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More exquisite house music from Toytonics label boss, Kapote. Imbuing the fun and party ethos of the label, the producer drops four tracks that traverse sample-based disco-house, old skool 90s flavours, tuff Nu Groove styled thumpers and on final track, "The Slide" more contemporary flavours a la GAMM and Local Talk.

It's a brilliantly dazzling and high gloss affair, with the veteran producer demonstrating no lack of skills behind the dials. But rather than get bogged down on EQ fidelity, the quest for the perfect kick drum, or synthesizing the latest cranium splitting sounds; he simply takes cues from the decades of party music that proceed it - disco and early house music, particularly from the US, and coalesces it into his own funky and friendly style. Don't let this irreverence fool you though - this is top drawer tackle for the club, disco, car, or after party; and well deserved of a place in your house section! Recommended. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: We get excited every time a new Toytonics drops. The label's quality control department do a sterling job of making sure there's absolutely no tripe across its catalogue. Kapote's on the dials for this latest joint and it's another sure fire winner for the house fraternity.

TRACK LISTING

A1) The Party (Extended Version)
A2) The See Me (Extended Version)
B1) The Come On (Extended Version)
B2) The Slide

12 tracks originally released on the indie dance label Gomma between 2001 and 2010. (Gomma was the label Toy Tonics did before starting Toy Tonics.) Along with DFA and Output records Gomma released a wild mix of electronic dance music, indie rock, underground disco, post punk and new wave funk that was big in the 2000s. The Y2K sound!

Gomma released music by artists like Peaches, Whomadewho, The Rammellzee, James Murphy, LCD soundsystem and artists like Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand.

Now it’s 2024 and its feels fresh to put a spotlight on some of these tracks again. And so here comes a 2nd compilation part of Gomma tracks:
Nancy Whang the singer of LCD Soundsystem, WhoMadeWho (the band started their career on Gomma), Italian disco producer Bottin, UK indie disco hero The Deadstock 33s aka Justin Robertson, NY disco hipsters In Flagranti, German producers Munk and many more on this compilation.

Gomma not only was a record label, but was also a home for cutting edge design: wild T-shirt styles, underground exhibitions with new artists from the Berlin scene and crazy poster and fanzine design. Many graphic design trends of the last years were preceded by what the artists on Gomma were doing. And many record and street wear labels of today look a bit like Gomma was looking before ... copying the images that Gomma preceded: ironic cartoons, trash aesthetics, greek symbols, ugly design ideas and lot of ironic things.

The Gomma visuals world was exposed in a couple of exhibitions around the world and at a big exhibition at #hausderkunst München before the label was closed in 2015. (when Toy Tonics took off...) Grab a slice of history kids...


TRACK LISTING

A1) The Deadstock 33s - My Best Dub
A2) Bottin - Red Onions
A3) Munk - Violent Love (2024 Version)

B1) Leroy Hanghofer - Das Pi
B2) Headman - Whomadewho – Satisfaction
B3) Mercury - Sweetness

C1) In Flagranti - In The Silver White Box
C2) Munk - Kick Out The Chairs (Whomadewho Remix)
C3) Golden Bug - St Tropez

D1) Cecile - Sweetness 86
D2) Hiltmeyer Inc - Chefsong
D3) Nancy Whang & Bonar Bradberry - Working The Midnight Shift (Disco Version)

Bárbara Boeing

Brasiliana EP - Inc. Esa Williams Remix

Bárbara Boeing joins the ever-expanding Toy Tonics roster. The Brazilian DJ and Dekmantel Selectors favourite has teamed up with Italian producer and keyboardist Sam Ruffillo to create three tracks inspired by people like DJ Raffa, Mr. Monday, Yello, MBG International, Penny Penny and such like.

The results are quite spectacular, existing in a timeless bubble of dreamy house music which take in the tropes of early Italian dance records, add some UK rave attitude and cover the whole thing in a modern polish which gives extra sparkle and shine. Its an addictive formula which has seen her invited to perform at Dekmantel Selectors, Time Warp, Nuits Sonores, Lente Kabinet, Cocktail D'Amore, Flow Festival and many - the future’s bright for this rising star! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Toytonics have one of the strongest roster's going. And if they keep adding talent like Bárbara Boeing then I can see them being at the top of the game for quite some time to come.

TRACK LISTING

A1) Brigada (feat. Phil Mill)
A2) Brasiliana
B1) Brigada (Esa Williams Remix)
B2) Baile Do Silêncio


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