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Disco/Nu-Disco
Limited remastered official reissue of a boogie masterclass from 1983, mixed by the legendary Morales and Muzibai (M & M Productions), this grabs you from the off with its super-funky bassline, tight double handclaps and compulsive cowbells before Andrea Stone's dreamy falsetto vocals jab funk shaped holes all over the heady groove. Flip over for the mind-blowingly tasty full dub mix including full intros and reprise (for some reasons unavailable on the original and promo releases), a big favourite of many in-the-know disco DJs and hugely in-demand since being one of the standouts on Dimitri from Paris' Nightdubbin' compilation.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Limited remastered edition of an all time italo classic gem from 1983. Today is one of the rarest italo releases in big demand by collectors, now reissued in the right form including both vocal and extended instrumental versions.
Disco/Nu-Disco
A regular at Cocktail d'Amore, Bell Towers is a Berlin-based Australian producer best known for his long-lasting collaboration with Munich's Public Possession. Next to that, a number of projects under different monikers - namely Rim Boys, an evolving b2b with Andras. "I'm Moving To Berlin" is his first EP for Cocktail d'Amore Music. It's a sparkling celebration of the party; its influence on the city and on the producer's life tangents. "It's too late now / There's no turning back / I gave it all for Cocktail d'Amor..." Rohan confesses, while a hybrid EBM-synth pop sonic adventure unfolds. What happens next is presented in "Sexual Intruder Alert" and "Approach and Identify". The first comes through as a quirky multidimensional future-disco tale, while the second plunges deep into the cosmic hole with punchy percussions and an euphoric groove pattern.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Our Mexican brother for the second time on Disco Fruit. Hotmood continues to give fantastic jazzy, funky, afro and disco groove blended with house elements on each release. We can say...his style is now recognizable. Tropical EP with 4 tracks for everyone's taste, similar to the first one EP, called 'Mr Funkyman'. Enjoy !
Ambient/Drone
Riccardo Schiro continues his exploration for the dancers and deejays out there with this massive acid-mental track for big rooms. On the flipside "Islands", an immense ambient jam recorded live by the Gravity Graffiti crew, a genuine psy-kraut voyage.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Since launching last year, Dan Shake's Shake Tapes series has delivered a string of must-have EPs rich in DJ-friendly reworks from the producer's ever-growing personal stash. This sixth volume in the series boasts another trio of must-have reworks. Shake opens in triumphant fashion with "You Make Me Hot", a slightly tightened up and expertly rearranged revision of a killer disco cut rich in walking bass, sexually-charged vocals, swirling strings and punch-drunk horn lines, before working his magic on the fluttering flute solos and rubbery slap bass of "Body Oil". Over on Side B, "You" is an expansive, all-action revision of a sweaty and spacey disco smasher that comes smothered in razor-sharp strings and mind-altering Moog solos.
Techno
Jurek Prze?dziecki's solo Epi Centrum project thunders back with a brand new LP out on Damon Wild's Synewave Records imprint. After a handful of enthusiastically received (supported by, among others, Laurent Garnier, DJ Hell and Joey Beltram) records on numerous renowned Euro labels, Warsaw-based classically trained composer and Buchla System 200e affictionado, delivers a massive dose of muscular-yet obsessively detailed acid funk techno. His 8-tracker „Excrescence" mixes old and new, tapping on seminal Detroit retrofuturism and heavy-duty pounding mania. One can also hear ghostly echoes of his 90s post-industrial faves like Coil or SPK. Record, quite varied in itself, ranging from relentless bangers ('Association') to mental acid cuts ('Blaming Others') and slow bass pulsations ('Limited Useful Life'), should fit nicely in the Synewave repertoire. Simply unmissable.

Last Four Weeks

Disco/Nu-Disco
Benjamin Smith and Paul "Mudd" Murphy are back with a Balearic gem - The Distance, featuring Quinn Lamont Luke. The release comes with a vocal and instrumental on the A side, and a remix on the flip by legend and consummate production ace - Ron Basejam. The lyrics and vocals by Quinn Lamont Luke are captivating and playfully tease us with emotional yearning. And it's Quinn who provides a stunning jazzy guitar performance that will have you air guitaring all over the dance floor, which sits splendidly alongside the beautiful layers of rich electric piano and Balearic disco grooves. The remix by Ron Basejam recasts the track as an instantly affable yacht-rock-esque anthem, that will fill your hearts and have you reaching for the Campari. This is a sumptuous groover, with layer upon layer of blissed out disco warmth. A sublime masterclass in musicianship and production that will bring joy to the most discerning of ears.
Electro
Blind Allies have been steadily amassing an impressive catalogue of various artists 12"s that plumb the depths of dirty, underground electro with a particular focus on their native Latvia. On this sixth installment the star of the show is -=UHU=-, a long serving electro warrior who has appeared on Body Control and International Deejay Gigolo Records in the past. There's plenty of collaborations, including partnerships with Kan3da and Luke Eargoggle, as well as solo -=UHU=- tracks, while Obergman and Eargoggle also team up for a tune. All in all, this is serious, gutter dwelling machine funk from a heavyweight cast that demands the attention of all discerning beat freaks.
Deep House
Owen Jay's Batti Batti label has carried a great selection of various artists releases throughout its back catalogue, and the tradition continues with this latest missive. The Palette EP kicks off with the ever-rising talents of Jayson Wynters, who plies a seductive strain of deep house on "Sherella's Kiss" that melts perfectly into the blissful, twinkling keys and gossamer percussion of Duccio's "Absurdation". Kiddmisha leads in on the B side with the sprightly electro of "Healing" before Weakmassive rounds things off with the mellow acid of "Sjhue," which matches a nagging 303 with sumptuous keys for a spine-tingling conclusion to a fantastic 12".
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Understood to be the work of Earl Jeffers, this fresh slice of white label edit goodness comes with four chopped up jams honed for ultimate dancefloor impact. First up is "Thank You", which takes a tough house backdrop and throws some fiery soul down on top of it in a manner you could imagine Moodymann dropping with satisfaction. "Badadu" meanwhile heads into a more delirious headspace, the sampling meeting with fierce showers of synth FX and a generally raucous arrangement. There are no prizes for guessing what "D-D-D" samples, but it does so with all the fireworks you would want from a house re-rub of such a classic. "The Paper" makes for a fine finishing move with its choppy vocal slices and swooning strings.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Best Italy have dug out a serious gem here, tapping up Italian percussionist and composer Tullio De Piscopo and his much-coveted simmering Balearic jam "Stop Bajon," which was as big in Ibiza (and still is) as it was in its native Italy. With its insistent rhythmic thump, chanting vocals and delicate keys it's little wonder the likes of DJ Harvey love spinning it. As well as the instrumental and acappella cuts of this wonderful mid 80s gem, you also get to sample the ranging downtempo funk of "Stadera," which could almost belong to Talking Heads with its mysterious tones and limber production.
Techno
REPRESS ALERT: Uruguay's finest house and techno export Z@p continues his welcome return to active service in the freakier end of the scene with this spot on Cartulis Music. "Tracid" has a clue in its title, and it doesn't take long to detect the brazen 303 baiting taking place through the core of this peppy workout. It's an effective weapon used in just the right way that should get bodies wriggling with approval. "That Break" meanwhile diverts into a kind of braindance territory with the titular drums matched with more wobbly synth leads and spooked out pads, and then "Acid Rhytms" rounds the EP off with a more reflective cut for calmer moments in the dance.
Deep House
Brian Cullen's Bjak project provides the learned house producer with a chance to reach dizzying, transcendental heights through a hazy, soul and jazz indebted approach as spiritual as it is groove-oriented. Having previously charmed the likes of Deep Explorer and Eargasmic, the debut Bjak album now lands on sympathetic Swiss outpost deepArtSounds, where Cullen will be keeping fine company with the likes of Ron Trent, Above Smoke, Trinidadian Deep and many more. It's a sumptuous listen overflowing with buttery keys, smoky trumpets and expressive, organic rhythms to get all true-school deep house heads nodding with approval. Just check the beatbox flow of "Groove Train" with its canny fusion of ear-catching sampling and accomplished musicianship.
Deep House
Brian Cullen's Bjak project provides the learned house producer with a chance to reach dizzying, transcendental heights through a hazy, soul and jazz indebted approach as spiritual as it is groove-oriented. Having previously charmed the likes of Deep Explorer and Eargasmic, the debut Bjak album now lands on sympathetic Swiss outpost deepArtSounds, where Cullen will be keeping fine company with the likes of Ron Trent, Above Smoke, Trinidadian Deep and many more. It's a sumptuous listen overflowing with buttery keys, smoky trumpets and expressive, organic rhythms to get all true-school deep house heads nodding with approval. Just check the beatbox flow of "Groove Train" with its canny fusion of ear-catching sampling and accomplished musicianship.
Electro
(Emotional) Especial heralds its 30th release with a killer package from an all-star cast that takes in label regulars and newcomers alike. The vibe starts heated and heavy with modern acid champ Roy Of The Ravers taking a blunt instrument or two to Junior Fairplay's "End Of Love," firing off the kind of bludgeoning b-line and fizzing drums that makes his direct approach to the dancefloor so potent. It's somewhat surprising to see Freeform Five pop up on this 12", but Jamie Paton's remix of "Throwing Stones" sounds utterly natural in the habitat - a brooding, simmering trip shot through with noirish synths. Kris Baha gets busy with Red Axes' "Waiting For A Surprise," twisting out an exotic bubbler perfect for the low tempo chugging crowd, and then Bal5000 wraps things up with the gorgeous electro-disco delights of "Kids".
Balearic/Downtempo
The late Jorge Reyes was a leading figure in Mexican experimental music, and this album recorded with Antonio Zepeda is one of his earliest and most striking works. Originally released in 1986, A La Izquierda Del Colibri is a worldly product of the era in the same way as the work of Jah Wobble and Brian Eno, rich in new wave funk but reaching to a higher plane thanks to all manner of sonic devices. From treated jungle sounds to swooping pads, the whole album feels like an exotic trek through the heat and mystery of Central America, at times leaving the Western world far behind and at other times embracing it. A captivating listen.
Coldwave/Synth
Emotional Rescue did the diggers another great service by gathering up the recorded material from Bordeaux synth-pop outliers Takenoko, and now they're sweetening the deal even further with this EP of wild style mixes from Dresden maverick Sneaker DJ. Picking three of the strongest tracks from the L'Amour Est Mon Arme collection, he comes up with three drastically diverse end results to suit the most adventurous selectors. The "Maquette" mix of "Lee Harvey Oswald" has a wonderfully lo-fi finish that accentuates the DIY new wave angles of Takenoko, while the "Traaans" mix of "Trans Amor Express" becomes a trippy, brittle beat excursion that should appeal to lovers of oddball 80s dub mixes. The "Dynamic" version of "John Wayne" finishes the record off in bombastic fashion, all boxy beats and powerful synth lines punching out underneath the quintessential wavey vocals.
Balearic/Downtempo
Emotional Rescue is delighted to offer this compilation of music from Elaine Kibaro and her particular coalesce of chanson, folk, balearic and touch of disco, all encased in her strong French and North African roots. The music included here, released between 1979 to 1989, is an expression of her development, of music changes matching growth in life, conveyed through her emotions in song. Opening with the spoken word Introduction from her debut album, "Mirrors" and the folk rock of melodies of Le Reveil from the 1981 follow up, Au Soleil, her early works are characterised by band, orchestra and choirs complimenting her voice as one. This is further heard on the mystical Sorciere, psyche percussion of Secret, the marching Le Guerrier and the inclusion her first "hit" with Aurore, appearing her in all it's extended, off-kilter guitar meets organ form. Exploring sensitivity and desires the compilation matches these earlier folk and world inspired songs with her move towards electronic production that accompanied a return some 4 years later, adding balearic and even pop dance found on 1985's Le Long De Fleuve Amour and the following 1989 opus, in Kiroel. L'Amour Pour Bouclier and Ne Doute Pas lift her music higher towards lovers' heights, with word, melody, and rhythm giving the desire to dance and be free, while her continuing exploration of chanson and spoken word takes on new meanings via the new wave meets estoric Douleur, while the emotionally charged soundscape of Kiroel brings balance. Inspired by the purity of song, Kibaro's music's has a timeless essence to behold; a voice and words found through life experience - beauty, discovery, nature and dreams. A love and hope in music, her quest for the infinite potential in song.
Indie
The latest dusted down archival dig from Emotional Rescue is by Politrio, a short-lived new wave / post punk band from Italy who released one album in the mid 80s. The focus of this release is their cover of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," which originally appeared on the Amnesty International P.E.A.C.E Benefit Compilation in 1987. It's a wild take full of rampant guitar wailing and limber slap bass that teeters towards the 80s funk rock of Faith No More et al, and that's no bad thing at all. On the B side of this 7" Double Wave gets busy in the edit, offering up a stripped back version for the spinners.
Deep House
Metro Area's Darshan Jesrani has more than proven himself with elegant, understated, disco-infused grooves over the years, so you shouldn't need telling that this new 12" for Imogen is an essential for any smooth groovers. The A side jam, "Gotta Do," certainly aligns itself with the towering legacy of Metro Area in its shimmering synth lines and snappy percussive ripples. However the B side strikes a slightly different tone, coming on more forthright thanks in no small part to the excellent vocal turn from Charli Umami. Both cuts sport the same refined quality you would expect from Jesrani, making this 12" an essential grip for anyone craving deep, sophisticated disco house.
Electro
Carl Finlow is something of a cult hero in the British electronic underground, having turned his hand to many aliases and styles without pandering to hype, and that's surely why the discerning For Those That Knoe label have deemed him worthy of a showcase release. His works as Silicon Scally are a particular highlight, channeling the seediest streams of Detroit electro and injecting a little of that UK verve and swagger into the mix, with invariably stunning results. Watch out for the seductive bite of "Dark Matter" and the dystopian funk of "Deep Dissolve", but in truth every selection on this choice double pack is worthy of some serious platter time.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Love Circle returns for a second release, digging deep into the misty past of golden era disco and finding rare gold for the reissue market to rejoice at. This time it's the work of Barry Blue and two projects he produced in the early 80s, lovingly re-edited for maximum dancefloor pleasure by Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold (aka gerry Rooney and Joel Martin). First up is surefire party starter "Breakin In" by Javaroo, and on the flip it's low down seduction workout "Love The Way You Love Me" by Marti Cane getting a fresh airing for all vintage-minded dancers and DJs.
Deep House
Love Notes strides into 2019 with a return visit by tape_hiss, last spotted on the label with the on-point Jacob's Ladder 12" in 2017. This time around the Brooklyn-based artist is unfurling twinkling, star-gazing, techno-tinted house to spellbind all manner of dancefloors. "Ephemeral Beauty" is positively sumptuous with its many layers of melodic interplay, giving remixer Joey Anderson more than enough material to work with. Anderson's version plays to his strengths as a weaver of understated, mechanical but soulful techno, setting the scene perfectly for B side tracks "Mono No Aware" and "Down So Long" to explore further avenues of deep, emotive machine music.
Techno
While Palaphor may not be a familiar name, the artist behind it is deeply entrenched in the meandyou story. Manchester's premier stable of house and techno subversives have long vibrated to the sound of Juniper, and now one half of the duo presents a new stream of inventive machine expression from the outer limits. Even if the space and textures on this EP place it in the leftfield, it actually hits with immediacy and warmth that makes it incredibly easy to sink into. From the autumnal haze of "Depart" to the melancholic thrust of "Peace," this is a gorgeous addition to the impeccable meandyou catalogue. One can only hope there's more music from Palaphor waiting in the wings.
Deep House
Not An Animal continues to grow into one of the most intriguing labels operating in London on the exotic beatdown axis. Recent releases by In:State & Guili, Ess O Ess and Bogdan have all pushed an agenda of psychedelic, energetic groove business, and now this debut appearance from multi-instrumental trio MODXI builds on this mantra with a sprawling voyage powered by snaking rhythms and seasoned with sax. Then the mighty Roman Flugel gets drafted in for a remix that injects some cosmic synth sweeps into proceedings along with a strong undercurrent of minimalist beat constructions. Frank Butters seals the deal with a distinctive take on the track that draws a darker energy from the source to create a seedy, synthwave interpretation perfect for moodier dancefloors.
Balearic/Downtempo
Prolific UK deep house hero Andy Compton is back on his fabled Peng stable with a new project entitled Blue Dream, and an album called California Dreaming which unsurprisingly deals in gorgeous sun soaked tones aimed squarely at the loungey end of his plush, melodic repertoire. From the slinking funk of "Betsy" to the low-slung beats and smooth-as-silk bass of "Disco Baby," Compton shows himself to be completely at home rolling at this kind of tempo, no doubt projecting himself to the Malibu beach idyll you can see on the cover. Music so radiant, you'd best slap on some sunblock.
Funk
Following an impressive, low-key cassette release on Kitty Play in 2016, Amsterdam-based artist Aan Zee makes the leap to vinyl with this appearance on Pleasure Wave, a label which has already made some waves with releases from g-Marie, Jonny 5 and Miskotom. The Aan Zee sound is a lot to digest, spanning all kinds of cosmic funk, sky-scraping electronics and outernational influences, often all fired off at the same time. Just sink your teeth into "Persona/Funny Berber" for a taste and you'll understand. "Vacation" is equally adventurous, with all kinds of melodic layering and instrument flexing in pursuit of an exotic new brew that doesn't shirk on the groove.
Electro
London label Spinning Plates has been doing some very interesting things over the past few years, just popping up occasionally to drop some on-point leftfield minimal grooves from lesser known names. The intrigue continues with the fifth release on the label, which features a return appearance from Nekhsa and a longform appearance from Snake Charm. Nekhsa's A side slides between skippy beat excursions, inventive acid electro funk and the reduced ghetto house pump of "Look at dads new sl..." Meanwhile Snake Charm stretches things out with the bubbling, trippy "119.94 Lock," which makes full use of an extended run time to patiently weave FX sends and subtle textures around an insistent, ultra-minimal beat.
Ambient/Drone
REPRESS ALERT: The Amsterdam-based duo Wanderwelle returns to Silent Season with their second album, which is inspired by the last years of the life of Paul Gauguin that he spent on the island of Tahiti. Gathering of the Ancient Spirits tells the alternative history of his search for a land which is untouched by modern society and whose inhabitants were still dependent on the gifts of nature and connected to their ancestors. During his stay, the painter encounters forgotten rituals and the primordial beings which haunted the island since the dawn of men.
Techno
Following on from his killer album on Organic Anaolgue, HVL presents an EP for movers, with work that draws together a refreshing variety of styles on an upbeat selection.
Minimal/Tech House
REPRESS ALERT: relik returns with a repackaged edition of one of the catalogue's most treasured releases. "Overcome" and "Lady Science (NYC Sunrise)" need little introduction, and now come sporting the new TR11:11 matrix number. Written and produced by Thomas Melchior and Baby Ford aka Soul Capsule, these tracks came from one of the many sessions recorded at the West London Ifach Studio in 1999. On the A Side "Overcome" is stripped back and energetic, driven by rolling and shuffling garage style beats, tight bubbling bass and atmospheric synth pads. The intermittent vocal samples and the release's signature organ set you up for the flip, "Lady Science (NYC Sunrise)". Possibly one of house music's most emotive pieces, the track builds slowly with the introduction of each part building a story of soulful optimism based around a sparse palette of deep synths, uplifting keys and warm analogue bass. The understated beauty of the main vocal riff never seems to grow old or tired with the track lending itself perfectly to either main room, peak-time play or after-hours sessions alike. Remastered by Rashad at D & M.
Experimental/Electronic
For the latest release on the weird and wonderful Udacha label, Moscow based artist and producer Vasiliy Stepanov aka P SH steps up to the plate. With a selection of abstract and warped electronics, the Russian artists presents a wide variations of cuts, including pop, dub, soul, fourth world, tribal, comedic and all other distinctive and magical vibes. With highlight tracks such as Naam Drops, Indigo Swamp and pretty much every composition, the LP should appeal to all the lovers of the other dimensions
Techno
Thus far all we know about Wilson Phoenix is pressed into the previous two records the anonymous operator has released so far in 2018. That should be enough for techno heads with their ears to the ground - this is rough and ready hardware business for those who like it nasty. While not perhaps as willfully unhinged as Neil Landstrumm, it's very much in that sonic ballpark, not least on relentless acidic opener "Between Mars." Things get a little freakier with the pinging electro delights of "Moon Machine" before the rowdy rave beast "Exo Planet" levels the landscape with some brutal synth stabs that would sound at home on an early The Prodigy record.

Last Eight Weeks

Minimal/Tech House
Brazilian producer Apoena has been steadily issuing serious heaters for labels like Underground Quality and Stuga Musik since 2010, but the core of his output can be found on his own Allnite Music label. The Nebulosa EP features more of the immersive, shimmering tech house tones he's built his name on thus far, leading in with the swirling wonderment of the title track before swerving on the B side into the more punchy, deliciously dubbed out "Asteroides." Bringing the most overtly house-oriented sounds on the record, "O-Type" signs off on a weighty, head-nodding groove carefully crafted for eyes-closed transcendence, whether you're rocking the jam in your headphones or on the floor.
Techno
Techno veteran Mike McClure can be found these days running the Analog label alongside Freddy Fresh in Minnesota, and he's been reviving his raw, hardware-based techno output this year with some strong digi-only appearances. Now he's back on wax with some fist-shaking belters steeped in Midwestern grit - just check "Illuminati Confirmed" with its nasty acid lines and tough drum jack. "Plague Doctor" is an uneasy jam that should satisfy all lovers of truly underground, darkside, old-skool techno, but things get even eerier with "Quantum Levitation." This stuff right here is the real deal, and you can hear McClure's experience all over the tracks.
Deep House
Detroit house legend Alton Miller first dropped "More Positive Things" back in 2016, led by the soaring vocal from Nikki O and backed up with a remix from DJ Spinna. Adeen love the already sought-after record so much they've dived right back into it with an expanded set of remixes and versions. As well as Miller's original deep house gem and Spinna's heavy funking "Positive Spin" take, there's now the added slow-rolling delights of Fishdoll's "Out-and-Out" remix. On the flip, all three versions appear in their instrumental form for those who wish to swerve the vocal for any reason.
Minimal/Tech House
Spanish label Beeyou kicked off earlier this year with a sterling various artists release that offered up Laidlaw, Ben Ulrich and Kesh as proponents of peppy peak time minimal wares with a garage kink. The second release features Illi and Joe Rolet facing off with a side each, and on "Lumiere" Illi appears to be channeling a little of the magic you would expect to find on mid 00s Plus 8 Records, which is no bad thing. "LDN 101" meanwhile picks up the 2 step flex and matches it with the aesthetics of contemporary deep tech house. Joe Rolet has a heavy ambience hovering over the crafty programming of "Stock Float," while "Sand On Saturn" takes a more trippy, spaced out approach that sits just right on his crisp, inventive beats.
Techno
Andy Vaz's Background Records is one of the hallmarks of creativity and inspiration that came out of the peak clicks n cuts era of minimal techno around the mid 00s. As such, it's great to see him revisit some of the most timeless material from the label via this carefully curated series of classics. His own "Still On Time" is actually a previously unreleased affair that bubbles with warmth and clarity, while Kit Clayton's "Buffalo" plies a unique line in off-centre, uptempo techno. Rhythm Maker (better known these days as Harmonious Thelonious) plumbs the depths of dubbed out minimalism on "Alles Mainstream", and the ever-swinging machine master Todd Sines brings the tightly clipped funk on "Trap".
Minimal/Tech House
The Botanic Minds Sunset Series continues to provide an intravenous drip of sublime and subliminal minimal to the endless shuffle of the stripped-down dancers, capturing the feel of a long and lingering dusk session on the sand. The A1 track in particular champions that feeling with its gorgeous, swooning piano breakdown, while A2 nudges a little further into the gloaming as its more electronic sound palette hunkers down for the nightfall. B1 keeps things steady and hypnotic, capturing the perfect moment of party stasis, before B2 finishes proceedings off with the most sharp edged micro-workout of the 12".
Techno
After launching Brush & Broom with two solo releases, maverick German producer Kalbata keeps his followers guessing yet again with this collaborative release with the equally unpredictable Maayan Nidam. "The Town" is a surefire party starter made up of catchy bleep lines, quivering rhythmic flashes and lots of shimmering FX sends that suggest this was a live jam from two talented producers locked in the groove. "Chrome Moon" takes a deeper, more meditative approach without losing those heavy echo chamber washes, where the spring reverb and buckwild delay feedback rein supreme. Wonderful, free-tripping results from an unexpected meeting of minds.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Best are really reaching for the serious stuff here - Stopp was one of those mythical one hit wonders of the Italo disco era that somehow caught a wave on distant shores. It's not hard to see why "I'm Hungry" was huge with the early Chicago house wave and DJs like Ron Hardy. It's a surefire banger, all daggering arpeggio basslines and romantic, mystical lead lines with a catchy vocal chant line to really set the party off. The "Caramba Mix" is no slouch either, edging in a little more club-ready dynamics for those who need a more beat-oriented ingredient for their proto-house cocktail.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Best Records are always a trusted source of reissued obscurities, but they've really outdone themselves this time. New Horizon was a one-off studio project from NYC buried in the annals of 70s disco funk, supposedly helmed by Donald Jenkins, but the chances of finding this mythical record were less than zero before now. "You" is a sumptuous jam, where each player shines in equal measure from the limber bass to the gossamer keys and stirring singers. This is soul jazz of the highest order, so very worthy of a reissue not least in its "Special Disco" guise. The vocal-less cut on the flip is just as wonderful, spinning a web of instrumentation that peaks with a wild guitar solo.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Here's another highly desirable slice of formative party fuel from the dusty highways and byways of dance music culture, brought to you by the diligent miners at Best Records. The Gong's Gang was a one-off alias for the equally one-off Nicolosi Family, a collective of real-life brothers and sisters who knew a thing or two about classic early 80s Italo boogie. "Gimme Your Love" is a stellar jam, with Rosanna Nicolosi out front on vocals and the cascading synths and bass stewing in an intoxicating blend that should have any funk detective frothing with approval. Whether you want the full vocal hit or the subtly dubbed out instrumental, this is a jam thoroughly deserving of a second run in the sun.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Best Records get busy with this absolutely classic slice of early Italian disco from 1981, put together in the one-off-studio-project stylee by Al Festa, Claudio Giusti and Francesco Puccioni. The full vocal mix on the A side nearly hits the nine minute mark, and it's all gold from the chirpy horn section to the scintillating vocal turn by Sharon Russell. The influence from the Nile Rodgers school of funk is plain to hear, not least on the instrumental take on the B side, but also watch out for the gorgeous soliloquy of the "Manhattan's Piano Reprise" which is snuck on as an added extra from the archives.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Best Records get right to the heart of true Italo disco with this body-poppin' killer from 1983. REM were made up of Paolo Alfani and Nicola Serena, both based in Florence and well ahead of the curve with their experimental electronic disco sound. Making fantastic use of the Mattel Speak & Spell for their vocal hooks, this enterprising duo cooked up a veritable club bomb with their fusion of sleek drum machine rhythms, throbbing acid basslines and romantic synth tones that would come to be widely used in Detroit techno some years later. There's a full original take of the track on the A side, while the flip features a tweaked "remix" version to give you even more of that robo-vocoder action.
Disco/Nu-Disco
This time in Calypso, Aristidez takes us on journey trough the streets of Lima Peru. The Chaos and the spirituaity of this old country are noticable on all of this tracks. Rumbling percussions and vocals, harmony and rythm, darkness and light all come togeter through the use of samples to show the quality of this young up and coming producer. "Nada Nada" it's the mantra that will help you go through the morning in a grey and cloudy city. "Reyerta" represents the violence of many Latin American cities having a hard time. Evoca its the mix between the first two where peace and violence find them selves in a catarchic release of energy. Symple Symmetry brings the tempo up for their Nada Nada remix asking everyone "what happens after death".
Techno
The quality of the Cong Burn releases shows no signs of slowing as they reach their fourth volume, rounding off a sterling year for the label. Russian producer Flaty makes an appearance here with the metallic, motorik electro of "Clearences" before Lack slows things down with the clanky funk of "Multiplier". Chekov has a more full bodied techno sound to impart, using spacious sound design to create a rich and immersive modernist jam, while Martinou completes the set with a subtle, shuddering and shimmering effort that dips below the radar of dancefloor convention to achieve a more subliminal effect.
Ambient/Drone
The second release on Carrying Colour finds Duval Timothy exploring his cultural heritage through the unique dual sim card carrying culture people of mixed heritage or multiple residence can relate to. Centred on interviews with friends, family members and strangers on the street in Sierra Leone, Timothy stitches together a tapestry of field recordings and solo musical pieces that tell a story all too often unheard. It's a highly personal record that truly takes you into the heart of the subject matter in the most evocative of ways. Timothy's soulful piano excerpts are what bind everything together, not least on the subtly drum boosted "All Things".
Deep House
Frazer Campbell turns his hand to a fair few different kinds of dancefloor material, but there's a consistent deep techno pulse that joins the dots between, for example, his appearance on Mosaic Records and this sample-laden drop on his own Counterfeit Soul. Gladys Knight's take on "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" gets refigured in the swirling, early morning cruiser "Glad Its All Knight." Lauryn Hill's classic "Doo Wop" gets sprinkled into a sprightly peak time tech house workout entitled "Laurenz Hillz," Alexander O'Neal's "Criticize" features in the sultry "Alexo Kneel" and airy closing cut "Mr Green's Envy" weaves a little Al Green magic into the mix.
Deep House
Nat Wendell launches the Depth Of My Soul label with a confident slab of deepness that should draw plenty of heat on the peaks and troughs of the house music landscape. "The Way" is a crisply produced pumper, revolving around a seductive little lead line and the haunting titular vocal hook - there's a whiff of tech in the make up of the track, but the groove is all house. "Theoretics" follows down a similar path, keeping things moody and mechanical without disposing of the funk, and then it's down to "Release Your Soul" to bring a little light into proceedings with some mellow keys and dubby flourishes.
Techno
As one of the foremost energies in Rome's electronic music scene, Adiel's productions on her own Danza Tribale label have communicated her take on minimalist, rhythmically inventive techno to the wider world. On this fourth installment, Adiel pays tribute to the Japanese capital with the snaking immersion and insistent propulsion of "Tokyo". On the flip, she truly opens up the filters of possibility with the kinetic, hyper-detailed percussive ripples of "Jungle". In an eerie, cavernous space, these needlepoint drum lines interlock and drive the listener deeper into a well of meditation, delivering the intended outcome of submission and transcendence that Adiel's music is engineered for.
Techno
It's been a big year for Mexican label Duro, who made the leap to vinyl with strong releases from label founder Bufi (aka Theus). The latest transmission comes from fellow countryman Mijo, previously spotted on Roam, Melomana and Sanfuentes, and it's a banger. "THXTASY" can't fail to be a hit with its lead vocal hook (which is basically the title chanted by a pitched down robot), but beyond the headlines the track itself is a taut workout with equal parts electro, wave and disco feeding into a potent party brew. Then comes a swathe of remixes, from Paulor's chugging, grungy version to DYOR's spaced out psych rock tones and The Chica's delightfully kooky sax-toting stomper.
Deep House
Eddie Fowlkes is back on his Detroit Wax label with more forthright jams that show off his distinctive approach to techno. As one of the originators of the sound, it's only logical he knows how to do this stuff properly. "Route 88" is a seductive, muscular piece with bold lead lines and a constant, driving rhythm section, while "Pass The Butter" takes a deeper route without losing the finely balanced and rich arrangement approach that his sound is built on. This is fully realised, classily executed Motor City machine soul from a man who helped define the culture.
Techno
Stephen Lopkin made an impression when he landed on M>O>S, and now he follows up that star turn with this arch tribute to the archetypal techno sound on Distant Worlds. The "Imitator EP" may be brazen about its influences and intentions, but that's no disservice to the quality of the techno on offer here, which shows Lopkin to be incredibly well-read on the studio techniques of the past masters. From the Detroit stable to the UK torch-bearers, the reference points come thick and fast, but more telling is that fact these tracks fit right in with a lot of techno being produced at the moment. If you're feeling that classic 90s sound right now, then there's an embarrassment of riches to be enjoyed on this release.
Balearic/Downtempo
Emotional Rescue unearth yet another pearl of curiosity from the mists of the 80s here, kicking off a series looking at the work of guitarist Carl Weingarten. This album is a fine place to start, as Weingarten teams up with Walter Whitney for an engrossing exploration of ambient synth work merged with careful use of slide guitar and more besides. It's very much of its time, originally released on Multiphase in 1985, and it's as charming and naive as it is accomplished. There's a new age sweetness to the harmonic composition, but the sound palette is deceptively deep, not least thanks to Weingarten's multifaceted approaches to his instrument. Dreaming In Colours sets a promising tone for what the rest of the series holds.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Elaine Kibaro is a French singer who grew up in Tunisia before enjoying a reasonably productive career in the late 70s and through the 80s. Emotional Rescue caught on to her fine contributions to the disco world via the Pour L'Amour collection, and now they offer up a pair of alternative cuts that add to the overall legacy of her career peak. "Fajrann" is a re-vocalled version of Kibaro's biggest hit "Aurore" sung in Arabic, speaking to her Tunisian roots, while "Ne Doute Pas" appears in its instrumental form for those who want the punchy Linn Drum beats and dazzling synth lines in all their glory.
Soul
Emotional Rescue previously dived into the plush, soulful and verdant sound of Jaki Whitren and John Cartwright with the reissue of their essential International Times album back in 2013. Sadly Whitren and Cartwright passed away two years ago, and this 7" of previously CD/digital-only material materialises in tribute to these wonderfully talented souls. "That Will Be That" is an effervescent boogie jam with rich synths that interplay beautifully with Whitren's stunning vocal, while "This Time" takes a starkly opposite approach with just the most delicate of keys lingering behind Whitren's powerful, echoing vocal. It's a poignant note of remembrance for two gifted musicians who shone their light into the world.
Experimental/Electronic
Alexis Georgopoulos and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma's Fragments Of A Season was one of the highlights of Emotional Response's output in 2017, centred around blissful, Balearic instrumentation that shone a spotlight on the considerable talents of these accomplished artists. Now the label is revisiting the material with a couple of finely selected versions, the first coming from Emotional regulars Woo, who dutifully inject "Marine" with their effervescent, otherworldly expressions and create a glistening masterpiece in the process. Felicia Atkinson then tackles "AA Cleo" and sends it out onto the horizon in a haze of reverb romanticism, muffled percussive rumbles and murmuring vocals.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: Faze Action return with a brand new 12", teaming up with Zimbabwean born Zeke Manyika to create "Mangwana". Sung in Zeke's native Shona, and taking influences from Mory Kante, South African Kwaito to early house, Faze Action manage to create a record that harks back yet still has a modern and contemporary feel and is set to be the soundtrack to countless festivals and outdoor parties this summer. The title track is followed by the stunning "Chiiko", featuring Zeke's vocals enriched by Rob's 'cello's with African rhythms floating you away to another tropical world. A Vision of Panorama turns up the dial with a stunning mix on the flip side. A new bass line adds to some quality keyboard work. Finally the brothers deliver are more stripped out dub "Paradise '89 Mix" tailored for the peak time.
Techno
Grooveboxx is a new label launched from the Parisian underground with a focus on fresh, invigorating rhythms with an outernational focus. The label's leading lady Myako opens this first 12" up with the dynamic, dusty adventure of "Salvia Cosmica", which makes for the perfect scene setter before Aleqs Notal throws down a tougher set of tumbling tribal drums. Myako then returns with "La Danza De La Risa", another subtle, poised and tantalizing rhythm track, before Geena trips things out on the heavy effects bliss out of "Selva Spirit". Myako's closing statement, "La Jungla Encantada", is a spaced out affair marked by Spanish speech and fragmented rhythmic hiccups - a cinematic end to an evocative release.
Experimental/Electronic
After the starry-eyed delights of the Club Mondo 2000 mini album last year, Lamusa II returns to Gravity Graffiti with further explorations on the outer reaches of cosmic jazz, experimental library music and much more besides. This is music to stimulate your cerebellum and transport you to hitherto unknown regions, certainly relevant if you've been digging the previous output on Gravity Graffiti from the likes of Yoshinori Hayashi. Particular highlights include the fluttering tapestry of keys, chimes, rhythmic ripples and zippy effects on "Variatio Ad Absurdum," the intense vibrations of "Caos E Dialogo" and the mellow patterns and trills of "Dalle Alle."
Techno
Gravity Graffiti has been doing great things with its series of split 12"s already, but now the Italian label goes one better for its tenth release with this mighty double pack of heavy hitters. First up is the ever-untouchable Yoshinori Hayashi, who gets as straight up as he possibly could with the freaky house burner "Dissociative." Telephones is feeling particularly dubbed out and groovy on "Kalimbalimbo", while DB.Source and Riccardo Schiro take things strung out and textural on "Montevago". Dynamo Dreesen is in rave mode for the pepped up and delightfully weird "Reactivate", leaving the final side to Oyvind Morken & Kaman Leung's chugging "Tunnel Visjon" and the rubbery side swipes of Acidboychair's "The End (At Any Speed)".
Minimal/Tech House
Hamid's HPLS label has been strangely quiet this year, so it's welcome news to see one of the most intriguing operators on the outer reaches of the minimal house scene back in action with a new talent to share with the world. DCHA-DCHA makes a bold arrival with a two-pronged release comprising of ten tracks in total. On this first part of Opus Incertum, the title track makes a bold statement of intent with its low slung groove carrying all kinds of splaying, splashing and otherwise spaced out sonic trysts. There's a more discernible strut to "Te Lubesc," while "The Age Of Solon" invites Planet X into the mix for a spaced out slice of machine boogie. With the abundance of ideas spilling out of part one, it promises a lot for part two to follow.
Minimal/Tech House
With Hamid's HPLS label reigniting with the fresh, untethered sounds of DCHA-DCHA, we arrive at the second instalment of Opus Incertum already expecting some wild sounds. Fortunately label and artist don't disappoint, and we dive straight in with the unhinged aqua-industro-funk of "Morning Mimosa." That's swiftly followed up by "AGLS," which keeps the vibe liquid while welcoming a richer variety of marine life into the studio. "GalerianPlatz" makes the leap towards electro, with the surrealism tap still pouring wonderfully unexpected colours, tones and textures into the mix. At every turn this record, like its part one counterpart, surprises and delights with its original approaches.
Techno
Hailing from Crimea, Stas Karpenkov's Krym Mryk label is a direct line into the most intriguing techno-oriented diversions transmitting from Russia and Ukraine. In a similar vein to the likes of Udacha and Ghost Zvuk, Krym Mryk is brimming with the kind of originality and expression that makes records such as these essential purchases. "Entity" presents a calm, icy ambient lead in before the quivering, dubby techno pulse of "Yevpatoriya Satellite". "I've Had Enough To Look Down" is a writhing, biomechanical synth work out of the highest order, and "Windswept" finishes the EP off in a gentle blizzard of drones. A serious draw for this record as well is the Stanislav Tolkachev remix, which nudges "Yevpatoriya Satellite" into dynamic broken techno territory with a powerful synth wave channel coursing through it.
Minimal/Tech House
Having just recently dropped some fresh wares on the Waxing Gibbous 12", London-based production duo OdD return their attention to their Tapes Of Old label and the pursuit or archival material from the vaults. Quite how far back these dusted down gems reach is unclear, but it hardly matters - what's important is whether they bang, and these tracks certainly do that. "Oops" is a pumped up and muscular roller that places all the emphasis on percussion with a tech house tendency. "Abhorrent" is a more introverted affair that explores intricate threads of synth expression in between a dubbed out set of drums, and then "I'm Complete" finishes the record off with a cool, calm and collected trip through the minimal undergrowth.
Deep House
Nick Anthony Simoncino is the perfect choice to add to the ever-expanding Love Notes narrative. His classically rooted, passionate approach to hardware house music chimes with previous 'Noters like Octo Octa and Casey Tucker, and the quality is as high on this 12" as one of his many appearances on Creme Organization or Vibraphone, to name but a few. "Perugia 1989" is quintessential Simoncino - simple in its construction but beautifully engineered with all emphasis on an undulating bassline. "Bella Ciao" is a more tense cut that uses some nervy synth phrases to eke out a trance-indebted mood, and then "My Brother, Dani" maintains the theme with a dramatic use of space and jittery percussion.
Techno
Born out of the prominent London techno night with the same name, the Machine label launches in style with the Tribology compilation mixed by label and party co-founder Ben Sims, a lynchpin of the British techno scene. This first sampler from the exclusives-packed mix sees an all star cast offering up their hard-hitting wares in uncut form. Planetary Assault Systems is on searing form with "The Grinder" while Mark Broom's "The Peak" pings all kinds of raucous, discordant synth lines around the mix. Damon Wild has a more paranoid tint to his own fist-shaking banger, and Insolate rounds the record off with the stealthy, strafing tones of "Strike".
Techno
Ben Sims' Machine mix is loaded with exclusive gems which get a full-fat airing on this series of samplers. After a strong first round, another four crucial cuts from the heavyweight end of Sims' contact list get packed onto one highly desirable 12". First up is Berlin mainstay Steffi, who threads a hypnotic array of rhythmic elements together into the deep but energising "Gentle Uplift". Jeroen Search then edges the record a little further into the depths with the loopy, sonar bleep immersion of "Ostinato Pattern." Robert Hood's snarling, muscular "Gun Talk" gets the edit treatment from Sims himself, and then the record rounds off with the pumping stabs and irrepressible funk of ROD's "Embase".
Techno
The third sampler from Ben Sims' barnstorming Machine mix compilation presents another four cuts of militant, unrelenting techno from some of the finest operators in the field. Oscar Mulero heads up the A side with the spacious, ominous march of "The Calling," which contrasts sharply with the jacked up, tense energy of "Distorted Logic" by O Aka Phase. Tasha's "In The Zone" kicks of the B side in a head-spinning loop of rasping drums and disorienting layers, and then Sims himself rounds off the record with the poised and deadly "Drop Out." If you're after a potent collection of chiseled techno bombs guaranteed to do the business, then look no further.
Techno
The fourth sampler from Ben Sims' mammoth Tribology mix features another four of the must-have exclusives from this crucial document of contemporary techno. Function leads the way with "Introversion", a spooky and sleekly designed deep driver marked out by thin slithers of displaced vocal. Tripeo plays the opposite tact with a bright and bold synth hook front and centre of the mix on "Sequoia", and then Truncate trickles down a pattering array of drum machine rhythms and fluttering melodic chimes on the stunning "Rings." Blasha & Allatt bring the tough stuff to the B2 with the jacked up energy of "Broughton 93" - their debut appearance no less and a very strong one at that.
Techno
It's quite remarkable just how much quality Ben Sims has managed to pack into the Tribology mix and its accompanying series of vinyl samplers. The fifth round shows no signs of going soft as it leads in with the sledgehammer thump of Marcel Fengler's "Cortex", showing the Berghain resident to be on formidable form. Alienata shakes things up with the slick yet sinister electro strains of "The 8th Passenger", and James Ruskin lands some heavy blows with the delirious synth cycles of "TZR". Psyk finishes things off in his signature style, looping up some nervy blips and bleeps around a restrained set of drums for the ultimate in techno hypnotism.
Techno
Malin Genie's distinctive take on house and techno has already earned him spots on some of the contemporary scene's most vital labels, from Hypercolour to Will & Ink, and now his self-titled label throws the doors open to welcome in a likeminded individual with a similar instinct for unconventional approaches to 4/4 dynamics. Yaleesa Hall has already built up a strong identity on Will & Ink, and in partnership with Genie the results are nothing short of spellbinding. From the shimmering dubby tones of "Coronal Loop" to the submerged ruminations of "Oganesson," this is advanced dance music engineered to twist your synapses and shake your limbs in the most unpredictable of ways.
Techno
Dub techno doesn't come deeper than DeepChord, and Mike Schommer is one of those responsible for launching the legendary project. Making his return after 15 long years, Steve O'Sullivan's re-energised Mosaic Records is the perfect place to get reacquainted with the chap. "Invitation To Love" is as romantic as the title would suggest, letting gorgeous chords and pad washes ooze out over a steady ticking beat. The rhythm gets chopped up a little on "Remember When", while "Into The Night" heads into head-nodding dubstep territory with mammoth bass replaced by elegant Motor City synth shimmers.
Techno
Steve O'Sullivan's Mosaic train keeps on rolling, this time via the LTDX series which reaches its second station stop with two more dubbed out dancefloor delights for the deepest divers. O'Sullivan dons his Bluetrain guise to deliver the UK steppers-indebted "Armchair Analyst," which artfully folds subtle dubwise influences into its minimal techno construction. On the flip side, Roger Gerressen spaces things out good and proper with the slow-stalking groove of "Long Overdue," fusing the best elements of contemporary minimal and classic dub to create a fine extension of the Rhythm & Sound blueprint.
Techno
Dan Piu's long-running Moto Music welcomes a new project into the mix in the shape of Parallaks, which is formed by Maltese producers Owen Jay and Ed Blank. It's a new direction, certainly for Jay, who shirks his sleeker tech house fare for some rugged experimentation on the outer limits of hardware techno, reportedly fuelled by a modular-focused approach. The results are fantastic, placing the emphasis on intriguing synth shapes and machine-led progression that veers from the gritty beatdown "Palo Verde" to the beautiful, expressive experimentation of "Browns Ferry." It's a consistently interesting and brilliantly executed experiment from two gifted producers.
Electro
Having cut their teeth on crucial releases for Lux Rec, Pinkman, Broken Dreams and more, Savage Grounds come to Mosaique with more of their dark, spiky industrial and minimal wave deviations. The pair are more than qualified, with Daniele Cosmo being the Lux Rec boss and CCO being a veteran of the punky underground techno scene. This latest release matches up to what they've achieved so far, with "Schnell Ausser Kontrolle" especially standing out with its chunky, forward-thrusting synth hooks matching edginess with catchiness in a most artful of ways. There's plenty of lo-fi experimentation going on, not least on the dystopian gurgle of "Parasomnia", to keep all denizens of the night shocking out under the moon.
Minimal/Tech House
Can anyone nail a slender, cheeky groove like Lil'Mark? Judging by his track record on Classic, Apollo and more, we'd argue surely not, and this EP on Nicetraxuk is further fuel for the fire. "Inevtiable" kicks things off with a catchy, bouncy bassline and tightly shuffled drums that tell you you're in vintage Lil'Mark territory, while "Be Afraid" gets into a slightly spookier headspace without losing that infectious funk. "F_ It" has all kinds of playful rubbery horn sounds pinging around the minimal beat, and then "Itaapella" gives you the heavily processed vocals from the track to get creative with.
Minimal/Tech House
London based minimal producers Damian Daley and Danny Dixon have been steadily building up their catalogue of reduced rollers since 2013. As well as appearances on Sol Asylum, Tapes Of Old and SPORTS, their own OdD Music label has carried some of their most essential tracks. Waxing Gibbous continues the story with an assured selection of floor-primed workouts, leading in with the slender and seductive tones of "Tidal Wave." Things take a spikier turn with the heavy bass throwdown of "Zero Gravity," and then "Lunar Blueprint" stretches out across the B side in a rolling configuration of dubbed out incantations and insistent, needlepoint beats.
Ambient/Drone
The first release on One Instrument saw artists like Korridor, Serena Butler and Yair Elazar Glotman demonstrating new experimental sides to their studio practice. The second release comes from Italian master Neel, who presents two distinct demonstrations of his unique touch and deep gear knowledge. The A side is a lingering ambient piece captured from the tail end of a session using the E340 Cloud Generator oscillator, while the B side focuses on the Roland SH-01A, itself an update of the iconic SH-101. The results of these two intriguing, limitation oriented excursions are as compelling as you would expect.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: The debut release from US label Perpetual Rhythms comes in the shape of an EP of collaborations and single drops entitled Secret Elements. Firecracker boss Linkwood provides some extra Chi-Town edge to the sombre melodies and science fiction synths of Specter & Chicagodeep's "Sonic Pulse" on his opening edit, whilst Chicagodeep's "Restless Nights" generates a mix of spacey, laid back vibes. The bleepy pulses of Taelue's "Social Anxiety" sounds close to what an Aphex Twin and Jerome Sydenham & Kerri Chandler house collaboration would result in, while the single rimshots and wallowing pads of "Rough Access Point" give the track a distinctly lonesome ambience.
Minimal/Tech House
PURISM welcomes Romanian minimal house titan Mihai Popescu to the table, following the promising producer's run of hotly tipped singles on his own Soulsity label. The groove is crisp and infectious on opening cut "Do Watcha Feeel," which makes great use of a looped up melodic phrase and choice vocal snippets for a quintessential house throwdown. "Mixed Moods" is no less floor-ready, but its delicate, shimmering keys add a seductive quality that's impossible to resist. "Midnight Insp" takes a heads-down, tracky approach on its run in, but by the latter half opens up to reveal a gorgeous, swirling bath of chords. "Aritmethixx" provides contrast for the EP's closer, keeping the beat stripped back and using haunting flecks of sonic decoration that wouldn't sound out of place on a Horror Inc track.
Coldwave/Synth
New label Platform 23 lands with a bang, delving into the mysterious world of 1980s cassette culture and in particular the Vox Man label run by French outfit Vox Populi, Axel Kyrou and Francis Man. This Alternative Funk: Vol 1 collection cherry picks from the various installments of Alternative Funk that Vox Man released in the mid 80s, presenting some vaguely familiar names and a whole lot of unknowns that fuelled a DIY scene brimming with creativity and lo-fi brilliance. On this first installment, get down to weirdo boogie of From Raushenberg, wig out to the psychedelic synth music of Scoop! and throw down to the drum-tastic madness of Fist of Facts. It's all old, and yet it feels so new.
Techno
After strong turns from buttechno and label founder Pavel Milyakov, RASSVET makes one of its most decisive moves yet with this crucial slab of dance-wrecking badness from Shadowax. The Russian artist made her first appearance on a compilation on Nina Kraviz's Trip label, and now steps forward with some seriously badass techno that will draw in curious trainspotters and head-in-the-clouds ravers alike. "A & B" is a cover of 90s Russian hip-hop crew Pyanstvu Boys, and Shadowax's version is pure fire, her voice poising eerily over a punchy off-beat and droning bass. Buttechno delivers a simple, savage remix, while the B side presents an alternative mix and an acappella that should see lots of action from remixers and creative DJs alike.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mangled Records twentieth release also marks 20 years since it's first release. To celebrate the occasion here are two of Ray Mang's better known and loved tracks together on one 180gram Mangled 12" for you! Number One first surfaced on his solo debut '96 Noid release. It gained widespread support in the clubs and went on to be featured on both DFP's De-Luxe House Of Funk and Groove Armada's Back To Mine compilations as well as his own Mangled LP. Look Into My Eyes is a blissed out Balearic gem that featured on the B side of Ray's '10 DFA release and instantly became a firm favourite for many.
Techno
Subconscious Algorithms kicked off with the dulcet tones of Norken, and now turns its attention to another champion of the UK underground in the form of Derek Carr. There's much to draw parallels on between the artists, as they both explore the outer realms of expressive, delicate and most importantly melodic electro, with Carr sounding especially harmonious on the intricate programming of "Osc 1". "Trust In You" is a more angular, acidic affair still steeped in Motor City soul, while "Beneath The Ice" takes a lighter, almost synth-pop indebted approach. "Blood Moon" rounds the record off in a swirl of twitchy drums and lingering strings.
Minimal/Tech House
Leipzig producer Lootbeg has been spotted in the past flaunting his cosmic, melodically enchanting emo-techno on labels like Crow Castle Cuts and Tieffrequent. Now he comes to the burgeoning Sensu label with some of his most powerful productions to date, leading in with the euphoric, sky-scraping "The Travel To Planet Trance". "Cydonia Mensae" follows close behind with some equally lofty tones that position Lootbeg squarely in the stratosphere, while "Eupen" changes tact for a more introverted but no less harmonically rich composition that pushes the rhythm section to the foreground. A collaboration with Blinds, "Relate" edges closer to a deep house outlook with its warm lead lines and dusty jacking beats.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fifth in the series: Shake Tapes is an outlet for Dan Shake's private stash of DJ friendly cuts, exploring all corners of the globe.
Deep House
With previous form on Colors and Love Fever, Remi Mazet returns on relatively new label Social Joy with a deep and refined trip through house music as played by a true musician. There's a dusky, cinematic quality to the whole EP, from the captivating intro to the sweet Rhodes soul of "Safran" and on to the broken wheeze of "Jazz E". "Shrine" has a more forthright club-ready veneer, while "Jammin" brings furthermore machine-oriented grooves, but at all times the devil is in the details, and this record is most devilish indeed. One for all those craving a little more subtlety and flair in their house music.
Minimal/Tech House
The latest slab from Dutch delights SlapFunk sees a return from regular contributor Julian Alexander. Since he was last on the label, Alexander has been teaming up with Blind Box Series and Rawax, but he comes back home with an assured six track EP that highlights his continued progression as a producer. The release is bookended by short but immersive ambient cuts, with the primary focus being four forthright minimal house burners that continue the fine tradition of SlapFunk as a whole. From the snaking beat and cheeky b-line of "Nibyc" to the hard-stepping thrust of "Asco 52," there is plenty here for fans of the label's sound to lap up.
Techno
Silent Season have carried the music of Submersion and Mon0 independently before, but now the dub techno producers have teamed up to take their sound onto new plains of exploration. The sound palette is consistent with both their music and that of the label, but the familiar dancefloor tropes have been jettisoned in favour of a more meditative end result, leading in with the achingly beautiful tundra excursion of "Beginning Of The End". From there the album drifts with glacial motion through a range of finely crafted soundscapes, wielding a world of rumbling, harmonious noise in the middle distance without ever losing that seductive dub techno ambience.
Deep House
Super Tuff continues to forge ahead as one of the most vital outlets for true house music transmitting out of Brooklyn. Following releases from Marcel Lune and M. Vaughan, fast rising producer Niles Cooper steps up with a classic approach to deep house that sports personality to match its warmth. Lead track, "House Gospel," rides high on a soul stirring vocal lick, shuffled drums and a killer bassline, but watch out for the haunting, string-led breakdown because that's where the magic is at. Black Loops serves up a respectful remix that pumps up the rhythm section for a slightly tougher end result. "Floor Juuc" has a dusty, low slung, piano-led mood to it, while "If We Try We Can Start Anew" fires up some crusty breaks and pings them out into space.
Techno
Detroit techno maestro DJ Bone has been on prolific form of late, from his collaboration with Deetron to his own steady stream of sharply realised output on his Subject Detroit label. Now he's back with a new album, Beyond, and it's as advanced and keenly executed as you'd expect. From the echo chamber synth flourishes of "Multiples Of Self" to the low-end grind of "In The Deep," there is plenty for Bone fans to chew on here, with a continued focus on expressive synth work as first mooted with the "A Piece Of Beyond" LP earlier this year. "Rosedale Park" is a clattering, Rhodes-embellished track primed for damage in the dance, while "Bound To Move" equally brings the peak time heat.
Techno
The Verdant stamp of quality is well established by now, but it presses even deeper with the release of this high-grade compilation from a rich cast of subterranean seafarers. Steve O'Sullivan dons his Bluetrain cape for the slow-chugging, appropriately dubbed out meditation of "Sleeping With The Enemy", while Domenic Cappello creates a swooning string-drenched masterpiece out of "Not A Festival Track". Stojche's "Decipher Language" is a snappier affair, while XDB crafts one of his sublime, leftfield techno variations brimming with imagination to match its functionality. At every turn this is a compilation of top-drawer techno crafter with passion and originality - grip it while you can!
Industrial/Noise
Kluentah, one half of Fallbeil, has brought gutter-dwelling electronics to labels like V I S, New York Haunted, Return To Disorder, Mannequin and Sisters before now, so there's no doubt in the clout this particular nightcrawler possesses. On this latest release for new label Zement the mood is as sinister as you would hope, leading in with the sleazy electro noir of "The Return" before slipping into the mucky industrial thump of "Higher Level." "Enter Mars" is a snarling acid stomper engineered to nail you to the spot in the toughest of ways, and "Circle Of Power" ends proceedings on an ominous, tracky note for the post-apocalyptic party people to get all end-of-days to.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Official remastered reissue from the original tapes of The Fresh Band's highly sought-after 1984 classic 'Come Back Lover'. Produced by The Strikers' Darryl Gibbs and mixed to maximum effect by the one and only Tony Humphries, this super cool disco boogie floor-burner made it big in the Underground dance clubs of Chicago & New York, receiving heavy rotation from legendary DJs like Mancuso, Larry Levan and Ron Hardy. This special re-release from Best Italy contains for the first time all the four versions mixed by the legendary Tony Humphries : including the astounding Tony Humphries Vocal, Dub, Remix and the rarest Dub Remix which moves towards a deeper, headier groove, with atmospheric echoing vocals and mind-blowing piano breaks.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fabrizio Fattori is one of the most rapresentative dj in the afro balearic italian movement, Best Italy with this album put together all the songs produced from Fabrizio during 1985 including all the songs coming from the rare and high in demand Appunti D'Africa and Baraonda 12" singles plus unreleased material.
Techno
Wetsuits at the ready! Canoe 009
Disco/Nu-Disco
The art of editing is seriously taked here in Calypso and for this we introduce you our new series "Correcciones Calypso". We are glad to release some of the most epic ones we and some of the coolest djs around have been spinning here and there for the last year. First we have a track that was born a hit since the very begining, Tyu from Mexico is welcome on the label with his "Meneo" already guilty of setting fire to many dancefloors around the globe. INigo Vontier jumps on the journey with "Justus", space disco at its finest. For the B side Vilnius ascending stars Plot Pilot formers members of Siaubas deliver "Knock Around" a peak hour track full of guitars and live bassline that goes on and on. Again from Vilnius the Serial Experiments boys close the EP with "Industry Works" a slow and sexy lithuanian sax chug.
Deep House
CVR 009 Tyree- Follow Me Side A. 1. Original Mix- Raw house track with stripped down jazz vocals Side A. 2. Acid Mix- Classic acid bassline that really appeals to that original Chicago acid house sound. It's true to it's nature with 808 kick drum resonating thru the track. With small vocal stabs to bring the track to life.
Deep House
Deeper Than It Sounds is indeed the perfect name for Melchior Sultana's new outstanding Album on Swiss Boutique Label deepArtSounds. The more you listen to it, the deeper you get sucked in and you hear more layers to it. The sounds and chords alone will take you on this journey that will make girls, guy, dogs, cats, moms, dads, brothers and sisters love this album for the years to come.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Kito Jempere. Don Pietroburgo. Capo del branco. FKA Lany. La Russia dall'inno d'amore. Drakon. Nuova meraviglia dell'onda. Vogliamo l'amore tutto intorno !!
Disco/Nu-Disco
dane//close. Mismos jefes linch mob. Desapareciendo peso pesado. I Don't Want. Punk ganguelo. Love Destroyer. Enamorado encarnado. Tiempo de Descansargracias hermano i!
Disco/Nu-Disco
Label boss Tonbe is back after 2 years with 4 fresh and new tunes. Disco, Nu Disco, Funky, Jazzy and House grooves are all around this EP. They are very different, but in some point also very similar to each-other, so we hope it will fit for all House and Disco heads.
Ambient/Drone
The wondrous, expansive and meditative music of Spanish musician, Luis Paniagua is explored with this reissue of his classic 1987 album, Neptuno. Released on the now cult El Cometa de Madrid label - itself a sub label of Grabaciones Accidentales (Finas Africae/Suso Saiz/Javier Bergia) - the album is another is the canon of exploratory new age, world and ambient recordings that came out of Spain during the formative period as the country returned to democracy. Luis Paniagua, a musician, composer and producer, was born in Madrid, in 1957. His first associated release was in 1974 to record the pioneering album "Music of Ancient Greece" as a member of Atrium Musicae. As a member of Babia, alongside Luis Delgado (ERC045), he released the sought after folk and fusion album "Oriente - Occidente" in 1982, before dedicating exclusively to compose his own music with many instruments of the world. In late summer 1987, his friend and now creator behind the El Cometa de Madrid label, Delgado proposed to record an album of music in Paniagua's attic in Madrid. Bringing his eight-track they recorded the music found here in a mere few days. Predominantly written by Paniagua - the rhythmic Gacelle being co-written with Don Cherry and Cancion De Senegal - and produced with Delgado, the album is, in his own words, a journey to the balm of love, truth, beauty and purity. Exploring new age music, world music and spiritual music without being of a specific religion, Neptuno, flows as one. Centred on the beautiful multi-instrumental mastery by Paniagua, including percussion, chimes, guimbri, sitar and vocals, he is joined by friends and family on keys, flute and drums. Performing today, with 16 albums released and counting, Luis Paniagua's dedicates himself through music. To discover that has always been within.
Psych/Garage Rock
Emotional Rescue starts a non-defined set of reissues where some of the label's favourite artists have lesser known, but (cult) classic songs unearthed, remastered, reappraised and then reinterpreted by contemporary producers and fans, for today's DJs and collectors alike. To start, the idea of the legendary British psychedelic band Hawkwind appearing on the label might come as a surprise, but when the nature of songs and remixer involved is explored it makes perfect sense. Following the departure of Lemmy to the Motorhead hinterlands, the band's sound took a wider but more defined style, including their burgeoning interest in electronics. With that, the 1976 album Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music contained a song that has become a secret spin for the more leftfield and adventurous. The Aubergine That Ate Rangoon - itself referencing cult psychedelic band Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band's alien invasion opus The Eggplant That Ate Chicago - with it's use of loops, synthesiser and motorik drumming is a short instrumental that has gained cult status in its own way. Focusing on much of Hawkwind's musicality in one song, mixing psychedelia, fusion and humour with a killer groove, all in one short blast of repetition meets experimentation. This is backed with the album's other stand out, in the beautifully laidback stoner vibrations of City Of Lagoons. Lanquidity rules as West Coast meets Floyd touches abound. A hazy Gilmour style guitar and heavy phasing and reverb drums underpin space rock key solos that carry you to the horizon. An Esteemed excavator, musician, compiler and oracle, the choice of Cherrystones to rework these instrumentals is a given. With two decades of production chops from beats, breaks and jazz for the likes of Stark Reality, Twisted Nerve and Brutal Music to the abstract, psychedelic acoustics for Whatever We Want Records, he has gone on to become a respected composer of soundtracks for Adidas, Stone Island and YMC. His heavy retake of The Aubergine pulls up the drum and bass and overlays freeform synth stabs atop a warped Riley arpeggio loop that takes the smoke hazed original and give it doses of codeine and rum. To close, his City Of Lagoons rework becomes 'Head' outtake overkill. Trippin' beyond the light fantastic. Words from Cherrystones: "When the prolific and albeit consistent Emotional Rescue label & head honcho Maestro Chuggy proposed this as a potential project to me I was initially excited as much as honoured, but also hesitant. Why you ask? Because that which is to the heart is often the most sacred and foreboding to envisage or should I say take out of context or possibly leave in context via sympathetic realisation. My history with Hawkwind is as murky as anyone that truly let the band into their hallowed cerebral bandwidth whilst following their smoke signals and oily pipes serenading the riff fuelled synth washed sunsets where dogs on strings jugglers tents and paratrooper boots were standard issue on stage and backstage. This is more than a mere band, these wrote the book on themselves, used pages to roll with and smoked their own scriptures and blew smoke rings that became parables with no care to any place scene or need to fit within or out. This entire project was created using no stems, no multi tracks hence we did not use remix as a theme, these are re-works which I made via intense hacking at open sections in the songs whilst manipulating and treating those hard. The only parts added were the synth I played, added and re -chopped with a view to colour these re-imaginations. It was essentially making a new meal from the existing but adding and subtracting flavours to create a new Essence, a new sensation and believe it, it was not easy which kept it exciting and close to me. By no means am I metaphorically adding a moustache to the Mona Lisa, I'm more to the point tickling her or poking my tongue out with a view to get a response or smile. Hurry on sundown so I can see your shadows dancing in the grassy lucid light.
Experimental/Electronic
The Naturals' debut album is more than just an rediscovery of one of the great lost albums of the last decade, but of how things were always intended. When Eddie Ruscha (Secret Circuit) and Thomas Bullock (Rub'n'Tug/STD) appeared as The Laughing Light of Plenty, their journey offered untold troves. Now at last the pulse is set for outer orbit and all are welcome to join. After a mind-melting debut EP sold again and again, an album expanding their unique psychebalearicfolk imaginings was prepared and even pressed before being lost somewhere between a lock up in New York and limited quantities reaching Asian shores and dealers trading at dizzying Yen. Lost, but never forgotten, years passed until a nagging memory that an earlier, rawer mix had always been superior. A return to the original band name seemed The Natural(s) choice and so a project idea started to be (re)born. A sunny Spring afternoon in a grand English garden, pots of tea, talk of life's travails, deep yogani, love affairs, kids growing up, the power of now and music, always music led to two labels coming together to dust down the desk and not just resurrect, but seek and offer the original intentions. Here at last is the double album as intended. Of two great friends jamming their deepest vibes and flowing with love to offer tales of higher consciousness. Travel inward, beyond meer chakras. Aim for the stars. The devil is in the details so see the trails and follow to some avail. Begin your own journey.
Ambient/Drone
As with the first SchleiBen series, Emotional Response follows the success of the second set of split releases with a stand-alone album by one of the highlights, in Neil Tolliday. Recorded over a 17-year period, the ambient, drone and noise pieces collected here offer a glimpse in to the depth of a supremely talented, thoughtful and at times, troubled musical mind. As his love for house music and the success of his Nail moniker grew and waned during the ascent 90s boom, there followed his somewhat surprising success as one half of Balearic-pop combo Bent, propelling Tolliday in to a world of indie-charts and endless touring. The eventual unhappiness of this 'music career' and increasing need for personal escapism led him start experiment new musical forms of expression. A thinker and oft-over drinker, success was viewed with a deep suspicion and introspection, drug use and later, depression. As his other music projects slowly imploded, this new, personal music was for many years, made purely for Tolliday's own absorption and comedowns. Taken from an initial 4 track recording in Nottingham in 2000, more pieces were subsequently recorded around the globe on numerous devices - old portable cassette recorders, hand held digital stereos and even mobile phones. These heavily manipulated samples were slowed down, reversed, smudged and stretched before analog and modular patching, Mellotron, editing, programming and post production were added to the melting pot. With hundreds of tracks collated, in the last few years Tolliday began putting them out via Bandcamp using different aliases, on made up record labels, with no press or mention to anyone. This would happen every 6-9 months - a new label was created with logo, band/artist names and a few albums worth of music, leaving it there for a few weeks before then deleting the lot. Here then is a snapshot of those recordings, chosen to represent the depth of music, while trying not to think too much about in to the emotions that were used in making them. With special hand painted artwork by Sam Purcell, commissioned from the artist's own photographs taken from a adjournment at Homerton hospital, the hope is to do justice to such wonderful music and present Neil Tolliday, finally an artist, shorn of pseudonyms, in a broader light.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Rudy's Midnight Machine - La Cadenza EP The Five track EP kicks off with a slinky jazz funk, balearic mover entitled "Camera Dans La Nuit" that weaves the influences of Wally Badarou, and early Brit Funk bands such as Freeez and Light Of The World into a melodic affair that could've come straight out of the summer of 1981. In fact the second cut ("Une Vie Elegante") wouldn't have been out of place on Level 42's Early Tapes if Wally Badarou had taken said band to sunny climes to record it. The B Side eases us in with the phasing pads and circling arpeggios that we've come to expect from Rudy's Midnight Machine. Taking more of a Pat Metheny influence and combining it with a steady early 80s Jazz Funk feel ,which is all underpinned by Robin's thumb bass line. It's the bass that get's the main feature in the middle cut on the B Side. "Secret Garden" is a melodic and reflective track with bold bass guitar melodies being held up by the ebb and flow of piano arpeggios. The finale, entitled "Shifting Sands", harks back to the previous two EPs with more electronic synth bass and drum machine textures, with a guitar solo giving us the required organic relief. With early DJ support from Hunee this release is set to be the sound track of the summer.
Deep House
Late night house club vibes by Ilija Rudman, joined forces with dream team producers on remix duties and their vision of this very simple but yet effective heavy driven club vibes track.
Techno
After a long 15 year hiatus and due to popular demand, MDA Analog returns to present the debut release of MDA Labs - a label dedicated to reexamining the freshest roots of 90's techno. This first release, "Shine EP", contains a reissue of "Shine" from the incredibly hard to find classic Nova Zembla release (NZ061) from 1996. Also included is a new mix of "Paris", as well as a new edit of Shine and a track originally recorded in 1999 but never previously released entitled "Good Morning". Conjuring up a Detroit and Paris-influenced leitmotif of positivity-laced tones, beats and modulations, MDA Analog promises us the best is yet to come.
Techno
Italian producer Battista delivers the fifth release for Miami based label Sports Records. SR005 is the highlight of Sports releases to date. 300 copies, vinyl only.
Deep House
Sudd WAX is a vinyl only label of Sudd Records Family. Fourth release brings another Detroit Legend, Rick Wade. Authorial release with noble tracks on Wade's vibes.

Represses

Techno
REPRESS ALERT!! Wanderwelle comes to Silent Season to explore immersive techno inspired by the early pagan history of Europe. "The Starry Night" makes for a beautiful opening statement on this point, all gently lilting melodies reaching for an emotional peak and loaded with mystery. "Where The Wind Howls" equally lulls your ears with its patient layers of synths feeding into an implied narrative that works wonderfully with the fantastic artwork on this release. "Through The Meadow" has a more overt new age ambient finish, while "Lured By An Unseen Presence" edges a little dub techno influence into the mix. With all eight tracks feeding into this implied tale, this is an album to listen to from start to finish and truly lose yourself in.
Techno
Stephen Lopkin made an impression when he landed on M>O>S, and now he follows up that star turn with this arch tribute to the archetypal techno sound on Distant Worlds. The "Imitator EP" may be brazen about its influences and intentions, but that's no disservice to the quality of the techno on offer here, which shows Lopkin to be incredibly well-read on the studio techniques of the past masters. From the Detroit stable to the UK torch-bearers, the reference points come thick and fast, but more telling is that fact these tracks fit right in with a lot of techno being produced at the moment. If you're feeling that classic 90s sound right now, then there's an embarrassment of riches to be enjoyed on this release.
Techno
Following on from his killer album on Organic Anaolgue, HVL presents an EP for movers, with work that draws together a refreshing variety of styles on an upbeat selection.
Techno
After launching Brush & Broom with two solo releases, maverick German producer Kalbata keeps his followers guessing yet again with this collaborative release with the equally unpredictable Maayan Nidam. "The Town" is a surefire party starter made up of catchy bleep lines, quivering rhythmic flashes and lots of shimmering FX sends that suggest this was a live jam from two talented producers locked in the groove. "Chrome Moon" takes a deeper, more meditative approach without losing those heavy echo chamber washes, where the spring reverb and buckwild delay feedback rein supreme. Wonderful, free-tripping results from an unexpected meeting of minds.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: Having previously contributed to the Ruf Kutz series, Manchester-based editor extraordinaire Andi Hanley lands on Magic Wand with some off-grid treatments seriously worthy of your attention. First up on the A side is "Tied Up (Hanners edit)," which locks into a snaking, submerged and deliciously tense Afro work out for show-stopping dancefloor drama. "Happy Together" is much smoother by comparison, all laid back island boogie with cheery synth strings and ample bass sleaze to keep you warm at night. "Lucky Number" is a peppier 70s flavoured strutter that teases its ingredients out over a sustained set of riffs.
Ambient/Drone
REPRESS ALERT: Schleissen 1 marks the beginning of a major, four-part project from Stuart Leath's Emotional Response label; an in-depth exploration of the "outer reaches" of drone and ambient. It's a grand scheme, highlighted perfectly by the grandiose scale of Serbian maverick Abul Mogard's opener - a hypnotic, 19-minute exploration of modular drone music that's as freaky as it is beautiful. Stefan Schwander dons his now familiar Harmonious Thelonious alias on the flip, laying down two brilliantly melodious synthesizer pieces inspired by the cyclical compositions of acclaimed minimalist composer Steve Reich. Both pieces are borderline stunning, and more than worth the admission price.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Finale Sessions are always ready to support emerging talent in their corner of deep house and techno, and so it goes with Pola who pops up with a clean slate on the 34 Sessions EP. Even if the artist is a newcomer, they clearly have a gift for crafting the kind of kinetic, immersive body music that Finale is known for. "Fallen Idol" keeps things funky and subtly dubbed out, while "Winds Of Vengeance" prefers a tougher rhythmic undercarriage and punchy acid lines. "Reunion" equally moves with purpose, but as with the other tracks on the record there's plenty of soul to match the intensity.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Travelling both space and time with his constructions, Alphonse Rozel makes a welcome return on [Emotional] Especial after the Same For Me EP released last year. The incisive hit of the disco beat on "Smokey" is hard to ignore, while the booming toms and African chant lines feed into a perfect slice of dancefloor dynamite from an unspecified era. Meanwhile The Pilotwings take to the track with glee, whipping out some crisp breaks to drop over the proceedings in a pleasingly early '90s manner. "Glint AM" is quite the foil to the A side, leaning on some uplifting synth chords to provide the magic around the crafty drum programming.
Techno
REPRESS ALERT: Organic Analogue have been on fire this year with a sound ranging from the sleek boogie of Croza to the immersive after hours techno of Aleks, and this might be their strongest release to date. After delivering the first release on the label, Georgian artist HVL returns with a tribute to his home club Bassiani, unfurling an immersive, smoked-out sound that captures the atmosphere of Tbilisi's most infamous venue. From the dusky electro of "Daisi" to the rolling, acid-flecked breaks of "Under Libra," the whole album oozes atmosphere and sophistication, tapping into a fertile thread of head-massaging techno that ranks amongst HVL's finest.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: Psychemagik's Danny McLewin has been quietly cooking up some choice edits under the Skyrager alias lately, and here he is launching a new label Magic Wand Special Editions with four finely thought-out groovers for those who like their Balearic business smooth and silky. There's a hefty dose of soul pouring out of these cuts, leading in with the synth-tastic sweep of "Dream Merchant" before "Hawaiian Love Song" slides in with some seductive Rhodes licks and romantic vocals. "Magik Mountain" is blue-eyed boogie of the highest calibre, and "Yeah Yeah Yeah" edges a little understated disco into the mix for long, balmy nights dancing under the moon with your beloved.

Last week

Pop
Emotional Rescue is delighted to present the first of two EPs from British '80s band Furniture, starting with their much sought-after, six-song "mini-album" - as they were known then - which has recently been rediscovered by a new generation of DJs and collectors. "Transatlantic Cable" compares the cliches of a certain type of American romance - Bogart, Sinatra, Dean - to the reality of life in West London. "They're On Me" is probably one of very few pop songs to feature double bass and the word "newsagent", while "Robert Nightman's Story" is powered by a riff on marimba and abrasive rhythm guitar. "I Miss You", a torch song so good you'd think Julie London might have cut it. A highlight for many is "Why Are We In Love". This track is a key reason for the revival of interest in the band, with pattering rhythm part and the sweet clarinet melody, creating an atmosphere that has attracted a following among discerning DJs. "A Letter To Myself" introduced the band's new, expanded line-up adding Sally Still (bass, vocals) and Maya Gilder (keyboards), which would endure until the band stopped in 1990.
Minimal/Tech House
Very rare and awaited solo material from the label maestro Lazare Hoche, Reaching almost a decade of high-hitting productions, Lazare Hoche unveils the mighty Time Guard on his own LHR imprint. This release sees Lazare at his best and proves once again why he is still riding high at the top.

Previously listed

Deep House
There are oldschool psychedelic classic deep jazzy house EP from NYC based legendary Mr Kerri Chandler. His remixes are superb as always. He wrapped attractive original chords and melodies - as well as some alien-sounding motifs of his own - around a shuffling, tech-tinged deep house groove. Throughout 14th Level Of Paradise Records' deeply-rooted classic house history and its ongoing transcendent surge into the future, there are certain special moments in underground house music history to acknowledge. This brings us to B-side on this release installments. It starts with a nice chilled guitar rift, then drops The Temptations vocal "Harmony is the key my sisters & Brothers", then the percussion kicks in driving a bit, more energy into the tracks, building into a really nice grooves. Keep it deep & Deeper than DEEP!
Deep House
89:Ghost rather gingerly presents to you an EP from head gonk Nail - 3 tracks taken from the digital only release "U-Dubs" from 2015, plus an extra unreleased dub from that time. Hopefully this may encourage the miserable git to make some new tracks... watch this space. But for the time being, spark up a zug and chew on these four meaty badboys. Peace - Nx
Minimal/Tech House
Mato takes us on an eclectic bass-driven journey with Moving In, his debut release and latest from Euphoria Records. The EP opens with the tribal rhythms of 'Gozo Carnival', a laid back groove that sets the scene for the vinyl. Euphoria Jamz follows with something best described as a late night ghetto jam while 'Where's the Chutney?' drives the record on with a thick dose of meandering bass. Mato, hailing from the ancient island of Malta, keeps one foot in Berlin's club culture, the other deep in Malta's energetic party scene which he has been instrumental in for over a decade; curating distinctive dance events and introducing artists such as Ryan Elliot, Margaret Dygas, tINI, and Enzo Siragusa. Mato's most recent venture is 'Mute', an intimate open-air club which he co-created and where he is also resident DJ.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Alfresco Disco welcome fellow Bristolian Remotif to their label with a sublime cut of sample heavy hypnotic house! The up and coming producer delivers a four track e.p of the highest calibre. These 4 cuts dig deep and have charmed us from the moment we heard them, and we are so excited to be putting them out on Alfresco Disco Records.
Electro
Aethers Spring is a new project based out of Copenhagen. The music of Aethers Spring will manifest through three distinct personas, each with their own distinguishing sounds, styles and narratives. In this sense Aethers Spring is a Gesamtkunstwerk making use of multiple art forms to augment and enhance its musical output via visual and written work. Aether's Spring begins with ""WATER: Dancing Moon"". A hypnotic and oneiric EP of electronica, it sits strikingly between heady nighttime listening and the converse territories of functional dance-floor music. Some kind of dream. Some kind of dance. Its story is told via the artwork of Frederick E. Woodward and Denis Chapon.
Deep House
"With its latest release, Altered Moods Recordings explores the mind of Spanish talent Jesus Gonsev, who co-owns and runs the Troubled Kids record label. Jesus, who has recorded for not only his own Troubled Kids but also for stalwarts such as Prog City Deep and deepArtSounds, has made waves in both his native Spain and the rest of Europe as a DJ and producer, playing alongside pioneers such as Ernie Albacete of Minuendo Recordings and Detroit wunderkind Delano Smith, and recording a cracking EP on his own label with deepArtSounds boss Dan Piu. AMR is the first US label he has recorded for, and he brings a special treat to these shores."
Disco/Nu-Disco
Be sure not to miss this limited vinyl-only release by Barcelona's disco crew Apersonal Music. Three old classics get revisited by the main artists of the label, Robbie Ellington's "Don't Cry" gets the disco treatment by specialist crate-digger Trujillo, the "Shaft" theme song is turned into a dance-floor killer by Portuguese duo Cisco Cisco, and on the flip side KMA takes "Storm" from Rare Silk to a new level by adding live played instruments and 303 acid loops.
Deep House
Adeen Records is back with it's follow up to Alton Miller's "More Positive Things" with Chez Damier's parisian outfit French Connection. This Chinese only import five song Ep features remixes from Nicholas, Chez's Panarama Bar club banger remix, and Beijing, China's production team Camille. The B-side features "Queen Of The Elephants" remixed by Jeff K, and a scorching edit of "It Ain't right" guaranteed to set the dancefloor ablaze.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Can you still tanz? Ze Dresden don returnz mit final missonen. Arcade go loop-de-loop. Arabia Town rock'n'stroll. Ce Soir pour industrial complexion. The Blade de herzsaiten. Danke Dunkeltier, Sneaker, Gino. Guter Freund. Remember Peoplez. Bahnsteig not beige shite. Ein mal noch !!!
Electro
In this record you can find cosmic electro with more experimental and melodic electronica. Intelligent electronic music in its purest form.
Techno
We have some 'Food for Thought' for you. On BAS007 Tripeo experiments with a diverse spectrum of motives. Three tracks, striking different cords with the inclined listener and an addition with Georgian flavor. Title track 'Food For Thought' starts off as a classically orchestrated techno track. With 'Resist' we dive into an electro-driven sketch and a bass line, lurking behind melodic corners. But it's the B side where Tripeo's wit unfolds: 'Tuesday Blues' comes along as a reminder to embrace joy on the worst day the of the week after a weekend to remember. Our very own HVL turns the track into a rolling and tripping beauty on B2
Techno
"Brighton-based producer Caldera joins up with Boogie Box Records offering four broken techno cuts titled '13 17' this November. Originally from Germany, Caldera has been making steady progress within the off kilter techno scene whether as a resident at Brighton's Patterns, or releases on WNCL Recordings, Noorden and his Riviera Club label. His first production outing of the year so far, Caldera now joins Boogie Box's ever impressive roster of artists, following quality releases from the likes of STL, Cain, Causa and Appleblim, not to mention remixes from Shed, Forest Drive West, Fold, Jonas Friedlich and Juniper. Kicking things off, 'Akman's Rhythm' deploys organic rolling percussion fused harmoniously over the intricate, outlandish melody and fluid bass line whilst 'Old Hands' delivers spaced-out, leftfield drums balanced with soothing resonance and warm vibrations. 'Anaconda Legs' offers dusty grooves throughout, keeping it deep and fluid through subtle, fluttering synths and hypnotic oscillations. Finally, 'A Moment To Breathe' pitches things down, incorporating a darker atmosphere as unfolding chugged out pulsations join recondite ambience. "
Deep House
Bucketround returns with an incredible work by the Japanese "Tominori Hosoya" "Anniversaries EP" 2 original cuts based on real love, superb melodies and rhythms that take you into a magical world and all this accompanied by the touch of the Brazilian "Ney Faustini" and the Spanish "Manuel Costela" to define a stunning release that you should not miss.
Funky/Club House
Fresh from London, Fulham young blood Joe Corti starts a new London imprint, China White. The first entry to the catalog is a four track EP coming from himself: reprising the filtered disco house vibes that caught ears on his past releases on the A-side; and ditching the samples to flex a darker, deeper side on the B. The label will be a solid home for productions from Joe and like-minded fellow friends.
Deep House
Australian label Chubby! got off to a strong start with a split 12" from Ewan Jansen and Trinidadian Deep, and now they're back for a second bout that features further ruminations on how deep deep house can go. Trinidadian Deep returns, this time shoring up on the A side with some of his distinctive percussive patter and soaring, soul-drenched melodics. "Rebel Fract" is a stunning track in its original form, and then Vincent Floyd comes on board to deliver a classic, Chi-town flavoured version that makes the perfect foil to the fluttering organic tones of the source material. Javonntte is on the B side with "Jazzy Day," rolling out the kind of smart, bumping house music he's made his name on, leading with expressive, nimble work on the keys. Patrice Scott steps up for a remix to round the EP out, maintaining the swing but edging some of his swirling, ethereal tones into the mix.
Deep House
After a short break Sheffield based Moment Cinetique return in 2019 with their first vinyl release, with an EP from fast-rising Icelandic producer Intr0beatz including a remix from London's House prodigy Cody Currie. Intr0beatz experienced a quick rise to the forefront of House music through 2018 with releases on labels including fellow Icelandic natives Lagaffe Tales gaining support from DJs such as XXXY, Black Loops, Carlo and more. The Kusk EP displays his trademark sound of deep grooves punctuated by disco highlights and rich synths, with all three three original tracks combining lush pads, intricate keys, energetic grooves and analogue synth work to create an infectious, high-quality release. Cody Currie also enjoyed a huge 2018 with releases on Classic, Southern Fried and many more. Cody uses the loop and groove bass of Intr0's 'Mandolinio' then adds jazz keys and stabs to twist the track into his own unique style.
Deep House
Courtesy Of Balance Recordings weclomes Nat Wendell to the family with his long awaited debut. We have had the tracks for a while now and they have all been road tested and will guarantee some serious dancefloor action for your warm up, after hours or main room needs. This record is as deep as it gets. As usual, this is for the underground house djs who only care to bring emotion and memories to their audiences. This is set to be a classic of it own.
Deep House
"Club of Jacks Raw E.P. A1 Alright A2. Raw Like 94 B1. About You B2. Who's Inside London based producers Club of Jacks have been bubbling away on the underground for a while now with releases on labels including Plastik People, Blockhead, Soul Revolution and their own Club of Jacks imprint. Here they launch their vinyl label with a 4 track EP of fresh and distinct House & Garage cuts primed for the dance floor (or wherever you like to jack your body!) 'Alright' comes correct as a dubwise Garage House jam with reggae samples and a gear shifting breakbeat in the drop to tear up the dance. 'Raw Like 94' nods to that classic 4/4 UKG sound and bumps along to a bass heavy, skippy groove with shimmering, nostalgic vocals. 'About You' is an uplifting, funky little number with a jazzy sax riff topped with rhodes stabs and soulful vocal chops. 'Who's Inside' rounds off the EP with a jackin' deep house nugget of filtered pads, punchy bass and sweet female vocal flourishes. "
Techno
Exclusive 7" single in conjunction with Mount Alalog Los Angeles presenting Crimes Of The Future label bosses Scott Fraser and Timothy J. Fairplay with 2 exclusive cuts of leftfield house and electro psychedelia... very limited copies!
Deep House
"The Shanklin Sessions came out of the Shanklin Road studio that Andy Sims shared with one of his partners from Soft Rocks, Bobby Coulman. Acid Jan started it's life as a Jan Hammer edit that Andy was doing for one of Soft Rock's Disco Powerplay releases. There were a few parts that never made the final cut, but were too good to leave, so Andy got friend Jaime Read in to jam with the left over bits, and from that Acid Jan was born (none of the Jan's original parts made it to this finished re-incarnation). Acid Jan found it's way onto Cynic label boss Felix's USB and subsequently was played at every festival/club that Felix played for about a year. When Andy heard Felix playing it at Alfresco Festival in 2016, they decided to release it on Cynic. In search of a B side for the release, Andy dug out the other DAT's from the session Acid Jan was recorded at, and found Sitars over Shanklin, a suitably oddball track to grace the other side. A little piece of Chicago via India recorded in Brighton."
Deep House
Brian Cullen's Bjak project provides the learned house producer with a chance to reach dizzying, transcendental heights through a hazy, soul and jazz indebted approach as spiritual as it is groove-oriented. Having previously charmed the likes of Deep Explorer and Eargasmic, the debut Bjak album now lands on sympathetic Swiss outpost deepArtSounds, where Cullen will be keeping fine company with the likes of Ron Trent, Above Smoke, Trinidadian Deep and many more. It's a sumptuous listen overflowing with buttery keys, smoky trumpets and expressive, organic rhythms to get all true-school deep house heads nodding with approval. Just check the beatbox flow of "Groove Train" with its canny fusion of ear-catching sampling and accomplished musicianship.
Disco/Nu-Disco
" Cherrystones. Mondo Benvenuto. Leggendario. Blood, Campari & Sand. Belle Beats. Meta Weta. Profondo Cazzo Grazie. Grazie. Grazie !! "
Disco/Nu-Disco
"Tom Bolas. Berlin Scavatrice. Commerciante Kangham Funk. Fifa Perfetto Koreano Senopati Punk. Indo Punk Ubriaco Di Piu. Di Pi. Di Piu !! "
Disco/Nu-Disco
Duca benvenuto. Quattro edito. Modifiche campioni. Smagghe & Cross di televisione. Bolas va schlager. Hanoben e cosmico. Schmoltz signor balearico. Malvagio Malvagio Malvagio !!
Deep House
"The "Future Reference EP" see's Deepblak label head AYBEE pushing ever forward into the outliers of electronic rhythms. Always avoiding convention "The Future Reference EP" continues to expand on the producers affinity for forward thinking dance music rooted in soul expression."
Deep House
"Zurich based George Btp returns with his first 7" on Madrid's real gem label deep Explorer Music. „Before Midnight" is an extraction of his forthcoming 2nd album under his more soul driven moniker Zarenzeit. The album is a dedication to Zurich's legendary Dance Club „The Club" which will be the name of the LP. This project refers to a very specific personal aspect of George's life as teenager, the years when he spent almost every Weekend in The Club located in Zurich North where he also grew up. Dance Music was always around his head and „The Club" became his holy church and main influence for his later producer & DJ career. „Before Midnigh"" is a warm-chilled, super sexy spehric downtempo sketch with a marvellously latin and 80ies style drum programming featuring the sexy vocals of Shaay Ersen. The B-Side features a tremendous groovy House Mix by label boss and one&only Dubbyman."
Techno
"After meeting and exchanging music at the legendary Freerotation Festival, El Choop and Tim Gee found it only right to begin a collaboration. With Tim Gee's past efforts as one half of Moniker and El Choop's releases on Default Position and ETUI Records, both artists were already operating from the dubbier corners of house and techno, the duo's styles achieved the perfect synergy to form their first EP; Mitchell's Fold. Named after an ancient stone circle hidden in the hills of the Welsh border, Mitchell's Fold offers eyes into a dark void drowned with morphing static, cavernous reverbs, and splitting dub chords. The EP marks their first in a series of hand stamped vinyl only releases from the Default Position catalogue. "
Techno
Recorded a decade ago in a former sauna room over the infamous and ill fated Stattbad club in Berlin with the genius of Satch Hoyt on all kind of percussions and the perfect no wave touch of James Ausfahrt on sax, this Oklo Gabon & Capablanca production was originally submitted then to certain label which rejected it for being "not catchy enough". The track was dismissed and forgotten until recently, when Capablanca re-found it on his drive looking for unreleased material, played it to Marc PiNol who instantly loved it and offered himself to remix it, resulting in perhaps his most sophisticated remix to date (it does still rips dancefloors). On the AA side, the original jam proves the initial rejection a foul mistake, and stands the test of time as a clear winner with an irresistible dislocated groove, not so veiled but freshly reinterpreted NY Noise references and its urgency and raw appeal, exuding charisma and originality. A one day band crafting a forgotten post punk hit you can dance to. Sleeve art originally RISO printed and scanned by Dominic Brucia.
Deep House
Dawn Notes' anticipated second release comes from Chicago house music legend Wyndell Long. Long has released music with iconic labels such as Peace Frog, Djax, Primate and R&S. Keeping with the soulful side of deep house and techno music, Long has composed four timeless tracks for Vincent Floyd's eclectic label. 'Enter The Maze' is a musical journey into the unknown.
Techno
It's been a hot minute since Timothy J. Fairplay slipped on his Junior Fairplay guise, but he's done just that for this bleep-tastic new 12" on (Emotional) Especial. "End Of Love" is unabashed in its embrace of early Yorkshire techno tones, making a fine job of resurrecting the bleep spectre and letting it shake up the dance once more. Roy Of The Ravers is a smart choice of remixer, and he brings an off-kilter acid rub to the table in his idiosyncratic, braindance-inflected style. The B-side is equal laden with purposefully dusty dance grooves transplanted from the late 80s / early 90s, with "Faxes From The Future" hitting a particularly sharp point in its lazy breakbeat roll and the clanging harmonies of the stabs.
Techno
Electronic Leatherette is back with third release. Internal reflection is 4 track split EP which contains two melancholical autumn-techno tracks from Exhausted Modern on incidence side and two acid athems from CCO as refraction.
Ambient/Drone
"Emotional Rescue is honoured to reissue the benchmark in new age ambient music, Michael Stearns epic Planetary Unfolding album. Out of press on vinyl for over 30 years, here is Stearns masterful electronic symphony in 6 movements, recorded using his Serge modular synthesizer at the Continuum Studio in 1981. The culmination of years of exploration in "space" music, Stearns journey, to the album's release, was one of learning and application. Involved in music since his teens, he graduated from guitar bands in the late 60s to an increasing interest in the principles of electronic music synthesis and the physics of musical instruments. He moved from Tucson, Arizona to Los Angeles in 1975 where he performed live during movement meditation classes at the Continuum Studio. He released his first cassette album in 1977 before going on to record 7 albums during this formative period. With Planetary Unfolding, the musical ideas that Michael performed on the Serge developed into this 52-minute masterpiece of music, six movements, three on each side of the LP. Based on the idea that the universe is made of sound held together through resonance, where atoms, cells, oceans, plants, animals and humans, all are part of a complex orchestration - the Earth as a being of sound. Having first approached Michael in 2013, his uncertain response that the album could be rereleased in a way that the music would be given justice via vinyl, the idea was never forgotten. Gaining discovery, appraisal and prominence when "As The Earth Kissed The Moon" appeared in edited form on the "I Am The Centre" box set from Light In The Attic, this excellent window into the world of Private issue new age music, superbly compiled by Douglas McGowan, further increased the interest in Michael's and others, such as Laraaji, music. With the likes of Matthewdavid's Leaving Records and Jonny Nash's Melody As Truth pushing the ambient curve beyond a post club, chill out fad, classic albums can rightly sit alongside this 'new age of the new age', so that ambient music again has a gravity and place of it's own. This specially re-mastered version by Bob Ohllson features the original artwork by Leilani Bost, liner notes by long-term friend and fellow musician, Gary David, as well as the photography of Ron Peterson, together bringing this wonderful album to life once again. "
Ambient/Drone
Emotional Rescue and Mountains In The Sea are thrilled to team up to revive a lost rarity of American ambient music: Chris Spheeris and Paul Voudouris' 1982 album 'Passage'. Living and recording in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chris and Paul composed and released several albums of folk-rock and album-oriented synthpop before their attentions turned towards sound healing music in the early 1980s. The duo was approached by a company doing biofeedback therapy and asked to create an aural component for patients looking to regain control of nervous disorders. After extensive preparations and just one day of studio time, 'Passage' was the result, recorded live with no additional overdubs. The LP consists of 3 long tracks which flow together as a single piece. Opener 'Prism' contains the album's most frenetic moments, glittering guitar and synth tones designed to draw the listener out of their distressed state. Next comes the soaring 'Mosaic', a renewing sunrise of warm chords that beckons slowly towards the album's summit, the over-20 minute title track which contains a sonic ecosystem of it's own. The album concludes in a state of pure serenity, in which the passage of time has seemed to slow to a halt, and the outside stresses of the world eradicated. Over 3 decades since its initial conception, 'Passage' still retains all of its inestimable healing power, but remains incredibly difficult to find. It's an album that belongs in discussions of landmark early American ambient works, alongside names like Michael Stearns, Constance Demby, Kerry Leimer and Pauline Anna Strom. ER and MITS have worked with original cover artist Vinayak to render the album artwork as originally intended, in even greater detail than on its first release. We're overjoyed to be able to share this rare sensory experience with you.
Techno
After the success of the 2 Late 4 Love EP, Roy Of The Ravers returns to Emotional Response with a double LP with a deeper perspective, experimenting in ambient and drone textures, lucid techno travails and acid interludes. Recorded between 1997 and 2017, the album was pieced together over the last six months after Roy's archives were first feared lost and then found. Approached by the label to release a follow up with something more introspective and personal, it was discovered that a recent move to a new studio had led to over 20 years of music being misplaced after it was believed they were mistakenly dropped at a local charity store. However, deep in a box of what were thought to be patch cables were in fact the decades worth of hard drives and here presented, is a sample of those lost recordings. The nature of the music is introspection, eschewing the acid beats and white noise for a personal encounter between man and machine. The orchestral opening of the title track gives way to the submarine beats, pulsing TB303 and gliding hats of Robinson College 10 to set the outlook to come. Even with the scattering A Dim And Distant Past waking lulled senses, the melodies and feel all lead to a pause and reflect rather than jump and shout. This is continued with the haunting drives of Bounce Erec and Oriental X0X-Press; the twisted, warped jams of The Weber Traum Boat Pt.3, Ichi and Roland Corp Labs 05; and the beautiful, heartfelt odes in Sade Lost Theme, The Clock House Pt.2 and closer, Nemesis '01. The album's melodic nature hums and shines as CS (6x8) appears as much a centre piece as a alternative consideration to the acid tinged, club bangs of Roy's releases to date. A surprise package maybe, but in the rolling, word of mouth phenomena that was Emotinium II, all this and more was sensed and so White Line Sunrise II, spreading across 12 songs of contrasting moods, is a further affirmation that there is something good and worthy of exploration
Techno
We are not alone. Through the centuries we have created theories, heard stories, made films, and of course, music that is deeply inspired by the idea of the unknown, and the cosmos. We went far and deep into this cosmic void to gather 4 visionairs to help us present a new series on the label. "Visitations - Chapter 1", touches down through sonic dimensions with Damon Wild, Ben Sims, Steve Bicknell and Tadeo. These artists are amongst the few key figures who established the foundations of Techno music and continue to do so decades later.... Their influences are also undeniable to the aesthetics and sound of "Chronicle" and so we are more then honored to present each one of them on our new series. Their contribution to this compilation is of extraordinary measure, connected both in vision and purpose they provide us with extraterrestrial sounds that challenges the listener both intellectually and emotionally with each track standing strongly on its own while functioning in a cohesive way bringing the vision of Chronicle Records into focus.
Techno
To celebrate the label's 25 year anniversary Ferox brings you this three-tracker from label boss Russ Gabriel. The A side is Russ's classic "Peace For Thought" from 1993. Long overdue for a repress and one of his most treasured works, this track is a mesmerising journey of warm pads and strings. On the flip there are two brand new recordings from Russ. This release is available in grey marbled vinyl and is not available digitally.
Deep House
Downbeat transmissions from the future. White label super limited.
Deep House
313 ROCK is a combination of old school house with Soul samples from the 70s and the 80s revisited with today's sound and club grooves... Composed by K Alexis, the EP offer a cosmic voyage with bassline and strings.AMore thanA« Aa good dance track »Athis is a sampling Orchestra Art piece.ADJ and producer K Alexis is one of Chicago's true heroes and cited by many as a pioneer in the city's sound with many of its releases regarded as classics.AHe has also worked with Larry Heard & Robert Owens, Dave Angel, Tjen Tjen, Felix Da Housecat and Will Smith.. He is now part of the family!
Minimal/Tech House
Sakro has built up a formidable body of work, dropping stripped-back bombs on such esteemed labels as Pleasure Zone, Housewax, Visionquest, Raum...Musik and many more besides. He now makes the latest addition to the Half Baked family, following up the various artists' 8 Years Of Love EP, which featured label regular Mike Shannon amongst others. The mood on Millions Of Stars EP is urgent and infectious, all uptempo house jack infected with playful basslines and subliminal atmospherics in keeping with the distinctive Half Baked sound. This is funk-laced, hard-shuffling party music carefully chiseled to keep the floor rocking on a relentless groove, and why would you expect any less?
Bass
Fourth stage for the HomeMadeZucchero record label, back with a 4-track EP by Nicolo'. Breaking down boundaries between genera, the work, on the A side, recalls a bristolian drums approach which leads to a Brazilian favelas new millenium scenario. The B side has more of a melting experimental-bass approach, gaining speed on the astonishing remix by the Japanese producer YPY.
Deep House
HOMAGE is back with more Miley Cyrus approved bangerz for the fifth release in their already impressive catalog. Here we see the boys commission a remix EP for JVXTA's standout project, Rudy's Disc 31, with remixes from Cinthie, Black Loops, and k2k. Cinthie kicks things off with two jackin' versions of "Brawn," flipping the original into two peak-time soulful house weapons. On the B-side, Black Loops twists "Rudy's Disc 31" into a certified floor greaser, combining its jazz fueled piano sample with his signature deep house style. k2k lines up the fatality with an even more hypnotic version of "State Of Nature," fully equipped with a fatty bass line, lush pads, balearic flutes, and transcendent vocal riffs. Rudy's Disc 31 (The Remixes) is another fine affair from the HOMAGE boys, who at this point, gotta be the plugs.
Deep House
The lighter shades of electronic music found a home in our very own Horoom for quite a while already. It's time to bring our love for melodies and rhythms into an output: under the roof of Bassiani records we are proud to announce a new sublabel. HOROOM001 inaugurates the platform that will be home to the likes of virtuoso Francis Harris and the craft of Hamatsuki. They've contributed, A to B, to the first release on the new imprint and be sure to find tracks that are going to enchant you with both beauty and depth. Jazzy, elegant and yearning: no more words needed.
Techno
After a strong run of releases between 2013 and 2014 that saw the likes of Hakim Murphy and Mark Forshaw grace their grooves, III Rivers are back in action with a sterling new effort from apparent debutant producer Dane Weaver. The techno foundations of the label sound as strong as ever on "Atom Soup," which charges ahead on firm but malleable arpeggios with an acidic undertone. "In The Clear" is a more wriggly affair with a swung groove and plenty of off kilter delights for wonkier dancefloors. "A Brief Trip To Space" opens up the B side with some delightful anchorless tones, and then "French Stu" burrows deep into the outer realm of machine manipulation in a gritty demonstration of leftfield techno.
Experimental/Electronic
This release features KVETCH X, the unkown electronic wizard hailing from within the reaches of the smog of Manchesters industrial city. The voltmeter ep features 3 machine/synth driven tracks which each take you on a different journey from an underground rave bunker to the reaches of outer space. Only you can be the judge, so climb on board & see where it takes you.
Deep House
Metro Area's Darshan Jesrani has more than proven himself with elegant, understated, disco-infused grooves over the years, so you shouldn't need telling that this new 12" for Imogen is an essential for any smooth groovers. The A side jam, "Gotta Do," certainly aligns itself with the towering legacy of Metro Area in its shimmering synth lines and snappy percussive ripples. However the B side strikes a slightly different tone, coming on more forthright thanks in no small part to the excellent vocal turn from Charli Umami. Both cuts sport the same refined quality you would expect from Jesrani, making this 12" an essential grip for anyone craving deep, sophisticated disco house.
Techno
In 2018, Innate unveiled its debut release - four varied slabs of deep electronic music from a mix of unsung heroes and underground stalwarts. The label's second release naturally treads a similar path, offering a trio of cuts that champion futurist electronic music - shot through with warmth, humanity and machine soul. Heading up the A-side, Bristol veteran 'A Sagittariun' shines through with "Proof" - an altogether deeper affair than much of his forthright and intense output, with ghostly lead lines, melancholic electronics and spacey chords stretching out across a bustling groove: rich in hazy analogue bass and crunchy machine drums. Side B is led by key Innate family member 'Gilbert'. "Polynoid" is another impressive outing with ear-catching riffs, acid lines and melodic movements rising and falling above a wonderfully retro-futurist, Chicago-influenced groove. Accompanied by "Our Love For Music" from Final Chapter boss and sometime Rawax contributor 'Sean Dixon'. Intergalactic tones combine the widescreen vision of Detroit's early pioneers with the jacking, sweat-drenched percussive intensity of Chicago's finest.
Minimal/Tech House
Jack's House Recordings is back with another instalment of the Jacks Tracks VA series. Previous releases have included artists such as Alex Arnout, Terry Francis, Tuccillo, James Dexter and 2VILAS. Instalment number 3 features 4 great artists feat Rich Nxt, Politics Of Dancing, Julenn and Legit Trip. First up is Rich NxT from the UK with a dark rolling number with a quirky melody coming in and out of the arrangement with subtle drum n bass influences also coming through. Next up on the A side are popular duo from France, Politics Of Dancing with a solid house track that grooves all the way through carried along by a strong baseline and stabs. On the B side, Julenn (also from France) who launched his first track with the imprint, is back with another brilliant slightly jackin influenced track full of punch, drive, busy percussion and some celebratory vocal snippets popping up in the breakdown Last but by no means least, the talented Legit Trip from Russia with Djedai. This super cool understated minimal house track will have you head nodding from the start to the end and has a interesting Russian spoken vocal ! This track definitely is the definition of less is more, and this one will stay in your head.
Techno
Crimean label Krym Mryk back with a Various Artists collection which includes many the bright musicians of Russia and Ukraine as well as new and interesting names on this record.
Electro
"In 2013, the For Those That Knoe imprint burst into record shops with a release from one of the UK's unsung heroes, Jaime Read under his LHAS alias. 5 years later, we're proud to present a reissue of a selection of Jaime's music from his 1997 album ""The End of the Beginning"". Jaime's take on futuristic chi-town influenced house is present across the selections. Written 21 years ago, the music is more relevant that ever. Serene galactic themes and time travel optimism permeate the collection: the music tells tales of optimism rather than the bleak images carved by other similar compositions of the time. Originally pressed in finite numbers, this is an opportunity to get a copy of the key material on vinyl again, split across two 180g 12"" EPs. "
Electro
"In 2013, the For Those That Knoe imprint burst into record shops with a release from one of the UK's unsung heroes, Jaime Read under his LHAS alias. 5 years later, we're proud to present a reissue of a selection of Jaime's music from his 1997 album ""The End of the Beginning"". Jaime's take on futuristic chi-town influenced house is present across the selections. Written 21 years ago, the music is more relevant that ever. Serene galactic themes and time travel optimism permeate the collection: the music tells tales of optimism rather than the bleak images carved by other similar compositions of the time. Originally pressed in finite numbers, this is an opportunity to get a copy of the key material on vinyl again, split across two 180g 12"" EPs. "
Electro
In the early 2000s Derek Carr's notoriety for producing high fidelity techno was understated and unbefitting to the quality of his musical output. In 2016 For Those That Knoe initiated an acclaimed series of EPs which showcased unheard material alongside some long lost vinyl only classics from Derek's archive. Cut to now and the imprint has put together something truly special: a raid on dusty record shelves have been traded for one into the binary world, For Those That Knoe has selected 17 recordings only previously available on the digital format or previously unreleased, now remastered and pressed onto physical form.
Deep House
Denmark's Niles Cooper is someone who has been increasing his profile over the last couple of years. The "juuc" connoisseur has gained notoriety for some of his edits, reworks and sample-based originals on both Soundcloud and Youtube, so it's surprising that his first pressed 12" only came to fruition this past May. Since then, a few other records have hit shops in quick succession, stocking shelves with his freshly squeezed offerings that range from pulp-filled stompers to tastefully flavoured miksed smoothies. Melbourne's Kyoku Records, known for keeping their ear to the ground and finding raw, freshly-picked talent, have penned Niles for an EP entitled "The Juuc Miks". The combination of the producer and label present a blend that's enriched to maximum umami. Shedding a bit of his familiar thumping flare for a more relaxed approach, the Danish producer presents a record that is breezy and carefree, in true Kyoku fashion. On remix duties they've enlisted the savvy up-and-comer Joe Corti, another name that's soon to be in high demand. Remaining faithful to their aesthetic, the Aussie label is bringing back the crane, both in origami form and within the traditional Japanese art itself. I guess you could say it's a crane within a crane...
Disco/Nu-Disco
Swiss trio Alma Negra have been on an unstoppable march in recent years, bringing their extensive knowledge of African and Latin music to contemporary productions in a circular fashion that exists beautifully out of time. That all the music on Sedowa is hand-played is testament to the natural flow of this infectious, instinctive dance music, leading in with the sprightly funk of "Sedowa" before easing into the transcendental stomp of "Sueno Latino." "Oya" is no slouch on the B2 either, bringing a heavier disco-funk groove to the record that will suit more house-inclined DJs without compromising on the organic rattle and clatter that makes Alma Negra such a stand out crew.
Deep House
The Fuck The Bass Up EP draws on a lot of different influences while sounding fresh and unique at the same time. Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz and House all filter through this five tracker taking you on a journey through Vogel's record collection.
Techno
Alienated, paranoid, confused, lost in translation techno. With a remix by Flood1 (aka Young Male of White Material Records). The B side features an electro acid version and an ambient version. Who The Fock.
Deep House
Wonder Why is the highlight from Llorca's greatly overlooked The Garden album on Membran Records. With its Curtis Mayfield inspired vocals, Live Strings and 70's guitars, It has all the ingredients of a classic song. Who better to ask as a remixer than Hot Toddy from Crazy P. He raised the tempo and energy and really made it his own. On the b-side, 2 edits of the original track from Fred Everything, using only the original stems, working the effects and sonics as well as extending the track both in original and instrumental forms.
Deep House
This is the first release of Mate House music label based in Madrid. Opens with two House tracks of the master of Detroit Javonntte, "Tomorrow's People" moved us the dancefloor with their nice strings and "Mile Davis 77" will make us vibrate to the jazz rhythm. From Madrid Jesus Gonsev a great artist in the Deep house scene, presents "Spectre" a awesome trip for the cosmos and finally share the last track "Feel The Beat In The Air" with Javonntte.
Techno
Probably the most requested releases from the back catalogue, meanwhile finally presents 4 more tracks by legendary remote_. The EP gathers together Acid End and Tracing Lines from the limited cdr smallfish label which Mike used to run along with managing the legendary shop of the same name, along with Isolate, from the Home Normal label, and Untitled which is previously unreleased. Its impossible to pick a stand out track given the quality and depth of all 4 tracks, none of which tracks have appeared on vinyl before now, despite many requests over the years for Acid end in particular, a deep diving cut full of of the trademark pads, chords, and intrecate percussion, deep basslines that the artist is known for, and of course some subte 303 to finish the track off. Tracing lines is a more spacious atmospheric number, which morphs from it's initial electrorhythms into a 4/4 adding delicate meoldies and idm motifs. Untitled lures you in with it's swelling icy pads before heading deep into the dancefloor with it's crisp beats and some subtle chords. Finishing the EP in the way it starts is isolate, full of dubby delayed chords, rolling percussion, and bubbling basslines. The icing on the cake is the mastering by Rashad from D&M, the man responsible for mastering most of the early releases on meanwhile, including the now legendary remote_ EP's, so don't leave this one in your cart for long.
Techno
The second release from Music Makes Us is produced by a young, up and coming producer from Leeds. Einerlei has an unrivaled ability to create long revolving landscapes of techno, which over the course of the track take you on a journey, adding subtle elements as you listen, but retaining the core rif. This ability to create a whole piece of music out of a simple melody may seem simple in its delivery, but as you listen you notice the varying layers that make up these two driving dub techno tracks.
Minimal/Tech House
The enigmatic Monsieur Blue returns with 5th chapter of his journey. Tasteful and charming, ready to give a magic touch to your set.
Electro
Exzakt's first EP on Monotone since 2007 is a collection of various tracks that have not been on vinyl. This tracks were hand selected by fans out of 17 tunes to chose from. First we have Madrid Nights which has been only heard in Exzakt DJ sets and was a fan favorite that has often been requested for release but has not until now. This song is a deep look into Exzakt's progression in his sound. This track explores many emotions through ever changing soundscapes. A2 is an excellent remix of Larry McCormick's Escape track which originally released on Datapunk in 2004. 214 completely dismantles the parts to make a unique composition that turns into a journey and its perfectly fit for a proper vinyl release. The B starts with an Exzakt Classic that from the start screams to be heard on wax. Me & My 808 is a heavy, ripping tune that will service any dance floor. Last is an emotional piece that you can tell from the title, Love Hate. Again Exzakt goes deep on this one but still keeps the beat pumping like his tracks often do. This is another solid Exzakt Record that should be in any Electro Collectors record box.
Electro
Hot off the heels of MonoTrax Volume 1, Monotone is not letting up with this vinyl only compilation of what could be considered some of the best Electro has to offer. To prove that things get started by legend The Hacker with this pure Electro outing. This one is a littler slower but still a powerful number that will put you into the groove. The second cut on this plater comes from the Monotone boss himself with Root Code. This is actually one of the hot tracks from his Intelectro album however this has not seen wax until now. This jam picks things up with his patented solid drum patterns while the rhythms build up until the middle breaks off into epic keys that lift the track even higher until the end drop into the bass. Side B starts off with the Dutch hero Cosmic Force. Maximilian of Roma is a hybrid of grooves and textures throughout. The energy on this carries the track throughout. Just the unique composition you expect from the Utrecht ninja! Last but far from least. The Irish man comes with a nice riding flow as DeFeKT shows why he is one of the hottest Electro/Techno artists at the moment. I Am Here is proclaimed as this riding tune is relentless and shows why this record is a diverse group of artists yet the spirit of MonoTrax is even clearer. To bring together top notch Electro producers for an exciting compilation series.
Techno
Murge Recordings gives way to its 16th release, Transmutation, by label debutant Rico Casazza along with 2 accompanying remixes by techno kingpins, Kirk Degiorgio and Aubrey. All 3 pieces of music offering up something different to the next, from tracks full of textures and groove to straight up peak time techno.
Deep House
Brawther's new label "Negentropy" is proud to officially launch with Ron Obvious's "Evidence Of" EP. Considered to be one of the finest producers and DJ's to come from London, this first EP is the epitomy of Ron's sound; proper deep house, fierce beats and music that's full of emotion and sincerity. A fine record with two essential cuts destined for the discerning underground DJ's. Drop the needle and make up your own mind.
Deep House
Brian Cullen's Bjak project provides the learned house producer with a chance to reach dizzying, transcendental heights through a hazy, soul and jazz indebted approach as spiritual as it is groove-oriented. Having previously charmed the likes of Deep Explorer and Eargasmic, the debut Bjak album now lands on sympathetic Swiss outpost deepArtSounds, where Cullen will be keeping fine company with the likes of Ron Trent, Above Smoke, Trinidadian Deep and many more. It's a sumptuous listen overflowing with buttery keys, smoky trumpets and expressive, organic rhythms to get all true-school deep house heads nodding with approval. Just check the beatbox flow of "Groove Train" with its canny fusion of ear-catching sampling and accomplished musicianship.
Deep House
"Jesse Saunders' 'On & On' isn't simply the first house record of all time -- it's also among the most iconic. First released in January 1984 via Jesse's Jess Say Records, the release set the wheels in motion for a sound that continues to grow in influence and popularity to this very day. For the release's 35th anniversary, Saunders has re-mastered and reissued the original alongside a stellar host of remixers. Seeing the light of day on fledgling label OSNS Records (Old School / New School), the A side features the classic original as well as host from fellow house music legend, Chicago's Paul Johnson. The flip side meanwhile, features new remixes from two contemporary Berlin-based acts, Arms & Legs' Kristin Velvet and Beste Modus and Elevate boss, Cinthie. Featuring three dancefloor-inspired remixes, this is a release that pays homage to the original's charms in impressive fashion. "
Electro
2018 see's Carl Finlow most productive year so far with over 10 releases cut. Releasing on label like Electrix, CPU and Lone Romantic label. A new live show has also been shacking the dancefloors around the world as well. This EP is a must for your record box and collection...
Electro
The incredible Mesak is an artist & producer from Turku. A key figure in the electro scene as well as producing techno also creating more experimental music and sound art. Mesak performs his music in clubs, festivals and other events Orson welcomes Mesak back for this amazing EP.
Deep House
Donnie Tempo makes his return appearance on Chicago's Perpetual Rhythms with a deep and heavy EP of newly mixed and remastered material co-starring Trinidadian Deep on the remix tip.
Techno
The Poverty Is Violence stable are firmly established now as an essential conductor for rabid, rowdy and downright rasping mechanics from subterranean operators of all shapes and sizes. Anonymous but reportedly veteran Dutch producer XXX previously appeared on the label in 2016 with the wild Noorder Scannen 12", and now returns with a bludgeoning new release. There's a consistent metal grind to the percussion on Westzaan Doelen, while the synth tones in between tend towards the jagged and abrasive, there's space and poise in the arrangement to lift this out of knuckleheaded noise. "Don't Go After Her" reverberates with clamouring intensity while the beefy chassis of "Just The Two Of You" shimmers under an acidic glaze - this is full-tilt deviant music executed with finesse to match the grime.
Coldwave/Synth
"Platform 23 presents the 2nd collection of songs selected from the Alternative Funk series released Vox Man and VP 231 Records. Originally appearing in 1985 across 1 vinyl and 2 cassette albums these cult collections have long been in collectors (and bootleggers) sights and finally see the first official reissue. As with Volume 1 (PLA023) the series covers the weird, wonderful, esoteric, exotic and quirky sound and puts them in a reset context that immediately gives clarity of the original's curation. This volume opens with some DIY electro stealers, first with Dee Nasty's Orientic Groove, where the early French hip-hop pioneer lays down a battle commence of beats, slapped bass and YMO keys, before the second offering from Scoop! and their rap attack, juxtapositions the past series and leads to label heads Vox Populi! & Man and their continued look at the rudiments of cut up manipulation and scratch techniques. The avant rappears with 3M's percussive marker and legendary Amus Tietchens' is ever challenging, before Melsjest's post-punk meets the Weirmar possibly steals the side as Vox Pop spoken outro joins those (micro)dots. The cult of Randall Kennedy returns with another garage-fuzz gem. His stories for wackos'n'weirdos end all too soon and are followed by Liquid Liquid's Dennis Young, diving deep with Intuition, before Stanalis returns with another winner. Bene Gesserit is a killer and welcome addition, before Kosa return with more industrial clippings and volume 2 heads to the door with Capital Funk's electro-punk bomb - possibly the series champion - while the slap bass-scratch of California's Psyclones leads to a music hall end in the homage to mum's favourite, Chukk. What these Volumes again highlight is how the DIY aesthetic of so many independent labels was supplemented and spread via collections of friends, contemporaries and often, literally pen pals, to mail in their offerings that are then picked for wider ears. While some of these artists have become known, just as many are who and whats, but they sit side-by-side as warranted and often killing the scene of what Axel and co sought to be...the Alternative Funk. "
Industrial/Noise
"Mannequin Records and Platform 23 come together to start a series of stand-alone reissues of the music of post-punk / industrialists Bourbonese Qualk, starting with their 1983 album Laughing Afternoon. Formed in Southport during the late-70s, the band came to prominence out of South London's squat scene via their own Recloose Organisation. Early releases including the band's first experiments put to tape and the now highly sought after Sudden Departure compilation featuring luminaries Colin Potter, Eg Oblique Graph (Bryan Jones) and Lol Coxhill, laid the foundations of their burgeoning sound. Recorded and produced at the Recloose Studios in Camberwell in 1983, Simon Crab, Julian Gilbert and Steven Tanza infused their music with politically charged atmospherics, instrumental exploration, heavily laden reverb and dub, all projected by drum machine rhythms to assemble a musical collage which encapsulated strands beyond contemporary music. Track titles decipher little, as with the music, a discourse not belonging to a set style or movement, but crossing boundaries of supposition, pushing distortion and outernational leanings towards something else, a primordial discant. While tape loops warp the ears and spoken vocals propel songs like Blood Orange Bargain Day and To Hell With The Consequences and contrasting guitar acoustics pierce the mood on Qualk Street and Spanner In The Works, the overall embrace is claustrophobic, embedding a foreboding for the times. This unique, indulgent, cross genre melting pot where pounding rhythms, wailing trumpets, mournful melodica and electronic pulses all spiral in a contagious dissonance that heralded Bourbonese Qualk to the wider world. "
Deep House
"After a bunch of noticed remixes and tracks on several labels, as well as warmly welcomed collaborations on their other label P.O.D CROSS, production and DJ duo Politics Of Dancing Aka S.M.A.L.L & Paco release their 5th Ep on their own imprint, Politics Of Dancing Records. Got Your Back EP is definitely cut for demanding dance floors, with two efficient yet classy tracks and a remix from Ukraine very own groove wizard, iO Mulen. Vinyl only. "
Minimal/Tech House
P.O.D CROSS 004 On this new release on P.O.D CROSS, production and Dj duo Politics Of Dancing (S.M.A.L.L & Paco) hook up with quite a pair of talented artists. Nederland's prolific DJ & Producer Chris Stussy on the A Side, and Sydney's most wanted young gun, Sun Archive, on the B side. The result is a quality deep house two tracker cut for demanding dance floors.
UK Garage
Limited run from the Plastik People camp with these vinyl only cuts pushing the new garage movement.
UK Garage
US Garage is alive and well thanks to the sterling work of Plastik People, although in this case they've turned their attention to the South Eastern hemisphere and the impeccable work of Australian producer Meraki Soul. The vocal chops, swinging drums and cheery melodic flourishes on Scott Diaz's dub mixes of "Damn Sure" on the A side doff their cap to Todd Edwards with pride, and you can hear the Defected regular's studio prowess coming through at every angle of the mix. The original however is the one to dig into if you want a smoother ride, with Meraki Soul conjuring up the kind of warm, soul-inflected sound that could suit such a wide range of situations.
Deep House
Profound Sound presents The Various Vol.1 featuring four tracks with there own individual atmosphere, Owen Jay's Bipyramid stepping between the house and techno field, Melchior Sultana's Paris keeping things Deep, Colkin and Javonntte teaming up to deliver the stunning In My Soul and Deep88 goes old school acid with his U Are A Deaf Man.
Deep House
The Politics Of Dancing crew are back with a third round of edits from their close compatriots in the Paris scene and beyond, taking some old-skool house classics and giving them a modern sheen. Shonky is up first, whipping up a spicy salsa of sleek and shimmering 80s tinted house music that screams dancefloor dynamite. Franck Roger then tackles DJ Duke's classic garage house burner "Blow Your Whistle" and teases out the deepest qualities of the evergreen party starter. 2VILAS 909 gets busy with "Brenda," locking into a heads down groove for the late hours, and then John Jastszebski reshapes "Motion Beats" into a gently trippy roller for the wigged out crowd.
Ambient/Drone
"After almost two years in the works, ROHS! is glad to announce the release of "Poems" 2x12" by Ludvig Cimbrelius aka Purl. He began to use this alias at the age of 15, as a tribute to the sounds of nature that helped him rediscover inner peace. The intention behind Purl is to be an expression of the serenity and depth of our natural state. In support of the original tracks "Slow Poem" and "Cellar Door", other 7 artists have re-imaginated and reworked the original two tracks, in vinyl order: Segue, Lingua Lustra, Mind Over MIDI, Wanderwelle, Rhucle, Docetism, Stray Theories."
Deep House
Romana Records is a new vinyl only label from Magnus Asberg former artist C-Soul. Life is Deep House meets minimal tech a side is Silverlining Remix form Rvs Music & Silverlining Dubs and on the b side we got Magnus Asberg's Original Magnus Asberg & C-Soul has released on many labels such Plastic City,Ornate Music,Viva Recording,Oh So Coy & On The House Records his own imprint.
Electro
" New-ish Hamburg talent alert! After releasing a fantastic track on the second RTTD comp it would have been rather remiss of us not to share more of L.F.T.'s idiosyncratic synth-pop-electro-dirge with you. Cracking Stuff!"
Deep House
Part Two of the "Sev Was Here" series. While Part One playfully flirts with edgy club bangers. This follow up continues with 4 new dance floor love songs.
Coldwave/Synth
For their sixth release London based record label and clubnight Snap, Crackle & Pop return with another slice of the post punk and kraut influenced electro/techno sounds that are coming to define the label. The latest release comes from Niv Ast and it serves as a follow up to his appearence on this summers Relish compilation. The EP leads with an ice cold slab of post punk swagger in the form of Quebec / Makolet which gets the remix treatment from previous collaborators Khidja, the Romanian duo strip the percussion back for the dancefloor and tease out the track's darker side with more than a hint of acidic malevolence. For the B-Side Disco Monroe offers a nostalgic slice of pitched down French Electro undoubtedly influence by the Djs recent residencies in Paris. Optimo Music's Mr TC rounds off the EP with his unmistakably left field vision to give the track a dark tropical re-imagining.
Techno
Elbee Bad, LB Bad, The prince of dance music, has been making music from the early days of 1988, this Brooklyn raised artist had recorded on Nu Groove, and his legendery Laharon label to name a few, with a style of his own, this release carries on in the tradition.
Deep House
Paris New Kid On The Block Paul Cut delivers a super classy 3 tracks EP with a stunning remix from other Paris upcoming hero Hugo LX ! Some Deep House Freshness to celebrate Silver Network's 20th birthday !! Silver Network Quality House Music since 1999
Techno
Ste Roberts supplies us with release 00003 on his handstamped imprint STE. Twisting things up on this outing, starting with the no nonsense tripped out roller of White & Cold. The B side showcasing the minimalistic side of techno with Pumpkin Seed and finishing the EP off with the epic Elevate. More tackle for those later nights.
Techno
Ask anyone involved in London's treasured underground house scene of the mid 90s and they'll all tell you the same thing: Silverlining is among that era's most prolific and consistent producers. A musician and DJ of considerable craft and technicality, his is a way of working that's meant he's gained a sort of cult following in discerning circles, with his many vinyl releases always going down a treat with in-the-know record heads. Don't just take our word for it: check out Silverlining's Discogs page to get an idea of what we're talking about. For his latest, the British producer returns to his Silverlining Dubs imprint for a four track EP that's laced with dancefloor-focused goodness. Kicking off the EP is the rugged sounds of 'Groundhog Rave', fresh out of his South London studio. A muscular cut that never lets its momentum falter for every a moment, this one is characterised by its canny bells as well as a firm dedication to dancefloor aesthetics. Full to the brim with swirling, unpredictable tones from the off, it's full of menace and bags a serious punch. An auspicious start to proceedings, it paves the way for 'Stolen Baggage'. Originally released on Eukahouse in 1997, it is an example of Silverlining's knack for more introspective cuts. Dextrous, deep and trippy but definitely geared towards the floor, this one has been tailor-made for the night's tripper moments in mind. The wonderfully-named 'Spinach, Mystery and Insult' then gets the B side underway. Arguably the EP's most momentous moment, this one plays out like one of Carl Craig's grandiose productions as 69. A versatile, flair-laden production that's suited to both the beginning and the tail-end of any set, it's a warm, hypnotic gem that's hard not to lap up. Seeing us out the gate soon after is 'Sticky Snails', a truly eclectic listen with guitar and bass licks courtesy of Chris Pascoe, and a range of melodic bells featuring throughout. Stopping to pass for breath around the half-way mark, it keeps us captivated all the way thanks to its incessant ability to keep up second-guessing. A triumphant EP full of versatile weapons, Silverlining's latest marks another storied chapter in an increasingly impressive discography.
Techno
Textures records was set up in 1996 as a sister label to Aubreys Solid Groove label and had nine releases including Aubreys second LP. Don Gardon originally releasesd in 1997 on Textures and this is the first Textures release since 2001
Disco/Nu-Disco
Take It Easy is one of the most lung-running and well-known parties of the italian scene. After developing the brand in the world of clubbing and hosts every saturday international artists such as Hunee, The Black Madonna, Kerri Chandler, Kink, Derrick May, Louie Vega and many others, Take It Easy announces the launch of its own label that will be managed by the resident djs of the party: Dirty Channels, Bugsy and DJLMP. TIE 001 comes from Dirty Channels, fresh of their big succes "Watchin Out" released on Athens Of The North with the support from Jeremy Underground, Dan Shake, Gilles Peterson and more. "Born in Douala" is an afro-disco sampled based stomper. "Those Days" with his epic filtered sample sounds like the perfect follow-up of "Watchin Out". "The Lord" close the ep with its classic house vibes. 100% Dirty Channels style.
Deep House
Are you ready for fresh blood?! Some time ago, Tomorrow Is Now Kid! head honcho Alex Salvador and Jelle Meeuwsen aka "Pokopoko" met while spinning records and talking music at a party in Tilburg, The Netherlands. A big stack of demos got sent over to the TINK! headquarters and eventually a debut EP named "Petrichor" was created. A powerful four-tracker with a dusty and melancholic take on today's House music. It's raw and funky but changes vibes throughout, keeping it fresh. That said, "Petrichor EP" is an emotional rollercoaster and a tribute to the ever-changing and unpredictable Dutch weather.
Minimal/Tech House
20/20 Vision welcome Nathan Jonson to the label to deliver some of his esteemed beats - he was previously known as Hrdvision, and as a member of Midnight Operator alongside his infamous brother Mathew. It is in fact MJ who gets the run of the A side with a bouncing, bubbly remix of "Business" that calls to mind some of the most wriggly threads in that unmistakable Jonson sound. "Let Your Body" strikes a different tone on the B-side, conjuring up some rave ghosts and decanting them into a thoroughly modern club burner heavy on the dramatic arrangement and sure to create wild responses on the dancefloor. "Business" in its original form is a loose and funky-as-hell electro jam with live, glutinous monosynth flex and Detroit-tinted pads to die for.
Minimal/Tech House
'Pressure Drop' is the debut release from Reedale Rise on 20/20 Vision. The EP sees Simon Keat continue his purple patch of form following from Areleases on other esteemed labels including Frustrated Funk, Common Dreams, Emotions Electric and Boe Recordings. The trademark Reedale Rise lush production sound of emotive electro continues on 'Arkeme' but 'Hydraulics' and 'Pressure Drop' see Simon venture into tougher dance-floor orientated electronic directions. 'Naria' completes the EP with a Motor City style groove based around a heavy break beat.
Electro
Carl Finlow is well known as one of the true pioneers of second wave electro producing work for Warp, Klang and NovaMute along the way. What's even more remarkable is the huge impact he's had since returning with new music last year with a flurry of releases for Cultivated Electronics, Central Processing Unit, Lone Romantic and Craigie Knowes. It all started with his early productions on 20/20 Vision and it's a testament to true talent that Finlow enters 2019 with such explosive, forward thinking music. The title track 'Electronic' delivers trademark Finlow vocoder work over hard hitting electro beats and immaculate synths. 'Side Effects' is a no holes barred journey into the dark side of EBM while 'Vortices' creates a trip for the dance floor. The EP is finished with 'Flaw' complete with beats that would make the late great Prince proud while firmly rooted with layers of electronic trickery.
Post Rock/Experimental
Attraktors are JFlower: Antronhy: Jhon: Former members of Six.BySeven: Bivouac: Julian Cope: The Selecter: Nectarine No9 Inspired by Minimalism: Fripp: Eno: Marcel Duchamp: Krautrock: Proto-Punk: Soundscores: Sci-Fi: Computer Science.
Deep House
Verdant Recordings continues its quest to provide a space for lesser-known artists exploring the deepest pockets of electronic music, not least around the 4/4 axis. Next up on the label is the first public appearance from Interjection, a London-based artist who has been cooking up an immersive sound for some time. "Her Blissful Solitude" is a smoky deep house cut that drifts through heavy clouds of pads, while "Common Places" drops some brittle electro rhythms into the mix without lifting the veil of ambience. "Radiating Soul" has an equally intricate set of rhythms at work, with extra notes of 303 sprinkled over the top, and "Her Nocturnal Note" finishes the EP off with a shimmering trip out to complement the A1.
Techno
Thus far all we know about Wilson Phoenix is pressed into the previous two records the anonymous operator has released so far in 2018. That should be enough for techno heads with their ears to the ground - this is rough and ready hardware business for those who like it nasty. While not perhaps as willfully unhinged as Neil Landstrumm, it's very much in that sonic ballpark, not least on relentless acidic opener "Between Mars." Things get a little freakier with the pinging electro delights of "Moon Machine" before the rowdy rave beast "Exo Planet" levels the landscape with some brutal synth stabs that would sound at home on an early The Prodigy record.
Deep House
Wrong Notes is really happy to introduce a new chapter with releases by some artists who really inspired the music line of the Label. Here we introduce the first one by the master Vick Lavender who leaves a proper soulful house track featuring the celestial voice of Angela Tarrent alias Angel A.
Techno
X/OZ is proud to announce our newest addition to the family: Waage. Waage exploded onto the scene in 2017 with his debut release W which was critically acclaimed and sat on top of the Juno techno charts for two months before selling out. The EP was also selected as one of Juno's techno releases of the year. Now he's back with W2, a continuation of the W series. A rhythmic, haunting, yet danceable piece and a worthy continuation to his celebrated debut.
Minimal/Tech House
Here we have another Tech-House/Techno EP from Zooted and Booted Records... "Are You Ready"! The original mix by Dylan Debut and David Coker is a four to the floor bassline smasher that just keeps building and building until its deep analogue twisted cords send you in to a trance with solid 909 hats that sizzle all the way through. There's also the solid jacking house mix on the EP by none other than Mr deepjacking, Tommy Largo, that will shuffle its way through any bumping party, keeping it dirty and deep until the a.m. There's no stopping this EP as next on the list is an ultra-sweet deep and chunky mix by those classic Ornate boys Jonno & Tommo. This mix is hot and late night too but with some twisted extra layer and bumps that will send any man or woman crazy!!! Last but not least is the upfront dance hall thumper by none other than Eddie Leader, the bad man behind Hudd Trax. This mix has lush added extra keys and a solid old school analogue feel with some dirty little rave action running through it, but still keeping it in tune with today sounds and production. This mix would sit seriously well with the sun coming up at 5 am dancing on a beach surrounded by palm trees and thousands of party people! Play loud!

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