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Balearic/Downtempo
Jules Etienne is back on Cocktail d'Amore Music with Triangle Des Bermudas. Referencing the legendary region in the Western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, this EP opens up to a mysterious space of adventure and discovery. The title track is a down tempo, balearic, and mystical ballad. Sounding like a ship moving slowly, but fiercely toward unexplored territories. The toms resemble a voice coming up from the depth of the sea, the pads like fluffy clouds reflecting off the waves. Massimiliano Pagliara is on remix duty, blowing on the sails and taking the ship into a cosmic expedition. This is deep and dreamy house music with cascading string lines combining effortlessly with hypnotic drums. A driving arpeggio melts sweet and delicate with celestial strings, dreamlike vocals and breezy percussions in Cuban Omelette. While John's Job is a vivid dialogue between hand percussions, echoed toms and a sturdy baseline.
Deep House
Second chapter for "Beauty and simplicty", the exclusively project created by George Btp aka Allstarr Motomusic for Deep Explorer . For this coming, he brings support as the sensual voice of the vocalist Sariginia Bonfa and the strong arm of Glenn Underground who remixed one of the tracks under the C.V.O. moniker. A total of five tracks that include "El sonido deepex", that instrumental song, unreleased on wax and part of the soundtrack for "Madrid Underground" the successful documentary film precisely created by George Btp
Deep House
Babylon is the debut 4 track EP on Dogmatik from Okain. Title track Babylon opens the EP with its rolling bass, claps and gritty rhodes, followed by the mainframe processed beats of Radio Therapy, signal processed, countercultural, surveilled. Permeable delivers another trademark Dogmatik elastic bass groove hovering above its classic pads, and the EP closes with the secret weapon, r4r5r6, reprising the same sticky groove, but backed up with a killer bass riff.
Disco/Nu-Disco
London based Disco outfit Faze Action team up with celebrated Anglo/Brazilian artist, Nina Miranda for proto house crossover. Faze Action have always managed to take different musical traditions and blend them to create sounds that are somehow familiar whilst simultaneously containing the unexpected. Last year's Mangwana, featured long time Faze Action collaborator, Zeke Manyika, singing in his native Zimbabwean Shona over Faze Action's infectious disco production. This time, British/Brazilian singer, artist and all round creative force de majeur, Nina Miranda, takes things further with her invitation to Vamos Pintar or Let's Paint, in Portuguese. On the surface there is the familiar Faze Action restyled proto house but it soon becomes apparent that the brothers have appropriated more than just a Brazilian vocal. Punchy 808 drums and fizzy synths are infused with Brazilian Caixa and Pandaro as if they had always been designed to co-exist. The remixes come from the illustrious Max Essa, whose British born/Tokyo resident background chimes well with the international nature of this latest offering. His Slo-Mo Bubble Dub simmers with Mediterranean sun that reclines into romantic piano flourishes and dubbed out vocals, whilst the Extended Dub manages to draw out the original elements at their original tempo. Faze Action's own Paradise '90 Dub closes the package by keeping close to the original arrangement with added economy and plenty of dub delay of course.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fleeting Wax introduces Eva Geist to their rooster - a very promising producer and live act. With a nordic feeling of nostalgia Blumareciano depicts the mediterranean sea landscape on a cloudy winter day. Soft beats, braid arpeggiators and thin out vocals build a cinematic scenario of spacious narration, a odyssey vacation thrilled by the new and encouraged by the hope to one day come back home. San Propers Remix takes Blumareciano down to a rusty dirty club and manages to combine techno with the deep vocals of Eva Geist.
Deep House
First release by label boss Tonbe on Hellcat Tunes. Something different than we expected, but who follows Tonbe from beginning, then surely knows what he doing. Proper deep house tunes with organic, jazzy, funky and soul influence. In near future, we can expect more tunes like these from him. The most of them will be released on Hellcat Tunes.
Deep House
Memory Box the label born from the party of the same name looks to boss Robin Ball for its next release. Following his first EP, which had all the influences of acid house past and future, this release shows respect to Chicago. Ball has been involved in the dance scene since the age of 14 when he first started his own parties. Since then he has emerged as a singular voice with a discography that takes in essential cuts all the way back to the mid-nineties, most often on Groovepressure. Now back under his own name, he is in fine form. The title track opens the EP in robust fashion, with bubbly drums and gurgling synths all underpinned by a knotted bassline. Dark, filtered vocals add menace and sci-fi pads help take this one out of this world. The dub version removes the vocal and thus places all the focus on those expertly programmed, loose but driving drums. On the flip, Remember' is a more light-footed groove that races along a slick bass line. Cosmic chords add some freakiness and the whole thing is kinetic and infectious. Again displaying fine studio skills that result in grooves with real feelings, this one is sure to make a big impact. This is another standout four track package of timeless house music from the ever exciting Robin Ball.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Cut This Way is the second outing of the year for North London producer Smashed Atoms on the Magic Circles Music label. The title track takes us back to early 80s New York, featuring a sassy old-school female rap over a mid-paced strut, and has already featured in sets from disco legend Greg Wilson and Hot Digits head-honcho Fingerman. On the flip side, Lost Someone locks down a rolling groove with interweaving synths and a nagging bassline.
Techno
Here comes the the Hamburg based duo Fallbeil with two brilliantly aggressive tracks filling each side with mutated acid face melt. With numerous scary records on Return To Disorder, New York Haunted, and Mannequin, among other labels, these maniacs have been burning a path of over carnage the last two years and this release signals they have no intention of softening up. They aren't going limp. They can go all night in hell, hell with a lower-case H.

Last Four Weeks

Disco/Nu-Disco
Adventures In Paradise launches with the esteemed line-up of Dedication, featuring Felix Dickinson, Tsuyoshi Kosuga of Cro-Magnon and other like-minded groovers. Previously found on DFA and Claremont 56, this occasional project steps up with the heavy disco funk groove of "Show Me Love", which lays down a rich spread of instrumentation with Danielle Moore of Crazy P fame on vocal duties. For those who just want the heads down business, there's an instrumental on the flip that lets the dazzling production shine through. For those craving and advanced slice of modern disco, look no further.
Ambient/Drone
Mary Anne Hobbs has been waxing lyrical about this sophomore collaborative set from Arovane and Hior Chronik, and it's easy to see why. The album's genius lies in the duo's atmospheric combination of crackling field recordings, lucid electronic instrumentation, and the melancholic poignancy of classic piano motifs. While they're naturally more at home delivering atmospheric, slowly unfurling ambient pieces - and there are plenty scattered across the album - the production pair's more up-tempo efforts are generally equally as impressive. Tracks such as "Lightbeams", 'Perpetum II" and "Eines Klein Lied", where their beautiful music is underpinned by bustling and bubbly machine percussion, are particularly impressive.
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.
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.
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
This new release from Best Record Italy contains for the first time the 3 tracks edited and mixed by John Jellybean Benitez between 1981 and 1982 of the Italo Disco songs by Kasso (the pseudonym used by Claudio Simonetti) who became a classic in the underground house music scene of N.Y. and Chicago !
Balearic/Downtempo
Official remastered limited edition of this down-tempo disco heaven from one-hit wonders Byron. Originally released in 1985 on the Italian label Golden Sound, 'Too Much' is a must for any discerning Balearic record bag. A side contains the original vocal version and on the B side there is the original instrumental plus the warmest Remix version previously available only on the rarest Byron Album from 1985.
Minimal/Tech House
Michael James strolls up to Constant Black with yet more of that refined minimal house goodness, throwing down all kinds of late night freakery to get bodies moving in the club. "Angels" is utterly funky without having to spell it out, keeping the drums simmering at a micro level and using a haunting vocal thread to fill out the space. "Seven" meanwhile is a busier affair, bustling with rhythmic accents that bring a very different kind of funk to the party. "Flightmode" then sends the EP on its way with an uplifting cut that sounds as though it came from above the clouds.
Techno
Having previously popped up on ESP Institute, Juan Ramos teams up with Trent to form Greenvision, making their first appearance on the home of freshly squeezed discoid deviance, Cocktail D'Amore. "Surdinia" takes over the A side with a bombastic array of peak time devices in its utility belt, from bubbling acid tweaks to gluttonous monosynth leads and a chunky set of drums. "Meccanica" is no slouch either, laying down thick slabs of synthesized grease in pursuit of a different kind of party track. This is unusual, distinctive club music for those who want the crowd to stop and pay attention.
Deep House
Having appeared only once before with the excellent Reel Nitty Gritty 12" on Echovolt, Paradise Box makes a return on Crimes Of The Future with a new set of crunchy leftfield club tracks infused with house, electro and disco sensibilities. "Hookup" is a cracked and mucky affair, but it kicks where it counts, but then "Running Up That Hill" comes along to impart a more emotive, clear-cut message via a cover of Kate Bush. "Ya Mo Be There" throws down a heavy wedge of 80s synth lines that refigures the James Ingram and Michael McDonald belter in a most unlikely of ways.
Minimal/Tech House
Afriqua's sought after "Chronic Cool" originally came out on Dream Diary back in 2015, and now the show-stopping house cut makes a welcome return for those who missed it the first time around. This is just how subliminal deep house should be, using understated drums, a thick, rounded bassline, lingering keys and an audacious breakdown at the midway point that guarantees a thrill from the dancers locked in. There's plenty more gold in Afriqua's back catalogue, but a chance to cop this essential jam is not to be overlooked. It's a single-sided release for a reason.
Deep House
Sharif Laffrey is one of the great unsung heroes of Detroit's dance music scene, having been instrumental in putting on parties in the Motor City for many years and spinning records in all kinds of legendary spots. When he's not busy promoting, Laffrey also finds time to turn out productions under aliases such as Quadrant and Maersk. Primarily though, his recent work has been under his own name for the likes of Love On The Rocks and Discos Capablanca, who he returns to here with a single sided sure shot entitled "Always". It's a heated, jacking club track that screams of Laffrey's Detroit roots, with an early house thrust and wild 80s-style sampling that will set the party alight.
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
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.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT! If you read interviews with Stuart Leath, you'll probably be aware of the amount of work he was put into tracking down Trinidadian husband-and-wife team Carl and Carol Jacobs. Some 24 months later, the fruits of his efforts have materialized in this superb reissue of their obscure (and ludicrously hard to find) 1986 electro-calypso gem "Robot Jam". It's one of those records that shouldn't work - it's effectively a fusion of replayed and re-sung bits from records by Santana, Rock Master Scott and Rappin' Duke - but still sounds brilliantly futuristic nearly 30 years after its' initial release. The two-part original is joined on the flip by a brilliantly fitting, echo-laden "re-rub" from Nick The Record and Dan Tyler, better known as one half of the Idjut Boys.
Indie
Emotional Rescue and Malka Tuti recognise their shared passion for globe-trotting sounds and team up to present this album from C Cat Trance, a project from John Rees Lewis who was formerly of post punkers Medium Medium. It's no surprise to learn that this was a project of the 1980s, as all the hallmarks are there. With the same outernational attitude that made the work of Eno, Hassell, Czukay, Wobble and scores more so alluring, this collection shines a light on a true gem of the era and provides a fresh pressing of some stone cold leftfield party groovers like "Shake The Mind".
Disco/Nu-Disco
Forever faithfully mining the past to keep your shelves stocked with gems that might have otherwise been consigned to history, Emotional Rescue turn their attention towards Carl & Carol Jacobs' cult slice of early house music, and what a treat it is. "Yonge Street Jam Band" comes in the form of two mixes that serve as impeccable examples of late 80s club music in all its culture spanning glory. The playful sample slicing and triggering of the second mix is the winner, although the vocals on the original version are equally on point if you want a little more soul in the mix. Jonny 5 then steps up on the flip for a bold but measured re-rub that stretches the vibe out for nine minutes of perfect party fodder.
Techno
Brain Machine's Peaks LP was a highlight of the Emotional Response catalogue last year, and it's only right that the album gets a high-class set of remixes to accompany it. The label have pulled out the stops here with an all-star cast, leading in with Salon Des Amateurs dreamweaver Toulouse Low Trax who drops a pinging, plucking version of "Light Space". Then Gigi Masin steps up with an illustrious revision of "Crystal Clouds", while Harmonious Thelonious brings a heavy yet measured, techno-minded presence to "Traces". Ronny & Renzo round the package out with playful synth splashes on their version of "Eclipse Predictions".
Balearic/Downtempo
Emotional Response reach out to another fine selection of sonic voyagers to take Brain Machine's excellent Peaks LP to task, leading in with the warm discoid undulations of Rollmottle who refigures "To The Stars" as a gentle, groovy warm-up joint. Die Wilde Jagd takes on "Mercury Ripples" and fashion a bombastic breaks jam out of it, and Merrick Adams pushes "Alpha Moon" into a curious but ultimately cosmic space somewhere beyond the titular lunar body. Cass takes the prize with the bittersweet synth tones that course through the two-part remix of "Nexus Vox".
Balearic/Downtempo
Emotional Response brings together two esteemed artists as they continue to celebrate five years of top-drawer releases. Alexis Georgopoulos and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma aren't necessarily household names, but their respective careers have touched on many a respected project in a variety of fields. Here, the pair turn in some wonderfully expressive compositions played out across all manner of organic instrumentation. The richness of the production and the highly developed ideas embedded within this gorgeous LP should resonate for a long time to come, not least because the pieces are all so easy on the ears. From Steely Dan precision to Balearic lilt, this is proper players music played by proper players.
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
Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Saint Thomas LeDoux makes his vinyl debut here with the ever-essential Finale Sessions. The label alone should give you an idea of the vibe on this record, where Detroit-inspired deep house with soul, flair and grit gets steered in intriguing new directions. So it goes on LeDoux's first outing, kicking off with the dazzling chord trickery of "Me Time" before "Feels Like" nestles down into a broken beat groove sprinkled with gorgeous arpeggios. "Raw Meat" takes a dramatic turn into a more global, percussive sound world with stunning results, and then "Grief" simmers things down with a home-listening cut loaded with craft FX processes and a jazzy demeanor to offset the artistic distortion.
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.
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
Coming straight out of Novi Sad with decades of experience behind them, Noise Destruction are the kind of refined and experienced house heads you want at the controls. It's been eight years since they were last on wax, but it doesn't show as the rich and effervescent "Injection Of Love" kicks in with its fulsome synth lines. "Zeebeats" is a sharper-edged jam with some excellent textural motifs darting in and around the chunky beat. "Celebrating The Sun" cools things down on the B2 with a wonderfully meditative dub excursion strapped to a deep reaching house beat. Records don't come much classier than this excellent transmission.
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
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.
Deep House
2DeepSoul are the core crew behind Inner Shift music, so as you might expect they've got a keen instinct for the finest strains of pure deep house as you'd happily dig from the likes of Patrice Scott or Fred P. They open up the Windows EP with the dreamy haze of "Clarity" before "Contour Lines" brings a pulsing, techy lead into the mixture of sweeping pads and snappy beats. "Someday" is a rich, harmonious ambient excursion, and then "It's A Sign" finishes the EP off with a truly meditative trip for the smoothest deep house cruisers to lock onto.
Deep House
Shintaro.D is new on the scene, but this promising Japanese producer follows up on his debut on his own label INIT with this assured 12" for Jus Groove It, taking the stripped down deep house template and injecting it with an off-kilter approach to sound design that subtly makes for one of the most effective DJ tools heard in recent memory. That track in question is "Kohisikarubeki", and its remix by Rhythm & Soul takes those intricately carved shards of sound design and smooths them into a more conventional house music shape. The B-side finds Shintaro.D turning out more of that subversive, future-minded deep house business, with "Waganamidakana" being a clear highlight.
Disco/Nu-Disco
London-based reissue label Kalita is here to take you deep into the hidden corners of African grooves, kicking things off in style with this infectious selection of cuts from Ernest Koffi, otherwise known as NST Cophie's, recorded in Paris and released on a private press LP in 1980. "Bian Kou" is a loose and limber disco funk number with impeccable slap bass, while "E Clolo" brings a more rounded, distinctly 80s flavoured production. Taking over the whole B-side, "Miokouna" takes on a more distinctly Afrobeat-minded demeanour and beams the Ivory Coast sunshine into your ears with irresistible force.
Deep House
Derek Carr is a name known by few and far between, with only a handful of vinyl releases in the early 2000s, he built a worthy but unfortunately not widely-spread reputation for putting together stunning deep techno. Originally pressed in finite numbers, the records have recently found themselves in demand on Discogs, and rightly so, Derek's music is in a class of its own. Having been a big fan since his releases on then local (to label owner Ben) Leeds label Geek records, For Those That Knoe has dug deep into the archives to put together a sizeable selection of Derek's back catalogue, with some unreleased gems dotted amongst the classic must-haves, spread across three EPs Part three in Derek's starts with Cuba, probably the most sought after track in his back catalogue. It's stunning simplicity and charming summer vibe puts it amongst Derek's greatest works and understandably so. Red then slots into the A2 position which was originally released under the radar on a Headspace compilation. As warm as Cuba but with an added touch of melancholy. Truly outstanding deep house. Iceberg takes things back more into techno territory with a funked up bass line, stepping rhythms, Detroit strings and those trademark twinkly leads. Finally Penthouse Apartment 3AM a lush electro breakbeat track from the very hard to find Trident release, rounds off the EP with aplomb.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Edit king Rahaan makes a connection with the ever-prolific Lumberjacks In Hell, and he's sounding feisty on growling lead track "Move Out Of The Way". Dirty, distorted drums and simmering acid gurgles make for a perfect seedy dancefloor lube, setting the scene for the more forthright jack beat styles of "Super Transfer". Keeping the fuzzed out Chicago styles at the forefront, "Blue Line" swoops in at the end like some long lost Trax off-cut with all the grit and guts you would expect from the earliest days of pure, electronic house music.
Techno
Manchester's meandyou collective have quite rightly garnered increasing amounts of praise in recent times, and principal among the reasons for that must surely be the presence of Herron. Also found working with Joy O as C/OR, Herron follows up the excellent 2015 EP The Night Garden with another brooding selection of leftfield techno offerings for those who like something a little different in their club 12". "A6" keeps the mood close and cloying with its ominous textures and pitched down vocal shards, while "Bad Timing" does wonders with a monolithic yet nimble bassline. "Recycle" brings a dustier deep house vibe to the record, while "Cold Hands" lays down warm and inviting synth lines shot through with a necessary strangeness before "Close" rounds the EP off with a disheveled tour through Workshop-esque 4/4 dynamics.
Balearic/Downtempo
Coming to life on a hazy cloud of natural instrumentation and meditative composition, Modern Manners tap into the appetite for delicate new age musings beautifully on this debut release. "Amor Y Odio" is laced with Spanish guitar musings that spiral out over a simple but effective drum break that harks back to classic downtempo, while "Running With Me" edges towards a more sprightly lounge headspace while retaining the rich musicality felt on the first track. "Instant Illusion" is propelled by a bassline that wouldn't sound out of place on a house track, but here its punching out in a subtle, laid back environment that aims to get you horizontal in the most sophisticated way possible.
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.
UK Garage
Albuquerque's finest outpost for purist garage house, Plastik People, continues to mine the classics on the seventh volume of its Collections sub label. First up is the unmistakable class of Zed Bias with "Take You There", a track which represents the garage legend getting into a more housed up frame of mind. Then it's over to F.A.Z.E 1 to keep the pressure up with the heated diva choppage of "Wanna Touch Me" before Judas' "Play A Little Something" takes things deeper but no less bumping. This is an essential package for anyone craving some under the radar gems from the history of 90s garage house.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT: Back in the day, there was one artist that stood out in the underground, this person was admired and respected worldwide, his cuts we're played from Paris, London, NYC to Chicago & back again, he was - Olivier Portal AKA Playin'4 The City. This year, 2014 - Playin 4 The City is back, 3 brand new tracks released on the deeply respected US label - Plastik People. Side A delivers two soulful edged tracks with a reprise at the start of A1 which keeps the roots of P4TC from back in the day - both tracks include live bass by Slikk Tim. Side B "Good Groove" is a black & white track, It has the feel of the early Bouge & Shuffle track that came out on Olivier's Straight Up label, deep & groovy elements, 16 bit samples & keeping it four to the floor. Good Groove is sure to be a classic, one for the true heads & the P4TC collective.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Following excellent releases from Skatebard, Les Crocodiles and Lunar Concept amongst many others, Pleasure Unit turn to Cut The Rug crew member Mike Misiu for their latest instalment of cool-headed modern disco. "Do What You Need" sports a Metro Area demeanour, with a classic vocal hook sprinkled in at opportune moments for maximum impact. The dub mix is no less satisfying, even with the famous sample rubbed out, but in fact the real pleasant surprise of this release is B2 jam "Love Talk". With its funky midtempo 90s breakbeat and heavy-hitting piano, it's an addictive party starter that harks back to the acid jazz days while still fitting right into the here and now.
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.
Deep House
After the label debuted recently with a 12" from Enrico Mantini, Purism returns with another fresh talent in the shape of Pepe Villalba, who makes a mighty fine impression with this first outing. "Acidbreak" may be something of a misleading name, although the 303 and a broken beat do feature heavily. It's actually woozy lead lines that shape out the vibe of this track, making for a dreamy electro diversion, and the mysterious yet warmly melodic tone continues on "U.F.O. (Sad Story About Conquering A Planet)". "Pianelice" is a different kind of jam with its stark keys way out front, but it's no less classy and ear-catching. "Charlie On The Moon" then finishes the record off with some slow, leftfield sparkle pitched at the lounging crew.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Swedish disco aficionado Drop Out Orchestra has been plying his trade in the world of slick edits and on-point party fodder for the best part of ten years now, and now he comes to Riot Gear with a sure fire club classic to share. There's no prizes for guessing the source material on "Holding On", but in this context the evergreen crossover jam gets a modern steroid injection, having never sounded more contemporary than here. Yam Who? sidles in for a remix that does a subtle job, simmering down some of the familiar vocals and making a slinkier cut that still hits hard. "Knucklehead" brings a little more jacking drum machine action to the table, but still disco is the main order of the day, while "Where Is My Man" takes the prize with its on point jazz funk licks and stomping beat.
Deep House
Rothmans continues its football fantasy trip through deep house, this time landing on Brazilian legend Pele with production duties handled by Australian producer Dawn Again. There's a heavy-lidded mood draped over A-side cut "Cobble Jam", all lazy acid throb, smoky pads and laid back rhythms, and that smooth cruising vibe slips over to the B side with the supremely submerged "Woman For A Day". Clandestino then comes on board for a remix that injects a little more drum power into the track while still keeping the meter running in the lowest possible fathoms for maximum immersion.
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.
Coldwave/Synth
Snap, Crackle & Pop does the business once again as Berlin-based producer Curses steps up with the distinctly 1980s new wave stylings of "Another View". It's the kind of track that will have lovers of early The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy et al dancing in a hazy fever dream where early goth and indie meets with contemporary beats. "Together In The Dark" makes the point even clearer with a brooding trip through languid guitar, beyond the grave vocals and scuffed drums. Inga Mauer takes an entirely different tact with her remix of the latter track, conjuring up a particularly chilling acid daemon to jangle the nerves before The Golden Filter spook out "Another View" with heavy doses of reverb.
Techno
Stephen Laubner never fails to deliver the goods, whether on his own label Something or elsewhere. Having recently popped up on The Untold Stories, this time around he's dropping his uniquely crusty compositions on Synthetic Gold. After a quietly disconcerting ambient opening, the leftfield grind of "The Taphead" pushes an uncompromising agenda of ragged bass and an unrelenting groove. "October Sunrise" by way of contrast is a more intimate, sweet natured affair. "Syntax Error" too taps into the softer side of Laubner's craft in a most mesmerizing of ways, but for the die hard fans fear not, there's also plenty of locked groove loops included to keep you tripping into infinity.
Minimal/Tech House
SlapFunk continue to showcase a distinctive brand of bumping, swinging house music with nods to the minimal way of doing things but a much fatter, richer sound palette at work. Levi Verspeek gets the vibe, having previously popped up on Body Parts, Apollonia and Lazare Hoche to name but a few, and the quality remains high on this new grip of party heaters. "Tam Tam" is a dexterous, catchy groover, while "Octo" gets into a twitchier headspace for the seriously locked-in freakout crew. "We Smell Sausage" takes things in a strange but techy direction before "Hmmm" turns out the most reduced offering on the record, all finely chiseled drums built with the DJ in mind.
Techno
Norwegian label Sommeroya enters the fray with a strong cast of Scandinavian sound scientists spread across a lucky dip range coloured vinyl. Skatebard leads the charge with the emotive electro tones of "Early Morning", all warm and fuzzy synth lines wobbling across the frequency range, while Fredrik Bekkassen brings a more militant brand of techno to the table with "Shroud". Bjorn Svin's "Clay Penalty" is equally tough and mechanical, although splashing through a generous helping of effects processing too. Then Christian Tilt finishes the EP off with a dubby dancefloor excursion entitled "It's Too Much Light In Here".
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
Yet more gems from the Silverlining studio courtesy of Asad Rizvi, 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 Farley 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
Ricardo Rodrigues hasn't been active as Industrialyzer for some years, but if there was ever an occasion to revisit the uncompromising techno alias, a release on Damon Wild's legendary Synewave label must surely be it. The Portuguese artist goes in on "Analog Planet" with fearsome intent, serving up that Robert Hood-flavoured mechanized, weaponised loop goodness that gets the business end of the night shaking the way it should. "Multiple Walls" is a funkier affair with a playful organ line, but then it's back to the darkside with the devilish "Orbit X", rounding out an EP of no-nonsense techno like momma used to make.
Techno
Largely found bashing out bastardised machine jams on Dark Entries, Bill Converse makes a logical move to Tabernacle for this new double pack of devilishly decent burners for the adventurous end of the night. The nagging hisses and end-of-days bleeps on "Tinnitus" will get right under your skin, while "Permission" stomps out a broken down jack to get the waifs and strays shaking. "Borealis" takes star-gazing techno into a particularly noisy dimension, "Operation" channels the spirit of Jamal Moss-minded acid freakery and "Mutiny" depicts the unkempt groove left after the breakdown of the hardware. "Awakening" ends things on a brighter note, twisting out grubby acid lines through some beautiful but distant chords and a snaking set of blown out drums.
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.
Techno
From Quebec, With Love is the first EP from SLEAZY, a project from Stacy Boudreault (Marie Davidson) and Sam Paquette (Ginger Breaker). An ode to the rural and suburban Quebec experience, SLEAZY is the progenitor of Suburban Techno. SLEAZY made their recorded debut in April 2017 with the single Que Calor, released as a limited edition cassette at a party headlined by Helena Hauff in Montreal. Described by NPR as "...equal parts inviting and menacing" and Pitchfork as "playful and sensual... music made for the family home's basement - a soundtrack for all the salacious discoveries one might make in that damp, dark incubator."
Balearic/Downtempo
Uber always knows the right kind of moody, heads down Balearic throb to get stone-cold chillers nodding their heads in approval, and so it goes on this latest transmission from Wawawiwas. "Sadness Of Being" is a perfect introduction to this duo, with the dub tropes turned up to full and the bassline grooves as slinky as they come. In between the heavy delay and reverb there's a real sense of stride about this track, which Max Essa capitalises on when dropping the more beat driven remix on the B side. The broad premise of the original remains intact, with just a little more emphasis on the synthy side of things.
Minimal/Tech House
Hailing from Argentina but deeply connected to the European way of crafting beats, Nektar Agu follows up on excellent appearances on Tied, Delight_Rec and Osmosis to drop this stunning three tracker for The Untold Stories. The original mix of "Seiya" is a haunting, engrossing piece embellished by Cossmos' expressive keys that saunter over the top of crisp minimal rhythms. Pheek then remixes the track and turns in one of his understated masterclasses, keeping the core feel of the source material while presenting a smooth, subtle listening experience. "Progression Minor 251" gives Agu a chance to show off more of his production chops, with Cossmos once again flexing some magic keys over the top of the slender drums.
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.
Deep House
The seemingly bottomless vaults of Vibraphone Records come up with the goods once again as The True Underground Sound Of Rome present a second instalment of their seminal Minimal Vision. The mood is instantly dreamy on "Cyclops", while "Vertigo" gets more than a little psychedelic, dare we say New Age-y. This tone rings true throughout the record, pulling together more sought after gems and previously unreleased delights from the catalogue of this vitally influential Italian house music force. Just try listening to "Once Upon A Time In Labaro" without being transported to another time and place, all proto-trance synth pulses and Blade Runner samples.
Electro
German producer Martin Matiske has been sporadic in his appearances dating back to 2002, but when he releases a record he makes it count. Following previous turns on International Deejay Gigolo and Stilleben, he now brings his fulsome electro sound to Vivod sounding fresher than ever. "Die Nibelungen" draws on a fine tradition of German electronica while using that mechanical melancholy you might find in a Bochum Welt track. "Bayerischer Wald" is a cheery synth-pop celebration, and "Virtuosic Mechanic" is a more snappy club track with plenty of Bunker-friendly darkness packed into its bones. "Kammermusik" cools things down with a lovely meander through plaintive bleep lines and plastic synth leads.
Techno
Commonly found lurking around L.I.E.S., Technicolour and W.T. Records, Florian Kupfer has plenty of credentials in the noisier end of the hardware house and techno scene, so it makes perfect sense to find him sidling up to Valcron Video in collaborative moder with Torn Hawk. The results are predictably excellent, from the gnarled emotional wrangles of "Fake Blood" to the blown out ambience of "Hungry For Candy". "Sweet Tooth" comes on like a dishevelled club workout, and then "Manipulation" rounds the record off with a tongue in cheek spoken word and ambience piece that packs some serious music underneath the irreverent chit chat.
Techno
Having been spotted splurging out guttural techno mischief on Super Rhythm Trax and No Logo, G-23 gets invited to Torn Hawk's Valcron Video label with more of that deviant sonic behaviour to share with the world. There is sludgy bass, strangled acid and clattering percussion aplenty on lead track "Access Code", while "Bleep Shots" throws down hard and raw with an utterly sick mix of grotty drums and gnarled synth blots. There's a Mr Husk "unmix" of "Access Code" which adds some extra melodic strains into the melee, and then "ARS Trip" finishes the EP off with some end of days tone damage for anyone left standing.
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.

Last Eight Weeks

Minimal/Tech House
Alex Font and his Acme label continue to champion the sound of Romanian electronic music with this second installment of Mis Hermanos Rumanos, following the excellent first turn with Sepp. Faster steps up first with the driving, chunky tech house sound of "Channel 1.0", threading subtle but snarling synth shapes through the straight-up drums with poise. Font gets deeper on "Cuentame Cosas Tuyas", using a whole lot of subby bass and pinging other crisp tones over the top of the mix. Nu Zau meanwhile keeps things decidedly hypnotic on the immersive "Return", and then Font finishes the EP off with the more fragmented sounds of "Frentes Abiertos".
Deep House
AntiDEEPressant is a new label that kicks off with a strong cast of contenders exploring interesting facets of the deep house tradition, starting off with the sultry wonder of Lola Allen's "Karma". There's mystery woven in between the African percussion that shapes out her track, and it's a pleasure to get lost in. Millie & Hirsch take a tender approach to Roland D Clark's classic "I Get Deep", while Mateo & Matos push the tempo back up with the jazz-tinged "Idris Rises." Vincent Inc is last on the list, and he cruises in with the slow and strange tones of "Tears Of God".
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: Australia is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast desert wilderness and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses; but is also known for its well-crafted music output and deep love for optimistic sensual tunes. This is the case here with the first release of a mysterious project called Ponzu Island, there is absolutely no info available on the artist, so let your ears judge without prejudice. His first effort comes in the form of a 3 track EP including "Super Koto", "Ponzu Beach" and "Ponzu Logic", they sound like if Morgan Geist and Todd Terje took some acid and locked themselves in a room with a sea view, a synth, and a computer. Welcome to Ponzu Island. To complete the EP the label counted with Andras Fox, another Aussie who has already gained much respect for his simply-perfect micro house productions (btw don't miss his live set if you ever have the chance). Andras revisits the track "Super Koto" in the form of an extended mix with a slower bpm and his magic touch here and there. On the flip side Apersonal's local producer Trujillo does his usual thing remixing "Ponzu Logic", closing the EP into a deep and darker territory. By now you will be in the middle in the desert asking yourself how you got there..
Techno
Blundar is a label shrouded in mystery, although it seems aligned with artists like Lowtec and those orbiting crews like Smallville. The latest transmission on the dusty house imprint comes from STL, whose disheveled sounds is a natural fit for what has come before on Blundar. "Track 1" peers through a thick haze of smoke, exhaling pads and drones and keeping the bass pulsing throughout. The rest of the EP is given over to experimental and ambient tones, with the second track on Side B being an especially arresting piece loaded with melancholic contemplation. It's another strong addition to the Blundar repertoire, and another example of STL's skills and adaptability in the studio.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Like all the best releases on Best, Pussycat were something of a one hit wonder who appeared and then promptly disappeared after one single in 1983. It's a wicked shame, seeing as their track "Le Chat" was a wonderful fusion of disco funk and synth pop. The vocal is catchy enough, but the "Short Dub" version is where the real heat is to be found - this isn't over the top delay wielding but rather a subtle approach that brings the strongest elements to the foreground. The "instrumental" takes you on a smoother ride, but those who want a bit more spice in their selection will be clamouring for that dub.
Minimal/Tech House
Michael James strolls up to Constant Black with yet more of that refined minimal house goodness, throwing down all kinds of late night freakery to get bodies moving in the club. "Angels" is utterly funky without having to spell it out, keeping the drums simmering at a micro level and using a haunting vocal thread to fill out the space. "Seven" meanwhile is a busier affair, bustling with rhythmic accents that bring a very different kind of funk to the party. "Flightmode" then sends the EP on its way with an uplifting cut that sounds as though it came from above the clouds.
Deep House
Dream Diary is a label operating out of Brixton that has previously featured the likes of Afriqua, Tom Gillieron and Richie Littler on its roster, and now it's the turn of the head honcho Oslo Roma to serve up some more of that subversive four-to-the-floor business. "Mars Water" is an infectious minimal roller with bass that wraps itself around your cerebellum and pulls you in deeper, while "Bubbles" does the same but without any drums to buffet it along. "How Good Is The Party" is a more experimental affair that deals with off kilter rhythmic fragments and spaced out textures, leaving EP closer "Twotet" to drop a more immediate slice of electro on the situation.
Techno
Minilogue member Sebastian Mullaert has been rapidly building on his reputation in recent years, and now he gets to enjoy an expansive double pack release on Default Position with plenty of remixers on board for the ride as well. The "Vocal Expression" of "Samunnati" is a sleek house jam sprinkled with shimmering chords, while the "In That Distorted Light" mix is a more cosmic, arpeggio-filled affair that aligns with the deep techno tendencies of the original. Wa Wu We heads into icy minimal territory on the "Simplification" version, while Knutsson/Berg take a nimble but ultimately simple approach in reducing the track down to a subtle core.
Deep House
Birmingham's own Samu.L has previously appeared on One Records and Nite Grooves, but he makes it back into the fray after a couple of years out with this essential transmission for Dogmatik. This is chunky, stripped down tech house of the highest order, leading in with the tracky throb of "King Of Snakeskin Boots" and then swerving into the deeper tones of "New Day". "Press Select" is a craftier house jam peppered with bugging synth elements, while "The Valley Dub" gets into trippier territory for the after party crowd, making this all round a highly workable EP whatever hour of the night you're playing.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Jamie Paton has been a regular fixture on [Emotional] Especial since the label first came to light, conjuring up a seductive blend of leftfield dance music with a broad range of influences. This time around he's turning out some of his remixes, leading in with the sweaty, dense throb of Sexy Merlin's "See You In The Dark". Guy Schlalom's "Habibi" by way of contrast becomes a lighter confection peppered with bubbly synth lines and an almost poppy persuasion. Blancmange's "Feel Me" has a more cosmic lilt in its voluminous tones, and "Overdrive" by Gatos Negros drifts out on an off-kilter kind of boogie for all manner of deviant dancers to get head-nodding to.
Balearic/Downtempo
Emotional Rescue turns its attention to Spanish artist Luis Delgado, who made a name for himself fusing traditional folk music from across the globe with experimental electronic practice. His first album Vathek stands as one of his masterworks, originally released in 1986 and featuring a range of different electro-acoustic approaches that draw you in with their strange, dynamic textures. There's a whiff of Jon Hassell's treated trumpet about "La Puerta De Ebano" while "El Sacrificio De Catoul" deals in a dense weave of chimes and percussion. Diverse, engrossing listening from the outer reaches.
Ambient/Drone
Following an appearance on the Schleissen series, Tropical Hi-Fi makes a return to Emotional Response with some delightful exotica laced musings perfect for static real world situations, not to mention mind trips to distant shores. Just try listening to the steel guitar lilt and percussive tumble of "Tahiti Blue" and not having the image of a balmy, breezy island scene in your third eye. At times the record drifts off into experimental, field recording focused territory, and occasionally the machines take over for a more electronic experience, but throughout the playful inspiration of exotica binds this wonderfully realised record together.
Deep House
While still popping up on the likes of Delusions of Grandeur and Mister Saturday Night, Nebraska has been lately channeling much of his energy into his emergent Friends & Relations label as a vessel for his own productions. This third installment on the label kicks off with the warm, honey-coated chords of "Rien Ne Vas Plus", which rides on an easy groove and lets the keys sing out in a hazy summer reverie. The "Version" follows suit with a similar disposition, while both takes on "Don't You Know" on the B side deal in a common goal to gently coax all kinds of woozy soul sounds through a laid back house framework.
Techno
The cast of characters across the latest Future Primitive release are perhaps unlikely bedfellows, but they sit together comfortably on this 12". Mike Ink is in a most reflective mood on "Income", letting the beat fall slow and pushing the gently pulsing synth lines to the foreground. Welsh wizard DJ Guy lets the tape grit shine through on his wonderfully disheveled "ASII100". That leaves it to an early alias of Murcof, Terrestre, to take on the B-side with the more dynamic tones of "Botas De Oro" and "Secondary Inspection Theme". The rich percussion and hypnotic mood are a joy to listen to, while the easy pace should sit comfortably in the warm up zone of the dance.
Deep House
Finale Sessions welcomes Anaxander to join label main man Michael Zucker for another one of those impeccable trips through top shelf deep house. Anaxander gets busy with "Stabs Of Love", a truly ear nagging piece that cuts through the glut of soundalike productions to say something truly special. Meanwhile his "Heart 2 Heart" resides on the B2, presenting a lighter, more playful cut peppered with pattering bongos and sprightly keys. Zucker gets into a slightly off kilter funk on "Greater Is He" before dropping into a perfect bump on "Lost Without You", putting some swing into dub house and making it sound natural.
Deep House
DJ Octopus has been busy in the last few years, appearing often alongside Steve Murphy on labels like Love Notes, Chiwax, Hot Haus and Shall Not Fade. On this new double pack for House Crime he goes it alone, bringing the kind of raw, off-kilter but ultimately fun vibe that the label seems to plump for. "Born In 86" is an absolute head driller of a track, looped up but utterly addictive, while "Diastemia" offers a very different kind of disco-infused groove. This personality split runs throughout, ensuring there's never a dull moment diving into any of these sides of wax. Check "The Toy Is Mine" if you need proof that Octopus knows how to throw it down.
Deep House
The Holic Trax five year anniversary celebrations continue with this essential grip of tracks from Satoshi Tomiie and Tuccillo. "Do It" leads the charge with a focused slice of tech house that rides its addictive hook incessantly, albeit with plenty of playful tones darting around the mix for added decoration. "What Row" is a more crafty cut with a finely chiselled bassline and some nagging hats to die for, and then "To Ray" finishes the EP off with a much rawer approach. Here the drum machines spit at the front of the mix and the synth parts wobble with a live flavour that really stands out on this 12".
Techno
Three years in, Blackhall & Bookless' Jaunt label is becoming a serious force for forward thinking, fractured techno exploration. On this split EP with Chad, the duo take the A-side and present two different versions of "Links". The "Battle rework" is a tense and dramatic tumble through dub techno soundscapes, while the "Bleak remix" pares the elements down to a more focused, minimalist thrum. Chad presents a wholly different vibe on the flip, using rich, warm synthesiser tones to draw you in to "Afters", and then Scenery regular ASOK takes up remix duties on the track with an immersive version that borders on breakbeat.
Techno
Hugo Capablanca may be best known for his more disco-minded output from his time on Gomma Records, but increasingly his scattered output and his label have been reaching towards more abrasive material. Nothing will prepare you for the confrontational nature of this daring, 'no label' transmission. The artwork alone is enough to challenge the senses, while the opening track is a metallic drone that gives way to the distended mutant beats of "Top Less". Guy Debord is no less cut throat in delivering a "Disco Punish" remix of "Lap Dance" on the B-side, all deconstructed groove and guttural noise, and then "Dance Less" rounds the record off with another excursion into unsettling, heavily processed noise.
Deep House
Little is known about Medicis, other than he last appeared back in 2015 on Lazare Hoche alongside Voltery. On this, his second 12", he strikes out on his own for the Parisian deep house stable with some of that refined, head-tweaking groove fodder that has broadly defined the label since it started. "Vilaroel" features shimmering tones that call to mind Point G at his dubbiest, while "Dissfreq" takes a sweeter route into dreamy pads and lightly shuffling drums. "Carrier" is a darker, techier affair with plenty of hypnotic elements spinning in the mix, and then Mdecisi' old friend Voltery lands a hand on the downtempo delights of "Guda".
Deep House
The latest Love Notes welcomes Perseus Traxx to the fold with just the kind of romantic, classically informed hardware jam action that the label so dearly loves. "Fears Of Simplicity" kicks off on a celestial tip that reaches skyward with its plush layers of electronic melodics, while "Exhilaration Of The New" sports a distinctly Mr. Fingers-flavoured vibe that's impossible to dislike. "Half Heard Whispers" is a lighter jam that floats along on an airy bed of pads, and then "In Our Dreams" takes the prize as the prime cut on the record, digging deep to depict a more mysterious version of the old-skool house music we know and love.
Deep House
Fred Everything's Lazy Days label is a veritable institution by this stage in the game, and it's no surprise to see a label of such stature reaching out to an artist as highly regarded as Atjazz. Martin Iveson, as he's also known, ditches the alias here but the mood is consistent with his reputation. "Leave Me Here" is a jazz-soaked beauty in its original form and when Jimpster takes the controls for a remix. On the flip comes Art Of Tones, whose "Koniokola" gets not one but two versions from Fred Everything. Both the remix and "re dub" deal in masterful tech house from a true champion of the genre.
Techno
The Memory Box parties have been celebrating the classic foundations of acid house for some time, and now they've launched a label to push their love of squelchy 303 even further. Robin Ball steps up for the first release with some classic examples of how to ride the well-worn machine and keep it sounding fresh like the first rays of morning through the warehouse window. "Acid Stomp" needs little explanation - it teases with some subdued 303 warbles before the real meat of the track kicks in and the frequency starts freaking. "Acid Duck" is a more reduced affair, while collaboration with Neil Tibbetts "Sqolch" works a few deep house elements into the mix. MVDC finish the EP off with the abrasive, grungy thrust of "Back In The Dayz".
Deep House
From 4Lux to Ten Thousand Yen, Earl Jeffers has been serving up plenty of upfront good time house music over the past few years, as well as steering the equally on point Chesus alias. Now he sidles over to the new Melange label with Byron The Aquarius in tow, and the sun kissed vibes are positively pouring out of the record grooves. "Eira" is where Byron flexes some on-point melodic input, laying down ludicrously rich keys to ramp up the soul status of this damn fine garage-y bumper. The "Demo Mix" of "Eira" resides on the flip and shows off a more stripped down, raw version that's no less satisfying on the ears.
Deep House
We've been waiting to see what would come next on Minneapolis Exchange after the excellent opening move from the mighty DJ Duke, and this time around there's a whole raft of talent on board. Jeff Swiff is on impeccable form with the soulful, bumping delights of "I Lost Control", while Christian James has an equally funkified approach that should have all true party people wiggling their middle in approval. Dan Ryan takes a punchier approach on the drums for "Pillar", but there's still lashings of vibin' keys bringing the warmth to the track. Ricky Tinez finishes the record off with a more introspective refrain that drifts in between the peppy thrust of the drums.
Deep House
Minuendo calls upon Vincent Inc and Danijel Kevic to kick off their latest single, and they do so in fine style with the luxurious sweeping chords of "Space". Twinkling pianos, speech samples and a carefully measured set of deep house drums make this the consummate slice of pool-side dance music for those who can still find some sun at this time of year. Lola Allen steps up to the B side with something a little more sassy in the shape of "Afrofusion Jazz". As the title might suggest, there's a mixture of influences tumbling into this track, most notably with some wildly filtered jazz organ and funk licks stewing in the pot, and just when you think it's going to break it swerves off into submerged Moodymann territory. This is unpredictable house music at its finest.
Techno
Bar a few scattered appearances here and there, this 12" for Mentha marks Bruno Limma's first fully-fledged outing, although you wouldn't think it listening to the quality contained within this release. "More Or Less" is a brooding dub techno trip with the chords coloured in dark hues for the ultimate wintry experience, which Ney Faustini then nudges up into a sleek minimal house cruiser. "More Is More" takes a funkier route into scatty rhythms and strange samples, albeit with an inherent warmth pulsing somewhere in the middle of the surrealism. "Less Is More" rounds the EP off with a more reflective piece of techno for quieter moments.
Techno
In what might be something of an unexpected reissue move, early rave belter "Sweetness & Light" from Australian duo Itch-E & Scratch-E gets a fresh airing for the 21st century no less than 25 years after it first landed in a hailstorm of bright melodic lines and raucous tempo. In its original form "Sweetness & Light" is everything you could possibly want from an early trance stormer, all plush layers of harmony reaching an emotional crescendo over an irrepressibly bouncy beat. The "For Life" remix meanwhile flips the script with a blissed out, chord-heavy version that slows the pace right down, possibly for the original fans of the tune who need things a little slower now.
Balearic/Downtempo
Malka Tuti continues to be a hotbed of oddball, outernational wares for adventurous dancefloors, and the Israeli label reaches a new milestone as it presents its first full-length album release. Die Orangen is a project headed up by prolific Australian artist Kris Baha alongside Angelo Cruzman and Dreems, and following a single on Malka Tuti last year they come good with an album of psych-out brilliance that should have a broad reach from Balearic heads to wave-minded disco dancers. "To The Top Of Gloucester" shows they're happy to embrace experimental moods as much as direct hitters, and the loose, live band approach to the music binds all the different styles together perfectly.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Man Power has proven on many occasions to be adept at all manner of different moods within the hardware house canon, but on this occasion he's particularly focusing on creating an exotic feeling out of mechanical means. "Tropical Bastard" is a fitting title for this project for Not An Animal Records, with the original steeped in driving patterns of rhythm and melody that approximate a flavour of far flung lands while mutating the feeling into something more club-minded. Lord Of The Isles goes one step further with a remix that ramps the modulation up to devilishly wonky levels. "Tropical Bastard 2" is an entirely different beast that plays on a cinematic vision of tropical escape, but with an acid thread pulsing through it. Then the Frank Butters remix finishes the EP off with a more submerged, but equally mischievous take.
Minimal/Tech House
REPRESS ALERT!! Metamatics returns with his seminal classic Ep01.A slab of minimal house that has been dropped into sets from dj's like Nicolas Lutz and Move D. Originally released on the super cool London label Clear.This much sought after ep has finally got the re release it deserves.A secret weapon in any dj's record box.
Techno
Alessandro Crimi returns to Open Recordings after appearing alongside Frazer Campbell and S. Moreira last year, this time enjoying the full spread of the record to impart his particular vision of deep techno. There's washes of chords aplenty spilling out of "Seashore Walk" while the groove stays cool and steady, and then Janeret comes bowling in with a pumped up beat to bring the party to a more overt party destination. "Night Dive" cools things down once more with its swirling, seductive notes and tightly clipped drums, while Frazer Campbell returns to deliver a more uptempo version that maintains the mystery inherent in Crimi's original.
Deep House
Dutch producer Sota is the latest to be snapped up by Ornate Music, presenting his second ever release having first come to light with his own Talaman label earlier in the year. "Subsonica" rides on a tough house groove, keeping the elements as spartan as possible while heading straight into the deep end of the night. "Inverse" is a skippier affair that deals with heavily processed synth flares and a deadly swinging groove, and then "Chatka" finishes the EP off with a dreamy cut peppered with delay processing for the quintessential dubby trip through refined 4/4 dance music.
Deep House
Gropina is a new project from an Amsterdam-based producer who is also the co-founder of this new label, Paesaggi Records. We suspect some Italian influence in this project, not just from the titles but also because of the charming sound embedded in these grooves, which at points nods to the legendary Roman label Vibraphone. "Cristallo Di Bismuto" is a perfect encapsulation of 80s tropes in a house setting, while "I Wish You Could Shelter Me" heads deeper into plush FM synth territory. "Oosterpark Laguna" is a cheery but laconic jam with some killer bass and airy flute tones, and "Mare Aperto" sends things off on a cheery house tip with a cheeky Nightmares On Wax sample thrown in for good measure.
Industrial/Noise
Public System presents a monster collection of the grubbiest, punked out lo fi deviant electronics from the true underground. Some names are more familiar, such as the excellent Templeyard Studios with the uneasy clatter of "Take66", while Buttechno brings a blistering array of tones to the forefront for some truly adventurous acid abstractions. There's a lot of lesser known delights to revel in though, from the boxy beatdown of IXVLF, the darkwave electro thrust of Kluentah and the intricate percussive science of Meze. This may be dirty dance music for wayward souls, but there are some seriously fresh ideas lurking on this ludicrously valuable package.
Balearic/Downtempo
Fresh from an appearance on Balearic Blah Blah, Andi Hanley sidles over to fellow Mancunian Ruf Dug's Ruf Kutz label with some beautiful, sunkissed tones in mind to keep you gliding on the good vibes no matter how grim it may be outside. "Raffles" is a gently pattering piece that seems to hark from the Terry Riley school of repetition, albeit played through blocky synth tones and delicate refrains. "Ba Nou" is a more flamboyant 80s-flavoured cut with some excellent tom fills, slick guitar licks and powerful brass stabs. "Syn-Syn" is a melancholic, borderline noirish synth ballad, and "Kinshasa" heads for the dancefloor with its pronounced beat and canned funk sound.
Techno
The second release on Resonance comes from emergent Russian producer Ivan Erofeev, who was previously moonlighting as Aleph before reverting to his birth name. There's a tantalizing drama embedded in "Abdumanob", all taut tribal percussion and an insistent kick. "Bed Of Honour" is a deeper cut fleshed out with atmospheric dubby ripples, and "Tribe" taps into a more classic kind of contemporary techno headspace. "Resin" flips the script with some crusty piano samples and a lopsided beat, "Caucasus" strips things down to a mean-tempered rhythmic core and "Aerograd" lets the cyclical bleeps do the talking.
UK Garage
Dubtraxx is new on the scene, as is their label Rhythm N Vibe, but don't let that lull you into a false sense of security - this is seriously heavyweight gear. "Soundbwoy Request" is especially dangerous, working plenty of dub, reggae and jungle motifs into a rugged garage structure and sounding utterly ruff in the process. "Towards '99" is no slouch either, albeit on a slightly housier tip than the raucous A-side. The "2000 Tribute Mix" of "Next Millenium" meanwhile sneaks out a few of the eerie tones you'd expect to hear around the time that dubstep first started to emerge.
Dub
REPRESS ALERT!! The Sardinian ROHS! imprint based in Berlin, has cut two killer dubs from the depths of Babe Roots studio, served up in DIY style and fashion on a very limited vinyl-only run. First up, is the Rhythm & Sound inspired 'Jah Nuh Dub' trodding in the lower regions of the sonic spectrum, submerged in bassline and distilled dubwise etiquette, with the filtered chords sprawling across the underbelly in the slow envelope of bass and drum, meditatively. On the other side, is the real gem (if you ask us) - 'Bless Dub' is a monstrously deep version of The Revolutionaries classic 'Kunta Kinte'. This rhythm has been versioned a lot already, but Babe Roots interpretation is justified in it's sense for deep soundsystem aesthetic, with a much more introspective yet equally uplifting edge... This one could also make some pretty serious vibrations on a big speaker - Beware.
Deep House
Seven Davis Jr. is the go to man for truly soul-inflected, boogie down house music, and so it goes on this new transmission on his Secret Angels label. Whether he's actually a part of the Freekazoidz project isn't clear, although it does sound like he may well be when you fire up the sensual rumble of "I Saw You Dancing" (featuring Tilson on autotuned vocals). "Anambra" is more of a tracky premise that lets the drums do all the talking, "Deep Lake" heads into a strange, bassy corner of deep house and then "Early Morning House" brightens up the party with a sax-licked jam for the late end of the party.
Deep House
Smile & Wave appears from out of nowhere with two unknown names heading up the first release. There's no indication of who is behind A Houseband or Russian Hackers, but both of them have done a damn fine job of bringing two sure fire killers to wax. The first is "Another Love Another Happiness", which as the title candidly suggests is yet another version of the oft-sampled "Love & Happiness", this time framed in a bubbling, dubby deep house context for the mellow heads to soak up. By way of contrast Russian Hackers get busy with "303", bringing some forthright jack to the table.
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Street Edits label has been playing it cool and deadly since 2013, and now hits its tenth release with two crucial jams for the heads-down party heads. JTT, a shadowy figure with links to the Bristol scene, gets deep in the chop-up on "Know 2 Much", eschewing any obvious vocal licks in favour of the heavy, rolling funk of his source material. Boogie Cafe takes a different approach with "Dynamite", letting the core of the track shine through in all its bright, brassy glory. When he does go in for the cuts and FX on the breakdowns, it's oh-so sweet though. This is how edits should be done.
Minimal/Tech House
Swiss producer Alci first came to light with a run of releases on Robsoul, before migrating to other climes such as Apollonia. Now he makes a second appearance on his own Seeingsounds label with some refined minimal for those who like their beats crisp and intricate. "Rarely Listening" has a dreamy demeanour, but there's plenty of energy folded into the snappy rhythms and loping bleeps of the track. "Humanized Pattern" meanwhile ramps up the bugging funk for a swung and sassy run through micro house done with a whiff of French flair. "Seeing" resides on the B-side with a gloriously dubbed out line in melodies that float lazily over the top of the sharply focused beat.
Techno
The singles accompanying Mr C's celebrated return to the album format keep on coming, this time drafting in some noted names to deliver remixes of "Ripple Effect". First up is Marc Houle who employs some of his trademark creepy bass tones to underpin a purposeful, driving slice of darkside party music. Noel Jackson is equally on edge with his version, although it's a more stripped down and sped up affair that borders on electro in its sense of tightly wound urgency. Chloe gets the run of the B-side to lay down a more varied remix that uses some punchy disco elements to create a more light hearted outlook on Mr C's original jam.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Dan Shake's Shake Tapes project just keeps on coming with the good stuff, each installment broadening the scope of just what this multifarious DJ and producer is capable of. This time around there's heated, salsa soaked jazz to be enjoyed on "La Descarga Del Bobo", while "Sixty-Two Fifty" twists off into bugged out jazz funk territory. "De I Comahlee Ah" is a rough and red-lining piece of party jazz, and "Nobu" finishes the EP off with a surprisingly tech-injected kind of, you guessed it, jazz. Whatever your preference as far as jazzy sounds, there's something for everyone on this 12".
Deep House
Sounds Of The City has turned its attention to a new sublabel called Sounds Of The Streets, which supposedly focuses on the classic sounds of the 70s and 80s with one foot still tapping on the contemporary dancefloor. Wulysse is up first with Hotspot, and from the sounds of "Still Runnin" this artist has got the stylistic approach down to a fine art. Where that track is all bubbly and feel-good, there's a hint of mystery in the sweeping chords of "Hotspot", but either way the boogie funks hard on both tracks. "Smurfin & Rappin", by way of contrast, allows some acid influence into the mix with absolutely crucial results.
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Donnie Tempo has only appeared once previously as Knu Je', and that was way back in 2001. Now the alias is revived on Sound Reflection in a shimmering, twirling expression of broken beat and boogie sensibilities for those who like their beats soul n' sun drenched. It's actually his Quad IBB alias that serves up the "original mix" of "Vocoder So Sexy", and it's nothing short of stunning. The rich layers of vocals cavort with the expressive key changes and sharply angled beats, making for a truly striking cut that sounds equally fresh in its instrumental form on the B side.
Techno
REPRESS ALERT!! Wanderwelle comes to Silent Season to explore immersive techno inspired by the early pagan history of Europe. "The Starry Night" makes for a beautiful opening statement on this point, all gently lilting melodies reaching for an emotional peak and loaded with mystery. "Where The Wind Howls" equally lulls your ears with its patient layers of synths feeding into an implied narrative that works wonderfully with the fantastic artwork on this release. "Through The Meadow" has a more overt new age ambient finish, while "Lured By An Unseen Presence" edges a little dub techno influence into the mix. With all eight tracks feeding into this implied tale, this is an album to listen to from start to finish and truly lose yourself in.
Deep House
Super Tuff makes an impressive debut straight out of Brooklyn with M. Vaughan at the helm, and it looks like high grade deep house is on the menu judging by the quality spread across this first 12". Jesse Bru is up first with the steady cruising "Futaki", featuring a great speech by Tom Waits about crooked trees. DJ Aakmael gets into a bouncier concoction on "Offering", and then it's down to label boss Vaughan to push an agenda of tough NYC flavoured grooves splashed with dusty soul and jazz tones in an utterly infectious style. Moony Me then finishes off the EP with an acid track that features swooning strings and some deft drum play.
Deep House
Having helped launch the Sugarhouse label with his Paradise Forum brethren, Jamie Paul gets a chance to show off his talents on his debut 12", adding to the label's already impressive catalogue with another swathe of classy house jams with a modern twist. "Double G" definitely sports the chops for the peak of the night, but it's also shot through with a welcome weirdness and a fuzzy warmth that should find favour with a wide range of DJs. "Even So" is a more laid back, bumping affair that matches the smooth finish of the A-side, but says something different altogether. Label mate Maurice Jnr meanwhile serves up a remix of Even So that nudges the delicate tones in a techier direction.
Techno
Damon Wild's Synewave label is still going strong, plunging ever further into the hinterland of looped up techno and dragging your consciousness with it. On this new release Wild is pinging bleeps around the sequencer grid through the course of "Timelapse", and highly immersive it is too. The "Timemachine dub" of the track is even more seductive with its Sleeparchive-style synth oddities and sparse arrangement. Function comes on board for an un-easier remix of "Timelapse" that veers towards the full-blown paranoid, and then Postscriptum drops a killer version to finish the EP off, all jagged off beat kicks and heavy textural swells.
Minimal/Tech House
Hailing from Argentina but deeply connected to the European way of crafting beats, Nektar Agu follows up on excellent appearances on Tied, Delight_Rec and Osmosis to drop this stunning three tracker for The Untold Stories. The original mix of "Seiya" is a haunting, engrossing piece embellished by Cossmos' expressive keys that saunter over the top of crisp minimal rhythms. Pheek then remixes the track and turns in one of his understated masterclasses, keeping the core feel of the source material while presenting a smooth, subtle listening experience. "Progression Minor 251" gives Agu a chance to show off more of his production chops, with Cossmos once again flexing some magic keys over the top of the slender drums.
Drum And Bass
German duo P.B.K. get a couple of their original jams reworked by two different emergent producers seeking to impart a smooth, finely balanced vision of drum & bass. First up, Seba takes on "Living On A Membrane" and heads straight into liquid territory with a plethora of laconic keys and deep, pulsing pads. It's as dreamy as it gets in the D&B world. "Moonflower" on the B-side gets taken care of by Deep Blue, who equally favours a mellow atmosphere but injects a sharper edge with the crack of the snare that anchors this floaty, vocal-peppered track.
Deep House
Verdant returns for a second round to explore more of that tender space between house and techno where the original machine soul spirit of Detroit rings out in every synth chime. Just listen to Havantepe's "Phosphor" if you need further proof. Low Orbit Satellite equally deals in luscious layers of harmony, from the languid chords to the chirpy acid lines and beyond. RV800 has a more mechanical outlook on "Lost Reality", channelling a little classic bleep energy but with a modern minimal veneer. Mick Welch rounds the EP off with a sublime trip through mellow techno sounds on "Ornate Trails".
Techno
Steve Summers is commonly found lurking around labels such as L.I.E.S. and the affiliated Russian Torrent Versions, but here he's sliding his machines over to Torn Hawk's Valcrond Video label to throw down more of that sensual and sinewy beat-baiting business. "Always" is a stellar lead track that deals in immersive atmospheres and insistent rhythm - the consummate club workout for the deeper, darker end of the night. "Resist" turns up the heat with a raft of syncopated rhythms and gnarly synth textures that show Summers at his urgent best. Torn Hawk's version of "Always" fills the B side in a haze of blown out sonics and meditation for the drum machine generation.
Techno
Delivery is the work of Greg Shin, who has previously appeared on LA Club Resource and Smashing Tape Records. Now he appears on Torn Hawk's Valcron Video with a wonderfully diverse set of leftfield machine workouts, kicking off with the tempestuous drum twitches of "Brain Drained". "Technology Transplant" is a polar opposite, focusing on calm drifts of ambient synth with a mournful tinge. The B2 is worth digging for, as "Four Two Nine" seems to balance the two other tracks and make for the most club-ready piece on the 12".
Deep House
Fully tapped into the true US tradition of soulful house music, Riccardo Masi has been delivering the goods for the past couple of years to labels like Uzuri and his own Wrong Notes Records. On this new single the good vibes just keep on flowing, kicking off with Erik Rico's on-point vocal draped over "Reaching". Rico also forms the centre point of "No One Else", another masterclass in pattering drums and honey-coated keys. "Tortellini Jazz" shores up on the B-side, drafting in Paolo Campani to lay down some sultry sax tones over the mellow chords and playful Rhodes trills.
Deep House
500, 12" 180g, yello vinyl, hand stamped, individually numbered records, single press only. The man behind Tusk Wax pulls out another sublabel to follow Trance Wax.
Balearic/Downtempo
"Cherrystones. The Man. The Legend. The Beanie. The Sunglasses iz here !! Simba King - Afro ronger whizzer Pork King - La la la Skeletons King - Ace caffffe rockerz Topical King - Comme ca? Kong King - Wammer bammer mammer Bouncer Shit King - Les dance des HONK Cherrystones peoplez takeover !! "
Drum And Bass
"Bring Back is Back! With the brand new vinyl only release. Here's limited single sided record with two jungle bangers. ""Luv This Music"" have combines mystical sound and vibes of the darkness. It's seems like we are back in time, in 93-94. Classic breaks and hardcore stabs are able to bewitch anyone. ""Sweet Murda"" opposite, more light with nice pads, filled with the sound of the oldskool jungle music. "
Balearic/Downtempo
"Emotional Rescue begins the first in a series of reissues looking at the music of guitarist Carl Weingarten and his Multiphase Records label, starting at his highly sought after collaborate album with Walter Whitney, Dreaming In Colors. With an early interest in photography and Super 8 film leading to a degree in cinema production, Weingarten's other, self-taught, love was the slide guitar. Taking its blues roots and merging them with his visual arts background created a unique "painting in sound" style of playing. While looking to break into the film industry he began writing and recording his own film scores and other music for modern dance companies. From this, he founded Multiphase Records in St Louis in 1980. By the time of Dreaming In Colors, the label had released a series of cassettes and vinyl albums offering abstract, experimental, jazz-fusion, new wave and increasingly, new age compositions. Throughout this period the work of engineer, keyboardist and programmer, Walter Whitney was often present and by the 1985 release of Dreaming In Colors the duo had collaborated for a number of years and released several projects together, most notably as members of the Delay Tactics band. Recorded during off days from the Delay Tactics sessions, the album came together at Whitney's Subterranean Sound studio with a focus away from the bands guitar driven instrumentals to explore a multilayered approach to synthesis, blending textures with Whitney's original samples and sound design, while Weingarten's guitar moved from shining solo moments to complimenting the overall oeuvre, all with heavy washes of delay. This ecumenical approach led to the creation of this compelling album. A masterful conceptual whole that is linked by rich melodies and a concise playing style, heavy on substance while never forgoing the uplifting vibrations. "
Disco/Nu-Disco
Kalita Records are proud to announce their third release, an official reissue of IWABO's 'Reggae Down', a Caribbean funk bomb of the highest calibre perfect for the modern discerning dancefloor. The band's only ever record, originally released in June 1985 in a small pressing quantity of just five-hundred copies, 'Reggae Down' has been a staple semi-unknown weapon for various well-known selector DJs across the globe, and we feel that it is now perfect time to share this gem with you as well. The A side is perfect for moving the dancefloor into next gear, whilst 'Smile On Your Face' is a joyous reggae track designed for the more chilled occasion. Accompanied with liner notes and a never-before-seen photo of the band, Kalita Records are excited to be unearthing and shining a light on this record once again. There's a new beat in town. Check out www.kalitarecords.co.uk near the time of release for an interview with IWABO band member Victor (Ireneaus) Perelion!
Electro
"Foreword by Ben (For Those That Knoe) As a young person growing up in West Yorkshire, my experiences of true underground clubbing became intertwined with names such as Back to Basics, 20/20 Vision and Carl Finlow. That period in the early 2000's became a life-affirming time for my young self. Frequent trips to Back to Basics, then held at the Mint Club helped forge my outlook on electronic music and how it should be played in a club environment. I would often hear stories about ""the Farm"" and the late night parties and studio sessions. The anecdotes and tales of US icons recording in the countryside with the local guys provided only a small insight into the creativity and fun that must have gone on during those years. Cut to now in 2017, whilst looking back to those times more than fifteen years ago, I can proudly say that the dots have been joined and the connections now formally established. I'm immensely proud to say that Carl Finlow, the understated king of British electro, and I, have put together a selection of his works that provides a themed snapshot into his musical history. The music I have chosen with Carl may not be all of his biggest tracks but it is the music that is special to me. The selection has a vibe, one that is deep and emotive, music for the head as well as the feet. I hope you hear it in the same way. If you don't know Carl Finlow, now you knoe."
Electro
"Foreword by Ben (For Those That Knoe) As a young person growing up in West Yorkshire, my experiences of true underground clubbing became intertwined with names such as Back to Basics, 20/20 Vision and Carl Finlow. That period in the early 2000's became a life-affirming time for my young self. Frequent trips to Back to Basics, then held at the Mint Club helped forge my outlook on electronic music and how it should be played in a club environment. I would often hear stories about ""the Farm"" and the late night parties and studio sessions. The anecdotes and tales of US icons recording in the countryside with the local guys provided only a small insight into the creativity and fun that must have gone on during those years. Cut to now in 2017, whilst looking back to those times more than fifteen years ago, I can proudly say that the dots have been joined and the connections now formally established. I'm immensely proud to say that Carl Finlow, the understated king of British electro, and I, have put together a selection of his works that provides a themed snapshot into his musical history. The music I have chosen with Carl may not be all of his biggest tracks but it is the music that is special to me. The selection has a vibe, one that is deep and emotive, music for the head as well as the feet. I hope you hear it in the same way. If you don't know Carl Finlow, now you knoe."
Minimal/Tech House
Following the widespread acclaim for Ferro's The Neverending Story, Lessizmore continues in its quest to highlight some of the most captivating practitioners of mind-altering house and techno. This time their search takes them to Istanbul, shoring up with the considerable talents of Mutlu San. This young producer has proven to be one of the most exciting artists in the Turkish scene, already laying down a solo EP on Petra Digital. Meanwhile he also works in partnership with fellow Istanbul firebrand Batu Guler as Bartaub, the pair having recently released the Rhizome EP on the ever-excellent LumieresLaNuit.
Deep House
The debut Vinyl release on Re-Fix Recordings is an E.P from Waxwing who utilizes many years of studio experience and previous releases under different aliases to deliver 4 funky chunky house cuts. Unleashing vintage tones,the US garage influenced house beats shuffle and swing their way throughout,whilst warm,weighty organ stabs provide the backbone for the dubby grooves A
Its Riot Gear number 2 and it's a party monster from the ever reliable Pete Herbert The EP is packed with Italo madness, house pianos, arpeggios and beats galore. Bottin & Yam Who? provide the remixes. Venice based Bottin adds a classic Metro Area-esque feel, with new wave boogie touches, proto house beats and killer analogue synthesizers. Yam Who? tears apart 'Expresso' with rough disco beats, a stripped down pulsating bass and brings in dreamy Rinder & Lewis keys over an authentic '70s disco production, fully optimised for all the late night dance floors.
Deep House
500, 12" 180g, hand stamped, individually numbered records, single press only. Tusk's old pal Cyclonix follows up his Horn Wax record with a full release on the main label. Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette provide a Whatever/Whatever remix.
Experimental/Electronic
Originally released in 2012 on London haus label Unknown To The Unknown Cestrians Secret Language ep was only available on digital format. Here Vivod team up with UTTU and give it the right to a much needed vinyl release. Five cuts of Cestrian detective noir. A1 Napoli is standard trademark Cestrian thrash metal on syths, A2 Secret Language sounds like someone being stuffed and chopped up through a drain pipe. B1 Purge is a drexciyan rip off horror acid affair, B2 Krapton Fictor is a stripped back FM battle and Umberto gives Napoli the remix treatment to stunning effect in his uncompromised slasher style. Five direct tracks of pure fire. Comes with a screen printed sleeve, artwork courtesy of Pete Mangalore. Limited to 200 copies.
Techno
"The long-awaited Exos and Ohm record will finally see the light of day this November on Exos' new label, X/OZ. This is the second release from the label and also the first Exos and Ohm ep in 16 years. Exos and Ohm are old friends and long-term collaborators having released on the legendary Force Inc. label as well as Thule Records. The pair met in Reykjavik in 1997 and played together in clubs together such as Thomsen and Tunglid, both historical cornerstone in the icelandic club scene. Soon after that they started making music together. This release, Frodari, marks their fourth collaboration and is a sort of sequel to the 2001 Thule Records record ""Paint Me Up"". The records share the track ""Frodi"" which has been remastered for this 2017 release. The album has been in the making for the past two years and is set for a vinyl release in November with a digital release to follow in early 2018."

Represses

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: 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.
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
REPRESS ALERT: "Bahnsteig 23 say "Hey! Belarus meet Russia With Love". Schmotlz comes to Bahnsteig schnell after Very Russian Cut Outs espionage. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Groove Groove Groove iz furher. Psych Soft Rock iz leibhaber. Am und am. Dai Mne Piau...Owww. Owww. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Piauuuuu...Ugh. Funk verzogen. Soul kilter. Can you tanz?"
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT! Spearheaded by Stuart Leath, Emotional Rescue is a label committed to unearthing forgotten gems and giving them the exposure they richly deserve, with all releases officially licensed by the artist and remastered in full. This 12" sees two classic tracks by the world music collective Suns of Arqa take pride of place. Incorporating elements of raga and dub, "Brujo Magic" is a much more straightforward dancefloor number than its description would suggest, with its rolling bassline and vocoder effects fusing irresistibly with its psyche-rock styles. On the B-Side, "Ananta Snake Dance" combines traditional Indian percussion and harmonium with conventional drumming to create something completely unique. A strong start to what will no doubt be an indispensable label.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT! If you read interviews with Stuart Leath, you'll probably be aware of the amount of work he was put into tracking down Trinidadian husband-and-wife team Carl and Carol Jacobs. Some 24 months later, the fruits of his efforts have materialized in this superb reissue of their obscure (and ludicrously hard to find) 1986 electro-calypso gem "Robot Jam". It's one of those records that shouldn't work - it's effectively a fusion of replayed and re-sung bits from records by Santana, Rock Master Scott and Rappin' Duke - but still sounds brilliantly futuristic nearly 30 years after its' initial release. The two-part original is joined on the flip by a brilliantly fitting, echo-laden "re-rub" from Nick The Record and Dan Tyler, better known as one half of the Idjut Boys.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: After the series of Caribbean related releases, Emotional Rescue returns to the early 80's Downtown NYC post punk / new wave scene with Plus Instruments - collecting their best and rarest songs on one groove laden EP. 4 tracks of pure Downtown punk-dub-funk, all with the nonchalant Euro-style delivery of Truus de Groot. It doesn't get better than this. Coming with extended unreleased versions, the originals were collected from sought after EPs, an obscure compilation LP and fiishes with a never before released song - this is history. Licensed and remastered for aural pleasure.
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: It was undoubtedly a big moment for Hudd Traxx when they got Chez Damier on board to lend his vocal tones to Eddie Leader and Tomson's "I Am With You" back in 2014. A few years on and Huddersfield's premier house label are revisiting the modern classic with a raft of top shelf remixers on hand. Iron Curtis brings a bubbling, piano-enriched lilt to the jam, while Bristolian duo Outboxx go for an understated slice of straight up deep house. Ekkohaus gets busy with chunky tech house concoction, and then Sakro smooths the mood out with some jazzy keys and a steady groove.
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: "Bahnsteig 23 say "Hey! Belarus meet Russia With Love". Schmotlz comes to Bahnsteig schnell after Very Russian Cut Outs espionage. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Groove Groove Groove iz furher. Psych Soft Rock iz leibhaber. Am und am. Dai Mne Piau...Owww. Owww. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Piauuuuu...Ugh. Funk verzogen. Soul kilter. Can you tanz?"
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: Bahnsteig 23 return 2016 takeover mit Kris "Boy" Baha ! Baha Boy nehmen Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie (Oi Oi Oi) neu welle vi 909 wig perucke. Beat Move Tanz. Powerstation Melbourne partei and label und Powerform edit rock welt ! Crystal Ballroom lights keller. Sameheads basement schweiss walls und ceiling. Hymne mit Mornington Coroboree. Hoher Hoher Hoher. Nowave finale whistle trommel horn nache ende. Can you tanz?Panzer Peoples Down Under Vereinen !!!
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
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: 'Something From Nothing' is a four tracker that fuses techno sensibility with house swagger, a voice calling to Detroit's Second Wave while a hand beckons the shadowy waters of house. Hearts Of Darkness are immersed in late nights and smoke-filled basements, with past form seeing them play Fabric and Bugged Out!. An unhealthy loyalty to vintage hardware and long forgotten code means their music is analogue, not for fashion, but because it feels right. On the A, 'Sequential Circus' is purest machine funk as a driving bass bubbles into self-oscillation. Next, 'Just On For The Ride' bounces to a millennial deep house swing. Flip it for a dense future dub workout in 'Charlie Don't Surf,' then 'Hotshot' closes with a pad soaked vibe for the discerning warm up. A melting pot EP with all the right ingredients. 'Something From Nothing' opens the door to Hearts Of Darkness. Step inside.
Techno
REPRESS ALERT: Parrish Smith's debut of dystopic forbidding sets the tone of this label's impressive first release with a superb stark, acid ridden slab of body music. Helena Hauff adds to the proceedings with her remix of Pankow's"Das Vodkalied" taking no prisoners and using heavy percussion in contrast to a wonderfully tense set of arpeggiations, which all descend into skull crushing pressure. Carrying over to the flip side are Pankow, pioneers of the Italian Industrial/EBM scene, with two tracks from their legendary first tape "Throw Out Rite" from 1983. With "Das Vodkalied" disembodied vocals are cut up and come from every direction driven by a raw, off-kilter energy and pounding beat. "I'm Food For You" cranks up the drive and anxiety to create a killer track based around stark arpeggiation. Last of all, Perseus Traxx provides an acidic stripped down venting of frustrations which he spits out with vehemence.
Minimal/Tech House
REPRESS ALERT: After years of staggering second hand prices, London's Silverlining is addressing the demand for some of his early work by issuing a series of 12"s with some of the finest tracks from his mid '90s era. This time around the tracks come from releases on Wiggle and Wrong, and they sound like they haven't aged one bit. "Pleasures & Treasures" is an upfront burner steeped in 909 drums and hubby synth tones, while "Ni-Cd Deluxe" works up a nagging line in emotive electro. "Spannered In Dub" may well be the track that gets the most airings with its minimal disposition, strong rhythm section and utterly addictive groove.
Minimal/Tech House
REPRESS ALERT: Trelik reach into their recent archives with a much needed repress of Whalesong, the label's 2011 debut from UK producer OCH. With a compulsive passion for the dying art of crate-digging combined with a love for modern synthesis techniques the now Sweden based OCH manages to put together a 12" that could easily be described as psychedelic Chicago. "Whalesong" is a pulsating floor work-out which references the US greats whilst building an emotive sub-aqua soundscape. "Blind is The Wind" follows with a sneaky chord driven spoken interlude which creates an air of tension before climaxing into "Last Chance Saloon".
Minimal/Tech House
REPRESS ALERT: After years of staggering second hand prices, London's Silverlining is addressing the demand for some of his early work by issuing a series of 12"s with some of the finest tracks from his mid '90s era. This time around the tracks come from releases on Wiggle and Wrong, and they sound like they haven't aged one bit. "Pleasures & Treasures" is an upfront burner steeped in 909 drums and hubby synth tones, while "Ni-Cd Deluxe" works up a nagging line in emotive electro. "Spannered In Dub" may well be the track that gets the most airings with its minimal disposition, strong rhythm section and utterly addictive groove.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: With two massive reissues from Suns of Arqa and Jaki Whitren under their belts, the fledging label Emotional Rescue have come up with the goods once again, with this remastered reissue of incredibly rare 70s psyche-funk from Bob Chance. Two versions are included: the original 7" version, driven along by a razor-sharp guitar riff and sweetly lamenting lyrics, topped off with weird cosmic synths and galloping rhythm. However, the real gem is the edit entitled "Wild It's Broken" which sharpens the focus of the guitar and adds some serious kick to the drums to create a beefy counterpart to the new age original.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: This time on transparent vinyl. Amsterdam dwelling editor par excellence Em Vee took the solo reigns on the inaugural Lumberjacks In Hell - and truly excelled with a great reimagination of "Miss You". The second release on the label sees the German share duties with Spanish edit demon Rayko, with the Rare Wiri boss hogging the A Side. First up is an expert rearrangement of Candi Staton's cover of the Bee Gee's standard "Nights On Broadway" which strips the track of its orchestral leanings to focus on the groove! Following this is a meaty take on a classic, with Barbara Keith's cover of "All Along The Watchtower" reinforced with some bottom end bump. Em Vee spreads a special disco version of Alma Lee's late 70s Philly delight "Gimme Your Love" with an extended intro that fully displays his edit talents.
Deep House
REPRES ALERT: Dutch producer Casper von Banniseht sidles over to Bristol stable Boogie Cafe to present a three-track 12" of impeccable dusty house grooves imbued with that Detroit-esque feeling that oozes out of a Moodymann or Theo Parrish record. "Bossa" revels in choppy broken beats and plenty of choice samples in a most loose and soulful of concoctions, while "Lazy" cools down to a simmer with subtle disco licks making the most immersive of deep house jams. "Lone" meanwhile plies a more chipper trade with its hooky chord stabs, but still the vibe remains smooth and laid back, just how the Boogie Cafe crew seem to like it.
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: As Emotional Rescue continues to deliver the goods for those who love discofied rarities from the 70s and 80s, here comes this EP from Kevin Harrison, originally released in 1982 and worth a pretty penny second hand. It's a wistful, proggy kind of groove that finds Harrison's voice lost in an alien phaser while the live band feel gels with synthesiser parts for a fluid kind of cosmic goodness. There's simply no arguing with the plush melodic wonderment of "Views Of The Rhine", while "Fly" is the jam the party DJs will reach for, not least for its slinky bassline. Amazing.
Deep House
For their Sophomore V/A, Brooklyn's Super Tuff Records dig into the batter's box and unveil a roster packed with Varsity-tier heat. At the top of the lineup, we have the Tsuba-famed slugger Luvless, delivering some powerful piano house with his anthemic Vary in Colour. Rounding out the A2 are the fresh-faced, Irish lads Long Island Sound with the soul-sampling I Chose You Because. Batting clean-up, Tommy Vicari Jnr puts one far into the outfield with Pacific Stri"ia heartbreaking tribal house track that's as funky as Mateo & Matos and as wonky as Animal Collective. For the final run, Parisian duo Mara Lakour tap into a pure, blissful piece of deep house with Akoa (Tribal Edit).
Disco/Nu-Disco
REPRESS ALERT: With just one 7" release to their name in the form of the 1981 release, Jive Baby On A Saturday Night, the cult of The Jellies was possibly accidentally assured with the long lost song being rediscovered by collectors and championed by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore no less. Picked up and reissued by the stellar Trunk Records in 2010, the B-side cut, however, was sadly overlooked. Now Emotional Rescue are proud to license The Conversation and remaster it especially for this rerelease. Based around a simple drum and bass rhythm, interspersed with crowd noise, playful female vocal yelps and sprinkled with dub effects thrown in to the mix and you wouldn't probably think too much would be going for a track that the band put together in the last two hours of their studio time after Jive Baby had been completed. However, what you get is a killer gem of pop-punk-dub oddness that gets your head nodding to its infectious, repetitive rhythm laden with effects. With just this one (perfect) track available for license it seemed only right to hand it over to the in-house production team, Apophenia, to do their increasingly trademark dubbed out reworking, this time in the form of a true, but respectful "Version" for the flip. With both members of The Jellies sadly now living overseas this piece of early '80s British dub as it were, can now be fully treasured for posterity while also, proving a nice little smokers delight.
Deep House
REPRESS ALERT! My Love Is Underground return with only their second release of 2013, with MLIU15 introducing the sounds of Dungeon Meat. The new collaborative endeavor between MLIU regular Brawther and Tristan Da Cunha of Back To Basics fame, Dungeon Meat live up to the brash nature of "The Fuck Off Track" with heavy hitting percussion driven house at it's finest. Look out for a label of the same name from Dungeon Meat later this year. Face down Ukrainian producer SE62 returns for MLIU duty for a third time with the hook heavy deep house burn of "True Force".
Techno
REPRESS ALERT : After landing his malfunctioning PX-4000 on the purple planet, Captain DMX steps out of the smoldering cockpit. After barely setting foot on the dusty landscape, the Captain is startled by deep thudding from over the hills. Dragging his oxygen pack with one hand and his atomizer with the other, he sets off in search of the other-wordly din. Over the hill his pupils adjust to the stroboscopic lightning and below him lies a sea of strange creatures moving together as one body. A cosmic sermon takes place under the three suns in the sky, mechanical and stuttered frequencies set a manic pace and drive the dark creatures back and forth. Captain DMX sighs a heavy breath and starts to descend into the fray....

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Techno
"Those who physically suffer from dopamine depletion seek ways to experience maximized pleasure." Hong Kong's hyper-everything enfant terrible, S.Y. delivers a much darker complex Ep than his two previous offerings under a new alias, a creative therapy of sorts apparently dealing with substance abuse and unstable mental conditions which luckily for everyone translates into more leftfield dancefloor gold with the brilliantly nondescript '$ LFO' and weirdo power drive of the title track on A side, followed on the flip by a surprisingly beautiful ode to concrete music, and a deeply haunting field recording piece that closes a perfectly round EP... or does it?;) Sleeve artwork by Matt Damhave
Deep House
Finale Sessions launch a new series entitled Unreleased, and their kicking things off with label boss Michael Zucker sparring with Jonno & Tommo (more commonly found lurking around labels like Ornate). As you would expect from Finale, it's a deep house masterclass, with Jonno & Tommo leading the proceedings with the deft piano licks and hard grooving sub bass of "Dirty Nylons" before Zucker steps in with the pattering rhythms and swooning pads of "Just Believe". On the flip Zucker embraces a gentle strain of electro for "Narrow Is The Gate" before Jonno & Tommo round the record off with the immersive tones of "Shark City".
Disco/Nu-Disco
Kalita Records are extremely excited to announce their second release, Okyerema Asante's Ghanaian disco monster, 'Sabi (Get Down)'. After touring the world and recording with both Hugh Masekela and Oneness of Juju, 'Sabi (Get Down)' was Okyerema's first solo record, released privately in limited numbers on his label Atumpan Records in 1980/1. Recorded and manufactured in the USA, but only ever released on the African continent, this self-funded, scarce, and brilliant afro-disco LP regularly exchanges hands for eye-watering prices. This is the first time that 'Sabi (Get Down)' has ever been officially reissued, and we are happy to reproduce it in its original, 14 minute long form (check out Lady Eke Ete's amazing vocals at the 13 minute mark!), backed by the equally impressive 'That's My Girl' on the B side. In addition, we are glad to accompany it with extensive interview-based liner notes and never-before-seen photos, detailing Okyerema's career from his membership of Ghana's legendary band Hedzolleh to performing with Paul Simon and Fleetwood Mac twenty years later. We hope that you love both tracks as much as we do, and invite you to join us in celebrating the musical world of Okyerema Asante! Check out www.kalitarecords.co.uk closer to the release date for a video interview with Okyerema, and for extra photos!
Minimal/Tech House
Lazare Hoche & Traumer are teaming up for an exclusive record on LHR. Brace yourself.
Deep House
Meandyou return with the ninth instalment of the collective's record label, this time presenting Manchester cult techno artist J.S. Zeiter. Zeither resurrects his Analog 1 alias for his second outing on the label, after 2012s mini album on the collective's first edition of the TAPE series - the cassette featured original material split per side between Zeiter and Meandyou's Herron. In the late 1990s, J.S. Zeiter reached cult status by releasing a string of dub-infused techno EPs under his SJ moniker, each becoming sought after amongst collectors and DJs. Styrax Leaves recently reissued a number of his classic tracks, including new edits of the previously released tracks. He has released music on his own MCMLXV and JS imprints, as well as Pleasure Music and Phorma. 'Restoration EP' features 3 new productions that float between slow-mo techno and electro, plus the previously CD only track 'Interude 3' that appeared on the acclaimed 'Decade' album.
Deep House
Second edition of the three part series from prolific producer Warren Harris, better known as Hanna on Chicago based Perpetual Rhythms. Including track from upcoming producer and Harris affiliate; Francisco Noyola.
Disco/Nu-Disco
We gave it to them straight: "Let us remix your song or we're taking all the meatballs."Having heard the baggy psychedelic beauty that is ?Rushing Through My Mind' on Lauren Laverne's 6Music show, we thought we could do a number on it. Turn it into a psychedelic disco record (with added meatballs). We think we managed it, reliving the rushy highs from indie-dance's finest moments of 1991. For those of you unaware of the splendid Swedish rockers' groovy workings, they have already released two albums, debut Horse Dance in 2015 and last year's excellent Mirage, from which the ecstatic ? Rushing...' comes. The release comes on Joe Bugner-style heavyweight vinyl (180g) complete with Instrumental and Radio Edit. Mang Dynasty is Ray Mang and Bill Brewster.
Deep House
"French Londoner, producer, live performer and troubadour, Remi Mazet marks the end of the summer with a release that was well worth waiting for. Eccentric, particular, specific and always surprising. From the laid back ethereal and atmospheric scene-setting intro, through upbeat dance floor cuts, percussive workouts and back again, everything about this collection says depth, groove and flow. Sax, keys and sublime samples nestle among, beats, breaks and 4/4 rhythms to create a sonic excursion where nothing is hurried and every track is distinct yet cohesive. Following on from releases on Colors and Love Fever Recordings, Safran (SJ002) is a continuation of his ongoing explorations. The EP is a perfect extension of his early work, a contagious evolution and transformation in a more personal way."
Techno
The first record in 9 years from Irish talent Ikeaboy - two bleepy techno tracks and 'Dayna' finally seeing a vinyl release.
Techno
Well Street are back with their second instalment of broken beat techno on this 4-track Various EP. Loop LF returns to the fold after his impressive first release alongside label founders Glas Rm and Speak7, plus an unnamed track by a mystery artist.

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Deep House
In a career spanning over 20 years, Todd Sines has released music on some of 89:Ghost's favourite labels, such as Peace Frog (we heart you, .xTrak!!), Planet E, 7th City and Rawax.. We are very proud to present "Internal Dialogue", with all it's spasmic hardware rhythm, blurred horizon waves and bleeping, snapping, machineyfied funk. We hope you enjoy twitching to these trax as much as we do. Peace. 89G x
Minimal/Tech House
Alex Font's Acme Records has been steadily gathering momentum over the past two years on the strength of the label boss' own productions, but now the Spanish producer is throwing the doors open to his friends, inviting Romanian talent Sepp to join in the fun and games with the instantly engrossing "Cantecul Fusului". It's a thoroughly classy slice of minimal house imbued with all kinds of organic elements to soothe limbs and massage minds amongst the up all night contingent. Font then takes over for the B side with three tracks that veer between classic minimal techno, tough jacked up house and an experimental skit to finish the record off.
Deep House
"AntiDEEPressant records, where Fusion Deep Space House meets NuDisco, Deep Techno and creates the eclectique spiritual grooves for your mind, body & soul. There are a 4 tracks EP that emphasise on the musical side, the instrumental parts, the atmosphere ... a gem! Most of you would say this is ""Deep"", but we say it's freakin' great deep influenced house. "
Techno
ae Recordings is the infamous sublabel of Thule Records, which was responsible for some of the finest techno releases from Iceland in the early 2000s. This collaboration between two titans of the Icelandic electronic music scene, Thor & Yagya, was one of the pedestals of the Thule Musik dynasty. Originally released in 1998, it still stands the test of time even ages gracefully like a good red wine, where the the harsh tannins of its youth gradually give way to a softer mouthfeel. Ooger deliveres finely crafted techno with glacial atmosphere a blend Thule records has long time ago perfected. The phuture isn't what it used to be The Phuture is Cow. ae Recordings/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.
Experimental/Electronic
Akumandra is the Mexican imprint of Sainte Vie. The label promotes the exceptional artists riding the sub current of multicultural electronic music and, after 3 years of sharing its music for free, it's about to release on vinyl for the first time. Sainte Vie's music is a prime summary of what it means to hear in a post-genre universe. As trends are quickly rendered obsolete, the accumulation of culture debris is becoming more significant in relation to the producer - the ability to create a nostalgic blur through a composition of artifacts and interpretations. Paying homage to this, Estacion Inmortal (Sainte Vie's first EP) produces the afterglow associated with an auditory epiphany. The combination of mellow interludes, earthy chord progressions and acoustic-synthetic equilibrium have the capacity to conquer both communal space and solitude.
Funky/Club House
French producer Jules Etienne reappears with a 3 track EP including a Jex Opolis remix on Barcelona's finest disco imprint Apersonal Music. Jules shows his most elaborated work to date evolving to a more band oriented production filled with plenty of live instruments and vocals as seen on "Free as a man" and "Dont want to talk about it". On the B side "Rhythm for the garden part I" is a mad ride driven by live percussions and a drum machine. Canadian producer Jex Opolis whos been releasing top stuff through his own Good Timin' label comes on board on the release remixing "Free as a man". Guilty pleasures all around.
Balearic/Downtempo
"This release is 2xLP and it's individually 500 hand-numbered limited edition. The first 100 copies are pressed on WHITE & BLACK MARBLED vinyls (AR011). It's dedicated to the 1987 masterpiece played by the magic flute of Roberto Aglieri... called by himself... ""La solitudine accompagnata"", with the ORIGINAL 1987 LP + a BONUS LP, containing unreleased material, other versions and unreleased tracks. Archeo Recordings is a reissue record label that regenerates old, lost, obscure (and forgotten) rare gems of Italian music of the 70s and 80s, and not only. 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 2xLP and it's individually 500 hand-numbered limited edition. The first 100 copies are pressed on WHITE & BLACK MARBLED vinyls (AR011). It's dedicated to the 1987 masterpiece played by the magic flute of Roberto Aglieri... called by himself... ""La solitudine accompagnata"", with the ORIGINAL 1987 LP + a BONUS LP, containing unreleased material, other versions and unreleased tracks. Archeo Recordings is a reissue record label that regenerates old, lost, obscure (and forgotten) rare gems of Italian music of the 70s and 80s, and not only. 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."
Ambient/Drone
Mary Anne Hobbs has been waxing lyrical about this sophomore collaborative set from Arovane and Hior Chronik, and it's easy to see why. The album's genius lies in the duo's atmospheric combination of crackling field recordings, lucid electronic instrumentation, and the melancholic poignancy of classic piano motifs. While they're naturally more at home delivering atmospheric, slowly unfurling ambient pieces - and there are plenty scattered across the album - the production pair's more up-tempo efforts are generally equally as impressive. Tracks such as "Lightbeams", 'Perpetum II" and "Eines Klein Lied", where their beautiful music is underpinned by bustling and bubbly machine percussion, are particularly impressive.
Minimal/Tech House
OCH's release rate has been sturdy since he first emerged in 2010, but he's hitting his stride like never before as he follows up last year's "Love Unconditional" for London's Trelik with a new double 12" EP for his own Autoreply label. All the hallmarks of his sound are in place, from intricate and delicate melodic threads to immersive house and techno rhythms, all draped in the kind of atmospheric finery that can't fail to transport you to otherworldly places. By keeping a cool head about what to use and when, OCH has once again demonstrated his talent for reduced but verdant dance music that speaks volumes without having to shout.
Balearic/Downtempo
Toulouse zum zum zum Cassaird DJ. Bright bibliothek. Neu wave anthem. La kassette secrets. Arrakis dubbing. DEMO-crazzzzy. Emporer drumming. Six killerbomben-experimentz. Merci Marine. Bruits De La Passion merci. Vive La Panzer Peoples !!
Balearic/Downtempo
"Hier ja er ist Oz edit master. Bow brother. Satellite ov luv. Fate cum cum cum together. Etrange coo coo de Francais folly. Pulse zu your heart Kangeroo Peoples takeover !! "
Techno
The fourth release of BASSIANI was dedicated to various artists. Starting from Cassegrain's track "Departure Seven", we encounter a completely new and unfamiliar artist Ersatz Olfolks with his track "Straight Road". Hector Oaks strikes with old school atmosphere by "Move on Circles, Walk on Lines" , while Thomas Hessler competes the circle with melancholic vibe by his track "Memories".
Deep House
Diego Krause is next on Blind Box Series with three originals and the usual Blind Box mix from the label heads.
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.
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.
Deep House
Tevo Howard was a new name when he originally dropped Without Me on his own label Beautiful Granville back in 2008. Since then the US house music hero has graced labels as respected as Rush Hour, Permanent Vacation and Buzzin Fly with his warm, charming and deceptively simple confections, but in the swirl of the considerable catalogue Howard bas built up in the past eight years it's a welcome treat to wind things right back to the beginning. This reissue of Without Me serves as a potent reminder of the gift the man has for heartfelt melodies and unfussy compositions that speak a pure and instinctive message from beginning to end.
Techno
Bliq continues its quest to mine the deepest shades of techno with this release from Iakovos, who had previously appeared on the label as LowJac and in the formidable duo Deemonlover. This is sharply focused mind music layered with subtle detail and rich textures perfectly honed for hazy hours at the far reaches of the party. "Singers" melds hypnotic pads with gossamer-light threads of breakbeat and warm synth pulses, while "Evil Flower" pushes a tougher rhythmic agenda without losing the ethereal atmosphere. "Adidas People" rides on a surging kick drum pattern, but leaves ample room for a distant drone, and then "Hackney Tower" heads into edgier territory with all manner of obtuse angles and unnerving sound effects pivoting around the insistent drum core of the track.
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.
Balearic/Downtempo
Here's a glorious selection of 12 bright and sun-drenched moments destined to be heard daily at the world's coolest beach clubs this summer and inevitably soundtracking a million gorgeous sunsets in Ibiza. This edition features exclusives aplenty. There are two album-only tracks; Tommy Awards gets an Ambient remix from Balearic's Jim Breese. Then The Madrigal blasts off with 'Ride To The Moon,' a completely unique track that's refreshing to hear. Three tracks were previously unavailable digitally, including the debut from Nancy Noise, Olefonken's spacey remix of Hubbabubbaklubb, and Steve Cobby's tropical-jazz remix of Penelope Antena's Tradewinds. Other highlights include Cantoma's 'Abando,' plus an incredible, modern interpretation of the 80's classic Southern Freeez from Paul Murphy. BALEARIC 3 captures the ineffable spirit of Ibiza - perfectly accompanying that unique moment when the golden sun meets the gleaming sea. It's destined to be a classic, go-to album you'll reach for again and again.
Minimal/Tech House
1st release of Botanic Minds Original Series. 12" 180g Vinyl Only. Early support by Petre Inspirescu, Arapu, Nima Gorji, Dubtil, Ada Kaleh, Melodie.
Minimal/Tech House
2nd release of Botanic Minds Sunset Series. 12" 180g Vinyl Only. Early support by Raresh, Priku, Suciu, Cap.
Techno
Fortuna Records boss Kalbata launches his new record label Brush & Broom with this impressive EP, featuring two acid-tinged African percussion excursions for the late hours. Obskuur is a ritualistic percussion journey reminiscent of old-school warehouse days while Rumoured is a high-tech conga roller layered on top of analog drum machines and an acidic bassline. Crucial and limited!
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.
Deep House
Bucketround presents "Deep Encounters Vol.1" This will be a series where we can listen to the best producers in deep house music, this time we have on the vinyl to "Jesus Gonsev" (Trouble Kids/Spain) with his magnificent ""Terminal 5"" raising the essence of deep to a state of rhythmic beauty powerful chords. On the same side is the unbreakable ""Tominori Hosoya"" (TH Pressing/Japan) with the strong and amazing ""Strider Practice"" unpredictable melodies in tune with your mind and with each beats. The B-side is impressive also with the track by "Allstarr Motomusic"(Deepart Sounds/Switzerland) ""Pulsate"" the best musical structure agreed with synthesizers drawn from a prodigious mind. Finally we have to "Manuel Costela" (Bucketround/Spain) with the latest work ""Mind Purveyor"" a composition taken from the soul of this great producer a track very focused on the dance floor and with some spectacular and harmonious changes.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Calypso's next EP comes from one of the label's owners, Thomass Jackson. Delivering 3 tracks full of psycodelic guitars, analog synths, soothing percussions and with Italians "Boot & Tax" on remix duties, this Ep covers a broad range of sounds and styles. The journey begins with the westernesque "Head Rejection" sumerging us in a hallucinatory desert full of weird snakes and scorpions. Up next is "Witzelsutch"(a leftfield secret weapon for some djs already) with sublow basses and sharp synths doing all the work. "Creepy PC" is a slow chugger with a trance-inducing vibe aimed to make you close your eyes and let go. Last but not least, Italian super duo "Boot & Tax" delivers a somewhat more straight foward version of "Head Rejection" where a sonic synth makes you forget you are in the desert.
Electro
Canoe 004, Nyra is back wearing nothing but swimming trunks, don't paddle about, jump and shout.
Minimal/Tech House
Constant Black 005 comes from Brazilian artists Riggz, Saenz and Bodeler. Vinyl Only.
Jazz
Sen Am' is the third album by London/ Freetown based artist Duval Timothy. Drawing upon his Sierra Leonean and British identity, 'Sen Am' which means 'send it' in Krio is Duval's most personal album to date. The album continues Duval's work on solo piano on tracks such as "Whale" as well as introducing layers of vocal samples, software instruments, field recordings and WhatsApp voice notes from friends and family sprinkled throughout the record. The project hosts one feature from longtime collaborator Nicholas Mandalos who's slide guitar Duval layers on the track "Language". Sen am is Duval's first release under his own label Carrying Colour. The album was recorded, mixed and designed by himself. In this way the project brings together the many disciplines Duval work's across into one wide ranging project.
Bass
Manchester-based producer Anz makes her release debut here with some bold meditations on where bass music is at right now, making a strong case for how much talent is coming out of the her city at present. "Panrico" is a killer opener, rocking a set of steel drum licks before a mighty fine drop into globulous bass and frantic drums. "Clang" aligns itself with the underground grime scene, although the beats also sport a touch of B-more booty about them. "Fencin" makes the most of massive monosynth tones in a distinctly purple-tinted dubstep throwdown that would have Joker nodding his approval no doubt.
Industrial/Noise
"Melbourne Industrial/EBM scene representative, master mind behind Power Station/Power Cuts Kris Baha, contributes to Berlin based imprint Cocktail d'Amore with Autora. Intensely disturbed, sleazy and dirty, the title track follows the lead of the most traditional EBM beats. Autora barks with distorted oddities perfectly mashed to an involving balance. A factory ambiance out in the forest under a starry sky is Brink Reality. A slower paced gem for cosmic, stomping dance floors. While the beat-less A3 Happiness Disaster could open a scene of Twin Peaks 2999. 10Ways settles with a thundering bolt of crushing steel, bouncing percussions and a vocal worth of Front 242's legacy. Closing the EP on a romantic and sweet note, Start Over is an italo/wave hybrid ballad tinged with hope and brightness. Arp2600, Dave Smith Poly Evolver/Pro 2, Oberheim Obxa are few of Kris's partners responsible for this outstanding expression of contemporary music. "
Techno
After his appearance on Born Free Records, Rollerboys Recordings, and Rett I Fletta, Johannes Wilkstrom aka Yourhighness contributes to Cocktail d'Amore Music with Stratofortress. The Berlin based imprint gathered techno guru Rrose, Born Free Records owner Samo DJ, and international Japanese wave representative Gonno, to offer an EP with a wide range of interpretations of the title track. The original mix is an acid based, industrial influenced techno banger. Highly energetic, for sweaty late-night dance floors. On the same side Samo DJ transforms the techno blaster into a funky EBM ballad, characterized by a deep male voice and a breakbeat groove. Rrose is on remix duty on the B-side. Stratofortress suddenly turns into a dubby, everlasting build up, that eventually implodes in the depth of a black hole. Closing the EP Gonno offers a slow-mo rework. Deep and very cinematic, this remix will please every Cosmic Hole connaisseur.
Minimal/Tech House
Courtesy of Balance presents to you RAWMoments, the canadian collective made of the deadly sonic skills of Paolo Rocco, Lessi S & Pijynman. This mini LP is pure heat and what a better way to introduxe themselves out to the world... The double pack is divided between colloborations between Paolo Rocco & his two sidekicks... Snap these quickly as they will fly...
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!
Techno
Cartulis Music is back and this time it's personal! Founder and resident Unai Trotti delivers the label's 5th release, 'E8 Hackney', an ode to the studio, headquarters, meeting place and home of Cartulis Music in London. The 3-track EP kicks off in classic Cartulis fashion with A-side "Horton", played by international DJs to big dancefloors, equipped with a rolling bass line, grooves and futuristic melodies. Flip over to the B-side and you'll get hooked in with "125 Blacksmith": Techno with an electro flavor and arpeggiated dreamy melodies. Lastly "Nael" is a gem of broken beat and experimental. It is everything Cartulis: quality music straight from the heart.
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
4 Track EP from Burnski on the 13th release from Constant Sound.
Deep House
Side A. Of Love Mystery-This is from the same EP that brought us "Nuthin Wrong". Since it's original release in 1995 on Dance Mania Records these tracks have proven that house music wasn't and isn't and shall never die. Side B. Kan U Feel It- Originally released in 1997 on Nepenta Records UK. A B side jack track with a heavy bassline and that raw Chicago Ghetto House authenticity that comes with the territory. Ready for today's "Jacker's" and DJ's ...... "
Experimental/Electronic
The 1980s. Neo-liberal excess. Crumbling communism. Military juntas ruling with an iron fist. And of course, freaked out music. Contort Yourself are turning back the clock and returning to an unholy fount of inspiration with "80s Underground Cassette Culture Volume 1." A buffet of beaten up and brutalised tracks are on offer from unknown outfits and respected experimenters. Across two LPs expect to find noise reductions, post punk bitterness, no wave grunts, distortion soaked strings and vocals lost in a hail of pain. A road map into the weird and wild world of DIY back alley artists who, armed with only a tape and an idea, gave the established music norms a sharp fist to the throat..
Deep House
George Levings of Commix (Metalheadz) and Endian (Secretsundaze) joins Cynic with a mesmerising 9 minute long live mix of a few simple elements. Felix joins George on the flip with a jam reminiscent of old boogie in the vein of Maze, but with a creeping sinister undertone.
Deep House
Bryan Hervieu's D3 Elements makes a welcome return to the music fold after a longish break, and who better to pick up the reins than Trinidadian Deep. Northern Li kicks things off, and from the first note and beat, you just know that Trini has brought the spiritual and percussive deepness that he is known for. This track is 6 minutes of bliss, with swirling pads and beautiful melodies running throughout. Over to the b side and it's thunder claps and the spoken word of Liza Zayas that starts off In The Beginning. Liza's voice sits perfectly alongside the Caribbean textures, and the driving drums that Trinidadian Deep is known for. Bryan's labels have long been a go to for lovers of quality and sophistication and this new one is no different.
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Formerly of France, now based in Brazil, D3 Elements returns with their second instalment of the "Beatz" series, this time with jazz artist, Bruno E, also hailing from Brazil. Bruno, who has been producing and performing since the late 90s, has worked with and remixed the likes of Silhouette Brown and Gilles Peterson, as well as releasing albums in his own right. This limited colour 10" release features three versions of the track Ventos Do Outono, (loosely translated to Autumn Winds). First up is drummer, composer and producer, Pat Van Dyke, taking a break from composing the soundtrack to Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee", with a breezy, laid back version of the original. Featuring lush horns and flutes, along with vintage keyboards, the track urges us to "Get Down", while straddling the boundaries of jazz and golden era hip-hop. Still on the A side, it's Bruno's turn, delivering a wonderful broken beat track. Full of beautiful keys, strings and intricate rhythms, this track is reminiscent of the sound championed by Kaidi Tatham and Nu Era. Flip over to the b side, and techno legend, Kirk de Giorgio takes us on a deep, futuristic ride. The track starts off with banging drums and a pulsating bass line, priming us for the cosmic pads and keys to come as the UK producer takes us on a journey to outer space and back. Another quality release from Bryan Hervieu's label, with three diverse versions of the same track, sure to appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
Deep House
The Passage EP brings together two of the chief champions of far reaching sounds in AYBEE, and Lars Bartkuhn. Bartkuhn best known for his work with his iconic (NEEDS) imprint, and AYBEE for his boundary pushing ethos at (Deepblak). A project spawned of mutual love, and respect the two met at an impromptu jam performance at the Xjazz Fest where the seeds were planted for further collaboration. Committed to stretching out beyond tight parameters they sought to capture the spirit of the dance. As "The Astral Walkers" they set out to combine the fearless freedom of the Jazzfunk era with the endless possibilities within electronic music.
Deep House
After shifting through a few different monikers the last year Deepblak Rhythm Czar Afrikan Sciences returns to form. Laced always with his elastic funk forward grooves the "Res??pras?de?" EP continues to build on his legacy. One that has consistently morphed diasporic rhythms into new colors. Creating new space on the dance-floor as well inside the mind. Four independent yet intertwined tracks all meant to make you oscillate inward outward.
Balearic/Downtempo
The sporadic and limited edition Especial Specials returns after a yearlong hiatus by teaming up with DEEK Recordings to bring their unique covers Covered In Gloria compilation to vinyl. Featuring label boss Bullion on A&R, production and artistic duties, alongside label favourites Thool, plus fellow luminaries Red Axes, Reckonwrong and newcomers Alaskalaska. The premise for the project couldn't be more straight forward, giving peers and friends a free reign over who they reinterpret. Overseen by label head Nathan Jenkins (Bullion) the project is pulled together for release by DEEK as a now annual jam. First up, the Red Axes duo just keep on keeping on. Their retake of a miss-hit from Ms K Wilde is a surprise catch and the reposte to the often strained, cooler-than-thou machinations of the music scene. It's the groove and that makes you moove. Next is the highly talented, but still underrated Thool with their stunning Francophile take of Joe Jackson's classic Stepping Out. A mix of pop perfection and Balearic love. The side closes with art-pop exposers, Alaskalaska, giving Edwin Collins' career returning hit a warm twist and hip-shake that is hard to resist. Of course Mr. DEEK is here somewhere and Bullion's cover of J.J.Cale's ode to forgetting life's troubles heralds exactly why Covered In Gloria works. A perfect marriage of respectful update, killer production and song-craft, fun and letting it all hang out. To close then comes another of London's rising natural talents. After stand out releases for Pinkman and Whities, here Reckonwrong turns it all on its head with his warped reversion of Berverley Craven's torchbearer. I'll be right here waiting
Balearic/Downtempo
Especial Specials and DEEK Recordings return with the second vinyl sampler of the Covered In Gloria album. As before, DEEK's Bullion pulls together the label's alumni and homies; a gamut of talent and styles feature, from Suzanne Kraft, Minor Science, Sultan Shakes, Eyedress and Geller & Kaya. Diego Herrera's Suzanne Kraft alter ego has become a cause celebre of the ambient revival of the last few years. However, his early releases and remixes show a talent for beats as well as atmospherics. His cover of Andreas Dorau's Nordsee is all that, taking the Die Doraus Und Die Marinas original's whimsy production to embrace Krautrock motorik rhythms and warm vocal tones. Accompanying this is a heartfelt version of Blue Niles' classic Heatwave. Appearing on their beautiful debut Walk Across The Rooftops, doing the song justice is a challenge. However, Minor Science rework the Japanese fused original with a respectful retake, with plink-plonk percussion and delicate vocals giving a perfect restraint alongside a touch of modern minimalism. Starting the final side is the most club friendly cover from the tassle-haired newcomer, Sultan Shakes. After turning heads with his debut Interstellar Love, he returns by paying respect to A Guy Called Gerald's anthem via a twisted, electro-psychedelic reversion for the dance. A left turn follows from Manilla's Eyedress with his exploratory acoustic love ode, Girls. The perfect counter song taking the Beastie Boys' original to surf's up, obscure lo-fi wanderings, fitting exactly what Covered In Gloria is all about. Respect, with a smile. To finale is Geller & Kaya. Having appeared on DEEK's previous covers opus, Extraordinary Renditions, their pop-reggae homage to Wham's ubiquitous Rap is put through the echo chamber by respective label heads & cohorts (Bullion and Chuggy) for a cod'n'chips tinged Dub rewiring, where mixing desk becomes instrument and points to possible collaborations to come. Do you enjoy what you do...?
Deep House
Before his debut studio full-length, Dubbyman racked up a remarkable discography of dance singles and remixes. He has been away for a little while, but his new 10-tracker album is the perfect tool for him to make his anticipated return. "Deep is dead" is a fascinating mix of organic and synthetic, past and present, smoothness and eclectic, darkness and brightness. The Spanish producer has veered away from those dub-heavy and dark atmospheric deep stylings, and instead has ventured into much classic house and musically territory. Almost all songs are soaked in warm chords, dreamy leads and gripping melodies. Dubbyman also offers an immense and stunning roster of credits and guest musicians such as Kuniyuki Takahashi, Leo Gunn and George Btp aka Allstarr Motomusic, just to mention a few.
Disco/Nu-Disco
2016 has been a good year for re-editor Evil Smarty and here pops up on Tonbe's Disco Fruit imprint for the first time on vinyl. ""This Is"" is a low-slung disco shuffler turned into a toughened-up house roller. ""If It Feels Good"" sees him in a celebratory mood (think sing-along disco funk with swinging new locked-in drums). ""Feel The Fire"" is a superb re-cut of the Osmonds' ""I,I,I"" that benefits greatly from some fresh new acid lines and ""The Get Down"", a killer, 98 BPM funk revision that makes great use of the source material's urgent, impassioned vocal, bluesy guitars and wild synthesizers.
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.
Deep House
The mighty Dungeon Meat's marauders into the finest club cuts continues with their first offering of 2017 and their first various artist E.P on the label . A collection of dance floor dynamite set to detonate as soon as the needle hits the groove . Here we see the boys recruiting some new beat bandits with Ron Obvious and Per Hammar and also reviving one of the OG dungeon masters Blunt Instruments . Each one bringing the the heat with their prime cuts of meat , making this one hefty slab of wax that is a sure fire winner for those dark strobe lit rave chambers . As with all Dungeon Meat release these are tried and tested for maximum ass-assination .
Deep House
The founders of // DELIRIOUS EYEWEAR and Katnip met each other through the exchange of music and fashion. They became close friends and as you'd expect this would lead to this unique product you're about to preview. Heavy on the downtempo italo disco, dub and soul cuts, once again LdK provides the listener with an exquisite track selection and also found the privilege to introduce a fresh newcomer in the scene called "Juno" on vocals and some hot keys by Thomas van Dijk. The releaseparty for this album will be in Milan with an exclusive liveshow from de Kat including the whole band. Something to look forward to! Tip!
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
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.
Experimental/Electronic
Second release of Nathan Melja on his own imprint Dream Real, this is not a Techno EP, this is not a Bass EP, this is simply a music record. Four tracks going from Ambient to Club music to a weird and slowed down rap by himself on the Eponymous title «Raindrops» Enjoy and much love to y'all.
Balearic/Downtempo
Sorcerer's 'Dream Season' defines the Dreamtime sound even further with it's journeys through psyched out space surf sounds with disco grooves.5 tracks dreamed from a moody moment in time and space, to the tape head in the Berkley Arena in San Francisco.
Experimental/Electronic
ptwiggs brings the surrealist violence for brand spanking Sydney imprint Deep Seeded. Taking an erratic hairpin turn after DSR001's off-piste techno, PURGE comes off like a tragicomic thriller, swerving between saccharine sensitivity and brutal ultra-violence in the blink of an eye. Shit is rough in ptwiggs towers, dishing out relentless Tyson jabs to the head on 'Day Of Wrath' with Holly Herndon's inverted poltergeist drifting about between the blows, while 'Lara Dies' seems to execute your favourite video game character a trillion times per second just for laffs. But it's not all blood and guts rendered in vivid HD. Coil-axis twinning of demonic and angelic energies course through 'YYYY' and drift below the surface of the more berserk pieces. Not for the faint of heart but life's probs beaten the feeling out of you at this point anyway.
Techno
Second transmission from Distant Worlds comes courtesy of Derek Carr (For Those That Knoe, Where We Met, Why So Series). His music has been turning heads since the turn of the millenium but only in the last few years has he been getting the recognition he deserves. His productions have a timeless, celestial quality and reward multiple listens; there is always a hint of subtle beauty about his work and this is no exception. 'Scisor' and 'Wraith' are built for the club whilst 'Fading Fast' and 'Sunrise in System' will work equally well in a club or for home listening. More than a nod to Detroit in these productions but all unmistakeably Carr productions...
Disco/Nu-Disco
Some songs comes along that you seem to know the moment you hear it, even though it's for the first time. In the case of Spark The Universe it had exactly that impact. A mixture of late-60s psychedelic homage, early 80s new wave, white boy soul, plus a good dose of dub, all wrapped around a killer hook and super tight production and a hit was surely made. The fact there are many deserving records that don't become a hit doesn't mean some are better than others and in fact, the joy in collecting and reissuing is finding amazing songs and bringing them back. Increasingly heard in the sets of the more discerning DJs, Spark The Universe has become a cult play and with second hand prices now in three figures, a reissue is timely. As the label oft says, no one owns this music other than the writers, musicians and producers and their craft deserves to be appreciated. Before going on to carve a successful career in 'electronica' project, Euphoria, Toronto's Ken Ramm had shown his considerable writing and playing ability with the 1981 debut LP Dragon and this 1983 follow up, known simply as Ramm. Coming together through a meeting with a then relatively unknown producer, Daniel Lanois, via a mutual interest in tape loops and dubbing, it was the suggestion to bring in local vocalist Lorraine Segato that Ramm formed. Recording at Lanois' Grant Avenue Studios, his interest in mixing past and present technology, with multiple digital delay units, harmonizers and other effect processors allowed Ramm and Lanois to explore using the studio as an instrument alongside real musicianship. Backwards guitars, tremolo bar dives and guitar harmonics are incorporated with the vocals and percussion to perfection. With a 'Dance' and alternative 'Dub', the song's hypnotic and dreamy feel superimposed over beats pin-pointed to the later Euphoria project and with the addition of a latter day 'Discomix', from the labels' own Chuggy, Spark The Universe deserves it's place on contemporary dancefloors.
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.
Balearic/Downtempo
For the label's 50th release, Emotional Rescue returns to the music of Woo to close a trilogy of reissue collaboration albums, in A La Luna. Following Whichever Way You Are Going (1982) and Into The Heart Of Love (1990), their opus A La Luna (1991) was the last of the bands song based albums and represents a wonderful way to close this association. Reworked, re-ordered and remastered especially for this first time vinyl release, brothers Mark and Clive Ives again present their unique, ground-breaking and at the time, heart-wrenchingly overlooked music, that seems to fit the folk-new age-electronics of today as well, if not better, than when first released. Across 20 plus songs Mark's guitar, clarinet and vocals are as ever drenched in Clive's mixing desk mastery. Echo and reverb shimmer as the short pieces rise and fall like the wind blowing across nighttime trees. With no song going much beyond three minutes, A La Luna flows as one piece. The unmistaken sound of Woo wraps itself around you in an essence, warmth and glow that is addictive, meditative and uplifting. Featuring the original vocal performance of Mark's love ode, Magic In The Dark stands as a centerpiece where, as with all their albums, vocals appear at a minimum, as part of the musical journey. The underlying somber nature of the album comes as the band ended more than a decade of recording with little critical or commercial success. The fact they did not release a full album again and moved towards a more meditation outlook was a loss, however, their recent rediscovery and the excellent releases by Drag City and Palto Flats included, has finally given the Ive's brothers not just a place in appreciation, but has shown that there really is no one like Woo. Enjoy the magic.
Coldwave/Synth
Emotional Rescue delves deep in to the past with the release of the first ever recordings by UK post-industrial, ambient pioneers O Yuki Conjugate (OYC). Recorded in Nottingham in 1983, the EP's four tracks showcase OYC's early sound: a beat-driven, lo-fi that places them alongside the early British electronic pioneers. OYC, celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, are known for their "dirty ambient" sound - but it wasn't always thus. In their earliest incarnation OYC explored a more industrial approach characterised by tortured analogue drum machines, one-finger synth lines, played bass, tape loops and even flute. This naive sound template lasted until their debut album 'Scene in Mirage' (1984) before being jettisoned in favour of more ambient explorations. The story behind these recordings is one of brotherly love between bands. OYC swapped time in their rehearsal space for a day's use of a four-track cassette portastudio owned by their associates, Metamorphosis. Three of the tracks included were recorded on May 1st 1983 at The End Room (literally a studio at the back of one of OYC's parents houses) with the remaining track (live favourite "The Clattering Song") being produced a couple of months later. To date OYC have remained largely unknown in the UK due to their wilfully obscure approach. They have released a series of very well regarded studio albums and innumerable spin-off and side projects that has recently seen a revival of interest in their early years, including appearances on Cherry Red's compilation of formative UK electronic scene 'Close to the Noise Floor' and Optimo's compilation of Fourth World-style music 'Miracle Steps'. Accepting their fate as musical outsiders, OYC continue to make music with little reference to the wider world. This EP makes a fine addition to that body of work.
Balearic/Downtempo
Following the success of last years reissue of Vox Populi!'s Aither, Emotional Rescue returns to the French / Persian band with the first of two albums selected from their considerable archive. First, their experiments between 1984 and 1989 in what are essentially pre-Aither sessions, Magiques Creations is in essence, an album of the imagination. Self-labeled as an ethno-industrial project, Vox Populi!'s recordings act as a document of the bridge between their earlier industrial influenced output through to a more cerebral, ethnic oeuvre. The collection highlights the movement through 1985's Myscitismes and 1987's Half Dead Ganja Music towards Aither, with a darker, edgier sound mixed with increasingly lighter, ethereal touches. On pieces like Joue Joue, Miss October and Ankaboot the synergy is apparent. Mithra's vocals align with organ and synthesiser to set gothic-noir scenes, while the heavy kick of Tchi Tchi Vox and Jube Man, with sax and distortion clearly pre-dating Aither, propel to the more experimental DJs. Against this Nazareman, Bedroud and Deltangui explore the increasily ethno side of the band. As the album unfolds however, it's not about single pieces, but a cohesive whole and the process and flow. Ethnic influences float around rhythm box, as hand percussion, guitar, tar and tapes warm the mind and lilting vocals seep inside. The collective nature of the band's recording is witnessed, but the pieces work together perfectly. The process of making music, constantly evolving a sound of their own has left a trove of music to examine. Working closely with Axel and Mithra some thirty years later brings out it's own vibrations. Ancient flights remembered.
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.
Deep House
The return of Timothy J Fairplay sees tracks from his 2 EPs on Emotional Response remixed on one special release. Four favourite producers chosen to bring new dimensions to his brooding, shuffling electronics, featuring Scientific Dreamz Of U, Alessandro Parisi, Perseus Trax and Antenna. Part of the label since inception, the last five years have seen TJF's career explode with releases on Bird Scarer, Charlois and Hoga Nord, setting up the Crimes Of The Future label with Scott Fraser and releasing an album alongside Andrew Weatherall as The Asphodells. His EPs for Emotional Response saw some of his strongest, deep and dubbed out productions that marked their own terrain and these reworks have been a long term project. Starting with a trance inducing breaks-dub of Stories of Prison from Scientic Dreamz Of U and you understand why this mysterious producer has become a cult in his own dreamtime, as subs bump this vortexed revision to its own portal. Next Alessandro Parisi implants his cyber-electro-harmonies to Aim For The Yellow Sector. Fairplay's late night drive-by is respectfully given a future-retro mix, gliding away from East London's dank streets to mysterious plains and beyond. Things take an analogue twist for the flip with Perseus Traxx showing his love for Chi town on his remix of Saco Bay. A bumpin' bass sets the motion, mixing the swirling original to basement vibes x 10. Win win win. Kindred spirit and fellow Pinkman/Charlois member Antenna closes the EP with a deep retake of Night Ferry. After causing a stir with the killer Odessa EP and subsequent releases on Royal Oak and Beats In Space, a remix was a given. A mellow groove and optimistic keys is the perfect way to end this chapter of Timothy's music and await for new adventures.
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.
Balearic/Downtempo
Emotional Response steps to summer '17 by welcoming with accompanying releases from Out 2. Evolved out of the Brooklyn based Lectric Sands studio / label and featuring members of their own Zoovox and Mazing Vids, this 'super-alumni' is a perfect meeting for the label and US brotherhood. Based around a longtime friendship, this slow-burner project is centered around the NYC life of one-time roommates, DJ sparrers and just possibly the latter day duo behind the Locks & DDM project that was released (semi-) anonymously in 2016, step out in to the (fluorescent) light. With just one Out 2 track given to the world back in 2012 on Lectric Sounds 1, these recordings have morphed for a near decade to reach fruition in long-form EP and soon to come 'Showcase' vocals and dubs album. While some is known of Mr Jeremy Campbell forum/blog educator, DJ Tropical Jeremy monikererer, half-a-Zoovox and studio (dub)don - his cohort, the little known R. Zanzibar remains a man of mystery. Zanzibar's free-flowing lyrics, shredded guitar and bass grooves come together before plunging into Campbell's wall-of-dub mixing matrix. With fellow Lectric-head, Ben Gebhardt contributing sometimes-synths and general mixpertise, Out 2 offer a timely reminder of the best of their hometowns post-punk / new wave history, but with a laid back irreverence and killer, leg shaking, live-dubbed grooves that are very much for today. In opener, Zanzibar lays it out. Contrary to song matter, this is impossible to not to be a Downtown-showdown-hoedown. Impro' lyrical flow keeps your head listening before the off-kilter dub-funk groove keeps you feet Moving. Following in Fire, your mind is soon tripping to sonic content and vocal swirls, before it gets all Compass Point, with an discomix inspired, cod-desk-dub. On the flip Rubber Hour lays a drum-work out that just sits and waits, pulling you further in the midi-groove, before Zanzibar's floating voice leads to digi-synth bass interplay. Who is top and who is bottom doesn't matter, let it ride. Closer has you listening closely, with sharp, chopped No NY guitar-like-synth, contorting with distorted echo-vox, down to the bottom...but you're not at the bottom. In fact, this could just be the beginning. Listen Closely.
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.
Balearic/Downtempo
Rudy returns to Faze Action Records with an all-new collection of atmospheric and evocative tropical sounds. Last August saw the release of the By Nature EP that encapsulated the steamy and exotic textures of the Balearic sound. This time, Midnight Safari takes up where on the beaches of Formentera, where the last EP left us. This time setting sail on a Midnight Safari with Marimba's and chugging rhythms underpinning sophisticated Piano' melodies. Following this we drop anchor and appreciate the evening breeze of In The Air with its haunting 'Cello, endless drifting arpeggio's and tropical percussion with a hint of North Africa. Reach Backless points the way squarely to the dance floor with chunky drums and synth bass, synth hooks galore and that piano solo that launches into starry evening skies. It's back down to earth with the settled quiet bass guitar harmonics of Windchimes before heading into the more soulful and synth melodic territory of Solar Plex.
Techno
It's taken over two-decades - legendary UK Techno label Ferox enter their 24th year with a 4 trackerAfrom fellow Brit KIRK DEGIORGIO. Beholden looks both to the future with influences from Kirk's seminal MACHINE events which he hosts with Ben Sims, and the illustrious past of deep melodic UK Techno which he shares with Ferox owner Russ Gabriel. It continues a resurgence of lush, harmonic techno that once dominated the electronic music scene and which is now findingAa fresh, young audience. Expansive chords, delicate melodies and intricate grooves are once again on the cutting edge agenda.
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
Berlin based but hailing from South America, LPZ offers up his latest production to the Hong Kong based label Fragrant Harbour. Working with new people and a new label, LPZ has taken this opportunity to experiment with a different type of techno - not only playing with the rhythm and groove but venturing farther with weird soundscapes and trippy elements.
Techno
d_func. (aka Alexander Kowalski) makes a welcome return to Finitude. The title hints at what to expect from the EP. Spiral Tribe are a legendary UK-originated free party project, active since the early 90's who introduced free teknivals all over Europe and North America, and the electronic music scene owes them a great deal. Paying tribute to their activities, Alexander has prepared a two-parter, which strays away his 'signature' style. Both "Spiral Tribe Cuts" are slow, hypnotic acid burners which will be appreciated by old skool acid trance heads, as well as Plastikman and Sahko fans. There is also a remix coming from the Swedish artist Evigt Morker, who provides the most club-oriented track on the EP. His take is a piece of ethereal, timeless techno - if you're into Donato Dozzy or Abdulla Rashim, you're in for a treat.
Techno
Following the vision of their substantial project entitled "Dysphoria I Euphoria" , the French duo Kas:st come back with a new Ep on Flyance Records. 4 tracks on their artistic universe fluctuates between hypnotic rhythms, dark and mind-blowing emotions, constantly looking to reach the "mental" aspect that they love in modern techno and in which they identify themselves with.
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.
Deep House
"Recorded over a period of three years, Intricacies Of Modern Life sees Glasgow DJ and producer OOFT! finally complete his first long-player. The 10-track 2x12"" takes in various moods and tempos whilst staying rooted in OOFT!'s low-slung house style. Released on his own Foto Recordings imprint, this marks not just the debut album for the artist but also the label. Lovingly mixed and mastered by Rob Etherson. "
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 proud to annouce a new member to the record label Tolga Fidan. He is really big with the Romanians right now and we at Finale Sessions are big on his production and we bring this 4 track heater to let you know he does not fool around
Deep House
Kai Alce, Michael Zucker and Reggie Doke do I really need to say more
Deep House
Leigh Darlow and Matthew Bandy have got plenty of experience in the world of deep house, both individually and as Saison. Building on a solid run of releases for Papa Records, the project makes its vinyl debut on Guesthouse with some undeniably catchy jams for the peak of the night. "Please Don't Go" is a cool slice of party fodder that hinges on a classic soul vocal hit, while "Do You" gets a little more choppy in the mix with yet more recognisable licks that should get the masses sweating and swaying without needing to resort to a hectic tempo. "The Moody Blues" lets the keys do the talking, while yet another of the hefty grooves Saison craft so well rolls out underneath.
Techno
After returning by popular demand in 2016 cult label Groovepressure is going from strength to strength. For the 16th release label boss Robin Ball brings 4 new tracks in true Groovepressure style for one of the best releases yet.
Deep House
Eveyones favourite Croatian house lord SZCH muscles in on the House Crime action with 4 bonkers-houz kutz for the club!
Techno
All recorded live in one or two takes most, using a roland mc 505 , roland aira tr8 , some fx pedals , recorded in cassette on a tascam 424. wich is the same set up I use to play live today. i cant remember now , but maybe 2 was recorded directly in the computer , live ,in 1 channel.
Disco/Nu-Disco
After a thorough testing on dancefloors across Asia, we have put together four tracks most in demand, all edited by the Homesick team and their close friends.
Funky/Club House
The second project from NYC label HOMAGE comes from little known French producer extraordinaire, Chevals - who until this point, has self-released only a handful of songs. His first full length EP contains four absolute stompers spanning disco, house, latin house, and afro house. The Labour of Love EP, if played, will result in an uncontrollable urge to party as hard as humanly possible. Enjoy.
Deep House
Honey Butter Records serves up it's first round of wax with their 4 track VA 'Club Flamingo'. On 'this side' you'll first hear the mesmerizing sounds of the UK based producer, Swales, warmly welcoming you with a grand piano & one sticky vocal in Pushin' Away. If you let the needle run you'll surely end up near our capital, which our homie Ari Bald is based. Best known for his moonshining (pun intended) house. Hot 2 Cold is a 909 laced 4/4 honey stomper and will surely serve your peak hours. Flipping the record will land you somewhere in France with Sable Blanc's dreamy yet creamy house track Musique d'Ascenseur. Perfectly cut samples, freshly rolled drums & voila! bon appetite. Eben Rees wraps up this double sided honey dripper with his Dirty Dishes. And it starts with a hi-hat. All love storys do right?
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
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
Iron Curtis serves up another 4 tracks for Lights EP - Part 2. IC kicks things off nicely with the uber classy Spectral, which is reminiscent of Larry Heard's early work. Well Well Well (More Lights) picks up the pace with a heavy sub bass, wonky keys and slick beats to boot. See Ya is a cleverly worked head nodder, perfect for early night or morning vibes. Curtis takes things to a deeper level with Salvation; a great way to close out this 2 part EP on his regular label Hudd Traxx.
Deep House
Hackney Vandal Patrol is a brand new project from long time friends and neighbours Scott Fraser & Richard Sen. Focusing on their joint love of that deep Miami/ New York house sound, Vol I is the first edition in a series of LTD 12s. Heading back to Richard's heritage of being a highly respected graffiti artist, each one is hand tagged by Richard in his own unique style and numbered with an insert by Scott. The first release, ""Bound By Faith"" is a straight up and direct for the dance floor Miami style deep house cut, complete with Reverend Jesse Jackson speech on the vocal version. For the DJ crews there is a deeper ""Redemption Dub"" stripped back ""Bass Hit"" with added percussion and a re-programmed instrumental of the original....The Hackney Vandal Patrol were once despatched to patrol the streets around the mighty London Borough of Hackney. Each 12"" is individual and collectable... strictly limited!
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.
Minimal/Tech House
After the succes of the first release, Instinct is back with the second release - vinyl only.
Balearic/Downtempo
Sun Scope is a soundtrack to a dreamlike journey through nature. The A side represents morning until dusk. The B side, midnight until dawn. Maricopa drops a beautifully evocative album of mellow electronica on IIB.
Deep House
Fountain of Chaos lives in a self-built cabin in the woods. He plays ethnic instruments and electronic devices in various collaborative projects. Fountain Of Chaos isn't very well known outside his land, but his DJ sets in the wild nature are the stuff of local legend. Primitive Megalopolis is jungle and darkness. Amaniyak Kree is wild percussions and guerrilla. It's an amazing record, check it out.
Electro
First release on Infiltrate, 4 tracks on a electro techno tip.
Deep House
Hardware geek/sample freak, Chase Smith, steps up to deliver four tracks of rabid, fever-pitched acid-disco for our second release. These aren't your standard clunky, knob-twiddling acid jams. All four tracks are streamlined compositions of jack beat electronics purpose-built for total ego eradication. True acid music for 2017.
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.
Deep House
Jazzy Couscous strikes back with their "La chance aux chansons" EP, showcasing various upcoming talents from the French and Swiss club scene.The opening track, "A long way", is delivered by Matthieu Faubourg, an incredibly gifted young French producer who exploded last year thanks to his mesmerizing "Please, Stay...". It explores darker shades while keeping Faubourg's deep imprint. Next comes Normandy's best kept secret DrezB's first effort with "Chemical distortion". A swinging deep house killer track with some acid accents, definitely floor oriented. The B side is opened by Switzerland most promising club scene talent, Pascal Viscardi. His "Digital illusion" track is a cold and merciless dub house monster. This one will definitely cause a few casualties. Finally, this EP is closed by Midori featuring Victor Santoni with an incredible atmospheric jewel. Literally coming from outer space, their "Distance" track will get you high, VERY high.
Deep House
Celebrating its 10th release, Jazzy Couscous dug in its Japanese crates to bring us a forgotten gem produced by Japan's Jazz legend Kazumi Watanabe. The track called "?????" (Garuda) was originally released in 1984 on a private press dedicated to a famous Japanese wrestler, Antonio Inoki. Nearly 5min of an ambient beauty taking you through the mysteries of South East Asia's deepest jungles. On the B side, Jazzy Couscous invited Kuniyuki, a true musical genius from Japan knowing no boundaries when it comes to sublimate raw diamonds like Garuda. He delivers an outstanding remix, taking the listener on to a musical journey of exotic deepness. Using traditional drums, he tints the track with an authentic tribal and epic color while synth and pads are creating a dreamy atmosphere in the second part. A true beauty.
Minimal/Tech House
Celebrating a year since the birth of Jack's House recordings is the perfect time to introduce JACKS TRACKS VA series. Volume 1 includes tracks from established and new talent with Two Diggers from France with previous release Head Trip on the label plus releases on Djebali, Organic and more, 2VILAS (Wax Igsud) from Ibiza also with releases on Organic and Isla Records , James Dexter (Inermu) from the UK with releases also on Cyclic, Dessous and Poker Flat. Last but by no means least, Miffy & Miller (Real Gang) also from the UK with a previous release on In Haus Wax. A 4 track EP of solid underground house tracks from dedicated talented music makers.
Deep House
Jaunt celebrates a decade in the game this year, with the British clubbing institution marking the milestone in typically esteemed fashion. 10 Years of Jaunt - Sea, Land, Air is a 12 track V/A compilation spread across three distinct vinyl discs, each of which is based around some of the world's core elements; themselves a mode of transport or a manner to embark on a 'jaunt'. Each featured artist is somebody who the label has forged a connection with at some stage during their ten year journey - and each track has been titled to the artist's own interpretation of a 'jaunt'. The tracklisting itself has been tailor made to build and develop like their a Jaunt event, with deep, hypnotic, up tempo strands included alongside numerous surprises along the way.
Techno
Jaunt celebrates a decade in the game this year, with the British clubbing institution marking the milestone in typically esteemed fashion. 10 Years of Jaunt - Sea, Land, Air is a 12 track V/A compilation spread across three distinct vinyl discs, each of which is based around some of the world's core elements; themselves a mode of transport or a manner to embark on a 'jaunt'. Each featured artist is somebody who the label has forged a connection with at some stage during their ten year journey - and each track has been titled to the artist's own interpretation of a 'jaunt'. The tracklisting itself has been tailor made to build and develop like their a Jaunt event, with deep, hypnotic, up tempo strands included alongside numerous surprises along the way.A
Techno
Jaunt celebrates a decade in the game this year, with the British clubbing institution marking the milestone in typically esteemed fashion. 10 Years of Jaunt - Sea, Land, Air is a 12 track V/A compilation spread across three distinct vinyl discs, each of which is based around some of the world's core elements; themselves a mode of transport or a manner to embark on a 'jaunt'. Each featured artist is somebody who the label has forged a connection with at some stage during their ten year journey - and each track has been titled to the artist's own interpretation of a 'jaunt'. The tracklisting itself has been tailor made to build and develop like their a Jaunt event, with deep, hypnotic, up tempo strands included alongside numerous surprises along the way.
Minimal/Tech House
Remixes Part 1 is the first of a series of Remixes EP's from great artists and close friends of the label. For this first round we have two well established french artist. On the A side Djebali made a groovy and deep remix of Rhythm&Soul's Andromeda's dream from JUSG002. On the B side Mr KS turns Shintaro.D's Kohisikarubeki from JUSG006 into a 13 min Dj tool full of modular grooves.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Kalita Records are extremely excited to announce their second release, Okyerema Asante's Ghanaian disco monster, 'Sabi (Get Down)'. After touring the world and recording with both Hugh Masekela and Oneness of Juju, 'Sabi (Get Down)' was Okyerema's first solo record, released privately in limited numbers on his label Atumpan Records in 1980/1. Recorded and manufactured in the USA, but only ever released on the African continent, this self-funded, scarce, and brilliant afro-disco LP regularly exchanges hands for eye-watering prices. This is the first time that 'Sabi (Get Down)' has ever been officially reissued, and we are happy to reproduce it in its original, 14 minute long form (check out Lady Eke Ete's amazing vocals at the 13 minute mark!), backed by the equally impressive 'That's My Girl' on the B side. In addition, we are glad to accompany it with extensive interview-based liner notes and never-before-seen photos, detailing Okyerema's career from his membership of Ghana's legendary band Hedzolleh to performing with Paul Simon and Fleetwood Mac twenty years later. We hope that you love both tracks as much as we do, and invite you to join us in celebrating the musical world of Okyerema Asante! Check out www.kalitarecords.co.uk closer to the release date for a video interview with Okyerema, and for extra photos!
Minimal/Tech House
Third release for London based duo Konstress on their omonimous label.
Funky/Club House
Soulpiction and his label have been a big inspiration for Lumberjacks in Hell and we are honoured to present Parking Lot Blues EP. 4 groove snatching monsters from all sides of the disco and house spektrum.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Dan Shake is a full fledged member of the Lumberjack family since his contribution to the From Hell With Love compilation but we ve been waiting eagerly for his own 12" on the imprint. Here it is.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Marcel Vogel and Khalil Anthony team up for 2 consecutive releases. Brown Curls has been three years in the making and has seen several very different incarnations. Comes with a filthy remix by Nebraska and the bumpy You Are A Star!
Disco/Nu-Disco
Lumberjacks in Hell boss Marcel Vogel and Berlin based Singer Khalil Anthony team up for 2 EP's for the label, exploring together their version of Soul, Disco and House. Dance The Blues Away get's remixes by BB BOOGIE and Julien Dyne from New Zealand.
Deep House
Christian AB steps in with his handbook for self-preservation. Taking the helm in his spaceship, he programs rich melodies and smooth textures for another dance floor workout. This transmission is coming in HOT!
Techno
Recorded throughout Summer. Heavily woven with field recording and beautifully driven with dub chords and basslines.
Deep House
Coming hot off his rather expansive Cognitive Dissonance 2x12" for Love Notes, and also an EP for AxeTrax, tape_hiss herein continues his impressive run. On Jacob's Ladder, the artist pushes his emotionally wrought sound over cooking percussion and bubbling acid undertones. Maspeth Ave is quite honestly the nastiest bassline we have heard on a deep house track in some time, sure to cause spontaneous "bass face" in the listener. Life as an Echo uses soaring chords and synths to prove its point, and Forests of My Mind finishes the EP off with a pitch bending chord that pushes the track right along. Yet another extremely cohesive, emotionally charged effort from this artist.
Dub
The Nassau Sessions were recorded in Nassau Bahamas in March of 2013 using zero analog equipment. This debut 7" features four sedated, rum-fueled dubs by Double Pelican Man. The sounds chosen are familiar to the Dub Reggae lexicon. Deep sub bass, guitar chords, synth bleeps and clacking percussion. All drenched in echo and reverb, each ingredient added with careful consideration to the mix. The rhythms tumble and sway confidently. Grooves are proudly extended, while the occasional overdub effect gives each track a paradoxically haunting undertone. After inhaling these tracks, your perception of time may be altered. Seconds slowing to minutes, minutes drifting towards the open sea and out into the abyss. Suitable for a euphoric afternoon smoke or a back room deal. The Nassau Sessions will be one of the most distinguished dub EP's you will hear this year.
Deep House
Time for Colours, a new series with a playful sound and the world as inspiration. On Yellow EP, Lyssna invites the Italian producer Riciar Ghir to contribute on A1 with dreamy Cargo bubbles and tribal drums. A2 showcases the Italian duo, MINIMALAFRIKA. With several great releases on their resume, Drakma Queen takes you on a deep Sci-Fi house ride. On the flip side B1 yet another excellent Italian producer ROBOTALCO comes along. Involved in GetWet Records and one half of the Fake Congas duo. No More Disco takes you back to the old school 4/4 sound with playful and funky tunes. Last but not least is B2 with the young talented Stockholm duo Klubbhuset that released their debut album on the great NYC label Let's Play House. SS0817 is a classic house track with warm disco samples and hypnotic swirles that makes you wanna move your hips.
Minimal/Tech House
After various tracks on releases on his Lyssna Records and Junk Yard Connections, Flord King releases his debut solo EP. Four cuts in a Flord manner.
Deep House
Aroop Roy is a UK artist and producer, whose music blends together the organic elements of jazz, afro, latin and funk with the deeper edge of house and disco. His productions have been supported worldwide by numerous tastemakers and DJs including Gilles Peterson, Atjazz, Karizma, Soul Clap, Jimpster, Dj Spinna, Francois K, Danny Krivit and Detroit Swindle and has released music on a variety of labels including Freestyle, Gamm, Basic Fingers and House of Disco. We are pleased to welcome him to the Lazy Days family with this "all killers no fillers" EP
Techno
[MA12] Morah - Voltage EP The twelfth Modal Analysis release brings Athens based Morah to the frontline of the label's roster, along with the New York based, Vapauteen on the remix duties. Voltage EP carries 3 original tracks by the Greek electronic music producer, along with a very special reintrpretation by the American artist, also known as Shawn O'Sullivan. Aesthetics vary from slow and hypnotic rhythms to driving EBM riffs and harshly distorted percussions. Morah approaches the sound of Modal Analysis while maintaining his distinct charachter as a producer, using here field recordings and processed vocals.
Techno
Outermost (a.k.a. Miltiades) - Surface EP MA13 comes from another Greek artist, Outermost also known as Miltiades. The up and coming Athenian producer counts a number of recent releases with the vocalist, Venus Volcanism and as Templeyard Studio with Goolyk. Surface EP is a 5 tracker of different slow techno interpretations, blended with dystopian atmosheres and nostalgic melodies: Outermost delivers his identical sound and enriches the Modal Analysis catalogue.
Deep House
Happy to have Chicago Damn do a 12 for us. Always loved his work. The dirty grooves and nasty sampling. That's what he does really, innit?
Deep House
debut release from vocalist-producer Hypoleon who prefers to let his hauntingly beautiful vocal fragments wash through your brain and take on whatever meaning the listener gives them.A Both taking on Tresberry we enlisted Jon McMillion and Tevo Howard to straighten things out for the dance floor.
Electro
Then Again' by Orson Bramley is the second release on the Memory Box label. Orson is the founder of British electro funk pioneers Transparent Sound, one of the UK's longest running electro acts. This is his solo work under his own name. Orson has been playing some live Acid House shows at Memory Box parties and this release is the fruit born from the live show. The A side includes the original mix which is an acid electro crossover, plus a four to the floor mix and a beautiful ambient strings mix. The B side sees two remixes from acclaimed producer and Memory Box head honcho Robin Ball, who is also known for his work as Resonators on his recently re-launched Groovepressure label. The first is under his new breakbeat rave alias Robin Beats and the other under his own name which sees him take in a deeper house, techno, electro vibe more akin to his Groovepressure label.
Balearic/Downtempo
Following on from the impressive opening statement from Modern Manners, the second installment from the hitherto unknown outfit sees the sonic remit reaching out to other influences while retaining that poised lounge attitude that made the first record so instantly endearing. "Research" is a dub track in essence, sporting ample space in the mix, the odd conga roll and sparse chords calling out into a field of reverb and delay. "Can Maneras" is a more shuffling kind of smooth jazz that aligns with the classy licks of St Germain and the like. "Serate Cosmiche" finishes the EP off on a melancholic tip that puts the synths at the front of the mix for the first time.
Balearic/Downtempo
The third outing for Modern Manners emerges on the back of two very strong 12"s that introduced this anonymous outfit to the world. "Timeless Vibe" continues where the last release left off, building up a wonderfully cosmic bed of processed melody under which casual hand played percussion and warm bass notes can linger. "Azzahar" too keeps things pleasantly soporific with its gentle pace and lilting guitar refrains, and then "Middle East Manners" rounds this excellent trio of EPs out with a beautifully realised swirl of sounds that find focus once a kick drum starts pulsing and the percussion starts building. Quite who Modern Manners are is a mystery at this stage, but across these three 12"s they've certainly made their presence felt in the softest, most laid back of ways.
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
Kevin Kendall is an artist from Nashville, TN. He has released music on his own Bamboo Playground as well as Cincinnati based Racecar LTD. Key ideas Kevin finds interesting in music: feeling, texture, truth.
Deep House
After the first two results, the third chapter of the saga guarantees the usual elegance rich in mystery. The deep sounds continue to blend into rhythmic micro-house for a release that will be danced and enjoyed Aagain in the best clubs of globe.
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.
Electro
"Third release Mosaique Records MSQ003 ""DMT/JASSS - MICK WILLS EDIT + CUT"" that's an another dark electronic music experience, which includes new edit and ?ut by german musician and producer Mick Wills, known by his releases on such labels as Nation, MinimalRome, Rush Hour etc. Side A- super rare, almost unknown track by a russian industrial project DMT (Dmitry Tolmatsky/1970-2009), grabbed by Mosaique label owner Alexander Moralez from DIY audio-cassette. Thereafter it had some edits on Mick Wills studio. Side B- Mick's cut on never released track ""Flexion"" by Jasss (releases on Mannequin ? Anunnaki Cartel). Limited edition, vinyl only, A&B Sides - 45RPM."
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
New to the NAAR stable, In:State & Giuli make their debut in stunning style.Visitoz is a straight forward techno affair, as bumping as it is surprising. Using a deceptively simple gated arp and horn to dazzlingly complex effect. The track is potentially the most peak time NAAR has gone yet, and it's an incredibly welcome addition to their canon. On remix duty Lauer takes a hold of the main arpeggio and turns it monstrous in the style of Liasions Dangeruese, yet balances this with his trademark lightness of touch and his ear for a heart wrenching synth line, creating an instant classic that feels like it was beamed straight in from 1986. "Plus 1" has been sent from a parallel dimension where the evolution of music took a turn so different that Proto Garage stands where Proto House should be. The track has the step and swagger of the most compelling end of the 2 step movement, but balances that with the surprising naivete and earnestness found in Italo, EBM and early forays from Chicago. Finishing things off, Lizards return to the label for a welcome encore following last years success with their 1st release,Tanni.
Deep House
Ess O Ess (aka Chris Stoker and Jamie Blanco) return to Not An Animal to further indulge in the organic house territories previously mined for the previous releases. The duo have an uncanny nack for deftly balancing the rockier end of Disco with the authenticity of early house, and never more so than on "Secret Place. The original bounces and struts in a pleasingly groove laden hypnotic fashion, while the dub version turns down the guitars and turns up the synthesisers for a more heads-down dance floor excursion. On remix detail Kuniyuki Takahashi makes his 1st appearance on the label. On the vinyl you'll find an interpretation which can be best be described as pitched-down balearic-techno, which clicks, clacks and folds upon itself, drowning in waves of reverbed drama-drums at a deceptively low tempo. Kuniyuki also provides a second remix as a digital exclusive, mildly pulling back on the pomp of the vinyl version, but replacing it with a spacious pathos, complete with backwards guitars that reminiscent of an electronic within without you era Beatles. Angaphora make their NAAR debut with their own wildly stirring remix of the lead track, which evokes the golden era of 80s melodic pop music to bewildering success, laden with digitised emotion, singing ebow guitar, and not a kick drum in site.
Techno
Norken aka Metamatic releases his first EP on Neo Ouija. Four highly sought after cuts that symbolise the Norken sound at the time: Deep House with the sleekness and machine melancholy of British Chill-Out and IDM that's complimented with crisp drums which give a nod to early Detroit Techno. Norken is best known or his releases on Delsin, Hydrogen Dukebox and Assemble Music among others and there are also some upcoming EPs on Third Ear Recordings and Delsin to look forward to.
Deep House
needs is a not-for-profit record label & collective lovingly curated by Bobby Pleasure. We believe in people. The concept of the label is to use music as a medium to spread love, unity and the idea of giving back. Promoting harmony and togetherness rather than isolation and estrangement, each release and accompanying event will act as a support stream to various issues within society such as mental health, homelessness and equality. For the first release we have tracks from Hubie Davison, Johannes Albert, DJ Swagger and Bobby Pleasure. Four artists from different countries of the world who all have the needs factor, and have very kindly donated their music to the dancefloor. All profits from this release will be donated to the mental health charity Mind (www.mind.org.uk). EVERYBODY HAS NEEDS.Designed by Jacob Chabeaux Mastered by Optimum Distributed by Juno Press by For The Record - abi@fortherecordpr.co.uk
Deep House
Needs is a not-for-profit record label & collective lovingly curated by Bobby Pleasure. We believe in people. The concept of the label is to use music as a medium to spread love, unity and the idea of giving back. Promoting harmony and togetherness rather than isolation and estrangement, each release and accompanying event will act as a support stream to various issues within society such as mental health, homelessness and equality. For the second release we have tracks from Tilman, Jonny Rock, Lucky Charmz & Pletnev. Four artists from different countries of the world who all have the needs factor, and have very kindly donated their music to the dancefloor. All profits from this release will be donated to the homelessness charity Crisis. EVERYBODY HAS NEEDS.
Deep House
Night Sea Journey proudly presents the solo debut of Adam Rowe with NSJ2, "Hanging Lake". Adam has been a large player in the current ecology of house music in Chicago. As head of visuals and part owner of Stripped & Chewed, Adam has proven his innate vision for conceptual beauty. Now with his solo debut, we see his special language of design translated onto the canvas of sound. Close your eyes and set adrift on the Hanging Lake.
Disco/Nu-Disco
A few months after the release of the first reference of his own imprint 'Night Shift Records' and after selling all the stock quickly, Madrid DJ and producer Javi Frias is back again with the second EP on his label. During this time he was number 1 sales at Juno with his first 7"" on Disco Pocho and got a big success with his edit of Susana Estrada classic 'Quitate El Sosten'.A This time he's back to the razor blade to deliver a four track 12"" entitled 'Move To The Groove', keeping the spirit of classic editing art in good shape. The EP includes four songs that have never been edited before, wisely chosen from among those hidden gems that surely needs some light and love. On the A side we have 'Tender Feeling', an amazing groove based on a soulful sample over a disco house rhythm with perfect vocal harmonies, and 'Move To The Groove', the perfect example of a dancefloor tune, furious disco funk full of horns and percussion.AThe B side starts with 'Supah Stah', classic disco sound with a wonderful female vocals and strong rhythm section plenty of breakdowns and funky basslines. The EP ends with 'Swahili Dance', and obscure afro disco tune retouched and extended for the maximum dancefloor pleasure.A
Minimal/Tech House
NorthSouth Records are back with their second release again bringing two young, up and coming producers into the fray. On the North Side is Berlin based Bristolian Christian Jay, with a few releases under his belt up to now, this man has been making some wicked music of late and as soon as we first heard these two tracks we knew we had to release them. The South Side is taken up by a friend from Essex, Bilal. Impressing us with his productions for some time now behind closed doors we felt that now is definitely the right time to show off this young mans talents to the world.
Techno
Rising talent Aleks joins Jeremiah R, HVL, DJ Guy and MNLTH in the Organic Analogue realm of spiritual sonic exploration. The Amsterdam-based producer has already made a name for himself in the past few years with his penchant for sci-fi imagery and impeccable hardware jams, hence he feels like a natural fit for OA. This double L.P release provides the chance to hear some of the breadth in Aleks productions, from ambient submersions to Detroitian techno and sharp edged 303 resonance that skirts the divide between jacking club material and emotional content. HVL returns to OA with a frankly stunning remix of "Pool Daze" that steps up to the giants of early electronica. As an additional treat, the Georgian producer has also donned his Kiyadama guise for the eight-minute psych-out "Acid Expansion Remix" of "Void". Capturing the foggy time-slip quality of the dancefloor with a sound that could just as easily come from the late morning, the Pool Daze L.P. is equally comfortable as another thread in the OA tapestry
Deep House
OA's time-slipping journey into classic/future-gazing electronics continues with the arrival of Marvis Dee. This new 12" is in fact the brainchild of Jeremiah R, the Dutch electro maverick who kicked off the label back in 2013 with The New Wave, and who has since gone on to respected outposts such as Tabernacle, Enklav. and BAKK. As Marvis Dee he's been equally busy over the past two years, with a spin on deep Chicago house that should strike a chord with fans of Larry Heard et al. On the Alpha EP, Marvis Dee has ample space to explore the boundaries of his sound across six original productions that strike a unique, curious chord even as they display the comforting hallmarks of hardware house music. With jacking 707 drums, punchy basslines, tumbling toms and soaring pads notes with sweet-natured harmonic. This is not house music to spell out how you should be feeling. Orgue Electronique is the perfect match for the woozy tones of Marvis Dee, and so the Dutch mainstay takes to "I Can See It In My Dreams" and delivers a powerful revision to the original production. It's a respectful approach to the remix tradition that aligns with the overall ethos of the Alpha EP. To complement Dee's homage to the spirit of Chi-town beatdowns, the record comes housed in a jacket indebted to the iconic designs of early house music, continuing OA's fine tradition of on-point, concept-led visuals.
Techno
The Olympos series continues its exploration of godly themes and adventurous techno with a third instalment, this time calling on Demetra, the goddess of the harvest and agriculture. There's a consistently deep tone to all four of the tracks on offer here, employing swooping pads and undulating bleep lines to conjure up a warm, early 90s feel that would sound right at home on an early B12 single. "Pump It" is especially deep, using the barest of ingredients to take you on a dreamy, machine-powered trip.
Electro
Gauss is a collaborative studio project that has been active since 2014. Individually, Chicago native Natan H has released on labels as respected as ManMakeMusic and Finale Sessions, while Maltese producer Owen Jay has been spotted on Underground Quality and Minuendo to name but a few. Independent from their accomplished solo careers, Gauss has a strong identity all of its own which taps into the immersive mood of Ornate Music while coming at it from a fresh direction. Building on the foundations of their self-released 12" series and appearances on Contrast-Wax and Hizou Deep Rooted Music, the Maximum Entropy EP finds the duo in formidable form. From low-blowing electro drums to shimmering pads, rugged, snaking house grooves to hypnotic, metallic chords, on this record Gauss have carved out a cohesive sound world that channels the spirit of classic dub techno. It's this common thread that brings the four distinct tracks together into a truly engrossing exercise in deep-diving electronic music. To celebrate this landmark release each record includes a limited edition printed insert featuring the label artwork from the 1st 25 releases cataloguing the story so far.
Minimal/Tech House
No need to introduce Makcim and Levi, the two talented Amsterdam based producers.A massive dancefloor burner 12", heavily played by Lazare and his Mandar mates, Oscillat records is back!
Deep House
For It's the second Various Artists Sampler, the parisian label gives us another sharp selection of talented young bloods and confirmed producers. 4 quality deep house tracks here, done by Sebo K, Swoy, Dj Honesty and Olivier Romero. As usual with Politics Of Dancing records, this sampler is a versatile collection of dancefloor friendly cuts, and carefully chosen cracking deep house tracks. Limited vinyl only release.
UK Garage
Four cuts of sublime underground house music from across the globe. Sean McCabe with previous releases on Local Talk & Joey Negros Z Records label, victor sol under his soul2black moniker, B side see's the return of Soul Central as Johnny Rampin & to round of the EP U.K Garage pioneer Brian "Keys' Tharme.
Deep House
All tracks were found by Andy Compton hidden away on a lost DAT. Now you can own these unheard and unreleased tracks exclusive to Plastik People Recordings
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
Deep, Groove and soul are the foundation of the first release by Profound Sound featuring Melchior Sultana's Love for the Art EP with four very personal tracks that bring in other musicians such as Laura Cioffi on flute and Reine Kabban on vocals.
Deep House
Following a succesfull 2016 with his well received Eps Golden Tides,Sunlit Forest and one of our fave releases Bahia, Joe offers up four cuts for Pleasure Unit. Continuing the producers passion for New age , Paradasical ambience and dreamy deep house,lead title "jacaranda skies" might be what Telephones and met Mr Heard would of sounded like had they met in Rimini circa 91. A dusky atmosphere provides the backdrop to ecstacy inducing chords,an elevated brass sequence and afro percussion driving a tight groove. 'mangrove Dawn is an aural quaalude hit, gentle synth washes fold over each other,while nature sounds buzz through a distant 303. 'The lost garden opens to a reverb soaked slide guitar and soaring pad section before a jaguar snarl gives way to subtle kick pattern atop M1 chimes and Bali bells.'Skies reprise' closes off the EP with a beatless take on the original, the melodies given more space; the sonic equivalent of open air swaying under hazy pink skies..
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.
Deep House
Enrico Mantini's 12 unreleased tracks recorded and performed live at Tresor Club in Berlin on last 8th of April 2017.
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.
Deep House
Italy's legendary dream team Enrico Mantini, Flavio Vecchi and Nudge joins forces for the first time in Bologna to deliver an exclusive deep house anthem which will surely mark many afterparties around the globe... Nudge boys complete the job on the B side with two lovely moody yet proper house cuts !
Techno
Ivan Iacobucci joins PURISM's collective delivering three unusual pieces of soulish techno influenced electronica. The amazing dreamy 'Astrovibe' on the B side titles release. Another quality number for eclectic minds.
Experimental/Electronic
300 10" Pink Marble, hand stamped, individually numbered records, single press only.
Deep House
Next on Rough House Rosie is its main artist, georgian producer and resident of the club Bassiani, HVL. After 2 years from his last EP on the label, HVL returns with his signature melodical adventures and uncompromising sound. The A side offers more aggressive tracks while the B side is composed of easy listening deep tunes.
Deep House
SE62 is back, originally from My Love Is Underground fame he's now back with 4 killer cuts on the Rhythm N Vibe label
Experimental/Electronic
From Riga via New York to Berlin on a one way ticket! There is no return now!
Techno
Austere factory techno with a distinct Gallic swagger.
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.
Electro
Inspired by the early industrial pioneers, dead crooners and the unrelenting speed of change, Uncanny Valley combine homemade metallic resonators, pound-shop contact mics and sellotape synthesisers, with human error for unusual effect. Remixes come from the fantastic Manfredas and Mondowski.
Deep House
Silver Network is back with a four track deep house banger ! Three original tracks from Franckfurt's Stalwart Sascha Dive (Coccon / Deep Vibes Records) and a blinding remix from Chicagoan Sweden-based Amir Alexander ... One of Silver Network's Team favorite release to date ...
Minimal/Tech House
For its third release, Sensoramic turns to New York minimalist and renowned modular artist, Kamran Sadeghi. Fresh from releasing on key techno imprints Meander, Brouqade, Fasten Musique and Cocoon, he finishes a strong year with an exceptional three tracker. Lead track Undone suspends time for a twelve minute lesson in modular hypnotism, twisting its way through various chapters and subtle, naggingly hooky melodic passages with the interlude of a deftly placed riser. Sentient takes an alien vocodor style sound through a tense peak time work out while 'Not Here' runs a dense droning pad through a gamut of minimally applied drums and modular noises.
Deep House
Patrice Scott's works make Sistrum, his label, designing the shapes of what a classic house record must sound like. Not only a nice guy, Patrice is one of the most talented producers of the planet House and he naturally is respected for that. Sounds of The City continues to put out the music of the Originators' sons and Reborn Goodness is probably one of the most important addition to the label's catalogue.
Techno
Samuel van Dijk is an electronic music producer, sound designer and media artist from the Netherlands releasing deep electronic music as VC-118A, Mohlao, and Multicast Dynamics. Drawing inspiration from technology, nature, film, and fiction, his productions and live sets embody a dynamic musical framework. Since the Dutchman surfaced as Mohlao for labels like Meanwhile, Field and Other Heights at the turn of the decade, van Dijk?s music has found a firm position; the ethereal electro VC-118A project, deep ambient techno as Mohlao, and subterranean ambient as Multicast Dynamics.
Deep House
For their Sophomore V/A, Brooklyn's Super Tuff Records dig into the batter's box and unveil a roster packed with Varsity-tier heat. At the top of the lineup, we have the Tsuba-famed slugger Luvless, delivering some powerful piano house with his anthemic Vary in Colour. Rounding out the A2 are the fresh-faced, Irish lads Long Island Sound with the soul-sampling I Chose You Because. Batting clean-up, Tommy Vicari Jnr puts one far into the outfield with Pacific Stri"ia heartbreaking tribal house track that's as funky as Mateo & Matos and as wonky as Animal Collective. For the final run, Parisian duo Mara Lakour tap into a pure, blissful piece of deep house with Akoa (Tribal Edit).
Deep House
Slow Town's 17th release from Melbournes Luis CL is an ode to analogue jams. The Cran town EP shows what Luis CL (one half of the Zanzibar Chanel duo and co-founder of Ruff Records) is know for: Dirty but groovy drum arrangements, analogue synths and dreamy melodies and his kind of Lo-fi and blurry mixdowns with definitely some Detroit influences. The three tracks were recorded in one take during his studio sessions.
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.
Techno
Damon Wild releases 4 funky acidic minded ,psychedelic new tracks under his alias Mistaken Identity.
Deep House
Sudd WAX is a vinyl only label of Sudd Records Family. First release presents a Detroit Icon, Gari Romalis. With three original house tracks on the funky groove as he is.
Techno
SYNE is the new alias of Dennis Huddleston (AKA 36), who is likely to be a familiar name to those of you who follow the modern ambient scene. The SYNE label is dedicated to his techno/dancefloor orientated productions, where wistful strings and drifting pads meet vintage drum machines and 808 basslines. From the melodic, midnight electronics of ""SYNE 2"", to the thunderous dread march of ""SYNE 5"", culminating in the moody Blade Runner-esque vibes of ""SYNE 8"", the SYNE LP is sure to find its place with lovers of deep, emotional techno music.
Techno
Following on from a run of releases on Bastakiya Tapes and Total Black, Manni Dee's Nuances project joins the label with a mini-album recognising splendor in feelings of somberness and isolation.
Techno
One half of the Kestrel Explorations unit with longtime collaborator Scientific Dreamz Of U, Junior Loves brings his first vinyl release to Tabernacle.
Deep House
Respects to: Ciro Citterio, Ted Baker, Charles Tyrwhitt, Jeff Banks London and all scene players you know who you are."
Electro
The London-based trio known as MUX have been building quite a reputation for themselves at the moment; all for the right reasons. They manage to blend such sophisticated genres and sounds with our most primal aptitudes creating a gritty complexion that can't be wiped away in a hurry. Frenetic, unique, exploratory and imaginative; that just begins to sum up this group. Throw in some stoner rock elements, some electronica and a little bit of flair, only now do you have this incredibly vibrant, diverse backbone to this ever satisfying tribal demeanour.
Techno
After the success of his recent comeback EP entitled Exiles EP, the Icelandic artist Cold shows us that he is here to stay and ready to make his mark in the international techno scene. Dub Safari offers us intricate soundscapes and otherwordly chords which are impeccably assembled into five minimal techno masterpieces. A side starts with a dreamy voyage where ethereal pads seamingly blend with punctuating kick and a acid bassline. Second cut gives us a darker experience. A pulsating groove where chords and percussions offer an interesting sonic playfulness. B-side offers three minimalistic techno tracks ready for both the dancefloor as well as for dancefloor within your mind. ??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.
Minimal/Tech House
TLR005 has been supplied by the Trapped Ldn owner Rhys Samson. This 4 track EP has a lovely blend of driving, groovy baselines and hooks that gives you the need of a 'Paramedic to the Dancefloor' This EP has continued on with the style of the label having a mix of a dancefloor track, a warm up track and one for the afters. We have 2 brilliant remixes that rework the 2 originals. With Cosmjn and Alan Castro on remix duties along with some early support from Vinyl Speed Adjust, Sublee, Lizz, Dubsons, Cally and more this is set to continue the great releases being put out by Trapped Ldn.
Techno
Filled with unique nuances and creative vocal sampling, knee rattling base and a sprinkle of synthesisers which hum and snap, enter Requite the latest offering from Tape Throb puppeteer and master of distortion The Cyclist. Progress through tracks which dip their rhythmic toes into techno, no wave and psychedelia, bridged across the divide by the artistic tropes of a musician who knows both his stamp and his reach. Dissimilar and yet united, material and yet transient, Requite is a favour returned from an adherence to the Andrew Morrison project, a response for the love which bent brass and set bones in motion. A flourish; now for the attentive Requite.
Deep House
500, 12" 180g hand stamped, individually numbered records, single press only.
Balearic/Downtempo
this 4 track ep see's the return of Bonnie & Klein to Uber. 3 og tracks and a superb beachbar chugging remix from Drifts Projects. Tones of Ballad has touches of Mike Francis with a saxophone right out of the 80's beautiful. Drifts Projects drop the sax and creates a more hypnotic groove. pretty Lake is the perfect track to drift into dusk with. Again capturing the authentic feel of an laidback italo instrumental with a bassline from heaven. Finally Snowdrift a slower tune at home soundtracking a light flurry or a La Torre sunset. lovely ep.
Balearic/Downtempo
Max manetti is a new artist to Uber. This 4 track ep showcasing his unique loose percussion and bass driven take on the Balearic beat capturing the dancefloor and the sunshine in equal measures. Jungle prayer is a breaky percussion grroove with cheeky sample, deeply mesmerising. Dub Macumba is a slightly more drowsy take the theme of bass and drums with a funky guitar rhythm. Changuinola is a dubby narcotic dream of a tune subtle melodies and a perfect vocal sample evocing nights under stars at Hostal Salinas. Finally Garrison arrives...another killer downtempo bomb. a seriously confident debut. proper.
Techno
UntilMyHeartStops' first release of 2017 comes from Swedish artist Martinou, of Sewer Sender and Rinse France. 4 Slices of captivating deep techno wizardry.
Deep House
A serious selection of outstanding electronica from Freerotation family member Tom Ellis with his debut 12" for UntilMyHeartStops.
Minimal/Tech House
Unblock presents it's 7th release with another solid vinyl offering with this 4 track EP by two well established and respected producers. Tato (who also has his own success with his label Isgud Records) on the A side, and TIJN (Label boss of other vinyl only outlets such as In Haus Wax & self titled TIJN) on the B side. A1.Estic has a deep underground percussive tribal balearic feel to it with rolling cool dark melodic synths and infectious moody pads that carry the energy solidly throughout the track A2. Lusyormaind has a slightly lighter feel while still maintaining a deep groove over an intelligent key riff, a dirty baseline with a padded wholesome kick and a dark and sexy hypnotic arrangement with hat patterns providing that bit of light. B1 . Tijn: Stranger Things has a lovely smooth authentic original house vibe with subliminal whispers. The hats and snares carry the swing seamlessly throughout this track. B2. Piano Loop has a summer sunshine vibe to it with a pleasant repetitive warm piano loop layered with bright but smooth percussion over a subtle but effective baseline.
Minimal/Tech House
Sebastian Eduardo burst onto the scene in 2016 with a fine debut EP entitled 'Ultima Necat', now comes his second EP, this time released in The Untold Stories Protagonist Series. Dedicated to the legendary poet Hanshan, the EP is a deep and personal offering, it keeps to the style which made his debut so appreciated: positively charged, quirky and enlivening micro house, but this time there's a deeper personal dimension to the tracks, a nice development and another welcome offering from the young Swiss producer.
Deep House
we are happy and proud to launch the debut release from Alexei Versino, 1 half of Stump Valley. We are equally excited to have the legendary Joe Clausell on remix duties as well on this one.
Deep House
Syncopated percussion and murky atmospherics form the basis of 'Mutual Romance' before Dicicco introduces an ominous melody to generate the duskiest track on the package. 'Virgo Love Affair' then meanders forward with tight kicks and a hypnotising chord sequence before making way for the deep and scintillating 'Filling Pieces'. Concluding the release, 'How We Live' combines organic drums with sweeping effects whilst distorted keys operate throughout.
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.
Minimal/Tech House
Nick Anthony Simoncino is synonymous with the revival of Italian house music over the past five years or so, and so it feels right for him to be delivering this album to Vibraphone. Of course, Simoncino has more than enough skills (and hardware) to make something truly special, and that's apparent from the opening strains of "Mystic Adventures" onwards. There's a sense of urgency and mystery woven into tracks like "Righteous Rule", where haunting leads wobble over sizzling drum machines, and the overall mood is redolent of 80s soundtracks mixed with the uneasy side of Chicago house music. Maintaining a punchy finish throughout and constantly reaching for the spooky side of machine soul, Simoncino has more than delivered for the legendary Italian label.
Deep House
KNLB first appeared with the Initialize 12" on Vibraphone in July of this year, and it's not taken them long to return with another slab of on-point, upfront house music loaded with flair and imagination. "Up Again" is a heavy, chugging and bumping jam that should inspire all manner of screwed up faces of appreciation on the floor, and then "Fog Machine Smell" simmers things down to a more measured house groove. "Half Life" brings a few more dubby elements into the mix, and then the club mix of "SIN" sends the record spinning off in a wonderfully dusty reverie of detuned pianos and late-hitting drums.
Deep House
The journey back into the vaults of seminal Italian house music label Vibraphone Records continues apace with this gem from 1993. K2 was a one-off project for central label figures The True Underground Sound of Rome, and this Loss Of Gravity 12" represents one of the most sought after rarities from the Vibraphone catalogue. The on-point breakbeats of "The Journey", the wistful tones of "In My Garden", the plush ambient refrains of "Lirica" - every inch of this record is steeped in class that belies the age of the music. Need we say more - this is a buy on sight reissue that won't stick around for long.
Deep House
Having previously appeared alongside Tommi Vicari Jr on a 12" last year, Opto Mystics strike out on their own with this 12" for Italian powerhouse Vibraphone. New Horizon very much represents the new school approach with the long serving Italian house label, keeping that deep, melodic quality but embracing new rhythms, tones and approaches. "New Horizon" almost has an Akufen quality to it, while "Bucky Triangle" could easily transmit from the Motor City house scene. "M.I.Y.E." is a swirling blur of gorgeous synths, and "Suddent" finishes the EP off on a surprisingly experimental tip.
Techno
Strahinja Arbutina is fast becoming one of those artists you need to keep your eye on. With his first vinyl release on New York's industrial label Bank last year, he has no issue with making your ears bleed. Here he dons 4 tracks for Vivod and they're all brutal. First off is Way Ahead, straight up 4/4 industrial techno. A2 is the aptly named Croatian Households, more of a broken piece but still haunting in its rhythmic neg dynamics. B1 is Labud Loop, probably the most accessible track of the 4 as it's nearer to straight up techno, fans of Levon Vincent will like. Closing the ep is K stands For... with a slow burning break beat and vocals screaming incomprehensibly, awesome track, awesome ep. This is the hardest one for Vivod so far surely!
Disco/Nu-Disco
Closing the Vivod map series is Alessandro Parisi with this stunning ep, Belmont's Revenge. 3 tracks in his slo mo horror jak trade mark style. Crossfire kicks things off nicely with it's pulsing groove followed by Ravens, a slower, brooding type of soundtrack. Flip over for a remix of Sages by the mighty Mick Wills who has done some nice work here. It builds and builds, perfect for getting lost in the fog and strobe. B2 is the original version from Parisi, a much slower, majestic cathedral horror affair. Awesome stuff all round.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Eighth release on the much sought after Vinyl Only label.
Minimal/Tech House
Originally released in 2001 on Omni AM's own Euphoria imprint, Tubes for Allah is a rolling tidal wave of beatdown tech house from an era when that wasnt such a dirty term. One of their most sought-after tunes is available again on wax accompanied by a drum mix by Mark Ambrose and two unreleased tunes rescued from the Kastmaster session DATs.
Disco/Nu-Disco
Whiskey Pickle Records heads south of the border and scoops up everyone's favorite, Yucatan disco fiend, Hotmood. After a slew of infectious 12"s for Chicago's Tugboat Edits/Star Creature, Hotmood offers up a fresh collection of dancfloor cuts and taps UK darling, Loz Goddard for an epic remix. The Discotheque Dependencies EP see's Hotmood in his prime with each tune channelling jazzy grooves, heavy beats and vibes galore.
Disco/Nu-Disco
"For WS021 we head to Italy where we find a duo by the name of Concret aka Italo-Mexican musician Diego Angelico Escobar and producer Q-pha. Together, they submit a couple of ethereal, stripped-back and driving techno tracks that compliment each other so well they appear to be brother and sister from the same session. On remix duty we've got another Italian, Rodion, who ads his signature sound to Ritorno and flips it into a laid-back dark groover. Last but not least is UK's Heretic, aka Timothy Clerkin, who remixes Andata into a classy acid burner fit for a massive warehouse party or dark, sweaty basement. "
Deep House
Macaulay is Ricardo Medina, a Mexico City based DJ producer deeply ingrained in the Mexican underground techno scene (Xxxtra Picante, Disque Discos). He presents an EP full of acid drenched techno joined by tad bit of cheekiness he is known for, with rolling basslines and jacking drums making these cuts perfect for peak time weirdness. On remix duty is fellow Mexico City based Alejandro Paz (Comeme, RBMA) who ups the wonkiness on Techmoreno with a percussion filled heater.
Techno
Well Street are back with their second instalment of broken beat techno on this 4-track Various EP. Loop LF returns to the fold after his impressive first release alongside label founders Glas Rm and Speak7, plus an unnamed track by a mystery artist.
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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