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Hell Yeah welcomes the Italian musical collective Aura Safari for a debut EP on the label.

The band, who are at the forefront of a new Italian fusion sound that blends jazz-funk, electronic and world sounds, is made up of acclaimed house devotee Nicholas Iammatteo, plus Alessandro Deledda, Lorenzo Lavoratori, Daniele Melloni and Andrea Moretti. They contributed a standout track to the Buena Onda - Balearic Beats compilation last year as well as releasing a full length LP on UK label Church to critical acclaim.

Opener 'Dreams of Music' is a lush, new age groove with rich musicality, wind instruments and live drums all glowing warmly as you roll into sundown. 'Oasis' then sinks into a reflective mood, with lazy drums and sensuous late night chords sounding like Roy Ayers all loved up and super stoned. The noodling keys really melt your heart before the excellent 'Slow Divers' pairs more majestic bass riffs with wet claps and splashing cymbals as a wandering lead drifts up to the heavens. It has a dubby swagger to it that is superbly subtle.

Closing out the EP 'Libra', is a heartwarming, slow motion, jazz-funk fusion packed with detail and life affirming synth playing.

These are gloriously heartfelt tracks that showcase this collective's supreme musical ability as well as their unquestionable understanding of jazz, funk and soul, past, present and future.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: The sun is shining over Platt Fields park, I have an Aperol in my hand and I'm dreaming of Ferrara. The latest essential 12" from Hell Yeah! offers this year's Balearic breakbeat anthem, a glimpse of poolside perfection, a touch of heat haze dub and a moment of utter fusion beauty. I cannot recommend this highly enough!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Dreams Of Music
A2. Oasis
B1. Slow Divers
B2. Libra

Bjorn Torske

Bjorn Torske Presents Hell Yeah Mixtape

Stuck at home with nothing to do for days, starved of culture and community? Now you know how Bjørn Torske felt in the Tromsø of the late 80s. Just like you, he found solace in sound, teaming up with his nearest and dearest to lay the foundations of Norwegian dance music.

Fitting then, that this should be the man to take you on a journey though the special sounds of Hell Yeah Recordings with this C90 masterpiece. Playful yet poetic, Bjørn’s easy style offers immersive groove with a personal twist; maybe a drastic pitch shift, sudden switch of intensity or effortless balance of opposing arpeggios.

Gliding from Calm’s celestial cool through cosmic funk curios from the likes of Juan Moretti to frantic acid gargle or off-kilter post-filter disco, the Norwegian pioneer pays homage to the diversity and quality of the Italian label with an undeniable affection. And hey, the feeling’s mutual - Bjørn is Marco Gallerani’s #1 DJ hero. The adventurous sounds of Hell Yeah Recordings, blended with gusto by Bjørn Torske and dressed to impress in a collectible Fett Burger sleeve.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: How about this for a collab - Hell Yeah enlist the exceptional talents of their good buddy Bjorn Torske to take us on a mixed up journey through their catalogue. Serving all styles and flavours over an hour and a half, the Norwegian disco legend puts together a far out mix on an old school cassette. This gets my highest recommendation.

Completing a red hot trio of remix EPs of Calm’s "By Your Side" album is this final part with Lucas Croon, Cantoma and Gallo and Yuri Shulgin all serving up expansive and mind altering new versions.

He doesn’t release often but when he does you need to listen to Lucas Croon. His unique take on ‘Before Landing’ is a proper dance floor heater to get you on your toes. Once you're there, a gentle rush of rave euphoria tases over you and sends shivers down your spine as old school breakbeats and glowing pads complete the trip.

Elsewhere, long time Balearic pin up, scene hero and all round blissed out boss man Phil Mison has a new album coming the spring. Before that, he becomes Cantoma for a timeless version of ‘You Can See The Sunrise Again’ that has bright blue skies and jaunty chords making you move.

Regular label artist homie Gallo is in the form of his life right now - he's resident DJ at Hell Yeah's weekly Balearic night Buena Onda in Berlin, has a growing reputation for being one of the best eclectic selectors in the game and is currently working on compiling the forthcoming BUENA ONDA comp with label head Marco. He gets long legged on his deep cut remix of ‘Sky Color Passing’ which is another killer that slowly but surely works you in a slow motion acid trance.

Completing this most exquisite outing is Yuri Shulgin, a multi-instrumentalist music producer from Tajikistan with credits on Cocktail d'Amore Music. His spellbinding take on 'Ending of Summer, Beginning of Autumn' is a fusion of jazz, leftfield and electronica will have you in a spin and your head lost in the clouds amongst the twinkling stars and cosmic pads.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Marco flexes the Hell Yeah Rolodex yet again, inviting a ridiculous cast of production talent to complete this triptych of Calm conversions. Berlin based Gallo gives us a divine and dreamy chugger, Yuri Shulgin indulges both the arps and his inner Gilmour for a cosmic expedition, Phil Mison enjoys a PSB-oogie by the Med, before Lucas Croon gets ravey with a basement friendly future breaks romp.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Sky, Color, Passing (Gallo’s Mellow Mellow Acid Remix)
A2. Ending Of Summer, Beginning Of Autum (Yuri Shulgin Remix)
B1. You Can See The Sunrise Again (Cantoma Remix)
B2. Before Landing (Lucas Croon Remix)

Juan Moretti

Cats Do Not Care About Glasses

Summer might be fading away, but the good time grooves keep on coming courtesy of Hell Yeah’s next album project: Cats Do Not Care About Glasses is the latest from all round musical talent Juan Moretti, who fuses together jazz, hip hop, electronics, soundtracks, musical experimentation and much more into a freeform album of intoxicating sonic journeys.

Moretti is a bassist, drummer, composer, arranger, visual artist, DJ, hard clubber and good food lover who has been plotting his own route since the early nineties. He is co-founder of the 3IO jazz band and Things Happen nu disco duo who has been involved with theatre shows, short soundtracks, visual installations, festivals, DJ sets, experimental art and more. Drawing on all that and heading off into the unknown, out of his comfort zone and into brave new sound worlds, he goes where the compositional process takes him without a view to any specific genre or style.

That plays out across the seven suburb tracks, with opener ‘Flare’ managing to be a worldly ambient piece as well as a slow motion acid track, a blissful balearic trip but also a majestic melodic masterpiece. ‘Fahrenheit’ fuses cosmic Sun Ra jazz with glistening electronics that drown you in warm sunshine, and ‘Insane’ has a tropical feeling and gentle bossa rhythm, but intensely freeform synths that tie you up in knots.

The midpoint sinks you into the breezy wind instruments, afro vocals and gently lilting guitar licks of ‘Fortaleza’ before ‘Claustrophonic’ is another celestial electronic jazz epic with withering sci-fi synths and live drums that constantly evolves. A swaggering dub beat and drifting sax line make ‘Moroboshi’ a low key beach club classic in the making, and finally ‘Backdoor (Mad The Cat)’ is a lush hip hop vibe awash with breezy licks and steamy chords.

This is a brilliantly inventive album that brings together jazz, electronics and hip hop in truly magical new ways.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Flare
A2. Fahrenheit
A3. A-Insane
B1. Fortaleza
B2. Claustrophonic
B3. Moroboshi
B4. Backdoor (The Mad Cat)

The first set of remixes of Calm’s By Your Side got plenty of props for sound quality as well as their ability to get people grooving. Now the label serves up some more remixes, this time from legendary figures Mark Barrott (international Feel) and My Friend Dario.

Up first is Barrott, the long time slow motion master whose downtempo, ambient, new age and electronic fusions very much set out the Balearic template way back in the nineties. ‘Space Is My Place’ (Mark’s Re<>Imagination to the Sacred Heart Center) is an enchanting and tropical reworking with exotic percussion and liquid drums that gentle sway to and fro like a raft at sea. It’s another escapist, transportive track from Barrott that takes you to the other side of the world.

My Friend Dario returns to Hell Yeah after his exquisite Calamari Fritti EP late last year with more of his worldly infused sounds. His Etna Vision of ‘Shadows and Lights’ is a glistening affair with loosely jumbled drums and romantic keys that ring out into a balmy night sky. It’s musical and blissful as always with this artist.

Once again here Hell Yeah have come through with your most essential summer sounds.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Piccadilly's Balearic LP of 2018 continues to extend its ecstasy with a second volume of remix joy. This time round Mark Barrott of International Feel fame cooks up a cosmic chugger with all manner of chakra aligning idents and trippy blips, while My Friend Dario (best name in music?) goes deep and dreamy with an expansive house mix which shifts gears through nuanced congas, meditative breakdowns and energetic acid.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Space Is My Place (Mark Barrott’s Re<>Imagination To The Sacred Heart Center)
B1. Shadows And Lights (My Friend Dario's Etna Breeze Remix)

Hell Yeah’s extend the summer past Spetember with "Passages", a brand new and fantastic album from Quiroga that shows off his unique take on the Neapolitan sound. It is a soothing mix of real musicianship, laid back funk, soul and jazz stylings that wash over you, fill your heart with warmth and take you to a faraway beach where all your worries melt into the ether.

It is 11 years since Walter Del Vecchio’s last album on Cactus Island Recordings and since then he has put out a steady stream of sublime EPs on the likes of his own Really Swing as well as, of course, Hell Yeah. Label boss Marco calls him “a delicate musician” and it’s true that his deft sound is filled with beauty and detail.

A lot of attention is currently on his native Naples scene, but Quiroga doesn’t fit with the usual narrative thanks to his left of centre take on the breezy Mediterranean sounds of the city. This new album features six brand new cuts as well as six of his favourites that have previously been put out Really Swing, and is a fantastic showcase of his sound, with two of the tracks already getting big support from Italian ensemble 291out.

Gentle groove undulations and refrained vocal euphoria define opener Got Your Love, while fat bass twangs and nodding keys light up the jazzy-soul-funk fusion that is Martinica Feelings. Things get even more horizontal and romantic on The Zoist, with its steamy female coos and delicate keys, and North Hollywood Witches is a glorious bit of slow motion boogie with squelching bass and effervescing keys.

Elsewhere there are the lazy tumbles of Non Dire Notte, which is awash with acid gurgles, while glistening dreamscapes like Citto Di Mare shuffle on lush live drums and new age melodies. There are hippie vibes on Luzhin Defence which evokes sun beams breaking through the clouds, then Chiaia Sunset will melt your heart with its diffuse keys and rippling rhythms and ambient closer Bava casts you adrift into the clouds.

With many other gems along the way, this is a near perfect album that will temporarily rid you of whatever problems you may have.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Another great release from Ferrara's Hell Yeah, who invite Neapolitan musician Quiroga to create a double LP of Balearic house brilliance. Breezy, melodic and ambient in parts, this LP ensures you can keep a little sunshine with you at all times.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Got Your Love
A2. Martinica Feelings
A3. The Zoist
B1. North Hollywood Witches
B2. Non Dire Notte
B3. Africa Addio (Ode To Fourth World)
C1. Città Di Mare
C2. Luzhin Defence
C3. Amori Proibiti
D1. Chiaia Sunset
D2. Viaggio A Tulum
D3. Bava

Kito Jempere

Uohha! / To Marvin

The forthcoming Director’s Cut of Kito Jempere’s "Sea Monster" album on Hell Yeah is filled with gems, and two of them are now getting pressed up on a limited edition run of only 100 7”s. Not only does this special package come mastered and cut by Andreas at Schnitstelle, it's also hand written and hand numbered by Andrea Amaducci with a double sticker in a high quality plastic sleeve.
The Russian genius Kito Jempere dazzles again on the A-side with “Uohha!”, which swaggers on lazy drums with expressive vocals conveying a sense of carefree emotion. Think the Avalanches soundtracking the emotional finale of a Richard Linklater movie. “To Marvin” is then a jazzed up number, with keys and trumpets, twisted synths and loose drums all getting you up on your toes. This is a sure-fire secret weapon that you need in your collection. 

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Super spezial, ultra limited 7" from the Hell Yeah camp, containing two of the special cuts from Kito Jempere's expanded "Sea Monster". Quirk heavy leftfield Balearic with a late nineties sampledelic feel.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Uohha!
B1. To Marvin

The second "Keep on Wankin EP" continues Hell Yeah label boss Marco’s on-going quest for the perfect remixes. This time out he serves up the most Balearic Gabba influenced material yet and takes you on a trip to the clouds with Bjorn Torske and Fango both stepping up.

First up is Bjorn Torske’s take on everybody’s favourite Luminodisco tune ‘Oh Mary.’ It’s an impossibly adventurous 11 minute epic with buoyant chords dancing over trilling guitars. Lush, multi-layered and brimming with musicality, this is the sort of dubbed out yet percussively lively masterpiece that will mark the high point of any set as it washes over you time and time again.

Then it’s to Fango’s chunky and spaced out take on Somerville & Wilson’s ‘Yantar.’ It’s been the final track of all recent Fango sets around the world for a while now and that won’t change any time on thanks to the slow build to a colourful dub disco peak. It takes you ever higher on wandering lead synths as the fat drums pump away below. Essential stuff.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: Everyone's favourite Italian label continues to pitch its tent somewhere between the Balearic, disco and house camps via the second volume of "Keep On Wankin'", celebrating Martin's favourite pastime with an outrageous Scandi house remix from Bjorn Torske and a cosmic thruster from Fango. Glorious stuff!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Luminodisco - Oh Mary (Torske's Lange Klegsommer Dub)
B1. Somerville & Wilson - Yantar (Fango Remix)

We humans weren't made for modernity; the rush of the rat race, the disconnect of social media, the prison industrial complex, spice zombies and Brexit. It's pretty confusing stuff right? Now I ain't no fancy pants medical doctor (like Drs Dre, Oetker and Rob) but I'd advise you take a little time to unwind your mind with the wonderful sounds of Calm. 

 For the uninitiated, Calm is the stage name of Japan's Fukagawa Kiyotaka, a legendary producer, musician and selector who's spent the last twenty years packing yearning, heart swelling emotion into his deep house, ambient and downtempo creations. His previous album, 2015's "From My Window" resonated deeply with Hell Yeah boss Marco, who reached out and found a kindred spirit. Over the course of a couple of days playing records, relaxing and enjoying each other's company, a friendship was born and the seeds were sown for a brand new album on Marco's mighty Hell Yeah.

Two years later and the sublime "By Your Side" is here. A ten track journey through drifting rhythms, dreamy melodies and sumptuous chords which has already cast a spell over the likes of Balearic titans Moonboots, Phil Mison and Chris Coco. 

Pek within Andrea Amaducci's special artwork and find the delights within. Majestic opener 'Space Is My Place' transports you straight to a blue sky paradise with rippling chords reflecting the warm sun and is ripe to become a modern classic. 
From there Calm's masterful synths keep you flat on your back and gazing up to the heavens as gently drums roll beneath the brilliant 'Afterglow and First Star' and then 'Ending of Summer, Beginning of Autumn' is a little more reflective as it rues the end of warmer days. 
‘Sky, Colour, Passing' is floating celestial bliss with angelic harmonies, 'Shadows and Lights' is a lazy Sunday soundtrack with delicate piano keys and the gentle chug of 'Before Landing' glows with cosmic light and warms you with astral disco grooves that will be the jewel in any open air DJ set. 
After the sensuous moments of 'Mellow Mellow Sadness' encourage you to reach out and hug someone close, 'Shade of Tree' washes over you like a seaside breeze before the final two tracks layer up synth modulations and quietly epic guitars into rousing pieces of slow motion euphoria. 



STAFF COMMENTS

says: Japanese producer Calm joins the Hell Yeah clan via this sumptuous double LP of blissful Balearic vibrations, extending summer indefinitely with an instant classic.

TRACK LISTING

A1 Space Is My Place
A2 Afterglow And First Star
B1 Ending Of Summer, Beginning Of Autumn
B2 Sky, Color, Passing
B3 Shadows And Lights
C1 Before Landing
C2 Mellow Mellow Sadness
C3 Shade Of Tree
D1 My Home Town
D2 You Can See The Sunrise Again


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