at heist, were always on the prowl for exciting new music and weve seriously found it in the form of new project kassian, the brainchild of joe danvers - mccabe (danvers) and warren cummings (warren xclnce).
alma negra are back on heist! after their much applauded 2017 release with that great soulphiction remix, theyve been rather busy taking over the scene. they started their new label alma negra records where they released 3 eps in quick succession, with new as well as older material that showcases their tropical roots and keen ear for clubby reworks. they launched their live show, doing gigs across europe with a highlight at one of londons more intimate live venues: the jazz cafe. their latest outing making their release count a total of 4 in only 8 months was on marcel vogel’s lumberjacks in hell and explored the more live / rework side of their project. now theyre back on heist with 3 new tracks, supported by an awanto 3 remix. conversation is a track we wanted to put out on heist badly, simply because it’s a beast of a track. it sits somewhere between a live african drum track, percussive techno and moody midwest electronics, with pads and strings coming in and out of play while a relentless kick drum keeps the energy on a haunting level. this track is alma negra at their filthiest, and it feels like they’ve taken a next step from last years dark and heavy luanda dub, bringing it from an intimate dreamy stage straight into the main room. this is the place shows a different side of the house spectrum with the alma’s love for dreamy deep house. the track flows up and down, with soothing rhodes chords, arpeggios and mumbling vocals setting a summery mood thats perfect for your warm up or daytime party. meanwhile, their third original track from the heart goes even deeper and navigates around a smart vocal loop topped with strings, bleeps, claps and rimshots that just keeps going.
LATE NIGHT STUDIO MOVES EP (THE MOLE REMIX)(180 G VINYL)
12" Vinyl D25.06.18
as a dutch label, were proud supporters of the homegrown sounds of guys like nachtbraker, frits wentink and fouk. adding another dutchie to our list of exquisite producers, we present you pitto with his debut on heist recordings. pitto is a musically omnipotent creature, venturing into deep house with the underground hit richklap on wolfskuil back in 2012 and dreamy electronic pop with his album breaking up the static on sonar kollektiv and virgin. he has also moved beyond producing his own music, running studio stekker, a dutch music festival that focused on freeform creative interactions between musicians where the artists performing on the festival locked themselves up a week in advance in kytopia (colin benders synth paradise) to make new music together. through this, hes worked with people like kyteman, matthew johnson, sebastian mullaert and colin de la plante, better known as ‘the mole, who is also present on pittos heist debut with a remix. the ‘late night studio moves ep is one of varied styles, where pittos inspiration from african music, jazzy and soulful samples becomes evident. he finds his ‘funk in repetition, clever sample combinations and combining electronic and live elements in the most organic way. ‘late night studio moves finds its basic groove in an african percussive loop.
incl dl code, detroit swindle present ‘high life, their second studio album due on the 28th may on the duos own heist recordings. the heart of the album was recorded over a three week period at their amsterdam studio in march 2017, and the release will coincide with the fifth anniversary of the label. since forming in 2011, the dutch duo have carved a unique place for themselves in the scene. their sound - which merges references from multiple decades into one smooth aesthetic - quickly rose to popularity for its careful blend of soul and rhythm, taking cues from their passion for obscure records, with influences ranging from house and funk to afrobeat and soul. dynamic live shows and dj sets afford them a packed touring schedule across the globe, whilst their label heist recordings is credited with consistently breaking new artists. the album explores the intersection of live and electronic music, with much of the improvised material left largely untouched to maintain its organic sensibilities. detroit swindle describe the album as an electronic album with a live approach, combining our love for house, ambient and jazzy harmonics, making it a record interesting for the club, as well as a pleasant album to put on at home.
FLAVOURISM EP (LTD. 180 G VINYL, FEAT. PEPE BRADOCK)
12" Vinyl, 180 g+mp3 D23.04.18
vinyl 12inch (180 g vinyl, limited full cover) 1st single of the long awaited new album high life featuring pepe bradock mix + pepes >urgent spookapella<, john barera & will martin boomerang dub, original mix
it’s safe to say this release marks heist’s most international endeavor so far: next up we’ve got alma negra, 4 guys with roots in portugal, cabo verde, italy and spain, hailing from switzerland. they’re putting out an african influenced ep with german detroit afficionado soulphiction involved for a remix. afro lovers will probably know alma negra because of their great work on highlife, sofrito or basic fingers and we’ve been in touch with them for a long time to make this release happen. their 3 originals are a great showcase of their skills, blending traditional african music with contemporary house and techno.
very worthy 180g 2x12? pack - limited and only once per year, immediately sold out in the last years! collectors watch list: the standout tracks of the second year of heist get remixed by the label artists of that year.
for those of you wondering what adesse versions was doing at our heist boiler room this summer in london, the answer is here. the “push it along” ep for heist is adesse versions first appearance on our label and features 4 stunningly raw and warm originals, and an amazing remix by new york’s ambassador of funk: ge-ology, together with multi-instrumentalist marc de clive-lowe on keys. after having released numerous records for jackmaster’s numbers, local talk and toy tonics, we’re happy to welcome adesse versions to the heist family. when he sent us his demo’s we had the tough job to choose the right tracks, cause there were just too many. the selection on the “push it along ep” features what we feel are his purest work up to date. with only a small amount of elements, he manages to create such a big and warm sound, finding a great balance between gritty percussion, rich analog synths and funky sampling work.
THE CIRCULAR CITY EP (MATTHEW HERBERT REMIX)(180 G VINYL)
12" Vinyl, 180 g D03.10.16
detroit swindle cap off a blazing summer as they return home to their own heist recordings and in doing so present a landmark 12inch to add to their blooming catalogue. this is their first addition to the label since the hugely successful in reverse ep and it comes as a package that fans both old and new will relish: a jubilant record melding the most grooveladen strands of disco, funk, soul and house.
they say all good things comes in threes, and with the marking of nachtbrakers 3rd release for heist, we can confirm this universal truth once again. maurits verwoerd comes back to heist with more dancefloor muscle than ever before, and shows us great development of his sound: while keeping his unconventional drum patterns and love for the deeper side of house, he adds some filtered funk flavor along the way.
we have had our eyes on obas nenor for a while and after his disco-meets-detroit affair on mahogani, and some great releases on his newly started own label nenorian music and sol power, were happy to share his work for heist with you.
when we started heist a few years back, our idea was to give a stage to talent in a same way as we have had a helping hand by the labels that have supported us from the beginning. therefore, i’s our pleasure to share this release with you by newcomers ouer, a berlin based duo with only a handful of tracks out so far on their self released debut last year. their approach to producing is very much jam based, and with a compact collection of synths, drum machines and a fair level of distortion, they succeed in creating their own sound with hints of classic electronic music from chicago and detroit. theres a nice mix of energy on the whole ep, the ascent being the most driving track of the package. fans of classics mcde tracks will love show off with its dreamy dx7 style chords and cracking acid lines. move over feels like a jam session that was way too much fun with some lovely solo work on the synths, whereas mess around goes down in similar free-ride style on the synths and again, has some lovely sampling going on. an impressive ep were just all too happy to have on our label. sincerely yours, lars & maarten
listen to this if you like: anything that weve put out last year, wrapped together in a lovely double pack of a 12inch and 10inch. the roundup part 1 is the first part of an annual recurring event: the big heist family remix ep, where all artist names get put in a big bowl, and by luck of the draw, find themselves remixing (and remixed by) another heist artist. weve got max graef remixing detroit swindle and turning the break up into a full on graef-affair.
the first full artist ep of 2018 is one by a new artist for heist, but a familiar name for any modern day house aficionado: adryiano. after taking 2016 off, he came back guns blazing in 2017, releasing 5 solo eps in 1 year on labels like shall not fade and baka gaijin. his me and you and her ep for heist showcases his contemporary view on classic house and acid, and is an experiment into how much distortion a track can actually handle when youve got a killer sample hook. me and you and her is about as classic as a house track can be and moves in similar fashion as his post-2013 hit ‘on my side. its got a sweet and repetitive vocal loop, some semi-grainy but definitely groovy percussion and a deceptively simple piano hook. add some filtering and youve got a lovely warm house song that can go on forever. the a2 move it, move it moves straight into old-school chicago territory, with a raw af acid bassline. chicago bred jamie 3:26, now residing in its dutch counterpart rotterdam, gives the track a nice old school twist. hes going full 707 on the percussion and has casually added an amazing synth hook to give the remix a true vibe of its own. the ep closes off with fashion country girl: adryianos dystopian view of a world where dolly parton gets mangled through an overdrive, then gets distorted, crushed, mangled, deleted, re-added in 8 bit and then crushed some more. the result is an uptempo roller with more than enough grit, and just enough tongue-in-cheek to make everyone smile a little bit more. yours sincerely, maarten & lars.
one of our highlights of last year was nebraskas soften the wireless ep, with disco stomper khans bargain, and an amazing tom noble remix. since then, we’ve seen him take on quite a few live shows again, playing at claire during ade, and concrete for our label showcases. hes also managed to find a bit of time to focus on his fresh (new and cool) edit label friends and relations.
MISSES MADAME MADEMOISELLE EP (SESSION VICTIM RMX)(180 G VINYL)
12" Vinyl, 180gr D11.09.17
across the street from where trouw used to be, lies a nice little hotel. it was in the basement of this hotel, where a curious meeting happened. something so coincidental and so unassumingly trivial, that even the slightest event of randomness could have prevented this from ever happening, yet it did happen and here we are. this curious meeting was the result of an open studio door of nachtbraker, and the hint of disco coming out the door, where dr. san proper just happened to pass by in search of whatever it is he searches for at 10 am on a tuesday.
4 years after the conception of heist recordings with the break up to make up ep by label heads detroit swindle, they deliver their 4th solo record and release no.26 for the label. on the cant hold it ep, the guys showcase their love for lush disco, analogue basslines and leftfield musicians, bringing in nyc native willie burns for a remix that shows you the darkest side of heist yet.
fouk are finally back on heist after their great ‘kill frenzy’ ep in 2014 and have taken mount liberation unlimited along for a remix. we’ve been waiting patiently for new material, challenging the guys to take the signature ‘fouk’ sound to the next level. fouk’s brilliance has been obvious on recent work for their own label outplay and razor ‘n tape, as well as their respective solo projects. we’ve kept a close connection, teaming up whenever possible for heist showcases, with highlights in amsterdam’s “claire” and paris’ “concrete-. seeing their work and enthusiasm made it abundantly clear that it would only be a matter of time before they’d show us what the next step would look -or better yet- sound like. anticipation ran high but boy, do fouk deliver. the excellent ‘with lasers’ ep still very much portrays their own style of loose, live percussion and many layers of funk, but they’ve expanded their vision and even toughened up a bit. their new taste for grit and an interest in the heavier side of funk is probably most evident on the opener ‘f3000′,,,,, where a thunderous arpeggio is supported by distorted drums and lush cosmic synth stabs. title track ‘with lasers’ is more of a classic fouk track, combining a lovely walking disco bassline and their signature drum programming with… erm… lasers. lots of them. the b side ‘see you on the other side’ sets a different pace, carefully blending guitar licks, rhodesy chords and vocal chops into a lovely groove that feels just as carefree and improvised as it feels exciting. swedish synth nerds “mount liberation unlimited” ran with it and transformed it into a dreamy -pepe bradock goes balearic- track where airy echoed guitars take turns with some equally dreamy and evocative pads.
SOFTEN THE WIRELESS EP (TOM NOBLE REMIX) (180G VINYL)
12" Vinyl D09.05.16
with releases on rush hour, mister saturday night and delusions of grandeur, nebraska is a man who needs little introduction. here, he delivers and amazing ep for heist, showcasing his talent for finding those catchy, but hard to pin-down samples. the soften the wireless ep navigates nicely between disco and house with 4 originals and an amazing tom noble remix. khans bargain will be the go to track the more disco minded listeners out there, with a catchy-as-hell synth line that you wish youd made up yourself. the remix, courtesy of nycs finest disco selector tom noble, goes on a clubbier path, turning the silky smooth original into a distorted house jam full of delays and filtered drums. the b-side sees nebraska turning towards the housier side of things himself, with the blues as a perfect example of minimalistic house. here, he uses only a small amount of elements to create an intoxicating and intense groove. it wont be long breezes through with a lighthearted arpeggio and some lovely dreamy vocals to set a more emotional vibe. ep closing track (digi only) varkala is somewhat of a special track, being dug up from an old hard disc and remastered for your listening pleasure. sincerely yours, lars & maarten
2016 repress, without artwork cover
the town of sligo might not mean a whole lot to you, but after this release, youll know that it has brought forth 2 of the funkiest irish guys youve ever seen. their release on heist comes after their chart topping release on their own label splendor & squalor, its is filled with jazzy chords, lovely loose percussion and well found soul samples. parish rumors will fill your peak time needs, ghetto and hotshot have a nice low-slung vibe and come with enough low end and swing to get even the stiffest of hips swinging.
2016 repress, without artwork cover
heist kicks off the new year with the first ep of detroit swindle since they put out their album boxed out back in march 14. the punch drunk ep is the result of a series of jam sessions in their studio, experimenting with their ever growing studio setup.
after a killer 2015 for heist that brought with it 12inches from (a.o.) brame & hamo, fouk and new recruit m.ono, and a great frits wentink release to kick off 2016, were happy to bring you this bright and vibrant package courtesy of..ourselves. 2015 has been such an amazing and busy year for us, with loads of work on a new version of our live show with a new detroit swindle member on the keys well as countless other shows and records on heist and freerange). pressing on 180 gram vinyl.
as far as defying conventions goes, frits is on a whole new level of realness. with his new label bobby donny, hes putting out leftfield electronic music with a big f.y. attitude and hes not too shy to tell you why the current state of the house scene is so utterly boring to him.
the round up part 2 marks the end of the 2nd year of heist recordings and stays true to its original format: put the names of your releasing artists together in a bowl, and let the luck of the draw decide who gets to remix who. the result is this amazing 12? + 10? heavyweight vinyl combo. the vinyl comes in an inside out sleeve with handmade special artwork by baster. sincerely yours, lars & maarten
limited! full cover 180 gr. vinyl.
this record is the most important promo tool of leipzigs own m.ono in his grand scheme to conquer the world with his supersecret cocktail named, die volle schnauze. all flavours and 17 secret ingredients of this wonderful drink come together in the 4 tracks of this ep. so if youre digging the forward groove and jumping keys of volle schnauze, the shit-is-the-sun-already-coming-up? vibe of perle, the dancing arps of delaware state route and the freaked out acid of pegasus 83, youll surely like the cocktail. whatevers the hells in it. sincerely yours, lars & maarten vital sales points: - m.ono got instant underground love for his first artist ep on his own rose records when move d. destroyed the boiler room playing * holding back california*. - m.ono produces some amazing tunes together with label co-owner luvless. - full cover with 180 gr. vinyl.
limited edition 180 gram vinyl in full cover! nachtbraker is back on heist after his 2013 gute laune ep with another set of his dreamy laid back sound filled with lovely textures, rolling synths and always interesting and evolving arrangements
listen to this if you like max graef, boo williams or anything on chiwax, atjazz, detroit swindle or fantastic man. were really happy to get andy on heist after his successful collab with his buddy max graef on the jungle ep back in 2013. he delivers a great 4-track ep that ranges from the synth-arp love affair of ‘the same for me, to the heavily sampled disco jam ‘epsilon girls. check out ‘hermano and ‘merkin for a dreamy old school chicago vibe, both done with a great sense of history and an added touch andys modern production and sampling skills. sincerely yours, lars & maarten
its not easy making jams that really work the crowd just as well in bristol as in berlin. nor any other city for that matter. its those crossover artists that really stand out for us with tunes that do so much more than just ride the wave of whats hot. enter the organ grinder and his sick 3track ep for heist.
the album explores the intersection of live and electronic music, with much of the improvised material left largely untouched to maintain its organic sensibilities. detroit swindle describe the album as an electronic album with a live approach, combining our love for house, ambient and jazzy harmonics, making it a record interesting for the club, as well as a pleasant album to put on at home.