MAGIC MIX

Bass Music . Future Beats . Nu Garage

WEEK STARTING 29 Jun

Genre pick of the week Cover of EP 2 by Dego & Kaidi.
After a recent excursion on Theo Parrish's Sound Signature label these two pioneering legends of UK music return to Eglo Records for another heavyweight jaunt through broken house and boogie. Those with their finger on the pulse, and head in the bassbin for that matter, may well be aware of EP opener "Black Is Key", which has been making serious noise through the underground over the last few months. Skipping beats and a bubbling bassline hold down the rhythm section, while stabbing keys and soulful vocals hold it down in the foreground. Once we're locked in, Dego & Kaidi gradually turn up the pressure with glittering sequences and almost spiritual arps, reminding me of the finest Rotating Assembly releases. "Man Made" follows on naturally with the wonkiest funk this side of a Sound Signature release, combining a jazzy drumbox rhythm with diminished keys, G-funk sine waves and a concentric bassline that runs rings around the competition. On the flipside, the deep, boogie tinged house of "Orbiting Uhura" sees the duo taking a leaf out of the Floating Points book, delivering a full blooded hit of bass heavy, mid tempo brilliance. Jazz chords, a bubbling bassline and Roy Ayres keyboard riffing come together in a glorious union of soulful dancefloor brilliance. Closing the EP out in sunnier style, we get the skipping, broken beat beauty of "The Vault Descends", a laid back number perfect for the smokers out there. It's another stone cold classic to add to a long and rich discography. 

MJ Cole

Bouldaz

Following an inaugural release from Jonas Rathsman, Disclosure's newly minted Method White imprint returns with a club killer from one of their biggest inspirations, MJ Cole. The UKG veteran steps up and delivers a punishing bassline house cut complete with skipping hats, thunderous subs and a snapping snare. This floor-burning cut rolls on and on, driven by that slamming bassline right into the middle of the club, through a textured soundscape of pitched down vocal snippets and rattling drums. Eventually we drop into the whirpool spiral of a trippy synth breakdown, before Cole brings it all back home to smash it out the park. "Bouldaz" is as heavyweight as its namesake. 

DFA is proud to release a long-gestating 12” single of wild interprations of Eric Copeland’s 2013 album “Joke In The Hole”. The Black Dice member received universal acclaim for the record, “Fringe though Copeland may be, this album is a serious coup for DFA—he walks the line between complete nuttiness and outright accessibility, and ends up with one of his best records to date.” (XLR8R) Starting us off is Panda Bear, who adds his trademark falsetto vocals and shuffling percussion, sweetening Eric’s black coffee beats. DFA’s own sonic collagist Larry Gus blends Eric’s mumbled vocals with bright percussion and a vocoded male choir, among many other audio dalliances. Meanwhile, Hyperdub’s Fhloston Paradigm (AKA King Britt) takes aim with his laser cannons, firing volleys at unrelenting waves of marching alien armies, before being swallowed up in a solar flare. Finally, Anthony Naples (Text Records, Trilogy Tapes) brings it back to the club with snaps, claps, and hi-hats, but it sounds like you left ‘em out in the rear window of your car on a sunny day. You know what we mean.

Limited editon of 1000 hand-stamped and numbered copies, assembled at DFA in NYC.

“It’s tempting to take the record’s relentless affability with a grain of salt, but Copeland seems genuinely eager to please, and Joke in the Hole really is fun to listen to.” XLR8R

“Joke In The Hole is a step forward for Copeland, as his murky mess of clumsy samples is gradually beign transformed into actual songs.” - The Quietus”

“...The result is music every bit as unclassifiable and singular as that on an Black Dice album, but which is characterised by the same playfulness that drives AC.” – Fact Magazine


Back in stock Cover of In Colour by Jamie XX.
Jamie xx releases his debut album 'In Colour' on Young Turks. The 11 track LP includes previous releases ‘Girl’ and ‘Sleep Sound’ as well as forthcoming single ‘Loud Places’, which features vocals from Romy Madley Croft.

The release of 'In Colour' comes on the back of an incredible six year creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between his role as founding member and producer of the xx, and creator of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single ‘Far Nearer’, remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus 'We’re New Here' - Jamie’s reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final studio album - hinted at what was to come. With 'In Colour' - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft (‘Seesaw’ and ‘Loud Places’) and Oliver Sim (‘Stranger In A Room’), Young Thug and Popcaan (‘Good Times’) and Four Tet (‘Seesaw’) - Jamie delivers his definitive artistic statement.

Back in stock Cover of In Colour - Deluxe Triple Vinyl Edition by Jamie XX.
This Deluxe LP is a limited edition triple LP, cut at 45rpm on coloured vinyl and including two exclusive instrumentals. 

Jamie xx releases his debut album 'In Colour' on Young Turks. The 11 track LP includes previous releases ‘Girl’ and ‘Sleep Sound’ as well as forthcoming single ‘Loud Places’, which features vocals from Romy Madley Croft.

The release of 'In Colour' comes on the back of an incredible six year creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between his role as founding member and producer of the xx, and creator of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single ‘Far Nearer’, remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus 'We’re New Here' - Jamie’s reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final studio album - hinted at what was to come. With 'In Colour' - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft (‘Seesaw’ and ‘Loud Places’) and Oliver Sim (‘Stranger In A Room’), Young Thug and Popcaan (‘Good Times’) and Four Tet (‘Seesaw’) - Jamie delivers his definitive artistic statement.

Kornél Kovács runs the Studio Barnhus label and has been a massive hero for Numbers for quite some time. Like a lot of the crew he was an early starter, playing in clubs since the age of 14, promoting his own parties and hosting a radio show - the influential ‘P3 Dans Show’ on Swedish national radio. He’s got a unique approach to house and techno which packs in bags of personality along with the odd curveball, but he always remains firmly focused on making people dance. Dancing is exactly what you’ll do to "Radio Koko", that dream radio station where music never sleeps and the hits keep coming. "Pantalon", the brexit baiting sequel to Sabrina’s "Boys, Boys, Boys" is on constant rotation and according to those in the know, is destined to top the charts in at least four European nation states despite an EU wide ban on its accompanying video. The many highlights of "Radio Koko’s" night time programming includes the summertime jack of "Lighthouse" which can be adapted to suit both nightclub and BBQ situations. Strictly for the club is the late night stalker jam "Gangsta" whose growling Reese basslines and Mentasm riffs are slowed down to a menacing 120 BPM. "Radio Koko" also features special guest, Marcus Price who provides assistance on "Malon", a soundclash of the melancholic and the ecstatic, matching up rough experimental drum programming with unexpected bursts of hands in the air piano licks. More essential Numbers? You betcha! 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Numbers bringing the heat for that brief slice of the British summer where no one sleeps and parties stretch from day into night into day again.

RP Boo

Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints

“Footwork” - the very word indicates a movement of the feet that is “work” (as in an effort to achieve). Its joyous social party nature sits within a lineage of African American history that includes the infamous Soul Train dance tunnel and hip hop dance circles. However, as footwork continues to become more popular, we should not forget that at its essence it is a highly evolved battle form. This is the central theme one feels listening to the stunning “Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints”, the second album from RP Boo, the man credited with inventing the footwork genre with a 1997 track “Baby Come On”. RP Boo is to footwork what Juan Atkins is to techno - a source point for a busting out of innovative ideas and new directions.

Dancing is central to RP Boo. If you’ve been lucky enough to catch one of his DJ sets, such as his groundbreaking 2013 European debut at Unsound Festival in Krakow, you’ll have seen him come out from behind the decks and start dancing in and with the crowd, spreading Footwork both sonically and as an evolving set of movements. Sonically, RP Boo is a modern-day Zatoichi samurai, cutting his samples in unorthodox ways. His sound remains unique. “Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints” contains both tracks made after his acclaimed 2013 debut album “Legacy” and older tracks. Highlights include “Banging On King Dr.” which sees him cutting up street numbers; the monolithic noir feeling of “Sleepy”; the subtle funk of “Your Choice” which may in some way be inspired by his Dad’s role as bass player for Prince; “Lets Dance Again” whose delicate soulful sound echoes deep streams of Chicago dance music history; the dramatic string-infused “Daddy's Home” and the celebration of achieving dreams that is the closer “B'Ware.” “Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints” is the sound of an innovator reconfirming his place as leader with one of the most essential Footwork albums to date.

Source Direct

Black Rose - Inc. Blawan Remix

Boddika's Nonplus label will release a series of 12"s pairing classic Source Direct tracks with new remixes.

Jim Baker is a pioneering drum & bass and jungle artist who's been recording solo as Source Direct since 1999 (before then the project was a duo with Phil Aslett). Nonplus will issue a 12" that has a Blawan remix of "Black Rose" alongside the 1996 original. 

"I first met Jim around '97/'98 at The End nightclub in Central London," says Boddika. "I wasn't sure who he was when I first met him. I thought he was one of the guys from Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels at first, but soon realised he wasn't. By that time I was an avid listener of anything Source Direct were doing and their tracks were 'buy on sight' for me. The Source Direct discography was in many ways a blueprint for lots of jungle / D&B that would come throughout the following years and has stood the test of time unbelievably well."

As for the remix, Boddika pulls in the on form producer Blawan, who turns the track inside out, flattening those energised D&B breaks into a metronomic industrial 4/4 techno slam with pitched down scratches and frantic shaker. Menacing analogue synths rise and fall, there are metallic clanks and clonks aplenty, and a horde of screaming banshees to ramp up the fear factor. 10/10 for moodiness.

Various Artists

Peru Boom - Bass, Bleeps And Bumps From Peru's Electronic Underground

This bass heavy and potent collection features the key Peruvian producers and DJs that have helped build Lima’s reputation as ‘jewel in the crown’ of South America’s rave and party scenes. Tropical bass artists like Dengue Dengue Dengue, DJ Chakruna, Animal Chuki and Deltatron have long been guided by the roots of chicha and Peruvian cumbia. This sees them reshape and digitally render the original sounds fashioning new cuts inspired by dubstep, techno, trap, grime, house and electronica all aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

Detroit has techno, Chicago has house, and Peru’s DJs and producers consider Lima as the home of tropical bass. A global and amorphous style of music that has producers, DJs and flag-bearers from various corners of the world from South Africa and Angola’s Kudoro scenes to the Baile Funk parties of Brazil, international DJs like Diplo, Switch and labels like Mad Decent have long been absorbing and redefining the sound.

Electronic music made in Peru is often influenced by the national music style, cumbia, a slow and syncopated style of music full of complex rhythms. Lima is the central meeting point for all of Peru’s Andean, African and European cultures and this is reflected by the varied music blaring out from speakers around the city. With an admirable respect for labels like Infopesa, the most influential label in ‘60s & ‘70s Peru for chicha and Peruvian Cumbia, the artists of today bring traditional and once popular sounds bang up to date, creating a new history influenced by urban Lima.



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