord progression to a Tee..
Check this one out if you know what’s good for you
Ross From Friends Facebook
JUST when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… We’re reminded of the fact that there are some idiotic, ignorant bastards still in the water.
I sometimes wonder if the bigots of the world have meetings and decide ‘Hmmm, Maybe the last week of September would be a good week to all of a sudden be arseholes publicly?’ In the same week that Ten Walls attempted to crawl back into our consciousness, London nightclub DSTRKT Comes under some devastating fire for allegedly being pretty bloody racist.
Above is his original apology, Thump managed to secure the much acclaimed and exclusive rights to his more recent, PR Soaked apology here
The thing is, my iPod was on shuffle the other day and whaddyaknow, ‘Gotham’ popped up. I found myself immediately skipping to the next song… As if somehow I was homophobic for even listening to the guy. Which I think is a bit of a shame, I mean we all loved Gotham when it came out (See No.4). I don’t really know what i’m getting at with this, other than it’s a shame for the actual music (Some of which was alright)
You can’t help but think however, that Tweets like this from Eats Everything suggest that the Ten Walls hate runs deeper than Homophobia
DSTRKT on the other hand.. Can do one. Was a shit club before anyway and now the nation knows it. I only hope that the world takes note and exposes all the MANY other oxygen thieves that run doors and manage clubs.
Over the past couple of years, Bass music super-group Ivy Lab Have moved away from their trademark liquid Drum and Bass sound in favour of a half time, industrial & experimental flavour also championed by Alix Perez, Rockwell & Machinedrum.
I think we were all a bit skeptical at first.. It’s very easy to resist change, especially when the trio were so well loved for tracks such as “Oblique”.. All that aside though, these lot have some serious skills when it comes to this sort of thing.
I don’t think the Lab have ever made a track I don’t like to be honest.. And so it goes with ‘Shamrock’. A seriously wonky & trend-setting chunk of half-time that sets a monstrous tone, for the new label 20/20.
Check it out here: