Embark on a sonic journey with Gabriels' 'Love and Hate' as it undergoes a mesmerizing transformation through the skilled hands of Xpress 2.

The Xpress 2 remix propels the track to new heights, infusing it with dynamic beats and an infectious rhythm that beckons listeners to the dancefloor. In addition, this vinyl edition also includes the Kerri Chandler remixes, adding a more soulful touch.

Kerri expertly blends emotive melodies with a pulsating energy that captivates the senses. This remix package is a testament to the collaborative prowess of these musical maestros, offering a transcendent experience for electronic music aficionados and dance enthusiasts alike.

Dive into the reimagined soundscape of 'Love and Hate' – a fusion of artistic brilliance and dancefloor magic.


Matt says: Still some juice left in this pear! A nice smattering of fresh remixes of the already classic Gabriels track. Includes the universally adored Kerri Chandler vocal mix, along with a new, high voltage one from the New Jersey house cat. London's X-Press 2 also contribute two chunky house versions. Top stuff indeed.


A1. X-Press 2 Love & Honesty Remix
A2. X-Press 2 Love & Honesty Hypno Dub Remix
B1. Kerri Chandler Vocal Mix
B2. Kerri Chandler 623 Again Mix

The iconic Is It Balearic heads to the slightly less iconic - in Balearic terms - West Midlands to retrieve this great EP of electric dance effort gems from Wrekin Havoc. 'Camino' is a loose, melody-rich sound with silvery drums and real nostalgia, then 'Moon Dance' it's a more laidback and zoned out sonic daydream for lazy and sunny afternoons by the pool. There is an electro vibe to 'RLTW' which is a reworking of a Christopher Cross Yacht classic then a T Kurt Remix reworks it into a boogie banger. Another varied and vital EP of grown up dance sounds.


Mine says: Ooooff, Wrekin Havoc can do now wrong. Here they join forces with Is It Balearic to serve up 4 ultra smooth yet moody house-y disco and boogie cuts. Insert fire emoji!


Moon Dance
RLTW (feat Gemima Gallier)
RLTW (T Kutt Version Warehouse)

Earth People

Dance - 2024 Reissue

    We've been eagerly awaiting this reissue for quite some time. The ultimate slice of Pal Joey houseiness gets a repress on virgin vinyl, pressed in its original form together with the Dub & Beats mixes. No DJ or house music record buyer can call their collection complete without a copy (or 2) of this! A timeless classic that sounds as fresh as it did back in 1989. Played and supported by anyone and everyone HOUSE for 4 decades. Loopy, frenzied, uncontrollable house music that gets the whole floor worked up into a salivating frenzy EVERY time. Completely, utterly, essential. 


    Matt says: One of the all-time classics. Not over-the-top as to burn out quickly. Pure fire inside this bad boy house track from Pal Joey. You need.

    A wonderful soul gem first time on 7" vinyl by the relatively unknown artist Jimmy Messina. No breaks and samples just good vibes and perfect for that soul box.

    Love is here - a great soul sing a long and a dance floor mover, brung on the sunshine!

    Do you wanna dance - is a perfect soul dancer


    1. Do You Want To Dance
    2. Love Is Here

    Two longstanding electronic legends, Steve Bug reunites with frequent collaborator Cle for the three-track ‘It Just Happened EP’ on Nu Groove. The German tastemaker and Poker Flat label boss has helped define a plethora of electronic sub genres through his modern releases and expansive DJ sets. From early LPs ‘Volksworld’ and ‘Da Minimal Funk’, to later works ‘Traffic Signs’ and ‘Never Ending Winding Roads’, Bug’s futuristic vision is apparent throughout his experimental releases. Joined once again by Cle, a fellow veteran of the German rave scene, the pair return to the cult NYC label with three striking originals following previous release ‘Let It Go / Suitcase In A Box’. The EP’s lead, ‘It Just Happened’ features breathy synths and acidic loops that harken back to an era of underground house, immediately nostalgic yet forward thinking in its technique. ‘Crew Thing’ and ‘House Music Transcends’ follow suit, both teeming with energy as the two producers show off their unique creative process through sound.


    A1. It Just Happened
    A2. Crew Thing
    B1. House Music Transcends

    The A Side of course is just one of the biggest tunes from the grunge era and is given a Jazzy Funky Groovy version by Blue Mode of Nirvana's Biggest Hit. It turns out that they were influenced by everything from the Gap Band to Louie Louie and a fair smattering of 80's indie and this production by Chip Wickham mixes together a Swinging '60's Blue Note Vibe with the Acid Jazz sound and brings it bang up to date with the Nu-Jazz Experience. First time on 45 and is already a DJ favourite after being included in the Paul Murphy set "Jazz Room" on BBE Records.

    Side 2 is a Boogaloo Latin Jazz version (produced by Paul Murphy Live in the studio in Budapest when he was living there) of the Lonnie Smith track "Hola Muneca" beloved of the Acid Jazz era DJ's and previously released on a now impossible to find 7 inch single that goes for crazy prices.


    1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
    2. Hola Muneca

    The second 12" from esteemed Chicagoan DJ Sneak and it's on Toy Tonics - one of our favourite labels! Another US legend joins the German house label following Kai Alcé and Joe Claussell! If you've already clocked this week's release on Heist then it's more of the same here - natural, almost effortless groove conjured up in that Sneaky manner!

    Soft drums, concentric rhythms, deep bass, tidy vocal chops - it's the Sneak formula deployed with aplomb and we're loving it! Hard to pick a favourite, but the bucking bronco, maximum canter he achieves on "Elektric Deep" is a particular highlight. Elsewhere we get Boo Williams-esque gliding electric licks on "West Side Radio", highly swung house beats on "Ass Is Gonna Work" and EP opener, "So Damn Electrik" sees the producer squeeze every last drop of danceable goodness out of a filtered boogie loop. The producer has managed an exquisite feat of delivering something that’s obviously characterized by his own individuality yet feels totally in keeping with the Toytonics style and ethos. Nice one Sneak. 


    Matt says: There's few in house music with such a recognizable finger print across the decades as DJ Sneak. You just know instantly when it's him! Full of soft drums and loopy grooves, it's an absolute doozy for Toytonics, and a real coup for the label. Check!


    A1. So Damn Electrik
    A2. Elektrik Deep
    B1. Ass Is Gonna Work
    B2. West Side Radio

    House music legend DJ Sneak drops a 12" on Heist. A veteran of many years in the house game (becoming famous around the mid-90s due to a few pioneering releases on Cajual and Henry St. Music), DJ Sneak seems to have been a constant through the development of the genre. 

    The aptly titled “Back To Love” the EP starts off with one of Sneak’s most intimate productions to date: “Love Can Make It Happen”. Built around an ever-evolving vocal loop and dreamy strings, this track is deeper than deep with the percussion matching that meditative energy, with the grunt only Sneak can bring.

    “Going Back To It” had Chi-town flavour at its core. Moody chords, some vocal chops, a badass bass line and solid percussion is often all you need, perfectly demonstrated here. With "Full Cycle" on the flip, we see Sneak revisit those relentless concentric grooves that became his trademark. Reminding us a little of Carl Craig's Paperclip People project, where the bluntness of a live recorded on/off arrangement really adds something special to a track.

    The EP ends with “Pockets”, a house jam with classic 90s vocals and energetic snare drums to add that classic New York touch to proceedings.

    Effortlessly mixing both the house legacy of yesteryear with modern, fresh sounds yet miraculously sounding incredibly natural and unforced in the process, Sneak has unleashed an EP that long term fans are gonna eat up, whilst more than satiating today's modern house kids. Expert stuff from the master! 


    Matt says: Sneak's been busy of late, this one of three different releases, on different labels, in quick succession. A true veteran of house music, he's lost none of his individuality and charisma over the years; as this release for Heist clearly demonstrates.


    A1. Love Can Make It Happen
    A2. Going Back To It
    B1. Full Cycle
    B2. Pockets

    The Falcon / Grizzly Knuckles / The Jak

    Sounds The Alarm / Mad Bell / Aftermath

    More jak beat from the on-fire Dirty Blends crew. This one's mad as a box of frogs, recalling the crazed genius of Steve Poindextor and early Lil Louis madness. All three tracks revolve around slam dance repetition, primordial jack patterns and pure Chicago spirit. Not for the fainthearted - strictly for the freaks! Recommended and limited. 


    Matt says: There's simply nothing like the Dirty Blends cartel out there at the moment. Revisiting the embryonic spirit of Chicago house music, when it was literally just a drum machine and a sampler, they manage to capture a primitive energy that's more intoxicating than half the other shit out there made with tons more equipment! Essential stuff for fans of Ron Hardy, Jamal Moss, Trax Records, Steve Poindextor, Adonis, Lil Louis etc etc.


    A. The Falcon - Sound The Alarm
    B1. Grizzly Knuckles - Mad Bell
    B2. The Jak - Aftermath

    A cult figure in the modern Italo scene, Andy Romano went a bit quiet after his epochal release on Cyber Dance: "Every Time Feel Alright" back in 2010. An early example of the 'second wave' of Italo producers, alongside Manchester's Red Laser Records' roster of course, apparently he decided at the time to focus more on his illustration career; which makes this return some 13 years later extra special.

    The chug-a-naut plugs right back into the mainframe for another authentic exercise of electro-disco. Lead track "Monday" contains the quirky arps, darting leads and vintage drum boxes that we associate with "Every Time..". "Loredane" is much more pop-orientated number; bucolic of the Italian countryside, featuring Romano himself on vocals, and definitely suitable for some drive-time fun. "Cyber Black Spaceship" lands somewhere between the two - a late night / early morning red-lit club anthem, or a heart-felt underground radio hit to soundtrack evenings on the Riveria or hitting the city. Bellisimo! 


    Matt says: The return of Andy Romano! You might remember him catching the cusp of the new Italo wave around 2010 with the stone cold anthem that was "Every Time Feel Alright". Now he's back with three more authentic and fruity Italo disco tracks.


    1 Monday
    2 Loredane
    3 Cyber Black Spaceship


    Waterfall Reverse / Triton

    Lone returns to Greco-Roman with a two track 12” of some of his finest work to date. A-side track "Waterfall Reverse" is an ecstatic hardcore song that ascends into a utopian dream. Resident Advisor declaring it 'A fresh reinterpretation of Lone's dayglo breakbeat of Cutler’s best moments'

    AA-side "Triton" serves as a companion piece and keeps things leaner and focused on a 4/4 club sound. Both tracks are peak Lone; mind bending and  breathtaking machine funk full of colour and vivacity. 


    Matt says: Whilst hitting the accelerator on his 4x4 stuff, "Waterfall Reverse" marks the iconic UK producer's move into hyper-kinetic drum and bass. With slightly liquid feels, and his usual day-glo optimism; this is a hardcore-flecked, rainbow-coloured DnB blast you're unlikely to forget in a hurry.


    A. Waterfall Reverse 
    AA. Triton 

    The first Peach Discs release of 2024 comes from the Cloudsteppers dream team of Dan Only and returning label favourite Ciel. The increasingly prolific Toronto-based duo have blessed us with four tracks of floor-focused, 4x4 garage tunes drenched in their singular melodic sensibilities.

    In their own words: 'For our second record as Cloudsteppers, we went back into the studio with the intent of making functional garage tunes aimed at the dancefloor. Leaning into what created the distinct sound of our first record, we relied on Ciel’s Korg ESX-1 and Dan Only’s MPC 2000XL to lay down the foundations of each of these tunes. Skippy and bass-heavy, these 4 tracks are the result of our UK-leaning sonic experiments. Whether it’s the bubbling bass of Aqua Hotel, the tech-leaning grooves of Control ft. Eden Samara, the M1 organ in Duckstep, or the skippy drums of TDG, this is Cloudsteppers' twist on UKG.'

    Couldn’t have said it better ourselves – hope you like the record.


    Matt says: Squelchy in parts, pumping in others; mutant house and techy garage tackle here from Cloudsteppers. Certainly has that bright n breezy Toronto sound wrapped up nicely.


    Aqua Hotel
    Control Ft. Eden Samara

    Dotan Bibi aka Dot carries the audience into a journey that straddles the lines between deep house and dubby techno. He is considered one of the best rising Israeli Producers & Dj's with a sound that's deeply rooted in the history of Detroit Techno and Chicago House music.


    1. Drifting Away
    2. Inside Out
    3. Somewhere Else
    4. Stolen Moments

    The French-Caribbean singer-producer (now based in Brooklyn) will announced her new 7" cut from album "Lotus Glow". "Adonis" feat KIRBY & "Get It Got It" have masterful production, soaring vocal chops and spectacular bass prowess.


    1. Adonis
    2. Get It Got It

    After his recent release on Robert Johnson, Daniel Klein aka SIRS returns to his own Sirsounds Records imprint serving up more sumptuous original compositions on the searingly good ‘The East Is Near EP.’

    The Berlin-based musical polymath SIRS (Sounds in Real Stereo), and his project has won over an abundance of admirers across the dance underground in recent years. He's produced and remixed for benchmark labels including Public Possession, Live at Robert Johnson, Compost, Future Disco, and Music for Dreams, and has been drafted to remix artists as diverse as 2raumwohnung and Ennio Morricone. His latest release arrives on the label he launched in 2017 to provide a home for his effervescent output.

    On ‘The East Is Near’ Klein has elegantly produced and cleverly arranged spicy and exotic cuts for different moments of the dance, however they all have something in common – an Eastern touch. Teaming up with Berlin master musician Declan McDermott, the captivating tracks have already done some damage and noise on dancefloors around the world


    Matt says: It might be the tail end of winter, but SIRS offer up some optimism via Spanish guitar licks and gentle beach canter on four sun-blushed movements of Balearic-house.


    A1. Zappelnder Hindu
    A2. Treibsand
    B1. Ocean Dreams
    B2. Zappelnder Hindu Instrumental

    Joe Yellow is a studio project started in 1983 by Domenico Ricchini and the producers Miki Chieregato and Roberto Turatti.Their big hit Eurobeat / Hi NRG tune "U.S.A."('92) will be 7inch on first time, with Japanese imaginary jacket.The song became famous in Japan when dance-pop group Da pump covered it.


    1. U.S.A. (Extended Vocal Remix)
    2. U.S.A. (Instrumental)

    Grammy award-winning DJ and producer Purple Disco Machine has shared his latest single ‘Beat of Your Heart’ in collaboration with Icelandic artist ÁSDÍS.

    Combining Purple Disco Machine’s trademark disco infused sound with ÁSDÍS’s magnetic vocals, the high-energy track is laden with danceable grooves, big synths and catchy melodies. The accompanying music video, directed by NDVD, brings all of the joy of the dancefloor to life intertwining love, freedom and fantasy.

    Speaking about the track, Purple Disco Machine says: “I was sent the vocals by ÁSDÍS and I immediately fell in love with her voice. I wanted to release the track as a single and we later re-recorded it together in my studio in Dresden, which was really great.”


    A1. Extended
    A2. Instrumental
    B1. Club Dub

    The Future Sound Of London

    Papua New Guinea - Re-booted

      Four elusive, somewhat previously unofficial club remixes of the iconic "Papua New Guinea" come together on one 12" vinyl EP. All underground dance hits now in demand.


      Matt says: Tasty remixes of one of the biggest dance tracks of all time. Two jungle remixes, one breakbeat and one for the house brigade. Lovely jubbly.


      1. Papua New Guinea (Soul Central Remix)
      2. Papua New Guinea (L. Major Remix)
      3. Papua New Guinea (Nishesque Remix)
      4. Papua New Guinea (Dee Montero Remix)

      Former DMC champion and local superstar DJ Rasp delivers his first instrumental single. Side A kicks off with the title track 'Cycles Of Hope', a downtempo / lo-fi hip-hop cut with a healthy dose of turntable trickery. 'My Heart Bleeds' is an experimental fusion of electronic sounds, eerie samples, heavy drum breaks & turntablism. Meanwhile the B side features 7 skipless scratch sentences with both classic scratch sounds & original phrases of samples and beats designed for you to cut it up and get creative! Nice to see a bit of classic turntablism getting some attention again. Play alongside this week's "The SP Chronicles" and you've got yourself at least half a mixtape on the go! 


      Matt says: Deft, uncluttered instrumental hip-hop decorated with skilled turntablism throughout. It's nice to see a return to this style that used to be commonplace in the days of Fat City and Grand Central.


      A1. Cycles Of Hope
      A2. My Heart Bleeds
      B. Scratch Sentences 

      The twelfth volume of Drumcode’s flagship A-Sides series featuring future-facing cuts spanning the breadth of the techno spectrum, The annual compilation serves to showcase some of Adam Beyer’s favourite demo’s throughout the year, as the label boss enjoys the opportunity to introduce new artists to the label, while showcasing cuts from Drumcode’s mainstays.
      Kicking off Part 2 is none-other-than Carl Cox whio makes his Drumcode debut with his remix of Label Boss Beyer's massive Take Me There feat DJ Rush.


      A1. Adam Beyer Ft. DJ Rush – Take Me There (Carl Cox Remix)
      A2. Matt Guy – Give Me What I Want
      B1. A.D.H.S. – 2STEP
      B2. Kaiserdisco – Get On The Dancefloor

      The twelfth volume of Drumcode’s flagship A-Sides series featuring future-facing cuts spanning the breadth of the techno spectrum, The annual compilation serves to showcase some of Adam Beyer’s favourite demo’s throughout the year, as the label boss enjoys the opportunity to introduce new artists to the label, while showcasing cuts from Drumcode’s mainstays.


      A2. Alex Stein - Hydra
      B1. Marie Vaunt – Dark Room
      B2. Ignacio Arfeli - Singularity

      Theo Kottis drops some absolute fire on Dekmantel. The London-based Scottish producer delivers a stone cold bassline-techno banger via the title track "Lighthouse". Combining speed garage timestretching and a big Reece bassline it's the ultimate peak timer for the club. Add some techy glitches and rampant hi-hat you'll see why this is a full throttle top-off banger few can resist.

      "Warp" switches tact for a kinetic electro track akin to summat Radioactive Man or DMX Krew might conjure up. Plenty of rumble and snap on this one, with bass and drums mixed nice and upfront as hypnotic pads and drifting bleep melodies come in and out of focus.

      "Take Control" returns to a 4/4 template, albeit with a slightly more subdued energy than the first track. A catchy vocal ident supplements the droning acid bass and frenetic house drums beautifully.

      "Distance" then flips us back to more electro-flavoured urgency. A skilled drum sequence highlighting glowing pads and nagging acid lines while a neck-snapping snare keeps us locked into the groove.

      With full fat production, skilled sound design and carefully attention to club kinetics, Theo Kottis has engineered something rather special for your late night delectation - check! 


      Matt says: Galvanized tackle for upfront dancefloors - it's the Dekmantel ethos distilled into four highly electrified tracks spanning techno, electro and acid flavours.


      Take Control

      Opolopo X Alafia

      Axxanxxan / Axxiove

      Canopy enlist Opolopo to get involved with the label's superstar Alafia. Collaborating on a new transmission, "Axxanxxan" and "Axxiove" are two addictive percussive monsters, perfectly designed to lock the dancefloor into a tribal throb. 

      "Axxanxxan" has more musical elements thrown in, metallic bass, guitar chops, synth swirls and such like; making for a melting point of tropical disco carnage. "Axxiove" is a much more drum-centric affair, imparting onto the listener a hypnotic pulse of rhythm that's scorching hot. Add a few flange sweeps and modern fx sweeps and you've a real beast that'll work across genres and on most dancefloors.

      Essential stuff from Canopy!


      Matt says: Excellent for building up tension on the dancefloor, or utilizing over other tracks as a percussive DJ tool; these two drum-centric broilers from Opolopo and Alafia should find favour right across the DJ spectrum.



      James Alexander Bright

      Fall For You

      Multi-hyphenate artist James Alexander Bright releases soulfully tender paean to romance 'Fall For You', backed with urgent funker 'Viper Flames'. This new music heralds James' third solo album, currently being recorded and mixed, which is planned for release via Athens of the North mid 2024.

      On 'Fall For You' James says "You know when you've loved, to love is a magical thing. Whether it's an experience, an object, or a person; we've all loved and lost. The senses, vibration and elements have a wondrous strength and power. Love is the most powerful of all."

      Following the release of !K7 debut album 'Headroom' ("Blissful choruses, sweetly nagging refrains and a lo-fi sensibility. Hard not to love" Mojo), James featured on Groove Armada's album 'Edge Of The Horizon', contributed 'Under The Sun' to the Too Slow To Disco: The Sunset Manifesto compilation and released single 'It's Alright' with Feiertag. His second album, the joyous 'Float' ("Vivid intermingling of buoyant breakbeat drum loops, sunkissed psychedelic folk song, retrofuturist synthesisers and hot buttered British soul" Test Pressing), was released in July 2022 with singles 'Drink This Water', 'Wheels Keep Turning' and 'Sundown' feat Fink paving the way. This was followed in early 2023 by 'Mirage In The Mojave' ("One hundred percent proof dancefloor ready" Louder Than War), an album of collaborations and reworks with cosmic Americana-disco DJ/producer duo Flying Mojito Bros. On radio his tracks have been played across BBC 6 Music (where he's recorded guest mixes for Tom Ravenscroft and Huey Morgan), Amazing Radio, Bandcamp Weekly, Worldwide FM, Soho Radio, KCRW, Triple J and BBC Solent (who chose his track 'Tigers Roar' to soundtrack Portsmouth FC's 2019 journey to Wembley – awkwardly James is a Saints fan).

      A new project with Groove Armada's Tom Findlay as Bright & Findlay - married around their shared love of machine-led funk, outsider soul, 70s-80s nautica and 21st century basement disco - was released via Athens of the North in summer 2023. Solid tastemaker support included BBC 6 Music's Gilles Peterson, who included 'Slow Dance' amongst his tracks of the year, and Huey Morgan, for whom the duo recorded a Block Party mix.


      Paul says: Nestled proudly at the front of my record bag ready for my next Sunday session, Athens Of The North never fail to deliver the goods and this modern soul 7" is just the ticket.


      1. Fall For You
      2. Viper Flames

      Andrew Pekler

      Love Among The Crickets / Waterway Rhythm

        An edition of 620 copies in a generic card sleeve, with a hand stamped band name and Duophonic logo, plus each disk will be numbered.


        Matt says: Andrew Pekler composes with samples, field recordings, electronic and acoustic instruments and is the very definition of a DIY artist.

        Rhoda Dakar

        I Don't Mind / Dub Don't Mind

          Following her triumphant album 'Version Girl', Rhoda Dakar is back with another fabulous cover of ''I Don't Mind', originally recorded by Buzzcocks. As always the beautiful artwork has been created by Sheffield's finest Pete McKee.


          1. I Don't Mind
          2. Dub Don't Mind

          Funkyjaws Music launches a new edits series here with four absolute dons of the form on one vital 12". It's Lay Far that kicks off with 'Never Ever Edit' which is all horn-led excitement and upbeat disco claps and kicks before Admin's 'Moon Trippin' takes a more slow and soulful approach. When it comes to edits few are more essential than Chicago's Rahaan who kicks off the B-side with 'Gonna Get Ya', a leggy funk number infused with cosmic synth rays and warm piano chords. Delfonic shuts down with the loose percussive jumbles and jazzy vibes of 'Let's Dance The Spank'. A fine start to the series with volume two already in the works.


          Mine says: High octane disco-house sunshine here from four major players. Let's Dance sets out their stall in fine style.


          Lay Far - Never Ever Edit
          Admin - Moon Trippin
          Rahaan - Gonna Get Ya
          Delfonic - Let's Dance The Spank

          Chaos In The CBD

          Sirena Deep EP

          Chaos In The CBD return with two more tracks on their In Dust We Trust imprint. 

          Keeping with their tried-n-tested formula - inspired by Ron Trent and classic deep house - "Sirena Deep" has a warm and deep rolling bass line and beautifully layered keys. Washed over with a stunning flute accompaniment from long-term collaborator and legendary jazz musician Nathan Haines which adds the extra magic to this outstanding production.

          On the B-side the boys deliver a slightly darker, mischievous and moody roller with "Outdoor Limit" - an 8 minute journey through minimal grooves, in what feels like the perfect soundscape for getting lost in a dark room in the small hours.


          Matt says: London-via-New Zealand duo Chaos In The CBD return with more of their smooth, deep house stylings.


          A. Sirena Deep (Ft Nathan Haines)
          B. Outdoor Limit

          Kenyan folk artist Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno and Man Power met while both artists in residence at the esteemed Glasshouse International Centre for Music and offer us something truly original here at M.A.D Records. Music has the power to bring people together and this is a shining example, Kenyan folk and electronic music from the North East of England - what’s not to like. On the flip label bosses Make A Dance offer up two remixes.


          Matt says: There's simply no stopping Make A Dance as they quickly ratchet up the releases. Number eight sees north east maverick Man Power team up with Kenyan based Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno for an exotic and richly scented double header. As usually, the MAD crew are on hand with a high voltage remix. Great label that you need to get to know!


          A1. Lou Land
          A2. Battle Hil
          B1. Battle Hill - Make A Dance Remix
          B2. Battle Hill - M.A.D Dub Mix


          No One (Can Tell I) (Zam Zam)

          ZamZam 94 is a long-awaited plate from South London duo Traces, fresh from a pair of releases last year on Innamind. Laser-focused on a stripped-down, essentialist strain of UK bass music, Traces’ ZamZam outing showcases two distinct facets of their approach.

          “No One (Can Tell I)” is a perfect slice of eyes-down spiritual dubstep for the ages. Waterhouse-flavored rusted metal hi-hats, reverb thick like smoke, expertly-crafted bassweight, subtly ricocheting percussion, perfectly minimal stabs, and a sampled spirit of Jamaica past… Utterly timeless, “No One” is a masterclass in restraint and depth over flash and slickness.

          Equally direct and unfussy, “Listen” flips the vibe utterly, running off a winking slice of badman soundtape, shakers and siren, earworming midrange melody, and a mirror-image bassline with more swagger per bar than anyone in a 140 session will be able to resist. Battle-tested on dubplate & ready for early, late, or anywhere in between, “Listen” is a guaranteed sheller


          Matt says: Biggest bass tune of the year surely... and it's only February! BAD MAN!!!


          A. No One Can Tell
          B. Listen

          Yoanson & Karamie / Prof Jah Pinpin 4tet

          African Leaders / The Final Bird (Le Temps D’une Vie)

          New Parisian label, Disques Messager, presents its new and second release. As its name suggests, the label has a simple leitmotiv: to place itself among the best messengers for rarities and sought-after gems of international rare groove. A mission which began like fire last year with a 7inch reissue release including two Brazilian disco bangers by Cristina Camargo. 

          Not many info can be found about Yoanson & Karamie, two young artists from the French African diaspora, who randomly met with Nessim Saroussi and his label Ness Music in the late 80s. Nessim produced their only EP release, "Kalimba" in 1988. Part of this EP, "African Leaders" is a stunning track melting Afro-tropical percussions, disco bass, proto-electro beats and leftfield vocals in a way that reminds us of Dinosaur L or Arthur Russel productions.

          Philippe de Lacroix-Herpin (aka Prof Jah Pinpin) has a long musical career started in the mid-70s and became a renowned saxophonist playing and recording for many famous French acts such as Jean-Jacques Goldman, Alain Chamfort, FFF, or even rap band NTM. In 1994, he moved to the Reunion Island where he quickly launched the Prof Jah Pinpin 4tet, in his own words, playing 'free/funk/jazz/rock/tropical' music… Quite a vast and large musical tag, but which immediately make sense when listening to the surprising "The Final Bird" track. Only released as CD in 1996, this instrumental production has a unique sound and flavor mixing all kinds of elements together (even samples of Weather Report!).


          Matt says: Two tracks of deliciously cosmic music that are, unless its just me, pretty obscure and under played.


          A. Yoanson & Karamie - African Leaders
          B. Prof Jah Pinpin 4tet - The Final Bird (Le Temps D’une Vie)

          Space Dimension Controller

          Acid Sampler 1.5

          Esteemed Irish producer Space Dimension Controller returns to Running Back with "Acid Sampler 1.5". Most of the EP presents itself as an ode to the brain dance vibe of acid house rooted music. While leaving out the harder and faster styles of the genre, SDC manages to pour his heart and soul as a producer into these four charming tracks.

          "Kosmische Conga" works as the leader of the pack and pirouettes with memorable hooks, synthesizer swells and descant acid lines. "Echopet" introverts the whole concept, while "Minehead" peaks with it. Named after the seaside town that harbored the Bloc Weekend festival, its a warp-free romantic reflex of the brain dance vibe - or a heartfelt love song for circuits. "Carinacid" completes the quartet with a chugging and hugging mid tempo beat that could have gone on forever. Acid test passed! Artwork by Gasius.


          Matt says: Long serving Belfast vet Space Dimension Controller deploys a vast array of synths, 303 and classic drum patterns for a technicoloured and frenetic EP for his good friends at Running Back. RIYL: Legowelt, DMX Krew, Acid Test, Roman Flugel etc.


          A1. Kosmische Conga
          A2. Echopet
          B1. Minehead
          B2. Carinacid

          Demi Riquísimo has collaborated with close friend and fellow producer Manami on his sub-label A Lifetime On The Hips. The release see’s Demi Riquísimo and Tokyo born Manami link up on two new originals, accompanied by stand-out remixes from Subwax owner Baldo and prolific Italian DJ and producer Matisa.

          The fourth release on the sub-label it opens up with the EP’s namesake 'Sugar Snap’ a dreamlike record that effortlessly blends ambient textures and celestial melodies, yet remains primed for the dance floor. Following suit, the A2, 'Interstellar,' aptly lives up to its name, enhanced by cosmic soundscapes that transcend traditional boundaries.

          Barcelona based DJ, producer and label owner Baldo takes the reins for a remix of the A1, delivering a spacey rework infused with breakbeat elements that breathes alternative life into the original. Meanwhile, Italian producer Matisa works her magic on 'Interstellar,' transforming it into a lively organ-driven roller with a more playful bounce to it.


          Matt says: Defo feeling the 90s influences on this uptempo monster. Prog, trance and hard house styles unfolded and expanded for the modern dancefloor connoisseur. Impossible not to crack a smile and a wiggle to!


          A1. Sugar Snap
          A2. Interstellar
          B1. Sugar Snap (Baldo Remix)
          B2. Interstellar (Matisa Remix)

          Little Beat Different Issues is a new series focused on reissuing music from Eastern European region previously unavailable on Western markets.

          Our first release was a compilation by project ORM, the moniker of Czech producer team Petr and Pavel ORM, originally formed as a disco group in the late 1970s and the pioneers of electronic dance music in former Czechoslovakia.

          It only makes perfect sense for old school to meet new school and for ORM to have their original tracks reimagined by our selection of current producers. Here's the 4 tasty edits that will see the light of the day soon on the slab of wax.

          First up, the master of the genre, the disco don Ashley Beedle under his Africanz on Marz moniker serves up a fine edit of the compilation's opening track Tropic.
          His dj friendly extended edit is pretty much everything we could have wished for and will no doubt please everyone, whether they are familiar with the original version or not.

          Up next we've got Little Beat Different's very own Regular Customer, (who has just finished his own EP for our label, coming out later this year) with his super-trippy take on Indicke Meditace, that well may make your head spin in a good way.

          B-side starts with another favourite ORM track of ours, Muj Sampion, remixed by none other than Jonny Rock, the edit specialist and dj extraordinaire. This one will be a surefire dancefloor favourite in many discotheques around the world!

          Last but not least, we have Tasun's reinterpretation of Indicke Meditace. His Faded Lady edit created quite a stir on the edit scene a few years ago and we are hoping this one will do so as well. He literally spent months tweaking it and it can certainly be heard. Hot tip!


          Matt says: Big ups LBD Sounds for issuing an inflation busting, jam-packed 12" which takes us back to the vinyl prices of 2007 without compromising on quality. Four disco edits reminiscent of COMBI, Eros, NY Edits etc etc.


          1. Tropic (Ashley Beedle's Africanz On Marz Edit)
          2. Indicke Meditace (Regular Customer Edit)
          3. Muj Sampion (Jonny Rock Extended Edit)
          4. Indicke Meditace (Tasun Reinterpretation)

          Mark Knight / Green Velvet / James Hurr

          The Greatest Thing Alive / Lady (Hear Me Tonight)

          Chicago legend, Green Velvet, returns to Toolroom as he locks horns with label founder Mark Knight and studio partner, James Hurr, for 'The Greatest Thing Alive'. A low slung, chunky affair that screams Miami Space terrace at 8am! Quirky, full of character and Green Velvets unmistakable vocal re-work of the classic 'Mannish Boy' from Muddy Waters pushes this record into a really special place. Green Velvet debuted on the label back in 2015 alongside Technasia with 'Suga', a record that went onto to be an overall Beatport #1 and remained as their highest selling track for many years that followed, the track also sits on an impressive 9m streams. On the flipside, head honcho Mark Knight, returns with studio cohort and DJs favourite James Hurr, as they take on one of House music's all-time classic records; 'Lady (Hear Me Tonight)'. No messing around, Mark and James offer up an alternative take to this stone cold classic, bringing the infectious vocal and iconic guitar riff to the forefront, mixing into a signature Mark Knight club heavy beat. Having previously collaborated on 'Make You Happy' with Todd Terry and last year's 'You Are A God' with vocalist Cari Golden, Mark Knight and James Hurr are fast becoming a killer duo in the studio, and throughout the scene. Offering up a killer reinterpretation of legendary House classic 'Lady (Hear Me Tonight)' by French House duo Modjo, a record which transcended the boundaries of dance music back in the early 2000's and has since become a record synonymous with the era. True to form, Mark Knight and James Hurr mix their musical prowess together and deliver yet another stomping hit for the clubs!


          Matt says: Phwooaaarr!! Take it to the terraces and the super clubs with two stonkingly large main roomers. Hard to pick a fave - whether its the monumental deep chug of "The Greatest Thing Alive" or the rattling refix of "Lady" - both are gonna blow the roof off!


          A1. The Greatest Thing Alive
          B1. Lady (Hear Me Tonight)

          Fresh from delivering a stellar remix on Subtle Audio, Earl Grey drops a stellar four tracker of dark and smoke-filled vibes on Rua Sound. Its a moody, doped-up trip worth taking as a scary soundtrack into the darkness with plenty of frantic, detailed precussion to lead you off the beaten track.


          Matt says: Perfectly fusing jungle, breaks, techno and bass into one incredibly kinetic hybrid. Dark and tribal; in parts it reminds me of Mark Ernestus' Ndagga series whilst elsewhere it's pure blasts of rhythm and lasers. Incredible stuff!


          1. Amygdala
          2. Atanas Aconite
          3. Death Rattle
          4. Prussia Dub

          Open Space X Laura Groves

          Tied / Control

          The legendary Test Pressing blog launch their new offshoot label, Test Pressing Catalogue with street soul tinged music brought to you by Apiento and Andrew Hale of Sade with vocals by the truly talented Laura Groves (who has recently released her new album and been working with Sampha).

          Guided by the influential Andrew Hale of the legendary band Sade, this collaboration channels the timeless soul, jazz, and R&B essence that defines Sade's iconic sound. Andrew's expertise, honed through years as Sade's keyboardist, seamlessly intertwines with Apiento's vision, producing street soul music that pays homage to Sade's enduring legacy.


          Matt says: Test Pressing opens up a new collection, jumping on the street soul hype with deep and restrained movements of e-soul.


          A1. Tied
          A2. Tied (Instrumental)
          B1. Control


          Titanic / The Deep

          Official reissue of Dortmund's self-released single from 1981. For those in the know a sought-after gem, for everybody else the single you didn't know you need in your life! Comes in picture sleeve with the original artwork. Limited edition.

          'Titanic' - quite self-explanatory - is about the queen of the ocean and her sinking as a ship believed as unsinkable. Starting off with its morse code-like sounds it evolves into a heavy grooving mélange of alternative rock, funk, new wave and synth pop.

          The B-Side 'The Deep' explores depths you didn't know about. This instrumental jazz boogie funk fusion piece takes you on a five minute journey that will be your life-saver on any day.

          In the early 1980s the scene of the Ruhr area was alive and kicking but still under the radar. Musicians played in different bands and projects of various styles. Three guys gathered simply under their city name "Dortmund" and did their own thing which led to this conceptual single - their only release.

          Before that Elmar Krohn (keyboards) and Thomas Meyer (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards) were part of the "Mardi Gras Band", a funk and soul band with a great reputation for their live shows. They were also involved in writing 'Blame It On The Boogie' which got performed by "The Jacksons" in 1978 but that is another story. On the drums they were joined by Siegfried Hermes who also played in the band "Die Salinos".


          Matt says: A Balearic-rock curio that's intriguing as it is inviting. "Titanic" is a daft, rawkus, but ultimately danceable track that should find favour towards the end of any fun and eclectic session. "The Deep" is bit more bean bags and sun loungers - perfect daytime beach bar tackle. A interesting 7" no doubt!


          A. Titanic
          B. The Deep  

          Emotional Rescue's vital Konduko reissue series sadly comes to an end here with a look at the label's final years. In those days it moved away from reggae, disco and boogie towards an enduring electro sound that had a vast and lasting impact on the Miami scene. The biggest tune from that time was when Noel Williams linked with local songwriter Lawrence Dermer aka Der Mer for the track reissued here. 'Fall Out' soon became a hit with its driving electro-funk rhythms. The original sits next to the later Fresh '86" mix as well as a NAD disco mix from Dan Tyler, best known as one of the Idjut Boys. It's an irresistible package of body-popping electro with hooks for days.


          Mine says: The seemingly endless excavation of King Sporty by Emotional Rescue continues in earnest with "Fall Out" from 1986 nicely bolstered with a remix from Dan Idjuts under his NAD alias.


          "Fall Out"
          "Fall Out" (Fresh '86)
          "Fall Out" (NAD Discomix)

          Round two of Leo Zero's edit archive series sees four more favourites given the LZ treatment.

          On the A you'll find a killer housed-up version of an NYC New Wave classic, alongside a tight n' tidy beefed up slo-mo disco remaster and chop of a west coast rock beauty. On the flip, a chunky remake of Brit soul bomb as well as a curveball dubby, wonked out version of an alt rock rhythm that's flipped this one into a deep 5am groover.


          Matt says: Leo Zero flips four well-known hits with his own charismatic personality. Tipped if you've been feeling the recent Beatconductor refixes.


          A1. Punches
          A2. Dreams
          B1. Taboo
          B2. Feel The Pain

          2 tracker from Parisian, Kléo who deploys precision engineered 303 movements in a similar vein to the classic acid masters.

          Kléo has been earning her stripes over the past decade and a half as both a distinct visual artist and well-respected DJ. Refraining from the mainstream narrative she always remained close to her heart to express the unsaid. As her path embarks on to the next chapter it’s with great passion that she presents the first outing on her newborn label Call 4 Rhythm. A mind dazing invitation to let go and sense the raw, the rough. As much as it’s an authentic yet rugged dancefloor affair, it guards the spirit and virtue of honesty. Elements which have been the backbone throughout every form of art she has shared over the years.

          "Deep Agogo" sets off nostalgically, lingering keys remind of long gone days while menacing lines of acid make their way through the surface to ease in between robust percussive beats. She sounds like Phuture on the dials!

          The flip houses the devastating Chicago-infused version, a fiercer statement bewildered by forceful 303 execution. Don’t be surprised if "Let’s Agogo" prompts filthy facial expressions along the smoldering moments of this jackin’ throw down. This one harks back to that primal acid spirit perfectly!

          RIYL: I Love Acid, Paranoid London, Balkan, Phuture, Adonis Lil Louis etc.


          Matt says: Late nite acid trax to keep the lighting engineer busy on the smoke and strobe. Functional club fodder that bites hard. Play next to Paranoid London and Kirk Degiorgio for maximum impact.


          Deep Agogo
          Let's Agogo

          King Kong

          Agony & Pain / Version

            King Kong's "Agony & Pain" has long been one of our favorite Jah Life tunes, released only on JA 7" in 1987, well-heavy in a sound killing style. Limited repress with authentic centre label and dinked middle. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: A high watermark of the digi-dub and dancehall canon from 1987 which receives a much-needed repress.

            TRACK LISTING

            A. Agony & Pain
            B. Version

            Icho Candy & Prince Junior

            Free Up / Version

              Wicked previously unreleased late '80s combination tune from Icho Candy & his brother Prince Junior, who are sometimes confused for each other. On the same rhythm as King Kong's "Agony and Pain" (also repressed this week). Lyrically about the struggle for freedom of the day, as resonant today as it was nearly 40 years ago.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Icho Candy muses on the struggle for the freedom over King Kong's "Agony And Pain" riddim. Its another winner from the selection of Jah Life Time reissues we've been luckily blessed with this week.

              TRACK LISTING

              A. Free Up
              B. Free Up Dub

              Errol Dunkley

              Want No More

                Killer mid '80s 'live digital' tune made at Aquarius Studio, released for the first time ever. A rarity to get Dunkley on this type of rhythm, this one was great to unearth.Comes with a killer dub to boot. Recommended!

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Another from this week's slew of dancehall / dub 7"s from the 80s showcasing the move from analogue to digital production.

                TRACK LISTING

                A. Want No More
                B. Want No More Dub

                Peter Ranking

                Love Up

                  Another previously unreleased killer from the early '80s Radics / Scientist days, this one was played on dubplate by Volcano in JA and Jah Life in NY, alongside other cuts of the rhythm (also eventually to be released). This is Peter Ranking the singer, not the more well known deejay.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Max says: My favourite of this week's Digikiller / Jah Life reissues. The dub of this track is really summat to behold and up there with any of Scientist's mixing desk experiments.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A. Love Up
                  B. Dub Up

                  Everton Chambers

                  This Love Of Mine

                    Finally here, the first release in our long planned Parish label reissue program. Students of late '80s digital reggae know that Edgar Whyte's Parish label is one of the finest labels of the period, issuing many singles and albums, with a unique selection of artists and a bunch of killer original rhythms. We've been working on this program a long time and are very pleased it's finally here. There will be a killer selection of reissues and previously unreleased tunes coming in 2024, all from master tapes. We figured it's only fitting to start off with what is likely the most in demand Parish single for '80s digital collectors, and from one of the label's signature artists. Everton Chambers' "This Love of Mine" came out in 1988 and is extremely tough to find, a ruff piece of stepping digital, even favored for play by the late great Jah Shaka.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: A rare-ass cut favoured by the great Jah Shaka, leading the pack of 80s digital reggae represses we've got in store for you this week. A true gem of the genre!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A. This Love Of Mine
                    B. This Love Of Mine Version


                    Dreamfear / Boy Sent From Above

                      XL Recordings announce Burial’s ‘Dreamfear’ /‘Boy Sent From Above’ single. 

                      Available to independent retailers on 12” vinyl in a remixed XL housebag

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Shadow lurking bass music pioneer Burial returns with two more idiosyncratic pieces of bleak futurism and dystopian escapism. Expanding on the arrangement style explored in more recent releases, he still adds fragments of the hardcore continuum into the mix - making it distinctly identifiable as the producer's work. Another masterpiece.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Dreamfear
                      2. Boy Sent From Above


                      'Erotic Probiotic' is Nourished By Time’s debut EP on Scenic Route, following hot on the heels of his featured track, ‘Wild Thang, Sweet Thang’, on the critically acclaimed Scenic Route 16-track digital compilation, 'The Road Less Travelled Vol.1', supported by BBC 1Xtra, Dazed, CRACK, BBC 6 Music, Lot Radio, NTS, The Wire and Resident Advisor. The 'Erotic Probiotic' is an intimate glimpse into the world of Baltimore native, whose two track EP shows the duplicity of this exciting singer/songwriter/producer.

                      Side A, ‘Give It Away’, a beautiful multi layered serenade, showcasing the breadth of his vocal range, with delicate textures sprinkled throughout; heart aching guitar riffs and celestial chords enveloping you into this contagious dream pop melody. Give It Away is a lush R&B ballad about choosing yourself over love but choosing love over pride. The Live performance video was shot at his sold out Servant Jazz Quarters show, in April, directed by Jono Canning.

                      'Staring Into The Fireplace', a relatable anarchist anthem for anyone working a dead-end job, filled with angst and a foreboding energy driven by eerie drums and a melancholy tone. Written whilst employed by Whole Foods during COVID , spraying down shopping carts, what he describes as “the most soul destroying job”. The song explores America’s social constructs moulded by race and capitalism, through his gravelly baritone vocals over lo-fi punk sound, with lyrics reinforcing his ‘bun down Babylon’ sentiment. Along with a self directed music video.

                      The 'Erotic Probiotic' is the first EP with Scenic Route as he looks to cultivate his unique off beat, guitar driven pop sound in the lead up to his album.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: One of the hottest stars of 2023's first vinyl release. Strangely, the album that would cause his blow-up was also named "Erotic Probiotic", but this 7" release contains two tracks not featured on the album. Very few people got this first time round, so this is a cheeky chance to bag this sure-to-be-superstar's first proper release.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Give It Away
                      B1. Staring Into The Fireplace

                      U-Benders are back - and have revealed a little more about their identity... we know now that they are brothers, so that dispels my theory about it being Luke Unabomber (unless he's calling Justin a brother now) - the mystery certainly continues as we get volume 2 from this anonymous outfit.

                      Side A chops up the Orange Juice classic - "Rip It Up", utilizing that catchy guitar hook and deploying extra drums and tweaking with expert filter usage and flanger. It's another one of those 'so simple I wish I'd have done it' edits that'll absolutely blow the roof off Croatian boat parties or Stretford pub raves.

                      "How's Your Father" takes things a little more obscure with the 1978 hit from lesser know group - Exile. Also used by Seahawks on one of their early 12"s, U-Benders extend the Balearic hook, add bubbling 303s and generally chug the whole thing up, making for a rather splendid soft-rock-Balearic-house crossover.

                      Limited copies. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Second double header from the elusive U-Bend. That Orange Juice edit is slick and as spirit rousing as you like, while the Exile flip on side B should keep the train spotters excited.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side 1
                      1. Rip It Off 
                      Side 2
                      1. How's Your Father 

                      This one features a reissue of Atypic's (Andy Turner / Black Dog / Plaid) - "Otaku". Originally released as part of a Black Dog Productions 12" on Rising High in 1993 and now goes for a crazy price on Discogs.

                      The B-side is a reissue of Anaconda's - "Ideas For Virtual Reality", a Swiss acidic ambient gem which was on 1993's "Oral X-Pression" 12" on Basic Energy. 

                      Indulge in a delicious audiophile preview with this appetizer 12" from the upcoming 2024 compilation by Swiss DJ Princess P. This musical amuse-bouche offers a taste of her eclectic sound, in anticipation of her full, richly curated collection.

                      Swiss DJ Princess P, known for her eclectic sound, has been a dynamic presence in the electronic scene since the 90s. From her early days exploring house music to working at Plattfon Records, she's honed a genre-defying style. Her sets, a blend of savory house with indie and techno, are renowned at clubs and festivals alike, showcasing her deep musical knowledge and innovative spirit.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: One holy grail slice of Black Dog produced UK techno and a piece of Swiss ambience that'll stop you dead in your tracks. Ridiculously strong double headed reissue - don't sleep even you've a penchant for electronic emotion!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A. Atypic (Black Dog Productions) - Otaku
                      B. Anaconda - Ideas For Virtual Reality 

                      Hot Biscuit hit us with a super duper double pack from esteemed house royalty Rahaan. The Newcastle based label has unleased a strong mission statement across some key early releases making it quite a hyped label for those in the know.

                      You might wince at the price tag, but believe me when I say these limited edition Rahaan edits will probably sell for twice as much in a few months when these sell out. Proper top drawer tackle throughout as he takes on tracks by Carlos, Faja Dotie and Bebeto. It's his extension of the Quentin Tarantino-used and Neapolitan curio, Roberto De Simone's "Secondo Coro Delle Lavandaie" that's really got me salivating in my chair however - a fiery leftfield nugget that never fails to raise hell on the dancefloor.

                      Extremely limited copies - cop now or cry later! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: High pedigree Rahaan edits on Newcastle's in vogue Hot Biscuit label. Cut nice and loud at 45rpm and across two discs, these are an audiophile's dream ticket to leftfield disco abandon.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A - Edit Of Carlos - Big Bisou
                      B1 - Edit Of Faja Dotie - Mamoe Lowe
                      B2 - Edit Of Bebeto - Preto Velho
                      C - 77
                      D - Edit Of Roberto De Simone - Secondo Coro Delle Lavandaie

                      First release from new US label Now Is Not The Time, who kick off their tenure with an all star collaboration featuring Jerome O, DJ Reg & Rahaan. As the title of the EP explains, lead track "Lost In The Message" mashes up two classic disco hits - MFSB's "Love Is The Message" and Sister Sledge's "Lost In Music" with, quite frankly, quite devastating results. These tracks segue into each other so easily you'll be kicking yourself you didn't think of it! Such is the genius of a good edit however...

                      Elsewhere Harry Thurman's "Underwater" is tweaked on "Get Up Out Tha Water" (you'll recognize the horns!), while "The M8 Track" sees the crew explore more obscure realms - a stripped back jacking drum machine pattern drizzled in classic echoed-out disco vox and cascading digital waterfalls. It's like the ghosts of disco visited the warehouse for a big dose of acid! Storming stuff.

                      Limited import copies - move quick if you want in on these! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Three Chicago heavyweights take on some big tracks with huge consequences. First release on Now Is Not The Time and it's a brilliant statement of intent.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side 1
                      1. Lost In The Message (5:40)
                      2. Get Up Out Tha Water (6:14)
                      Side 2
                      1. The M8 Track (9:07)

                      DJ Nature returns to Newcastle's on-trend Hot Biscuit label with his second release of tastefully executed, obscure disco edits. Included on this super limited 12" are edits of Gata Barbieri, Rodney Franklin and Leon Ware - all smoothly cut-n-spliced for maximum dancefloor delectation. The source material is fresh and novel and as always, DJ Nature's hand is deft, stylish and calm. Superb edits that'll get any disco-leaning crowd whipped up into a frenzy.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Another from the recent slew of Hot Biscuit releases. Long serving vet Milo coming through with three taste tweaks.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Edits Of:

                      A. Gato Barbieri - Poinciana
                      B1. Rodney Franklin - Endless Flight
                      B2. Leon Ware - Inside Your Love / Hungry

                      The Headquarters

                      Sweetie / Moshate

                      2 tracks taken from the "Sweetie" LP by South-African group, The Headquarters. Originally released in 1977 and very hard to come by in it's original form. The album tracks are loudly pressed on one side each in it's original length.
                      "Real solid deep disco for the heads!"

                      Mastered & cut by The Carvery.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Never heard this one out... a brilliantly obscure, funky disco number given a really nice refurbishment on heavy wax.

                      TRACK LISTING


                      Jamie 3:26

                      Dancefloor Damage Vol 1

                      Jamie 3:26 presents Dancefloor Damage Vol.1! Personal exclusives from his collection, these have damaged dancefloors around the world for years and are now available on vinyl for the first time ever. From the Southside of Chicago to the world. Two killer disco classics re-worked by a legend. Buy or cry.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Maqnifique
                      B1. Vince Who

                      E. Live

                      Wet Summer / Night Raid

                      E. Live is back again at Star Creature HQ with another boogie blast off of the jazz-funk variety. The Bay Area boogie king leans in on the jazzier side of disco while still maintaining the usual dancefloor vibes we know and love about the label. A perfect mix of accessible, crowd friendly sophisticated sounds - if you like Roy Ayers, Patrice Rushen, Khruangbin, FKJ, Toro Y Moi, this will be a welcome addition to record box. As usual, copies are limited. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: How Star Creature manage to be so prolific yet rarely release a duff track with such a modest number of musicians on their roster is really quite astonishing. E. Live drops one of his hottest double headers yet for his team.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Wet Summer 
                      2. Night Raid 

                      Stanford Shirley

                      The System

                      333 reissues a massive sought-after and obscure Jazzbo-produced 45 from Stanford Shirley. The System was recorded at Harry J's studio and released in 1987 on the late Linval Carter's Ujama label. Though one of the lesser known cuts from Jazzbo's late 80s production stable, it is surely up there with one of the best. Killer archetypal digi business.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. The System
                      2. The System Version

                      Deep and heavy Roots in a 70s Revival style. Self produced, written and performed by the great Prince Jamo out of UK! Shaka style

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Second 7" from this skilled new UK dub reggae star who, from what I can gather, is also the musician and vocalist as well as the dub engineer? Surely not.. Hailing from Birmingham and previously part of Ruffneck Trilogy I'm already deep into the internet finding out what I can about this dub cat. Proper old school style - love it!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. The Badlands (Vocal)
                      B1. Dubwise

                      Prince Jamo

                      Back Off / Dubwise

                      Deep and heavy Roots in a 70s Revival style. Self produced, written and performed by the great Prince Jamo out of UK! Shaka style.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Wow! Where's this cropped up from?! Not heard a dub this tasty for ages - and... it's... new?!?! Well good. There's another one from Prince Jamo to check out this week too.. Blessed!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Back Off (Vocal)
                      B1. Dubwise

                      Peaky Beats, Pinder, & Hurrell debut their first ep as Northern Division on PBR Doubled as a Leeds family collaboration with Spin city on the B-side. Speed garage from the heart of Yorkshire to get the summer started.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Autum Terrace
                      A2. Burley Park
                      B1. LSD & 2 E’s Ft Spin City

                      Rayko the Spanish Disco Producer and DJ extraordinaire has been busy in his Madrid based Studio burning the midnight oil to deliver Vadillo Vice Volume two.

                      Four reworked funk fuelled bass heavy cuts, tried and tested by the man himself on dancefloors across the globe and due to be released on vinyl only later in the year.

                      Deeply rooted in the golden era of the 70s and 80s, Rayko’s influences are masterfully interpreted and transformed into modern day dancefloor bombs, and are a key signature sound of his long established label Rare Wiri (Since 2008) an outlet for his productions alongside other likeminded artists such as Daniele Baldelli, Man Parrish, Gazeebo, Ilija Rudman, Ichisan, Spirit Catcher, Mushrooms Project, Eric Duncan among many others.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Rain
                      A2. Mercy
                      B1. Gold Dust Woman
                      B2. Amigo

                      The by-now seminal Is It Balearic label welcomes long-time Balearic boss Max Essa for another superbly horizontal offering that will take you to the beach no matter where you are. He is a regular on this label who has been serving up top tunes and compiling superb collections like 2016's 10-Year Anniversary comp for ages, and the quality levels never dip. This fresh four-tracker traverses gently breaking synth waves, undulating dubby undercurrents and gloriously sun-kissed synth work all in a soothing and meditative style.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Mine says: Paradise music from Max Essa on the evergreen Is It Balearic. Urging us out of a our winter hibernation and tantalizing us with brighter time ahead.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Belgian Caravan
                      2. Moonlight Contribution
                      3. Dry Plains Parade
                      4. Southern Edges

                      Sweden's mash-up maestro returns with six tracks of masterfully cross-pollinated bangers on this hand stamped white label. On tap we have classics from Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Elvis & Alexander O’Neal, classily re-contextualized in ways only the Mighty Swede can manage. As usually - limited, randomly coloured vinyl edition. No digital release.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Beatconductor's back, taking on some frankly gigantic source material somehow tapping into the seams of Saturday night in the Northern Quarter. Keep the fun on the floor and the knob heads out the booth with these party starting splices.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side 1
                      1. Move On Up (5:36)
                      2. Living Disaster (5:40)
                      3. Take Me Home (3:17)
                      Side 2
                      1. Caught In A Trap (4:38)
                      2. Deep Fake (edit) (6:01)
                      3. Move On Up (STTD Remix) (4:24)

                      Kemastry & Jazz T

                      A Delusional Guide For The Disillusioned

                      Kemastry and Jazz T collaborate to bring you this heavyweight 5 track EP with features from Ramson Badbonez & Roughneck Jihad. The dope video for Hamster wheel has been smashing it on Youtube! Instrumental versions are on the B side.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Mind Control
                      2. Delusional
                      3. Apocolyptic Flows (feat. Ramson Badbonez)
                      4. Hamster Wheel (feat. Roughneck Jihad)
                      5. Stay Grounded
                      6. Mind Control (Instrumental)
                      7. Delusional (Instrumental)
                      8. Apocolyptic Flows (Instrumental)
                      9. Hamster Wheel (Instrumental)
                      10. Stay Grounded (Instrumental)

                      New from California born Taylor FreelsTaylor Freels aka Liquid Earth and we gotta say, this is some of the freshest house music we've heard for a while!

                      Quirky and squelchy in parts, deep and dubby in others, but with a raw carnival spirit running through; it's built for the big soundsystems and outdoor parties, and, as yet, is still deliciously underground. 

                      "Beat Girl Beat Boy" twists minds and wiggles hips with its amalgamation of filter house, botchit breaks and daft vox - fun yet hefty enough to get the crowd bumping. "Funk Patrol" deploys squashed funk licks to another almost-new-school-breaks rhythm section that should keep b-boys and fans of Skint, Les Ryhthm Digitales and even Armand Van Helden (there's a bit of "Ultrafunkula" in there if you ask me!) more than happy. 

                      "Bug Collector" on side B takes things a bit more bassbin orientated, taking cues from US legends like Murk and Todd Terry, with a proggy edge binging it back to mid 90s UK influences. Finally, "The Wind Up" concludes with an anthemic, foundation shaking warehouse wobbler. Full frontal bass, rave stabs, Sheffield bleeps and brick busting rhythms certifying this one as an absolute banger! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: I got this in solely cos it sounds like the kinda turn-of-the-millennium house and breaks that I used to buzz off 20-25 years ago. Not in a retro perverse way; it's just got that funky, stylish spirit that screams of a time more innocent yet decadent than our current climate.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Beat Girl Beat Boy
                      A2. Funk Patrol
                      B1. The Bug Collector
                      B2. The Wind Up

                      Ever-prolific, ever-consistent Colombian producer Felipe Gordon returns to the RNT catalog for his 3rd EP. It’s a signature FG affair, from start to finish with deep jazz house chuggers like Homage to Bossa and Flutes of Gold, to the wistful and mysterious energy of Beside Me and the arpeggiated synth stomper Acid Party at Santa Barbara. An absolutely standout record with gorgeous jacket art to boot…buy on sight!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Flutes Of Gold
                      A2. Right Beside Me
                      B1. Homage To Bossa
                      B2. Acid Party At Santa Barbara

                      King Sporty / The Extra Funk Factory

                      Fantasy - Incl. Jonny Rock Remix

                      The last of the Konduko series from Emotional Rescue arrives now and quite possibly it is the best of the lot from Noel Williams. His 'Fantasy' saw him work with Larry Dermer aka Der Mer on what is an effective and catchy electro jam that operates at the higher end of the tempo chart with some classic vocoder vocal action to really make it pop. Despite being released originally in 1984 this one still bangs with its emulated TR-808 beats and nagging melodies. The instrumental heightens that and then the Jonny Rock Discomix shuts down with long-form rework that shows why the DJ, editor and all-round amiable bloke is so well regarded.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Mine says: Just when you thought Emotional Rescue had mined all the King Sporty gold they go an unearth a fresh seam! Jonny Rock's on hand to add to its karat, very nice!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Fantasy (Instrumental)
                      Fantasy (Jonny Rock Discomix)

                      More from rising Chicago house cat Dave Maze. Here he teams up with frequent collaborator Spike Rebel for three tracks spanning deep acidic flavours such as Phuture and Adonis; and more funky, disco-house vibes a la Glenn Underground and MCDE. Dave has got his own style though, so these are simply reference points to give you a flavour. 

                      I have to say everything we've had from this producer so far has been excellent, and if you're into the classic lineage of US house music - from jacking, primitive acid trax right up more high fidelity, soulful house productions and even disco edits and such like - Dave Maze has you covered! Be great to see him in action on UK soils soon - anyone got him booked?! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Dave Maze can do no wrong in my book at the moment, and I'm feverish for him to play a gig here in MCR. Two disco-house refixes that sound a bit Strictly Jazz Unit / Stilove4music and one epic warehouse jam that's a bit Weatherall-esque as well. A true rising star.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side 1
                      1. Organic Boogie (5:13)
                      2. Tasty Yams (5:03)
                      Side 2
                      1. It's Just A Dream

                      After reveling in anonymity for volume 1 (albeit with a few clues), we can now reveal that Tony Loveless is infact the alias of K'Alexi! Who'da thunk it?!
                      The esteemed Chicagoan returns with volume 2 of his reel-2-reel edits - executed in that classic tradition that stretches from Jamal Moss and Greg Wilson to Ron Hardy. Source material is painfully obscure so please - answers on a postcard / DM if you know the originals!

                      "These Things Happen" pairs soulful female vox to a bucking classic house riddim, chugging with round bass, simple piano licks and overactive woodblocks. It's a gloriously long arrangement, tailor made to get the club burning hot with its diva vox certainly igniting the interest of any queer crowd.

                      "If You Want Me To Stay" employs some really tasty tape saturation a la the Members Only series and again, utilizes source material completely unknown to me. It's a fizzy slice of stripped back disco, with bass and drums leading the charge as a fun and funky female vox, rising brass and light keys dress the track in buckets of late night glitz.

                      "R U Lonely" is a wild, barn stomping edits that is the most Jamal Moss-esque outta these three edits. Tough on the mid range, looping up a whole plethora of hooks and driving the vocals well into the red. An absolute head melter that sounds like its been ripped straight outta the Muzic Box cira '89.

                      Highly recommended! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Tony Loveless chucks out some barn stomping, buck wild edits that remind me of Jamal Moss' "Worst Edits" series. He's defo been drinking outta Ron Hardy's acid punch whichever way you look at it.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. These Things Happen
                      B1. If You Want Me To Stay
                      B2. R U Lonely

                      Marco Faraone / Eli Brown / Layton Giordani Featuring. Offaiah

                      Emergency / When I Push

                      Marco Faraone reworks an Italian dance classic, as Prezioso feat. Marvin ‘Emergency 911’ gets a modern-day techno remake. Faraone was just 12-year-old when ‘Emergency 911’ was released in 2000 on Time Records, the track sparking an early love for dance music, before he’d go on to discover house and techno in his mid-teens. One listen to Faraone’s modern day remake and there’s no surprise it got the seal of approval from the legendary Time Records (and countless I.D hunting ravers). This is punchy and powerful techno that utilises the famous sample to thrilling effect. A very large record indeed! The anticipation for this palpable. Two stars of techno’s new skool – Eli Brown & Layton Giordani – link for their debut collaboration, ‘When I Push’, utilising a sample from OFFAIAH’s ‘Push Pull’. A thrilling highlight of Drumcode’s ADE Awakenings event when Eli Brown joined the crew for the first time at Gashouder, ‘When I Push’, is shaping to be an early contender for techno track of 2024. The cut follows Brown’s stunning ‘RIDE OR DIE’ with HI-LO and a string of standout releases led by ‘Be The One’ which has an incredible 41M plays on Spotify, reinforcing his powerhouse status. Likewise, Giordani has enjoyed another impressive 12 months, with both ‘Life Moves Fast’ and ‘Phantom’, his two beloved releases of 2023 sitting at 1.6M and 2.5M streams respectively, while he recently fulfilled a childhood dream by playing b2b with Adam Beyer at Gashouder. ‘When I Push’ immediately captures listeners with a seductive vox - ‘When I push, I feel good / when I pull, I feel good’, taken from OFFAIAH electrifying 2018 hit on Defected ‘Push Pull’, which rubs shoulders with a striking bassline for a high-impact effect. Amidst the pulsating bass stabs, the track builds to a dizzying crescendo, before dropping down into a pumping dancefloor workout in the final stanza. An exhilarating dancefloor anthem, fit for stadium raves and dark sweaty clubs alike.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Emergency
                      B1. When I Push

                      Kicking off our new Toolroom Trax vinyl series which celebrates the best releases from Toolroom’s sister label is Italian super-duo Twolate with the incredible new single 'Baila'. A straight-up 4 to the floor club shaker, with powerful hard-hitting drums, deep punchy afro vocals with carnival whistles and percussion hits that will turn the dancefloor into a fiesta. Two dance heavyweights collide on our next offering; best-selling house artist CASSIMM and Chicago house royalty Gene Farris for their latest collaboration 'Party People'. With numerous #1 singles and remixes on Beatport and Traxsource, CASSIMM returns to Trax with his notorious sound of feel-good, high-energy house music, team that with Gene Farris as he effortlessly delivers another irresistible vocal hook. 'This is for my people, my party people'. James Haskell kicks things off on the b-side with 'Check It Out'. With numerous releases on D4 D4NCE, LoveJuice and of course Toolroom, James Haskell is fast gaining support from the scenes top tastemakers including Bob Sinclar, Leftwing : Kody, David Guetta, Tita Lau and Dombresky to name a few. Gracing club hotspots around the world, James Haskell is set to top the charts with his Tech House and Big Room sound. Closing out the Sampler is Toolroom Trax A&R and Music Curator Danny Rhys with his percussive tech house weapon 'Sibali'. Following on from his 2021 Traxsource number #1 single 'Damn Good', in collaboration with house vocalist legend Mr. V. With releases on respectable labels such as Farris Wheel Recordings, Flashmob, HouseU and There Was Jack, Danny Rhys boasts high, feel-good energy, bumpy basslines, rolling percussion and infectious vocals that has since gained respect from AAA talents such as Gorgon City, TCTS, Kryder and of course Mark Knight.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Twolate - Baila
                      A2. CASSIMM, Gene Farris – Party People
                      B1. James Haskell – Check It Out
                      B2. Danny Rhys – Sibali

                      No Nation / Artificial Red

                      Special Remix Edition Pt 2

                      Coco Bryce's Myor Massiv has become a staple amongst the modern DnB scene with a vast catalogue of release introducing plenty of new school talent, alongside his own dazzling productions.

                      No Nation and Artificial Red are new to the label and they drop two very different flavoured dishes of fresh beatification.

                      No Nation's "Loving You" is a dark slab of hybridized neurofunk; glitched eerie pad samples chopped and skewed while an almost footwerk break powers proceedings forwards, before dropping back into more traditional breakage. It's a powerful track that'll get the geekier ends of the audience scratching their heads for an ID.

                      Artificial Red meanwhile causes a total rukus, dropping rampant amens and speaker blowing sub bass like it ain't no tomorrow over a sped up sample of The Supreme's "Baby Love". Sounds a bit like some of the new DJ Absolutely Shit stuff that's due out later in the year and is sure to cause a riot at your like jungle party.

                      Big tip on this one folks.. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Strong modern DnB from the Myor camp with two highly functional peak timers that'll have the subs rumbling and the tops clattering wonderfully.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. No Nation - Lovin U
                      B1. Artificial Red - Ma Bae Be Luv

                      Needing no introduction, The Chemical Brothers make a very special appearance on Phantasy with a limited-edition vinyl pressing of Erol Alkan’s triumphant remix of ‘Goodbye’, a highlight from their recent, Grammy-nominated album, ‘For That Beautiful Feeling’.

                      Masterfully bridging soulful vocals and widescreen techno with their typical psychedelic edge, Alkan’s interpretation demonstrates his unique brotherhood with Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. Across a near ten-minute journey, Alkan pushes the Brothers’ irresistible synth line further into dissonant analogue bliss, which coupled with celestial breakdowns, already counts as a personal favourite in the London DJ and producer’s diverse, enviable back catalogue of reworks. The other side of the record includes Alkan's previously unreleased instrumental.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Form an orderly queue! Two heavyweights meet for a titanic clash of stadium-destroying peak time energy. "Goodbye" has been Tom & Ed's closing song throughout their last tour and given the Erol Alkin treatment, who slices sawtooths and squarewaves together like a sashimi chef, it's taken to a whole higher elevation.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A. Goodbye (Erol Alkan Rework)
                      B. Goodbye (Erol Alkan Instrumental Rework) 

                      Jalen Ngonda

                      Come Around And Love Me / What Is Left To Do

                        A modern, mid-tempo masterpiece whose lush arrangement and laser-sharp groove provide the perfect foundation for Jalen’s profoundly soulful vocals. The track exudes charm and manifests positivity in a way rarely captured on today’s soul scene.

                        On the flip is the moody, previously unreleased beat-ballad, “What is Left to Do”, whose gorgeous strings, plaintive, call and response chorus and tasteful delay create the kind of subdued psychedelic that was coming out of Motown in the early 70’s. But contrary to the trends of that era, both sides of this disc are presented in glorious mono.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A – Come Around And Love Me
                        Side B – What Is Left To Do

                        Mato Feat. Ethel Lindsey

                        Baby Come Back

                        Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, presents the 2nd release from its new Mellow Reggae Series project. Launched by Mato & Ethel Lindsey with a stunning cover of the famous “What You Won’t Do For Love” by Bobby Caldwell, the series continues with the same duo, now taking over “Baby Come Back”, the underground AOR / blue-eyed-soul classic from Player.

                        “Baby Come Back” is a true One-Hit Wonder, reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1977, while very few people might be able to name who performed it. As always, Mato delivers an outstanding version, delighting us with his dubwise production chops. Ethel Lindsey delivers the perfect vocals for this inspired cover. Currently preparing his 1st album to be released on Favorite Recordings, Ethel has a deep passion for AOR and blue-eyed-soul style - which blends seemlessly with Mato's disco-reggae tweaks! 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Paul says: A great slice of lilting, hammock-friendly soul-reggae. One of those great tracks that'll have 'em rocking in their bean bags. Can't wait for summer!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A. Baby Come Back
                        B. Baby Come Back (Dub)

                        3 Men Gone Mad were an independent group formed in Blackburn and Darwen in the UK. They fused electronic sounds with rock and were prolific in the 1990s when they became cult favourites amongst those who know. You Try is a much sought-after collection that has been restored by Utopia Records many years after it made its way onto John Peel's 1991 Festive 50. He heard in it a mix of The Clash, Joy Division and Talking Heads and that still rings true. The main mix has a raw energy that captures the angst of Britain at the time - and still today, frankly. A spaced-out dub brings a fresh feeling of euphoria and an extended B-side mix draws out this record's undeniable pleasures.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Mine says: Like a slightly more cosmic Happy Mondays this should please both the indie brigade and the drug chuggers. Well baggy and well addictive. Can't wait for Andy to get his bucket hat out when this lands in the shop!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        You Try
                        You Try (mix 1)
                        You Try (mix 2)

                        Introducing the Volume 2 of Noire & Blanche's various artists compilations, blending house and Balearic moods in a sultry and seductive style. The 12" features DJs from all over the world, from Brighton with Casino Times to Manchester with North Of the Island (new alias of one Neil Diablo! - shhh!!), and even from Paris. Notably, they have collaborated with long-time label partners such as Tell and Juravlove, while also introducing new talents like DJ Psychiatre and Aguila.

                        Tell gets us underway with the coastal moods of "Because I Love You" - which sounds, to my ears anyway, exactly like you're sat at your favourite beach-side cocktail bar towards the late afternoon with the waves retreating back into the ocean and the smell of grilled squid flooding your nose. Neil Diablo's new alias North Of The Island nods to Jose Padilla's "So Many Colours" and Ruf Dug's "Island" LPs with the stacato arps and deep bass of "Kit Kat". There's even a bit of Manuel Göttsching in there I reckon! Very exciting to hear more of this stuff Neil! 

                        Warm, filtered loops deployed with a fast pace and jazzy inflections characterize Aguila's "Hazy Dew" while Casino Times deliver some ravishing, eyes-down deep house. 

                        Juravlove offer up some Balearic-oddball-exotica in "Malishka" (which I think translates to 'baby' in Russian) while DJ Psychiatre sets sequencers to glide mode on the super smooth deep house romp: "Faux Départ". All in all a thoroughly enjoyable excursion into the more blissful and musical corners of modern dance music. Superb! 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Well rounded collection of modern paradise music featuring the new alias of Manchester's Neil Diablo (North Of The Island). Plenty to get stuck into here on the label's second V/A excursion.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Tell - Because I Love You
                        A2. DJ Psychiatre - Faux Départ
                        A3. North Of The Island - Kit Kat
                        B1. Juravlove - Malishka
                        B2. Casino Times - We Are One
                        B3. Aguila - Hazy Dew

                        Oceanvs Orientalis reveals the second single from his forthcoming album on Crosstown Rebels with ‘Heart Pieces’ feat. Idil Mese, accompanied by remixes from Mustafa Ismaeel and Nightmares On Wax.

                        A producer, live performer and solo act whose productions merge influences spanning Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian and Arabic sonics and beyond, Safak Oz Kutle, aka Oceanvs Orientalis, has crafted a sound that is entirely his own ever since making his debut back in 2014. Following on from his impressive debut appearance on the imprint with ‘Il Lupo’ alongside Italian talent Tooker, revealing the first single from his forthcoming album, the Istanbul-based talent is back on Crosstown Rebels with another gem taken from the project as he reunites with singer-songwriter Idil Mese for the excellent ‘Heart Pieces’ - with remixes from Crosstown and Rebellion regular Mustafa Ismaael, and legendary house talent and Warp favourite Nightmares On Wax.

                        Slow-blooming and resonant throughout, guided by Mese’s soulful and emotive vocals, vibrant sax melodies and trippy background samples, ‘Heart Pieces’ is a dazzling slice of laid-back, jazz-infused house music full of subtle elements. Remixing the record, Mustafa Ismaeel leans towards late-night hours with a remix drenched in rolling percussion and sweeping leads, while Nightmares On Wax takes the track in two directions - opting for loose drums, hazy tones and chugging grooves across his first take before laying the focus solely on the musical elements with his ‘Club Dub’.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Came for the bass-bugging Nightmares On Wax remix. Stayed for the terrace-friendly Mustafa Ismael remix. Strong package from Crosstown and co.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Heart Pieces 
                        A2. Heart Pieces (Mustafa Ismaeel Remix) 
                        B1. Heart Pieces (Nightmares On Wax Remix) 
                        B2. Heart Pieces (Nightmares On Wax Club Dub) 

                        (Emotional) Especial looks to the emergent producer that is Chez De Milo for a new EP that collides the energy of Glastonbury, historic echoes of the free party scene and the psychedelic electronics of Bristol and the West Country into four fresh new cuts here. 'Et Al' is a mystic late-night house cut with crisp hits and spooky synths keeping you on edge, while 'Gieser' is dark and paranoid as the churning beats and snaking leads tempt you into the shadows. 'Kremer' keeps you locked in a synth-heavy and transcendental suspense at the heart of the dancefloor with Egyptian folk samples and ethnic grooves and 'Thus One' is a razor-sharp electro closer.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Mine says: Techno goths of the world unite! Music for the deepest darkest dungeons comes in the form of Chez De Milo's latest offering, a set of 4 brilliantly miserable chuggers.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Et Al
                        Thus One

                        Plus One

                        Wonder / Llamada Romantica

                        Very limited stamped white label of one big vibed out anthem and one all out garage stepper from Dublin born, London based DJ & producer Plus One. "Wonder" & "Llamada Romantica" have been getting road tested throughout from some big names over the last year, including the latter closing out Ben UFO's most recent Lot Radio appearance in New York. Fresher and fresh and ready for the weekend! TIP!

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Very cheeky, blink-and-you'll-miss-it white label with some upfront club pressure that's gonna have kids running up to the DJ booth for an ID.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Wonder
                        B1. Llamada Romantica

                        Mysticisms' Dubplate series is back once again, this time with Nick Barber aka Doof at the helm. He was a 90s trance icon who here serves up some tunes that have previously only been available digitally. They were all recorded to tape and remixed and live dubbed on the desk so have an authentic feel to the melon twisting sounds. There are plenty of psychedelic twists and turns to the wispy synth leads and snaking hits here, all with heavy and cavernous low ends and plenty of future facing ideas. Each one is sure to set the dancefloor alight when dropped at the right moment.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Free party digi-dub-tekno for crusties, students, anarcho-squat ravers and all the good folk in between.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Baba, We Love Dub So
                        Skunked On Planet Dub
                        Sticks & Stone

                        An uplifting, feel-good record that's deep, techy and insatiably groovy - exactly what we mean when we say GOOD TECH HOUSE! Zone+ is a DJ and producer from Bahrain who's released on Anjunadeep and All Day I Dream. This is a vinyl only release for WTR and demonstrates his rich, beautifully layered musical style perfectly. Whether its the rolling congas, deep bass plumes, hypnotic melodies or kinetic rhythms - its a sound that'll please the terraces and the basement clubs in equal measure. RIYL the Botanical Mind's label and Ted Amber's recent excursions; there's a certain Ibiza-centric engineering going on which we're well on board with. Don't sleep!  

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Liquid flowing, deep tech house business here. The kind of shit that Craig Richards and Jane Fitz used to hammer out. Love it.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. A Star
                        A2. Forever
                        B1. Petra 

                        Originally released in 1991 via their own Triple Helix Records, Automation  revisits 'The Remixes' EP, featuring 4 tracks that have stood the test of time, bridging the gap between hardcore, breakbeat, and techno - and riding the current hardcore breakbeat wave with all the style of a pro surfer. LImited copies. 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: A true rarity from the hardcore continuum. Visioning the transition that would later meld hardcore and techno - these up-all-nite warehouse rockets would quite literally twist peoples melons inside out when dancers first heard their indignant clatter. They still say a big F*CK OFF to the establishment and their infamous criminal justice bill.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Espionage 
                        A2. Doomsday 
                        B1. Pacemaker 
                        B2. Electricity 

                        B2 Recordings keeps it deep once more with a new 12" of cuddly and cosy house grooves from Those Guys From Athens. 'Be What You Wanna Be' is a perfectly humid and balmy opener for a summer's evening dance under a fading sun, then 'That's What I've Got To Do' picks up the pace with some floored melodies and disco swing. There is a familiar lazy funk bassline to 'Wish You Were Here With Me' as well as a well-treated classic vocal sample from Bill Withers to make this one a real heart melter. 'Feelin' is a more hefty and heavy house sound that will enliven any warm-up.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Those Guys From Anthens take a leaf outta Jamal Moss' edit archive and have a go at Chantel Curtis' "Get Another Love" with pleasing, terrace-friendly results. Then the loopy disco-house fun continues with three other dizzyingly good cuts.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Be What You Wanna Be
                        That’s What I’ve Got To Do
                        Wish You Were Here With Me

                        Late Nite Tuff Guy

                        Tuff Cuts #13

                        LNTG brings another batch of supremely executed edits to the table, timeless tracks from the vaults given a fresh feel, extended, reworked and reloved direct from the Stems.

                        A side features Disco Funk royalty reworked to perfection. On the flip we have 2 classic party anthems.

                        LNTG at his best!

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: LNTG has become synonymous with working the bigger hits of the disco and soul spectrum into workable, modern dancefloor epics. His formula ain't changed on number 13 of this Tuff Cuts series, with three well known numbers receiving his usual high grade surgery.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Want You 4 Myself
                        B1. Peg
                        B2. 2 B Real


                        Discotecas 004

                        GENIUS steals, talent borrows. OF course this could be right, could be wrong. TIME will tell.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Heavy Dub
                        B1. IFA

                        Big tip for the old school junglist. Two impossible to get a hold of Persian Prince tracks from 1993. Reissued by Meditator Music.

                        Pure pirate radio ruffage decorates lead track, "Persian In AA Babylon" - complete with subwoofer wrecking bass, head mangling rave swrils and the fiercest amen tearouts this sie of Bizzy B. Add a few dubwise elements and you've got a sound system wrekka of maximum carnage! "Dub Like A Lion" continues the theme - merging rastaman vox, dubwise bass and gatt gun blasts of hyped up breaks. "Desertism (The Meditator Remix)" concludes with more liquid flavoured vibes, it's mystic lead line, angelic pads and reverb-drenched vocal adding to the more d&b flavoured drum palette beautifully, conjuring up one of those anthemic crossover tracks that most old school or new school DJs could work into their sets.

                        Epic stuff available once again. Don't sleep.  

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Jungle-reggae circa '93 of the finest order. Real sound system joints here that have been painfully hard to acquire for time. Considering the technology availabLe at the time, Persian Prince was extracting more juice out of his Akai than any of today's cats with an Ableton sample pack and a ripped copy of re:drum. Real bizniz!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Persian In AA Babylon
                        A2. Dub Like Lion
                        B1. Persian Prince - Desertism (The Meditator Remix)

                        Melbourne's Sgt Slick returns with another 4 superb re-edits for his Recuts imprint. 20 years deep in the game, accolades aplenty, collabs with some the finest out there and a serious string of his own productions, Sgt Slick knows what works on the dancefloor and these edits showcase that to a T. Some out and out classics, reworked with the club clearly in mind.

                        Buy or Cry.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. That Stranger Called Love
                        A2. Lies That Aren’t Big
                        B1. Control Yourself
                        B2. I Only Shoot Love

                        Saucy Lady / Slynk

                        High Class (XL Middleton Remix)

                        Modern disco favorite Saucy Lady teams up with modern funk maestro XL Middleton to remix a feel-good floor filler, centered around synth bass & uplifting piano chords reminiscent of the golden age of boogie.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. XL Middleton Remix
                        B1. Original Slynk Mix

                        The Mr K Edits

                        I'm Here Again / Time Of The Season

                        Wonderful edit king Mr K is back with more of his superb scalpel work on his own Most Excellent Unltd label. This latest 7" tackles some mighty original material in the form of Stevie Wonder's gloriously uplifting 'If You Really Love Me.' It is just as life-affirming and joyous in Mr K's hands with some extra drum weight and drawn-out grooves that will energise any dancefloor. On the flip is 'Time Of The Season' which taps into some golden funk and soul with soaring vocals and big horns over a killer, infectious bassline.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Danny K's at it again with another double headed 7" tackling heavyweights Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. The king of the edit doesn't shake at the pressure - giving them both the kind of professional service they deserve.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        I'm Here Again
                        Time Of The Season

                        Justin Drake and Clive Henry, recognised as the legendary Peace Division, stood out as one of the UK's most successful tribal/tech house production duos from the late 90s to the mid-00s. Their contributions extended to renowned British labels such as NRK and Junior London, as well as releases with Hooj, Crosstown Rebels, and major label remixes.

                        Lesser-known but equally intriguing was their venture into a different musical realm under the alias Soul Purpose. Shifting towards a deeper shade of house, Soul Purpose featured tracks characterised by lush chords and rolling basslines, placing a strong emphasis on the soulful elements.

                        Originally released on Low Pressing Limited, an offshoot label of Clive Henry and Rocky (X-Press 2) iconic Low Pressing, the four Soul Purpose titles emerged between 1997 and 1998. Despite being somewhat under the radar, these tracks gained recognition among DJs in the know. Now, the Selected Works release, compiled from the original DAT tapes and fully remastered, reunites the entire Soul Purpose catalogue for the first time in 27 years since their initial release.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Soul Purpose 1 (A)
                        A2. Soul Purpose 3
                        B1. Soul Purpose 1 (AA)
                        B2. Soul Purpose 4 (Stalis Theme)

                        Various Artists

                        Fool’s Paradise Sampler Vol. 1

                        Fool’s Paradise is the exciting new label from Toolroom Records’ Mark Knight - that comes straight from the heart, it’s a natural progression from his hugely acclaimed 2021 album release, ‘Untold Business’, which saw Mark go back to his roots, paying homage to the more funky, soulful, and vocal House from the 1990s from where he came. With a focus on real instrumentation and production, coupled with great song writing, this new Toolroom sub label will be a platform for high quality House music that’s designed to stand the test of time. Launching the new label with a mighty bang and delivering the first in our exciting new vinyl sampler series is head honcho, Mark Knight who joins forces with Australian Toolroom label mate, Sgt Slick and British Soul sensation, Beverley Knight on a dynamite cover of Prince’s 1979 classic, ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’. Respectfully transporting the song onto today’s dance floors, Mark & Sgt Slick deliver a classy uplifting soulful house production, loaded with funky guitars, warm pads and sublime key performances. Adding the icing on the cake and putting her own stamp on things, Beverley belts out one of her signature spine-tingling vocals, garnished with lush harmonies and BV’s that would indeed make The Purple One proud! Completing the vinyl package is Dance music stalwart, Opolopo, and British Soul icon, Jaki Graham, who together bring the dance floor heat with their new single, ‘Fire’. Powered by a potent soulful house groove from Opolopo, loaded with warm piano hooks, emotive synth melodies and a sublime popping bass hook, ‘Fire’ see’s Jaki flaunt her electrifying vocal talents with a show-stopping performance on this irresistibly catchy song.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Mark Knight, Sgt Slick, Beverly Knight - I Wanna Be Your Lover
                        B1. Opolopo, Jaki Graham - Fire

                        Deetron / Bruise

                        Runnin' / AM_909 / Sway / Getup

                        The legendary NYC label Nu Groove commits another pair of releases to wax, this time featuring recent tracks from Swiss producer Deetron and underground house staple Bruise. Inspired by the soulful techno and house birthed in Detroit, Deetron relaunched Nu Groove alongside NYC house legend Jovonn in 2021 before returning with a two-track release in 2023. The lead, ‘Runnin’’, offers sharp house built from the creative use of loops and noise manipulation, while ‘AM_909’ is noted for its more dreamlike quality. Two tracks from Bruise’s Nu Groove debut ‘Transit EP’ follow, as the Birmingham born producer Christian Campbell delivers ‘Sway’, aptly named for its low-slung beats and ethereal builds, while ‘Getup’ is more reminiscent of gems from the original Nu Groove catalogue.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Deetron - Runnin’
                        A2. Deetron - AM_909
                        B1. Bruise - Sway
                        B2. Bruise - Getup

                        Kerri Chandler’s Kaoz Theory welcomes the return of Dj Steaw in January 2024 with his ‘Get Back To The Fonk’ EP.

                        Parisian House stalwart Dj Steaw has grown to become a widely respected figure in the field of raw, underground, classic House over the past decade, racking up releases on many leading imprints of the genre such as Hot Haus, Meta, Local Talk, Step and Phonogramme as well as his own Steaward, Rutilance and House Puff. Here though he returns to Kaoz Theory following the success of his ‘Colour Of Mind’ EP in 2022.

                        Title-cut ‘Get Back To The Fonk’ opens and sees Dj Steaw lay down a jazzy keys and stab sequences, a bouncy bass line and heavily swung drums alongside an amalgamation of spoken word vocals and chants. ‘Don’t Stop’ follows next and shift focus into deeper realms with warm, fluttering chords, swaying subs and airy strings running atop of a robust rhythm. ‘In My Body’s House’ is up next to open the B-side, embracing a true House feel this time through the use of organic piano melodies, sax licks and organ lines intertwined with a bumpy bass hook and dubbed out vocal effects. ‘Grey Matter’ then concludes the original material, focusing on multilayered dreamy keys, resonant flutters and skippy percussion.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: DJ Steaw knows what Kerri Chandler likes - swinging those elbows like a podium star with nods to the Church of House music. Perfectly epitomizes across these four tracks. It's definitely got that Kaoz spirit coursing through its grooves.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Get Back To The Fonk
                        A2. Don’t Stop
                        B1. In My Body’s House
                        B2. Grey Matter

                        Dickie Landry Featuring JD Twitch

                        Hang The Rich

                        Dickie Landry’s saxophones have challenged, soothed, and blown minds around the world in his lengthy career as a jazz and avant-garde blower of the highest regard. He was a founding member of the Phillip Glass Ensemble and (according to Wikipedia lore) introduced Paul Simon to zydeco, one of the indigenous sounds of his native southern Louisiana. Rarely, though, does Dickie’s saxophone make you want to get up and dance like a crazy person.

                        Such is the effect of “Hang The Rich,” a nugget of slinky, ecstatic punk-funk that was until recently completely lost to the sands of time. Recorded in 1986 (or thereabouts) in New Orleans and featuring vocalist Evelyn Erhard, percussionist Billy Ware, drummer Ricky Sebastian and Dickie himself on saxophones and a Roland Jupiter 4 synthesizer, it’s the kind of song that compels you to move any which way you can, drunk on indignance and the power of satan’s music.

                        The track came to DFA via LCD Soundsystem’s Korey Richey, who knows Dickie from back home in Louisiana. After a lengthy search, we located the original tapes in a storage locker somewhere in the Southeast and finally were able to get a clean, quality transfer done here at DFA HQ.

                        From there, we only had one person in mind for a more DJ-friendly edit: Glasgow’s JD Twitch, one half of Optimo and a selector of similarly puckish spirit. Twitch’s ability to contextualize these older, skronkier sounds for a modern dancefloor are in full display on his version, which hits hard and jagged but then opens up into those ineffable rapturous moments.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: JD Twitch on DFA with a song called "Hang The Rich"? We were already won over! Add veteran Louisiana avantgarde saxophonist Dicky Landry for extra oddball pointage and you've got an indignant, punk-funk romp to kick off the 2024 in suitably rousing form.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Hang The Rich
                        B1. Hang The Rich (JD Twitch Edit)

                        Rich and steppy electronics from Stefan Schwander (aka Harmonious Thelonious) - seemingly looking back at his own Rephlexion in a mirror of inspiration. He's got it spot on. The whole EP was made exclusively using the beautiful synthesis of Elektron's hallowed Monomachine. There's bass weight to rival anything from the digi-dub cannon; intricate electronix a la the whole Replex / Cornish acid scene and intricate drum programming that'd make even the best Detroit electro veteran blush. All in all, an inpired and original EP of machine funk laced with humanoid interaction. Top drawer. 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Incredible record for machine freaks. Seamlessly referencing Detroit electro, Cornish acid and UK digi-dub with a sophisticated, cybernetic, b-boy swagger. Proper.

                        TRACK LISTING


                        'Right Of Me' is an incandescent and refined excerpt, like the entire new concept of the album 'Peaceful Sound For Broken Minds' due out on 28 Feb 24. The plan of Salvo Dub from Catania aka Go.Soul.Map does not stop here - we are in front of an artist with an exceptional creative phase, a hothouse of sparkling ideas that flow out in continuous streams like the lava of Etna in its full eruptive activity.

                        As with 'Pushing', 'Right Of Me' is always presented in a Nu-disco key, super Dance in a formula full of Pop and Soul enriched by keyboard sounds. Salvo comments on how proud he was of this track, which is certainly the strongest track on the whole album, and it is no coincidence that it was chosen as the second single. The performance and refined voice of Derane Obika complete the work, her lyrics touching a deep state that explores the relationship with one's self and faith.

                        In conclusion, we can say that in a world where artificial intelligence will only numb our creative stimuli, there is no shortage of creativity here and at the same time, more unique than rare, Go.Soul.Map. remains firmly anchored to its roots beyond passing fads in a space of pure simplicity and creative essence alongside its friend Derane Obika.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Right Of Me (On My Dance Side Version) [feat. Derane Obika]
                        2. Right Of Me (Radio) [feat. Derane Obika]

                        Amazing floaty modern soul / disco goodness out of late 70s Queens, NY. 'Love Is The Same' two brilliant and different versions, both dancefloor fire…

                        Mark Beiner met Ben Iverson in 1976 when I was 17 years old, at the time he was a junior at Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens. Mark had taken a part time job as a Produce Clerk at Walbaum's Supermarket on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, Queens, where I met Ben Iverson, the "Frozen Food Manager."

                        Back then Mark remembers, 'I was going to work early just to talk to him about his musical background and his time spent in the 50's and 60's with the Ohio Doo Wop Group, "The Hornets", or better known as, "Ben Iverson and The Hornets."'

                        In 1978 after Ben and I discussed getting together and composing music, I started writing poetry and expressing in writing my break-up with my college girlfriend, Paula. Ben and Mark went on to writing two albums worth of material, which in turn gave us a lot of time and presence on stage at our live gigs.

                        The regular Coast to Coast Band members consisted of Ben Iverson on Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitarist and Co-Executive Producer, Joe Crowley, who is known today as "New York Congressman Joe Crowley." Carl (Woody Wood) Morton on Bass Guitar, Jimmy Johnson on Keyboards. Lead Guitarist, Lou Jimenez, currently owns his own recording studio, Music Labs in Elmont, Long Island. On Drums, Eddie Byam, on Alto Sax, Jay Cohen, who in the 70's used to record for "Gary U.S. Bonds." Gary Pevols on Trumpet. On Bone, Scott Burrows, Trumpet player, Steve Becker, along side Neil Levine, Stan Stockley, Tom Russo.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Love Is The Same
                        2. Love Is The Same (Instrumental)

                        The Funnybone Express

                        All The Way Down

                        Brilliant rough and funky two sider from Charles Barnwell's band The Funnybone express. A very obscure deepfunk spin with that splash of modern sound that was so appreciated at the time (I can't actually remember whether it was Ian or Keb that first played this). It has remained an extremely rare and sought after slab of wax and this limited run of 500 will serve to sort out the heads that know the score. Big up DJ Mr Big Happy (check out his NTS show) and Daniel Mathis (Check his show Reachin' Out on WYXR) for helping unearth this rare banger.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. All The Way Down
                        2. Tonight's The Night

                        UV & Nenor


                        The fledgling Fossils label comes through with its fourth EP, this time in the form of a steamy 45rpm from UV & Nenor, the latter of which was behind the label's last release. That EP was full of edits and reworks and this one is another potent disco fusion with plenty of Aston American influences. And that should be no surprise given the title of the A-side is 'Bahia' after the northeastern Brazilian state. It's a lively rhythm with bird calls and whistles, vocal chanting and heavily percussive and loose-limbed rhythms. 'Goombay' is similar but with smeared and searching synth leads and plenty of tropical heat packed into the mix.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Tropical disco heat on 7". Not much else to say about this one. UV & Nenor are new to me, but I've defo heard that vocal hook off "Goombay" out and about over the last months. Anyway it's a brilliantly percussive and funky double header that's a no-brainer for any disco-leaning dancefloor.

                        TRACK LISTING


                        When Ben White was 25 years old Eddy Bongo Brown of the Funk Brothers brought him to Motown to play with Marvin Gay, 5 years later he recorded this single 'I would have to be a fool' and released it himself. Ben comes from a long line of musicians in his family, his cousins are Cab Calloway and Otis Redding.

                        Over the years he sessioned for Marvin Gay, Bloodstone, Carl Carlton, High Energy, Harold Johnson, J.W. Alexander, Richard T & The Salsoul Orchestra

                        Unfortunately, as is often the case, children came along and Ben moved away from music, this and forthcoming AOTN single 'Give Me Love' were his only solo recordings unless we can find the tapes of his lost LP further down the line.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. I Would Have To Be A Fool
                        2. Just Give Love A Try

                        Koralle & Modern Sound Quartet

                        New Levels (feat. Illa J) / Chartreuse

                        A new installment in the RELOVED series, 'New Levels / Chartreuse', with an original track from late-70s Italian ensemble Modern Sound Quartet and a rework from producer and beatmaker Koralle featuring iconic rapper Illa J.

                        In keeping with the aim of the series, which is to put a modern and urban spin on tunes from Italian golden age soundtracks and library music, Koralle has used the unique jazz-funk sound of the original sample to create a smooth and stylish hip-hop beat to which Illa J adds irresistible swag and coolness. More than a remix, 'New Levels' is a new composition that takes 'Chartreuse' into the world of contemporary hip-hop and rap.

                        Lorenzo Nada, aka Koralle, is a musician, beatmaker and producer from Bologna, Italy. Nada is best known for his project Godblesscomputers, which kicked off a couple of years ago while he was living in Berlin. After releasing four albums/EPs and touring Europe with a four-piece band, Nada is heading into a new direction as Koralle. Firmly rooted in hip-hop, Koralle is taking his jazz crates and field recordings to the studio. Equipped with an array of synths, Rhodes and bass, he creates deeply textured tracks that touch mind, body and soul. "Each beat is like an object found at the bottom of the sea," says Koralle to describe his music. And adds: "The samples emerge from the depths of my record collection and find a new meaning, transformed, like corals from the bottom of the ocean."

                        Rapping on Koralle's beat is Detroit artist Illa J. Raised in a musical family (his father played piano, his mother sang, and his older brother is the late hip-hop producer J Dilla), he grew up surrounded by jazz, gospel and soul, before building a name for himself as a rapper with a distinctive flow and timbre, but also as a singer and songwriter. Illa J has said of his approach to lyric writing that "the melody comes first, then I bring the words in, even when I'm rapping, you know rhythmically. I'm a singer, so melody comes first, but in terms of the subject matter, the music tells you."

                        The Modern Sound Quartet was an ensemble led by Milanese pianist and composer Oscar Rocchi. It included Rocchi on keys, Andrea Surdi on drums, Ernesto Verardi on guitars, and Luigi Cappellotto on bass. 'Chartreuse' (written by Cappellotto) comes from their 1976 library LP Cocktail Bar – a collection of jazz-funk/jazz-rock/fusion tunes, each named after a famous spirit. While little known to the general public, Cocktail Bar is highly sought after by diggers, DJs and beatmakers.

                        'New Levels / Chartreuse' is the fifth release in the RELOVED series, following Jolly Mare's retouch of Piero Umiliani's 'Discomania' (12"), Free The Robots' rework Gianni Safred's 'Autumn 2001' (7"), Dengue Dengue Dengue's remix of Giuliano Sorgini's 'Oasi Nella Giungla' (7"), and Fratelli Malibu's reversioning of Alessandro Alessandroni's 'Tema di Susie' (12"). The 7" releases are co-curated by fellow independent label Little Beat More.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. New Levels (feat. Illa J)
                        2. Chartreuse

                        Number 4 in Jex's "Bad Timin'" series is here, featuring a quartet of proggy house tunes perfect for your late night club set, clued-in radio show or pumped-up gym session.

                        "Pneumatic" rides those 90s rhythms and gated synth lines proudly, harking back to an authentic free party sound that should keep the original Castlemorton crew gyrating in their reading glasses. "Catalytic" employs some more dreamy tones, yet retains that up-all-nite energy. When those spine-tingling breakdowns immerge I'd be surprised if there's a static jaw across the entire dancefloor.

                        "Molecools" introduces a bouncy, UK house flavour on side B with fizzy stabs and gated vox trailing through another solid array of house beatz. Finally, "Catalytic Conveter Mix" concludes with a suitably end-of-night glow - it's hefty beats complimenting the drifting hypnotic musical elements beautifully. Play to a rising sun for maximum effect!

                        RIYL: Roza Terenzi, D. Tiffany, Regular Fantasy, Sasha & Digweed, Fantazia, open air free parties etc etc.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Jex Opolis treads the on trend trancy and proggy ley lines to create a day-glo'd fist-pumper that'll make you feel like your smoking sputnik in the back of a VW Commer circa '94; lost in the English countryside whilst a speaker stack the size of a bungalow pumps out ecstasy friendly hits.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1 Pneumatic
                        2 Catalytic
                        3 Molecools
                        4 Catalytic Converter Mix

                        Ada Kaleh

                        Unravelling Ft. Eric Leeds

                        Ada Kaleh, the Romanian composer and DJ, follows up on his recent releases for R&S Records and Apollo with a brand new single, ‘Unravelling’.

                        Featuring the vocals of Fela Kuti at his most potent, ‘Unravelling’ also includes a featured performance from Eric Leeds, the American saxophone player most noted for his work with Prince, both in the studio and as part of the Purple One’s touring band.

                        Ada Kaleh constructs a hypnotising and minimalistic rhythm, reminiscent of Tony Allen's drumming style, speckled with dubbed out complexions and kaleidoscopic sonics that provide the perfect bed for Fela Kuti’s distinguished vocal delivery and conscientious lyric. The illustrious jazz musician Eric Leeds lends his prowess to the main mix here, as his smoky saxophone tones glide across ‘Unravelling’ with pure professional class!

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: R&S' new star signing Ada Kaleh drops some shimmering excellence here. Hard to categorize, its live drum loop and Fela Kuti vox almost have you imagining some lost Tony Allen colab, but the electronics lean into something altogether more otherworldly and surreal. It's a head turning track that'll stand proud amongst other genres and styles, making it a very versatile piece of music for both club and radio DJs alike.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A. Unravelling Ft. Eric Leeds 
                        B. Unravelling 

                        Takumi Moriya Black Nation

                        Shakey Jake

                        Paul Murphy: Jazz Room Records. "The first time I heard this I said "I gotta sign it!" as not only was it featured in one of the maddest and most memorable scenes on one of my favorite TV Shows "Severance" from Apple TV, but it's also on one of my favourite albums anyway, "Nation Time" by Joe McPhee."

                        Takumi Moriya's version Is as funky as it gets and is truly way up there and meeting the high as a kitemark standards of "Defiant Jazz" (What a Niche Genre to be in!) This is going to cause some serious Defiant Jazz Shake on a dancefloor near you! Break out the Maraccas!"

                        A limited vinyl 45 release and it's release number 30 on Jazz Room Records so ultra special.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Shakey Jake
                        2. Night Dream


                        Arcade Addict / Proper Tings

                        Two lost & found lofi nuggets from the Jahtari vault, appearing on 7" floppy disc for the very first time. "Arcade Addict" is the original dub cut of Mikey Murka's "Sensi Addict", a version of the sweet Ujama classic that came out as a Jahtari Net-7" in 2006. Sprinkled with field recordings from early 80s arcade halls (done by kids with a walkman) this little oddity never made it to vinyl until now. "Proper Tings" on B is taken from a home made video from 2012, originally made to show the capabilities of a DIY Synth project using a Commodore C64 home computer sound chip, the growly SID synth.

                        Sounds are made from scratch, sequenced out on a MPC - and the ensuing dub jam turned out to be a lucky shot, eventually shaping up as Paul St. Hilaire's "Who Goes There". There's a raw, beautiful 8bit magic to this Dub, finally making it to wax for the first time.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: A unique, inspiring, and singular movement in modern digi-dub and C64-informed electronics, the Jahtari label is truly one of a kind; with a vast catalogue to back up its message. One of the original contributors and poster boys of the label Disrupt comes through with a truly foundation shaking slice of 8-bit, arcadian digi-dub.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Arcade Addict
                        Proper Tings

                        Peggy Gou's Gudu Records label continues in fine form with "Dream Universe", a new four-track EP by Italian duo Hiver.

                        Based in Milan, Giuseppe Albrizio and Sergio Caio have spent the last decade honing a very special take on electro and machine funk, driven by the duo’s trademark basslines, glossy strings that drip with emotion and an overall utopian nature.

                        On Dream Universe, a 'tribute to early ‘90s house and trance', built around trance elements, acid bass and Detroit-inspired rhythms made on iconic synthesizers like the Alpha Juno, Juno 106 and the Roland 303, 909 and D-550, they pack more energy and emotion into their music than ever before, from the high-emotional vocal that defines the EP’s title track, to the raw bass hits that drive "Lodash".

                        At this point, Hiver’s sound is so distinctive that you know one of their tracks the minute you hear it, but "Dream Universe" feels like the high water mark of their work to date; a duo in complete control of their craft.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Spewing rainbows and sparkles out of every orifice, if you like to gaze at the stars whilst dancing in the dark, this is the EP for you! Hiver deliver an open-air dance bomb for your armoury well ahead of festival season. Get it locked and loaded!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Dream Universe (Vocal Mix) 
                        A2. Purple Phaze 
                        B1. Lodash 
                        B2. Higher Space 

                        Frits Wentink’s Bobby Donny is back with six cuts taken from the first nine releases of the Bobby Donny ACE offshoot label. These previously digital only releases from five unknown producers alongside the King of Swing himself, Frits Wentink showcasing the unique sound of Bobby Donny. Presented here for the first time on vinyl and strictly for the discerning house music lover.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Nanky Nimbo - Twilight
                        A2. Boy Berger - Nexus Fusion
                        A3. Frits Wentink - Smack Down
                        B1. Prince Palmer - Pressure (Love & Dance Mix)
                        B2. Striker Fox - Basecamp
                        B3. Wim Waldo - Nightclub Fantasies

                        Following an appearance on the Slacker 85's inaugural various artists EP earlier in 2023, Jackmaster returns to Seth Troxler’s celebratory new label with a full EP, ‘Party Going On’. Showcasing a trio of tracks worthy of the Glaswegian DJ and club music expert’s instinctive, genre-spanning DJ sets and also including a new remix from Tom Trago, thoroughly tried-and-tested internationally.

                        Playful, powerful and elasticated with the Chicago influences that bounce close to his heart, ‘Party Going On’ unfolds as a Jackmaster calling card, a pleasure-seeking anthem built around a rousing B-girl vocal from singer Yvonne, responsible for a series of cult singles on New York’s prolific and influential house label, Cutting Records. With the assistance of a supremely cheeky original synth line, one that wouldn’t fail to move a crowd in any discotheque from 1989 until now, ‘Party Going On’ sees Jack Revill bridge generations of dance floors with contemporary energy.

                        On the sturdy, sensual 'Freaky Like That', Jack teams up with longtime collaborator & regular B2B partner Jasper James, to pay homage to the outsized deep house of MK, Cajmere or Todd Terry with a seductive arrangement that builds and explodes on command, simmering and swinging towards valleys of jack that anchor then shake ravers with a powerful kick-drum.

                        Finally, old friend and trusted voyager Tom Trago takes ‘Let’s Go’ on a cosmic journey. Initially appearing as a rolling anthem on the initial Slacker sampler, the versatile Dutchman’s extended reinvention offers a no-less than fifteen-minute trip that masterfully touches on territories including cosmic disco, Jersey garage and acid house.

                        Continuing a mission to showcase the oddball, esoteric and diverse sounds that inspire Troxler, Jackmaster’s first solo EP perfectly captures the bubbling energy of Slacker 85’s vision. No posing, no pretense, just party.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Scotland's power-house poster boy, Jackmaster, is back on Seth Troxler's iconic label. As you'd expect, it's full throttle housey rave chatter from the off. With a panache for fizzy sound design and unrelenting beats, this'll satisfy the most fervent January dancers.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Party Going On 
                        A2. Freaky Like That W/ Jasper James 
                        B. Let's Go (Tom Trago Remix) 

                        The Vinyl Only label rolls on towards its 20th release here with Mar De Novo serving up the irresistible Apericena EP. 'Quantity Check' is a low-slung funker with noodling baselines and nice loose percussive rhythms under some exotic vocals. 'Blue Eyes Clear' is a more lavish and downtempo number of chilling by the Med come sundown and then comes Ryu's Rub of 'Quantity Check' which is more funky and fat-bottomed. 'Nao Fazer Nado' rounds out an escapist EP with some dreamy melodic chill-out sounds that will have you gazing off to the stars.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Proper Piccadilly fare this. Two exercises in loop-sample-filter that should keep the Mark E and Cottam fans happy whilst "Quantity Check" is that punk-funk curio your next oddball barn dance needs - complete with sexy dub version - oooh yes!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Quantity Check
                        Blue Eyes Clear
                        Quantity Check (Ryu's Rub)
                        Nao Fazer Nado

                        Third release on the Scottish-based Headset label and the first for DJ Posture who invites us into a world of deep dubby textures, jarring house beats and UK-engineered bass weight. It's a subliminal and heady mix comprising of swirling atmospheres, ricocheting rhythms and pleasantly rumbling subs (plus the odd muted saxophone flurry!). Fans of Madteo, Trilogy Tapes and Workshop are gonna find plenty get lost amongst the smokes and strobes on this warehouse-friendly release. 

                        Intriguing stuff that reveals more on multiple listens, its refreshing to see producers move away from the instagram-friendly breakdown-drop formular and into more blurred, hypnotic and less instantly-gratifying territories. Perfect for sending listeners tumbling down the rabbit hole in the darkest recesses of the club come 4AM... 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Moody, shadow-lurking house and breakbeat stylings that aren't afraid to shy away from the limelight and soundtrack the loose and freeform ends of an evening.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side 1
                        1. Itches (9:02)
                        2. Luna (6:26)
                        Side 2
                        1. Nashi (5:08)
                        2. Ghosting (5:53)

                        Mount Kimbie

                        Dumb Guitar / Boxing

                          Fronted by Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, joined by long term collaborators Andrea Balency-Béarn and Marc Pell, Mount Kimbie have spent the past fifteen
                          years crafting a vast catalogue of influential music emerging from London’s vibrant electronic scene.

                          Since their 2010 debut 'Crooks & Lovers', the band have continued to evolve across their three LPs from one of the leading names in British electronic music to also serve as vanguards of a new modern indie.

                          This limited 7” features 'Dumb Guitar' and also includes the track ‘Boxing’ with King Krule.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Blink-and-you'll-miss-it! Rare 7" appearance for new Mount Kimbie tracks. "Dumb Guitar" is dream AF, with nice guitar/drum propulsion to save it from unnecessary drift.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Dumb Guitar
                          B1. Boxing (Feat. King Krule)

                          Tasty little 7" from Space Grapes and Jambonne here; the label's continuing desire to press new, exciting disco and boogie ina P&P, Mancusso-friendly style has been a winner with Piccadilly customers and the record buying public as a whole.

                          Here we get more bustlin' NY-flavoured disco with nice wooden drums, bright brass and a bass with its belt unbuckled. The big chorus line : 'if you wanna go...' is as anthemic as you like and'll sit alongside any high grade '78-'79 number with confidence.

                          "Touch Down" follows suit; that classic production style prominent as ever as catchy guitar chops and space-age Moog line cut through the groove. It's an instrumental number, but hard hitting as funky as you like; perfect for the post-peak moments when the crowd are fully lumbered up and loose as you like.

                          Unmissable for modern disco spinners, collectors of the genres or anyone who likes to have a dance around the dinner table on a Saturday night! Highly recommended. 

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: I miss these every time and end up kicking myself for weeks. Be more like Pasta Paul and bag yourself some authentic, traditional sounding NEW disco which kicks, bumps and grooves as good as any of the rest! Loft-ready and full of warmth; who said the old ones are the best?

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A. Carpet Ride
                          B. Touch Down

                          Tranquil Elephantizer


                            An overlooked nugget from San Fran's celebrated WICKED label.

                            Red Laser's Il Bosco had his mind blown when Felix Dickinson dropped this monster remix when playing the labels club night at the legendary White Hotel in Manchester.

                            The RL crew were surprised to learn this remix had never been released and immediately contacted ET to secure a full vinyl only release along with the epic original mix.

                            Since then, this has been an anthem at the Red Laser White Hotel residency and beyond. Don't sleep on this epic slab of anthemic synth jizz.

                            This one's mega-limited, so heads up!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A. Trisha (Felix's Live Drum Italo Monster Mix)
                            B. Trisha (Original Mix)

                            Royel Otis

                            Heading For The Door

                              Sydney indie duo, Royel Otis, share latest single ‘Heading For The Door’ from their upcoming debut album, PRATTS & PAIN due February 2024, produced with Grammy Award-winning producer, Dan Carey. Fans can also grab a limited edition 7" of ‘Heading For The Door' through Dan Carey's Speedy Wunderground out Jan 12 with an exclusive dub remix "Heading For the Dub" pre-order the label’s 47th release of their single series here.

                              ‘Heading For The Door’ is a self-confrontation exercise delivered via the airy, heartfelt & viscerally blissful indie pop that Royel Otis have become known for. The band share their meaning behind the track ; “Some of us understand that peace is precious but when the chaos starts to overcome just sit and accept it. Stop heading for the door.”

                              The debut LP, PRATTS & PAIN was named after the South London pub that sits around the corner from Carey’s famed home studio, the duo often finished lyrics and made sonic directions over a pint on a Pratts & Payne bar stool. Their resulting efforts swing between melodic, pop-inspired indie and woozy psych that never stays to one lane. Handbraking towards psychedelic weirdness and dissonant noise, Royel Otis have no issue keeping all who listen on their toes. After the release of two world building EPs, PRATTS & PAIN unites the record for their next chapter, adventures abound with no limits. Last in the UK in August for a tour of key cities, including a sold out show at OSLO in London, a Maida Vale session, Reading & Leeds winning over many new fans along the way!

                              After forming in 2019 and slowly drip-feeding music into the world during the pandemic, Royel Otis garnered fans in BBC Radio 6 Music, triple j and on US college radio. To date, they have amassed over 10 million streams & covered global playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. Most recently, Royel Otis were nominated as Breakthrough Artist for the 2023 ARIA Awards. The recognition follows a sold-out multiple-date Australian tour, a debut performance at Splendour in the Grass, and a rapturous sold out UK and European tour, including performances at Reading and Leeds Festival, Electric Picnic, Pukkelpop, End of the Road and more. All achieved in the first half of 2023 - and in support of their third EP, Sofa Kings. Next, Royel Otis will take to the United States, for a run of shows between capital cities throughout April and May 2024, before landing in Barcelona for Primavera Festival on May 29, 2024. Heading for the door to 2024 ahead of their debut album, PRATTS & PAIN, Royel Otis only continue their ascending trajectory

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Laura says: Another gem from Speedy Wunderground. Effervescent, super catchy pop from this Sidney duo, guaranteed to cheer up even the gloomiest January day. LP due soon too!

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A-side: Heading For The Door
                              B-side: Heading For The Dub

                              Betty Black & The Family Fortune

                              Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These)

                              After the great success of Cry Me A River - voted by Craig Charles as his TOP FUNK record of 2022; Betty Black has now taken things even further. Black's cover of SWEET DREAMS is a phenomenal, 1960 sesque, up tempo, gospel vibe banger. Raw and wild she takes this tune to another level. Already tipped as the summer hit of 23', DJ's who have had a sneak preview are going nuts over it. On the b-side is a FLying Fish dub version, featuring Ed Moris on Hammond and the legendary Danny Huckridge on bass. Do not let this sassy, sexy, vibrant number pass you by, when you hear it you'll just want to hear it again and again. A hip-shaking, foot-sliding dancer: quite simply, a winner. Boom.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Sweet Dreams (are Made Of These)

                              Stacy Kidd Featuring Peven Everett

                              Body Jerkin'

                              South Street are back with another essential reissue, This time with two heavyweights of the Chicago house scene.
                              In 2015, Soulful house royalty Stacy Kidd joined forces with Peven Everett to release a limited run of this dance floor anthem “Body Jerkin”, and now that these now hard to find records are fetching over £100 it’s time that a remastered, reissue were made available in stores again, and South Street keep growing their label with more essential hits like this.

                              This reissue features 3 essential versions of the hit "Body Jerkin'". The original mix sits on the A side, with a bass and drum groove being joined with strings, a nod to a classic disco hit and Peven’s vocals completing this soulful house groove, the classic spin that has been heard worldwide on dancefloors since it's original issue. The B side features one first time on vinyl mix, the Chicago Mix and then a never before released Disco Mix. The Chicago mix, a smooth and bubbly deep and funky groove and the Disco mix a raw and energetic rework to round off this trio of wicked house cuts. Cut Loud and Proud with a South Street company sleeve. Don't Miss!

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Original Mix
                              B1. Chicago Mix
                              B2. Disco Mix

                              Peaky Beats returns to the UK after his debut world tour with CATDUBS002 on a very limited vinyl run. Tried and tested all around the world this is a record not to miss out on!!! Taking influence from his Arabic and Indian roots, the a side brings the very anticipated 'Cats In Calcutta' featuring the infamous Nooran sisters. and the b side 'The Cat' comes in with a rhythmic wobbly steppa packing that raw MPC2000XL X SH101 punch.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Cats In Calcutta
                              B1. The Cat

                              Roy Hamilton, Cosmo Bowen and Dennis Palmer go back a long way to the early 80's when they were members of a 9 piece funk outfit called Breeze - playing regularly Upstairs at Ronnie Scott's along with bands like Hi Tension and Gonzalez. In 1984 they linked up for this one and only 12" on their own HBS imprint - a laid-back stomper that has become in-demand on the UK soul/funk collectors scene - now given a fresh new cut & press thanks to Freestyle Records' 12" reissue initiative!

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Turn Up The Music
                              2. Turn Up The Music (Instrumental)

                              Moxy Edits serves up double trouble, 2 slices of R&B house bumping – breathing a new lease of life into these two classics! I can’t hear ya……………

                              TRACK LISTING

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

                              A collaboration between Cosmocities & Japanese label Unknown Season, fusing some of their biggest releases from the last 10 years on one piece of vinyl.

                              Remixes come from Jimpster whose Beatless Reprise is exclusive to this release, Nick Holder & KEENE.

                              Limited Pressing act fast.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada - Low Tension (Jimpster Remix)
                              A2. Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada - Low Tension (Jimpster Beatless Reprise)
                              B1. Luyo - Shanee Feat Erik Van Aro (Nick Holder’s In The Six Remix)
                              B2. Satoshi Fumi - Celestial (KEENE Venao 7am Remix)

                              Nusantara Beat

                              Kota Bandung / Layung

                                Nusantara Beat strikes back with a brand new 7’’!!! After the success of Djanger / Borondong Garing, Bongo Joe Records and Lamunai Records cooperate again to deliver these two amazing tracks fusing modern influenced grooves and traditional Indonesian sonorities!

                                Layung is a 70’s Indonesian love song. The song's heartfelt exploration of love serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty found in the Indonesian Archipelago. Nusantara Beat's sound ingeniously wraps this song in a modern 21st-century allure, featuring elements of psychedelic-folk, trip-hop, and various other influences. Allow the soothing waves of Nusantara Beat's music to wash over you, inspiring a deeper embrace of your own heritage and fostering an appreciation for the diverse tapestry of the world that surrounds you.

                                “Kota Bandung" mirrors the Sundanese (capital) city's rich cultural diversity. With harmonious chorus melodies that sing "Bandung" together, it's a testament to the city's spirit. Nusantara Beat's modern interpretation breathes new life into a timeless 70's Indonesian classic. Join this musical odyssey and let "Bandung" transport you to a place of cultural richness and artistic innovation. Experience the pleasure of this Amsterdam-based group paying homage to this beloved city.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A. Kota Bandung
                                B. Layung

                                Two superrare & heavy funk cuts from Donnie Sanders. "Shing A Ling Baby" can be found on the incredible "Feeling Nice Vol.4" compilation album. "Naptown USA" is completely unknown and waits to be discovered.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Shing-a-Ling Baby (feat. Don Juans)
                                2. Naptown USA (feat. Don Juans)

                                Almost two years on from his last EP offering, Veerus returns for another double shot of groove-inflected techno power.

                                The Italian artist has been a stellar contributor to Drumcode since his debut in 2019 with the outstanding ‘Hypnosis’ EP. From the ‘System’, to ‘Recovery’ and his most recent EP offering ‘Yard’ in early 2022, we’ve been given a sense of his deft touch for crafting dramatic techno, that’s equal parts exquisite and dynamic.

                                His latest work ‘Cycle’ reinforces the passion he imbues each production with. “These two tracks perfectly express my vision of techno nowadays,” he shares. “Not fast, groovy, with researched sounds and a crazy impact on the dancefloor.”

                                The title track balances tension and release on a knife’s edge, as it builds deliciously via a menacing array of synths, before dropping down into an all-out laser-focused march. A powerful cut that’s been a go-to for Adam Beyer at Awakenings, Loveland and Resistance Ultra in Croatia, among others.

                                ‘It’s Funky’ was two months in the making and bring bags of energy and atmosphere as it explores funky terrain, not in the bottom end, but rather Veerus’ colourful approach to writing melodies. A great track for building excitement throughout a set.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Cycle
                                B1. It’s Funky

                                Jayl Funk is here with us for like 15 years now.... so, we could hardly be more happy and proud to announce his new 7" wax on Breakbeat Paradise Recordings. Working with nearly all the independent labels that matter in the nu-funk music scene, once again the German funk mogul is back to our label!

                                Raising up the pace and tempo on Toxic Funk vol. 13, Jayl Funk delivers a pair of super boogie-delic songs filled with rich action at the brass section and happy sing-along alike female vocal riffs. The titles, "Shake and Boogie" and "Not Today" describe the best what you're about to get with your copy of this 45: eternal funk that never goes out of style.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Shake And Boogie
                                2. Not Today

                                Walt Jenkins

                                How Does Your Garden Grow

                                Superb funky-soul tune which was comped on the incredible "Natural Resources II" compilation album. The original 45 is tricky to find so most of the soul music aficionados out there should be pleased with this reissue.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. How Does Your Garden Grow
                                2. T.G.I.F.

                                Krafty Kuts and DJ Robert Smith have teamed up to highlight the skills they are best at. Krafty Kuts is known for his unique beats from Hip Hop to Ghetto Funk. DJ Robert Smith on the other hand is famous for his scratches and turntable work. After Krafty passed on a few beats to DJRS about 2 years ago, Smith quickly realized that he wanted to create an EP from these beats with the help of his worldwide connections. The first song to receive rap vocals was "Here I Come" ft. Wildelux, who delivered in no time. The vision was strengthened and more feature requests followed: Supastition, 1773, BambuDeAsiatic and Slimkid3 who took Moonbeam Kelly on board. Within a very short time a masterpiece of first-class artists was created. The "Krafty Smith EP"!

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Pen To The Paper (feat. BambuDeAsiatic)
                                2. Don't Stop (Instrumental)

                                Krafty Kuts and DJ Robert Smith have teamed up to highlight the skills they are best at. Krafty Kuts is known for his unique beats from Hip Hop to Ghetto Funk. DJ Robert Smith on the other hand is famous for his scratches and turntable work. After Krafty passed on a few beats to DJRS about 2 years ago, Smith quickly realized that he wanted to create an EP from these beats with the help of his worldwide connections. The first song to receive rap vocals was "Here I Come" ft. Wildelux, who delivered in no time. The vision was strengthened and more feature requests followed: Supastition, 1773, BambuDeAsiatic and Slimkid3 who took Moonbeam Kelly on board. Within a very short time a masterpiece of first-class artists was created. The "Krafty Smith EP"!

                                This Fear featuring Slimkid3 & Moonbeam Kelly:
                                I think we don´t need to announce Slimkid3 of the legendary group The Pharcyde. He is the living legend and voice of 1,2 many Pharcyde songs we all can sing along. His songs in collaboration with DJ Nu-Mark, such as "I know, didn't I feat. Darondo" are world famous. "This Fear" wouldn't be a masterpiece without the incredible voice of Moonbeam Kelly, who was brought to this song via Slimkid. She is an outstanding singer with gangster and soul appeal. It's simply beautiful to listen to her voice.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. This Feat (feat. Slimkid3 & Moonbeam Kelly)
                                2. Here I Come (feat. Wildeluxe)

                                Krafty Kuts and DJ Robert Smith have teamed up to highlight the skills they are best at. Krafty Kuts is known for his unique beats from Hip Hop to Ghetto Funk. DJ Robert Smith on the other hand is famous for his scratches and turntable work. After Krafty passed on a few beats to DJRS about 2 years ago, Smith quickly realized that he wanted to create an EP from these beats with the help of his worldwide connections. The first song to receive rap vocals was "Here I Come" ft. Wildelux, who delivered in no time. The vision was strengthened and more feature requests followed: Supastition, 1773, BambuDeAsiatic and Slimkid3 who took Moonbeam Kelly on board. Within a very short time a masterpiece of first-class artists was created. The "Krafty Smith EP"!

                                Don´t Stop featuring 1773 & Katjuscha 1773 are Wisdm Uno & Jay Nagoma from Chicago. They have worked together with Ohmega Watts, Othello & Bombeardo and among others. Katjuscha is a friend of DJ Robert Smith circle of friends. She is an absolute singing talent with an incredibly insane ability to perform live on stage. What a voice!

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Don't Stop (feat. Katjuscha Grischkowski & 1773)
                                2. Hang On (feat. Supastition)

                                Swiss Label Black Pattern Records with their 1st year anniversary vinyl release featuring 4 deep houses gems.

                                Dexter's latest piano house track blends subtle vibes, a house rhythm, and festive charm for a dancefloor bomb that marries lively beats with modern elegance.

                                Sunday Night:
                                The boss of Black Pattern Records delivers ‘Sunday Night’ a fast, bewitching groove combining jazz and minimal elements, designed specifically for the club scene.

                                ‘Showcase’ is a genre-blurring odyssey, seamlessly weaving minimal house rhythms and soulful UK garage vibes. Melodic breaks add an emotive layer, creating a hypnotic house anthem.

                                Stelvio returns on BPR with ‘Shakin' a floor-to-the-floor house beat featuring a minimal groove, evolving synth, damaging bassline, and a quality vocalist from the funky scene.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Dexter Troy - Paradise
                                A2. Mathis Vuilleumier - Sunday Night
                                B1. Aiden Dahlia - Showcase
                                B2. Stelvio - Shakin

                                Skullcrusher / The Hated

                                Split 7"

                                  Never said it’d be like this, right? Skullcrusher’s 21st century rendering of The Hated’s 1985 early emo blueprint “Words Come Back” reinvents the song as subtle, ambient folk music. The flip features two versions of the original, including Dan Littleton’s home demo, cut in a maddening double groove, and housed in an elegant black and silver sleeve, with embossed braille lettering for the visually impaired. “This is my way of making a punk song,” Skullcrusher’s Helen Ballentine said, “ignoring structure and letting everything just pour out—though quite a bit quieter.”

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1 Skullcrusher - Words Come Back
                                  B1 The Hated - Words Come Back
                                  B2 The Hated - Words Come Back (Piano Version)



                                    Ourtime returns with 3 tracks from Dave’s archive - A stunning Ep of soulful techno, emotive melodies and lopsided club grooves.

                                    "Moments” and “Fall” take us on melancholic deep techno journeys to the outer realms & beyond before finally closing with "IAM Pro” a minimal claustrophobic techno track to jam your box 

                                    Alex Albrecht


                                      Alex Albrecht returns to Analogue Attic Recordings for the label's inaugural release of 2024.

                                      An immersive exploration spanning house, downtempo, and ambient genres, Albrecht guides listeners through a ephemeral sonic journey. Characterised by trademark field recordings and enchanting piano motifs, 'Allambie' also integrates new hardware and synth sounds to Alex's palette.

                                      Featuring electro-acoustic ventures such as 'Railbridge', warm pads breathing in and out, setting a dynamic tone, and then transitioning to the deeper sounds of 'Green Shade'. Sub-bass breaks and a more minor feel that adds complexity to the sonic landscape, 'Allambie' takes you on a journey from the boundary of the forest to its more mysterious, overgrown centre, a sonic narrative that captivates and intrigues.

                                      Group Du Jour was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1983 and have had a storied career spanning the decades since. They have always brought together live, ethnic, and electronic sounds with folk and modern pop, later getting ever more experimental. Early albums Forgotten Colors in 1986 and Wonderful Vision in 1988 are groundbreaking affairs, the latter of which gave rise to 'Motion Of Waves', which is something of a cult favourite for deep diggers. It is a rich instrumental groove that layers up synthesiser, flute, guitar and haunting vocals sitting over a brilliantly electric beat. The whole thing was a live one-take recording and is perfectly suited to both sunset and sunup moments of dancing pleasure.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Mine says: Absolutely beautiful record by one of my favourite reissue labels, I especially love the percussion on this. Emotional Rescue always dig out the best stuff!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      "Motion Of Waves"
                                      "Motion Of Waves" (Cassette Mix)
                                      "We Travel Dark Waters"

                                      Harri Pierson

                                      DB12 013

                                        Harri Pierson bangs the box with his new EP for Duca Bianco, a full thrill mix of disco and house sounds that want to get the party going. 'Instant Message' has a dense mix of raw drum sounds and squelchy synths with interesting melodic designs and steamy female coos. 'Techno Native' is laced up with piano stabs and a hint of old school energy then 'Trippy Too' cuts loose with a head-twisting mix of drums and whistles and bass and pads. 'Young Australians' then brings some big guitar licks to a Balearic beat that is for dancing under the stars. All four of these cuts are unique and compelling.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Mine says: Duca Bianco continue their edits series with 4 hot slices from Harri Pierson. There should be something for everyone on here but the stand out for me is the anthemic soft rock chugger Young Australians. I dare you to keep still while this is on... Am about to put it on in the shop and see how long it'll take Andy to perform a bit of air guitar/piano. Watch this space.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Instant Message
                                        Techno Native
                                        Trippy Too
                                        Young Australians

                                        Lebanon Hanover

                                        Better Than Going Under

                                          Following their first US tour in over a decade, Lebanon Hanover returns with a soul-stirring double A-side single release, marking their first new material since the captivating 2020 album, 'Sci-Fi Sky.' Now, the enigmatic duo of William Maybelline and Larissa Iceglass beckons listeners into unventured sonic domains, intricately weaving folk-driven acoustic dream pop with the vulnerable essence of post-punk in a contemplative exploration of life's ephemeral yet profound nature.

                                          Better Than Going Under:
                                          Embarking on a Cure-like sonic voyage reminiscent of the 'Head on the Door' and the 'Kiss Me Era,' 'Better Than Going Under' manifests as a romantic, somber daydream. William Maybelline's brooding baritone intertwines with sighing back vocals, narrating an ode to life's fleeting yet boundless vistas. The acoustic strums initiate a folk-driven narrative which, when coupled with a celestial choir, crafts a contemplative soundscape of cautious optimism. The lyricism, "Life is full of wonder, it's better than going under," encapsulates a message of endurance amidst life's turbulent waves of sorrow. This track tenderly encourages listeners to embrace the small joys within life's limited vastness, portraying a psychedelic narrative reminiscent of the evocative vibes of Echo and the Bunnymen or The Church. The key change in the chorus amplifies the emotive voyage, making 'Better Than Going Under' a compelling narrative that beckons listeners to find joy amidst life's unpredictable ebb and flow, rather than succumbing to the undertow of despair.

                                          Bearing the name of Ukraine's capital, 'KYIV,' voiced by Larissa Iceglass, delves into a narrative reflective of the sorrow and despair entwined within war-torn regions like Ukraine and beyond. The acoustic guitar and drum machine create a Cocteau Twins' 'Treasure'-reminiscent soundscape, evoking a melancholic yet beautiful auditory journey. Iceglass's voice, transitioning from her husky baritone to a more resigned lament, embodies a poignant reflection on the harsh realities faced by those embroiled in conflict-ridden landscapes. The narrative exudes a collective empathy towards the suffering, underscoring the arbitrary geographic lottery that delineates the vastly disparate human experiences. Accompanied by a somber trumpet, the song paints a vivid picture of despair while also serving as a call to arms, urging collective empathy and togetherness to traverse through the harsh realities of this life.

                                          Through 'Better Than Going Under' and 'KYIV', Lebanon Hanover invites listeners into a profound reflection on life's beauty amidst despair, nurturing a shared human experience aimed at finding hope and unity amidst the global tumult. Both tracks, laden with emotive resonance, unveils a sonorous exploration of the human condition, engaging with themes of existence, empathy, and the overarching global narrative.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: Lebanon Hanover skilfully mix the throbbing post-punk bass and baritone vocals of William Maybelline with Larissa Iceglass' dreamy guitar lines, both hauntingly modulated and tenderly delivered.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Side A:
                                          Better Than Going Under

                                          Side B:

                                          Echoes Of A New Dawn Orchestra


                                            In 2001 legendary Japanese outfit Kyoto Jazz Massive put out the ' Spirit Of The Sun ' album for Munich based Compost Records. 22 years later Echoes Of A New Dawn Orchestra who have been the live international band members for Kyoto Jazz Massive over the last 2 years got to do their own rendition of this classic.

                                            In this particular version, 3 members of Echoes Of A New Dawn Orchestra also happen to be part of Jéroboam who record for buzzing Dutch label Space Grapes and in this Mukatsuku release feature from Agyei Osei (vocals),Carel Cleril (bass), Kevin Le Bellec (guitar) from Jéroboam.

                                            It's a funky slap bass jazz flex affair with seductive horns that make for an irresistible dancer. On the flipside an unreleased exclusive instrumental version.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Substream
                                            2. Substream (Unreleased Instrumental Version)


                                            Dual - 10th Anniversary Edition

                                              Sampha's Dual EP marks its 10th anniversary with a retail exclusive orange vinyl pressing. Recorded in his bedroom in Mordern, South London, Dual provided an intimate and idiosyncratic glimpse of Sampha’s artistic intent to come, and has seen multiple tracks reworked as part of his recent LAHAI and Satellite Business live shows in 2023.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Demons
                                              2. Beneath The Tree
                                              3. Without
                                              4. Hesitant Oath
                                              5. Indecision
                                              6. Can't Get Close

                                              The Tibbs

                                              Ain't It Funny / Give Me A Reason

                                              Record Kicks presents a new Soul 45 from Dutch combo The Tibbs that features two northern soul belters taken from the new album "Keep It For Yourself". The 45 will hit the streets on January 12. On the A side the soul stomper "Ain't It Funny" which is also the first single taken from the upcoming album, while on the B side "Give Me a Reason" an uptempo R&B soul stomper. Copies are limited to 500 worldwide, which makes it an instant collector's item and an essential buy for soul fans and djs.

                                              Produced by Paul Willemsen (Lefties Soul Connection, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions) both tracks are taken from the new album Keep It to Yourself, the third Long Play from The Tibbs that is set for release on January 26th on LP, CD and digital format. Based around Amsterdam, The Tibbs took off in 2012 working right from the start with producer Paul Willemsen (Beans & Fatback, Lefties Soul Connection, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions). In 2016, their first LP Takin' Over marked their debut with Milan-based imprint Record Kicks. The release of Takin' Over delivered the band rich rewards, like playing sold-out shows and wonderful festivals across Europe. In late 2018, singer Elsa decided to focus on a solo career and The Tibbs duly began their search for a truly worthy successor, bringing astonishing vocalist Roxanne Hartog and the band together for the first time with their sophomore album Another Shot Fired, released in November 2020. Now, with new recordings in the bag and an astounding third album ready to be released, The Tibbs are once more ready for lift off.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Ain't It Funny
                                              2. Give Me A Reason

                                              La Mujer Serpiente/Cumbia Serpiente is the 1st single from Earthtones' upcoming LP on Wonderwheel. This collaboration with longtime friend & co-producer, Oliwa, features vocal delivery and heartbreakingly beautiful songwriting by Colombian Canadian artist/singer, Lido Pimienta. Behind the live cumbia rhythms, bass synths, analog keys, 808 drums & guitars, the vision of this track is one of upliftment of womxn and femmes everywhere.

                                              Selam is a vision of peace. This collaboration between producer/DJ Earthtones and Ethiopian musician/vocalist Etsegenet Mekonnen features haunting vocals sung in Amharic.

                                              Analog & semi-modular synths combine with 909 drums and afrobeats percussion by Earthtones, to weave grooves for Etsegenet's depth in songwriting, voice and soul. The main version has a dancehall bassline that calls one to movement, while the dub versions evoke mystery amidst long modulated leads + filtered pads.

                                              Selam enezra ahunim (let us sow peace).

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. La Mujer Serpiente (SINGLE) [feat. Lido Pimienta & Oliwa]
                                              2. Selam (BASS) [feat. Etsegenet Mekonnen]

                                              ROBOT84 Vs. The RAFF

                                              Get It Right Next Time

                                              London producer Scott Ferguson is the man behind the Robot84 alias. He has a love for 80s gear that very much defines the sounds he makes, from proto-house to darker disco. His self-titled label is back with more of that good stuff here as he faces off with The Raff for 'Get It Right Next Time'. This one has a creeping groove and warm chord sequences that tease and please beneath sweeping Balearic synths and celebratory melodic sequences that build to a crescendo. The drums get the hips swinging and the sprinkling of cosmic magic finishes it off in style making it a perfect cut for open-air dancing by the beach.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Mine says: Proper cosmic hands in the air tune this. It's been flying out on preorder so get your hands on it quick!

                                              Dal Platinum

                                              Toxic Funk Vol. 12

                                                Dal Platinum strikes back! He has already got a proper remix and a very successful Powerhour free-download under his belt on Breakbeat Paradise Recordings- and this 7" release now is just gaining even more heat to the fresh legacy of the hip-hop guru.

                                                Touching a hip-hop reggae classic and melting it with some oldies melodies in a very Soulful way, Dal Platinum takes us on a unique travel with the tune called"Breathe and Strut" which has got such a properly dope end-section that each beat-match mixing 45 beat-boy DJ will praise for a while.

                                                Accompanying this release, the song named "Peace Dust" is opening new Doors to the output of Dal Platinum- a through by through bassline driven, catchy club-banger is in the making...

                                                This 7" with Dal Platinum is the 12th edition in the Toxic Funk series- so, never hesitate to get your copy before it would be too toxic out there and getting sold out!

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Breath And Strut
                                                2. Peace Dust

                                                Prince Fatty Feat. Shniece / Horseman

                                                Mercedes Benz

                                                Prince Fatty's 'Mercedes Benz' with Shniece and Horseman is a rub-a-dub version of a 1970s hit from Janis Joplin that now gets a very special and very limited edition pressing courtesy of Lovedub Limited. The A-side kicks off with the spine-tingling and epic original vocal before disappearing into a world of reverb. At that point the dubby low end arrives and brings a different vibe to the stunning vocals but one that really makes a mark next to new bars from Horseman, police sirens and funky riffs. It's a tough sound system groove that is backed with a fine version and has been a firm fixture of Prince Fatty's record box for a while now.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: I couldn't imagine a better version of this classic than this Fatty version of Janice Joplin's original. It's a floor-shakingly rich and full-spectrum dubbed-out wonder.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Mercedes Benz
                                                Mercedes Benz (Version)

                                                The first in the series of experimental split 12"s focuses on instrumental electronic music.

                                                Goldsmiths student and modular wizard Sam Hostettler evokes a daydream meeting between Vangelis and Burial, skewering impossibly lush synthscapes with dubbed out percussion. Meanwhile, La Leif's blend of crunchy, electroacoustic techno and outernational field recordings should hit the spot for fans of Karen Gwyer or Shelley Prior.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Pointalims
                                                2. Kyoto
                                                3. Kimochi
                                                4. Opalescence

                                                Matthew Herbert and Goldsmiths University's in-house record label NX Records presents the latest in their series of experimental electronic vinyl 12"s. NX14X showcases the work of two boundary pushing Goldsmiths students. First, UK born and South Africa raised composer Galina Juritz, whose chopped and spliced RnB induces a fidgety unease and zero gravity lushness in equal measure. And second, rising DJ and producer Harry Rodger, with two cuts of organic, summery techno that would sound perfectly at home pumping out of the NTS Radio speakers into a sun-baked Gillett Square.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. I've Got A ____ _____ Feeling
                                                2. Facetime
                                                3. Polly
                                                4. Decompression

                                                Galaxy Sound Co.

                                                Lovely / 13

                                                Galaxy Sound Co. hits 40 releases deep with yet another buy-on-sight 7". This latest entry into the Sample Series kicks off with an edit of 'Lovely Is Today' by Eddie Harris from his 1968 album Plug Me In. It's steeped in delightfully conversational saxophone with rousing chords dancing beneath in a swinging 60s fashion. A real classy gem. On the flip, 'September 13' by Deodato gets reworked and is from his self-titled jazz-funk album. This one is more funky and it's led by some big, proud horn stabs and silky drum rumbles enriched with great synths. Another vital 45 from this fine label.

                                                TRACK LISTING



                                                Don't Wait For The Doctor

                                                Gallery is back, and this time they're unleashing a one-sided wonder just in time for the party season! Brace yourself for the ultimate sonic experience as two massive anthems collide, giving birth to a new and priceless piece of musical art.

                                                This masterpiece has been exclusively hammered by the dynamic duo, the keepers of the coveted copies—none other than the legendary DJs, Harvey and Artwork. Get ready to be swept away on a musical journey that's set to elevate your party vibes to a whole new level!

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: The cat's outta the bag... Artwork mashes up First Choice, Peech Boys and some other old school goodness into an intoxicating extension that's gonna rock the discotheques all thru party season. ooowee-ooowee ... ooowee-ooowee...

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A1. Don't Wait For The Doctor

                                                Liam Gallagher & John Squire

                                                Just Another Rainbow

                                                  Collaborations don’t get much more biblical than this. Solo star, Oasis legend and force-of-nature Liam Gallagher has teamed up with John Squire, one of the most influential guitarists and songwriters of his generation via his time with The Stone Roses. The duo will set a high watermark for 2024 when they release their first single together, ‘Just Another Rainbow’, on January 5th, on limited 7” vinyl.

                                                  There will be much more new music to come - and there could well be shows, too - but for now ‘Just Another Rainbow’ lives up to the highfalutin expectations that come with such a collaboration.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Andy says: With it's loping groove, backwards guitars and classic chord changes , this could only be a John Squire song. With his trademark Lennon-inspired delivery and customary vocal swagger this could only be the (sorry!) one and only Liam Gallagher. Imagine The Beatles' Rain mixed with perhaps the Roses' Waterfall and you wouldn't be a million miles away. It's great!

                                                  Heart People (Ryan Grieve & Rachel Rutt) is a duo born from a love of Italo Disco, New Beat, and Balearic energy.

                                                  For the past two decades, Grieve has impacted underground music on many fronts; founding the Aussie record label HOLE IN THE SKY (featuring early music by Tame Impala, Canyons, Bell Towers, among others), releasing music (alongside Leo James) as Canyons (modular / DFA), and putting out new beat dance floor destroyers under the moniker ABSOLUTE UNITY.

                                                  With Heart People, we witness Grieve’s natural born gift of production in perhaps its most ideal setting.

                                                  Alongside Rachel Rutt (also Grieve’s life partner) we find a sound that is equally as relevant dancing in the club as it is laying in the sunshine.

                                                  Their debut EP, Homecoming (2017) was received with critical acclaim and featured remixes from Toulouse Low Trax, Mr TC, and the late, great Andrew Weatherall.

                                                  Here on ADRIATICA, we find the duo setting out on a conceptual journey in search of an oceanic paradise.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. In Your Eyes
                                                  A2. Adriatica
                                                  B1. Secrets
                                                  B2. Angel

                                                  Mad Queen

                                                  Make A Dance

                                                  Repress of first release on M.A.D Edits. Single-sided 10 inch vinyl.
                                                  Very limited pressing. Vinyl only.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Mad Queen

                                                  Forth volume of the Vega Records 5x12" bumper pack. A highly detailed snapshot of Louie Vega's iconic label, showing off its world beating pedegree as we close off 2023 and open 2024.

                                                  Gems from Leroy Burgess, Two Soul Fusion, Tony Touch, Professor featuring Ndu Shezi & Thebe, Johnny Dangerous, and gospel royalty Bebe Winans plus a cheeky Elements Of Life demo make up special 5 piece vinyl set. With 12 tracks in the sequence there are a select number of talented producers on the project which include Two Soul Fusion AKA Louie Vega & Josh Milan, Pablo Fierro, Johnny Dangerous, Luis Radio, Pietro Nicosia and musicians Axel Tosca and Luisito Quintero. Exploring the musical side of house music and the expressive areas of modern disco - it's got that Louie Vega flair and flamboyance coursing through its grooves! 

                                                  They all contribute to these unique pieces of music mastered by the one and only Mr. Herb Powers of PM Mastering and manufactured by Optimal, Germany. Limited pressing. 

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Another bumper pack of musical delights from Louie Vega's camp. All his recent all stars are featured and spread across 5 records it allows each one plenty of headroom and fidelity. For house music aficionados this is a must.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A. Leroy Burgess - Nothing Stays The Same (Two Soul Fusion Remix) 
                                                  B1. Tony Touch - Apaga La Laz (Pablo Fierro Afro Latino Remix) 
                                                  B2. Leroy Burgess - Nothing Stays The Same (Two Soul Fusion Dub) 
                                                  C. Two Soul Fusion - Lovin' (Two Soul Fusion Dub) 
                                                  D. Louie Vega & Johnny Dangerous - You Are A Star 
                                                  E. Bebe Winans - Let's Go Champ (Two Soul Fusion Piano Dub) 
                                                  F1. Elements Of Life - Let Us Shine Ft. Josh Milan (Louie Vega Mix) 
                                                  F2. Louie Vega - Where I Wanna Be (Demo) 
                                                  G. Louie Vega - Swayin' Demo Ft. Axel Tosca 
                                                  H. Two Soul Fusion - Brazillian Soul Fusion 
                                                  I. Professor Ft. Ndu Shezi & Thebe Vs Luis Radio, Pietro Nicosia - Unobenga Vs Sermon Of The Drums (Ken Terry Rework) 
                                                  J. Elements Of Life - Dusk On The Beach (Demo) 

                                                  Hybrid Man

                                                  Dust And Liquid EP

                                                    Wax’o Paradiso returns with their fourth release, a full-fidelity four track EP from Naarm/Melbourne producers Hybrid Man.

                                                    ‘Dust & Liquid’ sees Hybrid Man lower BPMs into balearic territory, offering a shimmering, pulsing and textured contribution to the label’s efforts to canonise and catalogue the extraordinary psychedelia being produced in so-called Australia.

                                                    ‘Eternal Nightglow’ sets the record’s tone beautifully with a soaring 90bpm-yet-high-energy pace that subtly evokes the idealism and innocence of early William Orbit, yet firmly roots itself in the contemporary. Organic bass tones juxtapose with but do not contradict swirling cosmic synth work, with a flip-to-dub breakdown that would make fans of Bill Laswell smile.

                                                    ‘Sunwave’ ups the ante slightly and sets the tempo to chug! Beginning to introduce the neo-prog sound that Naarm has rightly earned a reputation for doing so well. Both a party starter and one for the after hours.

                                                    With ‘Bluegums’ the record leaves the downtempo for dust, edging the EP into gentle doof territory. As the name suggests it yearns to be heard loud and clear, amongst the trees in the expansiveness of the Australian countryside. Juxtaposing the natural and the machine, the dust and the liquid.

                                                    An aptly well-rounded conclusion to the ‘Dust & Liquid’ Journey, ‘Swept by the Undertow’ bookends the record by returning to slower, moodier space, with a stepping descent into, as the name suggests, murkier aquatic zones.

                                                    Written and Produced by Julien Huynh & Will Holden
                                                    Mastered by Joseph Buchan
                                                    Artwork by Sprinkles
                                                    All tracks were recorded in the summer of 2021/22 at Romantica Studios, Brunswick East, Wurundjeri Country

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Matt says: Downtempo gems from Hybrid Man who revisits the spirit of '91 with his own unique inventiveness.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. Eternal Nightglow
                                                    A2. Sunwave
                                                    B1. Bluegums
                                                    B2. Swept By The Undertow

                                                    2 dubs from the outstanding Arkology's Blueprint album - mixed by Aba-Shanti-I and first released on Positive Beat Records in 1994.

                                                    The two heavy steppers impress with great energy, bizarre chanting sounds and a deep vocal snippet by Ras T on "In the Valley Dub". The cutting snare drums
                                                    and crisp percussions of the "Reparation Dub" are virtually driving you forward, carried by bassline and melodies in a mid 90s Philip 'Fatis' Burrell style!"

                                                    This is the 2nd release from Arkology on Ace Tone records.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    In The Valley (Dub)
                                                    Reparation (Dub)

                                                    Taken from the album: "Reggae Anthology: The Gussie Clarke Story", Gregory Isaacs' "Rumours" is a archetypal slice of original JA dancehall. Originally released in 1988 on Music Works in Jamaica, and on Greensleeves here in the UK; the track is produced by Augustus Clarke and sees the development of digital technologies within the Jamaican music cannon which would go on to define the dancehall genre.

                                                    Isaacs' vocal – ruminating on the police assuming his modest wealth has been achieved through illegal means - is delivered with a wry, dark sentiment whilst the instrumental section is full of primitive sampling, splashy digi-drums and a bassline composed on the Casio MT40 which was gaining huge popularity in the scene after the infamous "Sleng Teng" riddim.

                                                    On the flip we have a fully expanded exercise in top tier digi-dub version! Adding a multitude of extra layers, including a mystic melodica line, brash synth stabs, sizzling electronic strings and huge reverb splashes it sees Clarke go wild on the, what was then, quite new technologies - digital mixing desks and DSP effects and such like.

                                                    A classic of the dancehall genre - available for a limited time once again! 

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A. Rumours
                                                    B. Rumours Version

                                                    Pliers / Nardo Ranks

                                                    Bam Bam / Them A Bleach

                                                      Alternative version by Pliers (of Chaka Demus and Pliers) of the Mayals / Sister Nancy hit "Bam Bam". Pliers flips the vibe entirely, building it around a skeletal dancehall riddim guided by a picked guitar line and heavy beats. Elements of the original's chorus occasionally surface, but otherwise its a half-toasted-half-sung version that demonstrates the experimental and adventurous side of dancehall that was emanating in the early 90s. Later to be sampled by Jay-Z and Beyonce, the track was released in 1992 to critical acclaim. This repress of the 2000 release also contains "Them A Bleach" by Nardo Ranks alongside it's respective dub version. Both of which use the same riddim.

                                                      More dancehall classics from Greensleeves sister label - VP Records. 

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1. Pliers - Bam Bam (Vocal Version)
                                                      B1. Nardo Ranks - Them A Bleach
                                                      B2. Nardo Ranks - Them A Bleach (Version)

                                                      Jordan Rakei


                                                        Flowers’ is an homage to the journey of my first love, the patience it requires, and the pivotal moment I met my wife. It reflects on our memories and tells the story of the comfort I feel in that relationship.” This new single from Jordan Rakei showcases his affecting vocal and ability to reveal his truest feelings, wrapped in his captivating production. 

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Flowers Instrumental

                                                        The French feel good maestros over at Treasure, dig up another haul of glorious gold for ears to wrap around. F.R dusts off the goods on this find, delivering three functional and fearsome reworks of certifiable classic cuts, that will have the dancefloor in the palm of your hands.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. Muddy
                                                        B1. Stronger Than Pride
                                                        B2. Nothin Can Come

                                                        Tenor Saw / Nardo Ranks

                                                        Ring The Alarm / Skin Out

                                                        Dancehall originals don't get much bigger than this one! Based around Winston Riley's "Stalag Riddim" (also used by Dillinger, Sister Nancy, Big Youth & General Echo to name a few!), "Ring The Alarm" contains one of the most iconic vocal deliveries of the era. Toasted by Tenor Saw, and containing his infamous vocal fx (r-r-r-olling his 'R's,) it's an empowering, feel-good sound system record - not dealing with anything heavy like politics or babylon - just a call to arms to get everyone on the dancefloor - and it works 100% of the time! Massive everywhere from Kingston, London, Manchester, NYC... anywhere with an urban environment and multicultural legacy you're gonna hear this blasting outta the stacks come carnival season!

                                                        On side B we get the original dub on by Winston Riley which really makes you focus on that bass weight, whilst funky organ solos and heavy guitar chops fill out the space. Finally we get a rub-a-dub dancehall style by Nardo Ranks who takes cues from Barington Levy and Eek A Mouse with his non-stop toasting through the track leaving us breathless and obviously playing a small part in fueling the embryonic soup that would become hip-hop.

                                                        Essential 12"!!

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A. Ring The Alarm
                                                        B1. Stalag Version
                                                        B2. Skin Out


                                                        Celestial / Latitude

                                                          New music from 90's D&B innovator Peshay. Both absolute slayers. "Celestial" starts off with glistening keys and a steady hi-hat rhythm before seductive 'oh's comes drifting in a la MJ Cole and then a rampant, boombastic blast of amen breaks and deep sub bass come charging through. 

                                                          "Latitude" opens in similiar style - layers of starry-eyed pads and atmospheres drifting in. When the breakbeat drops on this one though it's even more intense - forcing the bass and drums through a tight sidechain resulting in some serious ducking and dives! Proper soundsystem pressure on both cuts - cuts deep and loud onto the 12". Drum and bass records like this really show off the vinyl format and sound system technology. RUFFAGE. 

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A. Celestial
                                                          B. Latitude

                                                          Bosq & Kaleta

                                                          Meji Meji (Folamour Remix)

                                                          Folamour comes through with the massive remix of Meji Meji off of the forthcoming Bosq & Kaleta LP. Uplifting Afro Disco & Funk are the name of the game on this beautiful release with artwork by Amanda Lobos from Brasil. 

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Meji Meji - (Folamour Remix)
                                                          B1. Sonayon - (Disco Dub)

                                                          Apparently Kid Machine is dead - resurrected as Marcus Paulson! The Wythenshawe-based producer seemingly turning his back on amyl nitrates and 2CVs in favour of dirty warehouses, smiley face t's and pockets full of pills!

                                                          An EP of pure jacking house heats, it's deliciously moody, with the red-hued synth stabs off opener, "Garden City" setting the scene perfectly. "Junction 4" moves into pure acid territory, with a skillfully deployed 303 line joining the dots between Phuture and Jared Wilson via an interstellar star cluster on the way.

                                                          "Crime Control" sees more 303 (ab)use, as dark moody vox mutter incomprehensible utterances and flat-lined drum boxes work overdrive. "Kerosene" moves into more tribal slammers, with big floor toms paired with introspective pads and incessant rimshots. Finally, "Sunrise M23" (the producers' postcode no doubt) is an emosh end-of-night, Fingers-esque epic, with maximum orange glow and up-all-night energy. It's a brilliant end to what is a really strong EP from this long serving Manchester producer. RIYL: Mr. Fingers, Phuture, Marcus Mixx, Adonis, Ron Trent, Paranoid London etc etc. 

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1 Garden City
                                                          2 Junction 4
                                                          3 Crime Control
                                                          4 Kerosene
                                                          5 Sunrise M23

                                                          Jim Sharp is certainly making waves right now on a number of different imprints – this time Originals are blessed with a couple of Jim Sharp edits - Biggie’s Things done changed gets freshened up with a tidy edit of the sample source on the flip both locked in at 91bpm with the DJs in mind – doubles essential!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. The Main Ingredient - Summer Breeze (Jim Sharp Mix)
                                                          B1. The Notorious BIG - Things Done Changed (Jim Sharp Mix)

                                                          Canada’s finest label, Friday's Funky are back with another couple of Jim Sharp sure shots! Side A flips J Lo to great effect with Big Horns and Phat drums whilst side B slows up the tempo of an Armand Van Heldon classic, Full Moon featuring Common – these won’t hang around so don’t sleep – snooze you lose! 

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Right On (Jim Sharp Mix)
                                                          B1. Full Love (Jim Sharp Mix) 

                                                          Amy Winehouse

                                                          Amy EP

                                                            Two absolute dancefloor bombs from Amy with a killer hip hop funk bomb featuring Ghostface Killah and a smooth reggae remix on the B-side. Limited edition 200 copies.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. You Know That I'm No Good (feat Ghostface Killah)
                                                            B1. Valerie (Reggae Remix) 


                                                            Cuff It / Work It Out

                                                              2nd release on this cheeky dedicated Beyonce promo only label. Side A features the 2nd single from her current LP which dominated the airwaves over the summer – intro and outro have been extended for the DJs. Flip over for her classic Work It Out in it’s full glory – super limited – snooze you lose!

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1. Cuff It (explicit Mix)
                                                              B1. Work It Out 

                                                              After five Truesoul EPs and an A-Sides contribution, Oscar L steps up for his debut Drumcode EP.

                                                              The artist has been one of the most consistent contributors since his debut on Truesoul in 2017, his groove-orientated productions a favourite go-to for Adam Beyer. But the Spaniards production palette has always been broad, highlighted by ‘Dark Fate’, his brooding atmosphere-rich cut that featured on A-Sides Vol.9 back in 2020.

                                                              ‘Again’ further reinforces his breadth. This is a searing 4am cut led by an incandescent vocal and Oscar’s tight percussive work that beautifully sustains the energy from start to finish. Another standout addition to his discography. ‘Driving into Techno’ brings tonnes of personality to the plate, highlighted by a fun bouncy vocal and stabbing Reese. An all-round colourful jam.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1. Again
                                                              B1. Driving Into Techno

                                                              Reykjavík’s finest export Intr0beatz is back on the SB label with 5 expertly crafted tracks for the heads that like it deep & bouncy. He’s back slicing and dicing samples over his trademark swung out rhythms like never before.

                                                              ‘Concentrate’ is a dusty & nostalgic Deep House jam, with its MPC’d piano chords, swinging hats and vintage hip hop style hooks. ‘Homage’ is a soothing slab of House with slow filtering chords, crisp hats, deep subby bass & ethereal pads. ‘Use What You Got’ is a lesson in doing just that, doing what he knows best, how he knows best. Raw, bumpin’ rhythms back up crystalline synths that sparkle over cavernous bass. ‘Don’t U Ever’ takes a deeper dive with it’s low-passed lead humming along over phasing hats, chunky kicks and chopped vocals calling back to the days of Max Graef and Money $ex. Finishing up the EP is the sexiest cut ‘Line’ with chopped soul vocals echoing over deeply filtered chords and bass synth accents.

                                                              With the Fókus EP, Intr0beatz displays his deft touch and restraint as a producer to lock in a groove, craft a vibe and create an atmosphere that few can rival.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1. Concentrate
                                                              A2. Homage
                                                              B1. Use What U Got
                                                              B2. Dont U Ever
                                                              B3. Line

                                                              Sleaford Mods

                                                              West End Girls

                                                                Sleaford Mods are pleased to announce the release of their cover of the Pet Shop Boys’ iconic single “West End Girls”, with all profits from the track going to the homeless charity Shelter.

                                                                The Nottingham duo created a version of the 1986 classic between tours for their latest album UK GRIM, and then sought the blessing of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe to put out the track.

                                                                Not only did Sleaford Mods’ “West End Girls” meet with the pair’s approval, but the Pet Shops Boys were inspired to remix the cover which will feature as one of the tracks on the limited edition single.

                                                                Hifi Sean has also contributed an Acid House meets Hi-NRG remix for the release, while Sleaford Mods’ own Andrew Fearn has added a heady vocoder led mix under his solo guise of Extnddntwrk.

                                                                Clearly apparent from their own minimal approach to music, the Pet Shop Boys have always been an important influence for Sleaford Mods, with Chris and Neil’s ability to merge sophisticated electronics and rich character often serving as a lodestar for the partnership between producer Andrew Fearn and front man Jason Williamson.

                                                                This esteem for the Pet Shop Boys can be clearly heard on their take on “West End Girls”, although Jason and Andrew have not flinched from creating a version of the song which is truly Sleaford Mods.

                                                                If the original is a sophisticated exposé of the heartlessness of 80s Thatcherite Britain while also paying tribute to people’s ability to shine despite living in brutal times, then Sleaford Mods’ have skillfully distressed the shimmering classic with sharp synths and scuffed-up vocals, offering a sense of the resilience now required to survive in our disconnected and dysfunctional days.

                                                                “’West End Girls’ is a song that’s very close to my heart, my coming-of-age track in so many ways.” says Andrew Fearn of the original.

                                                                Jason Williamson continues, “I’ve been listening to the Pet Shop Boys albums ‘Please’ and ‘Actually’ a lot, the music still fits this landscape so well. When Andrew suggested we cover “West End Girls”, it was important to honour the track’s brilliance. So when Neil and Chris gave the track their blessing, our tiny minds were blown, and when we received their remix… it was almost too much, it was brilliant!”

                                                                Neil/Chris added… “Sleaford Mods have brought East End boys back to the West End streets for a great cause and we love their new version.”

                                                                Profits generated by the single are being donated by Sleaford Mods to the charity Shelter, details of their work can be found at

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: Bloody love Sleaford Mods. This is a beauty, initially penned for their live tour but now getting a proper release with the backing of Pet Shop Boys themselves. Not only that, profits are going to Shelter to help the homeless. Absolutely legends! Mega track too - just buy it and do everyone a favour!

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side 1

                                                                West End Girls (clean)
                                                                West End Girls (dirty)

                                                                Side 2

                                                                West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys Remix)
                                                                West End Girls (HiFi Sean Remix)
                                                                West End Girls (Extnddntwrk Remix)

                                                                Leo Zero finally gets some of his much sort after edits onto the black wax, with some classic cut-ups that have all been road tested for max dance-floor detonation.

                                                                On this first EP a set of classic soul / disco groovers that have been meticulously remastered and extended for the modern floor.

                                                                One for the dancers and romancers, ‘Love Affair’ hits you square in the heart - a big spin at the Faith parties. Next up, a classic mid-tempo Soul weekender cut gets a nice chunky re-version.

                                                                The flip kicks off with some new live drums and chunkiness added to a huge underground gem, then we head off into more bulletproof dance-floor disco territory with a souped up version that’s been given maximum wallop to compete with house cuts when played out.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. Love Affair
                                                                A2. Let Me Love U
                                                                B1. Easy Does It
                                                                B2. For A Living

                                                                Mr. X is a young new talent from northern Jersey, USA who takes it to the raw underground with driving electronic stabs and a deep pulsating bassline with swinging beats and unique perc sounds that pop in and out abruptly within the arrangement on the track entitled “The Curse”. “The Underground” has a hooky flip flop keys action happening with vocals saying 'Thank You' creating a hypnotizing groove which is fast becoming synonymous with Mr. X's style. The B-side of the 12” starts with a steaming revisit to “The Curse” giving it another lease of life on the dancefloor along with the sample hits and catchy groove on “B-Side Only” created only in the way Mr. X can to make you jump on the dance floor. All hot club bombs, all fire!

                                                                Early support from Honey Dijon, Kenny Dope, Anané, Luke Solomon, Melvo Baptiste, Joseph Capriati, & Louie Vega. 

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: New material from Louie Vega's camp that follows the delicious lineage of deep, soulful, tribal-tinged house that's emanated from New York and the surrounding areas for over 30 years.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. The Curse 
                                                                A2. The Underground 
                                                                B1. The Curse (Revisited) 
                                                                B2. B Side Only 

                                                                After an outstanding debut on M.A.D Records earlier this year Rakim Under is back with the first in his edits series 'Rakim Redun Vol.1'.
                                                                5 edits set to move any dance floor. Rakim Under really is one to watch.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. BASS LOVE (Rakim Under Edit)
                                                                A2. House Teachin’ (Rakim Under Edit)
                                                                B1. Allen’s Hi-Fi Rocks (Rakim Under Edit)
                                                                B2. Celestial Ocean (Rakim Under Edit)
                                                                B3. Life Continues (Rakim Under Edit)

                                                                The Faithful Brothers

                                                                Dance My Hurt Away

                                                                  "Dance My Hurt Away" is the first single from the debut album by The Faithful Brothers from Tel Aviv/Israel.

                                                                  Is there a Northern Soul scene in Tel Aviv? The surprising answer is – yes, there is. If you're a soulie and in town, look for the Tel Aviv Soul Club, and you might find yourself swaying across a talcum-powder covered floor to Tel Aviv's own unique blend of classic Northern Soul 45s and early 1960s R&B sounds.

                                                                  Chances are that those 45s will come out of the record boxes of one of the brothers Neeman, Johnnie and Bin. Tel Aviv Soul Club, aka TASC, is the brainchild of Yashiv Cohen, a DJ who, in 2006, lured the brothers Neeman, whose massive soul collections been hitherto confined to their respective living rooms, into playing their records to the Tel Aviv public. Yashiv is also the lead singer of Men of North Country (MONC), a Tel Aviv band with a distinct sound, blending rock, British pop and soul. Since Neeman means Faithful in Hebrew, Yashiv woke up one morning with the crystallization that MONC must create a spin-off, a more puristic soul band, called the Faithful Brothers. It took a few more years, but gradually the brothers succumbed to their fate, to continue their musical progression, from collectors to DJs to musicians. Johnnie took his guitar, Bin took to the piano, and the brothers began pouring out some of their influences, creating new songs. It is finally all coming together now.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Dance My Hurt Away
                                                                  2. Crying Clown

                                                                  Saucy Lady / Monolog

                                                                  Inside My Love / Hey Mr. DJ

                                                                    Wowzers! Star Creature end 2023 with an absolute doozy of a double header. With a 12" killer from Another Taste ("Don't Touch It") and this, a double A-side 7" from Saucy Lady and Monolog.

                                                                    Instantly melting my heart and making my bum shuffle is Saucy Lady on side A with a kinda saucy (sorry!) cover-version of Minnie Riperton's "Inside My Love". Adding some shuffled drums that slap hard, Saucy Lady does the vocal part plenty of justice; and the dazzling layers of instrumental goodness shine through beautifully - this is mega!

                                                                    Side B sees infrequent Star Creature contributor Monolog collaborate with Saucy Lady on "Hey Mr. DJ" which was a backroom, warm-up / after hours disco vibe with seductive keys, anthemic vox and lush organic palette, plus an excellent marimba / xylophone solo.

                                                                    Star Creature still the best at this modern boogie malarky! 

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Matt says: Doing the rounds in Pasta Paul's record pouch since the summer (it was featured on the Saucy Lady LP); we get the handy 7" version of Saucy Lady's mega Minnie Riperton cover. B-side OG from Monolog with nice Lofty, afternoon disco vibes. Very nice!

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Side 1
                                                                    1. Saucy Lady - Inside My Love
                                                                    Side 2
                                                                    1. Monolog - Hey Mr DJ Featuring Saucy Lady

                                                                    Dez Andres

                                                                    Wepa Sepa​!​! /​ Van Cortado

                                                                      DJ / producer Dez Andres, the legendary Detroit house and hip-hop producer, founder of La Vida Records, has exquisitely re-created two Cuban classics - “Mi Quimbin” by Los Bocucos, which was originally written by Jose Cuato Pavon and later interpreted by Roberto Roena under the title, “Que Se Sepa.” Here, under the title of "Wepa Sepa!!" we get the overriding Cuban flavours combined with Andres' trademark MPC neck-snappers - nodding so hard you'll give yourself whiplash!

                                                                      On Side B, DJ Dez pulls out an inspired twist of Los Van Van's "Te Tragio", here titled "Van Cortado". With a heavy hip-hop slant (scratches, breakbeats, sampled vox etc) he mixes Detroit and Cuban flavours effortlessly, completing this killer of a 7" release. Don't sleep! 

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Matt says: We're treated to two new 7"s from the Detroit MPC master this week (along with his BRAND NEW album next week!). Really liking these Cuban reworks rich in his usual bumpety, organic style. Will sound dead nice next to those ReLatin Mushroom Pillow reworkings too!

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Wepa Sepa!! 
                                                                      2. Van Cortado

                                                                      Dez Andres

                                                                      Debes Llorar​ /​ Aqui Estamos

                                                                        Detroit hip-hop & house legend DJ Dez aka Andres (Slum Village / Mahogany / La Vida etc) ) taps into his Cuban roots for the Future Rootz imprint. "Debes Llorar" uses raw drum beats with a hot Latin shuffle and Spanish vocals, the flip "Aqui Estamos" has a sunset sound, his trademark MPC beats and seductive vocals. Buy on sight! 

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Matt says: One of two new 7"s from the Slum Village and Mahogany all star this week (along with his BRAND NEW album next week!). Top drawer Cuban reworkings; sequenced and arranged via his trust MPC and bursting with grooves! RIYL those ReLatin Mushroom Pillow reworkings we've had in recently.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A. Debes Llorar
                                                                        B. Aqui Estamos

                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Tasty Recordings Sampler 005

                                                                          Tasty Recordings are back, serving up a five-track, fun-filled selection of audacious edits for your aural pleasure. Guaranteed smiles for miles business this, reframing five classics like you’ve never heard them before.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Disko Junkie - I Like To Party
                                                                          A2. Discotron - September (Nu Disco Mix)
                                                                          B1. HP Vince - Got The Groove
                                                                          B2. House Punkz - Music In The Night
                                                                          B3. Serial Thrilla - More More More

                                                                          Dippin' Records introduces two tropical-boogie heaters, straight outta Rio de Janeiro by the Brazilian Multi-Instrumentalist/Producer Fabio Santanna off of his new album 'ASA'. Following up on his most recent collaborations with JKriv and Joutro Mundo, Fabio modernizes the MPB vibes of João Donato, Marcos Valle, Ed Motta for the current dance music lovers. “You Can Do It” delivers uplifting funk with a catchy hook while the flip side “Swing Malandragem” carries a floor friendly jam with the South American percussion and samba feels that transport you to the sizzling summer heat of Rio. Flyest modern Brazilian disco-boogie you'll find in the market!

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. You Can Do It
                                                                          B1. Swing Malandragem

                                                                          "Apaga La Luz" has proven itself to be a bonified club hit with the Tony Touch and Pablo Fierro mixes released last summer 2022. A new buzz has been created with brand new 2023 remixes by Two Soul Fusion AKA Louie Vega & Josh Milan, David Morales, Mike Dunn, and David Guetta. 

                                                                           Championed by everyone from David Morales, Mike Dunn, Louie Vega & Anané Vega to Seth Troxler, Marco Corola, Paco Osuna, The Martinez Brothers, Pablo Fierro and many more.

                                                                          One of those tracks that instantly screams - inferno! The fiery Latin vocal is both arresting, infectious and rousing - certain to cause a blazing surge of energy across any dancefloor. Across the double pack we get lots of different producer's take on this bonafide instant-anthem - each keeping true to the rebellious nature of the track whilst adding shed loads of their own personality across each iteration. Mastered by Herb 'Pump' Power as spread across a lavish double pack 12" - this is best way to fully devour this red hot club hit. Don't sleep on this one folks...

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: You'll be screaming that vocal hook like a werewolf for the entirety of the evening after hearing this one! Can't choose a favourite mix as nearly every one of them is absolutely killer!

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Apaga La Luz (Tony Touch OG Mix) 
                                                                          A2. Apaga La Luz (Mike Dunn Re-Touch) 
                                                                          B1. Apaga La Luz (David Guetta Remix) 
                                                                          B2. Apaga La Luz (Pablo Fierro Raw Dub) 
                                                                          C1. Apaga La Luz (Two Soul Fusion Remix) 
                                                                          C2. Apaga La Luz (Two Soul Fusion Beat-Sax Mix) 
                                                                          D1. Apaga La Luz (David Morales Remix) 
                                                                          D2. Apaga La Luz (David Morales Alt Mix) 

                                                                          Elements of Life brings a full on boogie disco tune with some 80s synth goodness. The backgrounds are provided by an all star cast of singers including Cindy Mizelle, Audrey Wheeler, Anané, Dawn Tallman, and Ramona Dunlap. The song is penned by Nico Vega, just at 19 years old writing lyrics with the soul of a person who’s been through various experiences in life. It is a statement song coming from an adolescent stating where we are in the world today with war, and encouraging all to stop fighting, “no more war”, “Let Us Shine Bright As Day”, “Let Us Find A Peaceful Way”, “Let Me Hear You Say”, these words are crying out to the world.

                                                                          Remixes by Josh Milan who feeds us an early 80s vibe, reminding us of the seminal label West End Records. The Louie Vega mixes stay true to the Elements Of Life sound mixed with some Detroit bass groove and synthy overtones. A bonus track also added to the release featuring Axel Tosca on keyboards is entitled “Los Tonos Sagrados” which means ‘The Sacred Tones’. This instrumental has an early afrobeat rhythm with Axel Tosca ripping through with an organ solo and snare hits accenting the drums and groove. Take a listen and enjoy the sounds of “Let Us Shine” and “Los Tonos Sagrados” and it’ll sure to have you with your arms up and eyes closed singing along with the tune in no time!

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: High glamour, maximum glitz new disco / house music from an all-star cast of musicians and vocalists, including Mr. Louie Vega himself! That good the original needs two mixes backing it up, with bonus track, "Los Tonos Sagrados" equally enticing. Proper music, proper vibes throughout. Regulars to Irfan Rainy's Community club night here in Manchester are gonna dig this.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Let Us Shine (Josh Milan Honeycomb Mix) 
                                                                          A2. Let Us Shine (Honeycomb Remix Instrumental) 
                                                                          B1. Let Us Shine (Original Louie Vega Mix) 
                                                                          B2. Los Tonos Sagrados Ft. Axel Tosca 

                                                                          DJ Monchan

                                                                          Love Me / U&Me

                                                                            DJ Monchan returns with a killer two track EP for GAMM. The sound is similar to his previous releases and continues to explore the void between old-school 80's house and 70's disco.

                                                                            'Love Me' has that 80's house backbone but loops and filters the disco samples into a real journey...proper Loft biz if you ask us.

                                                                            'U&Me' is a serious boogie stepper that is as bumpy as it gets and together with the smooth vocals this will sound ace at any disco jam. 

                                                                            Another winner from the GAMM camp then! 

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: More consistent than Ronnie O'Sullivan's break building - GAMM finish off 2023 with an imperative disco-house double header from regular contributor, DJ Monchan.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A. Love Me
                                                                            B. U&Me

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Soup Edits 2

                                                                            The SOUP collective return with their second manifestation of cultural reincarnation.

                                                                            Four more soundsystem specific artefacts taking in a quintessentially Balearic holy grail, some crisp modern machine-soul, a fine, fine gospel / soul end-of-nighter and a jazz-rock sunset anthem - for the discerning dancers..

                                                                            Limited copies, flying out already - cop now or cry later! 

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: 2nd volume from the so-far anonymous cartel who shed any preconceptions about genre boundaries and deliver four sound system ticklers in various styles and flavours but it's all upper ring pyramid tackle. Buy-on-sight!

                                                                            TRACK LISTING


                                                                            Various Artists


                                                                            More uncommonly good reboots of contemporary jams and reinterpretations of standards (in every sense). Not done for personal shine, just a shared desire to have some real finery, and not just in binary.

                                                                            Tried & tested sure-shots one and all, we have a VERY limited run available.

                                                                            ALMACKS provides community in secret spaces. The sublime liminal. Snooze you lose...

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: Mysterious but alluring edits from the Almacks crew. Disco, house, r&b, old school hip-hop & soul jams, cut-n-spliced with perfection; sources unknown for me - train spotters get in touch!

                                                                            Ben Gomori & Josh Ludlow from Make a Dance / Pigeon give us some excellent dancefloor-friendly edits of everyone's favourite 80s synth duo! Just in time for party season...

                                                                            VERY Limited copies.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: Cheeky party edit business that might send the more inebriated Christmas reveller over the edge. Hard not to crack a smile to two Yazoo belters though.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A. Don't Go (More)
                                                                            B. Situation (Josh's Stitch Up)

                                                                            Mella Dee

                                                                            Rug Cutters Vol. 1

                                                                              After a stellar release on Saoirse's label trUst - which caught the attention of DJs like Ben UFO, rRoxymore and dBridge - Ryan Aitchison aka Mella Dee is back on the dials for another outing of quality tech ‘aus fodder.

                                                                              "Rug Cutters Vol. 1" kicks off a slew of dancefloor weapons from the Warehouse Music boss. Visually underlined by his own original artworks, the EP shows off Mella Dee’s signature flair for whipping up raw, no-nonsense ingredients into irresistibly infectious grooves.

                                                                              Vol. 1 starts strong with "Cutting Snakes (Keep on Moving)", a track that screams instant classic with its shuffling beat and fat, sassy synthline. A2 track "Bumps (You Say)" dives deep into those bassbin vibrations - tt’s big, rude, and dead set on shaking up even the swampiest of dancefloors. 

                                                                              On the flip, "Cutters (They Don't Get It)" plays with the more futuristic, percussive end of the techno continuum. Drum breaks slither over each other, while a minimal vocal and bass hook locks everything down. Finally, "Pay No Mind (Who Am I)" pulls the EP back to euphoria. This one will have the club cruising to its cocktail of flirty chord stabs and soulful house vocals; gluing listeners to the centre of the dance! 

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Tech-house wonderkid Mella Dee contributes a solid four tracker full of clangers, bangers, pumpers and squelchers. Sounds like you're mid session at a Suat set. Which is grand with me.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Cutting Snakes (Keep On Moving)
                                                                              A2. Bumps (You Say)
                                                                              B1. Cutters (They Don't Get It)
                                                                              B2. Pay No Mind (Who Am I) 

                                                                              Daughters & Sons

                                                                              Detroit Stories EP

                                                                                "Detroit Stories" is the name of this cool social project happening in Motor City. Check it out at It's a rad way to capture and show off the history and present of the city and its peeps. They're doing it by interviewing OG residents and immigrants from way back, the ones who lived through all the ups and downs of the city You've got stories of good times, hard work, opportunities, but also struggles, violence, and social movements that shaped Detroit's rise and slow fall. The city (much like Manchester) always had a lot to offer in terms of music, culture, and beyond.

                                                                                And guess what? DJ and producer Luca Fronza gets in on the action, finding some of those interview podcasts. He's turning their stories, the vocals, and speeches into some killer beats, with the distinctive Motorcity raw house touch that we absolutely love here at Picc HQ. The results are stunning, with that eyes-down, subtle attention to detail previously synonymous with producers like KDJ and Rick Wilhite; beautifully textured, deeply grooving house music with loads of soul. And to top it off, you've got a remix by the master himself, Prins Thomas! Nice to see the Nordic demigod get in on the action, who takes "Gipsy" into a thick plasma pool of lysergic bliss.

                                                                                Mastered by Francesco Brini at Spectrum Studio, Bologna.
                                                                                Released by Flexi Cuts, 2023.
                                                                                Artwork is by Pietro Galeati 

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Matt says: Interesting little curio from Motor City from a new producer who's mixed topical conversations from Detroit residents with flexible new house trax that are synonymous with the innovative city.

                                                                                It's grabbed the attention of a certain Prins Thomas too - so it must be good!

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Gipsy
                                                                                A2. The People
                                                                                B1. Home
                                                                                B2. Gipsy (Prins Thomas Remix) 


                                                                                Your Eyes EP

                                                                                  System Music welcome Italian supernova Ago to the label with an incredible 4 track EP showing his mastery in diversity within the 140 bpm realm. A break-from-the-norm EP that encapsulates the refined character of the producer.

                                                                                  The title track "Your Eyes" opens the EP with moving chords and swirling futuristic arpeggios that brings to light Ago's amazing melodic prowess. An intense track that evokes distant memories and resolves into an anthemic second drop that has been a true dancefloor favourite all over the world in recent years.

                                                                                  "Crippling" follows with sinister synths pulses that stumble into a 2-step groove, enriched by shuffling percussion and Ago’s signature bleeps and sound design. The dreamy bridge temporarily elevates the track into a new melodic realm before falling back into ringing pulses and deep atmospheres.

                                                                                  "Eight Times Eight" takes the listener into a dark room dense with experimental patterns. Pounding techno kicks, airy hi-hats, scattering percussion, strobing melodies and obscure samples that gets the head nodding and the feet stepping. To be listened to the very end.

                                                                                  "Riverwind" is in the name. The final tune flows like water across a beautifully crafted ethereal sound that is encompassed around floating percussive drums, occasionally awakened by sudden effects. Intertwined visions of air and water take us to the banks of new digital rivers.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Matt says: A five card trick of intrinsic club kinetics and wubbing sub bass. Kinda shit that leaves you scratching your head from sets by DJs like Ben UFO and Joy Orbison. Killer AND clever.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Your Eyes 
                                                                                  A2. Crippling 
                                                                                  B1. Eight Times Eight 
                                                                                  B2. Riverwind 

                                                                                  Sunshine Sound

                                                                                  Eurucu Medley / Groove City Medley - Edits By Francois K

                                                                                    For the first time on vinyl, 2 legendary edits from the master of the craft, Francois K. Sunshine Sound really gifting us a sizemic stocking filler that disco lovers are gonna be swooning over this festive period. 

                                                                                    "Erucu Medley" is a percussive power house, guided by slap bass and gospel keys. It's got that energetic hussle down to perfection and when the layers drop back to reveal skilled conga solos and dazzling organ bursts few are gonna resist its charm. 

                                                                                    "Groove City Medley" contains the classic dancefloor 'ooh ooh' sample over which Francois drizzles cowbells, congas, electric guitar chops, clavinet licks, timpani hits and deep floor toms. Slowly an infectious chant is introduced to give the track its hook whilst the percussion tracks hit overdrive. Another dizzying example of percussive disco brilliance accentuated by the master of the tape reels. 

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: Another imperative double header from Sunshine Sounds who enlist the mighty Francois K for two highly percussive workouts that'll get Loft aficionados and Mancuso advocates wetting their pants with excitement.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A. Erucu Medley (Edit By Francois K)
                                                                                    B. Groove City Medley (Edit By Francois K)

                                                                                    A very warm welcome aboard to these exceptional edits impresarios!
                                                                                    Painfully limited underground nuggets for late-night dancing. A real allstar cast involved: Admin, James Greenwood, Simba and Ricky Chong, all dropping exclusive cuts from their editing suites. 

                                                                                    RIYL: COMBI, Popular People's Front, Semi-skimmed Edits, Take Away etc.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: The cult collected series drops its 5th instalment and it's already flying off the shelves! Top drawer edits from an allstar cast...

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A. Admin - Share Your Boogie
                                                                                    A. James Greenwood - Dub Attack
                                                                                    B. Simba - Funkin' You Down
                                                                                    B. Ricky Chong - Loves Smile

                                                                                    Eden Burns

                                                                                    Big Beat Manifesto Vol. VIII

                                                                                      Hot Ozzy export Eden Burns returns with another instalment of the much lauded “Big Beat Manifesto”, volume VIII in this fun and inspired series.

                                                                                      As is his trademark, we get fizzy, bouncy beats with quirky elements that'll twist heads at the afters or get the terrace unified in a big writhing, smiling mess. An ethos perfectly encapsulated in opener "Puzzle Loop" which segues car horn samples, spring reverb soaked squelches and an exotic female vox over modern tribal house beats. "Hopeless Beat" utilizes his unique rubberband-acid bass, over which Eden adds frenetic perx and jacking snares. 

                                                                                      "Xoh" sees the return of the same vocalist featured on the opening track, with rampant congas and woodblocks peppering a growling sawtooth drone. A hypnotic slice of open air deep house exotica. Burns takes things indoors for the final track, "7 Loop" which has cavernous warehouse and / or sweat-soaked rave basement written all over its tough, loopy grooves. 

                                                                                      Another winner from Eden Burns!  

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Matt says: Eden Burns is the master of injecting fun into house music. His "Big Beat Manifesto" series has been a breath of fresh air each and every volume. With a quirky sound all of his own, the Australian producer drops another volume and its wide smiles, fist bumps and frantic wiggles all around.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1) Puzzle Loop 06:52 Min
                                                                                      A2) Hopeless Beat 06:38 Min
                                                                                      B1) Xoh 05:08 Min
                                                                                      B2) Xoh Dub 05:23 Min
                                                                                      B3) 7 Loop 06:36 Min


                                                                                      Classic House Riddims Vol. 2

                                                                                        Krikor has always bee a bit of a wizard at blending dub and sound system elements into a fractured take on club kinetics. Demonstrated perfectly across these two 7" riddims - Captivation Riddim and Liberation Riddim. 

                                                                                        Bursting with crackle, bass and clang, they tip their hat to the avant dancehall scene whilst being decidedly industrial and free spirited. Played loud on a high quality system they're likely to cause a whole manner of destruction. Limited copies, move quick! 

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Foundation shaking brick wall dancehall tools here for maximum sound system carnage.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Captivation Riddim
                                                                                        B. Liberation Riddim

                                                                                        Disco maestro Al Kent returns to GAMM with a follow up to his amazing 'Stranger Danger' 12" from earlier int' year. Just like its precursor, this is a highly personal release to Al Kent, as he not only created the musical reworks but also the full artwork from top to bottom.

                                                                                        As for the music, Al delivers as always with three solid tweaks starting with the Philly-styled "Welcome To The Dub" which I'm sure was the subject to an Ugly Edit many moons ago.  "Dubanova" is a nice tweak of Wood, Brass & Steel's "Funkanova" - a true dancefloor classic but given fresh legs by Al here.

                                                                                        Concluding with a truly amazing end piece entitled "Happiness & Peace'" that is both psychedelic and beautiful at the same time...our fave cut if you ask us and one of those perfect end-of-night warmers. Recommended! 

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Al Kent tastefully tweaks some underground disco classics to great effect. Injecting new life into these long serving lights of the dancefloor.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Welcome To The Dub
                                                                                        B1. Dubanova
                                                                                        B2. Happiness & Peace


                                                                                        Give It / Hold It

                                                                                        Super exclusive, blink-and-you'll-miss-'em, killer mixes of Sade and Change. Of the many, many versions of "Give It Up" over the years I'm going to stick my neck out and say this is the 2nd best version which is high praise indeed (nothing can touch the Kenny Larkin version from 95!).

                                                                                        The Change edit on the flip is equally enticing, looping up that golden Strat lick and extending the best bits of this early boogie blueprint till we're lost in late night dancefloor ecstasy. It's not hard to image the glitterball shimmering bright while this one spins...

                                                                                        Pretty sure we're one of the very few places where you can cop this, making this a bit of a Christmas coup.... Don't sleep! 

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Perfect for the working festive DJ. Sade and Change nicely extended and kitted out in slightly more modern attire.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Give It
                                                                                        B. Hold It

                                                                                        Freestyle drop a much needed and fully licensed 12" repro from 1984, in the form of Midnight Energy's Front Line b/w Saving All My Love originally released on Wal-Brooks Records. Two slamming sides of spenny electro-boogiefunk from out of New Jersey, written and produced by Tony McLachlan of the Fresh Band (of 'Come Back Lover' fame) - dig in!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Front Line
                                                                                        2. Saving All My Love (Long Version)
                                                                                        3. Saving All My Love (Edited Version)

                                                                                        Austin Ato

                                                                                        I Love Your Edits 1

                                                                                          Glasgow's finest Austin Ato is first out of the blocks off this mysterious new series “I Love Your Edits” with a 4 track EP of Disco Edits & Reworks following on from his work on Classic Music Company, Percolate, Phonica White, Defected, Me Me Me, Futureboogie, Delusions Of Grandeur and our very own Pantai People. Two tracks on the funkier edge, whilst two are full on face-melters, both will tear the floors up.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Bertha
                                                                                          A2. Been So Good
                                                                                          B1. Love Explosion
                                                                                          B2. Cleo

                                                                                          Three tracks that were included as bonus tracks on the Gherkin Jerks compilation CD from a few years ago are now up for their release on vinyl. All originate from the same Gherkin sessions as Mr. Heard's two outstanding late 80's EP's but were never released as such. The moniker showed a different side to his sonic pallet, and would innovate the acid sound to great FX, influencing a great many of artists in the decades that followed. “Psychotic Fantasy” eventually made its way to the “Dance 2000 Pt. 2” album, while the original full take of “Ecstasy” and “Reznaytor” never saw the light of the day. Now for the first time on wax and still sounding as futuristic as ever!

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: House artists don't come much more revered than Larry Heard and his Gherkin Jerks alias, responsible for a very modest but highly coveted set of releases at the end of the 80s. To think "Reznayor" and "Ecstasy" have, essentially, remained on the studio floor for the last 30 years is astonishing. "Psychotic Fantasy" also sees a much needed vinyl repress.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Psychotic Fantasy
                                                                                          2. Reznaytor
                                                                                          3. Ecstasy (original Full Take)

                                                                                          Rhythm Foundation

                                                                                          Let The Whole World Know - 30th Anniversary EP Part 1

                                                                                          Rhythm Foundation was the duo of James Lightbown & Peter Oldroyd, responsible for just one firecracker of piano house power in 1991. "Let The Whole World Know" was released on the Eastern Bloc-related M.O.S Records and became a big spin for one world leading DJ at the time - Sasha. 
                                                                                          Just w
                                                                                          To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this monumental record, Salford City Records have released an EP package with four fresh remixes of the track. Opening with the Rhythm Foundation vocal mix which is as true to the original vibe as you're gonna get. That epic vocal line soaring over vamping piano lines and the occassional 'woooo' to devastating effect. 

                                                                                          Rob Tissera & Steve Luigi contribute an electrified and highly kinetic offering which places it alongside the proto-proggy sounds that would begin to be hammered by the likes of Sasha and Digweed and soundtrack wild nights at Shelly's. 

                                                                                          On side B, Andy Cain perfectly bridges the gap between the original piano house sound and what would later become trance, injecting 16-bar drum rolls, rising strings and hands-aloft energy into proceedings.  

                                                                                          Stu Chapman drops a tastefully executed breakbeat refix, juxtaposing those happy piano chords and jubulent strings with odd blasts of rave stab tension and hardcore bass. 


                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: Just when you thought you'd heard the last of Salford City Records they finish the year off with an exceptional set of (new?) remixes of the '91 piano house anthem "Let The Whole World Know".

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1 RF Vocal Mix
                                                                                          2 Rob Tissera & Steve Luigi Remix
                                                                                          3 Andy Cain Remix
                                                                                          4 Stu Chapman Remix

                                                                                          Manuel Darquart

                                                                                          The Del Sol EP

                                                                                          The karaoke connoisseur, Luigi impersonator and all round good guy, Manuel Darquart has stepped up before and he’s stepping up again, this time with The Del Sol EP. Three down to business tracks with the perfect blend of Italo, Boogie and Deep House that will have you dreaming of a sunny coastline, Guayabera flapping in the breeze and an ice cold beer in your hand.

                                                                                          Rounding off the package is Oakland CA native, Space Ghost who stamps his distinct style on the EP with a beautiful slice of Dream House.

                                                                                          A welcome return to the label as WOLF hit their 71st release and enter fifteen years in the game.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Jerry’s Song
                                                                                          A2. Del Sol
                                                                                          B1. Del Sol (Space Ghost Remix)
                                                                                          B2. The Vibe

                                                                                          East Coast Love Affair

                                                                                          Tonight (feat. Theo)

                                                                                          We love to just try things at Athens of the North and when Clara and Theo (our lovely PR friends) were chilling with us at Pikes one evening it came up in conversation that Theo has a lovely singing voice and fancied having a spin in the studio.

                                                                                          Roll on a month later, and they were home in Edinburgh, and we threw ourselves into a couple of days of experimenting, this is a little electro floater we were all super pleased with that came out of the session. 'Tonight' is a super late night mashy CR78 drum work out with Theo's floaty falsetto smashing out the park, we flipped the OG with a brilliant dubbed out mix that's not to be slept on either.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Tonight (feat. Theo)
                                                                                          2. Tonight (Dub) [feat. Theo]

                                                                                          Mura Masa

                                                                                          Rise / Gimme

                                                                                          Super producer Mura Masa releases his first 7" single on his own record label Pond Recordings, featuring the monumental soulful house track 'rise', the calling card to the artist's new dancefloor focused era as an independent artist. 'gimme', the vinyl's B Side, is a much more dark and underground electronic track that Mura Masa first debuted on his recent BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. This short run of vinyl is the first physical release on Pond Recordings and will no doubt prove to be a very important milestone in the development of the label.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Rise
                                                                                          B1. Gimme

                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                          Body Move EP

                                                                                            Demi Riquisimo’s ‘A Lifetime On The Hips’ sub-label returns to make it a hat-trick of releases for2023 with the impressive ‘Body Move' V/A featuring eclectic club cuts from Dreamrdreamr, SY, Papa Nugs, Elfenberg, ABSOLUTE. & YSANNE.

                                                                                            Dreamdreamr’s emotive ‘Zone 4 Booty Call’ kicks off the a-side. A track that effortlessly fuses elements of deep house, trance, and R’n’B, it sets the tone perfectly for an EP not bound by the borders of genre. The title track ‘Body Move’ by SY is up next. A no nonsense house chugger with flourishes of Italian 90’s progressive and acid - a perfect modern interpretation of a foundational strand of club music. The A-side wraps up with one of 2023’s most exciting prospects Papa Nugs and the vocoder infused, percussive, twisted jam 'Loosey Goosey’.

                                                                                            The flip picks up right where the A-side left off with Elfenberg’s ’Solarplexus’, a cosmic, evolving and psychedelic interpretation of house. UK mainstay ABSOLUTE. is up next with ‘Devastating Rhythm’, a peak time techno floor filler that sounds like a Frankenstein mix of seminal imprints Dance Mania & D’jax-Up-Beats’ output - proper gear. Drawing the curtain on the ‘Body Move’ V/A is YSANNE’s ’Tisno Tango’. A slightly more introspective cut but with more than enough groove to make you dance, a perfect closer.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Matt says: High energy slammers that don't take themselves seriously. Similar in vein to Plush Managements, Roza Terenzi, D. Tiffany - all that trance / prog indebted new pumpers. Mega.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1. Dreamrdreamr - Zone 4 Booty Call
                                                                                            A2. SY - Body Move
                                                                                            A3. Papa Nugs - Loosey Goosey
                                                                                            B1. Elfenberg - Solarplexus
                                                                                            B2. ABSOLUTE - Devastating Rhythm
                                                                                            B3. YSANNE - Tisno Tango

                                                                                            RNT welcomes Cody Currie back to the catalog with an extended EP of soulful and jazzy original sounds. A project that’s been in the works since his label debut back in 2017, the “Cody Currie EP” is a refined statement of the rising star producer’s UK-jazz and club roots, both danceable and introspective. Enlisting a talented roster of collaborators, such as vocalists Stee Downes, RNT mainstay Cor.ece, and newcomer Marlena Dae as well as instrumentalists Mikeal and Ally McMahon, each track is like a little world of its own in the universe of Cody’s vast musical aesthetic. To round out the EP we have a stellar remix from European deep house royalty Vincenzo, who shows that his production tools are still sharp as ever.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1. Evernight (Feat. Stee Downes & Mik)
                                                                                            A2. Yes Bruv (Feat. Mik)
                                                                                            A3. Holding On (Feat. Marlena Dae)
                                                                                            B1. Everynight (Vincenzo Remix)
                                                                                            B2. Hot Water (Feat. Cor.ece)
                                                                                            B3. Furball (Feat. Ally Mcmahon)

                                                                                            Research is the punk/funk/disco project of drummer Geoff Serle (Radius, Tek-San, Sonicphonics). Research have previously had releases on the German Dossier Label, Rong/DFA, Bearfunk and Paper Recordings.

                                                                                            The two tracks here are extra mixes from the Paper release of 2012 which featured the vocals of Valerie Maxfield (Groove Armada).
                                                                                            This is the first time these mixes have been available on vinyl.

                                                                                            The Psychemagik Instrumental is a nu-disco banger featuring a hypnotic synth bass line alongside some spiky guitar and an 80's linndrum groove.
                                                                                            The Spigelsound Remix is a more deep house affair complete with vocal interpretations and elements from the original mix alongside some spacey Fender Rhodes and nice glitchy claps.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Matt says: Ultra slick, high fidelity, full fat productions from Psychemagik and Spigelsound who take Research's "Day By Day" into upper echelon new disco territory.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A. Psychemagik Instrumental
                                                                                            B. Spigelsound

                                                                                            Long time house and disco devotee Dave Lee comes through on Z Records once more with a sampler from this years ZR Essentials collection. It features two of his masterful reworks starting with Jamiroquai's 'Little L'. He flips into a funked up cosmic delight with plenty of the original's synth flourishes melodic hooks and orchestration all present and correct but with added slap bass, replayed rhodes and beefy new drums which make this a surefire dancefloor winner pretty much anywhere. On the flip comes Dave Lee's Disco Fantasy mix of Shelia & B Devotion's 1979 hit 'Spacer' which has a more retro disco sound thanks to the masterful original work of Chic. Additional clav, new string parts and solo-ing keys give 'Spacer' the extended DJ mix it never had at the time of original release.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Mine says: Dave Lee applies his classic methodology to two mainstream hits. The results should please even the most casual of disco lover. Summat about his drums really does it for us...

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Jamiroquai - Little L (Dave Lee Re-Blend)
                                                                                            Shelia & B Devotion - Spacer (Dave Lee Disco Fantasy Mix)

                                                                                            King Most Vs. DJ Flow

                                                                                            Rhymes Over Egypt / Ridin' Higher

                                                                                            DJ Flow & King Most are two of California's finest hip-hop heads right now and have already had props from the one and only Jazzy Jeff. What they do here is add pure magic to an iconic soul song about Egypt which they are cleverly calling 'Rhymes Over Egypt.' It's a smooth groove with the the iconic chords rolling deep while new bars bring the funk up top and dusty drum breaks keep you moving. On the flip, King Most comes through with 'Ridin' Higher' which takes another soulful favorite and reworks it into something a little more bumping and energetic.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Matt says: It's party season so you're gonna need some fresh mash-ups for your fervent bar crowd. Cue DJ Flow and King Most who've more than got you covered with these two inspired blends.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            DJ Flow - Rhymes Over Egypt (album Version)
                                                                                            King Most - Ridin' Higher


                                                                                            Up The Place

                                                                                              Now considered a core artist at 1985 Music, Cesco returns to the imprint with his 3rd EP release. Featuring some heavyweight collaborations.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A1. GITP
                                                                                              A2. Cesco & Bidl - Overdue
                                                                                              B1. UP The Place
                                                                                              B2. Cesco & Hamdi - Swing King

                                                                                              Just What The World Needs returns to their own self-titled label with a 14th outing of fiery disco heat. This is potent music that melds together jazz, funk and soul with a lashing of synth goodness. The opener is a real driver with emotive gospel vocals and mad jazz keys and the flip side comes on strong with jazz say leading the way beneath vaping chords and funky, smooth drums. Last of all is a supercharged leftfield bomb with explosive cosmic synths and the sort of energy that stands out in any set.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Mine says: Driving disco with that Theo flair; acidic proto-house with a cinematic twist; and summery clarinet-guided jazz-funk. DJ Righteous certainly keeps us on our toes across three fresh edits.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Track 1
                                                                                              Track 2
                                                                                              Track 3

                                                                                              Reissue number seven for Heels & Souls Recordings sees them look back to the sounds of South Africa’s townships in 1991, cherry picking four of Tashif Kente’s finest cuts from his sought after album A Boy And A Dream, giving them space to breathe on a 12" pressing.

                                                                                              Clearly influenced by the flavours bubbling over from the UK and US in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, from R&B through to boogie, proto house to new jack swing, Tashif’s productions are a melting pot of ideas and influences, laced with a distinctive South African flavour.

                                                                                              Born in Soweto, Mzwandile ‘Tashif’ Kente, cut his teeth with Harari for a brief period, a group that birthed greats like Condry Ziqubu, Sipho Mabuse and Alec Khaoli, before going solo in 1984 and releasing just one album as Tashif Kente, 1991’s ‘A Boy And A Dream’. An album that speaks of love, lust and longing, produced by Kente and Selwyn Shandel with Marc Rantseli also joining the fold, it has that signature South African synth bass, drum machine and killer keyboard combo of the Bubblegum and Kwaito scenes, topped with Kente’s buttery vocals.

                                                                                              Heels & Souls Recordings take four favourites from the LP and press them loud on either side of a 12”. On the A, the audacious new jack, dancefloor bubbler ‘Tell Him I Became Your Lover’ leads into the lovestruck, boogie-tinged grooves of ‘Somebody’s Got My Love’. Flip it over to find a jealousy jam of the highest order with the synthy soul number ‘Who’s That Boy’, before ‘I Like The Way You Love Me’, a lights down low, R&B flavoured lovesong rounds off the EP.

                                                                                              Licensed from Gallo, who transferred the original ¼ inch tapes for their archives, Heels & Souls have enlisted the expertise of Justin Drake to remaster these South African beauties for a new generation of listeners.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A1. Tell Him I Became Your Lover
                                                                                              A2. Somebody's Got My Love
                                                                                              B1. Who's That Boy
                                                                                              B2. I Like The Way You Love Me

                                                                                              Minor Threat

                                                                                              Out Of Step Outtakes

                                                                                                In January 1983, Minor Threat went into Inner Ear Studio for the first time as a five - piece (Brian Baker had moved from bass to second guitar and Steve Hansgen was now playing bass).

                                                                                                They had six new songs that would end up being the centrepiece of what became the ‘’Out of Step’’ 12" EP. The band had also decided to re-record the song "Out of Step" with some extra language to try to clarify the lyrics, as well as "Cashing In", a tongue-in-cheek song about the DC punk scene which they had only played live once.

                                                                                                After much debate, "Cashing In" was added as a hidden track on the original vinyl release though not listed on the cover or label. There was still blank tape on the reel, so they decided to record an instrumental with the working title, "Addams Family" and then recorded new versions of "In My Eyes" and "Filler" to hear what they sounded like with two guitars.

                                                                                                "Addams Family" ended up being used as a coda to "Cashing In", but the other two songs were never mixed and largely forgotten for over 35 years until the multitrack tapes were taken into the studio to be digitized in 2021.

                                                                                                Surprised by the discovery, Ian and Don Zientara mixed the two songs along with the complete take of "Addams Family". These outtakes are now being released on a 7" to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of ‘’Out of Step’’.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A Side:
                                                                                                In My Eyes
                                                                                                B Side:
                                                                                                Addams Family

                                                                                                East Coast Love Affair

                                                                                                I Can't Wait (feat. Philomenah)

                                                                                                  East Coast Love Affair is back with a 9-minute epic late-night mid-tempo deep disco chugger featuring Shetland-born and Edinburgh-based R&B Singer and songwriter Philomenah. Hanna (Philomenah) has done some great backing vocals for ECLA in the past but takes front-and-center Vocal and lyric writing duty on this Epic 12". It's Like a modern-day Onda with a sprinkle of pop.

                                                                                                  On the flip two percussive house dub workouts with maybe a little hint of MAW 90s major label work (we have been revisiting these in the club recently) with our own Athens of the North studio special sauce.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. I Can't Wait (feat. Philomenah)
                                                                                                  2. I Can't Wait (House Dub) [feat. Philomenah]
                                                                                                  3. I Can't Wait (Bonus Beats) [feat. Philomenah]

                                                                                                  More, new, authentic disco action from the Space Grapes firm. Round one and its repress sold out in super quick time and I reckon this one will follow suit...

                                                                                                  Intent on bringing the good times back to the dancefloor, GALXTC's "Life Is A Mirror" sees the hustle and bustle of late '70s disco brought kicking and screaming into 2021 via a fat pressing and a high definition mix master. Like classic P&P, Brass Construction and Womack & Womack its driven by the familiar thud and whack of congas before being laced with funky clavs, grasping guitar licks and cranium-twisting keyboard solos. The formular is classic but the nuances and details are fresh and unique! 

                                                                                                  Three version, with a dub and a version to give the working DJ as many options as possible.

                                                                                                  Limited copies - buy now or cry later! 

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Life Is A Mirror
                                                                                                  Life Is A Mirror (Dub)
                                                                                                  Life Is A Mirror (Version)

                                                                                                  Metroplex continues its run of reissues with two more seminal releases from the label's golden back catalog. First off is M003, aka late 80's Metroplex electro staple Channel One, a Juan Atkins joint with Doug Craig (Carl Craig's cousin) on vocals. Futuristic and playful techno from the late 80s which soundwise evolves from Cybotron and the obvious Kraftwerk influences. Juan Atkins said about the release in a 2005 interview that 'it was more fun than politically driven, just about the colors and combination spread from colors'. An important release in the history of techno from both a cultural and creative perspective. Channel One's "Technicolor" has been carefully remastered from the original tapes. Truly timeless stuff!

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Matt says: Proto-techno classic "Technicolour" is one of Juan Atkin's most celebrated releases. An essential reissue for those that might have worn out their original copy, or any new inductees to the techno movement.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Technicolor (radio Mix)
                                                                                                  Technicolor (long Mix)
                                                                                                  Color Dubbing

                                                                                                  Sonia Whittingham

                                                                                                  Sweet Sensation

                                                                                                    UK lovers' rock holy grail 12” from Sonia Whittingham, produced by Glen Sloley and originally released in 1988. ‘When I look into your eyes I feel a sweet sensation. I know our love is true ‘cos you make me happy'

                                                                                                    Isle Of Jura continue to deliver the goods, following on from that crucial reissue from The NM Band ("She Wants"). 

                                                                                                    A 140gram pressing in full colour sleeve designed by Bradley Pinkerton.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Matt says: Another UK lovers' holy grail from Isle Of Jura. Lilting chords, big soundsystem bass and a sugar sweet vocal make this a sure fire winner for daytime at the carnival.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Sweet Sensation
                                                                                                    Sweet Dub

                                                                                                    Originally released in 2019, ‘Heaven’ served as a benchmark for what modern house music is. The essential record from Ben Westbeech and KON’s The Vision project dominated stages around the world, receiving support from a plethora of top house artists; Gerd Janson, Horse Meat Disco, The Blessed Madonna, Groove Armada and Eli Escobar to name just a few. Now Defected release a special 12” package featuring the most recently released remix from Groove Assassin, where he masterfully combined it with Supernova’s Jackin Mix of Kerri Chandler’s iconic ‘Hallelujah’ for a killer house cut. Also featured on the package is the original in all its glory, as well as Danny Krivit’s heralded edit and an edit from The Vision’s own KON.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Matt says: Glitzy, high glamour modern disco here from a truly all-star cast of producers on remix duties.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Hallelujah In Heaven (Groove Assassin's Supernova Edit)
                                                                                                    A2. Heaven (Original Album Version)
                                                                                                    B1. Heaven (Danny Krivit Edit)
                                                                                                    B2. Heaven (KON's 7 Edit) 


                                                                                                    Semi-skimmed Edits 6

                                                                                                    Semi Skimmed Edits return with another duo of lovingly restored, extended and adored nuggets from the deepest crates

                                                                                                    Two blazing jams for playing LOUD.

                                                                                                    SUPER limited hand-stamped vinyl...

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Matt says: MCR's James Greenwood continues his cult label with two more tasteful splices for the working disco DJ. Both of these has a bit of that original Ugly Edits flavour, for which we can only thankful.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A. Under Your Spell
                                                                                                    B. Jog On

                                                                                                    Nassau Track Authority

                                                                                                    Special Unreleased Instrumentals 2

                                                                                                      As the Compass Points to Nassau, Track Authority has you covered...Following on from the Grace Jones indebted first volume, we get 4 more special instrumentals clean cut to heavy black vinyl.

                                                                                                      "Peanut" is funky boogie-disco, with a cowbell rhythm and Mancusso-friendly vibe. "Adventures" slows down the tempo to a crawl, strips things back to just drum, bass and picked guitar lines - bringing out the groove of Will Power's "Adventures In Success". "Seventh" is another classic of the boogie era, given a nice instrumental tweak here. "Doctor" concludes as another mystery disco anthem drifts past my memory cells alerting me to early onset memory loss. 

                                                                                                      Really strong stuff that probes at the grooves of some well known classics in a fresh and funky manner! TIP! 

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Matt says: Second set of instrumentals from the Compass Point studios and much like the first it's e-e-e-e-ESSENTIAL. Serious - unreleased sessions from one of the hottest and most productive studios in the world - this is the genius folly of the producers left in the studio long after the musicians have gone home. Concocting pure dubbed out magic on the desk.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. Peanut
                                                                                                      A2. Adventures
                                                                                                      B1. Seventh
                                                                                                      B2. Doctor

                                                                                                      Record number 3 from Unveiled Nuance brings a new confidence in the further developed sound of owner Means&3rd. A continued eye for detail as well as a roughness that breathes dark soul into the production aesthetic that we have yet to hear from the artist.

                                                                                                      “Hardship Repackaged As Growth” opens the EP with boomy, rugged low end and grainy driven synth lines with sharp hits of wide sonic impact and a depth of layered atmosphere, placed on a bed of dense percussion until its break point exposes contorted, abrasive stabs just surviving the crunch of their processing, that then take the forefront. “Countenance” replies to the previous track with a more calculated, rounder and organic palette of audio that focuses on a cadenced synth line that breaths with the arrangement, fizzing to break point and engaging the deeper listen. Swung percussion keeps the groove providing a propulsive backing that sits on gnarled bass hits before the focus returns on the charged lead line.

                                                                                                      “Character Ethic” carries deep suspense from the off, with filtered menace being teased below the surface, warping atmospheres are stacked and build the apprehension against a militant 16th shaker before an almost vocal like modulated synth reveals itself and is left to dance prominently across the stereo field. Layers of energy providing percussion complete the picture for a mesmerizing trip. “Desperate And Relevant” the most driving of the 4 cuts takes an effectively reduced stand where square wave accents build new levels of intensity. Propulsive low-end and cohesive percussion writhe through the track’s arrangement closing out the EP with a powerful ending, a blistering siren sees the track’s breakpoint provide a release worthy of the pressure built.

                                                                                                      Pressed on 140g black vinyl, reverse board full-colour print sleeve with poly-lined inner sleeve.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Matt says: Another winner from Ben from E-Bloc.. Tapping that golden faucet of UK tech influences - fans of Surgeon, James Rushkin and Ben Sims are gonna find plenty to beat their chest to here. Unparalleled sound design coupled with precision body mechanics make this a beast for the big rigs. TIP!

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. Hardship Repackaged As Growth
                                                                                                      A2. Countenance
                                                                                                      B1. Character Ethic
                                                                                                      B2. Desperate And Relevant

                                                                                                      Golden Retriever returns to Omena with a release that is adventurous, pleasing and ethereal.

                                                                                                      There's never been a more ideal time to revisit this artist and "Nafasam" is a testament to their enduring, transparent & unique compositions.

                                                                                                      Six moving and ambitious songs. Absorbing, beatless rhythms blended with a beautiful light-touch and free-flowing feel for harmony, revealing true craftsmanship and a singular sound.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Matt says: Circular picked guitar passages smothered in dreamy reverb, gentle undulating synthscapes rippling through the coastal breeze; this is unadulterated hammock music at its very finest folks.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. Part Lake
                                                                                                      A2. Andro Dunos
                                                                                                      A3. Digambara
                                                                                                      B1. Modulations 1
                                                                                                      B2. Modulations 2
                                                                                                      B3. Kizuna Encounter



                                                                                                        'On New Year's morning, Cousin took a weary-eyed walk... ‘HomeSoon’ he thought, whilst cutting to the path by the Angophora Forest. As he made it down to the overgrown sidewalk, he caught a sudden sense of warmth from the surrounding flora. On closer focus, it was as if the plants and flowers had come alive...pulsing forward down the path as they bounced, smiled, and sneered all around him. Against logic, he was struck by an almost Garsonian desire to communicate with them. This feeling lingered, persisting through several studio sessions. The music written over this period makes up this EP. How directly this experience informed the music is hard to say. What effect it had on the surrounding plant life is even harder to tell… we do hope, however, through listening to it, you’re a little more tuned in to them.' Mood Hut

                                                                                                        Alright yer big bunch of Vancouvan stoners it's not 4:20 yet! Psychedelic hyperbole aside, this is a very lysergic offering from the Mood Hut camp. In parts it sounds like Cousin's been using the same drum machines as the SUED lot (SVN / Dresvn etc) - swampy, ethereal rhythms coalesced with deep bass tones and chiming, enchanted garden melodies. But don't like the chakra alignment put you off dropping this in the club - these are some intricate rhythms yes but allow the mind to switch off and the body to wander and you're sure to conjure up some wild contortions...


                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Matt says: Otherworldly trips and enchanted garden hum and buzz from Cousin on Mood Hut. RIYL: DJ Normal 4, Don't DJ, Huerco S etc.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Catsu
                                                                                                        A2. Overpass
                                                                                                        B1. 3 X A Charm
                                                                                                        B2. Muster
                                                                                                        B3. Citta

                                                                                                        Another retrotastic trip on the waltzers, raves and adult playgrounds of yesteryear as Salford City Records continue to mine that e-soaked period of hedonism from '92 - '97. 

                                                                                                        Though sounding familiar to that era, this new 12" from DJ Neli is actually a new release from a new producer addicted to the sugar rushed pianos and soaring strings of rave's halcyon times. 

                                                                                                        In original form "Sweet Life" is a high-nrg blast of fairground house. With nods to handbag in its feel-good vocal and eurodans bass. The Dream Frequency remix is littered with vamping piano lines, deep Juno b-line and strings that put a rocket up your arse. Seriously, if you've not a smile as wide as the warehouse after side A then I fear you may be beyond help.

                                                                                                        Onto side B and Stu Chapman ramps up the energy levels till we're almost verging on happy hardcore. Hyped up breaks, buzzsaw leads, pitched up vox - it's almost totally bOnKeRs! But defo still nodding to that classic Bowlers / Dreamscape / Maximes tape packs of the mid 90s.

                                                                                                        Finally, SCR regular DJ Welly concludes the set with an M1-guided, proggy refix that slows down proceedings to a Digweed / Sasha-esque chug, complicates the arrangement with some (dare-I-say-it) more sophisticated elements and smothers the vocal in sfx and reverb.

                                                                                                        Another winner from the crew! Limited copies...

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Martin says: Salford City Records sees out the end of 2023 with a brand new track from resident DJ Neli who, sticking to the remit of the label: revisits the waltzers, raves and adult playgrounds of yesteryear with another e-soaked offering of pianos, strings and overactive handclaps.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Sweet Life (Dream Frequency Remix)
                                                                                                        A2. Sweet Life (Original Mix)

                                                                                                        B1. Sweet Life (Stu Chapman Remix)
                                                                                                        B2. Sweet Life (Welly's Dark Matter Remix)

                                                                                                        'The "Blouse N Skirt" EP was made in a month long period and is my most cohesive EP to date. It features my signature wubs with a few deeper cuts. "Blouse & Skirt" has been mashing up the dances for a hot minute and I'm stoked to finally make it available to the masses on the fabulous DEEP MEDi" - Chad. 

                                                                                                        Wubs for days indeed. Chad Dubz' wubs (say that after a bumps of K) are some of the deepest we've heard for a while, and his techy beat palette and sfx squiggles and lasers elevate this into primo dubstep territory. Chuck in some complimentary rastaman vox, tones of echo chamber tomfoolery and eerie, ghosty melodies and you'll see why this has got us shaking in our subwoofers.

                                                                                                        Massive new one from the instituion that his DEEP MEDi - don't sleep. 

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Matt says: Trouser shaking, argy bargy dubstep from the label that'd shape the very direction of the genre through its golden era. Gotta say I'm loving it!

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Blouse N Skirt
                                                                                                        A2. Made By Nature
                                                                                                        B1. Judgement
                                                                                                        B2. Night Ride

                                                                                                        It might be his debut album, yet Peacey’s “Play It By Ear” is a body of work crafted as though by a scholar. And where better for this work to emerge from than Derby, UK’s Atjazz Record Company, a label with a rich heritage and many strings to its bow?

                                                                                                        This eclectic sonic journal catalogues the evolution of Peacey, documenting his interactions with, and influences from, some of dance music’s notable players. It’s an album that will attract discerning ears and open minds; minds attuned to a multitude of genres as it visits Hip Hop, R&B, House, Garage and Fusion.

                                                                                                        'Culture Bandit' is the 2nd single taken from this colossal album, and gives us a great understanding that Peacey really knows where to hit it! It’s a deep banger of course, with a hint of tech-house, deep-house and even the more percussive side of afro-latin house, but with the electrifying vocals of Vanessa Hidary atop, this will go down in history as “One of those tunes”. To say this song has life is an understatement. So we’ve covered that, did we mention that Osunlade & Atjazz have also remixed this killer slice? Ah, well they have, and they join Peacey on this pristine release to give alternative angles on this wild, spoken and edgy outing.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Original Mix
                                                                                                        B1. Atjazz Remix
                                                                                                        B2. Yoruba Soul Mix


                                                                                                        Pastime / Spank / Paper

                                                                                                        Back in biz with another roof raising RESPECT release. Three sizzling dancefloor destroyers to get you in the mood to groove.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Matt says: Crowd pleasing edits for silly season! not winning any awards for obscurity, simply dishing out the best bits of the best disco records for our ADHD-fuelled enjoyment. No skipping!

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Pastime
                                                                                                        B1. Paper
                                                                                                        B2. Spank

                                                                                                        Hidden Spheres supplying the fruits once again. More tried and tested club material from the Fruit Merchant main man. Love Hate EP is a tale of two sides.

                                                                                                        On Side A Hidden Spheres proves there’s no messin’ with ‘Step to me’ & ‘Don’t Front. Flipping over to the B we see that he’s really just a lover at heart, not a hatter, with the swung out sounds of ‘LUVR MAN’ and the deep sleaze of ‘SO SXY’..

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Barry says: Shop favourite and all-round good egg 'Spheres presents another deep suite of jagged dancefloor melodies and rich, syncopated FM hits. Tom's instantly recognisable style and angular swagger shine through on these tracks, but with a step towards the more wonky side of house. Another classic and impeccable sonic fusion from Hidden Spheres.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Step To Me
                                                                                                        A2. Don’t Front
                                                                                                        B1. LUVR MAN
                                                                                                        B2. SO SXY

                                                                                                        'Give Me The Strength To Be Me' is the exclusive single for Lovemonk by Soulnaturals, featuring London singer Chalibrann. This stunning track fuses all the power and beauty of gospel and soul music with exquisite arrangements that take Soulnaturals to spiritual heights, akin to contemporary artists such as Michael Kiwanuka and Sault.

                                                                                                        Soulnaturals is the London-based project of songwriter, producer and band leader Tony Cannam, who collaborates with outstanding guest singers and musicians on high-quality soul/R&B music which has received rave reviews from Blues & Soul, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, Jazz FM, Andy Peebles at Smooth FM, Solar Radio, Clash Magazine and London Live TV, among others. Cannam is influenced by the rich heritage of 60s and 70s US soul/funk artists and arrangers such as Norman Whitfield, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones.

                                                                                                        Soulnaturals released their debut album, "Love Says Yes!", in 2017 as part of Record Store Day, receiving strong critical acclaim and a nod as contender for album of the year from UK Vibe. Their second album, "Parlo Discoteca", came out in October 2023 on their own label, British Soul Standard.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Give Me The Strength To Be Me (feat. Chalibrann)
                                                                                                        2. Give Me The Strength To Be Me (Instrumental) [feat. Chalibrann]

                                                                                                        As the warehouse-rave season approaches, it’s perfect timing for Shadow Child & Mark Archer to make their collaborative debut on Food Music with a special release that includes 2 vinyl only exclusives that saw a digital release on DJ Haus’ Dance Trax label earlier in 2023. Adding to these is a brand new slice of big-room Techno in the form of ‘Chinwah (Big DJs)’, which will no doubt be pounding its way out of the worlds cooler parties in the coming months with a controversial spoken-word message to boot.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. I Know UB1Chinwah (Big DJs)
                                                                                                        B2. I Know U (Swankout’s Ready To Rave Mix)

                                                                                                        Mozaik Ses

                                                                                                        Aralkum / Zellij

                                                                                                        On its 25th release, Delights label welcomes Mozaik Ses - a new collaboration between the Tel-Aviv-based funk combo VuVuVu, the pioneering Munich legend JJ Whitefield (The Poets of Rhythm, Karl Hector & the Malcouns), and Delights head honcho, Markey Funk.

                                                                                                        Together, the group cooked two pieces of scorching eastern-flavoured funk: the hypnotic mind-melter "Aralkum" and the menacing upbeat floor-killer "Zellij".

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Aralkum
                                                                                                        2. Zellij

                                                                                                        Next up on Toolroom’s 4-track vinyl sampler series, we welcome LA based DJ and producer Noizu to the label, debuting with his remix of Mark Knight, Green Velvet and Rene Amesz – ‘Live Stream’. Diving deep and pulling up a Toolroom classic from the 2016 archives, Noizu delivers a powerful rendition of ‘Live Stream’, ramping up the energy of the original to a whole new level, cutting it fresh for dance floors in 2023.

                                                                                                        Next up and landing back on the firm during our 20th birthday celebrations is none other than Danny Howard, who returns to the label with a beefed up edit of a Toolroom classic – ‘Hear What They Hear’ by Adrian Hour. A secret weapon for DJs worldwide, released back in 2016 on Adrian Hour’s ‘Like This’ Ep, this B side became an unlikely hero that still gets hammered today by the likes of John Summit and Eats Everything. After doing the rounds at Glastonbury festival this year and beyond, Danny's update has turned one record with a solid dance floor reputation into a certified slammer!

                                                                                                        Next up, we’ve got an absolute belter of a record from two renowned producers in the scene: Watermät And Raumakustik, with their debut collaboration ‘Out Of My Head’. Merging each artist’s signature sounds together, from Raumakustik’s solid production skills to Watermät’s penchant for locking in quirky and catchy vocal hooks, ‘Out Of My Head’ is a certified dancefloor weapon in the making.

                                                                                                        Last but not least, is another label debut from London based DJ and producer, deeper purpose, who’s landing with a huge tech house roller, ‘The Stutter’. An artist creating shockwaves across the dance music spectrum, deeper purpose is fast becoming a familiar name in the dance sphere having earned a solid reputation as a producer with killer releases on highly regarded imprints such as off the grid, catch & release and repopulate mars. A staple record in all his performances, ‘The Stutter’ has shaken dancefloors all over the world, from EDC Vegas to Club Space Miami, to Ministry Of Sound London and beyond!

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Mark Knight, Green Velvet, Rene Amesz - Live Stream (Noizu Extended Mix)
                                                                                                        A2. Adrian Hour - Hear What They Hear (Danny Howard Extended Re-Edit)
                                                                                                        B1. Watermat, Raumakustik - Out Of My Head
                                                                                                        B2. Deeper Purpose - The Stutter

                                                                                                        Repress alert for of one of Compost Records' Black Label Series true and timeless highlights. Hello again and warm welcome to Black Label #27, Motor City Drum Ensemble’s now classic record from 2007. And as we have a soft spot for some sweet nostalgia we decided to go with the original pr-text from back in the day....Enjoy!

                                                                                                        Very few production units in the world have made their reputation growing as fast as the Inverse Cinematics duo of Danilo Plessow & Joachim Tobias. Their distinctive sound signature blending house, chopped up breaks and jazz aesthetics has already damaged many dancefloors worldwide and propelled them into the limited circle of the most wanted remixers. Danilo Plessow is always finding time to work on some new material on his own. Besides solo releases on Pulver he also recorded tracks under the guises Hipster Wonkaz and Aphro Pzyko for Pablo Valentino's Faces label and Mad Mats Raw Fusion imprint. With Motor City Drum Ensemble, Danilo puts his focus on the electronic side. Before he started to go more leftfield/broken-beat-ish with his Inverse Cinematics project, he's been heavily influenced by the likes of Larry Heard, Chez Damier, UR, Moodymann, Mike Huckaby. Labels like Soul City, KMS, Prescription, Harmonie Park and "deep deep house" in general have always been a big part in his DJ sets. His first MCDE release "Breath Control" has just been released on his own label "Four Roses" and already got big feedback from all around the globe: Mike Huckaby, JUS-ED, Dixon, Âme, Tu Rong, 20:20 Vision, Delsin Records and many others are praising "Breath Control". But Danilo is giving you only a second to catch breath before he follows up with this incredible three track EP on Compost Black Label… a real tekky corker!

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Get Slapped Up
                                                                                                        2. Stripped Down To The Bone
                                                                                                        3. SMK Part 2

                                                                                                        A vivid portrayal of Zaltsman’s direction, My Luv delivers 4 hard hitting club tracks, with rhythmic percussion and heavy basslines throughout. ‘The hook’ remaining a staple of this release, the tracks are all equally useful in peak time club scenarios as they are for after-hours listening.

                                                                                                        The stripped back, bouncy ‘Moving’ features the vocals of London based poet and musician, James Massiah. An eerie synth runs throughout, complimentary to the vocals and choppy drums. The lead track, 'My Luv', is an out and out club-weapon. Chopped up vocals and a deep dark sub bass. This has seen a Summer of being deployed by some of the best DJs in the scene, taking advantage of its ‘obnoxiously long’ breakdown, before descending into chaos.

                                                                                                        Complimenting these two tracks, 'Page 365' is a more sensitive body of music, engaging listeners with a strong bassline hook, before progressing into a more heavy hitting club track, with a large focus on groove, taking influence from the UK Funky scene. Finally, the most club-driven track from the record. 'Flatspot' is dominated by its forceful bassline and rolling percussion. This is out and out designed for peak-hour fun.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Moving
                                                                                                        A2. My Luv
                                                                                                        B1. Flatspot
                                                                                                        B2. Page 365

                                                                                                        Boot Records Present legendary rapper Blade's 1990 Hip Hop classic, "Mind of an Ordinary Citizen", for the first time ever on 7" vinyl. The instrumental version is on the B-side. This is a limited edition never to be repressed.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Mind Of An Ordinary Citizen
                                                                                                        2. Mind Of An Ordinary Citizen (Instrumental)


                                                                                                        Soursop & Mango / Straight Forward Side Steps

                                                                                                          2000BLACK returns with two slices of '23 grooves.'Soursop-Mango' is afro beat house funkified the mr ranks & mr mensah way.Whilst 'Straight Forward Side Steps' is the minimal techno runnings that dj's love to ride in the mix.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Soursop & Mango
                                                                                                          2. Straight Forward Side Steps

                                                                                                          DJ Seinfeld & Confidence Man

                                                                                                          Now U Do

                                                                                                            Originally released this summer at the height of festival season, “Now U Do” by DJ Seinfeld & Confidence Man gets a limited white label pressing featuring the original and UKG mixes plus a remix by Turkish DJ and Producer Carlita, who provides their own take on the acclaimed summer anthem.

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Liam says: Absolute banger!!! Confidence Man & DJ Seinfeld go Y2K with this Babycakes/00s pop UKG-esque anthem - mega, mega MEGA!!!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Now U Do (Extended)
                                                                                                            2. Now U Do (Extended UKG Mix)
                                                                                                            3. Now U Do (Carlita Remix)
                                                                                                            4. Now U Do (Carlita Remix Instrumental)

                                                                                                            A previously unreleased remix of Gabriels' seminal track ‘Love & Hate In A Different Time’ lands from Greg Wilson and Ché Wilson.

                                                                                                            Perfectly encapsulating the Wilson’s revered fusion of nu-disco and 80s electro, the duo gives new life to a somewhat untouchable classic; recontextualizing the lauded original into an authentic, funk-driven builder suited for any dancefloor. A mastery in respectable yet individual remixing.

                                                                                                            Highly anticipated release - better get those orders in quick! 

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Matt says: It was only a matter of time before Greg Wilson got his grubby mitts on what is arguably one of the biggest modern soul tracks of recent times. Thankfully he does the track plenty of justice with a transparent, well-mannered brush up that extends the fun long enough for maximum 'floor enjoyment, plus just enough time for the DJ to grab a 'cig / toilet break - winner!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A1. Greg Wilson & Che Remix (Full Length)
                                                                                                            B1. Greg Wilson & Che Original Extended Mix
                                                                                                            B2. Acapella

                                                                                                            Coming hot on the heels of last November’s debut single “OGO” – which won enthusiastic support from Stereogum, Loud & Quiet, DJ, NME and Rough Trade – Slice is a four-track snapshot of the duo’s first two years of existence. “Slice” and “Grouchy” turn sax and drums into pneumatic patterns of riff and rhythm that draw from the muscular viscerality of metal and the dancefloor dynamics of build and drop. “Moon”, meanwhile, snakes a limber saxophone line through a variety of dub production styles. And the closing “ATM” takes up a familiar melody with subversive intent, repurposing it into something that swings from beauty to rage and back again.

                                                                                                            Says Tash: “We played loads of gigs before we ever got in the studio, so we had lots of tracks to choose from. We picked these four because they’re all quite different from one another, while showing off all the styles we like to play.”

                                                                                                            The pair recorded the EP live with Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey at his South London studio. Following the recording, the three subjected the tracks to an array of post-production tricks, making full use Carey’s enviable selection of vintage dub production units. “Dan’s got a full collection of spring reverbs, tape delays, digital delays, bucket brigade delays and plate reverbs,” says Joe. “We don’t see ourselves as a dub group or anything like that, but we both really love heavy, bass-driven music, and none of this stuff would exist without King Tubby.”

                                                                                                            As the circular simplicity of their name suggests, O. are a true self-contained unit. They formed in London during lockdown, when Joe and Tash – both veterans of a string of London ensembles – found themselves in a bubble together. When they started jamming, it was with no preconceptions: don’t overthink it, just play and see what happens. Before long, though, they were augmenting live instruments with effects – Joe routing his saxophone through a pedal board, Tash treating her drums with reverb and delay. As their sound grew and grew, it gradually became clear there wouldn’t be space for anyone else.

                                                                                                            O. played their first show at Brixton Windmill, and the venue’s booker Tim Perry invited them back to support Black Midi. Immediately after their set, Black Midi’s Morgan Simpson invited them out on tour around the UK and Europe – a true trial by fire. “I think our fifth gig was at Alexandra Palace – it was terrifying,” remembers Tash. “But the main thing we learned was that we can be as weird as we want to be. Black Midi’s whole approach is that it’s OK to be playful. We both really liked that, because there's a playfulness to our music, too.”

                                                                                                            It was this experimental urge that saw Joe and Tash run their own nights, O Zone, at Brixton Windmill – collaborative live sessions that saw O. improvise onstage with luminaries including Nerija’s Rosie Turton, Edna from Goat Girl, Melt Yourself Down’s Pete Wareham and Steam Down’s Wonky Logic. Following a tour with Dublin’s Gilla Band, though, O.’s music has just been getting heavier, louder, more intense. “People have come to see us and said they’ve enjoyed the fact it feels about two centimetres from falling apart,” says Tash. “With two instruments, you have to push yourself, physically, right to the edge to keep it interesting. But we enjoy that challenge.”

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Slice
                                                                                                            2. Moon
                                                                                                            3. Grouchy
                                                                                                            4. ATM

                                                                                                            Spirit of Sundaze Ensemble (SOSE) is the latest evolution from London based DJ / producer, label and party series Secretsundaze. Sitting at the intersection of live music and electronic music innovation, leading contemporary musicians reimagine, record and perform a selection of tracks which have been foundational across Secretsundaze’s 20+ year history, embracing a myriad of influences from Balearic to synth pop to Brit funk.

                                                                                                            EP ‘I’ opens with their take on Joyce Sims’ classic ‘Come Into My Life’, moving the original Mantronix production into a more contemporary UK / street soul / Balearic territory, featuring the vocals of ensemble member Sahra Gure.

                                                                                                            Next is a re-imagination of Photek’s seminal ‘Mine to Give’. Featuring Wayne Snow on vocals and garnering wide support on it's release last summer, this is the first time it's available on vinyl. For this the tempo is slowed and explored in a more synthy 80s production style, with a DJ friendly extended version featured here.

                                                                                                            The B-side sees them take on a beloved Phil Asher (RIP) production, Nathan Haines’ stunning ‘Earth is the Place’, a classic Secretsundaze record if ever there was one. Featuring the vocals of Cherise, the SOSE version is a dancefloor ready update which will appeal to all lovers of proper deep, soulful-leaning house music - one for the heads.

                                                                                                            Closing the record is a flip of Wbeeza’s ‘Coast Spotting’. Featuring synths from the excellent Hinako Omori, this one goes in with an extended late night transcendental electronic / jazz rework with the original’s looped lead line modulating throughout the piece.

                                                                                                            Leading musicians feature on the record including:
                                                                                                            Drums - Myele Manzanza (Theo Parrish, Sound Signature)
                                                                                                            Keys - Lewis Moody (Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange)
                                                                                                            Guitar - Nikos Ziarkas (Theon Cross, Chelsea Carmichael)
                                                                                                            Percussion - Oli Savill (Basement Jaxx)
                                                                                                            Bass - Johnny Brierley (Fofoulah)

                                                                                                            All in all, an impressive debut showcasing the breadth and scope of this exciting new live project from Secretsundaze founder James Priestley, one to watch. Limited to 300 copies, don't sleep on this one.

                                                                                                            Following their debut sold out show at Southbank’s Centre Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Ensemble next take to the London stage at the iconic EartH Theatre, Dalston on September 21st for an EP launch party as well as a headline open-air concert at Las Dalias, Ibiza as part of Beat Hotel on September 30th.

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Matt says: London party institution / record label / global dance brand Secret Sundaze have started a live project and it's KILLER. Reworking classics that have soundtracked their infamous Sunday sessions over their 20 year incarnation. The results are staggering - faithful and spirited cover versions that add their own personality into the mix. More please!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A1. Come Into My Life 
                                                                                                            A2. Mine To Give (Extended Mix) Ft. Wayne Snow 
                                                                                                            B1. Earth Is The Place Ft. Cherise 
                                                                                                            B2. Coast Spotting Ft. Hinako Omori 

                                                                                                            Special Request X Novelist

                                                                                                            Sliver - KETTAMA / Tim Reaper Remixes

                                                                                                            Gudu Records present remixes of Special Request and Novelist’s grime-meets-techno summer anthem ‘Sliver’ - by two of club music’s modern-day heavyweights in KETTAMA and Tim Reaper.

                                                                                                            In Special Request’s words: “I chose Tim Reaper and KETTAMA because they are both 100% top-table practitioners of machine funk. They both delivered the goods in completely different ways and illuminate new paths with this song. Both mixes have been causing havoc in our sets and I can’t wait for people to hear them.”

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Matt says: Sure to set even the most ardent raver's pants on fire. Two high octane cannonballs from two of the hottest players on the current landscape. Wrecking ball techno from Kettama and maximum rukus amen explosions from Tim Reaper. Change of gruds required!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A. Sliver (KETTAMA Remix)
                                                                                                            AA. Sliver (Tim Reaper Remix) 

                                                                                                            Alongside an absolutely crucial reissue of Moodymann's remix of "Another Night", Larry Heard's Alleviated Records come through with a brand new release courtesy of Piccolo JT & Rio Love.

                                                                                                            Piccolo Jt gets things underway with "1969", a beautifully airy deep house stroller with a spoken word sample reminiscing about early black music parties and delicate conga patterns a la the Alleviated standard. "Juke Joints Liquor Houses" follows suit with equally sumptuous, open air deep house vibrations narrated by another commentary on black music and society from back in the day.

                                                                                                            Rio Love takes over the reins on side B, "My Country" pairing mechanized electronics and a stripped back rhythm to a politically charged speech on power struggles and economic / race divisions in society. Finally, "I'm Not Tough But Im