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TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD

    Disco / Nu-Disco

    Demon Records Reissues

    House / Tech-House

    Techno

    Muting The Noise (UK & USA only)

    Represses


    TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD

    Disco / Nu-Disco

    ARTISTMichael Wilson
    TITLEGroove It To Your Body
    LABELPrelude
    CATALOGUE NO.PRLD637
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE03/04/2020
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    Genres

  • Disco
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Groove It To Your Body (Vocal)
    2. B. Groove It To Your Body (Instrumental)

    What can be said about this monstrous Disco Funk extravaganza from 1982? Well, plenty actually... the only entry in the mighty Prelude back catalogue from Michael Wilson, 'Groove It To Your Body' is what this music is all about, a proper dance record, drenched in the funk, a groove that just doesn't stop. The A-side is incredible, but it's really the b-side dub mix that steals the show. Francois Kevorkian, who was Prelude's A&R man at the time, mans the desk on both mixes, but for a truly stellar work-out the dub flips all of the essential ingredients into a stew of rumbling synth and tape feedback and deep space delay and echo. This mix could be seen as the template of what was to come, and is an all-out dancefloor wrecker. Try it! It doesn't get any better than this. A Disco essential. 2nd hand copies of this nugget go for serious wedge these days, now's your chance to snag an *official* licensed reissue from Prelude direct. All totally Above Board! Do it!


    ARTISTPsychemagik
    TITLEGhost Particle (Inc. Cable Toy Remix)
    LABELPsychemagik
    CATALOGUE NO.GP01LP
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/02/2020
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Down Tempo
  • Nu Disco
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Ghost Particle (Feat. Liam Magill)
    2. A2. Ghost Particle (Instrumental)
    3. B1. Ghost Particle (Feat. Liam Magill) (Cable Toy Club Mix)

    DJs, producers and unrivaled selectors, Danny McLewin and Tom Coveney have shared the next taste of their debut album ‘I Feel How This Night Should Look’ via their stunning next track, ‘Ghost Particle’.

    Recorded at Canterbury’s Cosmic Forest Studios, ‘Ghost Particle’ features English psychedelic-rock Syd Arthur frontman Liam Magill. A gorgeously emotive and glistening space prog infused moment track for the album, Ghost Particle glides along at cruising altitude.

    Released last year on their own imprint Psychemagik Recordings. ‘I Feel How This Night Should Look’ is an album with a phenomenal backstory spanning back over a decade. ‘I Feel How This Night Should Look’ is testament to the duo’s deep understanding and love of their craft, an LP which hones a layered intelligence that only long-term dedication to the art and craft of the DJ can deliver.


    Demon Records Reissues

    ARTISTVarious Artists
    TITLEP&P Soul & Funk
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC522
    FORMAT2 x LP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Funk
  • Soul
  • Track Listing TBC

    Peter Brown is one of the ultimate in Harlem underground music business entrepreneurs. From the 70s, all through the 80s he had a stream of releases on a plethora of labels, but ultimately under the P&P banner. From soul, to disco to the birth of hip hop, he covered all the street sounds of New York and in a series of comps Demon are exploring his legacy.

    P&P soul and funk covers the 1970s with a number of rare, sought after masterpieces and some equally essential obscurities.

    From the former category we have the magnificent ESP by Four Below Zero, Dennis Mobley's Rare Groove instrumental version of Superstition and Florence Miller's soul floor filler 'The Groove I'm In' Super rare funk is present from Wild Honey, Smokey Brooks and Flame & The Sons. The roots of disco is well represented with Magnetic Touch's original version of Ain't No Big Thing and Ella Hamilton's I'm Gonna Fool You.

    Released on double 180g vinyl, if you bought the originals they would cost you many thousands of pounds.

    Side A
    1. Four Below Zero - E.S.P.
    2. Florence Miller - The Groove I'm In
    3. Personal Touch - Ain't No Big Thing (Part 1)
    4. Jesse Gould - Out Of Work (Vocal)

    Side B
    1. Wild Honey - I've Been Working
    2. Smokie Brook - Long Time Ago
    3. Sentimental Souls - It's Party Time With Getting In The Groove - Part 1
    4. Eddie Owen - Determination
    5. Hooker - Hooker Part 1

    Side C
    1. Dennis Mobley - Superstition
    2. Magnetic Touch - Ain't Gonna Be A Next Time
    3. Ella Hamilton & Don Willis Spoon Band - I'm Gonna Fool You! (Vocal)
    4. Eddie Owen - Shake Off That Dream - Disco

    Side D
    1. Sons of Darkness - What It Looks Like
    2. Flame and the Sons of Darkness - Solid Funk
    3. King David - Hitch Hike One More Time
    4. Henry Brooks - Mini-Skirt
    5. Otis & The King Pins - Funky Donkey


    ARTIST8th Day
    TITLE8th Day
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC521
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Funk
  • Soul
  • Track Listing TBC

    • 1970s Detroit American funk-soul group signed to Invictus, part of the legendary HDH label group (Holland- Dozier- Holland), who helped define the iconic Motown sound.

    • Highlights include 1971 single ‘She’s Not Just Another Woman’ which was picked up by radio stations and reached #11 in the US Billboard charts. This was followed up by ‘You’ve Got To Crawl (Before You Walk) #28 in US Billboard chart. In 1972 ‘Enny Meeny-Miny-Mo’ reached #29 in the R&B charts and ‘I’m Worried’ was released as a solo single with Northern Soul legend Melvin Davis. Plus the Mick Jagger covered ‘Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)’

    • Reissued with original artwork, printed inner sleeve and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl

    Side A
    1. She's Not Just Another Woman
    2. You've Got To Crawl Before You Walk
    3. Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)
    4. La-De-Dah
    5. Enny-Meeny-Miny-Mo (Three's A Crowd)

    Side B
    1. Just As Long
    2. I Can't Fool Myself
    3. I'm Worried
    4. I've Come To Save You


    ARTISTJ.V.C. F.O.R.C.E
    TITLEDoin' Damage
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC525
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Hip Hop
  • Track Listing TBC

    • New York rap trio consisting of DJ Curt Catzal and MC’s AJ Rok and MC B-Luv, signed to B-Boy Records, a significant player in the development of hip-hop in the 1980s

    • The group broke out with an underground hit single ‘Strong Island’ and the song would open their 1988 album Doin’ Damage. This track is an enduring classic and would become the group’s signature moment

    • Other highlights on the album include; ‘Stylin’ Lyrics’, ‘The Force Is Buggin’ and ‘Take It Away’

    • Reissued with original artwork on 180g heavyweight classic black vinyl, with printed inner sleeve

    Side A
    1. Strong Island [6:10]
    2. Doin' Damage [3:36]
    3. Take It Away [5:05]
    4. The Force Is The Boss [4:54]
    5. Nu Skool [3:50]

    Side B
    1. You'll Like It Too [2:59]
    2. Stylin' Lyrics [5:16]
    3. Puppy Love [4:14]
    4. The Force Is Buggin [5:49]
    5. The Move [6:00]


    ARTISTCash Money & Marvelous
    TITLEWhere’s The Party At?
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC528
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Hip Hop
  • Track Listing TBC

    • DJ Cash Money was one of the most skilled DJ’s to come out of Philadelphia in the 1980s (two time World DJ mixing champion). He teamed up with MC Marvelous in the late 80s to release their only album ‘Where’s The Party At?’, on Sleeping Bag Records

    • Highlights include; ’The Mighty Hard Rocker’, ‘Play It Kool’, ‘Ugly People Be Quiet’ (which samples Tears For Fears)

    • 1988 album from the golden age of Hip hop, reissued with original artwork, printed inner sleeve and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl

    Side A
    1. Find An Ugly Woman
    2. Play It Kool
    3. Is It Real
    4. Time Is Up
    5. Real Mutha For Ya
    6. Marvelous' Drawers
    7. Ugly People Be Quiet (Remix)

    Side B
    1. Ugly People Be Quiet
    2. The Mighty Hard Rocker
    3. Who's In The Place
    4. Where’s the Party At?
    5. All About Partyin'
    6. Music Maker


    ARTISTGary’s Gang
    TITLEKeep On Dancin’
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC599
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Disco
  • Track Listing TBC

    • Gary’s Gang are the New York group of musicians best know for their US hit ‘Keep On Dancin’’, which reached #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and UK #8 in 1978. The single sold over half a million copies around the world.

    • The follow-up was ‘Let’s Love Dance Tonight’ (UK top 49 in 1979) and ‘Do It At The Disco’ and these three tracks have been sampled numerous times.

    • This dance music classic is reissued on 180g heavyweight black vinyl with original artwork and printed inner sleeve

    Side A
    1. Showtime
    2. Party Tonight!
    3. Do It At The Disco

    Side B
    1. Let's Lovedance Tonight
    2. Keep On Dancin'
    3. You'll Always Be My Everything


    ARTIST100 Proof Aged In Soul
    TITLESomebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC530
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Soul
  • Track Listing TBC

    • Formed in Detroit in 1969, 100 Proof could be seen as soul’s equivalent to the ‘supergroups’ bosting two of
    the most distinctive voices of 1960s soul: lead vocalists Joe Stubbs (singing for the Falcons, the Contours and
    the Originals) and Clyde Wilson (as “Steve Mancha” and established solo artist)
    • This is the group's first LP released in 1970 on Holland-Dozier-Holland’s label Hot Wax Records
    • Contains the massive hits ‘Too Many Cooks’ and the million selling title track ‘Somebody’s Been Sleeping’
    • Reissued with original artwork, printed inner sleeve on 180g classic black vinyl

    Side A
    1. Somebody's Been Sleeping
    2. Love Is Sweeter (The Second Time Around)
    3. One Man's Leftovers (Is Another Man's Feast)
    4. I've Come To Save You
    5. Ain't That Lovin' You (For More Reasons Than One)
    6. Not Enough Love To Satisfy

    Side B
    1. Age Ain't Nothing But A Number
    2. She's Not Just Another Woman
    3. Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)
    4. I Can't Sit And Wait (Til Johnny Comes Marching
    Home)
    5. Backtrack


    ARTISTT La Rock
    TITLELyrical King
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC531
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Hip Hop
  • Track Listing TBC

    • Lyrical King is the debut 1987 album from one of rap’s pioneers and innovators who was said by some to be the first artist recorded by Def Jam Records
    • T La Rock recorded this album for Sleeping Bag Records as the labels first rap act and show cased him at the height of his career.
    • An old school legend, MC and dancer who was sampled by Public Enemy and Nas, heavily influential on artists such as LL Cool J and the Def Jam sound and would walk out on stage with Run –D.M.C
    • Highlights include ‘Back to Burn’ and ‘This Beat Kicks’ where T La Rock teamed up with visionary producer Kurtis Mantronik
    • Reissued with original artwork, printed inner sleeve and pressed on 180g heavyweight classic black vinyl

    Side A
    1. Lyrical King (from the Boogie Down Bronx)
    2. Back To Burn
    3. Tudy Fruity Judy
    4. Having Fun (Al Pacino - T La Rock, Japanese - Greg Nice)
    5. Three Minutes Of Beat Box
    6. Bust These Lyrics

    Side B
    1. This Beat Kicks
    2. Big Beat In London
    3. It's Time To Chill
    4. Live Drummin' With The Country Boy


    ARTISTHoney Cone
    TITLESoulful Tapestry
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC600
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Soul
  • Track Listing TBC

    • The Honey Cone (Carolyn Willis, Edna Wright and Shellie Clark) charted nine R&B hits, including two number 1s, ‘Stick Up’ and ‘Want Ads’, the latter of which also reached number 1 on the US pop charts
    • This is their 1971 album with #5 R&B / #15 Pop charts with the Latin flavoured two part floor filler ‘One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show’
    • This third studio album title, is a clever allusion to the years best selling pop album, Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’. Highlights from include a reprising of ‘Want Ads’ and ‘Stickup’ , ‘VIP’
    • Reissued with original artwork with printed inner sleeve and pressed on 180g heavyweight classic black vinyl

    Side A
    1. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Part 1)
    2. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Part 2)
    3. Don't Count Your Chickens (Before They Hatch)
    4. A Little More
    5. Stick-Up
    6. Want Ads

    Side B
    1. Who's It Gonna Be
    2. How Does It Feel
    3. V.I.P.
    4. The Day I Found Myself
    5. All The King's Horses (All The King's Men)


    ARTISTTyrone Davis
    TITLECan I Change My Mind
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC601
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Soul
  • Track Listing TBC

    • Tyrone Davis is the all time great American soul singer who broke through in the late 60s and never really stopped recording.
    • In 1968 he found a home in Dakar Records when a Texas DJ flipped his first release and started playing the B- side ‘Can I Change My Mind’. The song went to number 1 in the R&B charts and Top 5 in US Billboard charts
    • Stunning 1969 debut album is reissued with original artwork and printed inner sleeve and pressed on 180g classic black vinyl
    • Other album highlights include ‘Knock on Wood’, ‘Slip Away’, and ‘Call on Me’ rooted in earthy, rough-edged traditions of Memphis soul

    Side A
    1. She's Lookin' Good
    2. Knock On Wood
    3. Have You Ever Wondered Why
    4. Slip Away
    5. Let The Good Times Roll
    6. Can I Change My Mind

    Side B
    1. Open The Door To Your Heart
    2. Call On Me
    3. Just The One I've Been Looking For
    4. You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
    5. A Woman Needs To Be Loved


    ARTISTYoung & Company
    TITLEI Like What You’re Doing To Me!
    LABELDemon Records
    CATALOGUE NO.DEMREC520
    FORMATLP
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATE
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    Genres

  • Disco
  • Soul
  • Track Listing TBC

    • New Jersey group’s debut album released on Brunswick Records, 1980 soul and disco classic
    • Includes the club classic ‘I Like What You’re Doing To Me’, which helped the band secure a contract with Brunswick. When released the single reputedly sold over 250,000 in the US alone, yet never made the R&B or pop charts there. When released in the UK, charted to number 20 in Nov 1980
    • Reissued with original artwork, printed inner sleeve and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl

    Side A
    1. Strut Your Stuff
    2. Checking You Out
    3. Party Jam
    4. Got To Be Free

    Side B
    1. Love Me All Night
    2. Mellow Mood
    3. Waiting On Your Love
    4. I Like What You're Doing To Me


    House / Tech-House

    ARTISTMr Stone
    TITLECloser
    LABELOdd Numbers
    CATALOGUE NO.ODN001
    FORMAT10"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE06/03/2020
    REPRESS17/04/2020
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    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Garage
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Closer
    2. B. Drive

    Every odd number has an ‘E’ in it…


    ARTISTHercules & Love Affair
    TITLEChange EP
    LABELSkint
    CATALOGUE NO.SKINT411LP
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE20/03/2020
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    Genres

  • Acid House
  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Raise Me Up (feat. ANOHNI) (Hercules 2019 Mix)
    2. A2. Change
    3. B1. My Offence (feat. Krystle Warren) (Hercules 2019 Mix)
    4. B2. Are You Still Certain? (feat. Mashrou’ Leila) (Hercules 2019 Mix)

    After over ten years of Hercules & Love Affair, Andy Butler offers three reimagined versions of classic Hercules tunes and a piece of new music on the ‘Change EP’. Producer with current partner in crime Alec Storey (aka Second Storey), the two have been touring the Hercules catalogue with an approach that incorporates a proper dose of techno while duly engaging Storey’s penchant for breaks and intricate percussion work. Butler decided to put a few of these reworks out for DJs and dancefloors, offering the chance for these great Hercules moments to shine once again.


    ARTISTFiorious
    TITLEI'm Not Defeated (Cassius Remix)
    LABELGlitterbox
    CATALOGUE NO.GLITS030R
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/02/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • House
  • Track Listing

    1. A. I'm Not Defeated (Cassius XXL Remix)

    Following the tragic passing of Philippe Zdar last summer, Ed Banger and Glitterbox Recordings have come together to release the final collaborative Cassius production, with the blessing of Hubert Boombass and Philippe’s family. This special vinyl only release features their remix of Fiorious’ powerful call-to-resistance anthem ‘I’m Not Defeated’, a record that captures the energy of historical protest songs, and inspired remixes from Honey Dijon and Catz ‘N Dogz with critical acclaim. The B-side has been specially etched, and the release will be limited to just 2000 pressings, making this a true collector’s item. Described by Fiorious as “an inspiring eight-minute tour de force and the most bittersweet gift to all of us,” all profits from the 12” will be donated to Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian charity working to help the LGBTQ+ community escape persecution and violence.

    Speaking of the record, Ed Banger founder Pedro Winter said “Zdar played me the remix while we were heading to the last gig we would ever played together. He knew he and Boombass had delivered a banging remix. The original song was already one of the strongest of the year and adding Cassius’ powerful groove, hypnotic drums and these unifying chords would make this remix an instant classic.”


    ARTISTThe Imbeciles
    TITLED.I.E. Remixes (Red Rack'em / Broken English Club Remixes)
    LABELThe Imbeciles
    CATALOGUE NO.IMB12001
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/02/2020
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    Genres

  • Alternative Rock
  • Deep House
  • Indie Dance
  • Nu Disco
  • Track Listing

    1. A. D.I.E (Red Rack’em Remix)
    2. B1. D.I.E (Broken English Club Remix)
    3. B2. D.I.E (Original Version)

    This is the music for our times; our darkening times.  The Imbeciles are making the soundtrack for the world we really live in, which is set to become increasingly angry, unhappy, unfair, and messed up. “The world is slowly imploding.” That’s the warning from The Imbeciles, and the message behind its first album.  The idea of what to do emerged like a surprise attack.

    “I don’t even know where it came from… it ambushed us,” says Butch Dante, of the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut album. “To us it looks like mankind will endgame itself in this millennium, and probably within the next 100 or 200 years. The Imbeciles as harbingers of that fall. We’re pointing out that the world is imploding, for many reasons — environmental, political, technological, and ultimately because human beings themselves forgot how to be humane, how to be kind.”

    “Saying we are political would infer that we have some faith in the political system. We don’t. Or that we have answers, a solution to prevent this coming slow apocalypse. But we don’t. We are sitting at the side of an innocent-looking pool saying: hey, you’re drowning but you don’t even know it. And we’re giving you some music to listen to as you go down.”

    Inspired by the likes of Wire, Devo, Gang Of Four, but utterly unique, a new form of avant-garde art punk, against greed and mendacity. The band’s forthcoming album was recorded deep down at Sonic Ranch on the Texas/Mexico border. All analogue, in seven days. Produced by Calvin Voltz.

    Latest single “D.I.E.” is “a lament for the end of the world. With references to global endgames. They’re grim. All self-inflicted. The chorus is epic when played live. It’s incredibly passionate. People really get into it.” And now it’s been remixed.

    Red Rack'em's take on is wonderfully curveball as one might expect; homing in on one unique part of the vocal and making it the fullcrum, from which his psychedelic, deep-house, hardcore jazzathon is then able to blossom and unravel before your very eyes. Atmospheric, experimental and hooky too - clever business from the Bergerac boss.

    Next up we have the amazing Oliver Ho and his Broken English Club. Here we witness a more flagrant and faithful use of stems, and through layering both the band's parts, and instruments of his own design - he transforms 'D.I.E.' into a towering slab of dark and raw, industrial EBM.


    ARTISTDominik Marz
    TITLEVice Versa
    LABELBelters
    CATALOGUE NO.BLTRS023
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/02/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Tech House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1 - Dominik Marz - Vice Versa
    2. A2. Dominik Marz - Faces
    3. B1. Dominik Marz & Yannick Labbé - Love Takes Two
    4. B2. Dominik Marz & Yannick Labbé - Straight To Your Heart

    Our first Belters record of the year is our third outing by our man from Ausburg, Dominik Marz, and this could well be his best yet - with 4 rock solid big room hitters. These have been doing the damage with Dixon, Ame and Solomun for the past few months and recently been given some airtime by the bold Pete Tong.


    ARTISTJaco Matthews / Peter Croce
    TITLEDrums From Detroit
    LABELRocksteady Disco
    CATALOGUE NO.RSD016
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE13/03/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Jaco Matthews - Lesson One
    2. A2. Jaco Matthews - Snacks
    3. AA. Peter Croce - Revival (Jaco Matthews Remix)

    One of Detroit’s brightest young house producer is Jaco Matthews, and his vinyl release on Rocksteady Disco is long overdue. “Lesson One” leads off the EP, a peak hour deep afro house track highlighting Jaco’s brilliant drum programming. “Snacks” follows, a bouncy and swinging composition with stuttering vocals and enough jack to make Robert Owens proud. On the flip is Jaco’s massive remix of Peter Croce’s “Revival”, full of moody pads, uplifting piano, driving 909, and a timeless message for our strange times.


    ARTISTJimpster
    TITLEOne EP (Inc. Waajeed Remix)
    LABELFreerange
    CATALOGUE NO.FR250
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/02/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Track Listing

    1. A. One feat. Casamena
    2. AA1. The Way It Is
    3. AA2. One feat. Casamena (Waajeed's One Nation Remix)

    Freerange hit their 250th release running and who better to announce this respectable landmark than label co-founder, A&R and most regular contributor Jimpster. As a producer and DJ with almost 30 years releasing records, he shows absolutely no sign of slowing down, and with the label heading towards it’s 25th year Jamie Odell still seems as hungry as ever to continue pushing himself and the label eagerly into the new decade.

    Joining Jimpster on the title track One is NYC native Casamena. The producer, DJ, vocalist and label boss (he launched Ocha alongside Osunlade and has remixes and releasing gracing the likes of Vega, Yoruba and Strictly Rhythm) delivers some fresh hip-house vibes inspired by house-dance slams, b-boy battles and Body & Soul sessions. Jimpster’s production makes the perfect pairing, melding layers of deep pads and punchy 707 percussion, his deft musical touch ensuring the end result is warm, soulful and uplifting.

    On remix duties we have none other than the man of the moment, legendary producer whose credentials includes names like Slum Village, Mahogany, Sound Signature, J Dilla and Dwele to name just a few; Detroit’s own Waajeed. His One Nation Remix goes strong on epic strings, hooky Moog lines and masterful beats, thinning out the vocals to make room for pizzicato stabs in what is effectively a deep, emotive dub which bumps along flawlessly.

    Closing out the EP we have another original entitled The Way It Is. This is classic Jimpster in B side mode: a slow burner which will reward you after a few plays, it’s subtle textures and sound palette offering something new on each repeated listen. One of those tracks to drop at the afterparty to boost those last remaining drops of serotonin, inject energy into weary legs and spread a warm glow throughout the room.


    Techno

    ARTISTB.C. (aka The Advent & The Source Experience)
    TITLEStronghold
    LABELMidnight Drive
    CATALOGUE NO.DRIVE007
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/02/2020
    REPRESS17/07/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Electro
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Stronghold (Original Mix)
    2. B. Stronghold (Unreleased Mix)

    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. To kick off 2020 in fine style, Midnight Drive bring you something different, from the far depths and fringes of London's mid 90's Techno scene....

    B.C. aka Cisco Ferreira (The Advent) and Robert Leiner (The Source Experience), are 2 very well known and respected figures in the global Techno underground. Between them, Cisco and Robert have both performed across the globe and been behind numerous seminal records, and worked with some of the most highly respected record labels to date including: R&S, Apollo, Jack Trax, Fragile / Transmat, Labworks, New Electronica and more since the late 1980's. Entrenched in electronic music, and armed with decades of experience, it is safe to say their collective reputations precede them.

    'Stronghold' was a one-off concept from Ferreira and Leiner that yielded only one EP, realised in 1994. The perfect frisson of dub aesthetic, electro-techno and ambient. A stripped-back juggernaut of cavern deep weaving rhythms, modular melodic sonar blips and driving bass. Total power. 'Stronghold' is one of those records that seems to morph, winding from skeletal electro snares into an off-the-rails kick drum driven freight train, pure soundsystem pressure. Only for the headstrong. Peep Dave Angel's seminal X-MIX from 1995 for a taste, the track features prominently early on in the mix to devastating effect. Also featured on this special and limited reissue of this most sought after and lesser spotted techno classic is a never heard before, unreleased and alternative take of 'Stronghold', from 1994. Lifted from DAT. It's possible that this newly unearthed version may be dubbier, trippier, perhaps more potent, more driving.....? But we'll let you decide.

    Special thanks to Cisco Ferreira (The Advent) and Robert Leiner (The Source Experience). Remastered from Cisco's DAT archive by Radioactive Man, London 2020. Worldwide distribution by Above Board distribution. Artwork by Atelier Superplus.


    ARTISTSpektre
    TITLEAgainst A Dark Background
    LABELKraftek
    CATALOGUE NO.KTK071
    FORMAT2 x 12"
    TERRITORYWorldwide
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/02/2020
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    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. What Once Was Lost
    2. A2. Trying to Forget
    3. B1. Back Into Consciousness
    4. B2. Secret Location
    5. C1. Against a Dark Background
    6. C2. Black Heart (feat Juliet Fox)
    7. D1. Smokescreen Sky
    8. D2. Mortal Coil

    Against a Dark Background – the full-length studio album from long-standing British techno duo, Spektre – will be released in early 2020 on Pleasurekraft’s esteemed Kraftek imprint.

    Following their critically-acclaimed debut album Casting Shadows Without Light in 2010 and their sophomore outing Cyclic Operations in 2013, Against a Dark Background will be the third studio long-player from partners Paul Maddox and Rich Wakley, who have been producing together under the Spektre moniker since 2006.

    Currently in the top five-selling techno artists worldwide and with over 500,000 streams per month on Spotify, Spektre have taken the electronic music world by storm over the past few years, with their forward-thinking productions and high-intensity live performances resonating with legions of loyal techno fans across all corners of the globe.

    Now key ambassadors for British dance music on a global level, Spektre’s chart-topping productions have received high praise from the likes of Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Pleasurekraft, and Alan Fitzpatrick - and the duo are often hailed as one of the most exciting acts to emerge onto the UK techno scene over the past decade.

    Talking about the forthcoming album, Spektre commented:
    It had been over 5 years since the release of "Cyclic Operations" when we first started work on the new album in earnest, so we wanted it to be a representation of how our music has evolved in that intervening period. The writing process itself was a lot more reductive than the previous two albums. We holed ourselves up for a few months and hammered out loads and loads of ideas, then filtered and refined the pool through playing them out and getting feedback from a few trusted pairs of ears, until Against a Dark Background began to crystallise into its final form.


    Muting The Noise (UK & USA only)

    ARTISTARCYDARO
    TITLEARCYDARO 02
    LABELARCYDARO
    CATALOGUE NO.ARCYDARO02
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYUK & USA only
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/02/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Deep House
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A1. Tender Heart
    2. B1. Demons

    ARCYDARO 02 is the producer's step towards a darker and more aggressive sound. Furthermore it's a step into a new decade that will bring forth much more music from this newcomer, whose works have already been picked by the likes of Âme, Dixon, Gerd Janson, Jennifer Cardini and more.


    ARTISTPatrice Bäumel
    TITLETransmission EP
    LABELAfterlife
    CATALOGUE NO.AL033
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYUK & USA only
    RELEASE DATEFIRST RELEASE21/02/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Sender
    2. B. Receiver

    Patrice Bäumel is back for his third release on Afterlife, ‘Transmission’.

    The two slick, hyper-detailed rollers have all the markings of Bäumel’s best work: patient progression, dubby chords and moments of slow-release euphoria. Both ‘Sender’ and ‘Receiver’ deal in the refined dancefloor power that made ‘Glutes’ (AL004) and ‘The Hatchet’ (AL013) stand out. They add new flourishes and elements of Bäumel’s sound, making ‘Transmission’ a distinctive and exceptionally well-executed entry in the Afterlife catalogue.


    Represses

    ARTISTMILTON WRIGHT
    TITLEKEEP IT UP
    LABELAlston
    CATALOGUE NO.ALSTON3716
    FORMAT7"
    TERRITORYWORLDWIDE
    RELEASE DATEREPRESS21/02/2020
    Last copies29/05/2020
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    Milton Wright's perfect deep Soul classic "Keep It Up" has always been a top shelf record, everything about it is almost flawless! Whether it's Milton's silky vocal delivery, the incessant guitar driven back beat or the total space Funk vibe of his omnipresent ARP-2600 synthesizer this record has it all. Originally released on TK Disco's more Soul and Funk orientated Alston label which was home to many legendary artists and records, this 1975 sunshine classic never fails to make people move. A classic rare groove indeed. "The Silence That You Keep" takes up side-B, a jazzy, flute driven love song that again features Milton's perfect voice and some fantastic arrangement. A real gem of a record, with the original 45 changing hands for over £100 a time in used condition.

    This is the first time "Keep It Up" has been re-issued in it's original 45 rpm format with the original Alston label artwork. It's been re-mastered, re-pressed and made available again with the permission of TK Disco / Alston Records, Miami Florida, USA.


    ARTISTGWEN MCCRAE
    TITLE90% OF ME IS YOU
    LABELCat Records
    CATALOGUE NO.CAT-1992
    FORMATDINKED 7"
    TERRITORYWORLDWIDE
    RELEASE DATEREPRESS21/02/2020
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    Another all-time classic from the extensive back catalog of the legendary Miami songstress Gwen McCrae.

    "90% Of Me Is You" is instantly recognizable, it's been sampled countless of times by some of the most seminal Hip Hop artists ever (Large Professor, Jaylib, Mobb Deep & more) & is a bonafide "Rare Groove" sure-shot that never loses it's appeal & is always in demand with DJ's & producers. Perhaps it's the pairing of the languid guitar & strings, or Gwen's sultry vocals & that steady breakbeat that keeps people hooked some 40 years after it's original release? Whatever it is, it's classic material from start to finish!

    Backed here with it's original b-side slow jam "It's Worth The Hurt" this super-rare 45 has been re-mastered, re-pressed & brought back for 2015's dance-floors in conjunction & with the permission of T.K. Disco / Henry Stone Music, Miami USA.


    ARTISTGWEN MCCRAE
    TITLEALL THIS LOVE I'M GIVING
    LABELCat Records
    CATALOGUE NO.CATX-2015
    FORMATDINKED 7"
    TERRITORYWORLDWIDE
    RELEASE DATEREPRESS21/02/2020
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    Yet another solid Soul/Funk nugget lifted from the vaults of Miami's CAT Records (Another T.K. Disco subsidiary).

    Often sampled, re-edited & re-jigged but never bettered! Gwen McCrae's all time classic "All This Love I'm Giving" finally see's a timely repress, just as God intended, on a dinked 45 with all original artwork intact! That's right, you may recognize this number from Cassius' 1999 hit "Feelin' For You" but this track has long been a staple of rare groove dances & sophisticated soul parties with discerning DJ's & selectors clamoring for the original 45 at any cost.

    Backed here with it's original b-side slow jam "Maybe I'll Find Somebody New" this rare 45 has been re-mastered, re-pressed & brought back for 2015's dance-floors in conjunction & with the permission of T.K. Disco / Henry Stone Music, Miami USA.


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    ARTISTPSYCHEMAGIK
    TITLEFEELIN LOVE / WAKE UP EVERYBODUY
    LABELPsychemagik
    CATALOGUE NO.PM002
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWORLDWIDE
    RELEASE DATEREPRESS26/04/2019
    REPRESS21/02/2020
    Last copies15/05/2020
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    Track Listing TBC

    ARTISTDJRUM
    TITLEBROKEN GLASS ARCH
    LABELR&S
    CATALOGUE NO.RS1715
    FORMAT12"
    TERRITORYWORLDWIDE
    RELEASE DATEREPRESS21/02/2020
    ASSETSDownload

    Genres

  • Electronic
  • Techno
  • Track Listing

    1. A. Broken Glass Arch
    2. B1. Showreel pt2
    3. B2. Showreel pt1

    R&S proudly presents brand new signing Felix Manuel AKA Djrum.

    Djrum is a perennially acclaimed underground artist, since his first release in 2010 who’s quietly built a list of fans that reads like a who’s who of contemporary dance music.

    As an artist, Djrum has formed a reputation for his unique fusion of a range of genres ranging from jazz, hip hop and dubstep to ambient and techno. His music swells with oceanic bass laded beats, cavernous atmospherics and deeply emotive melodies. An accomplished DJ his compositional approach feels like a natural collage of his influences which has seen him release for the likes of the Zenker Brothers Ilian Tape imprint as well as the influential 2nd Drop label, plus remixes for Ninja Tune and Domino.

    Felix now steps up to the plate at R&S with one of his most visionary releases to date. Deeply meditative melodies twist and turn through stuttering rhythms and pulsing low bass, hypnotic pads and woozy atmospherics. Manuel’s music somehow manages to retains the urgency and dynamic pressure of the dance floor with the intimacy and elegant detailing of the best headphone music.

    A natural fit for R&S, there is a full length Djrum album in the pipeline in 2018 - looks like it’s going to be an exciting year ahead.