TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
- A1. Break 97
- A2. Heart
- B1. EFB
- B2. G Theme
UK techno legend Mark Broom returns to Rekids in February to release four uplifting cuts in the form of his ‘Break 97’ EP.
Mark Broom’s musical career is certainly something to behold – with over 150 releases over the past 25 years, on top of regular gigs across the world’s most renowned institutions, there’s no doubting his work ethic and his influence upon the scene. A prolific artist and true pioneer in the techno world, having worked with revered labels such as Warp, R&S, Ifach and Soma, and in more recent times Blueprint, EPM Music, Red Sonja Records and his own Beard Man Records, his ‘Break 97’ EP kick-starts 2019 for Radio Slave’s Rekids as the imprint adds yet another outstanding name to its roster following the likes of DJ Deep, Sebo K, DJ Spider and more.
‘Break 97’ sets the tone of the EP with a fusion of techno and disco, delicately blending funk-infused chords and resonating kicks amongst groove-filled vocals, before ‘Heart’ delivers inspiriting disco samples, punchy low end and elevating strings to reveal an effervescent aesthetic throughout. ‘EFB’ takes things up a notch, offering a dancefloor focused cut balancing rattling highs, vibrant synth flutters and a muffled vocal line, until ‘G Theme’ rounds out proceedings armed with robust percussion, electrifying vocals and undulating, euphoric keys.
- A1. Wah
- B1. Interrobang
- B2. On The Rocks
Rich NxT’s ‘The Brigade’ EP was a 2018 cross over highlight. Thematically linked to its predecessor, ‘Hard To Be’ stands as the unofficial follow up.
Rich’s last outing for the influential imprint was large by any standards, spreading far beyond the FUSE dancefloors finding support from many places. Led by EP track ‘Serious’, which was heralded as one of the tunes of 2018 by Mixmag in their mid-year review, it got love from Seth Troxler and the Martinez Brothers at Circoloco, alongside heavy rinsing of ‘Brigade’ and ‘Eight’ by all the FUSE residents.
The ‘Hard To Be’ EP comes as another on-point three-track work from Rich that channels the same versatile spirit. ‘Wah’ is an uplifting slice of original house, mirroring the accessibility and fun of ‘Serious’ with a catchy riff that runs throughout. The track created an enormous buzz on the IOM group with hundreds of comments and I.D requests pouring in throughout the year, and soundtracked parties everywhere from Fuse’s raves at Studio 338 terrace in London, Sonus festival and The Martinez Brother’s Cuttin’ Headz at ADE. ‘Interrobang’ is head-nodding brilliance as twisted bass and sampled attitude characterise the seven-minute peak time banger. ‘On The Rocks’ rounds out the EP as punchy kicks and buttery smooth bass mark this work of grooving minimalism, echoing the spirit of Fuse029’s ‘Eight’.
And so closes this chapter of Rich’s impressive body of work. In the process it’s proved what we already knew all along; his knack for providing fail-safe dancefloor ammunition for the Fuse faithful and beyond, remains as strong as ever.
- A1. Multiply
- A2. Walk Up To Yo House
- B1. Ma Shootaz Got Shootaz
- B2. No Face No Case
SCDD009 moves straight into the overtaking lane with Skin On Skin, from Brisbane, Australia. Burning through red lights and 909s, SOS takes us on a joyride through the backstreets of house with four murky bone-shakers.
Divided, each track on this propulsive debut is an unapologetic dance-floor anthem; deranged samples, smoked-out percussion, fuck-you-up rhythm and a prominent early Memphis Rap motif. Windows down for this one.
- A1. Kromosome X
- B1. Electronikart (Main Mix)
- B2. Electronikart (Ambient Mix)
Manoo Strikes Again!
2018 was an amazing year for the French-born DJ and producer as he dominated the house scene with the crescendo highlight being voted No 1 Afro House Producer on Traxsource.
Very few producers manage to escape the constraints of genre barriers in their work, but Manoo somehow does this with ease. Be it Soulful, Afro, House, Ambient or Techno his musical DNA continues to push the boundaries and interweaves all the right elements.
Speaking of DNA his latest production sees him return to Tribe records for vinyl and digital releases to deliver the Kromosome X EP.
Kromosome the title track with its thunderous atmosphere manifests a storm in its journey. DJ’s take note, this is the track that takes your dancefloor to the next level. The bass pulsates with a dark tone throughout whilst the synths swirl and flies into realms activating your DNA to dance and causing your Kromosome gene to express itself through its nucleus and molecular machinery.
Just when you thought you had peaked Manoo has no mercy. Enter his signature Mystical Gong on Elektronikart to warn you he has more to offer. With his ability to tell a story through sound Manoo effortlessly directs this composition in a way that each musical component is having a conversation.
Written by: Emmanuel Kossi
Produced by: Manoo
Vinyl Mastered by Shane the Cutter
Digital Mastered by Matt Bandy at Earthworks Studio
Publishing: Tribe Music Publishing
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GenresDeep HouseDiscoSoulful House
- A Get With The Funk feat Josh Milan
- B Paradox Love feat The Martinez Bros
- C Last Night A DJ Saved My Life feat Anane & Tony Touch
- D Love Fantasy feat Cindy Mazelle
- E John Davis & The Monster Orchestra - I Can't Stop feat Jazzy Jeff
- F John Davis & The Monster Orchestra - I Can't Stop (Louie Vega Original Interpretation Mix) feat Jazzy Jeff
Grammy award winner Louie Vega set the worldwide music and club community on fire in 2018 with his renowned NYC Disco album. Released on Double CD and 2X Double – Pack vinyl, the album represented Louie’s personal homage to the disco genre that has played such an important role in the evolution of music. In furthering his goal of making this album available and accessible to DJ’s and fans of all formats and configurations, he has now made 7” edits of select tracks from the album, to be released on a Triple Pack 7” collection with a custom jacket on Nervous Records.
“It was important for me to release vinyl on the NYC disco project for all our vinyl family worldwide. And now doing the 45 / 7” project even takes it a step further giving you eclecticism in our musical landscape. Enjoy the musical flavor of the NYC Disco, Nervous, Sam Records & Vega Family sounds!” – Louie Vega
This triple pack 7” collection includes five songs, and each one played a unique role in making the NYC Disco project so special:
Record 1 Side A – Louie Vega / Get With The Funk featuring Josh Milan 3:17 – a collaboration between Louie and vocalist / keyboardist Josh Milan from the seminal House / R&B group Blaze.
Record 1 Side B – Louie Vega / Love Paradox featuring The Martinez Brothers 3:35 – a collaboration between Louie and The Martinez Brothers. Inspired by a disco horn loop, with live musicians brought in to add layers of funk and soul and disco to the groove.
Record 2 Side A – Louie Vega / Last Night A DJ Saved My Life featuring Anané and Tony Touch 3:58 - this was the last track produced for the album. Anané Vega, also a producer and DJ in her own right, had the idea to do an updated version. For the rap in the break they brought in well known New York based DJ / MC Tony Touch.
Record 2 Side B – Louie Vega / Love Fantasy featuring Cindy Mizelle 3:35 - Originally produced and released by Roy Ayers in 1980. Louie has always been a fan of Roy Ayers and has done collaborations with him. Louie felt a cover version of this song would be a great ending for the album.
Record 3 Side A – John Davis & The Monster Orchestra / I Can’t Stop Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff (Louie Vega Remix) 4:02 -
One of the essential Break Beat records that has been acclaimed by hip hop originators like Grand Master Flash and Jam Master Jay as one of the formative tunes that helped create the genre. Knowing that DJ Jazzy Jeff is a master of the hip hop genre, Louie felt he would be a great addition to this remix, adding his world class scratching skills to Louie’s remix, thereby creating the definitive hip hop version of this seminal disco track.
Record 3 Side B – John Davis & The Monster Orchestra / I Can’t Stop (Louie Vega Remix) 4:02 – this version does not include the hip hop scratches, and is Louie’s respectful homage to John Davis the producer and one of his more acclaimed works from the Sam Records catalogue.
- A1. Amy Jackson- Let It Loose (Ez Mix)
- A2. Jillian Mendez - Don't Know What You're Missin' (Vogue Mix)
- B1. In-Dex - Give Me A Sign (House Mix)
- B2. Dionne - Come Get My Lovin (NY Mix)
The first part of various artists samplers featuring numerous gems from the Big Shot archives.
From the vaults of seminal Canadian house label Big Shot we're proud to present a fully legitimate and remastered selection of classics and obscurities from the labels enviable catalogue and the masterful crew of Nick Fiorucci, Komix & co. Leaning on the late 80's and early 90's output of the label and featuring cuts from some of the first releases. Amy Jackson, whose sultry 1989 jam 'Let Me Loose' is a class example of the deepest vocal House done right kicks off proceedings, followed by Jillian Mendez's classic 'Don't Know What You're Missing', another '89 vocal burner punctuated by classic piano's and synth lines. These tracks are the real deal! On the b-side we are treated to In-Dex's classic 'Give Me A Sign', a perfect blend of Freestyle attitude and early House atmosphere that hits the spot just right. Finishing this essential collection of tracks is Dionne's tough and classy 'Come Get My Lovin', another classic Komix production that rolls nice with stepping drum machines and smooth organ riffs. All in all - this EP is an old school House heads dream right here, essential cuts from end to end.
Keep an eye out for more high quality 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.
- A1. Liberation
- B1. Hillula
- B2. Ode to my Frida
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. Marching Orders
- A2. March Orders Drumapella
- B1. Marching Orders Instrumental
- B2. Marching Orders Acapella
Mahoney's voice vacillates smoothly between ghostly and falsetto, while McNany’s arrangements and instrumentation bump, click, and whirr like a lovingly tuned Rube Goldberg jukebox. Not too surprising, perhaps, considering they named the band after a song by schizophrenic outsider favorite Daniel Johnston, and they cite Harry Nilsson and Roxy Music as influences. - VIBE
Techno / Minimal / Electro
- A1. Red Curtain At Daybreak
- A2. Cruel Optimism
- B1. Devil May Cry
- B2. Devil May Cry (Henning Baer Remix)
Los Angeles-based artist False Witness drops three rapturous cuts on E-Missions EP entitled ‘Red Curtain Daybreak’, featuring a deadly remix from Berlin’s Henning Baer.
Real name Marco Gomez, False Witness is an artist, producer and DJ from Boston who’s spent recent years making a name for themselves in New York as a respected resident at Venus X’s iconic club night, GHE20G0TH1K; their own monthly series at Bossa Nova Civic named In The Dark; not to mention releases on labels like Bastard Brigade and Lit City Trax. An artist creating genre defying dance music, False Witness now appears E-Missions, joining a varied roster of quality artists such as Rush Plus, Tred, CYD, as well as label co-founders P.Leone and Caiazzo.
Featuring three very different sounding originals, ‘Red Curtain Daybreak’ sets out to soundtrack Gomez's experience of the new light and space movement within the Brooklyn underground. The title track is a fast and furious techno roller with relentless drums and a hypnotic lead. Named after Lauren Berlant’s constitutive theoretical work on neoliberal desire, ‘Cruel Optimism’ offers respite from the chaos with a contemplative projection of post-euphoria.
On the flip, ‘Devil May Cry’ reworks the same elements of ‘Red Curtain Daybreak’ into a peaktime techno roller with a sinister bassline. Finally, German producer Henning Baer concludes matters with a hypnotic remix of ‘Devil May Cry’ featuring a captivating rhythmic arrangement.
- A1. Utopie
- B1. Same But Different
- B2. Trip Trap
Special delivery: VisionQuest embark on their first vinyl-only Special Edition trip of the year with one of techno’s most enigmatic and revered composers Luc Ringeisen.
If you know your Ibiza history, you’ll know all about this talented Frenchman. Vinyl Club founder, resident at Space and a regular fixture at Circoloco, his distinctive deep, fluid groove signature has appeared on the respected likes of Amaniel, Darkroom Dubs, Safari Electronique… And now Vision Quest with this breath-taking label debut.
‘Utopie’ lives up to its name. A mystic measured 11-minute sojourn into a blissful state, it’s layered with a powerful series of twists and cosmic mutations that trigger intense vibrancy and surprise before flickering away just as quickly. ‘Same But Different’ follows with a molten rhythmic flow. A much more direct piece of peak time pie, it flares with a physical, frictionless technoid funk that disarms, mesmerises and sets us up nicely for the most mind altering finale. The clue is in the title; ‘Trip Trap’ is a psychedelic reverie where the metallic hook melts and trickles into the spaces between the kicks and oscillators are uncaged and encouraged to roam freely.
Three remarkable jams from one seriously consistent craftsman who knows exactly where the heart of a track is and brings it to life with subtlety and total hypnosis. We said it was special.
- A1 Myopsis
- A2 Northern Lights
- B1 Vanguard
- B2 Rozetta Says Bad Shit
- C1 Myopsis (Ten Miles High Mix)
- C2 Myopsis (Dark Comedy Mix)
- D1 Chinese Checkers
- D2 Lifeforms
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....
Detroit bred / LA based producer Kenny Larkin has long been a force to be reckoned with, both in the studio and in the DJ booth. His 'Vanguard EP' from 1992 was released under the name POD, another of his aliases used for the deep sonic exploration of Techno that he undertook, thus changing the face of modern electronic music right up to this day. Featured here is the full '92 EP with the addition of another POD rarity entitled 'Chinese Checkers', lifted from a compilation a number of years later. The music contained within this 2 x 12" reissue should not be understated, this is pure, unadulterated Detroit Techno sounds of the highest order. A truly staggering collection of music that somehow transcends the decades since it's release 20+ years ago and still sounds forward thinking today. Like the majority of Larkin's music, this deserves the highest possible spot on your record shelf, a true classic of the genre and every single home should have one. No snoozing. Reissued for the first time across 2 x 12"s for pure sonic superiority.
The 'Vanguard EP' has been legitimately released with the full involvement of Kenny Larkin and remastered from the source materials by Curve Pusher 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!
- A. Don't Believe The Hype
- B. One Night Forever
For the first release of 2019, the ever-consistent Play It Say It turns to an established producer who is launching an anonymous new alias. The music speaks of someone with a love of raw, analogue sounding house and techno with machine made soul.
First out of the blocks is the brilliant and adventuring ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’. Built around expertly programmed drums that remain restless throughout, it has dynamic synths and acid twitches, moments of serenity and chord-based optimism all stitched in along the way. It’s the sort of expansive, cinematic track that envelops the whole club and oozes class and production know how.
On the flip, ‘One Night Forever’ is a totally different but equally unique proposition: it has fizzing synth lines bringing a dystopian feel to dark bass and razor sharp hi hats. Broken drums amp up the energy levels, and the warped synths pump the party. This is a busy, urgent cut of fantastically realised future music that brings plenty of freshness to the dance floor.
Whoever this artist is, they have a genuinely unique perspective and more than enough skills to realise their bold and brave new ideas.
- A1. Archway
- A2. Archway (Silverlining Remix)
- B1. Flatpack
Archie Hamilton’s Moss Co. Records welcomes UK based producers TIJN and Daines with their ‘Archway’ EP, featuring two intricate cuts and a remix from industry great Silverlining.
Hailing from Durham, Martyn Hodgson is the founder of vinyl labels like In Haus Wax, Deep Edition Recordings and his eponymously titled TIJN imprint, whilst as a DJ he continues to make numerous appearances across Europe and North America. Teaming up with Essex born producer and Yama Music co-founder Daines, the pair have a proven partnership having collaborated before on Fa>lE. Joining them, Moss Co. enlists respected minimal producer Silverlining for a remix; an artist who’s been releasing quality music since debuting on Wiggle in the 90s, notably on his lauded Silverlining Dubs imprint.
‘Archway' is a bouncy number, with expressive FX, luscious pads, and an infectious groove pumping through the bass and percussion. London’s Silverlining encapsulates the playful nature of the original groove in a smooth house cut, incorporating contagious rhythmic patterns from FX chops. Highlighting their familiarity with an analogue setup, ‘Flatpack’ is a bubbly cut with erratic stabs that envelope fluidly on a driving percussive line.
- A1. Gnomes feat Paul Mix
- B1. Sham
- B2. Slippery
After the success of Regenerator 1 featuring Dj Emile, Lone Romantic is back with another monster from the vaults with Regenerator 2 coming curtesy of Freddy Fresh, originally released in 2001 the Gnomes Ep is a proper electro beast which is sure to make some noise on the dance floor.
- A1. Pastime Parasite
- B1. Dreamtime
Welcome to a time of global sousvelliance and psychophysical burnout _
Welcome to an inconsistent present that calls for schizophrenic rhythms and mutable harmonies _
Welcome to a future that doesn’t need you anymore _
Welcome to your world _
Welcome to End2End _
- A. An Ungrateful Death
- B. Pacific Gold
R&S welcome Parisian Sacha Khalife AKA Shcaa with his new double headed single 'An Ungrateful Death / Pacific Gold', following up on his stellar EP on NYC's Blank Slate back in 2015, two killer releases through Archipel and a more recent LP on Sharingtones.
Abstract, deep and dripping with atmosphere, 'An Ungrateful Death' takes the listener on an epic trippy journey - sensuous rhythms and choppy guitars giddly colide while mumbled vocals offer a dreamy counterpoint before the whole piece transitions into an uneasily blissed out ambient coda. On the flip 'Pacific Gold' continues the abstraction, freeform guitar licks skitter and bounce around a loose limbed micro-house groove.
A producer, composer and guitarist based in Paris, Khalife's restless musicality manages to uniquely meld electronics with blues, house and jazz without seeming forced. "My music found its first legitimacy within the structure of house music, the grooves as rails to let free peculiar shades," he explains "I try to not allow my music to fall into mindless experimentations, hopefully the graphic rhythms justify their abstraction."
With ‘An Ungrateful Death / Pacific Gold’ sure to delight and confound dancefloors across the continent, it’s going to be interesting to see where Shcaa takes his music next.
Breakbeat / Hardcore
- A The Beast
- B My Ting
These 2 tracks are unreleased, produced in 92-93 Spencer found them on a DAT that he thought he had lost, in a metal box in his loft ... "I used to play it out on 10" dub-plate back in the day when I used to DJ at Sterns"
Remastered and recut by MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
- A Do You Feel What I'm Feeling (Matrix Rise Mix)
- B Pure Hysteria (Give Me A Mother Mix)
The masters for this classic were lost long ago. We have carefully restored them from Mint Vinyl and had remastered at Subvert Central Mastering. Check out the You Tube Videos for a taste of the quality achieved.
Remastered and recut by MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
- A1 - Love Byte (Demo Dat Mix)
- B1. Madness (Demo Dat Mix)
- B2. Inner State (Studio 91 Mix)
The real Holy Grail here is Lovebyte (Original Mix). Have a read of the Discogs thread that inspired this project below, the Artist had to remake the track as the Original Mix was long since lost. The result sounds authentic to the original that was only ever broadcast on Kiss FM by Colin Favor.
- A. Visions Of Rage (Original Mix)
- B. Visions Of Rage ('92 Remix)
Plated at MPO (mothers) and NiPro Records (stampers).
- A No 303
- B V-10 Overload
- C IQ
- D More IQ
Original Masters were lost but we have restored this release from Mint Vinyl and carefully remastered.
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- A1. Dark Sines
- B1. Autonomy
Phuturistic Electro / Techno Music Written By a secret Microchip, connected to Intergalactic Celestial Circuits. Transmitted across the Space Time Continum from a Distant Galaxy populated by Artifically Intelligent Robots.
This message was Intercepted by The Hacker Command and recorded to wax for Phuture generations to interpret..
- A1 Trippin On Beats
- A2 Terminal Velocity
- B1 Stay Tuned
- B2 Feel So
Innercore return, this time with four killer old school back to '92 Piano Hardcore tracks. No cheese, just Dance floor vibes.Matt 'Teksteppa' Wilkins introduces to you the InnerCore Project Volume 2, This time the aim was to capture the '92 Piano rave feel, and there is also a Jungle Techno style track on the EP for good measure! Since releasing Volume 1, InnerCore have had releases with other label such as Peace On Wax Records, Kniteforce Records, And other signings are in the works! You can also catch InnerCore DJing up and down the UK at various events
including 'Calling The Hardcore'. InnerCore's music is also being supported by some major key players in the old skool hardcore scene, such as Billy 'Daniel' Bunter and DJ Shock C (Eclipse/Amneisa House).
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GenresDiscoElectronicHip HopIndie DanceNew YorkTrack Listing TBC
For the last 20 years London-based author and party organiser Tim Lawrence has dedicated himself to excavating the history of New York City party culture and bringing some of the most powerful aspects of that culture to London’s dance scene, from where it has ricocheted around the world. Having conducted the first set of major interviews with David Mancuso, Lawrence started to put on Loft-style Lucky Cloud Sound System parties with David and friends in London in June 2003. In early 2004 he published Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79, which tracked the influence of the Loft on the wider New York DJ, dance and disco scene. In 2009 his biography of the iconic musician Arthur Russell became the first book to map the wider downtown music scene. These beautifully written and politically insightful histories have educated, inspired and celebrated the previously overlooked foundations of contemporary dance music.
Lawrence’s most recent publication, Life & Death On The New York Dancefloor, 1980 – 1983, published in late 2016, shines a light on 'one of the most dynamic and creative periods in the history of New York City'. Falling between the more regularly celebrated sounds of disco, house and techno, the period produced a uniquely hybrid series of sounds that never acquired a settled name. This led them to be largely ignored by historians and even DJs, yet the power of the period’s music and the scenes it birthed, Lawrence argues, remains undeniable. Met with a rapturous response, Life and Death On The New York Dance Floor saw Lawrence on the road for most of the next year as he spread the word about the characters, the records, the clubs and the bands that shaped the post-Disco, post-Punk, and burgeoning Hip Hop landscapes of New York City during the early 1980s—a period when freedom still ruled.
This, the first of a 2-part sonic tribute to the 1980 – 1983 era as well as a musical companion piece to Life & Death On The New York Dance Floor sees recognised musicians (David Byrne of Talking Heads) nestle up alongside the belatedly recognised (Arthur Russell’s Dinosaur L and Loose Joints, and Suicide's Alan Vega) and the downright obscure (Gray, 2 Teens Kill 4 and Tuxedomoon). An indication of what’s to follow, Dinosaur L’s original album version of “Go Bang” has been dramatically overshadowed by the definitive François Kevorkian remix yet received regular play by David Mancuso and remains an enthralling experimental Arthur Russell jam.
Lovingly curated across 2 slabs of vinyl, the album introduces listeners to a stunning array of sounds, styles, vibes and feelings that encapsulate this most fertile and forward-thinking era, when music, fashion, sound system innovations, leaps in music technology, a DIY attitude and a freedom from corporate politics combined with extraordinary expressivity. All music contained within this album has been hand-picked and programmed by Tim Lawrence. It represents a selective yet rich introduction to one of the most extraordinary periods in New York City’s epic musical history.
This is the first release on Reappearing Records, a label led by Tim Lawrence and distributed worldwide by Above Board distribution. Licensing courtesy of Tracksuit Music. Mastering by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK. Artwork & design courtesy of Atelier Superplus. 2018.
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1. 99.9 (Original Mix)
- A2. Italo Love
- B1. 99.9 (Andrew Weatherall 100% Remix)
- B2. Take Me To Bedford Or Lose Me Forever
Stalwart of the scene, Craig Bratley, serves up big Italo flavours all over the “99.9% EP”, ably backed with a remix from Mr. Andrew Weatherall.
With previous releases on Neil Diablo’s To Rack & Ruin, Tsuba, Is It Balearic? and Robsoul Recordings, Bratley’s Futureboogie debut opens with the searing synths and chugging arped bass of “99.9%”. Wide-eyed melodies and punchy drums demand a mirror ball moment to this fabulous cut.
Family favourite, Andrew Weatherall, takes the chugging tempo to new depths, remolding “99.9%” into a tense, reverb soaked, dubbed out sci-fi encounter.
Further explorations into space disco are to be found on “Italo Love” with luscious waves of thick analogue sound and planetary FX, whilst on “Take Me To Bedford Or Lose Me Forever”, distinct Asian influences are at play, as Bratley channels his inner Vangelis for a mesmerizing and cinematic piece.
- A1. Freedom Suite (Setting Ourselves Free)
- A2. Zainabu (Spirit Dancer)
- A3. Sonkofa (We Are A Powerful People)
- B1. Mofo Congoietric (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Version)
- B2. Thembia (A Ritual In Honor of our Forest)
- C1. Bambara (The Tribes of Distortion Dub)
- C2. Ju Ru Music (The Congo Album Version)
- D1. Diamonds (It's Time To Let our people go)
- D2. Hillbilly Africa
We are extremely excited to announce the soon coming double album release of the Bayara Citizens “Elektrik Afrika LP. It’s a specially designed Gate Fold Jacket, which includes 2 X 12” Vinyl’s.
Included with this package are extended DJ Versions that have been played and tested by the likes of Joaquin Joe Claussell, Timmy Registford, Louie Vega and Ron Trent to name a few. Also Included are two of Joe Claussell’s eagerly anticipated secret weapons. The Long versions of “Mofo Congoietric” and “Hillbilly Afrika”
The Package also contains the highly sought-after Dub Mix of “Bambara.” Until now this version was released back in the day only as a limited 12”.
We heard all the request for a repress and so here it will come.
And Now for the Fun Part...We placed inside each LP package A Special Individualized Download Code, which will lead to one of 10 individually mixed versions of a track from the Album, which will be mixed specific only to the code found. Also amongst the 300 records produced there will exist only 25 Unique codes. The prize for whom ever finds one of the 25 codes will be A specially made personalized mix that will be pressed on a 10 “Acetate and sent directly to the consumer. HAPPY HUNTING...