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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
*6 select tracks from the CD version, comes with Mp3 voucher for full 13 track album redeemable from the label* 'Resolution 653' is probably one of the most anticipated album's from the UK electronic underground in the last 12 months. It's the culmination of two musical lifetimes spent immersed in Electro, D&B, Techno, House and Bass music, and sounds very much like it. For the past decade the duo of Kid Drama and Al Bleek have released a catalogue of clinically executed dancefloor tricks from their studio (presumably an hermetically sealed bunker in the bowels of London) on labels such … Read more
Monday, 23 January 2012
*Near-perfect recreation of original jacket, complete with Portuguese liner notes and English translations* Drag City present the exquisite debut album by Carlos Paredes, an acknowledged maestro of the Portuguese twelve-string guitar. Carlos' instrument of choice has a heritage dating back several hundreds of years and is made to a design which has been modified and altered to different standards across its country of origin. By the time Carlos started playing, it was generally agreed on a standard short-necked and wide-bodied construction with twelve strings strung in six courses … Read more
Friday, 13 January 2012
Magic Touch is the early-mid '90s House guise of Damon Palermo, bandmate alongside Daniel "Ital" Martin-McCormick in Mi Ami. His breakout solo debut is a pure 'floor burner, helplessly flouncing from the Shake-like disco-looping House NRG of the title track to the eccied Haçienda tingle of 'Clubhouse', and a pure tribalist rhythm excursion with 'Trax Crusader'. Yeah mate, they cost a tenner but it's like being back in '93. Recommended!
Monday, 09 January 2012
**The official soundtrack for Wim Wenders' 3D Pina Bausch documentary. Features music by Cujo (Amon Tobin), Benjamin Britten, Jun Miyake, Thom Hanreich and more, pressed on 180g vinyl** "The soundtrack 'Pina' portraits a cross-section of the musical variety in this movie. Whether in Blues, Fado or in Latin-American music, but also in popular German music, the yearning deep longing of Pina is predominant. Many fans have been yearningly waiting for the music from 'Pina'. Now they can finally enjoy it! Tracklisting: 01 Pina - Thom Hanreich 02 Lillies of the Valley - Jun Miyake 03 … Read more
*VINYL PART 1 TRACKLISTING AS FOLLOWS : Ragga Trip, llegal Gunshot, Spliffhead (Remix), Love Talk, The Homeless Problem, Rudeboy, 18" Speaker, Tan So Back , Bring Up The Mic Some More, Juggling* It's a testament to just how sought-after this material is that until very recently a cd copy of the Ragga Twins classic album "Reggae Owes Me Money" would set you back a good £60 on cd, with the vinyl edition fetching simply outrageous dollar - if you were lucky enough to find anyone willing to part with a copy in the first place. This inspired collection sees the Soul Jazz crew a… Read more
Back in stock. *VINYL PART 2 TRACKLISTING AS FOLLOWS : Spliffhead (Original) , Hard Drugs, Shine Eye, Wipe The Needle, Iron Lady, Good Times, The Truth, Hooligan 69 Remix, Paro 69* It's a testament to just how sought-after this material is that until very recently a cd copy of the Ragga Twins classic album "Reggae Owes Me Money" would set you back a good £60 on cd, with the vinyl edition fetching simply outrageous dollar - if you were lucky enough to find anyone willing to part with a copy in the first place. This inspired collection sees the Soul Jazz crew at their very bes… Read more
Packed with more vitamin C than a whole truck load of orange juice, this superlative Tropicalia collection brings together music from the likes of Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze and Jorge Ben for the first time - the result being an utterly irresistible and fantastically infectious collision of styles/influences that your record-collection will be bereft without. Leaking energy and innovation from every pore, the sweaty amalgam of Psychedelic rock, avant-garde concrete, Samba, Funk and soul first emerged in 1960's Brazil - a time when the… Read more
Friday, 06 January 2012
After warmly received 12"s for Foto and Use Of Weapons, Deep Space Orchestra drop their best release to date on A.R.T. "Last Exit EP' is ostensibly a techno EP with deep Detroit-House leanings. There's no mistaking this in 'Return To Dodge City', combining propulsive kick drums with groovesome, offset bass and an arresting light show of teased and filtered 313 synthlines. 'Last Exit' drops the tempo for a squlechier boogie brother richly informed by the likes of Patrice Scott or Mad Mike's hi-tech jazz, while 'Streetlights' returns to more energetic form with a sweetly light-footed rhythms and mesmerizing techno soul motifs. Lovely release!
Crucial moves from the Night Slugs camp, roping in the New Jersey's c*nty queen, Mike Q to remix the biggest track from Egyptrixx's 'Bible Eyes' album. Those with their ears to the 'floor may have stumbled across Mike's vogue/ballroom sound on youtube or even less salubrious spots, but this is the first time his music has appeared on vinyl, to the best of our knowledge. It's essentially the sound Kingdom has been flirting and fusing with more R&B/London Bass sounds of late, but here in it's unrefined form you get the full force of his MAW-sampling snares and pure haughty attitude. For us, … Read more
Thursday, 05 January 2012
Three tracks by Sepalcure get reworked by a starry cast of remixers numbering Jimmy Edgar, FaltyDL, XI and Daedaeus. The work of Sepalcure - that's the duo of Travis 'Machinedrum' Stewart and Praveen Sharma - straddles the crossroads of dubstep, UKG, house, hip-hop and a kind of toughed-up future-soul, and the remixes they've commissioned here are suitably diverse. Toronto dubstep talent XI is given top billing with his remix of 'Love Pressure' and he does himself proud, creating a spacious, silken skanker with heart-swelling, floor-sweeping synth progressions to die for - emotive, nicely… Read more
Tuesday, 03 January 2012
ANTHEM TIMES! Champion finally unleashes one of summer 2011's biggest hits, 'Sensitivity', backed with the boisterous 'Tun Up Di Bass'. Fresh from distinguished appearance on Ben UFO's Rinse mix and innumerable rinses at raves across the country, this Ruby Lee-starring ace is almost the perfect collision of R&B pop, roadwise Funky and Soundsystem dynamics, a poised balance of sweetened soul and irresistible, futurist funk which surely ranks in the finest singles of the year. The flipside 'Tun Up Di Bass', by contrast, is an aggy fusion of jump-up Funky and Dubstep rave licks arranged to wreck a dance. ESSENTIAL.
Friday, 23 December 2011
Brassy Balkan ska and R&B covers this time out for the much-loved Hackney Colliery Band. After providing the highlight of their eponymous debut album, the sousa-led version of Blackstreet's '90s R&B classic 'No Diggity' makes a welcome appearance on the A-side, but the flip is entirely exclusive to this platter, steppin' up a propulsive Balkan party monster lead by booming kick drum and even features some singing for the first time. Gotta bag it, bag it up!
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Juicy vinyl drop of L-Vis 1990's killer House riddim 'Forever You' and its dirtier 'Reprise'. Unlike his Night Slugs label co-owner Bok Bok's grimy productions, L-Vis strikes a seam of slick refinements with the title track, erring more to the Circle side of contemporary deep house with nods to DJ Gregory freshened with ecstasy-glowing synths. It's also a excellent vehicle for Shadz's redlit vocal, which really elevates this track beyond his peers. On the flip it's more of a soca-synched vibe with scattered sub pulses and a rugged swingjack flavour compatible with the likes of Ill Blu,… Read more
The UKs most feted yet elusive Funky/House production duo drop the one we've been waiting for. Three tracks round and ten ton heavy, the 'Meltdown' EP is a rare instance of Ill Blu leasing material to ears outside their tight knit network of producers - to date they've only dropped one twelve on Hyperdub, the sophisticated ruffige of 'Bellion/Dragon Pop', and are best known for major label remixes of geordie gynoid, Cheryl Cole and Hot Chip, plus an underground banger for Shystie. Between the advanced tribal ruckus of 'Meltdown', the heat-seeking synth and siren blast of 'Overdose' or the sweet '… Read more
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Machinedrum and Praveen aka Sepalcure drop two lush numbers for HotFlush, taken from their eponymous and eagerly awaited debut album. A-side 'Pencil Pimp' is a real peach, patching fragrant deep house keys and chords with a frisked 2-step Footwork pattern in sensuous, swooning fashion. A pure dancefloor floater if we've heard one! Flipside 'I'm Alright' sustains the sweetness at a swaying halfstep flex, all smudged-out boogie contours and crooked Juke syncopation with romantic synth brass and fluid, expansive atmospheric pressure. Let your mind go and your body will follow...
100% Silk is the brand new, hugely promising sister label to underground heroes Not Not Fun. Adopting a cooler, sexier stance than its older brother, the label looks intent on making you dance to deliciously psyched beats - the first coming from Tornoto's The Deeep. 'Muddy Tracks' is taken from their recent 'Life Light' cassette and features lead singer Isla Craig drifting like a barefoot Beth Gibbons over crumpled machines rhythms straight from the LA Vampires handbook. Over the course of these ten minutes it's not quite clear whether to sit crosslegged and meditate, or levitate in the middl… Read more
Another weird and wonderful drop from De Stijl, this time from "post-modern abstract blues" duo The Stare Case. Nathan Young's slouchy Jonathan-Richman-on-opiates vocals are your guide through the madness, wreathed in no-fi synthesizer patterns, hypnotic two-line basslines and woodwinds (courtesy of one Inzane Johnny) in varying states of distress. The band's crudely captivating interweaving of acoustic and electronic elements reminds us a little bit of The Shadow Ring, and the sparseness of the arrangements and foregrounding of bass gives it all a nicely dubbed-out feel - think Jandek meets Al… Read more
Monday, 19 December 2011
Dramatic Texan Italo ace from horror/synth obsessive, Xander Harris. His first 100% Silk entry distills the sexier, dancefloor-dedicated disco strains of his 'Urban Gothic' LP to sound like some freshly discovered bottle of coagulated, '86 vintage vino. 'I Want More Than Just Blood (High Heels Remix)' is ten minutes of steely synth gaze and adrenalising arpeggios with dripping, carmine coloured melodic trickles and futuro trance washes. 'Necronomiconjure' is more nuanced, reserved techno pulses outrun by a surge of beaming synth positrons next to the beautifully resolved end sequence of 'Martian Fever'.
Finally available on vinyl...."Precisely four decades since the original release of the 1971 LP Histoire De Melody Nelson, Serge Gainsbourg's most celebrated composer, arranger and composer Jean-Claude Vannier now returns to the same artistic territory that has since come to represent his most iconic period and continually inspire almost five generations of experimental rock luminaries. Respected throughout France as a long running singer-songwriter and experimental composer in his own right it has taken this inclusive forty year period for his music to travel beyond his central … Read more
Thursday, 15 December 2011
NNF's latest pick-up is Xander Harris, a classically trained "keyboard-creep" with a slick line in synthesized horror redolent of Umberto's uncanny couplet of LPs. However, Xander's vision is focussed slightly further down the time scale, taking cues from John Carpenter, the futurist gaze of Chicago/Italo and sounds from the cusp of Kosmische/New Age. But those are just aesthetic differences, and the magic really lies in a shared mastery of engrossing, evocative narratives, from the track titles to the shadowy arrangements and the distinct mood they make. The more percussive, driven dance … Read more
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
*Seven track LP version cut at 45rpm, one track per side* Deep, dramatic, abstracted D&B from Exit's most esoteric operator, Consequence. 'Test Dream' is an advanced follow-up to the Burial-esque scapes of his 2009 debut, 'Live For Never', scanning Sci-fi inspired minimal D&B topographies with a filigree attention to detail. Ultimately, it's not the kind of D&B that'll have you firing shots in the ceiling; its strengths lie in the vivid evocation of dystopian futures and plugged-in, cyber-surreal dream states, conducted with the ability to suspend disbelief and submerge the willing particip… Read more
Following that killer Teeth 12", Oneman's 502 imprint looks to Finland again with this collaboration between the new skool bass vanguard, Desto and Clouds, and Sahko's electro-jazz veteran, Jimi Tenor. Both tracks were recorded in Shanghai earlier this year, with A-side featuring Kode 9-collaborator Cha Cha gliding over the woozy trip-hop slumper 'Time Bird', while the flipside serves the fluid, sino-stepping electro of 'Eightfold Path' from Jimi Tenor and Desto, sounding like some '06 dub cut from a mythical Kode 9 radio set. Heavy.
Friday, 09 December 2011
*Swit swoo - flash new foil-embossed disco bag from the mighty 100% silk!* 100% take it down town with four tracks of flaunting, French-style filter House from Jason Letkiewicz (Steve Summers/Innergaze). The mid-90s spirit of Thomas Bangaltar, Dimitri From Paris or DJ Sneak is crossed with the raw EQ'ing of Jamal Moss' Members Only series for a proper knob-tweaking session bound to have mascara dripping and chest hairs glistening. A-side 'Broken Anthem' and 'Run For Cover' are boundless energy boosters, looping and bucking with a near-psychedelic delirium, whereas the the flipside 'Sunsets' a… Read more
Tuesday, 06 December 2011
Sully and Distal deliver exceptional reworks for the consistently ace 2nd Drop crew. A-side Atlanta's Distal takes Gerry Read's crafty shake-down 'Roomland' and transforms it into a hyperactive Footwork ace, flushing out any politeness with rampant drum edits and a hardcore attitude. Flipside, in the hands of Sully, 23Hz and Numaestro's 'Zumo' becomes a fluidly robotic 2-stepper, all hydro bass licks and body rollin' syncopation from the top pocket. Deadly plate, we tell ya!
Project Squared draw a dub-house axis between Bristol and Manchester with four untitled cuts from two respected producers. Manchester's Tom Dicicco drops two contrasting grooves; one a driving 'floor mover with a powerful Chicago-meets-Berlin engine, and the other a heads-down basement groove. Kowton's offerings are slightly slower, more sensuous. There's a tucked-up and bumpy swinger with strong shades of kindred spirit Kassem Mosse, and another more submerged, menacingly noirish prowler.
Kevin Martin (a.k.a The Bug) cherry-picks the first of two volumes comprising cutting-edge electronic riddims from the likes of Diplo, Harmonic 313, and the Bug himself, plus radical Digi-Dancehall innovations from a posse including Lenky, Steely and Clevie, Dave Kelly and many more. The hardcore pickers will no doubt know many of these tracks, but the blend of outside producers and straight-up Dancehall may not be familiar to all. On the authentically JA side, we've got some total heavyweights such as Steely & Clevie's 'Streetsweeper', Ward 21… Read more
"From 1958 to 1993, Thomas and Louise Boddie's industrious Boddie Recording Company issued nearly 300 albums and 45s, recorded 10,000 hours of tape, and remained in operation longer than any other studio, pressing plant, or label group in the history of Cleveland. Long forgotten even by the standards of the chronically overlooked northeastern Ohio music scene, Boddie was a fusion of its owner's engineering genius and his limited economic means; its DIY recording studio housed in a humble barn, churned night and day to capture the sounds emanating from Clevel… Read more
For D'n'B in 2009 we can't imagine it getting much tighter, heavier or effective than this plate from Instra:mental. Launched from D-Bridge's Exit Recordings imprint, the latest twelve features two versions of 'Thugtronik', one bristling with a concentrated tech-steppers energy coming from twisting drums edits and an almighty muthafu**er of a bassline giving some concession to the less hardy with slight moody melodic arrangements. But flip over for the properly ruff version, allowing ghoulish synthlines to roam free over a rebooted riddim making the bassline even more intense and generally c… Read more
Monday, 05 December 2011
UK Funky's foremost architect drops his most substantial release to date, the crucial 'Patience EP' via Good Years. Since dropping his definitive 'Funky Flex' 12" in 2008 and the successive 'Pulse vs Flex' and 'Seasons' in 2009, Lil Silva has played it very cool with only a select handful of highly considered killers on Night Slugs besides some higher profile remix work for Mark Ronson and on Fugitive's 'Bad Girls'. His first drop of 2011 is stupendously heavy. From the cold, martial snare cracks and demented samples of 'Patience', to the overwhelmingly subbass pressure of 'Cheese And Bun',… Read more
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
'Cool Water' is Maxmillion Dunbar's debut album, and one of the best records Ramp have released this year. It follows two teasing 12"s which established Dunbar's brand of screwed Boogie and slow disco dreams within the orbits of neon '80s revisionism and something slightly more psyched and avant, at once within the scene, and just outside out of it. The trippily smudged 'Girls Dream' is just one highlight among many here, embedded in a set of complementary drum machine workouts weaved with hazy samples and studied synth washes. 'Pretty Please' sets the agenda with heavyweight '80s R'n'B … Read more