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Ost & Kjex feat. Mung – Dirty Mind

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Norwegian duo Ost & Kjex make a welcomed return to Crosstown Rebels with a heady club cover of Prince’s Dirty Mind. Ninja Tune’s Seven Davis Jr. and German producer Basti Grub step up to remix with stellar results.

After label boss Damian Lazarus asked why they hadn’t sent any new music lately, talented pair Ost & Kjex made it their mission to make a new release for Crosstown after 8 years. Delivering the goods, Dirty Mind is a minimalistic bomb with pulsating beats and soaring synths that lead you deep into the night.

“Our version of ‘Dirty Mind’ features our friend Mr. Mung from Mungolian Jet Set on vocals and we couldn’t be happier with our return release. The second track ‘Moviebox’ started of by using sounds from old 80s VHS machines, a sound design affair which turned out to be more melodic and trippy.” – Ost & Kjex

Ost & Kjex are responsible for the huge Crosstown releases How Not To Be A Biscuit and anthem Summertime with Jamie Jones. The duo have been releasing music for over a decade with two albums under their belt and notable releases on Solomun’s Diynamic amongst others.

Best known for his releases on Ninja Tune, Seven Davis Jr. is a trained gospel vocalist, raised on the classic vocal sounds of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince. A fitting remixer for this cover, he delivers a sleazy cut with an intoxicating bassline. Recognised for releases on the likes of Cocoon and Desolat, Basti Grub also makes his first appearance on Crosstown. For his remix he serves up an intricate slice techno for the big room with hypnotic layers.

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Tracklist:
Dirty Mind
Movie Box
Dirty Mind (Seven Davis Jr. ‘Doves’ Remix)
Dirty Mind (Basti Grub Remix)

Video: Seven Davis Jr – Dancing On The Sun

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Vocalist, producer and all round Soul Controller, Seven Davis Jr continues his intergalactic voyage, picking up the thread from his debut album Universes and collating four stellar cuts under the title: Dancing On The Sun. The title track and it’s partner remix ‘See The Light’ are superb examples of the eclectic SDJR housin’ in full flow: a pair of rough ‘n’ ready and wildly jackin’ – but oh-so-sweetly swung – four-to-the-floor grooves. Also aimed squarely at the dancefloor, ‘Church’ marries rave-ready synth stabs with a thunderous drum track and gospel vox. Rounding off the EP, ‘Spliffs’ slows the tempo down to a thick, woozy, phased-out hip-hop flow. Recorded in London and LA, Seven recruited his friends Silver Tiger and Atari Josh on drums and bass respectively for the EP, boosting the funk on these tracks to new levels.

Check the new video for ‘Dancing On The Sun’, released 27th May on Ninja Tune.

Video: Seven Davis Jr – Church

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Vocalist, producer and all round Soul Controller, Seven Davis Jr continues his intergalactic voyage, picking up the thread from his debut album Universes and collating four stellar cuts under the title: Dancing On The Sun. The title track and it’s partner remix ‘See The Light’ are superb examples of the eclectic SDJR housin’ in full flow: a pair of rough ‘n’ ready and wildly jackin’ – but oh-so-sweetly swung – four-to-the-floor grooves. Also aimed squarely at the dancefloor, ‘Church’ marries rave-ready synth stabs with a thunderous drum track and gospel vox. Rounding off the EP, ‘Spliffs’ slows the tempo down to a thick, woozy, phased-out hip-hop flow. Recorded in London and LA, Seven recruited his friends Silver Tiger and Atari Josh on drums and bass respectively for the EP, boosting the funk on these tracks to new levels.

12″ / Digital released 27th May 2016 via Ninja Tune

EP tracklist
1. Dancing On The Sun (Instrumental)
2. See The Light (Dancing On The Sun Remix)
3. Church
4. Spliffs
5. Dancing On The Sun feat. Yazmin Monét Watkins (Bonus Version) [DIGITAL ONLY]

SDJR Tour Dates
Apr 22 Watergate, Berlin, Germany
Apr 29 Phonox, London, UK
Apr 30 Sound Control, Manchester, UK
May 07 Nuits Sonores, Lyon, France
May 13 Lattex, Firenze, Italy
May 14 Jaeger, Oslo, Norway
Jun 11 Skyscraper, London, UK
Jul 04 Ex Dogana, Rome, Italy
Sep 10 XOYO, London, UK

Doc Daneeka – What’s It Gonna Be? Remix EP

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Fresh for the end of 2015 we have the drop of ‘What’s It Gonna Be?’ remixes. After damaging dance floors and airwaves all year, we have fresh fire remixes from House God Andrés, Earl Jeffers and Daneeka himself. To boot we have an updated mix of the original, with an extended intro for your mixing pleasure. Digital release contains Doc Daneeka’s Dub mix. Out on November 13 on Ten Thousand Yen.

Hot Chip – Started Right (Joe Goddard Disco Remix)

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Hot Chip have just released a new remix EP for their current single “Started Right”. The EP features reworks from band member Joe Goddard and LA-based Ninja Tune affiliate Seven Davis Jr. Out now digitally via Domino. In case you missed it, check out the video for the original single here.

Seven Davis Jr – Good Vibes feat. Julio Bashmore

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With his debut album Universes due on 24th July 2015 via Ninja Tune, soul controller Seven Davis Jr rolls through with an undeniable good time anthem. ‘Good Vibes’ featuring his friend Julio Bashmore tears through your speakers in a whirlwind of kicks and licks that recalls Daft Punk at their boisterous best – proof that sometimes all you need is a chopped-up disco loop and a hook.

Seven Davis Jr – Sunday Morning

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From time to time a DJ, vocalist or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness… a loose-knit, lolloping groove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips.

On 24th July 2015, Seven Davis Jr will release his debut album Universes via Ninja Tune – his most honest and heartfelt musical statement to date. Recorded in LA, San Francisco, Amsterdam and London, it’s a unique exploration of the producer and trained gospel vocalist’s musical landscape, traversing tempos and flipping styles with typical panache but always embedded in the bedrock of soul and funk. Deeply personal, the record brings a positive message rooted in freedom, integrity and self-improvement: “Finding your place. Knowing yourself. Being where you belong.”

Tracklist
1. Imagination
2. Freedom
3. Sunday Morning
4. Everybody Too Cool
5. Good Vibes feat. Julio Bashmore
6. Be A Man feat. Flako
7. Fighters
8. Afterlife feat. Kutmah
9. No Worries
10. Welcome Back

Tour Dates
08/05 Southport Weekender, Southport, UK
09/05 Panorama Bar, Berlin, Germany
22/05 The Nest, London, UK
23/05 Twisted Pepper, Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
24/05 The Bowery, Cork, Rep. of Ireland
05/06 Weather Festival, Paris, France
30/05 Zukunft, Zurich, Switzerland
06/06 The Parklife Weekender 2015, Manchester, UK
13/06 Gottwood Festival 2015, Holyhead, UK
11/07 Worldwide Festival, Sète, France
16/07 Dour Festival, Dour, Belgium
28/08 Dimensions Festival, Pula, Croatia
04/09 Outlook Festival, Pula, Croatia

Seven Davis Jr – Wild Hearts

Seven Davis Jr brings all-new levels of dancefloor funk on his debut single for Ninja Tune, Wild Hearts, flipped with Let Somebody Love You, the perfect Valentines gift for those who like their smoothness a little rough. Order here.

Wild Hearts and Let Somebody Love You distil SDJR’s soup of influences – from Michael Jackson and Prince to Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin – into two delightfully dishevelled, groove-ridden, catchy-as-hell nuggets shot through the future-facing lens of LA’s vibrant left-leaning electronic underground. Nocturnal fonque of the highest order.

Video: Doc Daneeka feat. Seven Davis Jr – What’s It Gonna Be

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This hyper-colored music video stars a smug French pitbull, the inimitable Seven Davis Jr, and a whole lot of attitude. “What’s It Gonna Be” is off Doc Daneeka‘s ‘From Mine to Mistress’ EP out on November 10th 2014 via Daneeka’s own Ten Thousand Yen label. Directed by Lewis Lloyd.