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After a deceptively quite 2017, Especial picks up the pace pace by welcoming back the peroxide, youth filled Fairplay (re)version and a 2nd EP of old-skool-meets-the-new-school flavoured House and Breaks to lock, jock and spin.

After the criminally overlooked 'How Do You Like Me Now?' EP - how is Classic Version not a...classic...version? - Junior gets back on the (lino) floor. The EP starts with a look north to the 'other city of 7 hills' that birthed a Warp'd British retake on House in his bleep-dub ode, End Of Love. The autobiographical title belies a forward approach with his trademark echobox kick'n'hats underpinning uplifting keys and nodding bleep finger solo.

Who to join the party then, than another man of mystery, Roy Of The Ravers. After his debut EP on sister label Emotional Response became a most played from Aphex et al, it is only right bring him to E'Special. His brooding, hoover rush Remix 1 heightens the vibes with a heads down bleeping half-steppa. Righteous!

The flip is given over to Junior's roots, bringing the hip-hopper back with the anthemic The Shazsquatch Goes Back Into The Woods. No shoc(k) horror here, just more upwardly mobile breakbeat meets UK techno licks. You can hear Fairplay at one with man and machine, pushing a sound that looks back but most definitely goes forward with 'Sunrise' on the mind.

To close is the swagger of EP title cut, Faxes From The Future. Hair of the (black) dog fuses a swinging break with proto-dub-meets-Giallo stylings to rework the senses and say, now is (still) the time!

A return to making the noise while keeping tongue planted firmly in cheek. What are u like? Top. Buzz. 

The Kyoto Jazz Massive and Sleepwalker keyboard / production wizard is back with this sampler for his "Echo From Another Side Of The Universe" album. First up Domu reworks "Keep It Movin'", featuring great vocals from FACE, in his inimitable broken beat style, which is followed by Da Lata's take on the Catia Werneck-sung bossa-jazz gem "Verao No Ar". On the flip the tempo ups again on soulful house anthem "Belive Again", sung by Vanessa Freeman and edited by Kyoto Jazz Massive. Lastly it's back to the Latino vibes with the sweet "Beyond The Sunshine" featuring live drums by Peter Erskine, vocals by Nina Miranda and extra keys from Hajime himself.

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12" Info: Limited Japanese import in Swifty-designed hard paste-on board. One copy only!!!

With previous releases on labels like GAMM, Masters At Work, Wave and Sonar Kollektiv, Markus Enochson will need no introduction to any of our customers. Especial were obviously impressed with his output too, because they've commissioned him for their eleventh release. There's three mixes of "You'll Shine", featuring vocals by Deme Treus, including a superbly uplifting, soulful, jazz-tinged main mix, slightly more electronic house dub (just check that bubbling bassline) and broken beat rework for the nu-jazz headz. Another essential release from this must have Japanese label.

FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: 180g pressing in thick card Swifty designed sleeve. Very limited!!! One copy only!!!


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