Modular synth wizard Blawan gifts XL with more of his fizzy, phlegmy, syncopated techno productions. Possibly his most insectoid, gnarly, circuit-fried record to date; layers of glitched and scorched atmospheres tumble over ripped apart breaks and incomprehensible vocal murmurings. It's comparable to the sensation you get after smoking salvia and feel like your skin is being torn off... anyone else?

Limited copies! 


Matt says: Blawan has fast become the punkish rebel rouser of modular synthesis. Dressing his modules in spiked leathers and pink mohawks, his tracks address the dancefloor with an uncompromising and hawkish attitude. Possibly the wildest collection of cataclysmic electronic wrecks tracks he's released to date.


1. Toast
2. Panic
3. You Can Build Me Feat. Monstera Black 
4. Body Ramen
5. Dismantled Into Juice Feat. Monstera Black - 

Deep into lockdown, Frank pulled out Bernie Grundman's original 24 track masters of the "In A Minor Mode" EP, digitizing and exploring the original multitrack recordings. Inspired by newly rediscovered parts recovered from the editing floor, what followed was a faithful but full-blown reimagining of “Loveroom'”. Strangelove are proud to present this definitive version alongside a deep dive into “Echoe” LP favourite “Down By The Rio”. Frank's FM friendly take flipped on the B side with Frakas' trippy diced up vibe alongside a bumping beatdown version from New Zealand's finest Julien Dyne. Essential Balearic heat beat!


Matt says: Two producers revisit the jaw-dropping slices of Balearic beauty that are "Loveroom" and "Down By The Rio" with deliciously pleasant, pool-side pleasing results.


Side A
A1- Loveroom - Frankie's Deluxe Mix
A2- Down By The Rio - Frankie's Deluxe Mix

Side B
B1- Down By The Rio - Frakas Mix
B2- Down By The Rio - Julien Dyne Mix

Nikki Nair

Can't Wait - Inc. Peder Mannerfelt Remix)

Something never heard before from man of the moment Nikki Nair (or anyone else, for that matter): Whimsical glitchpop-blues with Nikki singing full vocals for the first time on record - lamenting the 9-to-5 struggle, yearning for summer & getting fucked up on the beach.
The idiosyncratic, strangely addictive original comes with a banging remix from Stockholm avant-techno ledge Peder Mannerfelt going full chaotic evil mode, warping Nikki's vocals into a menacing call to arms for the modern hedonist.
Nikki Nair's latest single arrives on Stockholm label Studio Barnhus.


Matt says: And the award for crazed pop genius 7" record of the week goes to Nikki Nair! Batshit bonkers, but catchy as hell! If your melon needed twisting anymore Peder Mannerfelt is on hand with fidgety techno refix!


A1.Cant't Wait
B.1 Can't Wait (Peder Mannerfelt Remix)

Based in Berlin Max Newton & Matalo have delivered percussion heavy funk and gritty Nuyorican rhythms on both GAMM and Take Away Records. Their new release on Omena LTD continues on the same path and adds deep house and breezy Latin flavours.

"U-Bahn At Midnight" sets things off sounding like a classic MCDE house jam with ringing melodies and sharp horns. "Walkin' On" uses the classic Freddie Hubbard sample we all know and love and adds some gently grooving percussion, flappy kick drums, fluttery arps and electronic bass.

On the flip "Pao De Acucar vs Vesuvius" is a slowly unfurling, summery house track; primed for daytime festival play. Finally "Brooklyn Survivor" ends things and lands somewhere between Glenn Underground and DJ Koze, with warped vox, rising strings and beautifully plotted drums.

A mighty fine way to close the Omena LTD series.


Matt says: Thick, chunky, sample-based house music in that vintage style we love so well. Includes a nice flip of that Freddie Hubbard track but it's that final track "Pai De..." that really does it for me.


A1. U-Bahn At Night
A2. Walkin' On
B1. Pao De Acucar Vs Vesuvius 

Braxe + Falcon

Step By Step Remixes

    Following the release of Braxe + Falcon’s widely acclaimed ‘Step By Step’ EP, the French house pioneers have announced ‘Step By Step Remixes’, a collection of mixes by A-Trak, ABSOLUTE., Amtrac, Shakedown, Didi Han and more, that breathe new life into the duo’s four original tracks.

    The collection also features a new version of their sublime single, ‘Step By Step’ - Axel Boman’s In The Air Version - which features a fresh vocal performance by Panda Bear, and the Junior Sanchez Remix, a swinging companion to Boman’s melodic dance.

    The collaboration between Braxe and Falcon, née Alain and Stéphane Quême, serves to create a modern duo both in scope and talent; Braxe is known for making some of the most important and iconic house and pop music records of the late 1990s and early 2000s, including ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ as Stardust with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, and official remixes for Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Kelis, Kylie Minogue and more. 

    DJ Falcon also teamed with Bangalter as Together in the early days, releasing the French Touch anthem, ‘So Much Love To Give’, and created quintessential remixes for Phoenix, Cassius and Justice.


    Matt says: An all star cast of dance music celebrity (plus some B-listers thrown in for good measure - joke! - Ed) get to grips with Roulé superstars Alan Braxe and DJ Falcon's well received "Step By Step" EP from last year.


    Step By Step (Axel Boman’s In The Air Version Extended Mix)
    Creative Source (A-Trak Remix)
    Step By Step (Junior Sanchez Remix)
    Step By Step (Amtrac Remix)
    Elevation (Paul Woolford Remix 12" Edit)
    Elevation (Shakedown Remix)
    Elevation (Didi Han Remix)
    Creative Source (ABSOLUTE. Neon Energy Remix Edit)
    Love Me (Max In The World Extended Edit)

    The horses are out of the barn…and it’s time to trot. Introducing Mortar & Pestle: a union between two of Canada’s dance bandits at large. D. Tiffany & Maara come together to bring you pure delicious magic. These tracks are fresh out the skillet and piping hot on your plates. Dip us in maple syrup and throw us to the lezzies!

    What do you get when you stir the pot…or grind the pestle? Wet, bubbling, sticky, throbbing bangers that make you lose your mind. Two’s company, but three’s a party. Sweetheart Hannah Karpinski hops in with her provocative Polish vocals, ready to ignite the freak fire and desire in this world and beyond. Unhinged, raw, and chaotic, burning the whole barn down. Enjoy this 4-track offering of hypnotic indulgence. Mortar & Pestle: Pound or be Pounded? Whatever you fancy, you’re in for a treat.


    Matt says: More high energy, fast dance music from the Canadian legend that is D. Tiffany; joined in this instance by Maara. Ramping up the BPMs whilst keeping their production super fresh and tight - this is the brilliant example of where the dancefloor is heading in 2023.


    A1. Pound Or Be Pounded
    A2. Wet On Sight
    B1. Girls Night Out In Berlin
    B2. Delson Psychosis

    5 track debut EP from artist David James Drume. Hailing from Chicago this young musician has expertly tailored a sound of techno that is unmatched by most. TIP!!!

    Words from the producer: ‘When I set out to write these five tracks, I was intent on working within a style of Techno music that had reached its apex during the early years of the new millennium. The progenitors of this style made extensive use of samples and prerecorded drum loops, and did so to an almost unprecedented degree. Their novel production techniques, in part made possible by the advent of the DAW, yielded a fascinating result - sonic maximalism that hitherto could only be produced by recording a large ensemble of musicians performing together. Now, dozens of such recordings could be digitally composited together, resulting in dense walls of diverse timbres. I have for a long time been captivated by this sound, and at their core, these five tracks are an earnest expression of my passion for this sonic aesthetic.’
    -D.J. Drume

    Hard edged tribal techno tracks which DJ Bone makes the foundation of his stadium-destroying sets. No disco samples, very few melodies, just unrelenting, all encompassing tribal polyrhythms. Rhythms. Feral, swingin’ off the rafters type-a shit that brings out all the techno soldiers! Don’t sleep! 


    Matt says: More tribal techno (told you it was coming!), but this my friends, might be my favourite out of the lot. Chicagoan Drume channels the spirit of late 90s early 00s DJ Rush and Tresor with a highly percussive set of tribal techno tools. Big tip!


    A1. Atacama
    A2. Remain
    B1. Combat Dancer
    B2. Diegesis
    B3. Pistolero

    Incredible return of Jodey Kendrick who might possibly be the most vicious and cranium-splitting drum and bass mangler on the scene. Menacing destruction of familiar breaks interspliced with growling subs and atmospheres that sound like your skin is being ripped off. It's not as horrid as it sounds though - Kendrick's highly advanced drum programming and synthesis skills are the real treat on display here - I can't think of anyone who mashes it up with as much aural dexterity!

    No amount of superlatives can do the EP justice - just strap in and prepare for some of the most provocative and darn right sinister jungle biznis you're ever likely to hear - protective head gear advised!


    Matt says: Outlandish breaks mangler and sinister synthesis wizard Lord Of The D drops two toe-curlers on WeMe. Feels like someone's put you in the washing machine on a high speed spin.


    1. Dunstable
    2. _o Ixed __mpo
    3. DBLE

    Wendy Walker & Legal Assault

    We've Got One

    One of the finest tracks from Anthony Brightly's work with a young Wendy Walker. This track has always been a personal favourite, so whilst working with Anthony on another project we thought why not do a nice little 45 of this classic. Flipped with Legal Assault's, 'Nice & Slow' also from the Sir George label, this is another long time spin, it's a no-brainer all Killer 45. Strictly AA


    1. We've Got One
    2. Nice & Slow (feat. Dan-Elle)

    Fronted by former South London lovers rock vocal harmony group, Alpha (sisters Jackie & Jean Heron and Marlene Richardson), Take Three was the brain-child of writer/producer trio "S.H.E." - Steve Sinclair, Peter Hinds & Kevin Ellis.

    Meeting each other at The Factory community centre in Paddington (now known as the Yaa Asantewa centre and in the last few years, The Yaa Centre) Steve & Kevin began a partnership writing and directing their own theatre productions as part of The Black Theatre Co-Op, which called the centre home at the time. When a song they had written together for one of their productions received praise and plaudits, the path toward writing and producing records began, bringing in more seasoned hand Peter Hinds - formerly a member of key brit funk groups Light of the World and Beggar & Co, and player with Incognito, Imagination & Loose Ends - to complete the circle.

    Following on from Freestyle's reissue of the group's first single around this time last year, in the form of 1983's Tonight's the Night, we decided to drop another killer 12" from the Take Three vaults - this time it's their last single released as Take Three in 1985. Can't Get Enough (of Your Love) was originally licensed out to, and released by Andy Sojka's seminal Elite label. It features two super extended mixes - the A side's "Soul mix" showcases the girls's harmonies pinned down by a big & heavy synth bass groove before moving into boogie-dub territory, while the B side "Reggae mix" introduces an ofbeat skank heightening the vocal stylings' lovers-esque tendancies.


    1. Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love) [Soul Mix]
    2. Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love) [Reggae Mix]

    Dynamite Cuts has unleashed perhaps one of the greatest, if not, the greatest, summer time soul classics. The legendary Roy Ayers has written many gems over the years, loads of club and dance tracks and some killer down tempo songs but, one stands up above all the rest. It's been issued as a 7" before, back in 1975 and now sells for big bucks - if you're lucky enough to find one.


    1. Everybody Loves The Sunshine
    2. Lonesome Cowbody

    Carlton Jumel Smith

    Keep On Swinging B/w Hope

    Original soul man Carlton Jumel Smith and the infamous Mocambo crew hook up for a double sider 45 of the highest order. The A-side "Keep On Swinging" is a slab of tough street funk with real-life storytelling about persistance and not giving up, hitting heavy on the one. Carlton's message of and positivity and encouragement continues on the flip side, "Hope", an uptempo sweet soul hitter with a strong gospel vibe over urgent breakbeats.

    Recorded on 8-track tape featuring members of the Mighty Mocambos and Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, this single is equally at home at breakdance battles as it is at soul allnighters, and whether you're in a gangster limousine or in church – turn it up! "Long live soul music".


    1. Keep On Swinging
    2. Hope

    French producer Timothee Milton debuts on Local Talk with a killer EP that fuses electronic rhythms and soulful vocals in a way that's typical of the long standing label. Written by Angela Johnson, "Love's Gonna Get you" is a deep but big room, vocal house jam that's got some hints of the 90s Jersey sound about it as well as subtly being a bit of a voguing anthem on the sly.

    To give the package an extra edge, deep house connoisseur Hugo LX and boogie-house maestro Art Of Tones are enlisted for remixes. The former strips things back to a more delicate groove; aquaplaning syths and pads all combining with the gently shaking perx to create a more sublime and serene version of the OG. The Art Of Tones remix is equally strong but goes for a more uplifting approach and puts the funk, boogie and soul front & center, with live sounding disco drums and a much more organic palette guiding proceedings. Top stuff as always from the Local Talk mob! 


    Matt says: Soulful, sun-flecked house music from the unstoppable Local Talk camp. Three different takes on this catchy track ranging from disco, voguey house and a skitty, deep house twist.


    A. Love's Gonna Get You (Hugo LX Underwater Mix)
    B1. Love's Gonna Get You (Art Of Tones Remix)
    B2. Love's Gonna Get You (Main Mix)

    Thee J Johanz

    Declassified Vol.2

    Glasgow's Work For Love have once again descended deep into the cellars of Thee J Johanz early 90’s DAT recordings and pulled a companion selection to 2017's "Declassified EP".

    This time they've come back up the ladder clutching a sultry yet sturdy triple-tracker, a little snapshot detailing the full spectrum of house and techno hybridisation that was rife in the rave at the time. The EP kicks off lovingly lamenting the second summer of love with the proto house jam of "Tender Tales" which features Johanz himself giving his best Sleazy D impression on vox whilst masterfully tickling the 303 to several squelchy climaxes.

    Flip over for "Desire", a curled-lip 4am weird and wonky warehouse destroying techno leviathan that captures the stark minimalism of yer best Axis records and ads a real touch of John Carpenter esque menace to the affair. Bringing things to a close is the refreshing twinkly pulse of "Prophet" to say goodnight.


    Matt says: One of those cheeky house records that might escape the less observant dance music 'nado. But that "Tender Tales" is especially worthy of a mention - especially if you've a penchant for Mike Huckaby, Move D or that Basement Floor 12" featuring Traxx & Turtle Bug.


    A1. Tender Tales
    B1. Desire
    B2. Der Prophet

    Move D & Pete Namlook

    Reissued 2

    Berlin party series and label AWAY Music continues its limited vinyl series called "Reissued", dedicated to re-releasing iconic cuts from the vast collaborative catalog of Move D & Pete Namlook. The second installment "Reissued 2", which follows the series' inaugural EP from 2019, features again some exceptional pieces that were previously only available on CD.

    Move D and Pete Namlook are electronic visionaries whose 26-album relationship explored and intertwined psychedelic synthscapes, deep house and techno, future jazz, and downtempo on Namlook's cult imprint Fax Records. Their innovative and influential works keep inspiring electronic music producers today, showcasing their willingness to collaborate and push the boundaries of electronic music.

    "Silk Route Part 1", which comes from their 2008 album "Travelling The Silk Route", occupies the A-side with a 12-minute journey full of jazz-infused ambient soundscapes meeting oriental melodies with sophisticated percussion patterns. A truly immersive listening experience!

    On the flip, "Sleeplearnin'" was described as psycho-active electronica when it first came out on the "Sons of Kraut" album 17 years ago. Translated, we're talking about minimal house that carries their warm trademark sound, enriched by pulsating echoes, space noises, and relapsing vocoder shreds. It conveys the pair's unique energy that embraces the improvisational moment to create a hypnotic flow that's nothing but timeless.

    "Reissued 2" is a true testament to the innovative spirit and pioneering work of Move D and Pete Namlook. With these tracks now available on vinyl for the first time, AWAY's limited series is a must-have for old and new fans alike.


    Matt says: Unmissable and quintessential Move D sounds here, both tracks absolutely breathtaking in their sound design and production prowess. Hard to believe they're at least 15 & 17 years old! Previously only available on CD, this is a real vinyl treat!


    A Silk Route Part 1
    B Sleeplearnin

    Mato Feat. Ethel Lindsey

    What You Won't Do For Love

    Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, presents this new stunning single release by Mato, this time taking over the famous hit of Bobby Caldwell, and inviting for the occasion newcomer label mate, Ethel Lindsey.

    After the recent success of his “Summer Madness / Maiden Voyage” single, quickly followed up by the release of “Jazz-Funk Dub Tribute” LP, Mato and Stix got keen to pursue their journey within the wide and miscellaneous American groove music repertoire. In September 2022, just after the release of this same LP, Pascal Rioux (A&R of Favorite and its sub-labels) submitted to Mato the idea of the Bobby Caldwell’s song and the start of a new “Mellow Reggae Series” focusing more specifically on the so-called AOR and blue-eyed-soul genre.

    “What You Won’t Do For Love” by Bobby Caldwell, is one of those instant classics, known and heard at least once by almost everyone on the planet, although its performer still remains quite unknown for most. With this thrilling version, Mato strike opts for a full on cover version - with all new instrumentation which follows the original’s arrangement but adds its own charming reggae lilt. And while it was not an easy task to walk in the footsteps of Caldwell’s vocals, under-the-radar and upcoming singer and composer Ethel Lindsey is a perfect match for the song, giving relaxed and chill vibes, adding his own natural positivity and charisma to this globally adored anthem. Dubbed out to perfection by Mato on the flip!

    Starting his reggae production career in 2006, Thomas Blanchot (aka Mato) has released music through various projects on EDR Records, Big Singles or Makasound... In the meantime, he developed a real trademark: taking over classic French, hip-hop, OST, classical or pop songs, into new, roots reggae-dub versions. His 15 years collaboration with Stix Records and label honcho Pascal Rioux gave life to many masterpieces and the story seems far from the end…


    Matt says: Another impeccable twist from the master of the reggae-dub-mash-up concept - Mato. Taking a piece of classic soul and adding a summery skank and a delicious dub.


    What You Won’t Do For Love (Mato Mellow Reggae Mix)
    What You Won’t Do For Love (Mato Dub Version)

    Top tier tackle from Heels & Souls Recordings for their fourth reissue as they let loose a much anticipated double header, Gold In The Shade’s 'Over You' backed with 'Shining Through'. Rough, tough, straight-from-the-heart ‘90s street soul, coming courtesy of TSR bossman Robert Roper and the Gold In The Shade ladies Arletta Davis and Sonia Johnson. One of the most sought-after cuts of this scene, it encompasses much of what made street soul special - heavy bass, gritty breaks, emotive chords and off-kilter vocals, marrying together to form a snapshot of a raw DIY scene with optimism at its heart.

    The trio’s first single from 1990, ‘Shining Through’ is a no nonsense, bassbin-rattling love song from the underground, seeing long-term friends Sonia and Arletta pulling on the heartstrings from the mic as Robert works his magic behind the studio controls.

    Lovingly remastered from the DAT by Cicely Balston, if only ‘Over You’ had been so easy. Two years of endless searching for the tape and subsequently a clean copy of the record, Heels & Souls even went to the lengths of having the multitracks restored so that Robert could attempt to recreate the original mixdown in the studio – but the magic of ‘91, unfortunately, can’t simply be conjured at the drop of a hi-hat.

    After all but losing hope, Sean P (by way of Backatcha’s Aiden Leacy), came to the rescue with a mint condition copy of the record that he had from running in the same circles as Robert and Duval back in the day, ripping and restoring it with a precision he’s rightly famed for. And so (finally!) here it is: distorted samples, low-fi hits, speaker rumbling bassweight and all. Raw to the core, but that’s the point – pure, unbridled emotion from the depths of North West London.

    Fully licensed from Robert Roper, 20% of profits from Heels & Souls Recordings and Prime Direct Distribution will be donated to Lives Not Knives, a youth-led London-based charity, working to prevent knife crime, serious youth violence and school exclusions.


    A1. Over You
    A2. Over You (Mix 2)
    B1. Shining Through
    B2. Shining Through (Dance Mix)

    Reflections of the Sun is a collection of new music that see John Rocca experiment with a more laid back side to his musical personality. John is best know in Jazz Funk circles for his 1980s self funded, self produced and self released Brit Funk classic 'Southern Freeez', and as the band Freeez's founder.

    Much of the album is also somewhat reflective. A personal and emotional reflection on John's life - the tracks a nod to John's varied musical pasts. Sounds, a pondering upon his collection of global influences and his life experiences over the years; Genre, the pulse of today, societal, musical or otherwise - but not easy to place as is John's character; Lyrics, the present dilemmas we face as humanity, whilst reflecting on our own private and deepest human feelings, of life and, of love in all its wonderous forms.

    Musically, the 'Reflections of the Sun' album casts a glimpse back to Rocca's Brit Funk roots growing up amongst 1970s classic Jazz Funk and Soul, while also blending inspiration from his 1980-90s electronic influences topped off with everything else he has seen and heard on his life travels since then.

    Giving a nod to John's own past while bringing Reflections of the Sun up to date was completed by adding elements of London's re-surgent and vibrant jazz scene. Not so different from John’s own early days jamming with Freeez, he is accompanied on all the album's tracks by his two young nephews and highly respected jazz musicians, Benjamin Rocca on keyboards and Joel Rocca on Saxophone. The two youngsters are known on the current London Jazz scene as the "Rocca Brothers".

    The album's title track, "Reflections of the Sun" refers to how humanity, gorging on the sunshine that brings life to everything, also has a tendency to reflect the hellishness of the sun itself. Comparing our self-destructive nature with our planet's volumes of un-ending beauty.


    A1. Angel
    A2. Close Your Eyes (Take The Ride)
    A3. Dream, LoveB1Reflections Of The Sun
    B2. I’ve Known Love (the Feeling Of Love)
    B3. Open Spaces, Open Minds

    The Skatalites

    Guns Of Navarone

      A seminal ska all-time anthem on new clean loud pressing, originally released in 1965 in Jamaica and the UK, The Skatalites insanely addictive ska tune always sounds fresh and fills any dancefloor. Check the stunning ska dancer tribute to Marcus on the flipside - killer. 100% essential!

      Helen Love

      Steve Lamacq Session 16.09.98

        Thirty years after they started kicking out the jams, indie legends Helen Love make their debut on Precious with a session that has legendary status with fans – and with listeners of Steve Lamacq’s much-loved Evening Session.

        Yes indeedy, pop pickers, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of its initial broadcast, this is the session featuring none other than Joey Ramone on the phone and a never-to-be-forgotten (and never-before-released) cover of The Clash’s ‘Tommy Gun’ that morphs into a jingle for Lammo.

        Then we get three Helen Love classics, great photos from Alison Wonderland and a set of postcards (and Joey shows up here as well – more than once) Free downloads with the vinyl – and get a move on, because there are only 300 copies.


        Tommy Gun
        Does Your Heart Go Boom
        Shifty Disco Girl

        Josh Wink is someone who needs little introduction having created some of the biggest and most influential club tracks over the past 30 years including “I’m Ready”, “Don’t Laugh”, “Superfreak”, “Talking To You”, “Meditation Will Manifest” and (of course) “Higher States Of Consciousness” to name just a few out of his never ending catalog. He has recorded on some of the biggest labels of house and techno including, Nervous, Strictly Rhythm, R&S, Bedrock, Cocoon, Ellum Audio and PokerFlat. In 1994 he started Ovum Recordings which is still as strong as ever, and is heralded as a buy on sight imprint for lovers of deep house, techno and acid.

        Josh and Jimpster first became acquainted when Jamie was asked by Josh to remix a track from his 2009 LP “When A Banana Was Just a Banana”, and the favor was retuned when Josh remixed Jimpster’s “Alsace and Lorraine” in 2011. The pair have stayed in touch since, which brings us to now, and we’re excited to present you with a full signature sounding Wink EP made with Freerange in mind, right in time for the summer.

        “Autonomic Journeys” leads the charge with a track which hits that sweet spot between pumping Detroit techno, deep house atmospherics and twisted acid. 909 drums, 303 squelch and 106 pads ensure Roland is well represented in the track and all underpinned by a fat rolling bassline.

        “Pan Gloss” gives us a chunky slice of bouncy percussive house which exudes a positive energy as it unfolds over 7 minutes. Fat stabs sit front and centre while chiming arpeggios and acid line dance around the beat making for a track which makes you move as much as get lost in.

        Closing out the release things go deeper on “San Guine”, with a snappy groove laying the foundation for lush sine stabs, filtering pads and a hooky cross-rhythm analogue synth line.


        Matt says: Josh Wink applies his long-running formula to the terrace-friendly Freerange label with rather impressive results. Three tracks of highly wriggly house music that will go down a storm in Ibiza.


        A1. Autonomic Journeys 
        B1. Pan Gloss 
        B2. San Guine 

        Voyear & Frankfurt Funk Feat. Eva

        En Transit

        The Star Creature factory line keeps on ticking over, new signings Voyear & Frankfurt Funk manufacturing some high grade boogie business for our dancing and delectation.

        Both tracks casually resting in what Full Beam FM! refers to as crawlers & moochers. These are slower, soulful cuts, full of pitch bent b-lines, tickling synth licks and syncopated drum machines - the very essence of bedroom boogie. The French vocals only add to the overtly sensual nature while the synth work throughout is absolutely top drawer. Can't fault this one! Another essential from the now long-running stable. 


        Matt says: Crawlers from the Star Creature camp as they mellow out the moods for the hotter months. Perfect for winding down the windows when your stuck in traffic on you're way to the beach.


        Side 1
        1. En Transit 
        Side 2
        1. Colibri 

        Manuel Tur returns to his own new label Spaced Repetitions with a second round of atmospherically dense, psychoactive DJ tools.

        Tribal tinged, drawn out arrangements, pulled as tense as trip wire, building to cataclysmic climaxes - these are advanced late night tools of audio discovery for the intrepid DJ; perfect for soundtracking late balmy nights dancing under the stars at any of the world's outdoor party locations. Rainforest sounds, rooted congas, deep bass; this is the hot sound of summer pop pickers - highly recommended! 


        Matt says: Perfect for any long form DJs looking to inject some drama into their sets. These two strung-out, trippy tools from Manuel Tur should get dancefloors frothing at the mouth.


        A: Soft Clip
        B1: Hip Control
        B2: Suave Gear Changer

        After last year's release on Shall Not Fade, Paul Rudder & Kresy are back - this time on Exploited for the infamous Black Jukebox Series.

        ‘Along With You’ bounces along with plenty of feel-good energy, channeling ‘90s spirit with its thicl bassline pump and an earworm of a sugar-sweet vocal. Well-chosen vox cuts create an infectious rhythm in between the full vocal sections while soft synth arps tickle the surface of the track and epic snare rolls inject more energy in the breakdown and at key moments. Guaranteed to get massive reactions. Kresy’s ‘Continuum Mix’ takes things into a lighter direction with gorgeous, sunny piano chords chiming in unison with a driving, uplifting bassline and pretty synth flourishes.

        ‘Her Dream Road’ pushes the EP into almost ambient house territory with its swirling pads and deep atmospheres, but the energetic percussion and warm bassline throb and melody give it plenty of dancefloor energy. Kresy’s ‘Mellonized Remix’ pumps it up with plump organ bass, dreamy acid licks, soaring arpeggios, continual automation and epic pad progressions that make for an absolutely huge rework that’s full of life, atmosphere and colour. 


        Matt says: Shir Khan rides again! Nearly 15 years old and still providing the holiday house hits for the terraces, beach bars and nightclubs across the globe. Seriously strong offering from this well established firm.


        A1. Paul Rudder & Kresy - Along With You
        A2. Paul Rudder & Kresy - Along With You (Kresy Continuum Mix)
        B1. Paul Rudder - Her Dream Road
        B2. Paul Rudder - Her Dream Road (Kresy Mellonized Mix)

        Gigi Testa is a bona fide Neapolitan hero whose work draws inspiration from local music of the last four decades - think Pino Daniele, Tullio de Piscopo, Tony Esposito, James Senese & Napoli Centrale, Nu Guinea, Mystic Jungle Tribe and rising stars such Fabrizio Fattore, Daniel Monaco and Raffaele Attansio - but also deep house and owes a lot to African music in all its forms.
        He’s back with a brand new EP collating all these wild influences into one cohesive, tropical flavoured package. Three tracks of feathers n facepaint, rainforest-tinged house music that’s perfect for getting frisky under the moonlight.

        Written Arranged & Programmed : Gigi Testa
        Mixed & Engineered : Gigi Testa & Paolo Convertito
        Synths, Keyboards, Drum Machines, Effects, Live & Electronic Drums : Gigi Testa
        Fender Bass,Live Guitars & Additional Keyboards : Paolo Convertito


        Matt says: Tropical house master Gigi Testa returns to Rush Hour with more of his conga-heavy jive. House music and congas are inseparable; but when you add his other trademark elements - marimbas, warm pads, delicate bells etc - it's clear Gigi Testa has a vision and a palette to back it up. A inimitable yet highly mellifluous producer who's track's just emanate positivity.


        Echoes In The Sky

        The Emperor Machine & Séverine Mouletin

        Your Own Style

        Having first joined forces in 2021 for the simultaneously sleazy and sweet ‘Dance Par Amour’ – a typically analogue-rich chunk of electronic disco wonkiness with nods to both dub disco and leftfield early ‘80s synth-pop – The Emperor Machine and Severine Mouletin have returned to Leng with a similarly inspired sequel.

        By now, you should all know the work of Andy Meecham as The Emperor Machine; since first utilising the pseudonym two decades ago, Meecham has delivered a swathe of acclaimed albums and singles for D.C Recordings, Southern Fried Records, Internasjonal, Vertical Tones and Skint. Since first appearing on Leng last year, Meecham has focused on collaborating with vocalists – something he often shied away from when it came to Emperor Machine material.

        ‘Your Own Style’, which does a terrific job in showcasing rising star Mouletin’s intriguing lyrics and tender but confident vocals, is another strong Emperor Machine release. Showcasing many of the stylistic ticks that have long marked out his work (not just as a solo producer, but also as part of Chicken Lips), it once again boasts a suite of alternative versions – as well as additional guitar trickery from legendary A Certain Ratio musician Martin Moscrop.

        The EP is led by Meecham’s ‘Alt Mix’, where Mouletin’s distinctive vocals, warming electric piano motifs and wild, proto-house style vintage synth sounds ride a hand-percussion rich groove marked out by a typically addictive, ear-catching electronic bassline. With Meecham reaching for the tape echo and delay (an aural hallmark of his productions and reflective of his love of dubbed-out electronic disco), the track is a sparse, mind-altering chunk of new wave-informed mid-tempo electronic disco.

        It comes backed by two distinctive dubs in Meecham’s trademark style. There’s a ‘Dub Vocal’ mix in which selected snippets of Mouletin’s bi-lingual vocal rise and fall around a subtly tougher, spaced-out take on Meecham’s musical arrangement smothered in effects, and a ‘Fun Dub’ that’s altogether sweeter, more playful, informed by electro (one of Meecham’s earliest musical loves) and high on additional percussion, warming Rhodes riffs and Chicken Lips-esque synthesiser flourishes.

        Those who buy the digital edition of the EP also get two more mixes: Meecham’s original ‘Extended Vocal’ and ‘Extended Instrumental’ takes. Slightly warmer and hazier than the EP-leading ‘Alt Mix’ and boasting a more obvious electro shuffle, these two takes are every bit as alluring and ear-catching as those showcased on the vinyl version


        A1. Your Own Style (alternate Mix)
        B1. Your Own Style (dub Vocal)
        B2. Your Own Style (Fun Dub) 

        More foundation proto-house and electro-boogie courtesy of Mark Seven's seminal Parkway imprint. "Vibes" come in three flavors: "Sunsplash Vibe" has the feel of summer heat, heavy synth bass and bouncing leads from New York to Negril. "Original Vibe" adds sharp synths over an electro bassline á la Freeez and "Body Vibe" rounds off with a smoother soul vibe.


        Matt says: Mark Seven and his Parkway have consistently been revisiting the sounds of boogie and proto-house for fourteen releases. Reliving that Zanzibar vibe with authenticity and sincerity, "Vibes" is no exception.


        A1. Sunsplash Vibe
        B1. Original Vibe
        B2. Body Vibe


        Perfect Match

        Back in 2019, Leng Records offered a debut to a previously unheralded producer, Takovoi. Three years on, the Russian nu-disco specialist returns to the label with a five-track EP that displays the depth and quality of his rapidly evolving trademark sound.

        The Perfect Match EP delivers a range of grooves and stylistic approaches while showcasing the producer’s love of dreamy Balearic chords, soft-touch synth sounds and colourful melodies.

        He sets the tone with the EP-opening title track, ‘Perfect Match’ where sustained, sun-down chords, yearning lead lines, cascading piano motifs and twinkling electronics ride a shuffling, post-electro beat and a warm, undulating bassline. ‘Homesickness’ sees Takovoi wrap waves of rising and falling synth sounds and melancholic melodies around a deep, hypnotic nu-disco groove, while the slow-motion sensation that is ‘Dreams’ brings throbbing analogue bass, sustained piano chords, sparkling electronics and the gentlest of beats.

        Takovoi’s dancefloor credentials come to the fore with ‘Bubbles’, a slowly building Balearic nu-disco gem that layers up echo-laden percussion hits, eyes-closed melodies, and drowsy synth sounds over a bustling beat that sits somewhere between deep house and TR-808-driven broken beat.

        This off-kilter approach to beat programming continues on the EP’s inspired closing cut, ‘Another The Same’, where hazy female vocal samples, immersive chords and reverb-heavy musical motifs gingerly dance on a bouncy and densely layered 4/4 beat. When the main melody makes its presence felt midway through, the track is elevated to a whole new level altogether. It’s a fittingly impressive end to Takovoi’s new EP for Leng.


        1. Perfect Match
        2. Homesickness
        3. Dreams
        4. Bubbles
        5. Another The Same

        Bárbara Boeing

        Brasiliana EP - Inc. Esa Williams Remix

        Bárbara Boeing joins the ever-expanding Toy Tonics roster. The Brazilian DJ and Dekmantel Selectors favourite has teamed up with Italian producer and keyboardist Sam Ruffillo to create three tracks inspired by people like DJ Raffa, Mr. Monday, Yello, MBG International, Penny Penny and such like.

        The results are quite spectacular, existing in a timeless bubble of dreamy house music which take in the tropes of early Italian dance records, add some UK rave attitude and cover the whole thing in a modern polish which gives extra sparkle and shine. Its an addictive formula which has seen her invited to perform at Dekmantel Selectors, Time Warp, Nuits Sonores, Lente Kabinet, Cocktail D'Amore, Flow Festival and many - the future’s bright for this rising star! 


        Matt says: Toytonics have one of the strongest roster's going. And if they keep adding talent like Bárbara Boeing then I can see them being at the top of the game for quite some time to come.


        A1) Brigada (feat. Phil Mill)
        A2) Brasiliana
        B1) Brigada (Esa Williams Remix)
        B2) Baile Do Silêncio

        Black Loops & Innocent Soul

        High Cutz Vol. III - Inc. Pastaboys Remix

        Lele Sacchi & Asian Fake’s Stolen Goods Records return with the third instalment of Black Loops & Innocent Soul’s "High Cutz" series, accompanied by a remix from Italian house legends Pastaboys. After a debut compilation featuring the likes of Bawrut, Elisa Bee, Ruff Stuff & label head Lele Sacchi, Stolen Goods Records amassed a following of Dixon, Harvey, DJ Seinfeld, Dam Swindle & many more. The Italian imprint returns, dropping two tracks from deep house mainstays Black Loops & Innocent Soul. Black Loops trawls the depths of his record bag in revered clubs around the world while tallying up releases on labels such as Madhouse, Shall Not Fade and Freerange. Additionally, Strictly Street Sound label boss Innocent Soul has made a name for himself for his energetic deep house music. Together, they join forces for their collaborative "High Cutz" series, which has previously been released via Toy Tonics and Rough Limited.

        Robust and highly swung beats form the backbone of "Believe In U", while a plucked bassline grounds the groove and passionate disco vox provide the soul. “Destiny” utilizes a killer descending b-line and hooky clav lick with ingenious precision; combining the simplest of elements into a concentric house groove you could roll out till infinity. Pastaboys make good use of that b-line, adding rising strings and a more emotive chord progression to create a more late night and deeper mood. All three tracks a winner in our book. Recommended! 


        Matt says: Pure, unadulterated house music in its finest form; Black Loop, Innocent_Soul and Pastaboys deliver the deep grooves for the red lit backrooms.


        A. Side
        A1. Black Loops & Innocent_Soul - Belive In U
        A2. Black Loops & Innocent_Soul - Destiny (Pastaboys Remix)

        B. Side
        B1. Black Loops & Innocent_Soul - Destiny (Original Mix)

        Lush and sexy sample-based house music here from DJ E-Tones who revisits the classic sounds of Moodymann, Glenn Underground, Andres etc with a classy four tracker of organic sounds deftly sampled!

        "Soul Detergent" kicks off with a catchy xylophone lick paired brilliantly with a soulful vocal sample and live disco drums chopped up via the MPC. "Black Shampoo" recalls Pal Joey or Sneak with its twisted, concentric disco-house grooves bolstered with extra bass and smudged Brass Construction elements. Finally, “More And More” sees a loopy, phased jazz-funk slick combined with First Choice’s classic “Letnomanputasunder” hook for a devastating slice of late night house music Ron Hardy himself would be proud off! Most recommended. 


        Matt says: Really nice organically constructed deep-disco-house EP here from DJ E-Tones. Essential if you're into Strictly Jaz Unit, Lavida, Mahogany, Lumberjacks In Hell, Sound Signature etc etc.


        A. Soul Detergent
        B1. Black Shampoo
        B2. More And More

        Blink-and-you'll-miss-it, imported underground acid house music from the US... Matthew Brian hails from San Diego, CA. He is resident DJ & founder of House Music Fridays at Air Conditioned Lounge. "My Name Is" is a vintage acid jacker, but executed with needle-point precision and ferrocious intent. The vocal refrain: 'my name is jack, I make the acid' is the obliviously cliched vox needed to nestle into this intertwined and serpentine 303 licks. With fizzy drum boxes and a snare roll that'll melt your face off, this is high grade warehouse music that many try to replicate but few achieve such dizzying greatness as this!

        An essential addition to any club DJs weaponry...

        Limited import copies! 


        Matt says: Tasty warehouse bubbler from this San Diego talent. RIYL: Paranoid London, Posthuman, Luke Vibert etc.


        A. My Name Is
        B. My Name Is Dub

        Euphoric trance bangers from Krystal Klear which take you right back to the rushing feels of the mid 90s, without any of the cliches and all of the tingles! Executed with all the finesse and dexterity we've come to expect from this hardcore and long serving stalwart of the dance scene.

        Recorded between Paris, New York, Dublin and London and brought to you via Running Back. Recommended! 


        Matt says: Krystal Klear gets out the glo-sticks and goes for a trance-informed romp into peak time power.


        A1. Endeavour
        A2. Americana
        B1. Tokyo Flower
        B2. Excelerator

        After a long break, Dub Disco is back with a special package of magical edits. Georg Wedel gets us underway with the exotic, lilting, soft-rock belter "König Dub", which is suitably littered with drifting tape delays as Wedel chops up elements with a deft hand. Aussteiger switches tact for a southern flavoured, porch-rock groove with gospel undertones and irresistible guitar line. No idea where he's dug this from but it's pretty special indeed.

        Onto side B and Polyplay deploys a swung, 3/4 future dubber, complete with soulful beatdown vocals on "Durch die Nacht". Craftsmen concludes this head turning set with "Desperado" which pairs pitched up female vox to a rigid breakbeat and gentle subs; a curveball end of night track that completes this odd ball but infectious set beautifully. 


        Matt says: Another well sourced and re-jigged smattering of oddball dance music from the Dub Disco cartel. Certain to cause head turns, beard twiddles and forceful track ID requests.


        A1 Georg Wedel - König Dub
        A2 Aussteiger - Yusuf Dub
        B1 Polyplay - Durch Die Nacht
        B2 Craftsman - Desperado

        Lower-case and higher-vibes, loket is the saxophonic alias of Tahl Klainman, a versatile presence in Berlin’s alternative and underground scene, whose diverse productions have traversed ambient, trance, techno and jazz on labels such as Mama Told Ya, Hot Concept and Tax Free Records. More recently loket also guested on Massimiliano Pagliara’s LP ‘See You In Paradise’, which received the 2023 German Record Critics’ Award, as well as establishing Klainman as one of the few saxophonists to have jammed live to a peak-time Panorama Bar dancefloor.

        Reigniting the languid futurism of trip-hop and downtempo, ‘All Ages’ ably delivers the most inclusive distillation of loket’s sound thus far, paying respect to the influences such as William Orbit and Moby, as well as fourth-world innovator Jon Hassell’s philosophy of blending traditional instrumentation with contemporary electronic experimentalism. Mixed in collaboration with Angus Finlayson, aka Minor Science, each of ‘All Ages’ four pieces transmit the wonder and free-spirited optimism reflected on photographer Jordan Kirk’s wide-eyed cover art.

        Title track ‘All Ages’ prizes open a saxophonic wormhole to beckon an infectiously baggy groove, unexpectedly referencing the optimistic rhythm of acid-house inflected Madchester, only with gnarlier guitars to contrast a seriously insistent bassline. ‘Afternoon at Bärenquell’ boldly teases out sonic pleasure from even more idiosyncratic means, melding baroque strings and twinkling new-age melodies to loket’s emotive brass, culminating in a neo-classical finale that seems to suspend itself mid-air.

        ‘Sanders Groove’ sees loket’s sax step back on a bed of soft, jazz-inflected percussion and unpredictable electronics, melting as one into a slow-motion riff that’s equal parts indie jam and musique concrete. Finally, ‘Soft as Moonlight’ makes good on its romantic namesake with a swelling arrangement that free floats into deft percussion, dreaming and teeming with positive energy.


        Matt says: Rich musical offerings here from loket whose dense, highly colourful palette decorates the tracks off "All Ages" with a timeless pedigree. This is exceptional stuff, a new artist with a clear, definitive approach and personality. Check!


        A1. All Ages 
        A2. Afternoon At Bärenquell 
        B1. Sanders Groove 
        B2. Soft As Moonlight 

        Dansette Damage

        The Only Sound / New Musical Express

          Super cool one-off collector’s pressing in a fold out paper sleeve and specially silk-screened ‘Punk 45’ outer sleeve.

          Exact reproduction of this excellent two-sider (double B-side) ‘The Only Sound’ / ‘New Musical Express’, the debut punk single by Dansette Damage from Birmingham, originally released on the tiny Shoestring Records in early 1978.

          The tracks were produced incognito by Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin. “Robert put all needles in the red which is why it sounds so raw! Also, we couldn’t sing and you can hear Robert’s high falsetto at the top end, trying to keep us lot in tune!” said the band.

          Original copies of this record sell for over £100, so here is a chance to see and hear what all the fuss is about.

          Dansette Damage’s ‘NME’ features on Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Punk 45: I’m A Mess’.


          The Only Sound
          New Musical Express

          The Dentists

          Janice Long Session 02.04.87

            The Medway Sound comes to Precious with Kent’s finest, The Dentists. Released here for the first time ever, this is the band's one and only Radio 1 session, recorded in the spring of 1987 for Janice Long. It features their legendary cover of ‘Both Sides Now’, and two tracks that ended up on their Writhing On The Shagpile EP released in the summer. The final song, ‘Heaven’, was unreleased until it was re-recorded for 1993's Powdered Lobster Fiasco. Package includes sleeve notes from Bob Collins and a set of five postcards with rare pics – plus free download codes. Strictly limited to 300 copies.

            TRACK LISTING

            Both Sides Now
            (We Thought We'd Got To) Heaven
            Just Like Olver Reed
            A Strange Way To Go About Things


            Another Cigarette / Klat Klat / Raw

            Music From Memory / Redlight man Abel doesn't grace our release sheets that often, presumably kept busy by curating those killer labels and endlessly digging. It's a shame really because he basically has a flawless record in edit-land, selecting the coolest records you've never heard, ditching the dross and giving the good stuff the maximum space to sparkle.

            When this power-platter first surfaced in 2019 it flew (I'm talking bird, plane, superman speeds), so we never got even a sniff of a copy. Thankfully the Surfing In Kansas fraternity have seen fit to repress and I get to share my enjoyment of this record with all y'all. It's straight to the discotheque on the A-side with the drum box snap and electronic gurgle of "Another Cigarette", an absolutely class edit of a Euro-imitates-Sheffield synthpop smasher. Half sung male vocals, white noise snares and that kind of Electrifying Mojo energy. Flip it for the freaky fun of "Klat Klat", another INCREDIBLE cut which emerges from a haze of billowing pads, treated vocals and skewed rhythm grids as a blast of vocoded boogie optimism. Finally "Raw" gives it ya with no trivia, but a whole load of digi-cowbell, DX7 chimes and nipple high bass work, mid tempo action for the Balearic fam.

            TRACK LISTING

            A. Another Cigarette
            B1. Klat Klat
            B2. Raw

            Abel / A Good Christian

            Feels So Good (Feels So Right) / How Lo-o-ong

            Three releases in and Surfing In Kansas had already shot to the top of our favourite labels, offering expert edits of grooving obscurities for the adventurous DJs and dancers out there. Their flawless record continues with the fourth instalment as Abel and A Good Christian once again wield the scalpel, creating classy cuts of a pair of low slung unclassics.

            On the A-side we are finally blessed with a vinyl version of Abel's much lauded and frankly fantastic edit of "Feels So Good" by 80s pin-up and Gremlin loving sensation Phoebe Cates. Taken from her only LP, the semi-soulful but almost entirely shite "Paradise", this track is the proverbial stopped clock, a moment of musical magic as exceptional as its comrades are crap. Abel does his thing expertly here, providing subtle extensions and snips to create the 12" version that never was. If you're looking for a little moonlit boogie with a lot of heart, you'll never top this.

            Meanwhile on the flip, AGC tackles Lipps Inc.'s "How Long", a marvelously melancholic bit of Italo inspired disco which some of you may remember from Justus Köhncke's Kompakt classic 'Timecode". Though it boasts a killer bassline, high grade synth riffs and a pretty catchy chorus, some segments of the OG are unfortunate, so I'm forever grateful to Christian for this much needed rearrangement.

            This label always sells out in seconds, so get your skates on!

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Large ups to Abel and A Good Christian who continue to promote edit excellence through their Surfing In Kansas imprint. Impossible to pick a fave here, as Phoebe Cates' B-word killer "Feels So Good" and Lipps Inc's Köhncke's sampled "How Long" get an essential upcycle. Bomba!

            TRACK LISTING

            A. Feels So Good Feels So Right (Abel Edit)
            B. How Lo-O-Ong (A Good Christian Edit)

            Alton Ellis

            Blackish White

              Alton Ellis’s hypnotic funky roots anthem - a surreal dream of a ‘Blackish White’ coming down. Rarely has such lyricism been heard in reggae music. Bomb tune! 100% essential!

              TRACK LISTING

              Alton Ellis – Blackish White
              Alton Ellis & The Sound Dimension - Blackish White Version

              Hortense Ellis

              People Make The World Go Round

                Alton Ellis’s sister Hortense delivers the deepest, super funkiest heavy reggae version ever of this soul anthem originally by The Stylistics. Powered by tight horns and hypnotic, locked in organ guitar. It’s a monster with a tuff dubbed out flip. 100% essential!

                Lone Ranger

                Love Bump

                  All time party Studio One dancehall tune from the legendary Lone Ranger, guaranteed to make people dance. Monster, monster tune! 100% essential!

                  The Orielles

                  The Goyt Method

                    The Orielles on The Goyt Method: Our concept for The Goyt Method was birthed from our interest in cybernetics, improvisation and experimental electronic music. We wanted to zoom out of ‘Tableau’ (the band’s third album released in 2022) and disconnect all the pieces, rearranging them in new ways to create variations of songs, which encapsulate the whole record. We left this part of the process completely down to chance, adopting an online roulette wheel to choose our stems. This way of creating music was familiar to us from spending a lot of time remixing and record collecting, gaining an invested interest in deep listening and avant-garde electronic music.

                    The name itself comes from the initial location in which we remixed with Joel Patchett, a wintery and freezing cold Goyt Mill. From here, we coined the term ‘Goytism’ or ‘to Goyt’ which was basically our way of describing the process of repurposing and resampling acoustic sounds through digital production, making them unrecognisable from their original source.

                    The photograph on the sleeve was taken in winter 2020, our first visit to the Mill studio, our first Goyt session. 

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side A:
                    1. Tableau 001
                    2. Tableau 002
                    3. Improvisation 002
                    Side B:
                    1. Tableau 003
                    2. Tableau 004 

                    Duran Duran

                    Give It All Up Feat. Tove Lo - Erol Alkan's Extended Rework

                    Erol Alkan further expands on his production for Duran Duran’s acclaimed 2021 studio album, ‘Future Past’, with a ceremonious, widescreen rework of the single ‘Give It All Up’.

                    Recorded in London with founding members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor, as well as Blur's Graham Coxon on guitar, ‘Give It All Up’ also features contributions from Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo, whose soaring vocals anchor the dramatic progression of Alkan’s sensitive reinterpretation.

                    Blossoming in unison with Le Bon’s own iconic voice and an insistent bassline that recalls the band’s innovative ‘Night Versions’, Alkan draws closer together Duran Duran’s legendary instinct for both pop music and the dancefloor alike. Expanding on this, the 12” includes a ‘Stripped Vox’ version which appears exclusive to the vinyl edition, arranged by Alkan for his own DJ sets and proven to be a powerful tool at clubs and festivals over the past few months.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Really enjoying these Erol reworks on Phantasy. Another one of synth-pop legends Duran Duran, which he turns into a deep yet anthemic slice of late night electro-disco pop.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A. Give It All Up Ft. Tove Lo (Erol Alkan's Extended Rework)
                    B. Give It All Up Ft. Tove Lo (Erol Alkan's Stripped Vox Rework) 

                    Dimitri From Paris Vs. Chatobaron

                    Chez Madame La Baronne - Inc. Idjut Boys Remix

                    Here comes round 2 of Dimitri From Paris and Chatobaron’s live sessions on Le Heartbeat records. In a clear departure from their Silly Not Silly debut “I Like (The Music That You Play)” the 10 piece crew returns with a slightly more trippy mid-tempo groover.

                    “Chez Madame La Baronne” nonchalantly mixes highly skilled musicianship with vintage lo-fi recording. Here, Chatobaron echo the sound of West Coast jazz-funk, as if trapped in a French sexploitation flick - imagine the Mizell Brothers visiting heady Baroness Brigitte Lahaie’s mansion, and you get the picture.

                    Once again, a lot of pleasure was taken by Dimitri From Paris who directed the proceedings, meticulously arranging the sophisticated material: drum breaks, solos and horny sections, leading to an orgasmic climax. It's lush but raw, and as enjoyable at home as it is effective in the club.

                    Long time friends The Idjut Boys join the party, deconstructing the original piece from the top down. Ripping it apart to hone in on its darker parts, they deliver a solid and psychedelic Fazz Junk Version in their signature dubbed out style.

                    With label partner & vinyl digger supremo Melik Ben Cheikh, Le Heartbeat Records continue their quest to bring the higher standards of yesterday’s music to today’s ears.

                    Early support from François K, Red Greg, Volcov, DJ Deep, Alex From Tokyo, Alex Attias, Hugo LX.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Second instalment from Le HeartBeat and its our favourite wonky disco misfits the Idjut Boys on hand to dub out and derail the purist disco of "La Baronne". Another essential!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Chez Madame La Baronne (Original Mix)
                    Chez Madame La Baronne (Idjut Boys Fazz Jazz Remix)

                    DBH / The Utopia Strong

                    Jumbled Whole / The Gatekeeper

                    New one on cult Yorkshire label Golden Lion Sounds featuring renowned Manchester finger picker DBH (previously of Crowfoot and Thread Recordings). One of the most skillful acoustic guitarists I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing, his tracks of late have taken on a dreamy, enchanted elegance, which is the case here on "Jumbled Whole". A collage of serene strings, echoed artifacts and gentle strums guiding the mind through a blue sky vista filled with fluffy clouds and dancing daisies. Taking it straight to the meadows!

                    On the flip, The Utopia Strong, previously releasing on Rocket, swap the guitars for synthesizers and enter a psychedelicized alternative realm - with gated arpeggios, winding melodies and galloping drums creating the sense of a magic carpet ride through entity-rich dimensions and realities much more vast and grandiose than our own. 

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: I've been a long term fan of DBH - imbibing the spirit of John Fahay, Jack Rose, Bert Jansch etc - into modern finger picked soundscapes. The Utopia Strong are a new one on me - totally different in sound; but similarly, they conjure up imaginary dream worlds from their equipment of vintage synthesizers and rickety drum boxes. One of my favourite 7" sleeves the label have produced too!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A. DBH - Jumbled Whole
                    B. The Utopia Strong - Gatekeeper

                    Dorbachov is Damien O’Reilly, a London based techno DJ and producer from Northern Ireland. Damien’s musical journey began from listening to hardcore and techno cassette tapes in the Northern Irish countryside throughout the 90s, to becoming a regular across Ulster’s quickly emerging rave scene. After birthing the Dorbachov alias, several bookings followed and, with his ‘90s influence clearly evident in his sets, it wasn’t long before he was offered a residency at the Dublin hotspot So Loco. After a move to London, Dorbachov changed his focus and direction to the studio. Heavily immersing himself into production, he realised his true potential in formulating clever and energetic live sets. His vocational background was electrical engineering and this is clearly evident in his industrial and calculated sound that would not be a stranger in the clubs of Berlin. Now encompassing live modular elements, the “Shadows & Mirrors EP”, released on his own label Scrap & Delete; showcases the producer at peak performance, laying down three slamming techno kickers alongside four tasty locked grooves for the more adventurous jock.

                    All three tracks hark back to the vintage mid-late 90s / early 00s tribal techno sound - but done with incredible accuracy and sonic prowess. Highly rhythmical, main room workouts with pumping subs and clattering mid range; arranged to garner the maximum possible energy output from the dancefloor. If Dorbachov isn’t booked for the main stage at Awakenings festival off the back of some of this material I’ll eat my slipmats! Seriously strong. 

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: New techno firepower from London confirming that we are indeed at the beginning of a late 90s / 00s tribal techno revival. That's fine by me - techno's finest era in my humble opinion. Dorbachov knows what's up as he churns out three main room beasts plus a trio of locked grooves. TIP!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Object Consciousness 06:09
                    A2. Chasing Cat 05:32
                    B1. Shadows & Mirrors 08:33
                    B2. Appendix 1.1
                    B3. Appendix 1.2
                    B4. Appendix 1.3

                    Red Axes

                    Relax Shiva - Inc. DJ Gregory Remix

                    Red Axes return to Crosstown Rebels with their absorbing new single “Relax Shiva”, featuring a remix from DJ Gregory.

                    An electronic duo at the forefront of house and techno, Tel-Aviv-based pairing Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi, aka Red Axes, continue to advance and develop their own ever-evolving eccentric and idiosyncratic sound. Informed by new wave and post-punk through to electronic genres across the spectrum, their releases on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound, Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondant and Life and Death, coupled with recent material on Higher Ground and Shall Not Fade, have welcomed a plethora of varying soundscapes. This versatility and range is something they explore once again as they return to Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels - following on from 2015’s “Sabor” - with their latest single, “Relax Shiva”.

                    An intensely hypnotic and entrancing effort that slowly wanders and creeps between sounds and spheres covering all hours of the night, the warping “Relax Shiva” utilises resounding and deep organic percussion alongside a spiraling deeply rooted acid line at its core to guide the trance-inducing vocal calls across a near-eight-minute trip. Providing the remix on the package, Parisian house legend DJ Gregory, aka Point G, harnesses the vocals while introducing crisp, rolling drums and winding melodies, a sure-fire remix BOMB!

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Red Axes' singular and inimitable sound traverses into the electronic music powerhouse that is Crosstown Rebels. "Relax Shiva" fires acidic machine gun fire over a trench of barbed drums and deep bass. DJ Gregory's remix is a nice and tribal take, full of head splitting fx to boot. Top stuff.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A. Relax Shiva
                    B. Relax Shiva (DJ Gregory Remix) 

                    Bernardo Pinheiro & The Amazon Orchestra


                    After a string of sought-after releases on labels like Barefoot Beats, Cocada Music, Bongo Synth and Too Slow To Disco, Bernardo Pinheiro brings his seasoned production skills to Onda Boa.

                    A man at home working in a myriad of styles, the third release on the label sees Pinheiro assemble The Amazon Orchestra to create a brilliant cover of the Marcos Valle / Azymuth jazz dance classic, “Virabrequim”. Diggers of Brazilian wax and jazz-funk aficionados will know the tune from the “O Fabuloso Fittipaldi” OST that first united Marcos Valle and Azymuth in 1973.

                    Pinheiro’s updated disco version maintains the original track's swinging piano, propulsive bassline and soaring horn charts while pushing the material into the future, earning high praise from the man like Marcos Valle himself. Live bass, keys, guitar and brass bring an organic sound to Pinheiro’s stylish production, creating a euphoric take that's ready to elevate any house, disco or jazz dance set.

                    Voilaaa’s remix sees the French maestro pull back the reins a bit, stripping things down before reassembling the elements in a way that allows each section to shine in a supremely funky way. With the third release on the label, Onda Boa has cemented their sound, one which honors the iconic Brazilian originators while charting their own unique course to a cosmitropical future.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Colourful & frenetic Brazilian disco here with a real lavish arrangement. Voilaaa come up trumps on remix duties too. Perfectly timed sunshine music for the brighter months ahead.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Virabrequim (Original Disco Mix)
                    Virabrequim (Voilaaa Remix)

                    French producer, musician and DJ, Thomas Arroyo aka Laroye has over the last couple of years been dropping musical releases in all the right places: Atjazz , Vision Recordings and Freerange Records to name a few. Local Talk now get their mits on 'Let It Go' - a delightfull four tracker of beatdown house, dizzy broken beats and lashings of boogie-soul. 

                    From his studio in Brighton where he resides nowadays, Laroye has produced four highly musical compositions that recall a bit of DJ Nature and a bit of BITA; whilst fully staying within the Local Talk remit. 

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Wavy broken beats, e-soul, beatdown house, all presented with positivity and executed with aplomb. Laroye gifts Local Talk with a real doozy of an EP. Check!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Beauty In Motion
                    A2. People Out There (you Gotta Do Whatcha Wanna Do)
                    B1. Let It Go
                    B2. Grateful

                    "Pulse Love / Heaven’s Passage" is the latest EP from Ireland’s Tommy Holohan and is a direct, jugular-busting exercise in classic, peak-time techno. The first two tracks build us up to a frenzy, with "Love Pulse" setting the tension and throb levels to a maximum before "Back To The Way" (featuring another rising techno producer, Kettama) sweeps in with life-affirming keys, vintage tribal hooks and a nitro-injection of heart-racing energy. Reminds me of classic Kevin Saunderson - yes it's that good!

                    "Red For You: Torpext" ensures side B doesn't relent. A tough, rhythmic mid-sessioner that you'd expect DJ Rush to hammer to death. Nowt but drums and squealy vox for more tribal techno with those vintage feels. "Greygoose" concludes and switches things up by opening with a southern rap styled groove which descends into phosphorescent synth work and deep subs; an interesting curveball and finish on and I guess showing the diversity of this highly skilled producer. If you've a penchant for turn of the millennium tribal techno this bad boys for you.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Another slamming techno twelve this week confirming the re-interest in the late 90s/00s tribal techno sounds and processes. Tommy Holohan seems to be the real deal - with some solid DJ sets reinforcing his DJ Rush-inspired style.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Pulse Love : Heaven’s Passage 
                    A2. Back 2 The Way It Was Ft. KETTAMA 
                    B1. Red4U : Torpex 
                    B2. Greygoose 

                    Introducing the highly anticipated EP from the legendary Aston, of the Freestylers, Blapps Posse, and Rap & Aston. This time, he has teamed up with the talented DJ Quicklung to create four brand new tracks, each showcasing Aston's impeccable production skills and style.

                    The EP opens with "Raggamuffin Soldiers," a hard-hitting D&B track with classic influences that has already gained significant support across clubs and radio. Next up is "Moving On," a lively club roller that clearly showcases Aston's foundations and rave pedigree.

                    On the flip side, "Galactica" takes things in a darker direction with moody D&B vibes that pay homage to classic Suburban Base and Boogie Times, but with a fresh twist that's unmistakably 2023. Finally, "The Hangman" closes out the EP with a stunning breakbeat masterpiece that will leave listeners wanting more.

                    With its diverse range of sounds and styles, this EP is a testament to Aston's enduring talent and influence in the world of electronic music. Don't miss out on this incredible release!

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Nice new movements from long running UK hardcore / jungle label Boogie Times. Aston & Quicklung providing some serious ruffage and pressure on this hard hitting four tracker.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Raggamuffin Soldiers  
                    A2. Moving On 
                    B1. Galactica 
                    B2. The Hangman 

                    Locus returns with its latest various artists aural missive: ‘Locus Trax Vol. 3’, welcoming label debuts from Captea boss Jamahr, Leeds-based DJ/producer Mehlor, Dutch talent Project89 and an Italian pairing of Manuel De Lorenzi and Giacomo Silvestri.

                    Now established as a standalone label in its own right, Fuse’s sister imprint Locus continues to prove itself as a go-to stop for forward-thinking and fresh house music with minimal-leaning influences from both established and emerging talent. Five new names for the label as Captea boss Jamahr, Leeds-based DJ/producer Mehlor, and Dutch talent Project89 serve up fresh singles alongside a slick collaboration from Italian pairing Manuel De Lorenzi and Giacomo Silvestri.

                    Jamahr opens the package with an impactful combination of slick drums, resonant vocals and warped basslines across ‘Night Tales’, while Mehlor’s ‘BSOD’ offers up off-kilter electronics, skippy percussion and woozy low-ends. On the flip, Project89’s ‘What’s Going On’ delivers a peppy groove accented by atmospheric pads and spaced-out aesthetics, before closing via the tight, rolling grooves of Manuel De Lorenzi and Giacomo Silvestri’s ‘Sit Down’ as the two unveil a heads-down, hands-up terrace anthem.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Bumpety and skewwhiff house teasers showcasing the talent of the Locus roster. A team with the championship in their sites if this cheeky V/A EP is anything to go by. One to watch!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Jamahr - Night Tales 
                    A2. Mehlor - BSOD 
                    B1. Project89 - What's Going On 
                    B2. Manuel De Lorenzi & Giacomo Silvestri - Sit Down 

                    Monsieur Dimitri from Paris works his magic on Casbah 73's organic disco grooves with a remix treatment that surpasses all expectations.

                    'To Be Free' and 'Doing Our Own Thing' had a fantastic response when released on 12", at the end of 2019. It received wide support from people in the know like Red Greg, Danny Krivit, Folamour, Soul Clap, Kenny Dope and many others. The first pressing quickly sold out and the tracks were sounding strong on discerning dancefloors until, well, "The Thing" hit and everything stopped.

                    Despite this, the record has continued to grow by word of mouth, and so we thought it would be wonderful to have a 7" version with an edit or even a remix of the jazzy funky disco banger 'Doing Our Own Thing'. No one better than Dimitri from Paris for the job, one of the DJs who happened to tell us he loved the track. His two-part edit of 'Doing Our Own Thing' is a bomb that will make people dance for years to come.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Doing Our Own Thing (Dimitri From Paris Remix Part 1)
                    2. Doing Our Own Thing (Dimitri From Paris Remix Part 2)

                    Prince Jazzbo


                    Death Is Not The End's 333 returns to follow a reissue of the sub-label's eponymous 45 by Prince Jazzbo, with another crucial shot from his Ujama catalogue - a much-needed reproduction of the original Replay 45, complete with vocal & version. Fully licensed from the late great foundation deejay's family. A must.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Hen's-teeth rare dancehall deejay tackle here date of origin unknown! I'd hazard a guess at mid 80s, due to its primitive digital production but don't let that detract from its speaker busting soundsystem potential. This is underground as fuck! Mega reissue. Don't sleep!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Replay
                    2. Replay Version

                    Marvin Gaye

                    I Wanna Be Where You Are / I Want You

                    Marvin Gaye at his very best! Two classics from Gaye’s esteemed catalogue, ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ and ‘I Want You’ with alternative mixes that have never been on 12 inch before. Plucked from the Deluxe Edition of the spellbinding ‘I Want You’ album that was mixed Kevin Reeves & remastered by Ellen Fitton, these two cuts have always called out for loud and proud pressing on either side of a 12.

                    Up first, ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ written by the magical pairing of Leon Ware and Arthur 'T-Boy' Ross with Ware also behind the production controls. An abbreviated cover of Michael Jackson’s hit, it sees Gaye take a brief respite from his usual steamy and sensual swooning to express his love for his family. Jackson would then return the favour, taking influence from Marvin’s 1977 hit ‘Got to Give it Up’ to make ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’.

                    Originally a 1:17 minute segue on the album, the Unedited version clocks in at over 6 minutes, turning it from a transitionary passage to a standalone gem. Extending those delectable grooves, building and breaking with a sun-kissed, funk channelling feeling that washes over like a warm wave. With the 7 inch release trading hands for over £75 on Discogs this ain’t one to miss.

                    On the flip, ‘I Want You’ written by the same duo as the A, with Leon Ware once again on the production and released as part of the same ’76 album. It was an LP that introduced a change in musical styles for Gaye, songs such as this giving him a disco audience thanks to Leon Ware. The Jam-Alternate version leaves Gaye’s vocals till the final section, letting that sweet soaring soundtrack sing to its absolute emotive peak. Sunrise or sunset, this one is not to be used lightly - tears of joy on the dancefloor guaranteed.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. I Wanna Be Where You Are (Unedited Mix)
                    B1. I Want You (Jam - Alternate Mix)

                    Flammer Dance Band

                    Mer / Holder Rytme

                    Here's a hot drop for your unsuspecting asses! Lyskestrekk Records hit us with a one time repress of that blink-and-you'll-miss-it Flammer Dance Band 7" from over the summer. Selling out in seconds despite a global lockdown rendering all record shops shut, this one was too hot to handle first time round, and deserves a little extra shine. Hot, sultry and groovy sounds abound as Flammer Dance Band pull a one-two combo of  hip-shaking garage funk tunes!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Mer
                    B1. Holder Rytme

                    The Mighty Mocambos

                    International Cypher / Queen 16 Theme

                    Back in 2013 we took ourselves on a discographic adventure without really knowing what we were doing! Who would have thought that 10 years later, we'd be releasing our 50th 45 RPM record?

                    As luck would have it, we are happy to announce our new release, in collab with one of the flagship bands from today's funk scene, Germany's own "Mighty Mocambos", who have been delivering their instrumental groove and Caribbean vibes via their alter ego, "Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band" across Europe for more than fifteen years.

                    So, what better way to immortalize the raw and intense live sound that they're famous for than releasing a record on our favourite format?

                    Two sides recorded live on tape during the "Queen 16 B-Girl battle" in Berlin in 2022. Somewhat reminiscent of Can's "Vitamin C", the A side "International Cypher" has an oriental funk feel thanks to the use of the sharp sound of an electric Phin (Thai guitar), while the straight up percussive funk instrumental "Queen 16 theme" pays tribute to the B-Girls only festival, of which the soundtrack was designed for the occasion.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. International Cypher
                    2. Queen 16 Theme

                    Bombay Bicycle Club & The Staves / Karine Polwart & Kris Drever

                    The Endless Coloured Ways: The Songs Of Nick Drake

                      The Endless Coloured Ways is a collection of songs by legendary singer / songwriter, Nick Drake, performed and recorded by over 30 incredible artists from a range of different backgrounds, genres, age groups and audiences. From Fontaines D.C to Guy Garvey, and Aurora to Feist, each artist has offered their own incredible take on a timeless classic.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Road - Bombay Bicycle Club And The Staves
                      2. Northern Sky - Karine Polwart And Kris Drever

                      Wild Billy Childish & CTMF

                      Love Comes In Spurts

                        Wild Billy Childish has been recording and performing since the 1977 punk explosion. The Pop Rivets, Thee Milkshakes, The Headcoats and The Buff Medways are just a few musical outfits that Billy has been involved with part time. His day job is being an internationally exhibited artist and poet.

                        CTMF (The Chatham Forts) was the first group name Billy came up with for a group whilst he was Head of Research for The Medway Military Research Group - investigating the Medway Fortifications (as well as being an Apprentice Stonemason at Chatham Dockyard, Kent, 1976). It wasn't until 2013 that Billy got around to utilising the name. CTMF features his wife Julie on bass/vocals and Wolf Howard on drums (both playing with Billy in previous incarnations over the years). Described by Billy as 'the epitome of modern: the sound of yesterday, tomorrow!', CTMF have released ten albums and over thirty singles/EPs.

                        This four-track 7" EP includes four song versions recorded for broadcast on Marc Riley's show on BBC6 Music on the evening of 31st August 2022. Opening up with a take on Richard Hell's 'Love Comes In Spurts', (endorsed by Richard himself), followed by 'Failure Not Success', a track that showcases Billy at his poetic best. Both are alternative takes from February 2023's LP release 'Failure Not Success'. The tracks that follow are 'Petrol In A Cup', and 'Love Can Lose'.

                        "This will be much like the way we do things, and hopefully it'll be in accord with your expectation, but not necessarily" (Billy Childish - July '19).

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A
                        1. Love Comes In Spurts (alt)
                        2. Failure Not Success (alt)
                        Side B
                        1. Petrol In Cup
                        2. Love Can Lose

                        The Guy Hamper Trio

                        All The Poisons In The Mud

                          The Guy Hamper Trio is: Billy Childish on guitar, his wife Julie on bass and Wolf Howard on drums - who as it happens was the drummer in the original incarnation of JTQ - and of course features James Taylor on Hammond organ. The Guy Hamper Trio provide a bottom end, Blues-influenced instrumental mayhem for those unafraid of dirt, germs and true grime.

                          Sometimes writing press releases is really hard. There’s a certain artwork to summing up the essence of a composition to someone who hasn’t yet heard the music.

                          Thankfully - this is not the case with the latest EP from Manchester's Hidden Spheres. Tom is in his purple period - and after nearly a decade of releasing delicately constructed songs that sit in the hinterland between dancefloor and home listening, he’s finally cracked the code for creating ABSOLUTE BANGERS, with all the class and lightness of touch present from his previous work.

                          Hidden Spheres is in turbo mode - and you’ve most likely heard these tunes without knowing it - "Tanzen" has been a staple in Bradley Zero’s set for the last year and has always, always caused complete dancefloor destruction. Add in the Italo flavoured Paula Tape remix and you have one of the most exciting dancefloor propositions of the year.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: The Mancunian producer / DJ and Rhythm Section all star drops a fully club-focussed EP that's been causing 'nuff damage to those lucky enough to have an upfront promo.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Tanzen (ft. Ina) (club Mix)
                          A2. Tanzen (ft. Ina (mate Mix)
                          B1. Mind Over Mate
                          B2. Not Of This World
                          B3. Tanzen (paula Tape Remix)

                          Lovetime Guarantee is delighted to announce the official re-issue of Tobago-born Rootsman's "Wild Goose Chase", which is a perfect blend of boogie, disco, dub, funk, and reggae. This worldwide reissue is the first for Lovetime Guarantee and is expected to be the first of many rare gems spanning the soulful spectrum of music.

                          Rootsman's career dates back to the late 1970s, and he is best known for hits such as "Miami Vibes", "Rack Mih Rack Mih", "Parkway Rock", and "Soca In The Palace". He produced "Wild Goose Chase" himself and worked closely in the Trini scene with names like Leston Paul. Unfortunately, he passed away on August 21, 2015, leaving behind a rich musical legacy.

                          The LTG001 vinyl features new artwork by Sirkett, and it is a must-have for all collectors and lovers of rare tunes. Lovetime Guarantee has worked with the legal rights holders to provide this high-quality repress for all to enjoy. Originally pressed in 1986 by Crosby's, this reissue not only includes a remaster of the original but also an extended dubbed-out re-edit from Nick The Record & Dan Tyler - a version that has already received dancefloor approval from Nick's recent sets!

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Seems like we're due a disco-reggae resurgence this summer with Nick The Record and Dan Idjuts adding some extra dancefloor umph to this lilting sunshine skank from Rootsman.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A. Wild Goose Chase (Remastered)
                          B. Wild Goose Chase (Nick The Record & Dan Tyler Re-Edit Extended & Dubbed) 


                          Literary Mind - Reissue

                            Following the initial success of their single ‘Literary Mind’ (produced by Daniel Fox, Gilla Band), garage-punk sensation Sprints from Dublin, Ireland have signed to City Slang and are re-releasing it b/w a live version recorded at a raucous show at Dublin’s legendary venue Whelan’s. It's a testament to their explosive live show, and further evidence that they are one of the most ferocious and exciting acts to emerge in recent years.

                            This first release for their new label, City Slang features the original version and live version.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A:
                            1. Literary Mind
                            Side B:
                            2. Literary Mind (Live At Whelan's)

                            Leon Vynehall's steep trajectory into stardom continues. Following an acclaimed Fabric compilation and sold-out takeover of the club, plus his highly lauded Radio One residency, he returns to his own newly birthed label with another club smasher.

                            "Rosebud" is a highly frenetic, heads down slammer. Technoid stabs cementing a sturdy pulse while a whole manner of refracted sfx and voltage-injected vox fire over the top of the mix.

                            "Black Dove" rides wubbing subs and stuttered vocal snips with a skippy beat that recalls early Joy O or 2010-era Four Tet, only to elevate things further with a trance-informed breakdown that captures all the energy, spirit and euphoria of a night out to remember. A monster of a track that's brilliantly alive and addictive. Reduced and twisted on the 'Winged Version', which sees Leon bury the track even deeper underground and into the rave bunker.

                            Seriously strong 12" from this modern dance music superstar. Recommended! 

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Brilliantly produced EP from LV which tickles the system in all the right places. Whether you play techno or bass, you'll find the whole EP a joy on the senses.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A. Rosebud 
                            B1. Black Dove 
                            B2. Black Dove (Winged Version) 

                            Jazz N Palms is a jazz-funk project from Italian DJ and producer Riccio. Last summer, he released his first double album "Ses Rodes", inspired by his life in this country location, to the north of Ibiza.

                            The soft and warm grooves which usually distinguish Jazz N Palms releases, are augmented by a more upbeat, scattering groove with psychedelic guitar on this 7 inch vinyl release on Terrasolare.

                            'Tormenta Tropical' (Tropical Storm) reflects Riccio's deep connection with the natural elements of his location - those moments when the cold winds and dark clouds, combine with the hot water from the sea, creating the tropical storm.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Tormenta Tropical, Pt. 1
                            2. Tormenta Tropical, Pt. 2

                            Charms France-Lise

                            Givin' It Up / Pour Moi Ça Va

                            New 7" from Favourite. On the first side comes "Givin’ It Up" by Belgian funk band Charms. Compiled by Charles Maurice on "French Disco Boogie Sounds Vol. 2", the original vinyl 7" was released in 1982 on the famous Biram label and is now a very hard to find gem. Not really surprising considering the immediate power of this track, filled with rising chord progression, sweet vocals and immense chorus - not to mention the delicately picked guitar lines and that hefty slap bass.

                            On the other side comes another French disco underground hit with “Pour moi ça va” by France Lise. It takes only a few seconds to get driven on the dancefloor by the heavily funky guitar and bassline and the immediate energy of this song. Also compiled by Charles Maurice on "French Disco Boogie Sounds Vol. 1", this is also a quite hard to find OG. With its charming French vocals and bouncing percussions, it should delight any jock looking to inject some fun into the floor.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Two highly sought after French boogie bombs compiled onto one, officially licensed 7". Nice!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A. Charms - Givin' It Up
                            B. France-Lise - Pour Moi ça Va

                            Cristina Camargo

                            Moral Tem Hora / Minas Do Rei Salomão

                            New Parisian label, Disques Messager aims to present rarities and sought-after gems of the international rare groove scene. A mission which begins rather well, with the official reissue of these two stirring titles by Brazilian singer and composer Cristina Camargo.

                            Native of Rio De Janeiro, Cristina Camargo had quite a short career, releasing only 2 albums in 1980 and 1981, but still enough to collaborate with some of the best composers, musicians and producers at that time. Her first self-titled album was therefore produced by Robson Jorge & Lincoln Oliveti and recorded with some of the finest musicians.

                            “Moral Tem Hora” comes from this same LP and is a perfect example of the unique alchemy that emerged when disco and boogie invaded the Brazilian music scene. A rare and irresistible boogle-disco killer, composed by famous brothers, Marcos and Paulo Sérgio Valle and containing a clever arrangement which keeps you hooked till the very end.

                            On side B comes “Minas Do Rei Salomão”, a more chilled-out title extracted from Cristina’s 2nd album, “Santa Maravilha”. With its funky slapped bass, airy keyboards and the sweet vocals of Cristina, the song seems made to sip a nice cocktail at Ipanema.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Effortless glory from this lesser known Brazilian star. Perfect for sauntering around without a care in the world when you're on your jolly bobs.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Moral Tem Hora
                            Minas Do Rei Salomão

                            Stunning outernational funk for the psych breaks dancefloor featuring the mesmerizing vocals of Ukrainian jazz singer Mona. Sung in her mother language, "Moya Vode" is about the "ancient ritual to put a spell on water and remove all negativity through its power".

                            Mona and MC Fame, a well-known Ukrainian hiphop producer and activist, both left their hometown Kyiv last year and found a new home in the Hammerbrook district of Hamburg, Germany, where they quickly connected with the lively funk scene of the city. Together with the Mocambo crew they set off to work out some magic by combining universal funk grooves and Ukrainian folklore.

                            Mona's mystical soulful vocals are backed by the "Hammerbrook Sound Machine", a group featuring members of Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band and the Mighty Mocambos, with instruments like the Tsymbaly or Drymba added on top. The "folk-funk" continues more electronically on the instrumental flip side when MC Fame takes over the lead on Moog synthesizer. Dive into this spell!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Moya Vode (Part 1) [Vocal]
                            2. Moya Vode (Part 2) [Instrumental]

                            Two stoic nomads in sound, united in difference, emerge on Deep Cover with a brace of cranium rattling reanimations. Mission objective: body kinetics!

                            Two highly frenetic numbers that'll get arms flailing and hips gyrating as they venture deep into jacking zone on side A. Meanwhile on side B we get a space probing cosmic number with big gated drum splashes and hints of Italo dreaminess.  

                            12" with insert in stickered sleeve, limited to 300 hand-numbered copies.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Deep Cover continue their crucial excavations of lost cosmic oddities, rare disco and minimal wave experiments. This one's a particular curio, leaving the more intrepid listener in a whole manner of confusion as to when and whence it came.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A. Stanton Carlisle
                            B. Navarone Again

                            Alongside a brand new edits 12", Detroit superstar Andres drops a new EP for Beretta Music. Four. lush. deep house joints with his smooth signature drum loops and gloriously incidental melodies. Opener "Back In My Space" sets the scene beautifully with his casually swung drums creating a groove so delicious yet so effortless! The slower, funkier bounce of "Back To Nature" is also a particular highlight, while Airport Society aka Detroit duo of Brian Kage and Ryan Sadorus (who founded the label BerettaMusic) deliver an electrified remix of “Back in My Space”, accentuating the soulful elements, retaining the swing but switching up the sounds to suit their own unique, late night palette. 

                            All tracks possess a speaker-tweakin' warmth, with all elements mixed to perfection and the bass frequencies sitting particularly nice. Mega stuff as per usual with Dez; who should probably be awarded some kind of award for his services to Akai's MPC sampler...  Highly recommended import copies that won't hang around long.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Andres doin' what he does best - loose limbed, funky MPC jams brimming with summer soul! BBQ tackle SORTED.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Back In My Space
                            A2. Don’t Be Fooled
                            B1. Back In My Space (Airport Society Remix)
                            B2. Back To Nature

                            'Earth Is Not For Humans' is the funk definition of its not a God given right! The interstellar groove brings the outer world timing to the third planet.Be warned humans you are merely temporary visitors on the miraculous terraferma.What can be deemed more different than 'Uniquely Fresh' a jazz fusion boogie combination set in the year 2055.Lastly Shokazulu warms us down with Seeing Is Believing only Shokazulu Will Protect You.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Uniquely Fresh
                            2. Earth Is Not For Humans
                            3. Seeing Is Believing

                            Type-303 returns to Super Rhythm Trax and spreads his wings to present a very acidic 4 tracker. It’s a beautifully balanced Ep that deftly moves between filthy warehouse bangers and poignant melodies cascading over broken beats, perfect for early morning moments of reflection.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Warehouse dominators Super Rhythm Trax fire over another arsenal of bunker-destroying acid tracks courtesy of Type-303; who wields Roland's bassline generator with a sinister dexterity.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Protocol
                            A2. Like A Dragon
                            B1. Dacid
                            B2. Petsamo

                            Four Flies' new imprint Edizioni della Notte is back with a 12-inch maxi single of infectious remixes of Francesco Fisotti's boogie funk track "La Tartana" by eclectic Neapolitan DJ/producer Whodamanny.

                            The original track, which comes from the 2021 album Lido Sirena (named after a beach resort in the Salento area of Apulia, where Fisotti used to spend his summers as a child), blends funky disco, synths, drum-machine beats and improvisation into an exciting new sound that Fisotti calls "Adriatic funk".

                            Inspired by slow-tempo but irresistible Italo and cosmic disco tunes, in particular Tonino Balsamo's 1983 "Sta Guagliona Mo Ddà" (one of the rarest Neapolitan grooves ever, recently reissued by Periodica Records), Whodamanny's two remixes amplify the original's dancefloor potential by adding a nocturnal vibe and elements such as synths and electronic drums, as well as a short vocal line ("Don't stop till the music stops") to create a catchy call-and-response effect.

                            Whodamanny himself explains that he produced not one, but two remixes due to his love of extended dub versions. "It's sort of a professional quirk," - he says - "but you know, it's inevitable. You're sitting at the mixer, listening over and over to a track… Of course you'll find bits you can stretch out to create a fantastic flow! And my approach is always the approach of a DJ. I want whatever I produce to work well in my DJ sets, so these remixes too were bound to be club-oriented."

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. La Tartana (Short Night Version)
                            2. La Tartana (Long Night Version)
                            3. La Tartana

                            Potatohead People

                            What It Feels Like (feat. T3, Illa J & Kapok) [Carrtoons Remix] [feat. T3, Illa J & Kapok]

                            Potatohead People's classic tune "What It Feels Like'' featuring T3 (Slum Village), Kapok and Illa J gets a remix treatment from in demand bass player and rising star Carrtoons. Switching up the order of the verses, dubbing out the horns and adding in his signature basswork, Carrtoons gets the song into a whole other groove of its own while retaining the original vibe in a unique way. Look out for a 7" coming in Spring of 2022 with the remix and the OG on it!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. What It Feels Like (Carrtoons Remix) [feat. T3, Illa J & Kapok]
                            2. What It Feels Like (feat. T3, Illa J & Kapok)

                            This two-track release by Perko on Numbers is the Glasgow-born, Copenhagen-based artist’s first release for the label since 2020’s The City Rings. Poking his head out of the foxhole of his solitary FELT imprint for a pair of productions featuring Huerco S. and Cucina Povera, “Prang” highlights Perko’s commitment to natural collaboration as a creative ideal.

                            “Prang” is a long-simmering dancefloor cut that was torn down and rebuilt alongside Huerco S. during a joint residency at HeimA in East Iceland in late 2022, capturing the immense scale of those surroundings and the accompanying isolation. The result is an undeniable club record – an unexpected but welcome result from the two producers – with ratcheting tension and acute impact that doesn’t sacrifice psychedelic detail.

                            The dust from this anxious energy settles in the ambient “Sisu.” Created via remote collaboration with Cucina Povera, her voice has a powerful resonance with the spacious production, offering a tonal reset from the A side. The wordless vocals are luminous in an otherwise foggy track, which was developed alongside Perko’s friend and collaborator Aethers Spring.

                            Suited for dancefloor peaks and calm mornings after, “Prang” reflects the pursuit of collaborative energies and intentions that combine to succeed as more than the sum of their parts.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: The innovative Numbers label come through with a fresh new sound via Perko, Cucina Povera and Huerco S. Shimmering with electric elegance and with needle-point precision.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Prang Feat. Huerco S.
                            B1. Sisu Feat. Cucina Povera

                            Gang Of Ducks welcomes back to the catalogue its co-founder Sabla, back to his spiritual home, with a collaborative EP alongside one of the most revered and transcendental artists out there, Donato Dozzy.

                            "Crono" is a collection of 4 tracks made in the span of 2019-2022, following each other in chronological order of creation. In an era where information runs fast, and just one year ago feels like ages ago, the music inside this EP comfortably sits in a time bubble, absorbing old and new influences and melting them organically.

                            Dozzy’s signature enchanting synth sequences, created with iconic synthesizers Buchla and Ems Synthi, steadily flow in and out with digital sounds and editing by Sabla. The core of this collaboration is the exploration of these steady flows, which is a peculiarity easily found in both artists’ works. The 4 "Flusso" flow like water, like thoughts, like energy, lifting up with no specific intention if not the simple act of moving forward.

                            Artwork by Jonathan Castro Alejos and Tom Volkaert. Mastering by Neel at Enisslab Studio. 

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Modern synthesis alchemy from the sorcerer Donato D, joined by Gang Of Ducks co-founder Sabla. A philosophers' stone of sonic enchantment.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1 - Donato Dozzy & Sabla - Crono Flusso I
                            A2 - Donato Dozzy & Sabla - Crono Flusso II
                            B1 - Donato Dozzy & Sabla - Crono Flusso III
                            B2 - Donato Dozzy & Sabla - Crono Flusso IV

                            Analysis were comprised of Andy Stoddon, A.Duckmanton and M.Bourne and sometime around '91 and '92 they made "Euphoria". Originally released on Creed, with a follow-up EP of remixes released on the Eastern Bloc-affiliated M.O.S Records (fueling the false speculation that they were 808 State, as back then the group co-owned the record shop).

                            As part of their extensive reissue campaign which documents the heady highs of the UK piano house / rave scene circa '92, Salford City Records have licensed and commissioned new remixes of this classic, 2nd Summer Of Love banger which keep true to the hedonistic spirit of the original. They've even included the '1991 Temple mix' which is arguably one of its finest incarnations with its layers of incessant, jubilant piano lines galloping over slamming 90s house beats and searing strings. Pressed on heavyweight white vinyl and kickin' like a mule - this is exactly what your 90s house party needs to get it firing!

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Another steamer from the 2nd summer of love gets the luxury re-treatment from Salford City Records. All new remixes, same original flavour!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A1 – K-klass Remix
                            Side A2 – Nickon Faith Remix
                            Side Aa1 – Steve Luigi & Rob Tissera Zoom Remix
                            Side Aa2 – 1991 Temple Mix

                            Earl Lindo production from 1984... TIP!

                            Teenage twins Ruffy & Tuffy deliver an apocalyptic slab of synth drenched rub a dub with what could be the first use of vocoder in reggae for 1982’s "If The 3rd World War Is A Must". This release draws from both the original 12” and the master tapes combining the best vocal cut and dub versions. It's painfully poignant lyrical content almost predicting the exact state of the world that we live in today! 

                            Though not prolific musicians, many may recognize the twins sparring in matching red Pony track suits in Ted Bafaloukos’ iconic 1978 film Rockers. Ahead of its time in almost every way, the lyrics dealing with global war and the nefarious use of technology, sadly seem as relevant now as they did in 1982 though some of the actors may have changed. Surrounded by elite reggae musicians from childhood it was nothing unusual for the brothers to be in the presence of elders like Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, Augustus Pablo, Jacob Miller and especially Bob Marley at recording sessions and in daily life.

                            "If The 3rd World War" was their first venture into the studio as solo artists in 1982 first at Channel One and then Tuff Gong where Wailers alumni Earl Wire Lindo and Tyrone Downie (keys and Vocoder) laid down their space age additions to the track creating a genre bending reggae / electro / dub concoction that still sounds fresh 41 years later. Wire Lindo & the twins took the mastertapes to Texas based mechanical engineer and producer Stephen 'Iya' James who ran Marcus Garvey Records and the label African Unity Productions in the unlikely reggae hub of Austin Texas. The track was not released until two years later in 1984 as a 12” which had a run of only 500 copies and is no easy find these days, often fetching up to a £100.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Killer 80s Channel One / Tuff Gong rarity which might well lay claim to be the first dub track with a vocoder present. Scarily poignant in today's society; if that vocal is a little too real, then the dub should take away all your world woes in a ganja cloud of digi-dub prowess.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            If The 3rd World War Is A Must
                            If The 3rd World War Is A Must Dub

                            A Vision Of Panorama

                            Let Me / Move EP

                            As is the norm - a Tugboat tends to precede a Star Creature - and this week the two have both come into dock at planet Piccadilly. Bringing Balearic-boogie superstar A Vision Of Panorama & Sykes back to the label with remixes from Pool Boy - splish splash!

                            "Let Me" is a sun-flecked, late afternoon boogie-house jam with lavish instrumentation and even a highly accomplished clav solo! The vocal is deep and soulful, which lends itself to that 4/4 rhythm beautifully. Pool Boy's remix takes it right to the sun loungers, mellowing out the BPMs and adding languid keys and a delicate drum box; transforming the mood into a Balearic downbeat vibe which is equally as seductive as the OG.

                            "Move" sees AVOP return to a rugged house groove, galvanized with boogie flavoured instrumentation as decorated again with deep soulful vox by Sykes. Sultry and fiery, it'll sound great as the sun seeps behind the horizon after a clammy day dancing in the streets. 

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Summer's here! (is it?! - Ed). Let A Vision Of Panorama guide to the poolside, cocktail in hand, for a day of decadence splashing around with the ones you love or desire.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side 1
                            1. Let Me (4:25)
                            2. Let Me (Pool Boy Remix) (4:21)
                            3. Let Me (Midnight Mix) (4:15)
                            4. Let Me (demo Mix) (3:06)
                            Side 2
                            1. Move (4:06)
                            2. Move (instrumental) (4:06)
                            3. Let Me (Pool Boy Instrumental) (4:18)
                            4. Let Me (Midnight Instrumental Mix) (4:16)

                            Stefan Braatz & Virgo Four / Rheji Burrell

                            Everyman Jack / XTC

                            Nu Groove delivers another sublime 12” with Stefan Braatz & Virgo Four and Rheji Burrell in the hot seat. Kicking off the A-Side with ‘Everyman Jack’, a melting pot of Stefan Braatz & Virgo Four’s disparate influences, European techno toughness merges with warm house rhythms on the original, while the stripped-back Rough Dub takes a more minimal approach for the deepest recesses of the dancefloor. On the flip, Nu Groove OG Rheji Burrell opens with ‘XTC’, unmistakably Burrell in its composition with an irresistible 4/4 groove and R&B style vocal. The sunshine soundscapes and sugar-sweet keys of ‘Gimme Ya Luv’ close out the EP, with all the nostalgia and lovesickness of a 90’s NY classic.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: The Nu Groove juggernaut powers on, with an all-star cast of house technicians on hand to rejoice in the spirit of jack.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Stefan Braatz & Virgo Four - Everyman Jack 
                            A2. Stefan Braatz & Virgo Four - Everyman Jack (Rough Dub) 
                            AA1. Rheji Burrell - XTC 
                            AA2. Rheji Burrell - Gimme Ya Luv 

                            Elia Y Elizabeth

                            Alegría / Soy Una Nube

                            Elia y Elizabeth were a sister duo who in a brief yet dazzling career during 1972 and 1973 achieved great success in their native Colombia. Their concise and natural mix of styles sways between soft-pop with a touch of tropical-pastoral funk, singer-songwriter sweetened by the subtle perfume of Caribbean music and gentle psychedelia.

                            This 7-inch release features ‘Alegría’, one of the highlights from their back catalogue.

                            On the other side, the original much sort after Elia y Elizabeth song ‘Soy una nube’ is given the light of day.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Alegría
                            B1. Soy Una Nube

                            The DIY ethic reshaped in the 21st century via Bandcamp, but the fact it's somewhat lawless, means not much of it is flawless. Not so with these uncommonly good reboots of contemporary R&B joints which were previously the secret preserve of a handful of the keenest digital diggers.

                            Tried & tested sure-shots one and all, we have a VERY limited run available.

                            ALMACKS pALMAKrovides community in secret spaces. The sublime liminal. TIP!

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: ALMACKS scour the internet much like your old school vinyl digger would trawl through the white label promos looking for that nugget of undiscovered sonic gold. The methodology might have changed but the end result is still the same - obscure edits you almost certainly won't have come across, with the emphasis on soulful R&B flavoured disco cuts.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. So Ready
                            A2. Running Out Of Time
                            B1. What You Don't Do
                            B2. What's The Use

                            The Vapor Caves are from Austin, and for the Star Creature offshoot, Tug Boat Editions, they deliver a sugar-coated cover version of the Rah Band's 1983's electrofunk classic "Message From The Stars". Adding their own technicoloured palette, with woozy keys and squelchy bass working in the perfect boogie-based interplay, vocalist Yadira Brown is on hand to offer her own sweet interpretation. It's a truly sterling effort which sees this British boogie bomb flown stateside!

                            The instrumental can't be ignored either, seeing as it soars through the cosmos on skilled playing, maxing out the guitar shops and intergalactic fx.

                            Another essential addition to the Tugboat discography. Highly recommended! 

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: The Vapor Caves take on Rah Band's 1983's electrofunk classic "Message From The Stars" with dazzling results. It's all aboard the Tug Boat for another Star-studded journey into boogie bliss!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Messages From The Stars
                            2. Messages From The Stars (instrumental) 

                            Eddie C

                            Nite Moves / Smokey Bay

                            Eddie C's permanently revving Red Motorbike returns with another big sound on a small format. Side A sees a cover of Chaka Khan's "Night Moods" skillfull stretched into a piece of ocean-side Balearic boogie. No idea who's done the cover, so Eddie musta dug deep for this one - but I have to say it's got a lot more umph and swagger about it than the smoochy Khan album filler (sorry!).

                            "Smokey Bay" on side B is an instrumental soft rock number, the kinda thing you'd imagine Psychemagik to comp or Balearic Mike to play out - to a olive grove of puzzled nerd and bewildered dancers. Eddie C certainly seems to have an endless source of these unheard grooves and for that we must always be thankful for the Red Motorbike imprint! brum brum! 

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Eddie C fires up his Red Motorbike after a mild hiatus, searching out two highly obscure but deliciously infectious cuts for our listening pleasure.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A. Night Moves
                            B. Smokey Bay

                            CWPT are pleased to deliver four tracks of intoxicating after-hours dance music from Italian duo, Voodoos & Taboos. Self-releasing a number of vinyl-only releases before debuting in 2021 on Phonica AM, a new sub label of the legendary London record store, ‘Tropical Love’ refines the V&T sound further still into physicality and sensuality alike.

                            DJs with a taste for sunrise and beyond are truly spoiled for choice by Voodoos & Taboos, with each track bottling a different level of rave energy. ‘XTC’ is built around perhaps their most outlandish riff to date, alongside heavy-duty drums and cut-and-paste vocal samples reverent to an early, optimistic era of machine party music. Its A-side sister and title track, ‘Tropical Love’ is wide-eyed and warm, spring-loaded with true tech-house chords and frequent plunges into fresh pools of bass.

                            On the flip, ‘Warped’ strips the elements back further still, rolling with confidence on acid-flecked modulations and primitive piano, building towards a smooth launch into innerspace. Finally, ‘LSDREAMS’ delivers a lucid and deeply psychedelic send-off, as V&T lower the tempo to showcase the more organic side of their nocturnal inclinations.

                            Another fine addition to the steadily expanding back catalogue of Palms Trax’s label, ‘Tropical Love’ is a refreshing turn for those with no intention of calling it a night; heads music with real heart.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Taking you back to that proggy free party sound of the 90s, albeit reinforced and galvanized for modern systems, Voodoos & Taboos bring the spirit of hedonism to CWPT for four tracks of laser-guided, day-glo dance music. TIP!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. XTC
                            A2. Tropical Love
                            B1. Warped Voodoo
                            B2. LSDREAMS 

                            The Mouse Outfit

                            Sunrise Feat. One Only - Inc. Shift Ops Remix

                            Manchester's legendary and long standing group The Mouse Outfit return with the tightest head-nodding beats, jazz influences, and smooth, stoner sonics to soundtrack the summer - this time with new talent and multi-instrumentalist One Only. With Metrodome joining in on production duties "Sunrise" is the feel-good, empowering summer anthem to raise spirits; whether your BBQ'ing in Alexandra Park, cruising the ring road on the way to a jam at Six Trees or dropping on your local soundsystem.

                            Flip it for a deep liquid DnB version by Shift Ops which perfectly marries that soul-elevating vocal with smoothing rollin' breaks and powerful subs. A ridiculous flip that makes total sense. Highly recommended!!

                            Produced by Chini + Metrodome
                            Guitar: Omar Sohawon
                            Bass: Alan Keary (Shunya)
                            Keys/Drums: Chini
                            Percussion: Emanuel J Burton
                            Mixed by Phil Kirby
                            Vinyl Master by Simone Squillario

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Our favourite jazz-soul-hip-hop crew return with an absolute fire 7" in time for the summer. Gonna light up any gathering with this feel good slice of jazzy downbeat hip-hop. Raise energy levels with the tasty DnB tweak on the flip. A Manchester essential!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1 The Mouse Outfit - Sunrise
                            B1 The Mouse Outfit - Sunrise (Shift Ops Remix)

                            Dan Shake, Kaidi Tatham, Jamie 3:26 & Sam Ruffillo & Kapote take turns Toy Tonics! Cody Currie released his debut album on the Berlin label last year and now here are the remixes. Pure dancefloor joy is guaranteed on side A as Dan Shake and Sam Ruffillo & Kapote turn out killer house-flavoured tweaks of “Cash”. Both rich with party flavour and utilizing that smasher of a b-line wonderful.

                            On side B, Kaidi Tathum gets suitably smooth as the broken beats star emphasizes the skilled instrumentation, mellowing it out for a sweaty mid-afternoon jam with buckets of soul of a funk stitched through its stems. Jamie 326 then concludes, return to a housey flavour with organic instrumentation and deep, laid back vibe. Side B firmly aimed at that part of the day when you shake off your worries in a golden glow.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: As ever the Toy Tonic camp come correct. An all star squad of producers taking turns on new talent, Cody Currie and the result is a killer collection of party-centric house with a flaming hot broken beat number from Tatham thrown in to boot.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1) Cash (Dan Shake Remix)
                            A2) Cash (Sam Ruffillo & Kapote Remix)
                            B1) Money (Kaidi Tatham Remix Extended Version)
                            B2) Money (Jamie 3:26 Remix)

                            Fresh off his explosive Boiler Room performance in Liverpool, the dust is yet to settle from the electronic eruptions caused by GTOWN head-honcho and energy inducer, KETTAMA. Namely, the damage caused by his latest armoured artillery; ‘GTOWN004’, a radioactive EP with devastatingly euphoric consequences.

                            ‘Samba Soccer 2001’ is the track that opens the door to ‘GTOWN004’, as we’re welcomed by an anonymous voice that insults the listener; a perfect introduction to a project that is wildly unapologetic in its character, and utterly ruthless in its delivery. Released as the first single from the ‘GTOWN004’ EP, ‘Samba Soccer 2001’ has already been greatly received by the GTOWN faithful, and sets the tone for what is arguably KETTAMA’s most complete, and anticipated project yet.

                            The EP starts as it means to go on, as KETTAMA drops another bombshell with ‘Blitz Zuruck.’ With a euphoric soundscape which the producer partners with a punishing bassline, this track is deeply nostalgic, embodying a time-capsule in the thick of a modern rave-renaissance. Further elements of revamped rave-nostalgia are seen in ‘Slaap Lekker’, before we’re taken deep into the belly of the Galway beast with the atomic ‘GTOWN IN EFFEKT’, and finally killed off with the ‘Rock Da Cliffe Mix’ of ‘Blitz Zuruck.’

                            ‘GTOWN004’ features an ungodly blend of sounds, and in the process, creates an atmosphere that is both ecstatic enough for heaven, and sinister enough for hell. Purpose built for dance-floor destruction, KETTAMA’s infusion of stomach-churning bass, hypnagogic synthesisers, soulful vocals and contagious drum patterns result in an utterly pure, addictive sound.

                            From Galway to Vienna, Liverpool to New York, the track will be road tested amongst an armoured artillery of records, with dance-floor devastation an inevitable outcome. With his name boldly imprinted on the lineups for the likes of AVA Festival in Belfast, CRSSD in Miami, 121 Festival in New Zealand and Terminal V Festival in Edinburgh, KETTAMA’s worldwide domination of sound-systems continues.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Granite-faced new rave blasts from this now staple of the harder techno / bass scene. Kettama mixes up soundsystem pressure from across the ages to create a demolition ball of sound all of his own. Head for the bunkers!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Samba Soccer 2001
                            A2. Blitz Zuruck
                            B1. Slaap Lekker
                            B2. G-TOWN IN EFFEKT
                            B3. Blitz Zuruck (Rock Da Cliffe Mix) 

                            De Lux

                            What's Life (Idjut Boys Remixes)

                            The Idjut Boys come correct for LA duo De Lux. Two mixes of spacious
                            cosmic dub disco as only they can deliver - ltd to 300 worldwide.

                            Dan Tyler and Conrad McDonnell return, as wonky as ever, to remix hot LA duo De Lux. Two mixes of "What's Life" which sees them work the space echo and spring reverb like only they can! Constantly riding a cresendo which never seems to break, full of their trademark cowbells and big splashy drums; this is a quintessential Idjuts outing, and I can think of no better source material for their inspired live dub. Recommended!  

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Hot hyped stuff courtesy of Idjut Boys who've managed to score a remix off the new De Lux LP (also out this week). Done in their typically Droided, dubbed out, echo-laden style it finds them in solid form; and with De Lux being possibly the coolest band of the month - this is certain to blow up.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. What's Life (Idjut Boys Dub Remix)
                            2. What's Life (Original)
                            3. What's Life (Idjut Boys Seven Slackers Remix)

                            Second in a series of 7" vinyl releases on Posthuman’s Balkan Vinyl imprint - the "Kanlab series" - focused on celebrating underground artists from the label roster, are Acidulant and Panda Xpress.

                            Maltese producer, DJ, label owner and promoter Acidulant and has a long catalogue of acid releases to his name, not just on Balkan but also Flatlife, Acid Avengers, Jack Trax, Zodiak Commune and more. He brings the 303 electro on the A side here. On the flip, high tempo braindance acid breaks from a mystery artist using the pseudonym Panda Xpress. All artwork for the Kanlab series is by non-binary designer Leo Soph Welton of I Am Human Design.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Posthuman offer all us cash-strapped acid fiends a slice of inflation-busting warehouse goodness on 7" - at a price cheaper than a pint in certain parts of our city! What legends!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Acidulant - Unimaginary Friend
                            B1. Panda Xpress - Catchfire

                            Sugar Minott

                            Give The People What They Want

                              Long out of print 1979 roots reggae classic - limited 7" repress / in-demand roots anthem - backed with Prince Jammy's black belt dub cut.

                              Recorded at Channel One and mixed at King Tubby's

                              Produced by Prince Jammy

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Classic Jammy's from just before he went digital! Mixed at Tubby's it's full of that authentic original dub flavour and shows he was just as skilled and mixing these styles as he would later, dancehall.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Sugar Minott - Give The People What They Want
                              Prince Jammy - Brothers Of The Blade

                              Lacksley Castell

                              What A Great Day

                                Long out of print 1979 roots reggae classic - limited 7" repress / in-demand roots dub cut, backed with Prince Jammy's black belt dub cut.

                                Recorded at Channel One and mixed at King Tubby's.

                                Produced by Prince Jammy.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Matt says: lassic Jammy's from just before he went digital! Mixed at Tubby's it's full of that authentic original dub flavour and shows he was just as skilled and mixing these styles as he would later, dancehall.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Lacksley Castell - What A Great Day
                                Prince Jammy - Throne Of Blood

                                Lance Ferguson

                                Voo Sobre O Horizonte / Why

                                We're back with another Lance Ferguson 7" single pressed in collaboration with seminal Japanese record store Jet Set, following up on last summer's killer Brazilian Rhyme/Sweet Power Your Embrace 45!

                                This time getting the it's two selections from the second volume of Lance's Rare Groove Spectrum series, the stellar take on Azymyth's Voo Sobre O Horizonte (Fly Over the Horizon) and Ferguson's instrumental take on an all-time Balearic classic, Carly Simon's Why.

                                Cut loud to 7" wax and served in a polybag with Japanese insert. We won't have many of these so get in quick!

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Voo Sobre O Horizonte
                                2. Why

                                The Chemical Brothers

                                No Reason

                                Tom n Ed, possibly one of the UK's most influential and successful electronic music outfits, return with a brand new single: "No Reason". Featuring a bleak lyrical hook (provided by a vocal sample from Second Layer's "Courts Or War") - 'we have no reason to live / no reason at all / when will they kill us all' - the track's poignantly gloomy outlook is juxtaposed by one of their typically galvanized grooves - pairing up a punchy B-line with nuevo-disco drums, the odd vocal whoop and darting synth stabs. Add a lashing 303 and military snare rolls which allude to its shadowy war-mongering. It's stadium friendly, with soaring breakdowns and full fat processing; and has been going down a storm at their live shows for the past year or so.

                                As much as dance music is about hedonism and escapism, there's always been a political and social commentary underlining the best bits. The Chems perfectly balance energy release with wry contemplation on a track that is destined to become a global hit.

                                On the flip, they pop the cork off the dance tent, firing off sharp acid lines, precision beats and head-splitting reversals - layering up the incessant percussion lines for a fiery and frothy techno steam train that'll have everyone sweating and gasping for breath. Festival season better be ready! 

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Matt says: Nihilistic in vocal content, with clever sampling of Second Layer (me neither) - The Chemical Brothers deliver a stadium slaying hit which still has summery connotations whilst biting hard at the jugular. Always the same, always different!

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A. No Reason
                                B. All Of A Sudden

                                Moreish Idols

                                Lock Eyes And Collide EP

                                  Coherence is overrated. Especially if keeping things hazy, and not smoothing away all the rough edges, and allowing all the seeming contradictions to find their own unique harmony with each other in their own time can result in the heady magic of Lock Eyes & Collide, the second EP from South London-based quintet Moreish Idols. Across these four tracks, Moreish Idols deal in tangles of hyper-melodic guitar, sleepy-eyed murmurs glowing with unassuming poetry, blossoms of wise saxophone, rhythms that pulse and purr to their own inarguable logic. You could spend days trying to define what exactly it is they are doing over these fifteen or so minutes, but you’d be wiser to just lose yourself within Lock Eyes & Collide’s laser-guided twists and turns.

                                  Pulling into focus. They passed tracks from initial collaborative song-writing sessions along to Dan Carey, who signed Moreish Idols to his Speedy Wunderground label and produced their first release on the label, the Float EP, in the summer of 2022 (they’d released a pair of self-released 7”s before lockdown). Restless, jerky, jagged and rhythmically centred, many of Float’s energetic pleasures bore the influence of their earlier flirtation of post-punk, but the ruminative When The River Runs Dry spelled deeper treasures lay within, while the erratic, wonderful Speedboat spoke to Moreish Idols’ essential gift for mystery. Lock Eyes & Collide is something else altogether, though – a looser constellation of ideas, a clearer hint of the group’s future.

                                  The elements that compose the EP – swooning tremolo guitars, prickly melodic riddles, erudite saxophone improvs, loose and flexible rhythms – make perfect sense together, on vinyl if not on paper, sounding like Watery, Domestic-era Pavement one second and some bucolic Canterbury Scene prog the next, but always, always like Moreish Idols most of all.

                                  The future that is undefined is limitless. If Lock Eyes & Collide captures Moreish Idols’ present, what do they see in their future? “If we’d just made Float II for our second EP, people would be, ‘Oh, they’re the band that does that,” says Tom. “I’m so glad we’ve made this weird alter-ego of our first EP; now we feel we can do whatever we want.”

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Nocturnal Creatures
                                  2. Between These Ears
                                  3. Green Light
                                  4. Chum

                                  Kippis, hold on! Cold Blow is proud to announce the 12-inch re-issue of Andy Romano's sought-after Italo disco EP "Every Time Feel Allright"! The EP has been remastered by the legendary Ed DMX, with all-new artwork by Ed Cheverton.

                                  The EP’s titular opening track is a Mike Mareen-esque roller with a playful call-and-response between Andy’s passionate vocals and robotic synthesisers, making it a master class in Italo disco. The instrumental version follows, perfect for those just beginning their personal Italo journey.

                                  On the B-side, we are treated to a slightly more modern twist on the classic style. Starting with L’amour Robotique, a dramatic-romantic instrumental of robotic love, perhaps reminiscent of the classic Spacer Woman by Charlie. The final track Sayonara Robot sweeps us to the Far East with its percussive synth leads, rolling bassline, and vocoder vocals declaring “I am the robot, Sayonara Robot!”

                                  Originally released not in the 80s but in 2010, "Every Time Feel Allright" was part of a wave of releases by the young Andrea Cofrancesco from Rome. After discovering the world of Italo disco, Andrea was instantly mesmerised and became obsessed with emulating the rough, sometimes sloppy, but always unique sound of 80s Italy. Mastering his craft, Andrea went as far as cataloguing specific sounds by year while finding himself most influenced by 1983 and 1985. Through many solo releases, the young producer eventually wrote and produced songs with his idols Fred Ventura and Clay Pedrini, culminating in his success. Today, Andrea works as an illustrator and concept artist, and can be found on Instagram as @andrewcockroach.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: A truly special record for me, hammered to death at Wet Play between 2010 - 2015. Really nice to see a reissue of this modern Italo masterpiece as the initial copies were warped to buggery. Unmissable this - you have been warned!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Every Time Feel Allright
                                  A2. Every Time Feel Allright (Instrumental)
                                  B1. L'Amour Robotique
                                  B2. Sayonara Robot

                                  The cult followed Wrekin Havoc crew return with their highly anticipated third release. Covering electro-disco, euro-pop and Balearic beat, they dig deeper than your average excavator, bringing you the lost sounds from forgotten discotheques.

                                  Miss at your peril.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Double Deb
                                  A2. Boon Rocks
                                  B1. Kool Keith
                                  B2. Splash Gordon

                                  Star Creature's Italian boogie buffalo Giovanni Damico comes fresh for the label with, I have to say, a pretty tantalizing new sound. Though still rooted in that vintage boogie sound (Linn drums and slap bass a plenty...) "Watch Out" jolts out with a confident urgency. Dazzling keyboard licks, meticulously programmed drums and a frenetic b-line combining perfectly with Damico's empowered vocal. "Nowhere" is a creeping synth disco track, reminiscent of Sylvester's more electronic and sultry numbers. "Night Time" opens with bright synth bursts before dropping into a raw boogie groove littered with space echo detritus. Then the fun loving vocal drops urging you into party mode. "Voodoo" irreverently cruises into full on space disco moods - recalling Arpadys & Sauver Mallia's soaring epics. Finally, "Cowbell (Eeh Aah Eeh)" is a tropical disco flavoured beast that has end-of-night qualities written all over it. Majestic flute, fluttering muted Strat licks, galloping percussion, this baby got it all...

                                  Brilliantly diverse modern boogie flavours for the discerning dancer and jock! Highly recommended! 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: One of my favourite signings of the Star Creature camp, Giovanni Damico can always be relied upon for summat fresh. "Watch Out" takes the boogie template into dazzling new territories - a highly syncopated offering with space-age sfx but with that vintage drum programming and untreated soulful vox that's synonymous with the genre. Sure to be a true classic of the scene that's so far undiscovered.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Side 1
                                  1. Watch Out (4:54)
                                  2. Nowhere (5:49)
                                  Side 2
                                  1. Night Time (5:04)
                                  2. Voodoo (5:07)
                                  3. Cowbell (Eeh Aah Eeh) (4:31)

                                  NeighbourSoul Rhythms ain't playing around with this one. The third installment of its acclaimed NeighbourSoul Edits ranges from space disco to funk, and it's guaranteed to get your booty shaking on the dancefloor! This fourth release to date is all about the disco vibes, and Mark Gursane delivers the goods. If you're a fan of Felipe Gordon, Rahaan, or Jacques Renault, you already know what's up. “NeighbourSoul Edits Vol.3” is a fourth track banger focused on one thing and one thing only - making you dance. These four disco-funk cuts are tailor-made for the club, and they're sure to get the party started.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Hard grafting disco stalwart Marc Grusane lets us in on some exclusive tackle from his cutting boards in Chicago. There's an air of panache and flair at work here that puts him well in front of the other tape surgeons.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Love Attack
                                  A2. Dream Machine
                                  B1. Never Gonna Let You Go
                                  B2. San Fran Jubilee

                                  St. David makes his debut on NYC label Body N'Deep, with a solid EP demonstrating why this producer is so in demand right now, with 4 tracks of luxurious deep house. This 12" release comes with remixes from label head honcho Jovonn on 'The Message' and a cosmic space funk remix courtesy of Nu-Cleo on 'Wet Dreams'. Tip!

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Worth mentioning that Jovonn remix of "The Message" which combines an empowering vocal with clever and concentric grooves that few will be able to resist.
                                  "Wet Dreams" is also a beauty - a classic piece of Prescription-esque, piano driven house music for the real underground heads. TIP!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  The Message
                                  The Message (Jovonn Bnd Mix)
                                  Wet Dreams
                                  Wet Dreams (Nu Cleo Space Funk Remix)

                                  This long-awaited inaugural release from DJ Fred Spider's Voom Voom Records visits an iteration of the legendary South African jazz funk ensemble of the 20th century. Spirits Rejoice recorded two incredible jazz fusion albums in the late 70’s with amble lashings of funk and soul. As the currents of popular music shifted in the 1980s, the group got behind a modern dance side project led by guitarist Paul Petersen and produced by the genius Patric Van Blerk.

                                  The result was Doctor Rhythm and an album entitled "I Feel It Rising" from 1981. Based out of Cape Town's premier vintage vinyl emporium, Voom Voom presents the album's sultry slow-burner "I'm So Strong Now" (paired with a modern remix) and well as two versions of the disco-boogie swinger "Hook It Up" written by the pianist Mervyn Africa (the original track alongside a Fred Spider & Simbad edit and a crisp rework by DJ Turmix from NY to boot). The result is an essential dancefloor release documenting what is surely South Africa's best take on band-driven New York boogie from the disco years. - Calum MacNaughton (Sharp-Flat Records/As-Shams-The Sun)

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Two South African boogie originals nicely touched up with some modern production tricks for two equally tasty remixes. Nice idea well executed.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1.Doctor Rhythm Feat. Spirits Rejoice - I'm So Strong Now (Original)
                                  A2.Doctor Rhythm Feat. Spirits Rejoice - I'm So Strong Now (Fred Spider & Made In Africa Remix)
                                  B1.Doctor Rhythm Feat. Spirits Rejoice - Hook It Up (Fred Spider & Simbad Edit)
                                  B2.Doctor Rhythm Feat. Spirits Rejoice - Hook It Up (Dj Turmix New York Boogie Rework)

                                  Club culture in France would have been different if not for Micky Milan (real name Milan Zdravkovic). He is one of the true trailblazers of what is known today as French boogie.

                                  It all started when he was the in-house DJ of the highly popular club L'échappatoire in the Parisian suburb of Clichy sous Bois. In those days, he was well connected with Champs Disques, back then, the hippest record shop located on the Champs Élysées and had privileged access to the best imported U.S. 12" thus making his club the undisputed stronghold of disco funk.

                                  A significant fact is that he is one of the very few French artists signed on the legendary U.S. Salsoul record label with the song "Quand tu danses". Teaming up with funkateer and close friend François Feldman, the track was recorded with Feldman on keyboards along with the Gibson Brothers on percussions, drums and keyboards, a French group, originally hailing from Martinique and Kamil Rustam who later went on to work to the who&who of soul and funk music adding his powerful licks of funky guitar. The influence of Lamont Dozier of "Going Back To My Roots", fame is that of a tutelary god all over these tracks. The goal behind this EP is to highlight Micky Milan’s multifaceted musical talents, from disco funk to jazz and synth pop. The record contains two tracks never previously released on vinyl, the groovesque “Paris Amour” built on guitar riffs carrying the sexy voice of Alexandra and the instrumental version of "Quand Tu Danses"; epitomizing the essence of funk and the power of a sound on par with the American productions of the time. Hail to the pioneer.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: French boogie is the perfect merging of charm, funk and sexual energy. It's those clavs, picked guitar lines; there's just summat a bit sleazy about it! Four tracks from one of the key proponents of the scene for your after-hours x-rated delictation.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Quand Tu Danses (unreleased Full Intrumental Mix)
                                  Paris Amour Featuring Alexandra (unreleased)
                                  Quand Tu Danses (original Mix)
                                  Champion (MM Instumental Edit)

                                  Various Artists

                                  Ciao Italia. Generazioni Underground Bonus Sei

                                  Following on from the standout second Ciao Italia compilation, the mighty Rebirth bring together another collection of tracks that surf between the past, present and future, highlighting the importance and continued influence of the Italo dream house world.

                                  Alternate versions, unheard gems, certified classics and pure class as you’d expect from the likes of Doni & Leo Young, Pastaboys and the coming together of G.P.M., Steve Mantovani, Dan-E-MC and Daniele Mad alongside a double dose of new productions flying the flag for dream house via Hiver and Feel Fly.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Doni & Leo Young ‘Rebelion In The City Of Gangia’
                                  A2. Pastaboys ‘On & On’ (Panna Mix)
                                  A3. Hiver ‘Magic Crusade’
                                  B1. G.P.M., Steve Mantovani, Dan-E-MC, Daniele Mad ‘House In Full Effect’
                                  B2. Feel Fly ‘Armaduk’

                                  Oakland-based artists DJML (dan Letson) & Jerod S. Rivera debut their Later Version project with the "Swim Domain" EP on London label Third Place

                                  Across the 12”, the duo’s natural flair for hi-res IDM-tinged electronica is on full display, with four colourful and playful originals that toy with rhythm, harmony and experimentation with an almost flippent confidence. 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Check for that club levelling, palette cleanser "Chelating Ligand". Perfect for muscling some upstart off the decks and setting the tone for summat a bit more sophisticated. Elsewhere, witness ethereal electronics and red-shifted ambience that's beamed across the galaxies. Super strong EP of club / head electronix.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Chelating Ligand
                                  A2. Swim Domain
                                  B1. Effigy Tumuli
                                  B2. Aguahoja

                                  Johnny Powell

                                  Moving Out / True Love

                                  The one arm keyboard luminary is well known in the entertainment circle of Western Jamaica. Born on the 2nd of March 1954, the accomplished singer and musician hails from Hayes, Clarendon. In 1969 he went to live in Kingston until 1973. Ancel's first effort in a recording studio was inside the popular Randy's in downtown Kingston. He did a single called 'Riding On' on the Musical Barber label out of Mandeville.
                                  In 1977 he joined a group called Solid Foundation and stayed with them for two years. After that he moved to Montego Bay to sing with Stamma and the Sounds of Mobay, with who he appeared on Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1980.
                                  Johnny made the move for the United States in 1982, and formed his first own band 'Uprisers' in Pittsburgh city.
                                  One of the things he likes to talk about is how he once reunited the famed Clarendonians with Peter Austin and Ernest Wilson. Both pioneer icons were at irreconcilable odds with each other for quite some time. When he came back to Jamaica in 1985, he invited Ernest Wilson to do back-up vocals for him. For the same studio session, he also invited Peter Austin for the same back-up duties, and that was how the reunion came about. Inside famous Aquarius studio, there was Burning Spear's personal Band called Burning. The songs recorded there were 'Moving Out' and 'True Love' with top musicians : Tony Green on the saxophone, Bobby Ellis on the trumpet, Dwight Pinkney on the guitar, Calvin on percussion, Nelson Miller on the drums and Maurice Gordon on bass. This was not the first time Ancel was working with Peter Austin. When the split came in the ranks of the Clarendonians, Ancel was asked to fill the breach. He thus teamed up with Peter Austin and their first single together was entitled 'Out Of Sight'. They later entered the annual Jamaica Festival Song competition in 1975. Their entry was entitled 'Paradise On Earth' which Ancel said was quite popular. However, it was not popular enough to prevent the late Roman Stewart from copping the award with 'Hooray Festival'.
                                  After the release of 'Moving Out', Johnny moved to Miami and continued his career as a solo artist, singing with different local bands. He did a number of singles, notably were 'Faith, Patience and Love' and 'Stand Back' for a producer called Jolly in Miami. In 1988 Powell formed his second band Benja, a band which gained increasing popularity in the time in South Florida. They have performed on several festivals, played in most major clubs and were a big success in Andros Island in the Bahamas for an audience who not necessarily consider Reggae their prime choice of music.

                                  The saddest part of his life was when he lost his left hand to what doctors termed as a cancerous situation in 1977. This did not, however, stop him from learning how to play keyboards. Initially he was taught by the late Bobby Vaugh in Montego Bay and also got further teaching from jamaican saxophinist Reuben Alexander.

                                  Now approaching 70 years old, Ancel is still very active in his music. In previous years he performed at the Marcus Garvey Celebration and is currently working with the “Synergy Band” at Royalton Hotel in Negril under the stage name “Ancel P.” Let the one arm keyboard luminary life and music live eternally !

                                  Produced by Ancel "Johnny" Powell & Patricia Wallace
                                  Engineer: Melvin Williams
                                  Recorded at Aquarius Studio (Kingston, JA) in 1985

                                  Bass: Maurice Gordon
                                  Drums: Nelson Miller
                                  Guitar: Dwight Pinkney
                                  Saxophone: Tony Green
                                  Trumpet: Bobby Ellis
                                  Percussion: Calvin
                                  Keyboards: Winston Wright
                                  Backing vocals: Ernest Wilson & Peter Austin from the Clarendonians

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Jaxmwax continue to excavate the gold mines of roots and dub; with this rare double header from Johnny Powell a particular shiny nugget. "Moving Out" is a riotous slab of political reggae with a supreme hook. "True Love" has a bit of lover's rock about it, and brings some lightness in contrast to the unruly A-side.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Moving Out
                                  True Love

                                  Jahlin, whose real name is Colin Pitter, was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and moved to Canada in 1975 for his education. He graduated from high school majoring in welding in 1979 and began working as a welder in Toronto while pursuing his musical career.

                                  In 1980, Jahlin joined the reggae band Joshua on the recommendation of a fellow musician, Gregory Frank. Later, he recorded his first single "Roots Reality" under his own label, Black Echo.

                                  Jahlin's "Roots Reality" is a roots reggae song that was originally released on the Roots Reality label in 1983. Overall, "Roots Reality" is a powerful roots reggae song that showcases Jahlin's talent as a singer and songwriter, as well as his commitment to spreading messages through his music. Its particularity is the addition of violin which is rarely heard in roots reggae music.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: More deeply dug, hard to find roots from the Jamwax firm. Another 12" that'll cost you a few ton for an OG; the label have done a great job of this repress with the original artwork included for good measure. Not often you a hear a fiddle in a reggae jam - but it works!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Roots Reality
                                  Roots Reality (Version)

                                  Four disco edits aimed straight at the dance floor, rumoured to come from within the Crazy P camp. Some pretty funk drenched sounding soul which acts like a feel good tonic. Each track is an absolute cracker – a must!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Custard Everywhere
                                  A2. The Vibe
                                  B1. Love's The Cure
                                  B2. Fun Guy

                                  Underground System return to Razor-N-Tape with the Looking In EP, A 5-track offering of fresh originals and remixes.

                                  Ranging from low-slung Balearic grooves, to driving left-field funk and urgent up-tempo backbeats, the record is a fine-tuning of the US sound, complete with their signature flute and synth soundscapes, driving percussion, and catchy offbeat vocal hooks.

                                  On the B-side, RNT mainstays Nenor and Clive From Accounts take two of the tunes into clubbier territory, with a pair of remixes primed for the dance floor.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Looking In
                                  A2. Sleazy
                                  A3. Your Distraction
                                  B1. Sleazy - (Nenor Remix)
                                  B2. Looking In - (Clive From Accounts Remix)

                                  Hell Yeah heads to Brazil and the cultured sounds of Pedro Bertho for a hot new 12" that features Mariana Gehring and remixes from Romain FX and My Friend Dario. The digital version includes two bonus cuts while the vinyl is the first to have all-new artwork by FJD.

                                  Now based in France, inclusive party promoter Pedro Bertho’s music is a melting pot of sound that draws on his own personal heritage and a life spent digging for records. That means that afro rhythms, Italo melodies, rolling reggae, deep house, and plenty more all get mixed up into something new.

                                  They have come on the likes of Cracki Records and always search out innovative ways to bring euphoria to the dance floor.

                                  For the first tune, he works with Mariana Gehring, a Sao Paulo-based singer and composer influenced by new MPB and other signature Brazilian sounds like Forro, Maracatu and Samba.

                                  Their excellent 'Tornei' is a mix of full-fat bass and sensuous vocals. Fizzing synths, percussion and FX bring the energy while Gehring arrives in the breakdowns to bring the spine-tingling soul. Romain FX is a scene mainstay, label head at fauve, boiler room veteran and has released on the likes of Kalahari oyster cult and many more.

                                  His version is a retro workout with lush cosmic melodies and slinky grown-up grooves sure to get the floor full.

                                  Next is 'Elephants au 5eme', a busy mix of analogue drums and hits, wild elephant trumpets and fleshy synths that bring unusual tropical heat to any party. The same track is remixed by label regular and new school Balearic boss my Friend Dario.

                                  He plays with the vocals, layers in shimmering chords, and keeps things dubby to make for another of his signature grooves.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Tornei Feat. Mariana Gehring
                                  A2. Tornei Feat. Mariana Gehring (Romain Fx Remix)
                                  B1. Elephants Au 5eme
                                  B2. Elephants Au 5eme (My Friend Dario Remix)


                                  Woop Baby (Extended Version)

                                  Extended edit of Letherette's Woop Baby which has gained virality on Instagram and Tik Tok as well as extensive syncs with the original version gaining a huge amount of attention. 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Woop Baby (Extended Version)
                                  2. Mash

                                  Misericord invite Al Usher back to their so-occasional-it's-taking-the-piss label for the third time after his "Gnanfou" and "Hilversum" EPs - the impetus for two inspired pieces of chamber disco-not-disco: "The Evenings" and "The Visitors".

                                  Adding an off-kilter pop sensibility to his musical arsenal, Al has written his first songs, grappling with parenthood, ageing and post-Brexit identity with self-deprecation and poignancy. Vocals are provided by partner Jeanette whose immaculate diction conjures Sarah Cracknell, Jane Weaver or Would-Be-Goods by way of Neil Tennant.

                                  Incredibly catchy and buoyant, "The Evenings" is a sweet slice of beach ball Balearica, with beautiful guitar lines, driving bass and perfect disco drums. Jeanette's vocal delivery is inspired - delicate, totally original and possessing a magical quality. Al's Partial Arts partner-in-crime Ewan Pearson is on duties for additional production and mix, alongside a Sleeping Bag-ish disco re-rub of the track on the B-side for club use.

                                  "The Visitors" is just as suited for fooling around in the sand dunes on a blue sky day. Jeanette veering into territories more akin to K-pop or Japanese boogie while the instrumental section is padded and voluptuous. A late afternoon glider with exceptional arrangement and songwriting.

                                  This is a strictly limited vinyl release ahead of a full Al Usher LP due on Prins Thomas' Internasjonal label later in the coming year.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Brilliant Balearic-pop curveball here from long serving lord of sunshine music - Al Usher. The two OGs are outstanding while Ewan Pearson's double take on "The Evenings" takes the track into late night, clubbier territory. It's a massive win for all involved.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. The Evenings
                                  A2. The Visitors
                                  AA1. The Evenings (Ewan Pearson Remix)
                                  AA2. The Evenings (Ewan Pearson Instrumental)

                                  Licensed reissue of this massive piano house anthem from 1991. Originally released on Creed records and produced by the trio of Andy Stoddon, A.Duckmanton and M.Bourne - it was a particular highlight of that 2nd Summer of Love that would go on to inform a whole generation, leading many to believe it was produced by 808 State (it wasn't!).

                                  On this version Salford City Records have commissioned a new mix from Analysis plus three tasty remixes by Terrorize, MITM and the Leeman Brothers. Relieve the hedonistic spirit of the early 90s with this stone cold classic of the era! Kangol beret and Eclipse jeans not included.. 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Another lost classic from the 2nd Summer Of Love gets repackaged and repressed by the Salford City Records crew. They keep 'em comin' - and we keep on dancing!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1 Euphoria (Analysis Euphoria 2021)
                                  A2 Euphoria (Terrorize Remix)
                                  AA1 Euphoria (MITM Remix)
                                  AA2 Euphoria (Leeman Brothers Remix)

                                  Before Nick Hussey & Julie McDermott released "Don't Go" under the Awesome 3 alias, they released a few records under the E-Motion monikor. "Release Yourself" was only ever released as a white label, on the label Rhythm Of Life in 1992. Here Salford City Records have licensed that killer, rousing original alongside "Never Give You Up", also released in 1992, and two other lesser known tracks from the duo. 

                                  "Release Yourself" has to be up there in the top piano house tracks ever made. With a shirt-lifting chord progression, sugar rushing vox by Julie and just the right about of fairground energy (there's even a nod to Two Bad Mice's "Bombscare" in the breakdown!) it captures that high octane, endorphin rushing energy of the era perfectly. "Never Give You Up" is just as evocative - a sweet vocal part pairing perfectly with acid lines, strings and perc heavy beats. They don't make em like this anymore unfortunately!

                                  On the flip "Your Mind" continues with the unrelenting euphoria of "Your Mind" which samples a well known disco vocal hook; plus a version of "Touch Me", released in '91 which is monstrously huge! 

                                  Taking you right back to the waltzers and night clubs of northern England circa '92 - Salford City Records have scored an absolute doozy here - do not sleep! 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Ya gotta give it Salford City Records - I don't think anyone has done the official repress thing of this era of music as well as them. This one's a particular coup - an early Nick Hussey (of Awesome 3 fame) joint that'd rock nightclubs of the North West. The whole series has been absolutely golden.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Release Yourself
                                  Never Give You Up
                                  Your Mind
                                  Touch Me 91 (Piano Mix)

                                  After the successful 7-inch release of Agip, Roman producer and composer Azzurro 80 is back on Four Flies with another triple-single that continues his love affair with dreamy synth-pop and Italian Eighties culture and society.

                                  "Notte Inchiesta", on side A, could be the title music to an imaginary '80s investigative/true-crime program broadcast on late-night television. Clearly reminiscent in mood and texture of the soundtracks of late-70s/early-80s Italian detective-action films, it brings back the jazz-funk, post-prog and fusion overtones that characterized the music of those films. In short: a contemporary-retro sound nestled somewhere between Goblin's funk-oriented recordings, Azymuth's "Jazz Carnival", and electronic disco with a sprinkle of new wave.

                                  Side B opens with "Equilibrio", which could serve as additional, more dynamic music for the same TV program mentioned above. The style is once againelectronic jazz-funk, but here we have abreak built upon a trail of notes chasing each other.

                                  In contrast, "Sambuca", the single's closer, is deliberately nostalgic and melancholy. Perfectly suitable for visual narratives of an Italy that no longer exists, it sounds like one of those great Italian soundtrack themes that are able to convey tension and calm at the same time. The track is titled after the anise-flavoured liqueur that Italians often drink after their espresso, because "making references in my music to things that are part of our national popular culture is really important to me", as the artist has explained.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Notte Inchiesta
                                  2. Equilibrio
                                  3. Sambuca

                                  We do love the one and only Mr Roy Ayers here at Dynamite Cuts, so here are two new wonders reformatted for 7" vinyl for the first time. We have choosen two killer tracks from the "A Tear To A Smile" album.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. A Tear To A Smile
                                  2. Time & Space

                                  Barefoot Beats drop a special edition 12" maxi EP of Brazilian love affairs.

                                  Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco deliver a serious groove on “Fique Louca”, a heads down party jam cut up with joyous vocal whoops and funktastic breaks that is guaranteed to raise the dance floor pressure.

                                  Then Processman, a rising star from Salvador, lets loose a rhythm and chant fueled Bahian delight that floats around an intoxicating arp line that will drive you wild on the beach, or in the warehouse.

                                  On the flip, NYC based, Brazilian aficionado JKriv gets all loopy and wild as he looks to drive you crazy. Totally wild!

                                  The EP finishes in style with Joutro Mundo from Rio who works a sweet melodic anthem that will have you dancing and singing along in the streets.


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Another cult series, Barefoot Beats reaches the irrelevant milestone of 13. It's a really strong musical offering with all four tracks sure to please even the most casual tropical disco lover.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A. Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco - Fique Louca
                                  A. Processman - Baba Oni
                                  B. JKriv - Coisa Louca
                                  B. Joutro Mundo - Ballet Do Chocolate

                                  Over the last years a rehabilitation of the new beat genre has taken place. Short-lived, it succumbed under its own immense popularity at the beginning of the nineties, watered down once producers with an eye for commercial success - and not quality control - joined in on its seemingly easy recipe. Below the surface a lot of highly original tracks remain to be enjoyed however: the sound, with its unique mix of amongst others Chicago acid house and Belgian EBM, reveals itself to be an essential node in electronic music's Trans-Atlantic trajectory. Not least going at least someway to informing what become trance.

                                  Innershades has been a longtime enthusiast of the genre and made it a focal point of attention on "Heritage Vol. 1", the first part of a series that celebrates his inspirations and influences. Rather than making a selection of style exercises, he opts to subtly inject his tech and progressive productions with some of its tropes. It is a blend that comes naturally as menacing melodies and throbbing pulses are vital to his sound. Monolithic drum sequences, consisting of propulsive four to the flour kick drums and gated snares, run throughout the EP. On "This Is Belgium" this clear-cut rhythm structure leaves ample space for the bassline to glide and glint against the frantic SH-101 leads, while a deadpan vocal points out the release's theme. In a similar way a 303 runs havoc on "Eternal Voices". Hazy pads and understated dashes of melody furtherly infuse the track with a sense of emotive call and response. Just like most of its source material, it aims for high NRG via a low BPM. "The After Hours Club" lets a gnarled square bass line and a resonance intensive lead interplay until they get interrupted by a possibly familiar sounding news bulletin sample. "Rave Signal" finally combines an ever-modulating, hypnoid lead, silky string layers and a slab of trusty solid bass. The energetic track epitomizes Innershades's contemporary palette - it is a fitting conclusion to a record that renders regard for its precursors into current day dancefloor fervor.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: The new beat revival continues with Innershades. Rather than mine some spent source material however, he opts to recreate the pulsating coital throb of the era through his own original productions meaning these four cuts straddle the past and present perfectly. They're also much higher fidelity than some of those dodgy Euro pressings from the 90s! Big tip for EBM and new beat heads....

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  This Is Belgium
                                  Eternal Voices
                                  The After Hours Club

                                  Energy 52’s “Café Del Mar” has come to represent the most euphoric and hedonistic pleasures of dancefloors - in Ibiza and all around the world - and has been remixed by some of the biggest names in electronic music. Known for its infectious melody and its strong impact on dancefloors around the globe it charted multiple times around the world and won countless awards. Now, 30 years after its first original release, Superstition Records issues a new series of releases, with brand new remixes as well as some of the many remixes from across the last three decades.

                                  The third part in the series features remixes by Tale Of Us and Paul van Dyk, some of the most prolific electronic producers and DJs. First up are Tale Of Us, one of the biggest names on the dance circuit of the moment. Their ‘Renaissance Remix’ was first released in 2018 and has already become one of the most popular remixes of Café Del Mar.
                                  DJ Kid Paul and Paul van Dyk were close DJ buddies in the early Berlin Techno scene, and played around a hundred DJ gigs together, all around Germany and Europe, before they moved on in different directions. Now nearly 30 years later Paul van Dyk finally got the chance to remix the iconic Café del Mar. His XOXO remix slows the tempo slightly and employs crisp percussion and deep, pulsing bass while still maintaining the out-and-out exhilaration of that epic breakdown. Originally released in 2021, the Paul van Dyk remix appears here on vinyl for the first time.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: The "Café Del Mar" reissue campaign continues... not much more to say about this bona fide Ibiza anthem. I always did like the Paul Van Dyk mix of it, featured here. Never heard that Tale Of Us version either, which is decidedly more blurred and trippy than the jugular penetrating PVD version. Nice series celebrating this era-defining record.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Café Del Mar (Tale Of Us Renaissance Remix)
                                  B1. Café Del Mar (Paul Van Dyk’s XOXO Remix)

                                  Blink-and-you'll-miss-it repress of this ingenious and highly experimental slice of dubstep pressure from 2016. Suub is an alias of Bryan May aka Beam Up but here he ditches the dubwise influences for something altogether more ragged and brutal. 

                                  "Gaussian Swagger" is a shing example of halftempo engineering. One of those dubby tools you can play at 85 or 170BPM. It's deep, dark and tailored for lazer guided late night play. 

                                  Meanwhile, full of gutteral, shock inducing bass squeals, "Straight No Kissin'" twists what we already know about low end dynamics into terrifying new realms. Meanwhile, the splashy drum programming and mangled breaks insist on trying to rearrage our interior functions.

                                  Two stupendously powerful club jams - don't sleep! 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Gaussian Swagger
                                  Straight In No Kissin'

                                  LCD Soundsystem

                                  New Body Rhumba

                                  Stretch 'em out and shake off the cobwebs - LCD Soundsystem have returned, in recorded form, from a 5-year hibernation. 'new body rhumba' was written and recorded for the new Noah Baumbach film, White Noise, which is an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. It’s classic LCD, all tight and brash, with a coda headed for the second star from the right and straight on 'till morning.

                                  Single-sided 12'' vinyl, mastered and cut at 45rpm by Bob 'Sparklebear' Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, pressed at MPO in France.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. New Body Rhumba

                                  Angel Olsen

                                  Forever Means

                                    'Big Time' brought Angel Olsen to a deeper, truer sense of self than ever before. Borne from the twin stars of grief and love, the album delivered beautiful sense of certainty, the sure-footed sound of an artist fully, finally at home with herself. But within that wisdom comes the realization that there is no finish line, no destination or static end point to life while you’re living it, and Forever Means collects songs from the Big Time sessions that hold this common theme. They are, in Olsen’s words, “in search of something else.”

                                    “I was somewhere traveling,” says Olsen, “stopped for a few days and wandering the city, and I was thinking ‘what does ‘forever’ really mean? What are the things I’m seeking in friendship or love, and how can ‘forever’ be attainable if we’re always changing?’” Sitting with the reality of that entropy, Olsen realized “maybe the secret to ongoing love is to embrace change as part of love itself, that forever must have something to do with playing, looking, constantly searching things out for yourself, never letting yourself think you’re finished learning or exploring.” ‘Forever’”, says Olsen, “remains curious while trying also to be kind and honest.”

                                    All this packs into the four precious songs that comprise Forever Means, songs from Olsen’s roads traveled and the ones ahead. “Nothing’s free / like breaking free” Olsen sings, comfortable with the costs of her clarity, her heart and voice fixed on the present, the future, the not-yet-known and the beautifully unknowable.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    SIDE A:
                                    1) Nothing’s Free
                                    2) Forever Means

                                    SIDE B:
                                    3) Time Bandits
                                    4) Holding On

                                    Louie Vega

                                    Expansions In The NYC (The 45's) 10 X 7" Boxset

                                      There is a global musical movement happening right now, and an integral part of this rhythmic and cultural evolution is the legendary Grammy award-winning DJ / Producer / Artist Louie Vega.The movement is comprised of the Expansions In The NYC album and the Expansions NYC events, and it represents the very best in music, dance and club culture from New York City to London to Miami to Ibiza and every locale around the world where people appreciate the power of house music.

                                      Up next in the continuing series of product releases and events in connection with the Expansions juggernaut, a limited edition Expansions In The NYC 7” boxset on Nervous Records.

                                      “Releasing vinyl has always been part of my mantra, but this is a unique one,” said Louie Vega. “For the first time having our music released on a (10) piece 7” set along with new original art by Andrew Thiele (who also created the Expansions In the NYC Album cover), it’s a highlight in the history of all my vinyl releases. Not too many artists release 10 pieces of vinyl within a set. And what makes it even more special is the calibre of all the amazing artists who worked on the tracks and songs with me. This is a landmark and essential collector’s item. A veritable “Must Have!” Never before have all these artists graced one album together from Honey Dijon to Lisa Fischer, Moodymann to Bernard Fowler, Robyn to Unlimited Touch, and Karen Harding to Kerri Chandler. It’s a dancer’s and vinyl collector’s paradise.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: The hot and highly acclaimed collection from Louie Vega gets a 7" box set release. For lovers of real house music, "Expansions" has been one of the strongest albums in recent years.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A. The Star Of A Story Ft. Lisa Fischer 
                                      B. Deep Burnt Ft. Axel Tosca 
                                      C. Change Your Mind Ft. Bernard Fowler 
                                      D. Another Day In My Life 
                                      E. Seven Mile Ft. Moodymann 
                                      F. Come Away Ft. Kerri Chandler 
                                      G. Music Is My Life Ft. Unlimited Touch 
                                      H. You Got Me Dancing Ft. Audrey Wheeler & Cindy Mizelle 
                                      I. Chimi Ft. Elements Of Life 
                                      J. Love Has No Time Or Place Ft. Elements Of Life (Unreleased Instrumental Dub) 
                                      K. Atmosphere Strut Ft. DJ Spinna 
                                      L. Cosmic Witch Ft. Anané 
                                      M. How He Works Ft. Nico Vega 
                                      N. A Place Where We Can All Be Free Ft. Janine Lyons 
                                      O. Touch The Sky Ft. Tony Momrelle 
                                      P. Dreaming Ft. Cindy Mizelle 
                                      Q. All My Love Ft. Robyn 
                                      R. Feel So Right Ft. Honey Dijon 
                                      S. Free To Love (Louie Vega & Karen Harding) 
                                      T. It's All Good (Louie Vega Remix) (Bebe Winans Ft. Debbie Winans Lowe & Korean Soul) 

                                      Banoffee Pies Records in its 10th year of operations welcomes UK based artist Syz to the label for the 22nd Original Series Release via their "Headspin" EP. Kicking off 2023 with a 4 track collection of shape shifting hybrid techno ear worms.

                                      Distinctly playful compositions from an artist continually paving their own sonic path between drum heavy and broken beat UK techno. Focused and dynamic club music made for the sound system explored through always evolving, grime influenced post dubstep sounds and percussions. BPR x

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Hefty and upfront techno with a bass leaning advantage. Big in both Berghain and Bristol!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Headspin
                                      A2. Spiralizsa
                                      B1. Ozmogolikan
                                      B2. Earwor

                                      Borderless hi-tech soul music with loose rhythms, supported by Amsterdam jazz man Han Litz!

                                      Kennedy returns to another musical dream state bringing nocturnal visions to life through the power of machines. On this third 12" in the series he widens his sonic scope via elements of jazz and African rhythms next to his own distinctive take on the original sounds of Detroit.

                                      It's another musical offering that comes from deep within mind, body and soul. Side A sounds like a warm fusion of loose rhythms and glowing synths determined by machines, whereas the B-side is more explicitly human-made with flute recorded live by Amsterdam jazz man Han Litz, bringing a lightness of touch that imbues the music with hope and optimism. Beneath that, a battery of drums is set free calling up acoustic sounds driving from deep inside in a dense forest.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Hi-tech, full spectrum psychedelic house here aimed squarely at the cosmos. Spiritual elements combine as Kennedy sets out his synths as one to watch.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      My Friend The Sun Ft. Han Litz
                                      Heliosphere Ft. Han Litz

                                      Roberto Auser

                                      Flush / Spy Satellite

                                      Hailing from the Netherlands, Roberto Auser has been a mainstay of the underground electronic scene for over a decade. With a passion for vintage synthesizers and a knack for crafting irresistible beats, he has released a string of critically acclaimed albums and EPs that have won him a dedicated following around the world.

                                      His new release for Ferry Lane sees Roberto on a synthwave tip, and it is a testament to his skill and creativity as a producer. Flush, with its infectious beats and hypnotic synth lines, is a prime example of Roberto's ability to create music that is both danceable and emotionally resonant. On the flip, Spy Satellite showcases his versatility and range with its haunting melodies and atmospheric textures.

                                      Limited to 200 copies, hand-stamped labels.

                                      RIYL Martial Canterel, Wierd, June, Strangers For Love. 

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it cold wave romp that sounds like it's been dragged out the sewers alongside Light Sounds Dark's more recent excavations and overseen by Rodion Ga. Expert analogue synth work, nice crisp recording, ooh yes...

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A. Flush
                                      B. Spy Satellite

                                      "U.F.O" was one of the many highlights of the "Swedish Library Grooves Vol 2" LP which was released in 2022.

                                      These explorations of the mid-70's sounds of rare grooves and library music, were all reimagined, recorded and produced by a Swedish duo consisting of multi-instrumentalists Carl Johan Fogelklou and Fredrik Segerfalk aka Falk & Klou.

                                      "U.F.O" was Jason Boardman's (Before I Die) go to psychedelic jazz-funk party starter so he approached the FK Library about a release on vinyl, with an expanded version.

                                      BiD knew there was only one person for the role and were delighted when Andi Hanley (Misadventures / Nu Northern Soul / Ruf Kutz) accepted and consequently turned out a superb 7-and-a-half-minute psychedelic funk workout, expanding on the original arrangement and taking it to another cosmos.

                                      Falk & Klou: Bass, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, guitar, flute, percussion, vocals.
                                      Daniel Hanson Cederskär: Saxophones.
                                      Jakob Gudmundsson: Trumpet and flugelhorn
                                      Andreas Paylsson, Drums
                                      Rework by: Andi Hanley

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: A swampy and lysergic slo-mo cosmic number with searing guitar lines taken deep into the plasma pool by local legend, The Bat aka Andi Hanley. Before I Die goes from strength to strength, keenly eying up that label of the year award at this rate!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A. U.F.O (Andi Hanley Rework)
                                      B. U.F.O (Original Version)


                                      The City Never Sleeps / Bizzy 4 Lizzy / Midnight

                                      The legendary El-B returns to GD4YA with 3 House & Garage tracks.

                                      Perfect for the Summer & Club!

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Always exciting to hear new El-B material. A long serving vet of the underground, credited as an early pioneer of dubstep but here we see him returning to classic UKG business. Soulful, funky and dazzling - so damn hot you'll need oven gloves to handle the record!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. The City Never Sleeps
                                      2. Bizzy 4 Lizzy
                                      3. Midnight

                                      Kerri’s Kaoz Theory label unlocks the vault to two key tracks from the early days of the label that have never pressed on vinyl before.

                                      First up the man himself, Kerri Chandler with a deep, heads down stomper ‘Who’s Afraid Of The Dark’. Kerri at his hard hitting best, as vocal refrains wash over the chunkiest of synth stabs and basslines with crunched up percussion laying the basis for a track that is readymade for smoke filled clubs and pumping sound systems.

                                      On the flip, Josh Butler ‘Sunday Club’ goes deep down the rabbit hole effortlessly moving from ethereal elegance to twisted machine energy, showcasing that light and dark can sit together seamlessly to produce something seriously special.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Kerri Chandler – Who’s Afraid Of The Dark (Original)
                                      B1. Josh Butler – Sunday Club (Original Mix)

                                      Dynamite cuts 45s series is proud to release this classic rare groove dancer by the one and only Little Beaver. "Concrete Jungle" & "I Just love the way you do your thing" both taken from the "When was the last time" album and first time on 7" vinyl. The iconic sleeves and release are now added the our amazing 7" series of Muiscal delights.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Concrete Jungle
                                      2. I Just Love The Way You Do Your Thing2

                                      "We've now been at this since 2010 and over the years we've really tried to deliver the kind of house music (and beyond) that we would play, listen and dance to ourselves. We really tried to avoid the dangerous traps of following trends which in the long run can water down labels to just a music portal instead of a music brand with character.
                                      Basically, we aim to deliver our own musical personality via artists and producers that we love and respect. To sum things up, we are proud to present ‘Local Talk - 13 Years Later’.

                                      Hard to believe 13 years of soulful grooves, jazzy house and funky broken beats have passed through the pressing plants of Local Talk. Proudly long serving and independent with a justifiable loyal following. Ahead of a full compilation we get four exclusive tracks that’ll you’ll only find on this 12” sampler. From the tumbling beats and bright pianos of “Real Change” by Soul Renegades to the moody organs and squelchy bass of Nico Lahs “Happenstance” via the swirling deep house of “Light Years Away” (Wipe The Needle) and frenetic high speed jazz of The James L'Estraunge Orchestra’s “Broken Spells” - it’s a thoroughly Local Talk flavoured affair throughout. Recommended. 

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Local Talk celebrate thirteen years in the business with a various artists EP showcasing their current, highly skilled roster. It's jazzy house fusion all the way as the team deploy the LT patented blends of spacey keys, swung drums and live instrumentation. A winning formula that's kept the label at the front of the more tasteful disc jocks across the world for well over a decade.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Soul Renegades - Real Change
                                      A2. Wipe The Needle - Light Years Away
                                      B1. The James L'Estraunge Orchestra - Broken Spells
                                      B2. Nico Lahs - Happenstance

                                      DJ Eddie Fowlkes created the techno genre alongside Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Now the 'Godfather of Techno Soul' uses his extensive knowledge and experience to create a dynamic wax release drenched in Motor City inspiration - this four-track vinyl package is both a love letter to his musical roots and an inspired representation of the left-of-centre house that Classic is known for. For the lead track, 'AHYEE', Eddie carves out his own sound in a low growl as distorted percussion whirs over a four-on-the-floor beat. 'Blow' goes tougher, with an undulating bass that adds a wonky unease to the rhythmic kick and syncopated decoration. On the B-side, ‘Talking To Me’ makes use of a distinctive spoken-word vocal over an expansive and rhythmically intricate accompaniment, celebrating the culture through expert sampling and production techniques, whilst ‘Complex’ is more beat-focused with driving synth rhythms. Coming from producing some of the first techno records nearly 40 years ago, unique releases like this continue to prove Fowlkes' status as a constant innovator, and his ear for house music is undeniable.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: A triumphant return from one of the true godfathers of Detroit techno. Funky and silky; possessing that incessant Motor City spirit, this shit'll have you swinging off the rafters in no time.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. AHYEE 
                                      A2. Blow 
                                      B1. Talking To Me 
                                      B2. Complex 

                                      030303 co-founder Freek Fabricius made this record in honour of his friend Floris Bovee who passed away early in 2020. For the EP, Freek took some of Floris' musical ideas and reworked them - together with samples of Floris' voice - into four excellent mid-tempo tracks recall the organic delights of microhouse, with minute details collaged together into a detailed tapestry. It's got a loose swing, gorgeous texture and some really quitte emotional moments. Unfurling at its own pace, but by no means complacent, this mini album is among some of the most heartfelt and poetic electronic music we have come across as of late. Highly recommended for fans of Matthew Herbert, Jan Jelynek, Erdbeerschnizel, Moodymann and Romare.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Living room house music that invites you to delve deep. Organic and freeflowing throughout; with moments of blissful introspection and highly detailed sound design. A bit of a masterpiece if you ask me, and totally under the radar. RIYL: Jan Jelinek, Akufen, Matthew Herbert etc - check!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Holle Woorden (emotional Piano Mix)
                                      Floris Bovee (kom Terug Dub)
                                      Zweven Is Leven
                                      Travel Safe See You In The Next Life

                                      UK Garage legends Groove Chronicles (Noodles & Dubchild) are back with the 'Soul 'N Mind' 12" featuring their highly sought after Brokenstep edits.

                                      These have been on heavy rotation by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Charlie Dark, Bradley Zero, IG Culture and more. Limited hand-stamped and stickered copies, be quick!

                                      Groove Chronicles have releases dating back to 1997 and are legendary in the world of UKG. Founded by Noodles, who is now working with longtime associate, Dubchild. Noodles has been working in the music game for three decades, from spinning at raves in Paris when he was 17, to serving it up behind the record shop counter, to running his own label, DPR. Responsible for bonafide classics like 'Stone Cold', 'Myron' & 'Poor Man's Break', his work serves as a blueprint for many sounds across the UK bass spectrum.

                                      Leicester legend, Dubchild, stems from a musical background of reggae, hip hop, house, garage & jungle. He's released an array of dubstep & instrumental grime records through various labels since the early noughties, including Caspa's Storming Productions & Heavy Artillery, amongst others.

                                      The duo also combine under the moniker Nu-Agenda with their own hybrid house style, and have had collective support over the years from stations such as 1Xtra, NTS, Kiss, Reprezent & Rinse, DJs such as Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Mary Anne Hobbs & Ras Kwame, IG culture, Charlie Dark, Gilles Peterson, Bradley Zero, Marcia Carr, Afronaught and publications like iD, Fact, DJ Mag & Crack Magazine, to name a few.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: A Groove Chronicles AND an El-B record in one week? UKG fans are being treated as we revisit a particular golden time for UK soundsystem culture.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A. Soul N Mind (Brokenstep Main Mix)
                                      B1. Soul N Mind (Drop And Pop Dub Mix)
                                      B2. Soul N Mind (Brokenstep Mix Instrumental)


                                      Atom In Hand

                                      More singular, otherworldly, outsider house music from the Dresvn studios. There’s few producers with such an iconic take on leftfield sounds.

                                      Across the new EP (tracks left untitled) we get stuttered, gated bass, a plethora of his unique and strange rhythm boxes (which go a long way to colouring the typical SUED sound…) and ethereal melodies from enchanted gardens and forgotten forests. Almost harnessing the power of nature through electronic devices, there’s a shamanic quality to all of Dresvn’s music - ritualistic and transportive. Perfect for backrooms, after hours or all night mushrooms parties - it’s another hit from the Sued stables and unlikely to hang around long. TIP! 

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Always got time for Dresvn! Pretty much he invented what we like to call rainforest house music. The Sued label's always been home to his more mellifluous productions - evident here across six gorgeous tracks. Enter his world as you won't be sorry!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. 1
                                      A2. 2
                                      A3. 3
                                      B1. 4
                                      B2. 5
                                      B3. 6

                                      Stacked maxi EP of heavily dubbed house from part-time rockstar and full-time posterchild of Detroit's next generation. 2Lanes turns in an impressive set for Cape St. Francis' second release.

                                      "Mind Print" features Jonah Baseball on guitar.
                                      "TX Pluck" features Jonah Baseball on bass guitar and synth keys.
                                      "Everlast" features Natty G on vocals.

                                      Mixed by Salar Ansari
                                      Mastered by Rude66
                                      Artwork by Zeevaarder

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Brand new Detroit producer that's already garnered the attention of Mikey Don. With a handle on synthesis and sound design miles ahead of the pack (it's a Detroit thing); kinda reminds me of when we first heard Kyle Hall. Much like Manchester, the Motor City might be becoming gentrified but there's still a layer of underground artists still pushing the envelope and waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Diamond Rain
                                      Bootcut Chords
                                      TX Pluck
                                      Everlast Ft. Natty G
                                      Mind Print

                                      For the second release on Lord Of The Isles’s Dusk Delay imprint we see the Kimochi Sound and Hanagasumi regular, Shine Grooves deliver one of his best organic electronic odysseys to date. Spanning 6 tracks; it masterfully traverses an exciting intergalactic sonic landscape. Aptly titled ‘Pictures Of Mood’, the EP conjures vivid imagery through evocative deep experimental introspection, soul enhancing optimism and eyes-closed dancefloor dreaming. Highly textured throughout, overlapping rhythms coalesce with tinkering synth patches and staccato electronics in a deep, enveloping mood. Very good indeed.

                                      Limited vinyl run with Riso print.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Scottish synth maestro Lord Of The Isles follows up his breath taking first release with another gorgeous, fathoms deep tapestry of electronic goodness, composed by a new Andrey Kurokhtin alias. Some of the sounds and textures on show here are incredible. A truly head melting record of solo mushroom missions, afternoon mediatation or after hours serenity.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Picture Of Mood
                                      A2. Dance Ambien
                                      A3. Sverdlovskaya Sonata
                                      B1. Earth Reverse
                                      B2. Na Pike Romantiki
                                      B3. Stendhal Syndrome

                                      Dimitri From Paris Vs. Chatobaron

                                      I Like (The Music That You Play)

                                        Following up from their smash collaboration with live band Cotonete, Dimitri From Paris and Heartbeat records shop boss Melik Bencheikh, team up once again to launch their new label, Le HeartBeat. In an ongoing mission to champion the live side of dance music, they locked themselves up in a studio, with the ace players of new Parisian combo, Chatobaron. The first outing on Le HeartBeat draws from the cheekiness of London’s punk-funk, meeting with New York’s disco-not-disco. The all acoustic performance invokes the spirits of Ian Dury and Arthur Russell, bouncing on the walls of the Paradise Garage, to enter the soul of Chatobaron’s expert players, each at the top of their game.

                                        Dimitri gets on mixing duties and makes sure the rhythm section keeps the dancefloor busy. In his signature roller coaster style, he provides vocal and dub versions, chock full of breaks and drops. Working with seasoned players, using the best of vintage and modern recording techniques, Le HeartBeat Records aims to bring decades of record digging culture onto todays dance floors. A future collectors piece that both the dancers and DJs are gonna dig. 

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: As usual with a DFP tweak, there's an air of flamboyancy and celebration that few in the disco scene can replicate with such authority. It's like you're right there at Studio 54 in your best get-up living your best life!

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A1. I Like (The Music That You Play) - Club Vocal
                                        B1. I Like (The Music That You Play)- Club Instrumental

                                        Seriously good n groovy house music here from Only Music Matters and a producer preferring to remain anonymous. I've no idea why as I'd want everyone to know who I was if I'd conjured up concentric tech house grooves such as these!

                                        If you're feeling those wriggly, stripped back tunes that wAFF's been making of late, or Acid Mondays; plus labels like Hot Creations and Botanical Minds, or DJ sets from Craig Richards or Willow - then this doozy is for you. Crisp, peppered and syncopated percussion interplaying with deep bass and incomprehensible vocal murmurings. Plenty of wood block thrown in for maximum momentum. 

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: Sounding resonantly Fabric-esque, this triple-threat tech-house tickler is beautifully constructed: poised, taut, bubbly and with a glossy sheen that'll radiate outta the speaker stacks with finesse and confidence.

                                        TRACK LISTING


                                        Ian DPM

                                        One For The Waltzers

                                        As a self-described sponge for club music, London-based Bristol transplant Ian DPM has cut a singular figure in both the West Country and the capital in just a handful of years. Already situated as the tastemaker behind music curation platform Definite Party Material, co-owner of Scuffed Recordings, and Noods Radio and Rinse FM resident, Ian DPM’s emergence as a producer has marked him as an expansively curious, bass-forward figure at the bleeding edge of genre boundaries.

                                        After retreating to his hometown of Portsmouth during lockdown to absorb the blueprints of ‘90s techno, Ian emerged with a new phase of experimentation: techno-inspired and indebted, yet eschewing loops and grids for a loose-limbed, open minded engagement of the form.

                                        Taking inspiration from the iconic carnival rides that are inseparable from their high-octane happy hardcore soundtrack, “One For The Waltzers” begins with a distant rumble of muffled breakbeats that inch ever closer. But rather than dizzying lights and in-the-red maximalism, “One For The Waltzers” gradually reveals its knowingly deep shimmy and groove. It is a drum-heavy and rhythmic production, masterfully using negative space to showcase every contour of its slowed-down rave horns and acid house synth lines.

                                        “KE01” inhabits the flipside of the same sonic world. Here, feverish percussive energy contrasts against pensive melodic synth chords. It’s a heady warehouse affair, familiar and complex, referential yet contemporary, and only adds to the momentum that Ian DPM is gathering.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: Big n wobbly fairground tackle for rushing sonic nostalgia and dizzying, amyl-huffing greatness. Mega.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A. One For The Waltzers
                                        B. KE01

                                        Cyborg Nerve

                                        Cristalizacion EP

                                          Hot on the heels of their sophomore release with DJ Rocca, Cyphon Recordings welcome Tijuana’s Cyborg Nerve to the family for the third installment in their busy label schedule.

                                          A new project helmed by the Cedillo brothers - also known for their work under the monikers Soul of Hex and Mano De Fuego - Cyborg Nerve’s sound tips the hat to the roots of Detroit electro and techno.

                                          The Vicario Musique Recordings bosses have already made a mark under their Soul of Hex alias, pushing their cosmic, vibrant take on deep house. It’s caught the ear of labels and artists across the world; the likes of Delusions of Grandeur, Freerange Records and Quintessentials have shared their music and they’ve even earned the Larry Heard seal of approval, with the legendary Chicago producer stepping up to remix their 2014 track ‘Lip Reading’. As Mano De Fuego they’re also getting their music into the hands of pioneering figures in the American dance music scene - summer of this year saw them release a shamanistic debut via the inimitable Underground Resistance.

                                          For their debut outing as Cyborg Nerve, the pair deliver four tracks of old school electro grooves. Title track ‘Cristalizacion’ kicks things off. A slice of intergalactic electro; celestial pads soar above warm bass and staccato drum rhythms. Their eponymous track follows and takes the energy levels up a notch: a warbling bass line drives the track forward, whirring and revving while crisp hats fizz overhead.

                                          ‘Tijuana 3000’ is another cut that's custom-made for the dance floor. As with the title track, the duo call to mind the interstellar jazz-tinged electronics of Detroit outfit Galaxy 2 Galaxy, as they pair cosmic twinkling melodies with a hypnotic acid line that takes centre stage. ‘Machine Effect’ brings the EP to a close. Like its name suggests the track is powered by a raw, machine funk groove and precise drum programming - no bells and whistles, just pure cosmic vibrations to move your body.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A1.  Cristalizacion
                                          A2.  Cyborg Nerve
                                          B1.  Tijuana 3000
                                          B2.  Machine Effect

                                          The spectrum-spanning archive of Hudd Traxx grows at pace, and having rolled out jams from legends of the game on “Hudd Influences Vol. 1”, Eddie Leader’s acclaimed Manchester based imprint now hands a full debut to rising star… DFRA.

                                          From label fan to label artist, Buenos Aires-based Colombian, Diego Ruiz, first featured on 2019’s”‘Out Of Order : Volume 3” with “I Am House”. His new “Blue Horizon” EP confirms that statement, as we’re presented with a trio of beautifully tailored tracks, highlighting a producer who is comfortable in his craft.

                                          The shimmer and bump of the title track, evokes scenes of sun, sea and bodies moving in rhythm. A theme that runs throughout, as the perspiring vibes of “Hold Me” roll us into the club with its warm bass, pulsing keys and vocal, while final cut “Fallin’” with its hypnotic swing and thumping kick takes us deeper into the night.

                                          Adding a final peak to the package is Real Tone boss, Franck Roger. Vocal flourishes, echoing keys and that renowned golden touch from the Frenchman round out this superb debut from DFRA.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Matt says: New record on Eddie Leader's seminal Hudd Trax featuring the one and only Franck Roger who rolls out a truly classic sound on his mix of "Fallin'". The three OGs from DFRA are equally quintessential, deep house done properly - understated but unequivocally sexy.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A1. Blue Horizon 
                                          A2. Hold Me 
                                          B1. Fallin' 
                                          B2. Fallin' (Franck Roger Street Mix) 


                                          A Comforting Notion EP

                                            Dystopian. That’s the first adjective anyone ever used to describe south London auteur Heartworms, after the project was brought to life by its architect Jojo Orme. Heartworms is the conduit for Jojo’s entire identity – her laying down a purposefully discomforting challenge to the outside world but also affirming her own self and passions; which include military history (Jojo has just taken a volunteering role at The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon) and the poetry of Pound, Thomas, and Keats.

                                            Backed by a full live band, Heartworms’ performances are a masterclass in poise. Jojo describes the theatre brought to her shows - punctuated by her intense stare - as a kick back against preconceived notions of ‘smallness’ and fragility as a female musician. On stage, her projection is the very antithesis: we see an artist who is big, powerful, in total control. Uniformity plays a huge role in all things Heartworms, too. The metronomic music and meticulous fashion of bands like Interpol and Kraftwerk greatly inspires Jojo, as does PJ Harvey, whose dark sense of humour and lyrical dexterity permeates Heartworms’ songwriting.

                                            All of these facets of Jojo’s personality bear fruit on A Comforting Notion – the debut EP from Heartworms and the first release for iconic indie label Speedy Wunderground. A Comforting Notion finds Jojo working with the label’s founder - and a long term influence of hers - Dan Carey across four tracks of mesmeric, gothic-sounding post-rock and punk. The tracks were written by Jojo on guitar and synths, with drums programmed on a MIDI controller before being brought to life in Carey’s studio in his own signature, live takes-only style.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Laura says: This dark, brooding debut from Heartworms is definitely one of the best debut releases I've heard in a while. There are heavy goth undertones to the doomy synths and jagged guitars. Topped off with Jojo's distinctive, powerful vocals, these four tracks draw on plenty of influences from the 80s to present day, without sounding quite like anything else around.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Consistent Dedication
                                            Retributions Of An Awful Life
                                            A Comforting Notion
                                            24 Hours

                                            Riding high on the inexplicable tech-house adoption of their last release, Talking Drums return with hit number six. This desert island disc finds the family bagging a last minute flight to sunnier climes, where the cocktails are strong and the seas are calm.

                                            On 'Air Ecosse', the crew provide an engine overhaul to a middling slice of Scotch boogie, squeezing maximum thrust out of the new beat-y intro before a bubbling bassline and chiming chords provide some serious uplift. The captain takes the comms for a late deadpan vocal, hinting at a little Pet Shop Boys karaoke prior to touchdown in paradise.

                                            The percussion pals kick off the Birkies on the B side, boarding the bateau with a pair of proper harbour heaters. 'Too Yacht To Handle' bubbles along like Mick'n'Keef in disco mode, oozing grooves under a swooning vocal a la Nicolette Larson. A hazy arrangement lets the music play, indulging the instrumental breaks, soaring synths and subtle delays in true 12" Extended Mix stylee, perfect for peak-time at poolside or la playa.

                                            Dropping the tempo to a sunset strut, 'AORwaves' provides the perfect cool-down, as TD cut back the fat on a forgotten soft-rocker to create a cosmic yacht bomb. Low slung, sleazy and spaced out, this is gonna rock a bar set and beyond.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Mine says: Oh hello there... what's this sultry little number? Air Ecosse has to be up there with my all-time favourite TD edits, Too Yacht To Handle does exactly what it says on the tin and you can literally feel the sleaze ooze out of AORwaves - in the absolute best possible way. Cosmic after hours tackle at its finest from my favourite percussion posse!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Air Ecosse
                                            Too Yacht To Handle

                                            Awanto3 (also known for his work with Aardvarck and Kid Sublime on Rednose Distrikt) returns to Rush Hour with "Party" Volume 1. Moody and rolling MPC work outs with live accompaniment from a solid cast (Jos De Haas (New Cool Collective) on percussion and Stefan Schmid (Zuco 103) on keys). Broken beat heads look out .... this really smacks. TIP!

                                            Backstory: “Party” was born in a small village located in Wallonia during a period of house-sitting for a family on holiday. Initially my mother was asked to take care of the chickens, goat, dog and donkey but eventually I decided to take care of them to relieve my mother. This week turned out to be a small nightmare, because I think the house was being possessed by a spirit that I had to deal with night and day. The vibe of the house was so grimy, due to the fact that there were calendars with all kinds of weapons and dark oak furniture, interspersed with a huge flatscreen and blinds at the ready to be rolled out when the sun started to go down (by request of the paranoid owner). This setting affected my sketches; a dark side that was looking for contra light weight. After I took care of the animals, I had an energy to escape to my MPC to make the basis for a possible new album. When I got back in Amsterdam, I started to work out some of the sketches I’ve made in the ghost house together with Stefan and Jos in Studio K at Sloterdijk.

                                            Containing very much the essence of deep house throughout. Awanto’s skilled MPC usage and choice phrasing decorates the entire EP. A warm, spiritual affair that kicks and bumps enough for any dancefloor. If you like Moods and Grooves, Sound Signature, Andres, DJ Nature and such like - this is for you.

                                            Support from Giles Peterson, Danny Krivit, Radioslave, Axel Bowman and Laurent Garnier.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: Warm n live house music inna similar vein to Andres and DJ Nature.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            The Lime King

                                            Beau Wanzer / Hieroglyphic Being

                                            4 Dysfunctional Psychotic Release & Sonic Reprogramming Purposes Only

                                            Natural Sciences marks its 60th release with a split 12" from Beau Wanzer and Hieroglyphic Being: two cult names from Chicago's underground releasing on record for the first time! With Wanzer's hybrid industrial rap alongside Jamal's wired space ritual this is as suitably gritty & sonically challenging as we've come to expect from the label. 

                                            Wanzer spews up mainframe phlegm whilst mechanized cogs churn and whir. Jamal dials his celestial engagement knob up to +11 and fills the mix with his peppered perx, metallic screaches and forebodding tones; destroying any chakra allignent you were building on for a ground zero, leveling down of the ego.

                                            4 Dysfunctional Psychotic Release & Sonic Reprogramming Purposes Only!! Recommended. 

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: A real coup for Natural Sciences getting these two underground stars on board to mark the 60th release on this landmark MCR hub. Forever uncompromising, always innovative and often challenging the status quo - it's a typically Manchester mindset championed by Alex Hall's label. Big ups!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A. Beau Wanzer - The Table Scrap
                                            B. Hieroglyphic Being - This Is The Right Time In Human History 2 Be Stupid 


                                            Funky Boogie

                                            Moar's 45 Loves series continues with another dose of double disco delights. On side A he applies his hip-hop chops and sensibilities to Glenn Jones' "I Am Somebody", giving it a sense of urgency and freshness we might not be accustomed to. Side B sees Light Of The World's ode to the capitol from 1980, "London Town" sped up slightly, but retaining much of the original's silk and smoothness. You know the drill by now - essential twists on bar room classics for your hard working vinyl disc jock! 

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: Moar's 'fresh n tasty edits on 7" for the working bar DJ' label - 45 Loves continues in earnest. Rather than concentrate on rare and illusive source material he opts to choose classic tracks and give them inventive touch-ups / rub-downs - offering up new twists on classic sounds. It works!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A. L
                                            B. LL

                                            Joshwa adds to Hot Creations' never-ending purple patch with his label debut, a two track EP entitled "Bass Go Boom". A relative newcomer, he attracted the spotlight in 2022 via a series of high-profile collaborations alongside Lee Foss, CID, and Martin Ikin. Running solo this time, we open with the sub-tickling peaktime house of "Bass Go Boom". Loaded with cheeky vocal snips, busy rhythm section and warbling synth stabs it's never the less that phat, gliding, almost-Reece b-line that'll drag you hurtling into the dance.

                                            "Supersonic" is just as energized and frenetic, a typically grooving tech-house beat supplementing more skilled vocal chops and another precision b-line that'll please and lover of the lower frequency bands. Add to all this a hilarious spoken word passage about a guy walking into a record shop and trying to work out the tune that goes: 'bass ... bass ... bass' and you've got one of those cheeky mid sessioners that hook the crowd with its quirkiness before demolishing them with its beat and bassline. 

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: Another week another super duper tech-house bubbler from the Hot Creations crew. On board this week is Joshwa who melds both humorous and incompressible vocal utterances into fun-loving, party-fuelling tech-house power trax.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A. Bass Go Boom 
                                            B. Supersonic 

                                            For the first time on vinyl, here are the most celebrated bangers and anthems from the Colombian label TraTraTrax, including last summer's hit 'Xtasis' by Nick León, DJ Babatr and Pearson Sound. Gotta say - I'm sure the hook of that "Xtasis" track has been used by some reality TV show! Anyway, it's a hard-edged, high energy Colombian dance classic which Pearson Sound galvanzes further on his remix

                                            Ecuador's Nicola Cruz continues to push the boundaries of electronic music with his ancenstral and exotic tropes rushing through "Se Pone Caliente" - all gated to bugger giving it a very hollographic feel.  

                                            Finally "Metal Parce" is remixed by Badsista and sounds like a mix of UKF snares, tumbling cumbia rhythms and a tribal mentality. Sure to get hammered by everyone from Ben UFO to Bradley Zero. Big tip on this record folks!

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: Tasty global dance record which is hard to categorize but easy to enjoy.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Nick León Feat. DJ Babatr - Xtasis
                                            A2. Nick León Feat. DJ Babatr - Xtasis (Pearson Sound Remix)
                                            B1. Nicola Cruz - Se Pone Caliente
                                            B2. Luca Durán Feat. Parco Palaz - Metal Parce (Badsista Remix)

                                            “Pour les gens supercool.” This slick tagline caused a commotion among Belgian electronic music fans in 1985 as a jingle in Liaisons Dangereuses, the infamous radio show on local station S.I.S. Antwerpen. Hosted by Paul Ward and DJ Sven Van Hees and playing an exhilarating mix of EBM, house, new beat, acid house, Detroit techno, synthpop and more, the transmit was without a doubt trendsetting, presenting music on the radio that before was only to be witnessed in dark clubs or underground record stores. Listeners needed to make an effort though, since the S.I.S. waves only reached about 10km out of the city center. But a network of copied tape recordings and a fast growing bunch of fans - some of which even driving their cars to parking lots inside the broadcast area to hear the show - created a buzz that would easily exceed the limits of the transmission signal.

                                            In 1989 Ward and Van Hees formed their own band named after the radio show, but to avoid confusion with the eponymous German new wave band, they signed their records with Liaison D or Liaisons D. Assisted by Jan Van Den Bergh (Mappa Mundi, Kumulus, Buzz), Marcos Salon (Outlander), Frank De Wulf (B-Sides, World Party II) and J.P. Ruelle, Liaisons D released a solid string of EP’s and the album “Submerged In Sound” on USA Import Records between 1989 and 1992. We are extremely proud to present four tracks from the album here as a brand new EP, a must-have for fans of their unapologetically rough and ravy sound, testimony of a unique era in Belgium’s electronic music history.

                                            Text by Koen Galle

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: Retrospective from these Belgium club goths. Inspired by acid house, rave and hardcore; the Belgium scene took these templates and configured them to their own Up All Night mentality. Liasons D, as well as showcasing these sounds on one of the only commercial radio shows playing this sort of music, recorded these early blueprints between '89 - '92. They still sound hot today!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Stress Free 
                                            A2. Submerged In Sound 
                                            B1. He Chilled Out 
                                            B2. Astrogood 

                                            The Bodines

                                            Janice Long Session 18.11.85

                                              An early signing to Alan McGee’s Creation label, The Bodines were the missing link between Orange Juice and Echo and the Bunnymen. Never before released on vinyl, this is their first BBC session, featuring a fantastic version of C86 classic ‘Therese’ plus three more of their early setlist staples.

                                              All four of these tracks featured on their wonderful Ian Broudie produced debut album which as released a couple of years later.

                                              Package also features a set of postcards with unseen Bleddyn Butcher pics, sleeve notes by Mick Ryan and Paul Brotherton plus free download codes.
                                              Limited to 350 copies.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Laura says: One of my favourite bands from the mid / late 80's. Originally signed to Creation Records they were then snapped up by Magnet, releasing their debut album and a handful of singles before gravitating back to Manchester based Play Hard Records run by Dave Haslam and Nathan McGough.

                                              "Therese" which features on this session is a slice of pop genius!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Scar Tissue
                                              William Shatner
                                              The Back Door

                                              The Bodines

                                              Janice Long Session 09.07.86

                                                Never before released in any form, this is the second BBC session from The Bodines.

                                                Features What You Want and Slip Slide which later featured on their debut album. Slip Slide was also released as a single with Naming Names and Long Time Dead on the B-side.

                                                Package also features a set of postcards with unseen pics by Kevin Cummins, sleeve notes by Mick Ryan and John Rowland plus free download codes.

                                                Limited to 350 copies.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Laura says: Glossop four piece The Bodines were one of the most underrated bands of the mid / late 80s. They released some classic jangle-pop singles and a wonderful Ian Broudie produced LP.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                What You Want
                                                Slip Slide
                                                Naming Names
                                                Long Time Dead


                                                Theme New Bond Junior

                                                  Cryptically-named duo JOHN - comprised of John Newton (drums, lead vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitar, backing vocals) - return with their first new music since the release of their acclaimed third album Nocturnal Manoeuvres. It comes in the guise of the blistering 'Theme New Bond Junior', the A-side of a new 7" single, b/w 'Hopper on the Dial'.

                                                  Set to undulating guitar riffs and a greater sense of dynamics than ever before, 'Theme New Bond Junior' finds JOHN tackling the questioning feelings that arose as the band returned to the live circuit once venues began to open their doors as they embarked on a rapturous 30-date UK tour in autumn 2021, as well as recent festival slots at Green Man, End of the Road, Latitude, a main stage appearance at Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering and a memorable return to the mainland at Belgium’s historic ROCK HERK.

                                                  “The arts function as a mirror of our wider culture, and it’s been interesting to see how the acceleration of the present affects most aspects of our lives - including the production of art and music," says Newton. "The track was a gestation on the speed of consumption: this includes both the constant update/obsolescence of physical products and their resulting affect on the human attention span.”

                                                  “Recently, it’s been concerning to see individuals - who have been pillars of creative action - questioning their ability to continue their jobs (and passions). Especially amongst the, quite frankly ridiculous, calls to ‘retrain’. I felt like the track helped us to keep our own momentum, continuing to stay positive and move forward despite the challenging scenery around us. With this in mind, it felt like the perfect track to act as a call-to-arms, introducing a new chapter as the first glimpse of a barrage of new stuff we’ve been focussing on.”

                                                  'Theme New Bond Junior' also marks a change in production personnel: beginning a collaboration between South London recording engineer Tom Hill of The Bookhouse Studio and mixing engineer Seth Manchester (Battles, METZ, The Hotelier) of Machines With Magnets, Rhode Island, USA.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Laura says: How good is this?! Piccadilly's favourite noise makers return with this superb two tracker. Theme New Bond Junior is a typically JOHN thundering guitar and drum assault while Hopper On The Dial is a more brooding affair that slowly builds to a crescendo of soaring guitars, rumbling drums and half-spoken vocals.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1 Theme New Bond Junior
                                                  B1 Hopper On The Dial

                                                  Following on from the standout second Ciao Italia compilation, the mighty Rebirth bring together another collection of tracks that surf between the past, present and future, highlighting the importance and continued influence of the Italo dream house world. Alternate versions, unheard gems, certified classics and pure class as you’d expect from the likes of Oneiric & Vortex, GNMR, Populous, G-Connection, Snare Dream and TiEs.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Quickly up to volume 5 of this highly popular series. Rebirth's Ciao Italia collection demonstrates why Italians do it better when it comes to dreamy house music.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Oneiric & Vortex ‘Oasi’
                                                  A2. GNMR ‘Dynamics’
                                                  A3. Populous ‘Barragan'
                                                  B1. G-Connection ‘Free Your Spirit’ (Spirit Mix)
                                                  B2. Snare Dream ‘LaLaLà’ (Deep Ambient)
                                                  B3. TiEs ‘Trying To’

                                                  Private Funk-Shun

                                                  All That I Wanted Was You / Fantasy

                                                  Private Funk-Shun were a band formed in 1984 originating from the Loughton and Tottenham areas of north east London & Essex, and featured the vocal talents of Maxeen Edman-Messam - who would later go on to find fame in the early 1990s as key street soul artist Maxeen.

                                                  Originally performing under the name of Slipstream, but changing to Private Funk-Shun in 1985 after finding out another group were operating under with the same name, they toured around London & South East bringing a dedicated brit-funk following with them. Despite writing approximately 20 original tracks in their time, this self-released two-track 7" from 1986 was their only official output and has since become a certified rare groove, fetching upwards of £250 on the secondhand market.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. All That I Wanted Was You
                                                  2. Fantasy

                                                  Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight

                                                  March Of The Goober Woober

                                                  Dynamite Cuts gives you for the first time on 7" two phenomenal, headhunter's style funky jazz gems, taken from the mega rare, hard to find indie Texan Funk LP, by 47 Times its Own Weight from Fable records, back in 1975

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. March Of The Goober Woober
                                                  2. Cumulo Nimbus

                                                  Philophon's house band The Polyversal Souls is back with two classic songs from the back catalog.

                                                  The first one is Sad Nile, taken from the band's debut Invisible Joy (PH33001) from 2015, but in a re-mastered version which added some extra fire to the hypnotic rhythm and the lovely melancholic ethopian melody.

                                                  The second one is Florence Adooni's catchy highlife twister Mam Pe'ela Su'ure as an instrumental. The melody is passionately played on the flute by Philophon artist Jimi Tenor.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Sad Nile
                                                  2. Mam Pe'ela Su'ure (Instrumental)

                                                  Dynamite Cuts is proud to be able to press for the first time on 7" vinyl the superboriginal brit funk cut taken from the Rare and highly collectable 1977 self-entitled album FBI. Our A side first time on 45 cuts is "Keep on Running" the uplifting vocal groove written by Mr. Stevie Wonder, and after the awesome drum break (at the intro) it slides nto a heavy slow groove with driving vocals, and funky clav, making it a perfect vibe, an essential track.

                                                  On the flip is our part two version, a Break down with a moving up-tempo feel, a superb funky instrumental cut, edited from original master Tape. Heavy groove including a massive dj drum break, both first-time on 7" vinyl

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Keep On Running
                                                  2. Keep On Running Part 2

                                                  It’s difficult to describe Partiboi69’s sound; words feel subordinate to the energy and personality he presents. This personality bleeds into his sound, as seen with his latest EP "Naughty By Nature", in which the Aussie enigma brings born boundary-breaker MCR-T into his naughty nirvana.

                                                  Bridging the gap between techno, hip-hop, trance, booty-bass, and a further multitude of other genres, MCR-T is, like his partner in crime for this EP, Partiboi69, equally difficult to categorise: a compliment that few modern artists can claim. His pioneering mentality makes him a perfect fit for Mutual Pleasure; a label that bulldozes genre boundaries for fun.

                                                  From the sweet, funk-infused bassline of "Go To my Show", to the devilish "Blow My High", to the wildly outlandish anthem "Sex In The Club", and ultimately the brazen "Get Freaky", every track within "Naughty By Nature" has a mind of its own, and its own unique character.

                                                  To partner the infectious production of each track, both Partiboi69 and MCR-T flex their muscles with vocal work, as the pair masterfully manipulate the microphone to create a dynamic element to their sound; one that is totally controlled by the devious double act.

                                                  Despite their differences, each track shares a common ancestor in Partiboi69 and MCR-T: mischief, rebellion and exuberance are deeply embedded into their DNA, and consequently, these qualities characterise the overall personality of this EP.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: I've been waiting for this one! "Go To My Show" refuses to leave my headspace since I first heard the clips. A total booty-fused earworm that'll cross all existing nightclub boundaries and become a bona fide modern anthem for summer '23! Let's have it!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. MCR-T & Partiboi69 - Go To My Show
                                                  A2. MCR-T & Partiboi69 - Sex In The Club
                                                  B1. MCR-T - Blow My High
                                                  B2. Partiboi69 - Get Freaky


                                                  Psycho 2000 / White Spiritual

                                                  "Psycho 2000" - a dark but funky theme that begins with an occulting Italian echo-oscillator drone that is soon followed by pulsating bass and breakbeat drums, leads to tremolo guitars, an ostinato on electric mandolas, strings climbing eloquent ladders, otherworldly electronics, and a cinematic finale.

                                                  An evocation of a parade of wooden nutcracker soldiers elaborately dressed in gold-trimmed black uniforms down a wide avenue decorated with mardi gras beads and animal skulls upon golden cobblestones toward a tornado spiraling out purple-hued glissandos and curlicues of elephant smoke.

                                                  "White Spiritual" - head nod action, the twinkling of a late 60’s Vox Continental II with sickly transistors, the noodling matrix of an intergalactic telephone exchange carried on a bed of bouncy bass with a firm backbeat.

                                                  The Johnny Guitar Watson-esque bite and sting of a ‘67 Teisco guitar preludes slabs of unison dark brown moog and organ giving way to the dance of fingers over the black naturals and white sharps of the Continental II.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Hefty library breaks double header that's bound to tickle the fancy of potential beatsmiths, rappers, funk DJs and, of course, 45 collectors. The drums crack, the guitars fuzz and the organs chime in a glorious cacophany!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Psycho 2000
                                                  White Spiritual

                                                  Midnight Runners

                                                  I Like Funky / Kuda Arabs

                                                  2 sick Indo-disco underground edits from Indonesian disco lord Midnight runners. Source material completely unknown but utterly infectious. Both are spewing over with funk and frivolities as we journey through one 4/4 disco number with beautiful female vox and another, breakbeat psyche-funk-rock jam with squelchy keyboards and fuzzed up guitars. If you dig the jams Andy Votel and the Finders Keepers mob have excavated through the years, then this one's for you no doubt.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: "Kuda Arabs" is a rousing, fiery slice of infectious Indo-disco. Meanwhile "I Like Funky" sounds like Steve Winwood and Hendrix jamming in the palm trees. Top stuff indeed and well under the radar of your average jock.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  I Like Funky
                                                  Kuda Arabs

                                                  Kermesse have been a regular feature of The Magic Movement after dropping their debut album on the label in 2018.

                                                  The Limbo EP is the duo's sixth release on the imprint. They have also featured their spellbinding style of stripped-back organic house on other highly respected record labels such as Sol Selectas, Bar 25 Music, Stil Vor Talent and LNDKHN.

                                                  Based in Buenos Aires, Pedro and Gurtz aka Kermesse are outstanding musicians who fuse live instrumentation and Pedro's vocals with electronic beats to create coloUrful downtempo grooves. They are also famed for their captivating live shows where they perform their tunes with lots of improvisation and dazzle the dance floor with their enchanting style.

                                                  'Limbo' opens with a plodding bassline and crisp percussion sequenced into shuffling rhythms which form the foundation for the track's trippy vocals and intricate melody.
                                                  'On The Road' is just as groovy, with a rippling modulation bassline featuring acid undertones and a deep melody washed in reverence to give it a dreamscape atmosphere.
                                                  'Wawanko' is an upbeat and jovial track with lots of atmospheric textures and an uplifting melody that fills the track with feel-good vibes, while the percussion provides a dance floor focused groove.
                                                  'Melting' closes out the release with a bewitching feeling, psychedelic lyrics and a gleeful melody that fills the track with heart-warming energy.
                                                  Arguably saving the best until last, this is a standout track that will move mind, body and soul.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: The Magic Movement & Kermesse continue to cement the label's adventurous ethos with four bouncy cosmic tracks that contain this now trademark sound palette palette. If you've dug previous released by Noema, Bosquemar & Fuyen and Coss - you're gonna love this!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. On The Road
                                                  A2. Limbo
                                                  B1. Melting
                                                  B2. Wawanko

                                                  Manchester based DJ / producer Antagonist cues up a collection of dense and uncompromising electronic tracks on his R&S Records debut. The "Rites" EP pulls together 5 new tracks that lean on the artist’s drum ‘n’ bass roots and influences, a sound that has informed his DJ sets and studio productions since he launched the project in 2004.

                                                  Channeling his productions towards the more cinematic and darker side of drum ‘n’ bass and broken beats, Antagonist has released a strong run of EPs for labels such as Samurai Music, Ronin Ordinance, One. Seventy and his own Discipline imprint, stamping his hybrid sound across these well received releases.

                                                  Layers upon layers of shadowy ambience and wistful tones are punctured by hard edged beat-science, as Antagonist goes in deep on the complex breakbeats, chopping back and forth knifelike loops and dynamic kicks. A highly accomplished debut for the R&S label from this sonically exciting young producer and another shining example of innovation and creativity from within our city. 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Dreamy in parts, jagged in others; Manchester innovator Antagonist has pushed the boundaries of DnB & halftime to the max here. Reminds me of the urgency and bewilderment of when I first heard Photek or Ed Rush records. Sci-fi jungle technologically miles ahead of 2023.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Rites 
                                                  A2. Observe 
                                                  B1. Within 
                                                  B2. Woodland Noir 

                                                  The Brisbane beasts resurface for their 2nd EP on the label, wreaking havoc with a 4-track attack of pumping, straight-to-the-face rhythms which incorporate classic hard house tropes alongside modern, speaker-busting engineering to create a melee of techno goodness that you imagine DJs like VTSS, Shacke, Ben Sims and such like are getting plenty of road miles out of at the moment.

                                                  There's no let-up in intensity throughout the four tracks, although final track "Only If U" does let us settle into a half-time breakbeat if we've pushed it too hard the previous three tracks... This is strictly for the headstrong, die hard ravers out there! 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Gut-wrenching, wreckin' ball techno from the hottest camp in the UK right now. Really feelin' the hard house tropes injected into this one!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Say No More 
                                                  A2. These Streets Look Dangerous 
                                                  B1. Hide The Junk
                                                  B2. Only If U Ft. Pretty Girl 

                                                  The Staples Jr. Singers

                                                  Tell Heaven

                                                    Down across the railroad tracks, on a narrow road called Church Street in West Point, Mississippi, there’s a windowless brick building that’s been converted into a house of worship called The Message Center. One chilly January morning, the original members of a little-known gospel group from Aberdeen, Mississippi, called the Staples Jr. Singers gathered there to play some of their early songs for the first time in nearly 50 years.

                                                    Many of these songs, which they wrote when they were just teenagers, first appeared on their only full-length release in 1975, When Do We Get Paid (Luaka Bop, 2022), but none have been revisited—until now.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1 When Do We Get Paid (In Full)
                                                    B1 Somebody Save Me
                                                    B2 I’m Looking For A Man
                                                    B3 Tell Heaven

                                                    Caroline Polachek

                                                    Non Voglio Mai Vedere

                                                      From the Opera "Last Days", performed by Caroline Polachek & 12 Ensemble.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Non Voglio Mai Vedere Il Sole Tramontare (Strumentale)
                                                      2. Non Voglio Mai Vedere Il Sole Tramontare

                                                      Kai Rodriguez

                                                      The Thrill

                                                      Kai Rodriguez makes his debut outing on Hot Creations, delivering a two-track EP entitled: "The Thrill".

                                                      With his late-2021 Hottrax debut "Underground", DJ / producer Kai Rodriguez gave the house scene a first glimpse of what’s to come with the 25-year-old UK talent’s breakthrough release remaining in heavy rotation for head honcho Jamie Jones across the Ibiza season and beyond. Having since featured on bubbling US imprint Revival New York, he steps things up a level as he reveals his first material of 2023 and his Hot Creations debut with "The Thrill".

                                                      Lead track "The Thrill" harnesses an iconic Empire of The Sun vocal known across the globe but switches things up, contrasting the vibrant tones with murky low-ends and metallic percussion for a no-nonsense cut made for the main rooms of Ibiza and beyond. 

                                                      Meanwhile "Sum" Bout’ takes a drum-driven path as skippy hats and warped snippets ebb and flow amongst the mix for more peak time material featuring that quintessential bass wobble we know and love from the Hot Creations roster. It might be a few weeks till we're jumping on the Easyjets to holiday house destinations across Europe but this offering is certain to get us in our speedos dancing around the living room with a homemade mojito. 

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Matt says: A naughty-but-nice remix of Empire Of The Sun which takes it straight to the terraces of Ibiza. Gotta say Hot Creations are in a bit of a purple patch at the moment. Tech house never dies!

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. The Thrill
                                                      B. Sum' Bout 

                                                      Masters At Work produced, THE Vogue anthem comes back in a new powerful form. Made for all dancefloors, this is an instant classic, a house music landmark / monolith that refuses to leave the club.

                                                      Originally released on "Blood Vibes" in 1991 and entitled "The Ha Dance"; it samples Eddie Murphy in Trading Places (!) and would become one of the biggest anthems of New York's Voguing scene.

                                                      Rebuffed by Kenny Dope for 2023 - it's not lost any of its attitude, swagger and uniqueness. It's simply one of those masterpieces of the genre that every home, collector, DJ and dancer needs in their life! 

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Matt says: Kenny re-buffs THE voguing anthem to devastating effect. It kicks even harder!

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. The Ha Drop (Kenny Dope Remix)
                                                      B1. The Ha Drop (Kenny Dope Instrumental)
                                                      B2. The Ha Drop (MAW Beats)

                                                      Young Pulse

                                                      Paris Edits Vol. 8

                                                      Young Pulse has gone far since his first release on GAMM and he's nowadays a well established name on the worldwide disco and house scene. Here on his 8th volume of "Paris Edits" we get a full fat shake of Young Pulse's disco and boogie blends.

                                                      On side A we're treated to a proper feel-good disco-boogie cut with some lovely vocals and big horns. So catchy I'm ashamed I don't know the original!

                                                      On side B Young Pulse does his thing over a classic Ingram disco track that's got a nice gospel theme, hence the title. You don't need to go to church to enjoy this infectious groove though; just a few cups of Mancuso's punch and you'll be day trippin' to your heart's content.

                                                      As always with Young Pulse, both edit skills, production, and sound quality are of the highest quality; making this one collectable disc! 

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Matt says: Came here for A-side track, "Getting 2 Know U". Stayed for the gospel house EPIC that is "People Put God First". Kinda shit to unite the tribes in a disco ball inferno. So large!

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. Getting 2 Know U
                                                      B. People Put God First 

                                                      Arriving directly from Brazil, Sérgio is another alias for Gabriel Guerra. With dozens of releases scattered over Future Times, Superconscious Records, LAMA, Got Tun, Balaclava Records, or his own 40% Foda/Maneiríssimo, he turns out a clutch of highly effective, UK indebted, and slightly nostalgic dance tracks.

                                                      For the first three tracks he injects a kind of technicoloured energy into the classic UKG formular. A bit like what Zomby did with hardcore breakbeat on “Where Were U in ‘92”.

                                                      Side B sees more 4/4 avenues explores with “Flashposergio” possessing an almost trance-like sugar rush and a hugely anthemic chorus, with “Kenan & Kergio” concluding proceedings with a rugged hip-house cut with a west coast feelin’ and utilizing that’s classic Funkadelic “Flashlight” sample to devastating effect. Recommended! 

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Matt says: Tasty smattering of underground dance tracks from this Brazilian producer. Deploying a satisfying amount of heft, ruffage and presha in large quantities this should nice up any dance session.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1. Desista Da Cidade
                                                      A2. Rola Uns
                                                      A3. Keisuke
                                                      B1. Flashposergio
                                                      B2. Kenan & Kergio

                                                      Al Cisneros Vs The Bug


                                                        The friendship between Al Cisneros (Sleep/Om) and Kevin Martin (The Bug/King Midas Sound) begun when King Midas Sound supported OM at the Scala in London in 2012. Subsequently the duo quickly realised via passionately animated conversations, that they shared a serous addiction to reggae 7", and in particular, a mutually insatiable appetite for roots and the deepest dub versions being consistently transmitted from Jamaica...This resulted in Cisneros, then inviting Martin to specifically drop hardcore dub sessions as support to Sleep in Berlin, and on tour with OM. It was during the European Om tour in 2019, that Cisneros offered to record an ep for The Bug's fledgling PRESSURE label.

                                                        And now 'Rosin' is the fulfilment of that promise. Al's side of the single, showcases the low end specialist extending the bassbin pounding methodologies of those incredible b-line masters who first inspired him to relentlessly explore the infinitely resonant worlds of bass and space. So 'Rosin Immersion' and it's subsequent dub 'Dabby You', echo 'Flabba Holt's classic work with the Roots Radics or Robbie Shakespeare 's tremendous output for Channel One with The Revolutionaries...These devastating mixes extend the hallowed roots tradition that Cisneros worships, and gleefully opts for an even lower, slower, grind .... It's another fantastic example of Al's parallel dub world, that he has been tirelessly promoting with his incredible Sinai label releases for the past few years, as he simultaneously continues to reshape Metal with Sleep and zoned 'out' rock with Om too. On the flipside, Martin took up Al's invitation to remix his original song, but Kevin here opts for radical mutation instead of homage. What may have begun as a single remix, ends as two militantly distinct future dubs aimed straight at the body and dome...Echoing Kevin's recent collaborations with Will Bevan aka Burial, for their collaborative Flame series, as previously released on PRESSURE, this pair of thundering tracks reflect The Bug at his most immersive and psychedelic. 'Fathoms' and '50 hz' revel in their otherness, and the sonic sorcery of his Brussels based sound lab. The twin rhythms are undoubtedly inspired by the spirit of The Bug's production heroes Scientist, King Tubby or Adrian Sherwood, but are set adrift in a futuristic sci-fi format for ambient heads and sound system disciples alike to get fully lost in.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Matt says: A rather 'trad' sounding dub excursion from Al Cisneros here, which contrasts nicely with the more avant/noize based approach to dub and dancehall favoured by The Bug.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. Al Cisneros – Rosin Immersion
                                                        A2. Al Cisneros - Dabby You
                                                        B1. The Bug – Fathoms
                                                        B2. The Bug - 50hz

                                                        Fatima Al Qadiri

                                                        Gumar EP

                                                          Building on the themes of her most recent album, ‘Medieval Femme’, Fatima Al Qadiri’s newest release sees her pairing up with fellow Kuwaiti vocalist Gumar. The EP - also titled ‘Gumar’, Arabic for "moon" - is an homage to a style of lamentation singing that both Fatima and Gumar grew up with and were heavily influenced by, and for which the latter received formal training as a teenager. On these four short songs, Fatima provides a minimal counterpoint to Gumar's elegant vocals, a coalescence that powerfully and sympathetically complements and extends with cosmic, almost elemental depth. Serious and mournful in tone, the record ruminates on the subject of unrequited love, arguably the most common theme in Arabic music past and present. The cover is an original artwork by Kuwaiti artist Khalid al Gharaballi, Fatima's bestie and long-time collaborator. 

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Moving and painfully emotive, Al Qadiri adds to the beguiling cannon of neo-medieval musica with this release rich with Arabic influences and swathed in detailed synthscapes.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Gumar (moon)
                                                          Fidetik (i Lay Down My Life For You)
                                                          Mojik (your Waves)

                                                          Chartz were a short-lived Wolverhampton-based covers band who also performed original material written by founder members Bernadette (Berny) Cosgrove and Kevin Clark. During its short lifetime Chartz was a springboard for lead singer/guitarist Berny and keyboard player Kevin to showcase and develop their songs, following their originally working together to write and produce jingles. They wrote, arranged and produced this 12" Girls World in 1983 with lyrics "celebrating female strength and independence whilst loving and respecting their partner", says Kevin & Berny. Shortly after this they went on to win a Sony Songwriters of the Year award and moved to London to co-form Hard Times Productions, with the 1986 self-titled Hard Times LP leading to the single "Never Give Into Love" the year after for Supreme Records - and then came the exciting offer of a songwriting contract with Motown's publishing company in New York!

                                                          A 10-year spell in the Big Apple saw Berny's solo artist debuts on movie soundtracks "True Love" and Lonely In America", and, after increasingly lucrative publishing deals with the likes of Sony, EMI & Warner Chappell, she and Kevin were commissioned for songwriting projects with an exhaustive list of pop stars spanning from Matt Goss, Rick Astley and Des O'Connor to Gary Barlow, Sheena Easton, Gloria Gaynor, Jimmy Sommerville and countless others. Berny & Kevin also wrote and produced two platinum selling US number 1 albums with boy-band Dream Street, and their biggest song to date is the internatinal hit "Crush" by Jennifer Paige which has sold in excess of 12 million copies worldwide.

                                                          Berny & Kevin's illustrious career definitively went from "Chartz" to CHARTS, and here you are able to go back to where it started as we serve up the first ever vinyl reissue of "Girls World" (original copies of which change hands for over £100) with the extended instrumental and radio mix on the flip.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Girls World (Extended Dance Mix)
                                                          2. Girls World (Extended Instrumental Dance Mix)
                                                          3. Girls World (Radio Mix)

                                                          Dynamite cuts 45s release two more Jazz fusion gems by the wonderful Judy Roberts. With her amazing jazz fusion keyboard skills and dreamy vocals this single is a must. Both tracks are first time on 45. First released back in 1980 on the Inner City label over 42 years ago.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. The Other World
                                                          2. The River Must Flow

                                                          Eddie Leader’s Northern PowerHOUSE imprint Hudd Traxx has, over its 17 year history, become synonymous as a home of quality underground sounds. As a label that has consistently kept the vibe alive through its unwavering insistence on quality over quantity, it has seen many masters of the craft feature on the Huddersfield-based label... Including Agnès, Chez Damier, Chris Carrier, Brett Johnson, JT Donaldson, Rick Wade and more.

                                                          Hudd Traxx present an exciting new series of releases: Hudd Influence. A new run of vinyl offerings that see label boss Leader digging deep, licensing, remastering and pressing to vinyl a spicy selection of joints that have played their part, not only in his own musical journey, but also in influencing the foundation of the Hudd Traxx label.

                                                          Volume One brings us four choice cuts from house music royalty, kicking off with the Todd Terry’s 1992 classic ‘When You Hold Me’, taken from his debut ’The Unreleased Project’. Next up, the ‘Body N Soul’ Mix of ‘Get 2 U’ from long-time friend of the label, Jovonn, under his 1999 alias LYON. On the flip we’re treated to ’Touch Me’ (Dub Touch Me Mix), the ’94 production from Chicago’s Danell Dixon, alongside a huge Eddie Leader favourite in The Diggers 1996 jam, ‘Jazztaker’s Dub’.

                                                          Whether this is a first introduction or a reaffirmation of their greatness, Hudd Traxx are excited to provide a fresh platform for these true house classics.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Nice retrospective glance at what tracks would inform the Hudd Trax sound. The Northeast label that would enjoy a rich and fertile cross pollination with the best of the US scene. "When You Hold Me" will always have a special place in my heart from the early days of Wet Play!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Todd Terry - When You Hold Me
                                                          A2. Lyon - Get 2 U (Body N Soul Mix)
                                                          B1. Danell Dixon - Touch Me (Dub Touch Me Mix)
                                                          B2. The Diggers - Jazztaker Dub

                                                          Real tasty various artists EP showcasing the best of the Devoted roster. Based in Liverpool this underground label has been knocking around for the last 15 years or so, touching in deep Detroit and UK house flavours.

                                                          First up is a deep and percussive rehash of Apologist & Unsettled's "Zabriskie Point" by Inbetween DJs. Techy and stylish, it'll warm up the more forward leaning dances superbly. Followed by "Maybrook" a sublime, smokey downtempo affair by French producer Each which should appeal to the DJ Shadow fans with its heady, stoned emotion. Next up is Mike Rez '"The Diary": a moody dubby techno affair which swells and plumes with an unnatural radiance.

                                                          We finish off with Barry Wenham presents Jean Bon Bon bringing us a slice of early 90s New York house with his track "Brooklyn". 4 Tracks of varying styles showcasing the labels versatility.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Nice EP from our mates over in Liverpool. All unbeknownst producers to me until now. A tasteful smattering of house, dub-tech and downbeat. Check!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Apologist & Unsettled - Zabriskie Point (Inbetween DJ's Remix)
                                                          Each - Maybrook
                                                          Mike Rez - The Diary (Askani Remix)
                                                          Barry Wenham Presents Jean Bon Bon - Brooklyn

                                                          Sometimes after hoping and dreaming for so long, miracles really do happen. Athens of the North have gifted us this marvelous Marion Javius track and we couldn’t be more grateful.

                                                          ‘Roll on 15 years and I was speaking to my record fiend and friend David Haffner who helps with releases on AOTN. It turned out he had been sitting on the multi-track tapes for Marion Javius for some time and was cool with us doing a 45. Having multi-track was an opportunity for me to fix the little bug bears with the OG mix. On first listen, I was delighted to hear a vocal take without the "Shamwooon" on the chorus, so myself and Linkwood got on the case to rebuild an ECLA version without the Game Show bar ends and "Shamons" that had been haunting me for years.’

                                                          Enjoy this special seven knowing all is right in the world now this is here!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Waiting In The Wings (East Cost Love Affair Mix)
                                                          2. Waiting In The Wings

                                                          FUSE welcomes back core family member Rich NxT as he partners with Childe for "Brakelights".

                                                          One of the original FUSE residents and a cornerstone of the collective’s ever-evolving sound, Rich NxT remains one of the scene’s favourites as he continues to push his trademark low-end heavy sound and represent his home city on a global level. An ever-present name on the label, delivering a wealth of solo and collaborative EPs alongside artists such as East End Dubs, Seb Zito and head honcho Enzo Siragusa, he returns for his first outing on the label this year - joining with Childe for the hypnotic and heady sonics of "Brakelights".

                                                          A trippy cut merging warping vocals with sweeping synths and snaking bass patterns, "Brakelights" showcases a hazy after-hours production as the two artists take things deep into the night. The EP also comes loaded with two further interpretations, with the ‘Dub’ leaning deep into the music and emphasising the track’s wicked acid-flecked baseline, while the ‘Club Mix’ raises the energy levels to harness the hooky vocal snippets and journey to the heart of the dancefloor.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Deep driving tech house that I imagine would be very big London town especially at The Nothing Special parties or perhaps Secret Sundaze. That male - female vocal hook really draws me in!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A. Brakelights
                                                          B1. Brakelights (Dub Mix)
                                                          B2. Brakelights (Club Mix)

                                                          Red Axes return to Phantasy with a double A sided single that captures and expands on the creative relationship forged between the cult Israeli duo and Erol Alkan’s highly regarded London label. The single arrives in tandem with a new compilation ‘The Phantasy Collection (Part 1)’, collecting an enviable run of EPs between 2018 that have resulted in Niz Arzi and Dori Sadnovil’s deserved prominence in DJ sets spanning genres.

                                                          Carving a hypnotic path against the maximalism currently au-fait in club culture, ‘The Phone Calr’ is as peculiar as it is powerfully effective, a stripped back groove serving as the backdrop to the Axes’ playful deconstruction of an obscure broadcast concerning telephone area codes. A lesser staple of club culture, Sardnovik and Azri transform archival public information into club disorder, stretching a short burst of dialogue to absurd limits before releasing the tension with vampish pianos.

                                                          ‘Sound Text XoX’ meanwhile finds the pair delivering a surprising alternative take on the lead track from their 2019 EP, retaining its central escalating countdown but adding a powerful, dystopian acid line. The resulting track transforms an already beloved club tool into a frenetic powerhouse.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: A new record by Red Axes always causes a bit of a stir. Here they get seriously psychedelic with a whole manner of trippy sound design and granular delays across both tracks that are bound to cause damage in the big hangers at Sonar Festival or The Warehouse Project.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A. The Phone Call
                                                          B. Sound Test XoX

                                                          A stunning cover version of Errol Dunkley’s ‘Movie Star’ originally released on Brooklyn label Witty in 1987. Produced by Paul Beecher, the 707 drums are phat & crisp and the keys shine brightly in the mix to complement the incredibly soulful vocal from Melody Beecher. Backed with Dub Version and an extended 12” mix, housed in a sky blue and red IOJ Island Disco sleeve with sticker designed by Bradley Pinkerton.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Paul says: Another cover from Beecher! I've been seriously digging her versions of these 80s hits. "Movie Star" is a true classic - but it works so well as a reggae-rub-down!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Movie Star
                                                          Movie Star (Dub)
                                                          Movie Star (Extended 12" Mix)

                                                          Masters At Work remixes of the KenLou classic “Moonshine”. Masters At Work are in top form, ready to fill up dancefloors at clubs and festivals once again. Kenny Dope & Louie Vega met some months back at the Maw Kaydee Headquarters in Delaware for a few days and jammed together, the outcome, “Moonshine” (Masters At Work 2022 Remix), one of the KenLou classic tracks they put up in the studio to create new fresh versions with a unique MAW twist. ACE beats, drum–programming in excellence by Kenny Dope, layered with Louie Vega slick keyboards, synths & basslines, the two once again set it off with a bang!! Already tested and tried at major festival and club summer dates, the tune is ready for the vinyl run by all the wax afficionados.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: The first in a series of re-beefs by the NY house masters. "Moonshine" kicks like a voguing mule. And will certainly show these young exhibitionists what it really means to stand out in the club!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A. Moonshine (Masters At Work Remix)
                                                          B. Moonshine (Masters At Work Dubb)

                                                          By now Nicola Loporchio aka Nico Lahs has a discography that has become respected and sought after among DJs and music lovers in dance music across the globe.Whether it be deep, atmospheric, jackin' or jazz-flecked deep, it's all firmly rooted in house music tradition, something that Nico Lahs masters with ease. With releases on labels like Moods & Grooves, Delusions Of Grandeur, Ovum, HotMix, Adeem plus many more, he shows no sign in slowing down either.

                                                          "Ancestors Call" is a musical story told in two parts. Filled with melodic and spiritual elements, sitting somewhere between Ron Trent, Kyle Hall and Joe Claussell.

                                                          Part 2 dives deeper and adds additional layers of melody that tie the whole release firmly together. With Nico Lahs talented songwriting, his evolution is endless and bright...

                                                          "Ancestors Call" is something you listen to from start to finish, each song building a musically expansive story. That said, all four jams here are gonna get even the stiffest of nightclub patron shuffling around inna eyes-wide-shut revelry; the chakra-aligning rhythms and moods certain to rouse the spirits of the weary and inject life into the dancefloor... Recommended! 

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Dreamy and oozing class, Nico Lahs drops a spiritual four tracker of dizzying quality. Reminiscent of Ron Trent's Electric Blue series - the merger of electronic elements of human expression is both elevating and transportive. A shimmering holographic world of beauty.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Dancing Stars
                                                          A2. Ascension
                                                          B1. Astral Pla(t)s
                                                          B2. Love Sets You Free

                                                          Scene Unseen return with their second release, following the debut release from Jinjé and this time we see a release from a pioneer in the Chilean electronic music and hip-hop scenes, DJ Raff. Recommended for fans of Nick Leon, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Nicola Cruz and Tra Tra Trax.

                                                          Raff’s routes were originally in the hip-hop scene back in his native, Chile. His influence of this scene cannot be understated, as his name appeared in the credits of over 50 hip-hop releases coming out of the country. Most notably with Anna Tijoux and Makiza, as well as seeing his own track "Latino & Proud" used in the EA Sports game, FIFA 2012 and then later as the theme music for the Comedy Central show, Broad City. As time moved on, so did Raff’s sound and he started to move into more of an instrumental focus, moving away from any vocals and the hip-hop rhythms. Since then he has released on Mutante Discos, Nacional Records, Wonderwheel Recordings and his own Pirotecnia label, among others. As well as remixing for the mighty Dengue Dengue Dengue, Landikhan and more.

                                                          Raff’s new EP for Scene Unseen, “Estado Líquido”, is an EP of true beauty once again, showcasing four tracks that combine his signature Latin American vibes with his hip-hop influences.

                                                          The title track opens the EP with the calm samples and inspiration from the sound of the ocean, an emotive nod to the people attempting to travel from Africa to Europe over the years and the struggles they have faced.

                                                          “Basta” translates to ‘Enough’ in Spanish. This track is inspired by the large-scale protests in Chile back in 2019 and lasting until March 2020. An electronic hip-hop beat alongside a constant synth arpeggio that was something more common to his early productions. “Casualidad” is a reference to a more personal stage of Raff’s life, with soft, bright, and uplifting melodies flowing between more fine percussive works.

                                                          Final track, “Ceremonia”, combines percussive African rhythms with melancholic synth leads and pads, alongside a deep solid bass line and repetitive chants. The repetitive chants and percussions hold together the opposite worlds of happy festive rhythms and nostalgic melodies, taking the song to a place where both feelings combine in harmony.

                                                          Artwork is made by DMNC (Francisco Meneses) a designer, art director and VJ from Santiago de Chile. Previous work is linked to 3D animation and he actively collaborates with various electronic music projects across Latin America.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Beguiling beats and exotic textures decorate this splendidly inventive EP from Chilean producer DJ Raff.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Estado Liquido
                                                          A2. Basta!
                                                          B1. Casualidad
                                                          B2. Ceremonia

                                                          Ben Gomori

                                                          DM Slide

                                                          Limited new Stamp 12" with a special edit from Ben Gomori of an overlooked 80s electro-soul jam, complete with dub version on the flip!

                                                          Contextually titled "DM Slide" has all the fun and frollicks of a Big Night Out. A full frequency house jam with galavanized disco hooks, wild filter sweeps and a crisp perx. Using the old technique of finding an irresistable hook, looping it up with extra beats and sfx and extending the arrangement for maximum dancefloor pleasure! Really nice use of this boogie holy grail here, teasing out the verse for extra impact and shelling the chorus with extra instrumentation and tantalizing sounds. Perfect for bridging into the main session - this is gonna get the place bouncing come 2AM…

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Seeking some dazzling disco-boogie-house with bare flamboyancy and swagger? Look no further my friends. The highly collectable Stamp label deliver the goods courtesy of Ben Gomori and the on-trend-titled "DM Slide". Sourced from an obscure 80s jam, Ben gets busy with the filters and loopers; giving Shir Khan a run for his money as he sends some peak time summertime fun.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A. DM Slide
                                                          B. DM Slide Dub

                                                          Jordan Fields ropes in some help from his close-knit Chicagoan community for a thoroughly delightful excursion into pure house music for the lastest release on long standing imprint, Yore.

                                                          SIX tracks (count 'em!) meaning there's plenty wriggle for your wonga on this 12"! All of it leaning on the deep, tribal and slightly jazzy - it's wraught with the spirit of house music through and through with dreamy organ licks, frenetic percussion, warm bass and insurmountable energy.

                                                          Pressed nice and crisp and loud as per the Yore standard, six fresh joints to rock out in the club or the house party. 

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Inflation busting value from JF and friends with a LONG playing house EP that offers pure wriggle for your wonga! Five tracks - over half an hour run time - that's half a headline set at THP covered in one record!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. DUBrazil – Untitled 1 07:10
                                                          A2. DUBrazil – Untitled 2 07:34

                                                          B1. Jordan Fields – Wanna Feel The Music (Piano Mix) 05:39
                                                          B2. Tracky Disco – Keep It Going 05:15
                                                          B3. Afrolectro – Needs Love 06:20

                                                          Modern maneuvers in machine music courtesy of the Weapons Of Desire arsenal. Solo outing from S. Crosbie who is based in Brighton and runs both Dark Arts and Novac Music labels. He treats us to a fine selection of stripped back warehouse tools. Utilizing nowt but a drum machine and a few choice bits of tone generation he manages to conjure up a primal yet mechanized collection of tracks for late night gremlin abuse.

                                                          It's all acidic squelch, drum box thud and black arts sonic shamanism - right up the strasse of your local rave mutant! Recommended and in limited supply - move quick on these joints! 

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Tony Aslam gets busy in the barracks once again. Rousing warehouse general S. Crosbie to draw up some heavy weapons. A Brighton native with his own control factions; his guest appearance on WOD packs a serious punch.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Figure 3
                                                          A2. Bridge & Tunnel
                                                          A3. Seven Dials

                                                          B1. Next-door
                                                          B2. Shifty

                                                          New one on the highly commendable and collectable Too Slow To Disco. Ben Jamin is a Liverpool based DJ and producer with releases on labels such as Discoholics Anonymous, Hot Digits Music and most recent "Dance EP" on Hot Gorilla Records. Recent support includes airplay on BBC 6 Music Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show with "Hold On Me" making it onto Craig Charles' Best of 2022 show. The year also saw 5 top 100 positions on Traxsource and Ben also received a nomination for 'Emerging Producer of the Year 2022' at the OGV Music Awards.

                                                          As per the TSTD formular - we see sunshine grooves and pourings of soul, looped, filtered, and given extra sparkle by some choice DSP units. Source material ranging from the obscure to the well known, fun levels set to maximum! 

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Paul says: Still on this series! They never fail to deliver and are just what the doctor ordered as we peep our heads out of winter and into the brighter months ahead.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1 Dreams
                                                          A2 I'm Yours

                                                          B1 Conclusion
                                                          B2 Moment Is Real

                                                          Ben And The Tight Squeeze Band

                                                          AM Funk

                                                          Two Killer unreleased Memphis deepfunk tracks from Benjamin Robinson of Coco and Ben fame's tape archive, working with Robert Garcia & Daniel Mathis on all of Bens tracks has been amazing, to find quality unreleased material is always the dream. 'AM Funk' is a driving disco tinged Sisterfunk club banger that I have been smashing dance floors with since I got the tapes transferred. On the flip 'Summer Rest' is a more floaty instrumental soul funk track, also rock solid. You know the score.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. AM Funk
                                                          2. Summer Rest

                                                          Back in the 80s I became a big funky jazzy and soulful vinyl collector. Which opened the world of the late great Mr Weldon Johnathan Irvine music, I managed to collect all of him LPs and singles back in the days. All have a place in my heart, back in the 90s I was also lucky enough to meet him. Licensing & Compiling for a small up label called Hubbub records. Mr Irvine was such a calm and gently person who just oozed music. He sadly passed away in 2002, which was a shock. But now years later It is a great honour to be able to release some of his music from his Nodlow music label on to 7" for the first time.

                                                          In 1974 Weldon released his "In Harmony" These two tracks are high line early 70s Weldon, "Fat Mouth" again features the Weldon rift. This Clavinet heavy groove is back up with the mighty Joe Jones on organ, is held steady with pumping drums of Napoleon revels "Turkish Bath" is a laid-back jazz groove, with Weldon laying down a superb lead Rhodes story and melody. Backed up with Joe Jones on the piano. Weldon's keyboard echo throughout his music with such simplicity.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Fat Mouth
                                                          2. Turkish Bath

                                                          Started as a reggae band, Chequers were formed by the Matthias Brothers, John & Richard, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire in 1973. Inititally releasing in the early part of the 1970s (with their first single Rudi's In Love charting in the UK) their sound then developed to also incorporate Philly soul influences in the mid-70s, then releasing a rare but solid LP 'Check Us Out', in 1976. The group eventually evolved into a seven piece funk outfit in the late 70s, playing shows to larger and larger audiences and touring throughout the UK & Europe.

                                                          1980 saw the birth of the Matthias brothers' own small independent outlet for the group, Matthias Records. The press release of the new label's first single declared that their "roots in the reggae and soul music of the last mod era" were being brought up to date, now embracing "the music of today and tomorrow...". That 45 (the cheeky pop-punk meets ska cover version of Midnight Hour, backed with the uptempo instrumental funk of Move Up) didn't necessarily come good on that promise. 3 years would then pass until this 45 showcased the throughly-updated & stellar electro-boogie sound of Hard Times and it's equally strong b-side If You Want My Love.

                                                          Following this neither Matthias Records nor Chequers as a group ever released anything further - the record's scarcity (and hideously inflated prices on today's secondhand market) hint at low sales and potential distribution problems upon it's original release, perhaps leading to the label and the group calling it a day. Conjecture aside, there's really no denying this record slaps, and with discogs prices reaching beyond ridiculous levels there is only one option - get it before it's gone!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Hard Times
                                                          2. If You Want My Love

                                                          Unknown Artist

                                                          Everything You’re About To Hear Is True, EP 2

                                                          The second EP from this mysterious edit series and they definitely don’t disappoint!

                                                          On the edit block this time... Tropical Jazz funk, African boogie, killer lost female AOR, & a Rare Gospel meets Street Soul cut. The first EP sold out fast so don’t sleep on this one folks!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. D'Afrique
                                                          A2. Scarap Disco
                                                          B1. Holdin'
                                                          B2. World People

                                                          After opening the dimension door via a hypnagogic contribution to recent Ruf Kutz comp ‘Expansion Pack 2: Textures’ and offering a sonic submersion into his ‘Deep Waters Mixtape’, Inner Glow takes the controls for RK18, treating the DJs and dancers to a high grade house triptych.

                                                          For the uninitiated, the man behind the music is a lifelong friend from Ruf Dug's Sydney sojourn, when the two would host mushroom squat parties with the rest of the Bodega Clan, and who helped mastermind the seminal Paradise Lost warehouse parties. Virtuously patient, the Australian spent the years since perfecting his craft, maxing out the XP and emerging as his evolved form, Inner Glow.

                                                          On the A-side, Inner Glow comes through with the two clubbiest cuts from the ‘Deep Waters’ cassette, unmixed, mastered loud and exclusive to vinyl. Already a firm favourite with Bradley Zero ‘Party People’ pulses on the A1, its one note bassline and taut pads keeping tension at a maximum. At the top of the frequency band sparse stabs and nuanced percussion dance in tandem, while the deft use of E-Smoove and First Choice acappellas provide an underground intertext Sprinkles would be proud of.

                                                          ‘Call Me’ coaxes us into the shadow realm with the lure of Lynchian dialogue, slowly taking shape as a dub techno phantom. It’s a heads down affair as urgent subs push against the mist of static, until a rising, wriggling keyboard riff unwinds waists with a hint of UKG exuberance.

                                                          Inner Glow brings the beatific on the B-side’s ‘Love Has No Age’, combining rippling keys and MK vocal chops over waves of hiss and haze. The percussion combines classic house swing with the tinny hats of electro, keeping perfect time as the soulful vocals swell into the sublime.
                                                          Over the last twelve months Ruffy’s rocked the spot from Pikes to Houghton with these heaters, and now he’s sharing them with you.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Local legend Ruf Dug fires up the Ruf Kutz mill once again for an exquisite, royal outing by long term friend and Sydney underground star, Inner Glow.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Party People
                                                          A2. Call Me
                                                          B1. Love Has No Age

                                                          Bruno Furlan


                                                          Brazil’s Bruno Furlan returns to Hot Creations with his fresh two-track EP, ‘Bongoloco’.

                                                          A DJ and producer whose recent studio endeavours have seen him release material on Black Book Records, Fool’s Gold and Material, Bruno Furlan is an artist at the centre of Brazil’s recent explosion of names within the house and tech house landscape. Based in São Paulo, the bubbling talent has built on his early experiences within the Brazilian electronic music scene to make appearances at global events such as Dirtybird Campout and AMF Festival.

                                                          Title track ‘Bongoloco’ takes cues from its name and showcases a skittering percussion-driven production built for peak-time hours as warped drum fills and vibrant vocal calls inject an abundance of energy. Keeping things moving, the rolling ‘Vai’ delivers a slick accompaniment to the package, serving up an anthem built for bustling terraces worldwide. Both tracks perfectly encapsulate the vibe explored by DJ Sidney and such like at Ibiza’s Elrow - fun, hedonistic house music made for long sessions and colourful crowds. Recommended! 

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: I can't stop watching the Elrow closing party on youtube. And wondered what fresh tech house sounds DJ Sidney was purveying in the mix. Obviously I didn't need to look further than Hot Creations - the very essence of the new, younger spirit of the infamous party isle.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A Bruno Furlan - Bongoloco
                                                          B Bruno Furlan - Vai

                                                          From the deep south in Louisiana comes a new debut on GAMM from producer Koichi Toyama.

                                                          Over this four track EP Koichi has selected some of his favourite Japanese jazz-funk and jazz-fusion tracks from the 70's and 80s'. With tasteful editing skills, the tracks are re-arranged and sometimes remixed into hybrid club jams which would tickle the fancy of any house jock worth his headphones.

                                                          If you dug the Felipe Gordon 12"s on Local Talk and Nervous or enjoyed Plastic People-era Theo Parrish sets - this bad boy's definitely for you! 

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Defo a bit of a jazz dance resurgence going on at the moment. Koichi Toyama selects the finest bits from the Japanese vaults and re-packages them for our dancefloor enjoyment. Totemo yoi!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A. Samba Do Marcos - Koichi Toyama Edit
                                                          A2. Santa Monica - Koichi Toyama Edit

                                                          B. Gramma Grass - Koichi Toyama Edit
                                                          B2. Samba Chimba - Koichi Toyama Edit

                                                          Founded, headed and produced by DJ & musician IG Culture (CoOp Presents / LCSM), this all-new quasi-group project also features the vocal talents of Allysha Joy, Mike City and Natalie May with additional accompaniment from Wonky Logic, Wayne Francis, Alex Phountzi and the NSM Fusion Starship!

                                                          New Sector Movements (aka NSM) were the first out the gate at the dawn of the original broken beat movement, releasing their first single 'Groove Now / New Goya' on the People label in 1997, then releasing several singles and EPs through to the late noughties, and dropping a classic album on Virgin entitled 'Download This'. The previous incarnation featured several other artists from the bruk foundation era, including Kaidi Tatham, Izzy Dunn, Julie Dexter and Eska Mtungwazi amongst others.

                                                          Awarded a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 2019 Worldwide Awards, NSM's IG Culture is a hugely pioneering prolific artist in the UK music scene. His catalogue of releases over the years has seen numerous aliases, collaborations, remixes and productions. Appearing on the scene in 1990 as part of Dodge City Productions, to producing several solo albums throughout the noughties, to recent years with his hugely-acclaimed cosmic jazz outfit LCSM (Likwid Continual Space Motion), additionally to co-running the CoOp Presents label, continuing the legacy of the award-winning club night whilst showcasing new artists, IG Culture has been omnipresent at every corner of British black music for three decades deep, influencing many a sound.

                                                          This is all additionally to projects like NameBrandSound, Likwid Biskit, Da One Away and Son of Scientist to name just a few. His work has appeared on releases by Roots Manuva, Young Disciples, Les Nubians and Monday Michiru, while remix work over the years has included Gang Starr, Femi Kuti, José James, Miraa May, Slum Village, Digital Underground, Luniz, Naughty By Nature, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim.

                                                          As a DJ, he's shut down dances all over the world, recently at places like Fabric, We Out Here festival and Summer Dance Forever in Amsterdam, as well as regularly rocking the airwaves on Worldwide FM and combining the two at BBC 6 Music's All Points East stage in the Summer. IG Culture also founded Selectors Assemble; a collective of forward thinking DJs and producers.

                                                          So, as we head towards Winter 2022, New Sector Movements has returned (but don't call it a comeback!). After a turbulent few years in the world, it seemed a poignant moment to reinvigorate the soul, and reflect upon 'These Times'. Here we have five brand new tracks, each illustrating a pertinent mood and attitude representing the current climate. Allysha Joy leads the vocal on EP opener 'These Times', a sumptuous slice of street soul with a deeply infectious horn hook. 'Stand' is next - uptempo boom bap for the dancers, this one featuring the soulful pipes of Mike City. 'Hope' is a midtempo jazz-funk dub again feature vocal licks from Allysha, and introducing the mysterious NSM Fusion Starship into the fold. 'H.E.A.T.' picks up the pace with some infectious jazz-bruk business, this one lead by Natalie May on the vocals, who explains "heat = movement, motion". And finally 'Bless' with closes the set on a four-four riddim with bruk sensibilites, inviting Mike City back with an uplifting vocal requesting we "bless the people just trying to make it".

                                                          An essential EP of cross-genre vibes to resonate cross-generations, New Sector Movements do not ramp. IG Culture and crew proceed to give you what you need for 'These Times'.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Millie says: Hyperactive broken beats and bucketloads of soul decorate this EP by New Sector Movements. Gotta say I'm really enjoying it - the perfect mix of energy and harmony.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. These Times (feat. Allysha Joy)
                                                          2. Stand (feat. Mike City)
                                                          3. Hope (feat. Allysha Joy & NSM Fusion Starship)
                                                          4. H.E.A.T. (feat. Natalie May)
                                                          5. Bless (feat. Mike City)

                                                          Much needed represses of the four ESSENTIAL Metro Area EPs on Environ grace our shelves this week - how very exciting! Formed in Brooklyn by Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani, this collection of EPs (later compiled into an album), along with the early Balihu twelves by Daniel Wang pretty much informed the whole electronic disco sound that seemed to take over the more sophisticated corners of clubland at the turn of the millennium.

                                                          Sounding as timeless today as they did some twenty years ago, they've been remastered and repressed for our enjoyment, taking us right back to the warm, almost sweaty moods that seem as able to soundtrack red lit late night sensual dancing as much as basking in the mid afternoon rays of the New York city urban sprawl.

                                                          Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani's 2nd colour-coded 12" tribute to the NY / NJ Metro district contains three more delectable tracks; merging disco elements with sublime deep house with techno technologies; done with purity, emotion and bucket loads of style. "The Art Of Hot" is the centrepiece (like "Pina", "Caught Up" and "Miura") backed by the equally cool "Machine Vibes" and the extreme electronic-disco soundclash of "Wafer". These records are some of the most sought after pieces in recent years, so don't be tardy in getting one of these represses, or else.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Containing one of my favourite MA tracks - "The Art Of hot", which simmers away like The Rotating Assembly on a hot New York afternoon. Really buzzing to see these pivotal EPs back in stock. They'd go onto inform a whole era of electronic-tinged disco productions and are still some of the best things Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani have ever conjured up.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Side 1
                                                          1. The Art Of Hot (8:54)
                                                          Side 2
                                                          1. Machine Vibes (5:26)
                                                          2. Wafer (5:59)

                                                          Gold Panda

                                                          I've Felt Better (Daniel Avery Remix) / Plastic Future (Skee Mask Remix)

                                                            In November 2022, GOLD PANDA released his long-awaited album "The Work". It includes the two singles "I've Felt Better (Than I Do Now)" & "Plastic Future". These were remixed by Gold Panda's friend and companion Daniel Avery and the one and only Skee Mask respectively

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Side A: I’ve Felt Better (Daniel Avery Remix)
                                                            Side B: Plastic Future (Skee Mask Remix)

                                                            Energy 52’s "Café Del Mar" has come to represent the most euphoric and hedonistic pleasures of the dancefloor - in Ibiza and all around the world - and has been remixed by some of the biggest names in electronic music. Known for its infectious melody and its strong impact on dancefloors around the globe it charted multiple times around the world and won countless awards; spearheading the trance movement and becoming one of the widely loved tracks of the genre. Now, 30 years after its first original release, Superstition Records are putting out a new series of releases, with brand new remixes as well as some of the many remixes from across the last three decades.

                                                            The second part in the series features two of the most recognizable interpretations, which fed into the hearts of millions: the remixes from 90ies trance legends Nalin & Kane, originally released in 1998, which takes us on a deeper journey, raiding the senses with warm, calming pads before lush basses come through and ultimately that famous, instantly recognizable melody. It's presented alongside iconic Deadmau5, who delivered a remarkable, house-grooving deep interpretation of the classic in 2008.

                                                            Fresh new remastered pressing too, which we have to say sounds absolutely ideal! Grab yourself a set of glow sticks and relive the spirit of the Gatecrasher Coach! 

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Matt says: Let me take you back to a time of hedonistic revelry, wide-eyed novelty and pure innocence. Before mobile phones, scepticism, egos and social media ruined the dancefloor. OK, I'm sure there were lots of BAD things about the 90s, but listening to this - I have nothing but a golden glow on my face. One of the poster tracks of the trance genre given a fresh new lease of life.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. Café Del Mar (Nalin & Kane Remix)
                                                            B1. Café Del Mar (Deadmau5 Remix)

                                                            Thee Headcoats / CTMF

                                                            Full Time Plagiarist

                                                              Thee Headcoats and CTMF go head-to-head! Two Billy Childish bands battle it out with versions of the same song! Thee Headcoats version is taken from their forthcoming new studio album Irregularis: The Great Hiatus. The CTMF version is exclusive to this release. Two versions of the same song by different bands. Has each band heard the other version? If so, did they pass judgement? No, neither group heard the other version. I had forgotten how the CTMF version went - even though it was only a few weeks past. As with all the LPs there’s no rehearsal. I play the track - we do a run through and then press record. I don’t remember how either version goes now. There’s a famous saying – “Talent borrows; genius steals”. Are you a borrower? A stealer? Or something else entirely? As I’ve said before, I follow strict music industry guidelines and only plagiarise 50 percent of my material. Kurt Cobain put it better - he said people thought he was original because he didn’t let on what he was ripping off. Though we know he got the riff to his most famous song from The Daggermen, a local group Wolf (our drummer) played in. What was it like recording with Bruce and Johnny after such a long time? We met up in the studio in the morning, had a cuppa, a chat, plugged in and recorded the LP (in two days.) It was the first time we'd all been together in about 30 years, and it felt like yesterday - just laughing and joking about how rubbish we were and generally having fun. It was like no time had passed at all. Love the sleeve picture for this 7”! A lot of people miss the humour in your work, does that frustrate you? I’m not frustrated but surprised that the British seem to have lost their sense of humour somewhat - they’ve been pretty po-faced since 1978, I think. I was brought up on Pete and Dud when I was a kid. Interestingly a lot of comedians seem to like what we do. Stewart Lee has always been a fan and he said there are others of his ilk. If something can’t be mocked or laughed at, I’m not that interested in it

                                                              Rhoda Dakar

                                                              What A Wonderful World

                                                                Rhoda Dakar began her musical career as lead vocalist with all female 2Tone band, The Bodysnatchers. They only ever released two singles, 'Let's Do Rocksteady' and 'Easy Life'. After a year together they split and Rhoda went on to guest with The Specials in Europe and the USA, having featured on their second album, 'More Specials', for which she won the first of her seven gold records. After their demise, and before joining Jerry Dammers' new project, she recorded The Bodysnatchers' first original song, 'The Boiler', a harrowing tale of date rape, which was inevitably banned. The Special AKA spent the next two years recording 'In The Studio', spawning a top ten hit with 'Free Nelson Mandela'.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                SIDE A
                                                                1. What A Wonderful World

                                                                SIDE B
                                                                1. A Wonderful Version

                                                                Levon Vincent continues unabashed on his own Novel Sound imprint. "The Medium is the Message II" - a reference to Marshall McLuhan's theory that the message signifies content and character, and the 'content' of any medium blinds us to the character of said medium.

                                                                These tracks are tribal aNnd funky. Dark and throbbing. Undeniably LV and back to his classic, pitch-black & neon strobed big room sound.

                                                                On wicked coloured wax courtesy of BK Phono. (Special care taken so that you can see the grooves!!!)

                                                                Mastered by the inimitable Josh Bonati in Brooklyn, NY.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: The New Jersey bad man is at it again - conjuring up some tuff late night body music for our delectation. One of the best Novel Sounds for a while - as the label quietly reaches it's impressive 40th milestone.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A. The Medium Is The Message (Long Mix)
                                                                B. The Medium Is The Message (Short Mix)

                                                                For a project that has taken thirty years it would be totally inadequate to call the formation of Hypocritical Beatdown a lockdown-project. There’s a deep history and psychology in these records by Violators Of The English Language and their spin-off groups Magnets (Rap Group) and ProVerbs, that combines stage-fright, loss, pride, creative-schizophrenia, racial inequality, surrealism, personal politics, brotherhood, artistic-constipation, better judgment, love, anti-love, soul searching and much more.

                                                                The one remaining untapped energy source here is perhaps FEAR, refreshing when used correctly, but never imposter syndrome. As maligned and mutated as this British Hip-Hop might appear to be, it could not be more pure. Each member of all of the Hypocritical Beatdown crew were committed to this cause as soon as the doors opened. They rapped on stages before they had even tasted beer or lost their virginity and the curse had already taken hold in the years when these youngsters still had to be back home before dark and it has never left their bloodstreams.

                                                                That’s why this record NEEDED to be made. Completed, recorded, exorcised, committed to vinyl, rotated and liberated. Not unlike the VHS tape in a well known Japanese horror film, every listened copy, complete with its broken beats, old-school sensibilities and Marmite Mancunian accents, adds to the mystic circle… breaks the dream… some people might even like it. If you were given a chance to go back and meet your teenage self, wouldn’t you?

                                                                For you early adopters, both these albums are the first full length vinyl excursions from The Hypocritical Beatdown stable who have previously just released Rap Tapes (on cassette, obviously). They both look pretty similar, but one is on yellow ten inch vinyl released in collaboration with the amazing people at Britain's coolest pub, Golden Lion in Todmorden. And the other one is a longer 12” album with a duel-layer, interactive screen printed sleeve (in various collectible colours) that literally violates the English language when you open it. There’s a lot of attention to detail here, in all fairness it didn’t happen over night, and despite all the watermarks of a communal mid-life crisis, they don’t intend to slow down at any point soon… - Andy Votel

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: Fascinating archival dig by Andy Votel, revisiting early incarnations of The Violators Of The English Language and later Hypocritical Beatdown crews. Really interesting to see how that first wave of American hip-hop would influence kids in northern satellite towns. We'd all be watching Transworld Sport and trying to skateboard too... happy, pre-internet times when finding subculture and identity was an all-encompassing but thoroughly rewarding pass time. There's a integrity and innocence in these recording which really add to their charm.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A Side - Magnets:
                                                                1. Get Ready Go
                                                                2. Panic 
                                                                3. Double Dragon, Adverb Remix
                                                                4. Paps At The Lido 

                                                                B Side - Pro-Verbs:
                                                                1. One Two
                                                                2. Pure Hip Hop
                                                                3. Science And Diction 
                                                                4. Smear 

                                                                A limited edition 7" release this time by Port Authority, Dynamite Cuts give you a super fresh loud 45 cuts of this Monster Psychedelic horn driven funk jazz theme. With one of the best Drum breaks that gives you everything. Including a wonderful re-production of the original sleeve.

                                                                Side A, a rare groove Club classic, a near impossible to find 7" release now reissued to DJs across the countries relief. Finally an accessible, incredible seven inch to own.

                                                                The flip side is a fuzz guitar blast and the mother of all drum breaks that bring the house down every time. Essential stuff right here, don’t walk – run!

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Bus Stop Blues Pt1
                                                                2. Bus Stop Blues Pt2

                                                                Dynamite cuts is proud to releases another Monster 7" double pack.The one and only Earth, Wind & Fire, four tracks taken from the anthemic first LP. These amazing tracks are all MUST HAVE 45s Cuts! Loaded with classic B-Boy break, Loops and club dancers.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. C'mon Children
                                                                2. Bad Tune
                                                                3. Help Somebody
                                                                4. Moment Of Truth

                                                                Kelly Lee Owens


                                                                  Kelly Lee Owens returns with LP8.2 - a compendium to her LP.8 album from earlier this year, produced by Kelly herself along with Lasse Marhaug (Jenny Hval).

                                                                  This mini album contains four tracks and 18 minutes of new Kelly Lee Owens music following the abstract industrial beauty of LP.8.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Rituals
                                                                  A2. Moebius
                                                                  B1. The First Song
                                                                  B2. Find Our Way

                                                                  "[Rrose] deploys the time-honored materials of techno at its a way that is overwhelmingly immediate, at once bone-shaking and mind-melting. Since Rrose's first EPs, in 2011, [Seth] Horvitz has worked techno's standard tropes into an increasingly elastic form, leaning into the destabilizing effects of repetition and relishing the impact of small changes carried out gradually. This is a music of exacting precision and also profound mystery." -Pitchfork

                                                                  The first solo EP from Rrose since 2019's critically acclaimed full-length Hymn to Moisture, Tulip Space combines dancefloor and experimental elements with a confounding cohesiveness. The opening track clocks in at 133 BPM and is generated from a single distorted kick drum processed and sculpted to form multiple layers of percussion. With the addition of a 909 hi-hat and snare drum, Rrose proceeds to melt the dancefloor without a synthesizer, melody, or chord in sight. "Squared" quantizes the sound of a creaking metal hinge to create a destabilizing psychoacoustic rhythm riding in and out of sync with a throbbing sub bass. On the B-side, "In Place of Matter" is a driving piece of resonant analog synth-led techno that manages to feel intensely frenetic at just 96bpm. The EP closes with a spiraling piece of rhythmic noise that melts into a low frequency stew, a parable for the times.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. A Row Of Cylinders
                                                                  2. Squared
                                                                  3. In Place Of Matter
                                                                  4. In Place Of Mortar

                                                                  Tooli makes his debut with three solid dancefloor burning reworks of prime cuts for Majestic Ritual.

                                                                  He first turns his attention to Peace & Love, a jazz-funk bomb with keyboards swirls and beefed up basslines combined with new synth magic and a surprise ending!

                                                                  On the flip we get off-the-hook dancefloor business right off the bat, The Fly is dancefloor dynamics turned up to 11 with a groove that just won't quit.
                                                                  Last but not least we get Cyclops. An irresistibly good bass driven track, playful and thrusting.

                                                                  Label Info - Alert! Alert!

                                                                  Majestic Ritual is a delightful and impressively grandiose extension of the classic-not-classic tunes.
                                                                  A melting pot of influences, high steppin' hip dressin' music. All conducted by Tooli and friends from far and wide.

                                                                  These are limited edition, don't miss your chance to grab a copy while it lasts.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A. Peace & Love
                                                                  B. The Fly
                                                                  B. One-eyed Giant

                                                                  Ishmael Ensemble

                                                                  New Era

                                                                    Fresh from their celebrated UK tour, featuring a stand-out performance at London Jazz Festival, Ishmael Ensemble return with ‘Reasons’ the lead single from their forthcoming EP ‘New Era’, a collaborative project with lyricist and MC Rider Shafique.

                                                                    Ishmael Ensemble’s Pete Cunningham says: “I first came across Rider Shafique about 6 years ago after I heard his piece “I-Dentity” via Bristol’s Young Echo collective & was immediately struck by his powerful way with words. A true master of his craft.This record was an opportunity to lean into the more bass-heavy side of my music taste. I’ve always been a massive fan of dub in all its forms & producers like King Tubby, Adrian Sherwood & Pinch have been a constant source of inspiration over the years. This sound palette coupled with a voice like Rider’s is something I’ve always wanted to make so I’m super happy with what we’ve produced here.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1. Intro (name Tbc)
                                                                    A2. Polestar
                                                                    A3. New Era
                                                                    B1. Salm
                                                                    B2. Reasons

                                                                    SBT (Sarabeth Tucek)

                                                                    The Gift / 13th St #2

                                                                      American singer-songwriter Sarabeth Tucek re-emerges in 2023 after a decade-long hibernation with the new moniker SBT and a brand new double A-side 7” “The Gift / 13th St. #2” in advance of her long-awaited third album next spring, details to be announced in the new year. “The Gift” has already received heavy rotations on BBC Radio 6 Music courtesy of Marc Riley.

                                                                      An extensive UK tour is lined up to support the impending album release that will be issued world-wide on SBT's own freshly-minted imprint Ocean Omen. The lead track “The Gift” is a magnificent and swoonsome pop song awash with its modern take on classic Americana. It is indeed, a timely reminder of how great songs can be, evoking the classic chiming guitar pop of the likes of Game Theory, or Australia’s The Church and melding with the contemporary choogle of the likes of Jeff Tweedy / Wilco, whereas the second side has and almost updated that seminal Velvets drone-pop chug that flows like it should be released on Creation or indeed Homestead / Sub Pop in the late 80s. Yes, both tracks are that good.. trust us.

                                                                      400 only pressing, in 4 different wraparound sleeves, 100 of each randomly distributed.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A: THE GIFT
                                                                      A: 13TH ST. # 2

                                                                      Jessica Winter


                                                                        Jessica Winter is the queen of sad-bangers, a purveyor of dark glittery synth-pop and a truly unique artist, as well as an acclaimed producer and writer (The Big Moon, Jazmin Bean, Phoebe Green, Walt Disco & more). Growing up on a diet of Nine Inch Nails and Siouxsie and the Banshees, her music is just as likely to channel Madonna, trap, pop, and indie disco. Much of her childhood was spent gazing out of the window from her hospital bed due to hip dysplasia, which led to a very vivid imagination to grow.

                                                                        Across Jessica Winter’s debut EP ‘Limerence’ for new label Lucky Number, Winter shows her versatility as an artist, from the cinematic-pop aesthetics present in ‘Choreograph’, to a more raucous, dance-heavy approach with ‘Funk This Up’. Grounded within her unique, unmistakable style, Winter delves into everything from synth-pop, punk, and 80’s glam and cements her glimmering pop vision.

                                                                        “Limerence was written during a time when I was trying to understand my relationship to love and my behaviours around it.” says Jessica; “Love confuses me so much and I think this EP demonstrates that.”

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Choreograph
                                                                        2. Clutter (feat. Lynks)
                                                                        3. Let Me In
                                                                        4. Funk This Up
                                                                        5. The Love Song

                                                                        The Last Poets

                                                                        Tribute To Obabi

                                                                        Sampled by X Clan. Edited exclusively for Dynamite Cuts, this African rhythm takes you to a time of human percussion, and energy, of another time. The entrancing, hypnotic saxophone and extraordinary vocals fill your ears like liquid gold. Sensational.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Tribute To Obabi
                                                                        2. E Pluribus Unum

                                                                        Clarity were a group put together by Simon Wallace, one of the key figures of 80s & 90s British gospel music who would go on to found Chosen in the late 1990s. This record was produced and arranged by seasoned reggae & jazz guitarist (and later band-member with the award-winning Jazz Jamaica) Alan Weekes for his Bpop label, originally seeing release in 1985.

                                                                        Just an all-round stellar record & one of the best examples of funk music from this mid-80s era, no messin'.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. The Way U Make Me Feel
                                                                        2. Turning Over

                                                                        RNT brings the heat for their 2nd outing in their Family Affair compilation series, representing both their ever-expanding RNT menage, as well as their tight knit musical nuclear fam.

                                                                        Side A welcomes two seasoned producers to the catalog for the first time: Red Axes with their flip of fellow Israeli Nenor’s banger 'Do You Remember', and Chicago legend Boo Williams comes correct with 'Besty Smith', characteristically bumping and soulful.

                                                                        OG RNT artist Frank Booker delivers his classic sampley deep sound with 'Time Won’t Tell', and Underground System’s Peter Matson takes JKriv’s 'Something Else' in a synthy and modern electro disco direction to round out the B side. Aural hugs all around in this fam jam!

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. Nenor - Do You Remember (Red Axes Remix)
                                                                        A2. Boo Williams - Besty Smith
                                                                        B1. Frank Booker - Time Won’t Tell
                                                                        B2. JKriv - Something Else (Peter Matson Remix)

                                                                        Musical legends from opposite sides of the world come together on Hell Yeah's next EP as Japan's Calm and Finnish musician Jimi Tenor collaborate on big city takes. It features two new singles as well as remixes from the celebrated tapes and Belfast's best-kept secret, The Vendetta Suite.

                                                                        This most satisfying of eps came together when the psychedelic space-jazz-funk king and noted musician, composer and producer Jimi Tenor was in tour in Japan. Label head Marco arranged for him to head into Calm's studio in Kawasaki, Tokyo, and real magic happened.

                                                                        'Big city takes' is gloriously lush, with serene chords, delicate flutes and organic percussion. Tenor's airy vocal brings the soul as an intimate and late-night groove emerges to melt your heart.

                                                                        Then come two remixes from tapes. The first is powered by dusty old-school drum breaks. They're doused in subtle euphoria with a nimble bassline down low, while the second one is stripped right back to a pulsing rhythm and killer phased bass. Spread chords bring sunrise feelings to this most colourful of grooves.

                                                                        On the flip side, Calm offers a version of 'Time & Space' that is nearly eight minutes of exquisitely blissed-out downtempo. Chords ripple like waves, flutes flutter like birds and the whole thing is filled with the joys of a new spring day. The remix comes from The Vendetta Suite, a label regular and under-the-radar talent who is defining his native Northern Irish scene with his fresh fusion sounds. His version brings a new age ambiance to post-rave Balearic comedown. It's one that douses you in life-affirming synths as drums gently persuade you to sway along.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1.  Big City Takes (Original Mix)
                                                                        A2.  Big City Takes (Tapes Remix 1)
                                                                        A3.  Big City Takes (Tapes Remix 5)
                                                                        B1.  Time & Space (Calm's Version)
                                                                        B2.  Time & Space (Vendetta Suite Remix)