End Hits is our weekly playlist of must-hear new music, refreshed every Friday. Get the lowdown on each track below, or hit the play icon in the top right hand corner of your browser to listen on our new radio player as you explore the rest of the site.
Taken from Gaz Forth, Gary War's first album in five years, 'Windows And Walls' is freak-folk-tinged psych-pop at its rawest, with jangly acoustic guitar providing the backbone for the former Ariel Pink collaborator's reverb-cloaked groans. ACW
'Total Capitulation' is a knock-out from Celestial Trax and Dis Fig on PTP’s new Shine compilation, which raises funds for Puerto Rico following the tragedy of Hurricane Maria. It's the sound of standing in a rainy alley, sandwiched somewhere between a club and a doom metal show, and is just one of many highlights on a release which you grab for any price here. MB
Roel Dijcks is one of the Netherlands’ finest makers of no-nonsense techno and electro, maintaining a furious release schedule one the past five years with records on Panzerkreuz, Shipwrec, Crème Organization and many more. His next transmission of grotty squat party acid comes via The Trilogy Tapes, and on the basis on the face-melting ‘Onomatomania 4’, it’s going to send out 2017 with a bang. SW
Karen Gwyer’s Rembo is one of the year’s best albums, so it’s only right that it gets its own remix EP. ’It’s Not Worth The Bother’ is just a two-minute beatless interlude on the LP, but in the hands of enigmatic producer E. Myers, it’s transformed into a brisk but dreamy house cut with a bassline straight out of the early Chicago house playbook. It lands on Don’t Be Afraid in 2018 alongside remixes from Ron Morelli, Via App and M/R. SW
Hitting that sweet spot between Pan Pipe Moods and ATL rap - with a pinch of cruise ship piano thrown in for good measure -'Hit A Lick' showcases the laid-back production style of rising New York beatmaker Harry Fraud. FACT favorite Playboi Carti provides the rhymes on a song that definitely won't make you rich, but reminds you that it's still okay to dream.
2017 was a busy year for Bristol producer Hodge, who released killer solo records on Hemlock and Livity Sound as well as rave-ready collaborations with Peder Mannerfelt and Randomer. He caps it off with a taste of his upcoming 12” for Berceuse Heroique that sees him in an introspective mood. Titled ’Don’t Hold Your Breath’, it’s a deep, abstract house track in the same vein as his brilliant 2015 track ‘Forms of Life’. SW
Ryuichi Sakamoto's async was an undeniable standout of 2017 and the remixes from Andy Stott, Acra and Oneohtrix Point Never that followed its release were fitting tributes to the pioneering composer. Swing Ting affiliate and Mixpak signee Florentino takes a similar approach on his edit of the legendary artist, but his reggaeton influence really proves what a remix can do. CL
Our favorite label of 2016 has continued to dole out earworms throughout 2017. This bass-enhanced remix of 'Spirit', taken from J Hus's Mercury-nominated debut album Common Sense offers an even dreamier take on an absolute stonker. As one smart SoundCloud user commented: "Swing Ting did it again! Awesome!". Awesome indeed. ACW
True Panther's newest signee is Lauren Auder, a London-based singer and producer making sober neo-classical pop. His first single for the label, 'The Baptist', is somber with a baroque pop edge. It sits perfectly with another True Panther release, FACT Rated alum Kelsey Lu's Church EP. The 19-year-old Watford native has his roots in the French rap and experimental electronic scenes, so we're looking forward to an interesting 2018 from him.
Nobody in PC Music makes songs as purely sweet as Hannah Diamond, or delivers them so earnestly. She evolves her delicate craft on this new EP presented as a 12-minute suite that ranks among the entire collective’s best work. Seriously, if our best tracks of the year list didn’t go up today that ‘Concrete Angel’ cover would be right up there. MB
Words by: Claire Lobenfeld, April Clare Welsh, Miles Bowe and Scott Wilson.