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Volume 5

    Jimi Bazzouka AKA Joakim Bouaziz is back, packing nothing but heat on this weapons-grade platter. The savior of the international dancefloor community, Jimi laughs in the face of North Korean nuclear tests, shrugs at ferocious weather patterns and briskly unfollows even the most vicious internet troll. Volume 5 of his inimitable edit series sees the big man barrel through the soundtrack section, to serve up the sweetest synthwave hits, mechanical movers and future primitive freakouts. "Poursuite" starts the party with snapping synth drums, whooshing filter sweeps and a roving keyboard riff, eventually building into a little new-wave/jazz-funk glitz. Next up, "Brainwashing" bleeps and bangs its way through slow-and-low "I Can't Believe It's Not Detlef" territories, locking us into the Fairlights and mallets of an Asian-industrial winner. Flip it for "Countryman Pt.1" a tapey, mechanical funk cut which sounds a bit like a YMO B-side played backwards from the spirit world and "Countryman Pt.2" a percussive powerhouse tailor made for midnight in the mangroves. If you dug on Ruffy's "Midnight Sativa Dance", this one will be right up your strasse. Bag it!


    Patrick says: Joakim launches another dancefloor missile here, raiding the soundtrack section to blur the lines between synth-pop, industrial, new wave and proto-house. #moonlightmusic

    Full Circle

    Back To Disco Valley Vol III

    If you're after obscure, alternative and brain mulching edits, Crowdspace always have your back. Operated by edit expert, production wizz and DJ hero Joakim, the label specialises in dope and trippy reworks of unknown originals, but this latest edition is fully off the hook. Ahead of his forthcoming trance reboot for Idle Press, Alexis Le Tan teams up with label head Joakim for another Full Circle affair, this time focussing on two retro-futurist body paint bangers that come on trend and in demand. Take "Age Of Time", it rolls out the traps with a sizzling mid tempo breakbeat, picks up a Goan synth lead, bleeping Beltram bass sound and ethno-vocal ident and swiftly reframes the fire-poi idiocy of the mid to late 90s as a slow and syrupy club sound for 2019 - top marks. On the other side, "Pure Pose" opens with tough as fuck neo-tribal percussion, eventually peaking into the kind of psy-trance synther you'd expect to watch someone hack to. Moody guitar work offers a welcome touch of the unexpected, while the doppler - effect electronics coat the whole thing in a neon shimmer.


    Patrick says: Alexis Le Tan and Joakim join forces as Full Circle for a pair of slo-mo trance bangers reframed for the modern dancefloor. Thick, stomping and swimming in neon body paint.


    12" Info: One copy available


    Bubbles / Die Siesta

    Two years after coming together as Jhack, the Brooklyn duo of Bryce Hackford and Joakim are back in collaborative mode, this time as Joyce. A very strong contender for my 12" of the week, this power platter is very much a game of two halves, offering two distinct moods and flavours without any compromise on quality. Bounding out the A-side with maximum club pulse is "Bubbles", a fully psychedelic fusion of the naive technicolour of the shamanic house set and the irresistible depth and groove of a Prescription classic. The kick thwacks, the sequence warbles and detunes (remember the golden age of Jaokim remixes) and the bassline rolls on and on. Gradually the NY duo hit us with a mystical lead line and expansive vamps, setting the whole club on the way to true dance floor transcendence. Sounds good right? Thing is, that's only the entree, the main meal comes via a brilliantly beefy B-side - "Die Siesta". Now, while this may be billed as a tribal ode to the Balearic art of napping, it's far from horizontal. Jumping down the BPM to a chugging 100, the track explodes with improvised live percussion, tumbling congas and conversational drums. Thick and throbbing production help to lock your limbs into a frantic dance while the ominous rumble of a one note bass pulse rattles speakers and chest cavities alike. Where lesser producers might have rested on their laurels, polishing their chufty badge at a successful tribal drum tool, these guys give us flanged piano chords and floating melodies lifting the room to new heights. 

    \A two track 12” featuring a thumping and heady psychedelic deep house groove, in a classic Prescription zone, on the A-side (“Bubbles”). On the B-side, “Die Siesta” is a tribal ode to the Balearic art of napping, a moody live percussion improvisation jumping down the bpm and floating on filtered piano chords.


    Patrick says: Joakim and Bryce Hackford bring it on their second collaboration - hooking up a majestic and melodic deep/dub houser on the A-side, and a percussion heavy Balearic floor filler on the flip. You NEED!

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