TITLES OUT THIS WEEK FROM ABOVE BOARD / KRD
House / Tech-House
- A. Maracuja
- B. I Came To Destroy
- B2. Grove Street
On August 21st rising DJ/producer Haider presents the ‘Endless Clouds’ EP on his own label
Breaker Breaker, where pristine future electro meets high tech funk and raw, jacking house.
This new release follows praise from a wide selection of world-class DJs and media for his
past 12”s, not to mention achievements as label owner, party promoter, canny early spotter
of talent and general proactive instigator.
Now based in Berlin but originally from Sheffield via a stint in London, there’s a commonality
throughout all of Haider Masroor’s music that links both thematically and geographically. His
productions recall both Steel City bleep and its distant younger cousin bassline, using only
sparse elements, with beats and bass at the fore, to deadly effect. London is audible too via
the spiky energy of grime and the swinging shuffle of UK funky, and so is Berlin, evident in
the sleek sheen and efficient precision.
On ‘Maracuja’ lush pads, pitched-up vocal snippets, bleeps and proper electro beats ride
atop a deep, purring bassline that unfurls like giant waves, with sub bass punctuation adding
further hefty depth.
The bouncy, punchy beats and pristine gleam of ‘I Came To Destroy’ are somewhere
between celestial Miami bass and the aquatic grooves of Drexciya, again propelled by
gigantic slo-mo bass tones.
A modern take on the cut-up samples of 90s house, on ‘Grove Street’ Haider mixes
elements of classic French touch, Chicago rawness and low fi outsider grit, to create
something very enticing indeed.
- A1. Roy Rosenfeld - Lift of Love
- A2. Roy Rosenfeld & Sébastien Léger – Veetoo
- B1. Roy Rosenfeld - Honey
Roy's music not only has its own sound but also has its own feelings.
Emotive and subdued while at the same time a gentle giant in your music collection. This EP has all kinds of goodness within it. ‘Lift Of Love’ is THAT track from Lee Burridge's Cercle set. Lee was inundated with 'track ID' requests. It really is a moment waiting to happen in the musical stories you'll tell.
‘Veetoo’ brings together two great friends seeing Sébastien Léger's magic weaved together with Roy's.
The EP closes with ‘Honey’. Pure Summer joy in the sweetest possible way. Welcome back Roy...All Day I Dream loves you.
GenresDeep HouseDown TempoJazzNu Disco
- A1. Faded By The Sun
- A2. Celebration Ritual
- A3. Stay Detroit
- B1. F O A
- B2. Deep Tissue feat. Craig Huckaby
- B3. Space Time Curvature feat. Fahrenheit 2040
- B4. Honey Rooftops feat. Kaylan Waterman
- C1. Jeans
- C2. Genes
- C3. Honey Rooftops (Reprise) feat. Kaylan Waterman & Eddie Logix
- D1. The Art Of Us
- D2. Chest Drum (A Natural Unification) feat. Pathe Jassi
- D3. Drop Ceiling Shuffle
- D4. River Crossing
The Art Of Us (TAOU) begins with the story of Blair French, a cosmic messenger raised in a house of 7 on the outskirts of a historic city. From dancing at mom's disco parties at a young age, to releasing rap tapes in middle school, winning best soundtrack for the multi-award-winning film DETROPIA and hitting the Billboard charts with his Pure Sounds of Michigan compilation; ultimately French found a home in the world of all things Detroit, Pan-African, Balearic, and ambient. TAOU is his first instrumental LP under his own name, (despite a 25 year career), bringing together his closest musical compatriots.
Blair's diverse production shines on this immersive 14 track release, transcending organic/electronic, uptempo/downtempo, and light/dark, tapping in heavyweight characters including Pathe Jassi, John Arnold, Craig Huckaby, Todd Modes, Kaylan Waterman, Peter Croce, Eddie Logix, Paul Randolph, 2040, Michael Jurczak and more.
Sonically, TAOU holds peak-hour Deep Cosmic Afro House freak outs ("Faded By The Sun", "Celebration Ritual", "F O A", "Chest Drum"), blunted beatdown cuts ("Stay Detroit", "Jeans", "Drop Ceiling Shuffle", "River Crossing"), and soulful R&B and Afrobeat compositions ("Honey Rooftops", "Genes", "Space Time Curvature").
Mastered by Atjazz, the vinyl is cut loud to lacquer by Carl at Trutone, and pressed with love at Archer on the east side of Detroit. It includes a double sided full color art insert with lyrics on the flip side.
- A. Smile For A While
- B1. Echoes In My Head
- B2. Echoes In My Head (Head In The Clouds Mix)
With his One EP still getting love from the likes of Spinna, Jamie 3:26, Joey Negro, Osunlade and many more, Jimpster strikes back with another release to lift spirits during these unprecedented times. Produced during the first few weeks of the worldwide lockdown, it was his intention to
spread a message of positivity and optimism which can be felt on title track Smile For A While. The overall mood of the track has a slightly ambiguous yet heartening tonality, with a filtered looping vocal sample taking centre stage whilst piano lines and analogue arpeggios layer up adding depth and texture. The subtle and seductive groove will draw you in and its warmth and soul will make sure you smile for a while.
Flipping over we have Echoes In My Head which takes a more percussive approach based around a rolling bassline and crunchy live hihats. Taking a slightly darker route, Echoes In My Head feels like Jimpster has successfully managed to get all his influences to meld together perfectly to form something cohesive and substantial. His love of 90’s ‘intelligent techno’, On-U sound, early US house, ambient, all going in the melting pot and forming a track which we’re sure will be something of a secret weapon for many DJ’s. Just the kind of track that can completely hypnotise a discerning dance-floor during the hazy hours.
Closing out the three track EP we have the Head In The Clouds Mix, which is an alternate version of Echoes In My Head which heads in a more soulful direction. Piano chords and a bending bassline grab your attention whilst a percussion-heavy groove and dubby elements create space and depth to draw you in and ensure you get lost in its heady confines.
- A1. I Need (People)
- A2. Bitter Pill
- B1. Incantation
- B2. Track n’ Trace
Hi-Ryze brings you Bitter Pill, 4 fresh techno belters produced under lockdown. A solid mix of classic 4/4 techno and digital acid beats with tight modern engineering by Dave Campbell. Mastered and cut by Curve Pusher.
Track a1, I Need (People) is a classic 4/4 techno-house tune with a bitter sweet 90s flavour, nostalgic vocals and nurturing bass. Track a2 Bitter Pill delivers dark slow burning digital acid beats with chilling metallic synths into an edgy mix.
The b side opens with Incantation, a loud empowering 4/4 cut channelling tribal forces to dance our way back to party. b2 Track n’ Trace is a classic Hi-Ryze driving electro groove with cryptic synths, deep subs and restless digital programming magic.
Drum & Bass / Jungle
GenresDrum & BassTechno
- A. Constructive Ambiguity
- B. Tree of Life
On September 11th , Bristolian futurist Krust presents ‘Constructive Ambiguity’ – plus an exclusive B-side called 'Tree of Life', released via Crosstown Rebels.
Both tracks on the single appear as if beamed-in from the edge of the universe, way beyond the precipice in a metaphysical netherworld.
With disregard for structure tropes, ‘Constructive Ambiguity’ is an engrossing and unpredictable speed through various atmospheres and environments that belies its 12-minute length. A careering space-shuttle-bassline bounces through an asteroid shower at high velocity, slowing at intervals when the cosmos becomes clear, before the next onslaught.
‘Tree Of Life’ harnesses the power of repetition with an incessant militant beat, which eventually leads into a formidably musical passage of dark, ominously beautiful cinematic ambience that evokes the profound unknown.
It’s clear this pre-eminent electronic icon who constantly and integrally blew minds throughout the 90s and 00s is on his best ever form, having explored radical new philosophical, mental and creative
processes to return revitalised.
Muting The Noise (UK & USA only)
- A1. Human Factor
- B1. It's Not You It's Me
- B2. It's Not You It's Me (Adam Port Remix)
As our catalogue number KM053 appears on the horizon, we are happy to announce that it comes in shape of Keinemusik's own Reznik and his studio-buddy and friend Good Guy Mikesh's first full-fledged EP for the label. Them getting together can result in somewhat variable stylistic outcomes and so this batch of tunes certainly adds some exquisite nuances to the Keinemusik sound- portfolio.
"Human Factor" on A distinctively affirms that Reznik and Mikesh are kids of the 80ies. Effectively it is synth-heaven, layering riffs, melodies and chilly beat patterns on top of each other, building a foundation to be pinnacled by that hook you might not be able to get out of your head for quite a while. So, little trigger warning right there. A strongly crafted tune that balances Pop-sensibilities, educated references, club qualities and that name giving, at all hands needed human factor into a soon-to-be classic.
"It's Not You It's Me" on the flipside insinuates itself in a rather emotive manner, introducing a mantra-like organ motive, switches between stoic and dynamic drum patterns and an all-over organic feel, altogether adding up to what would be one of this season's most sensitive ways to get a floor going (if there was a season after all).
Closing things off is Adam Port's take on "It's Not You It's Me", a remix that breaks the original's dynamic down to a more loop-based club-approved modus operandi, re-shaping the beat with toms and shakers, implementing drones and variations of the organ-hook, upping the ante to meet the requirements of a rather post-peak application.
GenresDeep HouseDown Tempo
- A1. There Went Gingo
- A2. Ecco
- A3. Bang Solo
- B1. Bang Loose
- B2. The Canary Inukh
- B3. Sant Uwayo
- B4. Yenkl
- B5. There Went Gingo - Reprise
- A1. The Canary Inukh (Dixon & Trikk Rework) (Club Version)
- B1. Yenkl (Trikk Sol Remix) (7" Edit)
This limited edition bundle of Keope's 'Triangulo' contains the original LP as well as a 7" with versions from Trikk and Dixon that have only been released digitally before. The versions will be available exclusively on the 7" and it will not be available separately.
- A Higher State Of Consciousness (Tweekin Acid Funk)
- B Higher State Of Consciousness (Deep And Slow Chill edit)
LIMITED EDITION SPLATTER VINYL
- 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.
- A1. Hope
- A2. Disfigured Phantasy
- B1. Levitation
- B2. Psycho Kinesis
- B3. Stoned Soul Picnic
- C1. Cathedral
- C2. Invisible Landscapes
- D1. Click Song
- D2. A Pagan Place
- D3. Orgon Akkumulator
Apollo / R&S are delighted to welcome back The Primitive Painter, aka the duo of Roman Flügel and Jörn Elling Wuttke for a timely reissue of their 1994 lost classic self-titled album of sonorous IDM.
Growing up in Frankfurt, in the 80s and 90s the duo met at an indie rock club in their home town of Darmstadt, bonding over their shared obsession with the first wave of acid, Chicago house and early Detroit techno as well as their patronage of now iconic Frankfurt club nights like The Omen or Dorian Gray or the infamous Delirium Record shop run by scene stalwarts Ata (Robert Johnson) and Heiko MSO (Playhouse).
Taking inspiration from the likes of The Black Dog and Transmat as well as seminal compilations such as Planet E’s Intergalactic Beats and Warp’s Artificial intelligence compilation the duo honed their inventive take on the Detroit techno blueprint under the monicker Acid Jesus, debuting on their freshly minted Klang Elektronik label. The label was started in conjunction with Ata and Heiko after Fluegel & Wuttke (regular patrons of the Delirium store) pressed a demo on them, muttering the immortal line; “Please listen to the tape, we are big Mr. Fingers fans.”
Through the mid ’90s the project flourished giving rise to a classic album and a brace of singles that number amongst the best of the era’s techno, winning them a influential fans most notably Sven Väth, David Holmes and Andrew Weatherall who invited them to play live at one of the legendary Sabresonic parties in London.
Alongside the success of the Acid Jesus project, the duo found great inspiration in outside of the club, including an ambient happening when the KLF came to play Frankfurt; “There were live sheep eating grass on stage while they played at Mark Spoon’s club XS”, as well as cinematic influence from the likes of Jim Jarmush and Wim Wenders. It was however the euphonic IDM grandeur of Apollo Recordings self titled compilation of 1993 that really got their creative juices flowing: “It was a ten track compilation with artists like David Morley, Model 500, Aphex Twin which still sounds so good today,” Jörn enthuses. “ It was really the trigger to go away from the Detroit sound and more towards the big melodies of B12 etc.”
Deciding to make their tribute to this style of music the duo turned out 10 tracks of gauzy, melodious electronica in a white hot fever, one after another over the ensuing months. Settling on a name for the new project they picked ‘The Primitive Painters’ taking inspiration from the band Felt. “We are both children of the C86 movement,” explains Jörn. “this attitude of noisy art school influenced rock like Primal Scream, MBV, The Jesus & Mary Chain really inspired us to take a DIY approach to our music.”
They sent the resulting demo cassette to Renaat at R&S / Apollo. “We really had no expectations,” Jörn explains. “So we were shocked and delighted when we received a fax saying that he wanted to release it”.
The resulting release was bungled by an R&S mix up that attributed the album to the duo’s own Klang Elektronik label which confused both fans and distributors alike, denying the release the critical boost and attention that it so richly deserved. Accordingly the release slipped out without much fanfare, with a chastened Fluegel & Wuttke returning to their Acid Jesus activities which would eventually lead to their blockbusting success as Alter Ego.
Over the ensuing years the reputation of The Primitive Painter album has only grown, with second hand copies (only 500 vinyl were pressed) changing hands for exorbitant amounts on Discogs, leading us to this opportune moment of a richly deserved ‘first’ release on the label for which the project was started, Apollo / R&S.
“This really brings us full circle,” says Jörn. “Apollo / R&S meant and means so much to us as artists and so it was bittersweet to not have the official release - to put that right all these years later feels really good.”
This new vinyl release comes in re-created original gatefold artwork and includes all original 10 tracks (Stoned Soul Picnic was previously on the CD only).
- A Final Conflict (93 Dubplate Mix)
- B The Killer ('93 PA Mix)
TANGO & RATTY ('93 DUBPLATE MIXES)
Remastered and recut by MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
- A. Make Me Feel '93
This futuristic proto Drum & Bass was previously unavailable on Vinyl this was a single sided Dubplate from 1993 by the great DJ Tango (RIP). The master is from DAT Tape remastered by Subvert Central Mastering.