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Hell Yeah returns with four remixes of this Alexander Robotnik 'Undicidisco' track from the archives, taking you down a different path with each cut. The A side sees the classic Justin Vandervolgen Edit layering the beat and synth bassline, before unleashing the all too familiar melody whilst re-imagining some of those synthesiser arps over the top. Bawrut then provides an acid laden interpretation of the original coupled with latin styled whistles, percussion and vocal cry of 'uno, dos, tres, eyhh'.

Flip it over and Prins Thomas offers up a tougher Discomiks remix with a gritty bassline, interspersed with filtered arps and the warped Robotnik melody. To close out the e.p. The Vendetta Suite Stone Tape Remix takes you down a weird and wonderful path of wonky tape delayed goodness - contorting, reversing and reworking the synth lines to create a unique slowed down version of Undicidisco.

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

Patrick 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.

A year after his debut outing on the label, Max Essa makes a welcome return to Hell Yeah with the "Han zon Roc EP", a horizontal triptych boasting more of his impossibly laidback offerings.
Essa is of course the long time UK talent whose releases on labels like Aficionado, Music for Dreams, and his own Jansen Jardin have cemented his place in the Balearic mafia. 
Opener 'Han zon Roc (Midori Coup)' is an epic 12 minute adventure that slowly awakens your spirit with new age guitar plucks and heavenly ambience before organic drums slowly being to drift into earshot. They grow ever larger as synths start to spray about the mix, hand drums pitter patter and big chords bring the soul-shine. It's like the soundtrack to an afternoon boat party all condensed into one brilliant cut.
‘How You Showed Me Everything' then gets super chill with lazy drum tumbles, bendy guitar lines and scattered hits. Withering cosmic chords colour the airwaves and its a track that will slow your heartbeat to nothing.
Last of all, 'Rain Bird's Alfalfa Jam' is a analogue drum work out with early 90s hip hop influences and diving basslines. It's light and airy, nimble and playful and of course filled with the sort of tropical rays that make all of Essa works so brilliantly escapist.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Extending the usual Hell Yeah hospitality and warmth, label boss Peedoo once again coaxes the very best out of man in Japan Max Essa, who raises the bar with his second release on the label. Simple and subtle rhythms play freely beneath the endless string of irresistible melodies, while the expansive arrangements conjure stunning visions of coastal vistas. Max Essa, at his best on one of the best labels around - class!

After releasing their "Yantar" LP digitally last year, Hell Yeah now serve up a much anticipated vinyl version of Richard Somerville and Craig Wilson's perfectly horizontal sounds. It features two of the superb originals with remixes from The Beat Broker and Los Gatos Escobar.
Somerville & Wilson have appeared on ISM Records, DWDK (Danny Was A Drag King), Paper Records and Music for Dreams and count the likes of Tensnake and Gerd Janson as fans of their laidback and charming grooves, and this EP is a real slab of heat that will surely sizzle souls across the world this summer.
First up, The Beat Broker proves he is on fire right now with a remix of the classic 'Melt.' His heart swelling remix has impossibly mellow chords ringing out into a yellow-orange sky as melodies rise and fall like a yacht bobbing on gentle waters. It's a blissed out musical sunset of the highest order.
Then comes Somerville & Wilson's 'Cero Gravity', eight minutes of cosmic synth workouts, yawning chords and long legged drums offset by soft acid. Drenched in reverb and rippling out in all directions, it's a warm musical rush that keeps washing over you until your soul melts away.
From New York, Los Gatos Escobar duo offer a more driving but just as tropical remix of 'Yantar' with big rubbery drums, zoned out chords and smeared pads. It's beautifully innocent and honest, heartfelt and meditative music that encourages you to escape to a seaside paradise.
Last of all, a melted Space Edit of Yantar is drowned in saturated chords, scorched pads and heat damaged keys that leave you adrift in a sea of sumptuousness. Music doesn't come much more majestic, melodic and mellow than this.

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Loads of mid tempo spacey synth to keep balearic and cosmic disco heads stroking their chins. It is also pretty dancefloor friendly whilst Los Gatos Escobar and Yantar - on remix duties - take you back to 'Drive' movie aesthetics. Decent and fresh like a gentle breeze that caress your skin whilst hypnotised by the sunset on some almost deserted Pacific ocean beach. You can bottle that feeling if you buy this 12".

Kito Jempere

Sea Monster Remixes Part 2 - Inc. Jimi Tenor / Miskotom / Max Essa Remixes

Hell Yeah keep the killers coming, via a weighty 12" featuring fresh interpretaions of Kito Jempere's ace "Sea Monsters" album last year. This second batch of reworks sees accomplished musician Jimi Tenor, Miskotom and Max Essa work their magic before a 7", also taken from the album, lands later in summer.
Kicking the party off we have legndary Finnish musician Jimi Tenor, a man who has released on Warp, collaborated with Tony Allen and occasionally plays sax with Kito Jempere Band at live gigs. He flips "Puzzled" into five minutes of stripped back and moody electronics with plenty of his own flute frolicks. Busted drum sounds, spooky sci-fi synths and scattered hits make it woozy late night transmission that is utterly absorbing. If you've kept an ear on the sounds coming out of Pleasure Unit and Balearic, you'll already be acquainted with Lithuanian outfit Miskotom. Here the husband and wife duoreimagine "Ampa" as a beatdown bit of deep house with trudging drums staying low and shimmering synths drifting out in all directions. Crunchy hits bring a subtle sense of funk and reverb drenched vocals bring a heavenly feel to the soul drenched grooves and summery keys.
Then comes Max Essa, the Japan based Brit who is a regular on Hell Yeah as well as the likes of Is It Balearic? and Aficionado. His first remix is a huge one that is sure to soundtrack many a boat party this summer. It's a gorgeous rework of 'Ampa' that puts achingly blissful vocals front and centre as low slung bass and slowly turning drums sink you into a pan-pipe laced reverie. Secondly, Essa offers a Dub Reprise that removes the vocals and places all the focus on his churning drums and new age grooves. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: There's a lot to love about this latest Hell Yeah release, not least Max Essa's supremely summery remix and audacious dub reprise. Elsewhere Miskotom turn Kito Jempere's OG into a blissful Balearic house heater, while Jimi Tenor trips "Puzzled" into a fractal blast of crepuscular electronics.

Hell Yeah's next project is to revisit a collection of jazz covers of dance classics. Back To New Roots (Serotonin Fuelled Jazz Covers) was first released in 2011 by 3iO, a band lead by double bassist Manuel Moretti and including Richard Maggioni on piano and Matteo Giordani on drums. They were veterans on the Italian jazz circuit and put out a couple albums, but they are no more.

This album, however, which originally stated as a joke to challenge the musicians to do something different and flip dance, alternative and chill out hits from Fat Boy Slim, Groove Armada, Chemical Brothers, Royskopp, Underworld, Spiller and DJ Shadow into new forms, proves what playing skills the group had.

Now presented on special 180g vinyl and with magical art from Andrea Amaducci for the first time, Back To New Roots (Serotonin Fuelled Jazz Covers) has already got support from the likes of Giles Peterson, Chris Coco and Jon Sa Trinxa. 'Eple' has also already proved a big download hit, so this release pays dues to some talented musicians who embraced a crazy idea.


Opener 'Eple' is all fat bass and wandering keys and oozes an inimitable jazz-funk. 'Les Nuits' is a more tender, late night track of sombre chords, and J-Walk's 'Soul Vibration' becomes a romantic downtempo classic. 'Organ Donor' retains the darkness of the classic original but with a new found jazz energy, and 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) is a nimble, on your toes gem. 'Right Here, Right Now' is flipped into a slowed down and plaintive piece, 'Born Slippy' lifts the energy levels with splashes of cymbals and superb live drums and Bent's 'Always' closes on a tender note with dusty snares and tangs of bass.

A new side project from Manuel Moretti may well follow on Hell yeah in the near future, but for now this collection provides plenty of magical moments for a different kind of dance floor. 

Max Essa

Gold Themes From The Hood, The Cad & The Lovely EP

Keeping their catalogue fresh, fierce and free from any stylistic ties, Hell Yeah follow the star-crossed house of Verdo and acid-laced cosmic of Quiroga with a Mediterranean masterpiece from expert ex-pat Max Essa. Label head Sun Marco (you heard it here first) describes this peaceful platter as the most Balearic record he's ever released, though it could well be the most Balearic record anyone's ever released. For starters, the A-side features a White Isle odyssey in four parts, while the flip buys us a drink at a rundown beach bar before inviting us for a walk down the coast.
After bonding over a shared love of literature and sake, Marco made his play for Essa, encouraging the international man of mastery to create his finest work for the Italian label. Stretching across the A-side with a sunkissed contentment, the ambitious and expressive "Themes From The Hood, The Cad & The Lovely" conjures images of lapping waves and swaying trees, a coastal coda to the bliss and breeze of a lazy summer day. Stately and serene, the track glides through eleven minutes of symphonic synthwork, fragile piano and eastern melodies - a dreamy vignette viewed through the blur of heat haze. It feels like falling in love every time you hear it.
On the B1, "Saguaro" crystallizes everything excellent about a Max Essa production into one perfect serving of circular sequences, languid bass and East Asian tonality. Genki but not quite kawai, this comforting combination rolls along at a relaxed pace, bathing in the reflected beauty of the sun on the sea. Finally we drift into a dreamstate to the horizontal majesty of "Buran Chime", a song for siestas and the 'Subtle Body'. Phasing waveforms murmur like distant air traffic, naive percussion keeps a languorous rhythm and expansive pads summon the poolside peace of a permanent vacation. As that immersive soundscape eases us out of our everyday worries, cool cor anglais and FM brass bring a smile to our sunblushed faces. It's a treasure.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Max Essa lands on the mighty Hell Yeah with his finest work to date. The perfect marriage of ambition and execution, the EP offers all the comforts of the coast without the price of the air fare. As Balearic as it gets and a thing of true beauty, this is music to be cherished.

After a lengthy winter break enjoying the icy parks of Berlin, the urbane streets of Bologna and the recently refurbed Ealing Heights (Manchester's most desirable residence and my crib) Marco Gallerani revs up the Hell Yeah press with this primo EP of starry-eyed house magic. The man behind the music is none other than Verdo, the talented Senigallia native whose Gratis Club has played host to the likes of Bjorn Torske, DJ Fettburger, Prins Thomas and Kenji Takimi over a decade of debauched nightlife. Speak to any Senigallia local though, and you'll hear the real reason for heading to the club is Verdo's unpredictible and irresistible DJ sets, often packed with his own exclusive and unreleased productions. So slip this one on the player and sample the deep and dreamy delights of Verdo's sultry sounds. Opener "Little Blue" is a bright slice of sunshine with hip swinging claps, bobbling bass and boat party vibes that soothe your soul. Rich with shoulder rolling rhythm and golden synthplay, its segues perfectly into the retro disco pump of "Sazerac", another tropical cut with loose drums and rubbery bass to get you up on your toes. Flip the disc for the terrace tribalism of "Big Fish", a bass heavy house heater packed with tin pot percussion and the kind of wild synth work that leads to wide-eyes, flailing limbs and free-swinging jaws. Jumbled jungle vibes and big chords all swell your heart as your feet skip about down low. Tuff City Kid Phillip Lauer drops by on the B2, bringing his sophisticated style to the track with a direct house version decorated with percolating synths and slapping hats, all demanding you ditch your cocktail and get up and groove.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Big summertime house vibes coming courtesy of Verdo on this latest Hell Yeah loveboat - Enquire within for shoulder rolling rhythms, bum-wiggling bass and heart swelling musicality. Bravo!


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