TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
Disco / Nu-Disco
GenresBalearicDeep HouseDiscoNu Disco
- A1 Rheinzand - Mr Mercury
- A2 Mandy Smith - I Just Can't Wait (Instrumental)
- A3 Marta Acuna - Dance, Dance, Dance (Disco Version)
- B1 System Olympia - Close To My Nebula
- B2 Mildlife - Magnificent Moon
- B3 Das Komplex - Slap
- C1 Nu Guinea - Je Vulesse
- C2 Forgotten Corner & Khidja - Tatooine Moons (Original Mix)
- C3 Pamela Nivens - It's You I Love (Instrumental Mix)
- D1 Hugh Mane - Real Sucker For Your Love
- D2 Switchdance - Arabian Ride
- D3 Mr Marvin - Entity (Jazzy Mix)
DJ Harvey's Mercury Rising at Pikes Ibiza celebrates its 5th year. To celebrate and in loving memory of Tony Pike Harvey's has compiled his second collection of music inspired by and that represents the party.
Never Mind the Balearics Here’s DJ Harveys Mercury Rising volume II.
GenresBalearicDeep HouseDiscoNu Disco
- 1 Rheinzand - Mr Mercury
- 2 Mandy Smith - I Just Can't Wait (Instrumental)
- 3 Marta Acuna - Dance, Dance, Dance (Disco Version)
- 4 System Olympia - Close To My Nebula
- 5 Mildlife - Magnificent Moon
- 6 Das Komplex - Slap
- 7 Nu Guinea - Je Vulesse
- 8 Forgotten Corner & Khidja - Tatooine Moons (Original Mix)
- 9 Pamela Nivens - It's You I Love (Instrumental Mix)
- 10 Hugh Mane - Real Sucker For Your Love
- 11 Switchdance - Arabian Ride
- 12 Land Of Light - A Strange Attractor (Peaking Lights Remix)
- 13 Mr Marvin - Entity (Jazzy Mix)
DJ Harvey's Mercury Rising at Pikes Ibiza celebrates its 5th year. To celebrate and in loving memory of Tony Pike Harvey's has compiled his second collection of music inspired by and that represents the party.
Never Mind the Balearics Here’s DJ Harveys Mercury Rising volume II.
- A1. Loleatta Holloway - Hit & Run (Dr Packer Rework)
- A2. Aurra - Such A Feeling (Dr Packer Rework)
- B1. Salsoul Orchestra - Take Some Time Out (Dr Packer Rework)
- B2. The Jammers - Be Mine Tonight (Dr Packer Rework)
Salsoul opens the vaults once more to today's top editors and remixers. This incredible 12" sees Australian editor supreme Dr.Packer take the reigns.
Side A sees the good Dr tackle Loleatta Holloway's massive 'Hit & Run' to devastating effect, and Aurra's boogiefied 'Such A Feeling', taking these classic dance cuts into a new dimension, essential DJ weapons right here. Over on side B we have Salsoul Orchestra's evergreen early 80's jam 'Take Some Time Out' being tweaked and The Jammers 'Be Mine Tonight', another total killer from the vaults.
Fully licensed, sanctioned and released by Above Board distribution and Salsoul Records, 2019. Accept no imitations!
- A High Voltage - Rock, Spank, Freak (KON Re-work)
- B Chain Reaction - Dance Freak (Moplen Re-freak)
Harlem's legendary Disco label Queen Constance has long been a cult favourite among fans of underground dance music for decades.
One of many labels operating under the equally legendary P&P family of imprints Queen Constance was operated by one Peter Brown, a truly colossal figure in NYC's music scene, its catalogue still fascinates music lovers to this day. Covering a wide range of styles including Gospel, early Rap and Disco the label's output continually finds it way into the playlists of respected DJ's and selectors across the globe. This latest repress from the vaults is a real biggie - a true NYC underground disco CLASSIC!
High Voltage & Chain Reaction are two of the more familiar names in the P&P / Queen Constance galaxy. This new release is a must, essential, do not sleep business. 2 of the labels most monstrous jams reworked by 2 of the biggest disco editors out there right now - Kon & Moplen - that's right 'Rock, spank, freak' & 'Dance Freak' both revisited by these 2 heavyweights, respectfully tweaked and lovingly mixed for 2019's dance. There isn't much more to say, except check those soundclips and 'add to cart' immediately. Road block business!
This is a 100% legit reissue, made in conjunction with Above Board distribution and the Demon Music group, lovingly remastered with love by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
House / Tech-House
- A1. Entrez!
- A2. Nouvel Horizon
- A3. Jah, il Sait
- A4. No Time Is The Right Time
- B1. Whats My Name?
- B2. Lord Of The Basics
- B3. Le Zouk Du Crepsule
- 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.
- A1. Power Dance (Mousse T.'s Disco Shizzle Extended Mix)
- A2. Power Tool
- AA. Power Bang
Headed up by Classic Music Company boss Luke Solomon, alongside studio partner Lance Desardi and Chicago-born producer Nick Maurer, dance music collective Powerdance create music that never loses sight of the dancefloor. Following their critically acclaimed album ‘The Lost Art of Getting Down’, described by The Guardian as “offering an object lesson in how to take inspiration from the past and apply it to the present,”, their latest 12” ‘Power Bang’ highlights one of the standout tracks from their long-player. Kicking off the A-Side, German house legend Mousse T. delivers his outstanding Disco Shizzle Mix of ‘Power Dance’, with an undulating groove and melodic keys that make it a guaranteed party-starter. The release also features the essential accapella style ‘Power Tool’, and on the flip is the eponymous ‘Power Bang’, a stripped back, funk-laden version of the ‘Power Dance’.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Bag of Bones
- A2. Taima
- B1. Chronicles of Narnia
- B2. Purple Urkle
Late September 2019 will see the release of DJ W!LD Shaun Reeves' collaborative EP, "Bag of Bones" on Vision Quest Special Edition, the vinyl only arm of Visionquest.
No strangers to working together, the pair have cooked up an excellent EP for their latest outing, comprised of 4 heady, floor ready cuts. Shaun Reeves, co-head of Visionquest, is a Detroiter turned Berliner who has been at the forefront of the industry for over a decade. An instrumental part of both cities and everywhere in between he has been playing the top clubs and festivals his entire career. Reeves has released on labels ranging from Raum...musik to Wolf + Lamb and of course Visionquest, with artists like Seth Troxler and Maayan Nidam. DJ W!LD is as well a time tested veteran of the game who grew up listening to Laurent Garnier dj in his home town of Dijon, France. A life long record collector, he has played all over the world at the most prestigious clubs including Fabric, Panorama Bar and Amnesia for events ranging from Cocoon to Circoloco. DJ W!LD runs two labels, the W label and DAILYCID and has released on REKIDS offshoot, Cabin Fever, One Records, 2020 Vision and Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano's Ral series.
On the first track, "Bag of Bones", the EP starts out with a banging kick, a choppy percussion loop, floating atmospherics and a sound like a distant train or a car horn honking moments before impact. Low sub bass is complimented by a mid range bass line that drives the track forward. This leads to a subtle break down, when the track flips on it's head and jumps back in with a rising rush, a new bassline, peculiar vocal snippets and some bouncing hi hats skittering side to side.
Track two, "Taima", starts with a heavily phased sample that almost sounds like recorded room noise. Swinging percussion pops in with a punchy bass line and a mean kick that all gets thrown around by a mechanical machine sound that rips in and out with bleeps that sound like feedback from some sort of lunar device. A repeated, bleepy key loop emerges, balancing all the percussion and propels the track forward. It's hypnotic, deep and banging all at the same time.
"Chronicals of Narnia" starts with a big kick and a hat, snare/clap combo that's drenched in vinyl dirt and phase. A beautiful ambient texture pad drops in that lifts the vibe of the track without it getting bogged down or muddled by the atmospherics, only to snap back into the original tough beat with a fat pocket.
The EP finishes with "Purple Urkle", which starts with tough percussion, again doused in this amazingly overdriven phased/flanged texture. Other seemingly found sounds jolt in and out all around the audio spectrum while a distant pad rides in the background, sounding like it might be sampled from an old classical vinyl. The EP is another welcome addition to VQSE, drenched in its own grit and unique sound it's sure to please listeners and dancers from all ends of the musical spectrum.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Gettin' Lifted
- A2. Feelin' Lifted
- B1. The Strength (Within)
- B2. The Strength (Without)
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....
Back to 1996, Charles Webster's cult Remote label, one of a handful of Presence releases produced by Webster himself and a whole galaxy of deepness. This is what you currently hold in your hands right now, a 4 tracker that crosses various sonic terrains with ease that still works in the club. 'The Strength' is the title cut, here in 2 variations with the first version imbuing almost highlife-like qualities in it's melodies and construction. Minor chords, intricate drum programming and cabinet rattling basslines create a very special atmosphere, with the 2nd mix being a somewhat stripped back cousin of the first. Pure brilliance. The B-side contains 2 different mixes of 'Gettin Lifted', possibly the real showstopper here, another sleek late-night cruiser of a track that seems to be speeding towards an invisible horizon at 200mph.... this is it. The 2nd mix features some of the most spaced out house sounds ever committed to wax. Absolutely, a must have all around.
'The Strength' has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Charles Webster 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 HouseTech House
- A1. Enzo Siragusa & Rich NxT - See You In Ten
- B1. Enzo Siragusa & Rich NxT - Enriched
- B2. Enzo Siragusa & Rossko - Dreamers
- C1. Enzo Siragusa & Archie Hamilton - Aviva
- C2. Enzo Siragusa & Archie Hamilton - Direct Line
- D1. Enzo Siragusa & Seb Zito - What's Going On
- D2. Enzo Siragusa & Seb Zito - What’s Happening
Mid way through an immense yearlong tour celebrating 10 years of FUSE events, Enzo Siragusa unveils his second album of 2019; A Decade Of Rave Volume 2.
Volume 1 (released in April 2019) exhibited 10 solo tracks from Enzo that meandered through his 10-year journey at the helm of FUSE.
Volume 2 brings in the four members who have remained at the core of FUSE history; Rich Nxt, Seb Zito, Rossko and Archie Hamilton, each collaborating with Enzo to create seven straight-talking dance floor cuts that have fuelled FUSE parties, capturing the essence and development of the “FUSE sound” over the last decade.
This is the first time FUSE fans will see all five work together on one release and is a testament to the watertight friendships they have built. Rich Nxt and Seb Zito were by Enzo’s side at the very first FUSE party back in 2008, while Rossko and Archie Hamilton climbed the ranks up to the booth from the dance floor, starting as fanatic weekly ravers of the party.
Enzo and Rich Nxt set the tone for the batch of euphonic collaborations that follow, starting with ‘See you In Ten’ and the straight up grooves of ‘Enriched’. Rossko cuts in second to bring us the engagingly propulsive ‘Dreamers’. Archie Hamilton takes a deeper direction with ‘Aviva’ and ‘Direct Line’. Finally, Seb Zito kicks the gear back up weaving garage influenced elements into ‘What’s Going On’ and closing with low slung ‘What’s Happening’. All tracks testifying to each resident’s deftness in creating atmospheric gems with the mastermind behind FUSE.
- A1. Heaven’s Gate
- A2. Brother
- A3. Whiteout
- B1. Head Above Water
- B2. A Flock
- B3. More Than A Machine
- C1. Harps
- C2. Essential Return
- C3. Simple Heart
- D1. Indian Summer
- D2. Touch
- 12 Elephants (Piano Version)
Driving, pulsating, multi-layered - the new album of the German trio PHCK combines electronic music schemes with classical songwriting.
The twelve tracks invite you to dream and dance. They work for the chill out and in the club. There are twelve carefully constructed unique pieces that merge together on the album to form a large, organic whole.
- A1. My Dog Has Fleas
- A2. My Dog Has Fleas (Pleasure Planet Atomic Dog Version)
- B1. Shake The Bones
- B2. Shake The Bones (C.P.I. Remix)
Set the timer & get into position, Kim Ann Foxman returns to her Firehouse imprint
SELF:TIMER with a solo EP, following up the extraterrestrial trip that was Pleasure Planet’s debut last year.
This time she takes the lead with ‘My Dog Has Fleas’. Don’t reach for the vet hotline quite yet; it’s actually based on a ukulele tuning technique popular in her Hawaiian stomping ground, but you’d never tell... A juicy, slinky, 80s-informed jam, it carries all the hallmarks we’ve long since come to expect from Foxman. As is the Pleasure Planet remix by herself and longstanding friends Andrew Potter and Brian Hersey as they bring on their atomic energy with fresh vocal samples, guitar, and cosmic flare you’d expect from such a hedonistic NYC gang.
Deeper into the shoot we strut: ‘Shake The Bones’ is the dog-walking equivalent of a run on an unfettered, unpeopled, unlimited coastline. The elements. The energy. The space and fresh air; this doesn’t just shake your bones, it’ll shake your whole soul. As for Marc Piñol and Hugo Capablanca’s acid-wrenched C.P.I rework... It’s a mix so fiery it sent their studio into meltdown and their Roland Space Echo literally went up in flames! (True Story!)
"Yo Dog!" It's time to dance!
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. The Gathering
- A2. Balance Right
- B1. Amiba Ta
- B2. Sepe Patru
Renowned live artist and Premiesku member Floog delivers four shimmering microhouse cuts on Archie Hamilton’s Moscow Records this September.
Hailing from the vibrantly active house and techno scene of Romania, Floog has established himself as one of the country’s most distinguished artists with releases on labels like Mulen Records, Atipic, Joule and MEOKO. One third of the Premiesku group alongside Livio & Roby, he has specialised in capturing the infectious rhythm of drum machines and analogue synths with regular support from Apollonia, Petre Inspirescu, Raresh, Priku, Sonja Moonear, and many more.
‘The Gathering’ kick starts the release with layered claps, a low-end analogue hook and tantalising high stabs, before ‘Balance Right’ continues his signature minimal aesthetic with sparkling bleeps, sweeping vocals and a catchy synth loop. On the flip ‘Amiba Ta’ gives an eerie feel whilst tight drums lock in the groove, until finally ‘Sepe Patru’ closes the package with decayed voices, bouncing side-chained bass and saturated snare layers.
GenresDeep HouseTech HouseTechno
- A1. Don’t Turn Your Back (Danny Tenaglia's Paradise Mix)
- A2. Don’t Turn Your Back (Harry Romero Remix)
- B1. Don’t Turn Your Back (Carl Cox Remix)
- B2. Don’t Turn Your Back (Carl Cox ‘ASW' Remix)
Hot Creations welcome the legendary Danny Tenaglia, as he delivers his first piece of solo produced music for more than a decade. On remix duty is one of the greatest DJs to grace the electronic music scene, Carl Cox, alongside exceptional New Jersey house producer Harry Romero.
Renowned as a mainstay in the house music scene due to his extensive back catalogue and iconic parties in Miami and Ibiza, Danny Tenaglia delivers a Don’t Turn Your Back to start proceedings. A slice of tuff New York house, it’s the rustling hi hats, infectious vocal and staggered percussion that give this a typical Tenaglia feel. One of America’s finest producers Harry Romero is up next to remix. Fast-paced with a subtly changing groove, it’s the addition of a John Scarpulla’s saxophone solo that creates a fiesta feel. Working together again, Scarpulla is Diana Ross' tour saxophonist who has featured in Harry’s previous tracks including Mongobonix. Awesome Soundwave head honcho Carl Cox serves up the next remix: a dynamic, heritage sounding house cut with flecks of glitchy acid and whirling synths, before his alternative ASW remix comes through with punchy kicks and more underlying acid tones.
DJ Support - CamelPhat, HiFi Sean, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Skream, Bontan, Reboot, Mele, Demuir, Denney, Nathan Barato, Dubfire, Terry Farley, DJ Ralf, Yousef, Hector Romero, Solardo, Kolsch, Eats Everything, Raumakustik.
GenresDeep HouseTech HouseTechno
- A. Journeys In Love
- B. Journeys In Love (Joe Goddard Remix)
Following his debut on Phantasy earlier in 2019, Joshua James returns to the label with ‘Journeys In Love’, complimented by a propulsive remix from Joe Goddard.
Flipping the ruthless sleaze and hi-NRG of ‘Coarse’ on its head, the XOYO and Rinse FM resident presents a release that soundtracks the deeper, more vulnerable and always joyous aspects of London’s queer nightlife culture.
‘Journeys In Love’ lands with immediate effect, building steadily and confidently around a trippy sample and the hugely pleasurable push-and-pull of James’ synths. Breathing deeply and suspended in red-light, James’ new production tastefully recalls the late-hour, sensual attitude classic NYC deep house, while transmissions of a bottom-heavy bass weight anchor the track in the capital’s defiant after-hours scene. As a digital exclusive, the Super Drama remix utilises skittering percussion and cymbal rushes to drive things forward, dissolving with a playful acid coda.
Needing little introduction, Hot Chip and Two Bears co-founder Joe Goddard delivers a soaring and complementary reinterpretation of ‘Journeys In Love’, one built on halcyon, analogue sounds and further bathed in ecstasy and melancholy.
GenresDeep HouseSoulful House
- A. Shota - Chant (Jon Dixon Remix)
- B1. Zepherin Saint – Smile
- B2. Cazz Ear feat. Ursula Rucker - Been Waiting (Mike Huckaby Remix)
Celebrating 10 years in the business Dean Zepherin’s Tribe Records has previously featured a succession of house music luminaries including Sean McCabe, Timmy Regisford & Peven Everett and is well on its way to another landmark of 200 releases. Continuing its rich run of form in 2019 the label has a brand new 3 track V/A EP coming in the shape of Tribe Vibe Vol 01. It’s the first of what promises to be a brilliant series.
Featuring three superb tracks Tribe have lined up South Africa’s Shota with Detroit’s Jon Dixon on remix duties along with Cazz Ear and Ursula Rucker sporting a remix from another Detroit resident Mike Huckaby. Closing out the release is label boss Dean Zepherin completing the triumvirate under his Zepherin Saint alias.
It’s a wonderfully deep and spiritual release. Lead track Shota’s ‘Chant’ combines some sublimely subtle keys with a warm and hypnotic vocal. Add in some powerhouse Detroit drum programming and it’s a track which will entrance many a dance-floor across the globe as we see out 2019.
On the flip side Zepherin Saint’s ‘Smile’ kicks of proceedings. Another classic deep track its afro centric drums underpin some deft keys with smooth percussive hits adding to the tracks perpetual forward motion. It glides gracefully developing a busting energy with the addition of some well worked vocals and trumpet stabs. It’s a 4am track, just add smoke and sporadic strobe flickers for a real dance-floor moment.
Seeing the release out in style Mike Huckaby steps up to work his magic on Cazz Ear and Ursula‘s ‘Been Waiting’. Another masterful and powerful drum line powers a track which has drive aplenty for the peak time. A looped up key line and a powerful spoken vocal add to the undeniable groove. Much like the rest of the EP this is a track which has future classic written all over it.
- A1. Mark de Clive-Lowe - Wondering Who (Nautz L8 Nite Edit)
- A2. Motomitsu - La Musique
- B1. Brandon Williams feat. Jon Dixon & De'Sean Jones - Twenty-One
- 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.
- A1 Umbovukazi
- A2 Way Out
- B1 Mbube Warrior
- B2 NOIS
Rise Radar is the newest format on RISE MUSIC. Radar gives RISE residents the opportunity to collect and present various artist’s EP’s.
GenresDeep HouseTrack Listing TBC
Following the huge success of the Somi Afrikan Lady 12inch SRM 246 that was released way back in 2008. Since that time there’s been a huge demand for Sacred Rhythm to release the alternative mixes that Joaquin Joe Claussell and an exclusive few of his DJ Prominent DJ friends have been championing. Giving in to the pressure, we decided to press the unreleased mixes on 7” Vinyl.
The A Side features the same intensity that is similar to how it is on the previously 12Inch release, but with its own unique vibe. While the B side offers a completely different approach hence leaning more towards the side of, what Joaquin like to call,” a freaky dub exploration of rhythm and drums.” The 7” will be pressed on Special Colored Vinyl.
All in all, this is a dope seven inch of Afrocentric grooves and Dope musicianship that, no less than its predecessor, aims to continue rocking the dance floor.
Side A : The Soul Feast Drum DUB (6:47)
Side B: The Soul Feast Acapella EFXS (6:51)
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Sacred Rhythm Music & Cosmic Arts
Techno / Electro
- A1. Non-Caring Fabulousness
- A2. Merely Bathing
- B1. Lecturing Birds On How To Fly
- B2. Freedom For The Pike
- C1. Repeat Until There Is No More Other
- C2. I Dream Of Meanie
- D1. Popes Of Dischord
- D2. A Bird With No Feet
In early 2018, Jas Shaw, one half of electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco was diagnosed with a rare, health condition – AL amyloidosis – a disorder of bone marrow cells. Having just completed SMD’s 7th studio album, Murmurations, and with a special show at the Barbican with the Deep Throat Choir scheduled for April and the album due out in May, things were thrown into confusion. At the time, no one, including Shaw, knew how the treatment and prognosis would pan out. Jas had to start chemotherapy treatment almost immediately, which meant cancelling SMD’s live touring. The duo decided to go ahead with the Barbican show in spite of Shaw’s illness, which was especially poignant as all involved knew it could potentially be SMD’s last ever live performance – in the end it turned out to be a tour-de-force. If this was SMD’s swansong, so be it.
In the year that followed, Jas spent the months receiving weekly chemotherapy treatment, learning to live with his condition, and when he felt well enough, spending hours in his studio making music.
The result of this was twofold, firstly a collaborative album with Derwin Dicker (Gold Panda), released as Selling – On Reflection, on City Slang records in Nov 2018. Secondly, a steadily growing archive of solo work, which are being released steadily since April. Entitled “The Exquisite Cops”, this 20+ track growing body of work is seeing the light of day via SMD’s own Delicacies label – with a 2-track single released every fortnight and a limited edition double LP now scheduled for September 27.
The double LP "Exquisite Cops" features Jas' selection of 8 tracks from the whole series, presented in a lush gatefold sleeve, showcasing the "dymo" text based photos taken by Jas that have featured as artwork on each release.
At the end of 2018 a difficult year was capped with hopeful news. With his condition in remission, able to stop chemotherapy Jas is able to start DJing and playing live again. He plans to move ahead with stem cell therapy later in the year.
Jas: “The Exquisite Cops tracks seem to have made their own system for creation. Normally I record electronic music like a band would, as a take. Certainly it’s nice to have the parts multi-tracked so that you can process, edit and mess with the recording after it’s done but the key is to get at much of that moment captured as possible, commit to decisions, don’t give yourself to many layers of undo. So, it’s kind of surprising to me that this batch of tracks wasn’t made this way. Instead of a single take that gets edited and perhaps developed these tracks were all made in bits, usually months apart. Some days I’d make a drum track, often editing it down so that it’s some sort of semblance of a structure; on other days I’d end up just making a synth sound or texture. This wasn’t something that I gave into reluctantly, it’s nice to be able to give a feedback based pad your whole attention rather than just set it up and only attend to it if it gets really out of hand.
The process of matching these misfits together was originally born out of laziness, rather than break open the synths to make something to develop an idea, what if I could just use something that I already had; slack. The interesting thing was that in pulling two takes together that were done months apart, they cast each other in a different light and though sometimes making them fit together was a hatchet job, sometimes they locked up together in an improbable way, making the rough structures that I’d improvised make a different sort of sense; often a more interesting sort of sense.
The more I did this the more it felt like this was not just a slacker’s way to use up offcuts, this resulted in combinations that I’d probably not have chosen if I’d done the tracks in one go. Also, and I know this isn’t something that’s important to everyone, there was a level of fastidious detail that I’d never have got if I’d had the textural and rhythmic elements playing together. It’s a longwinded process but it’s changed how I record and how I think about recordings I’ve made; plus I enjoy all parts of it so why cut it short?”
- A. Stranger (To Stability) (Len Faki Podium Mix)
- B. Stranger (To Stability) (Len Faki X-Break Mix)
Originally appearing on Rekids subsidiary REK’D as a limited release a decade ago, Rekids rereleases Dustin Zahn ‘Stranger (To Stability)’ on Special Projects with two outstanding mixes by Len Faki.
A massive techno record, ‘Stranger (To Stability)’ has stood the test of time since its release in 2009. Featuring two remixes by Len Faki, the record was a limited release on wax and has since become sought after by vinyl buyers. With its saw-like synths and ominous atmospherics, the original by Enemy Records boss Dustin Zahn is menacing and comes complete with a compelling groove and dubby stabs - the result is mesmerizing.
Len Faki’s Podium Mix follows a similar aesthetic with its reverbed kicks and metallic effects whilst distorted vocal samples and twisted melodies up the energy forming a colossal anthem. Built on syncopated percussion, the Figure founder’s X-Break Mix meanders forward with an infectious rhythm before a tremendous build up rises and rises, only to diminish to embers before doing it all again.
- A. We Are The Future
- B1. Super Future Metropolis
- B2. The Message
Renowned Frankfurt-based producer Anthony Rother delivers an otherworldly release on Rekids offshoot, Stranger in The Night.
Very few electronic music artists stand the test of time but German electro pioneer and visionary, Anthony Rother, is one of them. Whether running labels like Psi49Net, Stahl Industries and Datapunk or working alongside the likes of Sven Väth, DJ Hell and Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos, Rother’s legacy stands tall. Having made recent appearances on DVS1’s Mistress or Danny Daze’s OMNIDISC, Rother now connects with Stranger In The Night, joining a tight roster of luminaries including King Britt, Fred P and label boss Radio Slave.
‘We Are The Future’ opens the package with sci-fi synths, a decaying vocal and arpeggiated highs, before ‘Super Future Metropolis’ continues the theme with ultramodern vocoding and industrial drum patterns. Following on, ‘The Message’ sweeps in with laser-like stabs and a leading lyrical sample until two new perspectives conclude the package: the multi-layered ‘We Are The Future (D-Cut)’ with its intricate keys and a ‘Space Mix’ of ‘The Message’ which widens the audio journey with lightly flowing pads.
- A1. Know The Future
- B1. Digital Warfare
Patrick Conway keeps a low proﬁle and wobbles through the alleyways. This is his ﬁrst oﬀering for the ESP Institute. Side A’s Know The Future is properly moody, a UK rave track skirting the fringe of everything we hold dear from the days of our youth—big grey melancholy chords, mild shuﬄing breaks and anonymous diva cries peppered sparsely throughout—yet the artist manages to skillfully tick our nostalgia boxes whilst avoiding the road into full-blown pastiche. It's a versatile track, easily suitable for both the early hours in the warehouse or the tender drive home where your terrible Tuesday awaits. On the ﬂip side, Patrick continues his plunge into emotional depths, summoning layers of ghostly sighs, chopping up the beats in half time and introducing a more prominent use of bass, but midway through Digital Warfare he jettisons the angelic pleasantries in favor a more deranged headspace. He’s had us swallow the wrong pills, sending us through a labyrinth of mirrors and echoes for the second half of the track, only to partially ﬁnd our footing in the last minute. These two songs will send you to another time and place.
- A Hard To Say
- B Tournesol
Djrum returns to R&S with two heavy hitting tracks on a double a-side release.
This is his first original music to be released since the ‘Portrait With Firewood’ album in 2018.
“A meticulous, moving electronic album.” Quietus
“As audacious as anything in electronic music right now” Pitchfork
Both tracks see him exploring his more dancefloor influences keeping the tempos high and the emotions heightened. While Tournesol takes in a characteristically broad set of influences - from braindance to Shaangan electro - Hard To Say focuses on the ambient-gabber sound that Djrum has pioneered.
This is uncompromising music from a producer working at the top of his game.
- A Liquid Slow
- B In Memory
Charlotte de Witte mints her new KNTXT label with a suitably epic collaboration, joining forces with techno royalty Chris Liebing for ‘Liquid Slow’, due for release on 27th September. The CLR boss and German techno pioneer has been a regular at KNTXT parties over the years, not least at the sold-out stadium event at Antwerp's Sportpaleis last year where he will be returning to once again this November, alongside de Witte, just after the release of this new EP.
The influential pair spent time hanging out together at Awakenings Festival last year when they had the idea to collaborate. “I field-recorded the sound of a crane that was already taking stuff down next to us and thought it would be a good starting point“ says Chris. Whilst he admits the sample didn't made it on to this release, he teased a future collaboration saying "who knows, maybe there is more in the pipeline, I still have the recording".
Current BBC Radio 1 resident Charlotte de Witte is once again in the midst of a non-stop summer that finds her taking her dark, stripped and powerful sounds to the biggest clubs and festivals in the world. She adds, “we have shared a lot of laughs, a couple of beers and a million different mixdown versions of both tracks. I consider Chris to be my friend and I’m very proud and honoured to have worked with him on this EP".
Opener ‘Liquid Slow’ is seven minutes of heavy and hypnotic techno. It is stripped back to an acid bassline and earth rumbling kicks, with a meandering lead synth line and a darkly absorbing spoken word vocal over the top sure to lock in the dance floor for the duration. ‘In Memory’ ups the pressure with rumbling drums and bass sweeping you up as more acid twitches and tough hits nail down the groove. It is another powerful and compelling piece of techno from this vital pair.
This is the latest fascinating development in the story of Charlotte de Witte and her KNTXT brand. Now a label as well as a radio show and event series, KNTXT strives to be a progressive player within the vibrant techno scene.
- A1. Abydos
- A2. Pet
DUAT (pronounced do-aht) was the realm of the dead in ancient Egyptian mythology. The deity Osiris was believed to be the lord of the underworld since he personified rebirth and life after death, being the first mummy as depicted in the Osiris Myth. The DUAT was the region through which the sun god Re traveled from west to east each night, and it was where he battled Apep, who embodied the primordial chaos which the sun had to defeat in order to rise each morning and bring order back to the earth.
- A1. Child Of A Child
- A2. Child Of A Child (Santiago Garcia Remix)
- B1. Straight To The Point
- B2. Personality Split
Scatcity release number seven welcomes Nandu and his Child Of A Child EP, seeing the Danish producer offer up three stellar original cuts alongside a remix from Santiago Garcia.
- A1. Resolve
- A2. Eriador
- B1. Exchange
- B2. Gravity
The soaring synth lines and vocals of title track ‘Resolve’ are a bold statement, worthy of the most epic moments in a DJ set. ‘Eriador’ is comparatively restrained, with gently rolling drums and unusual flourishes. ‘Exchange’ and ‘Gravity’ distil euphoric elements into deeply moving techno cuts to fit the Afterlife mould.
Höga Nord Rekords (Experimental / Nu Disco / Alt. Rock)
GenresAlternative RockExperimentalNu Disco
- A1. Bottenmannen
- B1. La Danse Des Corneilles
Kanot is Jesper Jarold and Anton Kolbe. With their wide open ears and sharp sense of adaptation they have been involved in some of the last year’s most interesting Swedish musical acts - Fontän, Tross, Uran Gbg, Ultra Satan among others. With the help of Lindha Kallerdahl’s expressive vocals, Jarold and Kolbe weave an eclectic yet durable sonic textile. Call it music for psychadelic hiking, primitive dance beats or speculative folk music - most of all, it is unrestrained music, for the smartest and the dumbest kid in the classroom.
In the dense, and at the same time airy production, some drums anchor themselves steadily into the ground while others lash out like reverberating rhythmic gunshots. The tones from Jesper’s guitar and fretless bass float like leaves on the Drangme Chhu River, at times almost drowning in effects only to resurface in surprising and skillfully chiseled melodies that could play forever.
This Höga Nord Rekords 7” is just a teaser of an exciting collaboration of which we have yet only seen the opening credits!
- A1. Ab Ovo
- A2. Ground Water
- A3. Post Mortem
- B1. Prokrusteen Vuode
- B2. Suuri Hiljainen Kävelijä
- B3. Horizon
- B4. Rauha
Stiletti-Ana aka Ilari Larjosto is known for his wide output in the world of cosmic, techno, leftfield, disco and ambient music.
Producer, drummer and sound engineer in all forms Stiletti-Ana will always keep making music and keep the main focus rather on timeless quality releases than searching for the hype. His projects include bands like JESSE and Tähtiportti, Austrian Finnish trio Skymax and collaborations with the likes of Dj Fettburger as 358 Men and Skatebård. His new solo album Ab Ovo is the first full length Stiletti-Ana LP and represents his discoveries in the world of heavenly cinematic arpeggios, conga driven ambient and physical 3D drone compositions
BGM Solutions (Electronica / Drum & Bass)
GenresDown TempoDrum & Bass
- A1. Re-Utopia
- A2. Green District
- A3. Retail Commune
- A4. Aquascape
- A5. An Impossible Condo
- A6. Inorganic Streams
- A7. Translucently Happy
- A8. Healing Kurage
- B1. Oxygen Lounge
- B2. Anodyne Industries
- B3. Blobject Of Desire
- B4. Last Century Modern
- B5. Closed Space
- B6. Subdivisions
- 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
- A. Disco Space Babies - Cosmic Disco (Louie Vega Mix)
- B. Sylvester - Dance (Disco Heat) (Louie Vega Remix)
The Vega Records 5 Pack Vinyl Unreleased Projects have become very sought after pieces amongst vinyl enthusiasts and collectors, thanks to Vinyl Parties and Performances by Louie Vega at Phonica Records in London and Rush Hour Records In Amsterdam (during ADE).
Previously only available as a 5 pack 12" which now commands high prices on discogs and have never available outside of a few select stores worldwide.
Now available as unique 12"s for the first time we start off with 2 tracks Disco Space Babies - Cosmic Disco (Louie Vega Mix) & Sylvester - Dance (Disco Heat) (Louie Vega Remix).
- A1. Heaven
- A2. Heaven (Mousse T.'s E-Funk Extended Mix)
- B1. Heaven (Nightmares On Wax Remix)
- B2. Heaven (Nightmares On Wax Club Dub)
After revealing KON’s edit of ‘Heaven’ on their blissful 7” debut, The Vision return to release the original on 12”, along with remixes from Mousse T. and Nightmares on Wax. Opening the A-Side with the blissful original, a funk-laden track vocally-led by Andreya Triana, it pairs her soulful tones with lush instrumentation make ‘Heaven’ a sublime introduction to the duo. Up next is Mousse T.’s E-Funk Mix, where the legendary German DJ lends his signature disco-infused style to the track to produce an atmospheric club cut. On the flip side are the two mixes from Leeds native Nightmares On Wax. Bringing his trademark funk-flavoured grooves into the mix, his remix of the track showing the producer’s innate musicality. Rounding off the release is the Nightmare On Wax Club Dub, stripping back the vocals to offer a transformed version of the original.
- A1. Big Love (David Penn Extended Remix)
- A2. Big Love (The Dronez Mix)
- B1. Big Love (Original 12" Mix)
It’s almost hard to believe that a record with anthem status like Pete Heller’s ‘Big Love’ was created out of a happy accident, but that is exactly how it happened. Left to his own devices as his studio partner Terry Farley went to watch a Chelsea game, Pete Heller was playing around with his Akai sampler when he produced what is arguably one of the most recognisable pieces of dance music of the 1990’s. Earlier this summer Urbana Records boss and Spanish powerhouse David Penn took to remixing this enduring classic. Winning over dancefloors in Ibiza and beyond with his signature rolling bassline and infectious groove, the record soaring to both Beatport and Traxsource #1. Now Defected present a special 12” package that features David’s remix, joined on the A-Side by The Dronez Remix, where house masters Erick Morillo, Harry Romero and Jose Nunez lend their classic house capabilities to the track. On the B-Side is Pete Heller’s original, sounding as incredible as ever over twenty years after its original release, once again proving the timelessness of ‘Big Love’.
- A For You (Club Mix)
- B For You (Special Mix)
Here is the first offering of Rock Sucks! a label where forgotten disco and boogie will finally get its revenge. These two gems were made in 1983 and they've been ignored for far too long.
Disco demolition did everything for us. It created the invisible wind and we never had enough of it. Here is the second installment of Rock Sucks! The best lost disco & boogie label you can ever dream about.
GenresDeep HouseRecord Store DaySoulful House
- A1. My Body (Louie Vega Soul House Mix)
- A2. My Body (Louie Vega Soul House Solo Mix)
- B. My Body (Louie Vega Remix Synth Bass)
- C1. My Body (Louie Vega Eol Mix)
- C2. My Body (Louie Vega Eol Mix Solo Dub)
- D1. My Body (Louie Vega Remix Inst Synth Bass)
- D2. My Body (Louie Vega Radio Version)
On April 13, 2019 Record Day, Vega Records celebrates with the new release “My Body” performed by none other than the Legend and King R&B, soul singer Luther Vandross. This is a song that was never released and was recorded back in 1979 by Luther Vandross when he was working on the collossal album “Never Too Much”. Brought to Louie Vega by artist and renowned background singer to the greats Mr. Fonzi Thornton, Vega was able to work on the immaculate sounds of Vandross. As Vega recalls “When I put up the tracks in my studio it sounded as if Luther were singing today, it made it so easy to come with the house grooves having such a perfect vocal performance and one of a kind tone. Once I came with the music, I felt I needed to bring in his original background singers, the A-team, which Fonzi organized in a flash. He called upon the genius singers Brenda White, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, Tawatha Agee and of he joined the session. We are talking the A-Team of background singers, a dream come true in my studio”, Vega recalls. “And what a session it was!”
To add to this impeccable package is a stunning art piece by Richard Wilson on the cover of the vinyl double pack 12”. There are seven versions to choose from ready to work b2b.
LOUIE VEGA SENDS A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LUTHER VANDROSS (which is on April 20, 2019) & THANK YOU TO FONZI THORNTON, SEVETA WILLIAMS, AND VANDROSS MUSIC, LLC.
Vinyl distributed by Above Board UK
Manufactured by Optimal, Germany
Art by Richard Wilson
Graphic Art & Design by Matt “Signor” Mayes
- A1. Shhh / Peaceful
- A2. Nuclear War
- A3. Unity
- A4. Theme De Yoyo
- B1. Spritual
- B2. Caravan
- B3. Theme From A Symphony
- B4. Ma Revelation Mystique
In a time when Jazz music is entering a contemporary renaissance and exciting the ears and minds of new audiences, Zombie Zombie's Étienne Jaumet offers us his unique, idiosyncratic take on the sound with the sprawling “8 Regards Obliques”, his 3rd solo album with the Versatile label.
Jazz requires a certain freedom of technique, interpretation and improvisation that already matches Jaumet’s own production style and sonic aesthetic as well as his playful approach towards music. The eight pieces that make up the new LP were very quickly recorded; Jaumet let himself be carried away by the atmosphere without focusing too much on fine details or the laborious aspects of the composition process. The finished article is a spontaneous collection that stands out, a true mirror image of the creative process adopted by the artist. Not surprisingly, spontaneity is one of the characteristics already present in his music, in both his recorded output and his live happenings, where he leaves much room for freedom and improvisation.
“8 Regards Obliques” was recorded at the Versatile studio in less than 3 weeks with quite a basic set up: TR 808, selected synthesizers, vocals and of course the saxophone, which is a constant presence also in his previous albums. For the mix Etienne has again appealed to the maestro I:Cube, a central figure of the Versatile story and a prodigious engineer and artist in his own right. He immediately understood that it was necessary to keep the spontaneous side alive and to not over-produce the pieces or over-edit them, being constantly mindful to retain the power in the sound and in the frequencies. From Sun Ra with “Nuclear war”, Miles Davis in “Shhh / Peaceful” or “Theme from a symphony” by Ornette Coleman to “Caravan” (already quoted by many jazzmen), Etienne enjoyed revisiting classic masterpieces and paying tribute to his inspirations. He allowed himself only one personal and original composition, “Ma révélation mystique”.
- A1 Eddies
- A2 Crime Jazz
- A3 Can't Breathe
- A4 Hi Top Remix
- B1 Sham
- B2 Mike's Afro (feat Gatto Fritto)
- B3 Mbira
- C1 Revenge
- C2 Strings
- C3 Needy
- D1 Mr Brown
- D2 Broken
- D3 Radiance
The Maghreban aka Ayman Rostom is one of the most unique and respected beat makers working in house and techno today. His dusky grooves, heavy bass pressure and clanking drum breaks sound like they were dredged from the bottom of the river Nile, imbued with a maverick personality that shares kinship with the likes of Detroit’s Andres and Waajed, making him a perfect fit on R&S’s storied roster of pioneering outsiders.
In the past four years, he has released a slew of hotly tipped 12”s, mainly on his own label, Zoot, as well as French label Versatile and Bristolian beat mongers Black Acre.
Also known as acclaimed hip-hop producer Dr Zygote (also one half of Eglo’s Strange U) Rostom has gained a reputation as a producer's producer, garnering heavyweight tastemaker support from the likes of Benji B, Ben UFO, Nicolas Jaar, Trevor Jackson and many others.
After the extended clamour for a Maghreban long player, the wait is over as Rostom is finally ready to unleash his debut album ‘01DEAS’. "The 12” format is great for the club, but I wanted to go a bit deeper with it, and explore different moods and ideas,” Rostom explains.
Packed with richly satisfying cuts, the album draws on the Maghreban’s usual musical themes; 90s Home Counties rave, '93 dark jungle, 80s Steppers reggae, Broken Beat, dark modal jazz, colonial Afro Rock and psychedelia.
Despite this eclecticism however, it is the consistently seductive groove at the centre of his music that is the key to his music’s ability to entrance the listener.
"Growing up, I remember long car journeys with my dad, he always played a bunch of arabic music, Mohammad Abdel Wahab, Om Kalthoum, Abdel Halim Hafez, as well as Paul Young, Dire Straits, Bob Marley, Otis Redding” Rostom explains. "He used to drum on the steering wheel like a tabla with his palms and fingers - I think that definitely helped me understand rhythm and syncopation."
Rostom's love of analogue technology is another key feature of his music, his process often finds him sampling from cassette tapes, employing wheezing compressors, dusty mixing desks and antique effects devices to impart texture, warmth and weight, or as he has described it "The hypnotic sound of confusion”.
Throughout 01DEAS a dark mood is evident; "I make heavy, dark music I think growing up with some arabic music allowed me to appreciate minor key stuff. And the Arabic music is big and dramatic. It’s one reason I liked death metal and hip-hop in my early teens alongside old hardcore/rave and jungle. It’s all heavy, head banging music. I’m usually trying to make the heaviest sounding thing that I can.”
Indeed it is a bit of teenage wish fulfilment for Rostom to be releasing on R&S “When I was around 11-12 and my brother and I started buying records, the R&S stuff stood out. The Beltram 12”s and EPs and Outlander Vamp were records we loved”.
For the first time, the album sees Rostom joined by a stellar cast of guests including Brighton based songstress Victoria Port of Anushka, Zimbabwean vocalist Rutendo Machiridza, rapper A-F-R-O, and best friend Gatto Fritto.