TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
Disco / Nu-Disco
- A Dinosaur L - Go Bang (Danny Krivit Edit Of Walter Gibbons Remix)
- B Hanson & Davis - I'll Take You On (Danny Krivit Edit Of Larry Levan Remix)
A special double header of 2 very very dope Danny Krivit edits from then Sleeping Bag / Fresh Records vaults.
Dinosaur L's immense 'Go Bang' takes up the A-side, with Mr.K tweaking the classic Walter Gibbons version into new sonic realms. Thoroughly minimal and spaced out in all the best ways and with a tense build-up, 'Go Bang' winds and winds until it feels like it's going to break! A brilliant reworking of a stone-cold classic that brings a fresh style to the familiar. On side B we are treated to a killer downtempo drum machine laden boogie-rap jam, namely the stellar Larry Levan mix of Hanson & Davis' 'I'll Take You On' from '86. Some primetime Garage sounds right here. A deep soulful cut that kicks and slams in all the right places, and is of course, touched up the right way by Danny's deft editing. Essential business right here, for real music lovers and dancers alike!
Remastered, re-edited and re-presented to you for 2020, courtesy of Danny Krivit, Sleeping Bag / Fresh Records and Above Board distribution. 100% legit!
- A. Tonight Is The Night (Live)
- AA. Where Is The Love (DJ's Delight)
Sadly, soul diva Betty Wright left us recently, on May 10th of this year, only 66 years old.
We pay a tribute to Betty with this unique 12” release, featuring 2 of her greatest hits.
“Tonight is the night” (yes, the famous full 8 minutes live version!) appears on the “A” side of this 12”, but now, ‘for the very first time’ in a fully steady and sequenced version, created by Dave Leatherman on 102 BPM, while on the AA-side it features the 7 minutes long and easy mixable “Disco Purrfection Remix” of “Where Is The Love” by Canadian Dj DiscoCat, now however edited to perfection by Ben Liebrand at a steady 128 BPM.
For the true collectors, a very limited edition of 200 green-vinyl and 200 yellow-vinyl copies on the famous “TK Disco” label are available.
- A. Baby I Cried, Cried, Cried
- B. Never Had A Love So Good
Wow, this one's a biggie! Some smoothed out modern Soul for the discerning right here... dig it!
Released in 1980 Charles Johnson's "Baby I Cried, Cried, Cried / Never Had A Love So Good" is a formidable double-sider, the A-side is a sweet slow jam where Charles lays it on the line in true grown man's fashion over a slick backdrop that is not a million miles away from some Philly style loving. The B-side is the big one though, a proper modern dancer, lovely production and the band is fully in the pocket. Drop this one and watch the dance light up, real music for the dancefloor! This particular 45 has long been a collectors item, and on a good day it can fetch hundreds on the Soul scene. This is a fully legit reissue, and features the classic golden Alston label artwork. A truly beautiful record, with each side primed to be played at the right time. Don't sleep!
Released with love and respect by: Above Board and TK Disco, Miami FL. 2020.
- A1 Do Not Pass Me By
- A2 After The Rain
- A3 These Are The Words
- A4 Father Stretch My Hands
- B1 So Many Years
- B2 You May Not Need Him
- B3 Oh What A Day
- B4 I Want To Be In Love With You
Digging deep into the annals of Gospel now, the name Pastor TL Barrett should be familiar to the eagle eyed crate diggers amongst you. An extremely "colourful" character from Chicago's Southside neighbourhood who found himself on the wrong side of the law for his involvement in some activities of a dubiously illegal nature, more importantly, besides this the pastor was widely known for his community activism and positive sermons preaching love and responsibility. Shady past aside, this fantastic 1976 LP entitled "Do Not Pass Me By" is a real Gospel beauty and features 8 tracks of resplendent hands in the air rejoicement. Having never been reissued before this rare gem is finally back out in the open, complete with it's incredible untampered sleeve artwork and design. Barrett's unique voice and message is timeless and instantly recognisable, you can't help but become one of the congregation whilst listening to these wonderfully rousing and positive paeans to the lord almighty. Saying that, even if you find yourself to be a non-believer, the soul, funk and jazz stylings (with the odd flourish of synth!) the good pastor is laying down will be equally as alluring to those of you who dig those particular sounds. "Do Not Pass Me By" was originally released on Miami's TK Disco offshoot Gospel Roots, it's the Pastor's second release on the label and is a beautiful snapshot of how things might have gone down at his "Mount Zion Baptist Church of Universal Awareness". A unique LP with a somewhat lo-fi charm, the tracks contained run the gamut from slow, downtempo ballads to roof raising, danceable Disco-esque anthems.
This is the first time that "Do Not Pass Me By" has been reissued on vinyl, fully remastered from Gospel Roots/TK's original tapes, represented the way the LP was issued in 1976 with all original cover and label artworks intact. Now, almost 40 years after it's original release the album has now been made available again for 2020 with this special and limited white vinyl repress, fully licensed in conjunction and with the full permission of Henry Stone music / TK Disco, Miami, FL.
- A1 She Can Have Anything She Wants
- A2 Dance Have Fun
- A3 Magic Music
- A4 All I Know Is That I Have You
- A5 Let's Take A Break
- B1 You Like To Dance
- B2 You Don't Even Know Me
- B3 Leave Me Alone
- B4 Be With Me
- B5 Job
Released during the late 1970's Disco era, Milton Wright's sophomore long player has always stood out as a singular, innovative example of the deepest, rarest grooves known to underground Soul lovers all over the globe. This often overlooked body of work has found a whole new audience who revisited the man's work retrospectively, pushing the LP into the domain of "holy grail" status amongst Black music lovers and Funk fanatics. "Spaced" has been at the top of the wants lists of serious music lovers for decades, often unattainable and commanding stellar collectors prices on-line, sometimes fetching amounts of upwards of £400. This unique LP could be perceived as being Wright's most personal work, tragically overshadowed by the burgeoning successes of his then label mates on Miami's Alston Records imprint. The sheer craftsmanship and songwriting prowess on show is undeniable, as is the top level musicianship and production, sounding ridiculously fresh almost some 40 years later. Above Board distribution has collaborated with Alston / TK Records to ensure the quality of this fully legitimate repress of this long lost Soul / Funk classic has been maintained. Remastered, reissued and represented with the full cooperation of the license holders for 2016. Do not pass up the chance to own a true gem, a pivotal, lost LP like "Spaced", now made available again to be enjoyed by all. "Magic Music".
- A1 Gimmie Some Lovin
- A2 I know you Want It
- A3 It's Amazing
- A4 Captain Of The Ship
- B1 If I Ever Do Wrong
- B2 Straight Groove
- B3 You Should Be Dancing
- B4 Come With Me
Just in time for summer! Some serious heat from the darkest corners of the TK Disco vaults, dug up, re-mastered and brought back to life for your listening and dancing pleasure!
To say Trama's sole LP is a rarity is an understatement! Released on TK offshoot CAT Records in 1977 it's swaggering street-funk attitude, tight ass rhythm section, blistering arrangements and stellar vocal performances from a young Donna Allen has left beat digging, Soul, Boogie and Disco freaks hot under the collar for over 3 decades!
Often selling on-line for tidy sums (£250 +) this LP is a true gem, now is your chance to own a %100 legit, TK Disco sanctioned, vinyl copy of this killer Soul LP. Re-issued just the way it originally came out in 1977, no tricks. Essential!
- A Don't Challenge Me
- B You're Shy
Techno, Disco, Italo, Electronics, House, Library, Cosmic and Ambient frequencies - These are the bedrocks of the Midnight Drive ethos and sound. A label shining a light on overlooked or unheralded creations and respectfully reissuing them for the contemporary audience. A label that respects and understands the connection between these disparate and sometimes forgotten forms of musical expression and celebrates them. Midnight Drive are extremely proud to present this most beautiful and unique of records - Makers 'Don't Challenge Me' - A truly idiosyncratic early 70's electronic oddity that has long been a coveted and highly prized piece of music by obscure music lovers for many years.
Makers was the moniker for another studio project by legendary euro-disco pioneer Boris Midney. Midney, a Russian ex-pat, explored his own sonic world and in the process crafted some of the biggest records during the most fertile times in the disco period, he created numerous projects including Beautiful Bend, USA-European Connection, Caress and many more.
A classically trained musician and jazz artist, his trail-blazing studio work meant he was one of the first producers to embrace the capabilities of multi-track mixing in a most creative way. Listening to this 45, a limited release on his own 'Midney' micro label, you can certainly hear genius at work, it's mind boggling that this record was crafted when it was (1972) as it sounds totally ahead of it's time and sounds exciting and original to this day. Truly one of the scarcest records of it's kind we were extremely humbled to be able to work with Boris and his organisation on this very special reissue that has been a collaborative effort all the way. This reissue has been repressed from Boris' own masters and every care has been taken to ensure that this lo-fi oddity sounds as good and clear as possible and the label artwork is a close rendering to the original as a respective nod to Boris and the Midney imprint by our friends Atelier Superplus. This is the very first time this record has ever been reissued (it was included on the most incredible 'Personal Space' compilation from a few years ago) and people will be very surprised to hear the b-side for the very first time - 'You're Shy' - A sweet soul number that almost recalls The Staple Singers and could easily have been released on Stax or any familiar labels of that ilk that somehow manages to retain the strange and overall DIY aesthetic of the 'Makers' sound.
Remastered by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK. Artwork and design by Atelier Superplus. Reissued in conjunction with Boris Midney / Midney Records. 2018.
GenresAlternative RockNu Disco
- A. Invisible Matter
- B. Bridge To Nowhere
The psychedelia of Purple Desert Rain God is playful and innovative in a way that brings early Pink Floyd to mind, where classic blues elements were mixed with tape loops and tremolo/feedback guitars. But more than 50 years has passed since Barret’s trip through universe was caught on tape and the comparison stops there: Purple Desert Rain God is a new take on acid rock!
Purple Desert Rain God is nature music and transcendental dance music and they overlap between genuine psychedelia and electronic music with filter sweeps on guitars and drums. Sudden bursts of drum fills brakes the monotonous groove and amplifies the feeling of lost control and the band often balances on what is considered a beat that is on time. However, they keep momentum and hammers the pulse on your eardrums, into your mind.
To add some more mystery the band gives this explanation to their name: "Deep in the purple desert is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the Rain God is always one step beyond logic."
GenresDeep HouseDown TempoNu DiscoTechno
- A. New Horizons (Original)
- B. New Horizons (Radio Edit)
‘New Horizons’ is the second single from the brand-new album ‘Metamorfosi’ by Joseph Capriati.
True to its title, the track explores directions we’ve never heard before in the music of the Southern Italian producer from Caserta. It is far away from the 4/4 kicks and from the usual techno territory where Capriati is a master and a worldwide pillar. ’New Horizons’ looks somewhere else, and to head to these new horizons, Joseph joins an extraordinary travel mate: musical legend James Senese. Senese is a saxophonist who has crossed some of the most important adventures of Italian music during his long career. From Napoli Centrale to the historical and mythical band of Pino Daniele, a backbone of the famous Neapolitan Sound of the ‘80s, with whom Senese has surpassed the boundaries of Italian fame to become a worldwide reference of a fresh and new take on pop, funk and jazz.
Senese, the tradition. Capriati, the innovation. A legacy, a musical heritage of Neapolitan and Italian music, from the roots to the present and projected into the future for a surprising and unexpected collaboration. In ‘New Horizons’ the electronic production of Joseph Capriati coexists with the tradition and the mastery of a champion like James Senese's sax, in a smart and sophisticated, downtempo beat. A track intended to leave an indelible mark on International music.
Breaks / Hip Hop
GenresBreakbeatDown TempoHip HopHouse
- A1. Deep Tapes
- A2. Come Now
- A3. Hot Fingers
- B1. No Competition
- B2. Session
- B3. Styles
- B4. Attention
- C1. Brain Rush
- C2. Sikker Beats
- C3. All Night
- C4. Power Blast
- D1. Thru R Ears
- D2. Lover
- D3. Chill
- D4. Music
The third, and final part, of Luke Vibert’s entertaining and infectious cavort through some of dance music’s key motifs, delivers a singular collection of tracks that the creator defines as Rave Hop.
‘Luke Vibert presents Rave Hop’ finds the British producer and musical trail blazer kick back on a bunch of lazy hip hop breaks and breezy samples. Soulful vocals, suave raps and buoyant riffs are expertly infused with dope as fuck beats and booming basslines.
‘Rave Hop’ concludes Vibert’s trilogy of albums for Hypercolour that has gifted us absorbing musical dispatches from the breakbeat and rave frontlines. With an enviable recording career that has taken in countless projects for labels like Ninja Tune, Warp, Planet Mu and Rephlex, Luke Vibert still holds the crown for king of the beats
House / Tech-House
- A1. Shanti Celeste & Saoirse - Solid Maass
- A2. Persian - Morning Sun feat. Hannah Small
- A3. Seekers International – FurdaMurda
- B1. E.B.E. – Thinking
- B2. Gideon Jackson - Taj-Mahal
- C1. Perpetual – Awakenings
- C2. Mark Seven – Crank
- C3. Paco Pack - Slap That Bass
- D1. Cari Lekebusch - Output 2
- D2. Pauline Anna Strom - In Flight Suspension
Shanti Celeste is a vibe. She’s got that magic lightness of touch even when things are getting Jacques Cousteau deep or panel beating heavy. This makes her the perfect candidate for the Sound of Love International 3, channelling the spirit of both those after-hours sessions and the more frivolous daytime boat parties. This is serious music for serious music heads but, after all, everyone is still on holiday. It’s linear and cohesive but plays with the emotions -carnivalesque fun, psychedelic flow-states, heads-down rhythm trax, playful skipping garage, and more abstract moments. Deep joy to deep space and back, often in the space of 3 or 4 well-selected records.
There’s a deep musical and personal connection to the festival - as she says of her first time playing at the Beach Bar, “there’s a heavy Bristol crew there and it all feels easy and nice. It was just good
vibes all round”. And she does make it sound easy too, which belies a DJ with some very serious skills and an ear for a killer tune that others might well overlook. And it’s this that makes the 3rd instalment of the Sound of Love International such a joy - a welcome panacea to all of us suffering from the Croatian blues this year.
To which end, we get a cheeky exclusive collaboration between Shanti and her sister-in-arms Saoirse in the shape of ‘Solid Mass’. Persian’s uniquely British paean to the post-rave Sunrise ‘Morning Sun’, cavernous dub runnings outta the Bokeh camp from Seekers International. These are the lift- off tunes, setting the mind-state for the journey ahead.
Things tighten up with cult underground hero Lucas Rodenbush under his E.B.E alias giving us the taught, grooving, dubby tech-house and Gideon Jackson’s ‘Taj Mahal’, crisp, spatial, mystical and criminally slept-on. We go deeper into the night with Perpetual’s Awakenings’, one of those records that is so much more than the sum of its parts. And who knew that Mark Seven was such a dab hand with the dank machine funk? Check 1998’s ‘Crank’ for the skinny. By the time Paco Pack’s rubberised ghetto house reimagining bounces into play it’s GAME OVER.
The final side leaves us with the soft landing - Cari Lekebusch ‘Output 2’ is both pacey and drifting and Pauline Anna Strom’s ‘In-Flight Suspension’ does what it says, whips away the drums and leaves us floating in space. Will we ever touch down?
To overuse a phrase, this compilation arrives in strange times but is a glorious reminder of what brought us all together and will again. The music and dancing under the stars. See you in 2021.
- A1. Intro (Spoken introduction by Carl Cox)
- A2. It's Coming Down
- A3. Into The Ground
- A4. Love Was Real
- A5. On And On
- A6. Flame
- B1. All Up To Love
- B2. Interlude
- B3. Dutch
- B4. NYCM
- B5. Feelings
- B6. Ready For Me
On their second album Made Me Feel, Fabrikate take a trip back to the glory days of disco, a time when love was the answer, inclusion was the only message worth spreading and everyone was invited.
Fabrikate are Francis and Chuck — two guys with similar tastes and interests digging into the past to uncover some long lost musical wisdom. Their devotion to this quest grants them laser focus, working like madmen to create bumping, neon-flecked sonic landscapes for their listeners to wander through.
Both Francis and Chuck have their own personal tie to the disco era and the forgotten magic it left with. They grew up listening to celestial funk throughout their childhoods in Montreal, an island with deep disco roots of its own. The music they produce as Fabrikate takes the spirit of disco and weave it into a modern sound, with breathtaking results.
“We both grew up immersed in disco in our own ways. The music and the culture of that era has always been a deep influence. Disco culture was very inclusive and non-judgemental. It was always about the vibes and the experience. With Fabrikate we’re creating our own interpretation of what disco music means for us today.” Fabrikate
Across 14 unique tracks, Made Me Feel blends both house music and disco influences into a sound that while heavily influenced by the sounds of the past, also manages to remain rooted in modern-day dancefloors, and takes inspiration from the US, Europe and of course their native Canada.
“Montreal was a major player in the disco scene even back in its early days, had an important effect on a whole generation. We feel that Montreal has incredible artistic diversity, and that has a lot to do with the emergence of disco and how the city played a role in it.” Fabrikate
From the very start of album opener It’s Coming Down, the tone is set: a triumphant brass refrain that drops into a fast-paced 4/4 beat and glorious vocals. From there the album kicks on in magnificent fashion with the life-affirming filtered loops of Feed The Flame and basement stomp of Into The Ground, one of the album’s most overtly house records.
Another clear album highlight is lead single Love Was Real, a joyous disco-house hybrid with a triumphant vocal, punchy drums and a brass hook that will bring a smile to even the most hardened of dancefloor veterans.
Fabrikate have an innate ability to pick out a wonderful sample and transform it into something almost overwhelmingly powerful: the aforementioned Love Was Real and the equally infectious New York City Man being prime examples of this. Years of obsessing over obscure disco records have given both Francis and Chuck a wealth of geeky knowledge on which to draw, and this album is a masterclass in how to do sampling properly.
A joyous homage to an era of which happiness and hedonism was the main focus of the music, Made Me Feel is a phenomenal accomplishment, and one that will bring joy to disco revivalists and newcomers alike.
- A. Knok
- B. Violet
Knok/Violet is an original and forward-facing statement of intent from the emerging producer. Playful minimalism and subtly complex rhythms form the basis of HUNA’s deconstructed club electronica which have already caught the attention of tastemaker DJ’s such as Yak, Simo Cell, upsammy, rRoxymore, Jossy Mitsu, re:ni, LCY (fka LUCY), Martha, Laksa, Yu Su, Nathan Miccay, Denham Audio, Ronan + more, who have shown early support for the debut release. Duelling melodies and bouncing percussion make for a fierce and battering listen on today’s offering ‘Violet’, whereas ‘Knok’ is a percussive, bass- heavy cut that sees HUNA leaning into febrile glitchy rhythms, rattling breaks and subtle dissonance.
Growing up in a rural satellite town in the south of England, HUNA’s exposure to electronic music was minimal and the internet was where his fascination for the genre flourished, becoming the source of his eclectic style. Despite being at the dawn of his career, the producer is already making waves cutting his teeth as a resident DJ at Rye Wax in Peckham and his fresh sound design-centred approach to club music makes him a newcomer with serious clout.
At two releases deep, Negative Space [Ma] has established itself as one of the most vital new imprints in leftfield electronic music. Priding themselves on discovering stylishly idiosyncratic producers, this latest single follows previous releases from unperson and R.O.S.H as well as renowned label club nights that featured early bookings of tastemakers such as object blue, upsammy, CCL, TASHA + more.
- A1. Movin On’
- A2. K&T
- B1. Need You
- B2. Need You (Happa Remix)
Having earned BBC Radio 6 play from Gilles Peterson for last year’s track ‘Vortex’ , Japanese duo
Ohnesty today announce their next release, ‘Movin’ On’ EP, out on 22nd May on Highball. The
project unites two influential talents from Fukuoka’s burgeoning underground scene: BRISA, the
adventurous and eclectic producer/DJ who spans everything from nu-jazz to acid house, and shigge,
founder of the Yesterday Once More label.
The EP makes an immediate statement of intent with the title track. Underpinned by a lurching,
mechanised groove, it swings unexpectedly into a stuttering, pitch-shifted vocal cut alongside insistent
hi-hats and the kind of soulful female vocal sample that’s a hallmark of deep house. The track demonstrates Ohnesty’s unique style. On one hand, they’re constantly pushing an audacious sense
of creativity into a progressive-focused track. Yet at the same time, they never lose sight of the
importance of making it sound both engrossing and energising.
Its second track ‘K&T’ focuses those traits in a completely different direction, blending elements acid
jazz, late ‘70s disco and French Touch into their own vision. And finally ‘Need You’ echoes yacht rock
and ‘80s movie scores with sweet synths and the booming gated reverb drum sounds.
The ‘Movin’ On’ EP is completed by a remix of ‘Need You’ by British producer Happa . One of the
youngest artists to have ever DJed at Berghain, Happa’s production talents have also been called on
by the likes of David Byrne, FKA Twigs and Trim.
Ohnesty released their debut EP ‘Time To Be Honest’ last September on Yesterday Once More. It
was followed by an accompanying remix package , which included intreprations from the likes of
Metome and Daijo Kaisei.
The ‘Movin’ On’ EP is the second release from the new London-based Highball Records. Aiming to
highlight essential, forward-thinking new music from Japan, the label debuted in March with
Foodman’s ‘Dokutsu’ EP.
- A1. Where Is Eddie
- B1. Blue Light
- B2. What's Izmo
Mint Condition continue their mission 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....
Going back to 2007 with MC045, to the man like Brawther's very first record! That's right - 'Izmo' aka Brawther dropped the now classic 'Where Is Eddie?' EP on French label 9Ts, showcasing his deft ability to channel the best and deepest parts of house that we all love into something exciting and fresh. Definitely a signifier of what was to come, this 3 tracker became somewhat infamous, highly collectible and sought after by house diggers around the world. Brawther wasn't afraid to show his influences and his inspirations with the lead cut 'Where Is Eddie?', an open verbal letter if you will, to NJ producer Eddie Perez of Smack productions and too-many-to-name underground house classics asking him to bring back the realness! A monstrously heavy swinging piece of late night house action right here. 'Blue Light' is more of the same, filtered, skipping drums and uplifting chords build into a jamming synth flute garage jammer that wouldn't be out of place on a vintage Nu-Groove / Burrell 12". 'What's Izmo' rounds out the EP, this one's got some ridiculous funked out bassline and spoken words that intertwine with some glacial vibes and synths, driving us into the night sky while reminding us what this house music stuff is really all about. A truly essential record this, and this repress has been a long time coming!
The 'Where Is Eddie?' EP has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Izmo / Brawther and was 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!
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1 Dub Clap
- B1. Say Something
- B2. Dub Clap Tool
Detlef celebrates the launch of his new label “Issues” with a quintessential EP titled “ Dub Clap”. Known for his simplicity and effectiveness, Detlef delivers the same vibe to this release. “Dub Clap” is a groovy track with a sub bassline, a great catchy vocal and a clever arrangement that gives maximum energy to the track. Title “Say Something” is a special groove made by chopped vocals and subby basslines thats creating a driving groove. Also included in the package is “Dub Clap tool” which created with chopped vocals and grooved out tops that Dj’s could use as part of their dj sets.
Detlef is a DJ and producer of the highest order, and has garnered a reputation as one of the most exciting names in the underground scene. The artist has rapidly established himself as one the leading names in the industry, releasing and remixing with well respected labels including Hot Creations, Repopulate Mars, Moon Harbour, and Relief. Detlef is moving towards the next chapter of his exciting career.
- A1. Ultra Flava (David Penn Extended Remix)
- A2. Ultra Flava (2016 Version)
- AA1. Ultra Flava (Darius Syrossian’s Full Pressure Extended Remix)
- AA2. Ultra Flava (Low Steppa & Johan S Extended Remix)
Trace the roots of house music in the UK and you’ll find Pete Heller and Terry Farley at its source. Their productions are steeped in the sights and sounds of their experiences at the most influential nightclub moments of the last 25 years. ‘Ultra Flava’ is a stand-out production from their illustrious catalogue; originally a nod to their acclaimed remix of Ultra Naté’s ‘How Long’, the record was propelled into clubbers consciousness and has remained there for over two decades. Now Defected release a special 12” package featuring four interpretations for 2020 dancefloors. Opening the A-Side, Spanish maestro David Penn laces his signature melodic keys and euphoric builds for a killer, sunshine-filled vibe. Up next, Heller & Farley’s 2016 Version storms through, with hypnotic cow bells and trippy synths diversifying the original. On the flip, Moxy Music boss and Ibiza kingpin Darius Syrossian delivers his club-ready remix, with an atmospheric, dream-like opening and punchy, adrenaline-fuelled drops. Closing out the release, UK house heavyweight and Defected resident Low Steppa delivers his storming, high-energy mix, produced alongside Swedish DJ Johan S. There is no questioning ‘Ultra Flava’ and its standing as a classic record, but these new mixes are sure to secure its legacy and introduce this house essential to brand new audiences.
- A. Madre (Luciano Remix)
- B. Madre (Luciano Percussion Dub)
- C1. Madre (Original Main Mix)
- C2. Madre (Original Alternative Version)
- D1. Madre (FNX Omar Remix)
- D2. Madre (Sano Remix)
Iconic New York label Nervous welcomes Swiss-Chilean innovator Luciano as well as Sano and FNX Omar to remix a new single by Lou Gorbea & Jose Burgos featuring Nina Hernandez.
Lou Gorbea is widely known as a DJ's DJ, a veteran selector with tonnes of flair and a wealth of releases on key labels as well as his own Omi Tutu Production Company. Here he links up with fellow mainstay and long- time house champ Jose Burgos, a Defected and 4 To The Floor associate with his own rich sound.
Their top original tune 'Madre' feat. Nina Hernandez is a perfectly Latin tinged summer jam with trumpets, Spanish vocals and plenty of salsa in the shuffling drums. It's one to bring arm rays and heartfelt soul to any party. The alt version is more punchy and upbeat, with piano chords and driving drums making it more suited to the dancefloor, but it's still just as brilliantly musical.
Cadenza boss Luciano has long been imbuing his minimal techno flair and for that reason is one of the most standout names in the game. His first remix is scattered with claps and clicks, toms and triangles that are perfectly stringy and held together with a bold bassline. His Percussion Dub is more direct, with pacier rhythms and more tightly woven percussion that will tie mind, body and soul in knots.
FNX Omar is one of the pillars of the house music movement in Morocco. He brings plenty of Afro soul to his remix, with its loose toms and shakers all making you move while the vocal rings out with real gravitas up top. Sano is last up and the producer from Medellín, Colombia is now resident in Barcelona and has been a core part of the cult Cómeme family since 2012. His remix is perfectly tropical, with subtle steel drums and the exotic vocals adding sensuality and colour.
- A. Mvinline (Extended Mix)
- B1. Mvinline Svn
- B2. Tomfvm
Grammy nominated producer and DJ Boys Noize made his anticipated Defected debut with ‘Mvinline’ earlier this summer, unveiling a captivating and uplifting house cut you can’t help but groove to. Now available on a special 12” package, this infectious, self-assured cut sounds better than ever on wax. A name synonymous with quality dance music, this joyous release kicks off with the original track, as the German producer explores his roots with a funk-laden, classic house beat. On the flip, the previously unreleased ‘Mvinline Svn’ strips back the familiar vocal for a more club-focussed cut. Finally, closing out the package is ‘Tomfvm’, another vinyl exclusive, laden with percussive drums and a thundering bass that shows a different side the renowned producer’s style.
- A1. Pushing On
- A2. Pushing On (Dub)
- B1. Pushing On (Jesse Rose 'Live From The Villa' Remix)
- B2 - Pushing On (Tchami Remix)
‘Pushing On’ released in 2014 by Oliver Dollar & Jimi Jules remains a house staple, staying at Beatport’s #1 spot for over four weeks when it was first released, and recently achieving silver certification in the UK. A record house-heads know and love, this special 12” package offers a rare chance to get the cross-over hit on wax. Kicking off on the A-side is the beloved, club-ready original, alongside the stripped-back Dub version, that brings extra focus to the track’s irresistibly deep bassline form start to finish. Opening the B-side, Jesse Rose’s ‘Live From The Villa’ Remix enlists melodic keys and a mellow chill, contributing towards the remix’s Balearic feel. Finally, Tchami comes through with a bouncier, clubbier mix, ready for the dancefloor.
- A1. Lone x KETTAMA - The Way You Feel
- A2. Kettama - Anniversary
- B. Lone - Dragonrush
Lone and KETTAMA met at Glastonbury festival last year after being booked together for a B2B DJ set.
Although they had never DJ'ed together before their styles complimented each other perfectly and it was only natural that they get in the studio together.
The EP features one collaborative track and an original each from both artists but they way the tracks fit together you could be forgiven for thinking the whole EP was collaborative.
We know at R&S that Lone is capable of creating many different feelings with his music, working alongside KETTAMA seems to have pushed the euphoric, endorphin heightening 4/4 feels to the forefront. In turn KETTAMA reaches for some some synth lines that could have come straight from the Lone playbook. The influence of each artist on the other is plain to see and the results are three killer club tracks that people are going to be hard pushed to pick a favourite from.
We'll leave the final words to the artists:
"Matt (Lone) is a person I respect so highly as a producer so working with him on this EP was a seriously good time! The whole record came together so naturally in the end and super happy with the way it came out!"
“Releasing on R&S really is a mammoth thing for me personally. The label is not only, in my opinion one of the most iconic, long standing and diverse record labels since its inception but is also home to a lot of the music that stays most memorable to me when growing up and going out to raves when I was first getting into electronic music. The label is also where I first discovered Matt’s music through YouTube digging many moons ago and have been so influenced by it ever since. The combination of all these things makes it all the more special to do this record with him on this special label.”
“The first time me and Evan met in person was literally 15 minutes before our set together at Glastonbury last year. The set felt so natural and fun - it was clear to me we had the same ear for a vibe then and there - hearing his music for the first time gave me that buzz as well - effortlessly banging and euphoric so it felt right to carry that feeling over for this project. We didn’t need to talk too much or over analyse what we were doing, it was just about catching that vibe that I think connects our solo music so strongly. Evan is a beast producer, his music is some of the most exciting club music out there so it was a total honour to collaborate on this EP - and for it to land on R&S is a huge deal for the both of us… This project is about having fun, catching a vibe - total escapism exactly what we need at this time.”
Renaissance Limited Edition *Box* to house 25th Anniversary 12s
GenresTechnoTrack Listing TBC
Limited Edition BOX to house 6 x Vinyl plus 6 individual prints for The ReMix Collection Series
Please note there is no vinyl included in this boxset, only 6x12" art prints
GenresRecord Store DaySoul
- A. Little Sunflower
Lifted from Hubbard's lauded 1979 LP 'The Love Connection', this sublime piece of melodic, deep, Soul / Jazz will have ears and minds open with it's instantly recognisable opening string sequence. Used to devastating effect on Pepe Bradock's all-time 1999 deep-House classic 'Deep Burnt', those sweeping strings capture us and lead us into a epic journey with the wondrous vocal stylings of the legendary singer Al Jarreau. This is prime early morning music, pushing all the right buttons and spreading light wherever it is played, a beautiful beautiful record indeed. What is essentially an extended and rearranged version of Hubbard's 1967 original, the '79 version of 'Little Sunflower' boasts a sumptuous arrangement and production from the mighty Claus Ogerman (Ben E King, Mel Torme, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim & more). A truly wondrous piece of music, reissued on a single side in it's full 12" length of 9+ minutes from the source archive audio. Fully legit, licensed and reissued with love by Above Board distribution and Columbia Records / Sony BMG for Record Store Day, 2019.
A : Little Sunflower (9:20)
B : Little Sunflower (9:20)
GenresDeep HouseTech House
- A1. KOKO feat. Quelle Rox - Chantal
- A2. KOKO - Your Ass, My Camel Blue
- B1. KOKO - Love in Plexiglass
- B2. KOKO - Amor Ante Hominem Nascitur
Enzo Siragusa and FUSE launch new label LOCUS this June, with the debut EP coming via hotly tipped talent KOKO.
Having recently unveiled a new-look aesthetic for his long-standing and highly influential FUSE imprint, Enzo Siragusa and the FUSE team will now turn their attention to fresh project and brand-new label - LOCUS - with the definition of the label’s namesake matching their ambition to create a new and refreshing home for exclusive underground electronic music whilst delivering high quality parties, just as FUSE has done so over the past 12 years. With an ethos of exploring all shades of house music with the dancefloor at the forefront of its thinking, LOCUS looks set to house the very best in four-to-the-floor club music from both established talents and rising stars alike, with the first EP on the label arriving this summer courtesy of Infuse regular and ever-impressing Italian DJ and producer, KOKO.
Opening with the infectious ‘Chantal’ alongside Brooklyn-based vocalist Quelle Rox, the Italian’s penchant for rich and dynamic soundscapes from across the house sphere quickly becomes apparent as he fuses resonant synths and refined drum licks beneath infectious vocals for a sun-kissed opener. Next, ‘Your Ass, My Camel Blue’ welcomes fluid electric piano lines and icy hats atop of a snaking bassline, before journeying into the luscious chords, sultry rhythms and resonant sax-riffs of ‘Love in Plexiglass’. Lastup, final cut ‘Amore Ante Hominem Nascitur’ closes things out via a medley of hypnotic leads, dubby chords and shuffling percussion – shaping up a notable debut offering for LOCUS and a stellar first look into an imprint that looks set to become a new favourite for many in the months ahead.
- A. The Age Of Love (Solomun Renaissance Remix)
- B. The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix)
Revered UK label, tastemaker and authority Renaissance, the label that has not only been at the forefront of the electronic DJ scene but documented its navigation into popular culture have honored a landmark 25 years by inviting Hamburg based DJ and super producer Solomun to rework a timeless classic - one of a number of tracks that shaped the labels early years. The timeless classic Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix is featured on the B Side.
A constant innovator, Solomun; whom himself has played an equally major role in redefining European house music spoke of the challenge when faced with the prestigious role of reworking one of the most influential tracks in electronic music, for a new generation.
Solomun’s enormous and poignant remix has already been a key track for selected DJ’s over the last few months including Tale of Us, Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Sasha and Pete Tong whom made it last weeks coveted Essential New Tune.
'Renaissance The ReMix Collection'. Is a concept focused on introducing new ears to seminal tracks that have remained significant and iconic to Renaissance for over two decades. True to form Renaissance highly collectable vinyl products will be beautifully packaged and presented in box set form and available as limited editions.
The series celebrates Renaissance’s musical legacy and firmly establishes its future place in the electronic music landscape.
- A1 Gabrielle - The Scroll Mix
- A2 Gabrielle - Tamborine dub
- B1 Gabrielle - Words To Give By mix
- B2 Gabrielle - Live Garage Mix
LIMITED EDITION WHITE VINYL REPRESS
A defining moment in dance music history was the day that Roy Davis Jr. teamed with vocalist and writer Peven Everett in 1997 to create this deep, ethereal, soul-music gem that helped launch an entire musical movement known affectionately as Speed Garage. The "Live Garage" mix is the most popular but the other mixes have grown in popularity over time. It is hard to believe that this record is almost 20 years old yet it still sounds as fresh today as it did so long ago. Truly a classic that deserves to be celebrated by a new generation of dance music lovers. Gabriel Play!
- A1 Portal Vision (Kali)
- A2 Portal Vision (Plain)
- B1 Vanilight (Rezoned)
- B2 2DS
Ex-Terrestrial arrives with four tracks from the realms of dance. Portal Vision is the liquid language of house, served here in two flavours. Priori guides us through the mist with his serene remix of Vanilight, reminding us to pack lightly. 2DS is bleep of a deeper order. This is the first release on NAFF recordings, a Montreal based label piloted by Adam Feingold and Francis Latreille.
- A. So Hooked On Your Lovin (Love Club Mix)
- B1. So Hooked On Your Lovin (Mousse T.'s Extended Disco Shizzle)
- B2. So Hooked On Your Lovin (Mousse T.'s Extended Dubby Shizzle)
One half of iconic British duo Basement Jaxx Felix Buxton and vocalist Gia make their Defected debut with the soul-stirring ‘So Hooked On Your Lovin’, alongside two groove-loaded remixes by Mousse T.. The first ever release under their Selace pseudonym, the record comes laden with lingering organ chords and stunningly raw vocals, echoing the stripped back quality of Switch’s ‘I Still Love You’ and with a similar deep-reaching feel to Massive Attack’s early 90s classic ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. Production maestro Mousse T. works his magic with his funk-drenched Disco Shizzle mix loaded with a pumping bassline and guitar riffs alongside a deeper Dubby Shizzle version laced with a spoken word hook. Less is more with Selace; this is a minimalist yet undeniably stunning record that lets its captivating song do all the work.
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 HouseDiscoNew YorkNu DiscoSoulful House
- A1 Give Me A Minute
- A2 Give Me A Minute (Accapella)
- B1 Give Me A Minute (Dubbed Out Version)
- B2 Give Me A Minute (Bonus Beats)
A creative partnership between Tom Laroye and Yam Who?, Qwestlife is a trans-continental boogie trip between the two producers’ respective homelands of Paris and London. Fulfilling the Glitterbox philosophy by crafting great songs the old school way with analogue and weird electronic gadgetry, Qwestlife’s ‘Give Me A Minute’ appeared first on Glitterbox’s Disco Revenge compilation and now graces vinyl for disco connoisseurs everywhere. Featuring the vocals of a frequent Yam Who? collaborator, soul diva Jacqui George, ‘Give Me A Minute’ is an instant party anthem. Disco-fuelled synths and strings plus live sax, trumpet, guitars and bass give a glorious saturated dancefloor vibe rolled into one by sticky hooks and a timeless catchy chorus. Accompanied by the Dubbed Out Version, plus an Accapella and Bonus Beats, this sweet vinyl release provides all the good stuff that Qwestlife have to offer.
- A1 - The Power and The Blessing of Unity
- A2 - Island Of Recent Father
- A3 - Let's Grab Some Smokes
- B1 - Home Beyond The Clouds
Folamour represents the present and future sounds of the disco/house hybrid, staying true to the Glitterbox sonic philosophy. His tracks share the same production values as the timeless records from classic disco imprints in the late 70s; melodies are super-tightly harmonised, instrumentation is lively and the rhythms are designed purely for dance. ‘The Power and The Blessing of Unity’ is almost a mini album, exploring all the facets of Folamour’s sophisticated house and disco tendencies. The title track sparkles with brass stabs and a textbook swinging disco beat, ‘Island Of Recent Father’ breaks things down into synthy house goodness, ‘Let’s Grab Some Smokes’ channels a more contemporary low-fi sound and bringing it home with ‘Home Beyond The Clouds’, Folamour closes with uplifting house hooks and percussion. It’s a real trip.
- A1. One True Light
- A2. - In My Hands
- AA1. In My Hands (Hot Toddy Remix)
- AA2. One True Light (Ron Basejam Remix)
After seven albums and almost two decades of blessing us discerning musical folk with the very best in disco and house that the UK has to offer, the stars have aligned and Crazy P has collided with Classic in the outer hemispheres of sonic glory. ‘Truelight EP’ demonstrates fully the unique and superior disco/house hybrid sound that has carved Crazy P’s legend into the bedrock of both those beloved genres.
‘One True Light’ provides cosmic clusters of subtle beats that sparkle and shimmer, with plenty of that well-versed groove that seems so effortless to the Crazy P crew. ‘In My Hands’ follows some darker twists with a haunting crunching bassline and organ stabs. Topping it all off are remixes of both tracks, one by Crazy P member Hot Toddy aka Chris Todd, drawing on that memorable snaking bottom line and amping up the production with echoes of Donna Summer seduction. Keeping it firmly within the camp, co-founder Ron Basejam remixes ‘One True Light’, taking the tempo down to create lush, psychedelic soundscapes. There’s no doubt, Crazy P are stronger and more relevant than ever.
GenresBreakbeatDrum & BassJungle
- A1. Pressure
- A2. God
- A3. Animen
- A4. DBC 1
- B1. Bass Kick
- B2. Ready
- B3. Sirius
- C1. Big L
- C2. Better Breaks
- C3. New Bust
- D1. Ready Again
- D2. Strange
- D3. Bad Boy Acid
- D4. Lower
You know we are in for a treat when Luke Vibert, exponent of electronic beats and breaks since the dawn of rave, delivers not one, not two, but three new album projects, each with a specific musical theme and thread. A set of three long players, collect them all like bubble gum stickers and annoy your neighbours by playing at high volume!
Vibert’s previous album projects for Hypercolour, both as Kerrier District, and under his own name, have always excelled, not to mention his groundbreaking and brain scrambling long players for Warp, Rephlex, Rising High Records, Planet Mu and Ninja Tune.
Vibert revives his Amen Andrews moniker after over a decade lying dormant. Squarely aiming the sound at the ‘Amen break’, ‘Luke Vibert presents Amen Andrews’ brings together 14 slabs of raucous breakbeat bangers, riddled with cool as fuck samples and bass bin shattering sub!
- A. Los Conquistadores Chocolatés (Moplen Dizco Delight - Part 1)
- B. Los Conquistadores Chocolatés (Moplen Dizco Delight - Part 2)
Moplen returns with one of his personal all time favorites, “Los Conquistadores Chocolates” from Johnny Hammond’s first album release on the legendary Milestone Records label!
A jazz/funk masterpiece which became in its original form popular in the NYC underground club scene thanks to David Mancuso and his ‘Loft” parties. Moplen gave the tracks a more ‘club’ orientated feel, where the wide variety of original instruments are highlighted into 2 remixes featured on this first bonafide 12” ever made of “Los Conquistadores Chocolate”.