Photography: Dan Stark

ADD TO PLAYLIST is the monthly column brought to you by MELODIC DISTRACTION RADIO, delving into the fold of the newest releases on the dance music spectrum. If you’re into 808s, sample pads, DJ tools and everything in between, then you’re in good company.

Manara International Presents
The Ultimate Spice Mix
Night Slugs

Oh man, well if the artwork alone doesn’t sell you on it, then what will? This compilation is practically a who’s who of some of the best global club DJs and producers at the moment, with 8ulentina, Foozool, Scratcha DVA, Ikonika, Manara and Bok Bok all bringing dishes to the potluck. With proceeds going to international human rights organisation Restless Beings, what’s more you’ve got your pre-going out playlist pretty much sorted for the rest of eternity. Canned hype, extra spicy.

Listen to The Ultimate Spice Mix on Bandcamp or Spotify

I Needed
Melodies International

Floating Points’ reissue label, Melodies International, is back to school with another dusty crate dig. Warren Harris, aka HANNA, offers up some laid-back classic Chicago house and a little tipple of sunshine to take the edge off all this autumn nonsense. It’s strictly buttery smooth edges and no surprises, filled with sultry street soul vocals, no-bad-days keys and a lithe garage skip. Expect to hear this at a trendy biodynamic wine bar very soon.

Listen to I Needed on Spotify or Soundcloud

Forgotten Tales

Tasker’s Whities label has pretty much become buy-on-sight, barely putting a foot wrong over the last couple years. Whities 024 is no different. Although the release has little to do with its alleged zeitgeist theme of ‘mythology’, the three tracks explore the intersection of global percussion and club music, careening from screw-face breakbeat to polyrhythmic drum loops. Forgotten Tales – a shimmering, padded ambient techno track – stands out as the smart, well-heeled slice of the moment. For fans of Yak, Minor Science, Poly, Leif etc.

Listen to Forgotten Tales on Spotify or Bandcamp

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