TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
Disco / Nu-Disco
- A. Groove It To Your Body (Vocal)
- 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!
- A Gary's Gang - Let's Lovedance Tonight (Danny Krivit 7'' Edit)
- B Conversion - Let's Do It (Danny Krivit 7'' Edit)
Danny Krivit's fine re-edit of Gary's Gang classic "Let's Lovedance Tonight" first surfaced on Nervous Records back in 2007, and has been something of an in-demand item with disco DJs ever since. This, then, is a more than welcome reissue. The genius of Krivit's scalpel job is that it merely emphasizes the sections of the original that dancefloors want to hear; specifically, the acoustic guitar and organ-heavy groove, killer drum breaks and winding saxophone lines. It's simple but devilishly effective.
"Let’s Do It" by Convertion is another era defining soul-infused disco classic from the Sam Records catalogue. Danny Krivit similarly works his magic bringing out those elements that make the track – originally produced by Greg Carmichael and featuring the legendary Leroy Burgess on vocals – such a must-have item for all collectors.
GenresAlternative RockDubLeftfieldNu Disco
- A. Portamento
- B. Dark, Slow
Berlin based Dame Bonnet makes music influenced by post punk and cold wave and with a primitive and reverb-drenched production he creates a tragic dream for the listener to sink in to. The music has a sentimental feel to it but the pretentions are avoided thanks to the direct sound and the unremitting drums which contributes to give the tracks a forward momentum instead of a stuck in place-feeling.
Dame Bonnet makes sad club music with traces from the early eighties In England, a society ravaged by the cold individualism as a result to neo conservative politics - a time that resembles ours, where people gets categorized out of prejudice and the social welfare systems are uninstalled bit by bit in front of a sparser crowd of woke people. In Europe, now in the 2010s, a supposed dead ultraconservative monster is coming alive again and Dame Bonnets music makes the soundtrack to that process.
GenresDeep HouseNu DiscoTechno
- A1. Marlene
- B1. Marlene (Deetron Remix)
- B2. Marlene (Deetron Filter Dub)
Joshua James continues a run of infectious singles on Phantasy with a brooding, dreamlike turn into the night on ‘Marlene’, accompanied by two contrasting remixes from Swiss master, Deetron.
Beginning with the timeless texture of joyous, eighties NYC house, ‘Marlene’ soon introduces an inquisitive vocal sample, as an elegant conversation explores love and tolerance. Nonetheless, leaving little time for chin stroking, the track instead cautiously circles the pleasure at the epicentre of the dancefloor, venturing into more introspective, late-night territory, culminating in an unexpected and cathartic release of psychedelic electro. Reflecting the energy and imagination of his weekly residency at XOYO, James delivers a sophisticated, queer take on contemporary house that pays off in sheer bliss.
With a cemented reputation as one of the world’s most intuitive and imaginative remixers, Deetron carefully rebuilds 'Marlene' twice over. On his initial remix, he adopts a shuffling 4/4 bass weight, zoning in on an unintelligible snippet of the track’s sample, creating slowly escalating, sweat-inducing club pressure. Suddenly, fluttering keys and deep chords send us into a deeper direction, from the rave to the lounge and back again. Meanwhile, the Filter Dub is tailor-made and tested for after-hours selectors with a thirst for the esoteric.
Demon Records Reissues
GenresFunkSoulTrack 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.
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)
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
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
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
GenresFunkSoulTrack 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
1. She's Not Just Another Woman
2. You've Got To Crawl Before You Walk
3. Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)
5. Enny-Meeny-Miny-Mo (Three's A Crowd)
1. Just As Long
2. I Can't Fool Myself
3. I'm Worried
4. I've Come To Save You
GenresHip HopTrack 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
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]
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]
GenresHip HopTrack 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
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)
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
GenresDiscoTrack 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
2. Party Tonight!
3. Do It At The Disco
1. Let's Lovedance Tonight
2. Keep On Dancin'
3. You'll Always Be My Everything
GenresSoulTrack 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
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
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
GenresHip HopTrack 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
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
1. This Beat Kicks
2. Big Beat In London
3. It's Time To Chill
4. Live Drummin' With The Country Boy
GenresSoulTrack 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
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
6. Want Ads
1. Who's It Gonna Be
2. How Does It Feel
4. The Day I Found Myself
5. All The King's Horses (All The King's Men)
GenresSoulTrack 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
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
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
GenresDiscoSoulTrack 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
1. Strut Your Stuff
2. Checking You Out
3. Party Jam
4. Got To Be Free
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
- A1. Don't Do It Like That
- A1. Don't Do It Like That (Instrumental)
- B1. Nexus
- B2. No Statues
Of all the Network treasured relics set to be released this year to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the label there’s nothing as appropriate as the Nexus 21 “Made In Detroit” EP - it was recorded in the 1990 starter year and has been stuck In the vaults gathering dust ever since.
Why the 4 tracks on the EP never got issued is partially shrouded in mystery as explained later on,
I first met Mark Archer at one of the infamous Thursday night House Music sessions at No 7’s Wine Bar in Burntwood. It was my local haunt,and I used to turn up with acetates and test pressings of just recorded Techno tracks from my regular trips to Detroit for DJ Neil Macey to give them their first UK plays.
Neil, who later came to work at Network, introduced me to Mark and we got talking about his partner, Chris Peat, and their recording project Nexus 21. They had released a pioneering U.K. Techno meets B-Boy album “The Rhythm Of Life” on Stafford label Blue Chip which had gone out of business. I was intrigued by the idea of working with fellow Midlanders making music I was used to going to Detroit to find for the Kool Kat label I co-owned.
For their part, Mark and Chris were beguiled by my Detroit connections. especiallythe fact I was managing their Techno idols Derrick May, Kevin Saunderso and Juan Atkins. A brief courtship was consummated when they signed to was to become our new label, Network, and our music publishing outfit Kool Kat Music.
Network bought the rights to the Blue Chip recordings, and tapes of the standout track “(Still) Life Keeps Moving were instantly despatched to Detroit where Kevin Saunderson conjured up a magical remix - at mates rates compared to what I was charging the majors record label majors for a rework by him -
and he also threw in the first remix ever done by an unknown kid called Carl Craig!
This Stafford-Detroit connection seemed such a winner that my Netwotk partner Dave Barker and myself agreed we should send our new signings to Detroit to record. Not surprisingly there were no objections from Mark or Chris! Our bank manager would have probably had a view, but we never asked him anything.
We flew over in April 1990 and tracks were recorded at Kevin’s KMS Sudiio. Derrick May’s Transmat set up was upstairs in the same building, and Juan Atkins Metroplex operation next door. Mark and Chris were in Techno heaven. Four tracks were recorded “Don’t Do It Like That”, “Nexus”, “No Statues” and “Together” with a young Marc Kichen supplying percussion. Jay Denham added bits too, and Kevin supplied his engineer Chris Andrews working the desk where Inner City’s mega hit “Good Life” has been recorded a few months earlier.
For good measure you can hear Kevin talking on the outro to the instrumental mix of “Don’t Do It Like That.”
The stay also involved Mark and Chris hanging out with Detroit Techno royalty Derrick May’ Juan Atkins, Ann Saunderson, Chez Damier and Octave One plus for good measure overcoming “but we’re British” trepidation and performing at revered Motor City Techno venue Club Taboo.
All in all an epic trip. I can remember flying back to the UK with the guys absolutely delighted with the recordings and planning World domination. So why didn’t the recordings - apart from “Together”- never get released? I would love to give you a detailed explanation but I can’t!
I vaguely remember a plan to add “Nexus” and “No Statues” to the Nexus 21 tracks later released on the excellent “Progressive Logic” Network EP, the idea being that this would be the basis of an LP which we believed would establish Nexus 21 as electronica giants.
As for “Don’t Do It Like That” with those beguiling sassy vocals by Donna Black, we had hopes of a Pop crossover hit once the (never released) album came out. In the middle of all this not very well defined but optimistic plotting, our World turned upside down when Mark and Chris turned up at the Network office one day with what ended up as the first Altern 8 tracks, We all went on a Rave mission, and the Detroit tracks were put aside for another day.
We never thought that day would take 30 days. . .
- A1. Logic - The Difference (Vocal Mix)
- A2. The Underground Solution - Luv Dancin' (In Deep Mix)
- B1. Armand Van Helden - Witch Doktor (Dark Ages Mix)
- B2. Photon Inc. - Generate Power (Wild Pitch Mix)
- C1. Aly-Us - Follow Me (Club Mix)
- C2. After Hours - Feel It (The Salso Mix)
- D1. Phuture - Rise From Your Grave (Wild Pitch Mix)
- D2. Joint Venture - Master Blaster (Turn it Up) (Tha Wild Pitch Mix)
Legendary NYC house label Strictly Rhythm is celebrating a mammoth 3 decades of cutting edge, roof-raising house music. Truly a benchmark.
Originally founded in 1989 by the dynamic pairing of music industry man Mark Finkelstein and A&R expert Gladys Pizarro, Strictly tapped directly into the fertile New York underground and after hours club scene, helping to launch and bolster the recording careers of dance music luminaries like Armand Van Helden, Roger Sanchez, Ultra Nate, Todd Terry, Wamdue Project, DJ Sneak, Louie Vega and many more. Strictly Rhythm is easily one of the most recognisable and respected dance music powerhouses of all time.
Across 3 limited double vinyl offerings, the Strictly catalogue has been expertly picked over to present you with a snapshot of some of the most earth shattering house music to emanate from the streets of New York City. A who's who of producers and artists, all killer and no filler. End to end classics that help to tell the story of one of dance music's most well loved labels. Classic cuts and essentials from Armand Van Helden, Logic, Roger Sanchez (Underground Solution), Photon INC and more all feature on part 2 in their unedited, 12" mix glory.
Fully legit, remastered and selected with love courtesy of Strictly Rhythm and Above Board distribution for 2020. Happy birthday Strictly Rhythm!
- A. Closer
- B. Drive
Every odd number has an ‘E’ in it…
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Warming Up The Bass Machines II
- A2. Freaks Don't Fail Me Now
- B1. Flubblebuddy
- B2. Frankie Goes To Bollywood
- C1. Youngblood (Feat. Wyatt Marshall)
- D1. Waddaday (Feat. ZDS)
- D2. These Notes in This Order
- E1. Session A
- F1. All My People In The House
- F2. Alpine Arpline
A lot can happen in 15 years. Few things manage to thrive for a decade and a half, especially in music. But a scrappy, left of center, Bay Area house music label, Dirtybird, has managed to do just that. Claude VonStroke, Dirtybird’s founder, is marking this 15-year milestone the only way he knows how… working. This year, VonStroke will throw two dozen-plus parties, three festivals (including the famous Dirtybird Campout), host his traveling Dirtybird BBQ series in major cities across the US, publish a coffee table book, release a seasonal clothing line, stage art shows, produce a fly on the wall docu series...and kick it all off by releasing a new album, out February 21st.
What began as a free party, turned basement record label, has morphed into a truly thriving community whose familial, fun and welcoming vibe has won over hearts and minds across the world. And while Dirtybird has grown and evolved, VonStroke’s core focus on music remains unwavering. The new album ‘Freaks & Beaks’ is a celebration of quirky innovation and a relentless pursuit of something new and fresh, while hearkening back to the freewheeling spirit that inspired the launch of his label. This is a project that draws upon the inspirations of family, old friends, new fans and proper dancefloors.
Claude will let his flock wet their beaks while they wait in anticipation of the new album with two new singles demonstrating the breadth of the dance music landscape explored on the record. Youngblood touches on the deeper sides of Claude VonStroke, a throwback to the label’s early days, featuring local LA music house talent Wyatt Marshall, while All My People in the House is a dancefloor heater that is sure to unite new and old Dirtybird fans together.
Today, Claude also delivers fans part one of an intimate video series, shot by his sister Emily (an accomplished filmmaker), documenting the creation of ‘Freaks and Beaks’, celebrating this historic milestone and taking a deeper dive into the day to day life of Claude VonStroke on the road.
‘Freaks and Beaks’ is the fourth artist album and sixth full-length project from Claude VonStroke. He approached the album with a new process, including committing to daily creative time, experimenting with a lot of new hardware and having fun creating a huge amount of sketches. He made music on many levels of gear all the way from complex modular synths to simple drum apps on his iPad. Keeping it all DIY, he sampled his own voice and his two children on several tracks as well. He allowed himself to breathe while creating over 130 ideas, which were whittled down to the finished 11 album tracks.
Freaks & Beaks nods at the inspirations that underpin VonStroke’s world, inside jokes between him and Justin Martin (FlubbleBuddy), unused experimental live sessions (Session A), playful noodling on synths (Alpine Arpline), obscure French producers (Frankie Goes To Bollywood), championing new talent (Youngblood), irreverent self-aware humor (Birthday Messages) and genre inspirations that range from ghetto tech and drum n bass to hip-hop and breaks. This is VonStroke’s love letter to the vibrancy and genre diversity that have made Dirtybird such a singular label.
GenresContemporary Electronic JazzDeep HouseDown Tempo
- A. Have It Tall
- B. Daily Gates
Afrikan Sciences hold time in one hand and space in the other. This is his first offering for the ESP Institute. Side A’s 'Have It Tall' boasts the characteristics of an improvised jam session. Tipped-off in a theme of rapid-fire percussion and an innocent chord progression, each instrument ventures into its own loosely carved space, allowing squelching sporatic bursts of bassline, rhodes piano twinkles and a frenetic funky drummer pattern that haphazardly cuts in and out, to coexist without ever stepping on one another’s toes. The production is simultaneously aggressive and mesmerizing, bright cracking punctuations alternate with a fat rolling bottom end, all elements dry and present. On side B’s 'Daily Gates', things are a little slower to get rolling. Currents of swirling synth chords carry over from the previous side, but here we’re dragged across a long and thumping upright bass intro. The fabric of instrumentation casually weaves itself over a 5 minutes of liberally syncopated rimshots, hi-hats and snaps, before a guitar interjects with a triumphant and otherworldly melody, a brief shot of glowing optimism before returning us to a heavy cosmic slop. These two songs have built the end into the beginning.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Get Down Again
- A2. The Quest
- B1. Origin Unknown
- B2. Karkness
Enzo Siragusa releases four alternative cuts from his Decade of Rave double album project, entitled The Lost Dubs. All lean towards the FUSE label head’s darker taste, and darker side of production.
It’s no secret that Enzo takes a significant amount of inspiration from his formative years immersed in London’s invigorating Jungle, Drum n Bass, and Hardcore scene of the early 90s. A dance floor you’d not only find yourself encased in music on but feel it from your core. When in the studio, Enzo strives to emulate that feeling which you’ll heavily hear through the FUSE back catalogue, and when on the dance floor during his sets.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. No Drama feat. Nadav Dagon
- B. What Happened To Me
Guy Gerber's enchanting Rumors label welcomes Israeli groove-maker Roy Rosenfeld to the fold with a pair of his famously magical house tracks.
Born in Jerusalem but musically educated in Tel Aviv, Rosenfeld has evolved into one of house music's most prominent names. His evocative tracks are made for daydreaming, for getting lost in and dancing along to while filled with warm feelings. They have arrived on key labels like All Day I Dream and
Kompakt, while the man himself lays down similarly engaging sets of thoughtful house and techno across Europe, Asia and North and South America.
He opens up his account here with the brilliantly loose grooves of 'No Drama feat. Nadav Dagon.' It's a hypnotic house affair with a mesmeric lead synth line that feels exotic and tropical while the bubbly drums and underlapping bass enrich the whole charming affair.
On the flip side, 'What Happened To Me' is more driving and direct. The punchy house drums are overlaid with spoken word samples that drift in and out while percolating synths ride up and down the scale to bring an off-balance sense of groove.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A. Rivers Feat MAMA
- B. Tokyo ASMR
Following on from his debut release for Crosstown Rebels in 2018, Emanuel Satie is welcomed back to the revered label to present Rivers feat. MAMA, another display of his gifted musical skill, set for release this February.
Rivers feat. MAMA opens with a spirited bassline, delicate percussion is added before MAMA’s outstanding vocal cuts through, touching the soul as the mystical chant of melody slowly burns. Tokyo ASMR sees the listener transported to the colour and ambience of the city, it features Japanese inspired strings, flutes and samples that lock around a minimal beat inducing a state of meditation and tranquillity.
Frankfurt-born, Berlin-based producer Emanuel Satie has built up a distinguished reputation with his original productions and remixes. Bursting onto the scene with a slew of releases on many of the most meaningful labels, with impressive chart positions including a Beatport number 1, Emanuel’s unrelenting momentum lead to him being awarded Best Producer at the DJ Awards, an acclaim previously won by Maceo Plex and Solomun. His music has been played by DJs across genres and previously charted in the top five most Shazamed tracks in Ibiza, whilst Pete Tong made single Don’t Forget To Go Home featuring Billy Cobham his Miami Music Week Essential New Tune. Following this Emanuel then collaborated with Pete Tong for their massive Time For Love which has now reached two million Spotify plays, released his widely supported Planet XXX on Sven Väth‘s Cocoon Recordings and was welcomed into the Crosstown Rebels fold to release his debut EP on Damian Lazarus‘ label.
GenresDeep HouseTech HouseTechno
- A. The Sound
- B. Stan Smith
Breakthrough British DJ and Producer Josh Hvaal touches down on the formidable Hot Creations label this February with two striking cuts ready to be unleashed on the world.
On The Sound a pumping kick and spirited hi-hats lead into a dizzying synth line, progressively more frenzied pulses of electronics are thrown in and collide to create dance floor pandemonium. Stan Smith features more lively percussion, classic rave stabs and bright samples to produce an anthemic melody that moves with bounce over a jacking bassline.
2020 looks set to be a big breakthrough year for 24-year-old Josh Hvaal as he makes his mark on the underground dance music scene. He has already amazed audiences with appearances at Stealth, XOYO, EGG, Lab11 and Lightbox. His unique and extensive catalogue of high-octane club-ready music influenced by the likes of Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon and DJ Haus has already hit some of the most renowned clubs and festivals in the world, being played by Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed, Latmun, Pawsa, Seb Zito and more. After catching the eye of Jamie Jones with his original and unconventional productions, he was immediately signed for this debut release. With planned releases on Hottrax and his label Forum records still to come, expect to hear much more of Josh as the year unravels.
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1 Tom Churchill - Spaces
- A2 Tom Churchill - Spaces (Dennis DeSantis Remix)
- B1 Dennis DeSantis - Leisure
- B2 Dennis DeSantis - Leisure (Tom Churchill Remix)
Mint Condition - A record label focused on excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics and overlooked gems mined from the last 20+ of contemporary dance music are the order of the day. From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....
Back to 2002, the beginning of the new millennium. Tom Churchill's Headspace Recordings label had already been making an impact on the deeper strains of techno emanating from within the UK. With releases from detroit's Sean Deason, CiM, Hanna, Vince Watson and many more, Headspace was already a 'must check' label within record buying and DJ circles. This stellar split EP with NYC's Dennis DeSantis saw the pair remix each others tracks, both turning in very different, but equally complimentary sonic excursions. Churchill's 'Spaces' is surefire deep-space techno boogie of the highest order, swinging and funky and melodic in equal measure. The DeSantis remix of 'Spaces' is also a total winner, a stripped back exercise in expert minimalism, full of feeling and a perfect partner to the original mix. On the flip is Dennis DeSantis' 'Leisure', a sprawling and laconic broken house jam. Brilliant and teasing melodic synth motifs sit atop nagging acidic basslines and space. Again, the remix follows the original and Tom Churchill dials the track down into chasm deep shuffling drums and basslines and dubbed out FX. It's hard to think of an EP where two artists can remix each others music in such a compelling way, and for it to work so well. This is truly an excellent release and it's a real pleasure to see these tracks back on the streets. Sublime, and essential.
'Spaces / Leisure' has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Headspace Recordings for 2020 and remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original sources especially for Mint Condition. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
- A1. Jaco Matthews - Lesson One
- A2. Jaco Matthews - Snacks
- 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.
GenresAcid HouseDeep House
- A1. Raise Me Up (feat. ANOHNI) (Hercules 2019 Mix)
- A2. Change
- B1. My Offence (feat. Krystle Warren) (Hercules 2019 Mix)
- 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.
- A1. Ashes in the wind
- B1. Menabelle
- C2. Secret
Sébastien (yes, we are on a first name basis with him now) returns.
His music is always unique and alluring, it continues to push the emotive genre's boundaries while maintaining his signature.
“Ashes In The Wind”, a beautiful and melancholy piece brims with sadness and longing. Not the obvious first choice of many for the lead track but, after a thousand plays around the world’s sunrises and sunsets an enduring and classic in the making.
“Menabelle” takes inspiration from last year's hit, “Lanarka”, using and twirling cut up vocals to soaring effect. The EP is closed out with the classy and stylish string and synth gem, “Secret”. Beautiful and patient this track sends the EP out into deep space.
Close your eyes and dream.
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A. Squarker
- B1. Love Me So
- B2. A Stone Thing
Norm De Plume makes a welcome return to Delusions Of Grandeur following up last year’s Castlecrag EP which boasted a remix from the mighty Folamour. The Londoner, now based in Sydney, has been quietly making a name for himself over the last decade with remixes for Tornado Wallace and Ben La Desh and EP’s for Kolour LTD and his own vinyl-only imprint Plumage winning him a solid following along the way. His passion for all things disco and deep, dubby, underground house inspired by his musical hero Ron Hardy feeds through into his production style as well as his recently formed Analogue Discogue party which boasts an audiophile sound system and vinyl-only sets from the DJ’s.
For his latest release entitled the Squarker EP Norm gives us plenty of heat for the dance ﬂoor across three brilliant originals. The title track even manages to make a slap bassline sound good(!) with a healthy dose of dub delays and some deep, epic chords building into the mix. A crunchy disco groove with live hihats and congas keeps things loose and organic whilst remaining fat and punchy.
Flipping over we have Love Me So which works up an 8th note live bass line to great effect, ﬁltering chords adding a nice tension until the point where an off kilter synth sequences joins to add the icing on the cake.
Closing out the EP we have A Stone Thing which takes a more housey approach with classic 909 hats bringing a shufﬂe feel and layers of chiming chord stabs adding a deeper atmosphere for the warm up or afterhours.
- A1. Xymbals
- A2. Portal 2 Space
- B1. Dehumanized
- B2. Dehumanized (Matrixxman Remix)
The first explosion into 2020 from the Planet X marvel is finally scheduled for space in mid-February. Musical progeny from the depths of the planet, better known as Lafontaine, who has been preparing custom smashes specifically designed to counteract the degrading and demolished virtual reality that seems to make the Earth's uplifting generations destitute. Those generations who have little or no ability to take on life's struggles and consequently fall into the slavery role in the future. Lafontaine has been given clear answers, along with direct goals to counter this trend. And with this EP called "Dehumanized", Lafontaine comes up with indescribable frequencies, sounds and elusive electric currents to break the prescribed spell for human slavery. With one of the most distinguished space guys in the team, the most trustworthy astronaut of the nebula, Matrixxman as the recorder of this important EP, nothing can stop it from breaking up the sins of the universe and its intrigued intention to make the future generations a selection of paltry runts..
- A1. Headless (Len Faki Hardspace Mix)
- B1. I'll Sit Back (Len Faki Hardspace Mix)
- B2. Hassling (Len Faki Hardspace Mix)
This February, Rekids look to the venerable talents of Len Faki for three fantastic remixes of tracks from FBK's 2019 debut album, ‘More Stories From The Future’.
For two decades, German artist Len Faki has towered over the techno underground thanks to his renowned DJ sets at cult venues like Berghain, and his always on point productions. They have come on staples like Ostgut Ton and Cocoon, but mostly on his own powerhouse outlet Figure. Over the years, Faki has provided a number of excellent remixes on Rekids, including Dustin Zahn and Radio Slave himself, thus it’s incontestable that he’s the best person to remix Kevin Kennedy’s incredible album – and the result speaks for itself.
Up first is his ‘Hardspace Mix’ of 'Headless', which becomes a sublime seven-minute techno roller. Utterly hypnotic throughout, it has looped one-word vocals, smooth claps and wiry synth lines all intertwined with perfectly rubber kicks. The excellent mix of 'I'll Sit Back' builds to a more manic peak, with hammering hits and steel-plated drums all demanding you march to the increasingly dark techno groove as a vocal repeat’s the title over and over. Finally, the mix of 'Hassling' is built on hulking great drums that will rattle warehouse walls, and has dub techno chords draped throughout: it finds a perfect sweet spot between irresistible functionality and atmospheric form.
- A1. Stojche - Revenge
- A2. Luca la Rocca - Focus
- B1. Eric Axelsson - Gestalt
- B2. Vincenzo Maurice - Someone
UNCAGE label is back with a bang thanks to a various artists release featuring Stojche, Luca La Rocca, Eric Axelsson, Vincenzo Maurice and Module One.
Macedonian rebel Stojche is first up with his pummelling drum programming and sleek synths peeling off a high tempo groove. It is dubbed out and propulsive techno of the highest order. Luca La Rocca - Focus is darker and more stripped back, an eerie final cut that packs a real punch, then Eric Axelsson offers a deep atmosphere with icy electronics dancing above rooted kicks that get you in a trance. After a twitchy acid banger from Vincenzo Maurice is a digital only cut from Module One that is cavernous, mysterious and hypnotic.
This is another high impact techno Ep from the ever reliable UNCAGE.
Jungle / Hardcore
- A. Make Me Feel '93
This futuristic proto Drum & Bass was previously unavailable on Vinyl this was a single sided Dubplate from 1993 by the great DJ Tango (RIP). The master is from DAT Tape remastered by Subvert Central Mastering.
- A. DJ Tango Recipe
- B. Original Recipe
Originally made in 2012 but it took until late 2019 to get permission to use this Dubplate Mix by DJ Tango. This is an official release.
- A. The Pipe (2018 Remix)
- B. Don't Just Stand There (Remix)
Official Hedgehog Affair Remixes by Ron Wells.
- A1. M.O.T.O.S
- A2. Fodder
- B1. In A Fury
- B2. Cov Sound
Chapter three of this excellent old school series, Jay Cunning from We Are Hardcore says "InnerCore has perfectly captured the early Prodigy vibe. Top marks!’
- A. Incapable
- B. Incapable (Crooked Man Pt. 3 Mix)
Roisin Murphy’s disco-hued ‘Incapable’, created in partnership with long-time collaborator DJ parrot, was met with universal acclaim when it was released in early June. A masterclass in effortless cool, shuffling house beats meets Murphy’s pirouetting vocal which moulds and morphs across 8 perfect minutes, whilst lyrically it brilliantly subverts the tropes of the traditional heartbreak lament. Alongside the original, the B side also offers his darker, deeper ‘PRT 3’ remix that puts a heady spin on the track, heavy on a shape-shifting, reverberating bassline in constant flux.
GenresTrack Listing TBC
"Cramp Your Style" by All The People surely belongs among the canon of all time funk standards, sampled aplenty over the years, included on numerous compilations as well as being the recipient of cover versions from Breakestra and Killer Meters. Originally issued on the Blue Candle label back in 1972, a newly remastered edition of that 7" is now available for any funkateers out there without the 45 in their collections already. Robert Moore's yearning vocal sounds all the better for it too! And don't sleep on the bluesy delights of B side track "Watcha Gonna Do About It?".
Official re issue.
- A1. bRave
- A2. Transcendence
- B1. Warped Riddim
- B2. bRave (Enzo Siragusa's Back to '93 Remix)
East End Dubs returns to FUSE this August to deliver his highly anticipated ‘bRave’ EP, accompanied by label boss Enzo Siragusa on remix duties.
Easily one of house music’s most prolific producers, DJs and label owners, East End Dubs’ sharp rise as one of scenes most in-demand artists has seen the London-based producer make appearances across a slew of Europes most notable venues, including the likes of Amnesia, DC-10 and Benimussa Park (Ibiza), Watergate (Berlin) and Village Underground (London) in 2019 alone. Following on from his collaborative EP alongside original FUSE resident Rich NxT back in June, August will finally see the release of the long-awaited ‘bRave’, one of the most requested tracks of the year having been championed heavily by label head Enzo Siragusa and Jamie Jones across recent months, alongside two further originals and a hefty remix from Siragusa himself.
Fusing trademark slinking drum grooves, rumbling sub bass and tripped out lead lines accented by infectious vocal snippets, ‘bRave’ quickly shapes up to offer up a commanding slice of peak time gold typical of the producers ever-impressing output, whilst ‘Trancendence’ introduces wandering, spacey synths amongst airy chords and regimented percussion. Next, ‘Warped Riddim’ takes cues from its title as hypnotic, twisted rhythms snake amongst off-kilter metallic drum licks, before Enzo Siragusa’s ‘Back To 93 Remix’ packs low-end groove in abundance as the label boss flips the title track to offer up a driving, garage-fueled interpretation to round out proceedings in style.
- A1. Kuar (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
- B1. Kuar (Don't Let Your Vote Be Fake Newsed Mix)
The Innervisions classic is back! This reedition features a previously unreleased version from Henrik Schwarz instead of the Olof Dreijer remix that was part of the original Kuar EP.
- A Houran - Gilb'r Simple Tone Mix
- B1 Shamaleh - Gilb'R Main Mix
- B2 Nasser Interlude
- B3 Shamaleh - Dub Version
- C Houran - I-Cube Remix
- D Houran - DJ Sotofett's Versatile Mix feat Ghinwa Najm
King Ghazi is Shadi Khries and Gilbert Cohen.
Recorded in Amman / May 2014.
All the music presented here is original, and has been recorded in Jordan in May 2014. This project was born when I met Shadi in Paris, at the percussion recording sessions for Acid Arab. From these sessions came the idea ofexploring local music styles on the verge of disappearing, in Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East. It was also an opportunity for me to meet exceptional people and wonderful artists. For 15 days, we travelled through Jordan, recording local musicians. Here we hear Osama Al Khairat aka Abu Sayah, an exiled Syrian musician who plays the Yarghoul (two flutes linked together by beeswax. One plays a drone, the other the corresponding range, all while blowing continuously).
I want to specially thank Shermine Sawalha for allowing us to record in the living room of her parents' house, as well as for coordinating the whole project. Without her energy and patience, this record would not be in your hands today.
Also, many thanks to Ali Hamad Zalabia, who welcomed us to his camp in the desert at Wadi Rum, one of the most beautiful places that I have ever had the chance to see...
Thanks to everyone who supported us in Jordan.
[Awad Moh. al Blouey
[Nasser Salem Al Zalabyeh
[Moh Ali Al Zalabyeh
[Nayef Mahmoud Al Imran
[Badr Al Mawad Zalabyeh
Aqaba Downtown + Beach
[Jamal Mousa Alriyadi
Amman - Wadi Al Seer
[Abu Nour Haltam
Amman - Studio Shermine house
[Osama Al Khairat aka Abu Sayyah
[Ghassan Abu Haltam
[Abu Nour Haltam
Shadi & Bashar Khries
Gilb'R would like to thank. Tessa, ma chérie,mes merveilleux enfants, Anna et Victor, Versatile crew, I:Cube, Ygal, Cosmic Neman, Etienne Jaumet, Vidal Benjamin, Acid Arab, Jonathan Fitoussi, Clemens Hourrière, Loik Dury, Jeff Labelle, Isabelle Oms, Dj Sotofett, Dj Fett Burger, Shane Burmania, Etienne Blanchot, Guillaume Sorge, The maghreban, Yann Le Marec, Bruno Hassen, Vladimir Ivkovic, Tako and all the Redlight records massive, Orpheu and all the Redlight radio massive, Young Marco, Sanne@Voyage select, Pepe Bradock, Scot Bendall, Asaf,Maor and all the Tel-Aviv crew, Nicolas Ker, Eat Gas, Romain BNO, Fabrizio Rat, Giani Caserotto, John Cravache, Dan Hill, Sweatlodge crew, Synchrophone, Stuart Hawkes, Amsterdam, Filums, Shadi, Shermine and all the Amman crew, Jennifer Cardini, Rudy Aboab@Radio Nova, Nils,Joakim, Simon le citron, Jorge Velez, Pilooski, Toukadime, Redbull Jordanie.
In memory of Remy Kolpa Kopoul.
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A Running (The Chase)
- B1 Kalvier
- B2 Bonobobeat
2016 REPRESS X 300 UNITS
Jan Schulte is a producer from Dusseldorf, and also on of the recurring DJ from the crazy local club Le Salon Des Amateurs. The multifaceted producer is releasing records as Wolf Muller or Bufiman. It’s this moniker he choose for his “Runnin EP” on Versatile. With the track “Running” exploring the dirty side of Disco and titles as “Kalvier” and “Bonobobeat” with their powerful bassline mingle with tribal rhythms, Bufiman reminds us that “Music Is Voodoo“…
VER095 : Bufiman – Running EP
1 – Running (The Chase)
2 – Kalvier
3 – Bonobeat
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1. FR33Z
- A2. Arp Surface
- B1. Oblivion (Dixons's Edit)
- B2. Vacuum Jackers (Maurice Fulton Remix)
Versatile celebrates its 20th Anniversary with some classic represses...
- A. Crazy (Dam House Remix)
- B1. Crazy
- B2. Kameo Casette
- C. Lo
- D. Sargan
5 would be the key number for the brand new Chateau Flight release on Versatile.
It's been 5 years since the last release and it took 5 days to record. Nicolas (I:Cube) was busy with his own material, I moved to Amsterdam 3 years ago and as we like to make music in the same space. It took a bit of time but finally it's here; the Dam House EP.
I invited Nicolas to visit me last winter, not to do music but just for a cool A’Dam hang out. This turned into 5 intense days of fun production in my studio. It was amazing for both of us to witness how our connection remained intact after all those years and the ideas came really quick. The vibes of the tracks all turned out pretty different, it's a true Chateau Flight kaleidoscope with an epic 10mn Techno track Sargan, a more House vibe, Crazy (Dam House mix), a heavy dark funk drive of Lo and the ambient Crazy(Ambient mix). This record would have not been the same without Redlight records,to whom this record s dedicated.
James and Abel left their shop open at night just for us and as children in a candy store we went through the racks looking for samples that formed the inspiration for this ep.
GenresDeep HouseNu DiscoSynth-Pop
- A1. Sphere Of Existence (Chateau Flight Remix)
- A2. Sphere Of Existence (I:Cube Unexpected Dub)
- B1. L'oeillet Noir (Flegon Remix)
- B2. Current Density (Raphaël Top- Secret Remix)
« Remixes » is a meeting of French electronic champions.
French Touch veterans I:Cube and Chateau Flight, trendsetting DJ Raphael Top Secret and newcomers Flegon provide us with remixes of the autumn released LP « Sphere Of Existence » by Antoine Kogut.
Where the LP explored atmospheric and experimental pop, « Remixes » gives us a perfect four tracker that is made for the dancefloor.
On side A, Chateau Flight transforms the title track « Sphere Of Existence » into a 90’s Italo house banger while I:Cube does what he does best in his unexpected dub version.
On the B side, Raphael Top Secret reworks « Current density » into a Hip House track full of jaunty vibrations and newcomer band/label Flegon fulfilled their goal of working with their all time favorite French Touch pioneer label Versatile giving us a Nu-Disco remix of the song « L ‘oeillet noir ».