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Second Circle this time from Aiwo rec. honcho DJ Normal 4 with the EP 'Exoticz'! The four track EP includes two tracks taken from Normals 4's archive recorded around 2011 as well as a recent jam and a remix by Philipp Otterbach.. More info soon!

After kicking off 2018 with Balearic-dub-house from Guiseppe Leonardi and a rainforest rocker from D.K., Second Circle keep the pressure on the dancefloor with a superstellar five tracker from Benedek. ‘Earlyman Dance’ was recorded at Benedek's studio in Koreatown, Los Angeles and fuses mechanistic rhythms and synth work as well as live percussion and trumpet played by friends Chris Parise and Anthony Calonico. With five vibed out compositions of coyote jazz, dance floor fusion and canyon bangers; ‘Earlyman Dance’ is an ode to the urban and natural landscapes of LA, late night noir and early morning sunrises, accented with Benedek's signature chord progressions, bouncing bass lines, meticulous drum programming and dubbed out trumpet.

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Patrick says: Benedek's been bringing it for years now, but this latest EP sees the LA producer doing THE MOST. From the Balearic house meets jazz-fusion greatness of opener "Sub Terra" through the squelching streetsoul and straaaange groove of "Maca" and "Timbalito" to the nu jack/jazz/age pulse of "Nucid", this is too good.

MFM offshoot Second Circle enter 2018 in the company of their newest friend Dang Khoa Chau. Learning of the French producer via his releases on Antinote and Melody As Truth, the crew were keen to welcome him into the Second Circle for some of his hallucinatory dancefloor magic. Titled ‘Mystery Dub’, this new record features two percussive house cuts on the A side with two more evocative compositions on the flip. Recorded in his studio in the 11th district of Paris, the release showcases a wide yet characteristic palette of sounds and textures the Parisian artist has been sharpening over the years: atmospheric/hypnotic strings, warm pads, dreamy landscapes and spacial rhythms. "Stick By The Rules" drops straight into the shamanic bracket, bounding through synthesised birdsong, twinkling chimes, polyrhythms and some properly deep chords. The titular "Mystery Dub" makes the most of the slipstream, breezing along with circular mallets, supersonic siren calls and bright proto house elements, delivering something light and airy for when the oomph gets too much. Over on the flip, "Rebound" offers a panoramic view from a distant mountain top, detailed with the glinting gold of ancient temples, soaring birds and lush foliage. Taking the wind with one of these "Wise Birds", we glide down through the canopy for a sultry slice of fourth world wonderment, evocative and immersive in equal measure.

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Patrick says: Another amazing addition to the Second Circle series here, as D.K. brings us a deep and mystic vision of shamanic house on the A-side, then cools out with a rain forest exploration on the flip. I can't recommend this one enough...

Nu-Balearica refracted back through a rose tinted lens here as Giuseppe Leonardi deploys some truly enchanted vibrations to the Second Circle label. "Unsinn" kicks us, sounding like an Adrian Sherwood number if the UK dub head had resided on some tropical island and drank LSD for breakfast. "Kannibalentanz" follows suit and performs a steel bongo ritual on said island, the hypnotic percussion lines drawing us ever-closer to the magical core - a lone, squelching synthesizer. "Orpheus" sees new terrains explored with moxie, it's novel, beguiling lines hinting at the unexpected nature lying ahead - only to be met by a choir of throat-singers and delicate female utterances - lovely stuff! "Every Tree And Creature" takes us gleefully into the nighttime, a blanket of warm pads placed over our receptive bodies as twinkling keyboard parts highlight the starry skies. Finally, "All Blue" almost soundtracks the sunrise, as if the whole EP has taken us through an entire Earth cycle, ready to start all over again....


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