TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
House / Disco / Nu Disco
- A1. As Long As There's Sunset
- A2. Delusions of Grandeur
- B1. Aerial
- B2. 50 AM
A fireball to accelerate our post-winter thawing.
Spanish producer Pépe's first foray on LPH.
It starts off unassumingly, with a bright, airy beach boogie that's all gentle drums and trebly synth figurations, but it quickly turns its eye to the strobe-lit nightclub, first with “Delusions of Grandeur,” an angular hypnosis of syncopated rhythms, then with “Aerial,” a 130 BPM blitz with an epic build and an equally dramatic breakdown. Capping it off is “50 AM,” which, as the name indicates, is a woozy shuffle that'll help you land the plane nice and easy.
- A1. Todd Edwards - You're Sorry (Extended Mix)
- A2. Dario D’Attis featuring Jinadu - Space & Time (Extended Vocal Mix)
- B1. Low Steppa - You're My Life (Extended Mix)
- B2. Austin Millz - Broke Boy (Extended Mix)
Coming as the fourth edition, ‘EP4’ stays true to the series, committing Defected’s biggest digital releases to wax, and delivering upfront packages of house heat previously unavailable on vinyl. Opening up the A-side is garage legend and Grammy Award winner Todd Edwards with ‘You’re Sorry’, where his chopped-up vocal sampling, pitch shifts, and kick drums combine to create a track with true groove. Up next is underground gem ‘Space & Time’ (Extended Vocal Mix) from Dario D’Attis featuring Jinadu, a record that presents grooving house excellence. The B-side continues to deliver the goods, opening with Low Steppa’s Defected debut, ‘You’re My Life’, a guaranteed summer weapon for 2019. Rounding off the vinyl release is Austin Millz ‘Broke Boy’, where the Harlem born artist showcases his genre defying style, with vocals provided by Claire Ridgley, making a reflective and serene closure to this release.
GenresBalearicElectronicaNu DiscoWorld Music
- A1 - Jungle Fly
- A2 - Dub 4 Joy
- B1 - Ryu’s Dream
- B2 - Cabo Trek
Good Block have been throwing parties in and around London for the past six years. Nomadic and sporadic in form and function, their parties are centred around danceable odd-ball gems and have hosted the likes of Jamie Tiller, Jon K, Esa, John Gomez, Selvagem, DJ Nomad, Bradley Zero, DJ Okapi, Jonny Rock, Apiento, DJ Vegetable and Cosmic Slop.After a series of DJ friendly edits issued gratis, Good Block finally put out their first fully fledged EP of original material; a composite soup of influences and styles from around the Orb, trekking through slow jungle chug, cosmic Caribbean Juno jams, Japanese synth pop snares and New-Age meanderings.
- A1. Main Thing
- B1. Main Thing - Dub Mix
Fresh from 1986, another slo-mo Disco / Boogie / Garage banger from the Easy Street catalogue. That's right, this is that downtempo electrified sleazy Funk that keeps dance-floors pulsing. It has all the trademarks of the time, dope futuristic synths, slamming low-key drums and a sassy vocal performance from Kim Marsh lamenting a useless guy and her heartbreak! Classic Disco subject matter indeed. This one stands head and shoulders alongside the Tanaa Gardners, Barbara Masons and all the other heavy hitters of the time.
'Main Thing' is a true rarity today and used copies command a collectors price on the second hand record market. Every home should have a copy of this, no proper Disco collection is complete without it. A record that will never go out of style & will always provoke some buckwild reactions on any dance-floor it's dropped on!
Shout out to Easy Street, 100% legit re-issue, re-master & re-press, essential wax!
- A1. Intro
- A2. Goodshow
- B1. 420
- B2. Yes
- B3. Cheap Drama
Gifted Culture reveals the last EP of the trilogy featuring three improvised jam sessions of the collective. This time the ghetto beat maker Christopher Rau joins the crew in Berlin Mitte. Christopher, Autre and Two Thou start diving into slow, detached dreamy atmospheres eventually exploding into frenetic floor killer breaks. The music recorded in the session represent the perpetual dialog between the artists, resulting in an eclectic and variegate piece of music.
GenresDeep HouseSoulful House
- A1 Nothing Wrong
- A2 Nothing Wrong (Ge-ology In Reverse Reflip)
- B1 Nothing Wrong (Byron The Aquarius live mix)
- B2 Nothing Wrong (James Braun Club mix)
* Following Wayne Snow’s latest ‘Freedom TV’ LP comes 4 track Remix EP for album track, ‘Nothing Wrong’.
* Limited Edition of 700
* Pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl
* Sleeve artwork printed on reverse board
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1. Boat Party
- A2. Techno Cave (Original Mix)
- B1. Techno Cave (Sharif Laffrey Nightwork Remix)
- B2. Abandoned Pyramid
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......
- 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. Light (High As You Can)
- B1. Trouble Glider
- B2. Trouble Glider Lauer Remix
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.
Techno / Electro
GenresAmbientDeep HouseDrum & BassElectronicaTechno
- A1. First Blue Sky
- A2. Angel
- A3. A Moment Away From You
- B1. Vent
- B2. Earth and Everything
- C1. Ocean Floor
- C2. Bad Minds
- C3. 1700
- D1. Breathe Her In
- D2. Soft Summer (Revisited)
22 years since a last appearance, Placid Angles partners with London's Magicwire to share with you a second full length, First Blue Sky.
Placid Angles (John Beltran) & Magicwire would like to dedicate this album to you, the earth & everything.
First Blue Sky is due mid March. For now please enjoy the clips and take care of each other.
All artwork done by Magicwire's Gabriola.
- A. Stardancer
- B. Ultravox
A strong desire to propel music into the next sonic century leads Ae:ther, gifting us with the futuristic ‘Stardancer’ on Crosstown Rebels.
The EP opens with Stardancer - an emotive and deeply mesmeric track that weaves together a twinkling and trance-like rhythm with a driving techno beat. On the flip, Ultravox builds with intensity, creating a cinematic ambience, balancing ethereal synths with a pounding beat.
Ae:ther has been an explorer of sound for many years. His study of sound design whilst living in Milan, enables him to add an extra layer of depth to his productions - experimental and ambient, yet still able to entice dancers to the floor. He’s had music signed to Tale Of Us’ Afterlife imprint and his productions have attracted the attention of Damian Lazarus who commissioned him to remix his single All I Need with the Ancient Moons. Lazarus has also signed Ae:ther’s debut album. 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the Berlin-based producer with a new release on Afterlife in the pipeline as well as plans to unveil his spectacular live-show to the world.
- A1. Doppelgänger
- B1. Countdown
- B2. The Portrait Of Nina Sayers
Float and Balans producer Hemka joins Matt Edwards’ Rekids Special Projects with three technocuts entitled ‘The Portrait of Nina Sayers’.
Marseille born producer and DJ, Hemka is one of the most promising techno artists based in Paris. Her fast paced rhythmical sound has an emotional, psychedelic twist which has seen her release on Darko Esser’s Balans and TWR72’s Float Records, with support from the upper echelons like Rebekah, Dasha Rush and ROD. As a DJ she’s shared the stage with figures like Len Faki, Surgeon and James Ruskin and is a regular at Parisian clubs like Concrete and REX, not to mention the French festival circuit, when not performing all over Europe. She now joins the Rekids Special Projects series, following artists like P.Leone, DJ Spider, Tripeo and DJ Deep.
‘Doppelgänger’ features a damaging kick under disjointed piano melodies to establish an eerie aesthetic, before ‘Countdown’ offers emotive pads and twisted bleeps that evolve amidst shuffling drums. Finally, ‘The Portrait Of Nina Sayers’ escalates in tension with an arpeggiated melody, pumping kicks and firm snares.
- 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.
- A1 Shell Game
- A2. Spare Parts
- A3. Gate Output
- B1. Mystic Revelation
- B2. Dark Moon
- B3. Home Made Drum Machine Part 2
- C1. Metal Mod Beat
- C2. MR10stery
- C3. Jagged
- D1. NP-Hard
- D2. Non Entity
- D3. Winter Dance
A long player of new music from DMX Krew is always a welcome sight and sound, and Hypercolour continue to strengthen their association with the seasoned British producer, with his third album for the label, ‘Glad To Be Sad’.
A consistent player in the field of electronic music, DMX Krew has been releasing more goodies on labels like Super Rhythm Trax, Libertine, and his very own Breakin’ Records since 2017’s last Hypercolour album, ‘Strange Directions’.
Those familiar with the catalogue of DMX Krew (all 22 albums and countless singles and remixes) can expect the usual collection of first class electronic funk and modular melodies, but for the uninitiated, ‘Glad To Be Sad’ covers a wide and colourful palette of rhythm and sound, abundant on the bass and with a heavy dose of futurism in its waves of glorious synth-work and deadly drum machine rhythms.
- A1. Srey Pov's Theme
- A2. Monk's Theme Part I
- A3. Downturn Medley
- A4. Solidarity Theme (Villagers)
- A5. Monk's Theme Part II
- A6. The Villagers
- A7. Disintegration Drone I
- A8. Solidarity Theme (Release)
- A9. Monks Theme Part III (Exit)
- A10. Reprise
- B1. Disintegration Drone II (Torn Cone)
- B2. Disintegration Drone III (Death Rattle)
- B3. Self-Playing Schmaltz
- B4. Srey Pov's Theme (End Credits)
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.
Breakbeat / Hardcore
- A1 Human Downfall (House Mix)
- A2 Identified (Techno Mix)
- B1 Thump
- B2 Vex
MIKE ASH'S NEW ACID TECHNO EP SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS MADE SOME TIME IN THE DISTANT PHUTURE, LONG AFTER THE FINAL HUMAN DOWNFALL BUT AT THE HANDS OF ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT ROBOTS FROM A DISTANT GALAXY ROAMING THE EARTH DESTROYING THE MEGA CITIES AND ITS INHABITANTS WITH SONIC DEATH RAYS.
- A1 J-Tek
- A2 Bit-R4
- B1 Deep Three
- B2 Synthesis
Ron Wells J-Tek EP for 2017. Four different tracks in Ron's trademark style. An essential for all Jungle Techno fans.
- 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 Hardcore You Know The Score
- B1 Hardcore You Know The Score
- B2 Hardcore You Know The Score
After a chance find of a DAT tape containing the vocal session for the classic “Hardcore You Know The Score” by The Hypnotist, this EP was specially commissioned.
Remixes are provided by DISINTEGRATOR, New York City based DJ/Producers Oliver Chesler and John Selway) and INNERCORE (Matt Teksteppa Wilkins).
The Digital release in 2019 will have more mixes but we decided to keep this EP as Hardcore and true to the spirit of Rising High Records back catalogue of the early 90's as possible
Also included is the classic Original Mix.
QUOTE: Caspar Pound “The More Nose Bleed The Better”
Remastered and recut by MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
- A Touch Somebody (Cerebral Mix)
- B Touch Somebody (DJ Seduction remix)
The masters for these recordings were lost long ago so we have restored from mint vinyl and had remastered at Subvert Central Mastering.
The DJ Seduction remix is rare as hens teeth. The record has been cut at 45 RPM for the DJ's.
- A1. Reach Up (Remix)
- A2. Anhillating
- B1. Take Me higher
- B2. V.N.E. (Original)
- C1. I Dream Of You
- C2. Explosion
- D1. Collision Course
- D2. Jack of diamonds
- E1. Force Format
- E2. Panic
- F1. Vanishing Point
- F2. Miami Burnin
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.
GenresDrum & Bass
- A1. Ram Up A Dance
- B1. Pass The Herb
- B2. Know Me A Don
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.
GenresDrum & BassTechno
- A1. Hi Tek
- A2. Limitless
- B1. Sidereal
- B2. We Make Techno
4 TRACKS OF PURIST JUNGLE TECHNO FROM A COLLABORATION BETWEEN RON WELLS AKA JACK SMOOTH AND DANIEL SILK OF WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIC
- A1. Untitled
- A2. Driving me Nuts
- B1. Voodoo Dance Malarky
- B2. Bounce Down
LIMITED EDITION RUN OF 200
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.
- A. Alta Ignota
- B1. Darkside
- B2. Transporter
Three ultimate Jungle Techno tracks, two new and one reloaded Dubplate tune that DJ Ratty used to play in 1993, totally remade from scratch. One of those records you will regret not buying. 10/10
- 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!
GenresDiscoElectronicFunkHip HopIndie DanceNew York
- A1 John Robie - Vena Cava
- A2 James White & The Blacks - Contort Yourself (August Darnell Mix)
- B1 Quando Quango - Love Tempo (Mark Kamins Mix
- B2 George Kranz - Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)
- C1 Loose Joints - Pop Your Funk (Instrumental Version) (7" B-Side Mix)
- C2 Material - Bustin' Out (Long Version)
- D1 Peech Boys - Don't Make Me Wait (Extended Version)
- D2 Edwin Birdsong - Rapper Dapper Snapper
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 second 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 classics (such as 'Don’t Make Me Wait’ and ‘Din Daa Daa') nestle up alongside the belatedly recognised (including the August Darnell remix of ‘Contort Yourself’ and Mark Kamins remix of ‘Love Tempo') and the downright obscure (‘Vena Cava’ and the B-side of the ‘Pop Your Funk’ 7” promo). Capturing the range and the mayhem, Material’s under-appreciated ‘Bustin’ Out’ features Nona Hendryx delivering lyrics inspired by Black Panther George Jackson’s prison letters plus a music track featuring dance beats combined with a heavy electric guitar—a combination proposed by Michael Zilkha after the ZE label head rejected Bill Laswell’s first effort. The mix comes courtesy of Better Days resident DJ Tee Scott. Everyone, it seemed, was open to everything.
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.
- A. Leave The City
- B. Wake Up
Killer, cosmic leaning German Funk-Rock moves here on the repress tip courtesy of Epsilon, a 4 piece from Marburg, just North of Frankfurt.
That kind of grooved out, downtempo dusted Glam type of gear that one might hear DJ Harvey play at wrong o'clock in the morning, or something that Loda might flip into mid-set that would have everyone scratching their head in disbelief. One of a handful of cool jams the Epsilon guys cranked out, remastered and repressed on a lovely, handy 45. Sounds heavy. Essential listening for those of a more 'left-field' disposition. Dig it.
GenresAcid HouseAfrobeatExperimentalLive Music
- A1. Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women- Dala Ma Siaya (Living Room Session)
- A2. Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women- Okana Tali (Living Room Session)
- B1. Stella Chiweshe- Bird Song (Live im Funkhaus)
- B2. Stella Chiweshe- Inner Voice (Live im Funkhaus)
- C1. Stella Chiweshe- Bird Song (Dauwd Wired Re-Bird)
- C2. Stella Chiweshe- Bird Song (Wolfonacid Tribe’s Remix)
- D1. Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women- Dala Ma Siaya (Wolfonacid Spring Remix)
Berlin-based collective African Acid Is The Future inaugurates its new label partnership with The Vinyl Factory by releasing the first in a three-part 2×12″ series Ambiance.
The first instalment, Ambiance I, captures two extraordinary live performances in Berlin, backed by remixes from AAITF members Dauwd and Wolfonacid on the second 12″.
The live performances feature Kenyan dodo singer Ogoya Mengo & The Dodo Women, and the woman once described as Zimbabwe’s mbira queen Stella Chiweshe. The former was recorded live in Romain’s Azzaro apartment, while Chiweshe’s performance was captured in front of an enraptured crowd at Berlin’s iconic Funkhaus venue.
* Featuring Kenyan singer Ogoya Nengo and “the queen of mbira” Stella Chiweshe
* 2 x 12″ 180g heavyweight vinyl includes in a gatefold sleeve
* Includes printed inner and outer sleeves and an African Acid Is The Future booklet
* Artwork by Louis Vignat
* Vinyl edition of 500
- PT1 - A1. CHIC - Le Freak (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
- PT1 - A2. Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
- PT1 - B1. CHIC - Le Freak (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
- PT1 - B2. Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
- PT2 - A1. CHIC - I Want Your Love (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
- PT2 - A2. Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
- PT2 - B1. CHIC - I Want Your Love (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
- PT2 - B2. Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
- PT3 - A1. Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
- PT3 - A2. Norma Jean Wright - Saturday (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
- PT3 - B1. Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
- PT3 - B2. Norma Jean Wright - Saturday (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
- PT4 - A1. Sister Sledge - Got To Love Somebody (Dimitri From Paris 12” Version)
- PT4 - A2. Sheila & B. Devotion - Your Love Is Good (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
- PT4 - B1. Sister Sledge - Got To Love Somebody (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
- PT4 - B2. Sheila & B. Devotion - Your Love Is Good (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
- PT5 - A1. CHIC - My Forbidden Lover (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
- PT5 - A2. CHIC - I Feel Your Love Comin' On (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
- PT5 - B1. CHIC - My Forbidden Lover (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
- PT5 - B2. CHIC - I Feel Your Love Comin' On (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
Rarely does an artist pay homage to the classics like Dimitri From Paris. The Grammy nominated producer, remixer, composer and DJ has made every one in his repertoire of reworks sound effortless – no mean feat when the original tracks are by the likes of one of Disco’s greatest musicians. He has a long history of remixing classic records, starting in the late 80s and culminating in this achievement of a lifetime, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix.
This 10-track album features brand new remixes alongside all the much-loved essentials that have resonated with artists from Frankie Knuckles to Disclosure, Gilles Peterson to Mark Ronson. Alongside the reworks – three of which have never been released before – are instrumentals of each, most also previously unreleased, for the ultimate bumper pack. Available in 2CD, download, and vinyl formats (full details to be announced), the album is an essential for seasoned Disco lovers. To create the project, Dimitri was entrusted to use the original studio masters from circa 1978 - 1980 that feature all of the individually recorded musical and vocal elements. The majority of these songs are for the first time given a respectful new mix and arrangement, unveiling never-before-heard performances, turning the spotlight on the beautiful orchestrations of one the most unique and highly-revered production duos of the Disco era and beyond; Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, along with their CHIC organization of musicians.
Kicking off with the unmistakeable CHIC staple ‘Le Freak’, Dimitri’s timeless remix making the exquisite instrumental harmonies shine like only Dimitri can, the album delves next into ‘Lost In Music’ and a new mix of CHIC’s classic ‘I Want Your Love’. Norma Jean’s life-affirming ‘Saturday’, originally co-written by Nile Rodgers in 1978, is given a remix of cinematic proportions, no doubt set to become the climax of many Dimitri DJ sets to come. Sister Sledge’s ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for the Disco power group, is given the Dimitri treatment with an extended mix, drawing out the string motifs, showcasing unheard sections from the original master tapes, sounding better than ever. Further exclusives include ‘Forbidden Lover’ and another Sister Sledge masterpiece, ‘Got To Love Somebody’ with cowbell and horns resplendent. More highlights include new mixes of Sister Sledge’s evergreen ‘Thinking Of You’ and the final track, an underdog from French chanson singer turned one-time Disco act, Sheila & B Devotion ‘Your Love Is Good’, a euphoric high to close on and another using many elements from never-heard-before outtakes.
Through Disco grooves and meticulously reverent production, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix gets to the heart of why CHIC’s music remains so universally relevant, underlining the enduring cultural significance of dance music in its most unabashed form. This album is a demonstration of how captivating the sound of a full orchestra of musicians can be, compared to today’s largely computer generated offerings – celebrating the eternally endearing qualities of some of Nile Rodger’s best-selling records, not to mention, for over 40 years, the unquestionable power of a great Disco record.
The Box is a numbered Limited Edition of 1000 units
5 x 180 gram vinyl
Printed parts finished with a soft touch matte lamination. Box art uses a matte silver foil for the silver parts
The box will come with packed with a ‘press photo’ insert of CHIC & Dimitri
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A. Morken's Magical Carpet Ride
- B. Frozen Island
The third outing on Øyvind's private Moonlighting label. The long time Oslo DJ and producer unveils some deep, late night house sounds from the frozen North. Ice cold synths, stuttering drum machines and melodic motifs grace this 12", all lovingly collaged and channelled through Morken's own unique style and sound. 2 tracks of hardware laced expressionism recorded in Oslo at his home studio and spread across a side each on a super nice 12" pressing. For the uninitiated, Morken has long been a representative of Norway's dance music underground and his reputation as Jaegers weekly resident DJ in Oslo has earned him worldwide respect where he has booked Theo Parrish, Levon Vincent, Mark E, Beautiful Swimmers, Mark Seven, Ron Morelli, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Hunee, Floating Points & loads more! With very tight links with Sex Tags, Todd Terje and Prins Thomas and with releases on Olsen, LIES, Full Pupp & Mysticisms, Øyvind is a very busy man! Moonlighting is his own personal label platform and venture where he releases his own music and ideas. The previous 2 releases on the label disappeared in record time (no pun intended!) and are feverishly sought after by those who snoozed! Quality Norsk vibes on this one, sure to find a home in the most discerning DJ's bags. Super limited pressing on this one!