Next up on the ever-eclectic XVI Records, a shadowy figure steps into the spotlight: enter the mysterious Captain Over, whose dark yet soulful bruk-infused tracks soundtrack the next stage of their voyage towards the sun. For his debut outing, Captain Over calls on the abstract vocal stylings of the legendary Trim (Roll Deep, 1800 Dinosaur) on opening track ‘SICK’.
Showcasing why he’s one of the most iconic and forward-thinking MC’s to grace the mic, Trim’s dulcet tones twist through a jungle of shuffled beats and subterranean sub-bass, an eerie child-like melody drifting overhead.
Clack Clack and No One Ever Really Flies inhabit a more dancefloor friendly space, their unique syncopation, fierce instrumentation and relentless energy open up the dancefloor for some real get loose moments.
On the remix, they hand the controls over to XVI homestay Books (following on from the success of his previous ‘Feel It In My Bones’ and ‘High Praise Edits Vol 1’ releases which won praise from the likes of The Black Madonna, Moodymann, Gilles Peterson and Seven Davis Jr) Books expertly crafts a cosmic footwork jam, full of his trademark soulful chords and eerie midnight saxophone licks.
As he prepares to launch his forthcoming EP ‘No-One Every Really Flies’ into the cosmos ; Captain Over is beginning to cement his place as one to watch in the UK underground – a sequel EP featuring grime upstart Nico Lindsay is scheduled for release later in the year, with several more collaborative works in progress.
A. Sometimes The Going Gets A Little Tough (Extended Mix)
B. Sometimes The Going Gets A Little Tough (Instrumental)
A producer, DJ, NTS radio host and label head, Finn has come of age representing Manchester’s underground dance music scene over the last four years. Showing up with a timely debut for Defected that will stop you in your tracks, he’s now turning heads way further afield from the North West. Following a digital release, this 7” features an exclusive instrumental. The formula for ‘Sometimes The Going Gets A Little Tough’ is beautifully simple, exposing an intuition beyond the producer’s years. At 135bpm it’s a straight pumper in theory, playing directly into the hands of festival sets over the summer; with its vocal loop and heartfelt lyrics it becomes so much more. Gathering over 2m Spotify streams on its initial release via Tom Lea’s London imprint Local Action, the track also received radio support from the likes of Annie Mac, Skream and Monki and support from DJs as diverse as TQD, Diplo and Martin Garrix. The appeal is universal and the execution is perfect, making this the kind of life affirming record that 2018 needs.
After a brief time away from releasing music in 2017 to refresh his ears, essential house artist Argy is back with a bang in 2018, as this debut EP on Play It Say It proves.
Greek DJ and producer Argy has been a prolific talent over the last decade plus, releasing a variety of sounds under a number of different aliases. His given name has always been reserved for house and techno, which is classically informed but always infused with the sound of the future. It’s come on key labels like Bedrock, BPitch, Ibadan, and most recently The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin’ Headz imprint, and has spawned four fantastic full lengths. Those releases, along with his storytelling DJ sets, have made the These Days label boss a much loved and ever-present part of the global underground scene.
The excellent title track ‘The Way of Kings’ opens up the EP with seven standout minutes of surging house. Slick, powerful kicks drive it along as expertly crafted synths bring real drama and tension up top. It’s a tasteful bit of hi-tech soul for the peak of the night and is as essential as the title suggests.
Switching up the mood is the vibrant ‘Los Animales’, which has a busier, afro tinged groove and tribal percussive energy. Lithe synths dart about to add dynamism and movement as vocal chants get you on your toes and the whole thing is sure to make a huge impact in the club.
Last of all, ‘Move Like A Panther’ featuring the New Yorker in Berlin, Elbee Bad, shows another side to Argy. It’s a perfectly raw house cut with plenty of jacking Chicago spirit. The drums hit hard, the synths are trippy and the snares force you to move. Add in a dark bassline and spoken word mantras and you have a real piece of explosive club dynamite.
These are three typically inventive and well-executed tracks from Argy that are stuffed with original ideas.
Renaissance recruit Tale of Us for the second the second edition of their quarterly-century celebrations.
With the first release in this series occupying #1 status for 6 weeks last summer, Renaissance are back with the second instalment of their 25th Anniversary ‘The Remix Collection” project. For the follow-up to Solomun’s immense reworking of Age Of Love, Renaissance have bagged more Techno royalty in the shape of Italian duo Tale Of Us, to take on the huge task of remixing another iconic 90’s classic.
The track in question is the legendary ‘Café Del Mar’ by the 90’s trance project, Energy 52. Much alike the previous remix by Solomun, it seems Tale Of Us also have their work cut out for them, as this track has had no shortage of remixes over the years. However, the popularity of ‘Café Del Mar’ is not simply reflected through its remix roster. Named after the iconic bar at the heart of the Ibiza clubbing scene, it was the soundtrack to the rave-culture movie, ‘Human Traffic’ in 1999. In addition to this ‘Café Del Mar’ later went on to be voted #1 in MixMag’s 2001 “500 Best Tracks Ever” list.
With this second remix, Tale of Us take the classic elements that made Café Del Mar such a huge track in the 90’s, bringing them into the present-day with big licks of bass and a huge crescendo. Carrying forward the focus of the series, this remix refreshes the iconic track for a new generation of listeners. Undoubtedly, as with the original, it is sure to be the soundtrack of Ibiza this summer.
With the first release in this series occupying Beatport #1 status for 6 weeks last summer, Renaissance are back with the second instalment of their 25th Anniversary ‘The Remix Collection” project. For the follow-up to Solomun’s immense reworking of Age Of Love, Renaissance have bagged more Techno royalty in the shape of Italian duo Tale Of Us, to take on the huge task of remixing another iconic 90’s classic.
R-Time Records releases two tracks from Iceland’s Sanasol, aka Thor and Yagya, entitled‘Long Lost Thoughts’ - originally appearing on ‘Deep Thoughts’ LP via Hey Babe! in ’97.
Out of all of Thor’s aliases, which includes OZ Artists, Flow Machine and Thor54, Sanasol – his duo project alongside Yagya - is arguably the most prolific. On top of appearances on Thor’s own renowned imprint Thule Records, as Sanasol the pair have released on Fear Of Flying, Connaisseur Supérieur and Alex Azary and Pascal F.E.O.S.’s Hey Babe!, of which the latter homed the ‘Deep Thoughts’ album. Matt Edwards’ R-Time now releases two of the long player’s finest tracks, following recent revivals of timeless music by Sir Lord Commix and FBK.
‘Long Lost Thoughts’ begins by utilising filtered chord stabs alongside a thumping bass and sustained strings before the track progresses with ethereal pads combined with resonant bells playing a top line melody. On the flip, ‘In The Sky Of Normality’ presents shuffled drums with crisp hi-hats and a strong low-end whilst delayed synths pan left and right throughout keeping things atmospheric and mesmerising.
Up next on Hot Creations is intrepid Spaniard Dennis Cruz. The award winning DJ and producer drops some heavy hitting dance-floor dynamite this June, enlisting the production expertise of New York’s Joeski for the remix.
Title track Freaks is deep and driving, with its almost slurred vocal, it’s perfect for those 4am vibes when the freaks come out to play. Mother F*cker utilises heavier percussion set off by a pounding bass. The Joeski rework of Freaks adds a dash of prominent high-hats with the producer softening that unmistakable bass-line. Dennis explains "this EP is the style of music that I love to play and produce. It's what I feel more comfortable with and what I think defines my sound”.
Dennis Cruz has been firmly implanted in the music scene from a young age. He got his first taste for playing music at the age of 17. Since then he’s gone on to produce tracks for prominent labels such as Moon Harbour, Solid Grooves, Snatch! And Nervous Records. His records have been championed by some of the industry’s hottest DJs from Jamie Jones to Loco Dice, and Nic Fanciulli to Marco Carola. As well as receiving recognition from Radio 1, Mixmag and DJ Mag. Add to that winning multiple awards awards and nominations from Beatport, Resident Advisor, Vicious and the DJ Awards Best Producer in 2017.
Following his R&S debut, Afriqua (aka Adam Longman Parker) presents Vice/Principle, his second release for the renowned Belgian label.
Recorded in the summer of 2017, Vice/Principle began as one of Afriqua’s seasonal music packs, a quarterly offering of original tracks shared privately with a small cohort of friends and collaborators. R&S quickly picked up the collection, which expands on the melodicism and textural depth explored on his previous release for the label, Aleph.
The extended EP sees Parker veering into psychedelic territory, inspired by the cosmic departures of ‘70s krautrock and jazz. The title, Vice/Principle, more a coy bit of humor than a philosophical statement, reflects a wittiness that Parker often embeds into even the brawniest of his productions. This offbeatness is active in the music as well, which makes use of his voice, and edges past familiar four-on-the-floor patterns with interwoven polyrhythms and modality. Vice/Principle is confident in its curiosity, harnessing a wealth of artistic threads into a tightly knit, futuristic vision.
Parker currently resides in Berlin, Germany, where he works from his home studio in the city’s quiet Charlottenburg neighborhood. Born and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Parker developed his craft as a producer while studying classical piano and practicing hip-hop turntablism from a young age.
After several years developing a hefty catalog of releases, Parker has embraced his R&S signing as an opportunity to dive deeper into his signature, yet versatile sound. His successful winter 2017 tour through the U.S. was a career first, and preceded international events at Comunité in Mexico, Concrete in Paris, and The Block in Tel Aviv.
Already a well-established presence on the outlandish fringes of experimental, alternative and dance music, celebrated Israeli duo Red Axes make a surprise left-turn onto Phantasy with a three-track 12”, ‘Sipoor’. Unsurprisingly, the results are as pleasingly out-there as the occasion requires.
Following on from last year’s self-released LP, ‘The Beach Goths’, ‘Sipoor’ immediately announces the Axes’ uncompromising return to the front and centre of the dancefloor with the raw, provocative ‘Bad Time Story’. Brazen, brash acid triggers this particular tale, as Red Axes briskly modulate their way through a ruff, tuff but never less than musical landscape of 303s and 808s.
‘Sipoor’ takes a more gradual approach to building offbeat rave tension, featuring an unknown male using his native tongue to request some kind of house, some kind of techno and some sort of release. His wish (and we hope, yours) is the Axes’ command, as the music goes deep before seamlessly unfolds around a throbbing bassline and a playful, familiar keyboard sample, beckoning feet to the dancefloor and perhaps tongues ever so slightly to cheeks.
Concluding the 12”, ‘Teroof’ takes each of Red Axes’ signature ingredients - deeply rhythmic EBM-inspired drums, spiralling electronics, unapologetically odd vocal distortions - and reconstructs them amid what sounds like the Monaco Grand Prix, as high-velocity motors speed past the soundscape, kicking up some serious dust.
Red Axes ‘Sipoor’ drops on Phantasy Sound in 22nd June 2018.
Lee Burridge, Lost Desert and Junior Akwety return with summer vibes all the way. Following last year's subtle monster „Lingala“, they bring the sunshine once again with three tracks.
„Elongi's“ vocal floats above it's foundation of warm sub bass and groovy beats and always seems to induce at least one person in the crowd to sing along.
Even though we know they don't speak Lingala (a language from Congo).
„Mona Yo“ is a little groovier. Floaty house music for outdoors.
Talking of floaty, the EP is wrapped up by „Float On“. It's pretty for sure but has a certain drive that's been rocking the All Day I Dream dance floor all year.
Yoruba Records welcomes back label favourite Mike Steva with a well-balanced and forward thinking EP that both engages and pushes boundaries. Opening up with ‘Love Symphonik’, this stutter-stepped jam practically drips with MPC flavour. Up next, ‘The Message’; a bold proclamation with more straight forward percussion. With added Balkan flavour this one is as deep as they come. This is followed with ‘Sila’ where Steva’s chops are on full display. This engaging and well-constructed groove conjures of feelings of celebration, one that’s easy to imagine taking place in the streets of Macedonia. We close with ‘Zensko Oro’, a deep and moody percussive-led jam. This one speaks of movement, slowly building on itself and reaching a natural climax that enhances and delights the senses of the astute listener. Sit back, relax and enjoy this soon-to-be essential piece of the Yoruba Records canon.
Hailing from the suburbs of Ghent, Asa Moto are back on DEEWEE with their third EP, this time delivering six radically different pieces of music, providing something for everyone. Dance floor : covered. Kitchen: covered. Hi Fi: check. Car: sorted. EarPod: done. Up to you to find out which one was made for which.
THE SHAPESHIFTERS FEAT. TENI TINKS
'TRY MY LOVE (ON FOR SIZE)’ / ‘WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN'
The first ever 7” vinyl release from Glitterbox Recordings is a very special double whammy from The Shapeshifters featuring the undeniable voice of Teni Tinks. The double single features the brand new track ‘Try My Love (On For Size), a re-imagining of the Sharon Redd disco anthem from 1980. With fresh horns, strings and arrangements produced by Simon Marlin of The Shapeshifters and a sublime new vocal recorded by Teni, it’s as life-affirming and uplifting as a dancefloor belter can get. Teni is a session vocalist and arranger who has worked with the likes of Rudimental, Quincy Jones, The Jacksons and Emeli Sandé, and has recently been bringing down the house with live PAs at Glitterbox. Working initially with The Shapeshifters on ‘When Love Breaks Down’ – the second single on this 7” package – in late 2017, this release showcases in full the stunning results of their collaboration.
Sharif Laffrey can charm the snake out of any basket. This is his first offering for the ESP Institute. Side A’s Tangier is a long drawn-out exercise, an endurance test of the highest order. Over the span of some thirteen minutes, elements bob and weave intermittently and layers overlap haphazardly—the type of exciting dynamic that's born out of restriction—as if putting down a live jam without enough hands to work the console, yet Sharif perseveres. As touch and go as this arrangement may be, there is something that undoubtedly glues it all in place; the combination of his massive rolling 16th-note bassline and his tough-as-nails drumkit is so good that, upon first listen, we spat out our tea and insisted on its release. On side B, Everything Is Nice carries on with loose arrangement, dirty production and layers of inexplicable spoken- word samples (a Sharif calling card by now) but this time we're lead to a melancholy place, the blue comedown to Side A's antagonistic trial. With his ESP Institute debut, Sharif leaves you mentally unhinged, as if you’ve smoked something interesting and arrived bewildered in some Saharan labyrinth. These two songs will guide you through the medina to score the black meat.
No money, no honey goes the saying. So with that in mind, Honey Soundsystem returns to the aisles of your favorite (and least favorite) record stores with a money $hot 12 inch, four tracks that bring all dance floors into states of full release. Honey Soundsystem has been on the road seemingly non-stop, visiting foreign cities and meeting delightful characters on the way. This EP is a “tour diary” of sorts, 4 tunes that we have been road tested to the nth degree and now we want our friends, fans, and foes to have them too.
A1 features a track by San Franciscoʼs Sepehr - the most ID requested track from our Chapter 10 Boiler Room finally revealed. A2 is by Stockholmʼs Henrik Bergqvist, a tune Jackie got his hands on after a crazy night of rolling and accidentally voguing on top of Henrikʼs computer bag. Derrick Carter approved the use of his voice as long as it said “Snatched from DC” -thanks Derrick! B1 is by the twink-porn worthy bio-brothers from Berlin: Morven Son - a horny moderne Electro classic featuring a secret sample from one of the more fabulous 90s movies about a sex worker. B2 is a hidden gem demo from Bogotaʼs Lunate. While visiting Bogota to play a gig at the legendary Video Club, locals kept pointing fingers at one guy when referencing the man in town making the music we needed to hear. That guy was Lunate and this one of those beautiful and simple tunes you can play at the beginning, middle, or end of any night.
The best news about this release? Everyone behind these tracks are genuine people with great hearts. The honestly comes through when listening and playing them out, youʼre gonna love the way you they sound, I guarantee it.
RE-EDITED VOLUME 1 (INC. DIMITRI FROM PARIS, KON, LNTG, NORMAN JAY & TODD TERJE EDITS)
A1. Jimmy Bo Horne - Spank (Dimitri From Paris Classic Re-Edit)
A2. Ted Taylor - Ghetto Disco (Norman Jay Edit)
B1. KC & The Sunshine Band - I'm Your Boogie Man (Todd Terje Edit)
B2. T-Connection - Do What You Wanna Do (Kon's Keep It Moving Mix)
C1. KC & The Sunshine Band - I Get Lifted (Todd Terje Edit)
C2. Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together (LNTG No More War Rework)
D1. Gwen McCrae - Move Me Baby (Danny Krivit Edit)
D2. Ralph Macdonald - Jam On The Groove (Danny Krivit Edit)
TK Disco - THE Miami disco and boogie label, dominated throughout the 1970's and 1980's with back to back classics revered by dancers and disc jocks alike.
It's no wonder the labels catalogue still gets played today and still makes people dance, inspiring new fans and the old school alike to hunt down the ubiquitous yellow labelled 12 inch singles with fervour. It's in this spirit that TK present some of the finest contemporary reworkings from their legendary catalogue, classics reimagined with todays dancefloor in mind, nipped and tucked in just the right way by some of the finest names to flirt with the discotheque. Across 2 lovingly mastered and selected slabs of wax we have versions from Dimitri From Paris, Norman Jay, Todd Terje, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Kon and Danny Krivit - A truly allstar cast right there - all showing their love for this sunshine state disco powerhouse. Resplendent in original TK Disco label art and with the classic 'palm tree' sleeve this 100% legit and official selection of re-edits is now available for your disco dancin' pleasure. Dig in, and enjoy!
One Sided Limited Vinyl Release: Trippy, psychedelic electro-techno romp encouraging dance-floor ruckus and scrambled minds. Complete with all manner of bleeps, voice manipulation and otherworldly sound effects.
Norm De Plume has been quietly making a name for himself the last eight years with remixes for Tornado Wallace and Ben La Desh and EP’s for Kolour LTD and his own vinyl only imprint Plumage winning him a solid fol- lowing along the way. His passion for all things disco and deep, dubby, un- derground house inspired by his musical hero Ron Hardy feeds through into his production style as well as his recently formed Peaches & Prunes party which boasts an audiophile sound system and vinyl-only sets from the DJ’s. So when the opportunity arose to do a full EP with Norm we jumped at it. Here we present you with the Castlecrag EP, a nod to the Londoner’s new adoptive home of Sydney, Australia, and whilst his sound may be more akin to the recent musical movements of Melbourne, the laid-back sun-kissed melting pot of The Harbour City certainly shine through in the two originals and Folamour remix on offer here.
Title track Castlecrag leads the charge with a deep mood-setter driven by a cowbell riff and filtering pads. The spacious mix and less is more arrange- ment ensures that the drums and rolling bassline punch through making for a track that sounds both unique yet accessible and demonstrates Norm’s sense of musicality as well as DJ instinct for setting the right mood on the dancefloor.
Next up we have Whole In One which treads a similar path whilst dropping the BPM’s a touch and building up layers of synth strings to create a subtle yet engaging track to immerse yourself in.
Finally, man of the moment Folamour gets busy on the remix of Whole In One working his magic by upping the tempo and going heavy on the jazz- inspired drums. By laying down a driving groove and pushing the string stabs to the fore, the Lyonnais producer behind the wonderful Moonrise Hill Material label has delivered a fresh-sounding take that will work like magic on discerning dance floors out there.
ILLUSION IN FIRE (INC. HEADLESS HORSEMAN & ANCESTRAL VOICES)
B2. The Illusion Of Matter (Ancestral Voices Remix)
Metempsychosis vinyl 002 invites you to the sonic soundscapes of Flaminia along with remixes by Headless Horseman and Ancestral Voices.
An epic trip inspired by the Sanskrit story of Agni, the God of Fire, originally narrated in ancient India. Dark percussive sounds walk the listener through the Fire’s curse to be the devourer of everything in this world, destroyer of everything it touches. Ethereal drones and atavistic strings reveal the turning point of this adventure when the curse is reversed in such a way that Agni - the Fire - becomes the purifier of all the things it touches. This story, brought to life by sound, teaches that reality and matter itself are actually shaped by perception and can change according to interpretation. Fire can be feared as a destroyer or admired as a purifier. Fire, just like death, is a crucial element of life on earth. A different perception of the world can change your world. So abandon yourself and embrace the fire.
R&S proudly presents brand new signing Felix Manuel AKA Djrum.
Djrum is a perennially acclaimed underground artist, since his first release in 2010 who’s quietly built a list of fans that reads like a who’s who of contemporary dance music.
As an artist, Djrum has formed a reputation for his unique fusion of a range of genres ranging from jazz, hip hop and dubstep to ambient and techno. His music swells with oceanic bass laded beats, cavernous atmospherics and deeply emotive melodies. An accomplished DJ his compositional approach feels like a natural collage of his influences which has seen him release for the likes of the Zenker Brothers Ilian Tape imprint as well as the influential 2nd Drop label, plus remixes for Ninja Tune and Domino.
Felix now steps up to the plate at R&S with one of his most visionary releases to date. Deeply meditative melodies twist and turn through stuttering rhythms and pulsing low bass, hypnotic pads and woozy atmospherics. Manuel’s music somehow manages to retains the urgency and dynamic pressure of the dance floor with the intimacy and elegant detailing of the best headphone music.
A natural fit for R&S, there is a full length Djrum album in the pipeline in 2018 - looks like it’s going to be an exciting year ahead.
'So you wanna be a star' - 24 carat Disco gold from 1980 right here. Mtume, led by legendary Jazz percussionist and all-round musical visionary James Mtume had a number of massive hits and can count quite a few 'classics' within their repertoire ('Juicy Fruit' anyone?). This flawlessly arranged, funk drenched jam speaks on the dangers of living life too fast and relying on those who can't be trusted. Remember, this was the beginning of the 1980's, the Disco era had began to fade amidst the drug hazed excesses of the previous decade, while the music continued forging it's path skyward with tremendous records like this one. 'So you wanna...' really has a message and that's not surprising considering it has one of the most underrated production teams behind it in the shape of Mtume / Lucas. A true gem of the post-Disco era. Essential and rare.
This repress of the original Epic promo from 1980 is backed with a brand new re-edit from one of NYC's Disco kings - Mr.K aka Danny Krivit. With almost half a century spent behind the turntables in NYC and beyond he surely understands records like 'So you wanna be a star' intrinsically, he was, after all, there when it all happened! This classic has been legally reissued by Above Board distribution in conjunction with the legal rights holders - Sony Music Entertainment. This high quality repress features original Epic label Disco 12" artwork and has been remastered from Sony's original sources by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
Louie Vega remixes the seminal Sam Records Disco hit “Bourgie’, Bourgie’” by John Davis & The Monster Orchestra.
12” vinyl release on Nurvous Records on Sept 9, 2016
House Music legend Louie Vega continues to light fire to select tracks from the Sam Records 1970’s Disco Catalogue. He previously remixed Vicky D’s “This Beat Is Mine” and Convertion’s “Let’s Do It.” Now he has added his unique and legendary production skills to a remix of the Ashford & Simpon penned “Bourgie’, Bourgie’” by John Davis & The Monster Orchestra.
Originally released on Sam Records in 1979, “Bourgie’, Bourgie’” also features background vocals by Ashford & Simpson.
Louie Vega continues to be one of the most dynamic and respected dance music producers in the world. With a body of work that combines his timeless and trend-settings production with Kenny Dope as Masters At Work, and his own distinctive and equally impactful Louie Vega productions, he has always had a great knowledge and respect for the R&B and Disco music that laid the foundation of the current soundtrack of nightlife. The Sam Records catalogue is owned and administered by Nervous Records, with which Louie has a long history, dating to his creation with Kenny Dope of the label’s signature tune, The Nervous Track by Nuyorican Soul. The distinctive string sections of “Bourgie’, Bourgie’” along with the Ashford & Simpson lyrics caught Louie’s ear, and he has created a remix that has been destroying dancefloors and festival summer.
AGE OF LOVE
THE AGE OF LOVE (INCL. SOLOMUN / JAM & SPOON REMIXES)
B. The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix)
Revered UK label, tastemaker and authority Renaissance, the label that has not only been at the forefront of the electronic DJ scene but documented its navigation into popular culture have honored a landmark 25 years by inviting Hamburg based DJ and super producer Solomun to rework a timeless classic - one of a number of tracks that shaped the labels early years. The timeless classic Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix is featured on the B Side.
A constant innovator, Solomun; whom himself has played an equally major role in redefining European house music spoke of the challenge when faced with the prestigious role of reworking one of the most influential tracks in electronic music, for a new generation.
Solomun’s enormous and poignant remix has already been a key track for selected DJ’s over the last few months including Tale of Us, Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Sasha and Pete Tong whom made it last weeks coveted Essential New Tune.
'Renaissance The ReMix Collection'. Is a concept focused on introducing new ears to seminal tracks that have remained significant and iconic to Renaissance for over two decades. True to form Renaissance highly collectable vinyl products will be beautifully packaged and presented in box set form and available as limited editions.
The series celebrates Renaissance’s musical legacy and firmly establishes its future place in the electronic music landscape.
Absolutely flawless Boogie sounds on NYC's SAM Records from 1982, Greg Henderson's "Dreamin" was licensed from the tiny Rain Records label and no doubt gained some invaluable exposure to the early 80's post Disco club scene that was in full swing at that time. Breezy, soulful, sweet and most importantly of all - funky, "Dreamin" is an absolute pleasure to the ears.
Greg Henderson only released a handful of records during his career (including the incredible Henderson & Whitfield - "Dancing to the beat") and was also involved in the production of some other classic Boogie rarities (Masterforce - "Don't Fight The Feeling" , Rome Jeffries - "Good Love"). "Dreamin" has always been a sought after record, often fetching collectors prices of £100 - £200 a time. A sublime cut for all lovers of Disco, Boogie, Funk and Modern Soul. Now made available again, legitimately licensed, remastered and reissued in conjunction with SAM Records New York City.
Deep house legend Kerri Chandler's mighty "Atmosphere EP" dropped in 1993 and still packs a punch today! A killer, heavyweight 4 tracker of deep Zanzibar, Shelter channeling NJ House music that has always been a big one among the DJ's, heads and dancers. Opener "Climax 1" is an organ driven, stomping groove with piano stabs sprinkled throughout managing to sound tough and subtle at the same time while it's partner "Climax 2" is an uplifting, old school leaning cut with vocal loops, samples and that unmistakable KC swing! On side-B "Track 1" kicks things off with some super, rock hard drums and horn samples woven through those blissed out late night synth sounds, one to get lost in! "Track 2" rounds out the EP in fine style and sounds a bit like Kerri is jamming with Mr.Fingers as the ubiquitous Juno bassline rolls out over some jazzy piano, lush pads, strings and claps making the "Atmosphere EP" a truly essential record with every track oozing pure class.
This has always been a sought after 12" due to it's classic status and has often changed hands on-line for collectors prices. Now it is available again, re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released with permission and in conjunction with Shelter Records, New York City and featuring the original 1993 label artwork.
Absolutely huge record from the Shelter vaults! Roland Clark killing it on this underground House anthem from the turn of the millenium. "I Get Deep (Shelter Mix)" is pure peak time joy, based around a rough looping sample lifted from Blue Magic's seminal Philly anthem "Welcome To The Club" from 1976 and with Clark's vocals telling us how he gets down in the club over some heavyweight drums. Simple, yet devastatingly effective. This 12" also features the dub mixes, original mix and the always indispensable acapella version for those who wish to create their own version!
"I Get Deep" is a modern House classic and a tough one to track down with prices fluctuating on Discogs and other on-line market places. Now this contemporary classic has been made available again, fully re-mastered, re-pressed and re-issued in conjunction with Shelter Records, New York City.
WHY CAN'T WE LIVE TOGETHER (LATE NITE TUFF GUY REWORK)
B Why Can't We Live Together - LNTG No More War Rework
Official re issue of this timeless classic featuring a fantastic update from Australia's Late Nite Tuff Guy - Tuff Cut Records. Their version has already had 62,000 plays on Soundcloud.
In LNTG own words of how their "No More War Rework" came around :
About 6 months ago, just before I set off on my 5 month tour of Europe I got a message from a good friend of mine asking me if I would edit a track that he loves.
I said of course, and asked him what track.
Turns out its a big favourite of mine also.
'Why Can't We Live Together' by Timmy Thomas is an amazing song with a strong message that is even more relevant today than it was back in 1972.
The message is clear, it's simple, it's beautiful.
I'm saddened by recent events around the world and I've always tried to spread love through music, because for me, music is love.
I hope you share the message and enjoy.
Second release on Craig Richards’ Tuppence seven-inch single label, comes courtesy of E.R.P. AKA Convextion (Gerard Hanson). Hot on the heels of his brilliant 2845 album comes this mesmeric ‘New Road’ seven-inch, a must for all Convextion fans.
Please note these are limited 7” only releases. Watch out for other forthcoming releases on Tuppence from Deadbeat and from Howie B.
Another rare nugget culled from West Ends incredibly influential back catalog. "There's Never Been Someone Like You" is a smoothed out soulful Disco jam and a Paradise Garage classic! Produced by the mighty Kenton Nix whose credits include working on records for Taana Gardner, Gwen McCrae and The Treacherous Three among many others and featuring the exceptional vocal talents of underground Soul singer Bobby Youngblood.
Kenton Nix was something of a prodigious production talent who worked on numerous independent and major label projects and was a good friend of Larry Levan and had the honor of hearing his rough mixes and versions through the Paradise Garage sound-system which helped shape the end result of the records he was involved in. "There's Never Been Someone Like You" has always been a popular and sought after 12" among Disco / Boogie / Funk collecting aficionados since it's release nearly 34 years ago in 1980 and continues to be an influential record now in contemporary dance music. An utterly essential Disco-groove!
This is the very first time this record has been re-issued and this pressing features both the long "dance" version and shorter 7" mixes of the track just like the original pressing from 1980. It has been re-mastered and re-pressed with the permission of and in conjunction with West End Records, New York City.
**RSD 2016** POP YOUR FUNK - THE COMPLETE SINGLES COLLECTION (RECORD STORE DAY 2016 RELEASE)
A1 Is It All Over My Face - Original 12 Inch Version
A2 Pop Your Funk - Original 12 Inch Version
B1 Pop Your Funk - Original Single Vocal Version
B2 Pop Your Funk - Original Single Instrumental Version
B3 Is It All Over My Face - Original 12 Inch Larry Levan Female Vocal Version
C1 Tell You Today - Original 12 Inch Vocal Version
C2 Tell You Today - Original 12 Inch New Shoes Edit
D1 Tell You - Today - Original 12 Inch Instrumental Version
D2 Is It All Over My Face - Masters At Work Remix
E1 Is It All Over My Face - MAW Joint Dub
E2 Is It All Over My Face - Unreleased Single Female Vocal Version
F1 Is It All Over My Face - Unreleased Original Full Length Version
NO PRE SALE! RECORD STORE DAY 2016 RULES APPLY
Loose Joints' Pop Your Funk: The Complete Singles Collection will be released on vinyl via West End Records for Record Store Day.
The tracks Arthur Russell created for Loose Joints are among his most enduring, dance floor-ready productions. The group has been the subject of various rounds of reissues courtesy of West End, but this coming April version is for the completists, taking its basis from a 2013 Japan-only CD set. Included across six sides are six versions of "Is It All Over My Face," among them Larry Levan's original "Female Vocal Version" and two 2001 remixes from Masters At Work. The Record Store Day release also includes various takes of the group's other singles, "Pop Your Funk" and "Tell You Today." Contains 10" lyric sheet insert.
This edit of Mali's Amadou & Mariam "Ce N'est pas Bon" (originally created in 2008 for my dj sets) was supposed to be included on the recently released third Autonomous Africa 12". Unfortunately I didn't get permission to use it in time for that release but permission has now been given, so rather than wait for AA 004 in 2015 it is going to come out as a limited edition hand stamped 10" as soon as possible. All proceeds will once again go to the Mtandika mission in Tanzania -www.actioninafrica.org/about-mtandika.php
A big thanks to Ben UFO and Midland for championing this edit. The interest they generated directly led to the motivation for this release.
"Cramp Your Style" by All The People surely belongs among the canon of all time funk standards, sampled aplenty over the years, included on numerous compilations as well as being the recipient of cover versions from Breakestra and Killer Meters. Originally issued on the Blue Candle label back in 1972, a newly remastered edition of that 7" is now available for any funkateers out there without the 45 in their collections already. Robert Moore's yearning vocal sounds all the better for it too! And don't sleep on the bluesy delights of B side track "Watcha Gonna Do About It?".
Official re issue.
LOOSE JOINTS (ARTHUR RUSSELL)
IS IT ALL OVER MY FACE? - KON EDIT / UNRELEASED ORIGINAL VERSIONS
A1 Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face - Kons Duet Mix
A2 Is It All Over My Face - Unreleased Single Female Vocal Version
B1 Is It All Over My Face - Unreleased Original Full Length Version
Huge package from West End of exclusive or never before released versions of one of the highlights from their illustrious catalogue.... Arthur Russell's Loose Joints... Is It All Over My Face?
Kon (King Of Nothing!) sourced the original stems to completely re make the track utilising both the female and male vocal parts in his outstanding "Duet" mix.
Also included in the barnstorming 13 minute original version that's never seen the light of day... its significantly and dare we say on par with the original version! Finally included is the rare as hens teeth original Female Vocal 3:10 7" version that was only ever released as a promo at the time.
Huge release that's set to cause ever lasting ripples in the disco music community!
"La Ronde" is one of the seminal Japanese House releases, originally released in 1991 on King Street offshoot BPM Records it's long been a highly sought after slab of wax among deep House & dance music aficionados around the world.
Confined to one single disc on it's original release this luxurious 2015 re-issue let's all the music contained within breathe the way it was naturally intended across 2 re-mastered 12"s, making it utterly indispensable for all you DJ's & fanatics out there clamoring for all these classic tracks from far eastern heavyweights like Toshihiko Mori, Soichi Terada and many many more (NYC's legendary Pal Joey even makes a guest appearance!).
This is gorgeous, ambient, deep House at it's finest, full of melody, soul & vibe, totally essential & finally available in this format for the very first time. Fully re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released in full conjunction with King Street Sounds / BPM Records, NYC / Japan.