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Crosstown Rebels Present SPIRITS V

    Crosstown Rebels return to their "Spirits" compilation; first showcased in 2017 and now an annual occurrence.

    NYC-native Layla Benitez leads proceedings with "Fides", a progressive-leaning, introspective number that retains an inherent danceability throughout. It kicks off the compilation with a driving energy, one that’s perfectly matched by "Trabajar" - the Crosstown Rebels debut of recent Hot Creations inductee Mr.Diamond.

    A techy-inspired cut, punchy four-four drum patterns create a distinctive late-night feel, as UK-talent Denney soon arrives with "Kill The Soundboy". Showcasing the groove-laced house sound with which he’s become best known, the near seven-minute piece is sure to light up many a club setting this year, paving the way for "Talk To Me". It’s a collaborative venture between Munich-based artist ASK:ME and El Muerto, with Soulfoot featuring on vocals. Retaining a vintage Detroit style, the fast-paced tempo creates a natural excitement before Romanian-born mainstay GruuvElement’s gifts us the minimal-toned "Boom Room". Building with tribal-like percussion and salsa-inspired instrumentals, it’s a playful excursion into dance music’s outer realms, paving the way for young Peruvian producer Chinonegro with "My Moment". Whether it be the pluck of a guitar string or a jazzy trumpet solo, there’s an inherent authenticity to the six-minute piece, as a mid-track breakdown gives way to whispering hats and a rhythmic underlying backbone.

    The penultimate offering comes from French-born, London-based regular Maglia, who serves up the enchanting "Rayiys". The chirping of birds resides atop an ever-changing bassline, leaving us open and ready for the VA’s closing saga: "Thanks Moon", by Spain’s I AM JAS. A heady combination of beautiful lyrical contributions combines with softly moving electronic elements, to leave us in a state of calm, inward reflection. Rounding off proceedings on a note of quietude, it reminds us of the final moments in clubland, transporting our psyche to sunrise, fond memories and everything in between.

    Over a period of nineteen years, Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels has evolved into a world-renowned institution, garnering global audiences thanks to a consistent schedule of quality releases. The roster is international, showcasing how Crosstown has shaped a truly global scene. Releases are born in different continents by artists who hail from different countries, resulting in a sound that resonates worldwide. Perhaps most pivotal to the label’s success is its musical output: no part is governed by boundary or genre. It’s underpinned by a truly eclectic sound, one that reflects the diversity of Damian’s love for music itself. An album from drum and bass icon DJ Krust here, a maiden LP from Audiojack there… traversing genres has been Damian’s forte for decades - and Crosstown epitomizes that as a result.


    A1. Layla Benitez - Fides
    A2. Mr.Diamond - Trabajar
    B1. Denney - Kill The Soundboy
    B2. ASK:ME & El Muerto Ft. Soulfoot - Talk To Me
    C1. GruuvElement's - Boom Room
    C2. Chinonegro - My Moment
    D1. Magila - Rayiys
    D2. I AM JAS - Thanks Moon

    One Tribe label-owner Amémé makes his debut production appearance on Crosstown Rebels with the three-track EP "Drum Beat". The record includes a remix by longstanding US house veteran Joeski, marking a major career achievement for the Benin-born talent.

    The Latin influence is experienced right from the word go on "Loca", as Saharan-esque elements build alongside resonant hats and playful, Spanish-like vocals. Tribal percussion drifts in and out alongside, whilst whirring key solos feature subtly throughout. "Drum Beat" comes next, manifesting as a welcome slice of contemporary Afro-house that’s packed full of raw instrumentals and authentic lyrical samples, before Joeski’s remix brings things to an up-tempo, club-ready close.

    Specialising in Afro-leaning electronic music, AMÉMÉ has marked himself as one of the continent’s breakthrough talents in recent years. Head of One Tribe, his productions have been supported by the pioneering figure of Black Coffee since 2019, whilst his appearances on Watergate Records, Blond:Ish’s Abracadabra imprint and the mighty MoBlack Records have been equally well-received, firmly establishing his presence as one of modern dance music’s rising stars.

    Joeski’s trajectory can be traced back to 1991, when he burst onto the NYC house scene as a founding member of The Chocolate Factory DJ collective. Since then, the US veteran has garnered a worldwide following thanks to his Maya label, which was first incepted in 2001, as well his keen ear for production that has seen him release on Crosstown Rebels, Relief and a myriad of other heavyweight imprints in recent years.


    Matt says: Crosstown debut for One Tribe's Amémé who skillfully deploys some mystic modern tribalism to CTR's silky house formula.


    A. Loca
    B1. Drum Beat
    B2. Drum Beat (Joeski Remix)

    Three tidy remixes from Krust's "The Edge of Everything", released in 2020. Uncle is first up with a heavy breakbeat refix of "Hegel Dialect". Swirling, phazing breaks inna proper 4 Hero / Bowlers fashion with old skool subs and glistening leads to boot. Hodge gives "Constructive Ambiguity" the necessary bomb-proofing and kevla protection it needs to survive the nastiest warehouse combat. Meanwhile on side B, DJ Nature stretches out "Deep Fields of Lies" across the whole side, turning it into a smoldering shamanic workout with incricate percussion, hypnotic repetition and vision-shifted sequences - very cerebral, very nice! 

    The third in the series. Limited copies. 


    Matt says: Brittle, granite-tough remixes of Bristol legend Krust from Unkle and Hodge. Meanwhile, DJ Nature offers up a side-long excursion into urban shamanism which'll keep the city slickers tweakin' till the RCs run out.


    A1 Hegel Dialect (Unkle Reconstruction)
    A2 Constructive Ambiguity (Hodge Remix)
    B1 Deep Fields Of Liars (DJ Nature Remix)

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    Get Lost VI - Mixed By Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

    After the phenomenal Acid Pauli 'Get Lost V' album, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has mixed the next in the DJ mix series, 'Get Lost VI'. TEED delivers a fantastic sonic collage over a double CD, including a new exclusive track by TEED and Eats Everything. Programed over two CDs (or unmixed double vinyl) the first CD features the more eclectic side of Orlando’s DJ style whilst CD2 is more club orientated DJ mix.

    The album is full of rare and illusive sonic nuggets that have been lovingly compiled here by TEED including Richard H. Kirk, Kenny Glasgow and Kevin Harrison all on vinyl for the first time ever! A great compilation including the esoteric gems ‘Honey Drips’ by fLako, ground-breaking early 80s German electronica from Deutsche Wertarbeit, seminal British bleep from LFO, Japan exoticism from Asa Chang and Junray floor-filling barnstormers from Italy’s Visnadi and Detroit’s DJ Bone, along with the piano anthems from Future Four and Separate Minds. Quite simply an essential package!


    1. Flako – Honey Drips
    2. Keith Harrison – All Night Long
    3. Valentina – Wolves (Roman Flugel Remix)
    4. Alex Bowman - Kilnsman
    5. Jorge Velez - Floo
    6. Christophe – Comeback (Casino Times Remix)
    7. Matthias Zimmerman - Vicente
    8. Dave Aju - Anyway
    9. Millennium - ICU
    10. Kenny Glasgow Dance 2 Da House
    11. Traumprinz - Eachstep
    12. Pitto – Mono Desire
    13. Gold Panda – Burnt Out Car In A Forest
    14. LFO – Track 4
    15. Albinos - Bakatribe
    16. Asa-Chang & Junray- Hana

    1. Deutsche Wertarbeit – Auf Engelsfluegeln
    2. Underground Resistance – Base Alpha 808
    3. Richard H. Kirk – I Want More
    4. Visnadi – Hunt’s Up
    5. Trus’me – It’s Slow
    6. Breach & Dark Sky – The Click
    7. Eats Everything & TEED – Lion, The Lion
    8. Tiga – Plush (Ame Remix)
    9. DJ Bone – Thursday Night
    10. Future Four – Into Orbit
    11. Jamie Jones – Tonight In Tokyo (Breach Remix)
    12. Subb-an & Tom Trago Ft. Seth Troxler - Time
    13. Bernard Badie – Time Reveals
    14. Hayden Andre Project – Tribal Life
    15. Mathew Jonson – Automaton
    16. Separate Minds – Troubled World

    LP Tracklisting:

    A1. Flako - Honey Drips
    A2. Kevin Harrison - All Night Long
    B1. Jorge Velez - Floo
    B2. Kenny Glasgow - Dance 2 Da House
    C1. LFO - Track Four
    C2. Asa Chang & Junray - Hana
    D1. Deutsche Wertarbeit - Auf Engelsflugeln
    D2. Richard H Kirk - I Want More
    E1. Visnadi - Hunt's Up
    E2. DJ Bone - Thursday Night
    F1. Future Four - Into Orbit
    F2. Seperate Minds - Troubled World

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