New mutant offshoot from the Talking Drums crew...
You know how it goes at the after party, over indulge and you end up hogging the conversation. So, in the interest of better dancefloor discourse allow us to present Drum Chums, a new series of edits by percussion pals from across the globe.

This inaugural edition comes from our good buddy Basso, a Hamburg homie whose digging expertise is rivalled only by his scalpel skills and superb silliness. Dipping into the darkest corners of his ever-Growing Bins, Basso shines up a quartet of rediscovered delights for an edit EP which oozes grooves and off balance moves.

On an uptempo A-side, the German luxuriates in the spectral arps, glistening licks and uplifting chords of fusion boogie winner 'Do Stay For Breakfast', before serving the steamy, sultry and seductive vampire disco jam 'Soft Choppers'
Things take a turn for the Balearic on the B-side thanks to the Afro-tropical pop of 'Simple Stroll', all electroid bass, chugging percussion and playful guitar, and finally the cosmic cool of 'Breaking Bread', a spaced out bossa for heads and feet.


says: Digging obscure hits that wiggle the hips is harder than you think in this post consume-everything-thru-broadband age we live in. Talking Drums have already earned their stripes across three well received hits (ask DJ Harvey..) and now with a slick offshoot, they set about delivering us more highly danceable movements from yesteryear that you're highly unlikely to have previously encountered.

PT005 sees NYC based Gee Dee deliver the fifth physical disc on Planet Trip, following his recent EP on Superior Elevation Greg D presents the "Key of Sea EP”. A freaky four tracker of cosmic influenced melters, effortlessly moving through hazy and dub influenced housey cuts, balearic tinged earworms and oddball downtempo trips. Suitable for sunsets with friends or late nights with strangers, a record with a tune for all hours of the dance.

Limited to strictly 300 copies, no repress.


says: Gee Dee splits the difference between proto and Italo house on this paradisiacal four tracker, creating a balmy and blissed out sound reminiscent of early Young Marco, Andras Fox or Larry Heard's 'Sceneries Not Songs'. Highest recommendation from me!



    Introducing GÅS...A new band from Sweden and this, their debut release is the limited edition single simply called GÅS.The Swedish word ‘GÅS’ has two known meanings - one is ‘goose’, the Mythical mighty animal and the other is street slang for ‘smoking weed’. Though there may now be a third new meaning, and that would be ‘heavy and loud’. The 7”starts with Epitaph, a 4 minute + track, rammed full of incredible ‘Rocket trademark’ fuzz-wah immersions from twin lead guitars. The early 70s rock inspired vibe is reminiscent of classic Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer but also has a ‘commune-dwelling’ sound of the German bands from that same era.

    Acts like Amon Duul ll and Agitation Free spring to mind – as well as their Swedish contemporaries Arbete & Fritids, International Harvester and Rävjunk. The B-side ‘The North Wind Blew South’ is, in fact, a cover version, originally by the British band Philamore Lincoln, who made one album in 1970. GÅS move the intimate, string driven pop song into a fuzz filled sing-along anthem with its feet firmly set in the Swedish psych scene. GÅS are a perfect addition to the list of mind altering Swedish bands that are already on the Rocket roster. So if you have GOAT, Hills, Flowers Must Die, Och, Centrum and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation records in your collection, then this 7” is for you


    Ltd 7" Info: Transparent yellow 7".

    Royal Blood

    Typhoons - Single

      The latest evolution in Royal Blood's sound melds their fiery rock riffs with danceable beats influenced by Daft Punk, Justice, and Phillipe Zdar of Cassius. It's a small yet immediately refreshing reinvention, that pulsates throughout their new single 'Typhoons'. Frontman Mike Kerr's spiralling bass riff casts an hypnotic allure as it grows in intensity, while his vocals switch at will between a raw rock roar and a soulful falsetto. It's underpinned by Ben Thatcher's thundering beats, his taut rhythms infused with groove-laden hi-hats.

      'Typhoons' will be released digitally on the evening of Thursday, January 21st with a limited edition 7" black vinyl available the following day. The vinyl's b-side features an etching of a lyric from the song.


      Ltd 7" Info: One sided 7", etching on the B-Side.

      Following ‘On & On’ Isle Of Jura present the second reissue from The Pearls, the sought after ‘Groovy Beat / Groovy Rock’ originally released in 1980 on their Reality Hits label. Expect another fusion of Disco, Reggae & Rap influenced by the sounds coming out of New York at this time from the likes of Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash, but with a distinctly Jamaican vocal delivery from Norman Watson and Stanley Shaw. Loose percussion, low slung bass and plenty of tape echo are the order of the day on the A2 dub version, while label head Jura Soundsystem combines both versions on the flipside  for an extended edit which includes snippets of studio chatter found on the original master tape.

      No info, no nonsense, straight up devilish heaters. Infectious, salacious and the perfect blend of vocals and stomping, peak-time dynamics, ‘Cog In The Wheel’ is the definition of an earworm, burrowing it’s way ever further into the recesses of your brain with each drop of the needle.

      Flip it for a deeper, heads down alternative version of the title track before this mysterious EP closes with a tripped out, contorted journey through a psychedelic abyss.


      says: Liked those EEE and Digwah tech-house hybrids? You're gonna love this! Also big for fans of DC-10 styled rollers and those trendy, up-all-nite Berlin club kids.

      Zongamin returns with dubbed-out reworks of his 'O!' EP. Cult artist Susumu Mukai brings us into the fun-house of his musical process, re-playing and reworking his EP back-to-front, a far-out journey to the beginning of his last EP, an elliptical meditation on creation itself.

      Giving space to the strangeness, allowing the music to bend and warp while somehow managing to hold the centre. These are cosmic explorations, as inwardly rewarding as they are outwardly groovy.

      Following a revelatory concert in Glasgow in January 2020 wherein the two sets of musicians met and performed together for the first time, a recording session was arranged the following day, resulting in the most elevated permutation of Amor’s art to date. Each track was built upon a rhythmic bedrock of percussion and drums performed by Paul Thomson and samples/synthesizer by Luke Fowler. Thomson used bamboo Javanese gamelan (most notably on “For You”) and scrap metal, as well as traditional percussion and drums while Fowler incorporated processed ambient field recordings recorded in enclosed acoustic spaces around Glasgow. Singer/pianist Richard Youngs contributes some of the most bright and mindful work of his career. Acoustic bass player Michael Francis Duch, whose lush playing as ever provides the elastic spine to each song, scored the string parts for “Lemur” on piano at home in Norway. The addition of swelling strings and drones fills out the Amor sound significantly, lending a sonorous tone to 8 minute, epic closer “For You” or an ascending melodic introduction to “Stars Burst” that feels like a new morning dawning on a world saved from certain death. With the circumstances of lockdown forcing the musicians to work differently, a thread of optimism and utopia grounded in the moment weaves through these tracks. “Unravel” reveals a spine tingling vocal from Youngs. It’s a song about the simultaneously grounding and ecstatic effect of love, feeling connected to others. It’s a simple message, ‘I’m finding myself in your smile, always unravels me’ speaks of ego death, the dissipation of the material into a nirvana of pure energy, the power of surrender.

      This isn’t a quasi-religious message, this is the power of each other, a love song to connection in a temporary age of isolation. “Stars Burst” is a play on the inner and outer cosmos, with narrator Youngs exploring wonder to a pounding galloping rhythm and snake-charming synth. It’s an open dance, with the group locked in together for the wild ride. “Fear” is the centerpiece of the record, starting with drones and scraped overtones before swirling synth notes filter upwards to meet reverberating minor chords. Over 8 minutes of tight but loose playing, Youngs is the shaman instructing us to use “Fear” as a celebration of the moment, embrace it and jump into the unknown. The only way to overcome your fear is to feel it, use it as an energy. The use of the studio as an instrument throughout side 2 is particularly important, with the dubbing and mixing prowess of engineer Paul Savage (who mixed unattended due to lockdown restrictions) and tape manipulations performed by Jason Lescallet coming into play. “For You” closes out with a largely instrumental, evolving composition that uses many of the abstract and novel aspects of this permutation to aid the trance. It’s massive, an unfurling creature with unexpected tonalities and serious heft.


      says: Another fruiting body from the cultivated hotbed of musical mycelium - Green Door Studios, Glasgow. It's decidedly less jagged that previous eminations from the studio - possessing a loose, baggy groove that'll resonate with fans of ACR and the more tasteful end of the Madchester scene.

      Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ

      Saturday Specials: The CLIPZ Remixes Vol. 2

      “Saturday Specials” sees the legendary Bristol drum & bass don Clipz remixing Everything Is Recorded’s acclaimed second album “Friday Forever” in its entirety. Clipz’s first album length project, split here across three volumes; and at first a strange but ultimately rewarding hybrid of the two artists’ involved styles. This second set of club ready remakes features the talens of Everything Is Recorded collaborators Ghostface Killah, FLOHIO and Maria Somerville.


      says: New drum n bass is apparently due a huge market uplift this year. And there's plenty of reasons to see why: acts this this, alongside Tim Reaper, Disclosure and Coco Bryce are adding new twists to this long established genre; tickling the speaker stacks once again and hitting the accelerator. Hold on tight!

      Minnie Riperton

      Les Fleur / Oh By The Way

        On its 50th birthday this influential slice of soul is celebrated again.A 7" remastered, reissue of Minnie Riperton's iconic, majestic and much sampled 'Les Fleur' in a hand numbered, limited edition picture sleeve run of 1000.Favoured by the likes of Jurassic 5, Damu The Fudgemunk & Cut Chemist, famously covered by Dego and backed with the equally serene 'Oh By The Way'.With original copies selling for upwards of £60+ here's a chance to own this slice of soul perfection at a fraction of the price.

        LARRY HEARD ALERT! That's right folks, the undisputed house hero is back with the first in a new string of archival 12"s featuring unreleased (and occasionally not-on-Alleviated, but really rare) tracks. 

        It's a full house of unheard heat on this first 12", which absolutely romps out the gates with the deep and jackin' "Chains", a Ron Wilson collaboration somehow not included on the "Another Side" LP. In keeping with the Fingers Inc style, the track utilises precision-programmed 808 (complete with occasional phasing), a wall shaking bassline and bleeping lead lines, all topped with some undeniably sleazy improvised by Ron Wilson. Killer! On the A2, "Electronic Debris" employs a percolating bass sequence, a hypnotic rhythm track, moonlit keys and soulful organs to achieve a mellow deepness which glides out the grooves.

        On the B1, 'Saspense' revisits the sci-fi aesthetic and electro textures of "25 Years Fom Alpha", wrapping squirming synths around a snapping drum machine, while melancholic and detailed motifs float off skywards. Finally "Nyte Light" sees Larry lay an insistent acid line atop a sparse rhythm before boldly going into the outer limits of our solar system thanks to an intergalactic riff.

        Undisputed and still undefeated after a lifetime in the game, this is THE highest grade of house music from a true living legend.

        Introducing Gabriels - an LA based group made up of singer Jacob Lusk and producers Ari Balouzian and Ryan Hope. ‘Love and Hate in a Different Time’ is their new single and the perfect taster of their genre-defying sound. Their debut single ‘Loyalty’ was released on the seminal R&S Records, that and their follow up ‘In Loving Memory’ received support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Virgil Abloh and Benji B. Both tracks served as solid stepping stones to reach this point in their fledgling career with a full debut EP due for release before the end of the year.

        ‘Love and Hate in a Different Time’ is the next piece of the puzzle and comes alongside an incredible short film devised and directed by band member Ryan Hope. The song itself envelops you in comforting joy as its soulful funk elements meld with gospel warmth backed by muffled drums and distant hand claps. Its intimacy is in its rawness and honesty as Jacobs affecting voice sews the song together.

        The visual is just as unifying; a series of spliced together film footage of the dancefloor over the decades – from as early as 1894 when Thomas Edison became one of the first to film the dancefloor by shooting ‘Buffalo Dance’ - the Sioux Ghost Dance – up to the present day. The video showcases the true power of dance and how it can bring people together through good times and bad as well as its complicated relationship with technology. The short film ends with footage of Jacob singing impromptu through a megaphone at a recent Black Lives Matter protest in LA – making the footage all that more moving and impactful for the complex present time we’re all living through.

        “The actual definition of the dancefloor is something that has always fascinated me. It’s a space we express ourselves ultimately. However as a huge Adam Curtis fan I’ve always been fascinated with origins and definitions. The complex relationships between subjects and the stories we are told to learn about them. When I started researching the history of the dancefloor and found that Edison was one of the first to film a dancefloor and he monetized it in the way he did. I think of where we are at now and ask what have we really learned? That is the concept behind the film for Love and Hate in a Different Time.” Ryan Hope

        Take a much-loved UK soul gem, Loose Ends classic from ‘85 ‘Hangin’ On A String’ and hand it to the godfather of house, Frankie Knuckles to work his unquestionable magic and there was no doubt the result would be a slice of house music heaven. South Street Records unlock the vaults once again, reissuing this melding of transatlantic minds presenting a triple threat that sees both Frankie’s 1992 Club Mix and the elusive Classic Club Reprise sit alongside the Loose Ends Original 12 Inch Mix, on either side of a 12 inch.

        Taking the best of London’s soul and coupling it with the heart of Chicago, the master Frankie Knuckles purrs this one out across the highways with a slung-back house interpretation of ‘Hangin’ On A String’. A bumping beat, punchy bass line and effortless percussive touches give the perfect platform for Loose End’s vocal dynamics to provide a power, emotion and sincerity often lacking in modern dance music.

        Flip it over to find the Classic Club Reprise - straight up sunset business with Frankie side-lining the vocals to let the instrumentation sing with added trademark flourishes in true spiritual style. Finally, the Original 12 Inch Mix gets a well-deserved inclusion which, back in 1985 was a true game changer bridging a multiplicity of scenes in the UK with its use of drum machines and synthesizers whilst maintaining that pure soul vibe. A track that topped the US Billboard R&B chart, making Loose Ends the first ever British band to do so, it’s a UK soul classic drenched in drum machine hits, soaring synths and crunchy guitar licks that’s infused with an ‘80s electro style and a quintessentially London flavour.

        Forget the Pfizer, Oxford and Moderna, it turns out Melba Moore has the antidote for any contemporary complaints with a BRAND NEW SINGLE! The living legend teams up with Chicago producer Terry Hunter to bring us the empowerment and optimist of "Just Doing Me", the inaugural release on new label Mirror Ball Recordings. Terry turns out a sizzling disco-house 4/4 then adds thick wah guitar, soulful keys and horns, laying a totally Southport ready foundation for Melba's impeccable vocals. For those moments when something a little loftier is required, turn to the Rhodes-fest of the B1 instrumental and prepare to swoon, while a straightforward radio mix closes the 12" out in functional fashion.


        Anywhere You Want To Go / I Don't Want The Night To End

        Pure disco firepower, extended, edited and tweaked in all the right places for this double header of irresistible edits from Bastedos, re-mastered by the mighty Justin Van Der Volgen. Felix D takes aim at the mirrorball on this edition of his superb series, putting his scalpel to work on a pair of well known (compared to the usually obsucre Bastedos tackle) disco winners.

        On the A-side, Felix freaks Jimmy Castor's 'Anyway, Anywhere, Anytime', extended and reshaping the Salsoul nugget with tight loops, speaker tweaking EQ and maximum emphasis on the floor melting groove. If you were a sucker for the Combi / Keep It Cheap series, you're gonna buzz off this one! The B-side belongs to 'I Don't Want The Night To End', an extended edit of the Sylvie Vartan track of the same name. Originally released in 1979, this cut combines the blue eyed optimism of AOR with a relentless disco groove, then borrows a soft rock leather jacket and heads to the club. Extended for days, this is disco for the Balearic dancers!

        Tried and tested secret weapons finally made available to all, 100% of any profits go to charity.

        Another release from Back To Life who, like Mint Condition, bring attention to hedonistic moments of dancefloor revellry from ages past.

        This time round it's the turn of Orlando Voorn. The label have mined four tracks from his impressive and unmistakable discography. Kicking off it's the Todd Terry-esque "Damn Right"; with swung drums and killer pads. The big dancefloor track, and True Faith-sampling "Dance" is obviously included for maximum enjoyment while "Reckless" dives even further into the drum machine swing and shuffle settings! Finally, "Soundclash" closes off proceedings on a sublime yet heavy techno track: mixing bright strings and quirky squelches with a slamming beat and urgent energy. Top drawer stuff al lthe way on this one folks - essential stuff for Voorn fans and anyone with a love for that OG Detroit techno buzz! Recommended!


        says: Loud and fizzy, swung and shuffled; it's the sound of Orlando Voorn of course! Four classics from his vault, scanned and reproduced from the good folks at Back To Life.


        Reckless Eyes

        If ever a budding producer is looking for a failsafe recipe for dancefloor success, it's worth remembering the following...

        Step 1. Techy Roller
        Step 2. Sade Vocal
        Step 3. Profit

        That's right folks, this Digwah sees the firm snap up the sweet, sultry and sublime vocal from Sade's "Stronger Than Pride" album track "I Never Thought I'd See The Day" and carefully place it atop a smouldering deep house instrumental, all nuanced 4/4, luscious pads and occasional bleeps. Irresistible!

        Originally released on Golden Sound in 1985, this Pietro Conti and Marco Meletti cut is a very strong contender for the Italo GOAT. Powered forward by incredible drum programming and an irresistible bassline, "You've Got The Night" delivers drama and melancholy in vintage Italo style. Check out those synth lines and that KILLER vocal! Remastered for modern club consumption and featuring the instrumental on the flip - this is gold!


        Big Baglama

        Batov's Middle Eastern Grooves series has a new, funky, double-sided 7": a fun release that gives vintage Turkish beats a new spin. The band plays anything from Anatolian rock to vintage psych and spacey grooves. Satellites describe their sound as retro-fresh psych a la Turk, a musical "laboratory" lost somewhere between the mysterious alleys of 70’s Istanbul and the scorching sun and crystal blue sea of Jaffa-Tel Aviv, 2020


        Walili Dub

          Juniore return with a dub of "Walili" from last year's Un Deux Trois and an instrumental version of Tes Cheveux (taken from the bonus 7" which accompanied the Dinked version of the album).

          Whilst holidaying in Italy a laptop was mislaid in a restaurant and was later handed into the Polizia by a good Samaritan. Little was thought of the incident until Anna-Jean opened the machine to discover a message on the desktop saying "a gift" signed by Al Babi, and a wav of the dub Walili.

          This was one of the more pleasant surprises 2020 had to offer, and after a little thought it was decided to release this gift to the world as a seven inch. Should anyone know the identity of Al Babi, please do let us know.

          Abandoning Paris to be closer to family during lockdowns and having their European and UK tour postponed in April, and then again in October, we're hopeful that it'll be third time lucky and they'll be back on stage in April 2021.


          Ltd 7" Info: 200 only for the UK.


          No More Cake

            Released digitally earlier this year, CHAI's triumphant single 'No More Cake' is released on a 7" with B-side 'Ready Cheeky Pretty.' Artwork by Chai member Yuki.

            “The planet’s most fun band unleash their best single yet: all manic intensity and haunting chants underpinned by elephantine bass and taut funk.”

            -The Guardian-

            A message from Chai -

            You know how I feel about make-up? I feel like make-up has the ability to allow you to be who you want to be. It’s that super awesome, sparkling kind of magic! Yes you can paint over with it, even recreate with it but… doesn’t that make it just like decorations? The same as a cake no? Because, I’m the original! There’s no reason to become someone else right? My color is only for me to decide! “what’s attractive to us?”, is something CHAI will MAKE ♡ and of course eat as much CAKE as possible! It’s this type of song!



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

            STAFF COMMENTS

            says: Dancefloor detonator of the week. No new formula used but effective it is. Some r'n'b sample chopped and thrown randomly into the beat makes for a perfect tune.



            Illicit tech-house renegates, EEE are back with another headspinner that is destined to do the business. Sweeping minimal rhythms, deep pads and heavyweight bass coupled with, of course, an upfront vocal ripped from the mainstream in signature EEE style. Another buy-on-sight, cult release from this tasty little label - don't sleep!

            STAFF COMMENTS

            says: Shadowy, naughty AF tech-house refixes of classic RnB, hip-hop and some other moments of UK dance heritage remixed for given a SUAT-friendly rubdown.

            Kicking proceedings off is 'Heads', a mid tempo smooth disco vibes with funky piano keys that will take you high into hedonistic realms. 
            Party mood is not over and 'The Jubes' raises the game with some sultry vocals thrown into the mix. The ethos and mission of this 12" remains untouched. 
            On the flip, the tempo is increased and an infectious trumpet sample is looped to max effect. Funky, driving beats galloping unbridled yet restrained providing an epic climax that will not leave no punter indifferent. 
            A must have for DJs in search of disco killers.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            says: Superb and effective 12" oozing feel good vibes and plenty of possibilities. Will put a happy face on all your punters.

            Diogo Strausz

            Emancipacao EP

              Having previously released on RNT as part of duo Balako, Diogo Strausz now makes his solo debut on the label with an absolutely stunning offering of electronic Brazilian jazz. A São Paulista now living in Paris, Strausz made international waves last year his piece ‘Pausa,’ a grand and sprawling orchestral work written and recorded by musicians around the world in isolation.

              The two songs on Strausz’ new "Emancipação EP" showcase his gift for instrumental composition that feels at once both fresh and timeless, informed heavily by the classic Bossa Nova and Samba repertoires of his native Brazil, yet translated through a modern production lens, and executed with exceptional musicianship. The end result is an undeniably unique sound that will fit equally well in the collections of jazz and MPB aficionados, as in the crates of modern DJs and listeners alike.

              Growing Bin say sayonara to summer with these bittersweet Balearic gems from Japan’s Nuback. Emotional pop and daydream dub to make you feel younger than yesterday.

              While the Discogs hipsters hastily hunt down the last, lost street soul OGs, Growing Bin choose instead to indulge in a little Nuback swing. Enlisting the talents of Tokyo’s Dai Nakamura, Hamburg’s home for sensitive sounds provide a much needed vinyl release for the misty-eyed ‘When The Party Is Over’ and ‘Heartbeat Summer’.

              Largely operating through his own Too Young Records, Nuback trades in textured soul, sympathetic synthesis and forlorn funk - a master at making you move while breaking your heart. Back in 2013, he waved ‘Goodbye To Summer, Again’, giving a digital release to these two tracks, which lurked a little low for the radar until Dai and Basso met somewhere beyond the algorithm, soon bringing this release to bloom.

              Opening with a fanfare of featherlight pads and full bodied bass, ‘When The Party Is Over’ is pure sonic seduction, holding both Balearic boogie and City Pop in a tender embrace. Delicate guitar and sparkling sequences tug the heartstrings with nostalgic beauty, and Dai’s smooth vocals are made to make you swoon. Emotional pop at its finest folks.

              On the B-side, ‘Heartbeat Summer’ drops the tempo and soaks up the sun, losing its cares in a haze of loved up dub. As soulful keys sink into spring reverb and steam kettle synths ride a rolling bassline, this downbeat delight lays back in the long grass, making shapes from the clouds and sipping a cool koshu. For summer lovers everywhere;
              A facemask ruins a first kiss, so start your romance right with Nuback.

              Mila Anatoli

              Too Late / Kathy - Inc. Skyrager / Jonny Rock Remixes

              For every musician who tastes significant success, there are countless others who fall through the cracks: artists whose dreams of carving a career out of their passion were dashed, despite the quality, inventiveness and imaginative nature of the music they made. Most never get to see the music they slaved over get released, or a new generation of listeners appreciate the demos they worked so hard on for an extended period of time.
              Mila Anatoli is one such artist. Had it not been for Spacetalk’s Danny McLewin grabbing one of only 10 acetates pressed of her early 1980s demo recordings from a record dealer in New Jersey, her remarkable story and impressively off-kilter music would never have seen the light of day. Yet Anatoli deserves her moment in the spotlight and a chance to tell her tale.
              Despite the hand-written information on McLewin’s acetate being almost 40 years out of date, Spacetalk managed to find to find her – Mila had married and changed her name some years ago making the search significantly harder.
              The small amount of information the acetate provided led the search to celebrated jazz producer and photographer Hank O’Neal who had hung out with Mila back in the early 80s New York. He regularly took her to events and used his contacts to offer introductions to a mixture of local heroes and global music stars. Through O’Neal, Anatoli met Arthur Russell, Astrid Gilberto, Michael Moriaty and photographers Bert Stern and Berenice Abbot. At one point, O’Neal even took Anatoli to a downtown studio to watch The Clash making a recording with Allen Ginsberg.
              Amazingly Hank still had many photographs of Mila taken during their time as friends in NYC and the images used on this new release have all been taken from Hank’s archive. Completing the reissue package alongside the original songs Danny McLewin in his Skyrager guise and Jonny Rock have added their editing skills to two of the tracks.

              Loveface arrive with their De Mix series of releases, revving their Delorean up, ready to go back to a 1980's NYC dancefloor! Two classic vocals given the electro boogie treatment, transporting them back to a pre house dance floor. On the A-side Whitney's Paradise Garage post-disco / proto house heater "Love Will Save The Day" is stripped of its instrumental pulse and then reshaped like a raucous Rene & Angela jam-a-thon! So far so good, but it's the B-side that brings the maximum drama here, delivering an absurdly good boogie flip on Crystal Waters' house anthem "Gypsy Woman", supporting the vocal and piano refrain with Jomox perx, a heavyweight bassline and more sick synthlines than you can shake a stick at. These cats even put those backing vox through the vocoder - absolute jam-a-thon!

              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: La da deee! La da daaa!


              The Mountain Remixes - Inc. Lexx / Chris Coco Remixes

              The mighty Phil Mison extends the ecstacy of his delightful 'Into Daylight' LP on this tasty 10", inviting A-listers Lexx and Chris Coco to offer up their own interpretations of the album's closer "The Mountain". 
              On the A-side we swoon to the sounds of Lexx, as the Swiss producer takes us on a shoreline tour of his Phantom Island, bringing forward a beatific and balmy mix doused in dub and always beach ready. On the flip, Chris Coco turns up the heat (and the tempo) adding Latin percussion to the snaking bassline then letting Phil's guitar ring out.

              Divergent Emotions is the latest offering from Madrid-based Italian producer, Bawrut. Having put out a number of highly sought-after EPs over the last four years, Bawrut’s knack for crafting serious dance floor weapons has earned him scores of dedicated fans. Last year’s Pronto Arpeggio became a firm fixture in clubs around the world, cementing his reputation as a serious force to be reckoned with.

              As the name would suggest, Divergent Emotions represents a full spectrum of sentiments across it’s three tracks. A product of the lockdown, these tracks were produced in the full knowledge that they will be experienced first and foremost in people’s homes rather than at a club or a festival.

              Opening track 'What Is Dance' is a manifesto for partying in an era of no clubs. Conjuring up a yearning nostalgia for late nights and shared experiences on the dance floor. A four to the floor no-nonsense banger, coupled with a lyrical statement of intent for what dancing represents in these times we’re in.

              'Sunlight' on the other hand is pure 6AM brightness, with the sun coming up, and the rave still very much in full swing. It’s the perfect pick me-up for a festival crowd seeing the first glimpse of the morning rays streaking in the side of the tent, wanting to keep on dancing.

              The closing track 'AndreW' is an ode to the late Andrew Weatherall, a long time supporter of Bawrut’s. It’s a chugging behemoth of a track, overlaid with melancholy synth lines that echo both the huge loss felt after his passing earlier in the year, as well as the emotions experienced during the weirder parts of the lockdown.

              Divergent Emotions is the first release from new London based label Other Goodness.

              Following the success of Krewcial’s Woman edits, here’s three unmissable variations on another out and out disco classic, from stripped down and intimate, to peaktime dancefloor anthem, using only the original multitracks. The track under the scalpel this time is Donna Summer's camp anthem 'Bad Girls' (I WILL pole dance to this given even the slightest chance!), and on the A-side's "Extended Girl" it gets a kind of symphonic live disco overhaul - a bit like that Kon version of Sylvester from way back. On the flip, this re-adjusted mix gets dubbed out nicely, while "Piano Girl" gives us the track in an intimate, jazz lounge style.

              Casbah 73

              Love Saves The Day - Inc. Danny Krivit / Rahaan Remixes

                Casbah 73 makes his Glitterbox Recordings debut with an insatiably funky slice of disco soul ‘Love Saves The Day’. Driven by a soul-filled vocal hook from Angela Goode, this timeless jam’s authenticity lies in its rawness, sounding like it’s been ripped straight from a 1970s dancefloor while maintaining a freshness for today’s listeners. This special 12” delivery includes two stellar re-works, opening with master of the disco edit Danny Krivit’s funk-fuelled mix that smacks with New York City flare, bubbling keys and slap bass breakdowns to boot. The snapping Percussion Jam closes out the A-Side, before Chicago’s Rahaan takes control on the flip, taking the vintage sounding original and transforming it into a pumping, modern disco cut. Finally Casbah 73’s original rounds off the 12”, completing this package that is a must have for any discerning disco DJ.

                Returning to Not An Animal for the first time in 3 years, Ian Blevins crashes in with a massive EP that results in some dreamy electronica primed for the dance.

                Lobster Who Is Criminally Insane loads up the A1 with a track that veers towards the progressive house formula, whilst building on the more natural electronic blueprints. It’s rigorous and deadly, as synths build the pressure and detonate with devastating effects.

                Discodromo make their debut with a destructive remix of Lobster Who Is Criminally Insane. Stripping the track down and driving it down a more percussive avenue, the leads melodies are used to create an immense breakdown with epic results.

                Air Penguin carries on the same vibe as a refined mid-set floor filler, with an illustrious canopy of dreamy synths and counter melodies that rattle subs across the globe.

                Chida finishes off the 12" with his welcome return to the label with another remix that does the damage. Bringing the more offensive elements of the track, it takes the atmosphere and runs with it, adding some immense tension but remaining focused on the floor.

                Patrick Conway

                Hypersocial / Safety Test

                  Patrick Conway is made of snips and snails and puppy tails. This is his second offering for the ESP Institute. On side A, Hypersocial removes our minds from the daily online cesspool and pulls up emotions we haven’t felt for almost a year. We lost a Summer of dancing together en masse in clubs, fields, warehouses and pubs, but with this beautiful reminder of what true social synergy and collective ecstasy can physically feel like, the Bristolian by way of Berlin hits the nail right on the head (with a little help from his friends Quantum Thomas & Hoyahelper). Lush strings? Tick. Balmy chord progression? Tick. Ethereal vocal chops? Walloping bassline? Infectious rhythm? Goosebumps? Tears of joy? Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick! On the flip-side, Safety Test is surely the tougher counterpart, the warm fuzzies are traded for a ten ton bag of grit. Here, Patrick foreshadows a sonic approach we’ll hear lot more of with his debut album early next year; a combination of abrasive rhythms, processed scraps, a grab bag of stabbing bleeps and bloops, distant car alarms, ballistic fax machines, and an arsenal of low frequencies so brutal your woofers will require jumper cables. So, a heroic slab for both a block party in your brain and sunset in your soul, these two songs will bring back the Summer you just lost.

                  Professor Balthasar


                    Not content with providing the greatest tagline since ‘Where Friends Meet’, Odd Numbers (Every Odd Number Has An E In It), drop another tasty hit of floor fuel on the vinyl masses with this badboy from Professor Balthasar. On the A-side Balthasar PHD goes deep and instrumental on Madge’s “Vogue” recreating the track from scratch into a tech house roller topped off by the “What you lookin’ at?’ vocal. On the flip he harnesses his inner Mood II Swing with a thoroughly swinging garage houser brimming with M1 keys. Mega!


                    Rheinzand Remixes - Inc. Hardway Bros / Red Axes / In Flagranti / Richard Sen Remixes

                    Hot off the press and totally XXXclusive to Piccadilly, we get a MASSIVE (figurately, it is spatially the regulation 12") EP companion to Rheinzand's album of the year! Music For Dreams (with a little help from our very own Mine) sequence a quartet of killer interpretations from Hardway Bros, Red Axes, In Flagranti and Richard Sen. I'll see you on the dancefloor!

                    Kicking the set off with his 'Hardway Bros Stereo Odyssey’, acid house veteran and disco devotee Sean Johnston filters the theatrical sheen of 'Obey' through glitchy techno beats in something like a cyborg re-assemblage. Pure Terminator funk with a whomping bassline and maximum tension. The tempo spikes on the A2 as Tel Aviv's kings of witching hour techno reshape "Kills & Kisses" into a ritualistic romper marked by vocal chants, eerie percussion idents and a pulsing electrodisco bassline. Sitting somewhere between Perel's 'Pastarella Al Limoncello' and Dozzy and Caragnano's "Parola", this moody post peak number offers occasional breaks in the cloud via a subtly celestial synth part. 

                    Moving to the B-side we find nu-disco mavericks and pawn shop heroes In Flagranti turning up the wonk with a dark and sticky remix of "You Don't Know Me", stretching the arrangement for that 6AM looseness then letting rip with distorted synth washes and the smoke machine atmosphere. Play this into Joakim's mix of "Elle Et Moi" and you're onto a winner. Finally that Bronx Dog, Richard Sen breaks out the padded cell and swtiches "Strange World" into freak mode, straightening the track out to a grizzly drum box and supplementing the disco strings of the original with glassy DX7 bells and an acid house sequence.

                    Four of Rheinzand's finest, freshly reworked for the DJs and dancers.

                    Liam Gallagher

                    All You're Dreaming Of

                      Charity Partner for Single will be Action For Children.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Coloured 12" Info: White vinyl 12".

                      7" Info: Black vinyl 7".

                      Slow Club

                      Christmas, Thanks For Nothing EP

                        It is often the case with popular music that those recordings which have the most profound impact and long-term appeal are often the ones which are produced in a moment without much deliberation or agenda. And that has certainly been the case with Slow Club’s EP of Christmas songs.

                        The first single from the E.P, Christmas TV, was actually written in soundcheck at Birmingham Barfly and released as a free download for Christmas 2008. The rest of the EP was written and recorded in a short burst in late summer 2009 at Axis Studios in Sheffield and in their friend’s bedroom. It came at a moment of intense creativity for the band when the songs were coming thick and fast and the duo were really hitting their stride. The differing musical styles of the pair was already becoming apparent across the three original compositions and three covers, and there is a real sense of a band pushing their limits in a way which would coalesce in the recording of their breakthrough second album the following year.

                        The E.P was released on 14th December 2009 and on 17th December they played London’s Union Chapel. The show was a huge success and quickly became a much-loved Christmas institution which endured right up to 2016 when the band played their last one before taking a hiatus to pursue solo projects. Of the EP songs it’s Christmas TV more than any other that has seeped into the cultural Christmas soundtrack and has taken on a life beyond the context of the E.P and its creators.

                        Paranoid London land with a two tracker of club edits, providing tried & tested bangers from a time when people could still get together, dance & sweat in front of each other without feeling all weird about it. Familiar elements are thrown together in new ways resulting in a dance floor destroyer and end of night tear jerker. 
                        On the A-side, the Schoolly-D vocal sample used in that mega break mix of 4for Money, gets looped over a nanging acid track either by or in the style of Mike Dunn - the result, raucous floor fun. On the other side, the crew drop the 303 from their "Cult Hero" track and cleverly add the dreamiest sections of YMO's "Firecracker", creating a gorgeous set closer topped by Patrick Topping's Human League-style vocal. If you dug on those early Vivod releases, you'll love this.
                        Love some body, touch somebody, feel their body, taste their body.

                        Unknown Artist

                        El Guiri Edits 01

                          The story, the myth, la leyenda. It was summer, my amigos said “you have to come, you won’t believe it!”. It was decided, vamos a España! Time to exchange the grey skies for a little bit of Mar y Sol! We landed, uno cerveza por favor! Days spent recharging on the playa or by the pool. Nights in discotheques dancing under the stars as anonymous freestyle DJ’s supplied the most exciting eclectic musica. Together in harmony with the chicest chicos and chicas I had ever seen. I was in a dream. My life forever transformed. I’d fallen in love. I never looked back…This is where I belong. El Guiri Discos. Long forgotten Spanish UnClassics, hand picked con amor from dusty bargain bins, respectfully re-touched and re-shaped for the most open minded, modern Balearic Beat selector.

                          Cheb Mimoun / Azza Kamal

                          Dar Disku Vol. 4

                          Dar Disku release their fourth installment of middle eastern records flipped for the dancefloor. Played out across the world by the likes of DJ Seinfeld, Palms Trax, Hunee and more, these new edits re-imagine what life on an 80's gulf discotheque feels like. 

                          The A-side features Dar Disku’s very own edit of a middle eastern classic ‘Abdel Kader’. Made famous by Rai superstars Khaled, Faudel and the late Rachid Taha, Dar Disku have flipped an alternate cover release by the North African superstar Cheb Mimoun. Taking inspirations from South African bubblegum and Egyptian G Funk, the duo’s edit layers the industry standard Yamaha DX 7 bassline along with a middle east exclusive release ‘quarter tone scale’ Roland. The track explores themes of nostalgia with the ever familiar ‘abdel kader’ but offers a fresh interpretation of what will undoubtedly re-connect listeners with their roots.

                          The B-Side features a collaboration of two long-standing Dar Disku favourites, Dublin via Saudi Moving Still and Tjade from the Netherlands. Equally responsible for some of the biggest hits across the dance music scene in the last two months (Rush Hour chart topping ‘Koi Jaye and Sidi Mansour) the pair have collaborated to create the italo-esque edit of egyptian pop star Azza Kamal’s ‘Maadna Bkra’. The tape was originally found by Moving Still on a recent visit to his hometown and was later sampled to create the track. Azza’s iconic vocals echo throughout the track with the classic call and response found in the music from his era. Tjade’s signature drums paired with Jamal’s trademark arpeggiator bass create a dancefloor future classic.

                          On a recent visit to the Gulf, Moving Still went on a treasure hunt through the markets of his home town. “ I hadn’t got a chance to listen to all of them but with the COVID-19 lockdow, I began to sift through my finds. The minute I heard Maadna Bukra I texted the label saying “you have no idea what I just found..”. As I got started I already visualised Tjade collaborating on it. Weirdly enough he got in touch and asked if I would be interested in working on an edit together. It’s so lovely to be able to work with someone you admire musically and lockdown shows us that you don’t have to worry about being in the same city. I always believed the two of us would end up working on a song together, and to put it out on a label I believe in and to be able to give back to the community is a wonderful privilege. “

                          In light of current worldwide events - the importance of togetherness, equality and diversity are more important than ever. Music is one of the tools that enable this and Dar Disku (together in agreement with Moving Still and Tjade) will be donating 50% of profits from the release directly to middle-eastern based charities.

                          Well versed in poetry and performance, Allysha Joy's potent lyricism, unique musicianship and killer vocals have garnered legions of attentive fans the world over. She's an integral member of the Melbourne soul jazz scene, known as part of the acclaimed 30/70 Collective and for her own equally revered solo work.

                          'Light It Again' is a 4-part expedition across a variety of grooves and deep lyricism that marks a defiant statement of intimacy and hope. Produced and engineered by twice Grammy nominated artist Clever Austin, the EP features accompaniment from an all-star set of Melbourne artists; Horatio Luna, Ziggy Zeitgeist, Danika Smith and Josh Kelly. This EP marks a new sound for the young artist, transmitting her honest and raw expression through the signature crunch and sonic landscape of Clever Austin.

                          Allysha is already well established across Europe, performing on the live circuit alongside the likes of Sampa the Great, Matthew Halsall, Ezra Collective, Bradley Zero and Children of Zeus, as well as currently hosting two regular radio shows, on Worldwide FM and Reform Radio in Manchester respectively.

                          Her 2018 debut album 'Acadie : Raw' on Gondwana Records won 'Best Soul Album' at the Music Victoria Awards, was nominated for a Worldwide Award, and featured in many an end-of-year list, including Bandcamp's Top Soul Albums, whilst she's also featured on releases on UK labels such as Rhythm Section, Total Refreshment Centre and now an EP for First Word, 'Light It Again'.

                          The EP touches on love, shame, mental health, grief & spirituality. 'Watercolours' sets off on a mid-tempo neo-soul jazz tip. Allysha says "I wrote this in the hope that maybe we could all feel the beauty that is present in the every day - in nature, in art, in each one of us mirroring each other so intrinsically. Then maybe we'd all start to live out a message of love."

                          'Better' follows on an uptempo vibe influenced musically by The Senegambian Jazz Band, who Allysha would watch regularly at Bar Oussou in Melbourne. Lyrically the song explores the external and internal struggles that occur trying to create a more inclusive and compassionate world. "It's about catching myself pointing the finger outwards to challenge social / political systems and certain individuals, then coming to the realisation that I must turn that finger back on myself to ask, "how can I do better, how can I know better?"

                          Lead track 'Light It Again' begins with Allysha's keys gliding a steppa-like rhythm - head-snap snares and punchy bass accompany ethereal harmonies and delicate vibes on an ever-evolving groove before switching entirely mid-track. This time the subject matter is mental health and "the cycle of addiction and pain, the coping mechanisms that hold us back from reaching our true potential".

                          The EP closes out with the beautiful 'Mardi'; deep Rhodes, sax and synths build ahead of deliciously slushy percussion and jilted drums. Named for her grandmother, 'Mardi' is a tribute to the spiritual connection they shared before her passing. Allysha writes, "it's about the connective forces of the matriarchal lineage and the drive to step into my own sense of self, in all the beauty and pain which that entails".

                          Allysha's lyrics weave together a heartfelt mix of love, power, desire, wonder, anger, faith and hope for change. An artist that presents a palette of intricate grace and optimism, whilst unafraid of adding uncomfortable truths. Allysha is an incredibly powerful live performer; her husky vocals sonically synced with her formidable Fender Rhodes playing, whilst her influences are a solid base of jazz, hip hop and R&B; all glazed with the unique special sauce the Melbourne soul scene has become known for globally. A gloriously meditative, raw soul, we are delighted to be able to share her music with you.

                          Paying homage to his London club days, Before sees Blake returns to his roots whilst showcasing the evolution of his music. For James, the EP is the expression of “a yearning for dancefloor elation”, a reminder that he has continued to be a DJ and continued to be plugged into underground club culture all this time, but also a statement of “finally having confidence to put my own voice on dancefloor rhythms”.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          says: Blake's back, with his ears focussed on the clurrb. Four idiosyncratic 'Blake-bites' with enough propulsion for the dance. Killer!

                          King Creosote

                          Susie Mullen / Walter De La Nightmare

                            Amidst frenetic modular synths and drums, “Susie Mullen” takes King Creosote (aka Fife’s Kenny Anderson)’s sound in a new direction whilst “Walter de la Nightmare” brings his beautiful vocals back centre-stage. Available on this AA 7" single, King Creosote's first new music since 2016.

                            Lanterns On The Lake

                            The Realist EP

                              The Realist includes four brand new tracks as well as a new reworked stripped-back arrangement of the single “Baddies”. Of the track and EP vocalist Hazel Wilde says: “The Realist is a song about being a dreamer, clinging to a vision and following your heart - even when that path can seem deluded to others. It was one of the songs that didn’t make it onto the album Spook The Herd as it didn’t fit sonically or narratively. It felt like it came from another place. So we began putting together this EP. We wanted to sculpt an intimate “headphones” record. One for the introverts and dreamers, the ones that still find beauty and magic in things. Recording some of the songs over lockdown in our homes helped in creating that world.”

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              12" includes MP3 Download Code.

                              Aroop Roy

                              Hustle Do Brasil / A Festa

                              After a 3 year hiatus, Kampana brings back Aroop Roy to the label for his debut 7". On the A-side, he takes a lo-fi funky blues sample and beefs it up with piano stabs, bass and a killer disco groove. One of those tracks certain to make you spiral into the speaker stacks head first, it's unrivelled energy levels bouncing well into the red right the way through.

                              On the B, he reworks a Brazilian jazz-funk classic with a nod to Stevie Wonder, giving it a bumping house twist whilst keeping the lush instrumental work. Wonderful! 

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              says: You might not have seen me in the shop this year, but I've been shaking my shit to records like this at home. It's hard to let the world's problems get you down with bright, sunshine records like this.

                              Betty Arden / Saskia

                              Funny Bells / Sloopy

                                Stroom wish us a very merry Christmas in typically monchrome fashion, dipping into their endless supply of Dutch coldwave cassettes to bring us this seasonal 7" of experimental pop. On the A-side, Nosedrip nabs "Funny Bells", a Betty Arden contribution to the "Is That You Santa Claus? (Oscar's X-mas Carols Vol. 3)", a 1986 tape limited to 100. After an opening of, well, funny bells, Betty lays a melancholic guitar over a simple drum box, then tells her tale with rich multitracked vocals. Bedsit folk for the win!
                                On the flip, the ace and odd "Sloopy" interlude from Saskia's 1983 cassette gets a first time on vinyl, drifting from crystalline ambient through DIY funk before settling into a wonky minimal wave ballad.

                                Sinead O'Brien

                                Drowning In Blessings

                                  Originally from Limerick, O’Brien’s work captures the everyday and the inbetween in a way that transcends any genre label. Writing from her own observations, O’Brien’s influences can be found in the realism of Mark E. Smith of The Fall, Patti Smith and The Slits, and the works of literary icons such Frank O’Hara, W.B. Yeats, Joan Didion and Albert Camus. Releases to date have drawn admiration from British and American outlets and radio stations as diverse as The FADER, Stereogum, The Guardian, Loud And Quiet, The Quietus, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music, and more.

                                  Speaking about the new single, O’Brien explains: “‘Most Modern Painting’ is about the creation and maintenance of ‘the self’ - the most epic task we are faced with in our lives. I wanted to work with structure in an unconventional way, linking the movements together using various voices from the narrative. The lyrics are voiced through a dialogue between the conscious and unconscious, through dream recall, memory, the individual and the ego.”

                                  The accompanying music video for ‘Most Modern Painting’ was shot in a film-like manner on 16mm. Directed by Saskia Dixie, the movements are intrinsically linked to the lyrics; the choreography incorporates physical theatre, dance and elements of daily gestures and habits.

                                  The chorus line on ‘Most Modern Painting’ birthed the title for the EP ‘Drowning In Blessings’ - “The more I said it, the more it meant. It’s an image which I find really cathartic; seeing the weight or build up of things as possibilities and opportunities instead of bearing their burdens. I approached the set of songs on the EP like a short album so the body of work feels full and tells a substantial story. Tracks allude and refer to one another and provide clues and hints to the future and to the past. It’s not only about language and music - it’s about energy, spaces, leaving room for other people to get in.”

                                  A multifaceted artist, O’Brien’s writing has also been published by the esteemed London Magazine whose alumni include T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and William Burroughs. Her unique fusion of spoken lyrics and art rock has piqued the attention of luminaries of both fields, seeing her perform with John Cooper Clarke and The Brian Jonestown Massacre at sold out theatres across the U.K. Playing live with her band and collaborators; Julian Hanson (guitar) and Oscar Robertson (drums), Sinead O’Brien’s transfixing performances are placing her at the forefront of a resurgent wave of independent British and Irish talent

                                  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.

                                  Ahead of the Meakusma Festival 2019 Don't DJ and NWAQ did an artist residency developing new music together from scratch. Their resulting performance at the festival was a mesmerising descent into the artistic perspectives of two singular artists active in off-kilter club music. Some of the eight tracks on this record were recorded live at the festival while others were recorded during the residency. All dwell in distorted and eccentric bliss and play around with rhythmic, arrhythmic and post-rhythmic tension. There is happiness in dystopia although the subtle yet intense layering in the music hints at undercurrents that are far from bright. The joyousness of this record lies in the notable excitement Don't DJ and NWAQ experience fusing their modi operandi coming up with a music that shines and distorts. As massive blocks of sound alternate with subtler disorienting parts repetitive vocals create an air of disparate acceptance. It uses club music's template and pushes on. With the kind support of Ostbelgien.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  says: Feelin' this one... I know it might be a bit much for some of you, but when you're deep in the sweat pool of the White Hotel with nothing but the Formula Sound for company; then these waves of bass and distortion suddenly all make sense.

                                  The Garda Lake in the early 80ies is possibly not be the first place which pops up, when it comes to pivotal moments for European dance & club culture. Whilst most of Europe was dancing to more and more commercialized disco music, a handful of north Italian DJs were trying to find an alternative form of dance music embracing a spiritual and natural sound. Forward thinking club residents like DJ Mozart, DJ Rubens, Daniele Baldelli, Ebreo, Pery and Beppe Loda fused African and Brazilian music, Reggae, Ragga and Bhangra with Kraut-Rock, space disco, US funk or British new wave b-sides with a carefree and partly odd approach into their so-called “Afro/Cosmic Sound”. Records were sped up or slowed down massively to create a slow-paced trancey journey somewhere between 90 and 110 beats per minute.

                                  The first sound we consider as “Cosmic Music” was played at Baia degli Angeli in Gabicce Mare / Rimini by DJ Bob and DJ Tom from Philadelphia, who inspired DJ Morzart and Baldelli amongst others. In the following years clubs like Cosmic, “Typhoon“, “Melody Mecca” or “Chicago” became sacred places for a post-hippie movement, getting lost in the rhythms of western dance music blended with sounds from all around the globe. But the spirit of the “Afro-Wave“ did not only attract a strong and faithful local scene.

                                  In 1980 the 15-years old Stefan Egger got bored by the routine of the annual family vacation at the Garda Lake and started exploring the city of Lazise on his own. Looking for excitement the young Austrian asked some random alternative-styled guys for a good place to hang out. He found himself at “Club Cosmic“ and instantly got absorbed by the Italian Afro-Cosmic movement. No one less then Daniele Baldelli was playing that night in an UFO-styled DJ booth, surrounded by dancers and multi-coloured flashlights, blending together hypnotic sounds from various genres within minute-long transitions. It turned out to become a life-changing moment for him and the kick-off of a whole movement, which he brought to his hometown Innsbruck.

                                  Overwhelmed by the welcoming inclusive music scene at Cosmic Club, Egger bought his first Technics turntables. He started the “Afro-Meeting” – a series of own events – in Innsbruck, trying to capture the feeling of his first encounter with “Afro-Cosmic Music”. He wanted to overcome the provincial wooden disco shacks with their chart music, which was predominant in these days. As it turned out this was more than overdue. A whole generation of young Austrians and Germans was craving for an alternative to the so-called nightlife of these days. Just by word-of-mouth the “Cosmic Music“ of DJ Stefan Egger and his fellas Hannes Alshut and Rob Neureiter became an underground movement itself, which reached Munich, Augsburg and – even – northern Italy. Egger started to invite Italian djs to Austria. Vice versa he was booked in the Italian clubs where his journey once started.

                                  Driven by the urge to create a more and more transcendental sound by layering dance music of the obscurest origins, Egger became an expert DJ involving 3 to 5 turntables, live musicians, synthesizers and drum computers. As his own definition of “Cosmic Music“ became clearer, the various sources Egger used to draw the sounds from started to slowly run out. The local record stores switched their focus towards Euro-disco, hip hop, techno and house, so by the end of the 80s Egger and his fellas were forced to produce their own tracks and “Afro/Cosmic“ finally became an own genre.

                                  After roughly 10 years of djing Stefan Egger founded his own label “Sound Station Records“ and released his first Maxi CD in 1987. Until today the Sound Station catalogue counts more than 200 titles on CD and vinyl, most of them by Stefan Egger or his various projects like “Cosmic Project“, “African Project“ or “Yase“. Also tracks from his favourite Italian producers like Fabrizio Fattori, DJ Ebreo, Meo, Yano or Corrado found their way into the catalogue. Even though Sound Station never really aimed for commercial success, the label had built a solid fan base that remains active until these days. The label itself released music until 2016 and became quite sought-after within a circle of enthusiastic collectors.

                                  With AP 001 we present four fully licensed and re-mastered tracks taken from DJ Stefan Egger’s early output on the Sound Station catalogue. While the A-Side contains two almost unknown mid-tempo bangers, the B-Side pays attention to Stefan’s more spiritual and world-inspired productions.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  says: Bonafide proto-cosmic genius, Stefan Egger is a name spoken with reverence in hushed circles around north Italy by men with pristine 2CV's and COSMIC bumper stickers in their window. We get an inticing glimpse into this pioneering producer's musical world on this amazing retrospective EP.

                                  Bailey Ibbs

                                  Gurl EP

                                    For the latest Dansu Discs' club joint, Bailey Ibbs serves up a stone cold, hybridized killer with his "Gurl" EP. Fractionally distilling the best bits off crude precursors from breaks, rave, jungle and garage then alchemically conjuring up a brand new, system-slaying new blueprint; three originals garnished with three remixes of lead track "Gurl".

                                    Bailey Ibbs is showing everyone how it's done, effortlessly creating energized dancefloor magic that should merrily skip across genre confines and the usual tribal boundaries. You find me an under 30 year old on drugs who doesn't buzz of this record and I'll find you a fox-loving, empathetic Tory philantropist..... they don't exist!!

                                    Hard to pick a favourite amongst all this HEAT, but if if I had to chose one to put at the front of the box, it'd be the pirated hoover-n-wobble of "We Run".

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    says: Trigger fingers and air horns at the ready; it's MCR's hottest soundsystem stable Dansu Discs with possibly their largest record of the year. Honestly these guys are unstoppable!!

                                    Red Greg

                                    Do It / Peace

                                    London disco don Red Greg steps up to Kojak for a fresh instalment of that undisclosed dancefloor heat! Sleeping is not advised, these are limited as always and of the highest possible quality - uncomparable in the field!

                                    "Do It" sounds like a dusty private press boogie disco gem, unearthered by Greg and fattened up through weeks of outboard indulgence! Same goes for "Peace" which is equally kinetic, and plumped up at either end by some skilled EQ and DSP mastery. I can't help noticing a trend towards excessive bass presentation in these two edits, these both seriously honk! Soundsystem disco ain't a genre here yet, but when it finally arises this will be the pivotal moment! Get those subs cleaned out disco lovers you're about to bass hard! 


                                    Moxy Edits 002

                                      As audacious as they get, round two of this LTD series takes a slice of late ‘90s gold, and layers it over a stomping house beat. That's right folks, the mysterious folks behind this wax have nabbed the irrepressible bassline from ODB's "Got Yo Money" and stretched it into a pure tech house tonker sprinkled with just a touch of the original chorus. A pure masterclass in how to get a party started, with the kind of sampling that works oh so well when it’s juiced up into a cut.

                                      12 Inch LTD vinyl only, 1 sided release.

                                      After 3 stomping collaborations with Burnski’s brilliant new label Cardiology Records, The Owl is back on his own relentlessly impressive imprint.

                                      Owl Records is a proven staple for serious disco and house jocks, including regular plays and exclusive DJ Mix on Craig Charles’ hugely popular national BBC Radio 6 Funk and Soul show.

                                      Now he brings us the aptly named ‘Bare-knuckle Blues ep’ serving up four tracks that will raise heads on any dancefloor. Kicking off with the chunky blues stomper ‘In The Right Place’, The Owl instantly shows his intelligence for turning an originally potentially funky number into a big speaker blaster with enough new groove to forget the era it came from, while paying tribute to that time.

                                      Track two, ‘Fair’ has more of an original blues vibe but the percussion suits the bass so well that you feel you’re hearing a live band playing a current track. His clever cuts make it a must for anybody that loves their funk with a bit more ‘pow’.

                                      The B-side does not let up on the level of energy, flying straight into the female vocal gem ‘Be Funky’, yelling through the speakers that “Everything I do gon be funky from now on”. And this is certainly true from the Owl.

                                      The final track is only slightly a step down in tempo from the others but rounds off this classic ‘bluesy-house’ EP in The Owl’s usual classy, funky style. Expect this to sell as fast as he flies.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      says: Clean, clinical and Craig Charles-endorsed. Funk, freebased for your enjoyment by the Owl - cracking!


                                      Sweet Freedom (The Reflex Revision)

                                      Edit royalty The Reflex delivers an incredible revision of this epic cover of the Michael McDonald anthem 'Sweet Freedom' capturing the perfect blend of disco, soul and unadulterated good vibes. Ready and waiting to lift your mood at the drop of a needle.


                                      Days - Inc. John Talabot / Ex-Terrestrial / Fit Siegel Remixes

                                        'Days' is like no other track Round has produced to date. For a start, it's the first song he has ever written without using samples. It's also the first time he's worked with a vocalist. Truth is that everything surrounding the track's conception is somehow exceptional. The melody came to Torsten as a sudden spark, which he discretely hummed into his phone while walking in Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen. "I always feel an urge to make music when I feel emotional, and like many other people I remember the emotional periods in my life", he recalls when questioned about what inspired him of that particular time and space. He then asked danish singer Astrid Engeberg to record vocals and after some work with the laptop the song was born. So simple, so special. The three remixes manage to be faithful to the original's haunting oddness while offering radically different takes on it. First off John Talabot pushes it into slow and sludgey mollusc break territories with a shamanic translation, then Ex-Terrestrial offers a sedated IDM interpretation for fans of BOC etc, finally the Fit Siegel gets his music box on with a deranged bit of technofunk.

                                        Yowzers! Christmas comes early on this 12" folks, freaking us with a MASSIVE meeting of musical minds. Obviously Thundercat is one outrageous talent, and "Fair Chance", featuring verses from Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B was a standout track on recent LP "It Is What It Is", bringing us a slow, slanking and syrupy beat with some gorgeous jazz tones. Here we see UK hero Floating Points nudge the ballad onto the dancefloor with a fabulous rework that nods to vintage 4x4 UKG. FP pitches the track up, steels the rhythm section with the swung drums of the garage era, then replays that arpeggiated guitar on analogue synth in his trademark style. Deep and dope club tackle with the ‘Fair Chance’ original / instrumental / acapella grace the flip side.

                                        J Kriv & Dicky Trisco / Bernardo Pinheiro

                                        Barefoot Beats 11

                                        The Barefoot Beats posse continue to dream of having sand between their toes and caiprinhas in their hands while dancing to wonderful music without a care in the world. This is the life they truly love and want to share with the world.

                                        NYC music man JKriv joins forces with his amigo Dicky Trisco - both lovers of all things Brasilian - and together they conjure up a spiritual piece of Bahian magic for the body and the soul. The vibe tries to capture the joyful essence of the boat parties they play together each year in Brasil. Just close your eyes, feel the breeze and dance.

                                        Meanwhile on the flip, the lovely Bernardo Pinheiro, a rising star from the Northern territory of Belem in Para, drops a chant and keys driven funk bomb. The sound is guaranteed to drive your Carnaval bloco wild or sunset beach party into dance floor ecstasy.

                                        Isca na pista as they say...

                                        Terrier Callier was born in Chicago in the shadows of Curtis Mayfield, Major Lance, Ramsey Lewis and his mentor Jerry Butler. He would become one of the greatest Soul/Jazz voices of all time, although he barely knew it in his own lifetime. Both his debut album ‘The New Folk Sound’ and single, “Look At Me Now” had failed commercially when he was contracted by Jerry Butler to his Songwriters Workshop. It was here that he wrote his timeless masterpiece “Ordinary Joe” which first appeared on Butler’s 1970 Mercury album ‘You & Me’. Butler’s version of the song has been largely overlooked, underrated and undervalued - until now, 50 years later, when it finally makes its 7-inch single debut!  Listeners can finally hear both versions of this timeless masterpiece back-to-back. A definitive soul essential, Callier’s rendition of “Ordinary Joe” appeared a couple of years later, in 1972, on the second of his three critically acclaimed Cadet albums ‘Occasional Rain’. The ’72 single was taken from the album and now commands a hefty £700+ price tag. 

                                        Willie J Healey

                                        Merry Christmas

                                          Healey once again demonstrates his skill with melody with this festive offering - full of warmth, positivity and his now trademark lyrical charm. Merry Christmas - like previous single Fashun - is the result of sessions Willie undertook in New York with Loren Humphrey. Fittingly, the video was also shot in New York, the backdrop to so many magical Christmas memories. The single follows Heavy Traffic which ran on the A-List at BBC 6Music and caps a breakout year for the Bristol based songwriter. Willie says of the single "I’ve always loved Christmas. I wanted to write a song for all of the hard working parents out there, working tirelessly to provide without glory or merit."

                                          There's some misty eyes in Piccadilly right now, let me tell you. Not content with serving a smackdown to one of our scene's great pretenders, disco-house godfather Daniel Wang delivers an official, legit and great sounding repress of Balihu 001. His first foray into the world of house music, BAL001 saw Danny dive into his disco crates, slice a handful of heaters from the likes of Eddys Rosemund and Grant, Indeep, Anita Ward and Sleeque into his sampler to turn out a quartet of cut n paste killers. Playful, naive and utterly groove laden, these irrestible cuts have been doing it on dancefloors for almost thirty years now and still absolutely slay. 
                                          On the A-side, the scene defining "Like Some Dream" pairs a poetic vocal with a two bar loop from Eddy Rosemund's 'Funk It' and then takes us on the ride of our life, either with or without that timbale break. If you don't own this, or, heaven forbid, haven't heard it, you need to remedy this immediately. Flip it to hear Daniel freak with Eddy Grant's Timewarp on the insistent "Warped", get creative with the disco breaks on "Gotta Get Up", then slip into the funkier end of the dancefloor on the thick and thumping "Twitchy & Scratchy".

                                          Gorgeous Zanzibar, Tony Humphries / Burrell Bros vibes on Parkway here as Joey Beads drops a late contender for proto-house / boogie rivaval record of the year!

                                          Do they come more rugged, uplifting and driving than the original mix of "Spirit Call"?! - I think not! A proper charger, set to unite any discerning dancefloor; there's a reason it’s found its way onto Mark Seven's label - the man has supreme taste! Honestly, if you've ever surrendered to the desires of the 4/4, then this one should seduce you into its grip instantly - worth the entrance fee alone!

                                          Three other mixes of the track grace the well-endowed 12" package. It's a nice way to present the track in a different light, opening it up to a variety of plays and spins. Imperative for any proto-house / boogie / house collector worth his or her salt

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          says: 'As rugged as an oak on steroids.' Rock solid, Zanzibar-flavoured killers from a new but imperative signing to the Parkway camp, this may well be the best release to date on Mark Seven's label.

                                          Phwoar! Tom Cruise's favourite DJ, psychedelic surfer and occasional leather daddy returns from his Mission Impossible to team up with the rest of his Locussolus buddies for their first new material in aaaaages! Originally a part of 'Harvey’s Tales from the Nocturne', this EP comes off the shelf for a special Halloween release, led by the title track Zombie Sex Dream which features vocals by original band member Tara Selleck. Gurgling bass synth wriggles out the subs caked in delay, wrapping itself under a slow and spangled disco 4/4 before those campy, vampy vox start to soar above. Sleazy as you like, this is a retro-futurist sci-fi porn score reimagined for the post Covid planet. If vocals ain't yo thang, get a bit of the instrumental mix, then flip it for the 'Killer' on ket, tech house at 100bpm, slug chug of 'Hung Man' (complete with horror score harpsichord) before 'Bloodbath' indulges in a little B-Movie grizzle of its own.

                                          Jonny L ‘The Remixes ‘96-‘97 - a compilation of remixes from Carl Craig, Grooverider and Photek. These remixes of drum & bass legend Jonny L are little known gems that were originally released in 1996 and 1997 when each of the artists were arguably at the height of their powers. It is the first ever reissue of these tracks. Remastered and sounding amazing!
                                          On the A-side the C2 influence is clearly audible from the outset, as a low sub-bass rhythm chugs along and will cause soundsystems to fart with delight.  When the full sequence does drop, its a joyous, feel-good track but restrained and sexy with it. Lots of thick, major-key pad chords, seductive female vocal and live percussion. A bit club, a bit carnival, and very enjoyable listening. 
                                          "Piper" was an essential bit of business for a generation of ravers, and this Grooverider mix is one of those tunes you go back to time and time again. Photek's deep and dubby mix of "2 Of Us" rounds out an excellent set.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          says: Pardon my French Monsieur but fuck me sideways!! Literally the biggest tune on my ghettoblaster when I was 12. "Piper" is shit-your-pants scary. The scariest record from a very scary period of drum and bass (think "Temper Temper", Photek, Forme etc". Realllly nice Carl Craig mix on the flip too... what's not to go totally batshit for?!

                                          Tester Housing was the short-lived band consisting of mates Bill Tolson and Ken Olver. The duo met during the early 1980s in the burgeoning Southside of Melbourne, St Kilda. Pitched along the bayside, St Kilda at the time was full of artists, painters, writers, poets and musicians. The suburb was the type of place where dwellers wore their hearts on their sleeves; the sort to be found sharing a jug at the pub after a fist fight. The St Kilda music scene during the late ‘70s and ‘80s was infamous, breeding bands such as the Primitive Calculators and The Boys Next Door.

                                          Despite Tester Housing producing a modest handful of recordings, both were actively present in the St Kilda chaos. Bill established Prahran’s Greville Records in 1978 and later founded the prolific Rampant Releases in 1982, pressing the likes of Not Drowning, Waving and David Chesworth. The duo also played together in the new-wave group Gilded Youth, before joining forces and forming Tester Housing.

                                          When asked about their reasoning for the bands short stint, they wink and answer “just say something interesting such as drugs and ego got in the way and after we both had a knife fight on St Kilda pier one night and we both decided to go into rehab for the next twenty years. Or alternatively, we just knew that if we continued to play music together we would become too rich and boring.”

                                          To commemorate Testing Housing’s legacy Left Ear Records present Over You, a 12” of the bands two 1983 singles, The Clock Ticks Over and Into You with their counterparts, a dub version and a stripped back almost acapella. Their sound channels both that of the gritty Southside and the experimental Northside scenes to create youthful and enchanting synth-pop. Both arrangements are laced with themes of love, redemption and acceptance in a unique and compelling way. 

                                          Cuts you can trust from the brand with the pineapple! Pina edits are back with a fifth instalment, serving two tasty edits on this 7" wax. Making like Big Bird on the A-side, today's letter is Boogie and number is amyl nitrate, as 'Shitman' romps through chunky and funky bassweight and lascivious synths before breaking into a foxy lil chorus. Over on the t'tother "One Night In Dallas" gets slow and sloppy with a CLASSIC funk break, then twists the FX and additional keys for a bit of beatdown brilliance.

                                          These dancefloor-inspired edits have been approved by BMG, Partisan Records and Fela estate, with all profits going to the UN World Food Programme in Yemen.

                                          In Fela’s own words: Music is a weapon of the future, music is the weapon of the progressives, music is the weapon of the givers of life.

                                          Supported by All City Records, Partisan Records, BMG France, NTS Radio, Dublin Digital Radio and Worldwide FM.

                                          Very limited stock first come first served.

                                          For the new 12" on Estonia's hottest label, the mighty Porridge Bullet, Ajukaja & Mart Avi shake claws on a sweet and sour digi-dub skirmish named "Scorpio".  Having worked together for a number of years, this is the duo’s first proper release. It’s jittery shape may come as a surprise, but it gets straight to the point. Just listen to Avi sing and let your heart ache – it’s okay! We suggest you slide it in your bag next to “Spirit World” by Tapes & Superstar. Out to all the digi-dub and lovers rock heads. The original is in good company on the 12” with not one but two lengthy remixes by Wah Wah Wino affiliate Morgan Buckley. Sticking to his maverick style, MB splits the difference between dub techno and digi-skank on his "Pisces Rhythm" then trips out into the skunkiest steppah imaginable on the B-side, bringing ultimate potion shop vibezzz for the ride.

                                          “Lontano Da Dove?” by DsorDNE is a four-track LP written and recorded between 1996 and 1999 - at Acqualuce studio in Alpignano, Torino - by the mind of Marco Milanesio and Luciano Gelormino. Additional guitars were provided by Danilo Beltrame on piano zeroquattro (extended) and vocals by Snowdonia founder Cinzia La Fauci.

                                          It was conceived to be released at the time but only a few promo copies were distributed. After about 20 years, the original recordings, which were considered lost, were found by Marco, who remastered them in his O.F.F studio and brought it back to life.

                                          The all album is an organic work, mashing up spoken ethereal voices and dubby basslines with TR-909 beats, borrowing elements from trip hop, techno and industrial. 

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          says: There’s an icey calm to proceedings, a slow serenity; like there’s a sub-zero fog hanging in the air, slowing down reality. It’s therefore perfect for the frosty couple of months ahead.. Picturing yourself stranded on top of a blizzard-beaten mountain never sounded so good!

                                          Call Super And Parris

                                          Design Of The Body Sublime

                                            "I took a trip to see something sublime. There was no need to satisfy, nothing to fill. I just wanted to look. If only you knew what these forms meant to me, we could fill this dead room with talk. They’ve been there for so long, floating, bending the space, sculptural hymns to colour a vacant spirit. In some time, like you and me, they will be lost."

                                            A beautiful message I'm sure, but doesn't help you understand what this sounds like. Well, for "Design Of The Body Sublime", Call Super and Parris push a futuristic hybrid of dancehall and tech house, topped with a great vocal from MCRs leading singjay Fox. We nudge into new age house on "...An Eye Sublime", while B-side "Design Of A Lost Sublime" is a slinky trip into the minimal techno revival - play it next to yr MS DOS.

                                            Few within dance music culture can truly claim to have developed their own distinctive, sharply defined sound. Sacred Rhythm founder Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell is one such artist, as is emphatically proved by the stunning remixes he’s prepared of Hillside’s ‘Walpole Days’ for Claremont 56.

                                            Claussell’s trademark-take on dance music is richly spiritual, frequently referencing the tribal drums and distinctive polyrhythms associated with African music, the free-spirited Afro-futurism of jazz, the soulful release of gospel and the celebratory rush of NYC disco. Throw in a genuine love of live instrumentation and a decidedly cosmic musical outlook and you have a style that’s very much his own.

                                            Many of these trademark elements are evident on his versions of ‘Walpole Days’, a typically warm, evocative and musically detailed chunk of near horizontal Balearic jazz-funk from Paul ‘Mudd’ Murphy, Alex Searle and Patrick Dawes’ Hillside project. The trio’s original version boasts all manner of intricate musical touches – eyes-closed electric piano solos, ear-catching and infectious hand percussion, spacey analogue synthesizer sounds and fluid piano flourishes, for starters – giving Claussell plenty to play with.

                                            The New York-based DJ/producer makes the most of it on the epic ‘Sacred Rhythm Mix’ version, an 11-minute peak-time epic that just increases in energy and intensity throughout. Opening with reverb-laden piano solos, he crafts an organic deep house groove out of Dawes’ percussion, echoing snippets of guitar, Searle’s warm bass and his own polyrhythmic programmed drums. As the track progresses, Claussell continually beefs up the groove, adding weighty kick-drums and layering more percussion on top of Hillside’s electric piano sounds and spacey synths. It’s little less than a masterclass in warm and spiritual deep house.

                                            Claussell isn’t finished there though, and those who love extra-percussive, driving house music should check his second rework, the ‘Sacred Rhythm Hornsdrums Version’. Destined to inspire a frenzy of sweaty, loose-limbed dancing, it’s a dancefloor dub built around little more than drums, ultra-energetic percussion solos, trippy effects, driving bass and, in the track’s latter stages, echo-laden horns and electric piano riffs. It’s breathlessly brilliant and, like his A-side rework, one of the best remixes Claremont 56 has released to date.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            says: Oooh we'll take some of that sir! High priest of house Joe Clausell diving into the heavenly Balearic territories of Claremont 56 for a paradisiacal shuffle dreaming of better days.

                                            The Exorcist GBG

                                            Stonerdisco / Superstandard

                                            What new can be said about this incredible band? They have played the most danceable electronic death disco on the planet since 2012…or was it 2112? The past and the future melts together, trying to draw their timeline but anyways, right now their new 7” ”Stonerdisco”/”Superstandard” is out on Höga Nord Rekords.

                                            Exorcist have embraced hard rock more obvious than before, especially on the A-side, which is a boogie nightmare with fuzz bass and totally freed from guitar solos. The rhythm section with Osynlige Mann on bass and Tentakel on drums, plows in usual manner down space and time while Vesslans synthesizers shoots gamma rays through Exo-universe. The B-side is haunting, unsentimental dystopic disco.

                                            The Exorcist prove that they still hold the powers of making supersonic dance music!

                                            Red Rack'em

                                            In Love Again

                                            Limited edition repress, of this much loved Red Rack’em slice of genius that has been an elusive one to get a hold of in recent years, with the cheapest copy on the cogs racking in at £100.

                                            Originally tucked away on the B1 of Red Rack'em's "All I Ever Wanted EP" in 2010, "In Love Again" was a smash hit on all the underground dancefloors that mattered for the next couple of years. Deep warm pads, an emotive, soulful vocal sample and beautiful Detroit strings create a heartwrenching effect that can unite a club in harmony. An absolute beauty and an end of night classic. However, since Danny's work was well ahead of the curve, predating the rediscovery of early 90s house by a couple of years, Wolf Music are reissuing this modern classic for the new generation of clubbers and DJs with a slightly tweaked mix, quicker tempo and skippier drums. On the flip is a new Red Rack'Em production, "Latin Techno", which combines tough drum programming with filtered and cut up loops a la Sneak, then layers exansive pads over the top of it all. A fine return to form from the Nottingham native and his finest moment stuck back to back on a new EP.

                                            Avalon Emerson


                                              New York's Avalon Emerson follows up her critically acclaimed DJ Kicks compilation with a three-track 12” for Whities offshoot AD 93. Lead single ’Rotting Hills’ is a study in contrasts, both tonally and emotionally. Mixing feelings of hopelessness, while also trying to enjoy what we have right now in the present. Woody bass tones ripple beneath serene pads, glassy synth tones and uplifting arps, incorporating textures of new age and ambient while reinventing the clipped rhythms of minimal techno. On the other side, "Winter and Water" and "One Long Day Till I See You Again" round out a mature and confident EP.

                                              Flo Sullivan’s “Higher” release was originally recorded in 1984 in the world famous Amazon Studios,Liverpool UK, and released in 1985. On the A-side both the 12” and the 7” version of the hard-to-get, firm synth-pop track “Higher” will be pressed on a loud 45rpm vinyl. The 12” version is the (bass-)heavier one, while the 7” version sounds more “organic” with an extended intro and an added horns part. The tracks on the A-side have been pressed before and are made available now again for the wider public, giving those tracks the recognition and attention they deserve.

                                              The B-side focuses on previously unreleased original downtempo material by the same artist but released under her real name: Gayna Rose Madder. This, accompanied by a refreshing club-ready remix of one of those tracks by Vienna’s top-notch selector, producer and Neubau label owner: Heap.

                                              Neither of the two original tracks “Over” and “Element” have ever been released on vinyl before, up until now. “Over” was written and recorded in 1983 in Splash Sound Studios in Liverpool. A beautiful melancholic synth-pop track, which was meant to be released, but unfortunately never saw the light of day. At the time it was recorded Gayna left her band “Shiny Two Shiny” and therefore needed a new deal from a different company for her solo releases. But by the time she found the right one, many newer songs needed release. Much later, in 2005, Gayna decided to self-release “Over” on a compilation CD to sell copies online.

                                              “Element” is a spoken-word poem accompanied by a fire-crackling tribal kind of rhythm. It was written for a musical play and recorded in Sparks Studio Liverpool in 2004 and has never officially been released before. (For a short period it was available on a self-released CD on Gayna’s website; a compilation of the songs written for one of her musicals).

                                              And last but not least, the icing on the cake is Heap’s remix of “Element”. He translated this spoken word poem into a refreshing 90s-style and danceable club-track to complete the diversity of Betonska’s first release. A chugging acid bass, breakbeat rhythms, crisp claps and sharp snares and a screeching lead synth to get you screaming on the dance floor.

                                              Over two years in the making, and it’s finally here. Amsterdam based, brand new old-school label “Betonska” kicks off with this highly diverse release for the selector, collector, radio host and club DJ.

                                              Crisp instrumentation, tight retro drum computer programming and propulsive danceable bass lines are what you will find here. The Amsterdam based label will be focusing on previously unreleased and tough-to-find material from the 80s and 90s – all re-mastered, officially licensed and in collaboration with the original artist. In addition to the original material an occasional modern twist will be given by contemporary artists who cherish that signature sound.

                                              Rhyze / John Davis & The Monster Orchestra

                                              Free (Louie Vega Remix) (Danny Krivit 7” Edit) / Love Magic (Danny Krivit 7” Edit)

                                              With interest in Disco as strong as ever, we continue to mine the SAM Records catalogue for Disco treasures. “Free” by Rhyze is one of the catalogue’s lesser known titles, but with its inspired rolling horn hits sprinkled throughout the song and its funk based organ and keys, it’s got all the elements for a current hit among disco and house afficionados. World renowned and Grammy award winning producer Louie Vega recognized this a few years back even before disco was back in the spotlight and gave it a massive injection of modern dancefloor energy. And now the universally recognized “King Of the Edit” Danny Krivit has put his unique musical touch on this disco funk jam. On the B Side is another disco treasure from legendary Phillie based producer John Davis. “Love Magic” had all the memorable and classic elements of the late 70’s disco era. Produced at Sigma Sounds in Phillie, the song is embued with lush strings, over-the-top funky lead guitar and throbbing bass combined with sulty female vocals singing to one of the John’s consistently superb tunes. Danny Krivit brings out the hottest elements for the special 45 RPM 7" release.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              says: Production / remix / DJ monolith Danny Krivit continues to put mere mortals to shame with his mammoth work ethic. You'da thought he'd have hung up his headphones by now but oh no, the man just keeps on giving!


                                              Pé Na Estrada

                                                Valéria Fajardo was born on June 6th, 1957, in Petrópolis, a rural region of Rio De Janeiro State. A precocious prodigy from day one, Valéria wrote her first song at the age of 4. As her mother, Dona Marlene, tells it - hearing the tinkling of piano keys was not uncommon in the Fajardo household. But Antônio, Valéria’s father, was notoriously strict and forbade the children to touch any of his instruments. So on a day when Antonio was out and Dona Marlene heard notes trilling around the house, she rushed straight to the music room to catch the culprit. It was, of course, little Valéria, who, despite a potentially severe punishment for her actions, commanded "Listen to the song I'm writing, Mom!"

                                                That fact that 4-year old Valéria’s tinkling around on the forbidden piano demonstrated a natural ear for music comes as no surprise when you look at her family. Her paternal grandfather played both the flute and the violin, and her father played guitar in addition to the aforementioned piano. Recognizing her latent skills, Dona Marlene paid for her to start piano lessons with Ângela Maria Rizzo - quite a different result than the punishment Valéria expected for flagrantly disobeying the rules. At age 6 Valéria's family moved to Brazil's newly built capital Brasília where her lessons continued with a new teacher, Maria da Glória. Valéria recalls beginning to write songs in a conscious and deliberate fashion at the age of 10, when she wrote Adolescente, inspired by a neighboring boy she was crushing hard on. Jumping forward to 1981, we find Valéria still residing in Brasília, performing as a backup vocalist for the singer-songwriter, Herberto Filho, son of noted journalist and writer, Herberto Salles. It was while touring Filho’s 1981 album Palladar that Valéria met pianist, composer, and arranger Darcy de Paulo, founder of PPA, an independent label dedicated to showcasing unsigned and new talent. He quickly convinced Valéria to come to Rio, record some of her songs, and release her debut 7" EP on PPA. To finance her trip to Rio, Valéria had to sell the most valuable thing she owned: her motorcycle, which her dad had helped her to purchase.

                                                Ready, with cash in hand for recording, bus fare, and pocket money, she jumped on an overnight bus from Brasília to Rio. Arriving in Rio early in the morning after an all-night trip, she went straight to meet Darcy to sort out the details of her recording session which was to take place in two days’ time. She stayed at her cousin, and sometime writing partner, Resende's house in a suburb of Rio and on the morning of recording, navigated her way, firstly on a packed bus and then by foot to TOK Studio in Botafogo, in Rio's Zona Sul. They arrived a little before 10 am to find Darcy and the musicians awaiting them, sheet music at the ready.

                                                Entering a professional recording studio for the first time is an unforgettable sensation for anyone, but Valéria was absolutely stunned by the recording equipment, the instruments, the monstrously large mixing desk, and the whole crew of technicians and musicians, all there to record HER first record. The magic of the recording studio was about to happen. Without even pausing for breakfast, they launched straight into it and the 4 songs that would make up her debut EP were recorded in just 6 hours, both vocals and backing tracks. On the track Artimanhas, a technical glitch made it impossible to remove Valéria's guide vocal, forcing her to "double-track" the guide with the final vocal on the finished version. While this was a source of both frustration and embarrassment for Darcy, it did nothing to dampen the joy Valéria felt in recording while recording her first record.

                                                The EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered between the 10th and the 20th of May, 1983. Focused on the physical recording, Valéria wasn’t prepared when she received a phone call from Darcy asking her to send over the cover artwork for her EP in the next day or 2 as the record was ready for release. Not having even thought about the cover art, she asked her cousin, civil engineer Beatriz Roldão, and friends Cézar, Yeda, and Paulo for help. As the graphics needed to be dispatched to Rio ASAP, Beatriz told Valéria there wouldn't be enough time for a photo-shoot and another solution was needed. Luckily, Yeda and Paulo, who had recently traveled to Germany, had a suggestion: "We have a picture we took in Berlin of a girl sitting on a curb in the city and she looks just like you!" A bit of creative know-how was applied to the photo negative and Valéria's cover was ready. The release of the EP was marked by a show at the FUNARTE (National Arts Foundation) in Brasília, and sales and distribution were handled in true DIY fashion with help from her friends and Valéria herself, hustling at record shops around town.

                                                Mosca is one of those people that can turn a crowd at the drop of a needle. Anyone who's seen his energetic, all encompassing club sets can testify to his levity and the sheer scope of styles he touches on over the course of 60+ minutes. "Done Me Wrong" and "Bax" are the two tracks that make up, surprisingly, his debut release for Numbers and display a myriad of influences that make up his sound. "Done Me Wrong" takes garage swing, 4x4 bassline, and heavy vocal cutting and churns it into a buzzing bassline / UKF hybrid. The seriousness of the drop on this record is displayed by the fact that Mosca's actually programmed a re-wind into the track itself! A rare and unusual production aesthetic that actually works geniusly at elevating the track to the dizzy heights it deserves. "Bax" on the flip is an urgently uptempo number - with a simply but effective FM melody accompanying some tightly wound drums before the same melody is mirrored in a rib-shakingly fat bassline. This is gonna make the floor shake to buggery yet the highs and melody still pierce through the mix wonderfully. The vocal refrain, a jungle-MC style delivery of 'My DJ is live in the place' is certain to get all the rude boys 'n' girls pointing to the ceiling pulling some serious swagger. The boy’s gone done it again!

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                says: Seminal UKF / bassline from 2011, repressed for the first time! Sounding fresh-oh than ev-oh!

                                                The Vision Featuring Andreya Triana & Ben Westbeech

                                                Missing - Inc. Maurice Fulton / Deetron Remixes

                                                The Vision returns with the third single from their eponymous debut album, along with remixes from two of the scene’s most revered producers. ‘Missing’ treads the familiar tale of love lost with a stark openness, a funk-filled track underpinned by a catchy vocal hook sure to resonate with its listeners. As one half of The Vision, this release is the first where Ben Westbeech provides vocals as well as producing behind the scenes alongside Kon, perfectly matched with regular collaborator Andreya Triana to bring the heartfelt lyrics to life. On this special 12” package, underground hero Maurice Fulton’s remix opens the A-Side, an artist described by Resident Advisor as “making some of the most unhinged house out there”, his mix may strike listeners as surprising with its stripped-back feel. With extended instrumental breaks perfect for club play, the reflective feel of Maurice’s mix aptly suits the message of the record, as elegant guitar riffs and warm synths make his remix an irresistible version. The Accapella closes out the A-Side, an essential DJ tool that allows Andreya and Ben’s flawless vocals to really shine. On the flip, the original version of ‘Missing’ opens, before Swiss DJ Deetron provides his remix, impeccably executed with bubbling synths and snapping percussion, as the Character Records boss explores the emotional potential of dancefloor-destined house to compelling effect. ‘Missing’ is no exception to The Vison’s existing discography, as meaningful messaging is paired with flawless execution to produce a record with all the makings of a future classic.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                says: Long standing house music stable Defected enlist Sheffield via Baltimore's most blunted for a tasteful remix of The Vision. Rest of the package is pretty mega too. Check!

                                                The genre, electro (or electro-funk), is sometimes perceived to have a separate identity to hip-hop; however, this electronic cousin was integral to the early development of the hip-hop sound. Drawing on drum machines, such as the Roland TR-808, and influenced by funk, these two genres were intertwined and rode a parallel axis for a while, with rap, breakdance, and graffiti as pillars of the culture and community. The mechanical sound of electro would later go on to inspire a different set of producers and played its part in influencing contemporary electronic dance music. For this 7” release we are taking things back to 1984 and 1985 with a split single from The Egyptian Lover and Jamie Jupitor.

                                                First up is a track from The Egyptian Lover, AKA Greg J. Broussard, the cult Los Angeles-based producer, vocalist and DJ, who is a true hip-hop / electrofusion pioneer. ‘Computer Love (Sweet Dreams)’ is a seminal electro-fusion / machine-funk classic that saw a release on the iconic label Freak Beat Records (owned by Greg himself). The original 7” release is now very sought-after by collectors. On the flip we have another electro jam from The Egyptian Lover disciple, Jamie Jupitor. ‘Computer Power’ was additionally produced and arranged by The Egyptian Lover, and was released on Egyptian Empire Records (the label that evolved from Freak Beat Records). For this release we have opted for a special 7” unreleased radio edit, that has Greg kindly provided us with, which differs slightly in composition from the previously released versions. One for fans of D m Funk, electro and 80s funk

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                says: No it's not a cover of Kraftwerk! But LA's veteran electro-funk / freestyle legend Egyptian Lover reissuing some highly treasured HEAT from his early catalogue.

                                                Faris Pashion

                                                Autumn/Winter 20/21

                                                "Heavy support from absolutely nobody as there are no clubs open, and no promos have been given out, but if you like it, buy it quick and be the first to play it. Lots of love, Faris Pashion."

                                                There reads the finest promo text of the year, accompanying this b-b-beast of a house record which is rumouored to come from the same man who brought us those Gallery releases (I think it's A*rtw*rk folks). On the A-side "Power To Light" twists a vocal spirit into a mantra while chunky pianos and disco-house perx do their best impression of the eternal engine, rolling on and on for evahhh! Over on the flip we get some scuzzed up disco house in vintage KDJ fashion, pairing one manipulated loop with sleazy vocals and a whole lot of frequency adjustment. 

                                                All profits to be donated to BLM charities - buy on sight!

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                says: Fuckin' fine shake up of Dave Clark's "The Compass" sample on side A - yes mate!

                                                Emotional Rescue continues to trawl through the bulging back catalogue of Noel Williams' Miami-based Konduko label, which the celebrated producer first launched to showcase his productions as King Sporty. 'Street Talk' hails from 1983 and saw Williams join forces with a hastily arranged group of backing musicians dubbed the Extras to craft a canny chunk of electrofunk rich in spacey synths, wild guitar solos and sweet female backing vocals. This edition pairs the original mix with the even more spaced-out dub on the A-side, with Rune Lindbaek delivering a brand new 'Discomix' on the flip. The Norwegian's version is even more spaced-out and cosmic, drenching the original's rapped vocal phrases and synth sounds and delicious amounts of reverb and delay.

                                                It's the return of Automatic Tasty! This humble but prolific synth molester has been quietly doing his thing for over a decade, releasing his unique output on a variety of labels such as Wrong Island Communication, Lunar Disko, Acid Waxa and Acroplane Recordings, and bagging himself adoration from right across the board (Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem and Fantastic Man are all fans!).

                                                Here he departs slightly from his pastoral acid sound and picks up the microphone for a collection of melancholic pop songs entitled "A Farewell To Reason".

                                                From the side-eyed sarcasm of "A Happy Town" to the reflective urgency of "Wake Up Dead", the album traverses landscapes of sorrow and good humour - representing a stoic acceptance of the problems of modern life and a yearning for something different.

                                                'Something special happened with these songs - I've never had a desire to sing or anything, but the words and melodies all kind of fell out of the cosmos fully formed'. While some pieces such as "Ballad For A Modern Man" convey a certain urban sense of loneliness and isolation, others like "Onward Forward" are more optimistic. 'These songs are my own attempt at navigating a certain melancholy which was hanging around me at the time I think. They're very dear to me'.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                says: Beautifully quirky, dead pan electro pop musings. If you liked Baxter Dury, especially the Étienne De Crécy one, you're gonna love this!

                                                Bicep affiliate Hammer returns to his own label for a second max-hype offering after "Love Somebody" conquered club land some three years ago. 

                                                "Stong Enough" is driven by a huge Roland sh2 bassline while another well sampled moment of diva vox garnishes the mix. Perfectly designed with long, extended sessions in mind, think daytime at Amnesia, late nite at Barbs, or bursting outta Suat's mobile set up for one of his cult adored lockdown editions...

                                                Hype artist Mall Grab joins him on the flip with an equally huge, crunchy techno dub. Adding even more weight to that B-line and drums plus a few darker themed motifs, he manages to sweep if off the terraces into the rave dungeon. Full marks!

                                                Limited copies.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                says: Second instalment of the Hammer Hits and it's another terrace-friendly, SUAT-endorsed roller straight from the Hammer's dials. A no brainer!

                                                An unearthed and unreleased Leroy Burgess tape from the same sessions as ‘Heartbreaker’ finally sees the light of day with three brand new mixes from the legendary Dave Lee.

                                                Last year when searching though the Salsoul archive Dave Lee came across a Leroy Burgess tape which contained a song called ‘One + One’ that he didn't recognise the title of. On the off chance it could be something interesting Dave got the tape digitised when he heard it quickly realised this wasn’t some out take but a killer tune. He contacted Mr Burgess to ask him if he knew why this song had never been released, Leroy was overjoyed when he heard that ‘One + One’ had been unearthed after 35 years of going missing.

                                                It turned out that it was recorded in the same sessions as Leroy’s classic ‘Heartbreaker’ for an album that never came out but the tape had somehow been lost and he’d given up hope of it ever being located. ‘One + One’ is Leroy on top form in his prime with the full team of New York musicians who featured on many of his classics (Jocelyn Brown, Melissa Morgan, Stan Lucas, Sonny Davenport, James Calloway). Mr Lee has given the song three brand new mixes, a full vocal, Dub and reprise. If you’re Burgess fan this is an essential as it gets.

                                                Based in the Sicilian coastal city of Catania, Dario Aiello has plenty of chances to longingly stare into the endless deep blue of the Ionian Sea. It should therefore come as no surprise that his debut EP for NuNorthern Soul, Cosmic Sailing, is a six-track musical daydream about a kaleidoscopic sea voyage into the unknown.

                                                Although his recording career as My Friend Dario is still in its infancy, Aiello has already made an impact. He won plaudits from Balearic-minded Bandcamp diggers for a string of self-released singles, before offering up a handful of inspired remixes and tracks on a number of releases on the admirably saucer-eyed Hell Yeah! Recordings imprint. Even so, his NuNorthern Soul debut is a big development, portraying him as an accomplished producer and musician with a gift for crafting colourful and inventive musical fusions.

                                                Across the course of six tracks, Aiello perfectly sets out his mellow, warming, spacious and mind-soothing approach, smoothly navigating cosmic waters. Opener ‘Fenice’ sets the tone, with the Sicilian producer cloaking rising and falling synthesizer arpeggio lines in twinkling piano motifs, simmering chords and colourful electronic motifs. He channels the spirits of Italy’s turn-of-the-90s dream house movement and horizontal Balearic disco on the impeccable ‘Malvasia’, while ‘Mr Mellow’ sees him mix-up post-electro beats, pots-and-pans percussion and starry electronics to great effect.

                                                Aiello’s varied inspirations come to the fore across the reminder of the EP. Check, for example, the rubbery and undeniably intergalactic 21st century boogie bounce of ‘Neve Su Acireale’, where Pat Metheny style jazz guitar flourishes, sparkling synth riffs and elastic slap-bass notes dance around a snappy, early ‘80s drum machine groove.

                                                ‘Campagna 2’ goes further, with the Italian smothering a deliciously crunchy drumbeat with warming chords and looped sax samples, while ‘Storm’ sees him calming choppy waters via fluid, slow-motion piano solos, sleepy beats, enveloping musical textures and a handful of atmospheric samples. It’s a breath-taking end to an EP chock full of evocative, ear-pleasing aural treats.

                                                Roy Of The Ravers

                                                Melchester Acid EP

                                                  Hold on to your gum boots and pack the squelch-proofs, Roy Of The Ravers is back with more of his peerless machine gurgles from the acid dimension. 'Melchester Acid (Part 3)' picks up midway through what sounds like a particularly gnarly jam where a grotty thump and slow sweeping filter work is finely balanced by a seductively spooky atmosphere. If 'Part 2' that follows is from the same jam it doesn't show, as this beast takes a more malevolent route into the heart of acid darkness. The big news on this release though is a much-needed vinyl pressing of 'Emotinium', the track that broke Roy to the wider populace back in 2015 thanks to its keen, AFX-approved sense of braindance romanticism.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: Made my day to get a fresh copy of "Emotinium" after it got scratched to buggery at the last Pomona rave. Easily the best 303 line written in history, you can quote me on that sir! Must be pissing off the discogs sharks this one... if you sleep this time you may as well just piss your pants right there.

                                                  Whiskey Pickle returns with yet another 12" of eclectic leftfield deepness, this time around from prolific Italian producer DJ Rocca.

                                                  The first cut off the record 'Detox' is reminiscent of the early 80’s electronic sound with nice mellow synths and a clever breakbeat. The next track is the title cut 'Tropicale 17' a lovely arpeggiated bell laden jam that sounds something like Kraftwerk lost in the Japanese wilderness.

                                                  Side B is dedicated to the epic twelve plus minute 'Chicken Lips Malfunction' Chicken Lips remix of 'Tropicale 17'. This is the jam that got those fowl fellas (Andy Meecham & Dean Meredith) back in the studio and boy was it worth it!

                                                  Black Rox returns with installment no.5 in the series. Their continuing voyage in bringing another set of unearthed-mother-earthed flavoured gems remains their goal.

                                                  Roots Unit are - once again - on the cutting and splicing side of things, this time tackling 2 rockets with afro-centric house leanings.

                                                  First up is 'This Poem', an alternative house take on the tune made most famous by Bobby Konders via his initial sample source, way back when. Percussive house beats mixed with deep stringy chords intertwined by THAT poem. Simple, effective and one that will lift many a dance floor.

                                                  Secondly we have 'Trenchtown Double Down'. This is an altogether moodier dub-house affair that sees Jamaica go to a lost New York garage party circa 1993.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: Coincidently, we've actually had the OG Bobby Konders "This Poem" version reissued this week too. Which leaves me to wonder if there's some inspired mash-up potential. Lee Perry vocal snips grace the flip side. What's not to like?!

                                                  Flammer Dance Band

                                                  Mer / Holder Rytme

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

                                                  Louis Vuitton Creative Director, Off-White Founder and DJ, Virgil Abloh, remixes Michael Kiwanuka’s "Solid Ground" into a crowd pleasing, jazzy DnB smasher with maximum radio potential! It's a classic formular executed to the letter by Abloh, complete with breathless drops, advanced bass plumes and incredible drum programming. Yes selectah! 

                                                  Earlier this year, Abloh selected "Solid Ground" to introduce his Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2020 Paris Fashion Week Show, and has extended his appreciation of the track with the remix. One sprawling epic for the club, one night n tight, succinct version to tease the radio listeners. Truly great stuff, reminds me of late nineties jazz-n-breaks but brought right up to date. Inside! 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: Jazz-n-breaks business from Abloh whose intimidatingly cool credentials allow him to do whatever the fuck he pleases with Kiwanuka's humongous crossover soul hit.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Ltd 10" Info: Limited gold vinyl 10"

                                                  Emotional Rescue completes the reissues of International Noise Orchestra with a final 6 track EP celebrating this true multi cultural project that takes elements of Afro, Balearic, Dub, Indian, Jazz, Soul and a touch of Pop in a global fusion.

                                                  The switch between pop and heavy drum jamming is showcased on opener, as the band take Lennon & McCartney's Come Together and create a club meets Arabic mix. Pre-dating the post-Acid House "World Dance" years, Richard Strange returns with his unique delivery over a percussion meets rock guitar love in.

                                                  Returning to the band's earlier Internationales Gerauschorchester incarnation, the soft piano opening of Vit Quai Non from their 1983 debut, gives way to Wolgang's climbing solo acoustics alongside Joel Allouche's masterful tabla.

                                                  Savage Progress's Glynnis Thomas returns with her distinctive vocals over one-drop drumming for the encompassing title track, Marching In Time, before returning to their debut and the overlapping drum solos of Bum Bum Krach.

                                                  To close, the band revisit their signature shuffle, a now languid Groovin Up Slowly is delivered as some leftfield Japanese Gagaku solo. All Will Be Changed sees Richard Strange close with a fitting mantra to this 80s MIDI pop meets avant-garde artistry finale. Listen!!"

                                                  Soft Cell

                                                  Cruelty Without Beauty (2020 Extended Mixes)

                                                  Soft Cell’s 2002 reunion album ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’ gets an official reissue this week, along with this mega 12" of new remixes.

                                                  Long regarded by many fans as an overlooked masterpiece, the album features a lyrical outlook that was as true to Soft Cell’s maturity and perspective back in 2002 as it is relevant and accurate to the world situation in 2020. Harshly honest, fatalistic and bleakly humorous, Cruelty Without Beauty also preserves the band’s highly distinctive and edgy sound, and stands alongside their greatest work.

                                                  This white vinyl 12” features new updated 2020 mixes of Monoculture, Together Alone, Darker Times, Last Chance and more.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Coloured 12" Info: Pressed on white vinyl, in clear plastic sleeve.

                                                  Laura Groves

                                                  A Private Road

                                                    Of the 6-track EP Groves says: “This record, made mostly on my own, became both a channel for the expression of an inner world and an imagined soundtrack to my physical journeys through the city. It is rooted in the stories, atmospheres, mistakes and wrong turns, desires and layers of meaning that run through and play out in the landscapes we inhabit. The songs are snapshots of late night journeys across the river, the sparks of love that transform us and keep us going, the dead ends that the mind can lead us down, the erotic; the visible and invisible places we pass through as they merge and are erased and overwritten. The ability and opportunity to create and connect through music is a gift and I’m so happy to be able to share these new explorations with you.”

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    12" includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                    Bettye Swann

                                                    When The Game Is Played On You / Kiss My Love Goodbye

                                                      Off the back of their stunning reissue of Minnie Riperton – Les Fleur / Oh By The Way, Selectors Series hit you with a 7 inch reissue of two straight from the heart, Philly Soul gems by none other than Bettye Swann.

                                                      Released on Atlantic Records in 1974 on separate 7 inch’s, the A side houses ‘When the Game Is Played on You’ a quintessential soul number with a bold and passionate message that Swann’s exquisite voice effortlessly delivers. “How does it feel baby, when the game is played on you”... payback of the sweetest kind.

                                                      Flip it over to find the smooth, soulful ‘Kiss My Love Goodbye’, a Spinners-esque track with stirring vocals that hit the heartstrings from the off.

                                                      Tim Burgess

                                                      Ascent Of The Ascended EP

                                                        This 6-track EP contains two superb new tracks, “Yours. To Be”, and “The Ascent Of The Ascended”, recorded soon after the album was finished, as well as four tracks recorded in New York City back in March as a live session for Paste magazine. Three of the tracks are from I Love The New Sky alongside a new version of The Charlatan’s classic ‘The Only One I Know’.

                                                        Of the lead track, “Yours. To Be”, Burgess says: “At the tail end of the glory of the night before - with all the hope and beauty that the following morning brings. Away from the glare of the party - like the calm after the storm has left town. It’s a feeling that’s so pure and uncluttered. It’s around a while, then real life starts to creep back in. It’s all about making the most of moments as they are happening .”  

                                                        Burgess goes on to say: “There was an energy that came from recording the album with such a brilliant band - I didn’t want it to end, I wanted to record a bit of a magnum opus, which is where Ascent of the Ascended came in. I’d always wanted to work with Charles Hayward from This Heat, so we have him a ring and he said yeah. With “Yours. To Be” being almost like an instant feeling you get in a moment, very rarely in your life - the two songs are so different but they somehow complement each other. So an EP was the perfect idea.”

                                                        “We had so many plans for playing live this year - from South by Southwest to Glastonbury and everything in between. But that wasn’t to be. We played four shows in New York before lockdown happened - so our session for Paste Magazine was such a rare event, we’ve included the songs to complete the EP.”

                                                        For the latest in their series of reissues from the vaults of Noel "King Sporty" Williams' Konduko label, Emotional Rescue has decided to offer up a fresh pressing of the producer's sought-after Miami Funk favourite 'Shoot From The Hip'. Recorded with regular collaborator Bobby Caldwell and featuring KC & The Sunshine Band's Robert Johnson on drums, the track is a sweltering example of boogie-era Miami funk smoothness that comes laden with snaking sax solos, sweltering horn refrains and a killer groove. It comes backed by Williams' instrumental version and a brand new 'Discomix' from re-edit fiends Diesel and Dave Jarvis. Their version smartly takes the best bits from both versions, extending key sections to transform the cut into a near nine-minute dancefloor workout.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: I absolutely love King Sporty, so this trip through the archives on ERC has been a total grin-a-thon thus far. On this 12" the label let loose with the smooth, slinky and irresistible disco groove of "Shoot From The Hip", complete with a tasty extension from Diesel & Jarvis. Buy on sight!


                                                        Shigomase / Koshana

                                                        Hot on the heels of Afrosynth's reissue of "I Need Some Money", we're back in the company of Chicco - this time reissued through Rush Hour's in-house imprint. This time round we're faced with two floor fillers from the South African's '89 LP "Thina Sizwe Esimnyama", both shaking their tail feather at that excellent intersection between house, bubblegum, boogie and synth pop. 
                                                        On the A-side "Shigomase" fuses the dubby disco energy of the Peech Boys with some decidedly tropical synthlines, swelling into a sultry stomper once Chicco's vocals take centre stage. On the B-side, "Koshana" switches the rhythm up and leans into the synth sparkle for an unmistakably South African flavour.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: Tasty tackle this on a late 80s SA tip. Both tracks slay for the proto house crew, but I think it's the tropical sleaze of "Shigomase" on the A-side which wins out for me.

                                                        Herb LF’s legacy in the garage scene is immense. With his work retaining class and style over more than twenty years. He returns to this integral spirit and provides International Extraterrestrial Music with their debut record - a two-part dancefloor orientated EP. On the A-side, Helicopter money slips and pulses between powerful pads and expertly crafted drum patterns, commanding instinctive movements in a club. On the flip, Payday provides a concoction of nostalgia and forward-thinking garage spirit, a result that is suitable for any rascal to dance it out both in the club or sat on the sofa

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: Intelligent and sophisticated two-step that'll appeal to the classier end of the spectrum a la Zed Bias, El-B etc.

                                                        The ever-prolific Ed Upton aka DMX Krew is up next on Utter with 'Turn It On', a four-track EP of Level 42 cover versions. Yes, you read that right... as if 2020 couldn't get any stranger!

                                                        This is no exercise in irony though. This record is a true labour of love for Ed, a sincere tribute to a band he adored as a youngster. The original Level 42 tracks he has covered - 'Turn It On', 'Love Games' and '43' - all appeared on their acclaimed self-titled debut album way back in 1981, which also featured the talents of a young Wally Badarou and Atmosfear's Leroy Williams.

                                                        Ed has stayed faithful to the tracks' excellent arrangements, swapping out live instruments for drum machines and synths, vocals for vocoders.

                                                        The result is a record that retains the original material's brit-funk charm but with that unmistakable DMX Krew electro-funk and boogie flavour. It breathes new life into these classic tracks without deviating from what made them so catchy and fun in the first place. We hope they put a smile on your face too.

                                                        Limited 12" in fluorescent green sleeve.
                                                        Dedicated to Rowland 'Boon' Gould (1955-2019).

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: Brit-funk and / or LSD aficionados have plenty of rejoice here as acid legend Ed DMX covers the amazing UK outfit Level 42.

                                                        The 3rd part (of 4) collating the music of International Noise Orchestra, Marching In Time 3 again highlights the breath of music this mainly studio project presented between 1987 and 1991.

                                                        Starting with The Atlantic Swimmer, Richard Strange leads with his ubiquitous punk poet delivery across pure late0s Balearics. Out on his own, sport or ambition, all atop strident guitar, one drop; funk drum and bass interplay.

                                                        The global music anthem Far Away is the first of 3 tracks by alias Internationales Gerauschorchester. Flowing like street soul remixes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as Rama Mani's vocals envelop and rise above the syncopation meets world love.

                                                        On the flip, the band shows their rock roots of Gimme More Lovin'. The vocal sees Strange in tandem with founders the Gemini Brothers behind the desk, as Ulrich on keys and Wolfgang on guitar let it all swing.

                                                        Finally, when you have a floating ensemble featuring master percussionists from the Indian sub-continent in Ramesh Shotham, R. A. Rajagopal, T. A. S. Man and T. N. Shashikumar then I Speak Your Body Electric with it's hazy, cosmic mid-tempo lure and the closing instrumental of eastern melodics of Veena Via Video, all ends in perfection.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: Volume 3 of ERC's INO retrospective lands, showcasing the hyperactive brilliance of the group to the fullest. Cosmic rock, Fairlight funk, DX7 fusion, Konnakol dub and sitar drama all tumble together in the INO mixing bowl!

                                                        Dutch producer Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt needs little introduction unless you’ve spent the past two decades buried beneath a Mont Blanc avalanche. His enormous collection of synthesizers, as well as his unwavering love for analogue production tools, justifiably places him in the synth music Hall of Fame. Since releasing his first material in the early 1990s, Legowelt has incessantly produced music and continues to display seemingly limitless creativity. As a result he has built an unparalleled discography that also includes an assortment of artist aliases.

                                                        Legowelt’s new EP ‘System Shapeshift’, is released on Lapsus sub label C.E.E. - specializing in more club-oriented sounds. The label returns to action after a two-year hiatus, during which time its intrepid explorers failed twice to scale the dizzy heights of Nanga Parbat. Now back at sea level C.E.E.’s head honchos have confirmed the release of Legowelt’s new five-track EP, bursting at the seams with 30 minutes of unrelenting old-school techno, synth house and snaking electro bathed in pure acid. The EP is a genuine time bomb, ideal for the most discerning of electronic music lovers.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: Like that naughty younger sibling thudding away in the bedroom next door; Wolfer's unrelenting occupation of the electronic music scene is a comforting presence in this time of chaos...

                                                        Bis Repetita, the retour of "doigté" - Counting on the fingers leads us to the "Index", displaying the non exhaustive list of sonic bits used on twenty years of Pepe’s phonograms. To Dance or not to Dance that is probably not the question, but definitely the answer to the A Side. Vice Versa, the B side whispers "Ur Host" : an army of electronic arpeggios welcoming an atmospheric cure for after hours, introducing "Pitcher" not the carnivorous plant but the friendly musical path to the strike zone; "Danske*Mansus", a refreshing retro futuristic techno-ball, housing ardent grooves and cold sweats. Wandering our way out to sync and lock this second chapter, "Inter-Oger" fades to esoteric dreamscapes. Please enjoy this index of coordinated sequences and chopped waveforms!

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: Pepe B throws it down in vintage mode here, pairing the filter funk thump of the A-side with a quartet of B-side bits including the utterly spacey "Ur Host" and super squirmy "Pitcher".

                                                        The eighteenth release on Second Circle is the label's second exploration into an artists archival works; this time presenting a selection of four early tracks by theatre, film and music producer Can Oral under his Khan alias.

                                                        Can moved to Williamsburg, New York in the early 90's along with good friend and fellow musician Jimi Tenor. Born in Germany of Turkish-Finnish parents, he would frantically start buying equipment (such as a TR808, TB303 and Korg Polysix) from junk shops across New York, becoming greatly prolific in his recordings which he would work on throughout the night. During the daytime though, Can set up and ran the now defunct Temple Records, a seminal Soho record store, and later label, largely importing Techno and Acid from Europe. Though a small store, Temple Records would count musicians and DJs such as Björk, Tricky, Dee-Lite, Josh Wink and Joey Beltram among its regular customers. Also he would host many such guests to play live or DJ at his weekly Techno party “Killer” which was held at Save The Robots in New York’s East Village.

                                                        Can Oral's nightly studio sessions eventually led to an almost inexhaustible discography with over a dozen monikers each representing a different aspect of his productions. SC018 focuses then on his early electronic works as Khan.

                                                        Named after the color painted studio where the EP was produced between 1993-1996, 'Blue Box Sessions' is a collection of four analogue machine driven cuts, covering different tempos and ethos within electronic music. Initially live recorded to an old DAT recorder, and without any overdubs, SC018 is a lost and found artefact to Khan's unquestioned raw talent and timeless relevance.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: Restrained, simmering acid-dub-electronix; you'd never guess this was recorded 25 years ago! Well good.


                                                        Dunkirk / Muted Gold

                                                          This is part of a subscription service and wasn't intended for retail sale.

                                                          Limited edition 7 inch single taken from the band's debut album Fad

                                                          ("An excellent example of how a debut should be done" - DIY Magazine // "Seriously exciting debut" - Irish Times // "An exciting new band, who have showcased a diverse range of memorable yet tongue-in-cheek songs." - Clash Magazine)..

                                                          Eden Burns

                                                          Big Beat Manifesto Vol. I

                                                            Lemme light the beacon folks - red hot Public Possession tackle in the most limited quality here. Eden Burns goes IN on the first volume of the Big Beat Manifesto series, lacing the A1 with a simply irresistible bit of dancefloor wiggle for the house heads. Just on the right side of the handbag demarcation, this has HUGE crossover potential. Things get weirder and wigger on the terse, techy and trashy "Robokinky" before the B1 brings the full force pump of "Big Bark Manifesto" a progressive house workout with some nice dubby idents. "A Far Way To Fall" offers the emotive, ambient cool down in frankly beatific fashion. Limited Vinyl Edition of 100. Collect them all!

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            says: We remain right on the cusp of the trance revival, and Eden Burns is on hand to future proof your battle bag. For those unwilling to take that plunge, check out the huge crossover house hit on the A1.

                                                            The latest featured editor to contribute to Magic Wand's Special Editions series is former Public Possession regular - and recent Internasjonal signing - Anton Klint. As you'd perhaps expect, the tracks he's chosen to rework tend towards the eccentric and more crate-digging end of the Balearic spectrum. For proof, check the slip-sliding fretless bass, bubbly drum machine rhythms and AOR-goes-synth-pop vibes of opener 'Rain', the sax-laden, mid-80s AM radio goodness of 'Special O', and the lolloping, late night soft rock-meets-reggae pop brilliance of 'Marie'. Best of all though is 'Full Dose of Love', an extra-percussive, delay-laden chunk of undulating dub that's just crying out to be played loud at sunset.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            says: If you ain't up on Anton from his dubby delights on Public Possession, then perhaps you'll be aware of those Tryck & Ton edits a couple of years back. Though split from his T&T buddy Edvin Edvinsson here, AK keeps on moving in the same style, delivering a quartet of A-grade Balearic cuts - deeply dug and neatly arranged. On the menu, pitched down marimba pop, jazzy boogie, fireside dub and a sunset serenade.

                                                            Luar Domatrix

                                                            Baia Stamina

                                                              Luar Domatrix (Rudi Brito) is perhaps more recognizable as half of the artsy-duo Yong Yong that emerged in 2012. After a long season spent in Glasgow, and with editions by Naivety (Naive’s sublabel of Inês Coutinho aka Violet) , Sucata Tapes (Discrepant) and with a track inserted in a VA from 12th Isle, comes back to Lisbon (his hometown) clearly soaked by the sounds of the Scottish industrial center.

                                                              “Baía Stamina”, produced in Glasgow, is strongly inspired by the local club scene and evokes the utopia of a heavenly bay somewhere in Italy. Although always looking to bend the barriers of that “squarish” side of dance music, “Baía Stamina” is a dance record. It starts with “Bo Teias”, a track full of percussive elements and unusual sound effects that presents itself as a hymn of the “Baía Stamina” - pure boilling energy. “Take” is the least functional theme on the record. Metal percussion layers are overlapped over a string, creating a certain unrest and discomfort. A vocal incites consumption ("Take, Take, Take") to the point that a pad clears the way for liberation creating a more relaxing and dreamy ambience.

                                                              Closing the A side “Bo Teias” gets a remix from the Glasgow duo General Ludd, with whom Rudi used to live. In this version, and as the name implies, “Bo Teias (Gen Ludd Disco Problem Remix)” moves the focus away from the dance floor, ands transforms itself into a rhythmic exploration over the void, punctuated by some recognizable elements. “Outra Face” is a track made to blow up soundsystems! Anchored in distortion and in a broken beat led by the kick of the infamous TR-808 there is an almost epic vibe to it, that shows the confidence that Rudi Brito has acquired in his relaxed production style. “Heavven” closes the record in a completely British tone. The soulful vocal reminiscent of some garage tracks, echoes Bristol production and a time when dubstep producers decided to lower their bpms to something closer to the house. Without ever rushing the theme moves through different sonic landscapes and electronic glitches until a Portuguese voice announces “Acabou-se a brincadeira” (“Playtime is over”). This is peaktime; it's time to go dancing.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              says: Mad styles from Lisbon via Glasgow. This is bonkers! and, really, really good. Bit tribal, bit dusty, bit Shit & Shine, bit Ron Hardy at his most PCP-fuelled. In other words totally batshit but essential leftfield dance music!

                                                              You know it's gonna be your day when a new Disco Hamam lands in your lap! For the sixth edition of the delectable, collectable series, the label line up Hotaru, Red Lebanese and Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Raa for a quartet of leftfield edits on the Balearic / cosmic end of the scale. 
                                                              For the opener, Hotaru extends and expands upon Sapho's '84 single "Train De Paris", using the vocal and instrumental side of the 7" to create an infectious disco-not-disco groover with bursts of brass, metallic percussion and vocals francaise. Next up, Red Lebanese put their own spin on Cyril & Les Mediterranéennes ‎88 jam 'Couscous Party'. If (like me) you dig on kinda absurd Euro-pop with a Middle Eastern flavour, but (unlike me) don't have Plastic Bamboo sending you digging doubles, you can solve a lot of your problems with this A2.
                                                              Flip it and f-f-f-eel the force of "Fekete" and "Salaam Sholay" a pair of razor sharp, bass boosted electro-breakers from Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Raa. Menacing basslines and neck snapping percussion pack the dancefloor, but there's a palpable sense of silliness which keeps things from getting too serious.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              says: This is fucking aaaace! Thanks to my man in Saint-Ouen I'm a proud owner of the A2 OG here, but Hotaru's edit of Sapho still makes me wanna buy this release twice. Then there's those two trippy electro cuts on the flip to contend with - ace!


                                                              Jam Alley / Bafana Bafana

                                                              By 1995 Kwaito was already a well established and distinguishable sound compared to the International House Remixes that preceded. The tempo was slowed down, Soulful vocal samples were replaced by catchy and repetitive hooks and versus sang in vernacular. The new hit sound had a template and studios worked around the clock to pump fresh releases into the demanding market.

                                                              After the successful 1995 release of Import mixes Vol 4, The Groove City team behind the productions now decided to venture into the territory of Mid Tempo. They would craft an album for a young frontman with the help of Kwaito pioneer Oscar Warona, and without much trouble, the team had their first hit on their hands. Filling the boots of their cars with copies of the cassettes and taking the stock to various townships around Johannesburg the tape quickly circulated and sold out every new batch that was printed. Demand was high for the release but as with much of the music at the time, the fast paced demand for the music moved on. Without a follow up release Scotch failed to ride the momentum built by the debut and remained largely unknown although he is still in the music industry to this day.

                                                              Even with their first artist release being a success, the following years proved more difficult in reaching such a large audience for the Kaleidosound studio. With popularity for the genre growing, the simple templates for early classics were changing as Kwaito fused with hip hop. Rapping took over as the preferred vocals for the masses. Mysterious production teams and labels that served as guides for music lovers were eclipsed by frontmen and groups that could draw crowds. The fight for fresh sounds continued as the airwaves became the main battleground for artists and the more club oriented music was pushed back underground, eventually evolving into some of the earliest examples of Deep House seen on the continent. The Kaleidosound production team would finally strike gold again in 1997 when reviving Groove City for vol. 5 which acted as the debut for the newly formed group Chiskop. The group would become superstars of the new commercial era that followed, sparking solo careers for the members and creating some of the biggest hits the genre knew.

                                                              To this day Scotch remains one of the best albums to come out of the golden era of Kwaito. Although it was outperformed by other groups from the time it has a special place for those who knew it and can still be found as a treasured piece in many collections. The various people involved created a one off fusion of sound that has remained fresh for 25 years. Playful lyrics over floaty grooves resulted in favourites like “Jam Alley” which uses catch phrases from the beloved TV show and “Bafana Bafana” guaranteed to get the boys on the dance floor. Here you have these two tracks taken from the album pressed on a club ready Maxi Single for the Deejays

                                                              Sleaford Mods

                                                              Mork N Mindy (Ft. Billy Nomates)

                                                                Mork n Mindy is the first track from Sleaford’s forthcoming new studio album, following their Top 10 hits & rarities collection, All That Glue & phenomenal global live stream from London’s 100 Club. It features acclaimed British singer Billy Nomates and premieres on Seth Myers TV show in US in Oct. Full of incendiary vim, vigour, attitude & observation, it sees Sleaford’s expanding their sonic palette, adding poppy touches courtesy of Nomates vocals and additional textures to their searing electronics.

                                                                "Mork n Mindy is the sound of the central heating and the dying smells of Sunday dinner in a house on an estate in 1982. Concrete, dinted garages, nicotine. Where beauty mainly exists in small cracks on the shell of your imagination. Captured perfectly in Ben Wheatley’s video for the song." - Jason (Sleaford Mods)

                                                                The B-side features an instrumental by Andrew Fearn.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Ltd 7" Info: Indies only clear vinyl 7" limited to 1000 copies.

                                                                Sascha Funke / Niklas Wandt

                                                                Kreidekreis - Inc. Alexander Arpeggio / Whodamanny Remixes

                                                                Follow-up EP for Multi Culti from this Berlin duo merging sleek Krautrock influences, decades long production experience, jazz-percussion chops and funky German vocals.

                                                                ‘Kometenschweif’ will sound the most familiar to fans of Sascha Funke’s club-ready tracks, with percussive and vocal flourishes from Niklas Wandt. ‘Kreidekreis’ takes the tempo down while ramping up the trippiness, a circular journey into funk bass, synth prog, and again, a percussion masterclass.

                                                                Finally, ‘Weg Vom Leder’ sounds like a lost Falco tune, brought up to date. On the remix side, Alexander Arpeggio somehow manages to swing ‘Kreidekreis’ into a digital reggae slowburner, while Whodamanny turns Kometenschweif toward indie-kraut-wave bop.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                says: My favourite percussive piss-taker gets back in the ring with Sascha Funke for a very German edition of the oddball house / shamanic electronics experience. Post kraut hypnotism, commune funk and NDW chuggers on the OGs, while Alex Arpeggio and Whodamanny embrace the cosmic and leather clad on their remixes.

                                                                Battles, New York City’s preeminent experimental rock duo, drop a slick 12” of remixes from DJ Dairy & DJ Orient (black midi), Delroy Edwards, Shed, and DJ Nigga Fox.  The release sees the aforementioned artists using an array of sounds from across the spectrum of Battles’ latest LP "Juice B Crypts", released late last year. In utilizing the wide array of sounds, the remixers have created work that is not singularly indebted to one song or another, rather inspired by the sonic world of the album and serving as an extension of it. The remixers have utilized this creative freedom to the fullest, delivering a collection of songs that occupy distinctly different spaces of the electronic music landscape while retaining a shared connectivity to the original work. 4 uniquely individual remixes, remixing one of the uniquely individual bands of the new millennium, tied together by experimental spirit and a shared musical perspective. 

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                says: One of Warp's highly celebrated acts of late hauls in an imperative who's who of electronic music talent. A hype-list rightly deserved of their cult statuses - not a single one disappoints.

                                                                Originally self-released in 2016 and picked up by DJs such as Theo Parrish and Mr Scruff, ‘Walrus’ has achieved cult status among fans and shows the beginnings of Emma’s journey through her early experiments in fusing the brass-band sounds of her youth with psychedelic jazz grooves, establishing her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians whose ambitions go far beyond narrow genre tags. It's no wonder two of Detroit and Manchester's most prolific outsider artists dug this girl - she's freakishly excellent! If you've a penchant for Moon Dog and Sun Ra you simply gotta get this down your ears pronto! Languishing in dissonance and awkward meter, melodies do occassionally permeate through the madness; and there's a slouchy, stoned, carefree atttitude to the piece which actually makes it a lot more enjoyable to listen to than one might expect! A leftfield masterpiece. 

                                                                Emma-Jean Thackray

                                                                Ley Lines

                                                                As a musician, composer, singer, producer and DJ, Emma wrote, recorded and played every note on the "Ley Lines" EP. Originally released in 2018 in a limited run of 500 copies, which flew off the shelves and became an instant classic.

                                                                "Ley Lines" was championed by DJs including Gilles Peterson and Jamie Cullum and earned Emma-Jean Thackray a nomination for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year at Jazz FM Awards and Jazz Album Of The Year at WorldWide Awards in 2019. It shines out as an unhurried, slightly melancholy body of work that feels a natural product of both its author and geography.Thackray's nuanced and highly expressive trumpeteering the work of true genuis - able to convey messages and emotions effortlessly. 

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                Dave Lee Presents 30 Years Of Z Records EP 5

                                                                Part five in a series of 12” vinyl EP’s celebrating 30 years of Z Records and the legendary Dave Lee. Featuring sought-after tracks and remixes by, Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Loose Change & Gwen Guthrie.

                                                                First up the funk fuelled boogie of ‘Stomp Your Feet’ gets a more hypnotic nu disco groove flip from the ever dependable, super talented Hot Toddy delivering a mix that builds and builds. Following that, one of THE best dancefloor tracks of all time, Loose Change ‘Straight From The Heart’ gets the rework treatment from Joey Negro, elevating it even further into stratospheric, peak party anthem territory.

                                                                Flip it over to find Dennis Ferrer taking on the sophisticated disco of The Sunburst Band ‘Journey To The Sun’, turning it into a deep but powerful bass heavy groove with techy stabbing synths under those dreamy vocals. Finally, closing out the package a trademark Joey Negro remix of the classic Gwen Guthrie - What A Life that’s sure-fire feel good power.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                says: Well known crowd pleasers given a fresh make over by Dave Lee and co. - what's not to like?! These versions are equal to the originals, if not more suited for extended dancefloor enjoy, so can be enjoyed with fresh ears even if you know them inside out.

                                                                PVA are a new genre-melding 3-piece from London’s Brixton Windmill / Speedy Wunderground scene consisting of Josh Baxter, Ella Harris and Louis Satchell. They are the exciting new signing to the Big Dada roster with new EP ‘Toner’.

                                                                With influences across the musical spectrum, their music traverses a fistful of genres, throughout rapturous live sets. Incorporating techno landscaped Balearic euphoria and industrial miasma within the same songs, the band’s unique energy combines with blocky synths, deadpan vocals and motorik drum loops to earmark the group as one of the capital’s foremost new bands.

                                                                The EP is produced by Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Squid, Black Midi).

                                                                The EP also features remixes from Mura Masa, an early fan of the trio, Lynks and Daniel Fox of Girl Band. Remixes by INK (of Squid) and DJ Dairy to follow in 2021.

                                                                PVA initially formed in the aftermath of a house party in 2018 and have since earned a fearsome reputation as one of the capital’s premier live outfits, garnering hardcore support before even setting foot inside a studio.

                                                                The band have headlined The Windmill in Brixton with regular shows at The Five Bells and the Bunker in Deptford, defining PVA as a big part of the local music community in their early career. Support slots have included Franc Moody, A Certain Ratio, HMLTD, The Orielles, Dry Cleaning, Black Midi and Squid. They have played an enormous string of festivals in the UK and Europe, including Great Escape, Wide Awake, Visions, Valkhof, End Of The Road, Bluedot, Midi, Visions, Noroeste, Sur Le Lac, Into The Great Wide Open, Fuzz Club, Manchester Psych Fest and Sonic City Festival.

                                                                For fans of Black Midi, Squid, Working Men's Club, Black Country, New Road, LCD Soundsystem. 

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                says: Swarve, urgent electro-indie-dance here from a group who certainly seem to know their onions. It's been a while since anyone gave The Juan Maclean and LCD a run for their money, but I believe these could well do it!

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                12" Info: 140g black vinyl in printed card inner sleeve inside a 3mm spine printed sleeve. Digital download code included.

                                                                For RE:WARM 004 the label heads to South Africa to welcome the amazing band, The Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are comprised of Donald Mbowane, Albinus Sobekwa, Elias Sekete and Philip Marokoane. However over the years there were a number of variations in the band. They released a number of singles and EP’s throughout the 1970’s on RPM and Buffalo but they finally released their greatest hits in 1978 on Buffalo. It’s from the greatest hits which was produced by Thomas J. Masingi that RE:WARM have selected three wonderful tracks that show off the band’s phenomenal talent. The hugely sought after track “Sea Waves” will take over the A side with “Brother” and “She’s Got To Know It Well” on the flip.

                                                                Django Django

                                                                Glowing In The Dark - Limited 10" Single

                                                                  Ultra limited 10" single.

                                                                  PVC Sleeve with neon paper stock.

                                                                  Mal Blum

                                                                  Nobody Waits B/w San Cristobal

                                                                    Once dubbed “punk’s greatest hidden treasure” by Stereogum, Mal Blum writes cleverly craftedsongs that are as self-eacing as they are viscerally relatable. Following on from 2019’s Pity BoyLP, a brand new 7”, to be released via Saddle Creek’s Document Series*, is the last thing they recorded with their band before hunkering down to wait out the pandemic.

                                                                    Recorded in drummer Ricardo Lagomasino’s basement in Maine, months before coronavirus wasa word in our collective periphery, these two new songs are embellished by the band’s time there. In between takes, Barrett padded the hardwood in his slippers. Audrey xed herself lunch in the kitchen. Ricardo’s wife, Meg, was pregnant at the time but she said she didn’t mind thenoise that drifted up to the living room. The house felt brimming with possibility.

                                                                    “Since then, my associations of home have changed,” Mal says. “In recent months, in quarantine, I only write and record songs by myself. Listening back, this seven-inch feels like a relic. An old photograph of a weekend spent idly with my bandmates years ago, though it was only a few months. Spending the weekend together felt like a reprieve. Home is a respite. It doesn’t have to be yours.”

                                                                    Lead track “Nobody Waits” is a song about patience, rejection, loneliness, love, depression, andacceptance. The possibility that we may never meet somebody who is willing to embrace everypart of us. The song posits that being loved is an impossible, Sisyphean task, akin to leaving something burning in the oven in a house where there is no entry way.“San Cristobal” is a song that was written almost a decade ago. It’s about escapism, traveling, andgoing long distances to try to leave yourself behind, only to nd another impossible task. This new version was re-recorded with a band arrangement.

                                                                    “My voice had just begun changing from testosterone,” Mal says of the new version. “I had to relearn how to sing it. By the time this comesout, more will have changed, be changing, still.”

                                                                    “Fourteen Years” is the first of three 10”s comprising Charlotte Courbe’s third album. It marks her return to Honest Jon’s after two decades. Recently, Charlotte joined Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, singing and playing scissors. Her recording “Born To Lie” featured prominently in the TV series Killing Eve. Spotify has just voted her track “Rusty” amongst the best of the last decade. After a cancer diagnosis last year, Charlotte felt the urge to produce and release new music. ‘It became like a vital thing.’ “MRI Song” and “Planet Ping Pong” were recorded during chemotherapy. “Mind Contorted” is a duet with Terry Hall, also featuring Terry’s son Theodore, and Noel Gallagher on guitars, in a cover of Daniel Johnston. The song “Fourteen Years” is the oldest inclusion. Meant for LVC’s second album “I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me” it announces a fresh, freer direction. The sleeve exclusively presents new work by the celebrated English artist John Stezaker, in the first of a triptych. This EP is laced with surprise and subversiveness. Its refreshing candour sets it apart. It’s a unique, compelling listen.

                                                                    Mushrooming into Red Laser Corp's continuing & stringent program of providing the best modern Manctalo (TM) and related flavours, Luca Dell'Orso follows up his taster session on Red Laser EP9 (RL28) with a fully realised solo EP.

                                                                    Based in Holland and obviously taking in the might of European dance influences that surround him, 'A New Paradigm' spawns a new natural genome, between Italo disco, Belgium new beat and our own, homegrown synth jizz that we've championed from the start. In short, rickety old drum boxes jostle with that favoured analogue machinery that powers all the big bombs from our infamous discotheque!

                                                                    Hammered to death off Pharaoh Brunson's battered stix, the tracks here were snowballing on dancefloors so much before lockdown, the .wav was actually starting to see some binary wear and tear, so we chivvied along the pressing plants to get it on wax pronto; and despite much of our beloved industry suffering setbacks and turmoil at the moment, we've managed to beam it down to your decks just in the nick of time. Get in!

                                                                    A wild obsession with big gated drums, jagged arps and darkly vocodered vox characterizes the EP; with moods veering from all-out, popper-huffing nihilism into star-gazing wanderlust with spontaneous combustions of nearby neutron stars thrown in for good measure.
                                                                    Four tracks that epitomise our label's musical agenda: rugged and rumbly, charged and electric. Kinetic and mad functional, nocturnal body music with a head full of nitrates and a coital throb down under.
                                                                    It should find perfect habitat at any late nite dance n drug den once we're allowed to get up close, sweaty and start reaching for the red lasers again...

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    says: Yup, the beloved Red Laser seeing off the tumultuous 2020 with a salvo of top drawer hits. This MCR flagship has kept the dancefloor flame lit during club closures - coming in yer livestreams and peppering up your zoom dances with nothing but high grade Manctalo mayhem. Yes cru!


                                                                    Dreams On 22

                                                                      Sincere, sarcastic and unassumingly seminal: Glasgow's answer to Basic Channel, Southside's answer to Pub and Sandy's answer to those endless afters. 2s on the balcony and runs to the shop. An ode to the skyline; a symphony for the local legends; a tapestry of downtempo dreamscapes - from Shawlands to Neukölln and the world beyond. A warm dose of future-proof emotion. Strap in, this is one for heads, the lovers and all those along the way. Welcome to the layer cake son. Forever yours, Dream_E.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      says: Advanced electronica that stops you dead in your tracks. Unfathomably intricate, yet retaining that all important emotional edge, music for dreams? And the rest... So good it hurts.


                                                                      Chip On Fire / Jojo's Skank

                                                                      Two heavily dub-encrypted data packages by disrupt, retrieved from Jahtari deep storage and transferred to 7″ floppy disk for the very first time.
                                                                      On side A 'Chip on Fire', a 2005 favourite, mutates through it’s dramtic arc with hypnotic bass pressure, exploding psycho-synths and CPU-straining mind bender moments until reaching an intense conclusion. 'Jojo’s Skank', the desperate battle against a merciless metronome on side B, gives a nod to the immortal ‘Monkey Island’ adventure game soundtracks by Michael Z. Land (1990 / 91). For those who know…

                                                                      Highly limited with floppy disk artwork and spinning fantascope magic by Ellen G – C:\>ECHO not to be missed!

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      says: Original nu-digi-dub outfit Jahtari return with star player Disrupt. This pivotal UK label have been pushing their 8-bit dub sound for many years now and should be celebrated as a key component of the modern landscape.

                                                                      Hailing from St Petersburg, Sasha Balykova aka Errortica was graduated from music school. Always obsessed with learning and collecting music, she’s one of the most promising artists from russian buzzying electronic scene. On local pillar Test FM, she’s showcasing an impeccable taste and selection in her own Melomantica radio show by inviting artists from different horizons which allowed her to raise an evergrowing interest all over Europe. By delivering sophisticated podcasts on countless platforms, Errortica revealed her mixing ability. She performed for Boiler Room Vilnius in 2019 and has been invited to Dekmantel Festival 2020, showing evidence she’s just at the edge of a brilliant career. LYO is glad to present her inaugural vinyl debut with the “Safety Stowed EP” backed by a killer acid reinterpretation from Athens best Anatolian Weapons!


                                                                      Cherry Chocolate Chaud Vol. 2

                                                                        I fucking buzz off Loud-E! Arguably the most overlooked editor out there, the guys has been turning out wildly obscure Italo, cosmic and electro cuts for the past fifteen years and he still has bangers in his bag - just check this double header for some heat! 

                                                                        Back on Discos Capablanca, the Dutchman rolls his sleeves up and sets the club alight with the freestyle-meets-electro-meets Miami Vice sleazathon of "Cybernetic Ring", a tropical vocoder floor melter which packs the same punch as a hooterful of high grade Colombian. Flip it for high humidity of "Disco Valerio", one of those South American inspired Italo jams featuring some wild EQ abuse, VHS mastering and plenty of techno-tropical gurgle.

                                                                        On the quest for nonlinear grooves - pure, explorative, outsider rhythm jams from the Pretty Sneaky cartel. Wrapped in warmth, sentiment and serenity, I honestly didn't think purely percussive music could be this emotional! Nearly rendering me to tears at points, whilst other moments deliciously turn the cranium inside out; this is some of the most tantalizingly unique, tastefully executed experimental dance music we've heard all year!

                                                                        If you've enjoyed the delicate percussive vibrations from 12th Isle or Don't DJ, the electro-jazz of Max Graef and Employee or the lysergic soundscapes of Vakula, then this will be right up your street - don't sleep! 

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        says: Subtle and gently breath-taking in every way, I'm now feverishly trying to track down the five volumes that have preceded it. Ridiculously good!

                                                                        Metal is a collaborative endeavor between Bristol and London artists Jamie Paton and Mike Bourne of Cage & Aviary and Teeth Of The Sea, respectively. A shared love for modular synthesis brought the two together in 2018 for a series of improvised live performances and the tracks featured on this EP were born from rehearsals for those sessions. What draws ESP to this music is its paradigmatic nature. The tracks are exercises in improvisation yet there is a level of control in which the performance slowly comes alive. Jam sessions allow for artistic gratification, a freedom of form often at the expense of the listener, but when artists set forth exacting parameters, there grows an opportunity for alternate forms of fulfillment on both sides of the experience. As is typical among stylistic prototypes, a reduction of tools frees the artist to narrow their focus and explore more singular modes of performance. Jamie and Mike chose texture as a concept, namely Metal, and following the aforementioned methods, minimized their instrumentation toward the aesthetic representation of that element. Operating in a void without the convenience and advantages of the infinite tools we’re now accustomed to, they exhausted a short list of granular details, honing their concept to a fine point. Throughout these three iterations on the theme, we hear timbres that depict metal literally, but moreover we gain a view into the duo’s visceral attachment to its materiality, abstractions of its surfaces, and an overall transgression from conventional constructs of beauty. The idea is simple, designed with discipline to romanticize both the crudeness and elegance in one of Earth’s most industrious and enigmatic elements. Metal.

                                                                        More magic from AmsterDAAAAMN!!! here as Relmer International follows up that stomping debut 12" on Magnetron Music with another pair of electro-disco heaters. This is playing on the Testarossa radio in your most feverish coke dreams!

                                                                        On the A-side "Quasi Quasi" strikes a balance between the romping rhythm section of sequencer bass and snapping drum box, and the hazy euphoria of the arps and pads. It's a dreamy bit of peak time magic for the Italo heads and should play perfectly next to that new Luca Dell'Orso 12" on Red Laser. Flip it for "Gambol Theme" a more sparse and stripped back Italo jacker with a b-line to die for and laser guided lead lines. This is spaced out and trippy tackle in the great Euro-dance lineage which informed the early days of Chicago and Detroit.


                                                                        Hills Of Katmandu - Patrick Cowley & Jurgen Koppers Mixes

                                                                          Bologna born Italo Disco legend Celso Valli’s ‘Tantra’ project had one aim; to push the boundaries of disco! Released in 1979 in the vein of Cerrone and Giorgio Moroder, ‘Hills of Katmandu’ is a unique, progressive slice of classic Italo Disco. The pulsating ‘Moroder-on-steroids bassline’, menacing female vocal and warbling synths take you on a trippy disco journey. The track became a huge dancefloor anthem at legendary clubs such as The Loft and The Saint in New York and Baia Degli Angeli in Rimini.

                                                                          Originally available on vinyl in 1982 on San Francisco’s “Hot Classics” DJ Service”, Patrick Cowley’s “Original Underground Mix” is a work of pure genius that unleashes his skills on the synths and somehow manages to surpass the original.

                                                                          High Fashion Music have enrolled Ben Liebrand to restore all the original remix-tapes, managing to re-edit and adjust each and every nuance to perfection, taking away any and all flaws which appeared in the original and it’s acetates, so that it is now steady preserving the original Hi NRG sound.

                                                                          This is the first time this restored and upgraded version has been released.

                                                                          On the flip-side, there is the original 16’20 minutes version of the Jurgen Koppers mix, an extended re-edit of the original Celso Valli version, which appeared first on Disconet in 1979, and in the following year on the US (Importe/12) release of the “Tantra – the Double Album” longplayer.

                                                                          Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs


                                                                          Pretty mega collab here! All round badman Bonobo teams up with ultimate party starter Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to deliver a proper naughty floor burner. Paying homage to four decades of club culture, "Heartbreak" sees the duo nick Christine Wiltshire’s iconic vocal line “I can’t take the heartbreak” from the ‘83 disco anthem “Weekend” by Class Action and lay it over some tough 'ardcore breaks, '91 style. There's a whomping DnB bassline, filter house fx and maximum euphoria to be had in these four and a half minutes. Flip it for a similarly peng banger in the form of 6000 ft. Yes mate!

                                                                          Manchester's modern hit factory, Dansu Discs rosters in Australia’s DJ Life with his high energy, trance-indebted, "Hypersonic EP". Providing endorphin-rushing goodness from start to finish Life touches on pumping tech house, 90’s inspired trance (complete with slow down - speed up breakdown), and some wild, up-to-date sound design. Adam Pits throws sound a sick, hi-tek bass refix of "Whte Breaks" while Ciel accelerates "Steel" up to F Zero X levels of intensity. Mega stuff from label and artist - highly recommended!

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          says: Dansu Discs continue their end-of-year bull run with more market-crashing greatness from this new Australian signing. An essential addition to your sonic portfolio!

                                                                          DJ Slyngshot

                                                                          Workshop 29

                                                                            Mad tech-breaks from YAPPIN founder DJ Slyngshot on Workshop. A unique producer with a highly creative vision, Slyngshot works in the familiar frameworks of the dancefloor but injects vitality thru inventive drum programming, expert break manipulation, a keen ear for synthesis and thick, sticky mixdowns. His mixdowns especially are deserved of a special mention; as out-there as some of the sounds and rhythms are, they jel perfectly, a seamless swamp of cerebral and body-stimulating frequencies tailor made for maximum enjoyment on any hi-spec dancefloor.


                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            says: Meticulously engineered tek-breaks from a true wizard. Slyngshot was always gonna profer up his best shit to Workshop and he doesn't disappoint here with four tracks that'll make your head spin and feet move.


                                                                            Wake Me - Inc. Louie Vega & Joe Claussell Remix

                                                                              Vega Records chase any autumnal blues away with this gorgeous slice of soulful house from three pioneers of eclectic sounds.
                                                                              The ultra talented lead guitarist, composer, producer, Bluey and his brilliant band Incognito combine forces with Louie Vega & Joe Claussell on the new release, “Wake Me”. It’s a super soulful and jazzy interlude only two minutes or so long, an album track on “Tomorrow’s New Dream” released in 2019 by Incognito. Louie & Joe heard an extended rework in their minds and brought the interlude into a cosmic trip with effects, delays, and the soulful heavenly vocals of James Berkeley, with a driving, infectious beat taking you on an eight minute plus musical bliss. 

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              says: Louie Vega refuses to slow down as he matures - it feels like he's become even more prolific of late. Remixing Incognito & helped by the godlike hand of Joe Classell sounds like a match made in heaven right? Guess what - it is!


                                                                              3 Essays In Dance Music

                                                                                Still hot after his successful debut on Toytonics (garnering support from the likes of DJ Harvey, Fouk, Mark Farina, Llorca, Glimmers, Lobster Theremin & many more) mysterious MAGOU has decided to break free from label ties and go solo on this new EP, which features 3 nonetheless of major geniuses of our time. First off Umberto Eco, the renowned cultural critic and novelist, is featured on an acid disco number (here in a vinyl-only extended mix). On the flip side, legendary Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges tops the funkiest track of the century, period. Italian maestro Ennio Morricone is homaged on the 3rd track, which combines 303 sequences with cinematic choirs and Japanese city pop samples. This is all great but... who is hiding behind the name Magou?

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                says: We need a bit of feel-good, brainless party music at the moment. Cue, Magou, and this record which will unite everyone from yer grandma to your kid sister with its unadulterated dancefloor swagger.

                                                                                Three extra special tracks from Zmatsutsi, Tross & Houschyar on the Leeds-based imprint: Space Ritual.

                                                                                "Psychedelic Frogs Are Ok" takes cues from the current resurgence in 5-MEO-DMT and the Colorado River Toad; conjuring up a psychedelic sonic tapestry that transcends the planes of conciousness with extra-dimensional SFX and a richly transportative palette.

                                                                                Trosss' "Gallium" is the kinda wacked-out, smoked-out, loose groove that might grace a Light Sounds Dark compilation. Flanging bass, sloppy breaks and sweeping FX insistant on keeping us upright but by no means stable.

                                                                                Houschyar completes the collection with a gentle, electro-Balearic lullaby via the delicate plucked tones of "Einsteig". A dreamy fairytale that dissipates into the ether after nursing us into a relaxed slumber. Beautiful stuff.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                says: Tasty new Leeds imprint, Space Ritual return with more digital psychedelic ceremonial music for the toad lickers and mushroom hunters!

                                                                                The second of the new PY releases sees the return of VORDERHAUS. Familiar, longterm label favourites and solo offshoot project to Mark Vorderhaus’ Detox Twins groop. 

                                                                                In Mark’s own words; “From a simple past, Vorderhaus recollects a decade living in Neukölln, Berlin. Dimly lit urban streets unfold as a backdrop to reveal the lives they contain and their stories within. Tales of love and loss, carved out destinies and shadows that despair, of driven ambitions and broken dreams all eventually consumed by time and the city to be rendered nothing more than a series of lights and faces stretching back into Berlin’s recesses. Simple lines and motifs collect the atmosphere in the music and melody for each life and each street - nowhere is ever home…”

                                                                                Once again, we strongly recommend the 45 to all fans of early Mute, Fad Gadget, Blackwing Studios, Minimal synth / synth pop. A pressing of 250 copies and another brace of perfect electronic pop gems and sure to sell out super quick style….

                                                                                Savage Gary

                                                                                Quarantine Sampler 2

                                                                                Despite current circumstances – Speedy Wunderground have had a busy year. The London-based label run by producer Dan Carey alongside Alexis Smith and Pierre Hall were recently coveted with the ‘Best Small Label’ Award by AIM (Association of Independent Music) after being nominated for the second year in a row. When COVID hit – bringing bands into the studio wasn’t an option and so the label started an ongoing project called ‘THE QUARANTINE SERIES’ in which Carey under his ‘Savage Gary’ techno/electronic alter ego collaborated with artists and friends, old and new over the internet and then uploaded them to the labels Soundcloud/socials with little or no fanfare – no PR-ing or radio pluggers, just letting them do their own thing, organically.

                                                                                First on the release is ‘Wait & See’ from rising Bajan artist RoRo. A hypnotic masterful flow which meanders seamlessly around Carey’s pulsating electronics. It’s bursting with attitude and originality. ‘I saw Dan Carey play with Kae Tempest on one of my first few times ever being out in London’ she says, ‘it was such an amazing show. I was extremely excited to then get the chance to work with him. I'd been trying to do so while in London, but it didn't quite work out that way. We did manage to make it happen remotely whilst I was back in Barbados though, and we knocked it out!’

                                                                                Second is ‘Cigarettes Pt. 2’ from the enigmatic Londoner youngblackmale AKA Rutare Savage: ‘It’s a poem, transformed into a song by the ever amazing Dan Carey. It touches (lightly) upon the topics of fear of the police, drug and alcohol abuse, family, and pulling oneself out of a nihilistic worldview driven by a newfound lust for life. This is me trying to reason with the void.’

                                                                                A Good Christian / Abel

                                                                                (Wanna) Be Free / On A Summer Night

                                                                                  At last we get a taste of those killer Surfing In Kansas edits aboard the good ship Piccadilly. The first two volumes, from A Good Christian and Abel respectively, brought us classy edits of disco, boogie, synth pop and Balearic-Industrial (officially a thing now), and this 7" serving sees Christian and Abel take a side a piece for some more edit excellence. 

                                                                                  On the A, Christian gives us "Wanna Be Free", a chunky and chugging bit of reggae disco, brimming with Afro-brass and hip twitching bass and boasting an ace conscious vocal. You're gonna swipe right. On the other side, Redlight and MFM man Abel Nagengast sticks his scalpel into a frisky bit of vocoder funk which is right on the tip of my tongue. The guitar goes Wikka Wakka, the drums slap and those vocals materialise through a fuck tonne of circuitry. It's the kind of Balearic pop that Moonboots blows your mind with when he can be bothered DJing.

                                                                                  Old sound, new group! Belgian style.

                                                                                  "After they shook hands, the walls started closing in.
                                                                                  Fatigue kicked in, but De Nooit Moede decided to keep up appearances.
                                                                                  Time for coffee, or an alcohol-free beer. Pretending without pretense.
                                                                                  After all, the grass is always greener on the fool's side.

                                                                                  De Nooit Moede is a six-headed formation conducted by Victor De Roo, with
                                                                                  guitarist-vocalist Jente Waerzeggers, bass player Ferre Marnef, and singers Eva Kleeven, Felix Poffé and Arthur Roels. This debut EP is the first outing of the Kontakt Group (KG001). It was mixed in collaboration with techno demigod David Morley, mastered
                                                                                  by Mathieu Savenay and graphically designed by Emile De Geyndt."


                                                                                  CD / DIR

                                                                                  Absolutely massive record here folks sleep at your peril! Two tripped out minimal and experimental house edits from MS-DOS who might be related to an Italian techno label but we're not allowed to spill the beans juusst yet..

                                                                                  Essential if you like Villalobos's "4 Disco Only' 12" and the vast majority of DJ Sprinkles' outout; these are highly detailed, intricate constructions around the minimal house framework. "CD" combines one of the most infectious talking-percussion rhythms I've ever heard with tuned low toms, drifted saxaphone lines and trademark indesipherable vox murmings hidden in the mix. If you've ever danced eyes-wide-shut through the morning and midday sun at any of Berlins 24 hour open air parties, you'll be finding the sway and pull of this groove lonng after your ket-buzz has worn off... this is ridiculous!

                                                                                  "Dir" has darker undertones and a bubbling, forward propelled groove. Taut string presets and a twangy low-mid piano motif greet a mystic vocal part for a shadow-dwelling, late nite number tailor made to tweak the freaks!

                                                                                  Hand stickered limited copies.

                                                                                  (Re)-Starting MS-DOS Operating Systems C:\>........

                                                                                  Launched in 1981. Terminated in 2000. Resurrected in 2020.

                                                                                  Get your Floppy Disks ready and brush your command prompt skills. MS DOS is back.

                                                                                  Highly recommended!

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  says: Proper feeling this one folks. Anyone with a penchant for turn-of-the-millennium minimal house should be guzzling this one down. Top stuff and a welcome return of MS-DOS. Huge TIP!

                                                                                  Heavy Disco

                                                                                  Disco Amnesia

                                                                                    Heavy Disco return with another healthy dose of feel-good, edit exuberance laced with all that uplifting energy we need to get us through these times. Three perfectly executed re-workings of the highest order, tweaking out all the best from these classic disco, jazz funk and soul cuts. Remember – Heavy Makes You Happy.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: Forget all the doom and gloom going around and take a moment with this life affirming platter from Heavy Disco. The edit experts tweak a trio of disco, jazz-funk and modern soul classics to bring the maximum euphoria out the grooves. Repeated listening will cure depression...

                                                                                    Of course everyone knows Kurt Hauenstein aka Supermax. He was one of the few Austrians to shape the sound of late-1970s disco, performing and selling records around the world. Not many know his daughters Judy and Nicola, however, and the fact that they in 1987 wrote a song that they recorded together with their father. Well, here it is: Cracy Coconuts, “Rubberdub Dance” – a true Hauenstein family affair. We are proud to re-release this super rare 7” that proves, once and for all, that Austrians can excel at digi-dub. Timelessly tropical and beautifully bouncy, its vibe is quite different from the iconic Supermax productions. Here, Judy and Nicola’s sweet yet confident vocals replace the moustache-driven sotto voce singing that we love Supermax for. The result is oh-so-catchy and bound to be a hit.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: Big ups to Edition Hawara who keep the undefeated streak intact with this oddball reggae pop peach from the Supermax family. Kurt Hauenstein puts his daughters on vocal duties, cooks up a shoulder rolling digi riddim and lets loose with the synths on this certified Balearic nugget.


                                                                                    Christmas Time Is Here

                                                                                    An update on Vince Guaraldi’s timeless “Christmas Time Is Here.” With ambling sweetness and a fresh, beat-driven groove, Khruangbin have taken this oft-covered classic and made it wholly their own.

                                                                                    "Growing up the three of us all had very different Christmases,” says bassist Laura Lee. “But we recently discovered we all had the exact same favourite Christmas song. When we realized it, we sat down to play it and it came together instantly. In 15 minutes, we had this recorded. It was like the best Christmas present ever.”

                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    Ltd 7" Info: 7” in 'mask edition' sleeve, pressed on red vinyl and limited to 1000 units.

                                                                                    NuNorthern Soul proudly presents Dimun, an overlooked neo-classical / ambient fusion track by Faroe Islands-based producer Kristan Blak’s Yggdrasil project. Label boss ‘Phat’ Phil Cooper was playing G! festival on the Faroe Islands in 2019 and as part of the experience the delegates, artists and DJs where invited to see and experience some of the cultural spots and institutions of the Faroe Islands. One of those was Tutl records owned by Kristian Blak. Tutl records is a wonderful record store and label representing the wealth of amazing Faroese recording talent and has been around for years.

                                                                                    Kristian invited a few people to his house and he played the piano line of Dimun, Phil recorded it on his phone and could not stop watching it… He eventually contacted Kristian to ask about the music which led to it being licensed for this release.

                                                                                    Mike Salta* steps up with studio partner Marty ‘Mortale’ to create an epic 12 minute version with a nod to the heritage and sounds of Cafe Del Mar circa 1998 and with added new flavours of Ibiza al la Mark Barrott / International Feel. The flip sees UK producer & DJ, Chris Coco** take the helm with his dreamy New Age version chilled to the perfect temperature for lost La Torre sunset moments. Finally we have the original version and to quote David from One Million Sunsets "This is ace, all three versions, you could put them together to make one long track. New Age finally making a proper comeback."

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: In its original form, "Dimun" is a neoclassical gem, easily as beautiful as anything messers Frahm or Arndalds have released - and the remixes are on point too, Chris Coco harnessing Vangelis in Blade Runner mode and Mike Salta & Mortale translating the track into a Padilla-style serenade.

                                                                                    Loredana Berte' is an artist that needs no introduction. Her musical career started in the mid seventies and year by year she proved to be one of the most iconic italian singer and performer. Groovin Recordings is now proudly repressing two songs from Loredana's 1980 album on a 7 inch, "E La Luna Busso'" and "In Alto Mare". Two great reggae and funky tunes, 40 years after their original release, still sounding full of their original groove. Officially licensed and remastered.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: I love me some Loredana, and this Groovin' single puts a couple of her smoothest tunes on a 7". On the A-side we get ace cod reggae jam "E La Luna Busso", while the flip contains Balearic funk CLASSIC(!!!) "In Alto Mare".

                                                                                    12" featuring the tracks that are only available on the CD. Omar S' hilarious dig at Resident Advisor continues...

                                                                                    "Gonna Luv You" is the pinball wizard head back to that mid 90s Detroit beatdown vibe; loading up the pitched down MPC drums, wrapping an infectious disco loop across the pads and jamming out to his heart desires. OG Motor City funk from the MPC master!

                                                                                    "Bread Over Bed" sees detuned, glowing keys embellished with FXHE-patented drum beats for a joint that could only have come out of Omar S studio. Dark, moody, lo-fi: all the traits that highlighted this producer many moons ago.

                                                                                    "Shut Up" sees a powerful synthline crush all in its path as buoyant house beats keep the body jacking throughout. A cleverly utilized vocal line lands on top, completing its anthemic transformation and uniting the dancefloor in a mindless but compelling refrain.

                                                                                    "Sloppy Joe" ticks all the FXHE-trainspotter's boxes as it sees Alex include one of his lysergic, twisted numbers that's designed for very late on in the session. Deep seeded emotion combined with mechanical brilliant results in a track for the true deep house heads.

                                                                                    Limited import copies so move quick as we might only get one batch!

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: FXHE-completists and Omar S obsessives already have this one bagged. Four tracks of that patented pressure from Detroit's most sonically able pinball wizard. Nice.

                                                                                    Roger Van Lunteren is an artist of enviable experience. For more than two decades the dutchman has been developing and perfecting his sound. After his first steps on Heimelektro Ulm in 1999, Van Lunteren has shown his talents on labels like 030303, Diffuse Reality and Something Happening, Somewhere. It is this knowledge, and his musical craftsmanship, that Van Lunteren draws upon for his debut on FireScope: Future Wounds.

                                                                                    The EP is a veritable universe of delights. At either ends of the galaxy you’ll find two takes of the same piece. The textured “Stop (Sync In)” opens. Satellite bleeps bob on a flotsam and jetsam of pads as strings soar above hedged claps. “Stop (Original) flows in a beatless ambience, heady yet light and ephemeral. Coquettish and playful, “Spätzünder” is an altogether different entity. Dancing between braindance and house, this jam has all the spontaneity of a live track with flourishes of the silken-funk of Chicago. Clouds gather for “IRF4.” Haunted modulations and reel scratches lurk before a slow rhythm lumbers forth. Stalking through a moonless sky, the track is chillingly atmospheric with an undeniable lo-fi groove. Drums stagger and swell in the sweetness of “Coinc.” Bright and dreamy, the track cherry-picks from a spread of influences and sounds and is emblematic of the EP.

                                                                                    Future Wounds is a constellation of Roger Van Lunteren’s music. From cheerful and innocent to shadowy and subtle, this quintet is a cross-section of this artist’s abilities. Rich and infinitely varied, five tracks to explore and return to.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: Unfathomably intricate, sumptuously delicate; a truly brilliant edition to braindance /IDM soundscapes also populated by John Shima, Space Dimension Controller, Morphology etc.

                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    Ltd 12" Info: 12" & full sleeve / green & orange vinyl

                                                                                    A Psychic Yes

                                                                                    That Swamp Feeling - Inc. Hodge Remix

                                                                                    The fourth release on Schloss Records comes from British multi-instrumentalist and polyrhythmic wizard A Psychic Yes (Timothy Crombie). While most of us are even confused as to where to place a hi-hat, Crombie carefully and effortlessly arranges a bouquet of bleepy bloops, melodic U-turns and chaotic ideas, welding together a beautiful soundscape that makes perfect sense. Or as one friend described it: 'his music tastes like strawberries'. A Psychic Yes has previously released music on Kalahari Oyster Cult and Tech Startup. The B-side features a lush remix from Bristolian DJ and producer Hodge. Artwork, as always, by Schloss co-founder Ida Ekblad. That Swamp Feeling is mastered by Matt Karmil.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: Super stylish and sophisticated release here marking Schloss as a label to keep an ear on. A Psychic Yes seems intent on producing rich, multi-layered tapestries that weave between cerebral and dancefloor territories; ambiguously concentrating on stimulating the head and body in equal measure. Full marks from us here.



                                                                                    Double A-side of techy slammers from market leaders of dancefloor invention, AD 93 (FKA Whities...). "Tfft" is the kinda glassy, concentric groove favoured by late nite Jeff Mills or Chris Liebing. Mechanized beats accentuated with polyrhythmic bleep patterns and artistically mixed with plenty of multiband compression. "Hale" is more delicate, utilizing a repeating vocal snip and the odd squeal of a 303 to create a hallucinatory club mirage that's full of intrigue and mystery. If you ever went to meandyou here in MCR, or have a penchant for the more amorphous side to dance music, then this is the track for you.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: Stupendously upfront dancefloor technologies presented here by the ever-reliable AD 93 (FKA Whities) lab.

                                                                                    Hell Yeah call upon their merry crew of grown up groove makers to revisit key tracks from Quiroga's widely acclaimed Passages album, with Whodamanny, Jazz N Palms, A Vision of Panorama and My Friend Dario all stepping up.

                                                                                    The original album was noted as Piccadilly Records' Best Balearic Album of 2019 and a year on is still providing solace for us in these strange times. First to add his own spin to it is Periodica associate Whodamanny from Naples, whose magical take on 'Martinica Feelings' made it onto the excellent recent Buena Onda compilation, which is out now. It is a big hearted vocal reinterpretation filled with stomping kicks and twisted synths that bring the funk next to withering sci-fi effects and happy piano chords.

                                                                                    Then, up steps man of the moment Jazz N Palms, a resident at the cult Ibiza venue Pikes and regular at London's Ronnie Scotts. He has recently started his own self titled label and here offers a mad Latin jazz take on 'Africa Addio' that brims with energy and sunshines. The busy percussion will make you move your ass and the whole thing has a sexy 70s vibe.

                                                                                    Saint Petersbourg's very own balearic legend A Vision of Panorama is hailed as the king of the modern balearic sound thanks to EPs on labels like Omena. He takes care of 'The Zoist' with sentimental melodies and sunset grooves to die for. His arching pads speak to the soul and melt the heart.

                                                                                    Last of all, Hell Yeah's very own discovery My Friend Dario (who soon has an EP coming on NuNorthern Soul, recently remixed Calm and Gallo) tackles 'Chiaia Sunset'. The result is a laidback and cathartic track that slowly unfolds on tumbling drums and wooden hits as synths leave vapour trails high up in the clear blue sky above.

                                                                                    These are four more high class remixes that will keep the summer vibes alive long into Autumn.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: My pick for best Balearic record of 2019 returns in remix form here, with a quartet of top musical talents taking on Quiroga's amazing 'Passages'. It's an all styles, all flavours affair with Whodamanny's Neapolitan funk rubbing shoulders with the Latin interpretation of Jazz N Palms on the A-side, while dreamy Balearic interpretations come from A Vision Of Panorama and My Friend Dario on the flip.

                                                                                    Russian duo Olta Karawane make a second appearance on the decidedly DIY Maturre imprint out of Berlin, following their debut cassette release with this six track 12" of slow and low EBM edits.
                                                                                    This death disco starts with some whacked out and weirdo tribal electronics on "Fürchte Dich Nicht", a loopy (in every sense) edit of an industrial oddity from The Atom Smashers, before the duo extend The Dave Howard Singers tapey take on nursery rhyme "Yon Yonson". The tempo surges on the A3, a caustic and abrasive bit of metal dance designed for peak hours in your nearest biker club. Expect a thick EBM bassline, clanging beats and a load of heavy breathing to soundtrack this leather party. Over on the B1, "Prostituierte Fischen" should keep your first pumping, hardcore breaks and yelped German vocals upping the ante a little ahead of the slamming EBM of "Glasscherben In Der Richardstrasse", a heady hit of murderous darkstyle featuring a lovely backwards breakdown. For the finally, our Russian buddies bring the tempo back down and lock onto the psychedelic frequencies of "Kokainpsychose", a reverb soaked roller caked in insectoid idents.

                                                                                    There is definitely something ‘afro’ inspired about this latest EP from Puma & The Dolphin, certainly in comparison to pretty much everything else I've ever heard from him, which includes a great EP on Canadian imprint Chambre Noir and some stellar inclusions on every one of DJ soFa's highly respected "Elsewhere" compilations.

                                                                                    I'm told that while immersed in domestic life during lockdown in Sofia, Bulgaria, the music evolved to take in what was happening at home and saw the inclusion of toy instruments, his own drum playing, the voices of his children playing and even the family parrots whistling and squawking in the background. These random ambient insertions when seen in the context of the hypnotic and percussive rhythms and timbres throughout are oddly reminiscent of the late, great Francis Bebey who, although culturally and physically a million miles removed, was also known for recording much of his work at home and who also featured the voices of his children playing.

                                                                                    In fact, it is as much the music's playfulness and simplicity that give the pieces their distinctive character, at times echoing the repetition and mesmerism of Raymond Scott's "Soothing Sounds For Baby" series. Yet, children’s' music this is not. There is a mysticism and depth on one hand and a willingness to experiment on the other that reminds me of pioneering experimentalist K. Leimer's early Eno-inspired tape outings as well (see "Supermarket" for example).

                                                                                    I asked Puma & The Dolphin's Nikko Names if he could share the story behind how these six tracks came together. He had this to say:

                                                                                    ‘This collection of pieces were created during a monotone period of my life which I have overlaid with colour: a time in which I surrender to the beauty of home life - watching my kids play, feeding the birds - entwining these sounds of my surroundings amongst the rhythmic layers of these pieces. Playing the drums to remind us of the next circle dance for four. There is something mystic to travel only in your head; a shamanic trip inside the body with no concepts and answers.’

                                                                                    Immergant & imperitive MCR label Dansu Discs returns with its third V/A instalment. One of the most exciting prospects our city has in terms of new dance music at the moment, I've personally bagged every release so far with eager and warranted expectation.

                                                                                    With tracks from Frankel & Harper, T. Jacques, Lavonz (with a classic reissue from 1998) and Main Phase it yet again skirts between 4/4, garage and bassline with an elbows-out, hyped-ta-fuck aesthetic that keeps it firmly at the cutting edge of clubland.

                                                                                    Currently receiving repeated spins from our own Kickin' Pigeon, Interplanetary Criminal is a big proponent of this new home-grown stable as is Metrodome, Dub Phizix and any other local spinners with their finger on the pulse!! Crucial listening people! 

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    says: Big things await this label when the dancefloors re-open again! Smashed to shit at last year's Pomona rave, I'll be hammering these out across the live streams until we get all get loose again. Big ups cru!

                                                                                    Carl Bean

                                                                                    I Was Born This Way (Moplen Dubs)

                                                                                      West End records open the vaults to their enviable catalogue once again with some of today's top remixers at the controls.
                                                                                      Italian remixer extraordinaire Moplen gives us 2 sumptuous dub reworkings of Carl Bean's disco classic and gay liberation anthem 'I was born this way'.

                                                                                      Originally issued in 1977 on Motown, 'I was born this way' sees the reverend Carl Bean singing out on behalf of the gay community, preaching an uplifting and soulful message of acceptance. Bean was known as one of the founders of Unity Fellowship Church Movement in LA - a haven and religious space for LGBTQ people of colour and for his admirable and tireless work with people suffering with AIDS. The track was naturally a huge Disco hit and eventually became an all-time classic in the house world via the deft sampling of the roof-raising melodies in tracks such as Pal Joey / Earth People's 'Dance' and more. Moplen's sublime and contemporary dubs reference and respect the track's dancefloor heritage, updating this classic in the way only he knows how. Another new essential from the WE catalogue.

                                                                                      A Certain Ratio


                                                                                        ‘Berlin’ is the second single to be taken from the new A Certain Ratio album ‘ACR Loco’, a remarkable piece of work that is steeped in 40 years of ACR DNA.

                                                                                        Includes the original version of ‘Dirty Boy’.

                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                        Ltd 7" Info: 7” single pressed Tracklisting on white vinyl.

                                                                                        Joe Sembene

                                                                                        Joe Sembene

                                                                                          The inaugural release from the brilliantly named Rare & Or Interesting records is so rare (and interesting) that even my deep digging French chums don't have a copies. Active in the first half of the 80s Joe Sembene released a pair of 7"s on September Records, which now fall firmly into the three figure category if you're lucky enough to catch a sniff. Thankfully for us non-lottery winners, Joe's four extant tracks are now available in one easy to handle, DJ friendly 12".

                                                                                          Putting it in reverse, the label have stuck his 1985 release on the A-side, kicking off with the drum machine funk and tight rhythm guitar of "Autrefois". Contrasting deep bass throbs with a little top end slap, this is one hell of a groove and the interplay between synth, guitar and female vocal is a thing of beauty. Far from a straight forward French boogie / Afro boogie cut, tasty adlibs and a unique vocal arrangement lend this a little of the Big Apple's Disco-Not-Disco cool. A2 cut "Gorelle" leans harder into the electronics, opening with outrageous Linn drums and Mtume-styled arps before settling into a very cool Afro-boogie stomp with maximal quirk on deck.

                                                                                          The B-side opens with the frankly irresistible "Weur Di Dane", a discoid winner with equal helpings of jazz-funk and AOR thrown in the mix. Imagine a Francophone Evans Pyramid with occasional bursts of semi-rapped vocals, wonky horns and a little extra dub power and you're on the road to glory. Finally we get a massive hit of cosmic reggae in the form of "Le P'tit Quinquin", which combines Island optimism with flagrant Gilmourisms for an utterly stoned effect.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          says: What a way to kick your label off! Rare & Or Interesting Records (brilliant isn't it!) slap all four of Joe Sembene's quirky, cool and impossible to find Franco-Afro boogie bombs on one playable 12". Highest recommendations folks.

                                                                                          Stinger J

                                                                                          Pretty Face

                                                                                            Originally released in 1987 ‘Pretty Face’ by Stinger J has become highly sought after in recent years,

                                                                                            Stinger J was a one time alias used by Detroit Producer Kevin McCord, formerly of legendary American R n B and funk band One Way. As a writer & producer Kevin has had an illustrious musical career working with Alicia Myers (‘I Want To Thank You’), Oliver Cheatham (‘Get Down Saturday Night’) and Mariah Carey (‘Make It Happen’). Featuring the vocals of Jonathan Haywood, ‘Pretty Face’ is a melting pot of Soul, Disco, Garage and Detroit house. B Side ‘Wonder Land’ pairs the vocals of Jonathan Haywood with Kevin himself, a soulful ballad with classic 80’s production and live keys, strings and percussion. ‘Pretty Face’ is a unique example of an intended crossover record from a mainstream producer who soaked up the influences of his home town Detroit around the birth of House & Techno. Self released at the time on Kevin’s own Chance label, it was hard to get momentum without major label backing so the project fell by the wayside. Now officially reissued for the first time in partnership with Kevin McCord with Artwork by Bradley Pinkerton.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            says: Yes mate! Isle Of Jura take us back to the very early days of h-h-h-house music to serve up the soulful, boogie tinged sound of Stinger J. Sticking a solid 4/4 under evocative pads, funky guitar, woody bassline and emotional vocals, Stinger J delivered a jam every bit as good as vintage Frankie, Colonel Abrams or Larry Heard. Buzzing!

                                                                                            The Eastern European Cut Outs, the spin off series of The Very Polish Cut Outs, that launched last year moves smoothly into the second round.

                                                                                            The new vinyl only release contains 4 obscure tracks from Czechoslovakia, GDR, Hungary and the Soviet Union that have been tweaked and looped by some brilliant native talents. 
                                                                                            Langsamer East German disco not disco? Check!
                                                                                            Soviet aerobic dance pop? Check!
                                                                                            Psychedelic hungarian rock chopped to sound like hip hop? Check!
                                                                                            Enigma influenced Czechoslovakian proto-house? Check!

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            says: The reliable TVPC are back with a second helping of Eastern European edits, answering such questions as...
                                                                                            "What would Spandau sound like if they'd been in the Russian State Ballet?", "Who was Ja Wöbble?", "Is MF Doom's favourite food goulash?" and "What would the summer of love have been like if we swapped Mitsubishi's for Skodas...".

                                                                                            Soweto-born Sello Twala emerged as a key figure in South Africa’s bubblegum scene, initially cutting his teeth in the early 80s as part of groups Umoja, Harari and Image, who in 1985 released the track that would give him his nickname: ‘Chicco’. Teaming up with co-producer Attie van Wyk, later that year he released his first single as a solo artist, ‘We Can Dance’. It was followed in 1986 by ‘I Need Some Money’. Both tracks add accessible English lyrics and catchy call-and-response vocals to infectious Shangaan-rooted dance rhythms, appealing to a wide audience that defied apartheid categories and established Chicco as a charismatic solo star, as well as a talented producer, both in SA and across the continent. Based on the success of these breakthrough singles, Chicco would go on to release politically charged pop albums We Miss You Manelow (1987), Thina Sizwe Esimnyama (1989), Soldier (1989) and Papa Stop the War (1990) and Nomari (1991).

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            says: Given the rather manic expression Chicco's wearing on the cover shot I initially suggested his money might go straight up his hooter, but apparently I was missing some important political context. Given the shimmering synthwork and irresistible bubblegum boogie beneath the vocals, I'll let myself off. Get me to a dancefloor.

                                                                                            JC Lodge


                                                                                            Heavily sought after in the digging community, "Alien" is an exquisite oddball reggae meets electro production by Jamaican maestro Willie Lindo. Originally released as part of the Jamaican first issue of the "Revealed" album from 1984 and never included in later re-issues, this strange and beautiful space oddity is now available again on this totally limited MISSYOU 12". The synth heavy club beat falls between electro, freestyle and proto house, while the songwriting and JC's gorgeous vocals are brimming with the sultry sounds of Jamaica.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            says: One of those amazing eighties oddities which feels like its fallen from another planet. Reggae meets electro meets freestyle in outer space!

                                                                                            Combat Dubs

                                                                                            Combat Dubs II

                                                                                              After their Grime / Dubstep leaning debut single in late 2018 Intrauterin Recordings mastermind baze.djunkiii and production partner Sascha Müller return with a new outing of their conjunctional COMBAT DUBS project. With „Crystals“ they’re coming at us with a special twist, presenting a fascinating crossover of UK Garage and Breakbeat sporting overwhelming basslines and a crystalline, most beautiful and ever cascading synth motif whilst the flipside sees the pair of producers diving deep into raw SpeedGarage / BasslineHouse territories for maximum dancefloor pressure with the aptly titled „Crystals *Speed Mix“. Initial pressing will be limited to 200 copies on white vinyl.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              says: Channel the (now nostalgic) subversive energy of pirate radio & free parties with this tasty, rave-indebted 7" which packs as much punch as any 12" counterpart but frees up room in your record box for more bombs - useful!

                                                                                              'Music For Theatre And Dance – Volume Two' is the second in a small series of EPs that will focus on music which was initially created for or inspired by dance and performance. Created as a dialogue with the avant-garde and highly experimental work in dance, theatre and art evolving at the time, the music was in turn at times greatly innovative.

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

                                                                                              Whether it's more ambient or atmospheric works or whether it's in the more rhythmic or percussive pieces, Music From Memory brings together another selection of tracks that aims to highlight this highly innovative direction in music.

                                                                                              Just over a decade on from the launch of Leng Records, the Simon Purnell/Paul 'Mudd' Murphy-helmed label is set to release its' 50th 12" single. Fittingly, it's the first of a series of sampler EPs that form part of the imprint's belated 10th anniversary celebrations.

                                                                                              In 2020, label fans will be treated to a celebratory compilation featuring a mixture of Leng classics, overlooked favourites and previously unheard material. Some of this music will also be released on a series of vinyl EPs, with this first volume focusing on unreleased material from long-time friends of the family Q&A and Lex.

                                                                                              Q&A is a collaboration between Phenomenal Handclap Band founding member, Quinn Luke, and long-time friend and musical associate Alexis Georgopoulos, formerly of San Francisco dub disco/punk funk heroes Tussle. The pair worked together extensively at the tail end of the 2000s, but only ever released one single: 2009's "Tumbling Cubes/Trap Door" on celebrated NYC label DFA.

                                                                                              The two tracks showcased on this Leng Records sampler were recorded during the same period as that celebrated single but are only now seeing the light of day. "RM" is a typically low-slung and percussive affair that sees Luke and Georgopoulos wrap bubbly electronic melodies and glassy-eyed aural textures around a suitably weighty dub disco groove. In contrast, "Pulse" is a deliciously hypnotic, mind-altering affair: a bona-fide late night throb-job in which trippy electronic motifs, chiming melodies and crunchy Clavinet riffs vibrate attractively atop another killer punk-funk bassline and locked-in drums.

                                                                                              Over on side B, Athens scene staple Lex takes over. The Greek DJ/producer – real name Alex Andrikopoulos – first rose to prominence locally when he ran the Radical Soundz record shop in the first decade of the century but has since become better-known worldwide for offering up music and DJ sets that frequently join the dots between disco, house and techno.

                                                                                              The two tracks he's delivered for the Leng 10thbirthday sampler series are typically warm, loose and groovy, drawing more inspiration from '70s disco and '80s electrofunk than contemporary club culture. For proof, first check the mid-tempo sparkle of "GP Score", an organic disco-boogie number rich in low-slung bass, razor-sharp flanged guitars, colourful synthesizer lead lines, early house style piano solos and the kind of squelchy electronic bass more often featured on kaleidoscopic P-funk records.

                                                                                              This attractively rubbery synth-bass sound can also be heard on "Max Pen", a slightly deeper and more laidback affair crafted from an attractive mix of loose-limbed drums, mazy synth solos, jangling piano motifs and sweet, spaced-out chords. Retro-futurist in nature, the track offers further evidence of Lex's increasingly expressive, funky and musically rich trademark sound. 

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              says: Int it nice when time goes slower than expected? So prolific is this label, such a constant on our shelves that I was convinced it had been running LONGER than 10 years. 5 releases a year ain't bad is it? Especially when the quality of the output has been so high. Celebrate the ocean and the sun with one of the most Balearicest labels going; the tuna carpacc is on us!

                                                                                              Record store owner, DJ, producer, and Wet Play fave Tom Noble comes to RNT with a superb EP of sought-after Caribbean and African sounds, edited up for the most discerning of dancefloors. The A side burns hot right out of the gate with the explosive and percussive Soca-disco pulse of "They Came To New York", then settles into the laid back lilt of "Zouk Pour Esa".

                                                                                              On the flip, "Disco Massamba" is a wild Afro-disco burner while "Parang-A-Teng" brings it back to the Western hemisphere for some Latin-tinged funk from Barbados. Well worth it for the value of the original source material alone, this 12” is nothing short of dance floor destruction!

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              says: Tom shows off just why he's one of the best of the new school with four mesmerizing edits that should captivate anyone who caught his two mindblowing MCR appearances; there's a reason he's one of Wet Play's most rated!


                                                                                              Possibilites / Shazzy

                                                                                              Jesse is one most interesting electronic acts of the Northern countries. Stiletti-Ana and Kalifornia-Keke make up the core of the band that plays with new genres and often explores new musical areas. In the bands residence, the studio in Helsinki with a collection of retro futuristic synthesizers that would make even William Onyeabor envy, the members are toying with new influences and creates deep pulsating and atmospheric songs. Höga Nord Rekords now release two of them as a 7”.

                                                                                              This single has more in common with Stiletti-Anas solo record from 2019 than of earlier releases by Jesse and is more oriented towards and ambient- and leftfield sound than “Fluids” from 2018. The songs bubble and flows beneath a tense surface. The music is suggestive and soft, still with a club nerve in it.

                                                                                              Jesse often chooses new musical paths and this release is the start of such a new direction.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              says: Sticking with the hypnotic stylings of his killer 2019 LP (a personal fave), Stiletti-Ana teams up with Kalifornia-Keke for another batch of icy Nordic electronics perfect for cross country skiing and long winter days.

                                                                                              Alps 2 / Simona Drive

                                                                                              Burnt EP - Inc. Goddard Remix

                                                                                                Simona Drive and Alps 2 are outfits with pedigree: as performers, Simona Drive have toured with Maribou State; as individuals, Alps 2 and Simona Drive have released on 2020 Vision and Fatboy Slim's Southern Fried Records. And as a collective, they've launched Selby Sounds, receiving support from Radio 6 Music. Now, Ad Hoc Records proudly presents Simona Drive and Alps 2 on The Burnt EP, alongside Manchester legend, Goddard, on remix duties.

                                                                                                The Burnt EP is a showcase of ambient mastery - a wistful folktronic collage akin to the mellower stylings of Four Tet, Seb Wildblood and Ross From Friends. Listen for an eternally poised array of mesmeric shuffles and eclectic vocal chops that hint at its creators' genre-skipping technical expertise.

                                                                                                Slipping between states of rhythmic formality (Duck Tape) and freeform soundscapes (Empting), The Burnt EP vibrates on multiple levels. Threads of hip hop and lo-fi house (Burnt) embroider the tracklisting, uncovering a finessed sound that is at once both mellowed and full of intent.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                says: Manchester firm Ad Hoc quietly getting on with business. A mix of vinyl and digital releases, this stable concentrate on rich musicality and originality throughout their catalogue. This latest addition is no exception. Top marks guys.

                                                                                                Cosmic dance and spatial atmospherics are at the very centre of Zakmina’s productions, as the Lithuanian producer readies an appetizing EP for Dave Harvey’s Futureboogie, backed with a remix from the always on-point Gnork.

                                                                                                With releases already wetting our ears on Critical Monday, XXX and Roam Recordings, Zakmina spreads his wings across three new cuts. ‘Church Of Madness’ pumps with oodles of new beat drums and soaring synths, anchored by a fat arpeggiated bassline, whilst ‘Déjà vu’ is a first class chugger, its drums as big as 80’s shoulder pads, with glacial keys and breezy vocals comprising the seductive sensations on offer here.

                                                                                                The Balearic synth-pop vibes of ‘Running Amore’ complete the trio of originals from Zakmina, whilst Gnork lays down the lino and tweaks ‘Church Of Madness’ into a solid 808 drum driven ‘Ezoteric Breakdance’ Remix. The Hungarian producer, responsible for some killer releases on Lone’s Magicwire label, Unknown To The Unknown, as well as his own Earth Plates imprint, delivers a futuristic b-boy re-working that’s heady and exhilarating right off the bat.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                says: A dearth of club nights or festivals means we're all gonna have to work extra hard next year to make people rave. Records like this'll help; four total fire starters for the clurb. Bagged up and ready to do damage in 2021!

                                                                                                The God Squad

                                                                                                Keep The Faith

                                                                                                Dave Beer's collaboration project with late Back to Basics partner-in-crime Ali Cooke. This release is brought back to remember Ali Cooke and his legacy in the UK early 90's scene. 3 very distinctive productions brilliantly channeling Sisters of Mercy and Spaghetti Western Soundtracks over hefty, 'baggy' grooves.

                                                                                                I have to say, these tracks have aged brilliantly, and while they might have used to soundtrack stoned, dimly-lit comedown sessions; they've more than found a comfortable home on the leftfield, wonky, slo-mo dancefloors of today. Surely being hammered to death by Vladimir Ivkovic, Twitch, Sean Johnson and all the other opiated-goth-disco jocks bucking the trent to go faster and faster! This is proper ace. You want? You need. 

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                says: Orbiting again at precisely the right time, these tracks from 27 (!!!) years ago have been rightly coveted by a select few, demanding an extortionate price 2nd hand.. Reissued for the first time and fitting completely into the current dancefloor landscape.


                                                                                                XXX 011

                                                                                                  Mytron goes solo for XXX011, packing the wavey wax with a quintet of mixed tempo mind benders plus one nasty New Beat mix from Nick Berlin (aka San Soda)! If you've heard his Mytron & Ofofo stuff with In Flagranti man Sasa Crnobrnja, then this should make perfect sense, the duo excel in sleazy, narcotic electronics which transplant retro-ist club styles (Proto-house, Afro Cosmic, Hi-NRG) into an alternate reality out of a VHS daydream. Do Not Adjust your sets!

                                                                                                  "Navigator" blasts off on the A1, fusing electrodisco sequences, arps and slightly knackered synth stabs into a pulsating blast of neon energy topped with a yelped female vocal right out of the electroclash era. I Feel a lot of love for this skyrocket. After that rampant opening, Mytron brings things down a touch for the slinking acid chug of "Draai", a heads down club cut topped with weirdo library electronics and the occasional breathy female vocal. If you're looking for a shimmering bit of off kiler electro with spacey melodies and some exceptional vocoder, give "Allgegenwaertig" a go, while "ABCD" should delight anyone looking for some bonkers breaks. The spirit of Italo is alive and well on B2 banger "Plaza", all melancholic waveforms and octave bass which you'll find weaponised and wigged out by San Soda for the New Beat mix which brings the curtain down. 

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  says: Killer EP from Mytron here putting Hi-NRG, New Beat, Acid House and Electro into some sort of VHS based video game, and pulling the slightly skewed results out the other end. Properly Neon tackle!


                                                                                                  Sofian - Inc. Loyal Remix

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                    Now, it's been five years since the last edition of the elusive LIES-BLK series, so you'll be forgiven if you're hazy on the details. These babies are one time pressing, promo only affairs, designed for use in the club, and there's never gonna be a digital! 

                                                                                                    The man behind the magic this time is Brazilian DJ Millos Kaiser who shares a quintet of his hottest USB cut ups, covering electro, freestyle, cosmic electronix, EBM and house from his native Brazil. These are gonna sell out before you finish the paragraph, so just grab your copy now.

                                                                                                    Emotional Rescue presents the 2nd EP (of 4) highlighting the music of International Noise Orchestra. Centered around Ulrich Hornberg and Wolfgang Sperner, aka producers Gemini Brothers, this world "supergroup" released 5 LPs and 2 EPs in just 4 years.

                                                                                                    Again showcasing their rhythm, calm and power, a metaphysical, real sensitivity and intellectualism, all wrapped around the groove. Starting with their own instrumental remix of Gimme Move Lovin', this little known 12" B side has long been a play for "heads" and allows the band's Pop Balearic, esoteric meets electronics to shine, layering Fairlight samples over a funky bass 4/4 around some '88 Amnesia pool dive.

                                                                                                    Next the anthem, Yeh Naina Yaad Hai, as Asha Bhosle's beautiful vocals from the Manzil Manzil soundtrack, are mixed with drum machines to create a dream Bollywood meeting.

                                                                                                    Again side two features 3 songs and starts like EP 1 with Glynnis Thomas (Savage Progress) vocals, now atop a sax laden Synth Pop brain, mind and body dance. Alias, Internationales Gerauschorchester offer wonderful jazz leanings for A Lulu A Bobe Danz, where the "bop" takes a leftfield embrace. To close then, Mr Richard Strange returns, invoking The Driving Force, returning to the idiosyncratic, percussive Earthbeat. Listen!

                                                                                                    Nando Litteri


                                                                                                      Released in 1984 as a single and then in 1985 as a maxi on the Belgian label Alpina Records, "A.E.A.E.O." is the fruit of the collaboration between the singer Nando Litteri and the producer Claude Dorpe. If you've got a penchant for Italo-styled Euro disco, then the effortless combination of synthetic groove, vocal croon and palpable longing will have you crying and dancing in an instant. Brought back to life, faithfully restored and remastered as the debut of Swiss new comer re-issue label - Proxima.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      says: Proxima’s inaugural release comes in the form of this gorgeous slice of late Italo, which offers all the human emotion and robotic groove you’d hope for.


                                                                                                      Time Square

                                                                                                        Berlin's Sound Metaphors continue on the reissue trail, shining a light on this sublime 1994 Ambient Acid trip by Cologne Acid Techno heroes Walker & Khan (originally on legendary Mille Plateaux). Championed by Sven Vath at the time, the track is a longform 35 minute hardware jam, recorded live and split into two sections. The A-side takes us from the quantum to the galactic, building out of silence via rippling sequences, shifting sound design and off beat bleeps. First hypnotising, then raising you up to a higher state of consciousness, this shit becomes life changing once the kick comes in - a full nine minutes into the track. If you dig on that wild live techno style we get from Ste Spandex, you'll be all about this.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        says: Outrageous reissue of Walker & Khan's ambient, acid techno masterpiece, guaranteed to take you to a higher state of consciousness.


                                                                                                        Latex Love - Inc. Kris Baha Remix

                                                                                                          Drance was a Los Angeles-based queer industrial dance band that emerged from within Silver Lake's Club Fuck! scene between 1989-1992. Burning brightly in L.A during the AIDS crisis, their songs reflected an uneasiness toward disease and modern culture, a lust for the forbidden, and a raw desire and rage to stay alive on their own terms.

                                                                                                          "Latex Love" has been remastered for its first-ever release on vinyl. The track has been updated with a brilliant cover by Kris Baha, as well as a cracking remix from Spotlight's Chris Cruse. The vinyl package includes an essay from artist (and Club Fuck! go-go dancer) Ron Athey, unpublished photos of the band by Michael Matson, and a reproduction of the original Drance sticker.

                                                                                                          This is the first release from Spotlight Records — an evolution of the infamous Spotlight parties in Los Angeles.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          says: Phwoooar you can really smell the amyl nitrate on this one. Unadultered late nite seediness. Who's that lurking in the shadows with their trousers undone? Nothing to see here...

                                                                                                          Eighties Ladies

                                                                                                          Turned On To You / I Knew That Love

                                                                                                            Eighties Ladies are vocal ensemble comprised of Denie Corbett, Marva Hicks, Susan Beaubian, Sylvia Striplin and Vivian Prince. The group are best known for "Turned On To You", one of the most iconic 'rare groove' tracks from the early 80s. It was sampled numerous times in the 90s, most notably by A Tribe Called Quest ("Buttter-Hip Hop Mix"), and more recently bu Nujabes featuring C.L. Smooth ("Sky Is Falling").

                                                                                                            An exclusive edit was recently reissued by Expansion on 7” alongside the group’s 1980 album “Ladies Of The Eighties”, but the appetite remains for the full length version of “Turned On To You” on 12” single, so here we have it in all its irresistible glory.

                                                                                                            Casual Connection are back at it again, layin’ down the rowdiest of mashups you’re likely to hear this side of the Atlantic - crankin’ the bass up to max for those heavy vibes inside. On the A-side we get Kendrick's Drank over the banging, crunked out stomp of Dead Prez' "Hip Hop", while the B brings us the Hip Hop acapella over the top of Kendrick's "Humble" beat.

                                                                                                            Stadium house poster boys Adelphi Music Factory return with another massive, mass-uniting big room cut for the festivals and arena gigs that never were in 2020. Turning to the spine-tingling endorphin rushes of hardcore breaks and rave, "My People" is the act's ode to humanity in the grip of crisis; a joyous, arms-aloft tribute to enduring love for the empty dancefloor across the globe. Hang on in their folks, we WILL dance again!

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            says: Adelphi return to blow your chakras clean outta the top of yer head with possibly the Largest (thanks Pete Tong) release to grace our house section this year. Yes, I know it's technically RAVE but that's where it lives!

                                                                                                            Martin Jenkins, more commonly known as the artist Pye Corner Audio, epitomizes Lapsus' commitment to cutting edge sound experimentation. In 2017, he beguiled the electronic music community by releasing the 'Where Things Are Hollow' EP, on Lapsus Records. The Barcelona label is delighted to announce the release of ‘Where Things Are Hollow 2’, consisting of three brand new original cuts and a remix from none other than John Talabot.

                                                                                                            'Where Things Are Hollow 2' explores a spectral and hypnagogic terrain, establishing an electronic sound that at times invokes Jenkins’ more dance friendly facet -'Self Synchronize', 'Weather The Storm'– while also offering his familiar iridescent dreamlike ambient textures –'Phase B'– that featured prominently on his first EP. This second EP also includes a remix from John Talabot, unquestionably one of Spain’s most internationally recognised names over the last decade, who exquisitely reimagines 'Resist' -a song from the first EP-, transforming it into a cross between EBM and hypnotic techno. From a graphic design perspective, renowned artists Alex Trochut and Basora have once again collaborated on this project, repeating the formula that made the artwork for "Where Things Are Hollow" such a collector's item.

                                                                                                            Arab Strap

                                                                                                            The Turning Of Our Bones

                                                                                                              ARAB STRAP return with a terrifying, toe-tapping tale of love and resurrection; an intoxicating incantation to break your heart … and scare your pants off!

                                                                                                              The 7” single features an exclusive b-side track that will only be available via this format.

                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                              7" includes MP3 Download Code.


                                                                                                              What’s Your Secret? / Do You Blow?

                                                                                                              A double header of delectable edits from the Bastedos camp, re-mastered for that full-frontal power by Justin Van Der Volgan. Felix D has been on fire of late, even by his own lofty standards, and I'm pleased to report that he hits the spot once again with this one-two combo. 

                                                                                                              On the A-side we're in interplanetary disco mode with "What's Your Secret?", an ode to NYC which weaves a spell between mirror ball bombast, blue eyed soul and squelching space funk over a mesmeric 9+ minutes. As expected, Felix finds the perfect balance between vocal and instrumental segments, squeezing every bit of dance floor energy out of the OG. Flip it and you'll find "Do You Blow?", a slow, stomping and syrupy cosmic cut which has been deliciously dubbed for modern dancefloor ecstacy. Armed with an arp that don't quit and a killer B-line, this badman marches on into the infinite while oddball vocals, unexpected jazz flute and tape madness pass the bong between them.

                                                                                                              Tried and tested secret weapons finally made available to all, 100% of any profits go to charity.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              says: I love me a Bastedos banger, and this double header is a double helping of edit excellence. On the A-side we get a spaced out slice of disco delight (should sound great next to that Drum Chums ;)) while the flip slows the tempo for a cosmic oddity which I'll be rinsing for the foreseeable.


                                                                                                              The Bedroom Tapes

                                                                                                                Hull/Leeds-based shoegazers bdrmm follow their hugely acclaimed debut album Bedroom with The Bedroom Tapes, a limited-edition 12” EP that rounds up remixes and lockdown live sessions.The first side features stripped-down versions of ‘Gush’, ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ and ‘Forget The Credits’ from the album, plus a version of 2019 single ‘Question Mark’. Originally recorded at home by the band’s Ryan and Jordan Smith for various radio sessions, these versions feel fragile and expose the feelings that are buried under the noise of Bedroom.The flip features Andy Bell’s radical reworking of ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ under his GLOK guise, which finds the previously unexplored middle ground between the late Andrew Weatherall and underrated 4AD outfit Ultra Vivid Scene. It is joined by Ditz’s dynamic deconstruction of ‘If....’ and International Teachers Of Pop’s almost obscenely cheerful ‘de-mix’ of ‘Happy’.

                                                                                                                Working Men's Club


                                                                                                                  Talking about the track, Syd from the band said:

                                                                                                                  Valleys is probably the most honest song on the record and I guess sets a premise for the rest of the album, growing up in a small town and trying to escape. It was one of the last songs we finished, we couldn’t quite get the right string sound despite layering up about 4 synths up then Ross brought in his fixed LE string synth and it sounded perfect for the song. It’s the first track on the album and one of the last songs I wrote before going into Sheffield to finish off the record. Having been in lockdown since the end of Winter in Todmorden it seems like there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to release this song.

                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                  Ltd 12" Info: Black vinyl in clear PVC bag.

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

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

                                                                                                                  Chapter 7 sees two prized cuts bursting with that unbridled gospel energy, Spiritual Souls 1982 number - ‘We Came To Show You The Way’ and Heaven’s Sound’s 1984 gem – ‘Fire’.

                                                                                                                  DJ Autopay / Faux Conee


                                                                                                                    One really naughty, lo-fi retwist of "All I Do", either by Roy Davis Jr & Omar S, or Marvin Gaye, depending on which route to market you first discovered it. Everyone knows the sample, but few take the hook and use it as god damn recklessly and with zero fux given as this. Switching the lyrics to - 'keep talking shit, im gonna fuck you up' it's one of those wildcard records which makes absolutely no sense until you're deep on the sesh with a load of 25 year olds and this one drops in the club = mayhem.

                                                                                                                    Faux Conee's "Let's Do It" provides an acid tinged, electro-house jugglar-ripper; it's fizzy sawtooth and relentless drum patterns tailor made to keep the floor powering on post 3AM and certain to keep even the most able lighting engineers on their toes.   

                                                                                                                    Limited to 300 hand stamped white labels.
                                                                                                                    No repress. No MP3s.

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    says: Mall Grab are you reading this?! Proper cheeky lo-fi house tackle here for the Project Skatepark massif.

                                                                                                                    Bam Bam

                                                                                                                    Where's Your Child? Remaster

                                                                                                                      Back To Life proudly presents one of the best acid tracks ever produced: Bam Bam's “Where’s your child?”, originally released on Westbrook Records in 1988 and licensed by Desire Records in the same year. Mr. Westbrook needs no introduction: he is the sole owner of legendary Westbrook Records, always linked to the acid scene, discovering and producing Mike Dunn, Armando Gallop, Angie T, Xtra Bass to name a few, remixing Lisa Stansfield, Brass Construction, Hiroshima, Ten City and many others.

                                                                                                                      Famous throughout the nocturnal community (and receiving lots of repeat spins in Ron Hardy sets) for its feverishly sinister vocal part, incessant, cranium-twisting 303 line and club-wrecking sfx which send big engine revs and huge gong smashes rattling through the club! They really don't get much nastier than this one folks! 

                                                                                                                      BTL003 is the only officially licensed repress after more than thirty years (incl. extra bonus beat cuts and card insert). Limited colored vinyl + card insert. Essential! 

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      says: Ditch yer battered TF bootleg copy and revel in the glory of this bonafide acid beast! Perhaps the best acid record ever made! Every home needs one!

                                                                                                                      Ron Trent And Chez Damier

                                                                                                                      Morning Factory (Dubplate)

                                                                                                                        Back To Life kick off their brand new reissue label in earnest with a true timeless classic indicated the direction and ethos of the label from the get-go.

                                                                                                                        Chez says: 'The Morning Factory is a true story of the experience of Ron Trent and Chez Damier in October, the most stimulating periods in the New York Sound Factory Club. The birth of Morning Factory was created after a fantastic evening at the club. next stop would be Detroit, where the track had been recorded and produced. '

                                                                                                                        Deep house tracks don't come much more seminal than this. Phazing pads, warm rounded bass, hypnotic hooks and that trademark Prescription-esque beat. Absolute perfection achieved in less than six stems and the two producers displaying why they're the finest in the game. The dance music world was Chez and Ron's at this point and they'd go onto cement their legacy across hundreds of other tracks. One of those records that every house music collection should have in it. Back on vinyl for a limited time....

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                                                                                                                        says: It's not just Carl Craig's "At Les" and Soul Capsule's "Lady Science" that do early morning house melancholy so beautifully, heart-wrenchingly well. "Morning Factory" by Chez and Ron also belongs in the same list. Crying over dance music never felt so good.

                                                                                                                        DJ Emanuel & Rahaan

                                                                                                                        Present Remixes From The Dungeon

                                                                                                                          Edit supremo, Chicago royalty and all-star purveyor of good house and disco, Rahaan returns with fellow Chicagoan and close associate DJ Emanuel armed with two killer tracks for the institutional GAMM label.

                                                                                                                          Side A sees Arthur Russell / Loose Joints’ "Is It All Over My Face” reinforced and ushered forward by some light garage house beats. Are those the original vocal stems? I'm not sure, I think they might be some newly recorded parts making this much of a COVER, than an EDIT. I'm not splitting hairs however and if you're after something with a bit more umph and urgency than the original then this'll defo do the job.

                                                                                                                          Side B sees Phreek's "I'm A Big Freak" tastefully edited and also given a thumping great kick behind it. A certified nightclub rocket blast, there's very few dancers that haven't shaken their shit to this slice of Patrick Adam's-penned genius. 

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                                                                                                                          says: Winter nights are drawing in and Boris' regime continues to disgruntle and anger. Better get myself some feel-good disco on then, the most relief one man can get without using his right hand...

                                                                                                                          G-Man's “Quo Vadis”, a track released for the first time in 1995, was one of those seminal tracks which flirted seductively between house and techno camps. A real classic, notibly included in Richie Hawtin's "DE9" mix (*EDIT: It was actually Richie Hawtin's Mixmag CD mix..! - ed), it perfectly encapsulates the mood and energy of those early minimal records and became one of the blueprints of the genre. Back on vinyl for the first time in ages courtesy of Back To Life, who've handily included D. Diggler's energetic remix which wasn't on the original release. "Sparticus", also by G-Man and an equally arresting slice of minimal techno ingenuity is also tagged onto the B-side making this one helluva package for techno lovers! Completely recommended.

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                                                                                                                          says: Huge score for me this. "Quo Vadis" caned to death by Richie Hawtin at the turn of the millenium. Most notible on his Mixmag cover CD. Along with Baby Ford, Plus 8, Basic Channel and Akufen, its purity recalls a golden time for music and clubbing.


                                                                                                                          Ron's Reworks Vol. 4

                                                                                                                            Ron's back at it again with three more expertly sliced cuts of primo, top shelf edit fodder. A moreishness that'll have you dippin back in time and time again, with hints of disco, house and funk working up the senses sprinkled with a touch of soul-infused beats. Originals are escaping me this afternoon I'm afraid, but top marks have gotta go to Ron for keeping the source material pretty fresh and previously under-appreciated. Best track for me is "The City" which sounds like something Peven Everett and Bobby Konders could knock up if they were to collaborate together. Mega this, don't sleep!

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                                                                                                                            says: Sweet n sexy edits for the non existent dancefloors. Better jazz up your livestreams asap with this tasty trio of tunes from Ron.


                                                                                                                            Panama EP - Inc. Contours Remix

                                                                                                                            Omena hits release no.30 and celebrates by bringing in Twovi aka Vito Loperfido to the family. Vito released his first track, "Giango" on Bosconi Records back in 2017 and followed up with "In Memory of Love", on Chez Damier's Inner Balance, a release that showcased his talent for blending classic house with a fresh approach.

                                                                                                                            These four tracks show why Vito is leading the wave of musical talent coming from Italy and he's not afraid of using inspiration from different sources. The opening track "Panama" has hints of KDJ as it cleverly mixes electronic bass, church organ and beatdown drums for a very eyes-down, slinky number. "Santiago" is a sumptuous broken beat track with a few Latin vibes sprinkled on top. On the flip, Manchester producer Contours continue to turn music into gold with a singular remake of "Panama" rich with coastal undertones and shape-shifted, lysergic drums which recalls some of the work on Major Problems. Finally, the Nuphonic-indebted "Lima" concludes with a busy, perc-driven lounge-house hybrid that'll perfectly soundtrack both afternoon refreshments at your next palm-lined holiday cafe and a secret, sultry after-hours get together during lockdown. Top stuff! 

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                                                                                                                            says: Deserved of a special mention due to an inspired remix from MCR rising star, Contours who turns "Panama" into a paddle boat house anthem! Get those oars in Jonny there's land ahead!

                                                                                                                            Fourth vinyl installment for the duo, 'Iwa Gaaden' is also their third collaboration with Random Numbers. Pushing forward their commitment for processed field-recordings, micro-samples and poly-rhythmic patterns, this 5 long tells a singular and dark tale about spirits and revenge. Mixing contemporary techniques and ancient sonorities, martial marches meet ghostly rave-esque rituals. A club ready but cinematic oriented odyssey, a pitch-black ballad in the Iwa Gaaden.

                                                                                                                            UVB76 is the multidisciplinary project of Tioma Tchoulanov and Gaëtan Bizien. Combining a cross-genre music with contemporary visuals, the french duo has gained a solid reputation with their powerful AV live shows. Well known for their technique and ever-shifting production style, they released their first album « SAN » last year and have staged their live act worldwide.

                                                                                                                            The Prince Stoner

                                                                                                                            U.V DUB

                                                                                                                              Sister of Groovedge Records, and highly celebrated off the back of its first two killer 7s, Mystery Booms brings together the Lyon electronic scene for new exercises in soundsystem-friendly, earth shattering dub!

                                                                                                                              First appearance is naturally delivered by previous contributor Irie Mona. Knowing perfectly how to inject new digi-attitude in an old school roots way of dubbing productions, "Po.Int" is pitch black dread. A sub-low bass rattling foundations as echo-drenched vox and sirens plague the mix. Comparisons could be drawn to Space Ape and Kode 9, or indeed the heavy digital steppers soundsystem scene that used to grace Manchester and Bradford; but this stands out all on its own as one monumental slab of new and powerful dub. 

                                                                                                                              Meanwhile, "UV Dub" also clatters around the echo chamber, an equally slaying exercise in bass pressure with beautifully executed spring reverberated vox carrying us through. 

                                                                                                                              Honestly, this is probably the best new digi-dub track we've heard for some time in here. Get those orders in quick! 

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                                                                                                                              says: Mystery Booms continue to prove why they're my no. 1 go-to choice for new, soundsystem slaying digi-dub and elecro-roots. Major TIP!

                                                                                                                              After being summoned from Ohio to London by Adrian Sherwood, Nick Riggio and Rebecca Magnetic have brought their Midwest musical experience to the South London electronic music scene with a unique creative vision. Fusing elements of techno, post-punk and psychedelic rock they explore spiritual connections and transcendence while Rebecca Magnetic's introspective vocals set against a tough backdrop of Detroit influenced rhythms and vibrations leave you in awe.

                                                                                                                              Their superb single 'My Future' is a brilliantly cosmic exploration of spaced out and spacious grooves. Crashing hits bring an edgy mood, while lurching drums drag you forwards.
                                                                                                                              Molten acid synths and the strained and pained vocals from Rebecca add further layers of intrigue to this most adventurous electronic trip.

                                                                                                                              First to remix is Oosh! man Dan Wainwright, and his version is laced up with sci-fi chords and echoing vocal sounds. The downtempo drum rotations are superbly heavy and trap you in a trance.
                                                                                                                              Next up, Retroforward is Al Mackenzie's solo remix/music project named after his successful Birmingham night.
                                                                                                                              Al is one half of Field Of Dreams. His 'No Future' remix is an airy and atmospheric remix that takes the track to the farthest edges of space on smooth, hypnotic grooves and beautifully astral melodies.

                                                                                                                              Lastly, Richard Sen has already been getting support for his remix from ALFOS man Sean Johnston, and he goes for a superbly rugged yet slow motion chugger that is dubbed out and expansive thanks to the arching guitar riffs that ring out to the heavens above fat-bottomed drums.

                                                                                                                              Whether experienced on the dance floor or in metaphysical states, this music is medicine for the mind and body.

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                                                                                                                              says: In a cracking week for 12"s, this cosmic stomper is as good as any. In its original form "My Future" sounds a bit like a sci-fi Siouxsie as a Pythian oracle, prophesying doom over a chugging, dub-tinged EBM growl AKA amazing! The Retroforward mix picks up the tempo in acid house stylee, while Richard Sen and Dan Wainwright embrace the slow slanking style in ultimate dub mode. 5 mushrooms out of 5.

                                                                                                                              Soul II Soul

                                                                                                                              Back To Life (Zepherin Saint Remixes)

                                                                                                                                As the world slowly emerges from a pandemic of chaos into the forward facing challenge of Black Lives Matter, could there be a more reassuring soundtrack than Back To Life or Keep On Movin’? However, in keeping with these unique times those tunes will be as never heard before.

                                                                                                                                Soul II Soul’s Funki Dred Records is back after nearly thirty years in hiatus, still bridging the gap between street and sophistication with a schedule of totally 21st Century takes on club classics, and passing the Dred Head banner on to a selection of new young stars.

                                                                                                                                “This is something we’ve had under consideration for a while,” Soul II Soul front man Jazzie B explains. “But first we had to make sure the remixes of the Soul II Soul hits were not only musically perfect within the genres we had reimagined them, but that we were adding something to each original. Although we want to bring the Soul II Soul nation with us on this latest stage of our journey, we’re very conscious how much those tunes mean to so many people so we had to treat them with extra respect.

                                                                                                                                “We’ve always looked at and looked at developing new artists – that’s why Funki Dred Records was first set up back in the 1990s, and we figured we’d hit a point at which we’d connected with enough fresh talent to go forward. As for the timing, if we can contribute to wave of feeling sweeping the globe with our positive message we are proud to do so: A happy face, a thumpin’ bass, for a loving race.”

                                                                                                                                Funki Dred will be releasing music on 12” black vinyl, and collectible coloured vinyl. First on the reactivated catalogue will be an Afrobeat 'Zepherin Saint’ remix of Back To Life featuring the legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen. The 12” features the full ten minute plus Zepherin Saint Mix re-working, alongside a punchy ‘Zepherin Saint Radio Edit’ and a ‘Zepherin Saint Club Edit’, and to complete the package comes a different take on this classic track in the form of the 'Tribe Vocal Mix’.


                                                                                                                                3 Days Man

                                                                                                                                  Turned on by a new dawn of chemical love, Sydney dance-funk combo Bellydance laid down their sampledelica blueprint in 1991, thinking in parallel with Weatherall’s revelatory work with Primal Scream. A candy flip of streetsoul, festival jam band and Chip Monck’s cautionary brown acid address, 3 Days Man! was primed for open fields and discotheques, in an age when the deejay was royalty. With an elastic lineup that boasted up to 9 members, Bellydance synchronised more with the club scene than the city’s straight-ahead pub rock racket, naturally recruiting hometown heroes Peewee and John Ferris to remix their multi-track concoction. A certified party closing anthem, the brother’s sun-smacked breakbeats elevate a collective consciousness beyond the clouds. Originally issued on Regular Records sub-label Boomshanka Music as a precursor to their album One Blood, the now sought-after 12″ sports characteristic artwork from Mambo visionary and Mental As Anything co-founder Reg Mombassa. Instigated by Sydney selector Ben Fester, this Efficient Space reboot arrives fashionably late to Woodstock’s 50th anniversary but just in time to help soothe universal division.

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                                                                                                                                  says: If you unravel the strand of the Balearic poncho which twists through "Moments In Soul", "Higher Than The Sun" and D Twins "Falling", you might eventually encounter this Aussie obscurity from Bellydance. Spoken vocals in a "What Is It That You Want To Do?" style, some irresistibly baggy breaks and a happily stoned soul instrumental all sewed together with a dubby bassline. Ponytails out!

                                                                                                                                  I've been trying to describe this record for the past two hours, but my brain seems to have collapsed into a lysergic stew of tapiocan consistency. Now, you could attribute this to the extra large helping of THC I ingested before leaving the house this morning, but you'd be incorrect, and should you click on the clips you'll instantly know why...then forget, fall into your own tapiocan froth and remember once again. This record is magnificent.

                                                                                                                                  According to the press release (though my Google search matched no documents) Cutmaster Singh is one of Leicester's unsung DJ heroes from the brief and brillant time  in the late 80s and early 90s, when musicians were fusing Acid House with Bhangra. For this record, Cutmaster Singh has dug out a selection of his own edits from back in the day, along with the HUGE "Acid Agah" an unreleased 1994 dubplate that more recently you might have heard being championed by Mr Scruff. Supercharged tabla gallop underneath a relentless, tunneling acid line of corrosive quality while occasional blasts of Bhangra vocals and trilling strings land on top. Every part of me yearns for this to really be from '94, but surely it's a contemporary fix - it can't be this good,  but utterly unknown, right? "Rani" operates in the synth pop / EBM sphere, once again employing a powerhouse acid line along with hefy drum machines and soulful pop pads. On the B1, "Nachdi Drums" hammers you into a dancing trance with crashing percussion, before more traditional instrumentation takes the lead. Finally "Balle Shava" turns up the tape fx to blast through some bubbling acid-laced electrodisco on a slight freestyle tip. Mega!

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                                                                                                                                  says: I cannot even begin to describe how good this 12" is! From the rabid acid of the A1, through the freestyle Asian fusion of Rani and Balle Shava and the clattering percussion tool Nachdi Drums, each of these cuts will cause utter mayhem on any dancefloor, any time. Amazing!

                                                                                                                                  Jorge Ben

                                                                                                                                  Curumin Chama Cuh T Que Eu Vou Contar (Todo Dia Era Dia De Ndio)

                                                                                                                                  Mr Bongo's much in-demand series of classic Brazilian 45’s are back! Featuring a vibrant new design, they’ve curated yet more wants-list regulars and unearthed fresh finds from Brazil that are destined to become collector’s items in their own right.

                                                                                                                                  Number 80 in the Brazil.45 series, aptly sees a double-sider focusing on the awesome 80’s recordings by one of the giants of Brazilian music, Jorge Ben. First up is the addictive, building groove of ‘Curumin Chama Cunh t Que Eu Vou Contar (Todo Dia Era Dia De ndio)’.

                                                                                                                                  Taken from the ‘D diva’ album from 1981, and originally released on Som Livre Records. A homage to the indigenous people and tribes of Brazil. The flip features one of Jorge’s most beloved Brazilian-Boogie joints, ‘Rio Babil nia’, which celebrates life in Rio, partying, the beach, and the city’s iconic monuments.

                                                                                                                                  The song was originally released on a compacto and taken from the ‘D diva’ album from 1983, it features arrangements by the late-great, Lincoln Olivetti.

                                                                                                                                  Number 81 in the Brazil.45 series sees further digging into the magical world of Jorge Ben’s lesser-explored 1980’s productions. ‘Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma (A Lingua Dos Anjos)’ is taken from his ‘Al Al , Como Vai?’ album from 1980, which is arranged, produced, and features keys by the don, Lincoln Olivetti. The song contains trippy lyrics singing about flying saucers and angels.

                                                                                                                                  ‘Dona Culpa’ finds Jorge featuring on a cool mid-tempo groove track taken from Cauby Peixoto’s ‘Cauby! Cauby!’ album (also from 1980). Singer Cauby Peixoto had a long and stellar career, recording and releasing music from the mid-1950’s all the way up until his passing in 2016.

                                                                                                                                  Disco Bits are back with another party time 45. Cannon & Mirrorball are in the edit suite once again re-touching and consensually grappling with funky old 70's grooves and late nite club accapellas to bring you the heat that your record box has been needing.

                                                                                                                                  On side A they they serve up some peaktime Studio 54 realness mixed with a bit of late 80's style hip house. This is Cerrone meeting Sergio Mendes uptown, Saturday Night, whilst Chali 2na and his posse bumrush the show and grab the mic.
                                                                                                                                  On the flipside the boys funk it up with some never fail drum breaks from the Disco Shack, vocal snatches of a houseparty classic and a swathe of brand new instrumentation. The result is a jam is so dope you'll get a contact high by un-sleeving the wax.

                                                                                                                                  Ain't no party like a Cannon & Mirrorball party, y'all !

                                                                                                                                  Get 'em while you can.

                                                                                                                                  Official Mr Bongo Hip Hop Reissue. Nas has had a career of generally consistent excellence, punctuated with a few lulls.

                                                                                                                                  He’s an incredibly skilled rapper sometimes accused of having a tin ear when it comes to choosing beats - especially on albums (and the entirety of ‘Illmatic’ aside, obviously). ‘Made You Look’ was a shot in the arm for Nas at a time when he’d shed some of his core, street fanbase. After the unfocussed ‘Nastradamus’ and ‘I Am...’ albums he’d had a return to some kind of form with ‘Stillmatic’, but many felt he came off second best in the ensuing battle with Jay-Z.

                                                                                                                                  This single, a club and street classic almost from the moment it dropped, is exactly what he needed to reconnect with his fans and to show he could still throw down. Lyrically, it’s hardcore bragging 101, delivered with panache and numerous quotables that themselves would go on to be sampled. Key to it all, however, is that beat. Salaam Remi was no stranger to resurrections, having almost single-handedly turned The Fugees from forgettable also-rans to major-players. The beat here is deceptively simple, one of hundreds of records to chop up Incredible Bongo Band’s ‘Apache’ but doing so in a way that felt instantly fresh. Nearly 20 years later it still has the power to get a stationary crowd moving, an empty dancefloor to fill, a still head to nod.

                                                                                                                                  This original version has never been on 7” before. It’s presented with full artwork

                                                                                                                                  Back again with a pair of edits in the lower BPM spectrum, Jim Sharp takes us on a regional tour of the South. Side A, breaks down then reassembles an early West Coast gangsta hit, Dopeman. Us-ing the OG drums and extending the breaks, this will rock dance floors and bass bins alike. The B side, takes us to the Dirty South with 808 kicks, sprinkler Hi-Hats and sweet Soul music. I Chose You Could be dropped at a bounce party or a wedding. Willie Hutch sounds like an International Player with the revamped construction and drums. 

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                                                                                                                                  says: Jim Sharp does his thing for Soul By The Pound here, breaking down and building up NWA classic "Dopeman" as a bass heavy, break-led beast then recreating that killer beat from UGK's "Int'l Players Anthem" on the flip.

                                                                                                                                  David Webb’s hypnotic and raw Elevate 12” from 1994 reveals an overlooked region in Detroit’s seemingly-endless musical landscape, linking the narcotic minimalism of Theo Parrish’s Ugly Edits with the uninhibited, spontaneous, and jazzy jamming found on J Dilla beat-tapes.

                                                                                                                                  Raised in the musically fertile and adventurous atmosphere of Detroit, Webb got his start as a mobile DJ while in high school during the late 70’s. Captivated by the local boom of soul, funk and disco, he’d frequent the social clubs, soaking up sounds. His earliest experiments in mixing led him to form a DJ crew with his pal Paul Johnson. Paul enlisted a friend, Jeff Mills, pre-Underground Resistance, to join the trio and they called themselves Frequency Sounds. The three would play underground parties and college events for Michigan State students. Throughout the 80’s, Webb and his friends would play at the local clubs around town, like 431 East (now called Saint Andrews), where he played alongside Ken Collier and other Detroit legends. Each week he found new sounds at his local record shop Buy Rite Records on West 7 Mile, where he’d dig for Italo, New Wave, Disco and House, buying 12”s from labels like Prelude, Trax and Beggars’ Banquet on sight.

                                                                                                                                  Webb’s earliest experiments with producing his own sounds started when he bought an Echoplex and ASR-X Drum Machine. During his sets he’d add live effects & rhythm to his favourite songs. This led to building a mini home studio where initially he would record all his songs overdubbing on two tape decks. Two of his earliest experiments, Elevate and Who Am I? Were self-released as a small- run promo 12” that he would hand out to his friends and local DJs. Webb quickly sold out and gave away the pressing, and he would often hear it played by DJs around town, but over time it drifted in the margins, as an obscure footnote in the history of Detroit Techno. Mixed Signals is proud to bring this important record back into circulation, seducing a whole new generation of DJs and dancers with Webb’s dark and silky pleasures.

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                                                                                                                                  says: Deep and groovy Detroit house here, dug up by the Mixed Signals family. While he's unknown to most, David Webb was in a DJ crew with Paul Johnson and Jeff Mills way back when - serious credentials - and this 12" bumps, grooves and glides in all the right places.

                                                                                                                                  Under the pseudonyms 4 A.M. and Beat Per Bar, Lupos Sobre-Vega released two eccentric 12”s, of what, in retrospect, can be called vernacular house music. Both records are individualistic collisions of New Wave, Bass, Freestyle, Hi-NRG, Acid, and Sample House recorded in Sobre-Vega’s home studio in Orange County, Los Angeles. Using a Yamaha QX-5, Roland S-50, his mom's Roland Juno 60, EMU drum machines, and Yamaha DX-7, he put his nascent jazz chops to use and laid down the idiosyncratic dance tracks that he would self-release on his own label, House Hold Records, in 1988 and 1989 respectively. Although both 12”s were credited to groups, Sobre-Vega confirms that “the so-called band members were club friends. A couple were models and actors, or just plain good ol’ dancers. They were strategically picked by me, of course. So yeah, 4 A.M. and BEAT PER BAR are 300% me. There is no other.”

                                                                                                                                  Despite working within the confines of dance music’s ready-made rhythms, Sobre-Vega’s sensitivity transcends the inarticulate 4/4 beat - vulnerable, idealistic and yearning. The timeless themes on the records reveal his youthful worries about money, intimacy, love and sex. Looking back at dance music history, it is luminaries such as Arthur Russell, Sylvester, Grace Jones, Theo Parrish, and Larry Heard, that stand out as enduring visionaries that transcended stylistic trends. Mixed Signals is proud to illuminate Sobre-Vega’s work in the constellation of dance music’s radical dreamers with this EP comprised of two songs from each his scarce and singular 12”s

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                                                                                                                                  says: Nearly thirty quid?! I've literally just gafawd at that price tag! Elitism or the true value of art?? Risograph sleeve.. is it worth it? The music's really, really good; but I'll have to leave it to you to decide.

                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                  12" Info: Limited 200 pressing - handmade covers with beautiful risograph printed artwork

                                                                                                                                  You can always trust Rush Hour's Japan series to deliver some incontinental magic, but this tasty 12" is exceptonal even by their gih standards. Firstly it gives the DJ a handy wax of the two finest tracks from Colored Music, but secondly they land enhanced and extended by famed Japanese digger and DJ Chee Shimizu (of Organic Music fame). 
                                                                                                                                  The two cuts originally featured on the band's seminal self titled album from 1981 and 'Heart Beat' remained a cult DJ secret weapon, for many years all over the world. This heavy EP includes an alternative version of 'Heart Beat' that featured on the Japan only "Individual Beauty" LP of 2018 (also compiled by Shimizu).

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                                                                                                                                  says: If you know, you know. In case you don’t, these two unclassics from Japan’s Colored Music offer narcotic synth pop laced with industrial idents and proto Detroit thrust.

                                                                                                                                  Kino Moderno

                                                                                                                                  Kino Moderno

                                                                                                                                    Faithful music merchants Rush Hour present a lost Japanese house classsic for our delectation! This EP of tracks is taken from the rare Kino Moderno album originally released in 1990 (tracks from this were used for the video game Video Drug 2). It's a vibrat, rich collection of sounds utilizing both analogue and digital synthesis of the time and is reminiscent of Dan Curtin, Shinichiro Yokota & Soichi Terada (especially) or Harumi Hosono's "Super Xevious" proto techno bomb. Features remix work (recorded in 93) from British soulful house DJ Frankie Valentine who had a record on Chez Damier's Balance records. As a bonus this set includes an unreleased version of "Into The Future".

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                                                                                                                                    says: Takes a lot for a 'vintage house reissue' to pique my beak these days; yet sometimes someone digs deep enough to unearth summat that's previously escaped my attention and genuinely excites. This is one such offering!

                                                                                                                                    This week's Ronseal award goes to Cole Odin for the lush and perfectly titled "Warmth" EP, a much needed dose of mid afternoon sun in the week my boiler broke down. On A-side cut "This Kitchen Is For Dancing", Cole is in full Claremont 56 mode, combining sunkissed arps and nuanced drum programming beneath a chiming, chorus soaked guitar, recalling the horiztonal magic of the finest moments from Messers Smith & Mudd. "The Warmth Of Your Sun" switches the style but retains the vibe, dropping the tempo for a dubby downbeat jam absolutely dripping with hallucinogenic agents. Remixes come from Jack Priest and Adam Warped who strip back and speed up the cuts respectively for some full blooded Balearic house heat. 

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                                                                                                                                    says: Lovely stuff from Cole Odin on Eclectics here, ensuring we all stay toasty throughout the imminent winter. Dreamy guitars, bubbling electronics and unchecked optimism wait within.

                                                                                                                                    FAR are excited to bring Chris Coco and DJ Rocca to the label for this release. Both artists need no introduction to Balearic /House and Disco aficionados, the pair have both notched up stunning solo musical releases.

                                                                                                                                    Meeting at La Casella festival in Italy in the summer of 2019, the duo decided to team up in the studio resulting in the ''Discoteca'' EP, a shimmering slice of Balearic, Disco House containing all the right ingredients and forward motion required for maximum sunshine or nightime connection.

                                                                                                                                    On A1 Discoteca (The Heavy Fun Dub Mix), they manage to create a heady cocktail of synth riffs, ARhodes and Guitars all underpinned by a solid bass line, nodding to the Jazz funk of Atmosphere with the edge of Dinosaur L recording in Italy circa 1982. AAntonio prosper turns up on vocals, whispering, and chanting, evoking imagery of a night out in the mid-summer heat somewhere in southern Europe.

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                                                                                                                                    says: More quality stuff from the Faze Action camp as Chris Coco and DJ Rocca team up for "Discoteca", a spacious and groovy Balearic dancer which sounds a bit like a mythical Lindbaek dub of Laid Back, or the record Bell Towers is reaching for with each release. Faze Action turn things up with a hypnotic space disco remix which tastes a little Turkish Delight, while additional OG "Brute" is a right little acid funk wriggler.

                                                                                                                                    Memoryman Aka Uovo

                                                                                                                                    Don't Mess With B / Pimpin' With Dolce Vita

                                                                                                                                    Stamp Records return with a little Italian flavour...Two edits from Memoryman aka Uovo who is the man behind the Paradise Pizza series.

                                                                                                                                    On the A side, the killer, building groove of "Don't Mess With B" combines a loopy bassline, catchy piano sample and tiiiight perc for a searing disco-house epic that'd make even DJ Sneak take notice.

                                                                                                                                    On the flip, "Pimpin' with Dolce Vita" reaches Fellini heights as it combines the synth line & melody of an obscure Euro-pop hit with an original rhythm track and a beefed-up bottom end for a most excellent retroist dancefloor jam.

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                                                                                                                                    says: Stamp return! The solid but unimposing label has quietly released some really solid dance music over the years and this tasty double A-side is no exception.

                                                                                                                                    To close the 3 EP reissue series of Neville King and Lee Laing's King & City label, the all female group Charisma are presented with their summer infused Lovers cut, Everything Is Fine.

                                                                                                                                    Three Lewisham friends, Angela Richardson on lead vocals, with Geselle and Janie backing, were active from 1982 to 1990, but are really remembered for the early recordings made with Neville King. Their debut, Everything Is Fine rides the Lovers sound at its peak. Written with One Blood's Lloyd Robinson, with the rest of band of Robinson brothers providing the rhythm section, this is pure South London sound system music.

                                                                                                                                    Recorded again at TMC (Tooting Music Centre) Recording Studios - working alongside the likes of Dillinger, Tradition and New Musik - Everything Is Fine rides a beautiful soul reggae rhythm as Trevor (Drums) and Lloyd (Bass) Robinson set the foundations, while One Blood provide the Dub mix.

                                                                                                                                    A true love's lament, a song of hope, serenity and pure vibes. Label head Chuggy slides behind the mixing desk for an extended Discomix that stretches, loops and dubs the vocal and dub back forth, to close a glimpse at this uniquely British phenomenon, taking reggae closer to it's heart and soul.

                                                                                                                                    Absolutely ESSENTIAL, under-the-counter repress of this stone cold mid 70s disco bumper from The Fatback Band. Licensed by groovement & recently championed by Dave Lee on his "Remixed With Love" series (and possibly the reason Vol. 3 regularly fetches £100 2nd hand already..), this is primo, funky, bustling disco musica!

                                                                                                                                    Coming with Dave Lee's two iconic remixes as well as the original, and with "Backstrokin'" included too as a further Brucy bonus! You lucky mother fu____s!

                                                                                                                                    Limited copies, move quick!  

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    says: Killer disco-funk that most people know but few own a decent copy of! Groovin please the masses by including JN's two best remixes alongside the original at a wallet-friendly cost. Winner!

                                                                                                                                    Due to popular demand, Sekito release a re-mastered version of Alfa Mist & Emmavie’s collaboration project from 2014, available for the first time on vinyl, plus new bonus song ‘Energy’. Combining soulful keys, jazzy modalities and a distinctly hip hop bump, Alfa Mist operates in the some sphere as Dilla, Robert Glasper and Raphael Sadeeq, while Emmavie's vocals are smooth and tender with an ever present power throughout. RIYL 22a, Rhythm Section, Black Focus or Brownswood.

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    says: Alfa Mist has always been a firm favourite of mine, soothing jazz etched with hip hop beats then paired alongside Emmavie’s soulful vocals are a dream. Ooft!

                                                                                                                                    It's been six years since Starion's incredible "Mind Bender EP" (RL09) circulated our orbit - a masterpiece seemingly beamed from a utopic late nite discotheque on a far-away star cluster, and one that immediately promoted the then Manctalo rookie up the ranks of the Red Laser hierarchy.
                                                                                                                                    Subsequently dropping primo synth sizzlers with Tron-like precision via the label's V/A EPs, the producer returns with four more particle-splitting bangers for our nocturnal delectation.

                                                                                                                                    Quintessentially Manctalo, 'Altered States' captures the producer's Streford-based, garage-cum-studio humming with activity. Encircled with everlasting chord progressions, excitable drum patterns and a plethora of star-studded synthesizers, the tracks glide through Starion's humble quadrant with a deep, guided desire to touch our hearts and power positive interactions.

                                                                                                                                    'Mind Funk', with its spark plug percussion and intense squelch washes euphoric, gated vox through its shadowy, amorphous, electro-charged circuitry; leading us with trepidation into the vast unknown. Key title track 'Altered States' ionizes its surroundings with a charged and uplifting synth array containing a whole multitude of messages and motifs to decipher in the dance.

                                                                                                                                    In one inspired moment Starion explores the archetypal realms of electronic disco through a colossally robotic rendition of 'Spacer Woman' before 'Condo Cruise' finally, ensures that Red Laser devotees have a brand new, radium-studded dancefloor gem to digest when the discotheques are open once more, its heart-tickling sequences and end-of-era majesty showing us a positive path thru the New Normal...

                                                                                                                                    Housed in a limited risograph sleeve designed by Manchester artist, DJ and musician Glen Cutwerk it's another carefully mined nugget of Manctalo heritage humans and their AI-upgraded incarnations will enjoy for many millennia to come.

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    says: Wildly regarded no. 1 firm for Manctalo goodness and sporting the most charismatic roster in the whole Greater Manchester Area, Red Laser Records return with the legend that is Starion providing the chug. Local stables don't come hotter than this!

                                                                                                                                    J-Walk / The Hi-Fires

                                                                                                                                    Bossa For Shorty D / Là Bas

                                                                                                                                    Wonderful Sound keep the Mancunian drizzle at bay this week with a gorgeous split 7" from favourites J-Walk (yes Brew!) and The Hi-Fires, who let us luxuriate in two particularly lush takes on the Balearic form. 

                                                                                                                                    The A-side belongs to our good buddy J-Walk, who follows his excellent "Mediterranean Winds" LP with the breezy "Bossa For Shorty D", a grooving journey through spaced out keys and unexpected organ licks driven by Brazil's favourite rhythm. Easy on the ears, the track swells at the midpoint via plush pads and tremolo guitar twang, then serves the same tasty ingredients in ever trippier forms for the rest of its run time. 

                                                                                                                                    Over on the B-side we get an absolute beauty from The Hi-Fires, taken from their long player "Return To Vega". Channeling Verocai, Astrud and Working Week, "Là Bas" slinks along with its own Brazilian flavour, Francophone lyrics and sublime sax from Gary Plummley (Collaborator with Terry Callier and his 21st century counterpart Michael Kiwanuka). 

                                                                                                                                    Effortlessly, blissfully Balearic folks! 

                                                                                                                                    Wilson Records is back in the game with a killer new comp celebrating eight years in the game!
                                                                                                                                    Welcoming three new artists to the Wilson Records roster: Pats Favorite, better known for his recent release on Lunar Orbiter Program under his Turk Turkelton moniker (also out this week!), Clafrica and the Colombian Tropico Frio.

                                                                                                                                    It's much more booty & electro inspired outing on this record, shunning the raw bumpety house music for something a bit more futuristic and tougher.

                                                                                                                                    As always, super limited, no repress and digi - so if you dig these cuts act now! 

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    says: Fast n pacey electro-booty cuts from Wilson's allstars as the label pursues exciting new avenues. Proudly steadfast in their commitment to both the dancefloor, and vinyl - you won't find these cuts on any digital emporium! Vital!

                                                                                                                                    Arp Frique is back, delivering four dance floor ready cuts in his signature style. 'Minina Bem Li' is loosely inspired by Arp Frique’s Cape Verdean connection through Rotterdam and Americo Brito, echoing the spacey 70s sounds of some of his favorite music. "Minina Bem Li" erupts with infectious rhythm, whomping space bass and sparkling arps supporting the killer island vocals. Next up "Voyage" veers into Zouk territories, laying some sizzling Desvarieux guitars over a driving rhythm section, further developed on the swinging 6/8 of synth heavy heater "Mindelo Aejo", a big contender for my tune of the week. Last but not least the drum box thump and future primitive palette (mallets, synth flute) of "La Verite" slides alongside your "Digital Zandoli" comp. 

                                                                                                                                    Peter Tevis / Ennio Morricone

                                                                                                                                    Pastures Of Plenty

                                                                                                                                    Originally written and released by Woody Guthrie in 1947, this cover version of “Pastures Of Plenty” by Pete Tevis – a Californian folk singer living in Rome in 1962 – was arranged by Ennio Morricone. A few years later, Sergio Leone wanted Morricone to score his up and coming western called A Fistful Of Dollars. Legend has it Morricone wrote some music, Leone hated it. Morricone then played him this old single. Leone wanted this music but with a new melody over the top. The rest is film music history.

                                                                                                                                    This is the first ever repress of this hugely important single since 1962. Originals copies are mythical to say the least.

                                                                                                                                    Cloud One

                                                                                                                                    Atmosphere Strut - Inc. Kon's Fly Away Edit

                                                                                                                                      More glorious heat from the vaults of NYC's Disco powerhouse - P&P Records!

                                                                                                                                      One of many labels operating under the equally legendary tutelage of Patrick Adams and Peter Brown, two truly colossal figures in NYC's music scene, the P&P records catalogue is still fascinating underground dance music lovers to this day. Covering a wide range of styles including Gospel, early Rap and Disco the label's output continually finds its way into the playlists of respected DJ's and selectors across the globe. This latest repress from the vaults is a real biggie - a true NYC underground disco CLASSIC!

                                                                                                                                      Cloud One was one of Adams' numerous studio outfits, featuring a ridiculously healthy dose of the man's virtuoso keyboard and synth playing. This was a progressive Disco sound, the pairing of extremely danceable funk and R&B with some spaced out over-dubbed analogue synthesizers and keys made for a heady concoction indeed, especially in 1976 when this cut was released. This was one of many Cloud One trademarks and one of the things that make these records still sound so way out today! 'Atmosphere Strut' could not be a better title for this immense slice of true NYC space Disco - it's got it all - the driving rhythms of the Cloud One band, the killer vibes, celestial vocals and Adams' totally wigged out synthesizer workouts. On top of all this goodness, the main man Kon, Boston's editor supreme and self confessed Disco fiend and digger, has dropped a stellar and respectful edit of Atmosphere Strut' for all your disc jockeys out there, featured here across the length of the B-side thus making this an essential repress of this legendary 12". If you don't know this jam, and you're a Disco head - you're in for a treat! You're gonna fly......!

                                                                                                                                      DJ Longsleeve

                                                                                                                                      Glyder Fach

                                                                                                                                        Honourable Welsh nipper, Luv*Jam ushered in the The Legend Of Gelert's newest release during the midst of lock down, so we never got it! Now finally on our shelves after many requests, "Glyder Fach" shines bright with three OGs and a remix by Lootbeg.

                                                                                                                                        Glyder Fach is the 7th highest peak of the Welsh 3000’s of Snowdonia; the home of Gelert. With meticulous curation, the series has delivered crystalline, dreamy and high fidelity house music often with a melancholic and certain serenity to proceedings and this is no exception. The three original tracks are 100% typical of Luv*Jam's expert programming; sitting alongside other releases from Iona Capri, Dawn Again and Johan Hansson as if they were written to be sonic bedfellows. Super crisp drum patterns, angelic, heavenly pad presets, and a detailed lower end characterize the productions; the elevated feeling you can only really achive once you get high into the clouds.

                                                                                                                                        Lootbeg's remix doesn't stray off the mountain path too much; imparting "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" with even further degrees of emotion, sentiment and feeling. There's few electronic music label's that speak to the heart as much as Luv*Jam's various series (see also: Blind Jack's Journey, Dream House, Crow Castle Cuts); indeed often finding a home beneath the sheets rather than on the dancefloor. A brilliant UK electronic label with completely it's own style. Full marks! 

                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        says: Nippy's back! More dream house goodness from the Legend Of Gelert. Luv*Jam's most recently curated incarnation of Welsh folklore and hypnagogic dance music.

                                                                                                                                        Having self-released a number of EP’s in the past year iota has pricked up the ears of the Australian music community with his take on minimal tek, electro and acid. His debut release on Pure Space delivers three original tracks spanning the breadth of minimal club music. Accompanying the release are two remixes, one from Melbourne's  Reptant and another from IDM producer DBR.

                                                                                                                                        On the A-side iota kicks it off with "Terminus", here deep under a tight electro beat lurks a staunch bassline intertwined with playful pads and soft acid-like tones. It’s a textural and delicately refined track, with each sound finding its perfect place within the piece. Up next is "Cloudtek"; where gentle percussion dances softly on a bed of textured sampling that truly takes the edge off the stomping 4/4 beat..

                                                                                                                                        Flipping to the B-side you will find "Noxi", a lurking, half-time, hi-tek dub track destined to turn heads. Curious psy-inspired samples follow you through the piece and a continual shift in the percussion builds tension and a sense of tectonic movement beneith the skitting, echo-laden rhythms. Seriously, this is breathtaking stuff listeners! 

                                                                                                                                        Complementing the release, Reptant takes "Terminus" takes deep into the Drexciyan under realms. His Lizard-Tech mix plays up the acid elements of the original and sits on the darker end of the scale. The acid drones and lysergic swirls sounding like your gasping for air bubbles on one of the Sonic the Hedgehog underwater levels. 

                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        says: Major tip!! Specialist tackle for deep tech / and future dub heads that like it hyper modern and super advanced. The production is RIDICULOUS. Trust me, this is the dogs bollox!


                                                                                                                                        Hearts Utd.

                                                                                                                                          "Hearts Utd." is an addendum to RX-101’s recent 2LP “Serenity”, featuring 5 additional caustic braindance assaults from the archive, alongside a brand new remix of Serenity standout cut “Hearts Utd.” by the mysterious IDM producer Brainwaltzera.

                                                                                                                                          On “Hearts Utd.”, RX-101 delivers more scorched, crunchy jackhammer beats, combined with emotional, plaintive pads, delivering a classic set of vintage-Rephlex-style bliss, à la AFX, Caustic Window, and Cylob.

                                                                                                                                          Comes housed in a reverse-board jacket with full-colour-picture inner-sleeve.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          says: Friend's of mine know how much I dig RX-101 but it's actually the Brainwaltzera remix I'm feeling on this 12". The mysterious, already-cult electro outfit delivering a dark, industrious, dystopian ballad of the highest calibre. Don't sleep.

                                                                                                                                          Pina Edits

                                                                                                                                          Vol. 4

                                                                                                                                          A Berlin based collective of music aficionados launch a limited and lovely 7" platform for club-ready recuts. On the main mix, delivered here on the A-side we get a bass boosted disco classic, replete with muchos groovos, funk horns and the girthiest wah guitar you're gonna hear this year. On the B-side, "Disco Dub" adds a load more FX and additional percussion nuggets, taking the track in a trippier direction.

                                                                                                                                          Idrissa Soumaora Et L'Eclipse

                                                                                                                                          Nissodia (Mike D Edit)

                                                                                                                                          Legend’ is lofty praise that is often used lightly, however, Mike D from the Beastie Boys certainly is one in the truest of spirits. We are delighted after over 30 years of being involved in music to finally release a project involving such a hip-hop pioneer and icon as Mike.

                                                                                                                                          In keeping with the maverick attitude of the Beastie Boys, you don’t always get what you expect. For this release there isn’t a hip-hop beat, instrumental-funk or hardcore-punk joint in sight, rather an electronic-African club banger. Mike took it upon himself to rework Malian artists Idrissa Soumaoro and L’Eclipse De L’I.J.A. and their track ‘Nissodia’, which is taken from the ‘Le Tioko-Tioko’ album originally released in 1978 on the German Democratic Republic (GDR) label ETERNA. The song was also featured on ‘The Original Sound Of Mali’ compilation released on Mr Bongo back in 2017.

                                                                                                                                          It was November 2019 and the day before a Mr Bongo 30 years celebration event in Paris at the Pedro party in the ‘New Morning’ club, when out of the blue the remix landed in Dave Mr Bongo’s inbox. We loved it straight away and decided to road test it the next night in the club. Whether it be a remix/re-edit/ rework, it doesn’t matter, what does matter is that it works spectacularly in the club and had people jumping on the stage to dance at the party. A sensational track and one which leaves a beautiful memory of good-times from a night out in Paris (and one which is in retrospect is even more poignant as the late-great maestro Tony Allen was in the club that night), and we are sure it will light up many more dancefloors to come.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          says: Check-ch-check-check - check-ch-check it out! Beastie Boy Mike D takes his scalpel to this Malian jam-a-thon from Idrissa Soumaora and twists it into a stomping Afro-electronic banger which has me begging for the clubs to re-open. Chuck in the OG on the flip and you got some must have wax on yo hands.

                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                          Ltd 12" Info: Indies exclusive yellow vinyl.

                                                                                                                                          Lunar Orbiter Program drop the first solo mission for the wonderfully named Turk Turkelton. The new electro-focussed label has previously given local artist Torai his first outing, alongside a veritble plethora of box-beats synth squelchers that generally regard Drexciya as their all conquering Lord.

                                                                                                                                          I'll be honest, I do swerve away from a lot of the 'nu electro also-rans'... The resurgence in the genre has yeilded mixed fruits: some of it inspired, high calibre machine funk while others create mediocre and unimaginative offerings, fuelled by the same bad Ableton presets that try to mimic that old skool cog grit and scorched circuitry with little impact.

                                                                                                                                          Thankfully Turk's managed to harness that vintage aggression and energy perfect on "Hive Mind" which cracks, snaps, rumbles and shakes in all the right places. "Safe" opens proceedings with precision; a robotic groove that's executed with such finesse it feels familiar upon first listen; and with a crazy uplifting switch around full of strings and booty vox samples. "Rock It" quickly returns fire with another masterclass in sequencing and programming. Subtle slides guiding the rattlesnake lead line while a flailing scatter-gun of acid peppers the backdrop. More tense Detroitian strings and unrelenting drum kinetics keep this one rollin' right thru. Heavy.

                                                                                                                                          "Acqualunge" switches the broken beat for the 4/4; injecting a noticible level of acceleration into proceedings as we ratchet up the gears to techno speeds. Further nods to the Detroit pioneers encapsulate this track which masters that 'drive-by shooting at night' vibe Juan, Derrick and Jeff famously tried so hard to aurally mimic. Finally, before we get any ideals on relaxing, ""X Statione" hits you in the bowels with plumes of deep Reesey bass, providing a hundred-hand-slap of stuttered electro rhythms and a ghostly synth motif that'll take you back to Big Boo's Haunted House... Wicked!

                                                                                                                                          A stunning record for the army of electro veterans and new club rookies alike. Imperitve!

                                                                                                                                          Mastered at Reel Mastering, London. Limited copies.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          says: The wonderfully named Turk Turkleton drops an imperative new EP of new electro and mechanised techno which is up there with some of the best this burgeoning little label has to offer.

                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                          Sweet Echoes Vol.2

                                                                                                                                            Vol.2 in OTIS's "Sweet Echoes" series. Don't sleep on this. With Vol.1 long sold-out and fetching a tidy sum on the online shark market "Sweet Echoes vol.2" quickly ushers in five tracks of brand new Australian jungle! The flora seems in fine form, with Rings Around Saturn (Melb), Splitch (Syd), Hugh B (Syd), Freda (Syd) & Roy Batty Jr (Syd) contributing a more-than-competant set of joints that jumnp straight into that original '94 liquid sound - think LTJ Buken, K & D Sessions, 4Hero etc.

                                                                                                                                            Stupendously limited copies! Order fast.

                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                            says: The top Australian label turns its deft hand to mid 90s jungle after ably demonstrating a perfect grasp of digi-dub, deep house & Balearic styles... is there nothing they can't do?!

                                                                                                                                            Bonnie & Klein

                                                                                                                                            Roof Garden EP

                                                                                                                                            Straight from the Mediterranean Sea, the Greek Duo Bonnie and Klein have landed at MM Discos to present “ROOF GARDEN”, an EP where the balearic beats and downtempo takes over the control and where the “2 Balearica devotes” invite us to enjoy an amazing trip from the Ionian coast thru the Aegean beaches until Myrtle Sea. Bonnie & Klein are no longer unknown after being working the last 4 years for well renown labels as “Leng”, “Music for Dreams” and “Is It Balearic?” among others. Following their previous releases, B&K stay loyal to their own personal vision of “Chillout”. Highly influenced by the architecture and culture from Greece, George & Thanasis build beat after beat an amazing work where their “Laid Back Style” will be the main character on this story, a long with haunting keys, wicked percussions, and sounds and melodies that will remind to “Far East”.


                                                                                                                                            Set Me Free

                                                                                                                                              Los Angeles disco/funk lover LUXXURY’s latest EP "Set Me Free" - five slices of dreamy 80’s disco and funk influenced bedroom pop - got on the radar of in the know indie dance fans after repeated airplay on LA tastemaker station KCRW. But the grooves, rubbery bass lines and shimmering synths barely mask the anxiety in the vocals, as LUXXURY (Blake Robin) sings as if he were peering into the future from the world we’ve all just - and so, very recently - left behind.

                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                              says: New one on me, but oh-so-pleasing: Luxxury provide some competition to Roisin Murphy, Galaxians and Crazy P as they spearhead a new optimistic direction in dreamy electronic disco-pop. You need.



                                                                                                                                                Continual contender for the much vaunted "Favourite Shop Customer" trophy, the inimitable Begin soothes our cares with a beatific and balmy three track 12" of breezy Balearic excellence.

                                                                                                                                                Keeping the lockdown blues at bay with an uncharacteristic abundance of Bandcamp beauties, Begin extends his optimistic sound from the digital to the physical, cherry picking a couple of his most recent and decent alongside the previously unheard "Alldaydream".

                                                                                                                                                Longtime fans will be well aware of Begin's South American predilections, and the brilliantly titled "Super Barrio" continues the Brazilian love affair, underpinning a swaying MPB-style groove with an irresistible bassline before layering warming keys, dexterous guitar and a babbling vocal as the cherries on top - jackpot! On the A2, "Above" opens with ringing guitars, rhythmic chords and a gentle polyrhythm, slowly but surely spreading joy like the rising sun.

                                                                                                                                                Turn the record over and prepare to drool as Begin charters a private jet from Stretford to Sao Paulo on the lush and lilting "Alldaydream", possibly his finest production to date. Snippets of spoken vocal, crashing cymbals and a cascading chorus are all washed in echo and delay, dubbing out into the ether over a sumptuous groove.

                                                                                                                                                Remember, the sun is always shining if you get high enough. 

                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                says: You all know how essential this music is already, but I guess I'll wax lyrical one more time. Stretford's finest serenades us with a trio of lilting Balearic beauties, each bearing that Latin tinge which has become his calling card. Exceptional again!

                                                                                                                                                Yre Den


                                                                                                                                                  Blink-and-you'll-miss it, OG shamanic electronix here - listen up and pay attention apprentice! 

                                                                                                                                                  When we first coined the phrase here in Piccadilly it quickly got bastardized by the mainstream and now you've got fuckin' Ibiza TV streaming 'Shamanic House DJ Set' for all the masses to smoke a CBD spliff too. Complete with ethnic flute samples, some lame-ass conga presets and sluggishly sequenced drug-chug, it couldn't be further from the spontanous combustion of voodoo and circuitry that we had in mind when WE invented the phrase. 

                                                                                                                                                  Thankfully Yre Den got the memo as he / she / they produce a double A-side of incendary hardware magic; uncatagorizable but highly infectious. Not gonna hang around long either, so ignore the price tag and grab some hi-tek ritual release. Crucial! 

                                                                                                                                                  GoGo Penguin

                                                                                                                                                  Last Words / Fanfares (Alternate Versions)

                                                                                                                                                  Gondwana Records are delighted to announce the 6th release of our '7" Series', our first ever 7" vinyl collection series. Featuring bespoke artwork from Gondwana Records designer Daniel Halsall, cut at Calyx in Berlin, and manufactured at Optimal. This one is limited to strictly 500 copies and housed in a reverse board printed sleeve with classic 'dinked' centre holes.

                                                                                                                                                  Last Words and Fanfares were GoGo Penguin's breakthrough tracks, taken from their first album, Fanfares, they first introduced the band's trademark mix of jazz, dance and classical music influences to the world outside of Manchester. For this this very special release we feature two breathtaking alternate versions. Recorded in 2013 they feature the now classic line-up of GoGo Penguin with pianist Chris Illingworth, drummer Rob Turner and bassist Nick Blacka (replacing Grant Russsell) together with producer Joe Reiser - they are released here for the first and only time.

                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                  Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 500 copies, comes with a limited edition postcard

                                                                                                                                                  Tempo Dischi is an italian label created on a mission to discover and repress classics and rare italian gems of the italo disco, afro and cosmic scene. With the support from all the main players who has made that era magic, we work to put back on records stores shelves a piece of art that may have been lost but it’s still timeless.

                                                                                                                                                  The fourth release is a double A side release from the japanese electronic music pioneer Hideki Matsutake. Composer, arranger and programmer he is certainly known as member of the Yellow Magic Orchestra with Ryuichi Sakamoto from 1978 to 1982. In 1981 he launched his own project Logic System, producing essential songs like ‘Unit’ and ‘Clash’ that are included in the seminal album ‘Logic’.

                                                                                                                                                  ‘The first half of the 70s was an era of practices and challenges for me’ comments Hideki ‘I started at the studio of the legendary electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita where i touched a synthesizer for the first time. I explored the Moog modular learning how to create sounds that nobody had heard. It was a stimulating period for music. Loads of the Japanese pop of this era was an active mix of different genres like jazz, fusion, electronic music, enka and more, and there were many experimental sounds. The experience with Yellow Magic Orchestra has been wonderful, but I've always had the desire to produce my music based on my own experiences.
                                                                                                                                                  The first synthesizer I purchased was Moog IIIc and then an E-mu Modular System. The Roland MC-8 was also revolutionary in creating never-ending and precise rhythm patterns. I produced the first album ‘Logic’ together with my partner Ryo Kawakami. At the time I was working with him on different projects. Inspired by the principle of transformation, we were transported by thoughts, musical contexts and experimental elements that guided us to the production of this record’

                                                                                                                                                  The B side is a special italo disco version of ‘Unit’ produced by the Italian studio team Mito, formed by Natale Bellotti, Italo Portesani and Stefano Secchi. The idea of ​​this remaking came from friend and colleague Stefano Secchi. I think it was 1982’ recalls Italo Portesani ‘I introduced the project to Natale Bellotti who agreed to participate as executive producer. The studio band of Mito was born. The sound of Unit was already electronic and minimal but we thought to make it more danceable and in the mood with the italo disco and electro pop sound’

                                                                                                                                                  Yosa Peit / Nauker / Glenn Astro

                                                                                                                                                  TERM 3

                                                                                                                                                  Man, these Money $ex cats have gone all the way through the looking glass of late, leaving any traces of their beatdown house waaaay in the rearview. I'm all about artistic growth and this transition into strange, live jammed, dub-heavy weirdness is causing all sorts of raunchy brain vibrations in my skull. The third release on Termina comes from a Sunday session from Yosa Peit, Nauker and Glenn Astro and serves us a duo of deep and diverse workouts on a slow and slanky tip. On the A-side 'Policeman Theme' emerges from the crystalline brightness of new age chimes to adopt its final form, semi Balearic bedroom pop with a hint of Fairlight jazz about it. Think James Ferraro and Eleventeen Eston soundtracking a straight to VHS mystery in 1987. On the flip the trio change the flavour, packing "No Ligo Me" with low tempo ket-den soul, wigged out ring mod and a rattline dancehall rhythm. It's like Pecker / SKRS dubbing out a Jessie Ware track, eventually dropping the vocal completely to concentrate on pure sonic voodoo.

                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                  7" Info: Hand-stamped hand-numbered 7" limited to 100 copies

                                                                                                                                                  2 Lanes

                                                                                                                                                  Baby's Born To Fish / Impish Desires

                                                                                                                                                    2lanes is part of the latest resurgence in Detroit's techno underground whose infamy is built via amorphous live appearances / DJ sets, collaborations with contemporaries like AceMo and John F.M., and a steady, hilarious and blunt presence on Twitter. 2lane’s 2nd piece of wax, the AA side "Baby's Born To Fish'' / "Impish Desires'' (following the "Giving & Receiving" EP on NYC's Ceramic Records, February 2020).

                                                                                                                                                    2 Lanes first appeared in Detroit around six years ago and quickly made a name for himself in the local scene, promoting shows with international artists and friends from NYC, all while making an effort to respect the city's unique musical identity and history. He carries the tradition of Detroit's electronic pioneers who pursued new ideas in production and gear, bringing perfection to the craft, and developing unique twists in his process.

                                                                                                                                                    Participating in the contemporary electronic music world required splitting your time between 2 places at once: Online, always-on, in constant engagement with friends + foe alike; In Real Life, physically traveling city to city, DJing and collaborating, all while maintaining a sense of self. And now, all that's different.

                                                                                                                                                    Releasing a club-ready 12" in the midst of a global pandemic? That's the 2 Lanes. We heard an earlier version of "Baby's Born 2 Fish" what feels like 10 years ago, rinsing "Impish Desires" when there were still gigs. Do you remember the Apollo Masters plant fire in early February? How long were pressing plants closed, again? How long have we been living in this new reality? 2lanes hopes that the messages of this music; fear, isolation, friendship, love and how we exist at this intersection comes through for the listener.

                                                                                                                                                    "Baby's Born To Fish" / "Impish Desires" is a heavy hitting AA side, rejuvenating, explosive, off your face. They're ready for the eventual return 2 the dance floor, and sooner for your streaming DJ set. We don't know when we can see you IRL, but we know it'll be in mixes for decades to come.

                                                                                                                                                    'You’re gonna cast your reel out and you don’t know if you’re gonna get a fish that day, but you’re still gonna cast it out.' - 2 Lanes

                                                                                                                                                    THIS RECORD HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.
                                                                                                                                                    releases September 25, 2020

                                                                                                                                                    PGS 013

                                                                                                                                                    "Baby's Born To Fish..." featuring Kesswa, John F.M., Ian Fink & Shigeto
                                                                                                                                                    "Impish Desires" featuring Ji Hoon

                                                                                                                                                    Mixed by Jo Rad Silver
                                                                                                                                                    Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering, NYC
                                                                                                                                                    Pressed at Archer Record Pressing, Detroit

                                                                                                                                                    Art Direction by Joey 2Lanes
                                                                                                                                                    Design by Ben Saginaw

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    says: Wow what's this?! BRAND NEW, hi-tek soul from Motor City! Excited? You should be. This is so fresh! Yet carries on where Recloose, Amp Fiddler and Carl Craig left off. Essential stuff then for Detroit music fans and deep house heads in general. Check!

                                                                                                                                                    Best before 2021 is a compilation of break tracks bringing together producers from different emerging electronic music scenes. Paris, Geneva, Tbilissi & Saint Petersbourg’s finest underground artists presenting what they do best : sexy disco samples, low, distorted 808 basses & kicks marked with rolling break beats.

                                                                                                                                                    A tidy compilation from this courageous label, I'm really feeling the production on Greenwald's "Pppower" while Raw Takes' "Gate 313" is worth the entrance fee alone - a garage-house hybrid with anthemic pianos that's up there with the D Futers' "I Care" from a few years back. Serious!

                                                                                                                                                    Some tasty electro-booty and ruffage nicely decorates the rest of the disc. It's a real shame late nite dance spots aren't open at the moment as this would be the perfect choice for those looking for some fresh shit to groove to! Hopefully the live streams will do it justice.... Highly recommended! Don't sleep...

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    says: Big hyper spins for club kids and adults that should know better. RIYL: Natural Sciences, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, 2 B Real etc etc.

                                                                                                                                                    Don Carlos

                                                                                                                                                    Thunder (Tuono)

                                                                                                                                                      If I had a klaxon, I'd be twirling it vigoursly around my head in excitement, proclaiming - Don Carlos returns! Yes, the Italian deep house demi god recently re-fired his studio engine room, offering up some tracks to Alex Bradley following a intimate Utopia Records dance in a north London loft!

                                                                                                                                                      Title track Tuono or "Thunder" sees Mr Carlos bringing the original Mediterranean and Latin dance sound onto a modern page. The inspiration is clear, the trademark percussion of Vincent Montana forged with the spaghetti basslines of legendary film-score writer Piero Umiliani together with Carlos's trademark paradise house sound that lets you imagine the 3 in harmony, in a studio together.

                                                                                                                                                      Working from the OG house blueprint (multiple remixes of one, leading A-side), the A2 sees mythic underground London DJ and label boss Bradley team up with legendary UK house producer Neil Tolliday and guitarist Ollie Marks for a Utopia Sound Project mix entitled "Tears of Petrichore".
                                                                                                                                                      More than just an edit, a whole new Balearic house take is formed using just the pads and chords from the original with new bass, percussions and Marks' Pink Floyd-esque guitar warbles on top for a blissed out journey into romance.

                                                                                                                                                      The 12" is rounded off by a Tribal fix by Carlos himself, big room moves that draw you in and keeps you there...dreaming of better days...
                                                                                                                                                      Finally, the re-rub strips it back and locks the groove.

                                                                                                                                                      Salute Don Carlos.

                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      says: Don Carlos dusts off his keyboards and shows us why he is STILL the don of deep Italian house music - 30 years since he pretty much conquered it first time round!

                                                                                                                                                      Parallel Minds continues its mission to bring compelling electronic music from Toronto to the world with its sophomore release, a 4-track split EP between label co-founders (and long time friends / roommates) Yohei S and Daniel 58. With this release, Yohei and Daniel sought to create club music that truly represents what they'd want to hear in the club, both as DJs and clubbers. On the A side, Daniel refines his penchant for wiggly breaks and syncopated rhythms with two uptempo moody slammers. On the flip, Yohei turns over two tracks combining the use of new production tools with old tech house and Miami bass influences. Deftly blending broken dub beats, grime textures, and hypnotic 4/4 grooves, this EP, much like its predecessor from the same label, has something for every DJ, regardless of what timeslot they're playing.

                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      says: Yes you know I love this shit! Under-the-radar, soundsystem-tickling artillery from Toronto that's certain to turn heads and elevate bodies. You need!


                                                                                                                                                      Perfume / Blossom

                                                                                                                                                      Logic1000 probably gifted us one of the surprise hits of 2019 via the double A-side, white label release: "Please Forgive Me / Derrière". Hammered to death throughout the year locally by Kickin' Pigeon & Migz, it reached zenith buzz factor at last year's Gottwood festival on the Ruffy's Lab stage. We now know that Logic1000 is the alias of Sydney-born producer and DJ Samantha Poulter and since that unrivaled debut, her music has made it into the sets of Four Tet, Caribou, Ben UFO, Floating Points, DJ Python and Anthony Naples amongst many others. Now based in London, Logic1000 has already performed in some of UK's best clubs including Printworks (w/ Carl Craig, Larry Heard & Moodyman), Phonox (w/ Mount Kimbie), Bristol’s Motion (w/ Four Tet) and Corsica Studios (w/ DJ Python).

                                                                                                                                                      Another super limited white label release containing two tracks and again, with one sampling some commercial RnB / pop while the other is a fully certified soundsystem blaster! So while "Please Forgive Me" sampled Burns' "Lies", "Perfume" samples Avant's "Seperated"; dragging it by the ankles from its 2006 RnB habitat and into a smoke filled, red-hued mainroom populated by Sydney club kids! Utilizing the vocal to devastating effect and adding a very Australian drum palette of tight kicks and percolated perx, it has that hi-gloss aesthetic you'll recognize from the many of her other productions. Flip over and "Blossom" hovers in on pulsating pads, a skitty, Hebdenesque beat and squealing synth refrain. Displaying a highly profecient level of detail throughout, yet with a suspended, non-linear course, the track glides into the collective conciousness of the dancefloor and signifies that bewilderingly transitional moment when you move into the deeper and more serious end of the session, certain to lock the crowd into its dazzling grip. Hi-tech, hi-end stuff by a producer who really knows her craft. Big things destined for this girl mark my words. Much like the first one, this under-the-radar offering is set to become one of the finest secret weapons of the year! Recommended.

                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      says: Less drama more tension but still mindbogglingly accurate in the studio, the Berlin-via-Sydney star follows up "Please Forgive Me / Derrière" in succinctly superb style.

                                                                                                                                                      Having recently emerged from his Forest Hill bunker with "Monsterpiece", a joyful, larger than life, Chaz Jankel-featuring good-time party anthem and first single for new label Heavenly, here come the remixes…

                                                                                                                                                      Harvey Sutherland is very much the filling in this 2 Bears sandwich, thanks to Raf Rundell’s tune and fellow Bear Joe Goddard’s remix. Although not exactly a household name (just yet), Harvey Sutherland has been making waves since the release of "Bermuda" on Danilo Plessow’s MCDE label in 2015 (check 2020’s "Superego" for further proof of his talent). Here he delivers a mix that lathers melody and jazz-funkiness on the top of Rundell’s already sweet (cheeks) vocal.

                                                                                                                                                      Joe Goddard keeps the tempo at Sutherland’s similarly chugging pace, while adding some suitably disorientating Larry Levan-style delays without forfeiting the winsome Rundell falsetto. Nice! 

                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      says: Most likely doing the rounds at the hottest seated outdoor spots in town; the perfect soundtrack to tanning a load of cocktails down Social Avenue or Platform 13. Table service please!

                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                      Ltd 12" Info: Limited edition (300 copies) 12” pressed on eco-wax vinyl, stamped white label in Heavenly house bag
                                                                                                                                                      Eco-wax is made from 100% random leftover vinyl pellets, giving each copy a unique colour and pattern.