TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
- A1. 30_500
- A2. Snake
- B1. Marsha P
- B2. I Make Friends
- B3. Lost It
As Huntleys + Palmers events has drawn to a close, 2018 will see a big focus in releasing some brilliant new music and introducing some amazing new artists. First up is Wheelman - straight out of Glasgow and fresh off the back of his debut for our Studio Barnhus buddies.
To our shame, it took a Kornel Kovacs trip to Rubadub to bring to our attention a real talent who was under our now the whole time! He'd even been to a bunch of our parties and we'd never made the connection..
Righting this wrong, we promptly hit him up for music to include on a 'Clyde Built' compilation and they were so good, we designated the bulk of these tracks to this release - 5 absolute BELTERS!
- A1 Trail Mix (T&P Remix)
- A2 Highway 1 (Earth Boys Dab Remix)
- B1 Big Time (Khotin's Omega Trek Mix)
- B2 Trail Mix (Mike Simonetti Remix)
In early 2017, Public Release dropped a four-tracker by Brooklyn’s Earth Boys, a duo comprisedof Julian Duron and Michael Sherburn, and now it’s being followed by a collection of remixes by some formidable names from around the world.
Where the EP of originals fell squarely in the category of vibey, shuffling, laid-back house
grooves, Trail Remix is decidedly made for the after-midnight parts of club sets. The 12-inch
begins with a T&P - that's Beats in Space's Tim Sweeney and Phillip Lauer's version of 'Trail Mix'. Acid-flecked and hard-edged, and tongue-in-cheek at heart yet seriously functional, it's the original red-lined and shot down the highway at ninety miles an hour. (Worth noting that this is
the transatlantic unit's first remix to be released.) After that is Earth Boys' own redo of 'Highway
1' a juiced-up re-imagining of the first version, filled out with chunkier kicks and fatter synth washes that completely envelope any sense of direction.
The flip leans towards the ethereal, stretchy, abstract, though it, too, is tracky and driven. The B1 slot goes to Canadian wunderkind Khotin, of 1080p and Normals Welcome, who blows some stardust into the tune, enveloping it in a blanket of sharp drums and icy pads. NYC mainstay Mike Simonetti, formerly of Trouble Man and Italians Do It Better, currently of 2MR, caps the record with his beefy overhaul of 'Trail Mix' a compression of industrial percussion, tribal rhythms and sub-bass undulations.
- A1. Handprint
- A2. Handprint (Instrumental)
- A3. Handprint (Accapella)
- B1. Handprint (Aeroplane Remix)
- B2. Handprint (Aeroplane Instrumental)
One of the most diligent underground DJs from the ranks of Detroit’s finest, whose bodacious style has bubbled up from the underground to become highly in demand by the house scene’s tastemakers, Detroit’s Filthiest stays true to name with his debut for Defected. Since he was sampled by Disclosure on ‘Bang That’, Detroit’s Filthiest’s genre-hopping abilities have really resonated. The pounding 4/4 beat is infectious and the sass-laden vocal hook is hard to forget after being blasted out relentlessly throughout the year. Defected draft in the skills of Belgian nu disco king Aeroplane for this special 12” vinyl package, delivering as always with a melodic electro-influenced banger, shining a whole new light on Amina Ya Heard’s vocal attitude. The 12” comes equipped with instrumental versions of the original and Aeroplane’s remix, plus the Accapella, making this the most complete DJ-friendly package available.
GenresDeep HouseSoulful House
- A1. Mongobonix (From Beneath The Earth's Crust)
- A2. What Do I Gotta Do (Eric Kupper Club Mix)
- B1. When Can Our Love Begin (Timmy Regisford Shelter Anthem)
NYC Disco and House legend Danny Krivit has 45 years in the DJ game under his belt and having played endless gigs all over the world during that time it's safe to say the original Mr.K knows exactly what he's doing when it comes to this DJ thing! Pair Danny with his long time collaborators and family King Street Sounds and you're having a party!
This is exactly what happened in 2001 when the label asked him to contribute to their legendary 'Mix the vibe' series where top flight selectors like Danny get to dig deep and produce a fresh DJ mix for the label. Now, you know the quality control is going to be sky-high on a project like this and this limited DJ sampler featuring tracks from the compilation proves just that!
All featured tracks have been fully licensed from King Street, remastered and reissued with %100 involvement from the label. Essential House music for the seasoned heads and neophytes alike!
GenresDeep HouseSoulful House
- A1 95 North feat Sabrynaah Pope - Hold On (Louie's MAW Club)
- A2 Kimara Lovelace - Misery (Spen's MuthaFunkin Remix)
- B1 Urban Soul - Show Me (Def Club Mix)
- B2 Big Moses feat Kenny Bobien - Brighter Days (Original Mix)
Grammy winning NYC Disco and House legend Louie Vega has decades upon decades in the recording studio and DJ game under his belt and having played endless gigs all over the world during that time it's safe to say the original he knows exactly what he's doing when it comes to this music thing! Pair Louie with the legendary King Street Sounds label and you're having a party! This is exactly what happened in 2007 when the label asked him to contribute to their legendary 'Mix the vibe' series where top flight selectors like Louie get to dig deep and produce a fresh DJ mix for the label. Now, you know the quality control is going to be sky-high on a project like this and this limited DJ sampler featuring tracks from the compilation proves just that! Featuring tracks and exclusive mixes from the likes of 95 North, Basil, Mood II Swing and more this EP more than deserves a place on your record shelf or in your DJ bag! All featured tracks have been fully licensed from King Street, remastered and reissued with %100 involvement from the label. Essential House music for the seasoned heads and neophytes alike!
- A Nights Over Egypt
- B Love Dont Ever Say Goodbye
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!
- A1 Oleander
- A2 Digitalis
- A3 Aquilegia
- A4 Clematis
- A5 Maikoa
- A6 Delphinium
- B1 Toloache
- B2 Pulsatilla
- B3 Veratrum
- B4 Euphorbia
- B5 Belladonna
‘Y.O.U’ is an emotive album of tripped out ambient hip hop instrumentals by FROM, written and recorded in the mid 90s under Trevor Jackson’s infamous production persona The Underdog.
Originally planned as a vocally-led, song-based project that should’ve surfaced between his production for The Brotherhood's legendary British hip hop album 'Elementalz’ in 1996 and his acclaimed debut PLAYGROUP release in 2001, for multiple reasons it hasn’t seen the light of day, until now.
Only Available as a ultra limited edition Vinyl and CD release, the LP consists of 11 tracks. Dream-like synth lines, ambient melodies, blissful guitars, raw beats and soft, fractured vocals draw you into a hallucinatory 12bit world. Drawing on Jackson’s progressive and jazz rock influences as well as psychedelia and early electronics, the album closes with 'Belladonna’- a piano-sampled homage to the east coast golden age hip hop pioneers.
NB: The CD features a longer version of ‘Veratrum’ not available on the vinyl version.
All created on an Akai S950 mono sampler (limited to only 20 seconds sampling time), an Akai MG1212 12 channel mixer (which recorded on Betamax style tapes) and primitive outboard gear,
Jackson honed his skills from his bedroom, where he produced the majority of his output at the time. With a huge collection of obscure vinyl, he dug deep into uncharted territories for samples and sound clips
- using material no one knew about (or would think about touching) in the mid 90s.
The Underdog’s initial releases were on Jackson’s own Bite It! recordings label, which was started in 1991. A unique platform for UK hip hop with a visual aesthetic and ethos more akin to ECM and Factory
than other rap labels, its mission was to push artists beyond musical and cultural limitations prevalent at the time.
Home to artists like The Brotherhood, Scientists of Sound, Little Pauly Ryan and Lewis Parker (who later signed to Massive Attack’s Melancholic label), Bite It! became a great success;
finally British rap had artists and releases that looked and sounded as good as their revered American counterparts. In 1993 Richard Russell (who had just started running XL recordings) asked Trevor to remix House of Pain, resulting in a top ten record, which helped launch Jackson’s musical career via further remixes Massive Attack, Run DMC, U2, The Cure and countless others.
Off the back of his remix success, The Brotherhood signed a deal in 1994 with Virgin Records. Their ‘ELEMENTALZ’ album was produced by Jackson and is still lauded by many as one of the finest British hip hop albums of all time.
Jackson continued to remix and produce as The Underdog until managerial issues forced him out of the project he’d been instrumental in instigating.
Soon after his close friend and manager tragically passed away - which when combined with the UK hip hop scene becoming increasingly volatile and the moral demise of rap culture in general - convinced Trevor to hang up his hip hop hat for good.
After leaving The Brotherhood he started Output Recordings. Internationally and sonically diverse, it gave Jackson a free reign to do as he pleased, with genre twisting releases from the likes of Fridge, Four Tet, Sonovac, Colder, his own PLAYGROUP project, The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem. With a non-compromising attitude, strong DIY aesthetic and consistently groundbreaking releases across its ten year life between 1996 and 2006, it became one of the most important and respected independent labels in the world.
- A1. No Ede
- B1. Something
Yoruba Records is pleased to welcome Dario Rosa to the family with his first release on the label, ‘No Ede’.
This two-track EP takes listeners on a hypnotic journey and delivers nothing short of a rhythmic workout.
Starting off with the title track, ‘No Ede’ was originally a gospel song but not the type you may think. Traditional African percussion leads this track from the opening bars. Smooth stringed rhythms open up and create space as the hypnotic melody of the Kora carries you away.
On the flip side we are greeted with ‘Something’ which is already everything. A decidedly deep cut heavily influenced by the early ‘90s House sound. Funky keys and an infectious bassline beg you to move as the low end keeps you locked in motion. This introspective groove is made for the late night dance floor and will bring you back while looking ever forward.
- A - Nowhere
- B - Nowhere (Danny Krivit Edit)
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.
- A1. Zone+ - Bien
- A2. Zone+ - Baia
- B1. Zone+ - Apocalypto
- B2. Zone+ - Sia
Taking the labels emotional sound into a deeper realm we welcome Zone + to All Day I Dream.
Four tracks for more far out moments. These tracks might not rock your dance floor but they might just rock your soul. Cuddle up with your lover and enjoy...
Bien. Beautiful and gentle house music that loves you right back.
Baia. This is a gentle track with a subtle emotional vibe feeling like you are far away from land floating on an ocean with no land in sight. All you want to do is drift, lay back and watch the clouds roll by.
Sia - A subtle piano and male vocal transport you to a blissful place floating above the delicate landscape of beats.
Apocalypto - There's a mysterious feeling this track creates. A haunting vocal exists somewhere in the background and hypnotizes the listener.
GenresBalearicDown TempoNu Disco
- A. A Bar Called Shipwreck (Zaq vocal mix)
- B. Bar Called Shipwreck (Zaq holy communion mix)
This is the second release from Athens Isigude Records and features 2 fresh, respectful mixes of the track 'Bar Reckless'. The lyrics recall a dialogue between her and a monk whom she met at the bar and asked "What are you doing here old man? This is no place for a saint to be". On remixing duties we have rising Greek producer Zaq who takes the Greek folk epirotic rhythm deep into a truly Aegean balearic beat on the A-side while on the flip side he brings some dubby acidic beats…….
- A - The Diamond Sea
- B1. - Waves After Midnight
- B2. - Lucky Dips
- B3. - Midnight Waves
Tracy Island announces Episode 2 of the 10 piece concept series with “The Unlimited”. This time the musical transmission comes from Beach Wizards, the secondary alias of the well renowned collective Seahawks, offering their interpretation of Island mentality. The release opens with the ever growing mood of “The Diamond Sea” - 18 minutes of building disco strings and stabs, rolling bongos and percussion, and intermittent ambience with an A side offering a true listening experience. “Don’t you wanna get off.” Get out the city they called. The B side starts and ends with the lulling sound of midnight waves in a downbeat balearic boogie of rain chimes and head nodding subs. Between these tides interjects “Lucky Dips” on the B2, with melodies from an aquatic saxophone from below the surface.
- A Blink
- B Blink - Tunnel Mix
The Blink single is a labour of love spanning over 2 years evolving from Reshape’s Live Series. The ‘Tunnel mix’ takes its title from being road tested at the now closed Tunnel Club in Paris and both tracks are a homage to early UK and Detroit techno which Redshape holds fond memories of from his youth.
- A. CANS
- B1. TORPOR
- B2. PAPOOSE
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.
GenresDeep HouseDeep TechnoTech HouseTechno
- A FSOP (Original Version)
- B FSOP (Cosmin TRG Remix)
From Man Power:
"I’m going to try not to gush too much about the fact that ‘Me Me Me’ has Raj Pannu’s first ever record, but you have to understand that he’s DJ royalty to someone from where I come from.
From his residencies in Newcastle in the Early 90s, touring all over Europe, playing with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova and James Lavelle to his move into turntablism in the late 90s playing one on one with DJ Craze, A-Trak and Q-Bert.
All the way up to the last decade and his time spent touring the world for 5 years as part of Coldcut, working with institutions like the BBC and Ninja Tune, and just generally being an absolutely mind bending DJ playing with people from all over the spectrum, such as Richie Hawtin, DJ Kentaro, Jamie Lidell, Kode9 and more....
and now he’s decided to release his first record... With Us!
As you can imagine for someone with such a varied musical background, FSOP is hard to pin down. I played it to a friend and they said it sounded like Photek covering Pink Floyd, which is the closest approximation I’ve heard of it, I guess.
It’s techno, but steppy, and super musical, and dark, but uplifting. Above all, it’s just really special.I couldn’t not give the record a full side to itself, and for the remix we’ve found the perfect pairing with an interpretation from Cosmin TRG (who I met at a festival, and who I instantly hit it off with after finding our shared love of Guiness and Sarcasm).
Cosmin chokes out all of the light with a cut of raw, skittering Paranoid Techno. Providing the ideal balance for both sides of the record.
Raj has also provided us with a Dub Mix which we’re releasing as a digital exclusive.
The dub narrows the dancefloor focus, without losing the drama of the OG.
Reading this, you can probably tell how excited I am about this record."
- A1. Vanishing Point
- A2. Hand In Hand
- B1. Automatic Response
- B2. Red Sky
Following the release of Synkro AKA Joe McBride collection of his formative early works earlier this year, Apollo Recordings is proud to present a brand new EP that draws on the rich heritage of library music.
Despite having come up during the dubstep era McBride’s music has always resisted easy classification - ‘Hand In Hand’ sees him shift his musical focus in a yet more cinematic direction.
McBride explains : "The record was inspired and influenced by my love of electronic 80's UK library records like the Chappell AV series, Bruton, Soundstage & De Wolfe Music library. There’s a lot of synth work that carries on from my album using my trusted Juno-6 / SH101 / JX8P combo with the addition of drum samples via an old akai S2800 I purchased recently. Most sounds I've made from scratch on hardware based on sounds used in the library records I mentioned above along with a few cheeky samples."
Synkro's signature expansive atmospherics are still very much present, but now they have been burnished by soaring synth pads and pulsing drum tracks that call to mind the haunted melancholy of John Carpenter or contemporary such as Legowelt or Andy Stott. Rhythmically ‘Hand In Hand’ sees McBride moving somewhat away from his usual off kilter programming inspired by 2-step and garage, embracing the steady pulse of 4:4 which turns out to be an effortless fit.
- X Theo Nasa - LSTNBRGHN
- Y Traynor - Sunward
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
- A. Blue Mood
- B. Absolute Limit
After exploring Georgian soundscapes, the Intergalactic Research Institute for Sound is honored to reissue Stanislav Tolkachev’s Blue Mood.
First released on Aftertaste Recordings in 2008, this masterpiece is in the Institute’s opinion one of the most impressive work of the Ukrainian artist.
For the occasion, Stanislav created the artwork for the record in order to complement or maybe represent an idea behind the release. The Institute plans to ask artists to deliver also a visual on top of their sound communication on the label. Limited copies of Blue Mood will include a photography of Tolkachev’s artwork.
Absolute Limit, which finds itself on the B side, is a brand new track by Tolkachev. As usual he delves deeper into abstract and distorted techno, delivering a truly mental cut.
- A1. Interstellar (Dave Clarke Remix)
- A2. B-29 Superfortress (Detroit Techno Militia Remix)
- 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.
A1. Black Water
A2. Black Waters
Milton Wright's perfect deep Soul classic "Keep It Up" has always been a top shelf record, everything about it is almost flawless! Whether it's Milton's silky vocal delivery, the incessant guitar driven back beat or the total space Funk vibe of his omnipresent ARP-2600 synthesizer this record has it all. Originally released on TK Disco's more Soul and Funk orientated Alston label which was home to many legendary artists and records, this 1975 sunshine classic never fails to make people move. A classic rare groove indeed. "The Silence That You Keep" takes up side-B, a jazzy, flute driven love song that again features Milton's perfect voice and some fantastic arrangement. A real gem of a record, with the original 45 changing hands for over £100 a time in used condition.
This is the first time "Keep It Up" has been re-issued in it's original 45 rpm format with the original Alston label artwork. It's been re-mastered, re-pressed and made available again with the permission of TK Disco / Alston Records, Miami Florida, USA.
- A Gotta Keep On Trying
- B Telly Love
Tenderness - A short-lived Disco project helmed by James Purdie and Skip Mahoney only released one 45 and one 12" single during their brief existence. Known for their work with Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers & Frank Hooker & Positive People and many more, this duo were undoubtedly a highly talented producer, songwriter and keyboardist combination. Originally released on RCA in 1978 'Keep On Trying' was an underground club hit. The record still packs an immense punch today, it's a mixture of tough streetwise drums and percussion and swooping dramatic strings and brass will surely hit the spot for Disco aficionados. The kind of record you can imagine causing all out pandemonium at the Garage while the scents of amyl and sweat fill your nostrils. The kind of record that would make everyone on the raised stages and podiums at the Powerhouse whoop and holler in collective joy as Frankie stylishly segues it into a punishing percussion break-down. Yep. It's THAT kind of Disco record, so rare and so coveted that even the infamous DJ Harvey put it over his knee and gave it a good editing way back when. There's been a shedload of poor imitations knocking around, dodgy Euro bootlegs etc, but this 2017 repress is from the MASTER TAPES (Yes, we can prove it) and is fully, 100% LEGIT in every way. 'Keep On Trying' - now available again, released in conjunction with RCA. Back on the streets. Same as it ever was! Essential Disco heat here, buy on sight!
GenresBreakbeatDeep HouseDeep TechnoReissue
- A1 Metamorphasis - Hayden Andre Mix
- A2 Metamorphasis - R2R Mix
- A3 Infra Red - Spectre
- B1 Falling From The Light - Trancendant Mix
- B2 Falling From The Light - Subconcious Mix
- B3 Infra Red - Calibrate This
Ron Allen and Hayden Andre are two artist names that some may not be familiar with outside of rare record aficionado circles, but they certainly deserve to have more credit. They crafted some of the most original, fresh, deep and interesting house and techno records to come out of their native Canada. Originally released in 1991, and the first release on their soon to be cult imprint Strobe, 'Metamorphasis' is a strong statement of intent, across six tracks Allen and Andre lay down a plethora of styles ranging from the deepest house sounds to more warehouse leaning bleep style tracks, deep sub bass, dreamy washing pads and taut drum programming are all the order of the day here and boy are we all the better off for it! This is essential stuff for all house and techno lovers out there, the real deal indeed!
The duo, and their label, went on to release numerous other future classics and gems during it's lifespan, some of which will now see the light of day again via a string of fully legit remastered reissues overseen by Ron Allen himself. A long time want by many, often expensive and topping the lists of those 'in the know' 'Metamorphasis' is now available again, as it was originally released way back in '91 with original Strobe artwork intact. Remastered and reissued from directly from Ron's personal source materials it's time these artifacts were made available again for 2017. A truly essential release!
- A1. Gormedzedze
- A2. Deka Worwor
- A3. Cantata
- B1. Outside Rhythm
- B2. Cantata (Dub)
- B3. Agbe Me Nya Wo
Tafi Allstars is a collaborative recording project between Optimo Music artists Thomas Lea Clarke (MR TC) and Conal Blake (Whilst) and members of the Tafi Cultural Institute of Tafi Atome, Ghana.
After having previously visited Tafi Atome to take part in the Music of the Volta Region Study tours that are organised by TCI in collaboration with Green Door Studio, Clarke and Blake secured funding from Creative Scotland to travel back to Tafi in November 2016 to record a mini-album of tracks that blend the rhythms and melodies of traditional Borborbor and Agbadza drumming forms and Ewe songwriting with electronic instrumentation and dub recording techniques.
Clarke and Blake travelled to Tafi with a basic recording set up of laptop, microphone and soundcard, a drum machine and a synthesizer and the six tracks on the record came to fruition through various ways of working.
'Gormedzedze' (The Beginning) in which Michael 'Chilly' Dzandu recites, in Ewe, the story of how the relationship between Green Door and TCI began, was built from the skeleton of an instrumental idea that had been prepared in Glasgow. 'Deka Wor
Wor' (Togetherness) and 'Agbe Me Nya Wo' (History of Life) were built up from songs composed by vocalists Regina Egbeako and Regina Anyormi. 'Cantata' is a traditional slow form of Agbadza drumming that Clarke and Blake simply overdubbed with various electronic sounds and more vocals from Chilly. Finally the title track 'Outside Rhythm' is a straight percussion jam performed by Agblor Jerry Philip outside of the new 'Ghanaian Door' recording studio that is being built for the community of Tafi Atome through the help of projects like this and the 'Youth Stand Up!' album which was released on Autonomous Africa in 2015. After returning from Tafi, all the tracks were finalised and mixed at the Green Door Studio in Glasgow with the help of Stuart Evans and Emily Maclaren.
The resulting mini LP ‘Outside Rhythm’ will be released on Autonomous Africa on the 22nd of September with all the proceeds from the sale of this record going back to Tafi to fund the completion of the Ghanaian Door Studio.
- A Hit It N Quit It (Cratebug & Jamie 326 Edit)
Yet another solid gold modern reimagining of the mighty Loleatta Holloway, this time her infamous 1977 smash 'Hit & Run' goes under the knife and is tweaked to devastating effect by 2 of Chicago's finest modern day editors - Jamie 326 & Cratebug. Anyone with even a passing interest in Disco or House will be more than familiar with these 2 guys names. Having edited and remixed numerous cuts in their own original ways, they take this all-time Salsoul classic and strip it right back to the essence, to the very basics, and in the process create a total dancefloor weapon. This edit originally came out a few years ago (2013) on a compilation that showcased the new wave of contemporary talent emanating from the Windy City and naturally it was one of the cuts that stood out, finding favour with a wide variety of DJ's across the board from Motor City Drum Ensemble, Todd Terry, Jeremy Underground Paris, Theo Parrish and more. Drawing comparisons with Paperclip People's anthemic 'Throw' from 1994 in the way it snatches a killer loop from 'Hit & Run's' bassline, 'Hit It & Quit It' is a monster, a record you'll literally play over and over and over again, a relentless Disco juggernaut that oozes power. It made perfect sense for this legit single-sided reissue 12" to come out on Salsoul Records, the home of Loleatta Holloway's finest material and all of her classics. This limited reissue has been made in conjunction with Jamie 3:26 & Cratebug and Salsoul Records, 100% sanctioned and lovingly re-presented for your dancing pleasure. This one is HOT. Sleep at your peril!
- A1. In The Groove
- B1. Passage Of Time
“yeah this is really dope” Alexander Nut
“passage of time... i'll play that” Lefto
“thanks, cool rerubs!" Detroit Swindle
“Feeling this.” Ashley Beedle
“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.
||Before I Move Off
||Blind Night Errand
||Ode To Bear