Invisible City Editions returns with an official repress of a fantastic double-sided private press rarity from 1989 Detroit. Featuring two legendary Inner City alumni: producer / keyboardist / engineer Art Forest and Inner City background vocalist dancer/singer Shawn Pittman. On the A side a lush slow modern soul slow burner. “Dreams'' features a deep, spatial throbbing bass line with glistening synths floating underneath cool, angelic, hypnotic vocals by Ms Pittman. 'Dreams are only Dreams till you make it real' chants Shawn Pittman and we’re lead down a dazzling maze of mirrors. With “I'm Losing Control (Extended Bass-ment Club Mix)” on the flipside a wild late night warehouse dub remix features sci-fi vocal effects, fostex tape loops and ultra-heavy bass and driving drum machines. Providing that minimal, lush, e-soul perfect for early mornings and the post-club world and a wild sci-fi house winner for late night club sessions. An IC fave! Remastered by Brandenberg / The Carvery (they've also removed the drum machine going out of sync that was on the original press). Official repress via Art Forest and his label Wildboy. Essential stuff!

Art Forest is an electronic engineer and production wizard from Detroit Michigan. He originally recorded 2 of Inner Citys’ biggest hits: “Good Life” and “Big Fun”, and continues to record to this day. Art Forest still finds and repairs equipment to add to his studio today. He also recorded for Paula Abdul “Straight Up” and Madonnas’ “Justify My Love”. Shawn Pittman was a singer and dancer from Detroit who was a good friend of Inner City vocalist Paris Grey. Shawn Pittman sang backing vocals and harmonies on “Good Life” and “Big Fun”.


Matt says: Cosy, lovers bedroom boogie from Shawn Pittman here, dug from the pillow sheets by Invisible City Editions. There's a new jack swing on the flip which moves into proto-house territory on the remix. Top stuff.


Dreams Remix Version
Im Losing Control
Im Losing Control Extended Bass-Ment Club Mix

Big Love boss Seamus Haji commits four of the label’s latest cuts to wax for the second edition of ‘A Touch Of Love’. Kicking off the A-Side, Dirty Channels’ dreamy disco cut ‘Let Love In’ sets the tone, soul-steeped with a heavy dose of funk. Up next, Seamus’ remix of Brazilian house legend DJ Meme ‘I Can’t Get You (Out Of My Mind)’ follows, a silky down-tempo cut with flawless composition. On the flip, Boston singer-songwriter Saucy Lady delivers ‘Reunite Under Starlight’, exuding confidence and sensuality on the 70s inspired cut. Finally, Razor-N-Tape boss JKriv closes out the EP with ‘Not That Serious’ featuring Angela Johnson, a soulful and uplifting dancefloor track that’s an authentic slice of disco goodness.


Matt says: House record of the week for each of its two current EPs, Big Love looks set to be a label to watch for house heads as they deliver another sick four track v/a EP.


A1. Dirty Channels Ft. Debbie Jacobs - Let Love In
A2. DJ Meme - I Can't Get You (Out Of My Mind) (Seamus Haji Remix)
AA1. Saucy Lady - Reunite Under Starlight
AA2. JKriv Ft. Angela Johnson - Not That Serious

As the name suggests, Sai Galaxy represents a star-studded cluster of artists from around the world - their varied styles colliding to form a refreshing fusion of classic Afrobeat, disco and West African funk

Drawing from the influence of 70s and 80s Nigerian artists such as Nkono Teles, Jake Sollo and Mike Umoh, the Sai Galaxy collective is on a mission to reproduce the analogue warmth and groove from those decades. Consequently, they lean heavily on 70s production techniques - free from the predictable rigidity of digital sequencing.

Spearheaded by Australian multi-instrumentalist Simon Durrington (from Digital Afrika), the members include Olugbade Okunade - former trumpet player from Seun Kuti's Egypt 80 - as well as guests Gabriel Otu, Ray Lédon and Vanessa Baker.

While the EP seeks to reflect 70s production, glimpses of contemporary elements can be found in the arrangements and harmonies, at times reminiscent of modern artists such as Lord Echo, Bosq and Voilaaa.

As Durrington believes: 'dance is vital to health and community'. And with an EP that urges you to dance from start to finish, consider Sai Galaxy a cosmic tonic for the modern lifestyle. There's also some serious bass weight on the vinyl, meaning the record's gonna more than cut it in the dance. 

For fans of: Kiki Gyan, the "Doing It In Lagos" compilation, Flamingo Pier, Khruangbin, the Space Grapes label, David Mancuso. And yes, it really is that good!


Matt says: Stupidly strong, modern afro-disco here from an all star cast of musicians. Hard to pick a favourite track they're all that good! Impressive vinyl pressing too - proper weighty. I like!


Rendezvous Feat. Vanessa Baker
Obio Feat. Gabriel Otu
Don't Wanna Be Your Lover Feat. Raymond Lédon
Get It In The Sun Feat. Olugbade Okunade

The indie dance and leftfield techno magicians Radial Gaze join the Urge To Dance family after remarkable releases for labels such as TAU, Feines Tier, Calypso and Eskimo. The Saint Petersburg-based project is accompanied by Thomass Jackson and Zombies in Miami on remix duties for the mesmerizingly exotic “In Each Other” EP.

"In Each Other" is a multi-layered and infectiously danceable combination of addictive bassline, magical Cameroonian drums, Amazonian percussions and mystical marimbas creating a mysterious and exotic track. "Psych Subsidy" delivers dirty, energizing and somehow hypnotic emotions. Entrancing sitar loops, long pitched synthesizer and a twisted old lullaby female vocal will get you on board for an amazing psychedelic trip.

The B-side is where Thomass Jackson and Zombies in Miami deliver their wild and unorthodox remixes of "In Each Other". The Thomas Jackson 'True Love' remix is emotional, hypnotizing and yet so trippy, a true testament of Calypso Records Boss’ remixing skills. The second take of the leading track is by Zombies in Miami, a powerful and forward-looking track that blends the hypnotic percussions of the original with a rhythmic bassline and flawless simplicity of all elements used in this remix.


Matt says: Always nice to have a solid piece of drug-chug in for the amyl enthusiasts and cybernetic dancers. This is one such number. Thrusting robotics and hypnotic head shakes their signature dance moves.


1 In Each Other
2 Psych Subsidy
3 In Each Other (Thomass Jackson True Love Remix)
4 In Each Other (Zombies In Miami Remix)

For EPMmusic's 100th release they're throwing it back to another milestone. Last year, EPM celebrated 20 years in the business with a series of vinyl EPs and a compilation. Now they've enlisted Shed, CYRK, Inigo Kennedy and Works of Intent to remix some of those 'EPM20' tracks.

On the A-side, the highly acclaimed and always uncompromising Shed (one of the many aliases of Berlin's René Pawlowitz) delivers a raw and tribal take on Regis 'Beyond The Reach Of Time'. From one legend to a current electro phenomenon CYRK, fresh off the back of their collaborative 'Freundschaft' album on Burial Soil turn their hand to Freddie Fresh's 'ProMars' adding their own style of tuff 'lectro funk.

Flip over for one of the UK's techno warriors, Inigo Kennedy, as the Asymmetric man goes all out on his ominously epic and bass laden remix of 'Io' by Bryan Chapman. To close the EP is UK electronic artist and DJ, Works of Intent (f.k.a. R.O.S.H) with a twisted remix of Paul Mac's 'Nothing Remains' bringing in elements of rave, breaks and sci fi sonics.


Matt says: Been a while since we've had a proper techno record blow our balls off. Queue EPM with another instalment of their 20th anniversary series. If your nethers are intact after that Regis opening blow; I'm sure the remaining three wrecking balls should have you scanning the underwear section of Primark pretty pronto.


A1. Regis - Beyond The Reach Of Time (Shed Remix)
A2. Freddie Fresh Aka Modulator - ProMars (CYRK Remix)
AA1. Bryan Chapman - Io (Inigo Kennedy Remix)
AA2. Paul Mac - Nothing Remains (Works Of Intent Remix)

New Zealander via Berlin music maker, Philippa, is a producer and DJ whose passion for house music, tireless commitment to her craft and ear for what makes a dancefloor tick is slowly and surely starting to pay off. Having been a prominent DJ and promoter back in New Zealand she relocated to the European mecca of electronic music in 2013, where she embraced not only Berlin’s nightlife but also its rich heritage of synthesisers, samplers and sound design. She immersed herself in a new world which saw her lecturing at an institute of arts and technology by day and creating beautiful and unique house music by night. Launching At Peace Music in 2019 led to her music falling on the ears of Jimpster who was suitably impressed and eager to hear more.

Cut to 2022 and Freerange present “There’s A Ghost In My Synthesizer”, an EP which showcases Philippa’s musicality and production nous across 4 tracks which takes in funk-infused, rolling grooves, blissful, string-heavy atmospherics and crunchy disco beats. On the title track Philippa goes heavy on the strings and horns bringing some welcome Philly Soul vibes to a track which is guaranteed to bring something special to the party. “I Guess I Have Boy” puts a live bassline front and center whilst sweeping pads keep things deep and warm. The uptempo, funked up groove of “Dimes” follows, giving us a little hint of Philippa’s love of jacking Chicago house but with her own unique twist with that live, jazzy feel which she does so well. Closing out the EP we have “Slow It Down” which brings a smooth, soulful touch to the release with lush strings and vocal from Mo Van Zandt.


Matt says: Freerange are on a roll right now. Next up on the long running label is Philippa whose no-nonsense, high-groove take on house music is literally music to my ears. Hard not to shake a tail feather when the groove are this slinky! Killer stuff from this New Zealander which adds to the argument that the antipodeans hold the house music crown at present! (controversial I know)


A1. There's A Ghost In My Synthesizer
A2. I Guess I Have A Boy
AA1. Dimes
AA2. Slow It Down Ft. Mo Van Zandt

Leon De Winter

Apollo Jazz

Tobias Menguser, AKA Leon De Winter, was a very influential figure in the 90's Frankfurt techno scene, releasing around 100 records under various aliases, including collaborations with Ricardo Villalobos; but it was his Leon De Winter alias that really caught the ears of legendary London label Eukahouse, who originally released this 12" all the way back in 1997. A one-off, it is not only unique in its sound design but also genre defying, spanning deep house, tech-house, techno, electro and breaks.

A-Side 'Apollo Jazz' is truly that, sounding like it was composed from a freeform jam on a trip to the Moon. Opening with emotive chords, the track lifts off and builds, melodies effortlessly twist and turn, superbly pulling together a variety of well crafted synths, bass and percussion whilst keeping the energy to the fore. Over to the B-Side, 'Metamat', is bold and more playful in its execution, more sonic trickery abounds as the opening riffs and breakbeat percussion give way to a solid 4/4. The bass is as memorable as it is quirky, but again it's the strength in the way all the elements build and combine that creates some real tripped-out musical moments without ever losing its dance floor appeal.

This is one of Tobias's most sought after releases and it's no wonder his collaborative work with Ricardo Villalobos is legendary. The tracks themselves have remained exciting and relevant, achieving cult status amongst the most discerning DJs, record collectors and music heads alike. Legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Tobias Menguser, lovingly remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original DATs 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 - get in!


Matt says: Still on this label... Mint Condition man - they've replenished more worn copies and shone lights on some of the more unexplored areas of house and techno more than most reissue labels going. Never heard this one - absolutely buzzing off it now. Detroit's hi-tech jazz meets UK techno and composed by a Frankfurt producer! Wild styles across both sides which instantly had me salivating.


A. Apollo Jazz
B. Metamat

On his fourth EP, Tim Crombie aka A Psychic Yes invites us to follow him off the beaten track – or dancefloor. With their mix of leftfield grooves, intuitive instrumentation and dreamlike field recordings, these cuts apply club principles to the soundscape of a distant yet familiar world. A bus radio clamours in a terminus in South India. Industrious algorithms go about their daily routines. The sun breaks through a dense canopy, illuminating the damp undergrowth and the psychedelic critters that call it home. Close your eyes and let your mind and feet lead you.


Matt says: Market leaders of shamanic house come strong with warehouse freakster A Psychic Yes whose potent concoction of rainforest sonics, squelchy lysergic breaks and chakra-tuning buzz n hum should deliver a Peak Experience for all. Samadhi!


A1. Moss
A2. Excellent Cave Theme
B1. Sugar Today, Tomorrow
B2. Blood Moon

Remastered and, for the first time, back to back on vinyl, two of Greg Wilson's best-loved edits/mash-ups (plus a bonus track never previously available).

'Two Sides Of Sympathy' combines a pair of P.T.A. mash-ups built around Amerie, Massive Attack and the Rolling Stones. A signature GW edit, originally pressed in 2007, that would feature in his classic 2009 Essential Mix.

'Gotta Keep Workin' It was a GW mash-up pressed back in 2005, its main elements being PM Dawn (sampling Imagination) and Missy Elliot. It would also find it's way into the Essential Mix. A later version, 'Working The Illusion', this time going straight to source with Imagination, whilst retaining Missy Elliot's rap, is made available here for the first time as a bonus addition.


Millie says: People have GOT ON this and rightly so! More coming next week so keep a beady eye on our website.


A1. Two Sides Of Sympathy
B1. Gotta Keep Workin’ It
B2. Working The Illusion

Something very special here from Slow Motion. Recorded while experimenting with gear at CIMM studios (Venice Biennale’s center for computer music which Bottin co-designed in 2019), "EYE-BM" is a joint release between two of our Italo's heaviest hitters: Fabrizio Mammarella and the aforementioned Bottin. "EYE-BM" is three tracks of highly kinetic electro-disco. Gated sequencers, nagging acid, celestial pads and vintage drum boxes all gearing up to create the soundtrack for the Saturday night's cybernetic disco party! Analogue squelches and swirls, dark vox and lashings of modern club energy ensure this certified amyl-huffing monster keeps us chugging till dawn!

Alexander Robotnick contributes a serious uplifting remix; he transposes the melody into heavenly realms, programming a star-studded keyboard preset and turning up the gated reverb on his drum machines - a completely engrossing piece of which the Italian legend is famous for constructing.

Absolutely class. A must for modern Italo / electro-disco lovers or anyone with a penchant for the aCieEd and the CHUG!!!! 


Matt says: Specialist tackle for the Red Laser'd dancefloors. Alexander Robotnick, as always, in supremely fine style. EYE-BM defo onto summat with their machines too - this is authentic, real deal electro-disco folks. Very big in MCR and Italy!


1 EYE-BM 1
2 EYE-BM 1 (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
3 EYE-BM 2
4 EYE-BM 3

'Hypnotise' is the spellbinding new single from sampler slayers, The Allergies. Who, once again, build funky new worlds out of dope beats and loops from their wild and wonderful record collections.

Here, the Bristol-based duo break new ground, sampling the incredible Deli Sosimi and heading out on the housier side of things, working a deadly dancefloor 4/4 around their signature soulful stylings.

Pulsing kicks and playful percussion keep the pace, as euphoric Afrobeat horns and insistent vocal lines build the energy in the room.

It's a captivating cut, made for discerning DJs and discos. But, as soon as you let the infectious double bass-led groove hit you, you'll mesmerised by the music.

'Vamonos' on the flip laces old school boogaloo and salsa samples with sizzling hi-hats, claps, and club-ready breaks. It's an anthem for beach bodies, holiday heroes, and sun-seekers, hell bent on escaping the rat race.


1. Hypnotise
2. Vamonos (feat. Andy Cooper & Marietta Smith)

Hip Horns Brass Collective

"Thunder" B/w "Marathon Runner (Street Version)

With the band's first single pressed on wax, Rocafort Records and Say It Loud join forces to bring the sound of Barcelona's finest street brass band to the dancefloors.

'Thunder' is a fresh and energetic tune with jazz and funk arrangements based on a groove that hip-hop music lovers will quickly recognize.

On the B-side, "Marathon Runner" takes the form of a modern New Orleans brass band and its raw sound with all the groove and horn solos you would expect.


1. Thunder
2. Marathon Runner ((Street Version))

Tessellate's next addition of their Teamwork VA series has arrived! For volume four they have got Aiden Francis, Duowe & Picasso, Harry Oscillate and Toke in for the ride. Four carefully selected bangers covering various different moods - they've got all your bases covered.


Millie says: Housey number up next, specially selected so you have something up your sleeve and for any occasion. All you need now are some laser beams and you're off!


1. Harry Oscillate - Take This (Electribe Mix)
2. Aiden Francis - Calypso
3. Duowe & Picasso - Swarmin B'zz
4. Toke - Chronicles Of Amber

Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18


"Olá!" is the first single taken from the forthcoming album, "Yn Rio" by Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 performing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

A truly international project, it features players from Wales, Brazil, Venezuela and USA - and the simple greeting, "Olá!" is coupled with a message of hope, friendship and working together for the better times to come!

Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 from Cardiff/Wales have released two albums so far, "Joia!" and "Mas". In autumn 2021 Ellis will also work on new projects with Chrissie Hynde (of The Pretenders) as well as Edwyn Collins.


1. Olá!
2. Ti

Last in the Nature Boy series that offers you another 6 previously unreleased pumping house trax produced by Milo Johnson in the early 90's. Yes the ruff disco years! Found on dusty DAT tapes, now carefully mastered and cut on wax for your listening pleasure.
This is the sound many try to imitate today and sadly fails at. When we heard this recently we knew we were in for a good thing (needless to say we are devoted DJ Nature fans at Picc Towers). Lots of clever sampling, rough beats and heavy basslines that sounds just as fresh as when it was made more than two decades ago. A journey down memory lane for all of you that were there and those who were not. Timeless in sound, oozing originality and a piece of history for real.


Matt says: A lost DJ Nature classic gets given the reissue treatment. Jam packed with six bass buggin' house tracks done in the producer's inimitable style.


A1. Hot (demo Mix)
A2. I'm Searching
A3. J-Edit
B1. On Fire (Piano Version)
B2. Do The Freak
B3. Round Round

Back in stock Cover of Put Your Face Away by Payfone.
Always innovative - the reliably inspiring Payfone are back once more pushing the envelope with a sonic statement addressed to the late-night populous.

After a series of acclaimed releases on Golf Channel, Leng and Defected records, Payfone now deliver on their own Otis Records imprint.
A dirty punk-funk bass guitar and kick drum combo kick off this 120 BPM party piece before a vintage drum machine steps in to take the track into warehouse territory, like Murk covering Liquid Liquid.

Smoke and sweat dripping from walls cling to your clothes as you melt into the sexually fluid vocals from an international array of vocal talent featuring Kyd Nereida (Dominican Republic) Philissa Williams (Washington D.C.) and Jo Harris (N. Carolina)

Raking in at 9 minutes, the B side is an extended dub version for those moments when time loses all context...


Matt says: Filthy BDSM / leather-clad house music for the punx, pole dancers and late night disenfranchised. Our Tim is loving it, the dirty rascal!


A. Put Your Face Away
B. Put Your Face Away (Extended Dub)

More new tackle from the Beatconductor. After gracing us with his new label 7" Gatt last week, he on one of his more long running imprints, Soundscapes, with a 12" offering...

Electric mash-ups are order of the day here. Starting with a high voltage, downtempo tweak of Gladys Knight & The Pips' "Neighher One Of Us" which matches a moody and shadowed instrumental to those heartwrenching lyrics. 

Whitney Houston's "I Get So Emotional" is redecorated with a house music aesthetic. Deep piano chords and 4/4 drum boxes forcing this one strictly into the club and perfectly complimenting the fierce emotion present through one of Whitney's most sterling vocal deliveries. 

A closing curveball, "Simmer Down" sees our trusty Swede work his magic on modern pop starlet, Hayley Williams' parental breakup smash "Simmer". He transforms it into a radiant, grooving, mid-session soul-disco number with exquisite bass and bright guitar chops; taking the sentiment far away from the original's! 

Unbeatable stuff from the king of the mash-up! Limited import copies... 


Matt says: Marvellous modern mash-ups from the Beatconductor. He's on a roll right now! That Whitney edit is fire, and the melancholic downbeat of Gladys Knight is also a headturner. Big tip!


Side 1
1. Goodbye Future Bass (rework) (4:37)
2. Goodbye Future Bass (extended Rework) (5:33)

Side 2
1. Emotional Trap (4:34)
2. Simmer Down (club Rework) (4:38)


Semi-Skimmed Edits 5

Quickly gathering momentum, the highly respected Manchester surgeon James Greenwood returns with volume five of his self-released edits series.

A one-sided offering, it's a high energy broth full of leggy live drums, vamping piano chords, energized octane bass and swirling keyboards. It's annoyingly hard to identify - but that vocal seems recognizable. As usual Greenwood keeping us delightfully clueless as to the source material.

Stupidly limited copies - one off pressing - move quick if you want in. 


Matt says: The Supernature don comes correct with a one-sider of Ron Hardy endorsed disco heat.


A. The Milky Way

The second part of the new Deepchord project "Functional Extraits" continues with the Detroit producer's first work for Soma in five years. Creating more of his distinctive dub-techno plasma fields, deep bass submersion and fluttering hypnotic dreamscapes.

Four tracks supremely rich in texture, ambience and atmosphere than pretty much every other dub-techno producer still making music (we have to rule out Basic Channel obviously). Rod's still on top of his game: and there seems to be an even high definition of fidelity on these new cuts, as though he's operating at higher bitrates and using frequency responses beyond our human hearing. On the headphones the tracks really come into their own - with elements permanently teasing and moving around the stereo fields. It's an all-encompassing, instantly transportative listening that lovers of the producer's sound will know all too well. Lush, dreamy and expansive; it's the Deepchord sound refined for 2022. Highly recommended! 


Matt says: Second part of Roddy M's new dub-techno saga. The sonic equivalent of a weighted blanket; these rich, heavy, echo-chamber excursions are like drowning in a pool of plasma - in a good way!


A1. Fluorescence
A2. Glyphs
B1. Orbitals
B2. Leafiness

Steppin up, steppin in. Tom Esselle, one half of the minds behind the South London label and former Peckham record store, Yam Records, joins the WOLF Music fam for his first full length EP. And you best believe it doesn’t disappoint.

Following VA appearances on Rhythm Section and his own imprint, he goes all out for this first solo EP outing. Shuffling bumpers, SE LDN jazz-flecked deepness, tough drum workouts and broken beat heaters, all mixed down by Chaos In The CBD main man Beans, this really does have a cut for every occasion and shows an accomplished head rests on Esselle’s shoulders. Someone who’s been part of the scene for years, slingin records and throwing parties, he knows what makes people tick and even better what makes people move.

This is premium grade dancefloor business, tinged by a whole host of different influences and genres, strung together with that distinctive South London feel.


Millie says: Jazz-house hybrid, Tom Esselle brings us a taste of South East London for his first solo release with a irresistible broken beat groove underlying throughout. Proper nice.


A1. Can I Get A Bump Feat. 3Digits
A2. Better Than NeverA3R-Type (Just Beats)
B1. Wayne's Lament
B2. Let Me Love You Feat. Lizzie Berchie

French dynamo LB aka Labat returns for his second EP on Steel City Dance Discs. The Lyon-based artist delivers another collection of full fat bangers, displaying his trademark ability to provide both weight and ingenuity for the heavier-learning dancefloors.

"Skincare" is a hefty house throwback featuring Labat’s swirling synths, speaker punishing bass and a hypnotic vocal line; sure to get any dancefloor moving.

"I Can See You My Way" has an emotive female vocal line combined with frenetic floor toms and wavy synths whilst "Make My Drum Machine" bang chucks a plethora of crumbling claps, fizzing hats and distorted snares at another wavy, swirling, synthy tapestry. "MG" contains slamming kicks, gurgling pads and a deep growling vox. "All Girls Are 808" is Labat visit the classic ghetto-house blueprint, albeit at a slightly slower tempo and slightly higher distortion. A nice twist on a tried and tested blueprint - every DJ needs a coupla booty bass records in their collection to get the floor percolated!

Tough, controlled aggression paired with creative synthwork and a sophisticated dancefloor mindset make this a must-have 12" for the working nightclub DJ...


Matt says: Proper dig this label. Uncompromising trax for the headstrong. Tempos have dropped on this release but the energy and heft remain the same.


A1. Skincare
A2. I Can See You
A3. Make My Drum Machine Bang
B1. MG
B2. All Girls Are 808

The legendary N.A.D. follows up the aptly titled "Electro EP" with the punishing "A Day in May", a scorching hot four track technofunk monster that marries the Detroit and Kalamazoo techno traditions with classic UK techno. Absolutely exceptional high-octane material destined to set any dancefloor on fire. Do not sleep!


Matt says: Fuckin' love that twangy electroid goodness that NAD exude. Much like B12, John Shima, Nu Groove and much of the Network roster - their synthesis skills and ability to create highly kinetic electronic grooves is second to none.


A Day In May (Instrumental)
What Race The Cyborg
Singer Of Siren Songs

Ólta Karawane

Deep Cover #6

New Deep Cover! Ólta Karawane ventures beyond borders once again, luring a pair of perfect peaches from the hands of two welcome wanderers who have strayed far from their homeland... Imagination is knee-deep at this, the dream station, though our companions in dub are around the corner.

Deep Cover's infrequent but mythical forays into the cosmic undergrowth continue to beguile and mystify! Join the cult.. 


Matt says: The cult collected, highly eclectic imprint turn their spotlight onto Cosa Rosa's 1983 German masterpiece. Whilst we also get an un-ID'd squishy, Molusc-dance number that's had us pulling funny shapes all afternoon. As always, something different from this illusive camp.


A. Galocher
B. In Freunde Mit Dub

Top drawer business from Mr McCann, bringing a profound understanding of what high-pressure dub-rooted music should be about, both banging and deep depending on which side you pick.

Originally released in 2012, "Dread" is proving to be one of those timeless bas classics that still gets the pull-up in the dance today!

"Late Night Blues" on the flip is equally urgent and arresting, a claustrophobic, vacuum sealed bass-woodblock-hi-hat groove sucking all the air outta the dancefloor whilst the echo-drenched rootsman vox provide a much needed handle to grasp onto.

Official repress on 180g vinyl! 


Matt says: Highly noxious bass pressure that may have escaped your radar during the dub-step frenzy whence it was released. Like a lot of good records - time unveils the hype and only the good shit sticks. This is one such record!


A1. Kahn - Dread
B1 Kahn Feat. Rider Shafique - Late Night Blues

Latest offering from J. Rawls, the super producer who has worked with the likes of the Beastie Boys, Yasiin Bey ( formerly known as Mos Def ) & Talib Kweli, modern Soul stars, Aloe Blacc and Eric Roberson, as well as founding and producing the coveted Hip-Hop / Jazz outfit, The Liquid Crystal Project.

These are a few amongst the many collaborations J. Rawls has done over the last two, plus, decades in music!

This 7" is the followup release to his 2022 #JazzHop LP, which is sold out. This is the first dancefloor record from Rawls, mirroring where his soul is now and reflected in his personal DJ style

"I Believe" features big drums and synth bass that lead the way, a chilling organ, a funky tambourine and vocals that are chopped and embedded into the track, with precision.

#Brazil, the stand out track on #JazzHop, is an instrumental sonic tribute to the beautiful country that has brought Rawls so much musical inspiration. On this one, horns soar and the percussion drives. Beautiful woodwinds and Jazz harmonies envelope the rhythm section, creating a higher vibe! Plug up the sub-woofer and let this limited 7" bump!


1. I Believe
2. #Brazil

Guber is a blue-collar bass music producer from Paris. While you may think he’s newcomer in the local electronic scene, he has already released several records from Paris-based Beat X Changers, Bad Winners Records labels as well as several self-releases that has been heard all around Europe. His influences come from the 90’ metal scene to 2010-era UK bass music, both following common paths of massive sub-frequency shocks and obsessional drum loops. When Guber is self-releasing, his visual identity is heavily influenced by asset plants & machinery from the energy industry and reflect his day-to-day working environment.

"Wrong Ibiza EP" follows 2 opposing dynamics, from mental endothermic deployments to spontaneous exothermic loop deliveries. Both mixes utilize Underground Resistance's era-defining acapela taken from their record "Transition" ('there will come a time in your lift that you will ask yourself a series of questions...' ). The 'Bass Mix unpacks said acapela across a plethora of Brazilian influenced drums and high density bass pressure. Meanwhile, the '4x4 Mix' uses bouncy, tom-filled tech-house drums, looonng grain delays and the squeaking & clanging whirr of heavy industry to create a very Ibiza-friendly cut indeed. But think the more primal, DC-10 vibe than the glitz and glamour of Hi or Pacha...

The final remix from the technology genius of Ploy is overarching and consolidates the whole EP around sharp re-sequenced loops based on the main sample cuts. A diligent, precision engineer 148 BPM remix, the track focuses on the development of hard cut vocals from the original mix, mechanically deployed among muddy atmospheric breaks. It's pure Ploy - and a great addition to this most forward looking of EPs. Recommended! 


Matt says: With UR's "Transition" being one of my favourite records OF ALL TIME - anything utilizing that evocative acapela gets my vote. Guber musta thought the same as this rave rapscallion offers up his own backing to one of the best lyrics in dance music.


A1. Wrong Ibiza (Bass Mix)
A2. Wrong Ibiza (4x4 Mix)
B1. Wrong Ibiza (Ploy Remix)
B2. Cilicia Late Distensis

Mathew Jonson / Freedom Engine

Diamond Eyes / Rain In Kyoto

Mathew Jonson on The Nothing Special!. Specialist tackle here for lovers of that Craig Richard's-esque dancefloor. Featuring a moody, groovy, high silk tech house glider on side a from Mathew Jonson. Meanwhile on side we get a face melting electronic saga from Freedom Engine.

Really incredible stuff from both artists here. Highly recommended. 


Matt says: Slinky-as-you-like, endlessly grooving tech-house music that's synonymous with Craig Richard's label and club night. A sound that comes in and out of fashion but never relents its grip on the dancefloor.


A1. Mathew Jonson - Diamond Eyes
B1. Freedom Engine - Rain In Kyoto

J Dilla

B.B.E. - Big Booty Express (Remixes By Pépé Bradock & Âme)

Taken from Dilla's 2001 BBE debut solo album "Welcome 2 Detroit", "Big Booty Express" gets the remix treatment from German duo Âme and Parisian Pépé Bradock.

Contributing two mixes to the EP, Parisian producer Pépé Bradock AKA Julien Auger needs little introduction to house music fans but hip-hop heads need not doubt his musical credentials. A natural guitarist and turntablist, he's provided solos, riffage, scratches, juggles and chops to numerous rappers and bands before turning his hand to the discipline of house music. Two remixes done in his inimitable style grace the twelve. Slightly skewhiff but deliciously musical, there's no-one quite does it like Pépé!

Also providing a remix of "Big Booty Express" is the German production duo of Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer who work together under the name of Âme. After first meeting in Kristian's record shop in their home town of Karlsruhe and bonding over a shared love of Chicago house and Detroit techno the pair started working together and producing records for Sonar Kollektiv in 2003. Perfectly demonstrating their harmonic discord and big room sound, their remix here is a masterclass of wobbly, peaktime tech-house.


Matt says: House remixes of hip-hop legend J Dilla are bound to be divisive. But I'm surprised how well Ame and Bradock have rose to the occasion here - delivering high quality electronic dancefloor hedonism.


1. B.B.E. - Big Booty Express (Âme Remix)
2. B.B.E. - Big Booty Express (Moulin Rouge Remix By Pépé Bradock)
3. B.B.E. - Big Booty Express (Memorex Interlude By Pépé Bradock)
4. B.B.E. - Big Booty Express

Milano duo Eternal Love deliver their debut record, the "Altar EP" is another buy on site 12” for Planet Trip records. Primo Balearic, street soul and acid flavours concocted under the stars and best enjoyed with a spritz in hand. It's got all those key elements - spaciousness, rhythm, soul and dreaminess - in abundance and will be enjoyed at dance events across the board for its stylish, sophisticated nature and unignorable groove.

Looking forward to hearing much more from this pair... Recommended!


Matt says: Phwooaar! Seriously tasty starry-eyed house and downbeat goodness for the dreamers and dancers alike. Equally at home on the dancefloor, under the stars or at the afters.


Terra Trance
Tropico Absoluto
Geo Geo

Emkay debuts on Craigie Knowes after outings on Radiant Love and Post Sonics. The Helsinki resident brings 5 warped electronic beats that span a spectrum of club and come-down sounds. There's a delicious analogue weight to the productions which suggests a hardware approach. Whilst stylistically there's lashings of prog, trance, jungle and both downtempo and uptempo breaks; all hybridized into whole cohesive sound that's completely the producers own. Comparisons could be drawn to Roza Terenzi and artists on the Step Ball Chain label but these are mere waymakers on the way to the rave.

A completely upfront and fresh artist intent on carving his own sound whilst keeping things reassuringly club focusses. Most recommended. 


Matt says: Futureproof new sounds from Craigie Knowes and Emkay. If you're a regular on the more cutting edge dancefloors you're bound to hear this slamming out of the Voids or Funktion 1's over the coming months. Serious pressure!


1 Antithesis 
2 Aeon
3 Drop Down
4 My House
5 Shy Partiboi


Maiposa / Alone

    Continuing to shine a light on John Rocca & co's pioneering early 80s music, Far Out proudly presents the first ever 12" release of Freeez's monster brit-funk classic "Mariposa", along with the equally heavy and hard to find 12" mix of "Alone"

    The limited Mariposa/Alone 12" release follows Far Out's reissues of Freeez's first two 12" single releases "Keep In Touch" and "Stay/ Hot Footing it", which saw support from Kenny Dope, Greg Wilson, Gilles Peterson, Shuya Okino and Harvey Sutherland. Slightly more refined, but no less groovy and mysterious, "Mariposa" and "Alone" are the pinnacle of the sound Rocca and Peter Maas began developing in an East London basement in the early 80s.

    Released on Freeez's debut album Southern Freeez in 1980, "Mariposa '' is fearsomely funky, high-tempo, melodic jazz-funk featuring Paul Morgan's lighting drum fills, Peter Maas's slapping and popping, Andy Stennett's top- drawer keys and John Rocca's percussion and otherworldly Spanish vocals. Pure dance-floor body music, "Mariposa" typified the group's feel-good sound and has torn up club floors throughout the 80s and beyond.

    With the same core line- up, with the exception of new drummer; Light Of The World's Everton McCalla, "Alone", originally released as the B-side to Freeez's "One to One" single in 1982, is a cool, heady boogie stepper, and this elusive extended 12" mix is a no brainer for any discerning jazz/funk boogie jock.

    In the mid-80s Rocca would go onto craft underground cult classics like 'Melodies of Love' and 'India' as Pink Rhythm, before foraying into the world of electro, collaborating with legendary US producer Arthur Baker.


    Matt says: Galvanized slap bass, dazzling keys, frenetic drums, soulful vox - Freeez got it all man! Feverishly collected by Brit funk devotees and boogie aficionados across the globe, these two cuts have been painfully hard to get on 12" for some time. Don't sleep!


    Alone (12" Version)


    Let The Lights On

      Sorry’s blistering new single, ‘Let The Lights On’, on 7”, backed by earworm b-side ‘I Tried 4 U 2’.


      Let The Lights On
      I Tried 4 U 2

      One of the hottest acts in the UK right now: faceless, scene-shattering and controversial, Two Shell reveal the next level of their futuristic club sound. A sound that zaps and screams with quick-paced, peak-time energy before giving way to an AI guitar hero solo. The duo are responsible for some of the most exciting underground club music in the UK right now and alongside Overmono and Kieran Hebden make up the premier league of 'futuristic-stadium-techno-pop'.

      Garnering devotes right across the board from The Face to The Guardian and Pitchfork. 6 Music: 'Best New Music’. Support from Pete Tong, Jack Saunders, Mary Anne Hobbs and plays from Jamie xx & Four Tet.

      Super limited copies - maximum demand, unrivalled hype! Buy now or cry later! 


      Matt says: Seemingly intent on sabotaging the social media heavy bullshit around dance music; the anonymous London mavericks are fast becoming the hottest thing on the block right now. And for once the hype is real.



      Very hot UK club action. TIP!

      Two Shell, the enigmatic London based duo exploring techno pop, and possibly the most hyped act since Overmono, release the cult hyper banger "Home"; previously only available on the instantly sold-out white-label 12”. In 2021 the duo were featured in DJ mixes from electronic royalty, plays from Ben UFO, Four Tet, Jamie XX’s BBC Radio 1 essential mix. "Home" uses earworm vocal chops, twitchy drums & heavy subbass for the dance.

      On the flip, "No Reply" tumbles more of their whispering angel chipmunks with a concentric breakbeat, fluttery, gated synthlines and a permanently ascending trajectory for a spontaneous burst of colour and feeling as they continue to dominate the coolest strands of electronic music history with their own totally unique, highly mellifluous sound.

      Do not sleep, we're warning you! 


      Matt says: The once-thought-vanished, scene-shattering 12" that kicked off this new UK act's rocketing trajectory. Official repress with bonus track "No Reply".


      No Reply


      Finger On The Trigger

      The second seven from Swedish scalpel chief Ture Sjöberg's new salvo of edits. Gatt is a new label from the infamous mash-up wizard: Beatconductor.

      Two fresh chops; one sees a stomping Philly / Detroit soul track tastefully resected for our digestion. More obscure than an albino albatross, this one's sure to tickle the digits of our deepest diggers.

      The other side is a crowd pleasing Beyonce tweak, utilizing the vocals from "Crazy" over a stomping disco-reggae riddim. Rekindling the fires of this unbeatable bar beat with a fresh facade - very big in the NQ right now!

      Hand stamped, limited copies - highly recommended! 


      Matt says: Stockholm's finest surgeon, back with a fresh imprint. Keeping our ears and feet in harmonious symbiosis with heart warming soul and a superb RNB-reggae mashup.


      Side 1
      1. Finger On The Trigger 
      Side 2
      1. Crazy In Kingston 

      The sixth release on Italian imprint Tempo Dischi comes from Alessandro Bernabeo, aka Raduan, the Italian DJ and producer behind 'Taki-Naki-Naki', one of the most eclectic and unconventional electronic records made in Italy in the late 1980s.

      "At the age of 7, I started attending a music school learning to play the piano. At 11 I began working as a speaker in various radio stations, and at 14, I joined Punto Radio where I grew up professionally and launched my own radio show, PLAY MUSIC, under the name Alessandro Giordani. The success was impressive, and thanks to my friend Gianfranco di Lizio, I also started my DJ career by playing in some of the best dance clubs under the artist name Raduan or Rad-one. Mixing funk, soul, afro and cosmic disco in my music gave me a chance to meet and establish relationships with many of the protagonists of this new musical scene, like l’Ebreo, Fari, Maselli, Claudio Mozart Rispoli, Pery, Rubens. In 1988 I was a resident DJ in a well-known club at the time, the 'RIO CLUB', and together with my keyboardist and percussionist, I had the idea to produce a maxi single. The song was recorded in about 40 hours without sleep at the Cicero Bros studio in Cassino in April 1988, with the support of Lino Rufo, a great artist from Molise, as well as his dear friend and old producer Toni Ochiello. The initial project was completely reworked. The original sampled drums were coupled with an acoustic one, and new melodies and fantastic spacey new sounds and effects were created by keyboardist Bengha. The hypnotic and repetitive voice of Cristina, Claudio Baglioni's background vocalist at the time, and that of Jamaica, originally from Mauritius, made the project even more interesting.

      'Taki Naki Naki' is an Italo song, with Cosmic disco and Afro influences, and it's the title track of the EP originally released in June 1988 on Bmg Ariola, ex RCA. The EP includes two other songs 'Nightflight' and 'Hiroshima'. The record was a big hit in all the Italian Disco clubs and launched me into the international dance music scene. It was a fantastic time, with different styles of music and House Music was also on the way. There was a lot of research spirit and the people of the club were ready for various types of change. This record has left a mark, international DJs and shops from all over the world still contact me to ask if I have a vinyl copy left in my archive."


      Matt says: A rightfully stalked, rare exotic Italo hybrid here; subject to many a jock's aural wet dream. Author Alessandro Bernabeo lets us back in on the action with a timely reissue in conjunction with Tempo Dishi.




      Biceps Brachii / Epicranial Aponeurosis

      Our favourite industrial-dancehall machine tweaker, Krikor rolls out a bass flexing mutant dancehall rhythm on the A side with some deep hypnosis synth action on the flip. Stupendously limited, full flex action on Soul Jazz. Krikor's one of a kind. If you know you know - big tip! 


      Biceps Brachii
      Epicranial Aponeurosis

      Another one from Salford City Record's extensive piano house reissue campaign. Originally released via MCR International on a promo only white label in 1992, (made up of Elliot S & Steve Burgess) Part-E's "Give Me Your Love" comes bolstered here with fresh remixes from Project-D and James Sempie.

      A highly regarded staple of the Danceteria / Hacienda / Paradise Factory-era; the track's heady concoction of 'Think' break, discordant rave stabs and inevitably euphoric piano drop made it a big hit with Northwest ravers looking for something a more looser and baggier.

      Limited edition with fresh artwork and heavy pressing. 


      Matt says: Taking us back to a time when you went out on Friday only to return on Monday morning. 48 hour weekend shit from Elliot S & Steve Burgess - one of just two of their genius releases from the early 90s.


      A1. Give Me Your Love
      B1. Give Me Your Love Piano Mix
      B2. Give Me Your Love (Project-D & James Sempie Remix)

      Nick Manasseh / Earl Gateshead

      Lion's Paw / Dirty City

      One of three new 7"s out on Golden Lion Records and it's a UK reggae bonanza featuring two absolute legends from our home soils.

      Nick Manasseh owns The Yard, Ladbrook Grove; and has been pivotal in the London scene since the 1980s. Earl Gateshead originally gained momentum in Bradford's West Indian Centre before gaining a residency in Soho which he pilotted for 20 years before working at Plastic People and going on tour with Dr. Alimantado and Big Youth.

      Manesseh wields a the 'reggae flute' (or melodica as it's more commonly known) on "Lion's Paw"; a creeping slice of jungle dub somewhere between Pablo, Perry and Tubby with ancient percussion and plenty dub delay.

      On the flip, Earl Gateshead showcases some impressive lyrical direction on the track, "Dirty City"; which, as well as containing a supremely infectious chorus, includes some delightfully introspective and insightful lines as it moves through a steady roots groove populated with shimmering psychedelic elements. 

      Maximum vibes up inna Todmorden areee-ah! 



      Matt says: Proper reggae royalty on this GLS 7". Manesseh with his storied London soundsystem history and Gateshead with his celebrity tour DJ credentials. Both collide inna soundclash stylee on the highly collectable Golden Lion series.


      Nick Manasseh - Lion's Paw
      Earl Gateshead - Dirty City

      Lux Lyall & Andy Votel / Andrew Liles

      Six / Care In The Community

      It's our favourite mushroom quaffing quasi-spiritualist musical leaders Golden Lion Sounds, fresh with new aural delights for the changing of the seasons! Nothing quite excites me as much spotting Waka at the door clutching a new set of records from the now infamous Todmorden stable.

      Lux Lyall & Andy Votel kick off number eight in the series in superbly witchcrafty style; a paganish guitar riff supplementing Lux Lyall's cryptic deadpan, spoken word monologue. A truly spellbinding piece, the mysteries of which you'll be trying to unravel throughout the night.

      Over on side B, it's another Piccadilly favourite: Andrew Liles. This long-serving experimental stalwart contributes as suitable an out-there piece of electro-exotic, semi-soundtrack, semi-acoustic tomfoolery. Featuring a whole range of found sounds and sonic sorcery it sounds like a wizard got into your child's toybox and starting painting pictures.

      As usual - limited copies and stupendously high demand. Orders in QUICK.


      Matt says: Mushroom season is upon us, and who better to soundtrack our midnight moon rituals and post-forage freakouts than the crazy cats from Todmorden. Enlisting known sonic occultist Andy Votel and pagan synth wizard Andrew Liles for a spellbound missive.


      A: Lux Lyall & Andy Votel - Six (4:07)
      A: Andrew Liles - Care In The Community (3:03)

      A coup to have The Lovely Eggs on GLS! Both band and label fiercely independent, staunchly creative and, of course, based right here in North West Great Britania! First outing for Hannibal Rex, which I hypothesize is one of the in-house Golden Lion loons on guest cameo. Either that or just a friend of band or label.

      Our Lancastrian mavericks contribute a rotating behemoth of spiraling krautpunk that Mark Smith himself would be envious of. Like a rockabilly spinning out of control listening to Can; this 7" rocket blast should have bar stools swinging and tables flailing by the end of its rotation.

      The mysterious Hannibal Rex gets totally Todmorden and mixed knackered drum machines, eastern ragas, western guitar and a cloudless state of mind conjuring up from the mighty a hills as technicoloured storm of conspiracy theories and chaos. An unguarded at one the senses that'll make compete sense after foraging around the fields of the record label's basecamp.

      An unmissable edition to the GLS catalogue and one that's certain to be feverishly collected by The Lovely Eggs' cult fanbase! Speed is off the essence heathens! 


      Matt says: Can't get enough of that Lovely Eggs track. I have indeed, got it on repeat! Proper Can / Fall-esque growling repetition that really gets inside your melon. Ace!


      The Lovely Eggs– Repeat It (Andy Votel Remix)
      Hannibal Rex– Cosmic Yolks

      Opus Kink

      'Til The Stream Runs Dry

        Partnering up with the cult indie label for their first extended release, the enigmatic collective – comprised of Angus Rogers, Sam Abbo, Fin Abbo, Jed Morgans, Jazz Pope & Jack Banjo Courtney – lend a blend a dizzying array of influences in their ever-evolving enigmatic style, producing an experimental patchwork of explosive material that’s consistently earned widespread plaudits since bursting onto the scene.

        With EP lead singles ‘I Love You, Baby’, ‘The Unrepentant Soldier’ and ‘Dog Stay Down’ attracting praise from all corners of the press landscape (NME, DIY, So Young, Dork, Clash, Gigwise), not to mention countless BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Lauran Laverne) spins, the six-piece are clearly primed for a busy summer. Having already ticked off live dates alongside label-mates Malady and Mandrake Handshake, in addition to a sold-out headliner at London’s legendary 100 Club last month, the band have a slew of festival appearances lined up in the months to come, as well as shows with FEET and Bull.

        Detailing their EP, Opus Kink stated: “You may begin by dipping one stained and rancid toe, but you know that once those waters have been tasted there’s only one way to go – into the stream, away down the valley like flotsam and windfall. Here lie six songs of bad love, ill winds, possession, stagnation and earthly delights”.

        A Mountain Of One enlist UK dub legend Denis Bovell to remix “Custard’s Last Stand”. True to dub music's evolving and technically advanced ethos, Denis' more recent output has been much more experimental and electronically guided than the traditional dub crafted by the original pioneers.

        This release is no exception as the producer naturally takes to the strewn-out, long form nature of A Mountain Of One, drawing "Custard's Last Stand" into a psychedelic-prog-dub epic - throwing the entire stems through a vibrating dub delay, allowing huge waves of strings and choir vox to crash onto our ears and pushing to the foreground those buzzing lysergic synth lines that burrow right into our cranium.

        Inna typical style we get a vocal and instrumental version; both awash with echo chamber dreaminess and presenting themselves as hi-definition tapestries for the rig. It's an exceptional outing from Bovell, and yet more reasons to love one of the best Balearic-soft-rock bands in recent history. Recommended! 


        Martin says: I've been really feeling Bovell's recent direction. Ditching the traditional tropes of original dub and tuning himself into the mixing board for a fresh take on the echo chamber.


        A. Custard's Last Stand (DUBfinity Version)
        AA. Custard's Last Stand (DUBfinity Vocal Version)

        The latest single from the album "Stars Planets Dust Me". Featuring vocal and instrumental versions.

        Harking back to the golden era of downtempo, "Soft Landing" contains vocals by Japanese artist dip in the pool; and with that syrupy female vox combined with headnodding breakbeat and dreamy instrumental backing, it's hard not to reference Portishead on this after hours slice of sonic silk.

        Instrumental replaces dip in the pool's vox with more instrumental layers, creating an even richer experience and one of that stoners are gonna get really sucked into. Play next to DJ Shadow or Boards of Canada for maximum effect.


        Matt says: Seems like we're in the middle of a fleeting downbeat resurgence at present. This single from A Mountain Of One will sit beautifully next to tracks off the recent "Fell From The Sun" compilation.


        A. Soft Landing (7 Vocal Version)
        B. Soft Landing (Instrumental)


        Love And Hate In A Different Time / Spanish Harlem

        In 2021, Los Angeles trio Gabriels arrived in a whirlwind with the loose-limbed vintage soul jam of ‘Love & Hate In A Different Time’, a song that could have dropped in almost any era. A stone-cold classic, it introduced a band so much more than just the sum of their supremely talented parts.

        For the first time, ‘Love & Hate In A Different Time’ is now getting a special 7 Inch release with a previously unreleased live version of ‘Spanish Harlem’ recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios for a Gilles Peterson 6 Music session.

        Just a handful of live shows deep, the spotlight swings and lands squarely on vocalist Jacob Lusk. A man who demands attention with a presence and voice of a gospel choir. That rich vocal swoops and soars through the pitches effortlessly matched by an on-stage persona that’s intensely likeable.

        A bonafide star by anybody’s reckoning. Two acclaimed EPs deep and yet barely out of second gear, Gabriels have moved beyond mere promise to become one of 2022’s most essential new acts.


        Millie says: Repress of pretty much the biggest soul track of the year, if you missed out last time then now is your chance to pounce. It's paired with a cover an all time classic 'Spanish Harlem' which is an actual dream, beautifully done.


        A1. Love And Hate In A Different Time
        B1. Spanish Harlem

        Telfort makes a return with a fifth stellar EP via TLFT, comprising three potent and sophisticated deep house cuts.

        ‘Phantasmata’ provides that wholesome rhodes deepness of Telfort’s, placing itself firmly in the middle of the floor with its driving grooves and tight bass stabbery, while it’s sprinkled with elegantly phrased euphoric plucks, unfolding into earworm territory.

        On the flip, the machine-heavy ‘Instruction Through Metaphor’ elevates you into the stratosphere with its astral textures and discordant rhythmic slap. Classy as ever, deft dusty sample cutting and alluring melodic warmth radiates for the journey.

        Title track ‘Basic Trajectory’ pulls no punches and closes out the EP with a reduced and self-assured sound. It’s a fast-acting dose of stomping house that evolves into a blissful and uplifting trip—a restorative place you will want to return to enough times that you might consider it a classic in time.

        Since 2015 and with an ostensible sense of precision, Telfort continues to subtly modify the house music blueprint with this sporadic yet impactful emblem.


        Matt says: One of my favorite and most under-rated producers of the last decade returns on his own imprint with more of his patented blend of suspended ethereal brilliance. Constructed wit the syncopated pinache of Salford’s D. Ball, driving pads, Detroitian bass and snappy sampling compliment his harmonious keyboard work and machine rhythms beautifully.


        A. Phantasmata
        B1. Instruction Through Metaphor
        B2. Basic Trajectory

        Originally distributed & released through Mo's Music Machine in 1997 (Cat: BREAKS1), then later revamped by 500 Rekords in 1999 (Cat: FHR-508) under IN-SYNC "Cool The Menta". The producer / artist unraveled that the title meaning was to (Cool the mentality) or when issues arouse in a dance that everyone should be cool and calm and maintain good vibes. On this release, the artist opted for the original artist / title details.

        ‘Para Mix’ is a 4x4 number; utilizing tasty vocal stabs and intricate synthesis which takes on wavy stabs and glitching keys. High energy, optimism and power.

        ‘Dynamic Essence’ mix is a straight up concoction of UKG, bolster by some jungle-inspired sub woofer business. A detailed arrangement with ‘nuff drops and breakdowns plus a whole heap of soul make this my go-to mix across the entire 12” – I challenge anyone not to shake a tail feather to this!

        We move into speed garage / bassline flavoured tackle on side B; the ‘Impact SG’ mix deploying time stretched vox, dub sirens and a rumbling Reece bassline for maximum sound system pressure. Finally, ‘Johnny U-Tah Crystal Dub’ closes off with a final volley of tight bassline and vocal chops, half UKG, half 4x4 – all very satisfactory on the ears.

        Killer stuff here – reviving a true underground anthem with four fresh mixes – check!


        Matt says: Bad ass bassline n UKG vibes here on Karl Brown's recently rejuvenated 2tuf 4u Records. Big ting!


        A1. CoolThaMenta (Para Mix)
        A2. CoolThaMenta (Dynamic Essence Mix)
        B1. CoolThaMenta (Impact SG Mix)
        B2. CoolThaMenta (Johnny U-Tah Crystal Dub)

        Swiss producer Lea Lisa releases a killer twelve on the Phonica imprint. "Love To The End EP" takes influence and inspiration from a particular early 90s UK techno rarity by Mark Goddard titled "The End" ("The Truth EP"), a beautiful and emotive take on the classic sound of UK techno that’s been much loved and highly sought after for decades, even being a particular favourite of Aphex Twin. It’s an ode to the original, rather than a remix or cover. The two mixes re-imagine the sound of soulful and deep techno, combining driving basslines and drum machine grooves with atmospheric and nostalgic synth lines.

        On the A-Side’s ‘Manchester Club Mix’, the focus is laser focused on peaktime dancefloors with a slowly building level of euphoria matched with rolling drums until the breakdown chills the mood and the plucky, earth shaking bassline returns before the tension is released and the melodies float effortlessly around the pounding rhythm. I'd love to know which Manchester club she based this vibe on! - Hidden? The White Hotel? or maybe old school Tribal Sessions at Sankey's Soap - Lisa if you're reading please email in! :)

        Over on the B-Side, the ‘Sunset Mix’ jacks up the drums with kicks and claps that shake your spine. The bassline rolls steadily throughout the mix but the melodic lines this time are more restrained, introspective and subtle, echoing and harking to past rave memories with ease.... Perhaps some lost comedown love-in on the banks of Pomona...? Mystifying, evocative, electronic glory. Do not sleep on this. 


        Matt says: Would love to think that the 'Manchester club mix' was inspired by heady nights at Wet Play @ The White Hotel. It certainly has 4am Kickin' Pigeon tackle written across it's euphoric, spine-tingling ripples. What a belter!


        A. Love To The End (Manchester Club Mix)
        B. Love To The End (Sunset Mix)

        Good Block’s third release of original material, 'Naiad / Dryad' is an exploration into the deeper side of ambient dub, which sees a different ethos and approach to production, with all four tracks individually dubbed live on the console, evoking a deep listening experience.

        "Naiad" is an emotionally charged digi-dub roller which draws influence from the ambient mid 90’s output of labels such as Dubhead, Lion Claw Records and Lion Inc, with a spaced out alternative mix to follow.

        "Dryad" on the flip, fuses an 80s slap-bass sensibility with a deeper, more exotic feel. Delicate tribal samples rest on a heavy dub framework as the track drifts away. The alternative mix offers an even more sparse take, ditching the sharp slap-bass in favour of distant flute samples.

        "Naiad / Dryad" is limited to 300 copies written, produced, mixed and artwork by the duo.


        Matt says: Already massive with the Talking Drums mob, Good Block tastefully skirt free party steppers dub with a cosmic flair and psychedelic approach.


        Naiad Alternative Mix
        Dryad Alternative Mix


        Functional Extraits 1

        Detroit's deep techno master, Deepchord, makes a more than welcome return to Soma after 5 years. With a brand new album dropping, Rod Modell delves deep into his ethereal sonic world to bring you 'Functional Extraits 1'. The first single to be taken from the forthcoming album. Built in a way that only Deepchord can, he transports you to different realms with lush soundscapes and perfectly processed electro-acoustics giving you an insight to the mind of the unique artist.

        "Shale" glides across a field of electo-static noise, guided gently by crisp, fleeting percussion and gently warping synths. "Lateral" begins awash with waves of sound and glistening dub stabs while rolling beats acts as the heart beat of the track with a building intensity adding a sense of urgency. The uplifting yet dystopian sounds of "Mapping" spiral into existence urging you down the rabbit hole as more classic techno percussion manoeuvres this track on it's journey. Modell seeking out his roots as yet more traditional dub techno prevails via the final track, "Ricochet". Pumping kicks and sub set to a perfect pace and ambience is a perfect, contemporary nod to the time honoured Deepchord sound.


        Matt says: Big Roddy M back doing what he does best - the most luxurious, hi-def dub techno excursion into dreamstate bliss.


        A1. Shale
        A2. Lateral
        B1. Mapping
        B2. Ricochet

        Bristol based producer Gilbert steps into the time machine with this wonderful EP that sonically and spiritually connects to the early works of Warp pioneers such as B12, LFO and Speedy J. First track "Ylem" starts with a strong kick but is nevertheless a subtle builder that directs youJo straight to deep space. Shift the Focus, the opener on the flip, may well be the EP's most suitable track for the (dreamy) dance floor - the cut's dense melodies and subtle 303 flavours work well with Gilbert's rhythm section and would slowly but surely draw you into a psychedelic swamp when played in a club. The tracks "Lucid Dream" and "Are We Alone" are even a bit more otherworldly and fitted for an armchair listen. A big tip for anyone into layered, mind bending UK techno!


        Matt says: A bit of a flip on the usual Bristol vibe, beautifully dreamy braindance techno here for fans of John Shima, RX-101, B12 etc. Gilbert should move to Manchester!


        1. Ylem
        2. Lucid Dream 
        3. Shift The Focus
        4. We Are Welcome

        Long-time west coast collaborator RA-X aka Drvg Cvltvre comes with some fractured, crainium splitting industrial musica - in his usual sludgy and industrial style.

        Slow and haunting tracks that make you watch your back every other minute. The perfect companion to Front De Cadeux's coatial throb.

        Limited supplies, don't sleep!


        Matt says: Argy-bargy narcy industrial throb and circuit fried anarchy here from market leaders Drvg Cvltvre. The perfect accompaniment to Front De Cadeaux's "We Slowly Rot".


        A1. You Got Me Running
        A2. Reprisal 
        B1. The Deep End
        B2. Phosphor

        Modern atmospheric jungle music by Bristol based producer and multi-instrumentalist, Arcane. RIYL: Clarity, Dub Phizix, Calibre etc.

        Hybridizing with techno, footwork and electro, the EP moves through four fresh nightclub movements with a focus on musicality, rhythm and ear-worm goodness throughout. Mega stuff. 


        Matt says: Modern atmospheric jungle music by Bristol based producer and multi-instrumentalist, Arcane. RIYL: Clarity, Dub Phizix, Calibre etc.


        1. Rapture
        2. So Nice
        3. Steppa
        4. The Mire

        Retro house sounds from Italy on this release... tunes that still go down well with some of the big name festival dj's during their summer tour! A track that remained unpublished for 33 years until Devil Dee decided to make it public and bring his own voice to the spotlight joined by jazz-blues singer Joan Faulkner, (former supporting voice of Boney M and Milli Vanilli, also known by her stage name 'Dee-Vah'). Devil Dee is Davide Mancori - a cinematograph with a flattering career as a club-dj from 80s-90s onwards - who lovingly produced this release which differs from most of the releases on Best Record by its housey vibe. 'And The Beat Goes On' was written in Germany in 1989 by Leonie Gane and Ryan Paris laying the crucial foundations for an evolutionary step of the italian disco music. A step forward for the 'Italo' movement considered obsolete and defunct. In fact, the track is also referring to the latest Italo-Disco which entirely covered the scene of the 1980s with furious activity, If the meeting between Devil Dee and the famous interpreter of 'Dolce Vita' - Mister Ryan Paris - creates the alchemy, the explosive mix is completed with the precious work of Marco Magrini. The arrangement by Pierluigi Cerin and the executive work of Claudio Casalini close the magic circle. Five friends and a great singer from Indiana to fill the dance floors all over Europe, while the images of the provocative and surreal video-clip capture the audience by splitting in two. There are those who do not want to see certain issues publicized and those who appreciate their cheekiness, such as Best Record which by publishing the vinyl printed at 180 grams celebrates the 40 years of activity.


        Matt says: Can you believe this sat unreleased for 33 years? Can you believe it's actually 33 years old?! Unfathomable questions to a record that, if it had been released, would be WAY ahead of its time. Instead, we get it now, and it makes complete sense. Devil Dee - a timing genius.


        01 And The Beat Goes On (marco Magrini Extended Edit)
        02 And The Beat Goes On (instrumental)
        03 Devil Dee Ft Joan Faulkner And The Beat Goes On Club Version
        04 And The Beat Goes On (electro Dub By Devil Dee Claudio Casalini)

        When Matthew Halsall released Salute to the Sun in November 2020, his first new album in five years, he shared the first fruits from an especially fertile period of writing and recording, which also gave birth to the music released here as The Temple Within.

        The recording sessions featured Halsall's then brand new band of hand-picked local musicians, brought together through weekly rehearsals and a monthly residency at Yes in Manchester, they forged an immersive, communal sound, drawing on spiritual jazz, the heritage of British jazz and progressive world music and electronica influences. Inspired by these monthly sessions, together, they created a body of music that is rooted in Northern England but draws on global inspirations. For Halsall the music on The Temple Within perfectly captures the spirit of those sessions.

        "I felt really excited by the connection that we were building, both together as a band, but also with the local community. People of all ages and types come to our monthly sessions and the energy of being able to write and rehearse and then perform new music each month is really uplifting. And this music is a perfect case in point. To me it really feels like a perfect pocket of music, a perfect moment. We thought about expanding it to an album, but in the end if just feels right as it is, and we wanted to share that energy of that moment with our wider community, not just people at our shows, but our fans and listeners around the world."

        The title track, and first single 'The Temple Within' is a darker, heavier tune than anything on Salute to the Sun and has become a firm part of the band's live shows. The enigmatic title is taken from a quote by Alice Coltrane and expands on the idea that your spiritual space is within yourself and not the bricks and mortar of a church or monastery or Ashram. The hard-grooving Earth Fire features beautiful flute work from Matt Cliffe and inspired drums from Alan Taylor, and offers a emotional response to the horrendous bush fires that ravaged Australia. The Eleventh Hour is another dark-toned "banger" with a late-night vibe and with its incessant groove and fiery solos is another track to have found a regular place in the band's sets. Finally, A Japanese Garden in Ethiopia takes it unique flavour from both musical cultures and is one of Halsall's most beautiful wistful compositions.

        The Temple Within features Matthew Halsall trumpet and electronics, Matt Cliffe flute & saxophone, Maddie Herbert harp, Liviu Gheorghe piano, Gavin Barras, bass, Alan Taylor drums and Jack McCarthy percussion. The Temple Within is produced by Matthew Halsall and Daniel Halsall, recorded by Matthew Halsall, mixed by Greg Freeman, mastered by Peter Beckmann of Technology Works and vinyl cut by Norman Nitzsche at Calyx. The distinctive artwork is by Ian Anderson of The Designers Republic,

        Join us on this beautiful journey to The Temple Within, the latest chapter in Halsall's ongoing musical voyage of discovery.


        Matt says: Our favourite Mancunian jazz man returns! We might be biased but there's no-one can really touch him at the moment can they?! Four tracks showing the vast breadth of his (and band members) musical prowess and diversity. Unmissable!


        1. The Temple Within
        2. Earth Fire
        3. The Eleventh Hour
        4. A Japanese Garden In Ethiopia

        Pye Corner Audio

        Circuit Rot / Pocket Disco

          A second release on the label for Martin Jenkins’ always amazing Pye Corner Audio. Riding high with acclaim for his current full length on Sonic Cathedral, Martin offers up 2 fantastic new pieces in tandem, unique to this vinyl only 45.

          As a longterm fan, label head Dom has always been intrigued by Martin’s love of label hopping and recording pieces especially geared to what he feels is each label’s aesthetic; and sharing a massive love for Spacemen 3 and Stereolab, it is always hugely exciting to receive new music from him. These two tunes were all we could possibly ask and then some; in his own words Martin says: “Pye Corner Audio return to the haunted dancehall with a brace of stripped back analogue tracks. Casio-tone rhythm meets Moog bass line on “Circuit Rot”, while “Pocket Disco”’s title speaks for itself”.

          Two absolute beauties, all dressed up nice in PY’s Red / Tracing paper homage packaging concept to the BBC’s library releases of the early to mid ‘70s. 

          A central theme in the life and work of the British DJ pioneer Greg Wilson, UK electro is a page turner. With the seminal Street Sounds compilation from 1984 (please see Greg’s blog for the whole story) being the beacon, there are still a few overlooked corners.

          "XXXO" by Equip is one of them. Originally intended to be part of said release and produced by Greg Wilson, Martin Jackson and Andy Connell (like most of the comp), it was turned down at the time. Sounding like a like a proto -house template with a dash of Klein & MBO, it wasn’t considered strong enough at the time, but found it’s way to the public as a one-sided 12“ in 2006. It felt like a brand-new track as it perfectly correlated with the electro influenced underground dance music mainstream at the time (Chicken Lips et al.). Here it is again: remastered, rekindled and unreduced, cut to 45rpm.

          Pressed and released for the first time on this planet though are the "ICA Beats Pt 1 & Pt 2". Intended to be backing tracks for a UK Electro live appearance in August ´84, they haven’t seen the light of day until now. Both restored and re-edited with some help of RB label owner Gerd Janson, they are fierce examples of the sound at the time. Sitting between rhythm tracks and experimental drum machine compositions (and a short greeting from their creators’ other project Syncbeat), it makes you wonder how one could have lived for so long without them. The history of the past enables you to dream of the future. What other gems could be lurking out there on DATS, private presses and promo 12"s... The quest for the perfect beat goes on and on...


          Matt says: Avid Manchester nightclub patrons will surely recognize the electrfied funk of this proto-house / electro crossover. Hammered by Il Bosco and one of the unofficial Top Ten Pomona Hits - now available to all after a super limited 2006 pressing.


          A1. XXXO
          B1. ICA Beats Pt. 2 Gerd Janson Edit
          B2. ICA Beats Pt. 1 Gerd Janson Edit

          UK techno pioneer Steve Pickton has dug deep into his DAT tapes collection to unearth 2 previously unreleased recordings from the golden era '92-'93. Both rarities offer a trademark lush and retro-futurist Detroit inspired sound that is totally unique. Fellow Likemind legend Nuron provides a stunning remix. The track was built up from scratch as no stems were available, giving you another sneak peek of the genius musical mind that is Nuron.

          The vinyl version comes with impeccable sleeve and label artwork by Abdul Haqq (Third Earth).

          Mastered by Matt Colton at Metropolis and pressed on 180 gr vinyl.


          Matt says: Vivid imaginary outer space worlds and sci-fi-technologies emerge from this stalwart of IDM / braindance and techno. Essential if you're into: John Shima, FireScope, B12, RX-101 etc.


          A1. Of All The Worlds
          A2. The Embrace (Nuron Remix)
          B1. The Embrace


          Walking Machine

            Having moved into their North London flat together back in September 2019, FEET are now living “like a hive mind” and have level-upped their kinship - both as people and artists - several times over. Spending endless days making music, the band’s journey since their debut has been a rollercoaster - one with a definite U-turn. An initial batch of songs ended up being entirely scrapped after a sobering practice room realisation that, far from sounding like a cohesive second record, “one song sounded like a covers pub band, and another sounded like Eminem could throw some bars over it,” notes Callum.

            And so, they sat down to write a manifesto: one that would tame their overflowing pot of ideas and put some necessary parameters around what they were doing. “No wanky guitar solos, no sailor outfits, no bringing a broom onstage,” jokes George. All fair points. But as well as that, the band started digging into what they actually wanted to sound like, setting up their home studio and taking a bigger interest in production and the atmosphere of the tracks, trying to hit the cross-section of pop music and something a little darker that they’ve always loitered around.

            “We’re not a post punk band, we don’t sound like a ‘London band’ whatever that is, but the indie reference in our shared hive mind is related to a major label, squeaky clean sound which isn’t what we want from our band,” explains George. “You either go the mainstream route or the sleazy South London route and we’re slap bang in the middle, so we’re trying to state our spot. We’re pretty comfortable where we are and this is the direction we wanna take it in”.

            ‘Walking Machine EP’ takes these ideas and moulds them into four tracks that show a band still more than willing to throw in a liberal smattering of humour at the right moment, but who aren’t relying just on japes to get them through. They’ve still got a classically FEET name for their new direction, Crease Pop, but even that’s got some logic to it. “It’s taking the pop music formula - hooky choruses, nothing too self-indulgent - but it’s still got a bit of edge,” says George. “With Indie music, there’s an element where it can get quite soft and it’s quite easy to go through that phase where you think you sound like The Beach Boys, but we’ve come off the end of that where we want to be a bit grittier.”

            Having beamed fans into their living room over lockdown with a series of livestreams imbued with more genuine live show energy than most, the tight-knit camaraderie the band have honed over the past year is there for all to see. Far from the group of novices they first emerged as, FEET are now a proper unit.

            The Rills

            Do It Differently

              With taught, propulsive rhythms and witty, acerbic vocals – the omnipresent backbone of small-town living lies front and centre in everything that The Rills create, coupled with the driving ambition to make something bigger of themselves that chime through in every cutthroat riff. Early tracks from the new EP hear front-man Mitch Spencer quip about local outcasts from the band’s hometown and how younger generations should go against the grain of the cultural norm. On new single ‘World Leader’, the trio are pointing their fingers in an ironic fashion towards the stuffy, political gatekeepers of the world. “World Leader is an ironic bashing of modern politics” explains Spencer. “It’s a stab at our modern political figures, the way we digest media and the way voters express their views online”.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Skint Eastwood
              2. World Leader
              3. This Is Hell
              4. Do It Differently
              5. Never Around

              Canadian producer Hrdvsion makes his debut on Posthuman's I Love Acid imprint, with 4 tracks of wonky & off-kilter acid for playing loud and dancing to. All styles all flavours on this one! High grade warehouse music that kicks like a mule.

              100 copies only. Buy now or cry later! 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: The blink-and-you-miss-it I Love Acid series is rightfully coveted and horded by acid freaks and warehouse dwellers across the country. Number 26 and it's an absolute doozy from Hrdvsion.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Startup
              A2. How The F It Trax
              B1. Revenge Body
              B2. Went Through My Heart

              Back in 1997, UK house legend Charles Webster, this time under his DJ Profile alias, unleashed these killer tracks. Originally released on the sorely missed London nightclub The End's label, this fine 12" set a benchmark for what would become a very exciting time for the UK's underground scene, both tracks are widely considered to be up there with Charles' most sought after work.

              A-side 'Prove It' kicks off with swinging drums that deliver the funk, percussive elements rattle & shake and the low slung bass line keeps the track firmly on the dancefloor. The soothing chords, acid overtones and the evocative vocal hook are mesmerizing and soulful.

              Over on the flip, 'Realization' is a bumping analogue monster. The kicks are solid, the snares swing and an infectious rolling bass line carries the track throughout. Darker acidic touches sit alongside delicate synth riffs and emotive chords that lift, drift and lose you in a world of wonderfully woozy deep house sonics.

              Never has the late night dancefloor sounded so good, and this slab of wax is a must have that typifies a halcyon period in underground house history. The tracks themselves have remained exciting and relevant, achieving cult status amongst the most discerning DJs, record collectors and music heads alike. Legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Charles Webster, lovingly remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original sources especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: More from the many faces of Charles Webster. This one's from '97 and swings from the hip. Chunky, tasty house beats with warm, lavish licks - a trademark of this UK mainstay.

              TRACK LISTING

              A. Prove It
              B. Realization

              St. Paul On Acid

              Acid Stories EP

              Vinyl debut from Switzerland's St. Paul On Acid. 2 solid acid excursions from the 303-obsessed warehouse fanatic. "Anna's Rising Joy" rises upwards throughout, one of those steady builders that'll have the floor salivating by the end of its course.

              "Rabbit's Run", by contrast, is a heads-down full throttle charger. One of those tracks that’ll find you grasping for summat stable to latch onto the middle of a discombobulating dancefloor. Strobe's on full blast and you're not sure which direction you're facing.

              Both tracks relish in multiple layers of TB-303 and full percussion arrays. Real deal, proper acid. RIYL: Jared Wilson, I Love Acid, Paranoid London etc.

              With this sound being so feverishly collected we expect demand to be high! 

              TRACK LISTING

              A. Anna's Rising Joy
              B. Rabbit's Run

              Latest release from Francoid K and Scan 7’s ‘Artist Code’ series, and as always a focus on eclecticism, open-mindedness, divergence and non-conformity. Expect to hear a wide range of electronic music from house, techno, electronica, spoken word, HIP-HOP (for the first time) cherry picked by these to stalwarts of electronic music.

              Gotta say I’m loving this new one. Some driving, technicoloured techno tracks and wavy, shoulder-dropped house vibes as per the norm; but that A4 track – “Permission” – a fiery and street-ready joist of visceral hip-hop. Sounds like a New York based rapper but no idea who! Mega.

              Incase you missed the announcement 010 artist reveals were: Laurent Garnier, Speaking Minds & Amarcord, Scan X, Diego Infanzon.

              Previous releases have included tracks from the likes of Agents of Time, JoeFarr, Nicolas Bougaieff, Madben, CYRK, Biz, Sagitario, Kmyle, Marco Bailey and rising talents Works of Intent fka R.O.S.H, LOIS, Softly Voltaire, Joaquim Plossu, Loloman, Prequel, Athven, City 2 City, LOIS.

              Head to their Instagram page (ig: cod3qr) for clues to the artist identities.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Francois K & Scan 7's imperative series continues. I'm especially digging this one due to the inclusion of one of the hottest hip-hop cuts I've heard in a while - "Permission". Can't wait to see who the artist behind it is!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Artist Code 46554E - Get Down
              A2. Artist Code 534147 - Meraki
              A3. Artist Code 564F4C - Midnight Run
              A4. Artist Code 544553 - Permission
              B1. Artist Code 4F4E49 - No Joke
              B2. Artist Code 554E53 - Flexible Life
              B3. Artist Code 4D4952 & Artist Code 555253 - It's That

              The unstoppable DMX Krew returns for his third full EP on the label. As classy as ever and packed with different flavours.

              The A side opens with the wigged out and intense techno assault of 'Spasm', clearing the path for the tortured alien beauty of the more electro-flavoured track 'Second Moon'.

              Over on the flip, DMX revisits 'The Wiggly Worm', giving it some DMX acid with a sardonic stomp for the dancefloor and the EP closes with a nod to Detroit with 'It Isn't What It Was'.

              Also included are two tools, useful bridges for the discerning DJ! Super Rhythm Trax + DMX Krew = one happy warehouse! Recommended.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Acid madness from the wizard Ed DMX. Summat about these gnarly Super Rhythm Trax pressings that bite and crunch hard. Rawkus shit.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Spasm
              A2. Second Moon
              A3. Radio Noises 1
              B1. The Wiggly Worm (Remix)
              B2. It Isn't What It Was
              B3. Radio Noises 2

              Braxe + Falcon

              Step By Step EP

                We know now that Smugglers Way is a new project by Alain and Stéphane Quême, or Alan Braxe and DJFalcon - the indisputable architects of the French Touch - the emotive house music conjured from looped samples with an inimitable Gallic flare that emerged from Paris in the mid-90s. Behind those two names you'll find the legendary acts of Stardust and Together - responsible for tracks like "Music Sounds Better With You", "So Much Love To Give" & "Together".

                Now, as the pair mature into middle age, they've slowed down the tempo on their inimitable formular. The release represents a sublime distillation of their shared musical essence, a revelatory realization and a compelling expansion only conceivable for them at this point in time.

                It opens with ‘Step By Step’, featuring Animal Collective's Panda Bear, an ecstatic celebration of Balearic joy, met with a French Touch production aesthetic; as if Braxe’s "In Love With You" had been baking on the playa for a quarter of a century. The track transcends anything in the catalogues of all three artists to something completely majestic, resplendent in its glowing, lush simplicity.

                "Love Me" gallops to a satisfactory mid-session pace; loopy vox and fat synths filtered to perfection keeping us in that French state of mind. "Creative Source" deploys a tasty soul hook across the sampler pads for an almost Andres-esque beatdown jam before we settle into the cosy and intimate Balearic-pop of "Elevation", featuring modern R&B star Sunni Colon. What a trip! 

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Brought to you by the same French Touch innovators behind Stardust and Together; it sees the formula applied to more downbeat and Balearic moods that are simply divine. Perfect for the hammock or the beach!

                TRACK LISTING

                Step By Step (feat. Panda Bear)
                Love Me
                Creative Source
                Elevation (feat. Sunni Colon)
                Step By Step (Bonus Beat)

                Ausecuma Beats X Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange

                Deep Heat / Tropical Storm

                Nine-piece West Africa-via-Melbourne ensemble Ausecuma Beats and improvised collective Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, also known as Z*F*E*X, reveal a new collaborative EP via Music in Exile.

                Call it a match made somewhere in musical heaven, the minds behind Ausecuma Beats, comprised of members from Senegal, Mali, Cuba and Guinea, found they melded easily with Z*F*E*X following weeks of recording and sharing material remotely together.

                Z*F*E*X themselves, an ensemble comprised of drummer Zeke ‘Ziggy’ Zeitgeist, keyboardist and producer Lewis Moody, bassist Matthew Hayes, and a rotating cast of guests, are prolific musicians themselves with weighty credentials spread across their base locations of Australia, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

                Thus, from a backyard shed in Dandenong North, Australia, some of West Africa’s finest would record simple percussive tracks, which then surfed the airwaves via studios in Melbourne, Berlin and London, to finally land back on listeners doorsteps as a forthcoming collaborative EP, Deep Heat/Tropical Storm.

                Starring two guest vocalists who are some of the most invigorating in their respective scenes - Latin America via Berlin star Gotopo, and Melbourne’s own Rara Zulu - the EP’s beginnings in percussive exploration are transformed into a must-have record of all bangers.

                Expect the dueling minds of two highly respected acts to reveal a combined EP of complex compositions that remain wholly accessible thanks to addictive harmonies and melodies. Emotionally thrilling, and easy to love, listen and dance to.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: A truly global collaboration, richly scented with a combined energy and deeply soulful approach. The appropriately named "Deep Heat" scorches across a late afternoon haze; perfect for Carnival or outdoor Summer gatherings. "Tropical Storm": an afro-house bumper Timmy Regisford himself would die for. Such a solid 12"!

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Deep Heat (ft. Rara Zulu)
                A2. Deep Heat (Instrumental)
                B1. Tropical Storm (ft. Gotopo)
                B2. Tropical Storm (Instrumental)

                Dusky are back with a blistering rework of JT Company’s 1990 release "Don’t Deal With Us". Retaining the infectious piano line of the original Dusky beef up this Italo house classic with their infamous basslines and driving percussion, resulting in a peak summertime anthem. it's got that retro flavour but holds fort amongst the hi spec soundsystems of now. A few DSP filter tweaks and looonnng delays and you've a slice of wide-eyed, smiley-face joy that's tuff enough for the warehouses to boot. Absolutely e-e-e-essential!

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Dusky roll out a beefy update to JT Company's piano house classic. Tastefully done, it brings the anthem kicking and screaming into the warehouses and fields of 2022 with a fierce intent. A wild, party starting inferno few can resist!

                TRACK LISTING

                A. Don't Deal With Us (Dusky Edit) [Extended Mix]
                B. Don't Deal With Us (Dusky Edit) [4x4 Mix]

                Ewan McVicar

                Tell Me Something Good

                Don't f***ing sleep on this mother f***ers!!!! Ewan McVicar ‘s releases his huge Trick release "Tell Me Something Good". Following releases on Shall Not Fade, Nervous, and his "Street Rave EP" on Trick in 2020 as well as a pair of remixes on the label earlier this year, DJ Mag ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ nominee and Radio 1 favourite Ewan McVicar returns to Patrick Topping’s imprint with a two-track EP of summer-tinged smash hits.

                "Tell Me Something Good" sees the Scottish DJ / producer cover Rufus & Chaka Khan’s 70s jam of the same name, twisting catchy vocals and huge synth stabs into an ecstatic peak time club weapon. There's a huge voguing element to the track but also a large stadium approach that should have both divas, students and club vets all fist pumping manically in unison. It possesses that ferel rave energy which runs through the spirit of many Scottish-produced dance tracks. Unfeasibly massive!

                "Delta" brings the tempo down, but keeps the energy levels high as life-affirming piano chords drift effortlessly across a chugging breakbeat and rolling bassline, making for a euphoric closing track which had me tingling and shuddering in aural pleasure! The child like 'dance me, and I dance you' vocal providing the much needed vocal hook on this most dreamlike of epics.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Mad love for tracks like this. Unifying the queens, bears, ravers, peasants and string-vest soldiers under one punchy, stadium tickling groove. Surely massive in Ibiza right now. Flip side track should have deep house heads writhing in a xtc-soaked aural orgy. Crazy good record from McVicar!

                TRACK LISTING

                A. Tell Me Something Good
                B. Delta

                The Havoc guys have been on an enforced hibernation through the winter due to a lurgy that had been affecting the planet. They have remained in the cave throughout this time huddling up to keep warm and exploring what had become their home away from home for months on end. One night, whilst lighting a fire, trying to find motivation for the next release (basket weaving had lost its appeal) they spotted a glint across the way – On further inspection, it was a small bottle and had a label of sorts – It looked to be medicine or smelling salts – Liquid Gold. Curious creatures they are they all took a long good sniff of this elixir. And just like that, they rummaged around the records stacked in the corner put some more coal in the old computer and began their work.

                Soon the A-Side of the new EP was born. Most certainly a step up in the BPM from the previous A-Side off EP1. A1 kicks off with a Germanic Proto Throb Job, that's sure to cause errr...Havoc on the dance floor. Whilst A2 is a Bassline Driven, Reconstructed Austrian Euro Pop Monster. One for late-night Discos.

                After a while they had stopped sweating, hearts had stopped beating quite so quick. Whilst the creative juices were flowing a few more records were dug out and a log put on the fire and a cup of fungus juice imbibed. B2 came rattling out the speakers in no time at all in all its chugging glory, the vocals take in a nod to god after the devil has done his dirty work.

                At this point, the sun was starting to peek through the mouth of the cave and a new day was upon them. One last record had been found, earlier, that was decided would work at this time, actually after consideration, any damn time... B2 Is like a familiar Balearic Back rub with pop-infused French vocals and beats for days...So now EP2 is complete. Back out into the world our intrepid or is it tepid threesome went... Let's only hope their wives haven't left them after all this time locked away.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: The cult followed Wrekin Havoc crew return with their highly anticipated second 12". Covering electro-disco, euro-pop and Balearic beat, they dig deeper than your average excavator, bringing you the lost sounds from forgotten discotheques.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Heavy Breathing
                A2. Work It
                B1. Dirty Devil
                B2. That Is The Question

                The ever masterful London based DJ/Producer Shy One is back with a new 5 track EP titled From The Floor To The Booth. Following on from the fuzzy, acidic haze of the vinyl only Crumb Trail 7 inch the new EP encompasses futher rich and eclectic sounds of Shy's musical heritage, London leaning from Broken Beat to Soul, Garage to Grime. The record journeys through and abstracts a variety of styles, tipping its cap to the archtectics of Londons musical underground from Soul II Soul and 4Hero to Loose Ends and Roll Deep. A notion every bit apparent in Shy's eclectic bass heavy, hi-energy club selections. The record is Shy One's most in-depth and ambitious release to date. The artwork is created by Herald Essuman of Artbox London. An incredible London based charity that supports artists with Autism and learning disabilities.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: A fitting release for Eglo. Shy One merges hi-tech jazz, future beats and grime influences into a smoking hot broth of dancefloor pressure. 10 points for whoever spots them Floating Point patches first!

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Be As One (feat. Simeon Jones)
                2. Scorpio Sun
                3. B*tch U Better
                4. Bird Bop
                5. Stoned Alone

                Return to Space Ghost’s celebrated "Dance Planet" LP with five summer-ready remixes by Central, Dirk 81, Jarren, Nelson of the East and Space Ghost himself.

                The Oakland-native’s romantic and empowering house sound has enjoyed a growing audience made up of fans and tastemakers alike. The remix package comes courtesy of friends and label affiliates, each lending their touch to Space Ghost’s work.

                Capitalizing on the inherent warmth in the Bay Area-artist’s sound, Tartelet label head Dirk 81 subtly threads a slow, rolling breakbeat into ‘Deep’, channeling 90s RnB and Balearic. Danish underground powerhouse and Help / Regelbau label affiliate Central injects some up-tempo garage house energy into ‘Be Yourself’ - without losing the swirling romanticism of the original. And LA-based producer Jarren, neighbor to Space Ghost on UK label Apron, leans in to the punchy "Lately Bass" and turns up the swing on his own version of the track.

                Space Ghost comes back to ‘Emotional Healer’ and creates a pointedly club-tooled ‘Dance Mix’ version with a panoply of 90s touchstones delivered in the classiest of ways. To finish, Nelson Of The East’s ‘Forever Dub’ of the track adds a sharp and snappy strain of modern steppas.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Tidy remixes by a celebrated cast of producers who tackle the exceptional "Dance Planet" LP by Space Ghost. It's the Dance Mix of "Emotional Healer" that's ruffled my feathers. But there's plenty for moods and flavours for the intrepid. Check!

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Deep (dirk 81 Remix)
                A2. Be Yourself (central Remix)
                A3. Be Yourself (jarren Remix)
                B1. Emotional Healer (dance Mix)
                B2. Emotional Healer (nelson Of The East Forever Dub)

                Deep Tan

                Diamond Horsetail

                  London based, subversive post-punk trio deep tan are back with their new single, ‘rudy ya ya ya’ and news of their sophomore EP, ‘diamond horsetail’.

                  ‘rudy ya ya ya’ is pure deep tan: spiky guitars above a driving rhythm section and a sharp, detached vocal. The band explain: “Caught with your pants down, brown ooze slides down a furrowed brow as sacha interrupts — ! (aka the rudy giuliani diss track you never asked for)”

                  Since they released their debut EP ‘creeping speedwells’ last year to widespread critical acclaim, deep tan have been winning over legions of fans with their unique brand of post-punk; never afraid of challenging the establishment, their songs are politically astute and socially conscious but never preachy. It’s a potent blend that has seen the band thrust to the forefront of the chasing pack with a string of fine releases and a subversive punk spirit. The band then went on to release a Dan Carey produced single with legendary label Speedy Wunderground, ‘tamu’s yiffing refuge’, a stripped down, driving track that once again proves less is more.

                  deep tan make music that emerges from the fatalistic side of life with a flash of cynicism and a rumble of venomous intent. Their stripped-back, minimal sound is a vehicle for songs that engage with contemporary themes, from deepfake revenge pornography to surreal meme pages and stories of furry hedonism.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Martin says: Provocative and slightly erotic, Deep Tan's carnal and mischievous style of post-punk returns with a snappy five track EP.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Beginners’ Krav Maga
                  2. Device Devotion
                  3. Gender Expansion Pack
                  4. Rudy Ya Ya Ya
                  5. Diamond Horsetail

                  The gift that keeps on giving, Purple Disco Machines’ ‘Exotica (Deluxe Album)’ is being treated to some epic remixes of your favourite songs now available on vinyl. For this double header, Floorplan Justified channels that soulful gospel energy into a house heater on ‘Hands to the Sky’ and Italy’s own The Cube Guys take on ‘Money Money’ with some serious disco spirit.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Detroit techno legend Robert Hood avec daughter Lyric, delivers a seriously weighty, soulful take on "Hands To The Sky". Meanwhile The Cube Guys get fists pumping on their expertly remixed mainroomer: "Money Money".

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Hands To The Sky Feat. Fiorious & House Gospel Choir - Floorplan Justified Remix
                  B1. Money Money (The Cube Guys Remix)

                  Max Watts is a young, up-and-coming DJ and producer from Tennessee. He co-runs Limited Network, a white label techno imprint and crew of young producers dedicated to making savage DJ tools. Watts’ energy and enthusiasm shines on "Primal Spirit", his tribute to tribal techno. This debut release on BANK is a testament to his dedication to the medium of vinyl DJing - no fanfare, just supremely crafted, untitled tracks for any set. This record features a remix from Force Placement out of Los Angeles. Recommended if you went to Tribal Gathering at Sankeys between 1999 - 2003, listened to any of Richie Hawtin's 'Decks FX & 909' mixes; enjoyed Jeff Mill's iconic 'Exhibitionist' mix. What else - think DJ Rush, turn of the millennium Carl Cox, Oliver Ho, James Rushkin. Basically, that fruitful era for techno when it went really fucking tribal! A monstrous release not to be overlooked - big TIP.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Phwwaoooor! 'Ave some of that! Real deal tribal techno excursions with that millennial fire coursing through their stems. For the feathers and face paint brigade and the OG DC-10 mobsters - this is the absolutely dogs bollox.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Untitled
                  A2. Untitled
                  B1. Unitled
                  B2. Untitled (Force Placement Remix)

                  Ant Orange

                  You're Super In Diagonal - Ricardo Villalobos, Ada, Tolouse Low Trax Remixes

                  This EP is more than your usual remix package - "Remixed" is a meeting of kindred, idiosyncratic spirits. Ricardo Villalobos, Ada, and Tolouse Low Trax each give a new spin to one track from "You're Super In Diagonal", the latest album by Ant Orange. Their versions of "Monogome", "Flutter", and "Cracker" are complemented by a brand new track: "FFF".

                  Villalobos keeps it short and sweet - at least by his standards. His rendition of "Monogome" translates the mutant jungle vibes of the original into an entirely different dialect while maintaining its psychedelic qualities. The chugging, nine-minute-long 'Siebhouse Remix' is at once rhythmically intricate and positively disorientating. Ada proves to be as imaginative as ever with her first remix in three years. Her take on the album opener "Flutter" extracts the track’s warmth and transplants it into a laid-back downbeat track. She also incorporates the vocals from "Monogome", but gives it a very different spin and adds a healthy dose of autotune to it in the process. Dreamy, hazy, blissful.

                  On the flipside, Detlef Weinrich approaches things very differently. His 'Bo Bo Zy Remix' of "Cracker" offers industrial at its most inebriated, dub riddims after a bottle of hard liquor instead of a spliff. Ant Orange’s "FFF" then seems to mediate between those three very different approaches: danceable yet melancholic, challenging yet restrained, it picks up on the underlying concept of "You're Super In Diagonal", combining IDM’s penchant for complex rhythmic structures and a directness inherent to hip-hop music since the early days of the genre up until the age of UK drill.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: I'm still a sucker for a Villalobos remix! The ketty-techno demigod's crisp-packet textures and disassociate production sending my into 5D again on this epic remix of "Monogome". Elsewhere, IDM and EDM fanatics are more than catered for on this forward-facing and highly sophisticated electronica showcase. TIP!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Monogome (Ricardo Villalobos Siebhouse Remix)
                  2. Flutter (Ada Remix)
                  3. Cracker (Tolouse Low Trax Bo Bo Zy Remix)
                  4. FFF

                  The Konduko 7" series ends with the 4th and possibly best single with Noel Williams aka King Sporty's cover version of Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full", here released as "Dance To The Music".

                  First released on the Natty Dread album of 1974, it was Marley's first album working away from Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer and was a spiritually charged political and social statement, also featuring classics "No Women, No Cry", "Lively Up Yourself" and "Rebel Music".

                  As an associate and friend from their Studio One days, William's version makes sense, in the tradition of covers throughout reggae's history. Appearing a year late, the 1975 single came in Jamaican and US pressings, a nod to Konduko's roots, having started in Kingston before the move to Miami in the earlier part of the decade.

                  A warning against allowing the poor to go hungry, with the prophetic 'a hungry mob is an angry mob', the cover includes a lot of the Miami feel Sporty was incorporating. With instrumentation again from the Ocean Liners KC And Sunshine backing band, the horns and guitar raise the soul, with counter keys, Part 1 is a straight vocal, while Part 2 is close to a Version but more than an instrumental and in its title, shows its funk and soul background too. A perfect end to the series, the uplifting tracking belies the powerful message, bringing the Miami swing to the JA groove once more. 

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: More from King Sporty's early period with a riotous cover of Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full". One of two releases on Konduko this week - both essential collectors items and strong relics of reggae-crossover history.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side 1
                  1. Dance To The Music (part 1)
                  Side 2
                  1. Dance To The Music (part 2) 

                  The second 7" in the Konduko series reissues this mega-rarity, Noel Williams aka King Sporty's own version of Bob Marley's Concrete Jungle. The connection between Marley and Williams was long-standing, both living in the tenements of West Kingston and gaining their musical foundations as part of the Studio One, that would reach fruition when they later co-wrote Buffalo Soldier together.

                  Clement Dodd's organisation was more than a label, running a sound system, studio, pressing plant and its own distribution. As Deejay on the system and later releasing his debut single on the label, William's learnt his craft, taking this knowledge to Miami and replicating much - expanding the Konduko label to encompass studio, plant and distribution.

                  First recorded with Lee Perry, Marley's 1971 original was famously rerecorded for The Wailers move to Island Records and their 1973 album, Catch A Fire. Here, a rare Williams' vocal is backed with horns atop a reggae-funk groove. The songs message of struggle is universal and everlasting, even with a touch of Miami swing.

                  This is backed by Young Girl, a single in its own right, from the same period. A rocksteady, breakbeat shuffle bely the songs roots in late 60s soul, with a powerful counterpoint vocal from wife and partner, Betty Wright. A collector's item itself, together they are essential.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: One of two King Sporty 7"s in this week. Hard to pick a favourite - they're both killer. And so nice to see his pre-disco evolution from Jamaica, to Miami and with more reggae focussed stylings from what would flavour his later discography. The Bob Marley and Lee Perry connection also makes these two 7"s highly desirable.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side 1
                  1. Concrete Jungle 
                  Side 2
                  1. Young Girl

                  Moreish Idols

                  Float EP

                    London's Moreish Idols arrived fully formed a couple of months back with the frenetic "Speedboat", their debut single for tastemakers Speedy Wunderground. Following widespread support on that track, the band return today with news of their debut EP for the label "Float" set for release on August 12th, and a brand-new single in the insistent "Hangar".

                    Born from humble beginnings in a Cornish coastal town, the band recently relocated to the capital, expanding scope in the process to create something that not only stands apart from their peers, but also manages that aural diversity song to song within the same set.

                    Created with a strictly implemented manifesto: writing solely as a group so as to allow the blending of each member's widely divergent personalities and influences. This melded a sound that combines jazz, funk, krautrock, dub and punk into something decidedly... moreish.

                    In January 2022, Moreish Idols laid down the four songs that would make up "Float" over an intense five-day studio session spurred on by Dan Carey. The opener, "Hangar", started life as a mistake, a chord strummed on a detuned guitar. This happy accident gradually morphed and grew into a song about feelings of disenfranchisement and boredom that comes with the inescapable nature of late capitalism.

                    Beginning with an intro steeped in orange-sunshine psychedelia and led by a Swarmatron chordal drone, you’re lulled by the rhythmic arpeggiating melody before the revving Scalextric guitars kick in and the song takes off. It's an eclectic, thrilling cut that shifts sounds and shape several times across its duration, even switching vocalist between Lilley's verse and Kellett's chorus, it's a genuine highlight of an EP that is full of them.

                    The band's own Jude Lilley had the following to say about "Float" as a whole:

                    "The most exciting thing for us as a band is capturing our performances live, which something Speedy is renowned for. Everything you hear in the EP is us in the room working together as unit - apart from Dylan (sax) who recorded his take across the whole EP in one! There’s something really cool about listening back to the takes and realising ‘this is what the room sounded like 5 minutes ago… and that’s us making the noise’. To us "Float" is a collage, and a demonstration of the band putting everything in the mixer and seeing what comes out (lyrics included) and it’s exactly what Dan heard before getting us involved with the label."

                    Produced, as ever, by the label's own aforementioned Carey, "Hangar" and "Float" showcase more of the mercurial magic that is ever-present across the Speedy Wunderground catalogue.

                    Carey's most recent credits include Wet Leg, Kae Tempest and Fontaines DC while Speedy Wunderground have worked with the likes of Black Country, New Road, Sinead O'Brien, black midi, Jane Weaver, Squid and more.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Laura says: Speedy Wunderground are on a real roll atm, with their recent compilation LP and The Queen's Head 7" flying out and a couple of superb forthcoming releases from Lounge Society and Joyeria due soon. Sandwiched in between these is this cracking 4 track EP from Moreish Idols. Frenetic jazz-infused art-rock, with rattling drums and chugging guitar riffs. RIYL Squid, Parquet Courts, Folly Group.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1 Hangar
                    2 W.A.M.
                    3 When The River Runs Dry
                    4 Speedboat

                    Coach Party

                    Nothing Is Real

                      Coach Party grew up on the Isle of Wight (“it's only a matter of time until you meet pretty much everyone else on the Island,” says Eastwood) and eventually crossed paths as avid music fans - working in venues, playing together and meeting at the same gigs. Coach Party eventually formed after Eastwood and guitarist Steph Norris decided to start playing music together; quickly realising that there was something special about the pair’s songwriting and bond, guitarist Joe Perry and drummer Page joined the ranks. Musically, Coach Party are inspired by a broad palate of artists, but always find themselves drawn back to Nirvana, Sonic Youth and The Strokes, and contemporary artists like Wolf Alice, The Big Moon and Tame Impala. Ultimately though, Coach Party’s primary drive to write and perform music comes from “the often entertaining struggle of real life.” The band still live and work on the Isle of Wight (Jess at a farm park, Guy in a music studio and Steph & Joe in cafes), and describe life on the island as going “through pretty distinct phases of being a great, and a really frustrating place to live.” 

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. FLAG
                      2. Shit TV
                      3. 3 Kisses
                      4. Weird Me Out
                      5. Nothing Is Real

                      Fresh as you like UK hardcore here from our very own locale. Erupt are two releases in and are causing a ruckus across the warehouse and industrial spaces currently being repurposed for the party people across the northwest. Specializing in hardcore, jungle, bounce and even donk (!), it's an edgy, grassroots label the kind of which your Eclipse-sporting, pill head casualty of an older brother would have gone nuts in '94.

                      Third release in and it's label head Bullet X providing the ruckus on this excursion. Kicking off with the brutal hardcore of "My Mate From The Estate", which bombs around said housing project in a souped up Nova with this blaring from the cassette deck and the subwoofers turned up to the max! Reminds me of being driven home from year 11 by a sixth former from Edenfield wondering if I'll make it home in one piece or not. Ramped up pianos, blazing subbass and a plethora of vintage rave samples - monstrous Bowlers vibes on this one massive!

                      "That Drip" continues the stranglehold with more plumes of deep bass, agro rave stabs and breakbeats to rip you a new one. Add a few well placed rastaman vox and some sharp twists to the arrangement and you've got another hyperactive beaver in bassbins!

                      "No Loss" sees the Thunderdome erupt into a blazing finale, a kicking 4/4 gluing together donk sounds, hip-house vocal snips and an array of tumbling breaks until a spine-shuddering female vox hook propels us into a loved up euphoria - keen for one last rush before the lights come on. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Third release from this burgeoning Manchester label. Boosting the musical cannons of the feral northern dance tribes with a tasty mix of hardcore, jungle, donk and breaks. Whistle cru!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1 My Mate From The Estate
                      B1 That Drip
                      B2 No Loss

                      The Three Lives return with "Across & Beyond", a 5 track EP taking their digi-dub explorations to unexpected dimensions. Little is known about this group thus far, other than they seem primed to infiltrate our airwaves with the most hypnotic and high fidelity digi-dub grooves.

                      Executed with the big rigs in their mindset, in authentic digi-dub style they mix spoken word snippets from psychedelia and counter culture, with Terrence McKenna speeches featuring alongside some other modern sci-fi philosophers. Hefty bass pressure a key feature throughout whilst the riddims are generally mid to uptempo, steppers riddims that are perfect for the dance!

                      RIYL: Aba Shanti-I, Andy Rantzen, Jahtari etc. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: The Three Lives follow up that first sell-out dub-chamber smasher with five more unique system wobblers. Digi-dub, digi-steppers & psychedelic dub angles all catered for. Bass heads you need this!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Induced Singularity
                      A2. Radio Waves
                      A3. Vast Magnetic Fields
                      B1. Canon Dub
                      B2. Excession Dub

                      Salford City Records is a new label from our sister city focusing on licensed, official represses of some classic piano / acid house rave business from the 90s. Records are pressed with new artwork, on 180g vinyl, with additional exclusive remixes and remastered especially for the release.

                      The "Warehouse Party EP" features MiTM, Project D and Boyraver, with three big room tracks covering prog, piano euphoria and some naughty Sweet T acapela trickery. It's like you're listening to one of those classic Fantazia mixes by Luv Dup or Mike C - only these discs kick harder than they did in 1990!

                      Limited copies. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Salford City Record take us back to a time when smiley faces were the only meme, there were no phones on the dancefloor and a pill, a bottle of water and a good DJ could change your life forever...

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1 MiTM – Warehouse Party (Bootleg Mix)
                      A2 Project D – Oldskooler
                      B1 Boyraver - Pianopus

                      More from the emerging Salford City Records - a wonderful local label intent on dishing out the most wide-eyed, smiley faced, XTC-soaked piano house from the archives of UK house music history. Ninth release on the label, Manchester's Suddi Raval aka Together, most notably of "Hardcore Uproar" fame, released "Love Bug" originally in 1991 on white label for Thumbs Up Magic. It's since became impossible to track down, in part due to the nature of white label culture at the time - these discs were hammered to death at the parties and the raves - there was no digital equivalent keeping the vinyl in mint condition on the shelves!

                      Comes with the original two spine-tingly, sugary sweet bangers "The Love Bug" and "Click" plus a tasty remix of "Storming Heaven" from no other than Sasha! The kinda record to go down a storm across the nightclubs, walterz and the green fields of the UK, then and now. One of my favourites on the label so far. Recommended!

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Massive scenes from the newly minted Salford City Records. Big Hacienda / Bowlers / Angels vibes a plenty as they seek to reissue some of the finest moments of piano house and rave music history. Bolstered with new remixes, new versions and unreleased mixes, you've gotta admire the efforts of this crew from our sister city. There's loads more to come too - watch this space!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A. The Love Bug
                      B1. Click
                      B2. Storming Heaven (Sash's Broken Table Mix)

                      Salford City Records come through with a seriously strong dubplate edition of this infamous DJ Welly track from 1992. Void were actually made up of three producers: Paul Welding, Daniel Nolan, Dave McBurney, but it was Paul aka DJ Welly that hammered the track at raves across the UK resulting in the track's cult following.

                      "Orcana", released on Manchester Underground in 1992, is an early example of trance meeting piano house. It's got a tough, highly digital groove whilst the piano riffs are sharp and rushing. Some of the synth sounds would go on to be popular across hard house and psy trance scenes whilst the vocal part ('the ultimate seduction') will get massive crowds in e-harmonious euphoria - an absolute belter of a track that's rightfully worshipped by ravers from the era. On this version with also get a remix from Stu Chapman who gives the track a proper hardcore makeover - deploying proto-jungle breaks and a rugged bottom end synth hook. Nasty, bass bin rattlin' rave for the crusty systems...

                      On side B we get a more bouncy, almost Balearic-house version of "Orcana" tweaked by Analysis. The bucolic, blue sky nature of Britain's rolling countryside coming through strong on this free-party sizzler.

                      Finally, Salford City's Project D & James Sempie remix "Special" - a hi-nrg vocal cut with a kinda handbag house feel with uplifting pianos and hyperactive vox - a fitting endorphin-rushing rocket blast to close off this most crucial of 12"s. Do not sleep on this one massive! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Massive coup for Salford City Record who have managed to drag the DJ Welly-hammered "Orcana" from the archives for an official repress. Originally released on Manchester Underground which was right round the corner from our current shop - this is a true slice of underground Manchester music history. Updated with some new remixes.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Orcana 2021 (Welly's Return To The Rave Remix)
                      A2. Orcana ( Stu Chapman Remix)
                      B1. Orcana 30 (Analysis Remix)
                      B2. Project D & James Sempie - Special

                      Salford City Records turn their attention to Powerhouse - the duo of Hamilton Dean & Julian Slatter who had a brief run of club records in the late 90s. "The Finest" was a self-released promo 12" from 1997 and has become a rare relic from this era.

                      Salford City hit the power thrusters and drop four tasty remixes of the track by Pierre Feroldi, Paul S and the inhouse team of Project D and James Sempie. Feroldi's version probably stays closest to the anthemic original - utilizing that pitched up, sugar soaked yearning vocal to devastating effect and adding extra vocal chop SFX.

                      Paul S's 'Euro' remix is dangerously happy hardcore in its execution, containing proper hoover breakdowns, 'rock the place' vocal chops, non-stop breakdowns and relentless pianos. Whistle cruuu!!

                      On the flip "Not Forgotten Movin' Now" slows the tempos and deploys some sweepings 303s; utilizing fierce stabs and a psychedelic groove for a juddering, mid-session slather that should have gurnbots writhing all over each other in a pilled up mess! Excellent! If that wasn't enough, Project D and Sempie head straight to the waltzers for an flawless demonstration of Proper Fairground Tackle. Candyfloss and a chase of older lads not included!

                      Another retrotastic stormer from Salford City Records! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Phwwwaooooor! Sugar-rushing fairground tackle here strictly for the waltzers and feral nightclubs of the north. Strange how tracks as sweet as this can unify hordes of the most hardy working class warriors who'll have their tops off in no time when this drops. Like main-lining 10 Rockstars for breakfast.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1 The Finest (Pierre Feroldi Remix)
                      A2 The Finest (Paul S Euro Mix)
                      B1 Not Forgotten Movin' Now
                      B2 The Finest (Project D & James Sempie Remix)

                      Jon Sable returns to In Dust We Trust with three new tracks which bring his love of dub influenced house to the forefront. Starting off the record with the title track, ‘Endorphin Loops’ centers around evolving synths and a heavy low end layered with tripped out synths resulting in an energetic sound for late night dancefloors.

                      On the B side ‘Sleep Suit’, is a rolling chunk of dub influenced house with layers of pad textures and percussive elements that form a heavy yet meditative listen.

                      ‘Soft Focus’ closes out the record featuring atmospheric pads layers over an energetic garage influenced beat forming a unique sound with nods to his previous home town of London.

                      Likely to be very much in demand like his first record, there’s an air of sophistication, poise and panache that put Jon miles ahead of the pack. Highly recommended and endorsed by us all here at HQ! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Jon stable's exquisite, dreamy production returns. Two excursions into 4/4 dub-house luxury, plus one two-step groove also blanketed in his velvety prowess. TIP!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Endorphin Loops
                      B1. Sleep Suit
                      B2. Soft Focus


                      You Gotta Shout / Love And Romance

                      Freestyle Records reissue a DIY 7" from 1980 by short-lived all-female group Spoilsports. Existing at the intersection of post-punk, jazz-rock and modern soul - these two political yet playful numbers were laid down by a band formed from a range of players active in London's feminist and improvised music scenes at the time, and represent the groups only recordings.

                      Spoilsports began in 1979 with the aim of having an all-female band that could be actively feminist and playful at the same time, with an eye toward gaining an appeal beyond that of the wider women's lib movement of the time. The line-up originally consisted of Carole Nelson on keys, Angele Veltmeijer on saxophone, Sheelagh Way on drums, Lesley Shone on bass, Isabel on congas and with Laka Koq providing vocals. After a short while this would become just Carole, Angele & Sheila - with Ruth Bitelli being brought in on bass, and Barbara Stretch topping things off on vocals. The band played at Gay Pride '79 in Hyde Park, a Women's Music Festival in Neimegen, Holland; lots of benefits, and maintained a weekly residency at The Earl of Aberdeen in Mile End (now sadly demolished).

                      Unfortunately the group lasted only 18 months or so all in all, and this is their first and last record - in fact, they intentionally laid it down to tape in order to provide a memory of the group before they called it a day, and we are so glad they did! Recorded in Pimlico's Archipelago Studios in the same year that Elvis Costello would record his album Get Happy there, the original 7" gained a review in the NME, whom dubbed it "a cross between Steely Dan and The Joy of Cooking".

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Millie says: Nice curveball ear-grabber from this all-female group which kicked hard and stood up for what they believed in. Their only single and it's beautifully! Summery, soulful, well voiced and well lyricized - I love it!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. You Gotta Shout
                      2. Love And Romance

                      Make A Dance change things up for their third release, ushing in rising Yorkshire post-punk outfit Deadletter to collaborate.

                      "Line The Cows" is a kinda wobbly, post-punk reggae-disco jam. Like Yard Act meets ESG and Jah Wobble with lyrical direction from John Cooper Clarke. A skeletal drum machine groove supporting winding bass and Zac's deadpan, well pronounced vox cutting through like a knife and providing some clever and insightful phrases. The second track is a recording of the band doing a full live take in London’s Pony Studios showcasing just how tight this 6 piece band are.

                      On the flip Make A Dance get to work with the remix package with broken beats and arpeggiated baselines, turning the track into a dark twisted monster fit for a 4am bass bin workout.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Make A Dance present rising Yorkshire firm Deadletter. The OG should appeal to fans of Yard Act and ESG whilst MAD are on hand with two wobbly, electrified disco-not-disco jams. Killer!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Line The Cows
                      A2. Line The Cows (Live At Pony Studios)
                      B1: Line The Cows (Make A Dance Remix)
                      B2: Line The Cows (Make A Dance Dub)

                      Absolute cutting-edge banger here from New York's Anthony Naples who debuts on Running Back. "Swerve" gets us underway with hard house-indebted hoovers and iconic 'donk' b-line. His kicks slam hard too, and when that glacial gated vox pattern drifts in we're thrust into a deep nightclub hypnosis few can resist!

                      "Here With You" is a hard edged stadium tickler, a delectable percussion array combining with expertly programmed sub bass and a niggling acid line for a techy n tough mid session burner that you can imagine is always doing the rounds at the more progressive global dances.

                      "Right As The Sun Goes" is a fiercy forward focused sun set track. One of those that the right DJ knows just when to drop - after a long hard afternoon session just as those red warm rays start to dance off the mountain tops = maximum crowd exstaticness!

                      Finally, "Be To" concludes proceedings with an ethereal, driving techno ride. Pluming bass, swelling pads, hypnotic perx; it's all there to suck you right into its acidic pumping wormhole, spitting you out into a it's jet streamed ascent.

                      Incredible stuff from Anthony Naples here, I'd go as far as to say might be my favourite record here's done. Supremely advanced yet losing no dancefloor sensibilities, this is the kinda shit you go to nightclubs to hear! 100% recommended! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Martin says: Open-air slammers (with hoovers!) from NY's Anthony Naples who keeps the fires burning well after sundown on this four track EP that's allll hitter zero shitter.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Swerve
                      A2. Here With You
                      B1. Right As The Sun Goes
                      B2. Be To

                      Black Bones

                      Nairobi Night Train / FAD

                      Shamanically leaning late night tribalism here from Black Bones with a unique take on afro, techno and post punk which puts the production duo firmly in the covenstead of Hoga Nord. This is their first 7" on the label but with the diecast sonic voodoo they're demonstrating here, I doubt it'll be there last display!

                      Black Bones use familiar components in surprising ways: electronics and loops swirl over sequenced pounding backbeats, but when the aggressive stereo bass kicks in on “Nairobi Night Train”, Kenya’s border stretches all the way up to the British Isles and a huge savannah opens its horizons just south of Belfast.

                      This is an alluring mix of European and African music tradition - harness by electronic wizardy and wrapped in a magic that'll tempt everyone into the dance! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Höga Nord Rekords continue to provide the aural spells for the witch's coven. Broomsticking into datura realms of sound and space. Only for the spiritually strong!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A. Nairobi Night Train
                      B. F.A.D

                      Since the early days of electronic music, white label records have been inextricably linked to DJ culture and the ways in which underground music has been disseminated. unknown - untitled draws on the white label concept withholding details about the producers behind the tracks and leaving listeners to draw their own conclusions about what they’re hearing.

                      The concept label focuses primarily on vinyl releases, with previews of the tracks available online, but information about the artists only to be found within the record sleeve itself. The roster ranges from new and emerging producers to more established artists looking to explore new sounds.

                      Picking up where they left off, the fourth release on the label is a powerhouse of mind melting, UK-flavoured, twisted techno-not-techno and breaks. Intricate rhythms, chest rumbling sub bass and deft samples destined for a heavyweight club system. With online personas often eclipsing the focus on music itself, here lies a return to form. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Really diggin' this series so far - not least due to it's 'no presumptions' ethos. It's delivering some seriously underground sounds whilst avoiding falling victim to its own hype. Constantly keeping us on our toes and having it right off in the club. Recommended!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. A1
                      A2. A2
                      B1. B1
                      B2. B2

                      This is the first release from new label Before I Die curated by esteemed Mancunian, Aficionado co-founder and encyclopedic musical maverick Jason Boardman. 

                      Tungusku are a guitar based instrumental project inspired by hypnotic grooves from around the world. The duo behind the band are Phil Ratcliffe (guitar) and James Defty (bass) who are longtime collaborators of Manchester live hip-hop collective The Mouse Outfit.

                      Influenced by artists such as Khruangbin, Skinshape and Tommy Guerrero, Tungusku explore a sonic landscape that takes in stoner soul, jazzy psychedelia and low-end beats.

                      The five tracks on the EP were released on digital format and subsequently came to Jason's attention who remastered and collated them for vinyl release on this edition.

                      Before I Die commissioned MMU graduate @deedoubleyoo to provide fine art direction for the first release to complete the package.

                      Call it Balearic, jazz, funk, soul or whatever you like, this is an accomplished debut from emerging Mancunian artists highly aware of their direction of travel.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: We've been SO excited about this dropping. Having already made their mark across various successful MCR musical projects, Defty and Phil usher in the languid moods of mid Summer via (also Manc veteran) JB's new Before I Die imprint. Anticipation was high - and it doesn't disappoint!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Shorts Weather
                      A2. Embers
                      B1. Catch A Fly
                      B2. Skywriting
                      B3. Reverie

                      Local lad and big time disco splicer, James Greenwood returns with his cult collected Semi-Skimmed edits series. A regular at Supernature Disco, MCR's infamous soiree; Greenwood is a pivotal player in the city's modern disco scene and therefore these records are feverishly collected.

                      As usual, he beats me and my co-workers with obscurity; with none of the three tracks easily identifiable to our ears. Importantly however, the source material is highly danceable and infectious - lending to the fruity and slightly camp side of the spectrum, but high energy, with jazz-funk inflections and a wholly organic instrumental palette dictating sound. I'd guess they're all pre-80's cuts with that classic Mancuso / Loft vibe driving us ever closer to the disco ball. JG adds some nice filter tweaks and re-arranges the tracks for maximum impact in 2022; but keeps his touch delicate and subtle, taking away none of the humanity and expression of the original tracks - a skill plenty of fellow edit technicians need to study!

                      As always full marks - and remember we're difficult to please when it comes to edits! - nice work mate!

                      Limited copies, no repress - move quick! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Already huge in Manchester, the word's out about this up-and-coming audio surgeon; with much of the world's disco-grabbing collectors slowly gathering like vultures on his bandcamp page. Volume four in the series and we've three frivolous mid-session dancers that'll have the train spotters scanning their wants list.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Tea For Two
                      A2. Boogie Drunk
                      B. You Control Me 

                      Bosconi Gang Band

                      Live At Manifattura Tabacchi

                      After the first jam experiment back in 2019 here we have the second chapter of the Bosconi Gang Band session pressed on this limited white label hand stamped & numbered wax. This jam was recorded in front of an actual crowd in an event held at Manifattura tabacchi Florence on the 21st February 2020 just a couple weeks before the pandemic started and the first lockdown happened in Italy.

                      The concept is the same as the previous one with Fabio Della Torre on the mixer conducting the gang mystic gulf this time with: Ennio Colaci from Minimono, Dukwa, Rufus, Andrea Giachetti & Antonio Pecori from The Clover and Dj Rou. As it happened with the previous release, the actual jam follows the order of the live execution which naturally developed in a crescendo of speed and intensity.

                      The result is a collection of 5 of the best takes slightly mixed and revisited afterwards but very much faithful to those performed live. This is another adventurous release that goes well off grid, plays with strange temps, original textures and moods. There's a punk-funk, acid house & cosmic slant to their vibe which is infectious, fun and cutting edge all at the same time!

                      Bosconi Gang Band aims to be an itinerant live improvisational project open to all artists who have released on Bosconi Records that sets the goal of always being unpredictable and special, naturally affected by the artists who perform always creating something unplanned new, and unexpected.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Really nice n varied EP which traverses electric punk-funk, acid house and cosmic styles with a live approach, fuzzy aesthetic and held together by some incredible basslines.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. 90 Dial 
                      A2. 122 Merge 
                      A3. 128 Wave
                      B1. 160 Wasp 
                      B2. 105 Keen 

                      3 years after the release of the quickly sold out first “Southern Hemisphere EP”, Budabeats Records proudly presents the second instalment of the series.

                      The concept worked pretty well last time, so there is no change in this regard: four exciting selections from all over the world with no musical boundaries, suiting a packed dancefloor on a Saturday night just as well as your afternoon pool party the day after.

                      On side A the forgotten 1984 boogie masterpiece, “Revelacao”, by legendary performer Emilio Santiago gets the edit treatment from the TropiCals duo, then, with “Lluvia Acida” Budabeats staple Chillum Trio creates a 10 minute long acidic tropical shower.

                      On the flip Karl Planck, founder of the genius musical time machine known as, shows us how to adjust a 90's dance tune from Egypt to the current dancefloor, then we wrap things up with the oriental tinged fusion house tune “Scarabeus” by Balint Boldizsar.

                      The EP is limited to 300 copies worldwide.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Expert holiday music here from a global assortment of premier players. Dancing and hammocking is order of the day, dependant entirely upon own inebriation and energy levels.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Emílio Santiago - Revelacao (TropiCals Edit)
                      A2. Chillum Trio - Lluvia Acida
                      B1. Cheb Arab - Law Kan (Karl Planck Edit)
                      B1. Balint Boldizsar - Scarabeus

                      Mad good UK pressure here from the Warriors Dance vaults, "Rightous Rule" getting a nicely remastered reissue here. If you liked the Two The Hardway reissue then this one's for you baby!

                      Warriors Dance label was a unique operation and a pioneering London label during the late 80's acid house phenomena. Home to an assortment of DJs, MCs and soundmen, they went on to make their own original and indelible mark on the rave scene from the infamous Addis Ababa studio on Harrow Road on the North-West side of the city. A former reggae and soul studio that was instrumental to the output of influential artists like Soul II Soul and more, a steady diet of reggae, bass, hip-hop, house and techno kept their edgy, and diehard UK sound and style right at the cutting edge of the dance music underground across the globe with the top DJs and producers of the day celebrating the label. The studio, helmed by label owner Tony 'Addis’, acted as an incubator for artists whose names would go down in the history books.

                      No Smoke was one of the main and best known outfits on this cult label. Their mammoth worldwide, cult club smash "Koro Koro" is still in DJ bags across the galaxy today! "Righteous Rule" is another tuffy from this crew, some heavyweight bassline madness for the dance. All the elements of the WD sound are here, a perfect mix-up of reggae vibes, jacking house and tribal badness rolled into one. A proper record, to be played on a proper system! This one's become a rare catch out in the wild, and is fetching some P's on the web among the collectors. Here's a nice repress for you, done the right way!

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: How the FUCK have I missed this?! (watch yer) Bassbin' rattlin' UK madness here from '91. Acid house in tempo and vibe but clearly edging ever closer to the sub woofers as the seeds of jungle are fertilized by the fervent rave culture present at the time. It doesn't get more home grown and underground than this!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Righteous Rule (Vocal)
                      A2. Righteous Dub (Dub)
                      B. Righteous Rule Dub

                      From the collective brain of Craig Smith & Saleem Andrew McGroarty comes a new live outfit called Sound Signals.

                      Together with keyboardist Stevie Christie, bass-man Cameron Bradley and percussionist Paulo Riddle they served up a deep, warm and jazzy basement house workout. With vintage keys (courtesy of Stevie) and a stellar production this is equally a jazz-funk tune as much as a house jam.

                      On side B Craig teams up with his Scottish soul brother Ricky Reid for a remix under their Soul Renegades moniker with a big-stringed late night house fanfare.

                      It kinda reminds us of those tasteful and melodic deep house productions coming out of Italy in the mid / late 90's...think Don Carlos! TIP!

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Another week, another Local Talk; with the label's unrelenting release schedule providing us with all the jazzy garden funk we need to survive a heat wave. Mine's a turkey twizler please and I like my margarita straight up!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A. Stevie's Groove
                      B. Stevie's Groove (Soul Renegrades Remix)


                      Funky Party

                      As the mercury gradually nudges up on this side of the world we have the perfect soundtrack for the extended evenings and we have French producer DJ Moar to thank for that. This latest chapter in his 45 Loves series entitled "Funky Party" is laced with that Summer dancefloor syrup to keep the dancefloor cookin'.

                      The J side is the cool side. Moar slips on the Balearic boots for a steppers cut that instantly transports us to the beaches and seaside sunsets. Some clever vocal samples are sprinkled throughout. Feelin' it!

                      On the flip JJ, Moar shifts gears and treats the listener to a Paisley-punched French house tribute that bangs! With a straight-up funk-fueled chorus we'll all be bellowing out this summer and coupled with a tight horn section this Punk-funk feast is a real treat for the listener.

                      Hand-stamped & limited press. Move quick!

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Moar defies the laws of physics and miraculously manages to squeeze out a couple of certified Summer bangers just in the nick of time. Praise the pressing plants as this would have far less impact in the darker months. Right now, sat in me shorts, it makes perfect sense!

                      TRACK LISTING


                      Back in the early '90's California's West Coast's parties, raves and clubs began to be fueled by the emergent sound of tripped out acid breakbeats and
                      psychedelic house jams. Jason Drummond, AKA DJ Spun & Courtney Nielsen teamed up as Central Fire, their debut was both influential and pioneering, released in '94 on Twitch Recordings, a mainstay of the San Fran scene, it would pave the way for what was to come.

                      'This Is A Shout Going Out' (Into The Future Mix) opens with infectious bubbling 303, there's breaks aplenty with expertly programmed twists and turns along the way, whilst the vocal keeps it lively throughout. The Sliced and Diced Mix sees Jim Hopkins edit the original down into a jam packed journey.
                      Over on the flip 'Central Fire' (Yes People It's Time Pt.1 and 2) takes a more stripped back approach, a b-line and breaks that deliver the funk underpin
                      delicate riffs, dub FX and an unforgettable flute interplay to turn this track into another devastatingly programmed episodic ride.

                      This EP has stood the test of time, an essential rarity that has achieved cult status amongst the most discerning DJs, music heads and record collectors alike.

                      It has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Jason and Courtney, lovingly remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original DATs especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Authentic as you like psychedelic breaks here from San Fran in the mid 90s. It's nice to know whilst we were collectively going at-it under motorway bridges and disused warehouses, the West Coast of America was also having it large in big open air raves with tracks like this the sound track!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. This Is A Shout Going Out (Into The Future Mix)
                      A2. This Is A Dub Going Out (Sliced & Spliced By Jim Hopkins)
                      B1. Central Fire (Yes People It's Time: Part 1 & 2)

                      Cassandra Jenkins

                      The Ramble (Morning & Night)

                        Cassandra Jenkins takes the opportunity to expand on a track from her An Overview On Phenomenal Nature LP and presents two side-long ambient pieces. "The Ramble (Morning, May 2021)" and “The Ramble (Night, May 2021)” both prominently feature field recordings made in her native New York’s Central Park, and in the woods of upstate New York. Improvised piano, saxophone, and guitar interconnect and break apart over the sounds of birdsong, crickets, and a distant metropolis. There will be no further pressings of this. 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. The Ramble (Morning May 2021)
                        2. The Ramble (Night May 2021)

                        The return of a unique collaboration between the U.K. 's very own Afrobeat Ambassador, Dele Sosimi, and a producer who's been at the forefront of the South London electronic music scene for over a decade now, Medlar.

                        The pair first joined forces seven years ago, when Medlar was asked by Dele's label to remix the title track from his last album, You No Fit Touch Am. The result was possibly one of the most popular and cherished remixes to appear on the imprint. The producer's respect for the history of Afrobeat shined through in the mix of course, but it was his ability to finely balance that with his house music instincts whilst adding an infectious groove and classic 80s analogue synths that really stood out.

                        The track was an instant classic, and it soon became clear that the Afrobeat Ambassador and Peckham producer needed to make some music together. Having never actually met during the remix process, the dating began, and luckily the two were a perfect match.

                        Two years on from their first recorded output, the Full Moon EP - a record that received radio support from Gilles Peterson on BBC 6Music, as well as tastemakers and DJs across the globe, and was even featured on the latest edition of Grand Theft Auto -the duo return with the State Of Play EP. The heavy hitting four tracker features special guests Tamar Osborn of Collocutor fame, and South African rising star Zito Mowa, as well as a pair of Dele and Medlar's most popular jams from their live sets, perfectly baked for the dance floor.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Lord Have Mercy (feat. Tamar Osborn)
                        2. All About The Dance
                        3. Shine On (feat. Zito Mowa)
                        4. State Of Play

                        Nikolay Sunak launches his own imprint to release lost or previously unreleased music. "Home Video Winter" sees dark synth lines converge on refracted drums to create a shermy and ketty night club experience that's bound to appeal to drug-aidled youth and hardcore warehouse dwellers.

                        It's sister track "Home Video Entertainment" adopts a similar aesthetic, utilizing niggly stacato acid and blurred vox loops and turning up the fog to maximum haze. 

                        Flipping the script entirely however (and the reason we got excited about the record in the first place, if we're honest); is the unobstrusive B2, "Run And Cry, Baby" which is an understated yet really quite epic electro-disco number. New additions to the genre are often feverishly collected, but I can't help think this number might go unnoticed for due to it's lack of obvious Italo / Manctalo / electro-disco alligances or branding. Making this your go to secret weapon for amyl-popping dancefloors! 


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Check that "Run & Cry, Baby" track out for a popper-huffing, electro-disco anthem that's delightfully under-the-radar. Turn heads, excite beards and move hips all at once!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Home Video Winter
                        B1. Home Video Entertainment
                        B2. Run And Cry, Baby

                        Top dog at Exotic Robotics (alongside fellow sports-wear aficionado Sports Casual), Patrick Conway finally makes his debut on the label. Now gaining a fierce reputation in the studio, the international man of mystery delivers an absolute heater for his homegrown imprint - showcasing his gift for crafting crisp futurist techno, underpinned with heavy UK rave influences.

                        This is the 6th release on the label after their 5 previous sell-outs from the likes of Flora FM, DJ Guy, Fettburger, Textasy and Cofaxx.

                        DJ Python delivers a masterful remix on the flip.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Spring Sonnet
                        2. Early Assembly
                        3. Vertical Society
                        4. Vertical Society (DJ Python Remix)

                        Crazy P

                        Age Of The Ego (Remixes EP3)

                          Affirming their status as dedicated tastemakers, Crazy P call on some of their favourite producers, and deliver 12 immaculate remixes of their beloved 2019 album, ‘Age Of The Ego’ A cosmic, vibe heavy, and eclectic journey through low-slung, groovy balearic, big room disco, deep house, lo-fi, and beyond with artists Crazy P have admired, and friends encountered along the way.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1: SOS (DJ Nature Remix)
                          A2: Night Rain (Ilija Rudman's Higher Ground Mix)
                          B1: We Will F**k You Up (Gerd Janson's Vocoder Remix)
                          B2: Is This All It Seems? (Ron Basejam Instrumental Mix)

                          The Wedding Present

                          We Interrupt Our Programme / Telemark

                            “Just how much can a guitar band cram onto a 7” single? Quite a lot, actually, if our July single is anything to go by. On these two tracks there are all manner of guitar layers, clean and overdriven, traditional tunings and custom tunings, bottlenecks and effects pedals. Add a couple of samples from a 1938 radio play and a friend from Norway and you have a ‘Telemark’ – with a starkness which hints at dramatic fjords in Autumn – and ‘We Interrupt Our Programme’ which almost skips towards mid-1970s glam rock in its sparkly platforms.”

                            Nomadic, London-born MC Slim Papi follow up to his ‘Châteauneuf-du-Papi Vol. 1’ EP - which saw support from Clash, COLORSXSTUDIOS, BBC6 Music, Iggy Pop, Huey Morgan, Jyoty (Rinse FM), Shy One (NTS Radio) BBC Introducing, Amazon ++ - with Vol. 2 in his ‘Châteauneuf-du-Papi’ EP series.

                            This time he once again brings along Westside Gunn/Madlib collaborator Sonnyjim along for the ride, as well as his New Jersey rap twin Crimeapple (fresh off the back of appearance on Rosnerberg's 'Real Late' comp alongside Ghostface Killah & Jim Jones) and Lunch Money Life/Touching Bass’ Poison Zcora, for a 4-track travel-rap opus.

                            Slim Papi (Noonian Soong) levels up his bars celebrating lifes wins and luxuries. Rolls out some of his most high grade references of cuisine ("Steamed bream with creamed beans in a limousine, I'm eating langoustines and tangerine's in Aberdeen"), travel ("I back flip off a catamaran in Kazakhstan, the man with the plan is stuck in Milan in a traffic jam) and cultural touchstones ("iridocycltis”) over largely self produced cuts. The result is a confident, mature and unique offering for rap music from British shores, bridging the worlds of funk, electornica and rap and packaged as some of the best London music has to offer.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Second, BUY ON SIGHT 7" from my favourite up-and-coming UK wordsmith Slim Papi. Seriously, big T I P on this - still proper unknown. These 7"s are gonna be well collectable when he breaks big. Really strong video game and personality to boot; this anti-gansta who prefers the finer things in life to slinging mediocre street drugs and knife fights is destined to become a household name.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1: David Lynch Ft. Crimeapple
                            A2: Rod Serling (produced By Poison Zcora)
                            AA1: Harry Dean Stanton (produced By Sonnyjim)
                            AA2: Steve Buscemi

                            Crazy P

                            Age Of The Ego (Remixes EP1)

                              Affirming their status as dedicated tastemakers, Crazy P call on some of their favourite producers, and deliver 12 immaculate remixes of their beloved 2019 album, ‘Age Of The Ego’ A cosmic, vibe heavy, and eclectic journey through low-slung, groovy balearic, big room disco, deep house, lo-fi, and beyond with artists Crazy P have admired, and friends encountered along the way.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1: We Will F**k You Up (Gerd Janson Remix)
                              A2: The Witness (Medlar Remix Feat. Dele Sosimi)
                              B1: This Fire (James Welsh Remix)
                              B2: This Fire (See Thru Hands Remix)

                              Gilla Band

                              Eight Fivers

                                First single “Eight Fivers” announces itself in that typical Gilla Band way where the lyrics often feel abstracted from the music. Dara’s voice is two opposing forces at once: it’s the melodic cry yearning and dancing over the driving beat. In some ways it’s the album’s most memorable track for how instant it sounds and simple it feels, however, its idiosyncratic enough to create its own peculiar feel. On the track Dara says “Eight Fivers is about 40 quid. It's about being out of touch with modern circumstances while feeling socially limited. Never fitting in and kind of proud of it. Stuck with what I have and happy for it. Being grateful and not fashionable, self-conscious and too aware of what is lacking. Accepting that jealousy played a big role in my life but trying not to feed into it.”

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A – Eight Fivers
                                B - Sportsday

                                David Lynch

                                Ghost Of Love / Imaginary Girl

                                  In the late 90’s and early aughts, internet video capabilities like Real Video and Quicktime were expanding, proving the early prophecy that ‘anyone would be able to have their own television channel on the internet’ was indeed coming true. After the critical success of Mulholland Drive, director David Lynch doubled down on the medium, funneling virtually all of his time into personally animating, filming, and scoring content for his own internet destination: It was fertile and limitless ground for a creative like Lynch, allowing him to return to the days of his experimental film roots, where it was actually possible for him to have his hands on every element of the process.

                                  It was out of this newfound digital freedom that the early seeds of Inland Empire were born, evolving and fissuring from an internet-bound experiment itself, into something much more expansive. The film collated a variety of ideas and working methods that the recent web paradigm had nurtured in Lynch, one of which was an increased frequency of his own solo music productions. Having finished constructing his own personal recording studio in 1998, he was no longer tethered to the scheduling and high premiums of rented studio time and was free to accelerate his musical experimentation without constraint. As a direct result of this was a unique shift in Lynch’s musical trajectory; a shift that would eventually bear multiple albums and a short film featuring a lounge-crooning monkey. In the first weeks of 2005, Lynch would record a blues instrumental and instead of getting someone else to sing on the song, he would sing, via a formant and pitch-altering piece of equipment known as the Boss VT-1. It was because of the animated series “Dumbland” that the director had discovered the device that would enable him to be ‘any character he needed.’ With “Ghost of Love,” Lynch was experimenting with bringing those ‘characters’ into his own musical compositions. In true Lynch fashion, it’s difficult to know which inspired which: did “Ghost of Love” birth a scene in Inland Empire, or did the film’s ideas birth the song? Just as “In Heaven” had served to encapsulate Eraserhead, “Ghost of Love” managed to encapsulate Inland Empire allowing its listener to close their eyes and immediately channel the film’s images and mood onto the screen of the mind.

                                  “Ghost of Love” is backed with “Imaginary Girl,” originally released via CD single in 2006 are now finally seeing their vinyl and digital release for the first time in celebration of Inland Empire’s 2022 theatrical re-release. Both are signature cinematic Lynchian classics that feature Lynch on guitar and vocals, accompanied by his long-time collaborator and Sacred Bones staple Dean Hurley on bass. 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Ghost Of Love
                                  Imaginary Girl

                                  Pink Floyd Featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk From Boombox

                                  Hey Hey Rise Up

                                    Pink Floyd release two physical versions of their first newly recorded music in over 25 years, ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’. The single, which was initially released digitally in April in support of the people of Ukraine and was #1 in 29 countries, is available on 7” and CD single. Both formats also feature a newly reworked version of ‘A Great Day For Freedom’ from the band’s 1994 album, The Division Bell. The track sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt, with Nitin Sawhney on keyboards and a lead vocal by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. It also has vocal harmonies by Romany and David Gilmour

                                    When the track was first recorded at the end of March, Andriy, who left his band’s US tour to return home and fight for his country, was in a hospital bed in Kyiv recovering from a shrapnel injury. Proceeds for the physical release and the ongoing digital proceeds will go to Ukraine humanitarian relief.

                                    For this limited edition release, David Gilmour revisited The Division Bell track ‘A Great Day For Freedom’. He has reworked the song using the original tapes which, as well as David, feature Nick Mason on drums and Richard Wright on keyboards, along with backing vocals from Sam Brown, Claudia Fontaine and Durga McBroom. The artwork for the track ‘The Sunflower Look’ features a painting of the national flower of Ukraine with a twist by the Cuban artist Yosan Leon. The cover is a direct reference to the woman who was seen around the world giving sunflower seeds to Russian soldiers and telling them to carry them in their pockets, so that when they die sunflowers will grow.


                                    When You Call Me / Night Flight

                                      In a natural departure from their intoxicating signature new-wave-jazz-funk sound, STR4TA present the double side 12” vinyl - “When You Call Me/Night Flight” available 8th July 2022.

                                      ‘When You Call Me’ is already available digitally and has received early support from Rampage (BBC 1Xtra) and Deb Grant (Jazz FM) plus NTS, MiSoul, Solar Radio, KCRW (US), KEXP (US), Concrete Islands, CRACK Magazine, Nu-Funk (Spotify) also achieved Jazz FM playlist since release in early April. In this latest offering, STR4TA unveil a refreshing neoteric layer reverberating with the essence of electro-street-soul in the UK.

                                      STR4TA is the new wave jazz-funk project pioneered by Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick. Long-time friends and collaborators, STR4TA sees them mine new musical possibilities inspired by a shared formative era. Their debut album ‘Aspects’ was released in March 2021 to a rapturous reception, in the first material that Maunick and Peterson have released together in over a decade. With standout tracks ‘We Like It’ achieving over 1 million streams on Spotify, ‘Rhythm In Your Mind’ exceeding 12 weeks on Jazz FM’s playlist, and a remix EP featuring Melé, Dave Lee, Greg Wilson, Dave Aju & more released at the end of 2021. Heavily supported by BBC 6Music, The Guardian, Wax Poetics, The Vinyl Factory, CLASH, Télérama (FR), Radio Nova (FR), Rolling Stones Italy & Japan.

                                      STR4TA are in the studio working on their latest body of work tipped for release later in 2022, with selected live dates scheduled over the summer.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. When You Call Me
                                      AA1: Night Flight

                                      Celebrating 10 years in the game this year and after a slight covid-induced pause, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams are back with fresh new summer heat straight from the depths of the colosseum on their Neutralizer sub-label. Longtime friend of the DABJ crew Delphi (who is also one half of Tiger & Woods alongside Marco Passarani) joins up with four shining examples of forward thinking machine driven funk, the type you can only expect to hear from the eternal city of Rome. Max energy house heat, dressed up smart and ready for any show.

                                      Strictly limited hand stamped edition on Carmine Red vinyl. Don't sleep on this one people! 

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Magnolia
                                      A2. Bustaline
                                      B1. Dark Riviera
                                      B2. Love Until

                                      From Night Slugs’ Bok Bok comes the new label AP Life with their first physical release by seasoned London grime producer Kid D.

                                      “Timing” 12” features 4 essential cuts of cutting-edge beats fusing drill, R&G and grime. From the squarewave bass pressure of Bar 4 Bar to the high emotion of The Eyes, Kid D applies his signature melodic touch to combine the sweet with the sour with devastating results.

                                      Mastered & cut by Sam John @ Precise

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Bar 4 Bar
                                      A2. Don’t Play
                                      AA1. Yeah Yeah
                                      AA2. The Eyes

                                      Kincaid returns to Control Freak for a main label release with the "Sugar EP" - 4 saccharine, club-ready weapons from a producer at the top of his game.

                                      Drawing on an array of club sounds from trance to UK garage and the best in contemporary leftfield techno, the EP marks our most rave-ready statement yet, with percussive drum tracks and soaring euphoric pads - carefully crafted for dark rooms and packed dancefloors.

                                      On the A-Side, "Air-ism" and "Sugar" bubble with peak time energy - a pair of secret weapons destined for that special spot in your record box. "E" is a pounding, energetic 4x4 pumper, whilst "Sycamore" closes things out with moody, shuffling drums and powerful low end pressure.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Air-ism
                                      A2. Sugar
                                      B1. E
                                      B2. Sycamore

                                      Regressive Left

                                      On The Wrong Side Of History

                                        In dark, troubling times, maybe the most instantly gratifying solace one can seek is a wittily barbed diagnosis of the situation. “The fox has his den. The bee has his hive. The stoat … his stoat-hole,” Stewart Lee once remarked: “But only man chooses to make his nest in an investment opportunity.” Caustic retorts like this are what fuel the debut EP by dance-punk outfit Regressive Left, ‘On The Wrong Side of History’. For pervading through their dynamic and glitching music is a duty to report unflinchingly society’s ills. They are a staunchly political group, but far from your average po-faced by-numbers punk band. There is a gristly social commentary at the band’s core, but the songs themselves are characterised by a need to have fun, to find some kind of solace and escapism from the inevitable rapture.

                                        Recorded over an intense 5-day spell with in-demand producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, MIA, Amyl and The Sniffers) in Sheffield, Regressive Left’s debut EP ‘On The Wrong Side of History’ was immortalised over a handful of 11am-1am sessions in his studio. In many ways it is a time capsule of the maelstrom of ideas that got the group to this point in the first place – the infuriating, bleak political climate, and the urge to find escapism from it – consigned to vinyl in one herculean effort. Taking influence from the booming post-punk, funk and disco scenes of New York, Regressive Left’s sound is stark and danceable. Angular guitar scratches meet dirty synth basslines, whilst Simon Tyrie’s Edwyn Collins croon is chased around by effervescent drums. The banal horror of life in Tory Britain expressed with sharp and dry wit, and then set to truly barnstorming and infectious dance music

                                        Due out July 15th on Bad Vibrations Records, the new EP arrives following a trio of acclaimed singles (‘Eternal Returns’, ‘Take the Hit’, ‘Cream Militia’), tours with the likes of Bodega and Folly Group, festival appearances at End of the Road, Latitude, Great Escape and Wide Awake, and a sold out headline at The Windmill.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1) The Wrong Side Of History
                                        2) World On Fire
                                        3) Bad Faith (ft. Mandy, Indiana)
                                        4) No More Fun

                                        Inell Young

                                        The Next Ball Game

                                          One of three monster New Orleans Funk 45s rereleased by Soul Jazz Records.

                                          Only ever exclusively available on the Soul Jazz Records site and long out of print, these new 45s are pristine loud dancefloor fillers housed in a Soul Jazz recycled card house bag.

                                          Inell Young’s searing vocal performance backed by the unbelievably funky James Black’s seriously awesome second-line syncopated drumming. The three funkiest drummers in the world are the Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste, James Brown’s Clyde Stubblefield, and James Black.

                                          An awesome Eddie Bo arrangement and production. 100% essential.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          The Next Ball Game
                                          Part Of The Game

                                          Inell Young

                                          What Do You See In Her

                                            One of three monster New Orleans Funk 45s rereleased by Soul Jazz Records.

                                            Only ever exclusively available on the Soul Jazz Records site and long out of print, these new 45s are pristine loud dancefloor fillers housed in a Soul Jazz recycled card house bag.

                                            A stone-cold classic tune. Simply one of the most soulful New Orleans tunes ever to come out on record from Eddie Bo vocalist Inell Young.

                                            Rare New Orleans bullet. Original pressings go up to £900 if you ever see one.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            What Do You See In Her
                                            I Remember The Summer

                                            Jane Weaver

                                            Sunset Dreams EP

                                              A brand new six-track EP elevating the acclaimed Jane Weaver album, ‘Flock’, to a new esoteric panorama of pop. ‘Sunset Dreams’ features two unreleased tracks from the ‘Flock’ sessions and remixes from W.H. Lung and See Thru Hands.

                                              “Having earned a cult audience for her psychedelia, Weaver makes her version of a pop record, where Kylie-level hooks are set against hallucinatory backings.” - The Guardian.

                                              Featuring the stand-out ‘Sunset Dreams’ in its original breath-taking form. Plus an extended remix of ‘Solarised’, along with northern combo W.H. Lung’s remix of the track.

                                              “Ominous and luminous, expansively spacious and sonically imploding, scientific, ephemeral and eternal.” - The Quietus.

                                              Furthering the eclectic electronic vibe, there’s also a See Thru Hands mix of ‘The Revolution Of Super Visions’ and two new tracks; ‘The Lexical Distance’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me I’m Wrong’, all capturing the pop vision of this ever-morphing electronic pioneer.

                                              “The high priestess of eccentric exploration Jane Weaver goes pop with superlative results.” - The Line Of Best Fit.

                                              The ‘Sunset Dreams’ EP continues the journey.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Side A
                                              A1. Sunset Dreams
                                              A2. Solarised (Extended Rework)
                                              A3. The Lexical Distance
                                              Side B
                                              B1. The Revolution Of Supervisions (See Thru Hands Remix)
                                              B2. Solarised (W.H Lung Remix)
                                              B3. Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong

                                              It comes as no surprise to discover we are massive fans of Marcos Valle here at Piccadilly Records but this forgotten and obscure gem from the Brazilian maestro has proven to remain elusive to us until very recently

                                              'Girassol' is a lost Brazilian-boogie stunner from 1983. It was originally released as an ultra-rare promo only 7". Composed by Marcos Valle, Paulo Sergio Valle and Ribeiro José Francisco, this all-too-short nugget (under 2 minutes) was recorded and pressed on the Valle, Ribeiro & Associados Ltda. imprint for Rede CB De Supermercados. It was a promotional item to be distributed to customers of a supermarket chain as a gift. Due to not having any conventional distribution channels this resulted in the 7" becoming a slippery customer to find.

                                              It's a smooth AOR / Brazilian boogie joint with an uplifting chorus. The vibe is reminiscent of the much loved 'Estrelar' era of Marcos Valle's glorious recording career, and certainly one for fans of the Lincoln Olivetti, Robson Jorge production sound.

                                              Ultra-rare Brazilian boogie from Marcos Valle.

                                              Reminiscent of 'Estrelar' era Valle.

                                              For fans of Lincoln Olivetti productions.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Thought you had dug all the Marcos Valle from the seams? Mr. Bongo have unearthed a supremely rare offering from a free supermarket promo! The stuff of Balearic legend until now and thankfully matching its unquestionable rarity with high musicality.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Girassol (playback)

                                              Accompanying the cassette album of Lerosa’s fourth full-length, "Catena", this heavyweight 12” features two originals from the album and two remixes from familiar faces childhood friend Donato Dozzy and long-time fellow traveler Jordan GCZ (of Juju & Jordash). Album closer “Suite De Paris” places pitch-bent liquid acid over a huge skanking bassline, the perfect material for Dozzy to make hay with his simmering techno take. Meanwhile, album opener “Apollo” churns with industrial fervor, before Jordan GCZ reduces it down to its acid techno essence, leaving little space for us to catch our breath.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Thick, acidic gloop and advanced minimal delicacies from some of the scene's best tweakers. Richie Hawtin eat yer heart out!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Apollo - Jordan GCZ Remix
                                              Apollo - Original
                                              Suite De Paris - Donato Dozzy Remix
                                              Suite De Paris - Original 


                                              Short Circuit / Bird's Eye View

                                              Shaka is back on Local Talk with a follow-up to "The Riverwalk EP" released back in 2020. "The Bird's Eye View" continues on the same deep, soulful and uplifting house tip with waves fluttery elation and positivity flooding these fresh tracks.

                                              There's a genuine swing to the opening track "Short Circuit" that is infectious and Shaka really gets to work on those keys - a proper Local Talk jam - no one does it better! It brings back memories of those golden years of house music when every track Strictly Rhythm classic was a classic...

                                              "The Birds Eye View" offers a deeper and jazzier spin on the lush and spiritual house music Shaka flirts with. Again, there's an air of elevation; thoughtfully curated instrumentation and a rich musicality to this offering; the true roots of house music as an evolution from disco. If delightfully playful music is your secret crush then look no further!

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Housey vibes on Stockholm's Local Talk. Shaka has worked with Mad Mats and Tooli's label previous to this; but I think "Short Circuit" pips "Theme From The Riverwalk" just slightly - a rich and technicoloured canter that should ignite any warm up session.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A. Short Circuit
                                              B. The Bird's Eye View

                                              Razor-N-Tape co-founder JKriv delivers a trio of all-original cuts on his Something Else EP, bringing together a cast of featured hometown Brooklyn talent to center dynamic songwriting with club-ready vibes.

                                              On the A1 title track, a playful funk-laden bassline lays the foundation for an explosive hook and soaring vocal performance from Brandon Markell Holmes. Dynamic live instrumentation take center stage in the soulful Try Again, which builds to an anthemic peak as guests Nic Hanson and Phenomenal Handclap Band intone the song’s hopeful message.

                                              On the flip, the laid-back boogie groover Shoulda Been Me slow-burns with heavy bass, percussive rhythms, and serene synth-work to support the layered vocal textures by Toribio (of Conclave). Detroit legend Alton Miller takes the tune in a classic soulful deep house direction, with a bouncing rhodes pattern revolving over solid drums, and showcasing Toribio’s vocal prowess in a new light.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Something Else Feat. Brandon Markell Holmes
                                              A2. Try Again Feat. Phenomenal Handclap Band & Nic Hanson
                                              B1. Shoulda Been Me Feat. Toribio
                                              B2. Shoulda Been Me Feat. Toribio (Alton Miller Remix)

                                              Lisbon’s Larry Quest joins the Pleasure of Love crew with an impressive sonic journey of all things house, balearic, and tribal.

                                              After releases on Delusions of Grandeur and Log Records, Quest delivers his most refined EP yet, harnessing his knack for live/analog synthesis & soulful, hypnotic grooves.

                                              'Blue Tide' leads off the EP with a wave of pads and deep sax soulfulness before giving way to a bubbly, modular groove. 'Hold Function' finds LQ exploring a tribal, almost trance-y take on Detroit techno/house foundation. And on the title track the producer eases into a throwback mid-90s house vibe with bursts of M1 organ and Rhodes stabs.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Blue Tide
                                              A2. Rear Light
                                              B1. Hold Function
                                              B2. Wave Ring

                                              The gift that keeps on giving, Purple Disco Machines’ ‘Exotica (Deluxe Album)’ is being treated to some epic remixes of your favourite songs now available on vinyl.

                                              First up, a Club Dub version of ‘In The Dark’ and Monte Remix of ‘Can’t Get Enough’ which are both guaranteed to get you on your feet.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Love a bit of PDM me. The Glitter Box superstars have a knack at melding the old sensibilities of disco with the modern sheen of funky house. All with a very Ibiza-friendly aesthetic. Some might argue this one's a bit cheesy - but if your cruising in full holiday mode and just scored a free guest to Hi Ibiza, track's like this'll make you put down your phone for a moment and lose yourself in the smoke machine.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Purple Disco Machine, Sophie And The Giants – In The Dark (Club Dub)
                                              B1. Can't Get Enough Feat. Sahara Beck - Monte Remix

                                              After the happily received and critically acclaimed Running Back Mastermix retrospective of Hamburg's seminal Front club by Klaus Stockhausen & Boris Dlugosch, another look at the playlists, hits, classics and unclassics is overdue. Now, the menu is solely set to the nineties - well after Stockhausen's departure and into Dlugosch's prime at said club.
                                              Starting the dance is the sought-after evergreen “Deep Introspection”. Produced by Rob Mello and Zaki Dee for the legendary Jump Cutz series on their Luxury Service outfit in 1995, it's as ageless as deep house can be and on heavy rotation since its release. Same goes for “Agitate It” by Body Moods from 1993. Still an insider tip, and touched by the hands of Jazz-N-Groove it wouldn't sound out of place on a Louie Vega tape from that time.

                                              The flip comes with DJ Disciple's “Street Experience” from 1993 and its Todd-Terry-esque “Hide-A-Way”. Snare roll, please. Rounding off with two home made co-productions by Boris Dlugosch himself: the remix for U96's “Come Together” (yes, the one from the submarine-movie-score-sampling techno chart topper “Das Boot”) and his exclusive edit for VDT “Strangest Music”. Both proving the fact that to what seems odd at the beginning (if classic US house is the indicator), can withstand the test of time and even gradually mature. Mega EP – check! 

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Klaus Stockhausen & Boris Dlugosch revisit this killer moment of house history; digging out more road tested hits from the Front club. Much like our own Sankey's Soap or The White Hotel; Berlin's Berghain and Tresor - Front had a sound all of its own.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Side A
                                              1.Sensory Productions - Deep Introspection (Jump Cutz) (8:08)
                                              2.Body Moods - Agitate It (BTS Groove Dub) (7:48)
                                              Side B
                                              1.DJ Disciple - Hide-A-Way (5:41)
                                              2.U96 - Come Together (Subtle Dub Mix) (4:56)
                                              3.VDT - Strangest Music (Boris Dlugosh Edit) (5:26)

                                              Emerging out of the fog, Hill 88 lands its second chapter with Bay Area's Surkul delivering the “Shush EP”. Raw and primitive, a diverse body of heavy bass and bouncing rhythms. Ambient bare bones stripped and spaced out. This EP pulls you out of the net and into the primordial.

                                              Following Surkul's 2019 cassette mixtape “Northern Audacity”,he continues to play leftfield with the “Shush EP”. Straying from his 20 year run as a drum and bass DJ, some may be surprised how the “Shush EP” delivers. During a test run of this EP, some described the material falling in line with the Hyperdub catalogue and similar rawness to the African Head Charge releases by Adrian Sherwood (On-U Sound).

                                              Against the grain was the direction taken to create this EP. Once the needle drops you'll notice the target over heavy bass and lush electric synths attacking with arpeggiation. The soundtrack to an industrial desert.

                                              RIYL: Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, LIES, AD 93, Power Vacuum etc.

                                              'I constantly hear everyone else recreating a similar sound that already exists and having thoroughly explored the art form I wanted to build something new. The pressure to conform made it that much more important, I felt, for me to create something unique that eventually made perfect sense. The more I stripped back and tried new approaches, the more the tracks came to shape. Escaping stock genres helped open the path to create without boundaries. With this project, the focus was on absence rather than content. Other musicians I know always encouraged me to do something different, so when I started this project, their words were a great inspiration. The tracks are moody and kind of nostalgic.'

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: There's nothing quite like this one our shelves at the moment! Completely non-linear sonic experiments by an old school veteran producer and DJ looking to sculpt new sonic lifeforms and evolve the cannon of bass / noise music into fresh territories. You've gotta admire his ambition, taking us on aural adventure of which you can't even predict how the next 4 bars will develop. Comparisons could be drawn to Demdike and Andy Stott but really Surkul lives in his own unique bubble.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A. Rude Introduction
                                              B. 30/30 Rule
                                              C. Extoller's Flash
                                              D. Meeting Again

                                              'GUILI GUILI' is a double AA side 7" single, with an additional remix by Art Of Tones on the digital version.

                                              French slang for "tickle", 'GUILI' is an epic disco-funk piece inspired by the likes of Azymuth, Herbie Hancock and Marcos Valle, but incorporated with Souleance's trademark sounds of fuzzy bass-heavy electronica, synths and samples, giving the track a fresh contemporary twist. Meanwhile, the (digital only) Art Of Tones mix ramps up the disco elements heavily, incorporating some vocals, strings and horn stabs to create some sure fire heat for the summertime. The flipside 'TORO' is a much more tweaked-out, synth-heavy bomb, influenced by artists such as Prince, Parliament and French electronic club music. All tracks mark the evolution of the duo into a full live band, whilst remaining true to their sonic mission of producing music crafted especially for the dancefloor.

                                              The band have been performing live at various festivals and venues across Europe, with upcoming appearances scheduled at the Pura Vida Festival, Greece in August and Jazz à Vienne in July.

                                              This two-track vinyl 7" / three-track digi-single is released on First Word Records, worldwide on May 27th 2022. Another essential one for your record bags.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. GUILI (7)
                                              2. TORO

                                              Nick Cave

                                              Seven Psalms

                                                ‘While in lockdown I wrote a number of psalms, or small, sacred songs—one a day for a week.

                                                The seven psalms are presented as one long meditation—on faith, rage, love, grief, mercy, sex and praise. A veiled, contemplative offering borne of an uncertain time. I hope you like it.’

                                                Nick Cave.

                                                Yard Act

                                                Dark Days EP - 2022 Repress

                                                  Since this was originally released, Yard Act have gone on to be one of 2022’s defining artists with the release of their debut album ‘The Overload’, and their rise has been as entertaining as it has been meteoric. And as well as touring the world and smashing sales records, they’ve still found time to continue Zen FC, releasing acclaimed 7”s from Baba Ali and Benefits.

                                                  Being the budding record industry moguls that they are, they couldn’t bear to see the Dark Days EP languishing out of print. So they commandeered a Danish pressing plant and rudely shoved their way to the front of the queue, picked a new colour (silver in honour of the Overload finishing second in the album charts) and rushed through a repress in time for the summer. And while they were at it, they sorted out a run on the format of the future, cassette.

                                                  So there you have it: while you’re thinking about putting ‘The Overload’ at the top of your albums of 2022, you can enjoy the EP of 2021 all over again.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Dark Days
                                                  A2. Peanuts
                                                  B1. Fixer Upper
                                                  B2. The Trapper's Pelts

                                                  Chocolate Buttermilk Band

                                                  No Money - No Honey

                                                  For almost 5 decades, The Chocolate Buttermilk Band, led by Larry Akles, has been one of the busiest and most successful cover and backing bands in the Southern United States and has been touring as the Temptations backing band for years. While they're little known outside the region, their handful of singles from the early 1980s are, for record collectors, among the best and most desirable in modern soul and boogie funk. So what happened when the pandemic hit? Larry Akles got bored and decided to get the band back in the studio to record a new joint "No Money - No Honey". He actually thought about writing this song way back when serving in Vietnam…. The result is an infectious boogie funk tune that bring us straight back to the original Chocolate Buttermilk Band classic funk sound. Massive! On the B side, just for good measure we've added "Mr. LSD", another hitter from one of the rarest of the rarest 7" from the band. This Past Due Records release comes with a full sleeve and is strictly limited to 300 copies. Don't sleep!

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Millie says: In need of some fresh funky music then look no further, Chocolate Buttermilk Band providing two irresistible boogie tracks that leave you begging for more. Very limited so don't wait around on this one.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. No Money - No Honey
                                                  2. Mr. L.S.D.

                                                  Freestyle continues with their drive to unearth rare and classic UK funk, soul & boogie records with a reissue of a formerly white label-only, rare-as-hens-teeth debut 12" by UK soul icon Rick Clarke from way back in 1981.

                                                  Sharing the same line-up of performers as the eponymous group Potion (Rick Clarke, Carlton White on bass & Everton McCalla, formerly of Light of the World and later Freeez, on drums) though credited on the OG press as Rick Clarke alone, this 12" came out originally in the same year as the also sought after Potion 12" "Catch The Feelin' (Showstopper)" - a year before we would see Rick & Everton release the classic british electro funk of "Magic" as Side On (with Peter Mass) on Beggars Banquet.

                                                  This is a classic slice of British disco funk, showcasing an early vocal talent that would go on to become a key feature of the late 80s UK soul scene, alongside a tight-as rhythm section. The subtly dubbed-out instrumental mix is a real treat too, bringing those synth flourishes and soaring horns to the fore and letting us hear Carlton's bass work wonders unencumbered.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Potion
                                                  2. Potion (Instrumental Mix)

                                                  Dave & Omar / Destiny II Feat. Aria Lyric

                                                  Starlight / I’m Here For This

                                                  Dave Lee teamed up with Omar. A gifted, prolific artist, Omar learned his craft classically, playing the trumpet, piano, bass guitar and percussion. A former principal percussionist of the Kent Youth Orchestra and later a graduate of the Guildhall School Of Music, Omar was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to music.

                                                  Starlight is a gorgeous, mid-tempo dance record, with Omar’s silky vocals backed up with rich production: soaring live strings, groove-laden clav and a warm bassline creating a heady, inviting atmosphere. Almost viscerally life-affirming and unashamedly positive. This is an exclusive 7” version.

                                                  On the B side, Destiny II featuring Aria Lyric - I'm Here For This. An uptempo boogie synth filled track in the spirit of Leroy Burgess’s 80’s offerings. Written by Dave Lee, Audrey Martells & broken beat don Kaidi Tatham. An exclusive new track not part of the album Produced with Love II.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Dave & Omar - Starlight (7'' Version)
                                                  B1. Destiny II Feat. Aria Lyric - I'm Here For This (7'' Version)

                                                  A Guy Called Gerald’s soundtrack to Trevor Miller’s Trip City novel was originally released in 1989 on cassette bundled with the book. It went on to sell 12,000 copies in a year before becoming an underground cult classic.

                                                  Reissued in 2021 on vinyl for the first time as part of a bundle with the book, the vinyl is now available to buy on its own.

                                                  In the summer of 1989, when Trevor Miller’s Trip City book was first released with a five-track cassette EP by A Guy Called Gerald, there had been no other British novel like it. 

                                                  “I remember back in the 80s, in my hometown, Tony Wilson (of Factory Records fame) was fond of calling Shaun Ryder the WB Yeats of his day. In that vein, whether or not I like to see myself in the canon of Anthony Burgess and Clockwork Orange - with these five tracks, A Guy Called Gerald feels very much like the Ludwig Van to my Alex DeLarge.” Trevor Miller

                                                  “Coming on the heels of the acid house classic “Voodoo Ray”, the cut-up vocals, driving bass and hand claps of “FX” and “Trip City” blurred the line between the fictional Tower club and its real-world counterpart The Limelight. This reissue further blurs the lines between past and present, memorialising those heady times of the Second Summer of Love that anyone invested in the counterculture, much like Valentine, can’t afford to forget.” The Wire.

                                                  “The EP comprises five acid rollers that showcase his transition into the world of sampling, with the title track functioning as the main theme.” The Quietus.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: A Guy Called Gerald’s musical contribution is insane. To quote northern house music talking head Luke Una: wigged out, late nite, voodoo jacking - e-soul cultura. Yessirree, this is surely the very definition. Intricate, highly syncopated, acid drenched body kinetics with an intelligent, sophisticated poise. There’s this shadowy, seductive nature to everything the highly adored Mancunian producer turns his hand to and it’s perfectly exemplified on this highly collectable, cult acid house offering. An absolute gem of a release!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  SIDE A
                                                  1. Trip City 4:34
                                                  2. Valentine’s Theme 4:24
                                                  3. At The Mambo 5:00

                                                  SIDE B
                                                  1. FX 6:19
                                                  2. Soho Chances 5:32

                                                  The Bucketheads

                                                  The Bomb (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) - Massivedrum Remix

                                                  Masters at Work member Kenny Drop is the genius behind The Bucketheads – "The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)". An established history of house hall of famer, "The Bomb" is a 90’s house party soundtrack essential that mixies electro, hip-hop and 4/4 house it features samples from Chicago’s "Street Player" & Green Velvet’s "The Preacher Man" fused into a disco-funk and house groove with edgy, funky, rough and ready beats and subtle Latino flavour. It easy to see why its ranked in the 100 Greatest Dance Singles of All Time! Portuguese house producer Massivedrum is on remix duties. He has remixed dance royalty from Bob Sinclar, Axwell, Mory Kantè, Alexandra Stan, DJ Chus, Kentphonik, Yolanda B Cool among many others. He lends his house sensibilities and ear for the floor to enhance "The Bomb" to new levels for an unforgettable experience. Besides the Massivedrum remix and it’s dub, also the full 14’51” minutes original version is available on this double A sided release! 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Nice update on the Kenny Dope-penned dancefloor staple. Massivedrum does exactly what he says on the tin; beefing things up to terrace-friendly house canter that's bubbly and infectious. These sounds!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1 The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) (Massivedrum Remix)
                                                  2 The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) (Massivedrum Dub Mix)
                                                  3 The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)

                                                  David Jackson brings some fresh house sounds to a new EP on Denis Sulta's Sulta Selects Silver Service label. The Half-Irish, German-born young prodigy, Jackson broke through on the scene with his massive track “Broken Heart” back in 2020, and has often been championed by the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Gerd Janson, & DJ Seinfeld, to name a few, and this EP is two tracks that would light up any dancefloor.

                                                  He kicks off with 2020 Eurotrance Track, a big tune with hands-in-the-air chords and chunky drums. It's peak time festival tackle that will unite crowds of any size, in a classy but good time vibe without a care in the world. I Wanna Dance With Daisy is littered with old school video game samples and a wonky bassline. The beats are metallic and edgy, the vocals cut up and the whole thing is sure to boggle brains on the dance floor.

                                                  This is a high impact EP ready to make its mark this summer and beyond.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: The Sulta Selects Silver Service always seems to avoid the usual pressing plants schedule drama and perfectly time an absolutely storming festival banger just in the nick of time for the Summer party season. True to form, David Jackson's "I Wanna Dance With Daisy" is the double A-side that'll keep everyone happy from the rave gremlins at Audio Farm to the Tarqs and Esme's at Gottwood and beyond. Head for the stacks massive!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. 2020 Eurotrance Track
                                                  B1. I Wanna Dance With Daisy

                                                  Disco Segreta reveals another music mystery! This EP -  4 years in the making - marks the first ever 12” release of the elusive downtempo Italo-boogie tune “Guarda l’Amore”, sung by the mysterious Italian duo Gianni & Donatella, only previously available on the impossibly rare 1987 “Disco Italia” compilation LP, released on the tiny Italian Disco In label.

                                                  Through the course of this excavation. Disco Segret unearthed four previously unreleased demo tracks sung by the track's author Walter Canducci along with Gianni, supposed to be part of an LP release that ultimately never saw the light of the day….until now, and guess what - they’re jaw-dropping!

                                                  Starting with the slap-bass funk bomb “Si, No”, then going into the late-night love maker “Amore Mio”, topping it all with the mellow beach vibes-infused “Come Allora”. On top of that, you’ll also get an alternate “Guarda l’Amore” demo version.

                                                  We will never know how these lo-fi demos would sound if the original project of Gianni & Donatella singing on all tracks succeeded, but the only existing recorded evidence can sure give a feel of this unique Italo-boogie studio project.  Reissue is from actual analog multitrack and stereo masters making this truly essenziale!

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: A holy grail deep dig from Disco Segret who unearth some truly rare Italian gold from Gianni E Donatella. Reminds me of when we first heard that Gloria Ann Taylor record dug out the archives.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1 Guarda L'Amore (Original Demo)
                                                  2 Si, No
                                                  3 Guarda L’Amore (Original LP Version)
                                                  4 Amore Mio
                                                  5 Solo Amore

                                                  Disco mystery man Donald Dust makes his debut on Wilson Records with a wild and frenzied hi-NRG-disco-house hybrid. Sure to appeal to fans of Cyberdance, Red Laser Records, Patrick Cowley and that late 80s San Francisco sound; it also nods to fellow wonky-disco misfits The Idjut Boys and The Glimmer Twins.

                                                  Four tracks that'll work in any dance establishment that enjoys a jet propelled thrust to their electro-disco; guided by red lasers and huffs of amyl; this is peak time engine fuel for your rocket ship. 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Phwwwoooarr! Hi-octane, ni-nrg electro-disco courtesy of Wilson who usually dish out dusty, loopy, vintage house music. This popper-huffing dancefloor favourite is exactly on trend with labels like Cyberdance, Red Laser, Bordello A Parigi etc etc.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Once The Needle Goes In
                                                  A2. Another Phat Planet
                                                  B1 Space Dust Moods
                                                  B2. Original Gothic Rythm Trax

                                                  Culture Club Rarities reissue this suuuuper lush beach-ball house blueprint from 1992. "Desire" by Aural may possibly be one of the most fun-loving, innocent and playful tracks of the dream house era! The only track produced by the Aural project (the trio of Davide Rizzatti, Fabrizio Lazzari, Paolo Martini), it was originally release on the Creative Label and has become a well-loved staple in many Italian house Dj sets.

                                                  Reissued with all three mixes, including the percussion heavy "Fabrice Africa Pain" which definitely gives Joe Classell's Instant House project a run for its money in terms of hypnotic, African-informed deep house perfection! Meanwhile, the "Martini Club Mix" keeps it on the beaches, blue skies and dashing whites lighting up the scene whilst waves splash and a beach ball drifts in from afar. The disco-sampled vocal given a fiery focus of love, yearning and, indeed, "Desire".

                                                  Essential repress for your deep house collection! 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Culture Club Rarities deliver us a lesser known beachball house hit from 1992 with all three mixes included for posterity and enjoyment.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Desire (Martini Club Mix)
                                                  Desire (Fabrice 4AM Mix)
                                                  Desire (Fabrice Africa Pain)

                                                  Classic and impossible to get Eddie Fowlkes track that was on Juan Atkins’ legendary Magic Tracks CD. This one never came out on the vinyl that Tresor did but was instead only available on a seldom seen bootleg 12". Now its been reissued by Crevette linked label Muga for their first release and features new mixes from OCB (Casa Voyager).

                                                  After shifting clandestinely between second hand crates as a bootleg vinyl for the last 25 years, Eddie Fowlkes’ "Deepcover" finally gets a proper pressing and 2 remixes by one of today’s most dedicated students of electro funk, OCB (Driss Bennis). Originally released on the "Magic Tracks" compilation CD by Juan Atkins, featuring tracks by artists like James Stinson and Keith Tucker, the track has all the elements of early techno soul straight from the hands of its inventor. Indescribable sounds combine in unexpected ways that just fit, pushing and pulling in all the right directions.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Painfully rare Eddie Fowlkes number that's been on the wants list of many a Detroit techno aficionado for many years. Officially done, with some excellent remixes accompanying it; this won't hang around along and shows off the creative impact of the Motor City was having some 25-30 years ago. Crucial!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A. Eddie Fowlkes - Deepcover (Original Mix)
                                                  B1. Eddie Fowlkes - Deepcover (OCB Electrofunk Mix)
                                                  B2. Eddie Fowlkes - Deepcover (OCB Slowmotion Remix)

                                                  Levon Vincent

                                                  Concrete Jungle EP

                                                  More tracks from the inimitable NJ producer. Best one for ages in my opinion. Two cutting edge, fiery hot club weapons that'll whip the floor into a salivating frenzy.

                                                  As is often the case, two variations on one theme. Side A has more going on in the mid to high registers - a rattling synth line, woodblocks, splashy hats etc. Side B concentrates on testing the frequency response and bass capabilities of your sub woofer; a poised and classy exercise in late nite dub / tech voodoo.

                                                  Stripped back, powerful body tracks with a club-focused arrangement and heavy pressing. DJs U need this!!

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Strobe-lit warehouse throbbers from the NJ staple. Best one for ages in my opinion. Two nice variations on one devilish theme.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A. Concrete Jungle
                                                  B. Concrete Jungle

                                                  Emerging from the shadows with 2021s ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ album, electro duo Sons of Slough see their debut 12” back in print via Perko’s Felt label. A quiet highlight of turn of the millennium-era British dance music that takes cues from the New York and Detroit schools of thought, ‘Live EP’ is rough, heavy and proves just as effective on the dancefloor two decades later. The Sons played shows with Richie Hawtin, Two Lone Swordsmen, Dave Clarke, The Chemical Brothers and more often performing (as the title might suggest) in a live context. Indeed, the A1 cut ‘Snares and Temptations’ was a regular fixture, reportedly taking the roof off the place at the first Dedbeat Weekender as well as some of the worlds less congenial establishments. It's a sharp, low-end laden assault on the senses making great use of a distorted vocal sample and Drexciyan-like drum programming. The other three cuts are equally as powerful, vocoders and squelchy messes of clicks and whirrs aplenty. The second instalment of Felt, 'Live EP' hints at the stylistic breadth yet to come via Perko's newly christened aural lovechild. Big tip for heads that like wild sound design and futuristic club aesthetics.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Super upfront club tackle here from Sons Of Slough, who've been causing quite a stir through their live shows. Here we get four of their biggest hits from touring with Richie Hawtin, Dave Clarke, The Chems etc; handily pressed onto fat wax for our indulgence!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Snares And Temptations
                                                  A2. I Can’t Hear The Stereo
                                                  B1. Boxhead
                                                  B2. Say It, Don’t Do It

                                                  More bump-n-shuffle from Chi-town wizard - Boo Williams. Three tracks that find our favourite slinky wizard in sterling form for 2022!

                                                  Synth lines glow with a radioactive hue, piano lines pull at our heartstrings and dreamy solos emerge from the twisting grooves on "Distant Land" which actually had hints of Carl Craig's "Another Day EP" through its instrumentation. "Livng Waters" has that suspended yet driving energy synonymous with much of Boo's output. "7 Days" again, hovers with that mystical and ethereal energy Boo harnesses so well.

                                                  An upper tier deep house overlord, Boo Williams continues provide us with relentless late night grooves that it's impossible not to wiggle to. Recommended.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Quintessential Boo Williams musica - hoovering and gliding with more shuffle than deck of cards. He's the best at it; and lost none of his impetus in 2022. Golden house music for a Chi-town originator.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Side 1
                                                  1. Distant Land (extended Vinyl Mix)
                                                  Side 2
                                                  1. Living Waters
                                                  2. 7 Days

                                                  Jeff Floyd

                                                  Don't Leave Me

                                                  Ultra rare holy grail, now officially licensed by Papaya Records Detroit. Comes with dance edit on flip side & full picture sleeve! Massive movements from this Detroit label at the moment, releasing undiscovered treasure like this alongside a plethora of new boogie, soul and electro-funk from the Motor City - check!

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Strong movements from this new Detroit label, dropping this unmissable reissue alongside a fresh new boogie jam from the D this week. Originals of this private press bad boy are listed at £2K! Do your wallet (and your marriage) a favour and cop this timely reissue.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A. Don't Leave Me
                                                  B. Don't Leave Me

                                                  A family affair since the early days, WOLF Music have been shining a light on the scenes and sounds the duo are ingrained in. Staying true to form and rolling deep for WOLFEP065, the spotlight turns to a selection of familiar faces and new recruits for a four track VA EP that’s strictly for the groovers.

                                                  WOLF OG, man like Medlar kicks it off in signature style with 'Bandit', a heads-down, techno-tinged trip. Machine music with the soul of south London. Next, professor of the dark arts, Manuel Darquart, conjures up the aptly named 'Euphoria' a deep, ‘90s leaning house excursion, synth wizardry and all, that works just as well as a sunset cruiser, as it does an end of the night closer.

                                                  On the flip, two long time listeners, first time callers, with a double dose of debuts on the label. Jon Sable takes the B1 with 'Infinite Care', offering up that trademark strong and Sable, In Dust We Trust flavour. Deep, emotive, intricate house with a nod to the worlds of Bruk and Chicago house melded together with that NZ feel.

                                                  Closing it out, debut number two comes in the form of rising star moon who lays down a beatsy, broken earworm ‘Handmade’ featuring some dreamy bars from Tamu.

                                                  Full crew, through and through – this one hits different!

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Millie says: Some delicious beats, WOLF presents Friends & Family, strictly house and compiled to highlight the best tunes for this summer heat.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Medlar - Bandit
                                                  A2. Manuel Darquart - Euphoria
                                                  B1. Jon Sable - Infinite Care
                                                  B2. Moon Feat. Tamu - Handmade

                                                  ‘Lose Control’ is arguably one of the best songs written by Miguel Migs & Lisa Shaw - released in 2011 on the album ‘Outside The Skyline’ by Salted Music in partnership with Om Records. Italian house masters Micky More & Andy Tee provide a new package with three mixes to suit all tastes via their label, Groove Culture. Side A sees the vocal mix centred around a timeless Wurlitzer groove with a delectable bassline played live and an unexpected trumpet solo in the final part, all of which beautifully compliment Shaw’s dreamy vocals.

                                                  First up on the flip, a dub version for the dancefloor featuring an infectious piano and bass groove. The package ends with the B2 a rhodespella version played by maestro Riccardo Burattini who wrote an emotional arrangement for Lisa Shaw's voice. All in all, a timeless record and a must have.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Lose Control (Micky More & Andy Tee Vocal Mix)
                                                  B1. Lose Control (Micky More & Andy Tee Dub Mix)
                                                  B2. Lose Control (Micky More & Andy Tee Rhodespella)


                                                  Abahambi | Umlazi

                                                  "Matasuna Records" journey goes to "South Africa" for the first time to reissue two superb Afro-/Jazzfunk songs by the band "Freeway". Released in 1975 on the South African label "Flame", the album "Abahambi – Balomhlaba" was rediscovered and re-released by the good folks of "Black Pearl Records" from Berlin in 2013. The LP immediately landed on Matasuna Records' album best list and was at the top of the reissue wish list. Now that goal has come true to officially release two songs on 45, making them available as 7inch vinyl singles for the first time. Transferred from the original master tapes and remastered to sound as good as never before. An essential release!

                                                  The title track of the album "Abahambi" composed by "Sipho Gumede" and also the album opener is also the A-side of the Matasuna release. The song immediately builds up an incredible groove with the first bar and offers an atmospherically dense, 5-minute funk firework. The musicians master their instruments to perfection: be it in the collective playing as well as in the polished solo passages, where they can fully demonstrate their skills. One of the tunes that could run endlessly without ever getting boring.

                                                  On the flip side, the song "Umlazi" composed by "Enoch Mthalane" is another testament to the sophistication of their arrangements & musicality. Although this song is much slower in tempo, it is in no way inferior to the A-side in intensity. Especially the piano generates a hypnotic groove, which is skillfully continued by the guitar. Another musical treat!

                                                  The fact that the composers of the songs and musicians of the band are (or were) well-known greats of South African jazz music, but the album respectively the band name "Freeway" does not appear in any bio/discography is more than curious. Apparently it is considered proven that the band was founded by bass player "Sipho Gumede".

                                                  Born in "Durban" (South Africa), "Sipho Gumede" learned to play the guitar autodidactically until he received his first introduction to jazz from jazz guitarist "Cyril Magubane" at the age of 16. He switched to bass and then got his first professional music job as a member of the "Jazz Revellers" band. In 1970 he went to "Johannesburg" where he met, worked with and toured with some great musicians of that time. He formed several bands with some of them such as "Roots", "Spirits Rejoice" or "Sakhile". Gumede also recorded collaborative pieces with other jazz legends before recording his first solo album in 1985. In the following years he was involved in tours of North America, Europe, as well as many African countries. In 2000, Sipho moved back to "KwaZulu-Natal", where he taught music and performed for township youth. His artistic productivity did not stop there, however, and he produced a number of other albums. In total, he produced, recorded and contributed to more than 20 albums. He died in July 2004 after a short illness.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Millie says: Full blast funky guitars on this fiery for the first time pressed on a 7"and boy does it pack a punch. Originally recorded in 1975 this remaster you wouldn't know it. Smooth & delicious.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Abahambi
                                                  2. Umlazi

                                                  Klubb Global Groove - Gothenburg's finest groovers - serves up two club-friendly and carefree disco edits, cut loud on 45. No sugar added, only natural sweeteners.

                                                  Still so sweet they will make you stick to the dance floor. Limited to 250 copies, no repress.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Millie says: Two sweet disco edits for you here, Track A is one that I know an instrumental version of but can't remember where from so answers on a postcard please (it's really bugging me!), anyway it's a dreamy track and the B side offers an equally velvety treat.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Track A
                                                  B1. Track B

                                                  Alan Dixon remixes of Patrick Cowley here, part of the esteemed Unidisc campaign which seems intent on bringing the best of hi-nrg, disco and boogie straight back into our living room discos!

                                                  They don't get much more hi-nrg, and indeed crotch-thrusting than Cowley's ero-disco-throbber, "Lift Off". Originally released in 1983 (on the same album as "Megatron Man"), there's a poppers huffing, highly charged energy throughout; those raunchy synth nips and squiggles synonymous with the porn soundtrack producer all present and correct, whilst a rambunctious array of electronic instrumentation - not forgetting that forceful octave bassline sequence - all take us to hi-nrg heaven!

                                                  Alan Dixon contributes 2 mixes which offer up a galvanized patina, certain to tickle the speaker stacks that bit more aggressively than it's 1983 counterpart. Also included is the original album version and an alternative mix from the original release for completion and comparison! An absolute must for disco heads! 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Beautifully reissued by Unidisc with lush sleeve (I know! - I usually don't care!). Hi-nrg erotic disco from the singular visionary Patrick Cowley. Up to date power ups provided by Alan Dixon who beefs it up proper for the rigs. A truly deluxe edition!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Lift Off Ft. Paul Parker (Alan Dixon Love Attack Mix)
                                                  A2. Lift Off Ft. Paul Parker (Alan Dixon DJ Friendly Mix)
                                                  B1. Lift Off Ft. Paul Parker (Original Album Version)
                                                  B2. Lift Off Ft. Paul Parker (Original Remix)

                                                  Germany is not the first country you think of the glitterball; but some of the hottest disco artists of the 1970s and 80s were based in Germany. To be more precise in Munich. Donna Summer, Moroder, Faltermeyer, Boney M or Silver Convention who created the iconic string-led sound came from Munich’s wild disco scene in the 1970s. And that's the vibe you get with the new Gome guys. This youthful troupe originally come from Munich. They have the Munich disco DNA. They feel the funk, they know about soul music and good basslines, they know how to groove (not to bang) and they have that slight sense of irony and easiness you need to make good disco & boogie music. Reminding us a little like Gramme mixed with The Right Now and Galaxians, they’re looking to expand on disco and boogie’s great legacy whilst paying tribute to the original pioneers; taking the genre confidently through into the 2020s…

                                                  Gome are a live act. Their disco is played on several drum machines, keyboards, sequencers and a microphone. (Check their live on Insta). Their first EP got massive props from the likes of Laurent Garnier and other house and disco DJs across the spectrum.

                                                  The new one goes further, remodeling 80's boogie stylings into a fresh dancefloor sound. The first track "Teach you" was produced in the raw style of early Prince or the legendary Sexual Harassment. A squelchy bassline, driving 808 beats and funky rap vocals is the only thing you need. Erobique, king of German disco and member of the band International Pony (DJ Koze & Cosmic DJ) did a stripped down, slap bass-led remix showing off a highly poised rhythmic interplay between drum, bass and perfectly timed guitar chops – the funk is high on this one folks!

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Toytonics enlist Gome for an excellent EP that delivers one anthemic piano house number and one Prince-esque boogie squelcher. Erobique drop a stripped back redux and there's a highway-cruising electro number completing things nicely.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Teach You
                                                  Teach You (Erobique Remix)
                                                  Come On (Piano Mix)
                                                  Electric Boulevard 

                                                  Mother Tongue

                                                  Message Is Love

                                                  First time (commercially available) 12" pressing of this seminal UK house production. Originally released in 1989. For fans of Dream 2 Science / Sha-Lor, Virgo etc... TIP!

                                                  'The United Kingdom has long been an ardent supporter and consumer of African-American music. Dating back to the electrifying earliest performances of blues artists like Big Bill Broonzy during the early 1950s – an influence on Eric Clapton and John Lennon – right through to the dawn of Chicago house and onwards. In fan clubs, like the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society, started by soul writer Dave Godin, to the numerous fan magazines that have documented dance music culture from Blues & Soul to Mixmag, there has been an extended obsession with black music culture.

                                                  This lineage continued into the house era, our generation’s defining dance genre, and one with which British producers were swift to adopt. This record is a prime example of this. Although Mother Tongue was a one-off project, its history is rooted in this long-standing culture stretching back decades. The main man behind Mother Tongue was a drummer and record producer named Richie Stevens. Stevens was steeped in music and the industry, thanks to his father, John Stevens, also a professional drummer. Stevens senior played in numerous jazz ensembles during the 1960s and onwards, including performing with Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and was a session player with John Martyn (among numerous others) during Martyn’s finest period (it’s John’s drumming you can hear on ‘Big Muff’).

                                                  His son, Richie, was playing professionally while still a teenager for the Dennis Bovell Dub Band and has subsequently backed everyone from Tina Turner and Simply Red to Hugh Masekela and George Clinton. He is also a long-term collaborator with Boy George. But the story of Mother Tongue begins with a band called Well Red. This group, effectively a studio creation by Richie and his then manager Martin Poole, recruited vocalist Lorenzo Hall, a fixture on the London reggae scene and sold the concept to Virgin Records. Well Red yielded two albums – Motion and Respect Due – but never really got the crossover success their songs perhaps deserved. “Virgin were very supportive of us,” recalls Poole, today. “They gave us a lot of money. They pumped money into it, and it never quite paid off, but we did okay. We recouped and got to make a second album with George Clinton. It was a good move, recording with him. It did us a lot of good here and in America. We did pretty well in the US. We were very well-supported over there.”

                                                  This same team, working in a tiny studio near Richie’s house in Wood Green, north London, called The Watershed, produced ‘Message Is Love’. It features the vocals of Syn-Dee (Sindy Finn) and Lovebase (Louise Porter), who co-wrote the track with Richie and Alan Lane, another Stevens collaborator, and Ian ‘Spy’ Austin, who’d previously played in the same reggae band, The Instigators, as Lorenzo Hall from Well Red. “Remember it well,” says Martin Poole. “We were just writing it there and then in the studio. It was me, Richie, Spy, and I think Syn-Dee was there as well. When I got home later, Richie played it to me over the phone and I said, ‘That just sounds brilliant,’ from how we'd started it off, you know?” Thanks to their experience in the studio with Well Red, they managed to produce a song that has the timeless feel of all good music.

                                                  Mother Tongue was the opening track on a compilation called On The Loose Volume 1 on their own Furious Fish Records. Every track on the album, despite having different artist credits, was done by Stevens and Poole, often using a rotating cast of characters that had also appeared on ‘Message Of Love’. Although it did not sell especially well at the time, it’s become a collector’s item over the years. This is the first time Mother Tongue has appeared as a 12-inch single, a long overdue (but very welcome) happening.'

                                                  (Notes by Bill Brewster)

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Well mined deep house greatness; Rush Hour excavating "Message Is Love" from the gold seams of UK dance music. Obviously indebted to Chicago, it's an early and brilliant example cross-pollination and adoption from our fertile soils.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Message Is Love
                                                  Message Is Love (Edit)

                                                  The Boogie Times label is back with 4 cuts from a very elusive artist. There has been much speculation over the years as to the identity behind the Disciples Of The Watch moniker. Sharp eared listeners have attributed the sound of the breakbeats to one artist, while others are as convinced their deductions from the sound of a bassline can attribute the production to someone else. Perhaps it’s who they think? Maybe it’s not? Possibly it’s a collective of artists?

                                                  All we can say is that Disciples Of The Watch make great music!

                                                  Back in 1992 the "Dance In Peace EP" received an incredibly limited white label run and was only available from a handful of specialist record shops. The scarcity of this release means that it has now reached near mythical status and has seen it selling for as much as £200 on the second-hand vinyl market.

                                                  This EP now gets the very long overdue full release that it deserves, with all tracks expertly remastered & cut to heavyweight black vinyl.

                                                  With very limited stock being pressed we’d urge anyone wanting to own the amazing musical journey by the elusive Disciples Of The Watch to get their orders in ASAP. 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Original hardcore label Boogie Times follow up that CRUTIAL Timebase reissue with another absolute treasure from the golden era of rave. Blows all the new stuff out the water quite frankly - there's just summat so gritty and raw in that old hardware and samplers that elbows the modern competition outta the warehouse.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Disciples Of The Watch
                                                  A2. Scrap Brain Zone
                                                  B1. Losing Control
                                                  B2. Argon Matrix

                                                  D'Cruze, the legendary DnB producer synonymous with some of Suburban Base's biggest tracks such as "Lonely" and "Watch Out" now sees some of his unreleased productions finally getting a much sought-after release.

                                                  Original solely available as a hidden track on the US version of the CD, "Bittersweet" has never been released in the UK and never released on vinyl. The hardcore, proto-jump-up of "Hardstep" is probably one of Suburban Base's hottest rollers that again, has never had a vinyl release having only briefly appeared on the very limited CD only ‘Subbase Sampler’. Demand for a vinyl pressing of this has been called for since 1996! Farting bass that'd make Aphrodite blush and a neck-snapping drum groove cement this a maximum ruffage monster!

                                                  Another beautiful hidden gem "Sublime State" from 1995 is another explosive, US only CD release that has never seen a UK or vinyl release. Decorated with tantalizing pad stabs and a skillfully constructed Apache break, this is funky dnb fire for long, life affirming club sessions.

                                                  Rounded off with the incredibly dazzling "Meus Precious Filius", an unheard end-of-night killer that was considered a 'lost DAT' until recently. Seriously emotional vibes on this one!

                                                  The EP is presented on blue and black splattered vinyl making every single piece uniquely different. Original custom sleeve artwork is provided by Suburban Base legendary artist Dave Nodz in his iconic graffiti influenced style.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Agro ruffage from one of the scene's most respected and innovative labels. Suburban Base have been at the forefront of hardcore and jungle since the early 90s and have remained delightfully uncompromising and underground throughout. Here we get some unreleased & exclusive dubplates from D'Cruze.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Hardstep
                                                  A2. Bitter Sweet
                                                  AA1. Sublime State
                                                  AA2. Meus Precious Filius

                                                  Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda

                                                  Priestess / Bravado

                                                  Harvey Sutherland’s latest 12” marks the inaugural release for Clarity Recordings, an imprint established by Sutherland for modern Australian records.

                                                  The first new music from the Melbourne producer since last year’s cuts for MCDE, the double A-side “Priestess / Bravado” features his live trio Bermuda at full tilt, with an ensemble of hand clapping friends. Self-described ‘lounge room disco burners’, the record summons the groove experiments of Patrick Adams, Bill Laswell and Arthur Russell, while retaining Harvey’s soulful tones and club-ready arrangements.

                                                  “Priestess” evolves slowly, a nine-minute mind dance that ultimately reaches a celestial state. Sutherland’s piano lines bounce off drummer Graeme Pogson’s unwavering four-on-the-floor, while one-man string section Tamil Rogeon travels skyward. Live standout Bravado is played with determined precision, locking into a tough backbeat that only breaks once Sutherland’s warbling lead solo approaches its resonant peak.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: New material from the adored Australian producer. Still ripe with dizzying instrumentation, rich musicality and a sun-blushed dreaminess those Ozzy cats do so well.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A Priestess
                                                  B Bravado

                                                  Over the past six years, Dimensions has firmly marked its place as a leading name in the underground, with its festival, International Series, DJ Directory and Dimensions Soundsystem. Now, Dimensions is ready to extend its influence with the start of its label imprint - Dimensions Recordings which launches this July with an eclectic 12-track compilation featuring Byron The Aquarius, Mim Suleiman, Mike Dehnert, Marcos Cabral, Obsolete Music Technology and more. Available from 14th July 2017 across three separately available 12" EPs and a digital compilation the debut reflects the flavours and variety of what's in store. The compilation ties together twelve tracks across the three discs with very different personalities from soul and house through to techno and electro. With contributions from Dimensions friends old and new, breakouts and long-established names, it's a solid-gold offering from the Dimensions Recordings team headed up by Andy Lemay and David Martin.

                                                  Part 1 calls upon artists from different corners of the globe who share the similarity of undeniable soul and expression in their music. The EP has an earthy, worldly feel to it. From the Swahili sung harmonies on Mim Suleiman's 'Pole Pole', to the afro influences of Swiss collective Alma Negra's 'Onga', both tracks work raw percussion with just enough swing that either would sit comfortably within late-night UK dance floors or on the sun-kissed beaches of Pula. Then there's the jazz-tinted glow of Istanbul's Kerem Akdag whose 'Getdownsoclose' deep roller makes use of lush pads and rushing snares. Closing is Maryland's James Tillman, who's soulful vocals on 'Wander' sit gracefully over transcendental keys and compellingly loose drumming, rounding off Part 1 with a cleanse of the soul.

                                                  Part 2 turns the heat up with more dance floor leaning contributions from four American artists, each delivering something very different but equally powerful. Marcos Cabral's 'Prochainement' is a driving, dubbed out melter with stomping kicks and big-room claps under fuzzy synths, whilst Byron The Aquarius drops his signature dose of funk into 'Full Moon'. One of the standout breakthrough artists of last year, the Atlanta producer has been part of the Dimensions team for some time. Queen of Beatdown, Lady Blacktronika steps up with a timeless, tripped-out house classic for her contribution 'Can We Still Be Friends?', her vocal oozing melancholy. Rounding up is DJ Aakmael with 'Transit'; a raw, flexing cut that we've come to expect via his massively impressive output and his own superb imprint, Unxpozd.

                                                  Dimensions Recordings explores its darker side on Part three with intergalactic oddities and twisted techno constructions, the release is definitely one for the late hours. 'Crosstalk' from gear heads London Modular Alliance opens; a squelching, electro, hardware excursion demonstrating a small snippet of what's to come from the talented trio. Next, French artist, Upwellings steps up to demonstrate his purist approach as he unites elements of dub and techno to create the beautifully spacey 'Soft Shadows'. The third offering comes courtesy of Chicago's Steven Tang in his Obsolete Music Technology guise. 'Comb Freq,' a devastatingly powerful mix of acidic, bleeping dance floor energy! To finish the winning release is Fachwerk label boss and prolific techno artist, Mike Dehnert; who presents raw but melodic track in 'Tokio,'which maintains his minimal and stripped back aesthetic beautifully.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Much hyped debut release from the taste-making and scene-defining festival. A beacon of modern electronic dance music that thankfully treads its own path and looks for innovation and evolution rather than relying on the successes of past formulas.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Mim Suleiman - Pole Pole
                                                  2. Alma Negra - Onga
                                                  3. Kerem Akdag - Getdownsoclose
                                                  4. James Tillman - Wander

                                                  Brand new Theo Parrish and it's a glorious return to the clickity, dusty, MPC jams we love from early Sound Signature!! Three tracks that find the Akai-sensei in moody Motor City mode; constructing those peppered drum sequences and drunkard pads to compliment a shadowy vocal track on "Weirdo" which comes in two mixes - one sans pads and with even more percussive goodness jammed in!

                                                  "Imaginary Thugfunk" sees our lovable Detroiter lay down on of his Sun Ra indebted, interstellar funk jams - with gently simmering MPC rhythms slowly thrusted into the heavens through a whole manner of jazzy meanderings and spiritual house atmospheres. A sound Theo singlehandedly invented himself, think "Sound Sculptures"-era and you'll be getting a twitchy for this frisky biscuit!

                                                  Limited copies, bound to fly out - you know what to do!

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Detroit's finest back on his own imprint and with a decidedly retroist outlook. This sounds like some of the earliest Sound Signature gems; deep, moody, beatdown soul synonymous with the D.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Weirdo (Full Mix)
                                                  B1. Original Weirdo
                                                  B2. Imaginary Thugfunk


                                                  All The Colours / Southbank Slide / 5am In Vauxhall

                                                  The debut release from MAJIKAL featuring 4 dark hypnotic house cuts from the legendary El-B

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Stone cold garage DON, El-B tries his hand at some funky / deep house business (why not?). It's still got that bass-n-shuffle you'd expect from this talented and singular producer but he swaps the sound bwoy attitude for something a bit more slick and sexier.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. All The Colours
                                                  2. Southbank Slide
                                                  3. 5am In Vauxhall

                                                  Midnight Runners

                                                  Midnight Runners Edits

                                                  Midnight Runners comes to Razor-N-Tape with a 12" of Southern Hemisphere disco gold!

                                                  Harry Septiandry has been gaining traction with standout releases on Darker Than Wax and Star Creature under his Munir alias, and for his RNT debut he serves up four extra special reworks of obscure disco from his native Indonesia.

                                                  The source material would stump even the most savvy of ears, but Harry finds the universal in these rare gems, augmenting the grooves and preserving just the right bit of camp for super sunny spin!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Time
                                                  A2. Christi
                                                  B1. Rame
                                                  B2. Telephones

                                                  Richard Ashcroft

                                                  C'Mon People (We're Making It Now) Don’t Stop Now Mix Featuring Liam Gallagher

                                                    C’mon People (We’re Making It Now)’ wasn’t a classic by any means when it first surfaced back in 2000, but the decision to pull in Liam Gallagher to lay down his vocals alongside Ashcroft has turned it into one, as the pair swap soulful verses like two heavyweights exchanging blows on a stunning duet. (NME) 

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    SIDE A
                                                    C'mon People (We're Making It Now) (feat. Liam Gallagher) (Don't Stop Now Mix)
                                                    SIDE B
                                                    Bring On The Lucie (FREDA PEEPLE)

                                                    The Libertines

                                                    What A Waster - 2022 Reissue

                                                      To celebrate its 20th birthday, The Libertines’ debut single ‘What A Waster’ is repressed on seven inch single (backed by original B-side ‘I Get Along’).

                                                      Part calling card from the stars, part postcard from the gutter, when The Libertines made their first introductions there was no time for a gentle warm-up or an orienteering session to point out all the fire exits. Hell, there was no way out anyway because with their first single Pete and Carl and Gary and John dropped you straight in the middle of the energy and chaos that surged through their lives and fuelled their band. A storm of Bond-theme like riffs and ‘Carry On’ entendres, that charged forward with brakes-off drums, bass and the singers’ intertwined vocals, ‘What A Waster’ wasn’t a song to help you get your bearing with a new band, it was a track that made you realise this group would become your whole world. 

                                                      With its Hogarth set to music visions of society’s underbelly, and a Gerald Scarfe-like sharpness to its wit, though The Libertines debut single - backed by equally energetic B-side ‘I Get Along’ - might have come out of the blocks at full speed, but there was a preciseness and a thought behind ‘What A Waster’’s ramshackle charms. Twenty years on from its release, The Libertines' opening salvo retains a freshness that is as much down to its wisdom beyond its years as it is the youthful exuberance it inspired in band and fans alike.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. What A Waster
                                                      2. I Get Along

                                                      Two roots reggae classics circa 1977 from Max Romeo on 12" vinyl. Clear and loud pressing!

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Matt says: Two tracks by the king of roots, cut super loud for the deejays! "Melt Away" is the deep introspective smokers cut; whilst "Break The Hold" has plenty of jump n jive, primed for carnivals and yard parties throughout the Summer.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Melt Away (feat. Max Romeo)
                                                      2. Break The Hold (feat. Max Romeo)

                                                      For TESS013 Tessellate have looked to BODJ to supply the goods. The Greek born artist has had excellent previous releases on labels such as Ewax, O.G.E, & Memoria and Visionquest and this one also does not dissapoint. The EP features three originals plus a remix from Slow Life affiliate Paolo Mosca.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Matt says: Buoyant, hydroplaning, jet-ski techno. Don't forget yer speedos.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Cosmos 99
                                                      2. Inner Tripper
                                                      3. Bamboo Skirt
                                                      4. Inner Tripper

                                                      Brown Sugar

                                                      Black Pride

                                                        ‘Black Pride’ is the seminal Lovers Rock tune from Brown Sugar, pressed loud for the first ever time on this new one-off press edition 12” on Soul Jazz Records.

                                                        Brown Sugar formed in London in 1976, made up of teenagers Pauline Catlin, Caron Wheeler and Carol Simms. After Brown Sugar, Caron Wheeler became known worldwide as the vocalist in Soul II Soul, and Carol Simms launched a successful solo career under the name Kofi. 

                                                        ‘Black Pride’ was originally released on the Lovers Rock label, a fledgling reggae label formed by musicians Dennis Bovell and John Kpiaye and producer Dennis Harris. Brown Sugar were unique - not only were they one of the most important of the first wave of lovers rock groups, they were also the only group who managed to successfully blend together a reggae roots consciousness with a lovers rock sensibility. The classic ‘Black Pride’ perfectly reflects this unique sound.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Martin says: As lover's rock fever takes over one of the seminal hits of the genre is given a timely repress from the good folks at Soul Jazz

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A. Black Pride
                                                        B. Proud

                                                        Having had the legend Roy Davis Jr. bless their last EP, Italian label Nicepeople follow up with another bumping four tracker drenched in house niceness, this time courtesy of label co-captain Giuseppe Scarano. On the A, fiery funk fuelled business with a skippy house soul in the form of ‘Gotta Move’ alongside a clubbier, bass grooving remix from Gourment De Funk.

                                                        Flip it to find two deeper cuts, the deftly sampled ‘Sunday Joint’, and the late night / early morning riser ‘Beat Onto Heaven’.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. Gotta Move
                                                        A2. Gotta Move - (G.D.F Party Stompin' Mix)
                                                        B1. Sunday Joint
                                                        B2. Beat Onto Heaven

                                                        Gramrcy & John Loveless

                                                        Highdive - Inc. Schacke Remix

                                                        Having been extensively road-tested this past year by DJs including Daniel Avery, HAAi and Gerd Janson, “Highdive” arrives with tangible anticipation. The work of less-than-shadowy figures Gramrcy and John Loveless, the pair have passed lockdown and beyond remixing artists such as WH Lung, Discovery Zone and Ghost Culture. Debuting their first original material, closely following Gramrcy’s recent appearance on Loveless’s own Hot Concept imprint, “Highdive” is a long-anticipated explosion of energy.

                                                        Built around a sonic-boom breakdown, glossy rave chords and pounding post-punk drums, “Highdive” feels immediately at home on Phantasy. Having worked closely alongside founder Erol Alkan in recent years to shape the imprint's diverse output, Loveless' collaboration with the Peach Discs founder nods to the electro landscape of the label's earliest days. Having never left dance floors since, Gramrcy & John Loveless take a golden opportunity to plunge dancers into the sublime and the ridiculous.

                                                        While a stripped-down ‘Beats Mix’ sees the pair adopt a less-maximal approach, leave it to Schacke to stretch “Highdive” into hardcore rave heaven. The already-influential Copenhagen artist underscores his refreshing funk in the ‘fast-techno’ scene through which he has risen, turning the screws and upping the tempo with intense but elastic results. 

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Matt says: Big ups John Loveless! Yes mate!! For those that don't know, John used to live right here in MCR; documenting the folklore of our night life and generally getting right amongst it. Now based in Berlin, it's really nice to see this (self-coined) 110% DJ put his efforts into the production desk. A full throttle maniac, the energy levels don't drop below 10 on this fully certified banger for Phantasy.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. Highdive
                                                        A2. Highdive (Beats Mix)
                                                        B. Highdive (Schacke Remix)

                                                        Volume 10 in the cult collected warehouse music series - Tone Dropout.

                                                        Along with the usual suspects Dawl and The He-Men, two new artists plus a new collaboration of previous artists are introduced. First track comes from the one and only Dawl, The TDO co head honcho comes at cha with a techy, bleepy, Detroity stomper; no breaks or any of that nonsense just expertly programed bleeps and buzzes.

                                                        Next we have Escape Earth, the collaboration of Bufo Bufo and Corporeal Face. "Impact Earth" utilizes dub-siren squirls and fuzzy breakbeats to create a voluptuous & retrotastic rave-b-boy crossover.

                                                        Kiddmisha, all the way from Kiev in the Ukraine. brings us a quality and functional track that straddles electro and acid house perfectly; low slung enough with nice flecks of synthesis and sfx to keep our head space wandering. Mega deep session club track.

                                                        The He-Men contribute a typically naughty and acidic electro track; with lashings of 303 fastened to a snappy vintage drum box coerced to work over time for this mutant dance party!

                                                        Finally we have 22 year old Marino from Nantes in France. He is the co founder of Hyperfrequence records and party collective and also linked with the 44tours record shop, label and parties. This man is a real talent for the future and "Rave Alarm" is full on high energy assault, starting with a killer break and time stretched vocal, it verges into hardcore territory whilst nodding to production tropes more akin to the birth of jungle and DnB. When that bass sweep hits you square in the chops, there's no turning back!

                                                        Mega stuff from the titans of modern warehouse music! Limited copies, no repress - move quick! 

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Matt says: Cult label Tone Dropout continue to provide us with all our warehouse music needs with volume 10 of their sell-out series. New artists are introduced, old stalwarts are re-decorated - there's plenty to jack to!

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. Dawl - Into Andromeda
                                                        A2. Escape Earth - Impact Event
                                                        A3. Kiddmisha - Retrodance
                                                        B1. The He-Men - Evolution 1
                                                        B2. Marino - Rave Alarm

                                                        Blink-and-you'll-miss-it 7" from Terekke who touches on the kind of sublime, cushion soft dub-techno-electronica that used to be the realm of acts like Farben, Fluxion, Burnt Friedman and such like.

                                                        "2 The World" reflects deep space red-shift across a plasma lake, it's thick, viscous buoyancy supporting a whole manner of contemplative emotion before a thudding kick returns us to focus.

                                                        "Fandn" swells with a positive luminescence, airy strings and delicate, distant leads teasing the senses like seeing by the ocean at a Summer's daybreak.

                                                        Tender, sensuous movements from a master of the machines. Don't miss this one folks.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Matt says: Icey, crystalline vapour-dub from esteemed sound smith Terekke. Really, really limited!

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Side 1
                                                        1. 2 The World
                                                        Side 2
                                                        1. Fandn 

                                                        Dames Brown Presented By Amp Fiddler

                                                        Introducing Dames Brown

                                                        Epitomising the very best of their hometown’s unparalleled musical heritage, Dames Brown are fully-fledged members of the extended Defected family following the release of slick, funk-filled record ‘What Would You Do?’ and features on a number of the label’s vocal house hits. The Detroit trio continuously impress with their exquisite releases, striking lyricism and a hefty dose of house authenticity across their outputs. Now Athena Johnson, Teresa Marbury and LaRae Starr step out to properly introduce themselves to the wax lovers, with Detroit musical icon Amp Fiddler on production duties. Releasing ‘Introducing Dames Brown’ on 7”, this package also includes the Instrumental, as Detroit’s finest deliver a taste of what’s to come on their forthcoming album, capturing funk, house and soul from across the spectrum.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Matt says: Second single from the next superstars of disco-funk. This one ACTUALLY sounds like the JBs! With Amp Fiddler on production, it's nice to see Detroit soul kickin' and back on the map with serious intention.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A. Introducing Dames Brown
                                                        B. Introducing Dames Brown (Instrumental)

                                                        Brian Jonestown Massacre

                                                        The Real

                                                          Numbered and limited to 1000 copies each worldwide. Recorded in Berlin & remotely between 2020 & 2021, the opening track “The Real” is from the forthcoming album “Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees” the second track “Where Do We Go From Here?” is exclusive to this release. With Anton Newcombe (Vocals/ Guitars), Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt (keyboards), Hakon Adalsteinsson (guitar), Hallberg Daði Hallbergsson (bass), & Uri Rennert (drums) playing on this offering. It is 30 years since the release of their first single She Made Me / Evergreen. Released in 1992, the band continue to deliver the sound of the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

                                                          Cover artwork by Anthony Ausgang.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          SIDE A - The Real
                                                          SIDE B – Where Do We Go From Here?

                                                          Band on the Wall Recordings unveil its fourth release from The Singles Club, their 7" series supporting a selection of Manchester most exciting rising artists.

                                                          Following support from the likes of Jamie Cullum (BBCR2), Jazz FM & more, Manchester keyboardist, composer and producer Matt Wilde steps up with his debut physical release, having spent much of his early years laying the foundations of his musical development through workshops at Band on the Wall.

                                                          A truly feel-good slice of musical goodness centred around Matt's lyrical, virtuosic and jazz-leaning keys, 'Every Story / Pivot' delivers wondrous blends of hip-hop and jazz elements.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Millie says: More goodies from Band on the Wall label as they bring the fourth instalment in the series of Manchester artists, Matt Wilde provides the most easy going jazz I've heard in a while, it's laid back, harmonious and uplifting. I can't recommend this enough, go go go n listen right now.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Every Story
                                                          2. Pivot

                                                          Israeli producer Nenor delivers a 4-tracker of impeccably produced dancefloor weapons for his second outing on Razor-N-Tape.

                                                          Since releasing on Moodyman’s legendary Mahogani label a few years back and as part of duo Rabo & Snob, Nenor has been honing his craft in the studio, and now puts his skills on full display on an EP that ranges from the poppy disco house of 'How Can I Be Free' to the deep Larry Heard-esque textures of 'Do You Remember,' and the gritty underground bangers of the title track and 'Work That.' He did indeed take his time on this beautifully crafted record, and the result is something quite special.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. How Can I Be Free
                                                          A2. Do You Remember
                                                          B1. Gonna Take My Time
                                                          B2. Work That

                                                          The Echomen's song "Let's Get Together" appeared first on the third volume of the Movements compilation series many many years ago. Sadly, its lyrics are still relevant today even 50 years after its recording.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Let's Get Together
                                                          2. Talk Is Cheap

                                                          Finnish nine-piece Kuja Orchestra original version of the Afro centric Kuja's disco on Jazz Aggresion label came in under 3 minutes so this unreleased extended version allows the instrumentation to shine through showing off some seriously good solos and horn arrangements.

                                                          Rudy's Midnight Machine & Nik Weston's Mukatsuku mix makes more use of the uplifting strings for a dramatic intro ,adding a disco bassline and lashings of brass heavy horn workouts for the dancefloor

                                                          Hand numbered to 500 copies. Strictly no repress

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Kuja's Disco (Unreleased Extended Mix)
                                                          2. Kuja's Disco (Rudy's Midnight Machine & Nik Weston Mukatsuku Mix)

                                                          The Hesitations / Bobby "Blue" Bland & Michael Omartian

                                                          Soul Superman / Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City

                                                            A chiming guitar, vibes on full and that heady Motown / Ric Tic drumbeat with a falsetto vocal… what’s not to love?

                                                            Originally released on Kapp in 1966 and often bootlegged, copies go for in excess of £100 for this excellent, driving floorfiller.

                                                            The Hesitations have a few Northern nuggets to their credit - ‘Soul Superman’ is right up there with the best.

                                                            Backed with the super bluesy vocal of the legendary Bobby Bland on an aching tale of loss and regret.

                                                            A slow smoochy groove with lyrics of genuine heartache… and all this with a resilient slow motion dance beat and some exquisite brass breaks.

                                                            Featuring a gorgeous vocal-only drop out, it’s a triumphant return from the man who also released the beautiful ‘Shoes’.

                                                            Both sides remastered for sprung dancefloorshaking longevity.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            The Hesitations - Soul Superman
                                                            Bobby “Blue” Bland - Ain’t No Love (In The Heart Of The City)

                                                            Glenn Fallows & Mark Treffel

                                                            Fear Me Now

                                                              2021 saw the release of 'The Globefower Masters Vol.1' An album released on Mr Bongo and born from the fruitful collaboration between Glenn Fallows (The Impellers / Andres y Xavi) and Mark Treffel (Blue States / The Soul Steppers).Taking inspiration from classic 60s and 70s soundtrack and cinematic composers such as Axelrod, Morricone, Gainsbourg, Jean- Claude Vannier and Piero Umiliani, the album was very well received upon its release and struck a chord with the scene's connoisseurs.

                                                              The next logical step was to make their music available on 45 too. The release features an album track 'Fear Me Now' on the A-side and is paired on the B-side with two new tracks that channel the sound of library music giants such as Hawkshaw and Bennett. Three lush, warm and timeless productions.Inspired by classic 60s and 70s soundtrack composers such as Axelrod and Morricone, and library music giants including Hawkshaw and Bennett.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Fear Me Now
                                                              All So Simple
                                                              Slurred And Blurred

                                                              Johnny Marr

                                                              Fever Dreams Pt. 3

                                                                The ‘Fever Dreams Pt 3’ EP features four brand new songs from Johnny Marr’s anticipated first double LP - ‘The Speed Of Love’, ‘Night and Day’, ‘Counter-Clock World’ and ‘Rubicon’. Timed well to follow on from Johnny’s live run with Blondie, the EP will be released on limited edition gold vinyl, with 2.5k units available worldwide.

                                                                Early previews of ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ have been met with widespread acclaim, with Uncut stating that the double album is "The most ambitious album of his career".

                                                                Singles including ‘Sensory Street’ has been a mainstay on the BBC Radio 6 Music A-List, the album’s electro-soul opener ‘Spirit, Power and Soul’ was also playlisted by 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, described as “his strongest solo composition yet” by the Evening Standard, “an exercise in progressive creative ambition” by DIY, “invigorating” by Uncut, with “defiance in its DNA” by CLASH and simply “banging” by The Telegraph.

                                                                Earlier EP ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ has seen Johnny heralded as “a master songwriter” by The i Newspaper and, “a project unlike anything he's done before" by Music Week.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side A
                                                                1. The Speed Of Love
                                                                2. Night And Day
                                                                Side B
                                                                1. Counter Clock World
                                                                2. Rubicon

                                                                Vacant Gardens

                                                                Field Of Vines / He Moves Through

                                                                  Vacant Gardens is Glenn Donaldson (of The Reds, Pinks and Purples and a hundred others) and Jem Fanvu, collaborating on music and with the latter responsible for vocals and lyrics. The project began with the idea of combining heavy fuzz and slow-mo drum machine beats with Fanvu's gentle almost trad-folk style vocals. Almost all of Donaldson's otherworldly sounds are achieved through layers of guitar fuzz and copious delay, while Fanvu offers an ideal counterpoint, taking the listener on a celestial melancholy trip with her opaque poetry and melodies.

                                                                  So inspired were the duo by this blend of styles, they immediately recorded at least two albums of material, Under the Bloom and Obscene, released in quick succession in 2020 and 2021 in swiftly-disappearing micro editions on the secretive Tall Texan label. With those records close-to-impossible to find at an affordable price, Tough Love are now reissuing both LPs on May 20th, alongside a 7" containing two previously unheard songs recorded at the same time as the albums. The albums are pressed in editions of 500, and the 7" 300, and all on transparent vinyl.

                                                                  This is the second 12" EP featuring reinterpretations of tracks taken from the brilliant Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella's jazz dance album "People Need People" released in 2021. The song "Inner Light" gets here a further interpretation by the great Anthony Nicholson, one of the most respected producers and key characters in the tribal / afrocentric house scene, while DJ Spinna has put his artistry on "New World Shuffle" for an uplifting result: Bridgette Amofah's original vocals shine over a sunny house groove full of keys and moog lushy layers, in a distinctive 'Spinna feel'. Coming next: new versions of "People Need People" songs made by Tall Black Guy, Andrés and Fred P.! Stay tuned!!!

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Millie says: The second instalment of remixes from People Need People and this doesn't disappoint, high energy electronica nu-jazz with a housey vibe. Very very into this.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. New World Shuffle (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix) [feat. Bridgette Amofah]
                                                                  2. Inner Light (Anthony Nicholson Miquifaye Remix) [feat. Raashan Ahmad]

                                                                  Brothers Gerardo and Emanuel Cedillo aka Soul Of Hex are making serious waves right now. Born and raised in Mexico’s infamous border city Tijuana the duo have been immersed in the underground house and techno scene DJing, promoting events, performing live sets on their trusty Elektron hard- ware and releasing underground floor fillers for labels such as Quintessen- tials, Secret Crunch, CVMR and Dirt Crew as well as running their own Vicario imprint. Most recently, they have not only established a new venue Marko Disco in TJ, but also a new moniker Mano De Fuego and release dropping in April on Underground Resistance no less!

                                                                  Here on the "Mystic EP" we find a little bit of that UR electro inspiration rubbing up against classic late 80’s US vocal house, crunchy disco grooves and driving feel-good Italo. "Love Is In Control" features the vocals of Steve Lucas of Fusion Groove Orchestra / If Only I Could fame and elsewhere we have vocal features from More Lotion and Temporal Wangan. 

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Worth checking for the "Heliocentrico" track alone, which I imagine could do plenty of damage deployed at the right time. Elsewhere the nods to piano house and the housey jams of Underground Resistance tick all the right boxes.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Mystic (feat. More Lotion)
                                                                  A2. Love Is In Control (feat. Steve Lucas)
                                                                  B1. Heliocentrico
                                                                  B2. Sphynx (feat. Temporal Wangan)

                                                                  Lined up next on Cosmocities is this trance-indebted EP from Prism, the collaborative endeavour of French producer Pascal Eloy and UK-based Grant Wilkinson. The three-track EP “CMSR006” mixes unreleased music (“Refraction”), a 1996-issued goodie (“Rain”) and an exclusive remix from SYO, better known for his ambitiously retro-futuristic output under the S.O.N.S moniker.

                                                                  Originally released as part of Planet Dog’s 1996 compilation “Feed Your Head”, “Rain” retains all of its original mystique and soulful use of modern production tools - letting a cascading flow of arpeggiated synths, stealth bass onslaughts and 303-borne trippiness pour down as a fully immersive digital shower for the senses.

                                                                  An unheard gem from the vault, initially written and recorded in 1995, “Refraction” pulls further dynamic traction from a bubbling drum programming and damp, urban jungle-y atmosphere - beaming us straight back in the rave’s most compelling heyday with its feverish maelstrom of fluttering bleeps, spiraling tribal motifs and faux-organic, Neo-Easternmost harmonics.

                                                                  Adding his ever innovative spin to the table, SYO cuts into the flesh of the original to deliver a further syncopated and spacious version, flush with complex rhythmic sleights of hand and subtle melodic trickery throughout, bound to keep you on the edge with every bar. 25 years on since it was first designed, Prism’s lasting relevancy shines bright on this all-road, bold-to-the-full trance epic that’s lost nothing of its flair.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Early trance blueprints reimagined here whilst also catering to the kind of free party hedonism that swept through the country in the mid 90s. If you dug the Earth Leakage Trip 12" and the DJ Athome compilation - this ones for you!

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Refraction
                                                                  B1. Refraction (SYO Remix)
                                                                  B2. Rain

                                                                  Seriously good UK business here from the fledging Creep Woland on brand new label Headset. Hybrids of UKG, bass music, breaks and house music, coalesced into summat fresh, grooving and incendiary for the cluurrb.

                                                                  Opening up with the fiery garage of "Blantyre 86 Style", complete with punchy breaks, M1 stabs and subtle echoes of soundsystem culture we move into the more abstract and spacious halftime of "Healing ABle 713". Featuring Usurp the track straddles the grey areas between dub, jungle and halftime beautifully; all with an expansive, big room vibe - perfecto!

                                                                  Onto side B and "Luca Benzito" opens with warm piano chords and a big raggamuffin drop; bridging into sublime, bass heavy UKG with those delicious chords and sharp synth licks unveiling a sexy and sophisticated core. Finally, "Eraser Funk" drops the perfect B2 - a downtempo smokers cut that's perfect for the morning after the night before as your roll the last spliff of the session before bed time. It's been a big night, time to get some rest dear raver.

                                                                  Limited copies, hot shit - highly recommended! 

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Nice n bubbly warm up tackle for your bass-centric and garage leaning dancefloors here. Comes with a bonus, stoned, head nodder for the come down too. Both side A tracks are fire for the club.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Blantyre 86 Style
                                                                  A2. Healing Able 713 Ft. Usurp
                                                                  B1. Luca Benzito
                                                                  B2. Eraser Funk

                                                                  Levon Vincent

                                                                  ETA - Infinitity

                                                                  Limelight-era NYC street techno beats from old friend Levon Vincent. The New Jersey stalwart drops two mixes on one theme which demonstrates his uncanny ability to produce long-form club freakouts that total encompass the listener in their simmering, focused intensity. Rattling with the fizzy, metallic percussion artifacts and jolting kicks that made us all fall in love the first time round, it's a welcome return to the producer's original sound and should be a firm favourite with Levon fans around the globe!

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Nice to see Levon back on form, offering us up two, side-long nightclub workouts that'll double as killer DJ tools too.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. ETA Infinity (Warm Mix)
                                                                  B1. ETA Infinity (Frenzy Mix)

                                                                  Orphic Apparition is a new label born out of a transatlantic meeting of minds. Facilitated by a long, hedonistic party in one of present-day London’s ‘meanwhile use’ venues Grow Tottenham, Canadian producer Raf Reza and British acid house luminary Paul Chivers spent a precious day in the studio to record a 3 hour straight to DAT session before Reza's return to Canada. The result of this spontaneous yet intuitive collaboration blurs the lines between Chiver’s long-standing Ramjac Corporation alias and Reza’s genre-spanning approach to dub, breaks and house styles. Part of the early 90s rave scene and an important member of the blueprint-setting Irdial label, Ramjac locks heads with the self-professed ‘lazy music guy from Toronto’ to adapt their studio session into five separate mixdowns.

                                                                  ‘In The Grow’ begins with a bouncy, cut-up sounding Errorsmith-esque rhythm, the recurring fright night melody that distinguishes the record coming in all quick and powerful. The A2 ‘Rotten Mix’ offers a more traditional house approach in its composition, with dub FX and a nice DJ friendly outro. On the final uptempo choice the pair opt for a head-scrambling electro take. Choose your fighter! The ‘Swampy Dub’ on the flip really dismantles everything we’ve heard prior, slo-mo drums allowing a much different DJ experience and altering the freaky synthetic propulsion into an almost modern classical sound. A little like Paul Dresher’s eternal ‘Channels Passing’ (tip). Combined with the other edits this version almost becomes a totally different track. The final ‘Rootless Dub’ gives its clues in the title, removing all the tough drum sounds and allowing for an ambient decompression.

                                                                  Orphic Apparition will return soon.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Leave the sludge in the warehouse long enough and it mutates into new lifeforms off of all the sweat and ecstasy still circulating around the vicinity. The results are mutations of acid, bass, rave and dubstep into one end-level bossman warehouse killer. You'll need a pocket full of power pills to fend off this beast!

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. In The Grow (Rotting Mix)
                                                                  A2. In The Grow (Rotten Mix)
                                                                  B1. In The Grow (Rahtted Mix)
                                                                  B2. In The Grow (Swampy Dub)
                                                                  B3. In The Grow (Rootless Dub)

                                                                  Upon meeting some years ago in Berlin, Galina & Andrea connected creatively and embarked on a musical voyage. These are studio recordings from Xberg in 2018, at a time when they gave life and animation to a beautiful and young electronic music scene.

                                                                  Opening with the foreboding, minimal wave throb of "Notturno Crescendo", underpinned with a simple hi-hat utterance and circling b-line. "Zhiva Sessiya" is up next, slowly floating and ascending with dark angels and celestial spirits, merging the metaphysical world with our current reality. "Sono I’imperatore" concludes with a circuit bent B-line, forceful whispers and eerie leads. Carnivalesque, noir-wave horror core - you can have that one for free!

                                                                  Really strong stuff here on the wonderful Space Ritual label - check! 

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Mega stuff from the label that brought you Various Lurkers. I'm sure there's a Leeds connection here (?). Anyway, Eva Geist contributes some wonderfully unique sounds here - a bit Dusseldorf a bit industrial and bit wavey; basically if you like it left of centre and a bit scuzzy round the edges, this one for you.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1 Notturno Crescendo 
                                                                  B1 Zhiva Sessiya 
                                                                  B2 Sono I’imperatore 

                                                                  Eduardo De La Calle Aka FLEXOL, Acoustic Trauma & Dexual

                                                                  Lobotomies And Other Psychosocial Arithmerical Issues EP

                                                                  Eduardo De La Calle and crew return with 4 tracks of deep off kilter electro and idm; proper circuit fried head twisters for late night club sessions, after party freakouts and studio wizardry obsession.

                                                                  Big tip if you're into Bitstream, Gosub and Silicon; Eduardo De La Calle is himself a bit of a sorceror at the controls; at ease both churning out both skeletal braindance and full frequency audio trips. These four sketches find him in masterful control of his machines, achieving a bilatteral conversion between hardware and human interaction few knob twiddlers achieve in the present day. Recommended! 

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Unsurpassable braindance flavoured EP from Eduardo De La Calle that shows off the producer's highly skilled technical abilities whilst conjuring up some intricate machine language. Big one for the circuit benders!

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Arithmetical 1
                                                                  A2. Arithmetical 2
                                                                  B1. Arithmetical 3
                                                                  B2. Arithmetical 4

                                                                  The Nightingales

                                                                  The New Nonsense

                                                                    Robert Lloyd is unique in 'punk' as someone who began his career at the start of the era, never fell prey to cliché or temptations of mass stardom, actually still works and now, in 2022, stands at his artistic and commercial peak . . . not that Robert's saying any of that, but does it matter? His status is due to a number of factors: a gambler's luck, backing by the finest version of Nightingales yet assembled, his faultless wry humour and wit, a difficult but unimpeachably excellent body of work, and the fortuitous timing of 2021's Robert Lloyd documentary, King Rocker. The release of film seems cunningly planned, with its roll-out brilliantly plotted, although it was actually the Covid epidemic which caused the cancellation of this film's scheduled theatrical screenings.

                                                                    Rather than postpone, Fire Films' James Nicholls made the unusual choice of making a deal to release the film through Sky TV, where it was an immediate success and has been shown many times since. The audience, captive at home by way of the epidemic, was far larger than hoped, and as a result, The Nightingales have emerged as one of this era's most brilliant, unorthodox and genuine bands of the post-punk. Three planned tours for the band's last album, were Covid-cancelled before a fourth attempt succeeded. With bassist Andi Schmid stuck in Germany and unable to record, the band asked three of their fans to remix tracks from Four Against Fate.

                                                                    The titles - let alone the radically alterations hereon - give no clue to which tracks were remixed. Contributing their massive talents are DJ Surgeon, whose stint as an opener for Lady Gaga push the band ever closer to the charts (err, not likely, but the tune is brilliant!), The Go! Team's Ian Parton, who'd posted of his affection for the band and remains a figure of fascination, being a good dollop more talented than other young upstarts, and Randy Kuntz, whose devilish musical skills have added serious sizzle to the last few Nightingales records. As Nightingales toil on new projects, initial plans for The New Nonsense could not be realised. Worldwide vinyl pressing delays made delivery before last year's tour impossible. The project seemed destined for collector status from the start - we pressed too few copies, Robert though it would be 'novel' to set the back sleeve ninety degrees off from the front sleeve, Four Against Fate is now nearly two years old, and the creative efforts of the band did not slow during lockdown

                                                                    The William Loveday Intention

                                                                    I'm Good Enough

                                                                      Brand new double 7” by The William Loveday Intention! As part of an incredibly productive year by one of the world's most productive and cherished artists, Billy Childish releases a new EP by The William Loveday Intention as part of his attempt at “a career in a year”. “Four tracks that address the game of being a human being.” 'I'm Good Enough' is a fresh look at Thee Headcoats' classic. 'Failure not Success' speaks for itself - and embodies the quest for un-muddied art. 'Becoming Unbecoming Me' is the story of a Jewish girl in Austria who changed her identity and married a Nazi to escape the death camps. 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' is our version of Bob Dylan's version of 'Too Much Monkey Business' by Chuck Berry.”

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A – I'm Good Enough
                                                                      B – Failure Not Success
                                                                      C – Becoming Unbecoming Me
                                                                      D – Subterranean Homesick Blues (Alt Version)


                                                                      Sure Pow / Tangerine Shot

                                                                      SABROSA pays tribute to the BEASTIE BOYS with two instro-mental cuts that borrow elements from "Sure Shot" out of their classic album, "Ill Communication".

                                                                      Sure Pow is a great fuzzy, wah wah guitar Grant Green-on-steroids soundtrack approach to "Pow" from "Check Your Head", while Tangerine Shot is a cover of Suco De Tangerina, an instrumental track out of their "Mix-Up" Lp that takes a twist into Dub territoire…Pure fiyah!

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Sure Pow
                                                                      2. Tangerine Shot

                                                                      The Goa Express

                                                                      Everybody In The UK

                                                                        Teenagehood, brotherhood and a genuine love for alternative music has united The Goa Express from the off. Hailing from the industrial town of Burnley and adopted by the Manchester culture carriers, their teenage years can be viewed as something of a hedonistic pilgrimage into the underbelly of suburban rock and roll- their first gig having been 3 songs blasted out their mates garage, the next on top of a local vintage shop where the floor nearly caved in: “when there’s fuck all, you make do with what you got”.

                                                                        The intensity of this friendship has resulted in the occasional bust up along the way, yet it only adds to the burning chemistry that the band offer on record and on stage. Together, brothers James Douglas Clarke (Guitar + Vocals) and Joe Clarke (Keys), along with Joey Stein (Lead Guitar), Naham Muzaffar (Bass) and Sam Launder (Drums) all contribute to a fuzzy wall of diverse sound, becoming harder to pin down with their constantly evolving, psych-umbrella’d, rock and roll. What sets The Goa Express apart from other musicians who sit comfortably within scenes is that their identity as a band has been growing organically long before the 5 of them decided to pick up instruments and teach themselves art of killing time.

                                                                        Their genuine joy in the everyday; their attitude and antics seem to hark back to the glory days of the NME- if they talk about a night out, you want to be there because these lads ooze charm and wreak havoc. This purist, old school approach to creating music through unified experiences and stimulated good times is married with the plain fact that they are very much young people of this generation, and while they see its flaws its hyperreality, its sheep-like tendencies, they still understand the importance in the immediacy of pop music: of a banging riff, or a glorious chorus and how effective this can truly be, and they want everyone along for the ride.

                                                                        With influences ranging from Spacemen 3 and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to French existentialism, from Beat Literature to long hours working at the Bookies to the journey into the sunrise on the night bus home, it is their ability to be all these things at once which makes The Goa Express a guitar band for the 21st Century. Nothing is ever a compromise because they are so unapologetically themselves in everything they do- proud Northerners with a DIY foundation that aren’t afraid to look into the often dim future and see themselves shining brightly in it, unforgiving and unpretentious.

                                                                        So far, the band have released 3 singles with great success. The first: ‘Be My Friend’, produced by Ross Orton right next Sheffield’s famous ‘City Sauna’ brothel, presents itself to us as a cheeky, snarling pop song, holding undertones of raw cynicism laden with psychedelic sunshine. Ross Orton’s studio was also right next door to where the band recorded their last single ‘The Day’ with Nathan Saoudi of Fat White Family at ‘Champ Zone.’ Both these producers have been able to give these instant pop classics a grittier feel, capturing the essence of the unfettered lifestyle the band were living at the time that they were able to capture themselves in the music video for ‘Be My Friend’.

                                                                        After signing with Ra-Ra Rok, (WU-LU/Bingo Fury) the band released anthemic summer hit ‘Second Time’, that went straight to the 6 music B-List before quickly heading up to the A-List 2 for 2 weeks. This was followed by the release of its B-Side ‘Overpass’ that almost immediately caught the eyes and ears of BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, who had the band on his ‘Next Wave’ Segment. Closing the year that saw them play to thousand-strong crowds at festivals like Latitude and End of the Road, the band headlined their biggest headline show to date at Manchester’s Gorilla - its fair to say that this really is only the beginning.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Side A - Everybody In The UK
                                                                        Side B - Everybody In The UK (Demo)

                                                                        White Flowers

                                                                        Are You

                                                                          RIYL: Beach House, Cocteau Twins, Cigarettes After Sex, Slowdive

                                                                          Isolated from any kind of music scene and enveloped by the cold Brutalism of Preston, White Flowers are a young, enigmatic band developing their own eccentricities away from the influence of big cities. New EP ‘Are You’ is a sonic and aesthetic collage drawing deeply from their environmental and social surroundings. The songs on the EP may at first seem delicate and beautiful, but closer listening reveals dark undertones and dry humour fuelled by the frustration of feeling trapped with no way out. Driven by this sense of claustrophobia, the duo have sought to create a form of escapism outside of their physical and geographical limitations.

                                                                          Recorded late 2021 between Preston and Bristol, ‘Are You’ weaves together a mixture of intuitive home recordings and refined studio production aided by producer Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Portishead, Perfume Genius). The four songs on the EP are an intentional collection of contrasts and paradoxes - beauty and repulsion, calmness and mania, anxiety and stasis - all combined to form a balanced whole.

                                                                          Whilst influenced in part by the writings of the late Mark Fisher and his idea that we are haunted by futures that failed to happen, that what might have been may yet be the dream that saves us, White Flowers have also found inspiration in the Brutalist architecture that adorns their hometown - futuristic yet dated buildings that serve as an appropriate visual metaphor for Fisher’s theories. Bleakly imposing yet comfortingly familiar, the monochromatic starkness of these structures has fed into the imagery for the record, as well as the sounds found within. Not intending to wallow in cynicism, however, White Flowers’ art ultimately aims to provide a way out of these dystopian fever dreams and spiralling thoughts into a forward facing place.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. Are You
                                                                          2. Foreground
                                                                          3. This Is Not
                                                                          4. Singular

                                                                          Tone Control

                                                                          Illusion (incl. Theo Parrish Remix)

                                                                          King Theo has landed! You can bet 12 years ago when WOLF Music started the label, they never thought they’d be welcoming certified royalty Theo Parrish to lay down a remix on a release. And what better track for Theo to work his magic on, than the deep depths of Tone Control’s 2008 classic – ‘Illusion’.

                                                                          Buttery, soulful deepness, ‘Illusion’ has it all, hitting you right in that soft spot - pure eyes closed business. Late night, early morning, peak time, take your pick. It was an instant classic when it was released, with Theo regularly drawing for it at his legendary Plastic People residency.

                                                                          Now sit the man Theo down in the studio with the stems for a track he clearly loves and what do you get? A slice of Theo genius no doubt. His ‘SS Translation’ clocks in at nearly 10 minutes, building, twisting and turning in a way only Theo knows how. Restructuring and relayering the elements to squeeze every last drop of emotion out of Tone Control’s track, Theo’s delectable bass synth playing, at times haunting keys and fresh drum programming give a rawness and punch to the cut that channel that inner Theo spirit in style.

                                                                          Flip it to find Tone Control’s mix of ‘Illusion’, Simon Finnegan and Marcus Harris’ biggest hit that’s still played today by the likes of Kyle Hall, Jay Daniel and Kerri Chandler. In fact, who better to talk this track up than Kerri himself, with a quote from back in the day:

                                                                          “…It is one of my favorite songs. Even the way the song is put together is honestly what house is all about for me. It's got every element I love in one song, dope bass line, a different deep vocal, the sounds are hot (drums, even the way he made them swing, that Rhodes) all of it… Everyone I play it for they freak out about it.”

                                                                          All in all, this 12 is a must-have for those that like to get down!

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Millie says: Theo Parrish in the house, very nice lo-fi housey jazzy vibes happening here and we're right where its at, Illusion is one hell of a track and Theo has taken it to next level.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Illusion (Theo’s SS Translation)
                                                                          B1. Illusion (Tone Control Mix)

                                                                          Freaky R&B indebted pop from Monteal’s Laroie. Produced by Gene Tellem with Gabriel Rei and Robert Robert. 150 copies only.

                                                                          Seductive sadness. Powerful vulnerability. Precise yet irresistible vocals. A few words to describe Laroie as she steps forward in full possession of her means, following up on her debut and namesake EP released in August 2020, and on the recent singles "Can't Let Go" and "One More". Here she is with “Speed of Life”, an extended play destined to be absorbed and listened to in one sitting. Funny how it sounds both familiar - you feel like you’ve known these songs your whole life - and brand new, all at once. In this nostalgic and emotional territory, standing at the borders of her influences, Laroie's talent shines through.

                                                                          Skilfully navigating the electro-pop sonic palette, the artist crafts a comfortable, soothing canvas where dance, soul, and R&B from the late 90s and early 2000 also hop into the mix. From the bewitching slow garage "Elevate" to the cathartic and luminous "Can't Let Go", and through the trip-hop infused "One More", the very danceable "A Place on Earth", "Moonlight", reminiscent of the best of TLC, Brandy and Monica, and the title track’s addictive vocal melody, “Speed of Life”, just like a silky everyday soundtrack, is enjoyable on repeat.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: Landing somewhere between street soul, electro-pop and modern R&B, Laroie burst outta nowhere with a fresh sound that's bound to please! Killer vocals from this under-the-radar songstress. Big TIP.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Elevate
                                                                          A2. One More
                                                                          A3. Speed Of Life
                                                                          B1. Moonlight
                                                                          B2. A Place On Earth
                                                                          B3. Can’t Let Go

                                                                          Number six in the highly collectable Golden Lion Sounds series - featuring artists and friends of the iconic Todmorden based hub and released on limited edition vinyl. A true treasure and curio of Yorkshire musical and cultural history!

                                                                          Manchester's Henge take over side A with a jaunty, indie-psyche number. Guided by a waspy synth motif and marching drums, it's as reassuringly eccentric and grooving as we've come to expect from this bunch of noisy weirdos.

                                                                          Speaking of weird and wonderful, anyone who's witnessed Tirikilatops crazed live show will enjoy "Tomato", which captures all the quirky Korean-influenced madness over a kinda Eurodans / K-Pop hybrid which reflects the luminous colour palette of the 7"'s center label and somehow manages to align itself with International Teachers Of Pop and recent outings by Confidence Man all at once!

                                                                          The Lion roars strong once more!! Stupendously limited copies, will sell out pronto! 

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: Inspired, Korean influenced synth-pop madness here from Tirikilatops and the crazies at The Golden Lion. Meanwhile, local pranksters Henge embrace middle age, swapping the Quaaludes for valerian tea but remaining deliciously outrageous as ever.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Henge - Valerian Tea
                                                                          Tirikilatops - Tomato 

                                                                          Incredible new record from the now well established local firm - Bakk Heia. Fans of the label / clubnight should be well acquainted with the rosters' star, Jorg Kuning; whose exquisitely fizzy technoid party vibes have wigged us out on two out of the label's four previous outings.

                                                                          His third record could be his most brilliantly phlegmy and scuzzy record to date; four lysergic squelchers that bend and squirl with nuff tryptamine enhancements. There's an almost regimental stomp to opener, "Simmons"; which also contains an assortment of Kuning's now trademark percussion and synth squiggles. "Transplant" melds distorted perx in contrasting time signatures into a tribal bounce that'll invert yer melon whilst making you trip up over your own two feet. Finding the groove might be tricky on this one folks - but maximum reward is granted when you do!

                                                                          Flip and "Dripgroove" is most likely to be my staple go-to in the clubs. Those concentric, trippy grooves embellishing another tour de force of sound design as Kuning conducts highly combustible chemical reactions between all his various sonic elements - resulting in an kinda alien chatter that'd make Jeff Mills blush and most probably engage your nearest mainframe / A.I device into some spiritual conversation. "Bodyscan" concludes with a more stuttered, percussive take on the conversation; a morse-code / sonar bleep symphony which, when the rich chords and dreamy sequence converge takes you off into 5-dimensional realms of enhanced pleasure.

                                                                          Unmissable record from an unmissable label. Jorg Kuning smashes it outta the park again. Eat this up at the crew’s late nite parties and you'll feel like phosphorus. 

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: Manchester club night turned record label Bakk Heia never disappoint, and Jorg Kuning adds to their faultless score sheet here with four more mainframe fizzlers from his electrified mind. Every release so far unmissable.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1.Simmons 07:02
                                                                          2.Transplant 08:05
                                                                          3.Dripgroove 07:03
                                                                          4.Bodyscan 08:0

                                                                          Dirty machine gun funk, dripping in fudgy acidic grooves on this twisted heater from native London badass Shy One. Techno collides with Jazz Fusion across three jams recorded straight out the box and cut exclusively onto wax for Eglo Records. This 7" marks the first in a series of releases from the kinetic, undefinable talent.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. Crumb Trail
                                                                          2. IP Addy
                                                                          3. A New Way Of Looking At An Old Place

                                                                          Bill Fay & Julia Jacklin

                                                                          Just To Be A Part

                                                                            Julia Jacklin’s version of ‘Just To Be A Part’ alongside Bill Fay's original.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Julia Jacklin - Just To Be A Part
                                                                            Bill Fay - Just To Be A Part

                                                                            Bill Fay & Mary Lattimore

                                                                            Love Is The Tune

                                                                              Mary Lattimore’s version of 'Love Is The Tune' alongside Bill Fay's original.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Mary Lattimore - Love Is The Tune
                                                                              Bill Fay - Love Is The Tune

                                                                              Coss & Luca Musto

                                                                              Remind Me Tomorrow - Inc. Noema Remix

                                                                              The Magic Movement celebrate their 25th release with a wonderful selection of late night, tropical house from the Berlin based Coss & Luca Musto. Atmospheric jams that instantly transport you to star lit skies and red glowing neons, it comes with an equally hedonistic remix from label boss Noema. 

                                                                              Coss has been a mainstay at Berlin's Kater Blau club for some time now and has just released an EP on the club's in-house imprint Kiosk ID as well as an EP for his own Metanoia label. Italian rooted but Germany-based Luca Musto returns to the Magic Movement here following his 2018 "Parabel" EP and has since gone on to release further material with Cologne's Feines Tier and Laut & Luise in recent years.

                                                                              Here joining forces with the "Remind Me Tomorrow" EP the two artists deliver more of their distinctive tripped-out, dropped tempo club sound. "Broken Promises" leads the way via dreamy dubbed out textures, gnarly bass tones, twinkling chimes and airy arpeggios atop a galloping drum groove.

                                                                              Title cut "Remind Me Tomorrow" follows and brings modulating resonant synth lines into the forefront alongside elongated subs, cinematic pads, and circling sequences while Luca also stirs in his own rap/spoken word hip house style vocals.

                                                                              The third original "Concept Zero" follows next and lays down psychedelic guitars, choppy stabs, murky bass swells and dynamic delays before Noema rounds out the release with his take on "Remind Me Tomorrow", flipping the switch to raw, crunchy drums and spoken word vocal chants amongst the original's chuggy arps and dreamy melodic elements.

                                                                              All tracks have this lush patina and crisp production that's gonna sound splendidly 3D on the high end festival rigs and nightclub systems. You'll be hearing a lot of this one over Summer months me thinks... 

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Highly crafted, transportive music with tons of character and a unique, stylish identity. Shadow lurking nocturnal dance music with hi-def production. Mega.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Broken Promises
                                                                              A2. Remind Santa (feat. Natalia Clavier)
                                                                              B1. Concept Zero
                                                                              B2. Remind Me Tomorrow (Noema's Resistance Rave Remix)

                                                                              Bolis Pupul

                                                                              Neon Buddha

                                                                              Fresh off the back of a debut album with sidekick Charlotte Adigéry Belgium-Chinese musician Bolis Pupul explores themes of heritage and identity on his new solo two-track 12": "Neon Buddha" - on Soulwax's highly credible Deewee label.

                                                                              Mixing widescreen electronica – think early Mr Fingers-like techno and Yellow Magic Orchestra’s exuberant man-machine minimalism – with the warm-hearted and wonky naivete of Belgian New Beat Bolis’ singular sonics are at once playful emotive unrelenting and tender.

                                                                              The title track is inspired by a dream Bolis had of a pagoda in Hong Kong featuring a contemplative Buddha made of neon lights. The music is similarly bright and exciting – an insistent acid squiggle giving the track the requisite Weatherall-friendly A Love from Outer Space chug.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Wide-screen electronica & stadium braindance from the Soulwax curated label. Bolis Pupul's wild harnessing of instruments reminds me of classic Modeselektor and his synthetic and expansive sonic canvases are an absolute overload on the senses.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A. Neon Buddha
                                                                              B. Rendez-Voodoo

                                                                              Prince of Queens aka Felipe Quiroz lets loose his blissfully rhythms on a four track EP for NYC’s Second Hand Records. From melodic excursions through the realms of house to tougher, percussive, arp laden cuts and atmospheric techy deepness it’s an intelligent and introspective body of work. Toronto’s Ciel then flips the script on the title track, turning it into a glitched out, club ready weapon – the perfect combination to complete the EP.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Millie says: Was vvv intrigued by this Prince of Queens 12", nice smooth chuggy house on a label we haven't stocked from before but this is ace.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Sound Of Life
                                                                              A2. Sound Of Life (Ciel Afterlife Mix)
                                                                              B1. NYC Repeats
                                                                              B2. For Mike

                                                                              Partnering with French label Heavenly Sweetness, Razor-N-Tape delivers the first in a series of EPs by the Brooklyn band Underground System. Showcasing the group’s dynamic global sound, the three original songs of the ‘Into The Fire EP’ range from the Afrobeat-meets-indie-disco vibe of the title track, to the raucous and instant earworm bounce of He Said, She Said, and the smolderingly sultry Desnuda.

                                                                              On the B side the original material gets some heavy DJ-friendly reimagining by Detroit legend Andrés, and French don Yuksek, making this 12” both a proud musical manifesto of the new artist-centered direction of RNT, as well as a knowing nod to the label’s devoted fans on the dancefloor.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Into The Fire
                                                                              A2. He Said, She Said
                                                                              A3. Desnuda
                                                                              B1. Into The Fire (Andrés Remix)
                                                                              B2. Desnuda (Yuksek Remix)

                                                                              The opening rimshot drums of "Loveliness Of You" by Carlton Jumel Smith and Cold Diamond & Mink have sunday soul written all over them. This easy breezy groover closes Calton's 2022 singles trilogy with a style that echoes classic Hi productions for Al Green from the early 1970's. It's clear that on Timmion Records, Carlton has found a home far away from home.

                                                                              Carlton's soulful demeanor is hard not to like, and if there is any truth to what he's singing here, some even seem to fall in love with it. The recipe is not complicated here, and there is no reason to keep it a secret: just a steady groove by a tight rhythm section, horns that lift the beat off the ground and a voice that wraps itself around your heart. And sometimes that's all you need.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. The Loveliness Of You (Vocal) [feat. Cold Diamond & Mink]
                                                                              2. The Loveliness Of You (Instrumental) [Instrumental]

                                                                              Sunshine Sound

                                                                              Happy Song - The Francois K & Walter Gibbons Edits

                                                                              Sunshine Sound deliver an absolute doozy for their vinyl debut, treating us to 'Happy Song', the original DJ tool from the legendary Francois K.

                                                                              This is not just a bonus beat...This is THE bonus beat! This iconic rhythm track has been the source of countless samples, imitations & duplications since it first appeared in 1977. Now for the first time FK's original edit is available as a high quality stereo recording direct from tape. You may now put away your bootlegs.

                                                                              Flip it over to find the long lost Walter Gibbons Battle Edit of 'Happy Song'. 
                                                                              Walter Gibbons, one of NYs founding DJs, would skilfully experiment with the rhythm live on turntables at his Galaxy 21 club residency, whipping the floor into a frenzy as well as inspiring FK to create his famous edit.
                                                                              What you may not know is that Walter also worked on his own version of Happy Song. Pulsing with primordial stereo syncopation, Walter's previously unheard Battle Edit could be considered the Director's Cut.

                                                                              This is just the beginning, prepare to amend the history books.

                                                                              Package includes hand-stamped sleeve and information inlay.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A. Happy Song (Edit By Francois K)
                                                                              B. Happy Song (Walter Gibbons Battle Edit)

                                                                              The Rickie Clark Company

                                                                              Time To Throw Down

                                                                              Originally released in 1983 on Becket Records, "Time To Throw Down" is a slick and futuristic bulldozer of boogie-electro. Somewhere between P-funk & boogie, its high voltage electric bass, face slapping drums and creeping tectonic force is one of Paul Thomas' most masterful creations. The bandleader had produced three 12" single's released under the title Circle City Band in 1983-84, one of those records titled "Magic" became extremely popular in the mid1980's, but this record was supposed to be the 4th 12" single on Becket Records.

                                                                              At the same time in 1983, when Reggie Griffin and Paul Thomas was mixing this instrumental track in L.A, the reverend Rickie Clark originally from Circle City in Indianapolis, came to see them and fell in love with the track, asking if he could used it for himself.

                                                                              Licensed reissue on dinked 7" vinyl with an alternative edit of the track on the flip. Tasty! 

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Boogie Butt continue to provide rare-ass boogie and electro-funk reissues on 7". A true holy grail, you'd be looking at dropping at least a ton on this beaut if you were to even lay your eyes on a copy!

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Side 1
                                                                              1. Time To Throw Down (5:01)
                                                                              Side 2
                                                                              1. Time To Throw Down (45 Edit) (3:46)

                                                                              Cult label Acido returns with more of that spiritual electronic vibration. Written and produced by drummer and curator Andres Lõo from Tallin, could be quite easily be from Detroit particularly seems to reference James Stinton's The Other People Place alias.

                                                                              Side A's "Synaptic Sugar" is bright and with a bassline so rubbery it practically bounces off the wax! Neat, crisp percussion keeps the rest of the elements on track; but you can sense the restrain and this one should get you bubbling in no time!

                                                                              Meanwhile "Gentle Hell" is a dark n wavy dive into the mainframe; muffled sonar clicks and low tones guiding us through a murky electrostatic haze with no defined trajectory.

                                                                              As always, fiercely experimental yet deliciously listenable grooves from the Acido camp - big up's Andres Lõo! 

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Another one of my favourite labels returns to its iconic 'rainforest house' sound. Andres Loo aligning chakras with the phenominal "Synaptic Sugar".

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A. Synaptic Sugar
                                                                              B. Gentle Hell

                                                                              Lord Funk & Moar

                                                                              Bela Menina / Onda Nova

                                                                              Nova Onda returns with a third 7inch Vinyl, the two sides are edits remixes by our well known Lord Funk & his partner Moar, their wishes was to respect the original song, putting slight additional drums & effects. This 7inch gives you two Brazilian Disco House tunes.Nova Onda returns with their third release. Edits of two lesser known Brazilian disco joints by Lord Funk & his partner Moar. Their wishes was to respect the original song, putting only slight additional drums and effects into the arrangement.

                                                                              "Bela Menina" uses Cuica drums to really accentuate that samba vibe as a funky mid-tempo disco groove slowly comes into focus.

                                                                              "Nova Onda" comes with electronic boogie bass, clavs and heavier beat – surely a mid – late 80s Brazilian boogie cut? Answers on a postcard please!

                                                                              Highly recommended, very danceable grooves. Don’t sleep!

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Infectious, samba-fuelled funk and a electrified Brazilian boogie bomb... Pure firepower carefully controlled by Lord Funk & Moar.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Bela Menina
                                                                              Nova Onda

                                                                              Giovannia Damico

                                                                              Ashes / Milky Way

                                                                              Yet another bedroom boogie bonanza from the good folks at Star Creature who've enlisted the Italian stalion, Gionvanni Damico for their latest 7". The well decorated producer has already graced labels such as Lumberjacks In Hell, Bordello A Parigi, Kalakuta Soul and Faces with his slick and star-studded, fresh boogie sound!

                                                                              Lead track, "Ashes" rev's outta off the grid with ruged vintage drum hits, picked guitar lines, Strat chops and plucked bassline. Cue Damico with an inspired vocal, sung in half Italian, half English and a catchy as covid chorus synth refrain. It's stripped back, it's quirky, it's sexy; it's everything your late nite disco needs!

                                                                              "Milky Way" unpacks reverb heavy drums, vocodered vox and retro-future sci-fi leads for a cosmic funk system meltdown with lashings of Italo flavour!

                                                                              Full picture sleeve, limited import copies. Move quick!

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Really strong release from the perma-funkin' Star Creature mob. Inspired city pop stylings with 'nuff Italo / boogie references for extra pleasure. You know what to do!

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Ashes
                                                                              2. Milky Way