A chance meeting in a New York club led to the conception of Mowgan’s debut album, in collaboration with renowned African Benin-born Nigeria raised singer and multi-instrumentalist, Kaleta (Leon Ligan-Majek) an ex Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, Lauryn Hill cohort who also fronted Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble and presently heads up a 70s style afro funk band called Super Yamba based in NYC. The Frenchman was working at Lina Frey when he overheard a Beninese salsa singer called Laurent Hounsavi channeling Afro-centric vibes through his performance. He approached the singer and was put in touch with Kaleta, who lives in the Big Apple, too. What happened next was pure magic, as the two men got to work in the studio to bring their two worlds together.
It’s the kind of mystical alchemy that only happens once in a blue moon; Kaleta was given carte blanche over Mowgan’s extensive collection of Africa-inspired electronic instrumentals. He selected his favourites and performed on each one, delivering an original vocal, and his own guitar licks, over the top. To stir up even more electrifying vibes, Kaleta also invited several of his talented friends to join the recordings sessions - they included vocalists Shade Myers Emmanuel, Justin Masters and Gbenga Wise, Freddie Deboe on sax, Mic Dada assisting Mowgan on synth pads and Takuya Kuroda, the infamous Japanese trumpet player from Kobe who specialises in neo-soul, hip hop and electronica.
The result is ‘Karoussel’, a vibrant, dynamic, soul-enriching hybrid between electronica and deep African musicality that sets the standard for contemporary collaborations between western and African artists, and the first in a series of album projects from Mowgan on his fledgling label Mow Records...
ALTA’s debut release, Reasons is the product of many long nights making music together in a back room at Hannah and Julius’ Brunswick home. It was self-recorded over 10 months, from January 2018 to November 2018, using midnight sessions, tape delay effects and a literal room full of wall to wall synths to carve out a world all their very own. "It's a collection of songs written together in our home studio. No cowriters or anything, just us two experimenting making the music,” says the band. The album was later mixed by Seekae’s George Nicholas in Sydney and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound (Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Chvrches).
Thematically, the album’s title alludes to the sense of complacency that often sets in when people start making excuses for themselves. “It’s this internal thing,” Julius explains, ‘always coming up with reasons why things did or didn’t happen, or reasons why someone else did something. Often it’s self-preservation but it’s also bullshit.”
‘Push’ follows on from previous singles ‘Figured Out’, ‘Back On It’ and ‘Twisted’, which have just under 2 million streams on Spotify since their release and are receiving global attention, with spins on BBC Radio 1 and praise from the likes of The Line of Best Fit and CLASH. At streaming, ALTA have seen huge support locally and internationally, with their 2019 releases featuring in Spotify’s New Music Fridays, Indie Arrivals, The Local List, Just Chill, Front Left, New Dance Beats and The Office Stereo, plus Best Of The Week on Apple Music.
Melbourne fans will witness ALTA performing tracks from Reasons for the first time ever at Northcote Social Club on Saturday 5 October. Tickets are on sale now via Northcote Social Club’s website.
Reasons is an intricate and emotional body of work that will see ALTA step out from Melbourne’s underground scene, and into the international limelight. Pre-order your copy today.
D2. Damon Bell feat. Camille Safiya – Mermaid Blues
Hot on the heels of Carl Craig and Stacey Pullen’s mixes, Waajeed's tells a highly personal tale of the Detroit spirit, of someone living and breathing its culture since a young age. Having grown up to the sounds of Roy Ayers, Kraftwerk and Funkadelic, cultivated his sonic profile alongside J Dilla as part of Slum Village, Waajeed launched his own Dirt Tech Reck label that veers towards more dancefloor-focused tracks. And even though Waajeed’s sound has gone through a multitude of changes over the years, his cautious understanding of the symbiosis between soul and grit has always remained true to its Motor City roots.
For the mix he calls upon a number of his most respected contemporaries, forging an authentic blend of genres spanning familiar grooves and a slew of unheard exclusives. From Patrice Scott and Doc Link to LADYMONIX and DJ Rimarkible, Detroit Love V o l. 3 blends the old and the new, the jazzy and the industrial, bound together by their idiosyncratic nods to the city’s legacy.
The vinyl release will include an eight-track package featuring many of the new and exclusive tracks from the compilation, including unheard material from Roddy Rod, Damon Bell and Teflon Dons amongst others.
Detroit Love Vol. 3 offers, yet again, a detailed portrait of the sounds and personalities that lend to the city’s rich musical heritage.
Following previous impressive releases on Crosstown Rebels and sister label Rebellion, Armenian talent DAVI presents another fine display of his artistry on the spellbinding Lie Machine. Hot UK pairing Gorgon City bring their distinctive energetic brand of house to the remix.
Lie Machine opens with a delicate rhythm of bongos, combined with an undercurrent of murmuring bass and deep piano chords. The tension is built, before the introduction of DAVI’s soulful vocals and glistening synth, telling a melodic and emotive story of heartbreak. UK duo Gorgon City control the remix, adding their unique blend of addictive bass-driven house to the original and demonstrating why their sound has gained such global popularity.
A1. Felix Da Housecat x Chris Trucher - Thee Trk! (Honey Dijon Re-Edit)
A2. Carlo - Perfect Plan (Extended Mix)
B1. JT Donaldson featuring Liv.e - Stay Inside (Extended Mix)
B2. Leopard Eats Luke - Music (Extended Club Mix)
Born from the friendship between Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter, Classic is above all else a family label. Creating a platform for artists to satisfy their artistic intentions with left-of-centre house creations, this release sees Classic return to its vinyl-only beginnings for Volume VII of its Label Sampler series. Kicking off the A-Side, Felix da Housecat and Chris Trucher’s label debut from earlier this year storms through the speakers, as the wonderfully eccentric cut is given an edit by long-term member of the Classic fam Honey Dijon. The glorious sunshine sounds of Carlo’s ‘Perfect Plan’ comes next, where disco, house and funk merge together on this delightful dancefloor number. On the flip Texan producer JT Donaldson’s blissful groover ‘Stay Inside’ is joined by ‘Music’, where Classic co-founder Luke, Bristolian powerhouse Eats Everything and Lord Leopard (aka Luke Turner) combine their West Country forces for an absolute party-starter of a record. This sampler is the perfect dose of Classic’s signature grooves that are always full of character, and with all tracks previously unavailable on 12” is not one to be missed.
Hoshina Anniversary is conquerer of the mind, creating the most beautiful sound, other than silence. This is his first offering for the ESP Institute. Side A’s 'Sagano' is fairly representative of the Hoshina sound — raw organic samples and instrumentation, of traditional Japanese origin, mercilessly bent and tweaked to suit the needs of his obsessively precise arrangement. Midway through the track, we’re bewildered by his demonic breakdown on the Rhodes, which daringly tags the bassline and strings into a synchronized trio of jazz-funk noodles, and he even throws in a key change before dropping us back into the main hook for the duration of the dance. It's a major flex, and indeed makes an impression. On side B’s 'Haru Wa Akebono', Hoshina displays an alternate and equally significant side to his songwriting, merging optimistic twinkles and arpeggios with slightly detuned dry percussion for an overall uneasy vibe, not dissimilar to early video game aesthetics or circuit-bent toys. Across both sides, there lies an unhinged overtone, such that we feel one small step from spiraling deep into a demented quicksand, a freak-out where hallucinations get the better of us. Initiating a breadth of releases planned with the ESP Institute, this single summarizes a few of Hoshina’s most compelling modes, and though there is a whole circus yet to unfold, we hold his cards close, no spoilers before the main act. These two songs will have you drinking moon juice and dancing naked at the Mardi Gras.
Following the acclaimed ‘I’m Not Defeated’, Bronx-born singer-songwriter Fiorious returns to Glitterbox for his latest release, ‘Future Romance’. An artist that represents the dawning of a new chapter of Glitterbox talent, described by Mixmag as “a specialist in stirring emotions,” Fiorious’ indelible vocals make him a vital new force in dance music. Those privileged to witness his performances across Europe this summer will recognise the irresistible ‘Future Romance’, a soulful, electrifying cut destined for heady dancefloor moments. Now this special 12” package builds off the seductive original, as the A-Side opens with Deetron’s remix, where the Swiss DJ and producer uses atmospheric strings and swirling synths to provide a sublimely blissful house re-work, along with the essential Deetron Acid Dub. On the flip, disco innovator Mighty Mouse delivers a gloriously funk-laden mix destined to set dancefloors alight, along with the original and Accapella. With his forthcoming album ‘Revisionary’ set to release next year, ‘Future Romance’ is a captivating preview of things to come from this enigmatic artist.
Oh, Juan. We love thee, we love but thee with a love that shall not die ‘till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old. Once in a blue moon, there is a star for whom we see limitless possibilities, whose inevitably long and fruitful œuvre all but insists we do everything in our power to nurture and provide support. We diligently examine that sky, seeking rarefied meaning from an often desperate and banal universe, and over this past decade you have surely proven one of the brightest, most wondrous and tenacious cosmic forces we’ve encountered. Your kaleidoscopic wealth of personality, your emotionally urgent storytelling, your obsessive-compulsive weaving of voices siphoned from the pop culture æther, your ability to synthesize teachings from the Atlantic Northeast, Caribbean and Fatherland to pen an ever-evolving musical autobiography; these superhuman strengths are not lost on us. The 'Oxford House' EP is particularly special, as 'Fahrt Im Himmel' was our fateful introduction to your work, and though that meeting in a writhing maniacal pit of half-naked sweaty bodies was nearly five years ago, it still lives romantically close to our hearts. We just know the world will fall in love and 'Let It Go', just as we did. It’s exciting to see you merge a musical adolescence with the now evolved Juan Ramos of 'Oxford House', recognizing your significant coming-of-age and never shying away from your roots, but rather confronting and embracing them at your every turn. We will continue to champion your creative process and output, in hopes of fueling your inherent quest to illuminate uncharted regions of your vision. With all our love, always and forever, the ESP Institute.
London’s Axe On Wax Records have been coordinating a quality stream of house since 2014, a trend that continues with their latest release from Zopelar vs Brothermartino. Creating a fraternal connection between Brazil and Italy, these are six tracks of woozy, charismatic house funk of the finest pedigree.
Zopelar - one half of Apron Records associates My Girlfriend - takes the first-side easing in with 'Fin', a starry-eyed and expansive instrumental that let us know immediately what his synths can do. Taking this shimmering sound, he adds distinct pressure funk on the bubbling, West Coast groove of the tellingly titled, ‘Funky Juno’, which delights with sensual vocoder and tough drums. ‘Thamis’ is left to take things in a more psychedelic direction, with Zopelar pushing his studio into fizzy, almost anti-gravitational territory.
On the flip, Brothermartino (Slices Of A Dog / Money $ex Records) establishes a sensual atmosphere with the lo-slung slap of ‘For 8 Freakin' Hours’, followed by ‘Dem Type Stars’, which stretches out the acidic funk, creating wormholes of spectral grooves. The release closes with the warm and nostalgic ‘We All Love People Who Die’, a cool, beatless interjection loaded with the charm of a cult film soundtrack.
Volen Sentir (finally!!) arrive on All Day I Dream. Their tracks have been heard at All Day I Dream events the past two years and we've been excited to get this release out (although failing miserably to do that on time..oops..sorry boys). Russian producers continue to impress us with their musical music and groovy grooves and VS are one of our favourites. This four track EP further strengthens the Russian sound.
B. Something To Say (Anthony Nicholson's Music Box Extended Mix)
Following the release of his sophomore album Honeycomb on Tartlet Records, Jitwam returns to his spiritual home The Jazz Diaries with a new EP and a new sound to shepherd us into 2020.
Enchanté sees Jitwam in a new light, sounding more realised and definitive than ever, effortlessly blending genres into dancefloor music for all walks of life. While presenting a humble two tracks plus an extended mix of Something to Say by Anthony Nicholson, Enchanté has a presence that feels bigger than the sum of its parts. It is a culmination of sounds explored, developed and fine-tuned, through EPs, albums and touring over the last few years.
Jazz-funk has always been at the heart of Jitwam’s music, and with Enchanté we see it rise to the fore, ushering in a new sound for not only the artist but his label The Jazz Diaries.
Following releases on both Heist and Freerange Recordings, “Minds Eye” see’s North London’s Hugo Mari returning from the mountain top with two beautifully created and emotive jams, once again taking the helm of his own High Praise imprint, on a departure from their usual edit format.
“Mind’s Eye” sees Hugo once again join forces with three time collaborator Zodiac, delivering a soul drenched, mysterious and hazy jam in his unmistakable falsetto vocal styling.
On the flip, “Kokiri Forest” takes the listener to a serene clearing deep in a mist covered rainforest. Ambient percussion rings out from all sides as an unstoppable rhythm appears through the darkness.
Having showcased his versatility by remixing tracks by the likes of Dele Sosimi and Grime Legend Trim (as well as being remixed by Laurence Guy, Kai Alce and the mighty Detroit Swindle). He has a knack for fusing organic elements with driving rhythms and emotive melodies, crafting versatile material that works beautifully either at home or on the dance floor.
Dutch duo Lövestad may be a new name to many but probably not if you live in Holland in which case you’ve more than likely caught them rocking their hardwarebased live set at the likes of Into The Woods, Welcome To The Future, Wildeburg and Loveland. To say these guys have become local heroes in their own country is something of an understatement, but they won’t be a best kept secret for too long having already been booked to play at some of Berlin’s best spots including Panorama Bar, Katerblau and IPSE. What makes Lövestad so unique is that releasing records has always been secondary to performing live - something Jimpster relates to from his years spent touring with The Bays. With only a handful of self-released EP’s appearing on Bandcamp Lövestad can be seen as taking the classic band approach of building a fiercely loyal and genuine fanbase through a tireless gigging schedule. Their infectious energy stands as a testament that good, honest musicianship, not to mention funk, is still alive and kicking in electronic music.
Here at Freerange, we’re proud and excited to be giving Lövestad their first ‘official’ release in the form of the Miles EP including an original full length version, Jimpster Edit and Jimpster Dub. Focusing first on the original, we can hear how the duo’s hands-on, performance approach informs their studio productions. Stemming from a live, improvised jam, Miles has a lovely loose feel and sprawling arrangement which imparts the sense of being created on stage in front of a packed dance floor. The duo’s passion for jazz, fusion, funk, disco and house shines through with big stacks of analogue synths and Fender Rhodes flourishes adding to the warm, euphoric atmosphere of the track.
Jimpster took the stems from the live recording and got busy on an edit which sees him tighten up the arrangement and add a little extra punch to the drums and percussion but without losing the uplifting, soulful spirit of the original.
On his Dub Remix, Jimpster pushes deeper, taking a more minimal approach, reducing everything back to a dubby, heads down shuffling groove and bringing the filtered bassline into focus. The result is a classic slice of Freerange deep house which gives us the perfect alternative to the blissed-out vibes of the original version.
Nexus 21's 1989 classic 'The Rhythm Of Life' LP is approaching it's 30th anniversary.
For the uninitiated the LP is a perfect synthesis of UK rawness and motor-city funk, b-boy nous and sunrise soaked acid euphoria. Nexus 21's sole LP 'The Rhythm Of Life' is considered a classic for many reasons. Originally released in 1989 on the influential Blue Chip record label, and then purchased by Network when they signed Nexus 21 for (what became iconic) future recordings, the record span all of the above influences and styles into a unique rugged sonic tapestry that caused a sensation with DJ's and dancers on it's release, and for the subsequent 3 decades to follow.
Messrs Mark Archer and Chris Peat created an album that bore a handful of club classics, on both sides of the Atlantic. Their association with Detroit, and particularly Derrick May and Transmat, saw them go to the techno mecca to record some later material that will also be reissued in the wake of this 3 decade celebration of all things Nexus 21. 'The Rhythm Of Life' is easily one of the UK's most influential techno records, it's style, sound and attitude has reverberated through dance music across the years and this timely reissue will undoubtedly excite the old-school heads and the new-school appreciators of the real deal techno sound in all it's glorious forms.
Now, this incredible album has been repressed and remastered, and spread across 2 high quality slabs of vinyl by Above Board distribution. This essential reissue has been made with the full involvement of Mark Archer and the legendary Network Records with all tracks being sourced from the Nexus 21 DAT archive for maximum sonic playback quality. A true classic, in a new format, not to be missed.
Armand Van Helden
Witch Doktor (Inc. Illyus & Barrientos / Serge Santiago Remixes)
Seminal club sounds from the legendary Strictly Rhythm catalogue, this is some straight 1994 heat.
Armand Van Helden is a worldwide legend in house music - this is undisputed! His discography is untouchable and 'Witch Doktor' is easily one of the most classic and BIGGEST jams in his catalogue. This is the sound of unbridled euphoria, huge sound-systems, packed out darkened dancefloors and an era of dance music that has passed but still reverberates today. Do yourself a favour, if you don't know it, or aren't feeling too hot yourself - come see the doktor!
The classic 'Dark Ages' version is reissued here and featuring two slamming brand NEW mixes courtesy of Serge Santiago and Illyus & Barrientos for 2019. Huge. This 12" comes with all original Strictly label artwork, snoozing not permitted!
UK techno stalwart Benjamin Damage makes his debut on Feel My Bicep under the name BDB - a collaborative alias with anonymous label mates. Two original tracks, a dub and a handy tool make up the 16th release on the label.
It is with great excitement that Feel My Bicep welcome Benjamin Damage into the fold. As the first release on popular Berlin label 50Weapons, Damage’s critically acclaimed album Obsidian was the label’s last release before it shut down. He was quickly signed by R&S records, releasing two EPs with them (Montreal and Malfunction).
He is also due to release a 4-track EP on Len Faki’s label Figure on 11 Nov, as well as an EP on ARTS in 2020. His characteristically emotional and energetic take on techno is evident in these two original tracks ‘Boss Rhythm’ and ‘Niio Rhythm’.
We close the books on 2019 with a dastardly slab of techno shenanigans from DJ Mountain Dad, a new
alias of Lobster Theremin’s chief, Jimmy Asquith. Functional, tool-y dance tracks that have been run
through a blender and administered electroconvulsive therapy. Freaky-deeky rallying cries for end-time
raves and lock-in house parties lit only by busted strobes.
London based producer Christian Piers has a decade of production experience and a discography that spans house, techno and drum and bass. He is a long-term friend of 17 Steps, and became the second artist to release on the label after label heads Dusky back in 2015. Acclaimed releases on Curle and with Leon Vynehall as Laszlo Dancehall have sustained Christians' reputation as a truly versatile producer.
With ‘Virus’, his debut LP under this alias, Christian puts himself forward an exceptional and compelling voice in UK techno, drawing on his experience in drum and bass and breaks, a sample heavy hip-hop inspired approach to production and a dubbed out, industrial techno aesthetic.
Opener ‘Extrinsic’ lays the foundations, combining cavernous drones and rattling breaks over submerged kicks, conjuring up images of chasmal warehouses, dusty basements and rattling window frames. Elsewhere delay soaked stabs bounce off combative breaks. A dialogue between Christians’ influences ensues that’s as captivating as it is individual.
Christian creates passages of intense energy without breaking a sweat. Cold atmospheres are navigated with an unhurried authority and confidence that prevents them from becoming desolate. Behind the gritty haze and forceful bassweight Christian hides the playful, agile rhythms that have become his signature – percussive sounds stumble and roll in the background, whip like snares slice through the fog.
‘Virus’ is an exhilarating ride; right up to the final bars of the teasing, anti-climactic dancefloor weapon ‘Resource Depletion’. The infinite rising tones of the closer are a bold and forward looking statement of intent from an artist whose evolution continues to unfold.
We’re delighted to welcome Bradley Hutchings aka Guava to the Control Freak family for his first solo EP to round off 2019. Between a busy touring schedule as a session guitarist, Bradley has developed a distinctively meticulous approach to songwriting and production which has already earned him acclaim for releases on Holding Hands & Nick Hoppner’s Touch From a Distance.
The A-Side features two dancefloor heaters which take influence from across the spectrum of UK club music. Title track ‘Lift’ is a playful wobbler, combining a wubby baseline with trippy sample manipulation. Segelflugzeug is guaranteed to do peak time damage, driven by an atmospheric, rising synth line, rolling breaks and explosive low end pressure.
On the flip, Can’t Catch Me brings a distinct flavour of UKG to the table with it’s glitchy percussive fills & tightly chopped vocal sampling. The record closes with Alt-Love, a lush and delicate ambient guitar track.
Label Boss of UNCAGE label, Marco Faraone delivers a series of incredible remixes of Tin Man's Nonneo single, which was originally released in 2011.
First up is the Floor Mix, which leaves the wispy, undulating acid line form the original in place but layers in more heavy, earth rattling drums down below. It makes for a truly hypnotic track. Then
comes a dub version, which is built on elastic drums with gentle acid riffs floating above the compelling kicks, and last of all is a Dreamy Version that is awash with lush heavenly pads that float up to the
skies as the rooted drums keeping things moving down low.
This is a varied and vital package from Faraone, coming on a fresh slab of 10".
R&S Records team up with London-based label More Time Records for a four track compilation repping their signature sound of forward-thinking, percussion-driven dance music.
More Time is headed up by DJ/producers SNØW and Ahadadream, their releases reflect an international vision; marrying the sounds of Ghana, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, The DRC and South Africa with a rugged UK edge that harmoniously circles bass, afrobeats, UK funky, grime and techno.
SNØW and Ahadadream both deliver club ready instrumentals that draw on their love of UK Funky, GQOM, Kuduro and Afrobeats. Bryte is one of the most exciting voices coming out of Ghana, his track 'Ice Cream' set's the tone for the EP. Produced by regular partner-in-crime, Mina and previous collaborator Tarquin (both from London) - it really summarises the cross contamination of sounds which More Time is a hub for.
Bala Bala Boyz are a group of rappers from London of Congolese descent. 'Sieta' notches up the tempo on a 808 heavy power soca riddim from Trinidad via Bristol production duo Jus Now (SNØW, Keshav Singh)
Since R&S relaunched it's supported new UK artists from its London base. More Time Records and the wider global percussive club music scene are releasing some of the freshest dance music in London so we're excited to showcase this sound on Volume 1 of this new collaboration.
More Time say of the collaboration:
"We're gassed to be joining forces with and learn from such a seminal label which we've been fans of for a long time. We really appreciate the love they have shown our movement and are really excited for their fans to discover the artists and sounds that we are so passionate about"
This EP produced by Noise Factory in 1993 expresses the full on depths of Junglistic Hardcore at its best and was driven by the rare groove of the sample patterns we like to call it of jungle with a groove.
A.Come Inside - This track produced in 1993 is full on unadulterated jungle with the obvious amen break n rare groove n sample to add a twist along with strong basslines to shake up da place.
AA.Out of Your Mind - This track produced in 1993 has a dominant 4/4 beat driven by strong amen pattern with the speeded up vocals
AAA.Feel The Magic - Produced in 1993 has strong horns n speeded up live vocals with Rare Groove, Hardcore, Jungle Techno feel.
There‘s something about first timers, innit?! A whole new level of excitement and in some cases, pure joy and satisfaction. To not let this intro slide too much into ambiguity, let‘s cut to the chase here... Panthera Krause is dropping his first solo full length, going by the name „It‘s A Business Doing Pleasure With You“. For starters, don‘t you want to be friends with this piece of work already, just for its brilliant title? Well, wait until you hear the tunes then, and prepare for an everlasting bond of unfettered affection.
As DJs Frankey & Sandrino are used to scour platforms or infinite emails/ messages through music that fits their sets and fulfills the duo's musical demands. A recurring task the both benefit from when it comes to finding new music and artists for their label Sum Over Histories. For the label's third installment of this year Sandrino and Frankey have digged up newly founded duo Saint Is, who deliver an eclectic four-tracker called “Something In Common“ that draws on and pursues the musical history of the past six releases.
Nude Remixes (Inc. Tale Of Us / Mathame / Solomun / Kobosil / Rampa Remixes)
Aura Dinamica prep Speed + Noise pt. 1, the first instalment in a two part compilation featuring Svreca, BNJMN, Boddika, Somne & more. The boutique label operated by Italian producer Federico Maccherone AKA Somne & British artist Oscar Morgan, under his Portrait alias, will release the first part of the label’s debut compilation in November 2019. The second part will arrive early 2020, and features contributions from François X, Shifted, Mod21, Inland & more.
– Discovering the history of the Women’s March on Versailles, in 1789, Nan Goldin captures one of the most pivotal moments of the French Revolution through her latest exhibition with a sound installation by Soundwalk Collective and architecture by Hala Wardé at Versailles itself.
– Soundtrack to Nan Goldin’s ‘The Women’s March, 1789’
– Produced and composed by Soundwalk Collective for Nan Goldin
– Concept and artistic direction: Nan Goldin and Stephan Crasneanscki
– Arrangement and mix: Simone Merli at Sakha Studios, Berlin
– Contains a black 180g heavyweight vinyl housed in a linen laminated sleeve
– All sleeve photography taken by Nan Goldin
– Includes extracts of the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, Olympe de Gouges, a statement by Nan Goldin, a statement by Hala Wardé and an interview with Stephan Crasneanscki
– Limited edition of 300
Throughout the installation, designed with Hala Wardé, Nan Goldin and Soundwalk Collective work with underground waterworks, walls and sculptures to highlight the historical moment. The power of the women marching, their memory frozen in the surroundings are evoked in the sound installation using the voices of well-known women (Isabelle Adjani, Élodie Bouchez, Laetitia Casta, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nan Goldin, Isabelle Huppert, Isild Le Besco, Anna Mouglalis & Charlotte Rampling), extolling their rights as defended by the French Revolution. The work is presented within the dark corridors of the Petit Trianon, far removed from the salons of Marie-Antoinette.
“Digging up this history that resonates so loudly with our times. This brilliant document could have been written today. Nothing has changed. There are women in the world that still don’t have the rights that are articulated in the Declaration.” – Nan Goldin [Extract of statement]
Exhibited as part of the exhibition ‘Versailles – Visible / Invisible’ organised by the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles and Château de Versailles Spectacles.
On the night of 15th June 2018, three friends, Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert and Tom Skinner came together to perform a selection of deconstructed compositions in an improvisatory format at The Crypt in Camberwell, south-east London. Their shared history as musicians stretches back to their formative teenage years when they would congregate to learn how to play the music which had impacted so heavily on their lives, resulting in a distillation of funk, soul, pop, metal, classical, punk, hip hop, dance, folk, electronic and world music, filtered through the prism of the endlessly resourceful, inventive and expressive language of jazz.
Their individual and collective journeys have woven them into the fabric of contemporary music through their work with artists as diverse as Adele, Grace Jones, Anna Calvi, Amy Winehouse, Sons Of Kemet, Kano, Lianne La Havas, Zero 7, Ed O’Brien, Jack De Johnette, Jessie Ware, Yoko Ono and Polar Bear. Their personal visions have come to fruition via their own projects, namely Okumu and Herbert’s Mercury-nominated The Invisible and Skinner’s solo outing as Hello Skinny.
Somehow, that informal night in Camberwell would represent the closing of a circle and the beginning of a new chapter for these three musicians.
Shot in Iceland, the video “Forever Love“ was directed by her best friend, visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the director, Allan Sigurðsson.
“The music I’d been writing over the years was a very personal affair, something I did for emotional and spiritual survival,” says Kristín Anna. As for the album title, “It just came to me, and then I went about my business, being an imperfect human being, my own centre, within this divine order we call the universe.”
Kristín Anna is a founding member of the band múm. In 2006, began performing her piano songs along with more experimental electronic music under the alias Kría Brekkan. Living and working in her native country Iceland since 2010, her creative outlet took the shape of performance and visual art, where she collaborated with Shoplifter and Guy Maddin, performing and composing for their installations. In 2012, she performed in Ragnar Kjartansson´s acclaimed video installation The Visitors, and has since worked on many of his pieces, variably composing, performing or acting. Most recently, they wrote the song “On Death” for Sophie Calle’s LP and art project Souris Calle. In 2015, Kristín Anna released HOWL, an improvised vocal ambient album and art work created in Mojave desert.
Ragnar Kjartansson, founder of Bel-Air Glamour adds, “Kristín Anna is an artist like no other. Kristín roams the earth weaving a thread of her life, her loves, her dreams into this confessional gem of an album. The music is a reflection of life lived away from the norms banging old pianos and celebrating a conflicted lust for life. I Must Be The Devil is a cycle of songs written in the last 15 years and recorded in the last four years. This is a big record full of deep truths, suffering, irony and beauty. Unique songs by a unique artist. Yes this is real, this is good old mysterious talent. The record was produced and financed by her friends in the music and visual art scene. She is an artist’s artist.”
Sound is a potent force that can awaken your purpose and re-balance your spirit. It has the power to relax, as well as inspire you, through the positive therapy of sound vibrations. Elemental Resonance is a trailblazing meditation album where vibrational sound practitioner, Tracie Storey, combines the energy waves made by music, with positive words of love and harmony to produce inner peace, deep relaxation and a higher spiritual connection.
Storey explains “The idea for this album came to me 2 years ago when I was living in Montreal, Canada. I’d been learning to form shapes, textures and colour with sound and going deep within the architecture of my own inner space. These powerful compositions have really helped me on my journey. Creating transformative tools are now part of my life’s work, using the medium of vibrational sound which transcends all boundaries”
Storey guides you through a series of mindful meditations - each connected to the seven energy chakras - and each supported by sound vibrations, colours to visualise, and positive affirmations to re-balance your entire being and bring you waves of calmness, strength, warmth and joy.
Released on Celestial Being, label boss Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx), says “I’m thrilled to support this
project, everywhere I look people are discovering more about Vibration and how it affects them. Tracie is leading the way forward for new generations, uncovering more of our potential as humans. This is a great way to switch off the world and switch on to your deeper self.”
Storey has been active as a vibrational sound practitioner, for the past 5 years. Previous to six years training under Master Fabien Maman, who’s one of the world's leading experts on vibrational sound therapy, founder of the Tama-Do Academy. She also travelled the globe as a DJ on the international dance scene (releasing on Ministry of Sound and producing mixes for the likes of Kiss FM).
Discover happiness, creativity, and infinite possibilities.
Following a pair of sensational releases on the label this summer, Defected Records are proud to present this special 12” delivery from Darius Syrossian. Kicking off the A-Side with his stellar collab with Jamie Jones, ‘Rushing’ has deep tribal drums, a jacked-up beat and the Strictly Rhythm vocal sample, making a perfect amalgamation of Jamie Jones and Darius Syrossian’s styles. Their impressive inaugural release as a pair has already been turning heads on the White Isle and beyond. The A-Side also features a vinyl exclusive with the Afterparty Basement Mix, stripped back and with atmospheric keys that alter its sound. On the flip is Darius’ latest single on Defected, opening with ‘Come On Come On’, where he delivers a dose of upbeat driving house, a rubbery bouncing bassline and a chopped-up version of the vocal sample that features in both tracks on the single. Rounding off the release is another vinyl exclusive, with the Warehouse Techno Dub Mix of ‘Kouka’, a heavy-hitting dose of main room techno set to get pulses racing.
A. The Vision featuring Andreya Triana - Heaven (Danny Krivit Edit)
B. The Dangerfeel Newbies - What Am I Here For? (Original NDATL Vocal - Danny Krivit Edit)
Named King of the Edit since the 1980’s, pioneering Manhattan DJ Danny Krivit’s (aka Mr K) latest 12” delivery instils the title bestowed upon him some 30 years ago. An esteemed selector Danny’s prolific remixing and production capabilities have touched hundreds of records – with his signature flare shaping the New York City sound.
Opening the A-Side of the release, is Danny edit this summer’s seminal track The Vision’s ‘Heaven’, interweaving a gloriously groovy bassline with Andreya Triana’s vocal to produce an extended, DJ friendly mix that he sent crowds wild with at Dekmental Festival.
On the flip, Mr K delves a little deeper into the Defected catalogue, trying his hand at The DangerFeel Newbies’ ‘What Am I Here For (Original NDATL Vocal)’. Danny’s stripped back version extends the jazzy, percussive original, as velvety smooth vocals and elegant keys bring this expressive and sophisticated release to a close. A true master of the edit, music as good as this deserves to be heard on wax.
Deep house legend Kerri Chandler's mighty "Atmosphere EP" dropped in 1993 and still packs a punch today! A killer, heavyweight 4 tracker of deep Zanzibar, Shelter channeling NJ House music that has always been a big one among the DJ's, heads and dancers. Opener "Climax 1" is an organ driven, stomping groove with piano stabs sprinkled throughout managing to sound tough and subtle at the same time while it's partner "Climax 2" is an uplifting, old school leaning cut with vocal loops, samples and that unmistakable KC swing! On side-B "Track 1" kicks things off with some super, rock hard drums and horn samples woven through those blissed out late night synth sounds, one to get lost in! "Track 2" rounds out the EP in fine style and sounds a bit like Kerri is jamming with Mr.Fingers as the ubiquitous Juno bassline rolls out over some jazzy piano, lush pads, strings and claps making the "Atmosphere EP" a truly essential record with every track oozing pure class.
This has always been a sought after 12" due to it's classic status and has often changed hands on-line for collectors prices. Now it is available again, re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released with permission and in conjunction with Shelter Records, New York City and featuring the original 1993 label artwork.
This record needs no introduction! One of THE most classic House records ever made! The legendary pairing of Frankie Knuckles (RIP) and Jamie Principle delivering two devastatingly ahead of the curve anthems; "Baby Wants To Ride / Your Love", both still sounding as fresh, vital, original and contemporary as they did on their 1987 release.
Truly one of the dream pairings in modern dance music, the Knuckles / Principle team brought us many classic moments but the two tracks contained here are among the most recognizable and well loved tracks in the House music lexicon.
Often sampled, covered, edited and re-worked, but never, ever bettered here are two absolutely essential cuts, re-issued as they were released originally in the late 80's on Trax.
Re-released for 2015, re-mastered and re-pressed with all the original Trax label artwork present in conjunction with the official rights holders / owners. An essential addition to any dance music lovers crate! Don't snooze on this...
The smash new Double A Side 12” single from Louie Vega features “Cosmic Witch” and “A Place Where We Can All Be Free,” and is the first single from Louie’s forthcoming “Expansions In The NYC” album. In this album the world renowned “Maestro” will be putting his distinct touch to the House Music Genre which he has been instrumental in defining through his work as a solo artist and as one half of Masters At Work. The album will include selections that represent the many musical movements on which the House Music genre has evolved right up to the current time. Louie has a few special guests in mind to join him on the album as well, all of which will create unique collaborations that will launch the project into an area of worldwide interest. As one of the world’s longest independent dance labels, Nervous is well suited to present this momentous project.
The “Vega” side includes “Cosmic Witch", a disco-infused house jam on which Vega puts a masterful touch using a clever sample from the 1976 “Cosmic Lady” by Tony Silvester & The New Ingredient, combining his percussion and synths with a hypnotic vocal performance from Anané. As quoted by Vega previously, "I call Anané a chameleon, because she transcends so many different sounds with her voice.” Special thanks to Natasha Kitty Kat for the track inspiration.
The “Nervous” side features “A Place Where We Can All Be Free,” on which Vega works with longtime collaborators Axel Tosca and Gene Perez to create the perfect jam session that is guaranteed to blow up dancefloors worldwide. The trio created 6 minutes of pure and authentic house music featuring Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Synth Bass, Electric Bass instruments.
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.