Inspired by a longstanding respect for the pioneering sounds of Cluster, Neu!, Harmonia & John Foxx, the legendary K. Leimer fuses tape loops, Moog tones and a variety of real and imagined instruments into his album ‘Mitteltöner,’ an immersive journey brimming with electronic emotion.
A key figure in America’s musical avant garde, Leimer’s experiments with tape manipulation, fractal loops and textured ambience have been well documented in recent times, with RVNG and VOD both offering excellent and exhaustive retrospectives of the artist’s seventies and eighties output. Tracing Leimer’s discography from 1979’s ‘Translucent: / Memory’ to 1983’s ‘Installation View’, via the dislocated rhythms of the Savant project, these archival releases detail a move from the pastoral synthesis of kosmische into more angular, experimental territories. Simultaneously looking to the past and the future, this Origin Peoples release is both a return to Leimer's earliest stylistic explorations, and his first vinyl release of original work in twenty five years.
Oddly for such a sonic outlier, ‘Mitteltöner’ (midrange to non teutophones) takes its conceptual cues from the idea that the midrange contains all the core information. Over ten tracks, Leimer employs subtlety and skill to navigate the emotional depth of the kosmische genre while maintaining the focus and detail which has remained constant in his work.
Opener ‘Dunne Luft’ owes as much to post rock as krautrock, evolving from chiming harmonics and understated rhythms into an optimistic roar of motorik percussion and towering guitars. From there, ‘Werbemelodie’ dives into crystalline calm, tracing delicate arps around a processed groove before ‘Anode’ sends us skywards, drifting through glistening piano refrains and hypnotic sequences. The dramatic ‘As Long Ago As This’ glides through a deserted city of metal and glass leaving the measured ambience of ‘Entferntemusik ’ to close out the side in a swell of static.
Leimer shifts tone as we move onto the flip, segueing the stomping, cybernetic Sturm Und Drang of ‘German Defaults’ into the propulsive electronics of ‘London Interiors’, a dynamic sample-topped suite in the tradition of Bill Nelson. The addition of graceful piano motifs and swathes of hazy synthesis lends a tranquillity to the pulsating bass of ‘Auf Einem Fahrrad’, while ‘SHM’ marries soothing melody and crunching rhythm into a thoroughly medicated experience. Finally, ‘Café Florian’ pays homage to Kraftwerk's Schneider and Popol Vuh's Fricke with a euphoric fusion of metallic percussion and esoteric energies.
Far from a simple homage to the electronic idols of his youth, ‘Mitteltöner’ finds K. Leimer reimagining their nuanced sonic framework through a lifetime of musical experience and experimentation.
Following a red letter release in the form of Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin's Idiom, YAM Recordings return with the second installment of their You And Music compilation series, this time compiled by YAM fam Hollick & Z Lovecraft.
Kicking things off on the A side is Native Cruise, a new artist Hollick has been working extensively with on No Bad Days, bringing that signature ‘floaty yet punchy’ sound. It’s a Kwaito-esque club jam with pan flutes and percussive loops bringing that energy to the start of the record. Will Lister’s ‘Sunset Over St. Peter’s Spire’ is up next with a hypnotising yet intricate production from the hugely promising talent. Will is a dude very much affiliated with YAM and, of course, our pals over at Balamii Radio so it only seemed natural to have him on the record. That melody is a proper ear-worm too!
The B side, curated by Z Lovecraft, is a slightly tougher affair with three tracks representing his taste in soulful sounds and expands on his A&R work for Rhythm Section International. First up is Rouge Méchanique’s ‘Prisma Ltd’; a 7-minute psychedelic drum odyssey showcasing the multi instrumentalist’s many talents and influences, with guitar overdubs and flute ambience taking the dance floor far and beyond. On B2, upcoming break beat talent, LT, takes the helm with ‘Gale Force’. Hailing from the Peak District, LT makes work of deep vocal pads, 606 touches and a killer bass line. Finishing off the compilation is Wholemeal Music’s boy wonder, Dear Earth, who conjures a charming hip-hop ditty with his delicate assemblage style.
Julien Sandre and Mennie return under their Jarau guise this January with the ‘Saturn System’ EP, set for release via Visionquest’s Special Edition sub-label.
Julien Sandre and Mennie return under their Jarau guise this January with the ‘Saturn System’ EP, set for release via Visionquest’s Special Edition sub-label. France’s Julian Sandre and Italy’s Mennie have both individually carved out quite the career over the past decade with the former racking up releases on BlindBox, Franck Roger’s Home Invasion and E Wax amongst others, and the latter holding a residency at Tenax club in Italy and collaborating togheter on releases for Poker Flat and Housewax of late, 2017 also saw their collaborative debut as Jarau which came courtesy of the revered PLEASURE ZONE imprint.
Now returning for their second EP under this new guise the pair join the roster of Visionquest Special Edition with ‘Saturn System’ and taking the lead is ‘Le Voyage’, a snaking journey through billowing synth swells, jangling percussive chimes and organic drums before ‘Dubhe’ strips the vibe back to modulating resonant synths, shuffled stripped-back rhythms and lumpy sub bass tones.
‘Adrienne’ opens the flip side with the focus on a swinging drum groove as airy atmospherics ebb and flow throughout. ‘Hypnotize’ then rounds out the package and as the name would suggest relies on subtle nuances to draw you deeper and deeper into the intricately programmed percussion and smoothly blooming synth flourishes.
At long last, Mr. Jacob Korn gets drafted into Team LPH! Technically, he's been in our orbit since 2015, when he remixed a Leo Wölfel track for LPH WHITE, but it's only now that we're presenting an EP of originals by him. About time!
My Business is classic Korn—a little nerdy (intricate arrangements; twisty, turny top-line melodies), a little ravey, a little goofy, a little feisty, and a lotta fun. Four sure-shot firebombs that'll slip into any set, hand in glove, real nice.
The unlikelihood of being alive warrants expression. In the increasingly digital universe we are tangibly intertwined yet phenomenally disconnected. This creation of soundscapes defines dream-like iterations of a post-Internet reality and is uncanny in its ability to quintessentially emulate potential futuristic states of being. It induces the uniqueness and highly emotive aspects of undefined existences. It is raw and purposeful. Potatoheadz is a Melbourne/Berlin based, DIY label created by Nipuna Jayasekera, Leon Wan & Sam Sedgwick. It is dedicated to the dispersion of local and international music focused on innovative artistry. "Unknown Data Set" is their first record and third release featuring the music of various artists. 400 copies!
A1 - Edo Lang - Jan Juc
A dystopian road warrior theme song from Edo Lang full of hard hitting drums and synthesiser. Imagine a world in which it's all collapsed. Life is lawless and ruthless. You are one of the worlds few remaining travellers in a global society that has disintegrated under the exorbitant influx of the technopolis. You're in survival mode, high on alertness, but inexplicably at ease. There is wind, there is nothingness, there is the infinity of the unknown ahead of you. There is fear and there is freedom.
A2 - YS - Inside
Digital synthesisers staccato in rhythm, like data spitting out zeros and ones. YS bring you a binge on the flow of a single take. Inside means going deeper. Diving further inward into cerebral and emotional states through the use of machines. Using and communicating with the machine in a human way. A singular experience created in tandem with increased urgency and determination. A flicker of orange and blue oscillating internally.
B1 - SEDGWICK - Digitale Djungle
Sedgwick takes flight into pure imagination in the cockpit of a Roland SH-101. Floating immediately above the Digitale Djungle, hovering in satisfying observation of a reconstructed reality. Mystified by the collision of improbability and technicolor beauty. A digitised divergence of a vibrating vision. An impossibly vivid mirage. The post-human colonisation of virtual precision. Enjoy the flight :)
B2 - Pulsum - Distilled Existence
It's this experience of being at an age when you're really uncertain of everything and overwhelmed by how much grief and how much horror is happening in this world, overwhelmed by your trauma and your baggage and in many ways you are stunted by this fear or paralysed by it even though you are aware of how much better you have it than the vast majority of others out there. It isolates the idea that we all exist within a framework of fragility and uncertainty. 'Distilled Existence' imagines an alternative reality that exists in stark contrast, where everything is gentle and nothing hurts. This track is by Pulsum. Spoken word poem written and delivered by Ariana.
Adesse Versions has been dropping some choice originals and edits on a host of renowned and respected labels for the last four years and we’re proud to add him to the esteemed list of artists to release on Delusions Of Grandeur.
From early white labels on Make Love In Public Spaces and his own Adesse Versions label through to his recent outings on Heist, Numbers, Razor n Tape, Let’s Play House and Local Talk, he continuous to impress with his raw, sample-heavy production which brings pure energy to the dance floor.
For his Pulp Fusion EP, Adesse presents three diverse and brilliant cuts, all showing off his deft touch in the studio and providing what we feel is his strongest work to date. Pulp Fusion leads the A side with cutting clavinets doubling up the syncopated bassline, a super-charged romp where disco meets filtered house resulting in a track with widespread appeal despite its raw and underground approach.
The A2 entitled Fade Out drops the BPM’s for a string-drenched, Philly soul jam, heavy on percussion but with a gentle lilt and Balearic vibe that makes it perfect for the wind down.
Last but definitely not your average B side filler we have the mighty Raw in it's Live Edit incarnation. Militantly minimal in sonic palate, this jacked up house track simply rocks the spot thanks to Adesse’s ballsy arrangement,production prowess and nasty bassline, rounding off this EP with a punch
The Sunday Money debut for Argentine musician Fosky is a 14-minute long, deep, emotional journey, featuring cello by Fernando Diéguez. Limited edition 1-sided stamped vinyl for this one, get it while it lasts.
B The Future (Cajmere's Vision - Luke Solomon's Slight Edit)
Mint Condition - A reissue label focussed 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....
If we told you that you'd be seeing the future back in 1996 would you have believed us? Maybe not, but Armando may beg to differ, yes that Armando. Chicago's prodigal son (RIP) hooked up with one of Chicago's other prodigal sons - Cajmere - to drop this stellar piece of jacked-up, hi-tech, slamming house on the infamous Radikal Fear imprint ran by Felix Da Housecat. Yeah, that's a lot of legendary names right there, for sure. Sit back, take it in for a second, let it marinate. 'The future' is a banger, no doubt about it. Punishing kick drums, manic synth stabs and that creeping trademark Armando acid is all there, it doesn't let up. Driving in all the right ways it's a surefire weapon. Classic Chi-town sounds here, second wave style. Over on the b-side we are lucky to be treated to an exclusive, respectful re-edit of Cajmere's absolutely heavyweight remix of 'The future', again this one kicks hard in Curtis' unique style. We were granted access to our homie and long time freak, Chicago house aficionado and advocate Luke Solomon's private edit of this jam. To say that it works is an understatement, Luke knows what he's doing 100%, decades spent behind the mixing desk and turntables all over the world have made sure of that. Oh, by the way, be careful with that bassline on the remix, it's capable of bringing out the weird side of anyone exposed to it on the dancefloor.... in the best possible way, of course! Essential stuff here, for the heads for sure!
'The future' has been legitimately released with the full involvement of the rights holders for 2017 and remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original master sources especially for this release. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at Mint Condition!
Mint Condition - A reissue 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....
Arnold Jarvis should be a familiar name to you if you're a fan of deep House and classic NJ Garage sounds. The unique voice behind many classics of the genre including the mighty, anthemic 'Take some time out' on NYC's cult Fourth Floor imprint from 1987 as well as lacing Satoshi Tomiie's huge 'And I loved you'. Needless to say Arnold has lived house music, he's been in the game for numerous years and has collaborated with a host of incredible artists including Kerri Chandler, Louie Vega, Dennis Ferrer and too many more to mention! Now, we flashback to London, 1994, Arnold Jarvis records a session with the UK's Ian Tregoning (aka Trego) for the label Subwoofer, a sub-label of Freetown records. Ian Tregoning is an engineer whose pedigree has seen him form an integral part of the massively influential Warriors Dance crew and man the boards for artists like Yello, Fela Kuti, Joe Strummer, YMO, S'Express, Orbital and many more. The record consisted of 4 mixes and dubs of 'The way you', a sublime deep garage groove of the highest degree featuring Tregoning's mixing desk prowess and Jarvis' soulful vocals that never saw the light of day due to some tragic events. Existing only as a white label for the last 20+ years and finding favour among the deepest house diggers 'The way you' is something of a lost gem. It's unknown how many white labels were pressed of this sleeper record but it wasn't a big quantity at all, making this a truly rare and sought after record. Luckily we at Mint Condition HQ can count Ian Tregoning as a close friend and associate and through some discussion the idea was hatched to release 'The way you' 'properly' for the first time, now in 2017. Access to Ian's original DAT's was granted, Arnold came on-board too and gave his blessing and the next thing you know we have this finely crafted, remastered and official version of this lovingly restored lost 12". A piece of mid 90's house history, made available again to a wider audience for the first time. Beautiful. Records like this don't pop up everyday at all.
'The way you' has been legitimately remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original DAT sources especially for this release. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at Mint Condition!
Another new series from Banoffee Pies Records. When will it end? Probably never. Introducing the new imprint for miscellaneous sounds with BPMISC01 airing the newly A&R'd band, The Walls Of Love with their self titled 10" EP. Two tracks and a direction that reflect some influences of the past with some indie and alternative sounds. Plenty of live elements for you to wrap your ears around including vocals, guitar, a bass, drums, synths and a very saucy saxaphone. Get tuned in. TIP.
T-Coy's 'Cariño' - An all-time UK acid house classic from 1987. Fusing the industrial clicking and whirring of the UK's post-industrial landscape with the lush, melodic, balearic inspired piano lines of the white isle and sucking us all in in the process. A true masterpiece courtesy of Mancunians Mike Pickering, Simon Topping and the late Ritchie Close who's combined projects included Quando Quango, M-People, Annette, A Certain Ratio and more. It's truly hard to believe this record is 30 years old. It can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with anything being released today. The B-side 'Regret' is also an amazing, minimal slice of punk-funky 808 driven niceness. Super stripped back and with an innocent charm and poppy vibe it is the perfect foil to the latino house chaos of 'Cariño' on the other side. One could argue that the A-side will take you up, and the B-side will bring you down (In the best possible way!). This classic has been legally reissued by Above Board distribution in conjunction with the legal rights holders - Sony Music Entertainment. This high quality repress features original 1987 Deconstruction Records label artwork and has been remastered from Sony's original sources by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
Jackie Moore's 1979 Disco bomb 'This time baby' is one of the biggest tracks of the genre. A total classic that found fame on the dancefloors via DJ's like David Mancuso, Larry Levan and Ron Hardy it is the epitome of a roof-raiser. Produced by Philly legend Bobby Eli (MFSB, Salsoul Orchestra, Stylistics, Barbara Mason) and mixed by underground Disco legend John Luongo this is an essential 12". Originally performed by The O-Jays Jackie's version ramps the energy right up to the max and cranks the heat up to 100. Everything is here, killer driving drums and percussion, THAT bassline that drops, the cowbells, horns, strings and of course...... Jackie! This is a straight repress of the '79 pressing on Columbia and features the sweet b-side 'Let's go somewhere and make love', another breezy Philly number courtesy of Mr. Eli yet again. All round quality. This classic has been legally reissued by Above Board distribution in conjunction with the legal rights holders - Sony Music Entertainment. This high quality repress features original Columbia pink label Disco 12" artwork and has been remastered from Sony's original sources by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
Rekids launch re-issue label entitled R-Time Records with four timeless tracks from Sir Lord Comixx. Having established a handful of renowned imprints such as Rekids, Pyramids Of Mars, Cabin Fever and The Double R, Matt Edwards' new venture aims to shine a light on classic tracks that didn't always get the recognition they deserve.
“Amoon [Sir Lord Comixx] and I go back a long way and we met through our friend Justin [Isonoe] in the early 90s,” says Matt Edwards. “I was still living in Catford and would regularly drive over to Justin's studio where he'd play me all this crazy, otherworldly music from Amoon and it blew my mind - I was completely captivated by his unique take on techno.
“At the time I had no idea that we grew up in the same neighbourhood and Amoon was living just around the corner so, of course, we hooked up and in 1996 I released an EP from him including one of his classics 'UR My Omen' on my Hard Up label.”
Composed of four tracks from separate releases, 'Retroactive (Part One)' inaugurates with '1 4 The Groove' from Sir Lord Comixx's 'Danceteria EP' on Ugly Music. Produced in '96, the track's raw aesthetic features sharp percussion, heady melodies and a compelling groove. Meanwhile, 'Enemax' - which appeared on 1A Records - demonstrates throbbing synths and shuffling drums.
Originally produced under his a.Moon moniker in '98, 'Funk Box' is the most robust track on the package with its thudding kicks and assortment of meandering sounds, before the 'Azid Jazz' provides a deep and funky finale.
Skyrager presents the first in a series of dance floor edits designed for optimum peak set destruction!
'Beat Girl / Wonderful' is already generating heat on worldwide dance-floors in the skilled hands of crack selectors including Hunee, Lovefingers, Mark E and more.
'Beat Girl' is our A-side, a heavy, throbbing EBM monster... like something discovered on a long lost Belgian white label with it's sharp French femme-fatale monologue and nagging acid bass-line. Trust us, this one sounds ultra-heavy on the system! Things get a little 'sexual' about halfway through and then those guitars kick in, yes, GUITARS, scuzzed out, fuzzed out chords run rampant over this beast and you're gonna love it. This is that sleaze, put your phone away, pick up the amyl and JACK.
'Wonderful' is just that, a ridiculously rare South African (!) cover of Italo overlords Klein & MBO's cut of the same name. There shouldn't be much more to say here, but you should know that it's a stellar combo of hypnotic drum machine rhythms, mind melting synth bass-lines and super dreamy spoken word vocals. It's almost as if she's speaking directly to you as you lose yourself in the smoke and lazers, let go, you know you want to...
Following on from the critically acclaimed Penya Investigations cassettes and the 12” Acelere EP, Afro-Latin-electronic collective Penya conclude an intensely creative period with a Long Player collection of tracks Super Liminal.
‘Liminal’ – an in-between state –references the transitional process the four - piece band entered during a series of self-produced recording sessions held at Penya's multi-instrumentalist Magnus P.I's home studio between March 2016 and May 2017.
Penya's percussive and futuristic Afro-Latin sound also owes its genesis to the concept of ‘liminality’: the threshold of disorientation occurring during ritual practices.
Penya's hypnotic groovescapes, led by Jim LeM's bata drumming,ancient chants, sung by Lilli Elina, dubbed-out improvisations on trombone by Viva Msimangand lo-fi electronic production by Magnus P.I create a sound that has garnered significant support on BBC 6 Music via Tom Ravenscroft, Worldwide FM via Gilles Peterson, on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, as well as being praised by a host of producers including DJ Khalab, Will LV, DJ Jose Marquez and Dengue Dengue Dengue.
Penya's energised and engaging live show has also toured across UK festivals this summer, including Brainchild, Wilderness, Farmfest and Big Love.
The fourth release on Trevor Jacksons Pre- Label is by SKULL. A visceral journey into experimental noise and no wave avant grade beatscapes
The last SKULL release ‘SNAPZ’ appeared on Jacksons own Output Recordings label in 1999. A seminal collection of tracks that had previously featured on the first two legendary Mo wax ‘Headz’ compilations (also featuring Autechre, Beastie Boys, Air, and DJ Shadow) as well as tracks that had also appeared on Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martins notorious Macro Dub Infection albums during the mid 90’s.
Reactionary sonic statements aimed at the coffee table world of Trip Hop, fuelled by his dissatisfaction and dissillustionment with Hip Hop of the time, Trevor pushed himself into uncomfortable and far more extreme areas than he had before, areas he felt unable to explore with his Underdog productions, which were mainly being utilised for major label remixes at the time.
Influenced as much by the industrial pioneers, post punk and new wave of the past as the burgeoning post rock scene in the mid 90’s, This new set of previously unreleased recordings originally produced between 1996-2000 are equally as intense and visceral as the early releases. Dusty samples, raw beats, tape loops, and primitive effects combine to sound as relevant now as when they were initially created.
American DJ & producer Eric Estornel AKA Maceo Plex is set to relaunch his old moniker called Mariel Ito in 2018. The mysterious alias was active during the early 2000’s and flourished from Estornel’s experimentation on electro sounds before he would become known worldwide as Maceo Plex. He delivered a bunch of releases under this moniker during 2005 and 2006 including an EP on Modern Love and an album on SCSI-AV, to name a few.
Estornel will come back with a first Mariel Ito EP in 12 years. This new single titled ‘2e Komst’ will land on January 26th on his fresh imprint Lone Romantic, that he launched with the recent Maceo Plex LP ‘Solar’ last summer. The EP brings two new tracks ‘Sintex49’ and ‘Dmode90’ that illustrates the electro edge of his sound with the recognizable obscure synths and electrifying samples of his productions.
All tracks written & produced by Eric Estornel
Another brace of bangers from World Unknown Music, we're all really pleased with how this one turned out. Big and fat and disco-ready, mastered by Andy Blake and Lawrie Curvepusher via tape.
side X THEO NASA - LSTNBRGHN
World Unknown and Theo Nasa first crossed paths in Andres Branco's vintage designer clothes emporium, Wavey Garms. The conversation started with rare Moschino coats and then led to Mr Nasa's music and the fact that Richie Hawtin had just jumped on one of his digital releases. We're really chuffed to be releasing Theo's vinyl debut. It's a pounding big room monster inspired by his first experiences of a certain Berlin nightclub. Theo Nasa will be a big deal sometime soon, there's no doubt about that. Make sure you get on this now so you can tell all your mates how you have been into him for ages.
side Y TRAYNOR - SUNWARD
"Can I send you some tracks to listen to? I'd love to get some feedback from you". Not an especially odd request for a DJ these days. But it's a very nice surprise when literally every track in an 8 track demo package from someone who has never put any music out before is brilliant. Messrs Bowley and Blake had real trouble deciding which one to choose for Traynor's debut release and eventually went to Sunward. It's trippy and shimmering with a ton of pump. Trancey but not trance, or maybe it is. The kind of thing that lights up your night in a club and gets played again and again at home or in the car
Detroit sisters The Jones Girls were a hugely popular part of Philadelphia's PIR stable throughout the 1970's and 80's.
They cut numerous sides for the label aided by the incredible production and arrangements of the infamous Gamble and Huff hit machine.
'Night over Egypt' is surely one of their most enduring, evergreen tracks. As popular today with people as it was on it's 1981 release.
A record that truly transcended genre boundaries and touched people from all walks of life and of all taste persuasions, it is a true soul classic. Often imitated yet never bettered! It's no wonder the 12" has always been sought after, sometimes commanding collectors prices on the used vinyl marketplace. The flipside 'Love don't ever say goodbye' is a sultry, Dexter Wansell produced slow-jam that ticks all the right boxes! One for the lovers out there, pure quiet storm business.
This is a fully legit reissue, made in conjunction with Above Board distribution and Sony music, sourced from their vaults using original source material and remastered and repressed to the highest standard for 2018 and featuring all original 1981 PIR label artwork.
Here's your chance to own yet another essential stone cold classic from the archives!
Early 80s. Christiane F and Tron meet over a brutalist landscape. Clock is ticking. Electronic pioneers bang up post punks. Dirty hits. Take more. Time is running out. Northern European sub-cultural appropriation to destroy the dance. Still, it sounds good. And it looks nice. Nice sleeve art. Move along. Move along.
T&P (TIM SWEENEY & LAUER) / KIWI / FANTASTIC MAN / DJ TENNIS
A DJ Tennis Feat Sebra Cruz - Truth or Consequences
B Kiwi - Avocet
C T&P- Dance to T&P
D Fantastic Man - The Times We Loved And Miss
Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari’s renegade art publication Toilet Paper returns to The Vinyl Factory to team up with Nike Lab, releasing four propulsive club tracks from across the world, united under the title Fast Forward.
Toilet Paper’s latest visual treat appears as a hyper-real gatefold, featuring new music by DJ Tennis and Sebra Cruz (Italy), T&P a.k.a. Tim Sweeney and Lauer (USA/Germany), Fantastic Man (Australia), and Kiwi (UK).
Curated by nomadic online broadcaster Automat Radio (who rolled into London last year for a party with Phonica Records), the selection is aimed at showcasing the contemporary dance scenes of each producer’s respective country.
Toilet Paper’s latest visual treat appears as a hyper-real gatefold, featuring new music by DJ Tennis feat. Sebra Cruz (Italy), T&P a.k.a. Tim Sweeney and Lauer (USA/Germany), Fantastic Man (Australia), and Kiwi (UK).
Curated by nomadic online broadcaster Automat Radio (who rolled into London last year for a party with Phonica Records), the selection is aimed at showcasing the contemporary dance scenes of each producer’s respective country.
Limited to 1,000 copies, you can order your copy of Fast Forward here and see the stunning artwork in more detail below.
* Collaboration with Toiletpaper, NikeLAB and VF
* Four unreleased tracks from DJ Tennis (Feat. Sebra Cruz), Tim Sweeney + Lauer, Fantastic Man and Kiwi
* Artwork by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari
* Curated by Automat Radio
* Double 12″ gatefold with printed inners
* Limited ed. of 1000
Daniel Avery returns to Phantasy for a 4-track limited edition 12” vinyl EP, Slow Fade, featuring the title track and first single from his much-anticipated sophomore LP, upcoming in April via Phantasy.
A prelude to the LP’s sonic exploration of the twilight world of a personal, transient life spent between clubs, hotel rooms, airports and home, Slow Fade captures the expanded foundations of Avery’s sonic palette. Arresting club moments linger under the surface, but the focus is on the smudged ambience that underpin Avery’s grasp on rave euphoria.
As a re-entry into a broader musical universe, ‘Slow Fade’ is immediately compelling, combining neo-acid, feedback loops and pure atmosphere at a patient but restrained pace. Meanwhile, ‘After Dark’ alters this aesthetic to it’s raw, pensive elements, stripping Avery’s distinctive drums completely, revealing a meditative, ambient fog.
‘Radius’ announces itself with industrial intent, before unfolding seamlessly into a wistful electronic hymn, the perfect soundtrack to brooding London skies, and eventually evolving into slow-motion motorik. Closing the EP, ‘Fever Dream’ finds Avery at club tempo, but in a somewhat agitated state, on this occasion focusing on a paranoid rhythm that emerges clean from eerie, even paranoid territory.
Clocking in at 11 minutes, this is a radical deconstruction of the track 'Bint El Khandaq’ that appears on the Mashrou’ Leila album ‘Ibn El Leil’. Lost Souls Of Saturn tease out the underlying emotion and yearning present in the original and take the listener on a beguiling, symphonic ambient journey that calls to mind Wolfgang Voigt’s much loved Gas project, or the shimmering imaginary landscapes of Brian Eno.
Renowned for their rousing, sensual electro-pop Mashrou’ Leila’s songs touch on political freedom, LGBT rights, race, religion and modern Arabic identity.
Lost Souls Of Saturn were approached by the band to reinterpret the original track and the stunning results fit perfectly as their debut release on R&S.
This is the next step in the evolution of Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa’s Lost Souls Of Saturn project. Look out for an album on R&S in 2018.
1976 - The Brothers were an emerging Disco soul septet whose blistering arrangements and ferocious playing had earned them a cult following and a major label deal.
Little did they know that only a few years after the release of 'Brothers theme' that it would be a huge record on the dance-floors of NYC's Paradise Garage and Chicago's Music Box with both Larry Levan and Ron Hardy hammering the record behind the controls every night. The playing of the group paired with the production prowess of the legendary producer, writer and arranger Warren Schatz (Frankie Valli, Dolly Parton, Vickie Sue Robinson and more) combined to make a fairly heady brew of Disco, orchestral overtures and bombast that just ignites. 'Proper' Disco music in it's purest form, still doing damage today!
Often sought after by the deepest of Disco heads on a white label promo 12" this rare EP now sees a fully legit reissue, made in conjunction with Above Board distribution and RCA is sourced from their vaults using original materials and remastered and repressed to the highest standard for 2018 and featuring all original 1976 RCA label artwork.
If you’re familiar with Public Release’s sibling, FACE, a series of parties, you’ll already know that Jee Day, né Dennis McNany, has been in the Bay Area label’s orbit for some time; as half of the DFA act Museum of Love, he joined the inner circle years ago. Here, with Amot Herga Laxy, he makes his bold debut on Public Release itself.
The single begins with “Crocodile Tears,” an abstract, impressionistic tapestry of African rhythms, meditative synth washes, Vangelis-esque horns and pads. It recedes and Jee Day plunges deeper into the jungle with “Communication Masterbation,” a propulsive number built around a psychedelic, droney bass that’s wrapped with gritty, distorted effects and layers of topline keyboard licks stacked high. A raw club track cut from transcendentalist cloth that’ll lift you off the dance floor.
The B-side is a dub of “Communication Masterbation,” with an emphasis being placed on pulling out, unraveling, extending the rhythmic elements and emphasizing the electronic veil the piece is shrouded in. A trancey, menacing sprawl that could be an extended Sonic Youth live jam if they swapped their stringed instruments for Roland and Korg gear—and dusted the whole thing in an unknown psychoactive slime.
3rd release from Dark Circles on their own London based label DC Trax. Released only on vinyl at the start of November. Follows the previous release remix package by Kamera,Lord of the Isles and Emperor machine.
This release see's 3 tracks of new material aimed directly for the dancefloor at different stages during the night. The release is getting plays from Dj Harvey, Roman Fluegel ,ND_Baumecker, DJ Bone,Laurent Garnier,Huxley,Catz 'n' Dogz and Dusky.
REMIX REPORT II + CHAPTER IX (INC DAVE CLARKE, DETROIT TECHNO MILITIA,BRIAN SANHAJI, TIME TRAVELER)
B1. Silence In The Heaven (Time Traveler Original Mix)
B2. Intro (Time Traveler Heavy Metal Mix)
B3. Outro (Time Traveler Heavy Metal Mix)
After the acclaim of Time Traveler’s I’m Made of Stars’ LP last year, followed by two successful EPs on his Chronicles Diary imprint, Michele Pinna brings his Time Traveler moniker back with ‘Remix report II + Chapter IX’ EP featuring powerful remixes by three key names in European and US techno.
The EP opens with the veteran visionary Dave Clarke who delivers a complex industrial version of ‘Interstellar’ made of deeply distorted tones and punk influences. Detroit Techno Militia take over with their reinterpretation of ‘B-29’ where a groovy and energetic atmosphere is set from the start, adding a vigorous touch to the track. Brian Sanhaji’s raw techno roots are showcased in ‘Alpha’, with pulsing and dense beats yet precise cuts, turning the track into serious dancefloor material. Time Traveler is closing up the EP with hammering beats and distorted riffs and three menacing tracks in line with his dystopian sci-fi vision.
Guti & Dubshape debut a new partnership exclusively for Crosstown Rebels bringing a formidable pair of tracks that inject a bit of funk into the proceedings!
‘Every Cow Has A Bird’ is a groovy ass, monster of a record. Layered with jazzy piano medleys, undulating percussive drums, staccato cries and jubilant whistles, it has feel good stamped all over it. First appearing on Damian Lazarus’ new Fabric CD compilation it has been well in demand ever since.
On the flip ‘Bueno’ is a bit heavier, marked with throbbing bass and the quintessential piano key’s. Penetrating the senses with round textures and hungry vocals, it is still stamped with Guti’s trademark effervescent jazz pianist style.
Guti began to discover his musical passion as a jazz pianist, before becoming a rock star in his home of Argentina when a young, wild and free spirit. With significant releases laid down on Locodice & Martin Buttrich’s Desolat label as well as a string of collaborations with Shaun Reeves on Wolf + Lamb and Ryan Crosson on Supplement Facts, he has the blood of a Latin American star running through his veins.
Fellow South Americans, Ale Reis & João Lee are Dubshape, stacking up key releases on 8Bit, Kompakt, Supernature, and murmur. The Brazilians found their way playing at legendary clubs such as Warung and as residents at D-Edge for the past four years, playing alongside some of the brightest stars of electronic music.Ale is also part of Nonumbah from Yoruba Recs.
"When Octo Octa sent us the demos for her first full-length record since 2013, we were floored by how many tracks were single worthy. But, there was one that stood out as something entirely on its own, a song that in many ways sounded like nothing Maya had ever released. Since the beginning, we always knew we wanted to do something special with "Adrift," the 8+ minute space-age synth-dub techno tune. When we asked Maya about doing a 12" with remixes we were blindsided to learn she has NEVER had any of her music remixed before. With some remixers in mind, she asked two of her favorites and they said yes. So, here we are to present HNY-016 Octo Octa - Adrift, remixed by Avalon Emerson and Dorisburg."
The opening track from the award-winning ‘TOY’ album has been extensively remixed by Andrew Weatherall. Frautonium is Andrew’s favourite track from ‘TOY’ and he’s produced four very different mixes covering electro, house, minimal and cosmic disco.
With a wide-screen ambient version from Ian Tregoning.
Limited edition of 1,000 copies and released only in the UK as a double 12”, this won’t be available digitally (no streaming, iTunes, Beatport or CD).
Seth Troxler continues to maintain ineffable consistency in steadily releasing cross-genre club music across his diverse collection of labels and readies the next 12” on his no-nonsense Imprint Play It Say it. In the wake of the success from the last installment from The Mekanism comes the 7th record on the label - this time showcasing the lauded production skills of Butch.
OTHERSIDE Records co-owner and a mainstay of institutes such as Cécille Records and Visionquest, Butch is an extolled veteran. Few producers have spread their catalogue as eruditely - across releases on Hot Creations, Sei Es Drum, Desolat, Rekids and Moon Harbour - Butch has touched on many bases but managed to maintain a level of consistency that’s kept him in high demand.
Now - in the follow up to his ‘Songs About Unconsciousness’ EP on Watergate Records, he returns with his ‘Dope’ EP: a funk-indebted package of taught and effective House music.
The title track kicks things off with a rich textural atmosphere sat atop tumbling bongos and a steadily circling riff. Additive percussion and distant vocal tones build momentum in a pure dance floor groove before ‘Praise The Lord’ rolls out Butch’s take on a classic Big John Hamilton break. Mangled, delayed vocals stream in ahead of an elongated breakdown that’s guaranteed to send the floor into rapture in another prime addition to the Play It Say It series"
LARRY LEVAN'S PARADISE GARAGE - THE LEGEND OF DANCE MUSIC VOL 3
Following on from the previous 2 volumes of high quality Disco heat dug from Salsoul's legendary back catalog we have here the 3rd installment of selections that were favored by DJ-demi God Larry Levan on the dancefloor of his seminal, game changing NYC nightclub The Paradise Garage.
That's right, high quality Disco, Boogie, Funk & more is the order of the day here with prime-time hits flawlessly rubbing shoulders with underground cuts in a way that mirrors Levan's open mind & faultless ear for music. His elusive early 80's remix of Jimmy Castor's perennial B-boy jam "It's Just Begun" sits comfortably alongside essential tracks like Skyy's club classic "Here's To You", Inner Life's anthemic "Moment Of My Life" & Orlando Riva Sounds trippy "Moonboots" among many others.
This is an essential release for those who dig the Disco sound & want to have all these incredible records in one place, or for newcomers who wish to explore the sounds & vibe of one of the greatest DJ's of modern times & who want to get down to some of the tracks that have shaped modern day club culture.
Re-mastered, re-pressed & re-released for 2015 in full conjunction with Salsoul records New York City.
A stunning piece of NYC proto-House / electronic Disco from vocalist Shirley Lites mixed by the legendary studio team of Nick Martinelli & David Todd.
Released in 1983 "Heat You Up..." is a slamming, heady mixture of drum machines, synths, dub FX & Lites' powerful, soulful vocals, A record that worked the dancefloors of the Paradise Garage, The Zanzibar, The Muzic Box & many, many others into a complete frenzy, A true underground Disco classic (Check that dub mix!)
This bonafide dance classic is now here again, re-mastered & re-pressed in conjunction with West End Records & still causing a sensation when played almost 30 years after it's original release, Essential!
A2 Illumination - Theo Parrish Sound Signature Mix
B1 Fly Away - West End Blue Mix
B2 Fly Away - West End Lounge Mix
Originally released in 2005, this sought after 12” from West End offshoot West End Blue gets an exclusive reissue for 2017. A four track slice of night time Detroit Soul comes backed with a remix from fellow Motor city resident Theo Parrish.
Killer industrial-edged techno from Paula Temple who makes a show-stopping comeback for R&S Records. After appearing in 2002 on Chris McCormack’s Materials label with ‘Speck of the Future’ Temple kept things low-key for the following decade. With ‘Colonized’ she really makes her return known to all with three slabs of brutalist funk that counter harmonics with dissonance. Ali Perc turns up on the remix.
Another legendary R&S classic repressed in very limited numbers only on a one-sided 12" vinyl. The original 1992 release from Dutch producer Jaydee was a 10 minute long Hammond organ workout - many remixes over the years but you cant surpass the original!!!
Tale of Us land on the incomparable R&S Records with a rare set of original productions. While the duo of Matteo Milleri and Karm Conte have built a name for themselves on the club and festival circuit over the past few years, their productions have been harder to get a hold of. Still, what does see the light of day is usually of crystalline quality, and these new tracks are no exception. ‘North Star’ is a deep tech house ticker with a synth line that occasionally fluctuates from its otherwise steady path. On the b-side, Tale of Us team up with none other than Boddika and Joy Orbison for ‘Silent Space’, a big room track that trades melody and ornament for fizzing white noise, huge build-ups and a satisfying release.
Following on from his album 'Galaxy Garden' Lone is back on R&S Records with a new single. "Airglow Fires" is a typically colourful and large scale production from him, filled with dizzy high hats and synth chords that climb up and up, shimmering with ravey ecstasy. On the flip "Begin to Begin" is gentler - '90s leaning, simmering house finished off with dreamy flourishes of swirling electronics.
Paula Temple resurfaces on R&S with the dramatic Deathvox EP. Following last year’s Colonized EP, the Berlin-based producer continues to pursue her unique sound aesthetics, but opts for a less aggressive approach. Her productions are coarse, yet don’t lack a bit of elegance: the galloping drum pattern of ‘Deathvox’ gracefully emerges from a sea of shrieking synths, evoking tribal associations. The immersive B-side’s title ‘Ful’ is a reference to the eponymous Swedish art group, known for criticising EU border policies, transcending the EP’s sphere of influence.
“Great groove on In The Groove" Nemone (BBC Radio 6)
Following on from his massive ‘Feel It In My Bones’ release (which gained support from the likes of Moodymann, The Black Madonna, Gilles Peterson, Sassy J, Seven Davis Jr) and a killer remix for Afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi – North London producer Books returns to XVI Records with two storming edits, kicking off their new ‘High Praise’ series in fine style.
‘In The Groove’ hits the ground running, immediately throwing the listener into the middle of peak-hour, loft party hysteria, it’s soulful vocals swirling overhead whilst the driving, unrelenting rhythms create a sweaty, electrically charged delirium. On the flip, ‘Passage Of Time’ takes a slightly more introspective approach, it’s shuffled hats and hazy keys giving way to majestic, uplifting horns – guiding the way down a psychedelic black hole, it’s laid back groove providing a perfect soundtrack to the voyage, as planets spin by in the darkness.
"La Ronde" is one of the seminal Japanese House releases, originally released in 1991 on King Street offshoot BPM Records it's long been a highly sought after slab of wax among deep House & dance music aficionados around the world.
Confined to one single disc on it's original release this luxurious 2015 re-issue let's all the music contained within breathe the way it was naturally intended across 2 re-mastered 12"s, making it utterly indispensable for all you DJ's & fanatics out there clamoring for all these classic tracks from far eastern heavyweights like Toshihiko Mori, Soichi Terada and many many more (NYC's legendary Pal Joey even makes a guest appearance!).
This is gorgeous, ambient, deep House at it's finest, full of melody, soul & vibe, totally essential & finally available in this format for the very first time. Fully re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released in full conjunction with King Street Sounds / BPM Records, NYC / Japan.
Kenny Dope and Louie Vega's Nu-Yorican Soul project was responsible for some of the biggest underground club hits to come out of NYC throughout the 1990's, their collective vast musical knowledge, impeccable taste and legendary status as DJ's in the city only helped elevate them to the highest level.
"The Nervous Track" is a fine example of the duo's deep musical heritage, originally released on Nervous Records in 1993 it's deep pads, bassline and solid as a rock breakbeats captured the ears and minds of any self respecting DJ or dancer who came within a hundred miles of it, the very definition of a classic! Fusing the worlds of Jazz, Latin, HipHop and House MAW set the blueprint for generations of DJ's and producers to come with records like this.
Here, re-mastered and re-issued from the original DAT's in conjunction with Nervous Records NYC is a piece of dance music history, "The Nervous Track" is available again and still sounding as vital and groundbreaking as it did on it's original release.
THE TRAXXMEN (DJ DEEON / DJ MILTON / MIKE DUNN / ARMANDO)
Super heavyweight Chicago heat from 1994 on Steve Poindexter's Muzique label!
This one's only for the headstrong, hard, jacking, minimal and raw. Pure Chi-town ghetto style!
You have DJ Deeon, DJ Milton, Mike Dunn and Armando all collaborating to bring you the "Nothing Stopping EP" so you know this is some serious dance-floor searing business indeed.
It's all here, the stripped back, manic drum programming, the sexual innuendo laden vocals and that insane Chicago energy that makes records like this so special. There was definitely something in the water in Lake Michigan!
This essential ghetto House 4 tracker has been re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released for 2015 with all original Muzique Records artwork intact and with full permission from Mr.Steve Poindexter, Chicago USA.
Check the footage of Theo Parrish EQ'ing 'Emergency' into submission @ DEMF : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3efs6isvE8
17 Steps is the new record label from UK act Dusky, aka Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell. The debut 'Love Taking Over EP' leads with a unique title track that represents Dusky's hybrid approach to production perfectly. Drawing on dark, hypnotic melodies that reference classic jungle vibes, soulful vocal samples, and tough, intricate grooves, 'Love Taking Over' also hits with a gritty percussive edge; making for a fresh and distinctly Dusky production.
Second track 'Inta' connects even more directly with Dusky's formative jungle and rave influences growing up in London - taking its title and key sample from the classic 'Inta' by Grooverider's Inta Warriors alias. Archetypal of Dusky's genre-merging approach, 'Inta' blends sub heavy bass pulses with dark synths and vintage rave motifs to form an unflinching and heavy dancefloor sound.
Completing the EP in style, 'Expectations' is a track that has been on heavy rotation in Dusky's DJ sets over the year. A tough, no nonsense, floor burning house jam, "Expectations" instantly strikes a groove with its simple bass line and quirky jazz-inspired lead. Again summoning dark, D&B-inspired bass on its cavernous breakdown, "Expectations" is loaded with the texture and detail that Dusky are renowned.
P.E.A.R.L. is no stranger to the Weekend Circuit inner circle. Having released his ‘Desolation’ EP on the London label in 2015, his unique and refreshing productions slot comfortably in to the label's sonic aesthetic. Pulsating, submerged field recordings and natural sounds bristle next to menacingly hewn tones, rhythms and textures, creating a strange and disorientating environment across 4 parts.
EP opener 'Body Arched I' encapsulates this alien-esque landscape, beckoning us into the P.E.A.R.L. sound-world. Slowly unwinding drones gradually draw us in, layers of almost synthetic jungle sounds, field recordings and eerie atmospherics create images of unseen landscapes in our minds. One gets the impression that is merely the calm before the storm, it will be a long, dark and revealing night. Second part 'Body Arched II' ups the ante considerably, a blistering assault on the senses. Cavernous kick-drums dance with repeated synth lines and synewaves creating a narcotic, unforgiving and swirling miasma of epic proportions.
'Body Arched III' opens the second side of this formidable slab of vinyl. The energy levels are still high, the mood somewhat foreboding. Unapologetic, urgent and oozing kinetic energy this 3rd movement continues on a journey that will sweep you deeper into the blackest night, all systems failed, flying blind. In the right hands a piece like this can wield colossal power. The fourth and final part of 'Body Arched' taps into a more psychedelic vein, a minimalistic mantra-esque piece that continually spirals to the very outer edges of restraint. Listen closely and you can hear the shamans feet kicking up dust in the clearing. A pensive and sparse piece and the perfect note on which P.E.A.R.L. will leave us bewildered.
The Powerdancers also known as the Legion of Boogie Down have slowly begun to infiltrate the discos firing their brain gun in all different directions.
From their opening gambit, the self titled Power Dance, to the Bohannon like groove of Muscle Groove, to the enticing left field party anthem that is Safe and Happy Place.
The Lost Art of Getting Down is the main feature. The Powerdancers take all that they have learned and invite you to come and have one massive get down, from future funk, to acid house, to disco, the Legion of Boogie Down cover it all with one main message, dance and let go. This is a world where there is nothing but music and dancing.
Long live the Legion of Boogie Down
Bicep return to their Feel My Bicep Records with 4 original tracks. 2 on each side of a 12” heavyweight slab, with the logo debossed on the sleeve.
First up is a LYK LYK, a playful festival tune giving a nod to early rave sounds, and breaks. This is followed with POLY PINEAPPLE which leans on the Belfast boys’ love of fuzzy Italo disco and techno.
On the flip they collaborate with long term school friend and blog partner Rory Hamilton (aka Hammer) for the first time. ICE BOWL takes the B1 with broken drum patterns and melancholic chord progressions…"We are big fans of freestyle and old Baltimore club tracks, starting off with a broken 808 we began jamming together chopping vocals and melodies live,
in our heads keeping it fun but rough."
Last but not least DAY 3 re-ups the tempo back up with a stripped out pad driven techno track. "This one was made after a few long days in the studio, being sick of drum machines at that stage we plugged in the vocoder and started making beats out of that. 'Day 3' was intended for that early morning feel when the sun is just about to break and the light begins to creep into the club"