Joe Hart and Scott Fraser’s Body Hammer, London’s legendary jack party has been capturing the hearts, minds and feet of Londoners for 11 years strong. Having kicked off in 2008 at the Korsan Bar, and now comprising only of residents Scott & Joe, it takes place in various venues every month. Their open minded music policy commands a friendly, spirited, diverse and fiercely loyal crowd making it consistently one of the best nights out in the city, hands down. More recently, taking the party out of London they have been touring at clubs and festivals from New York to Berlin in and everything in between. They now have their own label and its 100% Body Hammer dancefloor certified.
The first release, of course, features two banging club tracks written and produced by Fraser and Hart at Fraser’s East London basement studio, mastered and cut by Keith Tenniswood at Curve Pusher.
The A side, “Spit from the Sun” is a peak-time jacking acid number which will set any dancefloor on fire. Its rattling drums and pulsing bass stabs capture all the intensity of the convict poet on the vocal telling his story and lamenting the waste of his life behind bars.
Over on Side B, “Igniter” strikes a more subtle tone with its gently rising strings and breathy vocal. But don’t let the subtlety deceive you as those kicking drums and thumping bassline come through to get the dancers screaming for more as it hits its crescendo.
When the strange and different has become the new normal, a certain normality, well… becomes our first straight techno 12”.
Danny Passarella (following Perc and Oliver Ho in a serie of collabs) needs no introduction, his death squad of shoegaze warehouse ghost being of non-fading memory. D’Marc Cantu does not either, hero of Nation and fine purveyor of American acid.
This is pure machine music straying from the eternal revival of everything vintage. It looks forward not…
As they say it themselves:
‘The Future has A Silver Lining’ title comes from the advertising for a high-end utopia promised in RoboCop’s ‘Delta City’. The track titles inspired by ASCII codes, represent the key elements that lay ahead in the film, or in today’s society.
080 = P = Privatization
067 = C = Corruption
065 = A = Authoritarianism
068 = D = Dystopia
Spectrum / Silver Echoes (Matrixxman and Machine Woman Remixes)
Erol Alkan invites two of electronic music's most exciting producers to expand on both sides of his first solo single in five years, ‘Spectrum’ and 'Silver Echoes'. Techno-mastermind Matrixxman adds serious pressure to 'Spectrum' on his remix, upping the tempo and utilising the original’s halcyon synth line to create a high-energy version with moments of pure sensation. One of the most original and promising underground producers of the last few years, Machine Woman delivers two contrasting reimaginings. Going deep and psychedelic on the ‘Minimal Machine Woman Remix’ of ‘Silver Echoes’, and then on the ‘True Machine Woman Remix' reversing the tempo entirely, reinventing the melancholy cut as a erratic freakout.
A Hundred Birds Orchestra will release a new maxi single which is cover version of Stevie Wonder's 'All I Do (Cleptmaniac Remix)'. The vocalist, Yoshinori Monta, is 67 years old Legendary vocalist in Japan.
A Hundred Birds Orchestra is the brainchild of respected Japanese DJ Yoku, A Hundred Birds is an ambitious live collective, performing across Japan since 1996. Already a popular festival orchestra, the group got a taste of international success in the year 2000 when overseas debut “Batonga” was released on Francois Kevorkian’s Wave Music. Fronted by Yoku, who acts as conductor at live shows and keeps the set running continuously like a DJ mix, the band perform an engaging mixture of covers and original material.
B. Play The Game (Space Children Extended Love Mix)
“Since ‘Play the Game’ was first released, dance music has become the biggest youth-cultural phenomenon in the world. Kenny’s music, DJ sets and club nights played an important part in that story. As decades pass, our only tangible legacy is what we create. ‘Play The Game’ marks a space in time – forever timeless. But most importantly, it’s great music that’ll make you dance.” — Claire Hughes
Kenny Hawkes was one of the pioneering artists in British dance music. Influenced by the sounds of Hip Hop, Ska, Motown and Dub Reggae as he grew up, he became manager of legendary pirate radio station Girls FM in the 90’s, where he became close friends with Classic boss Luke Solomon. The pair went on to run the longest running mid-week house night in London, Space at Bar Rumba. Sadly Kenny died on 10th June 2011, and Luke has spent a number of years helping his daughter Inez gather all of her Dad’s assets, and with her approval, Classic are releasing this single as a tribute to the legendary Dark Knight of House Music. Featuring the smooth vocals of South African artist Louise Carver, the 12” package contains the extended version of this classic house track. The Space Children Extended Love Mix also features, as Luke Solomon, Jonny Rock & Leon Oakey lovingly remix their dear friend’s record, giving a multitude of nods to Kenny’s DJ sets and musical style.
The Serpent/ Unse (Inc. Austin Ato & Kiwi Remixes)
Man Power’s Me Me Me signs up long-time friend Ian Blevins for his long overdue label debut. Blevins’s originals are backed by stellar remixes from Austin Ato and Kiwi.
Blevins hails from the North East of England and has released on ESP Institute, Futureboogie, Not An Animal and Culprit. The prolific producer was a long time resident of the legendary We Love Space in Ibiza and is an enduring favourite on the UK scene with plenty of musical tricks up his sleeves.
“Both tracks on offer showcase the mongrel sound that I hear coming out of the North East region,” Says Man Power. ”Partly tough, partly playful, not simply techno, not simply house, and certainly nowhere near the most common contraction of the two words.”
Innovative opener ‘The Serpent’ is a suitably snaking, slithering groove with acid twitches, rubbery drums and raw percussive energy. It pings about in dynamic fashion and really keeps you on edge. First up to remix, Austin Ato makes his return to the label after his huge ‘The Sound Of’ EP in summer 2018 and gives further credence to Man Power’s suspicion of his impending super stardom. He takes the ‘The Serpent’ on a luscious and deep trajectory that would make Larry Heard proud.
The second standout original is ‘Unse’, a dark stomper with cosmic rays that strike right to the heart of the dance floor. It’s menacing and absorbing music that is steely and unlike anything else. To remix is 17 Steps regular Kiwi, who is responsible for two of Man Power's favourite tracks of 2018. Here he continues his run of astounding form while taking ‘Unse’ in a tougher and more robust direction that will really make you sweat.
As ever this is a brilliant and stylistically diverse package from Me Me Me.
Welcome to ‘Ruffy’s Island’, the brand new interactive game that’s blowing minds from DJ, producer, record label owner, record store owner and video gamer
Futureboogie proudly partner up for the audio extravaganza. Three levels to conquer, each soundtracked by Ruf Dug’s first new music in over 3 years. The virtual journey comes complete with a bonus ‘level’ in the form of a remix from the in form
The wistful 16-bit funk of ‘Boat Party’ leads you through the first level, its melodic chops and jubilant mood advancing you to stage two with ease. ‘Techno Cave’ guides the shoot-em-up activities in the cave, with its bold, brassy bass, sparse synths and rapid tempo. Find the ‘Easter Egg’ that is the Sharif Laffrey ‘Nightwork Remix’ and you’ll be in for a real delight, as the Detroit mainstay ramps it up over ten tantalising minutes with a truly exceptional version.
Make it to the ‘Abandoned Pyramid’ and you’re clearly a professional. Ruf Dug leads you on a tropical excursion through this mystical land, with deft piano play and meditative pads. What lies ahead on the fourth level, we will have to wait and see......
2019 is shaping up to be a great year yet with more of the same focus on championing new and emerging artists; alongside the more established. But before all that..
Belfast is the first port of call as DJ and producer Jordan delivers a variety of party thumpers. With thanks to AVA festival and the invincible Bicep going from strength to strength; the Belfast scene is enjoying a moment with the likes of Bobby Analog, Cromby and Hammer all breaking through to greater recognition. Jordan has equally been keeping busy between releases on Abandon Silence and launching his own edits label through Lobster Theremin..
So the stars are aligning for this release, which typifies what the label is about. Each track could easily be the ‘A1’ and it’s already been doing the damage with the likes of Tim Sweeney, Erol Alkan and a select few, until now.. Expect to hear much more from each over the year ahead.
Show Me Love (Inc. Todd Edwards, Diesel & Kerri Chandler Remixes)
With a love for crystalline melodies, gentle pads, and elegant drum programming, Valencian producer Pépe has been handsomely traversing the realms of house, electro, and breakbeat for the last two years. Armed with a sound that is inherently sincere, moody, and emotive, he has fostered a strong reputation from fans and press alike, including being awarded 2018’s "Spanish Producer of the Year" in DJ Mag.
After noticed releases on Lobster Theremin, Deep Sea Frequency and Renascence and remixes for RAMP Recordings, Anti Skate, Easytiiger and Midnight Themes, Pépe lands on Loose Fit, a young and exciting imprint with affiliations to Manchester and Tokyo and a current homebase of Berlin.
Starting out with a party series in Manchester which brought the likes of Dark Sky, Brassica, Maxxi Soundsystem and more to the city, the Loose Fit label has set its sights on the meeting ground between italo, electro and dream house, with the label’s first two releases coming courtesy of Just Breathe and most recently, Jordan & Brassica, which reached the second spot on Beatport's indie dance releases in a matter of days.
On his Loose Fit debut, Pépe shoots for scintillating rave euphoria across two striking originals. “Light (High As You Can)” is pure featherweight breaks with gleaming synths and a simple but polished vocal sample that glides through the mix. “Trouble Glider” aims for similar emotional heights, all in dopamine surge arps and piano house euphorics. Ever the master remixer, Lauer jumps in to close the EP subtly reshaping “Trouble Glider” into the main stage ready banger that it was destined to become.
Moscow returns for its 26th release with two long-awaited originals courtesy of label boss and founder Archie Hamilton.
Lead track ‘Waisted’ is a vibrant and rolling dance floor ready weapon, a powerful slice of the signature Archie Hamilton sound and groove geared for peak-time energy. ‘Quicksand’ on the B-side is a blissed out and intricate cut, layered with deep acid spirals and glistening vocals.
Following on from a steady and successful string of releases on the imprint last year including Argy’s ‘Sing It’ EP and Archie’s collaborative ‘Swerve’ EP with cousin Benson Herbert, this year marks Moscow’s tenth year of pushing alternative sounds since 2009.
Just before Maceo Plex’s Ellum Audio label reaches its half century, the influential outlet serves up a standout EP from fast rising talent Fred Lenix.
Iago Frederici is a young Brazilian music producer who merges new era electronic melodies with his unique perspective of Latin American and Turkish cultures. Always expressing himself well, he is a regular face in Sao Paolo who is driving the thriving local scene forwards, and this new EP is sure to win him plenty of new fans across Europe.
It kicks off with ‘The Rails’, a bristling tech track that is run through with wiry synths and frosty filters. It’s cold and austere and perfect to shake up a big warehouse space with a real sense of futuristic drama.
Next comes ‘Manipulated Dead’, an excellent electro tinged number that builds the suspense with some edgy drum work and rumbling synths. A sense of cosmic ambiance lights up the background and make this a track with real feeling.
The slick electro bomb ‘Manipulated Living’ closes things out with excellent drum programming and taught kicks. The slippery synths bring real fluidity to the grooves and some distant pads enrich the whole thing with a sense of real serenity.
These are three fantastic tracks from a producer who is all set to blow up.
Seb Zito is one of the essential pillars of the FUSE London crew and his productions always pack plenty of attitude. Drawing inspiration from rave records of the 90s, he returns to the label with The Source EP, a no nonsense two tracker.
The title track is razor sharp starting with a solid kick and a skippy pads before meandering through breakbeat at halftime. The One heads down a deeper road, but still pays homage to classic rave with a propulsive, low-slung bassline and soaring, dizzying pads remerging post-breakdown with a series of breakneck claps. Another great release from this great talent!
Patrick Mason and Rekids boss Matt Edwards return for their second appearance as SRVD with two cuts entitled ‘RAW FILES’.
Not confined to a single art form, Patrick Mason is a young creative at the forefront of Berlin’s art, fashion, dance music and LGBT scene; an influential club kid who developed a friendship with Matt Edwards after a chance meeting in Panorama Bar, resulting in numerous studio sessions and improvised live sets.
Joining forces in 2018, the pair adopted their SRVD moniker – an alias inspired by New York’s vogue scene – before dropping their debut release on Rekids, playing at various clubs (notably Panorama Bar), not to mention an unforgettable performance at Boiler Room x Pornceptual.
‘The Yard Man’ presents rattling drums, piercing vocal chants and a tormenting melody that SRVD has been destroying dancefloors with over the last year. On the flip, ‘Brotha’ presents a compelling groove as a shuffling rhythm joins abrasive synths and Mason’s penetrating voice.
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. Under his 'Dark Comedy' alias Larkin crafted some of the deepest and most soul-searching Detroit Techno sounds to grace human ears. 'Corbomite Manuever' was originally released in 1992 and is the complete epitome of a game changer, this was Techno at it's most sensual, intelligent and human, the antithesis of a lot of what was masquerading as the real-deal at the time. These qualities are what have stood this record in it's evergreen good stead for all these years - decades, in fact. Truly genius music made by someone who lives and breathes Techno. A truly staggering collection of music that still dumbfounds today and inspires generations of producers and DJ's to this very day. The most essential of the essential, classic material from front to back. Reissued for the first time across 2 x 12"s for pure sonic superiority.
The 'Corbomite Manuever EP' has been legitimately released with the full involvement of Kenny Larkin and remastered from the source materials by Curve Pusher 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!
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.
Following the truly epic and immersive opus ‘Trinidad’ last year, Ezikiel returns to AJ Christou’s Celesta with sense-surging transglobal trip. Destination: southeast Europe, please welcome ‘The Woman From Balkan’…. Gradually measured and comfortably off grid, there’s a welcoming openness to the groove before the string bass twangs and lolls in the cavernous spaces among the rhythmic elements. Piece by piece the puzzle forms before the full vocal and gadulka strings swoon in and sweep you away in a Balkan sunset...
Remix wise Ezikiel’s long-time friend Luciano saddles up for an equally mesmerizing ride into the mountains. Easing us in with dusky atmospherics and soft breaks he gently brings in the night as more instruments are drawn out across the eight and a half minutes. Piqued with progressive, starlit charm, it comes in both a full floor-bound version and a hypnotic, rolling percussive dub. Hot creative wAFF takes the controls for the final leg of our Balkan sojourn. A more direct, soul stirring perspective, here he navigates us with a warm jacking beat that’s relentlessly robust but still spacious enough for wild strands of percussion to whip around it. With great dynamic switches between the full vocal and strings then suddenly dropping to a naked bassline, this is one of wAFF’s more charming floor burners to date. Yet another fine trip and three exceptional re-routes, who knows where Celesta will take us next?
Patrick Topping has announced that he will be launching his own record label, TRICK , a home for Patrick to exhibit his versatility as a producer, as well as a platform to showcase the wealth of the emerging talent which he has been pushing in his DJ sets.
Packed with three original tracks from Patrick, the EP-titled ‘Watch What Ya Doing ’ comes with the launch of his label TRICK and as a much anticipated follow up to the late 2017 Hot Creations smash ‘Be Sharp Say Nowt’, which continued to dominate throughout 2018. A year which proved another hugely successful one for the UK producer who was called on for the remix duties for Calvin Harris and added Music Radar ’s ‘ Best House Producer/DJ 2018’ ’ and his third DJ Award for Tech House Artist to his list of accolade that include his DJ Mag ‘ Best of British ’ award and reaching number 11 in Resident Advisor ’s 2016 top DJs poll.
This debut release on TRICK showcases a change in sound from the acclaimed artist and an evolution of Patrick ’s ever-maturing style. The British DJ displays a new style as a producer, one which has always been a part of his genre-hopping DJ sets, but for the first time as a producer, Patrick delivered an EP packed with darker techno undertones and raw influences.
The imprint’s launch follows the British producer’s sell-out headline shows at Manchester Academy, two consecutive nights Dublin’s District 8, London institution fabric, his very own takeover at The Warehouse Project and as far as Melbourne’s huge Shed 14 . Entering a refined and developed chapter of his career, the announcement follows Patrick’ s Boxing Day set at Digital, Newcastle , the last ever party in his acclaimed Motion event series, with the UK producer looking to support and nurture emerging talent in future via the launch of ‘ TRICK.’
After the success of the digital release of Motorik Voodoo Bush Doof Musik last summer, HAAi is now preparing to release her first ever full length EP on vinyl.
Speaking about the EP, HAAi says: “This EP was made after I realised that what inspired me most was to combine my love of electronic music with the music I enjoy outside of the club. I decided to collaborate with friends from a couple of my favourite bands, including Fay Milton (Savages) who provides live drums on Motorik Bush Doof Musik and Taigen Kawabe (Bo Ningen) who performs on I Never Cared That Much For Jungle. For me, having live instrumentation on the EP adds an extra depth to the tracks & has given me a vision of how I’d like future releases to sound.
My fave track off the EP, Growing Up With Muscle Cars, is an homage to my step dad who repairs and restores old muscle cars. He also used to take me to the drags in my hometown when I was little. We would push the race cars out onto the track. Some of my favourite memz as a lil kid.”
‘Your Disk Is Full’ is an atmospheric EP opener, and also became a favourite set opener for Denis Sulta and other DJs over the summer. Title track ‘Motorik Voodoo Bush Doof Musik’ raises the tempo with shimmering percussion and psychedelic looping vocals over a propulsive sub bass, prompting fans to ask for IDs in HAAi’s recent mixes.
‘I Never Cared That Much For Jungle’ features the distinctive vocals of Taigen Kawabe of Japanese noise band Bo Ningen. The echoey samples are paired with a heavy hitting jungle-influenced production tailor made for the larger clubs and festivals HAAi is increasingly playing. A dub version of this track is also included in the package.
‘Growing Up With Muscle Cars’ brings a climactic end to the EP. Over the course of over ten minutes, the ambient intro gives way to an emotive breakbeat, with rumbling sub bass and glitchy synths making for a rich, multilayered production.
‘Motorik Voodoo Bush Doof Musik’ garnered widespread critical acclaim, not only from club rotation but also with plenty of radio airtime across BBC Radio 1, 6Music and Worldwide FM. The tracks gained even further recognition when HAAi included them in her award winning BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.
The release comes just ahead of HAAi’s landmark all night headline show at Mick’s Garage on the 16th March - her first since the end of her celebrated Phonox residency. Her international tour schedule continues to fill up, with dates at Sonar Istanbul & Barcelona, Beat Hotel Marrakech, Paris’s Concrete, DGTL, Nuits Sonores, Field Day and Love International in Croatia being just a few upcoming highlights.
The latest addition to the James Holden archive is an album of solo synth work originally written to accompany the critically-acclaimed documentary ‘A Cambodian Spring’: fourteen tracks of pulsing melancholy, foreboding drone and even the occasional burst of beatless trance in the form of the uplifting arpeggios of surefire album highlight ‘Solidarity Theme’.
Picking up where his classic 2013 album ‘The Inheritors’ left off (and giving ‘Self-Playing Schmaltz’ a new cinematic airing) Holden’s debut soundtrack project combines the sound palette of his beloved Prophet 600 with a cranky old Hammond organ to showcase the full breadth of his musical tastes across the epic documentary format.
The LP includes digital download code and sleevenotes by ‘Imaginary Cities’ author Darran Anderson.
B7. Schiessen Sie Auf Den Pianisten Vom Planet Der Affen
The music of hubur is full of details and small elements that trigger the big picture profoundly. You can call his music electronic. You can say he writes tracks. But then there are some song-ish moments in them – even if there is no singing at all. Not at least because his melodies are tempting. You can also find traces of hip hop. Traces of leftfield electronics. Traces of jazz without jazz. A gentle ride with a story arc that absorbs profoundly and that does not require a commercial value to exist and be meaningful.
Originally released on Rabbit City Records as a CD collection taken from the first batch of EP's on Rabbit City. Remastered and offered by Mike Wells on his own FMM imprint. Definitely one of my all time favourites from 1992, Force Mass Motions early work was very distinctive. A sound that owed a lot to how Mike Wells sourced a lot of his sounds. Listening to and taping Kiss FM and sampling it. With a home built sound card his brother made an Amiga was the centre of the studio. All the music was mixed down through an old Broadcast desk using a few clever delay line tricks that give the music a lot of depth. Very distinctive, totally original the music was caned by all the DJ's.
Born from Music of Life archive tapes (previously believed lost) which were uncovered by Robin Allinson in a Publishers warehouse in 2012.
The source material for this special record is" 1989 Hustlers Convention Live" (SPOCK1) ".
A Live Hip Hop Album, famously sampled by The Prodigy for the 'Everybody In The Place' vocal. The tapes of the night were multi tracks with 6 channels of audio recorded, Decks (Mono), 2 Mics (Mono) and the Room (Stereo). Being so old the tapes were first 'baked' and then transferred from a Studer machine in to Pro Tools via Prism Sound A/D converters at FX Rentals / FX Copyroom, Acton, London.
Notable performances by Artists on the Night came from MC Duke & Merlin; Mark The 45 King; Demon Boyz; Daddy Freddy. DJ's on the night were Westwood and Cut master Swift. Sections of their sets between Artists was captured. What did not make the Album was the Battle instigated by Overlord X coming on stage and stopping proceedings to battle MC Duke. As Duke once told me "X stuttered on the Mic".
Listening back, it's gold and puts Queen Latifa popping up in context. While restoring the Album as a multi track mixdown Robin started a series of new music projects plundering the MOL tapes and formed Stay On Target records to release them. Recordings were sent to: Sonars Ghost (SOT000), Stormski, 6Blocc, Bay B Kane and the last instalment was by Robbee Darkhalf.
A gem of an EP, the "Untitled" track could easily have been mistaken for a Warp Records release or AFX. Techno to drive you nuts.
Written by my Sound Designer friend, Michael Bolton, at University in 1998.
The Driving Me Nuts track is a sample of our tutors reaction to a track I made she hated.
Voodoo Dance Malarky's intro would be worthy of a Chemical Bros track, full of little surprises and an evil break at the end.
Originally recorded to tape. Cleaned up by me years later, remastered by Subvert Central Mastering and cut at Curve Pusher. Pressing by Vinyl Presents on clear Vinyl.
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
Menace Makes 3
Do You Feel What I'm Feeling (Matrix Rise Mix) / 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
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.
IMPORTS - MUTING THE NOISE / ROCKSTEADY DISCO / SOUND SIGNATURE / SACRED RHYTHM
Here we go with Keinemusik's newest release - it is already number 47 and going by the lovely title "Hand In Hand".
Rampa is starting things off on the A-side with "For This" - a collaborative effort together with Berlin born and London based singer Chiara Noriko. Then there's Reznik - up to this point being in the picture as the DJ only fella - chipping in "Schuhu's Groove". &ME is opening side B with "Fairchild" and yet another sophisticatedly laid out floor epiphany, showcasing his ability to shape monolithic yet soulful peaktime masterpieces. And finally we find Adam Port on B2, pursuing his knack for lost African treasures. Once again he finds the source material in an old traditional by Quim Manuel O Espirito Santo.
The charmed ascent of Eagles & Butterflies, and his intertwined fate with Innervisions, reaches its most fully-realised moment. From his acclaimed Secret Weapons appearances - “The Story That Never Ends” in 2015, and 2016’s “X” - the British producer has further refined his layered, complex sound world, and set the underground ablaze with a series of masterful sketches.
Following 2018’s ‘Nothing Around Us’ single, Mathame show no sign of slowing down. Their Afterlife Recordings follow up is a dancefloor single of epic proportions, taking the duo further into a realm of their own. Tension hangs off the sliding chords and spacious arrangements. In the case of ‘Skywalking’ it reaches an uplifting, euphoric crescendo, in Tale Of Us’ intro edit of ‘Departure’ the theme goes darker and off-kilter. Bona fide anthems in the sets of Mathame and Tale Of Us.
Coming soon will be a very special 7inch edit of the highly sought-after
Joe Claussell Remix of Awade. On the flip side will be another unreleased gem taken from the Instant House Archives titled Drum Box.
This will be a very limited 7inch so don’t sleep…
Side A: Joe's Jungle Sounds Seven Inch Dub (5:47)
Side B1: Drum Box Demo (5:39)
Side B2: Voice efx Part 1 (0:37)
Side B3: Voice efx Part 2 (0:33)
Side B4: Voice efx Part 3 (0:40)
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
Blair French returns to Rocksteady Disco after last year’s brilliant Standing Still Is An Illusion for another 12” of mind, body, and soul music. “Public Park” starts off the release, with flutes, guitars, and African marimbas abound, presenting itself as the song of the summer. “Spirit Guides” follows, taking listeners and dancers on a spiritual afro jazz odyssey. The flip features two versions of “Public Beach”, a communal ecstatic dance meets Detroit Jit footwork cut with a massive bassline, pulsing percussion, and harmonized chanting, constructed for open-minded dance floors and deejays. Limited to 300 vinyl, TIP!
“Public Beach is the one for me !! Nice 1” -Simbad [London]
“Nice EP! Can please the disco lover, the afro beat and footwork dancer! Another Rocksteady beater!!” -Cordell Johnson [Excursions - Chicago]
“Hey man. Absolutely loving this. In particular that last stripped down version. Fullllll support!” -Cervo [Banana Hill - Manchester]
“Really feeling this, especially looking forward to playing Public Park on rooftops and outdoor jams under stars this summer! Rocksteady Disco is on fiyah!” -Marc Meistro [Sol Power All-Stars - DC]
“Rocking release- lots of different flavors here. Public Park is the one I would play for sure. Definitely into it!!” -Manik [NYC / CA]
“Public Park A1 is my favorite. Will get some serious use out of this one at Pleasure of Love here in LA. Public Beach is amazing (the stripped version especially)” -Dino Soccio [Pleasure of Love - LA]
“Good shit mang!” -Jerome Derradji [Still Music - Chicago]
“Public Park has a lot of energy in it, nice one!” -Alma Negra [Switzerland]
“This is really good! Gonna be playing this a lot.” -Chrissy [Nite Owl Diner / Cool Ranch]
“’Public Park’ will have entire dance floors grinning ear to ear. ‘Spirit Guides’ is a deep afro jazz journey." -Lafleur [Hot Pot / MotorCity Wine - Detroit]
“I really like Public beach (stripped version). That's what underground music community needs, just No Ordinary Music !” -Gigi Testa [World Peace Music - Napoli]
NOIS LAND (AKA BLAIR FRENCH, TODD MODES, PETER CROCE, & MORE)
Nois Land is a collaboration of artists from the Detroit area who have come together to create an EP appropriately titled "Big Kahuna." These are studio sessions pulled from a time capsule, reconstructed and brought back to life. A uniquely diverse and original listen, with styles ranging from island grooves to disco screamers to peak hour beatdown bangers. Featured artists include Blair French, Todd Modes, Peter Croce, Mike Seversion, Damon Warmack, Topher Horn, Sam Beaubien, and Lennox Karlisle.
This year Kevin Saunderson, Ann Saunderson and Paris Grey, collectively known as the legendary band Inner City, release 'Future', their first entirely new material since parting company in 2001, written and produced in collaboration with another Detroit legend, namely Kenny Larkin.
The track marks a welcome return for a group that combined the tough, futuristic grooves of the Detroit scene with the vocal energy of R&B and gospel and helped to define the period in which house and techno moved from underground phenomena to top 10 material, paving the way for hundreds of dance hits to come.
‘Future’ is devastatingly catchy and highly emotional, exhibiting all the soulful flavours and qualities you would expect from these celebrated producers and singers. Masterfully re-edited by Carl Craig this track ascends to a higher place whilst Kenny Larkin is on remix duties, beautifully reworking the original into a techno infused monster with intoxicating staccato vocals.
Following their hugely well-received, refreshingly outlandish debut EP for Phantasy, Israeli club outsiders Red Axes return to the label with another three-track delight of leftfield dance entitled ‘Sound Test’.
Debuting on Phantasy in 2018, ‘Sipoor’ by Red Axes was massive. The release received critical acclaim, not to mention heavy support within the club realm from DJs like Call Super, Jennifer Cardini, Ewan Pearson, Fort Romeau, Massimiliano Pagliara, Chloe, and many more.
Highly soughtafter by those who’ve heard Erol Alkan unleash it in recent months, ‘Sound Test’ kickstarts Phantasy Sound’s 2019 - a rolling tool for a dance floor sliding into another dimension, constructed around a dramatic, numeric countdown. A minimal, skeletal build builds (and builds!) throughout to one of the most out-there breakdowns in recent rave-blotted memory, as the Axes slowly but surely rebuild their house to even more outlandish new proportions. Ten, nine, eight, seven...
‘Shabak Shalom’ quickly snatches the record back from outer space and drags it deep into the basement, zoning in on the gritter, strobe-ready sound that defines the duo’s most club-ready work. All of the Axes’ weapons of choice are deployed as unusually as per usual; militant drums, battered electronics, fucked- frequencies, wiry post-punk guitar lines and lovingly drowned traditional instruments blend to create their own special, slightly-menacing interpretation of hi-NRG.
Finally, on the unapologetically sprawling and immediately effective closing number, ‘Kookoo Pa-pa’, Red Axes demonstrate their inherent talent, if proof were ever needed, of conjuring rolling, simmering tension in otherworldly shades. Those who enjoyed the cartoonish motor FX of ‘Teroof’ will be delighted to find themselves found into an even wackier race this time round, hitting on the origins of Chicago jack, acid meltdowns and screeching no-wave.
Various Artists (Dennis Ferrer / Kings of Tomorrow / Fatboy Slim)
A1. Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (Mousse T's House Masters Re-Rub)
A2. Kings of Tomorrow - Finally (Dario D'Attis Remix)
B1. Fatboy Slim - Praise You (Purple Disco Machine Extended Remix)
B2. Mattei & Omich feat. Keyo - I'll House U (Extended Mix)
Coming as the third edition, ‘EP3’ stays true to the series, committing Defected’s biggest digital releases to wax, and delivering upfront packages of house heat previously unavailable on vinyl. The A-Side is comprised of classic tracks that have been given fresh life for with new remixes, kicking off with Mousse T.’s re-work of Dennis Ferrer’s ‘Hey Hey’, followed by Dario D’Attis’ remix of Kings Of Tomorrow’s ‘Finally’. The B-Side opens with one of the label’s current biggest releases, Purple Disco Machine’s remix of the unmistakable ‘Praise You’ by Fatboy Slim, an effortlessly sophisticated re-work and guaranteed dancefloor knockout. Closing the release is Mattei & Omich’s ‘I’ll House U’, maintaining the theme this series has established, celebrating Defected’s classic house roots in time for label’s 20th anniversary year.
DJ Sneak & Jesse Perez feat. KE
Back & Forth (Inc. Ricardo Villalobos & DJ Lukke Remixes)
A monumental Ibizan anthem and one of the biggest releases on Hot Creations to date, Back & Forth is the next collaboration from the indomitable duo of DJ Sneak and Jesse Perez. The release also features vocals from KE with colossal remixes from the mighty Ricardo Villalobos and rising talent DJ Lukke.
Back & Forth is a number reminiscent of the 90s with its broken drum beat and spoken word lyrics. Speaking of the release, Sneak himself says that he wanted to create “a street smart dance floor track with powerful latino sounds and all the right ingredients for a club banger”.
Young Brazilian talent DJ Lukke is first to remix, co-produced alongside Blakkat aka Mark Bell, he adds a percussive tribal twist and rumbling bassline. Ricardo Villalobos takes his version to a whole new dimension like only he can, with weird and wonderful soundscapes enhanced by glitchy, distorted vocal hooks. A video of the Chilean maestro playing the original recently went viral, building further hype around the release.
House gangster DJ Sneak has been at the forefront of dance music since the early 90s. He’s had records signed to highly esteemed labels including Classic, Snatch! and Magnetic, as well as running his own influential imprint I’m A House Gangster. Miami playboy and Mr Nice Guy Records boss Jesse Perez has released an abundance of music on labels like Edible, Toolroom, BPitch Control and Do Not Sleep. Ricardo Villalobos needs little introduction. A firm favourite amongst DJs and club-goers alike, his career has seen him play countless notorious parties and festivals, with prolific productions seen on seminal labels including Perlon, Dekmantel and Mosaic.
Candido Cameron was a Cuban percussion maestro who had played with luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Count Basie throughout his illustrious musical career which started in 1952. Fast forward to 1979 and Candido finds himself caught up in the Disco boom that had engulfed his adopted New York City. Feeling he could add his trademark quick-fire Conga and Bongo playing to Disco's straight 4 x 4 syncopated rhythm he cut some records with legendary NYC label Salsoul. The fruits of this partnership were 2 full length LP's and a handful of 12" singles that changed the face of underground Disco."Jingo" is an all-time classic dance record, sampled, edited, re-configured and coveted by too many names to mention! It's a killer funky Disco version of master Nigerian drummer Olatunji's 1969 percussion suite of the same name, Salsoul style, while over on the flip we have one of the deepest Disco records of all time; "Thousand Finger Man" a testament to Candido's percussion prowess and a spacey, beautiful voyage that has left more than an indelible mark on modern House music, often being cited as a huge influence by artists such as Masters At Work and more. Essential stuff basically, every collection should have a copy!
This 12" has got to be one of the toughest Salsoul records to find. Changing hands for up to £300 a time for a used copy. Now it has been re-mastered, re-pressed and made available again with all original label artwork intact with the permission of Salsoul Records, New York City.
Well. Where do we start with 'Deep Inside'? Originally released in the golden NYC House era of 1993, this 5 tracker literally smashed everything in sight. And still does now! The epitome of an evergreen, all-time classic release. Masters At Work Louie Vega and Kenny Dope were on a major roll in this era, producing, remixing, dj-ing and everything in-between, these guys put in ridiculous work. They are joined on this EP by a roll-call of names and collaborators, Erick Morillo engineering the title track? Check. Maurice Joshua on co-production duties? You got it. Vocals by Ms. Barbara tucker? They're there. Killer, rock hard drums? Stacks of Soul? Masterfully chopped up Disco samples? All present. Serious stuff. Sometimes a record just manages to capture and distill the true essence of what this is all about and 'Deep Inside' is one such record, it bears all the hallmarks of golden era MAW, all the signposts of what was happening in NYC's clubs in the early to mid 90's were there within it's grooves. You know a record is good when it's still being, quite literally, hammered nearly 25 years later! Now, remastered, and reissued with the full involvement of Strictly Rhythm this seminal piece of NYC House history is made available again with all original, full sleeve artwork intact as per the 1993 original. This one's a straight up essential for any self-respecting dance aficionado. You know what to do!
A1 Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
A2 Sister Slegde - Thinking Of You (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
B1 Chic - Le Freak (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
B2 Chic - Le Freak (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
Ahead of the 10-track album Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix, this limited, hand-stamped white label features two of Dimitri’s meticulously reverent mixes alongside their respective instrumentals. In his mixes of Sister Sledge’s evergreen ‘Thinking Of You’ and the unmistakeable CHIC staple ‘Le Freak’, Dimitri’s touch underlines the enduring and undeniable power of these timeless disco records.
Limited information on this release, it contains two super edits that have been heavily road tested on a certain soundsytem that is currently doing the rounds. Not much information beyond that but the music speaks for itself. Slow mo with impact and energy. More soon.
Limited information on this release, it contains two super edits that have been heavily road tested on a certain soundsytem that is currently doing the rounds. Not much information beyond that but the music speaks for itself. Slow mo with energy. More soon.
Limited information on this release, it contains two super edits that have been heavily road tested on a certain soundsytem that is currently doing the rounds. Not much information beyond that but the music speaks for itself. Slow mo with energy. More soon.
Limited information on this release, it contains two super edits that have been heavily road tested on a certain soundsytem that is currently doing the rounds. Not much information beyond that but the music speaks for itself. Slow mo with energy. More soon
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.