next up on duskys renowned 17 steps label is the return of long term pal kiwi. having supported the lads on 9 of the 17 steps tour dates and having also provided the 15th release in the label catalogue - the fellow londoner now readies his oooh ep which comes backed up with a remix from feel my bicep affiliate hammer. kiwis sound is one defined by positive, kinetic feeling joining the dots between detroit techno, soul and balearic. with previous releases on futureboogie, life and death and moscomans lauded disco halal imprint, hes garnered several accolades including reaching number #85 in mixmag s top 100 tunes of 2017 and sitting at #1 in the genre chart for a total of 9 weeks with his orca ep back in 2016. now continuing on his ascent, kiwi lays out a pair of rapturous, gooey house jams that lands right on time for the festival season. on oooh vocal lines swirl over a largely beatless backing track. a rich, balmy feeling unfolds behind synth chimes and layered delays which work together to form an irresistible summer dj tool. andromeda then follows up and blends 80’s soundtrack-tinged stabs with crispy drums and thick sub bass before being accompanied by a pulsating synth line that carries the track to a delectable crescendo. hammer then closes things up with a somewhat hallucinogenic take on oooh with lfos, analogue sweeps and blobs of acid bleeding together to cap off an altogether warm and woozy trip.
following dusky’s ubiquitous ‘cold heart’ ep 17 steps presents kiwi’s ‘marmora’s theme’ ep - the london producer’s debut on the label.
having recently released on tastemaker labels such as futureboogie, correspondent and optimo music, kiwi’s distinctive sound is a physical mix of italo disco, techno and electro influences.
carried by a pulsating italo bassline, lead track ‘marmora’s theme’ is a cosmic epic that rides crisp piano melodies and sci-fi synths - and is already garnering support from gerd janson, dj tennis and annie mac.
transporting the original’s piano euphoria into darker, rave referencing territory, the tuff city kids remix calls on growling reese bass and ’92 hardcore style pianos.
offering some alternative vibes are the deeper, dirgy warehouse grind of ‘oth’ and the beautiful, reflective electronica of ‘reservoir’.
THREE WAY IS THE HARD WAY EP (AVALON EMERSON REMIX)
12" Vinyl UK19.04.17
panorama bar regular bwana unites his dual loves of vintage 90s electro and classic progressive trance on this three track ep for duskys 17 steps label. achieving widespread critical acclaim with last years techno homage to the akira soundtrack - capsules pride - on luckyme, bwana has since released eps on his club ready home aus and fort romeaus cin cin, as well as appearing on 17 steps with a cult remix of duskys ingrid is a hybri - itself something of a panorama bar favourite. on this ep, the illustrious producer presents three contrasting but cohesive tracks in the dark acidic three way is the hard way, hypnotic dark trance builder hell is other robots and classic electro homage on patrol for their control. completing the package, the inimitable avalon emerson bends three way is the hard way’ into a glitchy, percussive groover that builds crunchy layers of dark drums around the original’s twisted sonics.
dusky’s 17 steps present floor to floor. featuring tracks from velvit, trevino, lo shea, hugo massein and alan fitzpatrick, floor to floor compiles 12 tracks that approach the modern house and techno aesthetic with a uk edge.
duskys 17 steps opens 2015 by welcoming its first signed artist to the label in the much-admired london producer christian piers. one half of laszlo dancehall with leon vynehall, christian piers *beat wiser ep* follows his recent single on curle recordings which has been supported by the likes of dvs1, Âme, axel bowman and jonas kopp.
following lo sheas industrial iterations ep, duskys 17 steps welcomes the mysterious polymod to the label family with a three track ep of club tools that draw on classic acid house and techno influences. hooked with a vintage 88 piano loop and tightly sprung bassline, opener no other has been ever present in dusky’s sets since the autumn - already inspiring multiple posts in a certain well-known facebook id group, as well as causing one eager id hunter to tweet dusky with home played piano videos of the main loop. for all its catchiness, though, it maintains an understated approach that plays on dynamics and contrast - a driving club tool. taking a darker route but maintaining the intensity, tx goes for the jugular with a looping surge of acid and rolling electro rhythms. completing the trio is the spacious pg1000 that joins the dots between 90s ambient, proto-house and detroit machine music at its most dreamy.
fresh from his lets roll ep on radio slaves rekids, hopeworks curator lo shea further cements his status as a true innovator of the uk underground with the iterations ep on duskys 17 steps. leading the charge, iterations is 8 dark twisted minutes of tripped-out melodic techno that will sweat the walls of warehouses from london to tokyo drawing a lineage from the omen, atomic jam and the orbit through to berghain, de school and hopeworks itself. on the remix, stockholm’s peder mannerfelt takes it down an industrial rabbit hole of terror-core synths, rave sirens and sonic paranoia. across rest of ep, lo shea flexes his sonic diversity with ornithurae offering an intruiging mix of bruising bass, twitchy layer loaded percussion and sinister soundscapes - somewhere between d&b don dillinja circa 96, early claude von stroke, radioactive man and fellow sheffield legend oris jay. dark, soulful and ravey, higher closes things off with a uniquely uk hybrid that traces lines through militant tresor-heyday techno, vintage strictly rhythm diva house and hardcore vibes.
exploring the hidden crevices between the hardcore continuum, muscular house and vintage techno, hugo massien delivers four tracks that crackle with energy and intensity on the ghost note ep - released december 5 on duskys 17 steps.
b.k.r is the techno project of simon baker, presenting four dancefloor fillers on duskys 17 steps. the ep starts with bubble & squeak, a collaboration with jamie jones which is a groovy number flecked with gentle synths. fly is a techno track, where dark and broody tones push through a continuum of crashing percussions. dis is punchy, energetic and bold, and das rounds off the release, with b.k.r skillfully playing with layers of percussion and a serene melody.
uk house & techno heavyweights dusky return to their 17 steps label with the classic house indebted ‘square miso’, picking up swiftly where this summer’s hugely successful ‘cold heart’ ep left off - the lead track an ever present in gerd janson’s summer dj sets.
already recognisable to many from dusky’s festival sets as well as jackmaster’s recent circo loco terrace recording, ‘square miso’ draws on the swing of classic nyc house with soulful, cut-up vocal samples and tightly programmed beats, whilst paying tribute to the ‘90s italian house classics with its distinctive piano melodies - with a dash of shades of rhythm-era uk rave for good measure. as well as the club-ready original, a beat less piano and strings ‘reprise’ is also included.
a darker, detroit-nodding club tool, ‘lf10’ blends heavy-hitting stabs, atmospheric melodic textures and house grooves. an immersive roller, like ‘square miso’ it serves as another example of the duo’s ability to blend different influences into unique hybrids.
with 2017 releases from b.k.r & jamie jones, christian piers, bwana and kiwi, dusky’s 17 steps has become an increasingly prolific outlet of forward thinking house and techno - with support from gerd janson, midland, len faki, maya jane coles, tiga and george fitzgerald among others.
dusky present the latest 17 steps release with the cold heart ep, a four track package that cements their ability to craft a unique range of house and techno soundscapes. having spent last year releasing their outer lp, as well as delivering their second acclaimed essential mix and touring a new live show, the cold heart ep sees the prolific duo return to their roots in textured house and techno with four powerful dj tools. with a nod to vintage new york house through a carefully sourced vocal sample, lead track cold heart is a blissed out, atmospheric house epic that blends crisp percussion, soulful hooks, washing pads and a hypnotic lead organ melody. a favourite from the duos recent dj sets, psychic life coach shuffles with dubby grooves, skippy drums and ethereal vocal cut-ups, before bowed offers a high energy dose of cosmic disco and ravey techno flavours, rounding things off, closing track balfour betty is built around warm, swirling synth textures that meet at the intersection of detroit techno and vintage progressive trance.
one half of laszlo dancehall with leon vynehall, christian piers returns to duskys 17 steps with three tracks of machine driven music aimed at the dancefloor. leading with the heavyweight techno of detachment, the package also includes the dark mechanical rhythms of expanse and drum workout strain, as well as trevinos stripped back dub techno interpretation of detachment.
uk production duo alfie granger-howell and nick harriman aka dusky drop 4 of the finest remixes from their outer album campaign of last year on heavyweight white label vinyl. t. williams cult grime alias dread d alias and livity sound mainstay kowton lend their hand to 2 heavyweight remixes for the wiley collaboration sort it out sharon whilst the talents of bwana and techno don shed take to the buttons on ingrid is a hybri a legendary figure for his formative work on jon e cashs black ops label around 2002 - 2006, dread d has been bubbling back into focus over recent years through a string of strong releases on local action. on his remix, the versatile veteran gives wileys freestyle a bashy, classic london grime refix.
!! 70% xmas deal !!duskys 17 steps present floor to floor. featuring tracks from velvit, trevino, lo shea, hugo massein and alan fitzpatrick, floor to floor compiles 12 tracks that approach the modern house and techno aesthetic with a uk edge. joining the dots between electronica-leaning sounds, melodic house and warm-up grooves to moody techno, looping tech house tools and broken beats, floor to floor represents a snapshot of current uk house and techno sound worlds all heavily road tested in dusky s dj sets. carefully compiled over a 12 month period, each track combines artistic individuality with dancefloor utility. on the second sampler, uk techno powerhouse alan fitzpatrick delivers a nostalgic nosebleed rave banger in a modern style on where haus?, xl signing hugo massein deals in rolling tech nastiness on restart the sun, lo sheas shuffling, sci-fi beats elevate thousand foot waves while moniker take things deeper on moving.
for their first record store day vinyl, duskys 17 steps unveil a much requested club cut from the label bosses themselves in buckets. a dark, murky groover full of heaving basslines, swampy beats and cut-up soul vocals, buckets has been popping up in dusky mixes for a couple of years, earning it cult status amongst their hardcore following and making it a perfect choice for a limited collectors vinyl. it comes backed with a twisted two-step remix from swamp 81s paleman.
having recently played an eight hour set to a sold-out crowd at london’s oval space, the prolific dusky drop a trio of moody club tool tracks on 17 steps as they continue their european autumn/winter tour. a club tool in the most effective sense, lead track ’lydia’ is dark, nagging acid groover that builds and builds throughout its 6 hypnotic minutes. with all the melodic material based around the lydian scale, ‘lydia’ was originally inspired by a bizarre, trippy dream alfie had in which everything was all based on the lydian scale. a homage to classic techno, ‘bitter lake’ is a hard-hitting surge of looping, percussive energy and detroit-nodding rave stabs that build to a hoover-fuelled breakdown release. rounding off the trio, the brilliantly titled and uniquely composed ‘infinite libido’ again explores dusky’s more percussive tendencies and has been a regular feature in their dj sets for the past year.
SKIN DEEP (GLOBAL COMMUNICATION REMIX)(HANDSTAMPED)
12" Vinyl UK11.11.15
tom middleton and mark pritchards 76:14 is one of the 90s most acclaimed electronic albums, while a cast of aliases (reload, jedi knights and more) also orbited the project. their last record came out in 1997, and although there was a live reunion in 2010, the new material we were promised is yet to emerge. pritchards nowhere to be seen on this remix of duskys skin deep (its middleton flying solo), but its still an occasion. according to dusky, we knew we wanted someone special and we knew we wanted someone who would get to the heart of the melodies and textures in the breakdown. tom has totally delivered, creating something that draws on the heritage of the ambient sound, but also feels current and modern.
PARAKEET FEET (HODGE, JEROME HILL REMIXES) (VINYL ONLY)
12" Vinyl UK04.11.15
slated for a vinyl only release, dusky invite hodge and jerome hill to remix the rolling techno of parakeet feet from their recent ordinary world ep. part of the livity sound collective, bristols hodge has been responsible for some of the most fresh and leftfield uk techno excursions in the past year or so. focussing on the originals talk to me sample, hodge drops a dark, twisted techno banger in his unique style. on the flip, underground legend jerome hill cranks out a raw, ravey acid house work out that builds and builds with a dynamic surge of screaming, layered 303s
following releases from label heads dusky and christian piers, 17 steps returns with an awaited label debut from velvit (darren white) that offers both forward-thinking club sounds and leftfield sonics.
17 steps is the new record label from uk act dusky, aka nick harriman and alfie granger-howell. the debut love taking over ep leads with a unique title track that represents duskys hybrid approach to production perfectly. drawing on dark, hypnotic melodies that reference classic jungle vibes, soulful vocal samples, and tough, intricate grooves, love taking over also hits with a gritty percussive edge making for a fresh and distinctly dusky production.