TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
Disco / Nu-Disco
GenresDeep HouseDown TempoHip HopJazz FunkNu DiscoPop
- A1. Kumar Shome & The Punkawallahs - Nymphatic
- A2. Aroop Roy - Second Impressions
- A3. NATE08 - Hold Up
- A4. UJJY - Mdnght Prtndrs
- A5. KAVYA - Underscore
- A6. Talal Qureshi feat. Natasha Noorani - Constant Summer
- B1. Ahadadream - Tabla GQOM
- B2. Sid Vashi - Transmission (radio edit)
- B3. Nabihah Iqbal - Is This Where It Ends
- B4. Mughal-E-Funk - Akbar
- B5. Jaubi - Time: The Donut of the Heart (J Dilla Cover)
- B6. Sulk Station - Dheere
- B7. V.S Narasimhan - Mokshamu (Heavenly Reach)
chalo is a nascent interdisciplinary creative community and collaborative platform featuring the work of ethnically South Asian artists. With a long term aim to strengthen cross-cultural bonds by showcasing the vast breadth of talent within the community, the first volume features artists with heritage in Pakistan, India and Kashmir. Net proceeds from the compilation are going towards the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) and Zindagi Trust.
The first volume of chalo comprises of Pakistani and Indian artists across classical composers and underground hip-hop, visual artists and videographers, journalists and illustrators. It is a multi-tiered release featuring a video, podcast, print series and, most importantly, a music compilation.
Featuring an all-star cast of artists like that range from the cerebral (V.S Narasimhan), to editations on immigrant culture (Riz Ahmed), to post-modern pop (Kavya), to Kashmiri hip-hop (Ahmer), floating left-field electronica (Nabihah Iqbal) to meditative jazz (Sarathy Korwar) to tunes that will leave you sweating on the dance floor (MadstarBase), chalo vol. 1 showcases the diversity and musical range of South Asian artists. It dispels the notion that an often overlooked culture can be painted by one brush, a single narrative.
The compilation will be accompanied by a video piece that gives insight to the plight of artists of colour whilst also highlighting the unique cultural melting pot of influences. This ethos will be extended to an eight-episode podcast where discussions between artists from various parts of India and Pakistan will meditate on discussions of caste, class, politics, race and, amongst it all, the meaning of art. This will be released after the compilation’s launch on November 6th, with the album artwork by Shweta Sharma.
The net proceeds from the chalo project will be split between the Human Rights Law Network and Zindagi Trust which will contribute to the ongoing initiatives they are working on, including Rights to Food, Dalit Rights, Educational Reform, Women’s Justice and Empowerment.
"chalo stems from recognising that there’s a gap in the media we consume. Despite global political, industrial and technological significance, culturally, South Asia’s status is hidden in the margins. With a long term to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations while also elevating and showcasing peoples respective talents, چلو chalo aims to build, however we can, between people.”
GenresAlternative RockExperimentalNu Disco
- A. Stonerdisco
- B. Superstandard
What new can be said about this incredible band? They have played the most danceable electronic death disco on the planet since 2012…or was it 2112? The past and the future melts together, trying to draw their timeline but anyways, right now their new 7” ”Stonerdisco”/”Superstandard” is out on Höga Nord Rekords.
Exorcist have embraced hard rock more obvious than before, especially on the A-side, which is a boogie nightmare with fuzz bass and totally freed from guitar solos. The rhythm section with Osynlige Mann on bass and Tentakel on drums, plows in usual manner down space and time while Vesslans synthesizers shoots gamma rays through Exo-universe. The B-side is haunting, unsentimental dystopic disco.
The Exorcist prove that they still hold the powers of making supersonic dance music!
- A1. Souvenirs (Extended Mix)
- A2. At Midnight (Original Mix)
- B1. Lovin' Is Really My Game (Club Mix)
- B2. Got To Have Loving (Original Mix)
Experience the magical disco grooves of Studio 54’s exclusive vinyl release, Night Magic Volume I – The Disco Mixes, on limited edition of 500, glittery gold vinyl. This record is a special edition of the labels debut release, Night Magic Vol. I, featuring a vinyl exclusive extended mix of ‘Souvenirs’ produced by JKriv and Morgan Wiley.
The iconic, era-defining disco hallmark is proud to present the launch of Studio 54 Music and its debut release Night Magic Vol.I., now available on all digital streaming platforms, along with limited edition vinyl in Mid-October, 2020. The record label’s vibe will align with the famous nightclub’s mischievous party antics and quality music experience that was attended by celebrities like Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, Bianca Jagger, Calvin Klein, and Diana Ross.
The NYC label’s mission is to release dance floor anthems that represent how disco is being modernized, while still celebrating and paying homage to the original sounds of the famed nightclub. The releases will appeal to the next generation of music lovers; experimenting with fusing the genre with all things pop, hip-hop, house music, indie, and electronica that target today's diversearray of club-goers, the underground dance music community, and original Studio 54 disco fans.
The label’s first release, Night Magic Vol. I is a four-track compilation EP of disco anthems from the club’s prime days, reimagined into fresh 2020 versions by an ensemble of respected musicians from both the original scene and today’s dance music world. Notable musicians on the EP include former Tower of Power lead singer Tom Bowes giving his powerful voice on “At Midnight”; frontwoman of disco/house outfit Escort, Nicki B, gives range and slick vocals on “Got To Have Lovin”; Music Director of the smash-hit Broadway show Hamilton; Jonny Dinklage, gives stabbing disco strings throughout the EP, especially on “Lovin’ Is Really My Game” which also features diva vocals by rising funk, soul and R&B star Adeline; “Souvenirs” then closes the EP with a beautiful upbeat ballad that features hustling funk singer RickExpress. In mid August, the label plans to release extended club mixes of select tracks for DJs and dance music lovers alike.
The project was led by producer JKriv, current member of Escort, a former member of world touring house/nu-jazz band Tortured Soul, and label boss of the internationally respected disco-edits label, Razor-N-Tape. Essential keys, synths, and the overall project co-production is by Morgan Wiley, known for his work with DFA Records and LCD Soundsystem; Hercules & Love Affair; and disco band Midnight Magic.
- A. Finally Ready (Dimitri From Paris TSOP - The Sound Of Paris - Remix Pt I)
- AA. Finally Ready (Dimitri From Paris TSOP - The Sound Of Paris - Remix Pt II)
The Shapeshifters’ studio mastery and dedication to his craft has resulted in singles that stand up alongside golden era disco records as much as they sound fresh on dancefloors today. His rich relationship with Glitterbox has yielded instant classics that epitomise the label’s ethos for preserving disco’s mission to uplift and empower, especially with his latest release and debut collaboration with the Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning Billy Porter, ‘Finally Ready’. Now, another of the label’s nearest and dearest, Dimitri From Paris, steps up to remix The Shapeshifters’ latest on a special 7” vinyl package. Co-written with Billy as a declaration of Pride, Dimitri adds his signature stylish flare onto the suitably theatrical original. Split into two parts, Pt. I on the A-Side keeps Billy’s unmistakable vocal at centre stage, with funk-fuelled organ chords and rich keys bringing Dimitri’s Sound Of Paris. On the flip, Pt. II is a more stripped back version, allowing the classic disco instrumentals to really shine, as a previously unheard and powerful spoken-word vocal from Billy narrates along with improvised vocals taken from the studio recordings. Expertly crafted and brimming with emotion, the joyful message of ‘Finally Ready’ rings true through Billy’s lyrics on both mixes, as Dimitri From Paris brings a new dimension to this dancefloor essential.
- A. Rhyze - Free (Louie Vega Remix) (Danny Krivit 7” Edit)
- B. John Davis & The Monster Orchestra - Love Magic (Danny Krivit 7'' Edit)
With interest in Disco as strong as ever, we continue to mine the SAM Records catalogue for Disco treasures. “Free” by Rhyze is one of the catalogue’s lesser known titles, but with its inspired rolling horn hits sprinkled throughout the song and its funk based organ and keys, it’s got all the elements for a current hit among disco and house afficionados. World renowned and Grammy award winning producer Louie Vega recognized this a few years back even before disco was back in the spotlight and gave it a massive injection of modern dancefloor energy. And now the universally recognized “King Of the Edit” Danny Krivit has put his unique musical touch on this disco funk jam. On the B Side is another disco treasure from legendary Phillie based producer John Davis. “Love Magic” had all the memorable and classic elements of the late 70’s disco era. Produced at Sigma Sounds in Phillie, the song is embued with lush strings, over-the-top funky lead guitar and throbbing bass combined with sulty female vocals singing to one of the John’s consistently superb tunes. Danny Krivit brings out the hottest elements for the special 45 RPM 7" release.
House / Tech-House
- A1. Boom Boom
- A2. Fuck The System
- A3. Patrice
- B1. No Words, Big Party
- B2. Bumps
- B3. Bush Doof
- B4. Peruvian
Composer, bassist and producer Henry Hicks AKA Horatio Luna is a musician intrinsically interwoven into the fabric of Melbourne’s bubbling music scene through his solo and collaborative work with musicians and producers from tight-knit creative communities in both Melbourne and Sydney. If you’ve at all followed the Melbourne music scene as it exploded onto the global stage in the last few years, you will likely be familiar with the undeniably infectious bass licks of Horatio Luna.
From his roots as a founding member of the influential hip hop /soul collective 30/70, to his extensive collaborative work with afro-house group Teymori, Horatio Luna forges his path by fusing styles, embracing genres and proudly defying labels. His musical output can be dizzying in its vastness, whether it be the unconventional dance music of Lush Life, his trad-jazz band John Henderson, spiritual improvisations with Foshe, or his most recent solo album ‘Yes Doctor’ on Melbourne label La Sape. Horatio Luna is one of the hardest working musicians in the game right now, who's recently been recognised for his contributions to the flourishing Melbourne scene with a feature on Gilles Peterson’s ‘Sunny Side Up’ compilation and documentary.
His new LP ‘Boom Boom’ on The Jazz Diaries is Hicks’ most dancefloor leaning offering to date. Utilizing his raw, unfiltered DIY approach to composition, Henry applies the sprawling, human energy of live jazz to the four-to-the-floor structures of early house music that in its soulful essence, captures the scratchy spirit of Detroit luminaries like Moodymann, Terrence Parker, and Mike Huckaby.
Horatio Luna’s music embodies an ethos of limitless creation, not bound by genre or style, as Hicks explains “I was always just about freedom in music, freedom in life. I wanted to hear new music and I’ve always been intrigued by abstract and contemporary ideas. Fusion music.”
This freedom in music is on full display with the album’s lead single ‘Fuck The System’, for which a video was created under football stadium lights in Melbourne. Heading into uncharted sonic territory, Horatio Luna effortlessly fuses grimey UK rap with his signature jazzy house bangas style. ‘Fuck The System’ is the message we need right now, imploring us to ‘rewrite the code’ and celebrate our creativity in all its limitless potential.
Showing the versatility of his talent throughout the record, Hicks delivers outer space bass licks on title track ‘Boom Boom’, drops rapped verses on ‘Fuck The System’, and even turns in an incredible reimagining of Detroit legend Patrice Scott’s classic anthem ‘Be Free’. ‘Boom Boom’ signals a new dawn in the Horatio Luna sound, exploring the inner-limits of what house music is, and the outer-
limits of what house music can be.
- A1. MD X-Spress - God Made Me Phunky (Original Mix)
- A2. Mike Dunn presents The Jass Mann - Jass Yo Azz Off (The Tribal X Mixx)
- B1. Mike Dunn presents Mr. 69 - Phreaky MF (Mike Dunn's Phreak MixX)
- B2. Mike Dunn presents Mr Phunky Mann - Oh Midnight
- C1. Mike Dunn presents Tha RC Groove Project featuring Ron Carroll - He’s Gonna Make It Alright (MD’z Original Recipe Vocal Mixx)
- C2. Mike Dunn presents M.D.III. - The Pressure Cooker (M.D.'s X-otic Klub Mixx)
- D1. Mike Dunn - Magic Feet
- D2. Mike Dunn - So Let It Be Houze!
Defected Records welcomes Chicago legend Mike Dunn into the prestigious list of House Masters with this incredible 2 x 12” compilation. Charting Mike’s impressive career that spans over three decades, this collection features classics from Mike’s catalogue alongside newer hits from the Windy City native, while exploring the aliases that made him a hero of the underground like MD X-Spress, MD III and The Jass Man. With his unmistakable voice forming the hook of many of house music’s best loved records, his dynamic use of the spoken word landed him right at the frontier of hip-house. Shifting moods throughout his vast and ranging catalogue, navigating from jacking acid, to classic techno, right through to soulful brooding house and groovy US garage, Mike’s ever-intuitive production makes him a recognised authority on quality dance music.
Highlights from the compilation include some of Mike’s best-known hits like dancefloor weapon ‘God Made Me Phunky’, a slice of 90s acidic techno with ‘Magic Feet’ and the gloriously salacious ‘Phreaky MF’. Also exploring the more underground elements of his catalogue like the funk-fuelled ‘Oh Midnight’ and soul-soaked Sub-Urban cut ‘He’s Gonna Make It Alright’, this House Masters compilation represents the depth and breadth of Mike’s colossal catalogue. Whether you’re a dedicated follower of his thirty-year career or dipping your toes into his discography for the first time, this curated selection of his finest moments is the definitive collection.
- A1. Testify (Mousse T.'s Funky Shizzle Extended Remix)
- A2. Testify (KDA Extended Remix)
- AA1. Testify (Danny Krivit Edit)
- AA2. Testify (Alan Dixon Extended Remix)
In times of trouble and uncertainty music can provide great relief for the soul, and DAVIE’s triumphant Defected debut ‘Testify’ does exactly that. A joyous introduction to the Brooklyn artist, this 12’’ remix package demonstrates an ability to strike the balance between classic and contemporary sounds seamlessly. Now, the record DAVIE himself describes as, “a dance song, not a gospel song,” gets four brand new remixes. Up first on the A side, Peppermint Jam boss Mousse T. plays to the gospel elements of the original, with deep, powerful chords and rhythmic claps, bringing a snapping groove to the cut. Next, London talent KDA goes for a clubbier sound, looping the vocal and raising the BPM. On the flip, undisputed master of the disco edit Danny Krivit delivers his sublime club-friendly version, extending the original Danny maintains the feel, with subtle adjustments that give it a more refined sound. Finally, Alan Dixon’s funk-fuelled remix follows, with melodic keys and irresistible horns.
- A1. Joseph Edmund - It's On
- A2. Alvaro AM - Activate
- B1. Kabbina - Amnesia
- B2. Campbell Fryer - Moody
With music from a mix of talented producers, ISSUES is about to release their first ever VA vinyl only limited edition compilation. Each quarter there will be a VA which will contain the best selling tracks of each release and it will also be a way to showcase the sound of the label and promote the artists.
On the A side artists there is Joseph Edmund “It’s ON” track which has Josephs trademark sound with trippy breakdowns, strong buildups and heavy basslines and also Spanish producer Alvaro Am “Activate” reflecting his new renovate sound, offering an infectious vocal hook and a heavy bassline.
Side B includes Kabbina’s “Amnesia” which effectively reflects the trio’s unique style. Using an unmistakable synth shot, prolific vocal and a wobbly bass line that complete the dynamic track and Campbell Fryer’s “Moody” which is a unique groovy tech house track that has appeared in many sets including Michael Bibi, Detlef, Steve Lawler to name a few.
Limited copies, no repress
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 HouseSoulful House
- A1. Woman (Louie Vega Main Mix)
- A2. Woman (Quintero Beats)
- B1. Woman (Louie Vega Bass Organ Dub)
- B2. Woman (Louie Vega Latin Soul Mix)
- C1. Woman (David Morales Remix)
- C2. Woman (David Morales Dub)
- D1. Woman (Frankie C Brazilian Main Mix)
- D2. Woman (Frankie C Main Mix)
Louie Vega goes back to his freestyle music roots and collaborates with one of the top artists in the game George LaMond. Born in Georgetown, Washington D.C. LaMond has released over seven albums and has had many top club and radio hits throughout his career. He’s had a number one salsa smash with “Que Te Vas” which spawned an RIAA-certified gold album. It was in no time that Vega reached out to LaMond with an idea of going back to his freestyle roots and recording 5 artists from that genre of music.
“George LaMond first up”, Vega says, “we wanted to redo a jam that was also played in the freestyle club world and is a vintage classic, the Spanish band Barrabas hit “Woman” was the perfect one to remake. Long Island dj/producer Frankie C was also working on a “Woman” remake and brought it to me for Vega Records. I thought George LaMond had the perfect voice for it, and when it came time for the session he knew exactly how to execute the song, I then brought in my Elements Of Life band on the rhythm section we were able to create a four floor percussive groove and a salsa version as well. The signature Barrabas electric guitar riffs courtesy of Mike Ciro, Gene Perez on bass, Axel Tosca on keyboards, and Luisito Quintero on percussion was a perfect fit!”.
The release offers sizzling remixes by house music pioneer David Morales, taking the track straight to peak time on the dance floor with a main and dub version. Frankie C Long Island Native, produces full on House and Brazilian versions, he knew exactly what needed to be done. There are over 8 versions to choose from and the vinyl package will be stunning. Available at all digital & streaming outlets, and soon on vinyl at a store near you!
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. X-Point
- A2. Rigged
- B1. Aunty Vi. featuring Alfie Lee
- B2. Natural featuring Shyam P
- C1. Huggable Enigma
- C2. Other Side featuring Shyam P
- D1. Mcfly
A producer for 20 years and with 11 EPs on FUSE London to his name, vital collective member Rich NxT presents ‘Know the Score’, his debut album.
The 10-track work takes inspiration from every major period of the artist’s life, from his days listening to pirate radio absorbing the sounds of jungle and hardcore, to his ongoing involvement in bands as a drummer going back to his teenage years inspired by his Trinidadian father, a member of the Windrush generation, who played in Calypso bands. Rich’s all-important (and eternal!) status as a diehard raver also played an essential shaping role, led by his experiences in East London’s vibrant party scene in the mid-noughties, before his pivotal time as a FUSE resident begun in 2008 at 93 Feet East. But most crucially this is the producer looking forward, extending himself in the studio and developing his sound into new and exciting forms.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Blowback
- A2. By Night
- B1. Changes
- B2. Copacetic
LOCUS welcome rising UK talent Ray Mono as he debuts on the label with his four-track ‘Blowback’ EP.
A blossoming talent within the minimal house and deep tech sphere, Ray Mono is a producer and DJ with a serious amount of momentum behind him as we enter into the closing months of 2020. A favourite within Leeds’ underground house scene, the bubbling talent has emerged as a name of note within recent years releasing material via the likes of PIV Limited, META, Pleasure Zone and Do Not Sleep across the past 12 months alone whilst being tipped by Mixmag and Beatport amongst others. Next up, late October welcomes a new label to his growing catalogue as he makes his debut appearance on Enzo Siragusa and FUSE’s latest label project, LOCUS - delivering four dynamic cuts as he unveils his ‘Blowback’ EP.
Title track ‘Blowback’ showcases a deep and immersive journey as deep, rolling grooves effortlessly meet snaking acid lines, hazy synths and skipping hats, whilst ‘By Night’ welcomes driving basslines, punchy kicks and sweeping atmospherics. On the flip, the warping sonics and swinging drums of ‘Changes’ introduce a thick slice of energy to proceedings, before closing the show via the squelching sub-bass patterns, wandering electronics and laser-sharp drum licks of final cut ‘Copacetic’.
- A. Skate Dancer
- B. Skate Dancer (Patrick Topping Remix)
Continuing an already bustling 2020, that has seen him release on Relief Records and Glasgow Underground, Italian-talent Adapter makes an exciting debut on Hot Creations this November with Skate Dancer. The two-track EP includes a special remix from contemporary house heavyweight, Patrick Topping.
We’re graced with that feel-good eighties touch from the offset, as groovy female vocals shimmer amidst a pumping, 4x4 bassline on Skate Dancer. Sampling Doug Willis’ seminal 2000 track of the same name, the disco-inspired cut strikes the perfect balance between age-old funk rhythm and modern house swing, before Patrick Topping’s remix takes on a darker, techno-leaning tone with hard-hitting kick-hat combos and punchy, no-nonsense percussion.
Naples-based Adapter has experienced a meteoric rise in a career that has spanned multiple years. Releases on some of the genre’s most well-loved labels, including Riva Starr’s Snatch! Records and Green Velvet’s Relief have cemented his status as one of the scene’s true heavy hitters. Label-head of Trick and a mainstay in modern electronic music, Patrick Topping’s accolades speak for themselves. A Mixmag cover star, DJ mag ‘Best of British’ Award Winner as well as three-time DJ Award winner, the well-established Geordie’s latest venture is the label and party series, Trick. With sold-out showcases across the UK last year, alongside releases from the likes of Skream and Alex Virgo, there seems to be no end in sight for the Newcastle-born talent.
- A1. Pump
- A2. I Want
- B1. Ride On The Ride
- B2. Understand
Over the course of three EPs this year alone, Stones Taro has affirmed his skills as a producer with a rare talent for taking old school breakbeats and UK garage into fresh territory. Now the Kyoto-based artist raises his game with his new EP ‘Pump’, which will be released on October 23rd by Highball Records (HB003), the London-based label that exports forward-thinking music from Japan.
If you were enamoured by the playful rush of energy that Stones Taro captured earlier this year on ‘To Rave’, ‘Pump’ takes it to the next level. The title track quickly sets the agenda for what’s to follow: a maddeningly addictive loop, a flurry of breaks that emerge at an anarchic pace and a stuttering vocal sample that takes you back to early ‘90s house. Somehow Stones Taro has glanced back at the sounds that have preceded him and pushed them forwards.
The second track ‘I Want’ is more direct, again echoing ‘90s house but this time from the NYC scene. But still Stones Taro hasn’t peaked, with the manic beats of ‘Ride On The Ride’ recalling the intensity of Metalheadz’ ‘Platinum Breakz’ compilation. The closing ‘Understand’ changes the mood with fevered breaks contrasting a more melancholy ambience.
Stones Taro began his career in 2014 and debuted for Scuffed Recordings (ran by High Class Filter and Ian DPM) in 2017 with the acid house meets 2-step EP ‘Spiral Staircase’. Subsequent releases have largely been split between Scuffed and his own label, NC4K. His tracks have been included in mixes by the likes of Yaeji, DEBONAIR, Qrion and Pinz & Pelz, while media support has included Clash, Hyponik, Inverted Audio and The Ransom Note.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Portable
- A2. 90Stig
- B1. Duality
- B2. Dueton
Traumer makes his long-awaited return to Infuse as he delivers his four-track ‘Portable’ EP.
One of the scenes most distinguished talents, known equally for his quintessential studio productions and he is his expertly crafted, hypnotic DJ sets, Paris-born talent Romain Reynaud, aka Traumer, stands today as one of the most in-demand talents within house, minimal and beyond. Releasing signature productions via the likes of Berg Audio, All In and his own Gettrau imprint, whilst gracing the booths of the world’s most prestigious institutions including fabric, DC-10, Club der Visionare / Hoppetosse, and his home venue of Rex Club, he now makes his highly anticipated return to FUSE sister imprint Infuse following on from his 2018 collaboration alongside fellow countryman and house legend Point G – delivering his expertly crafted four-track 'Portable’ EP this November.
Title cut ‘Portable’ opens proceedings as the Parisian favourite weaves together a slick web of fizzing synths, skittish drums and lo-fi synth melodies, before diving deep into the trademark rolling, laser sharp organic drums and slinking basslines found throughout ’90Stig’. ‘Duality’ opens the B-Side in emphatic fashion, raising the tempo and introducing a powerful combination of scintillating electronics atop of punchy kicks and resonant synth stabs, before closing things out via the sensual melodies, dubby pads and early morning grooves of the classy ‘Dueton’.
- A AntiGravity Love (Masters At Work Remix)
- B AntiGravity Love (Masters At Work Instrumental Dub)
- C AntiGravity Love (KenLou Dubb)
- D AntiGravily Love (KenLou Dubb Instrumental)
On November 20th OG NY dons Masters At Work (AKA KenLou) deliver a set of peerless, platinum grade reworks of ‘Antigravity Love’ by Bristol innovator Krust, released via Crosstown Rebels.
Hugely important in their respective fields, this meeting of veteran titans is the latest chapter in an exchange that reaches back to 1997, when Krust sampled MAW alias Nuyorican Soul’s ‘Nautilus (Mawtilus)’/‘Mind Fluid’ on his game-changing single 'Soul In Motion’. This was followed in 1998 by Nuyorican Soul’s remix of 'Watching Windows' by Reprazent, of which Krust was a key member. Both Krust and Masters At Work were also labelmates on Gilles Peterson's Talkin Loud label.
Across four versions the duo known individually as Kenny” Dope” Gonzalez and Little Louie Vega deliver pure audiophile euphony, with a sonic depth and quality only achieved by years in the game. Somewhere between broken beat, real house, cosmic acid and future jazz funk, rich drums swing in classic NY fashion, weighty bass throbs and elegant musicality flows on these full-blooded productions, which ooze the inimitable substance of analogue.
Krust is the latest in an A-list roll call of artists to receive the MAW/KenLou magic, which includes Manu Dibango, Donna Summer, Bjork, Nina Simone, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Dua Lipa, Stevie Wonder, Kings Of Tomorrow, Neneh Cherry, Michael Jackson, Tito Puente, Cajmere, The Neville Brothers, Ten City, Soul 2 Soul, Ray Charles, Baba Maal, Saint-Etienne, Alison Limerick, Tito Puente, Everything But The Girl, Mr Fingers and Dee Lite.
With its frantic spoken word energy, ‘Antigravity Love’ shares lineage with Krust’s 1999 album title track ‘Coded Language’, featuring Saul Williams. The original version of 'Antigravity Love' is a collaboration with director Michael Williams, who wrote the monologue to which Krust composed around. Part Afro Futurist love poem, part current affairs tirade and part ‘12 Monkeys’ style mad rambling, it captures the confused frustration of someone untethered and lost, searching to find their way.
- A1. Oh Shit
- A2. Mugman
- A3. Come Baby Cum
- B1. THX Hood
- B2. OG Xavier
Spin and sin!
Steel City Dance Discs Volume 19 gets you 28+ minutes with the recordings of Lyon’s master of erotic electronixxx, LB aka LABAT.
Forget foreplay – for those that haven’t heard of LB, this ve-play EP is the perfect place to start experimenting. Rude rhythms, spanking percussion, bang-for-your-buck bass and dirty talk vox; feel the wrath of LABAT’s French nesse in this kinetic MPC-driven House offering that explores the deep ‘n dark corners of the sound through late night and red light motifs.
303? 808? 909? It’ll have you screaming “Oh” whichever you pine. Hot hardware action is just a play away! Plug in and dial it now: SCDD019.
- 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. Through A Looking Glass Darkly
- A2. Fear Not
- B1. Black Mirror
- B2. Falling Apart
- C1. Run Bobby, Run
- C2. A System Of Mirrors
- C3. A Shattered Image
- D1. Face In The Water
- D2. Freeze
- D3. Prism
Detroit pioneer Robert Hood joins Radio Slave’s Rekids label with a new album entitled ‘Mirror Man’ this November.
A founding member of Underground Resistance alongside Mad Mike Banks and Jeff Mills, Robert Hood is one of techno’s originators and his decorated career spans three decades. The American artist and his M-Plant label laid down the blueprint for minimal techno and 1994’s ‘Minimal Nation’ on Axis was a definitive album that further cemented Hood’s reputation as one of the greats to emerge from the Motor City.
Since then, Hood has gone on to release on many of electronic music’s best labels like Tresor, Peacefrog, Music Man Records, Dekmantel and more. After a busy few years making music and touring as Floorplan alongside his daughter Lyric, Hood now joins Rekids with an album showcasing his innate knack for crafting paired back but intricate rhythms that deliver punch and soul.
Opening with the cinematic ‘Through A Looking Glass Darkly’, the album quickly flows into precise, powerful four four. There’s mesmerising cuts such as ‘Fear Not’ with its throbbing bass and spectral vocals, the twisted and off-key ‘Run Bobby, Run’, not to mention muscular tracks designed to light up dancefloors like the machine driven ‘A System of Mirrors’ or the mesmerising ‘Face In The Water’. Hood also breaks things up with downtempo and mind-bending interludes, including the tranquil yet spooky ‘Black Mirror’ and the beatless and murky ‘Freeze’. Each of these are aural feasts that demonstrate his vast musical pallet.
From start to finish ‘Mirror Man’ is an education in finesse from one of techno’s most heroic artists, landing on one of electronic music’s most important labels.
- A. Belle Ame
- B. Let The Sun In
Lush modern Techno from Dave Angel
- A1. Nothing Stops Detroit
- A2. 7 Mile Dog
- B1. Ignite A War
- B2. The Cure
Techno pioneer Robert Hood debuts on Rekids with a blistering release entitled ‘Nothing Stops Detroit’ ahead of an album this winter.
Over the last three decades the Underground Resistance alum has continually been at the forefront of the techno genre whilst releasing on many of electronic music’s finest labels to boot. In recent years his solo outings have appeared on a select few labels such as Dekmantel, Music Man Records, not to mention his very own M-Plant. Having made appearances on Rekids in the past remixing label boss Radio Slave - both as Robert Hood (‘Don’t Stop No Sleep’) and Floorplan (‘Feel The Same’) - the Detroit originator now drops a four track release in his official debut on the label.
With its machine aesthetic, ‘Nothing Stops Detroit’ is unmistakably Hood from start to finish. Precision kick drums propel the title track forward as stuttering effects and deep stabs work alongside a march band rhythm. ‘7 Mile Dog’ is next with its grainy synths and scintillating pads, making way for the meandering bassline, rattling atmospherics and trippy, oscillating top line of ‘Ignite A War’. Finally, ‘The Cure’ is a cacophony of twisted percussion and rumbling low-end that energetically concludes matters.
Hardcore / Breakbeat / Jungle
- A1. Magic Piano
- A2. Out Of Ear
- B1. Perfect Hibernation
- B2. Just For Me
Classic and sought after quick fire Hardcore Jungle Techno 4 tracker, remastered and pressed to both Ltd Edition Colour and Black vinyl by The Music Preservation Society
- A1. Good Good Sensi
- A2. Lifetime Mission
- B1. Mighty Jungle
- B2. Positive Destiny
Remastered golden era Jungle Techno EP from Ruff Guidance Records
GenresDrum & BassJungleTrack Listing TBC
Original DAT remastered and cut to lacquer for the first time ever (the original issue was mastered using DMM).
A Let Me Go
AA Unfolding Perspective
Listen here :
A = https://youtu.be/IEPaO-BV5Gw
- A. Too Much (Ray Keith Remix)
- B. Too Much (Acid Aston Remix)
Remixes of Too Much by Aston and Ray Keith remastered.
- A1. Feel The Beat
- A2. Break The Sound Barrier
- B1. The Running Status
- B2. Buzz Of Music
Very early Rave Techno / Hardcore music from Ron Wells. All four tracks are corkers,
Carefully restored by The Music Preservation Society and Remastered from Mint vinyl as the masters are lost. The end result sounds better than the original pressing
Muting The Noise (UK & USA only)
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Lupa Clup
- A2. Esser Conscient
- B1. Carta Oberta
- B2. Mentres Tant
TAU is pleased to announce the return of Spanish prodigy Upercent to the label for his second EP release. The Valencia-based producer goes against the grain when it comes to creating electronic music, operating in his own zone and establishing a unique sonic fingerprint. His sound is instantly identifiable and has landed him releases with labels like Kompakt, microCastle, or Watergate. Now he’s back with the TAU family to deliver a selection of avant-garde freshness…
The EP begins with ‘Lupa Clup’, a menacing cut with a rolling rhythm at its core. Upercent gently teases in an eccentric melody that adds a lighter tone to the track and, before we know it, a fevered breakdown arrives to guide us into the booming second half.
‘Esser Conscient’ follows on with more pounding drums setting an ominous mood. A bright pad sweeps in adding an air of mystery, while Upercent gets busy with the percussion, as per usual. In the top layer a variety of keys and wind instruments stir up an emotionally-charged atmosphere before we enter the latter part of this cut, which is full of pulsating energy.
Then we have ‘Carta Oberta’ - an oscillating, rhythmic workout that will ensnare your mind within minutes. This one is pretty minimal, with considered arrangement and the kind of original percussion that Upercent has become renowned for. The track oozes character and takes you on a real journey. Inspired!
Next up is ‘Mentres Tant’ with its groaning bassline and whimsical effects. Once the beat kicks in you’ll be bopping your head uncontrollably. Again, there is just so much inventive flavour in this cut, such an original take on electronic music; there are piano keys, strange twisted vocal clips and an almighty breakdown.
- A1. Discontrol
- A2. Bonaire
- B1. Sowell
- B2. Moqueta
Buenos Aires’ Santiago Garcia joins Upercent in his native Valencia, candidly integrating their own unique approaches to music and harmonizing artistries to render an unpretentious glimpse into the process of building a home, both literally and figuratively. Unveiling the birth of their new label, Interpret, the talented DJ/Producers draw on their personal and artistic connection, versatility on and off decks and penchant for metaphors to foster a safe space for interpretation and canvas for symphonic expression. INT01 is storytelling in its fine, sincere and genuine form, segmented into four distinctive and equally compelling tracks that naturally occurred upon graciously pushing sounds and nurturing instincts.
Carrer Bonaire EP is a mosaic of sounds traversing an infinite spectrum of emotions, handwoven by Interpret masterminds, Upercent and Santiago Garcia, with meticulous detail and quintessence through to the EP’s finish. But not to fret, Interpret is not only off to a good start, the label is here to stay, til imaginations run dry.
Artwork: Jean-Luc Almond
- A The Long First Friday
- B Hardly Breathe
From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London, Croydon and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....
Here we are again, in the company of the beautiful Deanne Day - D and A = David and Andrew. Was one of several production pseudonyms used by David Harrow and Andrew Weatherall. This all happened in the mid 1990's here in London, and now, in 2019, the spotlight has swung back around on these beautiful nuggets of soul mined from the street corners of an East London long gone. Shifting, trippy, vocal driven and dubby minimal house jams are what's on offer here sir, sound good? You're in great company with this lot. Proper pre-millennium jams on this 12", contemporary classics. These tracks sound like they've just been beamed down earlier this week and will still do ultimate damage inna dance, guaranteed.
This, the second of 2 Deanne Day reissues, has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Emissions Audio Output and all license holders for 2019 and remastered by Bristol's Optimum Mastering from the original DAT tapes especially for Mint Condition, courtesy of Lord Sabre & co.100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
- A1 I Get Deep (Shelter Remix)
- A2 I Get Deep (Shelter Dub)
- B1 I Get Deep
- B2 I Get Deep (Accapella)
Absolutely huge record from the Shelter vaults! Roland Clark killing it on this underground House anthem from the turn of the millenium. "I Get Deep (Shelter Mix)" is pure peak time joy, based around a rough looping sample lifted from Blue Magic's seminal Philly anthem "Welcome To The Club" from 1976 and with Clark's vocals telling us how he gets down in the club over some heavyweight drums. Simple, yet devastatingly effective. This 12" also features the dub mixes, original mix and the always indispensable acapella version for those who wish to create their own version!
"I Get Deep" is a modern House classic and a tough one to track down with prices fluctuating on Discogs and other on-line market places. Now this contemporary classic has been made available again, fully re-mastered, re-pressed and re-issued in conjunction with Shelter Records, New York City.
- A1. Classic Case
- B1. Touch My Soul
Two belting house cuts here on this limited edition, vinyl only, hand stamped white label disc from LoveHrtz.
‘Classic Case’ has already been receiving Radio 1 airplay in the UK, and both tracks have been doing the rounds the Ibiza this summer; no surprises really, as the two cuts are solid, feel good, disco injected house tracks that ooze pure boogie power!
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A. Music Makes Me High
- B. Sweet Style
LoveHrtz return this Valentines Day with another two track, vinyl only single, and the vibes are set to maximum on this one. The previous release in the LoveHrtz series sold clean out, and is swapping hands on Discogs for silly amounts (not our doing!), so diggers are advised to get on this one without delay.
LoveHrtz chop out another brace of feel good, disco bangers, with ‘Music Makes Me High’ and ‘Sweet Style’ already picking up BBC Radio 1 airplay from Annie Mac and Danny Howard, and a handful of DJs such as Jamie Jones, Butch, Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler giving these cuts some serious road testing in the clubs.
GenresBreakbeatDrum & BassJungle
- A1. Pressure
- A2. God
- A3. Animen
- A4. DBC 1
- B1. Bass Kick
- B2. Ready
- B3. Sirius
- C1. Big L
- C2. Better Breaks
- C3. New Bust
- D1. Ready Again
- D2. Strange
- D3. Bad Boy Acid
- D4. Lower
You know we are in for a treat when Luke Vibert, exponent of electronic beats and breaks since the dawn of rave, delivers not one, not two, but three new album projects, each with a specific musical theme and thread. A set of three long players, collect them all like bubble gum stickers and annoy your neighbours by playing at high volume!
Vibert’s previous album projects for Hypercolour, both as Kerrier District, and under his own name, have always excelled, not to mention his groundbreaking and brain scrambling long players for Warp, Rephlex, Rising High Records, Planet Mu and Ninja Tune.
Vibert revives his Amen Andrews moniker after over a decade lying dormant. Squarely aiming the sound at the ‘Amen break’, ‘Luke Vibert presents Amen Andrews’ brings together 14 slabs of raucous breakbeat bangers, riddled with cool as fuck samples and bass bin shattering sub!
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Pierre Codarin - Millenial
- A2. T. Jacques - Terry’s Jambon
- B1. Jack Michael - Zero
- B2. Phil Evans - Tilted
Spaghetti Club launches with four tracks from Pierre Codarin, T. Jacques, Jack Michael, and Phil
Opening up the release, British producer Pierre Codarin’s ‘Millenial’ is a stuttering cut with a bouncy
bassline, metallic hats and crystalline synths that continually evolve throughout. Following a recent
appearance on Tessellate, T. Jacques is next with ‘Terry’s Jambon’ which drives forward with its
mesmerising rhythm built on 909 kicks and intricate percussion as lively 303 squelches join cascading
On the flip, Orbital London boss Jack Michael takes things into trippier territories with soaring pads,
syncopated drums and otherworldly atmospherics in ‘Zero’. Tying it all together, Pager Records
co-owner Phil Evans dons his Electro hat for an ominous and scintillating number entitled ‘Tilted’.