TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
- A1. Escape
- A2. Breeze
- B1. Sun's Out
- B2. Future Is Not Always Bright
- C1. Take A Break
- C2. Above The Clouds
- C3. Orchid
- D1. Heaven Is A State Of Mind
- D2. Wonderland (Version)
Rekids regular Markus Suckut drops his third album entitled ‘Heaven Is A State Of Mind’ this September.
When not helming his own imprints, SCKT and Pattern Research, the Düsseldorf artist has been releasing on Rekids since 2015 and is now a core member of the label’s family. Earlier this year saw the arrival of ‘New Life EP’, a mesmerising release exemplary of the producer’s knack for making imaginative house and techno complete with a compelling groove. No stranger to the long player format having released two albums previously, Markus Suckut returns to Radio Slave’s label with a quality nine-track album.
From the word go Suckut’s album demonstrates his versatility as a musician, initiating with a beatless intro named ‘Escape’, before ‘Breeze’ comes into play with its skipping percussion and loopy atmospherics. Crunchy snares and crystalline synths make up ‘Sun’s Out’ whilst ‘Future Is Not Always Bright’ drives forward with its sultry low-end, ethereal pads and sci-fi bleeps, leading into ‘Take A Break’ and its medley of elaborate drums, living up to its name.
‘Above The Clouds’ is comprised of intricate notes and soothing chords whilst the machinelike ‘Orchid’ features electro inspired melodies, contrasting to the album’s title track, ‘Heaven Is A State Of Mind’, with its bumpy bass and warping textures. ‘Wonderland (Version)’ is a ghostly acid cut which suitably closes the album.
- A1. The Intro
- A2. Roll it Back
- A3. Brick
- B1. Bossa Nova Gang
- B2. Don Cado
- B3. Memory of 95
- C1. Come Thru
- C2. Play at Dawn
- C3. I'm Amazing
- D1. Blue Iris
- D2. Last Call
- D3. The Outro
Public Release maintains its coast-switching lifestyle with what is perhaps its most ambitious project—and inarguably its longest —yet, Earth Boys’ debut full-length, The eboys LP, the logical conclusion to a chain of collaborations that began, a little over a year ago, with the release of their Trail Mix EP. The two-disc, twelve-track album represents a new high for the pair comprised of Michael Sherburn and Julian C. Duron both creatively and technically; ideas they’ve been stewing and simmering since their splash of a debut in 2015 are now presented fully baked here.
Eboys was conceived as a classic long-player, with the majority of the tunes having a runtime of about four minutes and the whole thing feeling most satisfying when inhaled with one big tug that gets you from the A1 all the way to the D3. It begins with “The Intro,” a sort of manifesto for what’s to come: here, we find Earth Boys sitting, a little wine drunk, at the piano, attempting a slick jazz lick that sits atop shuffling breaks and is completed with a free-wheeling sax soliloquy, courtesy of local friend Jeff Hackworth. Think of it as Sherburn and Duron’s title credits sequence à la Saturday Night Live. Then it's a splash of water across the face and onward to business with "Roll it Back," a flexy, laconic warmup workout that sets the tempo and pace for the party unfolding. The rest of the first side is a woozy, pads-and-vox drenched crisscross through deep house tropes that unhurriedly tumbles into the B-side, a slinky, sharper-focused movement that begins with the G-funk-dusted “Bossa Nova Gang,” an homage to Bossa Nova Civic Club, the Bushwick dance-music incubator that the boys came up in and around.
With the next disc, Earth Boys nudge the tempo up a smidge and get a little punchier, first with “Come Thru,” an elliptical party jam with a fat, bouncy bass, then even more so with “Blue Iris,” a ravey anthem illuminated by black lights and lasers. The journey begins to come down with “Last Call,” a slo-mo wobble to the bar for one last shot of a perk-me-up, and then folds back into itself with “The Outro,” a chill-out finale that burns the remainder of the journey down to a sticky resin.
- E. We All Will Disappear One Day
- F. Death Is Not Final
Rekids regular Markus Suckut drops his third album entitled ‘Heaven Is A State Of Mind’ this September. Here is a limited edition 10” of extra two tracks from the album. ‘We Will All Disappear One Day’ is a syncopated ominous beast if a track complete with purring bassline, on the flip is the moody two-step number entitled ‘Death Is Not Final’ with twisted sequences and trippy effects.
- A1. Sphere of Existence
- A2. Coquillage Argenté
- A3. Shadows Half Forgotten
- B1. Current Density
- B2. L'Oeillet Noir
- B3. Le Matin Tôt Ou Tard Dans La Nuit
- B4. Speculative Dream of Astronomy
9 months of gestation that ignites in 7 titles of contemplative pop, hovering funk, cosmic soul built all this: the jazz fusion of Soft Machine, the krautrock of the wizards of Can, the irresistible languor of Italian crooners (Toto Cutugno and Lucio Battisti in the lead) as the soundtracks, so sensual, composed by Pino Donnagio for Brian de Palma... But if Antoine Kogut makes this references his own, it is because he considers each of the titles of "Sphere of Existence" as «songs, not tracks». With his deep voice he has the ambition to tell us a story through them: his own, and that of the world in which we live with as a guiding idea that all Phillip K. Dick’s predictions have come true today. Which ones? You’ll have to look in the multiple circles assembled by Antoine Kogut to compose "Sphere of Existence".
A clue: all he used were 7 synth sounds. The quest has just begun.
- A1 Hot Chocolate - Heavens In The Backseat Of My Cadillac (The Revenge Edit)
- B1 Gwen McRae - Keep The Fire Burning (The Revenge Edit)
Promo's, edits, mega-mixes, the record pools, white labels, acetates, reel to reels.
All of the above were the weapons of choice for the disc jockey's of yesteryear, utilising these tools helped various luminaries pave the way for where we are today on the modern dance-floor. Those 'secret' mixes, 'private' versions and edits of the hottest Disco jams that only the select few had access to could make or break a DJ's reputation in the clubs and on the streets.
It is within this world that the For Discos Only label operates, sourcing the finest underground edits and mixes for the Discotheques. We carefully hand pick and dig for obscure or forgotten versions of the best tracks that may have been previously out of reach for the majority, inviting the hottest editors and mixers to open up their archives and share their secret weapons with us all via the medium of the 12" record.
Our second offering pulls together 2 of THE biggest edits from the last 20 or so years, so big in fact that they are regarded as classics of the genre. 2 absolute monsters that now fetch tidy sums in their original forms. That's right, we've asked the mighty Revenge to give us their versions of BOTH Hot Chocolate's 'Heaven's In The Back-Seat Of My Cadillac' AND Gwen McCrae's 'Keep The Fire Burning' and they agreed! We then cleared both of these versions to be released on FDO with the license owners and catalogue controllers, had them remastered and pressed onto a high quality 12" for your maximum playback, dancefloor pleasure. This is one essential 12" for any serious lovers of the Boogie, Funk, Soul and Disco underground, boasting 2 of the largest reworkings to ever come out of bonnie Scotland. Do not sleep on this!
These versions are designed to remind the dance-floor of where we came from musically in a respectful, modern fashion. Giving a nod to the pioneers who came before us in the DJ booth. Absolutely essential tracks for the late night dancers. All mixes are 100% legit, licensed and sanctioned. For Discos Only is a BOOTLEG FREE zone. Too legit to quit.
Artwork by planetluke.com. Remastered by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
- A1. My Hood
- B1. My Hood (Ewan Pearson Remix)
- B2. My Hood (Ewan Pearson Dub)
LEON and Dennis Cruz join forces to create a stomper of a track, dropping on Crosstown Rebels this September. The inimitable Ewan Pearson steps up to create his own unique take on the record.
The original version of My Hood lays down a heady, sleazy groove with a womping baseline and dizzying synths, featuring vocals from BETA MAX. The legendary Ewan Pearson takes the track in a whole new direction, pitching it down and adding a slice of funk to proceedings with a groove laden guitar riff. Prolific producer Pearson has been making records since the mid-nineties, providing remixes for the Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp and Metronomy as well as releasing his own productions under a number of guises on imprints such as Visionquest and Kompakt. The record looks set to be a massive release for Crosstown Rebels and has already become a huge anthem in Damian Lazarus’ sets this summer.
Italian born producer LEON has produced for a number of seminal imprints including Relief Records and Monologue Music and has remixed for the likes of Audiofly and Ninetoes. He can count sets at some of the world’s most valued clubs and festivals including; Pacha, Ministry Of Sound, Zouk and Sunwaves. Dennis Cruz’s creations have earnt him high praise from esteemed outlets such as Mixmag, BBC Radio 1 and DJ Mag. He’s played at renowned institutions Fabric and Privilege and has released on key labels such as Solid Grooves, Hot Creations and Moon Harbour. He was also awarded the coveted accolade of Best Producer in the 2017 DJ Awards.
- A. Valhalla
- AA. Fidelity
“Me Me Me is two… and in keeping with the name it seemed that I had no choice but to put out what is only my second ever release on my own label since launching with the debut release “Tachyon” back in 2016.
(It’s also the labels 13th release too. Spooooooky)
So here it is, a double A Side...
Side A is “Valhalla” which attempts to be as majestic as the name suggests.
Side AA has “Fidelity", which is me channelling big room house as much as I can, while trying to keep ahold of whatever heart strings I can tug on.
I’ll let you judge if I’ve achieved what I’d set to do with either.
Past those brief descriptions, I still find talking about music to be mildly redundant when you can most likely listen while you’re reading this, so instead I’d like to use this sales blurb to issue a massive heartfelt thanks to everybody who has supported the label in the last 2 years, as well as every artists who has trusted us with their music.
Big love to, Dj Tennis, Last Waltz, Red Axes, James Hadfield & Danny Linton, Axel Boman, Bird of Paradise, Pale Blue, Pional, Frank Butters / Cult of Glamour, Andrew Weatherall, Ess O Ess, Desert Sound Colony, Elliot Adamson, Rex The Dog, Forriner, Shit Robot, Raj Pannu, Cosmin TRG, Edmondson, Dauwd, ASOK, Vyvyvan, Paul Woolford, Christophe, Ian Blevins, Dharma, Jana, Pink Skull, Medlar, Ben Caldwell, Dos Attack, Force Majeure, Club Tularosa, Juan Maclean and AWOL!”
Man Power - Summer 2018
- A1. Ode To Eddy
- A2. I Don't Feel (Extended Mix)
- B1. Never Alone
- B2. Tale Of Tales (Memoirs Of A Super Freak)
Young Cody Currie makes his debut on Classic with this sparkling star-strung 4-part 12” EP, ‘Ode To Eddy’. Following covetable releases on Razor-N-Tape, Pulse Records and Better Listen, the budding London DJ and producer demonstrates his deep and jazzy style in this release, expanding on his usual creative use of sampling by introducing his own vocals and live keys. The title track has echoes of fellow Classic artist Folamour, blissed-out synths and syncopated drum work creating an irresistible lilting beat. ‘I Don’t Feel’ has hints of acidity, ‘Never Alone’ loops the vocal over a shuffling melodic groove and ‘Tale Of Tales (Memoirs Of A Super Freak)’ is the uplifting finisher. ‘Ode To Eddy’ is a supremely promising introduction to an intuitive and gifted new artist.
- A1. Amongst The Gods
- A2. The Ace
- A3. Staunch
- B1. Angles
- B2. The Captain
Following their recent remix of KiNK’s ‘Perth’ for Running Back, 17 Steps bosses Dusky present their first original productions of 2018 in the five-track Aset Forever EP.
Aset Forever is named in tribute to Jan Francis, a friend of Nick & Alfie who tragically lost his life late last year. Founder of the ATG graffiti crew and School Records (alongside Loefah) - Jan was responsible for Dusky's first London gigs both at ATG Warehouse parties and their Staunch residency at Corsica Studios.
Covering hard synth driven grooves, tranced-out Italo, proggy techno and blissed out breakbeat house, the five track EP keeps things strictly dancefloor focused - again showcasing the duo’s unique ability to take a myriad of influences and wrestle them into new hybrids that sound their own.
Lead track ‘Amongst The Gods’ has been a standout across their sets this year. Taking shuffling breakbeat house rhythms, classic sunrise melodies and 90s rave vocals, it builds to an understated but infectious warehouse crescendo. The EP swiftly moves onto ‘The Ace’ - Striking at 130 BPM, ‘The Ace’ is a hard hitting surge of twisted sonics and clipped rave samples. A dark slab of warehouse tech, ’Staunch' follows, with rolling Reese basslines, ‘ecstasy’ samples and eerie sci-fi chords.
The second half of the EP sees Dusky take things deeper. ’Angles’ is a blissed out wash of Detroit techno stabs and vintage house textures, before ‘The Captain’ rounds off the EP with punchy Italo basslines and icy synths.
- A1 We Are The Creator (Remix)
- A2 We Are The Creator (Original)
- B1 Push Up The Levels
- B2 Made You Dance
Remastered Classic Reissue with added modern remix of We Are Creators in the old style but with benefits of modern technology.
Remastered and recut by MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
- A Fudalwokit - This Is Jungle Techno (Remix)
- B Ron Wells - J-Tek (Remix)
Ron Wells & Fudalwokit collaborate to remix each others music on one 12" Vinyl EP
- A1 EDP
- A2 RELAX YOUR SOUL
- B1 SLAYER
- B2 TRANCETONES
Quote From Flyer Doctor Cee
"From the mists of time of the rave scene comes an old white label dance classic by the Temple of Life - Spencer ee, Flying Doctor Cee, Robin ee and TMS1.
The ‘Look at Their Eyes it’s Ecstasy’ sample are the dulcet tones of Robin ee, and an original performance not a sample. By 1989 we were all locked into Centre Force FM 88.3 along with a host of other illegal pirate stations, including our own Dance Zone FM. Our first live gig as Temple of Life live gig was at Pitsea Leisure Centre in Essex called Time Zone. Around 1990 the next gig Time Zone 2 was at the Civic Hall, Grays in Essex with a 10K rig.
The tracks on the EDP EP were recorded in the loft space studio via an Atari ST, Casio FZ1, Electronic Dream Plant Synth, Roland 202, TB303, and some beat loops and TMS1 on the Technics 1210's.
This was our one and only release on vinyl, now repressed and remastered. We lived and breathed this scene…..aah the halcyon daze of dancing through the whole night to sunrise and beyond."
Flyingdoctorcee May, 2017
- A1 Soulful Garage (Club Mix)
- A2 Instrumental (Theme)
- B1 Speed Garage (Rudeboy Mix)
- B2 Two Step (Full Vocal Mix)
Original Nutter is Michael King faeaturing UK Apachi's classic Jungle vocal. Initially released as a White Label in 1997 at the height of the first wave of UK Garage. This EP was only pressed in limited amounts and now commands over L80 second hand. This reissue is the result of a chance find of the DAT tape. Remastered and recut by MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY, an essential for any UK Garage fan.
- A1 Travel Paint
- A2 Neutral Paint
- A3 Boy Paint
- A4 Twisty Paint
- B1 Ai Paint
- B2 Kat Paint
* The Young Paint EP is the first release on Werk__Ltd. the new record label from Actress and VF.
* Six track mini album from Young Paint – a Learning Program – and Actress.
* Vinyl limited to 500 copies.
Young Paint (aka Jade Soulform aka Francis aka Generation 4 aka AZD) is a Learning Program that has been progressively emulating the Greyscale to Silvertone process Darren J. Cunningham started during the recording of the Hazyville LP on Werkdiscs in 2008.
A decade later much of the Actress material, both composed, recorded and performed live has incorporated partially independent YPAi. Throughout the course of 2018 and into 2019 both Actress and Young Paint will record, conduct and perform collaboratively. Their Live AV show at the venue Art Peckham, London on Saturday 13th October will be a debut performance of the Young Paint material. The Mini album Young Paint will be released on limited Vinyl end of September 2018.
- 01. Flourite
- 02. Beamrider
- 03. Machine Worshippers
- 04. Domenica
- 05. Qix
- 06. Off World
- 07. Question Everything
- 08. Vanta
The final release on Trevor Jackson’s previously unreleased archive label Pre- is an album under his own name titled ’System’
8 tracks originally recorded between 2002-2010 these works consist of music taken from the same sessions that became his highly ambitious Vinyl Factory music and installation project ‘Format’ in 2015. Edited and complied from a series of lengthy nocturnal synthesiser, drum machine & 8 bit sampler improvisations they range from melodic IDM, driving electro, motor city techno & tripped out house excursions.
The album originally launched at the London Independent Label market in May this year, was only available as an ultra limited edition of 150 CD’s and sold out immediately. This second final edition is packaged in a unique screen printed case designed by Jackson himself, and marks a symbolic end to his musical past (after making over 100 unreleased tracks available during the past 3 years) and a long overdue venture into unchartered new musical territories.
From his UK hip Hop label ‘Bite it!’in the early 90’s, star studded remix catalogue as the Underdog, running the legendary Output Recordings label from 1996-2006, much loved Playgroup project, acclaimed Metal Dance, DJ Kicks & On-U sound compilations, Vinyl Factory Format release, notorious fortnightly NTS radio show, and most recently his archive unreleased recordings label Pre-, Jackson continually pushes the boundaries creating innovative projects firmly rooted in his passion for the foundations of electronic music culture whilst progressively looking forward and breaking brand new ground.
- A1. 3 Nudes In A Purple Garden
- A2. 3 Moods in a Gurple Pardon-Hawke
- B1. 3 Nudes Having Sax on Acid
- B2. Pacific Coastal Highway #1
Gavin Hardkiss’ first record under the Hawke moniker, released in 1993 and recently found in a nuclear bunker near San Francisco are now available in limited quantity of the original pressing. Featuring the original version plus remixes by Scott Hardkiss and Robbie Hardkiss. Includes the b-side Pacific Coastal Highway #1.
- A1. Acid Funk (Original Gavin Hardkiss Mix)
- A1. Acid Funk (Original Scott Hardkiss Mix)
- B1. Acid Funk (Heavenly Gates Mix)
- C1. Acid Funk (Next School Acid Funkadelic Mix)
- C2. Acid Funk (Ravers Reprise)
- D1. Acid Funk (Dramaboy's Punk Funk Mix)
- D2. Acid Funk (Acid Funkapella)
In 1996, Gavin and Scott Hardkiss entered the San Francisco Tenderloin studio frequented by the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac and made Acid Funk and various remixes. It’s a funny song that references Frankie Bones’ This Is Techno and Maurices’ This Is Acid and says a lot about a couple of guys drunk on funk who wanted to flip their own sounds. Raw house featuring 808s, 303s and Space Echo churned easy in a whimsical psychedelic cauldron.
Unavailable for 20 years, these remaining copies of the original pressing feature various versions by bothe Hardkiss brothers and an acapella.
GenresAcid HouseDeep HouseTechno
- A1. DJ Spun Acid Experience
- A2. UR Wild & Crazy
- B1. Not On Acid With Courtney
- B2. Grace
- C1. ACID707
- D1. Hazard!
- D2. One
- E1. The Other Space Ship
- E2. I Can't Get No Satisfaction
- F1. Loan Me Your Spaceship Man
- F2. JDM A Newer One
Back in 1995 while living on the West Coast, at the peak of the Rave Experience, Dj Spun and Dhyan Moller recorded a bunch of live tracks, without any sequencer, all direct to cassettes.
Spun aka Jason Drummond, reached out last spring after rediscovering all the cassettes and asked us if we’d be interested in releasing some of the tunes.
Jason shipped us the cassettes and after a good transferring session, we decided we had to release all the tracks under a 3LP set.
This stuff is fire. We still love DJ SPUN - and Dhyan Moller!
- A1. Ligai
- B1. Stina
- B2. Sand
Pushing at the edges which define techno, afro and deep house these three tracks bring fresh heat to the dancefloor, creating an ethereal mood whilst delivering maximum power and energy. If paired down, minimal electronic percussive sounds are your thing, lead track Ligai will tick all the boxes. Stina follows with driving, syncopated beats and a killer pan-pipe riff to hook you in. Closing the record Sand brings a deeper, atmospheric track loaded with floating M1 textures, warm bass and spirited percussion fills. All in all a highly effective and inventive slice of wax with a voguish twist to groove to.
- A1. Pontchartrain - Rock Your Baby
- A2. Lafleur - 1.1 (Peter Croce's High & Tight Edit)
- B1. G2S - Rinky Dink
- B2. Pontchartrain - Gone Home
Hot off a couple of 12” from Topher Horn, Rocksteady Disco follows up with its first compilation featuring a heap of heavily sampled originals from more wellknown editors. Pontchartrain leads the release off with a summerinspired aural prozac number. Next up is notorious Detroit editor Lafleur, busting out this original milkysmooth Detroit boogie house production. A slight little rearrangement from Rocksteady Disco label boss Peter Croce makes this one a bit more cohesive for the DJs. Lyon, France's G2S (In Any Case) kicks off the flip with a bigbottomed stomper reminiscent of some MCDE 'Raw Cuts'. Pontchartrain bookends this release with a track that puts the 'rocksteady' in Rocksteady Disco, with heavy analogmeetselectro drum programming and complete with Pontchartrain on vocoder duties.
Support from Superbreak, Osmose (Smokecloud), Blair French (Fat Finger Cosmic), The Silver Rider (Whiskey Pickle), Thelonious Beats Gillespie
- A Stanley Dancer
- B Jaco Disco
Detroit native Mr. PC kicks off his stamped white label reedit series with two unexpected jazz fusion numbers to elevate your being. “Stanley Dancer” covers the a side, delivering a proper beatdown daytime slomo disco journey, tinged with tropical and balearic vibes. On the flip “Jaco Disco” delivers a disconotdisco extended rework of a fretless basslineled cult classic, surely able to delight those at the dance.
Limited edition out of 450 handstamped and numbered white labels.
Support from: Waajeed (Dirt Tech Reck), Soul Clap, Osmose (Smokecloud) and Cordell Johnson (Excursions)
- A1 Ice Accountant (Egyptian Lover Remix)
- A2 Ice Accountant (Pontchartrain Remix)
- B1 Ice Accountant (Table Daddy Remix)
- B2 Ice Accountant
- B3 Cloud Nine
Brand new Detroit duo MAN VS INDIAN MAN comprises Ian Finkelstein (of Scott Grooves’s OVERDUBS fame) and Even Haywood. Complementing each other's strengths, the pair make the perfect match as they pour out thick viscously barbed future soul in thick gooey doses; both "Ice Accountant" and "Cloud Nine" are wrapped in foggy layers of sleepy textures as the falsetto vocals and lean instrumentation cut through with dreamy delight. Remixes from the legendary Egyptian Lover (cosmic electro), fellow Detroitian Pontchartrain (filtered disco house) and Brazilian Table Daddy (lolloping dream tech).
A1. Ice Accountant (Egyptian Lover Remix)
A2. Ice Accountant (Pontchartrain Remix)
B1. Ice Accountant (Table Daddy Remix)
B2. Ice Accountant
B3. Cloud Nine (prod. ASHOD)
- A Agape (Love Wins)
- B1 Maracatu Detroit
- B2 Bufe Bufe
Peter Croce takes the baton back from Blair French for Rocksteady Disco's 9th release entitled Agape. It's vision is similar to Standing Still Is An Illusion, with Peter's unique take on this AfroBrazilian deep house threetracker. The aside holds "Agape (Love Wins)", a deep and emotive house cut, with driving drums and lush strings that tease until they climax. Kicking off the bside is "Maracatu Detroit", an upbeat love letter to Peter's home city produced through a bouncy Brazilianfunk lens; a track that is sure to bring a smile to the dancers. "Bufe Bufe" closes the release, featuring Peter on live electric bass/guitar and afro stomp drum execution, brought to a peak with Yoruban talking drum + vox. Mr. PC roots the growing effervescent world beat sound with an explicitly Detroit and
“Diggin the syncopated grooves of Bufe Bufe. Mixing the samples with original guitar and bass makes for a fresh and organic vibe” Aroop Roy (Kampana Classics, Sol Power) “This is super funky! Top notch.” LadyMonix (Dirt Tech Reck)“
Agape (Love Wins) is reminiscent of a patio party with just the right amount of heat and a Detroit river breeze. “Agape (Love Wins)”, welcomes you to the party and immediately voids your uncertainty of leaving the comfort of your home for this party; the dance floor is well attended, the vibe is steadily elevated. “Midwest Maracatu” invites full body movement, pastes a smile on your face, and has the power to draw the most reluctant party dwellers to the dance floor (let alone get a semiconfident dancer grooving atop a table). After the Maracatu workout, “Bufe Bufe” keeps your body captivated while calming your heart rate slightly with the potential of inducing a moving meditation. The blast of satisfaction of the
Agape (Love Wins) EP comes as no surprise after Croce’s brilliant single Revival released in early 2017 on Rocksteady Disco.” Gin Ebony (STEP 01)
“It’s great to be inspired, especially when it's through a friend” Blair French
- A Give Us Rain (Ah Mila)
- B1 Kinematic
- B2 A Certain Average Kind Of Normal Experience
Physician by day, musician by night, Moonlighter makes his production debut after steadily holding down Rocksteady Disco labelmate duties. “Give Us Rain (Ah Mila)” begins the 12” beautifully, blending ethereal African samples with Moonlighter’s own melodic and percussive performance. “Kinematic” kicks off the flip on a more cosmic and techy tip, with bubbly synth stabs and drums. “A Certain Average Kind Of Normal Experience” closes out this opus with a massive peak hour bassline, emotive synthesis, and a vocal sample from everybody’s favorite UK philosopher. The Moonlighter EP is a culmination of his diverse production and digging ethos by blending the percussive with the melodic, the peak hour with the subdued, and the head with the heart.
- A1 - Intensity
- A2 - Kick The Bass
- B1 - Take No Chance
- C1 - Take Me Higher
- D1 - Loony Toon II (Z-Car Acid)
- D2 - OVLD
MPS is proud to be able to offer you Xray Xperiments Vol 2 (XRAY 003) as a Limited Edition Two Disc set for the best reproduction and your listening pleasure. Here's a quick breakdown of the tracks, why I like this record so much and a chance to hear it in full if unfamiliar:
I first came across this 6 track EP in Selecta-Disc, Northampton, it has been a treasured record in my collection ever since. On the Original issue the most popular track, "Take No Chance", was located last on the A side, the lowest sound quality part of any vinyl disc. Later, presumably for DJ's, a louder cut Remix Single of "Take No Chance" was issued. The track featured again on the compilation "Classic To The Core" but sourced from vinyl as Aphrodite, who compiled the collection, did not know who made the music so they could not be found.
After a long search, over several years I did find the original Artists and the DAT Tapes too. Carefully remastered by Bob Macc at Subvert Central Mastering the music sounds significantly better than ever before while retaining all the qualities that make this EP so essential. The tracks are all excellent and are as follows:
"Intensity" uses that familiar nagging spoken word sample "It's The Point Of Greatest Intensity" used by Speedy J with sparse Detroit soaked rhythms.
"Kick The Bass" is a personal favourite. Maddeningly good use of a simple vocal sample with a huge wobble your guts Bass Line and a catchy Belgian style catchy hoover riff.
"Take No Chance" was the floor-filler on this EP. Big Breaks, Hoover Synths, a huge sped up Piano riff (lifted from an Italian House classic) and catchy female vocal cut up, (taken from a New York House record). All combining to full effect on any dancefloor.
"Take Me Higher" is sublime Vocal Techno that never gets tired. The producer cannot remember where the vocal came from so feel free to tell us. We need to know in a nerdy kind of way so we can own a copy:) A true classic and essential for any collector or underground DJ.
"O.V.L.D" is classic wobbly British Techno that would sit well with anything Peacefrog did in the 80's/ 90's or bleepy UK Northern Techno..
"Loony Toon II (Z Car Acid)" Finally but not least is the track that always makes me smile. Possibly the funniest, quirkiest and most twisted acid track of the era.
- A1. Tarpaulin
- A2. Berga Magic
- B1. Monogram
- B2. Making Control
The heavy industrial crunch and rubbery synths of FRAK’s trademark sounds come to Hypercolour with the four track ‘Berga Magic’ EP.
The Swedish techno trio have been active since the late 1980s, issuing cassette tapes (and later, vinyl) filled with blueprint techno and electronica on their own Börft Records label. Following in the footsteps of Severed Heads, D.A.F. and Devo, FRAK have truly embraced performance art and experimental minimalism over the years, never compromising, always innovating.
The ‘Berga Magic’ EP comes brimming with raw analogue explorations and delightfully incongruous noise.