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Coldwave/Synth
REPRESS ALERT: Etwas stirs in die Ostlich. Edits and verks of twist sounds. Synth pop, cold wave, neu wave, minimal wave, industrial, neu beat, soundtracks and a selbst Balearen. Freiheit! Als erstes is hero of old Cybernetic Broadcast (CBS) and (Intergalatic FM) radio. Jonny 5 and his verstorbenen Blindsign blog and mixes were a steigen'n'steigen to rescue us from boring neu disco. Schieben his search and discovery for harder, but musical soundscapes. 4 edits is a geschmack. Start brave on the floor feel with the Neu Beut Euro Pop thumper Kaka Kaka. Geschleift, verdreht thoughts. Black Hole is hours spent in Eastern Bloc basements graben in the search for drahts. Stoned indeed, immaculate synth electronic battle cruiser, hart percussion, cut gesang and break. Ready for the percussive finale in Horizon's Change. Was Auch Immer. Bahnsteig!
Disco/Nu-Disco
Jonny 5 returnz. Wandering inner and outta self he presents 3 bombaz. Bengali Dub will change livez. Simha will charge high fivez. Tum Tum will...well it just rockz Jonny ommmmm takeoverz !!
Techno
Two edited monster jams that you actually need. A side adjusted by Berliner Discos affiliated Hanoben aka Benji DF, while B side is delivered by Eastern promise olta Karawane.
Balearic/Downtempo
"Emotional Response continues the second SchleiBen series with a pan-ocean exploration of meditative spiritualism meets psychedelic ambience. The 2nd of the 4 part series expands with the inclusive offerings from LA's Matthewdavid and London's HOLOVR for a cyclical journey of altered consciousness against lush 303-tinged harmonics. First, Matthewdavid provides a 20-minute live recording to showcase his "meditation with music". Beat maker, producer, label owner, radio host and now new age explorer, Matthew David McQueen has been a fixture of the City Of Angles music scene for over a decade. However, it was his association with Tropical Hi-Fi (SchleiBen 3) that first attracted the label's attention to dig deeper in to his developing sound. As Leaving Records founder he has a prominent role is shaping the cities sound that has seen him work with Sun Araw, Laraaji and a myriad of the label's roster. Here performing in most his recent incarnation, Matthewdavid's Mindflight - having just released the wonderful Trust The Guide And Glide double album opus - is Sonos. Recorded live at Dublab Radio's "Tonalism" event at Sonos Studios, the piece utilises Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano, Hulusi Flute and Ableton Live to create movement, fade and sequence. A looping realisation, music inside music, thresholds expanded, connecting the centre, a place, origin, a soul that allows a devout expression to exude and find mediation in sound. This is music to get lost and at the same, get found in. Set against these endless arp-loops, is HOLOVR, raising a more focused consciousness that is a perfect counterpoint. Having already appeared on the label via his recent, deep, eloquent remix of Sad City, as well as releasing with label favourites Opal Tapes, Further Records and Firecracker, the desire to work with another uniquely individual producer has been in place for several years. Recorded using only hardware; 303 lines, soft pads, arpeggio synths and Roland percussion capture a snapshot of time in a natural, in-the-moment negotiation of these different elements, giving trademark, open, drifting loops that let the listener within, while texture and tone engage, activating harmonic resonances almost as a drone. This progressive disintegration, tuning in and dropping out of musical spheres envelops while hinting at aphex influences and (artificial) intelligence. SchleiBen shifts, expanding, growing, pulsating. Keep the faith and (un)listen. "
Deep House
There was only ever going to be one choice to launch First Floor. Not only is Dubbyman the cover star of our debut publication of the same name, but he's also the face and sound of influential Spanish label Deep Explorer, in-demand producer/remixer and long-time favourite with us. So the opportunity to collaborate on a special edition 7" vinyl release was one we couldn't miss. So Far, featuring South African vocalist and musician Ras Vadah from The Therapy Collektive, is an extended version of the laidback, jazzy opening teaser from Dubbyman's debut album Deep Is Dead. Deep Explorer stalwart Leo Gunn, on remix duties for the first time, takes the same track and gives it a piano-driven, dance-floor focused spin. The accompanying fanzine not only includes interviews with both Dubbyman and Gunn, but also features articles on Johannes Albert, Tommo & Jonno, Jesus Gonsev, Arnheim, Sensible Soccers and more. "
Deep House
We at Finale Sessions are excited to have to Portuguese Producer Kaspar with his fanfastic deepness !!!! Enough said listen for your self..
Deep House
Goshawk returns for Hudd Traxx 60th release with Erik Rico supplying the vocals. Get Up 2 Get Down is a peak time groover with plenty of funk to boot accompanied by some seriously soulful lyrics. Art Of Tones picks up the pace on the remix with a heavy bass line added with open hats to take things up a notch. Flip for the B side and find The Love Has Gone, a brilliantly made house track made for the dancefloor. Goshawk closes things out with a laid back deep house dub on B2.
Deep House
Since 2014 the Innate blog has been delivering high quality "slow journalism", serving up articles that shine a light on artists that have otherwise gone under the radar. Four years on, the Innate team has decided to launch their own label with the same stated aims, namely to showcase deep electronic music with warmth and soul, produced by unheralded heroes old and new. The label's first release - a four-track, multi-artist missive - offers a neat summary of what listeners can expect to hear in the months and years ahead. The EP opens with something rather special: a sparkling, life-affirming fusion of B12 style intelligent techno and Larry Heard-esque flourishes from debutant Gilbert, a sound designer and future star from Innate's home city of Bristol. It's followed on side A by a similarly shimmering chunk of techno futurism from Freerotation resident and Cubic Space Collective member Mark Hand. Formidable Irish producer Lerosa has previously impressed via fine releases for a myriad of high quality underground labels, so it's no surprise that his contribution to Innate 001 - a mind-altering, otherworldly jack-track entitled "Shadow" - is the EP's most robust and intense moment. Fittingly, its Innate founder Owain K who draws the EP to a close. He's long been renowned for creating immersive, ultra-deep dancefloor workouts, and "Pixeled Scenery" is amongst his most magical moments yet.
Deep House
Efimera is a new VA for Minuendo 39, Owen Jay & Brian James with two amazing tracks deep techno & dub techno. Other side is for new Minuendo artists, "Untitled" is a secret name of an artist from Girona, and Blue Vulva & Electronic Crooner they presents a stranger surprise based in a epic acid track.
Minimal/Tech House
More than a year after the release of their debut album Mandar is back with an absolute stellar EP! Two full sided loud cuts of pure club madness! 'String Theory' has summer vibes written all over it with strings reminiscent of Pepe Bradocks classic sunset anthem 'Deep Burnt'. The flipside 'Poisoned Words' is a sexy groover with a woman whispering poisonous words. Mandar is raising the bar with this EP and shows that it's all about quality over quantity. Must buy!
Electro House
Field of dreams are Field Theorys Chris Kentish and DJ Al Mackenzie. Field Theory have recently had tracks on respected labels such as Futureboogie and Secret Life gaining rave reviews and even garnering plays on BBC radio 6 Music. Al has been a DJ since the late 80s, now resident at Birminghams Great Outdoors. He's made numerous records over the years but will probably be remembered primarily for his 90s band D:ream making number one all over the world and remixing for EMF and Duran Duran amongst others. Bumping into each other in the street one dayand realising they lived opposite each other, they seized upon the chance to combine their favourite passions, making music and drinking.
Coldwave/Synth
For their 5th release the London label born of the clubnight of the same name make a b-line straight for the dancefloor. The title track of Desert Sound Colony's latest EP is equal parts anthemic vocals, stabbing guitar lines and a motorik backbone which combining for a hefty slice of post-punk inspired dancefloor churn. Two B-sides take the themes found in Lose My Rhythm and head down the rabbit hole to drown you with a flurry of breaks led rhythms on Suffocation and put you to rest with the pitch black basslines of The Blacksmith. On the remix front local hero Scott Fraser delivers an acid drenched expansion of the title track.
Minimal/Tech House
Nathan Jonson returns for his second outing on 20/20 Vision with 'Business' featuring an outstanding remix from Mathew Jonson. The Jonson brothers have been synonymous with cutting edge electronic music ever since their arrival in the scene in the early 2000s, both heavily contributing to the renowned Canadian labels 'It Is What It Is' and 'Wagon Repair'. Nathan is the man behind HRDVSION, and represented on imprints with a solid catalogue of genre spanning releases. Nathan has performed worldwide as HRDVSION, it's definitely worth checking out his Boiler Room session and Zur Wilden Renate set from the capital of club culture, Berlin. For his recent output Nathan has returned to his family name to produce new releases including last years excellent 'Cross Colours' with Luke Vibert on remix duties. Here he unleashes the strongest track in his current style 'Business', a very fresh slice of edgy electro funk served up with analogue squelch and tight drum programming. But don't miss out on 'Let Your Body' which is a top class dance floor secret weapon to drop peak time. Mathew Jonson steps up next with his remix of 'Business' which is a glorious long workout of the main theme, recorded with all the finesse we've come to expect. It sounds like classic 20/20 Vision brought right up to date with Detroit strings and warm pads layered over intricate keyboard sequences in a live style arrangement.

Last Four Weeks

Balearic/Downtempo
"This release is individually 200 hand-numbered limited edition CASSETTE (100 PINK and 100 SMOKE TRANSPARENT) with a sort of 'greatest hits' of (almost) all Archeo releases (AR001-AR011) + an unreleased bonus track from Roberto Aglieri (Ticino parte 4 - Il merlo), celebrating 3 years of the label, from 2014 to 2017 - selected with love by Manu•Archeo (AR001C). Archeo Recordings is a reissue record label that regenerates old, lost, obscure and forgotten rare gems of predominantly 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 individually 200 hand-numbered limited edition CASSETTE (100 PINK and 100 SMOKE TRANSPARENT) with a sort of 'greatest hits' of (almost) all Archeo releases (AR001-AR011) + an unreleased bonus track from Roberto Aglieri (Ticino parte 4 - Il merlo), celebrating 3 years of the label, from 2014 to 2017 - selected with love by Manu•Archeo (AR001C). Archeo Recordings is a reissue record label that regenerates old, lost, obscure and forgotten rare gems of predominantly 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
Archeo Recordings chart a course for the Balearics with this laid back delight of overlooked Italian island grooves. Tony Esposito is a long-serving singer-songwriter, and two tracks from his 2004 CD Viaggio Tribale get a vinyl cut here. "Dove C'e Luce" gets a special, 90s tinged remix from LucaEffeSunset. Antonio Nicola Bruno's "Storia Della Terra Mia" is the first of three unreleased tracks from this little known Lucan artist, striking a curious note with folk undertones and a sunny disposition. There's a more dramatic tone to "Danza E Ridanza," which takes on an almost Talking Heads-esque quality for the "B Version" that closes this high quality 12" from the ever reliable Archeo camp.
Balearic/Downtempo
Sth. Notional was a short-lived project that manifested in one album back in 1992, originally released on Japanese label Zero Corporation. Yawn Yawn Yawn focused primarily on various Balearic-friendly mixes of the title track and some other scattered pieces, and now they've received a much-needed spruce up from Archeo Recordings. The "Dream... Another Reality" versions of "Yawn Yawn Yawn" are laid back to the extreme, revolving around delicate instrumentation and occasional threads of speech and singing. There's a mellow beat behind the "G-Tar Cannyon Mix," and the "Thankful Mix" brings a weightier groove to the table. With the other tracks adding to this utterly smooth, early 90s shake, and spread across three discs, this is the holy grail reissue collectors have been waiting for.
Techno
Chris Weeks has been building up the Kingbastard catalogue for a long time now, generally taking a self-reliant approach in the underground electronica scene where CD-r releases reign supreme. He's been a key figure on Ambidextrous since the label launched back in 2008, and now he's committed to wax with a range of crunched up leftfield sonics for the machine-loving crowd. "Anxiety" is a melodic cut with a house-minded structure, but there's a lot of production acrobatics and compositional swerves taking place within this framework. "Scatterbrain" is more overtly out there, tapping up the kind of heavily processed sounds that producers like Paradroid have championed in the past. "Data_Loss" strike a heavy blow somewhere between dubstep and electro, and "Data_Ctrl" ups the tempo for a rabble-rousing exercise in mind-bending machine music.
Experimental/Electronic
Horton Jupiter has been skirting around various cosmically-inclined outfits for many years now, but this release marks his first outright solo venture, and where better for it to blast off from than the celestial circus sideshow of Bahnsteig 23? The record launches in a fit of kosmische bravado, all nagging arpeggios, warbling leads, sustained guitars and a healthy dose of drama. "Eclectic Day" is certainly a fitting title. "Smokin' The Roach" is an equally bombastic affair, although with a chirpier disposition and some Italian-sounding vocals, and then "The Box" finishes the EP off with a grungy trip through bongo beatdowns and fuzz guitar for those who like their psych music with a vintage twist.
Deep House
Introducing Basic Vision, a new imprint releasing a vinyl series of rare classics from the legendary back to basics club. Selected and compiled by the man who played the first ever record at the club, original resident DJ Ralph Lawson. All the tracks are cut to vinyl from the original master recordings and given enough time on high quality vinyl to ensure clean, loud pressings with original artwork by the godfather of punk design - Jamie Reid. Basic Vision 001 features one of the greatest ever house music records - Lil Louis & The World's 'I Called You (The Story Continues), still a firm favourite of Ricardo Villalobos. The flip side boasts perhaps the most rare cut, first championed by DJ Harvey and still highly sought after today, M-I-Cara's 'Casa Beat'. While Mike Perras all time classic 'Keep Movin' completes the EP.
Deep House
Ralph Lawson's position at the helm of the 20:20 Vision label and Leeds' infamous Back To Basics means he's the perfect pick to draw out some classics and give them a fresh airing. The three tracks he's presented here are essentials in anyone's collection, leading in with the arresting deep house swirl of Mood II Swing's "Infinity dub" of "Flame" by Crustation. 51 Days' "Paper Moon" is a more emotionally flamboyant jam, but no less unique and curious in its make up, all cinema strings and bubbling keys with a seriously sensual undercurrent. Terence FM's "Feelin Kinda High" is absolute deep house gold dust, all massive drums and punchy bass, addictive vocal and naught else.
Deep House
The 20/20 Vision offshoot Basic Vision continues to mine the folklore of the legendary Back To Basics with a selection of carefully selected deep cuts from the history of house music. Chris Cuevas' "Hip Hop" already sounded strong when Masters At Work chunked it up in dub form, and then Rob Mello perfected the jam when he performed an extended edit on the breakbeat fuelled jam. Eddie Fowlkes' "Where Will I Be?" is a classic slice of 90s vocal house, while Free Energy is an uptempo deep house jam for those feel good peak time moments. Black Science Orchestra sound utterly timeless on the soaring "New Jersey Deep," laying the soul on thick and keeping things fresh and funky throughout.
Minimal/Tech House
Botanic Minds have quietly built a vibe that is all their own with a series of 12"s from lesser known artists on the fringes of the minimal scene. There's something different at work in these tracks, not least on the limber opening jam that kicks off this uncredited fourth release on the label. "Track002A" has a more familiar house shuffle, but there's still an intriguing atmosphere submerged in the micro samples lingering in between the beats. On the second side, things get super minimal on "Track001B," pushing the dancefloor dynamics to the back and focusing on strange shards of sound instead. "Track002B" finishes the EP off on a lopsided, funky tip with another lysergic soundscape hovering in the middle distance.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Official remastered limited edition of a huge Italo Boogie from 1983. The plus on this release is represented by the B-side filled up with an unreleased instrumental dub version to give you even more options for dropping this essential classic !
Minimal/Tech House
Berlin-based Miami man David Gtronic has been busy these past few years, working closely with Randall M, Chad Andrew, Dudley Strangeways and many more besides. He's going it alone with this inaugural release for Black Wood, relishing the opportunity to explore his craft across three original productions. "Ardl Dub" is a dense, shuffling minimal house production primed for working into a long and flowing set, while "Lexiwedin" showcases a more reflective side to the producer with sweeping synth tones and a whisper of electro worked into the rhythms. "Sequence" takes the minimal vibe to the next level, folding dubby subtleties into the mix to great effect. Dan Farserelli then steps up with a remix that injects a little boompty bass into the track for a wholly different, dancefloor friendly kind of jam.
Deep House
Callisto is a new label featuring a new artist in the shape of James Solace. Deep house is the order of the day, leading in with the atmospheric grooves of "Rain," featuring a familiar but no less magic vocal sample to lift the heads-down production. "Sunset In Tulum" is a tantalising, spiritually charged endeavour that keeps the beats on the straight and narrow and places the emphasis on the synth lines in pursuit of a transcendental experience. "The Forest" takes things in a more mysterious direction, using some interesting percussive tones to create an immersive tool for the warm up or wind down hours.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Nyra continues to shine on his own Canoe label, making the most of the creative freedom to show every side of his musicality. "Take My Hand" deserves to be huge, displaying a devilish instinct for a simple disco loop, a powerful vocal and a whiff of fist shaking New York house pressure that will leave its mark long after the club kicks out. "Life Is Trippy" switches stance entirely with a snappy boogie-indebted jam for lighter moments. "On & On" meanwhile summons a rowdy Detroit techno backbone that, paired with the bold disco licks, calls to mind the kind of fare DJ Bone can so expertly drop. "Falling For Love" maintains the fusion of rough and smooth with equally brilliant, party-starting results.
Techno
Yourhighness has been throwing his weight around labels such as Born Free and Rett I Fletta, and now he comes to Cocktail D'Amore with a mischievous slant on acidic house and techno that keeps the lysergic pressure up while never reaching into excess. "Stratofortress" is a formidable beast of a track though, and Samo DJ has plenty of gutsy material to work with in laying down his snappy, electro-inflected vesion of the original. Rrose then takes the track into his dynamic, heavily textured techno dungeon where the weighty and light-footed intermingle in a brilliant mess. Gonno's version is no slouch either, opting for a grubbier acid version for the jackers to get nasty to.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Pushing Movies is a collaborative project from Jeffrey Sire and Dimitri SoEmotional that celebrates the vintage tones of Italo disco, synth pop and all things slick and 80s. "Thinking About You" does indeed sound like it could have been made 30 years ago - from the slap bass to the reverse drum fills, plastic FM synth lines and overall aspirational tone, it's the consummate extended 12" mix track. Lauer takes the original and smacks it up sharp with some tougher drums and a greater sense of urgency, and then Fort Romeau takes a subtle approach that keeps much of the original spirit of the track intact while honing the edges for maximum club play and using some cosmic synth flourishes to devastating effect.
Techno
Betonkust has been spotted lurking in the realm of seedy late night body music alongside artists such as Palmbomen II, landing his noirish wares on 1080p, Pinkman and most notably Dekmantel. Now he makes the logical leap to Crimes of The Future alongside equally accomplished Belgian producer Innershades, previously spotted on Wicked Bass, Creme Organization, Hot Haus and many more besides. The sound on Forever In Boccaccio is totally fitting for Crimes of The Future, all muscular drum machines beats and analogue synth lines angled to send a shiver down your spine. Watch out for the unexpected rave hit of "Jambers At Carat Afterclub" which comes on strong with some fist-shaking peak time Euro techno motifs.
Minimal/Tech House
Burnski's Constant Sound label keeps on trucking with this prime cut of crystalline tech-house for the more discerning heads. Lead track "Faith" is a feisty little groover, threading a wealth of field recordings and playful synth flourishes in between the fundamental rhythm section. "Get Up" has a freakier micro house bump to it that harks back to Burnski's Trapez days, while "Vertigo" does a marvelous job of spinning ones head right out with all manner of quivering synth tones. "Daydreamer" takes things a touch deeper to finish the record off with some crafty percussion, woozy melodic swells and immersive chord throbs in the lower register.
Minimal/Tech House
Romanian producer Iuly.B has been turning out his wares on all the right labels, from Visionquest and Claque Musique to Memoria and Fuse London, and now he's been tapped up by Burnski's Constant Sound label to unfurl a vision of minimal house in 2018. At this stage the influence of early deep techno is as powerful as any kind of modern stripped down house sound, and that comes through in abundance on the shimmering, ambient-tinged "Spaceport". "Dynamics" maintains the celestial trajectory of the record, but with a more looped up, bleep-led approach, while "Meditate" draws upon some of the more familiar tropes of minimal house. "Spherical" finishes the EP off with another set of ethereal pad tones and a crisp, snaking beat for adventurous dancefloor trippers.
Industrial/Noise
Having built its name on various artist releases featuring old and new artists, Contort Yourself is branching out with a new series that focuses on one contemporary act per release. In this instance it's Coletivo Vandalismo getting some much-deserved attention. The Portuguese industrial punk outfit have a visceral sound that favours noise and distortion, but most importantly they know how to wield these sonic tools for maximum impact. The snarl of the synths and the crunch of the drums on "Hostages Of Society" could easily be too much in the wrong hands, but here the errant tones find their own space in the mix, making the impact of the track all the more on-point.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Hotmood is up next on Disco Fruit with some brightly coloured tracks that sit just right in the bowl next to previous efforts from Funky Junkie, Gradient Logic and more. "Let's Ride" is low down and nasty where it counts, but also manages to be smoothly finished so as to keep the crowd happy. "Mr Funkyman" gets a little jazzier, looping up where it counts to keep the sweet, sweet groove rolling as long as needed. "My Disco Collection" is a more rugged affair rolling at a slower tempo, and the appropriately named "Clean Cuts" gets busy with a loop that could roll on all day without anyone tiring of it.
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.
Deep House
DJ Aakmael is a trusted authority when it comes to the deepest of deep house, keeping that classic approach alive and ensuring the heart and soul of the genre can be felt by those in need. This time the talented US producer is on Dogmatik for what seems to be the first time, and he's sounding as essential as ever. "Aakenstein" is one of the stand-out tracks on the EP, making deadly use of an FM bass line and a rugged, bumping beat to impart that quintessential Aakmael sound. By way of contrast "Lost In Atlantis" brings things down to a sultry simmer while Aakmael narrates you through an aquatic fantasyland.
UK Garage
Having recently reared its head with the reissue of the Groove Chronicles and Dub Child tracks on Rip N Run Vol 2, Dat Pressure makes a fully fledged return to the game with this debut release from DJ Perception. It's a strong statement, steeped in 2-step flex but saying something fresh that feels contemporary rather than throwback. "Memory" pitches its sweet vocal elements amidst a bed of humming pads and heavily reverbed one shots, with just the twitchy beat to carry it. "The Way Forward" is a livelier affair, though no less distinctive, and then "Your Love Baby" finishes the EP off with the most obvious dancefloor belter of the lot.
Techno
Mihail P first came to light on respected label Seventh Sign before popping up just recently on Verdant Recordings alongside ESB, and now he's back once again with the Multiverse EP on Distant Worlds. His influences are clear, from the elegant melancholy and attention to detail of early UK techno to the snappy electro rhythms of Drexciya, and he exercises those influences brilliantly on each of these four tracks. There are abundant tender synth lines criss-crossing intricately programmed drum machines in a true celebration of machine soul, all shot through with a heavy-lidded ambience that makes for some of the most captivating techno out there at the moment.
Minimal/Tech House
Rising Greek producer G.U.S. steps up on Equivalence with some pumped up vintage techno sounds that take more than a few cues from the UK. "Shelf Cloud" strikes a fine balance between tough and dreamy, using a twitchy set of drums moving at a decent pace and flooding them with atmospheric pads and a slice of vocal that forms a central hook to the track. "Halo" goes even deeper into British territory with its chopped up breakbeat funk calling to mind the dexterous sample magic of Stasis, and then "Haze Phenomenon" heads into deep tech house territory riding a pumped up shuffle beat and swooping pads.
Soul
REPRESS ALERT: Arriving at their fourth release, Emotional Rescue's knowledge of forgotten musical gems and their commitment to give them the chance of wider appreciation they fully deserve cannot be in question! After digging out that Bob Chance classic, the focus switches to something of an equally balearic nature with the release of Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright's lost folk rock album International Times. Originally released as a private press on the obscure French label Living Records back in 1983, this eight track album is filled with dusty soul nuggets which are given extra life by the silky vocal stylings of Whitren - formerly a backing singer for Alan Parson. Opening track "Stay Cool" sounds quite ahead of it's time, whilst there are some true dancefloor gems for the more adventurous DJs out there, such as the title track and the laid back bump of "Go With The Flow."
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.
Balearic/Downtempo
Emotional Rescue unearth yet another pearl of curiosity from the mists of the 80s here, kicking off a series looking at the work of guitarist Carl Weingarten. This album is a fine place to start, as Weingarten teams up with Walter Whitney for an engrossing exploration of ambient synth work merged with careful use of slide guitar and more besides. It's very much of its time, originally released on Multiphase in 1985, and it's as charming and naive as it is accomplished. There's a new age sweetness to the harmonic composition, but the sound palette is deceptively deep, not least thanks to Weingarten's multifaceted approaches to his instrument. Dreaming In Colours sets a promising tone for what the rest of the series holds.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Emotional Rescue do the right thing and tap up the Konduko label - an oft overlooked gem of the Miami bass scene - for one of the biggest tracks in Noel 'King Sporty' Williams' back catalogue. "Haven't Been Funked Enough" is an absolute battering ram of proto electro, staggeringly advanced for its time (it was originally released in 1982). There's also a "Rapstrumental" mix with some life-affirming instructive speech across the jam, but the real icing on the cake is Idjut Boy Nad's wild and ranging "Discomix" on the B side. It's a truly spaced out affair that sounds like it was mixed live on the desk with its rugged FX sends and woozy atmosphere.
Balearic/Downtempo
Out 2 is a project from Jeremy Campbell and R. Zanzibar, who have previously worked together on albums for L.I.E.S. and Lectric Sands under different aliases. They sound right at home on Emotional Response, channeling the influence of 1980s New York dancefloor hybridization into six original tracks and their counterpart dub versions. It's an impeccable tribute to the forefathers of new / no / minimal wave with the right kind of funk rubbed in the groove and ample space in the mix for all the live dubbing the style demands. "Moving" is a surefire death disco party starter, "Dancing" hovers in a beyond the grave island boogie reverie and "Some Air's Red There" heads out into exotically enhanced territory without losing that NYC grit. It's a marvelous record, with the dub versions adding new dimensions to the music rather than simply repeating the same tricks sans vocals.
Ambient/Drone
The Schleissen series stands as one of the finest facets of the ever expanding Emotional Response empire, initially kicking off in 2015 with releases from artists such as Harmonious Thelonious, Abul Mogard, Don't DJ and Sad City. Now the series has been fired up once again with the exotic tones of Tomaga, recently found lurking round the likes of Meakusma and Hands In The Dark. It's an exotic live band sound that touches on Fourth world exploration and motorik drive, but certainly with its own unique slant. The B side of this particular 12" is given over to Neil Tolliday, most commonly found rolling out tech house as Nail and many other names, but here indulging in gorgeous, layered minimal ambient pieces with looping melodic phrases to soothe rather than groove.
Techno
Having only previously appeared on various artist releases in the past, Darren Harris gets his first full release on Ferox - a fine place for this promising techno talent to stretch his legs. There's a recognisable Ferox shimmer to "Tears" on the A side, using myriad layers in the mix for a full-bodied sound without sacrificing depth. "Inner Cycles" is a more stripped back affair, while "Arthropod" ditches the dancefloor in favour of a chill out room headspace, but all the tracks share the same ingredients of clean, thoughtfully programmed beats and synth lines that hark back to the good old days.
Deep House
Laroze is flying the flag for US inspired house music in France, wearing influences from Nu Groove to Mahogani Music on his sleeve and delivering that classic strain of deep house that never dulls with time. "Bring It Down" is a soul-stirring boost of energy fuelled on the hedonism of optimism of vintage 90s house, from the chords to the vocal hook. "Port De La Lune" does a damn fine job of looping up some feel-good disco licks, and "You Better Give Up" shows a different side to Laroze that feels as indebted to R&B and downtempo as house music. Kosme comes on board to do a remix of the track that reframes it as a rolling breakbeat number.
Deep House
Having served as a reliable source of heads down deep house, deep techno and other such electronic gems for a long time now, Michael Zucker finally steps up to Finale Sessions with his debut album, and it was worth the wait. He frames it as presenting his life story across eight tracks, leading in with the elegant, heads-down tech house roll of "40 Days" and the immersive ambience of downtempo jam "Choosing Sides." There are diversions into broken beat on "Tokyo Sunrise" and rawer drum sounds powering "Divine Power," but the vibe is consistent across the LP. Melodic, mellow machine soul positively pours out of this one.
Deep House
Having turned heads with Shedbug and Laroze already, Flux expands its modest operations to include a new White sublabel that kicks off in fine style with D B. "Subtleties" is a gorgeous minimal house jam shaped out by snaking rhythms and amorphous ambient tones - the consummate spirit animal for your dancefloor trip-out needs. "Synergi" has a more typical shuffle, but it's no slouch in the head-melting psychedelic tone department. "Splash" completes the package with a swerve into more explicitly broken beat territory, using a similar sound palette but placing the emphasis on tricky programming to create a divine slice of electronica for the more rhythmically adventurous heads out there.
Electro
The Go Finger label has been digging into the undergrowth of synthwave sounds and deviant electro for a few years now, more recently graduating from the tape scene to put out EPs of leftfield electronic adventures on wax. This EP in particular is quite something, calling on the vintage talents of Das Ding in all their eerie, warped, pulsing, analogue refinement. "Conun Drum" is a curiously playful trip through noirish cityscapes by way of strobing lead lines and militaristic machine beats, while "Life Is A Tool In The Hands Of Strangers" takes a more uptempo approach without losing the bombast of their melodic arrangements. Dutch electro champ DJ Overdose steps up for the B side, dropping the overcast and creeping "I See No Stars At Night" and the dishevelled robot beatdown "Potje Freaken".
Disco/Nu-Disco
The next release on Brazil's ever-promising disco steamer Gop Tun comes from Renato Cohen. Cohen has been an infrequent mainstay of Brazilian dance music for a long time now, most recently appearing on Kling Klong, Tronic and 100% Pure. His releases may not come around every day, but he makes them count when they do. "Dynadisco" is a spaced out slow burner with a looped up groove and simmering pads building towards a powerful, funk-fuelled bass drop. "Party Jam" takes a lighter approach, keeping the samples sprightly and even sprinkling a little acid magic into the tune. It gives Whatever/Whatever plenty to be working on their remix, which spreads across the B side in a fit of electro-disco finery.
Deep House
After launching last year with Who, Get Your Copy returns to the fray with a little help from Italian powerhouse Steve Murphy. The producer gets plenty of action on labels like Hot Haus, Chiwax, Lobster Theremin and more besides, so you know you're going to get a solid dose of tuff house business delivered with that gutsy Roman attitude. "Everything U Know" channels an abundance of 90s vibes, from the nagging chord stab to the understated speech sample, while "Infiltrator" takes a tribal direction without losing the old-skool flavour. Both cuts are perfectly shaped for the dance, whether you want to hit a peak time note or take the crowd deep into the groove.
Funky/Club House
REPRESS ALERT: Legendary House producers, Soichi Terada & Shinichiro Yokota are back to kickstart the first release on London based label, Hhatri. After almost 20 years, since their work on Soichi Terada's Far East Recording Label, their music has become some of the most highly sought after, forward-thinking masterpieces in House music. Featuring three of the finest, hard hitting house tracks from the Far East, fully remastered and packaged with a monstrous remix by none other than, Fabio Monesi, expect it to smash the dance floor apart.
Deep House
Gene Hunt is one of the few producers from the original wave of Trax Records signees that still flies the flag for Chicago house with as much gusto as when he started. This is his second trip out on Inner Shift Music, and it finds the US house veteran on impeccable form. "Kayla Dream" is a light, airy jacker defined by amorphous synth washes that match the mellow mood of the label. "Distant Voyage" is a truly standout track though, dealing in crooked rhythmic structures and channelling the techno side of Hunt's muse. "Open Up Your Eyes" maintains the introspective mood, but this time welcomes some soulful vocal turns into the adventurous, machine-powered landscape.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Momo Joseph didn't have a huge number of releases to his name back when he was a recording artist in the 80s, but that simply made his Love Africa Soul 7" even more of a holy grail find. Now Kalita have done the right thing and got hold of the release for a much needed repress, and it's highly likely this jam will become a staple for anyone with a taste for African grooves of all shapes and sizes. "Love Africa Soul" has it all - infectious brass stabs, limber musicianship, and Joseph's killer vocal. On the B side of this reissue "Cameroun Airline" gets a tasteful edit treatment from the trusted hands (and ears) of Nik Weston from Mukatsuku Records.
Techno
Following some sterling bouts from Gunnar Haslam and Bill Westerby, Kavalanic Languages is back with a new grip of deviant dancefloor belters from Elio Terzi. Terzi doesn't appear to have any prior rap sheet, but on the strength of these mutant machine jams we'll be hearing more from them in the future. "Renette" is a bubbling acidic burner that will wriggle under your skin like an uneasy hallucination, while "Lifthia" heads right out into uptempo freak-out territory where only the bravest techno explorers dare to tread. "Coefficients" finishes the EP off with a sizzling cut full of rubbery bass and delightful 606 drums.
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
Philpot Records maestro Soulphiction may not have appeared on Lumberjacks In Hell before, but he's cited as a big influence on the label, and here the Stuttgart-based artist gets four chances to unfurl his deft instinct for dusty, soul and funk-infused house music. "Stick Up" gets the MPC grooves and twisting bass licks rolling beautifully, while "B3B4URD1" injects a little Afro-flavoured funk into the mix with another addictive low end flex. "Acid Test" pours a little more jack into the pot without losing that crooked Soulphiction flavour, and then "Dirty Hot" does a mean job of teaching all newcomers how to really do an edit.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Lumberjacks In Hell welcomes deep house vet Andy Compton and Shamrock for a trip into plush disco, laid back funk and more besides. Bunny Chow was reportedly recorded in South Africa, and features the vocal talents of Asli on a number of the tracks. You can certainly hear the Afro influence creeping into the simmering groove of the title track, while Asli's vocals shine through the clearest on the downtempo tones of "Everything Is Gravy." "Nifanyeje" is another warm trip through Afro disco replete with noodling guitar lines and a crisp drum machine beat, while "Roga Mziki" ends the record on a high note with a final blast of that infectious, sunkissed sound the pair have clearly mastered on their musical adventure.
Deep House
Long serving Irish producer Derek Carr continues to enjoy a resurgent career following his appearances on For Those That Knoe, now stepping up to Love Notes for some of his most effervescent house jams to date. "Sidewinder" is a sprightly, Detroit indebted house workout pitched at peak time, while "Stepping Out" trips into classically informed techno for the back room crowd. "Search For Intelligence" is a great example of how to execute sweet natured electro, and "Indigo" ditches the kicks to twirl into more of that Motor City flavoured machine soul magic for the mind.
Deep House
Henri Fontaine has been a deep house devotee for nearly as long as the genre has been in existence, and his appearances on My Love Is Underground confirm his commitment to the sound. Now his Inner Sense project makes a welcome return to MLIU after a seven-year gap with the fresh, invigorating piano house delights of "MoTP." It's a classically styled jam with infectious chords and MIDI sax to bring the house down. The A side however hands the keys over to Tuff City Kids, who inject a little of their colourful party muscle into the track with a cheeky acid line, a couple of breaks splashes while maintaining all the positivity the original version imparted.
Minimal/Tech House
It's the fourth go round for Monsieur Blue, who steps back up to the plate with another three surefire jams from the slinkier side of the minimal house spectrum. "Track 1" is an exquisite trip through blue-hued keys and shuffling drums, striking a fine balance between the lounge and the dancefloor. "Track 2" takes a moodier approach, eking out mysterious chords and injecting a little juice into the low end to suit a more rugged situation, and then "Track 3" jettisons the ballast and pings off into a dubbed out sphere of house music perfectly crafted for the times you want to get lost at sea.
Minimal/Tech House
In what is surely an unexpected collaboration in the field of house and techno, Mosaic mastermind Steve O'Sullivan teams up with Ricardo Villalobos for a hypnotic trip through minimal landscapes that plays to both of their strengths. The rock-solid rhythm of "Sullric" surely belongs to O'Sullivan while the rich, subtle layers of samples, tones and other such sonic decorations come straight from the Villalobos school of production. The two mixes on this 12" only have minor differences - whichever side you drop things will get considerably deeper than they were previously. Of such ingredients are classy, immersive techno joints made.
Minimal/Tech House
REPRESS ALERT: The ever-prolific Steve O'Sullivan unveils yet another of his collaborations, this time pairing up with Frazer Campbell for three trips into the deepest furrows of the house and techno continuum. "Hypnotonic" needs little explanation beyond the title as it snakes its way through crisp, intricate beats and meditative pads, while "Soultonic" plies a similar trade with a more overtly melancholic mood lingering overhead. "Alleyway Funk" by way of contrast brings some housier elements to the foreground, most notably that warm and punchy bassline to get all manner of asses wiggling with approval.
Techno
Dub techno doesn't come deeper than DeepChord, and Mike Schommer is one of those responsible for launching the legendary project. Making his return after 15 long years, Steve O'Sullivan's re-energised Mosaic Records is the perfect place to get reacquainted with the chap. "Invitation To Love" is as romantic as the title would suggest, letting gorgeous chords and pad washes ooze out over a steady ticking beat. The rhythm gets chopped up a little on "Remember When", while "Into The Night" heads into head-nodding dubstep territory with mammoth bass replaced by elegant Motor City synth shimmers.
Techno
Following rock solid entries from Ben Sims, Markus Suckut and Alan Fitzpatrick, Mosaic's Red Series continues apace in 2017 with a firing three-tracker from German scene stalwart Andre Kronert. "A Track Called Jinx" is a slow and nervy slice of bleepy techno that says a lot with the barest of ingredients. "The Bottom Line" is a more feisty concern, raising the tempo and the intensity without losing that loopy quality that shoots straight into the dark heart of the night. "Pressure Dub" represents the more experimental side of Kronert's output, using sparse materials to create a minimalist megalith.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Having made a strong impression with the first two releases on BROMUR, Bogdan steps over to Not An Animal to flex his discoid pecs once again. He leads in with the understated Italo thrum of "Parovoznikov," riding a stuttering arpeggio and leaving plenty of room for the punchy drums and fluttering synth touches. Justin Van Der Volgen does a sensitive job of the remix, embellishing the core of the track with delicate chime refrains that add a tenderness to this muscular club jam. "Listopad" is a more mellow affair, but there's no shortage of fuzzy, vintage lead lines to bathe your ears in. Kito Jempere does a more drastic reinterpretation with his version of "Listopad," injecting a little acid and proto house bite into the track.
Deep House
Brawther makes his long playing debut on his new label Negentropy, and the long serving French house producer has never sounded freer in his vision of electronic music. "Flow" is a gorgeous ambient opener to the album, setting the scene for the immersive, mellow house tones of "Another Dub." "Theme From The Dungeon" switches stance again for a hip hop tempo, while Javonnte comes on board to deliver a soulful vocal over the broken beat lilt of "I Can't Explain." "Jaxx Freaxx" brings things back to a dancefloor focus, which "Brudan In Leeds" builds upon with an easy deep house tone that should satisfy Brawther's long time fans. "Hazy Groove" is a laid back minimal house roller, and then "Pickney" closes the album out with an even more stripped back workout for the later hours of the party.
Minimal/Tech House
The third release on NorthSouth Records establishes the imprint as a vessel for the buoyant sound of minimal 2 step, as Chris Geschwindner and Henry Hyde return following their appearance on the label's inaugural 12". It's a sound and tempo that slots right in with the more established threads of minimal house music out there right now, but there's an undeniable UK kink in the groove that makes these jams stand out. "Modern Axis Of Evil" is a seductive, noirish cut while "In 2 Infinity" balances twitchy rhythmic elements with mournful, lingering keys. Hyde favours a broken beat template on "No Shoes No Entry," and then "Reverse Me" wriggles down into a reduced shuffle as technical as it is meditative.
Minimal/Tech House
The Politics of Dancing crew are launching a brand new venture here, instigating some choice collaborative action with their nearest and dearest, jammed out and cut to wax for your listening and spinning pleasure. Of course it figures that they'd start this project close to home, bringing in some of their Parisian brethren for two assured cuts of heads down, straight up house music. Djebali lends a hand on the A side, with a spread of swirling pad tones drifting around the sturdy drums, while Franck Roger brings a more flirtatious sound to the B side with playful diva samples and crafty synth lines played out in his inimitable style.
UK Garage
Plastik People is, as ever, your most trusted source of funking, bumping garage house. This time they've unearthed a real treat in the shape of Danny J Lewis, a secret weapon of the UK garage scene who flirted with success in the mid to late 90s, reaching the heights of Locked On and XL. Reportedly the tracks on this 12" were originally released on a supremely rare double pack, and now they've been mastered and repressed for die hard heads to sink their teeth into. "Feel The Rhythm" has a dash of darkside rave drama tipped into its sauce, but it's still an utterly funky swinger with all the hallmarks of the 90s. "Come On" is a boisterous party starter, and "Music" takes things in more of a deep house direction.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Release number three for Pleasure Unit is an in - house affair, a rare collaboration on some original material from two of the Keyboard Mashers. Early feedback on Les Crocodiles has been great and we are currently waiting on a remix from one of our fav Scandi producers who offered a mix on hearing a rough draft. Three mixes in all Le Club, Acid dub and Tropique Ambi sunrise.
Deep House
Georgian producer Hamatsuki appeared on GASP last year with the Uncertain Loops cassette release, but makes his vinyl debut on this damn fine 12" for the recently minted Sensu label. "Remember" is a rich, undulating swirl of deep house laden with melancholic pads, while "Rett" sports a sunnier tone for its own arsenal of soft, rounded synth tones. DJ Sports comes on board for a remix of "Rett" that plays with said synths and creates springy, computer jazz melodic threads out of them. "Inexplainable Inner Sadness" completes the set with another trip into warm, Chicago-indebted house tones for the introspective dancer.
Techno
Riding high on the renewed energy within the Icelandic techno scene, Ohm and Octal Industries make their first appearance on Solid Groove with some truly spellbinding exercises in patience, restraint and soul-stirring composition. "Bardo" is a truly haunting piece with the most delicately balanced rhythms and stunning deployment of piano and what sounds like clarinet. "Under Influence" is a more snarling affair, but the same sense of control grips the track as it ploughs its furrow. "Rider" is a looser affair that piles a lot more detail into the frequency range, with some particularly delightful lead warbles and other high frequency matter to delight the mind. "Flow Machine" strikes a note somewhere in the middle, keeping things moody but open compared to the foggy A side.
Techno
It's been a little while since we last heard from Donnell Knox, but he's back in action finally on his regular haunt Sonic Mind with some of that evergreen US techno tackle that he's forged a long and winding career out of. "No Time" is steeped in the smoky pads of the Motor City, with a rugged rhythm section and errant bleeps thrown in to seal the deal. "Rat Race" takes things in a more housey direction, but there's still a certain mysticism that reaches beyond the average club banger. "Sick Mind" continues the theme, but ties more knots in the programming to make for another essential slice of techno, and then "Repetition" finishes the job with a razor sharp slice of sky-scraping hardware science.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Deadstock found from previous distributor of the official remastered edition released in 2015 on S.P.Q.R. of a rare 80s disco classic by Steve Watson, containing the rare and sought after original extended version of BORN TO BOOGIE and not the more common shorter single edit. Don't sleep!
Deep House
DJ Deep and Roman Poncet first launched their collaborative project Sergie Rezza back in 2015 on Desire Records, and now the project makes a welcome return with another dose of utterly stellar deep house concoctions that go beyond the average while maintaining a sense of classicism about them. "Envole" is a sumptuous blend of snaking rhythm, spacious pads and cosy keys, all draped in exotic garms that make this a transcendental house cut to treasure. There are also more adventurous trips into percussive territory on the focused and deadly "Le Reveil," crafty jazz diversions to be soaked up on "Max" and poised ambient pieces "Eclipse" and "Procession" to seal the deal.
Deep House
After three various artist releases, Brooklyn label Super Tuff presents its first fully-fledged artist release from label founder M Vaughan. As laid out in the label's manifesto about taking influence from Studio Barnhus, Smallville and Uncanny Valley, the mood on Tenderness EP is delicately melodic and charmingly off-centre, but it still grooves where it counts. "Moon River" is as meandering as its titular body of water, riding on shuffling, organic drums and vibing Rhodes chords. "Turn Around!" is a sample-loaded jam with a lilting, 1940s romanticism about it, and "Tenderness" too tugs at the heartstrings with a lilting, nostalgic approach to harmony. "When It All Happens" is no slouch in the emotional department either, rounding off an astoundingly bucolic record from the heart of NYC.
Techno
Ste Roberts has popped up intermittently over the years alongside the likes of Marc Ashken, DJ Linus and Will Azada, but now he's taking a focused step into the fray with his own hand-stamped 12" series, packed full of crafty techno variations for adventurous souls. "Poem 87" is a stripped down and nasty workout with a submerged rhythm and a housey groove that feels like it's itching to worm its way onto the dancefloor, while "Broken Sleep" takes a more full-bodied approach with all kinds of trippy synth interplay feeding into a noirish, dynamic atmosphere. It's a record of two distinct halves, both of which crackle with ingenuity and personality to stand out from the crowd.
Techno
Detroit techno hero DJ Bone is ever prolific these days, with his Differ-Ent alias releasing an epic triple LP release on Don't Be Afraid last year. A Piece Of Beyond marks the second DJ Bone studio album, and it finds him in an exploratory mood. "It Begins" is a unique exercise in synth wobbles and military drum programming, while "The Stalker" heads into the deepest and farthest corners of the quintessential Motor City techno sound. "The Chase" takes on a cosmic, break-infected stance that calls to mind spiritual jazz as much as techno, while there's more classic styles to be enjoyed on "Dreamers 9" and the absolutely stomping "Sweat".
Minimal/Tech House
Yet more gems from the Silverlining studio, this time turning to the much sought after "Breezin Thru" track originally released in 1998. This is a true classic from the golden era of tech house, rooted in the London scene defined by the likes of Terry Francis and the like, and yet it sounds like it could have been made yesterday. The strident, upfront beat and immersive atmospheric shimmers are pure dancefloor gold. On the flip, Andy Blake and Dave Coker's Doodlebug project gets the remix treatment, winding up as crafty electro breaks with a tilt towards the deep end of the dance.
Techno
Hailing from the dark and mysterious world of Bunker Records, Shemale makes a welcome return after many years of silence with this fantastic release on Tabernacle. "Star Chamber Summoning" sets a powerful tone - this is ambient music that demands attention through its sheer force of presence. "Way To Hyperborea" actually taps up some kind of beat structure, but it still behaves like a wayward backroom track with its undulating bassline and gravelly, brutally submerged beat. "Shores Of The Western Sea" is all analogue soundtrack bombast of the finest B-movie kind, and "Wisdom Of The Stars" strikes a more nightmarish note in its use of discordant synth drones.
Deep House
The WineLambs is a new project on Troubled Kids from label founder Jesus Gonsev and Dan Piu. It's an assured trip into buttery smooth deep house for those who likes things sensual, starting off with the plush tones of "Falling In Your Arms" featuring the soulful vox of Shareen. "A Genuine World" is another hazy gem of a track, setting adrift on a bed of harmonious chords and achingly understated bass. "Poti Poti" is a spicier affair that pushes the beat to the foreground and gets a little choppier with the chords. Grant Focus turns in a remix of "A Genuine World" that strides confidently into rock solid deep house territory once more, extending the scope of this EP while maintaining the consistent vibe.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Uzuri can always be trusted as an on-point barometer of the strongest currents in contemporary deep house, and here they welcome a new talent into their midst in the form of Panama Keys. "Panamarama" is a gorgeous suite of organic instrumentation, all Spanish guitar licks and pattering bongos, which then get handed over to the mighty Joe Clausell for the soaring, energised "Harvest Remix". "Vyrgin Island" may well be the stand-out track on the record with its infectious flute lines, chiming vibes and sensual, punchy bassline, but don't overlook the blissful ambience of final vignette "Flying Whiles".
Electro
Chris Romans has been rolling out crucial electro jams for a number of highly regarded labels since the early 00s. Amongst them are Touchin' Bass, Shipwrec, Frustrated Funk and Central Processing Unit, so that tells you everything you need to know about the level he's operating at as 214. Now he comes to 20/20 Vision with some body-poppin' jams of the highest order, broadening the tech house label's remit to embrace the thriving electro scene with one of its most vital practitioners. "Potential Events" is a brooding, atmospheric affair while "Windeye" draws on a more playful, Detroit indebted palette of sounds. Radioactive Man remixes "Windeye" with a steady, finely detailed approach, and then "Back To Sine" finishes the record off with another snappy salvo of funky drums and bubbling synths.
Disco/Nu-Disco
The high-grade house cuts continue to leak from Ant Plate's studio at an unstoppable rate, this time manifesting as his Yse Saint Laur'ant alias on the Vinyl Only label. The funk is looped up and low down nasty on "I'm Gonna Miss You," while "Persuasion" pings into a foggier head space without losing some of that dusty sample grit. "Dance, Dance, We Dare" is a more disco leaning affair that should sit right on a dancefloor warmed up for a good time. "Track 4" eases back for the run out, hitting a worldly note that could soundtrack a cruise across the open plains of the American deep south.
Techno
The third release on Verdant frames AOS and Sonitus Eco opposite each other for an original production and a corresponding remix, plumbing the depths of submerged techno to dazzling effect. "Hubble" is a soothing lullaby of machine soul, which then receives a shot of adrenaline for the snappier "Red Shift" version. "Supernova" has a tougher framework, but the synths continue to reach for the stars with uplifting results. Then the "Blue Shift" version of "Supernova" taps up a melancholic house approach that wouldn't sound out of place on an early Kompakt release.
Deep House
Wilson Phoenix is an unknown producer at this stage in the game, although it's not likely to stay that way for long. The lead track on this hand-stamped white label 12" is clearly "Got My Man," a ferocious peak time house burner loaded with slap bass funk and clever use of vocals. It was good enough for Jackmaster to slam into his Mastermix, which tells you all you need to know about how ubiquitous this track could easily become. "Same Life" is no different, making great use of a Lisa Stansfield lick and strapping it to a dead-eyed tech house burner. "Good Feel" turns up the disco heat without losing that stomping energy, completing a package for only the most muscular of DJs to be dropping into their sets.
Techno
Icelandic techno veteran Yagya enjoys a release on X/OZ that celebrates both new and old material. The tempo is noticeably ramped up on "One Weak Light" but never at the expense of that dark and mysterious Icelandic hue. "Existence Is Weird" is no slouch either, but Yagya shapes out his atmospheres with such a refined touch that you barely notice how quick the tracks are running. "A Very Long Daydream" is a gorgeous ambient track dug out of the archives, while "Getting Closer To An Unknown Goal" sees the re-release of a track Yagya released as Rhythm Of Snow back in 1999.

Last Eight Weeks

Deep House
124 Recordings know how to put together a deep house compilation, and they're sounding fierce on this latest, appropriately titled Levels Up. The jams come heavy and funky from a range of on-point operators, leading in with Tom Jay's quintessential New Jersey bump n grind on "Hanging On". David Moran is a little more shadowy but no less groovesome, while Nicola Brusegan takes things on a sweet and smooth tip. Across the whole double pack there are classically informed jams to satisfy the most weary deep house heads, but keep an ear out for the old-school flavoured heft of Freak D's "Power Of Bass", which should get some seriously jacking airtime in the right kind of dance.
Deep House
89:Ghost is on fire at present, having thrown down killer releases from Todd Sines, Logic System and Tomoki Tamura over the past year. Tommy Vicari Jr is a great addition to the roster, bringing a freaky, wobbly and distinctly hi tech approach on "All That Matters" that will have party people freaking out in a whole new way. "Things At Night" takes a completely different approach with its focus on delicately chopped up piano hooks. "Tlk 2 Me Wt Yr Bdy" flips the script yet again with a roughneck, 'ardcore sound palette and some filtered house elements riding atop a booming low end. "Likely Story" finishes this varied EP off with a cheeky garage house strut that will have just as many fans as the other killer jams on this well rounded record.
Minimal/Tech House
Alex Font's Acme label is back in action once more, welcoming two lesser known but promising talents from the ever buoyant Romanian minimal scene. Lizz leads the way with "Chord Everywhere," and as the title suggests this is a swirling, dubbed out cut with plenty of delay and reverb splashing that titular chord all over the shop while the drums stay on point. Font himself kicks off the B-side with the shuffled funk and psychedelic flourishes of "A Pie De Calle," and Vincentiulian rounds the record out with the playful blips and pulses of "Rhode Hits".
Techno
The resurgence of Icelandic techno continues with the latest release on AE Recordings, seeing Bjarnar Jonsson returning to his long standing Ohm project alongside emergent talent Kvadrant. The pair were last seen on Kvadarant's Kontakt label, and their production partnership is clearly still yielding quality, dubbed out techno in the finest Scandinavian tradition. Even if all the tracks are built with a steely techno focus to them, the synth work and sound design scattered throughout the tracks elevates this to a higher level, not least on the bubbling geisers of signal processing that course through the middle of "Grip".
Minimal/Tech House
Parisian producer Gab Jr has been active for a couple of years now, mainly appearing on Automatic Writing with a quirky strain of minimal house that harks back to the fine legacy of leftfield 4/4 oddities that have hailed from the French capital since the 90s. Albion Records clearly dig that sound, having previously welcomed Ark into their ranks, and Gab jr sounds right at home slapping down the chunky rhythm and spannered sound bites of "Indecent Exposure." "Drunk & Disorderly" pares the beat down and ramps the freakiness up with a killer synth hook and some oddball vocal processing, and then "Fraudulent Cheque" bowls across the B side in a fit of tough drums and screwy micro sampling.
Deep House
D'Marc Cantu's 2017 LP The Lodge was a high point for the ever prolific US producer, not to mention a jewel in Altered Moods' many-pronged crown. Now the label are revisiting one of the album highlights, "S.E.G," giving the punchy Chicago house jam another pressing before handing the reins over to a strong cast of remixers. The one and only Larry Heard plunges "S.E.G" into gorgeous, mystical realms of deep house spirituality like only he can, while Altered Moods boss Malcom Moore injects a different kind of spaced out energy to the track. Then Chicago Skyway finishes the package off with a distinctive version that reaches for a light and airy headspace while keeping the drums punchy and effective.
Deep House
After the first two 12"s from label founder Deep88 himself, ASCII Records turns to a whole host of different characters to remix those tracks with some stunning and varied results. Luis CL is up first, taking a decidedly mellow approach to "Harmony" that tips into a heavy lidded early 90s deep house mood perfectly, while RNR take the Robert Owens-featuring "Believe In You" and make it into a stirring, tense but ultimately emotional acid-laced floor track. Rhythm 2 Soul do a gentle job on "La Beija", MHCrew take a Larry Heard-esque approach on "Rotation" and Jimini lets the space in the mix tell its own story.
Ambient/Drone
Brock Van Wey (bvdub) revives his cult Earth House Hold alias for A Strangely Isolated Place, with his slow-burning, House-music-inspired, long play, 'Never Forget Us'. A Strangely Isolated Place, and label founder, Ryan Griffin has long sought a partnership with Brock, with many believing it may one day materialize in his suitably infamous ambient output known on labels such as n5MD, Glacial Movements and Quietus. But after their relationship grew, Brock and Ryan realized a mutual respect and passion for the classic sounds of house music - the roots and inspiration of Brock's Earth House Hold project. Whilst followers of bvdub and ASIP may be surprised to hear the two teaming up on this specific alias of Brock's, Never Forget Us opens us to a new expression of ambient-inspired music, pushing the many boundaries, forms and genres it can evolve into or indeed, evolve from. A noticeably deeper and more evocative evolution from the first Earth House Hold release, Brock has built an album focused on progression, starting with deep, slow-churning ambient cuts, gradually introducing House elements as the album evolves. Using only instruments and sounds from the early House-era, as is the ethos of Earth House Hold, Brock builds an effortlessly sequenced collage of deep, mystifying, and emotional pieces, combining his signature ghostly vocals with rumbling off-kilter bass-lines and slowly rising atmospheres. As with many of Brock's productions, 'Never Forget Us' is an ode to some of the many memories and experiences that helped influence the producer he is today. From his trademark ambient epics, to his unique brand of ambient house, each reflecting his history, forever lingering in his years DJ-ing ambient chill rooms and deep house basement affairs beginning nearly thirty years ago . With the return of Earth House Hold, the story is told not only through the reflective nature of the music, or the collage of original pin-hole photographs taken by his good friend Mamii, but the mutual appreciation for a sound from years gone-by, brought to life again, yet living its own life, in a way only someone like Brock could.
Ambient/Drone
Brock Van Wey (bvdub) revives his cult Earth House Hold alias for A Strangely Isolated Place, with his slow-burning, House-music-inspired, long play, 'Never Forget Us'. A Strangely Isolated Place, and label founder, Ryan Griffin has long sought a partnership with Brock, with many believing it may one day materialize in his suitably infamous ambient output known on labels such as n5MD, Glacial Movements and Quietus. But after their relationship grew, Brock and Ryan realized a mutual respect and passion for the classic sounds of house music - the roots and inspiration of Brock's Earth House Hold project. Whilst followers of bvdub and ASIP may be surprised to hear the two teaming up on this specific alias of Brock's, Never Forget Us opens us to a new expression of ambient-inspired music, pushing the many boundaries, forms and genres it can evolve into or indeed, evolve from. A noticeably deeper and more evocative evolution from the first Earth House Hold release, Brock has built an album focused on progression, starting with deep, slow-churning ambient cuts, gradually introducing House elements as the album evolves. Using only instruments and sounds from the early House-era, as is the ethos of Earth House Hold, Brock builds an effortlessly sequenced collage of deep, mystifying, and emotional pieces, combining his signature ghostly vocals with rumbling off-kilter bass-lines and slowly rising atmospheres. As with many of Brock's productions, 'Never Forget Us' is an ode to some of the many memories and experiences that helped influence the producer he is today. From his trademark ambient epics, to his unique brand of ambient house, each reflecting his history, forever lingering in his years DJ-ing ambient chill rooms and deep house basement affairs beginning nearly thirty years ago . With the return of Earth House Hold, the story is told not only through the reflective nature of the music, or the collage of original pin-hole photographs taken by his good friend Mamii, but the mutual appreciation for a sound from years gone-by, brought to life again, yet living its own life, in a way only someone like Brock could.
Deep House
Here's a third installment of cult 90s jams selected to reflect the early history of Leeds house music institution Back To Basics, with 2020 Vision main man Ralph Lawson selecting the jams in question alongside long serving resident Tristan Da Cunha. Cassio Ware's proper naughty "I Wanna See You Freak Like This" leads in with all kinds of kinky vocal delights, and then Cajmere bounes things up with the fantastic remix of The Chicago Connection's "Dancin." Johnny Fiasco's sharp and sassy remix of Armando's "Don't Take It" follows up with a mean line in raw acid pressure, and then Da Rebels' evergreen "House Nation On A Groove" seals the deal on another essential clutch of vintage deep house gems.
Minimal/Tech House
Dhaze has been busy in the last five years, hopping from the digital label scene to more established wax imprints such as Metroline Limited and Electronique. His minimal sound has plenty of admirers it would seem, and now he can add Blind Box to the list. His sound is a perfect fit on the label, focused on crisp, lean floor tracks with steady, razor sharp beats and just the right elements of light and shade darting round in between. B2 track "Ichnusa" might well be the secret weapon on this record with its playful chord lilt and easy going dubby mood.
Techno
Kalbata has turned his hand to many styles over the years, not least the excellent soundsystem explorations of Congo Beat The Drum, but on this second release for his label Brush & Broom, he's decided to fling himself into the fiery pit of acid while paying tribute to 90s motocross bikes. "Honda" is dripping with 303, punctuated by a twitchy set of drums, while "Yamaha" takes a diversion into moodier territory, letting hazy chords set the tone for an energised but defiantly heads down acid workout. "Suzuki" is a bit spicier, capturing the essence of 'up-for-it' early Trax Records but edging it into more hypnotic, looped up territory. "Toyota" finishes the EP off with an atonal bleep out with an electro undercarriage.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Alan Shelly was an intermittent feature in the late 60s and early 70s soul and funk scene, but his one-off 7" Party Freaks / Dance Together released in Italy in 1975 remains a treasured gem for those who crave the most potent secret weapons for their record crates. Of course, Best Italy are no slouches when it comes to such records and they have dutifully snapped up the original masters of these sought after jams and given the full, uncut mixes a proper, beautifully remastered airing on 12". "Party Freaks" has a raucous, West African flavour to it that can't fail to set the crowd alight, while "Dance Together" takes things in a looser, jammed out direction - both tracks are pure fire, and it's a damn good thing Best have dusted them down.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Silvana Noris was tragically overlooked back in her mid 80s heyday, laying down just three singles before drifting onto pastures new. Best Italy have dug out her shimmering Din-Don single and given it the new lease of life it so richly deserves, helped a little by DJ Harvey testing the cut out on his turntable travels. Noris' vocal is a curious wonder to behold, hitting a low register and imparting a gravelly tone that sits atop the punchy boogie production. Another slice of disco manna makes its way back into the limelight thanks to Best.
Disco/Nu-Disco
A lot of Inigo Vontier's early material was confined to the digital realm, but now the Mexican DJ and producer is starting to get recognition on wax for his heady brew of old methods and a taste for the freakier end of the party spectrum. This 12" for Mexican label Calypso leads in with the strangely unsettling but strident "Wirikuta," before the snappy surge of tightly wound tech variation "Marakame" comes leaping into ear shot. "Maxa" marks out its own unique space with a heavy broken beat excursion, leaving it to Dreems to ruminate on "Wirikuta" for a closing remix.
Industrial/Noise
Kris Baha is fast becoming one of the most essential operators in the deviant disco underbelly of Berlin's scene, despite having landed in the city relatively recently. Baha's credentials with labels like Power Station and parties in Melbourne are all that you need to know, and now this release on the ever mighty Cocktail d'Amore seals the deal. Baha has never sounded more confident, pinging deviant synths around nasty drum bite and channeling the gods of industrial darkness to make some rugged body music for the darker kind of dancefloor. The experimental, non-party tracks are just as wild, dealing in all manner of uncompromising noise to further Baha's journey to the upper realms of sonic mud slingers.
Deep House
Chubby has already earned its stripes as a podcast and party in Australia dealing in connoisseurs' deep house, and their leap to the world of vinyl is no less classy. The first release splits a 12" between four esteemed practitioners of true skool beats for switched on heads, leading in with Antipodean maestro Ewan Jansen. After delivering the plush tones of his "Plants," Moods & Grooves label boss Mike Grant pops up to remix Jansen with stunning, understated results. Trinidadian Deep takes over on the B side with the typically shimmering melodics and dextrous drums he's much loved for. Mr YT then serves up a final remix, nudging "Move Me" just a little up the energy scale with the help of a killer organ line placed at the front of the mix.
Techno
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.
Industrial/Noise
Contort Yourself continues to explore the crossover between decrepit 80s industrial and the modern artists drawing inspiration from those heady, experimental times, and the results are as thrilling as ever. Haydee's "No Gouvernance" is a brutal charge of drums and distorted yelps, while 1983 jam "De Omnibus Dubitandum" by Hunting Lodge fuses layers of distortion and proto acid with live bass and brittle drums. Catriel lays out a sinister but seductive message on "Nbdymksmefeellowlikeudo", Giant Swan bring their raucous avant-techno styles to "Dare" and then Gotshell remix Hunting Lodge into a thunderous industrial techno charge.
Techno
Hugo Capablanca has been measured in his approach to releasing music of his own. While his label continues to grow in stature, fresh Capablanca material doesn't come along every day, and this salvo on Disco Catorce is a welcome fix. Lipeli's "Paper Sound Dub" of "Lap Dance" is a killer restrained roller that leans towards heavily percussive disco and bug-eyed 70s sound FX. "Track 2" finds Capablanca getting heavy with the signal processing, creating a right racket in the process. Alessandro Adriani's remix of "Dance Less" is a lean, menacing workout of wave-laced techno, and then YPY freaks the end of the record out with the "Exp Ver" mix of "Top Less".
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT!! Discos Capablanca return with a record from the mysterious Detroit-based Sharif Laffrey (we know little more than his place of birth, and that he likes to ride his bike and warm weather) who brings the heat on the Turn It Up 12". Recorded in Detroit in the late 80s and released on a cassette tape compilation in 1988, the original "Turn It Up" is a long forgotten gem from the period when Electro was beginning to morph and mutate into nascent forms of Techno. Excavated by Hugo Capablanca's label, the track is presented in an edited version that stays true to the original and complemented by an Acid Dub Not Dub version that implements plenty of deranged 303 action.
Deep House
deepArtSounds may be a sublabel of Moto Music, but it's achieved so much on its own terms over the past decade. Now Joe Lewis is joining the esteemed ranks of the label with even more experience behind him - he was recording for the likes of Relief Records and Peacefrog way back when. It's no secret when you listen to his jams on Back 2 Live, where rugged and raw synth lines sit atop tough machine beats. "Love Mystery" is plenty tender where it counts, but "9 Lives" and "Confused House" head towards a rougher end goal for the nastier kind of party.
Techno
Having been rediscovered by labels like For Those That Knoe, cult deep techno favourite Derek Carr is on a roll and steps up to Distant Worlds in impeccable form. There's more than a little vintage techno mysticism to the tracks on New Planets To Conquer, which starts off in illustrious fashion with the swooning melancholy of "Scisor" before pinging into the dynamic electro delights of "Fading Fast." "Wraith" is a fast paced, bubbling but ultimately mellow techno jam, and "Sunrise System" cools the EP off with a chill-out cut carved from the same block of high-def synthesis.
Balearic/Downtempo
REPRESS ALERT: A seminal re-release: Whichever Way You Are Going You Are Going Wrong marks the start of a very deep, spiritual and hugely influential recording career for Mark and Clive Ives. Recorded in their own small Wimbledon terrace house in 1982 using nothing acoustic guitars, keyboards a small selection of wind instruments, it's a fusion of Balearic, psychedelic folk, proto electronic and ambient music that sits in such a unique world of its own, it still sounds fantastically fresh today. At points very lo-fi and fuzzy ("The Cleaner") at others very crisp, folky and pastoral ("CH Revisited"), imagine Robert Wyatt collaborating with Osunlade, or the Cinematic Orchestra hooking up with Brian Eno and you might get a slightly clearer picture. Only slightly though... These pictures aren't meant to be crystal. That's the beauty.
Coldwave/Synth
Originally recorded in 1983, O Yuki Conjugate's Untitled EP is a dream record for Emotional Rescue. It's startlingly ahead of its time, featuring stiff drum machine beats, strange sampling and fuzzy, lo-fi synth work, shot through with the wonk of post punk that makes so much early electronic music of the era so captivating. "Beyond Control" has an almost motorik feel to it, with plenty of liquid delay processing and woozy tones melting around the march of the beat. "Disco Song" channels the dubbed out spirit of The Pop Group and gives it a plastic organ makeover, while "Clattering Song" lives up to its name and falls apart in your ears. "Beyond Control 2" completes the package with a wild line in reverse effects by way of a thoroughly primitive remix.
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Konduko label was a gem of early 80s Miami groove, playing host to a range of projects from Noel Williams. "Rock Attack" was originally credited to J. Griffith, but resurfaces here on Emotional Rescue with Williams' King Sporty & The Ex Tras billed at the helm. It's a firecracker of a tune, revolving around a stuttering electro bassline and the loosest, funkiest set of drums, sounding fresh as a daisy with a new lick of mastering paint. Meanwhile Faze Action sprinkle a little contemporary magic on the track, making a beautifully tripped out "Discomix" that sounds more like a cosmic dub extravaganza to these ears.
Deep House
Nebraska fires up his own Friends & Relations label once again to take a trip into the strain of lilting, summery deep house that has previously fitted in so well on Rush Hour, Mister Saturday Night and more. This time around Nebraska is getting the remix treatment from an all star cast, leading in with the woozy, soul-soaked shuffle of Session Victim's treatment of "Pintxos." Mr Beatnick keeps things suitably deep when tackling "Rat Boogie," all laid back disco patter and filtered funk, before Marcel Vogel goes one step further on "Keep What Ya Got" and rolls out slow and juicy funk of the raunchiest kind.
Balearic/Downtempo
Robin Lee takes a break from his day job as Faze Action to slip into the occasional Rudy's Midnight Machine alias for this outing on his own label. It's a mellow, atmospheric ride into pastures you wouldn't normally associate with Faze Action, although "Midnight Safari" is smooth and luxurious enough to feel right in any context. "In The Air" has a mysterious air to it, helped in no small part by the evocative Eastern lilt of the strings running through the centre of the track. There's a sassy boogie step powering "Reach Backless," while "Windchimes" flips the script with a semi-ambient live bass reverie. It's back to the party one last time with "Solar Plex" though - this record is about synthy funk first and foremost.
Techno
Fragrant Harbour once again dig out a cult gem from the seemingly endless vaults of 90s dance music, picking up on a rare and precious gem from a seminal Laurent Garnier mix and giving it the remaster and reissue it deserves. The artists responsible, Broccoli Brothers vs Righteous Men, hailed from Germany and were trying to emulate Mike Dunn. "Catch It (Calm Manoeuvre)" is a spaced out deep house track with all the gritty impact of a classic jam, while "Catch It (Jam)" gets decidedly rowdy with its hefty kick, jacked up swing and wonky bassline. On the B side "Ruhrschnellweg (Last Exit Stahlhausen Mix)" brings a little Detroit flavour into the mix with spectacular, uplifting results.
Deep House
Newcomer JVXTA has been spotted previously on his own label Hardmatter, but you wouldn't think it's early days for the UK producer listening to the assured NY house flex of his guaranteed dancefloor bomb "Brawn." It also stand to reason that promising new Big Apple house label Homage have reached out across the Atlantic to make a fruitful connection, resulting in a crucial grip of contemporary house jams with classic touches in all the right places. As well as the garage swing of "Brawn" there's uptempo strutting aplenty to be had with "Rudy's Disc 31," while "When We Kiss" takes things in a sweeter, deeper direction. "State Of Nature" throws down tribal percussion and woozy synths for a heady track that contrasts neatly with the other more upfront offerings.
Deep House
Is It Balearic? welcome Ilija Rudman back to the fold for the first time since the excellent True Colours album back in 2015, and the Croatian disco house mainstay sounds like he's on searing form. "Motions" is a luscious deep house jam with a throbbing low end, but made all the more powerful by the sultry vocal turn from Andre Espeut. Italo house veteran Don Carlos is a smart shout for two remixes, kicking off with the uplifting yet understated groove of the vocal version before spreading over the B side with the beatless but driving pulse of the ambient mix.
Deep House
Ilija Rudman is certainly a prolific artist, regularly appearing on labels like Is It Balearic? and running his own Imogen label to ensure he's always got an outlet for the classically informed grooves he does so well. Paradigma is his third studio album, and it finds the Croatian producer exploring all manner of moods both day time and nocturnal. At one moment you might be wistfully cruising down the sultry boulevards of "Temptations Trial", only to cosy up with the comely tones of "Creamfields" or the vibrant chords of "Elastica". By and large it's a downtempo affair for private reflection, steeped in 80s glamour and produced with a crystalline perfection to add that all-important glint to your life.
Minimal/Tech House
Mark Ambrose doubles up on his appearance on Was/Is with this strident bout of deep end dwellers, kicking off in style with the charged up strut and punchy mono bass of "Makossa (mix 1)," making a point of stepping into a more peak time sound. "Makossa (mix 2)" takes things in a more bugging direction, but there's still plenty of pressure to be felt in the wriggling low end mess and nagging hi hats. The Teakup mix of "Makossa" is a devilish broken beat track, and then "Wagamama" slips in a loopy melodic hook and lets a firm but freaky slice of techno roll out underneath.
Balearic/Downtempo
Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe has been a treasure of leftfield music in the Far East since the 70s, and Jazzy Conscious are doing a great service in highlighting the delicate talents of this gifted artist for a new generation. There's a new age lilt to the looped up melodic chime patterns that course through "Garuda" as they flirt with Watanabe's effervescent playing. Kuniyuki then hops on the B side to deliver a contemporary remix of the track that shapes out a brooding, immersive atmosphere populated by earthly drums and looming reverb.
Disco/Nu-Disco
From World Unknown, Magic Feet and Tusk Wax and now on to Kinfolk, Tim Rivers is marking out a place in that world of mystical grooves where acid, kosmische, new age, Balearic and wyrd pagan dance can all jam to the same beat. The title track on The Mirage is a gorgeous slice of motorik smoothness, letting sustained guitar nights ring out over a tender throb of bass. "Suni Aki" is a more dramatic piece with a healthy dose of 80s bombast poured over its loins, and then Soft Rocks grapples the B side for a remix of "The Mirage" that cuts the tow line and drifts off in the direction of the sunset.
International
REPRESS ALERT: From the label: "This EP is a dedication to the Amsterdam based Alkebulan Project. Philou and Villy are both members of this project, the project brings artists from Africa & African Diaspora together. The Alkebulan Project is on a mission to change the perception of Africa an it's citizens. Nigerian artist Villy and his group "Villy & The Xtreme Volumes" are on a mission to educate Africans with their message calling for a revolution in Africa, politically and socially in all aspects. Philou has a combination of Congolese, Nigerian and Sierra Leonean heritage and it is in these roots that he has built his sound. His passion for the continent of his ancestors is fervent and his projects are challenging commonly held preconceptions about Africa. His goal is to challenge negative stereotypes, by making African cultures more approachable through music. Much love for Rudy Asibey for founding The Alkebulan Project and bringing the artists together and many thanks to Marcel Vogel for giving us the opportunity to tell our story through."
Disco/Nu-Disco
Koenig Saatgut supposedly appears for the first time in 15 years with this rough and ready piano house/breakbeat roller. "The Spirit" is an unabashedly big track, using a catchy 90s piano lick and sticking a brash boom bap beat underneath it. "Your Houze" is actually the smart pick here though, bringing a modernist approach to vintage, sample heavy house music. There's a whiff of French touch about this one, but mixed up with a ravey attitude that guarantees these tracks will be setting off more than a few dances.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Manchester producer Andy Hanley has had one previous outing on Ruf Kutz but now he's adopted the Haners alias to kick off the Misadventures label with an assured grip of warm, discoid funk shot through with a healthy dose of 80s production finish. "Heaven" is definitely the most dancefloor ready track - a shimmering slice of laid back disco house with plenty of hooks and a dreamy, slightly dubbed out atmosphere. "Girl" is more audacious, slowing the tempo right down and riding on a brittle beat and a heavily reverbed dose of island boogie. "You" keeps things slow and easy for the gentle part of the night - a consummate smooth groover.
Techno
REPRESS! When it comes to dub techno, no-one's flying the flag quite like Steve O'Sullivan these days. His Mosaic label is a bastion for the sound, and on this latest missive he's teamed up with Mike Schommer for some excursions into reverb soaked, filter sweeping hypnotism of the highest order. Before we get on to the originals though, equal dub tech legends Deepchord are at the controls on the A side with the "Negative Space Exploration" version of "Submerged", pinging the track out into a vast, icy landscape with subtle drums and stirring string swells lurking in the mist. The original version kicks off the B side with a cleaner, sharper finish but no less of that Basic Channel-inspired finesse. "Depth Charge Dub" completes the package with a slinky dive into stripped down dubby house for the heads.
Minimal/Tech House
Mr KS continues to build on the strong foundations of his label with this on-point slice of high grade minimal from a rising talent on the Romanian scene. RQZ hails from the city of Cluj, and holds down residencies at Club MIDI and the Mioritmic festival. It's no surprise to learn that his tracks are already getting spun by the likes of Petre Inspirescu, not least the subtly trippy tones of lead track "Abacus". It's a jam that would sit comfortably in an extended morning session, and the same could be said for snappy workout "Voodoo". "Ghosts" lets the fidgety vocal samples lead the way for a quintessential exercise in Eastern European minimal house.
Deep House
Bobby Pleasure's Needs label continues to gather steam behind a message of togetherness, raising money for worth causes and trying to help those less fortunate in society. On this third instalment Lord Of The Isles leads the way with a typically romantic swoon of analogue bass and gorgeous 80s synth strings, while Mehmet Aslan lays down an earthly prowler powered by organic instrumentation. "Trust The Mountain" introduces Petwo Evans with a daring strain of broken electronica heavy on the crackling signal processing. Bartellow's "1001 (Skrillex Theme)" is a craft machine disco workout, and then Nick Gynn takes things tropical with the exotic tones and bold drum machine hits of "Jumanji".
Disco/Nu-Disco
Organic Analogue broadens its remit on this killer boogie inflected diversion from Italian producer Croza. Where the label has been often associated with deeper techno and electro, it sounds right at home exploring the Moog bass licks and snappy drum programming that pours like a fine wine out of every track. "Night Heat" is the perfect lead track, all steamy synth throb and funky guitar licks, while "Feel" turns up the pressure with a proto house burner that would have set the Paradise Garage alight. Also look out for a rare appearance from AD Bourke, who cruises on to the record to deliver a blissed out version of "Night Heat" for the smokiest of sundown situations.
Minimal/Tech House
Following previous outings on Blind Box and Half Baked, OddMann strike out on their own with a self-titled label to carry their crafty twists on the minimal house and techno formula. There's quite a tough, old-skool finish to "Track 1" on this no-nonsense 12", tapping up the early UK techno vibe in all its swooning pads and errant bleeps. "Track 2" is more aligned with the clean lines and head-nodding grooves of European minimal, but there's still plenty of space for surreal sound design in between the drums. "Track 3" dials up the swing and gets seriously funky, keeping things stripped back to let the DJ do their thing.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT!!! Matlock's finest Rhythm Plate resurface brandishing a new label in Pressed For Time, and what better way to inaugurate it than revisiting one of their key tracks. Released back in 2002 on the Mantis label run by Atjazz, "Lean Part 2" was a wonderfully sleazy slab of deepness notable for the lascivious vocal hook that hung slinkily over the production throughout. It still sounds superb some 13 years on and is backed with an unreleased version that was done in the same period, along with deliciously freaky new "Leaner" mix from the pair.
UK Garage
This is the first outing for Herb Rhythm so no-one knows for sure what the sound of the 12" is going to be before the needle drops, but as it comes out on Plastik People you might well accurately guess that on-point garage house has something to do with it. Take your pick - all the tracks on this record brim with the funked up, swinging grooves of New Jersey with keys and plastic sax to match. "Who Knows (4x4 Dub)" is only a hairs breadth from UK garage, but it maintains that US deep house connection. "More Than Enough" is an uplifting piano house jam with vocals to match the sunburst keys, and then "Take You Higher" hits a peak of peppy club tackle to bust your best moves out to. Then "L.O.V.E. Dub" cools the EP out with a smooth, smoky instrumental jam as a perfect tonic to wash down all that garage heat.
Deep House
Silver Network has been a constant source of quality deep house with feeling since Jef K and Tony Silver fired it up in Paris in the late 90s. Andrade is just the cat to get in on the action, having been spotted on other esteemed French labels like Karat in the past. "Float Left" is a psychotropic jam pinging all kinds of strange FX, piano flourishes and subby bass around the jacking beat, and it's offset by the lounge-minded but no less inventive tones of "Float Right". Sakro comes on board for a remix of "Float Left' that taps up chunky, funky 90s house, and then "Clearfix" finishes the record off with a heads down dancefloor workout for the later hours of the session.
Deep House
With previous form on Colors and Love Fever, Remi Mazet returns on relatively new label Social Joy with a deep and refined trip through house music as played by a true musician. There's a dusky, cinematic quality to the whole EP, from the captivating intro to the sweet Rhodes soul of "Safran" and on to the broken wheeze of "Jazz E". "Shrine" has a more forthright club-ready veneer, while "Jammin" brings furthermore machine-oriented grooves, but at all times the devil is in the details, and this record is most devilish indeed. One for all those craving a little more subtlety and flair in their house music.
Minimal/Tech House
The SlapFunk crew have been enjoying plenty of attention lately, and quite rightly. Their pumped up house sound is hard to refute, taking the heads down trippiness of minimal house and beefing it up with classic jacking sounds for an infectious party mixture. Samuel Deep gets the message, bringing just the right kind of swing to "MOOV!" to get bodies popping all over the joint, while "Keek Iz" rides the same beat but in a lower register. "42915 Beatz" is just as drum led, but there's a little more fidgety sonic interplay popping off around the drums. Ingi Visions pops up on the B2 for the distinctly more eerie "Tekniq", placing an icy string synth refrain at the heart of the track with chilling results.
Disco/Nu-Disco
The fourth release on Black Rox finds the Africa-loving label looking to a fine pair of suitors to do the business on a fine pair of edits. Soft Rocks is up first, channelling all the sun of the source material into a track called "Date With The Rain". It's a sweet natured jam layered with gorgeous vocals, perfect Afro guitar licks and a bubbling organ line. Roots Unit takes over on the B side with the more tricky-to--pin-down affair that puts snaking percussion at the front of the mix and loops up some mantras and chants for a truly head-spinning end result.
Techno
DJ Deep and Roman Poncet launched their Sergei Rezza project some three years ago with a widely lauded album, and now they're back with their own label and a chance to fully explore the boundaries of their combined sound. The record starts off gently with the introspective, ambient lilt of "Cale" before wriggling into a knotted groove on "Treehouse" that places intricate rhythm programming at the forefront of the mix. "Monte" has a more forthright pulse at its core, but there's still space for some pattering percussion, and "Decale" shrugs off the drums to explore guitar licks with an almost Balearic finish to them.
Deep House
Jenifa Mayanja and Dakini 9's Sound Warrior label continues to fly the flag for female house producers, this time inviting North Carolina DJ Lady Fingers to make an appearance with the smoky throwdown of "Depth". Mayanja herself then steps up with the ethereal, broken beat tones of "Get Off My Back," Berlin-based Ena Lind takes things in a dramatic, evocative direction on "High & Over" before Lady Blacktronika delivers her inimitable style of shimmering house music with the hi-hat shaking "Chance Of Love." Executed with warmth and intrigue, the Warrior Formulation 12" is another direct hit for Sound Warrior - as if we expected anything less.
Techno
Back in 1998, Damon Wild's Synewave was firing on all cylinders and could release records without leaning on the fame of the producers to shift stacks of wax. In the case of SW37, it could have been an even bigger record than it already was had people known back then it was Joey Beltram behind the tunes. It's a record of two distinct halves getting a welcome repress 20 years after the fact, with the A side jam belting you directly in the chops with its chunky square wave bass line and razor sharp beat programming. It's a looped up peak timer par excellence, whereas the B side takes a swerve towards the deep end in a truly mesmerising exploration of sub-aquatic techno.
Techno
Junior Loves has previously been spotted alongside Scientific Dreamz Of U on the excellent The Dreamcode cassette for 1080p back in 2015, and now the spiritually charged producer is stepping out on SDOU-friendly label Tabernacle to impart some well-travelled rhythm science to all astral journeypeople. There's definitely a psyched-out drum circle vibe to "Light/New Faith," but it's shot through with foreboding that makes it all the more alluring. "Hallowed (0.E.P)" is a strafing exercise in space age arpeggios and eerie chords, and the Scientific one lends a hand on the thrumming cosmic engine of "Altar [Native States]."
Funk
Terrestrial Funk is a new label promising a broad approach to music new and old, but they're kicking off in style with the rarest of funk LPs from Lang Cook, a little known Miami man who was active in the late 70s and early 80s. She's Hot With 2000 Watts is a joy to listen to, kicking off with the snappy cop show funk of "Liberty City Jam" and the blissful reverie of "Another World". There's a whiff of Rick James in the air when Cook sings on "DJ Of The Year", while "Feeling The Fire Of Desire" has an undercurrent of surreal dub processing that nudges this record into outsider territory. Proudly lo-fi and loaded with DIY charm, this is a holy grail brought back in reach for all dedicated funk heads.
Minimal/Tech House
Mihigh hails from the ever-productive Romanian minimal scene, having first appeared alongside Arapu back in 2013 before releasing a few solo EPs that cemented his presence amongst the big hitters from Eastern Europe. Now appearing on Trapped Ldn, he kicks off his Dark Fader EP with the appropriately murky tones of "Corridors". It's a brooding piece shaped out by clanging delay and reverb tones that echo into infinity, creating a perfectly trippy and evocative atmosphere. "Mutual Contemplation" is a quirkier affair that gets all kind of lopsided, pitch bending antics going on, with a sturdy beat carrying the experimental tones in the direction of the dancefloor.
Minimal/Tech House
Edward's graceful take on modern house and techno is a perfect fit for Trelik, and the German producer sounds comfortable as he unfurls swooning threads of otherworldly music for the tripped out dancefloor. The "Ogermania Mx" of "Mikko" is a hazy, string soaked affair pitched somewhere warm and dreamlike, but there's plenty of energy churning away in the lower register. "Lottery" is a more twitchy affair for darker times, all moody bass bounce and looming drones around a shuffling set of percussion. "Groaning Ghosts" is the techiest of the bunch, and there's a whole lot of freaked out sound design swirling around in the mix as well. This is simply stunning, highly advanced dance music from a modern day maestro.
Deep House
John Wilcox has been slowly disseminating crusty hardware jams for some six years now, in which time he's appeared as Cyclonix on Horn Wax, and now he nips over to Tusk Wax for more robo-charged antics in the curious corner of grubby, electro tinged house music the label orbits. "Telemachus" is a dreamy opening number that keeps the spook level up to maximum and the reverb voluminous throughout. "Synth Run" has a bit more bite, but not at the expense of atmosphere. Whatever/Whatever get hold of "Telemachus" and strip it down to a sparse skeleton of a track, and then Wilcox rounds the record off with the steppy ambient excursion "Ronin Love (dub)".
Deep House
Vibraphone Records continues to deepen its contemporary repertoire by inviting Andrew Soul into the fold with a vocal contribution from house music legend Robert Owens. "Slipping Into Darkness" is a beautifully rendered deep house gem with expressive piano work, rubbery bass synth tones, but in some ways the minimalism of Vincent Floyd's remix gives Owens' vocals a chance to take centre stage. "As You Are" is a crooked, broken beat exploration on the fringes of deep house, and Owens' voice sounds resplendent in the more experimental surroundings before Nick Anthony Simoncino comes on board with a 90s flavoured, darkside remix of the highest order.
Techno
Ali Renault's techno bludgeon instrument Vivod gets another notch in its handlebar with this appearance from new Glaswegian venture UNI.OMNI. It's rasping, rabid stuff with distortion and noise in abundance, but these wild elements are actually wielded with a firm grip on opening beast "Acceptance Resistance". "Metaphysical Lives" meanwhile channels some wave influences while keeping up the sense of foreboding, "Sequential Self" gets into a death disco spiral complete with beyond the grave vocals and "Viral Dread" goes even further into the graveyard while keeping the stiff dancefloor pressure dial turned up to 11.
Techno
British producer Mark Ambrose has been steadfast in the deep techno scene since the mid 90s, keeping his head down and slinging out refined, immersive tracks with a minimum of fuss. His Crayon label carried his most personal gear, and there was a lot of it, so now Was/Is have done the right thing and sifted through the catalogue to find the strongest jams for this Crayon Classics 12". "Zulu Groove" is a quintessential rolling groove, all pattering percussion and dubby FX threads, while "Warehouse Blues" ramps up the hi-hat sizzle and plots a course for the techno end of Ambrose's repertoire. "Thru" finishes the record off with a housier disposition, all shuffling beats and looped up melodic hiccups locked into an irresistible funk.
Techno
Torino label We Play The Music We Love has already made a strong start with some immersive turns by Trevor Deep Jr and Rills, and now they provide a platform for Italian duo Luminer. "Indaco" is a charged up dub techno excursion with crisp percussion to propel the classic chord shimmer that course through the centre of the track. "Canadian" takes a deeper direction with a crafty tapestry of synth flares and a more understated rhythm section. Hiver's reconstruction of "Indaco" opts for a crooked electro foundation, nimble acid line and a shapeless swell of pad tones as the key ingredients, and then Icelandic techno champ Thor whips up a sharp-strutting dub techno variation of "Canadian" that sits comfortably with the Luminer tracks.
Techno
Exos' label X/OZ continues to grow as a distinct voice in the world of minimal techno, this time around inviting Russian producer Nikita Zabelin to explore his sound with a sizable EP of finely crafted techno and thought-provoking ambience. "Confusion" is a consummate slice of hypnotic techno crackling with heavily processed energy, while "Pluton" drifts into rich beatless territory. There's more experimental fare afoot with the fractured tumbles of "Curtains", but "Trans Siberian Express" is on hand to lock things back into a sturdy rhythmic framework. Exos also takes the time to remix "Brooklyn Train" into a noirish dub techno workout.
Minimal/Tech House
4th release of Botanic Minds Sunset Series. 12" 180g Vinyl Only. Early support by Barac, Ada Kaleh, Nu Zau, Nima Gorji, Livio, Cally.
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.
Industrial/Noise
Rough and ready machine tracks from Brazilian producer/December collaborator Innsyter (LA Club Resource). CYN002 picks up where Coletivo Vandalismo left off, channeling that same wild, DIY bedroom studio spirit across nine individual recordings. Opening with sprawling synth motifs fighting against a steady rhythm track, 'Desintegrado' sounds like an industrial dub punk trying to channel early Cluster or Moebius and strangely succeeding. The rest of the LP treats us to vaguely Drexciyan, subaquatic electro ('Bries') and twisted lo-fi minimalism with bonus eerie monologue samples ('Superficial Love'). The one recurring theme on Magnetic Healing is Innsyter's clear love for mournful, post-punk inspired melodies. It comes across loud and clear on almost every track yet never sounds tired. Things eventually draw to a close with the hopelessly romantic new wave instrumental 'Forest Shaman' - a short ballad for all those weary-eyed party-goers who stuck around til the sun came up!
Experimental/Electronic
""Brilliant new duo from South London" Gilles Peterson BBC Radio 6 Music. South London electronic duo VTR release their alluring debut EP Soul to Skin on Brixton's Dream Diary Records. The five track EP veers from the melodic to the abstract as sensual lyricism occupies a distinct space amidst spectral sound design, striking a balance between haunting depth and inviting warmth. Soul to Skin was co-produced by recent R&S Records signee Afriqua, whose SLAP EP and Chronic Cool 12" out on Dream Diary brought considerable attention to the label. The final offering on the EP is a Soul to Skin REMIX by INXEC (Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, Cocoon and Leftroom and Culprit) Clash music were quick to premiere Soul to Skin describing VTR's sound as an "entrancing mixture- reminincent of those early James Blake EPs, or even the hushed intensity of Portishead." "
Deep House
Heavy dj support on this new release from Dj Aakmael - House music all the way. Desos and Luvnote on remix dudies. This will blow on the dancefloor.
Techno
The 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.
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
Derek Carr follows up on his album 'Contact' on Subwax Excursions ?and a plethora of high class EPs with this four-tracker of techno soul goodness. This is Derek's debut release of Ferox. Not available digitally.
Techno
After a liittle hiatus of 2 years the label which was formed back in 2013 by the founder of the ground breaking hedonistic undergound parties Bohemian Grove of the industrial city of Manchester is back. The label will be bringing all kinds of electronic sounds mainly from the reaches of the cities industrial smog but some reaching further around the cosmos. This time we have debuting artist DANE WEAVER with his first release on the label.
Electro
Monotone is back on wax! After almost 10 years since we have seen a Monotone vinyl release, the return is strong. Monotone Boss Larry McCormick comes with a 6 track mini-album with straight up pure Electro goodness. The follow up to his album on Shipwrec entitled Intelectro, Larry McCormick aka Exzakt offers us a more puristic Electro sound that he is known for. Kicked off by "Show The Way" we get that vintage Exzakt sound with crisp 909/808 layed kicks, "One Step Ahead" goes the more melodic route but still keeps the beat moving. "Move Because I Said So" is a fun and funky classic Electro sound. "Creator". Vibes are massive on this riding melodic jam. "Eyes On Me" is a journey, an atmospere with trancy keys and subsonic pads. "Magic City" is a bit of a departure from the normal sound yet still retains the low end.
Disco/Nu-Disco
New Special Edition release from Hanners on the Magic Wand label
Minimal/Tech House
Second Release of the new sub label from Politics Of Dancing Records, P.O.D CROSS, featuring label boys Politics Of Dancing and their homies , D'julz and Oleg Poliakov. Another serious dance floor friendly 2 tracker cut for dj's.
Deep House
London's Silverlining turns in another two underground bombs on this sought-after label, this time with two tracks never released before on vinyl. "A Paradoxical Insistance" is fresh from 2018, with his trademark skip and depth, while "Turn, Turn, Turn" employs the spoken-word talents of Canada's Effluence with trippy bleeps and cavernous stabs. Like all releases on the label, the tracks have been mastered to tape, and cut onto deliciously chunky 180g vinyl.
Minimal/Tech House
Nathan Jonson returns for his second outing on 20/20 Vision with 'Business' featuring an outstanding remix from Mathew Jonson. The Jonson brothers have been synonymous with cutting edge electronic music ever since their arrival in the scene in the early 2000s, both heavily contributing to the renowned Canadian labels 'It Is What It Is' and 'Wagon Repair'. Nathan is the man behind HRDVSION, and represented on imprints with a solid catalogue of genre spanning releases. Nathan has performed worldwide as HRDVSION, it's definitely worth checking out his Boiler Room session and Zur Wilden Renate set from the capital of club culture, Berlin. For his recent output Nathan has returned to his family name to produce new releases including last years excellent 'Cross Colours' with Luke Vibert on remix duties. Here he unleashes the strongest track in his current style 'Business', a very fresh slice of edgy electro funk served up with analogue squelch and tight drum programming. But don't miss out on 'Let Your Body' which is a top class dance floor secret weapon to drop peak time. Mathew Jonson steps up next with his remix of 'Business' which is a glorious long workout of the main theme, recorded with all the finesse we've come to expect. It sounds like classic 20/20 Vision brought right up to date with Detroit strings and warm pads layered over intricate keyboard sequences in a live style arrangement.
Techno
Robert Fleck steps up with a 4 track EP straight from the Well Street mould. Glitchy broken beat rollers and a dubbed out minimal dnb trip are topped off with a remix from pioneering Dutch producer Gasometric Run.

Represses

Coldwave/Synth
REPRESS ALERT: Etwas stirs in die Ostlich. Edits and verks of twist sounds. Synth pop, cold wave, neu wave, minimal wave, industrial, neu beat, soundtracks and a selbst Balearen. Freiheit! Als erstes is hero of old Cybernetic Broadcast (CBS) and (Intergalatic FM) radio. Jonny 5 and his verstorbenen Blindsign blog and mixes were a steigen'n'steigen to rescue us from boring neu disco. Schieben his search and discovery for harder, but musical soundscapes. 4 edits is a geschmack. Start brave on the floor feel with the Neu Beut Euro Pop thumper Kaka Kaka. Geschleift, verdreht thoughts. Black Hole is hours spent in Eastern Bloc basements graben in the search for drahts. Stoned indeed, immaculate synth electronic battle cruiser, hart percussion, cut gesang and break. Ready for the percussive finale in Horizon's Change. Was Auch Immer. Bahnsteig!
Balearic/Downtempo
Surely the freakiest house party in town, Bahnsteig 23 is the gift that keeps on giving. The relentless release schedule keeps up right here with this unmissable missive from Cherrystones, a learned selector and all round sonic oracle who regularly rubs shoulders with Andy Votel and that ilk of muso's muso. As you'd expect there's a rich spread of vibes on offer here, from the Afro-disco rub down "Simba Dub" to the Eastern psych lilt of "Belly King". "ExOhSkeletons" brings out some gutter punk styles and loops them into a strangely hypnotic form, and "Topical Meat Wave" imparts some pan-seared drama onto a French disco-funk. "KonGkinG" is a shouty new wave funker, and then the record wobbles out on a suitably deep B3 cut for the weirdos, all Oizo-esque synth blurts and sloppy live drum grooves.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: This is just the sort of jam that Best Records Italy love. Asso originally released his slick cover of "Do It Again" by Steely Dan back in 1983, and it's a faithful version that simply injects a little disco magic into the impeccably composed bones of the track. It received plenty of play back in the day, and it's highly worthy of its own side of wax now. Meanwhile on the flip, "Don't Stop" is an even more essential a slab of club heat, tapping into the heady atmosphere of the Paradise Garage at the time that disco merged with boogie.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Doublet is the production moniker of friends and musical partners Tomoki Tamura and Tuccillo, previously releasing together on other labels, they have come together to form the new eponymously named Doublet imprint as a channel for their own music. Tomoki and his Holic Trax label have long been serving up solid house music whilst Tuccillo has conjured up numerous Beatport chart toppers on labels like 2020Vision, Visionquest and Holic Trax. Here their unique style brings you back from classic house music to future minimalism and is sure to fill you with joy. Up first is the title track, a charming house shuffler with woozy synths, light footed percussion and skipping rhythms that give an off kilter and deep dancefloor vibe. 'Brother Other' is a slightly more physical affair with lumpy beats, tense synth crescendos and stiff snares that really encourage you to shake your limbs. Lastly, 'Buri Planet' is a deep and sensual number with clever vocals samples adding an element of pained soul, rubbery bass bringing warmth and golden synths and acid squelches building yet more character. This is accomplished, alive sounding house music that really does sound fresh. Doublet, then, is already off to a winning start. Vinyl Only.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT!! Discos Capablanca return with a record from the mysterious Detroit-based Sharif Laffrey (we know little more than his place of birth, and that he likes to ride his bike and warm weather) who brings the heat on the Turn It Up 12". Recorded in Detroit in the late 80s and released on a cassette tape compilation in 1988, the original "Turn It Up" is a long forgotten gem from the period when Electro was beginning to morph and mutate into nascent forms of Techno. Excavated by Hugo Capablanca's label, the track is presented in an edited version that stays true to the original and complemented by an Acid Dub Not Dub version that implements plenty of deranged 303 action.
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.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Part Two of the Far East Transcripts series. Hhatri welcomes back more of the house rarities that Soichi Terada & Shinichiro Yokota masterminded in the early 90's.
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
REPRESS ALERT: For Those That Knoe has been doing a sterling job in seeking out truly obscure operators from the annals of house and techno history, cultivating some meaningful working relationships with the likes of Derek Carr to give us an insight into great tracks that might otherwise have never seen the light of day. Derek Carr has already been spotted on the label once this year, and returns with another four impeccable slices of machine soul aimed squarely at the stars. Check "Bob" and there's every chance you'll feel the heady charm of B12 et al drifting over you, while "L'Equipe" gives you a serious dose of Heard-inspired warmth for these long winter nights.
International
REPRESS ALERT: From the label: "This EP is a dedication to the Amsterdam based Alkebulan Project. Philou and Villy are both members of this project, the project brings artists from Africa & African Diaspora together. The Alkebulan Project is on a mission to change the perception of Africa an it's citizens. Nigerian artist Villy and his group "Villy & The Xtreme Volumes" are on a mission to educate Africans with their message calling for a revolution in Africa, politically and socially in all aspects. Philou has a combination of Congolese, Nigerian and Sierra Leonean heritage and it is in these roots that he has built his sound. His passion for the continent of his ancestors is fervent and his projects are challenging commonly held preconceptions about Africa. His goal is to challenge negative stereotypes, by making African cultures more approachable through music. Much love for Rudy Asibey for founding The Alkebulan Project and bringing the artists together and many thanks to Marcel Vogel for giving us the opportunity to tell our story through."
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: The unstoppable march of Dan Shake continues apace as he storms Lumberjacks HQ with some of that refined sample-a-delic house music that is fast making him a marquee booking for those who want their party started right. He sounds right at home on "Magic Marcel", throwing down an addictive bass hook and looping up the woozy romanticism of classic disco and filter house into a thoroughly potent brew. "The Bee Won" takes a more urgent approach, reaching towards a kind of jazz funk energy with some tumbling percussion shaken into the mix for good measure. Taking a cooler approach to round the record off, "Wake, Bake & Shake" lets the funk take centre stage and leaves the samples plain as day for that breezy Sunday afternoon feeling.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Plastik People is proud to bring you a new collection of vinyl classics that takes us back to those House & Garage vibes from our most loved era, the 90's. all are rare & hard to find track compiled with love by label owner Marc Cotterell.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: While it may still be relatively early days for Chicago-based label Perpetual Rhythms, already the quality bar has been set high with the first two releases and now HVL and CSPOK are on hand to push it even further. The former has already found form on Rough House Rosie, and here weaves a romantic take on deep techno and electro that will soothe the soul immeasurably with its healing pads and warming melodies. CSPOK resides over the flip with an equally dreamy vision of machine funk, keeping the beats secondary to the synths while drawing energy from an impressive arrangement of interlocking sounds.
Techno
REPRESS ALERT: Ghosts of the Sky is a new project from Taelue and Chicagodeep, the producers behind the occasional Perpetual Rhythms label. They begin in a murky mood with "Asylum", a low-slung, dub-influenced late night techno shuffler that makes great use of foreboding, horror-inspired chords, ghoulish electronics and delay-laden vocal yelps. It sounds like a contemporary take on the kind of gothic moodiness once offered up by Bauhaus. There's more of an unflustered aesthetic about "Squash", a throbbing deep techno jam that makes great use of undulating acid lines and picturesque chords. Flipside "Cycle Turning" closes proceedings by joining the dots between the yearning beauty of classic deep house, the far-sighted electronics of futurist techno and clattering intensity of analogue drum machine rhythms.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Uzuri can always be trusted as an on-point barometer of the strongest currents in contemporary deep house, and here they welcome a new talent into their midst in the form of Panama Keys. "Panamarama" is a gorgeous suite of organic instrumentation, all Spanish guitar licks and pattering bongos, which then get handed over to the mighty Joe Clausell for the soaring, energised "Harvest Remix". "Vyrgin Island" may well be the stand-out track on the record with its infectious flute lines, chiming vibes and sensual, punchy bassline, but don't overlook the blissful ambience of final vignette "Flying Whiles".

Last week

Minimal/Tech House
BEEYOU Records is a Vinyl Only Label manifested on the island of Ibiza. Each selected Artist has personally connected with us on their journey and we aim to share their part of the story in the form of music. Three artist's come together to create the 'Nectar E.P'. 'Laidlaw' and 'Ben Ulrich' take control of the A side, 'Be Yourself' has a Jazz Infused UK Garage feel that sits perfectly with the rolling drums and 'Bedun' takes you on a journey through time with layer upon layer of atmospheric sounds. 'Kesh' put his mind down on the B side with contagious grooves throughout both tracks that simply just make you want to dance.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Another italo-disco and proto-house classic that inspired the early house movement. Heavily played in Chicago now reissued in the right form including the unreleased dub version mixed by the legendary dj Tony Carrasco !
Disco/Nu-Disco
Raw italian cosmic funk production from Naples, released in 1977 only as a 7 inch with short faded cuts, now very hard to find and pricy! We tracked down the original tapes from the former label owner and fully remastered for another limited 12" on Best Record Italy containing the full cut versions of Sexy Lady and Stop The War on the flip .
Techno
Derek Carr follows up on his album 'Contact' on Subwax Excursions ?and a plethora of high class EPs with this four-tracker of techno soul goodness. This is Derek's debut release of Ferox. Not available digitally.
Techno
After a liittle hiatus of 2 years the label which was formed back in 2013 by the founder of the ground breaking hedonistic undergound parties Bohemian Grove of the industrial city of Manchester is back. The label will be bringing all kinds of electronic sounds mainly from the reaches of the cities industrial smog but some reaching further around the cosmos. This time we have debuting artist DANE WEAVER with his first release on the label.
Minimal/Tech House
"Next up on the Jack's House imprint comes Legit Trip, a young fresh talent from Russia with this 4 track EP offering deep and tech vibes keeping in line with the imprint so far. A1. Answer is a rolling kick driven number with a deep vocal performing the track title (Answer) that pops up throughout the provocative arrangement. A2. Organic has a more house vibe to it with lots of swing & groove and a catchy female spoken vocal (Dance, it just makes it more beautiful) which then leads into some old school garage influenced keys. A sure fire dance floor winner B1 What, is more on a minimal tip with liquid sounds giving it a subtle acid touch over some smooth skippy percussion and a fierce base line B2 You Get Me, is probably the friendliest track on the EP in the terms of house music and perfect for mid warm up sessions with an infectious but pleasurable melody of keys that carries it throughout"
Deep House
Long Way Home is Fred Everything's 4th studio album, the first one on his own imprint, Lazy Days Recordings. The record is a welcome return to the LP format after 10 years and also to many musical genres he dabbled with in the past. Broken Beats and Electro co-habit flawlessly with Slower Disco and Deep House with an overall balearic/addriatic vibe, influenced by summers spent in Croatia and Mallorca. It features vocals by South Africa's Sio, Montreal's Franky Selector as well as previous collaborator Jinadu. It also features Hot Toddy from Crazy P on guitar and Live Strings. Watch out for remixes from Lauer, Andre Lodemann and Ian Pooley coming out soon.
Disco/Nu-Disco
New Special Editions Edits from Magic Wand label
Techno
The Olympos series paused briefly, but now makes a welcome return thanks to the efforts of Hermes, the messenger of the gods. Whether he produced the tracks himself or they were ghostwritten is unclear, but they're a fantastic addition to the Greek mythology-focused minimal electronica label. "Astraia" is a twinkling delight of mournful deep techno, while "Eidolon" heads into introspective minimal electro territory with some seriously crafty beat programming. "Stasis" meanwhile strikes a warm, laid back note that harks back to early UK techno - might the track title be a tribute? The record closes out on "Phone," a grainy, sullen jam with some crunchy broken beats and plenty of needlepoint sound design going on.
Techno
"Taken from Drome 001 - Phuture Classical Appendix A (1992) Part 1 of a 3-Part Series released on Tabernacle Records (2018)"
Disco/Nu-Disco
Steve Cobby and Laurie Welton are both from Hull in the North of England. Cobby is one of the members of the pioneering electronic outfit, Fila Brazila, while Welton is the man behind the Myth! Project, whose "False Profits" EP was released last year on Posthuman's, Balkan Recordings label. In fact, Cobby has known Welton's aunt for 20 years and Laurie has been a fan of Fila Brazila since the early 90's. So, when laurie was asked by Steve to collaborate with him, he jumped at the chance. The fruits of their collaboration are the three tracks on the "Absolute EP.: This release is truly and internationl affai; the label, Adam Warped's Whiskey Pickle imprint, is based in Austin, Texas, the artists are from the UK, while a remix of "Absolute" comes from New Yorker's Whatever Whatever, a duo staffed by Bryan Mette and legendary NY DJ, Justin Strauss. "Absolute," in it's orignal form, ia a tough, but breezy, chugger with a chunky, forward-lurching bass line, loose, splashing beats and a lush, pretty, synth tone. A beautiful, electric piano chord punctuates proceedings while a sample from Laurie's favorite guru intones "Absolute existence, absolute knowledge and abosolute bliss" throught. IT's balearic accented house of the highest order. "Limoncello" is a seductive exercise in placine delicately balanced chors, Rhodes flourishes and unusual tones in close proximity. These tones are probably gleaned from some of the unconventional instrumens and odditems Laurie uses in the studio. He owns a Moroccan instrument called a Quarkeb and used a pair of toy, plastic hands he got in a Christmas craker to create a castanet sound. The track is subtly acidic, pushed by an understated bass line, a striding beat and a nicely placed clap. A number of different keyboard sounds wheel around the mix and create a gorgeous sunset of early morning feel that is hard to resist. The EP finishes off with a remix of "Absolute" by Whatever Whatever. It is a stargazing and elegant invention that sits atop a buzzing, chewy bassline, which marches boldly through the track. The guru sample appears regularly and as the track progresses, the bass line becomes increasingly acidic while a number of lucious keboard sounds appear, fade and reappear. The drive of the bass line, as it converses with the woody, crashing snare, leads to a dramatic, synth chord sequence that lifts the track and creates a sense of joyful urgency that will make this tune an effective building tool for the DJ who likes his crowd on an ever escalating, emotional ride. This is a musically satisfying and very danceable release that will appeal to DJs in several genres. There will be more to follow from Whiskey Pickle, deep in the heart of Texas.
Techno
Robert Fleck steps up with a 4 track EP straight from the Well Street mould. Glitchy broken beat rollers and a dubbed out minimal dnb trip are topped off with a remix from pioneering Dutch producer Gasometric Run.

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Deep House
89:Ghost are thrilled to bring you an EP from talented Finnish producer Vesa-Matti, with an EP that could be a dub techno soundtrack to a Finnish sealife documentory, here's some direct info : "Tracks were written & produced by Vesa-Matti Kivioja in Vaasa, Finland, between 2011-2017 in three different locations, Highsquare Sound, Studio K & Seafront Mixingroom" : We seriously dig this dude, try check out his other, more ambient work too if you can. Peace - Nx
Deep House
89:Ghost rather gingerly presents to you an EP from head gonk Nail - 3 tracks taken from the digital only release "U-Dubs" from 2015, plus an extra unreleased dub from that time. Hopefully this may encourage the miserable git to make some new tracks... watch this space. But for the time being, spark up a zug and chew on these four meaty badboys. Peace - Nx
Minimal/Tech House
Alex Font's Acme label is back in action once more, welcoming two lesser known but promising talents from the ever buoyant Romanian minimal scene. Lizz leads the way with "Chord Everywhere," and as the title suggests this is a swirling, dubbed out cut with plenty of delay and reverb splashing that titular chord all over the shop while the drums stay on point. Font himself kicks off the B-side with the shuffled funk and psychedelic flourishes of "A Pie De Calle," and Vincentiulian rounds the record out with the playful blips and pulses of "Rhode Hits".
Techno
The tenth release on Miles Sagnia's AER, marking the tenth year since the labels inception. This time round, a more hypnotic dancefloor sound encapsulates the artists mindset. With previous releases on Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART), Aesthetic Audio, Ornate Music, Common Dreams, amongst others. Together we glide into the pacier textures, where moments of intensity meet serenity......
Deep House
"Manchester has produced some of the world's most loved artists and bands - from indie to acid house - listened to by millions around the world. Ad Hoc Records continues this musical tradition, as a record label dedicated to showcasing the very best of Manchester's music scene - with a firm 21st century, 'post-everything' mentality. First, Banana Hill's very own: Cervo (Black Acre/Lumberjacks in Hell); with its pulsing beat and bassline, Hesse Groove makes you want to discover a new part of town late at night. Next, is Taurtollo with an outstanding, universal composition that will be sure to delight ears and dancefloors. Penultimately, Paul Chamber's brings a raw, Fela Kuti sampling afro-house cut sure to get your head bobbing. Lastly, Ad Hoc regular Yadava (Church/Banoffee Pies/So Flute) brings the relaxing jazz-funk number Kadampa 125. If this doesn't get you moving whilst simultaneously achieving a zen state of mind, nothing will."
Techno
This is the first 12" In a series of releases for legendary Midwest Techno label Analog Records which has featured some of the biggest names in Techno History starting off with new material from label honcho Freddy Fresh under his Modulator Moniker with 2 Techno bangers also features a relaunch of the sought after Gates release by Freddy and Paul Mix which was originally released on analog UK division in 1996 and goes for loads of money if you are lucky enough to locate an original copy .. stay tuned for more action...
Balearic/Downtempo
Archeo Recordings chart a course for the Balearics with this laid back delight of overlooked Italian island grooves. Tony Esposito is a long-serving singer-songwriter, and two tracks from his 2004 CD Viaggio Tribale get a vinyl cut here. "Dove C'e Luce" gets a special, 90s tinged remix from LucaEffeSunset. Antonio Nicola Bruno's "Storia Della Terra Mia" is the first of three unreleased tracks from this little known Lucan artist, striking a curious note with folk undertones and a sunny disposition. There's a more dramatic tone to "Danza E Ridanza," which takes on an almost Talking Heads-esque quality for the "B Version" that closes this high quality 12" from the ever reliable Archeo camp.
Techno
Chris Weeks has been building up the Kingbastard catalogue for a long time now, generally taking a self-reliant approach in the underground electronica scene where CD-r releases reign supreme. He's been a key figure on Ambidextrous since the label launched back in 2008, and now he's committed to wax with a range of crunched up leftfield sonics for the machine-loving crowd. "Anxiety" is a melodic cut with a house-minded structure, but there's a lot of production acrobatics and compositional swerves taking place within this framework. "Scatterbrain" is more overtly out there, tapping up the kind of heavily processed sounds that producers like Paradroid have championed in the past. "Data_Loss" strike a heavy blow somewhere between dubstep and electro, and "Data_Ctrl" ups the tempo for a rabble-rousing exercise in mind-bending machine music.
Deep House
After the first two 12"s from label founder Deep88 himself, ASCII Records turns to a whole host of different characters to remix those tracks with some stunning and varied results. Luis CL is up first, taking a decidedly mellow approach to "Harmony" that tips into a heavy lidded early 90s deep house mood perfectly, while RNR take the Robert Owens-featuring "Believe In You" and make it into a stirring, tense but ultimately emotional acid-laced floor track. Rhythm 2 Soul do a gentle job on "La Beija", MHCrew take a Larry Heard-esque approach on "Rotation" and Jimini lets the space in the mix tell its own story.
Balearic/Downtempo
Surely the freakiest house party in town, Bahnsteig 23 is the gift that keeps on giving. The relentless release schedule keeps up right here with this unmissable missive from Cherrystones, a learned selector and all round sonic oracle who regularly rubs shoulders with Andy Votel and that ilk of muso's muso. As you'd expect there's a rich spread of vibes on offer here, from the Afro-disco rub down "Simba Dub" to the Eastern psych lilt of "Belly King". "ExOhSkeletons" brings out some gutter punk styles and loops them into a strangely hypnotic form, and "Topical Meat Wave" imparts some pan-seared drama onto a French disco-funk. "KonGkinG" is a shouty new wave funker, and then the record wobbles out on a suitably deep B3 cut for the weirdos, all Oizo-esque synth blurts and sloppy live drum grooves.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Jonny 5 returnz. Wandering inner and outta self he presents 3 bombaz. Bengali Dub will change livez. Simha will charge high fivez. Tum Tum will...well it just rockz Jonny ommmmm takeoverz !!
Disco/Nu-Disco
Bahnsteig retour a 23 pour club Le-Fan !!! Paris king Alexis. Unser mit mehr schnitte. Agre iz Goa Beat lover. Pune iz low go bumper. Hubli iz swing and rider. Kulem iz Gaia ode solo glidder. Vive La Panzer Dude !!!
Disco/Nu-Disco
" Qui entra la Scala !! Rappresenta Italiano. Anacondas per Rimini skies. Thai City il partito. Shadow Dancer e Italo picchi. Rascals winks oceani !! "
Techno
The Bassiani label is the platform for the infamous Georgian club to present its sound to the wider world, and it does so in fantastic fashion with this run of various artist releases. This fourth release kicks off with the dark, textured and brilliantly rendered techno immersion of Cassegrain's "Departure Seven", while Ersatz Olfolks gets a little more heated with the strafing synth work that courses out of "Straight Road". Hector Oaks is also in a rowdy frame of mind with the peak time belter "Move In Circles, Walk On Lines", and it's down to Thomas Hessler to cool things off with the heart-rending electro of "Memories".
Deep House
The 20/20 Vision offshoot Basic Vision continues to mine the folklore of the legendary Back To Basics with a selection of carefully selected deep cuts from the history of house music. Chris Cuevas' "Hip Hop" already sounded strong when Masters At Work chunked it up in dub form, and then Rob Mello perfected the jam when he performed an extended edit on the breakbeat fuelled jam. Eddie Fowlkes' "Where Will I Be?" is a classic slice of 90s vocal house, while Free Energy is an uptempo deep house jam for those feel good peak time moments. Black Science Orchestra sound utterly timeless on the soaring "New Jersey Deep," laying the soul on thick and keeping things fresh and funky throughout.
Minimal/Tech House
The Blind Box Series continues its quest into the heart of the minimal house scene with this stunning take from newcomer Oddmann (also spied recently on Half Baked). There's a whiff of electro running through "Pure-T" even as the drums kick with 4/4 precision, while "200hz" gets into a more classic shuffle with wonderfully delicate bleeps and squiggles filling in the space. One suspects there's some high end gear powering these rich, globulous sounds. "Tendax" is another utterly classy cut that uses some familiar tropes but cuts through the noise with an all important air of mystery that reaches beyond basic club fodder to impart a deeper, abstract message.
Minimal/Tech House
Dhaze has been busy in the last five years, hopping from the digital label scene to more established wax imprints such as Metroline Limited and Electronique. His minimal sound has plenty of admirers it would seem, and now he can add Blind Box to the list. His sound is a perfect fit on the label, focused on crisp, lean floor tracks with steady, razor sharp beats and just the right elements of light and shade darting round in between. B2 track "Ichnusa" might well be the secret weapon on this record with its playful chord lilt and easy going dubby mood.
Deep House
Those Maltese bad boys Owen Jay and Melchior Sultana are back on their trusty Batti Batti steed with another sublime drift through velvety-smooth deep house cuts for discerning heads. "August" lays the pads on thick, making the groove all that sharper when they drop out, but it's not long before that filter opens back up to let the blissful tones back into the mix. As the name suggests "Acid Carpaccio" is a rougher concern, but it's still finished off with a classy finish and one eye on the deep end of the dance. "Smoked" notches up the swing and aims skywards with an uplifting, contemplative jam like this formidable duo have forged their name on.
Balearic/Downtempo
It's that time of year when thoughts turn to lazy afternoons down the beach, early evenings sat watching White Isle sunsets and sticky nights of loved-up debauchery. In other words, it's the perfect time to dive into the latest volume in the consistet Balearic compilation series. There's naturally much to admire in the now-familiar Cafe Del Mar/Cafe Mambo style, from the horizontal, flute-laden samba shuffle of The Madrigal's "The Ride to the Moon" and Shay Lovers exceedingly drowsy "Black & White", to the warm chords and head-nodding beats of Steve Cobby's remix of "Tradewinds" by Penelope Antena, and tropical exuberance of Maajo's "Musa Paradisa". Best of all, though, is Mudd's impeccable "Mix for Emma" of Zee Erf's blissful cover of "Southern Freeez", which is one of the most stunning tracks you'll hear all year.
Minimal/Tech House
Botanic Minds have quietly built a vibe that is all their own with a series of 12"s from lesser known artists on the fringes of the minimal scene. There's something different at work in these tracks, not least on the limber opening jam that kicks off this uncredited fourth release on the label. "Track002A" has a more familiar house shuffle, but there's still an intriguing atmosphere submerged in the micro samples lingering in between the beats. On the second side, things get super minimal on "Track001B," pushing the dancefloor dynamics to the back and focusing on strange shards of sound instead. "Track002B" finishes the EP off on a lopsided, funky tip with another lysergic soundscape hovering in the middle distance.
Techno
For the fourth installation on Boogie Box Records, Appleblim links up with the Middle East crew to deliver one of two EPs planned for 2018. First up. Two original tracks by the Bristolian artist, Vurstep and Dream Wisdom. Signature Appleblim crossover sound, floating between Bass, D&B, Electronica and House influences, with early Carl Craig/Psyche/BFC and 4 Hero watching over. On the B Side, Vurstep gets a rework by Shed and Forest Drive West. Always on point, Shed does what he does best. A grooving old school flavored bass and breakbeats remix. Followed by Forest Drive West's stripped down, mind humping, feet tapping basement flavor.
Techno
"It is not often that we hear STL's music reworked and in this instance, it was not an easy process, since the parts to the originals were unavailable, resulting in a uniquely interesting approach for this release. Juniper lead the way on the A side, delivering two dynamic versions of Haze & Kraze. Dark and shuffly edits of the original that keep you drawn in from beginning to end. On the B side, Fold reinterprets Hide & Seek into a low tempo dub house piece. Heavy on the low end. Lush with the pads. And suited for your warm ups. B2 sees Jonas Friedlich work a loose electronica / techno edit of Hide & Seek, complete with twists and surprises. "
Disco/Nu-Disco
The fourth release on Black Rox finds the Africa-loving label looking to a fine pair of suitors to do the business on a fine pair of edits. Soft Rocks is up first, channelling all the sun of the source material into a track called "Date With The Rain". It's a sweet natured jam layered with gorgeous vocals, perfect Afro guitar licks and a bubbling organ line. Roots Unit takes over on the B side with the more tricky-to--pin-down affair that puts snaking percussion at the front of the mix and loops up some mantras and chants for a truly head-spinning end result.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Neddy Smith seems to be just another one of those smooth operators consigned to early 80s history on the excellent Delirium label, but lucky for us Best Records are on hand to dig him out and bring "Give It Up" to a whole new crowd. This is crisp, laid back boogie of the highest caliber, with the title track in particular nailing everything we love about this inimitable era of funk. There's more than whiff of Luther Vandross about the opening strains of "Give It Up", but "Liberated Woman" strikes out on its own with a more ballad-like tone but no dip in the all-important get down.
Disco/Nu-Disco
"Limited edition remastered release of another wicked boogie joint from Delirium records that is just as good as Jagg and Neddy Smith from the same label and previously reissued by Best Record Italy. This one luckily has the highly playable instrumental and the soulful vocal version both mixed by the legendary Tee Scott. Don't sleep! "
Disco/Nu-Disco
This time best record italy presents an Italo masterpiece from 1983 produced from the duo : Francesco Paolini (Pasta DJ) and Alessandro Novaga that became a massive dancefloor classic in Chicago House with the likes of the Hot Mix 5 on cult radio station WMBX and regularly played by the legendary Ron Hardy at the infamous Muzic Box. It was very influential at it's time on the early Chicago house movement.
Disco/Nu-Disco
"Originally released in 1983 Stop Bajon (Primavera) became a favourite in Rimini Discotheques, Balearic Islands and even Chicago during the early house days. It was an anthem on what went on to become the Italo Disco movement. The vocal mix is still revered and played to this day by DJ's such as DJ Harvey at his Mercury Rising night at Pikes, Ibiza. This special limited edition release from Best Record Italy features for the first time the original acapellas (tracked down during tape restoration) plus the song Stadera that was available only on the first italian pressing and of course the original extended club vocal and instrumental."
Disco/Nu-Disco
Written in 1984 during MIDEM in Cannes 'Ecoute Le Son Du Soleil' alternating DJ vocals and singing, interspersed with Jingles, reflect Yannick Chevalier's radio shows, club performances and live sets. Today can be considered one of the most cosmic records produced in france.... thanks also to the heavy use of one of the very first harmonizers (Publison DHM 89 called the Infernal Machine) for the effects on voice. This limited edition reissue from Best Record Italy contains the vocal, instrumental plus the unreleased dub version and the Jingles that can be useful on your personal selections !
Drum And Bass
Three long awaited dark jungle tracks from London-based producer Mark Donington
Deep House
James Solace first EP on Callisto. 3 organic house tracks . Hypnotic.
Techno
Monterrey's new kid on the block, Colossio, EP on Calypso is an inmerssion into this artist's world of influences. From kraut-rock to mexican folklore passing trough electronics, Colossio takes us on a journey inside his head and mind. "Moto" sets the stage with misterious guitars and trancey synths while "Fe" it's more of a robotic percussion trip. "Ansia" it's a more dance-floor oriented track while still mantaining the experimental spirit of the whole EP. On remix duties, Newcastle's latest global export, Man Power, channels the Stooges and the New York dolls for a sleazy Glam Rock version of the title track.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Nyra continues to shine on his own Canoe label, making the most of the creative freedom to show every side of his musicality. "Take My Hand" deserves to be huge, displaying a devilish instinct for a simple disco loop, a powerful vocal and a whiff of fist shaking New York house pressure that will leave its mark long after the club kicks out. "Life Is Trippy" switches stance entirely with a snappy boogie-indebted jam for lighter moments. "On & On" meanwhile summons a rowdy Detroit techno backbone that, paired with the bold disco licks, calls to mind the kind of fare DJ Bone can so expertly drop. "Falling For Love" maintains the fusion of rough and smooth with equally brilliant, party-starting results.
Techno
Cong Burn go deep on their third record with Freerotation affiliate Duckett making his first appearance on the label and Chekov following up his recent contribution to Timedance. The heady A-side opens with Chekov's 'Spring' which has spent the last few years popping up in sets from Lena Willikens, Call Super and the Hessle Trio. Duckett's 'Lost In Israel' rolls through its first half carried by complex arpeggios before its layers are broken down and evaporated. On the B side Lack provides a extended and dubbed out DJ tool sounding like if Kowton released on Workshop. Haddon's 'Anabiosis' ties this batch together having first appeared on Cong Burn's debut CDR back in 2015 - since then it has become a go-to opener, closer and after party ender.
Ambient/Drone
Cocktail D'Amore showed the breadth of their tastes when they reissued Ukranian composer Iury Lech's 1990 album Musica Para El Fin De Los Cantos last year. Now the label has commissioned a raft of remixes from some label regulars, with wonderful and diverse results. Powder drops her signature snaking rhythmic trysts over "Barreras", while "Cuando Rocio Dispara Sus Flechas" benefits from an abstract, ambient reworking from Suzanne Kraft. Hatchback takes to "Posmeridiano" with a delicate touch, all lingering 80s synth motifs in a beatless reverie, and Zavoloka lays the cinematic intensity on heavy with the icy strains of "Ukraina".
Techno
Yuri Shulgin is a multi-instrumentalist music producer from Tajikistan. His discography includes a small number of releases from the Greek label Modernista and the French Escapade Recordings. Animal Planet is his contribution on Cocktail d'Amore Music. This EP is a live-recorded masterpiece that will lift dance floors into heavenly heights. A1 takes the record title. It's an acid based, genre-blurring piece of music, enveloping and disorienting at the same time. Infinite strings melt together to a constant build up, reminiscent of Steve Reich - Double Sextet/2x5. Boogie Space feels like the continuation of the previous track, evoking a cloud of glitter in absence of gravity. Walking starts off the B side. Its funk future jazz-influenced groove is supported by an organic, as bouncy as timeless bassline. While the stripped down Dubby Body goes to deep realms, the outro Recordtake closes this surreal EP.
Deep House
Rob Belleville is a producer from the Netherlands. His music can be found in the same space as producers such as Arne Weinberg, Microworld, Sean Deason and Drivetrain. He is know for moving between ambient electronica and atmospheric techno sounds, always warm and well produced. This release is no different, as here we have two very special tracks with the same integrity as anything Rob has written in the past. On the A side we've got 'Implacable Force' which features a driving techno foundation and washy synths, interwoven for perfect headspace. The second track in is Sungazing, which takes you into a more lazy groove with swirling, warm pads and more good drum programming. The B side features Rise 'n Shine and Sands of Time, both blurring the line between deep house and techno, with a fine balance between the melodic textures and tech house percussion. If you like atmospheric, melodic textures and quality music in general, this one is for you.
Electro
Beneath the still waters of Lonely Sound there lays the ruins of Howland Abbey, its 3000lb bell still hanging in the belfry, only swayed by the currents of the regular tides across the estuary, over 100 years since it was rang by the order of Carthusian monks who lived in the nearby priory. At the turn of the last century during a heavy storm the Abbey was plundered by an unknown gang of marauders, as they left on horseback carrying with them all the gold from the Abbey the sea defences around Lonely Sound were breached, flooding the Abbey, Priory and the surrounding land, the Monks ran for dry land as they watched their beloved bell tower disappear beneath the rising waters, unable to chase the thieves, cut off as the water rose around them. Some locals say these ransackers were in league with the elements, some say they had just intentionally damaged the sea defences before making their raid. Local folk-law claims that the morning bells of the Abbey can be heard ring out from beneath the murky waters of the Sound every year on the anniversary of the great storm, ringing the peel that was never rung. A. N.O.I.A. Rubicon Rude 66 'Morning Bells' B. N.O.I.A. Rubicon Rude 66 'Morning Bells' (Timothy J. Fairplay Version)
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
Valencia based deep house DJ and producer Hugo Giner aka W & P HGG has been deejaying and crafting his sound since 1995. In 2006 he created his own record label 'Cornuta Sound' which has been well received amongst the global Deep House Scene. His releases have been charted by house giants such as Larry Heard, Rick Whilitie, Charles Webster, Miles Sagnia, Harley&Muscle, Efdemin, Julietta, Le Loup, Dubbyman and many more. A remix of the main track made by his very close friend Nacho Marco aka Loudeast (Loudeast Records, Ovum, Madhouse) in an old classic electro way, grows without a doubt to reach the status of "a must, only for connaisseurs".
Minimal/Tech House
Burnski's Constant Sound label keeps on trucking with this prime cut of crystalline tech-house for the more discerning heads. Lead track "Faith" is a feisty little groover, threading a wealth of field recordings and playful synth flourishes in between the fundamental rhythm section. "Get Up" has a freakier micro house bump to it that harks back to Burnski's Trapez days, while "Vertigo" does a marvelous job of spinning ones head right out with all manner of quivering synth tones. "Daydreamer" takes things a touch deeper to finish the record off with some crafty percussion, woozy melodic swells and immersive chord throbs in the lower register.
Minimal/Tech House
Romanian producer Iuly.B has been turning out his wares on all the right labels, from Visionquest and Claque Musique to Memoria and Fuse London, and now he's been tapped up by Burnski's Constant Sound label to unfurl a vision of minimal house in 2018. At this stage the influence of early deep techno is as powerful as any kind of modern stripped down house sound, and that comes through in abundance on the shimmering, ambient-tinged "Spaceport". "Dynamics" maintains the celestial trajectory of the record, but with a more looped up, bleep-led approach, while "Meditate" draws upon some of the more familiar tropes of minimal house. "Spherical" finishes the EP off with another set of ethereal pad tones and a crisp, snaking beat for adventurous dancefloor trippers.
Deep House
"Side A 1.Tyree and Isis feat. Adonis- Passin Thru The House(Ty'z Original Mix)- This track was originally written and recorded by Adonis and Eric Santos in circa1986, and it was supposed to have been released back then, Here's Tyree Cooper's take on the original classic. although the track isn't quite the same as the 1986 original, it still comes really close. Side B. Tyree and Isis feat. Adonis- Passin Thru The House(DJ Vocal Remix)- This a modernized version for all you "Jackin House Fanatics" . From the beginning the kick drum starts to pounce on you like if you were in a hot skillet and you're command to move your feet. Then this bubbly perky bassline comes in outta nowhere and just traps you in and Isis (the vocalist) takes you on this ride through House Music and it's Cultural and Humble beginnings. Side B.1,2 Tyree and Isis feat. Adonis- Passin Thru The House(Vocal Soul Remix)- This mix a retro throw back to those vocal disco house filtered tracks from the mid 90's . With it's twist and turns and squeeching pitch noise's and a rough Speed Garage track under it along with the assistance of Isis (the vocalist) makes it perfect for todays sound systems and dance floors... "
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."
Experimental/Electronic
Left of centre experiments from the Dutch underground of yesteryear. Muziekkamer was the name of the home recording studio that gave birth to the twelve tracks on 'Popmuziek', an intriguing document of sketch arrangements and primitive, fairytale sampling wave cuts. This is music which excels due to its inherent naivety; the limitless ambition of 'Black Box' almost sounding like a precursor to the 90s ambient techno of Likemind or Stasis. On 'Being Home Tonight' we can hear an early form of what the likes of Tolouse Low Trax have been bringing to the forefront of contemporary club culture whilst the erratic art-rock of 'Walkman' mirrors what Leven Signs & co were doing over the pond. In trying to create something which represented 'intrusiveness' as a contrast to an earlier ambient tape the trio incidentally blurred the lines between various musical fashions to come. An amazing snapshot of time and place!
Deep House
Not much info on this one. Two serious cuts on a hand stamped red record with a D2B logo. Think fast, these won't hang around for long.
Deep House
Texas native Demarkus Lewis is up next on the great D3 Elements label. This time, Demarkus brings his signature diverse house style on this release, which features tracks from his Mental Notes album that only came out digitally in 2011. Luckily for lovers of vinyl, D3 is putting out three of the gems from that release. First is the upfront house of Without Pause that is full of Demarkus' bumping drums, masterful combination of spacey, Detroit style electronics and swirling chords that will get anyone onto the dancefloor. Lady In Pink also features some wonderful spacey chords, but is a more downtempo, broken beat type of affair, resplendent with computer bleeps. Over onto the B side, Demarkus takes us into a more spiritual and deep territory, with Behind Closed Doors (Afro Main Mix). The afro rhythms coupled with Eman's spoken words turn this into a track that do wonders with a heaving, sweaty dance floor in the early hours. Another winner for the D3 Elements label.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Having busted out a staggering amount of edits for Disco Fruit over the past few years, Loshmi makes his vinyl debut for the label with the Drugstore EP, and he's packing even more of that feel-good funk in the process. The title track is a heavy, sample-a-delic jam with a deadly flute lead and heated organs, while "Wsoop Wsoop" opts for an outright boogie freakout of the highest calibre. "Sweet And Nasty" heads in the direction of Salsoul Records to inject some Philly heat into the house beats on offer, and then "Still Loving You" rides the EP out on a sweet, soulful tip.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Hotmood is up next on Disco Fruit with some brightly coloured tracks that sit just right in the bowl next to previous efforts from Funky Junkie, Gradient Logic and more. "Let's Ride" is low down and nasty where it counts, but also manages to be smoothly finished so as to keep the crowd happy. "Mr Funkyman" gets a little jazzier, looping up where it counts to keep the sweet, sweet groove rolling as long as needed. "My Disco Collection" is a more rugged affair rolling at a slower tempo, and the appropriately named "Clean Cuts" gets busy with a loop that could roll on all day without anyone tiring of it.
Techno
Two Berlin underdogs and a Detroit ravemaster. A driving force in the very early Frankfurt electronics since the late 80s, to hardcore acid in Brooklyn in the early 90s, producing legends as Carlos Peron among many others along his way, ADSX aka Andre Fischer might sound new to many but has been an active part of the underground electronic movement for the last 30 years. Benji DF aka Hanoben is no newbie to the scene either and might have soundtracked your night if you were to be found at clubs like Tresor or Snax in the late 90s. Together they recorded an ode to aural sex, its acid counterpart, and a genius sketch of a club banger. When label honcho Capablanca heard the latter had little doubts about commissioning an extended mix to Motor City's Special Forces Gen. Sharif Laffrey aka thee Activator, who needs little introduction to the discerning raver ears as the man behind instant acid classics Turn It Up and Always, among others. After countless studio days and nights and endless versions (we stopped counting at 56th) Sharif delivers what is possibly his best work to date, an unstoppable 12 minute dancefloor annihilator. To wrap such special release we asked legend Alan Oldham aka UR's Minister of Information aka DJ T-1000, (also responsible for label designs for Transmat, Djax, Submerge, Pure Sonik and a long etcetera) to create one of his classic artworks. Capablanca deconstructs his center pieces for the fully printed sleeve, and everybody S.C.R.E.A.M.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT!! Discos Capablanca return with a record from the mysterious Detroit-based Sharif Laffrey (we know little more than his place of birth, and that he likes to ride his bike and warm weather) who brings the heat on the Turn It Up 12". Recorded in Detroit in the late 80s and released on a cassette tape compilation in 1988, the original "Turn It Up" is a long forgotten gem from the period when Electro was beginning to morph and mutate into nascent forms of Techno. Excavated by Hugo Capablanca's label, the track is presented in an edited version that stays true to the original and complemented by an Acid Dub Not Dub version that implements plenty of deranged 303 action.
Techno
Two edited monster jams that you actually need. A side adjusted by Berliner Discos affiliated Hanoben aka Benji DF, while B side is delivered by Eastern promise olta Karawane.
Minimal/Tech House
After a short hatius following the sellout DR001 - Tommy Vicari Jnr's Suction EP in 2015. Drifted Records' latest sub-label project 'Mid-Flow Series' showcases the more electronic/breakbeat shade of minimal techno. Their debut 8 track Various Artist compilation LP includes compositions from Henry Hyde, Martinez, Voigtmann, Alicia Hush, Lee Hume, Unai Trotti, Amathia and Bilal.
UK Garage
Having recently reared its head with the reissue of the Groove Chronicles and Dub Child tracks on Rip N Run Vol 2, Dat Pressure makes a fully fledged return to the game with this debut release from DJ Perception. It's a strong statement, steeped in 2-step flex but saying something fresh that feels contemporary rather than throwback. "Memory" pitches its sweet vocal elements amidst a bed of humming pads and heavily reverbed one shots, with just the twitchy beat to carry it. "The Way Forward" is a livelier affair, though no less distinctive, and then "Your Love Baby" finishes the EP off with the most obvious dancefloor belter of the lot.
UK Garage
Dat Pressure keep digging back into the archives of main man Noodles with some of the highly sought after heat that has been fetching silly money on the second hand market. When it comes to the darker end of the garage spectrum, some of these jams are right up there with the best and so getting a chance to lay your hands on a stone cold jam like "99" is a dream come true for any true 2-step head. Beats and bass just don't come sicker than this. "Black Puppet" meanwhile lays down the law as far as wobble bass goes, proving just how pioneering Noodles was with his work as Groove Chronicles.
UK Garage
Noodles groovechronicles / dubchild part 1 of the rip n run series featuring tracks "we go" & "zip it up" being heavily supported by radio & dj's.
UK Garage
As well as revisiting some classic material from the archives, Noodles is using his revived Dat Pressure label to push new productions as well, and the good news is his fresh takes stand up to the old-skool jams easily. "Watch It" is embellished with bluesy chords and delicate touches, but underneath it the power of the bass is undeniable. It's moody but soulful in the same vein as the vibe that inspired dubstep initially, and likewise "Ur Name & Number" fuses that perfect mix of rudeness and sensuality that makes for the best kind of dark garage club banger.
UK Garage
Noodles groovechronicles / dubchild anticipated vinyl release "so wild" already supported on radio & with dj's.This 12' goes back to noodles ethos of uk garage music "make it good"...
Balearic/Downtempo
"Special edition Gold Pantone Sleeves" Moon Lovers is electronic journey through Nuovo Romantica much in the same vain as Dreamtime 002 Rev Thorn - Airport West. 10 selected atists from all corners of the planet, Sweden's Bobby Bricks starts the LP off with the Slow Mo Disco Meloncolic love song No Money, No Vacation. Venus Express II - Feel the Wave is next delivaring a Bouncy Piano driven bop. Song number 3 Paul Withey - This is what we hold on to, is a funk guitar driven vocoded groover to likes of Herbie Hancock, Daft Punk later works. The LP concludes with Peter Pearson's spaced romantic piano interlude, Come Closer.
Drum And Bass
St. Petersburg-based producer Evgeniy Sergeev is back with 4 tracks of soul-shredding breaks and driving atmospheric sounds on second release of his own label Dissymmetrical Music.
Deep House
A1: eddie fowlkes - GIVE IT UP FOR MY DJ - This Detroit Techno sound by Eddie Fowlkes, representing the big room sound with pumping drums, effects,and the lead Electro sounding will have you everybody dancing. B1: eddie fowlkes - LOVE WORKS - Once again, Fowlkes combining deep electro sounds and a semi swing drums with brilliant vocal sampling flowing thru, to make this a track to bang all day & late night!
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
Debut release from OK EG (Matthew Wilson & Lauren Squire) on new sub label of Local Traffic Recording, Ebb Tide. A beautiful rendering of nature and techno.
Disco/Nu-Disco
"[Emotional] Especial returns in 2018 after a supremely quiet 2017 as batteries were recharged and life happened. In mind is the introduction of new duo, Weird Weather and their debut EP, Bamboo Room. Slotting perfectly in the label family with 4 cuts covering dark basement club music through to calmer, balmier moments. LJ Horstman and D Thornley, conjoined metal nerds from opposite ends of the London suburbs who bonded over love of dub mixes, create Weird Weather. This debut collects tracks from four years of jamming, constructing, dubbing and re-dubbing. Cheap synths played with strict finger musicianship; deep bass over 4/4, clattering Roland drum boxes and analogue pads and submerged vocals calling out over the noise of the digital Coffee Maker. Full spectrum of influences are apparent for the heads with nods to Yello, Jah Shaka and the Horn "Megamixes" of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and ZTT alumini - all go in the dub blender with a slug of 80s rock bombast. 4 demos passed down and the mixing desk skills of homeboys Mr TJ Fairplay and Mr J Paton are added for good measure. To start, Sequence 5 is a one-take body-music desk dub. The relentless riding rhythms and faint harmonics pull you to the floor in unknown fashion. Trash Dolphin follows as an aquatic New-Wave meets NY-house in-joke that went too far. Sample bits out the window to reach nirvana. Taking the flip is Bamboo Room. A sub 90 bpm, euphoric mind-melter for the post Ambient House generation. The true winner with tranquil(ity) bass and psychedelic (research) lab trip shifts. Seamlessly completed with the poolside 'Ormus Mix' for the suave recliners. Thanks to Eric Dan for phantom support via the LCD screen. Onwards and upwards. "
Electro House
After a deceptively quite 2017, Especial picks up the pace pace by welcoming back the peroxide, youth filled Fairplay (re)version and a 2nd EP of old-skool-meets-the-new-school flavoured House and Breaks to lock, jock and spin. After the criminally overlooked 'How Do You Like Me Now?' EP - how is Classic Version not a...classic...version? - Junior gets back on the (lino) floor. The EP starts with a look north to the 'other city of 7 hills' that birthed a Warp'd British retake on House in his bleep-dub ode, End Of Love. The autobiographical title belies a forward approach with his trademark echobox kick'n'hats underpinning uplifting keys and nodding bleep finger solo. Who to join the party then, than another man of mystery, Roy Of The Ravers. After his debut EP on sister label Emotional Response became a most played from Aphex et al, it is only right bring him to E'Special. His brooding, hoover rush Remix 1 heightens the vibes with a heads down bleeping half-steppa. Righteous! The flip is given over to Junior's roots, bringing the hip-hopper back with the anthemic The Shazsquatch Goes Back Into The Woods. No shoc(k) horror here, just more upwardly mobile breakbeat meets UK techno licks. You can hear Fairplay at one with man and machine, pushing a sound that looks back but most definitely goes forward with 'Sunrise' on the mind. To close is the swagger of EP title cut, Faxes From The Future. Hair of the (black) dog fuses a swinging break with proto-dub-meets-Giallo stylings to rework the senses and say, now is (still) the time! A return to making the noise while keeping tongue planted firmly in cheek. What are u like? Top. Buzz.
Electro
"Welcome to aquatic electro-tale. Electronic Leatherette provides their electro tales from deep sonic underwater universe. "
Deep House
After 20 years, Moca and Enlightement Recordings is back releaseing two tracks. Baku inspired by the Formula one race and markets of Baku. The Return track is also a throw back with a classic 808 drum sound.
Minimal/Tech House
Rising Greek producer G.U.S. steps up on Equivalence with some pumped up vintage techno sounds that take more than a few cues from the UK. "Shelf Cloud" strikes a fine balance between tough and dreamy, using a twitchy set of drums moving at a decent pace and flooding them with atmospheric pads and a slice of vocal that forms a central hook to the track. "Halo" goes even deeper into British territory with its chopped up breakbeat funk calling to mind the dexterous sample magic of Stasis, and then "Haze Phenomenon" heads into deep tech house territory riding a pumped up shuffle beat and swooping pads.
Post Rock/Experimental
Following the 'Screaming Ghosts' collection highlighting the music of C Cat Trance, Emotional Rescue and Malka Tuti return with the first of two EPs where the band's music is given over to a selection of artists, friends and collaborators for reinterpretation, re-editing, replaying and remixing to provide a modern outlook on the bands mixture of East meets West musicology. Very much the vision of Malka Tuti and close to their ground-breaking releases of the last two years, the genius is out of the bottle with a who's who representing both labels. First, Autarkic go supergroup in enlisting Tel Aviv's White Screen for a cover of Screaming (To Be With You). Totally replayed, this is the perfect opening, with wide-screen production, updated arrangement and decimal delivering vocals setting the standard. Following comes an effusive, simple and on-point remix of Dalbouka by the inspiring ledge that is JD Twitch. Platitudes aside - enough has been said by others - but the fact Twitch is as enthusiastic and driven as ever is testament enough. The simplicity and genius of his rework, where 909 is added alongside fx to speaker shaking effect, shows that less can be much more. In Sneaker (DJ) we have a name moving steadily from the (cult) periphery to become one to consistently check and respect. Following EPs for Rat Life and Bahnsteig 23, the singularity of his reversion is audacious and entrancing. Brevity, purity and ultimately intensity of percussion, horns, bell and guitar. Enter. To end volume 1 comes Die Orangen. Kris Baha and Dreems' bromance of Aussie label (red) heads, united in post-industrial explorations. With a deep, expansive album incoming on Malka Tuti, their brooding, rattling, ghostly mix is one for late night thinkers, that steps up to encapsulate an EP that successfully marries old and new, bringing C Cat Trance's music present.
Post Rock/Experimental
Volume 2 of retakes of C Cat Trance's unique post-punk meets world beat brings the collaboration between Malka Tuti and Emotional Rescue to a close. Here again, the label's call in a selection of heads to re-envisage a modern vision of the music to present a perfect representation for today. Starting with Red Axes retake of an almost untouchable classic, the booming, sound system-quaking version of Shake The Mind is a heads down mover that should add to their reputation and finally give DJ's a follow up to utilise. Next, Jamie Paton gives the perfect trance-inducing, dubbed edit of Take Me To The Beach. Looping the drums and horns infinitum, building through repetition was never truer, before release. His individual take on remixes is again displayed, deep dubs from the brethren. To close the 2 EPs, the final side is given to a meeting of older and established artist and new, upcoming, but already respecting crew. In Prins Thomas, the psychedelic protagonist of the heralded northern disco lights, his name was first to be penciled. His live, drum-heavy reversions have become trademark and in Sudaniyya, it's all there. Subtle, confident and alluring, Thomas builds to a steady jam of machine and man, letting it all hang and simply, groove along. In finale, Khidja bring in friend and fellow Romanian production rising star, Borusaide to cover Simple Helen. A slow-burning ode in original form, their genius reversion captures the essence and much more, giving C Cat Trance's music a whole new lease, while presenting their production talent and musicianship. As was the hope and intention of these updated versions - Re-mixes for the 21st Century - with a nod to the past, but feet firmly in the future. Play loud and play out.
Post Rock/Experimental
Volume 2 of retakes of C Cat Trance's unique post-punk meets world beat brings the collaboration between Malka Tuti and Emotional Rescue to a close. Here again, the label's call in a selection of heads to re-envisage a modern vision of the music to present a perfect representation for today. Starting with Red Axes retake of an almost untouchable classic, the booming, sound system-quaking version of Shake The Mind is a heads down mover that should add to their reputation and finally give DJ's a follow up to utilise. Next, Jamie Paton gives the perfect trance-inducing, dubbed edit of Take Me To The Beach. Looping the drums and horns infinitum, building through repetition was never truer, before release. His individual take on remixes is again displayed, deep dubs from the brethren. To close the 2 EPs, the final side is given to a meeting of older and established artist and new, upcoming, but already respecting crew. In Prins Thomas, the psychedelic protagonist of the heralded northern disco lights, his name was first to be penciled. His live, drum-heavy reversions have become trademark and in Sudaniyya, it's all there. Subtle, confident and alluring, Thomas builds to a steady jam of machine and man, letting it all hang and simply, groove along. In finale, Khidja bring in friend and fellow Romanian production rising star, Borusaide to cover Simple Helen. A slow-burning ode in original form, their genius reversion captures the essence and much more, giving C Cat Trance's music a whole new lease, while presenting their production talent and musicianship. As was the hope and intention of these updated versions - Re-mixes for the 21st Century - with a nod to the past, but feet firmly in the future. Play loud and play out.
Coldwave/Synth
Emotional Rescue returns to the music of "dark ambient" pioneers O Yuki Conjugate (OYC) with the reissue of their debut album, 'Scene in Mirage'. Released in 1984, it's post-industrial; cold wave overtures mixed with an ambient oeuvre created a compelling album that has gained cult status. Recorded in a four-track basement studio in Leeds it showcases two very different sides to their sound. Side E follows the earlier recordings of their debut cassette release "Untitled" (ERC051), with use of analogue drum machines, synthesizers, bass an the ingenious use of tape loops made from audio cassettes stolen from local public libraries. Side O however, points to the future development of the band with experimental sound collages. Built from percussion, voice, flute and drones created using a home made digital delay with a 1.6 second sampling feature for instant soundscapes. At the touch of a button this was DIY at its core when at the time most samplers cost more than a four-bedroom house in Knightsbridge. Quickly selling out in its original pressing, inexplicably their record label decided not to re-press, so an expanded cassette version called 'Scene In Mirage/Soundtracks' was re-released on the band's own Final Image label with an accompanying video. Here, Emotional Rescue's re-issue combines the best of both versions in a lovingly recreated sleeve taken from the original design templates. Based around original members Roger Horberry and Andrew Hulme, OYC is now returning in its fourth incarnation with live shows and hopefully, new music to come. Watch the horizon.
Balearic/Downtempo
Emotional Rescue unearth yet another pearl of curiosity from the mists of the 80s here, kicking off a series looking at the work of guitarist Carl Weingarten. This album is a fine place to start, as Weingarten teams up with Walter Whitney for an engrossing exploration of ambient synth work merged with careful use of slide guitar and more besides. It's very much of its time, originally released on Multiphase in 1985, and it's as charming and naive as it is accomplished. There's a new age sweetness to the harmonic composition, but the sound palette is deceptively deep, not least thanks to Weingarten's multifaceted approaches to his instrument. Dreaming In Colours sets a promising tone for what the rest of the series holds.
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. "
Disco/Nu-Disco
Emotional Rescue do the right thing and tap up the Konduko label - an oft overlooked gem of the Miami bass scene - for one of the biggest tracks in Noel 'King Sporty' Williams' back catalogue. "Haven't Been Funked Enough" is an absolute battering ram of proto electro, staggeringly advanced for its time (it was originally released in 1982). There's also a "Rapstrumental" mix with some life-affirming instructive speech across the jam, but the real icing on the cake is Idjut Boy Nad's wild and ranging "Discomix" on the B side. It's a truly spaced out affair that sounds like it was mixed live on the desk with its rugged FX sends and woozy atmosphere.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Emotional Rescue returns with the third (and final?) King Sporty & The Ex Tras releases with the first ever-official reissue of the highly sought after cult boogie jam Do You Wanna Dance? Coming as remastered vocal and instrumental, plus again featuring a special Discomix, this time courtesy of acid-disco slayer Felix Dickinson. Appearing shortly after the success of the band's only album, Extra Funky, Do You Wanna Dance? pointed the way forward, moving further from Disco and closer to the rising electro-boogie sounds that were sweeping the dance floors. The confident up / jump electro drum programming, slap bass and trademark Sporty guitar chops are propelled by a monster swamp inducing synth arpeggio that sings the funk electric, while hip-hop-shout-outs ride the rhythm. If the vocals are too much for some, then the original Instrumental (dub) is also included for those just wanting that infectious groove. As many will recall, Do You Wanna Dance? featured on Felix's "Originals" compilation for Claremont 56 back in 2011, so when the King Sporty reissue project was coming together there was only one name to be asked for the Discomix. With a long history of DJing and music production, as well the man behind the Recycled Records, Fools Gold, Urban Myth and Bastedos labels, as well many, many releases on the long running and aptly titled Cynic Recordings, his remix arrives on point. Teasingly drawn out, his mix switches back / forth between versions, the interplay between vocals, guitar, bass and electro-glide synths hypnotically building, with Dickinson's deftly dubbing tripping it out, making the title's question irrelevant, as mind and feet involuntarily move.
Deep House
Taking a turn to some of its roots, Emotional Rescue offers a reissue of Ramjac Corporation's UK house/breaks anthem Cameroon Massif!. First released on the increasingly cult-status Irdial Discs in 1990, this was very much the sound of the big bang explosion of Acid House morphing and splintering, as subsequent multi-genres developed, formed, imploded and reformed in new ways that still subsists today. Within the melting pot of anything goes, chemically-enhanced optimism that spread across the UK during that return to the summers of love from 1987 onwards, the nascent sounds coming from Chicago and Detroit were mixed with a hybrid of 80s British influences, taking in European synth pop, US electro, new beat, hip hop and reggae. Out of this appeared a new sound, mixing that love of techno and house with dub bass and break beats into a proto-jungle swirl. Like many growing up through the ever-evolving 60, 70s & 80s British music scene, Paul Chivers' early years of learning piano and guitar, moved from Beatles era pop to take in punk, jazz and anything an eager musical mind could explore. Developing a long-term interest and study of Cuban and Afro-drumming, his acquisition of an Atari and sampler soon moved to programming of both drum machines and TB303 and with that, Ramjac Corporation was born. Playing live at some of the earliest raves in 1988, as often through luck and "right time, right place", including the infamous Back To The Future and Energy parties, Ramjac went from playing from 50 to 10,000 ravers in a matter of months, as the nation was gripped, depending on your cultural standing, by either a mixture of drug apocalypse paranoia or ecstatic celebration. It was a meeting with Akin Fernandez, founder of Irdial Discs, that led some of the first studio experiments and creation of Cameroon Massif!. Utlising Akin's in-house studio and production skills, alongside Chivers' jazz influenced outlook of improvisation over arrangement, the track took shape, mixing the live programmed percussion, heavy doses of phase, delay and reverb and Sun Ra inspired keys that resulted in a number of mixes of Massif!. Collected here are the original 12" "Massive" and "Massing" mixes, plus a special live version taken from the "Live At The Brain" reunion gig of 2009. The sought after 1990 versions and original Live mix are taken a step further with this 13 mins + mix, in essence a resampling and remixing reversion with didgeridoo and live on mic MCing, that gives a real glimpse of those early live sets. With more Ramjac Corporation material upcoming and a live reel-to-reel show appearing soon, the return of Cameroon Massif! is now.
Balearic/Downtempo
"Emotional Rescue presents French 80s electronic band Takenoko and their unique and quirky euro synth-pop, here as collected works from 1982 to 1988. The compilation includes their 3 singles plus a number of unreleased songs heard for the first time. Formed in 1981 when Bruno Aujard, Jean Louis Simonet and Jean Michel Louisor met in Bordeaux, France, the trio took their admiration of post punk bands like Talking Heads and Gang Of Four and mixed it with the pioneering sound of Kraftwerk and the new wave of UK electronic bands and set about composing songs with the simple aim to make people dance. Encompassing their interest in Japanese culture, Takenoko, meaning young bamboo shoot - a metaphor for teenager in Japan - was born. Initial demos were soon signed and Elle a Tokyo was released on 7" in 1982. A vision of the Far East garnered from magazine stories of Geishas, robots and the arrival of the modern, movement of designers, such as Yohji Yamamoto. Their second single, Lee Harvey Oswald, didn't appear until 1985. This time darker, the song reflects on the assassination of Kennedy from the perspective of infamy. Questioning human relations became a theme, the contrast and under-lying violence between them. Their final single, Trans Amor Express, was released in 1988 and expressed their synthesized euro pop to the max, transporting the listener across a world of sensuality and was backed by anthemic John Wayne, also included here, as with all, in remastered form. Recording throughout this period, 4 unreleased songs are fully realised for the first time. From the driving Pas de Petit Garcon dans mon Avion to the leftfield leanings of Les Guerriers, the Yello-esque Love Is My Weapon and finally, the off kilter closer, Rendez-vous a Malibu, the band finally can be heard as intended, a perfect encapsulation of a new, optimistic, European sound, transposed by the technologies coming to hand."
Balearic/Downtempo
The spiritual and uplifting music of Clifford White is highlighted with two of his most sought after songs, taken from his 1989 album The Lifespring, and presented here in a special extended 12" for the first time. Starting in music production at just 15, White could be described as a protegee, however his take is that they were part of a music journey that continues today. With a centre found in electronic music and spirituality, his progress, from simple home use 4-track stereo to working in professional 16-tracks studios was swift, but matched by a deeper appreciation, greater confidence and wider palette of music styles. Utilising his love of early samplers, his first use of the Akai S612 to accompany and expand his keyboard recordings saw continued development from his debut album at just 17 with Ascension (1985), to the follow up Spring Fantasy (1987) and on to The Lifespring (1989). A small review in the local paper literally led to a knock at the door and offer of a deal from the Start (State Of The Art ) label to record his next album. With a subsequent advance, professional studio equipment was hired and out of these sessions his sound expanded to include ambient, orchestral, synth pop and even ballads. From this both Lifestream and Rain Trek emerged. With a love of Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene in mind, Lifestream's smooth beginning soon gives way to the pulse of an arpeggio driven groove. Aiming for "relaxation with an edge", the track has become a secret play for the more Balearic minded DJ in the decades since and now sees the LP trade for dizzying sums. However, the original is achingly brief, gracefully fading as part of the album's journey. Here though, with DJs and collectors in mind, White returns to the song to craft a specially extended version that completes the song and will be appreciated at sunsets across the globe. Seeking to take the music and listener to another place, Rain Trek took White's interest in Sci-Fi and the mystic powers of water to a rightful conclusion. The healing nature of his music is apparent, the mystery, yearning and travelling, all emotions evident, but with a kick that will grace the more enlightened dance.
Deep House
Sad City's debut album was an absolute delight to behold when it landed late last year, and this remix package on Emotional Response does a great service to the quality of the original by offering up some truly outstanding new versions from impeccable talent. DJ Nature is one of the greats of heads down, dusty house, and his smoky handling of "Steady Jam" draws you in across two blissful versions that adorn the A side. On the flip, "Pace, Movements I-IV" gets a beautifully bubbly acid treatment from HOLOVR, and Herron plunges "Rain" into a murky bath of leftfield techno.
Experimental/Electronic
Words that capture this resultant outcome. A spectral haze of subconscious, living rhythms. A meeting of mind-tribes. Close; Kudo; Ruscha; Tripp. Hear, the discovery of Tkil. Such collaboration can bring powerful interests, mixing diversity with vivid psychedelic motions. Soundscapes of improvised beats, jamming intersections float and pierce the sonic sphere. Aural poetics illuminated across satellite optics, NYC-LA-NYC-LA. The quartet creates in a non-linear, multiple level, liquid sequence. Four individuals, their subtle personality's reiterating sonic textures to form cascading minimalist atmospheres, chimes and percussion - diffused harmonics of ethnic vortices descending endlessly. Acting as coordinates that search for their source, a purity of multiplicity is presented. Together these are focused experiments, raga-like meditations of precious expression from artistic connotation. Visionary; subtle; mysterious. Their essence an eclectic blend of composition, a natural but technical expression of cosmic minimalism and world music influence. The outcome is a magical encounter of artists finding a creative affinity, sweeping downstream on a rolling rhythmic magic muse, beyond a bizarre excursion to capture the thrill of modernism, moments that reach the soul of alienation and togetherness in equal, savant, infinity.
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
Ambient/Drone
The Schleissen series stands as one of the finest facets of the ever expanding Emotional Response empire, initially kicking off in 2015 with releases from artists such as Harmonious Thelonious, Abul Mogard, Don't DJ and Sad City. Now the series has been fired up once again with the exotic tones of Tomaga, recently found lurking round the likes of Meakusma and Hands In The Dark. It's an exotic live band sound that touches on Fourth world exploration and motorik drive, but certainly with its own unique slant. The B side of this particular 12" is given over to Neil Tolliday, most commonly found rolling out tech house as Nail and many other names, but here indulging in gorgeous, layered minimal ambient pieces with looping melodic phrases to soothe rather than groove.
Ambient/Drone
"Things take a psychedelic turn for SchleiBen 7 with a welcome to the label of arch exponents of mind expansion in NYC's Georgia and the unlikely but no less diverse inclusion of Balearic stalwarts A Man Called Adam. Having Georgia in the series might not now be a surprise, however discussions with this open, genuine duo started during a visit to New York over 3 years ago and so here, finally realised in this fluid journey of confident pace and harmony, is the best of their freeform evocations. A duo in the everyday sense, Brian Close and Justin Tripp are video / music production teamsters of unnatural talent. Having gained a status of their own that has seen them release for the likes of Palto Flats and FTD, the five pieces that form their contribution drip with psychedelic intent. Culled from archives, the interest is how the tracks - made over different years, locations and situations in life - meld in to something poetic simply by being placed within a specific format. Avant-chimes ebb to rhythmic pulses and erudite teachings before dark percussion and Eastern melodies reach a clattering, but gentle finale. With an upcoming collaborative album with Secret Circuit due on the label later in 2018, as well as recent works with RVNG Intl's Matt Werth and recordings for Sacred Summits' brethren Firecracker Recordings, it's a warm, effusive glow of a welcome. In contrast, the inclusion of A Man Called Adam in the series may indeed surprise but is a false comprehension. The "Sketches" included here show AMCA away from their Balearic pop incarnation of the last thirty years and towards the academia that both members Sally Rodgers and Steve Jones have pursued in the last decade. With both completing PHDs, Sally ('The Diachronic Impact of Technology-Led Abstraction in Oral, Written and Music-based Poetries') is a senior lecturer at Leeds College Of Music, while Steve ('Mobilise: The Carry Principle, Sound and Mobile Media') is based out of de Montfort University, now is the perfect time to highlight the diverse sound environments they have been working in. The music that makes up these recordings are drawn from sound works and audio experiments completed in recent years. From sound toys and apps to home made glass organs and electro-acoustic sound, custom patches to spoken word manipulations, the sketches are excerpts - some evolved from commissions for the National Science Museum, BBC Radio 4 and live performances with the world renowned video artist Milosh JL - fused especially for this release. Bringing these generated pieces in to an audible "mix" creates a discourse of their work in performance, interactions and visual media. An intellectualised album therefore, but still in the premise of the series to allow artists to present something new, unique, discrete, hidden even, all with the aim of giving the recipient the chance to sit back and (un)listen. "
Ambient/Drone
"For the final part of SchleiBen 5 - 8, Emotional Response welcomes two Scottish based artists to close out the series. In Jon Keliehor you have a world and music traveler with history from psychedelic rock to fourth world exposure, alongside one of the best electronic producers of the last decade, Lord Of The Isles. As the drummer of West Coast folk rock / psychedelic band The Daily Flash, Keleihor spent much of the mid-60 based in and out of Seattle and Los Angles, playing alongside the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Cream and The Doors, before an increasing interest in meditation and philosophies outside of the 'rock' realm led him to England in the early 70s where he become involved in dance theatre. Teaching Advanced Rhythmic Music Studies at the London Contemporary Dance School, his music composition style became influenced by his studies of world music. Finally settling in Glasgow for over 20 years, while running the Luminous Music label and Gamelan Naga Mas, his earlier recordings for labels like Indipop, Touch and Bruton have seen a recent revival, with music appearing recently on contemporaries Optimo Music and Invisible Inc. The wonderful recordings included here span over 3 decades, from sessions at the Luminous Studio at The Diorama Theatre, London in the early 80s, through to recent field-work based recordings in the Cairngorms. Reconfigured and updated, a common thread appears through the pieces - a sense of longing and appreciation - as Jon's knowledge of outer-national instrumentation alongside equally extensive travels around the globe gives the recordings a seamless blend of organic craft. The tonal consonances within unlikely combinations of instruments, with tuned glasses (tarang), tabla, jaw harps, clay flutes and ocarinas, Chinese instruments that include Xiao-Bo and Xiao-Ping, large Noah bells, small and larges gongs all employed, the recordings have been reconstructed, edited and updated via sampling and digital processing. Featuring the playing of John "Jhalib" Millar - the extraordinarily gifted musician and tabla player - who has appeared with an EP on sister label, Emotional Rescue (ERC029), sadly recently deceased, the contribution acts as a tribute and more. To close, the music of Lord Of The Isles is an excellent companion to Jon's work. Neil McDonald's list of club-based releases on labels CockTail D'Amor, Ene, Firecracker, Permanent Vacation, ESP Institute and Phonica is comprehensive and exemplary, however within his productions has often been an other-worldly element, a space between the beats and occasional fully ambient pieces. Approached originally for series one of SchleiBen, the 7 pieces included were worth the wait, a journey in themselves and the perfect completion. Spanning almost 5 years, the majority were written during an extended exile in the Cairngorms. The lifting, ethereal, but melodic nature of the music fits that aesthetic. Blue skies, snow, long walks, space to think, but with a longing and appreciation of family and friends. The solitary nature found in SchleiBen 8 and the geographical incidence of both artist's recordings including sessions in the Scottish Highlands fits the series ideals and is a nice closure. Enjoy and listen. "
Techno
After debuting on Alan Fitzpatrick's We Are The Brave digital label, Leonardo wastes no time in launching his own label Etheric as a vessel for his own productions, and he serves up a potent brand of tech house built for maximum club damage. "Hieroglyph" has plenty of gaseous tones, but it's a rock solid party track at heart, while "8" matches airy synths with a tough beat in a truly uplifting combination. "Birdcage" shuffles on a stripped down, slightly swung groove and "Land Of Warriors" breaks things open with an adventurous trip into broken rhythms and dramatic musical motifs.
Techno
Leonardo - Voyage EP Etheric Recordings (ETHRC002) Leonardo returns with another 4 track EP on his Etheric imprint. The 'Voyage' EP shows a diverse selection of tracks ranging from peak time to downtempo. 'The Offering' delivers energy through solid punchy drums and simple but intense percussion with the main synth bringing a head turning edge. 'Symmetry' has a late night feeling to it fusing primitive and hardcore elements over a broken beat structure to create a unique elevating gem. Spooky deep tech track 'The Afterlife' is dubby work out with haunting vocal samples and trippy synth hooks while 'Droplets' completes the EP off in a downtempo vibe incorporating the same edgy raw feeling of many of his previous productions.
Deep House
The Fields & Forest label has so far aligned itself with the stellar Russian label Udacha, featuring Dices, A5 and Cuisine Dub, but things are taking a turn into new territory with the inclusion of Autre and Two Thou with two tracks a piece on this new slab of wax. Two Thou's "Group Technology" is a snappily shaped, 80s influenced groover with some interesting timbres falling into a dynamic groove, while "SOL" shows another side to the artist with a snaking slice of jazz funk infused experimental techno. Autre's "Cosmic Roots" is a more esoteric, new age gilded slice of ambient house while "Futura" ramps up the saucy synths for a silk-tongued charmer of a warm-up jam.
Deep House
Two fresh dancefloor-friendly cut-ups from south London's Nebraska. 'The Guitar' flips addictive jazz guitar loops over golden-era hardcore hip hop breaks. 'The Vocoder' obsessively re-thinks a tiny fragments of harmony from a less well-known version of a disco classic.
Techno
Having only previously appeared on various artist releases in the past, Darren Harris gets his first full release on Ferox - a fine place for this promising techno talent to stretch his legs. There's a recognisable Ferox shimmer to "Tears" on the A side, using myriad layers in the mix for a full-bodied sound without sacrificing depth. "Inner Cycles" is a more stripped back affair, while "Arthropod" ditches the dancefloor in favour of a chill out room headspace, but all the tracks share the same ingredients of clean, thoughtfully programmed beats and synth lines that hark back to the good old days.
Deep House
There was only ever going to be one choice to launch First Floor. Not only is Dubbyman the cover star of our debut publication of the same name, but he's also the face and sound of influential Spanish label Deep Explorer, in-demand producer/remixer and long-time favourite with us. So the opportunity to collaborate on a special edition 7" vinyl release was one we couldn't miss. So Far, featuring South African vocalist and musician Ras Vadah from The Therapy Collektive, is an extended version of the laidback, jazzy opening teaser from Dubbyman's debut album Deep Is Dead. Deep Explorer stalwart Leo Gunn, on remix duties for the first time, takes the same track and gives it a piano-driven, dance-floor focused spin. The accompanying fanzine not only includes interviews with both Dubbyman and Gunn, but also features articles on Johannes Albert, Tommo & Jonno, Jesus Gonsev, Arnheim, Sensible Soccers and more. "
Techno
Fragrant Harbour once again dig out a cult gem from the seemingly endless vaults of 90s dance music, picking up on a rare and precious gem from a seminal Laurent Garnier mix and giving it the remaster and reissue it deserves. The artists responsible, Broccoli Brothers vs Righteous Men, hailed from Germany and were trying to emulate Mike Dunn. "Catch It (Calm Manoeuvre)" is a spaced out deep house track with all the gritty impact of a classic jam, while "Catch It (Jam)" gets decidedly rowdy with its hefty kick, jacked up swing and wonky bassline. On the B side "Ruhrschnellweg (Last Exit Stahlhausen Mix)" brings a little Detroit flavour into the mix with spectacular, uplifting results.
Techno
Hailing from the fertile community they have built up around them in Bucharest, Delusion Men and their label Future Nuggets represent a very different twist on the contemporary Romanian electronic music scene. This album is a prime case in point, dealing in off-kilter wavey synths, intriguing rhythmic approaches and spooked out atmospheres that speak as much to the folkloric mystery of the East as any electronic traditions from other parts of the world. If you're drawn to music that sends you to exotic new places on the fringes of your imagination, then Stuck On The Border is the album for you.
Electro
Following a first drop from Leo Anibaldi and a various 12" featuring Mike Ink, DJ Guy and Terrestre, Future Primitive is back with an immersive new LP from CN, whose approach to electro comes loaded with analog fuzz and a wistful vision of science-fiction sounds. This is a record that should appeal to fans of proper electro as envisioned by Drexciya, Bunker Records and CPU alike. The Kraftwerk influence comes thick and fast on "Surfing Carina" while you can hear all kinds of monosynth-powered atmospheric dread lurking on ambient track "Coronal Mass Ejections" - with a consistent concept and a perfect execution this is a masterclass in future-minded machine funk.
Deep House
We at Finale Sessions are excited to have to Portuguese Producer Kaspar with his fanfastic deepness !!!! Enough said listen for your self..
Deep House
Finale Sessions is excited to add Italian super producer Simone Gatto to label and I will let the music speak for itself ....Much love from Finale Sessions
Minimal/Tech House
I am honored to release the original verson of Nude Photo by the true producer Thomas Barnett... The Truth Will Set You Free
Deep House
I am very honored to have Miles Atmospheric on Finale Sessions with 8 beautiful tracks that I know that you will love!! I believe this LP is some of his best work to date and I think every track on this LP is worth every penny, every song has its part on the dancefloor which I can honesty say it is a great thing. Miles is a mainstay in many of the top djs record bags. I am sure it will be in your bags as well....Thank You for your on going support
Funky/Club House
Another fully stacked sampler from Guesthouse Music's All-Star line-up. A selection of #1 tracks from Sidney Charles, Bad Boy Bill, Ricardo Volilobe, J Paul Getto, Rubb Soundsystem. You'll find a little something for everyone on Super Secret Squirrel Tracks Vol. 5.
Deep House
Norwegian producer Wasserfall makes his way to Chicago/Los Angeles based Hesperian Sound after several releases for Greta Cottage Workshop, offering a highly organic affair. The EP opens with "Stiv Heks" which evokes a lush natural landscape, both dreamlike and quirky. The remix from young Chicago newcomer, Daniel Chavez, strips down the original for a simplified yet feverish dancefloor edit. The B Side returns to Wasserfall's signature laid-back jazzy deep house sound with "Twilight" and "Gravlaks", which flex the producer's knack for working in samples into his grooves. A consistent warm psychedelia flavors these four functional tracks with looseness and reverie.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Part Two of the Far East Transcripts series. Hhatri welcomes back more of the house rarities that Soichi Terada & Shinichiro Yokota masterminded in the early 90's.
Deep House
For his second release, House Running proposes a new various artists EP with Hyas, Chinau & D-Nite on the bill. Hyas opens this EP with two tracks that blended 909 hats and disco loops that will remind you the 90's house music spirit. Chinau brings the sun with his smooth and funky track and D-Nite closes this Ep with a percussive and acid track to bring us in the deepness.
Deep House
Holic Trax label boss Tomoki Tamura continues his anniversary celebrations by presenting his own work on this third installment of 5ive Years. The title track is a deep and crafty tech house cut suited to more subtle, heads down moments, while "Polyphony Six" keeps things equally moody but fattens out the bass and warms up the lead lines. "U's Floppy Disk" is a more taut, wiry track with gruff drums and splashes of bleepy FX - the perfect tripped out club tool. "High Chee's" lightens the mood at the 11th hour with a more playful melodic line that should fine favour with all kinds of good time DJs.
Deep House
Holic Trax invites veteran producer Takeshi Fukushima aka Takecha for a split single alongside label head Tomoki Tamura. Based in Shiga, Japan since the 1990s, Takecha offers up 2 tracks with a retro and warm flavour, while on the other side Tomoki directs towards the modern dance floor. This is a 100% pure Japanese house EP with 4 solid cuts!
Deep House
Iron Curtis' back catalogue is a formidable beast within the realms of deep and tech house, touching on labels like Morris Audio, Jackoff, Sudden Drop and Mule Electronique. He's intermittently popped up on Hudd Traxx as well, and he returns with a fulsome new EP that hints at a forthcoming second part. "Lights" is a bold, chiseled peak timer with some emphatic string stabs coursing through it, while "Captured" takes a slinkier route without dulling the impact of the Curtis studio approach. "22 Days" is a funkier concern that lets the low end synths do the brunt of the work, and then "My Humming Machines" rounds the EP off with a warm and bubbling deep house roller for a cosier part of the night.
Deep House
Goshawk returns for Hudd Traxx 60th release with Erik Rico supplying the vocals. Get Up 2 Get Down is a peak time groover with plenty of funk to boot accompanied by some seriously soulful lyrics. Art Of Tones picks up the pace on the remix with a heavy bass line added with open hats to take things up a notch. Flip for the B side and find The Love Has Gone, a brilliantly made house track made for the dancefloor. Goshawk closes things out with a laid back deep house dub on B2.
Deep House
Horn Wax is always a trusted outpost for intriguing, often haunting forays into the world of machine powered house and techno, and so it goes on edition 11 as Perseus Traxx and Posthuman take a side each to extol the virtues of electronic exploration. Perseus Traxx is in an especially romantic mood with the blown out tones of "Manque" straining through a fog of reverb and dust, creating a truly mesmerizing jacker in the process. Posthuman by way of contrast keeps things clear and concise, preferring a sinsister, sleazy approach to acid that rides a slower tempo and sounds all the more alluring for it.
Minimal/Tech House
The fifth instalment of the Hoxton Records story turns to Alan Castro, who has already had a busy year appearing on the likes of For Club, STAMP and Soundterasse. The vibe is stripped down and unhinged on this record, with lead track "El Avion De La Mentira" unfurling in a strange tapestry of samples, found sounds and off kilter synth rubs strapped to a crafty set of drums. Modebaku delivers a more streamlined version of the track that keeps things freaky, but much more linear than the wayward original. "Sequela" on the flip is no slouch in the adventurous department either, with swathes of modulating tones and wild sonic matter flinging around a funky shuffle, which Ted Amber then dutifully bolsters with a rubbery b-line on his more functional but still daring version.
Balearic/Downtempo
IIB celebrate their 50th release with Chris Coco dropping his Dinosaur Baby 12. Featuring the quirky vocals of Camillo Miranda. The OG mix is a hazy stoned out percussive groove dripping in mediterranean sunshine. The dub mix focuses on the hynoptic percussion parts and less on the vox. Rune Lindbaek creates a more electronic disco tinged affair while Luke Solomon creates a straight up deep house bomb. A great release to celebrate a half century!
Deep House
Since 2014 the Innate blog has been delivering high quality "slow journalism", serving up articles that shine a light on artists that have otherwise gone under the radar. Four years on, the Innate team has decided to launch their own label with the same stated aims, namely to showcase deep electronic music with warmth and soul, produced by unheralded heroes old and new. The label's first release - a four-track, multi-artist missive - offers a neat summary of what listeners can expect to hear in the months and years ahead. The EP opens with something rather special: a sparkling, life-affirming fusion of B12 style intelligent techno and Larry Heard-esque flourishes from debutant Gilbert, a sound designer and future star from Innate's home city of Bristol. It's followed on side A by a similarly shimmering chunk of techno futurism from Freerotation resident and Cubic Space Collective member Mark Hand. Formidable Irish producer Lerosa has previously impressed via fine releases for a myriad of high quality underground labels, so it's no surprise that his contribution to Innate 001 - a mind-altering, otherworldly jack-track entitled "Shadow" - is the EP's most robust and intense moment. Fittingly, its Innate founder Owain K who draws the EP to a close. He's long been renowned for creating immersive, ultra-deep dancefloor workouts, and "Pixeled Scenery" is amongst his most magical moments yet.
Funky/Club House
DJ Dan has been a pinnacle of the dance music scene in America since the early 90s and has toured around the world with the likes of Carl Cox, DJ Sneak and Pete Tong to name a few. Dan's label imprint InStereo is played by many top DJs around the world and Dan has chosen some of his strongest releases for Vol. 1 of the Slammin Trax series.
Techno
" Ambien Baby (D. Tiffany & NAP) present Transfusion, a four track offering of uninhibited dance floor psychedelia. Twisted rhythms, deconstructed breaks and throbbing baselines appropriate for the mind and the floor; an invitation to introspection & oblivion. Recorded in Vancouver, BC, at Sweet Pup Studios between 2017 & 2018 by D. Tiffany & NAP."
Techno
Having done some sterling work in reissuing the ace material from Archetype, the emergent Pittsburgh label was / is now turns its attention to cult mid-90s techno label Temple Records NYC, and this rough and ready burner from Cube 40 (a short lived outfit with close ties to Air Liquide and more besides). "You Make Me Function" is everything you want in an acid party banger, with a killer vocal hook looped into infinity and enough jack in the drums to lift and articulated lorry off the ground. "Fun House" is the more rowdy of the two, coming on strong with a Dance Mania friendly swagger and healthy amounts of 303 thrown into the mix.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Momo Joseph didn't have a huge number of releases to his name back when he was a recording artist in the 80s, but that simply made his Love Africa Soul 7" even more of a holy grail find. Now Kalita have done the right thing and got hold of the release for a much needed repress, and it's highly likely this jam will become a staple for anyone with a taste for African grooves of all shapes and sizes. "Love Africa Soul" has it all - infectious brass stabs, limber musicianship, and Joseph's killer vocal. On the B side of this reissue "Cameroun Airline" gets a tasteful edit treatment from the trusted hands (and ears) of Nik Weston from Mukatsuku Records.
Disco/Nu-Disco
After the last 12" from Nick Murray and Kris Baha landed back in 2016, Kinfolk finally makes a welcome return with a surefire Balearic tumbler from Sundown Drive, a project purportedly presented by Golf Channel and Rogue Cat cats Mind Fair. "Sunset Over Santorini" is a gorgeous, 70s-tinged jam with pattering percussion, loose and easy bluesy guitar licks and a slinky bassline to die for. It's cool as a cucumber and twice as loose. Mustafa Ali's Nad project takes the reins on the B-side with an electrified remix of the track that heads into wonderfully tweaked out dubwise territory for the trippers.
Disco/Nu-Disco
From World Unknown, Magic Feet and Tusk Wax and now on to Kinfolk, Tim Rivers is marking out a place in that world of mystical grooves where acid, kosmische, new age, Balearic and wyrd pagan dance can all jam to the same beat. The title track on The Mirage is a gorgeous slice of motorik smoothness, letting sustained guitar nights ring out over a tender throb of bass. "Suni Aki" is a more dramatic piece with a healthy dose of 80s bombast poured over its loins, and then Soft Rocks grapples the B side for a remix of "The Mirage" that cuts the tow line and drifts off in the direction of the sunset.
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.
Deep House
"In 2013 Casey Tucker was thrust into the limelight after 15 years in the shadows. Never truly getting the recognition for is Detroit influenced and post rave sound in the 90s, For Those That Knoe reissued some of Casey's classic material and unearthed some gems on DAT in 2013. Fast forward to the current day and a recent treasure trove was uncovered and some fresh DATs untouched since the late 90s were discovered! Ben promptly bought a DAT player on Ebay and shipped it to Casey's home for the un-dusting to commence. FTTK has worked with Casey to present another round of authentic material for this final installment (maybe) of his classic productions. This final chapter rounds off in a deeper more melancholic style. Inner Strength has a warehouse vibe with spacey choir pads, percussive bassline and acid funk. Terraform from Fine Balance 002 gets a rerelease as the A2 cut on this EP. Classic Casey stabs, twinkly leads and shuffling rhythms are the order of the day for what has been a staple in Ben's record bag for an age. The final track presents one of Casey's finest moments. Waiting Game is the after hours yang to the ying of the perfect summer cut BST on KNOE 2/1and rounds the series off beautifuly. Stunningly deep and psychedelic with its string section and acid lines it's a late night tune designed to usher in the break of dawn."
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
"France's busiest export of 2017, Bruno Boumendil, better known as Folamour, shows no signs of slowing down in the new year. The forthcoming "Arija's Theme" EP brings his now well-known, sample-based sound to Melbourne's Kyoku Records, albeit with a quirky flare that matches the playful mood of the Australian imprint's output thus far. Take Folamour's love for Japanese culture, as witnessed on his debut LP "Umami" and mix it with a label ornamented in symbols from the same background and you've got a perfect match. The record itself consists of three original pieces from Folamour, two of which fit the distinctive, melodic tone of Kyoku and one surefire party starter, striking a nice balance between the moods. The last piece of the puzzle comes in the form of a remix from London's sampling wizard Laurence Guy, adding his unmistakable deep textures and slick noodling to an already exciting release."
Deep House
Philpot Records maestro Soulphiction may not have appeared on Lumberjacks In Hell before, but he's cited as a big influence on the label, and here the Stuttgart-based artist gets four chances to unfurl his deft instinct for dusty, soul and funk-infused house music. "Stick Up" gets the MPC grooves and twisting bass licks rolling beautifully, while "B3B4URD1" injects a little Afro-flavoured funk into the mix with another addictive low end flex. "Acid Test" pours a little more jack into the pot without losing that crooked Soulphiction flavour, and then "Dirty Hot" does a mean job of teaching all newcomers how to really do an edit.
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Switzerland based group Alma Negra are offering a Afro- and Latininfluenced Disco EP tailor made for Lumberjacks in Hell. With all the instruments played live, this EP Sounds like and entire village celebrating the uplifting Alma Negra Signature Sound.
Deep House
Long serving Irish producer Derek Carr continues to enjoy a resurgent career following his appearances on For Those That Knoe, now stepping up to Love Notes for some of his most effervescent house jams to date. "Sidewinder" is a sprightly, Detroit indebted house workout pitched at peak time, while "Stepping Out" trips into classically informed techno for the back room crowd. "Search For Intelligence" is a great example of how to execute sweet natured electro, and "Indigo" ditches the kicks to twirl into more of that Motor City flavoured machine soul magic for the mind.
Deep House
The mighty Casey is up to bat once again for Love Notes from Brooklyn. This time, though, it's a more complete three track artist EP on offer. The music, of course, encapsulates everything that's great about Casey's sound: the lush pads, the crispy percussion, the emotional strings, and the dance-floor destroying basslines. Alternative Faction utilizes one such dancefloor destroying bassline to create a real fist pumping moment in the title track; That Time of Year uses a wriggly acid synth line over the aforementioned emotional strings, and to great effect; and New Mission ends the EP in a unwavering fashion; with heartstring-tugging, terk jerking, emotional pads over an acid line in signature Casey Tucker fashion. Dare we say yet another classic both artist and label's catalog?
Experimental/Electronic
07042016 (live at St.Paul's Anglican Church, Athens) is the debut album of Modal Analysis, brought by the Greek experimental band of MMMD (also known as Mohammad). Nikos Veliotis and Ilios are currently performing as the MMMD duo, with further focus on deep monolithic sounds, low frequencies, inter-modulations, dark textures, and distant folk nuances through custom made instruments (Cello & Electronic Bass) and software. The release carries parts of the MMMD live performance at St.Paul's Anglican Church in Athens, recorded on the 7th of April 2016. The concert was hosted by Fasma Festival, on the opening day of its 2016 edition.
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.
Deep House
Efimera is a new VA for Minuendo 39, Owen Jay & Brian James with two amazing tracks deep techno & dub techno. Other side is for new Minuendo artists, "Untitled" is a secret name of an artist from Girona, and Blue Vulva & Electronic Crooner they presents a stranger surprise based in a epic acid track.
Deep House
Mosaic continues its fruitful split series with three producers that fit into the mould of Steve O'Sullivan's label perfectly. Dean Decosta comes on restrained and refined on "Recon", taking a laid back approach with gravelly dub techno chords billowing over a cool-headed house beat. Bobby O'Donnell gets even smoother as his own take on deepest house uses gently undulating keys to impart a meditative vibe anyone can get lost in. Sean Dixon then heads further out with some spacey chords that reverberate and chime around a minimalist beat for a true head tripper of a track.
Disco/Nu-Disco
J.A.K.A.M is Japanese artist Takashige Miyawaki, a long standing producer commonly found on Crosspoint Records. On this release for the ever intriguing Malka Tuti label Miyawaki draws on a thrilling spread of influences to make a truly soul-stirring track. At times the vocals lean towards a Middle Eastern lilt while the saxophone burns with the fire of the post punk era. With monolithic drum hits, yearning violin and plenty more besides, "Wabi Sabi" is a many-headed beast of a track. Moscoman takes the original and simmers it down to a more focused but no less exotic tribal house workout.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Having made a strong impression with the first two releases on BROMUR, Bogdan steps over to Not An Animal to flex his discoid pecs once again. He leads in with the understated Italo thrum of "Parovoznikov," riding a stuttering arpeggio and leaving plenty of room for the punchy drums and fluttering synth touches. Justin Van Der Volgen does a sensitive job of the remix, embellishing the core of the track with delicate chime refrains that add a tenderness to this muscular club jam. "Listopad" is a more mellow affair, but there's no shortage of fuzzy, vintage lead lines to bathe your ears in. Kito Jempere does a more drastic reinterpretation with his version of "Listopad," injecting a little acid and proto house bite into the track.
Deep House
Brawther makes his long playing debut on his new label Negentropy, and the long serving French house producer has never sounded freer in his vision of electronic music. "Flow" is a gorgeous ambient opener to the album, setting the scene for the immersive, mellow house tones of "Another Dub." "Theme From The Dungeon" switches stance again for a hip hop tempo, while Javonnte comes on board to deliver a soulful vocal over the broken beat lilt of "I Can't Explain." "Jaxx Freaxx" brings things back to a dancefloor focus, which "Brudan In Leeds" builds upon with an easy deep house tone that should satisfy Brawther's long time fans. "Hazy Groove" is a laid back minimal house roller, and then "Pickney" closes the album out with an even more stripped back workout for the later hours of the party.
Deep House
After the succesfull launch of Larry de Kat his eccentric Katnip imprint he has returned to the scene with a fresh new release drenched in house, disco, soul, hiphop and funk. It's with no doubt that this album conveys an undeniable sexy funky vibe. With eight tracks this is a win/win situation for every music lover.
Deep House
Bobby Pleasure's Needs label has been launched as a not-for-profit concern aimed at raising money for worthy causes, and on this second instalment they're setting their sights on British homelessness charity Crisis. They've called upon a cracking cast of deep house operators to help donate their jams to the cause, kicking off with Tilman's infectious, looped up heavy-grooving "Without Your Love". Jonny Rock takes a boogie-inflected, 80s approach on the aptly titled "Oldschool Funk Edit", while Lucky Charmz heads into swooning edit territory on the beautiful "Sun Mountain". Pletnev rounds the record out in fine style with a tripped out bongo roller in the shape of "Babunde'.
Deep House
"For our next release we team up with fellow nonprofit UN Women in support of #HeForShe arts week; a solidarity campaign which explores the power of the creative arts as a means to shatter stereotypes and allow all genders to reach their full potential. Featuring the beautiful sonic soundscapes of the super talented Peggy Gou and Juju & Jordash, the release is housed in fully printed sleeves with bespoke cover artwork courtesy of The Line Girl. A fundraiser event will also take place at London's Oval Space on Sunday 11th March 2018 featuring daytime talks & panels curated by Resident Advisor, Mixcloud, AIM & shesaidso, and a evening soundtracked by Peggy Gou plus more. All profits donated to UN Women UK. EVERYBODY HAS NEEDS. xxx bobby@needsnotfprofit.com https://www.soundcloud.com/needsnotforprofit/ https://www.facebook.com/needsnotforprofit/ Cover Art by The Line Girl Designed by Jacob Chabeaux Mastered by Optimum Distributed by Juno PR by For The Record"
Techno
"Naura Records is proud to be back to present another strong release This time some lost archive material that goes back to the very beginning of his productions. Bleak delivers 3 cuts of his custom recipe but somehow adds new unexpected flavours throughout this Ep even though staying on his formal path. Starting with the A side, Dust (Mix1) takes off with an introspective journey with detroit and classic techno. A real head turner with a classy ride and functional feeling Dust (Mix2) more for the deeper realm, accompanied with enchanted melodies as a twist. Finally on the flip, "Element" samples the heartbeat of a even deeper state, where one is allowed to lose yourself. Get a hold of something solid, for this is a tune that communicates a lot of subtle changes and honesty."
Disco/Nu-Disco
After a first EP, Chasse is coming back with a new release on Javi Frias label 'Night Shift Records' including 4 groovy tracks. Influenced by the old school sounds of Chicago, the duo offer us a powerful and disco EP, where sampling is at its peak. Their efficient beats mixed with samples from disco to funk make us remember the old times of House music. Once again, the belgian boys got the job done!
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
The levels of deep that Trinidadian Deep can reach with his sound are almost unfathomable, and he's at it once again for deepArtSounds. As if he needed any help getting down low, Sarignia Bonfa lends her steamy vocals to "I Need You" and the trademark Trini sound gets into a whole new realm of sensuality. "Fusion" pulls things out of the boudoir and into the sunlight, bringing some of that infectious, uplifting soul to the table that he made his name on. "Future Funk" places some synths at the front of the mix and sharpens the edges of the drumming, giving the brain one last blast before Allstarr Motomusic steps up for a remix of "I Need You" that goes down very smooth indeed.
Deep House
deepArtSounds may be a sublabel of Moto Music, but it's achieved so much on its own terms over the past decade. Now Joe Lewis is joining the esteemed ranks of the label with even more experience behind him - he was recording for the likes of Relief Records and Peacefrog way back when. It's no secret when you listen to his jams on Back 2 Live, where rugged and raw synth lines sit atop tough machine beats. "Love Mystery" is plenty tender where it counts, but "9 Lives" and "Confused House" head towards a rougher end goal for the nastier kind of party.
Techno
REPRESS: This is the sort of record that could only have been made by someone with a vast amount of experience. Producer Nick Dunton has a decade's worth of releases behind him, and it shows. Sketches Of My Life veritably skips between electronic sounds and styles. It's deeply rooted in techno and electronica - and specifically the clean futurisms of Detroit's Belleville three - but steadfastly refuses to stick to one particular groove. "Once" offers heady dub techno enriched by cascading piano figures, "Lost Love" bittersweet electro. "Fallen" and "Abandoned Virtues", meanwhile, evoke memories of teenage nights lost in the otherworldly sounds of Warp's pioneering Artificial Intelligence compilations.
Deep House
Following on from transmissions by Gauss, Sota and Faune, Ornate Music is proud to welcome hotly tipped Birmingham talent Jayson Wynters to the fold. Wynters has already made a strong impression via releases on Mr G's Phoenix G label and Don't Be Afraid, and now he serves up two original tracks that further shape out his deeply hypnotic approach to house music. Alongside the immersive allure of Wynters' originals, rising talent Caldera offers up a stripped back, meditative broken beat remix of "Ancient Tones" fresh from his appearance on WNCL Recordings late last year. The Latitude EP is a natural fit for Ornate, giving Wynters and Caldera free reign to show off their uniquely mesmerizing styles of contemporary house and techno.
Minimal/Tech House
More than a year after the release of their debut album Mandar is back with an absolute stellar EP! Two full sided loud cuts of pure club madness! 'String Theory' has summer vibes written all over it with strings reminiscent of Pepe Bradocks classic sunset anthem 'Deep Burnt'. The flipside 'Poisoned Words' is a sexy groover with a woman whispering poisonous words. Mandar is raising the bar with this EP and shows that it's all about quality over quantity. Must buy!
Deep House
Welcome to the Barbershop. This LP arrives with tunes from some of your favorite artists representing Chicago's underground dance music sphere on the city's bred label; Perpetual Rhythms. A wide variety of fresh cuts and genres are showcased, ranging from Deep House and Techno to Experimental and Ambient, providing an eclectic listening experience. The central theme of the LP is "things that relate to a barbershop", topics such as hairstyles, hair products and humor. We invite you to stay a while and experience this sonic journey with an open mind.
Deep House
Villee is making a first appearance here on Pressed For Time, but you'd be forgiven for thinking these tracks were unearthed from the vaults of a 90s mainstay like Larry Heard or Cajmere. "The Inventor" has a crooked swing to it that could only come from an MPC, while the dusty samples and buttery bassline are pure vintage deep house goodness. "Night Walk" is delightfully looped up, keeping things simple and maintaining the depth in the process. "In House Cafe" amps up the funk a little, putting plenty of weight on the bottom end, and "Push It" taps into the sort of heady moodiness you'd expect from Kenny Dixon Jr.
Deep House
Label boss YSE is back on PFT with the long anticpated follow up to his 'Gesamtkunstwerk EP' which made it into Kai Alci's best of 2015 chart. If you have been following Ant Plate's productions under his various guises (YSE, YSE Saint Laur'ant, Rhythm Plate, Vengaboys) you know what to expect - deep, quirky, innovative house music that sounds like nothing else out there. This EP doesn't disappoint - the grooves on here are impeccable from start to finish. Opener 'Unstoppable' builds the tension nicely with nagging strings and chords before letting loose with the drums. 'Sun Shadow' was actually selected by Red Rack'em as one of his best of 2017 despite not even being released. Now that's literally being ahead of your time. The robot boogie of 'All We Are' is guaranteed to stop heads on the dancefloor with it's unique vocal and syncopated shuffle. Closing track 'You Told Me' slows the tempo slightly and is one for the deeper moments.
Minimal/Tech House
The Politics of Dancing crew are launching a brand new venture here, instigating some choice collaborative action with their nearest and dearest, jammed out and cut to wax for your listening and spinning pleasure. Of course it figures that they'd start this project close to home, bringing in some of their Parisian brethren for two assured cuts of heads down, straight up house music. Djebali lends a hand on the A side, with a spread of swirling pad tones drifting around the sturdy drums, while Franck Roger brings a more flirtatious sound to the B side with playful diva samples and crafty synth lines played out in his inimitable style.
Minimal/Tech House
Never take an unknown pill.... right?
UK Garage
Tuff Vibes are back with the 2nd installment of garage house essential grooves on that Nice N Ripe vibe.
UK Garage
Meraki Soul is an Australian Artist who brings us a NYC house & garage cut combined with fantastic mixes from Defected's Scott Diaz & Plastik People's own Tuff Vibes
Techno
Year Zero" is a first release on Post Scriptum's own label and in a sense it is a manifesto defining it's musical identity. No space here for a sound targeting the current techno mainstream. There is dirt, and the pinch of imperfections, very characteristic of avant-garde electronics and industrial well known for the quite nearby past. On the A side, there are compositions appearing like shutters from experiments conducted in the secret laboratory. The rhythm is giving the appropriate weight, while the rest is a musical conglomerate of sounds and synthesis building up a feeling of anxiety. A swarming energy, a modulation, an uncertainty and lurking somewhere danger are surrounding us.On the flip side are remixes constituting the lighter counterpunch. Motor eurhythmics bringing to life the old good Detroit techno definitely of a dance-floor character, making this material ideal for an interesting set.
Deep House
Coming hot on the heels of his 'Love For The Art' EP is Melchior Sultana's new EP, 'Timeless'. The Maltese multi-instrumentalists latest is being released on his very own Profound Sound label, as was 'Love For The Art'. The release captures everything you love about Melchior Sultana, laid back house grooves, live instrumentation and blissful atmospheric keyboards. The four tracker features three Sultana originals and a remix of the title track from Dean Demanuele.
Electro House
Field of dreams are Field Theorys Chris Kentish and DJ Al Mackenzie. Field Theory have recently had tracks on respected labels such as Futureboogie and Secret Life gaining rave reviews and even garnering plays on BBC radio 6 Music. Al has been a DJ since the late 80s, now resident at Birminghams Great Outdoors. He's made numerous records over the years but will probably be remembered primarily for his 90s band D:ream making number one all over the world and remixing for EMF and Duran Duran amongst others. Bumping into each other in the street one dayand realising they lived opposite each other, they seized upon the chance to combine their favourite passions, making music and drinking.
Hard House
After kindly stepping in on remix duties on our first Miskotom release Kito is back on Pleasure Unit with a nicley rounded EP that shows the full extent of his production skills. Houstrack does what it says on the tin and pumps it up in true old skool house style, Damp firecrackers sounds like it could come from a long lost Italian Library Lp. On the flip Never been to Ibiza beaches in 1997 is a nice laid back Balearic ode as you might expect, lastly Jungle Mantra is a dense tropical treat. Check for Kito's previous releases on diverse range of labels from Bahnsteig 23, Freerange,Dirt Crew,Hell Yeah and Bordello A Parigi
Minimal/Tech House
Italian producer Enrico Mantini has been his thing for longer than most, with releases reaching back to the early 90s when deep house was first surging in popularity in Italy. This new label Purism opens up with Mantini showing off his years of experience via some warm, undulating tracks that should sit comfortably with any lover of true deep house. "Inner Heights" is as laid back as they come, harmonious and buttery synths oozing over gentle machine beats. "4 Strings Love" is a peppier affair with a bumping rhythm and dubby melodic touches, and then "Unparalleled Consistency" strips everything back to a minimal core, showcasing the range within Mantini's learned palette.
Balearic/Downtempo
Following up from last years ep on Pleasure Unit the folks from Miskotom deliver a lovely 5 tracker for our other imprint Pleasure Wave following on from g Marie and Jonny .,The guys(guy and girl) carry on in much the same vein but drop gears ever so slightly for some more sun drenched tropical sounds. The Opener Hyena's laugh could be Wally and Larry jamming with the locals on Kong Island. Senoi takes you on the back of a pick up truck and transports you from the coastal town and out onto the dusty tracks and into the night for a ride through the jungle and onto the other side. 10th day is all about cocktails by the infinity pool in the secret resort and soaking up that late afternoon sun. Kuai can Che is all Twilight era Maze tougher drums and chimes with those floaty synths. Seeing us out is final cut Kopiek lying back on the boat as you leave the island and it all becomes a tiny dot on the horizon...Float on.. file under Tropical, Balearic, beach sounds...
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.
Uplifting Trance
After launching with a buttechno 12", Russia's leading exponent of leftfield techno fires up his RASSVET label under his own name with a trip into the strange middle ground between trance and coldwave. "Main Loop" is certainly obscure in its leaning, coming on like an 80s soundtrack refrain, but there's no mistaking the dazzling leads undergoing surgery in "Chording". This is deconstructed trance mangled for the post club generation, all the euphoria straining against aggressive digital processing to create a very unsettling listening experience indeed. Trance aficionados will be aghast, techno snobs will be up in arms, and the new wave of heads drawing on all genres great and small will be relishing in the post modern madness of it all.
Disco/Nu-Disco
'Shine (This Is It)' is the first single from Soul Clap's self-titled second album that features legendary vocalist Nona Hendryx. After meeting Charles and Eli when all playing at LA party institution A Club Called Rhonda this happened. Nona Hendryx is an original member of the trio Labelle who's smash single "Lady Marmalade" is a timeless classic. Her solo singles "Transformation" and "Do What You Wanna Do" from the 80's are equally prolific to her work as a back-up vocalist for a laundry list of legendary acts including Parliament-Funkadelic, Talking Heads and Peter Gabriel. There is magic contained in 'Shine (This Is It)' and the strength in Hendryx's vocal empowers our sprits and moves us on the dancefloor. Midnight Magic's Morgan Wiley delivers an outstanding keyboard solo and fellow bandmate Jason Disu teams up with Kali Rodriguez and No Regular Play's Greg Paulus to form the Soul Clap horn section. Taking the magical vocals, horns and keyboard solo from the original, Ray Mang gives it a latin house twist adding an elevating Rhodes motif, bass and battery. Presented here in three versions on 180gram vinyl.
Techno
"Rough House Rosie starts its year by introducing Area, a project that has seen action on adventurous underground labels like Idle Hands, Sequencias, Ethereal Sound, and UMHS. The moody four track EP opens with sinuous acid house and a rubbery bassline techno stomper, then gets raw and abstract on the B side. Visceral and varied electronic music for the soul. "
UK Garage
First release from the Plastik People sub label "Rhythm People". Soledrifter steps up with two club orientated garage house cuts with two superb remixes from Mike Millrain & Smokey Bubblin' B rounded off this amazing EP
Techno
"Shadowy UK based producer Bleaching Agent (AKA Al Mathews) will release his new EP 'Mulkul' this May on newly minted London label Reposition Records. The four-track release also features a remix by D-56M (AKA Nick Dunton of 65d Mavericks), who also runs Poverty Is Violence and Surface Records. Bleaching Agent's latest 12" follows releases on some of underground music's most interesting labels, including Mira, Opal Tapes and Komisch. Matthews is well known for his collaborative projects too - from his deranged, progressive Blacknecks duo with Truss, to the prolific techno output of Forward Strategy Group. He also maintains a DJ residency at Body Horror, a Manchester based gore-themed queer techno/industrial/transgressive performance art night. 'Mulkul' is the second release on Reposition Records, and follows the debut release by Belgian producer T-Scale. Formed by London based DJs and artists Medallion Man - who also runs Loose Lips and 199Radio and El Prevost, who runs label No Speakers and has released under Third Ear Recordings - the label explores varying strains of raw, left-field dance music. 'Mulkul' offers a more stripped down and slower version of the sound Bleaching Agent has evolved - albeit one that is still rooted in atonality and the unnatural industrial sound he specialises in, this time developed into something more disciplined. Delving into minimalism within a raw industrial sound, the tracks are built with tight, melodic grooves locked inside the vacuum of a dense hardware-heavy sound. 'Albeni' is a pounding warehouse stomp, punching through with a repetitive vocal sample, snarling synths and a hard bassline. The D-56M remix of 'Free Fere Fer Fe' offers crusading space-age techno chiming with sinister synths and a blistering bassline, creating an almost cinematic ambience. The dystopian terrain is shot through with melody and nuance - visceral, oppressive soundscapes frequently segueing into more moodier, subtler moments."
UK Garage
Meraki Soul is an Australian Artist who brings us a NYC house & garage cut combined with fantastic mixes from Defected's Scott Diaz & Plastik People's own Tuff Vibes
UK Garage
Various People vol 4 includes four fantastic garage house artists from across the globe
Techno
Glasgow based producer, Galaxian, is set to drop the 11th release of Helena Hauff's Return to Disorder imprint. "Paradise Engineering" is an ambitiously psychedelic piece of machine mastery that will be right at home on Hauff's label, with which she set out to bring "punk rock and techno together" in 2015. The label's name refers to the reactionary post-WW1 art movement, Return to Order, which called for a rejection of the avant-garde in favor of conservatism and classicism. Return to Disorder has embraced experimentation and genre bending with releases from the likes of Children of Leir, Morah and Umwelt. Galaxian's proximity to the sharp edge of quantum chaos and belief in the anarchism of nature make him a fitting addition to the Hamburg based label. "Paradise Engineering", is a lot to unpack. Within its four tracks, Galaxian lays out an intricate web of self, spiritual and socio-technic exploration and critique. Producing the cover art alone took him on a 12 month journey, while meditating on questions of inner-alchemy, freedom and transcendence. The music covers extensive sonic topography with each of the four distinct tracks building a critical tension while creating counterpoint for one another. Violently intricate drum machine work stakes out the boundaries of "Paradise Engineering's" autonomous zone, where Galaxian lays out a dense thesis on the harrowed human condition. The tracks leave the listener much to ponder, especially with lines like, "You have been deprived of knowledge by frequency control" and "All possibilities exist". Synth and bass lines emerge oscillating around each other from deep space on the EP's second A-side, "Mutual Arising", clean and crisp supporting elements to stratospheric strings. It gets significantly more aggressive on the B-side with "Life Force" drilling through neck-snapping electro drums with acid patterns, whose methodic dynamism and complexity begins to sound like inter-galactic alien transmissions when blown through a dizzying effect chain. Comfortably between literal and abstract, complex and elegant, "Paradise Engineering" is a deep and rewarding listen.
Minimal/Tech House
Asad Rizvi's bountiful archive of names and tunes continues to yield more fruit, this time in the shape of his Asadinho alias on regular haunt RvS. The bleeps cut through the shuffling drums on the Silverlining Mix of "When We Come To It" in a flurry of late night tech house finery. The original mix of the track is a tougher, slower twist with a straight-ahead groove but plenty of funk drizzled in between the joints. "Koppaitch" spreads itself across the B-side with a sizzling disco groove and more of those mean-tempered synths that project a dark and seedy side to Rizvi's many-sided musical dice.
Deep House
Remix compilation of songs from Seven Davis Jr's sophomore album "Live From The Other Side". Features Nomi Ruiz, Mr Mendel, Carlos Mena, Everest, Coflo and Marcel Vogel.
Deep House
Sev follows up his sophomore album with this secret EP. Revealing a different side of his musicality and foreshadowing new sounds to come.
Deep House
Georgian producer Hamatsuki appeared on GASP last year with the Uncertain Loops cassette release, but makes his vinyl debut on this damn fine 12" for the recently minted Sensu label. "Remember" is a rich, undulating swirl of deep house laden with melancholic pads, while "Rett" sports a sunnier tone for its own arsenal of soft, rounded synth tones. DJ Sports comes on board for a remix of "Rett" that plays with said synths and creates springy, computer jazz melodic threads out of them. "Inexplainable Inner Sadness" completes the set with another trip into warm, Chicago-indebted house tones for the introspective dancer.
Coldwave/Synth
For their 5th release the London label born of the clubnight of the same name make a b-line straight for the dancefloor. The title track of Desert Sound Colony's latest EP is equal parts anthemic vocals, stabbing guitar lines and a motorik backbone which combining for a hefty slice of post-punk inspired dancefloor churn. Two B-sides take the themes found in Lose My Rhythm and head down the rabbit hole to drown you with a flurry of breaks led rhythms on Suffocation and put you to rest with the pitch black basslines of The Blacksmith. On the remix front local hero Scott Fraser delivers an acid drenched expansion of the title track.
Deep House
Sensu kick off their second release of the year with Rudolf C taking the helm. A four track that showcases the young Melbourninan's clear talent.
Techno
Surface are back after a 5 year break with the first 65d Mavericks ep in over ten years ! With many struggles, false dawns and respectfully one man down, the long-awaited return of the 65d Mavericks shocks and awes with output as bizarre as ever! Included are 4 deviations of the techno template, ranging from the spoken word rage of False Prophets on 'Notions of Progress' to the insane techno jazz workout of A2's 'Cosmic Drift'. 'You Lost Your Mind' goes abstract with live bass guitar and vocals while B2's 'Immovable (Dub)' throws down the angry man dub vibe. Rebelling against the safety of the current scene and pushing the sound once more, expect more far out Surface releases from friends like Claude Young, Rich Oddie and new project 'The Downfall of Society' (Simon Shreeve + Nick Dunton) amongst others in the coming months.
Techno
Riding high on the renewed energy within the Icelandic techno scene, Ohm and Octal Industries make their first appearance on Solid Groove with some truly spellbinding exercises in patience, restraint and soul-stirring composition. "Bardo" is a truly haunting piece with the most delicately balanced rhythms and stunning deployment of piano and what sounds like clarinet. "Under Influence" is a more snarling affair, but the same sense of control grips the track as it ploughs its furrow. "Rider" is a looser affair that piles a lot more detail into the frequency range, with some particularly delightful lead warbles and other high frequency matter to delight the mind. "Flow Machine" strikes a note somewhere in the middle, keeping things moody but open compared to the foggy A side.
Deep House
French genius producer ARK (Perlon, Karat, Circus Company ... ) delivers a fantastic house music EP with noises and vocals especially made with love for Silver Network ... L'Enfant Terrible a encore frappe ! ;)
Minimal/Tech House
We'd like to introduce Pascal Benjamin. This talented producer has been making beats for a while now and had his his first release when he was 14! Seven years of perfecting his style and several releases later he's dropping his first solo EP on our label. No further introduction needed. Club Material only!
Minimal/Tech House
Laura Jones returns for another EP outing on her label. Despite weighing in with an incendiary first release that found Mandar's SAM remixing Infuse's Karousel and a follow up from Jones that included one of the sadly departed Trevino's final remixes, the label took a backseat to the birth of her daugter in 2017. A year on however and the pace has picked up with an EP from renowned modular wizzard Kamran Sadeghi at the start of the year and this latest EP from the label boss. The two originals are a snapshot of her evolving style. Pathway places skippy beats and sub heavy kicks under a soaring chord sequence, abstract vocal samples and ethereal pad riff. Tough Crowd takes a moodier approach with a menacing sub bass and drum arrangement, bubbling filters building to a hook that unfolds halfway through to create a moment of formidable intensity. Lee Renacre's recent revival of his 100 Hz alias courtesy of well received outings on Slow Life and Bosconi among others, has found the producer on career-best form and he turns in a sublime remix that makes deft use of delicate top lines and bubbling oscillators to create a powerfully heady atmosphere.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Deadstock found from previous distributor of the official remastered edition released in 2015 on S.P.Q.R. of a rare 80s disco classic by Steve Watson, containing the rare and sought after original extended version of BORN TO BOOGIE and not the more common shorter single edit. Don't sleep!
Techno
DJ Deep and Roman Poncet launched their Sergei Rezza project some three years ago with a widely lauded album, and now they're back with their own label and a chance to fully explore the boundaries of their combined sound. The record starts off gently with the introspective, ambient lilt of "Cale" before wriggling into a knotted groove on "Treehouse" that places intricate rhythm programming at the forefront of the mix. "Monte" has a more forthright pulse at its core, but there's still space for some pattering percussion, and "Decale" shrugs off the drums to explore guitar licks with an almost Balearic finish to them.
Deep House
DJ Deep and Roman Poncet first launched their collaborative project Sergie Rezza back in 2015 on Desire Records, and now the project makes a welcome return with another dose of utterly stellar deep house concoctions that go beyond the average while maintaining a sense of classicism about them. "Envole" is a sumptuous blend of snaking rhythm, spacious pads and cosy keys, all draped in exotic garms that make this a transcendental house cut to treasure. There are also more adventurous trips into percussive territory on the focused and deadly "Le Reveil," crafty jazz diversions to be soaked up on "Max" and poised ambient pieces "Eclipse" and "Procession" to seal the deal.
Deep House
For their first artist EP, Super Tuff revs up four tracks of high-octane house music from Marcel Lune. Fresh off of an impressive LP for Local Talk, the UK up-and-comer again proves a knack for effective and subtle productions. The A side sets the mood with "Moon Sequence," a lush tune that builds to a cinematic climax. He settles into his groove with "You Can Do It!" a four-to-the-floor piano jam sprinkled with wonky synthesizers. On the B-side, Lune finds himself unhinged on the open road with "Unknownz" offering up a live drum groove drenched in bright synth stabs and triumphant string melodies. Finishing the B-side, "Sun" is all shuffled claps and peppy synthesizers that evoke the warm feeling of a sunrise after a long night out.
Deep House
After three various artist releases, Brooklyn label Super Tuff presents its first fully-fledged artist release from label founder M Vaughan. As laid out in the label's manifesto about taking influence from Studio Barnhus, Smallville and Uncanny Valley, the mood on Tenderness EP is delicately melodic and charmingly off-centre, but it still grooves where it counts. "Moon River" is as meandering as its titular body of water, riding on shuffling, organic drums and vibing Rhodes chords. "Turn Around!" is a sample-loaded jam with a lilting, 1940s romanticism about it, and "Tenderness" too tugs at the heartstrings with a lilting, nostalgic approach to harmony. "When It All Happens" is no slouch in the emotional department either, rounding off an astoundingly bucolic record from the heart of NYC.
Techno
Release 00002 on the newly hand stamped STE imprint delivers you 2 more infectious tool like house and techno numbers, taking things even darker on this outing. Hypnotic yet rolling... Say no more.
Techno
Detroit techno hero DJ Bone is ever prolific these days, with his Differ-Ent alias releasing an epic triple LP release on Don't Be Afraid last year. A Piece Of Beyond marks the second DJ Bone studio album, and it finds him in an exploratory mood. "It Begins" is a unique exercise in synth wobbles and military drum programming, while "The Stalker" heads into the deepest and farthest corners of the quintessential Motor City techno sound. "The Chase" takes on a cosmic, break-infected stance that calls to mind spiritual jazz as much as techno, while there's more classic styles to be enjoyed on "Dreamers 9" and the absolutely stomping "Sweat".
Techno
After the extremely solid album of the Romanian due earlier this year, Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia (SIT) are coming up with a beautiful limited edition vinyl release on their new home label - Sushitech. The original version of Alternate is a warm and dreamy, atmospheric track that keeps pushing the boundaries of the modern Romanian / Berlin minimal house sound. On the flip UK legend and label veteran Steve O'Sullivan takes things dubby and funky with his original strong trademark sound. As all other limited edition releases on the label this will probably be very much sought after - don't sleep.
Techno
A new label and a new artist throwing their hat into the techno ring with a sideways reference to A Certain Ratio. Do The Du clearly mean business, and waste no time in laying down the law with the rowdy snarl of "Verses", a punky slice of lo-fi techno from the gutter. "Senses" is a more tightly wound, looped up affair for the most nerve-jangled of dancer, while "Sauro" makes mincemeat of the house music blueprint with a wonderfully distorted twist on the genre. "Aicee" gets the whole B-side to trance out on a submerged, throbbing 303 burner and subtle drum jack that harks right back to the early days of Phuture.
Minimal/Tech House
The Silverlining series continues its output of deep, underground body music with this three tracker that features the sought-after 'Invisible Ink' track from his Reverberations days, 'Lessons in Jerboa', a brand new tracky modular frenzy, a re-edit of his track from the Mirai compilation, and closing off with 'Devotion', a previously unreleased melodic ambient track created for his friends' wedding in 1996.
Techno
Junior Loves has previously been spotted alongside Scientific Dreamz Of U on the excellent The Dreamcode cassette for 1080p back in 2015, and now the spiritually charged producer is stepping out on SDOU-friendly label Tabernacle to impart some well-travelled rhythm science to all astral journeypeople. There's definitely a psyched-out drum circle vibe to "Light/New Faith," but it's shot through with foreboding that makes it all the more alluring. "Hallowed (0.E.P)" is a strafing exercise in space age arpeggios and eerie chords, and the Scientific one lends a hand on the thrumming cosmic engine of "Altar [Native States]."
Techno
Hailing from the dark and mysterious world of Bunker Records, Shemale makes a welcome return after many years of silence with this fantastic release on Tabernacle. "Star Chamber Summoning" sets a powerful tone - this is ambient music that demands attention through its sheer force of presence. "Way To Hyperborea" actually taps up some kind of beat structure, but it still behaves like a wayward backroom track with its undulating bassline and gravelly, brutally submerged beat. "Shores Of The Western Sea" is all analogue soundtrack bombast of the finest B-movie kind, and "Wisdom Of The Stars" strikes a more nightmarish note in its use of discordant synth drones.
Deep House
"Oozing.. oozing soul, oozing feel, oozing the essence of rhythm and the body. This is what Elbee Bad is about. A native New Yorker who has long since transplanted himself in Berlin, Elbee Bad AKA The Prince of Dance is back on Thema Recordings with a masterclass mini album that will resonate for years to come. "Crossing Dimensions" is more than just a record, it is a philosophy on turntablism and what it means to be engaged in this culture. Sitting comfortably on the shelf next to artists like Mr. G, Moodymann, and DJ Sprinkles, Elbee recalls this genuine house feeling while adding a spice that could only be summoned out of his creative nuance. From the anthemic knowledge of "Request Monster" to the bass blistering sonnets of "Crossing Dimensions", Elbee showcases the sound of an artist who is deeply in touch with himself, the crowd, and the history of this music. No filler, no bullshit, just truth, love, and HOUSE. Text by: Nathan Levenson"
Techno
"The wait is over as we finally have a new release ready by one of the originators of Icelandic techno. It's been a while, but worth the wait - as he delivers a straight-shooter, destined to find place in the record bags of all serious djs for years to come. The EP consists of four dub-influenced techno tracks - each one exploring the depths of sonic and emotional landscapes. Some might even say glacial and atmospheric, yet perfect for a late night spin at the clubs. Thule Records is considered by many to be a pioneers in the field of dub-influenced techno music and was a starting point for many of Iceland's most renowned electronic musicians. "
Techno
"The wait is over as we finally have a new release ready by one of the originators of Icelandic techno. It's been a while, but worth the wait - as he delivers a straight-shooter, destined to find place in the record bags of all serious djs for years to come. The EP consists of four dub-influenced techno tracks - each one exploring the depths of sonic and emotional landscapes. Some might even say glacial and atmospheric, yet perfect for a late night spin at the clubs. Thule Records is considered by many to be a pioneers in the field of dub-influenced techno music and was a starting point for many of Iceland's most renowned electronic musicians. "
Deep House
Having made a couple of initial appearances on Groovement a few years back, Helder Russo now re-emerges on Tomorrow Is Now Kid with some effervescent house grooves to impart. "Church Music" in its original form is a truly soul-stirring beast that plies more organ action than you can handle and an endlessly teasing groove to get people shocking out on the floor. Meanwhile the "Floor Mix" gives it to you straight, riding on top of a chunky Nu Groove flavour beat. "New Beat" is a crunchier affair that deals in experimental kinds of percussion and errant synth lines, and "You & Me" rounds the EP out with a floating, synth rich jam for more brooding moments.
Deep House
"Hard times call for good music. This time around Times Are Ruff (TAR) dedicated their beat fabricating skills to a double EP for Tomorrow Is Now, Kid! The TINK! Project will put some raw, deep, soulful and garage tunes in your ears. As a DJ collective, Times Are Ruff is heavily influenced by the Windy City, taking inspiration from the past, but never sounding outdated. Focussing on long - preferably all night - DJ sets in which Times Are Ruff strives to set itself apart and tell a true musical story to the audience."
Deep House
The WineLambs is a new project on Troubled Kids from label founder Jesus Gonsev and Dan Piu. It's an assured trip into buttery smooth deep house for those who likes things sensual, starting off with the plush tones of "Falling In Your Arms" featuring the soulful vox of Shareen. "A Genuine World" is another hazy gem of a track, setting adrift on a bed of harmonious chords and achingly understated bass. "Poti Poti" is a spicier affair that pushes the beat to the foreground and gets a little choppier with the chords. Grant Focus turns in a remix of "A Genuine World" that strides confidently into rock solid deep house territory once more, extending the scope of this EP while maintaining the consistent vibe.
Minimal/Tech House
Edward's graceful take on modern house and techno is a perfect fit for Trelik, and the German producer sounds comfortable as he unfurls swooning threads of otherworldly music for the tripped out dancefloor. The "Ogermania Mx" of "Mikko" is a hazy, string soaked affair pitched somewhere warm and dreamlike, but there's plenty of energy churning away in the lower register. "Lottery" is a more twitchy affair for darker times, all moody bass bounce and looming drones around a shuffling set of percussion. "Groaning Ghosts" is the techiest of the bunch, and there's a whole lot of freaked out sound design swirling around in the mix as well. This is simply stunning, highly advanced dance music from a modern day maestro.
Deep House
500, 12" 180g, black vinyl, hand stamped, individually numbered records, single press only.
Deep House
500, 12" 180g, black vinyl, hand stamped, individually numbered records, single press only.
Deep House
A serious selection of outstanding electronica from Freerotation family member Tom Ellis with his debut 12" for UntilMyHeartStops.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Uzuri can always be trusted as an on-point barometer of the strongest currents in contemporary deep house, and here they welcome a new talent into their midst in the form of Panama Keys. "Panamarama" is a gorgeous suite of organic instrumentation, all Spanish guitar licks and pattering bongos, which then get handed over to the mighty Joe Clausell for the soaring, energised "Harvest Remix". "Vyrgin Island" may well be the stand-out track on the record with its infectious flute lines, chiming vibes and sensual, punchy bassline, but don't overlook the blissful ambience of final vignette "Flying Whiles".
Deep House
"UK based producer & all around studio buff, Mark Hand, gets us into spring mode with a sick ep which takes inspiration from detroit. Detroit's finest, Patrice Scott, finishes off the ep with a great remix. "
Deep House
Tom Dicicco returns under his newly launched Veyg moniker with four mesmerising house cuts entitled 'My Sweet Soul' arriving on his eponymous vinyl only label Veyg Times. Run Out Run founder Tom Dicicco's output includes appearances on labels like Juju & Jordash's Off Minor, John Osborn's Dred Records, Anthony Parasole's The Corner and renowned Dutch techno staple Delsin. The British producer started producing under his Veyg alias earlier this year as a means of exploring more adventurous productions spanning house, techno, disco, and beyond. His second outing once again demonstrates how versatile he is as a producer.
Minimal/Tech House
There's something strange at work with this mysterious label Vigenere, where a recurrent pattern of oddly formed but unknown names seem to generate killer reduced dancefloor grooves from the most humble of ingredients. This time it's the turn of Ipb Lei Tvl. "Funky Creep" is a truly on-point track title - the beat pops but the synths are creepy as hell, and things are no less unsettling on the eerie "Logidiotic". As if responding to this chilling A-side, there is a warmer lilt to "Tethys" on the flip, but there's still plenty of weirdness and a cracking set of drums to keep you freaking through to the run out groove.
Experimental/Electronic
One of the deepest reaching projects from the multifaceted Vibraphone stable resurfaces for an extended trip through ambient sonics that marks possibly the most daring departure on the esteemed Italian label to date. The harmonious tones undulating throughout Sketches From Space are instant soothers, taking the odd cue from techno but defiantly beatless and meditative. It's a surprising addition to the long and winding Vibraphone story, but also feels like one of the strongest steps forward the resurgent label has taken since returning to the fray. Just try sinking into "Lagrangian Point L4" and you'll see exactly what we mean.
Deep House
Bridging the gap between the old school and the new, Vibraphone reach out to Minimono, who represent the vanguard of quality Italian house and techno in the 21st century through their affiliation to Bosconi Records. "Oldest Friend" is a twinkling gem of bumping deep house, while "Questions" takes on a classic Detroit sound with a New Jersey swing. "Some Day" is a tougher beast, at least in the drum department, but there's plenty of soul in those melodic elements, and then "Eleven Days" pings off into broken beat territory with terrific results. For all the classic signifiers in these tracks, there's an infectious freshness to the Minimono sound that makes it a perfect fit for Vibraphone.
Electro
Chris Romans has been rolling out crucial electro jams for a number of highly regarded labels since the early 00s. Amongst them are Touchin' Bass, Shipwrec, Frustrated Funk and Central Processing Unit, so that tells you everything you need to know about the level he's operating at as 214. Now he comes to 20/20 Vision with some body-poppin' jams of the highest order, broadening the tech house label's remit to embrace the thriving electro scene with one of its most vital practitioners. "Potential Events" is a brooding, atmospheric affair while "Windeye" draws on a more playful, Detroit indebted palette of sounds. Radioactive Man remixes "Windeye" with a steady, finely detailed approach, and then "Back To Sine" finishes the record off with another snappy salvo of funky drums and bubbling synths.
Minimal/Tech House
Nathan Jonson returns for his second outing on 20/20 Vision with 'Business' featuring an outstanding remix from Mathew Jonson. The Jonson brothers have been synonymous with cutting edge electronic music ever since their arrival in the scene in the early 2000s, both heavily contributing to the renowned Canadian labels 'It Is What It Is' and 'Wagon Repair'. Nathan is the man behind HRDVSION, and represented on imprints with a solid catalogue of genre spanning releases. Nathan has performed worldwide as HRDVSION, it's definitely worth checking out his Boiler Room session and Zur Wilden Renate set from the capital of club culture, Berlin. For his recent output Nathan has returned to his family name to produce new releases including last years excellent 'Cross Colours' with Luke Vibert on remix duties. Here he unleashes the strongest track in his current style 'Business', a very fresh slice of edgy electro funk served up with analogue squelch and tight drum programming. But don't miss out on 'Let Your Body' which is a top class dance floor secret weapon to drop peak time. Mathew Jonson steps up next with his remix of 'Business' which is a glorious long workout of the main theme, recorded with all the finesse we've come to expect. It sounds like classic 20/20 Vision brought right up to date with Detroit strings and warm pads layered over intricate keyboard sequences in a live style arrangement.
Techno
Ali Renault's techno bludgeon instrument Vivod gets another notch in its handlebar with this appearance from new Glaswegian venture UNI.OMNI. It's rasping, rabid stuff with distortion and noise in abundance, but these wild elements are actually wielded with a firm grip on opening beast "Acceptance Resistance". "Metaphysical Lives" meanwhile channels some wave influences while keeping up the sense of foreboding, "Sequential Self" gets into a death disco spiral complete with beyond the grave vocals and "Viral Dread" goes even further into the graveyard while keeping the stiff dancefloor pressure dial turned up to 11.
Techno
Broken Arrows are Sudeep Menon & Bill Ambrose, both long time affiliates of Magic Waves radio and Cyber Dance records. Here they don 4 new tracks for the Vivod imprint making up their second ep. A slight departure in style from their first outing on Giallo Disco a couple of years ago, these tracks still have that unique mechanic box jam sound they are becoming known for. Female Predator kicks things off in a techno fashion. Charging drums lead the way with a cool throbbing bassline. Fear Eats the Soul is more of an instrumental 80s wave track with its laid back pads and structure looping away with ease. Title track Edge of Darkness is the stand out track on this ep and won't fail to hypnotize. Meandering pads in a cosmische style with rock solid drums , simply awesome. Basic Structures finishes the ep off and this is more towards their jamming style from their previous ep, more aggressive, blistering hats, slamming kicks et. Great ep again from Broken Arrows !
Disco/Nu-Disco
"Vive La Musique brings you an official reissue and rework of the unique and highly sought after Zouk track 'Tabala Mouv'. The song is is the standout composition from the ultra-rare 'Tabala' series, released on vinyl in the mid 80s. After many months of searching, label head Aroop Roy managed to track down songwriter and producer, Maurice Agad, to the Caribbean island of Martinique. The 12" includes the original track and two brand new versions, making a special package that many are touting as one of the soundtracks of the summer. In the original, Detroit-esque keys and a Balearic beat captivate you from the opening bars and uplifting vocals and a euphoric horn section combine to transport you to an idyllic paradise. Aroop Roy steps up the tempo and flips the groove for a trademark rework that will have universal appeal to house, disco and tropical music fans. The release is made complete with a subtle extended edit from Truccy. The package is presented with beautiful full cover artwork, limited to the first pressing, which is likely to go very quickly. "
Disco/Nu-Disco
The high-grade house cuts continue to leak from Ant Plate's studio at an unstoppable rate, this time manifesting as his Yse Saint Laur'ant alias on the Vinyl Only label. The funk is looped up and low down nasty on "I'm Gonna Miss You," while "Persuasion" pings into a foggier head space without losing some of that dusty sample grit. "Dance, Dance, We Dare" is a more disco leaning affair that should sit right on a dancefloor warmed up for a good time. "Track 4" eases back for the run out, hitting a worldly note that could soundtrack a cruise across the open plains of the American deep south.
Deep House
Tenth release on the much sought after Vinyl Only label.
Techno
The third release on Verdant frames AOS and Sonitus Eco opposite each other for an original production and a corresponding remix, plumbing the depths of submerged techno to dazzling effect. "Hubble" is a soothing lullaby of machine soul, which then receives a shot of adrenaline for the snappier "Red Shift" version. "Supernova" has a tougher framework, but the synths continue to reach for the stars with uplifting results. Then the "Blue Shift" version of "Supernova" taps up a melancholic house approach that wouldn't sound out of place on an early Kompakt release.
Deep House
Plug in and dream? .... Lullabies for Robots continues the run of fine EPs on Verdant Recordings exploring the melodic, deeper side of techno. This release a split shared by Vancouver's ESB known for his meandering soulful analogue jams. Verdant Recordings has been lucky to sign two exquisite tracks. 'Subliminal Wave' is R2D2 getting off to an acid groove whilst 'Phayse Distance' holds a more relaxed droid after party vibe. On the other side Mihail P is back for Verdant after his debut appearance on Emerald City. Memory Upgrades features warm bumping percussion underneath a joyful hook. Memory Upgrades is a masterful piece of delicate electronica with references back to Warp's seminal Artificial Intelligence series. Another beautifully presented EP on heavy vinyl and printed sleeve with artwork by Sophie O'Leary: perhaps the best cover of the series to date?
Techno
Saint Petersburg's scene veteran Kuzma Palkin anchored in Kyiv's Wicked Bass label with a generous dose of trippy house. Gost Zvuk' lo-fi and dry sound is left behind, psychedelic and minimal reign here. Bifurcating backgrounds and creepy noises draw attention on the A-side, while beats on the flip side get more tricky with electro flavors. There's an atmosphere you can feel on an endless morning afterparty.
Minimal/Tech House
Omni Am brings some no-nonsense tough rhythmic workout business to Was / Is, leading in with the tool tones of "Tubes For Allah". While it may be heavily focused on the drums, this stormer of a track has the right ingredients to get people freaking, and Mark Ambrose follows the same path with his almost tribal remix. "Hit That Shit" and "Pyramids" both appear in edited form on the B-side, providing a fresh perspective on the sound Omni Am was exploring back in 2001 when "Tubes For Allah" was first released.
Disco/Nu-Disco
For WS23 we head to Leeds where Clandestino crew member Joe Morris vibes us out with a stunning balearic house tune, Cloud Nine. On remix duties we are thrilled to feature two masters of the balearic house scene, Max Essa and Coyote, who lend their signature sounds to the mixes, with label boss Aimes bringing up the rear with an uplifting flip of the original
Disco/Nu-Disco
Wonder Stories heads over the pond for their 24th release finding the Aussie/UK collaboration between Dawn Again (returning from his excellent EP on WS019) and UK underground champion Rothmans (known for his vinyl only label of the same name). Psychedelic, melodic, and grooving are the name of the game here with 'Timeless Odyssey' venturing into melancholic ethereal territory while 'Rainbow Perch' is an uplifting and bubbly affair. On remixes, Timothy J. Fairplay submits a jacked up sleazy version of 'Timeless Odyssey' while Emile Strunz tackles 'Rainbow Perch' into a 4/4 techno stomper with a new wave ethos.
Techno
Robert Fleck steps up with a 4 track EP straight from the Well Street mould. Glitchy broken beat rollers and a dubbed out minimal dnb trip are topped off with a remix from pioneering Dutch producer Gasometric Run.
Techno
Icelandic techno veteran Yagya enjoys a release on X/OZ that celebrates both new and old material. The tempo is noticeably ramped up on "One Weak Light" but never at the expense of that dark and mysterious Icelandic hue. "Existence Is Weird" is no slouch either, but Yagya shapes out his atmospheres with such a refined touch that you barely notice how quick the tracks are running. "A Very Long Daydream" is a gorgeous ambient track dug out of the archives, while "Getting Closer To An Unknown Goal" sees the re-release of a track Yagya released as Rhythm Of Snow back in 1999.
Minimal/Tech House
Here we have another Tech-House/Techno EP from Zooted and Booted Records... "Are You Ready"! The original mix by Dylan Debut and David Coker is a four to the floor bassline smasher that just keeps building and building until its deep analogue twisted cords send you in to a trance with solid 909 hats that sizzle all the way through. There's also the solid jacking house mix on the EP by none other than Mr deepjacking, Tommy Largo, that will shuffle its way through any bumping party, keeping it dirty and deep until the a.m. There's no stopping this EP as next on the list is an ultra-sweet deep and chunky mix by those classic Ornate boys Jonno & Tommo. This mix is hot and late night too but with some twisted extra layer and bumps that will send any man or woman crazy!!! Last but not least is the upfront dance hall thumper by none other than Eddie Leader, the bad man behind Hudd Trax. This mix has lush added extra keys and a solid old school analogue feel with some dirty little rave action running through it, but still keeping it in tune with today sounds and production. This mix would sit seriously well with the sun coming up at 5 am dancing on a beach surrounded by palm trees and thousands of party people! Play loud!

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