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Already causing a stir amongst music afficionados and the hypemosphere alike, the dream combo of Manchester's Ruf Dug and Lovescene grace Wolf Music with a top drawer single which has already garnered attention from Jus Ed & Virgil Abloh (that's Kanye West's creative director to you and me...)!

A love affair between Stretford street soul and Motor City beatdown, "Make This Right" combines seductive pads, a stepped, Detroitian b-line (reminscent of Recloose) and Poppy Lovescene's highly emotive vocal part given touches of flange and chorus in just the right places. It's an obviousl marrige of influences between industrial cities either side of the Atlantic that put music at the heart of everything.

In true, maxi-12" style we get a tasty dub on the flip - tuned woodblocks and fizzy hats driving this stripped back late nite jam that smoulders on in any low-ceiling basement. Finally, for the DJs, a nice beatapella to tease in elements of the OG or just to utilize in tha mix!

Heavy heat from these Manchester top cats. Miss at your peril! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: A match made in heaven as two upper ring Manchester stalwarts collaborate together on in a Detroitian-street-soul fashion. Already garnering bare hype on the airwave, don't miss yer chance to grab a vinyl copy of this future hit.

TRACK LISTING

A1 - Make This Right
B1 - Make This Right (Dub)
B2 - Make This Right (Beatapella)

Unknown

Hello You Yeah / Just Be Yourself

There’s been a refurb at The Gallery, a fresh new look for the onlookers. This brand-new exhibition follows in the prestigious footsteps of its predecessors, two jaw-droppingly stunning works of art on display, re-touched, re-loved and ready to be snapped up by the highest bidder.

One side sees the mysterious mastermind take on some tropical boogie heat via ‘Hello You Yeah’ with the flip a cosmic disco warper in the form of ‘Just Be Yourself’. The sunkissed lilt, trilling synths and 'Hallelujah' chorus of the A-side is a summery sing-a-long which should make a lot of sense next to Neil Diablo's "High Emotion" while the rocking guitar, campish vocals and precision sleaze of the flip (originally a Nightlife Unlimited cut fact fans) has DJ Harvey written all over it. Two irresistible cuts that will be whipping crowds into a frenzy the world over.

TRACK LISTING

A1 - Hello You Yeah
B1 - Just Be Yourself

Deep experimental dubbed out electronics and electro from Notte Infinita -
Tip!

Like trudging through viscous air, "I Lost All My Data" is a blissed-out barrage of sub-bass that nods to a long-lasting passion for sound system culture.

Uploading turbo-charged wubs with molten glass melodies, the debut EP of Giovanni Bonelli (aka Notte Infinita) is a welcomed update for UK style broken-techno conventions. Booting-up with its title track, the record quadrisects the fabric of digital music, each cut a sonic reprogramming of its predecessor. "Slippery Tuff" references off-kilter club, while on the flip, "Ecstatic Dub (Roller Mix)" climaxes in an ultra-sensory faux-organic whorl. Unplugging the whole thang, "Oxygen" manipulates post-dubstep textures, into a data-roused jungle tunnel.

Deciphering glitched-out signal processing and harmonic warps, "I Lost All My Data" is the software upgrade that every system needs

Support from Bambounou, Madam X, Special Guest DJ, Opium Hum/Michail Stangl (Boiler Room), Lurka, Bruce, orson (version)





TRACK LISTING

A1. I Lost All My Data
A2. Slippery Tuff
B1. Ecstatic Dub (Roller Mix)
B2. Oxygen

In 1987 Tor Dietrichson released new age masterpiece Global Village. Carnival Rhumba, an uptempo latin jazz number featured on the b-side. With snapping congas, wild guitars, and an over all groovy melody, it stood out as the most dancy tune on the album. Here you get the song remastered, on a loudly pressed 12 inch. On the whole A-side Prins Thomas delivers an extended edit, with all it’s best parts spread out for an extraordinary dancefloor experience. On the b-side you get the original, and a dub-version of the long edit. Buckle up, you are in for a treat.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Carnival Rhumba (Prins Thomas Edit & Overdub)
B1. Carnival Rhumba (Prins Thomas Edit & Overdub Dub)
B2. Carnival Rhumba (original 1987 Version - Vinyl Remaster)

Kon

Alright / Stars

Kon steps back up to the plate with a sumptuous 12" offering, digging into his stash of disco, funk and boogie to bring us more heat!
'Alright' kicks things off, a huge anthemic soulful piano led disco stomper that will undoubtedly be a real highlight in your DJ set. This is some peak time feel good music for the dancefloor, London even gets a shout-out! 'Stars' is our B-side, and it's beamed right in from the cosmos into our eardrums, it has it all from cosmic synth melodies to ultra heavy drums and beyond! Get lost in space to this one, you won't regret it.
Both cuts here definitely bring it, and as always - they sound amazing. File under 'must cop'.

In true Kon fashion, these tracks have been respectfully remixed by Kon from source, and they won't stick around for long. Don't sleep!

TRACK LISTING

A. Alright
B. Stars

Peter Alexander Jobson

The Piano Tuner

    Peter Alexander Jobson: Musician, Composer, Performer. Ex member of Mercury nominated I Am Kloot. On occasion guitar player for Guy Garvey. On occasion bass player for Nadine Shah.

    Ahead of the release of his debut album in 2022, adopted Mancunian Peter Alexander Jobson brings us this rather wonderful four track EP.

    "I have been writing and recording my debut album for 50 years. It is now complete."

    “When men do great things everyone knows it takes them a very long time”.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Imagine the plaintive beauty of Bill Fay, but with a wicked sense of humour. Or Richard Hawley's classicist vibes but topped with a barstool storyteller. Then you'll get some idea of the sound of PAJ. There's a real poise and deep sense of bruised beauty on display here. It's magnificent.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    1. Holiday (Live)
    2. Just ‘Cause I'm Dead
    3. Please Please Please

    Side B
    1. Kesta

    A Place To Bury Strangers

    Hologram

      Hologram is the follow up to their highly regarded fifth album, Pinned, and is a sonic return to A Place To Bury Strangers’ rawest, most unhinged sound. With songs addressing the decay of connections, friendships lost, and the trials and tribulations of these troubled times, Hologram serves as an abstract mirror to the moment we live in. Written and recorded during the on-going global pandemic and in the midst of the decline of civilization, Hologram is a sonic vaccine to the horrors of modern life.

      Speiz Boiz

      Speizbanger / Breakbottle

      Speiz Bois is a trio of three seasoned Hungarian musicians active in countless other projects (think of the already cult Jazzbois outfit) playing a unique fusion of hip-hop, spaced out psychedelic grooves and melancholic 80's guitar sounds.

      'SpeizBanger' on side A is one of those timeless songs that are hard to be described, but we are pretty sure this is what an imaginary demo by random members of BadBadNotGood and Khruangbin, recorded in a smokey Budapest home studio would sound like.

      'BreakBottle' on the flip starts off as a more conventional live groove until the ethereal synths and guitar harmonies come in, from then it sounds like the fictional demo described above.

      The single is limited to 300 copies

      TRACK LISTING

      A. Speizbanger
      B. Breakbottle

      Budabeats Records' contribution to the long-awaited re-opening of the dancefloors is this EP including four sparkling tunes by four remarkable Hungarian producers.

      Although musically completely different, they have one thing in common: they provide the perfect vibes for any late summer party from sunset till sunrise.
      After starting off with up-and-coming producer, WaTa's timeless house burner, things get a bit more laid back with 'Historico' an honest and entertaining tribute to the early days of Italo disco, delivered by producer duo Pleasure Voyage.

      Budabeats staple M.W.D. continues with a mid-tempo deep groover that builds elegantly and does not let go; the title says it all: 'Jazz808'.
      Oneeyedman is another exciting and versatile figure of today's Budapest scene, his closing track is a satisfying slice of deep house with acidic bass, spaced out synths and just the right portion of cowbells.

      Limited to 300 copies worldwide.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. WaTa - Feel Ya
      A2. Pleasure Voyage - Historico (Italo Disco)
      B1. W.M.D - Jazz808
      B2. Oneeyedman - Windblind

      Will O' The Wisp Ft. Rick Astley

      Wisp000

      No, your eyes don't deceive you! Rick Astley, yes THE Rick Astley in a one-drop, limited run, blink-and-you'll-miss-it, BALEARIC DISCO romper!

      Three new tracks which are destined to become certified future wedding classics whilst perfectly capable of holding their own across the Adriatic festival network next Summer.

      Lines like 'I've killed the groove now there's blood on my tie' could only really be sung by someone as large as Rick Astley. But there's a contemporary feel to the tracks which isn't a million miles away from what Jungle are doing at the moment. Big, resplendent guitar lines; powerful falsetto vox and warm, electronic disco production give these three songs huge mainstream appeal.

      This is a bit of a coup we have to say. God knows if there's more material due from this pair - might just be a sneaky one-off project - whatever it is, we highly recommended bagging yourself a piece of this oddball slice of Balearic gold! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Martin says: It's not "Never Gonna Give You Up", but this blink-and-you'll-miss it from the late 80s pop icon should keep Balearic aficionados nodding approvingly as they sip their pina coladas from the poolside.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Burning
      A2. Blood On My Tie
      B1. The Waves

      Sophie

      Lemonade / Hard

      *REPRESS*

      OK, here it is folks, the undeniably infectious saccharin-laced future-proof jam that is "Lemonade" by Sophie. Love it or hate it, I guarantee you won't be able to get these sickeningly sweet hooks outta your head after just one listen! "Lemonade" will surely be looked at in years to come as a sonic symbol of post-modern, digital culture as we search for that ADHD-proof 'hit' riddled with novelty and stimulation. I think Pitchfork put it best with '"Lemonade" is a bouquet of ephemera, and we shouldn't be surprised that Sophie hid a firecracker in the bundle.’ At around four minutes long, this radio-friendly piece of crazed production is the crucial point in which bass music hit the masses, and watch it start a fire all over the internet and radio over the next month or so. On the flip "Hard" is even more frenzied, deploying rattling percussion, glistening motifs and machine-gun drum programming while a quick-fire female vocal talks about difficulties getting by for the modern club girl. With a massive future-rave breakdown towards the end, it’s another synthesized moment of legal-high goodness wrapped up in a succinct, concise, well executed package. Massive.

      60k+ and counting Soundcloud plays over the first 24 hours
      Currently charting #2 on Billboard’s ‘Emerging Artists’ chart
      'You'll not hear anything else like this today' Zane Lowe BBC R1 show premiere (covered by Huw Stephens) (@ 47m15s)
      ‘SOPHIE's Lemonade is the most bonkers track we've heard all year’ Guardian
      ‘song of the day’ Diplo on Twitter
      ‘one of the best things I’ve heard all year’ Stereogum
      ‘"Lemonade" is a bouquet of ephemera, and we shouldn't be surprised that Sophie hid a firecracker in the bundle.’ Pitchfork
      ‘impossibly infectious’ Gorilla vs Bear


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Available once again. The first four Sophie EPs have become cult artefacts of leftfield-dance-pop. Last chance saloon if you missed 'em the first & second time!

      TRACK LISTING

      A. Lemonade
      B. Hard

      Skymark

      Easy Saturday Night - Mike Huckaby Remix

      After a parentship hiatus, Richard Zepezauer´s nsyde imprint is back to push new boundaries and save some souls. In loving memory of their dear friend who has died too early, nsyde drops a limited edition promo 12" of Mike Huckaby´s Remix of Skymark - Easy Saturday Night.

      After Mike Huckaby´s tragic death nsyde had decided to postpone the release in humble respect of the mourning time for this outstanding musician, human and soul. To pay tribute to Mike Huckaby´s high sonic standards, his work its presented in the highest quality, full sided, 45rpm, 180 gram, clear Vinyl, in a limited quantity. This remix is amongst Mike Huckaby´s best productions.It touches the classic soulfulness of a Larry Heard piano and blissful vocals combined with clear hints of Basic Channel´s eternal electrifcationing waves of sound. This is a perfect testament to Mike Huckaby´s unparalleled knowledge and wide musical range, and not only those who knew him will feel his clear presence while listening to this beauty. House Nation under a Groove.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: The house music community was left mourning when Mike Huckaby died last year. Although no longer with us his spirit will continue to guide dancefloors and record boxes for some time to come. Here his remix of Skymark gets hi-fidelity, no-expense-spared treatment.

      TRACK LISTING

      Easy Saturday Night (Mike Huckaby Remix)

      Richie Phoe

      Bumpy's Lament

        Deep and rolling dubwise reinterpretation of the Isaac Hayes' classic B/W "Electric Boogie" a toe tappin' nod to 80's dancehall destined to brighten the smokiest of rooms. Originally released back in 2010 and unavailable since 2011. Funky reggae from Canada's Balanced records. Fresh repress! Headz dub

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Bumpy's Lament
        B1. Electric Boogie 

        Disco Bits emerge from lockdown with two fat slabs of Hip House featuring two of the finest MCs ever to grace the mic riding over brand new disque-o rhythms...
        A sure fire party starter! BDK sets it off with killer rhymes over an up tempo prime time disco groove. DBS provides the perfect disco rhythm for an all time great to rock any disco tech.
        On a slower tip in that 80's Afro Cosmic Italian vibe. RKM let's the rhythm hit 'em over a chugging beat.

        TRACK LISTING

        A. Rok The Disco Tech
        B. Ritmo Italo

        Peggy Gou Feat. Ohhyuk

        Nabi

        Peggy Gou returns with 'Nabi' - her first single in over two years and the follow up to 2019's global crossover, 'Starry Night'.

        'Nabi' is an incredible piece of slow-burning, 98bpm electronic pop, inspired by 80s synth classics, the piano pieces of renowned composer Erik Satie and the 80s and 90s Korean songs Gou’s mother used to play at home during her childhood. Showcasing a less familiar side of Gou’s diverse sound and influences, it retains the hallmarks of her unique take on electronic music; at once both nostalgic and totally modern. 

        ‘Nabi’ - which translates as ‘Butterfly’ - is also Gou’s first ever vocal collaboration, as she teams up with fellow Korean sensation OHHYUK, the lead singer and guitarist in Hyukoh. It’s set to build on the widespread acclaim for her 2020 production collaboration with Baltimore techno legend Maurice Fulton (on his ‘Jigoo’ release for Gudu), ‘Nabi’ is the first of two songs Peggy Gou will release over the coming months.

        While the forthcoming follow up is set to dial up the tempo, kicks, 808’s and 909s to soundtrack a summer where we can all (hopefully) dance together in our thousands again, ‘Nabi’ is very much the sound of now – a lowkey anthem fuelled by feelings of hope, freedom and positivity for what’s to come. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: Whatever your take on Gou-gate, this is a very nice slice of early 90's inspired Balearic beat from the Korean sensation. Light as you like and supremely summery, this should be top of your shopping list.

        TRACK LISTING

        A: Nabi 

        Luca Lozano continues where his Junglish Massive Mixtape stopped, his A-side tracks span from stiff & techy breakbeat with pads as well as uptempo D&B with warm bass & classic sounds. Ruf Dug winds it up on the B, first more uptempo and frenetic but then he eases out with a marvelous chill out jungle cut with saxophones and all that atmosphere one can need for dreaming.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Back in stock again: soundsystem pressure from Ruffy and Luca. In high demand since it came out in 2016, we've a limited amount of this much needed repress to go around.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Luca Lozano - Blabba
        A2. Luca Lozano - Ton
        B1. Ruf Dug - Night Train
        B2. Ruf Dug & Doepel - Daintree

        Jazz N Palms returns with another selection of some of the most iconic sunset, poolside sounds to be heard at Pikes Hotel (Ibiza), reworked, retouched and edited for your listening pleasure. A trusted taste, Jazz N Palms warms up the monthly exclusive Ronnie Scott's (London) jazz concerts held at Pikes, fusing jazz sartorially with Latin, funk, rock and international sounds to be enjoyed under the palms and the sun of the Mediterranean sea.

        The first taste of volume five saunters by the pool in fine fusion fashion, super groovy bassline carrying the weight of flamenco fretwork - I'm there! Next "Van Van" locks us into a hip twisting Latin rhythm, swaying and swirling like the flame of a Tiki torch, a light and airy intermission before "Night Rider" kills it with cosmic bass and hard working clarinet. There remains time for some expansive and cinematic soul via the beautiful "Buenos Dias", a distant relative of Summer Madness, perfect for that sundown set.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 Pasion
        A2 Van Van
        B1 Night Rider
        B2 Buenos Dias

        Over the last few years, NuNorthern Soul has established a number of traditions, most notably annual releases that provide a snapshot of the label’s output while also considering their suitability for certain seasons. Perhaps the most popular is founder Phil Cooper’s Summer Selections series, which each year showcases warm and sunny gems mined from a range of forthcoming releases.

        The 2021 edition of the sampler, the third in total, may well be the best yet. Six tracks deep and as subtly varied as you’d expect, the entertaining set features tracks from a mixture of exciting newcomers, experienced producers and long-time members of the NuNorthern Soul family.

        To kick things off, Cooper introduces us to Marshall Watson, an American producer who later in the year will release two five-track EPs on the label. ‘A Door To The Sky’, which will feature on the Sunsets On Larkin Part 1 EP, is sumptuously sun-kissed, with delay-laden electric guitar textures and sparkling electronics reclining over a tactile electronic groove.

        LOVA’s ‘Echoes of Memories’, the track that follows, recalls the atmospheric, synthesizer-sporting new age Balearica popularised by Quiet Force in the late 1980s. The Italian producer was signed after bringing a USB stick of productions to one of Phil Cooper’s gigs in Ibiza; his Gypsophilia EP will be one to check when it drops later in the year.

        Gusk’s ‘Sketch #4 - Anafi Nights’ is seductive and exotic. It’s a crackling and atmospheric musical painting that daubs starry stabs and yearning melodies atop a bubbly, lo-fi drum machine beat. It provides a perfect snapshot of the Greek musician’s Mediterranean Sketches EP, which gathers together home recordings made between 1997 and 2003.

        Arguably even more immersive and enveloping is ‘Aqua Blancas Sunrise’ by Tambores En Benirras, the musical project of Cumbrian selector DJ Gripper. A slow-burning delight full of intricate musical flourishes –think drifting female vocalizations, Indian-influenced percussion, twinkling pianos and haunting clarinet motifs the track is one of the many highlights on the Barrow in Furness based producer’s forthcoming debut album for NuNorthern Soul.

        To round things off, Cooper has chosen to offer-up cuts from two very experienced artists. George Solar (real name Georg Boskamp) is an Ibiza-based German producer who has been collaborating and releasing music since the late 1980s. ‘Infrared’, his contribution to Summer Selections 3, is a languid and glassy-eyed slab of slow-motion Balearic dub. His Los Ra-yos Del Sol EP will be one to look out for later in the year and is his debut solo release.

        The sampler’s final missive fittingly comes from long-time friend of the family B.J Smith, a regular contributor to NuNorthern Soul releases who has reunited with Huw Costin – a vocalist he previously worked with on Smith & Mudd releases for Claremont 56 for a double A side single due later in 2021. ‘Sun When You Come’ is as warming and hazy as you’d expect and features Costin’s emotive, reverb-laden vocals and mazy electric piano solos rising above a suitably horizontal groove. It provides a stunning, sunset-ready conclusion to another superb set of Summer Selections.


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Marshall Watson - A Door In The Sky
        A2. LOVA - Echoes Of Memories
        A3. Gusk - Sketch #4 Anafi Nights
        B1. Tambores En Benirras - Aguas Blancas Sunrise
        B2. George Solar – Infrared
        B3. B.J. Smith & Huw Costin - Sun When You Come

        A Mountain Of One return to the musical landscape with their brand new track “Custard’s Last Stand” on newly minted label Amore. It is the first new piece of music the band have released in over a decade.

        ”Custard’s Last Stand” shows the band, made up of musical soulmates Mo Morris and Zeben Jameson, have lost nothing in the past decade. Recorded over Skype during the coronavirus pandemic, with Mo now in Bali and Zeben in west London, it is a shimmering, modern classic, experimental but accessible, melodic and adventurous. As ever, it is utterly unique, made in a musical universe all of their own. Spheric bass bounces out the speakers, electronics whoosh and swirl and folkish guitar? Banjo? Mandolin? strums away giddily. It's good to have them back.



        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Custards Last Stand
        A2. Custards Last Stand (Instrumental)
        B1. Stars Planets Dust Me

        Unexpected one-shot from the Rome-based Hiroshima 45 Chernobyl 86 Windows 95! New comer with old views, Strangers For Love deliver a slack wave masterpiece that has to be seen to be believed. The musicianship, song writing and naturally virtuosic playing sounds effortless but it's really quite complex! Catchy, driving, with those jangly guitars we adore so much in rainy cities, this is a total anthem for dreamers and dancers, heart breakers and the heart broken.

        Don’t sleep on it, high request from the label aficionados as well as most of the staff here at HQ!


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Seriously good, NEW new wave / post punk with gothy flavours and undeniably catchy hooks. Had Martin thinking it was some long lost 80s back-combed classic. If you liked the Indifferent Dance Centre "Flight & Persuit" 7" you're gonna love this. Miss at your peril! The soundtrack to any good gothy disco.

        TRACK LISTING

        A. Alone With My Fear
        B. Your Destination

        Since getting the first Plush Management's record it hasn't left my bag and here they are back with another six track riot! The killer pairing of Regular Fantasy & D. Tiffany are just totally my jam at the moment - RnB house refixes crossed with a feminine perspective on booty house. It's cheeky as fuck, consistently pleasing and groovy as hell. You can play 'em in the bar, in the club or at the festival and they all go down a treat!

        Here they mine Britney, Madonna and a host of other late 90s / early 00s naughtiness that I'd expect my kid sister to know but rather ashadely cannot quite place myself! There's even a hyped up rework of Merle's "Fannie Likes 2 Dance" in there to boot!

        The sonic equivalent of overdosing on bubblegum and crystal meth! Well good. 


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: If like me you like to inject some fun into your house and techno sets then you can't go wrong with Plush Managements. Regular Fantasy & D. Tiffany's cheeky hybrid of booty house, RnB refixes given a patina of trance and techno. It's an intoxicating formular that I'm well behind!

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Work Bitch (Regfant Refizz)
        A2. Temptation
        A3. Ray Of Plush
        B1. Slumber Party 5.0
        B2. Monica Likes To Dance
        B3. Plush Play

        Dave Lee gets to load up the stems of STR4TA's "After The Rain" into his disco desk, the modern 12" mix aficionado carrying on the timeless tradition and giving us two, side-long interpretations of this killer STR4TA track. Produced by Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick, STR4TA is the catalyst for a homegrown, new wave of jazz-funk movement.

        This rework of "After The Rain’=" harps back to the classic Brit-Funk era whilst tailoring it to contemporary club culture with a spaced out dub; conscientiously keeping the essence of what is magical in the original mix. With the aim of giving more exposure to parts which are not so prominent in the original, Lee’s production process involved rearranging and rebalancing those parts, using a fading technique to create tension, moments and surprises that flow together, capturing that raw, moment to moment interaction and improvisation by the musicians involved.




        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Dave Lee, Giles Peterson and Jean-Paul Maunick under a Brit-funk state of mind? Sounds like musical heaven - and it is! A joy on the ears and the feet, you can tell how much enjoyment everyone involved is having from as soon as the needle hits the record. Your next living room disco needs this!

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. After The Rain (Dave Lee Alternative II Mix)
        B1. After The Rain (Dave Lee Alternative II Dub

        Schatzi

        Schatzi 08

        Team Schatzi's racking up another batch of tracks, this time for a game of eightball, and we've got one for each pocket on the table. Little bit of classic crackly disco, little bit of freaky funk, little bit of heavy-duty house, all handmade with a whole lotta love in the hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Run the table with these disco diamonds. Just don't sink the eight early, alright?



        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: Schatzi keep the selections varied on their 8th edition, hitting us with light footed disco cuts, lofty house and some slow and synth disco. Everything works, but it’s the Lain flavour of the final track which takes the gold for me.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. 
        A2. 
        A3. 
        B1. 
        B2. 
        B3.

        The Face / Mark Brown / Adam Shaw

        Needin' U - Dimitri From Paris Remix

        David Morales’ legendary track ‘Needin U’ is a landmark in house music culture all the way from its release in 1998 and remains a seminal classic in dance music history. In celebration of the tracks 23rd Anniversary, French artist/producer Dimitri From Paris has created yet another thrilling remix of The Face vs. Mark Brown's previous version of ‘Needin U’, released in 2009 via Cr2, via this limited red vinyl pressing and picture sleeve release.

        With plenty of calibre under his belt, including disco remixes of Chic and Sister Sledge, Dimitri From Paris’ take on this all-time house classic is not only marked by his acclaimed signature sound - live instrumentation, booming four to floor beat, dynamic rhythms and energising bass lines, but the fabric of David Morales’ legendary track is evident throughout. Whether for the casual dance music fan, household DJ or an enthusiast for the all-time classics, this remix is a must listen.

        TRACK LISTING

        The Face Vs Mark Brown & Adam Shaw - Needin' U (Dimitri From Paris Remix)

        ANIMALS009 sees French producer Benoit B make first contact with Melbourne’s Animals Dancing after releases on Into The Light, Berceuse Heroique, Unthank, Versatile and his own Banlieue. On ‘We Come In Peace’, Crystalline FM synthesis meets tight drums across four PSY FI tracks that showcase the producer’s shapeshifting style. ‘Drums Symphony’ layers undulating rhythms from crisp drums, Arps, FM Bells & SFX that ebb & flow, building to a driving dance floor trip. ‘La Retraite Des Rockers’ conjures Sakamoto & Vangelis in ‘82 with eratic perc, warped metallic sfx & ominous pads that find balance with a glowing synth lead & syncopated bass. The title track, ‘We Come In Peace’ is a balearic trance stomper where swirling 303, pitch bending leads & glistening synths cascade across a pulsing bassline. ‘Dreelkrugz Conquest’ is lysergic mid tempo electro with gated synths hovering above a growling baseline and flutters of heavily affected synthwork. “If you are alien and reading this then come and take me from earth".

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Drums Symphony
        A2. La Retraite Des Rockers
        B1. We Come In Peace
        B2. Dreelkrugz Conquest

        Niklas Wandt

        Balearische Bibliothek

        My favourite drum freak drops his first release for Italic, and only his second solo EP to date. A follow up to the fresh "Erdtöne" on Kryptox last year (if you overlooked due to the old panny-d, I highly suggest seeking it out), "Balearische Bibliothek" finds Wandt in cosmic mode, fusing elements of acid, e-funk, tropical pop, Nu-Goa and Berlin School into four danceable numbers for different ends of the night. As ever, the sound palette is rounded out with all manner of nuanced percussion, and Niklas makes sparing but superb use of vocals on possible showstealer "Peiskam".


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Abraum
        2. Zum Schmalen Handtuch
        3. Forellental
        4. Peiskam

        Bambounou X Bruce

        Final Comnference

        Double header from two stalwarts of the new guard. Bambounou and Bruce have fast cemented themselves as ones to watch on the current scene and this joint effort perfectly demonstrates the overwhelmingly fresh production talents both possess in the bucketload.

        "Crash" seems to play with time, stretching and contracting with an almost coital throb, it's peppered perx and twangy, skeletal construction perfect for twisting bodies and expanding minds late, late on into the session. With an almost, 'fuck you I can do better' aimed squarely at AFX it seems these two new challengers to UK techno's crown certainly mean business.

        "Rai" has a more playul, house-orientated approach but with still the meticulous attention to detail that characterizes the whole EP. A crackly soundbed of static and electronics gives way to a fizzy synth sequece while pitched squeals and metallic sfx populate the busy soundbed.

        "Final Conference", destined for repeat plays at festivals like Dekmantel & AVA, demonstrates a poised, delicate approach which creative DJs should be able to utilize indefinitely with its complicated, constantly-rising structure and brilliantly stimulating sonics.

        Highly impressive stuff here from two new players you simply have to keep an eye on. Check! 


        TRACK LISTING

        Side 1
        1. Crash (7:57)
        Side 2
        1. Rai (4:59)
        2. Final Conference (7:51)

        °s is inspired by patterns in urban nature: language; behaviour; seasons, and alongside poetry, explores the cyclical psychological peaks and troughs experienced during the pandemic. Live multi-instrumental improvisations apply the fibonacci sequence to create melodies and rhythms that mimic fractal patterns in nature, and are situated within binaural field recordings captured during essential travel in the first lockdown.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 - 51°30'22.4"N 0°05'17.0"W
        A2 - 51°30'59.4"N 0°04'33.1"W
        B1 - 51°31'12.7"N 0°12'29.9"W
        B2 - 50°49'30.9"N 0°08'40.8”W

        Blackmail

        Dur Au Mal / Mes Amis

          A holy Suicide | minimal synth mash up over A/AA sides from Parisian trio BLACKMAIL.

          They describe themselves thus “Blackmail dig a synthetic and saturated rocky groove. Few instruments, always the same, few words, all in French. Sometimes it sounds like the band leave the machines play by themselves, like an open window on a post-apocalyptic urban daily life show. Blackmail could be summed up in one word: Omnipresent. Permanent; and promised to a bright future after having had a glorious past. One quite simple word, crisis. And making music maybe the best ways to occupy its time in times of crisis. Like a lot of people right now, the band clench its teeth and hopes that something good will emerge from this big mess. All hopes are high, magic mushrooms grow well on cow dung!”

          There you have it, an enigmatic description for a fabulous band- all their previous output is massively recommended to all fans of the aforementioned Suicide, Silver Apples, Fad Gadget, Throbbing Gristle, early Cabs- all the greats….

          The Jive Turkeys

          The Funky Turkey / Funky Brewster

            "These are two dynamite funky soul instrumentals from this new group from Ohio. Remember the Mar-Keys and Booker T & The MG's? I suspect that The Jive Turkeys remember them, too. Great breaks and extremely funky beats! Both tracks are from the group's debut album, Bread and Butter."

            TRACK LISTING

            A. The Funky Turkey
            B. Funky Brewster

            The Shadracks

            Pray / Time's Up

              It’s a brand new black vinyl 7” from The Shadracks! Limited edition of 500 copies!

              A side - taken from the band's forthcoming second LP! B-side – a cover of Buzzcocks' 'Time's Up' – Exclusive to this release!

              The Shadracks are a three-piece rock n’ roll group hailing from Medway, Kent. With timeless and expert precision the Shadracks play from 37.3 years in the past 33.7 years into the future.

              The actual origins of the group date back even further with their cultural appropriation of Babylonian 'Rhythm and Punk.

              A mere 3 years ago Huddie Shadrack and Elisa Abednego had a brief encounter in deserted parkland. Discovering they shared an interest in vacant park benches, herbaceous borders and beat music it became paramount that they form a group - and quickly. After the release of their self titled debut LP, a subsequent live BBC 6Music session for Marc Riley and a fast selling EP, Elle Meshack retired from The Shadracks to peruse a career as a Poly Styrene impersonator aboard a Tahitian cruise liner: SS Honolulu Baby. Fortunately for the bass bereft Shadracks an advert placed in the window of a local stationers was answered by a certain Rhys ‘King Nebuchadnezzar’ Webb. A meeting issued and after proclaiming "Oh merciful Marduck, may the house that I have built endure forever” Their followed a two-hour induction ceremony (in which to learn all the new tracks for their forthcoming long player From Human Like Forms and Webb, for it was he, was sworn into The Shadracks fraternity. councillor Duxbury 2021

              The Veras

              Spaceman

                The Veras are four fellas making music inspired by all that was great from the 50s right up to about 5 minutes ago, especially Glam Rock, Punk, New Wave, 90s Indie and BritPop.They just managed to get their first two live shows in before the pandemic restrictions kicked in last year, the first supporting Glen Matlock & Earl Slick, the last being at 229 Club, London. For The Veras' third release we have three tracks; Side A fires up with title track 'Spaceman', fusing all your favourite sounds into almost three and a half minutes of fun. This is the sound of the future, with the past and the present in mind!

                After indulging in a little free movement over the first two releases, Vol. 3 sees us back in blighty, hanging loose with a hometown hero!

                Way before our bongos had really begun to beat, Neil Diablo was slaying the hand-stamped edit scene with razor sharp disco reworks on his To Rack & Ruin imprint.

                His energetic and effervescent sets at El Diablo's Social Club were the stuff of legend and his occasional appearances behind the Piccadilly Records counter helped pack the TD racks with some of our favourite floor fuel. Here, our newest Drum Chum digs extra deep with a triple threat of balmy Afro-disco, comic book funk and disco uplift.
                Loose-limbed and laid back, 'High Emotion' stretches out across the whole of the A side leading the kind of slow motion dance we can't get enough of.
                Potent polyrhythms underpin scratchy rhythm guitar and slick slap bass while that echo-laden vocal just keeps lifting us higher and higher.

                The B side bounces into being with the synthed-up strut of 'Sex-N-Drugz', a portal into a parallel universe where Prince painted the Compass Point Paisley and the tempo never exceeded 100bpm - it's tropical pop served cooler than Kia-Ora.
                The finale comes with the misty eyed magic of 'We Can', a triumph of snapping Italo snares and boogie optimism which shifts into bliss via a totally tops off chorus.

                Keep the cowbell ringing folks!

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: I've known, and indeed been inspired and in awe of Mr. Diablo since I moved to Manchester in 2004. One of the nicest, hardest working and genuine guys in our fair city. He's had loads of 'top' moments over the last 17 years (both production, promotion and DJ-wise), however; and I say this from the bottom of my heart - "High Emotion" might be his finest work yet! Having been gifted the promo of this last year (!! - fuck COVID!) it's been smashed to buggery in every set I've played. If ya thought "Get Serious" was Talking Drum's big money shot then they just gone and added another. I'm expecting Harvey to play this and the price to sky rocket so be an early adopter and don't be left FOMO'ing your way to discogs... Big TIP.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. High Emotion
                B1. Sex N Drugz
                B2. We Can

                New Order

                Be A Rebel - Remixed

                  ‘Be a Rebel Remixed’ collects all the official versions of this track on physical formats for the first time and includes brand new remixes from Arthur Baker, JakoJako, Mark Reeder and Melawati. Also includes mixes from the band’s own Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris plus club mixes from Maceo Plex and Paul Woolford.

                  New Order’s single ‘Be a Rebel’ was the first brand new music from the band since the release of the critically acclaimed album ‘Music Complete’ In 2015. ‘Be a Rebel Remixed’ is available on double clear vinyl and on CD. 


                  TRACK LISTING

                  VINYL TRACKLIST
                  Be A Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
                  Be A Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
                  Be A Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
                  Be A Rebel (Melawati Remix)
                  Be A Rebel (Bernard's Outlaw Mix)
                  Be A Rebel (Renegade Spezial Edit)
                  Be A Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
                  Be A Rebel (Mark Reeder's Dirty Devil Remix)

                  CD TRACKLIST
                  Be A Rebel
                  Be A Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Mix)
                  Be A Rebel (Stephen’s T34 Mix)
                  Be A Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Instrumental Mix)
                  Be A Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
                  Be A Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
                  Be A Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
                  Be A Rebel (Melawati Remix)
                  Be A Rebel (Bernard's Outlaw Mix)
                  Be A Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
                  Be A Rebel (Mark Reeder's Dirty Devil Remix)
                  Be A Rebel (Edit)
                  Be A Rebel (Renegade Spezial Edit)

                  Mo Disko / ApartMAN & Nico Juice

                  We Just / Video Games

                  Start your engines folks! The Stamp label ALWAYS sells out in seconds, and I think this particular edition might be about to set a new world record. For the twelth instalment we get a pair of cunning edits of two 80's mega-jams from Mo Disko (The Glimmers), ApartMAN & Nico Juice.

                  Mo Disko (who not only represents Belgian disco heroes The Glimmers, but is also one third of last year's Piccadilly numero uno Rheinzand) pilots the spaceship on the A-side, working his magic on '85 Italo banger "Our Revolution / We Just" by Moses. Taking aim at "We Just" (A rather natty dub mix of Our Revolution with ace sampler-vox) Mo strips things back wonderfully to concoct an Italo-freestyle masterpiece which switches wonderfully between the heads down drama of the verses and that arms aloft chorus. Tagging in, ApartMAN & Nico Juice take on Ronnie Jones' "Video Games" ditching the frothy chorus and making maximum use of the overdub insanity of the extended 12" version. If you're in the market for batshit boogie with arcade aesthetics then this is gonna rock your socks off!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A. We Just
                  B. Video Games

                  Jerome Sydenham & Fatima Njai Feat. Mario Punchard

                  Trans Afro Express - Inc. Gerd Janson / Ricardo Villalobos Remixes)

                  Following Sydenham, Njai and Punchard’s fresh take on Kraftwerk’s classic earlier this year, which picked up support from the likes of Optimo, India Jordan, DJ Bone, and more, Radio Slave recruits a pair of all-star remixers in Ricardo Villalobos and Gerd Janson to deliver a scintillating set of interpretations for his Rekids imprint.

                  Running Back’s Gerd Janson injects slap bass, funk-laden guitars, and twinkling synths over the original’s vocals for the ‘Dance’ mix, followed by a stripped-back instrumental version to kick off the A side. On the flip, Villalobos delivers a typically trippy affair, bringing constantly evolving strokes of modular mayhem and zapping percussion for over ten minutes, nervously settling into a chugging and deeply satisfying halftime groove.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Trans Afro Express (Gerd Janson 'Dance' Mix)
                  A2. Trans Afro Express (Gerd Janson 'Dance' Instrumental Mix)
                  B1. Trans Afro Express (Ricardo Villalobos '242 Free' Remix)

                  My Friend Dario

                  Desertico / Sunset Outro

                  My Friend Dario is back on Hell Yeah this August with more of his low tempo, high-temperature dance floor bombs. Dario has been carefully nurtured by label head Marco over the course of a few fresh EPs in the last year. Just before this EP lands he will release on Nu Northern Soul, and earlier in the year he served up a stunning live set at the foot of iconic volcano Etna, so is very much part of the current wave of Balearic tastemakers.

                  Opener 'Desertico' has already been caned by ALFOS chief Sean Johnston who recognises the power of its heavyweight chug. Over the course of nearly ten minutes and two epic breakdowns, the tune builds on supple techno pulses, with tense synth phrases keeping you in suspense before the drop brings a sense of tropical rain and thunder.

                  'Sunset Outro' was the last track from his live set and gets your heady amongst the clouds. The churning drums, wooden hits and lush chords are dreamy yet heavy and have an effortlessly hypnotic effect that will lock in any dance floor.

                  These two tunes prove My Friend Dario can do no wrong right now.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1 – Desertico
                  B1 - Sunset Outro

                  Cash & Skye

                  No More Candy / Sweeping Wet Floors

                    Featuring members of Starcrawler.
                    Recommended for fans of: 90s alt-country/indie rock, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Uncle Tupelo, Lucinda Williams, Waxahatchee.

                    In 2017, two teenage high school lovebirds who bonded over a love of classic country and rock n roll decided to write and record their own songs for the fun of it. 4 years later, Cash & Skye was officially born, featuring Henri Cash, guitarist and founding member of the L.A. rock band Starcrawler, and the debut of Sophia Skye, daughter of Rilo Kiley bassist Pierre de Reeder. Recorded during 2019 and 2020 at L.A.’s 64Sound, this is their exciting first release.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side A
                    1. No More Candy

                    Side B
                    1. Sweeping Wet Floors

                    “I threw out the rulebook so I can do it my way/so if you try to stop me I’m gonna have to raise the crime rate…”

                    Iron Warrior is the sound of all that we’ve missed during these last few surreal months. It’s music for the fantasy summer that’s been playing out in all of our heads. It’s a dropped-roof drive through busy, humid streets at dusk as the city comes alive; a slow moving, bleached out panning shot in a Spike Lee movie on a loop in your head.

                    Rolling on a languid, liquid post-Native Tongues live groove built up around words by Columbus, GA rapper Brandon ‘Bez’ Evans (not that Bez - a whole other Bez), Iron Warrior is a three and a half minutes of ultra-mellow hip hop perfection.

                    Iron Warrior was recorded and produced by Atlanta based musician Jonah Swilley. Jonah has worked with Curtis Harding, Night Beats and is a founding member of Mattiel’s band. He also makes music for his own production label, Sugar Records.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Iron Warrior
                    Iron Warrior - Instrumental

                    Manuel Darquart

                    Keep It DXy - Inc. Don Carlos / Manny D Remixes

                    The new school meets the old school. Riding those crystal-clear waves off the back of their standout EP for WOLF Music, New Zealand duo Manuel Darquart double down with this 10-inch remix package containing a classic reworking from the master of dream house, Don Carlos and a sleazed up street soul workout from themselves.

                    No introduction is needed when you see Don Carlos’ name in the mix. A legend of the Italian dream house movement that has influenced so much of what we’ve heard since, not least the productions of the Manuel Darquart guys. A dream (house) matchup some might say.

                    Step one, Carlos sprinkles his magic on ‘Keep It DXy’ switching up the drum programming and adding those Balearic flurries that add a considered dose of dreaminess to whatever he touches, think summery sweeping strings and echoing synth stabs.

                    On the flip the Manuel D guys go full sleaze, weak at the knees for their ‘Sleazy Sunday Mix’. Imagine a street soul, Balearic lovechild and you’re on the right track. Start suppin’ a margarita and you’re getting closer. Sun-lounger on the sand, Adriatic in front of you, last night’s euphoria still a buzz in the brain and you’ve hit the spot.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Keep It DXy (Don Carlos Remix)
                    B1. Keep It DXy (Manny D's Sleazy Sunday Mix)

                    Seconds out for round three of the hotly tipped, Moxy Edits limited series, bringing us a pair of bumpers for the peak time! This one is a bass heavy jackin ‘90s hip hop inspired house groover. Think Sneak, Derrick Carter vibes. 
                    One side is a saxy bumpty badman with some Cypress HIll acapellas, while the other straight dubbin, pure clubbing. Perfect combination, check it.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Untitled (Vocal)
                    B1. Untitled (Dub)

                    Various Artists

                    Selectors Choice Vol. 1

                      Selectors Choice is a collection of Reggae tunes from some of the best producers and artists cut to limited edition vinyl.The 7"s feature new releases, remixes and classics that deserve to berepressed and tunes that havenever been pressed to vinyl. The 12"s concentrate on compiling tracks of the same riddim that havenever been released together that include unreleased versions and brandnew releases.They are specifically catered for any Reggae collector, selector and DJ. 

                      On this initial 12" edition we have four takes on the Adowa Triumph riddim, the heavyweight, exultant and excellent "Give Jah The Glory" by Freddie McGregor, the rootsier "Never Gonna Give It Up" by Wailing Souls, sweet and righteous "Israelites A Come" by Mighty Diamonds and the OG riddim from Jazzwad and Tony Phillips.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Freddie Mcgregor - Give Jah The Glory
                      2. Wailing Souls - Never Gonna Give It Up
                      3. Mighty Diamonds - Israelites A Come
                      4. Adwa Dub

                      Sweden's Beatconductor AKA Beatfanatic dons the brand new Beach Fanatic alias to deliver a hammock ready rework of Beach Boys' classic "Good Vibrations" in a dub stylee! Setting the metronome to a slow cod-reggae skank then teasing the original elements out in Balearic bubbler style, the main man incorporates a female vocal and blisses things out for dayz! Full dubmix on the A2 and tracking tool on the flip. 

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Good Vibes (vocal Mix) 
                      A2. Good Vibes (instrumental)

                      Lee Alfred

                      Rockin - Poppin Full Tilting

                      Insanely rare full length 12 inch versions of an already eye poppingly sought-after 1980’s disco bomb, 'Rockin – Poppin Full Tilting'.

                      A classic in it's own right, Midland brought it back to the forefront of people's minds, expertly sampling it in the 2016 summer anthem ‘Final Credits’, leaving many scrambling to find an original copy. The 12 inch original has never been sold on Discogs before, with prices of the 7 inch topping £125.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Rockin - Poppin Full Tilting (Long Version)
                      B1. Rockin - Poppin Full Tilting (Long Version)

                      Ricardo Bomba

                      Eu Sei / Flutuando

                      Written and recorded in 1978 by pianist, composer, sound engineer, studio owner and former amateur skateboarding champion Ricardo Bomba, ‘Eu Sei’ and ‘Flutuando’ were almost doomed to total obscurity when the master tapes were binned following a ruthless studio clear out. Luckily Bomba kept a cassette tape copy from which Far Out has remastered the release for 7” vinyl/ digital.

                      Throughout a varied career, which included a four year stint as bandleader of Jorge Ben’s live show (78-82), Ricardo Bomba had a string of idiosyncratic, underground pop hits throughout the 80s, including ‘Voc Vai Se Lembrar’ which recently featured on Soundway’s Onda De Amor (Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were 1984-94) compilation, as well as his then award-winning, now obscure solo album Ultralight (1988).

                      With the stunning vocals of Mariana Couto (the first wife of Chicago percussionist Laudir de Oliveira), legendary drummer Peninha who has recorded with the likes of Jorge Ben, Quarteto Em Cy, Lincoln Olivetti, Tony Bizarro and Gal Costa, and Brazilian guitarist Blimba Buarque, “Eu Sei” and “Flutuando” truly are lost gems of the late ‘70s Rio de Janeiro MPB scene.

                      *Disclaimer! This release was mastered from cassette tape, so the sound quality may differ from other releases on Far Out Recordings. We advise listening to sound clips before buying where possible... The music was simply too good to not release!

                      Credits: Ricardo Bomba - Piano, Soprano saxophone, Vocals Roberto Lee - Bass, Vocals Peninha - Drums Mariana Couto - Vocals on “Eu Sei” Blimba - Guitar Compositions by Ricardo Bomba Produced by Ricardo Bomba

                      Recorded at Transam rica Studios in 1978 Engineered by Vanderlei Loureiro and Toninho Barbosa

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Eu Sei
                      Flutuando

                      Showing no ill effects from his numerous trips to the pavement in his Bel Air days, Philly's DJ Jazzy Jeff takes a diversion from his first love of hip hop with this debut release on Mirror Ball. Flipping Earth, Wind and Fire's seventies soul bomb with total dexterity, Jeff turns out a smooth and soulful house heater which utterly oozes the grooves. I can't imagine a world in which Moodymann doesn't play this piece.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Evil (7" Edit)
                      B1. Evil (7" Instrumental)

                      Joe Armon-Jones

                      Pray

                        London-based keyboardist, composer and producer Joe Armon-Jones returns with ‘Pray’, a single that launches his new label, Aquarii Records.

                        Effortlessly fusing soul, hip hop, jazz and funk influences, ‘Pray’ features Morgan Simpson of black midi on drums alongside Luke Wynter of Nubiyan Twist on bass.

                        On the flipside, we get the vinyl exclusive "Nothing More", another new jazz cut flecked with elements of broken beat and soul.



                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Millie says: Never failing to disappoint Joe Armon-Jones sets off into new heights of Jazz woven with irresistible Funk baselines and Soul encrypted into the groove. An absolute must if you like Moses Boyd, Ash Walker or Tenderlonious.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Pray
                        Nothing Move

                        Khruangbin

                        Barn Breaks Vol. III

                          ‘Barn Breaks vol III’, presented by Owlvaro & Hugu, is the latest installment of oddball samples and loops from your favorite globe-trotting Texan trio, and is perfect for any portablist scratch jam or 7” DJ set... The latest in the series, this skipless 7” contains scratch samples from “Mordechai” - band hits, isolated basslines & vocals, guitar notes, keyboard stabs and drum loops - as well as custom “ahhhh” & “fressshh” sounds.

                          It’s funny cos we was just talking about scratch records and DJ tools the other day in the shop and how maybe they’ve kinda been superceded by Serato and digital DJing as it’s now much easier to line up a load of samples onto your USBs or Serato playlist and scratch till your hearts content… HOWEVER!!!! – you can’t beat that tangible feeling of black wax moving to and fro underneath your skillfully poised fingers and its nice to see hip, cool, tastemaking band Khruangbin reignite the fires of this particular format & style! 


                          Deliluh

                          Amulet

                            In September of 2019, Deliluh took flight with sights set on new horizons. A long plotted scheme to uproot the group from their Toronto home and airlift them into the touring bastion of Europe seemed like a pot worth gambling their stack on. Their future in the old world was read with wide-eyed optimism, emboldened by two albums newly waxed and tour dates rolling in. Greener pastures with foreign allure, a promised land chalk full of experimental art and sound, and a plethora of unconventional venues ripe for the picking... it’s open season, what could possibly go wrong?
                            Well, the best-laid plans…

                            Amulet is the first release since Deliluh’s departure from home, an opening document of the group’s transition abroad. Mirrored images of the same composition occupy each side; ‘A’ performed by their previous four-piece lineup, and ‘B’ by the current active two-piece. The lyrics depict a jewel thief committing crimes with the conviction of a merciless zealot, and justifying them with a spite for the status quo. The protagonist amuses with the threat of being “caught”, a fate seemingly imminent and yet laughable in the crooked context of societal greed. Knapp delivers sharp criticisms with a swagger liberated of fear, imploring us all to root for the anti-hero in a time when danger is craved en masse.

                            The tonal contrasts between both versions testify to the group’s versatility. The A side pulls tension by way of minimalism, leaning into a sinister synth sequence that navigates a pitch dark sonic terrain. Swooning guitar, plucking violin, whispering synths and darting tape effects peek in and out of the periphery, circling with unsettled starkness around Jude’s gloomy bass drone, through until Wharton-Shukster’s string soaring climax.

                            Flip to the B side, and the immediate motorik groove turns the sequence on it’s head, snapping to a gritty dance track for nights long yearned for. Pedersen’s modular synth takes on a fresh persona of dusted drums and otherworldly high hats, cracking on the beat while guitar scratches, processed sax, and string synths build with harmonic euphoria, all until the tape slips and pulls the rug from under the DIY dance floor.

                            Amulet demonstrates Deliluh’s potential growing fearlessly in the face of a tight game. They promise a plentiful stash of recordings soon to be unearthed, giving the sense that their recently tested process of creation has been far from hindered. What comes next is anyones guess, though Amulet at the very least reassures that we’re still, as always, in trusted hands. 

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Patrick says: Bleak, cold atmospheres and ambience which seems miles out of place on a warm Summer's afternoon but which will grow more and more appropriate as Winter's tight grip quickly edges in...

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Amulet A
                            2. Amulet B

                            Mash-up and re-edit outlet from DJ Soopasoul: Soopastole Edits bring more of their cross-pollinated & funky collages for their 26th release. Reworking that classic Fatman Scoop cut alongisde from street-leaning Harlem funk.

                            That tasty instrumental re-edit can be heard in full on the flip, offering is a chance to wallow in the killer groove and pulsing, wah-wah'd guitar licks. Mega! 

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side 1
                            1. Push Em Up Now (vocal)
                            Side 2
                            1. Push Em Up Now (instrumental)

                            Si Brad Feat Azeem

                            Falling Down - Inc. Psychemagik Remix

                            For their first new release in twenty years, Toko turn to the talents of their original 'in house' producer Si Brad, who calms and charms with the butter smooth Balearic soul of 'Falling Down'.

                            Featuring the rich vocals of Azeem, this sublime sundowner takes Curtom horns on a Moon Safari, a nimble bassline chasing crunchy keys across the horizon before the sublime vocoder soul of the final third transports us from Sheffield to Shibuya. Slow burning, deep and meaningful, 'Falling Down' is your new summer soundtrack.

                            Balearic trailblazers Psychemagik take the controls for the B side, creating an atmospheric extension which is low slung and laid back but still dressed for dancing. Building a haunting riff into the main refrain, they lead us through nearly 12 minutes of floatation tank funk awash with heart-swelling strings and cascading keys. As the breaks and bass intensify, the track swells into a true end of night anthem for the horizontal dancers.

                            Welcome home.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A. Falling Down (Brass Apes Mix)
                            B. Falling Down (Psychemagik Remix)

                            Barefoot Beats dig deep and deliver a well-balanced package of Brazilian delights via two rising stars of the scene Elado and Bernardo Pinhiero. 

                            Elado kicks things off with a highly infectious sing-a-long boogie affair that is guaranteed to get those hands in the air. Mouth watering and head spinning, this Brazilian cocktail is packed to the gills with monkey drums, sumptuous string arrangements and plenty of mid tempo disco brilliance.

                            While on the flip, Pinheiro's more wonky, heads down disco beast is perfect for when you really want to feel the heat. Filters set to stun, chopped vocals chucked into the rhythm section and plenty of additional electronic weirdness, this one is a proper disco bumper.

                            Tudo magia.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A. Elado - Tudo Magia
                            B. Bernardo Pinheiro - Pitangamanguearaca

                            Hippo Campus

                            Good Dog, Bad Dream

                              Good Dog, Bad Dream is the new EP from Hippo Campus, and the St. Paul, Minnesota five-piece's first new music since their 2018 sophomore album Bambi. It finds the band at their most honest and vulnerable to date, with five new intensely cathartic tracks tinged with confessions and dark humor. It's a collection of songs that came together with ease, and without pressure -- a wildly different experience than the typical Hippo Campus recording process. The band - made up of vocalist/guitarists Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker, drummer Whistler Allen, bassist Zach Sutton, and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson -- assembled Good Dog, Bad Dream with a genuine sense of freedom and enjoyment as part of their first sessions in their new Minneapolis studio space. It’s a celebration of brotherhood, and the “all for one, one for all” mentality that has permeated Hippo Campus’ work since the very beginning.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Bad Dream Baby
                              2. Deepfake
                              3. Sex Tape
                              4. Where To Now
                              5. Mojo Jojo

                              Serious UKG pressure from the year 2000 on the reissue tip.

                              S.i.A. gave us 'Little Man' from her debut album 'Healing Is Difficult' on Long Lost Brother records and the mighty Exemen aka Jason Chue aka Wookie gave us these peerless remixes that are now rightfully considered bonafide classics. Easily one of the biggest underground UKG tunes at the turn of the millennium, the Exemen 'works' and instrumental versions were caned by the most discerning DJs and selectors of the time and now, tens of thousands of rewinds later..... plus famously part of DJ EZ's classic Boiler Room... here we go again!

                              'Little Man' is back on the streets with a fresh, legit and welcome 2021 remaster from Beau Thomas and repressed onto a nice and heavy 12" slab of wax. Bearing all the hallmarks of the classic Exemen / Wookie style, 'Little Man' is complex, soulful and heavyweight, you will want this essential UKG burner in your record bag.


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Big, bolshy, bassy UKG that owes as much to 'ardcore as it does to 2step. Growling, sub-woofer rattling goodness that knows how to shake a tail feather to boot.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A. Little Man (Exemen Works)
                              B. Little Man (Exemen Works Instrumental)

                              Jay Duncan Ft Ben Vince

                              In Limbo - Inc. Ricardo Villalobos Remix)

                              London-based DJ and producer Jay Duncan collaborates with saxophonist Ben Vince on her debut release for Phantasy, introducing two wildly imaginative compositions alongside a simmering remix from Ricardo Villalobos.

                              From the first notes of brass, quickly melting into a lucid shuffle, it’s clear that ‘In Limbo’ exists on its own terms. Vince's virtuoso playing, a feature of former collaborations with the likes of Joy Orbison and Mica Levi, is here gradually manipulated by Duncan into a hugely ambitious trip. This meditative and mysterious approach draws listeners deeper into a liminal, minimal space somewhere between the Fourth World as imagined by Jon Hassell and four AM on a dancefloor in South London.

                              Duncan deftly raises the tension for the title track’s more percussive and arguably club-ready sibling ‘Anti-Purgatorio’, drawing out almost impossibly taut and inventive rhythms constructed around wormholes from which spill Vince’s instrumentation, washed downstream amid slippery modulations and a distinctive
                              analogue atmosphere.

                              Ricardo Villalobos adds to his own superlative history of remixes with a characteristically trippy take on ‘In Limbo’. Spanning nearly fifteen-minutes, the legendary Chilean-German innovator subtly reimagines this ambitious record in form true to both his own musical heritage as well as Duncan’s futurism.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Recommended if you're into hi-tek bass, smudged garage and future-breaks. Think Sunklo, Aiwo, Eclipse Tribez & Hessle Audio etc.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. In Limbo
                              A2. Anti-Purgatorio
                              B1. In Limbo (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)

                              Abel / A Good Christian

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

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

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

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

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

                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                              TRACK LISTING

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

                              Arp Frique

                              Nyame Ye / Oi Quem Que Nos

                              Autumn promises a brand new LP from Dutch digital exotica expert Arp Frique, and the artist whets our appetite with this superb 7" single, perfect for summer enjoyment. On the A-side "Nyame Ye" bursts into technicolour with African drum boxes, highlife riffs and sharp synthwork all supporting the ecstatic vocal from Mariseya, while the B-side brings us a cooler downtempo jam featuring vocals from Americo Brito. So snap this up pronto and repeat until September.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A. Nyame Ye
                              B. Oi Quem Que Nos

                              Italia 90

                              Borderline

                                The London based 4-piece have released a number of singles and Ep's since 2018, building a cult live following as well as performing with the likes of Viagra Boys, Cocaine Piss and The Murder Capital. The band have received critical acclaim from publications such as DIY, The Quietus, So Young etc. Borderline is terse and direct, brimming with confidence, anger and lyrical flair, all juxtaposed with a vulnerability on the edges of the snarl.    

                                Originally from Brighton, the band now reside in South London. Regulars at The Windmill in Brixton - their back catalogue grapples with issues such as police brutality and the crimes of soldiers in Northern Ireland. B-side Declare deals with complicity and inaction in the face of violence or persecution. Despite navigating such serious political themes, Italia 90 still manage to convey sardonic humour and a sense of playfulness in their songwriting.   

                                Italia 90 thread together several disparate influences, united by childhood friendship and a drive to make exciting, interesting and politically/socially engaged music. The band have released two EPs on cassette, as well as two singles with the experimental label Box Records. That preceded another EP, Italia 90 III which came via Fierce Panda and Permanent Creeps. Borderline is their first release on Brace Yourself Records.  

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A. Borderline 
                                B. Declare   

                                Tracks from the late, great D. Ball; excavated, polished and re-illuminated by the good folks at Ourtime for our listening pleasure. More understated than previous releases from Dave, but carrying the same depth, essence and sentimentality that runs through all of his music.

                                Expansive landscapes, primal kinetics & timeless electronix on this one, a real trip for the mind with enough shimmer and stutter to keep the more free-minded dancefloor dweller shuffling away in the corner with his / her eyes wide shut. There's a seriously melancholic undertone here; hinting at some existential darkness that seems to encroaching on the Earth (remember Dave sadly died BEFORE all this COVID / Capitalist Realism nonsense started, yet the music seems potmarked with dystopia).

                                If you're into nagging, modular grunts and squeals; thick dense atmospheres and highly emotive pads and presets then you'll probably already be a fan of this artist's work. If not, then welcome to one of the most visionary, singular and innovative producers from the Manchester - Salford connection!

                                Limited copies, highly recommended. 


                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Matt says: Avid collectors of Ourtime will have already bagged this in earnest. But if you're new to this guy and have any kind of inclination towards Northwest electronics and specifically techno and electro made in Manchester or Salford - then D Ball is the crème of the crop.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A. Be
                                B1. Change
                                B2. Saha

                                Peaches

                                Pussy Mask

                                  Legendary feminist icon, musician, producer, artist, and "peerless iconoclast" (Elle) Peaches has always been a political figure, with lyrics famous for their focus on social inequality, body image, gender, and age equality. She was called a ‘heroine’ by the New York Times and has spent the past two decades upending stereotypes and challenging social norms while championing issues of gender equality and sexual identity with biting wit and fearless originality. On her latest releases, she's more direct and defiant than ever.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Pussy Mask

                                  Here's something bubbly and beautiful from [Emotional] Especial, hipping the world to the wonderful sound of Akio Nagase. Throughout the 00s, Nagase released a string of dub-themed records, but this record comes seemingly out of nowhere after a considerable spell of silence. The title Global Acid actually tells you pretty much all you need to know about this record, which takes the 303 on a joyous journey around the world, touching on different musical cultures with a tender, loving gaze and creating upbeat and open-hearted dance tracks with an acid focus. If you're an acid nut who craves fresh and distinctive takes on the tradition, this is exactly the kind of record you should be copping.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Jurassic Shanghai Acid
                                  A2. Mongol 303
                                  B1. Okinawa Yunta
                                  B2. Saigon Acid

                                  Hell Yeah's debut Buena Onda compilation proved hugely successful. It also kept people drenched in exotic dance floor sounds while the pandemic has kept everyone apart. Now the Berlin-based party is back and on a mission to redefine what Balearic means with a first-ever vinyl-only sampler featuring exclusive, unreleased tunes and remixes compiled by Marco Gallerani and Gallo from brothers around the world.

                                  The a-side is all about new kids on the block: Australian cyborg disco don Kayroy appeared on the label in 2020 with his Imaginary Expeditions EP and now links with his friend Jaspar Robinson, a dreamer with his head amongst the stars. He provides the vocals which speak of an astronaut lost in space and aching for a missing loved one while sombre chords and downbeat bass make for a beautifully longing groove. It's a blue-eyed Balearic classic. The up-and-coming Italian Feel Fly of labels like Internasjonal then goes widescreen with his 'Esperanto.' The chords shimmer, the baseline percolates and the guitar riffs arc up to the heavens for some late-night intergalactic bliss.

                                  The flip side features more mature and established artists: label regular Max Essa offers a remix of The Vendetta Suite 'Neon Secrets,' which has naive Eastern melodies and rueful 80s chords with a subtle new age feel that dumps you right on the beach at sundown. Last of all come Chris Coco and Micko Roche with true-school Balearic classic complete with cicada-like shakers, mellifluous Spanish guitar licks, flutes and soft, frothy, rolling beats that break like waves on a sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1 - Jaspar Robinson & Kayroy – Satellite
                                  A2 - Feel Fly – Esperanto
                                  B1 - The Vendetta Suite – Neon Secrets (Max Essa Remix)
                                  B2 - Chris Coco, Micko Roche – What Is Love

                                  "Naive overlooked New Beat / New Age project from 1989"

                                  Sometimes in life, a certain incentive is needed to convert talent into productivity. As for the case of MKS, the enigmatic and musical disguise of Nicolas Aubard, it was a merely coincidental encounter at the end of the 80s that set the stone rolling. For Nico, it all began in his hometown of Saint-Quentin in Northern France. At a young age, he got obsessed with Japanese and American cartoon culture. Being a devoted collector of cartoon-related toys and widgets, he spent hours watching anime series on TV and creating scale models of science fiction and horror-related sceneries. Growing up in a musical household, young Nico took on stringent training in classical and jazz piano. But, frustrated with the fact of not being the technical virtuoso he wanted to be, he turned away from his training at the age of 16. “I had no choice, as I felt as if my creativity got limited by my piano. That’s when I got drawn into the world of synthesizers.” Not long after, Nico put together a home studio and started to experiment with ambience and sound-inserts. Despite years of experimentation and music making, all Nico’s productions stayed between the 4 walls of his modest home studio. Something that would change in 1988, when Nico bumped into Emmanuel “Manu” Prevost.

                                  “We met on a night out in Lille”, Nico recalls. “I usually just stood by the dj booth, as I wasn’t a good dancer. So instead of throwing shapes at the dancefloor, I started a conversation with the dj, who happened to be Manu. By the end of the night, I handed him a demo tape of the album I was wanting to do.” Propelled by good fate, a fruitful collab happened between Nico and this dj. For Manu, everything also fell in place: “At the time, I was looking for a composer to work on producing a new beat record. As a dj, I often crossed the Belgian border for gigs and this new style was in full explosion over there. I heard Nico’s songs and naively told him: “Let’s make an album”, without knowing how.” Despite the high hopes for the new alliance, the project turned out to be a shot in the dark. “I assumed Manu already had some experience, as he proposed to do the mastering himself. But funnily he only told me after the release of the record that it was his first time too. But you know, we managed.” Not willing to release under his own name, Nico came up with Musical Keyboard System, abbreviated as MKS. The alias was born and the journey ready to take off.

                                  The album finally released in September 1989. After the release, Nico went on a low-key promo tour together with Manu in Northern France. “We aired a video clip on FR3 for two songs, together with a short interview. In their studio, we created a scrimpy décor with some green plants to resemble the Vietnam jungle (as for the track Nam Revelation) and we shot the clip. Manu even lay down behind a screen operating the fog machine.” As a live act, MKS’ career was rather short-lived, with a first and final gig in the Theatre of Saint-Quentin a few months after the release. “In France, we would remain illustrious strangers. Yet in the meantime, our music got played on new age radios in the USA.” After the end of MKS, Nico moved to Paris and Manu took on his military duty. In the army, Manu met movie animator Jacques Rouxel (the man behind French cult series Les Shadoks) and got him in touch with Nico. The duo collaborated with Rouxel on some compositions, before they went their separate ways at last. Nico went on to pursue his childhood dream, as a pioneer in France for integrating 3D animations into classical cartoons. Manu in turn became a producer for feature films.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. The New Age Of House
                                  A2. Twilight Zone
                                  B1. Figure
                                  B2. The Dream
                                  B3. Nam Revelation

                                  Sophie

                                  Bipp / Elle

                                    **REPRESS**

                                    Surprise release on Numbers from Sophie. Going on one of those trancey, mainroom, bass-heavy R&B refixes is "Bipp" on the A-side. A saccharin sweet vocal melody coupled with massive bass stabs, squealing sine tones and huge synth washes. It's the sound of a thousand or so kids on drugs going absolutely nuts in the sunshine with people old enough to know better (Matt!?) joining in the fun at the same time. On the flip we get bassy, druggy chaos for the more die-hard heads on “Elle”. Using a grime influenced sound palette and a half-tempo groove, the track rattles through the frequencies with a surprisingly melodic, emotive undercurrent. Recommended.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Matt says: Available once again. The first four Sophie EPs have become cult artefacts of leftfield-dance-pop. Last chance saloon if you missed 'em the first time!

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A. Bipp
                                    B. Elle

                                    101 Band

                                    Crazy Kind Of Feeling

                                      The great thing about Emotional Rescue's deep dive into reggae and lovers rock is that the tracks they decide to press up are the ear-snagging curveballs that present something just a little bit to the left of purist, trad reggae. That's the case once again with 101 Band's 'Crazy Kind Of Feeling' - a curio from Haile Maskel released via his own, LA-based label Opulence (Sound). It's a hybrid kind of sound, sitting somewhere between boogie, island funk and roots, and it goes down very smoothly indeed. On this reissue, you get treated to the original 7" mix plus an alternative 'Dub Take 2' version which stretches out over an extended run time on the B-side.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: You won't find this (or many other 101 Band track) on your average dub / reggae compilation. Emotional Rescue have done us proud by going the extra mile on this excavation.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Crazy Kind Of Feeling (7" Mix)
                                      B1. Crazy Kind Of Feeling (dub Take 2) 

                                      The RUB label continues to grow in stature with another hot serving of hip hop from the genre's New York City home. For this eighth offering, DJ Goce brings you his own fresh licks as he reworks a standout 90s joint. His take on 'New Status' is awash with glorious string sweeps and rolling funk bass that takes you to a higher place. The flipside 'Lovin' The Game' is a then remake of Jigga's original statement that is mixed to perfection and bumps along at a perfect inviting tempo.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Not loads to go at, hip-hop wise at the moment; but this cheeky 7" got me nodding hard and paying close attention. Nice little label to peek into this; check!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. New Status (Goce MPR Mix)
                                      B1. Lovin' The Game (Goce Hook Up)

                                      Unknown

                                      EEE012

                                      EEE supply a certified slice of summer sun with a raucous roller sure to get any party going. Considering it's around a gazillion degrees outside today, Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" is utterly appropriate, and if your endorphins needed an extra large boost, EEE have transformed it into a total tech house roller which massively ups the ante after DJ Spinna's mix way back when.

                                      Just in time for the return of the dancefloor, the newly minted Mountain 45s enter the chat with some party hip hop heat pressed on 7". On the A-side Double A layers Rakim's "Don't Sweat The Technique" verses over a jazzy little instrumental (I'm guessing it's a Bob James sample, just coz it's always Bob James) while the other side sees Jeyone serving up a ballsy boom bap version of Sabbath's "War Pigs", which I'm not mad at. At all.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Don't Sweat It (Double A's Classic Breaks Rework)
                                      B1. Warped Pigs (Jeyone's Boom Bap Refix)

                                      Band on the Wall Recordings is excited to present the first release from The Singles Club; a body of new work for 2021 that celebrates the artistic practice and far-reaching talents of one of its favourite artists and one of the hardest working musicians to grace the Band on the Wall stage.

                                      Second year participant of Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers scheme and rising vocal talent, Mali Hayes is a jazzy-nu-R&B type neo soul artist, who has received personal endorsements from the likes of Jamz Supernova, Gilles Peterson & Jamie Cullum.

                                      “A really great new British female vocalist from Manchester… She's got a real un-flashy kind of approach which I really like. Kind of a milder Jill Scott / Erykah Badu, definitely one to watch. We'll be hearing a lot more from her I'm sure!” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

                                      "I was fortunate enough to play demo's on my shows here at the BBC by Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. All premiers. And this is another one I think I'm gonna be proud of in a few years. Remember the name, Mali Hayes” – Gilles Peterson

                                      A rising star in a flourishing Manchester music scene, jazzy-nu-R&B type neo soul artist Mali Hayes steps in a new direction for The Singles Club. Calling on past sounds, she breathes new life into previous work, combining vibrant real-life stories with honesty and soul, resulting in a release that is refreshing, infectious and dynamic. The lead track ‘Forgive You’ is a collaboration with fellow Future Bubblers participants, Medikul & Cult Architect.


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Millie says: Two stunning tracks from Mali Hayes fresh off the new Band on the Wall Recordings label, if this is a sample of what’s to come then we’re in for a treat. Soulful hazy-jazz which is good for the soul, mind and body.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Forgive You
                                      B1. Come Closer

                                      Isle Of Jura conclude their 12" trilogy of The Pearls, showing the origins of the band with two playful Rootsy numbers, ‘No Follow Bad Company’ and ‘Duke Street’ backed with the essential Dub versions. Both tracks went on to feature on The Pearls debut LP ‘The War’ released on Sly & Robbie’s Taxi label in 1981.
                                      On the A-side the group warn us about the perils of peer pressure over a shuffling and sunny riddim topped with some tight guitar riffs while the flip houses a sweet Island love song.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. No Follow Bad Company
                                      A2. Return Of The Pearls (version)
                                      B1. Duke Street
                                      B2. So Sweet (version)

                                      Tony Simmons / Soul Shack

                                      I Can't Let You Go

                                      Much needed reissue of this super-rare 12" from 1983. Released on Jeff Weston's Record Shack it often fetches large sums second hand and has an undeniably loose & weighty feel, with soulful vox and rugged instrumental backing. On the flip, "Galactic Funk", by Soul Shack is even earlier - from 1980 and littered with sci-fi sfx and a sludgey, sloppy proto-boogie groove. This is some epochal shit dancers! Two super in-demand cuts on one nicely pressed 12". You need.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Side 1
                                      1. Tony Simmons - I Can't Let You Go (5:48)
                                      Side 2
                                      1. Soul Shack - Galactic Funk (5:21)

                                      “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.

                                      The final chapter sees two cuts of pure gospel greatness, taking your soul to salvation via firstly the Bibleway Church Of God In Christ – Since Jesus Came Into My Life followed up by Eliezer Mass Choir - Where He Leads Me.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Bibleway Church Of God In Christ – Since Jesus Came Into My Life
                                      B1. Eliezer Mass Choir - Where He Leads Me

                                      The White Stripes

                                      Seven Nation Army (The Glitch Mob Remix)

                                        The first official vinyl release of the unforgettable worldwide stadium anthem remix - both editions of the 7" are limited.




                                        Aldous Harding

                                        Old Peel

                                          Known and loved by fans as the stunning track that closes her live show, Aldous Harding finally releases ‘Old Peel’ on June 11th. Being released as a limited 7” with an alternate take on the B-side, she returned to work with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Dry Cleaning) to record both versions at the end of her last European tour.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A: Old Peel
                                          B: Old Peel (alternate Version)

                                          Sharon Van Etten

                                          Lets Go / Some Things Last A Long Time

                                            Mondo, and Jagjaguwar are proud to present a limited edition vinyl pressing of Sharon Van Etten's incredible song 'Let Go,' recorded for the 2020 documentary Feels Good Man, chronicling the emotional journey of comic artist Matt Furie and the discovery that his lovable creation Pepe The Frog had become symbol of the alt-right. A super powerful film about reclamation, artistic expression, and above all else Letting Go.

                                            Featuring the aforementioned original song 'Let Go,' as well as a cover of 'Some Things Last A Long Time' by Texas legend Daniel Johnston as B-Side.

                                            “After watching the documentary, I just followed the feeling of coming to terms with something and tried to evoke peace through my melody and words," says Sharon. "The song and film’s producer, Giorgio [Angelini] was a great collaborator and communicator and I was given a lot of freedom. That says a lot about the film and the people who made it."

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Side A
                                            1. Let's Go (Taken From Feels Good Man)

                                            Side B
                                            2. Some Things Last A Long Time (Daniel Johnston Cover)

                                            Presented as the sister record to 2014’s “Asleep Versions”, “Piano Versions” is a collection of ambient piano cover versions. The songs on the EP, originally by Roger & Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, Luke Abbott and James Yorkston, are presented in a completely new context to their initial form. On these versions, Hopkins used his upright piano as the centrepiece of the EP, whilst recording the ambient, environmental elements around it.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Dawn Chorus
                                            Heron
                                            Modern Driveway
                                            Wintergreen 

                                            Visionary “Rap” EP by precocious 18-year-old duo Eric Davis (ELV) and Chuck Prater (Chuk Chu) from 1989. Imagine if Schoolly D had joined Native Tongues and made an early hiphouse EP produced by Larry Heard.

                                            The story of Me & E took shape in Avalon Park in South Chicago, a vibrant, diverse, and politically active community with a rich musical culture. This was the fertile playground for producer Eric Davis (ELV) and lyricist Chuck Prater (Chuk Chu). The park itself was adjacent to Eric’s backyard and they would hop the fence to listen to music, drink beers, and freestyle, even in the middle of the notoriously cold Chicago winters. Eric’s dad, Arlington Davis Jr., was a jazz drummer who played in the legendary spiritual jazz group The Awakening in the ‘70s. Jazz ran deep in their family with proud connections to Miles Davis. Arlington would host weekly jam sessions at his home, and Chuck & Eric were in regular attendance. On those evenings, Eric and his brothers were able to take turns on the sticks alongside the veteran players, honing their fledgling chops. These experiences gave them the confidence to take music seriously, and start a group. Channeling his drumming skills through an array of synths and drum machines, Eric produced tracks in his bedroom, inspired by artists like The Art Of Noise, Kraftwerk, and New Order. Combining their atmospheric electronic elements with his jazz background, and beat-making skills, he created a distinct sound that still sounds fresh today. Chuck was listening to Hendrix,

                                            Joplin, Public Enemy, MC Lyte, and Big Daddy Kane and developed a unique and uplifting lyrical flow. They met up after school almost every day to make music, and quickly produced the four songs that make up their Rap EP.

                                            The music duo never lost touch, and continued to produce throughout the 90’s, forming Rich Boys, another rap group with their crew from Avalon Park. In 1995, Chuk Chu released a solo album, Memoirs of a Blue Light Special, focussing on a more sample based production style. Eric inspired by the house scene in Chicago, produced some ethereal and otherworldly electronic music, which Mixed Signals is compiling for future release. The Rap EP is just an introduction to the ongoing story of Me & E. Mixed

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Patrick says: Another exceptional excavation from Mixed Signals here, who aptly describe this as Schoolly D and Native Tongues rapping over hiphouse produced by Larry Heard. Pinging drum machines, moody basslines and Rakim-inspired verses - MEGA!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Whatcha Need
                                            A2. The Wrath
                                            B1. Swing On
                                            B2. Silent Is The E

                                            Peeping Drexels

                                            Bad Time

                                              ‘Bad Time’ is the new EP from Peeping Drexels. The London based 5-piece, who have been together since they were sixteen, have to date released a series of singles on the Permanent Creeps and Fierce Panda labels. This is their first release on BY Records. They've previously received support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, DIY, So Young among others. They've also performed live with artists such as Shame, Goat Girl and Public Practice.

                                              First single, 'High Heels', sees Peeping Drexels eulogise about white pills and night thrills - anxious overtones abound until the crescendo of guttural angst takes over. "High Heels is a dimly lit journey through the narrow corridors and backrooms of a twisted underground club, all whilst under the influence of an unknown substance. The song is the first taste of Peeping Drexels rebirth; experimental new sounds, broader instrumentation, yet pop music to the bone. A never ending loop of bad-trip fuelled excess, and there is no way to escape."

                                              Prior to lockdown, Peeping Drexels played a Sold Out Parallel Lines headline show at London’s Bermondsey Social Club and ended it with a sold out main support slot for Fat White Family at EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney).

                                              The project takes influences from a broad musical spectrum, from the dance vibes of Gary Numan and Mr. Fingers to the intensity of Tyler The Creators' synth-heavy Cherry Bomb and the maximalist work of Kanye West.

                                              Songs tackle a range of themes; from leaving your childhood home only to enter the cycle of drug addiction and artistic hindrance (Pit), toxic lust and obsession for an unavailable person (Bloody Gums), only finding anything close to pure happiness in escapism from the real world (Miami Lounge) and hardcore hedonism (High Heels).

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Miami Lounge
                                              2. Pit
                                              3. Bloody Gums
                                              4. High Heels
                                              5. Part II

                                              Eclipe Tribez return with three breaky electro truffles for your reward circuit, harvested by hand by the Austrian Awo Ojiji.

                                              Fast-paced, rhythmically challenging, and spiced with euphoric synth stabs that will make your endorphins flow. Dem good, woozy feels. They’ve been neglected for too long.

                                              "Superconductor" instantly puts your brain in euphoric overdrive with its epic pads, reminiscent of our teens. Simpler times. "Ridicoloum" whacks tools on your head; it rattles, shakes, clonks and bonks. The drums, crunchier than pumpkin seeds.

                                              To round off the euphoria extravaganza, "Quarantini" strikes a more serious note, as you slowly come to terms with a new normal. One full of full-bodied sub-bass and all them breakz that we love so much. Treat yoself.


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Specialist breaks and hyperactive sound system business here from down under. Check!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Superconductor
                                              A2. Ridicoloum
                                              B. Quarantini

                                              The mystifying M.K. hails all the way from Brazil to joins forces with the ever-steady Sputnik in order to deliver life saving edits carrying all good things from slow trance to pumping disco for those who dare to dream about trembling jaws and sweaty skins touching each other under the moonlight.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. M.K. - Kibelezah
                                              A2. M.K. - Baby Loves To Dance
                                              B1. Sputnik - Lover
                                              B2. Sputnik - Save Me

                                              Those who pay close attention to DJ Harvey’s sets should already be familiar with NuNorthern Soul’s next single, a fully licensed reissue of a sought-after 1980 promotional seven-inch from legendary Spanish Flamenco singer Manuel Mancheño Peña, better known as El Turronero (‘The Nougat’).

                                              Both ‘Las Penas’ and ‘Si Yo Volviera A Nacer’ have long been secret weapons in the sets of dusty-fingered Balearic DJs, with Harvey regularly dropping the tracks during his sessions at Pikes Hotel on the White Isle.

                                              Both tracks first appeared on Pena’s 1980 album New Hondo, a set that updated the then veteran Flamenco artist’s sound for the disco era. Whereas most of his previous albums were more traditional Flamenco affairs, New Hondo combined his throaty, effervescent Flamenco singing style with the driving grooves, swooping orchestration and spacey synthesizer sounds of European disco.

                                              To promote the album, Spanish label DB Belter pressed up a promotional “45” featuring two of the most club-friendly cuts on the album. It’s this release that is being reissued for the very first time by NuNorthern Soul.

                                              A-side ‘Las Penas’ is undoubtedly an off-kilter, late-night disco classic. Built around a flanged, action-packed disco-funk bassline, metronomic beats. soaring and layered female backing vocals, intergalactic synth sounds and stirring strings, the track steps up a level when ‘El Turronero’ takes to the microphone to belt out an infectious, energetic vocal in his trademark Flamenco style. It’s the kind of cut that’s as haunting and intoxicating as it is funky and floor friendly.

                                              Flipside ‘Si You Volviera A Nacer’, another of New Hendo’s most sought-after tracks, is another unique and righteous concoction. Looser, groovier and warmer in tone, it sees another sublime, Flamenco style lead vocal from Pena accompanied by even funkier bass, spiralling ’70s synthesizer sounds, sweaty drums and some seriously exotic instrumental flourishes (think sitar and kalimba). It’s every bit as alluring as the more driving A-side, and equally as playable.

                                              Both tracks may be unusual in comparison to the artist’s other releases, but they expertly capture a moment in time, when disco dominated dancefloors all over the world and inspired even the most traditional and historic of European musical styles. Quite a number of flamenco-disco records were made in Spain during the late ’70s and early ’80s, but very few are quite as magical as these.


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Las Penas
                                              B1. Si Yo Volviera A Nacer

                                              Released in 2020, Rheinzand’s self-titled debut LP heralded an authentic vibe of retro-futuristic disco-pop, distinguishing themselves in the current climate of dance music. The album was met with acclaim, picked by Piccadilly Records as their nr. 1 album of the year. Since, the material on that album have proven fertile ground for practitioners in the art of the remix. On this EP, we release a selection of those efforts.

                                              On the first slot, we have Running Back label owner and longstanding DJ heavyweight Gerd Janson polishing off his house music fluency with a gleaming take on ‘Blind’. The swerving vocals of Charlotte Caluwaerts’ reverberate through space ray arpeggiators and burnished drum gates.
                                              Belgian compatriot Blitzzega, the neon-drenched moniker of composer Bjorn Eriksson, features with a dizzyingly switched-on version of ‘Mi Mundo’, sporting gnawing synths and hijacked funk licks.

                                              Next, dub-pop wizards Peaking Lights serve up a heady brew of plugged-up melodies braided around Reinhard and Charlotte’s shuffling vocals. This remix blends the magenta glow of synthwave with the deep grooves of maybe late Theo Parrish. We round off the EP with a treat form Dennis ‘Citizen’ Kane, the iconic dance music figure who emerged in mid-90s NYC downtown scene. A veteran DJ and disco-head, Kane applies a luminous hand to Rheinzand’s ’14 Again’, deepening the vibe of kittenish mystery through carefully layered work of phasing drones, wandering synths, and mushrooming rhythm section (think T-Connection). 


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Mine says: After the success of the first remix EP we'll again be stocking an exclusive 12" by our album of the year winners Rheinzand, this time featuring remixes by Running Back mastermind Gerd Janson and shop favourites Peaking Lights. LUSH!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Blind (Gerd Janson Dance Mix)
                                              A2. Mi Mundo (Blitzzega Mix)
                                              B1. Synti (Peaking Lights Disco Dub Mix)
                                              B2. 14 Again (Dennis Kane Remix)

                                              Second installment of rising MCR garage, bass n breaks label Jerk It. Born outta the clubnight of the same name, Calum and cru continue to provide the shoulder-dropped an' shuffled goodness for your late nite dance excursions.

                                              Debut for Oblique, whose keen approach to drum programming and low end synthesis alerted our sensors immediately as he rattles and squeezes a percussive and hefty blend of high tech breaks and bass from his modest selection of noise boxes. Taut and tense in parts; flamboyant, cockey, and swinging off the tweeters the next; this should be all your need to lose your shit come the 21st of July (*subject to change!). 


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Killer four tracker from MCR's Jerk It. Two releases in and it's looking tidy. Hi tek garage / bass hybrids with an enthusiastic and challenging flair! Recommended.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1 As Another Entity
                                              A2 Futility Fight 
                                              B1 Mania 
                                              B2 Faulty 

                                              Blackhaine / Richie Culver

                                              Did U Cum Yet / I’m Not Gonna Cum

                                              Vinyl edition of an art project from Salford-based choreographer, MC, poet and performer Blackhaine, and Hull-born contemporary artist Richie Culver.

                                              "Did U Cum Yet / I'm Not Gonna Cum" is a two-track, 20 minute audiovisual project released by UK record label and creative studio Participant. The release is an extension of Richie Culver's now infamous canvas work ‘Did U Cum Yet’, itself a wry reference to the inherently masturbatory act of posting art on social media.

                                              Having destroyed the original painting and released a 300 page book featuring the vitriolic Instagram comments received in response to the original piece, "Did U Cum Yet / I'm Not Gonna Cum" is a sonic extension of the Instagram project gone rogue, the coming together of two artists that share working-class roots and a commitment to low culture, as well as a belief in the transcendent potential in creative expression. Each artist has one leg planted firmly in Northern soil and both are united in their unflinching focus on England’s liminal spaces.

                                              Accompanying the EP is a film, assembled by British / Belgian filmmaker William Markarian-Martin. Recently nominated for Best International Music Video at the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, the film weaves together footage gathered in the UK towns of Preston and Salford, shot in an underground carpark ‘to represent a kind of purgatory’, as if the artist has fallen through the pavement into a hellish place.

                                              Press coverage in: FACT, Numero Berlin, t-mag Italy, The Quietus.

                                              Radio play on: BBC 6Music, RTE, Dublab, Flux FM, NTS

                                              DJ support from: Black Strobe, Michel Gaubert, Richie Hawtin, Boris, Marcel Fengler & Angel Molina.


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Provocative Salford wordsmith Blackhaine colabs with Hull-based contemporary artist Richie Culver for an explosive commentary on culture and the arts. If you liked Death Of Rave's debut release with Mark Leckey then this one's 4 U!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A. Did U Cum Yet
                                              B. I'm Not Gonna Cum

                                              Walter Verdin

                                              Cold Turkey / Instant Karma!

                                              Walter Verdin is the Belgian chameleon changing constantly between different musical styles and audiovisual art. At the end of the seventies, he released 'Storingen', a Flemish reggae single with some musical friends under the name of Specimen & The Rizikoos. In 1980 he had a number one hit in Flanders with 'Er is iets', taken from the album 'Cinema'. In the same year he started to work as a video director in the studios of the Audiovisual Services at the KULeuven. At night he experimented with video and sound. For the next 20 years, the studios became the cradle for his video art and musical experiments.
                                              In 1981, before he formed the group Pas De Deux (the Belgian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1983), he recorded the demos for two songs of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. These songs ended on the B side of their mini-LP 'Des Tailles'.

                                              On this 7" vinyl: the demo versions of 'Cold Turkey' and 'Instant Karma!'. They are recorded ping-ponging between two stereo tape recorders. All the instruments were programmed and played by Walter Verdin without the possibility of mixing or 'picking in'. Adding an instrument or a voice meant another copy from beginning to end. The roughness and the spontaneity of these recordings are remarkable, especially when you compare the tracks with the professional recordings that were made later at the famous ICP studios in Brussels with Pas De Deux, where the cheap Boss rhythm box was replaced by a Linn Drum and other instruments were added.
                                              Walter Verdin is a big fan of Lennon's music and social engagement. These demos were made only a couple of months after his passing in December 1980. The choice for the specific songs is not accidental: they are the songs with which John Lennon started a new musical adventure. Also, for Walter Verdin it was the start for a new way of music making, after a very short career as a 'Flemish singer songwriter'. The text -the message- of both songs is more topical in 2021 than it was at the beginning of the eighties, when they were recorded.

                                              COLD TURKEY
                                              John Lennon: «'Cold Turkey' is self-explanatory. It was the result of experiencing cold turkey withdrawals from heroin. Everybody goes through a bit of agony some time or another in their lives, whatever it is. 'Cold Turkey' is just an expression that is suitable to explain the other side of life. I'm always thinking about love and peace, and now I'm thinking about agony - to remind people that I'm human and that we suffer like everybody else.»

                                              INSTANT KARMA!
                                              "Instant Karma!" conveys the need to recognize and act upon a shared responsibility for the wellbeing of humankind; the karmic rewards of this mindset are available to all, as implied in Lennon's exhortation to "Come and get your share". According to Lennon biographer John Blaney, the song is an appeal "for mankind to take responsibility for its fate" and represents "Lennon developing his own brand of egalitarianism".

                                              Used gear: Boss Dr.Rhythm DR-55, Yamaha CS-40m, Pearl Syncussion SY1 Recorded on two Studer B67 reel-to-reel tape recorders.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Walter Verdin - Cold Turkey
                                              B1. Walter Verdin - Instant Karma!

                                              Chantage (Eve Blouin + Vivien Goldman)

                                              It's Only Money - Inc. On-U Sound Dub Version By Adrian Sherwood

                                              Chantage are Eve Blouin and Vivien Goldman. This exclusive re-issue features the artwork from the original 7", the extended version of "It's Only Money" from the Chantage 12" and the dub version by Adrian Sherwood which previously was only released on On-U Sound under the project name Playgroup in 1983. Also features Bruce Smith (PopGroup/Slits), Carroll Thompson and Neneh Cherry amongst others.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A. It's Only Money (Extended Version)
                                              B. It's Only Money (On-U Sound Dub Version By Adrian Sherwood)

                                              The Lounge Society

                                              Silk For The Starving EP

                                                Pre-order this EP to be in with a chance of winning an exclusive signed test-pressing.

                                                With their first two singles under their belts – "Generation Game", the fastest selling 7" for the award-winning label, and "Burn The Heather" – plus a raft of Ones To Watch accolades for 2021, there is much anticipation for what lies next for the band.

                                                In early 2020, "Generation Game" announced the band as artists shaping powerful narratives around a fast-fragmenting society. With the lyric “what will the US do?” they served up a painfully prescient prediction of American unrest.

                                                Follow-up single "Burn The Heather" made a left-hand turn for the more punk-funk, sneering at culture wars and the damaging impact of a class divide.

                                                New single "Cain’s Heresy" shakes with the propulsion of a nimble rhythm section, full of bite and scorn, simultaneously swinging angrily at a negligent political class ("The death of four souls is less than a kick in the teeth, for them"), the threat of misinformation ("Poisonous ideals on the screen breed a vicious way of thinking, off the screen") and the noxious follow-the-leader march of celebrity culture ("They’re servants to fame"). The EP title “Silk For The Starving” in itself probes at a society that routinely neglects the needs of the have-nots.

                                                The Lounge Society sing about what they know then. Make no mistake, this is the sound of young England: articulate, enraged and energised. And – perhaps crucially - highly danceable too. It should give hope to anyone who has lost faith in the future, because here the future is in safe hands.



                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Burn The Heather
                                                Television
                                                Cain’s Heresy
                                                Valley Bottom Fever

                                                Favorite Recordings and Jazzy Couscous proudly present a series of three EP's A La French – The Balearic Sessions with early remixes works for french artists by the one and only Dimitri from Paris.
                                                This project is a long overdue reminder and tribute of Dimitri’s career's beginnings, a selection of less-known works with a balearic style and a distinctive French flair. It tells the story of an 80's kid who, through his love of music and remix culture, helped put together the first pieces of what would later become the French House scene by spreading his love for Garage House and Club Music in general. All tracks have been remastered from the tapes and will be available as a series of three 12" Vinyl with Printed Innersleeve.

                                                The year is 1986. There is close to no remix culture in France and only a handful of pioneers are into this new club sound coming mostly from USA. At the time, Dimitri starts experimenting with homemade remixes, done by cutting tape, inspired by New York producers Tony Humpries and Shep Pettibone. Dimitri starts playing his remixes at radio and his work gets noticed. Starting his own radioshow "NRJ Club - The Sound of New York", Dimitri's audience quickly became bigger. His remix style starts to settle, and the requests start piling up: Stephanie De Monaco, Gerard Blanc, Elsa, Etienne Daho, Marc Lavoine…Many French pop stars come knocking on Dimitri's door to get a club remix of their latest hit. At this time, Dimitri often works with the same sound engineer: Jean-Philippe Bonichon aka JPB. Together, they will shape the club remix sound of the late 80's France unlike anyone else, heavily influenced by superstar remixers like François K, Shep Pettibone, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, or even Stock, Aitken & Waterman. In the early 90’s, the remixes he produces are infused with Garage House, Balearic vibes & a modern Rare Groove vibe popularized by UK remixers such as Coldcut or CJ Mackintosh, something quite unique in the French musical output at the time.

                                                It's in 1989 that Dimitri started to collaborate with Marc Lavoine, a monument of French pop music, a status he is keeping to this day. Lavoine was already an established artist and remixing him might not have been an easy task. Being the man in charge of most remixes on the French market at the time, and in order to give those songs a "Club" credibility, Dimitri had to be inventive. The "Jazzy Vibes Mix" of "Rue Fontaine" first aired June 1990, on his now solo Sunday night radio show: NRJ Megamix. It naturally blended in with tracks like: Morales remix of "Stronger Together" by The Chimes, "And I Loved You" by Satoshi Tomiie or Jamie Principle’s "Date With The Rain " amongst others... French 90’s chanson never got as close to U.S. House. Of the original, Dimitri only kept Lavoine's vocal and the brass section, giving the song a very balearic feel that aged pretty well. After all the years, this is one of Dim's personal favorite work from that era.
                                                "Belle comme Isabelle" dedicated to the french actress Isabelle Adjani, by short lived band Midi V, became a minor hit on french FM back in 1989. Dimitri was very much influenced by the US remixers way of remodeling a track in order to make people dance. He was also starting to add his own production to remixes, something that wasn’t yet very well accepted by artists and their labels. Here, with only the rhythm section replaced, Dimitri’s mix sounds totally in line with what he was playing on his "NRJ Club" mixshow. A Stock, Aitken & Waterman influence can be heard here as Dimitri, still a big fan, was playing a lot of their stuff. Dimitri's remix originally only came out on a limited 12inch promo vinyl.
                                                Kaoma is an interesting band, whose history was completely overshadowed by their planetary hit "Lambada". Released in 1991, “Danca Tago Mago" is one of Kaoma’s last singles. For some reason the record label released two differents remixes of the single on two different releases. The longest "Latine Soul Remix" by Dimitri leaves the batuccada drums behind, with a complete re-production of the original with a deep bassline and again extensive keyboard work by Olivier Masselot. Although they don't sing in French, we decided to include them in this project because of the obvious French origin on the production side.
                                                Kassav' is a monument of French music. Composed by many talented musicans, among which we can find Jacob Desvarieux or Georges Decimus, Kassav' is considered by many as the originator of Zouk, a music style coming straight from the French Caribeans which gained huge popularity in metropolitan France around late 80s/early 90s... It was only natural that in 1990, Dimitri crosses Kassav's path and get to remix one of their title "Ou Lé". Dimitri recalls that Jacob Desvarieux himself came into the studio to make sure he was satisfied with the result, and he was for sure! "Ou Lé (Metropolys mix)" manages to keep the original zouk vibe of the track by adding low BPM house beat to it, and some funky piano played by Olivier Masselot to bring in the break. The result is an extremely pleasant summer/caribean slow house track, perfect for any beach balearic set.

                                                Through his radio and remix work, Dimitri unknowingly laid down the fundamentals and planted the seeds for what would later be known as the "French Touch" scene. There is indeed a straight filiation between some of the artists representing the French Touch from 1995/1996, and Dimitri. He ultimately showed France had nothing to be ashamed of, and in the process, helped to spread a historic U.S. club sound and to consolidate its associated culture in his country. 

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A1. Marc Lavoine - Rue Fontaine (Jazzy Vibes Mix)
                                                A2. Midi V - Belle Comme Isabelle (remix Dimitri)
                                                B1. Kaoma - Tago Mago (Latine Soul Remix)
                                                B2. Kassav' - Ou Le (Metropolys Mix)

                                                Favorite Recordings and Jazzy Couscous proudly present a series of three EP's A La French (1987-1992) The Balearic Sessions with early remixes works for french artists by the one and only Dimitri from Paris.
                                                This project is a long overdue reminder and tribute of Dimitri’s career's beginnings, a selection of less-known works with a balearic style and a distinctive French flair. It tells the story of an 80's kid who, through his love of music and remix culture, helped put together the first pieces of what would later become the French House scene by spreading his love for Garage House and Club Music in general. All tracks have been remastered from the tapes and will be available as a series of three 12" Vinyl with Printed Innersleeve.

                                                The year is 1986. There is close to no remix culture in France and only a handful of pioneers are into this new club sound coming mostly from USA. At the time, Dimitri starts experimenting with homemade remixes, done by cutting tape, inspired by New York producers Tony Humpries and Shep Pettibone. Dimitri starts playing his remixes at radio and his work gets noticed. Starting his own radioshow "NRJ Club - The Sound of New York", Dimitri's audience quickly became bigger. His remix style starts to settle, and the requests start piling up: Stephanie De Monaco, Gerard Blanc, Elsa, Etienne Daho, Marc Lavoine…Many French pop stars come knocking on Dimitri's door to get a club remix of their latest hit. At this time, Dimitri often works with the same sound engineer: Jean-Philippe Bonichon aka JPB. Together, they will shape the club remix sound of the late 80's France unlike anyone else, heavily influenced by superstar remixers like François K, Shep Pettibone, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, or even Stock, Aitken & Waterman. In the early 90’s, the remixes he produces are infused with Garage House, Balearic vibes & a modern Rare Groove vibe popularized by UK remixers such as Coldcut or CJ Mackintosh, something quite unique in the French musical output at the time.

                                                In 1992, Dimitri made this wonderful remix for Claudia Philips "Donne Moi Du Feu", based on a sample from “I Was Born This Way ”by Carl Bean. The track is deep, groovy, with a real bass & organ, and is blessed by an incredible piano solo from the one and only Olivier Masselot.
                                                Andres Roé, a French rumba/flamenco guitar player, released his first album in 1990. This album includes some prestigious guests such as David Gilmour & Mory Kante, and was mixed by young Philippe Cerboneschi, who would later be known as Philippe Zdar. In this album we find Roe's spanish adaptation of "I'm Not Alone". The song, called "Soledad", in its original version, became a minor international hit in 1990, right after the second summer of love. The "Philly Mix" here is produced by a young Dimitri with the help of Olivier Masselot on keys, and mixed by an even younger Philippe Zdar as engineer. It was previously only available on a maxi CD. This version has aged really well, Dimitri himself has dug it out again to play it in some of his sets in the recent years.
                                                Daughter of famous 70's fashion designer Emmanuelle Khanh, Atlantique attracted media attention around 89/90 with her one hit wonder "Poussée Par Le Vent". Her very distinctive voice and nonchalant style allowed her to enter France's Top 50 in 1990. Dimitri tackled this one with a very jazzy and downtempo vibe essentially thanks to the jazz flute he threw in the mix. His long extended version is a wonderful piece of music.
                                                In 1990, Dimitri is embracing the sound coming from a new wave of UK remixers such as Coldcut or Blacksmith, mixing jazz, hiphop, garage & breakbeat influences altogether. We find traces of that in the way he starts naming his remixes. This "Mr. Jazzy Mix" is a literal as well as musical nod to Grover Washington Jr. rare groove classic "Mr Magic". Slow House, Downtempo, breakbeat vibes, Dimitri included the full package in this remix he did for Art Mengo on "Où Trouver Les Violons". The track starts on those infamous rhodes chords, and progresses into very nice latin jazz vibes, with background congas, and the subtle acoustic guitar from the original. The peak comes around 3:45 with an authentic rhodes solo, played by Nicolas Neidhart which takes us on an uplifting soulful journey. Truly beautiful. Art Mengo had a few hits around the early 90s in France, but was never considered as a major artist, despite the high standards of his productions.

                                                Through his radio and remix work, Dimitri unknowingly laid down the fundamentals and planted the seeds for what would later be known as the "French Touch" scene. There is indeed a straight filiation between some of the artists representing the French Touch from 1995/1996, and Dimitri. He ultimately showed France had nothing to be ashamed of, and in the process, helped to spread a historic U.S. club sound and to consolidate its associated culture in his country. 

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A1. Claudia Phillips - Donne Moi Du Feu (Summer Nights Disco Mix)
                                                A2. Roe - Soledad (Philly Mix)
                                                B1. Atlantique - Poussee Par Le Vent (remix Maxi)
                                                B2. Art Mengo - Ou Trover Les Violons (Mr Jazzy Mix)

                                                Wet Silk was a rare digression into house music by the legendary star-crossed duo of Lamar Thomas and Judy Taylor. For this sonic liaison, Thomas brought along his high school friend, disco impresario Patrick Adams to co-produce, and the resulting “Let Me Do You Baby” is a slow and seductive sunset soirée with champagne and caviare. The track is skillfully arranged with slippery 808 programming, serpentine guitar, and silky pads, all sliding around Thomas and Lamar’s playfully suggestive vocals. For the first 12” release of this hypnotic track, Mixed Signals have paired it with two other delicious Thom/Tay productions, the rare and dubby house mix of Shelly Pearse’s “If You Want My Love”, and the instrumental end-of-the-nighter “I’ll Be Waiting”.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Wet Silk - Let Me Do You Baby
                                                2. Shelly Pearse - If You Want My Love (House Mix)
                                                3. Thomas & Taylor - I'll Be Waiting (instrumental)

                                                Coach Party

                                                After Party

                                                  Emerging Isle of Wight four-piece Coach Party have today shared their new single and video ‘Everybody Hates Me’ via Chess Club Records. The band have also announced a brand new EP After Party - featuring ‘Everybody Hates Me’ and previous single ‘Can’t Talk, Won’t’, which received rapturous support from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, Jack Saunders (who crowned the track a Next Wave) on BBC Radio 1, and Radio X’s John Kennedy.

                                                  Written amidst the chaos of 2020, After Party focuses on themes of everyday life and was recorded, produced, and mixed by the band’s own Guy Page. Eastwood explains: “Each song on the After Party EP came quite naturally to us, many of them are about difficult people, whether that be work colleagues, family members, and even ourselves (like in ‘Everybody Hates Me’). In other tracks we talk about whether we’d be okay on our own and dealing with self doubt and lack of trust - it’s self deprecating but in a positive therapeutic kind of way.”

                                                  “We wanted the sound of the band to come through in a more natural and raw way on this record, capturing a specific moment in time. It feels to us like a sequel which gets a bit more love than the original - like Bogus Journey to Excellent Adventure. We had a feeling that it might be a long time before we get to play live again so a part of us wanted to make this EP a bit like a gig and refrain from going mad with overdubs… face melting riffs over studio tricks. Rumour has it that Paul McCartney wanted to produce this one, but we told him we need a little longer to carve our own sound and told him to call back in 2021… he might have lost our number”

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Side A

                                                  1. Can’t Talk, Won’t
                                                  2. Crying Makes Me Tired
                                                  3. Really Ok On My Own

                                                  Side B

                                                  4. Everybody Hates Me
                                                  5. I’m Sad
                                                  6. Sweetheart

                                                  Chin-Chin

                                                  Stop! Your Crying

                                                    Chin-Chin, an all-female group consisting of Karin (guitar/ vocals), Esther (bass/vocals) and Marie-Anne (drums/ vocals) was formed in 1982 in Biel, Switzerland.

                                                    Originally released in 1986 on 53rd & 3rd, these 3 tracks make their first appearance on 7”. Look out for their forthcoming Singles and BBC Sessions album on Sealed Records.


                                                    Superpitcher

                                                    Lonely Lover

                                                    After appearances on 2019's "Studio Barnhus Volym 1" and 2020's "Serenity Now, Insanity Later" compilations, our dear friend Superpitcher finally appears in full solo mode on Studio Barnhus, with two emotive dance tracks like only Super does them.

                                                    "One quiet, locked down Parisian night, while the full moon swept over the weeping city, I was feeling... more than usual... loverless and lonely. As always in such times of deep heartache and gnawing melancholy, I turned to my studio for some substitute love. I worked until morning, lost in sound, feeling slightly better. I prepared to listen to the night's work while the young sun arrived over the empty boulevards, but when my hand touched the mixing console... BANG! BOOOOM! OUCH! I was electrocuted! After the shock, the smoke and the smell of burnt hair settled, I knew... this is it - the final lonely lover." - Superpitcher

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Matt says: Gently Balearic, electronically skewed synth-pop here with enough propulsion to get you off the hammock and striding to the tiki bar.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. Lonely Lover
                                                    B1. Smile

                                                    Krystal Klear returns to Running Back. But his fifth record for the label is also a high five to live, piano house, uppers and downers, dusk and dawn, Balearic beach bums and goosebumps, bonus beats and soundscapes, Rimini and more than enough to make a stone hearted creature like Gerd Janson cry. Made for a summer that never was, now is the time for mass hysteria.

                                                    The main mix combines the energy of Eric Prydz at Creamfields with a well researched reframe of prog house, while the "1990" mix and "Beach Beats" are an utterly Shoomtastic take for the Balearic dancefloor. 

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Matt says: Ireland's super charged, modern day acid house casualty, Krystal Klear is back with more hi-nrg smiley-faced house music. Riding the 90s resurgence with aplomb and educating today's youth on the origins of E-music. Superb.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. Piano Banana
                                                    A2. Piano Banana (bonus Bananas)
                                                    B1. Piano Banana (1990 Mix)
                                                    B2. Piano Banana (Beach Beats)
                                                    B3. Piano Banana (Banambient Mix)

                                                    One man electro machine DMX Krew beams down on Breakin' with a fresh dose of circuit board funk for all the freaks out there. On the A-side, "Night Creatures" is a classic Detroit-styled snapper featuring a special guest appearance by Aux 88's Blak Tony on the vocal tip. Bouncing basslines, shuffling drum machines and growling vocoder vocals in tribute to the club kids. An instrumental and acappella close out the A-side, before we lock into a pair of bonus bass bangers on the flip. "Bounce Your Body" pairs a pummelling bass with rave idents and serrated perx, while "Dynamic Jit" pushes the tempo into overdrive for the kind of e-funk wiggler you can play between UR and Footwerk.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. Night Creatures (vocal)
                                                    A2. Night Creatures (dub)
                                                    A3. Night Creatures (acappella)
                                                    B1. Bounce Your Body
                                                    B2. Dynamic Jit

                                                    As a New Era beckons globally, Manchester's primo Manctalo merchants - Red Laser Records - quietly unveil their latest clutch of specialist space-age kinetics. A fifth-kind encounter enabling users to bridge the continuum of dance & interaction between our Earth-dwelling selves and the inter-dimensional overlords.

                                                    Containing three brand new movements in machine music from our treasured production stable of Kid Machine, Bob SwanS and Il Bosco; it also houses an honorary appearance from revered Danish spearhead Flemming Dalum, who serves up a particle-splitting redux of a lesser-known proto-techno nugget from Belgium.
                                                    Dalum's been traversing the star-clusters on his own intrepid missions for a while, so we're mega buzzed to have him back on the RL mothership.

                                                    Stretford based synthesizer technician, Bob SwanS has been drafted in specifically by RL head Il Bosco for his advanced skills on the patch bays. "Aphelion Run Theme", the point of which an object's orbit is furthest from the Sun, vividly detailing in sound the journey our collective consciousness must undergo in order to reach the Highest Elders. We highly recommend utilising this track alongside Dr. Greer's outstanding work with extra terrestrials.

                                                    KID Machine's celebratory, vocoder-led Manctalo message: "It's The K.I.D" is a sonic motif to our interplanetary relatives; this cybernetic b-boy's way of spray painting the Red Laser logo over Proxima Centauri B's subway network in neon-blue, pyroxene paint.

                                                    Bosco lets loose with one of his most impassioned creations to date too. "We Almost Lost Oddbins" previously titled: "Save Our Scene", a universe-wide cry for help recorded when worldwide limitations on dancing and human co-exchange were at their most aggressive; its nonetheless positive outlook inviting us all to look both inward and outward for solutions in the New Normal.

                                                    Encased within a striking monolith art print, depicting the mystic energies of ancient galaxies it heralds the now widely-accepted belief that we are in no way alone in this universe and that channels of communication between more advanced civilisations than ours have already begun...

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Matt says: Another blink-and-you'll-miss-it compilation from Manchester's no. 1 team. Manctalo, fizzy rave and a killer Belgium effort grace this latest space nugget.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. Code Red - In Your Dreams (Flemming Dalum Red Laser Edit)
                                                    A2. BoB SwanS - Aphelion Run Theme
                                                    B1. Kid Machine - It's The K I D
                                                    B2. Il Bosco - We Almost Lost Oddbins

                                                    More new Sound Signature this week as we get a bumper back of goodies from our friends in the D. Jason Hogans is a new signing, rarely heard outside of the Motor City but concocting up a deliciously tasty brew of broken beat, instrumental hip-hop and summery soul.

                                                    A mini-LP of sorts, it cruises between skeletal MPC downbeat experiments into radiant, jazz-breaks and occasional flurries of deep house a la The Rotating Assembly.

                                                    This is seriously strong stuff from Sound Signature; and of course limited copies available. Don't miss out on this killer vibe from this new producer - seriously recommended! 


                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Matt says: Sound Signature force our jaws to the floor by unveiling a mad good new artist from the D. Jason Hogans offers up something that tho typically Detroitian, also takes inspiration from Madlib's California-indebted soundscapes and London's broken beat edge. Mega!

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. Daydreamer And A Clown
                                                    A2. Favorite Coffee Mug
                                                    A3. Do This Proper
                                                    B1.Blue Blessed Rider
                                                    B2. For My Solids
                                                    B3. Kitchen Hype 

                                                    Andy Bell

                                                    All On You EP

                                                      Four tracks recorded by Ride guitarist and singer Andy Bell for radio sessions, including a cover of 1990 Mancunian cult classic ‘Perfume’ by Paris Angels.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Love Comes In Waves (Acoustic Version)
                                                      2. Cherry Cola (Acoustic Version)
                                                      3. Skywalker (Acoustic Version)
                                                      4. Perfume (Acoustic Version)

                                                      Nassau Track Authority's second serving of vinyl goodness is as hot as they come - in every sense of that word. FBI agents out there probably need to turn a blind eye, though rumour has it that these ACE unreleased instrumentals come from one of the men on the mixing desk at these legendary sessions. 

                                                      What you're holding in your hand are the unreleased instrumental versions of four Grace classics featuring the genre blending genius of Sly, Robbie, Wally et al. at the legendary Compass Point Studios. Effortlessly fusing dub, disco, post punk and new wave into a completely unique sound, this crack team of studio heavyweights were responsible for at least a third of the decent tunes between 79 and 89, but sadly their talents have rarely appeared in the full splendor of the "Version" - until now that is - absolutely ESSENTIAL listening.


                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Patrick says: Grace is about as iconic as it gets and much as her androgynous deadpan and occasional snarl are rightly famed, those Compass Point riddims are box office in their own right, so this set of unreleased instrumentals is just the best thing I've heard in ages. I have a feeling these puppies are very limited, so it behooves you not to sleep on this.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1. Rain (Extended Instrumtenal)
                                                      A2. Captured (Extended Instrumental)
                                                      B1. Brake (Instrumenal)
                                                      B2. Leather It (Instrumental)

                                                      Charlie And The Oscillator

                                                      Big Unit

                                                        The second of PY’s new singles sees a return to the label for Charlie And The Oscillator (after the first lockdown period’s half hour sell out LP of psych / electronica mash up classic “Journey of Echoes”.) The band offer up their first 7” here and is released in PY’s lovely new BBC 70s tip-of-the-hat library tracing paper sleeves.

                                                        Formed in 2018, the London based duo fuse breakbeats, synths and samples to create eccentric alternative dance music. Their endlessly intriguing world has already drawn comparisons to the likes of DJ Shadow and Death In Vegas. Incredibly adventurous and broadly ambitious, the backbone to their sound is poles away from usual PY fayre, based upon a backbone of funk and soul. Yet from this base they merge many different genres including ambient, trip-hop, dance, disco and more, creating a new form of sample-heavy, dancefloor-friendly electronica.

                                                        On the A-side, "Big Unit" is a warm and fuzzy serving of sampledelic freakbeat, simultaneously kraut, big beat and psych pop. A bit like a Bentley Rhythm Ace cover of Can redrawn on an etch a sketch by The Go! Team, but also not really anything like that. It's a kaleidoscopic beauty though so maybe just trust me. On the B-side, 'Rüftop' (maximum respect from Piccadilly's umlaut appreciation crew) is a more pensive piece, meting out public service broadcasts over hazy breaks and a shifting shimmer of synth stuff.

                                                        The follow up second album 'Musical Emergency Evacuation Kit' is scheduled for 2021, with these 2 tracks released as a taster in advance…

                                                        All power to the imagination, All hail Charlie And The Oscillator! 

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. Big Unit
                                                        B1. Rüftop

                                                        Harmonische-23

                                                        Hoofing The Oboe

                                                          First of two more fabulous new Polytechnic Youth 45s for the start of June, PY141 sees the debut on the label for Liverpool based HARMONISCHE-23, with 2 killer tracks across 1 45. Both A and B have already been played back to back on 6music and response has been massively favourable, with the single sure to sell out super quick style. The band emerge from the ranks of Loka and The Rotary Fifth blended with additional contributors, all of whom draw on the revered Kosmische sound as it’s major source of inspiration. The single is accompanied by 2 ace film clips for each side and a digital release accompanies the PY 7 in time for release.

                                                          Musically, this kraut-pop gem sounds a little like 'Star Guitar' era Chems sampling Tone Loc's "Funk Cold Medina then blossoms into a Neu-like head nodder with some celestial vox. Also, if I see a better track title than "Hoofing The Oboe" this week, I'll eat Martin's swimming trunks (perished lining and all)...

                                                          B-side "Empathetic Eliza" shimmies between kosmische and psych, making ace use of tropical woodblocks and a vocal process so garbled it renders the words wonderfully indecipherable. Distorted Hammond, frazzled guitars and an motorik beat round out the sound - expect plenty of Clinic comparisons.

                                                          The Specials

                                                          Ghost Town - 40th Anniversary Half Speed Master

                                                            THE SPECIALS are one of the defining bands of the late 70’s/early 80’s along with Jerry Dammers iconic label Two Tone Records. They combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady mixed with the energy of punk and launched a whole Ska Revival which paved the way for fellow likeminded bands Madness, The Beat and The Selecter to release their first singles.

                                                            Having had seven top 10 singles and two Gold albums over the course of two years, the band released Jerry Dammers’ Ghost Town in June 1981, backed by Lynval Goldings’ Why? and the Terry Hall penned Friday Night Saturday Morning. The beginnings of the song were written around the closure of the Larcano dancehall in Coventry, but also reflecting what was happening in other towns and cities with urban decay, unemployment and ongoing racial tensions of the period. Themes which are still relevant today.

                                                            The single, which was recently voted the second greatest UK single of all time by Alexis Petridis in the Guardian, reached Number One in the UK singles charts and stayed there for a further 3 weeks, becoming one of the biggest selling singles of 1981 and has remained one of the classic UK singles of all.

                                                            This 40th Anniversary Edition has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes for optimum audio quality.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Barry says: There's no denying that 'Ghost Town' is one of the most well known singles from one of the greatest Ska bands of all time, and what better way to hear it than on this brand new half-speed mastered definitive pressing? Essential purchase.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            7" TRACK LISTING
                                                            Side A
                                                            1. Ghost Town (Single Version)
                                                            Side B
                                                            1. Why? (Edit)
                                                            2. Friday Night, Saturday Morning

                                                            12" TRACK LISTING
                                                            Side A
                                                            1. Ghost Town (Extended Version)
                                                            2. Why? (Extended Version)
                                                            Side B
                                                            1. Friday Night, Saturday Morning

                                                            Royal nipper Luv*Jam presents The Legend Of Gelert 3000.8 ‘Tryfan’ with Lootbeg providing the vibrations!

                                                            Anti-lockdown nip alert. Lootbeg climbs out of lockdown hibernation and delivers a record to make us wiggle our hearts out with a gigantic dizzy sunbeam smile...

                                                            Time to climb the 8th highest peak of the 3000’s - Tryfan with its two distinct large slabs marking the summit “Adam & Eve”, not forgetting the widely recorded “Cannon” stone too. This is the 8th summit and 8th record of a highly collectable 14 piece series brought to you from the very same NiP headquarters that brought us Crow Castle Cuts and Blind Jacks Journey... Extra Peaky Nippiness from the ever secretive Rucksack Club.

                                                            Pressed on super duper yummy yellow vinyl, like the dream house classic “Blorp93” from Gnork!


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Matt says: Strong outing from our favourite Welsh nip-meister whose enlisted Lootbeg for a tantalizingly radiant EP of Summer house joy.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. Time Will Melt Down Your Capsule Of Ice
                                                            A2. BB You Left Me Cold
                                                            B1. No Sleep Or Ambien
                                                            B2. I Guess Its Done

                                                            Debut record from Morgan Huggins on Lovejoy Records. It stands proud combining careful precision and an unbridled lack of restraint combined with that new founded hedonism which seems to characterize much of the music from Sydney. With an extreme attention to detail, Morgan’s sound fluctuates between delicate and throbbing moments, hi-tek breaks and paradisical dance music.

                                                            While Morgan is new to releasing music, he’s no stranger to Australia’s scene. Co-heading events, raves, festivals and gigs under the name of Lovejoy, Morgan’s experience with music has already been a long and personal one. Having supported the likes of Moodymann, Jennifer Loveless, Tom Trago, Andy Garvey & Lou Karsh, he has been patiently waiting for this moment for some time!

                                                            Morgan created “Anzac Bridge Filter” over the last two years, as he reconnected the city where he grew up, and where he now lives. It’s named after his favourite bridge, which he’s spent many hours traversing both physically and mentally, matched with the filter on his favourite synthesiser, Moog’s Sub 37.

                                                            ‘For the most part, this record was finished in various small town libraries up and down the East Coast of Australia as I travelled and camped by myself at the start of 2020. The bushfires were still very much burning, and everywhere you went you could taste the smoke, and see freshly burnt houses, and yet everywhere I went people smiled at each other as they walked down the street.’

                                                            As he continues to produce, perform and collaborate, Morgan Huggins is moving into a new phase in 2021. He embraces his exposure to the music culture around him and has crafted a unique sound which is now being showcased to Australia and the world.

                                                            ‘I would particularly like to thank the librarians who were undoubtedly confused by my presence,’ Morgan said.


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Matt says: Mad hybridz here bass heads! Morgan matches house grooves, bass pressure and precision breaks to create a antipodean template all of his own. Let the dance begin!

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. Nan & Pop
                                                            A2. Wunderbar
                                                            B1. Kars Rain
                                                            B2. Love Meridian

                                                            Fresh yet nostalgic, melodious yet deep; that's what newcomer from Chicago, Emil Gayles has brought us with his new EP as a second installment of our Contrafact label aiming on deeper house from the windy city.

                                                            Seduction will stomp your mind, body and soul straight into space with superb percussions, a never ending bass groove and melodramatic chords. Spirit Dance on A2 adds foam to the milky way with a jolly high tone bass line and clutching high hats, shaking up your mind.

                                                            Instant lift off with the atmospherical Fly Birdy on the B1 side, whilst Monlade hitchhikes you from Saturn to Jupiter.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Matt says: Contrafact keep the score card at full marks with two flawless deep house records this week from Gene Hunt, and this one from Emil Gayles. A label to watch that's for sure.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1 - Emil Gayles - Seduction
                                                            A2 - Emil Gayles - Spirit Dance
                                                            B1 - Emil Gayles - Fly Birdy
                                                            B2 - Emil Gayles - Monlade

                                                            The Trammps

                                                            Hooked For Life / Soul Searchin' Time (The Mike Maurro Remixes)

                                                            Modern day disco remix king Mike Maurro strikes again! This time, Atlantic Records and Brookside team up and have Mike tackling two classic tracks by The Trammps: “Hooked For Life” & “Soul Searching’ Time”. “Hooked For Life” was released on Atlantic’s “Exclusive Disco Series” of promo only 12”s in the U.S. back in 1975 and “Soul Searchin’ Time” was also released as a promo only 12” in the U.K. on WEA’s ultra rare “Disco Special Cut” series. Both tracks get the 'Maurro Remix' treatment with extended intro’s, instrumental passes and breakdowns, and finally mastered in Philadelphia by Mike Tarsia of the world famous Sigma Sound Studios. Boom! *GLITTER BALL EMOJI*

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Sil says: Big room disco bangers that don't smell of cheese. The groove is solid but they are less obvious that some of the other shite you hear peddled to death. I'm onboard.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A. Hooked For Life (Mike Maurro Remix)
                                                            B. Soul Searchin' Time (Mike Maurro Remix)

                                                            David Penn Feat. Sheylah Cuffy

                                                            Scream 4 Love (Micky More & Andy Tee Remixes)

                                                            Everyone’s favourite Italian Duo Micky More & Andy Tee are on remix duty again. This time providing two incredible versions of 'Scream 4 Love' by Spanish house Master David Penn.

                                                            The 'Main Mix' on Side A is Classic House music with groovy piano chords, strong bass line and Powerful vocal Hook! On Side B you can find The 'Jazz Mix' (Vinyl exclusive) where Micky And Andy Provided all their magical arrangements… Rhodes, Real bass guitar, horns sections, Flute and Trombone Solos…Exactly what you expect from the Italian guys: Quality with Class…A Must Have Record!!!

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. Micky More & Andy Tee Main Mix
                                                            B1. Micky More & Andy Tee Jazz Mix

                                                            Leaving border control slackjawed and slanted, the latest release from Association Fatale finds its way from Paris to Piccadilly and I am in full buzz. Raised on US hardcore and recently active in the noise scene, Falcon cancelled his Wire subscription, got the gear in and flipped his mode into the lunatic fringe of the dance music world. This circuitous route to the 1210s provides the Frenchman with a particularly peculiar POV, fully represented in the Balearic industrial and concrete dancehall hits on this mini-LP.

                                                            Opener "You Make Me Feel So Good" splinters synth vox atop a tropical rhythm box, delivering a deranged but sunny sound a little like a lost Art Of Noise cover by SKRS, lifted to the next level by the slap bass of the second half. The rolling rhythm and moody synth tones of "Sit On My Face" follow, submerging Miami bass in Belgium's new beat gloom, all the while boasting an irresistible beat in a shamanic breaks style. "Love Blow Dem 40" brings back the slap bass amid a frenzy of insectile sequences, juddering bass wonks and a ketty treated vocal, softening up the cerebellum ahead of the machine voodoo of "Psy Rance", a majestic wonkbomb on the A4.

                                                            After an unsettling intro of background noise and barely audible voices, the B-side bursts into life via the potion shop aesthetics of "1Tension", a fusion of queasy wave generation, needlepoint synths and 64bit psychedelia which should work wonders in the witching hour. Falcon raises the tempo for the freakish dancehall of "You Make Me Feel So Good II", (essential listening for the Ruf Dug fans), before slipping the mooring with paradisiacal closer "Would You Like To Be A Gearstluz Too?", a gloriously retro bit of sample-a-delic Balearic house which could easily have graced an Ibiza tourist board promo circa 1993.

                                                            Though undeniably unusual and not without complexity, this record is oddly accessible - no mean feat for something utterly unlike all the other records on our shelves. Approach with open ears and an open mind.


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Patrick says: My kind of madness this! The wonderfully named DJ F16 Falcon fires up with hardware and hooks us up with a long EP / mini LP of Balearic industrial bliss. Hints of dancehall lend a tropical flavour to proceedings, as the Frenchman lets loose on the samplers, drum machines and DX7. This is the new sound!

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1 - You Make Me Feel So Good I
                                                            A2 - Sit On My Face
                                                            A3 - Love Blow Dem 40
                                                            A4 - Psy Rance
                                                            B1 - 1Tension
                                                            B2 - You Make Me Feel So Good II
                                                            B3 - Would You Like To Be A Gearstluz Too?

                                                            "The group Magizter formed in Malmö, Sweden in the early 90s, and mainly consisted of former members of the Hungarian industrial band Das Kapital, of which some managed to flee to Sweden from the communist regime before the fall of the Soviet Union.

                                                            Gyula Szilagyi, who was the first to make his escape via train through Berlin in 1987, recalls: “it was a few weeks before mandatory military service would begin, and our passports should have been turned over to the authorities”. Risking deportation and prison, he was granted asylum in Sweden after some months in Stockholm.

                                                            Szilagyi and the rest of the band were all part of the underground scene in Budapest, of which some had been under surveillance by the secret police since their teens. It was a tight knit community where anti-communist and illegal literature was distributed, and many bands shared mutual members.

                                                            The track “Das Kapital” was produced in Malmö in 1993 by Szilagyi and fellow Magizter member Zoltan Lengyel, in a home studio overlooking the Möllevång Square, were Szilagyi had moved after some years working at the glass factory in Orrefors. He had managed to save a few performances by Das Kapital recorded on cassette, of which one served as sample material for the Magizter track; an homage of sorts to a group involuntarily disbanded.

                                                            The cassette sampled here was recorded in 1986 during a live concert at the university-affiliated venue Ráday Klub, where Das Kapital performed alongside the British industrial act Left Hand Right Hand (who had formed from the Sheffield band Zahgurim).

                                                            On the eve in question, Szilagyi remarks: “we used a guitar that we had made ourselves to resemble a Kalachnikov rifle. During the concert at Ráday Klub the guitar was destroyed using a drill machine. It made a powerful sound effect”

                                                            A remix of the remix is offered by Vienna-based Heap, who with his own productions as well as his work with the Neubau label is building a bridge towards the new era of European industrial music." 

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. Das Kapital (remix 93)
                                                            B1. Das Kapital (remix 93 - Heap Version)

                                                            East Coast Love Affair

                                                            Confrontations

                                                            For the 4th ECLA and the start of things opening up (maybe) Athens Of The North have gone full party mode, nothing too serious, just good dancefloor fun. Side one is a rebuild of a rare disco funk 45 by Homegrown Syndrome, while the flip houses "Shake", a deeper but no less dance floor friendly affair, sampling an AOTN 45 from a few years back to create a whole new Belizean disco house joint - winner winner chicken dinner!



                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Matt says: Two pretty hefty, rare-ass disco cuts here from AOTN which kick hard. Old elements, reblended and reconstructed for post-COVID fun and frolics when the clubs open again - get in!

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Confrontations
                                                            2. Shake

                                                            Ducks Ltd.

                                                            Get Bleak

                                                              Composed of friends Evan Lewis, on lead guitar, and Tom Mcgreevy, on vocals and rhythm guitar, the band built a reputation in their hometown for their bright, sinewy, guitar sound while sharing bills with artists like Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Weyes Blood, The Goon Sax and Juan Wauters. They have earned accolades from Pitchfork who praised the band’s “lilting, throwback jangle pop,” and acclaim from outlets like NPR, Paste, NME, Apple Music 1, and more.

                                                              The opening track, “Get Bleak” sets a thematic tone for the EP, one of cultural self-awareness and satiric critiques of society’s pressures and the often ridiculous demands – and prices we pay – to exist. Chiming with breezy indie guitar sounds akin to those of Flying Nun and Sarah Records acts, the track, that features a contribution from Laura Hermiston of Twist, pokes fun at the idea that moving from city to city will fix the problems in your life. Following suit is “Gleaming Spires”, a track that zeroes in on the cities we live in and the push-pull relationships that we so often share with them. “Anhedonia”, via it’s tightly-wound rhythm and nostalgia-inked guitars, shifts focus to the times when one is unable to wring any joy out of the things that they find important in life.

                                                              Bringing the band’s characteristic restless bounce, thoughtful lyricism and penchant for orchestration, the tracks explore topics like troubled friendships (“It’s Easy”), self-destructive desires (“Oblivion”), and living with decline (“As Big As All Outside”) while maintaining the balance of earnest self-reflection and humor that endeared audiences to the original release.

                                                              Full of the unbridled radiance of jangle-pop, the debut EP from Ducks Ltd.’s Get Bleak celebrates their strengths while expanding their thematic and compositional horizons, and providing an intriguing glimpse of what’s to come. 


                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Laura says: Absolutely loving this! For fans of McCarthy, Flying Nun Records, RBCF, Horsebeach, Goon Sax.... Mega limited so don't miss out. Album to follow soon too!

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Get Bleak
                                                              2. Gleaming Spires
                                                              3. Annie Forever
                                                              4. Anhedonia
                                                              5. Oblivion
                                                              6. As Big As All Outside
                                                              7. It's Easy

                                                              Unknown

                                                              Steady On Now / Not You Again?

                                                              More exclusive, irresistable and totally magical refixes by who must surely be Artwork (not official information just my own guess!). The third in the series following the acid house protest anthem, "Baby Baby Please" and "Stop".

                                                              Ditching the house for summat more grassy and organic, our trusted dancefloor chef touch up two invigorating slices of disco-boogie into a heady, full-throttle double A-side that's up their with Theo's Ugly Edits and Eric Duncan's COMBI edits.

                                                              Originals are completely unfamiliar to me too - only adding to its credentials. This series is on a proper roll - miss at your peril!



                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Matt says: Two crafty edits that really tease the dancefloor into a frothing pit of fun. Croatia may be cancelled this Summer but slap this one the backyard soundsystem and prepare to party!

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1. Steady On Now
                                                              B1. Not You Again?

                                                              The start of the 90's brought the final wave of house music that would cement it as the future of South Africa’s music scene. in the years leading up to the new decade, disco had already naturally evolved into the very early stages of what would become South Africa’s signature house sound, with instrumentals and dub mixes earning themselves spots on the Pantsula records leading the charts of the late 80s, it would be an influx of remixes appearing on import singles that would make the “house mix” the premier b-side sound for those bubblegum artists trying to stay relevant in the 90’s.

                                                              The house remixes coming from Chicago and New York dominated the airwaves at first, eventually gaining genre status by the later part of the decade as international house or just international for short. At the time this would have been synonymous with house music everywhere else in the world. After a years of these tracks getting remixed by the touch of the local talent, International no longer fit the description of what the music was and Kwaito became the sound of the streets. In the studio, Kwaito was the sound of the next generation of producers that was coming up under the disco legends of 80s. In total it took less than 5 years total for the sound to evolve. It would be in this transition period between International and Kwaito, with the help of the new wave of studio talent, that we find the ingredients that gave birth to a short lived yet unique African house sound.

                                                              After a long career with the soul group The savers, Morgan Kwele cut two solo records under his own name in the late 80’s. Without much success and after being dropped by EMI, Morgan was picked up by Peter Snyman and Independent Sounds of Soweto. At the time it was becoming a premier label for the emerging house sounds. M’du and Joe Nina would both end up working at Snyman’s studio, and it would be their collaborating project La Beat that would launch their respective careers further. For his new album Morgan would team up with legendary producer and long time friend from the 70s Koloi Lebona. they would work together once more and record what most likely became Morgan’s final album. The title track Vakonwana became the lead single, with the original bubblegum version on the A-side for the old timers and the club version on the flip for the late nite parties.


                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Matt says: Brilliant, and overlooked moment of South African house / bubblegum unearthed by La Casa Tropical - TIP!

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1. Vakonwana
                                                              B1. Vakonwana (club Mix)

                                                              Vlure

                                                              Shattered Faith / Desire (Live)

                                                                Buzzing new Glasgow five-piece Vlure release their hotly anticipated debut 7” ‘Shattered Faith / Desire (Live)’ via London-based label Permanent Creeps Records.

                                                                Recorded between the halls of a deconsecrated church in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the self-produced ‘Shattered Faith’ is an indulgent, genre bending coming of age anthem influenced by the rhythms, repetitions and euphoric hooks of Glasgow’s thriving afterparty and club scene with an angular post-punk foundation. Speaking on the track the band explain: “We wanted to create something that felt at home on the dancefloors that we all found ourselves on growing up, yet still equally at home in the sweat-filled venues that the band was conceived in. At its crux, “Shattered Faith’ is about self-empowerment. It’s the disillusionment with where you are and what you’ve been given. It’s lying on your kitchen floor at 3am realising who you truly are and finding power in that - it’s a new lease of life. We believe that, if they want to find it, there is something for everyone in this song.”

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Laura says: Superb abrasive, sythn-infused post-punk from this Glasgow five piece.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A. Shattered Faith
                                                                B. Desire (Live)

                                                                Ace edit imprint MM Discos enlist Japan's pre-eminent authority of the scalpel art, Mori Ra. This gee has been a big favourite in Piccadilly since the day dot, and his ace appearance at Wet Play only enhanced his reputation for deep crates and expert adjustments. Eclecticism is the watchword, and Mori tackles all kinds of styles and flavours on his endless series of Soundcloud edits. 

                                                                Here the master of the Japanese breeze slices and dices his way through some out of body jazz-funk on the A1 before teasing a peak time psychedelic house burner out of some experimental and proggy J-electronics on the A2. Things continue to utterly excite on the flip, with the show-stealing "Natural Kogili" ticking all my cosmic disco boxes and the naive techno tropical killer "Der Hangebruckenlator's" bringing the curtain down.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. El Grito Del Discos
                                                                A2. Tsimmairuudiralla
                                                                B1. Natural Kogili
                                                                B2. Der Hangebruckenlator's

                                                                New label here folks big T I P on this one...

                                                                Programm are only two releases in but already showing huge promise for lovers of bass hybrids and hi-tek breaks. "Subterra Highway" is a concept EP exploring the rumours of arterial secret tunnels running benath our cities. No-one knows why or how long they have been there but maps and reports have appeared over the years thanks to a handful of wide-eyed whistleblowers.

                                                                Often hiding in plain sight behind faceless logos and Haga fencing, these tunnels are said to contain the government’s dark explorations, store unspoken cargo and even house extraterrestrial experiments.

                                                                Subterra Highway is the debut EP from D3U5E & GAV. A tribute to conspiracy theories, obsession and corporate illusion.

                                                                An important moment for both artists and Programm's first release after their sampler last June (good luck knabbing that one! - Ed). Each track of the EP takes you down a different path. Jittering in and out of the darkness with both artist's trademark off kilter drums and engulfing basslines. They draw on influences from breaks, grime, and UK techno to travel down each rabbit hole.

                                                                The cover is designed by Alfie Allen and we have worked with directors Constantine Spence on a music video for Free Mars.

                                                                Mastered by Leaf Troup.

                                                                Bare support right across the board on this one.. DO NOT SLEEP!! 


                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: New label on our shelves and standing with their chest's puffed out strong - PROGRAMM are here to satisfy all your future bass and hi-tek breaks needs. Defo one to watch; tuff n wavy in equal measure with all the delicious tropes of pirate radio we know and love. Incredible!

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. D3U5E - Free Mars
                                                                A2. D3U5E - Factor 19
                                                                B1. D3U5E & Gav - Of The Gods
                                                                B2. D3U5E & Gav - Mutant

                                                                This is part two of SVN’s house production past from 2006 - 2014, a continuation of Acido 028.

                                                                Extraneous material archived some years back when his studio equipment wasn’t as abundant as today. A compilation of bubbled house funk and analogue filtered bleep. Illustrated again with various SVN-esque personalities from his daily sketchbooks.

                                                                3 raw-fi house jams and a spontaneous echo outblast. Check!


                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: One of my favourite producers on one of my favourite labels! Surely not to be missed, don't be put off that it's archival material - SVN's got more hard drives full of top drawer tunage than you can shake a fire stick at! Highly recommended.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. 2013
                                                                A2. 2012
                                                                B1. 2014.1
                                                                B2. 2011.1

                                                                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.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. Extended Girl
                                                                B1. Piano Girl
                                                                B2. Dub Girl

                                                                Ukokos & Jabco

                                                                Keep Rising All Night Long (Sunday Service Mix)

                                                                GAMM have only dropped two of their 'battle weapons' previous to this - tracks so illusive and powerful they have to be released in short supply under strict embargos.

                                                                For the third installment, Ukokos and keyboard wizard Jabco lay down some Dilla(ish) hip-hop beats and piano action over that incredible live video clip that went viral with Kanye West's Sunday Service band doing a combined live gospel / soul cover of "Keep Rising To The Top" and "All Night long". 100% guaranteed to get Tarquin and Esme runnin' over to the decks eagerly requesting a track I.D....

                                                                Limited quants! 


                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Sil says: Gospelian funk drenched in soulful vibes courtesy of G.A.M.M. Perfect heart warming tackle that will fly off the shelves!

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Keep Rising All Night Long (Sunday Service Mix)

                                                                Stiletti Ana

                                                                Stiletti City Rhythm Band

                                                                Finland's master of psychedelic electronics and far out frequencies joins the Public Possession party for the second of his two drops this week, treating us to the rather excellent "Stiletti City Rhythm Band". Splitting the difference between the proggy end of the Italo spectrum and the softer end of the trance revival, the producer goes on a galactic voyage across four infectious cuts. 

                                                                A1 bomb "Star" give sus Arpadys energy with some Tiest-ian vamps, constantly shifting through rhythm patterns to keep the dancefloor on their toes. Then we move in "Enchodus", which benefits from a girthy disco bassline, nuanced perx and some Opus IV style syth abuse. If you've been pining for the kind of cosmic excitment Lindstrom used to deliver on the regular, "Pro One" will take you back to the Fjord-Funk of old, while "Circles" is the best Black Devil banger Bernie never wrote.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. Star
                                                                A2. Enchodus
                                                                B1. Pro One
                                                                B2. Circles

                                                                German multi-instrumentalist and production whizz CV Vision drops a third release in quick succession, once again furnishing South Of North with some superior psychedelic sounds. Where 'Tropical' pushed a futuristic psych exotic style, this one's as classic as they come, vocals fuzzed to fuck and slathered in tape delay, americana guitars and fat drum breaks. If you dig on the old Tame Impala sound or the likes of the Allah Lahs, you'll find plenty to love about this one.


                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. Should I Tame My Endless Mind
                                                                A2. I Will Be Gone
                                                                A3. A Sparrow
                                                                A4. My Autumn Has Come
                                                                B1. 123
                                                                B2. Emit Ni
                                                                B3. In Time

                                                                Mr Flash / A Bass Day

                                                                Radar Rider / F.I.S.T (ED001 18th Anniversary)

                                                                  Ok, an 18th anniversay edition is a bit weird, but being as this was the first (and arguably the best) 12" on Ed Banger, the globe conquering Parisian label of the noughties, and featured a blinder from the dearly departed Philippe Zdar under his A Bass Day alias, I'm totally on board. 

                                                                  So, what will you hear on this limited white vinyl repress? Well, on the A-side we get a break heavy bit of downbeat psychedelia from Mr Flash, who assembles flanged hats and heavy drums with a blorping Scruff-styled bassline, then chops a few tasty samples from Floyd's "Echoes" for good measure. Meanwhile on the flipside, Zdar drops a frisky little e-funk wriggler complete with filter funk melodies and a hip-twisting bassline.




                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Mr Flash “Radar Rider“
                                                                  A Bass Day (aka Zdar) “F.I.S.T”

                                                                  After some inaugural heat from Hamburg, we catch up with our man from Saint-Ouen for Drum Chums Vol. 2!

                                                                  As far as Percussion Pals go, Plastic Bamboo has the highest credentials.
                                                                  Not only did he spend a decade behind the drum kit, but he was my flatmate for a few happy years in Manchester. Since relocating to Paris in 2012, he's played sets all over Europe, worked the scalpel with the Good Plus crew and secured a second dan black belt in digging.
                                                                  Let's see what the prince of Les Puces has in store for us...

                                                                  On the A1, Plastic Bamboo double doses an unknown new beat 7" extending the Arabic acid delight for a six minute soak. Properly peaking and packed with Middle Eastern flava, 'Ra Beat' is primed for dance floor demolition.
                                                                  The Frenchman swaps the Arabic coffee for an Italian cocktail on the A2's 'Bertini', sticking an extra large umbrella in the frothiest of disco winners.

                                                                  'Kamboja' offers a chance to catch your breath on the B1, bringing Balearic boogie with the upmost emotion and a melody you'll never forget.
                                                                  We end the set in a peak time mode via the mysterious 'Forest Dance', a witches brew of dark disco and new beat stomp with just a hint of that techno-tropical flavour the Talking Drums love.

                                                                  Bon soir et bisous.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: YES. We get treated to a new outing from Talking Drums' offshoot and collaborative sideline, Drum Chums. This time sees the rolling slap bass and Gilmourish guitar screams of Ra Beat offset with more wistful synthy pieces, and silken 80's groove. 'Kamboja' is the pick for me here, but it's almost as if this has been tailored specifically for me. Every track a winner.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Ra Beat
                                                                  A2. Bertini
                                                                  B1. Kamboja
                                                                  B2. Forest Dance

                                                                  Burial

                                                                  Chemz / Dolphinz

                                                                  "Chemz" is hooky, rushy and loved-up - both an unhinged premonition of unleashed post-pandemic joy, and a demonic flashback to past ecstasies in a hardcore style perfected in the UK. "Chemz" is a 12-minute rave monster that has ingested several tracks and incorporated them into its distended body. At the other end of the Burial bi-polar spectrum, "Dolphinz" is a desolate oceanic love letter to our underwater friends.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Still languishing comfortably in a decade-n-a-half long purple patch; Mr. Beven's faultless formula returns to Hyperdub. "Chemz" is up there with some of his most anthemic offerings to date; an endorphine-jacking hit of skewed 2-step littered with rave idents and possibly the catchiest garage hook of the last century! Literally unmissable. DO NOT SLEEP.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A. Chemz [12:31]
                                                                  B. Dolphinz [09:03]

                                                                  Chazz

                                                                  Sassy Style - Original Mix & 45 Edit By Red Greg

                                                                  Where's Pharoah Brunson when you need him? Hang on, I'll just drop this sophisticated funk bomb on the player and wait for the inevitable roar of "BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGGGGGGGGGIIIIEEEE"! Dreamt up in 1982 by two best friends at a disco in Dallas and then released in 1984, Chazz’s "Sassy Style" has everything to please funk aficionados; stellar arrangement, catchy refrain and slick synth-topped groove. There's mad electronics, brilliant adlibs and an utterly optimistic attitude on show - presumably the cause of Discogs seller NEJDAO's speculative £1,200 listing! With Red Greg’s 45 edit on the B side, Reach Out reissuing this gem is more than a gift to record lovers! Pressed with love by Mother Tongue in Italy, it will be the best homage we can have to uphold their legacy in music.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A. Sassy Style (Original Mix)
                                                                  B. Sassy Style (45 Edit By Red Greg)

                                                                  "Kool Keith" is the most legendary trailblazer of hip-hop music. With characters spanning from Dr. Octagon to Tashan Dorsett to Black Elvis to Dr. Dooom, Keith is always delivering realness, spectacles in word and sound, and creating new worlds with his many auras. "Scorn" is the electronic beat project of acclaimed exNapalm Death drummer Mick Harris, the Dark Lord of ambient dub. Mick Harris’ prolific ventures across numerous projects include Painkiller (with John Zorn and Bill Laswell), Quoit, Lull, Monrella, and many more. "Submerged" is the King of Underground Drum n Bass DJs, having pioneered the scene for the hard sound from Astana to São Paulo to Kiev to Brooklyn.

                                                                  He is the founder of Galactic Enterprise that is Ohm Resistance. "Distortion" is a collaborative single with some of the 100% certified dopest Kool Keith verses. He is tuned into his co-authors, dropping lines about 'Power sources, Mediterranean bosses', going '52 states, European, Worldwide', discussing 'more power to explore', and knowing how to “stick my hand out the speaker and reach y’all”. A massive energy liftoff occurs as Keith joins his multiverse with that of the Ohm Resistance artists. Mick Harris’ instantly recognizable bludgeoning beat carries the weight, as he trades off bass blast duties with the organic overdriven bassline of Submerged. A warning shot fired in advance of Scorn’s album, “The Only Place”, this single adds the missing element to Scorn that brings out the richness and flavor of Mick Harris behind the mixing desk. “I’m so happy to be working with a great voice - I could do more of, it adds another dynamic to Scorn.” says Harris. Submerged explains his usual streak of unusual luck - “I had a bassline I had written and wanted to send to Mick Harris for Scorn. When the opportunity came to work with Kool Keith, Mick made his beat, and my riff fit exactly - so we coordinated the forces to put this record together”. With Kool Keith being one of the most-named influences by many of the Ohm Resistance artists, his arrival to the label couldn’t have come at a better time - a integrated circuit across 4 dimensions, connecting 3 legendary musicians around the globe.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1 Distortion (Radio Edit 1)
                                                                  A2 Distortion (Scorn Remix)
                                                                  B1 Distortion (Radio Edit 2)
                                                                  B2 Distortion (Submerged Remix)

                                                                  Jackie McLean & Michael Carvin + Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath

                                                                  Melodies Record Club 001: Four Tet Selects

                                                                  “Melodies Record Club”, a string of DJ and artist curated mini compilations in loud 12” format. The first instalment was put together by Four Tet, selecting two big peak-time Jazz tracks he used to spin regularly at Plastic People.

                                                                  On one side, we’ve got all time jazz greats Jackie McLean and Michael Carvin’s De I Comahlee Ah, taken from their seminal album Antiquity recorded in Denmark back in 1975. A year and a half ago, we visited Steeplechase, the original label in the outskirts of Copenhagen. They informed us that at the time, the track was cut short as it didn’t fit on the full LP. They were kind enough to provide us with the tape of the full original recording, allowing us to release for the first time the full extended version capturing twelve and a half minutes of studio magic. Speaking with Michael back in November, he told us that every song on that album was recorded without any overdubs. They had taken their shoes off and organised the studio in such a way that they could move from instrument to instrument during the take (!!)

                                                                  On the flip, we have Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath – MRA. Back in 70s London, the Brotherhood had brought together musicians who had sought refuge from South Africa’s apartheid regime and the best of a new generation of British jazz musicians. Music journalist Richard Williams, who had originally reviewed the band in the 1970s tell us: “They made music that appealed in equal measure to the head, the heart and the feet, taking the jazz legacy of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus and adding to it the fantastic dance rhythms and gorgeous harmonies of the townships and untethered collective improvisations of the new free music”.

                                                                  Four Tet’s instalment is out early May in 12” format and digitally (stream & download), first press comes with a folded A2 insert with words from and about the artists. Graphic design by Studio ChoqueLeGoff, illustration and animation by Nevil Bernard and for the audiophiles out there, remastered and cut at half speed by Matt Colton at Metropolis Studios!

                                                                  The second instalment curated by Ben UFO is scheduled shortly, which will be followed over time by a string of releases including selections from Hunee, Mafalda, Floating Points, Anya & Julia from Javybz, Daphni, Josey Rebelle, Charlie Bones, Gilles Peterson… and more, stay tuned!

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Millie says: Time to get your Jazz on, Four Tet Selects these absolute gems for the first instalment and it doesn't disappoint! Bring on the rest I say... more jazz, more jazz!

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Jackie McLean & Michael Carvin – De I Comahlee Ah (extended)
                                                                  B1. Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath - MRA

                                                                  Andy Bell

                                                                  See My Friends EP

                                                                    The two tracks from Andy Bell’s debut solo single reworked by Pye Corner Audio, with the original tracks remastered by Heba Kadry.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1.The Commune (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                    2.Plastic Bag (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                    3.The Commune
                                                                    4.Plastic Bag

                                                                    Beat Happening

                                                                    Crashing Through

                                                                      Formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982 by Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford. This 4 track single was originally released in 1987 on 53rd & 3rd records and appears here for the first time on 7”.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Side A
                                                                      Crashing Through

                                                                      Side B
                                                                      The This Many Boyfriends Club

                                                                      Side C
                                                                      Look Around

                                                                      Side D
                                                                      That Girl

                                                                      The Nightingales / Stewart Lee

                                                                      Ten Bob Each Way / Use Your Loaf

                                                                        This joint Nightingales / Stewart Lee 7" kickstarts a lengthy campaign of reissues by Robert Lloyd's combo, The Nightingales from Call Of The Void and Fire Records, in the wake of the acclaimed documentary from Fire Films, King Rocker. "Ten Bob Each Way" / "Use Your Loaf" is released in conjunction with the airing of the long-awaited Michael Cumming-directed, Stewart Lee-written film, King Rocker, which tells the tale of Robert's markedly unique four-decade career in music.

                                                                        Stewart Lee and Nick Pynn recorded "Use Your Loaf" in the attic of Brighton's beloved mini music café, Jane Bom-Bane's and was originally recorded for a mooted Nightingales tribute album. "Ten Bob Each Way" is a brand-new Nightingales recording, their first since recording the "Four Against Fate" album. It was recorded at Woodbine Street Studios, whose in-house producer, John Rivers, worked previously with Swell Maps and The Specials, among many others. A tale of work drudgery related through the tedium of recurring jokes "handed down like diseases", "Use Your Loaf" is the favourite of many 'gales fans and was widely praised by Mark E. Smith as "typically brilliant". Originally recorded as a single by The Nightingales way back in 1982, for Cherry Red Records. It was subsequently re-recorded for their debut album, ‘Pigs On Purpose’, which will be almost simultaneously reissued in deluxe expanded form through Call Of The Void.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Side A – The Nightingales - Ten Bob Each Way
                                                                        Side AA – Stewart Lee W/ Nick Pynn - Use Your Loaf

                                                                        Buried amongst the gems on the second Claremont Editions compilation was ‘Oui Non’, a collaborative cut that marked the first label appearance of Jpye (real name Jean-Philippe Altier), a French multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer best known for his work as part of Twonk alongside Leonidas and percussionist/vocalist/guitarist Renato Tonini.

                                                                        Here Jpye and Tonini join forces once more for their first single on Claremont 56 – a sensual and seductive slab of slow-motion, sun-soaked synth-pop that features more than a few subtle nods to classic Italian Balearic disco cuts such as Radio Band’s ‘Radio Rap’ and Tullio de Piscopo’s ‘Stop Bajon (Primavera)’.

                                                                        Built around squelchy synth bass and a shuffling drum machine rhythm, ‘Cosa Ti Va’ is marked out by glistening, jazz-fired guitar solos, vibrant synthesizer squiggles, rich electric piano chords and echoing, dubbed-out electronics. It’s a pin-sharp but effortlessly laidback number that’s as tactile and loved-up as it as lazy and horizontal.

                                                                        ‘Cosa Ti Va’ is presented in two complimentary versions. On the A-side of the vinyl version you’ll find the full vocal, which boasts Tonini rapping in his native tongue in the manner of Italo-disco’s most eccentric and atmospheric vocalists. With his deep, rich tone and fluid flow, it’s hard not to fall in love with Tonini’s previously unheard rapping. Rounding off the single is the pair’s vocal-free instrumental take, in which Jpye’s stunning guitar motifs and tactile, soft-touch production can be savoured in full.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Patrick says: Summer's just round the corner, nature is in full bloom and the Aperol's on chill - there is no better time for this synth-y shuffler to greet my ears. Whisper rapped Italian vocals happily skipping atop a Balearic pop belter.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. Cosa Ti Va? (vocal)
                                                                        B1. Cosa Ti Va? (instrumental)

                                                                        Volume four of this tantalising Loveface De-mixes series, sees another triple threat of ‘80s infused, electro boogie rework gold, supercharged, and firing on all cylinder from the LFM DeLorean. Be quick though or this one might just slip on back to the future.


                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Patrick says: Loveface keeps the fire burning with another hefty 12" of retro-fit boogie, this time pulling a singing for money on Ultra Nate's "Free". Let's do the timewarp again!

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. Let Me Love You
                                                                        A2. Dub What You Wanna
                                                                        B1. Do Me Baby

                                                                        The Nivens

                                                                        Yesterday

                                                                          Indie pop sensations The Nivens from Northumberland existed between 1987 to 1990. Recording for the excellent Woosh label, Their debut ‘Yesterday’ hit the indie top ten in January 1989.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Side A
                                                                          Yesterday

                                                                          Side B
                                                                          I Hope You’ll Always Be My Friend

                                                                          BAR07, a double A side featuring an 11-minute mind bending rollercoaster by JEANS and the debut of Blond, a new moniker by Oceanic, delivering the perfect spring / summer track.

                                                                          "All Units We Have Shots Fired" deploys a definitive slant on UK techno; buzzing with ring modulation and flat-lined beats. Both stadium and basement friendly, it's a rawkus slice of new energy that'll captivate a young & up-fer-it crowd.

                                                                          "Bright Grass Bodies" shimmers with almost holographic properties, an enchanted piece which hovers above a trpytamine-forest spreading peace and love vibes to all that encounter iit.

                                                                          Mega.



                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: Two proper sick pieces in very contrasting style. One's a heads-down, 3 pills deep techno rampage; the other, high on tryptamines, sat in your favourite rainforest retreat. erm, YES PLEASE!

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. JEANS - All Units We Have Shots Fired
                                                                          B1. Blond - Bright Grass Bodies

                                                                          Melbourne digger and edit master Hysteric joins the Pleasure of Love fam with this 4 track EP, Pleasure of Edits 08: Kitchen Appliances. With releases on Public Possession, Lisbon’s Ostra Discos, Centre Neptune, and his own italo influenced Mothball record label, Hysteric delivers an adventurous Pleasure of Love 12 Inch that continues to reward on repeated listens.

                                                                          'Chrome Plated Broiler' kicks things off and lives up to the name, a bouncy late 80s new beat dance floor heater. Another highlight is 'Automatic Can Opener,' a post-disco tinged, xylophone led groover that highlights a cheeky vocal re-sampling bit to great effect. Hysteric and Pleasure of Love make for a good pairing on this cosmic edit twelve.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Patrick says: Regular readers know I have a pretty huge ear-crush on Hysteric, so I was delighted to see him appear on Pleasure of Love with a quartet of synth-heavy Italo frothers for cocktail hour in your favourite nightspot.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Chrome Plated Broiler (Edit)
                                                                          A2. Electric Juicer (Edit)
                                                                          B1. Automatic Can Opener (Edit)
                                                                          B2. Portable Dishwasher (Edit)

                                                                          A Certain Ratio

                                                                          ACR:EPA - Signed Edition

                                                                            ALL COPIES SIGNED BY THE BAND.

                                                                            ACR:EPA is the first of a trilogy of EPs by A Certain Ratio.

                                                                            EPA is dedicated to Denise Johnson and features the band’s final recordings with Denise, where they used up their final days recording time with a day jamming in the studio with no fixed agenda, the result is something very special.

                                                                            This EP will be followed later in the year by ACR:EPC and ACR:EPR
                                                                            And comes after the band’s highly acclaimed album ACR Loco and ahead of a nationwide tour.

                                                                            Limited edition of 2000 worldwide pressed on Valentine Red vinyl


                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1 Wonderland (Jam 6)
                                                                            A2 Keep It Together (Jam 5)

                                                                            B1 Down And Dirty (Jam 2)
                                                                            B2 Feel No Fear (Jam 1)

                                                                            Proving a saviour in these testing times, Bollywave supply a four-track feast of Bollywood edit delights.

                                                                            Opening cut "Pass Aao Na" brings a kind of post-punk energy with its discoid bassline and minor key, eventually flourishing into a triumph of playback singing bliss which leads nicely onto the super housey filter fun of "Dil Dil Dil". On the flip we head into the wormhole via the "I Feel Love" meets ket dungeon trippiness of "Main Gul Badan" before the cosmic strut of "Apni To Jaise Taise" closes the set in rapturous excitment.

                                                                            Something to stick a smile on your face and get those dormant limbs moving, it’s a feel-good blowout of fragrant firepower.



                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Pass Aao Na (Bollywave Edit)
                                                                            A2. Dil Dil Dil (Bollywave Edit)
                                                                            B1. Main Gul Badan (Bollywave Edit)
                                                                            B2. Apni To Jaise Taise (Bollywave Edit)

                                                                            Sorry

                                                                            Cigarette Packet / Separate

                                                                              This Is The First New Music To Emerge From Sorry Since Releasing Their Sensational Debut Album ‘925’ On Domino Last Year. ‘Cigarette Packet’ And ‘Separate’ Were Coproduced With James Dring (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Nilüfer Yanya) And Finds The Band Delving Back Into A More Experimental, Cut-And-Paste Electronic Palette Harking Back To Their Beloved Home Demo/Ns Visual Mixtapes, All The While Still Coursing With Their Signature Gnarled Sensitivity.

                                                                              Speaking About The New Single, Lorenz Said, “These Songs Came From Ideas We Worked On From Home During Last Year. The Sounds Are Quite Metallic / Silver / Grey And The Lyrical Ideas Are Repetitive Almost As If They Are Whispers / Mantras/ Worries That You’d Say To Yourself And Keep To Yourself.”

                                                                              With Recent Personal Influences As Wide Ranging As Micachu And The Shapes, Cindy Lee And Stevie Moore To Arca’s ‘Stretch 2’, Sorry’s Experimental And Holistic Approach Marks Them Out As A Thoroughly 21st Century Band; From Their Open-Minded Approach To Genre To Their Creativity Allowing Them To Self-Produce The Music And Direct Accompanying Videos. Qualities More Present Than Ever Before At The Start Of This Next Exciting Chapter With ‘Cigarette Packet’ And Separate’.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Cigarette Packet
                                                                              B1. Separate

                                                                              India Jordan

                                                                              Watch Out!

                                                                                London based DJ and producer India Jordan releases their new EP ‘Watch Out!’ on Ninja Tune.

                                                                                India is tipped as one of the world’s most exciting artists, producers and DJs of the moment following last year's’ hugely successful ‘For You’ EP. They have captured the attention of the scene’s top tastemakers and have received impressive support, with stellar reviews from Pitchfork (8.0), NME (5/5), Clash (8/10) and the EP’s title track ‘For You’ voted as Resident Advisor’s #1 Best Track Of 2020, Crack Magazine’s #2 and Pitchfork’s #21.

                                                                                India had quite the year despite most shows being cancelled in 2020 and was named as Pete Tong’s Breakout Star Of 2020 on BBC Radio 1, listed as one of The Guardian’s 50 Amazing Musicians To Watch in 2021 and won Best Breakthrough Producer at the annual DJ Mag Best Of British Awards. 

                                                                                ‘Watch Out!’ sees India reflect on how movement has tied into their life over the years. India describes the record as “a homage to both physical and conceptual movement” and comes as a result of their own pattern of movement being forcibly changed by lockdown.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A
                                                                                1. Only Said Enough
                                                                                2. Watch Out!
                                                                                3. 10:58

                                                                                B
                                                                                4. You Can’t Expect The Cars To Stop If You Haven’t Pressed The Button 
                                                                                5. Feierabend 
                                                                                6. And Groove 

                                                                                This is the first release from Lost Control - a party ran by Black Eyes here in Manchester. Often frequenting The White Hotel, as well as regular appearances in Europe, it's another fine example of our city's burgeoning underground electronix scene and a welcome addition to our techno and electro section.

                                                                                Dallas producer Cygnus helps the label get off the mark here; granted a strange choice to inaugurate the label, but logical for anyone who was at his now-legendary club appearance for Lost Control.

                                                                                "Come On Let's Get It" is a frenetic electro / techno number, incorporating twangy leads, snappy beats and swirling chords for a harmonious dive into mainframe rhythms. A tribute to "Manchester" is included: a dark, robotic deep electro number which is certain to raise the night mutants.

                                                                                "Robotech" fires pneumatic pistols across a wobbly b-line in a very Frak-esque fashion; including a snap-back deadpan vox for added electro-punk umph!

                                                                                "Soi Boi" concludes with a bout of narco-fuelled computerize mania. Blood thirsty for the translucent yellow wax (inspired by the xenomorphs from the Alien movies apparently!) and a beautifully hollographic way to frazzle the synapses before getting to bed at dinnertime...

                                                                                The record is also mastered by Dutch synth genius Rude 66. Limited copies!
                                                                                 

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Come On Lets Get It
                                                                                A2. Manchester
                                                                                B1. Robotech
                                                                                B2. Soi Boi

                                                                                Ved

                                                                                Ett Visst Fängelse

                                                                                  Following on from the likes of Goat, Josefin Öhrn, Hills, Flowers Must Die, Centrum and GÅS - VED continue to be among the wonderful plethora of Swedish bands to release their exploratory music on Rocket Recordings. With 3 albums, 3 EPs (including one on Rocket), a compilation on labels like Höga Nord and Adrian Recordings already behind them this Malmö 5 piece are famed for creating trance inducing, repetitive, psych. Their ever evolving sound has always taken in many global influences, from Middle Eastern to African to the monotonous explorations of composers like Steve Reich and Terry Riley. Rhythmically driven like the jittered ecstasy of a Post Punk band covering a Oriental Surf a track, “Ett visst fängelse” (translated as ‘A Certain Prison’) establishes a pulsating clink clack shimmer that is as hyper actively addictive as CAN in full animated instrumental groove.

                                                                                  “The Embrace Of The Oarfish” the lead track, advances the propulsive pummeling to a more aggressive sound centred around a repetitive single bass note that masquerades like an menacingly deep percussive outlaw. The looming ribbon like nature of the track slithers like the giant sea serpent the title alludes too - some say the Oarfish can forecast earthquakes themselves, maybe its the resonance of the bomb shelter in Malmö that is the bands rehearsal space that imposes itself tremor like through their oscillating work. The firewood that is VED’s work has reminiscent echoes of the primal work of UK act Snapped Ankles, but VED’s journey is a wholly unique controlled burn where rapid oxidation devours any listener into a blaze of restorative enchantment.T

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  01. Ett Visst Fängelse (4:37)
                                                                                  02. The Embrace Of The Oarfish (4:34)

                                                                                  Jeb Loy Nichols

                                                                                  Can't Cheat The Dance

                                                                                  Straight out from the green hills of the Welsh countryside comes Jeb Loy Nichols, the newest sensation in Timmion's growing roster of soul-fuelled vocalists. And we certainly have a double sider of the highest calibre on offer. A seasoned and versatile music scene veteran with a major label past, Jeb has everything it takes to polish Cold Diamond & Mink's rough grooves into shining gems.

                                                                                  The A side gives us a rolling southern-style soul banger, which the Wyoming-born singer attacks effortlessly with his praise for an honest dance. Jeb's talent for clever song writing shines through in the lyrics which connect to our current reality, where truth has become an endangered species. The slower flip side kicks off with a Sunday afternoon worthy duo of organ and acoustic guitar before Jeb shows us how a story is weaved from minimalistic ingredients. From the rural beginnings to pastoral hardships, he lays it all bare for the listener.

                                                                                  In addition to this single, Jeb and Cold Diamond & Mink have a whole album of soulful gold dropping later this year. Make sure to be there to catch it when it drops.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Millie says: Super catchy, smooth funky soul. What more could you need? ‘We Gotta Work On It’ is a swooning ballad and the flip side is uplifting in every way, difficult not to sway to. Enjoy!

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Can't Cheat The Dance
                                                                                  2. We Gotta Work On It

                                                                                  Tkay Maidza

                                                                                  Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2

                                                                                    Tkay Maidza is a tour de force on her new EP Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2. Her sonic versatility takes centre stage on eight tracks that include spitfire summer anthem and lead single ‘Shook’, smooth boy-bye manifesto ‘Don’t Call Again (feat. Kari Faux)’ and trap-infused ‘Awake (feat. JPEGMAFIA)’, which was nominated for a 2019 ARIA award and earned a best of the decade nod from The Needle Drop, as well as praise from Pitchfork, The FADER, Dazed, Complex, and others. The EP follows 2018’s Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1, which established her as an exciting voice in the new guard of hip-hop.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Millie says: This is GOLD. Tkay Maidza brings the good stuff, firey R&B and faultless vocal. She's about to stride into the fame she deserves, watch this space.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. My Flowers
                                                                                    2. 24k
                                                                                    3. Shook
                                                                                    4. Awake (ft. JPEGMAFIA)
                                                                                    5. Grasshopper
                                                                                    6. You Sad
                                                                                    7. PB Jam
                                                                                    8. Don’t Call Again (ft. Kari Faux)

                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                    LNOE Vinyl Archives Vol. 1

                                                                                      Sasha launches his new, limited run ‘LNOE Vinyl Archives’ series on his Last Night On Earth imprint, with ‘Vol.1’ dropping on September 13th. The release features gems like the definitive Hunter/Game ‘Canyons’, Sasha & La Fleur’s massively popular collaboration ‘Förbindelse’, Fur Coat’s recent ‘Babel’ and a new track ‘Maresme’ (Da Silva Mix), from Jon DaSilva and Jozef K. This is the only time these tracks will be available on vinyl, a must-have for record collectors and LNOE label fans alike. ‘Maresme’ drops

                                                                                      digitally later in the year, so this will be the first chance for fans to snap it up months ahead of official release. This new series celebrates pivotal cuts from the label’s history, as well as fresh upcoming tracks.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1 - Sasha & La Fleur – Förbindelse
                                                                                      A2 - Fur Coat – Babel
                                                                                      B1 - Hunter/Game – Canyons
                                                                                      B2 - Jon Da Silva & Jozef K – Maresme (Da Silva Mix)

                                                                                      Welcome to the Crystal Maze. Your host Ruf Dug is here to guide you through this mysterious landscape.

                                                                                      Firstly, you arrive at the 'Future Zone’. You tap the passcode into the keypad. Success! The sound of Balearic Trance awaits you. Computer code scrolls past the interface as your mental state is set to Hedonistic Bliss. A race through space is the place.

                                                                                      No time to ponder though, as you are bundled onto to the next stage, a humid tropical haunt they call 'Aztec Zone’. Some sort of supernatural presence tails you as reverberating wails call out from the deep. Focus, focus. Secure the crystal, flip the disc and proceed to the other side.

                                                                                      'Industrial Zone' quickens your heart rate. Metal sparks, machines clash and synths ping about. You feel revitalised and assured in your chances of progress. Suddenly you are transported to a dark room with what appears to be a hologram of Ruf Dug presenting you with a crystal. Do you accept? Your hand reaches out but your feet give way. Crumbs - trap door.

                                                                                      You land with a crunch in the concluding 'Medieval Zone’, with a pair of sandals curiously strapped to your soles. With a quick sip of mead you are beckoned by the sound of a distant chime. Cue the Crystal Dome and roll end credits. All calm. The trip has come to an end but Ruf Dug is nowhere to be seen.

                                                                                      What has just happened? Was it at all real? Only one way to be sure. Return to the edge of NBD009 and begin your journey again - the journey through the Crystal Maze.


                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Barry says: There are few artists that can create an atmosphere better than our very own Ruf Dug. This time sees his pristine synths and impeccable production aesthetic tackle the IRL puzzle-platformer, Crystal Maze. Think tropical atmospheres and woozy acidic slew atop crisp kicks and snappy Italo snares, and you're about half way there. Brilliantly imagined and as ever, perfectly executed. RD does it again.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. Future Zone
                                                                                      A2. Aztec Zone
                                                                                      B1. Industrial Zone
                                                                                      B2. Medieval Zone

                                                                                      Soundclash or romance? Androo versus Bony Fly have composed six tracks finely balanced between the care given to sound experimentation and the explosive ardor of the dancefloor. "Love Affair" EP was born from this particular research, the fruit of a common passion for dub music, dancehall and its infinite variations. Radical and popular, the EP carries within it this generous and spontaneous quest for dance, naturally provoking body movements. It is also combined with a particular attention to sound textures, subtle and harmonious, whose multiple references (to jazz in particular) testify to an overflowing curiosity.

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Patrick says: This shit is FRESH! Androo and Bony Fly fire up the hardware to cook up a super heavy weight batch of futuristic dancehall for the Balearic Industrial complex. Splintering sounds vary from the Badarou-producing Bounty Killer of the A1 to the supa dupa slank of the B3.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. Dancehall Science (Intro Radio Mix)
                                                                                      A2. Xoxo Dub
                                                                                      A3. Dancehall Science (Interlude Mix)
                                                                                      A4. Bounce Bounce (Love Mix)
                                                                                      B1. Fight Unity
                                                                                      B2. As A Sign (Assasine Mix)
                                                                                      B3. Classic (Beaucoup) Trop Classic (Radio Dub Mix)

                                                                                      Lips Lips Lips

                                                                                      In All Eternity / Lifetime Girl

                                                                                      As the world starts to wake up again and soak up the sun, Copenhagen's Music For Dreams deliver a delicious limited edition 7" from LIPS LIPS LIPS, boasting two tracks from his forthcoming album ‘Life Is Pretty Surreal’ (Co-Produced by Peaking Lights’ Aaron Coyles). The man behid the moniker is Danish musician, electronic producer and songwriter Søren Løkke Juul (previously Indians and Søren Juul, both on 4AD).

                                                                                      The A Side, "In All Eternity", was written in 2015 on piano. It’s a love song that seems arrested in a state of estranged wonder or bittersweet bliss. Piano stabs rise in a towering, stadium-leaning riff while the metronomic beat float beneath and strings swirl in supporting arcs. Meanwhile on the flipside, ‘Lifetime Girl’ is a more electronic indie dream pop love song reminiscent of early Air meets Beck in a Nordic forest.

                                                                                      With the debut album, LIPS LIPS LIPS launches an ambitious project of lush and melodic electronic structures layered around hypnotic vocals. The music is yearning and melancholic yet warm and hopeful. Rarefied yet expansive. Cerebral yet wired with pop charm.

                                                                                      An essential difference from Juul’s previous work here has been the sense of ease and spontaneity with which the creative processes have flowed. According to Juul, this new sort of feet-on-the-ground freedom has helped develop a more physical side to his music.

                                                                                      While he hasn’t totally jettisoned the ethereal or spiritual qualities of earlier days, LIPS LIPS LIPS represents a much more pronounced rhythmic vision, materialized at the hands of Aaron Coyes (Peaking Lights), whose well- accomplished dub-engineering is layered deep into the texture of the album.

                                                                                      All recording on the album was carried out during a week-long refuge in co-producer Frederik Nordsø’s cabin in Sweden. The team included Juul, Nordsø, Coyes and label head and co-producer Kenneth Bager.


                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Barry says: You're always assured of a great listen when Music For Dreams put a record out, and this time we get the neon synths and marching percussives of Lips Lips Lips. Beautifully rich electronic atmospheres and gorgeous string accompaniment all topped with a silken vocal line. It's heady and euphoric, and a great sign of things to come.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. In All Eternity
                                                                                      B1. Lifetime Girl

                                                                                      For this latest bit of archival activity Stroom pay a visit to Belgum's Dender region in the early years of the 80s, picking up the strangest lovesongs from White Light and Jo Bogart for our audial enjoyment. For the A-side, Ziggy cherry picks the standout tracks from 82's "White Light" and 83's "Playing In A Band". Melancholic but beautiful, "I Want You To Know Me" filters the charm of the Velvets through a bedsit greyscale, while "I Hear A Whale Song" is tremulous bass tones, gloomy drones and ritualist drumming topped with sparse vocals. Over on the flipside we hear from White Light's original bassist Jo Bogaert (better known to me for some of his MEGA New Beat productions) who pours out his reverb soaked heart over the simple drum beat and guitar of "Would You" before stealing the show via the bass driven post-post punk groove of "So Obscene".


                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Patrick says: Stroom introduce us to the bedsit pop and melancholic wave of Belgium's Aalst with this retrospective 12" featuring the wavy indie of White Light and their OG bassist Jo Bogaert on a solo tip. "So Obscene" takes first prize for me.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. White Light - I Want You To Know Me
                                                                                      A2. White Light - I Hear A Whale Song
                                                                                      B1. Jo Bogaert - Would You
                                                                                      B2. Jo Bogaert - So Obscene

                                                                                      Doug Payne is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art (also known as FAME) in Manhattan NY, and Howard University in Washington D.C. He performed as a member of the Sister Sledge tour ("We are Family") has produced several recordings for quite a few East Coast acts and worked as the Music Director for The Dreamlovers, Eddie Holman, The Coasters and the house-band for the Atlantic City television show Chat-24.

                                                                                      We are happy to present two of his self released singles in full on one long 12". She Is On The Money is a A+ Boogie floor filler this previously unreleased in this full version massive 15 Mins long mix direct from master tape. On the flip we have Doug's first single "Holiday" which was previously 45 only and very hard to find, plus some other mixes of "She is On The Money" from a second tape, HEAT!

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Millie says: Holidaaaaay! Ultimate boogie dancefloor filler right here for you folks, drenched in soul-disco-boogie goodness. ‘She Is On The Money’ you can’t not move to, it’s impulsive. An absolute must.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. She Is On The Money (Unreleased Full Version)
                                                                                      2. Holiday
                                                                                      3. She Is On The Money (Alternate Version)
                                                                                      4. She Is On The Money (7 Inch Mix)
                                                                                      5. She Is On The Money (Instrumental)

                                                                                      Variophon is Philophon's newly established sub-label. As the name suggests, Variophon is designed to release variations, or more commonly expressed, remixes of songs taken from the Philophon catalog. The beginning on Variophon makes the all around the world beloved Jimi Tenor by remixing himself.

                                                                                      Jimi has chosen one title each from his two albums released on Philohon. From his first, "Order of Nothingness", it is the gently dancing "Myteria" and from his recently released "Aulos" the driving "Vocalize My Luv" (featuring Florence Adooni and Lizzy Amaliyenga). He electrified both pieces in his own very personal, subtle way in order to achieve what he does best: make people happily dancing!

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Millie says: Electric Remix work their magic on two Jimi Tenor tracks and transform them to disco to blast out on the dancefloor. This is going to fly so don’t hesitate!

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. Mysteria (Electric Remix)
                                                                                      2. Vocalize My Luv (Electric Remix) [feat. Florence Adooni & Lizzy Amaliyenga]

                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                      Strange World / Purple Desire

                                                                                      File Under: Deep Downtempo / Cosmic Throb / Sensitive Soft Rock

                                                                                      It’s a strange world we’re living in and these addictive cuts mirror it well.
                                                                                      Dancing all night in cheerful melancholy with two strictly limited edits.

                                                                                      The A-side renders gothic synth pop at cruising tempo, spinning a web of tape delay as your mind unravels. A bassline throbs, pistons hiss and a paranoia takes hold of an icy vocal. Lose yourself in the otherwhere.

                                                                                      We step into a pristine wilderness on the B-side, stately pads gliding over a supple rhythm section while tender chimes tug at your heartstrings. Emotion abounds on an instrumental which never was. Big boys do cry, and this dove’s weeping over broken wings…

                                                                                      101 was gone within 2 weeks. Just sayin’ ...


                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Mine says: WDC101 was a staple on the shop player and I'm sure its successor will be a firm favourite of ours too. If side A is your perfect start to the night (I'm thinking slowly wobbling on to the (imaginative) dance floor...), side B is the perfect ending. Top marks again!

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A. Strange World 7:04 / 86 BPM
                                                                                      B. Purple Desire 4:52 / 86 BPM

                                                                                      Michael Paul

                                                                                      Reggae Music

                                                                                        Kalita smash it out the park on their latest release, delivering the first ever official re-release of Michael Paul’s 1984 reggae boogie single ‘Reggae Music’!

                                                                                        Originally appearing on New York-based Revolver Records, run by famed jazz bassist Bob Cranshaw, ‘Reggae Music’ was seemingly the ‘hit-that-never-was’ upon its initial release. However, since then a combination of both scarcity and quality has transformed the single into one of the most sought-after records in the genre. Accompanied by a phenomenal dub version, this record easily deserves its space on record shelves across the world.

                                                                                        Armed with an insane groove, slewed and skewed boogie basslines and reggae disco percussion, as well as mega vocals, this one slots directly into the must have category.

                                                                                        With prices becoming ever exceedingly eye-watering and copies ever harder to find, Kalita come to the rescue, offering a loud and remastered 12” single for all.



                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Reggae Music
                                                                                        B. Reggae Music (Instrumental)

                                                                                        Aaaaaahh YEAHHH! I'm always stoked when a Duca Biano lands in my lap, and the 9th release on the label (5th in 12" form) feels extra right! Boasting an A-list cast of Franz 'Slow Motion' Scala, Italo hero Hysteric, crate-digging beat-making madman Cherrystones and lesser known, but equally ace Beatfoot and DJ Dollpin. 

                                                                                        It falls to Franz to start the party, setting phasers to stun with a mid tempo burner full of synth power, snapping snares and a spoken female vocal full of mystery and drama. Turn your eye shadow up to about 85% opacity and glide into your favourite Sci Fi club scene. It's another absolute essential from Australia's reigning Italo champ Hysteric on the A2, who turns out a playful synthpop stomper called "Pleides". Digi-marimbas, fanfares and a golden groove bathes in Yello, before some jazzy guitar lends a little extra texture to the chorus. 

                                                                                        At this point, I think the garies Matt and I took earlier must be kicking in, coz "Osdorp Discoteca" has me sweating and slamming my body round the shop like I'm lost in a warehouse somewhere outside Stoke in 1991. Proggy and powerful, this is a total acid smash. Speaking of acid, Cherrystones has absolutely soaked the B2 in LSD, transforming whatever the OG is into a fever dream of backmasked vocals, odd dancehall riddims, psych and synthery. 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Franz Scala - Sweet Carillon
                                                                                        A2. Hysteric - Pleides
                                                                                        B1. Beatfoot & DJ Dollpin - Osdorp Discoteca
                                                                                        B2. Cherrystones - Gom Reg Raga

                                                                                        Bep Kororoti

                                                                                        The Amazon-Naut

                                                                                        It's been a short while since the term 'rainforest house' has been banded about the shop. Perhaps with most of the world's residents being in lockdown, psychedelic jungle forrays were saved only for the indigenous inhabitants; but that's exactly what Bep Kororoti has supplied on his six tracker "The Amazon-Naut"

                                                                                        Named in reference to both the greatest rainforest in the world, and a jovial term for psychedelic explorers, the album is a wonderful dive down the rabbit hole of of sonic shamanism; ritualitic music that goes hand in hand with the consumption of your favourite entheogen.


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Get yer favourite funguses (ahem: fungi - Ed) out! It's shamanic house's highest elder - Bep Kororoti, in for some real ritualistic rainforest workouts. Toad venom not included.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Side 1
                                                                                        1. Mayo
                                                                                        2. Kalahari
                                                                                        3. Ecume Nico
                                                                                        4. Pagoda
                                                                                        Side 2
                                                                                        1. Vudu
                                                                                        2. Uphupha
                                                                                        3. Stolenkickinafilm

                                                                                        German imprint MASK return in 2021 with yet another inviting anonymous release featuring six raw original cuts. The MASK imprint continue to impress with their signature aesthetic which places focus on intricate, modular based house, techno and ambient cuts and everything in between. 
                                                                                        The ‘A1’ gets the EP rolling with muffled drums and enticing moods that sit delicately underneath the soulful, samples and sweeping synths before ‘A2’ offers up resounding kicks that balance delightfully with the reverberating modulations and powerful yet interesting fx. The A3 lays focus on an aquatic house roller with bubbly melodies and dreamy pads with magnetising emotions brimming to the surface. On the flip, the ‘B1’ is an engaging cut with breezy resonance and ethereal leads which lure you in from the start whilst the dubby drums, solemn ambience and laid-back moods take focus in the ‘B2’. Rounding things off in experimental fashion, the ‘B3’ is an eccentric meditative, cut with leftfield oscillations and beatless vibrations which blend together with stunning effect.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: There's two things you can guarantee with a MASK 12" - 1. It's gonna fly off the shelves and 2. It's gonna sound absolutely monstrous on a system.
                                                                                        This edition is no exception, working from a 909-laced house riff on Carly's "Why" through immersive and texured modular techno (Barry!) to wriggling electro and ambient bliss. Megoh!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1.
                                                                                        A2.
                                                                                        A3.
                                                                                        B1.
                                                                                        B2.
                                                                                        B3.

                                                                                        If Samosa Records combining with Dirtyelements & Drunkdrivers sounds like a match made in heaven, then here’s the proof. Samosa Records bangs down the door of 2021 with an absolute peach of an EP from the supremely talented Tuscany based trio - Dirtyelements & Drunkdrivers.

                                                                                        This latest gem from the Samosa juggernaut features four tracks that ooze with sumptuous disco and funk fudge, sprinkled with a secret ingredient known only to these Italian masters.

                                                                                        First up is 'Baby': “How’s everybody feeling?” is the question asked. The twisted disco bass line, perfectly filtered brass and stomping beat provide the perfect answer. Then the vocal. Oh my - the vocal. It lands like the first ice-cold beer on a scorching hot day; guitars kick in with the swirling brass ensemble and this groovy train is suddenly at full steam. The melody and tight production are in perfect harmony - it hits you like an aural pleasure ray-gun that stuns the senses. DJs will drop this one on the crowd cold. No warnings given.

                                                                                        Next is 'Disco Ball (Feat. E.M.A.)' - from the get-go this is a Class-A funky and chunky number. The ethereal voice samples lure you to a smoke-filled dance floor with a disco slapping bass, a stupendously uplifting brass fanfare and mesmeric three-string guitar riff - wrapping you in a hot, musical tortilla. A breakdown full of mono synth stabs and soft electric piano flakes are added to the recipe; building to a crescendo stuffed with brass, funky bass, wah-wah pedals and a wickedly soaring guitar solo. A serious dance-floor mega-bomb that shatters the glitter ball and makes the hairs stand on end.

                                                                                        Leading on the flip-side is the EP’s title track, 'Never Give Up (De Gama Re-Built)'. Low frequency beats kick things off as the claps tantalise. Subliminal guitar licks motor into delicious electric piano stabs. Then the sax. THE sax. It’s all about the sax.
                                                                                        The whole groove flows majestically, combining subtle and complex key changes - this has De Gama’s deft touch all over it and the combination is glorious. A track that truly evokes memories of smoke-filled clubs calling you; powerful bass unites with a heaped serving of cowbell and then the wonderful soaring vocal takes over. This is a solid-as-stone cut; everything fits together, everything makes perfect sense. The message is “You have to dance. You have to lose yourself”. This will be a massive DJ favourite to get juices flowing.

                                                                                        The final track is 'Do It Funk': Swinging and intoxicating - this is raw, punchy and demands your attention from the first beat. The soul and funk vibes slip this into cruise control and it’s one hell of a ride, with a sensually wicked sax melody playing across guitar licks and beat-skips. A track that showcases this trio’s diversity in their production skills and taste, and a perfect cake-topper for what is sure to be a classic EP.

                                                                                        This EP will be a must-have for those who are serious about the groove. A super-strong start to the year from Samosa - a label that only knows one direction. Upwards.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: Before I got all chin-strokey and disappeared into the land of deep digging, I was just a guy with a whole load of disco, house and disco house heaters. Deep down, I'm still that guy, and this 12" is the perfect way to rock the crowd in the Detroit tradition. Whether beatdown (Baby), upbeat (Disco Ball), deep (Never Give Up) or smooth (Do It Funk), this badboy does serious damage!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Baby
                                                                                        A2. Disco Ball (feat EMA)
                                                                                        B1. Never Give Up (De Gama Re-Built)
                                                                                        B2. Do It Funk

                                                                                        Kampana's essential 7" series continues with another unmissable EP, featuring mysterious jazz and soul groove-magician Vanilla.

                                                                                        The UK producer brings his beat-making skills to the disco format with stunning results. 'Turn Me Loose' blends an early 80s jazz funk groove, vocal chops and modern synths, creating an infectious mid-tempo disco number.
                                                                                        'Into My Eyes' - remastered for 2021 - features a percussive slap bass, with catchy vocals and classic filters for another timeless, uplifting anthem.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: Smoother than silk and fly like Egyptian musk, this is boogie hypnotism for the mainroom - chunky and choppy with loads of additional bottom end power!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Turn Me Loose
                                                                                        B. Into My Eyes

                                                                                        Straight Outta Belpaese, MORE disco – exotica – balearic – Italo - funk for the demanding digger! When do Belpaese ever disappoint. A double header of hidden edit treasures, cut loud on either side of 12" for some much needed good vibrations. On the A-side you get a fiesty discoid version of "Long Train Running", in Italian with a mega female vocal. Flip it for "Strumento Di Una Notte", a sumptuous slice of classic disco in an Italian style - perfect for beautiful people and la dolce vita. Brava!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. False Ipocrisie
                                                                                        B1. Strumento Di Una Notte

                                                                                        Dugong

                                                                                        Horizions Sauvages

                                                                                        “A pond becomes a lake, a breeze becomes a storm, a handful of dust is a desert” - W.G Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

                                                                                        Originally written for the ‘Horizions Sauvages’ exhibition by painter Marie-Laurence de Chauvingy de Blot, Dungong’s accompanying composition is the reification of a shared love of nature - setting out to capture the essence of her painting in musical form. Using natural sound pallets and layered loops, the complex bio-poetics of the ecosystem are explored in the fragility of their restless liminality. Environments in motion. Above all, the compositions are meditations on the importance of preservation.

                                                                                        There we have it then: after-the-fall organic ambience across two full sides. Essentially essential - a blueprint for the next generation of New Age music. The resynchronization of what was, what is and what is yet to be.

                                                                                        Written by Dugong. Mastering by Curved Pressing. Artwork by Marie-Laurence de Chauvigny de Blot. Designed by Guillaume de Ubéda. Distribution via Rubadub. Words by Jack Anderson



                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Pretty special New Age / ambient piece that rises above the also-rans with an air of decedent heavenliness. So good.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Loire
                                                                                        B2: Thaw

                                                                                        AD 93 continue their non-stop operation of mining New Sounds for the New Normal; Anunaku excavating some jewelled basketballs from his 5th dimension dig...

                                                                                        "Spirale" is one such gem. Crystallized vocal choires, metamorphosed beats and low range, Earthy vibrations its signature. A self-radiating and constantly evolving piece which seems to drag time into its quantum-lapse.

                                                                                        "Ninfea" rumbles off the wax like a landslide; immeasurable seismic waves transmitting a fractured melody across the rocks as a mammoth soundscape is reduced to propulsive rhythms.

                                                                                        "Luminosa" pokes and prods at the new terrain with a punctuated b-line, scraping away any disturbed particles with an gently uplifting chord progression hinting at brighter times.

                                                                                        Always indescribable, we try our best here at Picc HQ to get the point of these pioneering sonic movements across, but its always better to have a listen and get yer own take!





                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: New Sounds for the New Normal; Anunaku excavating some jewelled basketballs from his 5th dimension dig. The perfect sound track for late nite narcosis.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Spirale
                                                                                        B1. Ninfea
                                                                                        B2. Luminosa

                                                                                        Soft Rocks

                                                                                        Talking Jungle / Obo - Justin Vandervolgen / Tiago Remixes

                                                                                        ESP Institute come up with the goods once again here, furnishing all working DJs and disco dancers with a much needed, long awaited repress of this killer Soft Rocks remix wax. Originally released FIVE whole years ago as part of the "Revenge Of The Soft Rocks Remixes" project, this dreamy drop saw New York disco viking Justin Vandervolgen and Lisbon's Tiago bring some of their finest work to the ESP table, dominating setlists and festivals for many months. As ever, Justin has no idea what a 'quickie' might entail, and treats us to another EPIC extension. There are no track times listed, but I reckon his rework goes on 'til Monday morning...Picking up a half finished spliff from the U-Star studios and necking a couple of early nineties garys, JVV leads us off on a percussion odyssey to kick off his killer remix. Brain fizzing fx and space lasers rebound all over the showing, cascading off a prismic discoball and making a little space for the fluid beauty of those jazzy keys. One epic piano breakdown later and we're lost in the lush undergrowth of the "Talking Jungle", freaking out to the walking bassline, squealing synth line and wild space echo abuse. Extra-planetary disco with all the right references to classic house, this was massive at El Diablos, Naive Melody, Disco Futura and anywhere DJ Harvey's played in the last five years! Mega! If you need to chillax after all that dancing, why not try the flipside's insanely serene take on "Obo" by ESP favorite Tiago (Sea Power & Change, Gala Drop, DFA). Swaying, Mediterranean rhythms, snaking bass and the otherworldly sound of the oboe overlap and unfurl within the richly psychedelic soundscape the Portuguese producer creates. It's the musical equivalent of a stroll past the face and fruit dish on Dali's beach. Good lord this is quite a piece of wax!


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: This Soft Rocks remix disc is nothing short of a modern disco classic! JVV goes wild on his psychedelic disco extension, delivering a dope rework that's been hammered by every decent DJ I can think of over the last few years. On the flip, Tiago takes a serene stroll down the beach, dipping his toe in lysergic waters on the way. Mega!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Talking Jungle (Justin Vandervolgen Remix)
                                                                                        B. Obo (Tiago Remix)

                                                                                        This might be my favourite ever Telephones release. Pumping up the pace drastically, "Tempo Tiempo Trax 1" sees the producer adventure into a whole new genre catagory - loosly taking in Balearic, Detroit, Italo and ghettotech and creating a rich unique soundscape that's like jetsking across crystalline waters on magic mushrooms at a 100 miles per hour...

                                                                                        Bouyant and frenetic, inventive and playful; these fast dance trax are bound to grab the ears and body of all participants at your next local kness up. Fully endorsed by us here at Picc HQ. 


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Balearic-techno anyone? Ghetto-boogie? A swatch of new genre tags is requires for this highly inventive set from the Berlin-based Henning Severud

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Blue-Tek (Raw Mix)
                                                                                        A2. Blue-Tek (Dream Reprise)
                                                                                        B1. FV555 (Arkanoid Dusk Mix)
                                                                                        B2. FV555 (Sueñotechno Reprise)

                                                                                        LHAS - or, to use their full title - Larry Heard Appreciation Society are comprised of Felix Dickenson and Jamie Read and have released sporadic, but extremely well-received records in the style of Larry Heard since about 1996. "The Hevalo" was, I think, the duo's first record together - after a chance meeting in Brighton.

                                                                                        It captures that raw Chicagoan energy at a time when it was truly earth shattering and life affirming. It still is; thousands have copied the original blueprints because they WORK. But rarely are they pulled off with such authenticity and flamboyance as demonstrated here.

                                                                                        Four tracks of exemplary drum machine usage combined with gorgeous patches and highly melodic, space-alligned leads and sequences. Recorded nice and hot for maximum energy you'd be forgiven into thinking it was a lost classic from the legendary producer - exactly what Felix and Jamie want you to think when visiting this timeless vibe. 

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Repress of this early LHAS hit; a staple for deep house heads in the know for years and rightfully offered a new lease of life here. Felix and Jamie's tribute to the Chicago blueprint is sincerely and authentically executed.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. The Hevalo
                                                                                        A2. What, Why, When
                                                                                        B1. LHAS (part 1)
                                                                                        B2. The Way

                                                                                        Lemos & Debetio

                                                                                        Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua

                                                                                        A first-time replica re-issue of a highly sought-after, rare Brazilian MPB / funk nugget from 1974.

                                                                                        Brazilian 7” singles or compacts sometimes get a bit overlooked outside of the world of avid Brazilian collectors and DJs, but here are where some of the most exquisite jewels of Brazil’s rich musical tapestry lie. This release has been a long time in the works, a replica version of one of our favourite Brazilian 7”s - the outstanding ‘Morro Do Barraco Sem gua’ by Lemos E Deb tio (aka Toninho Lemos & Paulo Deb tio). Discovering tracks like ‘Morro Do Barraco Sem gua’ makes you want to go the extra mile.

                                                                                        You spend that little bit more time than is rational examining and dusting off a stack of 7”s hunting for an elusive gem, or end up disappearing down an Internet wormhole eating into time you don’t have before you need to be up for work again in the morning. This is a calculated effort, as the reward of the revitalising musical vitamins that you’ve stumbled upon are the big pay off. ‘Morro Do Barraco Sem gua’ was originally released on Odeon Records in 1974, and even though this was a major record label it remains extremely hard to find.

                                                                                        From the first moment the needle hits the groove with its guitar and drum break intro you know the song is special. A feel-good addictive melody with fantastic swooping arrangements and a pulsating funk backbeat, which is over all too soon. We hope you enjoy this audio treasure as much as we do!!!


                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Morro Do Barraco Sem Gua
                                                                                        Retrato Da Vida

                                                                                        After making a name for itself through acclaimed reissues of forgotten gems, Lyon’s Tunnel Vision Records is back, this time with a previously unreleased cult EP from the Serbian underground: InnVision’s “Lake” produced by Welljam aka Velja Mijanović, one of the pioneers of electronic music in Serbia and host of the legendary Liquid show on Yu Radio.

                                                                                        While it is fairly common these days for tracks to reach cult status after being uploaded to Youtube and picked up by its recommendation algorithm, the story of the “Lake EP” is truly unique.

                                                                                        Picture this: it’s the summer of 94 in Serbia and despite US sanctions, something was going on in the country’s musical underground with open-air parties on lakesides and other natural locations, fuelled by a feeling of freedom and creativity. At the time, InnVision was a 26-year-old producer inspired by the likes of The Orb, Brian Eno, Underworld, and Spooky. Unconcerned with adhering to trends or finding ways to make commercially-viable music, he created the tracks on this EP with Cubase running on an Atari computer and several synths fairly common at the time.

                                                                                        But the result was beyond anything common or ordinary. Described by its creator as ‘organic (ambient) house, but you can call it trance’, “Lake” is rapture in its highest form. Pure enthusiasm seems to be driving this uplifting track, with an abundance of heavenly arpeggios and positive energy, along with masterful arrangements that make it even more grandiose, while retaining a light and dreamy quality (perhaps it is no coincidence that Lake in Serbian evokes weightlessness). It is one of those rare tracks that have a deep impact on body, mind, and soul and for which the repeat button was created. While adhering to a central theme, it never feels stale and this is explained by the fact that it was arranged live, with InnVision muting and tweaking everything in one go, which makes this track a ‘deskmix’, to use dub terminology. In fact, the producer remembers jumping around and shedding occasional tears while he recorded the final take.

                                                                                        On the flipside is another previously unreleased track, the forward-thinking “Night”. By no means filler, this is a timeless track with a subaquatic feel. With lush pads and elements doused in delay and reverb, you’d think this is a purely ambient cut, but it’s much more than that. Subtle melodic and rhythmic elements are engaged in a dialogue, and distant breakbeat samples can be detected in the background, enough to induce movement but never overtaking the vibe carefully created by InnVision. The result is a track that is at the same time featherlight and impossible to listen to without some sort of movement. Once again, truly unique music that transcends time and place.


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Stupendously unique, dreamy, charged dance music which skirts between prog, trance, braindance and techno. This is perfection in my honest opinion.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Lake
                                                                                        B1. Nighty

                                                                                        You know us Piccadilly cats are gonna keep it ALFOS 4 LYFE, and this record right here is a total doozy, straddling the ol' Indie-Dance divide like an ad-hoc bridge built out of Bez, copies of Screamadelica and Pollock-patterned bucket hats. For you see, the hazy, Roses-esque jangle of Andy Bell’s debut solo album "The View From Halfway Down" has been radically reworked by synth-wielding maverick Pye Corner Audio. 
                                                                                        The resulting EP offers squirming acid lines, thunderous 4/4, baggy breaks and hallucinogenic dreamscapes, all topped by the shifting shimmer of Andy's mystic vocals, themselves twisted into a whole new language. If that weren't enough to have you reaching for the glow sticks, Andy's also added an edit in his GLOK alias.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: Spectacularly psychedelic dancefloor tackle here as PCA unspools Andy Bell atop a plethora of spangled synthery. Indie Dance in its most essential form and totally recommended for the ALFOS / Baggy brigade. File next to Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Weatherall and Unkle.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                        2. Skywalker (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                        3. Cherry Cola (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                        4. Love Comes In Waves (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                        5. I Was Alone (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                        6. Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix – GLOK Re-edit)

                                                                                        Before drum‘n’bass there was Jungle. Born on the progressive reggae sound systems of the early 1990s, jungle was the UK’s answer to dancehall and one of Soul II Soul’s enduring legacies - take what’s already there and adapt it to make it unique. Fittingly, next up on the Funki Dred label are two of 1995’s most elusive jungle mixes: the sought after version of 'Missing You', giving vocal outtakes a deserved new life; and Dillinger’s Genius mix of 'Do You Love Enuff'. Both only previously available as limited-edition white labels, each has a strictly junglist foundation – edgy, headrush and dubwise haziness – overlaid with dreamy Funki Dred-style vocals, as Soul II Soul in the jungle gives a distinctive take on an under-appreciated black British style.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Nice n heavy, OG jungle bizniss for the hardcore cru! Inside!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Missing You (Noodles & Wonder Remix)
                                                                                        2. Do You Love Enuff (Genius Mix By Dillinger)

                                                                                        Forgotten side project production from 1986, by Grammy award winning sound engineer Chris Lord Alge. Two versions of an oddball leftfield electro downtempo chugger and one previously unreleased patriotic monologue acompanied by heroic emotional piano - to be served with a sense of sarcasm. 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1 - Acid Rain
                                                                                        B1 - Acid Rain (Lord's Prayer Version)
                                                                                        B2 - America

                                                                                        The incredibly named Alasdair Tropical (heads will know from LYL Radio and Ransom Note) launches his Plant Life imprint with a sumptuous and surreal dance-not-dance EP from Darcey Electronics AKA Darling & Tracey. Acting independently the Amsterdam producers have previously dropped Piccadilly approved releases on Off Minor, Safe Trip and Voyage Direct, and now make their tag team debut for the inaugural Plant Life.
                                                                                        If you've kept your head in the game, you'll understand the aesthetic already - quantum rhythm programming, fractal electronics and hypnotic arrangements designed to send the listener into a state of hallucinogenic rapture. Opener 'Morgen' circumvents the dancefloor traffic, gentle changing lanes between house and electro as staggering percussion makes room for a rubberized bassline. Groove established, the duo substitute your SSRIs for echo drenched chords and lyrical keys, encouraging a higher state of club consciousness right from the off. Driven by a hypnotic sequence, swelling bassline and mechanical rhythm, "Handbird" softly nudges us down a psychedelic wormhole, the whispered female vocals promising the paradisiac at the other end.
                                                                                        With my salad days behind me, I appreciate an opportunity for half-time dancing, and the B-side delivers with deranged majesty. If you're old, you can sway to the phasing slank which woozes away throughout "The Berries", while young uns can take full advantage of the nuanced hand drums which more than make up for a lack of kick. Chirruping voices, digital idents and celestial keys convey a Balearic warmth or tropical haze, though in reality we're probably holed up in the Holodeck. Darling and Tracey close the curtain in utterly cosmic circumstances, locking into the sci-fi stylings of "Auto Zap" a trippy mélange of bleeps, whirrs, chimes and blurs which shifts gears from an opiated 70bpm to the racy 140 of the second half without sending your heart rate out of whack. 


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: New label alert! Firing on all cylinders, Alasdair Tropical enlists Darling and Tracey to drop the inaugural Plant Life release under their new Darcey Electronics alias. Four cuts of forward thinking, future proofed psychedelia for innovative DJs and dancers alike. Find your nearest chemist, load up and get weird.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Morgen
                                                                                        A2. Handbird
                                                                                        B1. The Berries
                                                                                        B2. Auto Zap

                                                                                        AD 93 (FKA Whities) enlist the help of James K who supplies a decidedly serene yet nonetheless complex and advanced palette of sounds for the future-focussed label.

                                                                                        Synthesized vox coalesce with high level synthesis, reversed textures and unrivalled sense of expansiveness; a strong grasp of sound design and sculptured sonic landscapes paint a hollographic, fractal narrative that engrosses and beguils at every turn... This is beautiful yet haunting, nigh-on-pop music that bites your neck with passion.






                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: Whities continue to explore the full breadth of the electronica spectrum with this diverse five tracker from James K. Saturated and celestial glitch diversions wrap around fizzing downbeat and electro-breaks while a guest spot from Yves Tumor guarantees sonic strangeness.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Open Feat. Yves Tumor
                                                                                        Ultra Facial
                                                                                        Everyrose
                                                                                        Subliminal Burn
                                                                                        I Can Not Remember

                                                                                        F D

                                                                                        Z1S1 / C1D3H

                                                                                        Ferdinand Domes on a Panama Papers tip for Tax Free here, turning out one new age bather and one drum box work out on this super limited 7". On the A-side, the German invites us to sink into the aquatic pads and Balearic-industrial rhythms of 'Z1S1', a shimmering and psychedelic chakra cleanse for toad-smokers everywhere. Yanging away on the flipside is the fiesty and fresh percussion pow-wow 'C1D3H', a techno tropical rhythm track which pans and bangs throughout. 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Z1S1
                                                                                        B. C1D3H

                                                                                        Levon Vincent

                                                                                        Riding Alongside The Ocean

                                                                                        New Levon Vincent and luckily for us he's continuing his amazing run of form with three impeccable club tracks that scream of the producer's idiosyncratic personality.

                                                                                        Fizzing synths, bobbing basslines, ridig drum hits a bucket loads of tape delay and reverb plummet all three tracks into the nocturnal realm; guided by red lights and green lazers, this is the Levon Vincent we all know and love!!

                                                                                        Unlikely to hang around long... get those orders in quick! 


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Last two Novel Sounds have been right up there with Levon's finest work. Three tracks here that show off his inventive drum patterns and idiosyncratic, disjointed synth usage.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Riding Alongside The Ocean
                                                                                        B1. Ocean Dub
                                                                                        B2. Sunlight

                                                                                        New International Extraterrestrial Music from Torom. Recommended if you like Ramzi & Four Tet.

                                                                                        Leeds based Torom brings some immaculate fourth world chugging beats - a tight concoction of the primitive and the futuristic - tied together for both the dancefloor and at home listening. A real journey into sound and a must have for any avid DJ or listener into what we deem here at PIcc HQ as shamanic house. 


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Entheogenic vibrations / ritualistic musica / witching hour voodoo. All that black magik goodness for the sounds shamans.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Oak Tones
                                                                                        A2. Malcolm
                                                                                        A3. Tone Soak
                                                                                        B1. RTN
                                                                                        B2. Bonus Breakbeats

                                                                                        Happy 10th Birthday to our friends in Milan's record shop Serendeepity!

                                                                                        They're celebrating with series of four 12's and the first features San Proper, Tolouse Low Trax, Fabrizio Mammarella & Jay Glass Dubs!

                                                                                        This collection is entirely composed of previously unreleased music, exclusively produced for the occasion by many artists of great relevance in the worldwide music scene, who supported the store over the last ten years.

                                                                                        The artists who produced the music for this compilation are Egyptian Lover, Ellen Allien, Thomas Brinkmann, Neil Landstrumm, JD Twitch, Matias Aguayo, San Proper, Tolouse Low Trax, Jay Glass Dubs, Dj Marcelle, Jorge Velez, Tamburi Neri, Fabrizio Mammarella, Heith, Itinerant Dubs, Timeslip89, Kreggo and Intersezioni Ensemble.

                                                                                        Fingers crossed the four individual twelves will be released monthly. (good luck with that! – ed)



                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: My favourite San Proper, alongside Patrick's favourite TLT, Fabrizio and Jay Glass are well regarded amongst our leftfield dance lovers too. Bit of a momentous 12" this folks. Don't sleep!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. San Proper - Beauty - Sign Seal Delivery
                                                                                        A2. Tolouse Low Trax - Paris Horse
                                                                                        B1. Fabrizio Mammarella - Rhythm Machine
                                                                                        B2. Jay Glass Dubs - Spawn

                                                                                        Beaumonde cement their status as a label to watch with a mega reissue of this overlooked Cameroonian boogie bomb by Dick Dickson. He was clearly aiming for the US funk sound in fashion at the time when he recorded "In The Pocket" in 1986.The session took place in Togo and had band members come from Congo, Cameroon and the French West Indies making the music of "In The Pocket" an outstanding rendezvous between electrified-boogie and African influenced groove. With the help of Régine Féline’s sensual voice, melodic synth pads and distinctive slap bass, "In The Pocket" grabs you instantly. Totally overlooked upon its release, BeauMonde felt that Dick Dickson’s unique offering deserved a second chance, so make sure you take full advantage. 

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: Thoroughly groovy Afro-funk fire here from Cameroon-born Dick Dickson and his overlooked 1986 boogie bomb "In The Pocket". Aside from a superlative example of slap bass excellence, the track tugs at the heartstrings with spiralling synths and smooth vocals - Mega!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. In The Pocket
                                                                                        2. In The Pocket (Version) 

                                                                                        Hi-Ryze

                                                                                        Cyberia / After The Flood

                                                                                          From the same producers that brought you the "Timenet" release, here we have a mighty fine re-issue of the very first Hi-Ryze record. "Cyberia" was originally released through cult label Brainiak back in 1990. Since then the Ubik production team released half a dozen of EP's under the Hi-Ryze name through various other classic imprints such as General Productions and Certificate 18. Here we have two of our faves handily compiled onto one jazzy AF disc: "Cyberia" - a twangy, highly kinetic, and massively shuffled affair that lands right slap bang between Chicago and Detroit; and "After The Flood" - a rave-indebted big room roller with hoover leads and more drum machines shuffled to oblivion! - don't miss the vintage woodblock attack on this one! Remastered from the original DAT tapes and sounding frrresh - do not sleep! 

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Sil says: Mega and raw old school techno with killer basslines to make sure your neighbours keep appreciating you. Rave til you die and do play this loud for max effect.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Cyberia (midi Edit)
                                                                                          Cyberia (lo Pass Mix)
                                                                                          After The Flood (harmo Bass Mix)
                                                                                          4 After The Flood (optimistic Mix)


                                                                                          Winston Neale first learnt to sing gospel standards as a child via his mother the l ate Eloise Neale and went on to sing with the Bethel Gospel Church from the age of 6. Winston always had an ambition to release a gospel album and on relocating to Canada this became a reality. The Flying High L.P was the culmination of all he had learnt a s a gospel singer, covering songs by Robert and Joyce Irvine & Rev. E.A. Hoffman / A.J Showalter amongst others on this record. The song we became most interested in was the “ Sinnerman ” track written by Winston and his wife, Susan, a haunting yet beautiful ly atmospheric slice of new gospel. Winston’s voice, taut hand drums, guitar, bass and flute all make this an essential piece of soulful gospel with a really distinct tropical feel.

                                                                                          To complete the project, we assigned remix duties to one of our favourit e producer duos, Quiet Village. In Joel and Matt's own words they "loved the vibe of the original song, something the Japanese would label as 'free - soul' but with a beautiful floaty island feel like Jon Lucien." Utilising the powerful acapella, they decide d to go down a more experimental path, to deconstruct the track using dub techniques for a modern 'Black Ark' style Quiet Village redux.

                                                                                          The package comes complete with remastered audio and new accompanying artwork paying homage to the original Flying High album cover. 

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: An impressive double excursion from Quiet Village - reminiscent of sweltery nights under forgein skies; why the original version is as evocative and thought-catching as it gets. Curveball alert!!

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1 Sinnerman
                                                                                          B1 Sinnerman (Quiet Village Remix)
                                                                                          B2 Sinnerman (Quiet Village Dub) 

                                                                                          Respuesta Alternativa or the Alternative Response was the project of Spanish musician Jesus Mª Catalan, created with the help of Julián C. Pérez. As the title implies the music was generated in response to traditional music notions of the time, and reflects how Jesus Mª Catalan would challenge these traditional ideals using a fusion of styles and his unique vision. Jesus laid out his synths and drum machines, while other musicians played traditional instruments over the top. This unique approach worked to create atmospheric tracks capturing simple themes, with each influence being carefully thought of in the joint result. As he explains “each instrument weaves independently throughout a passage in a curious game where the listener’s attention goes from focusing on a keyboard, guitar to bass or percussion. Previously only released on a cassette album in Spain, Left Ear have polished 5 choice cuts for a 2018 12”.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Patrick says: When I played this to Barry, he's wide eyed response was only to smile wildly and say..."Balearic". Well, my esteemed colleague was quite correct, this is in fact as Balearic as sharing a cocktail with Moonboots while Jason Boardman soundtracks the sunset.

                                                                                          Direct from the Midwest, ace imprint Clear present us with four tenacious hardware workouts from Juzer. For the uninitiated, Juzer is the joint project of two artists central to the underground music scene in Chicago, Beau Wanzer and Dan Jugle. The work of both straddles the fault-lines between, noise, techno, industrial, EBM, and the more frenzied shades of house. 
                                                                                          In theory the 12” starts slowly, with the 100 bpm rattle of "Old Reliable", although it’s fitful energy is anything but, while the following track "September" coils itself into a tightly wound circuit freak-out. "Busy Bees" and "We Work Hard We Play Hard" are the buildup and climax of the record’s machine driven anxiety, fit for a chase scene in a post apocalyptic megacity thriller.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Old Reliable
                                                                                          A2. September
                                                                                          B1. Busy Bees
                                                                                          B2. We Work Hard We Play Hard

                                                                                          FSOM / Andy Rantzen

                                                                                          Track 6 / Harmonic Eye

                                                                                          Phwwwoar! What a coup! Two Australian, stone cold dance music veterans on one 12" - winner!

                                                                                          FSOM stands for 'Future sound of Melbourne' and were formed in Sydney (joke!) in 1990. Made of up Davide Carbone, Josh Abrahams & Steve Robbins they've built up a modest but highly collectable catalogue throughout the 90's with some twelves impossible to get hold of.

                                                                                          Andy Rantzen should be familiar to you all by now but just in case: 'Andy Rantzen is a Sydney, Australia based lo-fi electronic producer. Trained as a psychologist, Rantzen has been a lecturer at the University of Sydney. He is most well-known as part of the duo Itch-E and Scratch-E along with Paul Mac (Boo Boo & Mace is another alias for the same duo). He has produced remixes for Severed Heads, INXS and The Wiggles, and has done soundtrack work for the film Sample People.' (discogs).

                                                                                          "Track 6" is taken from FSOM's "Shivaratri" record, released on Two Thumbs in 1993. It's a dark n deadly analogue growler, not a million miles away from early Radioactive Man and Andrew Weatherall (but operating under solo aliases rather than Two Lone Swordsman - Ed) and still biting in today's climate.

                                                                                          Rantzen contributes "Harmonic Eye", from the CD-only release, "The Blue Hour". Much of Rantzen's (and indeed Australia's) dance music veered towards CD production in the late nineties and early noughties, making this a much needed vinyl pressing of this fabulously wobbly jack track. 


                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: Two dark n dirty techno tracks from early and late 90s Australia that find these supremo producers at the top of their game.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Side 1
                                                                                          1. FSOM - Track 6

                                                                                          Side 2
                                                                                          1. Andy Rantzen - Harmonic Eye

                                                                                          OK SPIRIT is a new label founded by N.I.B., Kilian Paterson and DJ Neewt. The Frankfurt trio get on message from the off, opening their account with a wild range of contemporary dancefloor adventures prompted by sonic shaman Bear Bones, Lay Low. On the A-side, title track 'Voces De Humo' is an epochal 17 minute journey from the Belgium based producer, twisting searing waveforms and vivid distortion around tribal rhythms in a typically lysergic fashion. The B-side belongs to the remixers, and DJ Plead kicks it off with a growling EBM / Industrial version complete with scattering, almost DnB rhythms, sacred frogs and scorched frequencies. The B2 sees the track taken on a different tack as TNC6 heads for the undergrowth with the humid and transcendental "Needles In The Heart Mix", a ceremonial stunner with a late break into wild rave breaks.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Voces De Humo
                                                                                          B1. Voces De Humo (Dj Plead Belly-Roll Mix)
                                                                                          B2. Voces De Humo (TNC6 Needles In The Heart Mix)

                                                                                          Another from the delectable Ene Record this week who seem to be intent as present on shining a spotlight on the best of the Eastern and South Asian underground music scenes. We're definitely not complaining her as both this, and the Komodo 12" released this week scream of evocative, transportative and dramatic sonic landscapes that are a million miles from the grey and mundane.

                                                                                          "Shadow Dance" is taken from a 2017 album by J.A.K.A.M. called "Counterpooint". Here we get the original plus two fiery remixes from Chida. The original verion, recorded with various musicians from Morocco, Kurdistan, South America & Africa, is a rich electro-folk flavoured epic; led by an evocative violin part and carried on galloping timpani. Add some eastern flute, rattling sitars and a desert-rooted psychology and you've got a mystic brew of dance music shamanism.

                                                                                          On side A Chida compliments the hypnotic percussive groove with electronic flourishes, instantly taking the track to the proggy, all nite Goan raves of the mid 90s minus the dread, patchouli oil and bad acid. On side B we get an even more stripped down dub version, not as flamboyant or grandiose but certain to suck you into its ancient grooves.

                                                                                          Majestic stuff from this label which seems destined to keep catching our ear here at Picc HQ.... 


                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: Proggy, ethno-rave music here for the LSD / freeparty set. Mystic melodies, percussive rhythms and psychedelic spirit roam free on this shamanic opus.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Shadow Dance (Chida Extended Remix)
                                                                                          B1. Shadow Dance
                                                                                          B2. Shadow Dance (Chida Rainforest Dub)

                                                                                          T.Z. Junior

                                                                                          Sugar My Love

                                                                                          Soweto's Thandi Zulu started her musical career in 1984 with the South African music dream team of Peter Moticoe, Phil Hollis and Attie Van Wyk. "Sugar My Love" and "Are You Ready for Love" were produced and arranged by Attie Van Wyk.
                                                                                          Taking to the Delphon studios, T.Z. Junior rocked the mic right, laying her smooth, soulful and occasionally wild vocals over the a classic bubblegum groove for "Sugar My Love". Not only does this winner work the room with all round grooviness and a killer arrangement, the electrofunk flourishes and mega synth bassline take this one straight to the T O P. Over on the flipside, "Are You Ready For Love" is an uplifting major key masterpiece of SA boogie / proto house, once again featuring slick synth work and Thandi's irresistible vocals. 



                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Sil says: Boogie goodies via Soweto! Bubblegum grooves for your most intimate dancefloor moments. B Side goes a slightly more disco with a real good bassline taking the main stage. More please!

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A. Sugar My Love
                                                                                          B. Are You Ready For Love

                                                                                          Patrick Gibin & Kaidi Tatham Ft. Josh Milan

                                                                                          Love To The World (Theo Parrish Reinterpretations)

                                                                                          Josh Milan’s 2020 collaboration with Patrick Gibin and Kaidi Tatham has been a real highlight for Neroli. "Love To The World" represented a joyful and musical reaction from the gloomy climate of the year, a message of hope and joy. This message resonated also on Theo Parrish who decided to make his own reinterpretation of the song.

                                                                                          An old friend of Neroli / Archive (think of his now legendary "How I Feel" 12" and "Stop Bajon" T.P. Translation), the Sound Signature boss used Josh Milan’s vocals to create two versions in his own unique musical aesthetic!
                                                                                          LOVE TO THE WORLD!

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Theo's Vocal Mix
                                                                                          B1. Theo's Acappella Mix

                                                                                          Crotocosm (Willie Burns & Jordan GCZ)

                                                                                          Setting The Scene For An Island Battle

                                                                                          The latest instalment of Rush Hour's spectacular 'No 'Label'' series comes from the brilliantly named Crotocosm, who you may remember from their 12" on Second Circle. The occasional live jamming collaboration from renowned hardware mentalists Jordan GCZ and Willie Burns, Crotocosm don't make it onto wax that often, so when they do, you know it's an event. Here we get the wonderfully named "Setting The Scene For An Island Battle", a title which suggests we're in the realm of the shamanic, where waterfalls flow upwards, neon smoke drifts across the plain and froglicking is an every day activity. The evocative and experimental "Krazy Kalimba" introduces the EP with distant timpani, sweeping bleeps and a string of circular mallet patterns, all working their disorienting magic. Things move a little further into the light on the A2 as "Island Life" uses synth vox, soft focus sequences and off kilter bass pulses to find a slightly opiated cross section of Laurie Anderson and Visible Cloaks. "Pitter Patter" goes deeper and darker, all crepuscular movements and stalagmite drippings, a perfect precursor to the foreboding pads and scuzzy rhythm of "Incoming Fire". "Survey The Scene For Survivors" closes the set in ambiguous fashion, never really choosing either hope or despair, as the sprawling synths and subdued rhythms echo into the distance. 


                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: Always been a big fan of Willie Burns. Here alongside Jordan GCZ conjuring up some deep ritualistic electronic voodoo. You know, that naught black magic circuit board shit. Well good.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Krazy Kalimba
                                                                                          2. Island Life
                                                                                          3. Pitter Patter
                                                                                          4. Incoming Fire
                                                                                          5. Survey The Scene For Survivors 

                                                                                          The Boogie Man AKA Sipho Gumede

                                                                                          Jika Jika

                                                                                          Back in 1984 South African guitar virtuoso and general gee, Sipho Gumede adopted the one of alias of The Boogie Man for a studio session with Greg Cutler, which has since gone on to be a bit of a digger's bomb. A fact which is utterly unsurprising since the duo made excellent use of the bubbling bassline and sparkling synthery of hip hop / electro classic "The Message". Chuck into the mix a spoken vocal from Sipho (whose pitched delivery had all of us scratching our head to try and discern the language) and some great female backing vox and you have a Balearic dancefloor heater, International disco bomb and crate digging curio perfect for the jobbing bar DJ (Hi Pasta Paul!).

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Patrick says: Well this is a bit of alright innit! Ticking as many boxes as you'd like to name, "Jika Jika" sees South African guitarist Sipho Gumede giving us a tasty Afro-boogie killer based on Grandmaster Flash's Message. Limited as you like so don't sleep!

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Jika Jika
                                                                                          B1. Jika Jika (The Odd Bits)

                                                                                          Following 2020’s debut album ‘Zoom’, upsammy returns to Dekmantel with a dualistic four-tracker called ‘Bend’, incorporating familiar sonic palettes and novel paths carved out in times of isolation.

                                                                                          Where Zoom channelled upsammy’s conceptual depth, Bend leans into artistic intuition, juxtaposing the floral and martial, propelling along her signature sound of textured electronica. Lilac chimes rise and fall along the melodic Flutter and Metallic, while the sinister creeps from Spat and Worm’s spacious cracks. All in all, Bend discloses upsammy’s versatility yet again, ever-shifting as the ambiguous modernity she continues to wander - an artist able to shift through the complexity of modernity with rare grace. Early support comes from Ben UFO, Lena Willikens, and CCL.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Flutter
                                                                                          A2. Spat
                                                                                          B1. Worm
                                                                                          B2. Metallic

                                                                                          New York Grief is a nocturnal new wave incantation for the sleepless metropolis by Montréal singer, filmmaker, painter, and poet, Princess Demeny. In the early 80’s Princess started creating music for her poetry and in 1986, she partnered with Jean Mineau, her then boyfriend, who did the arrangements on what was to be her first EP, Distant Voices. Not long after the start of their collaboration, Jean was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was immediately hospitalized.
                                                                                          Against the doctor's wishes, Jean left to record demos of five songs including New York Grief. He sadly passed shortly after returning to hospice and the recordings were never released.

                                                                                          “New York Grief was inspired by several trips to New York City in the mid eighties. I was in love with the city's nightlife. At times, I would stay awake and watch the city that never sleeps as its night creatures came out to play, and I would watch as they would vanish, replaced by the suited nine-to-fives, waking up and starting the machine of the metropolis madness again and again. It felt to me as though, in New York, there was more darkness by day than at night. I felt the city's intense rhythms and the chaotic pulse of the urban grind. It made me question if, sometimes, I was awake or still sleeping. I would have vivid dreams; horrific nightmares of burning buildings and people running and even though it was exhilarating, it also scared me.”

                                                                                          In 1989, Princess recorded a new version of New York Grief with arrangements by the Montréal new wave group Vini Vidi Vici. She also produced and directed a music video for it, which evokes both Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon and Slava Tsukerman's Liquid Sky, but set in ultracool nouvelle vague Montréal in the late 80s. Both the demo and 1989 version are featured on this 7” release with a bonus digital track of her cover of Listen, The Snow Is Falling by Yoko Ono. This single is a glimpse.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A. New York Grief
                                                                                          B. New York Grief '86

                                                                                          Leo's Sunshipp

                                                                                          Give Me The Sunshine / I'm Back For More

                                                                                          "Give Me The Sunshine" is one of the most iconic and enduring rare groove tracks. It was composed by Johnny Simone at the time he was working with Stevie Wonder at Motown. Others in the group were Kenny Stover and Alvin Few, all three of them born under the 'Leo' star sigh. Kenny worked as a songwriter at Motown and lived in the same house as Marvin Gaye at the time "What's Going On" became an idea. He co-wrote "Inner City Blues" but was only credited much later. The original "I’m Back For More" included here has equal standing in the soul world too, the song later reaching new insights when covered by Al Johnson featuring Jean Carne. Bothe songs come from the album "We Need Each Other" long associated with Expansion Records. The two songs featured here first appeared on Expansion 12" in 1986, the launch year of the label which in 2021 celebrates in 35th Anniversary.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Give Me The Sunshine
                                                                                          B1. I'm Back For More

                                                                                          Do Nothing

                                                                                          Glueland EP

                                                                                            Nottingham’s Do Nothing release a brand new EP. The band, comprised of childhood friends vocalist Chris Bailey, guitarist Kasper Sandstrom, bassist Charles Howarth and Andrew Harrison on drums, have had a breakout 2020, with all three singles from debut EP Zero Dollar Bill - ‘Contraband’, ‘Fits’ and ‘LeBron James’ - landing on the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist. Radio 1’s Saunders, Annie Mac, and Huw Stephens all emerged as fervent fans (culminating in a BBC Introducing playlist addition for ‘Contraband’ in June), along with Radio X’s John Kennedy and Absolute’s Danielle Perry.

                                                                                            Speaking about new single ‘Glueland’ - which was produced by Ali Chant at Toybox Studios in Bristol and mixed by Tom Rees, lead vocalist and guitarist of Cardiff band Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard - Do Nothing’s Chris Bailey said: “The song refers to the feeling of being stuck in some kind of weird limbo-land. It’s about how rather than being dictated by wild or dramatic decisions, a lot of things (both good and bad) are controlled by this sort of lame jockeying that happens right in the grey dull middle ground of everything. That being said, it’s a fun song and we hope you like it.”

                                                                                            The artwork for ‘Glueland’ was designed by Do Nothing and collaborator Steph Dutton. Providing acerbic lyricism in the lineage of LCD Soundsystem and an air of Talking Heads’ intoxicating pop, the band’s incendiary live shows and string of single releases from Zero Dollar Bill helped mark 2020 as their watershed moment following a remarkable rise since 2019.

                                                                                            DIY Magazine awarded the EP 4 1⁄2* stars lauding it as “one of the most complete EPs of 2020 so far,” while The Sunday Times Culture compared the band to Roxy Music and added that Bailey’s voice “starts at David Byrne, but if angered escalates things all the way up to Mark E Smith.”

                                                                                            NME summed up Zero Dollar Bill succinctly: “Rousing, acerbic post-punk anthems for confusing times.”

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Barry says: A superb groove, led by post-punk guitars and distorted bass, and ridden by the silken vocal semi-shouts above. Heavy in parts but tempered with a distinctly poppy groove, the Glueland EP is intoxicating and brilliantly written.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Rolex
                                                                                            2. Glueland
                                                                                            3. Uber Alles
                                                                                            4. Knives
                                                                                            5. Great White Way

                                                                                            Modern Nature

                                                                                            Rydalwater

                                                                                              ‘Rydalwater’, a 10-minute improvised guitar composition by Jack Cooper (Modern Nature), will be released over two sides of a 7″ single, out 10 March,

                                                                                              Originally commissioned as an improvised piece for the Caught by the River programme for Aerial Festival back in September, Modern Nature’s ‘Rydalwater’ is now to become the twelfth release on Caught by the River's ‘Rivertones' label (with artwork by Tara Okon). 

                                                                                              April March & Olivia Jean

                                                                                              Palladium

                                                                                                Olivia Jean is back on the scene with a brand new single "Palladium", teaming up with April March (whose cover of "Chick Habit" was featured in Tarantino's "Death Proof"). The duo focuses their inimitable blend of danceable badass on three "versions" of the same song. Each song is sung in English and in French.

                                                                                                The 7" vinyl release will contain side A en Francais "Allons-y" and side B in English "Let's Go". All 6 versions will be available digitally.

                                                                                                Super fun! Génialissime! Beautiful! C'est magnifique! Get to it!!

                                                                                                "Suddenly", Caribou's critically acclaimed seventh album get remixed by Shanti Celeste, Kareem Ali, Logic1000 and India Jordan - a smogasboard of nu-talent ready to elevate Snaith's tracks into the heavens!

                                                                                                Beginning with staccato, powerful, early-session house banger, Shanti Celeste’s remix of “Ravi” is as pumping and upfront opening to the EP as one could want. Just wait for those M1 licks!

                                                                                                Personal favourite is the Logic1000 remix; taking holygraphic fractals from "Sunny's Time" and adding her own pneumatic, rigid, breaks-n-bass finesse. Definintely one of the hottest producers around at the moment.

                                                                                                India Jordan squdiges the stems of "Like I Loved You" into a sloppy house refix; dropped shoulders and snaking hips a likely result of these liberal grooves while the falsetto vox from the original is an unusual but effective juxtaposition.
                                                                                                  

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Matt says: Shout outs to Logic1000 once again for perfectly marrying old school energy with new school flavour. Her soundsystem-ready tickles and touches an absolute delight to behold. That said, I'm feeling Shanti Celeste's contribution too. Bought!

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Ravi (Shanti Celeste Remix)
                                                                                                2. Sunny's Time (Kareem Ali Remix)
                                                                                                3. Sunny's Time (Logic1000 Remix)
                                                                                                4. Like I Loved You (India Jordan Remix)

                                                                                                Billy Nomates

                                                                                                Emergency Telephone

                                                                                                  Off the back of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album released last year on Invada Records, Billy Nomates returns with her new EP “Emergency Telephone”, which follows the release of brand new single “Heels” taken from the EP.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Emergency Telephone
                                                                                                  Right Behind You
                                                                                                  Heels
                                                                                                  -
                                                                                                  Petrol Fumes

                                                                                                  The Aliens

                                                                                                  Back To Beyond EP

                                                                                                    The Aliens are a Scottish band consisting of former Beta Band members Gordon Anderson (aka Lone Pigeon, lead vocals, guitar), John Maclean (keyboards, backing vocals) and Robin Jones (drums, backing vocals).

                                                                                                    The Aliens blazed a trail with two critically acclaimed LP's in the mid to late Noughties - hitting the UK official charts as well as Hollywood film & TV - before mysteriously vanishing from the Humanoid star system.

                                                                                                    Hot on the heels of marking their return with the surprising electronica-delia of Electronville The Aliens present their latest album-length EP and a return to something more familiar for their long time fans. The A-side on Back To Beyond entails the 10 minute drone rock disasterpiece Follow The Son, the melancholy instrumental sdlmnm strings and the bastard love child of two of their most popular songs in Roxbot. Side B features atmospheric instrumental tingler For Emma, a Robot Man disco mix appropriately titled Reboot Man and finishes with the longer, dirtier, rawer, inbred cousin of fan favourite Magic Man - Majic Man Prequel. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… Back To Beyond is like a wedding of The Aliens.

                                                                                                    After a dormant decade the mercurial Gordon Anderson AKA Lone Pigeon is on a crusade to release as many of his estimated 10,000 songs as Alienly possible and come to the rescue of the downward spiralling Humanoids of Planet Earth. While The Aliens continue work on their much anticipated new LP the good news is that there’s plenty to keep fans occupied in the meantime.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Side A:
                                                                                                    1. Follow The Son
                                                                                                    2. Sdlmnm Strings
                                                                                                    3. Roxbot

                                                                                                    Side B:
                                                                                                    1. For Emma
                                                                                                    2. Reboot Man
                                                                                                    3. Majic Man Prequel

                                                                                                    Since first emerging as part of Crazy P in the late 1990s, James Baron has released a lot of great music. However, he’s previously put out very little quite like the Falling That You Know EP, his first solo outing as JIM on NuNorthern Soul.

                                                                                                    As those who’ve followed his career closely will tell you, Baron has worked on a number of lauded projects outside of Crazy P, including Ron Basejam (his nu-disco focused solo alias), Secret Stealth (a sample-heavy collaboration with Nottingham stalwart Bob Sadler) and White Elephant (a Balearic-minded outfit featuring Crazy P partner Chris Todd and old friend Benjamin Smith).


                                                                                                    The Falling That You Know EP sees Baron exploring an explicitly stripped-back, sensatory and soft-focus sound. It features a quartet of hazy home recordings created using little more than an acoustic guitar, piano, keyboard and some toy instruments belonging to his children. The music stretched across the EP is warming, wide-eyed and picturesque, with Baron showcasing his rarely heard singing voice as well as a finger-picking guitar style he’s spent the best part of 18 months perfecting.

                                                                                                    Those with a wide-ranging musical palette will spot subtle sonic references to some of Baron’s lesser-known musical inspirations, including singer-songwriters Ned Doheny and Nick Drake. There’s a folksy, homespun charm to the camp-fire-ready bliss of loved-up opener ‘Falling That You Know’, where Baron delivers his own thoughtful lyrics atop shuffling shaker percussion, layered acoustic guitar, smooth bass, synth-strings and sustained piano chords.

                                                                                                    Arguably even more impressive is ‘Phoenix’, a swelling, simmering and sweeping semi-acoustic cover of The Cult track of the same name featuring backing vocals from Crazy P chanteuse Danielle Moore. Magical and mesmerizing, Baron’s version takes the goth-rock classic in a stunning, sunset-ready new direction.

                                                                                                    Baron’s dedication to the finger-picking style long associated with British and American folk music comes to the fore on ‘Whisper in the Wind’, a future early evening singalong that gently builds across six spellbinding minutes. From a delicate and pared-back start, Baron layers up instrumentation including additional guitar by White Elephant’s Benjamin Smith, drums courtesy of Crazy P sticks-man Matt Klose, and his own mazy, spacey synth lines.

                                                                                                    Then there’s closing cut ‘You Know What To Say’, an effortlessly emotive, tactile and atmospheric affair that cannily distils all that is good about Baron’s latest solo venture into three magical minutes. It offers a near perfect end to an EP of rare pastoral beauty.


                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Falling That You Know
                                                                                                    A2. Pheonix
                                                                                                    B1. Whisper In The Wind
                                                                                                    B2. You Know What To Say

                                                                                                    Though Club Band's "Club is My Passion" was written as a radio jingle, it is nonetheless a dancefloor bomb. As was the case in 1987, Best Record Italy presents the track as a vocal and instrumental version, and in the vocal cut, marimbas dance aside swinging funk guitars as claps fire over pianos and hard hitting disco drums. Brass leads mesmerize the mind before the the track drops into a minimal verse, where electro rhythms and slap basslines flow beneath a cool masculine croon, which is at times supported by backing vocal and whispers of funk guitar. During ascendant choruses, erotic screams and diva dreams coalesce as computronic tracers spread out in every direction. And in excising most of the vocals, the accompanying instrumental version pushes ever closer towards dancelfoor detonation.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Patrick says: A seriously good sweep from the fine folks at Best Records this week. This particular platter, though apparently written as a radio jingle (!), is in fact the finest grade Italian boogie out there, buoyed by the proto-house heft.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A. Club Is My Passion (Vocale)
                                                                                                    B. Club Is My Passion (Strumentale)

                                                                                                    Nino Lepore

                                                                                                    Chok Musik

                                                                                                    Nino Lepore hails from South Italy, and is best known for his self-titled LP from 1986, as well as for his uncredited work on Dancer Record. The 'Chok Musik' 12" from Best Record Italy focuses on two productions from his sole LP, and in the titular track, sexualized funk basslines join a disco drum strut, as guitar riffs shimmer and brass and string orchestrations swirl deliriously between filmic romance and symphonic madness. And after a breakdown into percussive chaos, smooth piano solos alternate with passages of sizzling sax. As for "Bad Time," an introduction of decaying gongs leads to a broken beat groove, with strings evoking atmospheres of exotic noir and horns soloing softly over subdued funk bass motions and distant flashes of guitar. There are jazz rock breakdowns into liquid riffing and flamboyant brass, and during handclap climaxes, horns swell towards the sky.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Patrick says: If you've been simping over the Italian boogie sounds of Nu Guinea, Mystic Jungle, Periodica etc of late, then you'll love this bit of OG Italo funk tackle, resurrected by those fine folks at Best Records. Uber-groovey, gooey funk for the sunny days ahead.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Chok Musik
                                                                                                    B1. Bad Time

                                                                                                    Three years in the making only to be held up nearly another whole year due to COVID, this dark brooding monster of an EP by Brussels based Strapontin, aka multi-disciplinary artist Patrick Belmont, is finally seeing the light of day.

                                                                                                    Clocking in at over 35-minutes the record is almost album length and spans a multitude of depths and moods with elements of techno, new wave, rock 'n' roll, house and tribal; all glued together with a sleazy atmosphere reminiscent of the electronic body music pioneered by Strapontin’s Belgian forefathers Front 242 and their German peers DAF.

                                                                                                    Add to this a heads-down-no-nonsense darkroom beast of a remix by techno maestro Sascha Funke and the package is complete.

                                                                                                    Strapontin provides us with some insight:

                                                                                                    'It started with a desire to move away a bit from my 'dancefloor' side and go into more undefined fields, I wanted to work with blurry sensations that I can't understand. I like mixed feelings. Dramatex 300 is made of that ambivalent mood. The voice is saying 'I'm feeling empty' and 'I'm feeling healthy' at the same time. I like that paradox. Eunuque is a song but is also a character I will develop in a short movie (which will act as the 'music video' of the song). The Eunuque is a character full of anger yet he doesn't want to fight nor has he a target to aim at. A restrained aggressivity is boiling inside him/it that has no opportunity to escape from the body and gain release. The song is the fever he feels from these inner battles. I think Le Bain d'Huile and Anti-sceptical have the same slow and angry feeling. I'm proud of these tracks because they are a bit mysterious to me and it feels like they controlled me more than I controlled them.'

                                                                                                    Getting plays from Monika Seta & Alexis Le-Tan. 

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Matt says: Have a penchant for the otherworldly, slightly shamanic, and often inventive? You know what to do by now surely! Invisible, Inc. come on strong once again with a new release from the ridiculously named Strapontin. I have no idea why he or she are called that but fuck it - the music's great. Dark and gothy as seems to be the flavour of the month but engrossing, magnetic and intriging at every step.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Eunuque
                                                                                                    A2. Eunuque (Sascha Funke Remix)
                                                                                                    B1. Anti-Sceptical
                                                                                                    B2. Dramatex 300
                                                                                                    B3. Le Bain D’Huile 

                                                                                                    Molly Burch

                                                                                                    Emotion

                                                                                                      Austin singer and songwriter Molly Burch returns this new year with a fresh sound on “Emotion’’, a disco-tinged, dynamic shot of adrenaline produced by Captured Tracks label-mate Wild Nothing (Jack Tatum).

                                                                                                      In January 2020, Burch headed to Tatum’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia, looking to write new material with a distinct pop sound and production in mind. Sharing some of her latest demos and a playlist of her favorite pop bangers with Tatum, they set out to make a heart-pumping dance track of their own.

                                                                                                      On “Emotion”, Burch’s voice is as strong and masterful as ever, pairing a lighter, polished vocal performance - a surprising, but captivatingdeparture from her signature smoky delivery - with Tatum’s compelling bass lines, beats, and shimmering synths. Burch says, “for me, the theme of the song is about feeling a spectrum of emotions, embracing that sensitivity, and using it as fuel to create something positive. “Emotion” is a celebration of being alive.”


                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Side A: Emotion Feat. Wild Nothing
                                                                                                      Side B: Needy

                                                                                                      Rian Treanor's "Obstacle Scattering EP" arrives in a flurry of disorienting rhythmic bursts and de-purposed rave hallmarks. The four-track EP follows the Yorkshire producer's acclaimed "File Under UK Metaplasm", an album that welded elements from the UK's sprawling dance music history with genre-breaking sounds from further afield. Here, Rian goes straight for the jugular with four tracks assembled specifically for the dancefloor. Playing with 'the idea of sound being an obstacle that you have to get your body around,' each track on the EP presents a suite of complications for adventurous ravers. "Obstacle 1" folds the influence of SND into a hi-nrg singeli framework, simmering lush FM synths in a broth of tangled kicks; "Obstacle 2" was written for Rian's set at 2019's Aphex Twin-curated Warehouse Project and distills his early obsession with Planet Mu in hyperactive squelches that deftly flit between brutalist glitches and ear-pummeling bass. Meanwhile irradiant chords continuously refract a bouncing 4x4 groove on "Obstacle 3", subtly shifting the focus as they alternate and interlock. Closer "Obstacle 4" switches things up once again, deploying the idea of pause and effect with staccato stabs that follow whirls of modulated synth. These four obstacles are DJ tools with spikes - selected grooves that don't fit anywhere except together, mapping out Rian's constantly-shifting relationship with both the club and the legacy of boundary-pushing dance music. They feverishly demonstrate the outer limits of a streamlined sonic palette, devastating speakers and dancefloors in equal measure.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Matt says: I feel like my head's been turned inside out, sandblasted, jet-washed and put through the tumble drier before being ironed back out. A cerebral-irrigation if you needed one. Fuckin' mega.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A
                                                                                                      Obstacle 1
                                                                                                      Obstacle 2

                                                                                                      B:
                                                                                                      Obstacle 3
                                                                                                      Obstacle 4

                                                                                                      Soul Supreme

                                                                                                      Huit Octobre 1971 / Raid

                                                                                                      Two MF Doom/Madlib versions, Huit Octobre 1971 and Raid which have been reimagined by Soul Supreme. Compacted all the Jazz/Soul that you could possibly want into this 7”.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Millie says: Soul Supreme reinventing versions of MF Doom, something a little bit different to tantalise your jazz taste. These two tracks are killer and are sure to fly off the shelves!

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Huit Octobre 1971
                                                                                                      2. Raid

                                                                                                      Of the many 1000s of reggae versions, Derrick Cross' version of Never Too Much has got to be one of the sweetest. Unfortunately, with a price tag of 500 euros plus, it's a local Hackney record that has become inaccessible to most.

                                                                                                      Fully licensed by our man Sam Don and released on 7 inch for the first time, this late night melter provides a taste before the second instalment of our 'For the Love of You 2' compilation coming later in 2021 compiled by Sam and locked down during lockdown.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Millie says: Who could resist this lovers rock version of Never Too Much? First time released on 7" this is the ultimate cover of the truly iconic track.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Never Too Much
                                                                                                      2. Never Too Much (Instrumental)

                                                                                                      More futuristic warmth from the AD 93 camp FKA Whities. Amandra (A. Eymery) is a French artist with a smattering of very different releases over a variety of labels. Occupying the same dark, coaital corners as Smagghe and Ivkovic et al; "035" is centred around hazed fractals, encroching tension and tribal to the point of ritualistic drumming. There's plenty reliance on the electricity that powers life on Earth whislt grasping for something decidedly more ethereal and intangible. Destined for late nite play when inhabitions are at an all time low; losing yourself in the smog never sounded so good

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Matt says: If and when the clubs re-open there'll be a heady outpouring of energy I reckon - big piano tracks, mainroom bangers etc etc; but what happens post 4AM when everyone's in a writhing mess of xtc-soaked-eroticism?! You need tracks like this of course!

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Side 1
                                                                                                      1. Perlen Cha Cha (7:43)

                                                                                                      Side 2
                                                                                                      1. Sarape (6:13)
                                                                                                      2. Kapsalon (7:21)

                                                                                                      Culminating at 430m of altitude, mount Aïdour has been looking over the city of Oran for centuries. Legendary tales and myths are born in this place that have been inspiring writers through generations. It is there that the seeds and the roots of this record were planted, inspiring me to tell a story as well. 4 tracks about 4 destinations through a country of splendor. From North to South, East to West, from one century to another. Based on local field recordings associated with modern machines, this is the continuation of the legends started generations ago.

                                                                                                      Bab is a member of French collectives 404 and Pardonnez Nous. He's currently making a documentary about Algerian Raï music which led him to visit the country multiple times recently and inspired him to do this dark and haunted EP, reminiscing of Muslimgauze.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Patrick says: For fans of tribal electronics, shamanic shit and witching hour weirdness! Bab from 404 takes a little inspiration from Algerian Raï and early Muslimgauze to create the loose, lysergic and low tempo pulse of this solo EP.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. Erigeron
                                                                                                      A2. Ustera
                                                                                                      B1. Unnatural Language
                                                                                                      B2. Tiberskert

                                                                                                      Brief Encounter

                                                                                                      Get A Good Feeling

                                                                                                        As a prelude to the singles LP Athens of the North drop a 7” reissue of Brief Encounters most popular modern / disco side against possibly their best ballad, deep soul spin. A stone cold classic all the way. Get a Good Feeling does what it says on the tin, ultimate disco groove to get you out of a funk. Equally as good, Just a Little Notion is ultra smooth soulful vibes. 

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Millie says: Beautiful soulful tracks from Brief Encounter here, drenched in pure silky smooth soul each side is a joy to listen to. An absolute must for any Athens of the North collectors!

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Get A Good Feeling
                                                                                                        2. Just A Little Notion

                                                                                                        Sue Lynne

                                                                                                        Don't Pity Me / Don't Pity Me (Mono)

                                                                                                          Classic 1969 blue-eyed soul monster that was the flipside of Sue Lynne’s ‘You’ single on RCA.

                                                                                                          Huge at Wigan Casino back in the day.

                                                                                                          Original copies now go for a huge £700 apiece.

                                                                                                          A brass-powered stomper with a funky rhythm and backbeat that leads to a euphoric chorus and instrumental break.

                                                                                                          Expertly remastered from the original sound source.

                                                                                                          Two stellar versions; both mono and stereo for maximum dancefloor impact.

                                                                                                          Written by Chris Andrews, who also penned Chris Farlowe’s mod anthem ‘Out Of Time’.

                                                                                                          Sue Lynne (AKA Sue Vanner) quit the music business after the single’s failure to chart and ended up in the Bond movie ‘The Spy Who Love Me’, as well as a host of TV shows.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Sue Lynne - Don’t Pity Me
                                                                                                          Sue Lynne - Don’t Pity Me (Mono Version)

                                                                                                          The Jack Moves Feat. Larry Hamm & The People Of Newark

                                                                                                          Horror Games

                                                                                                          New Star Creature 7" so if you're reading this it'll either be sold out or all the boogie-barrons of Manchester forgot to have their weetabix

                                                                                                          Jack Moves is joined by Larry Hamm & The People Of Newark for a informed but danceable slice of nu-boogie which touches upon current reasons of uncalm and unrest. 

                                                                                                          If the vocal is too poignant to digest then there's a full-loaded instrumental to get wild to with the poppers. 

                                                                                                          Limited quants as per so get them boogie-powered rocket-skates on you filthy turtle jerkers! 

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A. Horror Games
                                                                                                          B. Instrumental

                                                                                                          Manchester late nite voodoo cartel Bakk Heia have impecable form to date - with three incredibly well received releases decorating their already cult status as top-drawer party organizers and promoters. Here they re-enlist Schuttle who inaugarated the label back in 2019 and draws inspiration from the Great Conjunction of Thra's Three Suns (!!!).

                                                                                                          "Ritual Master" demonstrates some tasty, slo-mo 303 kinetics; a thudding, sub-120BPM kick slowly edging us towards a coital climax. A track undeniably birthed from the White Hotel's uterus from wence the label came. 

                                                                                                          "Heretic" ups the urgency, and the bounce; squelchy synths and wet drums somehow nodding to the Glaswegian tapps arf cru in the most subtle manner possible.  

                                                                                                          "Ekt" opens side B with instellar electronics not a million miles away from the FireScope catalogue of artsts. Surely indebted to the rich vein of UK electronix without obviously ripping off any one particular artist, Schuttle's grasp of texture, atmopshere and rhythm is highly advanced, superior, and belies is so-far modest discography.

                                                                                                          "Weaver" returns to slo-motion pools of concentric sonic titivation. Another coital rub-down but more orgiastic and hallucinatory traits than earlier. If you can imagine the sheer illicit outpouring of energy that might just occur, post-COVID, then it'll be tracks like this that soundtrack the club-wide love-ins and group-XTC slumber parties that follow...  





                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Matt says: In lieu of any physical interactions at TWH, Bakk Heia continue to provide our ears and minds with sonic grub. You'll remember Schuttle from the label's debut back in 2019. Now he's back with another four stylized tracks inspired by Jack's infamous parties. TIP!

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A1. Ritual Master
                                                                                                          A2. Heretic
                                                                                                          B1. Ekt
                                                                                                          B2. Weaver

                                                                                                          Morrissey & David Bowie

                                                                                                          Cosmic Dancer (Live)

                                                                                                            Morrissey and David Bowie’s duet of T-Rex’s ‘Cosmic Dancer’, that was recorded live at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles on 6th February 1991, is to be released officially for the first time.

                                                                                                            The 7-inch double A-side single featuring ‘Cosmic Dancer’ alongside Morrissey’s 2020 cover of The Jam’s ‘That’s Entertainment’ is to be released on 19th February. The sleeve front and back features photographs of David Bowie with Morrissey and were taken in New York City by Linder Sterling.

                                                                                                            As a point to note, this version of 'That's Entertainment' is different to the commonly circulated version from 1993.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                                            Morrissey & Bowie - Cosmic Dancer (Live At The Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, 6th February, 1991)

                                                                                                            Side AA
                                                                                                            Morrissey - That’s Entertainment (2020)

                                                                                                            Roy Ayers Ubiquity

                                                                                                            Running Away / Love Will Bring Us Back Together

                                                                                                            Two stone cold Roy Ayers classics, get the South Street Disco official reissue treatment, one side the feel-good disco-tinged, jazz funk fire ‘Running Away’ and the other the smooth groove, love letter funk bomb ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together’. Melting hearts, melting minds, is there a better Valentines gift out there then two slices of joy from Roy?

                                                                                                            From hip hop to house, ‘Running Away’ has been a favoured sampling treasure since it came out in 1977. Co-produced alongside Edwin Birdsong and William Allen, joyous vocal harmonies dance around grooving basslines, strutting guitar riffs and Roy’s warm soothing tones. Top it off with some trademark vibes and it’s a one-way ticket to happiness, pure sunshine smiles all round.

                                                                                                            Flip it to find ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together’. Straight up seductive business co-produced by Carla Vaughn. It’s silky, it’s smooth, it’s everything you want it to be and more. Clavinet wizardry, buttery Rhodes layers and fiery vocals. Loved up funk at it’s best.

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Patrick says: Roy Ayers' finest dance floor moment, famously dropped at Bohemian Grove by Marcellus Pittman, 'Running Away' bounds out the speakers at the intersection of disco and jazz funk. Irresistibly groovy, driven by a killer B-line and topped with great vocals and vibes, this is a total CLASSIC!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A. Running Away (Long Version)
                                                                                                            B. Love Will Bring Us Back Together

                                                                                                            Danger Boys

                                                                                                            Danger Zone

                                                                                                              Anthem alert!! Periodica Records dives into the heart of the Napoli underground with a scorching single from Danger Boys called 'Danger Zone', which sees Milord and Whodamanny paying tribute to the their cult party of the same name hosted at the Boudoir Club. Across two tracks, perilous premonitions of tribal disco intertwine with shadowy strains of post-punk, as basslines cut the difference between frenetic funk and cosmic rock while propulsive beats pound beneath heady fuzz licks, galactic synth sparkles, computronic sequences, and a psychedelic panorama of scrapes and slides. And above it all, a high priest chants in ecstasy, with his mystical musings and messages of defiance pulling the body deeper into the dance.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Patrick says: Not only is the latest Periodica essential, it's also so fucking cool! Whodamanny and Milord get wrist deep in their studio gear to cook up a wildly psychedelic bit of Italo punch packed with punk spirit.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A. Danger Zone
                                                                                                              B. Haunted Zone

                                                                                                              With a little bit of research you'll realize that Ricky 1 actually didn’t come out on Bridge Boots but on thatmanmonkz imprint Shadeleaf back in 2015 and received loved from Matthew Dear and Sam Divine to name a few.

                                                                                                              A little over 5 years later and Caserta is back with the sequel! Contrary to popular belief Caserta doesn’t usually 'edit' (with the exception of BB45003 release Diana). But he decided to bust out the ole’ Razor-N-Tape for the 40 year anniversary of this dancefloor classic! While anyone with party rock capabilities can improve on an already classic composition. 'Supa Engineer Caserta' made sure to take his time to take make sure the sonics went for 1981 to 2081.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Patrick says: Caserta revisits Rick James' disco-funk bomb 'Give It To Me Baby' with a fresh variation for 2021. Helluva drug etc...

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A1. Ricky 2 (Caserta’s Multitrack Edit)
                                                                                                              B1. Ricky 2 (Caserta's Intoxicated Mix)

                                                                                                              Steadily working their way through my teenage mixtapes, West Coast Classics pair 2 Pac's most emotive moment (I'm happy to have that arguement with anyone - ed) with a slice of low slung gangsta shit from King Tee (and Ice Cube and Breeze). 
                                                                                                              2 Pac's heritage, lineage and prominence within the civil rights continuum is second to none, and never did he express his opinion with more power and poetry than on 1993 single "Keep Your Head Up". Musing on the struggle of his community, misogyny, absent fathers and abortion rights, as well as black excellence, Tupac treats us to some of his most famous and pointed lyrics - seriously, it's shockingly relative to 2021! Musically, the Zapp-sampling beat is sweet and soulful, perfectly complimented by Dave Hollister's vocal interpolation of "Ooh Child". 
                                                                                                              The B-side brings the lowest slung West Coast shit 1991 had to offer, King Tee's "Played Like A Piano". DJ Pooh slices up a Grover Washington Jr. sample into the kind of shit that makes your Alpine shake, while King T, Ice Cube and Breeze give us that cypher style delivery with maximum attitude. 

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A. 2 Pac - Keep Ya Head Up
                                                                                                              B. King Tee - Played Like A Piano (feat. Ice Cube & Breeze)

                                                                                                              The Ethiopian Brothers

                                                                                                              Selassie

                                                                                                              The first release from the Ethiopian Brothers, 2019's 'Ashadwa', was a brilliant slab of Afro-funk that many erroneously believed to be a long-lost classic. In fact, it was the work of a contemporary producer associated with Jalepeno Records. Regardless, the record sounded authentically old and dusty, as does this equally as inspired sequel. 'Selassie (Part 1)' sets the tone, with the producer and his session musicians serving up a righteous Afro-funk workout rich in Tony Allen influenced drum-breaks, flanged guitars, raw tenor sax lines and killer bass guitar. Even more righteous is the flipside 'Part 2' version that showcases more snaking sax lines and some seriously infectious, chant-like vocals.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A1. Selassie (Part 1)
                                                                                                              B1. Selassie (Part 2)

                                                                                                              Magalhaes E Sua Guitarra / Os Panteras

                                                                                                              Xango / Lambada Pauleira

                                                                                                                For number 84 in the Brazil 45 Series, we head to the North of Brazil with this dancefloor monster, double-sider by Magalhaes & Os Panteras. ‘Xang ‘ by Magalhaes is taken from his ‘E Sua Guitarra’ album, from 1986, and originally released on Gravasom Records.

                                                                                                                A stunning, driving Lambada track with haunting vocals and a compelling gusto energy. It has been gaining popularity over recent years with DJs and is a surefire get-out