Monday, 21 April
MJC marks the next big step in her flourishing catalogue with a signature mix of deep and techy house for Fabric 75. Since the late naughties, the London-based British-Japanese producer has been at least partly responsible for a sub-mainstream swing towards fresh, raw house music with a classic integrity. This mix showcases where she's at right now, blending mature house grooves with party-time peakers in seamless style. Over 17 tracks she wends a way from Trus'me's 'Somebody' to Fran Von Vie's trancy synth-pop piece 'Lonely Nights' via her own edits of KSKY's 'Madness' … Read more
Fade To Mind flounce back to the 'floor following Kelela's 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape with two ballroom bangers by Mike Q and DJ Sliink. Up top they juggle a choppy Miss Jay vocal into staccato stabs on a strobing, acidic synthline and all-important kick/clap syncopation to technoid, haughty effect. Downtown, 'Werk'd It' blazes a trail to the centre of the 'floor with tightly edited, almost minimalist drums and stabs laced with "pussy" and "work it" stabs to drive 'em wild. Use with caution.
Jan Jelinek's Faitiche label presents a new album and, at the same time, a well-known name: Farben presents James DIN A4. In the summer of 2013 Farben (Jan Jelinek) remixed his way through the extensive oeuvre of the sample and collage artist James DIN A4 (Dennis Busch) – and gathered ten of his favorite titles here.
"With Dauwd, one of UK's most promising talents joins the Kompakt fold. After remixing Coma's 'My Orbit' last year, the London-based producer continues to move into new musical territory with the Kindlinn, a lushly orchestrated journey drawing on infectious rhythms and epic melodies. Three colourful cuts see him moving further away from the UK sound he's originally become known for and reinventing himself as a virtuoso of propelling house and romantic techno."
Sublimely hypnotic house from SUED character SVN and Gothenburg's Porn Sword Tobacco. It's a masterclass of locked-in and reduced house music, pairing supple bass pulses with gorgeous Badalamenti-style chords on the A-side and remerging flipside with a more kinetic, dubwise acid groover.
**Includes bonus track 'Virgo Cluster (The Beat Broker Remix)'** ""Virgo Cluster" by Jonas Reinhardt fuses elements of cosmic disco and krautrock into a live transcendental package, with amazing guitar work by Phil Manley (Trans Am/Life Coach), and a bonus remix by the Beat Broker (digital only). "Seven Miles Down" from London's Timothy J. Fairplay (The Asphodells) is a testament to Zombie Horror Cinema, featuring a pulsing dub-house beat that dives into cavernous sonic territory. "Guave" by PLAzA is a playful dancefloor workout, that evokes a slow acidic line and classic Chicago h… Read more
Huntleys + Palmers supplement the Latin-flavoured club sounds of Auntie Flo and Alejandro Paz with this tasty tune from Carolina Paz of Santiago, Chile. Classic 80s dance-pop sounds bring out its decent hook, and a remix from South American house star Ana Helder seals the deal with technical prowess and creativity.
"Christian Löffler is co-founder of Ki Records and well known for his intense, deep moving sound with melancholic undertones. After several releases for Ki and Orphanear, the imprint of Dial’s co-founder Pawel, his debut ‘A Forest’ is now being released through Ki."
Man-machine Mike Dehnert deposits a sturdy second album for Delsin - his tenth since a 2007 debut on Fachwerk. Nine tracks, including interludes, cover a spectrum of late night house and techno styles in Mike's closely defined style, taking in shades of ghetto house, Berlin techno, New York swing and industrial strength rollers. Mastered by Neele.
Blondes return with a well-picked remix selection featuring Claro Intelecto, Function, Huerco S. and Simian Mobile Disco.
Wicked Bass follow aces from Innershades, Parris Mitchell and Huerco S with four diverse trax ranging from hazy techno to deviant disco by PhOtOmachine. A-side kicks up the swaggering techno rolige of 'Black Motorcycle' and the heads-down, metallic thump of 'Good News Bad Dope', whilst flipside switches tack to coked-up electro-boogie swing with 'Zapp (Fantasy Version)' and the Thriller-style boogie edit of 'Special Luv' with a its seriously ear-worming vocal loop.
Subeena Plamenova aka Alis turns out two techno trax for Fifth Wall backed with Ital and Matrixxman remixes. 'Apache' skanks and swings on an airborne techno coda buoyed by plush synth arrangement and restless percussion beside the firmly grounded acid attack of 'Modus'. On the flip, Ital turns 'Apache' inside out with a delirious flux of delays and warehouse reverbs and Matrixxman licks up the same cut with raging power surge mentasms and kinky drums.
Redshape returns the first in a series of EP's re-releasing beat tools from his archive.
"A Sagittariun returns to Elastic Dreams after 2013’s debut album, ‘Dream Ritual’. A Sagittariun gets right back to business with this eclectic 4 track release."
Trancing electro-disco from Gavin Elsted aka Adultrock, backed with stronger remixes from Naum Gabo and Ghost 202 aka Ron Morelli and Marquis Cooper. The originals opt for a cheesily gratifying dancefloor sound flush with over-egged synthlines, ambient motifs and boogie flourishes, before JG Wilkes and James Savage's Naum Gabo straighten 'Chants' to more rugged, sexy effect, and Ghost 202 head in the opposite direction with a slow, moody Industro Dub version.
Fresh from the Punch Drunk crew, the Idle Hands imprint delivers undercover operations from one of Bristol's finest on the label's debut release. The A-side rolls out the heavy dub-swingers vibe in brilliant style, laying pressure on techno-steppers subs and Berlin-influenced chords set at strolling tempo somewhere between techno and dubstep. On the flipside, the unnamed producer takes a different route to the dancefloor with a killer future-dub aesthetic. A tightly chopped and looped reggae-guitar is sequenced into hypnotic techno patterns over luscious subbass and pen-on-glass percussion for o… Read more