TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
Disco / Nu-Disco
- A1. Abran Paso - Ahoa (Enrolle)
- A2. Ay, Mulata Mia
- A3. Mama High, Mama Way
- A4. Jibaro (Aperitivo)
- B1. Simon
- B2. Cuando Llegaré
- B3. Anacaona
- B4. Tema De Amor
- C1. El Maniqui
- C2. Ain't No Sunshine
- C3. Rosa Rosa
- C4. Marcha Final
- D1. Jibaro (Enrolle)
- D2. Abran Paso (Aperitivo)
- D3. Tumbalo
- D4. Los Invitados
A true Balearic / Cosmic classic LP - Columbian brothers Elkin & Nelson's 1974 debut double album 'Angeles Y Demonios' is the perfect blend of traditional latin music, psychedelia, fuzz, glam, ethnic rhythms, progressive rock leanings and everything else in-between! The album had been received quite well on it's release, enabling the brothers to move to Spain and explore their ideas and melodies full-time, but it wasn't until the late 1980's Balearic explosion that the brothers unique musical vision struck a chord with those outside of Spain whose interests were rooted in the more esoteric corners of the record shop racks. Possibly the most well-known track from this LP was 'Jibaro (Enrolle)' that featured on the closing side of the set. This track was picked up and subsequently covered by Paul Oakenfold and the burgeoning wave of UK DJ's who had become enamoured with the white isle and her many sounds, thus birthing the term 'Balearic Beat'. 'Jibaro (Enrolle)' is perhaps one of the benchmarks of that particular microcosmic scene and sound but that doesn't mean the rest of this amazing LP should be ignored. A truly wondrous trip through the rock underground, not traditional by any means, if you dig the Balearic sound, psych-rock, funk and all of it's orbiting planets then this will certainly flip all the right switches for you. A very original set. This classic has been legally reissued by Above Board distribution in conjunction with the legal rights holders - Sony Music Entertainment. This high quality 2 x LP repress features original 1974 gatefold sleeve and label artwork and has been remastered from Sony's original sources by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
- A1. #1 (You're Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean)
- A2. #5 (Go Bang!)
- A3. #2 (No, Thank You)
- B1. #7
- B2. #3 (In The Corn Belt)
- B3. #6 (Get Set)
• Dinosaur L was a band produced and directed by Arthur Russell and 24-24 is their seminal
album of twisted post disco grooves
• This is Russell’s excursion into early electronic composition, future funk and a touch of jazz.
• One of dance music’s key building blocks, this album features the hit single ‘Go Bang!’ an
instant dance floor filler
• One of Gilles Peterson’s favourite albums, influenced dance producers like Todd Terry,
Basement Jaxx, UNKLE to Floating Point.
• Cult classic proudly reissued by Demon Records on 180gm heavyweight black vinyl with
printed inner sleeve
- A Bill Brandon - We Fell In Love While Dancing
- B Lorraine Johnson - The More I Get, The More I Want
Prelude Records is easily one of THE most influential Disco labels of all time. The label released classic upon classic and launched the careers of many now influential artists and producers and engineers. Names like Francois K, Shep Pettibone, Tony Humphries and more were all intrinsic to the Prelude story. The music this label released throughout it's life has shaped modern day club culture and continues to do so....
1977 saw the release of one of Prelude's most sought after, desired and rare offerings. A 12" promo that features 2 insanely deep cuts from the labels impressive repertoire. Bill Brandon & Lorraine Johnson's split DJ promo 'We Fell In Love While Dancing / The More I Get, The More I Want' - 2 megaton Disco bombs that will have your dancefloor in a frenzy. This essential release has changed hands for hundreds of pounds on the used market and has never been legally reissued before, there are sub-standard boots around and they sound awful. This official reissue has the full unedited versions of the tracks and has been repressed from the master sources and with the full involvement of the licensors to provide 2019's clubs with a true Disco rarity, as it was way back in '77!
- A. Pontchartrain - Afterlife
- AA. Blair French - Pool
It was Memorial Day Weekend 2016, and the sun shined bright over the Detroit River. Pontchartrain stepped up to the decks at the Red Bull stage at Movement Electronic Music Festival donning his infamous "Detroit vs. Itself" t-shirt. His first song through the Rane rotary mixer was a dubplate made specifically for his set: “Afterlife”. It’s a brilliantly executed balearic daytime disco rework that warrants the praise of summer anthem that it’s earning.
On the flip is “Pool”, an equally sunny slomo beatdown rework from Blair French. It's a delightful blend of cerebral and soulful, and is finally getting a release after being originally championed by Peter Croce on his Le Mellotron Paris set back in early 2018.
This 7" is pressed heavy and cut loud at 33.3 RPM with a normal non-dinked hole.
Artwork by Gino
- A1. Oba Lata
- B1. Oba Lata (NameBrandSound Remix)
- B2. Dakar
Written by Chris Franck and Davide Giovaninni, Oba Lata draws on traditional Yoruban chant blending it with a live afro-beat groove. Edgy, rhythmical analogue synths, vocals, guitars and percussion tied together by the clave and driving afro bassline make this a credible dance floor contender. The vocals honour "Obatala", one of the main Orishas in Yoruban culture. He is seen as the creator of earth and a lover of peace and harmony.
NameBrandSound are IG Culture and Alex Phountzi. The duo were part of the original West London broken beat scene and are known for their involvement with New Sector Movements and Bugz in the Attic. This remix draws on some of the modern African rhythms like Gqom (Durban - South Africa) and Coupé-Décalé (Ivory Coast via Paris) and combines them with their own "bruk" sound. Stripped back vocals and instrumentation make this a remix focused heavily on groove.
This instrumental track 'Dakar' is the result of a recent trip to Senegal during the period of Ramadan. It features an 8 piece woodwind/horn section recorded in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) which has been beautifully arranged by Rafael Martini. A mid tempo groove leaning heavily towards north africa combining acoustic and electronic elements to create a deep modal feel and mood.
- A Set It Off
- B Set It Off (Instrumental)
Dope Demand is a brand new hip-hop reissue label bringing you the cream of underground and golden era rap on 7", 12" & beyond! All releases are fully licensed, remastered and legit. This is not afly by night operation, Dope Demand is helmed by true heads, fans who grew up on this music and have the utmost respect for the art-form. These are NOT bootlegs, we repeat - NOT BOOTLEGS! We've done a lot of hard work, and there are a lot of exciting classics and rarities to come from the DD crew. Snoozing is not advised!
To begin proceedings we take it back to '87. We enter the court of a King Asiatic (Nobody's Equal) for some of that 'genuine like Gucci' flavour. That's right - Big Daddy Kane's all-time, game changing, stripped back, battle rap classic 'Set It Off' gets the reissue treatment. This one is slays, it's easily up there with the greatest rap records of all time. We dare you to disagree. Nobody can touch this dream-team pairing of Kane & Marley Marl, this one is FIRE. Oh, if that wasn't enough, we threw the ultra hard to get instrumental on the flip. Happy? We are!
As mentioned before, these super limited 7's are fully licensed and all audio is sourced from the license holders and is top shelf quality. On top of that we got some fresh original artwork from the Atelier Superplus design house. All in all, a tight release right here that will 'cold rock a party 'til the A.M.'. These will not stick around for long! Until next time...
House / Tech-House
GenresDeep HouseTech HouseTechno
- 7inch A. Float in the Air
- 7inch B. The Spot
- CD Track 2. Receiver
- CD Track 3. Matter of Time
- CD Track 4. Pace the Ride
- CD Track 6. Audio Telemetry - Eqwel Version
- CD Track 7. New Dimension
- CD Track 8. Bottom End
The lifespan for humans is estimated at less then 100 years in this dimension. Due to this limitation, they seem to lack patience trying to attain their goals in this world. I’m sure that this is the case for most humans in particular, but the focus in this mission statement will be based on the Electronic Music Scene.
From the ﬁrst arrival to this world and watching the current state of electronic music unfold, things seem a bit stagnant. There seems to be a drastic inﬂux of so-called artist/ producers that are trying to inﬂuence the genre and the passive aggressive assault on what the pioneers have created. Until these souls truly study the art of music production, their track releases should be frowned upon. Their foundation should be to learn how this sound was created and how they can contribute to it moving forward.
Why not study to be a techno historian, it’ll only be a beneﬁt. If you don’t understand the past, then there is no real future. Life-forms in this dimension need to understand the past to change the future, otherwise we’ll make the same mistakes over and over and time after time nothing will ever evolve. These words do not speak for Eqwel, however my feeling is that Eqwel has been spawned to contribute quality music to this genre for the indefnite future.
The mass understanding of Techno is the main goal for Eqwel, because if you truly understand this music, you’ll be mentally teleported to another state of mind. This audio telemetry is the answer to get lost inside the relentless nature of the low end frequencies, that is ﬁlled with percussions of high intensity. It’s been over well over a year since Eqwel has been contributing to the electronic music scene on a deeper underground level, so it’ll take some time before the earthlings are ready to be introduced to some new ideas. This society has been programmed to only like what they are told to by massive advertisements, with such vast dimensions why listen to these commercial programmers.
Listen to yourself. Music keeps us feeling alive, during our stay in this sedative society. Words & Observations by: Shadow
7inch Side A: Float in the Air (5:59)
7inch Side B: The Spot (5:59)
CD Track 1: 2456K Intro (1:06)
CD Track 2: Receiver (5:45)
CD Track 3: Matter of Time (7:44)
CD Track 4: Pace the Ride (8:33)
CD Track 5: DSLBroadband Switch (1:29)
CD Track 6: Audio Telemetry- Eqwel Version (6:52)
CD Track 7: New Dimension (7:10)
CD Track 8: Bottom End (8:53)
CD Track 9: 5G Language (3:04)
- A. Epic Intro Mix
- B. Club Mix
Followed by the huge success and now eagerly sought after 12inch composition titled “Divine Harmonics.” Produced and Performed Kuniyuki Takahashi. Cosmic Arts Music (a division of Sacred Rhythm Music) brings to you the second installment of unique story telling by the way of Atmospheric Soundscapes, Rhythm and Melody.
Next up in this series is a man that needs no introduction. A Note from The Artist himself... "It’s been a long time in the making, but to finally release a piece of art with Joe is a dream come true. 'Teardrops' is part of a whole series of music I wrote just after my daughter’s birth, and I think you can hear that in the music. And to release it on such a dope label is a special thing for me. (and Winni) I wanted to do something different. Something out of the ordinary that stands out...I think a 5min beat-less intro is about as brave as I could be. I want to thank Brother Joe Claussell for his full support and belief in my music and me as a musician since the late 90's. With peace and Respects, Vince."
Like its predecessor, this is a Limited Release. Don’t Sleep!
Thank You for Listening.
The Sacred Rhythm Music & Cosmic Arts Family
- A1. Flutter
- A2. A Moment
- B1. Siliconada (NB’s Mix)
- B2. Siliconada
DJ Nature follows up 2018’s ‘Ultimate Delusion’ EP with another set of pure heaters for Futureboogie.
The Bristol born DJ and producer, also known to many as Nature Boy, comes with an exemplary track record, but that’s to be expected from one of the scene’s early pioneers. Releases for Golf Channel Recordings, Jazzy Sport and Ruff Disco Records are considered true classics, and rightly so!
Breezy MPC house jams of the highest quality, ‘Flutter’ manages to fuse David Lynch style pads and earthy vocals with a marching rhythm, whilst ‘A Moment’ gets cosmically charged with a spiralling modular lick over a chugging guitar hook and spacey chords.
NB’s Mix of Siliconada goes straight for the jugular, with looping disco rhythms and off kilter jazz licks, whilst the Original Version lays heavy and disorientating synth work down for a killer techno injection.
As always, DJ Nature delivers a unique and distinctive sound that is often imitated but never bettered!
- A. Keeping Me Up
- B. The Calm Of Libra
Already making waves with a series of releases and remixes for labels such as Hottrax, True
Romance, We Are The Brave, Nice Age, art | werk, and forthcoming music on DJ Haus’ Hot Haus
label, 9th House brings his astrologically charged house to this special vinyl only release.
‘Keeping Me Up’ emits huge rays of sunshine, with its piano driven house chops and soulful vocal
licks. It’s of no surprise, then, that the likes of Midland, Dan Shake, Peach and William Djoko are
already playing and supporting this one. On the flip, ‘The Calm Of Libra’ channels early 90s
break-beat house, coming over like a modernized Nu Groove track, the aficionados will appreciate the
musical sentiments here for sure!
GenresDeep HouseSoulful House
- A1. JAH Love
- A2. Your Mind ft. Nikoss
- B1. NYC Dirty Talks
- B2. Silly Acid ft. Nikoss
Berlin based talent Black Loops arrives on Madhouse Records to deliver his four-track ‘JAH Love’ EP this April, featuring two cuts alongside Nikoss.
With releases on Toy Tonics, Freerange, Pets Recordings and Neovinyl to name just a few, Riccardo Paffetti aka Black Loops has built a stellar reputation as one of house music's most consistent and impressive names since making his production debut back in 2013. A skilful hand both within the studio and behind the decks, the Italian's slick blend of deep and soulful house music takes cues and inspiration from funk, disco and beyond, with his latest batch of productions coming in the form of his ‘JAH Love’ EP on Madhouse Records this April, featuring New Zealand producer and musician Nikoss.
Title track ‘JAH Love’ opens the package through a smooth blend of skipping percussion, infectious vocal samples and funk heavy instrumentation, before ‘Your Mind’ introduces the first of two productions alongside Nikoss as rich piano melodies and acid-tinged bass patterns merge effortlessly throughout the track’s six-and- a-half-minute duration.
On the flip, ‘NYC Dirty Talks’ takes a trip across the Atlantic as resonant pads and slick drum licks combine to reveal a production that would find itself perfectly at home within any Kerri Chandler set, before rounding out proceedings with the bubbling 303 driven ‘Silly Acid’ once again in partnership with Nikoss, guided by bright keys, soft chords and vibrant low-end tones.
GenresDeep HouseNew YorkReissue
- A1 I Wanna Feel The Music (Hype Dub)
- A2 I Wanna Feel The Music (Smooth Mix)
- B1 Gotta Have You (Smooth Mix)
- B2 Gotta Have You (UK Dub)
Seminal NYC deep House sounds from the legendary Strictly Rhythm catalogue, this is some straight 1991 heat.
'I Wanna Feel The Music' / 'Gotta Have You' are 2 stone cold jams. This is the sound that is often imitated, but never bettered, that true school deep House flavour. Sound Waves is a crew made up of Andrew Richardson and Gijo Rosario, who crafted 2 slamming 12"s for Strictly in the very early 90's. Both cuts ooze so much soul, and those unmistakable deep synth pads that wash over those tuff NYC drums with uplifting emotion. A true underground record that sounds like it could have easily dropped last week. This is a high quality, remastered from the OG audio files, 100% legit 2019 reissue of another essential deep House gem, truly flawless and it should be in every DJ's bag! Buy on sight.
- A1. Car Park In The Sky
- B1. Car Park In The Sky (Lee Burridge & Lost Desert Remix)
M.I.G. arrives just in time for your summer.
Ibiza terrace vibes come in the form of a remix from Lee Burridge and Lost Desert which recently lead to an avalanche of emails and texts to us begging for a copy after it's inclusion on Lee's Radio 1 Essential mix.
Well, here it is for you lucky chosen few. The full package also includes the original from M.I.G. which has a more gentle vibe to it and a remix from Funk D'Void.
GenresBreakbeatDeep HouseTech House
- A1. 40 Grams of Latency feat. John Camp & Greg Paulus
- A2. 40 Grams of Latency (Akufen Remix)
- B1. 40 Grams of Latency (Pola's Trumpless Remix)
- B2. OC9 feat. John Camp
May 2019 will see the release of Theoretical Speed's "40 grams of Latency EP" featuring John Camp and Greg Paulus of No Regular Play, on Visionquest's Special Editions imprint.
The project, headed by VQ label boss Ryan Crosson, is the first time all three artists have worked together and its stunning two original tracks are perfectly complimented by outstanding remixes from Pola and Akufen. Detroit legend Crosson is no stranger to the scene with releases on Spectral Sound, Trapez, Wagon Repair and of course Visionquest, while Paulus has released on legendary Brooklyn label Wolf + Lamb and a slew of labels as No Regular Play including No. 19, Ghostly, Let's Play House and Under the Shade. John Camp has lent his piano skills to both NRP albums and has had his own releases on Soul Clap Records and HAKT Recordings.
On this release, which is a VQ debut for John Camp, the trio push their boundaries with an experimental sound using a multitude of keyboards, modular gear and trumpet. Title track "40 Grams of Latency", pushes and pulls with grainy percussion, wistful atmospherics and a deep bassline that comes in out of nowhere, while Paulus' inimitable trumpet drifts over the top. The track will flex in the club while at the same time be perfect for an early morning at CDV. The Akufen remix hits with a tight bounce that is the inimitable sound he created, while fresh chords and stabs punctuate the driving beat. On the back half, the remix spirals into a wild reharmonization of the track, completely flipping your perception of the harmony while he dives back into the initial rhythms.
Pola clocks in with thump and precision on his acid laced version of "40 grams", while stretching the trumpet through erie delay and reverb almost making it sound like some animal in the distance. Arpeggios dance through the pads, synths and relentless hi-hats to deliver a perfect compliment to the release. Rounding out the EP is OC9 from Crosson and Camp. The bouyent percussion with a perfect swing and groove, props up Camp's lush jazz chords, synth top lines and distant atmospherics. Underneath all this magic is a fantastic walking bassline that sounds like it was put down by a jazz great.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Crazy About Your Love
- A2. Crazy About Your Love (Seb Zito Remix)
- B1. Burning Up
- B2. Burning Up (K’Alexi Shelby Remix)
LoveHrtz bounce back onto Richy Ahmed’s Four Thirty Two label with a bumper release, brining together two original tracks and remixes from Chicago house don, K’Alexi Shelby, and rising star, Seb Zito.
‘Crazy About Your Love’ is a euphoric and hyperactive house track; a Marshall Jefferson-esque piano riff hammers over a pacey groove and classic strings augment the sense of drama in this dramatic vocal track. Seb Zito (FUSE/Edible) provides two remixes here; ‘Remix 1’ pairs quirky organ stabs and a bubbling acid motif with chopped up vocals, whilst ‘Remix 2’ takes a darker route, reminiscent of Sound Factory era NYC house, with a decidedly dubbier and sleazier take on the original.
In their original mix of ‘Burning Up’, LoveHrtz deliver more top notch, classic house vibes, with a frenetic and bouncing club heater. Relentless bells, a seductive saxophone riff and a roof-raising vocal, a future classic this does make!
House music royalty, in the shape of K’Alexi Shelby, graces Four Thirty Two with his musical presence, remixing ‘Burning Up’ into an everlasting (well, just shy of 10 minutes) slice of pure disco heaven. With a musical curriculum vitae that has contributed to pivotal labels like Trax, DJ International, Djax-Up-Beats, and countless more, K’Alexi sprinkles huge handfuls of feel-good factor over his version of ‘Burning Up’, topping off a huge release package from Four Thirty Two.
For a lucky few DJs, including Jamie Jones, Hot Since82 and Butch, who received the release early, it has been one of the big records of winter and spring. Now with summer around the corner everyone gets to share the love with what is set to be an anthem for the months ahead.
- A1. Banshee
- A2. Why Can't I Remember Your Name
- B1. Feeler
- B2. Heart
The HARP EP is to be released on PRAH Recordings and offers a balance of movement and feeling. ‘Banshee’ and ‘Feeler’ are both dance tracks intended for the dancefloor, whereas ‘Why Can’t I Remember Your Name’ and ‘Heart’ are two tracks meant for times of contemplation.
Inspired by the time when hardware was the only real option for making dance music, applying the same limitation and tactile approach lead to the creation of these tunes from a technical perspective. The equipment used was primarily analog and outboard, with the utilisation of tape for recording ‘Banshee’.
London via Margate composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Raven has collaborated with many well-respected artists including Kate Tempest, Paul Weller, Mica Levi, Kwes and Bullion. His music upholds a balance between the orchestral and electronic, abstract and conventional. Parallels can be drawn to the artist Arthur Russell,
in terms of their diversity, creating tracks you can dance to, but also songs and music for reflection.
All tracks are taken from the results of the second week of Raven’s PRAH residency in Margate which has seen the likes of Kelsey Lu, Adult Jazz, Ben Vince, Lone Taxidermist, James Greenwood, Deep Throat Choir, Flamingods Lung Dart & London Contemporary Orchestra. Each have spent time writing and recording in the studios
as part of a free artist residency program offered by PRAH Recordings’ arts wing the PRAH Foundation.
- A. JKriv - Aguaxirê
- B1. Ive Brussell (JKriv Rework)
- B2. Deep Cove View (JKriv Edit)
Rocksteady Disco is extremely excited to release this multi-faceted EP from one of American dance music’s most prolific musical minds: JKriv. First up, is “Aguaxirê”— a deep Afro-Brazilian house cut in praise of the Yoruban orisha Oya. Full of moody Detroit-style pads, driving percussion, acid basslines, live trumpet (performed by Escort mainstay Nathan Warner), and an expertly plucked sample, this 9 minute odyssey is crafted for ecstatic dance floor use. Moving to the B side, we hear J rework the música popular brasileira classic “Ive Brussel” into a pool-side day party anthem, complete with a full overdub of the bassline by J with his Fender Jazz bass. Following that is a traditional deejay edit of “Deep Cove View”, a breezy and chilled out Brazilian jazz fusion cut with plenty of piano, slap bass, and vocal scatting. J flexes his production, performance, and arrangement prowess here, delivering 3 tracks ready for the party, the after hours, or the after-after hours.
- A1. Disc Rhythm
- A2. Remedy
- B1. NSPG
- B2. Realistic Sex
Meda Fury welcomes Tom Wrankmore aka Eliphino to the imprint for a stunning EP of thunderous breaks, 303’s and serious sub-bass pressure. Hailing originally from the Leeds, but with wider travels to settle down in both London and Berlin, Wrankmore’s music embraces hip-hop, rave, and UK garage. He now serves up
a pungent confection pitched between the Hessle Audio crew, Joy O and Demdike
Stare’s most recent efforts. Having released heaters for Brownswood and Hoya Hoya over the years, Eliphino now debuts as part of the Meda Fury family with the Realistic Sex EP.
Wrankmore has been locked away in his studio for the last 1.5 years, abstaining from gigging and releasing records to knuckle down and produce, emerging with a new darker edge and a much more hardcore sound. Tom explains: “The theme of the EP
is trusting your intuition in an information flooded world. I’ve collaborated with visual
artists Tom Pounder & Jon Harris who have created two videos for the release, one for Disc Rhythm and one for Realistic Sex." Meda Fury boss Nick Williams; “Tom's new music epitomises to me what modern club tracks should sound like - wild, energetic, deadly. He’s discovered his own dark new world of sound fusing breakbeat, acid, speed garage and even industrial stylings”
- A. Year of The Snake (Part 1)
- B. Year of The Snake (Part 2)
Two Bleep-tastic masterpieces re-mastered from a lost DAT tape, courtesy of this
infamous producer AKA Silent Witness. This is the first in a four-part series of
deadly rough club cuts.
- A1. The Survivors
- A2. Radiation
- B1. Inquiry
- B2. After The Fallout
- B3. Amphibian
Charles Duff and Daniel Fisher have known each other since well before their respective forays into dance music. They serendipitously crossed paths at some point in the early 2010s with mutual friends in the NYC club kid scene. Shortly thereafter they realised they both were keen to ditch the vapid hipster bullshit that had fueled their early careers thus far in order to pursue something pure: techno. Mind you, this was at a time when it was not terribly cool to be into underground dance music. If anything, they both were greeted with massive skepticism from their peers but that didn't ultimately deter them. Both went from relative obscurity to regular slots at Berghain. And for two American kids musing in a pathetic bedroom studio, this was nothing short of a dream come true. A prophecy had been fulfilled.
The two tried their hands at numerous attempts at collaboration over a 5 year period but nothing seemed to stick. Most of it sucked horrendously according to them. But not on this occasion. The stars finally came into alignment and they were able to execute a concise group of tracks that finally made sense together. Which brings us to Threads.
Threads, an homage to the uber-dystopian BBC docudrama from the 80s, sums up their dynamic approach to tracks. It's an alienating, sinister take on techno that somehow manages to not fully lose faith in dire times. Much like life today.
- A1. Brighten Up Bunny
- A2. Welcome Back Mama
- B1. Melodi
- B2. Welcome Back Mama (Fjaak Remix)
ROD is a new artist for Afterlife Recordings and ‘Brighten Up Bunny’ is another high-quality entry in Benny Rodrigues’ acclaimed discography.
The EP’s title track opens the record with bright, uplifting synth notes and a weighty kick drum - Rodrigues’ fresh take on the Afterlife sound. Getting deeper and darker with ‘Welcome Back Mama’, ROD fuses razor-sharp claps and a punchy bassline to dazzling effect. ‘Melodi’ takes an eerie turn, burying the drums under metallic shimmers and disorientating reverberations. On the remix, FJAAK treat ‘Welcome Back Mama’ with a warehouse-ready pulse and sharpen its edges.
- A. Sacred Cycles (Adam Beyer / Bart Skils / Layton Giordani Renaissance Remix)
- B. Sacred Cycles (Original Mix)
Celebrated record label and events brand Renaissance announce the next release in their acclaimed The ReMix Collection series – a stunning reworking of Pete Lazonby’s 1994 classic ‘Sacred Cycles’ from one of the biggest names in techno - Drumcode boss Adam Beyer, who teams up with fellow Drumcode alumnae, Bart Skils and Layton Giordani.
The spectacular and atmospheric remix is set to be a huge track this summer. The three Drumcode titans give Pete Lazonby’s sumptuous trance and progressive house classic ‘Sacred Cycles’ a tougher, harder edge that is perfect for peak-time dance-floors. The trio cleverly intertwine the swooping synths and spoken word sample from Genesis’ ‘The Fountain Of Salmacis’ in Pete Lazonby’s original ‘Sacred Cycles’ and inject a heart-pumping bassline and bring in a powerful drop to give it the signature Drumcode sound.
On the remix, Adam Beyer, Bart Skils and Layton Giordani said: “Our main goal was to keep the rolling, hypnotising flow of the track and transform it into a contemporary piece of music that remains timeless like the original. The end result is a strong piece of melodic music that leans on the
progressive ‘90s tip, without losing the power to move the dancefloor. Renaissance boss Geoff Oakes said: “The ReMix Collection has been a real labour of love. Selecting the right track and the right remixer is the biggest part of the challenge and as with the previous releases in the series we landed the perfect combination. It’s always difficult to remix such an iconic classic but the guys have really delivered. Amazing update on a track that’s very close to my heart!"
The ReMix Collection celebrates Renaissance’s proud heritage which has seen the brand at the forefront of electronic music since its inception in 1992. The concept behind the collection is to put a fresh and exciting take on seminal tracks that are closely connected with Renaissance’s heritage.
Previous releases in The ReMix Collection saw Solomun remix ‘The Age of Love’ (2017), Tale of Us remix Energy 52’s ‘Café Del Mar’ (2018), and Maceo Plex remix Remake’s ‘Blade Runner’ (2018).
- A1. Lies In Truth
- A2. Injection (String Free edit)
- B1. Injection
Having kicked off the year debuting a new audio-visual performance, enduring techno outfit Octave One announce new music for 2019, with a series of EP’s entitled ‘Locus of Control’. Featuring many unreleased nuggets, the series will feature unreleased tracks which were tried
and tested at a recent Valencia Boiler Room set.
The term ‘Locus of Control’ is a psychological concept that refers to how strongly people believe they have control over the situations and experiences that affect their lives.
“Musically we are exploring the ‘power or powerlessness people feel over the things that shape their world’.” State the Brothers.
Side One kicks off with ‘Lies In Truth’, euphoric piano meets melodic stabs layered with feel good crescendos and a positive uplifting baseline. Intelligent synth builds and layers making for a super strong lead track. Followed by Injection (String Free edit) with an intensifying and pulsing rib rattling bass.
Side Two features the full version of ‘Injection’. The thundering bass takes you on a journey of transcending arpeggios, developing progressions and meandering melodies making the track a peak time cut.
- A. The Awakening
- B. The Awakening (James Holden's Past Life Rave Regression)
Following the release of their short film 'The Awakening' and its accompanying single, Lost Souls Of Saturn share the first remix in 9 years by revered musician James Holden. Over thirteen minutes of crisp, stratospheric elegance, Holden’s rework is both slightly mad and simultaneously blissful – like a trance-state reached through frenzied, spiritual ritual.
“I believe in serendipity: if the universe presents you with something that seems right, you should go with it”, says Holden. “When this record hit my desk was one of those moments. Recently I'd been thinking a lot about rave utopias, the pan-global fantasy painted by the early days of Future Sound Of London etc, and listening to LSOS's Jodorowskian ceremonials I felt like they'd caught the same winds. And so, although I thought I'd finished doing remixes for this lifetime, here it is; some kind of dream of a memory of a rave, the spookiness of the original slightly eclipsed by my warm feelings about Seth's good energy!”
The original version of ‘The Awakening’ begins as a serene ambient spacecast, before an ancient alien rite of tribal frenzy starts to emerge through the phosphorescent stardust – sonically somewhere between Demdike Stare and classic Orb, by way of Don Cherry.
Primarily LSOS are Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa, plus further opaque participants congregating to combine music, imagery and storytelling into an inextricably linked whole, all wrapped-up in a philosophy of their own making.
Attempting something creatively that’s above-and-beyond, LSOS explore new ways to open doors of perception and challenge the reality vs. simulation paradigm, whilst capturing the spirit of Philip K. Dick, Sun Ra and the KLF within their music, live experiences and films.
These spiritual, psychoactive aural vibrations resonate for a long distance, all the way back to something deeper and more enchanting than the prosaicism of modern life:
“We have been sent synchronistic signs from a metaphysical plane. We are the glitch-seekers, exposing the Holes In The Holoverse. We are Lost Souls Of Saturn.”
GenresDeep HouseElectroIndie DanceTechno
- A. Lazer Beam
- B. Take Your Lady
Sworn Virgins are back on Soulwax/2manydjs label, DEEWEE with two more hugely effective club tracks entitled ‘Lazer Beam' / 'Take Your Lady'.
From the green hills of Albania to the back rooms of New York City, Sworn Virgins bring the light. A strangers hand on your shoulder, bright red painted finger nails scratching your thigh, all those beautiful things that made you leave that small town you came from. Greased up and ready to go, close your eyes and take it in.
- A. Obscurity - Marascia feat Ray - Time Traveler 2019 RE EDIT
- B. The Rain - Marascia feat Ray - Time Traveler 2019 RE EDIT
"This music is made in order to claims the right to love free”
Time Traveler re-edits gave to the tracks 18 Years later a new life.
The Rain and Obscurity tracks written and composed by Marascia featuring Ray been “manifesto” of the “Harder Times” movement in Sardinia (Italy), for more than two decades the LGBT and Club scene danced in a cultural revolution lead by these 2000’s hits now part of Chronicles Diary catalogue.
100 limited coloured copies.
Artwork/insert by Gall.
- A1. Frontinn - Superficies Externas
- A2. Davis - Surrounding The Fire
- B1. Vermelho - 3am (Odd Edit)
- B2. Zopelar - Show Trash
This is the first release of ODDiscos, the newborn label representing Sao Paulos' infamous
ODD event series! The various arists release showcases the who's who of the Brazilian
electronic music scene.
- A. Who?
- B1. Did You Talk With The Ferryman?
- B2. Are You This Fleeting Moment?
Who is Boelja? Who is Sebastian Mullaert? Who are they really? Are they the finite body and a collection of thoughts? And who are you? Are you your memories or perhaps your projections of the future? Or are you this present moment?
What is silence? Is it solely the absence of sound? Or are all sounds springing out of silence and falls back into the same? And what is sound without context? Is it just nonsense? Or is there something more universal to it?
Where did the second vinyl go? Is it sitting in an attic or warehouse somewhere waiting to be discovered? Is it being played as you are reading this? Is all of this just a game? Are YOU being played?
Did someone make this music or did the music just happen? Where does the process of creation start? Where does it end? And who is the listener? How does the listener affect the music? Is there really any separation between the creator, listener and the music? Are they all one and the same?
What is next? Where is all this going?Is there an end? Or are your actions just another event happening in this never-ending stream of consciousness? And to whom is it happening?
Hardcore / Jungle
- A Final Conflict (93 Dubplate Mix)
- B The Killer ('93 PA Mix)
TANGO & RATTY ('93 DUBPLATE MIXES)
Remastered and recut by MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
- A1 Mirages
- A2 Oracle
- A3 Source
- A4 Syntesia
- B1 Acqua Alta
- B2 Gamma
- B3 Monolake
* MIRAGES is the brainchild of Jean-Benoît Dunckel(AIR) and Jonathan Fitoussi.
* Spawning from Xavier Veilhan’s Studio Venezia at the 57th Venice Biennale and completing in Jean-Benoit’s studio in Paris.
* Collaboration between Jean-Benoit (AIR) and Jonathan Fitoussi.
* 12″ 180g heavyweight clear vinyl
* White printed artwork by Jean-Philippe Talaga
* Photos by Diane Arques
* Ltd Ed. of 500
“Synthesizers amassed through the years, which on this album, conceived with precision and care over the course of one year, reveal their essence –and more importantly, their soul, going from very cinematographic parts to very direct others. Between start and finish, a singular floating and inventive pop music unfolds. An upgraded form of instrumental electronic music, that takes the listener very far, and very high, perfectly mixing both musicians world, like fruitful pictures arisen from a desert that forgot to be arid. Their mirages are inventive, their mirages are fertile.” Joseph Ghosn
- A Starry Night
- B Han Pan
Peggy Gou is proud to announce the launch of her own independent record label, Gudu Records. The label’s first release will be the Moment EP - a two-track 12” featuring the tracks ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Han Pan’.
'Moment’ sees Gou continue to explore the charismatic facets of her musical and personal identity, drawing on her Korean heritage and language and her love for house & disco’s Eighties heritage, with particular nods to the output of labels such as Prelude and West End Records in the decade’s nascent years.
Gou’s own singing voice, known to so many from last year’s ‘Once’ EP, returns here to confidently guide the rhythm on ‘Starry Night’. Mixing both Korean and English vocals over a tumbling cascade of percussion and piano house keys, the track builds to incorporate layers of instrumental samples and subtle acid lines. Romantic, anthemic and timeless in its feel, it reaffirms Gou’s skill as a songwriter with appeal that resonates beyond crowded dancefloors, not to mention language barriers.
'Han Pan' follows as an instantly rhythmic affair that draws energy from a memorable and delicately tuned pan-drum. Alongside some expert and understated arrangement, as well as another, contrasting vocal performance, ‘Han Pan’ transmits a different but equally powerful energy.
- A1. Mutant Disco
- A2. Mutant DX
- B1. Mutant Romance
- B2. Mutant Triumph
- C1. Mutant Pulse
- C2. Mutant Tones
- D1. Mutant Robotics
- D2. Mutant Quazars
Special Edition limited 100 copies white label in Support of Maceo Plex’s Mutant tour. This LP holds 8 tracks of released and unreleased Music from Maceo Plex’s Mutant series.
GenresRecord Store DaySoul
- A. Little Sunflower
Lifted from Hubbard's lauded 1979 LP 'The Love Connection', this sublime piece of melodic, deep, Soul / Jazz will have ears and minds open with it's instantly recognisable opening string sequence. Used to devastating effect on Pepe Bradock's all-time 1999 deep-House classic 'Deep Burnt', those sweeping strings capture us and lead us into a epic journey with the wondrous vocal stylings of the legendary singer Al Jarreau. This is prime early morning music, pushing all the right buttons and spreading light wherever it is played, a beautiful beautiful record indeed. What is essentially an extended and rearranged version of Hubbard's 1967 original, the '79 version of 'Little Sunflower' boasts a sumptuous arrangement and production from the mighty Claus Ogerman (Ben E King, Mel Torme, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim & more). A truly wondrous piece of music, reissued on a single side in it's full 12" length of 9+ minutes from the source archive audio. Fully legit, licensed and reissued with love by Above Board distribution and Columbia Records / Sony BMG for Record Store Day, 2019.
A : Little Sunflower (9:20)
B : Little Sunflower (9:20)