In 1980, the 9th Creation began working on new music at a Modesto studio, South East of Stockton. The studio was suspiciously cheaper than all of its competitors. After recording weeks of material, the band discovered the reason. “We didn’t know that the guys that were running the studio were drug dealers,” A.D. Burrise recalls. “There was a big raid.” All the studio’s master tapes were confiscated by the DEA. J.D Burrise unsuccessfully sued the DEA to recover the tapes but to no avail. Luckily Mike Micenheimer saved cassette mix-downs of some of the group’s songs from those sessions. “A Step Ahead” is the the 9th Creation’s lost album. 8 unreleased songs of pure soul, funk, disco and boogie.
We are proud to present this lost album for the first time. The ultra talented Jacob Arnold also wrote the complete story of the band that we are presenting with never seen before pictures.
Finally the CD version includes bonus tracks from the Love Crime 12”, the Mellow Music 7” and 3 previously unreleased (rough) demos.
(Because of the source of these recordings, please know that (sadly) some of the songs have drops in stereo and are not 100% audio quality.)
Peggy Gou is proud to announce the launch of her own independent record label, Gudu Records. The label’s first release will be the Moment EP - a two-track 12” featuring the tracks ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Han Pan’.
'Moment’ sees Gou continue to explore the charismatic facets of her musical and personal identity, drawing on her Korean heritage and language and her love for house & disco’s Eighties heritage, with particular nods to the output of labels such as Prelude and West End Records in the decade’s nascent years.
Gou’s own singing voice, known to so many from last year’s ‘Once’ EP, returns here to confidently guide the rhythm on ‘Starry Night’. Mixing both Korean and English vocals over a tumbling cascade of percussion and piano house keys, the track builds to incorporate layers of instrumental samples and subtle acid lines. Romantic, anthemic and timeless in its feel, it reaffirms Gou’s skill as a songwriter with appeal that resonates beyond crowded dancefloors, not to mention language barriers.
'Han Pan' follows as an instantly rhythmic affair that draws energy from a memorable and delicately tuned pan-drum. Alongside some expert and understated arrangement, as well as another, contrasting vocal performance, ‘Han Pan’ transmits a different but equally powerful energy.
Tibi Dabo is the latest project from Barcelona born DJ and producer Max Guardans.
Following on from last year’s La Dorada on Rebellion, he brings his enigmatic sonic
exploration to Crosstown this May.
The EP opens up with the gentle yet thudding bass of Her Moon. The track is ten minutes
of pure euphoria. Mesmerising cosmic synths travel towards the first breakdown where the
track enters a darker phase before they weave their way back in as a 90s inspired piano
topline joins proceedings. It’s All Behind takes the EP on a deeper trip with an emotive,
soulful, vocal and shimmering melodies. Closing the EP, Nowhere Beach deploys a rapid
beat with industrial hints and a rolling bassline, whilst keeping the cosmic feel of its
predecessors. A warm synthline uplifts in the breakdown.
The alias of Max Guardans, Tibi Dabo is also the name of a mountain that overlooks
Guardans’ hometown of Barcelona. Under this alias the young DJ and producer seeks to
explore and experiment with a wide and varied sonic soundscape. His first EP, 2017’s
Ende, was signed to Sasha’s highly acclaimed label, Last Night On Earth. Last year’s
offering La Dorada was picked up by Damian Lazarus who signed it to his Rebellion
imprint, with both EPs showcasing Guardans’ ability to create evocative music that shows
a musical maturity beyond his years.
With a love for crystalline melodies, gentle pads, and elegant drum programming, Valencian producer Pépe has been handsomely traversing the realms of house, electro, and breakbeat for the last two years. Armed with a sound that is inherently sincere, moody, and emotive, he has fostered a strong reputation from fans and press alike, including being awarded 2018’s "Spanish Producer of the Year" in DJ Mag.
After noticed releases on Lobster Theremin, Deep Sea Frequency and Renascence and remixes for RAMP Recordings, Anti Skate, Easytiiger and Midnight Themes, Pépe lands on Loose Fit, a young and exciting imprint with affiliations to Manchester and Tokyo and a current homebase of Berlin.
Starting out with a party series in Manchester which brought the likes of Dark Sky, Brassica, Maxxi Soundsystem and more to the city, the Loose Fit label has set its sights on the meeting ground between italo, electro and dream house, with the label’s first two releases coming courtesy of Just Breathe and most recently, Jordan & Brassica, which reached the second spot on Beatport's indie dance releases in a matter of days.
On his Loose Fit debut, Pépe shoots for scintillating rave euphoria across two striking originals. “Light (High As You Can)” is pure featherweight breaks with gleaming synths and a simple but polished vocal sample that glides through the mix. “Trouble Glider” aims for similar emotional heights, all in dopamine surge arps and piano house euphorics. Ever the master remixer, Lauer jumps in to close the EP subtly reshaping “Trouble Glider” into the main stage ready banger that it was destined to become.
Blue Veil, AKA Danny Clancy, serves up four mesmerising productions for his Dichotomy label’s fifth release.
Having already showcased stunning releases from Mary Yalex and Ahu, Blue Veil continues to shape the sound and aesthetics of this burgeoning label with the “Dreaming In Colour” EP.
Choral pads breeze over an uncluttered rhythm on the stunning “I Can’t Go On. I’ll Go On”, whilst “Small Prophecies” drifts over forlorn piano chords and an almost tropical rhythm pattern.
A brooding and dusty breakbeat heralds “Another Day”, switching up the EPs tempo for a slower jam, but still bathed in blankets of soulful tones, whilst “I Don’t Want to Die in Dalston” is another emotive composition filled with deft musical refrains and big, panoramic melodies.
Dutch producer Joren Edwards debuts on Archie Hamilton’s Moss Co. with
three trippy cuts entitled ‘For The Terrace’ EP.
Music production student at the infamous Herman Brood Academy, Joren
Edwards is an exciting prospect from Utrecht, Netherlands, gaining support from
the likes of Benny Rodrigues and Archie Hamilton. Beyond his production, he
also DJs across Holland, performing at respected clubbing institutions like
Shelter, Thuishaven, Straf_werk, Basis and the late Sugarfactory. Archie
Hamilton’s creative subseries to Moscow, Moss. Co has delivered many
dynamic projects since its birth in 2013, such as Ferro, Nu Zau, TIJN, Hanfry
Martinez, Stephan Bazbaz, Dan Farserelli and Mariano Mateljan.
‘For The Terrace’ presents close to nine minutes of rolling drums, with
shimmering arps that envelope into acidy tones amidst warm vocals. ‘Change’
then offers a contrasting open-hat shuffle ahead of fluttering chord stabs, before
‘Searching For You’ delivers dreamy pads pushed by a steady bass groove and
Danish producer Paxton Fettel joins Delusions for his debut EP for the label entitled Night Waves. Despite his youth, he has notched up an enviable catalogue of original, eclectic releases including two LP’s for Greta Cottage Workshop as well as EP’s for Plumage, Kolour LTD and Apersonal. Paxton’s unique sound and audiophile approach to production has led to remixes for Uffe on Tartelet, Chocky on Secret Reels and most recently Sunrom on ﬂedgling vinyl-only label The Bricks.
For his Night Waves EP we get a snapshot of the mans diversity across three original tracks. The opener sees Paxton in his most raw, jacking, dance ﬂoor focussed mood to date and the result is a high energy house track which punches hard on a big system. Featuring his own bass playing, snipped and squeezed through the sonic mangle, Night Waves steams along with big bold pianos, swinging hats and just the right amount of ﬂoating synths. Simple elements which combine to be so much more than the sum of its parts and one of those stand-out cuts that will be stuck in your head long after you’ve left the danceﬂoor.
Flipping over we have Paxton going full-on jazz mode in Paciﬁca 399 To Freedom. A track which once again has his beloved Sandberg California live bass part pushed to the fore, pianos, strings and synths building around the driving disco groove. Feel-good sunshine vibes oozing from the speakers as little melodies dance around the sizzling hi hats and encompassing pulse of the kick drum.
Finally we have a deeper note to close on with It’s Clear. A repeating vocal hook runs throughout the intro while intricate drum programming gives a nod to the sounds of broken beat and live jazz sensibilities. The end result is a warm, loose and dubby jam which completes the package in ﬁne style and leaves us looking forward to hearing more from this talented young producer from Copenhagen.
We are so pleased to be able to support Amonita. She makes music that makes us melt.
Her four track EP is bliss. The arrangements magical. The feeling yummy.
Each track a journey in itself you just have to push play and let these compositions roll.
Instantly accessible yet complex. Amonita leads the way and inspires all.
B1. The Spirit (Mark Broom's Let's Talk Extended Remix)
B2. The Spirit (Mark Broom's Club Rub Extended Remix)
When Simon Dunmore heard Horse Meat Disco drop ‘The Spirit’ at Glitterbox in Ibiza last summer he immediately needed to know where and who the track came from. It’s no surprise that Mighty Mouse’s style of production was a good match for Glitterbox, with his reputation of delivering high energy, eclectic, disco infused sets. The track went on to become Annie Mac’s Hottest Record and has been on heavy rotation among all discerning disco DJs. Now this rugged party starter has its long-awaited vinyl release, with an exclusive remix from Partyfine boss and French maestro Yuksek keeping it company on the A-side. On the B-side are two huge remixes from UK techno titan Mark Broom, bringing new depth to the disco original.
Hailing from Saint-Petersburg — the rave capital of Russia as they referred to in the 90’s — Maruwa is an upcoming DJ and producer that fuses many of her musical influences.
Being a classically trained pianist and a child of the 90’s / 00’s, Maruwa's productions link emotional impressionism and IDM atmospherics with tropes of breakbeat hardcore and rawness of dancefloor oriented house.
B1. I'm Not Defeated, Pt. II (Honey Dijon's Fiercely Furious Dub)
B2. I'm Not Defeated, Pt. II (Honey Dijon's Fiercely Furious Dubstrumental)
If Fiorious’ debut single is a pounding fistful of defiant house, Honey Dijon gives ‘I’m Not Defeated Pt. II’ a snapping elasticated rework with her ‘Fiercely Furious Dub’ on this vinyl release. More than just a remix, Honey has recreated a classic Paradise Garage vibe by drafting musicians to re-record the track, with a fresh Fiorious vocal laid on top. A powerful call-to-resistance club anthem, ‘I’m Not Defeated’ is the debut Glitterbox single from Fiorious, now available on 12” along with instrumental and accapella versions, as well as ‘Honey Dijon’s Fiercely Furious Dub’ and ‘Honey Dijon’s Fiercely Furious Dubstrumental’.
Following on from last year’s Bump It EP, Sammy W Tobus join musical
forces once again, this time with a fiery three-part offering for Hot Creations.
Acid Terrace opens the EP - a rumbling roller that cuts a fierce groove
complimented by intriguing vocal samples. Shake It plunges in full power with its
heavy-hitting bassline and rhythmic beat. Closing the package, Jam Tight is a funky
number that chops and blends vocals alongside pads, adding classic house
elements that create a solid, dancefloor burner.
The pairing of Sammy W & Tobus first came to our attention back in 2011. Their
fresh approach to DJ sets has garnered support from some of the scene’s top DJs.
They seamlessly blend and blur the lines between genres, creating their own sound
using elements of tech-house, funk and hip-hop. They’ve released music on 8bit,
Repopulate Mars, Roush, Mr. Nice Guy, Brock Wild, as well as running their own
labels Tobus X and Tobus Limited.
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons
All I Need To Get High (Inc. BUTCH & Ae:ther Remixes)
B1. All I Need To Get High (Ae:ther Dreaming Dub Remix)
Following on from last year’s album, Heart Of Sky, Damian Lazarus joins forces once again with his
spellbinding live project, The Ancient Moons, on Crosstown Rebels this April. He invites two of
Crosstown’s most recent signees, BUTCH and Ae:ther, to provide their own take on the track.
The original cut of All I Need To Get High opens up with an atmospheric, broken beat intro. Lazarus explains
that he “started with the pretext of the melody from the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell classic and built a
psychedelic journey inspired by Pink Floyd and gospel choirs”. The breathy and soulful male vocals blend
effortlessly into the euphoric and hypnotising strings as the underpinning bassline drives the track onward.
“The song is deep, soulful and a little strange and I’m very proud of it,” Damian says. BUTCH creates a more
club aesthetic, adding a deep and rolling bass with squelchy synths and minimal vocals. A mesmerising
break bleeds back into the gritty bass. Next to provide their take is Ae:ther. He creates a more sinister and
foreboding feel with trance-like elements and an urgent beat.
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons have unleashed a plethora of enchanting releases on Crosstown
over the past few years. 2015’s album, Message From The Other Side, received high praise from the media
with The Fader calling it “a journey into techno’s dreamiest recesses” and Vice naming it a “psychedelic
masterpiece”. Taken from last year’s Heart Of Sky album, All I Need To Get High, features the vocal talents
of London singer Jesse Appiah, who has worked alongside Michael Kiwanuka, Jamie Woon, Kwabs and
Jess Glynne. BUTCH has worked alongside big names such as Ricardo Villalobos and released on the likes
of Rekids and Cocoon. His hard work has seen him awarded the title of Best Producer from Groove
Magazine two years running. As well as providing this remix for Lazarus, Ae:ther’s debut album has also
been signed to Crosstown. 2019 will see the Berlin-based producer release once again on Afterlife as well as
unleashing his dazzling live-show on the world.
Hot on the heels of the recent Normalizm EP and 4-tracker that topped vinyl charts for Kerri Chandlers Kaoz Theory, Art Department drops a 3 track vinyl-only offering for this year’s Record Store Day, simply titled ‘A Record For Records Sake’. The release kicks off with a warm, filtered and looped sample work out featuring disco guitar licks and a simple, infectious key melody executed in typically raw Art Department fashion. The song comes with a “Dolled Up Mix” which sees subtle changes in filter work and mixdown to extract a different emotion from the record. The EP closes with a straight forward house offering in “d’igualada “, a stripped back and deep affair with muted jazz undertones and relentless rhythm section. A perfect vinyl contribution to celebrate Record Store Day from the veteran Art Department.
We're very happy to announce that DrumTalk is back! He never fully went away, but we're excited to share the results as he ambles into different directions with slower tempos on one side, and faster on the other - while still sounding as vibrant as ever..
Man Power’s Me Me Me welcomes another close friend back to the fold, with a stellar single from Bristol’s Christophe, backed with remixes from Paranoid London’s Johnny Aux and regular label contributor Frank Butters.
Me Me Me is having a fine run of form in recent months, with outstanding releases from the likes of Ian Blevins, Austin Ato, Shit Robot & Man Power himself. Press and radio support from the likes of Mixmag, XLR8R, Resident Advisor, DJ Mag, BBC Radio 1 and BBC6 Music has been accompanied with rapturous DJ support from Andrew Weatherall to Ben UFO, DJ Harvey to Elton John! This latest chapter see Bristolian Christophe step up to the plate, a producer probably best known for his superb releases on Futureboogie, but who has also featured on Me Me Me, both as a remixer and contributor to last year’s charity compilation.
His first full release on the imprint kicks off with the acid-fuelled, electro workout that is ‘Rok The Hall’. Hypnotic squelch and skittering mid-tempo rhythms provide the perfect basis for a sleazed out vocal that is guaranteed to set dancefloors alight. The original is accompanied by a remix from Paranoid London’s Johnny Aux, a producer who has previously reworked the likes of Tiga vs Boysnoize, Shit Robot & The Martinez Brothers. Here he dials up the vintage pads and takes things in a deeper, mesmerizing house direction.
The second of the originals is ‘Like That’, an altogether more bumping affair with an 80s acid house energy derived from its driving analogue funk and judicious sample use. The remix on this comes from Cult of Glamour producer Frank Butters who steers things into Moroder-esque territory with arpegiated bass and syncopated keys. The digital package also features an instrumental version of ‘Rok The Hall’ for those who want things a little stripped back.
This latest release from Christophe and Me Me Me is a superb future-retro offering that is guaranteed to keep dancefloors warm in 2019.
Another sure-shot legit reissue from the Easy Streets vaults. Unbelievably from 1990, this forward thinking slab of dark and moody breakbeat techno courtesy of Open Mind (aka Joey Beltram) hits the spot everytime! Harking back to the glory days of euro-techno, pre-jungle, the dark-side and all in-between.... Need we say more? The eerie atmospheres, epic synth breaks and stuttering drum machine programming combines to create the super heavy sound that early Beltram is known for and 'The Trance' is one record that any serious techno or electro lover will need in their bag. Rare as hen's teeth, hard to cop and a total under the radar classic, 'The Trance' is here again, and it's not taking any prisoners!
As we said before, this monster dropped on Easy Street in '90, and has been caned by the most discerning of DJ's and diggers across the galaxy ever since. Every home should have a copy of this, no collection is complete without it. A record that will never go out of style & will always do the requisite damage on any dance-floor it's dropped on. Essential.
Shout out to Easy Street, %100 legit re-issue, re-master & re-press from the original tapes, essential wax!
A1 is ‘On You’, Loyal Hardware’s minimal, moody, breakbeat tune that caught the attention of EDiT
(GlitchMob); Perera Elsewhere (FoF) and Luckyme’s Jacques Greene who played the single across NTS, The Lot Radio and in his BBC Radio 1 ‘After Party playlist’ with Monki; describing that “it touches on the DNA of club music” with “all these moments of beauty… it’s got this mix of sorta’ heavy drums but it’s more vibey than it is a hard hard track”.
‘Dust’ and ‘Round Here’ accompany on the B-Side of Loyal Hardware’s debut EP, confirming that the
producer who has supported the likes of Lapalux, Rival Consoles, Aisha Devi, Jacques Greene and DJRUM, is one to watch.
Radio Slave’s R-Time returns with three unreleased Fabrice Lig productions from the vaults spanning over two decades.
Scanning through his discography, Fabrice Lig’s reputation for producing some of house and techno’s most brilliant music is indisputable. R&S, Subject Detroit, Planet E, F-Communications, Versatile, KMS... these are only a handful of respected labels which the Belgian artist has released on. Lig now joins Matt Edwards’ prestigious vinyl reissue label with three never-released tracks showcasing a sound and style that have withstood the test of time.
‘The Meeting’ is the most recent track on the package, delivering glorious enveloping plucks over shining string chords before Lig’s signature funky melodies glide amidst jazzy cymbal rides.
On the flip, ‘Nebula 101’ is a retro minimal track recorded in 2015 featuring a wonky rhythm, Shruti synth bass and piercing Roland Sh101 stabs until the high octane ‘Noise Revolt’, which was recorded in 1995, concludes the package with thundering 909 drums, echoing snares and relentless Sh101 synths.
Gary Gritness presents The Legend Of Cherenkov Blue, the soundtrack to a cyber-funk tale of assassination, double-crossing, espionage and street hustling that will have your imagination running wild for the true narrative.
Gary takes you on an aural ride through bad-ass electro-funk; gnarly Roland 606 drum rhythms and soaring riffs glide over these 10 pieces, as the listener experiences every good deal gone wrong, every bad deal gone right, back-stabbing, stolen kisses and dirty scrapes that our hero goes through.
A concept album of the highest order, The Legend Of Cherenkov seamlessly blends its various musical chapters and unbridled variety, and takes you on a ride that’ll have you picking the bits of seat out of your fingernails.
Having formerly appeared on Hypercolour, Clone and Nyami Nyami Records, this is Gary Gritness’s debut full-length album. Live shows have enthralled the crowds at Glastonbury Festival, Dimensions, Unibeat Festival and many more.
American producer FBK returns to Rekids with his debut album entitled ‘More
Stories From The Future’.
Long-term house and techno heavyweight, Kevin M. Kennedy aka FBK has a
career spanning three decades. Debuting with a seminal release on Frictional in
’97, Kennedy went on to appear on labels like diametric. and Urban Kickz, whilst
more recent releases have landed on Barba Records, Suspected (alongside Paul
Mac) and Rekids - kick-starting the label’s Special Projects series. With a close
bond to Detroit greats like Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Daniel Bell, Claude Young,
Keith Tucker and Sherard Ingram (DJ Stingray), FBK is considered a true
contemporary. Returning to Rekids for his inaugural long player, ‘More Stories
From The Future’ demonstrates his versatility within the studio and mirrors his
genre-bending approach to performing, both as a DJ and live act.
‘Modular Life’ brings deep resonating lows, liquid pads and clinical percussion,
before the psychedelic vocals of ‘I’ll Sit Back, You’ll Jack’ join smashing snares
and intensifying synths. Exhibiting erratic sound design, ‘Layers of Fear’ comes
complete with pumping drums and intense hi-hats, until ‘Hassling’ offers a
stepping groove, thick pad stabs and deep sub movement. ‘Headless’ gets
modular heavy with bubbling effects and shuffling rhythm, preceding the driving
kicks of ‘Gate Closing’ where ghostly vocals meet enveloping acid growls. ‘The
Boxing Lesson’ delivers punchy kicks and steppy snares under lofty atmospherics,
ending on ‘The Finisher’s Heart’ where evolving detuned synths flow over powerful
Iceland’s Dynkur debuts on FALKdisks with four thunderous cuts entitled ‘Tschüssi’ EP.
Dynkur is the creative alias of Thordur Arnarson who’s been working with sound for over twenty years through DJing, engineering and instrument creation. Dynkur represents the rough side of Thordur’s sound with exploration and improvisation being an intricate part of his process. Arnarson experiments by morphing beats and textures together which can be heard not only in his recordings but also in his live shows with an appearance at Sonar in his hometown of Reykjavík coming up later in 2019. Dynkur’s ‘Tshüssi’ EP sees him join FALKdisks, the sub-label of FALK (Fuck Art Let’s Kill) following the likes Asmus Odsat and Jónbjörn, as well as AAIIEENN and Lord Pusswhip on the main label.
‘Trk01’ begins with resonating kicks, acid synth zaps and undulating, angelic pads before ‘Errrare’ maintains the gritty sound design delivering sharp modulations, pacey drums and eccentric, wavering tones. Raw elements layered with pitched down, distorted percussion and shrilling oscillations make way for ‘Arecibo’ until ‘Ocean of Sound’ finishes things off with haunting synth keys, esoteric vocal samples and machine-like pulsations thudding in and out of focus.
Dynkur ‘Tschüssi’ EP drops on FALKdisks on 12th April 2019.
With his new four-track EP, Gardens of God takes you in and keeps your body and mind in motion alongside its somber, yet fast-paced rhythmic flow. “Blut” comes in with a feeling of impending danger which lingers throughout the higher-pitched title-track “Rau”, never cutting down the established tension. As the anticipation grows and the dark and steady “Trys” lets you revel in its consistent beats, “Red Is The Colour” takes in on the challenge to bewilder, remaining sharp and compelling before leaving the listener lingering on the ominous dreamscape of “Rau EP”.
‘Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume One.1: Coursework’ was created using a newly-formed piece called ‘Bongo Glow’ and reworkings of three tracks from the original album.
‘Bongo Glow’, a work in progress at the time, was finished using the same processes as ‘CCCLV1’ so that it could appear on the Japanese release of the album.
The additional three reworkings were created without direct instruction as an experiment to see how they changed with input from external sources.
Daniel Avery’s remix of ‘Usyring’ is a slow building majestic tome that comes full circle.
The Radiophonic Workshop took ‘Blissters’ and created a more experimental reworking in their unique style.
Chris Liebing gave ‘Tones Map’ a brooding anthemic feel, adding his Slow Burn remix technique.
Denis Horvat returns to Afterlife Recordings for a second EP of distinctive, dancefloor productions.
A year after ‘Modelo’ comes ‘Miracle Of The Rose’, an evocative and authentic development of Horvat’s sound. On ‘Noise’, the vocals of Lelah give way to a stripped-down, reverberant groove. The title track rises with a free-flowing melody before dropping a tough, angular beat. ‘Divin’ is the EP’s deepest cut, before digital only track ‘Royale’ rounds off this diverse release with flair.
After a chance find of a DAT tape containing the vocal session for the classic “Hardcore You Know The Score” by The Hypnotist, this EP was specially commissioned.
Remixes are provided by DISINTEGRATOR, New York City based DJ/Producers Oliver Chesler and John Selway) and INNERCORE (Matt Teksteppa Wilkins).
The Digital release in 2019 will have more mixes but we decided to keep this EP as Hardcore and true to the spirit of Rising High Records back catalogue of the early 90's as possible
Also included is the classic Original Mix.
QUOTE: Caspar Pound “The More Nose Bleed The Better”
Remastered and recut by MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
4 Pure Jungle Techno tracks from the mind of Dan Silk (New Zealand)
"Peer Pressure" is dark stomper full of Intricate beats and twisted pads. "Ravenous" is pure Sound Entity style, Dan doffing his cap to the Jack Smooth productions of the early 90's but bringing a groovin' baseline to the party too. "Pulse" gets serious with a heavy vibe and Synth line that wouldn't be out of place at Helter Skelter in 93.
"Q.I" treats us to lush pads before returning to the rolling heavy baseline driven Techno that typifies this EP.
4 quality examples of modern Hardcore Underground Music.
Originally released on Rabbit City Records as a CD collection taken from the first batch of EP's on Rabbit City. Remastered and offered by Mike Wells on his own FMM imprint. Definitely one of my all time favourites from 1992, Force Mass Motions early work was very distinctive. A sound that owed a lot to how Mike Wells sourced a lot of his sounds. Listening to and taping Kiss FM and sampling it. With a home built sound card his brother made an Amiga was the centre of the studio. All the music was mixed down through an old Broadcast desk using a few clever delay line tricks that give the music a lot of depth. Very distinctive, totally original the music was caned by all the DJ's.
MIKE ASH'S NEW ACID TECHNO EP SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS MADE SOME TIME IN THE DISTANT PHUTURE, LONG AFTER THE FINAL HUMAN DOWNFALL BUT AT THE HANDS OF ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT ROBOTS FROM A DISTANT GALAXY ROAMING THE EARTH DESTROYING THE MEGA CITIES AND ITS INHABITANTS WITH SONIC DEATH RAYS.
Phuturistic Electro / Techno Music Written By a secret Microchip, connected to Intergalactic Celestial Circuits. Transmitted across the Space Time Continum from a Distant Galaxy populated by Artifically Intelligent Robots.
This message was Intercepted by The Hacker Command and recorded to wax for Phuture generations to interpret..
A gem of an EP, the "Untitled" track could easily have been mistaken for a Warp Records release or AFX. Techno to drive you nuts.
Written by my Sound Designer friend, Michael Bolton, at University in 1998.
The Driving Me Nuts track is a sample of our tutors reaction to a track I made she hated.
Voodoo Dance Malarky's intro would be worthy of a Chemical Bros track, full of little surprises and an evil break at the end.
Originally recorded to tape. Cleaned up by me years later, remastered by Subvert Central Mastering and cut at Curve Pusher. Pressing by Vinyl Presents on clear Vinyl.
Following Jaguar Mirror [c.2016] and Night School Of Universal Wisdom [c.2017], psychonaut Thunder Tillman and his personal shaman Pontus deliver another sublime EP, completing an illustrious trilogy with arguably their most expansive work to date, Condor Sunﬂower. The title track is emotionally overwhelming, a drum procession that carries a righteous battle hymn to epic heights, accumulating primitive instrumentation, ceremonial chants, emotive chord changes and Beach Boy harmonies before exiting on a tear-jerking coda. The intermediary track Sväva is just as vulnerable, a modestly-arranged and leisurely-paced lullaby, where angels coalesce with a droning organ and eventually unfurl into the warm glow of rapture. Before we hit rock bottom, Thunder and Pony halt the elevator, abandoning any sense of melancholy and climbing to new heights with Creation Discoteque, an 11-minute Prog beast that chronicles a myriad of their musical adventures. This retrospective of altered states does seem designed to drop the curtain on their meticulously-crafted narrative, but not without foreshadowing their future and throwing in an air-shaking rave-up that sprints toward the ﬁnish line. What we ﬁnd enviable, spanning 3 glorious Thunder Tillman EPs and short ﬁlms, is the duo’s creative simpatico, something that many artists in collaboration never truly behold. It’s not their joint musical intuition, their intrinsic understanding of one another’s craft, or even the power of their improvisational tether, but their spiritual alliance that nobody can touch. It’s as if they share a tandem bicycle ride on the highest plane of consciousness to lounge in the members-only spa where they telepathically discuss secrets of high-grade musical alchemy
The latest addition to the James Holden archive is an album of solo synth work originally written to accompany the critically-acclaimed documentary ‘A Cambodian Spring’: fourteen tracks of pulsing melancholy, foreboding drone and even the occasional burst of beatless trance in the form of the uplifting arpeggios of surefire album highlight ‘Solidarity Theme’.
Picking up where his classic 2013 album ‘The Inheritors’ left off (and giving ‘Self-Playing Schmaltz’ a new cinematic airing) Holden’s debut soundtrack project combines the sound palette of his beloved Prophet 600 with a cranky old Hammond organ to showcase the full breadth of his musical tastes across the epic documentary format.
The LP includes digital download code and sleevenotes by ‘Imaginary Cities’ author Darran Anderson.
Record Store Day
Punkin Machine / Suzy Q
I Need You Tonight / Tonight (Record Store Day 2019)
Double header reissue heat from the Unidisc back catalogue! One of the most in demand titles from the cult Canadian labels repertoire - Punkin Machine’s “I Need You Tonight” was first heard in the clubs in 1981 and received anthemic status, finding new favour with DJ's in the early 2000's excavating the wide world of Disco (the track featured on DFA's legendary Fabric mix CD in 2007). Copies of this instantly recognisable disco bomb are very tough to come by and are now going for big money in the second hand market with 100’s of wants, and for good reason! The track was later covered by Suzy Q, who’s version entitled “Tonight”, is included here on the flip side in both the original vocal and dub / instrumental versions. Both tracks on this double header have been re mastered from the original tapes held in Unidisc’s Montreal HQ for maximum sonic Discotheque playback! Essential and hot tracks for dancers and disc jocks alike!
My Body - Louie Vega Remixes (Record Store Day 2019)
On April 13, 2019 Record Day, Vega Records celebrates with the new release “My Body” performed by none other than the Legend and King R&B, soul singer Luther Vandross. This is a song that was never released and was recorded back in 1979 by Luther Vandross when he was working on the collossal album “Never Too Much”. Brought to Louie Vega by artist and renowned background singer to the greats Mr. Fonzi Thornton, Vega was able to work on the immaculate sounds of Vandross. As Vega recalls “When I put up the tracks in my studio it sounded as if Luther were singing today, it made it so easy to come with the house grooves having such a perfect vocal performance and one of a kind tone. Once I came with the music, I felt I needed to bring in his original background singers, the A-team, which Fonzi organized in a flash. He called upon the genius singers Brenda White, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, Tawatha Agee and of he joined the session. We are talking the A-Team of background singers, a dream come true in my studio”, Vega recalls. “And what a session it was!”
To add to this impeccable package is a stunning art piece by Richard Wilson on the cover of the vinyl double pack 12”. There are seven versions to choose from ready to work b2b.
LOUIE VEGA SENDS A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LUTHER VANDROSS (which is on April 20, 2019) & THANK YOU TO FONZI THORNTON, SEVETA WILLIAMS, AND VANDROSS MUSIC, LLC.
Vinyl distributed by Above Board UK
Manufactured by Optimal, Germany
Art by Richard Wilson
Graphic Art & Design by Matt “Signor” Mayes
Kings Of House (Louie Vega / David Morales) feat. Julie McKnight
Banoffee Pies drop their annual Record Store Day insert with BPRSD004. “Hello from the children of Planet Earth.” The A side sees a waterslide of sounds with break beat infused minimal techno track from KOKO. For the dance with drums. The B side comes with a somber serving of UK feelings from Embezzlement Society. With “Sobriety” A slow motion reflection with emotive speech. For the lounge. Give love, make dance, be peace like Starfish. Kiss, Banoffee xx
A1. Philip Budny - Paprocie (Jacques Renault Remix)
A2. Brian Ring - Big Town Boy, Small Town Dreams (Jacques Renault Remix)
B1. Jacques Renault - Donau Beach
B2. Lovers - Sweetest Thing (Jacques Renault BK Club Version)
For this Record Store Day, we're doing something a little different and compiling a smattering of previously digital-only Jacques Renault tracks onto a 12-inch slab of wax!
Three remixes contained here, two of which LPH released in 2017 and 2019, one of which our friends at XXX Records in Holland put out last year, and one original, a Juno advent giveaway from last December.
All engineered with that sublime balance of precise arranging and loose, swinging drum programming Renault is renowned for. A must-have for your bag.
Red Eye (The Kenny Larkin Mixes) (Record Store Day 2019)
Headz up! Guti’s current club cutter ‘Red Eye’ continues to wriggle and writhe its way hypnotically into our sets and psyches with these two crucial versions from one of house and techno’s most respected gentlemen… The one and only Kenny Larkin.
Weighing in at a combined length of 20+ minutes, both remixes capture the Detroit legend at his deepest and most cosmic with his hands glued to the dials. Not just part of the biggest single from Guti’s ‘Year Of The Conga’ album so far, they also tell a unique tale of their own…
These mixes were originally meant for the full release earlier this year, alongside killer mixes from Loco Dice and Priku. But when Larkin received a shiny new Moog One he rang Guti and label bosses the Martinez Brother and told them that they’d have to wait… He was about go back in with a whole new modular perspective.
You can feel it, too; that deep throb on the subs and trippy psychedelic swirls of his ‘Black Eye’ mix and that wobbling voluptuous bassline in his ‘Pink Eye’ mix are just two examples of Kenny’s attention to sonic detail and pure analogweight on these two immersive, alluring remixes.
Well worth the wait, and another precision chapter to the beautiful back-to-roots adventure that is Guti’s third artist album ‘Year Of The Conga’, don’t sleep on these… They’re going out strictly as Record Store Day specials. Vinyl crew, this one’s for you.
A. Kenny Larkin Black Eye Remix
B. Kenny Larkin Pink Eye Remix
Canoe’s 10th release is a limited edition sampler for record store day featuring two of Nyra’s most widely supported releases, ‘On & On’ and ‘Love Safari’, plus the unreleased ‘Take Me To The Water’ made especially to celebrate the label’s 10th release.
“NO SPLASHING POOLSIDE”
Released 13th April exclusively for Record Store Day
Aset Forever EP (Brame & Hamo and KETTAMA Remixes) (Record Store Day 2019)
Following the release of the ‘Aset Forever’ EP in September, Dusky announce Brame & Hamo and KETTAMA as remixers of EP tracks ‘Amongst The Gods’ and ‘Staunch’.
On the ‘Amongst The Gods’ remix, Irish born, Berlin based duo Brame & Hamo bring distorted kicks and industrial percussion that are sprinkled with euphoric samples from the original, helping to provide an unequivocally rave ready flip.
Fellow Irishman, and rising star, KETTAMA takes the reigns on ‘Staunch’, turning the dark and brooding original into a thumping hard house epic punctuated with zapping synths and hefty percussion.
Phantom Power EP feat. Voigtmann Remix (Record Store Day 2019)
Leftroom continue their rejuvenated, rich vein of subversive form with this dynamite 12” from a man who needs no introduction whatsoever: Alex Arnout.
Long time Leftroom kindred spirit and close friend, first time label artist, here we find the Dogmatik bossman in stone cold groove mode with three crystalline originals and a powerful remix from fellow London-based craftsmasn Voigtmann.
‘Phantom Power’ ignites the EP with pure signal energy. Unhurried in its gradually twinkling charm, what begins as a dark dubby sound soon flips into a timeless rising harmonic hook that’s unabashed in its strong themes of uplift and positivity. Watch as you floor turns to jelly when those chords sweep in. Then drop the Voigtmann remix and watch as every single limb loosens up to that distinctive, fluid dark late nightLondon funk that the Toi Toi Musik founder has made his own.
‘Distorted Lens’ brings up the rear, leading the B-side with bubbly jacking charm. Molten in its groove shape and flow, it’s peppered with vast emotional washes that sweep in and arrest the senses when you least expect it.
Last but not least, ‘Ssub Space’ closes the show with a crafty flip from bubbling to wriggling. Here we find Alex fixes our focus on the dirtier bottom end of the track. Shifty, switchyand just on the right side of tippy, if this isn’t moving your lower lumber, you need to reconnect with a dancefloor very very soon.
Lifted from Hubbard's lauded 1979 LP 'The Love Connection', this sublime piece of melodic, deep, Soul / Jazz will have ears and minds open with it's instantly recognisable opening string sequence. Used to devastating effect on Pepe Bradock's all-time 1999 deep-House classic 'Deep Burnt', those sweeping strings capture us and lead us into a epic journey with the wondrous vocal stylings of the legendary singer Al Jarreau. This is prime early morning music, pushing all the right buttons and spreading light wherever it is played, a beautiful beautiful record indeed. What is essentially an extended and rearranged version of Hubbard's 1967 original, the '79 version of 'Little Sunflower' boasts a sumptuous arrangement and production from the mighty Claus Ogerman (Ben E King, Mel Torme, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim & more). A truly wondrous piece of music, reissued on a single side in it's full 12" length of 9+ minutes from the source archive audio. Fully legit, licensed and reissued with love by Above Board distribution and Columbia Records / Sony BMG for Record Store Day, 2019.
A : Little Sunflower (9:20)
B : Little Sunflower (9:20)
Undoubtedly one of the most addictive records of 2017, CamelPhat & Elderbrook’s ‘Cola’ has been a defining musical moment of the year. Growing exponentially since its release, the track has captivated tastemakers, DJs and clubbers alike, topping charts and blowing up worldwide to become a true modern anthem. Leading on from the success of the original and some heavyweight remixes, three of which hit the Beatport top ten – for the first time on vinyl, comes a remix package set to continue ‘Cola’s’ dance floor domination.
Rising superstar Franky Rizardo’s suitably heavyweight remix comes correct with a club-friendly update that elevates the unmissable vocal hook and bottoms out the breakdown. Dario D’Attis’ vinyl exclusive mix continues the club feel with rolling grooves, teasing breakdowns and shuffling hi-hats in a remix which packs a punch, guaranteed to get people moving from the get-go. Mousse T. flips the track completely, bringing those Glitterbox vibes to Defected, taking ‘Cola’ to the next level and going straight to Traxsource #1 in the process.
Phuture only released a handful of tracks (plus an album a full decade after their debut), but have remained a legendary act in the development of Chicago house for their stomping 1987 single "Acid Trax", the track that began and defined the acid house sound. The group was formed by DJ Pierre, synthesizer fan Spanky and Herb J in 1985 as a recording entity to produce records for Pierre to mix into his sets at several crucial Chicago clubs. After being turned on to the high-pitched squelch of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer (marketed as a bassline machine for solo guitarists), the trio emerged from the studio with a track they called "In Your Mind". Ron Hardy previewed the track at his legendary club the Music Box - where it became known as "Ron Hardy's Acid Track" - and Phuture re-made the cut with production by Marshall Jefferson. Released on Trax Records in 1987, the single created a dividing point between the Chicago sound before and after it, with hundreds of "Acid Trax" imitations flooding the local market. After it caught on in Britain as well, the single soundtracked the wave of club madness which coalesced in the rave movement by the end of the decade.
Re mastered for 2014 and re released in original 1987 artwork. Released in conjunction with Trax / Harmless.
This record needs no introduction! One of THE most classic House records ever made! The legendary pairing of Frankie Knuckles (RIP) and Jamie Principle delivering two devastatingly ahead of the curve anthems; "Baby Wants To Ride / Your Love", both still sounding as fresh, vital, original and contemporary as they did on their 1987 release.
Truly one of the dream pairings in modern dance music, the Knuckles / Principle team brought us many classic moments but the two tracks contained here are among the most recognizable and well loved tracks in the House music lexicon.
Often sampled, covered, edited and re-worked, but never, ever bettered here are two absolutely essential cuts, re-issued as they were released originally in the late 80's on Trax.
Re-released for 2015, re-mastered and re-pressed with all the original Trax label artwork present in conjunction with the official rights holders / owners. An essential addition to any dance music lovers crate! Don't snooze on this...
OK. This is an anthem. You know 'Dance' already, right? HUGE Pal Joey jam from way back in 1990? The one that flips Carl Bean's 'I Was Born This Way' into the stratosphere? Yeah, that's it! Except this is that track reimagined by 2 killer producers, flipped and edited into the cosmos by the New Jersey legend Kerri Chandler and the West Coast's Onionz, probably the only producers who could touch such a stone cold classic and actually bring something to the table! Originally out in 2002 these 2 edits / mixes are total weapons, you need this 12 in your bag. Everything is touched, tweaked and blended in just the right way and full respect is given to the mixes. This isn't no fly by night re-edit thing, this is heavyweight's bringing us some heat and their interpretation of a track that was obviously a huge deal for them on a personal level. Do not snooze on this, masterfully repressed, with the full consent of everyone involved and remastered on a solid 12 for you all. Tip!