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Another Cigarette / Klat Klat / Raw

Music From Memory / Redlight man Abel doesn't grace our release sheets that often, presumably kept busy by curating those killer labels and endlessly digging. It's a shame really because he basically has a flawless record in edit-land, selecting the coolest records you've never heard, ditching the dross and giving the good stuff the maximum space to sparkle.

When this power-platter first surfaced in 2019 it flew (I'm talking bird, plane, superman speeds), so we never got even a sniff of a copy. Thankfully the Surfing In Kansas fraternity have seen fit to repress and I get to share my enjoyment of this record with all y'all. It's straight to the discotheque on the A-side with the drum box snap and electronic gurgle of "Another Cigarette", an absolutely class edit of a Euro-imitates-Sheffield synthpop smasher. Half sung male vocals, white noise snares and that kind of Electrifying Mojo energy. Flip it for the freaky fun of "Klat Klat", another INCREDIBLE cut which emerges from a haze of billowing pads, treated vocals and skewed rhythm grids as a blast of vocoded boogie optimism. Finally "Raw" gives it ya with no trivia, but a whole load of digi-cowbell, DX7 chimes and nipple high bass work, mid tempo action for the Balearic fam.


A. Another Cigarette
B1. Klat Klat
B2. Raw

Abel / A Good Christian

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Abel's hallowed "Aegean Sea" edit gets a much needed reprint - this time for premium edit resource, Surfing In Kansas. As buzzy as it ever was, this is an essential addition for this summer's record bag.

A quite different flavour on the flipside with a cunningly chopped up section from a lost late night classic. Man has the golden touch. If you've a Argonaughty-shaped whole in your life since the last "Down To The Sea And Back" compilation, then this cheeky double header of yachty disco soul should have you swinging in your hammock in no time at all!

Limited copies - highly recommended! 


Matt says: Highly coveted edits from Abel which take us right Down To The Sea And Back (gerrit?). "Aegean Sea" even has a bit of The Hollies feel about it.


Aegean Sea (Abel Edit)
Forget To Remember (Abel Edit)

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