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Harks & Mudd

Susta Inc. Emperor Machine Lovers Mix

It would be fair to say that Leng co-founder Paul “Mudd” Murphy is a born collaborator. Since first donning the Mudd alias at the dawn of the century, Murphy has released numerous collaborative albums and singles with regular collaborators Ben Smith (as Smith & Mudd) and Kevin Pollard (Mudd & Pollard), as well as playing a key role in “super-groups” Paqua and Bison. “Susta”, which marks his first single on Leng since 2009, sees Murphy add some new names to his growing list of collaborators. It was made in cahoots with singer/songwriter David Harks, a regular Satin Jackets collaborator who also appeared on Jack Cutter’s superb “Serpent Strut” cut on Murphy’s Claremont 56 label.

“Susta” is a bubbly, evocative and ear-pleasing chunk of mid-tempo nu-disco pop featuring lead vocals from Jaanika Leino AKA JaneLy – a former X-Factor Finland contestant whose sultry and evocative voice simply soars above Murphy and Harks’ sparkling, life-affirming instrumentation. Rich in twinkling synth solos, rich Clavinet lines, chugging arpeggio lines and eyes-closed piano, “Susta” is a strong song that will squat inside your head and stay there for days. Our advice is to welcome it in – it’s as joyous and life-affirming a track as Leng has ever released. It’s accompanied by a predictably strong remix by British electronic music veteran Andrew Meecham (Bizarre Inc, Chicken Lips etc.), who dons the now familiar Emperor Machine alias to deliver a dub for the ages. Combining his own analogue and modular electronics with snippets of Leino’s vocal and some of the warmest instrumentation from Murphy and Harks’ original mix (think Clavinet and Rhodes for starters), Meecham offers up an epic slice of electronic dub disco that bubbles away for ten mesmerizing minutes. It’s a superb interpretation of a high quality cut.

Earthboogie

Creepy Steve / Human Call - Inc. Joel Harrison Remix

Since debuting on the label in May 2017, East London duo Earthboogie has been part of the extended Leng family. In that time, Izaak Gray and Nicola Robinson have delivered a swathe of superb singles and a fine debut album, 2018’s critically acclaimed "Human Call". Here they present their sole single of 2019, a two-track fusion of intergalactic, terrestrial and tribal elements reflective of their by-now trademark style.

Fittingly, lead cut "Creepy Steve" - a previously unheard workout recorded during the sessions for "Human Call" - contains many of the musical ingredients that made Earthboogie such an enticing proposition. It boasts a raw, fuzzy and driving analogue bassline, densely layered tribal percussion, dub disco-influenced guitars, woozy electronics and sporadic blasts of African style chanting. As if that wasn’t enough to get the blood pumping, Gray and Robinson have also thrown in some extended, rock style guitar solos and more cowbells, bongos and timbales than you can shake a stick at.

It comes accompanied by a previously unheard remix of “Human Call”, the title track from their superb debut album, by friend and fellow musical fusionist Joel Harrison. His version is warm, woozy, driving and percussive, brilliantly re-imagining Earthboogie’s original version as a supersonic slab of peak-time ready deep house. The band’s original chanted vocals, guitars and melodies slowly rise above bustling, all-action drums, weighty bass, alien-sounding electronic flourishes, poignant trumpet parts and seriously dreamy sustained chords. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Percussive rich and with plenty of cosmic warmth and... boogie! Or is it disco? A belter nonetheless.

Lay-Far & Phil Gerus

Solitary High Social Club

Two of Russian electronic music’s rising stars, Phil Gerus and Alexander Lay-Far, invite you to join them at the Solitary High Social Club. While table service is provided, they’d much rather you throw caution to the wind and head to the dancefloor.

Before joining forces in the studio, both Moscow-based musicians have delivered a string of memorable solo productions. Lay-Far has previously released a wealth of material on such labels as Local Talk, City Fly, Lazy Days and 4Lux Black, while synthesizer fetishist Gerus has showcased his electrofunk and disco-fired cuts on Futureboogie Recordings, Sonar Kollektiv, Public Release and Superior Elevation Records.

The five tracks that make up Solitary High Social Club deliver a perfect marriage of the two producers’ distinctive solo styles, combining the rich musicality of Lay-Far’s house productions with the spacey, intergalactic electronics of Gerus’s discoid adventures. In many ways, it’s a marriage made in heaven – or in Lay-Far’s celebrated In-Beat-Ween Studio, at least.

The duo’s spacey and melodious musical fusion is arguably best exemplified by lead cut “City 2 City, Star 2 Star”, a widescreen, mid-tempo disco epic rich in tactile Rhodes riffs, supernova synth solos, delay-laden drum beats, tumbling melody lines and heavy analogue bass. Fittingly, the track returns in “Reprise” form – think sweeping, weightless ambient bliss – to round off the EP.

Elsewhere, the duo provides further proof of their combined musical talents. Check, for example, the gentle drum machine electro beats, cascading new age melodies and sparkling, stretched-out synthesizer chords of the impeccably beautiful “Am I Tripping”, or the devilishly percussive, mind-altering brilliance of “Love Life”, where mutant electro bass, wide-eyed chords and alien melodies rise above a heavy, Afro-influenced groove.

As for “Snowflakes On Her Lips”, you’ll struggle to find a more confident and positive dancefloor workout all year. Blessed with killer piano parts, darting analogue synth-bass and a range of disco-tinged musical flourishes, it’s by far and away the most celebratory moment on an already happy-go-lucky EP. It confirms, too, our initial hunch: at the Solitary High Social Club, life is always good. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: On the eve of the World Cup, Leng line up two of Russia's hottest producers for a 5 tracker of smooth grooving dance music flavoured by funk, boogie and disco.

There’s much to be said for chance meetings. Vitruvians – in their words, “a meeting of minds, cultures, styles and experiences, powered by music, and designed by faith” – owe their very existence to once such random encounter. In the summer of 2014, producers Frankie Valentine and Thomas “T-Ash” Sciurpa bumped into each other in a London shoe shop. Over a fine selection of brogues and loafers, the conversation drifted onto music. The duo quickly realized they had much in common, and a plan began to form: they would get together and make music as Vitruvians, using the alias as a vehicle for their collaborative work. Some 18 months and numerous recording sessions in England and Italy later, the first Vitruvians record is ready for release. Dropping on Paul Murphy and Simon Purnell’s Leng Records imprint, “Spaghetti Saloon” is a banjo-pickin’ hoedown at the last drinking hole in the Milky Way. Propelled forwards by a restless drum machine rhythm, the duo’s original version expertly combines winding synthesizer melodies, wild honky-tonk piano solos, clanging ‘closing time’ bells, and the most loved-up banjo player in the galaxy. Ennio Morricone, eat your heart out.
The flipside of the 12” features a pair of tasty, DJ-friendly revisions. There’s the chugging Banjo Dub, where delay-laden bells and undulating banjo lines rub shoulders with a throbbing, space disco groove, and the even more psychedelic and alluring Piano Dub. As the title suggests, this pushes the duo’s distinctive keys work to the fore, stretching out the life affirming solos in a bid to incite even greater dancefloor abandon. Down a glass of bourbon, grab a partner, and get dancin’.


Psychemagik slip on their technicolour dreamcoats, step into their cowboy boots and casually stroll into the party with the final chapter in their sublime 'Magik' series. This compilation may have been a year in the making on paper, but in reality it marks the culmination of a lifetime of exploration, excavation and expeditions into the deep and distant musical landscape of limited releases, private presses and long lost curios. Due to an incredible response from the artists contacted, Danny and Tom got all their Christmas wishes, and enough material for two compilations instead of one. So here's the first volume of "Magik Sunset".

Perfectly programmed to take you from the horizontal calm of the late afternoon to the energetic anticipation of the evening ahead, "Magik Sunset (Part One)" traverses from the calm folk stylings of the first disc to the synthier, proggier and dubbier side of the Balearic spectrum on sides C and D. Bobby Brown opens proceedings with the spoken word and sun-blushed smoothness of "My Hawaiian Home", before Kathy Stack's "Summer Wind" jumps out of its 82 private press home and blows us away. From there we're just floating on the gulf stream sampling the Dylan-esque soul of Mother Funk, the mountain music of the Nathan Perkins Band and the yacht approved jazz-funk of Crossesction and Majik. As we head into the second half of the session, Jake Hottell, Al Dos Band and P'Cock hit us with some proggy funk stylings before Terry Brooks & Strange trip us out with the dubby psychedelia of "High Flyer". Yet another flawless selection from Psychemagik, and this time it's only just begun.


FORMAT INFORMATION

2xCD Info: Includes DJ-mixed CD and unmixed CD.

Building on the success of their always essential edits 12"s, Psychemagik are back with the full length LP ‘Magik Cyrkles’, a new compilation for Leng Records.

As well as prolific producers, Psychemagik are also vinyl collectors at heart, a passion that has led them to be the go-to guys when other collectors are looking for that elusive piece of wax. Amongst their many happy customers are the now satisfied and influential names of Soulwax, Chemical Brothers, Lovefingers, Q-Tip, Fake Blood, Tom Middleton and Lord Finesse. This love of digging deep for those obscure and long lost vinyl gems is the basis of their new "Magik Cyrkles" compilation. The fruit of many years digging, the compilation is a snap shot of music you might hear in a Psychemagik DJ set down in the sweaty basement clubs of the world and in the big tops of the festival circuit.

The album takes its inspiration from all corners of the globe, travelling through psychedelic funk, cosmic disco, Balearica, Middle Eastern beats and beyond… The album features artwork designed and illustrated by acclaimed oddball image-mongerer Luke Insect, and comes with four new and exclusive Psychemagik edits.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xCD Info: Includes unmixed and DJ mixed CDs.


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