Ohio's O'Jays were a hugely popular part of Philadelphia's PIR stable throughout the 1970's and 80's.
They cut numerous sides for the label aided by the incredible production and arrangements of the infamous Gamble and Huff hit machine.
This special 4 track EP includes some of the absolute evergreen, stellar and downright soulful tracks they are most known for. It's all here. Influential, uplifting, inspiring and soulful music that will touch everyone. From the string laden and lush extended proto Disco joy of 1975's 'I Love Music', to the deep and soulful Philly stylings of 'Back Stabbers', 'Message In Our Music' & 'My Favourite Person', all of the music contained within this amazing collection is utterly essential if you dig Soul, Funk, Disco, Gospel and even House music. This is it. The real deal. These are some of the roots of contemporary dance music, the building blocks. On top of that, it's simply great music, a solid and essential addition to any record collection from one of the greatest vocal groups of the era, not to mention the world calls production, arrangement & execution from the legendary Gamble & Huff. A real no brainer this one.....
This is a fully legit reissue, made in conjunction with Above Board distribution and Sony music, sourced from their vaults using original source material and remastered and repressed to the highest standard for 2018 and featuring all original PIR label artwork.
Here's your chance to own yet another essential stone cold classic from the archives!
Further expeditions into spacey and celestial techno can be found on Blue Veil’s second EP for Dichotomy Records.
Danny Clancy’s new project assembles four measured and characteristic tracks on the “Natural Boundary” EP, all wrapped up in Dichotomy’s bespoke design aesthetic on the 12” vinyl.
“Three Horsemen Of The Apocalypse” offers a beautiful contrast of dark and light via a heady, acidic techno flavour against ethereal vocals, and “Broken Pieces” delivers delicate electronica bathed in glorious melody.
The atmosphere remains celestial throughout “Measure Of Time”, with driving toms marching through a blanket of deep, melancholic synths, whilst “Light Mask” signs off the EP with a rhythmic and percussive workout that teases with its blissful tones.
Spanish producer ORBE debuts on Maceo Plex’s Ellum Black imprint with a demonstrative three-track set of dancefloor variety, entitled Excited. The EP functions with a distinct flavor for all three tunes, effective for dancefloor use at different times throughout the night — nudged between peaks and valleys with ease and elegance. After previously releasing material for the likes of Hivern Discs and Lone Romantic, this Spanish talent has found a way to elevate himself to a place in the techno community that lends himself to experiment with his productions and exude fantastic results.
Beginning with “Abnormal Silence”, the EP sets a tone by not being afraid to deviate from the standard “4×4” sound, while trickling in efficient uses of static, glitch and rumbling bass between hypnotic snare-centric rhythms. The title track, “Excited” follows that up with a loopy, lucid-dreaming techno roller that experiments with half-step, snare drops alongside evocative vocal cues. Finally, with the conclusive sounds of “Loving Brussels”, ORBE caps off this extravagant journey with regal chord progressions, bass that hits with heft, and a build-up that culminates to a wondrous end-point for a journey that was worth the ride that came with. Ellum Black is opening doors to different strands and avenues of techno, and with ORBE’s release — the path to dancefloor uniformity looks to be a reality sometime soon.
Hot on the heels of his solo debut “Berberian Nights EP”, Larry Houl brings a moody summer warmth over to Red Ember this holiday season with three cuts of purist deep house. Harking back to the sound of our beloved Chicago House originators, the Frenchman squarely shoots for the heart and soul of dance-floor romantics.
Italian duo Subradeon team up with Radio Slave’s Rekids to deliver four illuminating cuts entitled ‘Walking Through Motown EP’.
Beginning their musical journey in Southern Italy over a decade ago, the now Berlin-based duo Subradeon have been building steady momentum by releasing a handful of EPs on Detroit’s Motech Records, trau-ma and their own Subradeon Records label. Gradually honing their soulful productions with an emphasis on
Detroit techno – the duo quickly caught the attention of Rekids label boss Radio Slave. They now join the reputable Berlin imprint with ‘Walking Through Motown EP’, closing the label’s 2018 to follow lauded releases from Sebo K, Markus Suckut, P.Leone, SRVD, Nocow, and many more accomplished names.
‘Walking Through Motown (Part 1)’ is an uplifting track with mesmerising leads and swirling synths combining to create ethereal atmospheres before ‘Walking Through Motown (Part 2) offers beautifully resonating kicks, undulating chord progression and melodious synth flutters. On the flip, ‘The Law Is Spiritual’ maintains the symphonious spectacle balancing inspiriting vocals, rattling percussion and a weighty bassline whilst ‘We Will Still Resist’ employs fluid drums, looping piano keys and euphoric elements to finish.
The ‘Vista’ EP caps off an intensely busy year for Geoff Kirkwood, otherwise known as Man Power. The British DJ/producer has become quite the ‘tour de force’ in 2018, with releases and remixes for Futureboogie, DFA, Correspondant, Exotic Series, Skint Records, and his very own Me Me Me imprint.
So it seems quite fitting to seal a productive 12 months with a release on Richy Ahmed’s Four Thirty Two, a label that itself has been firing out big releases this year from EJECA, Jansons & Senzala and Ahmed himself. And joining this big end of year party, enter stage left, Roman Flügel, who delivers an absolutely stellar remix of ‘Vista’.
Meaty synths and clattering 909 drums are doused in futuristic Italo disco vibes for
‘Outrider’, whilst a winning combo of breakbeats and acid affected bass provide the
backbone of the simply gargantuan ‘Vista’. Roman Flügel’s interpretation of the title
track brings the break to the fore, playfully teasing out the acidic sounds and surging
strings for another truly memorable remix that we’ve come to expect from Mr. Flügel.
Closing the EP, ‘Poly Pop’ delivers a vivid and bright burst of melody over clanking
percussion and sturdy beats, filled with ‘end of the night’ optimism that’s become Man
Andrew Weatherall - Could be the first time in 20 years an Amen powered tune will be featuring in my set via the Flügel mix
Juan MacLean (DFA) - Really into Outrider the most, fantastic moody mini epic , both ominois and uplifting
James Zabiela - Outrider is just fantastic, Flügel mix is ace too
Perel - The new Man Power EP is very cool, love the originals and the Flügel remix is incredible
Massimiliano Pagliara - Love this new Man Power release
Catz ‘n’ Dogz - These tracks are really good
Kasper Bjorke - Wow, the Flügel remix is a total bomb
Jason Kendig (Honey Soundsystem) - Killer record and powerful remix, love it!
German production maestro, Butch, joins the Crosstown Rebels family this winter with his remix package for the enigmatic Tuvaband.
Recalling the first time he heard the track, Butch says; “I loved the hypnotic vocals and started using it in my sets, mixing it into other tracks to make it work in clubs”. He hopes that this electronic version will make the record “accessible to a whole new crowd”.
The original cut of Trees is a beautifully, melancholic number with Tuva’s enchanting vocals dancing across the guitar-led track. On his take on the song, Butch adds dark electronic elements, glitchy components and a heady bass, whilst still retaining a euphoric feel that will work perfectly on the floor.
Butch’s illustrious career is proof that the German-producer does not shy away from hard work and it’s one that has seen him awarded the accolade of Best Producer two years in a row from Groove Magazine. He’s worked alongside heavyweights including Ricardo Villalobos and has released on acclaimed labels such as Moon Harbour, Saved, Rebirth and Watergate. Tuvaband originally began life as a duo, but is now the solo project of Norwegian songstress Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser. Tuva, whose music has drawn comparisons to the great Bon Iver, writes, produces and records all of her own material and has received support from BBC Radio 1 and The Independent as well as being a regular on the festival circuit.
Young Irish-producer Rebūke continues his rapid ascent to the top with two original productions on Hot Creations, primed and ready for the dancefloor.
Rebūke recalls being worried that Along Came Polly may have been perceived as being “a bit too weird”, but once it caught the attention of Jamie Jones, there was no stopping it. He says that the hype surrounding this EP “is something I’ve never experienced before...and it always get a great reaction”.
On Along Came Polly, Rebūke showcases his innate ability to craft a weirdly, wonderful slice of techno. On the B-side, Rolo is a much housier affair, weaving together a bouncier bassline and sultry vocal stab.
The alias of Reuben Keeney, Rebūke, has only been in business for a short while, but his efforts have already proved to be fruitful. He has garnered support from the likes of Nic Fanciulli and released on labels including Saved and DFTD, as well as having a successful club night under his belt, where highly regarded names such as Camelphat, Darius Syrossian, Ejeca and Huxley have all played.
Maceo Plex inaugurates his MPLX label with a two-tracker of his own material; as Mutant Romance solidifies the ethos of the imprint – a platform for future releases, solely from the man himself. Ever since his landmark debut album Life Index on Crosstown Rebels, the Barcelona-via-Miami artist has never wavered from the constant momentum – establishing his Ellum Audio imprint in 2011 as well as his Ellum Black imprint earlier this year, the artist already explored different avenues of techno, electro and whatever lied in the crevices in-between. However, with this first release on MPLX – Maceo Plex stretches his sonic identity even further with a double-dose of warm, wistful dancefloor bumpers that will last long after its first hearing.
“Mutant Romance” starts things off with a groovy rhythm, pacing itself justly between a deluge of affable chord progressions, rightly leading to a breakdown that’s just as vibrant and virtuous as you’d expect from a peak-time surprise from the man himself. The B-side, “Mutant Quazars” – entrenches itself with an energetic build-up; gearing towards an apex that is surprising in its reveal – with lush pads, enigmatic melodies and a beat that won’t give up on whoever’s caught onto it. MPLX is a vehicle for experimentation for an established voice in the electronic community – one that’s constantly looking at new ways to express the medium of dance music to its wider and more powerful potential.
A truly essential EP of the deepest Electro-Funk sounds.
From the vaults of Canadian power-house record label Big Shot we're proud to present a fully legitimate and remastered repress of Hi-Bias' seminal self-titled EP from 1990. Produced by Big Shot records mastermind Nick Fiorucci and Michael Ova this 4 tracker mines a more Electro / Freestyle centric sound that glides effortlessly. Cool, sleek, bass-heavy and immaculately programmed and mixed, the EP is an essential for lovers of analogous grooves, bass and timeless machine-funk. For example, EP opener 'Wind It Up' does exactly what it says, metronomic, clicking drum machines lead us into some epic synth breaks and a tense, sparse mood... a dramatic build-up that eventually crescendos into a deep, futuristic bassline, beautifully mixed and produced this sonic high-quality feeling is evident across the whole record, from the downtempo blissed-out Hip-Hop beats of 'More More More', to the dystopian Electro grooves of 'Don't Look Back' and 'Drive It Home' the whole record is totally heavyweight in every way. Original copies of this 1990 masterpiece are very very hard to come by with second hand copies changing hands for tidy sums when available.
This is the first in a long line of Big Shot reissues, all remastered from the original source materials and with the full involvement of the rights holders.
A collaboration between Above Board distribution and Big Shot records, Canada. Remastered by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK. 2018.
Fina’s next release comes from Mathew Ferness, an exciting and already hotly tipped rising star for just his second ever EP. It features three tracks that showcase his musical house style with a remix from Helsinki’s Saine.
Ferness hails from a small town near Montreal in Quebec, where he was an outcast obsessed with music. With no access to record shops, parties or scenes Mathew started taking matters into his own hands DJing in his teens taking inspiration from J Dilla, he soon began producing his own beats on a sampler and drum machine.
An exploration of analogue sounds, DAWS and most recently electronic music have all lead him to the rich sound he has now. His last EP on Beat changers was championed by Rhythm Section International and Radio 1 tastemaker Bradley Zero and this latest EP is likely to prove just as popular.
Pad laced opener ‘Escapade’ is a summery deep house jam with breezy acoustic guitar and warm, punchy drums of the sort to get any floor cutting loose. ‘Solitude’ is more paired back, with thoughtful piano keys laid over deep rolling drums. There is a musical romance and beauty to the synths that elevate this one above purely functional fodder, and then ‘At First Sight’ awakens your senses once more with broad synth smears and perfectly rough-edged drums which create pure deep house soul.
Saine is a producer with a range that goes from hazy hip hop to dusty house on labels like Odd Socks, Andy Hart’s Voyage and this one before now. After his 2017 EP Mint, he returns with a remix that is bubbly and laden with colourful melodies and open-air house grooves.
This is EP full of rich house music that is for mind, body and soul.
Los Angeles DJ/Producer Jose Marquez’s sound is a result of being brought up around Afro-Latin, Caribbean and other World Music at a young age. Always intrigued by electronic sounds as well, Jose's mission has been to fuse his love of global rhythms with the dance floor. Ankabé delivers just that!
The overall message of the song is about peace, ‘Ankabé’ means Unity in Sidy's native language of Bambara from Mali, West Africa. Sidy says “The song is saying…let’s all work together and bring the best in the world”.
Ankabé starts off minimally and slowly builds, creating anticipation as the drums start to get louder whilst Sidy’s deep vocal intensifies to an inevitable climax that is sure to ignite any dance floor.
Jose says “Sidy's vocal and drums are the perfect fit. You don't need to know the Bambara language to understand what the song is saying, you can feel it in the rhythm....let the drums speak to you.”
Jose burst onto the scene in 2010 with memorable remixes & edits of artists such as Celia Cruz, Nina Simone, Oumou Sangare and many others. In less than two years’ time, Jose was blessed with the opportunity to introduce his sound to the world by remixing for renowned House music labels such as Tribe Records, Djoon Experience, Vega Records, Yoruba Records, Wonderwheel Recording and most recently, the iconic NYC label responsible for the explosion of Latin music in the 70's, Fania Records!
'Use Your imagination' by 'blue-eyed' Funky rock combo Kokomo is a deep cut from the pre-Disco era of 1975. A time when uptempo R&B and Rock records like this were de rigueur with DJ's and dancers on the dancefloor's of clubs across NYC and all major cities where 'proper' dance music was appreciated and taken seriously. The years leading up to the Disco boom blessed us with some fantastic records like this that carried over into that late 70's era, 'classics' that still got love from the DJ's and were sequenced alongside the hits and anthems of the day. Featuring members of Joe Cocker's Grease Band, Kokomo had a few hits and were widely known, 'Use Your imagination' though, was their nightclub classic, a breezy, jazzy and funky jam that rolls just right and is incredibly rare and sought after on promo 12". Backed here with an exclusive unreleased edit on the flip you know this is an essential if you're a true Disco-head! This repress of the original Columbia promo from 1975 is backed with a brand new re-edit from one of NYC's Disco kings - Mr.K aka Danny Krivit. With almost half a century spent behind the turntables in NYC and beyond he surely understands records like 'Use Your Imagination' intrinsically, he was, after all, there when it all happened! This classic has been legally reissued by Above Board distribution in conjunction with the legal rights holders - Sony Music Entertainment. This high quality repress features original white label Columbia label Disco 12" artwork and has been remastered from Sony's original sources by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
B2. Facundo Mohrr, Valdovinos - The Reverse Loop Of Love
Facundo has been at every party this summer without actually leaving his home of Buenos Aires.
His music sound tracking blissful moments with eyes closed. Broad smiles. Hands up.
For his first single release on the label there’s a beautiful range of energies and feeling.
Each track a gentle giant. On laptop speakers you might not feel the tension or impact these tracks have, time and time again, delivered. Hypnotic. Dreamy.
Perfect examples of our sound.
Facundo Mohrr’s star, no, cloud, is on the rise.
Horse Meat Disco Featuring Amy Douglas
Let’s Go Dancing (Inc. Dimitri From Paris Remixes)
The musical manifestation of the warm glow that can only come from hitting the town with your friends, Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas have achieved peak nu-disco euphoria with ‘Let’s Go Dancing’. Backed by all-original and live-recorded instrumentation, Horse Meat Disco’s unmistakeable strutting style is unstoppable, while Amy’s impressive vocal range captures the energy of an entire nightclub dancefloor. With a little help from their friends Luke Solomon and session musicians on bass, drums, horns and keys, London’s nightlife champions have finessed their style, perfectly representing the Glitterbox sound ahead of an album forthcoming on the label in 2019. This very special 12” release is the first taste of the new material, enhanced by a groove-ridden Dimitri From Paris dub and glorious extended remix from the maestro on the flip. Stay tuned for more of the same stomping delights from the Horse Meat Disco boys.
If You Really Love Someone (Inc. Sterac / DJ T. / Jynx remixes)
A. Sterac vs Liberty City - f You Really Love Someone / The Hypnoticus II (DJ T. Edit)
B. Liberty City vs Jynx - If You Really Want Someone
In the early 90’s Oscar G and Ralph Falcon AKA Murk unleashed a series of 12” singles that single-handedly put Miami on the House Music map. The Murk sound combined a deep, tribal drum-based rhythm track with strong house/R&B vocal performances, and it sounded like nothing that was out back then. While many other producers have tried to recreate the Murk Sound, nobody else has been able to match their distinctive sound sonic vibe. To this day these tracks still get played peak hour around the world.
“If You Really Love Someone” released under Murk acronym Liberty City is one of the best known of these releases. It’s now been given a spectacular update by one of the world’s most respected, influential and talented House Music aficionado’s DJ T., who had combined the much loved old skool flavor of Murk’s original production with the updated groove of Sterac. The B-side features a remix by emerging UK talent Jynx. Released on the original Murk Records vinyl imprint.
Santiago Niño is an accomplished eclectic & conceptual electronic musician originally from Bogota Columbia, but based in Buenos Aires, with a deep discography of releases across a range of genres. The Techgnosis EP follows his debut Hermetics track ‘Collider’ as which impressed on it’s release on R&S founder’s RV Trax imprint in early 2018. Created in a low point following the sale of his professional studio, with the humble means of a laptop, mixer and set of basic monitors the realisation of this music reaffirmed Santiago’s self belief that his talent extended beyond his need for gear.
This EP follows in the same footsteps as ‘Collider’; mesmeric, pulsing techno with a rich musicality. Equally important to Santiago is his love of the visual arts: "This project has a really important connection with the audiovisual work, which i want to keep up, because i love cinema, i love the audiovisual arts, the abstract, experimental and poetic side of it, and thats why i always want to give that cinematic feel to my music.
Hand picked by Renaat Vandepapeliere to step up from the RV Trax series to a full R&S EP this is just the start for the Hermetics project.
A1. Dominik Marz & David Kochs - Strangers In Paradise
A2. Dominik Marz & David Kochs - Strangers in Paradise (Bostro Pesopeo & 2D Torso Remix)
B1. Dominik Marz - In Between
B2. Dominik Marz - Joan
New Belters straight out of Barvaria! In a nice bit of serendipity, our old pal Bostro Pesopeo (BLTRS010) introduced us to his Barvarian buddies, Dominik Marz & David Kochs. Who subsequently sent us some outstanding new music that we signed on the spot and for the first outing, we're very happy to complete the circle with a remix by Bostro himself. With early support from the likes of Ame - who has seemingly been playing the whole release - you're sure to be hearing a lot more of these youngsters in the coming years.
The 2nd vinyl release on the prolific Kraftmatic Records further exemplifies the forward-thinking excellence portrayed in the distinct multi-style abilities of new dynamic duo Fatima Njai & Jerome Sydenham. In the current new diverse club scene, Fatima & Jerome are sure to flourish.
Following on from the success of ‘Swerve’, Moscow Records returns for its 25th
release. The ‘Sing It!’ EP sees label boss Archie Hamilton step back as house and
techno mainstay Argy takes the reigns, delivering a three tracker equipped with
two originals and one remix from minimal masterminds - Livio & Roby.
A1’s ‘Sing It!’ dives immediately into peak-time energy, deploying a bumping
bassline alongside cavernous hits and a frenetic percussive workout, creating
one of the more techno-tinged tracks within Moscow’s discography.
‘Siesta’ follows suite with dubbed out chords, murky vocals and an undeniable
pace that has already whipped the dancefloors of DC10 and Tobacco Dock into
a frenzy via its buzzing low-end and clinical drum programming.
The flip sees Bucharest’s Livio & Roby deliver a blissed-out reinterpretation of
‘Siesta’. Adorned with warm, evolving synths and modular sequences, the duo’s
‘Siesta’ remix is primed for those deeper and meditative moments during
marathon sets that gets the back of your neck tingling.
MOSCOW025 lands at the end of November on vinyl and digital.
Jonny Rock is somewhat of a sorcerer, an omnipresent eye that gathers secret ingredients from far and wide—old school House oddities, hypnotic melodies of the Orient, the furthest reaches of Disco, the easy pace of Turkish psychedelic funk—fusing it all into his own shrouded code, a string of immaterial messages, both subliminal and lucid, that highlight his eccentric sense of storytelling and nuance. He imbues a sense of familiarity in his music, implying history that might not be studied but still feels learned, a quality inherent to productions born from a vast catalog of influence (and the inseparable sample material). Jonny conjures euphoric acid flashbacks, herds of crowds through Istanbul alleys, the misty morning residue from raves of yore, orchestral winds blown across the Aegean riviera, and he manages to concentrate their essence into singular details such as a snare drum. Both sides of his eternally-awaited ESP debut lean toward his dark arts—'Tye Die Techno' drives a relentless hard-edged drum kit that could throw an otherwise self-respecting Goth into a heated breakdance battle, while the title track and theme, 'Ode To A Happening On Earth,' plays with the imagery of ritual, fantasy and role-playing—but throughout this malevolent stew, there is a sustained hint of the artist’s playful nature. No matter how murky the trip becomes, Jonny is always there, a light at the end of the tunnel, with a big hug to reassure that everyone will be OK. He is one clever bastard—if you know, you know.
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.
Axe On Wax label boss Fede Lng takes to his own sub-label Axe Traxx to deliver his latest solo outing with the 'Song At Night' EP, featuring a title track that showcases the emotive and moody side of his sound profile.
The 'Song At Night' EP, which also features remixes by Baltra and Hidden Spheres, is out soon.
In the shadows of a soft-shell giant a group of seven astronauts. entered Space and Free Rotation. Guided by mr Holmes abstract improvisation took place in the purple heart; surrounded by fluffy sheep, and left us all in silence.
For the second release on their recently launched imprint, Circle Of Live is proud to present Live At Freerotation 2018. The follow-up to Loop For Today is comprised of select cuts from an improvised live performance on the main stage during this year's Freerotation festival. The artists took over the main stage with an unscripted, freeform live performance from open till close.
Offering a recorded first glimpse into the free-flowing experimental set-up currently touring top European venues, the EP is a collaborative soundscape with contributions from Dorisburg, Johanna Knutsson, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert and Steevio. With no prior planning whatsoever aside from an agreed BPM, the recording presented on this unique release offers a snapshot into the imperfections and charm of truly improvised live performance - a refreshing notion in today’s overproduced musical climate. Conceptually, the EP can be understood as more of an open-ended argument in favour of spontaneity and collaboration
than a collection of tracks.
Envisioned and created by Sebastian Mullaert, Circle Of Live represents an organic process which aims to detach itself from the habitual routines of dance music, to allow the weird and wonderful elements of collaborative performance to truly come to life. Utilising Sebastian’s unique live set-up which can accommodate any number of participants at once, artists drop in and out and collaborate as much or as little as they like.
COL002 captures the best of Circle Of Live at Freerotation, an odyssey of sound, with rich textures providing a grounding for playful melodic and percussive improvisations. Gently rolling kick and bass patterns drift in and out, carrying the listener along, whilst analogue call and responses showcase the pure synergy of
the artistic interplay.
Agents Of Time further their journey with Afterlife on the ‘Forest Of Lies’ EP, having previously contributed to a Realm Of Consciousness compilation, played mesmerizing live and DJ sets at the events worldwide and mixed a Voyage podcast. With this EP, they prove once more why their diverse, intricate productions are so esteemed by DJs and fans alike.
It's been quite a wait for new &ME material here on Keinemusik. But these two new cuts, adding to our catalogue number KM046, sure have been worth waiting for. The EP starts with „The Rapture Pt.II“ and as the title already suggests, it coherently takes up where his last original material had left us, in a stirred state of sweet, harmony-kissed affection. Known as a virtuoso of sound-details, &ME lives up to that reputation, implementing fine synth-elements and temperately rattling percussions, all conjoined by shimmering layers and, of course, an ultimately heart-melting Piano improvisation that at some point will play along to the rhythm of its synthetic brother to a finale that will leave no crowd untouched.
"Solaris" on the flipside adds indeed a futuristic note to the arrangement, opening up with a broken beat and propelling claps. A cut that, as much as its predecessor, is relying on flow and organic shifts rather than forced and peaktime formatted gimmickry, adding a synth arpeggio, white noise, vocal chants and harmonies in a rather subtle way. Nevertheless, it unfolds a compelling strength to heat the dancefloor gradually through its playtime.
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.
Techno, Disco, Italo, Electronics, House, Library, Cosmic and Ambient frequencies - These are the bedrocks of the Midnight Drive ethos and sound. A label shining a light on overlooked or unheralded creations and respectfully reissuing them for the contemporary audience. A label that respects and understands the connection between these disparate and sometimes forgotten forms of musical expression and celebrates them. Midnight Drive are extremely proud to present this most beautiful and unique of records - Makers 'Don't Challenge Me' - A truly idiosyncratic early 70's electronic oddity that has long been a coveted and highly prized piece of music by obscure music lovers for many years.
Makers was the moniker for another studio project by legendary euro-disco pioneer Boris Midney. Midney, a Russian ex-pat, explored his own sonic world and in the process crafted some of the biggest records during the most fertile times in the disco period, he created numerous projects including Beautiful Bend, USA-European Connection, Caress and many more.
A classically trained musician and jazz artist, his trail-blazing studio work meant he was one of the first producers to embrace the capabilities of multi-track mixing in a most creative way. Listening to this 45, a limited release on his own 'Midney' micro label, you can certainly hear genius at work, it's mind boggling that this record was crafted when it was (1972) as it sounds totally ahead of it's time and sounds exciting and original to this day. Truly one of the scarcest records of it's kind we were extremely humbled to be able to work with Boris and his organisation on this very special reissue that has been a collaborative effort all the way. This reissue has been repressed from Boris' own masters and every care has been taken to ensure that this lo-fi oddity sounds as good and clear as possible and the label artwork is a close rendering to the original as a respective nod to Boris and the Midney imprint by our friends Atelier Superplus. This is the very first time this record has ever been reissued (it was included on the most incredible 'Personal Space' compilation from a few years ago) and people will be very surprised to hear the b-side for the very first time - 'You're Shy' - A sweet soul number that almost recalls The Staple Singers and could easily have been released on Stax or any familiar labels of that ilk that somehow manages to retain the strange and overall DIY aesthetic of the 'Makers' sound.
Remastered by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK. Artwork and design by Atelier Superplus. Reissued in conjunction with Boris Midney / Midney Records. 2018.
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
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. '
Tuppence is a new seven inch single label, the latest venture from esteemed Disc Jockey and Epicurean Craig Richards (Fabric / The Nothing Special). The debut release is courtesy of electro techno genius Radioactive Man (Keith Tenniswood). Please note these are limited 7” only releases. Watch out for other forthcoming releases on Tuppence from Convextion and Deadbeat.
B1. Frankie Knuckles - Bad Boy (Original 12" Version)
B2. Dancer - Boom Boom
C1. Frankie Knuckles - Waiting On My Angel (Club Mix)
C2. Frankie Knuckles - Your Love (Original 12" Mix)
D1. Kevin Irving - Children of the Night
D2. Frankie Knuckles - It's a Cold World
An essential 2 x 12" overview of some of the legendary Frankie Knuckles TRAX classics.
What else needs to be said? One of the godfathers of our scene, a true classic himself, Frankie behind the wheels or behind the boards was simply top shelf all the way down the line. A real original whose influence and touch can still be felt today. His releases on TRAX at the time were the hottest things ever and they still resonate on the dancefloor today with equal measure. Featured here are some of the best tracks fusing Frankie's love of Disco, Euro-pop, Italo and more produced in his initial mid to late 80's golden period. Cuts like 'Baby wants to ride', 'Bad boy' and more, featuring the unmistakable vocal talents of the equally legendary Jamie Principle. It's all here. The perfect starting point for those who have recently discovered the man and his body of work, or equally as stimulating for those who wish to have some classics in their collection. Each track is a classic, each one stands up today and effortlessly rocks the club. Remastered in conjunction with TRAX, repressed from the finest audio sources available. Often imitated, never replicated!
A Band Called Flash’s third EP on the J4J record label continues to expand with a new group of future funk goodies. With the highly anticipated release of the hypnotic dance track “Dracula” along with the funky vocals “There Will Be A Time” and “VSL”, artist, songwriter and producer Jared Hines doesn’t disappoint. Add to that, the intergalactic groove “Song For Spike” and you have an EP that will surely satisfy listeners and dancers alike.
A defining moment in dance music history was the day that Roy Davis Jr. teamed with vocalist and writer Peven Everett in 1997 to create this deep, ethereal, soul-music gem that helped launch an entire musical movement known affectionately as Speed Garage. The "Live Garage" mix is the most popular but the other mixes have grown in popularity over time. It is hard to believe that this record is almost 20 years old yet it still sounds as fresh today as it did so long ago. Truly a classic that deserves to be celebrated by a new generation of dance music lovers. Gabriel Play!
Francois Kevorkian is a name that should need no introduction. With over 40 years in the game FK has occupied numerous roles in his long and storied career - drummer, DJ, A&R man, remixer and producer - his skills know no boundaries. Having DJ-ed during the nascent days of club culture in NYC alongside Walter Gibbons, Larry Levan and more, Kevorkian has been there from day one. Years spent in the seminal clubs of the day sharpened his ears and his prowess behind the mixing desk saw him become the A&R man at the legendary Prelude records in the early 80's, this in turn led to him working with everyone from The Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Erasure, D-Train, Yazoo, The Smiths, Kraftwerk and many many more. A true NYC original and legend, Kevorkian is still active today and the respect he commands amongst his peers has never waned, his adventurous extended DJ sets, seminal mixes and remixes and his open ears and open mind have ensured that he will go down in history as a musical pioneer.
Rewind to 1995. Kevorkian's 'Wave Music' imprint has come into existence with a handful of releases. No-one could imagine that his self-produced 'FK EP' - the next release on the label - would be a stone cold classic. Easily one of the most consistent, exciting and solid EP's to come out of NYC during this golden era of dance music. Across 4 tracks we are taken on a sound journey through a world that is undoubtedly informed by FK's time as an engineer, DJ and most importantly, a music lover.
EP opener 'Hypnodelic' brings us into this world, a deep, driving cut that fuses the dubbed out vocals of Freddie Turner against FK's keyboards and immaculate drum programming, oozing cosmic electronic soul, this track was destined to be a future classic. 'Mindspeak' also boasts some tough drums and with a respectful nod to Chicago is an incredibly mixed and arranged peak-time cut that will drive your dancefloor into deep space again and again. 'Edge Of Time' welcomes us to the flipside of the EP, wild Latin percussions, tablas and old school horn stabs drive this monstrous cut, not to mention cavernous dub FX and that huge bassline that just doesn't let up. Essential. 'Moov' rounds things out on a more subdued, stripped back vibe. Reversed percussions and spaced-out synth chords lace this beautifully understated and warm track, one that builds into a crescendo of melodies and hypnotic rhythms and the perfect way to close what has been a truly special musical journey.
This essential reissue of the 'FK EP' has been fully licensed, sanctioned and remastered in conjunction with FK from the original master sources by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK, repressed onto high quality vinyl and packaged as the 1995 release was. A truly classic record indeed, available again for 2018. Welcome back Wave Music!