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!
In 2018 I landed in Amsterdam to start a Europe Tour. The venue could not find a hotel for me, so I asked Gilbert, who invited me to stay in his guest room. I felt at home when I saw what was on Gilbert's table/mind. The book 'Shantaram', a double reed flute photo, Saravah... (as a friend of Pierre Barouh, I had visited Saravah where I met Jacques Higelin in the 70s). Gilbert and I exchanged many ideas, and I invited him to record at my place in Australia. He did, and here is the result! I am thrilled that the words issued from my Head Voices are highlighted by the arrangements co-created with Gilbert - also the sheer genius of I:Cube to polish our gems has a lot to do with that!
London based Brazilian artist Laima announces the 12” vinyl release of ‘Disco Pregnancy’. The release follows from her double-vinyl debut album ‘Home’, released by DEEWEE last November. ‘Home’ is a striking proposition. It’s a package which features two records that are designed to be played simultaneously: Laima’s vocal and synth tracks on the ‘Tonal’ disc alongside Iggor’s beats on the ‘Rhythmical’ record. By syncing the two records listeners are offered an unconventional way to experience the music.
The ‘Disco Pregnancy’ 12” will be released on 6th March 2020 and for the first time features the combined Tonal + Rhythmical versions of album tracks ‘Disco Pregnancy’ and ‘Home’, all recorded, produced and mixed by Stephen & David Dewaele (Soulwax/2manydjs).
Yokohama-based producer Foodman - aka 食品まつり or Shokuhin Matsuri - continues his expansive sonic voyage with his new EP Dokutsu, out on 6th March 2020. It follows his 2019 release ODOODO, which was issued on Diplo’s Mad Decent label. Dokutsu is the first release on Highball, a brand new label exporting forward-thinking music from Japan.
Foodman emerged from Japan’s nascent footwork scene, using the genre as a springboard for an escapist exploration into a dazzling array of sounds. He’s since earned the respect of influential fans including Diplo, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and HOMESHAKE, while Pitchfork, Noisey, FACT and Tiny Mix Tapes have included his releases in various ‘best of the year’ lists since 2016.
Opening track Kazunoko sets the tone for what will follow. Its woozy rhythm is evocative of the off-kilter playfulness that’s become a hallmark of Foodman’s uncategorizable artistry. It’s also a sign of his inventiveness that he constantly adds fresh layers to the track without losing sight of its light-hearted, spacious feel.
Another of Foodman’s unorthodox traits is his ability to meld the frenetic with the soothing. Hirake Tobira is a case in point. Its production is hypnotic, while its central motif - endless twists and variations on a vocal sample - is sufficiently insistent to demand attention. Kachikachi reverses the trick with a thrilling rush, stuttering otherwise unobtrusive sounds.
Elsewhere the EP plays on sonics which have echoes of the familiar while remaining alien: the boss fight soundtrack of Oshiro, the clattering percussion that dominates Imo Hori, and the ambient psychedelia of Konomi.
Based in Yokohama, an hour south of Tokyo, Foodman’s multifaceted skills also encompass DJing and painting. His press image, shown above, is a self-portrait. From the stripped-back sketches of his 2012 set Shokuhin (released on Giant Claw’s Orange Milk label) to the richer textures of ODOODO, Foodman has subverted everything from Okinawan folk to J-Pop to D&B/classical fusion into his own otherworldly inventions.
North End, Michele
Kind Of Life, Kind Of Love / Magic Love (PBR Streetgang Re-Versions)
A. Michele - Magic Love (PBR Streetgang Re-Version)
B. North End - Kind Of Life, Kind Of Love (PBR Streetgang Re-Version)
West End records open the vaults once more to today's top editors and remixers.
This incredible 12" sees the mighty PBR Streetgang take the reigns for 2 gems from the stash!
Michele's 1977 'Magic Love' kicks things off in fine style, a slick bass driven groove is what we get with this funked out slab of string laden Disco heat. Nicely cut n pasted for the DJ's, dropped at the right time this one will go off! On the flip is North End's 1979 jam 'Kind of life, kind of love', boasting some serious harmonica and an almost AOR feel, the PBR version clocks in at 10+ mins of building dancefloor magic! Tweaked just right, and with a respectful nod, these 2 new versions are essential for the discerning disc jocks out there.
Fully licensed, sanctioned and released by Above Board distribution and West End Records, 2020. Accept no imitations!
David Christie, The Destroyers
Back Fire / 'Lectric Love (PBR Streetgang Reworks)
A. David Christie - Back Fire (PBR Streetgang Rework)
B. The Destoyers - 'Lectric Love (PBR Streetgang Rework)
Salsoul opens the vaults once more to today's top editors and remixers. This incredible 12" sees those PBR Streetgang dudes take the reigns to great effect.
Digging in the vaults for those lesser spotted gems, the PBR crew have tweaked up 2 absolute Tom Moulton related killers here for our enjoyment. Side A is a finely tuned, lovingly fondled version of David Christie's LP cut 'Back Fire' from 1978. A sleazy, almost Euro feeling good timer that does the biz. On the flip, is the Destroyers mammoth 'Lectric Love', another lowdown cruiser of a track, nice cosmic FX and leather vibes for the late night prowl! Both edits are brilliantly done, and with a knowing and respectful nod too, one for the heads right here.
Fully licensed, sanctioned and released by Above Board distribution and Salsoul Records, 2020. Accept no imitations!
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
• 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
• 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]
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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)
• 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
• 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
“All heads realize, recognize. Real heads on the rise, recognize. You better recognize”.
Another milestone of Hip Hop's Golden Era gets an official 45rpm / 7" vinyl release to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Smif-N-Wessun's debut album "Dah' Shinin” .
Representing Brownsville & Bed Stuy Brooklyn, rap duo Smif-N-Wessun, Tek and Steele, first appeared on Black Moon’s debut album Enta Da Stage in 1993. Adding relentless rhymes to tracks "U da Man" and "Black Smif N' Wessun," the pair paved the way for the Brooklyn Supergroup Boot Camp Clik.
25 years later, the raw and gritty sound of Da Beatminerz productions cut through the noise that is often found in the present day music industry, and was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums of all time.
A1. Raise Me Up (feat. ANOHNI) (Hercules 2019 Mix)
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.
Mavericks of the musical landscape, Brooklyn’s finest genre-defying duo Dave + Sam release their anticipated debut album ‘No Shade’ on Classic Music Company this spring, a thirteen-track narration of the 21st century experience, told through the eyes of vocalist Dave Giles II and production maestro Sam O.B. With the aim to package love, empowerment and socio-political commentary into a collection of tracks that never compromise on groove or soul, this enchanting album never loses sight of its message as it journeys from deep Chicago house and otherworldly melodies to funk-laden jams and adventurous studio experimentation.
Hinged tightly by the soulful nuances of Moodymann, Mos Def and Gil Scott Heron, Dave’s captivating spoken word delivery is purposeful and considered, as Sam weaves rhythms and grooves so deep you can get lost in them – the two musical narratives working in perfect harmony. Impassioned cuts like ‘Facts’, ‘Worth It’ and ‘Sauce’ leverage hip-hop’s tradition of battle rap against white supremacist rhetoric, a message that remains ever more relevant in today’s political climate. Title track ‘No Shade’, ‘Day One (Oh Baby)’ and ‘Can’t Get Enough’ allow stories of love and loss to unfold to the listener, while the stripped-back grooves of ‘Round The Way’ and ‘You Da Shit Girl’ add another dimension to the album. Featuring a number of collaborators such as Chicago legend Mike Dunn, powerhouse vocalist Ramona Renea and fellow Brooklyn natives Cor.Ece and LATASHÁ, ‘No Shade’ is an evocative, powerful and joyful experience when played in its entirety.
Recorded in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant, a neighbourhood bearing the scars of over-policing and encroaching gentrification, the vibrancy of the community and its unyielding history of creative expression shines through on the album’s entirety. As products of such environments, Dave + Sam’s music is resilient, revolutionary and organic in equal parts. An homage to their mutual reverence for early Chicago house and the golden era of underground parties in New York, ‘No Shade’ is a riveting body of work ready for you to lose yourself in.
VQ082 marks Peshka's debut on the Visionquest imprint. Ukrainian artist Peshka, created the alias in 2014 as an alter ego to Delta X. After a 2 year hiatus due to the anti-terrorist activity in his home country, he returned in 2016 to put out a string of releases including his solo vinyls "Mood" EP in 2018 and "Pleasant Pain" on Amam in 2019.
"Overdrive" starts out the EP with retro future pads, synth bass full of delay, arpeggiated percussion drips and drums that come together fully with hard claps anchoring the beat to the low end of the track. All the while a sultry vocal slinks it's way through.
Next we hear "Our Life", a thumping track steeped in darkness that has the sound of speeding through a European city after a bank heist. Alternating hi-hats keep your ears at the ready, waiting for what to look out for next. A vocal twisting in the the background stays just out of reach of intelligibility.
The flip side begins with "Spectral Analyzed" and it gets off to a quick start with plenty of spectral sounds full of galactic wonder. Reverb drenched tones echo through the track leading to an old school arp that reinforces the rhythm.
The EP rounds out with "Virtuoz", a dance through skittering hi hats and mutating bass held together by sharp percussion and precise kick patterns. As with the theme of the record, apeggiated synths soaked in delay dance around the head, keeping the overall theme intact. A lush break of synths splashes together to lead us out of the record.
DJ Support Confirmed - Lee Foss, Doc Martin, Laura jones, dixon, Anja Schneider, Franco Cinelli, Alexi Delano, Loco Dice , Damian lazarus, ame
We're delighted to kick off our 10th anniversary celebrations with a release from an artist we've long admired, Dusseldorf's Harmonious Thelonious. His explorations into minimalism and polyrhythms have been staples in our sets since we were first connected via the Salon des Amateurs, and we couldn't be happier to welcome him into the Highlife fold with one of his brightest sounding records yet - documenting his musical adventures in Uganda.
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.
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.
Rekids offshoot Stranger in The Night welcomes renowned underground mainstay Fred P for an incredible release complete with his signature depth.
Fred P ended 2019 under his Black Jazz Consortium alias with an album full of the lush musicality and worldly deep house grooves he’s known best for. His own name is reserved for more driving, club focused sounds, however, and in the past, he’s released on Secretsundaze, Finale Sessions, Mule Musiq, his now defunct Soul People imprint, not to mention his more recently minted Perpetual Sound. Few can nail a groove as heavy and hypnotic as this Berlin-based New Yorker, and the four tracks here highlight that once more.
'Turn Up' is built on immovable kick drums that roll and roll beneath a dark nebula of synths and pads. There is the atmospheric feel of factory floor automation in the groove and it never lets up. The lush 'Alphabet City' is less heavy, with more bright and cosmic pads lighting up a track that is airy and filled with a subtle sense of funk. 'Construction' takes things late into the night once more, with an edgy lead that is unsettling and paranoid as it pans about over a rooted kick drum that will lock the floor into a state of hypnosis. 'For The Dome' closes this fantastically compelling release with jittery, percussive drums that are softened by celestial synth work. In harmony, they make for perfectly escapist listening.
This is irresistible dance floor dynamite for those who like it deep.
Cult label Groovepressure returns with its 17th release. A 4-track EP that is one of its best yet. A collaboration between label boss (and Memory Box head honcho) Robin Ball and regular Groovepressure cohorts A². Taking turns to remix each other’s tracks delivering a 4/4 and breakbeat track and remix each. This EP has all the Groovepressure trademarks. Mixing up techno, house, breakbeat and electro with a deep underground vibe. Music for your head and your feet.
First up A² “Delaycious” is an unreleased track from the vaults. A real gem made in the 90’s and thought lost until re-discovered recently on a dusty DAT. And on the flip side Robin’s stripped back teched up “Oh Yea”.
It has been a LONG time since Bushwacka! released any music on his original label, Plank Records. Its apt that the label started 25 years ago, and now, for its 25th 12 inch release Bushwacka! has delivered a killer 4 track EP, pushing boundaries of time signatures and paying homage to his rave breakbeat days as well as turning up the heat with the electro cuts.
A1. All Night in Heaven actually started out as a rave house track, with the killer breakbeat drop in the middle, but Bushwacka! changed the arrangement specifically to play the track at the Return To Rage event at Heaven, where he first went raving every Thursday from 1988 to 1992. The track sounded so massive on the dance floor that he decided to keep the breakbeat vibe throughout the track and release it on his Plank Imprint.
A2. It’s The Five O is a piece of music that defies gravity. Its a fusion of percussive assault, tribal chanting frenzy, and a bassline from the depths of Hell… but the magic of the track is its 5/4 time signature. Incredibly challenging to mix in and out of, yet so unique in its rhythm that people bust shapes they didn’t know their bodies were capable of.
B1. Feng Shui is a piece of filthy Electro Breaks that pulls you inside out and upside down. Bushwacka! has his signature Plank sound all over this, with raw rhythms and deep melodies and twisted warped sounds.
B2. Whiplash was written three years ago in Bushwacka’s Ibiza Studio. Its a cross between Electro and 4/4 dance music, with a beat so powerful the floors feel like an earthquake has hit them. This is the most pure of the tracks in its direct line to the early 80s Electro sounds, yet sounds like it was made yesterday. It has been destroying the clubs in his sets since 2017 and now needs to be shared.
Plank Records has had a devoted cult following and second hand the tracks have been changing hands for big bucks, and many vinyl labels have been re releasing some of the cuts. It’s so exciting that the label is launching again for 2020, with a sound often imitated, yet never replicated.
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..
Hellcat industries is the latest scheme from the forever audacious bbbbbb family, focusing on cheeky dance floor bangers channelling the fun 90s not-so-serious techno anthems combined with the bbb oddball spirit, the modernised sound of 2k20 future stars and mad in-house label artwork.
‘Chanting from a Tiny Book’ is the second chapter of Hellcat where Bjarki and VTSS split a twelve inch together. H311CAT02 follows the success of the first V/A with VTSS, Cadency, Kuldaboli and Bjarki on board, and continues sharing the tales of the cat from
After the behind the scenes work VTSS did as curator of the first V/A, the bbb team unanimously invited the polish selector and producer to continue her involvement with Hellcat naming her the labels A&R. The tracks selected by VTSS for the second installation include her own productions with the banging ‘Batman Church’ and the more anthemic ‘How to Win Big’, complemented by the BBBBBB-SIDE which features Hellfire and Safety Savage from Bjarki - tunes VTSS has playing relentlessly in her sets over the past year.
The two collaborators come from quite different backgrounds but have been working together for two years finding and embracing a common ground and mission - to bring back the fun to techno.
The labels plans for 2020 include a couple of V/A’s and EP’s putting attention on maybe still a bit lesser known artists but with (in the eyes of Bjarki & VTSS) a bright future - another crucial mission of HELLCAT - with remixes from the label daddy and mommy included in digital form for every release.
Entering into a new year, Priori and Ex-Terrestrial announce the birth of a techno-focused sub-label, Garmo. Launching on 6th March, the pair come together under new alias, Ntel, to release ‘Dilution Effect’ EP. Garmo is music of the microbiome, uncompromising rhythms of the Natural-process. Artwork by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier.
Steel City Dance Discs Volume 14 (Inc. Jensen Interceptor Remix)
B2. Love Drug (Jensen Interceptor’s Blue Suede Rave Remix)
Steel City Dance Discs Volume 14 hits with three strong doses of Aloka and a boneshaking remix from Jensen Interceptor.
Experience it all in this psycho-electro jaunt. Moments of twisted ambience with strung out lysergic chords quickly flare up into swells of stark breaks, distorted synth rushes and clouds of techno paranoia.
The B-side is laced with an active Jensen Interceptor Blue Suede Rave agent – perfect for those that seek something more and don’t mind the hard side FX.
After an intensive 2019, which saw Michal Wolski release a number of EPs, he’s starting 2020 with a return to Boddika’s Nonplus Records with ‘Chant’ - a 12 filled with deep, driving, detailed Techno. This new release, explores more nuanced and hypnotic territories of electronic music, placing off-beat and ambient structures alongside 4x4 Techno rhythms.
‘Chant’ is a sonic experimentation with modular synthesizers and a plethora of modern, digital-era tools.
In addition to Wolski’s original work, is a remix from one of the most visionary modern Techno producers of our time, Anthony Linell, co-founder of the Northern Electronics record label.
STAUB is a project that came to life in Berlin around 2013. It aimed to detach itself from the hype and business from techno. The idea was simply to not announce a lineup and treat everyone the same without separating headliners from the rest. This strictly equalitarian but also very familial and friendly concept allowed to give chances to newcomers on a regular basis and to build a tight-knit community.
As time passed it also became an outlet to release music staying true to these ethos. Everyone is paid the same, doesn't matter who you are, it's all about music and respect.
After a busy year of touring and releases in 2019, Denis Horvat is proud to announce the launch of his new label for 2020. Enter: Vokabularium. The name, carried over from Horvat's latest Innervisions release, takes on a new life. The label aims to be an immersive, perpetual story. The first release on Vokabularium will be from Horvat himself, delivering a diverse 4 song EP titled, "Extensions of Base Notes".
The time has come for our Secret Weapons Part 12. This series represents a mix of various soundscapes and moods, taking you on a trip from peaktime to afterhour; as Âme & Dixon have proven during their shows around the universe. It marks the beginning to the new decade and draws a bridge for creative areas to flourish.
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.
Flavour 2: Chicken & Sweetcorn (Inc. DJ Tango Remix)
D2. Wink - Higher State of Consciousness (Tweekin Acid Funk)
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 Danny Tenaglia (Code 718), George Morel, Kerri Chandler (KCYC), Louie Vega and more all feature on part 1 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!
Following Lone AKA Matt Cutler’s stunning sixth album ‘Levitate’s hallucinogenic joyride through breakbeats, he returns to R&S with ‘Ambivert Tools’ the first in a series of EPs for the floor returning to hypnotic 4/4 excursions.
Inspired in no small part by the rich seam of house that he’s been excavating with his fine Magicwire imprint, a refreshed Cutler delivers an EP stacked with sure-fire bullets, crafted for his intoxicating DJ sets.
First up is ‘Crush Mood’ - crunching drums, lush resampled chords and dulcet female vox combine into a heady, peak-time rush. ‘Chroma' comes off like a lost 90s anthem, with its shimmering vibes, airy chords and bumpy rhythm track. B-side closer ‘From A Past Life’ could well be the strongest track on the EP - hazy Emulator ii chords, spiral arpeggios, gooey bass and woozy african percussion that finds Lone digging deeper into some of his more esoteric House music influences.
'Ambivert Tools' finds Cutler a true master, at the top of his game - taking all he’s learned over his many years of beat exploration and condensing it down into rugged house stacked full of nagging melody / harmony that elegantly pays tribute to bygone years whilst simultaneously feeling fresh and vital to 21st century dance floors.
• John Talabot and Axel Boman collaborate on an eight track release as Talaboman
• Gatefold 12” double vinyl and digital
• For fans of John Talabot, Axel Boman, DJ Koze, Leon Vynehall
It’s been over two years since Talaboman’s ‘Sideral’ EP, a joint release out on Hivern Discs and Studio Barnhus. It was John Talabot and Axel Boman’s collaborative debut and marked a new sound for the pair, consisting of rich synth motifs and vivid, afro-infused drum programming.
The two electronic artists have been independently successful in their respective careers, responsible for some of the most well-received dance releases in recent years (including Talabot’s ‘fin’ LP and Boman’s ‘Family Vacation’ LP) . Featuring on labels such as Permanent Vacation, Young Turks and !K7, Barcelona-based Talabot has become known for his unique take on chugging house and electronica. Similarly, Boman’s refined his own dusky aesthetic via Pampa, Hypercolour and his own Studio Barnhus imprint.
Now, the pair come back together with an album’s worth of material in a release titled ‘The Night Land’. Due for release on [date], via R&S records, ‘The Night Land’ continues Talaboman’s head-first dive into the deeper reaches of their conjoined musical creativity.
Nothing’s really changed since their first release, apart from the fact that this time round they produced (in their own words) an “absurd amount of music”. Writing sessions spread out across studios in Barcelona, Stockholm, and Gothenburg have given space to nascent ideas, where the two have been able to mature their sound.
The music is patient and warm, but also broad and diverse. ‘Midnattssol’ opens with atmospheric tropical panoramas, coloured by rhythmic stick hits and bell chimes. ‘Safe Changes’ and ‘Brutal Chugga-Chugga’ are hazy slow burners that crawl at a nonchalant pace, while tracks like ‘Samsa’ and ‘The Ghosts Hood’ are contrastingly more immediate and assertive.
‘The Night Land’, as the title suggests, “is a journey inwards, an attempt to reach our subconscious and to document our dreams. We want to ignite hope and push imagination. Close your eyes and open your mind.” Even when many tracks involve the heavy use of synthesisers and distortion, Talaboman have been sure to keep things sounding organic and light.
There is no complicated message or hidden concept behind this release, it’s simply “two persons meeting and playing music, a catalan and a swede talking blip blop until we felt that we had something worth saying” - and perhaps unsurprisingly this impromptu style of working has resulted in an album that is rich and vivid, but also feels somehow pure and sincere.
The message is clear: “Love is all this world needs. Loosen up those tight fists and give your sisters and brothers a helping hand and dance your anger away.”
Undoubtedly one of the most addictive records of 2017, CamelPhat & Elderbrook’s ‘Cola’ has been a defining musical moment of the year. Growing exponentially since its release, the track has captivated tastemakers, DJs and clubbers alike, topping charts and blowing up worldwide to become a true modern anthem. Leading on from the success of the original and some heavyweight remixes, three of which hit the Beatport top ten – for the first time on vinyl, comes a remix package set to continue ‘Cola’s’ dance floor domination.
Rising superstar Franky Rizardo’s suitably heavyweight remix comes correct with a club-friendly update that elevates the unmissable vocal hook and bottoms out the breakdown. Dario D’Attis’ vinyl exclusive mix continues the club feel with rolling grooves, teasing breakdowns and shuffling hi-hats in a remix which packs a punch, guaranteed to get people moving from the get-go. Mousse T. flips the track completely, bringing those Glitterbox vibes to Defected, taking ‘Cola’ to the next level and going straight to Traxsource #1 in the process.
Dope Demand is a brand new hip-hop reissue label bringing you the cream of underground and golden era rap on 7", 12" & beyond! All releases are fully licensed, remastered and legit. This is not afly by night operation, Dope Demand is helmed by true heads, fans who grew up on this music and have the utmost respect for the art-form. These are NOT bootlegs, we repeat - NOT BOOTLEGS! We've done a lot of hard work, and there are a lot of exciting classics and rarities to come from the DD crew. Snoozing is not advised!
To begin proceedings we take it back to '87. We enter the court of a King Asiatic (Nobody's Equal) for some of that 'genuine like Gucci' flavour. That's right - Big Daddy Kane's all-time, game changing, stripped back, battle rap classic 'Set It Off' gets the reissue treatment. This one is slays, it's easily up there with the greatest rap records of all time. We dare you to disagree. Nobody can touch this dream-team pairing of Kane & Marley Marl, this one is FIRE. Oh, if that wasn't enough, we threw the ultra hard to get instrumental on the flip. Happy? We are!
As mentioned before, these super limited 7's are fully licensed and all audio is sourced from the license holders and is top shelf quality. On top of that we got some fresh original artwork from the Atelier Superplus design house. All in all, a tight release right here that will 'cold rock a party 'til the A.M.'. These will not stick around for long! Until next time...
Introducing previous HIGHLIFE guest, CAIN for his first vinyl release...
We've been asked about NAGAN joyously infectious vocals all summer since its debut on our Rinse show and are excited to finally share it along with HIGHLIFE exclusive, VATULA..
Think Daphni via Delhi and you'll be in a similar ballpark.
Nagan comes from CAIN's 'Savann EP' due to be released digitally via Fine Grains in the forthcoming months.
In the final chapter of the 'Theory of Flo' story, we've enlisted the services of the mighty DJ Sotofett to remix the closing track 'For Mihaly', and what a job he's done! Dark, weird and percussive - just how we like it.
We also include brand new versions featuring occasional live drummer, Laurie Pitt and a reprise with Poppy Ackroyd.
Remixed & reproduced by DJ SOTOFETT at WANIA#1.
Guitar solo by JEKS.
Synthesizers, Percussion & Programming by DJ SOTOFETT
Percussion & Violin by Laurie Pitt and Poppy Ackroyd
As part of our 10th anniversary this year, Huntleys + Palmers are very excited to present a special release with a combination of our musical influences old and new ~
Smagghe & Cross feat. Matthew Herbert + Remixes
Ivan Smagghe has been a long time influence on the H+P world and we're huge fans of his new Smagghe & Cross project with the film composer and programmer, Rupert Cross. Not only that, but one of the tracks features another hero, Matthew Herbert - making a rare appearance on vocals (and sounding pretty Robert Wyatt-esque in the process).
Additionally, we're really chuffed to have commissioned a Honey Soundsystem Generator remix by Jackie House, super-Swedes, Samo DJ & Pedrodollar turn in a trippy groover, AND have enlisted the services of the DJ who played the first ever H+P party back in 2007, Pilooski - completing another circle during the 10th anniversary year..
Slackk first came to the attention of most with an EP of roughneck UK house on Numbers, before a series of more emotive, melody-driven records on Local Action and Unknown to the Unknown saw him emerge as one of the most unique and influential artists working in the peripheries of grime - taking the genre’s hallmarks and audio tattoos but placing them in a context that owed as much to Eastern mood pieces and the complex melodies of classic jazz records, hinting at other key influences on Slackk’s music. His debut album Palm Tree Fire was a particular success: Resident Advisor calling it a “beautiful glimpse into the mind of an under-appreciated producer”.
Slackk has since expanded the breath and honed the details of his music through a pair of EPs on R&S - first Backwards Light, a record that expanded on the themes of his previous releases while taking in the label’s legacy of groundbreaking acid and techno, and then on the more abrasive Aviary. A Little Light, his first album for the label, is his most idiosyncratic and personal release yet.
Partially inspired by the upcoming birth of his first child, this album sees Slackk drop the tempo to an r&b 90bpm crawl on tracks like ‘Spring Mist’ and ‘Zip Me Up’, with the newfound space between his drums allowing his delicate melodies to grow and spiral like never before.
Although the LP looks forward, it’s also nostalgic: ‘Old Petchy Shows’ is a reference to the last embers of UK Funky, arguably the final chapter of UK dance music to rely on traditional physical hubs like pirate radio and record stores, while ‘Paper Santos’ and ‘Reasons’ nod to early 2000s grime and house, both influences on Slackk in different ways. Elsewhere, ’So Far, The Sea’ and ‘And The Sun’ are two of the most outright emotional songs that Slackk has written to date.
Although there are clear reference points dotted throughout A Little Light, more than anything - following several years of honing and developing a trademark sound - it simply sounds like Slackk; equal parts nostalgic and optimistic, delicate and clumsy, with an atmosphere that could either be sunset or sunrise depending on your vantage point. It’s an album filled with uncertainty and individuality, utterly unconcerned with what’s happening outside of its own world, and there’s only one artist around who could have written it.
A1. Spring Mist
A2. Paper Santos
A5. Sefton Park West
A6. Desert Eagle
A7. So Far, The Sea
B1. Deluxe Night Edition
B2. Old Petchy Shows
B5. Zip Me Up
B6. And The Sun
Following his R&S debut, Afriqua (aka Adam Longman Parker) presents Vice/Principle, his second release for the renowned Belgian label.
Recorded in the summer of 2017, Vice/Principle began as one of Afriqua’s seasonal music packs, a quarterly offering of original tracks shared privately with a small cohort of friends and collaborators. R&S quickly picked up the collection, which expands on the melodicism and textural depth explored on his previous release for the label, Aleph.
The extended EP sees Parker veering into psychedelic territory, inspired by the cosmic departures of ‘70s krautrock and jazz. The title, Vice/Principle, more a coy bit of humor than a philosophical statement, reflects a wittiness that Parker often embeds into even the brawniest of his productions. This offbeatness is active in the music as well, which makes use of his voice, and edges past familiar four-on-the-floor patterns with interwoven polyrhythms and modality. Vice/Principle is confident in its curiosity, harnessing a wealth of artistic threads into a tightly knit, futuristic vision.
Parker currently resides in Berlin, Germany, where he works from his home studio in the city’s quiet Charlottenburg neighborhood. Born and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Parker developed his craft as a producer while studying classical piano and practicing hip-hop turntablism from a young age.
After several years developing a hefty catalog of releases, Parker has embraced his R&S signing as an opportunity to dive deeper into his signature, yet versatile sound. His successful winter 2017 tour through the U.S. was a career first, and preceded international events at Comunité in Mexico, Concrete in Paris, and The Block in Tel Aviv.
Initially coming from a background in the musically raucous worlds of 2 Step and Garage, Synkro has, over time, developed a sound that is altogether more introspective, more emotive and more emotionally complex. Stepping up here with his second release on legendary Apollo Records, Synkro delivers eight tracks that - while retaining some of the stutter and swing of Garage, are far more rooted in the textural world of ambient music for which Apollo is famed.
There is a consistency in Synkro’s work throughout this release that suggests an artist who is heading in a singular direction and very much crafting their own sound. All eight tracks come drenched in thick layers of smoky reverb and make use of long drawn-out, drone like textures to set up these atmospheric musical canvases within which Synkro then crafts his rhythmically complex, emotionally mournful sound sculptures. The use of vocals is sparing but effective and skillful, as evidenced in the spoken word samples and pitched up R&B vocals on Acceptance and Spirals, and the beautifully pitched effected voice on Don’t Want.
There is a move towards more organic textures, too, with a genty played acoustic guitar featuring prominently on Mutual Divide (a track that features fellow Apollo artists Indigo), and broad, open guitar strums forming the backdrop to another of the tracks here, Disappear. The use of these sounds and timbres again points to an artist crafting music that transcends the nightclub obsessed world of modern electronic music and creating music that has a more time-worn, grown up feel to it.
Listening to all eight tracks in their entirety, the listener is transported into a parallel aural universe of late night, reflective states that feel weighed with a certain sadness but still retain an unmistakable underpinning of hope. Within that, there’s something very current about Synkro’s output - a kind of expression of how fractured and disparate life in the early part of the 21st century has become - where hyper modern production technology rubs shoulders with virtually untreated guitar and sad, distorted voices; where the constant chatter of electronic communication fails to distort the isolation of the modern world. To be able to distill these sensations and emotions into music, as Synkro does, is a rare skill and guarantees that Synkro is an artist who we’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future.
Apollo proudly presents the return of SW, joined by partner SVN for a sublime 6 track EP.
SW's lush sound design and hypnotic arrangements of 2017’s ’The Album’ had hearts and minds swooning following it’s license from SUED to Apollo.
It’s balmy glory won over Pitchfork ('deeply expressive debut album’ 8/10), Rolling Stone (best electronic albums 2017) and XLR8R (Best releases 2017) amongst many others.
One year later, SW and SVN have gone into the studio, together; “to make some original music specifically for Apollo. The results are the 6 tracks on this EP,” they share in a typically taciturn statement.
Taking inspiration from the iconic house and techno of the mid / late 90s - SW and SVN combine dreamy melodies and mesmeric grooves with unfussy, focussed minimalism, their beguiling, modern take on classic sounds and rhythms remains thrillingly unique and elusive.
While SW and SVN are more comfortable out of the limelight, this 6 track EP for Apollo once again proves that they are rightly worthy of the hype that swirls around them.
A Sylvester - Dance Disco Heat (Louie Vega Retouch)
B1 Sylvester - Dance Disco Heat (Louie Vega's Let's Party A Lil Dub)
B2 Dance (Disco Heat) (Louie Vega's Short Instrumental)
LOUIE VEGA RE-IGNITES THE DISCO CLASSIC “DANCE (DISCO HEAT)” BY SYLVESTER
Grammy awarding winning producer & 5 time Grammy nominated Louie Vega continues to send dance floors into a peak hour frenzy with his remixes of disco classics on Nervous Records. The inspiration to delve into masters from this era began when he started remixing masters from the SAM Records catalogue, which is owned by Nervous Records, and with whom Louie has a long history going back to Nervous' early 90’s origins. Louie is that unique producer who has had success in multiple genres of music including House, R&B, & Freestyle and he has brought that talent to help re-ignite New York disco classics like Vicky D’s "This Beat Is Mine" and Convertion’s "Let’s Do It" featuring Leroy Burgess, as well as charting topping disco hits from John Davis & The Monster Orchestra "Bourgie Bourgie" & "Up Jumped The Devil".
This time, Louie put his focus on a track outside of the SAM Records catalogue, and one that was an international disco hit that also crossed over to becoming a 1978 pop hit, namely Sylvester / Dance (Disco Heat). Using elements from the 1978 version and combining them with his own original musical and percussion contributions, along with new vocal performances from renowned singer Cindy Mizelle, Louie has refashioned and reignited this 39 year-old production into a 2018 club anthem.
This past year has seen Louie continue to fortify his position as one of the industry’s most prolific producers. Remixes from his Grammy – nominated best dance album "Louie Vega Starring...XXVIII” have consistently sold out on its vinyl release and hit number 1 on charts on multiple digital platforms. 2018 will see collaborations with Kenny Dope under their legendary and world-renowned Masters At Work and Kenlou monikers, as well as co-productions with The Martinez Brothers and Joseph Capriati.
Louie along with Anané Vega recently created one of the summer's premier club destination at their Ibiza summer residency The Ritual with Anané & Louie Vega at Heart. He continues to cross the globe from Europe to South Africa to Asia and back as one of the world’s most sought after DJ’s, and incredibly is able to maintain a weekly radio show on WBLS for the last 8 years and his NYC residency at Cielo under The Roots NYC moniker for over 13 years.
Available for purchase January 19, 2018
Sister Sledge / Sheila & B. Devotion
Got To Love Somebody / Your Love Is So Good (Dimitri From Paris Mixes)
A1. Sister Sledge - Got To Love Somebody (Dimitri From Paris 12” Version)
A2. Sheila & B. Devotion - Your Love Is Good (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
B1. Sister Sledge - Got To Love Somebody (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
B2. Sheila & B. Devotion - Your Love Is Good (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
Rarely does an artist pay homage to the classics like Dimitri From Paris. The Grammy nominated producer, remixer, composer and DJ has made every one of his repertoire of reworks sound effortless; no mean feat when the original tracks are by the likes of Disco’s greatest musicians. In 2018 he released his “lifetime achievement” on Glitterbox, with the strictly limited pressing of the ‘Dimitri From Paris presents Le Chic Remix’ boxset. Now the 12’s have their own separate outings, bringing greater focus onto the individual productions, as each vinyl features two of the incredible Dimitri remixes, along with their respective instrumentals on the B-Side. This release showcases the euphoric highs of Dimitri’s remixing skills across Sister Sledge’s ‘Got To Love Somebody’ and Sheila & B. Devotion’s ‘Your Love Is Good’.
My Forbidden Lover / I Feel Your Love Comin' Down (Dimitri From Paris Mixes)
A1. CHIC - My Forbidden Lover (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
A2. CHIC - I Feel Your Love Comin' On (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (2018 Remaster)
B1. CHIC - My Forbidden Lover (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
B2. CHIC - I Feel Your Love Comin' On (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental) (2018 Remaster)
Rarely does an artist pay homage to the classics like Dimitri From Paris. The Grammy nominated producer, remixer, composer and DJ has made every one of his repertoire of reworks sound effortless; no mean feat when the original tracks are by the likes of Disco’s greatest musicians. In 2018 he released his “lifetime achievement” on Glitterbox, with the strictly limited pressing of the ‘Dimitri From Paris presents Le Chic Remix’ boxset. Now the 12’s have their own separate outings, bringing greater focus onto the individual productions, as each vinyl features two of the incredible Dimitri remixes, along with their respective instrumentals on the B-Side. On this record, Dimitri continues to get to the heart of why CHIC’s music remains so universally relevant, underlining the enduring cultural significance of dance music in its most unabashed form with his careful remixing of CHIC classics ‘My Forbidden Lover’ and ‘I Feel You Love Comin’ On’.
Philadelphia International Classics - The Tom Moulton Remixes: Part 3
A1. The O'Jays - This Time Baby (A Tom Moulton Mix)
B1. The Futures - Party Time Man (A Tom Moulton Mix)
C1. Jean Carn - My Love Don't Come Easy (A Tom Moulton Mix)
D1. The Jones Girls - Nights Over Egypt (A Tom Moulton Mix)
The legendary partnership of NYC's Disco godfather Tom Moulton and Philadelphia International Records has long been documented.
A truly explosive collaboration that yielded endless classic tracks for dancers and deep listeners alike, Moulton seemed to be totally in tune with the labels output and the direction it should go in. Luckily we've been enjoying the fruits of this labour for the last 30+ years with a lot of these PIR classics becoming ingrained in the psyche of the modern day music fan as the building blocks of House music.
The names alone hark to the legendary voices of the era, major stars including The O'Jays, The Futures, Jean Carne & The Jones Girls all feature with classic after classic getting the TJM treatment. Moulton's supreme ear on this special PIR reissue 2 x 12" see's some all-time classics from the aforementioned artists in their full, unabridged, unedited Disco glory. The selections on this EP are absolutely top-shelf, flawless in fact. One could argue that these are the 'definitive' versions of these anthems. Pure Disco gold essentials. Anyone with even a passing interest in Disco will most certainly need this record in their possession, the 2012 pressing of this EP is super in demand among those in the know and it can change hands for £100+ second hand, so a repress was desperately needed.
These tracks are fully licensed and reissued in conjunction with Tom Moulton and PIR and all relevant rights holders. Remastered from original source materials to the highest spec and pressed onto top quality vinyl, courtesy of Above Board distribution for 2019.
Christian 'Kon' Taylor's KonTemporary imprint goes from strength to strength! This, the third release sees the Boston crate diggin' selector, producer and remixer extraordinaire reworking the mighty sounds of L.T.D.'s roof-raising 'Love To The World'.
L.T.D., an acronym of Love, Togetherness and Devotion were a highly respected and dope 70's Soul and Jazz Funk outfit fronted by the powerful Gospel-tinged vocals of one Jeffrey Osborne, whose powerful tenor voice gave their music some serious weight! Heavily revered among music lovers and often sampled throughout hip-hop and dance music (check out 'Cuttin it up', Llove ballad', 'Holdin on' & 'Back in love' for proof!) One of the group's biggest and most well-known cuts was 'Love to the world', a track that got love from the hardcore dancers, B-boys and old-school heads alike. As usual, Kon has taken this classic into a new realm with his own unique arrangement and use of ad-libs and unheard instrumentation, all taken from the master tapes and lovingly reworked. It's a difficult task to breathe new life into the classics, but Kon always comes up trumps with his fresh ideas and expert ear. Now you can catch these super heavyweight 12" versions, including an epic 9 minute plus instrumental mix, all expertly tweaked by Kon and mixed by Scott 'Supe' Stallone at Found Sound, Philadelphia.
1994 - Chicago producer Rick Lenoir has already released a slew of legendary records under many well known aliases and his House Jam label has been in business since '87. The Sanctuary Project is the nom de plume utilised by Rick for this particular killer Disco infected 4 track EP from that period. The keen eared among you will no doubt recognise some of the sample sources used throughout these tracks, Lenoir flips jazzy loops, chopped up vocals and lays it all out over some kicking drum programming, this is that style of sample based House that has the hardened dance heads and hip-hoppers unified, gritty, raw and brimming over with soul! The cuts featured on this EP will sit nicely with most contemporary sounds and shows how on the money Rick was in the mid 90's! The record has long been out of print and has been forever popular with the diggers out there, commanding a healthy price when available in the second hand stores and online. This reissue has been realised with the full involvement of Rick Lenoir / House Jam Records, Chicago and is 100% legit! Don't snooze, this one deserves a spot in any self respecting House heads record bag or DJ set, classic material made available again for 2017 - 'Running it’!
B. Do What You Wanna Do (Moplen Rollercoaster Dub)
Italy meets Miami via Holland - A truly international and classic feel all over this latest essential release from high Fashion music!
Disco powerhouse Moplen takes on this true-blue Disco classic from the legendary TK crates and turns in 2 brilliant and fresh reworkings of T-Connection's anthemic 'Do What You Wanna Do'. The A-side 'extended vocal mix' is a killer new version of this now cult record, as always Moplen's deft touch is felt in the tidy rearrangements and respectful tweaks, don't get it twisted though, this is prime-time dancefloor dynamite, it twists and turns in all the right places and still sounds huge. This new version and mix breathes some new life into this cut, a surefire inclusion in any DJ's bag for the next 30 years for sure. Don't forget, on the B-side, there's the mammoth 'Rollercoaster Dub', again Moplen steps up the heat on this version, it's exactly what you think it is, just under 9 minutes of dubbed-out T-Connection chaos, making this 12" a 'do not miss' release.
All tracks remixed with love and care from all original audio sources by Moplen, Lombardi, Italy. Remastered by Dom Scuteri.
Faithfully restored and released by High Fashion Music, The Netherlands. Worldwide distribution, Above Board, London.
Heartbreak (Andrew Weatherall / Limiñanas / Nathan Micay / Andy Votel & Jane Weaver Remixes)
B1. Love Lost (Nathan Micay’s Pulsating March remix)
B2. Lee (Andy Votel & Jane Weaver remix)
UNLOVED have announced a number of remixes of tracks from their recent much-acclaimed second album, Heartbreak, which was released in February of this year on Heavenly Recordings. The stunning artwork was created by Julian House.
The opening track from the award-winning ‘TOY’ album has been extensively remixed by Andrew Weatherall. Frautonium is Andrew’s favourite track from ‘TOY’ and he’s produced four very different mixes covering electro, house, minimal and cosmic disco.
With a wide-screen ambient version from Ian Tregoning.
Limited edition of 1,000 copies and released only in the UK as a double 12”, this won’t be available digitally (no streaming, iTunes, Beatport or CD).
From Chicago, Detroit and New York to London, Croydon and beyond, Mint Condition have got their expert digging hats on to bring you exclusive heat and those rarer than rare jams that have been on your wants list for years! Dig in....
Deanne Day is the unlikely monicker of one Andrew Weatherall in collaboration with heavyweight keys man David Harrow. Although sounding like a long lost blitz era beauty or 1950's screen starlet, it's actually 2 blokes jamming in the studio well into the wee hours, to stunning effect! Rewind back to 1995, East London, a lot of people reading this weren't even born then, but believe you me 'deep house' was a real and actual thing and Lord Sabre and crew were at the forefront of it all. Originally released on the Emissions Lo-Fi label, an umbrella operation of the monstrous Emissions Audio Output empire, 'The Day After EP' was like a bolt from the blue. Classy, grown up, accomplished even, but still seductive, narcotic and soulful as f*ck, the whole record was a wondrous collision of dubwise sensibilities, dark basement raves and that late night spark of energy we're all still chasing now, some 20 odd years later. House music, eh? Pretty potent stuff. You need this record in your collection, and the other Deanne Day one. More about that later though!
This, the first of 2 Deanne Day reissues, has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Emissions Audio Output and all license holders for 2019 and remastered by Bristol's Optimum Mastering from the original DAT tapes especially for Mint Condition, courtesy of Lord Sabre & co.100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to you by the caring folks at your favourite reissue label - Mint Condition!
This year Kevin Saunderson, Ann Saunderson and Paris Grey, collectively known as the legendary band Inner City, release 'Future', their first entirely new material since parting company in 2001, written and produced in collaboration with another Detroit legend, namely Kenny Larkin.
The track marks a welcome return for a group that combined the tough, futuristic grooves of the Detroit scene with the vocal energy of R&B and gospel and helped to define the period in which house and techno moved from underground phenomena to top 10 material, paving the way for hundreds of dance hits to come.
‘Future’ is devastatingly catchy and highly emotional, exhibiting all the soulful flavours and qualities you would expect from these celebrated producers and singers. Masterfully re-edited by Carl Craig this track ascends to a higher place whilst Kenny Larkin is on remix duties, beautifully reworking the original into a techno infused monster with intoxicating staccato vocals.
VARIOUS ARTISTS (SKYY, RAFAEL CAMERON, SURFACE & MORE)
A2. Rafael Cameron - Boogie's Gonna Get Ya (Francois K Instrumental)
B1. Aurra - Checking You Out (12" Mix)
B2. Edwin Birdsong - Win Tonight
C1. Leroy Burgess - Heavenly (12" Mix)
C2. Funk Deluxe - This Time (12" Version)
D1. Surface - Falling In Love
D2. Civil Attack - On The Phone
Salsoul Records present a crate digging anthology of the more electronic, early 80's leaning side of their catalogue - 'An essential collection of early 80's post Disco electronic grooves from the Salsoul vaults'.
Primarily a salsa label on it's inception, Salsoul delved into numerous styles throughout it's existence but this killer selection focuses on the period of time where music entered the 1980's and studio technology changed.
A plethora of funked out, dubbed out electronic Funk across 2 discs is what 'Salsoul Boogie' offers - Choice cuts from the likes of Skyy, Aurra, Leroy Burgess, Civil Attack and many more! Featured are the full 12" dance mixes for unlimited dance-floor pleasure. Mixes by Larry Levan, Shep Pettibone and Francois K feature. One cannot underestimate the importance of these tracks on contemporary dance music, but the Funk is the most important thing here, important tracks yes but also amazing records to dance to that capture a time in NYC when clubs were place to be, sanctuaries of escapism, hedonism and expression. Essential listening right here - 'Boogie's Gonna Get Ya'!
Curated with the full input and backing of Salsoul Records and carefully selected to reflect the truly timeless nature of the music contained within. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party! Remastered by Optimum Mastering. Artwork & design by Million Dollar Disco.
VARIOUS ARTISTS (DOUBLE EXPOSURE / LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY / FIRST CHOICE)
A1 Double Exposure - Ten Percent (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness Mix)
A2 Luv U Madly Orchestra - Rocket Rock (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)
B1 Loleatta Holloway - Catch Me On The Rebound (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness Mix)
B2 Loleatta Holloway - Hit and Run (Walter Gibbons 12 Mix)
C1 Love Comittee - Where Will It End (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)
C2 Love Comittee - Just As Long As I Got You (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)
D1 Cellophane - (Dance With Me) Let's Believe (Walter Gibbons Disco 12" Mix)
D2 First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness Mix)
Walter Gibbons, a true master of the mix, a disco legend, a pioneer of dance music. There's literally very few who can lay claim to progressing the artform of studio mixing and technique than the late Gibbons. His contribution to contemporary music cannot be understated, first as a DJ where his drum laced experimentation captured the ears and minds of his peers and the dancers, then later as a mixer and studio genius where he continued on his quest. Often fixated on the percussion and breaks within records his versions would often dive into spaced out, dubby and stripped back territory that very few of his peers were even contemplating at that time, fervently reconstructing the tracks themselves and often the time, space and dancefloor within which the record was being played. A true original, Gibbons was behind many of the 'definitive' versions of the classics, his unique style often catapulting records that were just fine in their original form into brand new colourful, cosmic interpretations that flourished sonically and rhythmically with brand new sounds that bristled with vision.
Salsoul Records thought a well programmed and thought out retrospective of this legends output was in order and this incredible collection of tracks is where we find ourselves. A stellar compilation across 2 heavyweight slabs of wax featuring of some of Gibbons' finest works. Included you'll find genre defining cuts like his mixes of Double Exposure, Loleatta Holloway, Love Committee, First Choice and many more.
A truly essential package for the die-hard Disco aficionado or for those who are exploring this most important movement in dance music for the first time. Curated with the full input and backing of Salsoul Records and carefully selected to reflect the truly timeless nature of the music contained within. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party!
Remastered by Optimum Mastering. Artwork & design by Million Dollar Disco. Fully authorised.
A1 - Louie Vega feat The Martinez Brothers - Love Paradox (Main No Sample)
B1 - Louie Vega feat Josh Milan - Get With The Funk
C1 - Louie Vega feat Cindy Mizelle & Sharon Bryant - Dancing For Your Love
C2 - Louie Vega feat Cindy Mizelle - Love Fantasy
D1 - Louie Vega feat Anané - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
D2 - Louie Vega feat Dub Disco Band - Cosmic Disco -
Grammy award winner Louie Vega is known worldwide as one of the finest creators and purveyors of house music, both as an individual artist / producer / dj and as partner with Kenny Dope in the renowned production team known as Masters At Work. His multiple musical talents have also brought him much acclaim in the genres of salsa, afro-beat, jazz, hip-hop and soul. Last year he reached another career milestone when his album “Louie Vega Starring...XXVIII” was nominated at the 2017 Grammys for Best Dance Album, which further solidified his position as one of the industry’s premier artist / producers. But not everyone knows about Louie’s deep respect, admiration and knowledge of the disco genre that laid the foundation for so much music that moves crowd on dancefloors and festivals today.
Louie’s connection with Nervous Records and it’s father / son founders Sam and Michael Weiss goes back to the label’s very early years, as Masters At Work gave the label some of its earliest hits along with its signature release “The Nervous Track” by Nuyorican Soul. Louie was always aware of the many disco hits that had been released by Sam on his Sam Records label back in the 70’s and 80’s. But it was not until recently that Louie suggested Michael send him the 24 inch multi -track masters of seminal Sam Records disco classics like Gary’s Gang “Keep On Dancing,” John Davis & The Monster Orchestra “I Can’t Stop,” Convertion “Let’s Do It,” Vicky D “This Beat Is Mine,” as well as several others.
The multi-tracks are a treasure-trove, including musical contributions from some of disco era’s finest musicians and engineers. Going through the various percussion, horn and string tracks inspired Louie to create a series of remixes that became dancefloor anthems that topped the Traxsource and Beatport charts and reverberated on dancefloors worldwide. That response, and the common drive that Louie and Michael both share to constantly promote quality music that is both song and rhythm based, inspired them to take this endeavor a step further, and to create brand new songs. When Louie’s creative energies start flowing, his team knows to rise to the occasion. The result is NYC Disco, an album that represents the full range of disco – related genres including the following: