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disco . italo . cosmic . disco-not-disco . boogie

WEEK STARTING 30 Mar

Genre pick of the week Cover of Disco Halal Vol. 1 by Various Artists.
Another on point project from Berlin's creative record store hub OYE! Following a sun soaked day on a trip to Tel Aviv, OYE counter culturist Delfonic wandered into an intriguing spot called Kuli Alma. Coincidentally Berlin based Tel Avivian Moscoman was playing at the club that very afternoon. Call it fate, call it afternoon drinking, call it sun stroke - whatever the reason, after a mind-blowing track dropped, he asked Moscoman about its origin, and not so long after, Disco Halal was born. This fresh label dedicated to Middle eastern and Oriental sounds, is gonna hit us with a string of originals and edits from artists such as Acid Arab, Memhet Aslan, Red Axes, Naduve, Autarkic and Moscoman himself, so make room in your collection! Volume 1 features a trio of edits alive with those hypnotic and psychedelic touches which are so central to middle eastern music. Acid Arab kick us off with the blistering electro-tech and 303 sequences of "Le Gaz Qui Fait Rire", a mindbending collision of tradional folk violins and vocals with all out club filth! On the flip Autrakic calms things down a little with the bordeline Balearic dub of "Palgey", a lilting lullaby with a touch of synth strings which could only come from the coast of North Africa. Last but not least, Mehmet Aslan drops "Yasadim", a beefed up house rework of a traditional Turkrock groove which balances a thumping bottom end with the high register strumming of the Baglama Saz. Exotic, inventive and addictive, Disco Halal looks set to make an instant impression on the dance music world.

Essex Rascals

Floor Fish Wall Telly EP

Those dirty rotten Rascals made us wait nearly a whole year for the follow up to the instant sell-out first EP! Luckily for all of us, it was well worth the wait. All four cuts are bona fide lost classics; the kind of jams that Theo would drop and have you racing to the booth - lovingly extended and amped by this mysterious crate digging collective, whose podcast series 'way back Wednesday' showcases exactly what you're hearing here. First up, "After Hours" blows up with that raw, raucous and bumping disco funk the Motor City does better than anyone, packing deep bass power, pounding drums and swooning synths while the Rascals ride the filters and rock the loops to the max. "What Happened?" powers on with an even more frenetic groove, working the wah guitar and staccato strings over a head nodding bassline and a rampant rhythm. As we're starting to peak, a chanted vocal careers into the scene and blows the lid off the place; Mega! On the flipside, things get a little seductive thanks to the smooth and spacey jazz funk of "Startled", a groovy little male vocal number with a killer stargazing synth lead, and the intergalactic slow dance of "Space Fling", a funk love song that'll get everyone in the mood. Serious business ladies and gents. You know what to do... 

FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: Limited white vinyl 12" with sticker insert.

With “Reworks Vol. 4“, we reach the penultimate issue of a series of stunning edits for the forgotten Venezuelan producer and studio engineer Daniel Grau. DJs and producers like Daniel Wang, Max Graef, Ray Mang and Debonair have all completed their very own and personal interpretations of Grau's "Tropical Cosmic Disco" world for Sonar Kollektiv. Now works by Mark E, Fajra Fantasmo, Marcel Vogel and Jacques Renault hit the spot for the fourth volume. It's not the first remix Mark E has done for Sonar Kollektiv. But with all due respect to his previous achievements, this edit of Grau's “Combination” (off the 1981 album "Por Que No Podemos Hacerlo?“) is probably one of the most astounding things Mark Evett has dropped so far (besting his unofficial edit of Birth Control's “Plastic People" by a hair's breadth). Hypnotic funk right on the bass drum with filter effects applied so perfectly that any party will kick up a hear when this track drops fully. Next up, Fajra Fantasmo  morphs the whistle-along musicality of "Con El Cielo En Tus Ojos“ (from Grau's LP "El Leon Bailarin") into most peculiar techhouse. I can't wait to see this jaunty number put a smile on the most wasted of faces in the midst of a grimy basement DJ set. By contrast New York based Jacques Renault opens up a jar of the sweetest jam going with his edit of “Atlantis”, setting the mood perfectly for a sugary sunset. And when it comes to unbridled funkyness who else the Amsterdam based Marcel Vogel would do a better job by editing “Corre Caminos” (also off Grau's “El Leon Bailarin” album)? His restoration work shines with authenticity and accuracy for modern dancefloors. Plenty to get your dancing tackle stuck into!


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: The Daniel Grau rework odyssey ends with a bang and a whole load of bangers as Mark E and Farja Fantasmo hold it down for the house heads and Jacques Renault and Marcel Vogel deliver disco delights for your next boat party.

Knightlife

Don't Stop - Inc. Suzanne Kraft Remix

After kicking off Cut Copy’s recent critically acclaimed 'Oceans Apart' compilation of underground Melbourne dance culture, Knightlife’s majestic “Don’t Stop” finally sees a vinyl release of on his new 12”, accompanied by a Suzanne Kraft remix and new acid tinged techno jam “Interstate 08”. With effortless panache, "Don’t Stop" channels the hazy ethereal twilight of Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack heyday and the off-beat robotic grunt of italo disco legend Alexander Robonik, pulling them apart, updating, repitching and remodeling them into a 2015 dancefloor gem. Having recently hit form with his Dude Energy release on Animals Dancing, Suzanne Kraft takes the reigns and turns "Don’t Stop" into a marvelous cosmic odyssey. Also included is new Knightife jam "Interstate 08". Conceived in the early hours of the morning after returning home from the club, "Interstate 08" is a classic acid workout set for prime time dancefloor elevation. It nods to the likes of Paranoid London and Pachanga Boys at their basement-dwelling best.

Moscow B-boy, vinyl freak, DJ killer and production maestro Lay-Far returns to Basic Fingers with his second EP of secret weapons primed for club destruction! Up first, Lay-Far gets deep into the pocket with a raucous and percussive edit of Hamilton Bohannon's  "Me & The Gang". Rather than working with the loopy piano part much loved by Paul Johnson, Lay-Far goes to town on the stripped back break, extending and expanding it into a hypnotic groove interrupted by wailing snippets of Caroline Crawford's vocal. Dope! Next up, Alexander (for that is his real name) gets smooth and summery with a lively rework of Pete And Sheila Escovedo's cover version of Billy Cobham's "Bolinas". The vocals drift in over the jazzy instrumentation like a refreshing sea breeze as Lay-Far seduces us with the perfect summer jam. Flip the disc for a full hit of the phonk as Pleasure's "Bouncy Lady" gets shot through the Lay-Far disco blender and reassembled on the other end as a boisterous block party banger packed to the rafters with percussive punch and bright brass. If we're seeking out summer shimmer, then what could light up the room more than a wide dubwise smile courtesy of Mad Professor, reworked by Lay-Far into an sweet reggae disco ting! All hail the mighty Muscovite!

Maximum swelter on this special 7" straight out the Tropics! Costa Rica's first ever vinyl only disco edits label takes its first steps thanks to this edit double header from label boss Napoleon and Honey Disco's own Hristo. Napoleon digs deep in the crates and comes up for air with a dusty Island groover, sexed up and ready to get hot and heavy in the undergrowth. On the flip, Hristo gets real smooth on the all out lovers' groove "Deja Vu". Looped to perfection, this midnight mover soon relaxes into the heat and intimacy of a night of wild yacht bound passion. This 7" may be diminutive compared to the larger format, but it's all about the motion of the ocean baby.

Piccadilly Records

Logo T-Shirt - Heather Navy

    The latest Piccadilly Records T-Shirt featuring our new logo, complete with snazzy 'PICCADILLYRECORDS.COM - MANCHESTER' sleeve print.

    Printed on a Gildan Softstyle Adult Ringspun heather navy T-Shirt.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    L Info: To fit chest size 42/44".

    M Info: To fit chest size 38/40".

    S Info: To fit chest size 34/36".

    XL Info: To fit chest size 46/48".

    For his latest LP, "L'Aventura", French pop chameleon Sebastien Tellier removed his cultish robes in favour of bathing suit and headed to the warm beaches of Brazil. Here, he delivers a remix EP which sees the original versions of the blissed out bossa of "Aller Vers La Soleil" and future boogie of "Ricky L'adolescent" rub shoulders with reworks from a handful of carefully selected remix talent. NY house revivalists Hercules & Love Affair inject a slow house bump into their remix, stripping back the organic in favour of subtle synthetic melodies. Horrors synth expert Tom Furse on the other hand, fuses the electronic and organic into a drifting snatch of kraut inspired downtempo that'll have you strung out in an instant. On the flipside, Priniciples Of Geometry deliver a futuristic revision which pairs brooding cinematic atmospheres with disclocated rhythms and shredded synths. Last but not least, Walter gets dark and menacing with a slo mo techno remix which summons the spirits of Ed Banger's golden age and the moody madness of Gesaffelstein for a proper dancefloor romp.

    Jane Weaver / Tender Prey

    Don’t Take My Soul / Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Of My Heart

    From an unassuming, self-sufficient musical micro-industry in the north of England comes more finely tuned fastidious femme pop from Jane Weaver and her growing Bird Records imprint with a new split single.

    Having garnered unanimous acclaim amongst critics, bloggers, radio programmers, likeminded artists, gig promoters and record shops alike, Jane’s 'The Silver Globe' LP has managed to top multiple end of year charts in 2014 and is still commanding the attention of new found fans on a daily basis - a feat deemed almost impossible for an artist with five previous albums to her name and a fervent loyalty to the independent anti corporation she has cohabited for the last 20 years. With this mindset (plus good taste and talent) blooms independent pop music as it should be - adventurous, free, visionary and exciting - 'Don’t Take My Soul' the Liverpudlian-born Manc dweller has achieved just that. Combining domestic synth pop with falsetto melodics and 10cc sounding prog pop arrangements Jane depicts a theatrical electronic pop character that fuses Kate Bush karaoke with a J-Pop Erykah Badu whilst retaining her own very distinctive songwriting, conjuring images of neon arcade machines and shabby 1980′s Euro roller rinks.

    An absolute favourite on our Piccadilly Records coveted Album Of The Year, 'Don’t Take My Soul' features extra production duties from Andy Votel and ends with a guitar solo from Badly Drawn Boy which sounds like a cryogenic experiment from his pre-'Bewilderbeast' days.

    True to her co-op mentality Jane’s first vinyl single from the LP (following a limited cassette single of the Dave Brock co-write 'Electric Mountain') shares vinyl sides with label mate Tender Prey (aka Laura Bryon) who brings her inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk to the fray with the effortless 'Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Of My Heart' ripped from the forthcoming 'Organ Calzone' cassette and download long player released later this year. Based in Cardiff with countless road miles shared on tour with H.Hawkline and Cate Le Bon (another Bird school alumni), Laura has stolen the hearts of unknowing live converts via support slots and Marc Riley endorsed radio sessions motivated by her own self-propelled god speed.


    Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post-apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences.

    Written from the optimistic vantage of a long-standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Jane’s latest set of self penned pop abstractions combine mechanical rock / recycled European cinema / empyrean vocalisations and an arsenal of rescued vintage synths to create a futurist narrative backdrop of a allegorical post apocalyptic landscape.

    ‘The Silver Globe’ features collaborations with David Holmes, Australian space rockers Cybotron, Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy), Suzanne Ciani and Andy Votel, as well as a recycled chunk of an 80s Hawkwind track.

    As well as being voted our album of 2014, by the end of last year, ‘The Silver Globe’ had earned a Worldwide Top Ten Track Of The Year accolade by Gilles Peterson, gleaned across the board full-stars and thumbs up from the music press, benefitted unanimous repeat plays from virtually every specialist DJ on BBC6 Music (amongst many more global radio stations), found DJ mix support from Andrew Weatherall and filled most of the pages in a twelve month diary with gig and festival requests. Meanwhile, Jane’s own Bird Imprint (via Finders Keepers) has worked around the clock to keep up with stock demands of her new (and old) music. Album collaborators such as David Holmes, Andy Votel and BC Camplight share gushing pride in the project and with this unanimous critical support (and long earned respect) Jane has reacted in the only way she knows best - to keep creating.

    Barely six months since its initial release Jane releases an expanded edition of ‘The Silver Globe’, including a second full-length disc called ‘The Amber Light’, which follows the original album with the same dedication and adventurous zeal.

    With a title that alludes to the toils of trepidation and a running theme of industrial procreativity and DIY handy craft, ‘The Amber Light’ carves a niche between new age motivational music, Radiophonic folk and snarling Krautrock, echoing the kosmische stylings of ‘The Silver Globe’ with the punk urgency of 80s domestic-synth pop. Featuring four brand new songs, three exclusive instrumental themes (including a commissioned theme from an American vampire film) and three new collaborative re-workings / duets based on tracks from ‘The Silver Globe’, this extensive package harbours co-production work from Tom Furse (The Horrors), Andy Votel, Suzanne Ciani, members of Demdike Stare and original ‘Silver Globe’ inhabitants Pete J Phillipson and Martin King.

    Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post-apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences.

    Written from the optimistic vantage of a long-standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Jane’s latest set of self penned pop abstractions combine mechanical rock / recycled European cinema / empyrean vocalisations and an arsenal of rescued vintage synths to create a futurist narrative backdrop of a allegorical post apocalyptic landscape.

    ‘The Silver Globe’ features collaborations with David Holmes, Australian space rockers Cybotron, Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy), Suzanne Ciani and Andy Votel, as well as a recycled chunk of an 80s Hawkwind track.

    As well as being voted our album of 2014, by the end of last year, ‘The Silver Globe’ had earned a Worldwide Top Ten Track Of The Year accolade by Gilles Peterson, gleaned across the board full-stars and thumbs up from the music press, benefitted unanimous repeat plays from virtually every specialist DJ on BBC6 Music (amongst many more global radio stations), found DJ mix support from Andrew Weatherall and filled most of the pages in a twelve month diary with gig and festival requests. Meanwhile, Jane’s own Bird Imprint (via Finders Keepers) has worked around the clock to keep up with stock demands of her new (and old) music. Album collaborators such as David Holmes, Andy Votel and BC Camplight share gushing pride in the project and with this unanimous critical support (and long earned respect) Jane has reacted in the only way she knows best - to keep creating.

    Barely six months since its initial release Jane releases an expanded edition of ‘The Silver Globe’, including a second full-length set called ‘The Amber Light’, which follows the original album with the same dedication and adventurous zeal.

    With a title that alludes to the toils of trepidation and a running theme of industrial procreativity and DIY handy craft, ‘The Amber Light’ carves a niche between new age motivational music, Radiophonic folk and snarling Krautrock, echoing the kosmische stylings of ‘The Silver Globe’ with the punk urgency of 80s domestic-synth pop. Featuring four brand new songs, three exclusive instrumental themes (including a commissioned theme from an American vampire film) and three new collaborative re-workings / duets based on tracks from ‘The Silver Globe’, this extensive package harbours co-production work from Tom Furse (The Horrors), Andy Votel, Suzanne Ciani, members of Demdike Stare and original ‘Silver Globe’ inhabitants Pete J Phillipson and Martin King.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: Silver vinyl LP edition of ‘The Silver Globe’ with
    digital download of both ‘The Silver Globe’ and ‘The Amber Light’.


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