TITLES COMING SOON FROM TRICK, PLANET E, HÖGA NORD REKORDS & MANY MORE
Disco / Nu-Disco
- A. Do What You Wanna Do (Moplen Extended Remix)
- B. Do What You Wanna Do (Moplen Rollercoaster Dub)
Italy meets Miami via Holland - A truly international and classic feel all over this latest essential release from high Fashion music!
Disco powerhouse Moplen takes on this true-blue Disco classic from the legendary TK crates and turns in 2 brilliant and fresh reworkings of T-Connection's anthemic 'Do What You Wanna Do'. The A-side 'extended vocal mix' is a killer new version of this now cult record, as always Moplen's deft touch is felt in the tidy rearrangements and respectful tweaks, don't get it twisted though, this is prime-time dancefloor dynamite, it twists and turns in all the right places and still sounds huge. This new version and mix breathes some new life into this cut, a surefire inclusion in any DJ's bag for the next 30 years for sure. Don't forget, on the B-side, there's the mammoth 'Rollercoaster Dub', again Moplen steps up the heat on this version, it's exactly what you think it is, just under 9 minutes of dubbed-out T-Connection chaos, making this 12" a 'do not miss' release.
All tracks remixed with love and care from all original audio sources by Moplen, Lombardi, Italy. Remastered by Dom Scuteri.
Faithfully restored and released by High Fashion Music, The Netherlands. Worldwide distribution, Above Board, London.
GenresDiscoTrack Listing TBC
12 track vinyl compilation featuring the roots of modern dance music, on 180g heavyweight double LP. P&P was producer and Harlem hustler Peter Brown’s production company. He created some of the greatest moments in underground African American dance music, across a handful of labels in the 70s and 80s.
Due to his independent ethos his releases on imprints such as Heavenly Star, Sound Of New York, La Shawn, P&P and others would often disappear after a single low numbered pressing making them incredible hard to find on original pressing.
Tracks such as Mary Clarke’s ‘Take Me I’m Yours’, and the Fosters Jackson Group’s ‘Feel The Spirit’ have been championed by DJs such as Floating Points and Dimitri from Paris. Whilst the sheer rarity of some singles such as Clyde Alexander and Sanction’s ‘Got To Get Your Love’ and Louise Murray’s ‘Let’s Just Stay Away’ would set you back multiple hundreds of pounds to buy on original copies.
Clyde Alexander & Sanction - Got To Get Your Love
Foster Jackson Group - Feel The Spirit
Rudy Stewart - Get Down
Mary Clarke - Take Me I’m Yours
Louise Murray - (Let’s Just) Stay Away
Queen Yahna - Ain’t It Time
Ahzz - New York’s Movin
Le’O Roy - Pound For Pound
Kessler - Turn Up Your Radio
Golden Flamingo Orchestra Featuring Margo Williams - The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us
Cloud One - Flying High (Part 2)
Bobby Mann - Spank Me
House / Tech-House
- A1. Dungeon Freak
- B1. Snide
With Topping describing the EP’s title track as the “heaviest” thing he’s ever produced, ‘Dungeon Freak’ is an unrelenting slab of rave techno, with Daddy Dino’s deadpan, spoken-word vocals only adding to it’s dark aura. Similarly cold and heavy, ‘Snide’ is a chunky, metallic number that continues to build in intensity across its seven minutes. “This EP is more like the vibe of ‘Watch What Your Doing’ EP. The title track is so dark, with mad ravey synths but the bit I’m most excited about is the vocal!
“The phrase ‘the techno dungeon’ is really just a daft thing me and mates used to say years ago about when you are locked on the dancefloor and can’t leave because your so into the music. So it’s more a metaphorical place in your mind, than it is an actual dungeon or venue!”
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Smile
- B. Roots
Fast-rising Balcan newcomer Reblok presents his scintillating Hot Creations debut single Smile, released this October on the acclaimed label.
The fist-pumping groove of Smile opens the release, driving hi-hats are introduced, bounding into anthemic pop-rap vocals, alongside playful keys that add colour to ignite the dance floor. On Roots the sense of fun is continued, snare-rolls combine with mouth-watering filtered synth and springy samples, creating a heads-down, hands up tool.
Originally from Croatia but now residing in Serbia, Goran Paradinja also known as Reblok is one of the best newcomers to the scene. He has released an already impressive back catalogue of music on some of the biggest labels including Elrow, Viva Music, Suara, Toolroom, Repopulate Mars, Sola, Abode, Stereo Productions and Material. As well as recently touring across the globe in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany and the Czech Republic, his music has been played by some of the most respected DJs such as Jamie Jones, Steve Lawler, Marco Carola, The Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler. The rapid rate in which Reblok’s career is growing looks set to continue as the world discovers his incredible productions and DJ sets.
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1. Jazzmelankoli
- A2. Oh Well (feat. Vitamin D)
- A3. Fikapaus
- B1. Moovin' (feat. Tilman)
- B2. Café Conversations (feat. Vitamin D)
- B3. Where's My Phunk?
Emil Sunesson, a producer from Malmö, makes his debut on LPH with a buoyant six-track album that's got the fluffy, airy body of cotton candy and the electric crackle of neon lights.
Funky house and disco toe-tappers built around jazzy drums, jangly African guitars, goopy keyboard vamps. They zip along at a brisk pace yet feel cozy and warm, a morning jog through a forested park just before the leaves turn, the low golden rays of sun stretching your shadow out like chewing gum.
Kind, loving music that's been thoughtfully layered up and arranged for your listening—and dancing—pleasure.
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1. Closest Star
- A2. On Point
- B1. Awake
- B2. Juno Ride
Coming next on Freerange we’re very happy to announce our first Argentinian artist to the label, the highly talented DJ and producer Manuel Sahagun. Manuel has been putting out house music since the early 2000’s and has released tunes on Berlin’s Tooman, UK’s Drop, and Detroit’s Kolour as well as remixing Warren ‘Hanna’ Harris, Robert Owens and Patrick Chardronnet. He brings a freshness and eclecticism to his productions that fits in perfectly with the Freerange ethos of forward-thinking house music loaded with warmth and a touch of soul.
The ‘Closest Star’ EP is a superb four-tracker that draws on diverse influences to great effect, and is one of the most original, yet floor-friendly sounding collections of music we’ve heard for a while.
The title track is an epic, glittering bundle of arpeggios, electro toms and 70’s string stabs, all sitting perfectly on a sequenced Italo-esque bassline. Imagine combining all the parts of your favourite disco records and then giving them a cutting-edge contemporary flavour and you’ll have an idea of what this highly effective bubbling groove will do to your dance floor.
‘On Point’ sees Manuel pile on layers of intricate rolling percussion, warm pads, electronic squiggles and distorted vocals for a highly distinctive take on the deep house template, one that’s both underground and simultaneously accessible.
‘Awake’ features another superbly tight underground house groove and an insistent disco riff. Part pristine 80’s pop and part French Touch, ‘Awake’ pays close attention to detail in the production and it comes with a killer arms-in-the-air phased breakdown to maintain the energy.
The EP finishes up with ‘Juno Ride’, a nostalgic yet contemporary collection of metallic synths, gentle synth chords and counter melodies, all riding a fat Moog b-line, with just a hint of the very best of 80s synth-pop. The pristine percussion and a seriously effective dance floor-targeted arrangement all add up to a highly usable DJ weapon.
All in all, a super-original sounding house EP, perfect for summer rooftops, beach parties or indeed the heaviest early morning club sessions!
GenresDeep HouseTech HouseTechno
- A. Doctor
- B. Doctor (Nuition Remix)
Italian producer and Fine Human Records label head Dino Lenny lands on Crosstown Rebels for the first time this November, bringing his distinct and personal style to the label on the absorbing Doctor, also featuring a remix from Nuiton.
The haunting, emotive vocals of Dino impress throughout on Doctor, chugging groove moves alongside waves of dark electronics and panic-struck, devilish synth. A track crafted to capture the inner workings of Lenny’s mind, transforming them into a hypnotic piece. Nuiton remixes Doctor on the reverse, adding energy to the original with skipping hats and quirky arrangements, building tension that reaches an intense jazzy crescendo of percussion and brass to leave you in a headspin. On the digital release a dub version loses the voice but retains the mysticism.
With almost 30 years of releasing records under his belt, Dino Lenny has naturally built an incredible back catalogue of remixes and collaborations. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in the business, yet his productions retain a unique style that is all his own. A true lover of the 80s, when he needs that extra touch he will add his vocals to the music, always trying to deliver something original that will stand the test of time, often opting for imperfect unique experience over precise emotionless never-ending loops. Alongside this, he has remixed huge names like Missy Elliott and Timbaland and has collaborated with legends including Madonna, Wu-Tang Clan, Seth Troxler and Dixon. Lenny has been named as “a wizard of electronic music” by the Chemical Brothers, played live with Underworld, released music on the likes of Crosstown Rebels sister label Rebellion, Innervisions, Diynamic, Cocoon & Correspondant, and is currently signed to Ellum. Constantly evolving his sound, Dino is unpredictable & eclectic.
- A1. Roddy Rod – Overbite
- A2. 14Kt – We Out Chea
- B1. D-Love Muzic – Celestrial (Club Mix)
- B2. Teflon Dons – Gonna Tell Me
- C1. LADYMONIX – WhoRU
- C2. DJ Rimarkable – I’m In Trouble
- D1. Matthew Law – Minimariddim
- D2. Damon Bell feat. Camille Safiya – Mermaid Blues
Hot on the heels of Carl Craig and Stacey Pullen’s mixes, Waajeed's tells a highly personal tale of the Detroit spirit, of someone living and breathing its culture since a young age. Having grown up to the sounds of Roy Ayers, Kraftwerk and Funkadelic, cultivated his sonic profile alongside J Dilla as part of Slum Village, Waajeed launched his own Dirt Tech Reck label that veers towards more dancefloor-focused tracks. And even though Waajeed’s sound has gone through a multitude of changes over the years, his cautious understanding of the symbiosis between soul and grit has always remained true to its Motor City roots.
For the mix he calls upon a number of his most respected contemporaries, forging an authentic blend of genres spanning familiar grooves and a slew of unheard exclusives. From Patrice Scott and Doc Link to LADYMONIX and DJ Rimarkible, Detroit Love V o l. 3 blends the old and the new, the jazzy and the industrial, bound together by their idiosyncratic nods to the city’s legacy.
The vinyl release will include an eight-track package featuring many of the new and exclusive tracks from the compilation, including unheard material from Roddy Rod, Damon Bell and Teflon Dons amongst others.
Detroit Love Vol. 3 offers, yet again, a detailed portrait of the sounds and personalities that lend to the city’s rich musical heritage.
- A1. Infrared
- A2. Tunnel Vision
- B1. Leisure Techno
- B2. The Good Old Days Are Tomorrow
Aquarian and Deapmash return as AQXDM for their Houndstooth debut EP ‘Infrared’.
Written remotely from Berlin and Caen respectively, this five track EP expands on their now hallmark sound — hypnotic, big room, golden-era rave, 90s jungle and mind-bending techno n’ IDM filtered through a high-definition, cinematic lens. Massive kicks, quaking sub bass and blistering breakbeats converge with soaring atmospherics and throwback rave stabs in a wholly modern and heavy-as-hell package. The Good Old Days Are Tomorrow !
Championed by the likes of Aphex Twin, Skee Mask, Call Super, Zenker Brothers.
- A1. Punch
- A2. Myth
- B1. Cnt
- B2. Agenda
DALO aka Nadia D’Alò emerged at the ESP Institute in 2018 with a brutal remix for Benedikt Frey’s Private Games. Having been ﬂoored by her sinister aesthetic and stripped-back approach to production, as well as being long time fans of INIT (her collaborative project with Benedikt), the ESP institute was compelled to commission a dedicated solo work. Across four beastly tracks, Nadia pulls from a gritty palette of instrumentation, combining ritualistic drums, industrial percussion and scratchy acid lines with a blurry montage of demonic sighs and whispers. The result is deeply hypnotic. As we slip into the abyss of her psyche, we attempt attaching to the repetitive instrumentation, clinging to what’s familiar for a sense of security, however, every element in Nadia’s world betrays us as it slowly mutates and slips from our grasp, leaving us in a perpetual state of bewilderment. Similar to a deep dream or a heavy trip, incidents in the music replay on mental loop, accumulating layer upon layer of subconscious meaning, deteriorating our senses until we’re completely removed from our safe zone. It's precisely this dose of danger that keeps the listener inquisitive and on-edge, a potent potion that Nadia has proven eﬀective without over-cooking or adding extraneous ingredients. On the surface, there is an admirable dryness to her tonality, even through the intermittent tape echoes, detuned vocals and haunted smears of reverb, the music is never drowning. Such achievements are the marks of a bold and conﬁdent artist, one whose ﬁrm grasp of a particularly psychedelic craft supports a warped command of nuance. It’s with great pleasure we ﬁnd DALO’s agenda aligns so strongly with the ESP Institute.
- A1. Matter of Perspective (Original Mix)
- A2. Matter of Perspective (Mark Broom Remix)
- B1. Matter of Perspective (Efdemin Remix)
- B2. Matter of Perspective (Mike Huckaby Remix)
Italian Techno inspiration Marco Faraone is finally back with a own release on his UNCAGE imprint after a four year solo release hiatus, he delivers another mighty offering, as expected. Next to his hard hitting new single, big remixes come from legends of the underground in Mark Broom, Efdemin and Mike Huckaby.
'Matter of Perspective' is the original single and is an urgent techno banger with heavy kick drums and wild, frazzled synth lines, industrial groans and textures add weight and darkness as this most unrelenting cut races into the night.
Long time UK techno stalwart, Mark Broom then flips the track into something more stripped back and bouncy, but with a raved up energy that never lets up and keeps you on your toes. German studio wizard Efdemin then brings all his years of clever trickery to a remix which is said to be one of his last remixes for a while (so soak it up whilst you can), it is perfectly deep and hypnotic, with curious synth sounds and multi-layered keys bringing the intensity. Last of all, Detroit great Mike Huckaby layers in plenty of his trademark dub techno grit, smoky textures and catchy claps to finish off what is a standout EP on UNCAGE.
- A1. Beyond Me
- A2. Hard To Find
- B1. Lenox
- B2. The Genesis Of A Flower
E-Missions co-founder P.Leone returns to Radio Slaves’ Rekids Special Projects dropping four high grade techno cuts. Known for releasing on labels such as Work Them Records and his own co-run E-Missions, P.Leone has firmly become of the most exciting artists within the inner circles of driving underground music. The Berlin-based American artist and Radio Slave collaborator is now welcomed back to Rekids, bringing his versatile sound that encompasses dark techno and groove driven house.
'Beyond Me' opens with eerie warehouse glitches, cavernous drums that ring out into a huge open space while unsettling pads and textures grab your attention, 'Hard to Find' is a rugged, relentless cut with perfectly forward moving rhythm with detailed edgy synths that keep you in suspense. 'Lenox' continues the energy with distorted drums, hitting hard beneath a blistering groove, 'The Genes is of A Flower' then takes control as an atmospheric track with structural synths.
Höga Nord Rekords (Nu Disco / Dub / Downtempo / Alt. Rock)
GenresDeep HouseNu DiscoTechno
- A1. Treble Rebel
- A2. Troubles In The Bay
- B1. And the Tribes Debates..
- B2. Stop Faking Sense
Autarkic describe himself as first and foremost a songwriter but he has also made a name for himself as an international DJ. Over the past three years the musician based In Tel Aviv has, with great success, played clubs throughout all of Europe. One extra memorable gig was on last year’s edition of Convenanza in the amphitheatre in Sète, France. Rumour has it that the sea living mammals of the area flocked in large groups in the waters below during Autarkic’s gig.
This 12” record is his first release on Höga Nord Rekords and the slightly psychedelic, sample- and synthesiser based club music that has become Autarkic’s trademark sound is captured by an impeccable production. The music is playful, yet stripped down to the essentials and not overloaded. The vocal elements works more as percussive elements than the carrier of the storytelling in the music.
If you missed him live or just don’t have the means to go see him, this record give a taste of Autarkic’s hypnotic live performances!
GenresAlternative RockNu Disco
- A1. Can’t Get There
- A2. Israeli Blues
- A3. Nishi No Jiku
- B1. Can’t Get There (Mythologen Remix)
- B2. Can’t Get There (Jamie Paton Remix)
The good side wins! Minami Deutsch crushes negativity, sorrow, and depressive energy on their new Höga Nord Rekords release, “Can’t get there”, a six-track EP. Listening to this, the second Minami Deutsch – release on HNR, you get the feeling of leaving half your brain in a Volkswagen down an endless Autobahn in 1972 and one-half lost in the astral plane as boundless light, above space and time.
The Japanese psych-scene is being kept vital by picking up all the best influences from all the best psychedelic music and mixing that with a delicate touch of Japanese music tradition. On this EP, you hear all that you love and miss from the 70’s krautrock bands plus a cover on cult band Index’s song “Israeli blues” from 1968. Also on this record are two remixes of the title track by HNR household names Jamie Paton and Mythologen. If Minami Deutsch’s music usually has small or no elements of modernity, (this meant in a good way!) these tracks show new paths for them to try and the sounds marry happily!
This record works as a pathway to the inner core of the bands creativity, where there are few limits or boundaries and where you make the trip as hard or as easy as you want…but you’ll end up in a happy fuzzy place no matter what you choose.
- A1. The Last Ride
- A2. We Own The Night
- B1. Black Dog
- B2. Wandering Star
No wools, no blerts. Jus’ smoov style. We are talking about scouserin´ and swervin’. And Leeds finest Antony Beardsley in perticular. A lone gunman producing analogue, slow paced dance music influenced by pioneers like Andrew Weatherall, Richard D. James and Danny Wolfers. Sometimes all you need is some service. And that’s exactly what Höga Nord will give you with this four track EP by the name The Last Ride’. Opening title track sounds like Mr Kowalski, top dressed’ in a white track suit, speeding away for the vanishing point. The Last Ride would be the soundtrack of choice for Mr. Kowalskis Requiem for the American Dream. The organic baselines seduces you like the bright side of the illusion of that sleazy dream. A-sides second track ’We Own The Night’ will chug you all nite long. And B-sides ’Black Dog’ will make your mornings velvet with evil heat. Straight acid approach. Magic Feet Recordings, Stripped Off and Clouded Vision Records has already released him. But in Gothenburg we stay Höga and only settles for the best. We mentioned service earlier. We are also a crew. And this time we’re really doing you. All night long. Some darker morning when we’re straight - lets open up... We do dat doe dont we doe. Friendly, witty, welcoming and all. But it isn't called dirty for no reason. All love, charm and bifter - get lifted!
- A1. No Hope For A Sexual Revolution
- A2. Drunken Master
- B1. This Is The Captain Speaking
- B2. Down With Chaos
Who’s the captain of the ship? Who’s eyes hide behind the surveillance cam? Who steers your steps out in in the industrial outback? High Boys, who are The Idealist (Joackim Nordwall) and Dungeon Acid (Jean-Louis Huhta), won’t let you be in control of the listening experience; by using steel clad beats they’ll hold you in to a state of submission. Their music is created to be hard and direct – the few, thoroughly chosen sounds that build the construction that is High Boys’ sound, builds the conditions for each other. Exactly everything in the “World Dumbination-EP”, released on 12” vinyl and in digital form on Höga Nord Rekords, is as important to the full sound.
High Boys is analogue music for a digital generation. The analogue approach is heard partly in the very sounds on these four tracks, partly in how stripped down the music is; there are but a few elements that are in play but those elements are exquisite in both how they are tuned and how they are placed to corporate with each other.
This record is not for you if you are not ready to leave a bit of your integrity in the hands of Huhta and Nordwall. The reward waits for those who see the value in letting two professionals in the art of dance music write the design for you. All you need to do is to let the power of this music pound your head numb.
High Boys is control. High Boys is hypnosis. High Boys is strict techno.
- A1. The Joy I Feel
- A2. Canavan’s Peckhan Pool Club
- B1. Blackheath
- B2. House Of Parakeet
Mythologen, aka Alexander Palmestål follows last year’s debut album “Mythologen” with the 12” EP “Church Music”. This EP is a love declaration to London’s club scenes and some of the titles are named after parts of districts in south east London.
The tracks on this record are free and loose in its melodies and you hear that Palmestål has worked on pure intuition in the song making process, inspired by the surrounding smells, sounds and people. As explosively impressing as the album was, is also “Church Music” and the airy, uplifting sound that has become part of Mythologen’s trademark, is developed with a sacral touch.
Alexander Palmestål have since the days of Pistol Disco in the early 2000’s been one step ahead of most acts in Left field and Club music and have created an own musical space to exist in – something most artist never achieve! “Church Music” consolidates Mythologen’s position as both a guardian and an innovator of modern club music.
- A1. Enhance 224
- A2. State Line
- B1. Disk Memories
- B2. Leviathan Aftermath
Jamie Paton makes music that could be described as 'Leftfield techno' or 'Slowmotion house'. 'Disk Memories' is his second release on Hoga Nord Rekords and Paton still work in the same spirit as on the previous HNR release from 2017.
'Disk Memories' is barren electronic music for the ’Brave New World’ generation. Paton has established a dystopic electronic sound that aims straight at your frontal lobe, burns in your bones, and projects a lost Europe's anxiety on the grey London skies.
The music breathes of the cold 1980's, a time of crisis in England's history and a vibe to be recognize in today's society: right-wing winds once again blows hard over the British Isles and Jamie Paton's music catches the insecurity the wind carries with it.
- A1. Dromomania
- A2. Drive
- A3. Swung
- A4. Laniakea Part 1
- B2. Abell 3565
- B4. Virgo
This is a big one! Gothenburgs finest electronic wizard Robert Leiner are back. With a eight track LP - Melomania. Since the early 90´s Robert Leiner has been a highly respected part of the global electronic music scene. Ambient, techno, trance, acid, house, kraut - whatever. The fact that Robert never confined himself to a single genre suits Höga Nord more than well. This time he brought some friends: The Source Experience band. First track Dromomania sounds like Daft Punk would - if they were relevant. The monotonous machinery is just as efficiantly mechanic as the slow liquidation of human labour at Volvo and other big companies within the car industry. Second track Drive makes us think of an unwillingly beautiful and violent tramaccident. Chaotic supreme confidence is what follows through the album. Pure organic uncompromising energy. It’s time to get down to the source for some experience!
GenresAlternative RockNu Disco
- A1. Venus
- A2. White Heat
- A3. X-Theme
- A4. Hero
- B1. Can’t Stop Walking
- B2. Let’s Boogie
- B3. Punti De Morte
- B4. Panik
Pure DDR-groove! The Exorcist is a gothenburg-based trio consisting of Osynlige Mann, Pontus and Petrus - members from bands as Uran, Tentakel and Sork. Höga Nord invites you to their soundscape with their full length debut album The Exorcist GBG: Everyone could be an informant. The cold war is alive. Dark Cabaret. Spythememode. David Lynchelectro. Italian horror. Easily put - This is kinky organic acid for all of you looking for a gateway - but know you have to stay.
- A1. Kling Klang Sound Clash
- A2. Zodiak Versions
- A3. Studio Einer Dub
- B1. Jah Warble
- B2. Neo Eno (Island Records)
- B3. Planetarium Rock
- C1. Earth People (New York & London)
- C2. Stockhausen Blues
- C3. Obscure Ruddock Vs Conny Plank Dub
- D1. Ranking Roedelius
- D2. Ode To A Dead Riddum (Martin Hannett Blues)
- D3. Kosmische Music In Dub
The birthplace of Zodiak Versions is literally the long stretches of highway in mainland Europe, mainly in a tour van filled with the smell of Moroccan hash and tobacco smoke. Sketching out repetitive dub baselines and leads using only the keyboard of his laptop as a musical device, Al formulated the basic structures of the what would become these versions. Reminded of what artists like Kraftwerk and Neu! attempted to portray with the driving motion with their motorik beats and expansive washes of analog synthesis, Lover felt compelled to write music directly within the environment that had once inspired the original ‘Krautrock’ sound.
Once back in the states Al teamed up with good friends Burnt Ones in LA to add some touches of guitar and synth drone to the sketched out songs. At this time he was further introduced to the some of the lesser known efforts of Kraut pioneers that would later influence the rise of Ambient music. Returning home completely inspired, he added even more layers of analog Moog synthesizer, tribal percussion, and vintage rhythm box drum sounds before sequencing and mixing all the elements through a vintage Roland RE-201 Space Echo. The end result is is what you have here in Zodiak Versions.
With his last few projects, Al Lover has been bouncing back and forth between a more sample based remix approach and actual synthesized music composition. You can hear elements of his earlier works in Zodiak Versions, but the music is heading in a more textured, droned out direction. An experiment in maximized minimalism. Subtlety and nuance hidden within an intense wall of sound, as if the psychedelic aspects of everything that influenced the record have been extracted and reconfigured to produce the sonic dub version of a bad trip.
GenresAlternative RockDown TempoDub
- A1. Looney Tubas
- A2. Jarkiborg
- A3. Erickson Indirect
- B1. Omikron
- B2. Univerb
- B3. Neo Geo
Lets take a trip to the dirty south of Sweden. Malmö to be more specific. It’s time to get down with VED. The band started as a solo-project by Mattias Nihlén taking inspiration from filmmusic, progressive rock, early electronic music and folkmusic. From there VED has developed into a rhythmic machinery. Surf-rock, horror movie soundtracks and found cassettes are some of the ingredients you will hear on their latest LP. Omikron is the name of the record. And yup. Höga Nord is the label that publishes it. And hopefully will be damned for it. First track Looney Tubas samples sounds from the Looney tunes propaganda cartoon Tokio Jokio from 1943. Angel dusty funk is one way to describe it. Walking on stilts to look bigger is another. That vibe follows through the rest of the album. Title track Omikron contains sounds of neurons being fired in an anesthetizised cat’s brain in an experiment conducted by the Swedish neurophysiologist Torsten Wiesel. Univerb combines a slow and nervy bassline with sounds from a police video of a sports car formerly owned by the Swedish king, Carl Gustaf, being chased by police in Malmö. Closing track Neo geo contains a field recording of a man selling Orbit chewing gum in the streets of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. All good. Yeah its spooky. Mhmmm, its loco. Above all its sensual non-verbal communication. That will make you wanna reproduce…stuff. Strictly Looney tunes!
- A1. Cha Cha Cha
- A2. Second Hand Smoke
- A3. Twa-Lif
- B1. Psygnosis
- B2. Dymaxion Music
- B3. Turn Your illness Into A Weapon
- B4. Dope Rider
Stuck in this acid, you will rust. Autumntime 2019. The world is off its tits and its getting harder to laugh about it baby. So let’s talk about Mental Health. By a coincidence that’s the name of the debut LP of Gothenburg-based duo SPR!. Albert Sjöstam and Christoffer Fransson are behind the seven tracks that will force you to some ass and mental bending. Höga Nord gladly supports that type of activities and delivers 300 copies of pure white vinyl. Opening track ’Cha Cha Cha’ goes in like russians on a tour de france frenzy. The album continues with Second hand smoke - pure hypnotic chaotic anarchokraut. Beautiful and toned down Turn your illness into a weapon will mellow your mind to (un)comfortable numbness. Closing track Dope Rider aims deep down for the underground. Proper music to go mental to while studying health with your brain is one way to sum it up. Good music another one. Regardless: Stay safe. Hate will eat you whole even tough you might fail when you must sail.
GenresAlternative RockAmbientNu Disco
- A1. Mangsebung
- A2. Greven
- A3. Meh-Teh
- A4. Bardo
- B1. Gangri
- B2. Nautilus
- B3. Sen Sen No Sen
- B4. Shadows
There are many ways for a band or an artist to compile an album: some make it in a week and some let the process go on longer. The latter approach does often mean that that the record will not be better than had it been recorded and mixed within a short amount of time, rather the contrary. However, there are those albums that just could not be made within in a week or a month, those compilation of songs that needed the time to melt together to form an album. Fontäns third album titled “Fontän”, released on Höga Nord Rekords is that kind of an album. Put the opening track “Mangsebung” on, then stay with the record until the closer “Shadows” rings out and you will go clear, sharp, and mildly messed up by the listening experience because this is an extremely well directed trip in mind-altering music! This album needed time to reach such heights.
The width of range in influences has become somewhat of a trademark for Fontän. Magma, Pink Floyd, Bhutanese and Nordic folk music, Manuel Göttsching and Ashra, Robert Fripp and King Crimson, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Talking Heads, DJ Shadow, Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, are some of the music that has made a mark on the psychedelic duo. One of the main differences though between Fontän and other bands with a similar setup of names to drop is that many cannot transform those musical traditions into timeless and boundless songs like those in Fontäns catalogue. With Johan Melin’s and Jesper Jarold’s love for music and non-sentimental creative approach, this album proves that the band never gets hung up on trying to sound like the past masters, but to develop what they once started.
2019 will be the year when Fontän once again challenges the framework for genre bending music. “Fontän” captures the inspired and unafraid feeling from their releases in 2016 but is managed and even more refined on this album.
GenresAlternative RockNu Disco
- A1. Pusher
- A2. Lyrica
- A3. Bahnhof
- A4. You Better Run
- B1. Duck Juice
- B2. Electric Wine
- B3. Morpheus Rising
A lot of bands are trying what The Exorcist GBG are doing, to make timeless, mind bending, dance music but they often fail in reaching all the way. The Exorcist GBG is the band that seem to exist in a dimension, much like ours but that lacks time as we know it; time is stretchable backwards and forward, and being in this dimension allows you to travel while, still staying in one place. Call it time travel if you will or moving outside of time rather. The Exorcist GBG does this. Also they reach our dimension.
The members who also can be found in Uran, Tentakel, and Ultra Satan among others, formed The Exorcist GBG in 2012 and started by playing illegal techno clubs for the true undercurrent citizens of Gothenburg, Sweden. The reputation of this dangerous psychedelic band, who plays funk the way funk should be played soon reached Stockholm where they got a cult following just by word of mouth. Over the past four years their following has grown exponentially!
The recording of “II” was a trip into the abyss and back, with a lot of time and money spent, outrage from the members and record label executives biting their nails down to the bone. But that is how The Exorcist GBG works – tension is a vital part of this bands nature, hence it’s sound. The tracks’ aggressive approach and the feeling of being possessed by something evil lurking inside of you mirrors the process of making this album. But listening to the album back to back and hearing how the songs intertwine, lets the true face of The Exorcist GBG shine brightly over you.
GenresAlternative RockDown Tempo
- A1. Synthesis
- A2. Reverse Pyramid
- A3. Nexus
- A4. Chrome Together
- A5. Colonization
- B1. Atlantic Tariff
- B2. Pyramid
- B3. Kumla Revisited
- B4. Metavideo
- B5. Samsa’s Escape
“Music of the stars” and “music to get lost to” are words thoughts expressed about Tross’ music. The band have always had the ability to place the listener in a bubble of introspection and escapism…in the most positive way! Hence such opinions.
The band members themselves rate the joys of discovery and not looking back, two of the leading factors in creating their sound - no hesitation, no regression – and this comes clear on their second full length album The Overview Effect, released on Höga Nord Rekords. Captured on this album is the feeling of true presence created when musicians play together and not for themselves to prove their skills for each other and the listener. No show off – just boogie! Thanks to this holistic take on creating music, the sound is kept airy and the few overdubs made are carefully executed.
The band focuses more than before on rhythm. On The Overview Effect, Tross have fallen deeper into Disco and Jungle Funk, approaching the nerve of their live appearances clearer than on their previous records, creating dance music for spaced out kids.
So. Cancel all your meetings, stretch flat out, put on the first track, Synthesis, and feel the warmth of the earth’s core brake through the soil and embrace you like a soft blanket in a harsh reality.
GenresAlternative RockElectronicaNu Disco
- A1. Sorcery
- A2. Johari Window
- B1. Purest Space
- B2. N.Y. List
Höga Nord Rekords give you Higamos Hogamos on a four track instrumental EP. This is something of a solo effort for Higamos Hogamos’s Steve Webster - but in good assisting company by friends and viciously fonky machinery.
One common denominator for the EPs four tunes is an attempt to say fuck off to overkilled editing and instead indulging in the dynamics and tensions that steams from mistakes and magic created live. All with the intention to squeeze our sweetest and most sensitive nerves in waiting for the mothership to take us all upwards 45 deegrees.
Johari Window features the fine fretwork of original Higamos guitarist Toby Jenkins as well as Stipo Androvic on funk bass duties and Chris Hodges holding the groove together solid on drums. What might not be as apparent is the audio signal from the guitar being filtered into Steve’s mouth through a hosepipe to make a ghetto talk box (Don’t ask, just listen and freak out!)
N.Y. List was the product of Higamos guitarist Andrew Robertson spontaneously finding a fuzz box and a backing track waiting, ready for some first take inspiration.
For "Sorcery" and "Purest Space" it’s time to give the human masses a rest and jam your momsys arse to mars!
GenresAlternative RockDown Tempo
- A1. Babylon
- B1. Earth
- B2. Bardo
Fontän, consisting of Jesper Jarold and Johan Molin, returns the 28 of january 2019. And Höga Nord is bout it when it comes to stylish resurrection. And this Gothenburg based duo deserves excessive awe and reverence. Especially with this comeback: A three track picture disc EP. They have slipped directly inside our house. And if the first title track Babylon is wrong - we don’t want to be right. The closing tune Bardo is pure bliss with a bass line that would make Buddha twerk. But underneath the perfection and smoov melodies lies a sense of subtle disturbance... For the prepared and appropriately trained individuals the Bardo offers a opportunity for liberation. The transcendental insight may arise with the direct experience of reality. For others it can become a place of danger. The karmically created hallucinations can impel one into a less than desirable rebirth. Barbarism begins at home! Enjoy the Earth!
GenresAlternative RockDown TempoNu Disco
- A1. Time Leaves Us
- A2. Gagarin
- B1. Claustromania
- B2. Jewelries
Since the birth of the band in 2007, Tross has carefully handled and developed the cosmic heritage. Today, in 2019, with the release of “The Walrus – EP” on Höga Nord Rekords they continue to cultivate the gems of the further out regions of far out music from the past five decades back. The trip that will take you to the psychedelic arctic takes off in an open and airy landscape with the Ash Ra inspired “Time Leaves Us”. On the second track “Gagarin”, Tross cuts the waves deeper and dives into a Patrik Vian inspired submarine landscape. The B-side has a louder and messier feel to it and the melodies rest upon a roundhouse swinging beat. Your’e being dropped down between two ferocious sailors beating it out on the docks!
"Tross is alive in the icescapes of the far north - the tusks of the walrus digs deep and won’t let you go.
GenresAlternative RockDown Tempo
- A1. Polar Star
- A2. Machines
- B1. Sen Sen No Sen
The echoes from the past is the answer to why the sound on the ”Polar Star EP", released on Höga Nord Rekords, is timeless and without restrains. Their expression on this release traces back to their earlier works and the tracks on this EP which is their second Höga Nord Rekords release, they mix the future and the past in typical Fontän fashion.
The first notes on the opening track ”Polar Star” could have been taken from a playful Pink Floyd session circa 1969 and music then develops into exactly what you should expect from Swedens number one neo-psych band; polyrhythmic patterns á’la Philip Glass executed with confident guitars, break beat disco drums plus organ and song harmonies so sacred that they could wake Jack Nitzsche from the dead.
The record continues with ”Machines” where the nordic melancholy goes on a world tour through the stratosphere, with stopovers in California, Bohuslän and mountains of Bhutan. The trip then takes off for the outer orbit!
”Sen Sen, No Sen” is a term used in karate and it means that you hold the ability to foresee the opponents strike and strike her/him with that same blow in beforehand. This action takes your full concentration and you must be capable to disconnect from the world surrounding you and be in the moment. Let the needle flow over the closing track ”Sen sen, no sen” and feel the music fulfil you with confidence and soul and strengthen your spirit to the level that you can foresee anything fearful, and thus beat the living crap out of whatever in your presence that might haunt you.
Fontän has poured hundreds of generations’ musical expressions in their filter of Swedish west coast psychedelia to let three tracks drop down on your turntable. The band feel no fear to break musical conventions, but yet they pay true homage to their predecessors.
GenresAlternative RockDown TempoElectronicaNu Disco
- A1. Level 1
- A2. Level 2
- A3. Level 3
- B1. Level 4
- B2. Level 5
- B3. Level 6
San Francisco based producer Al Lover’s list of collaborations contain names like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Goat and White Fence, and he has remixed bands like The Night Beats and Thee Oh Sees. Except from producing mind-altering music, Al Lover is also the official DJ of Levitation and tours Europe extensively.
Al Lover’s double album release “Zodiak versions” on Höga Nord Rekords (2015) opened up for a beautiful cooperation between the label and the artist and now the two parts are taking it to the next level with the release of The Nymphaea Caerulea EP. On this picture disc EP, a third player flavors the music and that is Cairo Liberation Front (CLF). Residing in Tilburg this collective represents the future of European club music lends equally from House, punk and psychedelia, filtered through generations of hedonistic groove.
The six tracks on this picture disc EP holds the essence of what psychedelic dance music is about – escapism. Where to escape? Well, due their sound, CLF could just as well be from where their name implies because this record oozes more of northern Africa than of northern Europe. It puts the listener outside of time somewhere on the banks of the Nile, just before dawn.
The combination of Al Lover’s use of samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and analog synthesizers, clashes beautifully with the fierce energy of the CLF’s sound of cracked software, American hip-hop, Euro house and Arabic rhythms. This is the score to the next Arabic spring.
GenresAlternative RockNu Disco
- A1. I’ll Save You Anyway (Evelyn)
- A2. I’m coming to Your house (Feat. Tarik Ziour)
- A3. Loving Hell
In this age of pre-set play lists and total sharing of music, you more or less get served what you expect to hear. Your musical preferences are predictable and you – with little or no effort - get access to music that suits your self-image perfectly and places you in a safe zone.
But what if these babysitting services went on vacation and you’re suddenly left alone in the post-industrial outback? Where do you start looking? At first listen you might feel that the songs on “Loving Hell” by Vox Low, released on Höga Nord Rekords, might not suit your needs in such a cold, harsh existence. But that’s where you’re wrong. Vox low’s sound might first appear frightening and cold to you but the tracks on this EP most of all carries with them depth, energy and persistence: the perfect soundtrack to reboot your system to and to get you going straight forward without looking back.
This is music for the aftermath of a cathartic experience, music that generates a propulsion that makes you wanna walk on that road forever, music to help you rediscover what punk, rock and electronica really should be about – gut feeling.
- A1. Mindfighter
- A2. Nightmare City
- B1. Lost In The Mirror Maze
- B2. Jennifer Has Some Strange Ideas
The feeling of full control characterizes every second of Mindfighter. As usual, T.J.F picks up influences from everywhere; House, techno, electro, kraut rock and psychedelia forms the sound of this release and creates a unique sound. Drips of discrete and contrasting nuances colours the monotonous and hypnotic groove and creates the effect of double exposition, like in the track Jennifer Has Some Strange Ideas that develops in to a love affair between Hi fi and Lo fi. The build-ups are exquisitely balanced and compassionate and in Nightmare City the melodies resounds from some horror movie soundtrack by John Carpenter or Fabio Frizzi.
The title of this EP comes from a cult computer game from the eighties. The game is about a boy with supernatural psychic abilities who wakes up in a post nuclear war Southampton, in an England run by right wing extremists. A theme not impossible to put in present time.
Mindfighter shows once again that Timothy J. Fairplay is on to something different. The craftsmanship is undoubted on this trip into a dystopic Europe, in a not so distant future.
GenresAlternative RockNu DiscoTechno
- A1. Sen Sen No Sen (Red Axes Remix)
- A2. Mangsebung (Timothy J. Fairplay Remix)
- B1. Gangri (Khidja Remix)
- B2. Bardo (Mythologen Remix)
- B3. Shadows (Pardon Moi Remix)
Music must be free. Freedom in music is often suppressed by lack of, or by obstacles for creativity, which stops forward progression. The development that Fontän’s songs have gone through, reaching this EP is unexpected and surprising but still, the bodies and characters of the original songs are intact and recrafted with fingerspitzengefühle. From the core of Fontän’s psychedelic and dreamy music, the artists involved on this release have hit cuts and chips off like Cro-Magnon people creating specific tools. Tools with the power to blow holes open in the listeners mind.
Fontän’s music has fascinated and captured a choosy audience for over a decade now, and many are those who have, or have wanted to remix their material. This time, in the shape of an ambitious 12” EP, various artists’ love for the band’s music shines brightly: The Covenanza Remixes is released on Höga Nord Rekords and is strictly limited to 300 physical copies. The record comes out by reason of Fontän’s gig on Andrew Weatherall’s prestigious festival “Covenanza” in September this year.
Fontän have had the honour to be remixed by some of the most interesting names in electronic music: Red Axes, Timothy J. Fairplay, Khidja, Mythologen and Pardon Moi give their take on tracks from the duo’s latest release Fontän. The music moves in the landscapes of Leftfield, Techno, House and New Wave.
The evolution of Fontän continues from the cold and barren landscapes of the Swedish west coast, through some of the deepest cave like studios in Europe, out on to the continental club scene.
- A1. Tito
- A2. Joy-Rides
- B1. Smoking Holiday
- B2. Breather Resist
We all know that when it’s a real vibe you can’t go wrong. If you add talent and heart to that you got gunpowder for pure bangers. And that’s exactly what we at Höga Nord Rekord wanted to accomplish with the sixth release of our UK 12” series. Consequently we contacted Jo Howard from Sunderland in the North East of England.
As a producer and DJ he uses the alias Bird of Paradise. Smoking Holiday is the name of the four track EP. Bird of Paradise came to prominence via his output on labels such as Jennifer Cardin´s Correspondant imprint and New Yorks Throne of Blood. As a DJ, he has honed his skills both at his own parties Cubik and Body Talk. As well as being a resident at Man Powers ´Tourist Parties´ wich have afforded him the opportunity to play alongside Todd Terje, John Talabot, Daniel Avery and Ivan Smagghe.
Jo is raised on a steady diet of punk/post punk, and learning to play instrumentation from an early age defines why Jo’s way of arranging music and his eclectic taste is different to his peers. Something that fits Höga Nord more than hand in gloves. We prefer to ride it like bareback pirates as you should know by now.
The Smoking Holiday EP opens with Tito. The spooky oblique intro will soon start to roll deep into a dark cadenced haunting and whispering tune that will twist, trance and tribal your mind back to the early 90s mornings. On a loving, yet a bit dark and grimey, dance floor in- or outdoors. Second track Joy-Rides will lug your brains and fizzle your feet with its eclectic format. Ambient mixed up with rhythmic techno and bleep - a good appetizer of Bird of Paradises DJ-sets. B-side chugs on with the title track and ends with a electro tune that sends funky fresh flirtations to Andrew Weatheralls and Keith Tenniswoods project Two Lone Swordsmen. Bird of Paradise: It’s authentic, can’t go wrong!
GenresDown TempoDubNu Disco
- A1. Chasing Dub
- B1. Insane Pissapes
Rickard Jäverling is a musician with a lot of projects going (Dödens Dal, Liljor, e.g.) and now two of the songs from his previous Höga Nord Rekord album ”3” is released in new versions remixed by Stockholm based Ganjaman_72. Heavy urban dub influenced by old agent movies is what you’ll get on this 7”.
The music is both retrospective and futuristic and the subtle dub influences in Jäverlings music comes together naturally with Ganjamans_72s ambition. On ”Chasing our hours” the baseline is still the driving force of the song but the reverb drenched melodies, that in the original version is clearly fronted, now lies echoing in the background and creates new depth to the song. ”Insane Pissapes” has developed into being the more dance floor oriented of the two tracks and takes Jäverlings music from the soil of Dalarna out beyond Earth’s orbit.
These songs are the perfect soundtrack to a long, lonely night drive trough a big city, going nowhere, getting lost.