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J.Phlip selects 10 hard-hitting track favourites ahead of 2018

Selections from Jimmy Edgar, Bambooman and more

  • Valerie Lee
  • 21 December 2017
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Mr. G 'Freakshow'

"I sit here listening to these tunes trying to think of what to say about them, and its weird, I’m not a word person. Mr. G makes such wonderful dance floor tracks that will never go out of style. This tune is just a straightforward, smooth and repetitive deep-ish house track - words that may paint “boring as f*ck” to a grip of folks. But every sound is somehow subtle and moody and sitting perfectly in its designated layer. He takes those layers and puts them in the oven, bakes them and suddenly it's lighting up the entire club like a galaxy of birthday candles in a dark rich velvety cake!"

Italojohnson '07A1' (Jimmy Edgar Remix)

"I’m a MASSIVE fan of all these guys…. Most of you are probably familiar with Jimmy’s talent at laying down the thickest funk-defied bass lines in electronic music. The hardest I ever danced during my four years living in Berlin was on the dance floor during an Italojohnson live set. They mix vinyl only, and they release their own productions on their vinyl only label of the same name, Italojohnson. Pure rhythms and grooves that activate our human instinct to dance."

Skookum 'Nihkea'

"It starts off thinking “ohhh is this a Herbert track?” Finely chopped samples of human voice, forwards or reversed. Clicks and clacks and hmm’s and all sorts of quirky bits all over the place, but in an orderly-enough, groove-manufacturing arrangement. But then comes the “whoa damnnnnn” ominous bass line that cuts through and dominates. Then we visit the supernatural - entering through a tunnel of minimal - as we travel through it becomes filled with a thick fog of noise until we reach the end of the tunnel (aka end of the song).

PS. This was pressed on a small 7-inch vinyl, hand-stamped, with diddly-squat information."

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