TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
Disco / Nu-Disco
- A1 Taana Gardner - Heartbeat (Club Version)
- B1 Ednah Holt - Serious, Sirius, Space Party (Club Version)
- B2 Taana Gardner - No Frills - Club Version
- C1 Peech Boys - Don’t Make Me Wait - Original Mix
- D1 Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face - Female Vocal
- D2 Sparque - Lets Go Dancin - Club Version
- E1 Taana Gardner - Work That Body - Club Version
- E2 Billy Nichols - Give Your Body Up To The Music - Club Version
- F Taana Gardner - When You Touch Me - Vocal
Available on limited edition triple vinyl (via DJ specialty shops) this is a compilation of nine tracks remixed (between 1979 and 1982) by Larry Levan, the DJ behind New York's famously influential nightclub, The Paradise Garage. Levan is a producer and remixer who, though he died in 1992, continues to be cited as one of the industry's greatest and most revered. Each of the nine individual full-length tracks was DIGITALLY REMASTERED specifically for this project. The sound quality is brilliant! The compilation comes complete with comprehensive liner notes giving the label's history, its relationship with Levan and anecdotes about each of the nine remixes and how each came about.
Originally released in 1999 this release has been fully re created for 2016. Released in conjunction with West End.
- A Is It All Over My Face - Female Version
- B Is It All Over My Face - Male Version
Timely re issue of an Arthur Russell classic on West End Records that puts his unique avant-garde spin on disco. The success of this track led to Larry Levan remixing the song for club play at Paradise Garage. The song has been remastered from original analog tape for 2014 and repressed in conjunction with the rights holders, BMG.
- A1 Tell You Today - Original 12" Vocal
- A2 Tell You Today - Original New Shoes Edit
- B Tell You Today - Original 12" Instrumental
Following the groups major hit "Is It All Over My Face," Arthur Russell continued to release dance singles such as this disco classic "Tell You (Today)," an upbeat dance groove and Loose Joints holdover featuring the vocals of Joyce Bowden.
The song has been remastered from original analog tape for 2014 and repressed in conjunction with the rights holders, BMG.
- A1. Melvo Baptiste featuring Phebe Edwards - Bad Company (Extended Mix)
- A2. Sidwho? - Shake (Your Body) (Yuksek Extended Remix)
- AA1. Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge - Jump Into The Light (Aeroplane Extended Remix)
- AA2. Sticks & Stonez & Liv East - You're My (12” Edit)
Returning for Volume 3 of the sought-after series, Glitterbox Jams is back with another red-hot delivery of dancefloor gems, ready to become a record box essential for all discerning disco DJs. Delivering a selection of the imprint’s finest cuts, most of which have not been available previously on vinyl, the release opens with Glitterbox resident Melvo Baptiste’s debut on the label ‘Bad Company’. Featuring London vocalist Phebe Edwards, Melvo draws inspiration from golden-era disco with funk-fuelled guitar riffs, an irresistible bassline and percussive interludes. Yuksek’s remix of the Glitterbox debut from enigmatic Australian producer Sidwho? follows, a retro disco jam with a slick, modern twist. On the flip, pioneering Belgian producer Aeroplane’s remix of ‘Jump Into The Light’ by Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge opens the AA Side, displaying his signature nu-disco sound at its finest, with a bumpy, grooving bassline and playful synths giving the Glitterbox anthem a clubbier feel. Finally, a brand new 12” mix of Sticks & Stonez and Liv East’s ‘You’re My’ closes out the package, a blissed-out record that transports you to hazy summer days.
- A1. Love Saves The Day (Danny Krivit Extended Edit)
- A2. Love Saves The Day (Percussion Jam)
- AA1. Love Saves The Day (Rahaan Extended Remix)
- AA2. Love Saves The Day (Extended Mix)
Casbah 73 makes his Glitterbox Recordings debut with an insatiably funky slice of disco soul ‘Love Saves The Day’. Driven by a soul-filled vocal hook from Angela Goode, this timeless jam’s authenticity lies in its rawness, sounding like it’s been ripped straight from a 1970s dancefloor while maintaining a freshness for today’s listeners. This special 12” delivery includes two stellar re-works, opening with master of the disco edit Danny Krivit’s funk-fuelled mix that smacks with New York City flare, bubbling keys and slap bass breakdowns to boot. The snapping Percussion Jam closes out the A-Side, before Chicago’s Rahaan takes control on the flip, taking the vintage sounding original and transforming it into a pumping, modern disco cut. Finally Casbah 73’s original rounds off the 12”, completing this package that is a must have for any discerning disco DJ.
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1. A Rising Sign
- A2. Le Lagon Noir
- B1. Keep my Light
- B2. Love Is On The One (No Rues, It's True)
Continuing the vibe set in motion by number 003, and in a timely shift away from the elevated tempos of the club, Startree slows it down just a bit more for its fourth go-round, raising its sonic ceiling and lowering its floor. The sensuous, broad-minded sound on offer here is the brainchild of one Mr. Eugene Tambourine, a name one can expect to be hearing a lot more from in coming months, given his distinct, energetic-yet-calming amalgam of musical delicacies, perfect for these shifting times.
“A Rising Sign“ somehow recalls salsa without using any drums, as it does house music without employing a kick. Don’t ask how, just let it groove and try to figure out why your ass wants to move despite the absence of almost all of the hallmarks of today’s “dance music”. All except for the outsize bassline which holds it all down firmly to the floor while playful electric piano chords punctuate and add blocks of color to a an idyllic soundscape animated by cascading chimes, glockenspiel, bell, synth and zither. This is a warm, sonic bath you’ll no doubt wish lasted longer.
“Le Lagon Noir” began for Eugene as an instrumental rendition of Laurie Anderson’s “Blue Lagoon” but is, here, reincarnated in the form of a louche, mystical, serpentine groove which wouldn’t sound out of place at an aquatic rollerdisco. Its lyrics have been revived, translated into French and voiced by the inimitable Camille Vourzay in her smoldering, dusky spoken tones. Bright and mysterious synth textures wash the rich, mid-tempo jam in a lunar haze while pattering percussion adds earth to compliment the water.
“Keep my Light” beautifully reframes a lyrical reference to the pop-gospel standard “I’ll Keep my Light in my Window” within a deceptively empty-yet-full bed of softly-rendered drum machine programming and shimmering metallic textures. Its wistful synth work hits that ever-elusive, melancholic magic spot between loneliness and abundant love.
Eugene's composition "Love Is On The One (No Rues It's True)" concludes the record, bringing the sentiment back home to where the heart is. Yevhen Bubon's vocals lead this softly jubilant celebration of a bond between souls. Using a palette which suggests both Logg and Larry Heard and lyrics which may provoke a tear, this is space-y, groove-laden music for both earthly and cosmic lovers alike.
Startree is delighted to present Eugene’s unique sound to the world as a continuing statement of its musical intentions and its simple desire to inspire and have a good time.
GenresDiscoFunkNew YorkNu Disco
- A1 This Beat Is Mine - Kon's Groove
- A2 This Beat Is Mine - Kon's Groove - Caserta Can Have It Dub
- B1 This Beat is Mine - Original 12" Mix
- B2 This Beat Is Mine - Original 12" Instrumental
- B3 This Beat Is Mine - Acapella
Another slamming post-Disco number from the early 80's lifted from the legendary SAM Records vaults. "This Beat Is Mine" has always been a "big" one, a Boogie classic (featured in Sean P's indispensable "Boogie Essentials list) and a sure fire party starter on any self respecting dance-floor! Produced by Gary R. Turnier (Of Gary's Gang fame) and Andre Booth (Of Northend, B.B.C.S. & A fame) the FUNK is definitely a factor on this cut! As if the original 1981 cut wasn't dope enough, Boston mixtape, digging and edits king Kon (of Kon & Amir, On track) got his hands on the reels and turned in a storming, respectful reworking for all you DJ's out there who want that extra "bomb" factor in the booth! As usual with Kon's edits this one packs a serious punch and this limited 12" repress is a bonafide essential to have in your bag! Don't snooze on this classic, Now made available again, legitimately licensed, remastered and reissued in conjunction with SAM Records New York City.
- A. Gold Teeth
- B1. Heat Wave
- B2. Hyperfocus
Following the release of the single of the same name, Dutch duo Tunnelvisions return to Disco Halal with new EP ‘Gold Teeth’, out on Friday 27th November.
A three-track release, ‘Gold Teeth’ opens with an extended version of the title track, an infectiously feelgood house number, characterised by driving synths, busy percussion and catchy vocals. Next up, ‘Hyperfocus’ is a slow-burning progressive house cut that unfurls steadily across its six minutes. Closing things out, ‘Heat Wave’ harnesses an old school house vibe, characterised by deep bass and fluttering percussive elements.
Speaking about the EP, Tunnelvisions says: “We’re proud to present you our next EP called ‘Gold Teeth’. Three tracks combining our percussional and synthpop influences into something we’re very excited about.”
With an unmistakable ear for imaginative, melodic themes and entrancing rhythms, Tunnelvisions hit the sweet spot by seamlessly fusing worldly influences with analog synthesisers.
A diverse collection of tracks, ‘Gold Teeth’ sees Tunnelvisions skilfully explore various shades and tones on the house music spectrum.
House / Tech-House
GenresAmbientBreakbeatDeep HouseTech House
- A1. space horse
- A2. wo ist meine bier?
- B1. naked groove
- B2. splendid idea
- C1. fusion
- C2. v.23
- D1. bitch
- D2. ready to know
Born out of a love for extended live performance and late night studio jams, Adam Collins' and Marky Star's much revered Omni A.M. collaboration released their debut LP 'Key' 23 years ago, also launching their label Euphoria Records. A very limited amount of CDs were pressed and sold exclusively at Euphoria events throughout Chicago at the time, and with Omni A.M. and Euphoria's stock rising over the following decades, this timeless classic has become a Holy Grail amongst music heads and collectors alike, as the eye watering discogs prices will attest.
Although heavily influenced by the Chicago house scene and it's luminaries Derrick Carter, Gemini, DJ Heather and Tyree Cooper, the pair embarked on a remarkable mission to record an album that owes much to their love of The Orb and KLF, the experimentalism of Psychic TV and Cabaret Voltaire, industrial favourites Skinny Puppy and the mind bending dub of Lee Scratch Perry, through to San Fran's West Coast house scene and the Tech-House sounds emanating from South London in the late '90s.
LP opener 'space horse' rolls out the breaks before swathes of synths and sonic trickery abound, 'wo ist meine bier?' is characterised by haunting IDM-esque melodies, underpinned by the chug of a 4/4 beat. Over onto the flip where Villalobos favourite 'naked groove' unleashes an infectious rhythm, bass riff, synths and vocal, before 'splendid idea' moves into a more tripped out acidic territory, keeping the musical elements and energy to the fore. On disc 2, the aptly titled 'fusion' turns up the breakbeat heat, adds a hypnotic dub-funk b-line, building into an inspirational lead line. 'v.23's other-worldly throb neatly segues into the moody burning breaks of 'bitch', and closing track 'ready to know' is playful and confident in it's execution, without ever losing any depth or substance.
What comes across is an unwavering dedication to creativity and pushing the boundaries of what's sonically possible, whilst defying the genres through a unique and essential collection of musical moments and psychedelic jams underpinned by beats that deliver the funk. These tracks have stood the test of time and have remained exciting and relevant throughout, this is the first time they have ever been released on vinyl.
This double LP features exclusive edits and never heard before versions, lovingly remastered by Lawrie Curve Pusher from the original DATs and artwork recreated from, and inspired by the original release.
- A1. Hum
- A2. Richard's Dream
- A3. Y-Shape
- B1. Dozen Claves
- B2. Bulb
Five Metallic tracks from Poland’s Aheloy!
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 Let The Music (Use You) Club Mix
- B Let The Music (Use You) Dub Mix
Mint Condition - A brand new record label focussed on excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics and overlooked gems mined from the last 20+ of contemporary dance music are the order of the day. From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....
Another dyed-in-the-wool house classic here, from all the way back in the golden mists of 1987 on the tiny, cult Danica label. Don't forget, Mint Condition's mission is to bring you the classics too, a nice, new copy to play out in the club so you can keep your original nice and fresh! We care about these things. That's why we're happy to present this monumental slab of Chicago house history from one of the absolute gods of this culture - Mr. Frankie Knuckles - this time operating under his Night Writers alias. We're not sure too much needs to be said about this one, it's all here really, that classic Knuckles deep touch, the musicality, the vibe... Ricky Dillard's vocals encapsulating that feeling when the music takes over, pure abandon. The pairing of these two talents results in what would eventually become a bona-fide house CLASSIC. No arguments. If you're not familiar you're in for a treat, if you already know then you're nodding your head and agreeing with everything you've just read. Simple really - YOU NEED THIS ONE!
'Let The Music Use You' has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of all license holders for 2017 and remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original sources especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your new favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
- A1. Fela Kuti - International Thief Thief (I.T.T.) (Armonica & MoBlack Extended Mix)
- A2. Fela Kuti - International Thief Thief (I.T.T.) (Armonica & MoBlack Extended Dub)
- AA1. MoBlack, Emmanuel Jal & Henrik Schwarz - Chagu (Henrik Schwarz Extended Version)
- AA2. MoBlack, Emmanuel Jal & Henrik Schwarz - Chagu (MoBlack Extended Version)
“Music is a weapon of the future.”
“Music is the weapon of the progressives.”
“Music is the weapon of the givers of life.”
These are the words of legendary Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, words that remain as true as ever over two decades since his untimely death. A pioneer of the Nigerian revolution, his fight against police oppression remains an ongoing conversation in the country. Now, Defected pays tribute to the vital work of Fela with a special 12” release, as Armonica and MoBlack revisit Fela Kuti’s ‘International Thief Thief (I T. T.)’ as the fight against systemic corruption continues to be a pressing issue in Nigeria. The A-Side features Armonica & MoBlack’s flawlessly executed and ever respectful remix of the record where Fela called out and directly attacked former Nigerian president General Obasanjo and Moshood Abjola, the CEO of Nigeria’s biggest national telecommunications conglomerate I.T.T and Decca Records. Their homage to Fela brings a powerful and culturally relevant piece of music to the forefront of dance culture in 2020.
On the reverse side is ‘Chagu’, where a powerful and evocative spoken word narration is provided by South Sudanese-Canadian artist, actor, former child soldier and political activist Emmanuel Jal. A collaboration between Emmanuel, MoBlack and Henrik Schwarz, both producers provide their own version of ‘Chagu’, with MoBlack opting for a classic afro-house beat and hypnotic percussion, while Henrik’s signature crisp, harmonious composition makes for a guaranteed dancefloor weapon. Both visionary producers, Henrik and MoBlack’s versions are equally impactful, complementing the immediacy of Emmanuel’s lyrics.
- A1. I Want You
- A2. Freetown
- B1. Broken
- B2. Thoughts
- C1. Up All Night
- C2. Lynn Grooves
- D1. Stringer
- D2. Turnmills
- D3. 6am
The legendary G Flame follows up this summer’s debut on No.19 Music with ‘I Want You', a fantastic LP drawn from his musical vaults that proves why the UK based artist is such a vital part of electronic music’s history.
G Flame aka Cisco Ferreira, is the solo artist behind the legendary project, The Advent, which originally included former production partner Mr G. He has long been a pivotal player in the development of house and techno, as a DJ, producer and also an engineer working with greats like Larry Heard, Derrick May and Adonis. Cisco has released on seminal labels such as Jack Tracks, R&S, Novamute and Tresor, has remixed New Order and always brings a unique musical vision to his work.
The legendary G Flame moniker was originally used for Ferreira’s more house infused, techno sound, something he developed in the early 90s. Says the artist, “Back then there were very few tech house tracks being released. At the time I called it 'house techno’ as my main vibe was always house music first, with added techno spice and faster BPMS for DJs.” That description is a simple but effective one that sums up the visceral power of this new record, a record which features tracks predominantly written between 1992 and 1999.
The first two cuts are previously unreleased gems, opening with the ducking and diving drums and intense synth work of 'I Want You', and followed by the old school 909 workout of piano-infused house, ’Freetown.’ The buzzing low frequencies of ‘Broken’ burrows deep into your brain and was released as a single on this label this summer, then come previously vinyl only classics ‘Thoughts’ which brings brilliant dynamics and a pulsing bassline that is overlaid with trippy melodic motifs and sci-fi details, and 'Up All Night,’ which is ghetto house perfection with its bristling drums and percussion, knotted bass and frenzied vocal stabs.
The final four previously unreleased tunes kick off with ‘Lynn Grooves’, a perfectly reduced piece of rubbery techno to get you in a sweat, and ’Stringer,’ another urgent and compelling house cut that races along on slapping drums and scraping hits while subtle vocal sounds add soul to the power of the machines. The stellar ‘Turnmills’, is a loopy, chunky and futuristic wedge of sci-fi tech that is sure to make you march and last of all, the fantastic '6am' is a zoned out affair with far sighted cosmic chords, bumping kicks and more tender vocal sounds that finds, like the rest of the album, a perfect sweet spot between house and techno.
This is an essential collection of music from an artist who has been at the very heart of the house and techno scene for the last three decades, and is sure to enthral both his industry acolytes and new fans alike. It also marks another high point for the ever impressive No.19 Music as we close out 2020.
- A1. Power Tool
- A2. In My Car
- B1. 3XL
- B2. Automatic
Dirtybird almost never puts out a 4-track EP. But Nikki Nair’s “Power Tool” is an exception we’re glad to make
Claude VonStroke was recently turned on to Nikki Nair by watching Nala's TV Party on the Dirtybird Live streaming network. She played one of his remixes and immediately VonStroke became infatuated with his sound. A cross between breaks, drum & bass, and old-school Dirtybird vibes, Nikki became an instant favorite. His 4-track EP “Power Tool” is a hot record foreshadowing the label's future direction in 2021 when the rules will get loose and its not all going to be about tech house anymore.
- A1. Hypersocial
- B1. Safety Test
Patrick Conway is made of snips and snails and puppy tails. This is his second offering for the ESP Institute. On side A, Hypersocial removes our minds from the daily online cesspool and pulls up emotions we haven’t felt for almost a year. We lost a Summer of dancing together en masse in clubs, fields, warehouses and pubs, but with this beautiful reminder of what true social synergy and collective ecstasy can physically feel like, the Bristolian by way of Berlin hits the nail right on the head (with a little help from his friends Quantum Thomas & Hoyahelper). Lush strings? Tick. Balmy chord progression? Tick. Ethereal vocal chops? Walloping bassline? Infectious rhythm? Goosebumps? Tears of joy? Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick! On the flip-side, Safety Test is surely the tougher counterpart, the warm fuzzies are traded for a ten ton bag of grit. Here, Patrick foreshadows a sonic approach we’ll hear lot more of with his debut album early next year; a combination of abrasive rhythms, processed scraps, a grab bag of stabbing bleeps and bloops, distant car alarms, ballistic fax machines, and an arsenal of low frequencies so brutal your woofers will require jumper cables. So, a heroic slab for both a block party in your brain and sunset in your soul, these two songs will bring back the Summer you just lost.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Heu Como Bailar
- B. Got The Body
French-native Malikk debuts on Hot Creations this December with the two- track Heu Como Bailar. The EP continues a busy 2020 that has seen him release on labels such as LouLou Records and Two Many Rules.
The title track sets the tone, with punchy kicks sitting alongside driving hats. An irresistible 4x4 groove acts as the backbone, before the infectious Heu Como Bailar vocal helps whip the beat along. Rounding things off is Got The Body, an unapologetic dancefloor cut that you can’t help but dance to. Up-tempo, hard- hitting and with plenty of obscure-sounding squeaks throughout, the near five-minute number showcases the up-and-coming talent at his best.
- A1. The Love Goes First
- A2. String Of Feelings
- B1. About Energies
- B2. Keep Moving
Maxi is one of our heroes at All Day I Dream. It's all about the groove below the beauty above that draws us to his productions. Each track instantly engaging you and then surprising you as it unfolds. Keep your eyes and ears on his sonic journey as it's one you'll want to join him on.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. jamesjamesjames - J’adore
- A2. jamesjamesjames - J’adore (Skin On Skin Remix)
- B1. Skin On Skin - Memories of Before
- B2. Skin On Skin - Memories of Before (jamesjamesjames Remix)
Stay On Sight Recordings, the signature label from Skin On Skin, announce their latest release as S.O.S teams up with fellow Brisbane dancefloor legend jamesjamesjames for ‘A Butterfly In-between Time’ on 12” vinyl and digital streaming. Featuring nostalgic and romantic deep house cuts, in-your-face kicks and one of the most sought after IDs of the past year with ‘J’adore’, this limited release is one for the collectors.
The EP follows the critically acclaimed ‘Get Some Understanding!’ and ‘Save Me’ as the label’s third release of the year.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. 300
- A2. Key To Success
- B1. Key to Success (Casey Spillman Remix)
- B2. The Life
Stephan Bazbaz heads to LOCUS to deliver his Voyage EP, backed by a remix Casey Spillman.
An artist at the heart of Tel Aviv’s blossoming house and techno scene, Stephan Bazbaz continues to showcase his skills as one of the city’s leading lights within electronic music. With releases and remixes via the likes of Djebali, hedZup and INFUSE in 2020 alone, he now closes out a fruitful twelve months with an impressive label debut via FUSE imprint LOCUS to deliver three fresh cuts in the form of his ‘Voyage EP’ – whilst INFUSE regular and LOCUS alumni Casey Spillman makes a swift return to step up on remix duties.
A low-slung and moody effort from the off, opening cut ‘300’ combines swinging percussion and icy hats whilst escalating synths and rumbling sub-bass take hold and transport the production firmly into the peak hours – unsurprisingly featuring as a stand-out track within Enzo’s sets over the past 12 months. Next up, ‘Key To Success’ offers up a groove-heavy roller, with tracky drums guiding off-kilter samples and rich piano flourishes throughout, whilst Casey Spillman’s interpretation ups the energy levels as he works punchy kicks, warping synths and menacing low-end tones to turn in a bustling remix. To close, ‘The Life’ showcases yet another side of Bazbaz’s vast production skills, opting for hazy synths and dreamy chords to round out proceedings in impressive fashion.
- A. Get On The Funk Train (Louie Vega Mix)
- B. Get On The Funk Train (Michael Gray & Mark Knight Remix)
Anané Electrifies With New Version of Dancefloor Classic “Get On The Funk Train”
Known worldwide as one of the New York City’s most vibrant, charismatic and talented producer / DJs, Anané is uniquely positioned to bring light to the 1977 Number 1 Disco Hit “Get On The Funk Train,” originally released by the Munich Machine and produced by the renowned Giorgio Moroder
In addition to being a singer Anané is also DJ with residencies in New York, Ibiza and Naples. She knows how to move the dancefloor and how to elevate the mood of the room from first creating the vibe to getting the crowd into a groove; ultimately taking the dancefloor into full fledged party mode. Her strong and distinctive character can be traced to her experiences growing up in Cabo Verde’s capital city of Praia located on the island of Santiago during a time of extreme political strife, and to her many years of working hard to establish herself in the always competitive music industry. It takes a lot to tackle a classic and make it uniquely your own, but that’s exactly what Anané has accomplished with this fresh and vibrant new version of “Get On The Funk Train.”
With her wealth of talent as a performer, Anané is also highly accomplished as a record label owner. Her Nulu and Nulu Electric imprints over many years have been the source of some of the most played and sought after club bombs in the Afro House genre that is currently in vogue with DJs around the world. Her Nulu Movement line of merchandise represents the stylish, cutting edge fashion vibe of her NYC residency at Le Bain in the Standard Hotel, with designs created by Anané herself.
As befitting an artist so well respected and admired in the community, the producer and remixer team behind this project consists of several of the most legendary and successful producers in the industry. The recording was originally produced by Grammy Award winning producer / artist Louie Vega, one of the world’s premier producers who has the rare distinctive of attaining massive success in multiple genres including House, Freestyle, R&B and just recently he has been focusing on revitalizing the great musical genre known as Disco. The production includes live strings arranged by two of the most highly accomplished members of NYC’s storied musical history Patrick Adams & Leroy Burgess, and electric guitar by Carlos Alomar, formerly David Bowie’s music director. Remixes were supplied by Todd Terry, a man who is known as one of the original New York City based producers who help create the House Music genre that we know today, and by the recently formed production team of Michael Gray and Mark Knight, two of England’s most respected and successful producer / DJs. These two stars of the industry have generated a uniquely groove focused remixer style that has had DJ’s worldwide eagerly waiting each new production.
GenresDeep HouseLatin JazzSoulful House
- A1. Music For Gong Gong Featuring Nina Rodriguez
- A2. Bonatune (Instrumental Demo Mix)
- B1. Quintero's Jam Featuring Hilton Ruiz
- B2. Bonatune
- C. Yemaya (Manoo's Touch)
- D. El Jibarito Y El Cubanito Featuring Jose Mangual Jr. & Milton Cardona
Grammy award winner & multi grammy nominated Luisito Quintero grew up with the Latin American and African tradition of percussion. His father is just as much a percussionist as his uncle Carlos Nene Quintero and his cousin Roberto Quintero . He became a member of the Orquesta Simfonica de Venezuela , but soon appeared with ensembles such as Grupo Guaco and El Trabuco
Venezolano and toured with Oscar D'León .
He then moved to New York, where he initially worked with Latin jazz musicians such as Willie Colón , Eddie Palmieri , Tito Puente and Celia Cruz . He then turned to the fusion of jazz, funk, salsa and African music and performed with George Benson , Herbie Hancock , Ravi Coltrane and Toshiko Akiyoshi , but also with pop musicians such as Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony .
Vega Records are proud to present his new vinyl release “Percussion Maddness Revisited” Part Two. From the Osibisa remake by Luisito Quintero “Music For Gong Gong” to collaborations with the Great Richard Bona, Latin Jazz legend Hilton Ruiz and Salsa Veterans Jose Mangual and Milton Cardona, you can see the caliber of musicians that make up this timeless piece. For the afrohouse heads you have the new track “Yemaya” Featuring Nina Rodriguez remixed by Afrohouse King Manoo. Prepare for the sonic fun with vinyl pressings by Optimal !!
Percussions Maddness Revisited Part Two Double Vinyl Set out soon at a vinyl store near you !!!
- A1. Cylob - Are We Not Men Who Live And Die
- A2. Chapterhouse - Alpha Phase
- B1. I.F. - Kisy Loa
- B2. Abfahrt Hinwil - Tech 7
- C1. The Marcia Blaine School For Girls - Sometimes My Arms Bend Back
- C2. Replicant - Analiz
- D1. Slowdive - In Mind (Reload Remix - The 147 Take)
- D2. Spiritualized - Anyway That You Want Me 3
'IDMEMO' would not pretend to be a representative compendium of 90’s-00’s Intelligent Dance Music. It was not Vladimir Ivkovic & Ivan Smagghe’s point when they decided on the project. It is a very personal snapshot of a moment in time, when both of them were working in record shops, when they were listening to indie and electronic music. One can not stress enough the importance of this crossing of roads, pop kids getting through to the dancefloor via Aphex Twin and nerdy house heads dissolving their four to the floor into the futuristic world of Warp compilations.
The compilation unfolds in the loosest, the best way to make some kind of sense. There are some classics (Black Dog’s lysergic 'Psyl-Cosyin'), there are some rarities (that Zugzwang track), some tested late night floor melters (Reload remixing Slowdive) and some personal outlandish choices that strangely take their place (Spiritualized’s 'Anyway That You want Me-remix 3').
All in all, This is an anti-archive, a choice of tracks primarily lead by emotion, more pads than glitches,”intelligent” music depraved by that last half-pill at 6am rather than high-brow destructurations, Ivkovic & Smagghe hitting, as ever, at their own margins.
'IDMEMO' is a collaborative project between Above Board Projects, Offen Music and Les Disques De La Mort. Selected and sequenced by Vladimir Ivkovic and Ivan Smagghe. Art and design by Atelier Superplus. Mastering courtesy of Keith Tenniswood @ Curved. Manufacture and worldwide distribution by Above Board, 2020.
- A. Shades
- B. Shades (Johannes Brecht Remix)
Fur Coat drop second single from upcoming album with Johannes Brecht on remix duties…
Fur Coat return to Renaissance as the run-in to their eagerly anticipated second album ‘Polyphony’ really starts to pick-up a head of steam. To ensure the pistons are pumping and things are approaching maximum velocity, the Latin American duo deliberately picked one of the strongest tracks for their sophomore session, ‘Shades’ - available here on a full 12" side for optimum loudness and club play.
“Shades is one of Polyphony’s more defined dancefloor cuts,” explains Fur Coat’s Sergio, “it was a natural choice for it to be a single. The thing that really underlined the decision was Johannes though. We sent the entire album over to him and said, ‘take your pick’. When he immediately chose ‘Shades’ Israel and I were left with no doubt whatsoever.”
In its original guise the track is an exemplary slice of melodic techno; that happy marriage of opposites, where dark, brooding base meets a memorable, infectious top-line. It’s firmly in ‘hum it all the way home from the club after just one listen’ territory.
Johannes Brecht’s take is a remix in the very best sense of the word. He takes the top line by the scruff of the neck and transports into the very different, yet oh-so-now world of atmospheric
It’s one of those rare interpretations that can sit as comfortably at an Ibizan sunset as one of its famed (yet to be re-opened) dancefloors at 4am.
All in all, this is an exceptional release from two of the most exceptional production talents at work
Fur Coat 'Shades' on coloured vinyl is part of an expanding collectable set:
Polyphony: Blue / Green
- A Black Water
- A2 Black Waters
- B1 Untold
Stone cold year 2000 Detroit Techno classic from Burden Bros on clear vinyl pressing for the first time.
- A1. Nothingness
- A2. Injection
- B1. Reverberated
- B2. Sensory Deprivation
Charlotte de Witte's mighty KNTXT label rolls on with another big new EP from Italian wonderboy
Alignment. The Berlin based techno talent serves up four suitably supersized cuts that follow on
from his Time EP, which landed earlier in the year.
For the last five years, this artist has been amassing a fine discography of thrilling techno. This
has earned him a worldwide reputation amongst the techno cognoscenti, and despite the global
pandemic this year, he has still put out plenty of red hot new material that proves he has used his
extra free time at home wisely. He can do old school inspired bangers as well as refined futuristic
techno rollers with equal style, and proves that once more with this fantastic new EP. He says it,
“reflects more the ‘sentimental' moments during these hard times. Nevertheless, you can also
expect trippy and hypnotic vibes that will make you dream to dance again until the early hours.“
While Charlotte adds, "Ever since I started playing these tracks, people started asking for track
IDs. They stood out and always were one of the highlights of my sets. These tracks are made to
destroy any type of dancefloor. A true masterpiece by one of the most exciting artists around.”
Opener Nothingness is a hunched over techno power-groove, with high pressure kicks and
scraping synths peeling off the drums. It's a big wall of irresistible sound, then Injection brings
even bigger and more kick drums that are sure to rattle any club to its foundations, while the rave
synths will get hands in the air.
Reverberated keeps up the good work with a more all-consuming techno cut thanks to the
laser-like synths that light up the track from above. It has superbly dark and unsettling vocals
stitched into the groove for extra layers of mental intensity. Last of all is the dark and urgent
Sensory Deprivation with its edgy synth motifs and unrelenting energy.
These are four more high powered tracks from man of the moment Alignment.
- A Plastic Dreams
Another legendary R&S classic repressed in very limited numbers only on a one-sided 12" vinyl. The original 1992 release from Dutch producer Jaydee was a 10 minute long Hammond organ workout - many remixes over the years but you cant surpass the original!!!
- A Energy Flash
Joey Beltram mega-ultra-classic, ‘Energy Flash’ re-mastered by Matt Colton. Pressed nice and loud on a one sided 12”. E.S.S.E.N.T.I.A.L.!!! (...still after all these years...)
- A. Dunn 4 Money (Paranoid London Edit)
- B. Do You Wanna Touch (The Yellow Magic) (Paranoid London Edit)
Tried & tested bangers from a time when people could still get together, dance & sweat in front of each other without feeling all weird about it. Familiar elements thrown together in new ways. Dance floor destroyers & end of night tear jerkers. Love some body, touch somebody, feel their body, taste their body.
- A1. Fur Coat- Water of Life
- A2. Fur Coat - New Species
- A3. Fur Coat - Stay Away
- A4. Fur Coat - Shades
- B1. Fur Coat & Hunter/Game - Alloy
- B2. Fur Coat ft. Running Pine - Hurricane
- C1. Fur Coat & Julian Wassermann - 3.33
- C2. Fur Coat - Rebirth
- C3. Fur Coat - No Tomorrow
- D1. Fur Coat & Sly Faux - Elysian
- D2. Fur Coat ft. Delhia de France - Eye of the Storm
- D3. Fur Coat - Cosmos
With two standout singles under their belt, Fur Coat now deliver their highly anticipated 12 track album, ‘Polyphony’…
‘Polyphony’ is a term specifically chosen by Fur Coat to emphasise the celebratory concept behind their new album. “Firstly, poly means many, and we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year,” explains Sergio, “so it was important we reflected that milestone in some way. Beyond that we wanted to create a project with many layers that captures the perfect spectrum, ranging from experimental sounds through to more familiar dancefloor tracks. Whether blending a cinematic feeling, infectious groove, indie vocal or slower BPM electronica, we used multiple layers and patterns to create a textured, forward thinking soundscape. ‘Polyphony’ really does say it all in a single word.”
To further the theme of ‘many’, Sergio and Israel also open up their studio, inviting friends in. From the haunting, indie beauty of ‘Hurricane’ with Running Pine (already a Beatport chart topper), to infectious melodies created alongside Julian Wasserman, Hunter/Game and Sly Faux, or Delhia De France’s seductive vocals, the duo generously and effectively demonstrate the benefit of collaboration.
This is not to say their dedicated compositions should be overlooked, quite the opposite, which they are rightfully proud to point out, “This is our second album and we really wanted to deliver something that showed our musical influences and the evolution of the Fur Coat sound. We’ve come a long way in the past decade, with many more years yet to come - the future is undoubtedly polyphonic!”
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Sunscreem - Perfect Motion (Patrice Bäumel Renaissance Remix)
- B. Sunscreem - Perfect Motion (Boys Own Mix)
Renaissance return to their critically acclaimed ReMix Series on 27 December as Patrice Bäumel takes on Sunscreem’s legendary ‘Perfect Motion’.
Like many of the best records, Perfect Motion’s path to bonafide dance anthem wasn’t a simple one. Having begun life as part of Sunscreem’s live sets and in near unrecognisable form on their debut album ’03', it went down a convoluted path of various mixes; first ‘in-house’ with the band’s resident DJ’s Dave Valentine and Lee Metson and then, when selected as the follow-up to their first hit Love U More, by way of remixes courtesy of Leftfield, Carl Cox and, of course, Farley and Heller’s Boys Own Mix.
“Dave Valentine was a big admirer of Boys Own and wanted them onboard,” explains Sunscreem’s Paul, “we literally had to beg Sony to let them have a crack at it and, even then, weren’t overly impressed with the result. It was only after Pete Tong played it on Radio 1, describing it as ‘their best work ever’, that they changed their minds.”
The rest, as they say, is history. Although a dance chart number 1 and top 20 hit on release, its enduring appeal undoubtedly goes hand in hand with its inclusion on Sasha and John Digweed’s ‘Renaissance - The Mix Collection’. Vocalist Lucia picks-up the story, “The fact Perfect Motion was so different on our album was a key factor I think. The Mix Collection introduced the Boys Own mix to a wider, global audience in all its glory for the first time.” And an audience that proved to be, fast forward 3 years to 1997 and the now worldwide appeal of the track was fully realised when the band were booked to play legendary New York club Twilo. With thousands outside blocking the street and the club packed to the point they were forced to open the fire escapes, the promoter turned and said, “They’ve come to hear you play Perfect Motion!”
Now Patrice Bäumel seizes the enviable, though daunting challenge, of updating the track for 2019 (just). Not that he need have worried, if ever there was a hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck dance anthem you need in your Christmas tune stocking, this is it. The mix captures all the emotive drama of the original, whilst subtly contemporising it with a stripped back, cleaner sound. “I actually requested Perfect Motion,” says Patrice, “the remix projects I am most interested in are the ones that allow me to cross genres and where at the same time I love the original material. Sunscreem’s Perfect Motion ticks both these boxes. I have been in love with the blissful vocals and pad section of this classic forever. The original has this lovely 90’s UK indie rave feel, similar to EMF’s Unbelievable. To me, those were formative years, I remember watching MTV all day, hoping for anything resembling electronic music to interrupt the endless stream of grunge and rock ballads. My reinterpretation aims to transport the original into modern times and make it suitable for today’s dancefloors. At the same time, I wanted to keep an element of nostalgia in there for those who have been around long enough to have fallen in love with Perfect Motion back in the day. The result is a record that I think has the potential to appeal to house and techno DJs alike.”
- A1. Eg er bara eg
- A2. Iskaldur veruleikinn
- A3. Finn innri frid
- B1. Afi kenndi mer islensku
- B2. Kuklari
- B3. Fonix ur osku
Kuldaboli returns to bbbbbb records, this time with a 6-track EP on which his idiosyncratic sound of icy, cryptic electro fully emerges. BBB015 being the second release of Kuldaboli on bbbbbb records is destined to be a historical release for the Icelandic dance music scene and a very important one for Kuldaboli’s legacy. The EP title ‘Ekkert nema ískaldur veruleikinn’ roughly translates to “nothing but the ice cold reality” and that is exactly what is delivered across the six tracks laden with poetic lyrics and spoken word.
In the opening track ‘Ég er bara ég’ Kuldaboli’s signature sound of uncompromising electro is overlaid with haunting vocals recited in Icelandic saying “I am only me and you are only you, people exchange words measuring each other out, trying their best at discerning life’s riddles’’. It is easy to say that Kuldaboli knows how to capture the listeners with deep reflections on subjects that most people are aware of but hardly ever speak of.
A2 ‘Ískaldur veruleikinn’ or ‘the ice cold reality’ is the most bouncy dancefloor track of the EP with the openings lyrics saying ‘’Are you telling me the truth? If I were to guess you are lying cold to my face’. The power of word play in this release is by far the most interesting poetic turn for Kuldaboli to date, where he shows great insight to the subconscious and human behaviour.
The smooth sounds of possessed Italo disco on A3 ‘Finn innri frið’, along with the funky bassline and trance like synths has perhaps the most positive vibe to it if you are not familiar to Kuldaboli, along with the playful opener of B-side ‘Afi kenndi mér íslensku’.
Following B2 no-bullshit-electro-track ‘Kuklari’, the final track B3 ‘Fönix úr ösku’ shows the haunting dark depth of depressurisation that vocal and electronics can create, where melancholic lyrics convey images of lost dreams of former lives.
- A1. Lawrence Lee – Getting Mine
- A2. Maruwa – Mercurial Edge
- B1. Teleself – Shepard’s Tone
- B2. Viers – Our Lives
Jenkem Magazine and Steel City Dance Discs unite for a high-energy compilation – each team bringing forth two artists of their choosing for a heavyweight bout across 4 tracks.
- A. Sacred Cycles (Adam Beyer / Bart Skils / Layton Giordani Renaissance Remix)
- B. Sacred Cycles (Original Mix)
Celebrated record label and events brand Renaissance announce the next release in their acclaimed The ReMix Collection series – a stunning reworking of Pete Lazonby’s 1994 classic ‘Sacred Cycles’ from one of the biggest names in techno - Drumcode boss Adam Beyer, who teams up with fellow Drumcode alumnae, Bart Skils and Layton Giordani.
The spectacular and atmospheric remix is set to be a huge track this summer. The three Drumcode titans give Pete Lazonby’s sumptuous trance and progressive house classic ‘Sacred Cycles’ a tougher, harder edge that is perfect for peak-time dance-floors. The trio cleverly intertwine the swooping synths and spoken word sample from Genesis’ ‘The Fountain Of Salmacis’ in Pete Lazonby’s original ‘Sacred Cycles’ and inject a heart-pumping bassline and bring in a powerful drop to give it the signature Drumcode sound.
On the remix, Adam Beyer, Bart Skils and Layton Giordani said: “Our main goal was to keep the rolling, hypnotising flow of the track and transform it into a contemporary piece of music that remains timeless like the original. The end result is a strong piece of melodic music that leans on the
progressive ‘90s tip, without losing the power to move the dancefloor. Renaissance boss Geoff Oakes said: “The ReMix Collection has been a real labour of love. Selecting the right track and the right remixer is the biggest part of the challenge and as with the previous releases in the series we landed the perfect combination. It’s always difficult to remix such an iconic classic but the guys have really delivered. Amazing update on a track that’s very close to my heart!"
The ReMix Collection celebrates Renaissance’s proud heritage which has seen the brand at the forefront of electronic music since its inception in 1992. The concept behind the collection is to put a fresh and exciting take on seminal tracks that are closely connected with Renaissance’s heritage.
Previous releases in The ReMix Collection saw Solomun remix ‘The Age of Love’ (2017), Tale of Us remix Energy 52’s ‘Café Del Mar’ (2018), and Maceo Plex remix Remake’s ‘Blade Runner’ (2018).
- A1. Circulate
- A2. Geometric
- B1. Bunzunkunzun
- B2. Bunzunkunzun (Yushh’s Droop Mix)
Kicking off our new white label series is Brighton-via-Bristol producer Syz. Drawing on a diverse range of touchpoints from across the spectrum of UK club music, this trio of dancefloor destroyers encompass precision-engineered soundsystem techno, mutant 2-step and West Country bass.
Wrapping things up, Pressure Dome founder Yushh returns to Control Freak with her ownflip of title track Bunzunkunzun, bringing down the BPM for a menacing rework that’s punctuated by her signature wonky rhythms.
Very strictly limited vinyl release for these essential DJ weapons - get them while they’re hot!
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.
GenresBroken BeatDeep HouseTechno
- A1. Mojave Skyline
- A2 - Mojave (ANF's Virtual Music Mix)
- B1. Insect Reject
- B2. Remembering
- A1. Mass Digital - Lonely Souls
- A2. Double Touch - Circles
- B1. David Orin - Un Autre Monde
- B2. Makebo - Just A Dream
- C1. Amand - Everlast
- C2. Squire, Dead-Tones - Pretty Little Lies
- D1. Death on the Balcony - The Source
- D2. Flowers On Monday - Don’t Give Up
- E1. Rowee, Lazarusman - Brightness
- E2. Nebula (AR) - Once Upon A Time
- F1. Madraas - Hope
- F2. DSF - Paparouna
ADID's Summer Sampler has become a joy to compile each year. Newer names and more familiar ones bring different ranges of musical emotion to our little corner of the dance music universe. Daytime dance floor bombs from Double Touch, Amand and Madraas sit alongside the more cerebral and subtle grooves from artists like Mass Digital and Death on the Balcony. We love all the tracks on here and each and every one has been heard on All Day I Dream dancefloors (yes, dancefloors...remember those!) the past year. We hope you love them as much as we do.
- A1. The Sound (Power Remix)
- A2. Tranzister
- B1. The Groove That Won't Stop
- B2. The Groove That Won't Stop (Remix)
Rare remix package of 'The Sound' and 'The Groove That Won't Stop'. Includes the 'Power Remix' of 'The Sound', the bonus track 'Tranzistor' plus the original and the Kevin Saunderson remix of 'The Groove That Won't Stop'.
- A1. Truth Of Self Evidence
- A2. Grab The Beat
- B. Structure
Huge repress of 'The Truth Of Self Evidence' on KMS from 1988. Detroit techo gold that samples Martin Luther King. All b sides included and re mastered for 2014.
- A1. Room On Top
- A2. Fares Please
- B1. All Change
- B2. Hold Tight
Mint Condition continue their mission excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics and overlooked gems mined from the last 20+ of contemporary dance music are the order of the day. From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....
Well well well, what do we have here? Some certified, 100% pure solid tech-house gold from the masters, that's what. Look at the line up, those who make up The Delinquents: Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Matthew Bushwacka! B, that should grab your attention. This slab of Wiggle sonics, Room On Top, is the real deal indeed, all the way from back in 1998 this is that premium gear. It's all here, the funk is present in spades, the swagger, the breakbeats - you name it. 4 more tracks of primetime cuts, out of press since the late 1990's, ready to do damage yet again and sounding as fresh and as futuristic as it did back then. This is the kind of record you *hope* will show up in the racks when you're out diggin' but it never happens, no way. Expensive for the last few years, this repress will fill the gap for you and will undoubtedly enable you to rock a few dancefloors in the interim! Totally fresh, totally essential.
The Room On Top EP has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of The Delinquentz / Wiggle and was remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original DAT's especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
- A1. Where Is Eddie
- B1. Blue Light
- B2. What's Izmo
Mint Condition continue their mission excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics and overlooked gems mined from the last 20+ of contemporary dance music are the order of the day. From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....
Going back to 2007 with MC045, to the man like Brawther's very first record! That's right - 'Izmo' aka Brawther dropped the now classic 'Where Is Eddie?' EP on French label 9Ts, showcasing his deft ability to channel the best and deepest parts of house that we all love into something exciting and fresh. Definitely a signifier of what was to come, this 3 tracker became somewhat infamous, highly collectible and sought after by house diggers around the world. Brawther wasn't afraid to show his influences and his inspirations with the lead cut 'Where Is Eddie?', an open verbal letter if you will, to NJ producer Eddie Perez of Smack productions and too-many-to-name underground house classics asking him to bring back the realness! A monstrously heavy swinging piece of late night house action right here. 'Blue Light' is more of the same, filtered, skipping drums and uplifting chords build into a jamming synth flute garage jammer that wouldn't be out of place on a vintage Nu-Groove / Burrell 12". 'What's Izmo' rounds out the EP, this one's got some ridiculous funked out bassline and spoken words that intertwine with some glacial vibes and synths, driving us into the night sky while reminding us what this house music stuff is really all about. A truly essential record this, and this repress has been a long time coming!
The 'Where Is Eddie?' EP has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Izmo / Brawther and was remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original DAT's especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
- A1. Time
- A2. Reverse
- B1. Automatic Control
- B2. Inner Voice
KNTXT, Charlotte de Witte’s label imprint, has the pleasure to introduce Alignment’s upcoming Time EP that will be released in April. After Monoloc’s “Left The Planet EP”, Alignment is the third artist to appear on the label aside Charlotte de Witte, that debuted with the Chris Liebing collaboration EP “Liquid Slow”. “Alignment is easily one of the most promising artists that I’ve encountered in a long time, so it feels incredibly good to welcome him to the KNTXT family!” de Witte says. KNTXT has always aimed to be a breeding ground and safe haven for the unique talent’s that it loves and respects. With this upcoming Alignment release, we hope to further introduce the world to this unique talent and create a platform for his boundless creativity. “Charlotte started supporting my music from very early on, so it feels great to be making my debut on KNTXT so early on.” Fancesco Pierfelici a.k.a Alignment says. “It took me some time to ﬁnd the right spin on these tracks, but now I feel really conﬁdent about the result.” “With the this EP I wanted to make recordings on the subject of time and space” Alignment explains. “I’m a ﬁrm supporter of Alignment’s unique ravey sound, ﬂanked by deep bass lines and pumping kicks. We’re very eager to share this upcoming release with you all, feel like this is going to be a big one!” Charlotte concludes
- A1 Rhythim Is Rhythim - Emanon
- A2 Cybersonik - Technarchy
- B1 Looney Tunes - Just As Long As I Got You (Brooklyn club mix)
- B2 Ecstacy Club - Jesus Loves The Acid
- C1 Nightmares On Wax - Aftermath
- C2 Juno - Soul Thunder
- D1 Bodysnatch - Just 4 U London (Kuff Mix)
- D2 Q Project - Champion Sound (Alliance Remix)
Fabio & Grooverider have been at the forefront of UK dance music for over 3 decades. This is the roots of their story told through music.
The 2 London DJ's are part of the DNA of the global Jungle / D&B movement and they have remained relevant, cutting edge, authoritative and essential to this truly underground art-form since it's inception. RAGE could arguably be the ground zero of Jungle. The party was started at London's cavernous Heaven club by Fabio & Grooverider in 1988, at the height of Acid House fever that was making it's way up and down the motorways, slip-roads, fields and warehouses of the M25 and further beyond every weekend, troubling the nation, the police, your parents and the press as it went. RAGE was a different beast, it certainly channelled some of that Acid energy but pitted it against the new and exciting sounds emanating from Belgium, Amsterdam, Detroit, Sheffield, Essex and Hackney and in turn created a new style, a new sonic attitude and energy in the process. Rumbling bass-lines, narcotic synth rushes and roughly chopped and sped-up breakbeats all merged into a style that we now know as Jungle. Nothing like this had been heard before, this was a brand new style and it was coming out of London's West End and Fabio & Grooverider were the people firmly behind it.
RAGE is approaching its 30th anniversary. Its sonic and cultural legacy is still being felt today, Fabio & Groove are still shutting down raves and festivals every weekend all over the world with their superior DJ sets and musical knowledge guided by their pioneering spirit. This musical selection you hold in your hands, the first of 4 parts, sees them delve into their prodigious memories and record boxes to select a true musical representation of the very beginning of one of the UK's most unique and influential musical movements of the last 50 years. Across 4 x 2 x 12"s compilations we are taken on the journey through the sounds of RAGE, accompanied with track by track notes from Fabio & Groove themselves. This is the sound of the underground, from the inside out.
This is a masterclass in the old-school. The roots. There is no filler here, it's simply ALL killer. Lovingly selected and programmed by the masters - 'The Living Shock' & 'The Ladies Choice'. Produced in conjunction with Above Board distribution and Fabio & Grooverider. All tracks mastered from original sources and fully licensed. Mastering by Optimum, Bristol. Artwork and design by Atelier Superplus. 2019
- A1. Sgadi Li Mi
- A2. Return To Nowhere
- B1. Ensemble
- B2. What's In The Past
Charlotte de Witte marks the homecoming to her own imprint KNTXT with her brand new EP ‘Return to Nowhere’. The captivating record exists out of four long-awaited tracks called ‘Return to Nowhere, ‘Ensemble’, ‘Sgadi Li Mi’ and ‘What’s In The Past’.
Further exploring her sonic realm, the record features techno sound reminiscent of her ‘Selected’ EP, but switches out the acid stabs for haunting hymns. The result is a gripping dismal soundtrack that feels desolate yet hopeful. With this spellbinding EP which combines her iconic hard-punching techno with mesmerizing chants effortlessly, Charlotte proves once again why she remains at the forefront of the industry.
The release of ‘Return to Nowhere’ fits perfectly in these uncertain times. Charlotte says: “I made the EP before the current COVID-19 crisis. After being inspired by recordings of age-old traditional chants. So, I never intended it to be a “Corona record”. However, it did grow on me during this period of isolation.”
- A1. Rave On Time
- A2. There's No One Left To Trust
- B1. The World Inside
- B2. Common Era
- B3. Wahr Ist Sie Dann
Belgian tastemaker Charlotte de Witte returns to her own KNTXT to serve up the well regarded label's seventh EP. Rave On Time is about reminding us of the joys of being lost on the dance floor and is another hard hitting EP filled with her distinctive techno energy.
Charlotte is at the centre of her own musical movement, with a hard hitting, no frills style. Her powerful grooves, whether solo or in collaboration with the likes of Chris Liebing, come laced with ambient and synth beauty. She has mesmerised crowds all over the world as well as at her own special KNTXT events, and has been as creative as ever during lockdown, as this new EP shows.
Says the artist herself of this latest offering, "Rave On Time. Three words that probably have never been more relevant. In a time where raving feels like a distant memory, it seems increasingly important to bring music back in our lives, in reverse. Let's not forget where we came from and let's not lose hope. We'll be together again soon. Rave On Time."
Opener Rave On Time is built on hammering, distorted kicks that bend you to their whim. Freaky vocals and monstrous hits add extra pressure and ensure you stay locked before shooting laser synths and retro hoover sounds bring the rave. There's No One Left To Trust keeps up the energy with scintillating synths rattling over rock solid drum programming that never lets up. The World Inside is brain frying material, with serrated synths firing out and growing ever more acid as the groove pounds on. Common Era is brilliant hands in the air acid-trance-techno that froths with energy and flashing strobes. Finally, vinyl only track 'Wahr Ist Sie Dann’ is a distorted, brain melting techno workout with brutalist kicks and vast walls of synths that are hugely powerful.
As ever from de Witte, this is pure, unadulterated club music that makes a gargantuan impact.
- A. I Hear Music In The Streets (Touch Mix)
- B1. I Hear Music In The Streets (Expansions NYC Dub)
- B2. I Hear Music In The Streets (LV Classic Boogie Mix)
Grammy Award winner Louie Vega has the unique ability to spotlight and highlight the most essential elements of classic dance tracks and remix and recreate them to create something just as powerful for today’s audiences. Currently in the midst of putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming album, Expansions In The NYC, Louie took some extra time to gather together the original members of the seminal New York – based disco funk band Unlimited Touch and collaborate with them at Log Cabin Studio in Manhattan and his own Daddy’s Workshop Studio in New Jersey to produce the 2020 edition of “I Hear Music In The Streets.”
Unlimited Touch consists of Audrey Wheeler (lead singer), Phil Hamilton, Tony Cintron, Sandy Anderson (RIP), Stephanie James and Lenny Underwood. “I Hear Music In The Streets” was originally released on legendary imprint Prelude Records in 1981.
Growing up in the Bronx, from an early age Louie had an affinity and love for all the various musical genres that were bubbling up in New York during that era defining creative period. It is that passion that has stayed with him during a career that has brought him Grammy’s, several worldwide hit records, and a status as one of the world’s most sought after DJs. It was especially fulfilling for Louie to work with the original members of Unlimited Touch, He quickly realized that their talents were still as strong as ever as they performed musical and vocal elements from the original song, and that they had the vision to see how the song could be re-energized by having Louie add his unique production elements to this seminal tune.
Louie is in the midst of an especially prolific and productive period. In 2016 he released the Grammy nominated Louie Vega Starring….XXVIII full length album; 2018 saw the release of the widely acclaimed and chart topping NYC Disco 2 X CD and 4 X vinyl album on Nervous Records. Known universally as “The Maestro” due to the standards of excellence he maintains in his productions, DJ Performances and live appearances with his Elements of Life Band, Louie Vega is now ready to unleash another gem to add to one of the music industry’s most remarkable body of work.
- A. Atmosphere Strut (Part 1 & 2)
- B. Atmosphere Strut (KON's Fly Away Edit)
More glorious heat from the vaults of NYC's Disco powerhouse - P&P Records!
One of many labels operating under the equally legendary tutelage of Patrick Adams and Peter Brown, two truly colossal figures in NYC's music scene, the P&P records catalogue is still fascinating underground dance music lovers to this day. Covering a wide range of styles including Gospel, early Rap and Disco the label's output continually finds its way into the playlists of respected DJ's and selectors across the globe. This latest repress from the vaults is a real biggie - a true NYC underground disco CLASSIC!
Cloud One was one of Adams' numerous studio outfits, featuring a ridiculously healthy dose of the man's virtuoso keyboard and synth playing. This was a progressive Disco sound, the pairing of extremely danceable funk and R&B with some spaced out over-dubbed analogue synthesizers and keys made for a heady concoction indeed, especially in 1976 when this cut was released. This was one of many Cloud One trademarks and one of the things that make these records still sound so way out today! 'Atmosphere Strut' could not be a better title for this immense slice of true NYC space Disco - it's got it all - the driving rhythms of the Cloud One band, the killer vibes, celestial vocals and Adams' totally wigged out synthesizer workouts. On top of all this goodness, the main man Kon, Boston's editor supreme and self confessed DIsco fiend and digger, has dropped a stellar and respectful edit of Atmosphere Strut' for all your disc jockeys out there, featured here across the length of the B-side thus making this an essential repress of this legendary 12". If you don't know this jam, and you're a Disco head - you're in for a treat! You're gonna fly......!
This is a 100% legit reissue, made in conjunction with Above Board distribution and the Phase One Music group, lovingly remastered with love by Curved Mastering.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Sweet Disposition (Camille Luciani Mix)
- B. Sweet Disposition (Camille Luciani Dub)
One of the most talked about remixes of 2019 gets an official release as Camille Luciani’s stunning rework of The Temper Trap’s 2008 global hit ’Sweet Disposition’ comes out on Renaissance Records / BMG on 13 December.
Camille Luciani, one of France’s brightest new dance talents, creates a stirring and highly atmospheric update of the Australian indie rock outfit’s seminal 2008 anthem, which has achieved cult status in recent years, featuring in the film ‘(500) Days of Summer’ and clocking over 260 million streams on Spotify alone.
“I’d been a fan of the band for more than 10 years”, explains Camille, “Their music was always there for me; one day I just decided to give them something in return and chose Sweet Disposition, which is a timeless track that I always wanted to bring my vision to. So, initially it was more for fun than an official release. It was only after sending it to Dougy and Lorenzo - the band themselves - that things began to develop. I’m delighted it’s now getting an official release.”
The remix takes the listener on an emotional journey, emphasising the brooding percussion alongside clever layering of the blissful vocal. The poignant piano refrain and swirling, intense beats result in a beautiful, yet powerful reinvention, perfect for peak-time dance-floors, which has already received many ID requests on social media. Major support has come from globally-renowned duo Tale Of Us who have played it as their closing track on many of the world’s biggest stages, including Printworks London, Gashouder Amsterdam and Ushuaïa Ibiza, each time receiving a euphoric, ‘hands in the air’ crowd reaction.
- A. The Age Of Love (Solomun Renaissance Remix)
- B. The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix)
Revered UK label, tastemaker and authority Renaissance, the label that has not only been at the forefront of the electronic DJ scene but documented its navigation into popular culture have honored a landmark 25 years by inviting Hamburg based DJ and super producer Solomun to rework a timeless classic - one of a number of tracks that shaped the labels early years. The timeless classic Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix is featured on the B Side.
A constant innovator, Solomun; whom himself has played an equally major role in redefining European house music spoke of the challenge when faced with the prestigious role of reworking one of the most influential tracks in electronic music, for a new generation.
Solomun’s enormous and poignant remix has already been a key track for selected DJ’s over the last few months including Tale of Us, Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Sasha and Pete Tong whom made it last weeks coveted Essential New Tune.
'Renaissance The ReMix Collection'. Is a concept focused on introducing new ears to seminal tracks that have remained significant and iconic to Renaissance for over two decades. True to form Renaissance highly collectable vinyl products will be beautifully packaged and presented in box set form and available as limited editions.
The series celebrates Renaissance’s musical legacy and firmly establishes its future place in the electronic music landscape.
- A1. Miami - Chicken Yellow
- A2. The Sunshine Band - Black Water Gold
- A3. Freedom - Get Up And Dance
- B1. Joe Thomas - Polarizer
- B2. Herman Kelly & Life - Dance To The Drummer's Beat
- C1. T-Connection - Groove To Get Down
- C2. George McCrae - I Get Lifted
- C3. Queen Samantha - Take A Chance
- D1. Ralph MacDonald - Jam On The Groove
- D2. Blowfly - Rapp Dirty
Presenting a collection of stone-cold classic breakbeats and b-boy jams from the sunkissed vaults of Miami's legendary TK Disco label!
NYC in the late 70's and early 80's saw a nascent street subculture fully evolve, a movement with it's own language, art, aesthetics, dances, fashion and way of living.
What would become what is now globally known as 'hip-hop' was in its infancy, with it's own legends and history being forged on an almost daily basis across the city's Black and Hispanic neighbourhoods. Music was central to hip-hop, the DJ was king and at the hands of people like Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Flowers, Mean Gene, Jazzy Jay, Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Chase and numerous other groundbreaking DJ's of the era, music took on a whole new meaning that would reverberate through popular culture for the rest of time.
The breaks - minute sections or breakdowns of a record where we get to the unadulterated groove and the band on the record cut loose - is what it was all about! Unlike the discotheque DJ's who favoured the long mixes and blends in their club scenarios, hip-hop DJ's were amassing huge collections of records that had these magical sections on them, often x 2 copies of each, so that they could elongate the best part of the record ad infinitum by cutting them up live - all killer no filler! These special on the fly mixes and edits were then unleashed in the local parks of their neighbourhoods, on gargantuan DIY sound systems for all of their friends and neighbours to party on down until the wee small hours. These breakbeat segments also gave the MC's space to address the gathered masses without their voices colliding with lavish string arrangements or vocals underneath. A clear, concise, stripped back slab of funk on which to put forth their ideas, feelings and rhymes for all to enjoy.
Collected here are some of those most infamous breakbeats, all from the TK vaults. These records were studied by these young DJ's, coveted, covered up, hunted down, whispered about in darkened corners by those who needed and obsessed over the freshest of beats. There's a good chance you will have heard these records in some form or another as they have been covered, sampled, recreated and spun in clubs across the galaxy for over 4 decades. These are the very building blocks upon which popular culture and club music have been built, and here they are all in one place for your listening enjoyment!
Released with love and respect by: Above Board and TK Disco, Miami FL. 2020.
- A. Mind's Eye
- B. Kokiri Forest
Following releases on both Heist and Freerange Recordings, “Minds Eye” see’s North London’s Hugo Mari returning from the mountain top with two beautifully created and emotive jams, once again taking the helm of his own High Praise imprint, on a departure from their usual edit format.
“Mind’s Eye” sees Hugo once again join forces with three time collaborator Zodiac, delivering a soul drenched, mysterious and hazy jam in his unmistakable falsetto vocal styling.
On the flip, “Kokiri Forest” takes the listener to a serene clearing deep in a mist covered rainforest. Ambient percussion rings out from all sides as an unstoppable rhythm appears through the darkness.
Having showcased his versatility by remixing tracks by the likes of Dele Sosimi and Grime Legend Trim (as well as being remixed by Laurence Guy, Kai Alce and the mighty Detroit Swindle). He has a knack for fusing organic elements with driving rhythms and emotive melodies, crafting versatile material that works beautifully either at home or on the dance floor.