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Especial is delighted to welcome Alphonse back to the label for a third EP to again show his deep knowledge of the past to make a future. After the debut dub-breaks-poem of Same For Me and success of his warrior afro-dance Smokey 12", Alphonse made new friends with acclaimed releases for Klasse Wrecks, Hypercolour and Black Orpheus, before here returning like a chosen one with four sun kissed blessings.

Before the fields of Letchlade, hills of Castlemorton or beaches of Skegness had witnessed Alphonse exploring the sounds of many a free party sunrise, summers were misspent travelling the "disco" buses of Europe, tripping the light fantastic from Spook to Amnesia, Disco Piu to Euritimia.

The music, shared experiences and inclusion all led to an acute understanding apparent in his production skills. Ambient dreamscapes, warm bass lines, 808 breaks, 909 kick, piano, flute and horn melodies atop all lift to the heavens. In Moan Up and White Pepper Alphonse takes, reshapes, rebuilds and rewrites to create anew, expanding minds and hearts like never before.

Long stories, short stores, a nod and wink, at its heart Stolen Sunrise is an EP of wonderful expression, a producer peaking, providing a soundtrack to share for those that look to the future horizons with love.

Especial introduced the well respected Phil Gerus to its famed halls. "Still Blind" welds boogie, electro and proto-house music into a emotive, cosmic dancefloor stew that should find favour right across the board.

Electric enough to be nocturnal, soulful enough for the discotheque and arranged perfectly, "Still Blind" has A N T H E M subtly written into its fresh grooves. I wouldn't be surprised to hear synth-jizz extraordinaire Il Bosco reaching into his pockets and shelling out for this new explosion!

So good it leaves the rest of the record for remixes, Philip Lauer & Jamie Paton conjure up very contrasting versions...Lauer opts for a more Italo-tinged edge to proceedings, but keeps those classic 80s drum machines and synths firing on all cylinders. Jamie Paton meanwhile throws a digital blanket over the source material, bringing in right up to date with a minimal house / late night Balearic feel that again, should find fans in a variety of music camps.




Especial returns in 2019 to celebrate a 5th year by carrying on it's mission to mix and match influences firmly worn, with a welcome to one the UK's most respected 'old skool'producers, a man who can flip from Garage to Breaks, Digi-dubto Deep House, all while riding a killer riddim. Little is known about Peter Riley aka Persian, except the near 20-year stream of superlative productions, more often than not self released on his blink and you'll miss it, Existence Is Resistance label. "Empire" takes two cuts from these sought after slabs of vinyl and presentsthem here in specially extended versions, backed with remixes by newcomers Project Runaway and old hand, Alphonse. In Project Runaway, the label presents a new project from Alek Lee (Antinote) and Stephan Bazbaz (No Waves), two respected producers in their ownright, coming together to a deep heavyweight bass-percussion-dub reimagining, where Arabic and Hebrew sit side-by-side in literal (musical) harmony. The flip pauses to presentthe raw power of "Parvaaneh". Again extended especially for the EP, this bass and acapella, is a call to simply listen. Who else but to ask for a rework than another mysterious 'who he?', in Alphonse. First (re)discovered by thelabel in 2015, he has since goneon to release for Klasse Wrecks and Hypercolour to acclaim. Taking "Parvaaneh"'s vocal to a labyrinth basement, the squelching bass, raw sequencing and afro-vocals submerge and converge tohyno-effect.

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: I am sucker for middle eastern vibes and vocals when mixed elegantly with some electronics. A four tracker offering blissful, smooth and evocative soundscapes for the dancefloor and your soul.


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