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Genre pick of the week Cover of Too Slow To Disco Edits 12 by DJ "S".
Those Too Slow To Disco cats are back at what they do best - super smooth edits on limited edition 10". Greek producer DJ "S" is a bit of a veteran of the edits scene and with his own downbeat sound he quickly became one of the big names in the European disco scene too. He perfected his craft as a multi-talented music producer, experimenting with vintage black sounds and reviving old-classics in the form of remixes which made a serious impact among the internet and on his YouTube Channel which counts thousands (over 260k) of faithful followers!

As usual they've got me scratching my head and Pasta Paul already feverishly ramming them in the front of his record bag ready for his next DJ set. Sub 110BPM throughout, with hefty lashings of beach-side soul - think big choruses, powerful vox, smatterings of horns and strings and of course, those ever important B-lines - rolling and warm like the best rare groove joints. 10 points for whoever emails in with a full house of track IDs! Highly recommended, limited copies! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: No one quite smooths out the edges like Too Slow To Disco. Theie limited edits series has uncovered 'nuff poolside cool and pure, timeless sun lounger classics time and time again for our discerning ears. DJ "S" keeps true to the remit and delivers four essential joints of slow swagger brilliance.

TRACK LISTING

A1 Dj "S" - Groovin'
A2 Dj "S" - Sweet Love

B1 Dj "S" - Back Again
B2 Dj "S" - U

2manydjs

As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 - 2022 Reissue

    In the first two decades of the 21st century, few have controlled the cultural weather quite like Stephen and David Dewaele. The Dewaeles are familiar to millions as 2manydjs, a project which undoubtedly moved the needle for modern DJing. In 2002, after a string of creative broadcasts on radio while still known primarily as a rock band, they released As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2.

    This was a mix so giddy, creative, genre-blurring and downright fun that it could only be considered equal to a full-length album – which is exactly what happened, tallying Album of the Year and Album of the Decade accolades from the likes of The New York Times, Spin, The Face, Pitchfork and more, and shifting over half a million copies globally.

    As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 is now reissued featuring Richard Young’s iconic original photography. To celebrate this 20th anniversary, 2manydjs will perform at London’s Brixton Academy on Saturday December 17th alongside Miss Kittin, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul and other 2002-specific special guests to be announced.

    The Belgian brothers-in-arms are also known to many as electronic/indie rock band Soulwax, the adored group whose combination of rock, rave and gleaming white suits has proved irresistible to record buyers and festival-goers from the 1990s to the present day.

    Through their Ghent-based studio and record label Deewee, the Dewaeles continue to push cutting-edge electronic music, including Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul’s infectious Topical Dancer, one of 2022’s most celebrated electronic pop albums. They have also kept up a hot streak as remixers, applying their signature jagged-yet-refined electro touch to the likes of Róisín Murphy, Peggy Gou, Robyn, Sylvester, Fontaines D.C., Wet Leg and Marie Davidson. Despacio, the roving audiophile soundsystem which the Dewaeles undertake alongside LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, completes the picture.

    Alongside like-minded allies such as Erol Alkan, Tiga and Jacques lu Cont, 2manydjs swept dancefloors into delirium, gifting a rock ‘n’ roll attitude to club culture. With As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 as their genre-blurring calling card, the Dewaeles’ unique style managed to be deeply credible and hugely scalable, propelling the brothers to dance music’s summit, a vantage point from which they never came back down.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: I’m not joking. In 2002 (the year this was released), this was THE mixtape to be seen with. Period. Infact, your very success with the opposite / same sex depended largely on whether you had this (at the time) bootleg CD-R in your collection. It got hammered so much we all knew the tracklist and running order off by heart. It introduced us then-teenagers to the joys of the mash-up, and propelled a then-burgeoning David and Stephen Dewaele into the ears of the youth, the dancefloors of the (young) adults, and the columns of the hottest music press at the time. It was and still is quite a phenomenal landmark in music culture. Referenced a million times over and played even more so.

    I’ve never seen it on vinyl. Ever. Whether that’s my own ignorance, turning my back on my teenage dreams as I matured into adulthood or, as it happens, it’s actually quite rare! (it’s the latter – I just checked at the 2012 press goes for about £200!).

    It’s still the ultimate soundtrack to get ready for your Saturday night. Capturing that youthful energy and hitting us with hit after hit presented in the most unusual and infectious ways. Unfortunately it’s unlikely to piss yer parents off as much as it did in 2002 cos they probably already know it!

    TRACK LISTING

    Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Soulwax
    Elektronic Remix) * CD Only
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Peter Gunn (Live)
    Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Head-A-Pella)
    Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
    The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man
    Polyester – J’aime Regarder Les Mecs
    Sly And The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
    Ready For The World – Oh Sheila (A Capella)
    Dakar & Grinser – I Wanna Be Your Dog
    Ural 13 Diktators – Disko Kings
    Bobby Orlando – The “O” Medley
    Felix Da Housecat – Silverscreen-Shower Scene
    The Stooges – No Fun
    Salt ‘N Pepa – Push It
    Hanayo With Jürgen Paape – Joe Le Taxi
    The Jets – Crush On You (A Capella)
    Funkacise Gang – Funkacise
    Soul Grabber – Motocross Madness
    Lil Louis And The World – French Kiss
    Zongamin – Serious Trouble
    Garbage – Androgyny ‘Thee Glitz Mix’ By Felix Da Housecat
    Frank Delour – Disc Jockey’s Delight Vol. 2
    The Residents – Kaw-Liga (Prairie Mix)
    Carlos Morgan – Shake Your Body
    Alphawezen – Into The Stars (Firebirds Remix)
    Interstellar – Concepts
    Nena – 99 Luftballons
    Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Part 1 (A Capella)
    10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
    Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
    Royksopp – Eple
    Arbeid Adelt – Death Disco
    Jeans Team – Keine Melodien Feat. Mj Lan
    Skee.Lo – I Wish (A Capella)
    Maurice Fulton Presents Stress – My Gigolo
    The Breeders – Cannonball
    The Cramps – Human Fly
    The Wildbunch – Danger! High Voltage
    Op:l Bastards – Don’t Bring Me Down
    Adult – Hand To Phone
    Vitalic – La Rock 01
    Queen Of Japan – I Was Made For Loving You
    New Order – The Beach
    Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches (A Capella)
    Lords Of Acid – I Sit On Acid (Soulwax Remix)
    Streamer Feat. Private Thoughts In Public Places – Start Button

    "Many Worlds" Interpretation is a collection of cosmic Americana for electronics, guitar, and percussion culled from Jon Iverson’s extensive home-studio archive.

    1984, Los Osos, California. In a small cinderblock cottage, hand-painted with bright psychedelic flora, Jon Iverson created vibrant new worlds. He spent long days and nights immersed in sound, perfecting home recording on his 8-track reel-to-reel, combining his love for kosmische and Berlin School electronics with an infatuation with ethnographic sounds and expansive guitar music. In a duo with fellow sonic traveler Thomas Walters, Iverson released missives from the studio on a self-titled LP released on country legend Guthrie Thomas’ Eagle Records. That release featured three electro-acoustic compositions (“Naningo”, “River Fen”, and “Fox Tales”) as well as a gathering of guitar duo tapestries. "Many Worlds Interpretation" re-imagines those interplanetary works alongside several unreleased compositions that also feature synthesizer, guitar, and percussion, creating a re-visioned album which leans into Iverson’s electronic studio wizardry.

    All songs have been carefully transferred from analog tape to high resolution digital, retaining their vintage studio warmth, but mixed and mastered for modern ears and audio systems. The album is pressed at 45rpm, further enhancing the audiophile experience.

    RIYL: Innovative Communication, Eblen Macari, Priscilla Ermel, Popol Vuh, Steve Tibbetts

    ---

    Artist Statement

    I worked in a Harley Davidson parts warehouse in the summer of 1976 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal was to save enough money to buy transportation for college and a Teac 4 track 1/4" reel to reel tape machine. By September there was a rusting monkey-vomit green car in the driveway and shiny new Teac with a Sony condenser microphone in the bedroom. At this point I had been playing guitar for a dozen years and like most children of the sixties, dreamed of joining a band.

    Went to college instead to study business.

    But all was not lost. 1978-1979 was spent as Weird Al Yankovic's roommate and we recorded and created enough songs to play shows around San Luis Obispo, California, where we were attending college. Many of those recordings have yet to be heard by the public, including the first performances of My Bologna and many other parodies of pop songs of the day. We sent tapes to Dr. Demento, we auditioned for The Gong Show and were barred from playing at the local college after one memorable performance. Wild times.

    I, however, was more intent on working on "serious" music, with albums from Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre providing inspiration. DJing at the local college radio station and then public radio outlet provided exposure to an endless stream of obscure albums (Sky Records from Germany was a particular favourite). Most of them would never make it to the air, but my buddies and I would pass them around like exotic treasure.

    Fast forward a couple more years and I had picked up a Mini-Moog and eventually a Prophet V synthesizer as well as starting a collection of instruments from around the world. The Teac and synths formed the basis for a growing DIY studio that had taken over a modest-size garage (pictured on the cover) that had been converted into a two room cottage in Los Osos, California.

    The Teac was eventually joined by a rented Otari 1/2" 8-track and then finally a vintage MCI JH-100 2" 16-track. The compositions on this album were recorded on these three machines between 1982 and 1989. At some point an Apple II computer with Alpha Syntauri sound card and keyboard were added and then later the first personal computer sampling hardware/software kit, the Decillionix DX-1. The DX-1 forms the rhythm track for “Fox Tales” and the Alpha Syntauri was programmed to create the pulsing synth for “Naningo”. “River Fen” was tracked with both the Alpha Syntauri and the Prophet V.

    I knew this music wasn't commercial, but didn't care. It was inspiring working with the first computer-based synths and semi-pro gear. Home studios were still rare in the early 80s until the Tascam Portastudio blew the DIY door wide-open. But I was more interested in sound quality so stuck with reels of tape instead of lower fidelity cassettes.

    During the time these songs were recorded, I was also collaborating with my good friend and mandolinist, Tom Walters. “River Fen”, “Naningo” and “Fox Tales”, were solo recordings that also ended up on the first Iverson & Walters album, First Collection. The other four pieces on this new LP were never fully finished or released until now.

    — Jon Iverson, September 2022

    Written, played, recorded and mixed by Jon Iverson.
    Mastered by Brandon Hocura
    Design by Alan Briand


    TRACK LISTING

    1.Danaus 03:08
    2.Neo Gets Wise 02:10
    3.Fox Tales 05:13
    4.Sands Of Tycho 04:35
    5.Naningo 05:47
    6.Nyx And The Night Owl 03:53
    7.River Fen 06:05

    For its fourth release, Zen 2000 scales up from the 45 format and releases its first 12-inch, which, coming in at seven tracks (eight with the digital-only bonus) is either a double-wide EP or an LP in everything but name.

    The artist behind it is Mogwaa, a South Korean producer who's built a reputation on meticulous and clean-lined melodies and sharp, glistening drums. Sometimes we find him in the club, slinking through dubby bass wobbles, flittering across breaks, and sometimes we find him in a grassy park, sprawled atop a soft ambient bed. No matter where he is, the trademark voicing is always present.

    Here, on A Garden Within, we get equal helpings of both: the A-side is the chill-out room, spacey drifters that pulse through the cosmos and wiggle through underwater currents.

    The flip is clubbier fare, with “Rejas” being a nod to electro sounds and “Tranquilizer” being a trippy bit of trance. Bookending the journey is “Melting,” an iceberg slowly cracking and falling into the ocean. “Con Fe” is an encore of sorts; it feels like a reconstituting of “Melting,” the reforming of that track's languid dissolution.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Undeniably strong EP taking on downbeat, techno and breaks with a modernist approach. The South Korean producer showing us there's more in his locker than rampant bass and jungle hybrids.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Step Under The Bridge
    A2. Zone Out
    A3. Pavilion
    A4. Musing
    B1. Rejas
    B2. Tranquilizer
    B3. Melting

    Thievery Corporation

    Mirror Conspiracy - 2022 Reissue

      Remastered for the first time since its original release in 2000, Mirror Conspiracy is the second studio album from ambient duo Thievery Corporation, the brainchild of Eric Hilton and Rob Garza. The lasting influence of this effervescent album on modern lo-fi music cannot be understated.The record includes the popular hits “Lebanese Blonde” which features vocals by Pam Bricker, and “Le Monde” with vocals by French singer Lou Lou Gehlickhani.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A:
      1. Treasures
      2. Le Monde
      3. Indra
      4. Lebanese Blonde
      Side B:
      1. Focus On Sight
      2. Air Batucada
      3. So Com Voce
      4. Samba Tranquille
      Side C:
      1. Shadows Of Ourselves
      2. The Hong Kong Triad
      3. Illumination
      4. The Mirror Conspiracy
      Side D:
      1. Tomorrow
      2. Bario Alto
      3. A Guide For I & I

      Thievery Corporation

      Sounds From The Thievery Hi Fi - 2022 Reissue

        The debut album from Thievery Corporation was released in 1997 as a first-of-its-kind electronica record. The phrase “trip-hop” was coined in 1994 during the influx of alt-rock techno music and perfectly describes the acid-jazz tracks that make up the album. With a blend of lounge, electronic, and folk influences, this is a listening experience that caters to everyone. The remastered album features signature track “Shaolin Satellite” and bonus tracks “Sun, Moon, and Stars” and “Sleeper Car.”

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A:
        1. A Warning
        2. 2001 Spliff Odyssey
        3. Shaolin Satellite
        4. Transcendance
        Side B:
        1. Universal Highness
        2. Incident At Gate 7
        3. Scene At The Open Air Market
        4. The Glass Bead Game
        Side C:
        1. Encounter In Bahia
        2. The Foundation
        3. Interlude
        4. The Oscillator
        5. Assault On Babylon
        Side D:
        1. .38.45 (A Thievery Number)
        2. One
        3. Sun, Moon, And Stars
        4. Sleeper Car

        Various Artists

        Tele Music, 23 Classics French Music Library, Vol. 2

          TELE MUSIC is a label of Éditions Musicales Sforzando now owned by BMG Production Music. It is entirely devoted to the music library, that is to say, music for sound illustration used in audiovisual productions. Created in 1966 by Roger Tokarz, just before advertising was allowed on French television, Editions Sforzando specialised from the outset in sound illustration for radio and television.

          This collection, soberly entitled “Volume 2”, is the sequel to “Volume 1”, produced with equal care, passion and fervour by Lord Funk & DJ L.C. In the mid-90s, Tele Music vinyl was sold at ridiculously low prices. Often disparaged by collectors and record shops, considered by some as lift music or vulgarly called “music by the meter”, the music store was only of interest to fans of instrumental music! But in the 2000's, it had a second life and saw its prices soar on Discogs, thanks to sampling and digging in Hip-Hop mainly. This advent of the library is an era that Lord Funk, curator of this compilation, experienced when he brought several music library collections to New York City (NYC) to his A1 Records stronghold in 1997.

          A1 was a world-famous downtown record shop where Lord Funk served as a custom sample salesman to hip-hop stars. His reputation as a Frenchman of note quickly grew to the point where all the hip-hop and electro producers in the Big Apple swore by his loops and drum breaks. For them, not a day went by without buying A1 to feed their productions. That's how tracks like Michel Gonet's “Flower Dance” (sampled by Mighty Mi for Promoe's classic “Off The Records”) or Mat Camison & Pierre-Alain DAHAN's “Blue Leopard” (sampled by Jake One for G Unit's “Bette Ask Somebody”) became highly sought-after tracks, first on the East Coast of the United States, then all over the country, and then all over the world, as far as Japan. From then on, music books became a world treasure!

          In this 2nd volume, Lord Funk & DJ L.C. have chosen a range of music from 1969 to 1983, from psychedelic jazz to electro funk via rnb, soul and jazz-funk. We find Raymond Guiot, flutist, winner of the Geneva International Music Performance Competition in 1954. Raymond is a pianist, composer (notably for Serge Gainsbourg, François de Roubaix, Alain Goraguer) with Guy Pedersen, his lifelong friend, guitarist at the beginning, then bassist of the jazz quintet set up on Raymond's initiative. What a good idea! Raymond and Guy went on to accompany Quincy Jones, Michel Legrand and Lionel Hampton, to name but a few; they are both to be found on albums such as “Indian Pop Bass”, “Contre- basses” and “Musique en Vrac”.

          Then comes one of the best French drummers Pierre-Alain Dahan of the group Voyage (Sirocco, a label founded by Roger Tokarz), who began his career at the Blue Note in Paris with Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon and Daniel Humair and who participated in the recording of Serge Gainsbourg's cult album 'La Ballade de Melody Nelson'. Pierre-Alain's playing can be heard improving through the albums “Continental Pop Sound”, “TV Themes”, “Rythmiques”, "Discothèques“ and ”Neo Rythmiques". His guitar colleague Slim Pezin (Manu Dibango, Nino Ferrer, Ray Charles, Tina Turner) is not far behind, as are Michel Gonet, Hervé Roy, Pierre Bachelet, Mat Camison, Pierre Dutour, André Arpino and Sauveur Mallia.

          Most of the titles in this collection were recorded in the magic place that was the famous CBE recording studio set up by Georges Chatelain, Janine Bisson and Bernard Estardy. Bernard, nicknamed the giant, was a sound genius and a mixing perfectionist. Georges Chatelain was an electronic engineer. Together, they brought a sound, a colour, a trademark.

          Bernard Estardy was also considered as one of the greatest French sound engineers and an energetic organist for Nino Ferrer or Nancy Holloway. We warmly thank Julie Estardy for her total and unreserved involvement in these reissue and compilation projects.


          TRACK LISTING

          Raymond Guiot - Quintett Flash
          Hervé Roy - Repetition Echo
          Raymond Guiot - Primitive Spirit
          Jean-Pierre Martin - Jelly Roll Dance
          Pierre Dutour - Savage Trumpet
          Pierre-Alain Dahan & Slim Pezin - Slim Bertha
          Jean-Pierre Martin - Sesame
          Sauveur Mallia - All The Bass
          Michel Gonet - Cuica-racas
          Pierre-Alain Dahan & Mat Camison - Baby Rider
          Pierre Bachelet & Mat Camison - Miami Blues
          Guy Pedersen - Bass Session
          Andre Arpino & Maurice Plessac - Pop Drums
          Guy Pedersen - Indian Pop Bass
          Michel Gonet - Nuclear Tension
          Michel Gonet - Red Sunset
          Pierre-Alain Dahan & Mat Camison - Rythmiques N°10
          Pierre-Alan Dahan & Slim Pezin - Soul Car
          Pierre-Alain Dahan - Slowrama
          Sauveur Mallia - Double Polygone
          Pierre-Alain Dahan & Mat Camison - Long Time Playing
          Michel Gonet - Devil Dance (version B)
          Bernard Estardy - Super Angoisse


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