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TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD

    Disco / Nu-Disco

    House / Tech-House

    Techno

    Represses


    TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD

    Disco / Nu-Disco

    ARTISTIn Fields
    TITLETaken From A Fixed Point
    LABELHöga Nord Rekords
    CATALOGUE NO.HNRLP022
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Nu Disco
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. A Year Alone
    2. A2. Rehearsal One
    3. A3. Ghostnights
    4. A4. Hands
    5. B1. JJR
    6. B2. Joy
    7. B3. South Quay
    8. B4. Sing It

    Making Covid-19-references when writing about popular culture can feel tiresome, living in the midst of it but let “Taken From A Fixed Point” by In Fields console you in this age of pandemic. This album pierces through you like sunbeams through the blinders of your quarantine-ridden apartments’ windows.

    This isn’t In Fields first appearance on the label. In 2019 the artist released a collaboration with Golden bug and the exiting dynamics of that album resounds in this one. Though a little easier on the disco influences and a turn towards ambient, In Fields’ music is still “tension and release” dance music produced to perfection. In Fields characteristic sound contain contrasting elements where soft airy synth pads meet more frightening sounds dug up from somewhere deep and dark like in “Ghostnights”.

    The tracks are dynamic where growing crescendos fast and suddenly fades out and you realize your mind have been focusing on a completely different part of the sound. Underneath those surprising elements sits a skeleton of well-sounding bones keeping the songs together tight and steady.

    “Taken From A Fixed Point” is dance music for a dance floor in your head and triggers the muscle memory in quarantinenauts tired of hard lock-down. Though produced in a dark place, this album gives a somewhat positive vision of the future and life on the other side.


    ARTISTTunnelvisions
    TITLEGold Teeth
    LABELDisco Halal
    CATALOGUE NO.DH025
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE22/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Nu Disco
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Gold Teeth
    2. B1. Heat Wave
    3. 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

    ARTISTRay Mono
    TITLEBlowback EP
    LABELLOCUS
    CATALOGUE NO.LCS005
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Tech House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Blowback
    2. A2. By Night
    3. B1. Changes
    4. 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’.


    ARTISTTHE NIGHT WRITERS
    TITLELET THE MUSIC (USE YOU) (White Vinyl Repress)
    LABELMint Condition
    CATALOGUE NO.MC010WHITE
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWORLDWIDE
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE15/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Chicago
  • Deep House
  • Reissue
  • Track Listing

    1. A Let The Music (Use You) Club Mix
    2. 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!


    ARTISTFela Kuti, MoBlack, Emmanuel Jal, Henrik Schwarz
    TITLEInternational Thief Thief (I.T.T.) (Armonica & MoBlack Mix) / Chagu
    LABELDefected
    CATALOGUE NO.DFTD621
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Afrobeat
  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Fela Kuti - International Thief Thief (I.T.T.) (Armonica & MoBlack Extended Mix)
    2. A2. Fela Kuti - International Thief Thief (I.T.T.) (Armonica & MoBlack Extended Dub)
    3. AA1. MoBlack, Emmanuel Jal & Henrik Schwarz - Chagu (Henrik Schwarz Extended Version)
    4. 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.


    ARTISTNikki Nair
    TITLEPower Tool
    LABELDirtybird
    CATALOGUE NO.DB250
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Breakbeat
  • Tech House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Power Tool
    2. A2. In My Car
    3. B1. 3XL
    4. 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.


    ARTISTJitwam
    TITLESun After Rain EP (w/ Folamour) (Inc. Kaidi Tatham Remix)
    LABELThe Jazz Diaries
    CATALOGUE NO.TJD011
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE22/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Broken Beat
  • Deep House
  • Soulful House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Sun After Rain feat. Folamour
    2. A2. Body Do feat. Mike Bloom
    3. B1. Sun After Rain (Kaidi Tatham After The Sun Remix)

    Globetrotting psychedelic soul savant Jitwam teams up with French producer extraordinaire Folamour, presenting the uplifting and soul soaked “Sun After Rain” on his The Jazz Diaries label.

    Following his Detroit Swindle collaboration “Coffee In The Morning” and his “Back To My Place” outing on Darker Than Wax (which saw him gain support from the likes of Benji B, OkayPlayer & more) “Sun After Rain” is a keys-driven dance floor groover, complete with triumphant brass stabs and a rock solid rhythm section. Delivering a promise of the brighter tomorrow that the world is currently yearning for.

    On the flip, Jitwam teams up with Mike Bloom for the sultry “Body Do” - reverb soaked keys and layered vocals create a smoky, heady atmosphere as intergalactic synth lines pierce the haze.

    Legendary broken beat virtuoso Kaidi Tatham then steps to the plate, giving the title track a stripped down, atmospheric, latin-twinged re-rub - flexing his unbeatable abilities and showcasing why he’s still one of the UK’s finest musical exports.


    ARTISTjamesjamesjames & Skin On Skin
    TITLEA Butterfly In-between Time
    LABELStay On Sight Recordings
    CATALOGUE NO.SOS0003
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Tech House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. jamesjamesjames - J’adore
    2. A2. jamesjamesjames - J’adore (Skin On Skin Remix)
    3. B1. Skin On Skin - Memories of Before
    4. 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.


    ARTISTKrust
    TITLETEOE Remixes #2 (Inc. Calibre / LCY / Flynn Remixes)
    LABELCrosstown Rebels
    CATALOGUE NO.CRM245
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Drum & Bass
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. It's A Lot (Calibre Remix)
    2. B1. Only God Can Tell (LCY Remix)
    3. B2. 7 Known Truths (Flynn Remix)

    Following the Four Tet, Batu, Damian Lazarus, remixes of electronic hero Krust’s critically acclaimed album ‘The Edge Of Everything’, the A-list versions keep flowing with Calibre, LCY and Flynn each re-working a different track from the LP on Krust - TEOE Remixes #2.
     
    Fellow D&B don Calibre turns ‘It’s A Lot’ into a warm, glowing two-step roller with serrated analogue bass and a subtly masterful musicality befitting of his classical training.
     
    Rising new school queen LCY is clearly a kindred spirit, rivalling Krust with her future-facing breakbeat science that’s equally as compelling and inventive as the original, but also totally unique.
     
    Rounding off the remixes with a rugged halftime head-nodder and bringing things full circle is Krust’s brother Flynn; a fellow member of 1989 ‘Wishing On A Star’ hitmakers Fresh 4 alongside Krust – and also a jungle legend in his own right – as half of veteran duo Flynn & Flora.

    With such inspiring source material, it’s unsurprising that all of the remixers have brought their best game to this impeccable collection.


    Techno

    ARTISTAheloy!
    TITLETHEORY 002
    LABELClub In Theory
    CATALOGUE NO.THEORY002
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • House
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Hum
    2. A2. Richard's Dream
    3. A3. Y-Shape
    4. B1. Dozen Claves
    5. B2. Bulb

    Five Metallic tracks from Poland’s Aheloy!


    ARTISTAlignment
    TITLENothingness EP
    LABELKNTXT
    CATALOGUE NO.KNTXT008
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE15/01/2021
    REPRESS12/03/2021
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    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Nothingness
    2. A2. Injection
    3. B1. Reverberated
    4. 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.


    ARTISTKuldaboli
    TITLEEkkert nema ískaldur veruleikinn
    LABELBbbbbb
    CATALOGUE NO.BBB015
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Electro
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Eg er bara eg
    2. A2. Iskaldur veruleikinn
    3. A3. Finn innri frid
    4. B1. Afi kenndi mer islensku
    5. B2. Kuklari
    6. 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.


    ARTISTFur Coat
    TITLEShades (Inc. Johannes Brecht Remix)
    LABELRenaissance
    CATALOGUE NO.REN2010V
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Shades
    2. 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
    breaks.

    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
    today.

    Fur Coat 'Shades' on coloured vinyl is part of an expanding collectable set:

    Hurricane: Red
    Shades: Yellow
    Polyphony: Blue / Green


    ARTISTSunscreem
    TITLEPerfect Motion (Inc. Patrice Bäumel Renaissance Remix) (White Vinyl Repress)
    LABELRenaissance
    CATALOGUE NO.REN250006VWHITE
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Tech House
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Sunscreem - Perfect Motion (Patrice Bäumel Renaissance Remix)
    2. 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.”


    ARTISTPete Lazonby
    TITLESacred Cycles (Adam Beyer / Bart Skils / Layton Giordani Remix) (White vinyl Repress)
    LABELRenaissance
    CATALOGUE NO.REN250004VWHITE
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE08/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Techno
  • Trance
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Sacred Cycles (Adam Beyer / Bart Skils / Layton Giordani Renaissance Remix)
    2. 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).


    ARTISTSyz
    TITLEBunzunkunzun (Inc. Yushh Remix)
    LABELControl Freak Recordings
    CATALOGUE NO.WLFRK001
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE22/01/2021
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    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Circulate
    2. A2. Geometric
    3. B1. Bunzunkunzun
    4. 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!


    Represses

    ARTISTEX-TERRESTRIAL
    TITLEEuphorbia (Inc. ANF remix)
    LABELMagicwire
    CATALOGUE NO.MAGIC016
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEREPRESS08/01/2021
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Broken Beat
  • Deep House
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Mojave Skyline
    2. A2 - Mojave (ANF's Virtual Music Mix)
    3. B1. Insect Reject
    4. B2. Remembering

    You And The Universe


    ARTISTCharlotte de Witte
    TITLEReturn To Nowhere EP
    LABELKNTXT
    CATALOGUE NO.KNTXT006
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE12/06/2020
    REPRESS24/07/2020
    REPRESS08/01/2021
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Sgadi Li Mi
    2. A2. Return To Nowhere
    3. B1. Ensemble
    4. 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.”


    ARTISTCharlotte de Witte
    TITLERave On Time EP
    LABELKNTXT
    CATALOGUE NO.KNTXT007
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE23/10/2020
    REPRESS08/01/2021
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Rave On Time
    2. A2. There's No One Left To Trust
    3. B1. The World Inside
    4. B2. Common Era
    5. 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.


    ARTISTVarious Artists
    TITLEDance To The Drummer's Beat Vol. 1 (Block Party Jams and Breakbeats from The TK Disco Vaults)
    LABELTK Disco
    CATALOGUE NO.TKD2020LP01
    FORMAT2 x 12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE28/08/2020
    REPRESS08/01/2021
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Disco
  • Funk
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Miami - Chicken Yellow
    2. A2. The Sunshine Band - Black Water Gold
    3. A3. Freedom - Get Up And Dance
    4. B1. Joe Thomas - Polarizer
    5. B2. Herman Kelly & Life - Dance To The Drummer's Beat
    6. C1. T-Connection - Groove To Get Down
    7. C2. George McCrae - I Get Lifted
    8. C3. Queen Samantha - Take A Chance
    9. D1. Ralph MacDonald - Jam On The Groove
    10. 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.


    ARTISTChris Liebing / Charlotte de Witte
    TITLELiquid Slow EP
    LABELKNTXT
    CATALOGUE NO.KNTXT001
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE27/09/2019
    REPRESS22/11/2019
    REPRESS23/10/2020
    REPRESS08/01/2021
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A Liquid Slow
    2. B In Memory

    Charlotte de Witte mints her new KNTXT label with a suitably epic collaboration, joining forces with techno royalty Chris Liebing for ‘Liquid Slow’, due for release on 27th September. The CLR boss and German techno pioneer has been a regular at KNTXT parties over the years, not least at the sold-out stadium event at Antwerp's Sportpaleis last year where he will be returning to once again this November, alongside de Witte, just after the release of this new EP.

    The influential pair spent time hanging out together at Awakenings Festival last year when they had the idea to collaborate. “I field-recorded the sound of a crane that was already taking stuff down next to us and thought it would be a good starting point“ says Chris. Whilst he admits the sample didn't made it on to this release, he teased a future collaboration saying "who knows, maybe there is more in the pipeline, I still have the recording".

    Current BBC Radio 1 resident Charlotte de Witte is once again in the midst of a non-stop summer that finds her taking her dark, stripped and powerful sounds to the biggest clubs and festivals in the world. She adds, “we have shared a lot of laughs, a couple of beers and a million different mixdown versions of both tracks. I consider Chris to be my friend and I’m very proud and honoured to have worked with him on this EP".

    Opener ‘Liquid Slow’ is seven minutes of heavy and hypnotic techno. It is stripped back to an acid bassline and earth rumbling kicks, with a meandering lead synth line and a darkly absorbing spoken word vocal over the top sure to lock in the dance floor for the duration. ‘In Memory’ ups the pressure with rumbling drums and bass sweeping you up as more acid twitches and tough hits nail down the groove. It is another powerful and compelling piece of techno from this vital pair.

    This is the latest fascinating development in the story of Charlotte de Witte and her KNTXT brand. Now a label as well as a radio show and event series, KNTXT strives to be a progressive player within the vibrant techno scene.


    ARTISTCharlotte de Witte
    TITLESelected EP
    LABELKNTXT
    CATALOGUE NO.KNTXT002
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE29/11/2019
    REPRESS17/01/2020
    REPRESS23/10/2020
    REPRESS08/01/2021
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Selected
    2. A2. Form
    3. B1. Time
    4. B2. Amar

    For the upcoming release on KNTXT, label boss Charlotte de Witte announces a dual EP release.
    “The Selected EP and Pressure EP, to me, are the perfect reflection of the music I have been playing over the years.” says Charlotte de Witte. “On the Selected EP people will find the straightforward Techno sound with the Acid twist, that I love to bring to the floor when I’m touring.”
“It’s counterpart, the Pressure Ep, is an extension of the mixes that I assemble for my BBC Residency. A more ambient approach, that’s rougher around the edges.”
    “Both releases can be seen as an ode to the techno I love and cherish.” concludes de Witte.
    On the subject of the dual release Charlotte says “For me this duality is essential to explore my interests both as a producer and DJ. Therefore it also made sense to me to release them simultaneously, as we also combine our label releases with events and our weekly radio show.”


    ARTISTCharlotte de Witte
    TITLEPressure EP
    LABELKNTXT
    CATALOGUE NO.KNTXT003
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE29/11/2019
    REPRESS17/01/2020
    REPRESS23/10/2020
    REPRESS08/01/2021
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Pressure
    2. A2. Meridians (Vocal Mix)
    3. B1. Meridians (Dub Mix)
    4. B2. Pattern

    For the upcoming release on KNTXT, label boss Charlotte de Witte announces a dual EP release.
    “The Selected EP and Pressure EP, to me, are the perfect reflection of the music I have been playing over the years.” says Charlotte de Witte. “On the Selected EP people will find the straightforward Techno sound with the Acid twist, that I love to bring to the floor when I’m touring.”
“It’s counterpart, the Pressure Ep, is an extension of the mixes that I assemble for my BBC Residency. A more ambient approach, that’s rougher around the edges.”
    “Both releases can be seen as an ode to the techno I love and cherish.” concludes de Witte.
    On the subject of the dual release Charlotte says “For me this duality is essential to explore my interests both as a producer and DJ. Therefore it also made sense to me to release them simultaneously, as we also combine our label releases with events and our weekly radio show.”


    ARTISTCharlotte de Witte
    TITLERave On Time EP
    LABELKNTXT
    CATALOGUE NO.KNTXT007
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE23/10/2020
    REPRESS08/01/2021
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Rave On Time
    2. A2. There's No One Left To Trust
    3. B1. The World Inside
    4. B2. Common Era
    5. 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.


    ARTISTKerri Chandler
    TITLEAtmosphere EP (Yellow Vinyl Repress)
    LABELShelter Records
    CATALOGUE NO.SHL-1004YELLOW
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWORLDWIDE
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE12/06/2020
    REPRESS24/07/2020
    REPRESS08/01/2021
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1 Climax 1
    2. A2 Climax 2
    3. B1 Track 3
    4. B2 Track 4

    Deep house legend Kerri Chandler's mighty "Atmosphere EP" dropped in 1993 and still packs a punch today! A killer, heavyweight 4 tracker of deep Zanzibar, Shelter channeling NJ House music that has always been a big one among the DJ's, heads and dancers. Opener "Climax 1" is an organ driven, stomping groove with piano stabs sprinkled throughout managing to sound tough and subtle at the same time while it's partner "Climax 2" is an uplifting, old school leaning cut with vocal loops, samples and that unmistakable KC swing! On side-B "Track 1" kicks things off with some super, rock hard drums and horn samples woven through those blissed out late night synth sounds, one to get lost in! "Track 2" rounds out the EP in fine style and sounds a bit like Kerri is jamming with Mr.Fingers as the ubiquitous Juno bassline rolls out over some jazzy piano, lush pads, strings and claps making the "Atmosphere EP" a truly essential record with every track oozing pure class.

    This has always been a sought after 12" due to it's classic status and has often changed hands on-line for collectors prices. Now it is available again, re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released with permission and in conjunction with Shelter Records, New York City and featuring the original 1993 label artwork.