TITLES OUT NEXT WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD

RELEASE DATE: 12TH AUGUST 2022

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HOUSE

AMÉMÉ

Drum Beat (Incl. Joeski Remix)

Crosstown Rebels

CRM275

12"

£6.99

JT Company

Don't Deal With Us (Dusky Edits)

17 Steps Recordings

17STEPSE001

12"

£6.99

Ewan McVicar

Tell Me Something Good

Trick

TRICK031

12"

£7.49


INDIE / ELECTRONICA

A Mountain of One

Soft Landing

Amore

AMORE006

7"

£6.99 NO DISCOUNTS

A Mountain Of One

Custards Last Stand (Dennis Bovell Remix)

Amore

AMORE002

10"

£14.99 NO DISCOUNTS

Judaah

AMX005: Judaah Mixtape

Accidental Meetings

AMX005

Cassette

£6.50 NO DISCOUNTS

Elijah Minnelli

Creamed Horn

Accidental Meetings

AM007

10"

£6.99 NO DISCOUNTS

ML

Life Always Breaks Your Heart

Accidental Meetings

AM006

Cassette

£6.50 NO DISCOUNTS


IMPORTS (PLEASE PRE-ORDER)

Saturday Love

2 B Free (Incl. Kon / Oliver Dollar / Baltra Remixes)

Fools Gold

FGR286

12"

£14.99 NO DISCOUNTS


ICYMI

Hard Disk

Dub Plate Business Collection

Suburban Base Records

SUBBASELP6

4 x 12"

£32.99 NO DISCOUNTS

Presence

White Powder EP

Mint Condition

MC055

12"

£6.99

Lasha Chkhaidze

Agartha LP

Intergalactic Research Institute for Sound

IRIS010

12"

£8.99

Various Artists

Crosstown Rebels present SPIRITS V

Crosstown Rebels

CRMLP049

2 x 12"

£13.99




Releases in detail:

HOUSE

Artist AMÉMÉ
Title Drum Beat (Incl. Joeski Remix)
Label Crosstown Rebels
Cat No CRM275
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 12/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Afro House] [Deep House] [House]

Track Listing

A. Loca

B1. Drum Beat

B2. Drum Beat (Joeski Remix)

Description

One Tribe label-owner AMÉMÉ makes his debut production appearance on Crosstown Rebels next month with the three-track Drum Beat. The EP includes a remix by longstanding US house veteran Joeski, marking a major career achievement for the Benin-born talent.

The Latin influence is experienced right from the word go on Loca, as Saharan-esque elements build alongside resonant hats and playful, Spanish-like vocals. Tribal percussion drifts in and out alongside, whilst whirring key solos feature subtly throughout. Drum Beat comes next, manifesting as a welcome slice of contemporary Afro-house that’s packed full of raw instrumentals and authentic lyrical samples, before Joeski’s remix brings things to an up-tempo, club-ready close.

Specialising in Afro-leaning electronic music, AMÉMÉ has marked himself as one of the continent’s breakthrough talents in recent years. Head of One Tribe, his productions have been supported by the pioneering figure of Black Coffee since 2019, whilst his appearances on Watergate Records, Blond:Ish’s Abracadabra imprint and the mighty MoBlack Records have been equally well-received, firmly establishing his presence as one of modern dance music’s rising stars.

Joeski’s trajectory can be traced back to 1991, when he burst onto the NYC house scene as a founding member of The Chocolate Factory DJ collective. Since then, the US veteran has garnered a worldwide following thanks to his Maya label, which was first incepted in 2001, as well his keen ear for production that has seen him release on Crosstown Rebels, Relief and a myriad of other heavyweight imprints in recent years.

HOUSE

Artist JT Company
Title Don't Deal With Us (Dusky Edits)
Label 17 Steps Recordings
Cat No 17STEPSE001
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 12/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Breakbeat] [House]

Track Listing

A. Don't Deal With Us (Dusky Edit) [Extended Mix]

B. Don't Deal With Us (Dusky Edit) [4x4 Mix]

Description

Dusky are back with their blistering rework of JT Company’s 1990 release ‘Don’t Deal With Us’. Retaining the infectious piano line of the original Dusky beef up this Italo House classic with their infamous basslines and driving percussion, resulting in a peak summertime anthem.

HOUSE

Artist Ewan McVicar
Title Tell Me Something Good
Label Trick
Cat No TRICK031
Format 12"
Price £7.49
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 12/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [House] [Tech House]

Track Listing

A. Tell Me Something Good

B. Delta

Description

Ewan McVicar ‘s releases his huge Trick release ‘Tell Me Something Good’ on vinyl this June.

Following releases on Shall Not Fade, Nervous, and his ‘Street Rave EP’ on Trick in 2020 as well as a pair of remixes on the label earlier this year, DJ Mag ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ nominee and Radio 1 favourite Ewan McVicar returns to Patrick Topping’s imprint with a two-track EP of summer-tinged smash hits.

‘Tell Me Something Good’ sees the Scottish DJ/producer cover Rufus & Chaka Khan’s 70s jam of the same name, twisting catchy vocals and huge synth stabs into an ecstatic peak time club weapon. ‘Delta’ brings the tempo down, but keeps the energy levels high as piano chords drift effortlessly across a chugging breakbeat and rolling basslines, making for a feel-good closing track to another standout release from Trick.

INDIE / ELECTRONICA

Artist A Mountain of One
Title Soft Landing
Label Amore
Cat No AMORE006
Format 7"
Price £6.99 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 19/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Electronica] [Indie]

Track Listing

A. Soft Landing (7 Vocal Version)

B. Soft Landing (Instrumental)

Description

The latest single from the album "Stars Planets Dust Me". Featuring vocal and instrumental versions.

INDIE / ELECTRONICA

Artist A Mountain Of One
Title Custards Last Stand (Dennis Bovell Remix)
Label Amore
Cat No AMORE002
Format 10"
Price £14.99 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 19/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Dub] [Electronica]

Track Listing

A. Custard's Last Stand (DUBfinity Version)

AA. Custard's Last Stand (DUBfinity Vocal Version)

Description

ElectronicaA Mountain Of One are set to return to the musical landscape with their brand new track “Custard’s Last Stand”, released 6th August through their new label AMORE via Above Board distribution. It is the first new piece of music the band have released in over a decade.

”Custard’s Last Stand” shows the band, made up of musical soulmates Mo Morris and Zeben Jameson, have lost nothing in the past decade. Recorded over Skype during the coronavirus pandemic, with Mo now in Bali and Zeben in west London, it is a shimmering, modern classic, experimental but accessible, melodic and adventurous. As ever, it is utterly unique, made in a musical universe all of their own.

“Custard’s Last Stand” EP is out 27th August, and will come with an incredible Dub Versions from dub pioneer Dennis Bovell MBE, as well as another new track “Stars, Planets, Dust, Me”. He has also provided a rare vocal performance.

The forthcoming album will be released this autumn. The whole project has been mastered then remixed for a forthcoming album by the legendary Ricardo Villalobos.

When A Mountain Of One AMO1first started performing, they quickly became one of the most-acclaimed bands out there, with the likes of i-D, Sunday Times Culture, Pitchfork, NME and more raving about them and their inspired and original approach, led by Mo and Zeben’s almost telepathic understanding.

Sold-out shows and awesome reviews followed with “Collected Works” and “Institute of Joy”, two phenomenal records that have stood the test of time, criss-crossing Balearic, folk, jazz, dance, rock and psychedelia.

A Mountain Of One have collaborated to create a coming together of music and virtual reality. With NYX VX, the band have developed a virtual world, one that will help provide inspired opportunities for artists looking to identify, connect and engage with audiences on multiple levels. This is the first stage of a new world that people will be building out and inhabiting, as venue for performances, home for musical and visual archives, space for play and exploration. Welcome to 'Stars, Planets, Dust, Me'.

Watch the teaser, soundtracked by new single “Custard’s Last Stand” HERE

The band also supplied the music for the stunning short film from acclaimed director Daniel Lindegren, filmed in London over lockdown. Check that out HERE

INDIE / ELECTRONICA

Artist Judaah
Title AMX005: Judaah Mixtape
Label Accidental Meetings
Cat No AMX005
Format Cassette
Price £6.50 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 19/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Ambient] [Dub] [Electronica] [Experimental]

Track Listing

Side A

Side B

Description

The Brothers From Different Mothers (BFDM) boss man Judaah next in line on the AMX series. He goes full sludge mode on Side A, starting with strictly low slung beats, tinged with dub/experimental influences before finishing up with some vocal percys. Side B starts with some electro / bailefunk crossovers, moving into a Jersey and Balt influenced section and then taken down a notch to finish.

Full AW by Ciaran Birch with double sided J-card & on body cassette printing.

No digital.

INDIE / ELECTRONICA

Artist Elijah Minnelli
Title Creamed Horn
Label Accidental Meetings
Cat No AM007
Format 10"
Price £6.99 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 19/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Dub] [Electronica] [Techno]

Track Listing

A1. They Of Many Stomachs

A2. Cud

B. Blue Top

Description

The mystical Elijah Minnelli steps away from his own imprint for the very first time, with a sublime 10" for Accidental Meetings with his trademark dub-folk sound...

There's not a huge amount of information surrounding the illustrious Elijah Minnelli, but after a run of highly sought-after 7"s with his own label, Elijah Minnelli debuts on Accidental Meetings. An exciting match-up by any means, Elijah's unique style is in full blow, with extra added hazy reverb & delay.

INDIE / ELECTRONICA

Artist ML
Title Life Always Breaks Your Heart
Label Accidental Meetings
Cat No AM006
Format Cassette
Price £6.50 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 19/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Ambient] [Experimental] [Leftfield]

Track Listing

A. Sooner

B. Later

Description

AM006 is by Berlin's ML, titled 'Life always breaks your heart'. Two 30-minute pieces were written, constructed, collaged and fixed together by himself. It's an important story, so there's a copy from ML below and also ours was written by Bokeh Version Industrial to do it justice.

Hallucinated Brazilian poetry read by text to voice engines, supernatural thrillers ripped from Youtube, the clang of cutlery and distant canteen conversation, that noise wire fencing makes when you rake it with a stick, crickets chirping over odd dance emotions, a sample you think your recognise but can’t name…..

The trivial is cosmically important, the cosmically important is trivial. ‘It’s about the product’ - all of life’s a sample. You contain universes.

Alice in Wonderland, late night sessions with kosmische guitar legends, ethnographic chants from an unknown land, “There’s no monopoly of knowledge / there’s no monopoly of power”: forecasts from global political trends, China will be important they say, someone’s whistling a tune that doesn’t exist, I’m thinking of times long before I was born . . .

Growing naturally like a beautiful montage from his field recordings (a rich library of personal psychoacoustic details) and his 150 Session on NTS, ML's Life Always Breaks Your Heart is mixtape-concrète:

Gamelan of the soul, Bio-Curry-Wurst in Kreuzberg, zither overlays the booms of the squatter’s homegrade grenades…

Mark Leckey vs. Alvin Curran, Gustav Flaubert vs Cabaret Voltaire, free association flashbacks with the timestamps mixed up, with added bass guitar, OP-1, Ableton, distinguishing the ‘real’ instruments becomes unimportant….they’re absorbed by memory foam….

No country, no flag – outernational without a cause!

There is no purpose, there is only reverie.

ML -

"A useless ruin, things are falling apart, even in our deepest, we long for harmony. A hypothetical path, for obscure reasons, fades into transparency. The mediocrity of Western culture, sicken by P.R., life offers a chance, a place for enthusiasm. The texture of the world, them can read it in your eyes. In the heart of schizo-culture, distance, suddenly shortened, forms characters as symbols. Deafen by mass media, embittered by unsettled chemistry, the willing body, forever in transition. The pre-invented existence, owned by language, creates a passage towards chaos. Paragraphs of currents, amplify the feelings, while silence leaks into the new luxury of time. Gentrification of sentiments, beneath our palms, all these memoirs. A modern consciousness, stretching over years in narcissistic differentiation. In touch with another human spirit, blowing backwards, beneath dark waters. We put our hands on your body, onto a new landscape, employed by metaphysical mutations. At the edge of the cosmos, prairies and mountains hide the truth in tactical silence. Apparently so, a number of months ago, above our head, a landscape of journals. Mystical content, statistically insignificant. A new patio, them crawled through the walls."

Recorded, collaged, and produced by ML
Mastering: Jacob Stoy
Artwork: Ciaran Birch
AM Copy: Miles / Bokeh Version Industrial

IMPORTS (PLEASE PRE-ORDER)

Artist Saturday Love
Title 2 B Free (Incl. Kon / Oliver Dollar / Baltra Remixes)
Label Fools Gold
Cat No FGR286
Format 12"
Price £14.99 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 19/08/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Disco] [House] [Nu Disco]

Track Listing

A1. 2 B Free (Kon's 12" Disco Mix)

B1. 2 B Free (Oliver Dollar Remix)

B2. 2 B Free (Baltra Remix)

Description

"Saturday Love's timeless disco anthem "2 B Free" is remix catnip, and every producer knocked this one out of the park. The piano-soaked collaboration between Boston beatsmith Kon and New York vocalist Fiorious gets masterfully reinvented by heavyweights Oliver Dollar and Baltra. With Kon's extended disco mix on this record, the question now is how can you only pick one of these for your set?"

ICYMI

Artist Hard Disk
Title Dub Plate Business Collection
Label Suburban Base Records
Cat No SUBBASELP6
Format 4 x 12"
Price £32.99 NO DISCOUNTS
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 29/07/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Drum & Bass] [Jungle]

Track Listing

A1. Double H Productions - How Dark It Is (Remix)

B1. E.K.U.D.C.M. - Ultra Jungle (All Nite)

B2. The Man With No Name - Stars (Remix)

C1. The Man With No Name - So Tight

D1. The Man With No Name - Painted Man

D2. The Man With No Name - Within Me

E1. E.K.U.D.C.M. - Just Sekkle

F1. E.K.U.D.C.M. - Quiji Board

F2. E.K.U.D.C.M. - On Dope

G1. E.K.U.D.C.M. - She Dance

H1. E.K.U.D.C.M. - Kashif (Love)

H2. Phiziks - Nobody

Description

MC DUKE was one of the first UK rappers to find a serious level of success, laying the ground work for a generation of hip hop talent to follow. As well as being a UK hip hop legend, he was also one of the pioneers of the early British hardcore / jungle sound & owner of the Hard Disk record label.

The legacy of MC Duke with the early rave sound was cemented in history forever when The Prodigy sampled his voice for their chart topping hit Everybody In The Place! He was also one of the first MC’s on London’s infamous Kool FM. As a producer Duke was signed to the Boogie Times label, sister imprint of the genre defining Suburban Base, under the alias E.K.U.D.C.M. (which is MC Duke spelled backwards).

The first slice of vinyl on this collection features rare cuts from 1993 and perfectly showcases the evolution of the rave era into the sound that was at the time described as jungle techno, the precursor to jungle as we now know it.

Vinyl number 2 is the one that will get the collectors salivating... Featuring music by The Man With No Name, currently the only copies of these tracks are available at an asking price of £167 on the resale market, with people already parting with up to £155 to own a copy via re-seller site discogs!

Our third & fourth disc once again features 2 of MC Dukes alias’ with the darkside goodness that is Quiji Board, and closes with the most up to date track from the compilation by Phiziks previously unreleased on vinyl.

All tracks on this Hard Disk compilation have been expertly re-mastered to give you the optimum listening experience while retaining that authentic early 90’s sound you’d expect. This four-part vinyl collection is placed in a beautiful presentation box for which we’ve digitally re-created the original artwork style from Hard Disk releases back in the day to make this a true collector piece for those wanting a genuine piece of UK culture history.

ICYMI

Artist Presence
Title White Powder EP
Label Mint Condition
Cat No MC055
Format 12"
Price £6.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 29/07/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [House] [Techno]

Track Listing

A1. Heart

A2. $10

B1. Giving Love

B2. Powder Chords

Description

Mint Condition - A record label focused on excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics, overlooked gems and never heard before material, mined from the last 30+ years 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 digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been in your wants list for years.

Dig in...

East Midlands house legend, Charles Webster, relocated to San Francisco in 1992, setting up Spirit Studios in the heart of the city and a highly productive period ensued. The 'White Powder' EP released in 1995, under Charles' Presence moniker is widely regarded as a classic of its genre, up there with any of its contemporaries on Prescription or Murk. All 4 tracks are flawless and groundbreaking in their ability to to draw together elements of soulful deep house, tribal percussion and the deep melodic tech-house sounds emerging from Europe and America's midwest into a unique whole.

EP opener 'Heart' features the haunting vocals of Sarah Jay, the track builds delicately, adding dark bass, before soaring strings lead into a melodic breakdown. $10's deftly programmed drums really deliver the funk, the deep melodic synth and pad progressions are mesmerising, whilst an unforgettable bass-line underpins the journey. Over on the flip 'Giving Love' intro's with gorgeous pad before shuffling percussion and an uplifting piano turn this track into a joyous ride. Lastly 'Powder Chords' sets the controls for heart of the dance floor, heavy kicks launch a much more techno influenced affair, it's dark and brooding but no less effective in its atmosphere and execution.

'White Powder' is all killer, no filler, a highly sought after slab of wax that has achieved cult status amongst the most discerning DJs, record collectors and music heads alike. Legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Charles Webster, lovingly 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!

ICYMI

Artist Lasha Chkhaidze
Title Agartha LP
Label Intergalactic Research Institute for Sound
Cat No IRIS010
Format 12"
Price £8.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 29/07/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Ambient] [Electronica] [Leftfield]

Track Listing

A1. Dog Days

A2. Indigenous Tribes

A3. Train to Asylum

B1. The First Drone

B2. On The Ledge

B3. Even The Sun Goes To Sleep

Description

The Institute is happy to present a newcomer in its ranks: Lasha Chkhaidze, one of the 13 members of collective "If Strangers." Georgia is home to melancholia and many exciting musicians, something we have shown in many of our previous releases. Lasha’s first album is part of this theme.

These six tracks gently pull you into a subtle and immersive journey. Listen and soon you find yourself pulled into the beauty of sadness - surrounded by these carefully crafted soundscapes which offer a perfect opportunity for a moment of introspection. The young Georgian delivers ambient and piano at its finest on this first LP.

As the legend says, Agartha is a lost kingdom, located in the earth’s core.
Only the bravest found courage to go to the journey to find it.
As you go deeper, the road gets darker, scarier… The journey to Agartha symbolizes the journey to the untraveled parts of human consciousness, which often frightens us, but as we observe and heal our dark parts we no longer need to compress and hide them. Facing our main fears will make our road mor adventurous, and one day the whole journey will become a tale. Tale of a man who found the lost kingdom of Agartha.

ICYMI

Artist Various Artists
Title Crosstown Rebels present SPIRITS V
Label Crosstown Rebels
Cat No CRMLP049
Format 2 x 12"
Price £13.99
Territory Worldwide
Release Date 29/07/2022
Assets Download
All Genres [Deep House] [House]

Track Listing

A1. Layla Benitez - Fides

A2. Mr.Diamond - Trabajar

B1. Denney - Kill The Soundboy

B2. ASK:ME & El Muerto ft. Soulfoot - Talk To Me

C1. GruuvElement's - Boom Room

C2. Chinonegro - My Moment

D1. Magila - Rayiys

D2. I AM JAS - Thanks Moon

Description

The release of Crosstown Rebels’ SPIRITS compilation is always a bastion moment for the label. The first edition came to prominence in 2017 and we’ve been graced with an annual compilation ever since, showcasing a consistent habit to champion established artists and breakthrough ones alike. Now, Crosstown Rebels’ lauded SPIRITS series will see the light of day once more in June, with the release of SPIRITS V.

NYC-native Layla Benitez leads proceedings with Fides, a progressive-leaning, introspective number that retains an inherent danceability throughout. It kicks off the compilation with a driving energy, one that’s perfectly matched by Trabajar - the Crosstown Rebels debut of recent Hot Creations inductee Mr.Diamond.

A techy-inspired cut, punchy four-four drum patterns create a distinctive late-night feel, as UK-talent Denney soon arrives with Kill The Soundboy. Showcasing the groove-laced house sound with which he’s become best known, the near seven-minute piece is sure to light up many a club setting this year, paving the way for Talk To Me. It’s a collaborative venture between Munich-based artist ASK:ME and El Muerto, with Soulfoot featuring on vocals. Retaining a vintage Detroit style, the fast-paced tempo creates a natural excitement before Romanian-born mainstay GruuvElement’s gifts us the minimal-toned Boom Room.

Building with tribal-like percussion and salsa-inspired instrumentals, it’s a playful excursion into dance music’s outer realms, paving the way for young Peruvian producer Chinonegro with My Moment. Whether it be the pluck of a guitar string or a jazzy trumpet solo, there’s an inherent authenticity to the six-minute piece, as a mid-track breakdown gives way to whispering hats and a rhythmic underlying backbone.

The penultimate offering comes from French-born, London-based regular Maglia, who serves up the enchanting Rayiys. The chirping of birds resides atop an ever-changing bassline, leaving us open and ready for the VA’s closing saga: Thanks Moon, by Spain’s I AM JAS. A heady combination of beautiful lyrical contributions combines with softly moving electronic elements, to leave us in a state of calm, inward reflection. Rounding off proceedings on a note of quietude, it reminds us of the final moments in clubland, transporting our psyche to sunrise, fond memories and everything in between.

Over a period of nineteen years, Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels has evolved into a world-renowned institution, garnering global audiences thanks to a consistent schedule of quality releases. In years since it’s earliest beginnings, the likes of Maceo Plex, Art Department, Seth Troxler, Ali Love, Mathew Jonson, Pier Bucci, Acid Pauli, Dennis Kurtel, Francesca Lombardo, Glimpse, Aphrohead, Fur Coat and a plethora of other figureheads have all found their home on the label.

The roster is international, showcasing how Crosstown has shaped a truly global scene. Releases are born in different continents by artists who hail from different countries, resulting in a sound that resonates worldwide. Perhaps most pivotal to the label’s success is its musical output: no part is governed by boundary or genre. It’s underpinned by a truly eclectic sound, one that reflects the diversity of Damian’s love for music itself. An album from drum and bass icon DJ Krust here, a maiden LP from Audiojack there… traversing genres has been Damian’s forte for decades - and Crosstown epitomises that as a result.