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Strap on your seatbelt, stow your baggage and put up your tray table, we're about to take a trip. After the global domination of "Kime Ne" (aided in its world domination by that wild Villolobos mix), digger, DJ and producer Baris K and multi-instrumentalist Cem Yıldız reunite as Insanlar for a life altering 45 minute journy through Anatolian tonality, twisted electronics and esoteric techno.
Entering the trance-like psychic space unlocked via true mastery, Cem Yıldız riffs on a saz phrase for over 50 minutes (slightly redacted here), wordlessly guiding us through regret, melancholy, optimism, ecstasy and understanding, offering ego death on the dance floor or dining table. And Baris, fully interfaced with his modular, joined by home made robots and inventive drum modules, rides the lightening to conjure a cosmic techno groove which transcends basements, buildings and the bindings of our consciousness, breaking through to the other side. Flawless, fearless and free thinking head music, this is undoubtedly a future classic.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Baris K and Cem Yildiz are back as Insanlar, taking us on an epic journey through the psychedelic fringes of the dancefloor where lysergic techno chug meets Turkish instrumentation. Deep and heady, "Demedim Mi" is designed to change lives...

Lifted from the Gerd Janson-compiled "Musik For Autobahns 2" album, Leon Vynehall’s 'Midnight On Roadbow Road' is a beautiful, dreamy ambient / Balearic track featuring Manuel Göttsching style echo-drenched guitar over loose woodblock syncopation and simple keyboard loop. Do we love this, or do we love this? Needless to say the track has now been reconstructed for the dancefloor by Vynehall himself. Keeping things simple he just adds a loping beatdown kick and fourth beat hi hat cymbal hiss making for the perfect floor-friendly version. 

If you've had your head blown by a Joe Claussell set lately, or followed the career of Jamie 3:26, chances are you'll have heard of Masalo - if not, let me provide the introductions. Young, gifted and based in Amsterdam, Masalo is a DJ and producer blessed with the ability to absorb, transform and recreate any style he comes across, in this case Italo. Following a remix for Bassekou Kouyate and the killer "Testify" and "Redlight" club cut with Jamie 3:26, Masalo makes his solo debut here with the Italo pound of "New Dance". Cut loud enough to drown out the Brexit mooings, "New Dance" romps through seesawing Italo sequences, clattering drum machines and moonlit melodies, purring like a Testarossa on a coastal road. On the flipside, "Cycles" gives us the other side of the Italo coin, deeper, trackier and jacking like an unheard Robotnik demo. Snapping hats, white noise snares and snipped vocals top the punishing sequence, absolutely packing the club for good.


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Patrick says: Chrome exo-suit? Check. Neon sweatband? Check.
De Palma extras? Check. Giant bag of coke? Check!
Jamie 3:26 associate Masalo lands at Rush Hour with a two track jacker of sizzling Italo heat. Vegan friendly and made for the club...

Following the Dream 2 Science release on the Rush Hour Reissue series earlier this year, comes another NYC garage classic. Sha-lor's "I'm In Love" is by Ben Cenac, also known for his Newcleus outfit. Unlike Dream 2 Science, which remained an obscure record, even at the time of its original release, Sha-Lor became an international club hit and a Summer Of Love DJ staple. The timeless feel of this innocent, heartfelt vocal song sounds as fresh as it did back then and is sure to fill people's hearts with joy again. This reissue features the 'Caught Up Version', which was the most popular mix from the original, and a previously unreleased instrumental. Essential retro house!


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Sil says: Wonderful 1988 New York female vocal house rarity reissued by Rush Hour.

Les Choc Stars Du Zaire / Teknokrat's

Nakombe NGA / What Did She Say

Rush Hour's in house label strike gold again, enlisting the curatorial prowess of renowned record fiend John Gomez for a superb split 12". 
Both tracks on this winning double-sider were written by Tony Baron and Gery François, two Belgian producers that were involved in several musical projects on the New Beat scene in the 1980s. They worked under many aliases and recorded the Teknokrat’s haunting “What Did She Say?” at the famous Studio Madeleine in Brussels in 1989. Prompted by Jean Martin from Espera Records, Baron adapted the music into a further two songs to be released that year, Virginity’s melancholic “The Key”, and the surprising but ear catching collaboration with the label’s soukous stars, Ben Nyamabo’s Les Choc Stars Du Zaire. It is still a mystery how the seeds were planted for the one-off pairing that culminated in the electronic soukous bomb “Nakombe Nga”. What is certain is that it is set to light up dancefloors worldwide.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Rush Hour get archival and re-ish two versions of Tony Baron and Gery François "Good Life" inspired groover from 1988. Cop a load of the Zaïrian Afro house smash “Nakombe Nga” by Les Choc Stars backed with the dope, largely unheard Belgium new beat version recorded under the Teknokrat's alias.

Various Artists

Pantsula! - The Rise Of Electronic Dance Music In South Africa, 1988-90

Late 80s South African dance floor winners only! Selected by DJ Okapi and Antal, the compilation holds tracks by Jivaro, The Hard Workers, Ayobayo Band, S.Y.B. & many more. This is the sharp electronic music that fuelled the local Pantsula dances during the 80s and 90s . A must have for fans of Bubblegum and Kwaito music. The 12 tracks selected for "Pantsula!" come from a very unique, very different time and place. They represent the birth of electronic dance music in South Africa, through the songs of one particular independent label from the time: Music Team. The sound represents the culmination of the bubblegum era, when South Africa’s disco artists outgrew their American influences and forged an increasingly electronic and ‘local’ pop sound. Evolving over time since long before the 80s, the distinctly South African subculture of "Pantsula" is more closely associated with an attitude, a style and a signature dance, rather than any specific sound. In the late 1980s and early 90s, Pantsula was also the name given to a new type of dance music taking over the streets of South Africa, influenced by earlier bubblegum and the rise of Shangaan Disco, but with a far broader appeal and a harder, purely electronic sound.

EFA

Arachno / Move To Trash

    The latest volume of Rush Hour’s very occasional 7” series finds UK producer EFA at the controls, dropping a snapping debut of crisp and acidic electronics. A-side cut ‘Arachno’ boasts the skitterish rhythms of a Hague electro classic alongside eight legged acid lines, moonlit keys and all manner of squelchy fx abuse. Dramatic, cinematic and precision engineered to turn a club inside out. Over on the flipside, “Move To Trash” takes a driving Liaisons Dangereuses style sequence, tough 4/4 and a little bit of chipset weirdness and spins further and further out of control.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Weird and wonderful acid magic from EFA on Rush Hour – Big Tip as our Dutch friends would say!

    Torn Hawk

    Men With No Memory

      Torn Hawk re-emerges on this ace limited edition double 7" edition. Intimate, darkwave bedroom ballads, plate-reverbed electronic punk and high degrees of rhythmic noise characterize this inimitable New Yorker, making him somewhat of a favourite here at Piccadilly. Across five tracks we get a further glimpse into what makes this freak tick, as he gracefully constructs a collage of abrasive and visceral textures underpinned with a dark, psilocybin-tainted sludge that makes you feel like you're in that scene out of Fear And Loathing when the carpet's melting and Hunter's struggling to keep a grip. Torn Hawk ably demonstrates the fractal and sonic fluctuations that occur during a peak psychedelic experience like few can, but rather than revel in the flowery, faux-hippy nature of the trip, he takes it to the darkest and most tumultuous parts of the journey; what a legend! Comes with fold out, full colour insert. TIP! 


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