TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
- A. Do What You Wanna Do (Moplen Extended Remix)
- B. Do What You Wanna Do (Moplen Rollercoaster Dub)
Italy meets Miami via Holland - A truly international and classic feel all over this latest essential release from high Fashion music!
Disco powerhouse Moplen takes on this true-blue Disco classic from the legendary TK crates and turns in 2 brilliant and fresh reworkings of T-Connection's anthemic 'Do What You Wanna Do'. The A-side 'extended vocal mix' is a killer new version of this now cult record, as always Moplen's deft touch is felt in the tidy rearrangements and respectful tweaks, don't get it twisted though, this is prime-time dancefloor dynamite, it twists and turns in all the right places and still sounds huge. This new version and mix breathes some new life into this cut, a surefire inclusion in any DJ's bag for the next 30 years for sure. Don't forget, on the B-side, there's the mammoth 'Rollercoaster Dub', again Moplen steps up the heat on this version, it's exactly what you think it is, just under 9 minutes of dubbed-out T-Connection chaos, making this 12" a 'do not miss' release.
All tracks remixed with love and care from all original audio sources by Moplen, Lombardi, Italy. Remastered by Dom Scuteri.
Faithfully restored and released by High Fashion Music, The Netherlands. Worldwide distribution, Above Board, London.
House / Tech-House
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Artificial Turf
- A2. Courtside
- B1. Playing Field
- B2. 220.127.116.11
This October sees the release of DeWalta & Shannon's "Artificial Turf" EP on Visionquest Records.
Growing up in Southern Germany, DeWalta began playing french horn and taking cues from his grandfather's jazz record collection at an early age. He eventually transitioned to the saxophone and joined the esteemed Musikhachschule Hanns Eisler conservatory in Berlin. Soon after he immersed himself in electronic music, creating music for Vakant, Cynosure and his own label, Meander. Since then he has traveled the globe playing everywhere from Resolute in New York to Sunwaves in Romania.
Mike Shannon hails from Ontario, but resides in Berlin and has established himself as a true pillar of the scene. A highly respected DJ and producer, he has released music on plus 8, Wagon Repair, Cynosure and a host of other top notch labels, including his own imprint, Haunt Music. Mike's impeccable DJ skills are only complimented by his ability to A&R and introduce the world to new artists. Upon meeting, the duo quickly forged a seminal production team and live act based in Berlin, which led to releasing multiple EP's.
This record has that perfect Berlin bounce. That classy, sexy swing that keeps people dancing for hours. On the A1, "Artificial Turf", DeWalta and Shannon are obviously playing with analog drum machines galore but in a way that's only a very kind slap in the face. Synth swipes are dashing back and forth just to make sure you don't get too lost in the drums.
They come in swingin' again on A2, "Courtside", only to be offset by a bumping bass counterpoint that moves in a way that let's you know they have some great gear and know what they're doing. The bump that the bass makes when it pops in right before the kick makes it bang effortlessly.
On B1, "Playing Field", from the opening it sounds like they're diving deep into the modular realm. Micro house bits bounce around, with a sub bass that sounds like it's flapping in the wind. An arp bass pops in and out, just to assert some authority. Hi hats and claps drop in to bump it up a notch to bring us to a point where a keyboard line introduces us into a new bangin' bass line. The percussion here is perfectly produced and bounces off the low end like a suction cup. Beautiful, almost choral, pads rise at fall as the track beeps away.
B2, "18.104.22.168" is obviously an obscure theory in time directly related to 11:11. A melody drops in and then a low bass emerges, both atonal and seamless in construction. The drums dance around these melodies creating a hypnotic, truly Berlin vibe. As the track bumps along, a sample of distant strings comes fully into the sonic picture with a luxurious pad and a new bass line that hits all the senses. After this it's time to indulge in all these pieces coming together. Although the attention to detail is relentless, the listener feels at ease. out of nowhere a beautiful saxophone solo steps into the room to take you to a blissful place and then catapults you right back into the beat. As is obviously requested, the saxophone leads us delightfully filtered to the end of the song.
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. Electric Acid Tater Tots
- A2. Electric Acid Tater Tots (Skream Remix)
- A3. Electric Acid Tater Vox
- B1. NYC DADA
- B2. 11am in Brisbane
The first artist other than label head Patrick Topping to release on TRICK , his Geordie compatriot Adamson delivers an eclectic mix of tracks. The EP opener and title track, ‘Electric Acid Tater Tots’ is an acid-soaked techno slammer, strung together by Elliots own robotic vocals. Skream then steps up to deliver the labels first ever remix, a trippy, high-energy workout, before the Electric Acid Tater Vox offers a stripped-back vocal
version which is available exclusively on the vinyl. Over on the B-side, ‘NYC Dada’ is an infectious disco-house edit destined to fill countless dancefloors, then ‘11am in Brisbane’ delves into melodic techno waters.
“I don't recall writing the lyrics, but I like to believe they appeared in the notes in my phone delivered by some divine spirit via the medium of an Apple iPhone XR - cheers Steve,” Adamson jokes. “About four instrumentals existed for about four weeks and I would often find myself standing on the table at parties singing out the lyrics excitedly trying to explain that 'this is my song.’” - Elliot Adamson
The record is also accompanied by two exclusive bonus tracks. Lesgo Lesgo Lesgo is a true techno odyssey and bonus purely for digital copies of the EP. Then, there is the Electric Acid Tater Tots (Acid Mix) , a secret dubplate that has only been sent out to a select number of DJs. A true weapon for the warehouses.
“Elliot had to be the first artist, other than myself, to release on TRICK!” Topping enthuses. “ I’ve been championing his music for years and this release has been a long time coming. He’s now helping me A&R and is a resident at the label parties. His EP genre-hops and this is what TRICK is all about.” - Patrick Topping
- A1. Dungeon Freak
- B1. Snide
With Topping describing the EP’s title track as the “heaviest” thing he’s ever produced, ‘Dungeon Freak’ is an unrelenting slab of rave techno, with Daddy Dino’s deadpan, spoken-word vocals only adding to it’s dark aura. Similarly cold and heavy, ‘Snide’ is a chunky, metallic number that continues to build in intensity across its seven minutes. “This EP is more like the vibe of ‘Watch What Your Doing’ EP. The title track is so dark, with mad ravey synths but the bit I’m most excited about is the vocal!
“The phrase ‘the techno dungeon’ is really just a daft thing me and mates used to say years ago about when you are locked on the dancefloor and can’t leave because your so into the music. So it’s more a metaphorical place in your mind, than it is an actual dungeon or venue!”
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Smile
- B. Roots
Fast-rising Balcan newcomer Reblok presents his scintillating Hot Creations debut single Smile, released this October on the acclaimed label.
The fist-pumping groove of Smile opens the release, driving hi-hats are introduced, bounding into anthemic pop-rap vocals, alongside playful keys that add colour to ignite the dance floor. On Roots the sense of fun is continued, snare-rolls combine with mouth-watering filtered synth and springy samples, creating a heads-down, hands up tool.
Originally from Croatia but now residing in Serbia, Goran Paradinja also known as Reblok is one of the best newcomers to the scene. He has released an already impressive back catalogue of music on some of the biggest labels including Elrow, Viva Music, Suara, Toolroom, Repopulate Mars, Sola, Abode, Stereo Productions and Material. As well as recently touring across the globe in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany and the Czech Republic, his music has been played by some of the most respected DJs such as Jamie Jones, Steve Lawler, Marco Carola, The Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler. The rapid rate in which Reblok’s career is growing looks set to continue as the world discovers his incredible productions and DJ sets.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Flight Mode
- B1. Project X
- B2. Flight Mode (Archie Hamilton Remix)
Following his debut on Archie Hamilton’s Moss Co., UK producer Charlie Banks now joins MoscowRecords bringing a pair of intricate house cuts with the label boss on remix duties.
Hamilton has been playing the Gottwood Festival DJ’s music in his sets for years now and following his ‘One Morning In Staines EP’ on Moss Co. Charlie Banks has seen further support from artists like Seb Zito, Diego Krause, and Traumer. Appearing on Moscow Records, the breakthrough London-based producer returns for his second statement release of 2019.
Opening his next release, ‘Flight Mode’ instantly deploys a sultry bassline as trickling subtleties operate alongside crunchy snares, making way for a stuttering warped melody and crystal synths – the result is both deep and energetic. On the flip, thudding kicks and echoing effects lay the foundations for ‘Project X’ as a meandering sequence joins a thunderous low-end. Tying it all together, Archie Hamilton’s remix of ‘Flight Mode’ boasts a complex rhythm from the off as various different percussive elements interlink to create a mesmerising dancefloor roller complete with acid licks.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Trying To Start
- A2. Arped Edge
- B1. 10AM Fuse
- B2. Geo Theory
FUSE resident Seb Zito returns to home turf to close October as he delivers his ‘Trying To Start’ EP.
A key member of FUSE since its inception ten years ago, London-based DJ and producer Seb Zito has remained at the heart of the city’s scene featuring as a core resident for the brand across their homes of Village Underground, 93 Feet East and beyond, whilst also serving as the A&R of sister imprint Infuse. Following a busy summer that welcomed outings and remixes on the likes of Four Thirty Two, Play It Say It, ORIGINS RCRDS and Moxy Muzik, plus material via his own Seven Dials Records and two collaborations as part of Enzo Siragusa’s ‘A Decade Of Rave Volume 2’, Zito now returns to FUSE to deliver his second solo EP of the year on the label as he unveils four new cuts in the form of his ‘Trying To Start’ EP.
Title cut ‘Trying To Start’ opens proceedings with authority as bright vocals meet skipping percussion, bubbling sub bass and slick hats, whilst ‘Arped Edge’ harnesses a slightly more stripped back aesthetic, introducing infectious vocal snippets amongst hazy pads, sci-fi electronics and menacing low-ends. Next, ’10AM Fuse’ takes cues from its title as snaking bass patterns go to work alongside sharp drum licks to reveal a cut primed for some huge early morning moments, before rounding out the package with ‘Geo Theory’, a lively peak-time production armed with shuffling drums and a signature driving bassline at its core.
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1. Closest Star
- A2. On Point
- B1. Awake
- B2. Juno Ride
Coming next on Freerange we’re very happy to announce our first Argentinian artist to the label, the highly talented DJ and producer Manuel Sahagun. Manuel has been putting out house music since the early 2000’s and has released tunes on Berlin’s Tooman, UK’s Drop, and Detroit’s Kolour as well as remixing Warren ‘Hanna’ Harris, Robert Owens and Patrick Chardronnet. He brings a freshness and eclecticism to his productions that fits in perfectly with the Freerange ethos of forward-thinking house music loaded with warmth and a touch of soul.
The ‘Closest Star’ EP is a superb four-tracker that draws on diverse influences to great effect, and is one of the most original, yet floor-friendly sounding collections of music we’ve heard for a while.
The title track is an epic, glittering bundle of arpeggios, electro toms and 70’s string stabs, all sitting perfectly on a sequenced Italo-esque bassline. Imagine combining all the parts of your favourite disco records and then giving them a cutting-edge contemporary flavour and you’ll have an idea of what this highly effective bubbling groove will do to your dance floor.
‘On Point’ sees Manuel pile on layers of intricate rolling percussion, warm pads, electronic squiggles and distorted vocals for a highly distinctive take on the deep house template, one that’s both underground and simultaneously accessible.
‘Awake’ features another superbly tight underground house groove and an insistent disco riff. Part pristine 80’s pop and part French Touch, ‘Awake’ pays close attention to detail in the production and it comes with a killer arms-in-the-air phased breakdown to maintain the energy.
The EP finishes up with ‘Juno Ride’, a nostalgic yet contemporary collection of metallic synths, gentle synth chords and counter melodies, all riding a fat Moog b-line, with just a hint of the very best of 80s synth-pop. The pristine percussion and a seriously effective dance floor-targeted arrangement all add up to a highly usable DJ weapon.
All in all, a super-original sounding house EP, perfect for summer rooftops, beach parties or indeed the heaviest early morning club sessions!
- A1. U Should Have Told Me
- A2. DRM
- B1. Mifami
- B2. Floss
Raven has collaborated with many well-respected artists including Kate Tempest, Paul Weller, Mica Levi, Kwes and Bullion. His music upholds a balance between the orchestral and electronic, abstract and conventional. Parallels can be drawn to the artist Arthur Russell, in terms of their diversity, creating tracks you can dance to, but also songs and music for reflection.
Drawing inspiration largely from the people around him, Raven explains "I find people really inspiring, it’s amazing what can happen after a good conversation, it can give you a different perspective on things. I guess I’m always trying to get a new perspective in one way or another, I find that really creative."
Combining this with an interest in dance as an art form and movement, Raven came to create Jeté. Having recently worked with some incredibly talented choreographers and dancers, Raven looks to explore the creative freedom, emotion and human connection within dance with his new record; the EP title Jeté literally translates as the French for "jump" and the cover art was a photograph taken by Raven's father of dancers back in the 80s.
Techno / Electro
- A1. Exodus
- 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.
- A1. Uplift
- A2. Sweat Attack
- B1. Propulsion
- B2. Dreamworld
The masters for this EP were long lost. These recordings have been made by Ron Wells using a high end LINN cartridge, restored digitally (clicks, noise, rumble) using Izotope RX by Robin at Music Preservation Society and Remastered by Subvert Central Mastering by Bob Macc.
- A1. The Yearning
- B1. Sugar For The Pill & Love
- B2. Never Hurt You
Gimpmask rises once more from the decaying underbelly of Britain's neglected majority to showcase more cinematic dubbed out grooves. Three more Beautiful and Melancholic adventures into broken Britain courtesy of the illusive
- A1. Matter of Perspective (Original Mix)
- A2. Matter of Perspective (Mark Broom Remix)
- B1. Matter of Perspective (Efdemin Remix)
- B2. Matter of Perspective (Mike Huckaby Remix)
Italian Techno inspiration Marco Faraone is finally back with a own release on his UNCAGE imprint after a four year solo release hiatus, he delivers another mighty offering, as expected. Next to his hard hitting new single, big remixes come from legends of the underground in Mark Broom, Efdemin and Mike Huckaby.
'Matter of Perspective' is the original single and is an urgent techno banger with heavy kick drums and wild, frazzled synth lines, industrial groans and textures add weight and darkness as this most unrelenting cut races into the night.
Long time UK techno stalwart, Mark Broom then flips the track into something more stripped back and bouncy, but with a raved up energy that never lets up and keeps you on your toes. German studio wizard Efdemin then brings all his years of clever trickery to a remix which is said to be one of his last remixes for a while (so soak it up whilst you can), it is perfectly deep and hypnotic, with curious synth sounds and multi-layered keys bringing the intensity. Last of all, Detroit great Mike Huckaby layers in plenty of his trademark dub techno grit, smoky textures and catchy claps to finish off what is a standout EP on UNCAGE.
- A1. Topp Floor
- A2. Hallucinations
- B1. Infinity Pool
- B2. Mindsweeper
Melbourne based producer Furious Frank has been making plenty of noise of late. He returns in 2019 with his very own imprint “Mind Dance”, of which will undoubtedly be home to much of his expanding portfolio of high quality, club ready tracks. His debut Mind Dance release ‘Infinity Pool’ unveils a diverse yet unified front. Touching on early 90s acid, electro and trance, the release is brought together by a common thread of crisp, classic analog drums and 303 acid lines. Frank expertly contrasts these driving rhythms with moody pads and spoken word samples calling us back to the 90s, creating a nostalgic sense of euphoria sure to capture the hearts and minds of any early morning dance floor. Limited to 300 copies.
Muting The Noise (UK & USA only)
- A1. Lightship 612
- B1. Is Waves
Sebastian Mullaert returns to Siamese! After his two hypnotizing remixes for our own 'Patterns of Eternity' Adriatique are welcoming Mr. Trip for a full EP. 'Lightship 612‘ & 'Is Waves‘ are both forward thinking, spacy & melodic journeys through sound showcasing Sebastian’s full range of skills.
- A1. Terra Rasgada (Santiago Garcia Remix)
- B1. Terra Rasgada (Santiago Garcia Beat Version)
New MoBlack record incoming!
- A1. Pompa Sonic
- A2. Tranz Mekanica
- B2. Cielo Dance
In a trio of instrumental tracks, Alex from Tokyo and Willie Graff pay tribute to the places they love: New York City, Ibiza, and Berlin. Inspired by the unique soundscapes and club cultures of each city, the two DJ friends (who met while spinning records at NYC club Cielo in the mid-2000s) came together in late-night jam sessions at Darren Eboli’s studio in Tribeca to bring the soundscapes to life.
- A1. Hear Me
- B1. Baby You
Höga Nord Rekords
GenresDown TempoNu DiscoTechno
- A1. Cï
- B1. Xentæh
UK based Tecwaas background is in the early Yorkshire rave scene, which makes you understand his music on a deeper level. His tasteful turning of knobs on the Roland 303 takes you back to in time to an early morning somewhere round 1990 with a diesel generator pushed to the limit roaring somewhere in the background. But Tecwaas music is a lot more than a trip in time: the sound is modern and extremely well produced where the few but exquisite sounds hook in to each other naturally and creates a round solid groove.
The sound varies from airy and light in ”Xentaeh” to warmer and heavier in the other track ”Ci”. What goes for the sound overall is the somewhat surprising elements in how the songs develop, both in rhythm and sound wise. Teecwas music bare traces of trance, rave, early techno and so on but you could call it ”uplifting, psychedelic leftfield house” and this is his first release on Höga Nord Rekords.
- A. Noir & Haze - Around (Solomun Vox)
- B1. Noir & Haze - Around (Solomun Vox - Moodymann Edit)
- B2. Chicken Lips - He Not In
4 To The Floor is committed to delivering seminal house music to wax, making sought after heritage tracks readily available on vinyl for crate diggers to add to their collections. Classics Volume 2 kicks off with a slice of Defected 2012 goodness; ‘Around (Solomun Vox)’ by Noir & Haze. When Solomun took his turn at remixing this Ibiza anthem, it was heard everywhere from Hackney warehouses to Pacha Ibiza, and showed a different side to the heavier original. On the B-Side is the Moodymann Edit, where he makes subtle changes to Solomun’s mix by interweaving tribal drums and stripping back some of the techier elements, followed by Chicken Lips’ electro banger ‘He Not In’ which thunders through. An instantly recognisable record, even if they’re not aware of its name or who wrote it, with an unmistakable bassline that has truly stood the test of time.
- A1 Horicho
- A2 Body Control
- B Honk (If You've Seen The King)
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....
Deanne Day is the unlikely monicker of one Andrew Weatherall in collaboration with heavyweight keys man David Harrow. Although sounding like a long lost blitz era beauty or 1950's screen starlet, it's actually 2 blokes jamming in the studio well into the wee hours, to stunning effect! Rewind back to 1995, East London, a lot of people reading this weren't even born then, but believe you me 'deep house' was a real and actual thing and Lord Sabre and crew were at the forefront of it all. Originally released on the Emissions Lo-Fi label, an umbrella operation of the monstrous Emissions Audio Output empire, 'The Day After EP' was like a bolt from the blue. Classy, grown up, accomplished even, but still seductive, narcotic and soulful as f*ck, the whole record was a wondrous collision of dubwise sensibilities, dark basement raves and that late night spark of energy we're all still chasing now, some 20 odd years later. House music, eh? Pretty potent stuff. You need this record in your collection, and the other Deanne Day one. More about that later though!
This, the first of 2 Deanne Day reissues, has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Emissions Audio Output and all license holders for 2019 and remastered by Bristol's Optimum Mastering from the original DAT tapes especially for Mint Condition, courtesy of Lord Sabre & co.100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
- A1. Warmwoods Mesh
- A2. (Untitled) (w-R6)
- B1. dog_bits
- B2. The Battery Poles (Are Conic!)
- 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!
- 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’.
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.
GenresTechnoTrack Listing TBC
One of the most eagerly anticipated electronic albums of 2012 is finally released! After a series of groundbreaking singles: ‘Pain In the Ass’, ‘I’m Week’ and ‘Ghetto Kraviz’ (featured here) Muscovite Nina Kraviz is set to release her eponymously titled debut artist album on Radio Slave’s superb Rekids imprint.
Nina’s album is a combination of stripped-bare house, deepest Detroit sounds via beautifully ambient pockets and more soul infused slo-mo jams, all coated with an authentic analogue finish and Nina exquisite vocals. The music is emotive and engaging, whilst being something truly original and inspirational. The album features collaborations with Hard Ton and King Aus. Playing out like a full artistic statement rather than just a collection of tracks, the odd time signatures, innocent and waify vocals, muted acid lines and hypnotic loops layered up by Nina all work subtly at pulling you into her world. A superbly, executed and accomplished debut album that has already set the bar high for electronic albums this year.
1 Walking In The Night feat. Hard Ton
2 Aus feat. King Aus on the mic
3 Ghetto Kraviz
4 Taxi Talk
1 False Attraction
1 Love Or Go
2 Best Friend
3 4 Ben
1 Turn On The Radio
3 The Needle
- A1. Obscure Shape & SHDW - Himmel Und Erde
- B1. Obscure Shape & SHDW - Am Ende Der Welt
- B2. Obscure Shape & SHDW- Gefallene Engel
German duo Obscure Shape & SHDW drop three robust Techno tracks in their first full release on Rekids this May.
One of the most exciting acts in Techno today, Obscure Shape & SHDW are the founders of From Another Mind - the label and party series making waves in South-Germany. Aside from Rekids, where they remixed Radio Slave’s ‘Vision’ last year, the pair’s abilities in the studio have seen them invited by Slam for two separate remixes of Monoloc and Envoy on Soma, with more projects to be announced.
‘Himmel Und Erde’ is a cavernous cut boasting colossal kicks and skipping percussion before a tantalising melody comes into play. ‘Am Ende Der Welt’ is more deep and atmospheric in comparison, blending dusky percussion with echoing synths until ‘Gefallene Engel’ demonstrates syncopated drums and an otherworldly hook that conjure up a mesmerising aesthetic to conclude the release.
- A. Urbi Et Orbi
- B1. Sexafari
- B2. Serendipity (Take 1)
- C1. The Oracle
- C2. Wolfli
- D. Trance Fusion
Techno, Disco, Italo, Electronics, House, Library, Cosmic and Ambient frequencies - These are the bedrocks of the Midnight Drive ethos and sound. A label shining a light on overlooked or unheralded creations and respectfully reissuing them for the contemporary audience. A label that respects and understands the connection between these disparate and sometimes forgotten forms of musical expression and celebrates them. Midnight Drive are extremely proud to reintroduce the world to the sublime after-hours, cult downtempo sounds of Belgian duo Pieter Kuyl and Jan Van Den Bergh aka Mappa Mundi.
Mappa Mundi's sole release 'Musaics' was released on Belgium's legendary USA Import label in 1990, riding on the wave of early trance and ambient house sounds and exploring the same sonic terrain and worlds as The Orb, The KLF, Sun Electric and other like minded outfits. A wonderful swirling collage or mosaic of breakbeats, samples and new-age synth stylings, 'Musaics' is indeed a real trip. A spontaneous late night studio concoction borne of endless takes and experimentation between Kuyl and Van Den Bergh who both display a deep knowledge and a shared love of different sounds from around the world. The end result is a meditative, sprawling journey that touches on many different styles from languid widescreen techno to frantic drum machine driven machine-funk, all while retaining a feeling of post-rave atmospherics and psychedelia. This is a very special record indeed, and is somewhat of a lost gem from a very fertile and interesting period in sample based music. Undoubtedly the perfect soundtrack to numerous late nights and early mornings to come, remastered and spread across 2 discs for maximum sonic playback.