TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
Disco / Soul / Funk / Nu-Disco
- A. Feelings
- B. Strike A Spark
In 1983, Chateau, a San Francisco based boogie funk band, won the KRE Radio Hot Fun In The Sun Battle of the Bands in Mosswood Park, Oakland.
As a prize, they received $5000 (approximately 8 hours) of studio time and a pressing run of 200 45s.
Chateau included Alan Ross on lead vocals and percussion, singer Damara "Candy" Stepney, and Kevin Dailey who sang and played saxophone, bass, and guitar.
Melvin Jones was on horn and keys, Dennis Knepper played keyboard, Frank Lemon played drums, Lemon's cousin Michael Clark played rhythm guitar, Doug Hearne played guitar and Bill Ortiz (from Santana) contributed trumpet parts.
Chateau only released one 7-inch single in 1984, but to this day “Feelings” is, arguably so, one of the most sought-after West Coast slices of funk.
Jerome Derradji and Past Due Records are proud to officially reissue this incredible slice of boogie for the first time.
Originally released in 1984 on Quiet Storm Records, San Francisco, Cat# TVS-004
- A. Moonchild (Peter Lewiki Disco Mix)
- B. Hero
Back in 1979, a new kind of superhero entered the Chicago music scene, "...Daryl Cameron somehow entered the phonebooth of his mind and emerged as Captain Sky." His first album for LA based AVI record “The Adventures of Captain Sky” was a smash hit and established Captain Sky as a serious Afro Funk artist right next to Detroit’s George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.
The first song on the album, Moonchild was released as a very limited promo 12” and remixed by Chicago radio DJ Peter Lewicki. The result is a timeless cosmic disco tune that may be one of the best disco song ever made.
Jerome Derradji and Past Due Records are proud to officially reissue this most wanted Captain Sky 12” for the first time. Later this year, Past Due Records will reissue all of the Captain’s full length and some more surprises along the way… Enjoy!
- A1. Fire in the Smoke of a Changing Life
- A2. Without Pain
- A3. Sordo
- B1. The Burial of Charlemagne
- B2. Fake Dream
- B3. Insomnia
Luca Venezia, aka Curses, has with his Carcassonne-mini LP, written and produced a Cold wave dream filtered through how all the sci-fi movie soundtracks of the eighties should have sounded like; picture The Cure on a study visit in John Carpenters studio in 1983.
This six-track mini LP is Curses first release on Höga Nord Rekords and you can place his music beside other artist in the HNR artists stable, like Jamie Paton and Pardon Moi – eighties influenced dark and expensive sounding electronic music. Luca Venezia also solves the task of putting vocal elements in the tracks with sharpness and precision; the heavy processed reverberating overdubs float in and out on a tastefully low level in the mix.
Outside the safe studio walls the discourse is polarised and dumbed down to headlines and introductions, to guttural noises and simplification. Curses music is part of your antidote to this regression and is nor black or white nor simple or safe.
- A. Hither Green
- B. Shelley
Global tracks is a mystery; browsing the name online gives nothing associated with the artist. All we really know is that Gothenburg is home base. Most points toward that this is Global Tracks first release and Höga Nord Rekords are more than proud to be first out giving his/her music out.
With albums like ”Selected Ambient Works” by the Aphex Twin and cities like London and Sheffield as a ground for the sound, Global Tracks displays how breakbeats should sound in 2019. The music is mostly influenced by Jungle, but also by Footwork and Dancehall. The roots lie shallow but the phantom behind this music don’t give up with trying to recreate the nineties straight up, instead he/she develops the legacy from all the best and most drug marinated DJ:s from England circa 1995.
Breakbeat has a new vanguard in this mysterious shadow crawler that we know almost nothing about, but rumor has it Global Tracks is locked up with the machines under ground somewhere in Västra Götaland in Sweden working on new broke up beats, ready to surface when the time is right for more, deep and ganja oozing dance music!
House / Tech-House
- A. Chimes
George FitzGerald and Lil Silva proudly present OTHERLiiNE and the debut track Chimes, out now.
OTHERLiiNE is a musical partnership that began accidentally. A glorious voice that was only gradually - reluctantly, even - revealed. It’s a forthcoming set of songs that developed lives of their own. An instinctive musical connection between a pair of producers that inspired a suite of tracks to form this magical world.
- A1. No Smoke (Deep Dap Dap)
- B1. No Smoke (They're Comin' For Us)
Mint Condition - A record 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....
The first of 2 heavyweight Bushwacka! reissues, essential underground business right here, from the streets of London. Matthew B aka Bushwacka! is a longtime stalwart of the vast London scene, with a career that would make most crumble, he's been at the top of his game for longer than most in the booth and behind the boards. Having presented this collabo with DJ Vorn back in 1995 on his own Plank Records imprint, it's obvious that Bushwacka! is a studio genius, the mix, the engineering, everything about these records is top shelf. 'No Smoke' is ridiculously deep, the 'Deep Dap Dap' mix on side A is absolutely killer, rolling tranced-out house music of the highest order, just devastating, and when that breakbeat comes in it's game over. This is it. On side B we have the 'They're Comin' For Us' mix, which is totally different, yet completely essential, more breakbeat heavy than it's predecessor it's another finely crafted bass-bin troubler, how do these records sound like they were made yesterday, yet they're over 20 years old? Absolutely in the bag. Do yourself a favour, and cop one of these!
'No Smoke' has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Matthew B / Bushwacka! for 2019 and remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original sources especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
GenresDeep HouseIDMTech House
- A1. 2see
- A2. Creative Lizard
- A3. Dreams Of A Digital Sublime
- B1. Tech Ne
- B2. Critter
- B3. On A Nimbus
- C1. 6 thematic
- C2. Afterburn
- D1. 4 See
- D2. ee-POH-ne
- D3. Ani ma
A debut album by NAFF co-founder Priori. ‘On a Nimbus’ brings you to the heart of the network. It's frenetic and weightless, bleepy and essentially naff at its core.
GenresDeep HouseDrum & BassElectro
- A1. Galaxia Fini
- A2. Vernissage Anticonspiratoria
- B1. Acavalcan Ritmos
- B2. Jornada Dos Faniquitos
Repetentes 2008 is 26 year old Brazilian multi instrumentalist, session super star, Globo Television soap opera jingle up-and-comer, 40% Foda label boss and Botafogo FR football hooligan Gabriel Guerra. Known affectionately as Guerrinha amongst his friends, Guerrinha - or as he’s referred to officially - Gabriel, turns in Superconscious Records’ 13th edition. After his absurd debut LP on Future Times and his more recent outings on his own 40% Foda and PAN records, Guerrinha keeps things relatively straight up with 4 absurdly fast but not furious club friendly tracks.
GenresDeep HouseSoulful House
- A. Raise Me Up
- B1. Raise Me Up (Alan Dixon 12" Version)
- B2. Raise Me Up (Alan Dixon Dub)
Sophie Lloyd’s debut on Classic Music Company ‘Calling Out’ came last year as an antidote to the pervading doom and gloom of the news and a dreary winter, and inspired remixes from David Penn, Danny Krivit, Riva Starr and Floorplan. On her second single ‘Raise Me Up’ sees her re-unite with soul trio Dames Brown to deliver a dose of gospel-infused, joyous, uplifting house music. Sophie’s impeccable knowledge of disco and soul shines through on the record, with organ chords and rhythmic percussion bringing the authentic gospel sound of countless classics. This 12” release also features two mixes from fellow Londoner Alan Dixon, who brings his signature disco-laced sound to the release, his remix upping the tempo and with a harder bassline that makes the track more club-focussed. Alan’s stripped-back dub rounds off the release with an essential club tool.
- A1. Moment
- A2. Diamond In The Dark
- B1. Moment (Adam Port Remix)
- B2. Diamond In The Dark (Tibi Dabo Remix)
Damian Lazarus will celebrate the tenth anniversary of his acclaimed 2009 debut album ‘Smoke The Monster Out’ with the release of a re-mastered and expanded edition on his label Crosstown Rebels on the 27th September. In celebration of such a milestone, Moment In The Dark EP acts as a precursor, featuring two of the album’s original tracks, Moment and Diamond In The Dark reworked and remixed by Keinemusik resident Adam Port, rising newcomer Tibi Dabo and Dutch talent Satori.
Released in 2009, Smoke The Monster Out album was a milestone in Damian’s career. The first time he had written and produced his own music. Drawing on the inspirations that informed his Lazpod series, Damian emerged from studio sessions with Arthur Jeffes (Penguin Cafe Orchestra), Luke Solomon and Mark Ralph with an album. It was a brave album from a DJ not afraid to experiment, wear his heart on his sleeve or risk his successful DJing career by singing on his own music. Even today, it’s a fantastically unique album that refuses easy categorisation. It received critical acclaim from some of the scene’s most respected publications at the time - and also some degree of confusion. Indeed, The Guardian went as far as describing the album: “Less troubled and deep than Björk's Debut, it still captures the atmosphere of late-night clubland – the transcendent freedom, the fuzzy unreality, the implicit emptiness, the dysfunction – with a similar potent accuracy. That it does so by fusing Ricardo Villalobos and Robert Wyatt, and slipping in a Scott Walker cover, might explain why it is not being hailed as one of the crossover albums of the year. But it is."
Damian described how the inspiration for the album came from “what I know best, about what goes on in the darkness of dancefloors”. This innate connection between Damian and his audience created an album that struck a poignantly emotional chord with its listeners. The release of Moment In The Dark is no different, providing the perfect taste as to what can be expected from the upcoming album re-release.
The EP begins with the original tracks. Two equally slow-burning, emotion-filled cuts. Moment is an epic, gently unfolding piece, whilst Diamond In The Dark showcases a soul-infused, folk-rock sensibility. Keinemusik stalwart Adam Port provides a winding journey in his remix of Moment, that drifts between safari-like melodies and touching beautiful vocals. Rising newcomer Tibi Dabo offers an ethereal re-work of Diamond In The Dark, one that features a slick, minimal bassline coupled alongside pulses of fantasy-like vocals, before Dutch talent Satori rounds off the release with a moving cut that features soft keys and wholesome, warming pads.
- A1. Turbo Time
- A2. Let Wa Gan
- B2. Galaxy Feat. Liset Alea
Newcastle-born DJ and producer Patrick Topping has unveiled accomplished new EP ‘Turbo Time EP’ , out 9th August via his own TRICK label.
The groove-laden three-track release represents a clear departure from the darker techno sound of TRICK’s maiden release ‘Watch What Ya Doing’ - further demonstrating Topping’s versatility as a producer. Kicking off proceedings, the EP’s title track is underpinned by an infectious vocal sample and the funkiest of beats. While over on the B-side, ‘Let Wa Gan’ is a darker, moodier number and ‘Galaxy’, featuring the scintillating vocals of Liset Alea, is a celestial melodic stomper. The collaboration with Liset came about after Topping heard her vocals on Alex Kid’s ‘Don’t Hide It’. The track quickly became a staple in his sets and he made the decision to reach out to the Cuban-born singer shortly after.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Dreams For Sale (Original Mix)
- B. Dreams for Sale (Bendersnatch Remix)
Oliver Dollar returns to his own Industry Standard imprint after his debut album
‘Another Day Another Dollar’ and the run of singles on IS were licensed to Classic
‘Dreams for Sale’ is stellar collaborative cut with Detroit’s Mike ‘Agent X’ Clark
featuring vocals from Dr Tingle Fingers. The single also welcomes Bendersnatch
to the Industry Standard family who step up on remix duties.
The original work kicks off with a rich house groove, paving the way for a slightly
eerie strings loop and subtle pumping bass line which locks you in from the off.
Dr Tingle Fingers delivers beautiful spoken word in classic house form proving
simplicity really can be key as the track develops effortlessly throughout its
Bendersnatch takes things towards the backroom as darker fuzzy kicks rattle
you inside and reverb soaked stabs float effortless over the even more
minimalistic percussion. Tingle Fingers’ vocals appear in stripped back form
complimenting the more underground tones of the rework.
‘Dreams for Sale’ is a strong return for the label with two tracks that cover classic
deeper house, and crunchy off-kilter techy vibes. The limited vinyl release will be
followed by a digital release at a later date.
- A1. bRave
- A2. Transcendence
- B1. Warped Riddim
- B2. bRave (Enzo Siragusa's Back to '93 Remix)
East End Dubs returns to FUSE this August to deliver his highly anticipated ‘bRave’ EP, accompanied by label boss Enzo Siragusa on remix duties.
Easily one of house music’s most prolific producers, DJs and label owners, East End Dubs’ sharp rise as one of scenes most in-demand artists has seen the London-based producer make appearances across a slew of Europes most notable venues, including the likes of Amnesia, DC-10 and Benimussa Park (Ibiza), Watergate (Berlin) and Village Underground (London) in 2019 alone. Following on from his collaborative EP alongside original FUSE resident Rich NxT back in June, August will finally see the release of the long-awaited ‘bRave’, one of the most requested tracks of the year having been championed heavily by label head Enzo Siragusa and Jamie Jones across recent months, alongside two further originals and a hefty remix from Siragusa himself.
Fusing trademark slinking drum grooves, rumbling sub bass and tripped out lead lines accented by infectious vocal snippets, ‘bRave’ quickly shapes up to offer up a commanding slice of peak time gold typical of the producers ever-impressing output, whilst ‘Trancendence’ introduces wandering, spacey synths amongst airy chords and regimented percussion. Next, ‘Warped Riddim’ takes cues from its title as hypnotic, twisted rhythms snake amongst off-kilter metallic drum licks, before Enzo Siragusa’s ‘Back To 93 Remix’ packs low-end groove in abundance as the label boss flips the title track to offer up a driving, garage-fueled interpretation to round out proceedings in style.
- A1. Sébastien Léger - Kanga
- A2. Squire - Inimagina
- B1. Roi Okev - Cold Wind
- B2. YokoO & Retza - Drifting
- C1. Bross (Ro) & VICHTOR - Night Tales
- C2. Double Touch - Sunriser
- D1. Shai T ft. Nadav - Our Time
- D2. Kevin Di Serna, Max & Nim - Presence
- E1. Hermanez - Third Decade
- E2. DSF - The Dream
- F1. zone+ - Neenar
- F2. White Leaf - Plein D'Amour
All Day I Dream’s annual summer compilation is a place to welcome future stars and
celebrate a few more established artists. This year’s installment has tracks that will be
played far and wide. Inside and out.
Dive into the deep end of Summer then get out and bask in the sunshine to these gems.
- A. Discow
- B. Plenty
Rising newcomer Jholeyson makes a stunning debut on Hot Creations with Discow, a fantastic two track release that draws inspiration from an eclectic range of musical genres.
The 12” begins with the title track Discow. A high-tempo house number, tinny hi hats merge with whip-like kicks, as an infectious vocal gives way to a pumping, four-to-the-floor drop. Plenty rounds off the release in a minimal, pulsing fashion. A squeaking, electronic bassline couples with soft bloops and subtle keys, as soft build ups lead into gently-changing crescendos.
Jholeyson is beginning to make real waves in the scene. Having produced standout releases for the likes of Posh Records, Harvibal and 1994 Music, it was in 2018 that the young upstart launched his own imprint: Sticker Music. Fast forward a year and the Discow EP marks another strong milestone in Jholeyson’s ever-flourishing career.
- A1. Lemmi Ash Theme
- A2. Apsu
- B1. To Dare Is To Do
- B2. Horror Vacui
Lemmi Ash is a Swedish duo comprised of producers Samo and Martinou, and their debut EP with ESP Institute, 'Osmin Uratoma', has been a long time coming. Samo has been a friend of the family since prior to the institute’s inception — dropping in on us in NYC, occasionally as a guest DJ at The Stallions’ residency in Chinatown — and ever since those halcyon days in the late Noughties, we’ve been slowly circling a moving target, poking at his potential contribution to the label. It wasn’t until recently, when fellow Stockholm depth-charger Martinou stepped into the picture, that stars finally aligned and Lemmi Ash was born. Now a steadily growing lovechild, the collaboration displays a finely balanced ratio of the duo’s DNA, complimentary in both aesthetic and character. Across four seemingly disparate tracks, we can sense Samo’s penchant for Dub is subliminally leading the way — from minimal organ stabs and off-kilter hi-hats on the relentlessly pounding 'Apsu', to the hybrid-Dancehall rhythm box and hazy familiar vocal snippets on the late night stormer 'To Dare Is To Do' — while Martinou’s masterful brush is a bit more broad and subtle, shifting the shape of Lemmi’s arsenal into a deep and ethereal Techno head-space full of warm pads, softened percussion and sub bass on both the iconic 'Lemmie Ash Theme' and the EP’s melancholy closer, 'Horror Vacui'. The artists explain that this music was “made with birds in mind” — a somewhat poetic and abstract notion which (to us) symbolizes their stoned veil of indifference, a carefree fluidity of influences, and an ease of traversing stylistic positions — alluding to the rewards of an effortless and non-compulsory collaboration, a genuine creative simpatico.
- A1. You’re Under My Control Now (Radio Slave Remix)
- A2. You’re Under My Control Now (Fadi Mohem Remix)
- B1. You’re Under My Control Now (Truncate’s 'Mind Control' Remix)
- B2. You’re Under My Control Now (P.Leone & Radio Slave Remix)
Spencer Parker returns to Rekids with looping techno roller ‘You’re Under My Control Now’ featuring remixes from Truncate, P.Leone, Fadi Mohem and label boss Radio Slave.
Released on last year’s ‘Dance Music’ album via Parker’s own Work Them Records, ‘You’re Under My Control Now’ is an infectious and mesmerising techno banger that’s garnered support from the likes of Midland, Len Faki, Amelie Lens and Marcel Dettmann.
One of the track’s biggest supporters, Radio Slave is now releasing it on Rekids with a medley of top tier remixes. Radio Slave’s reimagining scales back on the original’s high-octane energy, instead taking a more uplifting direction with an arpeggiated bassline, meandering synths and clattering percussion.
A regular on Seilscheibenpfeiler (alongside artists like FJAAK, Solid Blake and Kasper Marott), Fadi Mohem is next with a dark and atmospheric rendition complete with driving kicks, subterranean chords and echoing effects before Truncate serves up his cavernous ‘Mind Control’ Remix which combines tantalising melodies with robust drums and murky vocals.
E-Missions co-founder P.Leone and Radio Slave, having paired up for a remix of Deep Dimension last year, collaborate again here to provide a robust, compelling piece of house music littered with breathy samples and oscillating atmospherics.
- A1. Unknown - Untitled
- A2. Unknown - Untitled
- B1, Unknown - Untitled
- B2. Unknown - Untitled
Soundscape Versions presents the third installment on its sub-label Mystic Versions with four unknown cuts by different artists from across the globe - produced and performed by using analog hardware gear.
Hardcore / Jungle
- A. Art of Intelligence
- AA. Sounds Superior
Untouchable Hardcore Jungle Techno Darkside Monsters originally released in 1993
The Vinyl Factory
GenresDeep HouseDown TempoJazz
- A1. Les Filles de Illighadad – Tende I
- A2. Les Filles de Illighadad – Tende II
- B1. Edmony Krater – Gwadloup
- B2. Edmony Krater – Lagé
- C1. Les Filles de Illighadad – Tende II (Dauwd & Maryisonacid mix)
- C2. Edmony Krater – Gwadloup (Dauwd remix)
- C3. Edmony Krater – Lagé (AAITF outerlude)
- D1. Edmony Krater – Gwadloup (DJ Oil remix)
Cult Berlin club night and label African Acid is the Future returns with the second release in their Ambiance trilogy. Taking listeners into the unique spirit of their club night. For their second release they offer a series of live recordings from the heat of the party itself.
The release features two tracks from both Les Filles de Illighadad and Edmony Krater as well as remixes from Dauwd, Maryisonacid and DJ Oil. Les Filles de Illighadad come from a secluded commune in central Niger, far off in the scrubland deserts at the edge of the Sahara. Best known for their guitar performances, this recording from AAITF finds them at their percussive best on the simply titled “Tende I” and “Tende II”. Edmony Krater is an avant-garde percussionist, singer and trumpet player, as well as a native of Guadeloupe. For his performance, Krater performs a duo of tracks separated by three decades, but united by Caribbean rhythms. “Gwadloup” was originally released in 1988 as part of the album “Edmony Krater Et Zepiss – Tijan Pou Velo,” while “Lagé” is taken from 2018’s album “Edmony Krater– An ka sonjé”
Soundwalk Collective was given unprecedented access to the halls of the emblematic nightclub Berghain, Berlin. A re-incarnation of the legendary Ostgut club, the focal point of Berlin’s techno subculture. The Berghain building is a former East German power plant that is remarkable for its enormous dimensions, 18m high dance floor and minimalist constitution of steel, glass and concrete. An architectural space that facilitates experiences of sacredness, collective oneness and egalitarianism, Berghain is known for its impressive sound system, extended after hours, and the defining sound of Berlin techno.
For Oscillation, the collective placed 147 contact sensors on all surfaces inside and outside of the club: concrete walls, steel staircases, water pipes, ventilation tunnels, air ducts, metal frames, cages, fences, dark rooms, toilets, engine rooms, industrial glass windows, pillars, DJ booths, ceilings and more. Over the course of multiple club nights they mapped out the whole structure, and progressively recorded the entire movement of the building under the impact of the hammering music.
A1. Panoramabar, Dancefloor, Pipe
A2. Berghain, South Wall, Air Duct, Metal
B1. Berghain, East Wall, Glass.
B2. Ground Floor, Staircase, Steel
B3. Panoramabar, Electrical Compound, Glass and Metal
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Whisper
- B. Funkin
Mint Condition - The record 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, Croydon 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....
Released in 2000 on London's cult Oblong label, 100HZ's sublime 'Whisper / Funkin' is back on the streets. If you were doing the rounds in Soho back in the day, you will have undoubtedly copped some fine records from Berwick Street's 'Vinyl Junkies' store, the Oblong label was heavily connected to the store and to Bushwacka's equally cult Plank record label. 100HZ were one part of a pool producers connected to these crews and the burgeoning tech-house scene that was making waves at the turn of the millennium in the capital. Deep, sparse, taut and melodic production, strange sounds and left-field sonics, these were the ingredients of these extremely inventive and original UK sounds. Elements of breaks, garage, Detroit techno and more all fused to create a truly groundbreaking sound. Since '89, 100HZ's Lee Renacre and James Chapman managed to craft a few classics, 'Whisper / Funkin' is just one of them! The a-side is a sleek, melodic cut with phased, vocoder-ish vox, an internal monologue touching on the stresses of modern city life and escapism. A contemporary classic. Side-B is some tight funk! Ultra stripped back production, killer drum programming, the sound of gliding along through a futuristic metropolis. Highly polished and progressive late-night house sounds right here. Essential all round! The real sound of London circa the millennium. Check it.
This EP has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of 100HZ and all license holders for 2019 and remastered by the mighty Curvepusher from the original sources especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
- A1. Sipoor
- B1. Teroof
- B2. Bad Time Story
Already a well-established presence on the outlandish fringes of experimental, alternative and dance music, celebrated Israeli duo Red Axes make a surprise left-turn onto Phantasy with a three-track 12”, ‘Sipoor’. Unsurprisingly, the results are as pleasingly out-there as the occasion requires.
Following on from last year’s self-released LP, ‘The Beach Goths’, ‘Sipoor’ immediately announces the Axes’ uncompromising return to the front and centre of the dancefloor with the raw, provocative ‘Bad Time Story’. Brazen, brash acid triggers this particular tale, as Red Axes briskly modulate their way through a ruff, tuff but never less than musical landscape of 303s and 808s.
‘Sipoor’ takes a more gradual approach to building offbeat rave tension, featuring an unknown male using his native tongue to request some kind of house, some kind of techno and some sort of release. His wish (and we hope, yours) is the Axes’ command, as the music goes deep before seamlessly unfolds around a throbbing bassline and a playful, familiar keyboard sample, beckoning feet to the dancefloor and perhaps tongues ever so slightly to cheeks.
Concluding the 12”, ‘Teroof’ takes each of Red Axes’ signature ingredients - deeply rhythmic EBM-inspired drums, spiralling electronics, unapologetically odd vocal distortions - and reconstructs them amid what sounds like the Monaco Grand Prix, as high-velocity motors speed past the soundscape, kicking up some serious dust.
Red Axes ‘Sipoor’ drops on Phantasy Sound in 22nd June 2018.
- A1. Sound Test
- A2. Shabak Shalom
- B1. Kookoo Papa
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.
- A1. Translucence
- A2. Constant Hits
- B1. 4DRK
- B2. I Think Your Eyes Need Swapping
Control Freak Recordings launches with ’Translucence’, the debut EP from London-based DJ and Producer Keplrr. With influences spanning UK techno, breaks and bass, it's already received support from DJs including Ben UFO, Or:la and Minor Science.
Stripped back with a careful attention to detail, Transluence’s airy synths have drawn comparison with early releases on Warp Records. A diverse selection of tracks ranging from floor filling, breakbeat-driven tools to spacey cuts perfect for the earliest of hours.
GenresAfrobeatDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1 - Kaba
- A2 - Tum'Pi
- A3 - Makkara
- B1 - Musa Paradisa
- B2 - Okudu
- B3 - Fode
- C1 - Kofi Obu
- C2 - Darkness Is Good
- D1 - A O O
- D2 - Maajo
Maajo stands for May. The month of excitement and expectation of imminent joy. A time of hope following weeks and months of rain and cold. The time that best encapsulates escapism, those wistful, delightful daydreams. A time when you release yourself from everyday routine and already begin to live in the holiday that hasn’t yet arrived. A place that might not even exist. Let it be a warm, a joyous place, a fuzzy bricolage you witness after passing out while watching a David Attenborough documentary. Outlandish and romantic ideas of distant cultures. Maajo is motion, movement from one place to another. It is moving without travelling, dream and dance.
Maajo is a musical continuation of the similarly titled 12” single by Herman Prime, the producer’s idea expanded to a five member band. The music is the product of a mixed technique where vocal samples and programmed synthesizers coalesce with fingerplucked guitars and handheld percussion. Beneath everything run several strong currents of inspiration: an obsession with balearic disco, deep tribal roots, a love of eighties afropop, lessons from minimalist composers and a desire to just dub it up.
Tropic of Tulli is not a direct flight but a meandering journey. Starting beside a flowing river, Kaba sends us on our way with a gentle arrangement of kalimba and a Mandinga poem. Two midtempo groovers, Tum’pi and Makkara, set an expectant mood. Musa Paradisa lands on a tropical island with plentiful percussion and a clatter of mallets. The party starts with the fervent afrodisco number Okudu. There is a strange detour to an urban cityscape with Fode’s meandering bass line and street drummer for company. The path leads to a dark rainforest, both menacing and inviting, following Kofi Obu’s feverish vocal and desertic guitar riff. Darkness is Good is a bout of afrocosmic exploration. A.O.O. offers a final chance for a sunrise dance before the beautiful balearic theme Maajo closes the album with an intoxicated smile.
- A I Want To Thank You - KON's Shine Your Light Remix
- B I Want To Thank You - KON's Dub
Christian 'Kon' Taylor's KONTemporary imprint goes from strength to strength! This, the fourth release sees the Boston crate diggin' selector, producer and remixer extraordinaire reworking Alicia Myers' gospel tinged roof-raiser 'I Want To Thank You' to devastating effect!
This killer 1981 Rare-Groove / Disco classic has long been a secret weapon of DJ's who dig that bit deeper, an underground classic for sure. Imagine then, getting your hands on the master tapes, and being allowed to go DEEP on the arrangements and stems and crafting your own special versions of this absolute monster cut? Well, that's what KON's done! On this high quality, top-shelf 12" you get 2 brand new mixes including a heavyweight 'dubapella' version pushing Alicia's gorgeous voice deep into the delay. KONtemporary always bring that heat, and this latest jam is no exception, boasting full sleeve artwork, stellar mastering and a super nice pressing.
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GenresDeep HouseDiscoNu Disco
- A1. Tale of Devotion
- A2. Tale of Devotion (Dub)
- B1. Tale of Devotion (Prins Thomas Diskomiks Remix)
Brazilian-born, Berlin-based DJ and producer Terr makes her Phantasy debut
with the sensational single, ‘Tale of Devotion’.
Arguably one of the catchiest moments in Phantasy’s musical history, Terr
delivers a wide-eyed vision of sincere synth pop pleasure, backed by a sublime
Prins Thomas Diskomiks.
Undoubtedly indebted to the visionary modulations of Giorgio Moroder, Phil
Oakey and Wendy Carlos, ‘Tale of Devotion’ flawlessly captures the romance,
ecstasy and opportunity throbbing at the heart of dancefloors for the past fifty
years. No mere nostalgia trip, Terr delivers a soaring vocal performance that
proves to be the warm, ambiguous heart of the track, driven by bubbling, cosmic
electronics and flashes of orchestral melodrama.
Prins Thomas establishes a contrasting groove for the latest in his beloved
legacy of ‘Discomiks’ reworks. Somewhat dialling in the conscious hi-NRG of the
original production, the Norwegian maestro’s undulating, percussive edit places
Terr’s wistful vocal journey centre stage, while branches of halcyon disco
blossom around her.
- A1. Feelin’ Good
- B1. Feelin’ Good (Radio Slave Remix)
- B2. Feelin’ Good (Radio Slave Revenge Remix)
Debuting on Rekids, Laurent Garnier & Chambray collaborate for a colossal single entitled ‘Feelin’ Good’ featuring two outstanding remixes from label owner Radio Slave.
Having supported Rekids for many years in his sets across the globe, it only made sense for Laurent Garnier to drop one of his finest productions to date on the label. Although the legendary Frenchman has kept busy producing movie soundtracks (‘Paris Est A Nous’) and remixes in recent years, this is his first full release since 2017. He’s joined in the studio by Chambray, a Berlin-based producer known for releasing on Figure, Unknown To The Unknown and Jimmy Edgar’s Ultramajic.
Opening with sporadic battle cries, stabbing claps and powerful bass sequences before rapturous piano melodies come into effect – ‘Feelin’ Good’ is undoubtedly one of this year’s biggest tracks. On the flip, Radio Slave assembles two contrasting remixes that do just as much damage: the first is an atmospheric
number that marches forward using precision kicks, rattling percussion and rising pads, whilst the ‘Revenge Mix’ cranks things up a notch with its crunchy breaks before introducing the original’s blissful keys.