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Ladies and gents, I want to raise my glass to the best 12" this week. It goes to Frenchman Sweely. I guarantee you that when you drop the needle on 'Stronger Than Me', you will be transported to another dimension. More concisely, to a sweaty, dark, humid basement in some obscure New York building where body music takes the centre stage. Wherever you are, you will not be anymore. This bad bad bad boy is a thumping unapologetic house stormer. The vocal sample delivers, oh boy, it does. And that wailing jazzy saxophone is utterly delicious - captivating in fact. You have in your hands something that will attract attention. The right kind.
B2 changes course. We go less NY, less obvious. We go underground. A bit harder on the beat. more raw. Things get softened by the soulful vocal sample that gives the tittle to the track. But fasten your belts because midway we will encounter an acidic turbulence. This one is a smooth operator. You just do not expect the turn it takes.
On the flipside, Sweely gets introspective with the 303, but in a palatable and accessible way. No arty-farty business here. In places, 'Raw Thoughts' is an extension of A2 without the vocals.
And what do we have on B2? An anthem. We have a tune; a scorcher in camouflage attire. Remember A1? We are there again, folks. This time a bit faster (just the right amount of pitch, sir), perhaps a bit deeper too. Rough and raw, the 303 goes wild at places but is tamed by the relentless beat. It is all well-oiled by the sweet vocals although sparsely placed.
The closing ceremony title is perhaps Sweely's alter ego. More breakbeat, more street, less clubby, more graffity inducing soundtrack. Lovely piano sample coming and going at will gives this grumpy ole bastard the right amount of jazzy and soulful undertones.
Guys and gals, we will try to get a substantial number of this diamond in the shop, but do not sleep. This 12" is an absolute killer. Period.


Sil says: Let's say you are suffering what it is commonly known as 'winter blues'. You go to doc and you are given some prescription. Only thing you see is the name 'Sweely' written on the slip. Your winter blues goes out of the window in 10 seconds as soon as your brain starts decoding the soundwaves produced by your record player. You are reborn. Promise.

Pépe joins the Lobster fam after a stunning, twinkling EP of miniature electro & house for Renascence. Taking aim at wider sonic territory, "Lemon Fanta" showcases the Valencia producer's multi-floral sound palette across three shifting times and moodscapes. The A-side is taken up with the epic "Rainfall". Spread across two parts it begins with a galloping percussion section embellished beautifully with emotive piano chords, heartfelt strings and twinkling keys; signaling the beginning of the kind of deep house epic you didn't think they wrote anymore. The track seems to abandon its excess baggage as it progresses, stripping things back to the four essential elements of the track. On the flip, "Lemon Fanta" does a grand job hammering home the record's intentions though glowing melodies and a tropical slant. "Benzine Electronics" concludes proceedings with loopy synth riffs molded to fit into a bright crepuscular haze. Wonderful stuff.


Sil says: Pepe from sunbathed Spain gifts us three stunners of summery breeze and melodic trips. Behind the beautifully crafted cover there are three solid tracks to back it up. No lemons here!

Deep, cosmic, neck-snapping, gut-gurgling electro straight outta the 'Dam via ITPDWIP. Follows a previously huge release on Brokntoys with another four tracks of authentic, x-rated machine abuse. "Blinded By The Light" kicks things off - an emotive micro-anthem for pitch black dancefloors and cybernetic lovers of the night. Over ITPDWIP's taut electro grooves we get a melancholic, almost goth-like male vocal taking about being blinded by the light but now can see. Nice! Jeremiah R has a go at remixing the track. Rolling out machine-code 808s through a slew of hazy pads and creeping bass. Lovely stuff. Onto the side B and don't forget to switch to 33rpm as "I Am Not Him" introduces itself slowly but directly, with swirling pads accompanying a buzzing lead bass and dripping electronic arps. When the beat finally drops its more on that ghetto-tek, electro-funk vibe made popular by Mr. De and Godfather. Street-ready and primed for extended JIT. Finally "Outernet" concludes in suitably narcotic and out-there fashion - a plethora of mechanical sequences converging on some radiant atmospheres and garbled alien chatter. Strong stuff here from ITPDWIP and the excellent Lobster Theremin. TIP.

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PREORDER: Mr. Fingers 'Cerebral Hemispheres' Larry Heard follows up that spectacular 12" w…
Sat 17th - 2:56
A definite hit here @PiccadillyRecs Gonna be on the shop player for some time to come I think.....
Fri 16th - 1:54
We also got this today, what a lovely surprise with our 7's, thanks @courtneymelba, and @Milk_Records xox
Thu 15th - 2:42
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