TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
Disco / Nu-Disco
- A. I Was Born This Way (Moplen Dub #1)
- B. I Was Born This Way (Moplen Dub #2)
West End records open the vaults to their enviable catalogue once again with some of today's top remixers at the controls.
Italian remixer extraordinaire Moplen gives us 2 sumptuous dub reworkings of Carl Bean's disco classic and gay liberation anthem 'I was born this way'.
Originally issued in 1977 on Motown, 'I was born this way' sees the reverend Carl Bean singing out on behalf of the gay community, preaching an uplifting and soulful message of acceptance. Bean was known as one of the founders of Unity Fellowship Church Movement in LA - a haven and religious space for LGBTQ people of colour and for his admirable and tireless work with people suffering with AIDS. The track was naturally a huge Disco hit and eventually became an all-time classic in the house world via the deft sampling of the roof-raising melodies in tracks such as Pal Joey / Earth People's 'Dance' and more. Moplen's sublime and contemporary dubs reference and respect the track's dancefloor heritage, updating this classic in the way only he knows how. Another new essential from the WE catalogue.
Fully licensed, sanctioned and released by Above Board distribution and West End Records, 2020. Accept no imitations!
- A. A Real Mother For Ya (Ben Liebrand Essential Mix)
- B1. A Real Mother For Ya (Ben Liebrand Jackin' Mix)
- B2. A Real Mother For Ya (Ben Liebrand Go To A Disco Version)
Strap yourself in and get ready to blast off into the stratosphere on the rocket ship that is; A Real Mother For Ya” by Johnny Guitar Watson.
High Fashion Music are proud to present these new re-issues. After bringing the Old Skool remixes to you, now Ben Liebrand demonstrates why he’s one of the best dance music producers around with a variety of hot mixes that manage to tick all the right boxes and subtly offer a little something for everyone.
The Nu Disco versions pick up the pace. There are three to choose from. The ‘Essential Mix’ incorporates a pulsating, bumping vibe with rolling loops and an authentic disco drum section to create an infectious groove that’s amplified with a killer vocal and delivers a sure fired dance floor bomb. The ‘Jackin Mix’ is the more traditional low slung Philly, Funk, boogie style vibe that oozes brass and class. A lovely slap guitar, orchestral stabs and horn section compliment vocal to perfection and make this version a must-have for all serious Disco heads. Finally, the ‘Go To A Disco Mix’ adds to the Essential vibe, with more horn and a bit more funk.
This is pure future boogie gold!
- A. You're Gonna Want Me Back (Joey Negro Disco Blend)
- B. You're Gonna Want Me Back (JB Dubwise Revisit)
Delia Reneé’s vocal gem ‘You’re Gonna Want Me Back’ was originally released way back in 1981 with the Greg Scelsa produced versions. It was literally forgotten about until High Fashion Music (NL) retrieved the multi-track tapes and earlier in 2020 they released the mouth-watering Moplen mixes who immediately found their way to his fanbase.
Now for the 1st time, a full 12” vinyl release of the Dave ‘Joey Negro’ Lee Disco Blend Mix is to be included along with a previously unreleased ‘JN Dubwise Revisit’. As one may expect, JN injects his customary energetic, high-end production sound with his god-given natural ability to work the dance floor whilst maintaining an intended sultry, feel-good vibe of the original jam.
Pure dance floor fire and a reinvigorated disco essential!
- A. Over & Over (Joey Negro Club Mix)
- B1. Over & Over (Joey Negro Reprise)
- B2. Over & Over (JN Instrumental)
Dave Lee AKA Joey Negro shows his creative skills and sheer class yet again on the Ashford & Simpson classic ‘Over & Over’. A song probably best known for the Sylvester cover, Joey takes hold of the A&S versions, adding a classic uptempo, super tight 4/4 groove full of live instrumentation, pumping bass lines whilst he amplify’s the love with Simpsons super strong vocal. Classic disco flavours from one of the leading songwriting partnerships of all time!
- A1. Church Of Madness
- A2. Déjà vu
- B1. Church Of Madness (Gnork’s Ezoteric Breakdance Remix)
- B2. Running Amore
Cosmic dance and spatial atmospherics are at the very centre of Zakmina’s productions, as the Lithuanian producer readies an appetizing EP for Dave Harvey’s Futureboogie, backed with a remix from the always on-point Gnork.
With releases already wetting our ears on Critical Monday, XXX and Roam Recordings, Zakmina spreads his wings across three new cuts. ‘Church Of Madness’ pumps with oodles of new beat drums and soaring synths, anchored by a fat arpeggiated bassline, whilst ‘Déjà vu’ is a first class chugger, its drums as big as 80’s shoulder pads, with glacial keys and breezy vocals comprising the seductive sensations on offer here.
The Balearic synth-pop vibes of ‘Running Amore’ complete the trio of originals from Zakmina, whilst Gnork lays down the lino and tweaks ‘Church Of Madness’ into a solid 808 drum driven ‘Ezoteric Breakdance’ Remix. The Hungarian producer, responsible for some killer releases on Lone’s Magicwire label, Unknown To The Unknown, as well as his own Earth Plates imprint, delivers a futuristic b-boy re-working that’s heady and exhilarating right off the bat.
- A. Possibilites
- B. Shazzy
Jesse is one most interesting electronic acts of the Northern countries. Stiletti-Ana and Kalifornia-Keke make up the core of the band that plays with new genres and often explores new musical areas. In the bands residence, the studio in Helsinki with a collection of retro futuristic synthesizers that would make even William Onyeabor envy, the members are toying with new influences and creates deep pulsating and atmospheric songs. Höga Nord Rekords now release two of them as a 7”.
This single has more in common with Stiletti-Anas solo record from 2019 than of earlier releases by Jesse and is more oriented towards and ambient- and leftfield sound than “Fluids” from 2018. The songs bubble and flows beneath a tense surface. The music is suggestive and soft, still with a club nerve in it.
Jesse often chooses new musical paths and this release is the start of such a new direction.
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A. E-MA GIN
- B. Sex & Love Affair
After months in the making we would finally like to welcome Kiko Navarro into the Rocksteady Disco family with E-MA GIN (b/w Sex & Love Affair). Kiko is a man who really needs no introduction, so we're pretty excited to be bringing you two of his biggest previously unreleased dance floor bombs on a shiny sheet of black plastic.
The A-side holds "E-MA GIN", an uplifting jazz-fusion tinged afro-house joint with live drums and Kiko's notorious dancefloor drive and pulse. On the flip is "Sex & Love Affair", a peak hour disco/house bomb with even some hints of Moroder nestled in there. Both tracks have been tearing up dance floors until the pandemic hit, and they've been delighting chat rooms for our radio shows. It's the life-affirming and sensual music you've come to expect from Rocksteady Disco, now from our hermano Kiko Navarro.
House / Tech-House
- A. Fade
- B. Slipstream
MF001 marks the introduction of UK artist / producer Max Frith. Having made music since his early teens and now in his early twenties, this 10,000 hours honing in on self-education and exploration has resulted in a keen ability to be meticulous in his output. ‘Fade’ is an almost suppressed UKG, chord progressions running in the opposite direction of is elder cousin’s dancefloor swagger, right out the door and on the night bus home. Slipstream works to exemplify the attention to detail Max has managed to work into his productions, successfully unifying anxious percussion carried with cloud-like ambience.
Fade / Slipstream is release #1 of three incoming 12”s that will put the breadth of proficiency on display of the newcomer. Right now in 2020 the talent and ambition of Max Firth is exactly what we need, thankfully choosing not to heed the advice of the UK government and re-train to work in ‘cyber’.
- A1. Just Wanna Pry
- A2. Never Saw Never
- A3. Movin' Kinda Screwy
- One More Slice (Gerd Tool 4)
- B2. One More Slam
Following our first BK Club Beats remix EP is a Gerd Janson solo affair, an assortment of tracks that
reinterpret and reimagine the fundamental component of Jacques Renault’s last album.
It’s called Gerd Janson’s Jacque’d Toolbox for a reason. We’ll let you use your imagination and figure out what it is. Little bit of something for everyone here, though—disco, house, dirty beats.
- A1. We Are Not Nothing
- A2. Far Away
- B1. FS Melody
- B2. Beyond
Having spent the last few years working in the industry at places such as Phonica, Rye Wax, Worldwide FM & Juno Records, Jeigo’s wide palette and deep crates are evident through his nostalgic, euphoric and melancholic productions.
Focusing on the melodic influences from the sounds of London, Detroit, Berlin, Tokyo and beyond. His eclectic tastes are thoroughly represented in his tracks, with his tendency towards carefully selected emotive samples and rhythms that straddles the void between house, UKG, techno and breaks, to create a unqiue sound that is equally fresh and nostalgic.
With releases on labels such as air miles, Valby Rotary, Shadow City Records and more, there is much more in store in the forthcoming future from the London bred artist and DJ.
- A1. Night Caller (For The Midnight Talker)
- A2. Dumplings
- A3. Go!
- B1. Psycho Dancer
- B2. Hold On (Signal 2 Signal Mix)
As Hudd Traxx approach their 15th anniversary year, Iron Curtis steps up for a mini album split in 2 parts. As a long-time label collaborator and friend, it’s no surprise that Curtis delivers his 5th and 6th EP for the label. Total Art Of Living contains straight up house jams, hints of techno, nods to broken beat, references to Detroit and a few interludes for good measure. These new cuts are further proof that Iron Curtis music has always celebrated the deepest foundations of house and all its varieties, whilst resolutely refusing to get nostalgic. Curtis’ previous 4 Hudd EPs have gone on to be classics, Total Art Of Living has all the ingredients to become a future classic too.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Disco 3000
- B1. Groove It
- B2. T-House
Italian mainstay Leon makes a long-awaited debut on Hot Creations with Disco 3000. Set for release on 9th October, the three-track EP draws inspiration from a range of influences, most notably the early American house scene.
As the title suggests, Disco 3000 kicks things off in a feel-good fashion with punchy kick drums and an echoing lyric that states “making it for sure.” Groove It makes an appearance next, as spacey synths conjoin on a no-nonsense, up- tempo bassline to form a real peak-time dance number, before T-House rounds off proceedings with a fast-paced kick-hat backbone and infectious, echoing vocals.
A regular in the electronic music scene for more than a decade, Leon is no stranger to producing dance floor ready house music, having released on the likes of Relief, Defected and Crosstown Rebels to name a few. Performances at places such as Sunwaves and Pacha have helped cement his standing as one of the true heavy-hitters, whilst his recent releases, including those on Crosstown Rebels and Moan Records, have further confirmed his reputation.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Into The Sun
- A2. Into The Sun (Mano Le Tough P20 Remix)
- B1. Into The Sun (Nathan Fake Remix)
Just weeks after releasing his new studio album Flourish, Damian Lazarus returns with two cinematic remixes of the lauded Jem Cooke collaboration ‘Into The Sun’. Damian carefully chose two of modern electronic music’s most celebrated producers to reimagine the original, welcoming unique takes from Mano Le Tough and Nathan Fake.
Lazarus remains a curator fixated on showcasing new sounds and emerging talent in everything he does. Much like his tenure breaking artists and pushing boundaries through the influence of Crosstown Rebels, he has brought an innate sense of purpose to Flourish’s remix selection.
The package leads with the distinctly delicate touch of Mano Le Tough, an Irishman who’s quest for deeper dancefloors has made him one of scene’s most in demand artists. Mano’s Crosstown debut adds to an already decorated discography across labels like Pampa, Permanent Vacation and his own Maeve. Adorned with his signature pitch bending and uniquely layered percussion, his remix retains the hopefulness embodied by the original while priming it for the return of rave.
Nathan Fake brings a different set of tools to the package, wielding a sense of grit and atmosphere that can be heard throughout his Blizzards album released this year on his own Cambria Instruments. His remix retains the broken beat energy and haunting mood of ‘Into The Sun’ while remapping its melody for both beauty and cadence. It is this elevated understanding of texture and suspense that has earned mainstay status from Ninja Tune and Border Community, while attracting remixes for Radiohead, Jon Hopkins and Tiefschwarz to name a few.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Tribes of the Metronome
- B. About You
Nasser Baker’s talent precedes him. A handpicked protégé of Dennis Ferrer, the blossoming talent is now carving his own niche in the house space. His ascension continues today with the release of ‘Tribes Of The Metronome,’ marking his DIRTYBIRD debut.
“Tribes Of The Metronome” uses sputtering bass and distorted vocals to make its impact, maintaining a consistent, yet driving pace that keeps energy levels high from start to finish. “About You” sees Baker laying on the heavy grooves, with a reverberated bassline, off-kilter synths, and crisp hi hats joining together with its vocal elements for a tech house piece with a classic flair. Both have been sought-after set weapons for Claude VonStroke, making their release particularly exciting for the DIRTYBIRD flock.
Beyond his work with Dennis Ferrer, Nasser Baker’s keen ear for house has been recognized by plenty of industry greats. His ‘Say Something’ EP on Circus was an instant hit, receiving remixes from the likes of Paul Woolford and Rebūke. Nasser’s work has also appeared numerous times on Objektivity, and recently, he was tapped by Green Velvet for an EP on Relief. It’s clear this young producer is here to stay!
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. In My Life (Vocal Mix)
- A2. In My Life (Polymod Remix)
- B1. Take Me (Vocal Mix)
- B2. Take Me (Fear-E's Juno What Remix)
We’re proud to welcome Robert Owens and Queer On Acid to Takeout, who present a ‘double-A side’ release. 2 sublime pieces of vocal-house and techno which will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
Robert’s hypnotic vocals weave between QoA’s beautiful production with both tracks enticing remixes from none other than in demand Fear-E, Polymod and MASC (Mark Archer & Shadow Child).
The music does the talking here, and with a limited vinyl run (which excludes the MASC remix) to support a huge digital package, we’re excited to have such quality on the new label.
GenresBass HouseExperimentalTech House
- A1. Kevin Knapp & Hutchtastic - Mug Shot
- A2. Kevin Knapp & Hutchtastic - In My Face
- B1. Kevin Knapp feat Baby Luck - New Game
- B2. Kevin Knapp - Guess Who?
Plump is fat positive, sex positive, queer positive, feminist and anti racist with a focus on centering underrepresented and marginalized voices. Think feminist Ghetto Tech, uplifting while militant, raw and empowering. A place of refuge for everyone who has ever felt unseen or excluded no matter gender, colour or creed.
Plump is about an attitude and ethos, more than it is attached to a genre specific sound. Plump is about radical acceptance. Plump is a return to the origins of dance music as a space for people from all walks of life to be able to come together, embrace joy, pleasure and be free to truly be themselves.
Plump is a creative partnership and collaboration between Kevin Knapp and Jessica “Hutch” Hutcheson, AKA Hutchtastic. Hutch is a visual artist, vocalist, Detroit native, burgeoning producer and overall performer and art personality. Kevin Knapp is music producer, DJ and vocalist, with a slew of releases on formidable labels in the dance music industry.
Kevin also has a new streaming show on Dirtybird Live called Plump’d. The Plump’d livestream show originates from Berlin and is created by Kevin & Hutch.
"Plump'd is an opportunity I've been gifted in the wake of the world shutting down due to the pandemic. Life is funny that way when life closes some doors it opens others. I've been given the opportunity to host a show every Saturday night during the prime time slot, on Dirtybird's Twitch channel for Dirtybird Live. Each week my hope is to have artists I respect, revere, and consider a friend to come on and play some music with me, just for the love of the music. The show is named after our new record label and carries with it the label's ethos of going back to the roots of dance music as a place of radical acceptance."
Keep it big. Keep it sexy. Keep it Plump.
DJ Mag UK - Pitched for November
DJ Mag ES - Pitched for November
Faze Mag - Pitched for November
DJ Mag Italy - Pitched for November
Sweet Music - Confirmed
Music is 4 Lovers - Confirmed for release date
DJ Support Confirmed - CAAL, Riva Starr, Alinka, Javi Bora, Claude Von Stroke, Hector Couto, Ruben Mandolini, Sam Divine, CLAPTONE, Robosonic
- A1. Borderline
- A2. Borderline (Roman Flügel Acid Mix)
- B1. Borderline (Roman Flügel Remix)
- B2. Borderline (Roman Flügel Dub Mix)
‘Borderline’ is the debut single from hotly-tipped Jamaican-Canadian artist and musician, SeeMeNot. Released on 18 September, 2020 and accompanied by a remix from Roman Flügel, ‘Borderline’ is available via SeeMeNot’s own imprint, Brainstream. Her debut will be followed by the release of ‘Invisible Me’ produced by Peace Division’s Justin Drake, and ‘Chez Renee’, remixed by Joe Goddard, all in the coming months. A 21 st century house anthem, ‘Borderline’ is a stunning debut that shows the power of both SeeMeNot’s voice and her lyrics, and has been championed so far by Skream, Anja Schneider, Solomun, Adriatique, TSHA, Erol Alkan, Adana Twins, Monika Kruse, Andhim, Tim Sweeney, Chloé, Marco Carola, Digitalism, and many more.
‘Borderline’ was sampled on SeeMeNot’s July 2020 debut mixtape ‘Long Overdue: The Sound Of A Revolution’ along with an excerpt of the powerful speech by Tamika Mallory in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Reclaiming house music as a form of protest, ‘Long Overdue: The Sound Of A Revolution’ was SeeMeNot’s first creative work. Released via her Soundcloud page, ‘Long Overdue’ featured SeeMeNot singing a cappella over a mix from DJ Oliver Baptiste. The 30 minutes of music is the sound of a Black female artist detailing the journey of Black people from Fight to Flight, channeling the pain she’s experiencing – and experienced – into something beautiful that pays respect to her ancestors but serves as a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional healing through singing and music. Influences from country music to gospel are joined through a shared history of hymnals as both protest and healing music. SeeMeNot recently released a PSA on her YouTube featuring an acapella from the mixtape – “a childhood cover” of the late Ray Charles – paying homage to Black Lives Matter.
- A1. Phantoms Of Dreamland (LH Mix)
- A2. Men In Green (Neue Grafik Rework)
- A3. End Of An Era (Felicia Atkinson Fennel And Moon Mix)
- B1. Our Man In (D.K. Remix)
- B2. Rainwater Fjit (Jimmy Edgar Remix)
- B3. Phil 5 (Lucrecia Dalt Remix)
- B4. Ball Of Fire (object blue version)
- C1. Maid Of The MIst (Nick Höppner Remix)
- C2. Spookie Boogie (Luca Durán Remix)
- D1. El Teb (Mehmet Aslan Remix)
- D2. Are You Psychic (Parco Palaz Remix pt I)
- D3. Are You Psychic (Parco Palaz Remix pt II)
- D4. Maid Of The Mist (Oso Leone Rework)
Born in Croydon, UK in 1960 and working in Switzerland for decades, Michal Turtle has led a
storied career as a composer, arranger, technician and producer, consistently aligned with some
of the most exciting bands and projects within the realms of pop and experimental music. A figure
as masterful in the realm of expansive ambient recordings as advertising jingles, it’s only in recent
years that Michal’s solo productions have gained acclaim and a cult following that continues to
grow ever wider.
Turtle made a long-awaited return earlier in 2020 with the extended ‘On a Canvas Lived a Baby’, a
one-sided twelve of new material released on Planisphere Editorial. Now, the Basel based label
invites a diverse and international cross-section of electronic musicians to reinterpret the artist’s
back-catalogue, each delivering a thoughtful remix driven by the same sense of curiosity,
exploration and genre-blurring that Turtle himself helped pioneer. Each track on the remixes
collection was originally recorded between 1980 and 1985, in between Turtle’s regular tours with
Opening the collection, Laurel Halo adopts her LH alias for a textural and tripping revisit to
‘Phantoms of Dreamland’, transporting the haunting original to a hyper-detailed alternate
dimension. Zoning back in, Neue Grafik finds typically eclectic form with ‘Men in Green’, turning
the dials and blending ideas as if tuning between the emerging musical scenes that defined
Turtle’s early-eighties life in Camden, London. In stark contrast, avant-garde polymath Felicia
Atkinson designs a ‘Fennel and Moon’ version, weaving between earthy field recordings and an
aching piano line, conjuring an almost ritualistic atmosphere, far from the city.
Radical musical turns continue to define the collection as son of Detroit, Jimmy Edgar takes
‘Rainwater Fijit’ down a dark, damp tunnel, expanding on the pitter patter of Turtle’s more
outlandish studio experiments, blending vocal experiments with fresh funk. Colombian
experimentalist Lucrecia Dalt pulls further bizarre shapes from a patchwork of samples, a heaving,
gasping industrial shuffle, before French producer D.K. returns a stronger rhythm, both building
on Turtle’s lovingly naive tributes to the legacy of sample culture and his trusty ARP2600.
Ostgut Ton mainstay and Panorama Bar resident Nick Höppner proceeds to sensitively rewire
‘Maid Of The Mist’ into a blossoming, introspective celebration of melody and ambience, an
almost weightless experience that lends itself well as a breather before Luca Duran’s analogue,
acid-tinged take on Spookie Boogie takes Turtle’s esoteric touches back into the direction of the
funk and italo records at the heart of his initial inspiration.
The Remixes final chapter continues to expand in distinct and wide-reaching sonic directions.
London’s Object Blue seems to slow time itself across her sublime interpretation of ‘Ball Of Fire’.
Initially Turtle’s tribute to Howard Hawks 1941 film classic and the legacy of old Hollywood, worlds
further collide into rolling, weightless bliss.
Fellow Swiss citizen Mehmet Aslan stirs an enchanting, percussive mystery that unfolds with great
pleasure on El Teb, while Parco Palaz conjures not one but two radically different remixes of ‘Are
You Psychic?’, demonstrating both their imaginative nous, as well as the depth of Turtle’s legacy.
Finally, an irresistible vocal contribution from Oso Leone adds even further colour and joy to ‘Maid
of The Mist’, sending off this ambitious collection on a transformative, dream-pop high.
With further details set to be revealed, there is an ongoing development focused around the
accompanying art and visuals. The Peruvian born and now Amsterdam based graphic designer
Jonathan Castro leads the art direction, along with visual artist Chris Harnan. Both artists look to
explore the intersection between sound, imagery and its reorientation, exhibited through the
musical contributors and visual translation.
“I am happy and honoured to have been the spark for this remarkable compilation.
The magnificent work done by this collection of very special people speaks for itself, so listen and
be transported. It has been half a lifetime since my original tracks were written, and I am gratified
to know that they are somehow still relevant enough to be reworked and reinvented.”
- Michal Turtle
- A1. Underground
- A2. Finally (ft. Break)
- B1. Crud
- B2. Pink Dolphins
Sam Interface (formerly known as SNØW) returns to the seminal R&S Records following the success of last year’s R&S Presents: More Time Records Vol 1, which was a 4 track compilation featuring Ahadadream, Bala Bala Boyz, Bryte & SNØW.
He is the co-founder of London’s More Time Records, on which he has released much of his own music as SNØW (including collaborations with Zed Bias, Fox, Dread MC & more) and can also be found monthly on Rinse FM and Reprezent Radio playing a range of percussive genres including UK Funky, GQOM, Kuduro, Afrobeats and more.
The name change takes him closer to his first alias Interface, under which he had DnB hits with the likes of DJ Die and more, he explains: “When i first released music back in my early DnB days I used the alias “Interface” and so many people still call me Sam Interface - it feels like the most natural name for me.”
The lead track “Underground” (which samples an announcement from the tube) references a range of London-centric genres, combining polyrhythmic percussion with an extremely upfront bass sound which draws influence from and exxagerates recent drill productions.
“Finally”, a collaboration with an old friend & prolific DnB producer Break follows, bringing frantic motion to the release. The third track “Crud” utilises Sam’s signature gully bass production, flooding the speakers with low end on the drop. The EP wraps up with “Pink Dolphins” - a euphoric dancefloor moment which channels the energy and emotion of jungle, drawing on some of Sam’s earliest rave influences.
- A1. Unknown - Untitled
- A2. Unknown - Untitled
- A3. Unknown - Untitled
- B1. Unknown - Untitled
- B2. Unknown - Untitled
- B3. Unknown - Untitled
- B4. Unknown - Untitled
Soundscape Versions pres. the 5th installment on its sublabel Mystic Versions with seven cuts
produced and performed using all analogue hardware gear.
- A1. Unknown - Untitled
- A2. Unknown - Untitled
- A3. Unknown - Untitled
- B1. Unknown - Untitled
- B2. Unknown - Untitled
- B3. Unknown - Untitled
Soundscape Versions pres. the 6th installment on its sublabel Mystic Versions with six cuts
produced and performed using all analogue hardware gear.
Hardcore / Breakbeat
- A. The Dark Sheep
- B. Right Guard (ReDub)
Classic dark hardcore-jungle from ‘93
Released in conjunction with The Music Preservation Society
- A1. Passion
- A2. Rough and Rugged
- B1. Soundbwoy Killer
- B2. Wha Gwarn Blud
Ibiza Records has collaborated with Yardrock Productions to bring you this 4 track EP called 'Straight From The Yard Vol 1. We've gone into their back catalogue n picked choons that are reppin the 'Original London Jungle Sound' back in 2013-14.
Yep those kinda choons that give that 'back a yard' feeling with reggae/rnb samples with strong jungle breaks n some sic heavy reggae basslines resonating the essence of jungle musik to make you wanna skip n hop, skank n jump...
A. This track made in 2014 has both a reggae and David Rodigan samples on it with some dutty drum patterns n heavier leading basslines that reflect the jungle sound representing that upbeat jamaican vibez.
AA. Rough n Rugged: This track produced in 2014 showcases a more rave feel with the whistles n sirens. The reggae sample giving that steppers vibez alongside jungle breaks n basslines
AAA. Soundboy Killer: This track produced in 2014 has a classic Bitty Mclean reggae sample with that soundclash feel of yard. Heavy basslines, horns n drum patterns to kill any soundbwoy. With a slight soulful vibe with cymbals n flutes combining with jungle breaks
AAAA. Wha Grawn Blud: This track produced in 2013 has a sic intro with the jungle breaks n vocals giving an upbeat n grimy tones n strong drum patterns that inter mingle up holding that authentic jungle london sound of modern day jungle
- A. Futuroid
- AA. Dance With The Speaker
- AAA. My Mind
This EP produced by Noise Factory in 1992 expresses the full on depths of Junglistic Hardcore at its best and these tracks being driven by the various elements of the sample patterns, typical Hardcore n Jungle Techno theme of the day that was changing the warehouse scene. The blending of the reggae, hip hop n r&b vocals interchanging with the various samples with that sweet sounding basslines thumping.
A.Futuriod - This track from 1992 comes from the iconic Capsule EP and was a game changer from day dot. With its strong reggae n rnb vocals n the rolling undercurrent basslines n various drum patterns up holding that hardcore jungle feel to the choon.
AA. Dance With The Speaker - This track from 1992 has some dominant basslines n with a 4/4 beat
riding the reggae n hip hop samples that were merging into what was being referred to as Jungle Techno that was taking the scene by storm with these banging drum patterns and sped up vocals
AAA. My Mind - This track also from 1992 is typical of the hardcore n jungle techno theme with rnb
vocals interchanging with the hardcore samples along side the heavy poppin basslines. This was the
early signs of jungle slowly taking its hold n causing waves from its popularity of these choons playing at the warehouses raves.
- A. Breakage 5
- AA. Ladies Choice
- AAA. Wheel Up
This EP produced by Noise Factory in 1993 expresses the emergence of jungle n how it had evolved is
very noticable in these tracks driven by 4/4 beats n thumbing basslines 2 shake the dancefloor.
A. Breakage 5 -This track produced by Noise Factory in 1993 has reggae samples plus the speeded up
vocals. Some banging drum pattern with nice piano stabs n thumping basslines.
AA. Ladies Choice - This track produced by Noise Factory has some heavy basslines sitting between the
crossovers of the house n rnb samples. A proppa ladies choon back then n got the place poppin.
AAA. Wheel Up - Produced back in 1993 by Noise Factory with its rolling drum patterns riding the hip
hop n reggae samples. Along with the speeded up vocals n that strong jungle feel n wicked basslines.
- E. 4 Da Ladies
- EE. Guiding Star
- EEE. Hardcore Youth
This 3 track EP comes out of the Limited E's vault called Retro Vol 2 produced by Potential Badboy. Each of these tracks represents when we started to push the boundaries of Jungle and being more experimental back in 1992.
E. 4 Da Ladies - This track produced by Potential Badboy in 1992 was the crossover from hardcore elements into the early breakthrough of Jungle. With an iconic reggae sample laid down with live and R&B vocals n poppin bassline, a real choon for the ladies to get down to.
EE. Guiding Star - This track produced in 1992 by Potential Badboy who was evolving and creating his own style with using a strong soulful vocals mixed with the classic reggae n r&b samples n heavy basslines was game changing.
EEE. Hardcore Youth - This track produced in 1992 by Potential Badboy keeping with the strong hardcore ravy theme with strong reggae samples n vocals with a Jungle Techno ravvy feel to it.
Written Potential Badboy
Produced by Potential Badboy
Muting The Noise (UK & USA only)
- A1. Black
- A2. Steel
- A3. Steel Outro
- B1. Vagrant
- B2. Joy
- B3. Lucky Veil
- B4. Rei
“Lucky Veil” is Al Pagoda’s first mini album to be released via Bigamo Musik, October 30th. Seven songs built out of layering luminous synth melodies that sound strong, iconic, like a childhood memory that’s long been dormant.
Al Pagoda, originally from Valencia, Spain, settled in Berlin in 2015, where he started working as a composer for movie soundtracks. During these years he experimented with new sounds and recording techniques. In 2018 a colleague of his, who had witnessed some of his free-form experimentation sessions, asked him to play at Loophole, a small club in Neukölln, Berlin. He accepted and came up with a few songs for the show. After this, the album would crystallise in no time.
Al Pagoda's cinematic approach can be felt throughout his music; his songs unfold like stories that take us to the crux of an inescapable revelation. Built from short snippets recorded in his phone over the years, Lucky Veil was put together during a winter in Berlin, in a room with no windows.
- A1. Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (Riva Starr Paradise Garage Club Mix)
- A2. Ferreck Dawn featuring Anthony Valadez - By My Side (Extended Mix)
- B1. John Summit - Deep End (Extended Mix)
- B2. OFFAIAH - Play It By Ear (Club Mix)
Coming as the ninth edition of the series, ‘EP9’ stays true to committing Defected’s biggest digital releases to wax, delivering an upfront package of house heat previously unavailable on vinyl. Kicking off the A-Side with Riva Starr’s remix of Defected anthem ‘Hey Hey’ by Dennis Ferrer, a tribute to Giorgio Moroder’s pivotal sound and the Paradise Garage early house vibe and serious dancefloor weapon. Ferreck Dawn’s ‘By My Side’ follows, a refined house groover with melodic keys, a soft filtered vocal and undulating beat featuring Californian producer Anthony Valadez. The flip opens with John Summit’s ‘Deep End’, a captivating house cut from the rising star that achieved Beatport #1 weeks after its release. Closing out the EP is Defected regular OFFAIAH, a slick, dancefloor-ready cut with OFFAIAH’s signature grooving bassline and an irresistible melody.
- A. Make Me Feel '93
This futuristic proto Drum & Bass was previously unavailable on Vinyl this was a single sided Dubplate from 1993 by the great DJ Tango (RIP). The master is from DAT Tape remastered by Subvert Central Mastering.
GenresDeep HouseNew YorkReissue
- A1. Aly-Us - Follow Me (Club Mix)
- B1. Aly-Us -Follow Me (DubMix)
- B2. Aly-Us - Follow Me (Instrumental)
Massive vocal driven Garage House pressure here, from way way back in 1992! Yes, 'Follow Me' is one of THOSE records, one that transcended genre boundaries on it's release and continues to do so today. A true classic piece of NYC goodness from back in the day. The super production team of DJ Pierre and george Morel could only deliver the heat and that's exactly what they did - created a timeless House record with the bassline that just doesn't let up! This is the sort of track that got hammered on the US House scene, found a home in the UK Garage world and got spin at almost any and all clubs where the DJ's had half a clue and an iota of taste! Containing the original 3 mixes released in '92 now's your chance to bag a bonafide, hands down classic record! 'Follow Me' has been skilfully remastered from all original master sources and fully licensed and reissued officially for 2017.
GenresDeep HouseElectroNu DiscoTechno
- A. 6AM Cowboy (Sharif Laffrey Deviation)
- B. 6AM Cowboy (Cowboy Rhythmbox Deviation Variation)
Cowboy Rhythmbox return for a short, sweet and typically unusual transmission, as cult house journeyman, Detroit producer and DJ Sharif Laffrey provides one of the most memorable and original releases in Phantasy’s history, followed by a simmering take from the duo themselves. With what initially started out as a remix project led to Sharif often finding himself within deep studio sessions, frequently surpassing the early hours of the morning, pointing to the apt naming of this release.
Chugging with schizophrenic glee for nearly fifteen minutes, Laffrey masterfully combines his own flavour for obscurities and offbeat samples with no less than three tracks from the Cowboy Rhythmbox archive. Mixing element upon element into a somewhat absurdist masterpiece, this uncategorizable rework injects waves of weirdo energy and a little menace into the small hours.
In response, Cowboy Rhythmbox consciously scramble the formula even further. So impressed by Laffrey’s interpretation, they choose to deliver a remix upon remix with their ‘Deviation Variation’. Retaining the full measure of their skittish psychedelia that has blessed and freaked-out dancefloors over the years, the original pair rework the vampish synths at the heart of previous head spinner ‘Vodonik’, escalating guttural acid and a heads down bassline that perhaps dials down the fury, but keeps the filth.
- A. Do You Still Think Of Me?
- B. Do You Still Think Of Me? (Roots Edit)
It’s been a while since we put out the last Keinemusik solo EP. But here we are. After “You Are Safe”, the longplay joint venture of all the Keinemusik fellas and a whole lot of people remixing that very material, here’s a new two-tracker showcasing what’s going on these days in Adam Port’s sphere of interest.
On the A-side, Adam is aiming for a rather sentimental temper. Did the tracktitle “Do You Still Think Of Me?” give that away already? Well… wait until you sink into affection when kissed by that main piano-theme over and over again. It’s an effective, never overcomplex array of elements, building the narration of this tune. It’s crackling background noise, the call and response of shaker and tambourine, the tension triggering synth-notes and of course the minor chords making this an instantly catchy sunset scoring.
On the flip, Adam is following up his knack for everything that’s tribal. Find heavy Capoeira leanings in “Roots Edit”. But make no mistake, there is no tonal trigger to fight in this arrangement, but an immediate drive to bathe whole floors in unfettered elation.
- A. Sunday
- B. Purge
It's been a while since Rampa aimed for collective affection, providing "The Touch". His current "Sunday" EP, counting as the Keinemusik catalogue number KM045, somehow continues this sort of sonic caress.
You'll need just a few bars of the title track to feel warmly embraced by wistful chords, crackling hihats, sultry field recordings and a thick bass drum. Then let a dainty synth bass lead the way and welcome that tiny, yet instantly catchy melody to the mix. That would be the track's utmost affecting foundation that will be counteracted by percussive elements here and there, led through suspense curves by heading into moments of urgency and serenity in equal measure and grow to a floorfiller of the rather subtle kind.
"Purge" on the B-side is ramping things up. Staccato notes meet a precisely built patchwork of percussion and atmosphere, setting a scenario of anticipation that'll boost its pull as soon as a mighty synth-hook comes into play. It's like stepping forth and back, flexing and releasing, lurking and breaking cover, increasing tension with every minute, fuelling expectation of a relieving drop that indeed will resolve the pent-up tension in an effective, yet stylish way.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Ganesha Song
- B. Senhor Doutor
A thing Adam Port has been rendering services to in the past and that this new Keinemusik-release as well is contributing to: sprucing up the image of the guitar. In the course of music history the instrument certainly has been propped up hip-wise as cock-extension and abused for sleazy rockisms a bit too often. Port’s rehabilitation of the six-string comes in shape of “Ganesha Song”, the A-side of KM036. You’ll find some twang, rhythmically boosting the dynamics, be it implemented as a micro-loop within the beat-structure or slightly distorted as the leading theme of this tune. Another felicitous attempt of Port to merge peaktime-appeal with sound-nerdism and his refining method of groove.
More guitars on the flipside, but this time embedded into a whole ensemble that transfers Mariachi-impression into the context of Angolan folklore. Port approaches the source material of Quim Manuel O Espirito Santo’s with all due respect, while crafting his edit, but also with an adequate verve and modernistic percussive décor to tease a veritable floorfiller out of “Senhor Doutor”.
Two very different approaches to get some feet on the floor, showcasing Adam Port’s never ceasing will for artistic diversification.