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Tunes of the month | December

Our favourite releases from November.

Have you had your fill of Mariah already? Are you Bubléd out? Did Whamageddon strike too early?

Maybe it's because last Christmas was a bit of a non-event, but it feels that the forces that be pushed the festive season onto us especially early in 2021. We were seeing toy adverts even before Halloween had wrapped up. 'Tis the season!

You know what they say, if you can't beat them, join them.

Only we're directing all of our energy into music of a very different kind. You won't find any Christian hymns or sleigh bells over the next ten tracks, but we're hoping there's enough here to get you to your dancing feet (cracker hat optional!)


Jaden Thompson | Move Your Body | Midnight Parade | 5 November

Closer-producer Jaden Thompson has unveiled his newly-launched label, Midnight Parade, with Move Your Body. Channelling the Jackin' energy of golden-era Chicago, the single sticks to script with its insatiable groove. Jaden plays his residency at fabric London on NYE.


Davina Moss | Dia De Fiesta | Moon Harbour | 25 November

Davina Moss had about as busy an opening/closing party schedule as any other DJ in October, notching up a brace of appearances at Eden. On her second date, she shared the bill with Matthias Tanzmann, and now she releases on his label, Moon Harbour.

Dia De Fiesta has low-slung groove and lively Latin percussion, as well as featuring a cameo from Davina's brother, Jotheo, on drums.

Although she won't be in attendance herself, you can catch Davina's Zoo Project family at UNITY this coming Saturday at Eden, with Francisco Allendes. Tickets available here.


Fleur Shore | No Hoes | Cuttin' Headz | 5 November

Unapologetically leading from the front with fiery originally, Fleur Shore lands her biggest release to date. The attitude-heavy No Hoes is loaded with vocal loops and spiralling police sirens. The Midlands DJ becomes the first female producer to score a solo EP on Cuttin' Headz.


James iD | What I Should Have Said | Signal >> Supply | 19 November

Aberdeen's Prog House prodigy James iD is welcomed back to our chart with his latest single.

The Lunar Music boss appears on Atlantic subsidiary Signal >> Supply with the heart wrenching What I Should Have Said. The track features grieving Bridget McCavanagh's emotional words to her late partner.

Catch James supporting Dusky next weekend in his hometown.


Chloé Caillet | Love Ain't Over (Club Mix) | XCESS RECORDS | 11 November

Chloé Caillet, who you may recall as popping up at Cova Santa for RUMORS earlier this summer, has just released her debut original. Penned post-break-up, this bumpin' deep number features the sumptuous vocal of Poté, and serves as a reminder never to give up romantically.

The video is class as well.


Satori feat Laska | Yellow Blue Bus | Crosstown Rebels | 5 November

Recorded at Ibiza's iconic Sonic Visa Studios, Yellow Blue Bus is the first single taken from Satori's forthcoming album. Containing not only field recordings from the island, but that infectious guitar-flecked bassline, the single is inspired by Satori's Russian girlfriend, Karina.

The Russian translation of "I love you" is "Ya lyublyú Vas", which phonetically sounds like "yellow blue bus". Now it all starts to make sense. We love a good romance! The full album is due out in April next year and sees Satori return to Crosstown Rebels.


Black Girl / White Girl | Freaqs In The Dark | Balkan | 26 November

In case you weren't familiar already, Balkan is the wax-centric label presided over by Acid lovers Posthuman. Adopting a policy that leans heavily in favour of quality over quantity, they have invited production powerhouse Black Girl/White Girl on board for its current EP.

Freaqs In The Dark is our stand-out from 777 Squadron.


ESSEL & DaniCW | Changes | Solotoko | 19 November

Following their release Looking For from earlier this year, ESSEL and DaniCW hook back up for their latest outing. Exploiting pumping kicks and bouncing keys, Changes sees the production duo land on Sonny Fodera's increasingly influential Solotoko.


Valentín Huedo feat. Bird | Tonight | All Day I Dream | 12 November

Ibicenco DJ/producer Valentín Huedo explores serene soundscapes and lush instrumentals on his latest EP. The three-tracker on All Day I Dream has plenty to rave about. Title track Tonight is accompanied by the Vitorino-directed video above and features vocalist, Bird.

Though, we must also impress that you check-out Salines Sunrise for more Ibiza goodness.


Orbital | Belfast (ANNA Remix) | London Records | 10 November

Remixing a seminal track is fraught with danger, but ANNA has just come up trumps not once, but twice.

Marking the 30th anniversary of Belfast, Orbital approached ANNA to put her spin on the track. Ferocious tribal drums underpin that famous bassline, vindicating the appointment. If the Techno version is too much sacrilege for you, check-out the stripped-back Ambient remix.


Wherever you are in the world, no matter your restrictions, we hope you get to dance this Christmas and New Year, whether that's in the company of loved ones or on a communal dancefloor.

Make sure you check-out our November album of the month from keinemusik. We'll return with our next round of fresh tunes in approximately a month's time. Already we can tell you that there's some stunners in store.

As ever, head to our Spotify channel to keep up to date with our listening habits.

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