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!
GenresContemporary Electronic JazzDeep HouseFunkNu Disco
- A1. Candy Flip
- A2. Rendezvous
- A3. Still Swag ft Jitwam
- B1. Logan's Run
- B2. Mas O Menos
- B3. River Run Deep
Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange is the meeting point of improvisation and dance music.
Headed up by drummer Ziggy Zeitgeist, a staple of the Australian music scene, most prominently touring and recording with Melbourne Nu-Soul/ future-jazz collective ‘30/70’. Ziggy’s music has already been championed across the breadth of the jazz and dance world, with support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Kamaal Williams, Byron the Aquarius and Alexander Nut just to name a few.
Growing up in Australia, with no real club culture in sight, Ziggy’s formative years were at the ‘bush doof’ - an outback rave where speakers were driven to remote lands and dance music would blast from the wee hours in the morning to the wee hours at night. This is what Ziggy describes as the playground of Australian Electronic Music.
“This is our culture of electronic music. It’s about exploring the spectrum of consciousness and a connection with ourselves, one another and the land.”
Z*F*E*X is the synthesis of dance music in human form. A live band experience humanising the extended DJ set. Heavily influenced by club culture and transcendent psychedelic experiences - Z*F*E*X is a continuous odyssey of sound, where synths intertwine with flutes, jazz drums are played with the raw energy of classic broken beat records, and natures call and response is mimicked in musical form.
From the bubbling, syncopated, exuberance of opening track “Candy Flip”, through to the hypnotic, twilight introspection of “Still Swag” (wherein the band are joined by label founder Jitwam), the LP provides a mesmerising, continually evolving sonic landscape. The driving, bossanova-infused percussion of ”Rendezvous” and “Mas O Menos”, meet the insatiable, rhythmic currents of “Logan's Run” and “River Run Deep,” allowing the band to show the full extent of their impeccable musicianship across the album.
“Music is the method of tapping to the eternal source.. the moment, the sacred place we break out of these divisions of the mind and we realise the oneness that abounds us.”
Utilising the spirit of live improvisation, Z*F*E*X reaches to the furthest echelon’s of the human mind to create dance music with a cosmic pocket. Recorded in Melbourne with Lewis Moody on keys, Erica Tucceri on woodwinds, Matthew Hayes on bass, and Javier Fredes on percussion - the recording sessions were an exploration into sound... an exploration into the zeitgeist... jazz music that isn’t jazz, electronic dance music that isn’t electronic.
GenresAlternative RockDeep HouseDown TempoNu Disco
- A1. Tides Fall
- A2. Maha
- A3. Bania
- A4. Back To That Atomic Ether
- B1. 10 Swords
- B2. After Ambers
- B3. Those Cosmic Plains
It is a cliché to describe music as a trip or an ocean or whatever, so this album, Tecwaa’s album “Beyond the Altai” released on Höga Nord Rekords, will in part be described as a snowman: the snowman has its characteristic familiar shape. He is cold yet there is something warm and cuddly about him, something that makes you feel happy and safe.
The A side on the album goes from that warm/cold cosy feeling but elements of destruction like melodies in minor keys slowly transforms the album to become only cold and not so cosy - the snow turns grey and the snowman’s smiling mouth becomes a twisted grin. Its contours disappears and the shape dissolves as the snow melts and floats out on the ground beneath its body. As the album develops, the sound gets harder and darker and the York based DJ moves closer to his roots in electro and Roland-machine knob-turning.
In some ways, “Beyond the Altai” is a call from the eighties and nineties dancefloors like in the tracks “Back To The Atomic Ether” and “10 Swords” on the B-side but all melts together in Tecwaa’s music to create his own obstinate and loose sound!
GenresDown TempoHouseNu Disco
- A1. Maybe There
- A2. Stay
- B1. Sounds
- B2. Lagos
Das Komplex joins up with the King Of Kong imprint to release four soul-infused tracks entitled ‘Reverse Hallucination’.
After spending years as a bedroom musician and occasional DJ Marcin Lukaszewicz, modest producer from North-Western Poland known as Das Komplex debuted four years ago on local FASRAT label. Since then he became one of the most respected Polish producers, releasing an album on Catz’n’Dogz’ Step label, as well as singles for Young Adults, Love On The Rocks or People Must Jam. His very singular, hazy breed of sample- based house-derived music made its way to sets of numerous high-profile DJs (from the late Andrew Weatherall to Axel Boman), eventually making its way to no other than DJ Harvey who included one of his tunes on his recent ‘Mercury Rising’ compilation.
Das Komplex comes to King Of Kong with a new package of mind-bending yet club-ready tunes, proving his skills as master of contemporary disco music with a romantic twist. ‘Maybe There’ starts slowly with a lazy, syncopated beat only to introduce a bass riff of mammoth proportions, which carries the track for its 8 minutes - by the end reaching a proper dancefloor momentum. ‘Stay’ starts with a piano melody and hazy synths to be transformed into an epic, 10-minute mid-tempo disco groove, with live instruments and angelic vocals, a neon-lit lullaby for early morning hours.
‘Lagos’ takes a slightly darker route, but even here a heavy, percussive groove is brightened by bursts of uplifting piano, while ‘Sounds’ keeps the hazy vibe going, with layers of unintelligible voices over a smoky groove.
House / Tech-House
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. Subfunk - Gulf Of Space
- A2. Subfunk - Emenating Soul
- B1. Mac & Rudedog - Latino Resistance
- B2. Mac & Rudedog - Uncle's Lonely Nights
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....
Another fine slice of deep tech-house runnings from the turn of the millennium, Subfunk & Mac & Rudedog's 'Untitled' EP is a thing of intensity!
4 cuts of that wiry machine funk that sounds like it dropped out of the sky only yesterday. It's all here, for your ears, tripped out minimalism, dubbed out drum programming, lithe chord patterns and basslines to die for. There was certainly something in the water back then, records like this capture the era perfectly and that's why they are so sought after. A rare record, the 'Untitled' EP manages to bridge the eras, and will undoubtedly find a place along your favorite UR / Motor-city records, they're all forging out the same sonic territory. 4 cuts of the sublime, buy on sight!
'The Untitled EP' has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Scientific Funk Records and remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original DAT's 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. I Do It
- A2. Do It (If U Love Me)
- B1. B3
- B2. B3 (Baltra Remix)
“I Do It,” the A1, is a 90s R&B jam—imagine Aaliyah—recontextualized into an acid-flecked big-room chugger. “Do It,” which follows, starts on the same foot, but strips the vox and charges straight into business, upping the BPM a smidge
along the way.
Then, “B3,” a nimble, electric ditty that fits its percussion squarely at the front and center of the mix, making it into a subversively deadly drum track. Rounding out the record is Baltra's version of “B3,” which takes the essence of the original and wraps it tight in atmospheric wigginess. It's a head-spinner and gives the EP a slightly psychedelic conclusion.
- A. If You Cannot Try
- B. If You Cannot Try (Mark Hand Rework)
Apollo are delighted to welcome Steve Legget & Mark Hand to the fold with their lush new single ‘If You Cannot Try’ featuring the dulcet vocals of Greg Blackman. Originally released as an uplifting bumping house track on Ramrock Records Blackman sent the stems of the release to longtime collaborator Steve Legget for a rework. Legget tore the original to pieces, deconstructing it into a much more ambiguous form. ”I’ve never been a fan of a chorus in a song,” Legget muses. "I like songs that are not direct that leave room for your imagination - Mark and I ended up building a new song around the texture of the original.”
Hand and Legget met in the early 90s at the Northern College of Art in Middlesbrough, and have collaborated at various times in the intervening years, through a shared love of Detroit techno, experimental electronic music, jazz and funk. Their creative process involves sending audio files back and forth - “The release was written in collaboration over the internet Greg in Colchester, Mark in Hartlepool, and me in St Albans."
Hand added spaced out textures and riffs from his collection of vintage Fender Rhodes and classic synths - taking the track into sunny space funk realms that comes on like a lost release from joe Claussell’s Spiritual Life label or Basic Channel jamming with Herbie Hancock.
Using their new version as the seed - Hand decided to try his own ’Teesside Techno’ version - "I wanted to give the track more of a 'machine funk' vibe with my rework” he explains. “I generally like to work by jamming with hardware - the bass line is generated by triggering the arp on my Juno 6..using triggers from a TR606 kick drum and hats replaced by a TR909.. the result being more of a jackin' electronic funk mutation!"
This continuing game of musical pass the parcel has indeed born some juicy fruit - as Legget summarises "Our version started as a rework, but then Mark's is a rework of the rework, its all very meta!"
- A1. Charlie’s New Vision (Original Mix)
- A2. Italian Heat
- B1. Charlie’s New Vision (Johnny Aux Remix)
- B2. Ghiaccio
Back with his third EP for Dave Harvey’s forward thinking Futureboogie label, Kiwi serves up three pulsating jams on ‘Charlie’s New Vision’, backed with a remix from Johnny Aux.
Drawing upon his many influences across the house/disco/funk spectrum, South London based Kiwi has been illuminating the more discerning dancefloors of late with a strong of releases for Cin Cin, Needwant and his own new label venture, Crossbreed.
A low-slung groove is explored on ‘Charlie’s New Vision’, incorporating tripped out film dialogue, bleeps and dubby tones, and a serpentine bass riff, all forging an off kilter yet infectious & hedonistic chugger. Johnny Aux follows up recent appearances on Man Power’s Me Me Me, Party Central, and Multi Culti with his own take on the lead track. Churning over a bleepy and epically transcendental remix of the highest order, this is the stuff of sunrises and enlightening moments!
The sprightly ‘Ghiaccio’ draws together a kaleidoscopic array of opulent synth melodies with an compelling rhythm, whilst ‘Italian Heat’ doffs its cap heartily to the Italo disco choons of yore that always strikes a potent chord to this day.
- 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.
- A1. Does It Make You Feel Good? (Greg Wilson & Ché Wilson Remix)
- A2. Does It Make You Feel Good? (Greg Wilson & Ché Wilson Remix Instrumental)
- B1. Does It Make You Feel Good? (Mind Enterprises Remix Instrumental)
- B2. Does It Make You Feel Good? (CC DISCO X DJ Boring Ministry of Dub Mix)
Following their much acclaimed and loved debut album Confident Music for Confident People Confidence Man returned at the end of last year sounding like Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder gleefully discovering house music via Dee-lite with a brand-new track Does It Make You Feel Good?
Talking about the Greg Wilson & Ché Wilson remix Confidence Man said:
“When you work with a father son duo this talented and this god damn good looking you know good things will happen. They’ve got twice the brains and a multi-generational love for bangers. Greg and Che have taken the track to outer space and left it in Jupiter’s orbit for a while it’s always nice to expand the journey.”
And on the CC Disco + DJ Boring remix they added:
“Our good friends cc and dj boring joined forces for this master dub remix with these two fire breathers bringing some sweet sticky heat to ya ears. Sexy soulful and oh so tasteful they lend their skills to help you achieve your true party potential. You deserve it honey.”
- A1 Unique 3 & The Mad Musician - Only The Beginning
- A2 Original Clique - Come To Papa
- B1 Demonik - Labyrinthe
- B2 Nexus 21 - Self Hypnosis (Mr Whippy Remix)
- C1 Cabaret Voltaire - Easy Life (Jive Turkey Mix)
- C2 Alfanso - Dub Feels Nice (Version 4)
- C3 Ital Rockers - Dreams
- D1 Man Machine - Animal (DJ Martin & DJ Holmes Primordial Jungle Mix)
- D2 Nightmares On Wax - 21st Kong
- D3 Tuff Little Unit - Join The Future (Original Instrumental Mix)
The first release on Optimo Music founder JD Twitch’s new compilation-focused label Cease & Desist will be a collection of pioneering turn-of-the-90s British “Bleep & Bass” techno tracks curated by author and music journalist Matt Anniss.
Join The Future: UK Bleep & Bass 1988-91 is a partner product to Anniss’s critically acclaimed book on the foundations of British dance music’s ongoing love affair with sub-bass, Join The Future: Bleep Techno and the Birth of British Bass Music. The book, which was published by Velocity Press in December and features a foreword by JD Twitch, documents in vivid detail the previously untold story of the Yorkshire-pioneered style and the impact it had on the development of UK dance music.
The compilation is the first to focus on Bleep & Bass since the sound’s heyday in the late 1980s and early ’90s. It features a mix of historic cuts, period classics, overlooked gems and unreleased material. It was mastered for release by Warp Records co-founder and Forgemasters member Rob Gordon, a producer, remixer and studio engineer who arguably did more than anyone else to define the sub-heavy sound of the style.
Gordon also contributed a previously unheard version of Alfanso’s “Dub Feels Nice”, a near mythical track he produced in 1991 that has never received a proper commercial release. The cut has been a secret weapon for a handful of Sheffield DJs for almost 30 years, most notably Gordon’s fellow Forgemasters member Winston Hazel. Fittingly, the compilation also includes the original unreleased instrumental version of Tuff Little Unit’s Steel City classic “Join The Future”.
Many of the other tracks on the compilation are rare, hard to find or have not been issued on vinyl or digital since their initial release. It opens with Unique 3 and the Mad Musician’s “Only The Beginning” – the 1988 A-side of the first ever Bleep record – and also includes tracks and remixes from fellow scene pioneers Ital Rockers (an early alias of dub hero Iration Steppas), Nightmares on Wax, Cabaret Voltaire and DJ Martin and DJ Homes, the previously unheralded Chapeltown duo behind the influential Leeds-based studio and record label BASSIC.
Elsewhere on the compilation you’ll find Birmingham producer Demonik’s sought-after debut single “Layrinthe”, a hard-to-find cut from Bedford-based men of mystery Original Clique, two classic cuts from the vaults of influential Midlands label Network Records and a glassy-eyed slab of Bleep/deep house fusion from 100 Hz.
Join The Future: UK Bleep & Bass 1988-91 will be released on double vinyl and digital download. The 10-track vinyl version features an insert with extensive liner notes by Matt Anniss. It also comes with a code to download the 12-track digital download version. The compilation will be released by Cease & Desist on March 25th 2020.
- A1. Pipeline
- A2. Squeak
- B1. Jolt
- B2. Bewusst
Klose One and Claus Fuss return to their collaborative techno alias OneOneOne with the Pipeline EP.
As a DJ, Klose One’s knack for fusing a house music backbone with elements of UKG, bass and grime has allowed him to endure as a staple of London’s fast moving underground scene. Claus Fuss is a classically trained producer and composer, and a master behind the scenes as co-creator of Zed Bias’ live set, and more recently the head of live sound for German synth pioneers Tangerine Dream.
As OneOneOne they take an improvisational approach to production, channeling their ideas through analog equipment and live sequencing. Title track ‘Pipeline’ and closer ‘Bewusst’ demonstrate an economic use of individual elements to create tightly wound dance floor rollers with a tough edge. The two let loose on ‘Squeak’ and ‘Jolt’, a pair of stripped back and anthemic techno bangers, primed for a grunge-y basement setting.
- A1. Fauna53 - Jam 2
- A2. Franco D - Present Time
- A3. Andrew Haines - Vertigo
- A4. Florian - Colours Of Life
- A5. Laslo - Redakteur
- B1. Simon Talbot - Do You Know Where
- B2. Infinit Ram - Lost In Babylon
- B3. Arsenic Affair - Path Down
- B4. Franco D - Strange Dreams
- B5. Infinit Ram - ADN
Yet more fresh heat from the Soundscape Versions camp and this time round with a special tentrack compilation by different artists across the globe with wide scope of electronic music produced and performed using all analog hardware gear. Release comes out on c70 cassette and digital.
- A. Command Z
- B. Command X
Rekids boss Matt Edwards debuts on Rekids Special Projects under his prolific Radio Slave moniker with ‘Command Z’, marking the twentieth release on the offshoot series.
Undeniably one of house and techno’s most sought after and beloved producers and remixers, Matt Edwards kickstarted Special Projects as a techno focused series in 2017. Since then it has gone on to host incredible artists like FBK, Shinedoe, P.Leone, Hemka and Dustin Zahn, not to mention SRVD - Edwards’s collaborative project alongside club kid Patrick Mason. Three years later, the Berlin-based Brit finally graces the label under his most revered
‘Command Z’ opens with roaming synth patterns, slick kicks, delicately placed plucks and a haunting soundfloor which gives a sense of allure alongside it’s thundering rhythm. On the flip, ‘Command X’ situates itself perfectly for cavernous warehouse spaces or intimate club environments with its rattling snares, arpeggiated keys, lively saturated claps, rawly reversed pads and rippling cymbals.
- A1. BS6
- A2. BS6 (Scratcha DVA Remix)
- B2. Turbo Island
- B2. Detroit
The first imprint on SHERELLE and NAINA’s label Hooversound brings together Surrey based DJ /producer Hyroglifics and Detroit DJ/ producer Sinistarr for an exciting dancefloor-ready EP.
‘BS6’ sees two of the most consistent and exciting names in the underground electronic music scene joining forces on Hooversound’s highly anticipated debut release.
Having both released on iconic labels in the past (Sinistarr with Exit Records, Hospital, Metalheadz whilst Hyroglifics with Critical, Astrophonica, 1985 Music - to name a few), the two producers shine in this new collaborative EP which merges together elements of footwork, jungle and techno.
The EP has two collaborative tracks that stand by two solo tracks from each producer. Electronic pioneer and legend Scratcha DVA brings his GQOM and moody percussion on the official remix.
Hardcore / Jungle
- 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.
Muting The Noise (UK & USA Only)
- A1. In Spite Of Everything
- B1. In Spite Of Everything (Two Pianos)
This is a limited black and white vinyl edition of Henrik Schwarz & Bugge Wesseltoft - "In Spite Of Everything". Each record comes with different colour texture and is completely unique.
Improvisation is the core of Bugge Wesseltoft's and Henrik Schwarz's collaboration. Technology and the joy of playing often meet and beautiful creations are formed somewhere between machine and human, balancing like a mobile delicately around a centre. For "In Spite Of Everything" the duo plays on two opposite grand pianos. One is driven by Wesseltoft's emotional piano playing and the second is a so-called player piano, in which the keys are driven by motors and which Schwarz controls in real time with a computer program written especially for this piece. The program is highly reactive and sensitive, creating a sparkling piano duet of pulsating energy and wild dynamics.
- A1. Mano Negra feat. Made in TLV - Sueno de Solentiname (Rampa Version)
- B1. Lokkhi Terra meets Dele Sosimi feat. Francesco Chiocci - Afro Sambroso (Rampa Version)
Instead of continuously enhancing his profile with even more of his own original material, Rampa decided to put out some tunes that he road tested over the last year, creating quite a stir whenever he dropped them. Those are basically tunes he likes to play over and over again - refined by himself to align with his sense of club use premises.
GenresDeep HouseNu Disco
- A1. Reznik & Mikesh - Calumet
- A2. Llewellyn - Falling Apart
- A3. Jennifer Touch - Hollow Flake
- B1. Zombies In Miami - Soleil
- B2. Paulor - Letter To Futura
- B3. New Hook - O T
Hi there, this is the already third installment of the Familiar Faces anthology. For those who missed the first two: all the contributors to this fine selection of tunes are whether label residents who already provided their fair share to its backcatalogue or friends and affiliates, the Riotvan family hooked up with in one way or another.
- A1. Râ
- A2. The Land Of Dust
- B1. Operture
- B2. Meet Me At the Escape Pod
INVŌKER just recently appeared on Innervisions' highly anticipated 'Secret Weapons' compilation - now he is back with this four-track EP on Frankey & Sandrino's 'Sum Over Histories Imprint'.
- A1. Blade Dancer (Unreleased Version)
- B1. Kagura
- B2. Blade Dancer (New Version)
For the 6th release on his label world famous, Alex from Tokyo takes a trip back in time to bring new sounds to our ears. The unreleased original version of Tokyo Black Star’s cult classic track “Blade Dancer” finally sees the light of day!
- A1. Come Together
- B1. Omnibus
The veteran of challenging, cross-genre experimentation and collaboration, Henrik Schwarz, returns to our imprint. With his "Together" EP he heralds the third decade of the millennium and our collaboration with SelamX studio.
- A1. Walking Away
- B1. Bloom
Mind Against are back on Afterlife with two emotive, dancefloor masterpieces. ‘Walking Away’, featuring the deeply-affecting vocals of Port St. Willow, centres around uplifting harmonic elements and a resonant drum pattern. It strikes that special balance of light and dark which makes Mind Against’s tracks uniquely cathartic. ‘Bloom’ is more a melancholy, downtempo interpretation of their vision. The percussion is restrained and sits deep below atmospheric pads and piano chords, eventually arriving at a gradual and subtle peak. Mind Against reach euphoric heights once again, though this time by a patient and reflective path.
- A1. Feelin’ Good
- B1. Feelin’ Good (Radio Slave Remix)
- B2. Feelin’ Good (Radio Slave Revenge Remix)
Debuting on Rekids, Laurent Garnier & Chambray collaborate for a colossal single entitled ‘Feelin’ Good’ featuring two outstanding remixes from label owner Radio Slave.
Having supported Rekids for many years in his sets across the globe, it only made sense for Laurent Garnier to drop one of his finest productions to date on the label. Although the legendary Frenchman has kept busy producing movie soundtracks (‘Paris Est A Nous’) and remixes in recent years, this is his first full release since 2017. He’s joined in the studio by Chambray, a Berlin-based producer known for releasing on Figure, Unknown To The Unknown and Jimmy Edgar’s Ultramajic.
Opening with sporadic battle cries, stabbing claps and powerful bass sequences before rapturous piano melodies come into effect – ‘Feelin’ Good’ is undoubtedly one of this year’s biggest tracks. On the flip, Radio Slave assembles two contrasting remixes that do just as much damage: the first is an atmospheric
number that marches forward using precision kicks, rattling percussion and rising pads, whilst the ‘Revenge Mix’ cranks things up a notch with its crunchy breaks before introducing the original’s blissful keys.
- A1. Barbara Tucker - Beautiful People (Underground Network Mix)
- A2. Essence - Moments In House (Full Effect Mix - DJ T Edit)
- B1. Mole People - Break Night
- C1. DJ Sneak - Keep On Groovin' (Fat Bottom Mix)
- C2. Wamdue Project - King of My Castle (Original Mix)
- D1. South Street Player - (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind (The Night Mix)
- D2. Sole Fusion - Basstone (Underground Network 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 DJ Sneak, Wamdue Project, Louie Vega (Sole Fusion), Essence 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 Teeth - Anthony Naples Remix
- B1 Teeth - Anthony Naples Remix Instrumental
Working Men's Club announce a small run of remix 12”s, comprising of the brand new Anthony Naples remix and instrumental which will be released on November 15th and placed in a limited Heavenly house bag. (Limited to 250!)
This comes after a previous reworking of the track by Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey.
Heavenly’s Jeff Barrett says:
“We fancied one more remix, one with both feet on the dance floor -- and it had to be Anthony Naples, the New York house / techno DJ and producer whose recent album Fog FM is considered something of a classic round our house.”
Anthony’s debut album Body Pill was released on Four Tet’s label in 2015 and his remix CV includes !!!, Four Tet and more recently Cinematic Orchestra. Cool dude, killer remix..
- A1. Love On Hold (Extended Mix)
- A2. Love On Hold (Extended Instrumental)
- A3. Love On Hold (Accapella)
- AA1. Love On Hold (Dimtiri From Paris DJ Friendly Re-Touch)
- AA2. Love On Hold (Dimtiri From Paris DJ Friendly Instrumental)
Sounding like something to come out of Solar Records in 1984, ‘Love On Hold’ embraces Aeroplane’s typically exquisite attention to detail, resulting in a perfect blend of disco, 80s funk and boogie. ‘Love On Hold’ also features one of the greatest backing vocalists of our time, Tawatha Agee who was also the voice of legendary funk band Mtume, singing on their 1983 classic ‘Juicy Fruit’. The credentials of Tawatha’s richly poised voice coupled with Aeroplane’s flawless composition make ‘Love On Hold’ unmissable.
After a digital release which reached overall Traxsource #1, the ‘Extended Mix’ of Aeroplane’s instant classic is now being made available on 12”, along with an ‘Extended Instrumental’, ‘Accapella’ and two edits from the master of disco re-rubs, Dimitri From Paris. Both extended versions, Dimitri’s ‘Instrumental’ and ‘Re-Touch’ explore the versatility of the track for DJ use.
GenresDeep HouseElectronicaNu Disco
- A1 Rock The Mic
- A2 Rock The Mic (Kon Accapella)
- B1 Rock The Mic (Kon Remix)
- B2 Rock The Mic (Kon Instrumental)
Fresh off the back of his Glitterbox remix of CamelPhat & Elderbrook’s hit ‘Cola’, Mousse T. drops his first original release on the Glitterbox label, showing off the depth of his production skills in this sparkling genre-binding track ‘Rock The Mic’.
Mousse T. enlists the help of artist TAZ, the man who became the first UK rapper to sign to hip hop mecca Def Jam, also earning a prestigious Ivor Novello award nomination for his writing skills. ‘Rock The Mic’ reunites Mousse with American song writer Inaya Day, best known for her unforgettable vocals on the German producer’s biggest record, ‘Horny’.
The catchy hook and toe-tapping groove of intertwine perfectly over smooth strings to make this an irresistible record. The killer collaboration combines hip hop with disco, giving us the best of both worlds. ‘Rock The Mic’ lives up to the hype, delivering six minutes of bliss alongside a percussive remix courtesy of Kon. Kon’s Accapella and Instrumental versions round off this full rocking package.
- A1. Soulsearcher - Can't Get Enough! (Dr Packer Remix)
- A2. The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme Recut (Dr Packer Remix)
- B1. Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin' (Dr Packer Remix)
- B2. Cleptomaniacs featuring Bryan Chambers - All I Do (Dr Packer Remix)
Ahead of a full-length album coming on Glitterbox Recordings, the king of disco re-edits Dr Packer presents the second instalment of this 12” series. ‘Different Strokes Part 2’ features four Dr Packer versions of soulful house favourites, giving a flavour of what’s to come from the LP. Kicking off with a bonafide classic, Dr Packer’s take on Soulsearcher’s ‘Can’t Get Enough!’ maintains all its most iconic elements, the euphoric vocals and timeless groove given a fresh-sounding elasticity. Next up is Dr Packer’s remix of The Shapeshifter’s evergreen ‘Lola’s Theme Recut’ appearing for the first time on vinyl. An exclusive to this vinyl release, a remix of Johnny Corporate’s ‘Sunday Shoutin’’ picks up the pace with a funking bassline to suit any dynamic disco set. Rounding off this foursome of impeccable remixes is Cleptomaniacs featuring Bryan Chambers ‘All I Do’, a vocal house classic from the early noughties, reinterpreted masterfully for today’s Glitterbox dancefloor,r which was originally featured on the label’s A Disco Hï compilation. Dr Packer has done it again, breathing new life into your most beloved dance records so you can fall in love with them all over again.
GenresDeep HouseDiscoNu Disco
- A1. LaTrece ‘I Want To Thank You’ (Dr Packer Edit)
- A2.Shuya Okino featuring Navasha Daya ‘Still In Love’ (Dr Packer Remix)
- AA1. ATFC featuring Lisa Millett ‘Bad Habit’ (Dr Packer Remix)
- AA2. Soul Rebels featuring Lisa Millett ‘I’ll Be Good’ (Dr Packer Remix)
Ahead of a full-length album coming on Glitterbox Recordings, the king of disco re-edits Dr Packer presents four of his versions of soulful dancefloor favourites old and new, giving a flavour of what’s to come from the LP. ‘Different Strokes’ kicks off with a re-rub of the MK-produced LaTrece ‘I Want To Thank You’, itself a house cover of Alicia Myer’s soul classic from 1981. Dr Packer pulls back on the tempo, making way for keyboards that echo the vocal melody and enhanced percussion. Next, he remixes ‘Still In Love’ by Shuya Okino, a contemporary nu-disco classic with gorgeous string instrumentation and a tight guitar riff. In true Dr Packer style, his version has plenty of extra funk, fleshing out the bassline to suit a dynamic disco set. A remix of ATFC’s ‘Bad Habit’ is next, again given the effortlessly laidback, groove-laden Dr Packer treatment. Finally it’s Soul Rebel’s ‘I’ll Be Good’, a vocal house classic from the mid-noughties, reinterpreted masterfully for today’s Glitterbox dancefloor.
GenresDeep HouseDiscoNu Disco
- A1. Wanna Give It Up (Lego's Dub)
- A2. Wanna Give It Up (Dr Packer's Lego's Dub Remix)
- B1. Wanna Give It Up (Jamie 3_26 Disco Party Version)
Ralphi Rosario is a pioneer of house music, kicking off an influential DJ career in Chicago when he was still in high school. The remixes and productions that followed have garnered him #1 Billboard Dance Chart hits as well as more than 20 well-respected years spinning records. He’s an artist who represents the ethos of Glitterbox Recordings, with decades of quality house music history woven into every beat. Also in line with the spirit of the label, ‘Wanna Give It Up’ is a classic track given some very tasteful modern updates, from Dr Packer and Jamie 3:26. The familiar ‘Légo’s Dub’ from the original release is present and correct, alongside a suitably funked-up version from disco edits maestro Dr Packer. Finally, fellow Chicagoan Jamie 3:26 amps the party up a further notch with some irresistible clinking percussion and a lazy-cool groove.
- A1. So Smooth (Kon Hit N Run Mix)
- A2. So Smooth
- B1. So Smooth (Yam Who Rework)
- B2. So Smooth (Instrumental)
Coming in strong with an update on another classic track, Glitterbox Recordings presents Krystal Davis ‘So Smooth’ featuring remixes from Kon and Yam Who? alongside the original and an instrumental. One of the last in a rare breed of dedicated crate-diggers, Kon’s vast knowledge of the heavily swung rhythms of classic disco make him a reverent remixer for this mid-tempo Krystal Davis disco hit, originally released in 1985 on New York label Urban Rock Records Inc. His version amps up the pace, tailoring the record for any discerning contemporary disco set. Midnight Riot Records head Yam Who? goes blissed out with the synths for an irresistible mix that’s smoother than smooth.
- A1 At Night (Peggy Gou's Acid Journey Remix)
- A2 At Night (Tiger & Woods Remix)
- B1 At Night (Purple Disco Machine Extended Remix)
- B2 At Night (Shakedown's Galactic Boogie)
Simply an iconic track from Swiss brothers Mandrax and Seb K aka Shakedown, ‘At Night’ is one of the most recognisable house tracks of the last two decades. With one of the most-hyped remixes of the year, artist of the moment Peggy Gou delivers with a squelching 7 minute groover, bringing in that iconic synth motif to lift the production and keep it rolling. Stepping up to tackle this masterpiece with a nu-disco dance track, Tiger & Woods use cowbell to accent a B-boy beat, with drum machine breaks bringing it back to the dancefloor. With a sophisticated house remix with a nu-disco edge is Purple Disco Machine, fusing a funk-infused bassline with Terra Deva’s unforgettable vocals. Finally is a brand new version from the Shakedown duo themselves, the Galactic Boogie Mix. With saturated synths and interplanetary breakdowns, Shakedown bring a carefree 80s quality to this iconic track’s irresistible after-dark charm.
- A1. CHIC - Le Freak (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
- A2. Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (Dimitri From Paris 12" Version)
- B1. CHIC - Le Freak (Dimitri From Paris Instrumental)
- B2. Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (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. Dimitri opens with the unmistakeable CHIC staple ‘Le Freak’, Dimitri’s timeless remix making the exquisite instrumental harmonies shine like only Dimitri can before delving into Sister Sledge’s disco classic ‘Lost In Music’.
- A. Hallelujah Anyway (Moplen's Classic Vibe)
- B. Hallelujah Anyway (FK's Directors Cut Soul Praise)
Candi Staton’s much-loved disco anthem ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ gets a house-inflicted remix by Italian producer Moplen, as well as a previously unreleased Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper version, on this 7” vinyl gem. Italian producer Moplen delivers a 90s-house-esque Classic Vibe mix while production greats Frankie and Eric pick up the pace with soaring synths and a grooving beat in the FK’s Director’s Cut Soul Praise mix. Glitterbox presents two must-hear mixes both breathing new energy into this timeless record.
GenresAlternative RockElectroExperimentalNu DiscoTechno
- A1. Evidence The Enemy
- A2. Darktown Figures
- B1. Spreads a Haze ( And a Glory)
- B2. Saturday International
- C1. Between Stations
- C2. Soft Estates
- D1. Selling the Shadow
- D2. Vorfreude 2
For starters: to pin down and value Andrew Weatherall’s musical deed takes more space than available in a press release text but here is some of many highlights. As a producer, Weatherall has since he first shook the foundation for modern pop music with ground breaking and genre bending remixes of Primal Scream (Loaded), My Bloody Valentine (Soon) New Order (World In Motion) and many other influential acts, continued to push sounds in to unknown territories. His importance as a musician is as big, with bands like the iconic Sabres Of Pardise and Two Lone Swordsmen in the 90’s and top quality solo records from the 00’s up till today.
With the above In mind, Höga Nord Rekords are proud to announce the release of Andrew Weatherall new album Qualia! This album fits perfect in to the Höga Nord – Catalogue, which shows clearly already from the opening track Evidence The Enemy. This song is a monotonous yet uplifting piece of music, a case that holds for the album in full; Weatherall lets the melodies, built on a deep tradition of classical music and later developed by bands such as Kraftwerk, go in major scales, which lets fresh air in and creates a feeling of freedom. The music put you on top of Mont Blanc to overview the complete European music history. Qualia is soothing, harmonic and transporting.
Within his framework, Weatherall knocks those frames out of place from time to time. When a song goes to much in one direction a new melody or a new instrument steps in to redirect and surprise the listener. This album is the perfect soundtrack to a road trip inside your own, ever-changing inner landscape.
Andrew Weatherall contributed strongly to form the music of the nineties; club music got an injection of rock and roll and vice versa. Now the legacy continues with the release of Qualia on Höga Nord Rekords.