TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
- A1. Just Listen
- A2. Indigo Blues
- A3. City to City People
- B1. Capricorn
- B2. Organic J Mix 2
Deep house sounds from a longtime fixture in the Detroit house scene (his earliest records date back to the late 90s). About time Let’s Play House taps into the root of it all for an EP. Five seriously deep and soulful cuts that are as tightly arranged as they are intuitive, loose, elastic. Clearly the product of awell-seasoned studio.
- A1. Potnia Theron
- B1. Dance of The Drones
- B2. Melissa
We've been big fans of General Ludd from the start and are delighted to finally release something from them. These three tracks were made specifically to be played live during their Panorama Bar debut and it's pretty easy to imagine them rocking the joint!
Superb dark and trippy groovers destined to go straight in the bag of Craig Richards and Ricardo.
- A1. Come To Me (Original Mix)
- A2. Come To Me (Folamour Lost In Eden Remix)
- B1. Take (Original Mix)
- B2. Feel Me feat. Ladybird (Original Mix)
Demuja joins the Madhouse roster this March with ‘Come To Me’, a four track EP featuring French/Australian singer Ladybird and a Folamour remix of the title track.
After various releases on the likes of Nervous Records, RTCT Records, and his own label MUJA, Austria’s Bernhard Weiss aka Demuja joins Madhouse with some fresh material following last year’s output on House Puff and Freerange.
The release opens with title track ‘Come To Me’, a rough and ready Lo-Fi number featuring a soulful sample, and blissful stabs of horns and strings. Following is the Folamour’s ‘Lost In Eden’ remix, twisting the original into a Balearic, sun-drenched vibe, contrasting the original and bringing a more funk-infused, melodious feel to things.
Up next is the second original on the release ‘Take’ which employs classic house tropes with a nod to the 90s via catchy horns and a New Jersey Garage/House beat. ‘Free Me feat Ladybird’ then closes the package, taking you on a silky smooth house journey, with Ladybirds dazzling vocals taking center stage.
- 01. Sour Jazz
- 02. 721 (Queen Street)
- 03. Art Department & Todd Terry Feat. Roland Clark - Roots Deep
Jonny White’s Art Department returns this March with his first solo EP in nearly 3 years, the first of a string of releases planned for 2018. The record features three inventive new tracks, including one produced in association with New York house pioneer Toddy Terry and vocalist Roland Clark. In no uncertain terms, this package re-asserts Art Department as one of contemporary house music’s most essential voices.
White has continued to build on the early success of Art Department with solo works and high-profile collaborations in recent years. It is an alias that transcends genre, infused with elements of dub, acid, house and techno and is well informed by the past whilst always striding into future and unknown musical territory. This new release does this once more with three standout productions that are a further bold statement of intent.
First is ‘Sour Jazz’, a cut which intimately shows off White’s originality in the studio, delivering a sublime production rooted in driving, weighty drums and twisted bass. Up top, pained synths bring a sense of real emotion to the groove and as things unfold, keys run down the face of the arrange- ment. Clever breakdowns build the tension and the palpable heat, sweat and intensely of being lost in a packed dancefloor oozes out of the track, flooding you with feeling.
The brilliantly bristling ‘721 (Queen St)’ shows off White’s ability to programme an essential and absorbing drum line: it is bouncy and big, elastic and lively, and cannot fail to get under your skin thanks to its instantly classic sound and old school flavour. The physical nature of those drums are offset with deft chords which dance up top and bring light to the track, while sax lines gently drift in and out for extra musical flavour.
And so to ‘Roots Deep’, a collaboration that spans the decades, back to the roots of house music with Todd Terry and Roland Clark. Reminiscent of earlier Art Department records with unforgettable hooks tied down with tough percussion, it is an immediately timeless anthem done as only this man can. Waves of synth and echoing vocal stabs set the stage, but it’s when the famous ‘in the beginning’ vocal starts that hands will go skyward and the club will erupt. It brings a near religious edge and gospel feel to the track, whilst a standout bassline tumbles down the scales to finish things in robust style.
Once again here, Art Department combines a true understanding of dance-floor dynamics and house history with a unique sense of vision that ensures this is an EP packed with vital and inventive new sounds.
- A. Temples
- B. Hyper Seconds
2017 saw the first two stunning instalments of Lone AKA Matt Cutler’s Ambivert Tools series - breezy atmospheric house, stacked with ‘floor ready trax, inspired by his red hot Magic Wire imprint. It also saw him present an inspired instalment for the venerable DJ Kicks series. (Mixmag number 2 compilation 2017)
Now freshening up for 2018, Volume 3 finds Lone in vintage form - ‘Temples’ reconciles his love of heavy breakbeats with the nagging euphoric melodies, tracer thin synth lines and angular bass for which he is so beloved. ‘Hyper Seconds’ once again displays Cutler’s ability to channel the grooves of classic US house with a banging rhythm track and glistening gated arpeggios contrast perfectly for a rugged peak time bliss out.
With this latest instalment of ‘Ambivert Tools' it’s fair to say that Cutler has proved himself one of the most consistent delivers of quality dancefloor tackle that perfectly balances the need for radiant melody / harmony with tough grooves and psychedelic experimentation.
- A Lotta Love
- B You Send Me
This wonderful, Balearic tinged Disco rarity is getting the official reissue treatment finally!
Nicolette Larson's 'Lotta Love' has long been a sought after jam, with the promo only 12" version changing hands for big dough!
Mixed by the legendary Florida born and NYC dwelling mixer and DJ extraordinaire Jim Burgess, this one straddles that gorgeous line of being a bit Rock (Neil Young wrote the track) and totally Disco in all the right ways. A truly sweet slice of music here backed with a nice cover of Sam Cooke's classic standard 'You send me'.
Often bootlegged, there's been some shoddy facsimiles kicking around over the years this high quality, official, 100% legit reissue has been lovingly remastered by Above Board distribution in conjunction with Warner Brothers from the master tapes. What more can you ask for? This 2018 repress is a reproduction of the 1978 WB promo only 12" complete with Warner Brothers artwork. Essential business.
- A1. Soft Spoken
- A2. Since I've Seen You
- B1. Hideouts
- B2. Front feat. Måns Glaeser
Art Alfie inaugurates his Velvet Pony imprint with a four track EP. The new label will function as a platform for the artist and his friends, shining light on a catalogue of music from the Stockholm scene.
Having built a strong reputation alongside Mr. Tophat with a string of revered releases on the duo’s Karlovak imprint, Velvet
Pony signals the opening of a new door for Art Alfie. The project arrives after a highly acclaimed album on Studio Barnhaus, as well as his first solo EP on Karlovak last year - on which the underground hit ‘Flaunting’ was featured.
‘Velvet Pony Trax 1’ sees Art Alfie brandishing his immaculate production technique over 4 distinct grooves.
‘Soft Spoken’ takes us to the twilight zone with low slung bass riffs and jazzy chords, whilst ‘Since I’ve Seen you’ offers a dubbed out dose of twisted disco for the after-hours. On the B side, ‘Hideouts’ pairs hypnotic percussion with an undeniable funk, and ‘Front’ - a co-production with Måns Glaeser - raises the heat for an energetic finish.
- A1 White Sands
- A2 Labyrinths
- A3 Basalt Columns
- A4 Cymatics
- A5 Water Mirrors
- B1 Euclidean Space
- B2 Lunar Leap
- B3 Jangal
- B4 Ice Tunnel
- B5 Oeil
3 years on, and after their first critically acclaimed album on Versatile, Jonathan Fitoussi and Clemens Hourrière, who have been likened to the godfathers of the synthesizer genre (think Suzanne Cianni, François Bayle or Morton Subotnik and you're almost there!) are back with 'Espaces Timbrés' a brand new episode in their exploration of the legendary modular synthesizer - The Buchla, specially crafted for Versatile Records. After 2 years of tireless work, ever pushing and furthering their musical research, Fitoussi and Hourrière reveal to us new territories, textures, sounds and feelings to explore with the help of the equally legendary I:Cube on mixing duties to add even more sonic reflections and mixing desk wizardry. This one's a hyper-jump into the future made possible through a machine from the past, giving birth to those most captivating of electronic mantras... dive in, the water's warm!
- A1. Find The Song
- A2. Arcane
- B1. Justice
- B2. Layers
UNCAGE founder Marco Faraone debuts on Rekids, dropping four techno cuts on the label’s Special Projects series this March.
The Italian producer has had a busy few years touring North America, South America and Europe, not to mention dropping releases on labels like Ovum and Tenax Recordings. Meanwhile his UNCAGE imprint, which he runs alongside Norman Methner, has quickly cemented a reputation for quality house and techno; releasing music from artists like Eduardo De La Calle, Pablo Mateo and Fabio Della Torre (under his Corcos moniker).
With its rolling percussion and a heady spoken word sample, ‘Find The Song’ introduces a quintessential Rekids record. Thunderous kick drums and piercing stabs then form the high-octane ‘Arcane’ before the dark and ominous ‘Justice’ demonstrates industrial elements and floating atmospherics. Tying it all together, tantalizing melodies join echoing effects for the final track titled ‘Layers’.
- A1. Keep It Close
- B1. The Day It All Started
- B2. 1988
The tireless and titanic dance figure that is DJ T. is next up on Seth Troxler’s essential Play It Say It label.
DJ T. has done it all in his long and storied career, from setting up one of the most influential labels in Get Physical to founding Groove Magazine via opening the Monza Club and, of course, serving up always inventive EPs and LPs on the best labels of the day. His sound has evolved through many house, disco and tech styles and has kept him an in-demand DJ for more than 25 years. These new missives are yet more proof that few know how to work the floor as well as DJ T.
The perfectly menacing ‘Keep It Close’ kicks things off with a dark, snaking bassline underpinning freaky synth stabs. The pressure builds throughout and will have the crowd locked in before it pulls back and builds again with a masterful grasp of mood.
Hitting much harder is the excellent ‘The Day It All Started’, a more physical house track with solid kicks is designed for maximum impact in the club. Tumbling bass and gurgling synth riffs flesh this one out and ensure it is a real piece of dynamite.
Last of all is the retro-tinged ‘1988’, with its tightly programmed drums, slick claps and spraying acid line. It’s a wild track to get the freaks out of the shadows and on to the ‘floor.
This is a fresh EP that offers three very different but equally effective club tracks that are sure to blow up in the coming months.
- A1. Questions
- A2. Heated
- B1. Soulfood
- B2. Questions (Inxec Remix)
Following on from the huge success of their last release together; Sirens, Mark Jenkyns is back under the Hot Creations umbrella alongside his longtime collaborator Mizbee. Allow us to introduce Soulfood EP. The four track release also features a vocal appearance from profound lyricist Sheff and a remix by tech house virtuoso Inxec.
Typical of Hot Creations, Jenkyns opens the EP with a dynamic beat. Questions feat. Sheff is a funky, fierce anthem brimming with catchy melodies and arousing vocals. Relish in Northern singer/songwriter Mizbee's charming vocals as she guides us through the bustling second track; Soulfood. There's something about Mizbee and her stunning voice, encased in a compelling bassline and jazzy piano tunes, her pleasing lyrics flow throughout Heated. Inxec brings his special touch to his Questions Remix, a lively take on the original, complete with resounding horns and a mid-way vocal breakdown.
When asked about the EP Jenkyns remarked: "I feel this EP is food for the soul, it has something for everyone, grooves a plenty and jam packed full of great vibes!", and what a delicious meal it is. 2018 is set to be an exciting year for Newcastle-born Jenkyns, with an array of tracks set to be released this year on the likes of Desert Hearts, VIVa, Cajual and Resonance Records. Fellow Geordie Mizbee has an exciting year as she puts the finishing touches to her highly anticipated first album. Sheff, hailing from the Midlands has had a pious musical career beginning as an editor before finding his calling in electronic music. Remixer Inxec boasts support from some of the scene's biggest names including Sasha, Lee Burridge and Craig Richards.
- A Yellow Sunshine
- B Don't Tell Me Later Girl
'Yellow Sunshine' by the band of the same name is an essential proto-Disco jam from back in 1973. A big one with the underground Disco heads and B-boy DJ's in the Bronx alike this record is a sure-shot! Often early Hip-hop DJ's would buy 2 copies of this 45 or the LP and cut it up long enough for the crowd to get loose and into the groove. A party-rocker of the highest order. Produced in Philadelphia, originally released on Kenny Gamble's 'Gamble' label and featuring some heavyweight players including Dexter Wansel, Roland chambers and more, 'Yellow Sunshine is the perfect blend of funk, Rock & Disco - old school style. Backed with 'Don't Tell Me later Girl' a la the original '73 Gamble Records promo this one's an essential for anyone who digs that Funk! There's always been poor imitations, but this 2017 repress is from the MASTER TAPES (Yes, we can prove it) and is fully, 100% LEGIT in every way. 'Yellow Sunshine' - now available again, released in conjunction with Gamble / PIR. Back on the streets. Same as it ever was! Buy on sight!
- A1. xmas jam creep
- A2. crazy shit mane
- A3. hop out the car
- B1. The Hand of Glory
- B2. shroomm0(u)rning
- B3. green house living
- B4. CHOPPA HARD
It is undeniable that Bjarki and his bbbbbb imprint are at the forefront of Iceland’s dance music scene, playing a vital role in asserting the country as a hub for genre bending electronic music. Although the label has proved to be a solid platform for Bjarki’s own experimental material, bbbbbb continues to host some of Iceland’s best talents (notably last year’s lauded release from Volruptus who followed up with another killer outing on трип).
For bbbbbb’s 10th release Bjarki continues to substantiate his A&R abilities, introducing the world to Lord Pusswhip. Having enjoyed a meteoric rise as a key player in Iceland’s hip-hop scene, the young producer’s sound has continued to evolve since befriending Bjarki and the bbbbbb crew, and ‘The Hand of Glory EP’ now sees him at arguably his most adventurous and experimental yet.
Murky atmospherics introduce ‘xmas jam creep’ before a cacophony of percussion ups the energy, setting the tone for a dynamic release. ‘crazy shit mane’ follows with its crunchy drums, scintillating synths and sultry bass until ‘hop out the car’ blends hip-hop vocals with mesmerising chord sequences reminiscent of Richard D. James’ early work.
An undulating bassline then works alongside a chorus of angelic voices in ‘The Hand of Glory, making way for the syncopated and dreamlike ‘shroomm0(u)rning’. Moving into ambient territories, ‘green house living’ layers pads and samples together to generate an otherworldly aesthetic until ‘CHOPPA HARD’ combines ominous drones with a steady beat to conclude the release.
- A1. Silhouettes
- A2. Silhouettes (Instrumental)
- B1. Joystuck
- B2. Divisive
After last year's stellar EP on L.I.E.S. Records, veteran, Brooklyn-based producer and DJ Jake Reif (Savage Hymn, Upsetting Keys) continues to make waves with his Device Control brand. The first side of the new "EP2" begins with Silhouettes: a robotic, techno-funk work out with a nasty kick drum, swirling modular sounds and a Timothy Leary inspired vocoded vocal. An instrumental version has been included for selectors who prefer tracks to songs.
On the flip, Joystuck continues the aural assault with a slightly more stripped-back approach. Hard-hitting metallic percussion and screaming, alien-esque synth bleeps are all that's necessary here to decimate a dance-floor. Finally, Divisive rounds out the EP with a stomping vengeance, its jacking claps and dissonant harmonics have been carefully designed to deliver a sonic gut-punch, taking no prisoners when played on a club system.
- A1. Paper Tree
- A2. Fly The Kite
- A3. Myriad
- B1. Omoshiroi
- B2. Circles and Squares
- B3. Omoshiroi Piano Rework
Paper Tree sneaked out into the world for a moment a few years back and then vanished. Lee Burridge loved the track so much that he continued to harass Rebelski, sometimes standing outside his window in the flower bed, for weeks on end until he finally agreed to let Lee release it on All Day I Dream. Not content with a single track Lee went back to Rebelski's garden and tapped on the window repeatedly until he agreed to make some more beautiful tracks.
Obviously pestering producers in this manner bares fruit. The Paper Tree EP ranges from a beautiful solitary solo piano piece that wouldn't be amiss in a British period piece drama where someone dies unexpectedly leaving the survivors to deal with it, all the while maintaining their stiff upper lip. Fly The Kite' made us want to go outside and do just that. So we did. It was epic. Circles And Squares joins Paper Tree as one of those dance floor moments best experienced with one's eyes closed. Myriad is the sound of a young lady robot's jewelry box (yes, we predict robots will be wearing jewelry in the future) that she(bot) pines to hear when she's all grown up and rusty. Omoshiroi is, well, it's just so damn pretty. Good work Rebelski. Good work.
- A1. Quin2 - Storm
- B1. The Subsystem - Celeste
- B2. The Black Sun - Novez
Late eighties, early nineties. A back-alley studio in Antwerp where New Beat and Detroit techno lingered. Trance was still in the house. Electronic body and mind music, fuelled by common sense and primitive artificial intelligence.
There was a Buzz about Wonka. Elektrons revolving around Atom. Humanity firmly on the Mappa Mundi. Labels and sub labels, one-off projects and alter egos, unsung heroes and soon-to-be stars. Laurent Garnier pushing Ludovic Navarre to pass on his tapes. All-night light from Koenie’s basement. Sven Van Hees entangled in Liaisons Dangereuses. Jan Van Den Bergh before lounge. Jan Vanneste spreading the News. Jan Berquin and Nicolas Rosquin going quadratic.
USA Import was ready to export its own music. Antwerp bio techno. Homegrown and uncut. These tracks are evergreens from that place and time.
- A Mustapha
- B Petrcleo En Bruto
From the darkest corners of the RCA vaults we bring you this super rare and wonderful, tripped out cosmic-psych rarity on 45!
From 1977 this double-header is an Eastern themed, moog driven oddity from the mysteriously monikered Kamel Oil Company. Written by the legendary Bob Azzam, Eddie Barclay (founder of Barclay Records) & Greek record company owner Antoine Flamaritis, 'Mustapha' is an exotica soaked orchestral monster with choir vocals and string arrangements that only the big boys could call in. This is a serious left-field nugget from the vaults of one of the biggest majors, one ends up thinking - 'how did this come about?!'. On the flip-side we have 'Petrolo En Bruto', which is the real gem here, undoubtedly this one will appeal to fans of the far flung reaches of world music and psych, even those of you who dig the various flavours of Funk from around the globe. A truly special and unique record here, often sought after by the deepest of the crate diggers and obscure sound searchers on a promo 45, this rare EP now sees a fully legit reissue. Made in conjunction with Above Board distribution and RCA this reissue is sourced from their vaults using original materials and remastered and repressed to the highest standard for 2018 and featuring all original 1977 RCA label artwork.
- A. Daniel Avery - Radius (Surgeon remix)
- B1. Daniel Avery - Slow Fade (Actress Remix)
- B2. Daniel Avery - Fever Dream (Inga Mauer Remix)
Following the surprise release of his Slow Fade EP last month, Daniel Avery presents a collection of remixes from Surgeon, Actress and Inga Mauer. The remix EP will be released digitally and on 12” vinyl on March 9th.
Widely regarded as one of UK electronic music’s leading lights and “arguably the finest techno DJ in the world” (FACT), with a career spanning over 20 years, Surgeon lends his clinical touch to ‘Radius’, adding an erratic, propulsive beat to Avery’s warm synth layers for one of his best remixes yet.
Werkdiscs head Actress meanwhile delivers a pared back and introspective rework of ‘Slow Fade’, shrouding the synth refrain in hypnotic, distorted production, in his first remix following the release of his critically acclaimed 2017 album AZD.
Bunker Records’ Inga Mauer completes the package, offering a claustrophobic mix pierced with metallic shards that confirms what Resident Advisor said of the uncompromising Russian-born Amsterdam-based DJ and producer last year: “Mauer is destined for big things.”
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A Fleeting Eternity
- B October
Rocco Universal, based in Tokyo, arrives on When I Met You Records third release with a slick disco work out. Fresh from his release on Leng, Rocco brings in the boogie...
Previous releases on on When I Met You from label owner Ten Ven have generated multiple radio 1 plays across the dance specialist shows as well as a global club support.
Trujillo, Jacques Renault, Fred P, Wankelmut and Catz N Dogz, Soul Clap, Dave Harvey, Jasper James, James Priestley.
Pezzner, Ilija Rudman, Carl Craig c/o Ernie, Jack Savidge, Illyus & Barientos, Pochartrain (Whiskey Disco), Henry Saiz (sorter), Tronik Youth, Spiller, Sean Brosnan (Future Disco) and Julian Sanza. Bill Brewster, Felix Dickinson, Pete Herbert, Kristian/Ame, Joris Voorn, Jimpster.
- A Mike Burns - Kamassa Trip
- B Utopia - Sunshine Life (Beatconductor Dub)
Kojak Giant Sounds return to the fold for 2018!! You know the drill...
- A1. Archie Hamilton - Confusion
- A2. Archie Hamilton - Dos Equis
- B1. Archie Hamilton - Wild Thing
Following the hypnotic ‘What’s In Your Head’ EP in 2016, Archie Hamilton returns to Moscow Records with his first solo EP on the imprint since the release last year.
Since finishing 2016 with a place in RA's top 100 DJs poll, he’s been touring the world, had a summer residency at Amnesia and released another massive EP on FUSE. An integral part of the stellar ascent of the brand, and founder at tastemaker label initiatives Moscow Records, Moss Co. and Arkityp,he is an artist very much in control of his rise.
The record opens with Confusion; an out and out anthem which has been tearing up dance floors across the globe all summer. A trademark bassline drives the track forward as stabs build, tight percussion cuts through and a repeating vocal enters. Then when the track drops it shifts the mood completely, causing any dance floor to bump uncontrollably.
Dos Equis is something different altogether. Minimalistic percussion and a tight sub lay the foundations for a funky bass guitar line. Warming pads meet Rhodes keys and out of nowhere a beautifully subtle vocal line appears. As the track breaks down, a mind bending synth line takes the listener out of their state of reflection.
The title track on the flip is a classic piece of groovy Hamilton weaponry. A positive mood that bounces along to a whispering voice in the background. The track develops as lush chords permeate the groove, soaking the dance floor in the last of the summer sun to create a euphoric crescendo.