The Playground Picks 28/11/19

Every Thursday we highlight the fresh selections from our AFRO, BASS, TECHNO and HOUSE playlists.

This week we are pleased to present a great mix of new and established acts, each selected for their unique approach to generating quality music.

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Fresh selections:

Dominowe – ‘Domino Effect’

Picked from the Commando Mixtape, released via Gqom Oh! Records, ‘Domino Effect’ sees Dominowe flexing his unique grooves and complex percussion. The “Dominowe effect” is sure to send you to the floor.

Esa – ‘Pantsula Traxx’

“Pantsula” is a tradition and also a highly energetic dance form that originated in the townships of South Africa during the apartheid era. On ‘Pantsula Traxx’, Esa draws from his South African roots to express the ability of music to unite and empower. It is a hypnotic piece of Afro-futurist house music brimming with energy and style.

Fresh selections:

Subwave – ‘Minimal Love’

The cool, crisp minimalism of Subwave masterfully balances a strong meditative vibe with scintillating percussion. ‘Minimal Love’ appears on the Puzzles EP from Microfunk Music, a release showcasing the work of four Microfunk artists that will soon be releasing their solo records on the label.

Fresh selections:

HEROARKY – ‘Magnolia’

Pulled from his new two-track EP Asymitry, ‘Magnolia’ is a warm experimental house cut featuring dynamic textured percussion rolling over washes of luscious pads.

Model Man – ‘Granular’

On ‘Granular’ the brothers Rob and Mark Brandon employ glitchy electronics above an organic soulful groove, it’s an engaging distillation of all that they’ve been working towards on previous releases. Model Man offered the following on the single, “For ‘Granular’ we recorded different acoustic instruments and cut them up into fragments, we then we assembled those fragments to create a new whole.”

Quantic x Denitia – ‘You Used To Love Me’ (Selva Remix)

Having recently relocated to Brooklyn, built his new recording studio “Selva” and taken up a bi-monthly residency at New York club space “Good Room”, the essence of the New York club scene continues to radiate throughout Will “Quantic” Holland’s latest release; particularly inspiring his ‘You Used To Love Me ft. Denitia (Selva Remix)’. Out November 22nd, Atlantic Modulations presents four innovative reworkings of tracks taken from his critically acclaimed album Atlantic Oscillations.

Sep – ‘Thinkin Bout You’

Having taken a break from making music while building his music production company over the last 2 years, Sep is back with a dark, slow-burner straight from the heart. Searching synths reach deep and retrieve heavy emotions.

Fresh selections:

Jake Kaiser – ‘She Said’

Hailing from San Francisco, Jake Kaiser joins the SNOEflakes boat with a beast of a tune. ‘She Said’ is built for the dancefloor – a fury of wicked morphing sounds with a massive groove at its foundation.

Aurora Halal – ‘Eternal Blue (Wata Igarashi Crossing Remix)’

Wata Igarashi has Aurora Halal‘s Liquiddity EP spiralling to its conclusion with this hypnotic remix. Released via Aurora Halal‘s own Mutual Dreaming label, the digital release includes a second, funkier “Cruising” remix in the wake of the pulsing “Crossing” remix.

Fresh selections:

Neuland – ‘Cascade 39’

‘Cascade 39’ is a meditative journey through undulating soundscapes courtesy of Neuland – the new musical project of Peter Baumann and Paul Haslinger, former members of Tangerine Dream.

Øfdream – ‘Thelema’

‘Thelema’ appears on Anthology pt.1 EP from late French producer Øfdream, released via The Playground Records on the 20th October 2017. A leader and pioneer in the Wave scene – we have added this track in celebration of Øfdream‘s legacy.

R.I.P. Theo

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