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Bubble Club represents the London based independent music label launched in 2010 and run by Dan Keeling. Bubble Club is Dan Keeling. By any stretch of the imagination he’s packed a lot into the past 16 years.

Starting out as a club promoter in 1994 in Manchester, he brought over DJ’s like Juan Atkins and Kenny Larkin, as well as booking UK pioneer’s like Andrew Weatherall, before moving down to London 4 years later to work as a talent scout for A&M records. This ultimately led to a position as head of A&R at Parlophone before becoming MD at the legendary Island Records.

Whilst leaving Island last year to set up a new record label he recorded and launched the Bubble Club project and released 3 singles, including the lauded and sublime ‘Violet Morning Moon’, which has gone on to feature in many ‘best of 2010’ lists.

According to the Bubble Club website, after a five-year hiatus, a "refresher course of Ron Hardy mixtapes sent (Keeling) back into the studio." No one will immediately hear raw Chicago house here. Instead, Bubble Club's first single feels like a ride in a rented convertible winding around an island mountain come sunset (or sunrise), which is to say, it's sweetly Balearic, warm, driving, ever-cresting.

As a former label head, it's obvious that in his time off, Keeling's kept up with the talent, expertly handing the wheel over to Dr. Dunks (Eric Duncan of Rub N Tug and Still Going fame) for the B-side. Duncan floors the kick and makes the peripheral bits (sumptuous synth washes and gleaming guitar lines) echo around the track. He reveals a different vista as well as a shimmering snatch of a vocal line left buried in the original. To top it off, Duncan's extended and ecstatic breakdown becomes one of the most melodic and satisfying in his recent uptick of remix work and makes "Violent Morning Moon" an instant contender for peak track of the summer.

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