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Squid

Town Centre

    The hotly tipped post-punk, disco-funk phenomenon Squid are back with a new EP called ‘Town Centre’ on vinyl via Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label, the first EP from the legendary singles label. ‘Town Centre’ is a perfect distillation of everything they have done so far, making good on the angular funk of ‘The Dial,’ the disco-punk of ‘Houseplants’ the ambitious songwriting of ‘Terrestrial Changeover Blues’ and through to their more ambient-leaning early work.

    Kicking off with the ambient sprawl of ‘Savage,’ Squid are instantly revelling in the uncertainty and ambiguity found in the searching out of ideas and have created something that feels meditative yet active, capturing their alluring chaos but presenting it in a totally different manner. Next up, the propulsive, guitar-led ‘Match Bet’ was written at guitarist Anton Pearson’s parents house in Norfolk and spawned from an open tuning fingerpicking pattern that sparring partner Louis Borlase had been developing after being inspired by the Don Edwards track ‘Coyotes’ in Grizzly Man.

    On ‘The Cleaner,’ Squid are at their angular best, the lyrics are inspired by moving to London and trying to adjust to the pace and lifestyle of the city. The track is bursting with ideas, and there’s a clear energy and determination within the band to embrace different musical styles, deftly. ‘Town Centre’ closes with ‘Rodeo,’ a cinematic track that features an observational monologue from Ollie Judge. Percussion and keys wunderkid Arthur Leadbetter says of the track: “The song is a story for us. One that feels like your on a movie set while the camera is rolling, but the lead actor has lost the plot and split his mind between those closest to him.”

    For ‘Town Centre’ the band once again team up with producer du jour Dan Carey and emerge with a powerful, intensely angular collection of songs that recall the finest corners of late 70s post-punk alongside a propulsive motorik drive and glimmers of early noughties disco whilst expertly making it all their own.

    Dan Carey on Squid. “I love Squid so much. To record with them is such a joy - the room is a sea of ideas and enthusiasm without any clashes of ego; every suggestion is given full attention. This , combined with their musicianship results in beautifully inventive music, underpinned by a hard steady groove and topped with lyrics that are important and surreal.”

    The Chemical Brothers

    Out Of Control - 21 Minutes Of Madness Mix

    "Out Of Control (Secret Psychedelic Mix)" forms part of a suite of remixes Tom and Ed prepared back in 1999 to complement their era-defining "Surrender" album. Unreleased at the time, they were recently unearthed when archive work began on the expanded 2019 20th anniversary box set editions. Of the five "Secret Psychedelic Mixes" on the new set the aptly titled" Out Of Control (21 Minutes Of Madness)" takes the "Surrender" classic and transports it to all kinds of interesting places. To commemorate the anniversary release, a strictly limited one-sided white label copies of this mix have been pressed. First come first served!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Crowning glory of one of their best LP's extended and tweaked for maximum dancefloor enjoyment. Sounding as crucial and killer as it did twenty years ago.

    Our fertile Mancunian soils uncover yet more magic from underneath the paving slabs and gutter grills of our city streets. Jerk It, a new label born out of the clubnight and radio show of same name, inaugurates itself with a precision crafted, garage-house bass hybird from Swedish producer Bobo (Bars Of Beats).

    Opening with the intricately constructed, "And They All Look Like You" - full of darting sfx and cleverly overlocked rhythms, it simmers white hot while machine-code hats and delicate piano notes glide us forward on a slinky plane.

    "Crucifxi" follows with a truck load of bass weight as it delivers a Void-approved journey into spiraling synthetic house goodness that's heavy enough to bridge into more intense moments later. The long breakdowns and wide-spectrum stereo field should ensure this does maximum damage in a club environment.

    Flip and the more hyped up, garage hybrids jostle for attention. "Workin" sounds already like it could be the label / clubnight's theme tune; it's clever ghosted vocal loop a call to arms for the Jerk It mob. Add a stuttered nu-breakbeat riddim, gliding subs & the odd dub siren and you've got yourself a vacuum-tight modern club exercise for all to enjoy!

    Another shuddering, syncopated beat closes off the release; "The Downfall Of Zanzibarland" concluding business with an upfront & street ready merging of electro, techno and bass with pneumatic drums, crisp perx and spectral synth lines; perfect for dancing eyes-wide-shut come 3AM at your local night spot.

    Top stuff here from Boba and the Jerk It cru... 1-2-watch 4 sure... Check! 



    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Yes lads! Local upstarts Jerk It make the natural transition from clubnight > radio show > label - bringing forth the precision club sounds of Bobo for their debut joint. It's a doozy!

    Benedikt Frey makes an anticipated return to the ESP Institute. After leisurely toying with themes around this fourth release with the label, which follows his 2017 debut album 'Artificial', a dense nihilistic fog seems to have enveloped his creative process and undoubtedly informed his frame of mind. The approach here is perhaps more minimal than the artist’s previous endeavors — reducing music to skeletal loops, allowing their character to develop and fluctuate over the course of each piece — a confidence that exemplifies an artist hitting their stride, but in no way does he rely on the trope of “less is more”. Whereas a minimalist embellishes the importance of elements through their isolation and negative space, Benedikt fills every facet with granular measures of sound and sifts them, in a cyclical motion, through his spectral arrangements. The title 'Cells' speaks to the unadulterated path from which Frey cultivates complex gestures utilizing limited means — stretching singular organisms to their furthest limits, breaching their brink of stability and inciting cancerous mutations — proving time and again his mastery of tonal nuance and fearless embrace of distortion. Each of these four songs deliver a despondent poetry, predominantly abstract, but occasionally complimented by verbal commands from dystopian futures, such as the blanketing repetitive chants in 'Interlinked' that conjure images of labor, assembly lines and infrastructural erosion, or the intercom punctuations throughout 'Substance B' that refer to the “world’s future” which, when juxtaposed over such dark melodies and gritty drums, allude to science fiction, Film Noir and a post-apocalyptic existence. As the winter approaches, the melancholy grows very real, and we swoon.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Benedikt Frey has been smashing it of late, producing one of my favourite 12"s of the year in typically low key fashion. Here he brings his dark, EBM tinged synth slap to ESP across four detailed club tracks. On the A-side, 'Interlinked' is abrasive and break-led, while 'Pilot' is slow, low and subby, keeping the tension high throughout. Flip it for the steely motorik groove of 'Substance B' and my personal favourite the 85BPM grind of 'Pedal To The Metal'.

    After a two year hiatus, Fasaan return with an EP from the local one-man-band that is Inre Kretsen Grupp. Gems of carefully melted down new wave, dub, aor and boogie sit confidently together on this EP which marks the debut of keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Martin Blomberg. 
    We're in a future primitive dream on opener "Loggia", as an exotic new age dancers unwinds at boogie pace over a steady drum box rhythm. Marimbas, funky hooks and digi-pan pipes brim with tropical warmth and lead perfectly onto the humid dub of "Campo Santo" and its echo drenched guitar licks. Over on the flip, the titular "Dorisk Ordning" drifts through new wave, dub and chamber pop like a lost Vini Reilly collab brought back to life by Stroom. Finally "Dubbad Dougong" nails that coastal dub sound we adore at Piccadilly, calling to mind Domenique Dumont, Peaking Lights or A Vision Of Panorama. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Finally Fasaan are back! The label's 12th release is the first for one man band the Inre Kretsen Grupp, who displays a mastery of melody, drum programming and production across four dreamy downbeat jams brimming with dub, wave and Balearic flavours.

    Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club

    Live Sessions Vol. 2 - Inc. Auf Togo Meets Becker & Mukai Remix

    Emotional Response presents the final recordings of the Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club, a loose band alias of Kirill Sergeew aka Kito Jempere. Principally active for just a few years, these recordings were never finalised - lost as such, until now. 
    Growing out of Kito's productions, the 8-piece band, including friends Lipelis (Public Possession / Animals Dancing) and Sergey Lipsky (Simple Symmetry), was developed to create live transformations of his music.
    The EP captures SPDSC at their peak; working with a desire to experiment via live improvisation. "Can't You See Me", their version of an earlier studio release, morphs the original's melodic 4/4 in to an expansive, surround sound slo-mo Balearic funk experience for the heavens.
    This is backed with a remix by Auf Togo Meets Becker & Mukai. After EPs on Leng, Aug Togo, aka Clement Cachot-Coulom and Sasha Crnobrnja (In Flagranti), previously teamed up with Jean-Gabriel Becker and Susumu Mukai (Zongamin), for an acclaimed EP on SaS Recordings. Their remix sensually creeps up, skilled musicianship creating a warm dub, as soothing bass and laid back vocals float to sunset horizons.

    As finale, "Simple Customers" is an 11-minute whirl of lazy, psychedelic beauty. The interplay between bass, drum and guitar is water tight, letting vocals shine to some latter day anthem. A fitting epitaph, a band at ease, confident and as one, these proved to be their last output before Kirill regrouped as today's Kito Jempere Band.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: The finest dubby funk and low slung disco here from Kito Jempere and pals. The A-side is a flurry of infectious bass and trippy tape echo, followed by an arp-ed up cosmic remix from Auf Togo, Becker and Mukai. Switch to the B-side and things get faaaar out on a maggot brain tip. Big hit!

    Phenomenal Handclap Band is back on Toy Tonics with remixes by Superpitcher & Ray Mang! The New York indie disco crew delivers their third song to the Berlin dancefloor label. Their last 2 Toy Tonics singles, Judge Not and Jail, have already made big waves with heavy rotations in the sets of people like DJ Harvey, Artwork, Gilles Peterson, Keinemusik and many others. Now they are back with another surefire smash: "Remain Silent"
    The Phenomenal Handclap Band from New York has been known for a couple of funk-driven releases before, but also for supporting or collaborating with such giants as Bryan Ferry, Marcos Valle and Nile Rodgers & Chic .
    The band, based around multi instrumentalist and producer Daniel Collás, is releasing this new single in advance of their new album on Toy Tonics in 2020. This is just a warm up!




    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: Worth its full price for the Superpitcher rendition (both vocal and dub). A 10 out of 10 in my books. You sooo need this.

    Donna Summer / Earth Wind & Fire With The Emotions

    I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Mega Mix) / Boogie Wonderland

    In 1982, Donna Summer’s I Feel Love - which had re-defined dance music on its original release in 1977 - was remixed by Patrick Cowley and became a huge dance floor anthem once again. The extended “Mega Mix” version, running to over 15 mins, has long been celebrated as one of the most essential dance music cuts of all time and now, for the first time since its original release, we are proud to reissue this amazing track as a 12” single. And to make this the best 12” single you could ever own, we have coupled I Feel Love with another towering classic of the genre.

    From 1979 we present the full 8-minute plus version of the breath-taking Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire with The Emotions. One of the best loved disco tracks of all time - and in its extended version here - not only is it a huge floor filler but it’s also a truly euphoric celebration in music.

    I Feel Love the Patrick Cowley Mega Mix, and the extended version of ‘Boogie Wonderland’ together for the first time on one 12” single. Two essential anthems for every music collection

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: Yes, the 15 minutes of heavenly glory and dancefloor ecstasy that Patrick Cowley gave birth to are here in its full glory. Great repress with groovy and wholesome sound quality. Enjoy!

    Henry Turner's Crystal Band

    Music

    Kalita are happy to announce the first ever 12” reissue of Henry Turner Jr.'s hugely sought-after 1980 disco single, 'Music', backed by the first ever re-release of his 1984 boogie single 'Forever Us'. So elusive and in-demand, the former routinely commands four-figure sums on the rare occasion that a copy surfaces for collectors and DJs to scramble over. The latter is equally as great, commanding three-figure sums and demonstrating clearly America's development by the mid-1980s away from disco and towards the boogie craze. In addition, here Kalita accompany the release with a never-before-seen press photo of Henry's band Crystal and interview-based liner notes.

    Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Crystal band consisted of Henry on guitar with local musicians Ranches Hall on keyboards and vocals and Ricky Broomfield on drums. By the tail end of the 1970s, Crystal had settled themselves into the local music scene, and performed at many nearby venues including The Golden Palace, Derringers', The J Club, and for numerous fraternities and sororities of nearby universities. By 1980, the band were ready to record their first single, 'Music', in the hope that it would be a radio hit. As Henry explains, “we were driven performers and 'Music' was the perfect tool to get us radio play”. They decided to pay to lay down and press their music at Soundsmith Recording Studio, which had the ability to not only record but to also manufacture and release their music on the studio's own eponymously- named label. Only five hundred copies of the record were pressed, distributed by the band themselves, meaning that today, copies almost never turn up for sale. A fantastic disco track, upon release the band deservedly succeeded in their original aim, and it was a radio hit in Baton Rouge.

    Within four years of 'Music's' release, Ranches Hall had left the band, reducing it to two core members – Henry and Ricky. However, still eager for success, the now-slimmed down Crystal band recorded 'Forever Us' over a couple of days as a follow-up single to 'Music', laying down their instruments at the local Sound Trax Studio, produced by Henry himself. In contrast to the number of additional session musicians that had performed on their first record, here only Henry and Ricky contributed, playing all the instruments and providing the vocals themselves. On release, the record received notable success, not only in the US but also across the pond on the UK scene. Since then, Henry has continued to release both his and other musicians' music on his own Hit City label, as well as developing his musical style and cementing himself in at the core of the Baton Rouge music scene. We hope that this timely re-release helps to make such great pieces of music accessible and affordable to all once more.


    Sports Team

    Fishing

      The first single to be taken from their forthcoming debut album, due for release early 2020. 

      Snap this up they're gonna fly!

      Eschewing the ‘love song industrial complex’ that dominates the airwaves, for Meatraffle it is the political, the platonic, the comradeship of the struggle that provides true artistic grist. This is a band you can get behind, they’re honest and down to earth, and while the world grows increasingly hostile it’s reassuring to know that there’s a group of people out there who get it, address it and want to change it. They’ve found the sweet spot between sincerity and humour, without taking themselves seriously they garner a lot of respect.

      Meatraffle have a self awareness, they know what it is to live in a changing, unequal society. But they know how to counteract it too, by calling it out. Their lack of pretence is a breath of fresh air in a stagnant, money-obsessed world, and they shout about worker’s rights, sexism, capitalism and the shoddy state of politics in a way which truly captivates and engages their audience.

      Weatherall opts to take the message deep into the the dubosphere, channeling the spirits of Jamaica via bars-long tape delay, melodica snippets and a heavy blast of ganja smoke! Watch yer bassbins on this digi-dub monster folks!

      MixHell meanwhile hit the airwaves of an alternative galaxy, their alien pop sensibilities rife throughout the angelic choruses and warbled verses of "Meatraffle On The Moon". Anthemic yet fragile and broken, it's the perfect anti-anthem of our times....



      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Wevvers shines a hydroponic light on upcoming act Meatraffle, while MixHell provides a light boogie-pop rubdown that should surely see these rising stars garner tons of radio play.

      Chaos In The CBD

      Come Together EP

      Peckham-based DJ and producer duo Chaos In The CBD's In Dust We Trust has quickly become an essential label here at Piccadilly. Each release sells out quick with little hype or furor - simply just hunted down by house heads in the know, of which we know there are plenty!

      Release no. 8 is no exception to the now standard, one track per side formular. "Come Together" is electric and tantalizing from start to finish as it deploys gated pad sweeps and big proggy atmospheres alongside their usual tribal-tinged drum exercises.

      "Digital Sound" really pushes the tribal inflections, building itself around a hypnotic percussive rhythm subtly enhanced with technoid stabs for a truly heady vibe out in the dance.





      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: The Peckham pair return with the essential series and once again they provide sonic gold for deep house heads across the globe. TIP

      Beard In Dust

      Edits From The Dust

      After wooing us with the first three installments of his 'mystery' (cough) sub label, Br**ley Z*** (who, what?) returns with the forth volume of this cult series.

      3 no-bullshit disco versions designed for euphoric moments on any dancefloor and avoiding any clichés or over-used anthems.

      Every release has thus far sold out, this one will too with so far no word of any of the series being repressed....

      You know what to do!


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Blink-and-you'll-miss-'em! Cult collected edits series from the Rhythm Section camp..

      Lone continues to thrive on his newly established label, Ancient Astronauts, with its second release of the year, "Not Seeing Is a Flower".

      Steering towards a new studio album from the Nottingham-based producer, the three-track EP takes its name from a Japanese idiom (見ぬが花), which suggests that reality cannot compete with imagination. Lapping at varied shades of the psyche, "Glyphic" kicks things off with a heavyweight tribal techno cut inspired by Cutler’s experiences at Bass Coast festival this summer, fusing 303 acid with sweltering piano lines and otherworldly vocals for a transcendental dancefloor experience. The senses are heightened with title-track "Not Seeing Is A Flower", which reaches beyond reality with slowly spoken samples effortlessly melting into a lush ambient techno backdrop reminiscent of early work from The Future Sound Of London, Orbital, and The Black Dog. Finally, "Boketto" sees Lone embrace the same tone of downtempo trip-hop detailed on his albums "Lemurian" and "Reality Testing" with rolling percussion and meditative chimes drawing close on some of the producer’s most lavish work to date.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Sil says: Always pushing gender boundaries in music. This is a top notch belter with some harrowingly beautiful artwork.

      Here we have a celebration of Northern European electronics as Iceland's most famous export (except Findus Crispy Pancakes of course) Björk cooks up a cultural exchange with fellow vikings Karin & Olof Dreijer for a three tracker of ear wrecking energy. On the A-side Karin appears as Fever Ray, handing Björk the stems to xer icy electro winner "This Country Makes It Hard To Fuck". Making excellent use of an abandoned power plant, nearby Tesla coil and clanking assembly line, the former pop pixie hammers out a tough as fuck industrial cut then adds her inimitable vocals as the icing on the toxic cake. Next up, Karin gets to flex xer remix muscles with an epic, ascendent take on "Features Creatures", adding additional vocals, wild synth yelps ('member "We Share Our Mother's Health") and a whole heap of cinematic heft to the cut. Flip it and Karin teams up with xer bro Olof for a reprise of The Knife bringing a suitably techy, tribal and icy electro vibe to the same track. Brought to life with a super cool sleeve design, printed clear outer and retro-metal inner, this 12" nails both sound and vision.


      Disco Bits are back with 4 more essential edits aimed at late night dancefloors. The smooth early 80's production of Goldie Alexander kicks things off, with "Show You My Love" edited with a rising crescendo, before breaking into that all-too-familiar chorus. A tasty and succinct chop of this disco classic.

      Next up, a staple of 70's disco that has been neglected in recent times. Here reworked with a modern disco beat and an arrangement highlighting all the best parts of the original. Still curious? I'm sure Ruffy or Moon will be able to fill you in...

      "Make You Dance" sees the firm venture into dark, sleezy, electro-disco / proto-house territory, utilizing the exquisite vocals of Sweet T for extra umph!

      Finally, Neneh's reimagining of Cole Porter for the 90's is given an edit that adds funk guitar and percussion to the original's unmistakable bassline, bringing the vocal performance and stark message into focus on "Under My Skin". Excellente! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Sil says: Four slabs of disco edits with a house twist on the titled track. Do not overlook this one!

      Second in the remix series from A Man Called Adam’s acclaimed "Farmarama" album, this 12inch features spacious deep house earworms from wunderkind Aleksandir, and jazzy vibes from Columbian rising star Felipe Gordon (The FG mix is exclusive to this vinyl release). AMCA rework their own track Michael into a swing laden dub and reedit Aleksandir’s demo and monitor mixes into sparkling big room Balearic.

      Aleksandir continues his fine work on Piccadilly faves Blind Jack's Journey and Church with a deep, detailed and uplifting house refix which would sit comfortably next to those early Floating Points 12"s. A Man Called Adam's own dub version of "Michael" is about a summery as it gets, packing poolside beauty and unexpected acid into a the perfect Ibizan day party jam. With trilling pianos, spheric bass and punchy MPC beats, Felipe Gordon's remix is both moody and Moody, while A Man Called Adam's own edit of the Aleksandir edit finds the hidden cosmic power within to turn out a soaring beauty. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Sil says: Laidback deep house remixes for these well seasoned that recently delivered a highly regarded come back LP. These are the different takes from the house towers of the dance music world! Worth a listen.

      The first set of remixes of Calm’s By Your Side got plenty of props for sound quality as well as their ability to get people grooving. Now the label serves up some more remixes, this time from legendary figures Mark Barrott (international Feel) and My Friend Dario.

      Up first is Barrott, the long time slow motion master whose downtempo, ambient, new age and electronic fusions very much set out the Balearic template way back in the nineties. ‘Space Is My Place’ (Mark’s Re<>Imagination to the Sacred Heart Center) is an enchanting and tropical reworking with exotic percussion and liquid drums that gentle sway to and fro like a raft at sea. It’s another escapist, transportive track from Barrott that takes you to the other side of the world.

      My Friend Dario returns to Hell Yeah after his exquisite Calamari Fritti EP late last year with more of his worldly infused sounds. His Etna Vision of ‘Shadows and Lights’ is a glistening affair with loosely jumbled drums and romantic keys that ring out into a balmy night sky. It’s musical and blissful as always with this artist.

      Once again here Hell Yeah have come through with your most essential summer sounds.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Piccadilly's Balearic LP of 2018 continues to extend its ecstasy with a second volume of remix joy. This time round Mark Barrott of International Feel fame cooks up a cosmic chugger with all manner of chakra aligning idents and trippy blips, while My Friend Dario (best name in music?) goes deep and dreamy with an expansive house mix which shifts gears through nuanced congas, meditative breakdowns and energetic acid.

      Bonnie & Klein

      1983 - Inc. Ron Basejam Remix

      Bonnie & Klein return to IIB with a gem of a track. Reminiscent of a lost Alan Parsons' instrumental, "1983" meanders its way through marimbas and warm organ plumes to a lovely guitar solo before the hypnotic synth parts carry us away. Already tried and test at La Torre and perfect for the discerning sundowner.

      Ron Basejam excels on his remix, upping the tempo and delivering an awesome yacht-disco bomb full of flamboyance and flair but keeping true to that sophisticated soundsystem tweakin' aesthetic that edges most of his productions ahead of the also-rans. Sweeeet.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Sil says: Balearic as genre ain't dying just yet and here is proof of it. Two soothing and mellow tracks on Is It Balearic - no pun intended that deliver the vibes you need to kickstart your weekend.

      Second release on Mister T and it's a highly electrified trip into Brazil as Mundo edits up another veritable selection of his country's disco musica...

      "Jangada" opens proceedings with a fiery workout containing flanged guitar chops, vocal chants and chorused bass, encapsulating the in-the-pocket grooves prevalent across the continent.

      "Infernal" takes a step back further in time stylistically, tapping up that original late 70s vibe perfectly with its heavily orchestrated arrangement and emotive chord changes; again further elevated with a fabulous vocal section.

      "Melo Do Camelo" canters in with all the buzz of the party, an electric arpeggio and 4/4 disco drums perfectly highlighting the south American vocal inflections and buoyant keyboard work. If you've ever caught the legend that is Neil Diablo DJ'in in recent weeks - you'll already be familiar with this catchy jam!


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Sil says: Three heavily Brazilian cuts quantized and curated just for you. Digging for edits seems to never stop!

      Kicking off a tasty set of reissues from long running bastion of UK electronic music - Warp; comes this amazingly futurist Aphex session from 1995. Recorded for the infamous John Peel Sessions, the twelve contains four tracks culled from the session.

      Starting with the mutant cosmic disco of "Slo Bird Whistle" which in present day setting seems more than at home alongside the current slew of slow EBM music, albeit rife with AFX's child-on-acid hilarity and discord.

      "Radiator" sees that trademark foray into weirdness that would characterize much of this demigod's output through his career. Riddled with disonance, glitchy techno beats and staccato acid squelches, this is self coined 'Cornish acid', true to source.

      "P-String" on side B displays his stadium-tickling, sound-art credentials as a pummelling kick and dark string converge on a monster mix that's full of foreboding and tension. Accompanied by the artist's iconic visuals, these are some of the pieces that would make his live show one of the most feverishly adored on the planet.

      Finally, we get the stoned, student-bedroom afterparty haze of "Pancake Lizard" which effortlessly drifts off into a chemically induced daydream; gentle strings manipulated against baggy breakbeats and a mid 90s grainy hue.... ahh the good old days.

      Classic AFX - back on wax - you know what to do! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Top drawer Peel session from the Cornish acid pioneer. Kickin' off this monolithic Warp Sessions series in fine style.

      No. 2 in this essential series for Warp fans old and new. Star signing Bibio's idiosyncratic of pastoral electronic folk, peppered with hip-hop production and soulful vocals made a huge impact when he first came on the scene ten years ago.

      These four tracks, plucked from the artist's expansive discography, highlight the delicate and organic side to this producer beautifully, redolent of rolling green hills and the indelible English countryside, given a modern spin and electric hum. There's no one quite like Bibio, yet his vibrations and inflections are so joyous and accessible to all.

      "Lovers Carvings", surely the EPs highlight sets this tone perfectly - a song based on vocal harmonies that's make Fleet Foxes takes note, delicately picked guitar lines and a gentle percussive thrust carrying it ever forward and into the hearts and minds of its listeners. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: While Bibio has been moving more towards an effervescent distillation of disco and indie-electronics, this session for Warp includes some of his most airy, beautiful pieces, and needs to be heard by anyone with a passing interest in his music. If you don't like this, you don't like Bibio.

      Third release in Warp's new reissue series and it's another Peel Session from another stalwart of UK electronica - Boards Of Canada.

      Taken from 1998 it features landmark tracks, "Aquarius (Version 3), "Happy Cycling", "Olson (Version 3)" and "XYZ".

      Demonstrating the act's uncanny knack at crafting dreamy, cinematic-cum-fairylike soundscapes, glued together by dusty breakbeats and DIY electronix, tracks like "Aquarius" and "Happy Cycling" are treasured artifacts amongst long-term fans and newbies alike.

      Two experimental tracks decorate side B, smothered in electrostatic and musicality combined, the two elements that would make this act such a formidable force during their heyday and such a well respected addition to British electronic music.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: A vital piece of the Boards jigsaw; this late 90s John Peel session is a high watermark of creativity and subtlety from this bastion of UK electronica.

      Flying Lotus

      Presents INFINITY Infinitum - Maida Vale Session

      We skip across BBC studios to Maida Vale for the next installment of Warp's TX reissue series.

      Four tracks from FlyLo's stupendous "INFINITY INFITITUM" session, recorded in 2010. Starting with "MmmHmm", suspended on elevated chords and with his punchy, meandering bass sound resplendent throughout; it's a celestial and urgent affair all at once.

      "Golden Axe" is a showcase of musicianship - with highly accomplished bass solos and moody brass journey throughout woodland moods and into enchanted realms.

      Side B sees dancefloor-ready cut, "Tea Leaf Dancers" skip over woodblocks and fluttering organ lines with Andreya Triana's distinctive and sensual vocal delivery more than bolstering the sum of the track's worth.

      "Drips", the most electrified and experimental of the set dazzles the listener with wide-spectrum synthlines, wild saxophone and rampant bass and drum interplay. Add a fully accomplished jazz group and you've got yourself a high watermark, free-jazz staple for the 22nd century.

      Detailing an artist mid-flow state and still in his ascention, this 2010 selection show us how skilled and inventive this new force of modern jazz was, and still is nine years later. Mammoth! 


      Stone-cold vintage Peel session here from early UK 'bleep-techno' pioneers LFO; whose 1990 visit to John's infamous studio forms the basis of this sixth volume of Warp's 'TX' series.

      Listening to "Take Control", you'll easily recognize the blueprint that would see Mark Bell and Gez Varley regarded as innovators across dance music. "To The Limit" combines space-aged synths with jack claps and diva vox then associated with the acid house scene taing over England.

      "Rob's Nightmare", an apt name for the creeping darkness opening the B-side, preceeded their first album, "Frequencies" and seems, to all intents and purposes to be receiving its first wax outing here - all rejoice!

      "Lost World" concludes the set with more idiosyncratic beats n bleeps from the Leeds pair. I have to admit I don't really know where this one begun itself, but it's sounding substantial in this Peel session occurrence.

      Essential stuff for any LFO devotee and another sterling addition to the Warp catalogue - check! 


      Kelly Moran, one of the more recent and avant garde of Warp's signings eschews the dancefloor in favour of something more freeform and dare-I-say-it, thought-provoking on this new session.

      Recorded specifically for Warp's 'TX' series, the five tracks here show off the composer's multi-instrumental and classically trained ear perfectly. "In Parallel" and "Helic 2" are both transmitted acoustically, and demonstrate advanced skill on both harp and piano compositions.

      "Interlude 1" opens side B with a tranquil moment of eastern mystery, before "Love Birds" opens up a bouquet of staccato wind chimes. Enchanted and completely ethereal, it's like your stood in a magical mood garden full of Elven-sorcery and sprite-like figures.

      "Radian" concludes, a heart wrenchingly powerful solo piano missive with suspended organ drones as underlay.

      A breathtaking piece of modern classical mixed with atmospheric electronica and a standout piece from the series. Recommended. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: A really strong session from Kelly who shuns convention and delivers an arresting piece of modern classical greatness. If like me you know little of this artist, this is an excellent insight!

      Volume.... seven I think we're up to know in this thorough and expansive Warp 'TX' series - made up of sessions old and new from a plethora of Warp's flagship acts.

      Another newer addition to the ranks, Mount Kimbe records a brand new session for the label comprised of four tracks: "You Look Certain", "Delta", "Marilyn" featuring Micachi and "Made To Stray".

      A far cry from Dominic Maker and Kai Campos's dubstep-indebted beginnings, "You Look Certain" and "Delta" contain technicoloured, spiraling, almost psychedelic leads - buzzsaw synths, purring organs and motorik drums propelling the tracks forward at a rate of knots.

      "Marilyn", one of the duo's biggest tracks, is re-done achieving new levels of intimacy through a slightly stripped back and live sounding arrangement. Finally "Made To Stray" from 2013's "Cold Spring Fault Less Youth" closes off the EP with one of their more introspective, yet vastly gigantium pieces. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Martin says: Some of my favourite Mount Kimbe tunes all reproduced on this vital Warp session. These alternative takes are just as good as the originals making this set an imperative release for fans of this unique act.

      Brooklyn's Daniel Lopatin has had one hell of career, practically dominating the new synth experimental movement since his casette debut in 2007. For Warp's eighth release in the 'TX' series we skip continents to LA, with Oneohtrix Point Never's 2018 session for KCRW radio is documented here.

      As per the format now, four highlights are lifted from the session and presented here for our enjoyment. "Love In The Time Of Lexapro" is a long standing favourite live performance by our man, and this particular instance is a dream on the ears - musical, tectonic and cataclysmic all at once.

      "RayCats", taken from the "Age Of" LP is an experimental number comprised of rhythmic nuances such as singing bowls, wind chimes and 'perc frog' scrapes before being decorated with some skilled synthesizer work - bright leads, lysergic swirls and emotive washes all centering in on this wonderful slice of futuro-exotica.

      "Toys 2" shows off all dazzling flamboyance of 5D charisma of the artist's impressive synth array. Not a million miles away from James Ferraro's new new age masterpiece: "Farside Virtual", it highlights this transitional and momentous period, proto-vapourwave when Lopatin and friends were regarded as heroes of the Nu World, their bright optimistic synthscapes an escape from the hatred and separation that began to sweep through society. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Whilst Lopatin's work has gone from filmic ambient synth work (Rifts, Returnal) to more glitchy, beat based mayhem (Garden Of Delete), he's always maintained a focus on richly textured layers of synth pads and a slowly shifting instrumental weight. This 2018 session perfectly displays his unbeatable grasp of the fine balance between dynamics and weight, balancing the impassable mountain of sound with micromelodies and barely perceptible atmospheric movement.

      London's seminal electronica act Plaid are subject to Warp's 'TX' reissue series, focusing on their second Peel session from 1999.

      Sounding decidedly fresh and futuristic, even by today's standards, "Housework" kicks off the EP beautifully. Centered around a rotating sub bass, technoid perx accentuate the stereo field while tense synths occupy the recesses. Wet and wild electronix from Andy Turner and Ed Handley who would later go on to record under a variety of pseudonyms (The Black Dog, Atypic, Balil etc) before reforming as Plaid in more recent times. Here we see the duo's obvious love of the new techno sound emanating out of America and Europe, and keen for them to put their own mark on the genre.

      Downbeat, slightly melancholic and with a more dusty, sample-based palette; "Kiterider" amply demonstrates that the duo were also more that capable of making evocative downtempo soundscapes that perfectly sat alongside other UK acts like Boards Of Canada, DJ Shadow and the growing popularity of instrumental hip-hop.

      "Elide" seems unique to this session and I'm unable to find it recorded under any other instance, It's a quirky and frenetic outing which references Lemon Jelly and Air France in many aspects with its quick paced breakbeats and blue sky chord progression.

      "Lazybeams" is the last highlight to be lifted from the session; a slow-motion drizzle of electronic elements ricocheted and twisted through a series of complicated outboard processes as the duo show of their impressive technical abilities whilst still remaining true to their musical and mellifluous aesthetic. True excellence from this well celebrated British act. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: The intriguing and beguiling world of Plaid is thoroughly explored on this Peel session from 1999. There's no-one quite these cats, here you'll see why!

      As the series draws to a close, no Warp anthology would be complete without Seefeel, Mark Clifford, Daren Seymour, Justin Fletcher, and Sarah Peacock's iconic, post-rock-electronica group who would make a mark on the early days of Warp records. Bridging guitar-based dream pop and shoegaze stylings with the downbeat, ambient techno and electronica they'd form a unique and characterful landmark on the mid 90s horizon, signing to Warp after early murmurings on independent label Too Pure.

      This final volume of this epic Warp series digs the bands Peel session from 1994 and is comprised of "Rough For Radio", "Starethrough", "Vex" and "Phazemaze". Side A drifts through their fuzzy shoegaze electronica and into their slightly claustrophobic blankets of beats, instruments and texture wrought with blackened circuits. Side B opens with the mournful techno of "Vex" before the gloopy static swamp of "Phazemaze" completes the selection with an experimental piece worthy of John Peel's cult sessions....

      What a way to end the series! Pheewwwee. Gotta get 'em all!!


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Like label mates Plaid, Seefeel's world is that of mystery, exploration blurred boundaries. Existing in liminal and hallucinatory plains yet guided by a humane and sympathetic outlook. This final edition of Warp Session finds the band in exquistive form.

      The Word is one of the better-kept secrets of 1980s Austrian disco music. Yet once you put the needle on this record, you notice that it sounds oddly familiar. The awe-inspiring signature piece “Lobster” has the same analogue, slow-moving aesthetic as Zenit’s timeless “Waiting” as heard on Edition Hawara’s first release. The same goes for the three other wonderfully unconventional, proto-electronic songs: “Easy”, “All My Life” and the eponymous “The Word”. And there are even more commonalities with Zenit’s LP: The vocals are Linda Sharrock’s, who here teamed up with Karl “Charly” Ratzer and Peter Ponger, the twin brother of legendary Falco producer Robert Ponger. The result of this collaboration is, well, also quite legendary. How this kind of sound emerged in Vienna in 1984 is still a bit of a mystery, but clearly all the stars were aligned when Sharrock, Ratzer and Ponger were jamming in the studio. Editions Hawara happily share this secret with us. Just as there are very few lobsters in landlocked Vienna, there are very few records like this out there.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: So, I've been on the hunt for this Austrian electro-boogie / Balearic pop peach ever since my good friend Basso lifted the Soup Kitchen lid a few years ago. The Lobster is cosmic, cool as fuck and so damn groovy, as are each of its three buddies - this is in limited supply, so go go go!

      Unknown Artist

      Artists Series

      Ok pay attention class... Stealth techno here from a crew of unknown tweakers operating at an exceptionally high caliber that's miles ahead of the pack in terms of texture & sound design around the subtler sides of techno.

      Landing somewhere between Sleeparchive, Something In The Sky-era Jeff Mills and Craig Richards / Jane Fitz at their most trickski, these four tracks prefix TECHNO with glitch, melodic, dub and micro respectively; resulting in an intricate and intrinsic addition to the modern cannon.

      Perfect for small rooms with hi-fidelity speaker stacks, the magic's in the detail on these tracks and the more intimate and attentive dancefloors are gonna yield some spectacular results for this one.

      Seriously good and highly recommended by here, don't hang around folks! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Seriously top drawer techno here from a new mob. Certain to become somewhat of a collectors item in certain circles - do not sleep on this one folks!!

      Darryl says: Don't listen to Matt - I thought I had a ping pong ball ringing around in my head for half an hour after the record finished!!!

      Pieces Of A Dream

      Warm Weather / Mt. Airy Groove (Instrumental)

      Much to my serious discredit, I've never come across this killer before, so kudos to those folks at Groovin' for expanding my horizons and soothing my soul. Pieces Of A Dream were a trio of fusionists from Philadelphia, who started jamming as teenagers in 1976. Ny 1981, bassist Cedric Napoleon, drummer Curtis Harmon, and keyboardist James Lloyd had come to the attention of Grover Washington Jr, who manned the controls as the trio hit the studio, utilizing his extensive connections to take their sound to the next level.

      The sultry and stunning downtempo funk number "Warm Weather", featuring silky vocals from Cynthia Biggs, a little coastal ambience and suitably brilliant synth work from one Dexter Wansel is very much blowing my mind right now. Way ahead of its time, this is boogie tinged electro soul for the Balearic crowd. Turn it over for the dreamy e-funk of "Mt Airy Groove", a madcapped jam with hazy Rhodes, B-boy drums and a weird popcorn break.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: How have I never heard this? Produced by Grover Washington and featuring synths from Dexter MF Wansel, this downtempo and dreamy slice of coastal synth funk has blown my mind. Way ahead of its time, and boasting a killer e-funk instrumental on the flip. Cucumber cool and entirely essential.

      After several apparitions of the modern electronic scene, Warzou strikes again, here on the Lyon based Mystery Booms Records for a détour dub called "J'irai dormir chez Mouss"! Tripping to a digi-dub exercise with two mystic and ritualistic songs, from aerian flutes to pop arrangements composed with cheap instruments, including an MPC 2000, keyboard Casio VZ-1, digital delay and mother reverb. Tribute to the old way with this primitive-contemporary feeling! Expected red eyed soundboys to play them loud on your local system! Highly recommended deep carnival presha - check!

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Second release from this fledging Mystery Booms label and both have been imperative additions to the digi-dub cannon. Expert stuff for your next soundclash!

      Banoffee Pies Records release their 10th edition to the Original Series with "Move Tools". One of many channels within the BPR umbrella which dedicates itself more closely to left field dance floor cuts, this time in the form of a solo EP from production master Interplanetary Criminal. The 4 track collection hosts three UKG delights which are bound to disrupt dancefloors all over with their weighty UK feel and extreme sub workouts. The other tracks come as a tried and tested DJ Tool "Move" on the A2 which comedically slips between a joyous disco sample and a bruising 4x4 laser beat. In nostalgic form the B side closes with a dusty and euphoric, late night garage cut full of emotion. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Upcoming MCR producer of the year for me, Interplanetary Criminal completes a flawless year of releases with another of his future-focussed, soundsystem-pleasing garage hybrids for tastemakers Banoffee Pies. Yes mate!

      Azymuth

      Jazz Carnival (Global Communication Space Jazz Remix)

      Celebrating the label’s 25th anniversary, Far Out Recordings presents a series of limited edition vinyl 12”s highlighting its contribution to underground dance music. Including reissues of sought-after floor fillers, previously unreleased club tools and brand-new productions from some key players in Far Out history, the series begins with Global Communication’s ‘Space Jazz’ remix of Azymuth’s seminal "Jazz Carnival".

      One of the label’s most requested reissues, it’s a typically timeless effort from the duo comprising Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton and has stayed relevant within the house/techno canon for over twenty years. The A side presents the original LP version of Azymuth’s 1996 redux of their all-time classic, instrumental disco hit "Jazz Carnival", which originally appeared on Azymuth’s first full-length venture on Far Out, Carnival (1996). Presented in a special 25th anniversary house bag, the full-length 12-minute version of this all time classic has been re-mastered from the original DAT and pressed to heavyweight vinyl.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Nice double headed release containing both the killer original and the amazing GC remix. Disco and techno dancefloors are gonna be equally satisfied!

      Simply put, only the finest Disco reworks are released on Le Edits. Special versions of classics and rarer than rare tracks, all lovingly re-touched and mixed from the reels and master tapes each time, fully sanctioned and created in conjunction with the artists, rights holders and Above Board Distribution. 100% official and essential. This is no 'under the counter' operation, Le Edit is here to bring back some quality and class to the re-edit game by doing things, once and for all, properly and respectfully. No re-press guaranteed. Utilising the highest end tip-on heavy duty sleeves, and outer protective sleeves, pressed onto 100% virgin vinyl. These new mixes have been legitimately commissioned and will not be available digitally. This product cost 4 times as much to produce than your average disco edit 12’’ because Le Edits believe in quality first and foremost. You really haven't heard these tracks like this before! A truly collectible and desirable item indeed.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Sil says: The ubiquitous 'Cosmic Girl' from 1996 gets the royale treatment by DFP who regals you with extended drum breaks, hooks and the full catchy vibe of one of the best Jamiroquai's marvels. The ultimate edit of the ultimate disco pop hit.

      Named King of the Edit since the 1980’s, pioneering Manhattan DJ Danny Krivit’s (aka Mr K) latest 12” delivery instills the title bestowed upon him some 30 years ago. An esteemed selector Danny’s prolific remixing and production capabilities have touched hundreds of records – with his signature flare shaping the New York City sound.

      Opening the A-Side of the release, is Danny edit this summer’s seminal track The Vision’s "Heaven", interweaving a gloriously groovy bassline with Andreya Triana’s vocal to produce an extended, DJ friendly mix that he sent crowds wild with at Dekmental Festival.

      On the flip, Mr K delves a little deeper into the Defected catalogue, trying his hand at The DangerFeel Newbies’ "What Am I Here For (Original NDATL Vocal)". Danny’s stripped back version extends the jazzy, percussive original, as velvety smooth vocals and elegant keys bring this expressive and sophisticated release to a close. A true master of the edit, music as good as this deserves to be heard on wax.


      A studio project by Tom Sky & Roskow K, two music producers, record collectors and founders of Black Pearl. Coming together under the Mudegg alias and dropping two mighty fine edits for Oye.

      "Esok Am" should have the cosmic and Balearic fraternity literally salivating at the mouth over its low-slung intergalactic swagger. Sloppy, cocky and further decorated with an exotic vocal part - cosmic bangers don't come much bigger than this folks - form an orderly queue please!

      "El Disco" hits that eastern disco vibe that's on trend and in vogue and certain to cause a carnival on the floor. Big perc rolls, melodica and bucket loads of mystique fragrence this lavish aural soup.

      In a stuffed and saturated market, Mudegg look bullish and primed for investment. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Everyone knows I love a cosmic killer and these Mudegg freakouts flip African / Middle Eastern sounds with disco grooves, freaky synthwork and quirky percussion - This gets the full Talking Drums seal of approval!

      Etienne Jaumet

      Etienne Jaumet In Dub Part 2 - Inc. DJ Athome / Etienne Jaumet Remixes

      After taking us on a trip through strange synths, spaced out soundscapes and jazz via his "8 Regard Obliques" LP, Etienne Jaumet has kicked of a dope dub odyssey with a pair of sick 7" remix discs. Here we have part two, picking up right where DJ Sotofett and I:Cube left off last time out. On the A-side DJ Athome (from the Belgian 'Front de Cadeaux') turns the jazz epic "Caravan" into a slow 90's breakbeat oddball, perfect for dropping in and around General PDC, Aki Aki and that mega Benoit B 7" from the last couple of weeks. Meanwhile on the flip, Jaumet himself revisits his own "Ma Révélation Mystique" in a more Reggae fashion, currently garnering maximum kudos from digi-dub doyen Kicking Pigeon.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Another gold star showing from Versatile here with the second 7" of remixes from Etienne Jaumet's killer LP. The man himself gets his digi-dub going on the B-side, but I'm all about the breakbeat / retro acid slap of DJ Athome's mix on the A-side.

      Ciao bellas! Here's another hot shot from the MM Discos stable, this time featuring the musical talents of mighty Italian maestro Marcello Giordani, 'Italo Deviance's capo' and half part of the project "Marvin & Guy". For "Riflessi", Giordani stays on topic, exploring all the influences which have formed the foundations of his own sound over the years. A record where the vocoders play a very important role, mixing old electro-boogie and Italo-disco in order to create an amazing, spacey and a very personal 80's tribute. 
      Vocoders are set to stun on opener "Non Me Lo So Spiegare", while clicking robo-claves and snapping snares keep time for the swelling synths and weighty bass tones. The "In The Night" Mix of "Rolandio" follows, serving up spaced out melodies, classic Italo vocoders and soaring sequences - this robot is systematic baby. Our trip through the stars finishes with the heartswelling, super emotive Italo of "Se Ritornerai", a personal highlight from the EP. Endless breakdowns, dreamy keys and a melancholic chord progression ensure tops off, hands aloft energy, while the vocoder brings a touch of robot romance to proceedings.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Marvin / Guy man Marcello Giordani does his thing on MM Discos here, turning out a trio of mega synth jams on an Italo / boogie style. Totally spaced out, always emotional and flawlessly produced, this is a fine homage to the 80s Italian sound.

      Darondo

      Legs Pt. 1 / Let My People Go

      Double A-side 7" featuring Darondo's most dancefloor worthy tune "Legs Pt.1", a slice of proto-Prince type funk with the powerful and conscious ballad "Let My People Go" on the flip. Limited edition release on Ubiquity, licensed from the original tapes and sounding as funky as ever! 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Suuuuper tasty funk double header, gritty and slouchy AF; the bass playing alone on both tracks is worth the entrance fee alone. Add some dusty drums and harrowed vocal parts and you've got two deep funk nuggets smothered in gold.

      After 4 sell-out releases and a sixth month break, The Owl returns with its strongest EP to date containing four certified disco and funk inspired joints.

      Starting with a lesser known rework, The Owl once again delivers the goods with "On It" adding extra bottom end and percussion making this track alone a future favourite in record bags. The theme continues with The Owl adding his unique disco touch to both "Boogie" and "Getting Down".

      But the standout track on this EP has to be "Sly Lovin", more like an original disco cut than a rework. It just has so much funk, that this gem could become a cult favourite for years to come.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Sil says: With club-ready edits of ORS' "Body To Body Boogie", Hamilton Bohannon's "Me And The Gang" (with added Paul Johnson vocal...), this one already had me hooked but the JB-flavoured "On It" and Psychemagik endorsed, "Sly Lovin" ensured my purchase!

      Horace Andy / Im And The Agg

      Fever / The Flue

      Horace Andy’s classic Studio One cut "Fever" on a super-loud 12” single for the first time ever.

      A killer track originally released on the legendary Studio One label in 1973, with the Cedric Im Brooks instrumental version on the B side.

      Horace Andy is one of reggae’s best known vocalists who has had mainstream success with Massive Attack after appearing on all five of their albums.

      A feel-good dancefloor gem, with huge rocksteady inflections, that hard rockin' riddim will keep the dance jivin' rite thru de session....


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Hard skankin' and emerging out of the remnants of rocksteady, this early Horace number has feel-good vibes written all over it.

      Unknown

      Steady

      A mysterious treasure that’s been tearing through the underground finds its way to the surface - "Steady" is a stripped-back techy roller with a UKG tinge that packs a bone-shaking sub bass punch. Hold tight for a warped, well-loved vocal that fits this minimal powerhouse like a dream and is sure to cause a ruckus across dancefloors worldwide.

      Proper illicit pirate radio vibes here as Soul II Soul's classic "How Ever Do You Want Me" is transformed into a sub-heavy soundsystem roller. The ravers are gonna go nuts for this!!!

      Limited white label business - move quick! 


      Craven Faults

      Lowfold Reworks - Inc. Pye Corner Audio / Don't DJ / President Bongo Reworks

      Reworks of tracks from across the Yorkshire-based electronic producer’s trilogy of long-form EPs on the Lowfold Works label. This release brings together a celebrated list of progressive contemporaries at the top of their game.

      Pye Corner Audio, Don't DJ & President Bongo have all made ripples and waves across their various sound pools through some inspired and creative content over the last few years. Unleashing the same drive and desire for audio magc they turn their attention to three of Craven Fault's tracks for the subject of this release.

      "Intakes" is given a synthetic and opiated wash as Pye Corner Audio injects a subtle 4/4 thrust but otherwise smothers the stems in a comforting, if narcotic, blanket of sound.

      Don't DJ takes on "Foddergang", creating a mesmerizing, concentric EBM pulse which owes as much to Ashra Temple and Manuel Gottsching as it does to Tolouse Low Trax and Huerco S.

      Finally, President Bongo brings out the blossoming bright and celestial nuances of "Eller Ghyll", giving them a crystalline, if hypnotic focus. The clarity of the panned drum hits combining with the dreaminess of those softly circling arpeggios is a true feast for the ears. Fluttering, phasing elements gently drift across the stereo field as a motorick meter steadily urges things forward. Dreamboat!

      Mega release, all three remixes are golden. Highly recommended!



      'Kin ell we've been waiting a while for this 'un!! One of the most talked about records of the summer is now available to all. A tribute to St Peterburg's legendary Kisloty club and a must have for fans of VTSS, Courtesy, Clouds and all forms of hard n rapid dance music.

      Opening with the bleak ambience of "Don't Look For Me", gusting icy winds through the deserted cityscape (presumably cos everyone's inside the club getting at it...).

      "Klub Theme" thrusts us right into that 3am mainline; strobes and lazers on full blast with frequent huffs of poppers thrust down our nose. Reminiscent of the harder edge of techno, skirting dangerously close to gabba but in a tasteful and accomplished style - strictly for the brave!

      "Kisloty People" is more playful but none less energetic as it deploys a crazed vocal loop over slamming tekno beatz. Surely a big one with Villalobos and DJ Bone, this fiery inferno of techno goodness has ANTHEM written all over its narcy grooves. Don't believe us? Ask the 70K soundcloud users buzzing their tits off this track right now!

      Anyone needing anymore convincing need look no further than the galvanized metallic techno of "Check It" which concludes this essential record with summat Ben Sims or Surgeon will get plenty use of out int' field.

      You need this.







      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Tough but anthemic, if "Kisloty People" doesn't become a future White Hotel anthem I'll eat my own slipmats!

      Pomona Dream

      Blame It On The Groove

      No it's not a tribute act to the now infamous Salford based ill-eagle-rave (sadly), but a new act hailing from Gothenburg who drop some original music for the long established GAMM label.

      A-side tune, "Blame It On The Groove" is a tasty rare groove jam with sugary sweet vocals and is based on Aged In Harmony's highly sought after, "You're A Melody" track. The new vocal inflections and rugged organic production really bolster the song's estate, and this new addition is at least as valuable as the first!

      Pomona Dream drop an extra treat on the B-side. Downbeat house gem "San Francisco" brings back that Amp Fiddler / Recloose / Carl Craig vibe nicely, with a nice blend of electronic soul and house bump combining beautifully with another accomplished vocal part.

      Well good 7" release this, don't sleep! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Sil says: GAMM goes POP! Leaves the disco realm for a sugar coated rainbows and unicorns filled universe. Classy and sparkly.

      Dyone

      Only Love Can Set U-Free (Bicep Remix)

      Bicep’s much-loved, anthemic remix of Dyone "Only Love Can Set U-Free" gets its first ever vinyl release on the legendary First Choice.

      Back in ’93 Dyone produced the outstanding "Only Love Can Set U-Free", an uplifting house workout drenched in piano stabs, sweeping strings and Dyone’s alluring vocals laid over the top of a shuffling rhythm.

      Only previously released digitally, the Belfast boys Bicep loop up Dyone’s chorus vocal whilst honing in on those huge piano chords and beefing up the beat, laying down a fresh set of drums that give that powering, club-ready Bicep touch. It's epic! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Get ready for the big mainroom rush when this one drops. Bicep continue to be an imperative force with this tastefully re-rubbed house anthem.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      12" Info: 12 Inch One Sided

      Daryl Cura aka DeeCoy has been an integral part of the Chicago underground house scene for many long years, producing numerous records and running the prestigious @eargasmicrec as well as being part of the legendary supergroup Dirty Criminals alongside Traxx and Jamal Moss. LIES present two seperate, previously unreleased archival 12"s recorded during the Criminals era in the early 2000's. This is a testament to an understated artist from the vast Chicago scene who in many ways was very much way ahead of his time...

      Second part of the Deecoy excavation sees more pioneering primitive-electronix from this groudbreaking artist. "The Chase" introduces the record through bolt cutter drums railroaded at a high speed. Alien discourse decoded by human interfaces seem to characterize "Tunnel Vision" as a mixed message of bleeps and bangs peppers our inputs. "Chrome" sees tuff body music veer off slightly into more cerebral states, the perfect contradiction of body and mind working in conjecture. "Eights" concludes with some freebase acid, just in case the fiends were starting to get all scratchy. Mega stuff from this Chi-town luminary whose output seems tailor made for Ron Morelli's LIES label... Recommended! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: The spoils of a second dig around Deecoy's scorched studio reveals more black magic studio trickery in the same vein as Jamal Moss, Steve Poindextor, Adornis etc. There's something in the punch I tell thee!

      Cypress Hill

      We Ain't Goin' Out Like That

      Old Chillin back up in the heezy with more certified G-shit for yo- bitch asses. Bouncing out the speaker stacks comes this 1993 classic from North Cali's finest, the mighty Cypress Hill. Taking some drums from Nilsson, a sax skronk from Alice Coltrane and an eventual harmonica from Sabbath's "The Wizard", DJ Muggs cooked up a neck snapping beat, just about perfect for the buckwild lyricism of Sen Dog and B-Real to take us into the future. Hard hitting rap edit on the A-side, instrumental brilliance on the flip.

      Second repress of CoastDream’s debut X-Kalay release and now cult record, "Soft Moon". With the title track now racking up 1.2m views on youtube (and counting), and both the original and first repress priced at £40 on discogs you'll need to move quick on this one as copies are literally flying off the shelves!

      Alongside the synthetic lo-fi bounce of the lead track, you get more fizzy fun by way of "Oh La La", whose coastal rave stab shines light on past moments of jubilation thru a sepia-tinted lens. "About You" turns the light down low for some proper backroom lo-fi business that barely registers above 8K on the frequency scale!

      It's "La Esperanza" that's got us unable to close our mouths here in the shop though. A rough-as-a-bear's-arse cut-n-paste job of hardcore, jungle and breaks, it moves through three sections in a reckless, no-fucks-given way and has totally twisted every single one of our melons in the shop! Madness, and definitely worth checking out, even if the algorithm has driven "Soft Moon" down your throat you never wanna hear it again...!

      Limited quants - first come first served!


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: As hype as it gets and back in press for I'd guess a nano second, CoastDream's "Soft Moon" serves up beachfront pump, lo-fi house, Bradock-bump and a nanging jungle cut. Buy on sight...

      Thurston Moore

      Pollination / Leave Me Alone

        Each 7-inch comprises an excerpted moment from the THURSTON MOORE GROUP live in 2019, free-mixed and free-created by Wobbly (aka Jon Leidecker). The B-side of each is a special cover of a New Order track (recorded in Salford).

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd 7" Info: 7” Yellow Vinyl + 8 Page Zine.

        Thurston Moore

        Spring Swell / Leave Me Alone

          Each 7-inch comprises an excerpted moment from the THURSTON MOORE GROUP live in 2019, free-mixed and free-created by Wobbly (aka Jon Leidecker). The B-side of each is a special cover of a New Order track (recorded in Salford).

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd 7" Info: 7” Turquoise Vinyl + 8 Page Zine.

          Thurston Moore

          Three Graces / Leave Me Alone

            Each 7-inch comprises an excerpted moment from the THURSTON MOORE GROUP live in 2019, free-mixed and free-created by Wobbly (aka Jon Leidecker). The B-side of each is a special cover of a New Order track (recorded in Salford).

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd 7" Info: 7” Magenta Vinyl + 8 Page Zine.

            Peggi Blu / Gregg Diamond

            I Want It All Now / This Side Of Midnight - Justin Van Der Volgen Edits

            Back in 2009 My Rules label owner Justin Van Der Volgen released a mix cd done completely with his own edits titled Try To Find Me Vol 2.
            The mix was received incredibly well and had fans scrambling for years to try and spot the track list. It earned a 4.5 review on Resident Advisor, and had a certain rather known and respected DJ opening their sets with it.

            Since then the status has only grown and is now considered by some one of the best mixes of all time.

            So to mark the 10 year anniversary Justin has decided to finally release two of the most requested edits from it. On the A-side you get a high powered vocal cut from Peggi Blu which comes on like a lost Chaka Khan anthem. Big bassline, mad fx and screaming lyrics qualify this party starter for tops and bottoms off status. Flip over to the B side and you'll find Gregg Diamond's charging string-laden disco trip stripped back into a hypnotising euphoric roller. Two peak time cuts not to be missed, fully licensed and sure to soar.

            Peach Discs kick off a white label imprint although with a printed centre label displaying the producer's face, and heavy mastering, I think they're clutching at straws with the whole 'white label' concept (at least the tracks are unnamed..!).

            Thankfully the music is cutting edge and with the aforementioned expert mastering, these two cuts bite hard on the club rigs. Two techno tracks full of squally, lysergic sfx & swirls, powered by some percussive, drum-box techno beats delivered at a smooth and steady tempo. Perfect for getting the club bubbling early doors before deploying some tuffer and harder stuff later on.

            Limited copies, mega vibe - move quick! 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: Exactly as I like it. Totally drenched in drum beats and bathed in all kind of mind blowing effects. Mega tool that you should carry to all your sets. Tops!

            Natty / Mala & Benjamin Zephaniah

            Word & Sound

            Mala joins forces with Natty and wordsmith Benjamin Zephaniah on new single "Word & Sound".

            Word & Sound - a reference to the Rastafari terminology, word-sound power - the idea that the vibrations of speech and music impact the world, far beyond both that we can touch and see.

            Speaking about the record, Mala said:
            'The making of this record happened so naturally, the words inspired me to create the music. Their message and intention was set. Conscious vibrations using words and sounds.'

            The single sees the official relaunch of Mala's I&I Music - famed for its limited and much sought-after vinyl only white labels.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Blink-and-you'll-miss-it, dub-meets-poetry as Mala and Natty introduce Benjamin Zephaniah. Mala rekindles the I&I flames... form an orderly queue!

            Brame & Hamo

            Waves Reach - Inc. Private Press / Voiski Remixes

            Following a string of releases this year, Bicep are keeping it green on their label with Sligo local heroes Brame & Hamo’s hauling in the source material for number fifteen on their iconic label.

            Fresh from remixing TSHA’s latest track "Moon" on Ninja Tune offshoot Counter Records, 2019 continues to be a big year for Brame & Hamo who have come through the ranks of Irish talent. Having kept all releases to their own imprint Brame & Hamo, this is their first clutch of material made available for export.

            Bicep have signed up two of the duo's hottest productions, with "Waves Reach" and "Dust" firing out of the starting blocks with a urgent intensity. Both tracks utilize highly kinetic synthlines that twist and weave through two very different technoid groove patterns. The programming and sound design is killer, with "Waves Reach" hitting an expansive, proggy moment of euphoria through its rippling melody and angelic sampled pads. "Dust" rides a sublime plane into coastal techno exuberance; like you're 3 days into a mammoth session on the Baltics but the drugs and certainly the vibe isn't showing any sign of running out yet!

            Voiski takes the highly stimulating energy present in "Waves Reach" and ratchets up the intensity even higher! With nice rhythmic gates powering the synthline through an even fuller and weightier drum palette, you'll need to proceed with caution exercising this beast! Speaking of which, Private Press' take on "Dust" can only be explained as gut-churning, wrecking-ball techno delivered directly to the face! Only the strong survive this onslaught...!

            Highly, highly recommended!



            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Phhwwoooar! That Private Press remix man! Sure to put hairs on the chest of the baldest raver, this low-rumbling, tribal techno hits the jugular everytime. You need!

            Daryl Cura aka DeeCoy has been an integral part of the Chicago underground house scene for many long years, producing numerous records and running the prestigious @eargasmicrec as well as being part of the legendary supergroup Dirty Criminals alongside Traxx and Jamal Moss. We now present two separate previously unreleased archival 12"s recorded during the Criminals era in the early 2000's. This is a testament to an understated artist from the vast Chicago scene who in many ways was very much way ahead of his time.

            Much like fellow pioneer Jamal Moss, DeeCoy takes the various ghosts and tropes of dance music sordid history and breaks them down to their most primal and primitive forms. A distilled form of house music that resonates from within, unrestrained by glitz, glammer and polish. This music could exist in tribal times and is, as such, an extension of those hypnotic and repetitive rhythms our ancestors danced around too. Voodoo house music by one its true originators.

            Part 1 of 2. 300 only. Don't sleep!


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Proto-house blueprints beated out on vintage drum boxes like cave paintings. The double-helix of the dancefloor reveals its early incarnations from another Chi-town wizard. Mega.

            Hifi Sean & Crystal Waters

            Heavy

            Hifi Sean draw an impeccable year to a close with more of their energetic, radio-friend pop-disco-dance that seen them a constant fixture on the airwaves and dancefloor throughout 2019.

            Reflecting the current social climate, Crystal Waters sings a blues / gospel inspired track about escapism and world problems.

            'I turn on the evening news what the hell are they doing ? The whole worlds in ruins fuck me' !!!

            Comes with a tasty dub on side B.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: I love Hifi Sean! Energetic pop music with an air of class and sophistication above that what you normally here on the radio. My family love it... and so do I!

            Invisible Inc. follow the will of the people by pressing up some of their digitally released tracks that have come out since the label's birth.

            The digital releases DD01 ("The Mamba") and DD02 ("Krokakai") came about to provide a more DJ-focused aspect of the label: dancefloor-friendly tracks that didn't wander off quite so far into the oddball, esoteric & 'psychedelic' territory of the label's primary output. Although the label deemed them to be more suited to a digital release, the masses responded and demanded the vinyl you see before you!

            It's the Krokakai track that gets us underway here, "Bodhram Beat. A slo-mo cosmic number wit jagged EBM nuances, it's extroverted spoken word vocal elevates it into philosophical sonic territory that should tickle the mind's eye perfectly. Slovenian Vitorijoski's "The Voice Of Bárbaros" is next, and with its driving eastern-electronics instantly reminded us of Simple Symmetry, Mehmet Aslan, Mekine U Teksi and the great Disco Halal.

            The Mamba's "Trails" is the kinda of throbbing, shuddering EBM that the dancefloor laps up right now. With its buzzing synth lines as cascading tones it's set to cause a whole withering coital snake in the seedier dens of iniquity throughout the global village.

            Closing with Cantillate from the Netherlands whose album "Machines For Emotions" made waves in June and whose previous EPs have had support from Mr TC, Identified Patient, Gamma Intel and more. His slo-mo, sci-fi, tribal techno chugger "Dust To Dust" is a mesmerising synthetic scream from the depths of the psychic abyss. Slovenian Vitorijoski's "The Voice Of Bárbaros" with its driving eastern feel instantly reminded us of Simple Symmetry, Mehmet Aslan, Mekine U Teksi and the great Disco Halal.

            Currently supported by: Andrew Weatherall, Thomas Von Party, Bufi, Cosmo Vitelli, Joakim, DJ Sofa, Ivan Smagghe, Nathan Gregory Wilkins, Vladimir Ivkovic, Myako on Boiler Room and more. All tracks have been (re)mastered especially for this vinyl release.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: One stop shop for all your cosmic / kosmiche needs, Invisible Inc. usher forth another V/A and, you've guessed it, it's another essential view of the modern intergalactic body music scene.

            Dansu Discs have quietly nudged their way to top of the charts as we draw the year to a close with the last two EPs from the camp nothing short of essential. Responsible for KP's no. 2 dance 12" of the year by Interplanetary Criminal, the label completes the year on an impenetrable high with a tasty second volume of their "Club Culture" series.

            ADMINTi's "Puddle Muddle" gets us underway, immediately shaming us with no previous knowledge of this amazing artist! Over growling Reese bass, ADMNTi fires delicious electro-perx and squealing sfx for a playful and direct jolt of mid-session enjoyment. Super slick, you'll be gliding across the mainroom in no time when this one deploys....

            R. Kitt fires up the lasers for his highly accomplished techno romp, "With Somebody". Weighty production and a poised arrangement highlight this top tier techno from the get go, and when those spiraling arpeggios grab hold of you, there's no coming back from its seductive glow.

            As per, the label drop some unfathomably hot new garage vibes, here courtesy of Jack Michael whose "The Edition" skits, shuffled and bangs like a tried and tested OG - 'cept it's brand new and most probably from someone born AFTER '97!!

            GLOCKTA sees off the set with "HOTSPUR"; another Reese-powered banger which this time rides the bassline / 4/4 vibe perfectly.

            Shame it missed festival season but "Club Culture Vol. 2" shows exactly what this label are about and why they should be a priority addition to your weekend weaponry ASAP.



            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Dansu Discs nudges its way to the front of my record box with the second essential 12" from the camp this year. Check!

            Following up on his collaborative EP "Middle Of The Road Less Travelled" with Michal Turtle, Hove is back with another solo EP on his imprint Light of Other Days. This label can do no wrong in our eyes and the five breezy and Balearic-tinged tracks were recorded and produced in Hove's home studio in Zurich between December 2018 and June 2019.

            On "In Motion" Hove’s sound evolves from drifting and dreamy ambiences into tape-saturated, mid-tempo bumpers right back into shimmering chords, spiked with echoing guitars and field-recordings. As with its predecessors, he interweaves organic sounds with seductive rhythms and percolated ambient pads into a dense yet familiar sound. "In Motion" is inspired by the pure feeling of listening to house, synth-pop, wave, dub and new age records. It is Hove’s third solo EP and his first release of 2019.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Like that familiar beach-side paradise you return to every year, Hove's tranquil and playful moods are one thing you can reley on to give you pleasure and enjoyment everytime.

            X-Kalay continues to bewilder and bedazzle with another label debut from Leipzig based artist Marvin Uhde aka Qnete. An accomplished, yet hugely underrated producer, Qnete's notable solo contributions have come on the respected Berlin label 777, Dresden's Uncanny Valley offshoot Shtum.

            The four tracks showcased here skillfully blur the lines between vintage rave excavation and modern precision sound system music. There's a heady and loose vibe to each track, though the moods move between proggy, full on, baggy downbeat and techy breaks indiscriminately. Basically, over four tracks Qnete manages to encompass the very essence of the party; skillfully toying with genre and rhythm yet keeping true to the endorphin-rushing vibration of being surrounded by 1000 like minded ravers in a field in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a rig and generator for company. 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: X-Kalay seem to be one of the freshest mutations of free party sprit on wax at the moment. This develish four tracker from Qnete takes us right back to the fields and motorway bridges whilst adding some modern, ear-catching flourishes. Top stuff indeed!

            Following on from the excellent 'Le personnage principal est un peuple isolée' compilation, Stroom return to the unique sonic world of Benjamin Lew for a four track EP of deeply psychedelic jams from the early 80's. Opener "Bamako Ou Ailleurs" lays queasy sax over a raga-style sequence and ambling coldwave rhythm, swiftly hooking us into its hypnotic repetition before subtle changes trigger interesting variations in brain chemistry. "Il Les Quitta A L'aube" employs a similarly opiated approach to rhythm, the kick ditching the rest of the kick to mark steady time as the pulsating synths and dreamy keys swell and fade. Opening the B-side, "Dans Les Jardins" sees Lew swirl field recordings, radio samples and garbled electronics into a tribal rite for the mechanical age - perfect for Halloween deployment I reckon. Finally, "A La Recherche De B" leads us into a watery grave of aquatic undulations, dubby fx and gloomy neo-classical touches.



            Benoit B / Cándido

            Dupla Rítmica EP

            Following Altkat’s "Lakerda" LP, Banlieue Records enlist Benoit B & Cándido who drop the split EP, "Dupla Rítmica", hand stamped and limited to 200 copies.

            On the A-side, Banlieue’s own Benoit B delivers a track entitled "100%". It’s a 107BPM affair, featuring solid gated drums, electro bass, sampled vox and bleepy keyboard lines; pairing that old school electro flavour with a druggy, cosmic mindset wonderfully.

            On the flip, Buenos Aires-based producer Cándido joins the dots between the sounds of classic European EBM and US freestyle under a common latinx thread. With hard hitting percussion, pitched and gated drums, triggered samples, slapped FM bass and Spanish spoken word, this 115BPM tune has all the dark energy you need to ignite the dance. 


            Lanark Artefax releases a new EP titled "Corra Linn" on 24th October via Numbers, l-a-n-a-r-k.net.

            Cinematic, hyper-real soundscapes decorated by juddering, jagged contours and full spectrum synthesis evoke the vast expansiveness of the Scottish producer's homelands whilst catapulting the listener into the virtual and augmented next-worlds of the near future. The three-track EP arrives after last year’s remix of Björk and an extensive period touring his internationally acclaimed live A/V show.

            Recorded sometime in the last year and a half, the three tracks across "Corra Linn" materialise like a cascading data flow; combining lazer sharp digital synths and hyperspatial sound design with scaled up, spine-tingling choral melodies, time-refracted field recordings and ethereal childlike vocal arrangements.

            The EP’s title track, "Corra Linn", takes its name from a waterfall in the Lanark area of Scotland, the water of which flows into one of the oldest hydro-electric power stations in the UK. The artwork accompanying the EP is a photomicrographic image of Lanarkite; a rare and precious mineral form. Almost all significant occurrences of Lanarkite were discovered deep within the Leadhills in South Lanarkshire, but it is said that an unknown, but large, quantity of it was once unearthed at the base of Corra Linn waterfall.

            Visit the Lanark Artefax web portal l-a-n-a-r-k.net to explore the digital archive accompanying the release.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: Bar 'Featherheap' you would think that some form of alien life has entered teh rest of this ep. Electro and that new life breeding new musical forms. Adventurous minds, this is yours.

            Chambre Noire Records is a new label out of Montreal, managed by Peter Bunzinelli. It is the continuation of a mix series and a radio show on N10.AS, active since 2017. For its very first release, it features Puma & The Dolphin’s debut record, the "Primitive EP", including a remix by Michal Turtle. P&TD is a Bulgarian producer based in Sofia. the Primitive EP focuses on firedance grooves, exotic percussion along with a dub and post-punk approach.


            The EP opens with wild chugger "Jungle Futura". Layering jungle sounds with loose hand percussion, the mood is at the crossroads between Latin and oriental influences. As the track progresses, the rhythmic section is enriched by skippy snares and a variety of vocal samples, sweeps, and melodies, with undeniable firedance-inducing results. Darker and more synthetic in some regards, "Camel in Dub" is closely aligned to the post-punk paradigm with its bass guitar and Linn Drum groove, and dub techniques skillfully used by the producer to create a rather psychedelic mise en scène. After laying down the foundations of this plodding rhythm, satellite voices, rhythmic and melodic elements follow one another, taking the dancer on a real trip. With vocal samples and a bass guitar at the forefront interspersed with minimalist but highly efficient rhythmic elements, melodies and other bleeps & bloops engaged in ear-catching interplay, there is something loose, sensual and slightly hazy about A3 cut "The Dress".

            Taking a similar yet slightly different approach to the post-punk sound of previous tracks, B1"Cobra Dance" features a catchy bassline and groovy percussion of a rather Latin persuasion, alternating between vocal samples, melodic elements, and rhythmic phrases. In a sense, this track is reminiscent of the spirit of Martin Hannett’s work with ESG, that is to say, groovy dance music that feels like the opposite of synthetic.
            Highly-esteemed British producer Michal Turtle’s remix of "The Dress" is a stunner. Stripping the track down to its primordial elements and treating sounds in dramatic and psychedelic fashion creates a very mystical and trippy feeling all over the remix which feels eminently balearic but with a unique twist. Light footed and dreamy on one hand, groovy as hell and impossible not to dance to on the other, this is probably what dancing on clouds feels like.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Future primitive, techno tropical, machine funk and tribal dub here from Puma & The Dolphin to inaugurate new imprint Chambre Noir. Coming complete with a killer dub-not-dub mix from Michal Turtle, I'm giving this one 5 mushrooms out of 5.

            Sophie

            MSMSMSM / Vyzee

            *REPRESS*

            Numbers hit us with a couple of new Sophie 12"s to get the dancefloor jumping. Samuel Long asks Carol for perhaps one consonant too many on 'MSMSMSM'. She's never going to make a decent word out of that, but she has made a EDM / trap / booty bass banger for the shape-throwing youth. Flipside cut 'Vyzee' is the tweenie child of 'Pump Up The Jam', an electro house jacker with cute / creepy girl rap.

            STAFF COMMENTS

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

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            12" Info: 12" comes in plain black sleeve with white screen printed Sophie logo.

            Maestro Opolopo makes his debut on GAMM with two classy (and jazzy) reworks that draw comparisons with his classic Gregory Porter remix from back in the day.

            On the Pharoah Sanders rework he samples and gets creative with 4 (!) different versions of this much-lauded, original jazz dance classic. The results are nothing short of brilliant and inject new life into this tried-and-tested smash.

            On the B side Opolopo gets deep in Brooklyn with a moody and raw version of the Roy Ayers' classic, "We Live In Brooklyn". It doesn't get more GAMM than this folks, as Opolopo houzes up the stems like no other, allowing the vocal 'nuff room to breathe whilst keepin' booties poppin' rite thru! Recommended!





            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: Opolopo doing what he does best. Transforming a good disco tune in a mega party disco tune. Two grand edits that will not leave your audience indifferent. Will stir some hips!

            Tera Octe

            Dusselcore

            Finally something for all the rave goblins out there! A PRR! PRR! related imprint from Belgium, Boosterpack drops some fresh AF new heat from Tera Octe. This producer seems intent on scraping the slimiest sludge from the subterranean lairs; taking hints of Detroit's latest after-hours sub-genre and combining it with tropes of Belgium New Beat, gabba and horrorcore - if you've no idea what to expect, then strap in and prepare to delve deep!

            A completely unique and new expression for strictly the most freakish and underground dance parties, "Deafcum" and "Trump" are like if you took the stop-start tension of hoover hardcore, the sound palette of gabba and new beat and the pitched-down grit of Detroit sludge. The result sounds a lot of what DJ David Goblin has been playing out on the acclaimed PRR! PRR! radio show (plus last year's "Ork Musik"). A total favourite with us here that bound to cause a stir at any end-of-year shin dig!

            Limited quants, highly recommended! 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Heard of ORK MUSIC yet?! DJ David Goblin graced out shelves with an early showcase towards the end of last year. Now Tera Octe is back to reaffirm the blueprint with a fresh array of primevil, orkish marching music - ready to traverse Mordor and vanguish the light. Seriously, you need to check this sound if you play on darker, EBM flavoured dancefloors.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition 7" in blisterpack

            London based DJ and producer Dan Shake is a familiar face on our shelves here at Piccadilly. The producer's fast-paced, hi-nrg take on sampled disco-house is as catchy as it is incendiary and provide ample responses to Shir Khan's cult "Black Jukebox" series & Marcel Vogel's Lumberjacks In Hell signings.

            Perfectly fitting to Dennis Sulta's hype label: "Bert’s Groove" is a high-impact dancefloor weapon with a funk-inflected disco bassline and riotous percussive pulse, whilst B-side track "Daisy’s Dance" is a fine-tuned disco house heater, with looped-up sampled vocals, jubilant horns and an infectious bassline.

            Forth release on the Sulta Selects imprint and just as essential as the previous three! 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Sometimes all you need is a tasty hook and a prompt delivery of high energy house beats. Dan Shake cuts the brake cables and does just this on his new record.

            Martin Jenkins returns to the fold as Pye Corner Audio, exploring the outer reaches of Drexciyan electro and pulsing soundtrackery. We kick things off with 'Storm Cloud', presenting a series of snappy bass envelopes and reverbed cowbell underpinned with a sidechained analogue throb, working through the usual PCA sonic realms but with more urgency and drive. 'Solar Waves' is up next, working the outer reaches of the blipping modular sample / hold spectrum before launching into a syncopated dirge of chunky bass and infrequent saturated percussives. 

            Flip over and things get a little more introspective (a little, it's still pushing 125), with 'Darktro' rich in slewed 303 throbs (I suspect it's actually from an Analog 4 though), and skittering hats, before closer 'Explorer' pulls things right back to the murky underground with echoic bass throbs pushing through the melodic counterpoint and frayed 808.  

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Another brilliant outing from Jenkins here, showing that he is as capable of smashing out a set of urgent, propulsive electro as he is crafting a slo-mo horror soundtrack. Superb.

            Essential electro-techno classic. This is the second record from Ectomorph and second record for the label Interdimensional Transmissions, from 1995. This is the first time it has been repressed in over a decade, and its been done using the original masters by two wizards of Midwest mastering. The A side was mastered by Mark Richardson at Metropolis (who later founded Prairie Cat Mastering) and the B side is complete with lock grooves cut by Ron Murphy. Manufactured in Detroit!

            Vintage electro sold gold! Limited quants, don't sleep! 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: Superb, great, refreshing. Excellent electro record here that has the possibility of working that dancefloor but also entertaining your guests in your next house party. Exquisite beats for you erudite folks.

            UK based Tecwaa's background is in the early Yorkshire rave scene, which makes you understand his music on a deeper level. His tasteful turning of the knobs on the Roland 303 takes you back to in time to an early morning somewhere round 1990 with a diesel generator pushed to the limit roaring somewhere in the background. But Tecwaa's music is a lot more than a trip in time: the sound is modern and extremely well produced where the few but exquisite sounds hook in to each other naturally and creates a round, solid groove.

            The sound varies from airy and light in "Xentaeh" to warmer and heavier in the other track "Ci". Both possess an ethereal, dream-like quality which lends itself to inebriated mind states. Teecwaa's music bare traces of trance, rave, early techno and so on but you could call it 'uplifting, psychedelic leftfield house' and this is his first release on Höga Nord Rekords. Recommended! 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: The Piccadilly love affair with Hoga Nord continues this week with a ripping 7" from Yorkshire's Tecwaa. Razor sharp electro beats collide with percolating 303 lines amid all kinds of narcotic electronics. Club sounds for mature ravers!

            The Patchouli Brothers

            BDSM / Get A Chance

            Another fine slab of that Disco goodness from the mighty Kojak stable.
            Toronto party machines & re-edit maestros The Patchouli Brothers step up to the plate this time with 2 monstrous sides of peak-time Disco heat.
            'BDSM / Gert A Chance' will not leave your bag, these cuts are primed, ready and able to lift the roof off of your discotheque, road-tested by the bros and deemed suitable by the gods at Kojak Giant Sounds & Disco Promotions. Say no more. The A-side offers a looped up and suped up ultra-cut of Grace Jones '79 smasher "On Your Knees" with maximum emphasis on the instrumental breaks and sassy backing vocals. Flip it for a sultry, saxy and sexy version of "Dream Dancer", a mega Carol Lucas B-side from the same year. Here the galloping bassline gets added attention, driving the track onwards while the killer solos and celestial vox occupy the top end. Essential wax for the discerning mirror ball fiend right here. Limited, as always. Do it!

            A standout choice on any playlist, Master Force’s 1979 release ‘Hey Girl’ c/w ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’ has become a staple classic across generations tuned into the soul-funk-disco sounds of late-70’s New York and all its makings.

            Originally released on both 12” and 7”, both singles had different mixes and are equally sought-after. Whilst Greg’s work has been heavily bootlegged over the years, the Master Force 45 mixes favoured by many have remained both untouchable and unavailable to most.

            For the first time, Backatcha reissue the original 45 versions on a remastered official 7” licensed direct from Greg Henderson.

            French wielder of exotic machine music Epsilove debuts a full EP of sensuous, melodic electro on Dekmantel. Formerly one-half of Syracuse, Isabelle Maitre depicts a vision of daring, yet euphoric vocal-led, dreamy electro that oscillates with sturdier, warehouse sounds full of heaving 808s, and experimental qualities.

            ‘Time is the longest distance’ preaches the qualities that brought Antinote’s Epsilove to the distinguished status she has today. It is the sound of chic dancers, shuffling-together leisurely under neon lights, pressing against each other along to nostalgic acid basslines, interstellar synths, and dreamy, cinematic vocals. Rich with harmony, emotion, and cold-wave sensuality. ’Sea Snakes’ pulses faster under a Drexciyan dream-state, painting kaleidoscopic motifs, as the 808 rattles out multi-paced tempos, driving levels of uncompromising Detroit velocities, through to Lynchian-mirror-world listlessness. It’s an acid-acid test of colourful, pulsing electro.

            On the remixes are fellow Parisian’s Ali Bobo (Bruits De La Passion) and Shelter (Bigwax Records), who rework ‘Time is the longest distance’ into something more sinister, reflecting the dystopic IDM aesthetics of early Rephlex Records with playful, darkened electronics. The more elusive pairing of French producer HAJJ (Dawn Records) and Lastrack (BFDM) meanwhile, team up to turn ‘Sea Snakes’ into something that harkens towards the world of Warp-like experimental and progressive contemporary post-trap, and breakbeats.

            "À dix mètres sous moi, l'eau invisible. Entre l'eau et la brume, pas de frontière, la brume aussi lourde que l'eau, l'eau aussi irréelle que la brume. Passage dans un autre monde, transition par une osmose où toute forme ancienne est désagrégée et dissoute.” Raymond Abellio, Heureux les Pacifiques (1946)

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Dekmantel mine the fertile French scene for their latest release, inviting Epsilove to work her cosmic, coldwave magic across two electro-influenced cuts. The A1 brings the interplanetary drift for the cosmic clubkids, while 'Sea Snakes' is a snapping electro banger with a wriggling bassline. Featuring HAJJ, Lastrack, Ali Bobo and personal fave Shelter on remix duties, this is the complete package folks.

            Tata Toto

            Fuck

            Eyes down and look in! Landing in my lap fresh from Paris on a direct connection, I have snagged a handful of copies of this super limited (100 worldwide) new wave / industrial audio nasty from Tata Toto, featuring mastering work from the mighty Alan Briand (AKA Shelter). Rather than wasting their time on a conventional format for their inaugural release, new Parisian imprint Association Fatale have instead opted for a postcard size flexidisc, which only increases the fuzz, hiss and grit of this machine funk monster. Tune in for weird grooves and punk vocals. Totally crazy and I'm wager utterly collectible, these are wicked!

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Crazy machine punk / industrial funk from new Parisian label Association Fatale here. Limited as fuck and pressed on a postcard flexi, this madness sticks the middle finger up to everything from the basement of an artschool somewhere near Saint-Ouen.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd 7" Info: 7" x 4" Postcard flexidisc.
            Limited to 100 worldwide.

            It’s been all go at the Safe Trip Institute of late, with a visiting professor of Cosmic Numerology and Solar-Psychic Channelling joining the laboratory team to conduct intense analysis on more audio artefacts. Dr Prins Thomas is currently on secondment from the Full Pupp College of Scandi-Science in Oslo and has provided his own aural interpretations of audio held in the file ST012, colloquially known as “Tulipa Moves”. This file was said to be the work of an associate fellow of the Institute known only as “Darling”.

            After careful consideration of his musical re-configurations, which can be found in file ST016, the institute would like to offer the following observations:

            • His extensive experimentations on the artefact known as “Kiss The Glass” tie in closely to his exploration of astronomic numerology. By adding together the various numbers used to represent specific musical elements contained in the recording – synthesizer leads, TB-303 style’ acid motifs, machine drums and so on – we arrived at a startling total: 84626852. Coincidentally this number is also the given codename for one of the galaxy’s most confusing stars.

            • Dr Thomas’s other re-framing (of ST012 artefact 05, “The M Song”) is even more ear catching and eye-opening. We observe that the echoing electronic note sequences, chiming motifs and shuffling rhythm represents the transfer of data between two points; one above the surface of the Earth, the other within its hollow interior. This is a significant breakthrough on many levels.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Norwegian disco genius and king of cosmic techno, Prins Thomas takes on a pair of Darling delights, turning out a couple of fresh versions inspired by italo, electro, acid and Balearic house. Check out Thomas' version of "The M Song" if you wanna take a mid set trip to a happier place.

            Alarm bells ring when a record with a beautiful cover reaches our hands. It tends to be the case that the artwork tries to cover the mediocrity being recorded on the wax. But do not fret. It is exactly the opposite here. 
             
            Go straight to the floor filler that is 'You're Into Me' with its dark and mysterious bassline and Arthur 'Milleresque' house beat. Reaction assured. 
             
            'Chase Thoughts' is pure dynamite for the punters - a late night affair with a menacing  bass and vocal sample. But if you are looking for something a bit more broken, more robotic, more old school, head straight to the Head mix version on the flip. 
             
            As said, this is not just a pretty face! The contents match the standout cover.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: Top notch and top draw house music to turn your loose accompanied by ridiculously beautiful artwork!

            As the divide between rich and poor widens, as the planet suffers under the unending CO2 blanket our greediest humans create, as we build more walls, fences, borders, prisons and smart weapons.........As the music you love is flooded with more and more rich, over publicized, totally untalented computer beat matched DJ’s!

            Originally released in 1991, UR's "Riot" EP gets a timely reissue, at a time when we need it most! Are there any daring DJ’s left? Or are they all in it for the private jets, exotic locations, the fame, the fortune and getting laid??

            These four tracks reek of rebellion, that feral energy that techno summons rife throughout their duration. Rough, jagged and littered with imperfections, it's a million miles away from the seamless, clean cut, white middle class techno that peppers a lot of the beatport and global digital retailers.

            Start a fire with UR this Winter as political unrest and social inequality freeze out the nation.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Classic, incendary UR firepower, available once again to the peasantry and underclasses when they need it most... Unite and defy the establishment with this rampage of early techno!

            Jon Sable continues the feel good vibes emanating off the In Dust We Trust label. Following the last serotonin-flooding release, the New Zealand native and label owner drops three tracks of smiley house goodness, perfect for your next session on the Blue Punishers!

            With pad presents as expansive as the ocean and bass as warm as hot chestnuts, all that's left is to add some authentic and ridiculously infectious house drums - which Jon does with a supreme sophistication. Seriously, future classic doesn't even come close. This is 110% pure spirit thru and thru, and should be top of your purchases this week if you're in any way into authentic HOUSE music. 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: Top house record here for the true diggers. Deep as they come, as soulful as you like. Top draw!

            New record from our friends on the Riviera...

            "Gravity" was finished in a Moroccan Air BnB after Jack J offered up a tasty arrangement of a previously loose ass live demo. It's low slung beat & deep sub offer up a firm foundation for funky guitar licks & organ stabs with an honest and pure vocal part placed tastefully on top. Bedroom boogie future classic alert!

            "Touch Tone" started as a jam with Cloudface then was completely remained, keeping his keypad melody, and later touched up with Jack adding live drums. Again, it's beauty lies in its niave simplicity, nodding to DIY electronic / wave scenes with its lo-fi but song-led approach.

            "Boys Cry" is dedicated to the memory of the artist's Dad and is a 303-guided house number laced with timpani rolls, toy piano chords and a VHS-fried aesthetic which complements the moody vocal delivery perfectly.

            "Fruits" utilizes male and female vocal interplay alongside strewn out metallic atmospheres and more timpani / tom flurries. It's a cerebral and psychedelic offering which drifts in on clouds of THC.

            Essential musica from the Mood Hut! 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: Beautiful 4 tracker ranging from italo sensibilities to sensual boogie funk. Mood Hut still rockin in 2019.

            Inspired by cosmology and ancient mythology, the Anunaku project is a continuation of TSVI’s debut album "Inner Worlds" and aims to explore the use of various drums from around the world combined with elements of UK underground club music.

            A melting point of future funk and global dub, it's hybridization is synonymous with our fertile lands and especially London with its at once disparet and cohesive influences. Add to that TSVI's Italian heritage and you can see why the EP is a celebration of world frequencies and rhythm.

            "Temples" is a hard-edged affair mixing grime-indebted synth-wind and eastern scales to an aggy breakbeat. "Bronze Age" melds metallic drums to deep chanting for a very ritualistic workout while "Forgotten Tales" concludes with a totally different vibe - a digital acid lullaby for the big sky horizons. Soaring into the sunset like an angel before commencing its midnight drum circle... Epic stuff indeed. 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: M25 rave nostalgia vibes strong on this one. Whities at its best. Accessible, dancefloor friendly. This one will fly off the shelves.

            Liam Gallagher

            Now That I've Found You

              1 sided limited single - the B side is etched with lyrics.

              Housed in a white card sleeve.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd 7" Info: 1 x 7 black vinyl 40g – Audio on the A side.
              B side is etched with lyrics.

              First time round, this bonafide classic reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the highest charting tune from the Geto Boys. Sampling Isaac Hayes' "Hung Up On My Baby", the Geto Boys' edit plays out in several movements and goes big and small. Stretched over a long legged beat with crisp snares and languid chords with lyrics that touch on a range of deep subjects such as post-traumatic stress disorder, the track was originally destined for a Scarface solo album before it was decided it was more valuable as a Geto Boys single. Wise move.




              Hitting the shelves like a incendiary device comes this super limited 7" pressing, boasting two versions of the ultimate golden era hip-hop party record, House Of Pain's 1992 anthem "Jump Around". On the A-side you'll find the "Multi Track Original Rap Version", which is so familiar, I could consume the entirity of Barry's medicine cabinet and still rap along to. The superb "Original Multi-Track Instrumental", which has never before seen the light of day, takes pride of place on the flip, putting the spotlight on DJ Muggs' killer beat (which, according to lore, he original offered to both Cyprus Hill and Ice Cube first). 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Millie says: Iconic, ‘Jump Around’ is here on 7”, ultra-limited and highly sought after as it is after all an absolute banger. The B-side instrumental is equally as joy-inducing with that beat recognisable from a mile off. Don’t be slow on this beauty.

              Berlin-based producer RIP Swirl (aka Luka) enjoys the more solitary ends of hazy R&B and lo-fi dance music, sharing stages with artists like Nosaj Thing, Tommy Genesis, Chet Faker, Rejjie Snow & Jacques Greene.

              His unique production has so far garnered the attention tastemakers Annie Mac, i-D, The FADER, NOWNESS, RBMA and Wonderland just to name a few.

              On this extended EP for Public Possession we receive a brilliantly detailed dossier of his style. Seemingly peppered with the ghosts of UK electronica, syncopated drum programming nestles cosily next to deep atmospheres and evocative textures. Utilizing noise gates and a plethora of intricate fx, RIP Swirl nods to pioneers such as Boards Of Canada, AFX and Leftfield without ever being pastiche. These are new tracks make no mistake, they just embody a lot of what was good about vintage UK electronica - blue sky approach, child like naivety, complex sound design, musical synthesis; it's all there for us to enjoy. Dive in ears first and you won't be sorry...


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Millie says: Rapid lo-fi brilliance by RIP Swirl here, maxed out glitched electronic creating a vibe! Fueled, high energy beats making ‘9teen90’ an instant hit. If you like Iglooghost and Flying Lotus then this will be right up your street.

              Back to the Limited Series for the 8th edition. Banoffee Pies Records welcome another collection of talent with this 4 track drum exploration on BPLS008.

              Jad & The joins the label on the A1 with a slow mo meditation full of warm pads and a string of broken beats on "X-Treme Drum". The A2 comes from Lehults head chef, Lucky Charmz, with a 150bpm drum and bass inspired electro cut. Rolling low subs with a UK feel. Something different.

              The B side invites Sid Quirk, who recently featured on BP009 under other alias Keppel, this time with his 88bpm haunting original vocals, packed between dark percussions and twisted soundscapes on "B_F L_R", on the Hessle feel. Closing up the release, the B2 welcomes back Filip Szostak to the fold, this time bringing a drum heavy breakbeat DJ Tool that closes proceedings with energy and a suited transition for shifting moods on the dance floor. Music and Love. BP x



              STAFF COMMENTS

              Millie says: The Banoffee Pies label is always a good shout, providing some warm lo-fi house, filled with talent and dancefloor ready this is an absolute essential 12”. Love it!

              Plucked from the grooves of the legendary 'Illmatic' (#3 on Patch's hottest hip hop records of all time list.) "It Ain't Hard To Tell" saw the Queensbridge local do his thing over a killer beat from regular collaborator Large Professor. The beat is killer, and the whole thing is driven by a Michael Jackson sample of "Human Nature". As if that weren't enough, samples from Stanley Clarke and Mountain are layered in to perfection and the smooth, sweet rolling beat draws you in over and over and Nas' creamy delivery finishes it in style. Flip over for the instrumental and bask in the glow of it all. Classic.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Millie says: It’s had to resist a Nas record, especially when it’s a track as good as this. Heavenly samples, killer beats and the instrumental is just as on point as the OG.

              Sophie Lloyd Featuring Dames Brown

              Raise Me Up - Inc. Alan Dixon Remix

              Sophie Lloyd’s debut on Classic Music Company, "Calling Out" came last year as an antidote to the pervading doom and gloom of the news and a dreary winter, and inspired remixes from David Penn, Danny Krivit, Riva Starr and Floorplan. On her second single "Raise Me Up" she re-unites with soul trio Dames Brown to deliver a dose of seriously uplifting, gospel-infused house music. Sophie’s impeccable knowledge of disco and soul shines through on the record, with organ chords and rhythmic percussion bringing the authentic gospel sound of countless classics. This 12” release also features two mixes from fellow Londoner Alan Dixon, who brings his signature disco-laced sound to the release, his remix upping the tempo and with a harder bassline that makes the track more club-focused. Alan’s stripped-back dub rounds off the release with an essential club tool. If you're a fan of that authentic & original house sound, don't sleep on this beaut....

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Sil says: Full on and with plenty of soul, Alan Dixon delivers couple of vocal house for the nostalgic crowd out there. Very much in the MAW vein. Future classic.

              Steve Grossman

              Zulu Stomp

              Another great re-issue from Dynamite Cuts. Steve Grossman's breakbeat jazz-funk psyche gem "Zulu Stomp" (taken from 1974's "Some Shapes To Come", which features Jan Hammer on electric piano and moog synthesizer. B/W "Enya" (from 1977's "Terra Firma", written by Don Alias and featuring Grossman's exquisite saxaphone play it's another sure fire hit for the jazz dancers! 

              Omar S takes a trip outta the D for some JA flavoured fun on his inspired FXHE label...

              "Love Me Like Cooked Food" featuring legendary Jamaican singer and rapper Nardo Ranks and is a feel good, rock-reggae cut with big gated drums, huge echoes and rub-a-dub style vocal delivery. Massive radio plays on this one already!

              Renualt used car salesman John FM features on "Secrets" along with Andre Foxxe on guitar. It's more a return to the Detroit beatdown style, a la Wajeed, Amp Fiddler and of course our own Alex Smith!

              Essential FXHE collectors piece! Buy now or cry later! 


              Edit enterprising is well alive and kicking in 2019. This new label shows that imagination has no limits or boundaries and that there is still plenty of music to be 're-edited'. Private Pleasure starts proceedings with 'Dub It Again', a gentle balearic-esque, dubby and soothing number that will be liked both at home and out which I have just been secretly told that the original is by Steely Dan. The beautiful guitar riffs will reverberate for years to come. Followed by funky vibes and faster beats on 'For The Thrill' which is as great as any William Onyeabor track out there. It is officially party time when this tune hits the speakers. 
               
              Closing act is 'Bustin', my favourite cut here. An 80s beat focused monster that sounds like a Blancmange instrumental. This is deep and a bit dark, A great dancefloor warmer. 
               
              A serious contender in the edit world, we salute you Private Pleasure whoever you are!


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Sil says: Three cuts of blissful edits of all kinds by a new label that has hit the ground running. 80s, balearic and world! Top choice of this week for silly me.

              Xinner AKA Robotron

              Exodus B/w Kamchatkan

              Robotron successfully autonomized and has now breached the mainframe. This is its second offering for the ESP Institute. Side A’s Exodus picks up where the last 12” left off, the spoils of cybernetic war as scavenged by the now-defunct Xinner and translated by Robotron into machine dance music for a post-apocalyptic future. With only a select few analog machines with which to communicate, it manages to produce the most bombastic beat we’ve heard this side of the acid winter—a mighty compressor permeates all spare gaps in the waveform, as communicative bleeps and note-bending mechanics work in concert to assemble a highly dynamic composition— emboldening us with courage for a new age. On the flip side, Kamchatkan renders a sparse image of a only remaining organic life, found in the furthest Eastern reaches of the Asian continent, the Kamchatka peninsula. Here, Robotron experienced a metamorphosis, a collapse of its structured programming in which it became self-aware and transitioned from its quantitative agenda to a qualitative enlightenment. This breath of new life invigorated Robotron’s musical approach as heard in the aforementioned title, revealing an uncanny ability for humanistic percussion and lyrical Acid melodies. These two programs will conduct synchronized dances for the masses.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Sil says: Futuristic techno with a hint of industrialism thrown on it. Two cuts for discerning listeners not afraid to show their true colours. Heavy bass!

              Leroy Burgess & Saving Coco

              Work It Out / Til I Found You

              For many Disco and House music producers and listeners, Leroy Burgess might be one of the most important figures and inspiration, however being clearly quite unknown to the mass. Born and raised in Harlem, his musical knowledge was picked up informally through his mother (a classically trained soprano) and the infrequent family reunion with his mom's cousin, legendary Philly soul arranger/producer Thom Bell. It resulted in a 50 years musical career, which started in the late 60s within the Black Ivory band, under the shoulder of famous producer Patrick Adams. The list of project and artists he’s contributed to whether as a singer, musician, arranger, writer or producer is then incredible: Inner Life, Dazzle, Logg, Aleem, High Frequency, Change, Universal Robot Band, Rick James, Ben E. King, Eddie Kendricks, Narada Michael Walden are just a few of them. His influence to the Disco and Boogie musical movement is quite unequaled, and in the 90s he became also part of the Garage and House movement, collaborating with acts such as Blaze, Glenn Underground, and Cassius.

              Since 2016 and a special gig at the festival “Nuits Sonores” in Lyon (France), where he was invited by MCDE, Leroy Burgess started touring Europe, backed by a band composed of musicians from the French city. He says himself that it’s part of “the best musicians he had the honor to play with live”.
              In 2018 at the New Morning in Paris, Pascal Rioux from Favorite Recordings, could confirm this feeling, while he also realized knowing most of these musicians, who collaborated to project from the label such as Mr Day or The Dynamics. There was not much more needed to launch the idea of some Leroy Burgess’ new recordings with the band, reviving the 80s analog production golden-age.

              Today Favorite Recordings is thrilled to present Work It Out / Til I Found You, new 2 tracks EP by Leroy Burgess & Saving Coco, produced and composed by The Bernard Brothers and Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart. The Bernard Brothers is a Paris/London based production duo comprised of Elliot and Nevil Bernard. Elliot (aka Seiji Ono) and Nevil (aka Koji Ono) are also involved in running London reissue label, Melodies International. Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart, is a famous French producer, who’s proven over the past 15 years, his place amongst the finest producers of groove music in all genres through various projects such as Voilaaa, Mr President, or Uptown Funk Empire to name just a few.

              Nev Cottee

              Roses / Morning Sun (Instrumental)

                After exclusively seeing the light of day on Wonderful Sound's subscription club Wonderfulsevens, This 7' is now availble for general release. Roses sees Nev Cottee dueting with the mysterious Veronica.. A Nico esque performance on this beautiful Wait's / John Barryesque Orchestrated ode. The flip Morning Sun (Instrumental) finally sees the light of day. Nev's orchestration brings to mind Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Air's deeper more Balearic moments. Championed by the Chill out DJ's across the Mediterranean inc Phil Mison, Aficianodo's Moonboots & Jason Boardman.


                Danny K, one of dance music's upper echelon-members continues his Mr. K edits series in total earnest. You'd have thought cat might have given up by now, spending nigh on the last thirty years at the top of his game, but no! he just keeps on giving. A lovely man and a true ambassador for disco and dance music in general, there's not many cut from the same (silk) cloth as this man!

                Two more rambunctious edits from disco's well-excavated underground but there's no-one really that does it better than this man! As deft with the razor blade as he is with a turntable, it's his precise selections, grasp of dynamics and general air of sophistication that sets his work apart from the majority of the also-rans. If you've ever had the joy of seeing him play, you might recognize this two cuts from his personal armory; if you haven't, then enjoy the music and try to catch the great man in action sometime in the near future - you won't regret it! 


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Sil says: Smooth full moon is out and all you need is this 12" oozing midnight jazzy vibes on both sides courtesy of master Mr. K. Gold.

                Hanna

                I Needed / Intercession, On Behalf

                Melodies International’s 18th release and it’s a biggie, presenting two of their favourite tracks by Chicago based house virtuoso Warren Harris aka Hanna: I Needed / Intercession, On Behalf. Blending deep house vibes with broken beat, soulful vocals creates this dancefloor anthem.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Sil says: Hanna is back. I have a Hanna 12", it is called 'Time'. I bought it after someone played at Sankey's one night. Unadultered soulful American deep house. The formula is tried and proven to work. Nothing new here but plenty of quality for y'all!

                GoGo Penguin present Ocean in a Drop (music for film), a 5 track EP drawing from music originally written for their original live score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi. Expect music that moves from fragile beauty to powerful themes that offer both a stand-alone snapshot of the trio’s world and echoes of the images that inspired the music.

                Esnard Boisdur

                Mizik Bel - Inc. Africaine 808

                "You don’t need to be a fan of Gwoka or even Antillean music in general to fall in love with the deep, expressive voices of the singers of the genre. Artists like Cosack, Anzala and Esnard Boisdur have fascinated music lovers around the globe for decades. It’s not only the drumming style accompanied by their beautiful melodic intonation, but also the revolutionary spirit of these songs that make them a unique and powerful document of the culture and the history of the Antilles and the Caribbean.
                I remember the first time I listened to this type of drumming and signing, live at the re-enactment of the slave riots, and being completely emotionally overwhelmed by it. Some of my record collector/DJ colleagues and friends – first and foremost Hugo Mendez and Émile Omar – shared the same fascination for the genre and kept inspiring me, and countless others, by their DJ sets at Tropical Discoteq in Paris, where I have had the pleasure to be one of the residents for five years and counting. At one of those nights, I met my friend Pascal Rioux from Favorite Recordings and told him about an amazing unreleased track I received months before, on a home-burned CD, from Esnard Boisdur. Among other beautiful songs, it contained one outstanding track, a mix of modern Gwoka and Zouk called “Mizik Bel”.

                When I started playing that track out, there were fierce reactions on both ends. The crowds loved it and after a while you could hear people cheer when they heard the first notes. Many DJs and labels wanted it, demanded it, and would even go as far as to block or unfriend me if I refused to comply. It became clear to me that the track had to be released on vinyl for the first time and made accessible to people who wanted to play it, while giving the original artist full credit. At the same time, I knew a remix version of the track that would pay respect to the original could only be created by getting the original stems, and not by editing the main track and pressing it into an “electronic dance corset.” Pascal agreed to the idea and started the licensing work and the search for the stems, which resulted in an ongoing three-year quest that was crowned by the finding of the ADAT containing the original tracks.
                As AFRICAINE 808, Dirk Leyers and I spent considerable time trying to re-create the composition of the original, respectfully slicing and re-arranging it, adding new instrumentation, and recording additional percussion and talking drum with our percussionist Eric Owusu (Pat Thomas/Ebo Taylor). We stretched it, adding a krauty synth part without losing the focus of Esnard’s beautiful voice and lyrics, describing Caribbean music in all its diversity and beauty.
                With this in mind, I hope you can now enjoy the beauty of “Mizik Bel” as much as we have so far.” – (DJ NOMAD, June 2019)

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Sil says: Plenty of African soul on this one with some heavy drums supporting the powerful vocals and playful keys. The remix is dubby and more psychedelic in its own way.

                Ground is an Osaka native, but his soul is truly that of a nomad, traversing the planet, befriending kindred spirits found in humans, animals and plants. He is exceptionally receptive to the beauty in everything that surrounds him - the incidental music of a city street, the orchestral chaos of a scrambling radio, the syncopated grace of migrating birds, the simplicity of an isolated hand clap - and as his roadmap continuously unfolds, he accumulates a vast catalogue of visceral tools to musically recount his experiences. 'Sunizm' is a cross section of the artist’s process - an array of complex microcosms overlapping to comprise a thematic whole - gathering field recordings, found instruments, jagged electronics, synthesized chanting, and weaving all into a dense narrative that appears obsessively constructed yet divinely improvised. 'Follow Me', the second of two singles surrounding the album, is complimented with a pseudo drum’n’bass treatment by enigmatic Greek artist Jay Glass Dubs, as well as a massively triumphant b-side entitled 'Ozone House', which is exclusive to this single release. Attention all humans, animals and plants, Ground and the ESP Institute present, 'Sunizm'.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Patrick says: If you've heard me play out lately then chances are you've heard a whole lot of Ground, whether in solo mode or alongside Mori or Bartellow. Here we get a killer cut from his LP, brand new cosmic excursion "Ozone House", and a brutalist breaks mix from Jay Glass.

                Alex Albrecht returns to the Analogue Attic imprint under his Melquiades guise; delivering a five-track package in the shape of "Lanterns".

                Albrecht explains 'The concept is a continuation of my last release with AAR and aims to take the listener on a journey to a strange place - falling asleep, it leads one down a rainy, lantern-lit path and into another world. At the end of the record, the listener is finally awoken by a familiar voice.'

                All of the compositions are improvised explorations with field recordings at their core as the framework. "Lanterns Pt. 1 & Pt. 2" lead, easing you into the project with swirling, hazy atmospherics and ethereal piano melodies floating atop rounded subs and soft percussion.

                "Neon Canal" follows, bringing the rhythm to the forefront whilst bubbling bell chimes, warm chords and expansive delays ebb and flow within.

                Up next is "Cockatoo Horizon", a Balearic tinged cut employing off-kilter organic percussion, soft guitar licks and airy atmospherics before 'Embers ft. James Harbard' strips things back to floaty chords, bumpy drums and jazzy guitar melodies subtly unfolding throughout.

                "Federation Bells" then rounds out the release on a beatless tip, laid out over six minutes with otherworldly tones, melancholic piano chords and textural intimacy. Excellent!



                STAFF COMMENTS

                Sil says: No hard edges on this one. As polished as they come. Subtle, melodic, hypnotic. A standout among the dross.

                Montreal duo Essaie pas return to DFA with a single that picks up where their 2018 album ‘New Path’ left off. ‘Earth’ is a blistering ride through the rave, an amalgamation of techno and trance. The galloping bassline is the backbone of the song and Marie Davidson’s vocals climb to new heights against synth stabs. ‘Corps Étranger’, with its stuttering percussion, is a slow burner in comparison. For the remix of ‘Earth’, Marco Passarani of Tiger & Woods (Running Back, Numbers) doubles down on the Italo disco angle and doesn’t shy away from the more anthemic moments of the original, managing to rework it into something akin to a celebration of this place we call Earth.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Patrick says: DFA duo Essaie Pas find their inner Faithless with a trancey techno journey on the A-side before knuckling down for some arthouse electro on the flip. Italian legend Passarani steps up on the remix doing a 'Lectric Workers meets Visage Italo romper perfect for the next Red Laser party.

                Yet another new artist emerges from the drug-addled undergrowth of Hoga Nord. Fast becoming the most wacked-out and narcotically fuelled label we stock here in the shop; whether it's lysergic fuzz, interplanetary psyche, E'd up warehouse beats or some psychotropic musical life form yet to be classified, the camp seem to invite anyone with a penchant for getting off it, on it.

                Kanot's first record and two different flavours contributing to the same psychedelic soup. Anyone remember Sylvestre Anfang II? I can't help draw comparisons with the Amon Düül II-affiliated group. Only there's a bit more synthesizer action from this guy (these guys?). Both tracks glide in through an inviting synthy / drony intro, then burst into the kind of twangy, pagan 'funeral folk' meanderings a la Goat and the above mentioned Sylvester Anfang. It's ace! And yet another ear-grabbing arrow in the bow of this wonderful label. Recommended. 


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Yeah man, taking us right back to those proto-Goat pagan swagger days when it was perfectly normal to sacrifice a small mammal before heading into work... Campfire voodoo rituals never sounded so good!

                First new Kyle Hall record we've had in in tiiiiime! The Detroit upstart comes correct with more of his trademark kix-hats-n-perx, supplemented with a jazz / boogie-informed palette and direction.

                It's certainly worth the wait as this star of the D showcases his unique, playful & psychedelic style. A master of synthesis, the level of depth and control he has over his machines is often unfathomable.

                Seriously limited copies, first come first served!

                Artwork By Michio James

                Pieces to Share Mixed by Kyle Hall & Steve Lehane @ Rust Belt Studios

                Mastered By Matt Colton: Alchemy Mastering London

                Photography By Em Gorzelnik


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Purple bursts and hydraulic splurges galvanized with Motor City bump and grind? It can only mean Kyle Mother F***in Hall is back in tha area! Form an orderly queue plz...

                Sporting a mighty fine centre label this week's Eureka! record comes courtesy of Pablo Valentino and "Space Tribe". The founder of Faces Records with MCDE, this fifth release features collaborations with Kez YM and Simbad.

                The A-side kicks us off with "Bananas" and it's vintage house organs riffing from the start alongside vibrant piano lines and a solid, jacking drum beat. House as pure as it gets, true to form and lively as hell.

                "Inspiracao" stumbles confidently into downbeat territory, lighting up a carrot for the smokers as it melds fluttery strings and keys to a head-nodding sub-90bpm snap.

                Side B's "Space Tribe" brings our journey into crisp, tribal-tinged house styles that bring to mind Kai Alce and the NDATL label. Featuring the beautiful echoing synth sounds of veteran London producer, Simbad this is a beautifully dreamy way to end the EP staring up at the stars.

                *Artwork by Kouhei Asakura (http://www.asakurakouhei.com)

                *Mastering by Hideo Kobayashi.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Sil says: Downtempo vibes with heavy cut and paste ethos on the A side backed with some deep house affairs that will easily warm up the dancefloor.

                More stuff from Ben & Dean's exquisite Rogue Cat squadron. Now delving into reissues and excavations via their ReSounds branch, this is the second record to receive attention and treatment from these new disco mavericks.

                Quiet Force's "Listen To The Music" is a mid-pyramid Balearic nugget. Owned by most of the third tier, but still fetching upwards of a ton via trading markets, it's the domain of Balearic scribes and soldiers out of reach of the meagre peasantry and unwashed.

                Coming here, backed with two remixes, the original is a superbly evocative slice of Italian balearia - slow in pace but with a maxed out, post-coital glow that lends itself to white loungers draped across sandy beaches awash with cocktail-wielding patrons.

                Straus & Pask flip the mood to an electro-disco fuelled drug chugger laced with 303s, vintage synths and primitive sampling that's defo gonna work early doors in the club.

                Apiento & Tepper drop the second remix: slightly shuddering with some well deployed noise gates while a vintage, late 80s electro-soul beat fuels the motion as a whole manner of expansive melodies, vox and pad sweeps elevate our soul.

                Dean and Ben are also responsible for the Rotation Soundsystem - a Klipschorn-powered, mobile party that counts stately homes, country gardens and subterranean basements amongst its choice spots of revelry. 


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Sil says: Rogue Cat here with some well-dug Balearic gold, galvanized with some modern alchemistry to great affect. I'm sold.

                Anagram Label start off their new vinyl only series with a split EP from De School resident JP Enfant and label owner Sinfol.

                The whole EP seems to have the stadium and open-air arenas in its sights with every track possessing that 'big room sound' we know and certainly love here at Picc Records. Sinfol's "Who We Are" is a frenetic, rave-breaks banger with clever vox and spine-tingling releases while JP Enfant remixes the track into a pounding bleep techno slammer full of sonars, distant melodies and rumbling low end.

                That rumbling, steam train techno is continued onto side B with JP Enfant's original track "Buoyance" before Sinfol also takes a turn on the stems and true-to-form, opts for a more syncopated, UK flavour that nods to garage and rave in equal measure - utilizing a gliding, almost-Reese B-line to truly devastating effect - watch yer bassbins as always folks!

                Like breaks and techno? Get this!

                Limited to 200 copies.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Sil says: Raw beats and electronics for the analog minds out there all drenched in melodies and futuristic landscapes

                Prophecy: “In the sky will be seen a fire, dragging a tail of sparks...” Just as Nostradamus prophesised in his quatrains, The Comet Is Coming: “The great star for seven days will burn, the cloud will cause two suns to appear and the big mastiff all night will howl.”

                The Prophecy: where it all began. These three planets aligned in 2013CE, having between them played with bands including Melt Yourself Down, Polar Bear, Soccer96 and Sons Of Kemet. They have since gone on to conquer the planet with the Mercury Prize-shortlisted Channel The Spirits and Impulse! album Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery. Here is the universe in a microcosm; the life-force distilled down to its raw essence: sex and dancing. Sub-bass, slamming analogue, unhinged sax breaks. The rhythm of life repressed earlier this year in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it run of 500.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Millie says: One of the two Comet is Coming represses which were in incredibly high demand – the Prophecy is bursting with life from thumping irregular jazz triumphs at one point and spoken word with their unique ever-changing sound the next. Absolutely brilliant stuff!

                Previously only available on CDR promo and in limited quantities on the relaunched www.jaipaul.com, this 2011 classic by BTSTU comes to shops for the first time.

                Still sounding fresh, and arresting in its simplicity, this faultless slice of neo-soul highlighted a particularly fruitful time in UK music with artists like James Blake, FKA Twigs, The XX and many more grabbing the finesse and minimalism of dubstep and flipping it into a unique take on modern soul that was / is totally UK-bred and forged.

                Remastered for 2019 on vinyl and taking us right back thru a rose tinted lens to this fertile time. 


                STAFF COMMENTS

                David says: Bedroom soul for bedouin beatniks and street urchins the world over. Now available for all to enjoy.

                Thom Yorke, Flea, & Wynton Marsalis

                Daily Battles (From Motherless Brooklyn: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

                  “Daily Battles” was written by Thom Yorke (Radiohead, Atoms For Peace) for “Motherless Brooklyn” the film directed, written by, produced by and starring Edward Norton. The film features two versions of the song, each performed by musical icons of modern music. Thom Yorke along with Flea (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Atoms For Peace) performs a sparse and emotionally stunning version of the song. The other version of “Daily Battles” was arranged and performed by jazz trumpet icon Wynton Marsalis, who, along with his hand-picked quintet of heavy-hitter-jazz-stalwarts delivers an instant jazz standard version of the song that conjures images of the 1950’s-era gin-soaked Harlem jazz club seen in the film.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 500 copies on black vinyl.

                  Shorelights

                  Bioluminescence

                  Written and produced by Shorelights (Rod Modell & Walter Wasacz) with executive production by Ario Farahani (head of Astral Industries), "Bioluminescence" is the sixteenth release on this exquisite label and sees Rod make a much welcome return.

                  Two sides of impenetrable noise and static; a thick, acrid air suffocates both productions as they crawl forward with a slow but devastating tectonic thrust. Occasional moments of optimism and brightness break through, before being buried under more metamorphic electrostatic. It's an arresting and heavy piece of sounds that will affect any environment it's aired in. Essential for lovers of Rod's extensive catalogue, his work with Waler Wasacz is different to that of his Deepchord / Echospace work and very deserved of your attention!

                  Another sterling addition to this amazing label...

                  Artwork by Theo Ellsworth. 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Big Roddy M and Astral Industries are like lemon cake and prosecco. They go well every time! Here the Echospace dub surgeon gets heads even more into the ether dropping an ambient exercise in electrostatic alongside his chum Walter Wasacz. Tip!

                  Dead Horses continue to ply their narcs at the best discos and underground dances in town, this third installment a particularly heady offering from the firm.

                  The mysterious Otherlover opens proceedings with a teasing cut, "Need Your Love" which seems to throb at the very edge of climax throughout its loopy duration. Meanwhile DJ Nature remixes "Music Moves Me" by Dicky Trisco & Love Drop - a steady-away, mid-tempo number that should keep the momentum rolling with its detailed low-end and subtle, smooth samples. The pair also drop "Waiting For The Sax", which is the most disco flavoured offering here, with Trisco and LD chopping some up (unbeknownest to me) disco grooves and added a subtle, weightier kick underneath. Sometimes you don't need sorcery to move the floor, just tried and tested body science. Dead Horses know their respective fields inside out....Recommended.




                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: Chuggy disco house heavy on the sample side of things. Promises to ravage your dancefloor for real. Three cuts of sublime house music at the right tempo!

                  Emotional Rescue returns to the music of British pop band Furniture, with an EP of the band's own extended versions, remixes and unreleased takes of their particular output. Taken from three 12"s that followed "When The Boom Was On" (ERC072), the songs included cast a light on their development from 3 to 5 piece, adding Sally Still (bass) and Maya Gilder (keyboards) and the new male / female frontline. The subsequent broadening of their line-up and sound meant they could start to address the kind of pop music they wanted to play. After the early releases garneered radio play and reviews, Furniture were launched into the melee of '80s pop. An anomaly, the band found they attracted a specific kind of intense follower, who were often beguiled by Furniture's freaky normality. This was addressed on the 1984 release, "I Can't Crack". A more urgent version of the sound Furniture had debuted with "Why Are We In Love", the track, sung by Tim, was based around a sequencer-like rhythm played live by drummer Hamilton Lee, and a clarinet part played by Tim's brother, Larry Whelan. A mix of bleakness and euphoria, the song was and is a favourite of the band and considered one of their best self-productions, as well as becoming a latter day club play. This is followed by the studio experiment "Throw Away The Script", where the band wrestled with sequencers and synth-pop, but then countered it with a free-jazz sax solo. Found on the flip of the double A -side of "Love Your Shoes" 12", this instrumental version too became an underground club hit, including a cult play at Fran Lenaer's influential Valencia club, Spook Factory. Played loud, the studio mastery, trickery and oft-accidental discoveries come to the fore, with tissue-damaging frequencies giving extra sound system shaking bottom end. The B-side continues the band's love of making extended mixes with "Dancing The Hard Bargain". Co-produced with Tim Parry (formerly of Blue Zoo), they threw everything at these 12" versions. Able to relax and focus on the sounds they really liked, rather than the ones thought more commercial, this can be clearly heard on this compelling, percussive mix, a stop-start breakdown becoming a band hallmark. To close this collection is the mammoth "Bullet". Again sung by Whelan, an edited version of which debuted on the 1986 Survival compilation of Furniture tracks called "The Lovemongers", here this previously unreleased original take is centred on a mesmeric tape loop, live drums and a guest appearance by violinist Helena Bjorelius.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: I'm not up on much of this sound I have to confess. But I'm a sucker for anything jagged, funky and progressive! Furniture seem to join the dots between post-punk, new wave and Balearic and alongside the A Produce record on All Night Flight this week, should be your go-to curveball releases this week!

                  Dalo aka Nadia D’Alò emerged at the ESP Institute in 2018 with a brutal remix for Benedikt Frey’s Private Games. Having been floored by her sinister aesthetic and stripped-back approach to production, as well as being long time fans of INIT (her collaborative project with Benedikt), the ESP institute was compelled to commission a dedicated solo work. Across four beastly tracks, Nadia pulls from a gritty palette of instrumentation, combining ritualistic drums, industrial percussion and scratchy acid lines with a blurry montage of demonic sighs and whispers. The result is deeply hypnotic. As we slip into the abyss of her psyche, we attempt attaching to the repetitive instrumentation, clinging to what’s familiar for a sense of security, however, every element in Nadia’s world betrays us as it slowly mutates and slips from our grasp, leaving us in a perpetual state of bewilderment. Similar to a deep dream or a heavy trip, incidents in the music replay on mental loop, accumulating layer upon layer of subconscious meaning, deteriorating our senses until we’re completely removed from our safe zone. It's precisely this dose of danger that keeps the listener inquisitive and on-edge, a potent potion that Nadia has proven effective without over-cooking or adding extraneous ingredients. On the surface, there is an admirable dryness to her tonality, even through the intermittent tape echoes, detuned vocals and haunted smears of reverb, the music is never drowning. Such achievements are the marks of a bold and confident artist, one whose firm grasp of a particularly psychedelic craft supports a warped command of nuance.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: Our heaviest and harder techno 12" this week courtesy of Dalo. Expect no mercy. Dark but accessible. I do like it!

                  'We Can Do Anything We Want Because They Say We Can't Afford The Police'

                  Talking Heads lost in Ancoats. Prince in a Berghaus. The Compass Point All-Stars meet the Piccadilly Gardens Spiceheads. Welcome to the world of See Thru Hands.

                  Here to bring salvation to a Broken Brexit Britain, See Thru Hands is a fresh band from Manchester with hooks for days and a SERIOUS live vibe. Their debut EP on Manchester legend Ruf Dug's label Ruf Kutz - "The Hot City EP" - brings you two new songs backed with remixes tested on the world's best dancefloors.

                  Opener "Hot City"'s energetic punk / funk battalion conveys a dark story of British city life outside the London bubble. Our councils are fucked, our public services neutered and all anyone cares about is when Deliveroo is gonna be available in their neighbourhood. Throw away your post-apocalyptic fantasies because it's already like that - the only option is to dance. It's grim up north.

                  After dancing ur arse off and simultaneously coming to the realisation that we're all fucked pls don't worry - See Thru Hands are here to pick up your pieces with "Nothing To Lose", a whimsical modern pop banger with shades of New British House that will instill in you a sense of freedom and ease all your worries. Yes we are all going to hell in a handcart but with See Thru Hands as our companions, I think it's all gonna be just fine.

                  The package comes backed with a pair of deadly remixes - boss man Ruf Dug strips back "Hot City" to the bare bones, rigs up a couple of jazzy neon lights and a DMX drum machine and brings you his "Metrolink Vibes In The Area" version, while young upstart Metrodome completes the all-Mancunian lineup on this record with a twisted, Marmite 2-step interpretation that is either gonna make you buzz or spew. It's not for everyone.


                  Massive reissue of these signature and much loved weirdo, disco-not-disco (but disco) cut-up cuts from the Bastedos camp. The likes of Young Marco, Horse Meat Disco, Soul Clap and Wax'o Paradiso have all been rinsing this EP, sky rocketing Discogs prices well up to £75 a piece.

                  The painstaking editing for these bombs comes from Bastedos themselves, A.M. and Last Waltz. Side A brings us 'Sit On This', a rolling, chugging, clapping, marimba-ing (!) disco workout in the vein of Material, edited by Bastedos. It pulls you along through a peaky peak time vocal, a sexed up guitar break, and some chopped-up chanting, all the way to its inevitable hands in the air Piano finale.

                  Side B first provides us with AM's edit, 'No Smoking On The Moon' and it's celestial choral stylings. Soft synths and tough bass play with each other beneath B-Movie FX and ecclesiastic organs. The sound of a space age disco cult... from the past.

                  Finishing off the record is Last Waltz's 'Magicke', the extended soundtrack to the opening of the gates of hell. Shuffling go-go perc, syncopated drums and fuzzed out chords play out under Satan's saxophone, before giving way to a damned (damned fuzzy that is) guitar, sounding out the call of Cthulu.

                  Serious bleeding edge techno material from Blawan. No-one really does it like him, and this could be the strongest material to date from the savior of modern techno.

                  Cut with an industrial plane on sheets of palladium, Blawan's highly noxious, razor sharp brand of techno, often supported with piston pneumatics is unique, carnal and addictive as hell.

                  There's few can touch him at the moment in terms of originality, sound design and primal energy.

                  Techno heads - You need this!



                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: Blawan goes full on uncompromised no frills techno. Four tracks to makey your lovely neighbours angrily bang the walls. Who cares if it is this good!

                  First ever official reissue of Vance & Suzzanne's "I Can't Get Along Without You", presented here by Kalita. A true holy grail which adorns the shelves of many a proud disco collector, it regularly fetches triple figures 2nd hand. Kalita have not only re-pressed the vinyl on ultra slick 12" with both vocal and instrumental versions, they've included never-before-seen press photos and interview-based linear notes.

                  Originally privately released in 1980 on Vanton Records, this is the first time that both the record and the label’s story has been told. The product of two members of Crown Heights Affair (Richard Vance Turner and Eleton Johns), the label was established as a way to protect both their musical freedom and copyright that they would have lost had they signed to a major label. With Vanton, they sought to create a sound that combined Eleton’s love for Philadelphia with Richard’s love for New York-based productions.

                  Vance & Suzzanne consisted of Richard and his childhood friend and fellow band member Suzzanne Slaughter, who was a background singer for many bands in New York including Sister Sledge. The result of a late night writing session between Richard and Eleton and recorded to tape the following day, the record was finished in just twenty-four hours. Yet it’s legacy lives on as one of the most sought-after disco singles in existence.

                  Two thousand copies of "I Can’t Get Along Without You" were originally pressed to test the market, with the initial plan being to re-record it again at a later date with additional strings. However, the record received such great acclaim by DJs such as Larry Levan that the idea of a re-recording was put on ice. Sadly, due to academic and familial commitments of both Richard and Eleton, only one other single was ever released on Vanton Records in 1985. This elusive little beauty should be right at the top of your disco purchases this week!


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: A gentle and soothing soulful number oozing love and passion. Hot stuff.

                  After a whopping 66 releases since their rebirth a few years back, Best Records finally hit us with an EP of brand new and unreleased music. Born out of a close collaboration between Periodica and Best Italy, Afrodesia is a fresh studio project from Mystic Jungle & Whodamanny, who took inspiration from the Italian Afro-movement that lasted for few years during mid-eighties, particularly those songs produced at the legendary Les Folies Studios in Milan. Sticking on brand then, Afrodesia deliver Balearic, boogie, Afro and cosmic moods with maximal use of vintage synths and drum machines programmed and played by Dario Di Pace and Raffaele Arcella. The sound is rounded out with real acoustic instruments from Giulio Neri (Tenor Saxophone and vocals), Andrea Farias (Guitar), Davide Di Sauro (Bass) and the late George Aghedo (Percussion).

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Patrick says: This is pretty much as close to my dream record as you could get - Nuovo Neapolitan boogie team Mystic Jungle & Whodamanny, teaming up with a crack team of session stars to resurrect the Afro-cosmic sound of Milan's Les Folies. Deep and groovy, dope and dubby and primed for your next cosmic set, this one's the bees' knees.

                  Al Kent

                  The Jazzy Edition

                  The UK's finest vinyl connoisseur and edit maestro Mr Al Kent returns to GAMM this week with a gorgeous two-part vinyl experience. On part one we find Al in jazzy mode, serving up the slick and soulful tackle with his perennial penchant for disco alive and well. On 'The Light Of You' we get a grand instrumental cover version of Stevie's "Another Star" which is destined to peak at your local disco.
                  On 'Sing A Song' Al digs even deeper and re-edits a fierce Latin-fusion jam that will get all the jazz dancers out there in check...proper dance music!

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Patrick says: Million Dollar Disco don Al Kent is back at it on the evergreen G.A.M.M., turning out a killer instrumental edit of "Another Star" on the A-side and a super groovy Latin fusion cut on the flip. Scorchio!

                  Be With Records and Emotional Rescue team up to present a special release of US jazz vocal group Rare Silk and their cult song, "Storm". A diggers cut for many years, more recently it's become an algorithm "hit". Presented here as a stand-alone limited 10" release, the song is backed by a spellbinding echo-drenched remix by New York's exemplary electronic sonic explorer, Arp.

                  Originally formed when sisters MaryLynn and Gaile Gillaspie met Marquerite Juenemann in southern California in the late '70s, with the arrival of Teddy Buffa the trio quickly expanded to a four-part harmony vocal group. Signed to Polydor, they rose to prominence over the ensuing decade with the release of three albums that gained them multiple Grammy nominations. Taken from their 1985 album "American Eyes", Storm is based on a Stanley Turrentine song of the same name, from his 1971 album Salt Song. With additional vocals written by MaryLynn, as with much of their music -underpinned as it is by an otherworldly exotica - the artisanal, crafted care of the instrumental and vocal arrangements, featuring lush, rich phrasing, is evident in their exquisite reading of the song. When deciding how best of present the song it seemed right to ask a favourite of both labels. Having appeared on Emotional Response in 2017/18, Alexis Georgopoulos returned to his Arp project with last years' much-heralded Zebra album on Mexican Summer. Stripping out the vocals, the remaining instrumental is rearranged, rebuilt and then soaked in heavy tape echo. The result is a discerning dub to act as the perfect accompaniment.

                  Sizzling reissue tackle here from Best Italy, who furnish us with an official remastered limited edition of 1983's most sought after Italo-Disco bomb. A one off studio project featuring Belen Thomas on vocals. Built on a slinky bassline from none other than a Roland TB-303, "Melody" is one of those weird Euro-pop pearls which went over wonderfully in Chicago's nascent house scene. Not only do we get the dance floor majesty of the original mix, but we also get an unreleased dub version which teases and pleases in equal measure. Over on the B-side we get the equally adored "Stop Fantasy", a sugary female vocal groover along the lines of "Just An Illusion" but with a little more sass.

                  A new imprint dedicated to all things reggae / dancehall, Homemade Soundsystem is a much personal homecoming for BFDM mastermind Judaah. Setting a whole new aesthetic agenda for the Marseilles-based groove slinger, revolving around fresh interpretations of classic skanky riddims and further sweat-inducing Caribbean tropes, the label pays a vibrant tribute to Judaah's first love, following straight in the footsteps of the artists who played a crucial role in the birth and development of his taste over the years; from Sizzla to Bounty Killa, via Buju Banton, Augustus Pablo and Lee Scratch Perry. Though mainly born out of a life-affirming teenage love for the aforementioned styles and their bastardized sub-divisions, HSS is also and further crucially intended as a platform for shrewdly executed cross-overs and quaky bass moves zeroeing in on bringing dancefloors to an unchaste, swelteringly sensual boil. Expect mad tides of booties bumpin' and shakin' as HSS ruff drum progs, heliotropic melodies and knee-buckling breaks cut a path of destruction across the clubs, Judaah's your skipper for a helluva wild ride into damp musical tropics.

                  Art of Tones are back, still in the game and still delivering. This time offering a modern laidback funky and edulcorated number with some smooth vocals on it on 'At The Club In Lagos' A nice warmer upper which fans of Crazy P will not be find dissappointing. Followed closely by what might turn the dancefloor in fire. That is 'Back Again'. A fast paced (almost house beat) funky house with vocals a la Hot Chocolate, promise to make everybody move. Last but not least we get 'Good To Me', another funk number, this time closer to James Brown somehow. Diggers may tell us, what has been sampled here because it sounds familiar but we do not know what it is. 
                   
                  A fine piece of wax that can turn any mediocre house party into something to remember.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: Edit mania reaches all corners of the music universe and Art of Tones are no exception. They do a respectable job and you totally should give this a listen!

                  Arthur Baker & Lazara Casanova

                  Shir Khan Presents Black Jukebox 28

                  Hottest BJ for a while this! Pure terrace-friendly house music fire from legendary producer Arthur Baker. Highly limited as usual. First come - first served.

                  Anyone whose served time on the dancefloors during Ibiza's more heady days will be up on the flavours showcased here: tribal-tinged, big room grooves full of congas, sax blasts and low, rumbling bass.

                  Arthur and Laz met at MURKs famed Monday residency at Coyo Tacos Wynnwood Miami where Casanova is a resident and Baker a guest resident. Heavily influced by the 'Miami sound', I bet these sounds worked just as well out there as they do on Europe's treasured party isle...

                  Laz and ABs first joint collab is the opener "Makossa". It started off from a few 80s loops out of Bakers vast catalogue, with Casanova whipping them in shape. It’s been battle tested over the last few years, with the subtle play between breakdown and release ratched up super tight. Big smiles all round when this bad boi drops...

                  “Dale!” features the vocal and production skills of Murk's legendary Oscar. He added the wild saxophone hook and a few other nudges in a late night session at Casanova's little Havana studio, resulting in this fiery tribal house stomper that primed for mainroom play.

                  Finally, "BTs Happiness" sees Baker pair up with old friend & ex-wife, Tina b (of "Rockers Revenge", "Tripping on Sunshine" and "Jazzy Sensation" fame) to do some vocalizing. A low pass filter squeezes a whole manner off funky house goodness through on this one: jubilant strings, rolling bassline and glistening guitar licks - surely big in MCDE's box right now?!



                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: Tight and sweaty stuff on the latest Black Jukebox. You know the drill with this fellas, funky and deep house for the discerning dancefloor. Muevelo, dale!

                  Salsoul opens the vaults once again to today's top editors and remixers. This latest 12" bonanza sees Aussie legend Late Nite Tuff guy take the reins.

                  Side A boasts a monstrous filtered rework of Instant Funk's "I Got My Mind Made Up", spread out across the whole side for maximum impact. Flip it over to side B for some serious Tuff Guy reworkings of Orlando Riva Sound's "Body To Body Boogie" (huge spin for Ruf Dug...) & Salsoul Orchestra's "Ooh I Love It" (flip of MFSB's "Love Is The Message" - both nipped & tucked in the finest way, by a true school disco head who knows what's up!

                  Fully licensed, sanctioned and released by Above Board distribution and Salsoul Records, 2019. 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: LNTG touching up legendary Body to Body. Did it ever needed to be touched up? If you want the LNTG treatment then you are in for a treat. A quantized 4/4 to make your sets as smooth and easy as possible in included!

                  It's the return of our favourite nocturnal strigiforme, fresh from the roost with a new batch of floor-filling edits mined from the best moments of dance music history.

                  "Betar" kicks us off, a mega-mix type sequence that takes in Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You" and a lesser known disco burst to keep the momentum and happiness levels soaring high throughout.

                  The second, entitled "Groov" takes Harvey Mason's "Grooving You" and chops out any superfluous bridges and bars to avoid that fatal moment, endemic to much of the late 70s output, when you lose the groove and everyone heads to bar. The Owl knows what to keep in to ensure attentiveness throughout - you won't have a moment to think about rehydration!

                  "Girlz" is a funny one, does it sample Modjo's turn-of-the-millennium pop-house monster "Lady", or Chic's "Soup For One"?? I think the crafty Owl has cleverly teased both into the mix here to ensure maximum head-scratching and unrivaled bottom-shaking throughout - go on mate!

                  "Pimp Of The Year" sees the EP off in more adventurous form. A liquid disco-funk jam that screams of more recent times and look! - it's a brand new OG from The Owl! Showing that there's more to this bird that the cutting table - he's also a whizz on the dials too. Crafting a fine, low slung bassline peppered with flanged-up guitar chops and radioactive organ chords - get in!

                  Limited copies, buy now or cry later!

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: No crate diggin here. Straight fully recognisable hits given the amount of eddity necessary to make it even more dancefloor friendly. Top of the pops!

                  Rockers Revenge Ft Donnie Calvin

                  Walking On Sunshine

                  Smokin' hot remixes of the ultimate classic that is Rockers Revenge ' Walking on Sunshine'. 
                   
                  Ful intention takes the classic to another level by focusing on the drum break and the apotheosic climax that will turn the dancefloor upside down. Dangerous game to touch a classic like this one but Full Intention are not amateurs and deliver a house bomb. Two actually if you count the dub on the flip which focuses more on the beats and the bassline. 
                   
                  A resolutely essential 12" that will fly - so do not sleep on this gorgeous yellow piece of wax!


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: Mega bomb for da dancefloor. You get a super hit oomphed to the max by well-seasoned fellas Full Intention. Full on fun!

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd 12" Info: Yellow 12"

                  The Village Callers

                  Hector

                  The Village Callers were born out of a band called Marcy & The Imperials in the mid-1960s and soon became very popular in East Los Angeles, playing all the top venues. They brought many different sounds into the mix: jazz, soul, R&B and Latin percussion… Their manager, Hector Rivera, got them a record deal with Eddie Davis' Rampart Records in 1968 that led to three 45s and their only ever LP, "Live". Their first 45 featured two original compositions: 'Hector' (also included in the LP) on the A-side, an original composition which became a hit in Los Angeles, backed by the wonderful ballad 'I'm Leaving'. It's easy to see why 'Hector' quickly gained airplay and took off, thanks to its hip and infectious Latin groove which would later be sampled by hip hop artists such as De La Soul, Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube… Similarly, it's not surprising that 'Hector' has been picked by Quentin Tarantino to be part of the soundtrack of his new film, "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood", set in late 60s Los Angeles, as the song's effortless vibe really takes you to that time and place. Unfortunately, the recording career of The Village Callers didn't last too long after they decided to change label management and left Eddie Davis. Also, their powerful Latin sound progressively faded out as the original members were replaced by new musicians, transforming The Village Callers into a rock band.

                  Candy Darling & The Viscounts

                  Movin' - Inc. Justin Van Der Volgen Edit

                  My Rules records is back with their first release of 2019 - the highly sought after cosmic disco bomb "Movin'" by Belgian group Candy Darling & The Viscounts. The A-side features the original Japan only 12" promo mix, a disco cover of a Lee Hazelwood surf song, which clips along with a galloping groove, giddy bassline, Western guitars and splenty of synth oddness. The shuffling rhythm, which mixes perfectly with Alan Vega's "Bye Bye Bayou", keeps you on your toes until the MASSIVE synth breakdown at the midpoint. 
                  On the flip you'll find My Rules label boss Justin Van Der Volgen's edit which extends, teases and restructures the track for dancers in the all right ways.
                  Tried and tested in bars, clubs and festivals around the world, this is a record not to be missed...



                  Fantastic Voyage kicks off the first vinyl focused label, Fantastic Wax, with Hong Kong based vinyl aficionado, and owner of Pharmacy Records and Fauve Radio, Romain FX. Inspired by his love and respect for African music and it's deep roots, Romain approached it with a modern mindset to give a second life to the tracks that we're disappearing due to the lack of accessibility and rarity of these records.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: Piano ridden a la old school house music in the infectious 'Indaba Kabani' which gives way to my favourite track here 'Gambian Neptune', a Balearic diamond with a house pace and a certain Miami Vice and pink flamingos feel.
                  On the flip, the vibe is very positive but takes the hip hop route this time in the Nigeria house bomb that is 'Nigerian Charo'. Closing this banger of a 12" is 'Sudanese' with its chants and folk instruments over a slightly breakbeat beat. Very warm and out of the beaten track edits for our lovely discerning customers!

                  With previous releases including tracks from the likes of Agents of Time, JoeFarr, and raising talent R.O.S.H; plus support from DJs like Laurent Garnier, who licensed one of the previously released tracks to his Tsugi 'Electro' mix (Francois V ‘Electro’ taken from Cod3QR001) Cod3QR’s profile is steadily growing as a label releasing quality music.

                  With music being the main focus you'll have to wait another 2 months to find out who is behind this latest release. The curiosity continues.

                  Head to their Instagram page (ig: cod3qr) for clues to the artist identities of Cod3QR001, 002, 003 & 004!


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: I think this is my favourite techno series of the year! Every single one has entered my record box with a feverish excitement. Uncompromising and tuff but still with plenty of harmonic & melodic pleasure; technological advanced but still resonating vaguely with our humanoid receptors. I love it.

                  After unleashing the label's most notorious floor filler back in 2015 (that's "Renee Running" under his Dude Energy alias), Diego Herrera returns to Animals Dancing here, indulging in a little deep house creativity under his usually ambient Suzanne Kraft moniker. Presumably acknowledging his contribution to their project, the label dress this one in a shiny-ass space suit and beam it directly to DJs throughout the galaxy, bringing peace, love, harmony and hedonism to one and all. 
                  The titular "Slam" slinks around between deep house, machine funk and broken beat, weaving a wriggly little jazz bassline around DX9 vamps and a typically hyperactive drum program. It's a little like FP's "People's Potential" and an '09 Theo B-side took designer drugs and woke up in Shibuya, 2049. Moving to the flip, "Group Time Hate That" heats up the B1, bringing stuttering percussion, a nagging and gnarled bass sequence and plenty of druggy intensity. Driving and direct with a little hint of new beat spicing the pot, this one is gonna have the club rushing in unison. Finally, "More Desire" is a classy and cool fusion of deep house keys, rapid fire cymbals and a wicked electro bassline, the audio embodiment of a late night journey on a bullet train.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  12" Info: Limited 12" in silver metallic sleeve

                  Bawrut returns with his fourth EP for Ransom Note Records! From "Ciquita" to "Rumba" to "Three Sounds", the Madrid-based producer has been providing DJs with off-kilter dancefloor ammunition for years now, amassing a dedicated following in the process.The "Pronto Arpeggio EP" is arguably his biggest and best collection to date. It’s certainly his silliest, kicking things off with a frankly absurd title track. Clocking in at almost 11 minutes, "Pronto Arpeggio" is a prog techno labyrinth of fakeouts, tempo switches, thwacking kickdrums, and huge synths like if Giorgio Moroder did the music for Tomorrow’s World . So yeah, not your average mid-set toilet break tool (although if you want to use it for that, we won’t judge you). "Shooreee" is classic Bawrut with a psychedelic twist, like spiking your own Negroni with mescaline. This sweaty, slow-burn acid weapon bides its time before erupting into a potent payoff. "Atchu" carves its way through laser bleeps and dub FX, built around an unforgettable vocal sample that’ll be lodged in your skull for months whether you like it or not.

                  When it came to the remixes, RN have enlisted some of Bawrut’s biggest supporters. KiNK chisels "Pronto Arpeggio" into a vlean slab of high-velocity machine funk, while Ruf Dug teases out the gentler side of "Shooreee", resulting in a melodic track that feels tailor-made made for Mediterranean sunsets..


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Another essential 12" from the Ransom Note camp and their flagship act: Bawrut. Remixes from Manchester's Ruf Dug and Bulgaria's KiNK keep the bar raised high throughout. Crucial!

                  JS Zeiter

                  JS-06

                  JS Zeiter returns with the next installment in this long running, but intermittent, series of releases. 'Manchester's Maurizio' purveys a brand of dub-techno that's in sympathy with his German counterparts but stands alone as a unique sonic entity. The label has earned a reputation for quality since the series originally started back in 1997 and is now a highly collected cult label.

                  As is often the formula, two workouts on one coherent theme decorate both sides of the wax. In this instance James has kept both examples firmly in the dance with its kinetic, deep rooted beats propelling both sides forward. His now trademark array of dub-drenched synth shards sway to each side of the stereo field, permeating a punchy bass and the odd static discharge. Remix side adds some crisp hats and more urgent energy.

                  I have to say the timing of the release is perfect. The current times and mood dictate a much more techno-orientated dancefloor society than during better times (which seem to be soundtracked by house music's unwilting optimism) and this definitely seems to be happening across clubland as DJs ditch the vocals and sugar for summat more tribal, fierce and aggressive. The revolution starts here? I sincerely hope so.... 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: One of Zeiter's rare dub-techno-comets jets across our stratosphere. They don't circle our orbit that often so be sure to catch a glimpse before it disappears again!

                  Popular People's Front

                  EP

                  Hot Peas 'N Butter make it three for three with the long-serving and mysterious PPF crew pitching in! As you've come to expect, we got four more dubbed out, extended and amended lost classics custom made for dancefloor euphoria
                  Time machine tear-ups from the golden era, as likely to be heard on Mom & Pop's turntable as they were rattling the cones on the home-made block party stacks or basement sound systems.
                  The ever reliable PPF is on top form here, laying out and echo-laden, EQ-oomphed reshape of a funky little disco number which is right on the tip of my tongue. (Ask me when you see me and I'll have remembered the ID here - UPDATE :) Gordon's War - "The Rock Is Gonna Get You".) Shimmy onto the A2 for a flanging, phasing, hell raising loop-a-thon constructed from Mouzon's "Everybody Get Down", augmented with some tasty bits of echo here and there to offer a different flavour to the Eric Duncan edit from way back when. On the B1 we head straight into the era of soul glow, silver jump suits and light up dance floors with the pulse quickening, fist pumping PPF edit of Crown Heights Affair's synthed up disco funk winner "Dance Lady Dance". If you weren't sold / souled already on this shit hot selection of enhanced classics, then the deep, dope and dubby groove of the B2 should bring you even higher - it's a mega fx laded reshape of First Choice's classic "Doctor Love"! 
                  This is 100% DJ material - and available in VERY short supply...you snooze, you lose !


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Patrick says: Disco misfit and house hero The Popular People's Front takes the controls on Hot Peas N Butter, giving us beefy and bumpy recuts of Gordon's War, Mouzon, Crown Heights Affair and First Choice. Magnefique!

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  12" Info: Hand stamped vinyl only 12" series in poly-lined kraft sleeves

                  Uon is the proUon is the project of an artist operating between Chicago and Berlin. The producer also has released music under the aliases Caveman LSD, DJ Paradise, and uses the pseudonym ‘special guest DJ’ for all mix / DJ related outings. A collage of other worldly radio transmissions, electro-magnetic static, celestial ambience and churning, mantle-crushing vibrations. If you were to have some kinda ultrasonic recording device stationed in orbit somewhere in our Milky Way, receiving frequencies far beyond the sonic spectrum of 20hz - 20khz, then this could well be the results of your efforts!


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Back in stock for a limited time only. Outerspace electrostatic never sounded so good!

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd 12" Info: REPRESS!*
                  *At new Discogs beating price! ;)

                  Copenhagen’s Tartelet continues its 10 th anniversary with another an EP from Glenn Astro, serving up five exclusive tracks across a multifaceted 12". The EP takes inspiration from Keith Haring’s celebrated 'Crack is Wack' mural in New York, which was a reaction to the drug epidemic of the time. Only 250 copies will be released worldwide.

                  In a short space of time, Glenn Astro has cooked up his own unique musical world. He has released full-lengths on Ninja Tune alongside Max Graef, and recently on Apollo Rec, sister label of R&S, in conjunction with Hodini.

                  The opener "Crack Is Wack" is a loose and live sounding jam with warm synth chords, alternating 808 drum patterns and breaks. It has a celebratory feel as expressive keys and walking basslines take turns to take the lead and move things forwards. The feel good "Der Langweiler" is a much slower and loveably lazy joint, incorporating a cosmic 808 drum groove mixed with arpeggiated Wurlizer chords and a grooving e-bassline sinking you deep into the late night groove.

                  On the flip and switching up the vibe again is "Der Maschine", which has frazzled electronic synths next to wooden hits and a playfully distorted drum machine to make for something that brims and bristles with dance floor energy in inventive new ways.

                  "Boring Times On Beleuse Five" is a tripped out sci-fi track with percolating drums and heavenly chords. It’s sparse and dynamic but with a compelling rhythm. "Discomania" is an exclusive and vinyl-only cover version of Piero Umiliani’s eponymous electronic disco classic, is a gorgeously spaced out disco instrumental with expressive keys, drums and percussion all adding up to something impossibly infectious.

                  This is another remarkable EP of effortlessly fused sounds, showcasing Glenn’s new steps exploring cosmic and electronically driven aesthetics.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Playful and trickski Glenn has a sound and outlook completely of his own. He's carved out this identity through some carefully constructed, sympathetic constructions that add an elven magic to a cauldron of downbeat, hip-hop, house raw elements. Almost impossible to describe but always fun to listen to!

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd 12" Info: Strictly limited edition. 250 copies worldwide.

                  Market leader LIES enlists new artist Trackstars for a VHS-hued journey into proto-house ideals.

                  "Bonanza" should definitely be included in your next 'road trip down the west coast' mix tape. Nothing harks of the open road at dusk as much as this track. You can sense the crepuscular rays, the subdued energy & the red shift of colour as you charge down to the open highway to your evening destination, ripe with nostalgia and yearning.

                  While "Check The Technique" ups the energy and imparts tuffer drums, it's still got the same aesthetic. Edges are rounded off nicely, melodies chime and the rhythm recalls the inventive period of early house music.

                  Side two deploys two more variations on this theme. "Udu" with its lush strings, gated hi-def groove and finally "What About House" which I can't help think recalls some vintage Blake Baxter theme or similar. Whatever it is, it's gonna have you j-j-j-jacking until the sun comes up with its killer claps and seductive digital piano line and bass combo - this is my jam folks! 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Nice warm houz muzic from LIES who ditch the aggression and circuit frying for a more gentler trip on this new jam. RIYL: Mood Hut, Dream House... there's even a bit of Gene Farris and Easy Street on that last track! Well good.

                  The 9th release on Omena LTD features Steve Mahon aka Embezzlement Society.

                  With appearances on labels such as Banofee Pies, Roots For Bloom Records and Tenderpark, to name but a few, Steven is carving out his own sound, blending rhythms and deep chords with a brilliant touch.

                  "Meanwhile At The Window Ballet" chops up the tasty organ notes and warm bass of "Summer in the City" by Quincy Jones (or is that "Passin' Me By" by Pharcyde? - ed), ramps up the BPM counter to a tasty house canter and adds some beats. Simple & effective and the very essence of deep house itself.

                  "She Knows What A She Wants" turns up the shuffle as houz snares and warm organ flurries roll out. Add a catchy rap nestled deep in the mix (on a bit of an mid-range AM-radio tip...) plus some rising strings towards the end of the arrangement and you've got a lovely track to warm up the dance with.

                  "Summertime In The Sewer" finishes keeping the deep house flavour alive till the very end. More organs, more elbows out, jerky house beats and yet another fine tuned radio vox. It was tracks like these that first attracted me to the simple elegance of house music, and it's nice to see that original vibe represented with character and creativity in 2019. Top one. 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: WHP and genuine DJ legend Krysko, plus myself, are already championing this modern deep house groover that keeps true to the very essence of that OG style.

                  Suha's "Hora EP" consists of organic bodies composed by an electronic mind. His first release on The Magic Movement, the emerging electronic musician from Istanbul imagines a three-track story: the mythical figures - Hermes and Hezarfen - are in search of a unified space named Hora above variant timelines.

                  Under the arabesque shadow of occidental chords and oriental strings, the EPs multi-layered tracks take you on a cosmic flight: folkloric dance elements build up progressively over a driving rhythm while Suha's ethereal vocals flow alongside old chants. Massive brass and gritty 70's synths accompany ancestral lyrics that herald of unknown realities soon to be realised.

                  The EP is produced and mixed by label head-honcho Noema, whose magical touch reflects through well-thought arrangements of Suha's compositions and their powerful sound. In this EP, you'll be witnessing a harmonic gathering of two figures on the obscure mountain of Hora.


                  West End records open the vaults once more to today's top editors and remixers. This incredible 12" sees Full Intention don Michael Gray take the reigns with two monster jams included on one massive 12".
                  Mahogany's 'Ride On The Rhythm' starts proceedings, an amazingly well crafted Boogie bullet with a fresh perspective aimed fully at the disco dancefloor, you need this! Raw Silk's huge 'Just In Time' takes up side B, another deftly crafted contemporary version courtesy of Mr. Gray, whose respectful remakes will undoubtedly find their way into your DJ bag, and stay there!

                  Synthesizer music for nightclubs from old pal Ed. Gettin' right down to business across four 64-bit flavoured jams utilizing his trusty array of synths, keyboards and drum boxes. All tracks veering towards the wild and wobbly, with pitch bent synth lines, juddering arpeggios and snappy drums; in other words classic Ed DMX! Playful, quirky, inventive electronic music with its tongue in cheek and hand on heart.

                  Suitable for use across a multitude platforms: dancing, gaming, driving, LAN-partying etc.






                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Multifaceted cross-dimentional body music from the bit-weilding, mainframe chief operator Ed DMX. We love you Ed!

                  Having begun in spring 2019 with the "Moment EP", featuring her international hit "Starry Night", Peggy Gou continues the story of Gudu Records with an EP from one of dance music’s most prolific artists, DMX Krew. Closely associated with Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, Ed DMX emerges once more from the underground with four sublime tracks of charismatic electronics, as potent and unmistakable as any music produced across his three-decade discography.

                  For the uninitiated, opening track "CJ Vibe" is the perfect, floor-focused distillation of DMX Krew’s timeless studio powering into psychedelic life, as a spaced out, playful synth line holds fort through a detailed house music trip. "DXIOO" heads further down the techno wormhole - a rich, deep ballad of entangled DX100 and TR909 that expands to overwhelming machine funk.

                  On the flip, "Don’t You Wanna Play?" strikes immediately to deliver the EP’s most suitably playful cut, pairing irresistible modulations with sharp toms and hugely satisfying hits of cowbell, revisiting the frantic atmosphere imprinted within the carefree rave heritage of the DMX Krew project. Finally, "110 Series" dials down the tempo while retaining the high-spirits for an inspired composition that sees Ed take his numerous synths on a skilful and melodic moonwalk around the studio, then onwards to the dancefloor.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: #goodhouse and techno from man like Ed who refused to pack away his synthesizers and grow up!

                  Headed up by Classic Music Company boss Luke Solomon, alongside studio partner Lance Desardi and Chicago-born producer Nick Maurer, dance music collective Powerdance create music that never loses sight of the dancefloor. Following their critically acclaimed album "The Lost Art of Getting Down", described by The Guardian as 'offering an object lesson in how to take inspiration from the past and apply it to the present,' their latest 12” "Power Bang" highlights one of the standout tracks from their long-player. Kicking off the A-Side, German house legend Mousse T. delivers his outstanding Disco Shizzle Mix of "Power Dance", with an undulating groove and melodic keys that make it a guaranteed party-starter. The release also features the essential accapella style "Power Tool", and on the flip is the eponymous "Power Bang", a stripped back, funk-laden version of the "Power Dance".

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Remember Mousse T? I certainly do. The horny one returns to one of the great monoliths of house music: Classic. Harking back to the funky house years, but adding that sparkle and flair of modern disco-house that's sure to please the new slew of Glitterbox graduates.

                  Romare

                  Gone / Danger

                  In the two years since the release of his critically acclaimed album "Love Songs: Part Two", Romare, real name Archie Fairhurst, has spent his time almost solely on the road. Playing over 150 shows across the world, including stops at Berghain / Panorama Bar, Primavera Sound, All Points East, Dimensions, III Points, Printworks and The Warehouse Project. He joined both Bonobo and Nightmares On Wax on their US tours, playing iconic venues like Terminal 5 and Output in New York and Smart Bar in Chicago, has played shows across India and Australia, and held two sold-out London residences, first at Phonox and most recently at the Jazz Cafe.

                  Recorded over the same period, in which he also acquired an electric organ and built a new recording studio, the two tracks, "Gone" & "Danger" represent his most intentional and direct nod to the dancefloor to date. The titular A-side, with its menacing bassline and soaring piano stabs was named after a vocal snippet since removed from the track. The B-side "Danger" was imagined as an alternative to "Gone", with both tracks being recorded 'whilst watching the seasons change from winter to summer in the new studio set up in the garden'.

                  Romare's finely crafted house tapestries have appealed to everyone here at Piccadilly since his first forays on Ninja Tune. Intricate yet unimposing, his detailed collages nod to hip-hop and downbeat whilst working intrinsically within house music's wide cannon. 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Romare's deft and gentle hand strikes again. The UK's answer to Moodymann? Maybe not but there's parallels as to how they both manipulate sound. Sometimes less is more, and Romare demonstrates this perfectly.

                  After completing the LUV trilogy earlier this year, Coco Bryce now returns with the first installment of yet another sub series to his Myor Massiv imprint.

                  On "New Romantic" he offers up a sweet mixture of jungle & techno, infused with thrusting 4x4 beats combined with his signature lovey dovey vibes, proper Purple Dove bizins for the waltzers...

                  Meanwhile "My Blue Heaven" features a more drum & bass-centric approach with staccato breaks and 808 subs in true mid 90s fashion, albeit with an undeniable late 2010s aesthetic. Coco rides again! 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: The most prolific face in modern jungle continues to offer up his services to the dancefloor. This time round he drops some mid 90s-inspired jungle-techno (think vintage CJ Bolland) and some totally authentic OG DnB - all the massiv!

                  Massive Studio One anthem alert!

                  Willie Williams’ roots rock reggae classic "Armagideon Time" - the rare extended Disco Mix version - split into two sublime heavyweight slices and cut super-loud on a 12” single.

                  Produced by Studio One supremo Coxsone Dodd, this is a huge reggae anthem on the classic ‘Real Rock’ rhythm, famously covered by The Clash and sampled by KRS One, The Fugees and many more.

                  A dancefloor devastating reggae party bomb! Every deejay needs a copy....


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: A well-known classic every self-respecting reggae fan should own, you can't be these extended versions and immaculately pressed 12" versions.

                  After a string of dope and diverse dance floor releases on Uzuri, Off Minor, Dopeness Galore and No 'Label', Berlin based Italians Stump Valley land at Dekmantel HQ with this mega double pack. While the style and tempo may have varied across these releases, their commitment to 80s hardware has never faltered, and their dependable pals from Yamaha, Roland, Korg and Casio are in fine form on this new release.
                  Sleek, gliding and retro-futurist in the most contemporary way, "Natural Race" opens the set with a blast of dance floor soul, taken to a higher place by Wayne Snow's passionate vocals. The music then veers into equatorial territory, as the duos' uses of classic 707 and LinnDrum sounds evoke a sense of sunset grooves; the sound of Theo Parrish slowly winding through an Adriatic cocktail party. Further on and 'Proletarians In Space' reflects the producers' more Detroit-like influences, with oscillating machine music. 'Zoo Planet X' takes the sound further, with dubby pads, and old-school kicks and hats, that transport the Turin-based artists across the Atlantic with their out-of-time sonic aesthetic. As we slide to the final side, "Ritmo Atomico" layers Italo-house pianos over a progressive bassline while "Starbugs" takes us deep into the rainforest on a mind expanding shamanic tip.


                  Obed Ngobeni and his backing singers the Kurhula Sisters were among the originators of Shangaan Disco, a genre that helped shape South Africa’s ‘bubblegum’ sound of the 80s.

                  The group emerged in 1983 with "Kuhluvukile Ka Zete", a hit that later gained international recognition as "Kazet". In 1984 Ngobeni followed this with the album "Gazankulu", which included the irresistibly catchy "Ta Duma", pioneering in its fusion of traditional and electronic - a sign of things to come.

                  Heads Music boss Emil Dean Zoghby also cooked up a disco version of the track with producer Peter Moticoe and engineer Phil Audoire for release as a 12” (with a dub, of course), replacing the original version’s guitars with another layer of stinging synths and a proto-house beat to drive the song’s emphatic call-and-response chorus.

                  "Ta Duma", the latest release on DJ Okapi’s Afrosynth Records, brings together all three versions of this massive track for the first time - a tribute to the roots of bubblegum. On the B-side, "Xikhobva" offers a more traditional bass and guitar-driven groove over simmering drums.


                  Salsoul opens the vaults once more to today's top editors and remixers. This incredible 12" sees Australian editor supreme Dr.Packer take the reigns.

                  Side A sees the good Dr tackle Loleatta Holloway's massive 'Hit & Run' to devastating effect, and Aurra's boogiefied 'Such A Feeling', taking these classic dance cuts into a new dimension, essential DJ weapons right here. Over on side B we have Salsoul Orchestra's evergreen early 80's jam 'Take Some Time Out' being tweaked and The Jammers 'Be Mine Tonight', another total killer from the vaults.

                  Fully licensed, sanctioned and released by Above Board distribution and Salsoul Records, 2019. Accept no imitations!

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: A disco riot fest in this 12" with Dr Packer serving true disco mastery and craft by offering us four high quality belters!

                  High Voltage / Chain Reaction

                  Rock, Spank, Freak (KON Re-work) / Dance Freak (Moplen Re-freak)

                  Harlem's legendary Disco label Queen Constance has long been a cult favourite among fans of underground dance music for decades.
                  One of many labels operating under the equally legendary P&P family of imprints Queen Constance was operated by one Peter Brown, a truly colossal figure in NYC's music scene, its catalogue still fascinates music lovers to this day. Covering a wide range of styles including Gospel, early Rap and Disco the label's output continually finds it way into the playlists of respected DJ's and selectors across the globe. This latest repress from the vaults is a real biggie - a true NYC underground disco CLASSIC!

                  High Voltage & Chain Reaction are two of the more familiar names in the P&P / Queen Constance galaxy. This new release is a must, essential, do not sleep business. 2 of the labels most monstrous jams reworked by 2 of the biggest disco editors out there right now - Kon & Moplen - that's right 'Rock, spank, freak' & 'Dance Freak' both revisited by these 2 heavyweights, respectfully tweaked and lovingly mixed for 2019's dance. There isn't much more to say, except check those soundclips and 'add to cart' immediately. Road block business!


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: Two confidently all-out hands in the air disco stormers. A whole side for each classic! This is the record you need to drop when your punters are hungry for more!

                  Joshua James

                  Journeys In Love (Inc. Joe Goddard Remix)

                  Joshua James returns to Phantasy with ‘Journeys In Love’ which lands with immediate effect, building steadily and confidently around a trippy sample and the hugely pleasurable push-and-pull of James’ synths. Breathing deeply and suspended in red-light, James’ new production tastefully recalls the late-hour, sensual attitude classic NYC deep house, while transmissions of a bottom-heavy bass weight anchor the track in the capital’s defiant after-hours scene. As a digital exclusive, the Super Drama remix utilises skittering percussion and cymbal rushes to drive things forward, dissolving with a playful acid coda.

                  Needing little introduction, Hot Chip and Two Bears co-founder Joe Goddard delivers a soaring and complementary reinterpretation of ‘Journeys In Love’, one built on halcyon, analogue sounds and further bathed in ecstasy and melancholy.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: More dancefloor ammo from Phantasy. Tech house to turn heads and hips! Hot Chip delivers and very respectable rendition on the flipside.

                  Pina Edits

                  Pina Edits Vol. 1

                  Clever AF, trickski little blighters from the Pina Edits cartel who've twisted their source material jussst far enough to escape the intrepid eye of our feathered friend! Yes folks, it's got KP scratching his beak, with the OG on the tip of his bill! But alas, no cigar (or should that be bird seed? - Ed) for the eagle-eared edit explainer this week - which means Pina shoot straight to the top of our leader board!!

                  No idea what we're on about? Basically, in the world of the disco edit circa 2019, it takes a crafty hand and a ingenious touch to impress us here at Piccadilly, and if you can tease us with an original, whilst still cloaking it anonymity, then you basically win at life. Pina have achieved such feets on first track here "Tomorrow", whilst B-side "Bra" gives us all a chance for an ID, mixing as it does the bassline from "Jack The Groove" with Steely Dan's "Peg" (sorry guys, 1-1 in the end... KP).

                  Edits 4 lyf. Mash-ups rule OK. IDDT.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: A pair of banger edits for the dancefloor on this killer 7". Will please many and will fly quick.

                  What better way to celebrate a centenary of forward thinking releases than to present one of the best kept secrets out there, MLiR aka Modern Life Is Rubbish this time joined by Arnau Obiols for the 100th release. 

                  After making a serious impact with their remarkable 'Swedish Lo-Life' and 'Trans-World Junktion' releases on fellow Swedish label Studio Barnhus, we're thrilled to have them onboard for our 100th release on Local Talk.

                  Since the very beginning Local Talk has covered everything from the deeper shades of house to the jackin' and the gritty club jams, released some slower BPMs and also the uplifting, vocal and organic house. The 100th release main track 'Lajbans' is one of those sublime tunes that is bridging the gap between all styles of dance music and got the MLiR trademark, it's epic and manages to offer plenty of subtle details to keep you locked for the full 9 minute experience. Accompanied with the original is a masterclass in dub 'Lajbans (Bellaterra dub)'.

                  You got the versatility of the original carefully stripped back but also absorbing layers upon layers of seductive sonic moods, it's a trip for sure and you don't want it to end.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: It is all about the hypnotic dub on the flipside. Idjut Boys rediscovery time? A beautiful, chilled and magic journey.

                  Saul is a new duo composed of Barney Whittaker (Footshooter) and Jack Stephenson-Oliver (Vels Trio / Poppy Ajudha / Charlotte dos Santos)

                  The band, having debuted at Brainchild Festival in 2018, have spent the last couple of years working on material for this stunning debut EP.

                  Featuring friends and frequent collaborators Brother Portrait (Steam Down) and Poppy Ajudha, the 6 track EP simmers with a potent UK energy; paying homage to the sounds of garage, jungle and broken beat all in the context of the new wave of London jazz - of which all members of this project are key players.

                  Opening track, "No Fuss No Fight" provides a blissed out, shuffling backdrop to showcase Brother Portrait’s toast to the dance, in which he effortlessly switches from spoken word to fast paced delivery. 'oi selector, come save my life - I don’t want no fuss no fight' - at once dothing its cap to Mala’s iconic "Anti War Dub" whilst taking inspiration from The Street’s observational masterpiece "Weak Become Heroes" - this is a song with 'instant classic’ written all over it.

                  "Ping Pong" is a Kaidi Tatham-esque workout, leading us nicely to standout track "Earth Rain" feat. breakthrough London Singer Poppy Ajudha. The synergy between Jack on keys and Poppy on vocals is clear; the two have been playing together for years and combine perfectly on this sun drenched contemporary take on the so called broken-beat style.

                  All in all, the EP is equally at home in the club as it is in the living room, owing to its balance of epicness and musicality. This is undoubtedly a product of London town and couldn’t fit more perfectly with the expansive sound of Rhythm Section INTL.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Martin says: Bradders Rhythm Section camp continues to be an imperitive force on the modern scene. Rumours are he's coming to Manchester in December, hopefully bringing a big bag of this kinda shizzle to make us rave! Another sterling addition, big ups Saul & BZ..

                  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

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

                  Herzel opens the A side with 'Sea Level Rise', a track that has a mystical narrative constructed in a minimalistic manner. With its melodic perspective shifts and repetitive percussions, it steadily takes the listener to a suspended, unfurling climax. Balearic-edging never felt so good! 

                  Flute Power drop "Pacific Jam"; more housey in nature but still with that expansive, coastal outlook that makes it a firm bet across the open air arenas - think Tisno's beach stage, Cafe Del Mar before it died a death or the rich seam of bars along the Indian and Thai coastlines which pump out joy all day to a rich gathering of revelers.

                  Canadian MPC-don and master digger keeps feet shuffling with a disjointed, quick-paced box jam: "You Promised Me Love". You can almost picture the deft producer getting busy with the kill switches, hunkered down and locked into the groove....

                  Daniella La Luz contributes the last track, "DLA Cieble". A crowd-friendly terrace house number with plenty of bump n sway, it should find favour with fans of Shir Khan, Danny Russel & DJ Koze etc....

                  All in all a great set of tracks! 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Sil says: Chuggy and unrushed house filled with soothing sample is all the rage when done proper. Here you have a good example of dedicated craftmanship. 'You Promised Me Love' is a corker!

                  Dan And The Unlimited Stupidity Band

                  Keep Me On Fire

                  Bastedos is back with three rascal disco edits from Dan and The Unlimited Stupidity Band drenched in that dazzle of the early disco days - reworked, extended and primed for the modern dancefloor.

                  ‘Keep Me On Fire’ is a funk-powered, strutting gem of infectious grooves, full frontal bass and rousing vocal refrains. Classy and considered, this re-beefed edit is straight up incendiary business destined to ignite any dancefloor it’s put before.

                  Taking to the B side, ‘Tried To Help It’ is a mouth-watering mix of squelching melodies, sumptuous falsetto vocals and heavy low-end weight, tape delayed exquisitely to echo out across the ether.

                  The peak time ‘Termination’ closes out the EP. Cosmic sirens lead the way for a tension amping build up, full of space echoed reverberations, divine synths and peppering guitar licks. By the time those swaggering vocals are laid to bare its fever pitch point with this astronomical edit.

                  Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                  This Is The Place EP

                    Limited 12" exclusive to RSD stores.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Ltd 12" Info: Coloured vinyl 12".

                    Derailleur

                    Hydraulic Performer EP - Inc. Radioactive Man Remix

                    Derailleur announces his new label Decade Box with a tasty EP titled "Hydraulic Performer".

                    The title track is an rave-indebted warehouse demolisher; with heavily distorted kicks, neck-snapping snares, growling synths and a catch robot vox paying tribute to the tuffer side of the electro cannon fresh with that old skool b-boy flavour to boot.

                    There's no better than to pique a pigeon's plumage than getting Keith Tenniswood involved; which is exactly what Derailleur does - shoe-horning in a brilliantly aggressive remix of "Hydraulic Performer" by the man in machine-biting, Radioactive Man guise.

                    "Device One" switches tact and aligns itself with more recent DMX Krew / Legowelt flavours with thick, chunky, lumimous synthlines and crisp drums primed for club play. When that catchy motif fully unfolds I can picture a whole manner of trigger fingers pointing up at a sweat-soaked ceiling...

                    Following his timely 2004 debut on Varial, Derailleur has also released on Dust Science, Soma and Harmless. With a strong commitment to hardware based recording and performance, 2019 brings in a new chapter for the France based producer and DJ.


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: A now standard interest-pique by anything Tenniswood related. Derailleur's tracks ain't half bad either! Tuff, jagged electro.

                    Plainwrap Band

                    Baby Don't Leave Me Here / How Does It Feel

                    1970s soul drenched 'How Does It Feel' with its beautiful vocals and lyrics will melt your heart on the B side. Whilst on the A side you have the fast paced funky number 'Baby Don't Leave Me Here' with a gorgeous and groovy bassline and great vocals that will help you raise above the dross and see the possibilities ahead of you. A reassuringly positive track to dance the night away.  
                     
                    You gotta have it!


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Sil says: Two monster tracks on a tiny seven. Funky on the A side, deep emotional soul on the flip. Both as good as they come.

                    Companion 45 to the forthcoming unreleased LP of L.A soul singer, composer and producer LaRombé. We transferred all of larombes tapes in Holywood and pulled sa ton of Amazing track starting with this the original full-length masters of Modern Soul Grail 'You're The Best' (Running an extra one and a half mins) flipped with a previously unreleased track 'Train Of Thought. You know the score, 6k for an OG.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Millie says: Finallllllyyy! The long awaited LaRombé is here at last. Full on funky-goodness, so much energy it could fill a room instantly. Make sure you play this one nice and loud!

                    CZ Wang & Neo Image

                    Just Off Wave / Open Mic Beat

                    Mood Hut’s CZ Wang and Neo Image officially release MH006, a 12-inch that features their long-leaked and celebrated west coast party starter "Just Off Wave". Originally recorded in 2014, these tracks sat on ice until they finally passed Claudio’s Cadillac-test™.

                    Side A’s "Just Off Wave" throws back to a pioneering moment of Pacific Northwest hip-hop mysticism. It first gained sneaky notoriety as a favourite of local DJs, eventually making it around the world thanks to some - in classic Mood Hut fashion - misplaced CDRs. The track is blessed with the hypnotiq call-and-response vocals of the low-key but legendary Separated At Birth crew - an alias of two Canadian rappers born on the same day. Contract restrictions prohibit us from revealing any more.

                    Side B features "Open Mic Beat", an ecstatic DJ tool centered around an improvised drum machine traffic jam. This tune got its legs at early Mood Hut parties where it became a natural prompt, encouraging microphone-grabbing party guests to step up and freestyle.

                    Artwork by Aarin Smith and KC Winacott.


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Mellow Mood Hut magic! It maybe Autumn, but you can keep those crepuscular rays shining through your bedroom window with this breezy double-tracker fresh from the Riviera!

                    Autre left the lab and brought his science to the people. This is his second offering for the ESP Institute. On the A-side we have a silky slice of electro aimed straight for our hearts, "LA Funk", incorporating stanzas of jazz chords and Autre’s signature meandering string lines, all thickly layered atop an up-tempo more-bounce-to-the-ounce bassline that will receive the nod of approval from even the most serious funk heads. On the flip side, the artist uses a similar broad brush of synthetic strings, but ventures into an emotional sweet-spot built on glorious chord changes and cascading arpeggios, sprinkling delicate percussion throughout like a flurry of phosphorescent dust particles. "Wig Teleportation" is a complicated looping narrative that ebbs and flows, snaring the soul with melancholy yet keeping your interest piqued with intricate layers of rhythm. These two songs will heal through the power of bodywork.

                    Made In USA

                    Never Gonna Let You Go (Theo Parrish Ugly Edit)

                    HOLY SHIT! Arguably the finest edit series ever, and among the best work of Detroit legend Theo Parrish's career, the Ugly Edits are frankly legendary. Extended and looped to insanity, EQed and pressed with the rough and raw sound that Theo's known for, this was disco as house music, packed with the speaker freaking energy of a Ron Hardy set. Now, nearly two decades on, Theo teams up with Prime Direct Distribution for a new series which officially licenses the cuts, and places them back to back with the original track, both remastered and cut loud on either side of a 12 inch.

                    Kicking things off we have one of Theo’s most treasured cuts, his ‘Ugly Edit’ of Made In USA - Never Gonna Let You Go, bootlegged endlessly in the past and racking up prices of up to £144 on Discogs it’s a high time an official reissue came around.
                    As iconic an edit as they get, ‘Never Gonna Let You Go’ encompasses everything great about Theo’s energy behind the decks - extending grooves for longer than anyone else even dare, working the EQ’s like a god and throwing in a bit of that raw magic that only he knows how. Taking the original’s sumptuous breakdown, Theo works it into a spirited, high energy disco workout looped into a near 10-minute stomper, big on the bass and brass fire whilst leaving the vocals at the door.
                    On the B side the original ’77 Made In USA version is laid out in all it’s glory. Funk powered, horn-laden disco goodness with breath-taking vocals from the Stateside troupe.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: And we’re off! Prime coming through with the officially licensed, remastered reissues of Theo’s Ugly Edit series. Starting at the beginning, we have the hi-NRG, rough and raucous extension of Made In USA’s “Never Gonna Let You Go”. If you don’t know, get to know!

                    Edit upstarts and dancefloor destroyers Black Bones employ their finely tuned metal detector and set out on another excavation here with the sixth edition of their must have series. There's not a mm of precious vinyl wasted here as we get another indispensible 4-tracker boasting a sleazed-out 80's throbber, a percussive Disco lost classic & some primo, smeared mascara stompers evoking Boccaccio & Blitz excess."Yearning To Fly" opens the set with pulsating bass, acid squelch and echo-laced vocals tailor made to trip you out. Chuck in a bit of accordion and this is about as New Beat as it gets. Next up, "Eejit Safari" gets stuck into some Latino-disco breaks with echo and reverse, finally flexing our feet with a suitably limber bassline. Turned up to 11 with carnival noises and dub fx, this sounds like a vintage Idjuts outing, which is always a good thing in my book. Flip the disc and feel the synth funk power of "Painting By Rumours", an impossibly chugging 80s OG with popcorn motifs, sleazy female vocals and a killer Arabesque synthline. Finally "For Pete's Sake" sallies forth with wild slap bass, galloping percussion and loads of angular new wave energy, powering the party late into the next day.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: The Black Bones team are back, digging up another quartet of idiosyncratic OGs to transform into edit monsters. Aside from the whacked out disco dub of "Eejit Safarai" (think Noid), the flavour to savour is supercharged synth. New Beat meets New Wave on the contemporary dancefloor - highly recommended.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    12" Info: Limited, hand-stamped vinyl 12"

                    Once upon a time, in the glory days of the forum, a new generation of DJs and collectors were being introduced to a wealth of rare and exotic tunes; musics with life changing powers which spoke a universal language. Moonboots, Mike, Brewster, Broughton, Boardman, Mison and Dr Rob - all present and correct, all on hand to educate, entertain, inform and swiftly remind you that you had next to no chance of ever finding a copy. 
                    Well, times have changed, editmania has given way to the march of the reissue, and all those rare birds are coming home to roost - or at the very least nest nicely in your record collection.
                    This latest reissue from Italian imprint Best Records ticks another biggie off the collective wantlist, providing us all with an affordable, remastered and reissued copy of Roberto Lodola's Balearic classic "Marimba Do Mar". 
                    Lodola was one of the first Italian DJs and producers devoted to the Afro sound born in the Northern parts of Italy. As the 80s wore on, and Roberto found his way into the studio, his exotic tastes and sunny disposition perfectly translated into the Mediterranean masterpiece "Marimba Do Mar", a breezy, jazz flecked slice of tropical pop complete with DX7 panpipes, synth marimba, subtle percussion and swelling sax. Whether you opt for the largely instrumental 'Fusion Version' or the sweet and sensuous 'Vocal Version', you've got a certified classic on your hands. As a BIG brucey bonus, Best have also turned up a pair of previously unheard outtakes "Feeling Of The Sun" and "Hey George!", which slice your cocktail lime in different directions depending on taste and mood.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: Awwww yeah! Best Records hit us with another BIG Balearic classic, that's been super tough to find for the longest time. As Mediterranean as it gets, "Marimba Do Mar" takes tropical synth work, sleazy sax and jazzy grooves and flips it into a piece of true Balearic brilliance. Every home should have one.

                    Nathan Micay follows up his huge, surprise hit LP of the year, "Blue Spring" with an equally amazing EP, "Butterfly Arcane".

                    According to Micay the EP continues to utilize "Blue Spring"'s beautifully crafted palette of beguiling electronic textures and rhythms, inducing a magic sense of novelty through their unique frequencies.

                    "I'm Your Huckleberry" is a surging flood of endorphins, with captivating proggy peaks and troughs akin to classic era Underworld and Leftfield, but with inventive new twists Four Tet and Daniel Avery.

                    The melodic, "This'll Tell The Tale" evokes a 6am lazer vortex, whilst "Did U Know I Cannot Die" is part DJ tool and part crystalline ambience that floats somewhere between Tangerine Dream and Vangelis.

                    Already a massive worldwide anthem, "The Party We Could Have Had" epitomises Micay’s ability to breathe new life into the early / mid 90s purple patch where prog, trance, electronica and techno blurred beautifully together.

                    The EP offers all those fans who weren’t able to grab Micay’s now highly-sought-after Manga inspired comic that came with the special edition of the album another chance, as an updated version will be available with this release, with an added foreword by music theorist / technologist and Holly Herndon collaborator Mat Dryhurst.

                    A new star on our shelves for fans of electronic music... now, when are one of our city's promotors gonna book him for a show?!

                    Recommended. 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Follow up to surprise-hit-of-2019: "Blue Spring" and equally as stimulating. Micay is the real deal. Would love to see this guy live, if you're reading Nathan get in touch!

                    I've long been a fan of Steve Moore's filmic throbbing synth sound, with 2013's 'Pangaea Ultima' for me, being the pinnacle of his non-soundtrack output. Since then, we've had a number of soundtracks (The Mind's Eye and Mayhem being two particularly standout vinyl releases) and a superb solo album for Temporary Residence last year. 

                    This self-titled EP of sorts for legendary Brooklyn label, L.I.E.S sees Steve stripping back the atmospheric drones and pads for something a lot more percussive, with his saw stacks and staggered hats taking more of a front seat. 

                    'Broken Kills' kicks things off, with infrequent pulses of bass grooving atop the flickering hats and echoic drum machine, injecting proceedings with some momentum by gradually building and deconstructing the accompaniments tastefully, but to great effect. We follow up with a more dynamic arepggiated phrase in the stunning 'Future 99', bringing the paddling arps and soaring pads back once again, along with some incidental stabs and flickering delay lines, bringing to mind the pioneering German synth works of the mid 70's. 

                    'Eigengrau' builds upon this once again, with snapping snare drums and phased synth lines slowly churning around a solid core of filter-manipulated bass whirls and modulated hi-hats before closing things off with the comparitively frantic 'Future 86', working around a militant arp and gloomy churning drone. 



                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: Yet another stunning outing for Moore here, clearly displaying his unmistakable instrumental style, but adding to it with more of a dancefloor-orientated focus. A perfectly curated and brilliantly fitting outing for the great L.I.E.S. Top stuff.

                    Continuing their endless run of killer reissues, Best Records come through with an official limited edition remaster of this 1984 bomb from Cellophane. Cellophane was an occasional moniker for Italian legend Alessandro Novaga, one of THE major influences on Chicago house music with his trio of releases "Drums", "Electronic Drums" and "Faces Drums", all essentially EPs of tough electronic bonus beats which helped to create the blueprint for many early Windy City productions. He was also behind other such hugely influential cuts as Stopp's "Im Hungry" and "Ali Shuffle" by Camaros Gang.
                    This second Cellophane release, which came after the huge "Gimme Love" single, is Novaga's magnum opus, consisting of just two long tracks (or suites perhaps?) that take the listener of on an epic psychedelic Italo / space disco trip like no other. The A-side kills it with a hyperchaged Koto bassline, chiming synths and plenty of extra strong formaggio, all arranged into an extended galactic romp through Parts 1, 2, Break and Reprise. Check out those clips to hear the beauty of this ever changing electronic composition. The masterpiece here though is the flip, "Music Colours (part 3)", a heavy hitting marriage of drum machines and synths which stomps through the dancefloor, opens up an interdimensional portal and invites all kind of alien freaks to start the party. Crazy synth fx, a Funkytown bassline, wild percussion and a proper kitchen sink dub aesthetic, this reminds me of peak time Idjut insanity, allways a good thing in my book. 

                    Heavy use of synths and drum machines expecially on the part 3 !

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: Props to Phil Wynn for the heads up about this monster track, and to Simon Faze Action and Best Records for coming through with the remastered reissue, now with better sound than Forbes' bootleg. Highest grade Italo disco heat on a mindbending house tip - play at your own risk...

                    Limited edition remastered reissue of Funky Family, the Italo disco studio project from 1984. This production features Nicola Nicolosi from Nicolosi Family (perhaps you remember "Amnesie" by Turas) and represents a real example of proto-house that became a Chicago classic regularly played by Ron Hardy at Muzic Box and during WBMX radio shows. This edition has the full instrumental cut on the side two instead of the short radio edit available on the original one.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: Right on the border of Italo disco and proto house, this was understandably a massive jam for Ron Hardy, all girthy bass sequences, Euro vocals and siren like synths. Play it between "Heart Skips A Beat" and Jago for best effect...

                    Redrago

                    Redrago (Club Version) / Il Veliero

                    Life And Death’s next album project finds label boss DJ Tennis connecting with Israeli duo Red Axes to express themselves with total freedom and explore the similarities and differences between their respective sounds. Entitled Redrago and due for release as a 2 x 12” on October 11th, the adventurous and subversive full length is preceded by this two track single release. DJ Tennis was introduced to the Red Axes duo by The Pachanga Boys at a festival in Corsica. “Their faces, their expressions and their attitude—gentle, smart, loving and funny—impressed me at first sight“ remembers Tennis. That was many years ago, and since then they have deepened their personal and musical connections, but “always by chance” says Tennis. Around a year ago, they were having a discussions and decided they should attempt to combine their “love of psy and mediterranean influences” and scheduled a week of recording sessions together. After making at 9am and having a proper Israeli breakfast, the artists went to a studio on top of a decadent old shopping mall in the Centre of Tel Aviv. Each of them then set up in one corner of the studio with their own instrument (including Tennis’s Pearl Syncussion, a small modular setup, a Juno and bunch of guitar pedals, while Niv and Dori “used their usual weird cheap instruments including bass and guitars”) and they began playing, experimenting and jamming, recording everything they did then swapping stations and repeating the process. “It was a friendly and loving experience” say Red Axes, who add that they then took all the recordings into various editing sessions and finalised the adventurous, multi-genre exploration that is Redrago. “The aim was to find a kind of Italian-Israeli connection in our musical approach,“

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: Whacked out electro disco from DJ Tennis and Red Axes here, who combine roving hardware basslines with Indian konnakol scatting on the A-side, while the flip reminds me of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas' "Run".

                    More secret edit weapons from the vaults of DJs like Manfredas, Iñigo Vontier, Simple Symmetry, Dreems and Thomas Von Party, aka the Multi Culti Family. New wave Latino body music, peak power extended space disco and wiggly electro funk combine for definitive dancefloor approval and chin-stroking trainspottery that comes approved by us all here at Picc HQ.

                    This is the sound of the edgy underground right now; honestly, you couldn't be more on-point if you traversed Striding Edge on ice skates. Mega stuff.


                    If you heard our own Patch playing out last year, the chances are you heard him drop Lipelis' dub mix of Capablanca's "Lap Dance", a fierce and ferocious bit of tape-y tonk from the previous 12". Now we have the third and final instalment of the 'Lap Top Less Dance' trilogy, featuring an outersphere collab between Lipelis and Capablanca, a deep and freaky Tiago remix, and a stomping dancefloor rework by Odopt. 
                    This set starts with Capablanca and Lipelis going utterly astral with the slow and syrupy "Top Top Top", a twisted disco dub with plenty of pattering percussion, Space Echo abuse and reel to reel fuckery. If you imagine playing the drum loop from "Knock On Wood" through a broken tape player, then opening the fridge portal to Zuul before uniting the trinity of gremlin, water and synth, and you'll be in the same galaxy as this jam. Inter / Outerzona boss Tiago takes the wheel next, working "Lap Dance" into an entirely psychedelic discoid freakshow with neat congas, weird fx and a grunting bassline. Last but not least, Born Free regular Odopt turns in a mind-mulching industrial version of "Lap Top Less Dance", hinting at acid, Borft weirdness and strange sampledelia. 

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: I attained mega buzz from the Lipelis remix off the previous Capablanca 12", so to see the duo behind the controls together was pretty pretty good. They serve a fine starter of slow and sludgy syrup before Tiago gets into his psychedelic disco and Odopt embraces the industrial funk.

                    FSOM / Andy Rantzen

                    Track 6 / Harmonic Eye

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

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

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

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

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


                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                    Lonely C / Tom Trago

                    The Compass Joint

                    Ok it's back, for how long who knows? But it's here, for now....

                    Possibly one of the biggest, difficult-to-acquire dance releases from early in the year, it was made big at ADE where it received a limited release for attendees. After gaining traction it's become a massively-streamed track, and initial copies went as high as £70+ on the second hand market.

                    Now Rush Hour have let the flood gates open on the remaining copies, rumours are that there were ever only 200 pressed although we find this hard to calculate.

                    What matters though is that the music really cuts through the hype. "Track 1" is a joy-filled, mid-tempo organic house romp through tuned percussion, angelic organs and a lovely warm bass. Imagine Metro Area recording on Sound Signature and you get half the idea. Gloriously long, the elelven minute arrangement keeps us suspended across a green and rich flower bed of house music goodness.

                    "Track 2" is more electric, with buzzing synth and electronic drum palette and loads of SFX flying around the mix. It's all about the bass on this one though, with a speaker rattling, fretted B-line gluing the whole thing together and powering up the hips and feet immediately. Again, a nicely constructed arrangement simmers and pops right till the end of its duration.

                    Already heavily rotated by lucky folks who nabbed it first time round, both tracks definitely live up to the hype. Every house collector & DJ needs a copy of this, so let's hope they don't run out too soon....! 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Timeless house music often lends itself to simple structures and strong musicality. I've already caned it to death out and about but it refuses to get boring! I can see this still sounding huge in another ten years time. A true collectors piece!

                    Trans-4M

                    Arrival / Amma - Alternative Mixes

                    Remember that bullet-from-nowhere, "Sublunar Oracles" album by Trans-4AM early int year?! Here's two alternative mixes of "Arrival" and "Amma"; the former a completely unreleased version while the latter, dating back to a 1993 release on Buzz, has become a much desired track in its own right.

                    Another round of applause for Safe Trip then (a label feverishly collected by our resident passerine..- Ed) who've plastered these epic hits across a side of wax each!

                    "Arrival (Remix)" heads straight into an oceanic and expansive soundscape; with fluttering keys, loping chord sweeps and tropical island percussion evoking memories of being in a deserted exotic paradise.

                    "Amma (Moon Mix)" treads a thin line between warehouse anthem and Balearic tickler; it's rave-indebted lead line somewhat suppressed by the coastal chord stabs that surround it while the heavy warehouse break is tamed by glassy bell chimes and a much more naive and childlike approach than hoards of young men necking garies under an abandoned railway bridge... A strange but comfortable juxtaposition of styles that's synonymous with Trans-4AM.

                    Definitely merits a purchase! 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Safe Trip is a label who've every single release I've so far acquired without ever meaning to collect the label! Such is the quality of their releases they simpy go into my bag without me even realising it was them behind them each and every time! Second visitation of Trans-4AM for the label and it's two nice takes of "Arrival" and "Amma" off the "Sublunar Oracles" LP. Nice!

                    Extracting a rich sense of emotion from an evolving analogue set-up, Hammer follows up his previous FMB outings "Dahlia" and "C-Space" with a similar tone and sound palette as he lays out a new EP with 3 tracks that capture the Feel My Bicep sound perfectly, striking the balance between delicate melody and power with aplomb.

                    The lead track "Parabola" manifested as a slow burning percussive experiment that, as Hammer explains, ‘quickly got fired up by an extra 10bpm for the dancefloor effect, turning itself into an acid led epic’ and as a consequence accidentally becoming the A1 at the same time.

                    "Parabola" is followed by "Panoptic" and ‘Entropy’; all three track names inspired by his recent love for physics podcasts. Created with Hammer’s much loved Yamaha CS1-X, ‘a spaceship in its own right’, he explains. ‘A Xoxbox and a Roland SH-2 did the rest of the hard work. Time to enter the twilight zone with this one!'


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Highly electrified, stadium-pleasing tech-house here from Hammer and the taste making Feel My Bicep label. Ket vest not included.

                    The first of 2 heavyweight Bushwacka! reissues, essential underground business right here, from the streets of London. Matthew B aka Bushwacka! is a longtime stalwart of the vast London scene, with a career that would make most crumble, he's been at the top of his game for longer than most in the booth and behind the boards. Having presented this collabo with DJ Vorn back in 1995 on his own Plank Records imprint, it's obvious that Bushwacka! is a studio genius: the mix, the engineering, everything about these records is top shelf. "No Smoke" is ridiculously deep, the 'Deep Dap Dap' mix on side A is absolutely killer - rolling tranced-out house music of the highest order, just devastating, and when that breakbeat comes in it's game over. This is it.

                    On side B we have the 'They're Comin' For Us' mix, which is totally different, yet completely essential; more breakbeat heavy than its predecessor it's another finely crafted bass-bin troubler. Over 20 years old and still sounding 2 future 4 u!

                    As per usual, all tracks legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Matthew B / Bushwacka! 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Sil says: Ghetto beats and rave vibes are all the hype again. This 12" reflects it perfectly with its relentless breakbeat cum techno for the much needed and non-existent illegal parties!

                    Versatile boss and one half of Château Flight, Gilb'R selects 8 tracks from his catalogue of sonic entheogens. Conjured up in Amsterdam where he has been living for the past 5 years, and a macro hologram of Gilb'R's mind; it explores many moods from tribal to sentient and back through humanoid expression. Many paths have led us to our current hybridized world, and there's no better soundsmith than Gilb'R to highlight the merger of organic, spiritual and cybernetic in our crazy times. We love it, you will too!

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Synthesized sonic rituals for the sound shamans and techno wizards out there as head sorceror Gil'r opens up his spellbook.

                    Black Spuma, otherwise known as Phillip Lauer and Fabrizio Mammarella, come correct with a new EP of enchanted grooves for one of our favourite labels here at Picc HQ, Futureboogie.

                    Title track "Crunch Level’, is a throbbing, pulsating, bit-crunching beast of a track, a full mind and body workout that evokes the darker shades of early acid and new beat. "Agguato" also packs a punch, with drums so big that Stock, Aitken & Waterman would most definitely approve, whilst a waves of hedonistic tones cut through feint melodicas and space invader tropes for a mind melting moment.

                    Never to end on a whimper, "Adamantine" goes out with a bang, with an ecstatically buoyant rhythm section and glacial melodies that’ll be transporting you back to the bright neon lights and dry ice of some long forgotten 80’s sweatbox.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Slightly tougher than other releases on the label, "Crunch Level EP" meets somewhere between '89 Chicago and '92 Belgium. A symposium of pitched vox, gated drums, analogue basslines and nagging 303s. Ace.

                    Chillum Trio started out as a collective of like-minded musicians in 2002, however, after releasing an album together (which was supported by the likes of Laurent Garnier) the project slowly morphed into the solo act of founding star, Geza Szekeres. At that time he discovered West-African music, Latin jazz and the universe of soul and funk, these new directions have been shaping his musical evolution ever since.

                    In 2014 he turned out as one of the winners of Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura remix contest that gave him the opportunity to travel to Havana and record music with the creme of the Cuban jazz scene. One of his songs recorded in this session got released on Brownswood Recordings compilations "Havana Cultura Mix" and "Havana Cultura Anthology".

                    Budabeats Records have now got their needy paws on Chillum Trio's first ever EP, "Cosmotropica" containing two dancefloor friendly tracks mixing broken afro-house with tropical and cosmic influences.

                    "Eyes Closed Ears Open"'s deliciously scrumptious palette combines subtle Reese bass notes, squelchy AF perc and a cerebral, star-gazing synth array. Nodding firmly to the rich seam of UK broken beat, it offers updates to this cult formula taking it into the hearts and minds of the next generation of dancers and listeners.

                    "Palmdrop" is equally cerebral, existing in a glistening and sublime plane approximately one mile above the Earth's surface, but still cruising our orbit. Slightly more house orientated in rhythm and dynamics and inhabited by a plethora of tantalizing musical passages it's a feast on the ears and likely to cause bursts of joyous eruption on the dancefloor. Top stuff here from a new artist on our radar - check!


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Some really interesting textures and rhythms across these two tracks. Nice varied arrangements as well sure to keep the floor locked in. Perfect for the dance then!

                    Talaboman

                    Discodrums / Flashforward

                    New heat from all-star pairing Axel Bowman and John Talabot - HOT!

                    "Discodrums" canters in on rotary, low tuned arps while helicopter synth shards and swirling sine waves create a general fuss in up the upper regions. Add a crisp perc line, wet snare and warm kick and you've got a soundsystem-pleasing rub-up that'll skip from warm-up to peaktime without breaking a sweat.

                    "Flashforward" is a rubbery, playful and highly electric number; with a thoughtful degree of continuity in palette to compliment the A-side. A highly sophisticated, skilled construction of crystallized leads, synthesized rhythms and gentle drums, it's an ear-grabbing crowning glory to any well thought out DJ journey and I wouldn't be surprised to hear this garnering loads of podcast / broadcast / mixtape attention over the coming weeks...

                    Limited copies with beautifully printed sleeves, don't dilly dally as they won't be around for long! 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Straight into mine and Syl's bags this: two chieftains of sound design combine for an eruption of creativity. Though segueing easily into house and techno sets, there's not many records out there as complex and unusual sounding as this. As usual when Bowman and Talabot combine - magic happens.

                    Two little ducks and one covert rodent as Secret Squirrels unleash their 22nd release, a latin lover which gets you by the disco balls. Caliente!
                    The A-side marries a shuffling house 4/4 and boosted bassline with a fiery bit of latin jazz, chopping up cha cha and party vox and letting loose with a breezy bit of vibraphone. The result is a MAW powerhouse which all about the Body & Soul...
                    Over on the other side we get a fine rework of Joe Bataan's cry for South American unity, "Mestizo". The result is a boogie tinged disco winner with soulful vocals, a swooning vocal and great synthwork, not a million miles away from "Ma Quale Idea", but a little more conscious.



                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Sil says: Those pesky squirrels! While most of the species stocks up on nuts, our mischievous rodents are back at it again, mining the outer recesses of disco, cosmic and tropical grooves for another of their trademark double-headers.

                    Jarv Is

                    Must I Evolve? - Inc. David Holmes & Keefus Ciancia’s Unloved Rework

                      From Jarvis re the mix: “David Holmes & Keefus Ciancia invited Catherine Rebeiro, Ennio Morricone, The Vampires of Dartmoor, Jean-Claude Vannier, La Düsseldorf, Alan Vega, Sergio Leone, Dario Argento & Jaromil Jireš to our Rave in the Cave.”

                      Our secret agent in Oslo returns with another urgent communique in the Norsk Tripping series, containing six more tracks selected from a private vault of dance floor dynamite. Styles on show this time include modern Italo, solid gold punk-funkery, synth-outs, outsider pop & 80's obscurities. All given the sonic once-over for maximum playability.
                      The party starts with the Italo romp of "Robots", a chugging number with wormhole bass, occasional vocoder and the odd bit of ectoplasm. We return to earth with a 'bump' via the coke-y disco-not-disco of "NY77", an neat extension of Delta 5's angular and angsty "Mind Your Own Business", before the celestial sequences and pulsating bassline of electro bomb "Imperator" head through the clouds once again, possibly pausing to soundtrack an 80s montage. Flipping the pancake, "Cocteau" gives us the uber-Balearic, utterly cosmic edit of "Fifty Fifty Clown" we've been clamouring for, tripping us out before the dark but dreamy synth pop of "USSR" takes us off into the land of eyeshadow and homemade clothes like a Russian Flash And The Pan. Last but not least, "Camp & Cosmic" wrings Basil Kirchin's "Silicon Chip" through the interdimensional mangle, squeezing every last bit of spacey disco glitz out of the original. As always, a VERY limited run, so get it bought!

                      N-Gynn coming correct with the eastern flavours for the forth installment of Hamam House. Co-produced by long time label friend Remi Mazet, and a first for the label in that it's comprising of strictly original material!

                      Mainly instrumental and featuring a mixed palette of electronic and organic instruments, "Turkish Delight" begins proceedings and sounds like if much of the Claremont 56 roster decamped to Istanbul to make music. Black Sea-balearic never sounded so good!

                      "Disco Boulette" sees proto-house beats usher forwards squelchy boogie synths and mysterious picked guitar lines - all transposed into eastern scales and sounding invigorating with it!

                      "Marmaris" heads MORE east ((!), namely, to Goa circa 1994 as it emits a proto-trance vibration that reeks of 24 hour free parties an excess across exotic beaches. Bracelets and beads not included!

                      Finally "Berka Beat" stutters and shudders in like Egyptian Lover after one to many hashish pipes! Subdued and mystic, but utilizing all areas of the drum machine, this tasty acidic electroid niggler should find favour with the more skilled leftfield DJs out there...



                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: Hamam House carries on producing great unique edits for the discerning folk out there. Particular attention must be payed to the staggering hypnotic 'Marmaris'. Part four is as good as the last three. Gold.

                      Andromeda Orchestra returns, unearthing "Don't Stop" and employing Ray Mang on remix duties, turning the track into a peak-time disco master class. Strings, Clav's, Piano's, spacey keyboard solo's, sound fx and modern disco drums collide for maximum dance floor connection. It's perfect for the bigger clubs and festival sets and yet still intimate enough for the smaller ones.
                      B1 see's "Kano Line Dance", finally receiving the vinyl release it deserves. This spacey disco nugget effortlessly combines Rhodes and guitars to create yet another modern, dance floor hit, which is already receiving support from the likes of Horse Meat Disco. Rounding off the EP on B2 is the original of "Don't Stop". The disco original sits perfectly between "Constellation Orchestra" and the more underground disco sound of New York. Perfect for the summer.


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Patrick says: Mega modern disco heat here from the Faze Action stable as the Andromeda Orchestra return to spread their message of mirror ball love to our unsuspecting galaxy. Ray Mang's remix is as HUGE as you'd hope, taking us right back to the glory days of Scando-disco, while "Kano Line Dance" is a squelching and squanching boogie tinged roller with just a hint of jazz-funk thrown in for good measure.

                      Stockholm-based audiophile bar Hosoi launches label with a rare release from Sweden’s HNNY. 
                      Based in Stockholm, Hosoi is a listening bar with a focus on sound quality boasting custom-built KRS speakers, a hand built Condesa mixer and high-end Technics turntables. Many influential artists have passed through Hosoi - including Dip In The Pool, John Talabot, Young Marco, Kate NV and Wolf Muller & Niklas Wandt -both to share their music and to be part of such a vibrant space. It is the only venue where HNNY has continued mixing music regularly as a sole resident, curating the ‘Music For Listening’ series - a Sunday hangout for Stockholm’s discerning music lovers.
                      Releasing music created with its room in mind, Hosoi will put out live recordings and compilations from the bar’s favourites and it only made sense that close friend HNNY kick starts proceedings. ‘By’ nostalgically suspends the listener in time with looped female vocals, gentle guitar melodies and patterned hip hop beats. Meanwhile on the flip, ‘Hosoi’ is coloured with twinkling keys which delightfully run over the top of lush chords sitting atop a bed of jazz percussion. Vinyl crackling throughout evokes the sound of spinning wax heard at the stylish venue.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: Nothing unexpected in this HNNY 7'. As mellow as a kitten and exuding aspartame from beginning to end. Sweet sleeps!

                      Carl Gari / Abdullah Miniawy

                      Whities 023

                      Dark, coldwave soundscapes with eastern prayer rituals decorate the latest Whities releases as the Carl Gari meets Abdullah Miniawy for a collision in industrialized electronics and Arabic spiritual music...

                      A electro-religious hymnal made up of eight verses, it sources some of Gari's most stark, bleak and arresting soundscapes and marries it to Miniawy's unique, expressive Adhaan. Ultimately, the juxtaposition between synthetic and divine becomes blurred, allowing each, seemingly disparate element, chance at interacting with the other; a possibility only really achieved in more recent timeframes.

                      The results are, unsurprisingly, completely outstanding and sound like nothing else on this planet. Tension-wrought, otherworldly and containing a burning internal fire, this is a truly enveloping, all-encompassing listen and highly recommended by us all here at Picc HQ. 


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: Whities, the label that does not want to be categorized, releases another essential 12". This time looking directly to the east for inspiration producing 4 cuts of hypnotic / abstract downtempo bombs. Enjoy!

                      Up steps Slovenia’s Alleged Witches with a trippy, hypnotic four tracker - "Initiation Rituals".
                      A hand stamped, limited vinyl pressing which demonstrates the artist’s ability to create intricate, subtle music that intrigues whilst still moving dance floors.
                      Over just a couple of releases Kristjan Kroupa has developed a sound which is both singular and versatile, taking in elements on house, techno and minimal without ever really being any one alone. Initiation Rituals sees him take his deepest exploration into the deep, dark, club music which he is becoming recognised for. A record of detailed, percussive sounds, the release sees Alleged Witches present a package of sounds which is clearly inspired by his fascination with the occult, the strange and the sinister as his name might suggest. 

                      With a bigger grin than Barry when he found a tenner on the floor, Mannequin Records present a rare lost demo tape recording of Caroline K - real name Caroline Kaye Walters - founder member of Nocturnal Emissions, one of the best UK experimental/industrial music groups in the 1980s.

                      When the label approached Nigel Ayers about the possibility of pressing a small batch of the edit made by head-honcho Alessandro Adriani, they never expected to find more material from her solo career. In fact, the only extant recording of Caroline is her LP 'Now Wait For The Last Year' released in 1987 by Earthly Delights and eventually repressed by Klanggalerie / Blackest Ever Black Black.

                      Presented in 4 different versions - Original, Dub, Instrumental and Edit - 'Dont Believe It's Over' was recorded in 1983 at Caroline's home studio in Brixton, during a pause from the main project Nocturnal Emissions. With the help of Beverley Ireland - a mysterious friend of Caroline, who currently proves untraceable - on the vocals, Caroline used a full hardware arsenal comprising Sequential Circuit Six Tracks and Drumtracks, Roland SH-101, Roland Tr-808, Powertran Vocoder, EMS Synthi, some Casio, all recorded on a Fostex 8 tracks reel-to-reel. Caroline and Beverley completed a full demo cassette and sent it around to few labels, and no one unfortunately got interest. Eventually Caroline suggested later Nigel to include 'Don't Believe It's Over' on the Nocturnal Emissions retrospective 'Duty Experiment' cassette, released on Soleilmoon Records in 1988.
                      With the utmost thanks to Nigel and Danny Ayers for making it all possible, Mannequin release this minimal wave masterpiece in Loving Memory of Caroline Kaye Walters. 

                      Absolute madness unearthed by Paul Ebhart and Florian Stöffelbauer aka Heap for Wiener Brut's third release. Chicago-meets-Vienna-vibes which were way ahead of their time back in the 80s, when short-lived formation Aktionskunst Gerasdorf aka Athletico Kunst Gerasdorf were on the scene. Diggers and heads know the name from their contribution to the legendary Viennese sampler "Die Tödliche Dosis", but this six track EP goes much further through the looking glass...
                      Dig in to hear 808-driven beats programmed by René Radikal (R.I.P.) backing Melanie Delval's tender voice, with multiple guest musicians (e.g. Fritz Grohs) rounding things up and adding their spice to the laidback jams alongside stand-out musical heavy hitters. NDW, dark wired disco and warped proto techno abound on this oddball waver.

                      Occasionally prodigal, but ever-prodigious, Elliot Thomas AKA Etbonz weaves an 80-s/early 90's sci-fi cinema sound into a total recall of scattered memories.
                      Childhood play with starcom and Gobots. Soaking in cult classics like Robocop, Predator, and Big Trouble in Little China on VHS. DJing in spacey laser-lit rooms draped with sound-dampening curtains. Side A leads with 'Blue Drink,' which is carried perfectly on melodic motifs designed for trance inducing, with a steadily crescendoing & irresistible rhythmic mantra. Following this, 'Curtainbox Space World' flips the 'Jerry Garcia finds a 303' switch and accidentally opens a portal to some deep shamanic release. On the flip, "Beyond The Cosmic Blaze" takes a shuffling bassline, spaced out sequences and frazzled guitars to turn out the kind of wild chugger you'd hear from Baldelli, Loda, Weatherall or Harvey - mint in other words. Finally Trent takes on "Blue Drink" augmenting the low slung bassline and Italo shimmer with a pressurised blast of pulsating techno and skewed mutant funk.

                      Michael David

                      Melona EP - Inc. Chris Massey Remix

                      Michael David is a musician from LA California best known as one half of Classixx. The sunshine drps off these three tracks. "Melona" is a blissed out summer jam with 80's guitar chords and sweet keyboard notes. "One Wish" is a slower dubby groove while "Two Voices" chills out further for a real sunset melt. MCR's finest, Chris Massey adds some weight to Melona giving ia slight nod to Shaker songs. Lovely ep all round

                      Mega new tackle from the ever-reliable Redshape; purveyor of the freshest deep-tek grooves and ruffest house beatz, nearly 15 years in the game and still smashing yet. There's few producers with as sophisticated touch as Redshape. Whether its his elastic, growling b-lines, his tribal, urgent drum programming or his maddening sense of space and expansion, his tracks all have a level of prowess and soundsystem understanding that finds universal appeal across the underground.

                      "Rise" for Running Back is disected into a three parts. The full spectrum endorphin rush of the main mix comes with a killer Reese and warehouse-durable drum constructions, hitting the energy and power of 2AM perfectly while a lysergic vocal wash twists craniums inside out as bodies lock into the hard-hitting beat.

                      A 'motor' mix and 'bonus beats' offers two distillations of the parts, personal favourite being the wild boar energy harnessed inside the latter. There's also a handy acappella for anyone wanted to use that trippy AF vocal part....

                      Finally, Redshape gives us a cerebral tickler / plumped-up dream-house track by way of "Shapes" which surfs a buoyant arpeggio and crystalline pad wave stylishly and effortlessly, perfect for rolling around in the hammocks as the sun rises over your favourite paradise house location...

                      Redshape we love you! 


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: Tech house of the highest calibre for the genre that never dies. Redshape deliver three slammers for the dancefloor or your personal portable music player. Ace.

                      New York-based Irishman Dec Lennon aka Krystal Klear had a massive year in 2018, with the disco epic "Neutron Dance" and the terrific "Club Studies EP" on Hot Haus Recs. Now, the Cold Tonic boss returns to Running Back with his electrifying new trip by the name of "Euphoric Dreams" which is a fitting title for this evocative and neon-lit dancefloor burner which calls to mind the best of the golden era that was the '80s. He goes deeper into the night on the flip with "Miyoki"; a delightful boogie-down number which boasts of shimmering arpeggios, steely drum computers and an all-round vintage flair - the kid's still got it! 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: This is your soundtrack for your very positive and forward thinking lifestyle! You know... the pseudo hippie bull sold to the herd on the gram and similar media. The possibilities are endless, follow your dream, take that chance, live to the fullest, blah blah blah. Add to it couple of good pills, coke or amphetamine and you are in heaven! You will be floating in the realms of Euphoric Dreams.

                      King Of Kong Records, a new venture of Artur8, Anton Klint & Edvin E. presents its new release, the “World Museum” EP - a modern classic from Newborn Jr.

                      Warsaw-based producer Adam Brocki released a string of collaborative records - with Earth Trax (Bartosz Kruczynski) for Phonica, Dopeness Galore, Echovolt and Rhythm Section, or as Private Press for Rekids and Indigo Area. His mature, carefully crafted sound, stripped yet powerful, now finds its place on King Of Kong.

                      “What What What” starts the EP off on a right foot: broken rhythm, clever voice snippets, cosmic pads and heavy bassline reminds of some archetypal Shake productions, off-kilter yet somehow infectious. “World Museum” rolls out relentlessly on a steady kickdrum, and again the backbone is held firmly by bass. Swirling noises come and go, adding a dash of melancholy into this club-ready tool. “NJ Public Pool” again sounds like a long-lost timeless classic, with just right amount of melody and irresistible party vibe. It’s accompanied by a moodier and denser remix from Warehouse Preservation Society (aka TK half of Split Secs and Tavish (ESP Institute)), a druggy chugger for late night and dark corners. Rounding off the EP, Yourhighness of Rollerboys & Cocktail D'Amore Records fame straightens the beat and pushes up the tempo of “What What What” to deliver a proper party stomper. A classic sound of two decades of dance music underground updated for here and now.


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: This may well be what you need for your big room gig tonight. Space techno as I call it myself and funky beats to entertain your hungry audience.

                      Following the fast-moving first EP, comes the second offering in this series of floor-friendly re-rubs from Mom & Pops' collection. UK upstart Simba rinses the racks for 4 bona-fide underground classics. We're in the rollerdisco on the A-side as Simba laces a jazz funk classic with a whole load of house heat on the A1, then works his scalpel on Tom Browne's sleazy funk bomb 'Thighs High'. Skip to the flip and Simba scales back on the ecological / anticapitalist message in Howard Kenney's '78 disco-soul smasher "Save Some For The Children", letting the squelching B-line ride under a hypnotic vocal loop. Last but not least, Simba serves up Latin jazz-funk realness with the samba tinged B2, a feel good slice of sunshine for the more soulful DJs and dancers out there.
                      Dig in for time machine tear-ups from the golden era, as likely to be heard on Mom & Pop's turntable as they were rattling the cones on the home-made block party stacks or basement sound systems. 100% DJ material - and available in VERY short supply...you snooze, you lose !




                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: Worth ep just for the cracking Tom Browne looped and relooped funky sample and heavily bathed in the good ole filter effect! The other three cuts are as funky as it gets. Buy on sight!

                      Vive La Musique burst onto the scene last year with the hugely successful "Tabala Mouv". For the follow-up, they present two songs from prolific Congolese talent, Sammy Massamba, taken from his cult self-released album "1990 - Beni Soit Ton Nom". Title track "Azali" immediately hooks you in with its mysterious intro, laden with early 90s keyboards and drum machine. Sammy's funk guitar and anthemic vocal lines turn this unique composition into an infectious afro-pop masterpiece. Label founder Aroop Roy steps up with a customary edit, extending the arrangement and giving the drums and mix a modern-club touch. Sammy describes the second track, "Birika", as a mix of Congolese Rumba, Afrobeat. and Reggae. A mid-tempo bass and guitar groove form the backdrop for Sammy's power vocals. An exquisite rumba guitar line completes another high class composition.

                      This four-track EP celebrates the spirit out of which Seilscheibenpfeiler was born. It contains two unreleased 1994 productions by Sebastian Szary's Fundamental Knowledge project, which started the label back in the day. They are complemented with present day reworks by Fadi Mohem and Skeemask, breathing new life into these 25 years old but far from outdated tracks by adding a little extra punch through modern means of production. Fadi and Skeemask deliberately don't apply any specific modern elements to Szary's vintage tracks, instead they enhance their classic Minimal-meets-Hardcore-meets-Acid feel. It's a transmission from a Golden Techno Age where all was one, capturing the sweaty, hard, yet light footed sound of post-wall Berlin, with all its associations from Tresor to Love Parade. "1994 - 2' sounds hypnotic and airy, while rumbling on the lower end. What a perfect opportunity for Skeemask to flesh out the track with his hefty trademark breakbeats! Fadi Mohem revamps the acidic "1994 - 21" with equal respect and efficiency, providing the kick drum power needed for big soundsystems. If you don't look at the titles, it may at first be hard to discern which is which, what's past and what's present - a fact that honours both versions new and old. .

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: Welcome to the dark alleys of techno with breakbeat hints. Nostalgia dose for those who were there. Rave and basement ammo.

                      If New York’s Roxy nightclub emerged from the colourful blocks of Brazil, there's no doubt these tracks would be the carnival sound clash heard on hard rotation. Brooklyn percussionist Eugene Tambourine, aka The Lemko Unlimited Orchestra, has created new renditions of disco hits, giving them the rhythmic going over they didn’t know they needed. It’s the artist’s tale of NYC clubbing in the 1980’s, infused with a raucous, fiery Latin attitude. A package expertly mixed by Darshan Jesrani. 
                      ‘Pathways’ is a marvellous mashup, interpolating hooks from Fingers Inc’s ‘A Path’ in clever combinations with Ralph Macdonald’s much sampled ‘The Path.’ You’ll no doubt recognise ‘K.G.E.T.’ from the original ‘K-Jee’ funk bomb by The Nite-Liters in 1971, later covered famously by MFSB. Eugene updates the tune with disco-era style, flowing live and carrying the torch onwards from the bands back in the day.
                      Stripped back ‘Versions’ have been recorded of both tracks, giving you raw drums & acidic brawn. These are dj dubs focused on the dance floor, the real deal from The Lemko Unlimited Orchestra on Balearic.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: Clean skies and clean melodies. Very balearic and soothing. Perfect horizontal dancing good all year round.

                      Helena Hauff goes in on her first full Return To Disorder EP, ripping through spacey techno tones and electro rhythms with her usual acidic touch. Opener "Catso" calls to mind Drexciyan electro and the intergalactic obsessions of UR, all chunky bass sequences and chilly keys. Next up, "Why Look At Animals" is a pure electro ripper, all snapping perx and labyrinthine synthwork leading to the pummelling, tunnelling electro of "The Brush", a killer corrosive jam for deep into the session. Finally "Slim Filter" pings, pongs and bounces round your cerebellum, delivering irresistible electro rhythms and distorted sequences under a nutso leadline.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: Crackin' raw and unadultered electro 12" that oozes quality in its four tracks. Melodic, menacing and original. For those who miss the productions of Carl Finlow, here you have something not that dissimilar.

                      Lemmi Ash is a Swedish duo comprised of producers Samo and Martinou, and their debut EP with ESP Institute, 'Osmin Uratoma', has been a long time coming. Samo has been a friend of the family since prior to the institute’s inception - dropping in on the guys in NYC, occasionally as a guest DJ at The Stallions’ residency in Chinatown - and ever since those halcyon days in the late Noughties, ESP have been slowly circling a moving target, poking at his potential contribution to the label. It wasn’t until recently, when fellow Stockholm depth-charger Martinou stepped into the picture, that stars finally aligned and Lemmi Ash was born. Now a steadily growing lovechild, the collaboration displays a finely balanced ratio of the duo’s DNA, complimentary in both aesthetic and character. Across four seemingly disparate tracks, we can sense Samo’s penchant for Dub is subliminally leading the way - from minimal organ stabs and off-kilter hi-hats on the relentlessly pounding 'Apsu', to the hybrid-Dancehall rhythm box and hazy familiar vocal snippets on the late night stormer 'To Dare Is To Do' - while Martinou’s masterful brush is a bit more broad and subtle, shifting the shape of Lemmi’s arsenal into a deep and ethereal Techno head-space full of warm pads, softened percussion and sub bass on both the iconic 'Lemmie Ash Theme' and the EP’s melancholy closer, 'Horror Vacui'. The artists explain that this music was “made with birds in mind” - a somewhat poetic and abstract notion which (to us) symbolizes their stoned veil of indifference, a carefree fluidity of influences, and an ease of traversing stylistic positions — alluding to the rewards of an effortless and non-compulsory collaboration, a genuine creative simpatico.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: This one is for the techno heads out there! It includes the US smash hit 'Apsu' with its mega cool and mega retro hi-hats. Yeah!

                      Belpaese set their sights for the stratosphere with this double header of exotic delights for your aural pleasure. Strap in for another certified dose of disco – exotica – balearic - Italo-funk for the demanding digger! The A-side heads into the opium den with country style guitar licks, loose and limber percussion, jazz flute, wild sax, female voc and a heroic dose of commune ready psychedelia. On the flip, "20 Secoli Di Favole" is a sweet and spacey disco swayer for early doors, boats parties or afternoons in the sun. Once again female vocals take centre stage here, though the nebulous synths sat one layer back are particularly tasty.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Sil says: Italian flavoured edit attack on this belter for those who want something a bit different. Buy pronto!

                      Lil Static continue to bring the noise, following up hot recuts of Kraftwerk, Biggie and Nas with a fine repress of the debut single from GOAT MC Rakim and DJ hero Eric B. Originally dropping as a 12" on Zakia before landing on their "Paid In Full" LP, "Eric B Is President" sees Rakim work his lyrical magic over the top of a sampledelic beat constructed from snippets of James Brown, The Mohawks and Mountain, whose "Long Red" appears on the flipside here in edited form. If you're after frazzled guitar riffs, rock heft and big breaks, I'd suggest you  wrap your ears around the B-side here.

                      West End records open the vaults once more to today's top editors and remixers. This incredible 12" sees Australian editor supreme Dr.Packer take the reins.

                      Raw Silk's total anthem 'Do It To The Music' goes under the knife, the good Dr. has massaged, tweaked and embraced this early 80's gem into a 2019 dancefloor banger. All killer, no filler. Barbara Mason's 'Another Man' kicks off side B, another post Disco classic lovingly reworked with care and brushing shoulders with Shirley Lites powerhouse 'Heat You Up, Melt You Down', a dubbed out proto House monster that hits all the right spots. Back to back classics.

                      Fully licensed, sanctioned and released by Above Board distribution and West End Records, 2019. Accept no imitations!

                      Salsoul opens the vaults once more to today's top editors and remixers. This incredible 12" sees Italian maestro Moplen take the reins. Side A sees Skyy's 'Here's To You' getting some serious boogie love from remix powerhouse Moplen. 2 absolutely essential reworks of this massive garage classic are featured, both vocal & dub mixes for the Salsoul hardcore. Over on side B is Salsoul Orchestra's 'Ooh I love It', again blessed by the Moplen magic, always adding something to the mix in a respectful and knowledgable way, offering up breathtaking contemporary versions of the classics.

                      Wellwater Conspiracy

                      Lucy Leave / Sleeveless

                        Wellwater Conspiracy were a mid 1990's supergroup featuring Monster Magnet and Soundgarden members who wanted to live out their psychedelic rock needs that their other bands didn't provide. From their 1997 classic 'Declaration of Conformity' this 7" is a cover of the Syd Barrett penned early Pink Floyd track - Lucy Leave. Its awesome, its limited. 300 copies only. Get it whilst you can!

                        Presumably pissed off about Brexit, The Very Polish Cut Outs have taken a 3 year hiatus from our humble shelves, leaving us jonesing for a new batch of Euro-disco, synth-wave and Balearic edits. Thankfully, while the law makers and cake takers are busy pro-ro-ro-roguing, the TVPC crew have snuck back into the store with a feisty 12" sampler of high grade floor fillers.
                        The A-side starts with a new edit from Holiday 80, and the Warsaw duo threaten to steal the show with the unstoppable stomp of 'Twa Jasna Widze Twarz' ('I can see your light face'), a heavy party weapon with infectious vocal hooks based on a totally unknown track by a very famous Polish folk band.
                        The next track is deep disco at its best - 'Dizinsowe Maniery' ('Jeans manners') edited by Karol Aleksander who joins forces with Bisti, a new talent on the TVPC roster. Their reinterpretation of a pretty unknown song by superstar Polish diva is a straight floor-filler infused with soul vocals.
                        On the flip side, you'll find two edits by the Belarusian maestro Schmoltz, who once again proves that he's the master when it comes to digging obscure tracks from behind the Iron Curtain.
                        The first piece is 'Piosenka Mlodych Wios Larzy' ('The song of the young rowmen') an energetic time-bomb of scat/rap vocals complete with a Peter Gunn bassline, crazy organs and sizzling horns. The other cut is a hypnotizing edit of 'To Bedzie Koniec' ('This will be the end'), a Polish new-wave unclassic with a psychedelic twist and a post punk attitude. As ever, the cover art was designed by the long-time label collaborator Bartek Szymkiewicz, so this beauty looks as good as it sounds.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: Light the beacon! The Very Polish Cut-outs are back with their sixth instalment. As ever, the source material is totally new to us here at Piccadilly, and the vibe bounces deliriously around disco, new wave and white funk, all with major Balearic leanings. Ace!

                        Rahaan

                        Down Comes The Rain / YCHYC

                        As a sadly anonymous Chicago party goer once enthusiastically said, "Beat that shit Rahaan!", and beat it he does. If you're the kind of vinyl enthusiast who values the real, raw and soulful side of the disco coin, then Rahaan is very much the man for you. After an extensive courtship, GAMM finally manage to put a ring on it, adding the Chicago DJ to their long list of audiophile affiliates. For his label debut, the main man puts his own spin on the Purple One and revisits Brenda Taylor's confectionary classic. 

                        Following hot on the heels of Zach Witness, Rahaan rocks out a ripping edit of Prince classic "17 Days" on the A-side, working with the great gospel version from the recent "Piano & A Microphone" set as well as some slick guitar and bass work from DJ ???. The result is a funkier, phatter and more discofied version than Zach's edit, and I'd imagine the DJ who owns both could have a whole lotta fun transitioning between the two. On the B-side, Rahaan rips up Brenda Taylor's '82 boogie bomb "You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It Too", reassembling the jam with an epic, extended and emotional echo-drenched build up which finally drops into that unstoppable Paradise Garage groove. I can only imagine the kind of damage this is gonna cause in the club - #lifechanger

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: GAMM finally lock down Chi-town's finest disco head Rahaan for a pair of top shelf reworks here. The A-side sees him resurrect Prince's "17 Days" as a raw slice of disco soul, while the flip is an astonishing edit of a Brenda Taylor classic with a truly epic build up. Big up yourself Rahaan!

                        Bernard Grancher With Laetitia Sadier

                        L'immodéré Bien-être De L'imbécile / Gabe Knox Remix

                          French synth maestro Bernard Grancher first graced PY with a track for it’s much admired “Popcorn Lung” collection, before following that up with the fabulous “Troublante Tournure” LP in February, (selling out within a week, as did previous releases on Err Rec in France) and has since been working on a steady stream of new material.

                          These included an on-off project with his friend Yan Hart-Lemonnier, that began in 2017; the demos for which almost surprised themselves with their poppy orientation and direction. One of Bernard’s friends (the fantastic Emmanuel Mario, aka ‘Astrobal’) is a member of the ‘Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble’ and he agreed to ask Laetitita whether she could supply vocals for his friend’s track. Thankfully she accepted and the single was born. The B side features a killer remix by another PY favourite, Toronto’s great Gabe Knox- who cites his mix here as the best he’s done so far.

                          A fabulous 45, (dressed in wonderful Yan Hart-Lemmonier sleeve art) that is destined to sell out in super quick fashion. Despite becoming a sadly decreasing format, the 7” single single still reigns supreme with PY. 

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Ltd 7" Info: ltd vinyl pressing of 300 copies

                          Kalita announce the first ever re-release of Stirling March's 1985 Bahamian boogie grail 'Under Cover Lover'. With original copies painfully hard to find and commanding eye-wateringly high prices, we believe the time is ripe to share this masterpiece with the world once more, accompanied by never-before-seen photos and interview-based liner notes.

                          Falling in love with music at an early age, Stirling listened religiously on the radio to both soul and disco greats, as well as to contemporary pop and rock musicians including Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 and Elton John. By the age of twenty-one he decided release his own record in an attempt to demonstrate to the Bahamian music industry his own ability, and in the hope that it would help him launch his musical career. Written over the space of just a few hours, the result was 'Under Cover Lover'. A sun-kissed Caribbean boogie track, Stirling explains that “this was the first song the I had written that I felt was good enough in its arrangement to put to tape”.

                          Recorded at a local studio in Nassau that was available for budding young musicians to give it their best shot at fame, Stirling proudly recalls that it “turned out much better than I had expected. It reinforced my confidence that I could really be good at singing”.

                          The record was originally released on the sound engineer's own label Illumination Records, but was distributed solely by Stirling, who admits that “I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I knew I had something good but didn't quite understand the industry and nobody picked it up”. Although he recalls the local radio airtime being “phenomenal”, difficulties in elevating the record's status were further compounded by his own financial inability to promote the record as it probably warranted. As a result, the record was therefore soon sadly lost into distant memory.

                          This re-release should finally bring ‘Under Cover Lover’ the recognition that it deserves as one of the best Caribbean boogie tracks to ever be put to wax.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: The Kalita express continues to build a head of steam with a much needed repress of this mega Bahamian boogie jam from Stirling March. A good shout for sleeve art of the week, this one's dripping in Dekmantel Selectors obscurity and cosmic synth work.

                          Global Tracks

                          Hither Green / Shelley

                          Global tracks is a mystery; browsing the name online gives nothing associated with the artist. All we really know is that Gothenburg is home base. Most points toward that this is Global Tracks' first release and Höga Nord Rekords are responsible for getting it out there.

                          With albums like ”Selected Ambient Works” by the Aphex Twin and cities like London and Sheffield as a ground for the sound, Global Tracks displays how breakbeats should sound in 2019. The music is mostly influenced by jungle, but also by footwork and dancehall. The roots lie shallow but the phantom behind this music don’t give up with trying to recreate the nineties straight up, instead he/she develops the legacy from all the best and most drug marinated DJ's from England circa 1995.

                          Breakbeat has a new vanguard in this mysterious shadow crawler that we know almost nothing about, but rumor has it Global Tracks is locked up with the machines underground somewhere in Västra Götaland in Sweden working on new broke up beats, ready to surface when the time is right for more, deep and ganja oozing dance music!


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: WTF is this?! Hoga Nord in vintage jungle / hardcore scandal!! Someone's been at the eckies as this usually more psychedelic stable take a trip to the motorway bridges and abandoned warehouses of '94 Britain. All the massiv!

                          Deanne Day is the unlikely moniker of one Andrew Weatherall in collaboration with heavyweight keys man David Harrow. Although sounding like a long lost blitz era beauty or 1950's screen starlet, it's actually 2 blokes jamming in the studio well into the wee hours, to stunning effect! Rewind back to 1995, East London, a lot of people reading this weren't even born then, but believe you me 'deep house' was a real and actual thing and Lord Sabre and crew were at the forefront of it all. Originally released on the Emissions Lo-Fi label, an umbrella operation of the monstro