TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
Disco / Nu-Disco
GenresDiscoTrack Listing TBC
Demon Records presents Change: Paradise – The Ultimate Collection (1980-2019), the greatest hits of Change, the innovative Italian/American studio group that launched Luther Vandross’ solo career with the Top 20 hits ‘Searching’ and ‘The Glow of Love.’
This double album, 19-track collection features the cream of group’s seven albums from 1980-2018 and includes their biggest singles that made the pop, R&B, and dance charts all over the world including ‘A Lover’s Holiday,’ ‘Paradise,’ ”The Very Best In You,’ the Jam & Lewis Produced ‘Change Of Heart,’ right up to last year’s massive club smash ‘Love 4 Love’ remixed by Joey Negro.
Three previously unreleased bonus remixes include a brand new extended dance mix of ‘Let’s Go Together’ and the legendary lost Jim Burgess mix of ‘Searching’, especially reconstructed for this collection. Another four dance mixes make their vinyl debut here.
Newly remastered and adorned with Greg Porto’s iconic artwork throughout, “Paradise: The Ultimate Collection (1980-2019)” is pressed on 2 x 180g double vinyl
A Lover's Holiday (A Jim Burgess Mix)
The Glow Of Love
Angel In My Pocket
Searching [12” A Jim Burgess Mix]
The Very Best In You
You Are My Melody
Heaven Of My Life [Single Version]
Change Of Heart
This Is Your Time
It Burns Me Up [Single Version]
Hard Times (It's Gonna Be Alright) [Single Version]
Got To Get Up [12” Extended Mix]
Let's Go Together (NEW DANCE MIX)
Hit Or Miss (Figo Sound Alternative Full Mix)
Too Late (Skalp & Davide Romani Good Vibes Radio Mix)
Love 4 Love (Joey Negro Radio Mix)
Make Me (Go Crazy) (OPOLOPO Radio Mix)
Hold Tight [Long Version]
GenresIndie DanceNu Disco
- A1. Capra
- A2. Far Gone
- B1. Super Cannes
C.Y.M. is the collaboration between British producer and DJ Mike Greene (otherwise known as Fort Romeau) and LA-based American musician Chris Baio, who releases music as Baio in addition to playing bass in the acclaimed band Vampire Weekend. Their debut, self-titled EP arrives on Phantasy as an elegant pean to the infinite possibilities of kosmische music, driven by a motorik strain of psychedelia. The foundations of a wider project, C.Y.M. speaks not for analogue nostalgia, but a subtle and modern update on imagined futures that are still open to interpretation.
‘Capra’ immediately establishes the duo’s masterful if unsurprising grip on rhythm, a man-machine stomp that persists as the track takes myriad turns, from post-punk guitar licks and processed vocals, through bubbling modular synthesis and culminating in a soaring, cathartic melody.
On ‘Far Gone’ C.Y.M. turn their studio inward for a more brooding and intimate interpretation of their sound, a balearic amalgam of intriguing vocals, feedback soaked riffs and no-wave inspired movement.
The bliss beneath the waves of noise that crash across C.Y.M’s music emerges fully on the driving conclusion, ‘Super-Cannes’. A hypnotic tempo and blistering drums intertwine with whirling organs, and shimmering keys, providing a wistful and warm finale.
- A. What's A Girl To Do
- B1. Messidor
- B2. Danny
Following on from last year's Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 1 - which saw Group Listening covering ambient classics such as works by Roedelius, Arthur Russell, Brian
Eno and Robert Wyatt, the duo return with a new offering for 2019 - a sultry and smoky remake of Fatima Yamaha's slow-burn classic What's A Girl To Do backed with a double header of the Durutti Column songs Messidor / Danny.
- A1. Before U Met My Body
- A2. Perfume
- B1. The 36th Level
- B2. Starz
Australian producer and multi instrumentalist Michael Di Francesco
Released debut album 'Visions' in 2017 with full visualiser
Multiple gold accredited singles in the past 3 years
Sold out headline 2019 Australian headline tour with 5k tickets sold nationally
Debut USA headline tour with live band in July 2018
House / Tech-House
- A1. ZONE 5
- A2. ZONE 6
- B1. ZONE 7
- B2. ZONE 8
London's FREQUENCIES UNKNOWN return with 'INTAZONEZ VOL 2', produced once again from label operators INTAREALITY giving another 4 tracker that channels their recent transmissions for 2019.
- A1. Yeah
- A2. After Da Party
- A3. Night Bus
- B1. New Car
- B2. Life's Good
- B3. Lenha
Meda Fury are buzzing to welcome Silvestre to the fold for a 6 track EP of low-slung party starters. This Lisbon native and London resident has been on several tastemakers lips for the last year now, serving up no-nonsense but seriously fun dance music, comparable to the spirit of mighty Portuguese scene labels Principe and Naive. Joao’s tracks are mind bending hybrids of breakbeat, reggaeton, R&B, rave and house. His recent artilary coming via Seceretsundaze, Diskotopia and his own Padre Himalaya, he now adds the Yeah EP to his weaponry.
The EP's title track has been the soundbed for the recent Boiler Room Festival 2019 promotional videos, sparking a huge amount of interest and ID requests, its remained secret until now. Add to this another 5 tracks of slow rave-tinted kuduro and faster baile funk blends for a truly monsterous set of club heaters!
- A1. Spooks
- A2. Greenwashing
- A3. Past One-Twenty
- B1. Wet FX
- B2. Help For People
- B3. Primal Astrology
TCB aka Chris Beißwenger, our boy on Jah bless road, goes a little something like: 1977, born cross-eyed, parents like Boney M; 1984, suburbia USA, DSNY, still cross-eyed; 1988, 98.7 Kiss FM New York on the school bus radio; 1989, Frankfurt Am Main, hyperactive, outsider, got lazered; 1991, drums and piano in cheesy school band; 1993, kicked out of Omen, kicked out of school band; 1994, kicked out of Omen again, got his own band; 1995, kicked out of band, finally in at Omen, The Box, Wild Pitch Club; 1996, got first car, Fasttracker, EMU ESI-32; 1999, no more car, no more Omen, Robert Johnson instead; 2002, first release, High Tide; 2003, Ableton 0.1 Beta, less MIDI, more gefrickel; 2004, exchange High Tide for CB Funk, kicked out of Cocoon; 2005, a silly move to Düsseldorf, Burkina Faso, more synthesizers; 2006, again silly in Düsseldorf, Brontosaurus, disco-house, love; 2007, Cologne and Frankfurt, back to piano, more love, still no car; 2008, with love to Frankfurt, Arto Mwambe on the road, storyteller; 2009, Mwambe still on the road, bored of work; 2010, Live At Robert Johnson, four-day week (thank God), four bike accidents; 2011, Europe, bored of piano, invention of The Citizen’s Band; 2012, modular cookery, thoughts of moving; 2013, Burkinian's death, Delphi's rise, almost made it, 2014, broke out of seven-year cycle to[o] complicate[d] being, TCB; 2015, floor-clearing/career-ending Boiler Room set; 2016, busy doing soundtracks, work overload; 2017, missed the summer hit, wait till next year; 2018, BWL gone live, MoMoMo at Amp, hot in May; December 2019, completed and released album of dubs for ESP Institute, 'Primal Astrology'; 2020, spliffs ignited, world excited.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Louden
- A2. Phantasm
- B1. Man And His Symbols
- B2. Late Night In The Cut
Shaun Reeves needs no introduction but here it is anyways:
As a co-founder of Visionquest with his compadres Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss and Sex Trothler, he has been a constant driving force in electronic music from Detroit to Berlin and all over the world. He's played everywhere you've ever had a good time and released great music on all of your favorite labels.
The EP begins with "Louden", a subtle nod to a Matthew Modine acting role in the mid 1980’s . Like Modine's performance, Louden sneaks up on ya like you just walked out of the Hahn with a full belly and a plan for the night. Kick bangin', this is the time to go out. Un-earthly dubby sounds rise and fall as we drop into that classic step. from here on out it's hypnosis as distant chords pull at each other to give you a nice digestiv. it's obviously time to have fun.
Cue "Phantasm", if you didn't know you were here, well, now u do! this is the place to be, drums are crispy, toms are echo'ing around and let's just rinse it with a 909 hat. arp's are abound to keep everything psychedelic while the driving drums push it forward. make no mistake, you won't get lost in some folderol melody, this track pushes as a unit and delivers dividends.
On "Man And His Symbols", whether we're talking zildgian's or zoroastrianism the symbolism here is clear. cymbals splash around like mystics when a narrator takes us where we need to be. tough bass and a sprinkle of hi end synth pump the track along and when you reach the end you wish there was another round.
"Late Night In The Cut" is just that. you already know. but if you don't! the breakdown takes a deep dive in the ocean and pops back up with a nice synth twang. The title says it all really.
GenresDeep HouseDown TempoHip Hop
- A1. Remember To Feel Something
- A2. Thank Yous
- B1. Arron's Here
- B2. I Wonder
Inaugural release on Manchester’s latest electronic label Selby Soul. This debut 4-track EP from Alps 2 is a baptism of liquid grooves, cathartic progressions and spaced out synthetic rapture. Purifying the more melancholic elements of artists like MssingNo, Kieren Hebden, Baba Stiltz and Burial into crystalline sugar. A much needed temperate tonic to assuage the oncoming winter.
- A1 Untitled
- A2 Untitled
- B1 Untitled
- B2 Untitled
Mint Condition - A record label focused on excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics and overlooked gems mined from the last 20+ of contemporary dance music are the order of the day. From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....
3 In Key is a super rare, one-off Eye 4 Sound excursion from 3 of London's top tech-house golden era big wigs, Terry Francis, Nathan Coles & Jiten Archaya. Boasting some sick mixdown and engineering from the mighty Bushwacka! it's one of those real nuggets from the underground, a flash of genius, and a super tough ultra-rare EP to track down. 4 cuts of that wigged-out, minimal space funk that makes this era, and this style of music, so fresh today. This is exactly the sort of record that shows up on the playlists of your favourite global DJ's, released sometime around the late 1990's (there's no actual release date online) all of the untitled cuts contained within bristle with a special after-hours energy. Trust us, this is that top shelf tech-house business, finally repressed for the heads, the dancers, the freaks and the masses!
'3 In Key' has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of the Eye 4 Sound crew for 2019 and remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original sources especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
- A1. U Should Have Told Me
- A2. DRM
- B1. Mifami
- B2. Floss
Raven has collaborated with many well-respected artists including Kate Tempest, Paul Weller, Mica Levi, Kwes and Bullion. His music upholds a balance between the orchestral and electronic, abstract and conventional. Parallels can be drawn to the artist Arthur Russell, in terms of their diversity, creating tracks you can dance to, but also songs and music for reflection.
Drawing inspiration largely from the people around him, Raven explains "I find people really inspiring, it’s amazing what can happen after a good conversation, it can give you a different perspective on things. I guess I’m always trying to get a new perspective in one way or another, I find that really creative."
Combining this with an interest in dance as an art form and movement, Raven came to create Jeté. Having recently worked with some incredibly talented choreographers and dancers, Raven looks to explore the creative freedom, emotion and human connection within dance with his new record; the EP title Jeté literally translates as the French for "jump" and the cover art was a photograph taken by Raven's father of dancers back in the 80s.
GenresDeep HouseDubNu DiscoTechno
- A1. Siete (Live Version)
- A2. Señor De Las Piedras (Live Version)
- B1. Obsidiana (Hermetics Remix)
- B2. Siku (Cain Remix)
Nicola Cruz re-visits his second album 'Siku', released earlier this year to widespread acclaim, with ‘Siku Reworks’. The release provides the listener with another perspective on the ‘Siku’ domain, one envisioned in different corners of the world; Argentina, the UK, and Japan to name a few. In an effort to unlink the original material, Cruz has selected producers to re-work a designated song on 'Siku'; according to their own style. Additionally, Cruz has chosen to re-record two tracks whose live versions have stuck with him throughout a year of constant touring.
‘Siku Reworks’ invokes a psychedelic view of the original material, Hermetics (R&S) provides deep atmospherics with his take on 'Obsidiana'; and Nicola offers an acid-merengue-infused live version of 'Señor de las Piedras'; alongside an infectious and club-ready re-work of live favourite 'Siete'. In some ways it's hard to define Nicola'ssound, shaped by years of global touring, and every track here is unique and succeeds in breaking from the usual electronic music format in captivating fashion.
- Reel 1 - Track 7 - Debo Toto
- Reel 1 - Track 10 - Dance Wala
- Reel 1 - Track 11 - Keep to it
- Reel 2 - Track 5 - Look up to me
- Reel 2 - Track 6 - Joyful tears
- Reel 2 - Track 7 - Blade and Razors
- Reel 2 - Track 8 - Desi Afro
- Reel 2 - Track 10 - Disco Space
- Reel 2 - Track 18 - Burned Energy Snip
Finally coming some time September 2019 will be PT 2 of Joaquin Joe Clausell’s hugely popular Unofficial Edits & Overdubs Series. Released first back in? Living in a time where CD sales are stagnant, to say the least, The Unofficial Edits & Overdubs series continues to defy all odds by exceeding above all expectations and then some. Similar to PT One, both CD’s are Jammed packed with an array of different styles of music. And as usual, host jams that are mostly under the radar; Both CD’s also feature genres touching on everything from Cosmic Jazz, Soul, Funk Punk, Soulful Disco, Psychedelic Rock and more. In keeping true to the concept-all tunes have been tastefully edited with the aim of respecting the original composition.
Included with package is a very limited 7” vinyl.
The record will have 2 Jams on it that are not included on the CD
Closely following will be other limited 7” Vinyl’s.
Get them while they last.
And Finally coming in the nearest future will be a 3 X 12inch package that will feature long versions of selected tracks from the CD, as well as cuts that will not be on any of the before mentioned formats.
Thank You for Listening
2: Planet Zemi
3: Eyes of Love
4: Going to Keep
5: Morning There
6: Sunday Come
7: Debo Toto
8: Trains is a running
9: By little
10: Dance Wala
11: Keep to it
12: Go I Do
2: Come with Me
3: Fault Double
4: Earth Life
5: Look Up to Me
6: Joyful Tears
7: Blade & Razors
8: Desi Afro
9: Note Key
10: Disco Space
11: Power Funky
13: Burned Energy
- A1. Submission feat. The Golden Filter
- A2. Submission (Moscoman Remix)
- B1. Elevated
- B2. Trading Places
Trading Places is what happens when three talented producers from different parts of the globe come together in Throne of Blood’s Brooklyn studio. Long time friends Moscoman (Disco Halal), Max Pask (Throne of Blood/Crodwspacer/DeeWee) and NYC legend Justin Strauss have built upon years of hanging out in New York and Berlin to form a loose, improvisational partnership. Recorded whenever Moscoman found himself in NYC and supplemented by sessions from frequent collaborators Strauss and Pask, Trading Places transforms a handful of days jamming together into one of Throne of Blood’s finest releases. It’s also the label’s first formal collaboration with Disco Halal, a one-off partnership similar to previous releases with Monty Luke’s Black Catalogue and Adam Marshall’s New Kanada.
Opening the EP, the haunting and percussive “Submission” features vocals from The Golden Filter and is backed by a special Moscoman remix.
“Elevated” takes a turn for the cosmic with its feet planted firmly in the club, and the EP closes with the epic slow burner, “Trading Places.
Photography and Design by Nuphar Blechner
- A1. IIIiiiIIiiiiiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIiiiiiiiIIIIIiiiiiiii
- A2. OpxThermin
- A3. Get slothered 6even2
- B1. Rathakrem
- B2. Crying Indian and Laser Horse
OiOiOiOIAiAiAiIAiÆÆÆÆÆÆIIIIII!!!! The new Cucum45 EP dares to speed off from the endpoint of the two previous outputs Something Weirdcore and Cyclops í poka and off the edge of the record at 1000km/h. With a hardcore opening track titled “IIIiiiIIiiiiiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIiiiiiiiIIIIIiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIiiiiiii” (I added several more I’s in there for dramatic effect) that clocks with everything it needs to say at under 2 minutes, it’s safe to say that Cucumb45 aka Bjarki in this EP is WIDE AWAKE, YES!
Take “OpxThermin” – it’s straight up full-bore hardcore cartoon-pyrotechnics in overload, skipping and skedaddling over the turntables. Flipping out in a wild cocktail rush of hardcore ruffidge and smudged breaks that’s all smacked out on sugar frosted meth, listeners are gonna need some surgery to remove the smiley gurns from their faces. “Get Slothered 6even2” effectively can’t keep still as a track. From the collapsing rhythms and the pinging sound effects, it then decides what’s needed is a little bit of hip-hop flow in the background. Many hardcore rave re-treads (sorry, “deconstructed rave music”) often forget what this track seems to do at ease, and that is get you goddamn moving.
"Rathakrem" might have glitchy ambient Nintendo 90s vibe checks, but it is VERY un-chill. Stressed out hard drives grind to dust and distressed sounds of arcade dynamics mean that what you hear is the sound of Mario bricking it through all those haunted castle sections. Ironically the last track, “Crying Indian and Laser Horse” is the EP chill out tune, aiming instead for a nice, soothing, bottoms out disco-fister oompa-loompa warehouse techno track with auto-tuned cats, gunfire, orgasms, and
horses. A fine soundtrack for the morning commute!
- A1. Q-Cumb - Dreamers 232342
- A2. LaFontaine (IS) - Alienated
- B1. ThizOne - Bolts
- B2. Matrixxman - Flexxin On Hoes
The next Planet X invasion is underway! Four mutated and banging hybrids have joined forces for the ultimate techno takeover.
First up is Q-Cumb, a former vegetable farmer from the southern parts of Iceland known for excellent cucumbers. Since he fled his homeland he has gained a notorious reputation in the world of electronic music all over the world. He is known as Odinn, cucumb45, Bbbbbb, kid mistik, slurp gurken, icelandic lamb, orange juice man, gurk, q-cumb, holidayboy slurp and last but not least, Bjarki. His track, Dreamers, is considered the track of the year by those who have experienced it on the dancefloors of the united consciousness.
Lafontaine was spawned on the Icelandic highlands and channels Icelands musical energy through his earthy connections. His tune, Ailenated, describes his existence where he fights on a daily basis to combine his music with his daily life. The result is a musical outbreak consisting of terrestrial techno with an experimental feel.
ThizOne cooks up the electro-mixture Bolt which is a political anthem that describes his anger towards Icelandic politics. Recently the Icelandic government has been brainwashing the population using corrupted electronic waves. ThizOne's track is an attempt to counteract these terrible acts of treason to our people.
Matrixxman, one of the team members of Planet X, throws forward an Acid banger called 'Flexxin On Hoes' that will most definitely tear up the dancefloors of the galaxy.
On the next Planet X release Matrixxman will twist and turn a remix from Lafontaine and mutate that bitch into a nuclear nugget for the future. In other news the Planet X master himself is conjouring his own ep, his first in a while that will see the light of dawn later this year.
Don't miss out on this release Space Cowboys!
- A. Branding Problem
- B. Legacy Pet
Rounding-off a landmark year for Clark which saw an accelerated drive for variety and freshness - including skewed renditions of Bach performed at the Royal Albert Hall and a hugely acclaimed score for TV series ‘Kiri’ - the leftfield legend takes it back to the source with two bangers for the massive.
The riff-powered heavy electrics of ‘Branding Problem’ romp from Detroit to Belgium via Chicago and the M25. It’s platinum-grade dancefloor techno, but it’s more too. The production flair and inventive sound sculpting ensure a level of quality and originality not found in your average grist-for-the-mill DJ fodder.
‘Legacy Pet’ is hardcore and tech step dipped in loopy juice; it’s the sound of a raver wandering out from a cavernous warehouse, across fields and into an enchanted dingily dell dance, throwing gun fingers with the goblins and faeries.
“I’ve been quite amused at how easy it is to stream background music these days. How accessible it all is and how entitled we all feel to it, like it’s some sort of air freshener you spray in your Uber.
For some reason I’m imagining a future where Elon Musk does a streaming deal, so he can prance around controlling nano implant VR chips for 1 million amortal coastal elites, while the rest of us don’t have electricity and only manage one rave a year - to a sound system powered by rationed candles. This is music for that fantasy scenario, ha.
Anyway, I don’t want these 2 tracks to be part of background air freshener world. They are limited edition club gear. I wanna play them out so badly in my live show.
Influences: Hardcore UK rave, Detroit techno, Jungle, Oizo, Ed Rush and Optical, No U-Turn. The origins, the source and it’s constant subsequent mutations. BEHOLD THE CONTINUUM, HARDCORE WILL NEVER DIE.” Clark
- A1. Fun is Fun
- A2. Dancefloor Anarchy
- B1. Kill Your Friends
- B2. Superpowers
A six-track release, ‘Fun Is Fun’ opens with the infectious, synth-driven title track, with a dub version and ‘Mamacita version’ also making it onto the record. Next up, ‘Dancefloor Anarchy’ is a similarly slick cut, while ‘Kill Your Friends’ is 140bpm and harnesses a killer bassline and unnerving scream sample to devastating effect.
“The title track ‘Fun Is Fun’ is a heavy bassline track, meant as a provocative poem, or as a joke you tell your friends who DJ,” Kessler explains. “When I did this track I was smiling because it’s my message not to take yourself too serious in this business. I think that's a big problem all over this scene.”
Following energetic releases on underground labels such Coméme, Get Physical and Numbers, the Cologne-born DJ, producer and poet’s distinctive sound has helped him grow into one of Germany’s most celebrated electronic artists. He has previously collaborated with the likes of DJs Pareja and Christian S while his music regularly receives club plays from Dixon and other A-league selectors.
TRICK was initially launched as a platform to exhibit Topping’s versatility as a producer, as well as a platform to showcase the wealth of emerging talent which he has been pushing in his DJ sets. Kessler, who played the TRICK launch party at Gateshead’s 4,500 capacity Mainyard venue, will also return to the tour with a set at the series’ upcoming Warehouse Project in Manchester on 8th November.
“I first heard ‘Fun Is Fun’ when Jackmaster was playing it in 2016 and it's become one of the most ID'd tracks online since!” Topping adds. “This was also the first time I’d heard of Bryan Kessler. Since then I've been hammering so much of his music and I'm absolutely buzzing to sign ‘Fun Is Fun’ a few years later as I think it could be an underground anthem. The other three tracks also show how much of a unique talent Bryan is!”
A collection of club-ready heaters, ‘Fun Is Fun’ sees Bryan Kessler craft six cuts with the dancefloor in mind.
- A1. AK OK
- A2. The Flight
- B1. Maxima
- B2. Submerge Station
Following her strong debut EP on Warp Records sister imprint Arcola, Copenhagen’s Anastasia Kristensen, renowned for her energetic sets, presents M A X I M A, a four-track EP of animated techno and elaborate sonic geometries.
Kaleidoscopic patterns and angular drums launch straight through the spacetime continuum. Fusing elements both hyper
modern and old school, Anastasia crafts an expansive package for the most discerning psychonauts.
Released on Magenta colour vinyl. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Metropolis, manufactured at optimal media, Germany.
Jungle / Hardcore
- A. Come Inside
- AA. Out Of My Mind
- AAA. Feel The Magic
This EP produced by Noise Factory in 1993 expresses the full on depths of Junglistic Hardcore at its best and was driven by the rare groove of the sample patterns we like to call it of jungle with a groove.
A.Come Inside - This track produced in 1993 is full on unadulterated jungle with the obvious amen break n rare groove n sample to add a twist along with strong basslines to shake up da place.
AA.Out of Your Mind - This track produced in 1993 has a dominant 4/4 beat driven by strong amen pattern with the speeded up vocals
AAA.Feel The Magic - Produced in 1993 has strong horns n speeded up live vocals with Rare Groove, Hardcore, Jungle Techno feel.
Driven by the heavyweight Rare Groove basslines.
Written by: Noise Factory
Produced by: Noise Factory
R&S LPs (UK only)
- A1. Tema (ft Ruven)
- A2. Dope
- A3. Sociodelic
- A4. Shout
- B1. Birdlandia
- B2. Noir
- B3. Upstream (ft Zap Mama)
- B4. Turner
- C1. Zenith
- C2. Native Sun
- C3. Go Tell It (ft Salamon Faye)
- C4. Whatever Means
- D1. Jumpteenth
- D2. Burn
- D3. Space Dookie (ft Big Farma)
Berlin-based producer Adam Longman Parker announces Colored, his first full-length LP as Afriqua for R&S Records. The album is a celebration of the unifying power of Black culture through the prism of electronic music.
After releasing successful singles “Soul Correction,” and “Chronic Cool,” and the back-to-back Aleph and Vice/Principle EPs, a full-length album was the ideal format for Parker to expand on the sounds typified in his dancefloor productions. Colored is a natural culmination of Parker’s stylistic spectrum, spanning from house and techno to experimental and abstract electronica.
His heightened attention to production quality was inspired by seminal records in the canon of Black music, including work by Quincy Jones, Roy Ayers, and Weldon Irvine (who also hailed from Hampton, Parker’s hometown in Virginia). Colored, however, is adistinctly “un-nostalgic” album and these classics served more as archetypes of musical achievement than bases for imitation. “To the extent that it hearkens back, it does so in the sense of the sequencing and arrangement, in the pursuit of sonic accomplishment across the record"; says Parker.
Growing up in Virginia, Parker was exposed to a niche of local electronic music pioneers including The Neptunes, Timbaland, and Missy Elliot, artists whose early-2000s contributions to the movement are often overshadowed by their pop leanings. “The Virginia sound,” Parker says, is far more intrinsic to his process than the oft-replicated models of American house and techno: “Black electronic music doesn’t have to be from the Midwest—this isn’t from Detroit, this isn’t from Chicago. It’s from Virginia.”
From the ritual chants on “Shout,” to Motown’s African roots on “Upstream,” and the George Clinton-era psyfunk of “Space Dookie,” Colored’s diverse musical influences read like a lesson in Black music history. This panoramic approach extends to the album’s collaborators as well— lyrical wizard and J.Cole collaborator Salomon Faye, Belgian Afro-pop vocalist Zap Mama, LCD Soundsystem bassist Tyler Pope, and Parker’s brother, producer and songwriter Ruven. Colored was recorded at a number of studios across Europe and the U.S., including Octagon in London, moon in Brooklyn, Funkhaus/Saal 3 in Berlin, and ICP in Brussels. The bespoke album artwork was created by Atlanta artist Eric Mack.
Parker spent two years composing and assembling Colored, which thematically bridges the past and present milestones of Black music from their Southern roots to their most modern incarnations. “The overarching theme,” he says, “was reconciling this branch of the Black musical tree with its origins. It's not divisive, it's about celebrating the rightful origins of the music we all enjoy.”
- A1. Connection
- A2. System Anomalies
- A3. Midnight Karma
- B1. Divine Plane (Méditation Des Enfants)
- B2. Genesis Singularity
- B3. Lunarvision
- C1. Ring Transmission
- C2. Lost Souls Of Saturn
- D1. Frequency Revelation
- D2. The Awakening
R&S present the eponymous, debut, full length album transmission from Lost Souls Of Saturn. Epic in scope, time and space, this multidimensional mind trip is for fans of Mark Leckey’s ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore’, David Morales’ Red Zone dubs, Don Cherry’s ‘Organic Music Society’, The Orb’s ‘Ultraworld’ and KLF’s ‘Space’ and much more besides.
This ambient house masterpiece combines flavours gathered from across the galaxy, stewing them up into a delicious primordial soup. Old sci-fi soundtracks, acid, free jazz, avant garde, musique concrete, world music and more all whirl around an underground- dance-music axis.
Primarily LSOS are Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa, plus further opaque participants congregating to combine music, imagery, and storytelling into an inextricably linked whole, all wrapped-up in a philosophy of their own making.
Attempting something creatively that’s above-and-beyond, LSOS explore new ways to open doors of perception and challenge the reality vs. simulation paradigm, whilst capturing the spirit of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Philip K. Dick and Sun Ra within their music, live experiences and films.
These spiritual, psychoactive aural vibrations resonate for a long distance, all the way back to something deeper and more enchanting than the prosaicism of modern life.
Muting The Noise (UK & USA only)
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1. Intro
- A2. Birthday Club
- A3. J'ai Envie De Toi
- B1. Road To Arcadia
- B2. Das Schöne Meer Lied feat. Martina Rother
- C1. Redo Rdid
- C2. Sledge Hammer
- C3. Keep On feat. Spunk
- D1. Wedigo
- D2. Sunset
- D3. It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You
There‘s something about first timers, innit?! A whole new level of excitement and in some cases, pure joy and satisfaction. To not let this intro slide too much into ambiguity, let‘s cut to the chase here... Panthera Krause is dropping his first solo full length, going by the name „It‘s A Business Doing Pleasure With You“. For starters, don‘t you want to be friends with this piece of work already, just for its brilliant title? Well, wait until you hear the tunes then, and prepare for an everlasting bond of unfettered affection.
- A1. Dancing In The Rain feat. Sergi Yaro
- A2. Indana
- B1. Something In Common feat. Juan Hansen
- B2. The Phact
As DJs Frankey & Sandrino are used to scour platforms or infinite emails/ messages through music that fits their sets and fulfills the duo's musical demands. A recurring task the both benefit from when it comes to finding new music and artists for their label Sum Over Histories. For the label's third installment of this year Sandrino and Frankey have digged up newly founded duo Saint Is, who deliver an eclectic four-tracker called “Something In Common“ that draws on and pursues the musical history of the past six releases.
- A1. Mystery feat. Jono Mc Cleery (Tale Of Us & Mathame Remix)
- A2. Nude (Solomun Remix)
- B1. Tachykardia feat. Delhia De France (Kobosil Remix)
- B2. Nude (Rampa Remix)
A year after the release of Adriatique’s debut LP, ‘Nude’, Afterlife presents a seven-track remix package to breathe new life into the originals.
- A How Many Emcee's (Must Get Dissed) (Bushwick Jeep Mix)
- B How Many Emcee's (Must Get Dissed) (Bushwick Jeep Beats)
The second in a series of all-time CLASSIC hip-hop anthems from the Nervous vaults, pressed onto high quality dinked 45's.
Remastered from the original source material and featuring the unedited 'dirty' version on the A-side, and the full instrumental on the B-side, these 45's are for the heads who know what time it really is!
'How Many Emcee's Must Get Dissed' is that raw, NYC, Beatminerz flavour, even the video that dropped on MTV in 1993 is legendary featuring the whole Black Moon mob in their native Brooklyn posting up with their crew. Everyone remembers that Timberlands & Philly Blunts rap from the mid 90's onwards, raw SP1200 beats, dusty loops and samples pulled out of crates in the darkest corners of the five boroughs, a truly creative period in rap music and popular culture with many artists who came up in the era shaping the future of music from the streets upwards. Black Moon are one such group, their indelible mark on music is still felt today, the blend of streetwise raps and sturdy, murked out, jazzy beats supplied by the Dewgarde brothers is timeless. They sure don't make em like this anymore and if they did we're sure Black Moon would continually crush the competitors as they always did. Essential New York rap classics right here! Don't front.
Fully legit, licensed and reissued by Above Board distribution in conjunction with Nervous Records, NYC. 2018.
- A1. Hot Tent Blues
- A2. Broken
- A3. Space and the Woods
- A4. The Bears Are Coming
- A5. Random Firl
- A6. Heartbeat
- B1. White Snake
- B2. VW
- B3. Focker
- B4. The Enemy Are The Future
- B5. Mad Dogs and Englishmen
- B6. Bathroom Gurgle
- B7. No Time
Late Of The Pier announce a special 10th anniversary edition of their cult debut album ‘Fantasy Black Channel’, produced by Erol Alkan and released in 2008 to great acclaim. Fittingly, the reissue will be released on a limited lenticular edition of 500, alongside a standard edition both with heavyweight vinyl. Both reissues are accompanied by a digital companion album of unreleased demos and outtakes from the album recording sessions – set for release through Alkan’s Phantasy Sound label, landing in stores on 18th January 2019.
LOTP (Sam Eastgate, Andrew Faley, Ross Dawson and Sam Potter) were a band of inter-dimensional musicians who landed in the late noughts, whose wild journey took them from the quiet North West Leicestershire countryside to the stages of Coachella, Tokyo and beyond, touring with the likes of Soulwax and Justice. Their music was a mutant take on pop that described the chaos of being a teenager by looking forwards and backwards over and over again until the present moment started to make sense. Following the release of Fantasy Black Channel they put out singles ‘Blueberry’ and ‘Best In The Class’ in 2010, picking up fans from Mike Skinner to Dave Grohl along the way. Talking in a 2014 interview, Grohl exclaimed, “They blew my fucking mind. They’re called Late of the Pier. They made one record and disappeared. […] They use crazy computers and then they rock and it sounds like dubstep for one minute, then it’s a crazy prog thing, and it’s like, ‘Wow’.”
+ digital bonus of rare demos and oddities
Digital Companion Album
01 Broken Fairy Lights (Zarcorp Demo 2006)
02 Heartbeat Flicker Line (2007 Newcastle Demo)
03 Random Firl (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
04 Focker (Radio 1 Live 2009)
05 The Bears Are Coming (Zarcorp Demo 2006)
06 Space And The Woods (Zarcorp Demo 2006)
07 VW (2007 Newcastle Demo)
08 The Enemy Is The Dub (2007 Demo)
09 Focker SH-09 Version (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
10 A Thousand Years Ago (2005 Live Intro)
11 Bathroom Gurgle (Zarcorp Demo 2006)
12 Mad Dogs And Englishmen (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
13 heartbeat.flicker.line (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
14 Dose A (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
15 Space And The Woods (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
16 Sober Up, John (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
17 Heartbeat (Radio 1 Live 2009)
18 No Time (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
19 Circular (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
20 Heartclip (2006 MySpace Teaser)
21 Piss Hands (2006)
22 Spaceclip (2006 MySpace Teaser)
23 Space And The Woods (Erol Alkan 12” Vinyl Mix)
24 Baguettes By Sam (Refill Men Twist Demo 2005)
25 Swindon Superb Sexuelle (2008 Tour Announcement)
26 Kolumbine (2005)
- A. BDSM
- B. Get a Chance
Another fine slab of that Disco goodness from the mighty Kojak stable.
Toronto party machines & re-edit maestros The Patchouli Brothers step up to the plate this time with 2 monstrous sides of peak-time Disco heat.
'BDSM / Gert A Chance' will not leave your bag, these cuts are primed, ready and able to lift the roof off of your discotheque, road-tested by the bros and deemed suitable the gods at Kojak Giant Sounds & Disco Promotions. Say no more. Essential wax for the discerning mirror ball fiend right here. Limited, as always. Do it!
- A Liquid Slow
- B In Memory
Charlotte de Witte mints her new KNTXT label with a suitably epic collaboration, joining forces with techno royalty Chris Liebing for ‘Liquid Slow’, due for release on 27th September. The CLR boss and German techno pioneer has been a regular at KNTXT parties over the years, not least at the sold-out stadium event at Antwerp's Sportpaleis last year where he will be returning to once again this November, alongside de Witte, just after the release of this new EP.
The influential pair spent time hanging out together at Awakenings Festival last year when they had the idea to collaborate. “I field-recorded the sound of a crane that was already taking stuff down next to us and thought it would be a good starting point“ says Chris. Whilst he admits the sample didn't made it on to this release, he teased a future collaboration saying "who knows, maybe there is more in the pipeline, I still have the recording".
Current BBC Radio 1 resident Charlotte de Witte is once again in the midst of a non-stop summer that finds her taking her dark, stripped and powerful sounds to the biggest clubs and festivals in the world. She adds, “we have shared a lot of laughs, a couple of beers and a million different mixdown versions of both tracks. I consider Chris to be my friend and I’m very proud and honoured to have worked with him on this EP".
Opener ‘Liquid Slow’ is seven minutes of heavy and hypnotic techno. It is stripped back to an acid bassline and earth rumbling kicks, with a meandering lead synth line and a darkly absorbing spoken word vocal over the top sure to lock in the dance floor for the duration. ‘In Memory’ ups the pressure with rumbling drums and bass sweeping you up as more acid twitches and tough hits nail down the groove. It is another powerful and compelling piece of techno from this vital pair.
This is the latest fascinating development in the story of Charlotte de Witte and her KNTXT brand. Now a label as well as a radio show and event series, KNTXT strives to be a progressive player within the vibrant techno scene.