C1. Make It Last Forever (12" Larry Levan Paradise Garage Mix)
D1. Let's Get This Thing Together
D2. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (12" Garage Version Mix by Larry Levan)
Jocelyn Brown should need no introduction at this stage, one of the US's most respected vocalists famed for bringing the gospel edge into contemporary R&B and soul music. Brown was the voice behind the celebrated Disco and Boogie outfit Inner Life, whose 1981 self-titled LP you currently hold in your hands in the form of this luxurious reissue. Cutting 2 LP's for the label in the early 1980's, Inner Life came strong with club hit after hit, working with the top producers, mixers, arrangers and studios of the day the group were gaining cult status with their records becoming the taste of the dancefloors at the Garage, the Loft, the Warehouse and everywhere and anywhere else in-between! It's no surprise then, that these records are still coveted by music lovers and DJ's today, classic status bestowed upon this most soulful of catalogues.
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 repressed across 2 x 12"s for maximum sonic playback. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party!
Remastered by Optimum Mastering. Fully authorised and approved by Salsoul Records. Worldwide distribution by Above Board.
KC & The Sunshine Band
I'm Your Boogie Man (Todd Terje Edit) (Green Vinyl Repress)
Triptease have steadfastly become a staple of the ever impressive Berlin electronic music scene. Comprised of four multitalented musicians, (Topper, Francesco , Jacopo and Hugo), they have become known for their marathon live performances that can sometimes reach 8 hrs in length and incorporate special guest musicians from around the world. Their home bases are the infamous Club der Visionaire and Hoppetosse, where they have honed their craft by bringing almost the entirety of their studio onto the dance floor for long range jams that contain a mixture
of some prepared material and a hefty amount of total free form improvisation. Using guitars, synthesizers, drum machines, samplers and a vast array of efx pedals they create a soundscape completely fresh while retaining the signature sound of the city they call home.
Their first full length LP and debut on the mighty Visionquest label perfectly displays a sound that they have crafted in diverse locations across the globe, including a week of recording in Tenerife, right under the Teide Volcano, the secret mountain of Guanche Mythology. The album title Mescaleros is, in their words, "a concept we like to use to indicate an approach to making music and art in general, inspired by spaghetti western aesthetics and 60’s lysergic emancipation put through the lens of modern technology and science fiction. We translate that approach into long improvisational jams where we try to feel music as something alive that can and must change from time to time and also within the same performance.
In Hollywood, they’d call an artist like Baronhawk Poitier ‘a triple threat.’ Because, alongside his bulletproof skills as a DJ, and his singular voice with percussion and beat making, he is also a bonafide battle-ready freestyle dancer. The gay American techno scene is no stranger to this, as we’ve been booking him, passing around his edits, and g’fawing after his flying feet for years.
In Washington D.C. where he throws the TNX queer warehouse parties and helps organize the Urban Artistry dance battles, he is a household name. And it isn’t just the party queens having it for Baronhawk, in 2015 even the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a grant to understudy with Baltimore club legend Karizma. It seems almost criminal to us that this will be the first time many of you will be hearing Baronhawk’s productions. With that in mind, and in anticipation of your first date, Poitier has come to ring your doorbell with a bucket of the smelliest roses.
A 4-track EP that delivers all the musical facets of this young sensei, including some hook-laden southern-fried-disco, a Bristolian-favela dub, a jettison lever synth tech-thumper, and even a little vocal hello on the low tempo pad-meets-acid funk of ‘Lowside Heights’. It’s a rollercoaster of range, all tied up in a bow that what will soon be known as Poitiers signature take on drum programming.
Note: these are not your ex-boyfriends Berlin zombie sway dance beats. And back before we had these demos, we asked if Baronhawk would make us an EP of music ‘he would want to dance to’ to which his response was: ‘Oh Honey, I have never made any that I didn’t’ — so with that said, we present to you the Temperado Tornado. She get turnt.
Following on from an excellent debut in 2019, with ‘Karoussel’, Mow Records unveils its second album. A further exploration of label head Mowgan’s penchant for house music and authentic African sounds, ‘Soya’ features percussion and vocals from Solo Sanou, an artist whose roots lie in Burkina Faso - though he’s based in Toulouse, where the album was recorded.
Comprised seven Afro house cuts that utilise organic instrumentation and Solo’s raw, emotive voice, the album is the second installment in a series of five long-players recorded by Mowgan in the space of a year. This new LP goes deep into the heart of Africa’s rich musical culture, delivering contagious rhythms, rousing atmospherics and a pure, organic, unadulterated sound that has been cultivated through electrifying jam sessions at Mowgan’s studio. Also featured on ‘Soya’ are Yoan Hernandez and Yaya Dembele who play guitar, Gauthier Djalate on bass, alongside Mamadou ‘Madou’ Dembele, a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute and ngoni, while also handling backing vocals with Adama Coulibaly aka Demsi and teaming up for a duet with Solo on ‘Badenya’. Another vocalist, Fanta, was intrinsic to this LP. The granddaughter of renowned Malian performer Kandia Kouyaté, Fanta appears on ‘Fatanya’ and is a crucial component of the album’s conception…
The story goes that Mowgan was making an album with Fanta when he realised he needed a percussionist. Fanta brought in Solo Sanou, who was very timid to begin with. Mowgan liked his style and decided to work on some music with Solo separately. As the relationship blossomed, and they recorded more music, Solo brought more and more instruments to Mowgan’s studio. During those sessions Mowgan gently encouraged Solo to try using his voice, eventually he did and, when he heard how good it sounded, ended up singing across the whole LP. So, the beauty of this album, beyond the wonderful instrumentation, is the fact that you’re hearing Solo Sanou sing for the very first time.
With all the songs recorded in his native languages, Bobo and Bambara, ‘Soya’ is an exhilarating blend of electronic production and African influences that emanates a feeling of authenticity throughout. From the opening cut ‘Adamine’, which is about Solo’s first meeting with Mowgan, to ‘Badenya’ which refers to family bonds - “There may be quarrels, but it will never catch fire,” Solo says.
There is social commentary, such as that featured on ‘Fantaya’, which is about poverty - “While some people worry about what they will eat at night, others have fun without worrying about them,” he says.
A soul-nourishing, vibrant and utterly contagious collection of raw, authentic Afro house, ‘Soya’ marks another step forward for Mow Records and a triumph for all the artists involved. Look out for further installments…
David Penn, Roland Clark, Supernova, Dennis Cruz, OFFAIAH
A1. David Penn vs Roland Clark - The Power (Extended Mix)
A2. Supernova featuring Marley Munroe - Can’t Stand It (Extended Mix)
B1. Dennis Cruz featuring Leo Wood - To Burn (Extended Mix)
B2. OFFAIAH - Private Show (Club Re-Edit)
Coming as the eighth edition of the series, ‘EP8’ stays true to committing Defected’s biggest digital releases to wax, delivering an upfront package of house heat previously unavailable on vinyl. ‘EP8’ features four of Defected’s first releases of the decade, with David Penn’s collaboration with renowned house vocalist Roland Clark ‘The Power’ kicking off the A-Side, as Roland Clark’s mighty spoken word narrative paired with David’s rolling bassline and percussive breaks combine for a sincere and uplifting track. Up next, Italian duo Supernova deliver their dancefloor cut ‘Can’t Stand It’, featuring Los Angeles vocalist Marley Monroe, who delivers her heavenly top-line, a track infused with Chicago house influences, Supernova’s cut is a start-to-finish groover. On the flip, ‘To Burn’ by Dennis Cruz opens, featuring Leo Wood’s compelling vocals, as a wandering bassline and vocal stabs throughout take it to the club. To round off the release, Defected regular OFFAIAH delivers his track ‘Private Show’ (Club Re-Edit), ready to ignite dancefloors with seductive vocals and tension-building drops.
Phuture only released a handful of tracks (plus an album a full decade after their debut), but have remained a legendary act in the development of Chicago house for their stomping 1987 single "Acid Trax", the track that began and defined the acid house sound. The group was formed by DJ Pierre, synthesizer fan Spanky and Herb J in 1985 as a recording entity to produce records for Pierre to mix into his sets at several crucial Chicago clubs. After being turned on to the high-pitched squelch of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer (marketed as a bassline machine for solo guitarists), the trio emerged from the studio with a track they called "In Your Mind". Ron Hardy previewed the track at his legendary club the Music Box - where it became known as "Ron Hardy's Acid Track" - and Phuture re-made the cut with production by Marshall Jefferson. Released on Trax Records in 1987, the single created a dividing point between the Chicago sound before and after it, with hundreds of "Acid Trax" imitations flooding the local market. After it caught on in Britain as well, the single soundtracked the wave of club madness which coalesced in the rave movement by the end of the decade.
Re mastered for 2014 and re released in original 1987 artwork. Released in conjunction with Trax / Harmless.
Following on from his acclaimed remix of Dubfire featuring Carl Craig, Berlin-based Tibi Dabo returns to Crosstown Rebels with Disbelieve. It marks the first of three EP’s to be released on Damian's label this year, ahead of a much-anticipated debut album in October.
The EP begins with the rolling sounds of Disbelieve. Chugging along with a gently changing bassline, the lead synth reverberates alongside whispering hats and wonderfully emotive keys, before Tibi Dabo showcases his heavier side with Hire The Birds. Beginning with a pummelling kick, we are soon introduced to a mysteriously echoing vocal that winds into a melodic, celestial-like drop. Dj Balduin rounds off the release with a subtle, yet similarly hard-edged rendition of the second track. Up-tempo and incredibly danceable, synths shimmer alongside pumping drums and ethereal, bell-like chimes.
No stranger to Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, young Max Guardans AKA Tibi Dabo has carved out a sound that is wise beyond his years. At just twenty-three the Barcelona native has already remixed Damian himself, on last year’s Diamond In The Dark re-release, a testament to his skill and dexterity as a producer, whilst his previous full-length productions on Crosstown showcase the breadth of his ever growing sound. Dj Balduin has already made a significant impact in the electronic music scene, with an album already under his belt as well as a debut release last year on leading melodic techno label Kompakt.
Manchester-based producer Mason Maynard is welcomed to Hot Creations to present McLovin’, featuring two tracks of equal magnitude that display his vibrant talent. Mason’s debut release on the formidable label is set for release on 10th April.
On the flip, the spellbinding Remedy features a snaking sub-bass complemented perfectly with the powerful vocals of Ursula Rucker. “In its original form the song featured an old acapella from Ursula, but when we were put in touch with each other we knew we wanted to create something completely fresh.”
Mason Maynard has already built himself an exceptional reputation, with his groove led productions backed by some of biggest names in the business including Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers, Green Velvet, Skream and Seth Troxler. His releases on Repopulate Mars, DFTD, Sola and Relief (where he has collaborated with Green Velvet) have been supported heavily on BBC radio. In 2019 he toured the world, with sets at EDC, Hideout, Creamfields and also across Ibiza during the summer. Praised homecoming gigs took place at Manchester’s Warehouse Project and in front of 15,000 in the Hangar at Parklife Festival. 2020 will see Mason go from strength to strength as he continues to tour the USA and announces his new FANTAZIA label. Working alongside USA electronic music heavyweights Insomniac, FANTAZIA is inspired by early acid and raving culture with a debut release dropping on 6th March.
Paradise is the next single from the epic Jasper Street Co. album, featuring production by Baltimore’s finest and most esteemed House Music Heroes Teddy Douglas and DJ Spen of the Basement Boys. This is a cover of the seminal tune originally recorded by Change in 1981 and featuring the vocals of a young and unknown Luther Vandross. This updated version includes vocals by two legends in their own right Ten City lead singer Byron Stingily and Chic lead singer Norma Jean Wright.
The single includes a special edit by the renowned “King Of The Edit” Danny Krivit, along with remixes by two of Europe’s premier producer / artists Mark Knight & Michael Gray, who embellished the original disco keys that made this song such a classic but juiced up the percussion and bass to make it into something massive for today’s dancefloors. Also included in the package is the forward – sounding “Sunrise” remix by the Chicago-based and genre-bending DJ - Chrissy, along with an original album dub produced by The Basement Boys
A2. Chez Damier - Can U Feel It - Club Instrumental
B1. Chez Damier - Can U Feel It - New York Dub
B2. Chez Damier - Can U Feel It - 2 1:2 Step
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From the vaults! 1992 KMS records pressure straight from Detroit, still capable of causing much damage on dance-floors in 2016! This 4 track monster pulls together a pretty heavy cast of Detroit Techno and deep House royalty in the shape of Chez Damier, MK and Derrick May all contributing various mixes and versions across the EP. If deep, driving, soul drenched House is your bag you will be in heaven with "Can you feel it", a truly classic slice of sophisticated dance music indeed. All of the mixes are killers, but it's the "MK Dub" mix, also known as the "New York Dub" that really steals the show, here MK and May combine to craft a classy, slamming, emotive string driven jam that pushes all the right buttons. As usual, essential retrospective action here from one of the most legendary dance labels out of Detroit. All tracks remastered and fully licensed with the sole permission of Mr. Kevin Saunderson. 100% legit and not ready to quit!
A2. Soulcenter - What you're doin (Acid Pauli edit)
B1. Kadebostan - Love In Looxor
B2. Gunther Lause - Mountain
C1. Acid Pauli & Laura Weider - Oregano
C2. Jan Turkenburg - In My Spaceship
D1. Nu - Earth
D2. Calico Horse - Idioteque
E1. Acid Pauli - Music is Silence
E2. Lou Kasard feat Benno - Once Upon
F1. Tempo Di Roma - Move Your Bones
F2. The Band That Never Met - I'm On Fire
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Crosstown release the triple vinyl sampler to the acclaimed Get Lost V album compiled and mixed by Acid Pauli. The album features loads of exclusives, some of which have been featured on this vinyl version of the album.
The 5th in the Get Lost series and Acid Pauli’s Vinyl compilation of the ground- breaking mix is a sonic treat. Featuring three exclusive covers of Gonzalez, Radiohead and Bruce Springsteen, as well as new tracks by Acid Pauli, Tempo Di Roma and NU.
Acid Pauli is a musical genius and tastemaker who has released tracks on a Bjork album and famed for his innovative diverse and eccentric sound, as well as being resident of the former infamous Berlin institution Bar 25. His debut album ‘MST’ came out on Nicolas Jaar’s Clown & Sunset label earlier this year to great acclaim. One of the most adventurous Get Lost albums to date, Pauli treads deep into more weird and wonderful waters and if you enjoy this then you should check out the double CD mix, it really is quite outstanding.. contender for DJ Mix album of the year
Well. Where do we start with 'Deep Inside'? Originally released in the golden NYC House era of 1993, this 5 tracker literally smashed everything in sight. And still does now! The epitome of an evergreen, all-time classic release. Masters At Work Louie Vega and Kenny Dope were on a major roll in this era, producing, remixing, dj-ing and everything in-between, these guys put in ridiculous work. They are joined on this EP by a roll-call of names and collaborators, Erick Morillo engineering the title track? Check. Maurice Joshua on co-production duties? You got it. Vocals by Ms. Barbara tucker? They're there. Killer, rock hard drums? Stacks of Soul? Masterfully chopped up Disco samples? All present. Serious stuff. Sometimes a record just manages to capture and distill the true essence of what this is all about and 'Deep Inside' is one such record, it bears all the hallmarks of golden era MAW, all the signposts of what was happening in NYC's clubs in the early to mid 90's were there within it's grooves. You know a record is good when it's still being, quite literally, hammered nearly 25 years later! Now, remastered, and reissued with the full involvement of Strictly Rhythm this seminal piece of NYC House history is made available again with all original, full sleeve artwork intact as per the 1993 original. This one's a straight up essential for any self-respecting dance aficionado. You know what to do!
Nathan rouses his Cambria Instruments label for his first album since 2017s ‘Providence’. ‘Blizzards’ is a returns to a clubbier sound, whilst keeping the melodic depth and rewarding narratives that have entranced his fans worldwide since his early records on Border Community and his seminal track ‘The Sky Was Pink’. Using a similar setup to his slamming live show, the album’s track were mostly recorded in one take with a deliberately limited hardware selection.
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.
Barcelona-based multifaceted artist Raven joins Radio Slave’s Rekids with an incredibly imaginative five-track debut release.
Born in Canada, Raven is a talented nomad who’s been cutting her teeth as a DJ, producer, singer and songwriter whilst living in Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin, Toronto, and Mexico City. As a performer, she joins the dots between Techno, Acid, Electro and early Rave: a genre-spanning approach she applies to her productions too, making her a difficult artist to pigeonhole. Discovered by Matt Edwards, Raven now joins Rekids - a label responsible for introducing some of electronic music’s most incendiary names to the scene, including the likes of Nina Kraviz and Peggy Gou.
Opening gently with ethereal atmospherics, ‘Flames’ springs into action with galloping percussion, echoing effects, metallic nuances and Raven’s poignant singing. Following on, ‘Saint’ bangs from the word go courtesy of its convoluted rhythm, piercing claps and soaring background synths whilst rave sounds and murky lyrics operate throughout.
Thudding kicks and crystalline pads then pair up beautifully with her serene voice in the lively ‘In2U’, leading into the more downtempo ‘BBGRL’ that employs purring sub-bass, emotional melodies and acid squelches. Tying everything together, ‘Insomnia’ inaugurates with sweet chords and re-pitched vocals before robust drums drive it onwards into the distance.
On their 6th vinyl release, indie techno label YozMaz brings you Nine-tails Ep: four 4-on-the-floor compound techno tracks with deep bass club mixes skillfuly blended by UK Producer Dave Campbell. Mastered by Curve Pusher.
A1 Siege of One reveals its Hi-Ryze DNA with exuberant chords and tight programming, followed by Un-belo-vid’s breathtaking melodic techno rush at 125bpm.
On the flip side, City Fox starts the party with a bouncy tune featuring chopped up vocals and synth wave beats. Deep techno tune Location Unknown closes the jam with a slowed down 120bpm sonorous bass mix.
B. 6AM Cowboy (Cowboy Rhythmbox Deviation Variation)
Cowboy Rhythmbox return for a short, sweet and typically unusual transmission, as cult house journeyman, Detroit producer and DJ Sharif Laffrey provides one of the most memorable and original releases in Phantasy’s history, followed by a simmering take from the duo themselves. With what initially started out as a remix project led to Sharif often finding himself within deep studio sessions, frequently surpassing the early hours of the morning, pointing to the apt naming of this release.
Chugging with schizophrenic glee for nearly fifteen minutes, Laffrey masterfully combines his own flavour for obscurities and offbeat samples with no less than three tracks from the Cowboy Rhythmbox archive. Mixing element upon element into a somewhat absurdist masterpiece, this uncategorizable rework injects waves of weirdo energy and a little menace into the small hours.
In response, Cowboy Rhythmbox consciously scramble the formula even further. So impressed by Laffrey’s interpretation, they choose to deliver a remix upon remix with their ‘Deviation Variation’. Retaining the full measure of their skittish psychedelia that has blessed and freaked-out dancefloors over the years, the original pair rework the vampish synths at the heart of previous head spinner ‘Vodonik’, escalating guttural acid and a heads down bassline that perhaps dials down the fury, but keeps the filth.
REPRESS - Brand new single from Ms Kraviz giving us a taster of her forthcoming debut on Rekids. For "Ghetto Kraviz" Nina looks for inspiration on the other side of the Atlantic with stripped down drum-patterns, hand-claps a plenty and her monotone vocals.
Aura Dinamica continues its exploration into hypnotic, wide angle Techno with a dense eight track missive from Italian producer Matteo Ghiringhelli’s new project Atoloi. In equal parts subdued & transcendental, the album pairs intricate, polyrhythmic drum work with carefully executed and gently undulating atmospheric motifs to generate a moving and immersive listening experience.
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Possessed – Soundtrack to the film by Metahaven & Rob Schröder
Laurel Halo presents an album’s worth of score provided for the 2018 essay film Possessed, by artist collective Metahaven and Rob Schröder, produced by Dutch Mountain Film. The film was nominated for the IFFR Tiger award and the CPH:Dox New Vision Award in 2018. Her first foray into writing music for screen, the album provides a rich variety of sounds, from aqueous, subterranean drones, to plaintive folk pieces for violin and cello, to uncanny pseudoclassical piano mutations.
It’s fitting for Laurel Halo to move into the score world. Already known for her ability to craft evocative, emotionally charged music, the pieces on offer give shade and contour to the central questions of Possessed. We arrange our lives to impress the gaze of others and have become obsessed by our own image, we are looking for a new, personal way to relate to others, but how do we find new ways of being together, outside the self-surveillance we have created? The film’s sophisticated collage of live footage combined with found footage of makeup tutorials, smart phones melted by liquefied lead, facial recognition software, selfie risktakers atop cranes, and tourists filming their every move in Rome all point to the central question of the film: who is looking out for you?
The soundtrack traverses both the synthetic and acoustic, in keeping with the film’s tension between what is natural and unnatural. Opening track Hyphae unfolds like the titular fungal network, spreading and extending indelibly; the various Rome Themes all motivic in their romantic yearning; the surreal piano of Marbles pointing towards the recurrent image of void like black marbles, all knocking against one another, but never touching. Zeljava, named after the abandoned former Yugoslavian military air base featured in the film, is a central piece for it’s resonant, wrenching quality, like a perpetually arched back. In a nod to film music tradition a simple rendition of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is also included in the collection.
Violinist Galya Bisengalieva and cellist Oliver Coates provide rich performances, and renowned engineer Paul Corley lends additional production.
A2. Rome Theme I
A6. Rome Theme II
B1. Last Seen
B2. Rome Theme III
B3. Cave Walk
B4. Stabat Mater (Excerpt)
B6. Last Seen (Reprise) [vinyl only track]
Absolutely seminal Danny Krivit re-edit of Gary's Gang "Let's Lovedance Tonight"!
Originally released on Nurvous Records a decade ago this finally sees the light of day again... Original 12"s go for $100 each on discogs. Re mastered for 2016 and released in conjunction with the original Sam Records.
East End Dubs returns to FUSE this August to deliver his highly anticipated ‘bRave’ EP, accompanied by label boss Enzo Siragusa on remix duties.
Easily one of house music’s most prolific producers, DJs and label owners, East End Dubs’ sharp rise as one of scenes most in-demand artists has seen the London-based producer make appearances across a slew of Europes most notable venues, including the likes of Amnesia, DC-10 and Benimussa Park (Ibiza), Watergate (Berlin) and Village Underground (London) in 2019 alone. Following on from his collaborative EP alongside original FUSE resident Rich NxT back in June, August will finally see the release of the long-awaited ‘bRave’, one of the most requested tracks of the year having been championed heavily by label head Enzo Siragusa and Jamie Jones across recent months, alongside two further originals and a hefty remix from Siragusa himself.
Fusing trademark slinking drum grooves, rumbling sub bass and tripped out lead lines accented by infectious vocal snippets, ‘bRave’ quickly shapes up to offer up a commanding slice of peak time gold typical of the producers ever-impressing output, whilst ‘Trancendence’ introduces wandering, spacey synths amongst airy chords and regimented percussion. Next, ‘Warped Riddim’ takes cues from its title as hypnotic, twisted rhythms snake amongst off-kilter metallic drum licks, before Enzo Siragusa’s ‘Back To 93 Remix’ packs low-end groove in abundance as the label boss flips the title track to offer up a driving, garage-fueled interpretation to round out proceedings in style.
Producer & DJ Mall Grab has announced his new EP ‘How The Dogs Chill, Vol. 1’, on his brand new imprint ‘Looking For Trouble.’ The new release arrives ahead of Mall Grab’s upcoming ‘Looking For Trouble' tour, including a London headline show on 6th October at E1.
The 25 year old’s latest record follows one of last summer’s biggest house releases - 'Pool Party Music’ on DJ Haus’s ever-excellent Hot Haus Recs, as well as a collaborative EP earlier this year alongside Loods on Steel City Dance Discs, the label he runs with his friends Jarred Kennedy and Jackson Fitzsimmons. Having emerged in 2015 with the infectious ‘Feel U’ EP, the strength and evolution of Jordon’s productions has firmly established him as one of dance music’s most exciting talents.
The new EP arrives in the middle of another busy period for Mall Grab. Having played well over 100 shows in the last year, he just curated the London event Long Live Southbank - a one off fundraiser party supporting the restoration of Southbank’s hallowed Undercroft skate space, which was streamed by Boiler Room. Having grown up skateboarding the event’s cause was a particularly special one for Jordon. About to embark on his much anticipated ‘Looking For Trouble’ tour throughout September and October and with more shows through November & December in Japan and Australia, Mall Grab will close out 2018 on a high.
A1. Mall Grab - Liverpool Street In The Rain
A2. Mall Grab - Bust
B1. Mall Grab - Looking For Trouble
B2. Mall Grab - Get Impetuous
Serious heat alert! Ridiculously rare sun drenched funky Soul from the mythical Raw Soul Express....
"The Way We Live" is as flawless as it gets, a superior piece of sweet Soul music from all the way down there in Miami, ultra sought after in it's original 45 issue & featuring some absolutely stellar production from the underrated George "Chocolate" Perry this record is an instant party starter! Featured on the mix-tapes & in the play-lists of some of the most discerning crate digging DJ's out there & an OG 45 will literally cost you an arm & a leg ($600 plus) this total gem of a record gets an overdue repress in it's original form. Essential!
Backed here with it's original b-side slow jam "This Thing Called Music" this ultra-rare 45 has been re-mastered, re-pressed & brought back for 2015's dance-floors in conjunction & with the permission of T.K. Disco / Henry Stone Music, Miami USA.
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.
Absolutely flawless Boogie sounds on NYC's SAM Records from 1982, Greg Henderson's "Dreamin" was licensed from the tiny Rain Records label and no doubt gained some invaluable exposure to the early 80's post Disco club scene that was in full swing at that time. Breezy, soulful, sweet and most importantly of all - funky, "Dreamin" is an absolute pleasure to the ears.
Greg Henderson only released a handful of records during his career (including the incredible Henderson & Whitfield - "Dancing to the beat") and was also involved in the production of some other classic Boogie rarities (Masterforce - "Don't Fight The Feeling" , Rome Jeffries - "Good Love"). "Dreamin" has always been a sought after record, often fetching collectors prices of £100 - £200 a time. A sublime cut for all lovers of Disco, Boogie, Funk and Modern Soul. Now made available again, legitimately licensed, remastered and reissued in conjunction with SAM Records New York City.
Like sneaking an extra scoop (or two) of ice cream for dessert, what do you do when you know something’s bad for you, but its vice-like nature makes it all the more irresistible? Vega Records explores this conundrum in its latest release, “Can’t Let You Go” by the late, great Loleatta Holloway.
“Can’t Let You Go” is one of the last unreleased recordings Loleatta completed before her passing in 2011. In the main mix, she addresses a relationship she knows she should end but can’t bring herself to leave because the lovin’ is just too good: “I keep coming back time and time again,” she ruminates with raw emotion. “We got to make things better or we got to do whatever to make it right… oh, let’s make it right, ‘cause I can’t let you go.”
For the unfamiliar, Loleatta Holloway, a.k.a. the “Queen of the Night,” is a bona fide disco and soul icon. The singer behind successful singles such as “Hit and Run” and “Love Sensation,” she is one of the most sampled artists from the disco era.
The posthumous single was written and produced by prolific artist Yvonne Turner, whose resume includes production and remix credits for music greats such as Whitney Houston, Willie Colon, and Jeffrey Osborne; as well as mixes for Lenny Kravitz, Lalah Hathaway, Mica Paris, and more. Providing subtle, smooth background vocals for the track, she allows Loleatta’s belting vocals to be the star of the percussive house groover; while Vega Records boss Louie Vega offers a “Roots” mix and emotion-charged “Soul House” mix. Louie Vega also invited his vocalist friends Tawatha Agee (of seminal R&B and soul group Mtume) and Cindy Mizelle (Louie Vega’s longtime collaborator) to add powerful hooks and new background arrangements, enhancing the track with some call and response to Loleatta's adlibs during the vamp. Gene Perez on Bass, Axel Tosca on Fender Rhodes, and Roberto Quintero on percussion. In all, the record is club-ready catharsis made for dancing all your troubles away.
“Loleatta Holloway was one of the most dynamic vocalists of our time,” says Yvonne Turner. “She was blessed with the gift of song and her energy was electric! Loleatta's passion and artistry is on full display as she masterfully interprets a lyric then delivers her signature adlibs, which never disappoint. To describe her in a few words, Loleatta Holloway was the truth... my friend... extraordinary!”
Adds Louie Vega, “Loleatta Holloway has had a huge impact in my life as a DJ, producer, and clubber. She touched me in many ways through my music-making and even style of DJing; to this day, I still play many of her songs and acapellas. This is just our little way of saying thank you so much for what you've done for so many lives with your beautiful voice, you've affected us all!!!”
The record’s cover artwork is a mural of Loleatta Holloway created by Richard Wilson, a London-based artist who takes inspiration from DJs and producers from the house music and disco scene. Last month, Louie traveled to Liverpool, England for the mural’s unveiling.
To celebrate the new single, Louie Vega is taking his infamous Flashback party to Miami Beach’s Yuca Lounge on March 18 for a night of throwback classics in disco, house, Latin soul, and more. Head here for tickets and more information: http://bit.ly/2mG4QX4
Chicago, 1991. The House Jam Records go from strength to strength, having already released a slew of influential and classic records from 1987 onwards, the duo of Larry Thompson and Rick Lenoir are making their impression felt on the dance music scene not only in their own city, but on a worldwide scale. Enter Tikkle, another undercover pseudonym used by the pair for their own special brand of deep House tracks.
"Outer Limits" was the first release using this name and is an essential EP of midwestern machine grooves. The tracks have that rough, basement vibe with a healthy dose of deep, melodic qualities thrown in, the track "Outer Limits" for example, has a sophisticated almost Jazz like vibe that wouldn't sound out of place on an early UR release! The second track on the EP "In The Beginning..." is a driving cut based around Mach's legendary "On & On" (often cited as one of the "first" House tracks!) with Thompson and Lenoir adding some dope keys, strings and extra drum machines all with that trademark LNR swing. "Holding On" is a stripped back, percussion led, heads down kinda jam... the kind of track to make dance-floors sweat, solid stuff indeed!
The whole EP has been reissued as it was originally released in 1991, with all original House Jam label artwork intact. For this special 2016 pressing Rick Lenoir dug in his vault of reel to reel tapes and excavated a long lost Tikkle track that has never been released..... until now - "My Mood (Rick's Cosmic Mix Edit)" is the closing track of the EP and is a fresh, 24 year old acid track with ocean deep pads - What a discovery, and one that will undoubtedly excite House heads! This track is exclusive to this repress! All audio has been lifted from Rick Lenoir's private collection of reel to reel tapes from his basement and remastered accordingly. This reissue has been realised with the full involvement of Thompson & Lenoir and is 100% legit!
Code 718 aka iconic NYC DJ Danny Tenaglia dropped this 'E2-E4' riffing classic back in the mists of 1992. Manuel Göttsching's original track would have been a staple of NYC clubs back then and would have featured in the warm up sets of jocks like Tenaglia who favoured the longer, deeper sets as well as on the play-lists of institutional night-spots such as the Loft and the Garage. The track's influence on a whole era of DJ's and producers that followed is immeasurable and across 3 sublime mixes Tenaglia distills the magic of the original into something totally NYC and club-friendly without losing any of the Göttsching magic, even managing to sprinkle a little Grace Jones in the mix with her fabulous 'I floated on a cloud' vocal sample liberally applied. 'Equinox' takes us on a trip that is emotive, uplifting and warm. This is how House music is meant to sound, respectfully steeped in what preceded it yet moving forward in a fresh direction. Another example of how on the money Strictly Rhythm were in their early days, classic after classic rolled out of the labels' offices and us, the record buying legions, were / are better off for it! This one's a tasty 2017 reissue and remaster, featuring all 3 mixes, unedited, as per the original release way back when. Do not sleep.
More Strictly Rhythm GOLD right here. An all-time, hands down, unstoppable CLASSIC record from way back - 1995 to be precise. If you don't know this record it's possible you've been in a coma, living in a cave with no electricity or have literally just arrived here on planet earth. Either way, once you hear 'Higher State Of Consciousness' you certainly won't forget it. Produced by Philly's legendary Josh Wink and released by the forward thinking A&R team at Strictly. At the time there was very little to nothing that even came close to this release. The 'Tweekin Acid Funk' mix being the highlight and the version that caught everyone's ears and captured minds worldwide across radio-waves with endless rewinds on MTV and in the clubs. Foreseeing the impending 'Breaks' boom that came around in the mid to late 90's 'Higher State...' was one of those rare moments where a record truly transcends genre boundaries and found it's way into DJ's boxes and bags on every scene. A mighty, evergreen slab of wigged out, acidic, breakbeat chaos. Essential. This one's a tasty 2017 reissue and remaster, featuring all 3 mixes, unedited, as per the original release way back when. Do not sleep.
Housemates make their debut on NAFF with a blinding prog-house anthem conceived last summer at Casa Di Ruffino, Montreal. The ultimate dollar bin jumper, Soul Value shines with the sax magic of regular collaborator Emmanuel Thibau. Remixes by Florist and Lamusa II appear on the flip to round out the trip. Pure house energy for every dance floor on and off the planet. It just works!
RALPH MACDONALD / FOXY
JAM ON THE GROOVE / GET OFF YOUR AAAHH AND DANCE (DANNY KRIVIT EDITS)
A1. Ralph Macdonald - A Jam On The Groove (Danny Krivit Edit)
B1. Foxy - Get Off Your Aaahh And Dance (Danny Krivit Edit)
NYC Disco legend Danny Krivit returns to the editing block on behalf of seminal Miami Disco powerhouse TK Disco. With 45 years in the DJ game under his belt and having played endless gigs all over the world during that time it's safe to say Mr.K knows exactly what he's doing when it comes to the re-edit thing! With unprecedented access to TK's vaults Danny has been turning in some stellar reworkings as of late and the cuts included on this latest instalment keep the quality sky high!
On the A-side Mr.K kicks off with a heavyweight edit of a stone cold b-boy / club classic! The legendary, late Ralph McDonald's (RIP) 'Jam on the groove' has long been a staple source of nourishment for hungry samplers and it's stripped back, calypso influenced percussion breakdowns have found themselves being cut up by numerous DJ's at clubs and block parties since it's original release in 1976. Here, Mr.K brings that killer breakdown right up front, rearranging the track in a way that gives us all the meat! This is a truly pared back edit, those with keen ears will recognise a wealth of samples that have been jacked from mr McDonald's drum-kit. This is one cut you can either hustle to or head-spin to! Hot, hot, hot....
The B-side see's Miami's FOXY and their 'Get off your aaah & dance' get the Mr.K editing block treatment. Kicking off with some tight drums with a heavy Latin influence this cut rolls along so smooth, giving way to a super funky pairing of guitars and flutes. FOXY are another group whose catalogue has been plundered by sample savvy producers over the years. This particular track is Disco heaven, beautifully produced and arranged, it flows along and will certainly cause some dance-floor tremors! A track for dancers, 100%, gracefully tweaked by Mr.K in just the right way! Essential business! File under - *Grown-up Disco
Of course, Danny Krivit's edits are always done in the proper manner, from the point of view of someone who has lived, breathed and played this music for the best part of 50 years. 100% legit re-edits, from Danny's personal collection, remastered and released in conjunction with Henry Stone Music / TK Disco - Miami FL.
Fresh from 1986, all time Garage-House-Afro crossover classic... Absolutely timeless House anthem!
Need we say more? "Ma Foom Bey" is one of THOSE records, totally flawless, big in the dance everytime.
Stripped back drum machines, that cavernous, instantly recognizable bass-line & those chants, killing sound-systems stone dead!
As we said before, dropped on Easy Street in '86, edited by the legendary Tony Humphries & subsequently caned by 3 generations of DJ's across the galaxy ever since. Every home should have a copy of this, no collection is complete without it. A record that will never go out of style & will always provoke some buckwild reactions on any dance-floor it's dropped on!
Shout out to Easy Street, %100 legit re-issue, re-master & re-press, essential wax!
EARTH, WIND AND FIRE
BRAZILIAN RHYME / RUNNIN' (RE-EDITED BY DANNY KRIVIT)
The word 'classic' gets thrown around a lot these days, often abused and attached to things that don't deserve the tag.
I think we can all agree that an outfit like Earth, Wind & Fire are truly deserving of such an accolade, since their first tentative steps in the early 1970's as an outfit the Chicago, IL pioneers have made themselves a force to be reckoned with and have sold over 90,000,000 units worldwide! Fusing together Jazz, Funk, Soul, African and Brazilian sounds EWF have been at the top of their game for decades, seeing them inducted into the legendary 'rock n roll hall of fame' at the turn of the millennium. Respect due. On this special, legit 12" reissue we are treated to 2 stellar reworkings by one of Disco and modern dance music's most respected names - Danny Krivit. Danny's tenure in dance music has almost been as long as EWF's themselves so it makes sense that he's on deck to breathe some dancefloor magic into their cult classics 'Brazilian Rhyme' and 'Runnin'. Both tracks are massive club anthems with them being generously sampled over the years and featuring in the playlists of too numerous to mention DJ's and selectors. Both of these amazing edits are extremely sought after and have been legally reissued by Above Board Distribution in conjunction with Danny Krivit and the legal rights holders - Sony Music Entertainment. This high quality repress features original Columbia white label Disco promo artwork and has been remastered from Sony's original sources by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.
The Vision featuring Andreya Triana
Heaven (Inc. Mousse T. / Nightmares on Wax Remixes)
After revealing KON’s edit of ‘Heaven’ on their blissful 7” debut, The Vision return to release the original on 12”, along with remixes from Mousse T. and Nightmares on Wax. Opening the A-Side with the blissful original, a funk-laden track vocally-led by Andreya Triana, it pairs her soulful tones with lush instrumentation make ‘Heaven’ a sublime introduction to the duo. Up next is Mousse T.’s E-Funk Mix, where the legendary German DJ lends his signature disco-infused style to the track to produce an atmospheric club cut. On the flip side are the two mixes from Leeds native Nightmares On Wax. Bringing his trademark funk-flavoured grooves into the mix, his remix of the track showing the producer’s innate musicality. Rounding off the release is the Nightmare On Wax Club Dub, stripping back the vocals to offer a transformed version of the original.
Don't You Want My Love (Joe Claussell / Cratebug Remixes)
A. Don’t You Want My Love (Joe Claussell’s 1986 Reel To Reel Edit)
AA. Don’t You Want My Love (Cratebug’s More Love Remix)
Every once in a while a record comes along which is a little bit special, a record which stands the test of time, bringing the same reaction to the dancefloor now as it did all those years ago; ‘Don’t You Want My Love’ is one of those records. Four decades after its original release in 1979, the record has become a favourite with the Glitterbox crowds. Following on from the label’s release of the original, Glitterbox now presents a special remix package that features Joe Claussell’s 1986 Reel To Reel Edit - a disco extravaganza of a mix - and Cratebug’s house-infused and funk-laden More Love Remix.
A1. I Don't Want You Anymore (Dr Packer Extended Remix)
A2 - When Love Breaks Down (Dr Packer Extended Remix)
AA1. No Price (Dr Packer Extended Remix)
AA2. Boogie 2nite (Dr Packer Extended Remix)
Continuing the series, Dr Packer’s ‘Different Strokes Part 3’ offers a stunning package of the Australian disco maestro’s latest soulful remixes. Kicking off the A-Side with his remix of The MuthaFunkaz ‘I Don’t Want You Anymore’, where the heartfelt vocals of Marc Evans are complemented by elegant keys and live instrumentals, the vinyl next features Dr Packer's remix of The Shapeshifters ‘When Love Breaks Down’, featuring the powerhouse vocals of Teni Tinks this glorious disco cut continues to fill dancefloors with joy. On the flip are two fresh releases from Dr Packer from the Glitterbox imprint, opening with his epic ‘No Price’ remix, and rounding off the release with his take on ‘Boogie 2nite’; a guaranteed future Glitterbox anthem. This red hot 12” is an essential for any disco inclined crate digger, with four cuts ready to set the floor alight.
Setting out to make some “happy music”, Sophie Lloyd produced ‘Calling Out’ in a dreary January as an antidote to the pervading doom and gloom of the news, summoning the power of the most joy-filled sound of all, gospel. This no-holds-barred anthem radiates all the live atmosphere of gospel worship in mid flow, with full instrumentation, keyboard breaks and understated kick drum pulling it all together. Bringing in the uplifting voices of soul trio Dames Brown to re-record some old gospel samples was the icing on the cake, adding the last element of authenticity. A new member of the Classic family, Sophie Lloyd’s impeccable knowledge of disco, soul and house shines through in this sparkling record, available on 7” for the very first time.