Balearic . Yacht Rock . New Age . Downbeat

WEEK STARTING 5 Aug

Genre pick of the week Cover of Opening The Door by Jack J.
Seven years since releasing two back to back dancefloor hits, Jack J returns to the airwaves with this amazing LP on Mood Hut Records. Laid back, sun drizzled house music was the previous inclination; and here Jack seems to continue to the mood, featuring his own vocals against a backdrop of vintage synth swells, organic 4/4 drums and sumptuous bass guitar licks. It's still wrapped in that 4:20 stoned glow as we get Balearic (read: Vancouver Riviera) flavours washing up against the Pacific coastline.

There's a playfulness, a sincerity, and yet a naivety which sees J's emotions painted firmly across the record. The interplay between Rhodes, vox and synthesized elements his unique calling card and one that's executed with such an effortless calm - you just can't help but be sucked in by this guy's music! Well worth the wait! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Seven years after those two, genre-defining 12"s, Vancouver Riviera OG Jack J returns with his debut LP. Already huge with Ryan Horsebeach and Pasta Paul we reckon this'll blow up big.

TRACK LISTING

A1. If You Don’t Know Why
A2. Opening The Door
A3. The Only Way
A4. Only You Know Why
B1. Clues (Part I)
B2. Clues (Part II)
B3. I Saw Fire
B4. Closing The Door

Make A Dance change things up for their third release, ushing in rising Yorkshire post-punk outfit Deadletter to collaborate.

"Line The Cows" is a kinda wobbly, post-punk reggae-disco jam. Like Yard Act meets ESG and Jah Wobble with lyrical direction from John Cooper Clarke. A skeletal drum machine groove supporting winding bass and Zac's deadpan, well pronounced vox cutting through like a knife and providing some clever and insightful phrases. The second track is a recording of the band doing a full live take in London’s Pony Studios showcasing just how tight this 6 piece band are.

On the flip Make A Dance get to work with the remix package with broken beats and arpeggiated baselines, turning the track into a dark twisted monster fit for a 4am bass bin workout.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Make A Dance present rising Yorkshire firm Deadletter. The OG should appeal to fans of Yard Act and ESG whilst MAD are on hand with two wobbly, electrified disco-not-disco jams. Killer!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Line The Cows
A2. Line The Cows (Live At Pony Studios)
B1: Line The Cows (Make A Dance Remix)
B2: Line The Cows (Make A Dance Dub)

John Carroll Kirby

Dance Ancestral

    Dance Ancestral is the latest addition to the prolific artist John Carroll Kirby’s fast-growing and distinctive body of work. Kirby debuted on Stones Throw in 2020 with My Garden, an album influenced by jazz, New Age and early music which he synthesised into his unique and instantly recognisable sound signature. Since then, he’s released the instrumental piano album Conflict, the Cryptozoo original feature film soundtrack, and the jazz fusion suite Septet. For Dance Ancestral, Kirby invited Canadian producer Yu Su to join him on production duties for a record with a more electronic sound.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Dawn Of New Day (ft. Laraaji)
    2. Pan’s Dance
    3. Repettos For You My Lord
    4. Pause On The Ancient Ballcourt
    5. Frog Life
    6. Ghost In A Mist
    7. Messages In Water
    8. Tiptoe To The Grave
    9. Gabriel’s Gig

    The 4-track "Lex On The Beach" is a balearic funk-soul EP by the Estonian group. In favor of a fresh flavor, we see Lexsoul drop the Dancemachine for a moment. To come up with these soulful, jazzy and R&B jams, the 6-piece channeled yacht rock and silky Miami Vice scenery. Pirouetting away from making people dance, Lexsoul manifests visions of summer. As your close personal advisors, we suggest you use this music in your slow living, dog days' playlist.

    "Lex On The Beach" doesn't only treat the listener with the sweet and smooth aural experience produced by Solid Gold Sound. It also appeals to the visual senses courtesy of digital painter Estookin. We saw her aesthetics on the band's previous "Lexplosion II" LP. She returns with artworks that accompany the EP released digitally and on vinyl.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Heavy hammock funk, tailor made to make your cocktail taste better and the sun to feel even nicer on your flesh. A truly Pikes-flavoured offering from this Balearic wonderkid.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Pigeon Pit
    2. Lazy Breeze
    3. Relax Your Mind (feat. Jim Hart)
    4. Sweet Life

    Bienvenue Recordings presents the first recordings of Secret Witness. Created in winter 2020, the band brings together producers Gabriel Rei and Gene Tellem, singer/songwriter Laroie and drummer Pascal Deaudelin. ‘Volume I’ is presented as the fruit of this reunion, an ideal pairing for seekers of dancefloor influenced reflection. Night tunes to best capture the driving and soulful essence of deep house, with lyrical play to help you imagine. Recorded between Saint-Sauveur and Montreal, this six track mini-album reaches for sophistication, playfulness and romance... we can all agree that it is a useful triptych to base a theme...



    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: High fidelity, DSP production, sun blushed aesthetic, deep soulful vocals and a house music mindset make this the surprise late summer winner. RIYL: Andras Fox, Lou Hayter, Ruf Dug, Ron Trent & Larry Heard.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Endless Nights
    A2. Secret Witness
    A3. Refuge
    B1. Influence
    B2. My Love Is Dark (Everlasting Fight)
    B3. More For Us

    Debut release from Austudy: "Burning It Up: Australian Reggae (1979-1986)". A
    compilation surveying the influence of reggae on Australia’s preoccupation with rock, pop, post-punk and new wave between the years of 1979-1986. Much like the cross fertilization that occurred here in the UK. This selection of 8 obscure tracks originally issued on 7” records represent some of the earliest examples of reggae sounds in Australian recorded music. Comes with beautifully illustrated lithograph printed booklet. Highly recommended!


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Nights In Shining - Surfin’ Reggae
    2. Wide Boy Youth - Busy Bleeding
    3. Delaney Venn - Prisoner (LP Version)
    4. Time Lords Inc. - Don’t  5. Lifesavers - Burning It Up
    6. Janie Conway - Temptation 
    7. Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons - Shape I’m In (Dub Version)
    8. The Agents - Night People 

    It's been almost 3 years since the first volume of Dancefloor Detonators enhanced our nocturnal revelries, so it's a welcome treat to see a second volume has now made an appearance.

    As with the first release, Volume 2 follows a similar principle, namely to put on vinyl some of the most popular tracks from the label's digital catalogue alongside some exclusive new cuts, appearing here for the first time to keep things 100% fresh. The resultant 5-tracker is nothing short of sublime.

    Label regulars Secret Circuit, Sordid Sound System and Bal5000 appear alongside Optimo Music regular Feon and newcomer Wanda Krak.

    Molusc-dance, drug-chug, shamanic house tribalism, whatever you wanna call it - Invisible Inc. provide the freaky shit for ur dance! 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Molusc dance originators Invisible, Inc. return with some new signings for a incapsulating lesson in drug-chug. With mushroom season just round the corner it's good to stock up on some psilocybin friendly sonics...

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Secret Circuit - Orchid Chips
    A2. Bal5000 - Neutra
    A3. Wanda Krak - Spectral Beasts
    AA1. Feon - Round Earther
    AA2. Sordid Sound System - Vuelta 

    Various Artists

    Trip Hop Vibes Vol. 1

      You name it, they are on this superb compilation of trip hop vibes featuring Boards of Canada, Portishead, Morcheeba, Björk, Coldcut, DJ Shadow, Moloko, Bonobo, Mr Scruff, Quantic, Tricky, Thievery Corporation, Cinematic Orchestra etc. the sound of the 90s with 23 tracks on double vinyl.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Moby - Natural Blues
      A2. Deluxe - Pony
      A3. Kazam - Swag On
      A4. Smith & Mighty Feat. Tammy Payne - Same
      A5. Alex Gopher - The Child (Radio Edit)
      A6. Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
      B1. Mr. Scruff - Get A Move On
      B2. Dday One - Cielo Azul
      B3. Dj Cam - Birds Also Sing For Anamaria
      B4. Bonobo - Terrapin
      B5. Simon Says - Late At Night
      C1. Fakear - Morning In Japan
      C2. Kid Loco - A Grand Love Theme
      C3. Guts - What Is Love ?
      C4. Moloko - Fun For Me
      C5. Waldeck - Memories Feat. Patrizia Ferrara
      C6. Ancient Astronauts - I Came Running
      D1. Gotan Project Feat. Cristina Vilallonga - Epoca
      D2. Chinese Man - I'Ve Got That Tune
      D3. The Mighty Bop - Feeling Good
      D4. Thievery Corporation - It Takes A Thief
      D5. Quantic - Time Is The Enemy


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