uk house & techno heavyweights dusky return to their 17 steps label with the classic house indebted ‘square miso’, picking up swiftly where this summer’s hugely successful ‘cold heart’ ep left off - the lead track an ever present in gerd janson’s summer dj sets.
already recognisable to many from dusky’s festival sets as well as jackmaster’s recent circo loco terrace recording, ‘square miso’ draws on the swing of classic nyc house with soulful, cut-up vocal samples and tightly programmed beats, whilst paying tribute to the ‘90s italian house classics with its distinctive piano melodies - with a dash of shades of rhythm-era uk rave for good measure. as well as the club-ready original, a beat less piano and strings ‘reprise’ is also included.
a darker, detroit-nodding club tool, ‘lf10’ blends heavy-hitting stabs, atmospheric melodic textures and house grooves. an immersive roller, like ‘square miso’ it serves as another example of the duo’s ability to blend different influences into unique hybrids.
with 2017 releases from b.k.r & jamie jones, christian piers, bwana and kiwi, dusky’s 17 steps has become an increasingly prolific outlet of forward thinking house and techno - with support from gerd janson, midland, len faki, maya jane coles, tiga and george fitzgerald among others.
dusky present the latest 17 steps release with the cold heart ep, a four track package that cements their ability to craft a unique range of house and techno soundscapes. having spent last year releasing their outer lp, as well as delivering their second acclaimed essential mix and touring a new live show, the cold heart ep sees the prolific duo return to their roots in textured house and techno with four powerful dj tools. with a nod to vintage new york house through a carefully sourced vocal sample, lead track cold heart is a blissed out, atmospheric house epic that blends crisp percussion, soulful hooks, washing pads and a hypnotic lead organ melody. a favourite from the duos recent dj sets, psychic life coach shuffles with dubby grooves, skippy drums and ethereal vocal cut-ups, before bowed offers a high energy dose of cosmic disco and ravey techno flavours, rounding things off, closing track balfour betty is built around warm, swirling synth textures that meet at the intersection of detroit techno and vintage progressive trance.
uk production duo alfie granger-howell and nick harriman aka dusky drop 4 of the finest remixes from their outer album campaign of last year on heavyweight white label vinyl. t. williams cult grime alias dread d alias and livity sound mainstay kowton lend their hand to 2 heavyweight remixes for the wiley collaboration sort it out sharon whilst the talents of bwana and techno don shed take to the buttons on ingrid is a hybri a legendary figure for his formative work on jon e cashs black ops label around 2002 - 2006, dread d has been bubbling back into focus over recent years through a string of strong releases on local action. on his remix, the versatile veteran gives wileys freestyle a bashy, classic london grime refix.
for their first record store day vinyl, duskys 17 steps unveil a much requested club cut from the label bosses themselves in buckets. a dark, murky groover full of heaving basslines, swampy beats and cut-up soul vocals, buckets has been popping up in dusky mixes for a couple of years, earning it cult status amongst their hardcore following and making it a perfect choice for a limited collectors vinyl. it comes backed with a twisted two-step remix from swamp 81s paleman.
having recently played an eight hour set to a sold-out crowd at london’s oval space, the prolific dusky drop a trio of moody club tool tracks on 17 steps as they continue their european autumn/winter tour. a club tool in the most effective sense, lead track ’lydia’ is dark, nagging acid groover that builds and builds throughout its 6 hypnotic minutes. with all the melodic material based around the lydian scale, ‘lydia’ was originally inspired by a bizarre, trippy dream alfie had in which everything was all based on the lydian scale. a homage to classic techno, ‘bitter lake’ is a hard-hitting surge of looping, percussive energy and detroit-nodding rave stabs that build to a hoover-fuelled breakdown release. rounding off the trio, the brilliantly titled and uniquely composed ‘infinite libido’ again explores dusky’s more percussive tendencies and has been a regular feature in their dj sets for the past year.
SKIN DEEP (GLOBAL COMMUNICATION REMIX)(HANDSTAMPED)
12" Vinyl UK11.11.15
tom middleton and mark pritchards 76:14 is one of the 90s most acclaimed electronic albums, while a cast of aliases (reload, jedi knights and more) also orbited the project. their last record came out in 1997, and although there was a live reunion in 2010, the new material we were promised is yet to emerge. pritchards nowhere to be seen on this remix of duskys skin deep (its middleton flying solo), but its still an occasion. according to dusky, we knew we wanted someone special and we knew we wanted someone who would get to the heart of the melodies and textures in the breakdown. tom has totally delivered, creating something that draws on the heritage of the ambient sound, but also feels current and modern.
PARAKEET FEET (HODGE, JEROME HILL REMIXES) (VINYL ONLY)
12" Vinyl UK04.11.15
slated for a vinyl only release, dusky invite hodge and jerome hill to remix the rolling techno of parakeet feet from their recent ordinary world ep. part of the livity sound collective, bristols hodge has been responsible for some of the most fresh and leftfield uk techno excursions in the past year or so. focussing on the originals talk to me sample, hodge drops a dark, twisted techno banger in his unique style. on the flip, underground legend jerome hill cranks out a raw, ravey acid house work out that builds and builds with a dynamic surge of screaming, layered 303s
responsible for some of the biggest house/techno singles of the past 18 months with flo jam, nobody else and careless, north london duo dusky aka alfie granger-howell and nick harriman present a limited run of two of their best loved deeper excursions in mr man and lost highway
17 steps is the new record label from uk act dusky, aka nick harriman and alfie granger-howell. the debut love taking over ep leads with a unique title track that represents duskys hybrid approach to production perfectly. drawing on dark, hypnotic melodies that reference classic jungle vibes, soulful vocal samples, and tough, intricate grooves, love taking over also hits with a gritty percussive edge making for a fresh and distinctly dusky production.
after the heavyweight last outing from klose one, school records is back with its fourth offering, this time from modern house heroes dusky, complete with two remixes from veteran benny ill, one of which is vinyl only
later on as dusky, the british duo of alfie granger-howell and nick harriman have asserted their position amongst the top producers working in electronic music right now after releases on anjunadeep, naked naked, aus, and its sister label simple.
londons dogmatik label return with remixes of duskys massive flo jam ep. part two, sees laura jones deliver the goods with her take on every day. the flip sees james what takes on mystics and delivers the goods to round off a solid ep!!
londons dogmatik label return with remixes of duskys massive flo jam ep. 4 remixes coming on 2 eps. part one comes with a heavy a side with eats everything under his mange tout alias remix flo jam, whilst the flip sees numerical getting the remix treatment from the extremely talented kris wadsworth!!! worthy remix ep on one of 2012 biggest club releases!
school is the brand new imprint from industry veterans katie thiebaud, peter livingston and jan francis and its inaugural release comes from dusky with >calling me<. already debuted on duskys recent essential mix as well as on loefahs swamp81 radio show, this inaugural school ep sets the scene for the label perfectly.
the london based production duo dusky (a.k.a. alfie granger-howell and nick harriman) debut on will sauls recently resurrected imprint, simple records with the henry 85 ep, two tracks of uk garage infused house music. influenced by everything from classical and avant-garde electronica to uk garage and underground house, this offering is diverse and danceable, and in line with the duos singular aim, to compose electronic music with depth, soul and originality. with support from djs as diverse as joy orbison, zane lowe, annie mac and boddika as well as airplay on rinse fm from loefah and a remix for hot chip imminent on domino, dusky prove theyll be around for a while. on remix duty is fcl, otherwise known as the belgian production team red d and san soda. in early 2010, red d and san soda released their first collaborative ep, the critically acclaimed vocals for everyone via red ds we play house recordings. lets go and more than seven both became huge club hits and dominated charts, parties and playlists for the whole of 2010. they followed it up with the more vocals for everyone ep and a number of remixes for tyree cooper, subb-ann, stuffa and audiojack.
some proper peak time house tracks on uks dogmatik label blending uk garage vibes with traditional us house. one of londons finer house imprints (the label introduced some fine works by the talents of maya jane coles, stojche and alex arnout)!they deliver the goods once more with talented london producers dusky, with the flo jam ep, four tracks of quality house already gathering support from the likes of lee foss, maya jane coles and huxley, to name a few.
previously existing as progressive/melodic house entity solarity, dusky are london based musicians alfie granger-howell and nick harriman. as comfortable writing elegant orchestral pieces or stirring piano motifs as they are jackin house and epic techno grooves, their diverse sounds are united by the duos singular aim--to compose electronic music with depth, soul and originality. stick by this is the duos debut album.
theomatic is back with a surprise 12-inch from the labels mainman an-2. mint ep is a collection of four space-boogie jams spanning a variety of moods and tempos that have been recorded over the period of last couple of years. the lo-fi beats and pulsating kalimba-esque arpeggios on sigint create an instant feel of a sci-fi movie soundtrack, while an ultra-deep kick drum and a punchy bass on mint is a sure way to test your speaker performance. things get more chilled and pensive on the flipside with dusky downtowns brooding synthwork and rolling pads taking you on a stroll along glittering neon-lit city streets. last, but not least, amberflames take on dusky downtown is a steaming affair that uses tight compression and lush synths and to create that special euphoric dancefloor moment.
dusky’s 17 steps present floor to floor. featuring tracks from velvit, trevino, lo shea, hugo massein and alan fitzpatrick, floor to floor compiles 12 tracks that approach the modern house and techno aesthetic with a uk edge.