On the B-side Moplen goes wild and makes no compromize where he brings us almost in a cosmic state of trance. But this is NO trance record. This is boogie. This is how Deetour should have basically been in 1982. But this is how Moplen and Karen Young sound in 2020!
Joining the dots between house, hi-tech soul and jazz focused synthesizer solos, CoFlo explores a wider range of influences, it's essential.
On the flip Kaidi Tatham delivers another flawless remix where his exquisite production abilities shine and he shows us why he remains one of our favourite producers out there.
For the last two years The Lovely Eggs have sat back and watched England and the rest of the planet slowly eat itself. Their new album “I am Moron” is the result of their observations. Following up from their critically acclaimed 2017 album “This is Eggland”. It is their second album co-produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala) and continues their journey through Eggland into the unknown. Continuing the heaviness of “ This is Eggland” “I am Moron” brings more depth to their sound bringing with it a mix of heavy psych, pop and strangeness. Some songs flicker between an earthly realism and the otherworldly loneliness of a one way space mission. With no booking agent, manager, record label or publisher The Lovely Eggs are truly independent. And this isn’t due to economics. This is by design. From day one. And support for them is snowballing. They are selling out bigger and bigger venues and more eggheads are joining them in their crusade against bullshit. Still Second Rate is a powerful harsh hit at reality. The Lovely Eggs say it how it is. They’ve never been afraid to swim against the current and now they’ve got an army of fans behind them.
FORMAT INFORMATION7" Info: Limited "snot" green vinyl.
The first ever 12” officially licensed repress of this Yamaha DX-7 and Polysynth arpeggiated 1985 italo-disco masterpiece, previously released only as a b-side of a 45 on the tiny italian Discokkio label.
The 12” edition – made in collaboration with Metastasio himself – will feature the original version plus an alternate instrumental and vocal versions of “With You”, recovered from the original demo tape.
DS M 009 will be strictly limited to 300 copies.
The band’s rhythm-heavy sound contains echoes of UK post-punk titans such as Public Image Ltd, Maximum Joy and A Certain Ratio. They’re also fans of the US No Wave scene, especially the paint-stripper guitar of James Chance and the pop exuberance of Bush Tetras. Other pop/art heroes are Talking Heads and the B-52’s, while contemporary inspirations include Exploded View, The Native Cats, Raime and Nisennenmondai. Closer to home Loose Fit are enthusiastic devotees of their local music scene, gladly sharing stages with favourites like Exek, Tropical Fuck Storm, Party Dozen, Pinch Points and Negative Gears.
The debut self-titled EP by the Sydney based group delivers a snapshot of their signature groove driven post-punk sound in one short, sharp hit. Informed by a DIY work ethic, the group recorded the EP in one weekend, employing the help of friend and Sydney musician/producer/engineer Jonathan Boulet. Initially self released by the band as a short run of cassettes which quickly sold out, this debut effort by Loose Fit will now be getting the proper vinyl treatment it deserves.
For fans of: Public Image Ltd, Maximum Joy, A Certain Ratio, James Chance, Bush Tetras, Talking Heads and the B-52’s, Exploded View, The Native Cats, Raime, Nisennenmondai, Dry Cleaning, Shopping, Squid, The Slits, ESG, Liquid Liquid and LCD Soundsystem.
The now-legendary duo of DJ Premier and Guru dropped this at the height of hip-hop’s sampling of jazz, which had led to a creative leap forward for the genre. Yet while others plundered in the dark, this instant classic wore its influences on its sleeve and paid verbal homage to the musicians they were sampling. The “melodious funk” of “Thelonious Monk” gets namechecked, while the track samples two of his records, including 1958’s Bop gem ‘Light Blue’.
While both versions presented here have common elements, the ‘Movie Mix’ - so-named for the song’s appearance on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s mythic jazz biopic ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ - goes in a few different directions to the ‘Video Mix’. Rather than just drop in an instrumental for the B-side, DJ Premier instead shows his versatility by switching up the base track (Kool & The Gang’s 1971 ‘Dujii’) and layering in other samples. In more ways than one, his virtuosity here echoes the improvisation of a jazz musician, akin to Denzel Washington’s Bleak in the movie.
Of course, he’s not the only show in town. The late Guru’s voice is as mellifluous as an instrument itself here, his potted history of the genre and the artists of jazz delivered with his own unmistakable cadence. Without this record, would he have gone on to make his ‘Jazzmatazz’ projects.
“It’s a straightforward love song about someone stuck alone in the house whilst the object of their affections is out dancing to House music at a rave.
“‘Everybody in the Place’ is the title of a Jeremy Deller 2019 documentary on Rave Culture.”
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Jasss cooks up a killer here on Whities, seeking to capture the life changing, mind blowing spine tingling experience of your first dance music experience. Proggy, trancey, break-filled and well rushy!
Within the world of astrophysics there are select scientists out there that believe space-time gradually loops in on itself. Within this infinite realm of time and space, we can find ourselves once again living our past lives. It’s in this eternal domain that the Space Dimension Controller returns once more, applying his knowledge from the planète contraire to his absorbing palette of C-beams, moon-lit orchestrations, and graviton beats. Matured from his time cavorting through the core of the unknown, the Space Dimension Controller’s sound becomes more focussed, filled with the knowledge of the worlds his visited.
On the A side, Mr. 8040’s strain of progressive and unequivocal deep-space disco lends towards his studio competence, creating lush melodies that will have even the geysers of Enceladus erupting in time along with the symphony of syncopated drum machines. On the flipside, the prodigious Jack Hamill, aka. the Space Dimension Controller, flexes his machine savviness once more creating a timeless electro-funk rhythm for a timeless, time-travelling pioneer.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Space Dimension Controller with the slinking E-Funk one-two on Dekmantel - taking us to the far side of the galaxy with sensual pitch bend, cosmic wobble and samurai sharp rhythms.
Their indispensable efforts continue to assist the emergency response, rebuilding homes and habitats, supporting rescued animals and the shelters that house them, alongside aiding the evacuation centres and recovery hubs created in many communities and implementing recovery plans for those who have been devastatingly affected by the bushfires.
Certified man of the people, king of the content and all-round good guy Artwork has been there, everywhere, and done it all - in more guises than many would even know about. From Magnetic Man to Grain, D’N’D to Artwork he’s a master producer, well versed at knowing what dancefloors want and more importantly need.
Now take Mildlife, the boundary pushing, critically acclaimed Melbourne-based space jazz four-piece, who’ve managed to seamlessly blend jazz, funk and disco into one multi-coloured, multi-layered melting pot of auditory excitement. A band whose hype is certainly lived up to, with the likes of DJ Harvey heavily championing them to the point of including ‘Magnificent Moon’ on his ‘The Sound Of Mercury Rising’ VA LP.
A wash with improvisation, soaring synths, stratospheric bass riffs, and a fluidity of grooves, ‘Zwango Zop’, taken from Midlife’s debut album ‘Phase’, is kaleidoscopic cosmic gold. For this special not-for-profit release, Artwork extracts that undeniable funk energy and turns into a 10-and-a-half-minute, highly hypnotic, instantly addictive creation that it is as psychedelic as it is slamming.
Just one of many examples of the dance music community coming together as a power of good to raise funds for those affected by the emergency in Australia. Support the cause, through the medium of music.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Mildlife team up with Artwork for a not-for-profit 12" raising funds for previous apocalyptic event - the Australian bushfires. As massive as you'd imagine from such a dream combo, this is cosmic jazz funk translated into a system rinsing disco house bomb.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLtd 12" Info: All profits from this special one-sided Artwork remix of Mildlife ‘Zwango Zop’ will be donated to two charities combatting the bushfire emergency in Australia via Prime Direct Distribution; Wildlife Victoria and the Australian Red Cross.
The A-Side opens with the raw sound of 'All Massive' - you'll hear Lay-Far's characteristic organic sampling blended with Jungle-influenced beats and heavy stepping sub-bass.
Following is A2 'Naive' - more of Lay-Far's specialty downbeat house tracks with nods to warm Brazilian music.
On the B-side it's all about the sounds of the past - starting with the funky broken beats of 'Heartfelt' produced back in 2011 and continues with 2014 unreleased dub remix version of 'Where Would We Be' originally by DJ KAWASAKI feat. Paul Randolph from Detroit and Makoto who's been instrumental in Japan's Drum & Bass movement.
Lay-Far has been expanding his musical variety from Jazz to Reggae, House, Breakbeat and Broken beat and with these 4 tracks you will be able to experience his musical journey too... *Artwork by Kouhei Asakura (http://www.asakurakouhei.com)
*Mastering by Hideo Kobayashi
Sholay (Kris Baha/ Multiple Man Sniffing Anxiety Mixes)
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: EBM meets middle eastern music or Turkish I guess. It is good old Baha toying with the dark sensibilities of machines with organic elements of human voice via samples. The originals are something worth your time, the remixes are geared for the dancefloor.
INDIO, the faster paced track, has been a staple in our DJ sets, pure raw energy for when things get settled in darkness. RELIGION REBEL is an exercise in menacing trance-funk, whereas IL VORTICE puts the vocal forward, a track and a story.
We have been a fan of Marco Passarani for more than two decades, a man constantly reinventing himself and rewriting the history of Italian electronics. He here remixes RELIGION REBEL in some kind of power-balearic anthem, a record for, yes, ecstasy and sunsets.
A1 is the title track of course, describing an out of this world existential experience. The track is bouncy, fun, and slightly odd, but certainly danceable.
On A2 (which is offered up only on vinyl), Aimes takes the original song and turns it into a club-ready slow-burning stomper with a full on repetitious acidic bassline fit for any sleazy techno set.
The remix on A3 comes courtesy of Sean Johnston aka Hardway Bros (member of A Love from Outer Space with Andrew Weatherall) who turns the original into a dark and brooding version with a punchy bassline and cosmic synths.
Aimes’ second original on the EP, We Are Eternal, is a massive slowed down acid burner that reiterates the eternalness of humanity. Incredibly psychedelic in nature, the pulsing bass and bubbling acid line is prime for a dark and sweaty rave.
B2 comes courtesy of Panorama Bar resident Massimiliano Pagliara who submits a cosmic, dubbed out flip of the original, taking the listener on an extended spatial journey.
On B3 Japanese producer Que Sakamoto and his production partner NT ramp up the bpms for a dark disco rendition of the original.
From of a long and passionate reflective experience, his DJ sets are eclectic journeys through different times and styles, with groove weaving it’s way through each song, as a common thread. A member of Yuksek'sPartyfine crew, he's regularly revisiting old or contemporary tracks through edits and remixes, widely shared and played by numerous DJs.
Recent official releases include an original track for Cookie Records second compilation, an exclusive edit for Partyfine's compilation "re-cover", an official remix for French pop band L'Impératrice on Berlin label HDYA? City Slang, and several funky edits for NYC nudiscoweblabelNoc Boots. A busy 2020 will have more surprises to come!
FORMAT INFORMATION2x7" Info: Limited white vinyl double 7" pack.
A chugging new wave / industrial masterpiece, 'Los Ninos Del Parque’ became an instant and immediately recognisable hit on every dance floor it captured, hammered by the likes of Jeff Mills and Juan Atkins in the early days. An essential classic, its quality shows in the fact it’s still heavily championed today, regularly unshackled and let loose by Ivan Smagghe, Skee Mask, Martyn and Kasra V to name only a handful.
On the flip side you’ll find ‘La Afro Del Parque’ an intergalactic interpretation by Liaisons Dangereuses & Stefano Ritteri - squelching synths and tribal touches giving a new lease of life to the ’81 original.
An indispensable record in any collection.
The inspiration, if you can call it that, for the song comes from the band’s own recent experiences. ‘We’ve lost a few people recently that we were close to. It does tend to make you ponder the universe, and whether you get a second act,’ says Butch Dante, guitarist.
Filmed on location in the Texas panhandle, the video will be the second of a triptych of films written by Butch, focused on the band’s main preoccupation: the fact that the world is ending and people should be kinder to each other while it does.
Now they’ve been remixed by three top bods of the dance music world: Deetron, Benedikt Frey and For Romeau all providing very different takes on their fatalist sound.
This Swiss maestro Deetron takes big inspiration from the big expansive, moody sounds of Detroit. Sam Geiser also borrows percussive influence from Chicago house whilst instilling his very own atmospheric personality, making for one hell of a ride on his remix.
Benedikt Frey provides an esoteric, speaker-testing rub down for blackened black rooms and low ceiling dance establishment, haunting vox and ghostly washes decorating his gothic remix.
Cin Cin boss Fort Romeau concludes with a decidedly different take than his textured electronic dancescapes that have made him an almost household name. Drawing out the clanging metallic bass, emphasizing the krautian repetition and snarling from behind ripped denim and safety pin-adorned boots; this is a punky-krauty-dance party folks and worth the entrance fee along!
Also included is the intoxicating original, heavy with slashing guitar lines and dark emotional content; it’s the perfect ode to our crumbling times…
**LIMITED & SANCTIONED U.R REPRESS!!!**
Take a deep breath folks, fresh new shit from the institution that is Underground Resistance (now up to UR-80!) and I am glad to inform you all that this is UNADULTERATED FUNKY UR booty-shaking tackle! DJ John Collins takes us right back to the grinding Detroit booty parties of yore with "Yeah". Turn the shuffle up to 100%, turn the 909 right up, bang in some super chopped up funk samples and you’re certain to get any crack-house bumping wildly. "All We Need" continues along the same lines with its use of a dirty gospel soul sample coupled with a huge piano line and banging UR beats. "All we need... is funky music!" the lyrics proclaim and Mr Collins certainly brings us that. After a heated intro we're treated to one of the best choruses I've heard in house or techno for a long time. Epic chord progressions, sing-a-long vocal line and breathtaking drops. This is gonna rock the shit out of any main room with a beating heart and will unite the girls and boys in dancefloor euphoria. DO NOT SLEEP!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Another highly sough after UR nugget, repressed and repackaged for our listening, dancing and DJing pleasure! John Collins on the choppy, funky, Deetroit bounce tip. Mega!
Talking about the Greg Wilson & Ché Wilson remix Confidence Man said: ‘When you work with a father son duo this talented and this god damn good looking you know good things will happen. They’ve got twice the brains and a multi-generational love for bangers. Greg and Che have taken the track to outer space and left it in Jupiter’s orbit for a while it’s always nice to expand the journey.’
And on the CC Disco + DJ Boring remix they added: ‘Our good friends CC and DJ Boring joined forces for this master dub remix with these two fire breathers bringing some sweet sticky heat to ya ears. Sexy soulful and oh so tasteful they lend their skills to help you achieve your true party potential. You deserve it honey.’
Limited 12” vinyl pressing on Heavenly.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLtd 12" Info: Limited edition - 500 copies only.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Dancefloor detonator of the week. No new formula used but effective it is. Some r'n'b sample chopped and thrown randomly into the beat makes for a perfect tune.
For this, the first official reissue since '86, Groovin' have included "Dancing On Townsquare", the slick and smooth AOR disco cut from the original 12", as well as the boogie celebration of "Welcome To The Party", the opener from the group's 1982 LP.
Opening up with its most prominent instrument, the balafon, creating a hypnotic vibe in which keys and broken beats intertwine creating a swinging rhythm. The second track, "Batterie", slows down the groove and allows plenty of space for the keys to lay over the depth of bass-heavy drum pattern.
The flip side of the record pitches up the tempo and sees layers of Latin infused rhythms mix with London, scene-defining broken beat riffs, synths and melodies. The record finishes up with a remix from one of the London underground scene’s key contemporary figures, K15, adding a darker tone to the flow of the track while upping the dancefloor energy of the groove.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Jazzy house that will sit nicely between St Germain and some Guidance Recordings gems from back in the 90s. Gentle and coffee table friendly.
By now you will know that Essa is part of the UK's Balearic mafia. He's served up big tunes on Is It Balearic?, Aficionado, Music For Dreams, and his music always acts as a sonic raft that floats you out to sea and leaves you bobbing up and down in a state of pure bliss.
Opener 'Tombolo' starts as acoustic music and the sound of a muffled crowd but soon awakens into an uptempo affair littered with toms, guitar licks and claps that are driven by bumping drums. There are elements of old school, Italo and classic house but somehow it feels completely new and fresh as it takes you ever higher.
'The Great Adventure' is masterfully sun kissed disco with crisp 80s drums, love struck chords and a yacht rock feel that is pure joy, something like topless dancing with sand between your toes and umbrellas in your cocktails.
Closer 'Fool in the Pool' sinks into gentle tabla drums and unhurried chords. It's horizontal and thoughtful - the sound of a lazy afternoon somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, gazing at glistening seas through the romantic lens flare in your sunglasses.
This EP is already great feedback from the DJ dons who have been giving it early plays, so act now to snap up your first summer sounds of 2020.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Not content with co-curating a big shout for compilation of the year (check Oto No Wa on the presales), Balearic ex-pat Max Essa provides more mesmeric vibes on the Hell Yeah heater. Nailing the Japanese cosmic sound of Cos/Mes on 'Tombolo', and heading into more soothing Balearic territories on 'The Great Adventure' and 'Fool In The Pool', Max gives us variety and quality in spades and buckets - seaside tackle.
Following his debut album "Palais", "Barely Alive" acts as release from these years of sweat. A call to all in this modern world, the song exemplifies a move from club music to a freedom in sound and song, as vox crash against 808 and Arp 2600. Remixes start with Timothy J Fairplay - a name synonymous with Especial. Here TJF laces his trademark echoplexxed wash for a cold wave mover. Next prodigy Job Sifre builds on his acclaimed debuts with a remodel that goes straight to that basement feeling, mixing his love of electro, new wave and industrial. To close, the legend of Das Ding creates an alternate remix, fusing his unique fuzz with Baha's ode for a brittle finale.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Jagged, razor sharp EBM that proudly dons its goth boots and trench coat. Kris Baha is one of the tastiest shadow-lurkers in the scene. Peep dis!
Bursting with passion, ‘Together Forever’ is a record that was destined for greatness. A Larry Levan favourite, and for good reason. Produced by Errol Mattis and featuring one of the most sampled vocals in house music, there’s a triple threat of plucked basslines, clavinet power and joyful horns backed with the kind of percussion that ignites a rarely witnessed tribal energy within. It’s had crowds in fits of frenzies ever since its release and every collection deserves this gem nestled within it.
As well as the original extended vocal and dub versions, Stefano Ritteri steps up to add his own special touch, giving it some proto house power. He echoes and manipulates those fiery vocals, introducing each element gradually from the acid tinged topline to the layers of drum machine heat, gradually building the suspense to pure fever pitch.
Snap up on sight!
STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: Alfa Mist taking a slightly different path leading us to some stunning improvised, instrumental piano pieces. This collection of six tracks 'On My Ones' is honestly soothing for the soul.
Unless you're opting for the Detroit sludge-inspired 33rpm playing speed, the original 45rpm recordings are hyperactive, meeting the needs of today's ADD-afflicted youth whilst tipping its hat to classic hi-octane dancefllor styles.
Flick to 33rpm and the tracks take on a noxious, late nite quality aligning themselves with Marshall Applewhite, The Fiend and labels like Yo Sucka! and Local Action.
Imperative, vital sounds to keep the underground alive - recommended.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Krusty vibes and rave nostalgia ooze from this killer 12". A bit of drum 'n' bass and a pinch of techno via some breakbeat with a bit of Ariana dropped in. Groundbreaking? No. Fun factor filled? Totally.
Cosmic Shift Remixed - Inc. Kejeblos / Androo / Eirwud Mudwasser Remixes
The party starts with Phantom Island natives Kejeblos, who transform "Wave" into a hard hitting but sophisticated bit of deep house which references vintage Prescription, summer of love euphoria and Italo House in the best way possible. Closing out the A-side is an extra scorching Balearic-dub mix of lead single "Too Hot", perfect for poolside coolers and daytime DJ sets. Flip it and we fall deeper into the dub with Second Circle-man Androo bringing the On-U vibrations to "Universal Prayer". Trippy tape fx and occasional burts of melody ride a moody digital groove right into the witching hour, persuading even the most straight edge to take a sip of the tribal brew. On the B2 it's the turn of another acclaimed psychonaught, boogie shaman Eirwud Mudwasser who transplants the Black Ark to Alexandra Park for a ultra dubby rockers mix of "Too Hot". Lastly Lexxy brings us the bonus with the fretless bass, dreamy keys and heartswelling beauty of "Expanding Happiness", a moment of light in these dark times.
Hopping over to the B side we arrive at the climax of ‘Tam Tam Land’ with the thumping ‘Basalt (玄武岩)’. Closet Yi flexes her skills in producing a peak time acid-tropische-prog-banger and doesn’t disappoint.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Gorgeous fourth world dancefloor business here from Closet Yi - taking us away from the everyday to a gorgeous forest of the mind. The digi-birdsong and rainforest house of the A-side tracks is a total vibe, but the killer here is B-side banger "Basalt" - a proper techno-tropical rocker!
Regular starting 11, E Live heads up a home attack with two sides apparently dedicated to California.
I have to admit there's a sun scorched, urban swagger to both tracks which unfurl languidly like a stroll down Sunset Boulevard in the late afternoon swelter. Pitch bent keyboard licks decorate both tracks while searing synth-string patches provide that sexual tension. Add a voluptuous bottom end complete with heavily slapped bass and these are the early evening vibrations you need sir!
As always limited copies and very high demand.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: The No.1 brand continues. Regular signing E. Live bringing the modern funk flavours.
Liam grew up in London before moving back to the family hometown of Glasgow at 14. Growing up, his schooling in house and techno was on the floor of the Sub Club’s legendary Saturday night session with residents Harri & Domenic.
After he started producing house and techno, his edit “Voices of East Harlem” caught Sulta’s attention, who championed it in his sets to awesome effect. Liam is the resident at Wednesday house and techno night RARE at Sub Club. He also started his own quarterly warehouse parties in Glasgow, called Cyberfreq. After hours illegal raves at first, after a run in with a Scottish tabloid they went legit and started programming them at Glasgow’s The Berkeley Suite club. In addition to releasing on SSSS, he’s founded his own label Eyeangle Records (releases from Kamus and Lobec) as well as sub-label Roux Records and released on Huntley & Palmers.
“East Coast Edits” is a perfect snapshot of where this producer is at right now. A succinct and indispensable collection of ecstatic dancefloor filtered edits, sure to give the floor at the Sub Club and beyond a workout. TIP!
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Four cuts of disco house with some good old French filtering looping. Bar tackle for those anxious to have a fun time.
Raw and nasty, the tongue-in-cheek lyrical content belies an edgy, nuanced production style that's maverick and inventive. At home on the dancefloor as it is in blacked out & hotboxed Civics, the release explores the disruptive boundaries where urbanism and hedonism merge. Mega stuff here from the local firm. TIP!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Top drawer release from MCR's half-way house for nightclub freakz and mutant reprobates. A mix of booty, ghetto & electro tropes suitably vandalised and defaced by Mutant Joe.
'Salo' goes more tropical yet maintains the necessary seriousness and composure to produce a killer house tune... or is it techno? The debate is out there.
Rest assured that this will fly easily. Essential on my books.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Love in the times of cholera or dancing the panic away to Baba and Gaston visions of house. Absolutely essential 12".
It's a formula we're well versed in here at Picc HQ, but Lexx's particular attention to detail, his incredibly well programmed percussion and the emotion conveyed through the various musical passages is nothing short of sublime; and is instantly comparable to some of the tastiest bits off Theo and Kenny's Sound Signature and KDJ Records respectively.
RIYL: Marcellus Pittman, Andres, Trus'me, Garth Be, KDJ, Theo Parrish, MCDE etc etc.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Lexx turns his hand to the classic blueprint: dusty deep house with Detroitian leanings. And boy does he pull it off with some spectacular precision! Would we have expected anything less?!
Following his Dar Disku release, supported by Hunee and Palms Trax, Jamal steps up with an eclectic four track EP full of Arabic influenced chuggers, a style quickly becoming synonymous with the young Dublin based producer and adored by global audiences.
"Bint Al Sa7ra" vocoderizes elements of the Eastern vocal, whilst deploying sitar solos across it's pulsating electroid arpeggios. If Giorgio Moroder was infact from an Arabic country, this may well be the music he would make!
"Ah Stop" employs a boogie-flavoured sound palette: big rugged synth bass, huge snare splashes and flat kicks. MS adds yearning, evocative vox and chiming melodies for a late night, smoke-machine friendly excursion.
"I’ll Tell Ya For A Tenner" is more ethereal and cerebral in nature, utilizing manipulating vocal lines and weaving, intertwined leads it rattles thru its course taking no prisoners on the way.
Final track "Molecular Mimicry" sees the EP close on a technological high note. An electro-techno hybrid rich with advanced circuitry and mainframe intelligence. Traces Sparky, John Shima and Model 500 all resplendent in its technoid grooves.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Shame current world 'incidents' are stopping this banger getting the exposure it deserves. One of the best Orange Edits to date.
6 tracks in total. fast paced and funky, emanating from a time before quantized DAW's and multitrack VSTs; therefore unequivocally rich in musicianship throughout!
No idea as to originals (help?) but if space disco, full of flanging hats n guitar chops, bolshy brass and frenetic basslines is your thing, then get on the boat!
Limited copies, high demand = move quick!
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Four slabs of disco edits and rarities extensions. Crate diggers, this is for you!
A 4-way of their most wanted secret weapons for the faithful, these re-tailored & timeless classics are the sonic manifesto for preserving those good ol' dirty basements. Juggy Jones, Unabombers, Risque III and one more I can't quite remember the name of but it was a big spin with Ron Hardy also!
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Four classic cuts in one package! And the four of them are absolute dancefloor classics with disco in its many variants being the underlying narrative.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Slow, sweaty, chuggy and industrial beats and vibes on this killer Parasol trip! Dark and strobe filled basement feelings on this one.
On the A-side "Love Directions" sees the duo work the scalpel over People's Choice classic "Movin In All Directions", extending the low slung disco funk killer in Lofty fashion. VSHOG weave their magic and transform this monster Philly groove into a mesmerising future dance classic, to ignite the senses, mind body and soul! Soaring strings, Jazzy Fender Rhodes licks, tight fatback drumming, and the sweet soulful chorus, 'Come Follow Me'! Give yourself up to the music! Love is the message!
On the flip "Love Jelly" is like the cream of British library session musicians recording moody David Axelrod Jean-Jacques Perry vibrati for the Hip Hop break beat sampler! 'Love Jelly', VSHOG exclusive special version is the spirit of the highly sophisticated 70's/80's London Jazz-Funk Rare Groove scene & warehouse parties. The Cote d'Azur, Seductive Italian countesses driving Ferraris, a gentle breeze over the Mediterranean, the smell of Night Panther, and Leslie Anne-Down's Lingerie drawer! Strangers in the Night...she had a tongue like an electric Eel!
As always the artwork has been completed by the very talented Pedro Carvalho de Almeida.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Velvet Season etc swing back through Resista with another essential edit release, extending and upgrading a People's Choice classic on the A, and a lush and loose library funk neck snapper on the flip.
After last summer’s appearance at Field Maneuvers, the Oxford festival they’re residents at, one punter requested ‘Local Group for 36 hours straight’ in 2020. Negotiations are on-going. In the meantime, this four-tracker provides almost 25 minutes of their ‘Field Maneuvers famous’ sound.
"Baby Talk" self-identifies as a ‘Hardcore Summer Anthem’. It’s got uplifting piano and a glissando, the classic switch up between light and dark, and a spine-tingling vocal that fitted like a silk glove. Why wear a silk glove in the studio? It helps EQ your snares, bro.
"Fresh Rhythm" is ‘avin’ it 150BPM hardcore acid breaks with a brief but cheeky donk mid- section. It’s the title track but is on A2. A mystery deeper than the cover of The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album.
"Stolen Dreams" continues the acid, but in breakbeat house form – in reverence to 1992’s ‘XL- Recordings: The Third Chapter - Breakbeat House’ compilation. Samples various favourite tracks about dreams, hence the title. Follow your dreams. They may be cheating on you.
"Back In The Daze" is late 90s D&B, a formative era for Local Group, channeled into 130 amen breaks and topped with the sort of soulful vocal loved by all-time hero Manix. As the saying goes, if you can remember the 90s you weren’t there. At a squat rave. On K.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: M25 soundtrack made today for those blooming youngsters. I was not there neither I am pill popper but if you are, this is your record. Total killer.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Two soul drenched cuts on the A side and two slow disco bangers on the flip. Can't go wrong with this one in your collection.
E Live is on hand to provide a fresh boogie bounce to proceedings whilst Wings Of Sunshine (who I assume are a new signing to the label) go on a proper Prince-esque tip full of sex-funk synths, classic era guitar chops and a much more sleazier take on the track. Limited quants... move quick!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: E. Live receives this week's MVP award from the Star Creature bench. His second star appearance, here laying down a sick ass mix of "Chocolate Lover".
Smooth and vibe-focused ''Atlantic Dawn'' exudes sensuality-tethered vibe that is highly intoxicating. Emblazed with mysterious deep breaths and shimmering sonics that entrances the listener straight away to the whole release. Disarmingly beautiful ''Mediterranean Tribal'' is an old school-fare downtempo jam with classic chilled out laid back Mediterranean instrumentation. ''Sentimental Coast'' is distinctly deeper and more emotive than his vintage synth-laden sounds and is one of his most fragile and still moments within a superbly arranged delicate piano solo. On ''Vibechos'' things get more upbeat and aquatic, featuring beautiful chords and textures that float into the track with a sun-kissed vibe reminiscent of Italian dream house. “
Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin' pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
I let my tape rock 'til my tape popped
Smokin' weed in Bambu, sippin' on Private Stock
Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack
With the hat to match
Remember Rappin' Duke? Duh-ha, duh-ha
You never thought that hip-hop would take it this far
Now I'm in the limelight 'cause I rhyme tight
Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade
Born sinner, the opposite of a winner
Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner
Peace to Ron G, Brucie B, Kid Capri
Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starski
I'm blowin' up like you thought I would
Call the crib, same number, same hood
It's all good (It's all good)
And if you don't know, now you know"
On the flip we get a hit from Easy E's Ruthless Records' group Above The Law, who dropped the mighty "Black Superman" on '94 LP "Uncle Sam's Curse", bringing us pure West Coast brilliance to the present day.
“Byron’s Theme” presents a rich palette in its 2-minute buildup: a dry trance hook, high-end synths buzzing and wavering, pitch-shifted voice samples and a pan-flute ran through with tremolo. Throbbing, the 303 bassline picks up after a breakdown at the 4-minute mark, and only then does one realise the song’s still building. There’s still room in the last 40 seconds for some percussion modeled on a breakbeat loop – which is to say, the track is incredibly cheeky and hard-hitting.
While the EP’s first track feels expansive, “Estrel Nights” opens the EP’s B-side in a much closer, tighter space. The build is percussive: bongo taps, claps, cowbell; then a hi-hat snaps things into shape, and in lopes the kick drum. And rhythm remains the central player here. It’s not until 3 minutes in that the percussion finds a melodic backdrop – a dreamy, detuned pad, choral, like a moan from a giant cosmic entity much greater than our own.
Ex-Terrestrial’s remix of “Byron’s Theme” repositions some of the elements and ratchets up the tempo of the original, but maintains its respiration: the energy and erotics flow into a different structure, closer to traditional trance, with sharp hi-hats and loopy arpeggios that phase in and out of syncopation, measure to measure. Diagonal, we incline to a climax that dizzily plateaus at 6 minutes, de-escalates and breaks down over the next 2, glows until it’s just a kick drum, slower, slower still; we’re catching our breath.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: D. Tiffany continues to be a crucial force across modern breakbeat, techno and house music; joining forces with Vani-T for the hilariously named Pillow Queen project, they unload two high caliber breakbeat-techno opus’ with a stunning remix from esoteric house wizard Ex-Terrestrial. Peeowm!
The EP opens with a collaboration between Fulton and label founder Peggy Gou: ‘Jigoo’ is the sound of both artists in full swing, combining a rolling, infectious bassline with the sort of joyous chords that have won Gou's previous productions quite so much play. Vintage Chicago house drum work drives the track forward, while a series of psychedelic breakdowns combine to create another understated club anthem in waiting.
On the B side, ‘Not Sure How I Would’ may offer the perfect introduction for those yet to have fully immersed themselves in Fulton's wonderful back catalogue. A chugging bassline, live drums and guitar plus a barrage of effects invite listeners into a hugely accomplished, utterly unpredictable dancefloor space, one primed to invite full-scale freakouts for heads-down crowds.
Finally, ‘One Itself’ provides the most understated moment on Gudu thus far. Slowly and surely bubbling, yet more raw percussion intertwines wildly with fizzy, analogue manipulations, Fulton engineers a veritable pressure-cooker of slo-mo rave euphoria that could once again leave a dancefloor spinning on its collective head.
Side A runs with Donna Summer's 1976 cut 'Spring Affair', which features the creme of Casablanca's live disco players - killer bassline, lush strings, hooky keyboard lines and Summer's breathy vox make this a winner. With the original only ever on a three and a half minute-long 7", Dimitri's extended 12" version for Disco Deviance is an absolute essential.
On the flipside 'Sfunky' gets busy with Bob James' 'Spunky', the original sample source for Moodymann's 'Shades Of Jae', chunking up the beats into a disco-house dancefloor slayer, chopping THAT jazzy keyboard line up and weaving in the crowd noise from Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up'. With mega drops and filtered builds this is gonna create mayhem on the dancefloor! For some reason I feel the need to have camouflage netting above my head... (one for the old school Electric Chair faithful).
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Dim does Donna (Summer) and Bob (James) on this ace new Disco Deviance 12". Disco and jazzy disco-house are the order of the day.
"The title track, "Sunflower", was composed in New York, looking out at the skyline on an incredibly sunny day and feeling a sense of positivity and energy wash over me. Daydreams of love, fun, ecstasy, love and the people who are special to you. Above all, the desire to share how I felt and feel coming into 2020. Something undefinable - I hope "Sunflower" can share that with you.
The second track, "Hidden Worlds", is an amalgamation for a euphoric dark room - sweaty, throbbing and uncompromising. Recorded in New York several hours before a show at Knockdown Center as a draft, and finished in London a week or so later.
"Switchblade" is a return to the spoken word layering of early MG tunes, set to an electro-esque, broken beat club beat. High energy, not to be taken too seriously, but locked and loaded.
"Leaving Tokyo", the closing track was recorded the day before leaving japan, late 2018. It, for me, represents the melancholy of leaving somewhere special, full of fantastic memories and people but optimism for the next stop and next adventure.
In a world where everything seems a bit chaotic and bleak, I hope I can share the love a little with you... Positive energy forever."
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Mall Grab dons his steel toe caps and studded leathers for a rugged and abrasive outing on the apt Looking For Trouble label. Kickin', elbows out, lo-fi tekno. No fux given. Ace.
On the A-side "March Of The Imbecile" joins the dots between organ exotica, orgonite buttplugs and Black Ark desk-work to achieve an effect something like taking too many inhalents then riding a knackered sea side waltzer. On the flip, "Love From The Astroplane" sees a solid kosmishce dancer emerge from the chaos of glitching noise and deranged sound design. Top marks!
The 'FON' EP (caps intentional) combines a love of classic electro and techno with dub reggae, sound system culture, the UK's contemporary bass scene etc. Mastering was done by Optimum in Bristol, who did a really lovely job, with loads of width in the mix.
Reinforcing the hair-raising energy previously delivered on the label, and aligning itself next to fellow luminaries VTSS & Schacke, this is frighteningly good techno with 'nuff nods to industrial and gabba to keep the hardcore, trench coat techno crews more than energized.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Saint-Petersburg club dubbed by DAZED as 'the wildest club in Russia' continues to spearhead the hard-edged techno front. New guy Rune Bagge providing heavy artillery support to Schack's previous mortar blast. Take cover!
Released in 1998 on French label Basenotic, 'The Earth EP' is a rare, sought after and sublime collaboration between 2 of the countries shining stars of underground dance music, namely DJ Deep and Julien Jabre. Across 3 cuts we're treated to a palette of different shades of the deepest house, from the shuffling bumpin' garage stylings on 'love your brother', featured here in 2 versions and the stripped funk of 'gratiot's tiger', 'The Earth EP' showcases the deft stylings of 2 of the Gallic masters of the scene. An essential reissue, fully legit and sounding absolutely top shelf.
'The Earth EP' has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of DJ Deep & Julien Jabre and remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original DAT's especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: It doesn't get more late 90s that this pop pickers! Harking back to that OG dance party sound as championed by Danny Rampling.. Beats so shuffled you'll dislocate your shoulder!
Since debuting on Moodymann’s Mahogani Music in 2014 with "3AM Jazz Club / Thinkin About U", Dan made it into a springboard for his ambitions to work crowds the world over. His love of groove - ranging from sparky acid to Brazilian samba, itchy funk to heavyweight house - fuels his drive to make those around him dance as keenly as he does. At a party, Dan Shake isn’t just loaded with peak time weapons: he is one.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: London's answer to MCDE, Dan Shake continues to ply more of his idiosyncratic house wares onto our willing dance spaces. Another three original tracks from the rising upstart of the UK house scene.
Wang inc. developed this 12” focusing on the stories of the past years taking place in the central Mediterranean Sea. Stories of hope and despair, often tragic by the will of powerful and egoistic people.
Each track describes a fase of the crossing of the Sicilian channel: "Fuga" is the escape from the Libyan prisons, "Gommone" is the crossing on an inﬂatable raft that often ﬁnds a tragic epilogue, "Approdo" is the battle between humanitarian aids and governments to ﬁnd a place of safe, "Abbraccio" is the tragic history of mother and son found at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea still hugging each other.
It’s harsh techno, slow, with vivid images, lots of tension and bleak atmospheres. All titles are in Italian because this story is part of the history of Italy.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Tribal polyrhythms bespoke to our now de rigor shamanic house section, but nonetheless possessing the spellbound qualities we look for whilst offering a decidedly more optimistic and cheery view on proceedings. It's not all dark voodoo in the rainforest you know!
Retitled, "Trouble On The Land - A Love That Is Real", it gets straight to work with infectious guitar chops, rich vocal harmonies and impenetrable groove. A huge tune for Ashley Beedle and the Electric Ballroom massive, he's gleefully tightening things up for modern dancefloor whilst keeping all the feel-good spirit of the OG. Mega things here people!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Ashley Beedle and Ray Mang have steadily and deliberately infiltrated the record boxes of pretty much every DJ worth their salt across the globe, in some way or another. Here under their Boogie Twins alias they provide yet another reason to enter their prolific catalogue.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Diverse Parisian crew 404 follow up a razor sharp release on Candomble with this uncompromising four tracker on Crowdspacer. If you're into dark and demented techno on that low speed tip, the pummelling kicks, growling basslines and rattling tops will have you punching the ceiling as you snap your neck nodding.
Highly recommended, limited copies, move quick!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Honorary Manc Roisin Murphy adds to her already stonking credentials here with a massive single made alongside fellow Steel City inhabitant Crooked Man.
The 2019 LP "Home" was a striking proposition - a package which features two records that are designed to be played simultaneously: Laima’s vocal and synth tracks on the ‘Tonal’ disc alongside Iggor’s beats on the ‘Rhythmical’ record. By syncing the two records listeners are offered an unconventional way to experience the music.
The ‘Disco Pregnancy’ 12” features for the first time the combined Tonal + Rhythmical versions of album tracks ‘Disco Pregnancy’ and ‘Home’, all recorded, produced and mixed by the Dewaele brothers.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: The recombined multitracks from Laima’s debut LP offer a double drop of superior cosmic grooves with wonderful whispered vocals - think Fern's "Baby Let Me Kiss You", "Adventures In Success" or "Was Dog A Donut" translated for 23rd century beings.
Artwork by RockersNYC aka Marcus Burrowes.
NYC's Blazer Sound System on rising, cult, MCR imprint Youth, who seem insistant on providing the most up-to-date renditions of (post)dancefloor culture possible. Following previously well received records by FUMU, Georgia & Kassem Mosse amongst others, Andy Lyster signs this impressive US collective to his growing roster of acts.
Seemingly comprised of two artists, Rainstick and Zebrablood and landing somewhere between the industrial electronic wastelands of Natural Sciences, and the cerebral, interstellar exercises perpetuated by SUDS & SKRS this is arresting, challenging new music for scorched Earth inhabitants.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Waxing bumholes and putting the removed hair directly onto your chest, Youth's carnal rampage continues with new noise makers BSS in tow. Take cover!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Ker-azy cosmic funk edits here on Duca Bianco, driving the weird and the wonk right down your lugholes. Tapey and trippy, this is the shit!
Flemming Dalum takes the lead in the remix race, feeding the original an orgonite smoothie and pushing the clubbier elements into overdrive for a BIG Italo sound. Hysteric draws level with another inspired edit, lending the original a wonderful extended arrangement which extracts every ounce of emotion and energy from the source material and serves it to the eager dancefloor.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Hair slicked back, cigarette in mouth, gold watch on tanned wrist, this Italo masterpiece takes us back to a summer fling at the Moliendo Cafe - dive in deep and you can smell the Ambre Solaire and Sex On The Beach...
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: An Italo juggernaut that's also a chuggernaut - spacey, laced with unstoppable synth parts and neon blush, "Time Out" builds from the deep black hit of space to a sophisticated sister to Roxy and Japan. Reissued for the heads with remixes from Flemming Dalum and Kid Machine.
David Christie / The Destroyers
Back Fire / 'Lectric Love - PBR Streetgang Reworks
Digging in the vaults for those lesser spotted gems, the PBR crew have tweaked up two Tom Moulton related killers here for our enjoyment. Side A is a finely tuned, lovingly fondled version of David Christie's LP cut "Back Fire" from 1978. A sleazy, almost Euro-disco good timer that more than does the biz. On the flip, is the Destroyer's mammoth "Lectric Love", another lowdown cruiser of a track, nice cosmic FX and leather vibes for the late night prowlers! Both edits are brilliantly done, and with a knowing and respectful approach; one for the heads for sure...
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Some clever bugger let PBR Streetgang loose in the Salsoul vaults, and the Leeds duo stick their scalpel into classics from David Christie and The Destroyers, delivering a couple of up-to-date edits on a cosmic / Balearic / Disco tip.
North End / Michele
Kind Of Life, Kind Of Love / Magic Love - PBR Streetgang Re-Versions
Michele's 1977 "Magic Love" kicks things off in fine style, a slick bass driven groove is what we get with this funked out slab of string-laden disco heat. Nicely cut n pasted for the DJ's, dropped at the right time this one will go off! On the flip is North End's 1979 jam "Kind Of Life, Kind Of :Love", boasting some serious harmonica and an almost AOR feel, the PBR version clocks in at 10+ mins of slowly building dancefloor magic. Tweaked just right, and with a respectful nod, these two new versions are essential for the discerning disc jocks out there. Recommended.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Not content with a raid on the Salsoul vaults, PBR Streetgang ransack West End, whipping up mega versions of Michele's galloping "Magic Love" and the soulful and bluesy "Kind Of Life, Kind Of Love", an emotional disco-rock winner from North End.
Our favourite Canadian Riviera dwellers are back with more sun-kissed boogie-house pleasure. It could only be Pender Street Steppers responsible for "Falling". Effortless, hardware driven and with a melancholic vocal contrasting against the serene dusk calm emanating from the machines and rhythm boxes. Distinctly 'live' as per their previous output, PSS reaffirm the songwriting structure in dance music showing that you can achieve depth and character whilst still working within house music's formulaic framework. As always - hats off to the lads!
"Our Time" takes things deeper into the night, with a nocturnal framework driven again by the group's authentic hardware. Creeping through the cityscape with another well placed vocal part working in dynamic harmony with the rest of the piece. PSS make some of the most subtly brilliant music that just grows and grows in your headspace.
We'll still be spinning this one well into 2021.... Recommended!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Timeless stuff from the now buy-on-sight Mood Hut crew. Hitting a mellifluous sweet spot between boogie, house and street soul; with a glowing internal radiance and heartfelt vocal utterances. Injecting some real song writing into house music's oft-repeated framework.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Intelligent and sophisticated two-step that'll appeal to the classier end of the spectrum a la Zed Bias, El-B etc.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Another shining star in a local Nebula, Cong Burn continues to shed light on the most futuristic and advanced nightclub mechanics & New World synthesis. Another brilliant comp from the cru. Check!
The hardwired sound wizards drop three tracks in their inimitable, stuttered, nu-electro style; while Assembler Code Rewind is drafted in on remix duties.
Unlike much of the modern electro resurgence, LMA keep things crisp, detailed and high-def. Tracks are balanced, mixed beautifully and hum, snap and crackle in all the right places.
Assembler Code Rewind is a bit more of an agro younger sibling - snarling and banging his drum box as wailing acid lines and and punishing leads signal their aggression.
Mad good release for electro headz! TIP!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Weighty and intricate, LMA's productions are (sequencer)steps ahead of the pack, rivalling longer serving stalwarts with their potent brand of modular mayhem.
B.C. aka Cisco Ferreira (The Advent) and Robert Leiner (The Source Experience), are 2 very well known and respected figures in the global Techno underground. Between them, Cisco and Robert have both performed across the globe and been behind numerous seminal records, and worked with some of the most highly respected record labels to date including: R&S, Apollo, Jack Trax, Fragile / Transmat, Labworks, New Electronica and more since the late 1980's. Entrenched in electronic music, and armed with decades of experience, it is safe to say their collective reputations precede them.
'Stronghold' was a one-off concept from Ferreira and Leiner that yielded only one EP, realised in 1994. The perfect frisson of dub aesthetic, electro-techno and ambient. A stripped-back juggernaut of cavern deep weaving rhythms, modular melodic sonar blips and driving bass. Total power. 'Stronghold' is one of those records that seems to morph, winding from skeletal electro snares into an off-the-rails kick drum driven freight train, pure soundsystem pressure. Only for the headstrong. Peep Dave Angel's seminal 'X-MIX' from 1995 for a taste, the track features prominently early on in the mix to devastating effect. Also featured on this special and limited reissue of this most sought after and lesser spotted techno classic is a never heard before, unreleased and alternative take of 'Stronghold', from 1994. Lifted from DAT. It's possible that this newly unearthed version may be dubbier, trippier, perhaps more potent, more driving.....? But we'll let you decide.
Remastered from Cisco's DAT archive by Radioactive Man. Artwork by Atelier Superplus.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Shit-your-pants scary techno with electro and new beat inflections; this instantly transports you to some stormy European fortress rave where cheap whizz and bad acid are drugs of choice.
Baby Consuelo with her distinctive voice is one of Mr Bongo’s favourite Brazilian singers. The only female founding member of the mythical group Os Novos Baianos, Baby is a real innovator and pioneer, changing her persona and musical styles over the years, but still staying unique. Here we have Baby at the start in raw psychedelic hippy mode, giving a powerful vocal delivery where she manages to sound simultaneously badass and lovable. This early song was released in 1970 on RGE records on a compacto 7” credited to Baby Consuelo and additionally featured on Os Novos Bahianos’s debut album ‘ Ferro Na Boneca!’ in the same year (re-issued on Mr Bongo in 2019).
On the flip we keep the funk-vibes going but drop the tempo. The late-great Marcia Maria’s AOR/Rio-funk slow-jam ‘Oh! Man’ was only released on a 7” single on Odeon Records in 1979. It features the distinctive sounds of Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti in the production team.
Candi Staton / Chappells
Now You've Got The Upper Hand / You're Acting Kind Of Strange
With its crossover nature, it pleases disco, funk and modern-soul collectors and DJs alike, plus due to only been released in the Netherlands, the record has now become an extremely sought-after item with a high price tag to match. Both amazing cuts are aimed straight for the dance-floor, but retain conscious and positive messages that are as relevant now as they were back then. ‘Change The World’ is an anthemic feel-good disco funk gem, whilst ‘Try, Try ‘ is reminiscent of a Mizell Brothers golden-era production. Mr Bongo present a replica edition with dinked centre and original cover and label artwork, for all to enjoy.
STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: Reissue of these 1977 gem ‘Change The World’ and ‘Try, Try’ are funk and soul essentials to have on vinyl, it’s been highly sought after for years and the time is here to play these classics loud.
STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: If you’re in need of some more funk in your life – look no further. Two killer tracks from Madcliff are on fire with these catchy lyrics and irresistible grooves . First time pressed on 7” which won’t be around for long!
Prepare to take a cosmic cruise on the A side with 'Dromedary', a masterclass in daft drum-breaks, Saharan strings and syrupy synth-lines perfect for Arabian nights and disco daze. This one's been a TD sure shot since their first parties, so it's high time they shared the love boat.
Move to the flip for an interdimensional trip, as TD Transport welcomes you aboard the 'Super Express', a lysergic locomotive burning up the mainline from Mos Eisley to Mumbai. Linn drum lasers lock into a lurching groove, fuelling the furnace as we blast past Bollywood, take a detour into the Metro Area and arrive right on schedule to save your party.
100% Drum fun guaranteed.
Limited pressing inc. hand numbered insert...
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Those Talking Drums return with the all important record number three. Losing none of their spectacular source material and keeping the knife work deft and creative, fashioning two fabulous garments to dress the dancefloor with.
FORMAT INFORMATION12" Info: Limited 12" with hand numbered insert...
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Rune returns to rock us horizontally, most notably with the punk-funk dub of sunset stormer "Hierbas", a proper party jam for the Balearic crowd. "Grisefest" wrongspeeds a Hans Hasse track (you may recognise from Basso's Proper Sunburn), Mina Musica gets Reich to the point, while "San Agustin" cuts the rhythm and lets us drift into heaven.
The indefinable "Voyager" kicks things off: unquestionably technological in its outlook but unlike anything previously existing in the machine-code genre. Oscillators and tone generation growl, moan and buzz off the wax; while a steady metronomic pulse gives the piece momentum. The perfect track to create unfathomable levels of tension in the club.
"Deff" is a glassy and rounded exercise in syncopation; with as many nods to Akufen and Herbert as there are to Monolake and Friedman. Talking perx, bell like tones and squelchy sfx all contorting our minds and bodies in unexpected ways.
"Ronda" beguiles us with an opening Rhodes passage; teasing us into lullaby-like serenity with its calming and simple vocal utterances and fractal arrangement. The theme is continued from "Elliptical Footsteps" which sees fluttering atmosphere pasted against manipulated Rhodes and a push-pull, gently rocking action.
Mixing serenity with arresting tension and cranium splitting sound design, Neinzer's highly unique and majestic piece is a wonder to behold and yet another reason to check out this imperative label. TIP!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Worth it alone for the tightly wound coil of electronic tension that is "Voyager"; the B-side's exercises in electro-acoustic piano are ridiculously serene; late night technological lullabies to put us to rest. Neinzer's got bare talent when it comes to sound design and synthesis.
They've joined forces with the infamous Jamaican based Bahlo Records and for their first collaborative release, they were able to license two songs originally released on a private pressed LP by the mighty Golden Sunshine Steel Band in 1980 that will definitely see you through day and night movements, whether you’re listening to it at home, on the road or in a furious set on a mind-blowing sound system. Mastered by Sean P and limited to 500 copies this is proper collector’s edition tackle folks and will disappear FAST. You have been warned!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Fuck the rainstorms! This wicked 7" has even turned drizzly Manchester into a tropical paradise! Steel drum reggae with a wonderful likeness to a Kraftwerk classic!
Dame Bonnet makes sad, political club music which reminds us of the industrial and electronic unrest created in 80s England. Again, we live and ‘like’ in a society being pulled apart, and dominating neo-conservative views are as rife as ever as everyone stares hopelessly into their Instagram feeds for inspiration. Henceforth we’ve seen a rise of dark n jagged post-club music; and one of the better stables of this bleak new world music is Hoga Nord. Perfectly encapsulating all that is pathetic about the now; smothering it in black eyeliner and forcing out to play with the bullies and fascists with nothing but a red mohawk and a black trench coat. A needy catalyst for modern disillusionment. Recommended.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Close your instagram accounts! Have an argument with someone IRL! Make love the old the fashioned way! Dame Bonnet deconstructs the New World into the pathetic, sad and withering mess it's reduced itself too.
"Black Hole EP" carries three original tracks of raw, analogue machine music backed up by a bass-weighted, grinding remix from Carl Finlow. Support coming in from Andrew Weatherall (RIP), Radioactive Man, Jerome Hill and DJ Mag.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Mega breaks n ruffage from this Keith Tenniswood affiliated cat from Venezuela. Nicely peppered with acid and biting harder than a wound-up Akita. Want!
Akin to some of the mushroom capers released on Tax Free, some of Andy Rantzen's most wacky, and with elements of Krikor's industrial crack and rattle; two crater-crawling acid-dub exercises strictly for the inebriated!
Limited quants, move quick!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Yup, you know I be feelin' dis!! Sometimes the occasion demands melting into your nearest star cluster as you natter to the space fairies. Record's like this open up the communication channels.
"Ecosystem" is its tentative new steps across a digital soundscape. Tuff hydraulics churning up the terrafirma as synths hover in midair. "Summit" engages thrusters for a high speed drag race across the craters while "*.¥.*" extends the race out to the rainbow road for a hybrid touring car race through the outer cosmos! "Absorb" quickly engages the thrusters into power-down and cooling mode; a beatless excursion populated by icy synths and glassy pads as sonic-thermal-conduction ensures components don't overheat at the maximum velocity range. Impressive stuff; technical prowess and engineering ingenuity all combining to create a polished and advanced version of the future.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Brave new sound worlds for techno and electro adventures. RIYL: John Shima, Huerco S, D. Ball, Afrodeutsch etc.
"Empathy Dub 2" will instantly pique the attention of any Basic Channel fans with its rootsical, dread-tek beat; whilst "Empathy Dub 3" concludes this highly elegant, late nite stepper with a trickski, intricate, interwoven journey into delicate, staccato sequences and a highly textural hi-def aesthetic. Mega stuff here, made in Montreal, delivered to the world and really quite exceptional. You need!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Who'da thunk the tried and tested dub-techno formula could still yield exciting and interesting results. Jump Source here proving the genre is anything but dead as they drop three, killer, beta-tested updates.
Hivern take us laaaaate into the session with Volume 5 in their Fragments series, serving up more of that future proofed sci fi madness. As we slap the wax on the platter, Cooper Saver pops up in holgraphic form, flying us from wormhole to wonderland with a killer cosmic techno chugger a la Sombrero Galaxy, before frequent flyer Pional cooks up a sparse and spacey chamber electro cut called "Purple". Flip it and Marc Pinol (no relation) lets loose with the euphoric, acidic and uplifting "Vol De Nit" and relative newcomer Velmondo drops into a slow-fucking-mo slanked out zero gravity fuckbomb called "Transubstantiation".
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: The fifth edition of this superb series keeps the quality high, letting loose with the exceptional, intergalactic electro and then, what's this on the B2? Velmondo's brainmelting 82BPM curveball "Transubstantiation" that's what - worth the entry fee alone!
Hivern's suuuuuuper sweet "Fragments" comp comes to its completion with this sixth edition of whacked out futuristic sound. For the final instalment, Samo DJ rescores Metropolis as a chilly electro-mambo, Oma Totem serve up the spooky tribal electronics and Shame On Us explore polyrhythm and patience with the pulsating and textures "Fingers Crossed". An excellent A-side gives way to the beats of the B, kicked off by the 95 BPM growl of Nadia D'Alo's "Ten-High Straight", a sexy, scary and sensual jam. Mioclono leads us down the home stretch on a chunky and dubby tech house tip via "Center Of Things" before Born Free affiliate Odopt brings down the curtain via the industrial groove of "Bretonn".
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: The sixth instalment of the Fragments series signs things off the right way, working through some forward thinking / backwards dancing electronics with a strange and spooky edge. A fitting send off.
As founding member and driving force of pioneering Industrial band Cabaret Voltaire, Richard H. Kirk began his solo project Sandoz in 1992, evolving out of and running in parallel to Cabaret Voltaire’s evolution in sound from innovators of Industrial and post punk electronics towards pioneering works within Techno and House.
Taking the name from Sandoz Laboraties, a pharmaceutical company best known for inventing LSD in 1938, Kirk’s somewhat lesser known solo project evolved out of Cabs’ fascination and own development of Acid House and Rave culture, whilst leaning more heavily on Jamaican Reggae and Dub influences.
Presenting a selection of four mind-bending tracks, originally released between 1992-1993 on his very own Sheffield-based Intone label, SC015 further reveals Richard H. Kirk’s unique and visionary voice within electronic music.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Second Circle get archival here with one of Sheffield's finest Richard H. Kirk, of Cabaret Voltaire fame. Flavours on offer range from hypnotic fourth world house, Crystal Maze electro, new age dancers and evolutionary techno.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Decidedly future-focused and refined, modern dancefloor exotica here from technology purists Afrikan Sciences that'll appeal equally to fans of electro-acoustic luminaries Burnt Friedman & Jan Jelinek.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Public Possession return with their in-house allstar, Wolfram. If buzzing electro-disco (that verges into trance on Rex The Dog's remix..) is your thing then register your interest pronto!
heavy-lidded ambient zones. Made in Hong Kong before the storm, Manchester and Bristol.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Scott Young’s music traverses a wide sonic palette, encapsulating leftfield dance music, musique concrete, experimental film soundtracks and lush ambient excursions. Following a noteworthy appearance on Samo DJ’s Born Free imprint, a series of accomplished releases on Discos Capablanca and a mesmeric contribution to the 2019 Opal Tapes compilation ‘Amateur Vampires’, Young returns with his most significant output to date. Comprised of five tracks that work towards different styles, ‘Ket City’ is intended as an intimate ode to the United Kingdom, and a response to the oppression of algorithmically filtered modernity and the drudgery of work. Diving into hypnotic, artfully fractured dancefloor movements, dub-dilated drum workouts & heavy-lidded ambient zones, ‘Ket City’ is a diverse prospect that nevertheless reveals the execution of a unique signature.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: A hilariously named EP that, thankfully, delivers in terms of quality and imagination. It's as wacky and drug-indebted as the title gives it credit for, but easily deserved of sober ears also.
Now, I doubt we have to inform anyone of this incredible artist's sad passing this week. Scheduled for release before his untimely death, there's also an album completed which will hopefully still see the light of day proceeding this unfathomably sad event. Our respects and best wishes go out to all of Andrew's family whilst the man's undeniable legacy and influence will no doubt resonate for many years to come. Weatherall we salute you sir!
FORMAT INFORMATION12" Info: Repress!!!!
By Your Side - Remixes Part 3 - Inc. Gallo / Yuri Shulgin / Cantoma / Lucas Croon Remixes
He doesn’t release often but when he does you need to listen to Lucas Croon. His unique take on ‘Before Landing’ is a proper dance floor heater to get you on your toes. Once you're there, a gentle rush of rave euphoria tases over you and sends shivers down your spine as old school breakbeats and glowing pads complete the trip.
Elsewhere, long time Balearic pin up, scene hero and all round blissed out boss man Phil Mison has a new album coming the spring. Before that, he becomes Cantoma for a timeless version of ‘You Can See The Sunrise Again’ that has bright blue skies and jaunty chords making you move.
Regular label artist homie Gallo is in the form of his life right now - he's resident DJ at Hell Yeah's weekly Balearic night Buena Onda in Berlin, has a growing reputation for being one of the best eclectic selectors in the game and is currently working on compiling the forthcoming BUENA ONDA comp with label head Marco. He gets long legged on his deep cut remix of ‘Sky Color Passing’ which is another killer that slowly but surely works you in a slow motion acid trance.
Completing this most exquisite outing is Yuri Shulgin, a multi-instrumentalist music producer from Tajikistan with credits on Cocktail d'Amore Music. His spellbinding take on 'Ending of Summer, Beginning of Autumn' is a fusion of jazz, leftfield and electronica will have you in a spin and your head lost in the clouds amongst the twinkling stars and cosmic pads.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Marco flexes the Hell Yeah Rolodex yet again, inviting a ridiculous cast of production talent to complete this triptych of Calm conversions. Berlin based Gallo gives us a divine and dreamy chugger, Yuri Shulgin indulges both the arps and his inner Gilmour for a cosmic expedition, Phil Mison enjoys a PSB-oogie by the Med, before Lucas Croon gets ravey with a basement friendly future breaks romp.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: It's been a while since I dedicated some time to my teenage obsession with the West Coast, but man "Deep Cover" still bangs. Not only does the beat SLAP, but Snoop's debut is basically as cool as it gets! Flip it for the BBQ sauce of Too Short's "Bad Ways", another essential from an OG!
Opening with the bleak ambience of "Don't Look For Me", gusting icy winds through the deserted cityscape (presumably cos everyone's inside the club getting at it...).
"Klub Theme" thrusts us right into that 3am mainline; strobes and lazers on full blast with frequent huffs of poppers thrust down our nose. Reminiscent of the harder edge of techno, skirting dangerously close to gabba but in a tasteful and accomplished style - strictly for the brave!
"Kisloty People" is more playful but none less energetic as it deploys a crazed vocal loop over slamming tekno beatz. Surely a big one with Villalobos and DJ Bone, this fiery inferno of techno goodness has ANTHEM written all over its narcy grooves. Don't believe us? Ask the 70K soundcloud users buzzing their tits off this track right now!
Anyone needing anymore convincing need look no further than the galvanized metallic techno of "Check It" which concludes this essential record with summat Ben Sims or Surgeon will get plenty use of out int' field.
You need this.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Tough but anthemic, if "Kisloty People" doesn't become a future White Hotel anthem I'll eat my own slipmats!
He has already been bringing his sassy and bouncy vibe to Paris, Milan, Berlin and London. Always sweaty and sexy, his sets are very eclectic, built from punchy techno to vocal trax smattered with electro & breakbeat, as well as Chicago ghetto house and 90´s groovy tracks.
He has played in Whole Festival in Ferropolis, Lecken in Berlin, Sous Tes Reins in Paris, and in Milan for Vitamina where he is a resident.
"Rim The Snare" details his fun-loving, hard hitting and arresting sound perfectly. File alongside Leon Vynehall, Daniel Avery, Modeselektor and Big Miz. Big room party tracks for the massive!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Big room party tracks for the massive! Upfront, fresh and huge with tuned in dancefloors.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Now, while Kanye may be onto something with his Sunday Service project (unpopular opinion - I love Kanye), Rev. Harvey Gates was fusing funk and gospel all the way back in the day. These two deep nuggets are as soulful as music gets while maintaining maximum emphasis on THE GROOVE!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Jim Sharp does his thing for Soul By The Pound here, breaking down and building up NWA classic "Dopeman" as a bass heavy, break-led beast then recreating that killer beat from UGK's "Int'l Players Anthem" on the flip.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Massive Mash Ups here from Doc Flex and NMX as George McRae's "I Get Lifted" meets "Gin N Juice" and Evelyn King's "The Show Is Over" gets a full extension over Ice Cube's "You Know How We Do It".
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Now, the modern room two step of the A-side is as sweet a fusion headnodder as you're likely to hear, but this release is all about the flip, an insanely funky cover of super rare Flowers jam "For Real". Dope!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Vernon Burch is one funky MF (just ask Dee-Lite), and he puts the groove in our heart with two super cool rare groovers on one portable 7". Feels like summer's just round the corner...
Whether it's reissuing lost ambient / Italian house classics, delivering kwaito-flavoured afro-house belters or providing a home for some of the most unique production to have graced the dancefloor in recent years, the label's always on point regarding taste, manufacture and styling.
Double A-side here, collaborative effort, one side each for Darling and Ben Penn. Darling's "Sierra" is a glistening, high speed ride into technicoloured late nite house music. Peppered with high register licks and driven by gliding bass plumes it'll sound great next to Planet-E and Art Recordings releases.
Ben Penn adopts his rain strck and poncho for the shamanic house offering, "Trouble". Synthesized perc powering the track as a whole manner of digital marimbas and wailing synth lines twist wind and weave through the track. Magical!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Yup it's another doozy from one of my favourite labels. Serendipitously turning their attention to two of my favourite styles - late nite house music and esoteric shamanic business. The label's like catalogue of all my favourite styles and flavours...
Opening the EP is "Fight For A Cause", a rough and fuzzy sub bass driven exercise in beat science that draws as much upon dancehall as it does grime. The second track, "Selector", is a straight up DJ tool, utilizing an alternating 32 bar pattern interspersed with splashes of pirate radio chatter.
The flip side opens with the storming "Bandit Country". The subdued intro lulling you into a false sense of security before the beats and bass are unleashed in full attack mode, the relentless onslaught pausing only briefly midway for you to catch your breath before continuing on it's devastating path. The closing track, "Darkage", is an ominous brooding affair that those of you familiar with East Man's sets will know well.
One for the technical & upfront DJ's!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: East Man continues to blur the boundaries and cross the streams (Excuse me? - Ed), mixing dancehall, grime, techno and ehtnic instrumentation into a heady pot of right now business.
On the flip, electro-disco styles are presented with aplomb on "Dream On". A funky, driving, feel-good groover that'll impose big wide smiles on anyone dancing to its greatness.
Tasty re-ish that's we've waited an eternity for! Don't sleep...
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Hard to believe this has been out of press since 1982 but it has! Big spin with Full Beam!'s sonofapizza man; Gino's electro-disco grooves have gotta be some of the most seductive of the genre...
>> Mindblowin' sound manipulations from SUDS, a collaboration between Christoph De Babalon, whose previously spearheaded Alec Empire's Digital Hardcore Recordings as well as co-founding Cross Fade Enter Tainment (CFET); and Wilted Woman - a multifaceted artist gracing a plethora of cassette labels from Wicked City, Private Archive and birdFriend and put out a number of tasty 7" releases on Primitive Languages.
The music is totally out of this world. A mix of re-imagined dance music tropes, thrown chaotically into a simmering melee of digital interference and overdriven hardware, Opener, "Shuttlecock Fanfare" is as skippy a slice of dark side jungle as one could hope for while it's successor, "Trauerweide" defies any current genre boundaries entirely as it deploys analogue notes, heavenly pads and a concoction of holographic sfx into a completely unique musical form - superb!
"Sad And Done" ups the ante even more with creative bass plumes expertly mixed to formulate a heady space track that'll cause ripples of excitement both through nightclub dancefloors and your cerebral cortex with its tantalizing palette. "Mirage March" ends on a mournful precession through sparse, baron lands.
With programming flair akin to Monolake and an obvious obsession with modern technologies; SUDS have succeeded in grasping that rare magical place which pushes away all existing electronica tropes yet invites the listener into a friendly and evocative space. Masterful!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Completely new soundscapes and aural-flora to be explored here folks. Picturesque, clever and with tons of programming flair. SUDS soundtrack new world exploration perfectly.
Violet opens up with the hoover n breaks-indebted, "Second Nature"; which planets itself confidently in warehouse territory. Rugged and ravey with a token smiley face melting thru its stems. Second track, "Above The Clouds" sees the producer turn his hand to some precision engineered jungle ruffness. A melee of swirl sax licks, buzzsaw bass and chopped breaks ensures maximum energy every time on this spin.
Denham Audio takes over side B with two slower track utilizing classic dancefloor vox. The first, sampling Soul II Soul, sees a vintage breakbeat and stoner pads applied for a classic downbeat, come-down anthem. The second uses the tried n tested "Love Sensation" snip, and drops some luminous pads and piercing strings before a pneumatic and up-to-date bass hybrid beat hurtles in over more vocal choppage.
Classic stuff that guaranteed to work in the dance! Check!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Really feeling Violet's contribution on this one. One for the warehouse gremlins and one for the jungle rollers'. Tight and tuff standards from this new cat. Check!
On A-side track "Fever" he slaps us around the face with multiple layers of meticulously programmed hardcore breaks, juxtaposed by the sweetest of pads and stuttering synth stabs.
"So Fine" is a slow burner, starting off sounding almost like an 80s R&B jam, over the course of 4 minutes it builds up towards its second drop, morphing into a lush jungle D&B roller.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Market leader in new jungle, Coco Bryce signs more top drawer ruffage from Necrotype. Double A-side for maximum damage on the waltzers...
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Old Chillin' come through with a pair of total bong-rippers here from Queens duo Beatnuts' 1994 debut, now cherry picked and sprinkled on a tasty 7" joint.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Hefty double pack of HEAVY HEAVY psych funk here on Dynamite Cuts, coming all the way live for the B-boys and trapdoor obsessives.
Deep, heads down flavours are order of the day as the EP traverses house and techno in sophisticated fashion. Derrick Thompson is somewhat of an underrated production genius, and on this 12" he really finds his flow! Limited copies so move quick if you want one!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: An obscure but highly desired nugget for those that know of its existance. Mid 90s, Derrick Thompson-penned deep house beast that slays all. Now available for all!
Timeline marks the third and final record to emanate from the UR camp this year and displays the label's love of hi-tech jazz to an unconquerable power. "Light My Fire" is just pure Detroit jazz house joy, live licks meeting a loose and sloppy house beat while liquid soul vocals fly over the top. Bumpety basement / loft house music - so good. "Moment In Marseille" is an eyes down groover, delicate piano chords meeting a subtle refrain and gentle saxophone licks. Again, ever-so-subtle vocal sections are finely crafted into the mix. Another smooth burner undeniable Detroitian. Finally "Next Step 4wrd" returns to the infectious grooves of the first track; mixing weaving piano lines, staccato string stabs plus undeniable funky drums to a slow but breathtaking crescendo. UR is back with a vengeance! Recommended.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Back in stock! Proper banger from the last salvo of UR bombs. Was fetching big money blah blah blah. "Light My Fire" - UR house music at its very best
The glassy and exploratory nature of the keyboard is present from the off as "Inward Conversation Process" takes us on a sun-flecked boat ride down some Amazonian river basin. Ruffy's on deck, piloting the hull at a smooth 15 knots as toucans, parakeets and green palms dart by.
"Wet Play Banger" sees our trusty cyberpunk unpack a tribute tool dedicated to the club night he's co-run over the last decade, Sure to cause eruptions of chaos in the White Hotel's mist system come 4AM it's a taut and tense piece and perfectly fitting to the erogenous nature of the party's later hours....
"Shoppin" graces the flip with a tasty, scintillating slice of tropical nu-boogie. Traditional Jomox drums and unquantized keyboard passages the now Ruf Dug trademark as he turns his hand to these classic dancefloor tropes as easily as he rocks the discotheques of the world's tastier nightspots.
"Fruity Dance" is an apt name for the record's conclusion; a melee of digital instrumentation from marimbas to steel perc and a dizzying, winding synthline that ties our feet in knots. It's a unique, charismatic and highly engrossing end to this remarkable EP from this producer that continues to surprise and reinvent the dancefloor. Highly recommended!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: MCR dance music ambassador chief Ruf Dug deploys a cheekily named but completely vital vinyl nugget with four dancefloor-ready offerings.
The label's fourth release since its 2018 inception, this highly limited 7" is the work of the mysterious Steady Income Band (who may or may not be M*x Gr**f and good buddy Gl*nn As**o), who take time away from recent forays into electroacoustic hypnosis and rainforest techno to treat us to a pair of power Balearic gems dripping in DX7 charm. On the A-side faux-panpipes, fretless bass and aquatic pads shimmer like a warped VHS copy of Romancing The Stone, slinking into a perfect coastal groove before a blast of Miami Vice guitar heralds the cinematic 80s snare which takes us home. It's far and away the best Balearic 7" we've had in store for aaages, and that's without sampling the skewed tribal electronics of the flipside, a highly mixable addition to any cosmic set. This one gets the highest recommendation!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: What an absolute delight! I dunno if I'm allowed to spill the beans on this mysterious duo, but they've been on fire of late with releases on Tax Free and Delta Rain Dance, and this limited 7" delivers an uber Balearic killer on the A-side (synth pipes, oceanic pads, fretless bass, Phil Collins snare) with a wicked tribal electronix workout on the flip. Buy on sight!
Only a member of the Blackbyrds for their first two albums, penning their hit "Walking in Rhythm", by 1978 Perry had released this lone solo gem that would go unappreciated until the ‘90s rare groove scene embraced it. The title cut, "Nightlife" is a boogie funk madness, drenched in sleazy synths and dripping with trademark Perry guitar solos, soul-soaked vocals and straight-up, NYC style.
On the flip - more than 7 minutes of blissful fusion vibes going by the name of "Virgo Princess", heavy on the sweeping strings and kind of eyes closed, lean-back riffs you'd hope for with Barney at the controls!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Finally! One of those records that only seemed accessible via the (thankfully illicit) Rusty's Dusty Disco; we now get a fully licensed, and sounding super hot reissue. Rejoice!
The new release, "Systems Up, Windows Down", feels like an evolution from the previous releases on her own label. With a more mature, dancefloor focused sound, full of heavy basslines, breaks and crisp percussive electronics, she has experimented more and pushed the boundaries of her production. The opening track includes the revving of her stepdad’s 60s Mustang engine on "It's Something We Can All Learn From" she uses an almost forgotten artefact from a trip to Marrakech and "CHONKIBOI" is grounded in an earwormy ritualistic vocal. "6666" was initially composed for the Genesis stage at Glastonbury and has since grown to be a monster of a tune, adding a tougher element to the EP. The closing track is a ten-minute burner which has been garnering love over the summer festivals.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Never has an artist caused so much joyful, arresting discomfort as HAAi! Reminiscent of just how little sense Modeselektor made (but how much fun they were) when they first burst onto the scene, and making me feel painfully old by simply not already being up on this cat; HAAi should be what every kid across the country is pissing off their parents with. Incredible.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLtd 12" Info: Neon orange vinyl.
Ltd 12" includes MP3 Download Code.
These two tunes precede a 10” mini LP with PY later in the year and contain an interesting back story which we’ll allow Gabe to explain: “In 1982 at the height of the first Personal Computer boom, I was commissioned by a company called Automated Micro-Systems to compose and record some demonstration music on a prototype of what was going to be a home computer/music studio aimed at musicians called "MusiComputer". The system was a combination of analog synth, drum machine, and 4-track cassette recorder all housed in and controlled by an 8-bit computer. From what I understand, certain world events and a recession disrupted the supply chain, and it became unfeasible to bring the product to market, so the project was scrapped. I was recently sent the master tapes by someone involved with the project and have done my best to duplicate the concept artwork for the cover”.
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: Another absolute classic from Polytechnic Youth, with this rich synthesis retropspective from the ever excellent Gabe Knox. Soaring krautroctaves and swirling oscillators work their way around blipping melodic hooks and a driven, CR-78-y backline. 'Talking A Break' is a particular favourite.
On the flip Masalo flips it into a technicoloured electro-boogie romp with gated arp bassline, more glistening keyboard textures and in this case, an electronic drum palette.
Both tracks are impeccable to the stylistic origins and will be feverishly sought after by collectors of disco and boogie. Big TIP on this one folks!
M • E • T • A / M • U • S • I • C. is one part vintage library-music studio wizardry another part lowkey house. Imagine a slinky G-funk synth at a new-age retreat, a spacey kraut jam at an eighties video arcade - all at once familiar, yet unglued from any particular moment in time.
Fully living up to its name, opening gambit "Transcendental Experience" drifts through an IC-style cloud of billowing pads, laser guided keys and new age percussion idents. Things switch into cosmic boogie territory for "The Kemetist", a low and loose club-cut for the weirdos led by a frazzled motif and synth bass. I would think this plays great with that Phaser Boys EP on Aiwo. "Infinite Balance" continues to shake a leg between boogie, street sounds electro and new age, exploring the overlap between Herbie's "Earthbeat" and Paul's "Rainforest". Milord drops the tempo but ups the temperature on the titular closer, delivering a tropical groover topped with Asian melodies and backed with a gentle 808-bell groove.
12 Inch Picture Sleeve shrink wrapped with an obi strip.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: The endless, endless stream of brilliance coming from Naples continues this week, with Milord's mega "Meta" on Pinchy & Friends, a dope distillation of IC electronics, Neapolitan boogie and new age dance.
Originally released in 1987 and fitting neatly into the Afro / Cosmic movement popularised at that time by DJs such as Daniele Baldelli and Beppe Loda, thanks to it’s heavy downtempo beat, spaced out melody mixed with sound effects, classic rock and even oriental influences. The track is completed by one of the greatest vocals in Italo-disco; the mysterious Quinn Martin’s melancholy, heavily accented voice capturing perfectly the plight and of a space explorer trapped in another dimension.
Quinn Martin – “One More Mission” is in many ways a lost and overlooked Italo track, known to hardcore Italo fans and collectors but one with huge crossover potential and one that can fit into a variety of DJ sets.
On “Mars Orange” vinyl, including both tracks of 1987 vinyl offering different arrangements and completed by an edit from Mothball label boss Hysteric removing the more rock elements and bringing the track closer to new beat territory.
Multi Culti associate Nicola Cruz takes the controls on the A-side with a pair of pulsating shamanic house dancers complete with ancient rhythms, spiritual chants and neon electronics. Opener "Apnea" clashes ring mod bells with pummeling bass tones and moody blasts of feedback, screaming out the speakers like a storm in the jungle, while the ketty sequences, fractured vocal and writhing bassline of "Marea" dominate the witching hour in shoulder rolling majesty. On the flip Brazil's Pigmalião continues his poncho-shedding odyssey with the slow, skewed breaks and echo-chamber bleeps of "B2" and laser guided hypno crunch of "Ocrânimo", both perfect tools for a basement assault.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Highest grade shamanic slammers here from Nicola Cruz and Poncho Honcho Pigmalião, fusing club polyrhythms and primal idents with up front electronix…
Clocking in at over eight minutes "Want You In My Soul" is as pure a modern deep house anthem as you’ll get. An extended intro that gradually builds in intensity from the echoing pads to the shimmering arps, before the pulsing synths and Stee Downes instantly recognisable soul infused vocals come to the fore. Packed with passion, brimming with emotion it’s about as sun kissed as you can get without getting burnt.
On the flip, the never before released "Summer In London" edit, that gets straight down to business, shortening the lengthy intro and adding extra percussive touches for a more DJ friendly take on the original.
A highly sought-after EP, finally given the reissue it deserves - a must-have in any collection.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Nice n soulful house vibes here which should be big with the old Community & That Amazing Thing crowds here in Manchester. Surely a big one at Notting Hill's Sancho Panza also.
LoveHrtz chop out another brace of feel good, disco-house bangers, with "Music Makes Me High" and "Sweet Style" already picking up BBC Radio 1 airplay from Annie Mac and Danny Howard, and a handful of DJs such as Jamie Jones, Butch, Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler giving these cuts some serious road testing in the clubs.
Immaculately produced and capturing all the wild energy of classic OG house music, this 12" is destined to be humongous! But I fear won't last long on the shelves... You know what to do!!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Loud n wobbly, mainroom house with tons of swagger. This is what you want blarin' outta the stacks when your pink soundcloud kicks in!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Big n squelchy, max-headroom analogue techno tracks for the hardware heads and late nite freaks respectively. Sure to sound toxic in the most polluted dance spaces and taking no prisoners as it storms forth. Big tip.
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: A brilliantly thumping, neon tinged synthy hit from Geist here in his Galleria moniker, swimming with rich percussive bass and soaring FM keys, all topped with the sweetest of bubblegum vox from the superb Jesyy Lanza. Ace.
They were completely taken over by the sounds of Detroit and Chicago that were getting imported at the time. Starting out trying to emulate those sounds they loved, tracks by Model 500, Glenn Underground, Lil Louis, Steve Poindexter and Mike Dunn among many others, what came of Dean and Greg’s sessions wasn’t a carbon copy but their own distinctive sound.
They began releasing on Russ Gabriel’s mythical UK label Ferox records in 1995 and would go on to release a string of releases throughout the 90s, using the moniker Downlink as well. Melodies International now presents two tracks by Synchrojack, one from each of their two first EPs released on Ferox, both in 1995.
Above anything, what’s clear listening to Synchrojack is their deep love, knowledge and appreciation for music and their talent as producers, channeling their many influences into their own sound. "Daylight" is a bouncy, stripped back drum heavy banger that just steams ahead with percussive synth patterns and a hypnotic deep bassline while "900th Lifetime" brings a dramatic sci-fi vibe reminiscent of some of the best out of Detroit.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Wowweeee! Where's Sam pulling these from?! The Floating Point-headed label turns its attention to classic, but rare as hen's teeth house music; queue massive applause and adoration from moi. Winner.
A rising star from our local scene, and a frequenter of our very shop floor; we've all been eagerly awaiting what kinda sounds this young whippersnapper had up his sleeve and we're not disappointed! Exerting the kinda of controlled aggression, poise and flair onto his chosen pieces of sound artillery, Torai aka Louie Ferrara has imagined up a doozy of an EP which respectfully tips its hat to Dopplereffekt and Drexciya whilst refusing to even complete with the plethora of electro also-rans currently polluting the market.
Opening with the side-chained buoyance of "Eleccy", bobbing in crystaline sound pools, thru to the electronic shudder and 8-bit sfx of "Doppler"; next is acidic bassbin botherer "Fr34k" and finally, the sheer growing machine menace of "Fright" which would make Keith Tenniswood himself sit up and pack a change of underpants! - Torai has announced himself confidently as a dominant force! Get yer head around this exciting new producer pronto and pack some electroid firepower into your next DJ set...
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Take note pop pickers! Rising star from our own zones, Torai takes aim with some precision electro(funk) biznis. Loud n wobbly full throttle bangers! yEs mAte!
Drawing its name from the physiological and psychological process that results in a confusion of one’s sensory perceptions, "Synesthesia" is indeed the kind of club single that shall trigger off massive reaction amongst right-minded bipeds and chromakey house suckers. Straightforward club business done right.
Melja’s original is a vivid kaleidoscope of skittish drums, swampy bass stabs and a well-rounded, supremely curvy synthwork, tailored to take ravers on a flash journey through space and time.
Called in on remix duty, TTT affiliate and Incienso co-founder Anthony Naples delivers a more fragmented and cerebral variation, though functional and club-ready in its own right. Brushing even wider verbed-out pad tapestries for your brain to wander in, the track expands to deeper organic horizons with a field-depth that can not but recall that of the KLF and Bochum Welt’s emotional soundscaping. Meanwhile, Pariah takes care of whelming us deep into more techno-friendly terrains, true to his ever masterly touch for epic buildups and multi-level textural innovation, bringing up the acidic phlegm of Melja’s original as he treats us to a carefully orchestrated ballet of synthetic whorls, contemplative chords and propulsive drum programming.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Another winner from Kalahari Oyster Cult. It seems no matter what corner of the global electronic music movement they turn to - they got it nailed each and every time! Check the Pariah mix for a Sven Vath-esque epic that'll light up any outdoor stages this Summer!
Hivern's heady compilation series continues with the third volume, once again uniting a clutch of forward thinkers and sonic outliers in a properly leftfield dancefloor caper. ESP affiliate Cleveland double drops on the A1, imbuing "Via Sole" with a whirring zero grav sound, propelled by some subwise bass, subtle percussion, metallic motifs and a trilling sequence which floats way above the rest of the track via some miracle of mixing. Label boss John Talabot teams up with Pional as Lost Scripts for the A2, dropping the classy, glassy new age dance of "Deep", a shining travellator through a chrome and glass future. Lawrence Le Doux picks up the baton in that utopic future and plots a course through acid dancehall and optimistic ambient to arrive at the most contemporary sound I've ever heard. Sapphire Slows joins the chat as we tee off on the back nine, laying a treated spoken vocal over a nifty, nebulous example of cosmic house with another soundsystem-inspired bassline. Finally, Swedish talent Simon Haydo indulges in a splintered, spangled dub techno deconstruction which serves as a perfect psychtropic palate cleanser.
So far, so far out for Hivern's Fragments series, and the quality remains utterly undiluted on Volume 4. C.P.I. serve insectile sound design and acid hypnotism on the ever-building "Miasma" before Beesmunt Soundsystem pick up exactly where they left off on that General PDC remix for the pulsating rainforest breaks of "Hypno". Turn the page and you'll take a mid tempo excursion into the far reaches of Italo space via Parple's "El Dia Oscuro" (check out the vocal meltdown!!!) before St. Petersburg's Inga Mauer locks us into the icy techno pressa of "It's Gone", a mind melter for laaaaate in the session.
"One Three Five" explores those advanced half-time areas that Whities' fans love so much and adds some warehouse friendly M1 stabs. It's a captivating, sweeping and wholly transportive listen that again cements label and producer as market leaders of all things fresh and electronic related. If you've a penchant for the new you need this!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: As always, Whities detail the sonic topography of the emerging sonic terrain before us mere mortals have discovered it.
The A Side takes you under the stars of a rooftop disco on a warm summer night. With live bass and triumphant horns this mix is sure to have you feeling right into the wee hours. Speaking of the wee hours, when that time approaches you can flip her on over to the B Side for the "Bassment Dub". The repetitive bassline and hard drums are sure to keep you busy right until the sun comes up! Just remember to pack a toothbrush! ;)
STAFF COMMENTSMartin says: Maximizing your bang for your b.. erm, record bag space, Bridge Boots pack two fantastic Valantine's Day flavours onto one compact 7".. Saving spines but pleasing ears!
This edition kicks off with the funk-driven sounds of "Melo Do Fricote" by Band' Azul. Fusing rapturous vocals, guitar and horns this track originally appeared in 1982 and was the band's only 45 single release. Here it is in its original format at last.
The flip side features the much more established artist and celebrated guitarist Octavio Burnier. As one half of Burnier & Cartier he produced one of the most sought after LPs in Brazilian music in 1974, which became like gold dust to collectors of Brazilian music. It was recently reissued by the excellent Mr Bongo to the relief of all.
In this later solo track "Que Nem Sol", Burnier demonstrates his exquisite guitar playing as well as his talents as a composer and singer.
A seriously delicious slice of soft boogie funk it was released only on 45 single on the Top Tape label back in 1980, and again has never been repressed.
STAFF COMMENTSMartin says: Brazilian flavours attempting to usher in some much needed solar positivity amongst this long & testing Winter...
In the early 80’s Rajan headed to the States for a 5-week holiday, which turned into a 3 year hiatus. It was here that she was initially looking for inspiration from gospel singers, a natural progression from the choirs she had been singing in back home, even performing solo alongside her drum machine. It was in the States the she saw what she describes as the “future” of music, particularly “dance” music. Rajan returned to England with an open mind and an enriched cultural appreciation for a diverse range of sounds. It’s at this stage that she recorded ‘Impossible Dreams’ and released it on Steve Ayers’ ‘One Giant Leap’ compilation. Unfortunately, due to the release being an album of demos the track was cut short to make way for songs from other artists. Furthermore, it was never picked up for a single release and faded into obscurity. Rajan did release a single the following year called ‘Time’, unfortunately the label went into receivership and the release failed to make ground. After this, Rajan explains that “life got in the way and music had to take a back seat”. Thirty-seven years after the fact and Rajan’s ‘Impossible Dreams’ sounds just as relevant today, with an eternal message of optimism and hope.
“Remember don’t give up on Your dreams it's never too late. If you fall get up and try again” Blessings R T James
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: If you buzzed of Isle of Jura's reissue of Yvonne Archer's "Ain't Nobody" cover, then this wax wonder should tickle yer pickle too. Take a pinch of brit-funk, a little US boogie and a dash of the Sheffield / Eurozone synthpop nexus and this MC Hammer-jammer is what you get. Whatever your genre preference, you'll buzz like vrazy over this one!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Aroop Roy kicks off his new If It Ain't Jazz series with a pair of powerhouse edits. Obvs he comes into the room with top table pedigree, but this one proves he's been keeping the best beats to himself - essential jazz funk flipped perfectly for club play. Fire!
FORMAT INFORMATIONLtd 7" Info: Indies only Limited Edition 7"
The unstable sequences and doomy stabs of "Primer" open the EP, finding their path through cryptic samples and terse percussion, before the tramadol trance idents take the controls for a hypno-groover. Synth pipes and low speed breaks cast a shamanic spell over "Gutter Churl", leading us deep into the rainforest where the water runs neon and the jaguar growls. As we finally reach a clearing, "Volatile" begins to burrow into the collective consciousness, the ribbiting electronics and 100bpm prog soundtracking a fireside ritual.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Internet sensation Tassilo Vanhofen finally drops a solo EP, delivering three tracks of slo-mo prog, 5D breaks and rainforest house for the froglicking massive.
Normdays Corenights EP
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Pretty vital sampler of underground bangers here on Bristol Normcore, covering DnB, breaks, electro and witching hour weirdness over six well pressed trax.
Ringing in their fifth releases following appearances on the label from Kasra V, Dream 2 Science, Brian Summers, Mark Seven and more, Feelings Worldwide line up three emotive rave cuts from long time friend 1-800 Girls.
Making serious noise across the digital airwaves and a piece of the furniture on your suggested panel on YouTube, 1-800 Girls delivers his second solo EP via Feelings. One for the sad crew who like to rave the release features three tracks filled brimming with thick pads and atmosphere for those long dark winter nights in the dance.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Imagine this was the music that they push on you when you are on hold while waiting to be transferred to 'that girl'. If only. Futuristic techno tinged with Detroit influences. A must.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: The inaugural release on Hunee's Lifetones imprint delivers the high def brilliance we've come to expect from the famed selector, new outfit Hydromantic supplying the 5D boost for your next club set. Alien electronics, forest frolics and plenty o' polyrhythm make for four cuts in the Yak, Don't DJ, Powder mode. Entirely into this!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Every so often an underground producer hits on the perfect retro-futuristic club bomb, combining the pop-chops of a "Love Can't Turn Around" with their own specific sonic style to cook up a killer which will probably leap out of the basements and into the collective mainroom consciousness. Maybe this proto-house monster from Whodamanny and Mystic Jungle is one such moment - file next to Coma Cat, Look Right Through, What They Say...
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: SFV Acid returns to BAKK with a quartet of shoulder rolling slank-outs on an acid/electro tip. Three cuts are slow and steamy summer jams, mobbing the BBQ in baggy pants and chains, while the faster "405 Mary" is squidgy, spacey and nebulous e-funk for fans of that BIG Bewwip disc we had a couple of weeks ago.
The EP finds Each Other creating an eclectic range of sounds in the space of just three tracks. The opener ‘Same As It Never Was’ is the most immediate of the set, becoming more hypnotic as the minimalist topline buries itself into your subconscious. The downtempo ‘Burn It Down’ then darkens the mood, feeling closer to a dystopian sci-fi soundtrack than an underground club classic, before the playful and progressive ‘Six Weeks’ up the energy with jittering beats, sparkling synths and a cooly understated vocal.
“What we were trying to do and what we’ve hopefully achieved was to merge our influences with a nod to what many consider to be the ‘golden age’ of New York,” explains Justin Strauss. “You don’t realise that these periods were becoming important markers in history when we were living through them. It only comes later with the added benefit of time. I hope that in years to come, history will find a place for what we’re doing now” - Each Other.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Being a strong Deewee fanboy, my say on this one does not differ from their past 12s. Oozing quality and originality on the three killers here, this one is part of the 'buy on sight' bunch.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Your weekly disco needs are perfectly covered by this strongly packed remix 12" featuring venerable Kon and man of the moment Dr. Packer. Not be to sniffed at.
On side A he welds together "Ain't No Mountain" with "Let Me Down Easy" for an intense, high tempo disco workout you'll be gutted you didn't think of doing sooner. How good does that vocal ride the groove?! Early contender for mash-up of the year surely!
On side B he gives us a sunny, cheery. midtempo soul workout, perfect end of night fodder. Kazahaya takes a slept on Casablanca classic and moulds it into a heavy modern soul wonder showing us that he's a force to be reckoned with across the circuit. TIP!
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: High octane disco sensibilities and feel good vibes all over this bite size seven incher. Small in appearance but big in content. Two monster edits to dance the night away!
With the release only ever being a whitelabel there was much confusion over the correct titling due to the stamp simply stating ‘Pacific Dream’, however the actual track titles are those housed on this release - ‘Bad Guy, Good Guy’ and the instrumental ‘Synth Good Guy’. Those original whitelabels command prices of up to £120 and it’s no surprise when you hear those infectious guitar riffs blended with buoyant synth flurries and sensuous vocal harmonies. For those that would rather leave the vocals at bay, the B side houses the instrumental mix in all its glory.
A radiant release that still sparkles as bright as it did back in 1980 – an essential buy!
London's Warriors Dance label was a unique operation and a pioneering London label during the late 80's acid house phenomena. Home to an assortment of DJs, MCs and soundmen, they went on to make their own original and indelible mark on the rave scene from the infamous 'Addis Ababa' studio on Harrow Road on the North-West side of the city. A former reggae and soul studio that was instrumental to the output of influential artists like Soul II Soul and more, a steady diet of reggae, bass, hip-hop, house and techno kept their edgy, and diehard UK sound and style right at the cutting edge of the dance music underground across the globe with the top DJs and producers of the day celebrating the label. The studio, helmed by label owner Tony ‘Addis’, acted as an incubator for artists whose names would go down in the history books.
No Smoke was one of the main and best known outfits on this cult label. Their mammoth worldwide, cult club smash 'Koro Koro' is still in DJ bags across the galaxy today! 'Righteous Rule' is another tuffy from this crew, some heavyweight bassline madness for the dance. All the elements of the WD sound are here, a perfect mix-up of Reggae vibes, jacking house and tribal badness rolled into one. A proper record, to be played on a proper system! This one's become a rare catch out in the wild, and is fetching some P's on the web among the collectors. Here's a nice 2020 repress for you, done the right way!
No Smoke 'Righteous Rule' is the pure unadulterated WD vibe, featuring original label artwork tweaked by Atelier Superplus and lovingly remastered by Curvepusher, UK. Special thanks to Nicky Trax & Tony Addis. Proudly distributed by Above Board distribution. 2020.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: A strong electro feeling runs over this gem with some tribal and reggae vibes. This will turn the dancefloor totally mad. Voodoo magic!
STAFF COMMENTSMine says: Featuring a dreamy stomper courtesy of Natureboy Flako, a 10-minute dub beast by the one and only Baris K and, my personal fave, an uber groovy medley by Halal Cool J. More of that please!
FORMAT INFORMATION12" Info: Available in 2 limited-edition, hand-numbered sleeve designs.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Le Prins has dropped two 12s this week (plus a Pet Shop Boys rework!) This one is perhaps my favourite. Comparisons to 'Another Station' are difficult to avoid. Remember that 'hit'? The three tracks here are close enough to that sublime track. Spacious, synth ridden and at the right speed to take you into the hottest house dancefloors around.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Unrecognisable Prins on this one. He goes full on jugular attack with this dark heavy techno number, but his signature sound and playfulness are all ever present. Top peak time drone attack!
The first port of call is Croatia with Denis & Denis. An earlier synth pop outfit, “Ti I Ja” was first released in 1984. This reinterpretation is a bubbling brew that cuts sweetened notes and brooding tones with a piercing snare for a devastating rework. Britain’s ever mischievous Portion Control follow. “Chew You To Bits”, from 1983, is not only extended but expanded. Guttural vocals are kept in check by thumping rhythms and squealing electro lines tainted with tin and toxins. The flip changes tact with Hunting Lodge’s “Tribal Warning Shot” (1985) being revisited a string of drum beats, clanks and clatters energise this finale as EBM demons and ghouls haunt the backdrop. Vangelis Katsoulis’s “Earth Beat” closes the journey. First released in 1988, this primal piece of percussive pound and punch is muscled up to the four minute mark while maintaining those dreamy rainforest echoes of the original.
Batoszek takes us on a trip through obscurities of 1980s electronics, reviving the past and resurrecting forgotten short bursts from a bygone age. Tracks from more than thirty years ago beefed up and dusted down with brutal effect. Music that once again challenges ears and demands to be heard.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: With little more than a razor sharp scalpel and a killer collection of 80s electronix, Bartoszek drops a mega edit EP here, twisting out the EBM, synthpop and hypno-gems for fans of Edit Service, Medusa etc.
"Placebo Palace" is Eddie's first solo dance EP, combining all of this experience into a diverse offering for discerning dancefloors. The EP leads with "Que Locos", a tropical house banger driven by brass and Latin-Jazz piano. "Baby Girl" rounds out the A side, with a dusty R&B vocal sample coupled with a massive and unexpected bassline. The B side is darker and deeper, starting with the frantic Afro-Jazz-Deep House "Sunday Palaver". Closing the EP is "Bottle Rocket", a psychedelic surf rock-tinged disco-not-disco chugger, with live guitar by Daniel Monk and electric bass by stphn-b. More forward thinking music from Detroit via Rocksteady Disco! Recommended.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Loving 'Baby Girl' a lot - bar the smurf(ish) vocals. I thought that high pitched voice was gone for good. Silly I am! But do not despair, the other three cuts are pure disco house magic!
Within weeks Swinn formed a touring band and enlisted David Skeet on guitar, bass guitar, synthesiser and vocals; and Peter Watson (ex-Scandal, Extractors) on guitar, bass guitar, synthesiser and vocals. Drummer Tim Powles (ex-Ward 13) joined next and keyboardist Matthew Hughes (ex-Gotham City) completed the line up of the Venetians. They released their first single, "Sound on Sound", in April 1983 - original copies of which go for upwards of £150 on Discogs. And if you wrap your ears round it, you'll understand exactly why. Swiveling its hips between post punk, synthpop, nascent new wave and proto Balearic, it's angular without being spiky, funky without the flairs and irresistibly groovy.
Alongside the original 12" version, this 12" comes totally stacked with not one but two remixes from guv'nor Weatherall as well as a fresh version from Music From Memory affiliate Zatua. On the A.W. Edition Uno, Wevvers brings the maximum thrust out a cosmic sequence and supercharges the percussion, rewiring the track as an EBM workout. His second mix is dubbier, packed with the power cosmic and driven headlong into the land of white funk, flipping those essential elements for a different dance floor moment. Finally Zatua ups the dopamine quotient, adding plenty of extra synthwork to turn out a masterclass in interdimensional boogie. All killer, no filler folks.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Nice new stuff from Greville whose determined to usher in a new dimension of club sonics and cerebral electrix. He's doing a mighty fine job in my opinion!
This first instalment opens with the tumultuous soundscaping, sombre bass drones and soprano vocals of Arthur Evans' "IV", a gloomy bit of sound design which immediately transports us into Hivern's alternate reality. Next up Germany's current king of dark and dubby machine funk, Mr Benedikt Frey drops an ice cold breakbeat jam on our asses with the fierce "Cali Stroll" before Walden's "Guerreros Del Lago" locks into a loose and lysergic shuffle through the heart of the shadow realm. No Hivern comp would be complete without a word from label boss John Talabot, and here he lets the 303 do the talking, underpinning Gregorian chant with 90bpm breaks and a percolating acid line for a perfect backwards dancer. Lastly, Parisian sensation Epsilove follows up a mega Dekmantel release with a further example of her seductive and spacey take on electro with "Parallel Universe Night", a witching hour hit if ever I've heard one.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Hivern’s Fragments comp kicks off with a trippy EP off slo-mo dancers and certified weirdshit from Arthur Evans, Benedikt Frey, Walden, John Talabot and Epsilove. I’m feeling each and every one of these tracks, and a massive shout out to DR.ME for some superior sleeve art across this series.
Kicking off volume 2 of Hivern's "Fragments" series, Fantastic Man nabs the baton and conjures a dislocated techno tropical rhythm at a cool cosmic tempo. Birdsong and space bass combine perfectly for a hypnotic bit of intergalactic chug known as "Lather Of Heaven". Taking the bridge on the A2, Layered Moods pair a Goan sequence with a subtle electro rhythm and nuanced hand percussion for "Z", providing the perfect segue into the dubby humidity of Absis' "Sara", a deep and spiritual bit of rainforest house heard through a thick film of mid range mist. B2 honours go to Piccadilly's current man of the moment, Italian mentalist Steve Pepe and his tribal electronics masterpiece "Tribalone", which adds disjointed and detuning guitar tones to the otherworldly sound of his recent "2020" LP to create the first cut capable of sharing a sonic universe with that wonderful Wino D 12" from a couple of years back.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: More divergent dance music from Hivern’s “Fragments” series here, as Fantastic Man, Layered Moods, Absis and man of the moment Steve Pepe work their magic. Techno-tropical, tribal electronics and rainforest house await the intrepid traveller.
Recorded in Los Angeles, CA and Richmond, VA with the help of Jorge Elbrecht, these five songs were originally imagined alongside last year’s Indigo and were written and tracked simultaneously with the album. When work on the full-length was nearing completion, Tatum set these ideas aside; they seemed to fit better on their own. In spare moments between tours, Tatum began to look back and piece the songs together at his home studio in Richmond, reconnecting with Elbrecht to mix the EP. With Elbrecht in Denver and Tatum in Richmond, the two went back and forth on the final touches, molding a common thread from the Lô Borges inspired new wave of “Sleight Of Hand” to the propulsive, icy synth funk of “Foyer”.
Often considered a secondary or transitional format, Wild Nothing has always used the EP to further explore new ideas and influences. Laughing Gas is no exception.
STAFF COMMENTSAndy says: More massive, dreamy 80's influenced pop from the master.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLtd 12" Info: Milky white vinyl.
Luckily, it doesn't disappoint. Opener, "Music Angel" is as spacious and grooving a slice of dubby UKG as one could hope for - bubbling, gliding on deep subs and with some seriously hi-tech sonics.
"Touch" sees the producer roll out some pretty classy ghettotech, nodding to Databass and Mr. De as a twerkin', fast-paced thumper percolates off the wax.
"The Future" concludes with an update to the classic electro blueprint; taking cues from Kraftwerk and Africa Bambata but utilizing their own synth patches and drum sounds but maintaining that authentic cybernetic b-boy swagger. Mega!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Brand new label sets out their stall with a varied four tracker of dance tracks that aligns itself with Banofee Pies' wide spectrum of sounds.
A new decade and number 7 in the series brings forth another top drawer selection of producers; currently operating under the now-familiar artist codes and later to be revealed via their social media communications.
A1, "Wake Up" combines a galloping technoid low-end with punkish vocal snarls dipped in distortion and a sharp reverb setting, for an empowering and somewhat aggressive track that straddles house, techno and electro perfectly.
There's no uncertainty as to where A2 track's alliances lie. "The Mightiest Galaxy" shows it's Space Electro Corp. badge at the nearest star gate and gets nestled amongst the intergalactic VIPs like John Shima and D. Ball.
"Love Songs" opens side B with a sunslicked, rugged, techhouse vibe. Destined to be big on the more tastefully secluded spots of the White Isle and any holiday house destination with a penchant for the good!
Finally, "El Preview" concludes with a star-studded, spellbound mini-anthem with epic melodies cascading over a energized drum groove.
It's another imperative set from the COD3 QR camp. Recommended.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: A new decade and this tidy little series continues with another slew of ace techno, house and electro tracks for late nite revelry.
Beginning with the "Kaleidoscopic Mix", SR strips back the high-energy reverie of Alkan’s original into something truly vast, building to an unmistakable and flawless acid bassline, from which emerges a brooding and dystopian network of melodies. Balancing tension and melancholy without ever losing grip of its enormous bass weight, the "Kaleidoscopic Mix" delivers ten-minutes of compelling euphoria with more than subtle nods to the heady times of trance and prog. Infact, you can almost envisage the great Sven Vath turning this track into one of 'Those' moments at his continuing DC-10 residency in Ibiza....
On the flip, the "Double Vision" mix takes much of the same structure but places the original, glorious riff front-and-centre once more, as if stretching its fizzy, inherent energy out of a warehouse and towards the fields at sunrise. A momentus breakdown culminates in some rather disorientating flurries as the track spins out of control for a moment of unrivelled techno greatness.
Supreme stuff from one of the masters of innovations. Gonna be huge!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: High octane electronic tweakers for the bigger dance arenas courtesy of Paul Woolford and his wonderful Special Request alias; here remixing the already grandiose presence of Erol Alkin.
The original “Take A Step” is an instant party starter (does not take long to make its point), layering snappy vocals over some functional perx before siren synths and bass weight carry you into the jacking zone. The remix gets all big (room) & techy, Bell Towers adding a wriggling bassline and nagging chime to the drum track. Two tracks – maximum spectacle. Right on.
Bored of the norm and wanting to explore, searching for a purpose they come across a collection of musical instruments out back of the Taieri Court rest home. A Trumpet, Childrens Guitar and a Yamaha electric keyboard. Then What?
Expect unconventional house, cat sounds, digital basslines and sampler vox, all delivered with a chemically assisted euphoria and great sense of humour.
Produced by Peter Graute and Martin Van Der Leer, who ran the punk/new wave label and record store Backstreet Backlash Records, 'Cor Corora' is an exploratory journey that sounds light-years ahead of it's 1981 release. Warped, crunched beats, twisted guitars and space echoed delays lay the foundation for Nyra's sublime vocals - who was the wife of an African ambassador in the Netherlands, where her paths crossed with the Backstreet Backlash duo.
Unsurprisingly the likes of Daniele Baldelli and Beppe Loda were giving 'Cor Corora' rotations in the early days of the Italian Afro Cosmic scene and the track is still a prized possession in the record bags of some of the best selectors around, including everyone from Peanut Butter Wolf to Manfredas.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: It's time to replace my bootleg! Perhaps the pinnacle of tribal electronics, this brain mulching dose of Afro-cosmic insanity emerged from Rotterdam in 1981, presumably by way of a Stargate. If you want the full effect, you need to go in for the twenty minute trip of the long version on the B-side. If you need me I'll be in the isolation pod.
Remixed With Love By Joey Negro – Winter 2019 Sampler
"Big Phreek" was a crazy, off kilter uptempo jam that was popular in Chicago at clubs like the Warehouse, with its chanting vocals and odd octave bassline under Adams' trademark soloing synth-work. JN strips things back a fair deal to make a very playable energetic leftfield disco cut.
"Good Thing" is more soulful disco featuring plenty of previously unheard Burgess vocals and rich strings that weren’t on the original release. This new JN version clocks in at almost 13 mins.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Another repeat spinner at Wet Play gets some magical Joey Negro treatment extended the shelf life of this store cupboard staple for at least another 10 years.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: No-one epitomizes the heady nature of getting off it in a holiday house paraidse more than Bawrut's acid-flecked party trax. The Italian comes correct as always with three slow builder drizzled in lysergic pleasure. Big in my box!
"Battlecat" (originally off Y-002) is an exercise in heavy breakbeats, with dusty keys gently occupying the recesses, attention is directed to the monstrous drum hits guiding the track. New track "Gimme 2 Bars" is super tight, wrapping a funky bassline to some rattling drum patterns. Add some dreamy atmospheres and a catchy little flute hook and you've got another dancefloor ready track locked, loaded and ready to go.
"They Still Can't Grasp It" originally aired alongside "Battlecat" on Y-002 and is more house in flavour with rolling hi-hat patterns, rugged bass and seriously seductive keyboard patterns. It's understandable why everyone went so mental for the record the first time round so sleepers are gonna be stoked to get another chance to own this historical track a second time round... Don't sleep!
"Softest Moon" offers a succinct update to tribal-tinged prog house, a looping breakbeat and subby B-line casting us adrift amongst the masses and guided by huge sweeping lasers. "Magic Pebbles" continues on much the same tip, big beats and ethereal atmospheres getting the various mainrooms across the globe warmed up nicely.
Flip the disc and "Cross Antennae" keeps us hovering in blue skies with its bright, optimistic pads and fluttering synth melodies. Real By Reel meets Derrick May meets Sparky in some futuristic utopia where nothing bad happens.
"Bronze Teeth" concludes with some vintage choppage; a classic breakbeat getting seriously hacked on the cutting table and in turn conjuring up a kinda assault rifle of a DJ tool that's just made to be mixed over some acapela business.
Big things for the DJs... check!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Warehouse music, in its various forms, continues to evolve and mutate but often those original trace elements can still be detected across its estate. Flora FM mines those classic breakbeat patterns and vintage synth patches whilst keeping things up-to-date for 2020.
Noise makers Mick Harris (Scorn, Fret), Parrish Smith and Overlook are called in to demolish and demonize the track starting with Mick Harris cataclysmic hurricane on side B, Parrish Smith's fast paced hi-tech-booty jam on side B and Overlook concluding proceedings with a pitch black event horizon populated with ghostly choirs and sinister energy.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Hold onto your underpants pop pickers! Big Ron's poised waiting to rip 'em clean off yer buttcheeks the cheeky scoundral! A rip-roaring noize fest for the muscular dancefloor inhabitants. Scared me shitless.
"Bandana" was released last year to critical acclaim and is the second album featuring Madlib & Freddie Gibbs.
Limited edition in picture sleeve!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Freddie & Madlib: like chocolate and crisps, prosceco and lemon cake and coffee and donuts; has become a well established & very pleasing combo. The Atanta-raised pottymouth and California's most blunted shove two fingers up to rest of the hip-hop industry.
Behind the duo is Jasper’s father and house music legend, James ‘Harri’ Harrigan, and venerable selector Affi Koman. Both are steeped in Glasgow’s rich musical history, with Harri being one of the legendary faces behind Scottish institution Sub Club with its world-renowned flagship residency Subculture, and Affi Koman is known for his lauded Sunday Circus residency.
Established in late 2018, the duo’s productions have bagged support from a long list of respected artists, including Andrew Weatherall, The Black Madonna, Levon Vincent, Ashley Beadle and Bill Brewster.
'A week after I got these tracks, I dropped the A-side "Snakehips" at a Boiler Room gig and the reaction was amazing. Approval doesn’t get much better than spinning it through a road test and I’m looking forward to kicking 2020 off with this killer EP. ' – Jasper James
The EP leads with "Snakehips" a frisky peak-time brew loaded with propellant, tribalised drums and a soulful vocal cut set to stir. On the B side, "Yamaha Rumba" runs with the headiness, amplifying the atmosphere with a maelstrom of synths and skittering keys, and it hits the spot with the release of a lustful, lascivious female vocal. "Partizan" completes the package, giving listeners a robust, heavyweight club track and ensuring Manakinz grab the attention of the dance music global village. Check!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Young upstarts of the Glasgow scene Manakinz deliver three tribal tracks perfect for clubs with low ceilings. Feathers and facepaint not included.
Opener "Tweede Kans" places up a familiar rhythm sample (Heart Of Glass / Ragysh) in a sparse soundscape of throbbing subs, spangled vocals and moonlit funk to create a deep dancefloor nugget between minimal techno and electro. The pulsating electro rhythms continue on "Hold Her Hand", which glistens and glides through the cosmos, gradually unraveling in truly entheogenic splendour. Last but not least, B-side banger "La Kappa" marries the nebulous synthery with a sizzling broken beat, sounding exactly like the track you wanna play at 5 A.M. to offer the dancefloor a moment's respite before the magic hours set in.
On the flip Jura Soundsystem provide 2 edits, a main edit that pulls back on the electric guitar from the original and a Dub adding subtle delays and sparse use of the Vocal to let the groove work its magic. This is the first of two 12”s licensed from producer John Rubie that will appear on Isle Of Jura in 2020.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Obviously "Ain't Nobody" is mindbogglingly brilliant in its original form, but how about a cosmic reggae cover from the digital era. Yep, also totally amazing! You also get a neat lovers rock cut from the original single and a pair of reworked versions from the Jura crew! Fans of reggae, cosmic, Balearic, pop, enjoyment all need a copy!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: If you've a penchant for the new and undiscovered, and like your music drapped in neon and drunk off rocket fuel, then TNGHT's wild amalgamation of electronic music styles, hyped to obvlivion, should be top of your listening pile this weekend.
Red Laser Corp. engage tractor beams once again and beam up an elite squadron of galactic firepower for another of their well-lauded V/A EPs. Featuring two new ascending space cadets, ready to prove their worth on the universal playing field, alongside well-decorated star commanders Ste Spandex and Franz Scala; this latest Manctalo mission is destined for undisputed interplanetary acclaim.
First up, it's local interstellar fugitive, RL regular and black listed hardware abuser, Ste Spandex; whose titular tribute to one of dance music's most notorious labels is as fitting and arresting a piece of glistening, space disco-tek as its namesake deserves. Centered on triplet synth shards and a rugged acid line, Spandex-patented perx snap, crackle and pop as the track careers through the asteroid belts protected by a capacious force-field of electrostatic energy.
New signing Baba & Ganoush deploy a sleek, Euro-disco themed energy ball named 'Stockholm'. It's epochal synth array referencing classic Italo disco whilst revealing a precision sign-writing maturity that belies the fact that this is indeed the duo's first release!
Spurting tantalising synth solos and interlocking leads from its holographic sphere, you could easily been sent spiralling into the speaker stacks, eyes-wide-shut upon hearing this piece - note RLC will not be held liable for any injuries sustained!
Next we enter the cockpit of Berlin-residing, Italo-maestro Franz Scala, who on his debut sortie for RLR, directs the mother ship towards an innocuous star cluster where Ka Zanâ€™s 'Give Me Your Heart' is on permanent repeat. Scala utilises advanced time shift and audio defragmentation devices to re-engage its citizens with this hardcore cosmic climax, transforming it into an erupting supernova of Italo that blasts so far it's now detected across our own stratosphere.
Ondata's Martin Lefteri and Szymek Lawik are two new rookies snapped up from London and whose 'Feel The Drive' parties have established an alliance with Red Laser Disco members nationwide. Delving perilously into deep space via some meticulously programmed sequences and a dark, cold synthesis method, the pair show a fearless exploration of the outer cosmos on this initial exercise for the label. .
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: The nation's favourite returns. No. 1 purveyers of the finest Manctalo © (hell, they invented it!), Red Laser drop another various artists EP showing off their 2020 roster and the firm look in good stead for the year ahead; spreading their net across the globe. Check!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Insanely limited and utterly exceptional edit from Beatconductor here, transforming a guitar led slice of Yugoslavian jazz into the very definition of Balearic. Do. Not. Sleep.
Bass buggin', low-ceiling house trax are demonstrated by Wiz whose three tracks all grab the ears and hips in equal measure; upfront, underground and edgy AF! There's plenty of groove programmed into those drum machines too, with some excellent swing templates keeping us gyrating all over the shop.
SPF gets on board with one track, "Socratic Method", with is almost like a traditional 'Jack' track given a Ron Hardy-twist: lysergic, writhing and totally centric around its hypnotic perc lines. Excellent stuff!
Wiz & SPF are one to watch!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: No-nonsense and fresh #goodhouseandtechno for the bass buggin' basement cru! Inside!
What was originally destined to be a remix of Hopkins’ ‘Luminous Beings’ by Owens morphed into a track in its own right, following the pair working closely in the studio together.
12’’ in black poly-lined inner sleeve with digital download card.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Spectral, star-gazing and blissed-out, Jon Hopkins & Kelly Lee Owens hit that sweet spot of relaxed euphoria. Gently rushing, this will go down perfectly at Bluedot festival!
On "There in Spirit / Rain II", there is a bending of organic instruments. Guitars chop and glimmer. Beats cascade and push forward, but always with a sense of gentle resignation. This is the sound of a mind searching through time, exhuming memories and emotions ‘ good and bad ‘to try and know, recapture, reclaim, and most importantly, feel. The music on both singles was recorded primarily on an Eloquencer sequencer and mixed in part by Joakim. The b side features two new takes on Rain II ‘ an alternate, slow version and a remixed version by fellow seeker, Jex Opolis.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Uber Balearic business here from Michael David, who fuses Fairlight sequences with nuanced percussion and delicate guitar across two gorgeous A-side cuts. The B-side serves up a slow version of 'Rain II' for the sundowners out there, before Jex Opolis gets the acid breaks on.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Absolutely massive double A-side here of Ice Cube classics. The Isley Brothers' sampling "It Was A Good Day" is one of the smoothest, coolest West Coast hip hop heaters ever made, and "You Can Do It" is up there with all the best club rap tracks. This will blow up your living room, a bar set or a dancefloor.
Hypnotic, blissed-out funky reggae from Jamaica's finest - Bagga Walker on bass, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace on drums, Ernest Ranglin on guitar and, of course, the inimitable Jackie Mittoo on keyboards.
Cut super loud, it’s almost impossible to find a copy of this album and if you did it would set you back hundreds of pounds.
Housed in a heavyweight card Studio One sleeve, these won’t be around for long.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Two super rare instrumental cuts pressed so f***ing loud!! Reggae 12" singles don't come much hotter than this. Form an orderly queue....
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: If you're a fan of the jazzy end of the hip hop spectrum, then this 7" is for you! On the A-side Raphael Saadiq and Q-Tip get super soulful for "Get Involved", while Q-tip's "Vivrant Thing" is as good as anything he dropped with A Tribe Called Quest.
Kicking things of in tradition MS fashion, "A Gift Dub" sees his patented boogie drums rattle and shake through darting keyboard stabs and the occasional piano refrain. Add some funky perc patterns and a rugged bottom end, plus a shed ton of tape delay and you've got one of those early evening burners just primed to get the crowd warmed up... Yes Mark!
"Tranquility Dub" utilizes much the same palette for a nocturnal, paradisiacal trip that reminisces over the very first Petrcane site in Croatia with its palm-flecked licks and star-lit groove - magical.
"No Time Dub" and "Secret To Success Dub" both grace the flip side with the kinda rock solid boogie-house we've come to expect from Mark Seven. Drums that could chip chunks out of caves, synths squelchier than being slimed on the Big Breakfast and sweeping tape delays that take you off into the stratosphere!
There's no one quite like Mark Seven and this new EP is sublime - check!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Highly proficient excersises in new boogie and proto-house by the master Mark Seven. Rock solid and ready to DANCE!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Don't fuck about if ANY OF YOU still don't have this amongst your shelves! Simply every home needs this, one of the best tunes ever made. I'll be checking!!
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Man, "Searching" is such a bomb from the vibesman! Play this to a dancefloor and watch it ignite folks.
Emily says: Classic 70s smooth soul from the vibesmaster featuring the most epic saxophone solo you've ever heard in ya life.
As a fairly fresh face to the European dance music scene, involved with renowned musical outlets like Cocktail d’Amore and Born Free, DJ City has been turning heads with his playful and energetic style.
For Borneo’s ninth release DJ City delivers two deep dance floor cuts, referencing and paying hommage to his childhood idols, craftily combining well known building blocks into future classics.
”Sierra Madre” is a warm and deep dive into the aesthetics of the late 90s electronic music scene, balancing between lush pads and low bit rates. Steadily it progresses as the loops unfold and evolve into an ambient landscape of clear peaks and valleys. Dreamy and suggestive without becoming too literal or camp, it invites its listener to let the mind wander during the course of the dance.
On the flip side, “5426261” is a more playful feature as its percussion and somewhat off tune melodies roll out. The texture is light and invites its listener to venture in thought to an imaginary Mediterranean location right before dawn. The enigmatic title is repeated in a sample towards the end, implicating it is a phone number. Who are you trying to reach?
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Double dose of upfront house music on Borneo thanks to DJ City. A-side is bleep, B-side is deep, both sides are dope.
In Berlin he teamed up with the Toy Tonics boys and now TT boss Kapote and the crew are working with him in Berlin Kreuzberg to find a new R&B & Disco influenced style of electronic dance music.
The first release is a collabo between french talent Mangabey and Kosmo Kint - produced by Kapote.
The 2 songs have a chilled L.A. G Funk Vibe that makes you think about certain Dr. Dre productions from the 90ies combined with some broken beats and 4 to the floor house vibes.
The song might remember some french touch tracks too and some might think about that West London early 2000 "Dego" Vibe maybe. Anyway, its new and there is not a name yet for that style. Let's see where the TT crew will bring Kosmo Kint sonically over the next years.
STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: New to the Toy Tonics label Kosmo Kint, alongside Mangabey have dipped into all the genres going - Disco, House, R&B, Broken Beat, Funk, Electronic and created two tracks of pure dance music hits. TT bringing the vibes to Piccadilly!
Pressed nice n hot on 180g, limited vinyl. Complete with sexy locked groove for the headzz...
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Nice n varied EP touching on smoked out dub, house, dusty beatdown and some ruff atmospheres. Incredibly well pressed records - others take note!
Celebrating over a decade in the edits game, Les Edits Du Golem can always be relied upon to bring forth the obscure! Recommended.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: It's always a good day when a new Edits Du Golem drops, and this 7" edition is a space age smash. Both sides are slow, syrupy and swaying cosmic bombs with a touch of Gallic humour. It's the kind of tackle you'd expect to hear on a Harvey Sarcastic Disco mix.
The proceeds from that project went directly back to the youth groups in Ghana and Belize, helping the musicians from Ghana’s Tafi Cultural Institute build a recording studio and performance space in their village.
Two years later, a grant from Creative Scotland’s Open Fund spawned the sequel to "Youth Stand Up!": "Youth Stand United", recorded both at Green Door and at TCI’s new studio in Ghana (with Golden Teacher’s Laurie Pitt at the controls), and mixed by Green Door’s Stuart and Emily Evans.
"Youth Stand United" features backing tracks contributed by members of Golden Teacher, Pu$$y Mothers, Whilst, Kaputt, and Sordid Sound System, with vocals provided by the musicians from TCI. Over 6 songs, it oscillates from the leftfield disco of "Diloeshutubui" to the Juju-electro odyssey of "Gidi" to the Joe-Meek-meets-William Onyeabor space age gospel pop of "Nobody Knows".
Proceeds from Youth Stand United will go towards a scholarship fund for musicians from Tafi Atome, Ghana.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: More creative genius from the hotbed of activity that is Green Door Studios in Glasgow. A feiry cauldron of myriad influences but constantly looking to innovate and excite. Wonderful.
New Love Ltd & Interstate 95's high paced, orchestral disco-soul track, "So Much To Talk About" gets stamped next to "That Friday Pay" by Sonny Jenkins. Sugar & Spice's "The Beast" gets an instrumental outing on side B, keeping boogie heads bouncing before we conclude the session on World Quake Band's "On The One" from 1980 and possibly the most expensive in original form of the records presented here.
As always copies are limited!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Killer set of expensive & hard to find disco hits for the working DJ or cash-strapped collector. Not available on discogs!!
Recorded over the course of two years, the duo stack live instrumentation onto the vast synth and drum machine collection in Christensen’s home studio. The tracks are finished with explorations into sample-based wormholes that deliver a truly diverse EP. The sounds cruise through balearic and streetsoul inspired smoothness, machine funk dancefloor jams, and bleepy percussive workouts.
This five tracker holds a mood and a groove for every hour of the dance; be it at peak time, sun up or sun down. Receiving early support from Jex Opolis, Millios Kaiser, CC:DISCO!, Lauren Hansom, DJ D.DEE, Ben Fester, Ruf Dug, Bayete & more.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Niiice n steady balearic-house business with 'nuff tropical inflections and a buzzy vibe right though. Already getting big spins from Ruffy, I'm reckoning this is gonna be huge when the masses catch on...
The Addis Posse was one of the main outfits on Warrior's Dance. Featured on this very special EP is the much sought after "Pirate Acid Mix" of this original breakbeat masterpiece, which has been a huge festival winner with the likes of Peggy Gou, Palms Trax and Josey Rebelle amongst others last Summer. Joined also by a previously unreleased, (and pulled from DAT tape) "Alternative Acid Version" which has never been seen or heard before! Across the EP’s 4 cuts are all the 'definitive' versions of this absolute dancefloor bomb - WD fashion - right and correct! Essential business, right here!
London's Warriors Dance label was a unique operation and a pioneering London label during the late 80's acid house phenomena. Home to an assortment of DJs, MCs and soundmen, they went on to make their own original and indelible mark on the rave scene from the infamous Addis Ababastudio on Harrow Road on the North-West side of the city. A former reggae and soul studio that was instrumental to the output of influential artists like Soul II Soul and more, a steady diet of reggae, bass, hip-hop, house and techno kept their edgy, and diehard UK sound and style right at the cutting edge of the dance music underground across the globe with the top DJs and producers of the day celebrating the label. The studio, helmed by label owner Tony ‘Addis’, acted as an incubator for artists whose names would go down in the history books.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: There's plenty of break hardcore resurgance records out at the moment but here we go straight to source, doning our finest Spliffy jeans and heading to the deserted motorway bridges of the M1 for four unreleased trax from market leaders Addis Posse. All the massiv!
At once playful, erogenous and sexually aggressive; a filthy slice of machine porn as you're likely to hear all year. RIYL: Cerberus Future Technologies, Grim Lusk, Beau Wanzer etc.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Gotta love Borft for providing loud and wobbly™ bangers every time. Usually utilizing the gnarliest analogue technology, their roster of artists is edgy, relevant and cutting edge. Big ups Borft!
Only now has this (essential) extended mix - a simultaneously deconstructed avant-noise and devastating DJ weapon become available on a limited edition etched white label 12". Crunchy industrial drums, unflinching electronics and a wicked interrupted vocal make for a floor flaying weapon.
Kicking things off with a nice futuristic ambient number, "X_0314" shimmers like an electrostatic mirage over an icy vista. Nods to Chain Reaction and Huerco S along the way...
"Greenspirit" heads straight to the floor for a loopy, simmering, hi-tech number that's like Soundsystem recording a mid-session track for Craig Richard's The Nothing Special. Smooth, gliding, concentric techno for the heads that like it deep and intricate.
Finally, "Optimist" shows off the third and final flavour - a minimal techno track full of wonky discord that sounds like it's straight out of a Rob Hood or Jeff Mills track circa 2002! So good!
Three tracks, three flavours, three reasons to be cheerful! We heart Flørist!! Recommended!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: This is defo my jam! Been firmly into this producer since his first forrays on All Caps. Now under an alter-ego the Flortist let's loose another bouquet of hits! Yes mate!
Opener "San Francisco" pairs impossibly reverbed conga with squelching bass and stretched synth leads, sounding like a lo-fi Pet Shop Boys soundtracking a 80s bluey. It follows then that "Girls!" is a wild ride through amateur boogie, vocals veering super high in the mix, synths crackling in electroid perfection and nipple height bass virtuosity keeping the pulse racing. Skip to the flip for the squirming disco-funk of "Jungle Robots", a moogy slice of swamp boogie with cinematic fx, ribbiting vocoder and Idjuts-style delay and the frazzled jazz-rock of "Brown Bunny", which comes complete with elbow patches, high waisters and weed smoke.
Whether in a mix or live set, this evocative quartet is an eloquent addition to any audiophile's storytelling toolkit.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Delicate Wash turn the Hotpoint dial to 4, hitting us with a quartet of 80s dancers, all reworked to perfection for modern floors. Sleazy disco, backstreet funk and stoned jazz-rock should provide plenty of options for turning heads and moving feet.
A breezy and musical ride awaits on the A, as 'On The Coast' provides a beautifully sliced, pastel linen suited piece of early 80's Japanese Jazz-Funk
On the B, label regular CEM G's 'By The Sea' is reworked by Eddie into a looped-up and irresistible mid-tempo musical mover.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Eddie parks his hog in a viewpoint and takes in a stunning coastal vista on the A-side, switching a sophisticated bit of Japanese jazz-funk into a loopy cooler perfect for the Balearic beards or a daytime DJ set. Meanwhile on the flip, "By The Sea" is the kind of warm and sunny slice of looped up disco house we've come to love the Canadian producer for.
Taking the A side of this EP Stefano Ritteri provides a “Spaziale Version” of 'Caraiba' that seamlessly blends elements of African, Afrobeat, Funk and Disco styles, with segments that continually morph and evolve into new tracks. Irresistibly funky and percussive drumming patterns and melodies hypnotise the listener, with only the occasional outbreak of African chanting breaking up the grooves.
The B-side contains the original version of “Invocation” that is effectively one long drum track broken down into 7 segments that never drop a beat alongside the original version of 'Caraiba' in all it's glory.
As EP's go, this really does take the listener on a journey to Africa, via 1978 New York, and is a true one of a kind. And for all those sample-spotters out there, there's no end of complex drum patterns and basslines to dive into.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Hot on the heels of a fine reissue of a sought after Arabic disco banger A. Mislayene, Spaziale drop a 12" repress of Tumblack's finest dance floor stompers. If you need a percussion heavy bit of spangled Afro-disco, look no further than the raw power of "Invocation" and especially "Caraiba", which appears in its original form as well as edited by label boss Stefano Ritteri.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: ANTHEM! That's the word that springs to mind. A neck-napping head nodder with a KILLLER B-line and lyrical content with glides between the conscious and the streetwise. Buy it now!
A melding of genres, that incorporated elements of funk, disco, soul and jazz, Brit Funk harnessed a raw energy bubbling up in the UK scene through the late ‘70s & ‘80s. Index 'Starlight' is a prime example of this spirit. Timeless in its makeup, glistening keys, full-frontal basslines and bold funk guitars give the foundation for those divine male and female vocals to sweep over.
Take to the B side for 'The Break' version leaving the vocals at bay and letting the exquisitely arranged instrumentation work the dancers into a frenzy. Favoured by everyone from Four Tet and Motor City Drum Ensemble to Gilles Peterson and DaM-FunK for its extended grooves and uninterrupted breaks, it's a Brit Funk bomb if there ever was one.
A must for any discerning digger out there, this deserves a place in every collection!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Always garnering big smiles and plenty movement at MCR's #1 party Wet Play (yes I'm biased), Index's "Starlight" is as euphoric, feel-good slice of boogie as you're ever likely to find.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Few things make me smile like an Italian soft-rock record, so this reissue is well, quite literally, music to my ears. Utterly Balearic, chic as a cocktail on Capri and packed with that unique Italian funk, each of these four tracks serves sunshine in spades.
So to the EP, and we set off with the delectable synth-boogie of 'Generation X', laden with strings from Simran Singh. Next up is the 4/4 low-slung head-nodding funk of 'The Key' featuring the vocal talents of Berry Blacc, before we head into some mid-tempo clavinet-lead hip hop vibes on 'Swing Thru'; lush strings again ably complementing and contrasting the bass-weight within the track. 'In Sunny G' follows next, picking the tempo back up a touch with a soulful vocal hook from Ellen Beth Abdi delivering blissed-out sun-glazed sonics, as the title would suggest. This 5-track opus closes out with 'Favourite Corner'; similarly to the EP opener, this is more playfully groovy breakbeat, laced with strings, a swagged-out guitar lick and assorted arpeggiated keys.
As to the meaning of the title 'The Rigour', Werkha says…
"Music is work. In all its different ways, it's a craft that I apply myself to and exist by. As much as that is about love, it's also about pouring in time, effort, patience & rigour. This record is about reflecting on my process and the identity of Werkha as a part of my life."
"These tracks were selected from a much larger bunch of ideas. The tracks that made this EP are the ones where the process was playful. Play in music is so important and these tracks are the ones that best personify play and curiosity, in both their sound and in their process. They all go through the rigor of being played with, pushed and pulled in different directions…"
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: MCR's own Werkha lands on Piccadilly favourite First Word with a fresh five tracker moving between uptempo bruk, squelching boogie, head nod hip hop and breakbeat, all imbued with a futuristic jazziness which looks to push things forward.
The A side kicks off with "The Friends & Lovers Dub" version of the title track "Love Is Madness", filled with deep pulsing pads, resonating dashes of sax, crisp percussion and a bumping bassline that provides the perfect backdrop to the echoing mantra of ‘Friends... Lovers’.
Next "I-80" is a wonder of shimmering arps, brooding bass tones and reverberating trumpet touches. Perfect for the early hours, entrancing dancers as it washes over the airwaves.
On the flip, Austria’s golden boy Demuja hits hard with a Kerri Chandler channeling deep house remix of "Love Is Madness", centred around a pumping bass synth, sustained organs and a classic marriage of horn stabs and emotive spoken word.
Closing the EP the original mix is a sun kissed, eyes closed gem that blends delicate bongos, rousing sax lines and the sweet vocals of Simon Black & Leafar.
A must for any record collection out there, house head or not.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Detroit's new breed is alive and well with a few records emanating out of our psychologically twinned city this week. Pontchartrain AND Eddie Logix (also worth checking) both supplying us with upfront, plane-sanded deep house music with spiritual leanings.
FORMAT INFORMATION12" Info: Orange vinyl 12"
STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: Love! Nérija member Shirley Tetteh's solo work as Nardeydey condenses flavours of jazz, gospel, Afro-beat and synth into a soulful and shimmering pop sound which we are all about right now. RIYL Sinkane, Naytronix, ALlysha Joy
The Full Pupp impresario is first to the oche (we've been watching the PCD so apologies to any non darts fans) twisting "0208" into a suitably extensive, expansive and heady slice of hypno-house. The cosmic leanings of Thomas' early days remain but transformed into a super deep house chugger, built around an acid bassline and shuffling polyrhythms. As the story breaks, Thomas lets loose with the lysergic and organic elements of the original, Japanese microtonality and strange sound design, before layering an uplifting bed of synth strings to take us soaring through the mid-point. But the ecstasy only lasts so long, and soon we're wheeling through spooky idents and shadowy synth tones, heads down for a spell before the final burst of serotonin rinsing happiness.
Flip it for another long form freak-out, this time from the always brilliant Bjørn Torske. Tackling "Geckos", Torske turns out a cooly cosmic caper around the 100 bpm mark, locking in the hypnotic combo of stabbing keys, simple perx and infectious bass early, then playing with frequency manipulation, sound design and dub fx to take us to the Dagobah swamp lands. Chiming bells add their own spaced out shimmer, particularly in the chakra cleansing breakdown, before the second half spirals up into the heavens.
All killer, no filler, cosmic dancers.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Yoshinori Hayashi has become a go to producer for outer realm house music, and Smalltown Supersound could hardly have chosen a better pair of remixers. Thomas drops acid and ecstasy on a hypnotic cosmic house stomper, while Bjørn Torske keeps the tempo low and the vibe swampy on a stunner for the slo-mo crowd.
The A side is a beefed-up take on a punchy European disco staple. An infectious groove is coupled with fluttering arpeggios and a rigorous bassline that builds tension throughout to deliver some peak-time power.
Meanwhile on the flip, B1 brings synthesised and organic voices together with eerie melodies and a low slung beat, creating a rock-infused haze.
B2 finishes the release off on a house tip, with a relentless percussive loop that bends between mind-melting FX and an uncompromising square wave bass..
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: A chuggy mid tempo monster walks your way on B1 followed by a floorfiller on B2 heavy on the drum section and to top it all off, on the flip we have an italo cosmic spacey journey. One of the most complete Casinos so far.
A loving collection of throwback boogies that glimmer with a bygone era's ballroom glitz and lovey-dovey romance, that is the stuff of dancefloor love stories.
For extra texture and variation, one of these rolls towards the Italo end of the dial and another slides into goopy funk balladry.
A lot of territory explored in thirty minutes and change.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: In true Schatzi fashion, here you get five amazing tunes to light your dancefloor on fire. Edits mostly but with the Schatzi twist. No clue what I am talking about? Me neither. Give it a listen, please!
Dissected into two parts, "Bobby II" sees both 70s and 80s inflections added to its core foundation; chronologically increasing digital nuances and sidechain effects over the decade in between.
Sure to be big in the hands of Late Nite Tuff Guy, Greg Wilson, Moplen and the dedicated army of DJs who like to keep things fresh on the edit tip.
Will also go down a storm at your next Refuge / Cottonopolis / Schloss (etc) bar set! Ohh Bobby!
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Supercharged boogie 7" here from Caserta and Lucky Ry, ripping up an 80s classic and pumping up the bass and drums to speaker breaking levels.
Love Letters gets the record underway in fine form. Packing rib-tickling kicks heavier than black matter, an agro perc section and some nice acidic bleeps and squarks, the track should appeal to lovers of that ruff UK acid sound a la Paranoid London, Alex Seidel, Ali Renault etc. Next up a live jam by Russell E.L. Butler & Indy Nyles resulting in some melanin heavy, electro heat. Liquid Asset continues to deliver excellent work with a warm acid drenched bubbler. Finally track-master Ali Berger pulled Turtle Bugg in his studio for a house beat and live take of THC induced shit talkin.
Tasty tackle for the clurb from a new breed of noisemakers - TIP!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Collection of flavours from this cheeky burgeoning firm. If you like your dance music hard, wild and fun then this is definintely for you. Surely big in Glasgow right now!
Ex ice skater Wosto heads up the release. Based in Hamburd he's previously released on Sign Bit Zero and has collaborated with Falibeil and Sauerstoff with the duo Nostalogie Eternelle. He also runs his own label Teerpappe strictly for his own solo productions.
This release "Das letzte Nasenhaar EP" is a collection of 'Kraut break beats' apparently. To us it sounds like a a melee of noize, industrial and EBM all recorded onto abrasive mediums before being transferred onto wax. Vocals scream with distortion, levels barely make it onto the saturated head room and big clattering snares and toms side chain everything. It all sounds like you're deep into some Future War with this sounding through your AM ear piece as you fight for domination on some scorched, desolate landscape...
Raw Ambassador aka Antonio Barbetta (Mannequin) is drafted in on a remix mission, grabbing "Party Animal" by the nuts and dragging it into some dark Belgium rave set in a gothic cathedral circa '89.
Nasty stuff for the trench coat ravers, cyber-goths and night club mutants...
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Sure to clean fry the bum fluff right off your arse, Raw Culture enlist a frightening mob of hardware damagers to scream shout, bash and bang their way into our reluctant headspace.
Undergoing somewhat of a renaissance at the moment, these dark n scuzzy body tracks are finding their way into the boxes of DJs who prefer to mine the undercurrents and black spots - think DJs like Vladimir Ivkovic, Jon K & Optimo.
Raw Ambassador, a young reprobate with a fiery attitude, contributes his second release this week (see also: Wosto - "Das letzte Nasenhaar EP") and gets the record underway. "Satans Orgasm" displaying this machines agitator's love of distorted vox and menacing arpeggios across a beautifully evil EBM model.
Fashion Flesh - the nom de plume of John Talaga - is an accomplished technician / audio mangler outta Bay City USA who uses self built and modified sound units to accomplish his sonic goals. "Please" sees frequencies shift and machines spit and growl over a primitive rhythm section and tons of electronic interference.
First track for MPU54M, "Ueida Romance" creeping across taut electic tightropes whilst gleefully squeezing out a mutant crooner jam. Landing somewhere between Alan Vega, Poison Ivy and Ed DMX (!!!).
Familiar UK stalwart Chris Moss Acid drops the EPs most polished and soundsystem ready track. "Townsend Acid" is high octane session acid with a nice full frequency rubdown to give the subs and tweeters a workout.
Finally Juanpablo & Arcyniegas' "Tequendama" sees the EP collapse into a pit of sherm-fuelled inequity; a writhing mass of drugged out bodies fondling, grinding and thrashing out in some rabid sex dungeon deep underneath the city streets.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Maleviolent machine abuse by a twisted bunch of knob fiddlers. See also: Raw Culture released this week
An all brother group hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Tavares were a band that evolved with the disco sound, hitting their peak in 1976 when both "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" and "Don’t Take Away The Music" became huge club favourites. They scored their first R&B #1 in 1974 with a cover of Hall & Oates "She’s Gone" and in 1975 they returned to the top of the R&B chart whilst going top 10 pop and scoring a #2 Disco hit with "It Only Takes A Minute". In 1992 a cover by boy band Take That would gift them their first top 10 entry, many people unaware that this track had first been recorded 17 years earlier.
Rising to prominence in Brit-funk band Hi-Tension, David Joseph soon found his footing as a solo artist after they’d split, with his first release being "You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me)" in February 1983. That same month, Greg Wilson appeared on The Tube, mixing between two copies of this very record - the first time mixing had been demonstrated on British TV. It would subsequently enter the UK chart, climbing into the top 20. The track would then be remixed by legendary Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan, resulting in a #2 placing on the Billboard Dance chart. Upon hearing Moplen’s extended dub edit, Greg worked further into it reintroducing the song - given his history with the track it was unthinkable that he’d play it without the vocal. The result is a unique version where Moplen’s dub sets the vibe during the first half of the edit before the song is finally introduced.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Brit-funk on one side and disco heavy on the vocals on the flip. Top quality by the reliable A&R Edits imprint. Do not miss this one!
On the A side Robert takes on a classic, "Yellow Sunshine" by Yellow Sunshine (translated in French on the release) which was a well established B-boy anthem as well as a classic cut for DJs like Danny Krivit and David Mancuso.
On the B, we find another obscure funk-disco jam packed with soulful vocals, moog synths and big disco breakdowns.
The man got chops make no mistake! Recommended.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Dancefloor fuel on this very good all things disco record label... Summery, fast and filled with sparkly vibes. Absolute stormers on both sides. No money wasted here.
Using repetition, consonance and polyrhythm as important means of composition, AM Khamsaa explores the field in-between the functionality of modern club music and the tradition of American Minimal Music.
AM Khamsaa’s original pieces will please adventurous DJs as well as the curious lovers of new electronic compositions.