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Electro
Finest record by Latvian electro legend -=UHU=- as well as collaborations with well known artists.
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.
Deep House
"Passion's Journey" a remarkable, groundbreaking and genuinely outstanding Album. Bjak delivers 13 highly sophisticated songs using his vast musical variety. Entirely perfectly balanced fusing all creative ingredients to form an epic sound experience. All in all and on top with renowned musicians Yogi Lonich on guitar, Ireesh Lal on trumpet and, Leddie Garcia on percussions House Music gets some sort of a new definition. But let the master speak in his own words: ""My goal was to create a seamless flow over the entire JOURNEY, something that keeps a consistency throughout the whole album."", Well said Brian, we surely feel more than excited to have "Passion's Journey" as kinda like 20th dAS release anniversary! "
Deep House
"Passion's Journey" a remarkable, groundbreaking and genuinely outstanding Album. Bjak delivers 13 highly sophisticated songs using his vast musical variety. Entirely perfectly balanced fusing all creative ingredients to form an epic sound experience. All in all and on top with renowned musicians Yogi Lonich on guitar, Ireesh Lal on trumpet and, Leddie Garcia on percussions House Music gets some sort of a new definition. But let the master speak in his own words: ""My goal was to create a seamless flow over the entire JOURNEY, something that keeps a consistency throughout the whole album."", Well said Brian, we surely feel more than excited to have "Passion's Journey" as kinda like 20th dAS release anniversary! "
Electro House
And so Especial comes to its 30th release. As with the EES010 and EES020 the 12" is given over as a "Sampler EP" of alternate versions, dubs and unreleased cuts that deserve their time in the spotlight. Again featuring a label's who's who, with Fairplay, Paton and Baha appearing, but also new crews in vogue with Roy Of The Ravers back, joined by the esteemed Freeform Five plus a debut from Bal5000. First up, sees the return of Junior Fairplay in the mixing desk hands of the ever kenetic Roy Of The Ravers. After turning in a twisted bleeptastic remix on Junior's recent "Faxes From The Future" EP (EES029), here in the aptly titled Remix 2, Roy strips everything back for a succinct and short stormer. Deeper, dubbier, dirtier, Roy does the acid-tinged bass and kick better than any, snapping those hats to ride. Next comes another of those Jamie Paton reversions that slowly seep in your brain for days. He's all there and more, taking Freeform Five's digi-only Throwing Stones and with drudge beats, soft keys, drunk-funk pads, snap-claps and 909 kick all underpinning (Ali Love's) dubbed vocals to the haunting refrain only he can find. Another Paton love dub for the more open-minded DJ to melt hearts and minds. On the flip, we are delighted to release on vinyl Kris Baha's now cult retake of those brightest stars, Red Axes. Only previously released by brethren Multi Culti as an digi-only for the Waiting For A Surprise Remixes EP, after many years of cat calls and reminders, here at last for the vinyl heads is this monster drug-thug. Recorded some 3 years back when Baha was a relatively unknown, now a debut LP imminent for dem CockTail's boyz, this is right time for such a club killer to be spun loud and proud. To close, a new "Kids" on the block. Picked up on and then sat on for too long, Bal5000 has since had an acclaimed EP for our Invisible Inc. friends in the north and so it's right to let this pure electro flyer...fly. Coming on like a 6am party lifter, the electro beats nod to Geist and Jesrani, but with it's own funk and vibe that just keeps going higher and higher until the nods are smiles and smiles are skips and shuffles to the beat (the street). After 26 releases in 3 crazy years, last years solo (Paton) release was a nice stop and breath, so where Especial goes next is unknown. With some discoveries now flown the coup and new headz bringing their own new sound, plans are afoot to keep on keeping on and to bring something old and new to the floor...or the door. You choose.
Coldwave/Synth
Emotional Rescue returns to the music of Takenoko, the Bordeaux based synth-pop project from 1982-1988, to follow their LP collection L'Amour Est Mon Arme (ERC062), with an EP of remixes from Dresden's cult-like producer, Sneaker DJ. The meeting of Takenoko and Sneaker offers a perfect marriage of left field cold wave tones, inventive drum programming and pop lyrics, with a master-mixer, programmer and DJ of today. Following releases on cult labels like Uncanny Valley, Rat Life and Frigio as Sneaker and numerous labels such as Macadam Mambo, Bordello A Parigi and Bahnsteig 23 under several pseudonyms, Sneaker first contacted the label after his trance-inducing, drum heavy remix of C Cat Trance , with the suggestion to research an idea to create a reissue / remix project out of a band he had discovered, Takenoko. This was soon expanded to become a stand-alone album and remixes EP after the discovery in the vaults of a cache of unreleased songs. The breadth of styles found on L'Amour Est Mon Arme is matched with these "Mixes", as Sneaker takes 3 of their singles and indelibly puts his marker on them. Starting with his retake of their second single, Lee Harvey Oswald, he reworks their pop ode to the Kennedy tragedy and strips it groove back for a near 9 minute vocal-meets-discodub that lets the lyrical structure remain, before stretching it out and letting the instrumental interplay between keys, guitar and rhythm machines glide before bringing it all back for finale. Next, their 1988 single Trans Amor Express is given what is becoming a trademark Sneaker treatment. In a similar vain to his remix of C Cat Trance, here he rips the original apart to extend a single vocal refrain with the raw percussion elements for mind-inducing results. Finally, his mix of the anthemic John Wayne is almost gentle in comparison, adding 909 overdubs but letting much of the original stay, showing again a modern mastery of mixing desk technique and craft.
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
Meandyou return with the ten instalment of the collective's record label, this time presenting the debut release by Palaphor. Palaphor is one half of the house and techno duo Juniper, the original Meandyou resident DJs that have helped shape the sound and direction that the collective have developed over the last 10 years. Previously Juniper have appeared on Smallville, Underground Quality, Ominira and Nous. Time Spirit EP is made up of 4 tracks that capture the deeper and hazy side of Meandyou that the Manchester club night regulars know well.
Techno
Fluidly hurtling in hot after NAA012, newborn and enigmatic trio, Modxi, bring a refreshing ambience to Not An Animal Records with a deluxe, tasteful and elegant new release. MODXI is Sam Watts, who, with the help of his improvisational jazz saxophonist father, Trevor Watts and talented electronic producer Thomas Gandey, bring the new beat, Amalgam. The end result? A wondrous 11-minute shuffle that offloads some pure emotive action. Choosing to cruise hood down, Dark-Wave-esk drums skid towards a persistent synth wobble and transmogrify into a sentimental masterpiece. Striking piano chords stretch to the foreground and Trevor's breathtaking sax complete the succulent harmonies, adding some serious psychotropic seasoning. On the B, experienced moonwalker Roman Flugel rattles the original into a nostalgic Techno bruiser - Toxic, pernicious, and seriously alluring. It winds up and down, weaves in and out, and in signature Flugel fashion adds more psychedelic edge. Whistling synth shots and a growling chunky bass are added to the captivating atmosphere, just before fully kicking off with destructive arpeggiation in the second half. Ouch! To close, the ever so mysterious Frank Butters returns for some explosive remix material, this time coming through with a deadly Electro heater. Watt's saxophone scorches through the high end alongside a howling bass-line undertone, taking this track someplace else. Stylish Vocoder & synthesiser licks add the finishing touches to this stomper.
Electro
Nekhsa is a mysterious producer with a long running history of minimal and electro greatness running through his veins. A firm believer in the analog and a fluid method of production by jamming with a host of machines. Second release with Spinning Plates following SP003 which feat. 2 remixes from DJ Spider. Said to produce for a host of great labels under a host of alias' - its rare not to hear a track from this artist on a night out in the London scene. Charm Snake is a new comer who focuses on the trip. His first release with Spinning Plates is challenging at 12min plus but once locked in you wish lasted a week.
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.
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.

Last Four Weeks

Minimal/Tech House
Having dropped some choice digi-only releases on Robsoul and Cross Section, rising British producer Jade Cox makes her first appearance on wax via Nail's 89:Ghost label, and she's making quite the statement of intent with these no-nonsense club workouts. There's a loopy, tracky feel to "Rush" that perfectly captures the energy of a killer peak time set, while "Get Up" takes a looser, funkier approach that should sit comfortably in all manner of warm up scenarios. "Night River" is a chugging, upbeat and soulful jam indebted to the unmistakable warmth of Detroit house, and "Things I Said" brings things full circle with a stripped back, percussive groover for DJs to get fresh with.
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
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
Following an excellent EP from Memphis, Animals On Psychedelics returns with more weird and wonderful party fare from the outer reaches. This time it's a various artists release that brings together all the producers involved in the label so far, while also introducing BPMF to the fold with the woozy, rubbery synth shapes of "Liza On Clouds." Jane Fitz and Dom Ahtuam's Invisible Menders project presents the rolling, psyched out melodics of "Three On Three," while Memphis pushes further into experimental territory with the wonderfully fractured "Altered States." That leaves it to Miro SundayMusiq to complete the EP with the wave-meets-Italo tones of "From Behind The Corner," a perfectly noirish flourish to finish a sterling record.
Ambient/Drone
The music presented in this compilation is probably the closest distillation of what has inspired A Strangely Isolated Place over the past ten years. The ASIP website and its many versions; blog posts; guest mixes; even some of the older archived (now hidden) posts, were revisited to find the perfect tracks to put forward. There were, however, a few limitations in mind: (1) It had to be a track previously written about or featured in some capacity on ASIP from 2008-2018. (2) The track has previously not been released on vinyl. (3) The artist isn't currently a part of the ASIP label family. The end result isn't a compilation of rarities, b-sides or label exclusives that you may have expected at a typical ten-year milestone. Instead, it's a compilation of music that has helped define ASIP as many people know it today. From drone and space ambient; to shoegaze-inspired guitars; nostalgic electronica and melodic synthesizer music, Full Circle presents many of the elements that have been captured over the past ten years on A Strangely Isolated Place. To help celebrate the occasion, all profits from this compilation will go to a charity called The Harmony Project. We felt that investing in and helping the next generation of potential musicians would be a fitting tribute to the overall concept of the release. Pressed into the grooves of this record is some of the finest music to grace my ears that I felt passionate enough to feature on ASIP in the past, and now once more on vinyl - Ryan Griffin. In more ways than one, we've come full circle.
Ambient/Drone
Los Angeles based ambient/electronica label and blog A Strangely Isolated Place presents its 10 year anniversary compilation. The music presented is a sonic tapestry of what has inspired ASIP over the past decade - the website and its many versions; blog posts; guest mixes; even some of the older archived (now hidden) posts were revisited to find the perfect tracks to feature. The end result is a compilation of music that has helped define the label as many people know it today. Highlights not limited to: the bittersweet beat patterns of "Rain In All Familiar Places" by veteran Swede Anders Ilar, the man who coined the very title of the label itself - legend Ulrich Schnauss on the absolutely evocative "Shine" (Mint remix) and dub techno expert bvdub on the glacial drone experiment "Don't Say You Know".
Disco/Nu-Disco
Swedish producer Albion Venables has been building up a formidable bank of oddball disco, boogie, wave and other groove-oriented delights on labels like Ambassador's Reception, Macadam Mambo and People Must Jam. After first appearing on the ever-excellent Bahnsteig 23 in 2016, he's back on the label with some more head-spinning obscurities from the outside tracks of synth music. "Poupee Mecanique" is a jovial French bopper, while "Balearo" cuts a more organic, reclining figure with its chugging bass plucks, laconic guitar and dreamy keys. "In Coherence" channels some funky AOR sass, and "OVNI" heads into heavy prog funk territory, rounding out a veritable wild card of a record.
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 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
Cela was a one-off Italo disco project from the late 70s helmed by Marty Celay, and of course you knew it wouldn't be long until unstoppable reissue maestros Best Italy got their mitts on such a gorgeous gem from the golden era of disco. Putting paid to the bootlegs that have been doing the rounds, this official reissue presents "I'm In Love" in all its glory, with the epic 11-minute mix on the A side complemented by the slightly shorter "USA version" on the flip. Fluid, funky-as-hell basslines, sumptuous vocals and an overall romantic mood make this a well-deserved reissue and a fine addition to the ever-swelling Best catalogue.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Not to be mistaken for the charity pop behemoth, this Band Aid were a band from Bologna that released a handful of albums and singles in the early 80s. Best Italy have dug out this loose and limber slice of sunny funk and given it a spruce up with a little help from Early Sounds crew member Pellegrino, whose "Mediterranean Version" of "A Tour In Italy" adorns the A side. It's all peppy brass, dreamy guitars and a kooky vocal line about the titular tour, guaranteed to break out some smiles on the dancefloor. On the B side you can indulge in Tony Carrasco's original vocal and dub versions, all of which equally exude summery vibes to keep you warm through the winter months.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Deep House
House Music With Love makes a welcome return to the fray with a fresh new 12" from Kaldera and Lazarusman, who team up to present the swirling, thought-provoking "Oceans Of My Mind." Between Kaldera's brooding production and Lazarusman's off-centre poetry, it's the kind of track that will suit a lot of different environments and always stand out. As well as the original, there's a strong run of remixes on offer here, from Urmet K's softer, smoother deep house approach to Suraj's infectiously funky version, wrapping up with the more epic peak time thrust of Simina Grigoriu & Moe Danger's take on the distinctive source material.
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.
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.
Deep House
Fred Everything's Lazy Days label rounds out a strong 2018 with this remix package focused on some of Everything's recent productions. On the A side, his collaboration with singer Sio gets the remix treatment from Andre Lodemann and Fabian Dikof before Everything himself comes back to revisit the track with an alternative spin. While each having their own distinct stamps on how to work "By Day," both versions chime with the kind of uplifting, melodic tech house that Lazy Days is known for. On the B side, "Sliverlight" gets a once over from Ian Pooley, who employs a subby bass and tense, sustained string notes to create a captivating atmosphere, then Lauer rounds the record out with a bright and breezy 90s-rave-flavoured "Akai Mix" of "Wherever You Go."
Electro
Exzakt continues to forge one of the purest totems of classic electro with his Monotone label, and indeed his own output. The latest release is a various artists EP which perfectly sums up everything Monotone is about. The Advent leads the way with the dark, melodic "Eye's Of Envy," produced alongside Zein, before Exzakt himself drops a taut and wiry dancefloor bomb in the shape of "Kreep." 214 fires up the B side with the edgy, minimalist thrust of "Crouch & Turn," before EggFooYoung makes a surprise return to the fray with the more Miami-flavoured stylings of "Bass2Large," a slower, dirtier jam with low end frequencies to get the whole club freaking.
Deep House
Needs is back with its fifth installment of charity-raising goodness from some seriously quality producers. This time the gauntlet is thrown down by the increasingly prolific DJ Normal 4, who wields some of his signature breakbeats over a cheeky synth that nods to Da Hool for a dark and deadly roller. Israeli duo Red Axes pop up fresh from outings on !K7 and Phantasy Sound for the worldly percussion and mystical atmosphere of "Treacksheni" before Bristol bass-wielding techno titan Hodge finishes the package off with the stunning, dramatic undulations of "Signal," making this a collection of tracks that all feed into the same vein of rhythmically adventurous, moody club music.
Minimal/Tech House
After previously helming the second NorthSouth release alongside Bilal, Berlin-based minimal house maverick Christian Jay returns to the burgeoning label with more of his distinctive grooves that draw as much on bass-heavy garage and dubstep as they do on stripped back 4/4. The tempo is ramped up on "Reform," which features a plethora of wriggling sound design flourishes to accentuate the subtle swing on the track, while "Deactivating HAL" places the same sound palette in a more crafty 2-step framework that ranks among the most distinctive tracks Jay has produced to date. On the flipside. Rob Amboule follows up strong turns on 20:20 Vision, Nixwax and OSMAN with his own deep-diving dancefloor constructions. There's an irresistible insistence to the drums on B1 cut "Something For Thomas," while "Swedgin On The Corner" switches stance for a dreamy yet uptempo trip loaded with misty-eyed pads and other such cosmic delights.
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.
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
Lee Norris' Norken project has been on prolific form of late, not least with plenty of reissues of classic material on Delsin and Neo Ouija, but here's something new from the seminal leftfield electro venture on new label Subconscious Algorithms. Norken fans will find much to love here, leading in with the wobbly synth strokes of "Coast 2 Coast" that positively cascades its gorgeous melodic content down upon your ear drums. "Heart Hertz" is no slouch in the emotional stakes either, especially when the lingering sustain of the string notes unfurl into the bubbling broth of machine-wrought harmonies. This is advanced electronics for sensitive system souls.
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.
Techno
REPRESS: The British Columbia based label Silent Season properly issue Pacifica, the fourth studio LP from compatriot Jordan Sauer aka Segue - an album that seems destined to become this year's Voices From The Lake. Released originally in a highly limited CDr pressing earlier this year, Pacifica now arrives in a deluxe 2LP format that really does the vivid cover art justice! Adopting a pace that's immediately soothing, Pacifica's nine tracks are made all the more welcoming by the rich sense of melody that floats throughout, ensuring that the album has a sense of consistency that rewards the senses many times over.
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
After their first seismic collaboration back in 2016, DJ Bone and Deetron are back in action as The Storytellers and they've got six new mixes of impeccable techno for you to sink your teeth into. "That D Beat" comes first - a brittle, rasping monster of a track with frantic urgency and experimentation in equal measure, which then gets softened out a touch with the human elements that feed into the "Camouflaged" version. Deetron's standalone mix of "That D Beat" is a wholly different proposition made of deep, dubby synth expressions without losing the rhythmic energy of the original. "Blue Bird" is a gorgeous slice of machine soul that reaches for the stratosphere, only to take on a kind of bombastic heft when tweaked for the "Filtered" version. Then Bone does a powerful finishing move on "Blue Bird" that matches the strong melodic strokes of the track with his own uncompromising artistic signature - a match made in techno heaven.
Techno
After dropping the Cosmic Path album on Infrastructure last year, US techno veteran Damon Wild returns to Synewave with some further ruminations on the relationship between space and electronics. There's a plethora of starry-eyed sounds to latch onto on "Comet Finder," which launches with a shuddering rhythmic chassis and a galaxy of intertwining synth tones. "Shadows" takes things in a deeper, eerier direction, while "Other Places" drops back even further into a minimalist shaker laden with heavily reverbed acid blips. The "Muted Mix" of "Comet Finder" is an icy, beatless flip of the lead track perfect for sending an interstellar chill out of the speakers.
Techno
The second installment of Damon Wild's Comet Finder series takes off from Synewave with another four perspectives on cosmically-inclined techno from the long serving US producer. "Death Dive" is an appropriate title for the edgy opening track, which keeps the rhythm section submerged and lets the bleeps do the talking. "Black Lake" heads into more experimental territory, using a crooked groove as a vessel for all kinds of wobbling frequencies picked up like errant microwaves fired across the solar system. "Moonraker" maintains the ominous atmosphere while plunging into a dense, rippling bed of blips and synth wriggles, and then "Radars" rounds the set off with a linear trip through space dust of the highest order.
Techno
Irish producer Ruff Cherry has so far left a small trail of breadcrumbs for any seekers switched on enough to follow, from an early 12" on A Sagittariun's Elastic Dreams to a pair of singles on Midgar, but now the mysterious artist lands on the increasingly intriguing Well Street label and the results are fantastic. "Siren" is an ear-snagging trip through driving but non-standard beat formations shot through with a dubby melancholy, while "Innocent" heads into weirder territory with more audacious sound design and plenty of voluminous bass swells. "Carousel" keeps things fractured and bleepy, while "Keeper" focuses on tribal percussive intonations and a brooding atmosphere to get fully immersed in.

Last Eight Weeks

Minimal/Tech House
The Shahr Farang crew seem to be on a roll at present. Label staple Lenta maintains his position on the quiet, reflective extreme of 4/4 music, unfurling the kind of delicate minimalism and ambient that merely hints at any connection to club traditions. Long may it continue, when the quality is this high - the Pole-esque ripples of "Yoga" click and pop through gorgeous layers of melancholic melody delivered with a delicate touch, while "Sanyasi" tumbles through forlorn guitar and looming sub bass frequencies. Each piece is distinct from the others, and indeed anything else being released at present, making this record highly recommended for all intrepid sonic wayfarers.
Techno
It's been a long time since Dadub released anything - the core of their output came via Stroboscopic Artefacts between 2011 and 2013. Now after a hiatus, they make a powerful return with this release for the label of Georgia's most infamous nightclub, Bassiani. They're not pulling any punches on this record, coming down heavy on "Rituals" with a dense, layered approach as edgy and experimental as it is propulsive. Zesknel's remix of the track goes in heavy too, although more in terms of erratic sound design rather than punishing techno rhythms. Check out "Resistance" on the flip to hear Dadub in full flight with spacious dub processing and rave samples over a stomping percussive undercarriage that begs to be played out in a smoke filled room.
Deep House
Once in a while Tevo Howard has devoted some space on his Beautiful Granville label to the dulcet tones of his father, Rick 'Poppa' Howard. As a fitting tribute to Rick's sad passing, Tevo has dug out "Can Your Love Find A Way" and made a reissue that will stand the test of time as a gem of authentic, soul-stirring deep house crafted with passion and feeling. The plaintive keys on the title track are the perfect bed for Rick's croon, while the shaken-up urgency of "Who's Gonna Make Your Name" will suit livelier club situations. It's a moving record with added weight given the situation - true feelings feeding into true soul music that lives on forever.
International
The third release on Manchester's Banana Hill label comes from Kawuku Sound, the product of a bold cross cultural collaboration between British producers Contours and Cervo and Ugandan percussion troupe Fonkodelis Arkestra. In a sign of the ever-dissolving cultural boundaries of the world, the end result of the recording sessions in Uganda is fluid and engaging as subtle synth strokes merge with a plethora of hypnotising, energising rhythms. At times the beats take centre stage, as on "Lost In Sound," and elsewhere they sit in harmony with the electronic atmospherics Countours and Cervo conjure up.
Techno
Following previous appearances on Station Shiva and Discos Pandemicos, Estrato Aurora makes his first appearance on Bliq with some advanced deep techno immersions that match the profile of the label perfectly. "Ursus Dolinensis" takes a slow ride into submission, placing all the emphasis on the low end and using subtle background frequencies to shape out the atmosphere. "Lunanosorex" takes a particularly tripped out approach to electro, while "Glyphodon" adds a little industrial bite into the machine funk framework without losing that steely atmosphere that makes the whole EP so appealing. Leonid's remix of "Ursus Dolnensis" is the perfect complementary addition to the EP - the Dolly and Sistrum artist adds his own rugged deep techno machinations to the track to deadly, understated effect.
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 fire up a surefire classic from the annals of Italian dance music, crafted courtesy of Italo-disco heavyweight Klein & MBO. "The MBO Theme" was originally a hit in the nascent Chicago house scene, spun by the likes of Ron Hardy thanks to its punchy synth bass and hooky Euro-vocals. This sought-after dancefloor gem has been given a faithful remastering touch, as is the Best Records way, and they've also dug out a previously unheard edit of the track named as the "Italian Version," which stretches out the club qualities of the jam for maximum party impact.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Man Face was a short-lived project from the heyday of disco, helmed by two South African artists Winston Alwyn Gill and Henderson Brathwaite, but recorded in Italy. It's little wonder to see "You're Hurting Me" coming to light on Best Records, the trusted stable for all kinds of Italian dance curios, but this time the re-release is being handled in conjunction with the always-on-point Early Sounds crew. Pellegrino, himself an Early Sounds regular, handles edit duties on the A side and lathers up the original with a delicate but delectable approach that keeps the bubbling grooves of Man Face intact while edging a little more mileage out of those sumptuous keys pattering drums.
Disco/Nu-Disco
From the team responsible for Kano and the evergreen Italo hit "I'm Ready," Matakena was a one-off release back in 1983 that has since gone on to attain true cult status (i.e. monstrous second hand prices). Thankfully, the trusted bastion of reissued Italian grooves Best Records is on hand to bring the music back to the people, digging the irrepressible funk of "Nuts On Me" and "Aphrodisiac" out of the vaults and pressing it up for a new generation to get down to. This is sleazy boogie par excellence, full of liquid synth bass, steamy vocals and grooves to die for.
Deep House
It's been many years that Rob Belleville has been exploring the deeper end of the house and techno spectrum, channeling the inspiration of Detroit and Chicago into impeccably realised cuts that suit attentive listening as much as a physical response. This latest transmission from the Dutch producer comes via Common Dreams, who have recently released the likes of Miles Atmospheric and John Shima. Belleville is a natural fit among these sorts of names as he unfurls billowing clouds of pads, chords, strings and leads over intricately programmed beats. The whole EP is immaculately produced, but we'd especially recommend the spacious dub pulses of "Rise N' Shine."
Deep House
There are some deep house producers you just know you can rely on, like DJ Aakmael. No matter the season, his dusty, sun-kissed sound radiates warmth and groove loaded with authenticity and impervious to hype and fads. On this release for Deso he's in a particularly breezy mood, letting the easy tones of "Flyte Tyme" drift out over a sturdy, funked up groove. Desos strips the track back to a spartan core, all percussion and subtle flecks of the original melody. We're back to widescreen technicolour on "Just A Track 6" with delirious chopped up vocals aplenty, which Luvnote shirks for the shuffling remix that closes out this strong package of contemporary deep house.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serbia's Disco Fruit crew continue to bring the heat with their razor sharp edits and productions mining the golden era of funk-fuelled part music. On this occasion Dr Packer and Loshmi have joined forces for two certified bangers that rank highly on the boogie scale. "In Case Of Emergency" is a tidy reworking of Gayle Adams' "Emergency" that keeps the groove heavy but stretches the jam out for extended dancefloor pleasure. On the flip, it's British funk outfit Delegation that get the Disco Fruit treatment, winding up with the stretched out delights of "House In Downtown," guaranteed to get any soiree worth its salt shaking down to the ground.
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.
Experimental/Electronic
REPRESS ALERT: Having worked with the likes of Don Cherry and Laurie Anderson, there's little doubting the credentials of Ramuntcho Matta. Emotional Rescue have tapped him up for some truly outernational jams that sport African percussion, skronky jazz tones and an engaging minimalism that's hard to resist. The fretless bass and exotic animal cries of "Ecoute" are especially appealing, while the squelchy sound design in "O Clapo" may well do funny things to all who hear it. It's a startlingly original record that serves as a perfect introduction to a lesser known figure in leftfield music with a great heritage behind him.
Balearic/Downtempo
Dropping just three EPs between 1982 and 1987, Takenoko were a true enigma in the heady rush of French new wave. This group from Bordeaux hit all the right notes, fusing choppy indie instrumentation with punchy synth lines and angular vocals - in a parallel universe they could have been huge. Emotional Rescue have done the right thing in bringing together their three EPs for this definitive introduction to a rare and righteous slice of underground arcana. Whether it's the breezy pop stylings of "Elle A Tokyo" or the slow, stomping funk of "Trans Amor Express," Takenoko are a joy to listen to for any new wave devotee.
Balearic/Downtempo
Clifford White is the kind of 80s curio that Emotional Rescue love so dearly - a bedroom keyboard warrior who happened to catapult to professional studio environs in the blink of an eye. The two tracks pressed up here previously appeared on a 1989 LP in an abridged version - White has returned to both tracks and stretched them out to enhance their playability in the dance. Both "Lifestream" and "Rain Trek" aren't your typical party starters though - rather they're lilting, uplifting synth expressions strapped to a mixable beat. That's exactly why they've been hot property on the Balearic scene for a long time, and now they're available in loud-cut, blissfully extended form for the modern heads to get dreamy to.
Experimental/Electronic
TKIL is a collaborative project between members of Georgia, E Ruscha V and more, that finds a home on Emotional Response following its gestation between New York and LA. As you might well expect, this is music for deep level explorers, veering between gorgeous, mellow refrains and gleefully madcap constructions loaded with inventive rhythms and off-kilter synth expressions. The freedom spilling out of this project is a marvel to behold, as disjointed psych-boogie collides with ethnographic studies conducted with extra terrestrial tools. Even at its wildest though, there's something undeniably 'chill' about TKIL that makes it sit surprisingly easy on the ears.
Deep House
Nebraska's Friends & Relations series is yielding some of the strongest material the steadfast producer has served up in recent years, drawing as it does on a deep well of personal inspiration from his formative musical loves. This time around, you'll have to decipher the track titles "A.T.T.A.T.C.Q 01-05" to work out which seminal hip hop crew are under the spotlight, but the results are magical. Refiguring jazzed up breaks and licks into low slung house structures, Nebraska is clearly having a whale of a time. The vibes are heavy, heady, smoked out and utterly infectious from the start to the finish.
Breakbeat
Bristol-based badman Borai has been quietly issuing some of the city's most immense club wreckers for many years now, sometimes in partnership with October, and sometimes flying solo (as on the crucial Anybody From London for Hotline Recordings). Here he's inaugurating Higher Level with some absolute dance slayers, kicking off with the mammoth pitched-down drum funk and gut-wrenching bass of "Razor" before switching stance for the dreamier but no less rowdy "Predators." Both cuts are a masterclass in classic breakbeat science, delivering the foundational UK sound with panache that sets these weapons far apart from the rest of the pack.
UK Garage
After an essential hiatus, 12 Inches Deep returns with a brand new project. Introducing Hot Dime Recordings, house and garage based on a different set of metrics, UK Garage. The brainchild of 12ID label founder, Urbanite, and none other than UK Garage legend, Karl "Tuff Enuff" Brown, of Tuff Jam fame, Hot Dime Recordings launches an all new, US based - UK Garage platform, with 2TUF4U Vol. 1, a massive compilation hand selected from Karl's prolific vault of works and collaborations. Turn to the A side for a joint effort between Karl Brown, and fellow ledge, Jeremy Sylvester, as "Tuff Asylum;" with an original, and individual "HOT" mixes. Flip to the opposite side for another pair of special "HOT" mixes, this time of the Anthill Mob's "When I Think of You," followed by a swinging "DONK" mix from the unmistakable, DEM2, to round out the volume. One not to be missed.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Hailing from Barcelona, the 12Tree crew fire up their own in-house label Hot Piroski with a sterling opening round that's already garnering support from the likes of Pete Herbert, Crazy P, Psychemagik and more. The original track on the A side, "Sugamomma," is a well-rounded, full-fat dancefloor burner that should sit comfortably with fans of Hot Natured et al, given an extra boost with a sample of a young soul legend in the making. On the flip, Afrobeat classic N'Gwode by Aleke Kanonu gets a respectful edit that injects just the right amount of extra groove without diluting the loose, infectious soul of the original.
Techno
Building on his very sexy works for the Borft weirdos, Jon Doppler's Security is a meeting of Sued's minimal funk sound and the post-acid house trip of early Rephlex. The elasticized acid of Ciphertext, the skanky dub of Wonwah, and the mammoth low end of Lag Down all propel from below, while the swollen synthwork on Hot Sauce and showstopping MK650 inspire from above. These are late, late night jams that growl ominously in the bassbins, enhancing the foggy atmosphere and begging you to stay for one last dance.
Techno
Shielding's Innerlig is viscous, densely detailed, trippy music. Dripping with texture, these are supple tunes that generously expand to fill whatever space they're in, loops stretching towards the lilac virtual horizon. Constantly mutating rhythms, heavily atmospheric grooves. RIYL Harmonious Thelonious, Jan Jelinek, Theo Parrish.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: It's 4 years after Casey Tucker's seminal release on For Those That Knoe and theimprint has decided to run another repress to humbly meet the demand. After a handful of releases on Probe under various aliases and before that on Plus 8 with no other than Ritchie Hawtin, Casey Tucker set up Fine Balance Recordings to showcase his unique melodic Tech House solo productions. The label released two EPs (The Carpet Dancer and Accumulated Knowledge) on 12", both bubbling well under the surface of the mainstream but changes in the music industry and the difficulties many labels felt at that time meant that the label was put on hold. Very much in demand today and extremely rare, FTTK has worked with Casey to dig out the original DAT recordings of those records as well as a fine selection of unreleased material to represent the second chapter of For Those That Knoe."
Deep House
The modern master of subliminal deep house is back with a new album. Galcher Lustwerk has rightly earned a sterling reputation for his understated, always entrancing approach to 4/4 grooves. After last year's Dark Bliss LP and recent diversions via his Road Hog alias, he's offering up eight heavy-lidded cuts to suit the smokers as much as the dancers. Get blissed out in the sax-licked delights of skits like "Blue Lotus" or lock into the mellow raps and steady-ticking rhythms of "See You When I See You" - 200% Galcher goes down smooth from start to finish, like all good albums should.
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.
Disco/Nu-Disco
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.
Techno
The mysterious Olympos project continues to serve up some of the finest minimal techno sounds currently in circulation without making a big fuss about it, simply accrediting each release to a Greek god until all 12 of the Olympians have been revealed. On this fourth installment, 'Hermes' is channeling some reflective, introspective moods with the lingering synth tones and detailed, snaking percussive lines of "Astraia" and the equally downcast "Eidolon." "Stasis" is a true standout on the record with its gorgeous melodic leads calling to the vanguard of 90s UK techno. "Phone" finishes the record off on a more ominous, crunchy note that will appeal to those craving a darker side to this ever-intriguing label project.
Minimal/Tech House
REPRESS ALERT: Mandar are back on Oscillat Music following their stunning five-disc LP from last year, and the deep house super group are sounding as vital as ever. "String Theory" holds court over the A side and promises to be the soundtrack to many a heart-stirring moment under starry skies this summer. The titular strings are a powerful force in this track, bringing a classy brand of emotion to the slinky dancefloor tones Mandar are best known for. "Poisoned Worlds" is a deeper club cut that places the emphasis on crafty drum science for after hours crew, providing a neat balance to the show-stopping tones of the A side.
Deep House
Hailing from the Rhythm Plate multiverse, Pressed For Time is one of the many outposts carrying the work of Matlock's finest house music protagonists. Reaching beyond the regular roster of Goshawk, YSE and the full-blown 'Plate, this latest transmission calls on deep cover UK house crew BRS, also known as British Rhythm Services, who step up with some crucial workouts for sophisticated dancefloors. The quartet of Ben Vecara, Rob Evans, Steve Wilson & Dom Thompson have a sizable legacy behind them, not least from the early 00s when they were regularly rolling out releases for the likes of 20:20 Vision, Cyclo and Friends & Families. After a quiet patch their return is marked out by a broad spectrum of deep house delights locked onto the kind of shuffled grooves that Rhythm Plate heads should be more than happy with, and plenty of loose, live-sounding keys to boot.
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.
Deep House
Politics Of Dancing continue to expand their horizons with another round of collaborative wares on their P.O.D Cross sublabel. Once again they've invited big hitters who slip perfectly into the minimal house mindset the Parisian label has been locked in since 2013, leading with Cab Drivers on the A side. The deep-diving German mainstays gel with the POD crew in a tightly clipped but utterly funked up roller, sitting in contrast to the more open, tripped out synth flourishes Sebo K brings to the table on side B. With each track distinctive but also compatible, there's every chance you'll be compelled to play both out at the late night / early morning shuffled-up jamboree.
Techno
Helena Hauff's Return To Disorder label plunges once more into the grimy underworld of electro and wave music, this time guided by dungeon dweller Morah who debuted on the label in 2015 and has since gone on to great things via Lux Rec, Berceuse Heroique, brokntoys and more. "I Saw, Strained Her Eyes Peering Into The Gloom" is a bittersweet dance with distortion as disheveled as it is catchy, while "Dance When Lights Off" pushes even further into the red with scintillating results. "Against Your Beloved" sounds positively shimmering by comparison, even if on its own it's still a truly dirty slice of jacked up electro. "One Shade The Less, One Ray The More" is a strong closing bout that draws from a similar sound bank and applies it to a more techno-minded structure.
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.
Techno
Cisco Ferreira continues to fly the flag for rugged hardware powered techno with personality, well over 20 years since he first emerged. The Advent is rightly hailed as a mark of assured quality for good reason, and Thema make a smart move in signing up this fresh grip of tracks from the veteran producer. "Kombination 100" is a lurid, slightly unhinged acid workout from the outer limits, while "Dorian Blue" sets a more moody, aquatic tone with a dash of electro thrown in for good measure. "In Time" brings things up in tempo and attitude, sporting some surging 909 drums guaranteed to get bodies striding with purpose, and then "Rhythm" spins out into trippy electro territory for the heads-down travelers to get spiritually expanded to.
Deep House
After first appearing on the label back in 2016, Florence-based Italo house stalwarts Minimono return to Vibraphone with another selection of illustrious dancefloor gems for subtler moments in the dance. "Oldest Friend" is an airy, dreamlike track laden with upper register chords, tones and FX pinging around in a reverie of deep house delight, while "Questions" gets locked into a loose, swinging groove with some mysterious pads swirling around the middle distance for added atmosphere. "Some Day" is a more rugged affair that bumps and wriggles in all the right places, while "Eleven Days" explores broken beat territory without losing the hazy atmosphere that permeates the EP.
Disco/Nu-Disco
US label Wonder Stories follow up strong turns from Macaulay, Joe Morris and Jac The Disco with this hemisphere-spanning collaboration between Aussie producer Dawn Again and UK stalwart Rothmans. The mood on the record is squarely aimed at psychedelic strains of house music for adventurous, smooth grooving souls, whether it's the originals or the remixes you came for. "Timeless Odyssey" matches fuzzy bass with swirling pads and peppy rhythms, which Timothy J Fairplay dutifully jacks up with a wavey sensibility and plenty of dancefloor heft. "Rainbow Perch" is a synth-rich party ballad loaded with heart to match its infectious grooves. Emile Strunz delivers a remix that builds on the original's yearning qualities with a journeying spirit that would make for some great outdoors listening / partying.
Disco/Nu-Disco
"Can you still tanz? Ze Dresden don returz mit final missonen. Arcade go loop-de-loop. Arabia Town rock'n'stroll. Ce Soir pour industrial complexion. 2 Stroke Poke de herzsaiten. Danke Dunkeltier, Sneaker, Gino. Guter Freund. Remember Peoples. Bahnsteig not beige shite. Ein mal noch !!! "
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
"Passion's Journey" a remarkable, groundbreaking and genuinely outstanding Album. Bjak delivers 13 highly sophisticated songs using his vast musical variety. Entirely perfectly balanced fusing all creative ingredients to form an epic sound experience. All in all and on top with renowned musicians Yogi Lonich on guitar, Ireesh Lal on trumpet and, Leddie Garcia on percussions House Music gets some sort of a new definition. But let the master speak in his own words: ""My goal was to create a seamless flow over the entire JOURNEY, something that keeps a consistency throughout the whole album."", Well said Brian, we surely feel more than excited to have "Passion's Journey" as kinda like 20th dAS release anniversary! "
Techno
he willpower to guide the eye to the dreamlike. A profound devotion through research and music. A continuous trip the one into sound. and by whom decides to undertake it, made to build a productive space where a creative need finds its expression.
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
Verbos Electronics, Xaoc Devices, Noise Engineering, Metasonix, Folktek and Trogotronic might not be familiar names to many but modular enthusiasts will surely pounce. Moto Music, home for experimental and alternative dance music, turns its head towards the tiny island of Malta for a new project titled Parallaks; a project formed by duo Owen Jay (Gauss/Metrolux) & Ed Blank and themed around the concept of Nuclear Power Plants. While both artists have been involved in modular synthesis since the late 90's, they recently teamed up with the scope of performing a few live gigs at their locals events and the live recording from 'Klang@Liquid Club' caught the attention of Moto Music which lead to a debut EP of pure, raw & crunchy deep techno with Detroit & Chicago influences.
Experimental/Electronic
New LP on Udacha label comes from Moscow based artist Vasiliy Stepanov. Abstract electronics, nu house, beyond pop, dub, soul, fourth world, tribal, comedy, parody and all other distinctive weirdy magic vibes for all another dimension lovers.

Represses

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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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

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.
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
Remastered Limited edition of Miss Manhattan a classic from the early 80's italian's disco archives, produced by AL FESTA and featuring as his first studio experience : Mike Francis. In this case we found the unreleased Manhattan's piano reprise and the full uncut extended versions of both Vocal and Instrumental.
Disco/Nu-Disco
"Limited remastered edition of one of the early elektro undergroud italian releases that became a classic in the Chicago house movement, conceived by the italian duo from Florence : R.E.M. formed by Paolo Alfani & Nicola Serena. They experimented for the first time in 1983 the use of a modified Speak & Spell electronic toy by Mattel for the vocal parts instead of the classic vocoder. Plus the heavy use of fierce electronic drums by Roland TR-808 mixed with acid basslines makes this cut a real milestone !"
Techno
"Sampler 1 of Ben Sims' Tribology mix compilation for the Machine label takes takes in four exclusive tracks from techno royalty as well ascending talent. Mote Evolver boss Luke Slater dons his legendary Planetary Assault Systems moniker for incredibly aptly titled 'The Grinder' while long-term Sims cohort Mark Broom serves up a heady, discordant roller in 'Peak'. Synewave boss Damon Wild opens the flip with stripped, menacing 'Status' and sometime Deeply Rooted act Insolate rounds things out with 'Strike' - a bruising, percussive tunneller. A further 4 samplers will complete the line up from Sims Tribology comp and feature the likes of Steffi, Robert Hood, Function, Truncate and more. "
Techno
" Fresh from Sampler 1 featuring Planetary Assault Systems, Mark Broom, Damon Wild and Insolate, Ben Sims delivers another four incredibly artists taken from his Tribology comp. From the 808 driven hypnotics of Berghain's Steffi through to ROD's strident 'Embase' via Jeroen Search's masterful, bleeping 'Ostinato Pattern' and Sims' own punchy edit of unreleased Robert Hood cut 'Gun Talk' this is an unmissable 12" A total of 5 samplers will drop as part of the Ben Sims pres Tribology mix compilation project and feature the likes of Function, Oscar Mulero, O [Phase] and more. "
Techno
Sampler 3 (of 5) from Ben Sims' 'Tribology' mix comp on his and Kirk Degiorgio's Machine imprint sees Pole Group boss Oscar Mulero rub shoulders with Token and Mote-Evolver's O [Phase], London's up and coming Tasha and Sims himself for four tracks of on point, modern techno.
Techno
Sampler 4 (of 5) from Ben Sims 'Tribology' mix compilation serves up a heavyweight line up with Function, Tripeo and Truncate delivering brand new killers alongside Meat Free's hotly tipped Blasha & Allatt who drop a stunning debut.
Techno
The final sampler taken from Ben Sims' 'Tribology' mix comp features former Berghain resident and IMF label-boss Marcel Fengler drop stomping machine funk and Alienata deliver ethereal electro while James Ruskin and Psyk unleash two very different takes on mesmerising, peak time workouts respectively.
Techno
Submersion and Mon0 team up for the first time to bring you the Unison // Einklang album. Both artists have previous releases on Silent Season independently so this collaboration feels natural. Both known for their deep dub techno this album takes their sound to new depths.
Techno
The ninth installment in the series sees London-based Silverlining taking a turn toward his techno side, with three cuts that span more than 20 years. First up, 'Groundhog Rave' is a brand new uptempo stromper with metallic, Detroit-inspired stabs and clicky fx, that combine together to ooze with groove. On the second cut is the highly sought after 'Stolen Baggage' that first came out on Eukahouse in 1997. The B1 is a fresh rework of an emotive melodic techno number entitled, 'Spinach, Mystery and Insult'. As a bonus, a short downtempo workout called 'Stick Snails', which features Chris Pascoe on bass and guitar, has been added to round things off. Like all releases on the label, the tracks have been mastered to tape, and cut onto deliciously chunky 180g vinyl.

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
Disco/Nu-Disco
Benjamin Smith and Paul "Mudd" Murphy are back with a Balearic gem - The Distance. Featuring a vocal and instrumental on the A-side, and a remix on the flip by legend and consummate production ace - Ron Basejam. Lyrics and vocals are by Quinn Lamont, who's captivating earthy tones 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, and 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 summer 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.
Techno
"AutoKinetic (Mike McClure) returns to Analog Records with an aural expedition through atmospheric synthscapes and elastic acid basslines. ""In Search Of"" is a nod to the 1970's TV show dedicated to exploring mysterious and unexplained phenomena. Forged in the Minneapolis electronic music scene of the 1990's, AutoKinetic's myriad productions have thrilled dark warehouses and club dance floors worldwide for over 25 years."
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.
Balearic/Downtempo
This release is a 12"" SINGLE-SIDED and it's individually 500 hand-numbered limited edition. The first 100 copies are pressed on RED vinyl (AR 014RED). After 44 years, the real masterpiece Tony Esposito's ROSSO NAPOLETANO sees the light again with this marvellous Psychedelic / Balearic 13-minutes voyage by MUSHROOMS PROJECT. Archeo Recordings is a reissue record label that regenerates old, lost, obscure and forgotten rare gems of mostly Italian music but also all over the world of the 70s, 80s and 90s. All outputs are licensed by the artists and the vintage labels; audio tracks are remastered in their original form; the sleeves and center labels are graphically recreated for today but all based on the original images. Archeo would like to make the music available to a wider audience of collectors, DJs, music lovers of a forgotten time. All releases are hand-numbered limited edition vinyl. The first copies of each release are pressed in coloured vinyls.
Balearic/Downtempo
This release is a 12"" SINGLE-SIDED and it's individually 500 hand-numbered limited edition. The first 100 copies are pressed on RED vinyl (AR 014RED). After 44 years, the real masterpiece Tony Esposito's ROSSO NAPOLETANO sees the light again with this marvellous Psychedelic / Balearic 13-minutes voyage by MUSHROOMS PROJECT. Archeo Recordings is a reissue record label that regenerates old, lost, obscure and forgotten rare gems of mostly Italian music but also all over the world of the 70s, 80s and 90s. All outputs are licensed by the artists and the vintage labels; audio tracks are remastered in their original form; the sleeves and center labels are graphically recreated for today but all based on the original images. Archeo would like to make the music available to a wider audience of collectors, DJs, music lovers of a forgotten time. All releases are hand-numbered limited edition vinyl. The first copies of each release are pressed in coloured vinyls.
Disco/Nu-Disco
"So wir exist wit the bruderz aus der midi-East. You (& You) ze Cosmic jumpers. Dub de Dolphin groove. Francois iz de secret energie. Ze klassisch Eastrumental mit kick. Hier mit love !!
Electro
Finest record by Latvian electro legend -=UHU=- as well as collaborations with well known artists.
Deep House
While perfectly fitting the deep house cabinet, this EP taps on various styles within this genre. Jayson Wynters, well known for his releases on Mr G's Phoenix G Label and Don't Be Afraid, sets the pace with Sherella's Kiss; a powerful groove and beautiful chord pads embedded in an upbuilding percussive atmosphere. This is a very personal track from Jayson and this dedication to 'Sherella' is testimony to the immortality that can be found in the power of a soulmate. Italian artist Duccio, who previously released on the label Greta Cottage Workshop delivers a melodic track with mediative vocals while Ukraine's Kiddmisha gets his well deserved second appearance on Batti Batti with an immersive electro cut . Hailing from Chicago, the artist Weakmassive makes his debut to the label with a smooth acidic track which could be a perfect opening or an encore to a long night out !
Minimal/Tech House
BEEYOU Records are back with a super split E.P from two fresh up and coming artists, Illi and Joe Rolet. 'Lumiere' has a memorable driving bassline with the perfect blend of atmospheric sounds. 'LDN 101' as it says in the name, has a massive influence from the London sound, with plenty of groove, swing and skippy hats. 'Stock Float' is full of energy, the 909 hat's and atmospheric pads come in at the perfect time to get the floor moving. 'Sand on Saturn' is a true reflection of the Planetary Notions front mans spacey sounds.
Techno
BACK IN BUSINESS. After the absense of 12 years (and exactly 20 years afters the Labels debut in 1998), Background Records returns with "Background Classics Volume 1". The 12" contains a brandnew unreleased Track by Andy Vaz himself, aswell as the best Tracks from the Background Legacy by Kit Clayton, Rhythm Maker and Todd Sines. Don't sleep on this one!
Techno
Background presents another dope classic by non other than Baby Ford. This record has been in high demand for almost 10 years now. Don't miss it as this will be gone quick.
Minimal/Tech House
6th release of Botanic Minds Sunset Series. 12" 180g Vinyl Only. Early support by Raresh, Arapu, Nu Zau, Janeret, Vincentlulian.
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. "
Techno
Moving towards faster bpms and with some fresh faces Cong Burn's fourth 12" is a step into new ground for the young collective. A1 sees St Petersburg's Flaty follow up his Gost Zvuk 2xLP with some twisted electro. At A2 Lack shifts gears to an early doors stomper. Chekov's B1 showcases the Leeds producer's hypnotic side. While the B2 is closed out by Martin Stromstedt aka Martinou with a lengthy trip floating on airy pads and a subtle groove.
Ambient/Drone
" '2 Sim' is a phrase the references mobile phones with two sim cards to describe people of mixed heritage, dual nationality or multiple residence. After being called 2 Sim in conversation with a stranger while on a walk through Freetown (a recording of this moment features on the record) Duval began to explore what the 2 Sim experience is in contemporary West-Africa. 2 Sim EP was created from 2 months of field recordings and interviews with family, friends and peers in Freetown Sierra Leone. These site specific recordings are collaged with solo piano recordings and production recorded in Sierra Leone and the UK. The EP is accompanied by a short film/ music video of the same name which Duval shot and Directed whilst making the record. 2 Sim EP is the second release from Carrying Colour which follows on from 2017's 'Sen Am'"
Techno
After two solo releases on Lovefinger's ESP Insitute, and two more 12" as Greenvision (his collaborative project with Trent) Juan Ramos graces Berlin's Cocktail d'Amore Music with a new outstanding EP.A'Incorporeality' and 'Liquid Sky Drone' are both vibrant, hallucinating, trance inducing tracks. Full-on sonic layering and unexpected drum patterns compose these two bangers. Multidimensional is the right term to describe Ramos' music. His futuristic approach, yet full of references from the past, is gaining a strong reputation within the contemporary electronic scene.AMelbourne-Berlin based Kris Baha is on remix duties. 'Liquid Sky Drone' becomes an industrial ballad - cinematic and romantic, at the same time bouncing and synthetic.AArtwork by Boldtron, virtual reality artist based in Barcelona.
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
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
Continually illustrating his diversity, Elliot Projects Frazer Campbell finally puts some of his funkier sample heavy tracks onto wax for Counterfeit SOUL. Volume 2 sports four unforgettable dance floor swingers with his signature swing & groove. Recently he released another timeless collab on Mosaic with Steve O Sullivan so no suprise that these are also stacked with driving percussion, huge chords & smooth elating strings. This is a must for all bags ! Daytime, night time ....anytime! Volume 1 is floating around on limited TP's so keep your eyes peeled for that one.
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
New project alert for this experienced duo with a deep history from playing Hammond organ for Robert Plant, releasing 12"s on MAW's Kenlou Records and playing weekly six hour vinyl DJ sets, with 20+ years experience WLC have come full circle for this diverse EP. "Give You More" is a MPC house groover with KDJ-esque jazz-funk loops and vocal sample chops while "Miami Rice & Peas" centres around Latin piano motifs. "Everybody's A Star" replays the classic Minnie Riperton "Inside My Love" chord progression but with added vocals and disco flavours and "Which Way Is Detroit?" fuses broken beat, techno, live keys and electric bass with a pulsating breakbeat. Finally, the bouncy "Five Soul Chords" utilises some J Dilla swing combined with warm analogue synth programming. Highly recommended.
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
"Caruso are back after a long time away on Swiss imprint deepArtSounds having previously only released on Manchesters Ten Lovers Music label. Different is the lead track featuring the amazing vocals of Helen McCormack which also is reworked by the equally incredibly talented Trinidadian Deep in his own unique style. Dan Piu also supplies some fine re-edits of Caruso tracks Tobacco and Pure Sound. Caruso's Steve Conry and Cormac Fulton are working on lots of new material. This will be the first of many new releases. "
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. "
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 !
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.
Deep House
A1: eddie fowlkes - ROUTE 88 - Detroit master comes back with Route 88 - it's like going on the freeway in Detroit with a classic techno lead and hard bouncing drums with undercover baseline instantly give the kids the feel of Detroit Techno groove. Another class banger by Techno originator. B1: eddie fowlkes - PASS THE BUTTER - This Deep tempo of sexy vocal sample wrap around a deep slipery slope baseline progressing up down with dark chords pass the butter of the funky groove of Detroit house underground sound.
Techno
Glasgow's Stephen Lopkin follows his fantastic album on M>O>S with The Imitator EP, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the golden era of techno. 4 tracks covering a broad range of styles from Detroit to the classic UK sound of the 90s. Serene electronics abound though every track packs a considerable punch making this EP as at home for home listening as it is for packing out the dancefloor. Fans of Derrick May, Carl Craig, Balil and Kevin Saunderson are sure to find something here to prick up their ears.
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.
Electro House
And so Especial comes to its 30th release. As with the EES010 and EES020 the 12" is given over as a "Sampler EP" of alternate versions, dubs and unreleased cuts that deserve their time in the spotlight. Again featuring a label's who's who, with Fairplay, Paton and Baha appearing, but also new crews in vogue with Roy Of The Ravers back, joined by the esteemed Freeform Five plus a debut from Bal5000. First up, sees the return of Junior Fairplay in the mixing desk hands of the ever kenetic Roy Of The Ravers. After turning in a twisted bleeptastic remix on Junior's recent "Faxes From The Future" EP (EES029), here in the aptly titled Remix 2, Roy strips everything back for a succinct and short stormer. Deeper, dubbier, dirtier, Roy does the acid-tinged bass and kick better than any, snapping those hats to ride. Next comes another of those Jamie Paton reversions that slowly seep in your brain for days. He's all there and more, taking Freeform Five's digi-only Throwing Stones and with drudge beats, soft keys, drunk-funk pads, snap-claps and 909 kick all underpinning (Ali Love's) dubbed vocals to the haunting refrain only he can find. Another Paton love dub for the more open-minded DJ to melt hearts and minds. On the flip, we are delighted to release on vinyl Kris Baha's now cult retake of those brightest stars, Red Axes. Only previously released by brethren Multi Culti as an digi-only for the Waiting For A Surprise Remixes EP, after many years of cat calls and reminders, here at last for the vinyl heads is this monster drug-thug. Recorded some 3 years back when Baha was a relatively unknown, now a debut LP imminent for dem CockTail's boyz, this is right time for such a club killer to be spun loud and proud. To close, a new "Kids" on the block. Picked up on and then sat on for too long, Bal5000 has since had an acclaimed EP for our Invisible Inc. friends in the north and so it's right to let this pure electro flyer...fly. Coming on like a 6am party lifter, the electro beats nod to Geist and Jesrani, but with it's own funk and vibe that just keeps going higher and higher until the nods are smiles and smiles are skips and shuffles to the beat (the street). After 26 releases in 3 crazy years, last years solo (Paton) release was a nice stop and breath, so where Especial goes next is unknown. With some discoveries now flown the coup and new headz bringing their own new sound, plans are afoot to keep on keeping on and to bring something old and new to the floor...or the door. You choose.
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. "
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.
Coldwave/Synth
Digging 80s pop obscurities has long been part of Emotional Rescue's mission statement and the unearthing of this cover of the Talking Heads classic by the little known, Italian new wave band Politrio for a limited 7" press is a worthy addition. Formed by guitarist, songwriter and producer Giorgio Canali alongside Massimo Sbaragli and Roberto Zoli for the short-lived project. With just one album released of new wave, pop rock, it was their contribution to an Amnesty International benefit LP that spawned this excellent version of Byrne, Franz and Weymouth penned classic. Coming out of the CBGBs scene of post-punk downtown NYC, the song, released on their aptly titled 1977 "77" debut album, has gone on to become one of the defining songs of it's time. Further enhanced with their mesmeric performance in the 1984 Stop Making Sense film and album, it has been ripe for reinterpretation. Politrio's version keeps and captures much of the original, but with their own swing, rhythm, Italian-English vocal delivery, rock guitar, bells and keys. While remaining instantly recognizable, this is a unique version, with the straightened drumming giving it some added punch and kick. This is backed by a systematically cool, delicate but additional re-edit by the Berlin based Italian duo Dama and Budino aka Double Wave. Rising names in the Berlin scene they are part of the Oscillator collective, label and parties and can be heard at some of the best parties right now. Letting the instrumental interplay of funky, slap bass and rock guitar have more time to shine, the edit builds and drops, dubs and builds again to the vocals and lyrics known so well, offering an alternative sing-a-long for the more wonky DJs and dancers out there.
Balearic/Downtempo
It is with great honour that Emotional Rescue comes back to the music of Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright for a special 7" of two previously unreleased songs on to vinyl for the first time in That Will Be That and This Time. Originally part of the International Times reissue project (ERC004) in 2013, the songs have previously only been available on CD and digital formats as 'out-takes'. However, all that time the plan was to release the songs as a stand-alone vinyl release at some point. Discussion with John continued over the years and the plan was for a release as part of the label's fifth anniversary, until sadly the project was put on hold due to the untimely loss of both Jaki and John in late 2016. The recent repress of their masterpiece that is their privately pressed album, International Times, led to these songs being revisited for the first time since and so here at last are both available together, as much in homage to these two wonderful musicians. More than studio-plus recordings, That Will Be That actually appeared in rerecorded form on the couple's Rhythm Hymn album of 1983. Here though is the original (and superior) version, with all the hallmarks of classic Whitren and Cartwright song writing craft, musicianship and production skill. Again remastered by their son (and at the time, teenage drummer) Joby Baker, the song drips with a confidence of masters of their instruments, full heartfelt, righteous and as relevant today as then lyrics, all backed with some deep white funk and enough soul to move mountains. This is accompanied by one of their greatest compositions in the spine-tingling This Time. Only ever known on this live recording from Glastonbury Hall, Jaki's vocals and light accompaniment from John's keys let the song shine. If the sheer power of her voice and words don't move you, then something is missing in life. A pure, sad, joyous way to thank and remember this wonderful music and people.
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
Experimental/Electronic
Emotional Response is delighted to announce Foreign Affairs - a limited edition special remix 7-inch single featuring reworks from Alexis Georgopoulos & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma's "Fragments of A Season" album by Woo and Felicia Atkinson. Last year's ""Fragments of A Season"" represented a unique chapter in both artist's canon. Georgopoulos, who released the Arp album "Zebra" in June this year and Cantu-Ledesma, who released "On The Echoing Green" in October 2017 - both on Mexican Summer and to critical acclaim - wanted to stretch out and create a discrete work. A peripheral listen to "Fragments" revealed a resonant album of delicate, ambient vignettes, suggesting a Balearic take on Vini Reilly, Young Marble Giants and other poetically-minded, minimalistic post-punk era bands. The Brothers Ives aka Woo were a major influence on the album's makers and so AG and JCL are thrilled they've submitted a beautiful reworking of the album's "Marine". Whereas the original sounded like Marine Girls and The Gist getting together for a nice beach day jam, Woo's rework transforms it into pulsating track of glistening proportions. Percolating synths, some guitar and clarinet - the true classic, idiosyncratic Woo-ification - creates a woozy, romantic, impossible to categorize slice of Balearic meets dub atmospherics. If "Marine" is all midday sun, intoxicating and potently optimistic, Atkinson's remake represents the literal and figurative flip, bringing out the overcast dreaminess to "Cleo". Sounding like an outtake from a Rohmer film, or perhaps Cocteau Twins and Broadcast having a picnic in Biarritz, the version veers between abstraction, celluloid ambiguity and suggested narrative. Atkinson's reworking adds poetry of the tune (quite literally!) with her soft vocal under-gliding to perfection. Representing a temporary idyll, a meeting point where cobblestone streets lead to the sea. At nightfall, a discotheque heard in the distance. The morning mist burns off. Only such memories remain.
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.
Techno
Following a first compilation in 2016 and a series of parties, Rinse France & Piu Piu join forces for the first release of her own label : Grooveboxx Records. Together, they present 'Memorias', the first EP of her new imprint. Quite explicit through its title, Grooveboxx catalogue stands for an exploration of the grooves across its modern shapes, it embodies the quest of trance throughout music and question the body and the individuals on the dancefloor. The first release is composed of 5 percussive tracks from producers and DJs Aleqs Notal, Myako and Geena. All tracks are exploring samples coming from the Musee du Quai Branly's ethnos collection along with some some field recordings captured in a garden in Paris where south American tribes were exhibited during the ""Universal Exposition"" in Paris. With Salvia Cosmica Myako takes us to a progressive voyage surrounded by all kinds of spirits whispering melodies to our soul while the tribe's marching band marks our footsteps with its strong percussions. Enter the forest. Influenced by Chicago & Detroit, house producer Aleqs Notal graces us with a percussive jam baptized Finger Prints. 6:45 of pure rhythmics honoring the roots of the music its been sampled from. The rite begins. La Dansa Del Risa is a conversation between birds and humans overlooking at the tension one night in the forest can impose on our western fears of nature. Stay close to the flames. Antinote senior, Geena blesses us with Selva Spirit, a slowjam reverie filled with eerie pads and peculiar drum sequences. We're almost there. Last but not least, Jungla Encantada seals the EP with a deep wisdom and mastership of the jungle's best kept secrets. It's slow pace and flute melodies appease our senses while mysterious dialects becomes our native language. The journey is complete.
Techno
Gravity Graffiti celebrates the tenth output in full effect with this unmissable double EP featuring the weapons of Telephones, Yoshinori Hayashi, DB.Source & Riccardo Schiro, Dynamo Dreesen, Oyvind Morken & Kaman Leung, Acidboychair. Serious scratches!!!
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 witch 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.
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
We at Imogen Recordings believe in High Calibre Quality Music Outputs . For our 10th Vinyl release we invited a legendary Producer and Dj Darshan Jesrani ( Metro Area / Siren ) Brooklyn , New York to deliver his original music to the table .
Techno
iPM is proud to announce its very first vinyl, fruit of the inspiration of iPM's label heads A-Kintero and Mateo Holguin. NYC based Dj/Producer PJay has performed Live at many of the old school New York City Clubs. He is a Teacher of analog sound and modular synthesis and he is behind iPM's very first vinyl. With two tracks, one ambient and one Techno mix, both are characterized for their immersive and profound analog sound. "Crawl" is a laid back relaxed track which takes us on a journey of atmospheric synthesizers and deep bass lines with consistent drums that are sure to delight us, perfect for openings and closings. Brendon Moeller needs no introduction and he's on remix duties with "Space Jam", taking this track on a groovy happy vibe. This is definitely one to get people moving on the dance floor. "Space Jam" complements this Ep with a funky vibe where the cosmic synths takes the roll along with a moving and bouncing bass playing in sync with the consistency of the drums.
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.
Techno
Kavalanic Languges number four comes from the discredited psychologist H. Russell-Ashe. A suite of hypnotic acid love songs, with the twisting 303 lines and hypnotic ~20 minute runtime of "Vanderbilt" causing serious dance floor psychosis, while the more even-keeled "Kivaaluun" coasts on a bubbling sea of snare drums and bass hits.
Techno
The fifth and final record in the Kavalanic Languages series is a trip into the deepest styles of NY/NJ house courtesy of Dominique Duverger. "Dusk (Bayonne Riddim)" is a propulsive slice of tripping house while the "Barraderes Version" trims it back to ride a taut and reduced groove. The "Nassau Reduction" disintegrates the Kavalanic Languages project into a spectre of itself.
Techno
Krym Mryk, a young record label based in Crimea, was started by Stas Karpenkov with a DIY approach. It all began when Stas approached Ildar Zaynetdinov (Gost Zvuk Records) with music of his own. Back then, Ildar used to host the RADIO GOST broadcast, presenting new electronic music from Russia, and Stas's music made it onto the air. Eventually he issued a 7-inch with his music in November 2016, thus starting a label of his own. And now he comes back with a new techno/ambient 12 "inch includes a remix by Stanislav Tolkachev.
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 with a free digitial download code. "
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 with a free digitial download code. "
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.
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Italian multi-insturmentalist, DJ and Producer Giovanni Damico is back with a mindblowing homage to Italy's Disco Sound of the 80's. He has refined his love for synths and cheesy vocals and charters new territory with this wonderful 4 Track EP. We are totally in love with all the tracks on here.
Minimal/Tech House
Fresh out of the OdD archives Tapes of Old 3 is enveloped an air of antiquity. Cut straight from the tape reel, A1 'Oops' is charged with reams of static percussion and low frequency oscillation. B1 'Abhorrent SNIP' captures a galactic essence where waves of bass meet synth in a beckoning symphony of creation. B2 'I'm Complete' marches in to close the EP with tight snares cutting into the undulating it's flow and grounded with smooth session of kicks. This postmodern production is pure energy in motion, constructed with an otherworldly soundscape and a purpose for mindful mysticism. "
Deep House
Over the course of their last two release, Love Notes has brought back the two artists that made their first release such an instant classic; first, Casey Tucker, and now; Simoncino, whose remix of Tucker's Affirmative Action helped to launch Love Notes onto our collective radar. Simoncino herein does what he does oh-so-well, his unwavering nod (and maybe even slight obsession) to that which came before him permeating all three tracks here. Love Note impressively shows no signs of slowing down; three years after their inception, Nathaniel Jat's imprint is closing in quickly on the 20 release milestone without even a momentary dip in quality.
Deep House
Inching ever closer to their 20th release milestone, Love Notes (from Brooklyn) puts on offer here an effort that's quite represenative of modern NYC, with the Brooklyn based artist whom they've been working hard to develop, tape_hiss, getting his signature, emotionally wrought sounds re-rubbed by none other than heavy hitter and worldwide NYC representative, the mighty Joey Anderson. The soaring strings, pensive melodies, and crisp percussion of the originals shine, and Mr. Anderson does what he does to the title track with great aplomb; breaking things down and rebuilding in just such a way that remains complimentary the EP on the whole, but is unique at the same time. Exquisite.
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.
Techno
Meandyou return with the ten instalment of the collective's record label, this time presenting the debut release by Palaphor. Palaphor is one half of the house and techno duo Juniper, the original Meandyou resident DJs that have helped shape the sound and direction that the collective have developed over the last 10 years. Previously Juniper have appeared on Smallville, Underground Quality, Ominira and Nous. Time Spirit EP is made up of 4 tracks that capture the deeper and hazy side of Meandyou that the Manchester club night regulars know well.
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.
Techno
"Moving on from the house tinged vibes of LTDX1, side A of the follow up sees Bluetrain (aka label boss Steve O'Sullivan) slip into full Steppa mode for some serious skankin' in the shape of "Armchair Analyst". Set to a classic one-note riff, he fires the machines into action with neatly swung riddims, low toms and a tight kick to hold the groove - making the most of the interplay between reverb and splashes of delay, he fills the spaces and levels in between with precision. Subtle yet groovy, it bears all the hallmarks worthy of soundbwoy status that'll bring some much needed bounce to the dance floor. By contrast, Side B welcomes a full portion of head nod from Dutch(ie) dub master Roger Gerressen. "Long Overdue" places a firm emphasis on a finely tuned metronomic snare as snappy hats swirl their way around. With off-beat kicks pulsing down low just as much they roll, he makes the most of the bare essentials, injecting a widescreen feel to the composition. A filtered guitar riff and splashes of vocals criss-cross their way across the stereo field, which will appeal as much to techno heads as it will to fans of HEAVY bass. "
Electro
" Authors of the 4th release of the Mosaique label are the project Savage Ground, known for its works on Lux Rec, Pinkman Broken Dreams and Enfant Terrible. The project hides two people - Daniele Cosmo (owner of Lux Rec) and CCO (who's already participated in the first V/A ""Universe""). ""In not"" is a mixture of synth wave, analog distortion, experimental dance electronic music and vocals. The EP contains 4 tracks that divided the two sides of the plate into two different moods. This is a vinyl release without digital sales and repress. Limited edition, vinyl only, A&B Sides - 33RPM."
Techno
Fluidly hurtling in hot after NAA012, newborn and enigmatic trio, Modxi, bring a refreshing ambience to Not An Animal Records with a deluxe, tasteful and elegant new release. MODXI is Sam Watts, who, with the help of his improvisational jazz saxophonist father, Trevor Watts and talented electronic producer Thomas Gandey, bring the new beat, Amalgam. The end result? A wondrous 11-minute shuffle that offloads some pure emotive action. Choosing to cruise hood down, Dark-Wave-esk drums skid towards a persistent synth wobble and transmogrify into a sentimental masterpiece. Striking piano chords stretch to the foreground and Trevor's breathtaking sax complete the succulent harmonies, adding some serious psychotropic seasoning. On the B, experienced moonwalker Roman Flugel rattles the original into a nostalgic Techno bruiser - Toxic, pernicious, and seriously alluring. It winds up and down, weaves in and out, and in signature Flugel fashion adds more psychedelic edge. Whistling synth shots and a growling chunky bass are added to the captivating atmosphere, just before fully kicking off with destructive arpeggiation in the second half. Ouch! To close, the ever so mysterious Frank Butters returns for some explosive remix material, this time coming through with a deadly Electro heater. Watt's saxophone scorches through the high end alongside a howling bass-line undertone, taking this track someplace else. Stylish Vocoder & synthesiser licks add the finishing touches to this stomper.
Deep House
Nicetraxuk hand over the production reins totally to Li'l Mark (Classic, MFF, Apollo) on this 12" and digital release. The ep starts off with 'Inevitable' which builds slowly with plenty of synth work over a tight driving beat. At its crescendoAthe deep bass synths take over and away we go! Driving synths and padsAweave through this track from start to end with syncopated class.'Be afraid' follows, starting out with a spacey vibe over a bouncing beat which drops outAto introduce a snippet of vocal and a huge, vibrating stretched bassline this track has it all-spacey, deep and driving with diverse and crafted sounds swirling around keeping the dance floor constantly engaged. Flip the 12"A over to find 'F IT',A another bass driven tech track with a great vocal stab. Mark really turns it up a notch here to create an enormous sounding track, using all his years of knowledge and production to pull all the elements together to work together perfectly. This track has been causing serious damage on the dance floor when tested out! TheA12" isAconcluded in old school fashion with an acappella (or as he calls it Itapella) for the true DJs out there! The perfect way to round off this brilliant EP
Disco/Nu-Disco
The fourth installment on Madrid based Night Shift Records is served by label boss Javi Frias, offering a couple of top notch disco edits. 'Just Give It Up' is the A side track, a obscure late 80s boogie track with a house feel that has been retouched and extended to get the maximun pleasure on the dance floor. On the B side you can find 'Come On And Take Me', a disco funk mover with a killer groove, nice vocals and tight synths that surely will make you scream for more.
Deep House
"Passion's Journey" a remarkable, groundbreaking and genuinely outstanding Album. Bjak delivers 13 highly sophisticated songs using his vast musical variety. Entirely perfectly balanced fusing all creative ingredients to form an epic sound experience. All in all and on top with renowned musicians Yogi Lonich on guitar, Ireesh Lal on trumpet and, Leddie Garcia on percussions House Music gets some sort of a new definition. But let the master speak in his own words: ""My goal was to create a seamless flow over the entire JOURNEY, something that keeps a consistency throughout the whole album."", Well said Brian, we surely feel more than excited to have "Passion's Journey" as kinda like 20th dAS release anniversary! "
Minimal/Tech House
"This release is pure sundown pressure from the start. Just like the Waxing Gibbous moonrise the namesake EP transforms you ready for the descent into the dark night. A1 'Zero Gravity' launches into takeoff with a trajectory course aimed straight for the dancefloor. Sub bass and crisp percs put this track firmly in driving seat. A.2 'Tidal Wave' is flooded with 'Dub' influence. With a tape delay in full effect the low end modulates warm and easy from edge to edge. B1 'Lunar Blueprint' shifts gears and closed the EP in the Dub Techno arena. The hollow melody haunts the track and progresses through each section while spooky samples laced with reverb orbit a tepid bassline produced especially for those dark hours. "
Experimental/Electronic
One Instrument presents "One Instrument Sessions", a new format on which each artist shows a more personal narrative of the sound experiments they compose. Neel opens the series with a solo record including "Aria", a 22 minutes long piece made with the E340 Cloud Generator of Synthesis Technology, and "The Morning After", composed with the Roland SH-01A. The E340 Cloud Generator is an oscillator which Neel says has always been a fan of. It has eight sines and sawtooth VCOs with unique modulation capabilities. "Aria" came to life while he was preparing for a live techno set: when he stopped the recording the oscillator kept running producing the sound and tones audible in the composition. The Roland SH-101 is Neel's favorite synth. "The Morning After" is one of the 9 experiments he created while using the boutique version of the machine.
Deep House
Blue dream is the latest project from The Rurals Andy Compton, written & produced in a studio on the Californian Coast (Near LA) which is fully analogue, with retro drum machines, synths, filters and effects. The album is a collaboration with fellow groovers/studio owners Brad Kent and Irantzu Pujadas. Expect a dose of psychedelic Cali' soul, with smooth grooves and warm feelings.
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.
Industrial/Noise
"Platform 23 launches with the reissue of the seminal Alternative Funk compilation series, presenting a selection of music across 2 volumes. Known for the highly heralded "Folie Distinguee" album in 1985, what is often over looked is the fact there accompanied 2 further "Alternative Funk" cassette compilations that same year. Coming within the Audiologie series on Vox Man Records, these "Various Artist" selections were indicative of labels that sprung up in the early 80s around the DIY post-punk scene. As founders of Vox Populi!, Axel Kyrou and Francis Man, working with close associate Pierre Jolivet's (aka Pacific 231) VP 231 label, released a number of cassettes, 7" and LPs between 1982 and 1988, as much to self-release their own music as to push new or contemporary artists. Here then is a snapshot of the Alt Funk albums, selecting songs that avoid recent or upcoming reissues, to dive deep in the series from industrial to cold wave, proto-dub percussion to avant spoken word pieces. Featuring the likes of Son Of Sam, Philippe Laurent, Fist Of Facts - with a long lost first ever recording - and Human Backs, stepping out from semi-cult name dropping to sit alongside unknowns and never heard from again in Scoop!, Kosa, Zoohtee and the wonderful Randall Kennedy. What is apparent is an idiosyncratic nature to the selections. In the same way many independent labels of the time - such as Auxilio De Cientos' Terra Incognita volumes or Final Image's Nightlands - created a label snapshot by pulling together far and wide contributions but retaining an overall 'sound'. The Volume 1 and 2 reissue achieve that, mixing experimental with electro, post punk with noise, to offer more than the sum of their parts - an Alternative Funk. "
Industrial/Noise
"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. "
Disco/Nu-Disco
Limited Edition release bring 2 artists from 2 crews..
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.
Balearic/Downtempo
AAN ZEE or "By The Sea" is the name of a music studio led by Chris Taylor a multi instrumentalist from Canada and founding member of Montreal based art noise band AIDS WOLF. Upon leaving the noise scene in 2008, Taylor embarked on a decade long musical journey that brought him to New York , Amsterdam and LA where he founded AAN ZEE: an eclectic studio of cosmic grooves and transcendant frequencies layered with traditional musicianship to create a soundtrack for those who" dwell on the threshold" AAN ZEE is currently based in Amsterdam.
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!"
Techno
Subconscious Algorithms release their second transmission from man machine Derek Carr.SA002 follows on from Derek's groundbreaking album on Subwax.Infusing a cosmic sense of rhythm and timeless emotional melodies.Deep Motor City music for the Future from Subconscious Algorithms.
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.
Deep House
Lootbeg is no stranger to releasing quality music. With notable releases on Crow Castle Cuts and O*RS he also finds time to act as label head for "A Friend in Need". The Travel to Planet Trance is being played monthly at Sensu's club night at Sub Club in Glasgow, such is the allure of the melodic pensiveness of the lead track. Cydonia Mensae offers a similar feel for those looking for something a little more stripped back. On the bside Eupen lends a groovier house option before things get a little harder and darker with Relate.
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.
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.
Minimal/Tech House
After 2 years of crafting his sound and traveling in the external as wel as in the internal world. Julian Alexander his chapter continuous on SlapFunk Records with a 6 track solo EP. Julian shows off his experimental side on 'Realms of Jozani.' Experimenting with psycho-acoustic recordings from the rain forest and heavy modulation. Followed by 4 heavy weight club tracks, with a serious approach on minimalism. Closing off with 'Move on' which will take you back on a journey at when Julian started producing electronic music.
Electro
Nekhsa is a mysterious producer with a long running history of minimal and electro greatness running through his veins. A firm believer in the analog and a fluid method of production by jamming with a host of machines. Second release with Spinning Plates following SP003 which feat. 2 remixes from DJ Spider. Said to produce for a host of great labels under a host of alias' - its rare not to hear a track from this artist on a night out in the London scene. Charm Snake is a new comer who focuses on the trip. His first release with Spinning Plates is challenging at 12min plus but once locked in you wish lasted a week.
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
He may have been making records since the mid 1990s, but DJ Bone has never been in such a rich vein of form. For proof, check out "Beyond", his follow-up to "A Piece of Beyond" and the second part of a trilogy that will conclude in early 2019. Opening with the gleeful Motor City sci-fi futurism of "Dreamers 7", the expansive triple-vinyl set sees the Detroit veteran flit between wonky dancefloor hypnotism ("Multiples of Self"), foreboding late night rumblers ("In The Deep", "With A Vengeance"), starry, beat-free soundscapes ("Techno Ain't Techno"), intergalactic bliss ("Ahhh Life") and carnival rollers rich in layered pots-and-pans percussion ("Bound To Move", "Rosedale Park"). It's another stellar set from a producer who's finally getting his dues.
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.
Techno
"Taken from Drome 002 - Phuture Classical Supplement B (1992) Part 2 of a 3-Part Series released on Tabernacle Records (2018)"
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
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.
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
A special and personal release for Verdant Recordings as label boss Andy Green curates some favourite producers onto a double pack of deep, melodic techno with dub overtones. 'Verdant' is fusion of colours and sounds to fall into maintaining the labels now established aesthetic Presented in full printed sleeve with artwork by Ulf and Fleur - first 100 copies contain unique and individual art by them.
Minimal/Tech House
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!
Industrial/Noise
First Release of this new imprint by the owner himself. Kluentah is one half of Fallbeil. He recently released the Muskelbein EP on the french label Public System Recordings and the upcoming Taubens EP on Sister Recordings from England. Now he delievers four diverse Tracks that hailing on Side-A from electro ("The Return") to some kind of New Beatish Territory ("Higher Level") while the B-Side takes us on a tour of his own version of the EBM-Electroish Track "Enter Mars" and "Circle of Power".

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