MAGIC MIX

house . techno . electronica . ambient

WEEK STARTING 1 Sep

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Shoe / I Don't Know What This Is by E-Versions #3.

E-Versions #3

The Shoe / I Don't Know What This Is

Ahhhh, we've been waiting for this one! After "E-Versions #2" blew up this month and found its way into all the DJ sets that matter, Mark E returns with another red hot release in his black label edit series. Going back to his roots, Mark weaves the same hypnotic magic he cast over Womack & Womack and Janet Jackson when he exploded onto the scene in the mid 2000s. For "The Shoe", Mark takes Jean Carne's mind blowing "Was That All It Was" and reshapes it into a groove heavy builder that drops you right in the peak time by the end of it. That funked up bassline gets looped, filtered and flipped for days as Mark gets right in the pocket, locking us in primed and ready for the explosive horns and emotional vocals. On the flip "I Don't Know What This Is" finds Mark in a dreamy mood, weaving his deep magic on an original which just escapes me. Ethereal pads, hazy vocals and a chugging beat carry us along on wave after wave of blissed out dancefloor euphoria. At times reminiscent of The Field, this looped up treat is certain to have you swaying, and that's before the psychedelic wig out at the end!


Airhead

October / Macondo

Yep! Airhead's writing big ones now. Inspired by afterhours sessions in some of the world's best and worst nightclubs, HEK024 bangs with the best of them and enforces a new weight behind the producer's delicate production style.

The roughness debuted on this summer's 'Believe' EP for 1-800 Dinosaur (a label Rob 'Airhead' McAndrews co-runs with James Blake and friends) on which he soaked up plenty of influences from US and UK club tracks and effortlessly intertwined them with his measured songwriting and arrangement skills.

HEK024 is mastered at Metropolis by Stuart Hawkes, who's done a mighty fine job of getting ultra deep, warm bass tones without any needle wobble.

And let's face it, this is all about the bass: On side A get ready to ring the alarm! Catastrophic fanfares, snare rolls, those big 808s and a few words of rudebwoy warning quickly combine into a one-two bass / kick punch that will knock you off your feet. Proper soundsystem business

Seconds away round two; Flipside cut 'Macondo' shuffles around the ring in snake style formation, dazing the competition with voodoo flutes, heavy kicks and percussion. Funky, swinging bass house music from the land of off kilter for fans of Mr Scruff etc.


William Basinski

The Disintegration Loops I (Remastered Reissue)

To appease those who missed out on the now-legendary, highly sought-after (and highly sold-out) box sets, we are offering the four volumes of The Disintegration Loops suite as separate, individually packaged albums. The audio was remastered in 2012 from the original master tapes, and the artwork is packaged in deluxe old-style tip-on gatefold jackets. For a collection of music built around the poignant inevitability of decay, there has been a great many hopeful and inspired words devoted to William Basinski's The Disintegration Loops: stunning, ethereal, majestic, transfixing, life-affirming? and for good reason.

From its 20-year gestation period to its infamously fateful completion, The Disintegration Loops is one of the most powerful manifestations of the inevitable cycle of life ever committed to tape, even as it documents the inevitable decay of all that is committed to tape. The very passage of time is its most effective instrument. Not only lauded by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, NPR and dozens more, The Disintegration Loops have become considered by many to be "one of the most pre-eminent American artistic statements of the 21st Century."

William Basinski

The Disintegration Loops II (Remastered Reissue)

To appease those who missed out on the now-legendary, highly sought-after (and highly sold-out) box sets, we are offering the four volumes of The Disintegration Loops suite as separate, individually packaged albums. The audio was remastered in 2012 from the original master tapes, and the artwork is packaged in deluxe old-style tip-on gatefold jackets. For a collection of music built around the poignant inevitability of decay, there has been a great many hopeful and inspired words devoted to William Basinski's The Disintegration Loops: stunning, ethereal, majestic, transfixing, life-affirming? and for good reason.

From its 20-year gestation period to its infamously fateful completion, The Disintegration Loops is one of the most powerful manifestations of the inevitable cycle of life ever committed to tape, even as it documents the inevitable decay of all that is committed to tape. The very passage of time is its most effective instrument. Not only lauded by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, NPR and dozens more, The Disintegration Loops have become considered by many to be "one of the most pre-eminent American artistic statements of the 21st Century."

William Basinski

The Disintegration Loops III (Remastered Reissue)

To appease those who missed out on the now-legendary, highly sought-after (and highly sold-out) box sets, we are offering the four volumes of The Disintegration Loops suite as separate, individually packaged albums. The audio was remastered in 2012 from the original master tapes, and the artwork is packaged in deluxe old-style tip-on gatefold jackets. For a collection of music built around the poignant inevitability of decay, there has been a great many hopeful and inspired words devoted to William Basinski's The Disintegration Loops: stunning, ethereal, majestic, transfixing, life-affirming? and for good reason.

From its 20-year gestation period to its infamously fateful completion, The Disintegration Loops is one of the most powerful manifestations of the inevitable cycle of life ever committed to tape, even as it documents the inevitable decay of all that is committed to tape. The very passage of time is its most effective instrument. Not only lauded by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, NPR and dozens more, The Disintegration Loops have become considered by many to be "one of the most pre-eminent American artistic statements of the 21st Century."

William Basinski

The Disintegration Loops IV (Remastered Reissue)

To appease those who missed out on the now-legendary, highly sought-after (and highly sold-out) box sets, we are offering the four volumes of The Disintegration Loops suite as separate, individually packaged albums. The audio was remastered in 2012 from the original master tapes, and the artwork is packaged in deluxe old-style tip-on gatefold jackets. For a collection of music built around the poignant inevitability of decay, there has been a great many hopeful and inspired words devoted to William Basinski's The Disintegration Loops: stunning, ethereal, majestic, transfixing, life-affirming? and for good reason.

From its 20-year gestation period to its infamously fateful completion, The Disintegration Loops is one of the most powerful manifestations of the inevitable cycle of life ever committed to tape, even as it documents the inevitable decay of all that is committed to tape. The very passage of time is its most effective instrument. Not only lauded by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, NPR and dozens more, The Disintegration Loops have become considered by many to be "one of the most pre-eminent American artistic statements of the 21st Century."

'Dark Pool' is the new studio album from Black Rain, the project’s first in 18 years. Produced in New York City by Stuart Argabright, Black Rain’s founder and figurehead, 'Dark Pool' is a work of hard-edged sonic fiction rooted in cyberpunk's quintessential neo-noir cityscape / dataspace but projecting into a farther future of biotechnological advancement and alienation. Partly inspired by the writings of Philip K. Dick protégé K.W. Jeter (particularly 1996’s 'Edge Of Human', which picked up where Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner left off), and Paolo Bacigalupi’s 2009 novel The Windup Girl, a vision of 23rd century Thailand plagued by genetic and economic terrorism, 'Dark Pool’'s humid dystopia is also acutely Ballardian in its vision of manmade and natural worlds encroaching upon each other: a vivid psychogeography of half-submerged high-rises and hidden jungle laboratories.

Stuart Argabright first landed in New York in 1978. By day, he worked as a landscape gardener for the upscale likes of Rock Hudson and Bob Dylan, while at night involving himself in all manner of subcultural activity. He co-founded seminal no wave minimalists Ike Yard (whose early 1980s work has been cited as an influence by the likes of Kode9, Young Echo and Silent Servant), collaborated with the late Rammellzee in futurist hip-hop outfit Death Comet Crew and as Dominatrix scored a bona fide club hit with the downtown electro classic ‘The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight’ (1984).

In 2013 Black Rain released an EP of live recordings, 'Protoplasm', on BEB. Three of the EP’s four tracks appear here on 'Dark Pool' in radically revised and expanded form: the stuttering ribofunk of ‘Endourban’ is now anchored by ominous string pads faintly redolent of Argabright’s labelmates Raime, while ‘Data River’ revisits the accelerated beat-stream of 'Black Rain'’s 1996 album Nanarchy, and the low-slung ‘Protoplasm’ has evolved into a sprawling, syncopated techno epic - the sound of red dawn rising on an illegal replicant rave. A further seven new productions feature. ‘Burst’, its title perhaps a nod to Sogo Ishii’s 1982 biker gang saga Burst City, harks back to the scrap-metal-banging brutalism of 'Black Rain' mk.1; ‘Xibalba Road Metamorph’, the album's angry, anguished centrepiece, externalises the sadness and self-loathing of Jeter’s oppressed post-human workforce. ‘Night In New Chiang Saen’ reimagines dub as the viral product of one of AgriGen’s morally suspect scientific initiatives in The Windup Girl, before ‘Who Will Save The Tiger?’ calls upon spidery, Metalheadz-esque breakbeats and wailing guitar drones to summon a 23rd century Ark. Vocals (on 'Profusion' and 'Profusion II') from Zoe Zanias (Keluar), and a brief spoken intervention from Sean Young (who of course played Rachel in Blade Runner) are simply the most audible manifestations of a dejected feminine presence that haunts the entire album. For all its textual references, 'Dark Pool' is a visceral and straight-talking affair: its bodyhammer rhythms and brooding sound design require no explanation for their impact to be felt.

Wendy Carlos

Tron - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Audio Fidelity Vinyl Edition

    Disney's video game crossover movie TRON was a notable landmark in the synthesis of electronic and traditional orchestral music. Wendy Carlos created a brilliant orchestral recording with symphonic backgrounds by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus which was later enhanced and upgraded with an electronic score. The result is an impressive soundscape that successfully and seamlessly fuses organic and electronic music.

    The multi-Grammy award winning Wendy Carlos best-known for her popular “Switched on Bach,” series of albums also composed and performed on the soundtracks of two Stanley Kubrick cinema masterpieces, “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Shining.”

    The distinctive gatefold jacket holds two 180g translucent blue vinyl records and includes colorful photos from the popular cult film as well as generous and informative liner notes written by the composer as well as music maven, Michael Fremer who, at the time, served as the film's soundtrack supervisor. Fremer also oversaw the Audio Fidelity mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.

    The TRON soundtrack has two additional tracks ("Only Solutions” and the rock guitar-driven instrumental, "1990's Theme") provided by Journey, one of America's best selling and most beloved bands.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLtd LP Info: Double LP - two 180g translucent blue vinyl records.

    "In Decay" provides a fascinating alternative roadmap for the idiosyncratic journeys of New Jersey producer Seth Haley - aka Com Truise - through the history of electronic music. A compilation of unreleased, early recordings, "In Decay" encompasses 13 tracks that have previously been either only available as demos online or are entirely unheard tracks dating from before Haley's official releases - his debut "Cyanide Sisters EP", its follow-up full-length "Galactic Melt", and 2013's "Fairlight EP".

    While the 80s-influenced synth sounds, rubbery basslines and sci-fi flavours that inform Haley's later work are in full effect here, they're assembled in manners different enough to make this both a fine record in its own right, and also a fascinating insight into the development of the distinctive Com Truise sound. It also finds the producer exploring a number of facets of that sound, from 8-bit influenced experimentalism to distinctly danceable beats - often within the confines of the same track.

    "Controlpop", for instance, announces itself with an intro that sounds like a Commodore 64 being hit with a hammer, but resolves into slow liquid synthfunk that recalls Galactic Melt highlights like "VHS Sex" and "Flightwave." Its slow-urning dance vibe is shared by several other tracks - "Colorvision" and "Yxes", amongst others - while elsewhere, Haley drops the tempo and channels the psychedelic cosmic meanderings of forebears like Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh. "Dreambender" sounds like it should be soundtracking a voyage into uncharted digital innerspace, while "Video Arkade" cruises along on a woozy rising-and-falling synthline that's like drifting on some sort of virtual reality rollercoaster. Like all Haley's work, it's like stepping into a strange, digital parallel world - a place constructed out of sounds both immediately familiar and yet somehow rendered thoroughly fresh, and a place that's worth staying for quite some time.


    Starting out in 2001 to tie up some loose ends from Kompakt's regulars, Speicher has since become a guarantee for vanguard dance sounds from all over the planet, allowing the label to invite and support electronic artists that comfortably inhabit both the delicate and the more deliberate ends of the electronic music spectrum.

    For 'Speicher 80', Miami-based DJ / producer Danny Daze presents two powerful cuts where heady playfulness and dreamy ambience meet the raw energy of muscular basslines and bouncing beats. 'Freeze (Frozen Mix)' was synth washes, machine noise and muted horns riding a driving staccato industrial arpeggiated acid bassline and solid kick. Warm up this very much is NOT. Going deeper Daze hooks up with Translucent for the industrial-tinted tech banger 'Speaker Language', which features moody treated robot vox and a Plastikman ‎' Spastik' style snare rattle.

    Roman Flugel

    Happiness Is Happening

      An album by Roman Flügel is always a sensation. That holds true for his countless monikers and collaborations as it does for his 2011 Dial debut 'Fatty Folders'. Being the first of its kind under his own name, the long over-due association of Hamburg's cerebral label and its group of off-centre house and techno individuals with Frankfurt's favourite electronic music producer for the thinking man and woman, proved to be a seminal one.

      Now, that sort of Happiness Is Happening again. Roman Flügel's follow up on Dial takes off, where 'Fatty Folders' landed: on a runway that acknowledges the roots of house and techno as well as its fruits, but leads to a different location. Exempt from the burden that a concept album can lay on its author, Flügel seems not to be concerned with the current trends, retro fashion or a pre-conceived topic. Free-wheeling and with a freshness akin to morning dew, he rather takes us by the hand and through ten tracks that sometimes feel like songs without a voice.

      Having said that, the strongest point of 'Happiness Is Happening' is that it has a voice. The voice of a maker who is not afraid to mix joy and pain, ambient textures with remnants dancefloor euphoria, quiet spaces and loud places. So you have an almost Depeche Mode-like ballad that the ”Friendship Song” is, next to the techno city ghost story of “Occult Levitation”. Slow-motion robot disco (“Wilkie”) appears as much at home here as the bulky “Stuffy” or the sudden impact in “We Have A Nice Life”. That list goes on and on. The most startling fact about Roman Flügel's tour de force is that its sum is as great as its parts. Nothing feels superfluous, ill-paced or forced here. Its the end result of a life that has been spent in techno, house and its various mutations and archetypes with a sensibility for pop music, a consciousness of indie culture and an affinity for the avant-garde as such.

      'Happiness Is Happening' is like a concept album without a concept. A testament to the fact that the concept of an album that works within the realms and boundaries of “electronic (dance) music” can be so much more than a loose collection of 12"s or just an exercise in style: it can be, after all, a piece of art and at its best comparable to a successful singer-songwriter album without words. Especially, when the creator of all his seems to be truly comfortable with himself and at his best. Then, 'Happiness Is Happening', indeed.


      Mind Fair

      CEREMONY / Hiding From My Shadow

      The first part of another Golf channel double header from the insanely prolific and scarily on form combination of Dean Meredith & Ben Shenton. A-side "CEREMONY" has been dubbed 'the barnyard stomp' by Split Secs' Travis Kirschbaum (aka TK Disco) and it's easy to see why! Clocking in at 11 minutes of bluesy peyote riot, this campfire classic features Derek Holt of 70's black country legends The Climax Blues Band and will fry your little brains with some of that chilli P yo! B-side "Hiding from my Shadow" is ripe with the funk too, but takes us away from the fertile stench of the psychedelic session in the barn and instead channels Minneapolis via Stafford as P-funk squiggles give way to Mr. Meredith's trademark chugging bass. This peak time post-disco / proto-house / new wave wig out makes neat use of fizzing synthlines, discordant guitars and Fairlight brass as the duo conjure up images of a drugged out collaboration between Trevor Horn and Yello. Golf Channel every time!


      Mind Fair

      Take Me To The Bridge / Let The Music Take Your Mind - Inc. Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold Remix

      The second half of the Mind Fair double header features another two brand new tracks, neither of which will be on their hotly tipped and eagerly awaited eponymous LP due later this year on Golf Channel! "Take Me To The Bridge" is a smooth and psychedelic cover of Vera's disco classic featuring the vocals of Lauren Faulkner & Charmaine Bains. Dropping the camp synths of the Italo original, Mind Fair recast it as a Laurel Canyon groover, all organic percussion and sweet sweet rhodes like a chance studio session between CSN, Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac. Perfect for hazy mornings, siestas, sunsets and firesides, this is gonan be a Balearic hit for sure. "Let the Music Take Your Mind" does just that, a languid groove that liquefies your brain and transports you slowly down the river, drifting on a lazy summer day with nothing to do except watch the trails. Propelled by syncopated drums, acoustic strums and a limber bassline, this jam melts like ice cream on a hot day. The package is rounded out by a remix from The Velvet Season and the Hearts of Gold which takes over where their own filthy bangers 'Camel Toe Central' and 'Wild Honeyz' left off. It literally booms out and just screams warehouse, dragging the ghost of 'Ma Foom Bey' kicking and screaming into saucer eyed 2014. Both twelves feature stunning full colour artwork by Thomas Bullock aka Tom of England of Rub N' Tug fame.

      Here we go with another edition of Full Pupp's jaw breaking, tongue twisting, mouthful original nordioc language series. "gnagsar i hjernen, fjerde av den forste bolgen". I'm not sure what that means… but it does sound good! This time Oslo's highly talented Øyvind Morken leads the seminar in dancefloor linguistics with three bizarro examples of leftfield acid disco. Morken's weekly wednesday night residency “Untzdag” at Jaeger has become an institution in Oslo, drawing in a crowd of open-minded party freaks for nights of wild abandon. "Gnagsar I Hjernen" opens the set with the crackle of snares and ripple of undulating acid lines as Chicago is transplanted to the wide open spaces of Norway. Stargazing Fjord funk at it's finest, this one goes off like a shooting star after the drop. "Fjerde Av Den Forste Bolgen" follows along swiftly with snake hipped percussive rattle, disco lasers and sci fi lead lines as we're taken on a techy journey into the realms of basement funk. Morken closes the set strongly with the slo mo bleep of the chipset acid of "Dr Zoidberg" featuring a little help from the up and coming Chmmr. Already approved by Juan Atkins and Lovefingers, this one's gonna power through sets all over the globe.



      A shadowy collective of well known names from the world of contemporary clubbing get incognito and present the first in a fresh series of straight up, in-the-moment club killers of the highest calibre! Based on the Japanese folklore of the 'Night Parade of One Hundred Demons' each release in the series will take the name of a demon / monster from folklore and a graphic artist is asked to interpret / re-imagine it in their own style for the screen printed sleeves. Up first is Finland's gruesome and grotesque dragon lady Ajattar, who in this instance stands as a guardian of two full scale peak time thumpers. On the A-side "The Sun The Moon" is a slamming NYC / UK bass house work out fitted up with a spiritual soul sample and buzzing bassline, sure to cause all sorts of carnage on the floor. On the flip, "On The Edges" is a rising, building and banging filter house stormer that's gonna demolish terraces and clubs the world over! 


      Fifty Fathoms Deep continue their win streak with a complete pearler from Tyneside's beatdown master NY*AK. The four tracks of soulful, funky and laid back house on this EP mark a natural progression for the label after Frederick's acclaimed LP in 2013. "Oddity" opens the EP in deep and dope fashion, working the subs with a thunderous bottom end as gritty drums rattle on with their head nodding flow. The snatches of soul vocals and jazzy flute provide the melodic counterpart to the heavyweight rhythm section as we get lost in the groove. On "Inside" NY*AK ups the tempo a little and introduces a stripped back boogie tinge to the aesthetic, propelling this hypnotic shuffler towards the peak time. On the flip, we head into the depths of Detroit with the sampledelic bump of "Thank". Gospel vocals, off kilter disco rhythms and deep and melancholic keys combine into a head turning swirl full of basement soul. NY*AK brings the set to a close with the classic deep house sound a "New Ways", a slow burning rumbler whose low slung bass is decorated with scattered vocal snippets and metallic DX7 vamps. Another superb release from the up and coming producer, and one that cements Fifty Fathoms Deep's reputation as the leading light in the world of beatdown house.


      Another winner from the Chicago DJ posse's Hot Mix 5 label, this time bringing us back to back classics from Phortune, aka Nathaniel Pierre Jones, Victor Blackful, Roy Davis Jr and E. Smith Jr.

      We're treated to four solid cuts, including two mixes of piano house classic 'String Free' and two of the heavier and darker 'Can You Feel The Bass'. 'String Free (Club LeRay Mix)' features that instant Chi-Town anthem creater of choppy pianos and piston-driven house beats. The 'String Free (Dash Riprock Mix)' chops the piano lines for extra urgency, adds some syncopated metronomic clicks and funks up the rhythm. 'Can You Feel The Bass (House Mix)' and 'Can You Feel The Bass (Can You Groove Me)' go for the other side of instant Chi-Town anthem creater coin, dropping gurgling acid and a moody slowed down vocal.


      Massive repress of an all time acid classic on Chicago's Hot Mix 5! The acid master himself Pierre was deep into his lysergic groove when this was originally released in '89 with a string of forward thinking club monsters on Trax and International House, and this mindbending four tracker changed plenty of lives back in the day. Writhing 303 lines and a jacking rhythm track play host to the yearning male and female vocal duet. If you're planning on setting a peak time floor alight, then "Mickey's Mix" is the one for you, while the hazy "Acid Dream Mix" represents for the deep cats. On the flip, the "Wet Dream Mix" provides acid madness, while the accapella is a tantalising tool for the real jocks out there. 

      Recondite

      Caldera / DRGN2

      Recondite marks his return to Hotflush with the epic, potentially summer-defining 'Caldera' and a sequel to his 2012 hit 'DRGN'. The Bavarian artist has undergone a dazzling rise since that time, and one which is reflected in the increasing opulence of his music.

      'Caldera', with its dramatic arpeggios and crescendos, is unabashed big-field decadence. Bearing all the hallmarks on which he's made his name - space, subtlety, build, attention to timbre - over the course of 9 minutes it raises the temperature to white heat. 'DRGN 2' picks up exactly where its 2012 namesake left off; that is, with an arching melody played out over droning tones of insidious intent. Dark, imposing and elegant - this is Recondite at his most wicked.


      Another KMS essential in the remastered reissue series, which sees Kevin Saunderson squeezing five tracks on one 12" - that's the way they used to do it back in 1988!

      The Detroit techno classic "Rock To The Beat" comes in three versions; there's the original, with its monotonous female vocal (once heard, much repeated) and dark synth chords - you can hear the influence of European electrodance all over this. Plus remixes by Derrick 'Mayday' May, which cleans up the original and gives it a speed injection - hey, even that repetitive and seriously hooky spoken vocal has been given a less sullen, more angelic makeover). Lastly Mike 'Hitman' Wilson creates a mainstream house remix with a proper pop vocal. We're also treated to 'You're Mine', which lifts Joe Strummer's vocals from "The Magnificent Seven" and shoehorns in Rockers Revenge and that Robin Wants Revenge keyboard line hook, and 'Grab The Beat', an acid banger if ever there was one!


      Simoncino is back on L.I.E.S. with his old school sounds paying homage to the innovators of the past and keeping the vibe alive. Moody and percussive with brooding basslines and strong melodies, these four tracks take the listener back to a forgotten time when the sound and unstoppable energy of this music was emerging and taking the world by storm.

      'Abele Dance' is all rinky dink 808 cowbells, urgent bass and synth swooshes. Extra homage points go to 'Beyond The Dance', named after the Rhythm Is Rhythm track presumably. It's a dark and brooding Detroit style driver. 'Spirit Of Transmat' (OK Simoncino, we get the picture now; you love Detroit. You can ease up on the big arrows and flashing lights!) does exactly what it says on the tin. 'io Rhythm' goes for the lush synth washes in with the driving tech beats. 

      Spaceheads

      Trip To The Moon EP

        Taking their inspiration from the flickering magical early movie by Georges Méliès of the same name, this is not a soundtrack but four snappy instrumentals that take the listener on a different kind of trip. The Spaceheads sound, of Andy Diagram’s looped and harmonized trumpets propelled by the dynamic drums of Richard Harrison, is augmented on the first track by their good friend, and longtime Manchester musical maverick, Paddy Steer on bass.

        Terekke

        Terekke L.I.E.S Black Label EP

        Quietly making his entrance into the club: Terekke once again delivering low key yet powerful, haze inducing productions. On this record he moves through various worlds, sometimes uplifting, sometimes nodding out - maybe even entering into the darker ambient side of the spectrum. Either way, these cuts are take you into the zone with no turning back.

        Having hit the ground running with his recent debut on Delusions of Grandeur and a sell out string of quality releases on his own Shadeleaf imprint, thatmanmonkz brings his real and raw house sound to the essential Kolour LTD. The Sheffield producer serves up three immense cuts of deep, underground rhythms with that infamous "touch of soul" that is quickly becoming his own trademark. "Remember" kicks us off in jazzy fashion with subtle rhodes licks and smooth Glenn Underground-esque synths forming the perfect accompaniment for Pete Simpson's smokey vocals. "Stars" is the kind of playful shuffler that Gilles Peterson rightly goes wild for, richly textured with live sounding drums and warm bass tones. If you've been digging the Seven Davis Jr / Andrew Ashong / Al Dobson Jr / Reggie Mamode sound, then this one will jump right to the front of your record bag. The EP closes with "Lullaby", for me the standout track, combining subtle music box melodies with rough and gritty production, while a dubby bassline and off kilter rhythm get you swaying.  Glenn Astro rounds the set off with a restrained and organic rework of "Remember", which takes a detour from the dancefloor, instead heading to the blue lights of the inner city jazz club.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        12" Info: Limited Electric blue wax

        Irrepressible Portuguese producer Tiago loads up the hardware, software and kitchen sink as he lights the blue touch paper under this latest release on Interzona 13. This time round, the producer throws a couple of curve balls that'll have your head spinning like a Catherine Wheel as he explores the more experimental side of his diverse sound. Opting for Sem Titulo (Untitled in Portuguese) on three of the cuts here only adds to the mysterious nature of the sonic treats within and makes it a bugger to review! The A1 is a deep and immersive tech house cut which places you right in the midst of the hollow paranoia of a K-hole. A simple and steady beat measures time as you struggle to make out the faint and distant echoes of discordant tones and textures awash with reverb. From there we move on to the menacing rumble of peak time exertion as Tiago engages in a little sampler abuse packing his solid beat with bleeps, cheers and screams collected from a career behind the decks. The classic bassline drives the track ever onwards as we savour the sweet sweat of dancefloor hedonism. Flip the disc for the melodic and atmospheric "Toic", a mid tempo mover with a trippy techno vibe and an esoteric sound palette, perfect for powering out the speakers on any outdoor stage. The EP closes in off the wall fashion with the swirling and whirring madness of the B2. Latin melodies, scuzzy samples and a shuffling bassline all merge with queasy, uneasy brilliance. Present, as always are the deft rhythm sections and powerful arrangements, as subtle elements of Disco, Techno & New Wave provide the bedrock for his trademark off kilter melodies and soundscaping. The darker underbelly of club life may well be the inspiration, but the mood and execution are pure Tiago!



        Giegling mainstay Prince Of Denmark adopts his Traumprinz moniker once again for four cuts of atmospheric techno and melodic house. The EP opens with the understated and melancholic "Messed Up Jam", a rattling and rhythmic piece of electronica scattered with discordant keys. From there Traumprinz picks up the pace with the analogue house thump of the Fingers-esque "All The Things". A rock solid 4/4 hammers away while that circular bassline rolls on, laying the perfect foundations for the subtle keys and soulful vocal samples. This is a proper tune! Flip the disc for the mellow soundscape techno of "I Gave My Life" which sees the producer top a grainy shoegaze drone with gentle guitar and an emotional spoken word sample. The calm melodies and pulsing rhythm could keep you hooked for days. The EP finishes with a fine cerebral massage courtesy of the beatless "Let It Go", a sci fi lullaby which puts you into a deep and blissful sleep.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        12" Info: 12" comes with printed outer sleeve covered in printed tracing paper wrap.

        Tuk Tuk

        Chambray Record Shopper Tote

          Lovely new chambray (that's denim to you and me) tote bag from the good folk at TukTuk.

          The main compartment is big enought to carry your 12" vinyl purchases, and there's also a 7" pocket on the front for those few cheeky sevens you've picked up too.

          The main compartment has a magnetic stud fastening, and there is a phone pocket and zip pocket for all your other bit's and pieces, both in lovely check fabric (like the linings in their leather record boxes).

          It has nice long handles, big enough to sling it over your shoulder, but not so long that you can't carry it in your hand.

          Perfect!

          Christopher Willits

          Opening

          "For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, and video all coming into one space," says music-tech guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that many musicians have aspired to, but nonetheless seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "I believe that sound and light, when used intentionally, have the power to transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "I believe that art has an ability to awaken our connection to everything." And that is exactly what he has set out to do with 'Opening', the veteran Ghostly artist's immersive new audio-visual project.

          Across seven tracks of widescreen ambient music, 45 minutes of visuals shot over four years in multiple countries, seven bespoke photographs, and a multi-sensory live performance, Willits has conceived and produced something which might better be thought of as an experience than a simple album. Of course, 'Opening' does feature Willits' latest music since Ancient Future, his 2012 collaboration with Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the vibrant, enveloping sounds we've come to expect from him are on full display. The quiet majesty of "Vision" ushers us into the sacred world Willits created, a living universe which billows and heaves in the corners of slow-grooving songs like "Clear " and "Connect " or the textural minutiae and harmonic subtleties in "Ground ". Closing out the album, "Wide" and "Release" o!er the listener a gentle comedown through 15 cumulative minutes of transcendent audio, with Willits' delicate guitar manipulations breathing life into the aether of prickly atmospheres and soft-glowing synths.


          Various Artists

          Barry Brown - Sweet, Soulful & Sexy Vol. 8

            After delivering five mix CDs of UK funky sounds, local lad and long-time Piccadilly Records customer 'Barry Brown' switches tack for his latest offering. New series "Sweet, Soulful & Sexy" adds soulful house to his usual mix of UKF and UK bass sounds, making for a more melodic selection than his previous 100mph hyped-up dancefloor / boot-of-car sub woofer aimed CDs. Featuring 23 un-listed tracks, the set rips its way through a big pile of quality UK garage, funky house, soulful house and future beat cuts. There's plenty of sweet female vocals on display, along with ragga MCs aplenty, and some catchy instrumentals too.

            Pack your flip flops, a towel and some suntan lotion, it's the VERY long awaited follow up to Balearic Mike and Kelvin Andrews' celebrated 'Down To The Sea And Back' compilation!

            It's been four long years of late nights, licensing cat and mouse games, dusty fingered rummaging and tales of adventures cherished like postcard memories from far away beaches, soundtracked by music so perfect, it lasts far beyond the moment.

            The beautiful thing about this music we call Balearic, is that a magical dancefloor moment can occur with the most unlikely record.

            While most modern compilations - even the most eclectic - are unlikely to surprise, the tried and tested 'DTTSAB' method has delivered another absolutely golden selection. It may sound corny, especially in a world of internet experts, but these tracks have been curated, searched for, cherished and most importantly unleashed with impeccable timing on many an unsuspecting dancefloor. Whether it's album B-sides, neglected pop or lost classics hiding in plain sight, the passion with which this music is sought and championed is what sets these long players and their LP apart.

            A stunning collection once again. Available as a limited edition double vinyl package and double CD (with 20 page booklet).

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: The follow up to Mike and Kelvin's essential Balearic comp is finally here, and it's packed full of sandal stepping goodies. Double CD edition out now, double vinyl to follow in a few weeks.

            Back in '91 a little compilation appeared on King Street subsiduary BPM featuring the hot artists from New York and Tokyo's underground scene. Although well received by those in the know at the time, the compilation didn't spread its gospel to the wider population, but did pave the way for the exceptional second volume in '93. This double 12" release dedicated one disc to each city, with the A and B sides housing the top dogs in NYC's house scene; Ken Carpenter, Nick Jones and Khison. The New Yorkers pair glassy M1 stabs with smooth garage grooves, packing their productions with the grit and attitude you'd expect from the big apple. The second vinyl showcases the super deep, jazz influenced house sound setting Tokyo's underground alight at the time. Alonside the original version of Aoki & Mori's "Beat Freak" (later released on King Street with remixes from Blaze and Pal Joey) the Japanese disc boasts Katsumi Hidano's fitting tribute to the legendary Larry Levan. This remastered reissue sounds better than ever, and is cut way louder than the original pressing, perfect for making a system sing.


            The Godson Rick Wilhite keeps the memory of his legendary Vibes record shop alive and kicking with the second instalment of this compilation series.  The second in the two part vinyl release features another cohort of luminaries from the Detroit, Chicago and New York underground flexxing studio muscle and repping what they're all about as an artist. Opening with the broken funk of Moodymann's "Momma", the LP covers raw acid, stargazing techno, and gritty house with contributions from Wilhite, Stingray, K-Alexi Shelby and Orlando Voorn. Another reminder that the US is about more than just EDM!



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