When José González became a household name across the world with the help of 250,000 coloured bouncing balls and a Sony Bravia television commercial featuring his spare and moving version of The Knife's song, "Heartbeats", it was the second time fame came calling and caused a truly remarkable phenomenon. While studying biochemistry at the university of Gothenburg, José's debut album "Veneer" was released in his Swedish homeland in 2003. It made him a national star. Featuring "Heartbeats" and ten other resonant, acoustic songs, "Veneer" turned José, a Gothenburg (via Argentina) native, into a Top Ten recording artist. This, his second album continues where "Veneer" left off. Another stunning collection of captivating songs.
Another must-have from Moodymann and Peacefrog. Out of press since 2001, "The Telephone EP" was the third in the limited "Forevernevermore" 12” series following "Don’t You Want My Love" and "In My Wagon". The A side is a remake of the title track from "Forevernevermore" and in classic Moodymann style the original is presented in a different context. Combining all the essential elements of the initial groove and adding a variety of new sounds and effects, we are offered a totally fresh take on this stone cold Moodymann classic. On the B side "The Telephone" is a funked up retro jazz inspired groove incorporating complex drum programming and chilled keys which hints at the direction Moodymann was to take his productions in on his later albums Silence In The Secret Garden and Black Mahogani II. Pressed beautifully on fresh 180g wax, it's unlikely you'll find copies of these tracks in better condition (and certainly not at this price...!), don't sleep!
Dating back to the fledgling early days of the label "Tales From the Second Moon" by Apogee was the first of many Peacefrog releases by Dan Curtin. As with Dan’s other early releases "Tales From the Second Moon"‘s angular, dancefloor groove borrowed from the original Motor City blueprint with a melodic sensibility that was drenched in the kind of yearning melancholy that suggested either pain of a heartbroken lover or the brittle dislocation of someone who longed to be transported to a distant galaxy. The acid, strings and complex rhythms contained on this EP originally released in 1993 were soon to become Dan’s trademark sound. Limited stock available. So be quick!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: A record and producer synonymous with Peacefrog, pirate radio and London. This, my friends was the in-sound of the underground. "Horizons Forgotten" instantly transports me to the hedonistic yet edgy mid-90s and the M25 orbit.
"Forevernevermore" was originally released in 2000 and is the second full length on Peacefrog from Kenny Dixon Jnr. Gathering together the best strands of Moodymann's late-'90s tracks on KDJ, Forevernevermore re-interprets these rare and sought after gems twisting and blending them into a new mesmerizing and idiosyncratic stew which offers new insight into these now classic retro-disco funk tracks. Containing unique and stone cold classics such as "Don’t You Want My Love", "Wednesday Night People" and "The Thief That Stole My Bad Days". Forevenevermore is perhaps Kenny’s most soulful full length and the sheer emotive nature of these tracks and their relatively down-tempo beats make this album more of a reflective listening experience on par with sentimental albums such as Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On and Stevie Wonder's Talking Book than traditional house music.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: For my money this is KDJ's best album. Twisting his late 90s disco tinged singles into a home listening experience which flows with a whole load of soul, Kenny takes us on a proper journey. Chocked full of classics (not least 'Don't You Want My Love', 'Ya Blessin Me' and 'Tribute') there's also more than enough bump for your battle box.
Gemini (Spencer Kincy) was one of the most underrated, prolific and innovative Chicago producers and DJs in the 1990s, releasing more than 200 tracks for a plethora of leading house labels including Planet E, Relief and Cajual. Now for the first time since its original release in 1997 the much sought after ‘In And Out Of Fog And Lights’ get’s a much requested vinyl repress. The timeless tracks contained on ‘In And Out Of Fog And Lights’ embody the most fundamental aspects of dance music from funk, soul and jazz, but what sets them apart is Gemini’s unique cosmic sensibility which excites and surprises on every track. As fresh today as it was in 20 years ago Gemini’s inventive productions much this LP a must for any house aficionado. Limited stock available. So be quick!
The first repress since it’s original release in 1997, Glenn Undergrounds hard to find, second full length LP for Peacefrog: ‘The Jerusalem EP’s’. The native Chicagoan combines his trademark elements of jazz, soul and funk with experimental rhythmic textures to create a deep and soulful collection of tracks. A beautiful and timeless classic. Glenn Underground is the founding member of the Strictly Jaz Unit. He was raised on disco classics and freeform jazz in Chicago's southside, the place where house music was born. Taking inspiration from Chicago's original pioneers, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy, Lil' Louis, and the like, Glenn has produced many sought after house gems for some of the most well respected deep house labels such as Prescription and Guidance. Limited stock available. So be quick!
As one of Chicago’s most mysterious and revered characters, the story of Gemini, aka Spencer Kincy has become something of a myth in recent years – blazing a trail throughout the 90’s, prolifically releasing over 200 tracks from 1994 to 1999, Spencer’s music had shades innovation and soul few of his peers could match. Then, suddenly, at the peak of his career, he disappeared from view. Gemini’s unique combination of Chicago groove, Detroit strings and spacey effects have rightly ensured ‘On The North Star’ as a sought after classic of the era. The EP was the second of Gemini’s two 12” for Peacefrog which was closely followed by his Peacefrog long-player ‘In And Out Of Fog And Lights’ (re-press coming soon). Lush transcending deep house for the conersiour.
From the pioneering glory days of Peacefrog, Paul Johnson’s rare and sought after ‘Hear The Music’ was a mainstay in the sets of many a Chicago style DJ back in the day including Mark Farina and DJ Sneak. The title track from the EP, 'Hear The Music', is a euphoric disco groove based on a sample from 'I Hear Music In The Streets' by Unlimited Touch. 'Tikkle Me' is a quirky take on Chicago jack, with a bouncy, head nodding feel and freaky morphed vocal. 'Knob Twist' takes us on an epic rolling peak time deep tech-house journey and ‘My Free Feeelings’ is a subtle and hypnotic groove with disorientating key stabs. ‘Hear The Music’ along with the sound of many other Peacefrog releases at the time have been replicated but never bettered. House music for the mind, body and soul.
‘Atmosfear’ Glenn Underground’s debut album was originally released in 1996 and set the standard for sophisticated dance music. Dreamy melodies, heavy basslines and acid grooves blend beautifully with jazz vibes and Detroit techno. Essential! Glenn Underground is the founding member of the Strictly Jaz Unit. He was raised on disco classics and freeform jazz in Chicago's Southside, the place where house music was born. Taking inspiration from Chicago's original pioneers, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy, Lil' Louis, and the like, Glenn has produced many sought after house gems for some of the most well respected deep house labels such as Prescription and Guidance. Limited stock available. So be quick! Also available PF054 Glenn Underground ‘C.V.O. Trance’
Originally released in 1996 around the time of Glenn’s debut and essential album "Atmosphere" (also re-released this week!). The "C.V.O. Trance EP" fuses his typically shuffled, Chi-town beats with jazzy Detroit bleeps and sat totally at home on Peacefrog at the time. "CVO Trance" is nothing short of epic. A playful deep house opus sprawling effortlessly across the whole of side A, it pretty much epitomizes the swinging and fire starting party spirit of Glenn Underground in one track - those juddering kick drum breaks, intricate melody interplay and, of course, THOSE hats. "Sea Quest" is a deeper, more aquatic affair, bobbing on a serene wave and propelled by his assertive rhythm section it contains swirling atmospheres and darting string melodies, taking the listener into a dreamy, futuristic world almost instantly. "Cat Thy Trap" is the jugular-hitting money shot here. With an almost Reese-esque bassline, loopy xylophone licks and one of the best examples of Glenn tips his hat to Detroit as he gets dark and direct with a Chicago house - techno crossover which both cities can get down too.
Recorded in 1998 and becoming one of the most monumental and inspiring moments in deep house. It's often cited that only 30 people attended the Sex Pistols infamous Free Trade Hall gig but everyone who did started a band. Well, I reckon only 100 people bought “First Floor” first time round but everyone of them got an MPC and started making music! Incredibly, almost 20 years old it's still my favourite Theo Parrish record and was surely the catalyst to hoards of millennials digging deep into the crates of 2nd hand disco, soul and jazz records, turning their back on the beige and mass produced funky house that dominated the era. Part 1 opens with the blunted downbeat house roll of "First Floor Metaphor". Those pitched down kicks, gruff bass rumble and smoky jazz licks an early indication of TP's fearless experimentation. "Only The Beginning" sees discord and rhythm make serendipitous bedfellows as stuttered synth samples are met with rampant percussion lines and chopped vocal snips. "Sweet Sticky" is indeed the inspirational track Garth Be named his label after, such is the reverence this record carries amongst the 28 - 40 years olds of this country. Finally, "Paradise Architechts" and "Love Is War For Miles" display Theo's deft craft at building subtly intense epics, sprawling effortlessly over extended duration and delving deep and personally into every sample source used. The record plays like a full tutorial on how to get the most out of a few dusty old records and an MPC and threw two fingers up at the super expensive, highly polished studio music that was also produced at the time. Detroit always took creativity back to the bedrooms and run-down rehearsal spaces of the world, showing us how to make good with what we have and that the real musical power lies within. Essential.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Much needed repress of one of Theo's finest moments. I must confess, out of my price range for some time (I was only 13 years old when it first came out), it became somewhat of a holy grail amongst me and one Ste Spandex. Good things come to those who wait! :)
Recorded in 1998 and becoming one of the most monumental and inspiring moments in deep house. It's often cited that only 30 people attended the Sex Pistols infamous Free Trade Hall gig but everyone who did started a band. Well, I reckon only 100 people bought “First Floor” first time round but everyone of them got an MPC and started making music! Incredibly, almost 20 years old it's still my favourite Theo Parrish record and was surely the catalyst to hoards of millennials digging deep into the crates of 2nd hand disco, soul and jazz records, turning their back on the beige and mass produced funky house that dominated the era. Part 2 includes the creeping, downbeat funk of "Electric Alleycat", one of the most synonymous sounds I associate with Theo (much the same way "I Can't Kick This Feeling" typifies the KDJ style). The James Brown sampling, leftfield anthem - "JB's Edit", sounding fresher than ever as we witness one of Theo's infamous DJ tools in all its unadulterated glory. The flanging squelch of "Dark Patterns" is up next, displaying Theo's early love of playful yet re-wired drum patterns, flipping much of what's expected of conventional dance music on its head. "Heal Yourself And Move" shows a producer totally confident in his approach as he deploys a nothing short of epic bleep-melody, completely unhurried as it builds in emotion and vigor, met with the spiritual vocal that slowly rises from the mix. Finally "Sky Walking" concludes with a basement house anthem, it's soft kicks and rounded bass sounds providing the inspiration for a thousand backrooms up and down the land; the soulful vox, clever Rhodes licks and jazz-inspired grooves pretty much epitomizing the sound of deep house for the next five years.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Much needed repress of one of Theo's finest moments. A holy grail for me and my crew; part 2's got that killer JB DJ tool ("JB's Edit") and the creeping downbeat funk of "Electric Alleycat".
Form an orderly queue please. Those with a broadband connection or relatively new phone will have eagerly been anticipating this for some time now; the highly sought after debut Peacefrog album from Kenny Dixon Jr - reissued officially for the first time since 1998! What can be said about Moodymann that hasn't already been written, over analyzed and discussed? The Detroit pioneer has become pretty much THE poster boy for the motor city - achieving about three generations of admirers from the old disco beards who saw his first live performance at Mint Lounge here in Manchester, to the new generation of club kids happy to shell out £20 a ticket to see him turn up, do his hair and insult half the audience down the mic. Outspoken, uncompromising and inspirational, after years avoiding the limelight, we're now getting to know more about this illusive cat as he steps from the shadows and gives us an insight into his world - a world obsessed with roller skating, Prince, his MPC and Detroit. It's hard to remember just how much this album shook the world in those pre-internet, pre-discogs days when house music was super polished and at risk of imploding through cocaine stress and stupendously large DJ fees. Kenny and Theo's crate dug, dusty-house aesthetic piqued the interest of us on the outskirts, the outsiders on the dancefloor looking for alternative expression - and these early Detroit records provided our much needed release. Single handedly turning me and my peers of would-be techno heads into disco / soul loving, crate diggers eager to search out new grooves through old records. Now eclecticism is almost taken for granted, but this album along with Theo's "First Floor" (also due a repress - but you know this of course) really did set the balls in motion for a brave new world. Totally essential for all, every home needs one!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Without this album I'd still be listening to Jeff Mills and Derrick May none stop. Stopped us in our tracks when we first heard it. Never owned it either! Absolutely buzzin to get a chance now...
"Archives Two" is the fifth Planetary Assault Systems LP on Peacefrog, bringing together more of Luke Slater's rarities on a club aimed techno tip. Includes early singles that haven't been available for years (many on CD for the first time too). Detroit influenced minimal house and techno grooves.
Bola man Darryl Fitton defects from Skam to Peacefrog for his third LP. This brilliant LP takes him to a totally new level, incorporating exquisite piano pieces, melodic electronica (with vocals) and more complex rhythm tracks. If you got the debut Jello single recently, then I think you'll be blown away by this album. A shop fave!
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