Rocksteady Disco's newest recruit is Eddie Logix. He's been at the heart of the Detroit underground for over 15 years, most recently with his Technically Yeah live hardware nights, a grip of ambient and hip-hop releases, engineering for Assemble Sound. He’s one half of left-field funk-hop duo Mega Powers with Pig Pen, and of BLKSHRK alongside Blair French, who first appeared on Rocksteady Disco back in 2016 on ...For Todd.
Placebo Palace is Eddie's first solo dance EP, combining all of this experience into a diverse offering for discerning dance floors. The EP leads with “Que Locos”, a tropical house banger driven by brass and Latin-Jazz piano. “Baby Girl” rounds out the A side, with a dusty R&B vocal sample coupled with a massive and unexpected bassline. The B side is darker and deeper, starting with the frantic Afro-Jazz-Deep House “Sunday Palaver”. Closing the EP is “Bottle Rocket”, a psychedelic surf rock-tinged disco-not-disco chugger, with live guitar by Daniel Monk and electric bass by stphn-b. More forward thinking music from Detroit via Rocksteady Disco!
Justin Strauss and Max Pask have joined up to form the new project Each Other, who will release their self-titled debut EP ‘Be Nice To Each Other’ on February 7th, 2020 via Soulwax/2manydjs label DEEWEE. While Strauss and Pask have DJ’d together on numerous occasions, this is the first time that they’ve collaborated on a production project.
The EP finds Each Other creating an eclectic range of sounds in the space of just three tracks. The opener ‘Same As It Never Was’ is the most immediate of the set, becoming more hypnotic as the minimalist topline buries itself into your subconscious. The downtempo ‘Burn It Down’ then darkens the mood, feeling closer to a dystopian sci-fi soundtrack than an underground club classic, before the playful and progressive ‘Six Weeks’ up the energy with jittering beats, sparkling synths and a cooly understated vocal.
“What we were trying to do and what we’ve hopefully achieved was to merge our influences with a nod to what many consider to be the ‘golden age’ of New York,” explains Justin Strauss. “You don’t realise that these periods were becoming important markers in history when we were living through them. It only comes later with the added benefit of time. I hope that in years to come, history will find a place for what we’re doing now” - Each Other.
As with all DEEWEE releases, ‘Be Nice To Each Other’ was recorded produced and mixed at DEEWEE.
You Got Something Special (Inc. Dr Packer / KON Remixes)
While Lemelle’s ‘You Got Something Special’ may not be a record you know by name, chances are you’ve heard it on the dancefloor. This obscure 1982 boogie cut has become a favourite of in-the-know DJs, cherished for its bouncy bassline, signature 80’s synths and Cindy Mizelle’s indelible vocals that make it a funk-laden disco number. Now, two of the genre’s most esteemed editors lend their hand to this record box essential, updating it for Glitterbox dancefloors and beyond. Opening the A-Side Dr Packer brings his trademark sound to the cut, seamlessly blending his disco-tinged stylings. The original also joins Dr Packer’s mix on the A-Side. On the flip, re-work extraordinaire KON delivers his edit, maintaining the 80’s boogie vibe while making it more DJ friendly with dubbed out sections for an extended cut. Rounding off the 12” is the instrumental, providing an essential DJ tool.
Nikki Nairs latest release for the new label Muy Muy Limited, based between Mexico City and Ponderosa CA, is a rich and textured testament to his ever evolving production abilities. Evoking feelings of fireside reflection, this 6 song EP flows from rich ambient orchestration to hypnotic hymns and rhythmic instrumentation ,while maintaining an overall feeling that evades description. This all seems fitting for the first release on a label the was born in a remote cabin high up the Sequoia National Monument.
Presenting another fully legit, remastered and repackaged reissue from the WD vaults! Brand new style for 2020.
London's Warriors Dance label was a unique operation and a pioneering London label during the late 80's acid house phenomena. Home to an assortment of DJs, MCs and soundmen, they went on to make their own original and indelible mark on the rave scene from the infamous 'Addis Ababa' studio on Harrow Road on the North-West side of the city. A former reggae and soul studio that was instrumental to the output of influential artists like Soul II Soul and more, a steady diet of reggae, bass, hip-hop, house and techno kept their edgy, and diehard UK sound and style right at the cutting edge of the dance music underground across the globe with the top DJs and producers of the day celebrating the label. The studio, helmed by label owner Tony ‘Addis’, acted as an incubator for artists whose names would go down in the history books.
No Smoke was one of the main and best known outfits on this cult label. Their mammoth worldwide, cult club smash 'Koro Koro' is still in DJ bags across the galaxy today! 'Righteous Rule' is another tuffy from this crew, some heavyweight bassline madness for the dance. All the elements of the WD sound are here, a perfect mix-up of Reggae vibes, jacking house and tribal badness rolled into one. A proper record, to be played on a proper system! This one's become a rare catch out in the wild, and is fetching some P's on the web among the collectors. Here's a nice 2020 repress for you, done the right way!
No Smoke 'Righteous Rule' is the pure unadulterated WD vibe, featuring original label artwork tweaked by Atelier Superplus and lovingly remastered by Curvepusher, UK. Special thanks to Nicky Trax & Tony Addis. Proudly distributed by Above Board distribution. 2020.
A1. Raise Me Up (feat. ANOHNI) (Hercules 2019 Mix)
B1. My Offence (feat. Krystle Warren) (Hercules 2019 Mix)
B2. Are You Still Certain? (feat. Mashrou’ Leila) (Hercules 2019 Mix)
After over ten years of Hercules & Love Affair, Andy Butler offers three reimagined versions of classic Hercules tunes and a piece of new music on the ‘Change EP’. Producer with current partner in crime Alec Storey (aka Second Storey), the two have been touring the Hercules catalogue with an approach that incorporates a proper dose of techno while duly engaging Storey’s penchant for breaks and intricate percussion work. Butler decided to put a few of these reworks out for DJs and dancefloors, offering the chance for these great Hercules moments to shine once again.
A. Sunscreem - Perfect Motion (Patrice Bäumel Renaissance Remix)
B. Sunscreem - Perfect Motion (Boys Own Mix)
Renaissance return to their critically acclaimed ReMix Series on 27 December as Patrice Bäumel takes on Sunscreem’s legendary ‘Perfect Motion’.
Like many of the best records, Perfect Motion’s path to bonafide dance anthem wasn’t a simple one. Having begun life as part of Sunscreem’s live sets and in near unrecognisable form on their debut album ’03', it went down a convoluted path of various mixes; first ‘in-house’ with the band’s resident DJ’s Dave Valentine and Lee Metson and then, when selected as the follow-up to their first hit Love U More, by way of remixes courtesy of Leftfield, Carl Cox and, of course, Farley and Heller’s Boys Own Mix.
“Dave Valentine was a big admirer of Boys Own and wanted them onboard,” explains Sunscreem’s Paul, “we literally had to beg Sony to let them have a crack at it and, even then, weren’t overly impressed with the result. It was only after Pete Tong played it on Radio 1, describing it as ‘their best work ever’, that they changed their minds.”
The rest, as they say, is history. Although a dance chart number 1 and top 20 hit on release, its enduring appeal undoubtedly goes hand in hand with its inclusion on Sasha and John Digweed’s ‘Renaissance - The Mix Collection’. Vocalist Lucia picks-up the story, “The fact Perfect Motion was so different on our album was a key factor I think. The Mix Collection introduced the Boys Own mix to a wider, global audience in all its glory for the first time.” And an audience that proved to be, fast forward 3 years to 1997 and the now worldwide appeal of the track was fully realised when the band were booked to play legendary New York club Twilo. With thousands outside blocking the street and the club packed to the point they were forced to open the fire escapes, the promoter turned and said, “They’ve come to hear you play Perfect Motion!”
Now Patrice Bäumel seizes the enviable, though daunting challenge, of updating the track for 2019 (just). Not that he need have worried, if ever there was a hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck dance anthem you need in your Christmas tune stocking, this is it. The mix captures all the emotive drama of the original, whilst subtly contemporising it with a stripped back, cleaner sound. “I actually requested Perfect Motion,” says Patrice, “the remix projects I am most interested in are the ones that allow me to cross genres and where at the same time I love the original material. Sunscreem’s Perfect Motion ticks both these boxes. I have been in love with the blissful vocals and pad section of this classic forever. The original has this lovely 90’s UK indie rave feel, similar to EMF’s Unbelievable. To me, those were formative years, I remember watching MTV all day, hoping for anything resembling electronic music to interrupt the endless stream of grunge and rock ballads. My reinterpretation aims to transport the original into modern times and make it suitable for today’s dancefloors. At the same time, I wanted to keep an element of nostalgia in there for those who have been around long enough to have fallen in love with Perfect Motion back in the day. The result is a record that I think has the potential to appeal to house and techno DJs alike.”
Uruguayan born Ema Remedi has been honing her craft as a dj for over 10 years, bringing her distinctive style all over the world from Badaboum Paris to D-Edge in Brazil. Currently residing in Berlin she frequently graces the decks at standout clubs Hoppetosse, Goldengate, Sisyphos and Club der Visionaire where she holds a summer residency. Recently she's been hard at work developing her productions for labels like Sketches, Savor Music, Ottavia, to name a few.
The EP opens with "Even Odds", a bouncy track that is ushered in by a twisted, pitched vocal. As the track settles in, delayed synths whirl around only to be cemented by a propelling bass line. A dissonant bell synth carries the track back into punchy, strong percussion all the while tied together by this mysterious vocal loop.
A2, "Why", shudders in with some massively deep low end bass, some truly Berlin synth perc ideas and stripped down drums all while a vocal asks "Why"? among other whispers.
The B side opens with "Open Closing", a track that drops in with beautiful, deep minor chords. The synths start to shift and open up as a moving arpeggio emerges to keep the track moving. It's snappy, clean and full of energy.
The EP rounds out with "No Sun, No Problem (feat. Sol)", a mysterious, aleatoric journey with twisting vocals, punchy synths and twinkling keys that spin upward. The track closes out with fat, bumping bass and stripped down drums that clearly say we don't need the sun to have fun.
When Network Records originally issued “Innovator” in 1991 we knew that the music contained within was timeless. At that time, of course, we had no grasp of how well Derrick’s epic soundscapes would time travel. We christened the collection - “Soundtrack For The Tenth Planet” - because it seemed like the music (and Derrick) had indeed arrived from another world.
The release has been acclaimed as iconic because Derrick, the madcap and maverick philosopher of Detroit Techno, introduced the concept of dance music with a musical and emotional agenda way beyond anything that had come before. Beats with beauty. Literally the strings of life. Where fellow musical geniuses Chic had previously urged everybody to simply "Dance, Dance, Dance" mood alchemist Mayday merged simple yet cerebral dreamscapes with strange and urgent complex dance rhythms and invited us all to Dance And Dream. And in a strange juxtaposed way helped birth the hedonistic Acid House scene with classics “Nude Photo” and “Strings Of Life”
The energy is frenetic, but merged with a new age ambience. The gems collected on this offering were iconic in 1991, now they cause mass hysteria when Derrick turns his one time musical experiments, created in a tiny room in Detroit, and turns them into epic concerts with orchestras and musicians across the globe. “Hand In Hand” existed in 1991 and we wanted to release it then, but it’s taken until now for the complete 13 minute recording to finally meet the world.
It will be revered, because like all of Derrick May’s music it is life affirming. Emotions Electric indeed.
The original “Innovator” release was housed on one single slab of wax. This time around we have expanded it to two discs to make space for “Hand Over Hand” and also so everything elsewhere - masterpieces remastered - can be presented in a complete and superior fashion. Whatever the tweaks, changes and updates etc all these years on, this music still sounds gloriously alien and groundbreaking. But there’s still no Tenth Planet.
"Innovator" remastered by Curvepusher, London 2019. Re-presented by Network Records in conjunction with Derrick May.
Worldwide distribution by Above Board Distribution.
In February 2020 the Belgian label KNTXT will release a new EP by Berlin resident Monoloc. The 'Left The Planet' marks his ﬁrst release on the label, that previously released label honcho Charlotte de Witte’s Chris Liebing collaboration and her “Pressure” and “Selected” EPs.
“With KNTXT, we aim to be a boutique label that values purity and strength” de Witte says. “Both characteristics that perfectly describe and deﬁne Monoloc’s music.”
Aside from being the main output for Charlotte de Witte’s creative endeavors, KNTXT has always aimed to be a breeding ground and safe haven for the unique talent’s that it love and respects. After debuting at a KNTXT event in Fuse back in 2015, Sascha Borchardt a.k.a. Monoloc has been a recurring invitee at the label’s raves.
“For KNTXT this is another amazing step in our label story. Feels great to be releasing new music of this dear friend of the family, after spending some great nights together.” Charlotte concludes. “This upcoming release is very personal to me.” Monoloc says “After joining Charlotte de Witte on her events and most recently the sold out KNTXT tour, I can say we’re friends. I’m happy to be part of this next step of the label and am very excited and proud of what we’ve created.”
It all started with a handful of cash but ended in eviction.
Always intended as a story in two parts, Jules Smith aka October's Eviction EP is the six-son follow up to his Pay Day EP, we unleashed in late 2018. An album's worth of material made 'just for Honey Soundsystem' Jules is back with his sleazy Prophet-one driven industrial disco.
As indulgent as the rave sirens and snare pummels on the title track seem, October's sheer mastery in production and studio mixing turn these tongue-in-cheek-in-your-face nightclub firecrackers into delicacies. Oh! And file 'Larry Bruce Chest Thumper' under Front 242 and i:Cube doing a line off of an iPhone together
MTM Records label boss Shinedoe joins Radio Slave’s Rekids Special Projects with a synth-driven techno release entitled ‘Feelings EP’.
Since her renowned debut release ‘Dillema’ back in 2004 on 100% Pure, the Amsterdam-based artist and Intacto Nights head Shinedoe continues her two decades of success with her latest release staying true to influences she takes from Detroit, Chicago and her local scene. Alongside 2000 and One, the co-owner
of Intacto Records has built a notable catalogue of in-house releases in addition to her remixes on Cocoon, Bpitch Control and a collaboration with Jerome Sydenham on Ibadan Records. Amidst performing around the world and regularly at the likes of Berghain, Shelter and ://about blank, while also remixing esteemed artists such as The Knife, she now joins Matt Edwards’ iconic imprint with an enthralling analogue techno release.
‘Feelings’ opens on a 90s rave tip with arpeggiated synths, delayed hats, rolling snares and distant voices before ‘Roots Are Calling’ dives in as Shinedoe brings her African grooves back to techno with rattling percussion, reverbed plucks, enticing tom hits and saturated claps. On the flip ‘Nature Save Us’ bounces with mid-range bass, 909 like beat programming, whistling lasers and subtle strings until the ‘Beats Mix’ finalises with a rhythmically charged edit, featuring vocals from Shinedoe herself, pulsing with classic cymbals and sublime layered vocals.
Ellora label bosses Hush & Sleep join Joseph Capriati’s Redimension imprint with a melodically charged techno release entitled ‘Angeli E Demoni EP’.
Following on from previous releases on Etruria Beat, Virgo and Kraftek, the Maastricht-based duo Hush & Sleep kick start their year by showcasing their fiery fusion of dark, emotive energy with bounding techno rhythm. Since forming in 2014 the Netherlandic pair garnered early support from Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens and Charlotte de Witte while also playing alongside the likes of Claydrum, Slam, Nicole Moudaber in amongst their local scene and further afield.
'Abaddon' opens with tight kicks, panning strings, rapid hats and a luscious synth break until ‘Haborym’ pulses with moody bass, syncopated plucks, harrowing horns and industrial-sounding cymbals. On the flip, ‘Amorth’ continues the dark direction with cantering melodic lines, evolving pads and rattling percussion before ‘Elohim’ punches in with arpeggiated keys, subtle chords and a euphoric break to close the release.
"We are both very happy to welcome back Marino Canal on Siamese. Everyone remembers his first record for us well, a timeless yet forward thinking and fresh release that's tough to beat. Marino made it possible though, his upcoming `Provenance` EP is a clear evolution of his style, mature, intelligent and ready for 2020." Adriatique
The official soundtrack from the Netflix movie 'Kidnapping Stella' gets remix treatments by dub techno mastermind Vril and Berlin local Anja Zaube on the A-side, as well as DUATRECORDS labelheads Amin Fallaha and R100 on the flipside.
Mint Condition - A record label focused on excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics and overlooked gems mined from the last 20+ of contemporary dance music are the order of the day. From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....
3 In Key is a super rare, one-off Eye 4 Sound excursion from 3 of London's top tech-house golden era big wigs, Terry Francis, Nathan Coles & Jiten Archaya. Boasting some sick mixdown and engineering from the mighty Bushwacka! it's one of those real nuggets from the underground, a flash of genius, and a super tough ultra-rare EP to track down. 4 cuts of that wigged-out, minimal space funk that makes this era, and this style of music, so fresh today. This is exactly the sort of record that shows up on the playlists of your favourite global DJ's, released sometime around the late 1990's (there's no actual release date online) all of the untitled cuts contained within bristle with a special after-hours energy. Trust us, this is that top shelf tech-house business, finally repressed for the heads, the dancers, the freaks and the masses!
'3 In Key' has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of the Eye 4 Sound crew for 2019 and remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original sources especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
Lone delivers the final instalment of his stunning Ambivert Tools series.
Started in 2017 Ambivert Tools gave Lone the chance to step outside the confines of writing music for an album and get back to the basics of crafting tunes primarily for his intoxicating DJ sets.
Inspired in no small part by the rich seam of house that he’s been excavating with his fine Magicwire imprint Ambivert Tools parts one to three have been stacked with breezy, rugged house excursions full of his trademark atmospheric melody / harmony . Each track instantly recognisable as music that could have only come from Lone’s East London studio.
This final transmission again finds Lone in vintage form - ‘Pulsar’ takes inspiration from classic UK Techno and IDM from the likes of Stasis and B12. This one shares DNA with the rolling breaks of ‘Temples’ from Volume Three but goes deeper in search of that 6am dancefloor feeling.
‘Oedo 808’ as the title suggests gets busy with some tight 808 drum programming bringing an electro feel to the mix . The rude bassline and glistening electronics only work to to tighten it up further for the dancefloor.
‘Blue Moon Tree’ rounds things off in style staying true to the DJ tool theme of the series, a killer bassline, crisp drums, spiralling vocal sample and stabs are all this one needs to be a staple in the right DJ’s boxes for a long time to come.
DON'T STOP, NO SLEEP (ROBERT HOOD, TALE OF US, ROMAN PONCET & DJ DEEP REMIXES)
Charles Duff and Daniel Fisher have known each other since well before their respective forays into dance music. They serendipitously crossed paths at some point in the early 2010s with mutual friends in the NYC club kid scene. Shortly thereafter they realised they both were keen to ditch the vapid hipster bullshit that had fueled their early careers thus far in order to pursue something pure: techno. Mind you, this was at a time when it was not terribly cool to be into underground dance music. If anything, they both were greeted with massive skepticism from their peers but that didn't ultimately deter them. Both went from relative obscurity to regular slots at Berghain. And for two American kids musing in a pathetic bedroom studio, this was nothing short of a dream come true. A prophecy had been fulfilled.
The two tried their hands at numerous attempts at collaboration over a 5 year period but nothing seemed to stick. Most of it sucked horrendously according to them. But not on this occasion. The stars finally came into alignment and they were able to execute a concise group of tracks that finally made sense together. Which brings us to Threads.
Threads, an homage to the uber-dystopian BBC docudrama from the 80s, sums up their dynamic approach to tracks. It's an alienating, sinister take on techno that somehow manages to not fully lose faith in dire times. Much like life today.
First released in 1988, a huge year in House Music History on unknown Chicago Label: Critical House Records. Produced by Billy "Jack" Williams using a minimal gear list including Roland's TR-707 drum machine, Casio SK-1 Sampler and Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer. Billy Jack went on to create the Global smash hit "Warehouse Days Of Glory" by New Deep Society. Official 2016 re issue!!
The true definition of a "rare-groove", "Windy City Theme" is a triumphant, funky paean to the spiritual home of the Blues, Jazz and House music. Often closely guarded by the rare record cognoscenti this scarce 45 on the Chi Sounds label was originally released in 1976 and became a solid staple of London's underground rare-groove scene, finding favour with DJ's like Norman Jay and Giles Peterson with the track even appearing on their groundbreaking "Journeys By DJ" mix. B-side cut "Show Me The Way" is not to be overlooked either, a smooth, stepping soul number with lush orchestration and yearning vocals featuring the amazing arrangements of The Chi-Sound Orchestra, sounding like a beautiful cross between MFSB and Marvin Gaye. An utterly essential 45 for any serious Soul or Funk fan, legitimately repressed and remastered with love on dinked 45 for 2016.
A true Balearic / Cosmic classic LP - Columbian brothers Elkin & Nelson's 1974 debut double album 'Angeles Y Demonios' is the perfect blend of traditional latin music, psychedelia, fuzz, glam, ethnic rhythms, progressive rock leanings and everything else in-between! The album had been received quite well on it's release, enabling the brothers to move to Spain and explore their ideas and melodies full-time, but it wasn't until the late 1980's Balearic explosion that the brothers unique musical vision struck a chord with those outside of Spain whose interests were rooted in the more esoteric corners of the record shop racks. Possibly the most well-known track from this LP was 'Jibaro (Enrolle)' that featured on the closing side of the set. This track was picked up and subsequently covered by Paul Oakenfold and the burgeoning wave of UK DJ's who had become enamoured with the white isle and her many sounds, thus birthing the term 'Balearic Beat'. 'Jibaro (Enrolle)' is perhaps one of the benchmarks of that particular microcosmic scene and sound but that doesn't mean the rest of this amazing LP should be ignored. A truly wondrous trip through the rock underground, not traditional by any means, if you dig the Balearic sound, psych-rock, funk and all of it's orbiting planets then this will certainly flip all the right switches for you. A very original set. This classic has been legally reissued by Above Board distribution in conjunction with the legal rights holders - Sony Music Entertainment. This high quality 2 x LP repress features original 1974 gatefold sleeve and label artwork and has been remastered from Sony's original sources by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
In recent years the clamour for the funkier side of AOR, Blue eyed soul, funky rock or any other description you'd care to imagine has reached heightened places. The hardest diggers have been endlessly searching for breezy, soulful and rock-infused R&B gems hidden away in the recesses of the major and independent label archives. Miami's CAT Records - one such independent, and an off-shoot of the hugely successful TK Disco empire had made it's mark since the early 70's with stellar sides from Little Beaver, George & Gwen McCrae, Raw Soul Express and many more. It was later, 1977 to be precise, in the height of the Disco era when Chocolateclay appeared. Their self-titled and sole LP has long been a thing of sought after beauty, a real Miami rarity that showcases a classy blend of funk, soul and AOR stylings delivered by the solid pairing of George 'Chocolate' Perry and Clay Cropper. Perry's name is well known among rare soul aficionados due to his involvement in some classic underground records from that scene (Wizzdom 'I'm So In Love With you' etc) and his part in writing, producing and arranging for artists like Blowfly, Milton Wright, King Sport, Bobby Caldwell, Latimore, Joe Walsh and many more. Cropper was also well known as a solid Miami session man who played keys, wrote and produced for a plethora artists from that part of the world throughout the 70's and 80's including Betty Wright, George McCrae, Frederick Knight and more. To say these 2 guys were seasoned pro's would be an understatement. No surprise then that their contribution to the CAT catalogue is a finely tuned, funky, sunkissed LP of jams that will bring unlimited joy and warmth to you via your turntable. Languid, melodic, grown-up soul music here folks, drenched in that sunshine state goodness. Oozing positivity and class - Chocolateclay is as deep as it gets. Often selling on-line for tidy sums (£60 +) this LP is a true gem, now is your chance to own a %100 legit, TK Disco sanctioned, vinyl copy of this killer Soul LP. Re-issued just the way it originally came out in 1977, no tricks. Essential!
As always theres no name on the label but you know why. Its all about the music and this time weve got the >POWER< ! Cabin Fever are back with one of the most asked for tracks of 2012. Already a massive record for Radio Slave these tracks have been the talk of the town since he picked them up from a young frenchman based in Berlin at the end of last year. So, dont miss out on this super HOT vinyl only limited release. Hailing from Berlin this young french man might well be this years brightest star of electronic music. As always theres no artist on the label but you know why. It s all about the music ! Super fresh and vinyl only. And this one certainly has the >POWER< !
Essential repress of stunning 1977 Disco-soul rarity, written, produced and arranged by the incredible team of Norman Connors, Reggie Lucas and James Mtume. Vitamin E, a a short-lived group that yielded only 2 singles and one long player during their time certainly knew who to work with in the studio. 'Kiss Away' is an absolute belter, raw and raunchy Funk riffing gives way to some ultra smooth, grown-up stepping Soul awash with some stellar string arrangements. This one is definitely for the dancers, it simply glides along with the utmost class and sophistication, an incredibly uplifting and funky cut that features here in it's 1977 special disco version guise as per the original Buddah Records release. On the flip is a cool cover of Neil Sedaka's 1974 hit 'Laughter In The Rain' - a sweet version, no doubt, but the real winner is the stellar A-side. Reissued, remastered and re-presented for 2018 by Above Board distribution - 100% legit and licensed.
They’re young and tough – and especially wonderful too – easily one of the most compelling harmony soul groups to ever hail from the Windy City! The set’s a Chicago soul gem from the early 70s – recorded with a laidback, slightly tripped-out vibe that’s different than the tighter styles of other groups from the same scene – definitely righteous at points, with some of the superbad modes you might hear from an east coast lineup like The Delfonics or Soul Generation, especially when they were trying to get a bit more conscious in their message. Arrangements are great – handled by Tom Tom Washington, Eugene Record, and Cliff Davis – very much at the best Brunswick mode, but again with a deeper sort of vibe too. The title cut’s a monster, and a very fitting follow-up to their earlier “Sly, Slick, & Wicked” track – and the album features 2 versions (vocal and instrumental) of a cut called “This Is The Lost Generation”, a very righteous soul groove with a heavy production tip.
Review courtesy of Soulmakossa - http://www.funkmysoul.gr/
Re mastered and re released for 2015 in conjunction with Brunswick. Too legit to quit.
THE MIKE MAURRO REMIXES VOL. 2 (THE GROOVE LINE / ALWAYS AND FOREVER)
Following on from the first part of Heatwave remixes, Mike Maurro digs deep into this legendary groups catalogue to bring us another duo of stellar reworkings. This time their Jazz-Funk classic 'The Groove Line' from 1977 gets the MM remix treatment and is backed with their evergreen slow-jam 'Always And forever'. 2 deeper cuts this time but the quality is just as high as Maurro really understands this music and knows what to use and how. Fans of Heatwave will undoubtedly adore these new mixes and people who are new to the group will be amazed they hadn't checked out the legendary Mr. Rod Temperton and his super talented pan-European band of musicians before! Naturally, everyone is welcome to this party....
Another amazing addition from Brookside Records to the ever growing archive of classic Disco, Funk & Soul treats that we, as music lovers, are lucky to experience. Much care and love has been taken with these new mixes, and new life has been breathed into Heatwave's music. Both mixes utilise some previously unheard studio ad-libs and instrumentation to fantastic effect, shining some new light on tracks that are engraved in the psyches of millions of dancers, DJ's and music lovers, no mean feat, but Mike Maurro pulls it off beautifully.
Again, Brookside bring us another set of cult Disco cuts reworked beautifully for 2017's ears, essential stuff for all lovers of this kind of music, this release is simply unmissable. The record comes with lovingly reworked Heatwave artwork and these remixes are exclusive to this release and are fully, 100% legit, licensed and sanctioned by all relevant rights holders.
Simply put, another set of essential mixes from a modern day master!
File under - *Essential Disco*
THE MIKE MAURRO REMIXES VOL. 1 (BOOGIE NIGHTS / TOO HOT TO HANDLE)
It takes a very special record to be christened a 'classic', 'timeless', 'legendary'. Heatwave's 1976 smash 'Boogie Nights' is one such special record, it undoubtedly deserves all the cache it has received over the decades since it's original release.
Written by the late Rod Temperton (who went on to work with Michael Jackson, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones and many others) this proto-Disco anthem still influences today and is renowned as an all-time classic dance record. 'Boogie Nights' was a hit in the USA, peaking at #2 in the charts in early 1977. Not bad for a group of Europeans with no connection to the hustle and bustle of NYC, or the grit and glamour of Detroit, Michigan with Temperton even calling Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire 'home'!
Now, in 2017, Brookside Records present part 1 of a very special 2 x 12" package indeed. NYC mix master Mike Maurro has stepped up, armed with a fistful of master reels from Epic's vaults and has undertaken the task of remixing this all-time classic and it's B-side 'Too Hot To Handle' in fine fashion. As usual, Maurro turns in respectful, faithful versions, made from the point of view of someone who has lived with this music all their lives. Much care and love has been taken with these new mixes, and new life has been breathed into Heatwave's music. Both mixes utilise some previously unheard studio ad-libs and instrumentation to fantastic effect, shining some new light on tracks that are engraved in the psyches of millions of dancers, DJ's and music lovers, no mean feat, but Mike Maurro pulls it off beautifully.
Again, Brookside bring us another set of cult Disco cuts reworked beautifully for 2017's ears, essential stuff for all lovers of this kind of music, this release is simply unmissable. The record comes with lovingly reworked Heatwave artwork and these remixes are exclusive to this release and are fully, 100% legit, licensed and sanctioned by all relevant rights holders.
Simply put, another set of essential mixes from a modern day master!
A1 The Spinners - I'll Be Around (Mike Maurro 10" Acetate Remix)
B1 The Trammps - The Night The Lights Went Out (Mike Maurro Summer Of '77 Remix)
Absolutely classic double header of brand new mixes from the mighty Mike Maurro! A Detroit classic goes head to head with another solid gold Philly classic on this 12" of exclusive mixes lifted from his "Peak Hour remixes" project, all produced from the original master tapes. The Spinners evergreen Soul classic "I'll Be Around" takes up the A-side with Mike's trademark respectful flourishes evident - a restrained, classy version of this all-time anthem is what we're treated to by someone who truly understands the originals and feels the music. A must have for all serious Soul lovers out there. On the B-side we have The Trammps stellar "The Night The Lights Went Out", a long time favourite that has been extensively sampled by numerous House artists and The Trammps paean to the infamous city wide blackout during the summer of '77 in NYC that ended up subsequently reshaping popular culture as we know it. Maurro's mix, as always, has respectfully rearranged the track in such a way that he's managed to put a new spin on a legendary disco classic focussing on the incredible arrangements of Norman Harris' original. Simply put, another set of essential mixes from a modern day master! File under - *Essential Disco*
B1. New Birth - Deeper (Mike Maurro Deeper Down Extended Remix)
Massive mix alert! "It's party time tonight!" - NYC Mix maestro Mike Maurro has turned in a storming, 14+ minute version of Patrick Adams' classic "Weekend" by Phreek, a true blue club classic from 1978 (Later covered by Class Action, sampled by Todd Terry etc) "Weekend" was an absolutely huge Paradise Garage staple getting unlimited spins from Larry Levan during the club's lifespan, the definition of a "Garage" record indeed. Maurro's new mix rearranges and deconstructs the original version with so much style, respect and feeling, using unheard synth vamps, string sections, percussions and breakdowns pushing it into a whole new direction while retaining the feel of the original mix. The track is already electric in it's original form but here Mike Maurro pushes the energy levels right through the roof, birthing a fresh new mix of a stone cold classic!
On the B-side we have the low slung funk of The New Birth's killer "Deeper", released in '77 as a single on promo 12" this cut gets the MM mix treatment, with the intro extended and the drums brought fully upfront in the mix Mike has teased out all the best parts of the original arrangement while managing to stamp his always unique style on this new version. This midtempo groover is pure Soul all the way, one for the serious dancers that keeps rolling itself along into one of the most solid, funkiest grooves ever! Simply put, another set of essential mixes from a modern day master! File under - *Essential Disco*
"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.
In 1991, former King Street Sounds, BPM King Street Production released the compilation EP named "La Ronde", which includes the tracks by the hot artists in New York and Tokyo underground scene at that time.
This second compilation EP of the series was released in 1993 and it includes early productions of the New York artists/producer, such as Ken Carpenter、Khison, and Nick Jones, who are all known since early 80's, as well as the deep tribute song for the legend, Larry Levan.
The artists who build the early club jazz, underground house scene in Tokyo, such as Manabu Nagayama and Toshihiko Mori aka Jazzadelic contributed their tracks to the EP as well. It also includes the original version of "Beat Freak", which was later remixed by Blaze and Pal Joey and released from King Street Sounds. This EP includes wide variety of tracks such as deep, jazzy, groovy and soulful vocal tracks.
This new re issue prioritises the highlights from the original release to ensure a much louder cut than the original pressing. Its also been completely re mastered for 2014.
A fully legit 2018 repress of a Jazz-Funk & Boogie classic!
'Nard' is Bernard Wright's bonafide Funk masterclass, boasting some truly amazing and heavily sampled cuts including - 'Spinning' (Used by Skee-Lo on 'I Wish') 'Haboglabotribin' (Used by Snoop Dogg on 'G's & Hustlers') as well as some heavy-duty Boogie workouts like 'Just Chilling Out' , 'The Master Rocker' and many more. A truly solid record and one that features boundless flashes of genius writing and playing from Bernard and his killer outfit including luminaries such as Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, Weldon Irvine, Patti Austin, Luther Vandross and many more! This one's a keeper and will have you locked in from start to finish, a total groove-fest. Originally released on the mighty Arista sub-label GRP label in 1981 'Nard' has it all, the beats, the wigged out Oberheim solos and most importantly - The FUNK! Remastered and repressed with the full involvement of Arista / Sony BMG by Above Board distribution for all you Boogie freaks. A truly essential album!
1994 - Chicago producer Rick Lenoir has already released a slew of legendary records under many well known aliases and his House Jam label has been in business since '87. The Sanctuary Project is the nom de plume utilised by Rick for this particular killer Disco infected 4 track EP from that period. The keen eared among you will no doubt recognise some of the sample sources used throughout these tracks, Lenoir flips jazzy loops, chopped up vocals and lays it all out over some kicking drum programming, this is that style of sample based House that has the hardened dance heads and hip-hoppers unified, gritty, raw and brimming over with soul! The cuts featured on this EP will sit nicely with most contemporary sounds and shows how on the money Rick was in the mid 90's! The record has long been out of print and has been forever popular with the diggers out there, commanding a healthy price when available in the second hand stores and online. This reissue has been realised with the full involvement of Rick Lenoir / House Jam Records, Chicago and is 100% legit! Don't snooze, this one deserves a spot in any self respecting House heads record bag or DJ set, classic material made available again for 2017 - 'Running it’!
'Son of a beatnik' - an absolutely monster record getting some well deserved reissue love!
Produced in Chicago by the well loved and late DJ Chunk-A-Bud aka Adam Malian (RIP) all the way back in the mists of 1994 on Rick Lenoir's coveted House Jam label this 12" undoubtedly takes it's cue from the cities vast, rich and deep heritage of DJ's and predecessors. This record proudly contains the spirit of the Music box, The Warehouse and all the other like-minded spaces that fuel it's Disco thrusting beats, anyone with a passing interest will know the elements that make up 'Son of a beatnik', they are classics in Chicago and beyond! This is one of those records that just doesn't stop, it's still getting caned today by those lucky enough to own a copy. A true blue cult classic, real deal house music from the windy city. A truly rare 12" that doesn't show up very often 'Son of a beatnik' is an essential release from a particularly fertile period in house music, chopped up, sampled, looped and programmed with LOVE! A surefire winner, this record will cause infinite damage on any dance-floor. Truly essential stuff here, this reissue has been realised with the full involvement of Rick Lenoir and is 100% legit! Don't snooze, this one deserves a spot in any self respecting House heads record bag or DJ set, classic material made available again for 2017!
Techno, Disco, Italo, Electronics, House, Library, Cosmic and Ambient frequencies - These are the bedrocks of the Midnight Drive ethos and sound. A label shining a light on overlooked or unheralded creations and respectfully reissuing them for the contemporary audience. A label that respects and understands the connection between these disparate and sometimes forgotten forms of musical expression and celebrates them.
For the latest instalment of the Midnight Drive story we look to our own rich and fertile home city of London. Formed on the Southside of the city in the late 80's Carl Grant and Tony Gallagher's long running LA Synthesis project has given us some of the most forward looking, modern and compelling Electro and Techno over the span of the last 3 decades. 'Harmonic Disassembly / Skyline' was originally released in 1997 on the cult Evolution label and made a lot of noise with the brilliant futuristic B-boy video for 'Harmonic...' getting regular airings on MTV's Chillout Zone among others. Both tracks are sleek, cutting edge examples of electronic music that is as much inspired by Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock and Steve Reich as it is Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Jonzun Crew. Now, almost 20 years after it's original release we see a full repress of one of the jewels in the LA Synthesis crown, a truly cult record that stylistically transcends time and space and sounds every bit as groundbreaking and fresh as it did in 1997.
This is the first time 'Harmonic Disassembly / Skyline' has been reissued. This high quality repress has been made possible with the full involvement of Carl Grant and Tony Gallagher aka LA Synthesis from their personal DAT masters.
Remastered by Curvepusher. Artwork and design by Atelier Superplus.
B Lorraine Johnson - The More I Get, The More I Want
Prelude Records is easily one of THE most influential Disco labels of all time. The label released classic upon classic and launched the careers of many now influential artists and producers and engineers. Names like Francois K, Shep Pettibone, Tony Humphries and more were all intrinsic to the Prelude story. The music this label released throughout it's life has shaped modern day club culture and continues to do so....
1977 saw the release of one of Prelude's most sought after, desired and rare offerings. A 12" promo that features 2 insanely deep cuts from the labels impressive repertoire. Bill Brandon & Lorraine Johnson's split DJ promo 'We Fell In Love While Dancing / The More I Get, The More I Want' - 2 megaton Disco bombs that will have your dancefloor in a frenzy. This essential release has changed hands for hundreds of pounds on the used market and has never been legally reissued before, there are sub-standard boots around and they sound awful. This official reissue has the full unedited versions of the tracks and has been repressed from the master sources and with the full involvement of the licensors to provide 2019's clubs with a true Disco rarity, as it was way back in '77!
Those wizards of digging Psychemagik doing the business once again. Hot on the heels of last year's monstrous 'Gotta hold on me / Wildman' they're letting folks know that they were still out there searching in the darkest recesses of the last 40+ years of popular and unpopular music, and boy oh boy are they good at it!
'The Trip' lives up to it's name. The track kicks off with some ultra beefed up psychedelic shenanigans, swirling, cacophonous sounds whirl and sweep and gradually drag us into the holographic tunnel, gradually giving way to some heavyweight drums and percussions and unfurling into a muscular psych-discoid beast. This one will send the kids crazy and will undoubtedly cause some damage in the club, both sonically and mentally. 'But what is the original?' we hear you say... answers on a postcard please.
'Sisters of the moon' on the flip-side is a very different animal - All laid back, laconic steel-guitars and thundering slo-mo drums and percussion. The dark side of a rural witchcraft dream exposed here, almost menacing... and then? Those vocals spring out of the mix amidst the throbbing sexually charged atmosphere and drag us back into the realm of 'near reality' with sultry moans and groans. This one's woozy alright, but in the best possible way. So wrong, it's right and possibly the natural soundtrack to too many of those strange shots that that guy in the weird hat gave us earlier when we entered that country pub. 'What guy?' I hear you ask....
Ultimate freak-disco and deepest druid Funk for the discerning and psychedelically inclined record consumer.
More vinyl remixes from Psychemagik with the long awaited official 'Dancehall Days' remix sanctioned by Jack Hues from Wang Chung himself. Jack liked Psychemagiks re-edit of Dance Hall Days so much he contacted the duo and offered them the parts for an official remix. The result is a monster dancefloor friendly beast that is true to the original edit but with some extra magik! ‘Psychemagik stand out from the crowd with high production values and innate musicality. I usually find remixes tedious, but this takes you on some off-world journey – very cool.’ Jack Hues (Wang Chung)
A – Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days (Leg Warmer Remix)
The second release on Andras’ tongue-twisting label ‘Punp’. ‘Corn’ opens with a minute of hard-panned stereo banjo; a deep bassline close on it’s boots. *‘Dust’ strikes a more sombre note - the distant bleep of a doof lost in a cloud of red dirt and radioactive fallout. Are those rave whistles or Geiger counter clicks? Seal the doors and take a LandCruiser tempo tour of a contaminated atomic test site. High fructose samples from the frozen food isle. Hot-music that’s still cold in the middle.
All songs written and published by Andrew Wilson.
Recorded in Melbourne, Australia. Art by Art.
From the darkest corners of the RCA vaults we bring you this super rare and wonderful, tripped out cosmic-psych rarity on 45!
From 1977 this double-header is an Eastern themed, moog driven oddity from the mysteriously monikered Kamel Oil Company. Written by the legendary Bob Azzam, Eddie Barclay (founder of Barclay Records) & Greek record company owner Antoine Flamaritis, 'Mustapha' is an exotica soaked orchestral monster with choir vocals and string arrangements that only the big boys could call in. This is a serious left-field nugget from the vaults of one of the biggest majors, one ends up thinking - 'how did this come about?!'. On the flip-side we have 'Petrolo En Bruto', which is the real gem here, undoubtedly this one will appeal to fans of the far flung reaches of world music and psych, even those of you who dig the various flavours of Funk from around the globe. A truly special and unique record here, often sought after by the deepest of the crate diggers and obscure sound searchers on a promo 45, this rare EP now sees a fully legit reissue. Made in conjunction with Above Board distribution and RCA this reissue is sourced from their vaults using original materials and remastered and repressed to the highest standard for 2018 and featuring all original 1977 RCA label artwork.
Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs giving purpose to hot summer days, but after sundown, the city is where it's at... if you know where to look. It's possible that this double-life is what inspired the deep, melodic, futuristic sounds of one of Australia's most mysterious electronic dance music labels of the 90's - Red Ember Records.
Helmed by Ewan Jansen and Justin Zerbst (with contributions from Steb Sly and Andrew Carpenter) this micro label powered through the latter half of the 1990's with a slew of back-room productions; barely existent releases that were mainly pressed onto poly-plastic discs and hand distributed at a handful of near mythical live performances and local record spots in their hometown. Suffice to say it's the unique quality of the music contained on these lathes (chiefly produced by Jansen and Zerbst) and the sheer rarity of the physical items that has driven Red Ember firmly into the minds of vinyl fiends the globe over.
Deep. That is one word that can be safely used when discussing the sonic bounty contained on a Red Ember record. Ewan Jansen's loose, harmonic style sits perfectly next to Justin Zerbst's faster paced, frenetic Techno sounds. The two's styles complimenting each other perfectly. This is most apparent on this special sampler 12", the precursor to a wider archival compilation of Red Ember rarities entitled "Embers Only: Selected tracks 1997 - 1999", where a track from each artist has been carefully selected from their enviable archive. Culled from 2 of the most sought after titles in the catalogue both "Clearance" and "Red Silicone" are top shelf all the way, enough to get even the most hardened vinyl aficionado cracking a smile.
"Embers Only: Selected tracks 1997 - 1999" - An insight into the extremely exotic sound world of Red Ember Records, forthcoming on double vinyl, fully remastered from all original DAT tapes and compiled with the full cooperation of both Ewan Jansen and Justin Zerbst. Remastered by Curved Pressings, London. Artwork and design by Atelier Superplus.
Kerri Chandler. The Shelter NYC. Institutions. What else can be said about these pillars of the deep house community? Freddy Sanon's seminal club created a code for living, beyond the dancefloor. The ripples of which are still being felt today in dance music. The Shelter was a way of life, a sound, an ideology. 'The Shelter' was the clubs first release on it's foray into actually putting records out. To have KC drop the first record on your label was a coup to say the least, but this was actually another pivotal benchmark in an already fruitful, collaborative union between the super producer and the club / institution.
As expected the energy on this record is high, it's that deep church influenced soulful house music that kicks in all the right places! An ode to a very special, particular dance-floor and moment in NYC club history. A true blue classic of it's ilk, featuring all the classic KC details, tough drums, soulful vocal snatches and vamping organs and horns. Across 4 different mixes Kerri gives us a blow by blow flavour of what The Shelter may have felt like! Classic material from beginning to end. Do not miss this one!
This has always been a sought after 12" due to it's classic status and has often changed hands on-line for collectors prices. Now it is available again, re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released with permission and in conjunction with Shelter Records, New York City and featuring the original 1992 label artwork.
Absolutely stellar proto-disco jam from 1975 on the minute Shield label, Nassau County's Hokis Pokis may not be the most well known of funk / soul outfits but that doesn't mean they groove any less than any of the big guns!
'Nowhere' is a true underground classic, one for the real disco aficionados. One of those grooves that straddles the thin lines between rock, soul and funk. This is a proper club record and in the right hands will keep a dancefloor locked in and moving.
Speaking of 'right hands' this special 12" reissue sees NYC DJ and edit royalty Danny Krivit tastefully extend the original 3.32 7" A-side version into an extended club jam. Never one to utilise tired filters, loops, sweeps and so called laptop 'production methods' Danny turns in a fine extension that is subtle, effective and most of all - funky. A truly glorious slice of uplifting dance music 'Nowhere' is an essential purchase for those of you who dig the real deep stuff.
This reissue is a legit, licensed and proper release. Made by Above Board distribution in conjunction with Henry Stone music and the skills of the legendary Danny Krivit. 2018.
FOUR313 is a Detroit group of Deejays, musicians and producers from the 1st wave of the Detroit techno dance movement. Blake, Eddie, Santonio & Thomas have joined forces as the unit FOUR313, a group name with meaning and purpose, and that is to preserve Detroit's "true" history in dance music and support the DJ culture through vinyl releases. The debut album of FOUR313 will be released with the launch of their new record label called "Ther Label". FOUR313 will collectively release special limited edition vinyl of brand new recordings starting at the beginnning of 2017.
ALL MY DREAMS / INNOCENCE (PRODUCED BY MAURICE FULTON)
First in a series of four 12” singles produced by Maurice Fulton
Today Róisín Murphy announces a series of four 12”singles produced by Maurice Fulton and released across consecutive months this summer through The Vinyl Factory, and shares the first pair of songs “All My Dreams / Innocence”.
From Moloko onwards, Murphy has always gravitated towards a deep groove. But here, with Baltimore maverick musician/producer/DJ Maurice Fulton, she's gone and made some of the most hip-twitching, pleasure-centre-stimulating music of her life. And it's being released in the only correct way for sounds so intimately connected to the dancefloor: on a series of 12” singles, with stunning graphics from Portuguese New Yorker Braulio Amado.
“Ultimately its about dancing,” says Murphy. “My kind of dancing: all low and funky, allowing itself to be a little out of control. It's all very simple in a way but Maurice has spent a lifetime immersed in music for dancing. His experience and depth of knowledge is undeniable. I did as I was told!”
Across all eight original songs, her lyrics are intense, exploratory, probing into dark parts of her own and the listener's psyche – all the while working on the immediate, endorphin-stimulating dancefloor level too – and her voice is finer, richer, more expressive than ever. The tracks are full of the unadulterated, but deeply warped funk which Maurice has honed over his decades of dancefloor experience. This is as vivid and urgent as Murphy has ever sounded, and it bodes more than well for whatever comes next in her absurdly exciting on going voyage of discovery. “I've got more projects on the go,” she says; “I've got some new and exciting collaborators on board and I'm hoping an interesting patchwork of ideas and formats will emerge in due time. But for now I'm just gonna dance it out!!!”
Most definitely her own artistic-director, Murphy recently took on a bold, experimental venture, issuing a clarion call to “dancers, choreographers, actors, dreamers” to collaborate with her at an exciting two-day residency in London’s The Store X. With the purpose to create epic video work that will span the entire project. As with the stunning visuals from her last two albums all the videos are directed by Murphy herself. In her own words: "We made a rave with a purpose. In the run-up I had made several funny little adverts asking people to come and join us. Sort of "shout going out" across my social media platforms, I was astonished by the response. I have just begun an intense editing process. Incredible people came to the shoot and gave it their all for two days solid, total dedication. A most humbling experience and one of the best of my entire creative life, regardless of the outcome." Keep your eyes peeled for the “All My Dreams” video, the first in a series of visuals, coming on May 18th.
THE RUMBLE / WORLD’S CRAZY (PRODUCED BY MAURICE FULTON)
Róisín Murphy shares “The Rumble / World’s Crazy”, the final pair of tracks in a series of 12” singles which have been released across 2018 to unanimous acclaim from critics and fans alike. Created in collaboration with Baltimore maverick musician/producer/DJ Maurice Fulton and released through The Vinyl Factory, Murphy gone and made some of the most hip-twitching, pleasure-centre-stimulating music of her life. The lyrics are intense, exploratory and probing – all the while working on the immediate, endorphin-stimulating dancefloor level too – and her voice is finer, richer, more expressive than ever.
We pick up where “Jacuzzi Rollercoaster / Can’t Hang On” left off, and “The Rumble” may well be Murphy’s most life affirming track to date, a euphoric declaration which melds and morphs, grows and swells, anchored by Murphy as a maven for our troubled times. In her own words; “The Rumble was written with Maurice and Mim Suleiman. Mim is amazing with infectious energy. I needed help as it’s a mammoth track, like two songs in one the second half is a vamp in which Maurice Instructed me to preach! Preaching was not a natural stance for me but he insisted I try, now I can’t stop testifying, the process has changed me a little.”
“…sounding more triumphant than ever.” – Pitchfork
“Murphy’s presence is so strong that even a few breathy phrases can turn a funky jam into a firecracker.” – Resident Advisor
“A squelching, throbbing, synth-heavy beast of a song, this is as bonkers and brilliant as the title suggests.” – Sunday Times Culture
“Best listened with lights off and strobes on, “Plaything” shimmers in its late-night disco glory.” – The Fader
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
Anthem alert, digging deep into the box marked "Detroit"! Polartronics aka legendary producer and DJ extraordinaire Terrence Parker delivers this almighty grooving kalimba led cut from 1993 on KMS offshoot Trance Fusion. This is one that will get the dance-floor moving in seconds, the real deep House deal!
The vocal mix on side A is a blend of whip-crack percussion sounds, whispered and spoken vocals and deeeep pads, a mixture of winding, melodic sounds that are a little more insistent than the languid instrumental take over on the B-side that somehow retains the mystical spirit of the previous mix but at 20,000 feet below sea level. As the EP title suggests, this is "The Deep" indeed. Absolutely killer stuff from the D here, with TP in full effect, do not miss out on this one!
Re-mastered, re-pressed and brought to you fresh for 2015 in conjunction with KMS / Trance Fusion Records, Detroit USA.
'Yellow Sunshine' by the band of the same name is an essential proto-Disco jam from back in 1973. A big one with the underground Disco heads and B-boy DJ's in the Bronx alike this record is a sure-shot! Often early Hip-hop DJ's would buy 2 copies of this 45 or the LP and cut it up long enough for the crowd to get loose and into the groove. A party-rocker of the highest order. Produced in Philadelphia, originally released on Kenny Gamble's 'Gamble' label and featuring some heavyweight players including Dexter Wansel, Roland chambers and more, 'Yellow Sunshine is the perfect blend of funk, Rock & Disco - old school style. Backed with 'Don't Tell Me later Girl' a la the original '73 Gamble Records promo this one's an essential for anyone who digs that Funk! There's always been poor imitations, but this 2017 repress is from the MASTER TAPES (Yes, we can prove it) and is fully, 100% LEGIT in every way. 'Yellow Sunshine' - now available again, released in conjunction with Gamble / PIR. Back on the streets. Same as it ever was! Buy on sight!
A1 Jordan Fields - You Turn My Life Around (Loft 204 Mix)
A2. Jordan Fields - You Turn My Life Around (Deep Love Dub)
B1. French Phil - Soul
B2. Jordan Fields - You Turn My Life Around (Uman Remix by Kris R and Will Wee)
Jordan Fields and Parisian protege French Phil give us the very groovy, deep and abstract What a Life! 12" featuring a remix from the Uman Records crew also out of France. What a surprise to see this Underground Trax imprint returning celebrating 15 years no less. There surely is some history to be learned as discogs shows New Jersey's SOM being connected with releases from Stacy Kidd, Roy Davis Jr. and a couple From Jordan Fields as well. Very interesting indeed.
Much more coming so keep your eyes and ears open!
Jan Schulte is a producer from Dusseldorf, and also on of the recurring DJ from the crazy local club Le Salon Des Amateurs. The multifaceted producer is releasing records as Wolf Muller or Bufiman. It’s this moniker he choose for his “Runnin EP” on Versatile. With the track “Running” exploring the dirty side of Disco and titles as “Kalvier” and “Bonobobeat” with their powerful bassline mingle with tribal rhythms, Bufiman reminds us that “Music Is Voodoo“…
VER095 : Bufiman – Running EP
1 – Running (The Chase)
2 – Kalvier
3 – Bonobeat
JEAN LUC GODARD REMIXES (INC. RICARDO VILLALOBOS, JAN JELINEK & PETRE INSPIRESCU)
Audio-visual artists Soundwalk Collective were granted exclusive access to the personal archive of the groundbreaking filmmaker and present their ambitious New Album and Remix EP: What We Leave Behind released on 18th & 25th May 2018.
The NYC and Berlin based group were invited to aurally explore the archive of the seminal French director Jean-Luc Godard and release their interpretations in an innovative new album What We Leave Behind. Drawing on Godard’s personal collection of shot film, reel- to-reels and historical ephemera, the recordings reveal the moments before and after the camera rolls, from stage directions and on-set asides to rehearsals, false stars and outtakes.
“There are boxes filled with sounds, words, chaos, and also silence. For Godard sound is a musical composition and when I began listening to the tapes and heard his voice between takes, it was like little bits of life...each sound has its own value. It has always been part of our working practice to venture into untapped sonic territories, discover the poetics behind them, and explore how we (as humans) relate to it, it is part of a larger discourse.” Stephan Crasneancki, Soundwalk Collective
Revealing much insight to the director’s process and personality, the 6-track album will be followed by a remix EP, featuring unique reworks from Ricardo Villalobos, Jan Jelinek and Petre Inspirescu.
What We Leave Behind, and the subsequent remix EP, arrive 50 years to the day that the the Cannes Film Festival, 1968, was closed after Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaunt ad the CLaude Lelouche, publicly announced their closing of the festival in solidarit with the workers and students protesting across the country.
The LP features a conversation between Stephan Crasneanscki, of Soundwalk Collective, and François Musy, Jean-Luc Godard’s sound engineer, printed on a translucent paper insert. The LP and Remix EP both contain imagery taken by Stephan Crasneanscki of the archives, which he has also filmed to create a series of mesmeric short music videos of original and remix tracks.
An international genre-bending group of artist-musicians with studios in New York City and Berlin, the three members of Soundwalk Collective (Stephan Crasneanscki, Simone Merli, and Kamran Sadeghi) formed in Manhattan to produce concept albums, sound installations, and live performances, and have worked with a diverse range of collaborators, from Nan Goldin and Patti Smith to Berghain and Zaha Hadid.
"What $ Love" is one of Romanthony's rarest songs. These original house mixes are one of his most sought after pieces of vinyl with pristine copies selling for upwards of £100.
Roman did make an R&B version on his Glasgow Underground album but the house mixes with their low-slung dubby organ & bass grooves are the real dj deal with the “Westside Highway Mix” still in many A-list house djs bags.
Francois Kevorkian is a name that should need no introduction. With over 40 years in the game FK has occupied numerous roles in his long and storied career - drummer, DJ, A&R man, remixer and producer - his skills know no boundaries. Having DJ-ed during the nascent days of club culture in NYC alongside Walter Gibbons, Larry Levan and more, Kevorkian has been there from day one. Years spent in the seminal clubs of the day sharpened his ears and his prowess behind the mixing desk saw him become the A&R man at the legendary Prelude records in the early 80's, this in turn led to him working with everyone from The Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Erasure, D-Train, Yazoo, The Smiths, Kraftwerk and many many more. A true NYC original and legend, Kevorkian is still active today and the respect he commands amongst his peers has never waned, his adventurous extended DJ sets, seminal mixes and remixes and his open ears and open mind have ensured that he will go down in history as a musical pioneer.
Rewind to 1995. Kevorkian's 'Wave Music' imprint has come into existence with a handful of releases. No-one could imagine that his self-produced 'FK EP' - the next release on the label - would be a stone cold classic. Easily one of the most consistent, exciting and solid EP's to come out of NYC during this golden era of dance music. Across 4 tracks we are taken on a sound journey through a world that is undoubtedly informed by FK's time as an engineer, DJ and most importantly, a music lover.
EP opener 'Hypnodelic' brings us into this world, a deep, driving cut that fuses the dubbed out vocals of Freddie Turner against FK's keyboards and immaculate drum programming, oozing cosmic electronic soul, this track was destined to be a future classic. 'Mindspeak' also boasts some tough drums and with a respectful nod to Chicago is an incredibly mixed and arranged peak-time cut that will drive your dancefloor into deep space again and again. 'Edge Of Time' welcomes us to the flipside of the EP, wild Latin percussions, tablas and old school horn stabs drive this monstrous cut, not to mention cavernous dub FX and that huge bassline that just doesn't let up. Essential. 'Moov' rounds things out on a more subdued, stripped back vibe. Reversed percussions and spaced-out synth chords lace this beautifully understated and warm track, one that builds into a crescendo of melodies and hypnotic rhythms and the perfect way to close what has been a truly special musical journey.
This essential reissue of the 'FK EP' has been fully licensed, sanctioned and remastered in conjunction with FK from the original master sources by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK, repressed onto high quality vinyl and packaged as the 1995 release was. A truly classic record indeed, available again for 2018. Welcome back Wave Music!
South UK hotbed of dance music culture seems to nurturing a lot of talent at the moment. Fuck Berlin, if you've got an MPC and an idea head to Peckham! Yam Records are one of the increasing number of boutique labels to be emerging from the area, all with its own highly contextual sound - records informed by a multitude of cultures, influences and varieties of people. It's the 'IN' vote solidified in musical form, but let's not go there now shall we? Beans and Louis make the highest quality house music, which is perfectly demonstrated on this two¬‐track EP. "Global Erosion" sees long¬‐time collaborator Isaac Aesili contribute horn hooks and live percussion to this truly deep and emotional journey. On the flip, "Background Explorer" turns up the heat with an 8 minute heads¬‐down transcendental percussion and drum workout, the surging chords and rainforest calls forcing the head to follow the feet.