MAGIC MIX

synthwave . electro-pop . alt-R&B . minimal wave

WEEK STARTING 19 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of Liaisons Dangereuses by Liaisons Dangereuses.
A milestone in electronic music, is finally receiving its well-deserved re-release: Liaisons Dangereuses' legendary self-titled debut album still fascinates today, through its innovative sound and the mystery encompassing it. Since its release in 1981, it has become a classic in electronic music. The 10 electrifying songs produced by Chrislo Haas (DAF) and Beate Bartel (Mania D. / Matador) - reinforced by Krishna Goineau's French and Spanish Speech-Attack lyrics - created a unique style. The album - anything other than a Berlin or Düsseldorf 'thing' - was propelled to an international favourite. Songs such as "Peut Être... Pas" and "Los Niños Del Parque" played a decisive role in the development of Detroit and Chicago's house sound, as well as various forms of European techno.

Ho-leeeeeyyy Shit! The strictly limited PPU test pressing series continues with the introdcution of Mix-O-Rap and the appropriately titled "For Thugz". If you've been up on those Delroy Edwards "Slowed Down Funk" mixtapes then you know the drill; hardcore doses of vaporwave and chopped-and-screwed hip hop plucked from the addled mind of someone overdosing on sleepers. "For Thugz" does exactly what it says on the tin, bringing snarling aggression to its sub 70 bpm groove, thanks to the hissing tape distortion, growling bassline and terse strings. Not for the faint of heart, this single sided hit of South Carolina street beatz is here to fuck you up!


With the Bizarre Feeling EP laying the sound for the subsequent fist year of the label, it is right Jamie returns with EP#2 to move things forward with another twisted take on his unique mutoid-protoid-machine-funk-groove. Starting with "Mad Obsession" you would be forgiven for thinking you'll have Bizarre Feeling Part 2, with warped vocals - taken from late night, half asleep scribbled notes - and space echo haze, but let the percussion work-out trip you up and the stars in and before you know it things start going leftfild and then deeper with the Free Party Sound System bass line shuffle of "Time Nearly Time". What he is on (about), no one knows. It is on the flp however that things take a darker turn. Beyond the confession booth, down sharp stairs and dripping ceiling to a red light lit room of latter day late night blues. If one ideal inspires Especial, it is an unknown basement where the DJ rolls "Drole Model's" bottom end across a unified, sweat packed room. And so life is a circle, a parallel universe and "Alternative Obsession" completes the EP. Dub vibes, accentuated vocals and killer SH09 horror show from Mr T J Fairplay and you have a rework worthy of 7am, Red Room, Renate. Life...coming around the corner.

Former Padded Cell and Bronx Dogs man Richard Sen has made some great records in his time, and "Songs of Pressure" is up there with the best of them. Joining the dots between murky dub disco, horror soundtracks and EBM, ithe track layers spooky, delay-laden synthesizer motifs and wonky vocal samples atop a heavy dub rhythm and punchy machine drums. Pals Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay deliver a bongo-laden, dubbed-out revision (part wayward exotica, part humid Balearic dub), while Acca strips the track down to its bare bones for a ket-addled Dub.


Back in 2004 when I was just a young pup, I happened across an Eskimo mix CD which soon became an obsession in my grubby student house. The totally carefree collection of disperate disco grooves, electronic sleaze, angular post-punk and slick synth pop was a revelation for a bunch of young kids from the sticks and undoubtedly opened the door to a whole host of underground action I might otherwise have missed. That mindblowing mix was the work of The Glimmers, and this new series of 12"s collects those unreleased edits in vinyl format for the first time.
So, volume 2 kicks off with a timeless example of the dark wired sound from one of the country's most overlooked producers, Nathan Joseph White, better known as Whitey. "Leave Them All Behind" was the London producer's debut single and it became an instant staple on Erol and Rory's Trash playlist with its driving bassline, pin prick sequence and fuzzy electronics, extended, expanded and rearranged by The Glimmers, it sounds better than ever! Next up we take a journey through time and space to late 60s Netherlands with the darkly psychedelic tones of Shocking Blue's acid rock masterpiece "Love-Buzz" (incidentally Nirvana released a cover of this record as their first Sub Pop single). Stripped back and angular, you could be forgiven for mistaking this track for a lost post punk groover at least until we're hit with an LSD fuelled wig out! On the flipside, The Glimmers put the scalpel and sticky tape to great use with a cracking dub extension of Billy Idol's synth heavy new wave anthem "Hot In The City". Stretching the groove out to epic proportions the production experts turn a shimmering piece of MTV pop into an all out chugger to rival Spacemen 3's "Big City". Unreal! Last but not least, we're hit with some creepy psychobilly from Suicide vocalist Alan Vega in the form of "Jukebox Baby". Like I said, this was a pretty diverse DJ mix!

FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: White vinyl. Unreleased Edits Pt 1 of 4. 300 copies not to be represssed.

Back in 2004 when I was just a young pup, I happened across an Eskimo mix CD which soon became an obsession in my grubby student house. The totally carefree collection of disperate disco grooves, electronic sleaze, angular post-punk and slick synth pop was a revelation for a bunch of young kids from the sticks and undoubtedly opened the door to a whole host of underground action I might otherwise have missed. That mindblowing mix was the work of The Glimmers, and this new series of 12"s collects those unreleased edits in vinyl format for the first time.
If you like your music electronic, ambitious and intense then volume three of this limited edit series is for you, with The Glimmers working their magic on Pete Shelley, Jah Wobble and Severed Heads. Stretched across the A-side is a super extended and updated rework of the already lengthy dub mix of Buzzcocks' lead singer Pete Shelley's uplifting electronic odyssey "Witness The Change/ I Don't Know What Love Is". This essential piece of 80's club dubbing works next to house, disco, new wave, new beat and pretty much everything, so I'd recommend snapping a copy up. The flipside continues in a similar vein, with The Glimmers taking on an avant garde, electronic dub disco workout from PIL bassist Jah Wobble. As you'd expect "How Much Are They?" employs a killer groove with Jah's virtuoso bass skills coming to the fore, but this record is remarkable for the forward thinking use of the sampler, filling the track with oddly danceable music concrete sounds. We finish in fine form with the sweet synth sequences of Severed Heads "We Have Come To Bless This House". Blurring electro, new wave and industrial, this hypnotic chugger has found its way into sets from Joakim and Villalobos as well as Manchester's own Barbed Wire Kisses and Stop Making Sense; you'll be in fine company when you take this one home!

FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: White vinyl. Unreleased Edits Pt 3 of 4. 300 copies not to be represssed.

Back in 2004 when I was just a young pup, I happened across an Eskimo mix CD which soon became an obsession in my grubby student house. The totally carefree collection of disperate disco grooves, electronic sleaze, angular post-punk and slick synth pop was a revelation for a bunch of young kids from the sticks and undoubtedly opened the door to a whole host of underground action I might otherwise have missed. That mindblowing mix was the work of The Glimmers, and this series of 12"s collects those unreleased edits in vinyl format for the first time outside of a limited boxset.

If you were wondering how to set the dancefloor alight at your next party, then I'd suggest whacking NY disco-not-disco legends Liquid Liquid on one turntable and a Jungle Brothers acapella on the other and letting the mayhem commence. Alternatively, you could just stick this handy Glimmers mash up on, run round the decks and lead the dancing. Next up, we get properly disco dubby with a percussive, echo laden rework of Sylvester's under the radar groove "Band Of Gold". Reminiscent of early Danny Krivit edits, this deep disco killer wipes the floor with the vast majority of edits out there. Last but not least, the Belgian duo unleash an extended version of the already epic "Diskomo" by The Residents, a dark and deranged cut which pulsates with industrial, EBM and snarling punk attitude. It's taken a decade to get a second chance at bagging these on vinyl, so don't hesitate.

FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: White vinyl. Unreleased Edits Pt 4 of 4. 300 copies not to be represssed.


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