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Salford '95: a rave devotee with a penchant for Air Max cops an MPC1000 off the back of a lorry & a cheeky lend of a Korg MS-20 from a local sputnik huffer, feverishly setting to work with a battered pile of hardcore breaks and mad love for the dancefloor. A bunch of explosive warehouse cuts are rapidly thrown down before he switches off his machines and heads off down Bowlers for the usual weekend pleasantries. Returning many days later and trounced off a wild combo of mitsis and brown acid, DJ AB is devastated to learn that a crew of lads from Hyde have ransacked his bedsit scrounging for his last ten bag - leaving the recently recorded DAT nowhere to be seen. Thought to be lost this whole time, Red Laser CEO, Il Bosco was 'unbelievably buzzing' upon happening across the item at one of his frequent car boot forays. A super limited white label EP containing 2 dancefloor bombs and a couple weirdo tracks were pressed and hawked in record time back in 2017, and now change hands for top dosh. On this, slightly more official release, Il Bosco (operating strictly within the original blueprints) has revisited these epochal rave musings and, alongside some help from extended Red Laser fam has tweaked em for modern playage.

"A Night At Shelley's Laserdome"; first released on that white label teaser, now the stuff of nightclub folklore - the original DJ Ab mega-anthem given a proper release; destroying the discogs market value of the white label whilst delivering a bona fide and timeless slice of dance music history to those that need fulfilment. Expect rushing vox, tingly melodies and pure ruffage breaks. It's been touched up for maximum grunt too...Tidy! The "Xr2 M6 Mission" sees RL cru get in on the remix tip! In house mastering specialist, LVLs beatmaker and probably the most underrated producer in the universe, Metrodome joins old guard rukus maker, Begin aka James Holroyd and gets frisky after some warm tins and slack zoots in Bosco's studio. Conjuring up a focussed remix that cracks and thuds HARD we like this new version as much as the OG. Two pharaohs please Dudderz - sharpish!

Side B's "Cut Those Tory's Down To Nowt", lauded for causing the infamous White hotel 'flasher' to vacate his crow's nest and hit the dancefloor unabashed, it's hard to ignore that rugged bassline and those gliding synth stabs. Throw in some proper b-boy biznis like live scratches and vocodered vox and it's a veritable tapestry of warehouse music wondertropes that'll find mass appeal at large late nite gatherings. Concluding, “Bang Into Breakbeach”, sourced from a crusted minidisc and dated sometime around 2003 is a track for the smokers and the after party. A chilled instrumental laced with seductive horns and a baggy break, it harks back to that original Grand Central sound and proudly dons its favourite pair of Nikes for the occasion. Head nodding goodness from beginning to end and a beat so catchy fuckin’ Jay-Z’s queuing up to drop a verse or two on it.


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Crashing into the rave revival head first; four authentic hardcore breaks numbers from a total OG. The sleeve is made up of photos from the Ill Eagle Raves at Pomona Island between 2017-2019. There's a full page comic from one of the city's greatest, unsung, pop artists. This is a true piece of history from the MCR underground. Every raver needs one.

TRACK LISTING

A1. A Night At Shelley's Laserdrome
A2. Return To Shelley's (Metrodome, Ill Bosco & Begin's Xr2 M6 Mission)
B1. Cut Those Tories Down To Nowt
B2. Bang Into Breakbeach

Following the success of Special Touch - Garden of Life, Heels & Souls Recordings kick off their 12” reissue series with an EP of digger delights from Frankfurt’s under-the-radar production trio of Manfred Holz, Michael Buchner and Jürgen Blömke, complete with a tropical rework from London duo, Good Block.

One side contains the instantly absorbing, late '80s electro nugget, 'Steal It An' Deal It', from the aptly named The Soundstealers. Cruisin the slow lane at 100BPM, an idiosyncratic blend of samples, sound effects and percussive flourishes, underpinned by chest rumbling bassweight, guarantees dancefloor bedlam whether drawing for the dance or dub mix.

On the flip, you’re treated to obscure acid chugger ‘Amazonia’. Originally created for the opening credits of a ‘90s German nature documentary ‘Wunder Wildnis’ (seriously), the breakbeat-driven dance mix stomps through the undergrowth, acidic arps and pan flutes fizzing across the forest canopy. Heels & Souls pass the baton to London’s Good Block for the home stretch, the tropical twosome reworking the bassline and sprinkling some synth wizardry for a remix that grooves off over the horizon.

These hard-to-find, pricey gems have been fully licensed from the trio, with weighty remasters courtesy of Cicely Balston. 20% of profits from Heels & Souls Recordings and Prime Direct Distribution will be donated to Papyrus, a UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: I love it when a label do everything right. Not content with putting on a belting party with a charitable heart, Heels & Souls migrated into the release sheets with first, the Special Touch LP (!) and now freshen up a pair of deep diggers' nuggets from the Frankfurt underground. I've been playing 'Steal It An' Deal It' most sets for the past 5 years (thanks Basso), and seen its price steadily climb - so big ups to the guys for the safety copy. The flipside, "Amazonia" is new to me, but absolutely class. Rainforest house at its finest, this future primitive weapon kills it in its OG form as well as via a mega edit from the Good Block family. Killer!

TRACK LISTING

A1. The Soundstealers - Steal It An' Deal It (The Sahara Dance Mix)
A2. The Soundstealers - Steal It An' Deal It (The Sahara Dub Mix)
B1. Amazonia – Amazonia (Dance Version)
B2. Amazonia – Amazonia (Good Block Remix)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STAFF COMMENTS

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

TRACK LISTING

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

For their fifth release, P&F Recordings welcomes Berlin-based musician, producer, and DJ, Alex Kassian.

Over the past few years, Kassian has made a name for himself in Berlin and beyond as a solo act, as well as with his project Opal Sunn, via a clutch of well received, dancefloor-focused 12s. But on their first release of 2021, Kassian swaps the techy pulse of the German capital for a sound that’s altogether more melodic and atmospheric.

Side A kicks off with 'Leave Your Life (Lonely Hearts Mix)' which began as a way for the producer to realize some of his early—and so far unrequited—dreams of playing in a rock band. Next up he delivers 'Leave Your Life (Dance Mix)', which ups the energy and echoes some of the production that made the musician’s 'Oolong Trance' (Love on the Rocks) one of 2020’s best club tunes.
On the flip, the gorgeous 'Spirit of Eden' unfurls like a lost Lyle Mays classic, but with a mesmerizing loop that keeps the song’s feet placed firmly on the dancefloor. Concluding the EP is a bass-heavy remix from none other than U.S. dub legend Bill Laswell. 'Eden’s' melodic focus is underpinned by a propulsive groove and filtered through Laswell's trademark sonic dynamics.
The EP, comes packaged in a full-color jacket from Parisian artist Alexis Jamet with OBI strip.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: When Ruffy hits you up weeks in advance of a release date, you know the record's gonna be hot, and this is a scorcher. The A1 is a wonderful bit of wavey 80s style pop, totally giving me Talk Talk energy, then on the flip you get another goody reshaped with maximum bassweight by personal hero Bill Laswell.

TRACK LISTING

A1.  Leave Your Life (Lonely Hearts Mix)
A2.  Leave Your Life (Dance Mix)
B1.  Spirit Of Eden
B2.  Spirit Of Eden (Bill Laswell Dub)

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

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

STAFF COMMENTS

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

TRACK LISTING

A. Turn Me Loose
B. Into My Eyes

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

TRACK LISTING

A1. False Ipocrisie
B1. Strumento Di Una Notte

Unknown

EEE010

EEE are back with another instant head turner, coupling a minimal, sub bass roller with a sampled ‘60s vocal that works oh so well with a shuffling beat behind it. The hype is already at boiling point on this one, so be quick on the trigger or beg Matt Ward for a loose copy.

Way back when I had a crowdpleasing 12" called 'Maximal Micheal / Minimal Elvis" (I'm reliably informed by Discogs' commenter Draasima that it was by DJ Koze) the flips of which housed a grooving tech house take on Elvis' recording of Fever. Well now, the mysterious EEE crew, masters of the tech house banger with BIG VOCAL put their spin on Peggy Lee's "Fever" turning out an absolute floor filler in the process.

12 inch, one sided white label, handstamped and pressed on 180G vinyl

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Illicit tech-house refix firm EEE stomp on, arms up, pumping fists completely nonchalant to the global party lockdown. I guess everyone's live stream needs an injection of fun and frolics on occasion; and if nailing a huuuuuge line of K whilst getting jiggy on the terrace is your thing then this record will at least serve to transport you at least halfway there... Look out fer the next one too - it's a banger a promise! ;)

TRACK LISTING

A1. Unknown

Fontaines D.C.

A Hero's Death - Soulwax Remix

Holy smokes! Soulwax meet Fontaines D.C. uptown with a HUGE remix of the title track from their Grammy nominated LP "A Hero's Death". Celebrating multiple decades of the indie dance floor, the Belgium brothers concoct a shuffling disco-not-disco drum beat before adding a touch of those warped backing vox employed all over "Nite Versions" (think Krack). Intro over, Grian Chatten's semi-spoken vocals take the lead, subtly skewed with fx and emphasised with laser fire, analogue fx and some chunky mechanical synth sounds. Grooving through the refrain of "Life Ain't Always Empty", the Dewaele's let loose with trilling synth licks, piano and guitar, giving us a wonked out workout worthy of the Blockheads but with the Soulwax shimmer. Reasons to be Cheerful Pt. 4 I reckon!


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Absolutely flying off the shelves right now, this indie-dance UFO sees Soulwax strip down the blessings-counting "A Hero's Death", reassembling the track as a disco-not-disco cyborg with all sorts of whirring mechanical parts. Class!

TRACK LISTING

A. Fontaines D.C. - A Heroes Death (Soulwax Remix)

Dugong

Horizions Sauvages

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

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

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

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



STAFF COMMENTS

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

TRACK LISTING

A1. Loire
B2: Thaw

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

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

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

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

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





STAFF COMMENTS

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

TRACK LISTING

A1. Spirale
B1. Ninfea
B2. Luminosa

Seminal UK-Rave act Altern 8 drop first single in 27 years.

Entitled "Hard Crew", the release has been a fixture of Altern 8’s live sets for the past five years and is the first release since 1993’s "Everybody" on the legendary Network Records imprint.

Accompanied by remixes from Denham Audio, Samurai Breaks feat DJM and Mechanizm & Kin, the unabashed UK hardcore track is being released to help fund the WeAreViable campaign which seeks to pressure the UK Government into supporting the arts and events industry during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Altern 8’s impact on electronic music cannot be overstated with Mark Archer and former member Chris Peat first pairing up as Nexus 21 before donning their trademark dust masks and shaping the nascent UK rave sound while simultaneously achieving international commercial and critical success.

Altern 8’s "Hardcrew" is released on Stafford North with a percentage of profits going to the WeAreViable campaign. 


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Whistle cru inside! One more time himina-himima-himina hear me now! The original gas mask wearing rave duo return, more needed than ever, with a reactive first-track-in-27 years!! Reinforced by some graphene-grade remixes this is everything your warehouse party needs once the lockdown ends...

TRACK LISTING

A1. Hard Crew (Reinst8 Mix)
A2. Hard Crew (Denham Audio Remix)
B1. Hard Crew (Samurai Breaks Remix Feat. DJM)
B2. Hard Crew (Mechanizm & Kin Remix)

Sophie

Bipp (Autechre Mx)

Autechre remix SOPHIE'S "BIPP" !!!

In 2015, when the idea of potential remixes of “Bipp” were first floated, the unequivocal response from Sophie was ‘No remixes unless it’s Autechre.’

An Autechre live show recording from a Numbers show in 2005 had first inspired Sophie to source the equipment used to craft new music including “Bipp”, “Lemonade” & more. The “Bipp” Autechre mix a little over three minute burst of stripped back and loose, tribal-pop brilliance. Sounding like Autechre paying tribute to some serious late 80’s influences, the duo's interpretation channels an imagined transition point between industrial, electro and UK street soul, that pitched down vocal reconfigured into a wanna-be Latin Freestyle Natasha King, jiving over a deep slice of TR-606 funk technology that jars the jerks the body into some unusual and pleasant contortions. Erotic, anthemic and highly appealing across genre types, it’s got MASSIVE scrawled across its sleeve in imaginary type. Check! 


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Rochdale's electronic mavericks grab the stems from Sophie's epochal "Bipp" track; transforming it into a loud n wobbly™ beast that'll swerve into many a DJs record boxes. Epic!

TRACK LISTING

1. Bipp (Autechre Remix)

Afrikan Sciences

The New Dun Language / In His Convenient Way

Afrikan Sciences carry the torch and grant the sight. This is his second offering for the ESP Institute. On the A side, 'The New Dun Language' shows us the meaning of loose. Literally everything about this masterpiece takes its time and operates in its own space, rhythms work together but stand apart, timbres inherently laidback are made aggressively present, like the diffused attack of a shaker that’s shook with such purpose it’s no longer granular but razor sharp. The soundstage drops all around you like percussion shrapnel, splitting your attention every which way, while the string lines remind you that no matter how deep inside your head you’ve gone, there is always a nearby exit to the comforts of familiarity.

Flip the record over, however, and the track 'In His Convenient Way' will even further discombobulate your sense of self. Do you have dreams you’re on a merry-go-round and with each revolution you try to hop off, but you can’t? Each time you cycle around, the tension grows and grows? Well, this is like that, menacing but not dark, a demented odyssey through an impossibly thick swamp where you swear the trees are whispering to you but can’t quite understand their language, yet still you manage to communicate. As the time passes, and you near end of the track, the impenetrable veil slowly lifts and you realize you’ve been in control all along. These two songs will two songs will help to contemplate, heal and transcend.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Opt for the A-side if you're up for some sinuous and skunked out machine funk (think Theo, Marcellus and Floating Points with extra quantities of THC), while the flip is all about futuristic free jazz.

TRACK LISTING

A1. The New Dun Language
B1. In His Convenient Way

The Patchouli Brothers are best friends from small town Canada, who found themselves bonded by their affinity for the strange side of house, disco, soul & otherworldly sounds. They hold down a residency at Beam Me Up, a weekly disco night in Toronto & a monthly party in Montreal, and have had releases on some of their favourite labels like Defected, Soundway, GAMM, Star Creature, Pleasure of Love & Basic Fingers.

Before the world stopped spinning, they were touring Europe & beyond. They look forward to meeting freaks across the world and to dance together again soon. Until then, they give us this party platter, housing a demented bit of disco soul on the A1 with a HUGE guitar solo, fast paced space funker on the A2, a female vocal killer on the B1 and an uplifting end of night boogie bomb as a closer.


TRACK LISTING

A1. Lead Astray
A2. Kin Sol
B1. Can’t Get You Down
B2. Project Soul

Soft Rocks

Talking Jungle / Obo - Justin Vandervolgen / Tiago Remixes

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


STAFF COMMENTS

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

TRACK LISTING

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

After practising his particularly percussive style of dance music on the likes of Diskant and Whities of late, Bambounou now launches his own Bambe imprint, positioned as a home for passionate minds, roaming freely in a world of eclectic backgrounds. The Parisian producer takes the controls for the inaugural release, starting the party with the percolating "Cascade". Putting rhythm at the forefront, this techy and tribal concoction sees filtered and fucked loops tumble over a solid 4/4, exotic idents buried deep in the dislocated mix. Hypnotic and super heavyweight with a wonderfully wonked out breakdown. "Up A While" flicks over to the sci fi channel, blasting out an emotional house moment in the crystalline surrounds of Superman's Fortress Of Solitude. There's hints of Blade Runner as the mournful synths creep through the soundspace, while Manuel Hildebrand's vocals lend a gloomy electro-pop sensibility in sync with the flory days of Intergalactic FM. Bambounou brings a little of that trademark steppers tech on the B1 with a psychedelic bit of drum surgery freed from the four to the floor - I reckon this will play perfectly next to Yak or that Hydromantics 12". Last but not least "Send When You Land" is bowel-troubling steamroller of a cut, built for the Berghain stacks. As with all releases mastered by Neel, it can kill a soundboy from two miles away, so play with extreme caution.


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Regular readers will be well aware of my percussive penchant, and this new 12" from Bambounou is exactly the type of tripped out rhythm hypnotism I like to play when in techno mode. Special shout goes to the almost Italo sounding "Up A While", which fully deserves a place among the Intergalactic FM hall of fame.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Cascade
A2. Up A While
B1. Craig Py
B2. Send When You Land

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

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


STAFF COMMENTS

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

TRACK LISTING

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

Ukokos & Jabco

Hands On / On The Word

Ukokos & Jabco's follow up from their massive "Keep Rising All Night Long" and this time they come with double pressure
The formula remains the same though, huge gospel vocals and strong melodies merged with a soulful production from the boys.
The only difference now is the approach, gone is the hip hop and instead they deliver a more house(ish) track flipped with a disco friendly jam (you'll def recognise this one!).

Either way...still funky!

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Last time we heard from Ukokos & Jabco they blew the shop speakers with the raw power of 'Keep Rising All Night Long' and they bring the heat once again with these disco house edits. MAW style house on the A-side and a fresh up-tempo version of the Joubert Singers on the flip.

TRACK LISTING

A. Hands On
B. On The Word

This 3 track EP from the legendary Lee Perry brings together new and unreleased tracks recorded at Mad Professor’s Ariwa Studio in South London. Loosely dedicated to everyone's favourite fantasy drama series (god knows why - such is the quirky madness of Scratch!), the EP kicks off with "This Is The Upsetter", which sees Lee chanting and philosophising over a rollicking bass, underpinned by understated guitars.

** Note upon listening to Perry's mystic and cryptic vocals I've come to the conclusion that it's not, as previously mentioned, 'Perry's quirky madness' that contributes to the EP's title but actually a very astute, if elusive, commentary on the current state of world politics. GOT might seem like a different world but the battles between the elite, peasants and the machiavellians are as real and as poignant as ever. 


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Paying tribute to the nation's favourite fantasy drama series, the Upsetter remains ever-vigilant on his quest for dub supremacy.

TRACK LISTING

1. The Is The Upsetter
2. Lion Share Dub
3. Game Of The Throne

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

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

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

STAFF COMMENTS

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

TRACK LISTING

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

Mzylkypop ( Miz-ilky-pop) is the music of Michael Somerset who leads an ensemble of multinational musicians based in Sheffield.

Ursula in Regression is the first single from the 2nd Myzlkypop LP "Threnodies and Ad Hocs" and features the golden vocals of Julia Calvo. In its original form it is an energetic, jaunty pop masterpiece but was taken down a darker & clubbier route by Crooked Man.

As the song writing element of The Crooked Man project Michael cashed in his free remix voucher with DJ Parrot who delivers three exceptional club mixes. Bent Crooked 1 inspired Luke Unabomber to get evangelical - calling it one of the best tracks he’s heard in the last 20 years.

Michael has a rich musical history beginning his career with industrial funksters Clock DVA before up sticking to Detroit to work with Don Was and his mutant disco orchestra Was (Not Was). He has written world-wide hits for Alison Moyet, Take That and Roisin Murphy.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Silk-laden dancefloor grooves and ethereal downbeat bangers appear on both sides of this classically Crooked 12"!

TRACK LISTING

A. Ursula In Regression (Bent Crooked 1)
B. Ursula In Regression (Bent Crooked 3)

Everyday Dust

Black Water

    Everyday Dust is a producer based in Scotland, who uses analogue synthesizers, effects and tape machines to create his own unique narrative-driven music.

    “Black Water” is a deeply immersive electronic album of sonar explorations which celebrate the ongoing search for the creature at large in Loch Ness.

    For this album, Steve Reich and Terry Riley style minimalism echo deep within the realms of ED’s secret subterranean electronic soundworlds. A beautiful and mysterious work which must take pride of place as the best entrant in the the enduring mythology surrounding the Loch Ness Monster for years, bringing the story thrillingly up to date. ED’s mastery of tension and excitement makes for an electrifying ride through the depths of the Black Loch. A glowing shape moves through subterranean caves registering strange readings. The chase through the underwater cathedral…

    Get ready for the sounds of malfunctioning sonar equipment crammed into a claustrophobic submersible. The hunt is on as ED delivers the most convincing proof of the elusive Plesiosaurus since the surgeon’s photograph.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: The inimitable Everyday Dust brings us another of his impeccably constructed audio treasures here with a sojourn underwater in search of Nessie. We get rich, textural washes of modular synth and swelling, brittle chords soundtracking the journey. Unsurprisingly essential.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. The Black Loch
    2. Sonar Sweep
    3. Strange Readings
    4. 800ft Down 28ft Visibility
    5. Subterranean Caves
    6. The Glowing Shape
    7. Something In The Murk
    8. Lost Dive
    9. The Underwater Cathedral
    10. The Chase

    Lemos & Debetio

    Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua

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

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

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

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


    TRACK LISTING

    Morro Do Barraco Sem Gua
    Retrato Da Vida

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

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

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

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

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


    STAFF COMMENTS

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

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Lake
    B1. Nighty

    Sanso is back on Wilson Records for his third solo release. It's a big, big house record this 'un. Heavy kicks, catch AF hooks and loverly filter use. His sample sources are undoubtedly strong too - it's house perfection locked n loaded ready for when the doors re-open.

    Favourite track out of the four is the Al Hudson sampling "Do What You Wanna Do", injecting new life into this floor-tested number and racheting up the energy levels via Sanso's impressive drum programming in the process. Other three all slam hard tho - moving thru daytime festival business into late nite body contorters. Highly recommended. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: Worth it alone for the Al Hudson house refix. Sanso supplies that vintage, sample-heavy house music that lovers of Sound Signature, Mahogany, Peacefrog & Classic all know and love.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Crusin'
    A2. Do What You Wanna Do
    B1. Sunday Naked
    B2. T-Rex

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

    STAFF COMMENTS

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

    TRACK LISTING

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

    Hell Yeah welcomes the Italian musical collective Aura Safari for a debut EP on the label.

    The band, who are at the forefront of a new Italian fusion sound that blends jazz-funk, electronic and world sounds, is made up of acclaimed house devotee Nicholas Iammatteo, plus Alessandro Deledda, Lorenzo Lavoratori, Daniele Melloni and Andrea Moretti. They contributed a standout track to the Buena Onda - Balearic Beats compilation last year as well as releasing a full length LP on UK label Church to critical acclaim.

    Opener 'Dreams of Music' is a lush, new age groove with rich musicality, wind instruments and live drums all glowing warmly as you roll into sundown. 'Oasis' then sinks into a reflective mood, with lazy drums and sensuous late night chords sounding like Roy Ayers all loved up and super stoned. The noodling keys really melt your heart before the excellent 'Slow Divers' pairs more majestic bass riffs with wet claps and splashing cymbals as a wandering lead drifts up to the heavens. It has a dubby swagger to it that is superbly subtle.

    Closing out the EP 'Libra', is a heartwarming, slow motion, jazz-funk fusion packed with detail and life affirming synth playing.

    These are gloriously heartfelt tracks that showcase this collective's supreme musical ability as well as their unquestionable understanding of jazz, funk and soul, past, present and future.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: The sun is shining over Platt Fields park, I have an Aperol in my hand and I'm dreaming of Ferrara. The latest essential 12" from Hell Yeah! offers this year's Balearic breakbeat anthem, a glimpse of poolside perfection, a touch of heat haze dub and a moment of utter fusion beauty. I cannot recommend this highly enough!

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Dreams Of Music
    A2. Oasis
    B1. Slow Divers
    B2. Libra

    Just south of the roundabout, is a pulsing sign of life.

    The well-spaced sunlit room with its polished concrete floors and olive-green banquettes, thrums with a certain optimism.

    It's a slap on the back. It's a splash of cold water on the cheeks. It's a crushing bear hug of a welcome.

    It's the first release on brand new edit imprint No Ordinary Game, and it gets double thumbs up from the Piccadilly posse. Concentrating edit efforts on the wavey tip of the Balearic ponytail where things get a little jazzier (in a fusion fashion of course) our editors train their scalpel on a trio of laid back gems, extending grooves to the maximum and slathering each cut with oodles of echo.
    Prepare for some meditative melodies on the A-side, as Santana's beach front masterpiece "Aquamarine" spins into infinity, that dreamy intro eventually giving in to the super funky rock groove we all know and love. Drifting over onto the B-side we're treated to a strung out and psychedelic extension of Level 42 fusion moment "Dune Tune", all heady noodles driven by Mark King's unmistakable bass. Then bringing the curtain down, we have the transcendental sounds of fusion supergroup Brand X (featuring a pre gated-reverb Phil Collins behind the sticks). So far, so far out - we can't wait for volume 2!


    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: As Mancunian temperatures reach a balmy 20°C, this brand new imprint launch right on time, treating us to a trio of brilliantly blissed out Balearic edits from the land of jazz fusion. Dope versions on a Delicate Wash / Cocktails By The Pool vibe.

    TRACK LISTING

    A. In The Water
    B1. Above Earth
    B2. No Air

    D.C. LaRue

    Cathedrals - Inc. Maurice Fulton / Jamie 3:26 / Farley & Jarvis / Greg Wilson Remixes

    New York City 1976 and D.C. LaRue is dancing at David Mancuso's 'The Loft' party with friends, as they get higher and the atmosphere more intense DC loudly proclaims 'These places are the new cathedrals'. This epiphany sent him straight back to his Manhattan studio where he wrote the seminal Disco anthem that is 'Cathedrals'. A classic that has lasted because of the quality of the song writing and the stunning musicianship.

    These mixes (apart from Greg Wilsons Edit) are taken from the original multi tracks that DC and his crew created that hot summer of '76. Maurice Fulton takes a beautifully eccentric leftfield view that drips drama. Chicago's Jamie 3:26 jacks it up chi-style but without ever losing the soulful essence of the track.

    Faith's Farley & Jarvis take a different approach choosing to loop the big hooks under some fresh 909 House beats creating what we hope will be a terrace summer anthem. Greg Wilsons edit has been a heads fave for some time but now its remastered on quality vinyl.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: As far as disco masterpieces go, "Cathedrals" is fairly fucking celestial, so you'll be delighted to know that each of the producers on this double pack has shown due reverence. Moods range from mirror-ball eleganza, stripped back funk, disco house pump and utter groove-a-thon.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Jamie 3:26 Ballroom Version
    B1. Maurice Fulton Mix
    C1. Jamie 3:26 Disco Dub Version
    C2. Original Version
    D1. Faith’s Farley & Jarvis Sunday Sermon Mix
    D2. Greg Wilson Edit

    Jacques Renault returns for a third Take Away serving and it's as fabulous the previous meals.  As always when Jacques serves up something it's solid, gutsy stuff without dogma. Dishing up a four course meal is not an easy task, you have to prepare and pick the very best ingredients, luckily this is the best of that, complete with the depth of musical flavour that only comes with a little age.
    Mr Renault hits the sweet spot once again.
    On the A-side we get a upbeat and optimistic bit of sunkissed funk via "Blue Eyes" before Eloise Laws' disco masterpiece (and personal fave) "Put A Little Love Into It" gets a snip and quantise, putting it within your price range once again (bet you wish you had triple copies like a certain staffer...). The B1 brings the perfect bridge between your house and disco segments as "Oh Yeah" offers a funk classic with added breakbeat beefiness. Last but not least, "Love Like That" is a saccharine sweet bit of French disco for the Balearic dancers and pop lovers like myself.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Blue Eyes
    A2. Into It
    B1. Oh Yeah
    B2. Love Like That

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

    STAFF COMMENTS

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

    TRACK LISTING

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

    Zero 7 have released Shadows EP via Make/BMG. The four-track release is the British duo’s first collection in more than half a decade and sees them team with renowned new singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Lou Stone.

    From the melancholic electronica of Shadows, the ambient sheen of Outline to the lush arrangements of After The Fall & Take My Hand, Zero 7 fuse their long-standing gift for soulful songcraft and inventive production with the London-based Stone’s standout vocal delivery.

    “The Shadows EP came together after a very fertile period of writing together with Lou Stone” explain Sam Hardaker & Henry Binns. “It’s the first body of work we’ve released since EP3 back in 2015 and hopefully is the start of many more creations".

    Early tracks have received a groundswell of support from the likes of Lauren Laverne & Chris Hawkins at 6 Music, Robert Elms at BBC Radio London, as well as plaudits from Clash, The Independent, American Songwriter, Flood Magazine & KCRW.

    The group recently shared a stunning live video for Outline which Clash described as ‘a spell-binding union of inventive production and that beatific vocal from Lou Stone’.

    It’s almost twenty years since the release of the duo’s Mercury nominated debut Simple Things, which simultaneously catapulted Sia into the spotlight back in the early 00s. Shadows EP hears Zero 7 still at the very top of their game, and with an open ear for collaborating with rising talent along the way.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. After The Fall
    A2. Outlines
    B1. Shadows
    B2. Take My Hand

    Various Artists

    Sound Sampler Vol. 1

    Hot hot HOT new disco-tech cut-up business from everyone's favourite sound manipulator, Soundhack / Soundstream aka Frank Timm . Also backed by another of his (presumed) alter ego's, TSOS. Soundstream kicks things off with "Just Around" - a grooving, sunshine disco cut but chopped'n'skewed in his ever-so distinctive style and overlayed with a big jacking drum beat. Soundhack is up next, always more aggressive and fierce with his chops, "Vintage" is one of those classic stop / start Sound Hack moments which doesn't really make much sense to your parents (or your none drug-taking older brother either for that matter) but will completely devastate sound systems with its crazy relentleless sound snippets mangled into a tough 4/4 beat. TSOS's "Over And Over" is next and uses a classic piece of Chicago house riffage and plays with the various layers throughout the track. Cutting the drums, adding smashing percussion elements and generally making the track sizzle and burn like a well rolled joint. Recently featured on Prosumer's Parorama Bar Vol. 3 mix CD. Very nice indeed. For utilitirian DJs out in the field, TSOS also provides us with "Over Beats" - just the drum track from "Over And Over" to use how you see fit.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: Back in stock and sounding feistier than a caged hyena; Sound Sampler Vol. 1 is almost folkloric for dancefloor veterans. Repressed at hi-def for the next gen of nocturnal warriors to joist with! Imperative!

    TRACK LISTING

    Soundstream - Just Around
    Soundhack - Vintage

    TSOS - Over And Over
    TSOS - Over Beats

    The latest in Robot84's vinyl series, which demonstrates the producer's range of musical tastes and influences. From the lead track, a big room, disco house anthem and its cool instrumental version, to the more Italo Disco inspired 'Futuro Disko'. Both tracks have a familiar feeling that supporters of Robot84 Promo Vol. 1 & 2 will adore. Closing out the package is the dubbed-out-to-the max 'Ago (Dub Mix)'

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: Big room Italo for lovers of red lasers, amyl nitrates and huge synthlines.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Make Me Feel Good (vocal Mix)
    A2. Make Me Feel Good (instrumental Mix)
    B1. Futuro Disko
    B2. Ago (Dubbed Out Mix)

    MF Doom & Bishop Nehru

    Nehruviandoom (Redux)

    The VILLAIN was laying low on the fog shrouded Tin Islands when Bishop’s X-Wing crashed into his swamp.

    It was April 2013, and that’s a metaphor for Bishop’s first meeting with DOOM before a show at the 100 Club. The future collaborators were booked to play in the tiny ancient jazz venue with Ghostface Killah that night.

    A month earlier Bishop had been co-signed on stage at SXSW by Nas. There was mad anticipation for his next project. Stakes were high. At the 100 Club, VILLAIN saw what Nas had seen, a real MC.

    In the months that followed Metal Fingers sent Bishop Yousendit links to folders of beats and Bishop laid down bars. The two worked remotely and then followed up with sessions in the studio.Amongst many swell reviews the mini-album caught a lot of criticism. Not least because it was so short, just 32 minutes. To mark the 5th anniversary, we’ve reduced the running time to 27 minutes.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: The sadly recently departed MF Doom's mega release with Bishop Nehru given a reissue in line with its 5th anniversary.

    TRACK LISTING

    Intro
    Om Feat MF Doom
    Means The Most
    So Alone
    Coming For You
    Darkness
    Caskets Feat. Mf Doom
    Great Things Feat. Mf Doom
    Disastrous Feat. Madvillianz

    Five alive for Discs of Fun and Love! This time it's the certified dancefloor weapon by Alonzo Turner ‘Whoever Said It?’ Released on a 7 inch with a part 1 & 2, this record has been played on dancefloors worldwide by such players as Rahaan, Sadar Bahar and more, with those selectors favouring the part 2 in the most euphoric moments with that incredible vocal half way through. The record has remained hard to come by for most so the label are thrilled to have this one out there as an affordable and great sounding reissue.

    Remastered as always by Frank at The Carvery and this time released with a vibrant company sleeve and a baby yellow label on the 7 to match the original.

    "Alonzo Turner was born in Northern California in 1955 and was introduced to music by his church, of which his father was pastor. As a young adult, Turner moves to West Hollywood and at 23, he starts to manage a local rock band while working day and night to write what will turn out to be his first and only release, ‘Whoever Said It’.

    The song catches the attention of Dave Crawford, A former producer at Atlantic. Like most stuff on Crawford’s label, LA Records, the single never makes it to the charts but helps Turner make a name for himself in L.A. and Orange County where he performs often. There is only speculation about what happened to ‘You’ve Got Something’, the LP on which the song was meant to appear, but five years later Alonzo ends up writing an eponymous piece for Norma Lewis (Shakatak, Charade) on her debut album ‘It’s Gonna Happen’.

    In 1984, struggling to make ends meet from his music career, Turner takes a part time job at a record store, while also pushing garments to an elite clientele in Beverly Hills, even selling clothes to one of Michael Jackson’s designers. In 1991, aged 38, Alonzo Turner will pass away from illness.

    Written by a loner who lived in a modest flat filled with antiques and expensive art pieces, ‘Whoever Said It’ is a testament to the idea that love does exist beyond our imagination. While asking who is to blame for spreading the opposite theory, Turner makes this simple yet compelling argument to debunk it: emotions are a motor of action, they literally set us in motion and therefore reality derives its very momentum from them."

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Whoever Said It (part 1)
    B1. Whoever Said It (part 2)

    Heart Sphere

    E.R. (Emergency Relief)

    Tornado Wallace and Jamie Tiller present Heart Sphere, on their new imprint Basic Spirit. The first release "E.R. (Emergency Relief)", is a mid-tempo, cosmic trance manifestation with three revisions; Guitar Mix, Piano MIx, and the vinyl only Children Mix. For disciples of Big Room Balearic ™️, new-normal-beat, classic-trance, and George Clooney.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: Worth it alone for the 303-laced Balearic-twist of Robert Miles’ “Children”, this is high grade Balearic house action folks miss at your peril!

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Heart Sphere (Emergency Relief) (Guitar Mix)
    A2. Heart Sphere (Emergency Relief) (Piano Mix)
    B1. Heart Sphere (Emergency Relief) (Children Mix)

    Cinnaman

    Kingfisher

      After the first EP release on visible spectrum a year ago, we are happy to announce the second EP on this label. It was a crazy year of radical change, that has also affected the label and its curator for the choice of this release. For the second EP label founder Yuri Boselie, aka Cinnaman, dives into deep listening territories with the five track “Kingfisher” EP. With two guest contributions by Oko Ebombo and Tom Trago, he completed a refined and well-rounded dreamy ambient narrative.

      The first track ‘Verité' is the exciting collaboration with the Parisian street jazz artist Oko Ebombo. It originated two years ago as Oko came to Amsterdam for a friendly visit, resulting in a weekend long musical session that produced this blissful slow house trip. The track ‘Lima' is inspired by a trip Yuri made to this wonderful city, where he made field recordings of sea pelicans flying over the sea while walking on the beach. The collaboration ‘Changes' with Tom Trago came together early 2020, in which emotional and painful events were captured in a deeper ambient piece.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Cinnaman takes the reins for the second release on his own Visible Spectrum imprint with a balmy and beautiful five tracker awash with tender chords, dreamy synthesis and hints of African and jazz styles.

      TRACK LISTING

      Cinnaman & Oko Ebombo - Vérité
      Cinnaman - Kingfisher
      Cinnaman - Lima
      Cinnaman - Agami Heron
      Cinnaman & Tom Trago - Changes

      Ed Chamberlain

      Unititled

      For the uninitiated, mysterious UK producer Ed Chamberlain dropped 7 essential EPs between 2007 and 2013 before vanishing from view completely. Across those 7 releases, 5 on his own Baselogic and 2 for Semantica, Ed laid out the blueprint for spacey electro, injecting maximum melancholy and heart-aching yearning into an often souless genre. Avoiding the electro cliches completely, Ed had a flawless run, and with increased attention on the producer over the last few months (including a retrospective on Lapsus), it was high time Semantica repressed this 2013 gem. 

      On the A1, "Place" delivers the bittersweet synth tones of early Ultravox, filtered through the chemically assisted era of Rephlex and rendered through some of the cleanest, clearest and most powerful e-bass around. The emotion continues through the sunrise breaks and acidic squiggles of "Somefind" on the A2 (maybe this could replace "Emotinium" at the front of your festival box), while steady-rocking B-side "Landminder" is a darker take on the same style, this time with glacial keys taking the lead.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Haunting glitch, Cornish acid and neo-industrial gothwave; not three genres you come across on one 12" very often. Ed Chambers smashing it outta the left field here for Semantica

      TRACK LISTING

      Place
      Somefind
      Landmine

      Asher Levitas & Hannah Archambault

      Nous N'étions Jamais Vraiment Là

      "Nous N'étions Jamais Vraiment Là" (We Were Never Really There) was built from a desire to get closer at a time of isolation. Each track traverses a different imagined environment as emotional and psychological states unfold. The album was shaped by a sense of duration and slowness, as well taking inspiration from the concept of the four elements; air, earth, water and fire.

      The project began from an impulse to make music with a stranger. Gradually through conversation, from Paris to London, the two musicians learned to find a shared sonic language.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: When ambient music stops you dead in your tracks you know you're onto summat special. These five tracks did exactly that - causing me to cease whatever I was doing and enter the duo's unique aural environment fully committed. The trip was very rewarding!

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Éolienne
      A2. Sel
      A3. Coulissage
      B1. Latence
      B2. Fièvre

      Residentes Balearicos

      La Musica EP - Inc. Rudy's Midnight Machine / Chris Coco Remixes

      'La Musica' is a dreamy track for the perfect Balearic experience. Written by the 'Balearicos' it comes with two great remixes, one from the chillout legend Cris Coco and another one from Rudy's Midnight Machine.

      Residentes Balearicos are a duo from Ibiza, consisting of Luca Averna and Alessandro Doretto. Luca is a DJ and works mainly with his friend Camilo Miranda at the legendary Pikes Hotel. Echoes and synthetic pads build up the atmosphere across the original version's intro taking you to a heavenly happy place until the beloved classic combo of a TR909 and Korg M1 piano send us all straight back to a '90s open air dance floor in Ibiza.

      This is where the journey starts, accompanied by the piano chords and Brazilian sounding voices washing over you with calls of 'La Musica'. Perfect for a set on the beach, soft sand under foot or as a warmup record in the club, it will fit perfectly in your Balearic session.

      Rudy's Midnight Machine takes the elements written by R.B. and shakes everything into a disco dimension. All the elements for the perfect track are in place: funky bassline, open hi hats and muted guitar plus an exploding chorus with a great melodic hook. This is a must have tune if you are into disco with a classy and modern feel.

      Chris Coco's remix is a classic take made with great taste. He keeps the harmonic elements as well as the bass line almost intact, playing around with the vocals and adding melodic touches that give a tropical feeling to proceedings. Don't be fooled by the soft intro because the rhythm will soon take you dancing with a smile spread across your face.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Whatever the weather's saying, it certainly sounds like summer right now. In its original form this is a balmy Balearic house hit, only enhanced with a little added pump from Chris Coco. First among equals though is the Rudy's Midnight Machine mix, which nudges the track into dub disco territories with a bubbling bassline and plenty o' percussion.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. La Musica (Rudy's Midnight Machine Remix)
      A2. La Musica (Original Mix)
      B1. La Musica (Chris Coco Remix)

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

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

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

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

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Everything Is Fine 
      A2. Everything Dub
      B1. Everything Is Fine (Chuggy Discomix)

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

      TRACK LISTING

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

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


      STAFF COMMENTS

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

      TRACK LISTING

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

      Rarely does an artist pay homage to the classics quite like Dimitri From Paris, whose illustrious repertoire of original productions and remixes effortlessly capture the essence of the disco greats. After releasing his acclaimed collection of CHIC remixes on Glitterbox Recordings in 2019, Dimitri now partners with NYC singer-songwriter Fiorious, an artist who represents the dawning of a new era in dance music talent, to release ‘Music Saved My Life’ on the label.

      With Fiorious’ previous Glitterbox releases including powerful call-to-resistance anthem ‘I’m Not Defeated’ and re-work of Aly-Us’ 90s classic ‘Follow Me’, his impassioned vocal paired with Dimitri’s meticulous production make for a perfect match. A celebration of music’s ability to provide sanctuary and liberate, ‘Music Saved My Life’ encapsulates the ethos of the disco golden era and its modern-day equivalent, Glitterbox. Beautifully brought to life by an international ensemble of over twenty world-class musicians, this is a truly exceptional release from a pioneer of dance, and a future star of the scene, that stands up alongside the disco greats.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Music Saved My Life (The Extended Discomix)
      A2. Music Saved My Life (The Full Take)
      AA1. Music Saved My Life (The Club Dub)
      AA2. Music Saved My Life (The Accapella)

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

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






      STAFF COMMENTS

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

      TRACK LISTING

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

      Unadulterated funk-styled boogie bomb from ’82 by Laurice Hudson, ‘Feel My Love’ is a monster cut whether you’re hearing it for the first time or 50th and with a price tag of upwards of £60 on an original, an officially licensed remastered, reissue was clearly in order. Infectious basslines, coupled with juicy layers of funk strumming and sensuous vocals from Laurice, co-written by Curtis Hudson, with Pure Energy on production its a classic through and through.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Clean as a whistle, sharp as a thistle, this boogie belter from Laurice Hudson does the do in either vocal or instrumental form. Hard to find on an OG, so don't sleep on this official reissue.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Feel My Love - Vocal
      B1. Feel My Love - Instrumental

      Nicola Cruz

      Hybridism Remixes - Inc. John Talabot / Azu Tiwaline / Auntie Flo / Multi Culti Remixes

      The sonic melting pot of Nicola Cruz’s ‘Hybridism’ reinterpreted by John Talabot, Auntie Flo, Azu Tiwaline and the host label team of Multi Culti.

      Leading things off, the Hivern records boss is a dream pairing for Nicola, delivering a deeply atmospheric but powerfully rhythmic club version of Naeku.

      Rising Tunisian producer Azu Tiwaline dives into the cavernous soundscapes of Third Eye Dub, her North African influence a natural fit for the mesmerising Oud solo played by Nasiri.

      Highlife founder Auntie Flo stretches the eminently catchy and cheerful Aima across a light and ethereal groove. Perfectly anti-depressant vibe from the creator and curator behind the brand new Ambient Flo online station.

      Finally, Multi Culti label mates contribute a broken beat micro-dosed micro dub of Naeku, a closed-eye wiggler to tickle the pineal glands of the cult heads that consistently look to this globally garnered record label for psychedelic guidance.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Hunkered down in their parents basement, cloaked and clandestine, Multi Culti get shamanic with Nicola Cruz, Azu Tiwaline, John Talabot and Auntie Flo. Rather than a star-studded game of Magic: The Gathering, the group conjure four hypnotic remixes of cuts from Cruz's folkloric 'Hybridism'.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Naeku (John Talabot Remix)
      A2. Third Eye Dub (Azu Tiwaline Remix)
      B1. Aima (Auntie Flo Remix)
      B2. Naeku (Multi Culti Micro Dub)

      F D

      Z1S1 / C1D3H

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

      TRACK LISTING

      A. Z1S1
      B. C1D3H

      A must-have Prelude classic, Starshine - All I Need Is You is a boogie masterpiece that deserves a place in every collection. Original’s regularly trade hands for £35+ so an officially licensed, remastered reissue was on high demand. The perfect marriage of synth mastery, slap bass funk fever and sun-soaked vocals all mixed to magnificence by the mighty Francois K.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: If you've a hankering for disco energy, boogie instrumentation and the heat of early house music, the Prelude catalogue always has your back. This bad mama jama from 1982 is no exception, powering out the speakers packed full of the feel good.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. All I Need Is You (Vocal)
      B1. All I Need Is You (Instrumental)

      Underground Evolution

      Soul Searcher (Joe Clausell Remix) / Walk On Water

      As part of Ugly Music's 25th Anniversary Joe Clausell has remixed Underground Evolution's 'Soul Searcher'. The original was a two copy classic at the legendary Body and Soul on first release, so Joe was a natural fit to reimagine this classic house track. His new version while attaining the extra length previously reached by mixing the vocal and dubs, goes way beyond, with all the parts being re-played, live bass, and layers of new synths and keys culminating in the solo’s in the second half that lift this track to new heights.

      The flip of this release contains 'Walk On Water' which was the A side of the original. This track sits somewhere between the sounds of Detroit and New York (a natural place for a track of Chicago origin). With a sound palette resembling something from Underground Resistance, 'Walk On Water' is a jazz journey equally at home in the dark clubs of New York or the beaches and boats of the sun drenched Adriatic or Balearics.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Ugly Music celebrate 25 years in the biz with a little help from everyone's favourite rotary assassin. Joe Clausell works his magic on Body & Soul favourite 'Soul Searcher' turning out a typically spiritual banger built from the main and dub mix (plus overdubs, natch) while the B-side holds the beatific and psychedelic wonder of 'Walk On Water'. Proper house music!

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Soul Searcher (Joe Clausell Remix)
      B1. Walk On Water

      Levon Vincent

      Riding Alongside The Ocean

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

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

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


      STAFF COMMENTS

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

      TRACK LISTING

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

      Two undeniable disco classics given the golden touch by edit royalty Mr K, for the third instalment of his highly sought after and limited edit series.

      "You're The One For Me", sampled by Todd Terry, is high grade disco-boogie by the one and only D Train - full of darting staccato synths, big room vocal and hefty drums. Krivit's version is a bit of a redux; decluttering the mix somewhat and allowing the chosen elements more space to breath.

      "Sentinmentally It's You", hi-nrg electro-disco; is again spiced up beyond its original level by the master of this shit. Danny K injects pure energy into the stems making us vibrate manically across the dancefloor for the entirity of the tracks duration. Back an extra pack of duracells for this one baby!

      Buy on sight business from the master once again! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Second week in a row for Mr K as Danny Krivit lets us in on his stash of private edits and remixes. Hi-nrg business here as the New Yorker get shits mitts around D Train & Theo Vaness

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. You're The One For Me
      B1. Sentimentally It's You

      Re-issued for the very first time. Up until now the Captain Mosez 12" remained a highly sought after S.A. disco obscurity ( apparently going for the big $ on the collector market), but Afrosynth do the right thing in the right way and bring this edition for us all to enjoy.

      In 1985 a young musician named Moses Mafiri walked into EMI Studios in Johannesburg. Working with Selwyn Shandel, then one of the label’s prolific in-house producers, the two tracks they recorded – ‘Fly Cherry Fly’ and ‘Hey! Hey! Hey!’ - reflect the range of international influences in South Africa’s burgeoning ‘bubblegum’ sound – Italo disco, electro-funk, even rock.

      “I remember Moses as a very quiet, talented and gentle guy. He never really had a great voice but he used to come up with excellent melodies and lyrical concepts,” remembers Shandel today, admitting that he never saw or heard from him again after that session. Mafiri never released as Captain Mosez again, although he would later resurface in the backing band of internationally renowned Vusi Mahlasela.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Fly Cherry Fly (Extended Vocal)
      A2. Fly Cherry Fly (Single)
      B1. Hey! Hey! Hey! (Extended Vocal)
      B2. Hey! Hey! Hey! (Dub Version)

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

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


      STAFF COMMENTS

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

      TRACK LISTING

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

      For the inaugural release on DSO, shrouded in mystery, two of the most revered female voices in recent memory get the rework treatment from the shadows, resulting in a double dose of low-slung, deftly sampled, house heaters. Both a resplendent with that summer vibe - opening with the Sade-sampling "Love You More" which screams of a sweltering late-afternoon terrace session. 

      "Apl Tree", with its swinging drums, and jazz-flecked vox (whoisit?!) is also tailored for the day sessions: bright Rhodes and a wiggy beat catching you on your way to the beer tent and causing you to lose the rest of the afternoon chatting in a sunblushed reverie! it can't be long now... can it? 




      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: As we're teased with the prospect of festival season being a reality, these two day time ready burners should have you salivating at the mouth packing your best glitter one piece. Who knows if it'll happen or not yet but a day spent dancing in the sun to tunes like this should be just the tonic our COVID-weary bones need.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Love You More
      B1. Apl Tree

      Sofia Kourtesis

      Fresia Magdalena

        Berlin based, Peruvian artist Sofia Kourtesis drops her new EP "Fresia Magdalena" via Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour. Following her breakout EP Sarita Colonia - which saw her tipped as a 'One To Watch' by The Observer, feature on Emerging Artist lists from DJ and Mixmag as well as being named #4 in Gorilla Vs. Bear's 'EPs and Mixtapes of 2020' and appearing in this years NME 100 - the EP continues to hone her singular sound, using astutely selected samples and a joyful sense of personality and place to make something utterly infectious. Today she has also shared lead single ‘La Perla’, a track that is at once energising and meditative.

        Utilising her own singing voice for the first time, ‘La Perla’ clears the head in an uplifting wave before getting the body moving. Speaking of the track she says: "Although I’ve sampled my own voice before, this is the first time I’ve really sung on a track. My dream is to develop a live show and I created ‘La Perla’ with that in mind. ‘La Perla’ is about staring at the sea, It's the first thing I’ll do when I return to Peru. My dad used to say staring at the sea is like meditation, it clears your head. This song is for him. It's hard for me to listen to La Perla as it wrote it during a time I lost my dad to leukaemia. This song is for him, descansa en paz papa" Though undeniably present in all her work, Fresia Magdalena is more rooted in Kourtesis’ native Peru than ever. On one of her regular extended trips home, the process of making the EP began with the collection of field recordings around the city of Lima where Kourtesis' family currently live and specifically Magdalena, their district..

        "I look at songs like a collage" she says, "I put all the samples at the forefront and create music around them". Then finished between Peru and Berlin, the result finds both aspects of her life bleeding effortlessly into her music and weaving around themes and a broad range of styles that remain universal. From the gritty and pulsating rumble of ‘Dakotas’ to the twinkling groove of ‘By Your Side’ and the exhilaration of ‘La Perla’, Kourtesis’ ability to naturally flow from one style to the next, though always with an eye on the return to the dancefloor, is everapparent here. Thematically though, her message is simple and direct. "Fresia Magdalena is about activism" she says, "It's about making positive changes, whoever and wherever you are". A passionately vocal voice for the wellbeing of the community herself, Kourtesis here attributes this message to the person who inspires her most.

        "Fresia is my mother’s name" she says, "her whole life she’s fought hard for the people of Magdalena, Peru. This is my tribute to her and the other activists around the world working hard to better the lives of others. We as musicians have a responsibility to help our communities to have their voices heard, changes are needed". A nod to another significant figure both to Kourtesis and to any unheard voices, the artwork for the EP draws an elegant line between previous EP Sarita Colonia and this one. "Housed within one of Lima’s biggest favelas, The Cementerio Baquijano del Callao contains a beautiful tribute to Sarita Colonia, the Patron of the Poor" Kourtesis recalls, "she’s an icon within Peru and the voice of the underrepresented. Gaining access to this cemetery is challenging as not everyone can just walk into a favela but after some negotiations we managed to gain access". Much like the music itself these images were then collaged to create something striking and new. Fresia Magdalena loses none of its impact when taken at its surface level – a collection of vibrant dance music that gets under the skin and lifts the mood with distinctive and addictive flourishes separating it from the pack. What really makes it unique though is the life bubbling under the surface of the collection as a whole. The influences, passions and relationships of Kourtesis as a person are behind every moment - a fierce call to action softened and presented with the warmth of family and home.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: Falling somewhere between the heart-aching melancholy of early Nicolas Jaar, the techy Balearic of The Field and that euphoric electronica Kompakt seemed to dish up every week in the mid noughties comes Berlin-based Peruvian Sofia Kourtesis. If you dug on Koze's 'Pick Up', you should check out 'By Your Side'.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. La Perla
        2. By Your Side
        3. Nicolas
        4. Dakotas
        5. Juntos

        Deep & emotive, acid tinged house and techno on new label Reflections of Yesterday.

        Al Bradley has done some mighty fine releases for Midnight Social Recordings, Muzik & Friends Records, Bass Clef Music and his own 3AM Recordings. Scott Hallam has had releases on Axia Records, The North Remembers, Epoque Music, Parrish Digital, and Sub-Urban Undertones Recordings.

        This is really exciting indeed. Carrying on in the same melodic and deep tech tradition championed by FireScope, B12 and Ourtime etc, ROY give the techno and electro blueprints a much needed warmth and emotion - elevating them beyond mindless drug tracks into something more powerful, informed and multifunctional.

        As much as home squeezing the last droplets of XTC-soaked euphoria out of a tired but still very much engaged dancefloor inhabitant, as it is soundtracking the moody and atmosphere drive home through the city lights, these nigh-epic compositions invite intrigue and introspection on repeat listens, allowing the listener to get totally lost in their environment.

        Support from:
        Paul Wise (Placid), Derek Carr, Mark Archer & Kickin' Pigeon.

        150 copies only.




        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: Proper, authentic, acid house warehouse music; executed in that original style but with sounds and feels hurtling into next decade. This is the one folks! Bring on the grand re-opening!

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Al Bradley - Pale Blue Dot
        A2. Al Bradley - In Flagrente Delicto
        B1. Scott Hallam - Kettle Crusader
        B2. Scott Hallam - Modern Senses 

        Rahaan

        Neighboursoul Edits

          NeighbourSoul Rhythms continues recruiting international talent in its quest to deliver the best disco and house from different points of the planet. For this second release, it’s the American house legend, Rahaan, who delivers up to four American disco edits focused 100% on the dance floor. After releasing his latest works on Lumberjacks in Hell, Street edits, Disco Deviance or Dopeness Galore, the veteran DJ and producer now signs a fourtrack EP for NeighbourSoul Rhythms, each one of them is frantically sweeping and includes a special nod to the essence of 1970’s Chicago, his hometown. With an immaculate reputation in the world’s underground scene, Rahaan has been spinning house and disco since the 80’s when he started playing at house parties across the city. NBS002 starts with ‘To The Point’, pure ecstasy at high bpm and the perfect bridge for ‘Cutting Loose’, a slower cut but with a catchy and playful bass line. On the B side, ‘Last Thing’ continues the accelerated rhythm of its predecessors to end with ‘Black Magik’, a rhythmic afrobeat hypnotic slap ideal for twisting potentiometers’ Djs.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: In the words of one Bring The Heat attendee, "BEAT THAT SHIT RAHAAN" - and beat that shit he does, slicing and dicing four of the deepest disco cuts around for maximum dance floor impact. Steeped in soul, jazz and funk influences, these raw and raucous reworks should please any Ugly Edit acolytes.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. To The Point
          A2. Cuttin’ Loose
          B1. Last Thing
          B2. Black Magik

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

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

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

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

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



          STAFF COMMENTS

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

          TRACK LISTING

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

          Jah Mel is a recording artist, songwriter and musician from Jamaica. Beginning his career as a performer on the stage shows of the Twelve Tribes Of Israel of which he has been a member since his youth, Jah Mel made his debut sharing the stage with artists such as Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Freddie McGregor, Sugar Minott, Brigadier Jerry & Denroy Morgan. His writing credits include songs written for Marcia Griffiths, Cecile, DaVille, Itana & Jah Mali for whom he also produced tracks on his debut album "El Shaddai". As you'd expect, Mel has worked with the creme of JA's riddim section: Sly & Robbie, Steely & Cleevie, Earl Chinna Smith, Steve ‘Lenky’ Marsden & Donovan Germaine to who’s Penthouse label Jah Mel was signed.

          Seeing himself as a musical bridge between the original reggae sound & the dancehall sound of today, representing what he calls the real dancehall revolution, merging the spirituality of the old school & the energy of the new school. "Guiding Star" and "Stand Up To It" are the perfect examples to reinforce this direction. Both songs were produced by Roydale Anderson and released slap bang in the middle of the 80s on his own, Andy's Records.

          "Stand Up To It" pairs a bubbling rub-a-dub riddim to sharp off-beat keys while Jah's sufferers vox is evocative and fluid. The dub pushes all that clean 80s digital instrumentation to the foreground, and isn't a million miles away from the Jammy's dancehall sound only with much looser, wilder dub inflections like flailing tape delay and big reverb splashes.

          "Guiding Star" instantly turns heads with its meandering piano line, while Mel sounds empowered and riotous on the vocal version. The dub, or 'Dance Mix' is another skilled display behind the dials, with more expressive tape delay and snappy reverbs creating a shuddering, heady dub that's worth the entrance fee alone.

          Originals of this release fetch upwards of £300, if you can snag a copy. Jamwax continue our love affair as they officially license this true holy grail of 80s reggae for us all to enjoy... Get in! 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: Jam Wax really do the do here, re-issuing some mid-80's holy grail type shit. Phenominal!

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Stand Up To It
          A2. Stand Up To It (Version)  
          B1. Guiding Star
          B2. Guidance (Dance Mix)

          R.A.N.D. Muzik Recordings release their yearly 2412 compilation (yes we're a bit late getting it in! :P - Ed). Featuring music from Bufiman, Roza Terenzi, Carmel & Salomo and DJ Detox it's a nice roundup of what the label's all about with an open-air, free-party vibe present throughout.

          Shunning the 4/4 for a more break-orientated approach, Bufiman deploys snappy vocal hook to an otherwise quite chaotic and discordant ravey number. Perfect for those moments of madness late on in the session when everyone's lost the bearings a bit.

          Roza Terenzi fires up her thrusters for a typically noisey and attitude-filled ride into the techno wormhole. A prolific producer / DJ who's really working the circuit at the moment.

          Carmel & Salomo offer up summat gilden, crystaline and emotive - somewhere between Joy O, John Talabot and Crow Castle Cuts, "Like You" is nice and wavy and displays a handsome elegance.

          DJ Detox closes off the EP with what Patrick's calling a future Pomona banger. "Better Days" could indeed be the klaxon call we all need when lockdown's lifted, its hyper jungalist / upfront dnb vibes urgent and soundsystem ready. An anthemic piano line ensures maximum participation while the rawkus and manic break portfolio will keep even the most hardened jungalist waving the arms and legs manically at the front till the track's conclusion. Wild!



          TRACK LISTING

          1. Bufiman - Let Go 
          2. Roza Terenzi - Sit On My Interface 
          3. Carmel & Salomo - Like You
          4. DJ Detox - Better Days 

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

          STAFF COMMENTS

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

          TRACK LISTING

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

          In an era of excellent archival imprints, Into The Light make a pretty solid claim for the crown, and their newest EP more than lives up to its predecessors. The "Blue Grass" EP contains four super rare recordings of a phantom Greek musical-duo called ‘Free Level’ which was formed in Athens, Greece between 1983 and 1984. The musicians behind this project were composer and keyboardist George Theodorakis and ex-Sharp Ties’ guitarist and founding member Petros Skoutaris - both young veterans of the Athens music scene in the late 70’s/late 80’s. Now Into The Light select four utterly spellbinding highlights of this totally unheard material. More specifically, the EP offers two expansive instrumental epics and two highly personal songs which all share the same syncretic blend of European and Southeastern nuance. Swaying rhythms, obscure but hilarious lyrics, pitched up Jean-Luc Ponty influenced bass-lines and proto-dreampop experiments by one of Athens' most promising but short collaborations from the early 80's. Immerse yourself! 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: Shame on you! You failed to pre-order one of the finest records you'll ever hear. Into The Light let loose with some previously unheard material from George Theodorakis and Petros Skoutaris, which boasts a pair of coastal, post prog epics for Balearic dancers (Blue Grass 1 & 3) and two lush dreampop ballads for indie dreamers like our own Andy McQueen. You've got about 45 seconds before we run out, so get on it sharpish.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Blue Grass 1
          2. Little Fox
          3. Blue Grass 3
          4. Sun 

          Bottin

          Respirare / Waterland

            One of Italy's most revered producers and a firm favourite here at Piccadilly, Bottin returns with a couplet of new tunes for the Artifact label.

            "Waterland" combines a crystalline piano line with buoyant drums and fizzy bass. It feels like you're coming into dock on the infamous Argonaughty at the habour in Tisno, ready and willing for the ensuing party ahead.

            "Respirare" enjoys a juicy rich palette, with each and every element perfectly synthesized or sampled. A tour de force of sound design whilst still relishing in a modern disco sensibility, this'll certainly alight the interest of taste makers and nightclub revelers alike.

            Recommended. 


            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Respirare
            B1. Waterland

            Hi-Ryze

            Cyberia / After The Flood

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

              STAFF COMMENTS

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

              TRACK LISTING

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


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

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

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

              STAFF COMMENTS

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

              TRACK LISTING

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

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

              STAFF COMMENTS

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

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

              TRACK LISTING

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

              FSOM / Andy Rantzen

              Track 6 / Harmonic Eye

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

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

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

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

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


              STAFF COMMENTS

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

              TRACK LISTING

              Side 1
              1. FSOM - Track 6

              Side 2
              1. Andy Rantzen - Harmonic Eye

              Public Possession make light work of dry January, double dropping a pair of powerhouse 10"s on us this week. The second disc sees the Munich crew team up with the latest member of their extended family Eden Burns, who introduces us to his unique sonic landscape with "Paws A Taieri Story". A group of stray felines of all shapes and sizes based in The Taieri, behind the old RSA building.
              Bored of the norm and wanting to explore, searching for a purpose they come across a collection of musical instruments out back of the Taieri Court rest home. A Trumpet, Childrens Guitar and a Yamaha electric keyboard. Then What? 
              Expect unconventional house, cat sounds, digital basslines and sampler vox, all delivered with a chemically assisted euphoria and great sense of humour.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Proud Fold
              A2. First Dance
              B1. Patches Theme
              B2. Moogie Exit

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

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

              STAFF COMMENTS

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

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Beat Per Bar - Thats Nice - Gimme A Couple More Us Jack Mix
              A2. Beat Per Bar - Yahh Money
              B1. 4 A.M. - Just Wait And See Deepest Mix
              B2. 4 A.M. - Love It After Hours Mix

              Jay U Xperience

              Abuja

                Melbourne’s Left Ear Records return with an EP release extracted from a lost ’93 CD only album by famed Nigerian artist ‘Jay U Xperience’. Here, modern technology meshes with timeless African Rhythms and the heartfelt influences of New York City.

                Jay U Xperience is the pseudonym of acclaimed Nigerian musician Justus Nkwane.
                His first release ‘Enough Is Enough’ was a heavy blend of psychedelic rock and funk epitomising 1977 and yet foreshadows Justus’ experimental and genre-spanning inquisitiveness. Justus wouldn’t record another album until 1993 while living in New York City. Here he emerged with ‘Ancestral Call’, an album that he describes as a “once in a lifetime event”, something from his “inner spiritual guts”. Equipped with a Roland R-5 drum machine and a Roland U-20 synthesizer to extract melodies he was able to create tunes that encapsulated contemporary technology with timeless traditional African rhythms, creating a work that sounds just as relevant Today as it did then. Tracks like ‘Back To Motherland’ & ‘Ancestral Call’ personify this sound, while ‘Okokobioko’, is an onomatopoeic excursion in losing yourself to the rhythm, the EP is then rounded off with the title track ‘Abuja’, a ghostly striped back piece.

                TRACK LISTING

                Back To Motherland
                Ancestral Call
                Okokobioko
                Abuja

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

                TRACK LISTING

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

                Hazy James

                Need Somebody - Inc. Hardway Bros Remix

                  “Need Somebody” is the debut single and debut release on Our Starry Universe for Hazy James, 1/2 of label mates Birds Of Pandæmonium. It’s a lush, melancholy slow house track that may move the soul more than the body.

                  The b-side by Hardway Bros (Sean Johnston) highlights the brighter moments and adds beautiful, colorful arpeggiated melodies over a bouncy beat, creating a euphoric dance floor classic. Sean has been a huge supporter of the label recently citing its output as one of the highlights of 2020. When given the pick of any of the OSU 2021 release schedule to remix he choose Need Somebody without hesitation and transformed the introspective chugger Into a piece of Balearic bliss

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  says: Melodic, beautifully balanced late nite dance music that casually flirts with both cosmic / ALFOS / drug-chug acolytes in that typically Hardway Bros style.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A. Need Somebody
                  B. Need Somebody (Hardway Bros Remix)

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

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

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

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


                  STAFF COMMENTS

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

                  TRACK LISTING

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

                  T.Z. Junior

                  Sugar My Love

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



                  STAFF COMMENTS

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

                  TRACK LISTING

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

                  Patrick Gibin & Kaidi Tatham Ft. Josh Milan

                  Love To The World (Theo Parrish Reinterpretations)

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

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

                  TRACK LISTING

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

                  With comparisons being made to Psykick Warriors Of Gaia, Cyclobe and Insanlar's “Kime Ne” this one's definitely making waves amongst fans of.....well....whatever sort of music this is. Komodo Kolektif is a loose collective of veteran multi-instrumentalists based not in Indonesia as one might expect with such a name, but Glasgow, Scotland, their name being a reference to the Indonesian gamelan instruments featured in their compositions. The instruments used (saron, gender, kempul) belong to local gamelan ensemble Gamelan Naga Mas of which two of the musicians have been full-time members for around a decade while the other members are also loosely affiliated and have appeared as 'guest' musicians on various one-off performances and who are themselves well-known musicians in their own rights. Combined with an arsenal of vintage synthesizers, FX-laden guitar and traditional hand percussion the resulting concoction is a magical, mystical brew indeed. Two of the pieces, the epic “Djakarta 3001” and “Binaural Bintaro” were recorded live in 2014 and 2015, respectively, with edits/overdubs in late 2016/early 2017. “Binaural Bintaro” was originally composed for Gamelan Naga Mas and was performed live at their “Gamelan Untethered” multimedia project at Glasgow's Royal Conservatoire in Sept 2015.
                  Limited to 300 copies only.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  says: Ritualistic sonic shamanism here from the ever-reliable Invisisble Inc who invite the dark magic of Komodo Kolektif into their witches cavern.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1.Night Of The Leyak
                  2.Binaural Bintaro
                  3.Djakarta 3001 (Short Version) 

                  Crotocosm (Willie Burns & Jordan GCZ)

                  Setting The Scene For An Island Battle

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


                  STAFF COMMENTS

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

                  TRACK LISTING

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

                  Brothers Davis

                  Billy Mac Attack

                    Killer, modern disco from Brothers Davis here, backed with a tasty remix from no other than Al-Tone.

                    "Billy Mac Attack" is one of those Loft-esque groovers: light, airy and kinetic; aimed squarely at hip rotation and mind elevation. A guided and accomplished instrumental, horns drop in and out at moments of great transition while various perc elements supplement the dynamic phrases and changes. Tasty stuff indeed.

                    Al-Tone is hand to chop off and superfluity and keep the whole thing rolling hard. I'm sure he beefs up the bottom end too for a bit more umph outta the stacks. All in all a sterling, sympathetic edit that's just a bit more direct and tracky than the dynamic, song style arrangement of the OG. Modern disco perfection!


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    says: Al-Tone adding some urgency and sparkle to an otherwise breathtaking modern disco track. You could be tricked into thinking this was Theo ugly editing some 70s shit but it's not! No no, this is new, and very tasty indeed!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Billy Mac Attack (Original Version)
                    Billy Mac Attack (Al-Tone Disco Edit)


                    Gombeen & Doygen

                    D'Americana / Auto-Lies

                      In the words of Kazakhstan's finest, Woo-wa wee-wa Wah Wah Wino! That's right folks, Dublin's finest freaks are back, high on solder and ready to fuck up your dance floor in their utterly inimitable style. This time round it's Gombeen & Doygen stepping up to the 12" after a cute collaboration on the "Absolutely Wino" comp. For the uninitiated, that means Morgan Buckley is overheating the electronics and James Grünfeld is gargling microchips on vocal duties. 

                      Awash with whirrs, purrs, rings and pings, A-sider 'D'Americana' drags a dubby bassline through the minimal techno k-hole, hip twisting bottom end clashing uptown with a skunky skank. So far so fucked up, but things really take a turn for the trippy when James G's robo-vocal scat enters the mix, shredded with 5G mind control and glitched to within an inch of its life. Is it dub techno? Minimal? Electro? No, it's Wino baby!

                      Flip it for more fun from this curious camp on the distinct and derranged 'Auto-Lies' another utterly dubby bit of discombobulated hardware house with an almost tribal feel. Mushroom tea for the techno pagans - it's the new chicken soup for the soul...

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      says:

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A. D'Americana
                      B. Auto-Lies

                      The Boogie Man AKA Sipho Gumede

                      Jika Jika

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

                      STAFF COMMENTS

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

                      TRACK LISTING

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

                      Manchester's no. 1 (dub-)techno & ambient-electronix producer resurects his MCMLXV after, crikey, a five year gap (it doesn't feel that long! - Matt).

                      One of the longest serving and widely adored out of our very generous smattering of local labels, James' cult imprint has little if no blemishes on its completely killer and essential discography.

                      A well rehearsed formular, "Kinetic" is given a complimentary "Version" and each offered a whole side to sparkle in hi-definition.

                      A master of harnessing the most monstrous and gigantic sound out of his synths, add the driving familiarity of the 909 and you see why techno royalty count our lovely James amongst their own. "Kinetic" hovers on powerful, low-mid thrusts and ripples, it’s as if the factory lines of the industrialized cities which this music finds favour - Detroit, Manchester, Berlin can be heard whirring in the background. Version sees a stripped back approach, allowing those beautifully rhythmic and fizzing synth notes to make maximum impact.

                      Pressed on orange marbled vinyl - SUPER limited!!


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      says: Loverrrly stuff, as always from the Vinyl Exchange main man and our region’s hottest techno export.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Kinetic
                      B1. Kinetic (Version)

                      BOOM-SHAKALAKA! Tom Bolas rejoins the Duca Bianco family with a four track of frazzled and fun cosmic campers smack bang up my strasse! Locking into a zero g groove from the first beat, TB introduces us to the Deutsch space program on the A1, slicing and dicing his way through the cosmic funk grooves, sparlking synth riffs and sci ri rap of "Tanz Ohne Planeten". Next up we get a spangled bit of Italo in the CBS / West Coast electro tradition, all pummeling sequences, snapping perx and a strange and deranged vocoder vocal taken to the next level via an oddball new wave breakdown. Turning the record over we're in wonked out synth disco mode via the orgasmic, erotic and wonderfully OTT "Fick Mich", which is exactly the kind of silly and superb stuff Psychmagik packed "Magik Cykles" with. Last but not least we're taken on an intercontinental trip via the sophisticated city pop of "Shinjuku Strut", an estranged Japanese cousin of Roxy or Blue Nile. TOP MARKS!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Tanz Ohne Planeten
                      A2. Guestlist Of Love
                      B1. Fick Mich
                      B2. Shinjuku Strut

                      In the late ‘80s, a wave of British musicians raised on ‘70s UK pop, Caribbean sound system culture, reggae, lovers rock and Motown/Philly soul music fell in love with synthesisers, drum machines and 8-track recorders. The street soul generation had arrived.

                      Originally released as a white label 12” in 1989, ‘You’ve Gone’ is the sole release from Bassline, the studio project of Southeast London-raised musician Tony Henry, not to be confused with Tony Henry from Manchester jazz-funk/R&B band 52nd Street. Featuring the singer Lorraine Chambers, it’s one of the true jewels of the UK Street Soul scene. As Lorraine’s heartsick soul vocal glides over sunrise synths, dusty drums, elegant electric piano figures and a reggae indebted bassline, ‘You’ve Gone’ captures the optimism and strength of the era perfectly.

                      ‘You’ve Gone’ was championed by Choice FM UK (now Capital XTRA), Kiss FM, and DJ Trevor Nelson. Tony went from selling white labels out the trunk to booking in Live PAs for Lorraine with London sound systems like Rampage and up north in the street soul loving cities of Manchester and Birmingham. “When Lorraine did PAs up there, she went out on stage like she was Beyoncé.”

                      The son of a Jamaican father and an English mother, Tony grew up around the London sound system scene. He taught himself bass guitar, keyboards, and production, before playing in the reggae band Chakwanza (Swahili for “the first”). In Chakwanza, Tony rubbed shoulders with Aswad, Barry Boom, Steel Pulse, Maxi Priest, Gregory Issacs, Dennis Brown, Ghettotone and Saxon Sound, before focusing on a career in banking over music. “Music was my first love, but it couldn’t have afforded me the sort of level of - let’s be blunt and pragmatic about it - financial success that would have allowed me to support my family.”

                      Outside of office hours, Tony continued to work on music at home, sometimes serving as a session bassist with local bands. In the late 80s, a work colleague mentioned her sister Lorraine Chambers was a singer. Tony and Lorraine recorded “You’ve Gone” over two sessions. “Lorraine went into the booth, put her headphones on and got into the song. My daughter turned to me and said, ‘Daddy, she can really sing!’”

                      Despite the success of ‘You’ve Gone’, they never recorded together again. “The world changed, and for me, it changed as well. My younger kids were born, and work started getting more intense. I got a bit more successful and was living a mad, kind of crazy life.”

                      Thirty-two years on, ‘You’ve Gone’ finally receives an official reissue comprising the lauded original mix, an alternate version and Tony’s Back to Bass-ics remix. Fittingly, in recent months, Tony and Lorraine have re-connected in the studio writing new material.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      You've Gone
                      You’ve Gone (Alternate Mix)
                      Back To Bass-Ics

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

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

                      TRACK LISTING

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

                      The always cultured Emotional Rescue kicks of the first of what will be a series of reissue of the music of young Michael Ashley aka Haile Maskel. He hailed from Trenchtown in Jamaica and grew up singing, learning guitar and bass, redoing under the tutelage of Bob Marley early on. Here his soul drenched reggae is offered dup with 'Crazy Kind Of Feeling', a unique track with horns and big bass but also a subtle disco energy. Next to a dub take, Patrick Billard aka DJ Duckcomb serves up a mix that embellishes on the disco elements.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Crazy Kind Of Feeling
                      A2. Crazy Kind Of Feeling (dub Take 1)
                      B1. Crazy Kind Of Feeling (DJ Duckcomb Discomix)

                      Chez De Milo

                      Bushwa EP - Inc. Smagghe & Cross Version

                        Bristol based DJ, club promoter and producer, Chez de Milo, readies his debut release, and Futureboogie’s first release of 2021, with the ‘Bushwa’ EP. Smagghe & Cross (AKA Ivan Smagghe and Rupert Cross) join the party with an epic Version of the title track.

                        On ‘Bushwa’, warming CR-78 drums initiate a bubbling blend of groaning pads, melodic keys and gated vocals as Chez de Milo crafts a solemn yet addictive 5am moment. Smagghe & Cross stretch things out over ten minutes with their tantalising Version of ‘Bushwa’ that quite literally features a commercial break midway before motoring back up to chugging speed. Cosmically charged this most definitely is!

                        Elsewhere on this prolific debut release, ‘Mantella’ features a smorgasbord of spacey riffs, splashy drums and idiosyncratic vocals, whilst ‘Golden Ratio’ wraps things up with an esoteric piece of bleepy, ambient house that is designed to feed your mind as much as for your feet.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        says: Total killer from the Futureboogie crew as Bristolian newcomer Chez De Milo readies a trio of body moving, head feeding cosmic house. So far, so far out, but somehow Smagghe & Cross deliver a show stealing chuggerific rework featuring a commercial break - defo an early fave for my dance floor moment of the year!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Bushwa
                        A2. Mantella
                        B1. Bushwa (Smagghe & Cross Version)
                        B2. Golden Ratio

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

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

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

                        TRACK LISTING

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

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

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

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

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

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Loyalty
                        A2. In Loving Memory
                        A3. Professional
                        B1. Love & Hate In A Different Time
                        B2. The Blind

                        Leo's Sunshipp

                        Give Me The Sunshine / I'm Back For More

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

                        TRACK LISTING

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

                        Do Nothing

                        Glueland EP

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

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

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

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

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

                          STAFF COMMENTS

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

                          TRACK LISTING

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

                          Modern Nature

                          Rydalwater

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

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

                            Magic Roundabout

                            Sneaky Feelin'

                              Like so many other disenfranchised kids in the heady days of mid-eighties United Kingdom, Magic Roundabout came armed with leather jackets, charity shop instruments, singles by The Fall and Buzzcocks, good haircuts, a healthy VU obsession and a little psychedelic inspiration. Influenced into existence at early gigs by The Jesus and Mary Chain and Shop Assistants, The Roundies wanted to change the world or at the very least make some noise, shake things up and be a part of the happening. The gang established a clubhouse in early 1986 and began rehearsing, recording and gigging.

                              Playing a ton of legendary shows with the likes of The Pastels, The Blue Aeroplanes, Spacemen 3, Loop , My Bloody Valentine, Inspiral Carpets and picking up a bunch of fans along the way. Rumor has it that Noel Gallagher roadied their final show. There was one song released - She’s a Waterfall Parts 1 and 2 on Mark Webber’s (Pulp) Oozing Through The Ozone Layer cassette compilation - and that’s it. There were also talks of a flexi-disc that, for whatever reason, never saw the light of day. But by the end of the 80s, the gang had all gone their separate ways and the recordings along with so many other things were thought to be lost forever…

                              Now, these 1987 recordings recently unearthed by Ian Masters (Pale Saints) and Third Man Records and given the “treatment” by Warren Defever are presented to you lucky ones as the debut single by Magic Roundabout. 34 years too late or perfectly steeped and presented at just the right moment in history? Tune in, turn on and make up your own mind. Enjoy the trip.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              SIDE A
                              1. Sneaky Feelin

                              SIDE B
                              1. Song For Gerard Langley

                              April March & Olivia Jean

                              Palladium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                TRACK LISTING

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

                                Billy Nomates

                                Emergency Telephone

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

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Emergency Telephone
                                  Right Behind You
                                  Heels
                                  -
                                  Petrol Fumes

                                  The Aliens

                                  Back To Beyond EP

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

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

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

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

                                    TRACK LISTING

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


                                    TRACK LISTING

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

                                    Late Nite Tuff Guy

                                    Tuff Cut #11

                                    The return of the mighty LNTG. A double dose of those trademark edits, reloved, reworked and remoulded into two extended and exhilarating mixes in true LNTG style. This time round the irrepressible Aussie has harnessed his VSTs on Evelyn Champagne King's "Shame" and Grace Jones' "Slave To The Rhythm", turning out a couple of quantised versions perfect for deployment in a bar of terrace set. You know the drill, the obvious reshaped in an unexpected way, with the disco donk set to house volume.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Shame
                                    B1. To The Rhythm

                                    MCR's rising institution for all things DANCE related, Dansu Disc continues the volley of nightclub bombs currently landing on our ears with Wilfy D and his "New Lockdown Soul" EP.

                                    Four OGs, two remixes; beautifully skipping gleefully thru UKG, two-step and 4X4 with a tasteful and focussed edge which puts it miles ahead of the pack. Don't even think about returning fire on this bad boy!

                                    LD and Yosh are rostered in on extra duties; turning out inventive and accomplished tweaks. Serious - don't sleep on this one cru!



                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    says: Can't keep up with 'em atm! No sooner has the needle finished on one and they're straight back with another - an absolute work house of a label - based rite here in MCR. Wilfy D int from round here - a Bristolian with a penchant for the UKG. Executed beautiful it totally fits alongside the northern garage from Interplanetary Criminal et al. Big!

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. My Life
                                    A2. 2 Good 2 Be True
                                    A3. 2 Good 2 Be True (LD MIX)
                                    B1. Lockdown Soul
                                    B2. Make Up Your Mind
                                    B3. Make Up Your Mind (Yosh Remix)

                                    The Underwater Island is a collection of four tracks from Grenoble based producer Denis Morin. Philosopher, gardener, father and sonic explorer, his relationship with 12th Isle dates back quite some time. Denis shared his music with the label during a visit to Glasgow almost 5 years to the day - and now the label has proudly pledged its wings they're ready to release it! "Vague Imaginaires" gifts us with autobiographical field recordings, FM synthesis and skilled sound design inspired by the ocean and the Drac river which flows through the mountains of his city. Harmonising natural sound sources with digital realms, he navigates through minimalism, ambient techno and flashes of dub inspiration. Morin combines these musical ideas with Roland TR-8, 303 emulations, hydrophone recordings and vocal fragments from Tunisia, Morocco and Vercors Massif.

                                    It's a decidedly 12th Isle experience – full of wanderlust, intangible moods and deep rooted calm; wrapped in a velvety, shimmering patina. Recommended!


                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    says: Scottish stable of all things esoteric, ambient and serene, 12th Isle continue a faultless run of late with the digital bliss-cloud of this LP.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Mais Qu'est-ce Que
                                    A2. Space Birthday
                                    B1. La Plage Sous Les Arbres
                                    B2. Deep In Blue

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

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                    TRACK LISTING

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

                                    Nino Lepore

                                    Chok Musik

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

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Chok Musik
                                    B1. Bad Time

                                    Thunder

                                    Speed Cross - Inc. Mystic Jungle & Whodamanny Remix

                                    Released in 1980, "Speed Cross" by Thunder is an adventurous dancefloor epic seeing octave basslines and galloping disco beats supporting galactic pads, kinetic guitars, and flamboyant talk box solos. The track was originally backed by the pastoral prog of "The Game," wherein jangling acoustics and funky clavinets give way to charismatic vocal magic, as a sun-soaked classic rock groove cruises down some endless summer highway. And now, in reissuing both tracks, Best Record Italy has also invited in Mystic Jungle and Whodamanny for a spaced out remix of "Speed Cross." Acidic basslines flow through dub delays, Hi-NRG chords flash like a heatwave mirage, and disco beats crack beneath celestial synths and star-seeking funk licks before the track erupts into a sinister guitar solo soaked in psychedelic fuzz.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    says: Speed Cross has been a big fave of mine since I was introduced by Piccadilly regular Pip (Big up yourself GOLDMAN!!!), and in true Talking Drums style there's a wrong speed version of this lurking on my hard drive. Luckily for you, Mystic Jungle and Whodamanny spare my blushes and your ears from that disaster, cooking up an outstanding reshape packed with analogue fx and Neapolitan attitude.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1 Thunder - Speed Cross
                                    2 Thunder - The Game
                                    3 Speed Cross (Mystic Jungle & Whodamanny Rework)

                                    Glenn Davis returns to F*CLR for his 3rd EP on the label and all I can say is that this EP is an absolute killer. It’s been almost impossible to keep the lid on this house track of epic proportions for the last 12 months. Simple, effective and deadly, Ashley Beedle dropped the original on dubplate at one of the now legendary ‘Heavy Disco’ parties at the beginning of 2020 and the crowd lost their minds. Shazam went into meltdown and nobody could find the answer!

                                    Glenn’s original harks back to the halcyon days of classic New York house - think Masters at Work, think Kerri Chandler, think Tony Humphries, think ‘category is taking it to church’. This is what ballroom beats are all about – attitude, realness and taking no prisoners. It really is a thing of beauty and has already gone into the realms of ‘classic’ with all the heads who have had the dubplate. It is the distillation of everything good about true house music – it remains faithful to the early pioneers’ vision of what they hoped house music would become.

                                    Once again, the ‘North Street’ crew, Ashley Beedle, Darren Morris and Jo Wallace, flip the script on their ‘North Street West’ remix of ‘Special’ and inject a late 80’s toughness into the groove while bringing it bang up to date with chopped beats, nasty piano and a jacking tempo that ‘werks’ Glenn’s original track.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Original Mix
                                    B1. North Street West Vocal Remix
                                    B2. North Street West Instrumental

                                    You know the drill by now. A triple threat of ‘80s infused, electro boogie rework goodness, delivered directly to your door via the Loveface DeLorean.

                                    Reaching through the spacetime continuum, Loveface pulls out all manner of glorious nuggets from the hey days of disco, revamping, resampling and expertly rejuvenating them for the modern mind.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    says: The Loveface express speeds on with a third release in as many months, once again reshaping some classic dancefloor moments in neon tinged electro-disco style. This time round Aretha's C&C ballroom house banger "Deeper Love" is remade for the Paradise Garage and a vintage Salsoul vocal gets a Zanzibar twist.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Deep Love
                                    A2. A Deeper Dub
                                    B1. Love Satisfaction

                                    A Strange Wedding

                                    Black Magic Rituals

                                      Electronic heresy from A Strange Wedding here who concocts a musical spellbook of black magik power and late nite voodoo worhsip. Full of smart spells to open the space and time continuum, whether made of shimmering stratospheric soundscapes or recorded dialect between the spirits of the inner realms. A Strange Wedding goes beyond his own forms to explore half-step-industrial, leftfield dub as well as wormhole diving deep techno. Alchemical synthesis practices by one of the highest shaman of the craft. Highly recommended! 

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      says: Fitting perfectly into our burgeoning electo-shamanic section, A Strange Wedding brings some truly haunting rituals to the table. Hold your breath and state you affirmations this one's strictly for the full moon!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Black Magic Rituals
                                      A2. Twenty Four Hours
                                      B1. Through The Black Hole
                                      B2. The Super Slow

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

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

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

                                      Strapontin provides us with some insight:

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

                                      Getting plays from Monika Seta & Alexis Le-Tan. 

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                      TRACK LISTING

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

                                      Molly Burch

                                      Emotion

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

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

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


                                        TRACK LISTING

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

                                        Pepe B, letting loose his wild side for a very experimental release on his own label. The third 'volume' of "Dactylonomy III" if you will, and very much fragrant with the rich, quirky, free expression of house music which the Frenchman has slowly concocted over the years.

                                        "Major I" has thiiiiiick percussion slaps, weighty leads and an overall full frequency rubdown that'll tickle the stacks beautifully. Shunning any obvious passages of melody for a decidedly more adventurous route, the track's transportive and heady nature elevates it far beyond a strictly nightclub-orientated audiance. "Major II" sets to work with deep rumbles and distant sonars, the slowly encrouching lead stabs fizzing like wet phosphorous on the wax - parfait!

                                        B side sees two instances of "Finger-Snapped". On the first, Bradock's weighty synth programming and skewiff yet enjoyable beats characterize the track. Delicate keys do swoon away in the background but its that upfront kick that'll grab you by the balls. "Finger-Snapped II" sees a growling, flat-lined techno experiment which demonstrates a sonic know-how, almost willingly turning tracks inside out and keeping you hanging on tenterhooks throughout. He honestly seems to get better with age! A pretty storming four tracks from house music's crazy French uncle. Recommended.



                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        says: I'm not one them 'Pepe Bradock is God' kinda guys. I can usually take him or leave him, barring "Deep Burnt" of course, everyone needs that. But I'm proper enjoying this wild, free, experimental side of him. House music needs a twist every so often and Pepe's the man to provide it!

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A1. Major I
                                        A2. Major II
                                        B1. Finger-Snapped I
                                        B2. Finger-Snapped II

                                        Richard Sen

                                        Grafiti Tapes

                                          Klasse Wrecks' sub-label Grafiti Tapes is back for its 12th instalment and features music and artwork from one of the most important and formative writers in early UK graffiti history, in fact Coma (or Richard Sen as he's also known) has the accolade of being one of the first ever writers to paint the London Underground system in the mid 1980s. His iconic 'Bottleneck' style train panel (which features on the sleeve artwork of this release) caused quite a storm in the national press and served as a landmark for the countless writers that came after him. Richard put down the spraycans in 1988 and has since had a flourishing and long career in music as a DJ and talented producer, his productions sonically capturing the 'boilingpot catch-all' style of hip-hop culture. Richard's release for Grafiti Tapes comes on two formats (vinyl and tape cassette) and serves up a total of 6 tracks. Included within is a melange of post-punk basslines, clattering breakbeats, trancey pads and a unique atmosphere that many writers will recognise from a legacy of graffiti video soundtracks, dusty 45s and boombox funk. For me, sitting here in 2021 it perfectly marries up all the shamanic, psychedelic and cosmic tropes of leftfield dancefloor musica around at the moment. I'm coining as the genre - 'nu-prog'. Get yer jossticks out!

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          says: Richard Sen bringing the nu-prog shamanic shizzle to Grafiti Tapes. Heavy duty!

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A1. Night Train To Cairo
                                          B1. Breaking Away
                                          B2. The Devil's Caress

                                          Various Artists

                                          Fest II

                                            While festivals on grass are suspended, festivals on vinyl are in full swing. Filament brings you their third VA which recounts those summer moments as envisioned by Glowing Palms, Super Drama, Ghostwhip and their own Filament Deejays. Expect everything from eastern-infused disco & tropicalities, to woozy italo and UK garage.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            says: Tasty four track sampler from the Filament camp here - coming hot off the blocks with a MEGA Bollywood disco cut up from the label heads, before Glowing Palms and Super Drama drop show stealing excursions into exotic Italo and New Beat respectively.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Filament Deejays - 4:28 PM
                                            A2. Glowing Palms - 6:04 PM 
                                            B1. Super Drama - 9:37 PM
                                            B2. Ghostwhip - 10:56 PM

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

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A
                                            Obstacle 1
                                            Obstacle 2

                                            B:
                                            Obstacle 3
                                            Obstacle 4

                                            Pointing a lubed middle finger in the general direction of Brexit, London and Amsterdam connect for this lush effin record! UK legend IG Culture brings some London bruk boogie to the mix of "Believe" as LCSM, the afro-futuristic jazz venture known as Likwid Continual Space Motion. Super smooth and shimmering with spiritual frequencies, this cut skips onto the dance floor, its carefree poise disguising the complex balance between persistence and sensitivity. A joint release between Dopeness Galore and INI Movement originator Shamis.

                                            “One for the real heads, made for dance floors in dim basements”

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            says: 'Believe' is giving me life right now! Soulful vocals, jazzy keys and some gurgling bass for the Thundercat fans. Then you get the ace LCSM mixes for when you want a lockdown boogie. Perfect!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Believe (LCSM Version)
                                            B1. Believe (LCSM Dub)
                                            B2. Believe

                                            Loose Articles

                                            Up The Disco

                                              Dipped In Gold Recordings are proud to announce “Up The Disco” The latest 7” from Manchester upstarts Loose Articles.. Their debut outing EP ‘Orchid Lounge’ (Self released in 2019), cemented the bands foothold as one of the most abrasive, exciting and talked about bands in their stomping ground of Manchester. Up The Disco see’s the band continue to bring the mother flipping ruckus .. With the world going to Hell in a handcart it’s as good a time as any for ‘Up The Disco’ to bring those sweaty, alcohol infused nights at your favourite indie disco, straight to your home. The night is young, so join us, get a can on and dance. Loose Articles are Natalie Wardle, Erin Caine, Tree Nah and Louise Rivett

                                              Tadi Feat. DJKR

                                              Seven Diamond Lines

                                              For the first Offen release of 2021, Vladimir Ivkovic introduces us Piccadilly pickers to the sublime sound design of Tadi Yan. Vlad originally heard this in a Lena Willikens set in Warsaw back in 2019, and was hooked, seeking out Tadi in Shanghai to secure a proper vinyl release. 

                                              Taking Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche's recitation of a Guru Rinpoche Prayer as a starting point, Tadi conjures an intoxicating plume of ominous synth swells, echo laden percussion and blinking electronics, achieving a truly arresting effect. Backed with the original chant recording, this is true trance music, perfect for turning a club on its head.


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              says: Sonic chakra re-alignment surgery here. In its original form, Rinpoche's prayer vibrates with your body tones and celestial hum (toad smokers will get this straight away); while the remix should inject some much needed electro-voodoo into even the most heathen of audiences.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Seven Diamond Lines
                                              B1. Original Chant Recording 

                                              Soul Supreme

                                              Huit Octobre 1971 / Raid

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

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Huit Octobre 1971
                                              2. Raid

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

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

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                              TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                              TRACK LISTING

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

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

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

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

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                              TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                              TRACK LISTING

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

                                              Lost Souls Of Saturn (Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa) launch their new label ‘Holoverse Research Labs’ as the hub for both LSOS’s audio transmissions and their adventures in media and technology.

                                              The first release [HRL 001] presents special interpretations of Lost Souls Of Saturn’s eponymous debut album by the legendary Pépé Bradock. ’Cycloned by Pépe Bradock’ finds Lost Souls of Saturn, in the words of Bradock, “Dreamed, Weighted and Micro-Waved”. This is the album shattered into pieces and brought back together into new forms as the parts and files fall. Deconstruction or reconstruction? It’s unclear. What’s tangible is that the new tracks are very special, with Pépé bringing his unique talents to the control room / operating table.

                                              “Bouillabaisse From Space Remix” is the sound of Pepe singlehandedly launching the French space program to find lost dance floors deep in our own cerebral cortex. “Pacific Limbo Bonus Beat” channels more of the same. This is head music for the dance floor. No amateurs.

                                              Further remixes of tracks from the ‘Lost Souls of Saturn’ album are to follow in March from Mathew Jonson, Freedom Engine and Carl Craig.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              says: House maverick Pepe B takes Lost Souls Of Saturn into deep space here, dissolving their debut LP and reshaping it into a nebulous house masterpiece. As ever, the sound design is simply unique as spheric bass, techy keys, choral vox and crisp percussion peer out through the celestial fog.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A. Bouillabaisse From Space Remix
                                              B. Pacific Limbo Bonus Beat

                                              Lord Of The Isles

                                              Skylark - Inc. Linkwood / Tourist Kid Remixes

                                              We often find there are two types of artists. One internalises their process, endlessly perfecting their work while finding the endpoint a massive hurdle, and in turn producing immaculate yet very little art. The other is continuously inspired, so full of ideas they can barely work fast enough to articulate them all.

                                              The art becomes by-product of their larger trajectory and not just a collection of endpoints. Lord Of The Isles a.k.a. Neil McDonald seems to be both. He’s always in an evolving state of process where work is constantly shed to make way for a new layer growing beneath, yet he holds his cards closely, cherrypicking when and with whom he releases that work into the world.

                                              Neil is simply prolific. In 2016 he shared with us a vast catalog of unheard beauty, which over a long span of time was collaboratively shaped into his debut album In Waves. In the span between the album release and now, Neil has performed on a number of ESP Institute label showcases from Los Angeles to Amsterdam to Berlin, and released a few efforts with our peers, but all throughout he’s been holed up working on his sophomore album [sigh].

                                              Though patience has become a sort of meditation during this global upsidedown, we couldn’t help but squeeze out an interim release to uphold the fantasy. So, four years after the release of In Waves, we’re proud to present a very long-winded follow-up single for the album’s monster track Skylark.

                                              Accompanied by a previously unreleased album cut entitled OmniMulti, the single also touts two glorious remixes; a sunkissed version by fellow esteemed Scotsman Linkwood and an atmospheric dismantling by Melbourne hopeful Tourist Kid. You see, good things come to those who wait.



                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Skylark
                                              A2. OmniMulti
                                              B1. Skylark (Linkwood Remix)
                                              B2. OmniMulti (Tourist Kid Remix)

                                              Throughout music history a few bands and artists have succeeded in creating their own universes for their on stage-personas and music to evolve within. Ultra Satan is one of those bands: in their anti-rock, packed with rock aesthetic in a classic DIY-format, you find a distinct but also defiant concept which frames the bands revolutionary and anarchistic output. You could say that Ultra Satan has created an own space to be unpredictable within.

                                              Golden Bug and Peaking Lights, friends with and released on Höga Nord Rekords, have made remixes of Ultra Satans second 7” and the result bares traces of Patrick Cowley, Brian Enos World Music explorations and some hints of dub. The lonely reverberating and echoing guitars contribute to the apocalyptic vibe that comes clear to you in these remixes - Golden Bug and Peeking Lights have both drag out more darkness of the songs than you get in the original versions. Still, none of the polyrhythmic excellence of the original versions is lost in the process - you can still dance through the apocalypse.

                                              Ultra Satan is one of few concept bands today that manages not to be ridiculous or pretentious and always stays on the right side of the abyss, not falling in, getting eaten by darkness. The good always wins in the end!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Best Chemicals (Peaking Lights Freedom Rock Remix)
                                              B1. Anti-Clock (Golden Bug’s Business Trip Remix)

                                              Sue Lynne

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

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

                                                Huge at Wigan Casino back in the day.

                                                Original copies now go for a huge £700 apiece.

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

                                                Expertly remastered from the original sound source.

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

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

                                                Sue Lynne (AKA Sue Vanner) quit the music business after the single’s failure to chart and ended up in the Bond movie ‘The Spy Who Love Me’, as well as a host of TV shows.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Sue Lynne - Don’t Pity Me
                                                Sue Lynne - Don’t Pity Me (Mono Version)

                                                The Jack Moves Feat. Larry Hamm & The People Of Newark

                                                Horror Games

                                                New Star Creature 7" so if you're reading this it'll either be sold out or all the boogie-barrons of Manchester forgot to have their weetabix

                                                Jack Moves is joined by Larry Hamm & The People Of Newark for a informed but danceable slice of nu-boogie which touches upon current reasons of uncalm and unrest. 

                                                If the vocal is too poignant to digest then there's a full-loaded instrumental to get wild to with the poppers. 

                                                Limited quants as per so get them boogie-powered rocket-skates on you filthy turtle jerkers! 

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A. Horror Games
                                                B. Instrumental

                                                Manchester late nite voodoo cartel Bakk Heia have impecable form to date - with three incredibly well received releases decorating their already cult status as top-drawer party organizers and promoters. Here they re-enlist Schuttle who inaugarated the label back in 2019 and draws inspiration from the Great Conjunction of Thra's Three Suns (!!!).

                                                "Ritual Master" demonstrates some tasty, slo-mo 303 kinetics; a thudding, sub-120BPM kick slowly edging us towards a coital climax. A track undeniably birthed from the White Hotel's uterus from wence the label came. 

                                                "Heretic" ups the urgency, and the bounce; squelchy synths and wet drums somehow nodding to the Glaswegian tapps arf cru in the most subtle manner possible.  

                                                "Ekt" opens side B with instellar electronics not a million miles away from the FireScope catalogue of artsts. Surely indebted to the rich vein of UK electronix without obviously ripping off any one particular artist, Schuttle's grasp of texture, atmopshere and rhythm is highly advanced, superior, and belies is so-far modest discography.

                                                "Weaver" returns to slo-motion pools of concentric sonic titivation. Another coital rub-down but more orgiastic and hallucinatory traits than earlier. If you can imagine the sheer illicit outpouring of energy that might just occur, post-COVID, then it'll be tracks like this that soundtrack the club-wide love-ins and group-XTC slumber parties that follow...  





                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                says: In lieu of any physical interactions at TWH, Bakk Heia continue to provide our ears and minds with sonic grub. You'll remember Schuttle from the label's debut back in 2019. Now he's back with another four stylized tracks inspired by Jack's infamous parties. TIP!

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A1. Ritual Master
                                                A2. Heretic
                                                B1. Ekt
                                                B2. Weaver

                                                Morrissey & David Bowie

                                                Cosmic Dancer (Live)

                                                  Morrissey and David Bowie’s duet of T-Rex’s ‘Cosmic Dancer’, that was recorded live at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles on 6th February 1991, is to be released officially for the first time.

                                                  The 7-inch double A-side single featuring ‘Cosmic Dancer’ alongside Morrissey’s 2020 cover of The Jam’s ‘That’s Entertainment’ is to be released on 19th February. The sleeve front and back features photographs of David Bowie with Morrissey and were taken in New York City by Linder Sterling.

                                                  As a point to note, this version of 'That's Entertainment' is different to the commonly circulated version from 1993.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Side A
                                                  Morrissey & Bowie - Cosmic Dancer (Live At The Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, 6th February, 1991)

                                                  Side AA
                                                  Morrissey - That’s Entertainment (2020)

                                                  New Blawan! - and it's MEGOOOOH!

                                                  The techno futurist continues to awe in his most impressive of purple patches. Talking of patches, Blawan's magik modular set-up conjures up some of the most unfathomable sounds on the planet!

                                                  Perhaps one of the most important single figures to re-innovate and inspire the techno scene in modern times, it's pretty insane how much novelty Blawan has introduced into the 4/4 blueprint.

                                                  Also of interest for anyone with penchant for synthesis and modular based music, as the squeaks, squeals, groans and atomic-splitting bursts of neon rainbows that he fires out from his hardware is nothing short of breathtaking.

                                                  Another monster release from one of my current faves... Highly recommended! 


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: South Yorkshire's hard tek chuganaut continues to innovate and impress at the coal face of the genre. Proper low-ceiling>>high-sweat factor on this one folks. Mahoosive!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. My Guide To Dancing On Carpet
                                                  A2. Spooky Fingers
                                                  B1. Make A Goose
                                                  B4. The Conjurer 

                                                  Calibre & DRS Vs. Mark Ernestus

                                                  Bad & Badder

                                                  Two dub edits of the Calibre track "Badman", taken from the artist's forthcoming "Feeling Normal" album. Deconstructed by Mark Ernestus, and featuring vocals from DRS; it's a perfect pairing of Calibre's hi-tech bass hybrids & Ernestus' pitch black electronic dread. DRS' inimatable Manc drawl inadvertently plummeting the track even deeper into the club with it's occassional flicker off echo-soaked embers.

                                                  Fans of all three artists involved are gonna love this, and with the cult following each artist garners, I doubt very much this'll still be available by the end of the week! 


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: DRS, Calibre and Ernestus on ONE track? Are you fuckin' kidding me?! That's like a Manchester-based dub / techno stoner's midnight fantasy? Someone bring me some new underpants!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A. Badman (Bad Mix)
                                                  B. Badman (Badder Mix)

                                                  New Levon, and without sounding too harsh, it's nice to see the producer return to form. Let's be honest, there's been a few turkeys in recent years! I kinda dig Levon's imperfections though, and that he's not afraid to release stuff that might not always appease his fans...

                                                  "Cyclops Track" however, plays right into the hand's of his long-time supporters - demonstrating the producer's incanny knack at pairing almost Reich-ian repetition and minimalism with a taut, tense, club-ready patina. Split over two parts and epically long, "Cyclops Track" is a post-4AM smoke-n-stobe monster; destined to make you lose all bearings and any sense of direction in an ecstasy-soaked bout of early morning delerium. Absolutely dock-off and completely essential for any house and techno lover! Get them orders in quick!


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: Yerrrp, feelin' dis one!! I always check out Levon's stuff. To not do so would be to turn your back on a Banksi. You're not gonna dig every single one - but his singular vision and uncompromising approach mean it's musical art one must keep up with!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Side 1
                                                  1. Cyclops Trx 1 (14:05)
                                                  Side 2
                                                  1. Cyclops Trx 2 (8:56)

                                                  Fred Everything

                                                  Here (Now) - A 2020 Space Disco Odyssey - Inc. Prins Thomas Remix

                                                    Back in 2003, Fred Everything was signed to Ralph Lawson’s 20:20 Vision and released two albums as well as many singles and remixes on the label. In between those two albums, he released a single called 'Over You'. But it was the B-Side 'Here (Now)' that seemed to have captured people’s imaginations. One of it's biggest fans was Ian Pooley, who has always told Fred that this was the best track he ever made. Fast forward to the end of 2019, when Ian did a feature for Telekom Electronic Beats about his top 5 B-Side tracks. 'Here (Now)' was indeed in there, making its Discogs price explode to up to 100 euros for the original EP!

                                                    After a quick search in his archive, Fred found the original Cubase file of the session and was able to open it exactly as it was in Logic. Magic happened when unused parts were discovered, like a cello session completely forgotten, which sparked the idea for a new version, extending the original with overdubs from his collection of synths : Prophet, Minimoog, Solina and analog effects -- Space Echo, Moogerfooger Delay and Small Stone Phaser as well as live percussion and claps.

                                                    Having recently signed an EP to Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal label, under his All Is Well alias, Fred invited him to remix 'Here (Now)'. The result is a 10-minute space disco journey like only Prins Thomas can do, incorporating elements from both 2003 and 2020 versions.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    says: "Here (Now)" has been gliding through the world's speakers for nearly two decades now, touching dancers with its glistening jazzy trills and deep mood. For this fitting celebration we get the sublime OG alongside a swooning 2020 version and a echo-drenched Scando groov-a-thon from the mighty Prins Thomas.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. Here (Now) - A 2020 Space Disco Odyssey Version
                                                    A2. Here (Now) - 2003 Original Mix
                                                    B1. Here (Now) - Prins Thomas Diskomiks

                                                    Roy Ayers Ubiquity

                                                    Running Away / Love Will Bring Us Back Together

                                                    Two stone cold Roy Ayers classics, get the South Street Disco official reissue treatment, one side the feel-good disco-tinged, jazz funk fire ‘Running Away’ and the other the smooth groove, love letter funk bomb ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together’. Melting hearts, melting minds, is there a better Valentines gift out there then two slices of joy from Roy?

                                                    From hip hop to house, ‘Running Away’ has been a favoured sampling treasure since it came out in 1977. Co-produced alongside Edwin Birdsong and William Allen, joyous vocal harmonies dance around grooving basslines, strutting guitar riffs and Roy’s warm soothing tones. Top it off with some trademark vibes and it’s a one-way ticket to happiness, pure sunshine smiles all round.

                                                    Flip it to find ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together’. Straight up seductive business co-produced by Carla Vaughn. It’s silky, it’s smooth, it’s everything you want it to be and more. Clavinet wizardry, buttery Rhodes layers and fiery vocals. Loved up funk at it’s best.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    says: Roy Ayers' finest dance floor moment, famously dropped at Bohemian Grove by Marcellus Pittman, 'Running Away' bounds out the speakers at the intersection of disco and jazz funk. Irresistibly groovy, driven by a killer B-line and topped with great vocals and vibes, this is a total CLASSIC!

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A. Running Away (Long Version)
                                                    B. Love Will Bring Us Back Together

                                                    Danger Boys

                                                    Danger Zone

                                                      Anthem alert!! Periodica Records dives into the heart of the Napoli underground with a scorching single from Danger Boys called 'Danger Zone', which sees Milord and Whodamanny paying tribute to the their cult party of the same name hosted at the Boudoir Club. Across two tracks, perilous premonitions of tribal disco intertwine with shadowy strains of post-punk, as basslines cut the difference between frenetic funk and cosmic rock while propulsive beats pound beneath heady fuzz licks, galactic synth sparkles, computronic sequences, and a psychedelic panorama of scrapes and slides. And above it all, a high priest chants in ecstasy, with his mystical musings and messages of defiance pulling the body deeper into the dance.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      says: Not only is the latest Periodica essential, it's also so fucking cool! Whodamanny and Milord get wrist deep in their studio gear to cook up a wildly psychedelic bit of Italo punch packed with punk spirit.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. Danger Zone
                                                      B. Haunted Zone

                                                      With a little bit of research you'll realize that Ricky 1 actually didn’t come out on Bridge Boots but on thatmanmonkz imprint Shadeleaf back in 2015 and received loved from Matthew Dear and Sam Divine to name a few.

                                                      A little over 5 years later and Caserta is back with the sequel! Contrary to popular belief Caserta doesn’t usually 'edit' (with the exception of BB45003 release Diana). But he decided to bust out the ole’ Razor-N-Tape for the 40 year anniversary of this dancefloor classic! While anyone with party rock capabilities can improve on an already classic composition. 'Supa Engineer Caserta' made sure to take his time to take make sure the sonics went for 1981 to 2081.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      says: Caserta revisits Rick James' disco-funk bomb 'Give It To Me Baby' with a fresh variation for 2021. Helluva drug etc...

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1. Ricky 2 (Caserta’s Multitrack Edit)
                                                      B1. Ricky 2 (Caserta's Intoxicated Mix)

                                                      Holy-grail private-press "Attack Of The Boogie" from 1984 by Andrew Kitchen, a Chicago artist who represented the most underground side of Chicago dance music as a worldwide inspirational and always forward-thinking scene. The official reissue comes courtesy of Andrew Kitchen himself via Seminato (Strictly Groove) with the help of other two cutting edge artists like Pepper Gomez still from Chicago and DJ Rocca from Italy. Fully restored reissue now available for you. 

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      says: Repeated spin on the infamous Full Beam! FM show; this holy grail boogie gem makes another orbit around our the boogiesphere. Don't miss it this time round!!

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1 Attack Of The Boogie
                                                      B1 Attack Of The Boogie (Dub)

                                                      Spirit Of Love

                                                      The Power Of Your Love

                                                      Gospel is not something we often delve into at AOTN, I like the odd track but to make the grade it has to be really good. I used to play 'He's Alright' (the B-Side of this 45) from the LP back in the day when you could pick it up for $10. At that point nobody cared or was looking for Gospel Disco (especially on LP) but Times and tastes catch up with us out there on the front line ;) so when I heard Floating Points play 'The Power of Your Love' at the Plastic People closing party I was surprised as I had all but forgotten about the LP (credit where credit is due). I jumped into action, hit up Calvin Bridges who wrote and recorded the LP (and is still recording gospel to this day) and he was happy to help out, so here we have it, A now historic track flipped with my preferred B side and old secret weapon, this will fly.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      says: There's no holding back with Spirit Of Love, warming and uplifting this 7" is just the perfect balance of gospel and soul goodness! It's flying off the shelves so you better be quick...!

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. The Power Of Your Love
                                                      2. He's Alright

                                                      Steadily working their way through my teenage mixtapes, West Coast Classics pair 2 Pac's most emotive moment (I'm happy to have that arguement with anyone - ed) with a slice of low slung gangsta shit from King Tee (and Ice Cube and Breeze). 
                                                      2 Pac's heritage, lineage and prominence within the civil rights continuum is second to none, and never did he express his opinion with more power and poetry than on 1993 single "Keep Your Head Up". Musing on the struggle of his community, misogyny, absent fathers and abortion rights, as well as black excellence, Tupac treats us to some of his most famous and pointed lyrics - seriously, it's shockingly relative to 2021! Musically, the Zapp-sampling beat is sweet and soulful, perfectly complimented by Dave Hollister's vocal interpolation of "Ooh Child". 
                                                      The B-side brings the lowest slung West Coast shit 1991 had to offer, King Tee's "Played Like A Piano". DJ Pooh slices up a Grover Washington Jr. sample into the kind of shit that makes your Alpine shake, while King T, Ice Cube and Breeze give us that cypher style delivery with maximum attitude. 

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. 2 Pac - Keep Ya Head Up
                                                      B. King Tee - Played Like A Piano (feat. Ice Cube & Breeze)

                                                      Big Mac

                                                      Nas Is Like

                                                        Large Combo start their party with a couple of Nas killers retouched by Big Mac. On the A-side, we get the frankly flawless 'Nas Is Like' from the Queensbridge king's third album "I Am", an unstoppable example of Nas' superior lyrical abilities over a gorgeous string sample scratched in by DJ Premier. Switching to the flip, Big Mac offers a subtle snip of "The Don" from 2012 LP "Life Is Good". Built by Heavy D (RIP), Salaam Remi and Da Internz out of a Supercat sample and some monstrous boom bap drums, this is another fine example of Esco's street poetry which still rocks the fucking party.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A. Nas Is Like (Big Mac Edit)
                                                        B. The Don (Big Mac Edit)

                                                        Possibly the most potent party starting 7" in vinyl history, this Home Hitters slaps two of the most enduring noughties' hip hop bangers back to back for maximum dancefloor destruction. On the A-side, blasting off Kanye's sophomore LP "Late Registration" is 2005's top pop hit "Gold Digger". Jamie Foxx reprises his Ray Charles role to resing the chorus, Kanye cooks up some tongue in cheek chat about well, gold diggers, and the beat just bounces with cruncy drums and a whole heap of funk. Flip it for arguably the finest Neptunes production, and Snoop's best moment outside of Death Row / Dre's "2001". An entirely classic beat assembled from tongue clicks, blasted perx, slide whistle and the odd funk break sits beneath an iconic chorus and quotable verses from Snoop and Pharrell. Put either cut on the deck and watch the place erupt!


                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A. Kanye West - Gold Digger (feat. Jamie Foxx)
                                                        B. Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot (feat. Pharrell Williams)

                                                        The Ethiopian Brothers

                                                        Selassie

                                                        The first release from the Ethiopian Brothers, 2019's 'Ashadwa', was a brilliant slab of Afro-funk that many erroneously believed to be a long-lost classic. In fact, it was the work of a contemporary producer associated with Jalepeno Records. Regardless, the record sounded authentically old and dusty, as does this equally as inspired sequel. 'Selassie (Part 1)' sets the tone, with the producer and his session musicians serving up a righteous Afro-funk workout rich in Tony Allen influenced drum-breaks, flanged guitars, raw tenor sax lines and killer bass guitar. Even more righteous is the flipside 'Part 2' version that showcases more snaking sax lines and some seriously infectious, chant-like vocals.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. Selassie (Part 1)
                                                        B1. Selassie (Part 2)

                                                        Joey Badass

                                                        Survival Tactics

                                                          Holy shit, this is a hard hitting little 7"! Two of the finest moments on his debut solo mixtape "1999", 'Survival Tactics' and 'Righteous Minds' saw a 17 year old Joey Badass taking a break from this Flatbush highschool to pay perfect homage to the golden age of hip hop, flying in the face of the rap landscape back in 2012. 
                                                          On the A-side Joey and fellow Pro Era member Capital Steez flawlessly flow over a fine Willie Bobo sample, bringing that Native Tongues energy into a new century for 'Survival Tactics', while the flipside is a wicked wormhole into the sounds of the early 90s. Firstly, Bruce LeeKix flips Axelrod and Monty Alexander samples into a dreamlike beat in that "Electric Relaxation" mode, then Joey Bada$$ reflects on the struggle to ackrite in the midst of drug dealers, corrupt cops and gang bangers, and the cherry on the top is a snippet of Nas' dialogue from Belly! The dopest folks.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Survival Tactics (feat Capital Steeze)
                                                          B1. Righteous Minds

                                                          Despite record lows on the Mancunian thermometers right now, we can all bask in the warmth of this expressive four tracker from Arnaldo. It might have taken a little time to get here, but not to worry, the fourth release on Naturist is frankly timeless. Though he operates in the same deep territories as say Sprinkles, Arnaldo avoids the cerebral, cryptic style of the chin strokers, choosing instead to embrace the realm of the senses. Taking the utmost care with the sound design, the Berlin based producer teases the maximum weight and tension from the frequency range, his seductive arrangements masking the power of the platter.

                                                          In search of a better dance floor ecosystem, Arnaldo opens the set with the rolling bassline and glittering pads of "Unknown Nude", an impressionistic marriage of sub tickling low end and shimmering high mids . Rendered with fluent strokes and nuanced samples, this is living, breathing house music. "1:17pm They Stole My Partner" follows on, filling the soundscape with the chatter and cry of Amazonian frogs while a drilling bassline churns through the sparse percussion. Shamanic in its truest sense, and free of any sample pack wackness, this is immersive and organic alchemy. Bringing the tempo and intensity down on the B-side, the Argentine explores different styles and flavours on a pair of breathtaking tracks. The dubby, stoned and stepping "Post Rotation" provides a little early morning respite, loose rhythms and precise keys riding a wavey soundscape before "Man From The Mountains" strolls out the B2 to steal the show. Though it only registers a stately 108 on the BPM counter, this isn't your typical chugger. Firstly, the interplay between swelling bass tones and delicate percussion forms a hip shifting groove undoubtedly informed by his Latin heritage, while the breathy pads and gliding melodies coalesce into a vision of heart aching beauty. I've had the pleasure of hearing this masterpiece on a proper club system and it is pretty much life changing.
                                                          Flawless from top to bottom, left to right, NATURIST003 is easily the best house release we've had in the shop over the last 12 months. 


                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          says: Possibly the most slept on producer on the planet, Arnaldo turns out a sublime four tracker of sensual, sensitive house music. Ocean deep, emotive and expressive sounds rendered in the most pristine sonic detail, this is a hidden gem. Do not miss out.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Unknown Nude
                                                          A2. 1:17pm. They Stole My Partner
                                                          B1. Post Rotation
                                                          B2. Man From The Mountains

                                                          Jesse Futerman Ft. Beverly Glenn-Copeland

                                                          Luckey - Inc. Peaking Lights Remix

                                                          Jesse Futerman makes his Pacific Rhythm debut with a life-affirming slice of music lovingly crafted in Canada’s French quarter in the summer of 2019. On "Luckey," the Montreal producer reunites with his good friend Beverly Glenn-Copeland; a Canadian music legend whose keyboard-inflected outsider folk has been making waves across the world recently, and a cast of guest musicians for a song full of vibrant emotion and plush instrumentation. Futerman works with an ensemble playing cello, saxophone, bass, and vintage hardware to great effect. There's a melancholy tinge to the swooning synths, but the infectious vocals and pitter-patter drums are uplifting and reassuring. "Luckey" is the kind of track that just radiates contentment, joy and gratitude, Futerman himself says he teared up laying down Justin Wright's cello, which gives you an idea of the vibes contained herein. The release also comes with a beautiful reimagining from Peaking Lights, who puts a dubbed-out spin on the track, like '80s post-disco via '90s Afro-cosmic Ibiza tracks, rounding off an EP whose classic touch and classy arrangements will surely elevate any individual who is lucky enough to cross paths with it. (<< gerrit..?! :P )

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Luckey
                                                          B1. Luckey (Peaking Lights Remix)

                                                          Eddie C

                                                          Believe In Love / Forever In My Life

                                                            I don't wanna go to work, I wanna see Eddie C! That's the mantra from this part of Manchester, and Berlin's hardest working Canadian rides his Red Motorbike right into the middle of a packed dance floor, finessing the dismount into some wild Bump N Grind.

                                                            The A Side, 'Believe in Love' is a flashback tune to a time when gold fringe, hoop earrings, and suede draped the bodies of sweat-drenched partygoers. Eddie swaggers into classic beatdown territory with a relentless next snapping groove before sending all arms aloft with that sugar sweet vocal sample. Killer! 

                                                            The B side, 'Forever in My Life (Eddie C's Schneller 7" Mix)' is an edit of the celebrated live version of this classic Prince tune. Eddie C taps into the harmonious vocals from the late, great, always Purple icon, looping funky guitar rifts, crowd noise, and a soundscape that will make listeners bust out the baby powder and turn their living rooms, kitchens, and domiciles into a joy filled dance space.

                                                            Limited dinked 7" - No digital

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            says: Imperious edit legend Eddie C kicks off the new Bump N Grind imprint with a slick 7" of party starting heat. On the A-side we go back to the Jisco era via a beefy beatdown roller with a sublime vocal sample, while the flip houses a scorching Prince edit approved by everyone I know.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A. Believe In Love
                                                            B. Forever In My Life

                                                            Magalhaes E Sua Guitarra / Os Panteras

                                                            Xango / Lambada Pauleira

                                                            For number 84 in the Brazil 45 Series, we head to the North of Brazil with this dancefloor monster, double-sider by Magalhaes & Os Panteras. ‘Xang ‘ by Magalhaes is taken from his ‘E Sua Guitarra’ album, from 1986, and originally released on Gravasom Records.

                                                            A stunning, driving Lambada track with haunting vocals and a compelling gusto energy. It has been gaining popularity over recent years with DJs and is a surefire get-out-of-jail dancefloor saver.

                                                            On the flip, we find another biggy from Os Panteras, ‘Lambada Pauleira’. Also released on Gravasom Records, but a year later in 1987. It is best known for Joutro Mundo’s fine re-edit of the track, but here we have it in its original form, in all its quirky brilliance.

                                                            It is easy to see why, over the years, it has been a staple of some of Brazil’s finest DJs’ sets, such as Augusto Olivani (aka Trepanado). We are super happy to present these two red-hot tracks back-to-back. Now let the dancefloors return so we can heat things up!

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            says: Heavy double header of Lambada bangers on Mr Bongo's Brazil 45 series here. On the A-side 'Xang' is dance floor dynamite in the same vein as Massara's Margarita, while the B-side brings the infectious groove, frazzled synths and staccato guitar of Lambada Pauleri, which you may have heard via the Joutro Mundo edit.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Magalh Es E Sua Guitarra - Xang
                                                            Os Panteras - Lambada Pauleira

                                                            Main Source

                                                            Just Hangin' Out / Live At The BBQ

                                                              The dreamy, swoony sounds of Vanessa Kendrick’s timeless ‘90% of Me is You’ is ever-present during this stone-cold classic, while Sister Nancy’s unmistakeable ‘Bam Bam’ lends several elements to the mix. Throw in some Skull Snaps and Sweet Charles and you’ve got the perfect soundtrack for a roll call of Large Professor’s nearest and dearest.

                                                              There are plenty of reasons why so many regard ‘Breaking Atoms’ as an alltime classic album, and the sheer variety of singles lifted from it is chief among them. Large Professor was happy to roam over varied topics at a time when many rappers had a manic focus on one thing. And where better to hang out with friends than at a barbecue? ‘Live at the Barbecue’ is rightly regarded as one of the best posse cuts of all time, and famous for showcasing the debut of one Nasty Nas.

                                                              While he delivers a dope verse full of quotables over drums from Bob James’ oft-plundered ‘Nautilus’, credit is also due to the other guests. Fatal and Akinyele aren’t disgraced in this company, and Large Professor tops it off with a rare verse of pure brag-rap. An undisputed entry in the pantheon of head-nod hip-hop, this is its first official UK release, and another debut on 7”.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              says: A pair of prime time bumpers from Main Source's mega 'Breakin Atoms', essential in part for 'Live At The BBQ', a sick cypher featuring the first recorded appearance of Nas. Hype.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Just Hanging’out (Vocal)
                                                              Live At The Barbecue (Vocal)

                                                              Main Source

                                                              Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Remix) / Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Album Version)

                                                              Large Professor being a prodigy on the SP-1200 is well established, but the way he flips parts of MFSB’s ‘TLC’ and Milly and Silly’s obscure ‘Gettin’ Down for Xmas’ with a sprinkling of Lyn Collins here establishes his credentials in the top tier.

                                                              Lyrically, it’s a tour de force, with Main Source taking exception with the misuse of the word ‘peace’ by the hip-hop fraternity. With even the most homicidal of gangster rappers dropping it at the end of tracks at the time, time was overdue for some regulation.

                                                              The album version makes its point pithily in a single verse, while the remix, included on the flip of this first ever 7” release, expands on the topic with new verses and some new samples too. It’s a welcome reminder of the time when remixes were remixes - not just the identical track with the latest hot rappers joining in.

                                                              Most of all, Main Source once again walk the fine line between lyrical lecture and head-nodding banger - the rare example of a track with a point to make that can still fill a dancefloor and get necks snapping.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              says: Glorious golden age hip hop from Large Pro, Sir Scratch and K-Cut. Though the lyrical message is pointed and on point, it's the sampler sophistry which makes this a classic.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Remix)
                                                              Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Album Version)

                                                              Souldynamic Feat Rich Medina

                                                              Addiction Remixes - Inc. Mike Huckaby / Boo Williams Remixes

                                                                Excedo Records first served up this Souldynamic featuring Rich Medina single back in 2018. It features a lush deep house groove with a spoken word oval saving up a serious message to the world. It is as relevant today as ever and now gets remixed by some real heads. First is a Souldynamic club mix that is laced with gentle acid twinkling pads, then the late great Mike Huckaby brings the heat with a dubby, stripped back but feel good and super smooth house groove. Fellow US mainstay Boo Williams then gets more kinetic on his jazzy rework.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                says: Excedo return to Souldynamic's 'Addiction' with a tasty remix package here. SD indulge in a little acid on their Club Mix and the legendary Boo Williams brings the jazz to his version, but it's the smooth and stripped back interpretation from the sadly departed Mike Huckaby which steals the show.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. Addiction (Souldynamic Club Mix)
                                                                A2. Addiction (Rich Acappella)
                                                                B1. Addiction (Mike Huckaby Remix)
                                                                B2. Addiction (Boo Williams Remix)

                                                                Mint Condition would like to dedicate this release to the life of Andy Panayi, who sadly passed away on 28th September 2020, and all profits will be donated to the Peace Hospice in Watford, UK, who took great care of Andy towards the end of his life.

                                                                Although better known for his artistic output as Stopouts and A², back in 1997 Andy and Alec Stone turned their creative skills to the emergent UK Garage scene, producing this wonderful 4 track EP of fierce garage jams under the alias Upside, a one-off, originally released on seminal UKG label Underground Classics.

                                                                'Disco Killer' opens proceedings with melodic chords before a super thick b-line rolls in to overlay those essential skipping snares and swinging percussion. As the track unfolds, mesmeric synth riffs and deep chords bring the positive energy, vibes and an atmosphere like no other. 'Vibrations' is a deeper and much more melodious affair, featuring a warm bubbling b-line, haunting piano riff, intricate classic garage keys and melancholic pads that overlay a deftly programmed breakbeat and 4/4 drum workout that delivers the funk, depth and soul. 'House It Up' brings the NYC muscle, a proper heads down bumpin' affair. There's heavy kicks and an acidic bass that builds superbly before flipping into a warm cavernous sub. Positive pads and a clipped scat vocal create a fantastic late night garage house slammer. Lastly 'Nervous Dance' picks up the pace and thump, there's more acidic overtones, a hypnotic low slung bass, luscious strings, razor sharp hi hats and gritty percussion as it hustles and bustles it's way to the middle of the dance floor.

                                                                This is an essential piece of '90s UK Garage that we hope celebrates Andy's unique talent, musical vision, energy and dedication. 'Niteworks' has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Andy & Alec, also thanks to Rob and all at An Alien Recordings for helping bring this release into fruition. All the tracks have been lovingly remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original sources especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                says: I gotta give it Mint Condition they're great at unearthing the slightly lesser-known, golden underbelly of UK dance music. Another killer reissue from the camp that was completely unbeknownst to me.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. Disco Killer
                                                                A2. Vibrations
                                                                B1. House It Up
                                                                B2. Nervous Dance

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                Daje Cutz Vol.2

                                                                  Hot on the heels of Daje Cutz Vol. 1 which featured a trinity of talented producers in the shape of Monsieur Van Pratt, Matalo! and Paul Older, Samosa Records modern funk offshoot Daje Funk continues to evolve. Their follow up EP ‘Daje Cutz Vol. 2’ jumps from 10” to 12” so that they can pack in more of the finest dance-floor groove to help satiate even the most enthusiastic listeners among us.
                                                                  ‘Daje Cutz Vol. 2’ brings in five heavy hitting tracks including club jams from M.B. Edit, C. Da Afro and label boss Les Inferno. There are also return appearances for Paul Older and Matalo! who’s Vol. 1 jams were picked up by DJ’s all over the globe.
                                                                  Up first and keeping the labels support for Italian producers running strong is M. B Edit aka Massimo Berardi. His track ‘Your Love’ is packed with groove aplenty. Warm bass notes, funk edged guitar licks and smooth keys all surround a bluesy funk vocal. Building up slowly ‘Your Love’ is soon dancing head first into Temptations-esque smile inducing vocal harmonies and powerful brass solos which give us a quintessential hands in the air moment.
                                                                  Matalo!’s 'Abeja' takes us off into heavy percussion edged 70’s vibe house music. This one is a gilt edged groover whose Caribbean flow is a real rollercoaster of emotions. With summer vibes through and through this one could very well become a BBQ rave and carnival staple.
                                                                  Greek Disco machine C. Da. Afro is up next with ‘Manhattan Groove’ and it does indeed have that 70’s NYC feel coupled with a distinct and vibrant Latin edge. It’s a real musical tapestry of influences all flowing happily through its party spirit. Feel good energy aplenty right here! Over on the flip label boss Les Inferno gets in on the act with 'Hey Santana' which again has a 70’s Latin spirit swirling around within it’s percussion fuelled soul. This is another wonderful track which brings to mind the Blackout Allstar’s ‘I Like It Like That’ for it’s anything goes crossover dance-floor potential and we all know where that one ended up.
                                                                  Last up but most certainly not least is Paul Older’s 'Amor Mio' and its a real monster of a set closer which brings to mind a Latin superstition with its heavy funk clavi loop. Paul has come up trumps yet again, he’s a producer to keep a close eye on with his deft dance-floor touches always impressing. Here he has looped this in all the right places as it ebbs and flows constantly with its sultry vocals and string stabs. If you love your funk with a 2020 edge this is another huge release from Daje Funk.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  says: Enjoyable edits with that tropical twist that goes down a treat. RIYL: Eddie C, Les Edits Du Golem, Messalina etc etc.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. MB Edit - Your Love
                                                                  A2. Matalo! - Abeja
                                                                  A3. C Da Afro - Manhattan Groove
                                                                  B1. Les Inferno - Hey Santana
                                                                  B2. Paul Older - Amor Mio

                                                                  With three dynamite editions already under their belt Samosa Records ‘Funk Purpose’ series is rapidly turning into one of the finest V/A compilation series available on vinyl today.

                                                                  Having already topped the charts in vinyl stores across the globe the first three editions were a hard act to follow but Samosa have put together perhaps their finest edition to date in Volume 4 with masterful tracks coming from Souldynamic, De Gama, HP Vince and AlexNY.

                                                                  Opening up proceedings are Italian production duo Souldynamic with ‘Black Night’ which is perhaps the perfect set opener. It’s warm and dynamic but equally cool and controlled with soul drenched Philly style vocals. The wonderfully hooky string line gives it an immediate feeling whilst the funky piano and wah guitar licks will cause uncontrollable dancing and add a touch of grit.

                                                                  Also on the A side is De Gama’s ‘Crocodile Boogie’ a monstrous slice of percussion heavy jazzy piano house. The keys give it a powerful punch and despite it’s jazzy leanings it has a cool 70’s theme feel which will open it up to the more clued up dancefloors out there.

                                                                  Over on the flip Dutch producer HP Vince closes out his packed 2020 with ‘My Baby Got The Blues’ a deep blues edged house outing with a real classic feel. Rock solid drum programming gives the chilled vocal all the push that it needs for the dancefloor, it’s a track of togetherness, one for those small hours in both the club and the afterparty.

                                                                  Closing the EP out De Gama has re-built super hot Argentine producer AlexNY’s track ‘Over’. Featuring another powerful soul drenched vocal the warm bass notes draw the listener in for what is a wonderfully crafted track. Again it’s got the dancefloor at its heart but is packed with more than enough class to give it long lasting appeal for home listening.

                                                                  Funk Purpose Vol. 4 features four dynamite tracks all tied together by a late 60’s / early 70’s soulful ethos. Warm an approachable it’s an EP for the club, which again will undoubtedly see huge DJ and radio support, but which will also find itself on many a favourite playlist.

                                                                  Another triumph for Samosa, grab them while they’re hot!

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  says: Polished, dancefloor-ready edits with some clever twists and turns to keep long-in-the-tooth veterans like myself interested. Nicely done.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Souldynamic - Black Night
                                                                  A2. De Gama - Crocodile Boogie
                                                                  B1. HP Vince - My Baby Got The Blues
                                                                  B2. AlexNY - Over (De Gama Re-Built)

                                                                  Intramuros invites 2 new artists for a tasty new split EP. On A-side, Basic from Positive Education, St Étienne, delivers two fresh & untemporal bass music anthems. He opens with "Blaze", a loud, fizzing bass roller with neck-snapping pneumatics and growling sonics. "66 Order" follows, a unique piece which plays around with halftime and dubstep frameworks to compose something of entirely the producer's imagination.

                                                                  On B-side, Cabasa from Eclipse Tribez Brussels opens with "Good Trauma", a delicate and abstract electro track full of slowly drifting, glacial elements. "Algo Mod Arp" concludes, exploring tempo. timbre and rhythm with a very experimental approach. Expertly produced, boundary-pushing new music here for the upfront heads. 


                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  says: Advanced sub-frequency engineering coupled with ratchet-tight beat programming and vacuum-packed ready for the deepest darkest dancefloors. Sick.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A1. Blaze
                                                                  A2. 66 Order
                                                                  B1. Good Trauma
                                                                  B2. Algo Mod Arp

                                                                  Waldir Calmon

                                                                  Airport Love Theme / Afro Som

                                                                    You know it’s going to be a heavy record when DJ / collector Mr Thing asks you to keep a look out for a copy on your next digging trip to Brazil. Add on top of that, being sampled by Madlib on the track ‘Curls’ on his Madvillain album!

                                                                    Taken from Waldir Calmon’s ‘Waldir Calmon E Seus Multisons’ album on Copacabana (1970), from looking at this unassuming record cover featuring a middle-aged man sporting an impressive pair of glasses you wouldn’t expect it to become the fabric to one of the songs from the iconic ‘Madvillain’ album.

                                                                    But... like many things in life, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. ‘Airport Love Theme’, like its name suggests, falls into full-on lounge territory. It’s feelgood music made to be the soundtrack for a utopian world that never really was. Yet behind the silky-smooth groove is an addictive earworm waiting to be heard. ‘Afro Son’ taken from the same album, pushes things in a different direction towards a sound that is more firmly rooted in the Brazilian tradition.

                                                                    This quirky 60’s-breakbeat-funk groove is reminiscent of French artist Jean Jacques Perrey’s ‘E.V.A.’, also from 1970, in its melody and backbeat, where the Moog synthesizer of Perrey is replaced with a more orchestrated sound by Calmon. This track is magical, cinematic and breakbeat-laden with a hidden unknown exoticism. Waldir Calmon had an active career in music working from the ‘50s right up until his passing in 1982.

                                                                    His career started early, forming his first ensemble at the age of fourteen, originally working in bands in nightclubs and writing jingles. He progressed in the early ‘50s to a long-running career working in television. In addition to his television work, he had success with his recording vocation, mixing in the same musical circles as greats such as Tom Jobi, Jo o Gilberto and Doris Monteiro.

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    says: Breakbeat exotica and lounge grooves abound on the Madlib sampled 'Airport Love Theme', while it's all about psychedelic soul on the far out flip "Afro Som".

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Airport Love Theme
                                                                    Afro Som

                                                                    Next up in the Africa Seven Edit series, we have a double header, as leftfield London house bod Al Zanders takes on the progressive early - mid 70's Sierre Leone band Afro National's 'Push Am Forward' and injects added propulsion and focus, creating an intoxicating hypno chugger along the way.

                                                                    Meanwhile, Frankfurt ressie and Running Back mainstay Lauer gets to grips with Cameroonian Kemayo and K. System's 1978's disco inspired mini-classic 'Biram', adding fizzing drums and rolling structure to the exuberant Back to My Roots style licks and commanding vocals.

                                                                    Both original's are included, remastered, and both presenting as head to head rival's to any of these new fangled upstarts claim to contemporary dancefloor currency, just as it should be.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1. Kemayo And K. System - Biram (Lauer Edit)
                                                                    A2. Kemayo And K. System- Biram (Original)
                                                                    B1. Afro National - Push Am Forward (Al Zanders Edit)
                                                                    B2. Afro National - Push Am Forward (Original)

                                                                    Hoshina Anniversary

                                                                    Karakuri B/w Michinoku

                                                                    Hoshina Anniversary returns from forever for a majestic dance. This is his second offering for the ESP Institute. Side A’s Karakuri contains all the elements of Hoshina’s signature sound; bouncy staccato bassline, minor chords and organ stabs, a Chick Corea-inspired Rhodes that walks all over the place, all tracked along sparse bits of Japanese percussion and cymbal that juxtapose organic texture with precision-machined timing. The lead keys feel at first as if they’re freeform, however, Hoshina’s obsession with order becomes apparent as the bars develop and his systematic control and repetition is revealed. On side B’s Michinoku, we’re treated to a deep and slow burner. A roller of a beat based on 808 toms and a pishy snare sets the somewhat bumpy base for this groove, and again the meat of the rhythm is built with dirty chords, this time on the upstroke, in an almost Reggae style. What the flipside taught us about Hoshina’s controlled chaos, is here again the lesson and perhaps even moreso. The voice of the track remains the Fender Rhodes, played in brief but wild phrases and arranged into patterns upon which Hoshina builds layers over some 8+ minutes. There is a deep and dark mood throughout both sides of the record, but perhaps more sultry than devilish, and one that listeners educated in the stoned arts will appreciate. These two songs have built the end into the beginning.

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    says: The (second) deeeepest house you'll hear this week comes with that distinctly Japanese flavour. On the A-side 'Karakuri' bubbles along with peak time intent, all dubby chords, nuanced percussion and jazzy keys, while 'Michinoku' serves up a slow and spacey moment on the flip.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1. Karakuri
                                                                    B1. Michinoku

                                                                    Kalita are excited to announce the first ever official reissue of Muchos Plus's highly sought-after 1979 12” reggae disco masterpiece 'Nassau’s Discos'! Over forty years after initial release, and long the envy of collectors, DJs and dance music connoisseurs, the time is now right to share the music and the group’s story once more.

                                                                    Originally privately released in a modest run on bandleader Rudy Mills’ own label U-Solo Records, the single features both the long and short versions of their devastating disco take on The Beginning of the End’s smash hit ‘Funky Nassau’, plus their own reggae funk slow jam ‘Love Misunderstood’.

                                                                    With original copies selling for up to £500 on the second-hand market, Kalita now come to the rescue, offering a loud and remastered 12” single for all. In addition, the record is accompanied by extensive liner notes based on interviews with Rudy, and never before seen contemporary photos.

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    says: In the highly likely event you didn't win the Euromillions recently (other lotteries are available), Kalita do you a serious solid here and hook up an official repress of Muchos Plus' tropical tour de force "Nassau's Discos" - an insanely good reggae disco take on 'Funky Nassau'. The joy doesn't end there though as B2 moocher "Love Misunderstood" is every bit as good in its own right.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1. Nassau's Discos (long Version) 
                                                                    B1. Nassau's Discos (short Version) 
                                                                    B2. Love Misunderstood

                                                                    Sometimes a record comes along that is a wonderful anomaly that really is all about the music. Silver Leaf recently appeared on the radar via obscuro diggers on both sides of the Atlantic and landed with a Hey!

                                                                    What is known about Silver Leaf, beyond that it was a short-lived mid-80s project out of Cincinnati, Ohio, is that it features ex-Zephyr keyboardist John Faris, working alongside the mysterious vocalist Silvia Leaf.

                                                                    The difference between the blues and occasional psychedelic rock of early 70s Boulder, Colorado's Zephyr and the lo-fi recordings of Silver Leaf are striking, but in Hey! and Can We Rebuild Our City?, the power of the ballad and strong playing of John, is wrapped in mid-80s, mid-States lo fi heaven.

                                                                    Whether a non-de-plume, Ms Leaf's searing, innocent vocals fly above John's keys and programming. Hey!'s repetitive exhalations act like a mantra to a party, while tom's chime in accompaniment. Here it comes!

                                                                    Can We Rebuild Our City? starts with Faris' forlorn intro before crashing percussion heads to some kind of wonderful, as Leaf questions a calls to hearts.
                                                                    Releasing just 3 singles, Silver Leaf's music is unique and essential, an experience and a delight to present.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A. Hey
                                                                    B. Can We Rebuild Our City?

                                                                    Willie Graff & Tuccillo

                                                                    New Dreams EP

                                                                    Hell Yeah welcomes the red hot pairing of Tuccillo and Willie Graff for a new four track EP that includes 'Gliding', as heard on the recent Buena Onda compilation. This is a serious serving for real DJs only.

                                                                    Willie Graff & Tuccillo have been cooking up their delicious deep house dishes for more than a decade now on labels like Finale Sessions, Freerange and Circus Company. Tuccillo is also behind the Balearic Gabba classic 'Solo un Delay', and Graff - a born and bred White Isle native, who is also a long time cohort of Kenneth Bager`s Music For Dreams - is the youngest person to ever have a residency at the legendary Pacha nightclub. They have a rich sound palette that gets all horizontal and Mediterranean across these four fresh new tracks.

                                                                    Day Side opener 'Crystal Ball' has a nimble bassline and bouncing kicks that get you on your toes while the lush synths do a playful dance up top. The excellent 'Gliding' track from the Buena Onda compilation is a super go slow anthem with scuffed up claps and lazy kicks that take you on a real trip far out to sea.

                                                                    Flip on the Night Side and 'The Moment' picks up the pace, exploring late night deep house with a melodic air, distant whistles and subtle acid sounds that make for a tropical beach rave. Last of all, 'Tic Tac' is six minutes of dreamy rhythmic bliss, with delicate drums and new age ambiance washing over you like a cooling Azure breeze.

                                                                    These are classy DJ weapons for those who know.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1. Crystal Ball
                                                                    A2. Gliding
                                                                    B1. The Moment
                                                                    B2. Tic Tac

                                                                    Take Away re-opens after a short hiatus with two new chefs, Swedish DJ, crate digger legend and Lighthouse resident Farsta Kalle and Samo DJ, Born Free boss and more than 100 other exotic projects on his plate.
                                                                    Together they've created a three course feast for your taste buds.

                                                                    It's a spicy stew for those that like it hot...

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A. Something Real, Something Dub
                                                                    B1. More, Give Me Some More
                                                                    B2. Tranan Rumba

                                                                    Animal Collective

                                                                    Bridge To Quiet

                                                                      Animal Collective present the physical release for ‘Bridge To Quiet’, out on Domino.

                                                                      The band took some of their unreleased improvisations, remixed them, collaged them and built them into fully formed songs, finding their way to ‘Bridge To Quiet’.

                                                                      Animal Collective consists of musicians Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb) and Geologist (Brian Weitz), who play in various configurations on each album. Their expansive catalogue spans the entirety of the 2000s, including ‘Strawberry Jam’, ‘Feels’ and ‘Sung Tongs’. With the release of ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, named after the Baltimore venue, they established themselves as one of the most acclaimed acts of the 21st Century.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      says: Bridge To Quiet shows the Animal Collective in a more expansive, avant-ambient mood, with these stunning shadowy vocals and electronic artifacts mixed with glitched synths and off-kilter snappy percussion.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Rain In Cups
                                                                      Piggy Knows
                                                                      Sux-Bier Passage
                                                                      Bridge To Quiet

                                                                      Claude Cooper

                                                                      Tangerine Dreams / Two Mile Hill

                                                                      It must be said that Claude Cooper's first and perhaps only single is a fitting debut release for Friendly Records’ emergence as a label. 'Tangerine Dreams' is the sort of music one would expect to unearth in the hallowed backroom murk of a record shop where layer upon layer of wax plates periodically shift and reveal lost and long overlooked dusty relics just waiting to be freed into the slipstream of the shop floor. So it goes with the wild, wailing 'Tangerine Dreams'; beginning with the descending ticking countdown of the double bass into the drum break, we are thrown into the saxophone whirlpool of cymbal crashes and snaking bass. It's an edgy, fast ride through the city at night with that faint threatening undercurrent as piano trills grace the fade out.

                                                                      On the flip, Two Mile Hill continues the theme and is darkly cinematic with echoed footsteps & bass introduction to the drawn out lament of the trumpet. A mid-section breakdown teeters on the edge before the trumpet glides and weaves through and across the strutting bass line and percussive backdrop. This is another musical addition to the canon that celebrates and mythologises Bristol; this time it’s Two Mile Hill, a small district on the eastern outskirts of Bristol and an evocative title for music that is in constant whirring motion in summoning the urban nighttime.

                                                                      That this Claude Cooper release arrives in the midst of lockdown with the live scene on hold and club doors shut, seems fitting for an artist and a record shrouded in the unknown. Who knows whether we'll ever get the chance to hear this single live? Indebted to or perhaps even from the 90s jazz breaks scene, it would be a welcome addition to any basement stage or backroom happening of the current Bristol Jazz scene that until recently pulsed through the city’s venues on any given night.

                                                                      We love how the first special tangerine run of 300 sold out in barely a week so don't delay getting yourself a classic black record edition. The musical wealth of Bristol continues apace and we’re helping it along.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      says: Loving this timeless groove from the good folk at Friendly Records in Bristol. The debut release on their label.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A. Tangerine Dreams
                                                                      B. Two Mile Hill

                                                                      Hologram Teen

                                                                      Géométries Insensibles

                                                                        The second of January’s brace of new Polytechnic Youth releases sees the return to the label for Morgane Lhote, with her post Stereolab project HOLOGRAM TEEN. A fabulous new 4 trk 7” EP entitled “Géométries insensibles” and released on pink wax in ace new Nick Taylor artwork.

                                                                        Morgane herself says of the project “the EP is the soundtrack to an imaginary 1980s dystopian sci-fi French movie in the vein of "Le Prix du Danger”, "Les Maîtres du Temps" and "Le Dernier Combat". The tracks follow the linear film narrative (at least my version of it!) of set up/conflict, "the chase scene", hope, and finding love. I kept the instrumentation simple and the songs short, with a handful of tracks and synths settings across the tunes, to keep a cohesive sound and narrative. it was really freeing to go for the "less is more" approach for once. That is until the last track which goes a bit "Xanadu" on you, but trust me, that's a good thing!"

                                                                        The EP, to these ears, recalls a passing nod to those early to mid ‘70s French cosmo-disco LPs, which at one point you’d struggle to give away, yet now fetch £50+ at Utrecht fairs- once thought as cheesy now highly sought after and in their own way, quite pioneering and often in whacked out, cosmic sleeve art. Regular PY (amongst others) art genius Nick Taylor reproduces this look perfectly for it’s sleeve, cemented further with the pink vinyl pressing…

                                                                        Adelphi Music Factory

                                                                        People Everywhere (Can You Feel It?)

                                                                          In the space of three years, Sheffield's Adelphi Music Factory have gone from underground heroes to Radio 1 favourites, empowering the globe with their fresh take on classic house sounds. Their first release of 2021 is all about togetherness, a HUGE diva vocal riding piano vamps and a heavy 4/4 like a lost Summer Of Love smash. Here in vocal and instrumental fashion, this floor melter is built for the big room or festivals (if it's ever safe to hang out again...), while the breathless and choppy loops of "Be Reight" reminds me of the glory days of Roulé with its concentric groove and flawless filter use.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          says: Locked n loaded, ready for that fateful re-opening of the dancefloors, Sheffield's new guard ensure fists are never far from pumping across two finely crafted bangers.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. People Everywhere (Can You Feel It?)
                                                                          B1. People Everywhere (Can You Feel It?) [Instrumental]
                                                                          B2. Be Reight

                                                                          Four tracks by one of the biggest names in South African disco: Condry Ziqubu. A regular on the local soul scene since the late 1960s in groups such as The Flaming Souls, The Anchors and The Flaming Ghettoes, by the mid-80s he had qualified as a sangoma (traditional healer), recorded with Harari (the biggest group in the country at the time), fronted his own group Lumumba, and travelled the world as part of Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu’s band.

                                                                          In 1986 he ditched Lumumba and released his first solo hit, ‘Gorilla Man’. Opening with an audacious 20-second intro, the song tells the story of a man preying on women in downtown Johannesburg. It highlights Condry’s winning formula of lyrics that touch on everyday South African issues and places (without drawing the attention of apartheid censors). Musically the song draws obvious influence from Piano Fantasia’s 1985 Euro-disco hit ‘Song for Denise’.

                                                                          Also included on this new anthology is another song from the same album, the politically charged ‘Confusion (Ma Afrika)’, as well as ‘Phola Baby’ from his 1988 album Pick Six – a call to men to “stop pushing your woman around … what kind of man are you?” – and ‘Everybody Party’ from 1989’s Magic Man, a straight-up party song with no political or social intimations, other than as a brief escape from the harsh reality of the time, one that still resonates today.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          says: AMAZING! My dig of the year 2016, and ultimate secret weapon from the Coastin' collection gets a proper reissue courtesy of Afrosynth. My favourite flavour is the Balearic-leaning bubblegum boogie of 'Gorilla Man' (which has worked on every dance floor it's ever been introduced to), but each track here is worth your time, especially the highly sought after stormer "Confusion (Ma Afrika)", a staple in DJ Okapi sets for years.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Gorilla Man
                                                                          A2. Everybody Party
                                                                          B1. Confusion (Ma Afrika)
                                                                          B2. Phola Baby

                                                                          Secret Squirrel

                                                                          No 23

                                                                          In a quite remarkable role reversal, while the panny-d pushes humankind into a lockdown house arrest, the Squirrels sack off hibernation and head instead for the heat of the discotheque. As usual they unearth the kind of hidden vinyl pleasures that will make your musical taste buds soar and your dance floor roar for more. Cracking crunchy polyrhythms and Afro brass dance across the A-side, riding a limber bass groove and a touch of Moog magic, as a blistering bit of boogie from Lagos or Accra gets a 21st century update. Flip it for a campy and vampy bit of punk funk power, Italian style, with whomping bass synths and some seriously frazzled guitar solos - think Rocky Horror androgyny and a B52s groove.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          says: The reclusive rodents return to the shelves, hitting us with a super-charged Afro-disco cut on the A-side and an Italian punker funker wrapped in glam glitter on the flip.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A. SS#23 A
                                                                          B. SS#23 B

                                                                          Not a week since Talking Drums did it proper with their Drum Chums offshoot, Semi-Skimmed edits return to reiterate that MCR is the grooviest place on the planet. Once again Supernature Disco's James Greenwood is at the controls, keeping it classy with a trio of simple, but utterly effective edits of some forgotten mirrorball magic. Forget the fools with the sidechained kicks and white noise filters, this guy sticks to the traditional style a la Mr K, adding nothing but extending the ecstasy. 

                                                                          On the A-side, the sumptuous strings, heartbroken vocals and stone groove of Magic Lady's "Wake Up" get put to work in the definitive and dreamy version perfect for those post peak moments when you need to get wrapped up in feels. So far, so fresh, and the party continues unabashed on the B1 with the twinkling melodies, slick guitar and limber bass of "Track Sonomo", a much needed extension of the album only "Sweet Taste Of Honey" from Chicago's Kitty & The Haywoods. This one's needed that 12" treatment since 1981, so kudos to James for turning it out! Finally, James puts his stamp on the humid, sultry and sweaty percussion madness Dom Thomas used for "Disco Workout' way back when. My aging brain can't recall the OG here, but I think I once gave a copy of it to Plastic Bamboo. Answers on a postcard innit. 

                                                                          All killer, no filler and a limited press - you know what to do!

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          says: Supernature Disco's James Greenwood is back on the hand stamped edit action with his second volume of Semi Skimmed Edits. Once again he works in the old school style - the finest disco with no added sugar. So if you're after sumptuous strings, soulful grooves or a percussive freakout, you're gonna have to bag one of these!

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A. 5AM Saint
                                                                          B1. Track Sonoma
                                                                          B2. Jungle Music

                                                                          The final release of music from Noel Williams' solo recordings reaches an apex, with Music Street. Electro as he would do it, with hooks and touches of an ear for pop, with added bass and swing, giving it that boogie.

                                                                          Written with his wife, the late Betty Wright, appearing in 1983 on his Tashamba label - a spin off from Konduko - and some three years before her own, "pop" version was released.

                                                                          Music Street pulses, a story of Downtown in song, with snap hats and programmed bass highlighting the shift from the Ex-tras "band" to a studio focus. Vocal and instrumental are a DX soundclash, as vocoder hits the Boogaloo beat.

                                                                          The final Discomix moves close to the source, welcoming Philadelphia's Universal Cave collective of Brian Cassidy, Shawn Ryan and Ryan Todd to step up State side. The collective, party and label have been releasing cassettes, CDRs and 7" edits since 2012, featuring the in-house's crew, as well as the likes of The Beat Broker, Jaz and DJ Duckcomb.

                                                                          Their remix extends, loops, flips and dubs with respect and eyes on the floor. Teasing the intro, before vocal is loops and whirled, reverb and echo to fall through. That's where I want to be.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          says: ERC's excellent Konduko series continues to bring the goods via this dub tinged electro-disco / boogaloo banger from Noel Williams. The original mix snaps where the Bboy friendly instrumental crackles, and that Discomix from Universal Cave just POPS on the flip.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Music Street (4:59)
                                                                          A2. Music Street (instrumental) (4:43)
                                                                          B1. Music Street (Universal Cave Discomix) (8:45)

                                                                          Barely taking a breath since he SMASHED Vol. 1 out the park (thanks in no small part to an incredibly boogie version of 'Gypsy Woman') Love is back with Round Two of his De-Mix series, providing us with three shimmering, ‘80s electro boogie workouts, guaranteed to seduce any tentative souls or shy shufflers to the dancefloor.

                                                                          On the A-side, Loveface turns his attention to the Stevie-inspired chords and melodies of Chaka & Rufus' heavy funk moment "Tell Me Something Good", pitching the vocals up to a peaktime tempo, then slapping them on top of another blinding electro-disco groove. Packed with phat bass, sparkling synths and period drum programming, this is, once again, the tits. The A2 strips things back and smooths them out for a tasty dub of the same ingredients, and then it's over to the other side for more mirrorball magic. Making extensive use of those Prelude / West End style synth trills (think Imagination and Idjuts) and a super funky vocal, "Larry's Groove" sees Loveface supply everything you need to pack the dancefloor.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          says: Anyone who can put a fresh lick of paint on Gypsy Woman without committing sacrilege gets a gold star in my book, and happily Loveface continues to bring the goods on the second Volume. Spin the A-side for the boogie-fied Rufus and Chaka mix that never was!

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Tell Me
                                                                          A2. Something Dub
                                                                          B1. Larry’s Groove

                                                                          Slinky and sassy, offbeat and sexy, “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, the new single by Lou Hayter, sneaks in on a cloud of off-kilter synths and airy vocals, just in time for the first warming rays of the New Year.

                                                                          Already renowned as a DJ, musician in New Young Pony Club, writer and producer, London based Hayter now harnesses the full extent of her idiosyncratic pop prowess on her hotly anticipated forthcoming debut LP on Skint Records, from which “My Baby Just Cares For Me” is the first, tantalisting taste.

                                                                          A glorious retro-futurist mélange of 80s Rn’B circa Jam and Lewis and starkly modern underground electronica, “My Baby Just Cares For Me” sounds quite unlike anything else out there, a delicious slice of sparkling electro-soul with a heaped teaspoon of astringent Gallic froideur, whose sweet exterior hides something darker, more melancholic within. 

                                                                          Rheinzand follow their Piccadilly album of the year with a sparse and stripped back mix here. Packed with percolating funk, this is a little more mature than the OG but retains the hooks and pop prowess to keep the casuals enthused. On the other side Decius turns out the kind of in yer face electro-house romper you'd here from Trash to Topshop back when Lou was making waves with New Young Pony Club. Time to get those Kitsuné comps out of storage I think...

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          says: Officially 2020's Balearic man's pop crumpet, Lou Hayter teases her forthcoming long player on Skint. Sophisticated, groove laded pop, built out of an Aussie oddity (Big up yourself Ben!) and with a hint of Gallic charm, MBJCFM is a delight in each incarnation, though we think you're gonna live for the Rheinzand remix.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. My Baby Just Cares For Me
                                                                          A2. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Rheinzand Remix)
                                                                          B1. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Decius Remix)
                                                                          B2. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Decius Remix Dub)

                                                                          New artist on the intriging but currently under researched Wherethetimegoes label. Previously contribuing a tape release for WEDDING, not much else is known abouit this cheeky amphibian!

                                                                          Enclosed within the album are a smattering of nu-ambient and digital exotica tropes - fuzzy pads, synthesized rainforest chatter, analogue wizardy and a sedate yet mystical mood that's perfect for soundtracking the nocturnal activities of your heathern brethen.

                                                                          Switch on the LED lighting array; load up a pipe of 5-meo-dmt and take yourself off ingot the cyber-spiritual domains...

                                                                          Recommended! 


                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          says: Interesting, under-the-radar release that'll appeal to fans of future-ambient, digital soundscapes and the chilled side of vapourwave.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. What Is Going On Here
                                                                          A2. Means
                                                                          A3. Newt Dub
                                                                          A4. Settle For Less
                                                                          A5. Not Too Much
                                                                          B1. OY SEH UM
                                                                          B2. Salamander Dub
                                                                          B3. The Mouth
                                                                          B4. Settle For Less (Ned’s VIP)

                                                                          Fabrizio Esposito

                                                                          Aria EP

                                                                            The stream of non-stop excellence from Naples continues this week with a second Parlesia offering from Fabrizio Esposito who turns out a top Balearic swooner from an Italian pop classic. Thick bass, dreamy vocals and shimmering synth washes glide around an infectious rhythm track on the A-side, while the B-side brings it to the dancefloor with a whole lot of 303! Buy on sight - these won't be around for long...

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            says: Seeing 'acid dub' on a record a is certain to pique my beak! I wasn't disappointed - a psychedelic swirl of dancefloor pleasure tastefully scented with incense and patchouli without ever being predatory or overtly masculine.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Aria (Disco Mix)
                                                                            B1. Aria (Acid Dub Mix)

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

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

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

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

                                                                            Salute Don Carlos.


                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Thunder (Omaggio A Umiliani E Montanna)
                                                                            A2. Thunder (The Utopia Sound Project 'Tears Of Petrichore Mix')
                                                                            B1. Thunder (La Versione Tribale Ambient)
                                                                            B2. Thunder (Omaggio A Umiliani E Montanna Nuova Stresura)

                                                                            Israeli DJ and collector Elado makes his debut on RNT with a pack of impossibly rare edit heat! A relative newcomer to the scene, Elado made some waves recently with a stunning entry on Eddie C’s Red Motorbike, and he’s clearly no novice when it comes to digging as this exceptional pack of tunes shows.

                                                                            With rarefied material ranging from Africa, India and the Mideast, Elado works these 4 tunes with a careful editor’s touch, nipping and tucking only where necessary to let the incredible source selections shine through, but rendered eminently DJ-friendly. Already supported by Antal and many others, this 12" is a fine start to the year for the RNT crew.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            says: Israel's Elado hops off Red Motorbike and into the Razor N Tape fraternity with a quartet of edits sans frontieres. Each track has the power to set the floor on fire but it's the bubblegum masterpiece on the B1 I give maximum props to!

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Big Baba
                                                                            A2. Gulab Jamun
                                                                            B1. Blame
                                                                            B2. Halloumi

                                                                            The Patchouli Brothers / Dino Soccio

                                                                            You've Got The Power / She's A Dancer

                                                                            Keen to keep trim after any festive over-indulgence, Take Away serve their usually irresistible blend of disco flavours on a smaller plate. This week's star bakers are Patchouli Brothers and Dino Soccio, who vie for the Masterchef crown with a pair of irresistible edits for the DJs and dancers. On the A-side it's all about the gospel optimism as Patchouli Brothers apply subtle tweaks to a synth heavy slice of baptist boogie, while Dino Soccio slips his scalpel into a neat Chic cover with maximum moog squelch and horny funk.



                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            says: I haven't stepped in a church for a long while now, (largely for fear my blasphemy will have disastrous results) but the gospel power of this Patchouli Bros edit has me hankering for salvation! Church MFs

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A. The Patchouli Brothers - You've Got The Power
                                                                            B. Dino Soccio - She's A Dancer

                                                                            Confidence Man, the most fun band since the B-52’s grew beehives, recently made a return with ‘First Class Bitch’, a track designed to make you feel like you’re on top of the world, at the top of your game, no matter where you might be in reality. “I’d been thinking about this for a while now... It all started in London, when I saw a pair of socks with the words ‘first class bitch’ embroidered on them, hanging in a shop front window,” explained singer / songwriter Janet Planet. “I suddenly realised, I too was a first class bitch. I rushed back to the penthouse and penned this hit. Ever wondered what you hear when you die? This is it.”

                                                                            Now the track gets a re-working courtesy of the muchloved duo Groove Armada. Themselves recent recipients of the Krystal Klear and Joe Goddard remix treatment, they turn ‘First Class Bitch’ into a spiralling anthem, keyboards creaking and wheezing to a satisfactory conclusion. Talking about the remix, Tom Findlay of Groove Armada said: “It’s been a real pleasure to remix this excellent track by Confidence Man for Heavenly Recordings. The groove was instantly something we wanted to explore, and to give it a Tom Tom Club kind of feel, I dusted off my old bass guitar to give it a more live feel, and to take it in a slightly different direction to the original. Hope you enjoy it!”

                                                                            Turn it up, ease back, ride that ego trip. Sure, by the end of it you’ll be dancing, but you’ll be far too sure of yourself to notice what that really looks like. Go ahead, feel yourself. It’s ok. Confidence Man have given you that. It's in the name, after all.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            says: Taking the tongue-in-cheek, dance-punk ethic of our own International Teachers Of Pop, Confidence Man combines the cheeky sleaze of Charlie XCX with the groove and fun of classic DFA bands to create a humorous but infectious, incendiary blend for your illicit house party gatherings during lockdown.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Groove Armada’s Confidence Trick Remix
                                                                            Groove Armada’s Confidence Trick Remix Instrumental
                                                                            Raf Rundell’s Party Nails Remix
                                                                            Working Men’s Club Remix

                                                                            A swelling, string-drenched slice of soulful disco, Kyoto Jazz Massive co-founder Shuya Okino’s 2011 release ‘Still In Love’ remains a hugely in-demand cut for discerning selectors, thanks to its life-affirming vocal provided by Navasha Daya and lush instrumentation. Now Glitterbox Recordings deliver a specially curated 12” package of this record box essential, as this enduring modern-day classic is given a number of re-works from dance’s A-List. This package features mixes from true DJ’s DJ The Reflex, Berlin duo Kyodai, and house legend DJ Spen, which are joined by the blissful original, illustrating the versatility of a truly special record.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            says: Marking their scorecard of 2021, the hottest stable in modern disco unleashes its first single of the year complete with an all star roster of remixers. Living room lockdown discos can now rejoice!

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Still In Love (The Reflex Extended Revision)
                                                                            A2. Still In Love (Kyodai Extended Remix)
                                                                            B1. Still In Love
                                                                            B2. Still In Love (DJ Spen Remix Long Version)

                                                                            For Volume 3, Jazz N Palms lets loose another set of expertly reworked, retouched and edited tracks often heard drifting over the entrancing poolside of the iconic Pikes Hotel. Jazz music fused sartorially with latin, funk, rock and international sounds to be enjoyed under the palms and the sun of the Mediterranean sea. Opener 'Kite Park' sees JNP make maximum use of the tension between cool and calming chords and chunky percussion, while 'Puerto Rico' is all about that hip-twisting latin style. On the B-side, "La Ola" lets loose with the cocktail lounge vibraphone, love boat strings and low slung bass, before the late 80s / early 90s fusion of 'Neon Landscape' splits the difference between New Jack Swing, Club Soul and FM synthesis. Possibly saving the best until last, JNP goes IN on the B3, bringing the full force of 'Afrotropic's' big bassline, hot horns and chanted vocals to the dancefloor. No surprises that this guy gets to warm-up the monthly exclusive Ronnie Scott's (London) jazz concerts held at Pikes.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Kite Park
                                                                            A2. Puerto Rico
                                                                            B1. La Ola
                                                                            B2. Neon Landscape
                                                                            B3. Afrotropic

                                                                            Shape Of Space

                                                                            Manifesto

                                                                            Manifesto is the first release on the new label Shape of Space Records. It is a Balearic inspired chugfest with guitars and a killer acid bassline, written and produced by Paul Greendale and Chris Stevenson who have been working together for 25 years on various projects. The AA side is a remix which strips it down to the basics, whilst keeping the essence of the original. Both mixes were played extensively at the club A Love From Outer Space and the Convenanza Festival Autumn 2019 by both Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston. It is now available as a limited edition run of 200 vinyl and there will be no re-press so when they’re gone they’re gone.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            says: Acid-flecked cosmic huge with the ALFOS crews and inaugurating Shape Of Space's discography stylishly, don't miss this sure-to-be massive slo-mo hit.

                                                                            Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ

                                                                            Saturday Specials: The CLIPZ Remixes Vol. 3

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

                                                                            Swerving between adderol-fuelled, agro-jungle and smoother-edged, mainroom rollers, it's another perfectly curated and classy display of everyone involved's unique take on modern dnb. Winner!



                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Walk Alone - Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ Feat. Infinite Coles, Berwyn
                                                                            2. Dream I Never Had - Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ
                                                                            3. The Night - Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ Feat. Berwyn

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

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

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

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Do Stay For Breakfast
                                                                            A2. Soft Choppers
                                                                            B1. Simple Stroll
                                                                            B2. Breaking Bread

                                                                            Gee Dee

                                                                            Key Of Sea

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

                                                                              Limited to strictly 300 copies, no repress.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Mourning Dove
                                                                              A2. River Dance
                                                                              B1. Nautilus
                                                                              B2. Palmetto

                                                                              GÅS

                                                                              GÅS

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

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

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                01. Epitaph (UK 2SX 2010301)
                                                                                02. The North Wind Blew South (UK 2SX 2010302) 

                                                                                Royal Blood

                                                                                Typhoons - Single

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

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


                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Typhoons

                                                                                  Features Lyric Etching On B Side

                                                                                  The Pearls

                                                                                  Groovy Beat - Inc. Jura Soundsystem Edit

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

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Groovy Beat
                                                                                    A2. Groovy Beat (Dub Version)
                                                                                    B1. Groovy Beat (Jura Soundsystem Edit)

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

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

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Cog In The Wheel (Unknown Artist Edit)
                                                                                    B1. Cog In The Wheel (Unknown Artist Alternative Edit)
                                                                                    B2. Message From The Creator

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

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

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. High Tension Dub
                                                                                    A2. Serpent Dub
                                                                                    A3. DNA Mutation
                                                                                    B1. Fractal Dub
                                                                                    B2. Paramid Dub
                                                                                    B3. Nonstop Outro T.I.M.E.

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

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


                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Side 1
                                                                                    1. Unravel
                                                                                    2. Stars Burst
                                                                                    Side 2
                                                                                    1. Fear
                                                                                    2. For You

                                                                                    Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ

                                                                                    Saturday Specials: The CLIPZ Remixes Vol. 2

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


                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Pretending Nothings Wrong - Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ Feat. Ghostface Killah
                                                                                    2. I Don’t Want This Feeling To Stop - Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ Feat. FLOHIO
                                                                                    3. That Sky - Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ Feat. Maria Somerville

                                                                                    Minnie Riperton

                                                                                    Les Fleur / Oh By The Way

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

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

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

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

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


                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. Chains (feat Ron Wilson)
                                                                                      A2. Electronic Debris
                                                                                      B1. Saspence
                                                                                      B2. Nyte Light

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

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

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

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. Hangin' On A String - Frankie Knuckles Club Mix
                                                                                      B1. Hangin' On A String - Frankie Knuckles Classic Club Reprise
                                                                                      B2. Hangin' On A String - Original 12 Inch Mix

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


                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. Just Doing Me (Terry Hunter Club Mix)
                                                                                      B1. Just Doing Me (Terry Hunter Club Instrumental)
                                                                                      B2. Just Doing Me (Terry Hunter Radio Mix)

                                                                                      Bastedos

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

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

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

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

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Anywhere You Want To Go
                                                                                        B1. I Don't Want The Night To End

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

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




                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Damn Right
                                                                                        A2. Reckless
                                                                                        AA1. Dance
                                                                                        AA2. Soundclash

                                                                                        Unknown

                                                                                        Reckless Eyes

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

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

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

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Reckless Eyes

                                                                                          Lame

                                                                                          You've Got The Night

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

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1. You've Got The Night
                                                                                            B1. You've Got The Night (Instrumental)

                                                                                            Satellites

                                                                                            Big Baglama

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

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1. Big Baglama
                                                                                            B1. Deli Deli

                                                                                            Juniore

                                                                                            Walili Dub

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

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

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

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

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A.Walili Dub - Remixed By Al Babi
                                                                                              B.Tes Cheveux - Version Instrumental

                                                                                              Chai

                                                                                              No More Cake

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

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

                                                                                                -The Guardian-

                                                                                                A message from Chai -

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

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A NO MORE CAKE
                                                                                                B Ready Cheeky Pretty

                                                                                                Digwah

                                                                                                Deter

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

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A1. Deter

                                                                                                EEE

                                                                                                EEE008

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


                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

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

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


                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A1. Flight Of The Eisenberg
                                                                                                B1. Heads
                                                                                                B2. The Jubes

                                                                                                Diogo Strausz

                                                                                                Emancipacao EP

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

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

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. Emancipacao
                                                                                                  B1. 50 Anos Em 5

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. When The Party Is Over
                                                                                                  B1. Heartbeat Summer

                                                                                                  Mila Anatoli

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

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


                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. Too Late
                                                                                                  A2. Kathy
                                                                                                  A3. To Be Cruel
                                                                                                  B1. Too Late (Skyrager Edit)
                                                                                                  B2. Kathy (Jonny Rock Edit)

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

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  says: La da deee! La da daaa!

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. Loveface Saves The Day
                                                                                                  B1. Singing For Money

                                                                                                  Cantoma

                                                                                                  The Mountain Remixes - Inc. Lexx / Chris Coco Remixes

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

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. The Mountain (Lexx Remix)
                                                                                                  B1. The Mountain (Chris Coco Remix)

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. What Is Dance
                                                                                                  A2. Sunlight
                                                                                                  B1. Andrew

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

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                  Casbah 73

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

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

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Love Saves The Day (Danny Krivit Extended Edit)
                                                                                                    A2. Love Saves The Day (Percussion Jam)
                                                                                                    B1. Love Saves The Day (Rahaan Extended Remix)
                                                                                                    B2. Love Saves The Day (extended Mix)

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Lobster Who Is Criminally Insane
                                                                                                    A2. Lobster Who Is Criminally Insane (Discodromo Remix)
                                                                                                    B1. Air Penguin
                                                                                                    B2. Air Penguin (Chida Remix)

                                                                                                    Patrick Conway

                                                                                                    Hypersocial / Safety Test

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

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. Hypersocial
                                                                                                      B1. Safety Test

                                                                                                      Professor Balthasar

                                                                                                      Twilo

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

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Twilo
                                                                                                        B1. Limelight

                                                                                                        Rheinzand

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Obey (Hardway Bros Stereo Odyssey Mix)
                                                                                                        A2. Kills & Kisses (Red Axes Mix)
                                                                                                        B1. You Don't Know Me (In Flagranti Mix)
                                                                                                        B2. Strange World (Richard Sen Remix)

                                                                                                        Liam Gallagher

                                                                                                        All You're Dreaming Of

                                                                                                          Charity Partner for Single will be Action For Children.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’

                                                                                                          Slow Club

                                                                                                          Christmas, Thanks For Nothing EP

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

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

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

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. All Alone At Christmas
                                                                                                            2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
                                                                                                            3. It's Christmas And You're Boring Me
                                                                                                            4. Christmas, Thanks For Nothing
                                                                                                            5. Silent Night

                                                                                                            Paranoid London

                                                                                                            PLEDITS#1

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

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A. Dunn 4 Money (Paranoid London Edit)
                                                                                                              B. Do You Wanna Touch (The Yellow Magic) (Paranoid London Edit)

                                                                                                              Unknown Artist

                                                                                                              El Guiri Edits 01

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

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                A1. Barna Farandula
                                                                                                                B1. Monigote Dub
                                                                                                                B2. Sin Ti Yo No

                                                                                                                Cheb Mimoun / Azza Kamal

                                                                                                                Dar Disku Vol. 4

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  A1. Cheb Mimoun - Abdel Kader (Dar Disku Edit)
                                                                                                                  B1. Azza Kamal - Maadna Bukra (Tjade & Moving Still Edit)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Watercolours
                                                                                                                  2. Better
                                                                                                                  3. Light It Again
                                                                                                                  4. Mardi

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


                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  A1. I Keep Calling
                                                                                                                  A2. Before
                                                                                                                  B1. Do You Ever
                                                                                                                  B2. Summer Of Now