TOTD // 13/03 // Cottam

Published: March 13, 2018, words by Alex Pigott

Part of the All Ears campaign takeover


Cottam has been immersed in electronic music since he set foot in the Preston rave scene many years ago. Early on in his career, he faced the daunting but career-enhancing task of playing warm-up sets for many of his techno heroes, including the likes of Regis and Surgeon. His sets nowadays are wide-ranging and varied, keeping things funky as often as he delves into his techno crate. Clearly, he’s doing something right, having played sets for Fabric, Resident Advisor, Melting Pot, and Sub Club.

On the production front, he is even more prolific, gaining special attention from trend-setters like Moodyman and Gerd Janson when he released a set of four untitled and un-marketed vinyl self-releases. His music would most often fall under deep house but Cottam consistently draws in elements from afrobeat, hip-hop, and disco. This was clear on the critically-acclaimed I Can’t Carry On 12”, featuring a thirteen-minute, throbbing and ethereal marvel of a track.

Following the success of the inaugural release on FCR, the new electronic imprint from Fat Cat Records is set to release his next EP, Locked in the Groove, on the 16th of March. Cottam evidently enjoys his musical journeys, taking us on an eleven minute groovy, boogie chugger on the title track. He follows this with atmospherics and a mystical experience on the rest of the record.

For this TOTD, Cottam has taken a step away from his usual dance-worthy selections to give us his “tracks for tired ears” in support of our All Ears campaign. These excellent selections are for sitting back, relaxing, and putting the hectic world on pause for a few minutes.

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Kenny Larkin

Butterflies

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This is probably the track I’ve played the most EVER! The album it’s off, ‘Metaphor’, is a wee bit special like. It was an end-of-session tune back when we were just messing around in our bedrooms, every hour we had spare. Smokey air, empty beer cans, records all strewn across the room was the perfect ending before prisoner cell block started.”
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Erykah Badu

Didn't Cha Know

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This is just stunning, the music, the lyrics, that voice… Makes me melt, cry and smile all at once.”
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Madvillain

Accordion

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“It’s a bold statement, I know, but the next track is off the best hip hop album I’ve heard. Madvillainy. From the first time I heard it I was hooked. As an album, a lightening experience, it’s second to none. Perfect to just sink into the sofa/bed and get sucked in. It’s a proper listening experience. I could have chosen a few off this album but today I’ve gone for Accordion. Lush, smooth hip hop with rhymes and bass from heaven.”
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Plastikman

Plastique

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Ooooo… this has just taken me back to my late teens. This is some beautiful machine music that soothes the soul. Unhinged, melancholic, dreamy and timeless. Well to me anyway ;)”

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