13 August 2014
It’s been a very exciting first year for Hobbes Music, with praise coming from all corners: Erol Alkan, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Justin Robertson, Ashley Beedle, Maceo Plex, Ivan Smagghe, Domenic (Subculture), JD Twitch (Optimo), Jimpster, TEED, Citizen, Sean Johnston, M.A.N.D.Y., Philippe Zdar, Sinden, Locksmith (Rudimental), Bot (Crookers), Alan Braxe, Alex Metric, Leftside Wobble, Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Mixmag and many more.
Also, i-D Magazine hosted a Leonidas & Hobbes ‘Back To Mine‘ mix on their Soundcloud (April ’14) which has had over 8,000 plays to date and a whole load of love.
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Selected DJ Feedback‘This sounds boss – will play some of it on BBC6, thank you’ (Tom Findlay / Groove Armada – LDN/Worldwide) and he did. ‘The Debukas and Craig’s dub are perfect for me – thanks’ (The Revenge – Glasgow/Worldwide) ‘Digging the the Debukas & Craig Smith mixes. Both are in the bag’ (OOFT – Glasgow/Worldwide) ‘Debukas Remix – will use in my sets. Full support.’ (Patrick Alavi – Germany/Worldwide) ‘What a refreshing EP!!! Such depth and variation of quality!! Thanks for sending, so good to get some great music among the dredges of crap I get sent!! Big up!!!’ (Arveene / Arveene & Misk – Ireland – Europe) ‘This is really the sound of now for me. I truly love the remix! Thanks for the great stuff …. the whole package, but maybe Debukas remix is my fav’’ (Kosmos – Tracy Recordings / Nitsa, Barcelona / Europe) ‘Loving Craig’s mixes and the Debukas one’s a cracker too’ (Chris Duckenfield, Sheffield/Worldwide) ‘Wow – some very nice variety here. Heady stuff, thanks for sending!’ (Jusin Sloe – Cuplrit/Droog/Sloe Jams – US/Worldwide) ‘My fave now is Amstrad Billionare! 4/5! The original one! Feels like the perfect track to put in the middle of a deep set just to give a shake to the crowd!’ (Scuola Furano – Barcelona/Europe) ‘Cool EP, maybe not my kind of style but I like Busted (Debukas remix) and the track from The Son(s) make me think a little bit of a Trentemøller track, good atmosphere’ (Sovnger – Paris/Europe) ‘I like it! Debukas remix is brilliant tune, very groovy. We included it on our monthly Last Robots chart mix. I will play it on my Saturday radio show. I already played it on my show, I also played and I like original version, the one that was digital bonus – it’s very good track. I also play both in clubs and they work very well.’ (DJ Bert, Warsaw) ‘Thank you very much, such a great release! Really love Leonidas & Hobbes and Debukas remixes!’ (Dimitri Veimar – Germany/Europe) ‘Amstrad/Debukas – Fantastic, been playing it out to great reaction’ (Yogi Haughton, Scottish Soulful Weekender/Solar Radio/674 FM – Cologne – Scotland, UK) ‘Lots of really good stuff here! Really like the Debukas remix (amazing robo-funk groove) both the Craig Smith remix (so so deep, love it) and dub (useful tool), the remix of Slow & Easy (great slow jam for downtempo sets) and the original Am$trad Billionaire (love that 80’s electro disco feel). Will be using in warm-ups in Sheffield and Leeds and the slower stuff at any outdoors summery things. Really good EP’ (Geoff Ticehurst – The Plug/Sheffield, Leeds Uni) ‘Really loving all of this EP. Another winner from you lot!’ (Teamy Teamy, Wrong Island – LDN/Glasgow) ‘Solid release as ever. The infectious ‘Busted’ is probably my fav with echoes of Tiger & Woods and 80s boogie. I look forward to playing it out. Got to give a nod to the Leonidas & Hobbes and Craig Smith remixes for lush Balearic vibes. A release with its finger very much on the pulse of underground Scotland and all its forms. Excellent.’ (Kris Wasabi/Wasabi Disco – Edinburgh) ‘Thanks for these. Great energy on the Debukas remix and I love the vibe/wonk of Joe Howe’s remix!’ (Barry Fell/B-Jam – Edinburgh) ‘This is ace… Again, such diversity on here… From the catchy as hell hooks on Debukas’ remix to Leonidas & Hobbes remix of Slow & Easy, which is just pure ethereal dubby loveliness. Kinda brings to mind Weatherall’s production of Beth Orton in the way that it balances acoustic and electronic elements. Craig’s remix is chunky and really warm as well – a really solid package’ (Jacksonville – 20:20 Vision – UK/Europe) ‘Yeah, loving it.’ (Larry Tee, NYC/LDN) ‘Nice. ;o)’ (Ben Osborne – Slipped Disco/Noise Of Art, LDN) ‘Loving HM005, played the Debukas mix on my radio show last week and will probably spin another tune on this week’s show’ (Paddy Freeform, Universal Vibes – LDN) ‘Debukas Remix – cracking bit of kit, will 100% be getting some rotation in my sets – nice strong groove to it. Craig Smith mixes – all useful slates. The Sons – actually really liking this one, got a really Balearic feel to it for me – kinda thing you’d be hearing on some beach as the sun comes up’ (David Elders, Solar Radio/674 FM – Cologne – Edinburgh)
Following April’s second Leonidas & Hobbes EP, HM005 is another Various Artists EP, the third in the series of Trouble Remix compilations, featuring remixes of a selection of up-and-coming acts from across Scotland by some of my favourite Scottish producers.
A1, Am$trad Billionaire is a duo who met in Glasgow (now part-relocated to Stockholm). Busted grabbed me immediately, when I first heard it last year, and its combination of chopped up vox and early Eighties boogie seemed ripe for a remix. Debukas (Inverness via Glasgow) is no newcomer, following his run of great EPs and recent album on 20:20 Vision. In his own words, his remix sounds a bit ‘like Daft Punk and Juan Atkins crashed the party‘. Quite.
A2, Night Noise Team is Edinburgh-based, Gallic-Irish duo Fabien Pinardon and Sean Ormsby, who I’ve known for years. Picking Up The Pieces is one of the highlights from their latest album, Rêver Electrique, far-and-away the best thing they’ve released, exhibiting a deep love of loads of great music (and literature) from the past. Recently one half of the widely acclaimed 6th Borough Project but no stranger to the studio (following countless productions since the late Nineties, having actually originally earned his DJ stripes in late Eighties Edinburgh), Craig Smith has been around the block a few times and shows no sign of letting up. He takes NNT’s original to a very blissed-out place. The dub and reprise are handy club tools for DJs.
B1, Digital Jones are a trio, fronted by the indomitable Nikki Kent (a bona fide stage force majeure!), who have been kicking around the Edinburgh scene for years, playing countless great shows. This remix by Glasgow ‘skweee‘ disciple Joe Howe (aka Ben Butler & Mousepad) was actually completed a couple of years ago but has lost none of its vitality in the interim and gets the party started in a jerky, analogue cutup, Madlibjamming-with-Prince kinda way!
B2, The Son(s) is the brainchild of a solo Edinburgh native, who has been threatening to get a band together ever since he and I first started talking about working together (some three years ago now). Taking the woozy, Ray Davies feel of the original and re-directing it to a psychedelic electronic dub place we like to visit (paying respects to the likes of Orbital, Lee Perry and the early productions of Andrew Weatherall, among others), we recorded this mix during the winter of 2011-12. So, it has taken a while to get out but, given the lyrical content, we felt it had to emerge at this time of year and it arrived just in time for the festival circuit, summertime chilling outside etc. Hope you enjoy it. We certainly enjoyed creating it…P & C 2014 HOBBES MUSIC All rights reserved. Logo & Design: jpmjustice.com Mastering: Kenny Inglis at Eighth Nerve, Glasgow, 2014 (except Craig Smith Dub & Reprise remixes – both mastered by Chris Lyth at Tron Mastering). Distribution: Rubadub hobbesmusic.co.uk Made in the E.U.