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TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD

    House / Tech House

    Techno / Electro / Bass

    CFCF Albums on BGM Solutions (Downtempo / Electronica / Drum and Bass)

    Hardcore / Jungle

    Repress


    TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD

    House / Tech House

    ARTISTRoberto Surace
    TITLEJoys
    LABELDefected
    CATALOGUE NO.DFTD585
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE26/07/2019
    FIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
    REPRESS21/08/2020
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Joys

    As certain as the sun setting across San Antonio Bay each night, throughout every Ibiza season there is a record that becomes the track of the summer. This year Roberto Surace’s ‘Joys’ is that track. Championed by legendary Ibiza heavyweight Marco Carola for some time now, as well as island tastemakers Andrea Oliva, wAFF and Joey Daniel, there has already been serious demand for the club cut. Now Defected Records are delighted to announce Roberto’s debut on the label with the official release of this essential summer tune. In the unlikely event you haven’t already been captured by ‘Joys’, its earworm vocal and explosive bassline make it one seriously addictive track set to go stratospheric.


    ARTISTHammer
    TITLEParabola
    LABELFeel My Bicep
    CATALOGUE NO.FMB014
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Parabola
    2. B1. Panoptic
    3. B2. Entropy

    Extracting a rich sense of emotion from an evolving analogue set-up, Hammer follows up his previous FMB outings Dahlia and C-Space with a similar tone and sound palette as he lays out a new EP with 3 tracks that capture the Feel My Bicep sound perfectly, striking the balance between delicate melody and power with aplomb. This EP follows what has been a heavy 2019 gig schedule, with stand out sets at many top festivals and clubs such as Glastonbury, Panorama Bar and Parklife, along with both an Australian and Indian tour under his belt.

    The lead track ‘Parabola’ manifested as a slow burning percussive experiment that, as Hammer explains, ‘quickly got fired up by an extra 10bpm for the dance floor effect, turning itself into an acid led epic’ and as a consequence accidentally becoming the A1 at the same time.

    ‘Parabola’ is followed by ‘Panoptic’ and ‘Entropy’; all three track names inspired by his recent love for physics podcasts. He describes how ‘they are based around types of curvatures and levels of order that, in my head, are the visualisation of the 3 tracks inside workings; the engine room of the time machine.’

    All three tracks were created with Hammer’s much loved Yamaha CS1-X, ‘a spaceship in its own right’, he explains. ‘A Xoxbox and a Roland SH-2 did the rest of the hard work. Time to enter the twilight zone with this one’!

    Bicep continue to add substance to what has now become a distinctive and singular label with this new 12" courtesy of their long term friend and blog contributor Hammer.

    With their previous offering from James Shinra still in many roving record bags and with a release catalogue full until the end of the year, the development of the label has reached a certain zenith and here - as head strong and highly effective as ever - Hammer makes a welcome return to the label with another batch of machine-driven dance tracks.

    After 12 years of promoting parties in Glasgow, The Hammer Hits goes on tour inviting guests such as Sally C, Jennifer Cardini and fellow FMB signee Cromby across the UK, Ireland and Berlin.


    ARTISTDr Packer
    TITLEDifferent Strokes Part 3
    LABELGlitterbox
    CATALOGUE NO.GLITS041
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
    REPRESS17/04/2020
    REPRESS21/08/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Disco
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. I Don't Want You Anymore (Dr Packer Extended Remix)
    2. A2 - When Love Breaks Down (Dr Packer Extended Remix)
    3. AA1. No Price (Dr Packer Extended Remix)
    4. AA2. Boogie 2nite (Dr Packer Extended Remix)

    Continuing the series, Dr Packer’s ‘Different Strokes Part 3’ offers a stunning package of the Australian disco maestro’s latest soulful remixes. Kicking off the A-Side with his remix of The MuthaFunkaz ‘I Don’t Want You Anymore’, where the heartfelt vocals of Marc Evans are complemented by elegant keys and live instrumentals, the vinyl next features Dr Packer's remix of The Shapeshifters ‘When Love Breaks Down’, featuring the powerhouse vocals of Teni Tinks this glorious disco cut continues to fill dancefloors with joy. On the flip are two fresh releases from Dr Packer from the Glitterbox imprint, opening with his epic ‘No Price’ remix, and rounding off the release with his take on ‘Boogie 2nite’; a guaranteed future Glitterbox anthem. This red hot 12” is an essential for any disco inclined crate digger, with four cuts ready to set the floor alight.


    ARTISTMatt Masters
    TITLENever Ending Nights Sampler
    LABELFreerange
    CATALOGUE NO.FR251
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Once Again
    2. A2. Gonna Make
    3. B1. Never Ending Nights
    4. B2. Chimes

    Sometimes it takes a while before you finally get the chance to seize your moment. DJ and producer Matt Masters has been working for Freerange for around 15 years, presenting their radio show as well as polishing Jimpster’s hi-hats, washing Manuel Tur’s MIDI files and ensuring that all Freerange releases adhere to EU regulations regarding deepness and houseyness. Here we present you with the sampler of his debut long player ‘Never Ending Nights’. Featuring four highlights from the eleven tracks of precisely engineered house and electronica, the LP sampler is a high-quality, pristine project, as befitting someone who has worked for so long at one of house music’s most revered imprints.

    Matt is proof that dedication pays off: he’s been asking Jimpster if he can put out an album literally every day for the last decade and a half and the Freerange label boss has finally capitulated, going a step further to executively produce the LP. Aside from a couple of carefully crafted downtempo tracks, ’Never Ending Nights’ is dance floor targeted but achieves the ultimate goal of the dance music album, possessing enough musicality and interesting production touches to stand up to home listening too. Matt has also thoughtfully included one track that can be used as a DJ incantation to summon up a horde of sentient headphones to do your bidding.

    Perhaps because of the protracted nature of the album’s production, there’s an unhurried confidence to many of these tracks, almost a swagger; big riffs slowly reveal themselves as epic chords unfurl beneath steadily ticking percussion, the assured, contemporary production providing an audio snap-shot of where UK deep house is at in 2019.


    ARTISTVarious Artists (Inc. Mark de Clive-Lowe / Jon Dixon / Loftsoul / Andy Compton)
    TITLEMotorCity Wine Recordings #4
    LABELMotorCity Wine Recordings
    CATALOGUE NO.MCWR004
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE11/10/2019
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Mark de Clive-Lowe - Wondering Who (Nautz L8 Nite Edit)
    2. A2. Motomitsu - La Musique
    3. B1. Brandon Williams feat. Jon Dixon & De'Sean Jones - Twenty-One
    4. B2. Loftsoul x Soul-T feat. Andy Compton - Sol Origin

    Detroit’s MotorCity Wine has established itself as the go-to space for all of the soulful, broken beat, and deep sounds on the house music spectrum. For their 4th 12” they tap in a cast of locals and friends from across the globe for this 4 track EP. Mark de Clive-Lowe kicks things off with “Wondering Who”, a bassline-driven broken-beat inspired electronic funk workout, before Motomitsu goes Marianas Trench deep with “La Musique”. On the flip Brandon Williams, Jon Dixon, & De’Sean Jones deliver “Twenty-One”, a sublime piece of hi-tech jazz for the soulful heads. Loftsoul & Soul-T round out the EP with “Sol Origin”, a sub-heavy Shelter-esque track featuring Andy Compton on electric guitar.


    ARTIST&ME
    TITLE1995 EP
    LABELKeinemusik
    CATALOGUE NO.KM049
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYUK & USA only
    RELEASE DATEREPRESS23/10/2020
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. 1995
    2. B1. Starting Again Feat. Atelier

    With his upcoming Keinemusik release, &ME is kick-starting the time machine, beaming you right into the year "1995". You know, the year in which Microsoft released Windows 95, Miguel Induráin is winning the Tour de France for the fifth time in a row and Robbie Williams quits his job at the Take That enterprise. In addition to those crucial events, that time also sees the rise of Two Step and Garage in the UK underground. Now play the eponymous tune on the A-side and you'll feel beamed right back into these days.


    ARTISTUnderspreche
    TITLEPoet-Ease
    LABELMaeve
    CATALOGUE NO.MAEVE16
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYUK & USA only
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Poet Ease feat. Sandra Restrepo
    2. A2. Purna Low
    3. B1. Immersa Nel Tuo Viaggio
    4. B2. Immersa Nel Tuo Viaggio (The Drifter Rework)

    The Italian duo Underspreche debuts on Maeve.


    ARTISTGilb'r
    TITLELord Of The Basics EP
    LABELVersatile
    CATALOGUE NO.VER128
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE27/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Dub
  • Experimental
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Entrez!
    2. A2. Nouvel Horizon
    3. A3. Jah, il Sait
    4. A4. No Time Is The Right Time
    5. B1. Whats My Name?
    6. B2. Lord Of The Basics
    7. B3. Le Zouk Du Crepsule
    8. B4. For(ever) Zdar

    Being in a different place and a different studio context changed some things for Gilb’R. The Versatile boss and half of Château Flight selected these 8 tracks, some short, some longer, from his studio sessions in Amsterdam where he has been living for the past 5 years. Reflections of the mind of Gilb’R and thus exploring many sides, from late night techno to West Indies non sense vocals, from dubby/moody sounds to ambient scapes.


    ARTISTBantwanas
    TITLEBack To Front
    LABELAll Day I Dream
    CATALOGUE NO.ADID049
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Back to Front (Original) feat. Xolisiwe
    2. A2. Back To Front (Dub) feat. Xolisiwe
    3. B1. Izingane feat. Korus
    4. B2. Zappa feat. Korus

    All Day I Dream welcomes Bantwanas to the family. Hailing from Africa they are a collective of African producers, songwriters and musicians who's collaborations set forth the intention to bring top quality African house music to the world. The music on their EP sways gently from the dance floor gem and title track 'Back To Front' to the more laid back 'Izingane'. A beautiful all around release.

    Love, Leee


    ARTISTBlack Spuma
    TITLECrunch Level EP
    LABELFutureboogie Recordings
    CATALOGUE NO.FBR069
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Nu Disco
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Crunch Level
    2. B1. Agguato
    3. B2. Adamantine

    When two dudes collide in a cosmic paradise, very special things happen. Black Spuma, otherwise known as regular transcendental misfits Phillip Lauer and Fabrizio Mammarella, come correct with a new EP of enchanted grooves for Futureboogie.
    Breaking their run of EPs for the International Feel Recordings label, a trio of cuts are lined up on the ‘Crunch Level’ EP.

    Title track, ‘Crunch Level’, is a throbbing, pulsating, bit-crunching beast of a track, a full mind and body workout that evokes the darker shades of early acid and new beat. ‘Agguato’ also packs a punch, with drums so big that Stock, Aitken & Waterman would most definitely approve, whilst a waves of hedonistic tones cut through feint melodicas and space invader tropes for a mind melting moment.

    Never to end on a whimper, Adamantine goes out with a bang, with an ecstatically buoyant rhythm section and glacial melodies that’ll be transporting you back to the bright neon lights and dry ice of some long forgotten 80’s sweatbox.


    Techno / Electro / Bass

    ARTISTInstra:mental
    TITLETimelines Part 1
    LABELNonplus Records
    CATALOGUE NO.NONPLUS050A
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
    REPRESS15/11/2019
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    Genres

  • Bass
  • Drum & Bass
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Pacific Heights
    2. A2. Sakura
    3. B1. Photograph
    4. B2. End Credits

    Celebrating the 50th release on the Nonplus label, Instra:mental return with their sophomore album Timelines. A long awaited record that finally uncovers the unreleased gems of the legendary Autonomic Podcast series. This eleven track album features five, previously vinyl only cuts, with another six unreleased tracks from the vault.

    This is an album that will feel nostalgic to some but new to others. Classics like Photograph and Pacific Heights transport the listener back to a time where Instra:mental started to blur the boundaries in a pool of multiple genres, allowing artists to dip their toes with creative freedom.

    This release is mainly rooted in 170bpm (with the exception of “More Than”) but effortlessly feels like its spanning multiple tempos. With the techno infused Encke Gap to the slow pulsings of Deep Night. Timelines represents the embodiment of the Autonomic “Drum & Bass” movement, a slice of time that sounds modern despite being more than a decade in existence.

    Timelines is a collectors piece that will sit happily in your physical or digital collection, an essential record that highlights the golden era of Instra:mental’s illustrious career.


    ARTISTInstra:mental
    TITLETimelines Part 2
    LABELNonplus Records
    CATALOGUE NO.NONPLUS050B
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
    REPRESS11/10/2019
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    Genres

  • Bass
  • Drum & Bass
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Auto Love
    2. A2. Elsewhere
    3. B1. Encke Gap
    4. B2. More Than

    Celebrating the 50th release on the Nonplus label, Instra:mental return with their sophomore album Timelines. A long awaited record that finally uncovers the unreleased gems of the legendary Autonomic Podcast series. This eleven track album features five, previously vinyl only cuts, with another six unreleased tracks from the vault.

    This is an album that will feel nostalgic to some but new to others. Classics like Photograph and Pacific Heights transport the listener back to a time where Instra:mental started to blur the boundaries in a pool of multiple genres, allowing artists to dip their toes with creative freedom.

    This release is mainly rooted in 170bpm (with the exception of “More Than”) but effortlessly feels like its spanning multiple tempos. With the techno infused Encke Gap to the slow pulsings of Deep Night. Timelines represents the embodiment of the Autonomic “Drum & Bass” movement, a slice of time that sounds modern despite being more than a decade in existence.

    Timelines is a collectors piece that will sit happily in your physical or digital collection, an essential record that highlights the golden era of Instra:mental’s illustrious career.


    ARTISTAutre
    TITLELA Funk b/w Wig Teleportation
    LABELESP Institute
    CATALOGUE NO.ESP087
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Electro
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. LA Funk
    2. B1. Wig Teleportation

    Autre left the lab and brought his science to the people. This is his second offering for the ESP Institute. On side A we have a silky slice of electro aimed straight for our hearts, LA Funk, incorporating stanzas of jazz chords and Autre’s signature meandering string lines, all thickly layered atop an up-tempo more-bounce-to-the-ounce bassline that will receive the nod of approval from even the most serious funk heads. On the flip side, the artist uses a similar broad brush of synthetic strings, but ventures into an emotional sweet-spot built on glorious chord changes and cascading arpeggios, sprinkling delicate percussion throughout like a flurry of phosphorescent dust particles. Wig Teleportation is a complicated looping narrative that ebbs and flows, snaring the soul with melancholy yet keeping your interest piqued with intricate layers of rhythm. These two songs will heal through the power of bodywork.


    ARTISTXinner AKA Robotron
    TITLEExodus b/w Kamchatkan
    LABELESP Institute
    CATALOGUE NO.ESP092
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE25/10/2019
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    Genres

  • Electro
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Exodus
    2. B1. Kamchatkan

    Robotron successfully autonomized and has now breached the mainframe. This is its second offering for the ESP Institute. Side A’s Exodus picks up where the last 12” left off, the spoils of cybernetic war as scavenged by the now-defunct Xinner and translated by Robotron into machine dance music for a post-apocalyptic future. With only a select few analog machines with which to communicate, it manages to produce the most bombastic beat we’ve heard this side of the acid winter—a mighty compressor permeates all spare gaps in the waveform, as communicative bleeps and note-bending mechanics work in concert to assemble a highly dynamic composition— emboldening us with courage for a new age. On the flip side, Kamchatkan renders a sparse image of a only remaining organic life, found in the furthest Eastern reaches of the Asian continent, the Kamchatka peninsula. Here, Robotron experienced a metamorphosis, a collapse of its structured programming in which it became self-aware and transitioned from its quantitative agenda to a qualitative enlightenment. This breath of new life invigorated Robotron’s musical approach as heard in the aforementioned title, revealing an uncanny ability for humanistic percussion and lyrical Acid melodies. These two programs will conduct synchronized dances for the masses.


    ARTISTRaxon
    TITLEAndromena EP
    LABELEllum Audio
    CATALOGUE NO.ELL053
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Andromena
    2. A2. Vortex Cortex
    3. B1. Introspect
    4. B2. Second Contact

    Ellum Audio welcomes impressive new school talent Raxon for four suitably cosmic techno tracks.

    Raxon hails from Egypt, is Barcelona based and has risen through the ranks with a well-crafted and emotive techno sound on labels like Diynamic, Kompakt, Cocoon and more. This summer he has been playing the revered Resistance Ibiza at Privilege as well as festivals like DGTL. Though he has made big moves in recent years, Raxon has been deeply involved in the scene for more than two decades.

    Opener ‘Andromena’ is a tense and futuristic groove that keeps you in suspense. Synths and chords ride up and down the scales without resolving and will make for a rapturous effect in the clubs. The superb ‘Vortex Cortex’ is stripped back, driving techno with a sleek bassline and sci-fi sounds making it all the more cinematic. The whole track feels like it is going to take off and carry you away to the stars.

    After the scene-setting ambience of ‘Introspect’ - a short and atmospheric interlude with more cosmic sounds, pulses and sonar blips - the excellent ‘Second Contact’ closes things out. A dark and prickly jam with expertly programmed drums that are broken and punchy, this one is about creating real intergalactic energy and is does that in style.

    This is Raxon’s most accomplished EP yet, and as such is perfectly at home on tgmthe mighty Ellum Audio.


    ARTISTEOD
    TITLEWarmwoods EP
    LABELBbbbbb
    CATALOGUE NO.BBB013
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
    REPRESS25/10/2019
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    Genres

  • IDM
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Warmwoods Mesh
    2. A2. (Untitled) (w-R6)
    3. B1. dog_bits
    4. B2. The Battery Poles (Are Conic!)
    5. B3. CQC

    Following the outstanding debut album ‘Named’ from EOD, bbbbbb records proudly present Warmwoods EP - the result of a fearless excavation deep down into the abyss of EOD’s profound archives. The five tracks retrieved will ring some bells with die-hard EOD fans, finally made immortal on wax. Expect lush, sporty, acid dotted, synth-driven, braindance madness!


    ARTISTParanoid London
    TITLEPL
    LABELParanoid London
    CATALOGUE NO.PDONLP002
    FORMAT2 x LP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE13/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Acid House
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Starting Fights (with Josh Caffe)
    2. A2. The Boombox Affair (with Bubbles Bubblesynski)
    3. B1. Nobody Watching (with Mutado Pintado)
    4. B2. The Music
    5. B3. Angel Of Hell (with Arthur Baker & Alan Vega)
    6. C1. Drum Machine (album edit)
    7. C2. Blue-Ish (album edit)
    8. C3. Cult Hero (Do You Wanna Touch Me) (with Simon Topping)
    9. D1. Sly Is Watching (album edit)
    10. D2. (Vi-Vi) Vicious Games (with Josh Caffe)

    When it comes to jackin' Chicago style acid house revivalism, few can hold a candle to Paranoid London. As this long-awaited second album proves, the duo is the undisputed masters of sweaty, TB-303 driven jack-tracks and - as recent single "(Vi-Vi) Vicious Games" and LP opener "Starting Fights" prove - classic-sounding vocal cuts that recall the glory years of Fingers, Inc in the mid-to-late 1980s. Interestingly, "PL" boasts far more collaborations than we've seen from Paranoid London before, including a string of ragged club cuts blessed with evocative spoken word vocals, a thrusting acid throb-job with lead vocals by Simon Topping and a suitably twisted, machine-driven hook up with Arthur Baker and Alan Vega (the raw and weighty "Angel Of Hell").


    ARTISTZodiac
    TITLESerengeti By Night
    LABELHypercolour
    CATALOGUE NO.HYPELP014
    FORMAT2 x 12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Dub
  • Experimental
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Out Cold
    2. A2. Verdigris
    3. B1. Peeking Thru
    4. B2. Space Breaks
    5. C1. Truce
    6. C2. Serengetti
    7. D1. Ghostnet
    8. D2. Brother John

    Zodiac, a new collaboration between Brendon Moeller and Monty Luke, present a heady brew of sci-fi dub and deep rhythms on a full-length album, ‘Serengeti By Night’.

    With meditative roots music at the very heart of ‘Serengeti’, experimental ideas are excavated over ten tracks. Vivid atmospheres are conjured up, as tribal trance, voodoo dub and otherworldly electronics are deployed over rock steady rhythms.

    With influences that lie in the musical endeavours of African Headcharge to Rhythm & Sound, Public Image Limited to Cybotron, Zodiac keep the flame burning for exploratory dub-leanings, and deliver an album from the space station above that administers sophisticated braindance sounds that will command repeat listens...


    CFCF Albums on BGM Solutions (Downtempo / Electronica / Drum and Bass)

    ARTISTCFCF
    TITLELiquid Colours
    LABELBGM Solutions
    CATALOGUE NO.BGM001
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE27/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Down Tempo
  • Drum & Bass
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Re-Utopia
    2. A2. Green District
    3. A3. Retail Commune
    4. A4. Aquascape
    5. A5. An Impossible Condo
    6. A6. Inorganic Streams
    7. A7. Translucently Happy
    8. A8. Healing Kurage
    9. B1. Oxygen Lounge
    10. B2. Anodyne Industries
    11. B3. Blobject Of Desire
    12. B4. Last Century Modern
    13. B5. Closed Space
    14. B6. Subdivisions
    15. B7. Re-Identity

    Montreal’s earnest-kitsch-explorer CFCF (aka Mike Silver) has been honing gentle revisions and updates on the outmoded luxuries of pop and new age music for years now. Now he returns with a ‘spiritual sequel’ to his much-loved 2015 ambient opus ’The Colours of Life’, refitted with an eye towards the bygone future: oxygen lounges, chillout rooms, luminescent spas, and breakbeats. Told in 15 movements, ‘Liquid Colours’ is a 42-minute new age jungle odyssey, perfect for a journey into a dreamworld of pure consumerism. Like all of CFCF’s work, it’s as sincerely and painstakingly composed as it is gently sardonic. In Silver’s own words:

    “Liquid Colours started just like The Colours of Life, as a simple challenge to myself to see if I could follow through on a continuous 40 minute suite in one style. Much like COL, it was a break in working on another more involved, complicated album. I was interested in ‘corporatized’ pop jungle — totally inauthentic to the genre’s roots. The jungle tracks on ‘Ray of Light’, Everything But The Girl, Towa Tei, Bahamadia, each member of YMO has respectively released some solo work exploring the genre. Bill Laswell plowing his fucking bass over a DJ Spooky remix of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or something. TV interstitials, ads. At its most oversaturated, jungle and d’n’b was briefly the sound of capitalism. In fact once while I was in the middle of working on the album I had to make a call to some customer service line or other, my bank or something, and the on-hold music sounded exactly like this record I was making! I really knew I was onto something then.

    Like The Colours Of Life, I’m being very sincere with the musical approach by focusing on song-craft, but there’s a lot of tongue-in-cheek, slightly satirical thinking in there too. I know I’m doing it wrong, I know it’s stupid, I just think it’s more honest when I do it this way. I’m paying homage and teasing at the same time. One track is kind of a piss-take on Boards of Canada, it’s like ouroboros’d nostalgia loop - the 60’s viewed from the 80’s viewed from the 00’s viewed from 2019. I was also thinking about Roni Size’s New Forms; it won the Mercury Prize, it was viewed as this groundbreaking, futuristic work. It’s a really great record, but it’s fascinating to think now about the status it had compared to now. You can picture some young New Labour minister spinning it on his Discman between policy meetings. Just totally failed optimism.
    I love all these things. I get excited to take influence from things in a sincere way while also acknowledging why they are slightly ridiculous. I love the cast-off Spooky/Laswell JSBX remix sitting on a CD-single somewhere (it doesn’t exist). My friends give me weird looks because we’ll be record shopping and I’m blowing $2 on a Fantastic Plastic Machine single. There’s a risk of coming off like an ironic-hipster-trash-peddler, but I have genuine affection for this stuff because it is dripping with undeniable life and sincerity.

    I tried to make the record feel like a covetable object. It’s super commercial. If it were a place, it would be a mall designed by Marc Newson and Karim Rashid. It’s MUJI background music. You could buy a bucket hat to this album, but like, a fashion bucket hat.”

    Design and Layout by Ben Sifel
    3D Art by Andrew Strasser
    Mastered by Josh Stephenson


    ARTISTCFCF
    TITLEThe Colours Of Life
    LABELBGM Solutions
    CATALOGUE NO.BGM002
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/09/2019
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    Genres

  • Balearic
  • Down Tempo
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Departure
    2. A2. Melting the Ice
    3. A3. Our World
    4. A4. The Pyramid
    5. A5. Rain Dance
    6. A6. Intimacy
    7. B1. Night Music
    8. B2. Tropical Realities
    9. B3. A Real Dream
    10. B4. Imagination
    11. B5. Touching the Earth
    12. B6. Return

    CFCF’s much-loved 2015 new age opus “The Colours Of Life" comes to vinyl for the first time!

    Montreal’s established MOR investigator CFCF (aka Mike Silver) has been honing a specifically clear, gentle revisions and updates on the bygone luxuries of pop and new age music for years now. On his 2015 released 41-minute long piece “The Colours of Life”, CFCF curves out into a incredibly serene peak of new sincerity, where Phil Collins “Hand in Hand” and once-ironic uplifters from the Windham Hill label serve as much as mantra as contemporary textural entrancers. The twelve movements within this piece build nto a story of the utmost realness, best told in Silver’s own words:

    “I started writing this stuff in the first half of 2011. I was living in Paris for a few months in a tiny one-room apartment with my then-girlfriend, and didn’t really have any proper music equipment on me aside my laptop. I was really getting further into some really cornball music like the Windham Hill label, and some of the outer edges of Innovative Communications. The song that really inspired the first iterations of ‘Colours of Life’ is “Hand in Hand” by Phil Collins, from ‘Face Value’. It’s a super simple corny song built on a Roland CR-78 loop and just the silliest pan-global optimistic tone. And I got into the idea of doing a record of music like that, that would incorporate a lot of this stuff I was listening to and be of use as like, call waiting background music, just the most pleasant thing and kind of trying to push to the edges of tolerable cheese in some places, but also have it be totally sincere and not ironic, like actually purely pleasurable music.

    Initially it was one song the first song, and then for whatever reason I had the idea to have that one morph into another one, and then another one, and eventually I had 12 pure pop instrumentals leading into each other. It was fun for me because having 2-3 minutes per song and a larger structure meant I could write small simple chord progressions and melodies that I maybe wouldn’t have explored on single tracks, and it meant I could go and meander here and get really specific there. There are a lot of obvious influences all over, like the aforementioned Phil track, a lot of Manuel Gottsching, Suzanne Ciani, and tons of different individual balearic tracks. So it was a really fun thing to work on, and I finished it that summer, and pitched to a couple labels.

    Eventually I sent it to my friend Matt of RVNG Intl, where I released my EP ‘The River’ in 2010. He had the idea of bringing on collaborators to sing on some of the tracks, and we got some contributions from really amazing people, but the thing sadly fell apart for reasons I won’t go into. One of the collaborators who I will name were Dip in the Pool, an incredible pop band from Japan in the 80’s, and they are incredibly sweet and wrote two amazing songs for the record, one of which appears on their latest album Highwire Walker. Some of their work is still present here on the movements “Rain Dance” and “Intimacy”, where Tatsuji Kimura elaborated on the chords I wrote and really improved on it immensely."


    Hardcore / Jungle

    ARTISTNoise Factory
    TITLEVintage Vol #3
    LABEL3rd Party Records
    CATALOGUE NO.3RD2-19
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Hardcore
  • Jungle
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Fire
    2. AA. All Crew
    3. AAA. Set Me Free Remix

    This 3 track EP comes from out of 3rd Party Records vault called Vintage Vol #3 and produced by Noise Factory. Each of these tracks represents the musik from rave scene back in the early 90s.

    A.Fire - This classic track produced by Noise Factory in 1992 highlights the merging of hardcore with jungle beats that were entering into the scene back than. Combined with a rock vocal sample of Sara speedy up to give that edgy feel with synthesized piano stabs and brief reggae/house samples and dominate drum patterns.

    AA.All Crew - This track was made back in 1992 by Noise Factory and a game changer as it had a dominant reggae sample in the intro and mergers into the hardcore elements of that time. The term 'all junglists massive' can be heard and strong jungle breaks holding they own. This was when the musik was evolving into what was to be jungle.

    AAA.Set Me Free Remix - This track by Noise Factory made in 1992 and a remix of the original shows their versatility of moving hardcore into a new genre that was becoming so dominate. The stronger reggae samples speeded up and the ability to switch up the drum patterns and still have that hardcore feel was helping to push the scene and promote these jungle breaks coming through.

    Written by: Noise Factory
    Produced by: Noise Factory


    ARTISTPotential Badboy
    TITLERetro Vol 2 EP
    LABELLimited E Edition
    CATALOGUE NO.CW01-19
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE15/11/2019
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Hardcore
  • Jungle
  • Track Listing

    1. E. Lets Go
    2. EE. Part 1
    3. EEE. Part 2

    This 3 track EP comes out from Limited E's vault called Retro Vol 2. Each of these tracks represents the early emergence of Jungle musik from the early 90s.

    E.Lets Go - This track made in 1992 by Potential Badboy was groundbreaking as it had soul elements n soulful house vocal which was unheard of back then. This track pushed the boundaries in the scene as soul n jungle beats inter-mingled.When it was played by Micky Finn in Ministry of Sound nightclub it was repeatedly jack up on that night.

    EE.Part 1 - This track made in 1992 by Potential Badboy called Part 1 has a continued flavour of the original 'Lets Go' with the soul vocals. Pushing the musik further as the scene started to change and basslines became more dominant.

    EEE.Part 2 - This track made in 1992 by Potential Badboy called Part 2 is a re-mix of Part 1 and continues the flavour of the soulful vibez . With more hardcore n jungle breaks dominating along with heavier basslines this is jungle at its fineness.

    Written by: Potential Badboy
    Produced by: Potential Badboy


    ARTISTNoise Factory
    TITLEArchives Vol 6
    LABELIbiza Records
    CATALOGUE NO.IR2019-6
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE15/11/2019
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Hardcore
  • Jungle
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Can You Feel The Rush
    2. AA. The Buzz
    3. AAA. Feel The Music

    This 3 track EP produced by Noise Factory and showcases sum serious anthems that can stand the test of time. Upholding the essence of hardcore musik scene n the merging into what was to be jungle musik.

    A.Can You Feel The Rush - This track was produced in 1992 by Noise Factory and sums up the vibes at that time and stands out due to the piano stabs merging with the drum patterns while upholding the hardcore elements with the strong leading vocals from homeboy Danny from Tottenham.

    AA.The Buzz - This track produced by Noise Factory back in 1991 was a major game changer with the piano stabs and sub bass crossing over with the hardcore elements helps this track to stand the testimony of time. This track was named by Mad P from Top Buzz.

    AAA.Feel The Music - This track produced in 1991 by Noise Factory represents hardcore jungle at its best with the samples and speeded up vocals alongside sum heavy sub bass.

    Written by: Noise Factory
    Produced by: Noise Factory


    Repress

    ARTIST100 Hz
    TITLEWhisper / Funkin
    LABELMint Condition
    CATALOGUE NO.MC027
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/06/2019
    REPRESS20/09/2019
    Last copies08/05/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Tech House
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Whisper
    2. 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!


    ARTISTLogic1000
    TITLEPlease Forgive Me / Derrière
    LABELLogic1000
    CATALOGUE NO.LOG100
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE23/08/2019
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Bass
  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Please Forgive Me
    2. B. Derrière

    The debut 12" from Sydney-born, London-based producer Logic1000. First discovered by Four Tet, lead track ‘Please Forgive Me’ has since made it into the sets of Daphni, Ben UFO, Anthony Naples and DJ Python. Limited to 300, the white label also features the footwork-influenced ‘Derrière’.