TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
GenresDeep HouseDeep TechnoTechno
- A1 Beton Theme
- A2 Don't U feat Ursula Rucker
- B1 Instrument Of Thought
- B2 Tough Love
- C1 The Matrix
- C2 Sunset
- D1 Hope In Your Hearts
- D2 We Should Be Free feat Jamie Lidell
Berlin based electronic mainstay Marquis Hawkes has announced details of his second LP ‘The Marquis of Hawkes’, due out 24th August 2018.
Ahead of this, Hawkes will release a new single featuring acclaimed UK soul singer Jamie Lidell on the 20th July. The single, entitled ‘We Should Be Free’, features, alongside the low slung but melancholic original version, three reinterpretations of the song, remixed by Hawkes himself. Both this, and the essential previous single from June, “Don’t U”, which featured the vocal talents of Ursula Rucker, will appear on the forthcoming album in an extended version.
The album will be the producer’s second LP for us, following his critically acclaimed debut ‘Social Housing’ for the label, which was released in 2016. Entitled ‘The Marquis of Hawkes’, the new album adheres to a specific sound palette whilst still displaying eclecticism across its eight tracks.
Opening with the beat-less droning ambience of ‘Beton Theme’, the album takes in a variety of themes from across the house music spectrum, from the deep and dubby meditation of ‘Instrument Of Thought’ to the body jerking rhythms and retro bass stabs of ‘Tough Love’, the introspective mood of ‘The Matrix’, to the soulful New Jersey styled House grooves with a contemporary twist of ‘Sunset’, building through the optimistic joyousness of ‘Hope In Our Hearts’ before closing with Lidell’s heartfelt and passionate emotional overload on ‘We Should Be Free’.
First emerging in 2012, after being sought out by Glasgow label Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, and having previously been heavily involved with the free festival sound-system culture, the London born artist’s iconic sound has taken shape with the influence of music from cities like Chicago, Detroit and New York alongside the UK’s underground house scene.
With both depth and clarity of vision, Marquis Hawkes’ second album for Houndstooth expertly hones a shining hybrid of classic slamming house and grittily soulful optimism, making for a career-defining piece of work.
- A1. PATU
- B1. MY PEOPLE
Raised on the best of popular and underground dance music of the 70's and 80's, Partner has created an outlet to pay homage to the finest hooks and loops from around the world, seamlessly repurposing them for the dancefloor.
First up, A-Side track ‘Patu’ launches headfirst into an off-kilter Bollywood infused dancefloor curveball – punchy drums, melodic vocals and vintage instrumentation, save your weirdest shapes for this one. On the flip, ‘My People’ gives an injection of Latin Heat – triumphant, horns and an unrelenting rhythms section throw this into full carnival spirit. Just in time for the summer.
Since relocating to London from Brighton, things have been taking shape for Partner Music. Last year saw a debut festival slot at Dimensions Festival, plus a handful of great support from the likes ofMount Kimbie, Dan Shake and San Proper. With some exciting releases lined up throughout 2018, it’s looking like a promising year for the budding producer.
With this release High Praise continue to build their status as a label to keep an eye on, with their party series and clothing line steadily growing in popularity.
- A1 Total Confusion - ROD Remix
- B1 Total Confusion - Confusion Mix
- B2 Total Confusion - Cbzee Mix
You may remember the closing of Space, Ibiza with Carl Cox when he played a bootleg of Total Confusion.
Barry Obzee Hobbs (Rising High A&R) spent a lot of time trying to locate the Remixer and finally did a few months ago. We have now signed the remix which will be released on vinyl in May and on digital in July. The story goes like this: Carl Cox has been playing the version at most of his shows including Tomorrow Land, Kappa Future Fest and Timewarp ( see video clip below) but this is where the story becomes more interesting. The Remixer, ROD Malmok from Rotterdam aka Benny Rodriguez, who is a very established DJ Producer playing for Loco Dice in Ibiza etc and releasing on Ben Klock's imprint Klockwork, Chris Liebing's imprint CLR, Adam Beyer's imprint Drumcode and many more was inspired to remix the track through a conversation with Dubfire, Rod gave him a rough copy the following day. He played it to Carl Cox at Space, Ibiza and Cox begged him for a copy - see video below
If you've been around the scene for a while you will know that Rising High Records was one of the first labels to shape Techno, Hardcore and Breakbeat in the UK and was huge!
Carl Cox plays track at Kappa Futur Festival Benny Rodrigues
Carl Cox plays track at Timewarp https://tinyurl.com/ycmy8ypz
Dubfire playing track to Carl Cox for 1st time https://tinyurl.com/ycxmaoul
Carl Cox playing the track at Space Closing https://tinyurl.com/ydfq8xk5
- A1 - Dream 17
- A2 - Nightmare on Dream Street (T-Coy Remix)
- B1 - Dream Slumber (T-Coy Remix)
- B2 Dream 17 (Derrick May Remix)
Mint Condition - A reissue label focused 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....
1988 - The second 'summer of love' - The UK is in the grip of acid house fever, warehouses, sports halls, basements and nightclubs are reverberating to the new dance sounds emanating from Chicago and Detroit. Unbeknownst to most at the time this halcyon year will go down in the history books as a defining time that will shape the future of dance music. All major cities in the UK had their own scene, their own sound and their own legends. Manchester is one such city, a much storied participant with a legendary musical pedigree. Enter Annette, built around vocalist Annette Dos Reis this was a veritable all-star group featuring Quando Quango's Mike Pickering, A guy called Gerald, A certain ratio's Simon Topping and respected studio face Ritchie Close all on production. 'Dream 17' was the group's first outing on the newly minted DeConstruction label in 1988 and boasted a truly original and fresh spin on the US sounds that were dominating dance-floors at the time, so much so that most people didn't believe the record was created in the UK! Obviously it made perfect sense to draft in Detroit's Derrick May to craft a stellar remix that pushed the record even further into the stratosphere. May's remix wasn't included on the original 12" and was hugely sought after by DJ's and jocks alike. This is the first time all of the mixes of 'Dream 17' have been collected in one place, the complete package of this all time classic, a true old school transatlantic anthem available again for todays dance.
'Dream 17' has been legitimately released with the full involvement of the rights holders and remastered by Bristol's Optimal Mastering from the original DAT tapes especially for this release. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at Mint Condition!
- A1 The Salsoul Orchestra - Chicago Bus Stop (Dj Spinna ReFreak)
- A2 The Strangers - Stimulation (Twice & Volcov Edit)
- B1 Ge Ology - ReFingered With Love
- B2 Joe Bataan - Latin Lover (Specter Edit)
- C1 Civil Attack - On The Phone (Mark Grusane Edit)
- C2 Jamie Lynn - You Aint Got No Money (Twice & Volcov Edit)
- D The Salsoul Orchestra - Salsoul Rainbow (Kai Alce NDATL Edit)
Salsoul Records have always stayed one step ahead of the game. Since the labels inception in the early 1970's the imprint's focus has been firmly fixed on presenting the most cutting edge dance music sounds and in the process the label has been instrumental in creating legends and shaping the landscape of contemporary club culture throughout the original Disco era and beyond. It comes as no surprise that many of todays labels and artists cite Salsoul as a fundamental influence on them and their output. The labels music has been endlessly rediscovered, sampled, re-edited and appreciated over and over again, your favourite DJ's and selectors undoubtedly reach for tracks from the catalogue each time they play. This is why Salsoul continue to collaborate with the best labels and artists out there today.
This is where Italy's Sounds Familiar crew come into the picture, for them Salsoul was always inclusive and for the people. The label’s music was — and still is — food for the soul. Sounds Familiar has been about bringing a different flavour to club culture since its inception. Their artists may or may not be known to the masses but their collective and individual influence on global music trends and club culture is inherent and indelible. Salsoul and Sounds Familiar coming together is like a Sunday lunch where generations of friends and family cook together. The food of our grandmothers and forefathers getting a fresh new spin as their children come of age and return to the family home.
Featuring a stellar array of internationally renowned underground diggers, DJ's, producers and remixers including DJ Spinna, Mark Grusane, GE-OLOGY, Twice & Volcov, Kai Alce and Specter, this special collaborative release shines a light on the deep corners of the Salsoul catalogue, lovingly reworked for 2018's discotheques by those who know, feel and understand the label, the dancefloor and respecting traditions while adding something a little bit different and a little bit new.
Even when it’s a little bit different, it still Sounds Familiar.
- A. XXXX (ABEL'S EDIT)
- B. Etire En Avant
Times of innocence; « Etire en avant » is a track by I:Cube from 1996 recorded straight to tape, when he was still doing music in his bedroom at his parents’ house. This slow jam contains french hypnotizing aerobic lyrics combined with a funk filtered sample, perfect for a tantalising disco sleaze
late night set.
On the flip side, Abel from the infamous Red Light Records Amsterdam offers us a surprising re-jam based on the original « XXXX » track released last year on the Oeil Cube E.P.
Speeding it up from 33 to 45 rpm, and then extending it for maximum effect.
From cinematic slow boogie to proper boogie monster.