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Hailing from the small town of Stroud, South West England, Marcel Lune has been quickly building his reputation as one of the hottest new talents in the UK Bass Music Scene.
Having discovered an 808 in his parents attic at a young age, it quickly became one his favourite toys and set him off on a musical voyage which is beginning to gather momentum.
Having already released a string of releases including a full album for Studio Rockers last year, this release with Local Talk is a new chapter in the ever growing Marcel Lune saga.

This debut for Local Talk is nothing short of brilliance.
An EP that sits somewhere between the early Floating Points days and Local Talk's very own Crackazat jamming with Harvey Sutherland.

From the opening track 'Sketches' Marcel brings broken house rhythms, piano chords and dancing acid lines in a glorius way.
The clever vocal arrangement on 'Eat Good' takes no prisoners and on the flip 'Crazy Love', another vocal track, Marcel slows things down a bit together with vocalist Bluesz.
The EP ends with Soul Music, upping the energy level slightly with its snappy, jazz-influenced beats and dancing synth lines.

A beautiful and fitting addition to the ever expanding Local Talk catalogue.

Surprisingly good 12" straight from the solid Local Talk label, this time is Boddhi Satva providing the soundtrack. 
On A side up is the 00s mix of 'Basic Knowledge', a near-epic track, riddled with emotion and deepness, certain to cause more than just a few goosebumps. The key stabs and strings makes this one of the deepest cuts of house we've heard in a minute.

On the flip 'Together' is another elegantly realised stylistic track where all the moving chords are exposed and pushed to the front. A grand tour through the deep-rooted rhythms with a minimal yet spiritual sound. My favourite track by a mile on this ep. 

Last but not least is the 90s mix of 'Basic Knowledge'. It takes all the ingredients from the A side mix and infuses it with more jack, together with the kicks, snares and the swollen bassline.

An absolute killer all round!

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: As said above, absolute killer with a special mention to the very very deep 'Together'. Lessons in deep house available from the man Boddhi Satva. Bravo.

Art Of Tones breaks the all important first album deadlock with a tasty selection of cuts for Local Talk. 

The divine Frenchmen has produced a nothing short of faultless discography of singles and remixes, but has yet to drop a complete artist statement such as this. Set across two parts, and taking his soulful, bumpin', sample-friendly approach laced with funky leads and swinging beats, AOT delves straight into the dance, perfectly encapsulating what the producer is about across two succinct and well sequenced discs. Comparisons could be drawn with Dan Shake, MCDE, Crazy P and Maurice Fulton but these are merely place markers to guide you to the final destination - Art Of Tones rocks the discotheque with his own stance and style and "Unbalanced" competes with some of the best dance music longer players of the last five years! Top marks!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Hips swinging, elbows out, shoulders rolling! It's that typical Local Talk canter we know and love and it's fighting fit and ready for action.

Parisian Max Fader aka S3A is back on Local Talk with a diverse four track EP that delivers on all levels. It all begins with 'Premiere Rexidence', disco infected big room track that comes with some heavy vocal and horn samples. Next up is 'End Track For a DJ' which is exactly what the title suggest and comes with old school house beats, classic Chicago piano riffs and some lush strings. Massive!

On the b-side S3A goes back to what he is maybe most know for, 'Searching Force' is an uplifting disco-funk house jam with big samples and jacked up beats. Last, and possibly our fave tune is 'Deep Mood Vol 4', a supa deep house cut with low end theory chords and a bassline to kill for...rawww! Oh, and those Michael Watford vocal samples just adds to the deepness.

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Fans of peak time disco house are going to love this one. Four tracks of dancefloor bangers to get the whole club dancing. Local Talk quality guaranteed. No fillers here.

Kyoto Jazz Sextet

Mission - Inc. Jaxx Madicine Remix

Second 10" release from Kyoto Jazz Sextet as Local Talk continue to mine the band's "Unity" LP for dancefloor hits and suitable remix fodder.

"Mission" undergoes heavy treatment from Milanese trio Jaxx Madicine who roll out funky house flavours full of bolshie piano, wobbly leads and a frenetic MAW-styled drum attack. House music that's vibrant and full of life - still giving those skilled drum solos and jazz flecked passages enough space to shine through the duration.

As per the previous release, "Mission" is included in its original form, spread out across side B in all its glorious detail - a focused and intense workout based around staccato piano lines, dynamic drum section and invigoration chord progressions. Top stuff!


Kyoto Jazz Sextet

Rising - Inc. Ron Trent Remix

House music staple Local Talk present the first of two 10" releases featuring music by Kyoto Jazz Sextet.

"Rising" is taken from their second album "Unity" released on Blue Note in 2017 and follows the deep rooted tradition of the label - rich in expression, improvisation and musicality as they offer sincere updates to the trad jazz cannon. Besides the accomplished original track, for the 12" release here they have included a stunning remix by the legendary Ron Trent.

Delivering one of his meandering, jazz leaning, live-fuelled numbers, big Ron fills the mix with bustling brass, upright bass and a busy rhythm section to create a spiritual house masterpiece packed full of instrumentation - wonderful!


Soulphiction comes through with a nice n funky four tracks for cult stable Local Talk. Ear-grabbing opening track "Bizzness" starts things off in classic Soulphiction mode with its deliciously bass-heavy funk stomp garnished beautifully by the odd guitar fret-chop. "Cart People" is a fine slice of deep house encompassing some seriously dreamy keyboard and pad presets before packaging it up with a touch of phaze and some simple house riddims.

"Slow Glow" opens side B, bringing warm vibes and great melodies together in a clever way while "Sweet Dreams" concludes with a fathoms deep, Mr Fingers-indebted style with skeletal drum beats, shadow-dwelling vocal and intricate yet subtle sonics. A provocative and sensual way to end the EP and worth the entrance fee alone if you ask me. Top stuff.


Second single from Crackazat's long player, "Rainbow Fantasia"; featuring remixes from Waajeed and Groove Assassin. Nick Moss (aka Groove Assassin), take on "Sundial" is a soulful, biotic take on the OG, with LT-patented drums, pumpin' keys and funky ass bass yet remaining delightfully true to the original. On the flip former Slum Village and Platinum Pied Piper beat maker and producer-extraordinaire Waajeed works some magic on "Holding You Close". Layered percussion, jammed keys and an expert vocal arrangement take centre stage as a shimmering house groove powers the backline. Completing the package is also the original of "Holding You Close" - wunderbaa!

Dropping nothing but heat since his debut on Paper Recordings in 2012 (check out his EPs on Intimate Friends and Karakul if you think I'm lying!) NY*AK becomes the latest addition to the Local Talk roster with the "Bound EP". Providing plenty of banger for your buck, the geordie treats us to four tracks, kicking off with the opening track 'Bound', a cut up, soulful disco house slammer. Next up we got "Dancing", a perfect example of Andrew's skill when it comes to slowing down the tempo but still letting the track have enough character to keep you...'dancing'. On the flip we have "See More" which takes you straight to a dark and gritty club with its stuttering chords, tight drums and pulsing bass. Last but not least Andrew teams up with long time collaborator Ian Blevins for 'Sandwiches', a stunning low deep groove for any Theo Parrish or Marcellus Pittman fans out there.

Jaxx Madicine is a jazz-funk inspired house(-ish) outfit from Milan consisting of Turbojazz (Local Talk, GAMM Records), Parker Madicine (Heist, Bastard Jazz Brooklyn, CT-HI Records) and the talented jazz keyboardist 'Veez_0'. With an organic and melodic sound collage you can hear influences from classic 70's jazz funk labels and artists like CTI, Mizell Brothers, Kudu and Bob James but also the current sounds of Kaidi Tatham, Byron The Aquarius and Harvey Sutherland. After their debut EP "Montreux" they drop their full album "Distant Classic" where the Jaxx crew exit planet earth and treat us to a space music odyssey that is full of surprises. During the journey they deliver house, jazz, fusion, boogie and jazzy beats from a highly melodic, keyboard-driven perspective.
All tracks are made with a genuine love for analogue synthesizers, fender Rhodes, clavinets and some soulful MPC programming. There's loads to bash out at your local dance - with thick hefty production characterizing much of the output here, decorated with a palette that references Floating Point and Project Pablo in equal measure. Nice!


DJ Spinna

TB Or Not TB / Cosmocrank

An unlikely, but nonetheless stimulating diversion here for DJ Spinna on Local Talk. Ditching the soul and funk for two techy, electronically charged warehouse trax that'll find equal favour in one of Timmy Regisford's extended Shelter sessions or smashing out Panorama bar at 4AM in the morning. "TB Or Not TB" skillfully pairs a winding 303 line with crisp, newly harvested beats. An extended trip, the first half of the track works at locking you into its hypnotic grooves before a floaty synthline slowly creeps into the mix along with sharp, glistening melodies, elevating the next half of the track into the upper echelons of deep tech pleasure! Flip for the more subdued, blissed-out, Larry Heard-esque, "Cosmocrank". With its classic bleep-bass preset straight outta Mr. Fingers sound library we get plenty of textured elements slowly converging on the track - sounding a little like a more stripped back version of Ron Trent's Electric Blue series. Basically, both tracks are ace late night workouts and should make a welcome curveball to fans of this producer's already prolific discography.

Tony Blitz (CRST) pays hommage to my favourite tipple and chaser on this Local Talk three tracker. Lucky for us his music doesn't have the same effect as that drink and drugs combo, but is actually sprightly garage business for the dancefloor. 'Vodka & Valium' has that crisp CRST feel, with beats that leap at you out of the grooves, while the bassline bubbles and choppy keyboards drop. Uplifting in every way. 'Bring It Back' gets all loopy on us, with rhythms, keys and samples all sliced an layered like a UKG build your own pizza. Studio wizard Crackazat, last heard on Local Talk's sub-label One Offs, has re-built the track into a melodic, piano-driven house version.


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