Róisín Murphy shares “The Rumble / World’s Crazy”, the final pair of tracks in a series of 12” singles which have been released across 2018 to unanimous acclaim from critics and fans alike. Created in collaboration with Baltimore maverick musician/producer/DJ Maurice Fulton and released through The Vinyl Factory, Murphy gone and made some of the most hip-twitching, pleasure-centre-stimulating music of her life. The lyrics are intense, exploratory and probing – all the while working on the immediate, endorphin-stimulating dancefloor level too – and her voice is finer, richer, more expressive than ever.
We pick up where “Jacuzzi Rollercoaster / Can’t Hang On” left off, and “The Rumble” may well be Murphy’s most life affirming track to date, a euphoric declaration which melds and morphs, grows and swells, anchored by Murphy as a maven for our troubled times. In her own words; “The Rumble was written with Maurice and Mim Suleiman. Mim is amazing with infectious energy. I needed help as it’s a mammoth track, like two songs in one the second half is a vamp in which Maurice Instructed me to preach! Preaching was not a natural stance for me but he insisted I try, now I can’t stop testifying, the process has changed me a little.”
“…sounding more triumphant than ever.” – Pitchfork
“Murphy’s presence is so strong that even a few breathy phrases can turn a funky jam into a firecracker.” – Resident Advisor
“A squelching, throbbing, synth-heavy beast of a song, this is as bonkers and brilliant as the title suggests.” – Sunday Times Culture
“Best listened with lights off and strobes on, “Plaything” shimmers in its late-night disco glory.” – The Fader
It was only a matter of time before we could announce a release from Black
Loops here on Freerange and finally the time is now. The Italian producer
now residing in Berlin has had a solid few years rising through the house
music ranks through releases on respected labels such as Pets, Toytonics,
Gruuv and Neovinyl. Last year he was awarded best Deep House Artist by
Traxsource (based on sales and chartings) and he has since been remixing
for the likes of Luke Solomon, Ponty Mython, Theo Kottis and Joey Negro.
His broad-ranging influences taking in funk, soul, disco and 90’s NY house
inform a depth, warmth and musicality to his productions which has seen
him in demand DJing around the world and makes him an obvious fit for us
here on Freerange.
This EP, produced almost exclusively during an extended tour in Australia
opens with title track 7Hills, the area where he stayed and worked on this
release. The trademark Black Loops swinging groove, smooth Rhodes stabs/
keys licks courtesy of Nikos Haropoulos and a deep, rolling bassline all
come together to form the perfect warm up track - uplifting, understated
and with a subtle sense of anticipation.
Next up we have Parisian producer Mad Rey getting stuck into 7Hills for a
raw, bumping interpretation which jacks things up a notch taking it into
heavier peak-time territory. Mad Rey has been responsible for some
brilliant releases on French label D.Ko, Rekids and most recently Mamie’s
Records and alongside label mates Flabaire and Paul Cut he has helped re-
establish Paris as a hotbed of fresh, musical talent.
Flipping over we have two more Black Loops originals. King Paul takes an
old soul vocal sample and works it to great effect over crisp 909 beats
and sun-soaked keys whilst a vinyl-only bonus track Linda38 treads a
similar path but with a punchier groove and warm pads rounding off this EP
in fine style.
Last spotted opening his third eye on Frieda Musik, the enigmatic Ezikiel returns to Celesta with a very special release: ‘Trinidad’
The first track to be revealed from the deep delving, explorative roots investigation that will be his debut album ‘Unite’, ‘Trinidad’ is an immersive 17 minute trip that twangs, ripples and shimmers with traditional Trinidadian instrumentation and vocals. Carefully wrapped around a voluptuous, warm analogue groove with hypnotic effect, this is Ezikiel at his most articulate and engaging…. It’s clear ‘Unite’ is going to characterise 2019 with clarity.
A momentous track calls for a momentous remix: Villalobos delivers an extensive trip that defies arrangement typicalities, delves deep into Ezikiel’s original sound palette and writhes amid the traditional instruments. In a surprise twist of fate, it’s a rare occasion where Ricardo’s rub is actually a little shorter than the original. Don’t worry it still punches over the 16min mark.
One original, one exceptional remix, one immense album to look forward to; it’s time to UNITE.
For Me Me Me 14, I’m proud to announce the return of Shit Robot to the label for his first full length EP, following up from his previous contribution to our We We We Charity compilation, and last year’s remix for Forriner.
Joining him is fellow label mainstay Edmondson (of Lissoms fame), as well as Vin Sol (Nonplus / Clone) making his label debut, after me wanting to snare him forever due to my status as a Vin Sol super fan!
Shit Robot provides us with 2 RAW house cuts.
On the A side we have the deep and bumping “Cubed”.
For the B he gives us “Rotation” which is equal parts Analogue-Jack to Rave-Synth.
Edmondson turns in a typically unique remix, yet again hinting at his background in non 4/4 sounds, and showcasing his unbelievable deftness for sound design.
Vin Sol’s remix of Rotation expertly captures the spirit of late 80s house in a way that only the original early pioneers, Vin Sol himself, and a perhaps a handful others seem to pull off legitimately.
Also included as a digital exclusive is the bonus track “Shit Robot - The Life To Come”, for that added low slung jazz-house fix.
File under “Proper”
- Man Power, November 2018
VARIOUS ARTISTS (CANDIDO / SKYY / LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY)
D1. Rafael Cameron - Boogie's Gonna Get Ya [The Reflex Revision]
Salsoul Records are proud to present another crate digging anthology of jams that have been lovingly reworked, this time by mighty French mixer The Reflex!
A superbly selected and tweaked set of 4 tracks from the archives for the modern dancefloor is what's on offer here, ultra-loud pressing, remastered from the original sources and lovingly touched up by The Reflex. We have cuts from Loleatta Holloway, Skyy, Rafael Cameron and Candido. Some big names there, but you haven't heard them sound like this before. We all know by now that The Reflex goes the extra mile with his mixes, these are works of dancefloor art! One cannot underestimate the importance of these tracks on contemporary dance music, but the Funk is the most important thing here, amazing records to dance to that capture a time in NYC when clubs were places to be, sanctuaries of escapism, hedonism and expression.
Following on from Acid Jump, which was released back on the label in 2014, Russian-born producer Eskuche returns to Hot Creations with a club-ready solo offering titled Activator.
Speaking of the EP Eskuche reveals that the inspiration came after the Paradise closing party last year. Wanting to make something that would fit the vibe of the DC10 terrace, Activator was born. Eskuche’s production style is apparent in his latest output. Title track Activator employs rolling drum pads and a low-slung beat. The bass rumbles on through B-side Pleasure Beat, displaying hints of acid, a prominent percussive section and an eerie, vocal hook.
Since his debut release in 2012, Eskuche has broken through the musical stratosphere. He’s had releases on Nervous Records, Materialism and Mr. Nice Guy and These releases have garnered support from some of the industry’s most prominent names including Marco Carola, Laurent Garnier and Maya Jane Coles. Last year saw his hit track Freaky Stuff played extensively on BBC Radio 1 and hit the top 5 spot in the Traxsource charts. The Ibiza-based DJ and producer looks set to end 2018 on a high with this release and a debut gig with the Paradise crew at The Brooklyn Mirage lined up.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB / LOOK ME UP (INC. TOM MOULTON REMIX)
Dusty archives, the backrooms of record stores, private reel to reel stashes, master tapes - these are the environs of the Dynamic Range experience.
Dynamic Range is a new label focused on unearthing deep Soul, Funk and Disco jams that continue to resonate with todays dancers and DJ's. Time spent scouring the bowels of the majors and independents has unsurprisingly resulted in numerous gems being added to the DR wants list. High quality, fully licensed reissues are the order of the day, always taken from the correct master source and re-presented to hungry record heads the world over. To repeat, this is a fully legit operation - Avoid the sharks at all costs!
Hot on the heels of DR's maiden release we are pleased to present the evergreen Blue Magic and their anthemic 'Welcome To The Club', apparently a firm fave with Ron Hardy would routinely begin his DJ sets with this wondrous Philly beauty. The record has always been a big influence on the house scene with it finding new fans over and over, and it's easy to see why - brilliant arrangements, musicianship and of course - those voices! Disco bliss. On the flip side is the mighty Tom Moulton's mix of the Blue's 1979 smasher 'Look Me Up', another premium slice of incredible disco soul for the dancers and the lovers. These are the full length versions, pressed across one side each, as it's meant to be, nicely remastered and presented in their entirety.
Producer & DJ Mall Grab has announced his new EP ‘How The Dogs Chill, Vol. 1’, on his brand new imprint ‘Looking For Trouble.’ The new release arrives ahead of Mall Grab’s upcoming ‘Looking For Trouble' tour, including a London headline show on 6th October at E1.
The 25 year old’s latest record follows one of last summer’s biggest house releases - 'Pool Party Music’ on DJ Haus’s ever-excellent Hot Haus Recs, as well as a collaborative EP earlier this year alongside Loods on Steel City Dance Discs, the label he runs with his friends Jarred Kennedy and Jackson Fitzsimmons. Having emerged in 2015 with the infectious ‘Feel U’ EP, the strength and evolution of Jordon’s productions has firmly established him as one of dance music’s most exciting talents.
The new EP arrives in the middle of another busy period for Mall Grab. Having played well over 100 shows in the last year, he just curated the London event Long Live Southbank - a one off fundraiser party supporting the restoration of Southbank’s hallowed Undercroft skate space, which was streamed by Boiler Room. Having grown up skateboarding the event’s cause was a particularly special one for Jordon. About to embark on his much anticipated ‘Looking For Trouble’ tour throughout September and October and with more shows through November & December in Japan and Australia, Mall Grab will close out 2018 on a high.
A1. Mall Grab - Liverpool Street In The Rain
A2. Mall Grab - Bust
B1. Mall Grab - Looking For Trouble
B2. Mall Grab - Get Impetuous
Sunday Money welcomes 'Grusti' to the label - the collaborative effort of Argentinian musician Guti, and Russian producer Roustam. The background of the project and process of creation is described by Roustam: “This EP was recorded in Guti's legendary loft studio in Barcelona. I was feeling down and out and just flew in for a week to raise my spirits to visit Guti for the first time. We spent a week living together making this EP, just making music non-stop, breaking for awesome tapas and wine and rolling a lot of spliffs. It features a lot of our influences from different sides of the world — Guti's a passionate fiery Argentinian and I'm more of a reserved and calculating Russian from up north but together we make some funky stuff. Also showcases our big love for breakbeat and similar deconstructed 4 x 4 material. Dedicated to the women we love!”
WEST END EDITS: GREG WILSON (INC. B.T., FORRRCE, RAW SILK, SHIRLEY LITES)
A. B.T. (Brenda Taylor) - You Can't Have Your Cake And Eat It Too (Greg Wilson Edit)
B. Forrrce - Keep On Dubbin' (Greg Wilson Edit)
C. Raw Silk - Do It To The Music (Greg Wilson Edit)
D. Shirley Lites - Heat You Up (Melt Down Mix) (Greg Wilson Edit)
NYC's Disco powerhouse West End Records should need no intro. The home of too-numerous-to-list club classics for over 30+ years is still impacting today on what we know to be club culture. The label started by one Mel Cheren (RIP) with assistance from Larry Levan and more way back in 1976 is still held in such high regard today with it's catalogue constantly being played, rediscovered, reinterpreted and loved by waves and waves of new fans and admirers. One such admirer is one of the UK's longest serving DJ's and editors, a truly legendary Northern selector who's unique reel to reel DJ sets and reworks has gained him fans worldwide and continues to do so. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Greg Wilson's West End versions, 4 tracks of unparalleled funk touched by the man himself who has also kindly supplied some choice words about this special release:
"West End has a particular place in my heart. Along with Prelude, it was my main go-to label during the early ‘80s, an underground New York powerhouse issuing a relentless run of now classic and cult-classic club cuts during the time I was DJing at Legend in Manchester. For me personally, the label is forever connected with this then futuristic venue, West End’s progressive approach to dance music, incorporating electronic elements to play a key role in ushering in the Electro-Funk era, finding its perfect environment at Legend, with tracks by Stone, and especially the Peech Boys’ hugely influential ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’, providing major stepping stones. This is a project that holds a deeper resonance for me, given my personal relationship with the label, and I’m so happy to contribute to the series; the 4 favourites tracks I selected for this release illustrating West End’s best qualities – serious grooves and soulful vocals.
The edit of ‘You Can’t Take Your Cake And Eat It Too’ by B.T. (Brenda Taylor) was originally featured on my first Credit To The Edit compilation, back in 2005, whilst Raw Silk’s ‘Do It To The Music’ was also edited around the same period, but has never been made available until now. ‘Keep On Dubbin’’ by Forrrce, although not as big as the other inclusions at the time, was an ahead of its time hybrid, mixed by François Kevorkian, whose dub awakening had taken place the previous year, and Shirley Lites ‘Heat You Up (Melt You Down)’, which draws from the instrumental ‘Melt Down Mix’, the version of choice at Legend, where dub and instrumental mixes often trumped the main vocal versions"
A truly golden era of dance music history, all killer - no filler! All tracks featured re-edited by Greg Wilson and re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released with the permission of and in conjunction with West End Records, New York City / BMG. '
Mickey Pearce is back in business with ‘One Hundred Smiles’, a new album of swaggering UK club music experimentations, and a new label Box Of Toys.
His first album, ‘Michael’ (2016), saw him exploring new territory; crafting a strange and melancholic landscape of beatless textures and leftfield house and techno. Approached with a fresh perspective, ‘One Hundred Smiles’ slows the tempo and ups the collaboration.
“The last record was a reflection of my situation around that time. This one is like stepping out from under a cloud. It’s about the joy of collaboration; meeting and working with new people. It’s also about the ambiguity of smiles, and the complicated relationships we form.”
The album features appearances from rising UK talent Poté, Taiwanese vocalist Meuko Meuko and Greek electronic pioneer Lena Platonos.
“Poté is a crazy talent. We’ve done a bunch of sessions and made a load of tracks, two of which ended up here and one of which is going on his next record.
Meuko Meuko is an artist from Taiwan. We communicate entirely via Instagram. She’d send me translations of the lyrics in Instagram messages, but I’m still not sure if I’ve chopped them into any sort of sense. The instrumental was called ‘Slime’, and she misread that intentionally or unintentionally to mean “smile” and sent me all these crazy lines about “your lovely smile” and it was just perfect. I love her.
Lena Platonos is a legend, and someone I was honoured to work with. The day she told me she had been playing and enjoying the record around her friends was a good day.”
‘One Hundred Smiles’ is the first release on his own label Box Of Toys. The label is named the same as his 2017-2018 radio show series, which featured the album’s guests as well as Randomer, Machine Woman, Airhead, The Maghreban and Object Blue.
‘One Hundred Smiles’ is released on LP and digital via Box Of Toys on 2nd November 2018.
Fresh from releasing his ‘عشق' project, a genre-spanning collection of tracks inspired by the 1983 album ‘L’Amour’ by elusive French-Canadian artist Lewis, Leeds-based electronic producer Happa has returned to the club with a brand new project, ‘Argot’. Released today, ‘Argot’ is a four track release pushing the boundaries of electronic sounds in completely unique style.
Opening to the frenetic, paranoid synths of ‘Argot’, Happa morphs the sounds of techno and contemporary electronic music to create a neurotic hybrid of growling bass, twisted melodic stabs and thudding kicks. Parris’ flip of the track is even more stark, using expertly placed percussive elements to produce a hypnotic, minimalist iteration of the original that uses negative space to emphasise the effect of its parts. ‘Wen U Relli Hit It’ embodies a heavy duty yet upbeat change of direction from Happa. With off kilter melodics and 8-bit esque synths, the track is a step further into progressive sounds - creating something that's still tailor made for the dancefloor, but occupies a midtempo space in a way never heard before. Kowton’s reinterpretation of the track brings down the melody slightly, presenting a front facing club track that still employs the same rattling bass tones, restraining the track’s use of synths and placing an intricate percussive line and cosmic textures on centre stage.
Invigorating and subversive, Happa has skewed the traditional forms of club music to create a work that is innovative enough to stand by itself in the landscape of electronic sounds. Released on Fnord Communications and following work with the likes of James Blake, Trim, and more, Happa’s ‘Argot’ EP is a prime example of everything that makes the producer one of the most beguiling prospects coming out of the UK. Slick yet completely unpredictable, the project includes remixes from two more inventive talents in the form of Parris and Kowton – rounding the project up to mark another chapter in Happa’s already trailblazing career.
PT1 - A1. CHIC - Le Freak (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
PT1 - A2. Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
PT1 - B1. CHIC - Le Freak (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
PT1 - B2. Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
PT2 - A1. CHIC - I Want Your Love (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
PT2 - A2. Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
PT2 - B1. CHIC - I Want Your Love (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
PT2 - B2. Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
PT3 - A1. Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
PT3 - A2. Norma Jean Wright - Saturday (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
PT3 - B1. Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
PT3 - B2. Norma Jean Wright - Saturday (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
PT4 - A1. Sister Sledge - Got To Love Somebody (Dimitri From Paris 12” Version)
PT4 - A2. Sheila & B. Devotion - Your Love Is Good (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
PT4 - B1. Sister Sledge - Got To Love Somebody (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
PT4 - B2. Sheila & B. Devotion - Your Love Is Good (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
PT5 - A1. CHIC - My Forbidden Lover (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
PT5 - A2. CHIC - I Feel Your Love Comin' On (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
PT5 - B1. CHIC - My Forbidden Lover (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
PT5 - B2. CHIC - I Feel Your Love Comin' On (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
Rarely does an artist pay homage to the classics like Dimitri From Paris. The Grammy nominated producer, remixer, composer and DJ has made every one in his repertoire of reworks sound effortless – no mean feat when the original tracks are by the likes of one of Disco’s greatest musicians. He has a long history of remixing classic records, starting in the late 80s and culminating in this achievement of a lifetime, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix.
This 10-track album features brand new remixes alongside all the much-loved essentials that have resonated with artists from Frankie Knuckles to Disclosure, Gilles Peterson to Mark Ronson. Alongside the reworks – three of which have never been released before – are instrumentals of each, most also previously unreleased, for the ultimate bumper pack. Available in 2CD, download, and vinyl formats (full details to be announced), the album is an essential for seasoned Disco lovers. To create the project, Dimitri was entrusted to use the original studio masters from circa 1978 - 1980 that feature all of the individually recorded musical and vocal elements. The majority of these songs are for the first time given a respectful new mix and arrangement, unveiling never-before-heard performances, turning the spotlight on the beautiful orchestrations of one the most unique and highly-revered production duos of the Disco era and beyond; Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, along with their CHIC organization of musicians.
Kicking off with the unmistakeable CHIC staple ‘Le Freak’, Dimitri’s timeless remix making the exquisite instrumental harmonies shine like only Dimitri can, the album delves next into ‘Lost In Music’ and a new mix of CHIC’s classic ‘I Want Your Love’. Norma Jean’s life-affirming ‘Saturday’, originally co-written by Nile Rodgers in 1978, is given a remix of cinematic proportions, no doubt set to become the climax of many Dimitri DJ sets to come. Sister Sledge’s ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for the Disco power group, is given the Dimitri treatment with an extended mix, drawing out the string motifs, showcasing unheard sections from the original master tapes, sounding better than ever. Further exclusives include ‘Forbidden Lover’ and another Sister Sledge masterpiece, ‘Got To Love Somebody’ with cowbell and horns resplendent. More highlights include new mixes of Sister Sledge’s evergreen ‘Thinking Of You’ and the final track, an underdog from French chanson singer turned one-time Disco act, Sheila & B Devotion ‘Your Love Is Good’, a euphoric high to close on and another using many elements from never-heard-before outtakes.
Through Disco grooves and meticulously reverent production, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix gets to the heart of why CHIC’s music remains so universally relevant, underlining the enduring cultural significance of dance music in its most unabashed form. This album is a demonstration of how captivating the sound of a full orchestra of musicians can be, compared to today’s largely computer generated offerings – celebrating the eternally endearing qualities of some of Nile Rodger’s best-selling records, not to mention, for over 40 years, the unquestionable power of a great Disco record.
The Box is a numbered Limited Edition of 1000 units
5 x 180 gram vinyl
Printed parts finished with a soft touch matte lamination. Box art uses a matte silver foil for the silver parts
The box will come with packed with a ‘press photo’ insert of CHIC & Dimitri
Whether it’s 303 basslines or those pesky little tabs of lysergic, everyone loves a Taste Of Acid. FaltyDL, being one of the many believers, delivers four cuts of A C I D for Hypercolour.
Tune In, Turn On Drop Out......
The Black Madonna - Great!
Chrissy (Smart Bar Chicago) - This is dope!
Mor Elian - Great Stuff
Ivan Smagghe - Track 2 is a monster!
Mumdance - Lovely stuff
William Djoko - FaltyDL never ceases to amaze me, so good!
Octo Octa - Bleepy, love it!
Tom Laroye and Yam Who? return to Glitterbox as Qwestlife with another soulful cut, for their latest musical offering, ‘Hit It Off’. Written by acclaimed soul artist Benny Latimore, and made famous by Millie Jackson in 1979, the track was translated for dance music world when sampled by Tom Trago. Fast forward to 2018 and their take on the 70’s classic features the unmistakable voice of Teni Tinks, a session vocalist to the stars, who featured on Glitterbox releases like The Shapeshifter’s ‘When Love Breaks Down’. Tinks brings true diva flair to the track, and with the joyful chorus and smooth production, Qwestlife once again demonstrate their ability to craft modern disco with traditional analogue techniques, creating glorious dance-floor vibes and honouring a truly classic track. Available on 7” vinyl for music connoisseurs everywhere, a track like this is destined to be heard on wax, with a Disco Soul Instrumental version also available exclusively on the vinyl release.
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....
The era of major label 'dance' subsidiaries and remixes certainly threw up tons of classics and unexpected favourites. A time when the A&R men in the big offices were looking for the next streetwise sound, the next club anthem. One such label was the former independent and then Atlantic-backed Big Beat, helmed by the clubbable Craig Kallman who had cut his teeth as a DJ and promo man in NYC's music underground. Utilising his skills, Kallman signed Tropical Moon's 1991 seminal deep house EP 'Love Is A Mystery', a collaborative effort by underrated house heavyweights Nelson 'Paradise' Roman and 'Blue' Jean Hughes (RIP). It's no surprise that this record became a cult must-have with DJ's, here was a sublime and mature record crafted by 2 giants of the deeper side of house music, working in unison to create something 'other'. 4 tracks deep with a wide range of style and oozing sheer class, the whole record still sounds incredible today. A must-have for anyone with a love for soulful and deep music, brought back into view for 2018. An extremely sought after and hard to obtain slab of wax right here. Forget those wack bootlegs that you may see online, this is the real deal.
'Love Is A Mystery' has been legitimately released with the full involvement of the rights holders and Atlantic Records and remastered by Bristol's Optimum Mastering from the original sources especially for this release. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at Mint Condition!
Two absolutely legendary pieces of early Chicago house music finally reissued for 2018. Mike Macharello and Duane Thamm JR's Knight Action project was responsible for this colossal 1985 landmark release that saw a heady fusion of Euro influenced and Italo Disco sounds meet in the windy city and in turn create history.
Released on Macharello's 'Let's Dance' imprint the 'R-Trax / D-Rail' 12" has long been a holy grail of Chicago house, skeletal drum programming, acidic basslines and manic, strobing claps and toms combine to create a fresh and hedonistic version of the music that Macharello and Thamm JR were playing on the city's infamous WBMX radio station as well as in the clubs and roller rinks. A truly underground flavour, and certainly some of the earliest examples of the House sound that would eventually become synonymous with Chicago, 'R-Trax / D-Rail' both still sound compelling today and continue to wreak havoc on any dance-floor.
Chicago's Still Music are proud to present this fully legit, remastered and repressed piece of Chicago house history. A truly pivotal record now made available again for 2018. Essential sound for those who love the real deal - snoozing not advised, OG copies of this monster are hard to come by!
Released via Gigi’s aforementioned World Peace Music imprint, the stunning Rio Grande is exactly the sort of release you’d imagine would make an impression in the sets of many of the world’s knowledgable DJs. Inspired by and dedicated to Puerto Rico’s El Yungue National Forest, it came about as a result of Gigi’s many sound excursions to the stunning part. Recording nature sounds and always looking to unique places for inspiration, the release is presented by two versions: one deeper, electronic version and another that’s more leaning toward latin jazz pastures.
First up is the quite exquisite sounds of the Rio Grande (Space Version). A bouncing house gem that’s imbued with charm from the get-go, this one is a firm dancefloor groover that’s sure to get floors smiling and dancing in unison. The sort of track you can’t but love, it rolls to a quite brilliant crescendo, and is full of joy from the off. A complete dancefloor anthem that’s undoubtedly going to turn heads very soon.
On the flip side we have the sounds of the ‘Jungle’ version. This one is more stripped back but retains the original’s good-time baseline. Another joyous interpretation, it provides the spine of the Space Version, and is a lethal jam in its own right with a series of manic horns and electric guitar licks that lend it an almost rock and roll aesthetic and lift it to higher planes in the process. Distributed by Joe Claussell’s Atypical Dopeness, this is music with serious heart and personality.
Originally released on White House Records. Remastered from digital masters by Robert Macciochi with full restored cover done by myself. This EP should need no introduction to Ravers as often cited as an Anthem (whatever that means to you, to me that just means classic and good and still worth hearing any day again and again).
"Baptised By Dub" was originally on World Beat Records with "Virtual Reality" on the flip side and later licensed to White House Records with other tracks and the totally different but equally awesome Re Baptised By Dub by DJ Halo. This Ravers favourite has never been reissued on vinyl in its original 4 track form. it did make it to a White House Classics series but only Baptised By Dub and not the greatest quality.
According to DJ Spatts the DAT's were misplaced in the 90's and only unearthed again in 2014 when I searched the Warehouse. All CD licensed versions on compilations are allegedly a vinyl rip supplied by White House. These official DIGITAL remasters were issued to TCM Records as digital only. This is your first chance to get your hands on what will definitely be the best vinyl reproduction of this music since it's original release in 1992.
NO SMOKE / WATT NOIZE
KORO KORO (IAN TREGONING REWIRE) / ITS MY LIFE (MAX D EDIT)
Presenting the first in a series of respectful and legit reissues from one of the UK's most well loved underground record labels:
London's Warriors Dance label was a unique operation and a pioneering London label during the late 80's acid house phenomena. Home to an assortment of DJs, MCs and soundmen , they went on to make their own original and indelible mark on the rave scene from the infamous 'Addis Ababa' studio on Harrow Road on the North-West side of the city. A former reggae and soul studio that was instrumental to the output of influential artists like Soul II Soul and more, a steady diet of reggae, bass, hip-hop, house and techno kept their edgy, and diehard UK sound and style right at the cutting edge of the dance music underground across the globe with the top DJs and producers of the day celebrating the label. The studio, helmed by label owner Tony ‘Addis’, acted as an incubator for artists whose names would go down in the history books - No Smoke, Bang The Party, The Addis Posse, Melancholy Man, Hollywood Beyond, The Housemaids and more all featured heavily on the label and contributed to its legendary output. The attitude and approach to the music was utterly and unapologetically a London thing, with heavy African and Caribbean influences also drawing on the sounds emanating from Chicago, Detroit and further afield. Years later, and with the advent of the internet, Discogs, Youtube and any other digital platform you'd care to mention, Warriors Dance continues to be discovered and rediscovered again by curious diggers and music heads with a thirst for heavyweight tracks to play in their DJ sets. This saw the WD mythology rise again, making their records much sought after by fans from all over the world.
No Smoke's 'Koro Koro' is one such record. Undoubtedly an anthem. A classic. A game-changer. It's one of those records that spread across the world on its release and in its subsequent life thereafter. Literally caned by any DJ worth his salt in 1989 and beyond, this storming, eerie and driving tribal house monster was a huge hit. Licensed and re-released time and time again, and still causing havoc on dance floors in 2018, 'Koro Koro' ushered in a new style of Afrocentric house music, something new, unique and timeless. To inaugurate this incredible reissue series we have original Warriors Dance engineer and studio wizard, Ian Tregoning's special 2018 'rewire' of the track, a faithfully updated, stripped back and reimagined version whose lithe, minimal, streamlined and spatial lines catapult this London warehouse classic deep deep into the future. A truly special remix created specially for this project.
B-side 'It's My Life' is perhaps a little less 'known' than 'Koro Koro' but it is just as deadly. Mining a different sonic furrow to the A-side this 1991 breakbeat/hip-house hybrid absolutely pummels a sound-system (in the best way). The original version saw MC Watts Noize dropping bars of wisdom about making his way in an ever confusing world across a backdrop of chopped up breaks, deep sub-bass rumbles and euphoric, angelic synth pads. The special version featured on this 12" sampler is the infamous (almost) instrumental re-edit from Beautiful Swimmer Max-D. This is the first time this version has ever been made available, having only been out there in the world as a much obsessed over Youtube upload and as one of the highlights of Beautiful Swimmers 2015 Trilogy Tapes mixtape. Super heavy, it will undoubtedly whet the appetites of those who've been screaming for a physical release.
Special mixes & edits courtesy of Ian Tregoning and Max-D. Mastered by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK. Proudly distributed by Above Board distribution. 2018.
Take a moment to dream
Listen, find meaning in the silence Release your thoughts
Forgive, preserve the past
Take a moment to look around Connect, find purpose in your voice Break the bond of fear
Listen, find meaning in the silence Free yourself...you’ll find your way.
Liberation EP is a prescription for those with the courage to follow their inner voice and seek for self harmony. The melodies and rhythms are crafted by the artist as a mantra to let go, it is now yours.
A1. Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women- Dala Ma Siaya (Living Room Session)
A2. Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women- Okana Tali (Living Room Session)
B1. Stella Chiweshe- Bird Song (Live im Funkhaus)
B2. Stella Chiweshe- Inner Voice (Live im Funkhaus)
C1. Stella Chiweshe- Bird Song (Dauwd Wired Re-Bird)
C2. Stella Chiweshe- Bird Song (Wolfonacid Tribe’s Remix)
D1. Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women- Dala Ma Siaya (Wolfonacid Spring Remix)
Berlin-based collective African Acid Is The Future inaugurates its new label partnership with The Vinyl Factory by releasing the first in a three-part 2×12″ series Ambiance.
The first instalment, Ambiance I, captures two extraordinary live performances in Berlin, backed by remixes from AAITF members Dauwd and Wolfonacid on the second 12″.
The live performances feature Kenyan dodo singer Ogoya Mengo & The Dodo Women, and the woman once described as Zimbabwe’s mbira queen Stella Chiweshe. The former was recorded live in Romain’s Azzaro apartment, while Chiweshe’s performance was captured in front of an enraptured crowd at Berlin’s iconic Funkhaus venue.
* Featuring Kenyan singer Ogoya Nengo and “the queen of mbira” Stella Chiweshe
* 2 x 12″ 180g heavyweight vinyl includes in a gatefold sleeve
* Includes printed inner and outer sleeves and an African Acid Is The Future booklet
* Artwork by Louis Vignat
* Vinyl edition of 500
A How Many Emcee's (Must Get Dissed) (Bushwick Jeep Mix)
B How Many Emcee's (Must Get Dissed) (Bushwick Jeep Beats)
The second in a series of all-time CLASSIC hip-hop anthems from the Nervous vaults, pressed onto high quality dinked 45's.
Remastered from the original source material and featuring the unedited 'dirty' version on the A-side, and the full instrumental on the B-side, these 45's are for the heads who know what time it really is!
'How Many Emcee's Must Get Dissed' is that raw, NYC, Beatminerz flavour, even the video that dropped on MTV in 1993 is legendary featuring the whole Black Moon mob in their native Brooklyn posting up with their crew. Everyone remembers that Timberlands & Philly Blunts rap from the mid 90's onwards, raw SP1200 beats, dusty loops and samples pulled out of crates in the darkest corners of the five boroughs, a truly creative period in rap music and popular culture with many artists who came up in the era shaping the future of music from the streets upwards. Black Moon are one such group, their indelible mark on music is still felt today, the blend of streetwise raps and sturdy, murked out, jazzy beats supplied by the Dewgarde brothers is timeless. They sure don't make em like this anymore and if they did we're sure Black Moon would continually crush the competitors as they always did. Essential New York rap classics right here! Don't front.
Fully legit, licensed and reissued by Above Board distribution in conjunction with Nervous Records, NYC. 2018.
Original Nutter is Michael King faeaturing UK Apachi's classic Jungle vocal. Initially released as a White Label in 1997 at the height of the first wave of UK Garage. This EP was only pressed in limited amounts and now commands over L80 second hand. This reissue is the result of a chance find of the DAT tape. Remastered and recut by MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY, an essential for any UK Garage fan.
HOT CHOCOLATE / GWEN MCRAE
HEAVENS IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY CADILLAC / KEEP THE FIRE BURNIN' (THE REVENGE EDITS)
A1 Hot Chocolate - Heavens In The Backseat Of My Cadillac (The Revenge Edit)
B1 Gwen McRae - Keep The Fire Burning (The Revenge Edit)
Promo's, edits, mega-mixes, the record pools, white labels, acetates, reel to reels.
All of the above were the weapons of choice for the disc jockey's of yesteryear, utilising these tools helped various luminaries pave the way for where we are today on the modern dance-floor. Those 'secret' mixes, 'private' versions and edits of the hottest Disco jams that only the select few had access to could make or break a DJ's reputation in the clubs and on the streets.
It is within this world that the For Discos Only label operates, sourcing the finest underground edits and mixes for the Discotheques. We carefully hand pick and dig for obscure or forgotten versions of the best tracks that may have been previously out of reach for the majority, inviting the hottest editors and mixers to open up their archives and share their secret weapons with us all via the medium of the 12" record.
Our second offering pulls together 2 of THE biggest edits from the last 20 or so years, so big in fact that they are regarded as classics of the genre. 2 absolute monsters that now fetch tidy sums in their original forms. That's right, we've asked the mighty Revenge to give us their versions of BOTH Hot Chocolate's 'Heaven's In The Back-Seat Of My Cadillac' AND Gwen McCrae's 'Keep The Fire Burning' and they agreed! We then cleared both of these versions to be released on FDO with the license owners and catalogue controllers, had them remastered and pressed onto a high quality 12" for your maximum playback, dancefloor pleasure. This is one essential 12" for any serious lovers of the Boogie, Funk, Soul and Disco underground, boasting 2 of the largest reworkings to ever come out of bonnie Scotland. Do not sleep on this!
These versions are designed to remind the dance-floor of where we came from musically in a respectful, modern fashion. Giving a nod to the pioneers who came before us in the DJ booth. Absolutely essential tracks for the late night dancers. All mixes are 100% legit, licensed and sanctioned. For Discos Only is a BOOTLEG FREE zone. Too legit to quit.
Artwork by planetluke.com. Remastered by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
"From the mists of time of the rave scene comes an old white label dance classic by the Temple of Life - Spencer ee, Flying Doctor Cee, Robin ee and TMS1.
The ‘Look at Their Eyes it’s Ecstasy’ sample are the dulcet tones of Robin ee, and an original performance not a sample. By 1989 we were all locked into Centre Force FM 88.3 along with a host of other illegal pirate stations, including our own Dance Zone FM. Our first live gig as Temple of Life live gig was at Pitsea Leisure Centre in Essex called Time Zone. Around 1990 the next gig Time Zone 2 was at the Civic Hall, Grays in Essex with a 10K rig.
The tracks on the EDP EP were recorded in the loft space studio via an Atari ST, Casio FZ1, Electronic Dream Plant Synth, Roland 202, TB303, and some beat loops and TMS1 on the Technics 1210's.
This was our one and only release on vinyl, now repressed and remastered. We lived and breathed this scene…..aah the halcyon daze of dancing through the whole night to sunrise and beyond."
MPS is proud to be able to offer you Xray Xperiments Vol 2 (XRAY 003) as a Limited Edition Two Disc set for the best reproduction and your listening pleasure. Here's a quick breakdown of the tracks, why I like this record so much and a chance to hear it in full if unfamiliar:
I first came across this 6 track EP in Selecta-Disc, Northampton, it has been a treasured record in my collection ever since. On the Original issue the most popular track, "Take No Chance", was located last on the A side, the lowest sound quality part of any vinyl disc. Later, presumably for DJ's, a louder cut Remix Single of "Take No Chance" was issued. The track featured again on the compilation "Classic To The Core" but sourced from vinyl as Aphrodite, who compiled the collection, did not know who made the music so they could not be found.
After a long search, over several years I did find the original Artists and the DAT Tapes too. Carefully remastered by Bob Macc at Subvert Central Mastering the music sounds significantly better than ever before while retaining all the qualities that make this EP so essential. The tracks are all excellent and are as follows:
"Intensity" uses that familiar nagging spoken word sample "It's The Point Of Greatest Intensity" used by Speedy J with sparse Detroit soaked rhythms.
"Kick The Bass" is a personal favourite. Maddeningly good use of a simple vocal sample with a huge wobble your guts Bass Line and a catchy Belgian style catchy hoover riff.
"Take No Chance" was the floor-filler on this EP. Big Breaks, Hoover Synths, a huge sped up Piano riff (lifted from an Italian House classic) and catchy female vocal cut up, (taken from a New York House record). All combining to full effect on any dancefloor.
"Take Me Higher" is sublime Vocal Techno that never gets tired. The producer cannot remember where the vocal came from so feel free to tell us. We need to know in a nerdy kind of way so we can own a copy:) A true classic and essential for any collector or underground DJ.
"O.V.L.D" is classic wobbly British Techno that would sit well with anything Peacefrog did in the 80's/ 90's or bleepy UK Northern Techno..
"Loony Toon II (Z Car Acid)" Finally but not least is the track that always makes me smile. Possibly the funniest, quirkiest and most twisted acid track of the era.
B1 Rick The Godson Wilhite & Kenny Dixon Jr - Bosmos
B2 Delano Smith - Hot-N-Funky
C1 Keith Worthy & Malik Alston - Ecoutez
C2 Raybone Jones, Marcellus Malik Pittman & Rick The Godson Wilhite - In The Dark
D1 Mike Huckaby - Melodies From The Jazz Republic
Here is the critical repress of the rare first full length on Still Music. It is a stunning genuine picture of the underground electronic scene in Detroit. A package featuring some of Detroit’s most influential producers including Marcellus Pittman, Rick - The Godson - Wilhite, Mike Huckaby, Kenny Dixon Jr. (Moodymann), Keith Worthy, Malik Alston, Delano Smith and many others. Limited vinyl.