MAGIC MIX

Bass Music . Future Beats . Grime

WEEK STARTING 22 Jul

Since 1987, Frak have been everyone's favourite, premier Swedish synthesizer-touching weirdos. Even if most people hadn't heard of them until 4 years ago. And yet, world of Frak is as long as it is wide. As blue as it is black. As ominous as it is glorious. As dirty as it is hairdryer. Sweet it is as yellow paper As. All of the above is a perfect example of how trying to convey what Frak is in the crass form of words is ultimately fruitless. Never has the inner workings of hardware sounded so good!

Here is a double 12" vinyl product from Ultimate Hits featuring eight audio recordings from Frak: three men who have known each other since at least 1987. Careering with abandon from heads down machine dirge, to celestial electronic meditation, back to repetitive hardware funk and their iconic harnessing of the electro genre, Frak are the bridge that allows machines the power to communicate with us meager humans.

The sleeve was lovingly hand screen-printed at the studio of House of Traps, and features the colours commonly known as pink and black.


Autonomous Africa are back in the company of the Green Door All-Stars, dropping four remixes of tracks from 2015's "Youth Stand Up!" LP. This phat remix wax sees the collaborative recording project between Glasgow’s Green Door Studio, Lebeha Drumming Center in Hopkins, Belize, and the Tafi Cultural Institute based in Tafi Atome, Ghana fall under the spell of dancefloor luminaries JD Twitch, Midland, Auntie Flo and General Ludd. Optimo legend JD Twitch opens the EP with a dark and deep rework of "Come With Me", which sets the track's echo-laded vocals over blasts of live drum and brooding bass, resulting in a proper heads down heater. Next up, Highlife mainstay Auntie Flo offers a spiritual dub of "Beat The Drum", extracting a hypnotic and organic groove from the original and rehousing it among detuned synth keys and post-tribal percussion. Chanted vocals and circular mallets lend an expansive feel to proceedings while the steady kick keeps us nicely grounded. Midland enters the arena on the B1, bringing his bass fuelled tech house styling to LP cut "Tsorna". The Leeds' producer establishes a pitch bending bassline and trippy drum program early on, locking the dancefloor in before unleashing the techy keybaord vamps, bleeps and siren squelches which take this cut to the next level. Techno eccentric General Ludd closes the EP with his totally disorienting reheat of "Tuteme Meets Tafi Atome At 58 Ft Mocco", a body moving blend of fucked up vocal snippets, burnt toastin and tremulous bass. As ever all proceeds will go to Tafi Cultural Institute, Tafi Atome, Ghana and Lebeha Drumming Center, Hopkins, Belize - Philanthropic floor fillers, surely the way forward!

Piccadilly Records

Slipmat - Cityscape

    Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Cityscape' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic representation of the Manchester cityscape, which also looks like an electronic waveform created by music.

    Piccadilly Records

    Slipmat - Cityscape / Half Record

      A pair of Piccadilly Records slipmats including one each of the 'Cityscape' and 'Half Record' designs.

      Slipmat 1: Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Cityscape' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic image of the Manchester cityscape, which also looks like an electronic waveform created by music.

      Slipmat 2: Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Half Record' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic representation of the Manchester G-MEX Centre combined with half a vinyl record.

      Piccadilly Records

      Slipmat - Half Record

        Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Half Record' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic representation of the Manchester G-MEX Centre combined with half a vinyl record.

        Sterling Styles

        Bye Bye / Nobody

        22a’s eleventh release comes from Sterling Styles. A newcomer to the 22a roster, Sterling offers two cuts of classic garage, originally recorded in 1998. "Bye Bye" skips along with soulful male vox and a rambunctious, snappy beat which rumbles with supporting sub undertones. Rich piano chords compliment the arrangement wonderfully with Styles showing pure finesse with the construction of this potent club jam. "Nobody" revisits that golden time when deep house and broken beat collided. Again, full of sensuous sub frequencies, this particular offering is peppered with lush horns and more emotive vocal snippets. OG garage heat from this south London camp. Limited to 500 this is a release not to be missed.


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