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HUUUUUUGE REISSUE right here for all my DJs and dancers. Sheffield in the house, literally!

Originally dropping on Toko back in 97, this bad mamma jammer has recently been introduced to a new generation of house heads, pushing prices for OG copies right through the roof. Fortunately, Piccadilly pal and distribution wizz Alec Greenhough and his All Ears cohost Chris Duckinfield are in fact half the team behind this bad ass record, making a reissue pretty straight forward. Working with regular collaborators Paul Ingall and Si Brad, and making excellent use of the infammatory Brass Eye coined Klarky Cat, the Sheffield All Stars cooked up one of the deepest, dopest and warmest house cuts you're ever likely to hear. Armed with a squirming bassline which never ever quits, "Gumbo" rolls through pillowy pads, delicate Rhodes licks and M1 strings, calmly strolling into the midst of your cerebellum and setting up camp. Hypnotic, smooth and seriously groovy, this is uplifting in the most wonderfully understated way - no wonder the kids are going mad for it. On the B1, the quartet take things a little darker with the techy pulse of "Custard Gannet", a masterclass in percussive nuance, spheric bass and synthesised funk. It remains for the "Blooty Mix" of "Gumbo" to put some addictive icing on the cake, translating the lead track into a progressive and hypnotic heater which begs twin copy deployment with the OG.


Caribou

Never Come Back (Four Tet & Morgan Geist Remixes)

About the Remixes:
Four Tet Remix: This is what it sounds like when the universe spontaneously synchronises. We give you the new Four Tet remix of Caribou’s latest single "Never Come Back” Kieran took the track and warped and bent it into a playfully hypnotic late night wormhole that lures you in with it’s repetitive claps, snares and synths. It will never let you go.

Morgan Geist Remix: Morgan is one of the architects of modern electronic dance music and electronic pop as we know it today, whether it was as a part of influential duo Metro Area and the label Environ, as the mastermind behind chart-topping project Storm Queen or his numerous remixes, Morgan left an undeniable mark. His rework of Caribou's excellent single "Never Come Back" pays respect to the early 90ies transatlantic house phenomenon that stretched from New York to London US to Europe.


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: We get a couple killer club edits of the Caribou originals here, first up is Morgan Geist glitching out the melodic floorfiller 'Never Come Back' into a burning, acidic rework before our own Mr. Tet reworks it into his ring-modulated take, more chaotic but keeping the euphoric vocal sample to ground things.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 12" Info: Black 140g vinyl in heavyweight grey carton sleeves. One time pressing, limited to 800 units for UK.

Caribou

Never Come Back / Sister (Floating Points Remixes)

Three is the magic number! Following recent remixes by Morgan Geist and Four Tet for Caribou’s single NEVER COME BACK, Sam Shepherd completes the holy trinity. Sam outdid himself adding a dash of motor city oil to NCB and throwing in an extra remix for Caribou’s ’Suddenly’ album opener ‘Sister'.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: For the second one this week, we get Floating Points reworking 'Never Come Back' first up, brimming with all of the analogue click we'd expect from Sam, almost moving into trancey territory before slipping into the cool clear waters of 'Sister', a deep grooving beach-filler.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 12" Info: Black 140g vinyl in heavyweight grey carton sleeves. One time pressing, limited to 800 units for UK.

Whether you are still locked down, meeting close friends or gathering with small groups of party people in this new post-corona world, you will find plenty to love in this new package of vinyl-only remixes from Hell Yeah. Keeping mellow acid lovers happy are Calm's Still Dreaming mix of his brother Kenkou's 2004 cut 'Everlasting Dreams' and then his very own Extended Mix of Deadbundy's 'Lorenz'.

Of course, Calm is Japanese artist Fukagawa Kiyotaka, someone who has been making deep house, ambient and downtempo grooves since the late nighties. He is a legend of the game famous for his deeply dug out and immersive mixes and his current Oasis @ Home series is vital for lockdown listening. He is compiling a collection of contemporary Japanese meets balearic jams due for release next year, when he will come over to Europe to tour in support of it. But first, this…

The a-side is a psychedelic balearic guitar jam for the evolved and mature DJ and it is steeped in gently acid lushness. Over 11 minus it washes away all anxiety and douses you in rippling guitars and sun kissed rhythms that transport you to the Med in an instant. The b-side is a remix of a cult cut by Japanese band Deadbundy from Gifu. Calm flips it into an unbelievably groovy and chunky number with great pop hooks. The rubbery drums do their thing down low to make you move, while the warmth of the bass and the funk of the riffs oil the groove. It's open air, hands in the air, heart swelling music for good times.

The sixth and absolutely final chapter in the EROS story. This buy-on-sight collection of homages to the raw, decadent & formative birth of club music wraps things up with yet another stand out selection of cuts. Darker, more electronic & mind-bending moments, mingling with an altogether more strobe-lit and full-tilt take on the glorious Disco supernova from whence we all came.




King Sporty

Safari - Inc. Lexx Mix

After the trilogy of King Sporty & The Ex-tra's EPs in 2018, Emotional Rescue returns to the music of Noel Williams with this first ever single release of his 1976 reggae disco bomb, Safari, backed with a special discomix by Lexx.

Taken from William's debut album, Deep Reggae Roots, it can be considered a culmination of his career to date, from growing up on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, to his first singles for Studio One and Trojan, his relocation to Miami and the birth of his Konduko label and moves to incorporate the local clubs growing affiliation with funk and disco.

Prescient to the coming wave, Williams enlisted some of Miami's finest in George Perry and Clay Cropper (Chocolate Clay), Ron Smith (KC & The Sunshine Band) and legendary producer Alex Sadkin (Compass Point, Bob Marley, Grace Jones, Talking Heads).

The stand out from the album, Safari, with it's hazy, low slung groove of razor sharp rimshot, guitar licks and funk bass is topped with an incessant chant 'Disco, Safari'. Criminally brief, the choice of Lexx to step in the mix was a simple one. His dubbed rework is perfect, laidback, letting the groove roll and King Sporty's mantra shine.

Opolopo

If It Ain't Jazz Vol. 2

Second drop on the If It Ain't Jazz imprint hits the racks and it's a tasty two tracker from main man Opolopo. Heads will know that this Swedish producer has been putting his signature stamp on boogie, jazz funk and disco gems for a decade now - need I remind you of that unstoppable Gregory Porter remix from way back when. 

Scalpel in hand and trademark bass preset loaded, the man from Stockholm retools Roy Ayers' ultra jam "Chicago" into a sub swelling, skippy bit of Detroit style house, before boosting Bernard Wright's Skee Lo sampled "Spinnin" into a huge discoid house bomb! Ave it!

Various Artists

Door To The Cosmos – OnTheCorner Dancefloor Sampler

    On the Corner Records was awarded ‘Label of the Year’ at the Worldwide Awards 2018. OtC is a story of artists and scenes that goes way beyond being a record label. DJ and label owner Pete On the Corner has created a home for innovative, bordercrossing, genre-pushing artists. The OtC vision is to bring music to the world that is knocking at the ‘Door To The Cosmos’. The label is an inimitable mixture of Miles Davis ‘call it what you want’ attitude, Sun Ra’s Afro Futurism and the ecstatic soul lifting influence of black music on electronic dance music.

    On ‘Door To The Cosmos – Dancefloor Sampler’ Pete has curated a volume of cuts from present and future label family. This first in the series, is not just knocking at the door but giving it a kick! It’s club music referencing the source, be it Detroit, or UK bass culture combined with future sounds rising from cosmopolitan hotbeds of sonic heat. On this maxi EP Venezuela meets India via New York, the street sound of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania pulses through UK Jungle. Undergrounds pushing the dance, breaking borders and genre alike. Rhythms from the ancestors channelled for future times.

    Opener Dengue Dengue Dengue ‘Yodeller’ is finally on wax having been a rare as hens teeth dubplate. From psychedelic cumbia to dub, salsa to footwork, tribal to techno, The Tropical duo from Perú explore analog and digital rhythms, to create their unique sound. New label family, The Diabolical Liberties are stalwart scenesters Alex Patchwork and Earl Zinger. ‘River of Sound’ tears through the jungle so jump in for a swim. Uffe is also making his OtC debut. He’s been firing out killer tracks on Oye, Berlin. Pete OtC chasing him down as he was Prolifically dropping jazzed-up and gnarly house after returning to his native Denmark. Black Classical is back after a regenerative hiatus: the mysterious web otherlings reputation underpinned by his 12 hour ‘spiritual jazz’ mix tape that has been living its own life online and across the radio waves over the last decade. ‘Medassi’ is an elixir of deep house. On the flip, another fresh-faced recruit to the OtC family. Familiar to Shine’s network from Clive’s recent debut release, ‘Moon Buggy’ makes it clear he wasn’t only paying attention to OtC’s numbers. MC Palakata aka Mosam is a dancer with a Singeli flow, from the streets of Dar Es Salaam. During an OtC recording session at Nafasi Studio in Dar, Tom Blip worked with Palakata and created this heat. Set alight with Swahili, ‘Singeli Jungles’ is wild. Following on from Planet Battagon’s sold-out debut EP of ‘driod jazz’, the Admiral has sent this hard- swinging, future thumper to OtC. Tugg Luke Endeavour kicks it to the cosmic dancefloor. ‘Mudras’ by Sunken Cages remixed here by New Yorks MPeach, brings more, new OtC family straight to wax. The remix adds ‘Latinx del Futuro, where hi-energy dance meets low-end bass, adding a lilt of the rhythms from her native Venezuela.


    Statues

    Visions - Inc. Flamingo Flame / Max Manetti Remix

    Eclectics serves up a soothing elixir for troubled times. Essex-based trio Statues make their label debut with a four-track EP showcasing two original compositions, each with its own remix.

    “Lele” begins with a marimba ringing out – a Balearic clarion call if ever there was one. What follows is live and direct. Keyboard lines that glisten and atmospheres that bed in and circle around you, leaving you dazed but never fazed. 

    Birmingham’s Flamingo Flame step up to the plate for remix duties and use some weighty acid lines and a beautiful vocal to anchor the spirit of the original to something altogether more terrestrial, but no less magical.

    “Visions” on the other hand is a tantric delight – all build and the promise of potential. Proving once and for all that soul isn’t a four-letter word, saxophone, keys, strings and delayed guitar build a suitably jazz-infused backdrop for the subtle vocal to move around, while the listener gets lost in the detail. And let’s face it – we could all do with losing ourselves in something these days.

    “Papa” Max Manetti, fresh from his vinyl debut with Eclectics, takes the baton for remix duties on this one, translating it into a track that retains the spirit of the original, giving it a new bassline and a gentle percussive sense of purpose without once losing the laidback lustre.

    When circumstance pushes people apart, music remains a unifying force. With this release, Statues have perfected that irresistible pull.

    Originally written and produced as the centrepiece to his 2014 FabricLive compilation, Erol Alkan’s ‘Sub Conscious' arrives on 12” vinyl and to streaming platforms for the first time, accompanied by two charismatic remixes from Manfredas.

    Shimmering and undulating, the original cut of ‘Sub Conscious’ was designed with Fabric’s cavernous main room in mind, taking full advantage of any finely tuned soundsystem with a patient, rhythmic trip. Remastered here, the track evolves out of hazy darkness towards halcyon euphoria in a uniquely Alkan style.

    Resident at Opium Club in Vilnius, cult DJ and producer Manfredas provides two hugely creative and alternative takes on ‘Sub Conscious’. The first works hallucinatory magic with a supple bassline and much of Alkan’s original stretched and repurposed around vampish oscillations and a westward vocal sample.

    On the contrary, the ‘Stream Of Consciousness' mix sees Manfredas pitch down and strum the bones of ‘Sub Conscious’, unexpectedly delivering a lovingly lethargic, bottom-heavy jam that’s pure dub-side pleasure.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: '06 Electro fiends rejoice as Erol gets super nasty on this previous FabricLive exclusive, now slapped on wax for the "proper" DJs. Manfredas on the remix, serving subconscious two ways, psychedelic techno and Compass Point brilliance.

    Dinosaur L / Hanson And Davis

    Go Bang! (Danny Krivit Edit Of Walter Gibbons Remix) / I'll Take You On - Danny Krivit Edit Of Larry Levan Remix

    A special double header of 2 very very dope Danny Krivit edits from then Sleeping Bag / Fresh Records vaults.

    Dinosaur L's immense 'Go Bang' takes up the A-side, with Mr.K tweaking the classic Walter Gibbons version into new sonic realms. Thoroughly minimal and spaced out in all the best ways and with a tense build-up, 'Go Bang' winds and winds until it feels like it's going to break! A brilliant reworking of a stone-cold classic that brings a fresh style to the familiar. On side B we are treated to a killer downtempo drum machine laden boogie-rap jam, namely the stellar Larry Levan mix of Hanson & Davis' 'I'll Take You On' from '86. Some primetime Garage sounds right here. A deep soulful cut that kicks and slams in all the right places, and is of course, touched up the right way by Danny's deft editing. Essential business right here, for real music lovers and dancers alike!

    Remastered, re-edited and re-presented to you for 2020, courtesy of Danny Krivit, Sleeping Bag / Fresh Records and Above Board distribution. 100% legit!

    Double Exposure / Instant Funk

    My Love Is Free / I Got My Mind Made Up (The Reflex Revisions)

    One of the undisputed kings of the remix, The Reflex works his magic on two new revisions for Salsoul Records. With a well-known ear for groove, the Frenchman takes on Double Exposure’s ‘My Love Is Free’ – crafting a layered, smooth remix that builds upon its slick guitar riff with conga rides, warm basslines and that euphoric, soulful vocal. Next up is Instant Funk to get the Revision treatment, as The Reflex re-edits and remixes ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’. This one’s got some punch: chunky, percussive breaks lay the foundation for lashings of funk, bass and some sexy vocals to boot. Always a welcome addition to any catalogue, The Reflex Revision of ‘My Love Is Free’ further solidifies why he’s the best in his field.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Algorithm favourite The Reflex continues to work his edit magic, taking two undisputed classics from the Salsoul label and reshaping them in his soulful style.

    Personify

    Personify Edits

      For the sixth instalment of the Kampana series, LA based DJ Personify brings just the right amount of disco magic to two heavyweight funk numbers. On the A-side we get a slick refix of "Soul On Your Side" from proto GQ funk troop Rhythm Makers. This is conscious, soulful and funky music now pitched up and locked down for the modern DJ. On the B-side the LA DJ works his magic on the Curtis styled "You Can Be A Star" from the Luther Davis Group, generally housing the fuck outta the 1979 jam.

      Disco deliverance of the highest order once again from Moton Records INC. Diesel and Dave Jarvis work their wonders on these three cuts with the A side taken in full by ‘US Lover’, a sleazed up, foot stomper of a boogie workout that’s straight sweltering from start to finish – just listen to that bass!

      Flip it over to find two jazz funk gems made up of the beaming pinball concoction that is ‘Hysteric Glamour’, and the raw grooves, jaunty jazz keys and synth touches of ‘Marabou’. Essential, as always.

      Last year, Parisian label Banquise opened their account with a reissue of Zogo killer "Africa", and now they head back into the catalogue of the Cameroon disco kingpin for another Afro stormer "Please Please". Originally released 40 years ago, the track treads the perfect line between sunkissed optimism and gentle melancholy, serving spiritual and soulful vocals over a pulsating Afro-disco backing (Check out those bassy synth womps). I can hear this one killing it in an MCDE set, or changing lives through the Cosmic Slop speakers. Rounding out the package, Bellaire and Gerd Janson get creative on the flipside, the former freaking us in a decidedly late 90s funky house style while Gerd sticks pretty close to the original, just with an extra bit of power and fx trickery.

      Various Artists

      A Love That Never Dies 3

      Third chapter in this secret archive of undercover club jams from across the ages. A New Beat holy Grail, a Balearic electro masterpiece, a Chicago favourite from a Deutsche legend, and some uncomplicated, slammin' 90's NY club tackle.
      As ever, super limited...

      After the success of the 2 Late 4 Love EP, Roy Of The Ravers returns to Emotional Response with a double LP with a deeper perspective, experimenting in ambient and drone textures, lucid techno travails and acid interludes. Recorded between 1997 and 2017, the album was pieced together over the last six months after Roy's archives were first feared lost and then found. Approached by the label to release a follow up with something more introspective and personal, it was discovered that a recent move to a new studio had led to over 20 years of music being misplaced after it was believed they were mistakenly dropped at a local charity store. However, deep in a box of what were thought to be patch cables were in fact the decades worth of hard drives and here presented, is a sample of those lost recordings. The nature of the music is introspection, eschewing the acid beats and white noise for a personal encounter between man and machine. The orchestral opening of the title track gives way to the submarine beats, pulsing TB303 and gliding hats of Robinson College 10 to set the outlook to come. Even with the scattering A Dim And Distant Past waking lulled senses, the melodies and feel all lead to a pause and reflect rather than jump and shout. This is continued with the haunting drives of Bounce Erec and Oriental X0X-Press; the twisted, warped jams of The Weber Traum Boat Pt.3, Ichi and Roland Corp Labs 05; and the beautiful, heartfelt odes in Sade Lost Theme, The Clock House Pt.2 and closer, Nemesis '01. The album's melodic nature hums and shines as CS (6x8) appears as much a centre piece as a alternative consideration to the acid tinged, club bangs of Roy's releases to date. A surprise package maybe, but in the rolling, word of mouth phenomena that was Emotinium II, all this and more was sensed and so White Sunrise Music II, spreading across 12 songs of contrasting moods, is a further affirmation that there is something good and worthy of exploration.

      Purple Desert Rain God

      Invisible Matter / Bridge To Nowhere

      The psychedelia of Purple Desert Rain God is playful and innovative in a way that brings early Pink Floyd to mind, where classic blues elements were mixed with tape loops and tremolo/feedback guitars. But more than 50 years has passed since Barret’s trip through universe was caught on tape and the comparison stops there: Purple Desert Rain God is a new take on acid rock!

      Purple Desert Rain God is nature music and transcendental dance music and they overlap between genuine psychedelia and electronic music with filter sweeps on guitars and drums. Sudden bursts of drum fills brakes the monotonous groove and amplifies the feeling of lost control and the band often balances on what is considered a beat that is on time. However, they keep momentum and hammers the pulse on your eardrums, into your mind.

      To add some more mystery the band gives this explanation to their name: "Deep in the purple desert is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the Rain God is always one step beyond logic."

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Hoga Nord move back towards their psychy roots with this dense, euphoric slab of distorted grooves and swirling ambience from Purple Desert Rain God. Delayed guitar loops and heady lysergic percussion form together into a GOOD trip.

      Under their one-off disco moniker, Leroy Burgess & The Fantastic Aleem Brothers produced this 1980 dancefloor wonder that finally gets its first deserved re-issue to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Frankly, you'll struggle to find a better example of where disco was at in 1980. The nimble bass and sizzling percussion of the 70s still holds centre stage, though cooler, jazzier piano and guitar hint towards the softer touch of the club soul which followed. Gorgeous string arrangements testify to some serious studio backing (albeit in its death throws) while the percolating moog sequence and spaced out synths drive the whole track into the near future. Remastered with love and respect and pressed on limited 7" vinyl for the true collectors, this release boasts the vocal and instrumental versions.

      Ruutu Poiss, the Amsterdam/Tallinn based expert in glistening psychedelic electronics, arrives on the first outing for Wake Dream (A new label run by Amsterdam’s Orpheu The Wizard).

      After releasing several 7”s, 12”s and EP’s on Levels, International Major Label, Rets Records and features on various compilations from Fasaan Rec. and Porridge Bullet, Ruutu Poiss lands at Wake Dream to release his first full length album (WADR002), scheduled for late summer 2020.

      Leading up to the album, this untitled three tracker gives you a taste of his unique spectrum of kaleidoscopic modular dance music, futuristic synth funk and emotionally charged experimental cuts. These three tracks are not featured on the album and are exclusive only to this pre-release!

      Theon Cross / Pokus

      Candace Of Meroe / Pokus One

        Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ brings together many of the ground-breaking artists involved in the new jazz scene that has developed in the UK over the last few years.

        Soul Jazz Records release an exclusive one-off pressing double-headed 12” single featuring Theon Cross and Pokus on the same day as the ‘Kaleidoscope’ album release.

        Exclusive to independent retailers.

        Billy Frazier

        Billy Who ? / The Mind Blower

        Spaziale Recordings strike gold again with this remastered, official reissue of the hugely in demand Billy Frazier disco funk masterpiece ‘Billy Who ?’. Originally released in 1980, it’s saucy, slick and oh so smooth, with the flip side containing one of the rarest, and most sought after disco tracks out there, ‘The Mind Blower (Finally Got His Mind Blown)’, hitting close to £1000 for an original copy.

        These two killer disco classics represent huge hits on the underground scene and a staple at legendary clubs like The Paradise Garage, The Loft and Chicago's Warehouse.

        A must have for any collection to get those bodies moving.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: Spaziale keep the hits coming, delivering an official reissue of a pair of disco funk unclassics plucked right off the Loft lists. The A-side owes a little inspiration to Skyy's mega jam "First Time Around" from the year before, and the B boasts a hen's teeth disco funker perfect for the rollerskating crowds.

        We were very surprised at Versatile when we received this file from flocofloco2020@gmail.com. And we still have very little info on the track that was there.

        “On m’a dit…” by Floco Floco is a lo-fi afro-disco stomper hailing straight from the new ghettos created by confinement. Something had to give and we are glad that Floco Floco, whoever he is, has chosen us to ease his lockdown mind:

        “I’ve been told to stay at home, on WhatsApp all day long, working in the studio, reading books I haven’t read, I hope it won’t be too long, I don’t know if I can hold, smoking weed day & night, like never I have been before”.

        Not a message, just a statement.

        The answer on the track was so good that we decided to come with more versions… We asked our friend Bufiman aka Jan Schulte to put his magic and he came with two versions. One stellar arpeggio, with no beats but a serious drive as well as an instrumental Disco version.

        Gilb’r slowed down the whole affair and turned it into a cosmic nonsense vocal reprise, with a different bassline, chords and arrangement. A great summer pack!

        “Soul is My Salvation is a collection of dance friendly gospel songs. The mission is to simply uplift your spirit through music and word. Dance floor’s around the world mirror the reactions of Churches from the 70’s and 80’s when experiencing these recordings.” - Tone B. Nimble.

        Released as a series of eight limited vinyl-only 45, when assembled together the covers reveal a beautiful design courtesy of designer Charlotte McCrae. A true collectors item.

        One side contains a boogie-infused cut from The Gospel Miracles, ‘Building Up Myself’ housed on their hard-to-find 1985 LP ‘The Lord Has Been Good To Me’. The other shines a light on the funk-heavy, gospel joy of Serenity - Don’t You Worry from another rare and pricey gospel LP, Serenity - ‘Like It Is!’

        Ron's Rework's round three… you know the score by now. Succulent cuts, sliced, diced and spiced for the perfect main course in any delectable DJ set. My sources tell me that A-side oeuvre "The Revelation" has been gettin plenty of support from Gilles P, and it's no surprise really. This is eyes closed hands aloft spiritual jazz-funk with enough haze to wrap you up and enough groove to make you move - it's a hit! B1 bomb "Games You Playin'" is a good old fashioned helping of housed up disco funk, totally on brand with Ron's DJ sets and that unique Crazy P club experience. And that ain't all folks, Ron uses up the excess run time to treat us to a totally infectious drum tool in bongo breaks style. 

        Man, I've been on Bottin since the Venetian first started putting wax out, and a decade later, the dude is still killing it! As far as edits go, Bottin has that uncanny ability to dig deeper, cut sharper and retain all the presumed magic of the unknown OG while pushing it a little further out. Here he rocks us with four cuts from his homeland, shifting between dreamy Italo-pop, Afro-cosmic bongo freakout, new wave meets disco and an organic, exotic and psychedelic oddity for the Balearic bods.

        Top drawer cosmic-tinged, timeless jazz funk from Elixia, ‘Soho Phaze / Soho Nights’, gets the remastered, reissue treatment on Record Shack.

        ‘Soho Phaze’ wasn’t going to be light on the effects was it? ‘Going heavy on the phaser’ would have been an understatement, but what could have sounded like an endlessly swirling soup of effects turned into a breathtaking, intergalactic, early ‘80s jazz funk dream.

        On the flip ‘Soho Nights’ keeps the effects subdued letting the squelching synth lines, feverish stabs and pure funk bass do the strutting. Both sides still do the damage to this day, with DJs such as Nick The Record, Joey Negro, Mark Grusane, Medlar and Faze Action all regularly drawing for the mystique and mastery of this 12 inch. Big tip!

        Black Sheep

        Strobelite Honey

          Black Sheep – and their 1991 'A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' album - were definitely an outlier in the Native Tongues fold. They were raunchier and more playful than their peers which, given that those peers were A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Jungle Brothers, is really saying something.

          'Strobelite Honey' catches that difference perfectly, leaning heavily on a pair of 1980 disco samples rather than the jazz of their brethren, and taking a somewhat less chivalrous approach to women. 'Strobelite's slender but fun narrative sees rapper Dres up in the club and fooled by the lights – approaching a girl he likes the look off but backing off when they reveal she's not what he expected. Charmed, we're sure.

          Dres and his partner Mr. Lawnge were always willing to push boundaries, and that extends to the often confusing labelling of the various remixes of this choice single. 12"s dropped with the 'No We Didn't Mix', 'Yes We Did Mix' and 'Maybe We Did Mix' (not to mention a separate 12" of House mixes).

          The last and best of these accompanied the original version on the now-rare 1991 7", as it does here. The 'Maybe We Did Mix' adds urgent horns - almost like the buzzing of a bee - and a new beat to completely reconfigure the sound into something much more of its era. It's a reminder of when remixes were about much more than the same beat with different rappers.

          From the backwaters of New Orleans, founder of the Mystery Zone imprint and parties Hiatt dB bursts onto the international scene with glorious technicolour debut EP ‘Palimpsest’, marking Rhythm Section's first recruit from the US of A. Having grown up in the Gulf Coast’s San Antonio, Hiatt made the move to New Orleans in 2015 with his heart set on exporting the sound of the Gulf South to the global discourse. Here, newly exposed influences from the Mediterranean to West Africa, Brazil through to the Caribbean motivated him to begin making dance music and performing as a percussionist and DJ.

          True to the drum city, Hiatt doesn’t let up on the rhythmic assault. From joyful piano stabs and dizzying percussive crescendos in ‘Sun Spell’ to the intricate snare rudiment of ‘Palimpsest’; the sizzling, hypnotic ‘Big Easy’ stylings of ‘6 O’Clock Rock’ to basking in the euphoric, sparkling breaks of ‘Everyday Break’. It’s the warm afterglow you need as the journey of the record comes to it’s triumphant conclusion.”

          Celebrating 30 years in the game for Z Records with a series of 12” vinyl EP’s containing some of the most sought-after remixes from the esteemed Z back catalogue. Part 1 sees highly desired cuts from Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Patrice Rushen, Akabu, Andre Lodemann, Hot Toddy, Sean McCabe and Atjazz.

          First up, Joey Negro’s incredible Extended Disco Mix of Patrice Rushen - Haven't You Heard, housed on the ‘Remixed With Love By Joey Negro (Part A)’ EP currently only attainable if you’re willing to part with £100+. Andre Lodemann’s remix of Akabu - Another World takes the second spot, a jazzy, synth laden house groover from the 2010 Summer Sampler EP that goes for up to £40 on the second-hand market.

          On the flip side, Crazy P’s Hot Toddy provides the goods with a driving, funk remix of The Sunburst Band - Taste The Groove. Previously found on the limited edition 2013 RSD remix EP, it’s been trading hands for close to three figures. Finally, a Joey Negro edit of Atjazz’s remix of Sean McCabe - Reach Out ft. Hannah Khemoh, a vocal house shuffler from Attack The Dancefloor Volume Eight that’s been going for £60 on Discogs.

          All in all, this is an absolute must for any discerning digger and the perfect way to kick start the 30th anniversary celebrations.

          Les Big Byrd

          Roofied Angels

            Stockholm’s Les Big Byrd are back with their new EP Roofied Angels due out on June 26 on limited edition 12” vinyl and with the A-side and title track released digitally in May. Roofied Angels is the first piece of new music from Les Big Byrd since 2018’s acclaimed Iran Iraq IKEA LP outside of the instrumental Snö-Golem 7” from last fall, which sold out immediately, and the English language version of the band’s 2017 hit “Two Man Gang” which was released in May 2019.

            The 7 minute fuzz-blizzard “Roofied Angels” might just be the best thing the band’s put their name to yet, melding Motörhead and Shangri-La’s influences into their krautrock infused psychedelic rock, while bringing to mind the heavier side of the band’s 2014 debut LP They Worshipped Cats and was recorded during the sessions for the band’s upcoming third full-length.

            Crass

            Normal Never Was

              Late last year, anarchist punk icons Crass took the step of making the original separate track stems of their seminal debut album ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand’ available as a free download on One Little Indian Records. With a call to take the original sixteen track recording in its pre-mix state, the intent was for people to create their own remixes and interpretations and breathe fresh life and ideas into this revolutionary music.

              First released in 1978, ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand’ pre-empted rap and grime in its hard-on-the-beat, fast fire, uncompromising lyrics and the iconic sounds and messages are ripe for reinterpretation. Crass encouraged people to rip apart the sound and ideas and create something new, then send the files to Crass Records for future releases and charitable projects. The message is DIY like it never was before. “Yours for the taking, yours for the making,” Crass said. “You do it, we’ll stew it. Mix it backwards, forwards and upside down. Turn up the heat and fix it with a downbeat, bring in the trumpets and let ‘em blow, let the piper call the tune to let us all know, it’s up to you to do what you like with it. The only limitation is your imagination.”

              The response was fantastic with close to one hundred submissions from professionals, amateurs, do gooders, do badders, DIYers and give it a tryers twisting and morphing the sounds.

              The first results of this creative process are ready to be heard and released in the form of a twelve-inch EP (alongside a limited 1000 red vinyl pressing) of remixes by producer and XL Recordings honcho Richard Russell under the guise rLr, who tackles and further subverts the anti-war anthem ‘They’ve Got A Bomb’, turning it into a stuttering, rhythmic rattle, whilst Boston, Massachusetts experimental synth-pop artist Glasser takes aim at ‘Do They Owe Us A Living?’ and takes the original songs simple, direct messaging into entirely different realms of rhythm and distortion.

              “Crass is a great example of futuristic art and lifestyle; anchored in communal ethics and collective spirit, moving beyond mere defiance of authority and into radical ideas of love and creativity,” explains Glasser. “I’m so glad I had the chance to play around with their recordings. It’s basically the best gift a fan could get from the artists they admire. “


              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd 12" Info: Limited Edition Red Vinyl.

              The Sensible Gray Cells

              So Long / What's The Point Of Andrew?

                7” Taster for forthcoming album! Limited to 600 copies (300 Gray/300 Red) Including exclusive B-side! Members of The Damned & Johnny Moped! The Sensible Gray Cells are... Captain Sensible - electric and acoustic guitars, lead and backing vocals, and interesting noises Paul Gray – bass and assorted string things. Martin Parrott - drums

                Who, what and why are The Sensible Gray Cells?
                Captain :- Paul Gray and myself being garage psych afficianados would prefer to hear more of this kind of music and this is our contribution to the cause. If I said that some of the songs were 'Damned rejects' that shouldn't be seen as an indication of inferior songwriting.. more that they're not wearing the right shirt. ‘So Long’ is the new single due out on Damaged Goods records. What’s the song about? Captain :- Ha ha.. it's a bit like the intro to '60s TV's The Prisoner where Patrick McGoohan storms down that corridor to rant and rave at his boss as he delivers his resignation request. Were not that formal in punk rock but if we were this is what it might sound like.

                Seasick Steve

                Love & Peace (Edit) - Indie Exclusive

                  7" (Love & Peace) limited to 475 units packaged in Kraftboard sleeve with white inner bag.

                  Seasick Steve

                  Travellin' Man - Indie Exclusive

                    7" (Travellin’ Man) – Love & Peace (green cover) Kraftboard sleeve w/ white inner bag 475.

                    Hot off the press! Whities do it again with this fucking EPIC breakbeat infused hit of exotic house. Popping off the hardcore continuum to take a quick trip through Indian tonalities and synth raga, the three tracks here twist the melon with equal measures of opiated psychedelia and jungle rudeness, all delivered at a house tempo. 

                    In recent years Mancunian DJ collective Supernature Disco have grown from reliable selectors and floor fillers to a truly unstoppable force, packing out some of the biggest venues around to the finest mirrorball smashers. Now crew member James Greenwood launches his new vinyl only label, Semi-Skimmed Edits. A label dedicated to the traditional style of re-editing. Nothing added, just precision sliced disco for modern day dance floors.

                    This inaugural outing gives you a rampant electro-disco rocker on the A-side with raw male vocals and a brutal bassline, backed with a pair of smooth, groovy and funky cut ups on the flip.



                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: From (one of) those fine folks behind MCR's own Supernature Disco comes the brand new edit imprint Semi Skimmed. If you're looking for life affirming, turbo-charged disco energy (and who isn't?), you've found your next floor filler.

                    Dngdngdng

                    Continentes Perdidos

                      DNGDNGDNG is Dengue Dengue Dengue's new alias for this release of extra sensory perception. The duo have projected rhythmic visions of lost continents, unknown worlds and the unseeable past and future that is present all around us. By channeling rhythmic patterns from the matrix they're able to translate the waves of radiation around us which originated at the cosmic event which created the universe. DNGDNGDNG reach deep into their sonic imagination to draw from interlocking time signatures and variant tempos. From the cosmic interference and mathematics DNGDNGDNG create a polyrhythmic theme that brings the sound of continents lost and imagined to our ears. Dengue Dengue Dengue have established themselves as one of the most pioneering artists on the leftfield electronic scene in recent years with heavyweight support by the likes of Boiler Room, Resident Advisor and Bandcamp weekly.

                      Heavily influenced by the sounds of UK bass sub-cultures Dengue Dengue Dengue are drawing on their decade of entrancing audiences around the world to connect to dances of the mythical past and lands of the dance beyond their alter ego Afro Peruvian invocations via ancient future rhythms. With the futurist alias of DNGDNGDNG the duo are able to break expectations and swing into imagined realities on a 6/8 rhythm.

                      Behind the masks are Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira, two producers, dj’s and graphic designers from Lima, Perú. Their work explores the rhythms from Peru and other parts of the world, recreating them electronically by mixing new and old, analog and digital, to create a unique sound and visuals. Their musical explorations go from psychedelic cumbia to dub, from salsa to footwork, from tribal to techno. Their visual and sound palette continues to grow and add new flavours to this melting pot.

                      DNGDNGDNG is the new alter ego of pioneering tropical bass duo Dengue Dengue Dengue

                      ‘Continentes Perdidos' breaks expectations and swings into imagined realities on a 6/8 rhythm

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Patrick says: Ancestral idents, rainforest atmospheres and serious bassweight abound on this club destroyer from Dengue Dengue Dengue's new alias. Think Hessle, Yak or some of the more techno-tropical Neubau releases. Heaviest shit!

                      Alexis Le Tan and Joakim team up again as Full Circle. "Shiver“ is their debut on Offen, sonic shrine to a better yesterday. Piecing together bits of the past for a better future, the duo lean into the Goa revival HARD. Ethereal sequences twist, turn and gently unlock a cosmic wormhole, wordless vocals get gated and disembodied, snare rolls last a full 16 bars and the prog house revival takes one step closer to trance. The B1 offers a tribal take, stripped back, bass heavy and perfect for three deck deployment, while the B2 delivers the ambient mix you knew was coming ;)

                      Hyperactive Leslie

                      Al Go Ritm

                      Forever and a day, Antonin Leymarie has drummed in a pack – be it his collective Magnetic Ensemble, Surnaturel Orchestra, the circus of Les Colporteurs or theatre of Joël Pommerat. A long time in the waiting, this solo project as Hyperactive Leslie all started with an epiphany during a residency at La Gare back in 2018. A couple of years later and al.ɡo.ʁitm has finally surfaced for air, the debut EP from this seasoned percussionist gone solo without a safety net – everything you hear on this EP is played by him with no re-recordings or additional sounds. Well, not quite solo. Scintillating through the sound recordings, mixes and production is the unmistakable flair of Joakim, the founding DJ of influential labels Tigersushi and Crowdspacer. With this symbiotic drum chant where human and technology feed on each other’s souls, without ever losing them, Hyperactive Leslie conjures an organic, cinegenic and labyrinthine trance in the spirit of Boards of Canada, Brandt Brauer Frick and Paddy Steer – all those for whom rhythms are far from robotic, but living, breathing creatures who will forever remain untamed..

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Patrick says: Funky drummer Antonin Leymarie adopts the fresh Hyperactive Leslie alias for this debut, hitting us with a pair of percussive gems. House tempo and hard hitting on the A-side, low slung and psychedelic on the flip. I'm here for the mollusc breaks if I'm honest.

                      Souldynamic

                      Rodney's Vibrations

                      Italian duo Souldynamic are probably most known for their deep soulful house productions, but this time they've taken aim at some of their fave Jazz-funk tunes and reworked them with a nudge towards the house community. Rodney Franklin's classic 'Vibrations' and Franco Bixio's library anthem 'Break' both get superb house rubs, but without losing the organic & dynamic feel of the originals.

                      Jay Z / Foxy Brown

                      Lickshot Vol 1 Feat. Damian Marley & Spragga Benz)

                      The first volume in the Lickshot series serves up two almighty slabs of reggae and dancehall-influenced hip-hop from two of the biggest names in the game. On side A you'll find an edited version of Jay-Z's "Bam" from 2017 album "4:44"; the revitalised H.O.V.A. hooking up with Damian Marley over a chopped and dropped reheat of Sister Nancy's Dancehall classic "Bam Bam". Over on the flip dancehall vocalist Spragga Benz guests on Foxy Brown"Oh Yeah", a hybrid hip-hop/ragga workout . Like its' A-side companion, it's a weighty, club-ready rocker that should be in every hip-hop head's collection.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      7" Info: Limited to 300 copies

                      The latest drop on the aptly named West Coast Classics treats us to two of the standout releases from the infamous Death Row catalogue, Dre & Snoop's "Nuthin' But A G Thing" and Lady Of Rage's "Afro Puffs", both produced by the good doctor, and both featuring a 22 year old Snoop at his inimitable best. 

                      On the A-side the lowriders bounce to the frisky funk of "Nuthin' But A G Thing", Dre's masterful flip of Leon Haywood's "I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You" complemented perfectly by some of the smoothest verses in rap history. Long Beach and Compton on point folks.

                      Flip it for THE undisputed masterpiece from Death Row's first lady, the standout cut on the excellent "Above The Rim" soundtrack (2Pac & basketball if you haven't seen it) "Afro Puffs". Dre murders the beat in gnarly g-funk fashion, twisting snippets of Johnny Wilson's "Love That Will Never Die" and Zapp's "More Bounce To The Ounce" over a wild bassline, while Lady Of Rage puts on a true lyrical masterclass.

                      "flow like the monthly u can't cramp my style"...

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      7" Info: 7" limited to 300 copies

                      Awww shit son! More mashup action here for the hip hop heads, Bboys and funk fans as the Soopastole crew loop up MFSB's 'People All Over The World", then perfectly place the Beastie's "Ch-Ch-Check It Out" acapella over the top. Not only is this premium grade party fuel, but you also get a super loopy B-side dub of MFSB sans Beastie, so a two copy spin is not out of the question...

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      7" Info: 7" limited to 300 copies

                      Ju/Na is a collaborative project between Juri Corrado and Nathan Dawidowicz and was borne in Berlin where both of them live. It's a conjunction of free verse and analog soundscapes - which could be described as 'analog poetry'

                      This debut album 'Haiku' is an exploration of contemporary narcisism which unfolds against a backdrop of different facets of contemporary life in imaginary/imagined or concrete urban spaces. Each side of the record contains three tracks - reflecting the three phrases of Japanese Haiku poetry. With a surreal language and quotes from mythology, the opus portrays the dreamy delirium of the Ego, from Love to disenchantment.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Patrick says: Imagine if you will, the sultry and humid Balearic electronics of a Phantom Island release topped by the heartfelt croon which only comes with Italian vocals. I think we've got a hit on our hands...

                      Jorja Smith / Ezra Collective

                      Rose Rouge / Footprints

                        Legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note have joined forces for Blue Note Re:imagined; a brand new collection of classic Blue Note tracks brought together for the first time, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the jazz scene’s most exciting young talents today.

                        Representing a bridge between the ground-breaking label’s past and future, the project features Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith, whose version of St Germain’s Rose Rouge is featured on the A side of this vinyl

                        The track, for which St Germain originally sampled Marlena Shaw’s Cookin With Blue Note At Montreaux album, takes its cues from classic soul, jazz and reggae and perfectly captures the enduringly relevant Blue Note aesthetic. Jorja is “Honoured to be involved on this Blue Note album to rework St Germain’s anthem ‘Rose Rouge’. And with such an array of wonderful musicians on the album, including my brothers Ezra Collective”.

                        Alongside Smith’s reworking of Rose Rouge is Ezra Collective’s version of Wayne Shorter’s Footprints

                        “This project means so much to us in Ezra Collective. For us, Blue Note encapsulates everything that jazz is. Everchanging, evermoving with times and always swinging. From Herbie to Wayne, Glasper and Jose James. Across the decades it’s been a constant source of inspiration, so to contribute to that is a dream come true.

                        Footprints was a song we learnt as teenagers, and a song we’ve haven’t left alone since. It felt the perfect opportunity to pay homage to a hero of ours, Wayne Shorter, as well as document the journey we’ve made as a band since then."

                        Poppy Ajudha / Skinny Pelembe

                        Watermelon Man / Illusion

                          POPPY AJUDHA – WATERMELON MAN Another Jazz cover from the Blue Note Re-Imagined project. Poppy Ajudha brings to life a new version of Herbie Hancock’s track Watermelon Man. Blue Note Re:Imagined album will be out on the 25th of September.

                          SKINNY PELEMBE – ILLUSION (SILLY APPARITION) Another Jazz cover from the Blue Note Re-Imagined project. Skinny Pelembe brings to life a new version of Andrew Hill’s track Illusion. Blue Note Re:Imagined album will be out on the 25th of September.

                          Michoacan

                          Knights Are Cold EP

                          If you've paid close attention to the more experimental, esoteric and playful end of the modern disco spectrum, you should be well acquainted with California's Michoacan, a nu-disco survivor with previous outings on DFA and Eskimo. Here he joins the Imogen ranks with a two track 12" somehow managing to marry about 6,000 ideas. 

                          On the A-side, "Knights Are Cold" sees the producer infuse a mid tempo disco groove with all sorts of bleeps and blorps, shaping hooky melodies and gentle hints at Afrobeat into a summer-ready slice of pop eccentricity. "Be Side Me" on the other hand makes maximum use of both low end and flexatone to take us on a mournful cosmic disco journey. 


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: Playful, breezy but bursting with ideas, these two tracks from Michoacan marry disco grooves with wonky electronics and pop sensibilities, guaranteeing smiles all round. File next to Metronomy at his most funky, Naytronix and Sinkane.

                          Emotional Rescue is proud to reissue a collection of global music band, International Noise Orchestra, presented across 4 special EPs.

                          Founded when Berlin based musician Ulrich Hornberg mixed a newly acquired Commodore 64 with visiting Algerian drummer Jol Allouche's tablas "old culture meets new technology" the fundamentals were laid. Simple, maybe naive, with a curiosity to combine and inspire. 'The means of production must belong to the workers', investing in a studio, label and publishing house allowed INO the adventure to record what they wanted, a project via 'gastes', taking their influences and culture, in a melting pot of eastern melodies, african percussion, jazz, soul, dub, and pop an orchestra not of size, but of different playing styles and idiosyncratic interpretations.

                          Old meets new starts with their cover of Gimme Your Lovin, taking Winwood's classic and molding a white funk, pop, rock, dance hybrid, with enigmatic actor / singer Richard Strange's distinctive poetic delivery. Following Dr. Sarmaz, released under INO's alias - Internationales Gerauschorchester - the global dance vibrations begin.

                          Feel It Flow is pure 80's dance pop, with Glynnis Thomas (Savage Progress) distinctive tones leading to the jazz fusion of Atai, before closing with the guitar / synth / tabla rhythms of Culture Rescue Service.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: For the uninitiated, INO are one of those weird and wonderful 80s oddities whose uptempo pop hybrid is about as Balearic as it gets. Funky, exotic and German, the contradictory crew stitch computer music, tablas, twanging Texan guitar and slinky synth pop into the kind of silly brilliance which never leaves my box. This three part reissue series puts all their best bits within a sane price range, so don't sleep.

                          Lola's Dice

                          Cacri’e Playa / Senor Cartujo

                          Tropical psych outfit, Lola’s Dice, return with an exhilarating double AA side 45 on “Cacri 'e Playa” b/w “Señor Cartujo” . Venezuelan strains of Caribbean rhythms blend with South American grit and humour; aided and abetted by studio maverick and renown bandleader Alex Figueira ( Fumaça Preta, Conjunto Papa Upa).

                          Lola’s Dice, an ensemble born and battle-tested by years of punk and hard rock before fusing into its current form, a consolidated tropical-psych quartet. The band’s evolution has resulted in music that is a pure body-moving delight — a fuzzy blend of guitars, synths and musical sabor that is very much rooted in the percussive sounds of Latin America, where all band members hail from, yet still comfortable in its punk-ethos.

                          One such fusion of sounds took place at the Barracão Sound studio in Amsterdam where they first asked rhythm sensei Alex Figueira (who currently joins them on stage whenever his agenda allows him) to help them twist their sound and bring it into the incendiary tropical realm his production work was known for.

                          Together they vandalized all sorts of rhythmic traditions. The resulting 4-track EP, “Viaje al Centro de Ritmo”, was a perfect match of genre-defying psychedelic madness and Caribbean cool and was duly signed and released by on-the-pulse NY based Names You Can Trust label.

                          After two years and a plethora of stages Lola’s Dice returned to Figueira's Barracão Sound for another dose of experimentation, diving deeper into their Caribbean roots and twisting them even further. The first fruits are now offered for release jointly by Names You Can Trust (later this year) and Figueira’s own Music With Soul.

                          The African Caribbean vibrations of “Cacri 'e Playa” tell a story of a stray dog whose sole habitat consists of the beach. A common phenomenon all across the Caribbean coastline shared by Venezuela and Colombia. Wonky synths and surf guitars interplay over a stomping extra syncopated drum beat. All things collide towards the end into a 1970’s style Salsa street party, the relentless cowbell driving everyone forward.

                          On the flip, “Señor Cartujo” contains a humorous tale about the most popular brand of anise liquor in Venezuela ("Cartujo") and a shameless ode to the glory days of "Techno Merengue", when Latino rappers in the US started making Dominican Merengue with hip hop influenced vocals and house production techniques and equipment. Lola’s Dice, however, take a more psychedelic approach to this merengue, oozing with funky guitars and percussion.

                          Fresh from the needle skating industrial-punk of Tata Toto’s “Fuck” flexi-postcard, new Parisian imprint Association Fatale drop their first vinyl proper in ‘L’Alarme Fatale’, a four tracker of razor sharp cuts from some of their nearest and dearest.

                          Parisian duo Jita Sensation kick the set off with occult whispers, flanging hats and the mechanical funk of ‘Posuere Nec’, a shamanic dancer which digs deeper into Xanax rave territories as it bursts into technicolour insanity.

                          The A2 belongs to Zulu and their ‘Vogeltanz’, a pitched down powerhouse of woody bass, electronic birdsong and futuristic breaks which takes a brief detour into the neon-matrix of Rustie on its way to the run-out.

                          Flip the disc and cop a load of ‘Tekamina’, the latest mind-melter from Drama-acolyte DJ F16 Falcon. Mangled vocal snippets, crushing system pressure and some batshit FX abuse are the order of the day on this whacked out track!

                          Bringing the curtain down with maximum angst, speaker tweaking mids and a gnarly bassline, So Track’s ‘Graille’ seems tailor made for the current climate - I can picture an industrial unit full of people dressed like Scorpion from Mortal Kombat losing their mind to this cut.

                          Fresh as fuck and in short supply folks…

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: Moody, tough and tranqued out warehouse material from new Parisian crew Association Fatale. Bristling with mechanical funk, dark psychedelia and techy idents, this shit is so cutting edge you'd best wear safety glooves when slapping it on the deck. Highest Recommendation!

                          New Zealand/Aotearoa is an island known for its lush nature and unique geographical positioning: at the centre of the Water Hemisphere, its surreal blend of beauty and isolation has a distinctive effect on its inhabitants and the art that they create.

                          With "NZ Electro", INDEX:Records brings to the fore one of the genre mutations caused by this unique environment, hoping to expose the people pushing dance music deep in the Pacific.

                          Here is INDEX:007 by Ike, featuring two original compositions and a remix by GOD69.

                          The A Side: lazuline blueness, with perforations of laser lemon
                          (pressed at 45rpm, it complements percussive electro textures, that intricately mesh into sub-flecked breakbeat arrangements)

                          The B side: a cameo of pale pink, with roasted umber tones
                          (pressed at 33rpm, it accompanies acidic electro wobbles, accessorised by futuristic drum patterns).


                          TIME TO BE ALIVE the new and third record in the candomble various artists series - Featuring 3 mystic tracks by D.J. Ungel, Instrumensch and D.J. Rasputin.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: My Dusseldorf homeboys round out their trio of 10" EPs with this hot drop featuring DJ Ungel, Instrumensch and DJ Rasputin (AKA Number 1 Party Dude). Machine funk madness, cosmic wobble and poi friendly prog house for the heads!

                          BH003 comes in the form of another 4 track EP from our own Jorg Kuning. Drawing as much from the collective euphoria of the dance as his expansive surroundings in the Welsh valleys; these four carefully crafted tracks evolve and pulsate with a driving, essential life force.

                          The EP starts with ‘Vera’ - a joyful and tender exercise in dance floor functionality. Round kicks and an undulating bass line lay the cement for flowing and idiosyncratic melodies. This is followed by ‘Quixo’, where sparse metallic percussion is peppered with life affirming bleeps, topped off with transcendent chords that could roll out indefinitely.

                          The B side begins with ‘Spirals’. Here Jorg temporarily ditches his characteristic playfulness in aid of a thunderous dance floor destroyer. Psychedelic, atonal yelps twist around a powerfully dubbed out rhythm section - willingly forcing us into a cosmic dread march. Closing the party is ‘Aevr’ - fluttering synth arpeggios echo into cold, glassy percussion and moody bass lines, a perfect example of Jorg’s distinctive style: at once meditative and floor-focused.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: Big ups to MCR's Bakk Heia, who push the bar even higher on their third release, recalling Jorg Kuning for four more examples of his idiosyncratic techno stylings. Woody, organic, fractal and funky, the sounds on show seem to point to a new psychedelic direction for melodic minimal to groove into.

                          NEW OURTIME ALERT! For those that know, this news is more welcome than that first sup of cellar cooled beer in a Post-lockdown beer garden. For those that don't, Ourtime is the Salford label responsible for some of THE best techno to power out of the underground over the last 5 years.

                          This time round Stark makes a return to the label with a phenomenal four tracker, led out by the epic fifteen minute odyssey of "Balance" on the A-side. Sticking to the Ourtime mantra of exceptionally pressed 'proper techno', this masterpiece twists and turns through space age sequences, dreamy frequency adjustments and perpetual pulse, like a lost Galaxy 2 Galaxy cut (but better!). Extended, expansive, emotive and just blissful, even one minute of this masterpiece will have you aching to return to the basement embrace of your old friend music! On the B-side, "Spatial Density Waves" gets darker and dirtier, serving electro snap, growling bass and haunted vocoder, "Internal Voyage" looks ahead to the promise of a brighter future and "Salford Skyline" is an ultra funky and extra fun example of post-Drexciyan E funk.

                          Unknown

                          Stop / Remember

                          After the roaring success of the Gallery’s launch, stand back, take a swig of that free champers and admire the 2nd exhibition of Art masterpieces to grace these walls.  

                          Exhibit A - an intergalactic acid workout, heavy on the synths and delicately finished with a masterstroke of alluring vocals.

                          Exhibit B – another rare work of art, restored and rejuvenated, cosmic credentials in check. An extensive palate of pulsating arps and blistering bass mixed with stratospheric keys and a powerful Italo vocal that’s had collectors the world over baying to put in a bid.

                          Both exhibits have been exclusively played by DJ Harvey and Artwork for the past year and now they’re up for auction. Bid big!

                          Leoparden

                          Hoyt Oppe / Lopebass

                          Man, those Scandinavians are such kooky bastards right? Dressed in neon ski wear, pink velour and hiking boots, the Lyskestrekk crew have cooked up plenty of killer jams on their label so far, and this 7" just continues the run of party rockers. Packing the bong with the best bits of lounge pop, white funk, space disco and lovers dubbers, Leoparden put together a supremely summery double header of hazy, lazy groovers. On the A-side, "Hoyt Oppe" combines quiet storm keys and R&B sleeze with percolating percussion, squidgy bass and that G-Funk steam whistle, while B-side "Lope Bass" picks up a late 70s P&P signal to offer its own kind of atmosphere strut. 

                          A 1978 masterpiece and certified classic from the Paradise Garage era, Tony Orlando’s ‘Don't Let Go’ gets the official remastered reissue treatment from Spaziale Recordings. One side contains a killer Versione Spaziale laid down by Stefano Ritteri and the flip holds the original remastered, extended version.

                          Uplifting synth, string and horn heavy disco with an exuberant vocal to fire up any dancefloor, Tony Orlando’s ‘Don’t Let Go’ is the kind of record that has that innate strut hardwired into it. One that puts a smile on the face and swagger in the step, whether it be striding down the sidewalk or letting loose in the club. Rework wizard Stefano Ritteri also serves up a cosmic disco interpretation on the A side. Opting for stratospheric synths in place of Tony’s vocals, supplemented with a driving beat and looped up chants of ‘Don’t Let Go’, it’s a monster of a cosmic dub

                          Outfitted with anthemic romps, tongue-in-cheek pastiches, and percussions that pivot from rolling adventures to rain hitting the windowpane, Intimacy's 'Across the Bridge' marks the artist's fifth release on vinyl and first release on Bouquet. A grab bag of fun, dancefloor-ready tracks written across 2019, the EP delivers his aesthetic of old computers, sci-fi movies, and science class educational videos configured into deep, spacey line-toting bedroom techno and melancholic house.

                          The title track features a catchy electroclash-esque (!!!) saw wave bassline, complete with emo Roland D50 strings and bells, all laid over a very beefy electro beat. It crossbreeds a Drexciya strain of low-end thump with a chewy, Eurotrash bassline evoking that time you lost your wallet at Tresor in '98. Strings and bells from the Roland D50 introduce the same euphoric high found in most of the products crawling out of Perdue's lab these days.

                          'Angelo's House' is a full-forced banger built around a well-traveled sample of Angelo Badalamenti's theme from Twin Peaks, recorded from an Intimacy live set early last year.

                          The flipside leads with the spiritual acid techno masterpiece 'Datalore 66'. Bubbling basslines hit a boiling point when placed in sequence with flutes showing genetic linkage to the Hartnoll family. Highly reactive material.

                          'Eternal September' opens a portal to the earliest hours of morning via synthesis of swirling pads and snapping drums. Closing the EP in introspective fashion, the track shows just how much emotional range Intimacy can pull out of decades-old disciplines.


                          While others may have survived lockdown-induced depression using the time honoured "make a crumble" approach, the Crazy P camp have leapt headfirst into musical hedonism, dancing their blues away in socially distanced style. Here we get a little window into their wonderful world, as HotJam lines up three disco laden nuggets, works some kind of spreadable sorcery on their contents and re-files under ‘Proceed With Caution… Absolute High Grade Batch’. Think supercharged disco pumpers, super loopy slammers and soulful dancers across three top tracks.

                          Earl Sweatshirt

                          Feet Of Clay

                            7 track one sided 12” Black vinyl with etching on Side B.

                            Last year, around the time he released Some Rap Songs and ended his deal with Columbia Records, Thebe Kgositsile said he was looking forward to “doing riskier shit.” Apparently, that meant turning his already-insular music darker and more inscrutable. The rapper, better known as Earl Sweatshirt, doesn’t offer much direct commentary on Feet of Clay. Instead, he pushes further into the murky territory he began mapping on Some Rap Songs, loosening up his flow, letting down his guard, and wandering ever-further into the recesses of his mind.

                            Kgositsile has described Feet of Clay, his latest seven-track, 15-minute project, as “a collection of observations and feelings recorded during the death throes of a crumbling empire.” The title references the Bible’s Book of Daniel: in it, the prophet interprets a dream of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, in which he sees a colossal statue made of four metals: a head of gold, arms and chest of silver, body and thighs of brass, and feet of iron and clay. Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar the statue represents the kingdoms of the Earth, starting with Babylon, and that a stone cut by non-human hands will fall on the statue’s feet and destroy it, a metaphor for the end times. “We at the feet of clay right now,” Kgositsile told Apple Music. “We posted up live from burning Rome.”

                            His verses don’t give much clarity to that ambitious context so much as they offer fragments: “I beat you to the point/My noose is golden/True and livin,’ lonesome/Pugilistic moments/Riveting, come get to know me at my innermost/My family business anguish, now I need atonement,” he raps on “OD.” The line hints at Kgositsile’s grief over his father, who passed in 2018.

                            This is the project he made in the wake of that loss. The pall of death haunts the edges of his rhymes; birds of prey circle carrion on “74,” and on “OD” he raps, “My memory really leaking blood/It’s congealing, stuck.” If these are confessions, they are delivered in code, and the meaning comes from the sounds of the words themselves.


                            Floating Points

                            Nuits Sonores / Nectarines - Repress

                            The unstoppable Sam Shepherd returns to his Eglo imprint with another game changing dancefloor odyssey which stands head and shoulders above his competition. "Nuits Sonores" was originally bounced down live during Floating Points' performance at the festival of the same name, at the precise moment Sam and the army of dancers transcended this plane of being and entered a new era of consciousness. Shepherd tops a trademark syncopated rhythm with fragile sine waves and chattering sequences, which he builds up into a crystalline tower of interlocking synthesis at the four minute mark, before ripping it apart to leave a classic jazzy FP groove. Another outstanding compostition which has promped the following comments on youtube; "This when Four Tet played it at fabric last month almost made me die of bliss overload.", "Hashtag AstraL travel amirite" and "Floaty P reaching demi-god status". On the flip, our favourite classically trained future jazz genius drops another space age hit of hybrid deep house, set to an 11/4 swing naturally! Pinging synths and Rahel’s sweet vocals float around a bruk rhythm while a subby bassline keeps the track grounded. Lest you think Sam’s gone soft on us, he delivers some gritty rave stabs and menacing synth tones as he hits us with a couple of heavy duty drops. Unreal!

                            The Lovely Eggs

                            Long Stem Carnations

                              The Lovely Eggs will release brand new single “Long Stem Carnations” on Friday July 10 on Egg Records. Taken from their number one selling album “I am Moron” “Long Stem Carnations” will be released on ltd edition orange 7” vinyl with mind melting artwork by their long time collaborator and partner in crime Casey Raymond.

                              Backed by brand new B side “The Voyage”, “Long Stem Carnations” was inspired by the Mars One programme, a global project which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Applicants are offered a one way ticket- never to see earth again. This fascinated Holly and David who drew parallels between this mission and their own isolation as a band. “Long Stem Carnations” is a funeral march for society’s outcasts and freaks. It’s an existential voyage in cosmic form. “Is there an internal self destruct button that cannot be destroyed?” said Holly. “We are all the pilots of our own ship. You've just got to remember it’s important to try and hang on and see the mission through.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd 7" Info: 500 only pressed.

                              The Fiery Furnaces

                              Down At The So And So On Somewhere

                                "This is the first new music from The Fiery Furnaces in ten years," the band says. "The songs were recorded in New York City and a few hours north of New York City on February 3 and February 10 - 12, 2020. 'Down by the So and So on Somewhere' is a regretful song about having regrets. Now it seems even more sad than we thought it was back then: 'Will you meet me,' etc. Matthew was happy to use a Soviet drum machine. Eleanor was happy to play real drums. 'The Fortune Teller's Revenge' is another sad song. We cut out the lines from the first and third verse: 'with me; just kidding' and 'leave everything to me.' Matthew likes hearing Eleanor sing 'I'm sorry to say I've never made a mistake.' Eleanor likes that you can't quite tell who's singing what, when."

                                Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger formed The Fiery Furnaces in New York City in 2000. Their debut album Gallowsbird’s Bark (Rough Trade Records) was released to critical acclaim in 2003. In the following seven years, they released eight more albums and toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. The band’s last performance was nearly a decade ago at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona.In the meantime, Eleanor and Matthew have released eight solo albums, collectively. They are very pleased to return to the stage in their hometown Chicago, at Pitchfork Music Festival.

                                Eleanor: Someone comes up to me at every show and asks: “How’s Matt? What’s happening with The Fiery Furnaces?” And I say, “He’s fine” and “Nothing at the moment.” I’m so happy to finally have some news: “He’s fine” and “We’re playing in July at the Pitchfork Festival.” We didn’t break up; this isn’t a reunion. We’re just playing the next show.

                                Matthew: For the last three and a quarter years I’ve been listening to Fiery Furnaces records every day. I think I finally get it.

                                Mammal Hands

                                Chaser / Prism

                                  Gondwana Records are delighted to announce '7" Series', our first ever 7" vinyl collection series. Featuring bespoke artwork from Gondwana Records designer Daniel Halsall, cut at Calyx in Berlin, and manufactured at Optimal, each 7" is limited to strictly 300 copies and housed in a reverse board printed sleeve with classic 'dinked' centre holes.

                                  To launch this collectable series, we are excited to share new and previously unreleased music from Mammal Hands and two catalogue favourites from Matthew Halsall. Over the next coming months, we will share series part 3 and 4 and beyond.

                                  Captivating, ethereal and majestic, Mammal Hands are driven by their unique line-up of drums, piano and saxophone. Their hypnotic music draws on a rich well of influences from Sufi trance and West African music to folk music, contemporary classical, spiritual jazz and electronica to produce something uniquely their own. Their 7" features two brand new, previously unreleased tunes.

                                  Side A Chaser is a punchy, hypnotic tune with an enchanted melody that'll take you on a magical journey. All in less than 4 minutes

                                  Side B Prism is a mysterious ear-worm, ethereal but catchy, it sounds like nothing else the band have ever recorded.

                                  Brenda Jones

                                  Super Stroke / Big Mistake

                                    Big Mistake is a record with a lot of fans and as many questions! Q: Why is it the B-side? A. This is where it appeared originally. Q: Who is Brenda? A: We believe she is the late Brenda Melson aka Brenda Lee Jones from Dayton, Ohio. Q: What is the song about? A: She wrote it for her adopted son and is about the mistake his real mother made. Q: Why the fuzzy guitar? A: It was the flavour of the day and make it a Marmite record, BUT, many soul fans have waited years for a re-release as original copies are few and far between. Q: Is it a perfect recording? A: Maybe not entirely, but we have been supplied with the original tape masters used for the 1974 pressings. Q: So how many people want it? A: At least 500 on Discogs, there are no originals available and the highest paid for one was £800

                                    South African disco 12” originally released in 1983, the start of the country’s ‘bubblegum’ era. Adaye was a once-off studio project featuring members of Stimela, the SA supergroup formerly known as The Cannibals and at the time also recording under aliases like the Street Kids and Kumasi. As Adaye they roped in singer Al Etto and went into the studio with Heads Music boss Emil Zoghby, who shares songwriting credits with Ray Phiri on the only track they released: ‘Turn It Up’ - an eight-minute slice of guitar funk throbbing to a disco beat. Remastered from the original tapes and reissued on DJ Okapi’s Afrosynth Records.

                                    The third release on Tempo Dischi is 'Keep On Dance' by Contact Music, a little gem that is part of the Italo Disco history, but has characteristics of the early Proto House sound. Antonio Cucaro, the Italian musician, songwriter and producer behind this project recalls ‘I started playing guitar very early. I drew my inspirations from the echo of Woodstock that came through the ‘Bandiera Gialla’ show on Radio Rai: emotions that were equal to true revelations when listening to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Joe Pass, Alvin Lee, George Benson. Stimulated by various musical contamination, which came from rock and Italian authorial music, I started immersing myself into searching new exciting sounds, applying composition to various directions while trying to produce something new without worrying about genres or people's judgements, all without a compromise. I would not have imagined that one evening in 1983, 'Keep on Dance' would be born. It was produced together with three DJs who wanted a sort of opening track for their sets, putting together some sequences recorded by myself using percussion, acoustic and electronic drums (Linn, Oberheim, Simmons). The fact that after almost forty years it has been revived and considered a Proto House pearl really honours me. Composing music is like breathing pure oxygen: you compose, record and realise that you are already thinking about the next step to keep breathing’.

                                    Linda Majika / Thoughts Visions & Dreams Feat. Ray Phiri

                                    Let's Make A Deal / Step Out Of My Life

                                    Double sider 12" including the bubblegum club track ''Let's Make a Deal'' by Linda "Babe” Majika, which was originally released on the rare 'Don’t Treat Me So Bad' lp in South-Africa, 1988. On the flip, you’ll find the deep late-night saxophone driven tune ''Step Out Of My Life'' which includes Don Laka on the keyboard and is produced by Ray Phiri, who also founded the popular South African group 'Stimela'. The song was originally released in 1989 and finally sees a reissue, pressed as a loud DJ-friendly 12-inch.

                                    Priori

                                    On A Nimbus Remixes (Inc. Roza Terenzi / SpecialGuest DJ / Ex Terrestrial / Beta Librae / Amselysen)

                                      Following the release of Priori's 2019 full length 'On A Nimbus', NAFF presents 5 reinterpretations by some of their favorite artists. Jumping in on the A1, Roza Terenzi gives us a bass check, slipping a spherical bass line under some pinging electro breaks, softening up your cerebellum nicely for the dreamy, deep and dopamine soaked SpecialGuest DJ mix of "On A Nimbus" on the A2. Flipping it, Ex-Terrestrial takes the same track in a totally different direction, serving a sparse and staccato variation for deep tech steppers. Beta Librae blasts us into the far reaches of the cosmos with a zen-like electro interpretation of "Tech Ne" before Amselysen shuts it down with a little Hi-Tech jazz, dropping a UR influenced version of "Ani Ma".

                                      Birds

                                      Transcendental Phases / Tunnel Vision

                                        Höga Nord Rekords proudly presents Birds from London. Birds or Katie Wilkinson is relatively new as a producer but has been DJ-ing and playing in bands for the last nine years, marinating herself in interesting underground music. This 7”, Transcendental Phases/Tunnel Vision is her first release on Höga Nord Rekords.

                                        Birds is a declaration of love to electronic music and psychedelia. The vocals in Tunnel Vision bares traces from the psychedelic pioneers of the 60’s – Think Roky Erikson with a Roland 303! Birds’ music is powerful and monotonous and she creates a dirty, warm and monumental soundscape. The production is airy and dynamic

                                        Wilkinson mean that “we must try and find harmony in what we have and try and aim towards something positive, despite the fact that we live in a society that’s been completed fucked via the selfish behaviour of others (and most probably, ourselves at times).” With Brexit and the new wave of racism, spreading over Europe Birds makes music for a generation left with little hope but with the desire for something too long for.

                                        Joyce Cooling

                                        It's You / Dori

                                          Joyce Cooling is known for being one of the dynamic jazz guitarists in the world. She has recorded for over two decades and had No.1 radio hits in the USA where she has performed with such musical giants as Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Al Jarreau, and Lee Ritenour. The vocal track "It's You" comes from her debut album "Cameo" in 1988 and was adopted by the jazz dance and soul scene in the mid 90s. It has been on CD compilations since that time but never before on vinyl. "Dori" is also one of her finest works from that time, only previously a bonus track on one edition of the "Cameo" CD

                                          Angel Bat Dawid

                                          Transistion East

                                            Transition East features two new pieces of music created by Angel Bat Dawid in response to Emma Warren's 2019 book Make Some Space – i.e. the book that chronicles the history of London DIY music institution Total Refreshment Centre.

                                            Angel Bat Dawid, who first met Emma Warren at Total Refreshment Centre in 2017, composed & recorded "Transition East" alone in her space on the Southside of Chicago, originally to be an accompaniment for the audiobook version of Make Some Space.

                                            Angel conceptualized & named “Transition East” in commemoration of the storied Chicago community center that was a hub for the AACM and icons from the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s, and was recently revived by one of her mentors, Eliel Sherman Storey.

                                            "No Space Fo Us" was composed & recorded at a space in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where Angel travelled with a crew of Chicago artists (including IARC label mates Ben LaMar Gay & Damon Locks) on a collaborative mission called Close to There (Perto de Lá). The track features Angel with Ben LaMar Gay and new Brazilian friends Edbrass Brasil, Romulo Alexis, Tadeu Mascarenhas, Nancy Viégas & Germano Estacio.

                                            International Anthem is proud to present these two beautiful pieces of music on a deluxe 45rpm 7" vinyl inside a picture sleeve designed by Jeremiah Chiu.

                                            Wendell Watts

                                            You Girl / Kiss A Good Thing Goodbye

                                              Outta Sight’s collectable ‘Real Side’ series continues with two stunning sides from Ted Jarrett’s Nashville based ‘ref-o-ree’ label. Jarrett was a hugely successful songwriter and producer for a number of Tennessee labels before he formed Poncello and Spar ahead of the harder Soul sounding ‘ref-o-ree’ that was home to our star turn Wendell Watts. Little is known about Wendell Watts other than he recorded and released two 45s for the ‘ref-o-ree’ label in 1969. According to some sources he hailed from Detroit but these recordings are certainly Nashville based and were produced by label owner Ted Jarrett and arranged by his long-time collaborator Bob (Robert) Holmes. The 45s are highly collectable with “Kiss A Good Thing Goodbye” rarely seen for sale and available as a reissue for the very first time. Incredibly, both of our featured spins were originally released as B-sides. “You Girl” on the back of Watts’ soul-cover of the Peppermint Rainbow hit “Will You Be Staying After Sunday”, whilst “Kiss A Good Thing Goodbye” played second fiddle to the novelty Bob Holmes song “The Love Bug”. The latter was reissued in 1972 coupled with “Grooviest Thing Side Of Heaven” on the tiny Jiminie logo. Watts also released a chidren’s Christmas album in 1972, for which he wrote most of the songs, before bowing out of the music industry.

                                              Jayda G

                                              Both Of Us / Are U Down

                                                Canadian by birth and now London based, Jayda G releases her new EP, ‘Both Of Us / Are U Down’ on Ninja Tune. The new EP perfectly captures the energy, vitality, rhythm and boundless enthusiasm that has seen Jayda rise through the dance music underground. There will also be an official video to accompany ‘Both Of Us’ single featuring Jayda.

                                                ‘Both Of Us / Are U Down’ was made in collaboration with Fred Gibson aka Fred again.. (2020 BRIT Awards' Producer of the Year - Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Jamie XX, FKA Twigs, Headie One and more).

                                                MC Yallah

                                                Mama Waliwamanyii

                                                  Ugandan rapper MC Yallah joins Phantom Limb for the release of her blistering new 12” Mama Waliwamanyii. Produced by Irish electronic artist Eomac (one half of R&S Records’ Lakker), the EP fuses Yallah’s breakneck Luganda language rapping with Eomac’s powerful, purposeful beats.

                                                  Formed remotely between Dublin and Kampala, Mama Wailwamanyii represents several months of work, sending beats, loops and song-stems back and forth until the results boiled down to the two vital cuts of exhilarating, experimental, unpredictable hip-hop that make up the EP.

                                                  Opening with urgent descending synth lines, ‘Mama Waliwamanyii’ rushes Yallah’s rhythmic vocal style to the forefront, bristling with kinetic energy. The song references her mother - its title translates to “Mama, you were strong” - and a sense of fierce, feminine intensity pervades throughout, a deep personal meaning that kicks as hard as the beats. The track is destined to intoxicate dancefloors across the world, perfectly sculpted by Eomac to rise and fall with breathless ecstasy one moment and send the heart racing with expectation the next. Yallah wrote the track after losing her mother, who raised her and her siblings alone following their escape from the domestic violence of their home life in Kenya. She writes that the studio session evoked floods of tears. That raw, expressive power shines through.

                                                  On the flip, ‘Kakana’ is darker, more patient. Eomac’s spacious, creeping synth lines burn and glower with simmering anticipation, while Yallah’s delivery fills in the percussive gaps with machine-gun poetry. It acts as a neat foil both to ‘Mama Waliwamanyii’ and to Yallah’s previous material, positioning her contribution to the collaboration as a colourful, flowing solo over the greyscale, psuedo-industrial sonics laid down by Eomac. A call to arms, the title translates to “calm down” in response to the criticism Yallah has faced as an outspoken, independent MC in her local scene.

                                                  The EP also features extended mixes of both tracks as instrumental versions specially created by Eomac, transforming them into a mutant, warped techno with entirely different personalities to their vocal takes. MC Yallah is Kenyan by heritage, but born and raised in Kampala, where she is a key member of the much-celebrated Nyege Nyege crew. Her debut release - a collaboration with French producer Debmaster - surfaced in 2018 on Nyege’s Hakuna Kulala imprint. Björk recently picked up on the Yallah phenomenon, spinning her tracks in DJ sets and mixes.

                                                  Eomac (Dublin-based producer Ian McDonnell) is one half of Phantom Limb favourites Lakker, whose pitch-black avant-techno graces both dancefloors and experimental music venues the world over. His solo records - including the vital 2016 album Bedouin Trax LP of Middle Eastern samples, released on the UAE’s Bedouin Records - are favourites of Phantom Limb’s A&R team.

                                                  Blazer Sound System / CS + Kreme

                                                  Tanka Riddim / Crushed Cream

                                                  Parallel pairings from NYC and Melbourne.

                                                  Long drip-feeding insane productions via their NTS Radio residency, Blazer Sound System materialise 'Tanka Riddim'. The slow burner menacingly slithers like a serpent coiling its prey; its victim praising the reality-dismantling guitar delay and exuberant roots of the afterlife.

                                                  CS + Kreme’s flipside mystics summon 'Crushed Cream' from the forest floor. Neck-snapping hypnobeat that was seeded between their dual Total Stasis initiations - the prelude to an untouchable streak on The Trilogy Tapes. 

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Ltd 10" Info: White label 10".

                                                  Moscoman

                                                  What We Do Care (Gerd Janson /Abel Ray Remixes) (Love Record Stores Edition)

                                                    Love Record Stores Edition available from 9am on Saturday June 20th.
                                                    Limited to one per person.



                                                    Dancers can always be sure of one thing with Moscoman–a certain unpredictability and energy will always define the music he serves up. As well as having a background in indie and rock, he plays house, acid, techno, dark disco, synth, all from a more alternative angle. For that reason, he is a regular at wide-ranging but iconic places like Space in Miami, Berghain’s Panorama Bar, Glastonbury and Pacha Ibiza.

                                                    This limited edition vinyl comes with the Original Version plus Remixes from Gerd Janson and Abel Ray and is a special release for Love Record Stores event on 20th June


                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    Ltd 12" Info: Limited Edition White label pressing of 300 copies.

                                                    Squid

                                                    Sludge / Broadcaster

                                                      Squid are back with ‘Broadcaster’, the AA-side companion to their recent offering ‘Sludge’. The tracks are getting a limited edition vinyl pressing, released via new label Warp Records, featuring an extended version of ‘Broadcaster’.

                                                      ‘Broadcaster’ is built around an arpeggiated synth sequence that was conceived during a writing session in a woodland cabin by Arthur whilst the rest of the band were out hiking. As the song develops, guitars, drum machines and delays join the fray, pushing the track into its chaotic and visceral crescendo. All this works as the perfect foil to singer Ollie Judge’s oblique lyrics. Paired with their richly percussive and sonically evolving ‘Sludge’, the quintet not only opens up their sound, but they do so without abandoning the experimentation and playfulness that made them such an exciting prospect when they burst on the scene just over a year ago.

                                                      The Rolling Stones

                                                      Living In A Ghost Town

                                                        The Rolling Stones - ‘Living In A Ghost Town’ limited 1 sided 10” orange coloured vinyl single. A brand new song from The Rolling Stones. written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards.

                                                        Mick- ‘‘So the Stones were in the studio recording some new material before the lockdown and there was one song we thought would resonate through the times that we’re living in right now. We’ve worked on it in isolation. And here it is – It’s called ‘Living in Ghost Town’ - I hope you like it”

                                                        Keith- “So, let's cut a long story short. We cut this track well over a year ago in L.A. for part of a new album, an ongoing thing, and then shit hit the fan Mick and I decided this one really needed to go to work right now and so here you have it , "Living in a Ghost Town". Stay safe!”

                                                        Charlie- “I enjoyed working on this track. I think it captures a mood and I hope people who listen to it will agree.”

                                                        Ronnie- “Thanks so much for all your messages these past few weeks, it means so much to us that you enjoy the music. So we have a brand new track for you, we hope you enjoy it. It has a haunting melody, it’s called Living in A Ghost Town.”

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        Ltd 10" Info: Limited edition orange vinyl 10".

                                                        Marvin Gaye / Shorty Long

                                                        This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It's Killing Me) / Don't Mess With My Weekend

                                                          Two monster slices of Motown magic, straight from Detroit to the dancefloor.

                                                          The legendary Marvin Gaye’s super rare anthem – recorded in late 1967 - that appeared on 1995’s ‘Rare And Unreleased’ CD. Copies of the original single go for around £650 if you can find one.

                                                          A fantastic floor filler with that unmistakable Tamla backbeat and a euphoric chorus.

                                                          Backed with the ‘Here Comes The Judge’ hitmaker’s magnificent ‘Don’t Mess With My Weekend’ - which was only ever previously released by Motown in Australia in 1969.

                                                          A funky ‘getting ready’ groove with Shorty’s expressive vocal to the fore and a telegraph guitar holding it all in place.

                                                          Petros Skoutaris

                                                          Tropika

                                                            Last year Into The Light delved deep into the unreleased archives of Free Level, a collaborative project between Greek composers George Theodorakis and the late Petros Skoutaris. Now the label presents a blissfully sunny and gorgeously life-affirming EP of rare solo tracks from Skoutaris that were recently discovered on a forgotten CD-R.

                                                            Petros Skoutaris first rose to prominence in 1981 when the band he formed, new wave and ska fusionists Sharp Ties, sold 50,000 copies of their debut album “Get That Beat” on the back of the title track becoming a hit single all over Europe. A year later he quit the band, re-emerging in 1984 as the co-owner of now legendary Athens nightclub “Graffiti’’. Up until his unexpected death in 2004, Skoutaris appeared as a guest guitarist on a wide range of records – Pavlos Sidiropoulos’ classic album “Zorba The Freak” included, while also pursuing collaborative projects such as 667, Dubient and Free Level.

                                                            The tracks featured on this posthumous solo release were recorded in 2000 and were originally intended to appear on an album that never materialized. They offer a neat snapshot of Skoutaris’ chameleon-like musical nature and the layered melodic intricacy of his trademark guitar playing. This latter feature is particularly evident on “Tropika”, a dreamy but up-tempo affair that sits somewhere between Pat Metheny’s breeziest moments and mid-1980s alternative synth-pop, and the becalmed, Flamenco-influenced sunset bliss of “Attica”.

                                                            Skoutaris’ life-long love affair with reggae culture comes to the fore on the two-part “Yusurum”, a wonderfully intoxicating, NYC dub-funk influenced affair that was written, arranged and co-performed by his friend and fellow Athens synth-wave scene survivor Manos Skaramagkas. Like Bill Laswell’s work as Material, both versions of “Yusurum” incorporate extensive use of Indian style percussion and instrumentation, as well as hallucinatory effects and some of the warmest, weightiest bass known to humankind. It’s a mind-altering trip from an overlooked, little-known Greek master and his equally talented mate.

                                                            Sugarloaf Gangsters

                                                            Temarasa / Chor Gway

                                                            After a way long and overdue pause with music the Sugarloaf Gangsters duo is back again where they belong...on GAMM!
                                                            Mark & Cliffy aka Sugarloaf Gangsters have a long history with Brazilian and world inspired dance music and have that magic touch when it comes to spotting rare tunes that needs their signature rework style. The A side 'Temarasa' literally explodes from the first breakbeat with a big Brazilian funk-jazz monster, peak time music.The flip is all about the drum! 'Chor Gway' is an African style percussive jam that's got everything from crazy chants, sound efx and DJ friendly tempo changes.


                                                            Herb Ward / Bob Brady & The Con Chords

                                                            Honest To Goodness / Everybody's Goin' To The Love-In

                                                              Two classic floor fillers from the DNSC record label.

                                                              Featuring Herb Ward’s 1968 RCA release that goes for around £200 if you can find a copy.

                                                              A Catacombs Club favourite that emphasizes Ward’s deep soulful vocal with a gorgeous call-andresponse bridge that leads into a truly uplifting chorus.

                                                              Backed with Bob Brady And The Con Chords’ blueeyed soul classic from the same year.

                                                              Often compared in style to Smokey Robinson, ‘Love In’ is a brass-led scorcher with a pulsating back beat that could have been a Motown 45.

                                                              Both tracks remastered from the original sound sources for maximum dancefloor effect.

                                                              Faze Action return with the 3rd instalment of their 4 part series featuring Zeke Manyika. "Sununguka", sung in Zeke's native Shona, is literally translated to mean, "To unravel oneself and unlock yourself". It's set over an infectious reggae, boogie rhythm, with an early proto house feel. Featuring backing vocals from Sharon Manyika and heavenly keyboard solos from Rob Lee, this EP is set to take us into summer and beyond.

                                                              The package comes with a stunning remix from Alan Dixon who has been lighting up dance floors with his releases on Running Back and more. Here he turns the original into an Italo/electronic Aend of night classics, managing to seamlessly Amerge Zeke's African vocals with a serious bass line, ahead of the curve, contempory production whilst placing the release firmly in the credible main room department.

                                                              On A2 we have Rwendo where Zeke really stretches his songwriting skills as the whole track manages to fuse a variety of rhythms together to create a beautiful downtempo masterpiece. Finishing off we have the "Special Extended Dub Mix" which strips back the original and turns it into a balearic house gem made for the summer ahead.

                                                              Ruby Rushton

                                                              Sun Khosi / Chrysalis

                                                                Ruby Rushton are back, unveiling a fresh limited 7" single for the South London based, 22a imprint. The Tenderlonious led quartet hit new heights on this one, recalling the spirit of their debut 2015 album "Two For Joy", with two brand new, afro-tinged, jazz-fusion winners.

                                                                "Sun Khosi" is a tribute to Tender's father who spent many years in Nepal working as a Gurkha Officer. The name is taken from one of the most famous rivers in Nepal, which runs through the Himalayas. It translates to "River of Gold" and is an appropriate title for this uplifting, feel-good summertime tune. It's also Tender's first composition and recording to feature him playing the alto flute, which has a deeper, more mellow tone compared to the usual concert flute that he plays.

                                                                The B-side "Chrysalis" composed by keys and synth bass maestro Aidan Shepherd, is inspired by the playing of pianist and British jazz legend John Taylor, who had something of an obsession with music in 3/4 time. 'Chrysalis' breaks into two distinct parts; kicking off with with Ruby Ruston's signature tight, snappy melodies and driving groove, then reversing back into the bands carefree 'Two for Joy' sound of 2015, when the bass is given a rare chance to come to the forefront by joining the flute and trumpet melody. Herbie Hancock's classic track "Butterfly" has become a staple in the bands set, so the snappy melodies and driving groove of "Chrysalis" represent the restless energy of the butterfly about to emerge from its chrysalis.

                                                                Tenderlonious

                                                                Tender In Lahore

                                                                  Like most of us, Tender (Ed) has faced many troubles in his life. Music has been a guiding light, leading him onto the right path. It was whilst in his darkest place, that he taught himself to play the soprano saxophone, bringing much needed focus and discipline back into his life. Much like his musical heroes, John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef, who were both inspired by eastern spiritualism and the deep tradition of Indian classical music, Tender has always been searching for something different and much deeper.

                                                                  The seeds for a young Tender to embark on the right musical path of transcendence were planted during his father's secondments to the East as a result of being a Ghurkha officer. However it was after hearing the North Indian Classical flautist Ronu Majumdar's "Raga Mangal Bhairav" that Tender knew this was a spiritual seed he had to fully develop.

                                                                  This particular seed however was ironically sowed in a grimy Peckham pub, after one too many beers - like many of our endeavours. Whilst reminiscing about previous musical journeys in Poland, we were reminded of an instrumental quartet from Lahore, Pakistan - Jaubi. We later discovered that Jaubi is an Urdu word for "whatever/whoever" and creating whatever sounds good with whoever feels good is the groups guiding principle - a vibe we could relate to. Drinks continued to flow and we further explored the idea of a trip to Lahore in Pakistan, where the band resides.

                                                                  That evening after getting home from the pub, we both told our family and friends that we were planning to go to Lahore, Pakistan and record an album with Jaubi. We were met with heavy resistance from family and government officials. Our families constantly fed us articles and WhatsApp links about why it is dangerous to travel to Pakistan due to terrorism, kidnappings, tropical diseases…the list was endless. The Pakistani embassy also showed resistance by rejecting our Visas twice. The project felt destined for failure, however we slowly persevered with the Lahore dream. We learned not to believe everything people are telling you, this was more than a musical quest now, it was about breaking down cultural misconceptions.

                                                                  Through many hours of hard work and planning, we arrived in Lahore on the 9th of April 2019, greeted with nothing but love and humbleness. Lahore is something special, full of positivity, humility, care and hope. Thankfully all a stark contrast to the negativity we heard about Pakistan before arriving. It was not long into the first day and that first studio session, where we realised this trip would be a real awakening. Nothing whatsoever was written down during the recording sessions - no sheet music, no song titles. It was sincere, all egos were left behind and hearts and souls were open and poured into the music.

                                                                  'Impressions' is a pure raga (Raga Ba Khizer), the taala (rhythmic cycle) is Ektaal (12 beat cycle). It is the raga that Tender first heard Ronu Majumdar play. This beautiful scale, thatTender would often practice back home, becomes the musical framework for rich improvisations. Joined by Zohaib Hassan Khan on the stringed instrument called sarangi - Zohaib is a 7th generation sarangi maestro and one of only 5 professional sarangi players left in Pakistan practicing this ancient art form. Kashif Ali Dhani provides the stunning backdrop on tabla, weaving in and out of complex rhythmic patterns.

                                                                  'Kirwani' is composed by Dhani and is based on a raga that resembles the harmonic minor scale in western music. Whilst 'Shalamar Gardens' provides a peaceful moment for reflection with Tender on soprano sax and Dhani on vocals.

                                                                  You're probably still listening to the "24/7 Love Affair" album by Soulphiction so we'll keep this short and sweet.
                                                                  What we have here is something special, a brand new track, Niederbeat Gospel Dub, plus a special version of Feelin' Good.

                                                                  Two tracks that we felt needed a release of their own, something that can only be described as house music of the highest caliber done with the Soulphiction trademark twist.

                                                                  Reptant

                                                                  Phasic Reflex EP - Inc. Roza Terenzi Remix

                                                                    Having previously impressed with some deliciously wide-eyed, mind-mangling missives on Salt Mines, Planet Euphorique and Craigie Knowes, Reptant pops up on Kalahari Oyster Cult with some similarly inclining late night workouts. Check first title track "Phasic Reflex", a bustling body-pop across intergalactic electro territory that flits between string-laden dreaminess and weighty, acid-fired wonkiness, before admiring the tighter electro bounce of the Egyptian Lover-ish "MS Plenty". Over on side B it's all about "A Realist's Realistic Reality", where Reptant's foreboding, spacey and Dexter-ish original version comes accompanied by a wonderfully melodious, breakbeat-driven electronica re-make by Roza Terenzi.

                                                                    ТПСБ

                                                                    Whities 031

                                                                      Until the day breaks And the shadows flee. Hot Whities drop here from the heart of lockdown. Ethereal voices and haunted machinery collide across three cuts of post apocalyptic euphoria for everyone who danced through the darkness.

                                                                      The Bees

                                                                      Mamezala / Never Give Up

                                                                      The Bees are a textbook case of the chew and spit cycle that was the late 80’s South African music industry. Although their unknown story is likely unique, it is just as likely that it is no different to that of many other young artists who dreamed of getting their music heard at the time.

                                                                      By 1988, the independent record label was no longer as uncommon as it had been at the beginning of the decade. As the 80s went on, more seasoned A&R reps and Producers that had gained experience and connections from their work under major labels would be trying to cash in on a market they helped create. Without the need of big rooms or expensive recording equipment, the digital advancements allowed many Producers to open or work in smaller studios and promote unknown artists under their own imprints. They would then have their catalogs marketed and distributed by the same major labels they had been working for just years prior. This would open up the possibility of a new era of stars as potential talent no longer had to be pitched to major labels in hopes of them taking a chance on a new signee over their already established artists. With the market growing and a struggle to keep up with the demand for new sounds this agreement would allow the major labels to put new emerging artists or groups on their catalog with little investment and high reward if it happened to be a hit.

                                                                      ON Records was just one of the independent players at the time. Ronnie Robot had just signed the unlikely trio The Bees in hopes of adding a hit group to his label roster that consisted of solo acts. Despite the debut’s fresh house inspired sound, it failed to catch on was outsold by the bubblegum disco the label was known for. Over the years unsold back stock and promos would build up with the distributor. Luckily this allowed sealed copies from the label’s catalog to survive into the 90s when the distributor’s stock was unloaded and picked up by legendary Johannesburg jazz shop Kohinoor. Here sealed copies of the Bees first attempt sat under appreciated for over 20 years before becoming a hot title after they started circulating online and became club staples. This is how the first album of an unknown group with no success was able to become a collectors item and earn a reissue over 25 years later.

                                                                      With their first record behind them The Bees were ready move forward and get back into the studio. A suggestion from producers had the trio change camps and go work with the newly formed Creative Sound Recordings, the label that promised “Music for the Future” and ended up being an essential studio in the early years of Kwaito. They would work with producer Chris Ghelakis and guitarist George Vardas, while a young Marvin Moses sat behind the desk. Musically the sophomore album was as good as a follow up as you could get. Building on the first album, Mashonisa delivers catchy melodies backed by heavy drum programming that would score points with any Pantsula. The Black Box inspired “ Never Give Up” was one of two tracks chosen to be pressed as the promo for the album, hoping to trick listeners with their catchy version of the hit( A year later the label would release their first volume of Black Box covers sang by neo soul diva BB, it would be a great seller). The label printed up an unknown amount of these in a last attempt to push the release in Shabeens and on Radio. The cheaper route of flooding the market with promo copies would only pay off 25 years later when unplayed copies started being rediscovered and had survived the years in a quantity that original run of the full album could not. Once again it was clear that with no mainstream appeal, the quality of the music on its own was not enough to garner any success at the time. The album flopped worse than their first and failed to make it past it’s initial run, making it one of the harder titles to get from the CSR catalog.

                                                                      Mashonisa would be the last attempt from the Bees. They would disappear from the scene as quickly as they appeared. Of the three members it is only known that lead Singer Solomon Phiri continued in music fronting a wave dance group before he mysteriously vanished in 1993, never to be heard from again. Through a combination of luck and circumstance the group, which is unknown in South Africa to even the most plugged in musicians, producers and radio hosts of the time, managed to finally get some of the recognition they deserved 30 years later. Unfortunately this small blip of fame would happen with none of the band members present to give their side of the story, or even aware of how their two albums became popular enough to be printed on different continents in a new millennia. The Bees suffered the same fate as countless other artists of the time, who thanks to emerging independent labels and willing producers were given an opportunity to have a short career, only to be replaced by the meat grinder of the music industry when they failed to produce a hit.

                                                                      Soccer96 Featuring Alabaster DePlume

                                                                      Tactics EP

                                                                        Soccer96, is the revered synth and drums duo of Danalogue [Dan Leavers] and Betamax [Max Hallett], who are most known as being two thirds of Mercury nominated band The Comet Is Coming (Impulse! Universal), and also producing and mixing the group's records.

                                                                        As well as performing live in various groups, Danalogue is an in-demand record producer, having worked on both of the critically acclaimed Snapped Ankles albums, as well as records by Bo Ningen, Ibibio Soundmachine, Flamingods, Lunch Money and Vels trio. Similarly, Betamax is a highly regarded drummer and is an auxiliary member of Sons of Kemet. His other bands include Hot Head Show, Champagne Dub and Super Best Friends Club.

                                                                        ‘Tactics’ sees Soccer96 expand on their duo template as they are joined by the entirely original Alabaster DePlume on vocals and Total Refreshment Centre’s head engineer Kristian Craig Robinson AKA ‘Capitol K’ on bass, who also engineered the recordings.

                                                                        These new collaborations were born out of spontaneity. Having produced Alabaster’s LP ‘The Corner of a Sphere’ Danalogue and Alabaster found a lot of unexpected common ground, in composition, politics and heady late-night jams. They would often find themselves on similar festival bills, where Alabaster would be invited to jump on stage and recite one of his poems over a fiery improvisation. The lyrics were the same, but Alabaster’s delivery was supercharged, direct and pulsing with rhythm. It was clear that this had to be chronicled.

                                                                        Recorded at the duo’s spiritual home, the infamous Total Refreshment Centre, ‘Tactics’ sees Danalogue and Betamax transmit impassioned and motoric synth-scapes over infectious beats and celestial dance. Built out of the raw energy of their improvisations, the band instil adrenaline into every track combining intricate synth riffing with wall of sound atmospherics and a fiery rhythm section. A delicate balance of dark and light, heavy and danceable, the expansion from duo to quartet on this EP also sees Soccer96 resituate itself within the vast musical universe that exists across their previous recordings and other projects.

                                                                        Alabaster’s lyrics carry the voice of a disaffected generation. Responding in the moment, his vocal performances provide an acerbic and sardonic take on the hypocrisies of the leftist ideal against the backdrop of mass consumerism, manipulation of the media, the rise of fascism across Europe and the failings of humans in general. In an era of battling ideologies, Soccer96 are a propellant for Alabaster’s philosophical and topical poetry, amplifying these messages and providing a platform to extend their reach to new audiences.

                                                                        Speaking about the collaboration, Danalogue says, “In some ways it’s very similar to how we started things with The Comet Is Coming, plugging Shabaka [Hutchings] into a guitar amp in our studio and egging each other on to go further, dirtier, louder. This time we plugged Alabaster into the Soccer96 turbo charger, and the results are pretty spectacular.”

                                                                        Jungle By Night

                                                                        Spending Week (Oceanic 'Cornucopia' Remix) / Hangmat (Bruxas Remix)

                                                                          Very solid remixes of the Amsterdam based band Jungle By Night by locals Oceanic and Bruxas. You might have heard this already played out by Hunee or Antal, but it's now available on a loud DJ-friendly 12". 

                                                                          Park Hye Jin 박혜진

                                                                          How Can I

                                                                            Recently hailed as “one of the breakout stars of the past year” by Mixmag, “How can I” comes off the back of an incredible 18 months that have seen 박 Park (surname) 혜진 Hye Jin (first name) go from releasing her debut EP to playing shows at legendary venues such as Berlin’s Panorama Bar and Ibiza’s DC-10, with bookings at big international festivals like Primavera, Dour—a particular highlight for her, Melt, 88RISING's ‘HEAD IN THE CLOUDS’, and a personal invite to play alongside Jamie xx in London last year. With additional praise from Pitchfork who described her music as "an ocean of subtle feelings and delicately complex club music”, and with further support from the likes of Bandcamp, i-D, Hypebeast, Boiler Room, FADER, Dazed and as one of the 'Best New Artists: 2020' by OnesToWatch, 박혜진 Park Hye Jin is poised to establish herself as one of the new key players in electronic music throughout 2020 and beyond.

                                                                            The six tracks on “How can I”—completed over the course of 2019, primarily in transit as she travelled for the first time across Europe, North America and Australia—showcase the multitude of styles and influences that have come to be encapsulated in her output to date. On ‘Like this’ she pairs her own vocals over dream-like pads and grainy, driving rhythms. Elsewhere, the moody techno of ‘NO’ and footwork inspired ‘How come’ demonstrate an artist who is comfortable with pushing her own boundaries and moving definitively beyond any notions of categorisation. No matter in which direction they move, the tracks on “How can I” are imbued with subtlety and emotion, “I love you, and I fucking hate you // can you be my babe?” she sings on the upbeat ‘Can you’, before lowering the tempo with title track ‘How can I’, and rounding-off the EP off with the bright synth melodies of the mostly instrumental ‘Beautiful’.

                                                                            Written as it was in 2019, it would have been impossible to conceive the circumstances in which this EP would come to be released. For Hye Jin though, it was important that she release the music as soon as possible, noting, pragmatically: “who knows if I might die tomorrow, but at least if that happens, I'll die really happy.” Marking her first solo output since that 2018 debut, she was also acutely aware of the expectations of her fans, leaving them with a simple message, “Thank you for waiting. I appreciate you.”

                                                                            Mato

                                                                            Also Sprach Zarathustra / Maiden Voyage

                                                                            Stix Records label regular Maro delivers two heavy cuts from classic themes. On A side, he tackled the challenge to reinterpret R. Strauss "Also Sprach Zarathustra" classical theme, giving it a proper twist! On B side, Mato reinterprets the classic "Maiden Voyage" by Herbie Hancock. It’s a great sensation to hear these melodies turned into superbly crafted dub monsters. As Mato once said, "Play it loud and burn a chalice! 

                                                                            Dully

                                                                            Waveheadz

                                                                              “Here we have new music by an artist you may have heard but have never heard of, reason being the Austro-Balinese surf goth formally known as The Hands would now like to be referred to as Dully. Yes, Dully. The ESP Institute proudly presents his second official release which can only be described as independent gothic technotic antipop. Enjoy!” –DJ Harvey.

                                                                              Originally created in 2009, this remix has gathered dust on an HD and caused scenes on many dance floors but surprisingly has never been released. Until now. Despite 50,000 plays on Soundcloud and constant requests for a full release, Al Kent has kept this very close to his chest, gifting it to a very few select DJs. This is a truly sublime version of a classic track that's guaranteed to please.

                                                                              Especial welcomes Kim Ann Foxman to debut on the label with an ode to the power of the moon. The sample heavy, acid vocal cuts no slack and shows Foxman confidently developing as a producer and is backed with a stellar set of remixes from Roza Terenzi, Dawl & Sween and Violet.

                                                                              Revered by many as an on point clubber, dancer, singer, DJ and producer, her breakthrough in Hercules & Love Affair was a start, soon carving out her place as a solo artist and global DJ, while fitting in time to run the Firehouse - recently featuring Richard Sen and Kasra V - and SELF-TIMER labels - home to new project, Pleasure Planet.

                                                                              As veteran of the San Francisco 90s heyday, slipping breaks around a 4/4 kick is a blast of past meets acid future, as 303 meets M1, while Foxman's lyrics - written during the Blood Moon over London - extols the power of the tides, nature's internal and external flow.

                                                                              The remixes are a manner of breaks-heaven, as Roza Terenzi rips a steppas dub, Tone Dropout's Dawl and Sween master a latter day M25 anthem, before finally Violet, edits, strips, builds and takes things deep.

                                                                              Make me lust, make me bleed.

                                                                              Rheji Burrell Presents: New York House'N Authority

                                                                              Out Of Body Experience

                                                                                You cannot say Nu Groove without saying Burrell. The seminal New York House label that existed from 1988 until 1992 was at the helm of a sound that was as much traditional as it was transitional. Since the closure of the Paradise Garage in 1987 and before the „NYC House sound“ was well-defined and fenced, Nu Groove was a kaleidoscope and an amalgamation of everything that informed it until then: uptempo r&b, reggae, dub, disco, freestyle, techno, jazz, and the sound that was embossed by Larry Heard in Chicago that was so well picked up in the Big Apple, you name it. Ronald and Rheji Burrell provided its basis, first floor and roof. But that story has already been told by our dear friends from Rush Hour, including its most important chapters. But we are going to tell a new one.

                                                                                Rheji Burrell presents N.Y. House’N Authority & The Utopia Project. Twelve tracks split over two EPs on Running Back. Named „Out of Body Experience“ and „The ’V’EP“, it features all new music that feels like modern garments cut out of a classic cloth. Almost as if the Nu Groove would have never stopped. And that it is - at the risk of self-praise - all that old or new fans and also we could hope for. Two EPs full of deep-that-doesn’t rhyme-with-sleep house music, has simple, yet clever arrangements, features jazzy sounds, but snappy drums, merry melodies and glossy grooves. An overall joy to listen or dance to. The difference in both EPs is for the Burrell-die-hards and Nu-Groove-scientists to decide.


                                                                                Jura Soundsystem

                                                                                With You EP

                                                                                  Following last year’s ‘Monster Skies’ comes another 6 track EP of original works from label head Kevin Griffiths aka Jura Soundsystem. Once again the EP aims to bring together the melting pot of influences that also inspire the label, Dub, Ambient House, Leftfield Disco and Balearica. The EP was made with the Roland classics, the Juno 106, SH101, D-05, TR 707 & 727 and includes guitar and sax work to balance the electronic sound palette. The A side has a Balearic feel with a distinct dub influence on ‘Karahi King’ and ‘With You’. A lifetime of house music influences emerge on the B side with ‘Movement’ and ‘Blue Blue’ featuring hypnotic basslines and mesmerizing melodies set to some classic drum programming. 


                                                                                  Ourra & The Gravity Drive

                                                                                  Supernatural

                                                                                    Modern Brit-funk extraordinaire Ourra teams up with Indie duo The Gravity Drive to present the "Supernatural EP". Ourra continues his hot streak for Star Creature laying down the production & instrumentals while GD deepens the mood with their calming/chill/future/ retro vocal stylings.

                                                                                    Jockstrap

                                                                                    Wicked City

                                                                                      “Melodiously sweet and sophisticated yet tempered by bursts of naivety and caustically fucked up-ness.” - The Quietus “Wicked City” is the second EP from London-based duo Jockstrap (Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye) Jockstrap defy convention on ‘Wicked City’; an epic of an EP, flung into the world to respond to their debut ‘Love is the key to the City’. Speaking about the EP, Ellery said: “Wicked City is a response to Love is the key to the City: the two present a dichotomy in both understanding and feeling. The songs on Wicked City are presented in chronological order, with ‘Robert’ written in the summer of 2018 and ‘City Hell’ in summer 2019.

                                                                                      Black Devil

                                                                                      The Last Cut Is The Deepest

                                                                                        To follow the astonishing and final installment in the Black Devil story, it seemed fitting to ask two of the deepest and individual of producers to pay tribute to the Black Devil legacy.

                                                                                        The result is a spectacularly immersive release.

                                                                                        Pye Corner Audio is known for his otherworldy take on italo disco and nocturnal explorations into dusty electronica. His version of Berliner Atoll envisions a club scene filmed by Dario Argento, wreathed in smoke, lost in mirrors. Propulsive, dynamic and irresistible.

                                                                                        Abul Mogard excels himself with a gorgeous voyage into the abyss. Nearly 10 minutes of weightless psychedelic exploration. Utterly absorbing and the perfect soundtrack for taking LSD in a flotation tank.

                                                                                        Gee Dee

                                                                                        Ocean Walk EP

                                                                                          Following his “Cosmic Sands” cassette on Light Of Other Days, Greg D debuts “Ocean Walk” under his new alias, Gee Dee. Recorded in 2019, the EP marries ambient, dub, and house influences to create an enticing body of mid-tempo magic. Using limited hardware [505, Juno 6, D50, and a Space Echo] the four-tracker bears a hazy vibe throughout and pairs simple drum programming with sun-kissed synths and hypnotic bass lines. Whether dusk is upon you at your local cafe bar, or the lights are down in the discotheque, Gee Dee delivers an array of leftfield bumpers that will fit just about any mood. 

                                                                                          Chekov

                                                                                          Aerated EP

                                                                                            ''Following 2017’s Rotlicht EP, Shanti Celeste & Gramrcy are very happy to welcome back Chekov for the first Peach release of 2020. The Aerated EP collects four tracks built from the heart, made for the head and body.''

                                                                                            Starting 2020 on high wheels, Parisian crew Discomatin picked an ultimate banger of the 80’s boogie era, Laying On The Sofa by French diva Isabelle Antena. Rare and expensive, the original 12inch here remastered for full effect offers two extended versions/remixes by Belgian electro and jazz-funk hero Marc Moulin and by American producer and DJ Mark Kamins. With her amazing voice and beautiful compositions/productions, Isabelle signed on this release two of her many great songs.

                                                                                            « Laying On the Sofa » is a Sade-esque song with a lot of rich harmonies sublimated by the strong rhythms of the 808. This Mark Kamins remix brings the song to its climax with kind of an housy extension with its strong synths and guitars parts before it goes back to the chorus for an epic ending. Back in the days, NY DJ Mark Kamins brought Isabelle to the famous Danceteria to perform. At the same time, he was recording some of the first demos of Madonna… Do you feel the vibe?

                                                                                            « La Tête Contre Les Murs » with his « anti-system » feeling in the lyrics is the other beauty on the EP. Remixed here by Telex member and jazz-funk don Marc Moulin, who became later the father of Isabelle Antena via her husband, the song written by her and her mother describes an old but still fresh feeling. Disillusioned, in loss of marks, with no directions: the words don’t miss to describe the youth and its feeling towards society. Maybe, this is why « you’re crashing your head on the walls » as Isabelle sings. Maybe it’s people trying to educate them in relation with certain norms who are in the end « maybe what the danger is ». With her classical and so French casualness surrounded by syncopated rhythms, Isabelle transforms this timeless topic to a song dedicated to all generations going through times of wanderings.

                                                                                            You may know Isabelle Antena other’s work like her French-Belgian synth-pop trio Antena which led later to her another band Powaga Sisters. Combining minimal electro, pop and samba styles, Camino Del Sol was one of her greatest albums. As a solo artist, she’s found particular success in Japan with samba-inflected nu-jazz and electro-pop compositions. Still, with her own words, this EP « means a lot » to her. Thanks to Discomatin, it’s now available to the real connoisseurs with an exclusive insert which contains lyrics, again with fantastic illustrations from French artist Camille de Cussac.

                                                                                            SØS Gunver Ryberg

                                                                                            Whities 030

                                                                                              The connection between destruction and creation. Creation in different shapes. Life's complexity and finding a devotion to the Flux. Some tracks are begining to transmit new visions.

                                                                                              Loose Joints

                                                                                              Is It All Over My Face (40th Anniversary) (Inc. Masters At Work / Kon Remixes)

                                                                                                THE definitive collection of one of dance music's most enduring and infamous left-field anthems, across 2 x 12"s and 1 x bonus 33rpm 7"!

                                                                                                The collaborative team of Arthur Russell and Steve D'Acquisto crafted some of the best wonky disco not disco cuts during their short lifespan and 'Is It All Over My Face' is one of their crowning glories. Collected here, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this gloriously weird record, are all the best versions from then, and now. Even a quick dig in the archive yielded some treats with the male and female acapella appearing for the first time EVER, featuring on a specially 33rpm cut 7" alongside Larry Levan's promo 7" mixes. Also, the instrumental version has never been released before, but it is here for this very special limited package in it's full, unedited glory. This is one for the heads, an essential do-not-miss RSD special edition for those who are still 'love dancin' 4 decades later, housed in a classic special West End disco-bag. Don't sleep!

                                                                                                Taana Gardner

                                                                                                Taana Gardner

                                                                                                  Taana Gardner's s/t NYC disco classic from 1979 is celebrating its 40th anniversary! Happy birthday!

                                                                                                  Nicely repressed, remastered and spread across 2 x 12" sides of wax we have this mammoth, benchmark record back on the streets.

                                                                                                  All the 12" mixes are here, in their full glory. Pressed nice and loudly from all master sources. It's all here. RSD 2020 sees this special west end product available for you, the lovers of this incredible, disco music. Still sounding as amazing and bombastic as it did in '79, you'd be hard pressed to find another, more solid collection of cuts, produced by the incomparable Kenton Nix, mixed by Larry Levan - need we say more?

                                                                                                  If you dig your classics, and you love the disco sound, this one is unmissable. You're welcome!

                                                                                                  Fully in their Fifth Element, Hamam House return with more interdimensional club classics spiced with the psychedelic sounds of the East. The brilliantly named Awesome Orientalists From Europa kick the set off with "GDFI", a proto-house / electro hybrid that's one part Hardcastle, one part sandcastle. Portentous pads, Arabian synth solos and some emotive vocals sit around the gurgling groove ensuring the dancers lose their tiny minds. Next up RFX cut up a chug with the New Beat reshape "Ha-2-da-Mam", a dark dancefloor destroyer with plenty of sample madness and a wailing synth line. Recently returned, The Oldschool Rider Rides East on the B2, slicing up a cinematic synth pop oddity (think when Italo went Moroccan...) before Moonoton slaps on a rather filthy electro breaker with konnakkol vocals thrown in for good measure.

                                                                                                  Gilbert Cohen & Ariel Kalma

                                                                                                  Head Voices Remixes

                                                                                                    Versatile presents a series of remixes of tracks from Head Voices, the late long format from Ariel Kalma & Gilbert Cohen: through dub manipulations, downtempo lazy atmospheres or electronic profusion of bleeps and kicks, each one opens a new interpretation of this crossover project.

                                                                                                    On A Side, Australian producer Leo James turned indeed « De Luscious » into an epic 12 minutes monster dub version, in the vein of Moritz von Oswald & Mark Ernestus’ Rhythm & Sound. On The flip, Canadian producer Priori who recently released the great On A Nimbus, gives here a deeper and minimal interpretation of « Tu Ne Peux Pas Savoir ». Finally, Versatile’s boss Gilb’R remixes an exclusive version of « Tribu Sauvage », previously only released on digital.

                                                                                                    Rheji Burrell Presents: The Utopia Project

                                                                                                    The ‘V’ EP

                                                                                                      You cannot say Nu Groove without saying Burrell. The seminal New York House label that existed from 1988 until 1992 was at the helm of a sound that was as much traditional as it was transitional. Since the closure of the Paradise Garage in 1987 and before the „NYC House sound“ was well-defined and fenced, Nu Groove was a kaleidoscope and an amalgamation of everything that informed it until then: uptempo r&b, reggae, dub, disco, freestyle, techno, jazz, and the sound that was embossed by Larry Heard in Chicago that was so well picked up in the Big Apple, you name it. Ronald and Rheji Burrell provided its basis, first floor and roof. But that story has already been told by our dear friends from Rush Hour, including its most important chapters. But we are going to tell a new one.

                                                                                                      Rheji Burrell presents N.Y. House’N Authority & The Utopia Project. Twelve tracks split over two EPs on Running Back. Named „Out of Body Experience“ and „The ’V’EP“, it features all new music that feels like modern garments cut out of a classic cloth. Almost as if the Nu Groove would have never stopped. And that it is - at the risk of self-praise - all that old or new fans and also we could hope for. Two EPs full of deep-that-doesn’t rhyme-with-sleep house music, has simple, yet clever arrangements, features jazzy sounds, but snappy drums, merry melodies and glossy grooves. An overall joy to listen or dance to. The difference in both EPs is for the Burrell-die-hards and Nu-Groove-scientists to decide.


                                                                                                      February Montaine

                                                                                                      Mount Nod (Inc Peaking Lights Remix)

                                                                                                        February Montaine’s “Mount Nod” is a delicate, shimmering slice of DIY pop music. The lo-fi charm sits on that knife-edge between happy and sad, its repeated “I’m on the bottom line but I’m doing fine” changing meaning as the song goes on, plotting the course of Mr Montaine’s sensitivity. What starts out small gently unfolds into an understated English confidence by the end.

                                                                                                        On the B side Peaking Lights dive into the mysterious undercurrents beneath the surface of Montaine’s worldview. Like all good remixes it sets the artist in a parallel universe, this one a utopian disco slowscape, complete with bubbling clouds and dayglow fountains.

                                                                                                        We have to sincerely thank Sam Potter of 00s band Late of the Pier for coming to Be With with the story of February Montaine back in the spring of 2017. When we first heard “Mount Nod” our jaws dropped. We immediately thought of all the people that would love it. Of friends and family, far and wide. Of fans of timeless, soulful pop music everywhere.

                                                                                                        Championed by Trevor Jackson and Efficient Space, it’s perfect, addicitve pop which generously gifts the listener eternal goosebumps. Three years later, we are absolutely delighted to finally bring this out as the second release in our Be Pop series of 12"s. In Be Pop fashion it’s pressed on white vinyl and this time limited to 500 copies for the World.


                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                        Ltd 12" Info: White vinyl, picture sleeve, limited pressing of 500 copies, includes Peaking Lights remix.

                                                                                                        Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band

                                                                                                        My Jamaican Dub / The Healer

                                                                                                          Steel drum cover of Grace Jones. Steel drum cover of Erykah Badu. Third full length album coming in 2021. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band is back with another crushing two-sider that is guaranteed to set dancefloors on fire and get heads nodding around the globe. The mysterious steel pan outfit hailing from Hamburg, Germany has become a staple in DJ sets from Europe to Japan, from the US to Brasil, and anywhere else these tunes have found their way to speakers. They have released a slew of classic 7”s and two critically acclaimed full length albums. With that they have set a high bar for themselves, one clearly they intend on pushing higher with this new offering.

                                                                                                          Side A is BRSB’s take on Grace Jones’ nightclub classic “My Jamaican Guy”. They take the tune to a new height from the first beat, laying down an infectious groove that will get people out of their seats immediately. Heavy duty drums and bass shake the speakers through the intro then the pans reveal what they are covering as they play the instantly recognizable top line of the original. Rhythm guitar, heavily echoed percussion hits, and the different pan sets all combine to make this yet another instant classic from Bacao. BRSB has received a lot of praise for their choices of covers. Occasionally reworking hits, but, most notably pulling the album cut gems from artists typically more championed by the underground. Well...here they go again, covering Erykah Badu’s homage to the late great J Dilla “The Healer”. This is the type of thing to make Spice Adams jump on his kitchen counter and scream. From the instant this comes on, necks will be snapping and faces will scrunch up as they take the original beat produced by Madlib and give it a run for its money. Shaking subwoofers with the eerie tremolo bass they replay E. Badu’s vocal melodies on the pans adding their own flourishes. Glockenspiel plays the downbeat and a clap like thunder keeps the two-step swaying, all coming together to make this another must have two-sider from Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band. 

                                                                                                          Guerilla Toss

                                                                                                          Jay Glass Dubs Vs Guerilla Toss

                                                                                                            From the 2017 press release: DFA Records and Bokeh Versions have teamed up for a joint release - a reworking of the freaky post-punk stylings of Guerilla Toss by Athens, Greece-based musician and producer Dimitris Papadatos, a.k.a. Jay Glass Dubs.

                                                                                                            The EP comes on the heels of the former’s latest record, GT Ultra, which was released in June 2017. Jay Glass Dubs vs Guerilla Toss turns the hyper-bouncy pop and deeper, darker tracks of GT Ultra into four, stripped-down dub ruminations, each one spacier and weirder than the last.

                                                                                                            The frenetic, zany tempos of songs like “Skull Pop” and “Can I Get The Real Stuff?” are transformed into slow, viscous existential crises that focus in on Kassie Carlson’s echoing vocals.

                                                                                                            Jay Glass Dubs works headphone magic with reverberating percussion and slinky basslines, as always keeping one foot in dub’s past but both eyes on its horizon.

                                                                                                            Artist in demand and Bokeh-affiliate Patrick Savile’s artwork eloquently articulates the ethos of the EP – speedy, psychedelic textures are blurred and made malleable, gracefully reflecting the sounds of original album through a hazy prism. If you know Bokeh, you know Jay Glass Dubs.

                                                                                                            This Guerilla Toss soundclash hints at new sonic territory that he’s been quietly exploring in email threads with Bokeh Edwards. The trip-hop stylings and mechanical dub futurism foreshadow his debut 12” which will be out at the tail end of 2017.

                                                                                                            El Michels Affair

                                                                                                            Reasons / Hipps

                                                                                                              Big Crown is proud to present this must have two-sider from El Michels Affair. The A side "Reasons" is a collaboration that is sure to get all the Soul collectors very, very excited. Last time Bobby Oroza was in New York El Michels invited him to the studio to cut a tune together. Bobby took this opportunity to take us all on a journey to the existential side of his mind on this gorgeous and ethereal ballad covered in lush guitar notes. Oroza's voice finds it's place perfectly over the track, talking us through the human struggle and still creating that energy that is uniquely his and has become his signa- ture sound.

                                                                                                              The B side "Hipps" is pulled from El Michels Affair's recently released modern masterpiece Adult Themes. In a day and age when the album format is being taken over by singles and playlists Adult Themes is a record that truly has to be listened to in the context of the whole album to be understood. This made it hard for us to pick a tune from it for this 7". "Hipps" cuts in with a crushing drum beat and is quickly joined by the unmistakable horn arrange- ments that Leon has become famous for. In true EMA fashion the arrangement on this piece can't be touched, closing one's eyes and listening will induce anyone to a vivid visual fantasy. It turns out to be something of a chapter from a book, and we recommend you treat yourself to the front to back experience of Adult Themes. 

                                                                                                              Session Victim

                                                                                                              Neeledrop Remix

                                                                                                                Expanding upon their recently released album Needledrop, which has received support from the likes of CRACK, Dummy, Mixmag, DJ Mag, Resident Advisor, XLR8R and more, the Remixed EP invites some of the pairs favourite artists for a deeper exploration of the album.

                                                                                                                With a blend of jazz, electronic and downtempo, each of the remixers instill their own production styles to reimagine one of underground music’s most intriguing and genre-crossing acts into a new listening experience. From Laurence Guy’s melodic yet driving remix of ‘Needledrop’, to Jackmate’s transformation of ‘Still High’ into 5-minute, experimental rework, the ‘Needledrop’ remix EP continues to reaffirm the original album as Session Victim’s most eclectic LP to date.

                                                                                                                Patrice Scott 90’s influenced take on ‘Isle Of Taste’ is a longer and more contemporary offering, whilst Dday One’s remix of ‘Jazz Beat’ adds a sinuous saxophone solo to fully embrace the experimental spirit of the original. The neo-jazz feel of ‘No Sky, Blue Sound’ is flipped to a slower tempo by Panoram, yet retains the explorative guitar solo heard on the album.

                                                                                                                Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold

                                                                                                                Voices / Having Fun

                                                                                                                  VSHOG present their official special version of this highly desirable hidden treasure of hypnotic electronic sleaze excavated from the cult soundtrack to a 1983 Italian ‘Apocalypse Now’ cash-in, and transform it into an 8 minute erogenous bump n’ grind trip to the twilight zone torture garden, cruising leather boys & fetish girls looking for Love in all the wrong places ! ‘Voices’ is a narcotic synthesised masterpiece of body music to completely immerse your dark desires on the dancefloor. A dark risqué world of crisp chugging drum machines, mesmerising warm bass pulses, and the erotic wails of seductive screams in the night ! The VSHOG version of 'Having Fun', from Stefano Torossi's 1974 album 'Feelings' (a holy grail of Italian library music) is an uplifting lush orchestral string laden funky breakbeat feel-good track to raise your vibrations! Opening with a chunky stripped down drum & bass intro, the strings entice you further in & then the Disco Funk Psyche guitar riff really lifts the track to the sweet spot & you are completely hooked! A beautiful piece of music for all occasions - Balearic Sunsets/Sunrise, Disco dancing, B-Boys and Hip-Hop heads, Jazz Dancers & library music connoisseurs!

                                                                                                                  Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

                                                                                                                  Live At KEXP

                                                                                                                    Ultra limited 4 track 12" of tracks recorded live at KXEP.

                                                                                                                    We don't have many, so order pronto!!

                                                                                                                    Vanishing Twin

                                                                                                                    In Piscina

                                                                                                                      Brand new music from the much-praised Vanishing Twin… Following their hugely successful second album ‘The Age Of Immunology’ (roundly raved over by The Line Of Best Fit, PopMatters, Pitchfork, Q, MOJO, The Quietus and 4 Uncut) and one of Rough Trade, MOJO and Uncut’s albums of 2019. Cocktail umbrellas and chlorinated fantasies! It’s time to get cool in the pool with Vanishing Twin. Here are four streams of analogue consciousness to super-soak your deckchair daydreams. “This is a band that fearlessly floats in the hazy space between the real world and an imagined one, blurring the line between warmly nostalgic and eerily haunted” Pitchfork // “Fantastical soundscapes that are as welcoming as they are unusual.”

                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                      Ltd 7" Info: Very limited edition Blue 7"

                                                                                                                      Caldera

                                                                                                                      Leafs

                                                                                                                        Four intricate, sub-heavy, broken Techno and Electro excursions into imaginary worlds. Recommended if you like anything from Conforce to Echospace, and you like things deeper than the Mariana Trench. A return to form for Bokhari, who always provide interesting & off-kilter dance floor moments...

                                                                                                                        A key fixture in the record bags of DJs throughout the past few decades, best known for their unforgettably odd house anthem ‘He Not In’, it’s been some years since Andy Meecham and Dean Meredith last collaborated as Chicken Lips. As such, it’s with no little delight that Phantasy welcomes them back into the fold with one of their most mind- bending tracks yet, accompanied by a remix from a fellow stalwart of the underground, DJ Sotofett.

                                                                                                                        Instant and assured, ‘Goldenlips’ unrolls like licorice over ten blissful minutes, mining an undercurrent of post-acid house euphoria into a dreamy analogue jam-turned-trip, a soft and rhythmic vision of dancefloor euphoria that demonstrates a mastermind session of tension and release from two individuals with decades of experience in tipping dancefloors upside-down.

                                                                                                                        On the flip, DJ Sotofett continues to deliver the unexpected with a more truncated but no less compelling ‘Golden Funk’ mix. Suddenly rolling back the musical clock to the sun-drenched West Coast of the mid-nineties, the result is an oozing, bottom-heavy rework so delicious, it might even have united Puffy and Snoop.

                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                        That's A Steal #4

                                                                                                                          That's A Steal quite rightly enjoy cult status amongst the diggers and seekers of the lost classic! The fourth outing from this mysterious label continues their established themes: Crossover sounds from all over the world united by an open-minded approach to the dancefloor.
                                                                                                                          Friend's Jacuzzi cut the ribbon on the A1, introducing us a (possibly Italian) disco jam which rubs elbow patches with jazz funk - all Chic rhythm guitar, wild solos, numble bass and joyous vocals. From there on out Holkin takes the controls, dropping a trio of expert cuts, starting with the laid back digital fusion of "Mountain Breeze", a Gruisin-esque groover tailor made for Balearic bods. B1 bomb "Georgian Wedding" switches from Balearic to cosmic, blasting into a disco-rock orbit complete with utterly preposturous, pompous vox, and way more funk than seems viable. Saving the best for last, IMHO, Holkin hits us with the Middle Eastern flavours, virtuoso guitar and FM synthwork of Balearic bossa "Guitar Hero". Hot shit folks.

                                                                                                                          The Delinquents

                                                                                                                          Room On Top

                                                                                                                            Mint Condition continue their mission excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics and overlooked gems mined from the last 20+ of contemporary dance music are the order of the day. From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....

                                                                                                                            Well well well, what do we have here? Some certified, 100% pure solid tech-house gold from the masters, that's what. Look at the line up, those who make up The Delinquents: Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Matthew Bushwacka! B, that should grab your attention. This slab of Wiggle sonics, Room On Top, is the real deal indeed, all the way from back in 1998 this is that premium gear. It's all here, the funk is present in spades, the swagger, the breakbeats - you name it. 4 more tracks of primetime cuts, out of press since the late 1990's, ready to do damage yet again and sounding as fresh and as futuristic as it did back then. This is the kind of record you *hope* will show up in the racks when you're out diggin' but it never happens, no way. Expensive for the last few years, this repress will fill the gap for you and will undoubtedly enable you to rock a few dancefloors in the interim! Totally fresh, totally essential.

                                                                                                                            The Room On Top EP has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of The Delinquentz / Wiggle and was 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!

                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                            Magic Feet Vol II

                                                                                                                              Magic Feet are back after an extended break with a various artist EP.

                                                                                                                              On the EP you will find the bona fide modern day Balearic classic, Femi Vs KCRW - ‘Eh Oh’, The 6th Borough’s remix of Craig Bratley’s - 'Birdshell', Rich Lane's fantastic cover of New Beat classic ‘Flesh’ and for the first time on vinyl, Craig Bratley’s remix of Billy Cobham’s’ ‘One More Day To Live'.

                                                                                                                              Soft Cell

                                                                                                                              Mutant Moments E.P.

                                                                                                                                To celebrate 40 years since the release of their first ever recording, Soft Cell are set to re-issue their seminal debut EP Mutant Moments.

                                                                                                                                Originally released as limited run of 2000 7” EPs in October 1980 on the band’s own Big Frock imprint, the release sold out immediately. Apart from various unofficial bootlegs, this much-revered and influential slice of electronica has been unavailable on vinyl for nearly four decades.

                                                                                                                                Soft Cell, aka Marc Almond and Dave Ball, went on to release their debut single proper, Memorabilia, cited as one of the most influential club records ever. This was followed by the multimillion-selling single Tainted Love, which topped the charts in 17 countries worldwide in 1981. The band have released four critically-acclaimed albums, including the genre-defining Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. After a 17-year hiatus, Soft Cell returned in 2018 for a sold out show at London’s O2 Arena, and are currently working on new material.

                                                                                                                                This new edition of Mutant Moments is pressed on deluxe 10” clear vinyl to upgrade the sound quality from the original 7”. In addition, the four tracks have been remastered especially for vinyl using the most cutting-edge digital technology available.

                                                                                                                                Soft Cell’s Dave Ball has personally supervised the remastering process, and comments: ‘A vintage slice of lo-fi Polytechnic synthpop, lovingly remastered for you’.


                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                Ltd 10" Info: Limited to 500 copies for retail.

                                                                                                                                The Grid

                                                                                                                                Floatation

                                                                                                                                  Formed in the late 1980’s at the dawn of acid house, The Grid released their first single ‘Floatation’ via Warners in 1990. It was instantly celebrated as a groundbreaking slice of ambient house, and soon became regarded as an all-time Ibiza Balearic classic.

                                                                                                                                  The track featured in the cult documentary ‘A Short Film About Chilling’, and has been included on dozens of compilations since release, including Paul Oakenfold’s seminal Goa mix.

                                                                                                                                  Fast forward to now. DJ Paul Woolford, a long-time fan of the track, steps into the studio and produces a 13 minute epic re-rub under his Special Request moniker, a widescreen soundscape for the dancefloor and the mind. “I had one of the best sessions in the studio ever”, he commented. The track is now set for release on deluxe 12” clear vinyl via new label Chemical Alley. A digital release with additional remixes will also follow.

                                                                                                                                  The Grid went on to tour the globe, and had a run of ten UK chart singles, including the million selling ‘Swamp Thing’. They are currently in the studio working on brand new material, as well as a retrospective ‘Best Of’ album, including all their single releases, key remixes and deeper cuts.

                                                                                                                                  The Grid are Dave Ball (Soft Cell) and musician and producer Richard Norris, also known for his work as Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve.

                                                                                                                                  Against All Logic

                                                                                                                                  Illusions Of Shameless Abundance/ Alucinao

                                                                                                                                    Hot on the heels of "2017-2019", his second album of angular, off-kilter electronics and mechanical rhythms work under the Against All Logic alias, Nicolas Jaar offers up a 12" containing two eyebrow-raising collaborative cuts. Legendary alternative artist Lydia Lunch, who also features on the album, pops up on A-side "Illusions of Shameless Abundance", adding a out there spoken word vocal - much of which is presented as a series of overlapping loops - to Jaar's skewed modular electronics and trippy, out-of-this-world sounds. Estado Unido and FKA Twigs lend a hand on flipside "Alucinao", providing gently soulful lyrical flavour to a distorted, thrillingly aggressive South American electro rhythm, sweaty pots-and-pans percussion and metallic melodic elements.

                                                                                                                                    Mr. Oizo

                                                                                                                                    Pharmacist

                                                                                                                                      More Oizo MADNESS on Ed Banger, this time coming via a very weird 10". On the glitching and twisting A-side, Oizo shows us exactly what happens when you play "Flat Beat" at 33, while the flip shifts between exotica-sampling hip hop and bleep heavy electro house.

                                                                                                                                      In light of the Covid-19 pandemic context, Mr. Oizo, Ed Banger Records and Because Music have decided that all the profits from the sales of this release will go to the AP-HP, the foundation overseeing the hospitals from Paris and the Ile-de-France region. 

                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                      Ltd 10" Info: 10” solid neon green vinyl.

                                                                                                                                      Christine And The Queens

                                                                                                                                      La Vita Nuova

                                                                                                                                        Following her unexpected new single ‘People, I’ve been sad’ earlier this month, Christine and the Queens today unveils a surprise new EP. La vita nuova - a prospect for a new life - draws strength from extreme vulnerability. 

                                                                                                                                        La vita nuova arrives with an accompanying short film of the same name, imagined by Christine and featuring the EP’s five new songs in as many sequences. The 14 minute film is an inward journey that sees the artist invest Opéra Garnier, the world famous Paris opera house, filling it with stories of ghosts and mythical creatures. Through the lens of long-time collaborator Colin Solal Cardo (Robyn, Charli XCX) and with choreography by Ryan Heffington (VMA Award 2014, Grammy Award nominated), Christine and her dancers appear in succession on the Opéra rooftop, its grand stage and most secret recesses, culminating into a feverish moment with Caroline Polachek, a collaborator on the EP’s title track.


                                                                                                                                        DJ Pippi & Willie Graff

                                                                                                                                        Lunares EP

                                                                                                                                        If you’ve visited Ibiza in the last few years, there’s a fair chance you’ll have encountered DJ Pippi and Willie Graff. The experienced duo has been DJing together on the White Isle for years, finding time between sundown sets to make music together in Italian veteran Pippi’s home studio. The pair’s first collaborative EP dropped on Drumpoet Community way back in 2007, with the belated follow-up appearing a decade later on Compost Disco. Here they make their bow on Leng with the “Lunares EP”, a typically warm and woozy collection of cuts named after the Spanish word for “polka dots” (a fashionable item in Spain and the Balearic islands throughout the 1980s).

                                                                                                                                        They begin with the slow-burn sunrise bliss of “Lunares”, a shuffling and glassy-eyed affair in which evocative, emotion-rich strings, heady vocal samples, echoing sitars and lilting guitars slowly rise above a thickset backing track rich in dubby bass, swelling pads, starry electronics and snappy drums. Capable of tugging at the heartstrings, it’s a sublime slab of mood-enhancing bliss perfect for both weary dancing and sofa-bound relaxation. “Saxolicious” lives up to the premise of the title, with Pippi and Willie wrapping snaking, effects-laden saxophone solos around a languid, slow motion groove bristling with hazy intent. Expect chiming electric piano chords, dreamy pads, rolling grooves and another fine bassline that will worm its way into your subconscious, spark up a spliff and stay there for days.

                                                                                                                                        The EP’s final musical moment is, if anything, even more spaced-out and intoxicating. Employing extra-slow beats and a prominent jazzy bass guitar part, the pair invites us to get locked in to a chuggy rhythm. Throw in druggy synth lines, tactile electric piano stabs and some suitably cosmic effects and you have a hallucinatory treat that would no doubt have gained the approval of the late, great Andrew Weatherall.

                                                                                                                                        Rising Manchester star FINN takes the helm for the next release on Ruf Kutz with two hyper-real contemporary raw bangers crafted for maximum emotional impact backed with remixes from RK big guns RUF DUG & GLOWING PALMS.

                                                                                                                                        Even though he's a comparative youngun, this is by no means Finn's first time at the rodeo - he's a label boss, an NTS pioneer, a Boiler Room veteran, a Defected Records Old Boy and also holds down the coldest twitter account on the information superhighway. It's a big deal to us that we managed to snare him for a release on his ascent to whatever accelerated dimension he is headed for.

                                                                                                                                        Purposely conceived as raw club tracks after a heavy Paul Johnson listening session, TRICK TRICK and BELLE THEME contain many of his beloved hallmarks while also showcasing new creative pathways - the title of the EP surely alluding to what Finn is about to pull from up his sleeve...

                                                                                                                                        Opener TRICK TRICK is many things all at once - a raw turbo-jacker, a hugely emotive bassline roller, a super-fresh club banger that has few elements, yet uses them with such efficiency it's impossible not to be drawn up into its vapour trail.

                                                                                                                                        BELLE THEME winds the pace & harmonic tension up with manic abandon as we find ourselves in Finn's familiar 130-plus territory but while the tempo is slamming he somehow manages to drape everything in a lacy coating, as if we were playing a bonus level from a lost Studio Ghibli PS1 beat-em-up.
                                                                                                                                        Back in the real world we flip the record for 2 textbook Ruf Kutz remixes. First up label boss RUF DUG guts Trick Trick and serves up the fillet on an unashamedly tech-house bed, purpose-built for DC10 circa 2009 - meanwhile Ruffy's partner in crime GLOWING PALMS dips into his secret stash of double doves and takes Belle Theme for an unforgettable night out in a Burnley warehouse.

                                                                                                                                        Of the release Ruf Dug says "It's been a big thrill to follow Finn"s development over the years since we first met. I've been hoping to collaborate with him for quite a while so for it to be finally happening especially at this stage in his career is a genuine mega buzz!"
                                                                                                                                        Finn says: "Been a keen Ruf Kutz fan since Rachel's Team in 2016! So happy to contribute to the label with two rough (ruf) and ready club tracks - late night/early morning hymns"

                                                                                                                                        Harks & Mudd

                                                                                                                                        Susta Inc. Emperor Machine Lovers Mix

                                                                                                                                        It would be fair to say that Leng co-founder Paul “Mudd” Murphy is a born collaborator. Since first donning the Mudd alias at the dawn of the century, Murphy has released numerous collaborative albums and singles with regular collaborators Ben Smith (as Smith & Mudd) and Kevin Pollard (Mudd & Pollard), as well as playing a key role in “super-groups” Paqua and Bison. “Susta”, which marks his first single on Leng since 2009, sees Murphy add some new names to his growing list of collaborators. It was made in cahoots with singer/songwriter David Harks, a regular Satin Jackets collaborator who also appeared on Jack Cutter’s superb “Serpent Strut” cut on Murphy’s Claremont 56 label.

                                                                                                                                        “Susta” is a bubbly, evocative and ear-pleasing chunk of mid-tempo nu-disco pop featuring lead vocals from Jaanika Leino AKA JaneLy – a former X-Factor Finland contestant whose sultry and evocative voice simply soars above Murphy and Harks’ sparkling, life-affirming instrumentation. Rich in twinkling synth solos, rich Clavinet lines, chugging arpeggio lines and eyes-closed piano, “Susta” is a strong song that will squat inside your head and stay there for days. Our advice is to welcome it in – it’s as joyous and life-affirming a track as Leng has ever released. It’s accompanied by a predictably strong remix by British electronic music veteran Andrew Meecham (Bizarre Inc, Chicken Lips etc.), who dons the now familiar Emperor Machine alias to deliver a dub for the ages. Combining his own analogue and modular electronics with snippets of Leino’s vocal and some of the warmest instrumentation from Murphy and Harks’ original mix (think Clavinet and Rhodes for starters), Meecham offers up an epic slice of electronic dub disco that bubbles away for ten mesmerizing minutes. It’s a superb interpretation of a high quality cut.

                                                                                                                                        Blair French

                                                                                                                                        Genes / Space Conductor

                                                                                                                                        After 3 months holed up in the studio Blair French has emerged to bring you "Genes / Space Conductor" 7” in support of his forthcoming album "The Art Of Us" on Rocksteady Disco. The A-side holds the “Loose Fit” mix of “Genes”, where Blair channels his inner Tony Allen for an expertly executed modern psychedelic Afrobeat cut featuring a heavyweight cast of Detroit characters including Todd Modes, John Arnold, and Paul Randolph. On the flip is “Space Conductor”, a cosmic afro broken beat joint with heavy drums, a huge bassline, kora, and Blair’s vocals, exclusively available on this 7” only. Housed in a full color jacket, cut loud to lacquer, and pressed heavy with pride at Archer on Detroit’s east side.

                                                                                                                                        BADBADNOTGOOD / Majestics

                                                                                                                                        Key To Love (Is Understanding)

                                                                                                                                          The latest installment of Light In The Attic’s exclusive vinyl and digital singles series features Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD with Jonah Yano on vocals covering “Key To Love (Is Understanding),” originally recorded in 1982 by Milwaukee’s funk/soul pioneers Majestics. The newly recorded cover and the original version are available for streaming and on “Majestic Pink” 7” vinyl.
                                                                                                                                          “As lovers of old soul, funk and rare recordings, ‘Key to Love’ has always been a song that has had an impact on our heart and ears,” BADBADNOTGOOD said. “We hope our version relays how special this song is and gives it some new listeners and a second life […] It’s an incredibly beautiful song that deserves to be heard, and we hope to play a small part in that.”

                                                                                                                                          The original Majestics single is highly sought after by diggers and DJs worldwide not only for “Key To Love (Is Understanding) but also for ”Class A”, which is considered the first-ever rap recording to come out of Milwaukee.

                                                                                                                                          “It is a pleasant surprise,” Donald Cooper of Majestics said upon hearing BADBADNOTGOOD’s version of the song. “They did a good job and it was well done with their own slight personal twist […] [it’s] an honor to be recognized."

                                                                                                                                          The single follows Mac DeMarco’s cover of Haruomi Hosono’s “Honey Moon” in the series, which features artwork conceptualized by Los Angeles-based fine artist Robbie Simon. These tunes come on the heels of widely popular past entries in the series, including pop-auteur Ariel Pink with future-funk pioneer Dâm Funk covering Donnie & Joe Emerson’s eternal anthem “Baby,” the inimitable Mark Lanegan covering the melancholy folk of Karen Dalton, and the one-and-only Iggy Pop with the Zig Zags transforming Betty Davis’ dirty funk into a heavy Sabbath grind.


                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                          7" Info: 'Majestic Pink' Vinyl.

                                                                                                                                          Very Ltd Edition 12"EP on this highly intriguing label.. musical, captivating and a more than a bit nuts. BIG TIP!

                                                                                                                                          Hailing from the Ruhrgebiet and now based in Cologne, sound enthusiast and percussionist Tulips is cofounder of the free-wheeling improv kraut group NASSSAU, plays together with TRJJ (of Belgium’s Stroom crew) in the duo P.VEE, and is part of Cologne’s dub-minded jam hounds MONTEL PALMER.

                                                                                                                                          Produced in his bedroom, the sonic palette for this EP derives from primitive key improvisations to talking percussion worlds as part of extended cosmic excursions to unknown paramós. All tracks on ​Matas Flores y Algo Más ​ were jammed and recorded between late 2018 and early 2019, using an array of digital and analog synthesis, such as the Juno 106 and Yamaha DX7, and the Korg Wavedrum and Pearl SC40.

                                                                                                                                          The opening track ​Self Similar Melodies ​ carries itself with a certain weightlessness, as drifting keys and oscillating bleeps grasp for an unreachable climax somewhere on the horizon. As the synth layers gradually build throughout ​A Bird Feeder, ​ electronic tones chirrup like chaffinches, while the distinct feeling of sunrise breaks through the music.

                                                                                                                                          On the B side, ​Retrograde II ​ winds on a syrupy slow garage lean with bright riffs and interlocking percussive signatures. The marimba tones and loping bass of ​Same Scene conjure up tropical twilights from a Ballardian dimension, and the EP closes with Matsutake ​, a twisting rhythm in conversation with itself amid a mirage of lurching synths and pitch-shifting modulations.

                                                                                                                                          Pina Edits

                                                                                                                                          Pina Edits Vol. 3

                                                                                                                                            A Berlin based collective of music aficionados launch a limited and lovely 7" platform for club-ready flipped classics.

                                                                                                                                            Simple, effective floor food for all moods...TIP !

                                                                                                                                            Reymour is a psycho-romantic adventure of a duo sharing both life, and stage, a lovely cluster that originated in Fribourg-en-Uthonie, and found a new home in Brussels, the pulsing heart of Europe. “Sarabande à Deux” is a delicious arrangement of autumn flavor and forgotten vegetables cooked with love and understanding in a synth-wave sauce. It is the fifth release of CAF?, ridding on sonorities of the 80’s, running between synthetic balads, romantic dances and bucolic sceneries in an alcoolic fashion.

                                                                                                                                            The Shacks / Brainstory

                                                                                                                                            Smile Now, Cry Later / Runaway

                                                                                                                                              Taken from the forthcoming Big Crown label compilation “Dear Sunny...” Runaway produced by Tommy Brenneck (Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band). Covers of Sunny & The Sunliners sweet soul classics. In 2017 we released a compilation of Sunny & The Sunliners music entitled “Mr Brown Eyed Soul”. Since that, we reissued three of his albums in their original format and dropped five different 7 inches. We were huge fans of Mr. Ozuna before we started working together and we knew that our audience would love his music as much as we do. One thing we hadn’t anticipated was just how much our own roster of artists were going to fall in love with his catalog. We came up with the idea to have everyone on the label cover a Sunny & The Sunliners tune and do a full length release as an homage to the man himself, Mr. Brown Eyed Soul, Sunny Ozuna. The full compilation is due out in the Fall of 2020 but this new 45 is a taste of what’s to come. Side A is a cover of Sunny's classic “Smile Now, Cry Later” done by The Shacks. Shannon’s gentle whispered vocals bring a whole new energy keeping to the tune keeping laid back and dreamy and Max’s production does justice to one of Sunny’s biggest tunes. Brainstory covers “Runaway”. The darling dears of Rialto properly turn this tune into something completely their own. Tommy Brenneck’s (Charles Bradley) production takes this one over top, a modern day slowie classic that is bound to find its way into DJ sets next to the staples of yesteryear.

                                                                                                                                              The Wedding Present

                                                                                                                                              Once More

                                                                                                                                                Exceptional second single from The Wedding Present that was originally released on Reception Records in 1985. Reissued here on White Vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 1000 copies Colour Vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                Includes postcard and poster.

                                                                                                                                                The Wee Cherubs

                                                                                                                                                Dreaming

                                                                                                                                                  Impossibly rare 1984 UK 7” vinyl single, written by a pre- Bachelor Pad’s Martin Cotter. One of only three releases by the short-lived Glasgow based indie label Bogaten, although redolant of early Orange Juice in the sound of the A-side, also looks forward to Shoegaze, with a reverb-drenched cover of The Velvet Underground’s Waiting For My Man on the B-side.

                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                  Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 800 copies Colour Vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                  Includes postcard and poster.

                                                                                                                                                  The Courettes

                                                                                                                                                  Want You! Like A Cigarette B/w Night Time (The Boy Of Mine)

                                                                                                                                                    “The real deal. The most authentic '60s inspired garage rock since Thee Milkshakes were around”. Lee Cotterell (Vive Le Rock) The Courettes are a garage duo sensation from Brazil and Denmark! One of the most hard working bands on the scene, The Courettes have been busy delivering their full-speed energetic performances (more than 250 concerts!) in 15 countries around Europe and Brazil. Aside from their touring The Courettes have been hard at work at their own StarrSound Studios working on new songs for their as yet untitled third album, to be released later this year by Damaged Goods. This brand new limited edition single is taken from those sessions and is a great taster of things to come! The duo's previous single releases include the Spectoresque single 'Christmas (I Can Hardly Wait)', a girlie pop Christmas anthem filled with fuzzed out guitars and trashy jingle bells (released by Danish label Crunchy Frog) and 'Too Late To Say I'm Sorry' 7” EP with four killer tracks recorded/mixed by Liam Watson at ToeRag Studios (released by Portuguese label Groovie Records).




                                                                                                                                                    Johnny Hammond

                                                                                                                                                    Los Conquistadores Chocolates (Moplen Remixes)

                                                                                                                                                      Moplen returns with one of his personal all time favorites, “Los Conquistadores Chocolates” from Johnny Hammond’s first album release on the legendary Milestone Records label!

                                                                                                                                                      A jazz/funk masterpiece which became in its original form popular in the NYC underground club scene thanks to David Mancuso and his ‘Loft” parties. Moplen gave the tracks a more ‘club’ orientated feel, where the wide variety of original instruments are highlighted into 2 remixes featured on this first bonafide 12” ever made of “Los Conquistadores Chocolate”.

                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                      Nu Groove Records Classics Volume 1

                                                                                                                                                        Founded in 1988, the Nu Groove catalogue is a true reflection of New York's house sound. Started by Frank and Karen Mendez as an outlet for some of Rheji and Ronald Burrell’s more experimental musical ventures, the label would go on to help launch the careers of a number of local talents including Joey Beltram and Kenny Dope, but the Burrell brothers were by far the most prolific.

                                                                                                                                                        Over thirty years later, Luke Solomon has re-assembled the catalogue and the spirit of this legendary New York label, with this 2 x 12" package celebrating some essentials from its catalogue. Featuring cuts from Bäs Noir, Aphrodisiac, N.Y. House'n Authority and K.A.T.O plus remixes from Tommy Musto and Frankie Bones, this collection of late 80’s and early 90's gems is a record box essential and blissful re-introduction to the Nu Groove sound.

                                                                                                                                                        It's Not A Genre

                                                                                                                                                        It's A Feeling 03

                                                                                                                                                          Allegedly from the northern regions of California, Five slick edits of mysterious provenance and origin, their variety provides all that's needed to shape an entire night of hedonistic floor play.

                                                                                                                                                          This is a very limited edition, hand-numbered, one time only pressing
                                                                                                                                                          Heavy support already from 2manyDjs and Tim Sweeney.

                                                                                                                                                          Straight out the gate, Nas dropped a classic. Since the release of the seminal ‘Illmatic’ album in 1994, critics and fans have been wondering if Nas peaked too early and if anything in his subsequent catalogue could be held up against this masterpiece.

                                                                                                                                                          To be fair, it’s hard to follow up something this flawless, a project that allied his most insightful, pitch-perfect heartfelt rhymes with the work of the best hiphop producers on the east coast.DJ Premier, Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest and Large Professor all take their turns on the album, along with the unsung L.E.S.,but it’s Pete Rock in his prime who provides the stunning backdrop for the cinematic ‘The World is Yours’.

                                                                                                                                                          It’s a perfect nugget of a single, weaving in the brashness of Scarface, the repetition of a snatch of T La Rock’s early Def Jam gem ‘It’s Yours’ and piano courtesy of Ahmad Jamal’s ‘I Love Music’ from his own timeless ‘The Awakening’ album (1970).Presented for the first time on 7”, the vocals of the album version and the instrumental on the flip provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy and compare the work of two masters at the top of their game.

                                                                                                                                                          Pete Rock’s seamless weaving of disparate samples into a compelling whole, the then little-known Nas’ statement of intent. With a maturity beyond his tender years, Nas put himself straight at the top of the pile, this Queensbridge chronicle hinting at the ambition and greatness he harboured within himself.

                                                                                                                                                          Thatmanmonkz

                                                                                                                                                          Them Thangs EP

                                                                                                                                                            Thatmanmonkz returns after his critically acclaimed and just damn good 2nd LP 'Non Zero Sum Game' with a heavyweight remix package !!
                                                                                                                                                            Favourite LP cut 'Them Thangs' anchors the EP, with Detroit superhero Waajeed laying down a typically high class interpretation, trademark Dirt Tech vibes abound, with equal parts motor city machine soul and tough rhythms taking the original straight to the floor.
                                                                                                                                                            Talking of which, the OG Dubstramental concentrates the irresistible groove into an effortlessly fierce afro-centric House jam.
                                                                                                                                                            After the PPF crew submitted their tearaway rewire of one of the LP's tougher moments 'Freaks 'N Prophets' its place on this 12 was assured.
                                                                                                                                                            A Chicago style slammer that extends and leans into the powerhouse groove with a nod to the forefathers. Finally, a previous digital release highlight (which got a lot of love) finishes off the EP, a flute-laden romp for dancin' close.

                                                                                                                                                            A staple element of high-profile labels such as Hivern Discs and ESP Institute, Brussels-based producer Andrea Mancini alias Cleveland has built something of an impressive reputation over the last few years, establishing a sound signature both convincingly unique and daringly game-changing, as well as setting up a distinctly fresh musical grammar that invites the listener to see under the surface of the standstill techno/house dichotomy through more complex but just as effortlessly enjoyable architectonics.

                                                                                                                                                            Complete with a choice duo of remixes courtesy of Beta Librae and Piezo, Cleveland’s debut EP for Kalahari Oyster Cult sits straight in line with the recreated organic lushness and widescreen vista of his previous installments. Seemingly a straightforward broken-beat affair at first glance, ‘Gamma’ seamlessly slides towards sun-dazed weirdo house terrains with its dripping honey-like melange of dubbed-out synth ripples, distorted machine talk, and foot-shuffling drum work.

                                                                                                                                                            A further Arpanet-friendly slab of shapeless electronics, ‘Ora’ levitates in a zone of its own, subtly oscillating betwixt chimey oneirism and crystal-like, arpeggiated brittleness. On the flip, ‘Gamma’ gets a double treat. Turning the track into a proper floor-ready weapon, Pezio alternates sequences of hypnotic melodic shimmer with a stealthily squelchy but dynamic percussive momentum. Adding her trademark playful get-up-and-go whilst retaining the original’s textural quirk, Brooklyn’s Beta Librae explores even further the cheeky vibrancy of Cleveland’s non-formulaic audio semantics to brush a vividly trippy tableau of sorts.

                                                                                                                                                            Hot Peas 'n Butter

                                                                                                                                                            No. 6

                                                                                                                                                              Deep mining the crates for another super strong 4 track pass - The HOT PEAS 'N BUTTER crew deliver each and every time !!

                                                                                                                                                              No.6 brings another selection of certified diverse and dynamite floor-filling jams from the extended family.

                                                                                                                                                              Time machine tear-ups from the golden era, as likely to be heard on Mom & Pops' turntable as they were rattling the cones on the home-made block party stacks or basement sound systems.

                                                                                                                                                              100% DJ material - and available in VERY short supply...you snooze, you lose!

                                                                                                                                                              Hand stamped vinyl only 12" series.



                                                                                                                                                              Teslasonic

                                                                                                                                                              BAR 05

                                                                                                                                                                BAR05 by Italian MinimalRome affiliate Teslasonic. Stunning Electro cuts including a mesmerizing remix by Rotterdam favourites Animistic Beliefs.

                                                                                                                                                                Cortex

                                                                                                                                                                Medley (Remastered)

                                                                                                                                                                  The first reissue of the famous and long-awaited "Medley Maxi 45" by Cortex.

                                                                                                                                                                  Originally released in 1979, this Medley is the perfect tool for DJs (Already played by MCDE at We Love Green Festival as the Final track…).

                                                                                                                                                                  On B side the “Mary & Jeff (Fender Rhodes Version 77)” was released in 2010 on a very limited 7inch (TV003).

                                                                                                                                                                  Never republished! Remastered from original tape by Trad Vibe records.

                                                                                                                                                                  Jamie XX

                                                                                                                                                                  Idontknow

                                                                                                                                                                    Young Turks today announce the 12” release of “Idontknow” by Jamie xx

                                                                                                                                                                    “Idontknow” is Jamie’s first solo artist release since his highly acclaimed BRIT and GRAMMY ® nominated 2015 debut album In Colour. Without knowing the artist behind it, people have been raving to “Idontknow” since late autumn 2019 when Jamie first debuted the track. Since then, the track has taken on a life of its own in clubs and on dancefloors around the world, garnering huge support from the likes of Ben UFO, Four Tet, Caribou, HAAi and Bicep, or via Jamie’s own residency on NTS Radio and the series of last minute, word-of-mouth parties he threw in aid of the MIND and CALM charities at north London’s the Cause (where he was joined by the likes of Four Tet, HAAi and Koreless) and beyond.

                                                                                                                                                                    The Wailing Souls

                                                                                                                                                                    Trouble Maker / Run My People

                                                                                                                                                                      Two fantastic tracks from one of Jamaica's finest ever vocal groups.

                                                                                                                                                                      These heavy hitting anthems were recorded for the legendary Studio One label in the early 70s.

                                                                                                                                                                      Surprisingly, both tracks have never been released as singles, previously only appearing on two different rare and long deleted Jamaican LPs.

                                                                                                                                                                      Cut super loud on 12” single and housed in a heavyweight card Studio One sleeve, these won't be around for long.

                                                                                                                                                                      Pepe Bradock

                                                                                                                                                                      Dactylonomy I: Dumb Thumb Count De Finger

                                                                                                                                                                        This is the first chapter of Dactylonomy, a 12" pentalogy, Dumb Thumb, starting as a fat dusty fingerprint, with two mirroring enlightening tracks that are more than happy to benefit from the joys of hitchhiking on their way to dancefloor welfare. It's a metronome-like and alphabetical choreography, based on an incognito personality, trailblazing kick drums, fragile synths stabs, double-edged sword chords, ghostly snippets, and all that jazz. "Audio Jewels" is a bouncy signature track that should get listeners high as a kite, responding to "Mattithyahu," which is a three act play anticipating the coming chapter two with its abstract, bit-carving, frequency-shifting, mono-merciful tones, and precise, hopeful echoes, along with a 303+808+909 coda for vintage synth fans out there. Designed for serious back up. What else? If six is harmony and 126 BPM, then surely ATA 21=126 / 6 Remember that the best is yet to come; can you dig it?

                                                                                                                                                                        Pleasure Cruiser & Keita Sano

                                                                                                                                                                        Tokyo Horoki Part 2

                                                                                                                                                                          Tokyo Horoki or Tokyo Wanderings is a collection of Pleasure Cruiser’s collaborations from living in Tokyo, these tracks were made across continents started and finished in Tokyo, Okayama, Berlin and London. Dig in for the full throttle acid of "Blackout", break-led joyride of "Ecstasy", skippy UKG-tinged "The Key" and mutant groover "Kibo".

                                                                                                                                                                          It was way back in 2009 when prolific Detroiter Delano Smith released "Deep Fundamentals", a three-track set of delicious deep house jams that has since become a collector's item. Here he presents a belated sequel of sorts, "Deeper Fundamentals I". He sets the tone with the superb title track, a fine fusion of futurist Motor City techno synths, dubbed-out electronics and chunky deep house grooves, before traveling in a warm and bumpin' deep house direction on "Time & Place". You'll find more bustling beats and tactile chords on B-side opener "Stolen Memories", while closing cut "On Arrival" is effortlessly dreamy, warm and enveloping: an ultra-deep dancefloor excursion of the highest order.

                                                                                                                                                                          Jhelisa

                                                                                                                                                                          Friendly Pressure (1998 Sunship Remixes)

                                                                                                                                                                            Mint Condition continue their mission excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics and overlooked gems mined from the last 20+ of contemporary dance music are the order of the day. From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....

                                                                                                                                                                            Jhelisa Anderson's voice was ubiquitous throughout the mid 90's and beyond, her debut LP Galactica Rush had been released by Dorado to critical acclaim and Friendly Pressure was a huge single that crossed numerous underground borders, finding favour with soul fans and clubbers and DJ's alike, providing a late-night / early morning soundtrack to weekends spent partying, expressing and hanging out. Dorado commissioned numerous remixes of this future classic, but it was Ceri Evans' aka Sunship whose 2-step / UKG remixes in 1998 solidified Friendly Pressure as a stone-cold pirates anthem, a total smash on the buzzing UK Garage scene. Evans had been a member of the UK's legendary Jazz-funk outfit The Brand New Heavies, so his sound was a swinging fusion of soul, jazz and snapping UKG drum programming. Fused with Jhelisa's beautiful voice, the Sunship mixes are now regarded as classics and will undoubtedly bring the vibes to any dancefloor, sounding as fresh and soulful as they did back in 1998.

                                                                                                                                                                            Friendly Pressure has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Dorado Recordings and was 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!

                                                                                                                                                                            Since the get-go Pond Life Records has strived to combine jazz and funk infused instrumentation and electronic programming. Humble B Flat, who has helped define Pond Life's sound has played true to this concept since his first release on PL001. Two years later, we are blessed with an four track EP that’s builds upon this blueprint - ‘Harnessed The Wind’. Humble B Flat gets deep and groovy with this beautiful EP of jazz-flecked sample house a la DJ Nature, early Theo and Rondenion.

                                                                                                                                                                            Lord Of The Isles Featuring Ellen Renton

                                                                                                                                                                            Whities 029

                                                                                                                                                                              Lord of the Isles and Scottish poet Ellen Renton join forces for a reflective record that touches on themes related to climate change, both in the present and future. “Ellen’s poem ’Passing' blew me away and I felt compelled to provide it with a musical accompaniment. I liked how Ellen's vocal recording sounded lo-fi, so I created an environment around it to make it feel cinematic.” ‘Inheritance’ the closing track, picks up where ‘Passing’ leaves off, completing a journey it feels like many of us will experience.

                                                                                                                                                                              Vanessa Kendrick / Gwen Mccrae

                                                                                                                                                                              90% Of Me Is You

                                                                                                                                                                                A killer and essential head to head, back to back repress 7" right here.

                                                                                                                                                                                2 versions of this alltime, evergreen rare groove in one place, fully legit, remastered and repressed just for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                '90% of Me Is You' is widely known and loved, oft sampled and searched for high and low by soul aficionados and music lovers across the globe.

                                                                                                                                                                                Vanessa Kendrick's take is a breathier, sweeter affair. A ridiculously rare 45 to obtain and boasting a $500+ price tag too. Recorded a year before Gwen McCrae's and arguably the original version, hence it's top billing spot on the A-side. Obviously, Gwen McCrae's version is more widely known, and it is astoundingly good. Her sultry and yearning vocals complementing the lush arrangement and tough backbeat drums in a different way. Obviously both versions bring something to the table in their own respective ways, with our 2 fabulous vocalists channelling different feelings and different moods, but they are both simply amazing and worthy of a place in any self-respecting music lovers stash. Flawless.

                                                                                                                                                                                Licensed and reissued with the full involvement of the Henry Stone Music group for 2020. Featuring original classic Galdes label artwork.

                                                                                                                                                                                Georgia

                                                                                                                                                                                Never Let You Go

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hot on the heels of her recent critically acclaimed album ‘Seeking Thrills’, Georgia is releasing the 12’’ of her hit single ‘Never Let You Go’ with an additional remix by legendary UK DJ and producer Skream. Heavily inspired by Chicago house and Detroit techno of the early 80s, ‘Never Let You Go’ fuses analogue club sounds with solid pop songwriting and showcases Georgia’s lifelong love affair with the drums, whereas Skream delivers a driving Kraut-inspired workout of this track.

                                                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                  12" Info: Indies exclusive 12".

                                                                                                                                                                                  Portico Quartet

                                                                                                                                                                                  We Welcome Tomorrow

                                                                                                                                                                                    Portico Quartet announce We Welcome Tomorrow a strictly limited edition three-track vinyl EP.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The EP follows on from Memory Streams, their fifth studio album and second for Gondwana Records which was released in October 2019. Sonically it explores a similar world to the full-length album, but where Memory Streams focused on a punchier live sound, WWT explores modern classical and ambient textures.

                                                                                                                                                                                    We Welcome Tomorrow features, the duo Fran and Flora (Francesca Ter-Berg cello & Flora Curzon) on strings, but also builds looped saxophones, drums and synths parts into a rich tapestry of sound. Odd time signatures underpin a surprisingly emotional build that resolves in richly layered strings.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Mirage explores a different side of the band's writing. Moving away from their usual instrumentation and enlisting the beautiful string playing of 'Fran and flora' . It draws influence from the emotional, spiritual minimalism of composers such as Arvo Part and John Adams.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Winding Snake again takes influence from American minimalism but places it against strong, modern drum rhythms and organs. And its energy and instrumentation propel the music into trademark Portico Quartet territory.

                                                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                    Ltd 12" Info: Limited blue vinyl edition, includes a download code.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Lilipulu

                                                                                                                                                                                    Four Amazing Tracks

                                                                                                                                                                                    Impromptu muscovite supergroup Lilipulu turn the needle neon with a quartet of unexpected killers for club cosmonauts, rainforest ravers, anxious insomniacs and giddy punks.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Unplanned, inspired and all the way live – the pin is glowing! Ever wondered why the Growing Bin releases sound so damn good? Well, it has more than a little to do with mastering magician Sergey Luginin, whose eagle-ears and technical know how have been a part of the process since GBR002. For the latest Glowing Pin powerplay, our man in Moscow joins some close friends on the other side of the console, letting the creative juices flow for ‘Four Amazing Tracks’. Luring Simple Symmetry brothers Sasha & Sergey and DJ & photographer Ivan Pustovalov into his studio with the promise of an afternoon stroll through the nearby Elk Forest, Sergey set the circuitry in motion and the quartet got lost in music. What begin with a plan for some simple edits and a woodland walk quickly became a full scale studio throw down, reimagining forgotten favourites amid a multi-instrumental stew of propulsive polyrhythms, low slung bass, cosmic synths and frazzled guitars. There’s techno-tribal hypnosis on the mind bending, brain blending A1, poetic post punk on the angular, janglier A2, outrageous Afro-cosmic on the freaky Floyd-in-Lagos B1 and languid ambience on the lysergic lullaby which closes the set. Recorded as they worked and presented in chronological order, this EP is a triumph of inspiration over perspiration - a snapshot of a moment which will last forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Amyl And The Sniffers

                                                                                                                                                                                    Live At The Croxton

                                                                                                                                                                                      A brand new three track EP recorded Live at The Croxton, Melbourne Australia.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mazen and Vish (together Dar Disku) have teamed up with label collaborator Moving Still for a Hi-NRG version of 'Sidi Mansour ' originally recorded by Algerian Disco superstar Cheba Yamina. The Disco/Rai inspired track reimagines what was originally a traditional Tunisian Folk song and captures the broad lexicon of Middle Eastern and North Africa soundscapes With traditional Algerian percussion and Yamina’s signature vocals this is a perfect dancefloor heater!

                                                                                                                                                                                      On the flip side Moving Still gives us a bass-heavy edit of Syrian Wedding Performer Sarya Al Sawas - 'Bas Asma3 Mini'. He got sent the track by his brother in law back in 2009 and came back to it over the last year as he has been exploring the sounds of his Saudi and Egyptian heritage, using the oud fragrance as a theme throughout.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The last track of the three is the first Dar Disku edit. Sampling Indonesian Group Orkes Kelana Ria originally released in 1961 and featuring Arabic vocals by Munif. Not much is known about the mysterious group but when Vish Mhatre and Mazen Almaskati first heard the sample - they knew it would be perfect for an edit. The group are among the true originators of the Orkes Melayu genre which is incredibly hard to find.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Höga Nord rekords proudly presents Frak! Frak was formed in the southern coastal town of Karlskrona by Jan ”Zwarre” Svensson, Björn Isgren and Johan Sturesson in 1987. Zwarre is also founder of the legendary experimental electro label “Börft” which through the years has gained both national and international recognintion.

                                                                                                                                                                                      From the beginning, Frak stood for an alternative to the hair metal hegemony of their hometown Karlskrona where they, in the early days got chased from venues by the locals. “The rednecks hated us” Isgren told Resident Advisor in an interview made some years ago. However, unlike Poison, Fraks sound is still appealing and “Ternary Fission EP”, as well as all their earlier releases has all the elements necessary for a sophisticated electronic act: dark and suggestive electro and techno!

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you need musical compositions for the stranded atomic submarine U-137, test flights of the Swedish fighter jet JAS 39-Gripen, the Soviet space programme, the first manned mission to Mars or the transition to the bunker society, Frak is a strong and valid option!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Jäverling Meets Ganjaman_72

                                                                                                                                                                                      Chasing Dub / Insane Pissapes

                                                                                                                                                                                        Rickard Jäverling is a musician with a lot of projects going (Dödens Dal, Liljor, e.g.) and now two of the songs from his previous Höga Nord Rekord album ”3” is released in new versions remixed by Stockholm based Ganjaman_72. Heavy urban dub influenced by old agent movies is what you’ll get on this 7”.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The music is both retrospective and futuristic and the subtle dub influences in Jäverlings music comes together naturally with Ganjamans_72s ambition. On ”Chasing our hours” the baseline is still the driving force of the song but the reverb drenched melodies, that in the original version is clearly fronted, now lies echoing in the background and creates new depth to the song. ”Insane Pissapes” has developed into being the more dance floor oriented of the two tracks and takes Jäverlings music from the soil of Dalarna out beyond Earth’s orbit.

                                                                                                                                                                                        These songs are the perfect soundtrack to a long, lonely night drive trough a big city, going nowhere, getting lost.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Moisture

                                                                                                                                                                                        Orgone / Gammut

                                                                                                                                                                                        *More downbeat wickedness on the excellent Fasaan!*

                                                                                                                                                                                        This double A-sider is the fruit of a long gestating collaboration with fellow Malmö-based record collector/selector & producer Simon alias Rizzolo DJ (alias Moisture). Closely intertwined with the label in various ways since the start, his path to producing started with re-edits and a more wild-haired approach to deejaying, finally landing into his own groove with the 2018 album A Freak Is Born. Released as a privately pressed cassette, the album featured two tracks co-produced with Fasaan founder Prins Emanuel.

                                                                                                                                                                                        On that first album, the palette was a lo-fi reverie of minimal waves crashing into depths of goth and heights of camp. Here for the 12" format, we instead get the full onslaught of power tools gleaming in the blast of strobe lights. The weight of GAMMUT unfolds and delivers exactly what the title suggests: a complete scope of percussive barrage unleashed in tight locked grooves and smattering reverberations. In addition to that, we are treated with a spine-tingling re-imagining of the concept of a bass drop.

                                                                                                                                                                                        For ORGONE, a 1984 track by Norwegian group Fra Lippo Lippi serves as the backbone of the composition. Championed by cosmic DJ Daniele Baldelli and here pitched down to wrongspeeder tempo, Moisture uses the original song to bridge the gap between his roots in the re-edit scene as well as in the cosmic tradition. Thedry mechanical bassline is flanked by hollow percussion that eventually propels into a crystal-chimmering microcosm of orgone energy.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Premonition

                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't Act Like A Fool

                                                                                                                                                                                        Athens of the North boss Euan Fryer recently described Premonition as "the best obscure New York boogie act you've never heard of". He'll be releasing an entire album of their rare and unreleased material later in the year, but first he's treating us to a reissue of their best-known moment - impossible-to-find 1986 soulful boogie slammer "Don't Act Like A Fool". The track ticks all the right boxes -rubbery slap bass, mid-80s FM synth sounds, passionate male lead vocal, needless but delicious sax and electric guitar solos etc - and is little less than an overlooked dancefloor heater. On the flip you'll also find original B-side "In Love", which Fryer brilliantly (and accurately) describes as a "mid-tempo floater".

                                                                                                                                                                                        "What About The Child" by Avelino Pitts' obscure band GOLD has long been a sought-after deep funk rarity, with copies of the 1977 seven-inch single being extremely hard to come by these days. Helpfully Athens of the North's Euan Fryer knows the score and has decided to offer-up a much-needed reissue. The track is a fine slab of psychedelic soul in the vein of leading San Francisco groups of the period - Vehicle, Tower of Power and so on - with plenty of rhythmic shuffle and fine group vocals. Fryer has unearthed a gem for the flip, too: a previously unreleased cut that's on a similar sonic tip to Rotary Connection. It's worth the entrance price on its own.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Amsterdam might be susceptible to grey skies and rain as any other, but cup your ear to the music flowing out of the Dutch capital, and another story emerges. The Mauskovic Dance Band are a prime example of an act who have been dialing up the sunshine over the river Amstel in recent years.On Shadance Hall, their first release of 2020, they concoct a tantalising brew of no-wave, psych rock, cumbia, power dub and numerous other colourful shades of global grooves.

                                                                                                                                                                                        No stranger to Dekmantel as one of half of electro-grouping Bruxas, Nicola Mauskovic leads his percussive troupe through a heavy, trippy, disco fiesta with this, their first debut on Dekmantel Records.
                                                                                                                                                                                        The Mauskovic Dance Band’s epic sonic journey on Shadance Hall began deep in the Welsh valleys. Partnering dusty drum machines alongside phat layers of congas, assorted bric-a-brac of percussive tools, and distortion-soaked guitars, Mauskovic’s ensemble suspend the tempo and turn up the grooves on this soundsystem-inspired, post-punk odyssey. The resulting soundsystem-inspired concoctions are a mixture of 130bpmbeats (‘Ventura Phase’), Jah Wobble-influenced bass rhythms (‘Squeeze Dogs’) and Carnival-ready soca-jams (‘Theorie Amerikaan’).

                                                                                                                                                                                        Taken back to Amsterdam’s famed Electric Monkey Studio (a favourite for Ghanian great Ebo Taylor and Dutch youngbloods Jungle By Night alike, Mauskovic teamed up with engineer Kasper Frenkel to mix down the record. Here the two acted as Mad Professors, experimenting with the recordings and making multiple versions of each track by creating tape loops, bouncing the audio back and forth and layering the resulting recordings in waves of reverb and echo. In classic dub style, the band ended up with dub edits, rich in space echo, reverb, crush, and dub-goodness, completing the second half of Shadance Hall like a funky palindrome. It rounds off an expressive EP steeped in musical history, bursting with inventiveness, projected at the listener as a maze of influences to get lost within.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Guedra Guedra

                                                                                                                                                                                        Son Of Sun E.P

                                                                                                                                                                                          London’s On The Corner Records proudly present “Son Of Sun’' - the new EP from Morroccan producer Guedra Guedra.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Having previously turned heads with his mind-bending Boiler Room performance at last year’s Atlas Electronic Festival, as well as delivering a storming remix of On the Corner signees Penya, Guedra Guedra (aka Abdellah M. Hassak) returns with six genre defying cuts. His earth trembling debut is a relentless barrage of euphoric, high-energy, future dance music, demonstrating the rich product of North Africa’s fertile club music scene.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hailing from Casablanca, Guedra Guedra is a DJ/Producer exploring tribal polyrhythms of the past and dancefloor innovations from the underground. His productions are defined by high energy tribal bass, psychedelia that is rooted in the cadence and mystery of ancient rhythms.


                                                                                                                                                                                          Thembisa’s Hot Soul Singers were formed in 1975 by promoter and producer Sam “Jiza Jiza” Mthembu. In the early years the trio was called the Thembisa Happy Queens and consisted of sisters Ntombifuthi and Nombuso Mabaso and Lindiwe Ndlovu. The trio would start out playing Jive, Zulu Disco and other popular sounds of the 70s . In 1979 they became the Hot Soul Singers and would begin a career in the emerging Disco scene which their group name was now more fitting for.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Their first single under the new name was a tribute to their producer Sam, and their first album “Together” would come 2 years later in 1981. It contained their Lamont Dozier rip off from a year earlier, and biggest hit to date “ Give Me My Love Back” which was playing in jukeboxes across the country. At this time the Hot Soul Singers were also gaining popularity due to their demand as an opening act for American groups. Sam’s ongoing pursuit to be a successful promoter also helped to ensure they were always in the headlines and playing shows. It would be in 1983 that the group would temporarily step away from a major label and go onto record their first Maxi single with the independent Raintree Records new Lyncell Imprint.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Like most places in the world the early 80s was a fast changing time in music for South Africa. Although the Maxi had a disco standard for years in other parts of the world it had only recently been popularized in South Africa. Thanks to the Brenda and the Big Dudes smash, Weekend Special, the maxi took over as the preferred format for pop music, replacing the cheaper but time restricting 7” single. Singles were being pushed to the limits in the early 80’s with running times of 4+ minutes a sides by some labels. The Maxi allowed for groups to extend their grooves onto a full side and later album art containing smiling musicians infant of cheesy backdrops became the norm. Synthesizers had been used in pop music for years already but the DX7 wouldn’t land in the country for another year. Drum machines were being used but had yet to fully replace live drummers like would happen in the years to come. The recording of this new single would require a full band resulting in it being one of the gems of the crossover period before the complete midi takeover. Durban’s Graham Handley was recording some of the best upcoming Disco sounds for labels like Heads Music and groups like Kabasa and Masike Mohapi and was tasked as engineer. Other known musicians in the session would be Jimmy Mgwandi from the group Image, who’s signature bass playing can be heard on both songs. A young Daniel Phakoe aka “sox” was also present and took care of the male parts of the vocal line. Both musicians have writing credits along with lead singer Nombuso. Other possibilities of musicians would be Thami Mduli aka Professor Rhythm who had been with the group since their early days as well as a young Chicco who was best friends with Jimmy at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The single, which was packaged in a customized but simple company disco sleeve, went on to do quite well. Less than a year later they would feature on a track with Sunset which would lead to them singing with Sounds of Soweto records label. The group would enjoy the growing fame when tragedy struck in 1984. On their way to a show in Mpumalanga they were involved in a car accident which took the life of Nombuso and left her husband Sam with a leg injury he limps with to this day. Upon recovering Sam would organize a tribute concert at Soweto’s Jabulani Amphitheatre. Even though the tragedy left the group broken and without a member the band went back to work to record their second full length album. They worked with Mac Mathunjwa who had written Nombuso’s favourite song “Going Crazy”. This album would be released with two different names and covers. One took the former singer’s favourite song as the album name and used a photo consisting of all three girls where the other released under the name “ A Tribute” and would only have the remaining members on the cover.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Although the tragedy never halted the group, moving forward the trio of singers would see a few members change. Lindiwe would leave to join Freeway and then become Linda “Babe” Majika so by the time they were ready to record in1986, now with Teal records, the only original member was Ntombifuthi. She would also shortly leave the group and provide backing vocals to other artists including her old band mate Linda. The Hot Soul Singers would be kept alive by Jiza Jiza and go on to record 5 more albums before calling it quits in 1990 after a successful 15 year career. Today the only core member left is Sam Mthembu who still lives in Thembisa and is occasionally promoting live events. Even though he did produce a handful of artists back in the 70s, his most significant additions to the music industry were the Hot Soul Singers and his event promotions, which is what he is best known for and will most likely be the legacy of his career.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Caroline

                                                                                                                                                                                          Dark Blue

                                                                                                                                                                                            London-based caroline began as a three-piece (Jasper Llewellyn, Mike O'Malley, Casper Hughes) in early 2017, initially evolving out of weekly improvisation sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bringing together shared influences in - and experiences of playing - midwestern ‘emo’ guitar music, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and various forms of dance music.

                                                                                                                                                                                            caroline’s debut 12" single features lead track ‘Dark blue’ (A side) and ‘BRJ’ (B side). A hand drawn 12” insert is included with all orders.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The group spent a year and a half playing privately, without a project name. Reiterating, deconstructing and re-building the same small handful of songs over and over again, the group slowly expanded their on-stage members before playing their debut show as caroline in 2018.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Josh Ritter & The Milk Carton Kid

                                                                                                                                                                                            Josh Ritter & The Milk Carton Kid

                                                                                                                                                                                              A new 7” from Josh Ritter and the Milk Carton Kid featuring the much loved live track The Gospel Of Mary and an Acoustic version of Losing Battles.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Black Merlin

                                                                                                                                                                                              Manipulate

                                                                                                                                                                                                The two inimitable long tracks from George Thompson AKA Black Merlin have reached Offen on 13.11.2019, and Offen said: let there be 013! Featuring words by Alexandra Grübler on "Textured Land". Artwork by Patrick Keuthen, mastered by Enrico Mercaldi at Time Tools Mastering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Slowly Rolling Camera

                                                                                                                                                                                                Protagonist

                                                                                                                                                                                                  7" Singe from pianist-composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett and drummer Elliot Bennett. Together as Slowly Rolling Camera they makemusic that has distinct echoes of the ‘invisible soundtracks’ of UK progressives Cinematic Orchestra and Portishead as well as the polychrome textures of maverick Scandinavian artists like Sigur Ros.!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Theo Kottis

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Turning Around / Clear (Inc. Gerd Janson / Hubie Davison Remixes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Theo Kottis’s celebrated ‘Turning Around’ and ‘Clear’ get a joint 12” vinyl release on 24 April on Skint Records, alongside the Gerd Janson remix of ‘Turning Around’ and an exclusive remix of ‘Clear’ by Hubie Davison.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Turning Around’ was one of 2019’s stand-out tracks, receiving top reviews, Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’, and played widely at festivals. One of the main supporters was Running Back label boss and “the DJ’s DJ” Gerd Janson who gives the uplifting disco workout a high-octane sheen, with a cascade of shimmering
                                                                                                                                                                                                    beats and a poignant, powerful refrain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    On the B-Side is ‘Clear’, born out of a sample clearance issue which inspired TheoKottis to write an original piece of music that was ‘clear’ of samples. The end result is an exciting fusion of Italo disco and ‘80s synth-pop, complete with a euphoric vocal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Exclusive to the vinyl release, acclaimed Irish-born and now London-based producer Hubie Davison delivers a deeper and tougher reworking, which is perfect for peak-time dance-floors. In Hubie’s words: There’s nothing better than being given a load of quality source material and license to have fun with it, and that’s exactly what happened here. I’ve been following Theo for a while now, so it was a joy to open the hood on ‘Clear’ and have a go at it. Having Gerd Janson on the other side makes it even better. Hopefully people enjoy these mixes as much as I do.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Cinematic Orchestra

                                                                                                                                                                                                    To Believe - Anthony Naples, Actress, Pépé Bradock & The Cinematic Orchestra Remixes

                                                                                                                                                                                                      In celebration of 2019's critically acclaimed album, 'To Believe', The Cinematic Orchestra release “To Believe Remixes”, two 12” vinyl releases featuring select remixes. “To Believe Remixes” is a carefully curated collection of tracks - featuring remixes and re-works made by some of The Cinematic Orchestra's favourite producers and artists, "It's one of the greatest privileges of a musician to invite artists who have inspired you to re-imagine your work".

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coming a year since 'To Believe' was released, the diverse selection of artists includes electronic producers Actress and Moiré, composer Kelly Moran, keyboardist Dorian Concept, cellist and vocalist Lucinda Chua, avant garde legend Fennesz and contemporary pianist James Heather to name a few, all providing their own personal take on “To Believe” album tracks. A posthumous Ras G remix of ‘Lessons’ also appears plus previously released remixes from Ghostly signed LA Harp innovator Mary Lattimore, legendary house producer Pepé Bradock and Anthony Naples. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Cinematic Orchestra

                                                                                                                                                                                                      To Believe - Mary Lattimore, Kelly Moran, Fennesz & Lucinda Chua Remixes

                                                                                                                                                                                                        In celebration of 2019's critically acclaimed album, 'To Believe', The Cinematic Orchestra release “To Believe Remixes”, two 12” vinyl releases featuring select remixes. “To Believe Remixes” is a carefully curated collection of tracks - featuring remixes and re-works made by some of The Cinematic Orchestra's favourite producers and artists, "It's one of the greatest privileges of a musician to invite artists who have inspired you to re-imagine your work".

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coming a year since 'To Believe' was released, the diverse selection of artists includes electronic producers Actress and Moiré, composer Kelly Moran, keyboardist Dorian Concept, cellist and vocalist Lucinda Chua, avant garde legend Fennesz and contemporary pianist James Heather to name a few, all providing their own personal take on “To Believe” album tracks. A posthumous Ras G remix of ‘Lessons’ also appears plus previously released remixes from Ghostly signed LA Harp innovator Mary Lattimore, legendary house producer Pepé Bradock and Anthony Naples. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        What can be said about this monstrous disco-funk extravaganza from 1982? Well, plenty actually... the only entry in the mighty Prelude back catalogue from Michael Wilson, 'Groove It To Your Body' is what this music is all about, a proper dance record, drenched in the funk, a groove that just doesn't stop. The A-side is incredible, but it's really the B-side dub mix that steals the show. Francois Kevorkian, who was Prelude's A&R man at the time, mans the desk on both mixes, but for a truly stellar work-out the dub flips all of the essential ingredients into a stew of rumbling synth and tape feedback and deep space delay and echo. This mix could be seen as the template of what was to come, and is an all-out dancefloor wrecker. Try it! It doesn't get any better than this. A Disco essential. 2nd hand copies of this nugget go for serious wedge these days, now's your chance to snag an *official* licensed reissue from Prelude direct. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blancmange

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blind Vision (Honey Dijon Remixes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Honey Dijon was asked the remix her “favourite band” Blancmange and she chose the magnificent disco oddity, 1983 hit ‘Blind Vision.’ The result is a stripped back, bumping houser that sounds as much Green Velvet as it does Talking Heads. Urgent percussion and oscillating synths drive things forward, allowing a full Blancmange vocal to unfold aloft to great effect. Also features the original and sought after extended mix.


                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blancmange

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Living On The Ceiling (Roman Flügel Remixes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Roman Flügel remixes the cult 1980s classic that is ‘Living On The Ceiling’ and the result is a killer, off-kilter slice of club-focussed machine funk that contains the same wonderfully bizarre cocktail of traits that Blancmange always boasted in spades. Eerie and schizophrenic but also both bright and triumphant. Also features the original and sought after extended mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            “When I was asked to put my hands on the original tracks of Blancmange I was instantly excited. They were one of my favourite Bands when I grew up as a teenager in the 80’s. Listening to their music walking around with my Walkman back then was adventurous. Mainly because I was already in love with the aesthetics of synthesisers and drum machines. But also because it was unusual pop music with an extraordinary energy that made it in the charts. Remixing a favourite band is challenging but I’ve tried to keep the free spirits and playfulness in my mix that makes Blancmange still so special after all these years” - Roman Flügel

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pet Shop Boys

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I Don't Wanna (Feat. Remixes By Mano Le Tough And David Jackson)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              'I Don't Wanna’ is taken from the new album ‘Hotspot’, out now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Features remixes from Mano Le Tough and David Jackson.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sass

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Much Too Much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don’t let the title mislead you, “Much Too Much” by Sass has just the right amount of everything, whether you’re talking about the vocal or the instrumental. And that’s as true now as it was when it was originally released back in 1982. In 1981 The Jack Sass Band, as they were known, were still working the NYC club circuit. Along with the likes of Change, The BB & Q Band and High Fashion, they were part of the Little Macho Music phenomenon and that’s how they ended up in an 8 track studio on 7th Avenue near 20th Street, where Little Macho recorded demos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Produced by the band’s vocalist Mic Murphy, who also wrote the track along with fellow band member LaForrest Cope, the band needed just one session to capture “Much Too Much”. The recording studio just so happened to be run by Silvio Tancredi and when the tracks were finished he offered to put them out on his 25 West record label. The vocal version and an instrumental mix were released as a 12" the following year. Mic tells us this meant Sass “were one of the few bands to have a record release while still playing on the club circuit. So the reaction exceeded our expectations at the time”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                According to Mic “Much Too Much” was something a little different from the band’s live sound at the time, “it was more R&B smoothed out than the more funk rock we usually leaned into”. Indeed, the track glides with grace, poise and patience. The elegant, easy tempo, combined with the magnificent melody and Mic’s signature sublime vocal conjures magic. The blend of deep boogie-funk power and heavenly sweetness is both infectious and goosebump-inducing. Over on the flip-side, the instrumental slaps harder. Without Mic’s vocal it’s just pure groove, with nothing to stop you vibing all night - the bassline, the drums and the melody still connect. Hard. Pick your side, you won’t lose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Working directly with Mic Murphy means that the audio for this re-issue of the classic 12" comes from the original tapes. Cut at 45 RPM and released in a plain sleeve, we’ve made sure this record is well up to the job of having a permanent place in every DJ’s bag. As far as we’re concerned, this is essential stuff. Mic told us just how much it means to him to have “Much To Much” re-issued: “It’s an amazing feeling to have something you created almost 40 years ago still have relevance and even more amazing to be considered among the Northern Soul boogie anthems. And it’s especially important to me that we’re available again on vinyl”.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Medicine used to be, we expected, good for us. Albeit with added sugar. Now medicine is a huge problem in itself, with vast companies caught mis-selling dangerous drugs. It’s one of the biggest scandals ever. How on earth did we get here? Who did this?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Imbeciles are on the case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “It’s about the dark side of prescription ‘medicines’. Oxy, Xanax, Ambien, all that. Big pharma is pushing these addictive ‘medicines’ that we don’t actually need, to desensitise / numb / kill. All for profit,” says Butch Dante.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                A new classic from The Imbeciles. They know. And they made a video. Watch it here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now they’ve been remixed. By these people:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                C.A.R.:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Impossible to categorise, and all the better for it - London based, Franco-Canadian, C.A.R., flirts with elements of new wave, cold wave, synth-pop, post punk and off-kilter disco; and without doubt wields some of the most satisfyingly other-worldly melodies and synth lines around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ryan James Ford:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the most exciting underground techno producers on the block - Ryan doesn’t constrain himself to any one rhythm, aesthetic and motif, but can always be found to be hitting the listener with thick atmosphere, dark melodies and an upfront, experimental attitude.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Legowelt:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                A true pioneer of left field house and disco, this Dutch master draws from disco, italo, dub, dancehall, techno and many more sonic pools to create his wonderfully engaging, but always envelope pushing sound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lou Courtney / Lee Dorsey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trying To Find My Woman / Give It Up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Two more floor-friendly 45s from the Deptford Northern Soul Club’s record box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Featuring fifty quid’s worth of excellent brasspowered psyche soul that originally turned up on Buddah Records in 1969. An absolutely huge Blackpool Mecca 45 with a backflip moment at around 40 seconds that repeats for all stomping excessives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Backed with the legendary Lee Dorsey’s mighty ‘Give It Up’ from the same year. A swampy soul stew with a funky feel by the hugely underrated singer. An Allen Toussaint

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  52nd Street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Look Into My Eyes / Express

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Be With Records would like to refer you to FAC 59.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Working with founding member Tony Henry, we’re honoured to present the reissue of 52nd Street’s crucial debut single “Look Into My Eyes”, backed with “Express”. Originally released on Factory Records in Summer 1982, this ultra-rare 12" is a double-sider in the truest sense. Unrivalled Manchester jazz-funk-boogie-soul. Both “Look Into My Eyes” and “Express” came out of a five day recording session in the spring of 1982 at Revolution Studios in Cheadle Hulme, just outside Manchester. Rob Gretton had just signed the band to Factory, snatching them from under the noses of RCA and WEA Records who had been sniffing around and seemingly ignoring Tony Wilson’s concerns that Factory might not be the right home for a black soul act. Rob clearly thought different.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The band of Tony Henry on guitar and vocals, bass player Derek Johnson, drummer Tony Thompson, lead vocalist Beverley McDonald and John Dennison on keyboards were put in the studio with A Certain Ratio’s drummer Donald Johnson producing the sessions. The band also found themselves with an interesting new member. The back cover of the finished record credits synth F/X to a mysterious “Be Music”. Turns out that’s Bernard Sumner. Yes, that one. Tony Henry explains that bringing Bernard in was another part of Rob Gretton’s plan, “Barney was a real soul boy at heart and had always wanted to produce and work with black artists… with 52nd Street, he was an honorary member”. The results suggest he fit right in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Look Into My Eyes” squeezes so much aural pleasure into one side of a 12" single. A strutting, rich, soul-gliding funk with bass and guitar high in the mix above twisted, bubbling synths. Like Nile and Barney drenched outside the Haçienda that first summer. How can something be this liquid loose whilst sounding so, so tight? The hypnotic, naïve-cum-insouciant vocals from McDonald, backed by her fellas, only add to the track’s charm. Put simply, it sounds like nothing else. On the flip, “Express” is sheer drama on wax. Tony’s opening lesson in good manners (“Excuse me miss, is this seat taken?”) sees us strapped in for a wild, chaotic, rhythmic ride. All bold keys, synth brass blasts, insistent bells and a galloping groove giving *that rush* atop a bassline to die for. No surprise it was a Frankie Knuckles favourite. Blistering heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The 12" was Paul Morley’s single of the week in the NME but his approval did little to get daytime radio play or to sell the record when it was released. It probably didn’t help that, in Tony Henry’s words, Factory were a label “notorious for not promoting their bands, not wanting any communications with the written press and not answering their office phones.” It came and went with none of the fuss that music this good deserved. But in the near-40 years since they were released, these two tracks have gone on to become cult underground hits for those in the know. Of course that means those original 12"s have gotten rare and pricey. So here’s your chance to own this particular piece of post punk Factory Records funk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But this record isn’t just a vital slice of Manchester soul history. Tony’s not shy about just how important he thinks the collaboration between 52nd Street and Bernard Sumner was: “this worked out quite well for us in the band but even better for New Order and Factory Records as Sumner studied grooves, rhythms and how to write and construct funk and dance music from 52nd Street and producer Donald Johnson”. You just have to listen to Blue Monday to hear what Bernard did when he started putting what he’d learnt into practice. “Look Into My Eyes” and “Express” come from a chapter of the history of Factory Records that no-one seems to have gotten around to writing. Working with Tony to reissue the original 12" is the start of putting that right. The story of 52nd Street is more than just a footnote."


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After over ten years of Hercules & Love Affair, Andy Butler offers three reimagined versions of classic Hercules tunes and a piece of new music on the ‘Change EP’. Producer with current partner in crime Alec Storey (aka Second Storey), the two have been touring the Hercules catalogue with an approach that incorporates a proper dose of techno while duly engaging Storey’s penchant for breaks and intricate percussion work. Butler decided to put a few of these reworks out for DJs and dancefloors, offering the chance for these great Hercules moments to shine once again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We go back to the beginning on the A1, with a fresh mix of "Raise Me Up", a poetic and powerful piece of techno pressure featuring ANOHNI's unmistakable vocals. New track "Change" bounds out the A2, tickling the subs and making me wiggle like a space invader with its pinging keys and wobbling bass. We're in jacking acid mode on the B1 as Butler and Storey supercharge 2014 cut "My Offence", before a deep and dreamy version of 2017's anthemic "Are You Still Certain?" rounds out the EP with plenty of soul.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Louie Vega continues to expand the musical boundaries of house music with his unique ability to combine the essence of classic disco, soul and funk with the percussive energy that is the driving force of dancefloors worldwide. His new work is a second preview into the epic and forthcoming Expansions In The NYC album. This album will include selections that represent the many musical movements on which the House Music genre has evolved right up to the current time. Louie has a few special guests in mind to join him on the album as well, all of which will create unique collaborations that will launch the project into an area of worldwide interest. As one of the world’s longest independent dance labels, Nervous is well suited to present this momentous project.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It’s often said that great talent is in the DNA, and that’s most certainly the case with the Vega family. The A side of this 12” is “How He Works,” a blast of gospel – laced dancefloor energy that includes a stellar featured co-production with Nico Vega. The track has been buzzing buzzing massively ever since Louie debuted it at one of his sold out Expansions In The NYC events in New York. The 12” features two dubs, and fans will have to wait for the album to get the full club version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The AA side include the peak hour gem “Can’t Slow Down” and the inspired “Vince Montana Tribute.” “Can’t Slow Down” shows Louie’s creative abilities at their best as he re-shapes a vocal from a Nervous Records classic house jam “Rushing” by Loni Clark, and with full approval and appreciation from the original producers Mood II Swing, re-creates something that will absolutely blow up dancefloors today. The “Vince Montana Tribute” (Louie Vega and Rick Wilhite from Detroit Rework) is a heartfelt and equally impactful production in which Louie demonstrates his appreciation for the disco sounds that he grew up on in the iconoc borough of Bronx, NYC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    First in a series of official Prescription reissues that come bolstered with remastered editions and additional remixes from big Ron himself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    First up is Indigo Tracks, which may or may not be one of Ron Trent's many aliases. "Rites of Passage" was released on Precription in 1999 and pretty much defined the afro-house blueprint at the time. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For PU001 Ron has dissected the track into two percussive instrumentals, plus included a feisty remix concocted in his own studio. Rather than simply a repress of this classic track, these are new interpretations that offer new life and inspiration alongside the original.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roy Hamilton / H.B. Barnum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Earthquake / It Hurts Too Much To Cry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Outta Sight’s collectable ‘Classics’ series continues with two real heavyweight’s of the rare soul scene, face-to-face for the very first time. Together, these two icons helped define, not only Northern Soul, but the soul music genre… and now, almost sixty years on, they go head to head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the blue corner is former commercial artist and amateur heavyweight boxer Mr Roy Hamilton who set the dancefloors trembling across the North of England when his 1962 “Earthquake” was finally unleashed on the Northern Soul scene. Hamilton was already a huge star in America scoring two R&B No.1’s in 1954 and ’55 with the standards “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Unchned Melody”. But, he will forever be remembered in the U.K. for his Northern anthems “Crackin’ Up Over You”, “The Panic Is On”, “You Shook Me Up” and the explosive “Earthquake”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the red corner is the multi-talented actor, pianist, arranger, producer, songwriter and singer Mr H. B. Barnum who’s early belter “It Hurts Too Much To Cry” belies its 1962 recording date. Barnum also scored on the rare soul scene with “Three Rooms With Running Water”, “The Record” and the awesome “Heartbreaker”. But his contribution far exceeds his personal output with writer, producer and arranger credits on a slue of floorfillers inlcuding Judy Street’s “What”, Earl Wright’s “Thumb A Ride” and The Magnificents’ ”My Heart Is Calling You”, to name but a few.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fu Manchu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fu30, Pt. 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The first installment in Fu Manchu’s 30th Anniversary vinyl 10” series, Fu30, Pt.1, includes 2 new original Fu Manchu songs, as well as a cover of The Doobie Brothers’ “Takin’ It To The Streets.” The band will be releasing 2 more editions in this 10” series over this year making a total of 30” of new Fu Manchu music for the Fu30 anniversary. Each release will include 2 new original compositions and a newly recorded cover. Like the band’s most recent album, Clone Of The Universe, Fu30, Pt. 1 was recorded at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, California by Jim Monroe (Adolescents, Ignite) and co-produced with Fu Manchu. This limited edition 2500 unit run is pressed on translucent orange sunshine vinyl at 45 RPM for maximum heaviness with a package design that pays homage to the cover of the Doobie Brother’s original single.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tenderlonious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        After The Storm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The title track ‘After The Storm’ picks up where 2019 album ‘Hard Rain’ left off (Bandcamp’s electronic albums of 2019) - a stormy, atmospheric 4/4 groove, with flute flurries, build the track to a state of euphoria.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The EP continues with ‘G Flex’, a tune dedicated to Tender’s mentor Sterling Styles, aka Equinox (Scientific Wax). Broken drum machine loops are brought to life by classic Tender flute and synth solos. Fans of his 2016 ‘On Flute’ EP will be feeling this one! ‘D Low’ is the 22a squad pick on this cut! Deep house vibes, with a classic London soundsystem style hook, shaking bass lines and twisted synths.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘Broken Heart’s Club’ rounds things up and may sound familiar to 22a heads. Beefy broken drum machines take centre stage, making way for some more synth magic from Tender’s vast array of hardware. First time on vinyl for a track that’s been doing the rounds for a couple of years. This 12’ EP follows up Tender’s sell out “Think Twice EP” from September last year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ltd 12" Info: Limited to 300 copies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Andrew Weatherall

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pamela #1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pamela Records is the new sister label to Moton Records Inc - the London imprint headed up by Dave Jarvis & Darren House, who have carved a name for themselves in quality and very collectable edits over the last two decades.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The legendary Andrew Weatherall had produced and written Pamela’s first EP alongside studio partner Nina Walsh before his devastating and untimely passing. The tracks were written by Andrew in a studio laboratory inside of the Woodleigh Research Facility with Nina Walsh sharing the writing credits in part and also contributing samples from her extensive arsenal of weapons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When asked about these tracks, Andrew said “The great thing about not being signed to a major a label is that it’s liberating. No deadlines, no restraints, no pressures. The result - the creative process is completely free. There’s a blank canvas in the studio, you can pretty much go anywhere you want.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Andrew Weatherall

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unknown Plunderer / End Times Sound - Repress

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Andrew Weatherall turns in two thunderous, low slung acid dub tracks. Expect clattering effects, outer space bleeps, and ridiculous plumes of hypnotic bass. Andy Bell returns to join Andrew in the studio, layering a haunting, tripped-out guitar line over the top. File under cosmic dub. 1000 vinyl only.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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! 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meat Whiplash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don't Slip Up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Their one and only single was originally released in 1985 on Creation and spent 19 weeks in the independent chart. From East Kilbride in Scotland, they morphed into Motorcycle Boy.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 800 copies Colour Vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Includes postcard and poster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The James Dean Driving Experience

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sean Connery EP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4th and final single from JDDE. Originally released in 1990 on El Records as a 12” EP and now highly sought after. All four tracks are included here for the first time as a 7” single on Silver coloured vinyl. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 800 copies Colour Vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Includes postcard and poster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As peaktime rollers go this little limited edition hand stamped number is about to take the crown as the flushest of them all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A thumping beat, a heavyweight bassline and a vocal that’s got more sass than you can shake a stack of dollar bills at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It’s big, bad and about to storm every club with a sound system heavy enough to handle it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Very limited Handstamped, one sided vinyl biz that’s bang on the money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Smoke Fairies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Elevator / Les Fleur (Home Demo)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Elevator', taken from 'Darkness Brings the Wonders Home' was recorded with producer Phil Ek (The Black Angels, Fleet Foxes, The Shins) over the course of a rigorous month-long session in Seattle. Smoke Fairies (aka Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire) drew their inspiration for the album from mysteries both real and imagined: sea monsters, flocks of crows taking flight in extravagant formation, and strange creatures dwelling in the mud near their new South London abode.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Times of darkness are when people are often the most imaginative,” says Jessica in reflecting on the album’s title. “It helps you to see all the wonders of the world you hadn’t noticed before - the things you’ve been blind to because you’ve been on autopilot for so long.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Music From Memory are happy to finally announce MFM045 - VA ‘Music For Theatre And Dance’ (EP).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This will be the first in a small series of EPs which will focus on music which was initially created for or inspired by dance and performance. Created as a dialogue with the avant-garde and highly experimental work in dance, theatre and art evolving at the time, the music was in turn at times greatly innovative.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That it was created for a dance or performance though means that such music was also often highly rhythmic and a number of pieces from this time stand out and seem greatly deserving of a new context.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whether it’s more ambient or atmospheric works or whether it’s in the more rhythmic or percussive pieces, Music From Memory brings together a selection of tracks which aim to highlight this highly innovative direction in music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bitter End

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Imperfection Turns Me On / B & E / Sleepwalk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Twelve releases in and Bitter End still continue to defy pigeonholes, or glory ones for that matter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's only fair - in terms of universal balance - that stratospheric pop success should be countered with some gutter realism.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Release No.12 then is the smudged mascara of the morning after, still in the club, but definitely not ready to leave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  'Imperfection Turns Me On' is the sound of Nile Rodgers sharing a bag of flake with the local bell-ringing society, while B & E upsets the curtain twitchers with an uplifting lude-a-thon of swirling synth riffing and those ever-present Crooked and pin sharp beats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SLEEPWALK unashamedly hogs a whole side, gently imposing its dub-soaked 15 minute self directly into your hypothalamus, with some Basic Channelesque transcendentalism, but from Yorkshire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dependably unbendable !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As always, limited and LOUD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Floating Points

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bias (Mayfield Depot Mix) / Bias (Extended)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last year Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points released Crush. As is typical of his career so far, the album defies all expectations - solidifying his position as one of Britain's most respected electronic artists. Crush received widespread critical praise including a cover feature with DJ Magazine, 9/10 'Album of the Month' from both Mixmag and Future Music and 9/10 from Loud and Quiet as well as 8/10 from Crack, The Line of Best Fit, Uncut and more. Following the album release Shepherd went on to play a sold out show at Printworks debuting his innovative new live show to rave reviews, you can watch the full set back via RA here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today Shepherd has shared two new versions of album highlight 'Bias', a track which was praised both for its "sense of air, as if you can sense the room it was recorded in" (DJ) as well as "a drop so nasty it could send your pulse out of kilter" (Mixmag).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  'Bias' began to morph and expand during Shepherd's live shows and today he presents a recorded version based on those exciting, in the moment improvisations. The Mayfield Depot mix stems from a performance at the end of 2019 as part of the Warehouse Project series. Named for the Manchester venue, the mix is based around a live recording from the night with crowd noise bleeding into Shepherd’s microphone, giving a palpable sense of energy in the room. The extended mix stretches out the album version of 'Bias', unfolding new layers and giving even greater depth to that satisfying build.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shepherd also recently shared a new mix 'Dialogue Between Dreamers Pt. One'. Made during lockdown with time to reflect on the records he returns to again and again for comfort, the mix traverses soul, jazz and country, with rarities alongside tunes from Steve Kuhn, Susan Pillsbury, Family Circle and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Loft

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Up The Hill And Down The Slope

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Originally released in 1985 on Creation Records and arguably one of the best from that era. This version is backed with Your Door Shines Like Gold which appeared on the 12” but not the 7''.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Andy says: One of the greatest singles of all time. Seriously.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DJ Rocca & Leo Almunia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ever Changing Bubbles (Deep88 Mixes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In October 2018 DJ Rocca and Almunia member Leo Ceccanti joined forces to deliver “Rhythm Collision”, a three-track EP of jangling, sun-kissed grooves, psychedelic dub disco and Afro-Cosmic flavours on Really Swing. 18 months on, one of that set’s standout cuts has been given a new lease of life courtesy of fellow Italian producer Alessandro Pasini AKA Deep 88. Since making his debut a decade ago, Pasini has earned a reputation as one of house music’s understated heroes – an artist whose hardware driven, retro-futurist take on deep house tends towards the timeless, melodic and atmospheric. With a deep love of turn-of-the-90s dream house, Larry Heard productions and sun-baked chords, his dancefloor-focused productions have often been called Balearic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s perhaps fitting then that his reworks of Rocca and Cecanti’s “Ever Changing Bubbles” are as Balearic as they come. His “Balearic Mix” sets the tone, with Pasini layering trippy, dubbed-out and ear-catching elements – Ceccanti’s eyes-closed electric guitar solos, jangling acoustic guitar chords, warm dub disco bass, echoing spoken word samples, fluttering flute solos, drowsy organ motifs and the pair’s delay-heavy vocals – atop a crunchy, head-nodding, live style beat. While it deviates from the duo’s original version, it inhabits a similar sonic space – albeit in a more dancefloor-friendly way. Pasini excels himself on the accompanying “Balearic Dub”, stripping the cut back to its raw essentials – drums, metronomic bass –while toughening up the percussion and adding delay-laden instrumental snippets. It’s warm, woozy and otherworldly, with echoing voices, tactile musical motifs and restless delay trails combining to create a suitably hazy and intoxicating mood. By the time the touchy-feely flute and acoustic guitars begin to dance across the sound space, you’ll be lost in the groove and too happy to notice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For our second foray into the vinyl world, Sprechen label head Massey joins forces with Sir Horatio, 'a certain' band from Manchester on collaboration cut 'Music Control'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The result is a meeting of musical minds that blends together both parties favoured sounds to create a squelchy sandwich of post-disco/ proto-house with a healthy helping of acid & punk-funk which should appeal to fans of mucky basements and mature mosh-pits as well as those cosmic ALFOS astronauts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Juno Records Presents Robot84 Promo Vol. 2 the much anticipated follow up to the smash Native Dub. Killer Four track Italo disco/house EP which again has been slaying dance floors across the globe... major support and plays from DJ Harvey droppin it at Pikes in Ibiza, . Artwork saying he has been smashing it at every gig over the summer..., Dimitri from Paris ,HiFI Sean, Horse meets Disco droppin king supreme & Willow Dance over the summer saying its a disco bomb..., Gerd Janson , Hunee, The Black Madonna, Groove Armada, Heidi Lawden, Melon Bomb(ibiza), Alfredo (ibiza)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ART21 sees the a new artist join the prestigious roster of this finest of Electronica labels. Circles & Ellipses is producer, soundtrack composer and world-famous session drummer Chris Whitten. As well as playing with some of the biggest names in rock & pop, Whitten is an avid rare synth collector. A long-time user of vintage modular synths, Whitten displays his finely honed studio craft to conjure up techno that both intrigues and uplifts. The production quality is of the highest level yet retains that critical rawness and energy to hit the perfect spot on the dancefloor. Circles & Ellipses’ debut EP - a series of reworks of the Burn:Cycle Game Soundtrack - was featured on BBC 6 Music’s Electric Ladyland by DJ Nemone. This follow EP consists of two brand new compositions and includes remixes by Finnish Electro dons Morphology and Kirk Degiorgio’s As One. ART21 is exclusively distributed by Rubadub and available on Limited Edition Blue Vinyl April 6th and in digital format April 20th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Squarepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lamental EP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Following widespread acclaim for his recent album ‘Be Up A Hello’, Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson) opens a new chapter to this musical journey with the ‘Lamental’ EP release. Shining a light on the more melodic aspects of ‘Be Up A Hello’, the ‘Lamental’ EP reveals a contemplative side to the music Tom has been making over the last few years. The spacey, squelchy synth techno of ‘The Paris Track’ is a new accelerated interpretation of ‘Detroit People Mover’ which is taken from the album, where it offers a cinematic contrast to the high-octane rave rush of the first four tracks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Originally composed as a response to the EU referendum in 2016, Tom made the score and recorded stems of his beautifully plaintive, wave-like slow roller ‘MIDI Sans Frontières’ available to all, encouraging remixers to participate as a form of “internationalist collaboration with sound makers, irrespective of what kind of music they make, where they live, their background or their age.” Also included on the EP is his own new ‘Avec Batterie’ deep breakbeat rework of the track, which you can hear now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SHOUTS Vol. 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bradley Zero celebrates five years of his Rhythm Section International imprint with 12” compilation SHOUTS Vol. 1 & 2. Vol. 1 represents the more club ready side of the label whilst Vol. 2 explores more mellow territories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Famed by Mixmag as one of the Top Ten DJs of 2019, celebrated as a “figurehead for the exploding south London scene”, and “responsible for spreading the gospel of the city’s new Jazz sound”, it’s clear to see why Bradley Zero is quickly becoming the taste-maker of his generation and Rhythm Section INTL as one of the most respected outlets for authentic global cuts. A go-to label for the connoisseurs Rhythm Section INTL is a UK staple. The raison d’être has always been to unearth and nurture new talent, not just via the catalogue but through the now established network of radio shows, concerts and club nights Rhythm Section has become known for. The SHOUTS compilation and accompanying celebratory tour is a continuation of this mission.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SHOUTS is a nod to the online radio culture that birthed the movement. SHOUTS is the label using its voice to amplify its peers. SHOUTS is Five years of Rhythm Section International.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SHOUTS Vol. 2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bradley Zero celebrates five years of his Rhythm Section International imprint with 12” compilation SHOUTS Vol. 1 & 2. Vol. 1 represents the more club ready side of the label whilst Vol. 2 explores more mellow territories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Famed by Mixmag as one of the Top Ten DJs of 2019, celebrated as a “figurehead for the exploding south London scene”, and “responsible for spreading the gospel of the city’s new Jazz sound”, it’s clear to see why Bradley Zero is quickly becoming the taste-maker of his generation and Rhythm Section INTL as one of the most respected outlets for authentic global cuts. A go-to label for the connoisseurs Rhythm Section INTL is a UK staple. The raison d’être has always been to unearth and nurture new talent, not just via the catalogue but through the now established network of radio shows, concerts and club nights Rhythm Section has become known for. The SHOUTS compilation and accompanying celebratory tour is a continuation of this mission.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SHOUTS is a nod to the online radio culture that birthed the movement. SHOUTS is the label using its voice to amplify its peers. SHOUTS is Five years of Rhythm Section International.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Funk 45 champions The Mighty Mocambos deliver another colourful record in their favorite format. Both break-heavy psychedelic soul score theme Supertrada and battle proven b-boy jam Concrete Stardust are from the much celebrated album "2066". By popular demand, here they come in exclusive DJ-friendly uncut/extended versions. A hard-hitting double-sider set to be a resident in your 45 case.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Calypso is back with a new instalment of their world exploration in the search for new sounds. This time and with the help of Nicola Cruz they choose to showcase the city of Quito. In Nicola's own words: "From the highlands of the Equator, an eclectic sound develops in multiples forms: tension, gravity, drums...un-dusted elements from old records, retranslated to tape in order to revive the emotion. All the tracks in this compilation have been assembled through different experimental methods, as this is something that characterizes our creation around here. The work of FE, Quixosis, NTFL (from the city of Ibarra) and my self represent in this record some of the underground fields that this city offers". Indeed an experimental way to experience this city through the sounds of this 4 amazing producers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Derailleur

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Formula 14 EP - Inc. Carl Finlow And Adam Reid Remixes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Second instalment on Derailleur’s own Decade Box imprint, featuring a rather good remix from Carl Finlow. Derailleur’s arp driven, sub heavy original gets a signature reboot courtesy of Mr Finlow. Dorsia’s Adam Reid switches up the vibe, taking a more breaks driven approach to Derailleur’s electro version. While Finlow adds the funk, Reid strips back the elements to reveal a starker, more urgent vision of the original.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Following his timely 2004 debut on Varial, Derailleur has also released on Dust Science, Soma and Harmless. With a strong commitment to hardware based recording and performance, 2019 brings in a new chapter for the France based producer and DJ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The third in the releases where label favourites are represented for today and backed with a remix / version by a contemporary producer of repute, presents 80s leftfield pop-rock band In Embrace. Appearing here are two versions of The Living Daylights, the original long version and a re-recorded live take, plus additional versions by Timothy J Fairplay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coming out of the midlands Post Punk / fanzine scene Gary Knight and friends formed the original incarnation of In Embrace in 1981. Picked up by Glass Records, the early, edgy live recording were re-proposed as Knight developed his 'non-musicianship' with an interest in the possibilities of the studio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The original "Uncut" version takes it's anti-war themed vocal and lays it over a Jah Wobble inspired bassline and tense electronic rhythm. As it builds, the pressure mounts a visceral sense of oblivion of 9+ minutes of deep dubbing and repeating refrain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Next to this the "Live In Studio" version sees the later 3 piece band replay it out in an energetic raw form that makes a worth addition. Handing the versions, plus backing tracks to Timothy J Fairplay offered a radical departure. His brooding Redub and Bonus mixes take the track to a darker place, drawing out the induced, relentless madness Knight always intended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bo Ningen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              B.C.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A welcome return for Bo Ningen, showcasing the first cut from their brand new record, with a lead single that is as intense as it is melodic, hinting at the slightly more accessible, though still incredibly intense, tone of what’s to come. Backed with a fascinating remix from Yokohma experimentalist Foodman.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Khalab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Zaire E.P.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OnTheCorner creep closer to their milestone 10th release with DJ Khalab here providing some futuristic new world amalgamations for the label.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Zaire" is the beginning of a new narrative for the artist. In this first chapter Khalab creates urgent compositions with layers of sound from the past, present and future. "Zaire" is underpinned by an intensely pounding heart of other-worldly percussion. The collaged loops frenetically jab in syncopation breaking off when the inherent swing casts its discrete groove to summon the dance. Unrelenting waves of synthlines, basslines and rhythm find harmony amongst the melodic chants and distortion. Already making Gilles Peterson’s ‘All Winners’ list on BBC 6 Music. The two remixes offer magnified oppositions to the friction that Khalab seamlessly stitches into his tapestries of sound. The bass frequencies that Medlar bounces across his electro dirge, taking day into night, contrasts with the harmony and light of Will LV’s journeying remix that drives through the troposphere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 1981, Nick Robson wrote Stars. The song can pretty much be described as a slow, cosmic disco song. It has an unusual feel, and it comes as Oslo-based Neppås third release. This 12″ holds the 12″ mix, the 7″ mix, and the original B-side Eye To Eye. The original 12″ is as rare as they come, and here you get the original material, fully licenced, and remastered. The process of recording the material back in 1981 was not an easy one, as Nick Robson recalls: “Fame by David Bowie is one of my favourite songs, period. I was 18 when i wrote Stars and i wanted to write something that was my version of Fame and quite honestly, as a tribute to the song. If you listen to the bass lines, there is a hint of similarity in the two. Even the lyric of Stars has a passing reference to Fame. Stars was one of four songs recorded at Gary’s Rock City studio to supply the first two singles and form the basis of the first album. The other three tracks were Eye To Eye, Boys and She’a Like Ice. Although all four tracks were finished, for one reason or another, Boys never made it to pressing and i walked away from the business to pursue a career in film. Stars itself, was the most ardous and problematic track that i’ve ever recorded. It took around 14 days to finally get an agreed mix when the budget probably only ran to three days. Part of the reason for this is the enormous quantity of music tracks recorded in the song. In those days, we only had 24 recordable tracks available on the Otari, so once you had recorded 23 or less actually, you had to bounce down sub-mixes to a single track to free up another batch of tracks. I think that there are around 46 tracks of instruments alone on Stars so although that kind of track usage is not uncommon now, back then it was rare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Johnny Guitar Watson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A Real Mother For Ya - Ben Liebrand Remixes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ben Liebrand returns to High Fashion Music, the label where it all started decades ago. And delivered the Old-skool remix and dub-mix of Johnny Guitar Watson’s classic ‘Real Mother For Ya’. Ben highlights many great elements of the original recording and made sure that this remix is way more useful for the dance floor, adding convenient and mixable intros and breaks. Liebrand used the original multi-track, hence drum-sounds, but made sure the timing is now absolutely steady. Danceable vintage-funk, ready for 2020!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Karen Young

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Deetour - Moplen Remixes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When Italian Luca “Moplen” Locatelli asked High Fashion to feast his creativity on this one, they were rather sceptical. In fact, they preferred not. But how quick things can change! Moplen brought this nevertheless classic performance of Karen Young back to it’s basis, took as a tradition all tracks and stems apart, and reconstructed it into what it should have been back in 1982. With a flavour of 2020. Bringing the record to its original speed and key, based on the cosmic feel that comes with the lyrics of the song. And the way Karen performs it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CoFlo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lux (incl. Kaidi Tatham Remix)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Continuing a run of highly musical releases, Local Talk is proud to present Cody Ferreira aka CoFlo to the label with 'Lux'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Lovely Eggs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Still Second Rate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Still Second Rate” is the second single from The Lovely Eggs forthcoming album “I am Moron.” Released on limited edition 7” snot green vinyl and accompanied by mind melting artwork designed by Casey Raymond “Still Second Rate” is the latest instalment in the Lovely Eggs current catalogue of contempt for a modern culture that is bringing the world to its knees. “Still Second Rate” forces you to question the difference between value and worth. It also includes a pretty impressive re-creation by the band of the Working Tax Credit Hotline hold music! It follows on from their single “This Decision” released earlier this year which reached number #1 in both the physical and vinyl charts and was hammered by DJs at BBC 6 Music including Iggy Pop, Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson and John Kennedy at Radio X.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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 INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7" Info: Limited "snot" green vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Metastasio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With You

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disco Segreta makes another dream for italo-disco hardcore true!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Forest Law

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Forest Law EP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rio meets Romford on Forest Law’s EP, the Essex-raised, London-based artist’s debut on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label. He was first discovered through Future Bubblers, Peterson’s programme for new and unsigned artists, and this release is an assured introduction to the singer and multi-instrumentalist’s tight, groove-driven sound. The EP features Esa Williams (Soundway, Rush Hour) on the berimbau on ‘Keep an Eye Out’, his mentor through Future Bubblers and bandmate in Esa’s Afro-Synth Band. A bright, Brazilian-tinted sensibility runs through every track which Forest Law creates. From Hornchurch, Essex, and now based in London, he makes warm, eclectic compositions in his garden shed. He takes groove as his driving force, building outwards in kaleidoscopic directions.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Loose Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Loose Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Loose Fit began when fashion school friends Kaylene Milner and Anna Langdon bonded over their mutual love of experimental music. After toying with low-fi bedroom recordings, the pair recruited Max Edgar on guitar and Richard Martin on bass and started making some actual noise. With Kaylene behind the kit and Anna on sax and vocal duties, Loose Fit’s unique and focussed sound began to take shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yazmin Lacey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Morning Matters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This EP pairs candid songwriting with a laid-back, graceful delivery and is, as Lacey explains; “dedicated to anyone that’s ever struggled with getting up and out in the morning, for everyone doing work on themselves and trying to live better.” Contributors include Femi Koleoso and Ife Ogunjobi of Ezra Collective, plus jazz protege Moses Boyd. Yazmin Lacey didn’t set out to be a singer, however a chance encounter lead to her earning a place on Future Bubblers - Gilles Peterson’s development programme devoted to discovering and nurturing UK talent. Enthused by the experience, Lacey recorded some songs in her living room and in 2017 self-released debut EP, Black Moon. The more polished When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees EP followed in 2018 and includes standout single Something My Heart Trusts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gang Starr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jazz Thing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With the original UK 7” of this release now as rare as hen’s teeth, and with the group having recently ‘reformed’ for one last album together, the Mr Bongo replica re-release of this 1990 masterpiece by Gang Starr couldn’t be more timely

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jarv Is

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    House Music All Night Long

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “We first performed this at the All Points East festival in Victoria Park in May 2019. The crowd reaction was so positive that I was inspired to do my first-ever bit of crowd-surfing (which I enjoyed so much that I have repeated it a couple of times since). We played the song throughout the summer & eventually recorded it after our final performance of the year at the End of the Road festival on September 4th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “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.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jasss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WHITIES 027

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With her first solo record since 2017's 'Weightless', an unapologetic ode to rave, the record was influenced by her initial experiences of dance music as a teenager - a release for those that must imagine world's unseen and a projection of what it felt like to experience a new reality for the first time. Turbo Olé.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Patrick 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Space Dimension Controller

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Planète Contraire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beyond the Mikrosector, passed the Love Quadrant and over the Intersect lies another reality that exists in contrary to our own. This is where we now find Mr. 8040, the Space Dimension Controller, on a planète contraire, a world very much like our own, but one that runs in opposite to the norm. Here he toys with intergalactic Detroit funk and sequenced machines, creating celestial signals of minimalistic, atmospheric boogie. It’s a new course of interconnected, cinematic electro that exists outside of time and yet is apt for moments of timelessness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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 COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Patrick 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mildlife

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Zwango Zop (Artwork Edit)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With the collective generosity of all those involved along the way, from mastering, manufacturing, affiliated record stores and PR to the artists themselves and PDD, 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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 COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Patrick 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 INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ltd 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eureka!'s 6th long-waited release is by Russian craftsman Lay-Far, who has been releasing great tracks on Local Talk, Soundofspeed, Razor-N-Tape just to name a few.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          London based French producer Mondowski follows a spate of recent releases on Relish and Ombra with a new, club-orientated vision for London label and clubnight SC&P. Following his remix services on label's debut and 4th releases, Mondowski makes his full label debut with an electro inspired turn. Dancefloor orientated lead track "Sholay" finds a mesmerizing path somewhere between extroverted 80's electro and celebratory spiritual transcendence and gets the remix treatment from Pinkman's Kris Baha who subverts the original by turning the electro backbone up to 11. The EP's B-side, "Negative Space", voyages into darker electro territories with Kraftwerkesque synths, rolling pads and a Motorik bassline, all of which provides the launchpad for Multiple Man to turn out a pitch black EBM banger on his Sniffing Anxiety remix. Ace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sil 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bananas house and techno bizz in a deranged Pepe Bradock style here from reliable lunatic Ruutu Poiss. The A-side is a zero gravity club cut with wierd whirring effects and a  highly narcotic queasiness, while the flip is a weird and warped tool for all the mad heads behind the turntables.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tamburi Neri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Works #2 - Inc. Passarani Remix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TAMBURI NERI’s WORKS 2 is the first LDDLM release of the new decade. Following their acclaimed EP on Optimo, Claudio Brioschi (aka Brioski) and Andrea Barbiera further their exploration in stripping down their psychedelia. There is a long tradition of slo-mo tribalism in Italian dance music, cosmic or not. But Tamburi Neri dissolve the tribal decorum, focusing on the beat-as-heartbeat, and on Italian language as incantation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Qwestlife’s dedication to crafting authentic, heartfelt and original disco tracks has been well documented over the course their partnership. The duo, a cross-European collaboration between Southern French maestro Tom Laroye and London mainstay Andy Williams (aka Yam Who?), came together in 2013, and with Tom’s song-writing abilities and Andy’s club track mastery, they were a match made in musical heaven. Using old school methods and analogue techniques to produce enchanting boogie-filled numbers, the Glitterbox regulars now release their debut album ‘Prophecy’ on the imprint, encapsulating the boundless energy of their DJ sets in an exquisite 10-track collection. With highlights including previous singles like the joyous Glitterbox anthem ‘Hit It Off’ and instant party anthem ‘Give Me A Minute’ (the duo’s label debut) the feel-good qualities of this album highlight not only Qwestlife’s production abilities but also their expansive knowledge of the genre. Album exclusives like ‘Can’t Stop’ and ‘Cut You Loose’ show them exploring a distinctively housier vibe with vocalist Alena, while ‘Universal Love’ and ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ could have been taken straight from the heart of a 1970’s disco. Featuring an incredible array of collaborators that range from session vocalist to the stars Teni Tinks, Barbados’ Bobby Saint and the ubiquitous Sugarhill Gang this album is a wonderful ode to the dancefloor and a record box essential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Amora Lamor is a project by Lithuanian producers Brokenchord and Munpauzn. Their debut release is a fun and ironic take on current electronic music trends. From disco to lo-fi breaks, from banging club sound to cinematic synthwave, this EP is an experiment of six fuzzed-up cuts delivered using synthesizers, guitars and drum machines. There's even a touch of Metronomy style synth pop on here for the indie kid in all of us...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Label boss Aimes returns to his home base with a double track ep of chugging acid-tinged left-field techno. Both tracks implore multi-dimensional existentialist lyrics combined with cosmic leaning production.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ess O Ess & Saul Richards Feat. Laura Lee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Totem - Inc. Hardaway Brothers / Otologic Remixes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ess O Ess have finally joined the Kinfolk stable with a thunderous release featuring Laura Lee of Khruangbin fame. Entitled "Totem", the original mix is a wailing guitar-heavy psyche rock-out that sees Laura Lee's vocals carrying it across a peyote-filled landscape. Saul's "Swamp Crawl" version sees the slow 'n' heavy rock elements kept in the mix but with added electronic flourishes. Head nodding is an optional extra while The Hardway Brothers decided to tune in with the spirit of Johnny Jenkins and haul it through New Orleans via a pit stop at John Carpenter's desert holiday home. Otologic bring up the rear with an altogether different take by donning their finest digi dub garb and take it as far away as they can from its psyche out beginnings; laced with 'lectronic dread and wacked-out tape delays. Mega!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Too Slow To Disco Edits 05: Vibes4YourSoul

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Too Slow To Disco regulars will remember Vibes4YourSoul’s name from his standout remix for L’impératrice on last years “TSTD – En France” compilation. He is one of the edit-producers that specialized in those slow jams and mid tempo tracks on the record. With a lot of SOUL, Vibes4YourSoul (aka V4YS) is a French DJ and producer who blends elements of disco, rare groove, afro-Latin and soulful indie together with the deeper edge of contemporary house and nu disco sounds. The four reworks on this Double 7 Inch reflect all these styles, held together by Vibes4YourSoul’s lush, mellow and funky production.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Liaisons Dangereuses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Los Ninos Del Parque

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Continuing their unstoppable charge, Spaziale Recordings look back to 1981 with an officially licensed, remastered reissue of the much lauded 'Los Ninos Del Parque’ by the German band Liaisons Dangereuses, alongside providing a cosmic evolution of the original by Stefano Ritteri.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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 Imbeciles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Decider Remixes (Inc. Deetron / Benedikt Frey / Fort Romeau Remixes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mesmerizing, ghostly, seductive, urgent, poignant, “Decider” is about the ultimate endgame: death. This track draws you into its web and holds you there. There’s no escape. Is there anything after ‘the end?’ If there is, will it bring happiness, or just more pain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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…


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Roy Davis Jr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gabrielle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  REPRESS!!! Roy Davis Jr's gorgeous EP became a hit on the early UK garage scene thanks to the "Live Garage Mix" and Peven Everett's vocals, but proper US garage aficiandos were always more taken with the A-side's "Scroll Mix", a Prescription-deep trek with rattling cymbals, submerged bassline, solo sax and minimal spoken word vocal. Still sounds amazing, and the Large issue 12" hasn't been available for years!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  **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 COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Matt 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Confidence Man

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Does It Make You Feel Good - Inc. Greg Wilson & Ché Wilson / Mind Enterprises / CC: DISCO! X DJ BORING Remixes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Following their much acclaimed and loved debut album “Confident Music for Confident People”, Confidence Man returned at the end of last year sounding like Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder gleefully discovering house music via Dee-lite with a brand-new track “Does It Make You Feel Good?”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Renowned for the weightiest of rollers, Digwah drops another hand stamped, one sided slice of techy brilliance. Pure low end, pinging synths and tough percussion coupled with an audacious, chopped, screwed and spun out noughties vocal that will have the club jumpin no matter what time it is. Absolutely system rinsing beats with a mangled Destiny's Child vocal for peak time deployment - pure Sankey's tackle!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sil 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Originally entering the world via Pierrot Records in 1982, The Chaplin Band's take on Italian standard "Il Veliero" is the greatest dancefloor record ever made. I say that without the tiniest trace of hyperbole - it's an accepted scientific fact that the Dutch disco group gifted humanity its most uplifting, euphoric and incredible achievement back in the early 80s, and it remains unsurpassed to this day. A galloping groove, the perfect combination of a three note bassline and unrushed disco 4/4, palm muted rhythm guitar like Lee Perry in Spaghetti Western mode, buzzing synth tones and then that piano, tempted down from heaven to play the most emotional melody ever created. Uplifting but also melancholic, there is no end to the beauty here, or that groove. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tom Burford aka Contours is a Manchester based DJ, teacher and producer. Known for his extensive love of exotic dance rhythms, esoteric tribal jazz and percussion from far-flung lands, this record of Anna 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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 COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sil 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Max Essa completes a trio of terrific releases on Hell Yeah with The Great Adventure EP. It's packed with more grown up dance floor dynamite and later in the year will be collected together with the first two parts to make for a full album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Patrick 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kris Baha's first 12" for Especial. With releases on Bahnsteig 23, CockTail d'Amore and Pinkman, Baha has become a respected artist in just a few years. Building analogue equipped studios in Melbourne and Berlin, DJing, producing and mixing have all led to atonal ear, with success achieved through dedication.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. 


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Matt 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The unstoppable Spaziale Recordings set their sights on an absolute Paradise Garage classic from 1982 - the much sought after and instantly recognisable ‘Together Forever’ by Exodus. This fully licensed, remastered reissue comes housed in a full picture sleeve and contains a killer DEF Mix from Stefano Ritteri alongside the original extended vocal and dub versions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alfa Mist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On My Ones

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With his new project 'On My Ones', Alfa Mist takes a personal journey into melody, composition, improvisation and his relationship with the piano. Striped back from his previous Jazz release, ‘On My Ones’ is filled with a beautiful melancholic sound throughout. Taking a step back from production and additional instrumentation, the self-taught pianist explores the instrument across six new tracks recorded at Fieldgate Studio in Cardiff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Millie 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hailing from Ann Arbor Michigan, DJ FLP makes his vinyl debut on new Vanity Press offshoot 3345 records. A 5 track vinyl that's suitable for play at either speed, we see footwork, jungle, lo-fi house and ghetto bass styles revamped and merged for 2020 enjoyment!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sil 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last year Swiss savant, deep digger, production whizz and superstar DJ Lexx put a spell on us with his superb debut LP, "Cosmic Shift". Filtering disco, dub and Balearic through the shimmer of heat haze, he soundtracked a particularly toasty Piccadilly summer, and now returns on a remix tip to bring on the spring. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No Bad Days is back with the weird and wonderful sounds of the Korean tropics for Closet Yi’s debut release ‘Tam Tam Land’. Opening with ‘Honeymoon Junction’ we are greeted by the signature floaty yet punchy sound that often comes with a No Bad Days record but then around the halfway mark, an almost abrupt eeriness ambience washes over the track, letting us know: this isn’t going to be quite what you expected. ‘Circle Dance’ is next on the A side which is more of a functional club track in its structure to it’s predecessor. Birds tweet and a female Korean voice creeps in and out of the mix, luring us deeper into the depths of the island.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Patrick 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tempting us with some Summer (read: Spring) sunshine, the Star Creature cartel's ever-faithful renditions of modern funk, new boogie and bedroom soul music continues to remain top of the charts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Matt says: The No.1 brand continues. Regular signing E. Live bringing the modern funk flavours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Liam Doc AKA Liam Docherty is next up on Denis Sulta’s Sulta Selects Silver Service label.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sil says: Four cuts of disco house with some good old French filtering looping. Bar tackle for those anxious to have a fun time.