house . techno . electronica . ambient . neo-classical

WEEK STARTING 14 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Time Between Us by Qeta.
Limited to 250 copies, hand stamped.

Ace! La Beauté Du Négatif welcomes Qeta, best kept secret from xxxxxx. 5 trackers from electronica to jungle via braindance. There's a subtle but definite uprising of this hybridized IDM; which takes cues from AFX, Autechre & Boards of Canada whilst utilizing the most hi-tech modules and equipment around. Brainwaltzera, alongside much of the FireScope roster know this formular brilliantly, but it's especially pleasing to see La Beauté Du Négatif get in on the action. Superb, from start to finish; it's refreshing to see this sound invigorated with such enthusiasm and nuance. A breathtaking release - you simply must check it out! 


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Top drawer braindance music here on the exquisite La Beauté Du Négatif - one of my favourite labels of the last decade. Taking in vintage BOC and AFX blueprints but psychedelicizing them for modern consumption. Superb.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Annexx
A2. Go With The Rush
B1. Llexi
B2. I Know You (Qeta Rmx)
B3. By Dawns Early Light

Vinicio Adames

Amazonia

We are in 1987 and 2 years have passed since Vinicio Adames debut album “El Comienzo Del Camino” when Venezuelan painter Ernesto Leon asks Vinicio to compose music for his New York Art Exhibition at Lincoln Centre. The result is an exceptional composition and modern sound interpretation of their national heritage the Amazonas. Both Amazonia I + II, each version in its own way, honor the majesty and mystery of one of worlds greatest nature reservoirs. Both compositions were never intended for commercial release, and were only given out by hand in Flexidisc format during the exhibition. We at TrueClass Record felt, that the time has come to present this gem to all musiclovers worldwide. Short Info: Venezuelan Electronic Music Pioneer Vinicio Adames Synth-Pop Masterpiece from 1987. Vital Sales Points: 1st Official release. Quality Restoration and Re-Mastering by Calyx Mastering.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Collectors of ambient, Balearic and 80s synth-scapes know you have to scour the exhibition catalogues, fashion collection promos and weird commercial tie-ins to find the deepest nuggets. This shamanistic masterpiece is no exception, created for an Ernesto Leon exhibition in NYC '87. Perfect fourth world tackle for play alongside Crelier, Hassell and Finis Africae.

TRACK LISTING

Amazonia I
Amazonia II

Anthoney Hart returns with his second Basic Rhythm album for Planet Mu. 'Electronic Labyrinth' is a maturing of his sound that draws a line under his work as Basic Rhythm thus far. The title itself conveys the overarching theme of the album, evoking the journey through a musical labyrinth that Hart has undertaken over the last 30 years or so, following a path through to the centre where these disparate strands have coalesced and solidified into a coherent whole.

The underlying themes are of a more personal nature, intimated by the cover photo of St Fabian Tower where Hart first joined the now infamous Rude FM in the late 90s, the sometimes misleading directness of the track titles, as well as explicit references to books such as Wilson Harris’ Palace of the Peacocks, the ontological promiscuity of Harris’ writing mirrored here in Hart's own musical endeavours. What you end up with is an album that not only draws upon a wide range of influences from both the musical and literary worlds, intertwining them within a deeply personal context that imbues the music with a depth of meaning, but that is also somehow more coherent despite such a wide range of references and hidden meanings. It is at once both an album of subtexts open to interpretation, and a cohesive whole that fits together perfectly.


TRACK LISTING

A:

1/Craft
2/Hayward Road
3/Acid Track
4/Larkin Around

B:

1/Electronic Labyrinth
2/Techno
3/Palace Of The Peacock
4/The Secret Ladder

Beautify Junkyards With Belbury Poly

Painting Box

    The A side is a cover of The Incredible String Band’s Painting Box, originally written by Mike Heron. It’s a collaboration between Beautify Junkyards and Belbury Poly and produced by Jim Jupp. The flipside is an original by Beautify Junkyards, Ritual in Transfigured Time, produced by João Branco Kyron.

    Both have a delightfully disorientating sound. The artists complement each other perfectly with their through-the looking-glass electronic psychedelia.

    Beautify Junkyards:
    A talented group of Lisbon based multi-instrumentalists headed up by João Branco Kyron on vocals and keyboards with Helena Espvall (formerly of Espers) on cello, flute and electric guitar, Martinez on vocals, João Moreira acoustic guitar and keyboards, Sergue Ra on bass and Antonio Watts on drums and percussion.

    Belbury Poly:
    Jim Jupp is co-manager of UK label Ghost Box Records. As Belbury poly he’s released EPs, singles and six albums on the label. He is also a member of The Belbury Circle along with Jon Brooks (of The Advisory Circle) and occasional collaborator, John Foxx. He’s remixed tracks for several artists including John Foxx and Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral) and has co-written a song with Paul Weller for his 2020 album On Sunset.

    Andy Bell

    See My Friends EP

      The two tracks from Andy Bell’s debut solo single reworked by Pye Corner Audio, with the original tracks remastered by Heba Kadry.

      TRACK LISTING

      1.The Commune (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
      2.Plastic Bag (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
      3.The Commune
      4.Plastic Bag

      Originally released as one side of a split E.P on Firewire Recordings back in 2002 “Venting Steam” and “Solid Gear” get a fresh remaster on Varial Records.

      Featuring alongside are two additional unreleased tracks created and recorded at The Cube in the same time period, "Muted Point" and "Tallon Drive" provide a more lo-fi 4/4 techno workout. Inspired by the other worlds we escape into through sci-fi and video game culture. Both original tracks have become sought artefacts amongst devote techno and electro collectors whilst the new ones on offer here have plenty of kinetic energy nestled within their grooves to power a dancefloor when the doors reopen in June. 


      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Venting Steam
      A2. Solid Gear
      B1. Muted Point
      B2. Tallon Drive

      Etienne De Crecy

      Commercial EP1

      Pixadelic and Etienne de Crécy are working to make new tracks available and help to limit the gloom that has been furtively emerging over this period with the production of a third release in the Commercial ep series.

      Begun in 2006 and halted in 2007, the series achieved very promising results, encouraging fun on the dancefloor all over the world. In view of recent events, they felt it was urgent to resurrect and continue their efforts in that direction. The result is two tracks: “Junk” and “Drunk”, mined from the archive ahead of part 3, whose effects on the body stimulate those rushes of communicative excitement that have become essential at this time. 


      TRACK LISTING

      1. Fuck
      2. Suck
      3. Luck

      Second volume of electro-house reissues from our man Etienne De Crecy on Pixadelic. Contain two stadium pleasing standards - "Punk" & "Funk" - both rich with wild sawtooths and heavily compressed beats.

      The Bloody Beetroots get in on some remix action too, blasting apart "Funk" into a disjointed, cut-n-splice that's even more heavily gated and compressed than its mother stems.

      Originally released in between 2006 - 2007, the "Commercial" series has been resurected during these hard times in order to give the modern day clubber, forced into lockdown, some pleasing sounds for the ears.





      TRACK LISTING

      1. Punk
      2. Funk
      3. Funk (The Bloody Beetroots Mix)

      Etienne De Crecy

      Commercial EP3

      Following the repress of parts 1 & 2, Etienne De Crecy unleashes a BRAND NEW "Commercial EP" on Pixadelic. Continuing from the well-received series from 2006, EDC has conjured up two brand new slices of electro-house mayhem for when Big Rooms and festivals open up to the masses.

      "Junk" rattles with a low-end riff comprised of a huge thick square wave. Arp ripples and thrusting pistons add the rhythmic edge whilst a plethora of smack-yer-face perx are included for maximum enjoyment. 

      "Drunk" is slightly more stripped back more no-less stadium friendly. Guilded by a simple but weighted b-line; technoid squiggles and k-hole inspired sfx keep us locked to the primitive groove. Savage. 






      TRACK LISTING

      1. Drunk
      2. Junk

      Fatima Al Qadiri

      Medieval Femma

        ‘Medieval Femme’, Fatima Al Qadiri’s new ten track suite inspired by the classical poems of Arab women, invokes a daydream through the metaphor of an Islamic garden, at the border between depression and desire, where the present temporarily dissolves, leaving only past and future. Mixing neon drones and the faint outlines of Arabesque melody, ‘Medieval Femme’ reveals a fully-realised, dreamlike setting, shaded with colour and subtle friction. Conveying a thematic state of melancholic longing, Fatima seeks to transport the listener to a place of reverie and desolation, to question the line between two seemingly opposite states and rejoice in celestial sorrow. ‘Medieval Femme’ takes instrumentation from music of the Middle Ages, recast in a futuristic setting; soft-synth lutes, organs and pipes reverberate in space while gauzy pulses ripple in response. Fatima's vocals of repeated, mantra-like phrases are sometimes pitched and altered, drawing out increasingly intense peaks, angelic choruses and yearning incantations. On ‘Tasakuba’, Kaltham Jassim’s recitation of a couplet from the 7th century poet Al-Khansa', the sorrow of her words are given a turbulent, hallucinatory setting, before the album resolves on the final song, the limpid, airy ‘Zandaq’.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Medieval Femme
        A2. A Certain Concubine
        A3. Sheba
        A4. Vanity
        A5. Stolen Kiss Of A Succubus
        B1. Golden
        B2. Qasmuna (Dreaming)
        B3. Malaak
        B4. Tasakuba
        B5. Zandaq

        After spending some time on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, Fred wrote his 2018 album "Long Way Home". "Barbarella" was one of the songs on the album. It was inspired by a morning set he did at Barbarellas, the infamous outdoor venue in Tisno. The kitsch disco vibes are also a wink to the cult B-movie of the same name. But it was the "7am in Tisno” mix, featured on the alternate version of the album "No Way Home" that made the song popular.

        While there was no plan to release it as a single, Fred had the idea to contact I:Cube, one of his all-time favourite producers, to see If he would be interested in remixing it. The process took a little while but thanks to confinement, with more available time in the studio, the I:Cube Parisian Sleeze Version was born. Taking only a few elements from the original, he completely rearranged the track into a modern disco classic as only the Cube can do. This is one of those cuts that gets better every time you hear it.

        On the B-side, "Fred’s Slow Down 2021 Version" expands on the Balearic vibe at a slower tempo. Sounding a little bit like Sade on acid, with added samples from the 1968 Jane Fonda movie.


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. I:Cube Parisian Sleeze Remix
        B1. Fred Everything Slow Down 2021 Version

        The Future Sound Of London

        Music For 3 Books

          Over the past 5 years, The Future Sound of London have released three A6 booklets, filled with stories of FSOL's past, images and accompanied by 20 mins of music. For the first time, these have now been put these together to form a 1 hour seamless journey.


          TRACK LISTING

          1. Viewed From Outside
          2. The Whispering Masses
          3. Orrery
          4. Fracti
          5. Episode
          6. Magnify Within The Thought
          7. Replace I With You
          8. Viewed From Trains
          9. External Limits
          10. To Become Silent
          11. Skylines
          12. Turbulent Haze
          13. Restricted Conversation Between Occupants
          14. Take Umbrage
          15. Outsourced
          16. Viewed From Pedestrian's Angle
          17. Desseminate

          Lisa Gerrard & Jules Maxwell

          Burn

            Dead Can Dance members Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell have teamed up under a new guise with James Chapman (MAPS) to create a studio album, titled ‘Burn’. The record began its journey more than seven years ago, when Lisa met Irish theatre composer Jules Maxwell before working together for the first time. ‘Burn’ is set for release on 7th May 2021 via Atlantic Curve. Speaking about the origins of the album, Lisa Gerrard explains, “It is with great pleasure that I share this collaboration with Jules Maxwell. Jules and I began our creative journey with Dead Can Dance. We realised that we could connect through improvisation and that musical exploration continues to evolve with this present work.”

            Although this record is a new release, its beginnings go all the way back to 2012 during that year’s Dead Can Dance world tour. Originally brought in as a live keyboard player, Jules Maxwell helped create a new song with Lisa Gerrard called ‘Rising Of The Moon’, which was performed as the final encore of each show. By the time the tour finished in Chile in 2013, a strong affinity had begun to develop between the two of them and further opportunities to collaborate with each other resulted over subsequent years. In 2015, when Maxwell was asked to submit songs for the Bulgarian choir The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices (Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares), he approached Gerrard to co-write material and travelled to Australia to work with her in her home studio. The pair came away with four new songs for that release, as well as the building blocks for this new venture together. Jules describes the introduction to James Chapman. "About a year later, over dinner in Sofia after a concert by the Bulgarian women, my publisher suggested to me that I work with James Chapman on completing the BURN songs. James had established a sound with his band MAPS, which also had big horizons at its core, and it seemed like an intriguing proposition to me."

            With Chapman joining the duo as producer, ideas began to be generated freely and over time a distinct sound for their work began to emerge. Their focus was to create a sound that was both euphoric and compelling, more inventive than what they had worked on separately in the past. From gentle beginnings, each track builds and intensifies, creating a hypnotic experience to listen to from start to finish.

            With Lisa remaining in Australia, Jules adding his keys and percussion from France, and James bringing new light to the sound from England, the three were literally worlds apart, but those worlds fused in the music. Recently, Jules Maxwell also released his debut solo album ‘Songs From The Cultural Backwater’, Lisa Gerrard received a Grammy nomination and returned to Dead Can Dance to release the group’s critically praised ninth studio full-length ‘Dionysus’, and James Chapman released MAPS 4th full-length album ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss’. Stylistically, the new album ‘Burn’ is a diverse mix of electronica, alternative, cinematic soundscape and world music with hints of early Vangelis. Accumulatively, this is a stunning departure for all three of them.

            TRACK LISTING

            SIDE A
            1. Heleali (The Sea Will Rise)
            2. Noyalain (Burn)
            3. Deshta (Forever)
            4. Aldavyeem (A Time To Dance)

            SIDE B
            1. Orion (The Weary Huntsman)
            2. Keson (Until My Strength Returns)
            3. Do So Yol (Gather The Wind)

            Fresh, bass heavy, UK dance from Guava (Banoffe Pies / Holding Hands) with assistance from Breaka and LUXE. Returning to Control Freak for his second full length EP ‘The Dolphins are Back in Venice’ - a collection of 4 playful dancefloor bangers, precision engineered for the club.

            Returning with a new and refined style, following a relocation to Berlin, but retaining the melodic flourishes of his earlier releases whilst turning his focus squarely towards the dancefloor - a perfect fit for Control Freak. As an accomplished session musician, Guava continues to explore the synthesis between digital and analog production and songwriting techniques, innovatively self-sampling his own guitar playing across the record to add a human touch to his airtight productions.

            On new 4-tracker ‘The Dolphins are Back in Venice’, which includes collaborations with rising UK artists Breaka & LUXE, Guava draws influence from a broad range of dance music styles in true CF fashion - combining rising, trance-influenced melodies with the syncopated rhythms and bassweight of the UK scene. Strictly limited vinyl release, hand stamped in London at CFHQ - first come first served!


            STAFF COMMENTS

            says: Hardcore indebted, front-facing dance music with its chest puffed out. This'll test your speaker stacks to the maxxx!

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Guava & LUXE - TWANG
            A2. Guava - Framboise Baby
            B1. Guava & Breaka - The Dolphins Are Back In Venice
            B2. Guava - SZD Orion

            HNNY

            Sunday

              After a brief design-related false start, Swedish wunderkind HNNY releases his debut on Tooli's Omena Records. After bursting onto the the scene with a chunky house refit of Mariah's Foreigner cover, Johan Cederberg delivered a stream of revival house bangers on Local Talk and Let's Play House (including the majestic "For The Very First Time") before broadening his horizons to include Balearic groovers and sunkissed downbeat, and tt's in the latter mood we find him on his debut longplayer. Armed with an endless supply of dusty blue eyed soul samples, production expertise and unhurried style, HNNY packs "Sunday" with the kind of sumptuous textured chill out we, well, chilled out to in the genre's late nineties heyday. Previous singles "Cheer Up My Brother" and "There Is No One Else" are the most floor-friendly cuts on the LP, the latter cutting neat shapes in the filter house realm, while "Sylvia" and "My Baby" are delightfully horizontal soothers worthy of a vintage Ibizan sunset. Lavishly packaged and in frenzied demand, you'd be advised to snap this up sharpish.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: Balearic centric HNNY album that disappeared rather quickly in 2015 and has since demanded high figures 2nd hand. Limited repress so don't be complacent!

              Third Place captain Will Hofbauer steps up to the plate with 3 freshly laid eggs of barn-storming oddball dance music for night clubs. Lying somewhere between Peder Mannerfelt, Pender Street Steppers & the Sunklo firm, but littered with crazy farm noises and a rambunctious swing… All polished off with a high definition aesthetic that makes it really put the speaker stacks to the test!

              Early support for the record coming from Hessle heroes Joe & Ben UFO.

              Giddy-up!


              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Where Did All The Hay Go?
              B1. Count Me In
              B2. Hoot Flute

              Huerco S

              For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

              Now, most of us here at Piccadilly HQ already have a large proportion of our heart (and our record shelves) devoted to Huerco S. The Proibito / Future Times star has carved out a truly unique, idiosyncratic sound all of his own. More stoned than Snoop Dogg in a weed dispensary on May 4th, yet with a futuristic vision that puts him alongside luminaries such as Brian Eno and Vangelis, Huerco S is the real deal. His twelves have possessed a blurred, hazy hue yet move through mindscape exploration to murky dancefloor contortions with ease. Here we get his second long player to date. Nine of the most densest and meditative tracks of the 21st century! As mentioned, Huerco's vision is non-linear, and the record is hard to place in time yet almost remains elusively futuristic. Monolithic and stark but extremely warm, intensely personal, and strangely accessible for everyone in every which way. When experimental music is this moving you know you're onto something special. 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: Repress of this now cult artefact from Huerco S. One of the best electronic-ambient pieces the year it was released (2016) its serene simplicity and radioactive warmth is still as arresting as it ever was. Every home deserves a copy of this to see them thru the Winter!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. A Sea Of Love
              A2. Lifeblood (Naïve Melody)
              B1. Hear Me Out
              B2. Kraanvogel
              C1. On The Embankment
              C2. Marked For Life
              C3. Cubist Camouflage
              D1. Promises Of Fertility
              D2. The Sacred Dance 

              BAR07, a double A side featuring an 11-minute mind bending rollercoaster by JEANS and the debut of Blond, a new moniker by Oceanic, delivering the perfect spring / summer track.

              "All Units We Have Shots Fired" deploys a definitive slant on UK techno; buzzing with ring modulation and flat-lined beats. Both stadium and basement friendly, it's a rawkus slice of new energy that'll captivate a young & up-fer-it crowd.

              "Bright Grass Bodies" shimmers with almost holographic properties, an enchanted piece which hovers above a trpytamine-forest spreading peace and love vibes to all that encounter iit.

              Mega.



              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: Two proper sick pieces in very contrasting style. One's a heads-down, 3 pills deep techno rampage; the other, high on tryptamines, sat in your favourite rainforest retreat. erm, YES PLEASE!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. JEANS - All Units We Have Shots Fired
              B1. Blond - Bright Grass Bodies

              Nairobi-based electronic musician / sound-artist Joseph Kamaru - KMRU - signs to Injazero for the release of his beautiful compendium album Logue, comprising works from his past years of self-releasing. KMRU is uniquely positioned between the rarely-married cultures of ambient and African musics, entwining his compositions with field recordings from his native Kenya and the surrounding countries of East Africa. Though the deep, tectonic slowness of his music can be compared to the work of Lawrence English, William Basinski, Stars of the Lid (i.e. Western musicians), Kamaru’s core culture shines through in a pure and singular way. Found within Logue’s pieces are radiant melodic antiphony commonplace in African music, and huge, spacious drones that reveal his love for ambient soundscapes, held effortlessly together by field recordings and analogue synthesis. “Every track reflects an event, space or location,” Joseph writes.

              “The pieces are developed from field recordings, improvisation and spontaneity.” Formed of tracks written from 2017 to 2019, Logue represents an artist not only in command of his form but also willing to develop and evolve, ready to deconstruct and radically refocus his music to explore new contours of experimental and ambient sound-design. Some of the earliest compositions found on Logue - 2017’s “Jinja Encounters”, for example - represent Joseph’s first trips outside his homeland and the experience of new sights and new climates, full of discovery and wonder. The synth line of 2018’s “Argon” pops and bubbles, mimicking bright African melodic vibrancy while a churning, static distortion threatens to breach the surface, revealing a sophisticated, measured understanding of texture and timbral interplay. “OT”, from late 2018, jumps with joyous calls and deftly panned arrhythmic percussion, a new subtlety of light and dark gained from experience and experimentation.

              Consistent across the entire album is intensely personal and powerfully intuitive expression, crossing continental divides with a singular elegance. KMRU is a young, recently debuting musician. He has self-released on Bandcamp for the past few years, and 2020 saw his first official, international releases, including the scintillating Peel album for Editions Mego. Resident Advisor listed him in their 15 East African Artists You Need To Hear article in 2018. He appears regularly at the celebrated Nyege Nyege Festival in Uganda, and has also performed at CTM Festival and Gamma Festival. Injazero Records was formed by London / Istanbul-based music producer and journalist Siné Buyuka in 2015. It has to date released music by artists such as Heinali, Matt Emery, C. Diab and Hinako Omori.

              TRACK LISTING

              1.Argon
              2.Jinja Encounters
              3.OT
              4.A Meditation Of Listening
              5.Und
              6.11
              7.Bai Fields
              8.Logue
              9.Points. 

              Gordon Koang, South Sudan’s enigmatic superstar and ceaseless fountain of infectious, upbeat pop music, kick starts 2021 by revealing a series of remixes from his recent Unity album, this time partnering with two of the undisputed leaders of electronic music in his adopted home city of Melbourne, Australia - Sleep D and Andras.

              Stranded overseas after civil war tore apart their country over six years ago, Gordon and his cousin Paul Biel Kueth, who were on tour performing to expatriate communities in Australia, were forced to apply for humanitarian protection and made the heartbreaking decision to leave their families stranded at home, on the chance that citizenship would be granted and reunification made possible.

              After languishing on the outskirts of Melbourne’s suburbs for many years, Gordon met the Music in Exile label, a not-for-profit run by members of Melbourne’s flourishing music scene in order to create more opportunity for the city's numerous refugee and migrant musicians. He immediately assembled a band and tracked his eleventh full-length album, Unity (his first recorded album featuring performances in English and made widely available).

              In the midst of a successful run of singles and festival performances around Australia, the Covid-19 pandemic hit, derailing Gordon’s newfound success and growing status as the darling of Melbourne’s vibrant music scene. Forced to find alternatives, Gordon reached out to some of his newfound friends in that city’s community. The result - this set of startling remixes by some of the finest voices in electronic music today.

              Gordon, who was born blind in a small village in South Sudan’s Upper Nile Valley, began composing on the thom, a five-stringed instrument sometimes referred to as a Sudanese banjo, He started busking on the streets of Juba, accompanied by his cousin Paul Biel, who would sell homemade cassettes and CD’s. His anthems of peace, love and unity struck a chord, and before long Gordon found himself as something of a folk hero and a voice for peace in a country torn by ongoing conflict.

              Now resettled in Australia, Gordon records and releases music in order to support his family back home in East Africa. He still awaits Australian citizenship, and forges on in the hope that this may one day be granted, allowing him to reunite with his wife and family in his newfound home.


              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Y Dah (Sleep D Remix)
              A2. Y Dah (Sleep D Remix - Radio Edit)
              B1. South Sudan (Andras Remix)
              B2. South Sudan (Andras House Remix)

              Lafayette Afro Rock Band / Gaz

              Hihache / Sing Sing

              On a handy 45 tip, Breaks & Beats are back with another pair of extended B-boy / DJ bangers from Lafayette Afro-Rock band and Gaz. Their latest seven-inch excursion begins with a tidy revision of Lafayette Afro-Rock Band's brilliant "Hihache", a low-slung favourite rich in lolloping, head nodding drum breaks, jazzy bass, flanged funk guitars and fuzzy horn motifs. The new version is deferential towards its source material, extending breaks here and there whilst leaving much of the tune in tact. Fans of LL Cool J may recognise this jam from its appearance in "Jingling Baby". One of the most doubled-up drum breaks in hip-hop history takes pride of place on side B, where Gaz's Salsoul released wiggler "Sing Sing" gets the re-edit treatment.

              TRACK LISTING

              A. Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Hihache
              B. Gaz - Sing Sing

              Volume four of this tantalising Loveface De-mixes series, sees another triple threat of ‘80s infused, electro boogie rework gold, supercharged, and firing on all cylinder from the LFM DeLorean. Be quick though or this one might just slip on back to the future.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: Loveface keeps the fire burning with another hefty 12" of retro-fit boogie, this time pulling a singing for money on Ultra Nate's "Free". Let's do the timewarp again!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Let Me Love You
              A2. Dub What You Wanna
              B1. Do Me Baby

              Mammal Hands

              Oni / Lantern

              Formed in Norwich in 2012, Mammal Hands, have forged their own path away from the musical mainstream and their unique sound grew out of long improvised rehearsals. Saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett all contribute equally to the writing process: one that favours the creation of a powerful group dynamic over individual solos.

              Their records are entrancing and beautiful affairs, drawing on their love of electronic, contemporary classical, world, folk and jazz music, Mammal Hands take in influences including Pharoah Sanders, Gétachèw Mekurya, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Sirishkumar Manji.

              Recorded at the same sessions as last year's acclaimed long-player, Captured Spirits, Oni / Lantern is a perfectly formed, strictly limited 12" release that pairs the rhythmic punch of the incessant A-side banger, 'Oni' with a beautiful folk-tinged future-anthem in the wistful, engaging 'Lantern' and with just 500 for the world, copies pressed this one will fly!

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Oni
              2. Lantern

              Early in the year 2020, the world saw an unprecedented shutdown unlike anything we had experienced in living memory. Communities everywhere closed ranks, putting an end to physical interaction between individuals in response to a rapidly developing and unpredictable crisis. The streets emptied of rush hour traffic, and landscapes took on a new and eerie silence.

              As a result, we found our thoughts wandering the world, while our physical selves remained firmly at home. For artists, creative energy was frustrated by the physical sense of confinement. But human beings are resilient creatures, and so individuals began reaching out to each other across the empty spaces, finding inspiration in cooperation and partnership.

              The recordings featured here are a direct result of these times. Drawing upon existing source material, these artists worked remotely over the course of a year, exchanging ideas and developing the finished pieces that you now hold in your hand. In the course of this activity, new means were found, and new works unearthed that may never have seen the light of day.

              We do not intend this as a statement of strength and durability, for that would imply that human beings are rigid and cannot change. Instead, we hope to celebrate that fact that we can change, we can adapt. And we celebrate the link of humanity that ties us together in this world that we share.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Sleeping Tiger On The Bund
              A2. Body Of Water (What Is Love)
              B1. Hidden Qi
              B2. My Love Is Not What It Was

              Mathias Modica

              Sonic Rohstoff

                Mathias Modica’s "Sonic Rohstoff" is the new album on Berlin-based label Kryptox Music, Toy Tonics’ and Gomma Records’ sub label for new forms of Jazz & Electronica.

                Over the past two decades, Mathias he has made a name for himself by discovering and breaking new talent and styles of music. He produced albums with James Murphy and Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem, Peaches, Asia Argento, The Rammellzee and WhoMadeWho just to name a few.

                The album is a journey through abstract downtempo vibes, lofi jazz and futuristic electronica. This is Modica’s first album under his own name, following three albums under his monikers Kapote and Munk. All instruments are performed by Modica himself, embellished by guest musicians from the new Berlin Jazz scene. Most people might know Modica from his earlier works as a producer, keyboard player and founder/ creative mind behind Toy Tonics, Gomma and Kryptox.

                The music on “Sonic Rohstoff” is based on deconstructed samples and beats made from real drums and field recordings. Guest musicians are Ralph Heidel (fl, sax), Viktor Wolf (sax), JJ Whitfield (Beats). Loose drum patterns lead the way, mixed with carefully crafted, sensitive atmospheres setting the perfect mood for Modica’s warm and melancholic chord progressions and melodies played on several keyboards. Across the album, he draws inspiration from 1970s jazz funk and 1990s hip hop and electronica. Moods transition from sweet to bizarre, from cinematic to funky. Modern pioneers like Flying Lotus and DJ Shadow are influences as well as movie composers like Alessandro Alessandroni and David Axelrod and the fascinating world of 1980ies japanese fusion jazz.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Blumen Der Vernunf
                A2. Mica Male
                A3. Kontainer Kollektif
                A4. Le Sud
                A5. Nippon Jonetsu
                B1. Kotti Bizarre (Antitheater)
                B2. Konterfei
                B3. Haengboggam
                B4. Ostinato Eisbox
                B5. Vendetta '71

                Back in stock Cover of Moon EP by M|O|O|N.
                The first release from Wrong Island Communications is the eponymous "M|O|O|N EP". M|O|O|N is the artist name of 18 year old Bostonian, Stephen Gilarde. His musical talent being so well defined at such a young age can possibly be explained as a family trait: he is the nephew of James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem). These recordings are the first Stephen made not long after being given an old mixing desk and some monitors by DFA's Juan Maclean. They were made in 2010 and released via Bandcamp, proving so popular M|O|O|N was recently listed as one of the 10 Artists To Watch by Billboard 100 and were then picked up for the soundtrack to last year's 'Hotline Miami' video game. Since then, he has produced two more EPs which Wrong Island Comms. will be releasing over the next year. Comes in a picture sleeve designed by Madison McKenna with an A4 insert. Wrong Island Communications is a vinyl only label run by the same people as the long-running Glasgow club night of the same name.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Paris
                A2. Crystals
                B1. Hydrogen
                B2. Release

                Sweden's Mr. Tophat has this unique and faultless grasp of house music that means within the first few bars you're fully aware it's him behind the beats. "Ketamine Boogie" is no exception; creeping in with that subtle, low-volume master which makes you reach for the gains just before it drops into a full-frequency, speaker-tweaking cut. Utilizing a rollin' b-line, squelchy stabs and great spoken word interplay, he's crafted a quintessentially Tophat groove that simmers and broils the dancefloor into a thick aural soup. Mycket br!

                On the flip the formular is extended to included some exotic sample sources, twisted and filtered into the concentric madness we associate with this Scando-superstar. Another cleverly placed spoken vox, mangled string swirls and expert EQ'ing complete the package. Absolutely fucking storming! You need this now! 


                STAFF COMMENTS

                says: Matt, Sil and I fell in love with Mr. Tophat thanks to the entirely essential Karlovak releases, and when I slapped this on the Piccadilly player yesterday we all lost our minds. Filtered disco, nudged towards DC-10 tech house, but with a knowing manipulation of vocals and a pretty amazing approximation of what music sounds like when you're slipping into a k-hole.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Ketamine Boogie
                A2. Ketamine Boogie Tool
                B1. Midsommar SE Lufthansa

                Sarah Neufeld

                Detritus

                  Composer and violinist Sarah Neufeld is a career-long touring and recording member of Arcade Fire. Her third solo LP ‘Detritus’, confronts anguish with beauty, turmoil with grace, gliding through the present like a dancer mid-motion, reaching through space 'til she's caught.

                  The album is wistful and emotive, and carries the listener on a journey of euphoric and complex looped violin dusted with mesmeric melody recall. Openers ‘Stories’ and ‘Unreflected’ lead with atmospheric ease, sombre soundscapes and distant, otherworldly vocals. ‘With Love And Blindness’ ups the tempo with remote, dreamlike rhythms that hypnotise and enthrall. ‘The Top’ is elated, but it highlights the isolated strings and poetic loneliness Neufeld is able to convey with them. ‘Tumble Down The Undecided’ and ‘Shed Your Heart’ are climatic in their delivery, full of cascading notes and delays before closer ‘Detritus’ exits with a state of calm, easing back into the shadows and taking with it the vivid textures and images crafted with infinite grace over the course of the album.

                  NOTES ABOUT DETRITUS
                  I composed this album within a larger body of work that was commissioned as a live soundtrack for Peggy Baker Dance Project’s Who We Are In The Dark.

                  Who We Are In The Dark is a collaboration originating in 2015 when Peggy Baker (legendary Canadian dancer and choreographer) and I were asked to perform a duet together at Fall For Dance North. Peggy chose to choreograph to my piece From Our Animal from my (then) upcoming second album, The Ridge.
                  Wanting to create something personal for her for this performance, I composed a prelude which began with the words “who we are in the dark”.

                  There was something utterly compelling about working and performing together.
                  Coming from different generations (Baker is now 68), we share a sense of intensity, curiosity, and ferocity.
                  Shortly after our debut performance together, Peggy commissioned me to collaborate with her on a full scale piece for her company. I began composing for this project in 2017, with the solo violin piece, The Top.
                  Peggy and I were exploring themes of darkness- her take often lived in the macro, universal elements, space, death, while my own exploration at the time was more close up- intimacy and the ego self. I think there was an invisible thread between us from our own experiences of loss and grief.
                  To say the least, this collaboration and the work we produced has held tremendous meaning for both of us.

                  Drummer and composer Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) joined the collaboration in 2018, adding percussive and harmonic depth to my solo compositions, as well as inputting his own signature style of ambient noise composition and heavy, gripping drumming into the live score.
                  The work premiered in February 2019 and toured internationally throughout the year, with our most recent performance in Den Hague at Holland Dance Festival in February 2020.

                  I began distilling the solo compositions into a smaller, album length body of work in the Summer of 2019, experimenting live with solo versions, adding more vocals, and incorporating foot pedal bass synth to my solo live capabilities. This body of work stood out for me, as a further push and refinement of the composition style I’ve been developing for the past 8 years, and as a marker of an intense and difficult passage in my own life.



                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Stories
                  2. Unreflected
                  3. With Love And Blindness
                  4. The Top
                  5. Tumble Down The Undecided
                  6. Shed Your Dear Heart
                  7. Detritus

                  Dansu Discs 2021 takeover continues with Tom Jarmey added to the Dansu Discs team under his new alias Ocean Stirs.

                  His ‘Through Twist and Seam’ EP takes you on a journey across tasteful, jungle- infused electro, half-tempo rollers and vocal ear candy. It was a breakthrough 2020 for Tom, with numerous releases under both his Tom Jarmey moniker and collaborative project, Mother Of Pearls.

                  Five tracks which demonstrate an uncanny knack of studio trickery, in-depth knowledge of Fast Music, coupled with the restraint, poise and sophistication of an almost guru-level production talent.

                  Impossible to catagorize under one simple genre alone, I can see the thing preventing this from being played by eveyone is simply how far the pitch adjust stretches! Sure to cause a fuss when segued into any forward-projected collection of music, these tidy tools will jazz up any DJ set or live stream. Highly recommended! 


                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. High Noon
                  A2. Interscape
                  B1. Spawned In Motion
                  B2. Valley
                  B3. Latch

                  Payfone

                  Sofian - Inc. Loyal Remix

                  Having lit up sunsets and sunrises the world over with their first outing on Leng, the deliciously Balearic ‘Last Night in Sant Celoni’, Payfone has opted for a more sensual and seductive sound on their triumphant follow-up.

                  Phil Passera and Jimmy Day are in fine form on ‘Sofian’, a deep, chugging and intoxicating affair topped off by a sleazy and breathy, half-sung and half-spoken vocal from Barbara Alcindor, previously of hugely successful European chart-toppers French Affair.

                  As with previous Payfone productions, no samples were used in the creation of the track. Instead, Passera and Day focus the action around hypnotic, slow-motion machine drums and a brilliant analogue synthesizer bassline that will quickly worm its way into your subconscious.

                  On top of this the pair has layered up warming chords, languid boogie-style guitar riffs, colourful synthesizer lines, hand percussion and mazy Wurlitzer electric piano solos played by guest musician Phil Marten. It’s an undeniably alluring combination of musical elements that offers a clever counterpoint to the barely hidden melancholia within the track’s surprising lyrics.

                  Jimmy Day delivers the flipside ‘Loyal Mix’, a slightly brighter and more vivid interpretation that gives extra weight to the track’s razor-sharp guitar riffs and kaleidoscopic synth sounds. The result is a weighty, synth-powered dub disco workout that makes a fine accompaniment to one of Payfone’s most dramatic and addictive songs to date.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  says: Recall the feels of warm sun on your face, grilled calamari drifting up your nostrils and the gentle lap of waves at your feet with this 100% Balearic offering from Payfone. Original for the daytime, Loyal's remix for the night. Perfecto!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Sofian
                  B1. Sofian (Loyal Remix)

                  Plunky & Oneness Of Juju

                  Make A Change

                    Strut present the definitive edition of a 1977 classic, Plunky & Oneness Of Juju’s ‘Make A Change’ album featuring the international hit ‘Every Way But Loose’ and five previously unheard studio takes.

                    Recorded at Omega studios in Maryland, the album marked a transition for the band with lead vocalist Jackie Eka-Ete recording her last sessions with Plunky and Virtania Tillery taking over lead vocal duties. “‘Make A Change’ was always designed as a slightly more commercial entry in our discography,” says Plunky. “We approached the sessions in the same way that we had approached all of our music since the early ‘70s. We played extended jams because we would always find something within those explorations. The songs had enough organic qualities to be considered R&B and enough rhythm to be Afro funk.

                    After catching fire in Washington DC clubs through local record pools, the dancefloor favourite ‘Every Way But Loose’ famously became an anthem for Larry Levan at New York’s Paradise Garage, kick-starting international success for the track. Other album cuts like funk workout ‘Higher’ and the wistful stepper ‘Always Have To Say Goodbye’ have remained staples among soulful DJs worldwide. “The songs and lyrics on this album have come back around full circle,” continues Plunky. “With songs like ‘(Family Tree) Make A Change’ and ‘Every Way But Loose’, we don’t have to change one word for them to be relevant all these years later. The positive messages are universal and timeless.”

                    This definitive edition of ‘Make A Change’ features the full original album alongside five previously unheard studio takes, all remastered by The Carvery from the original tapes. Bonus tracks include extended studio versions of ‘Every Way But Loose’ and ‘Always Have To Say Goodbye’ and a previously unheard version of ‘Time’. Package features brand new liner notes by bandleader Plunky Branch.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. (Family Tree) Make A Change
                    2. Run Away Bay
                    3. Love’s Wonderland
                    4. Every Way But Loose
                    5. Higher
                    6. Always Have To Say Goodbye
                    7. Plastic (Previously Unreleased Version)
                    8. Time (Previously Unreleased Version)
                    9. Every Way But Loose (Extended Version)
                    10. Run Away Bay (Extended Version)

                    Debut album by NAFF co-founder Priori. "On a Nimbus" brings you to the heart of the network. It's frenetic and weightless, bleepy and essentially NAFF at its very core.

                    Ghosts of Detroit techno collide with subs and breakbeats of UK jungle across two discs of incredibly detailed and sympathetic dance music. All the classic instruments, sounds and patches are present and correct but Prior adds fresh new spin and patina on these well-established dancefloor building blocks, resulting in an LP which though accessible and warming to the ear, pushes things forward enough to keep those with a penchant for future technologies more than happy. Recommended! 


                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. 2see
                    A2. Creative Lizard
                    A3. Dreams Of A Digital Sublime
                    B1. Tech Ne
                    B2. Critter
                    B3. On A Nimbus
                    C1. 6 Thematic
                    C2. Afterburn
                    D1. 4 See
                    D2. Ee-POH-ne
                    D3. Ani Ma

                    Radius / Cv313

                    Interpolation Tapes 0/3

                      This marks the final installment of Radius's "Interpolation Tapes" series, lovingly re-mastered in Echospace. All previously unreleased material culled from the vaults, these masters were one of the first Demo Tapes of the Radius project and where many of the sound sources for the series were conceived. We've spent months doing our best to restore the old tapes from our Tascam 688, an 8 track cassette recorder purchased and abused since 1992 and to our ears still sounds quite impressive even by modern standards. We've had nearly every component replaced and re-calibrated to bring this obsolete machine back to life, it's been a truly nostalgic experience re-visiting and redesigning these masters. The first mix is an unreleased version rewired and reshaped by the cv313 project, taking cues from the original source material and developing it into an ocean of analogue bliss!

                      We truly hope you enjoy reliving these magical times of music, very inspired by all that was happening in those years, there was just something in the air, an undeniable energy, long may it live on...

                      Restocks


                      Artist: cv313
                      Title: analogue oceans [current IV + V] limited edition series
                      Label: echospace [detroit]
                      Cat: echospace313-9-LE
                      Format: CD (RETROGRADE ECO FRIENDLY DIGIPAK W/CUSTOM CHROME STICKER)
                      Price: £11.99

                      CD1: analogue oceans [current IV] subduction | 55:51
                      CD2: analogue oceans [current V] obduction | 60:00
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                      Limited 2XCD edition inspired by and created during the production of "analogue oceans", these two versions were omitted due to their 60+ track lengths. This release features current IV [subduction] and current V [obduction], the last 2 closing pieces of this ethereal opus cv313 has created, a mind shifting movement of electricity modulates voltage and currents into a sonic world like no other. Anyone in love with the original will have so much to adore here, this is hands down some of most engaging sounds this project has ever explored!

                      "The sound of water is deep, its form is serpent-like, its color green, and it is best heard in the roaring of the sea." -The Sufi Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

                      This mysticism is the essence of our time. Engineered, written & produced by cv313. Tape Transfers, digital conversion and mix downs in Echospace. Additional Modular development and Reproduction by Variant. Conceptualized with @ Antique Modulation, Ann Arbor / Detroit, MI circa 2012-2013. Field recordings conducted in Gamma, Japan & Maui, Hi.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      CD1: Analogue Oceans [current IV] Subduction | 55:51
                      CD2: Analogue Oceans [current V] Obduction | 60:00

                      Seefeel

                      (Ch-Vox) Redux - 2021 Reissue

                      Seefeel’s third studio album was recorded for Richard D James and Grant Wilson-Claridge’s Rephlex label, as as a return favour for two remixes Aphex Twin (a huge fan of the group) did in their Too Pure period. This is the first time it has been available on vinyl since 1996 and adds an extra LP of bonus material, mastered from original DAT transfers by Stefan Betke aka Pole. Comes housed in a new gatefold sleeve by the Designers Republic.

                      “Mark Clifford and his mates have moved through labels like Astralwerks and Warp before landing at the front door of the Richard James label Rephlex, and along the way they have scattered some wonderful pearls. For (CH-VOX), it's an especially lush match of aesthetics -- sort of a condensed version of the Aphex Twin landmark record, Selected Ambient Works II. Picking up at the tail end of Seefeel's last album, Succour, we once again hear "Utreat," a dark meditation of phrases that makes Darren Seymour's bass sound like an electric piano, or is it Clifford's electric piano that sounds like a bass? Sarah Peacock's dreamy vocals hover almost out of earshot, and possibly her guitar is plugged in somewhere, too.

                      It's difficult to say with many of their songs what instrument we're hearing, since treatments and effects play such a major role in production. The song "E-HIX2" breathes like a cluster of bleak skyscrapers with an extremely ambient take on feedback, and the title cut, "CH-VOX," is stark, patient, and ominous -- an abandoned submarine frozen in ice. "Hive" (with wonderful vocal loop effects) has Clifford revisiting his somewhat limited palette of percussion -- a piece that teeters between beauty and agitation, and an unfortunate weak spot for the album. The album closes with "Net," which is nothing short of masterpiece -- a journey, a drive through wet streets at midnight, and a finale so captivating you'll want to hear it twice -- somewhat postponing the disappointment that the album is only 33 minutes long.” 


                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Utreat (Complete)
                      A2. E-hix²
                      A3. Ch-vox C1. E-hix 5

                      B1. Hive
                      B2. Ashdecon
                      B3. Net D1. Avatar

                      C2. E-hix 4
                      C3. Evio

                      D2. E-hix 3
                      D3. Ashime 

                      Seefeel

                      Rupt & Flex

                        An anthology of Seefeel’s 94 - 96 work made for Warp and Rephlex, including their out-of-print studio albums Succour and (Ch-Vox), two non-album EPs, Starethrough and Fracture/Tied, and 22 bonus tracks from the Seefeel archives, many previously unreleased tracks.

                        Housed in a bespoke package conceived by The Designer’s Republic. All bonus material remastered from original DAT transfers by Stefan Betke aka Pole. 


                        TRACK LISTING

                        Disc 1: Succour
                        01. Meol
                        02. Extract
                        03. When Face Was Face
                        04. Fracture
                        05. Gatha
                        06. Ruby-Ha
                        07. Rupt
                        08. Vex
                        09. Cut
                        10. Utreat
                        11. Tempean

                        Disc 3: (Ch-Vox) Redux

                        01. Utreat (Complete)
                        02. E-hix²
                        03. Ch-vox
                        04. Hive
                        05. Ashdecon
                        06. Net
                        07. E-hix 5
                        08. E-hix 4
                        09. Evio
                        10. Avatar
                        11. E-hix 3
                        12. Ashime

                        Disc 2: Succour+

                        01. As One
                        02. As If
                        03. As Well
                        04. As Track
                        05. As Link
                        06. As Such
                        07. Meol 2
                        08. Rupt (Cut Mix)
                        09. Fractions 2
                        10. Meol 3
                        11. Monastic
                        12. Burned

                        Disc 4: St / Fr / Sp

                        01. Starethrough
                        02. Air Eyes
                        03. Spangle
                        04. Lux1
                        05. Fracture (EP Version)
                        06. Tied
                        07. Spangle (Autechre Remix)
                        08. Starethrough (Transition Mix)
                        09. Sp19 (Spangle Extended Live Version)
                        10. Ga19 (Gatha Extended Live Version)

                        Seefeel

                        St / Fr / Sp - 2021 Reissue

                        "St / Fr / Sp" compiles two non-album EPs that Seefeel recorded for Warp in 1994, "Starethrough" and "Fracture / Tied", alongside a rare Autechre remix of “Spangle” and the unreleased Transition Mix of “Starethrough”. Housed in a gatefold sleeve conceived by The Designers Republic.

                        'Seefeel's output on Warp delved more into abstraction; often containing a pervading dark and oppressive atmosphere. Although featuring these menacing sensibilities, 1994's "Starethrough EP" retained some of the astral lightheartedness of "Quique"; a track like "Spangle" could be called anything but menacing with it's twinkling coruscations of melody and Sarah's ethereal vocal contribution. The EP to follow, "Fracture / Tied", was almost entirely beat-driven with only rudimentary hints of melody.' - Resident Advisor


                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Starethrough
                        A2. Air Eyes

                        B1. Spangle
                        B2. Lux1 D1. Spangle (Autechre Remix)

                        C1. Fracture (EP Version)
                        C2. Tied

                        D2. Starethrough (Transition Mix) 

                        Seefeel

                        Succour - 2021 Reissue

                        Seefeel’s second studio album and their debut for Warp. This expanded 3LP edition is the first time it has been available on vinyl since original release and adds an extra LP of bonus material, mastered from original DAT transfers by Stefan Betke aka Pole.

                        “On Seefeel’s 1993 debut album, Quique, the British quartet navigated a course between shoegaze and ambient dub—but by 1995, the electronic undercurrents of their sound had carried them to a very different place. Maybe it was the influence of Aphex Twin, whose remixes had honed in on the clean-lined rhythmic skeleton lurking beneath the group’s atmospheric swirl: The rolling, distorted drums of Succour’s “Fracture” and “Vex” are straight out of his playbook, and the beatless, bookending tracks “Meol” and “Utreat” both evoke Selected Ambient Works Vol. II at its most ethereal.

                        While the album’s textures and titles are often reminiscent of Autechre’s Amber, which came out the year before on Warp, Seefeel never entirely cast off their post-rock roots; squint through the fog of songs like “Extract” and “Cut,” and you can just barely pick out the familiar silhouettes of guitar, bass, drums, and microphone against the murk. Still, there’s no mistaking the common cause they make with the era’s knob-twisters and brain-dancers. Despite the echoes of other touchstones of the time (“Gatha” sounds like Massive Attack being dragged deep into an underwater cavern), it’s a singular album that has no equivalent—a sound so elemental, it’s no wonder the Designers Republic chose the cover they did.” – Philip Sherburne (#30 in the Pitchfork list of 50 greatest IDM albums)

                        “Driving electronic percussion, dubby basslines and obtuse, paranoid guitar melodies abound. Sarah's voice sounds synthetic and almost alien in the barren, lunar atmosphere's that 'Succour' evokes.” – Resident Advisor


                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Meol
                        A2. Extract D1. Cut
                        B1. When Face Was Face
                        B2. Fracture
                        B3. Gatha E1. As One
                        C1. Ruby-Ha
                        C2. Rupt
                        C3. Vex F1. Meol 2
                        D2. Utreat
                        D3. Tempean
                        E2. As If
                        E3. As Well
                        E4. As Track
                        E5. As Link
                        E6. As Such
                        F2. Rupt (Cut Mix)
                        F3. Fractions 2
                        F4. Meol 3
                        F5. Monastic
                        F6. Burned

                        Prolific digi-dub recording artist Jackson Bailey heads up the new year for Research, debuting with a two track 7" of slow and melodic synth cuts. At once playful and naïve yet masterfully constructed, the pieces unravel in unison to create the drowsy headspace associated with pitched down G-funk beats or vintage Italian library. Sharing a similarly visual immediacy to Amedeo Tomassi's compositions for Biologia Marina, both 'Sauna Research' and 'Aquarium Trousers' conjure up subaquatic atmospheres of macrophytes and crill, wetsuits and snorkels. Tropical flora and fauna float by in the distance. Fittingly soundtracking the Australian summer, the new release follows on from recent daydream-like stoned outings for EM and Good Morning Tapes.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        says: Tapes is a big favourite here at Piccadilly, and the digi-dub maverick makes a swerve into the serene on this 7", enjoying a little aquatic ambience inspired by Italian library sounds. File it next to Shelter, The Person and Ruffy's 'Island'.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Sauna Research
                        2. Aquarium Trousers

                        An infrequent but invigorating contributor to Phantasy, U returns with a beguiling new single entitled "Ecstasy" Initially available as a limited pressing with a sleeve designed and printed by U themselves, this haunting return promises to draw the curious into two divine rhythms, transferring unknowable forces and mysterious energies.

                        The first side of the artefact portrays "Ecstasy", a wide-eyed and spectral incantation rich in intimacy, whispering voices and earthy psychedelia. Somewhere between machine funk and folk canticle, a sonic gift perhaps for a field in England bathed in moonlight, else a dire basement dripping in energy, "Ecstasy" leaves the system almost spiritually.

                        On the contrary, "Morpheus" presents a tougher meditation, a creeping jam with an analogue consciousness, ghostly rave echoes and a conundrum at its heart. The dream seems so real, but what if you can’t wake from it after all?

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        says: Futuristic-cosmic-slop anyone?! YUM YUM! Two slow moving, concentric pieces of celestial machine music to help you oil the cogs of your mind.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A. Ecstasy
                        B. Morpheus

                        In celebration of the fifth anniversary of his Mercury Rising residency at Pikes Ibiza and loving memory of the legendary Tony Pike, Harvey has put together a second collection of music inspired by and that represents the party. Never Mind the Balearics Here’s DJ Harveys Mercury Rising volume II.
                        Blending the classic and the cutting edge like the superstar he is, Harvey switches from the chugging Balearic house of Music For Dreams signings Rheinzand to an instrumental of Mandy Smith's primo pop pick "I Just Can't Wait". Elsewhere we get recent and decent jams from Mildlife, Das Komplex, Nu Guinea, Mildlife and Hugh Mane as well as disco delight "Dance, Dance, Dance" by Marta Acuna, boogie bomb "It's You I Love" by Pamela Nivens and Mr Marvin's Italo-house anthem "Entity".

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        says: Balearic badboy, surf idol and all round pin up DJ Harvey hits us with a second selection of Mercury Rising bangers, assembled in loving memory of the late great Tony Pikes. Finding an equal balance between recent winners and all time classics, Harvey does disco, house, street soul and jazz funk in his distinctive Balearic style.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Rheinzand - Mr Mercury
                        A2. Mandy Smith - I Just Can't Wait (Instrumental)
                        A3. Marta Acuna - Dance, Dance, Dance (Disco Version)
                        B1. System Olympia - Close To My Nebula
                        B2. Mildlife - Magnificent Moon
                        B3. Das Komplex - Slap
                        C1. Nu Guinea - Je Vulesse
                        C2. Forgotten Corner & Khidja - Tatooine Moons (Original Mix)
                        C3. Pamela Nivens - It's You I Love (Instrumental Mix)
                        D1. Hugh Mane - Real Sucker For Your Love
                        D2. Switchdance - Arabian Ride
                        D3. Mr Marvin - Entity (Jazzy Mix)

                        Various Artists

                        DJ Kicks - Jayda G

                          For Jayda G, joy is a state of mind. Whether she transmits it through her upbeat productions or magnetic energy at the decks, the Canadian-born DJ and producer, real name Jayda Guy, is a beacon of empathy on the dancefloor.

                          It’s no surprise, then, that Jayda G’s DJ-Kicks mix, releasing on 14 May, captures the buoyant spirit of the music that has influenced her most. “DJ-Kicks has been a personal goal of mine for a really long time. I've been a fan for decades now. I remember there was one mix by Chromeo and it had some French disco on it that always stood out in my mind,” she remembers. Clocking in at just over an hour, Guy’s mix takes you on a journey that moves through loved classics and new bubblers.

                          The mix contains Jayda's Brand new single "All I Need", the follow up to Grammy Nominated breakthrough single "Both Of Us", a slinky house tune co-produced with James Ford that fizzes with shimmering energy. A rallying cry for kinship and understanding, Guy’s insouciant vocals insist “all I need is you to hear me”, gliding across the perfectly swung house beat. “Because the mix was made during the pandemic, I thought, ‘What music makes me happy?’ I want people to feel like they know me. I wanted it to be approachable, still honouring the disco and soul music that I love. I hope that translates in some shape or form.”



                          TRACK LISTING

                          CD (mixed)
                          ** = Exclusive

                          1. Light Of The World - London Town
                          2. Aged In Harmony - You're A Melody
                          3. Glass Beams - Taurus
                          4. KOKOROKO - Uman
                          5. Atmosfear - Invasion
                          6. Universal Togetherness Band - More Than Enough
                          7. Royale - I Want Your Body
                          8. Don Blackman - Just Can't Stay Away
                          9. Gerry Read - 90’s Prostitution Racket
                          10. Naomi Daniel - Stars (Dos Cult Mix)
                          11. LNS - Bitumen **
                          12. DJ BORING - Gardenia **
                          13. Jennifer Loveless - In 10,000 Places **
                          14. HAAi - Good Ol'Fashioned Rugs
                          15. Jayda G - All I Need **
                          16. Fred Again.. - Diana (You Don't Even Know) **
                          17. House Of Jazz - Hold Your Head Up
                          18. 250 Lbs. Of Blue - Rejoice! (People C'mon) (Spen's New Vocal Mix)
                          19. FIT Siegel Feat. L'Renee - Tonite (Detroit Mix)
                          20. DJ Koze Feat. Ada - Homesick (feat. Ada)
                          21. Benny Sings - Summerlude


                          LP (unmixed + Mix DL)
                          ** = Exclusive

                          A1. Jayda G - All I Need **
                          A2. Fred Again.. - Diana (You Don’t Even Know) **
                          B1. LNS - Bitumen **
                          B2. Jennifer Loveless - In 10,000 Places **
                          B3. HAAi - Good Ol'Fashioned Rugs
                          C1. DJ BORING - Gardenia **
                          C2. House Of Jazz - Hold Your Head Up
                          D1. Glass Beams - Taurus
                          D2. Royale - I Want Your Body
                          D3. Benny Sings – Summerlude

                          In 2006, the musical landscape was very different; there was no streaming, “shazam" was a word used by magicians, and "all-access” was not granted to the general public. Social media, as we know it, was in its infancy and today’s constant digital feed of interruptions, notifications, refreshes and “likes” didn't yet exist. Those with a thirst for the overlooked regions of the record store had to quench themselves in the climes of the online world's music blogs, and while that digital community was surely expanding, NYC’s www.lovefingers.org was something different. Not a blog but a daily unfolding mix — no opinions, reviews, or backstories were coupled with the music, no full albums or submissions from the outside — it was a mysterious watering hole in the burgeoning digital desert where rogue tracks from Wally Badarou rubbed shoulders with those of Holger Czukay, the drama of Sylvester juxtaposed with the quirkiness of Hosono, and countless other coveted artists’ unearthed gems melted in one pot, a digital space where $1 thrift store scores could easily breathe the same dusty air as cosmic holy grails, oddball psychedelics and proto-electronica b-sides comfortably cohabited with $300 private-press folk rarities. With 1 track per day, Andrew “Lovefingers” Hogge created a truly democratic and educated selection of music for our aural pleasure, and labelled them ‘Fingertracks' (numbered 001-999).

                          This was before most things we now take for granted were common on our dancefloors, radio shows or live streams. Those ubiquitous Euro Pop dubs, unclassics that aficionados play at the wrong speed, or private gems that have since been reissued to the moon and back? They very probably popped up on our collective radars via the medium of www.lovefingers.org first. Rightfully so, what started as a well-kept secret, became a go-to resource and mark of quality among enthusiasts, diggers, DJs, musicians and producers around the globe — the genre-bending mentality in turn re-coined the term “selector” — and inspired a generation the world over to delve further into record shelves, undoubtably contributing hugely to the wondrous, multi-faceted and open-minded musical language we now all speak fluently. While it remained niche, at its peak, www.lovefingers.org had upwards of 100K music freaks turning up daily, and ignited a global musical dialogue between people that were yet to be connected by today’s social technology. The site received countless letters of appreciation from rural kids with no access to record stores, acclaimed DJs, film directors, fashion houses, forgotten artists who were thrilled to feature among unexpected peers, soldiers who diligently tuned-in direct from their call of duty, even heroes of sample-scavenging culture like Coldcut who applauded, “…it just goes to show, when you think you’ve heard it all, you can always dig deeper.” The community around Lovefingers’ site was a call-to-action, gathering analogous minds and inviting them all to the same party, and on New Years Day 2010, after 999 Fingertracks and a plethora of (now classic) mixes, the site made a final post stating, “That's all folks!” The collective energy pivoted into the ESP Institute, a record label and art platform to champion new artists who emerged from this foundational community and as a catalyst to push the musical dialogue forward. Now, as the ESP Institute approaches its 10-year anniversary, we revisit the significant role www.lovefingers.org played in shaping where we are today.

                          'Fingertracks Vol : 1' is a snapshot of aural delights that were on offer to those of the leftfield persuasion, all who discovered the site and tuned-in for their daily shot of sonics proper — a lovingly selected handful of records that re-introduce the story of Andrew’s most influential and essential music resource. The track list is classic Lovefingers, an insight into the free-flowing nature of the daily Fingertracks, context-free but connected through creative threads and energies — lo-fi loner jams brush up alongside sleazed-out Italo powerhouses, Greek new age obscurities tussle against overlooked Hawkwind-related cuts — nuggets that may be more known to the heads now, but whose initial excavation can be accredited to Lovefingers’ site, and are essential to its story nonetheless. Rumor has it that this is merely the first volume in a series, so as it turns out, and gladly so, “That’s not all folks!”

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          says: As far as I'm concerned, Fingertracks was the most influential blog..and it didn't have a single bit of journalistic content - just an endless supply of outrageous tunes from all times and genres. Total rarities, DJ favourites and daily discoveries for every head on the planet. In the years since, each of the tracks on this FIRST VOLUME (YES!) has become an algorithm classic, but you've never had them all in one place, from the man who first helped us discover them. This isn't a collector's item or exercise in nostalgia, this is one of the best sonic selections you'll have the pleasure to own.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Lovefingers - Intro
                          A2. The Chequers - Theme One
                          A3. Lifetones - Good Side
                          A4. Rick Cuevas - The Birds
                          A5. Data - Data Plata
                          A6. Hotlegs - Today
                          B1. Jo Squillo Eletrix - Avventurieri (Dance Mix)
                          B2. Captain Mustard - Quiet Move
                          B3. D.E. - Full Moon (Lovefingers Edit)
                          C1. Nuno Canavarro - Blu Terra
                          C2. Electronic System - Skylab
                          D1. Eddie Callahan - Santa Cruz Mountains
                          D2. Dave Brock - Spirits
                          D3. Florian Poser - Winds

                          Up next on Open Space is the first installment in a new series of records entitled "Open Space Club Tools" - as the name suggests, you’ll find a variety of tools handmade by our favorite producer-DJ’s. Sticky drum beats and tricky rhythms for the nearly-extinct club deejay.

                          OSCT01 features Benedek, and John Jones as Calvin representing the LA-MIA connection, Lachlan McGeehan aka‘Liluzu from Australia, and of course our Miami boy Goiz; once as himself on the A-side, and again on the B-side under his newest percussion-focused alias Glue Boy. A mixed bag of hammers, nails, screwdrivers and more… All greased up and ready for whatever the club world may bring your way. 

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          says: Wacky, odd-ball, barnstorming house music that works as hard as a mountain goat. Proper tackle for low-lit, low-ceiling basement parties.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Goiz - Word Problems
                          A2. Benedek - Donkey Konga
                          B1. Liluzu - Better Posture
                          B2. Calvin - 86’em
                          B3. Glue Boy - Snakes With Human Traits

                          The follow up to renowned French DJ/producer/digger Guts (of Beach Diggin’ fame) 2019 album of the same name! The finest selection of his favourite tracks from his DJ sets, those tried and tested dancefloor bombs he reaches for time and time again.

                          Covering obscure Latin, soul, Afrobeat, zouk and house, with a helping hand from Dam Swindle, with two of their remixes included.

                          “Any DJ set tells you, unconsciously or not, about its author. Through the record choices and the way they are organized, one can feel the DJ’s state of mind...In this selection, you’ll find 7” vinyl records available to everyone sitting proudly next to some rarities found online and acquired through nerve-raking auctions battles. There are indeed exclusive remixes along with titles that until now were only available in their digital formats. Now for the first time they are available here in vinyl format.” - GUTS

                          TRACK LISTING

                          The Dutch Benglos - Shabi-Bi-Di-Do
                          Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band - Yamona (Dam Swindle Remix)
                          Pupkulies & Rebecca - Saude
                          La Gran Banda Calena - Que Quieres Que Haga
                          Martina Camargo - Me Robaste El Sueno
                          Mackjoss - Mounadji
                          Voilaaa - Limy -A Feat. David Walters, Lass & Pat Kalla
                          Jobby Valente - Mi Moin Mi Ou
                          Luis Dias - Liborio
                          Bande Gamboa - P Di Bissilon-Dam Swindle
                          Ngalah Oreyo - Aye / Alcione - Nzambi-Muadiakime
                          Ismael & Sixu Tour - Utammada
                          Pat Kalla - Canette (BOSQ Remix)
                          Aurelio- Nando
                          Chucho Pinto - Cumbia De Sal Y Azucar


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