paramidas love on the rocks imprint readies its eighteenth release, in this, the year of our lord, 2018 - the latest instalment on the ever-evolving, hard-to-define label is a decidedly non-dancefloor oriented, melancholic/euphoric instrumental number from promising lon-don/lisbon producers elles & violet.
bunkr enslave dust-coated synthesizers, dilapidated drum machines and rusty fx boxes to craft 4/4 tunes for their impatient overlords. their vision is clear they will make techno, they will make house, they will make electronica, and you will listen and dance. its not yet clear if bunkr is the work of one frenzied human or many lazy individuals but we do know one thing - the ringleader is one james dean, who previously released as lost idol on labels such as pork recordings, nature, final frontier and cookshop. following a prolonged spell of writing music at slow tempos, dean initiated bunkr as a reactionary desire to speed things up. too much time had been spent just sitting around - it was time to stop sitting and start dancing. true to their vision, here we have cloud chaser, a bubbling jam backed with a huge remix from shan, who flips the mix with dramatic strings, sprinkles of magic dust and massive amen breaks. no less impressive is junos revenge, a track youd turn up on your headphones while taking a nice afternoon stroll on the moon, on a sunny morning after a long interplanetary rave. igor tipura delivers the rework, complete with a marching percussion workout and acid chemtrails that will send you right back to 1993.
totes preesh make tracks for your ears. sean marquand and patrick wood of new york city have created these sounds for you and your friends and tooled them to perfection, for your pleasure. whether youre at home, or in the club, or driving around in your car, looking for drugs, you can count on these guys to soundtrack your day correctly. they were featured on 2015s mangiami - la compilation on golf channel recordings, but this is their first 12inch. they are here to make you bump to a cosmic sound that is sexy and pristine, and yet, also feels exactly like two buffalo boys going round the outside, round the outside. double a-side alert. first up head shop boys, a kicky, kinky, neon affair, perfect for late-night debauchery on the flip, haole is a straight up trip with some serious old school new york flavour, and will undoubtedly prove to be the worlds first crossover drive-time club banger.
das komplex, aka marcin £ukaszewicz aka. what is this guys name? whoever he is, he is fucking slow. but word on the street is, he is super happy, to be slow, and to make records, and build ships, or whatever it is that he does, when hes not answering our emails. rumour has it, that henry is the man who built the ostbahnhof - with his own bare hands. before that he was making music. for twenty carefree, happy-go-lucky years. recently, he started releasing some of it, much to his surprise, on nice, family-themed labels such as young adults and father & son. this is his first offering for love on the rocks. its sublime, its soft, and it wants you to fall in love, at night, back in the days, under the electric light of your favourite dancefloor, with two major jams on the a-side, and a consciousness-altering, life-changing, dance floor destroying, 13-minute disco trip on the other. music to microdose to.
elliott thomas, aka etbonz, portlands prodigal son, touches down for the first time on loveon the rocks with my kinda future. etbonz, the lovechild of buckaroo banzai and thetalented ellen ripley, utilises the latest krystalvision technology over this eleven and a half minute opus to bring you to the edge of a future where maybe, just maybe, arnold didnt kill the predator.. where some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favourite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if you paid your dues. where you cant even get to the chopper, because kurt russell is in the cockpit with a head full of acid, wearing a hat made of drum machines. should we check it out? or just check into a psycho ward? whichever comes first, huh? its a kinda future that leaves you asking yourself, if i am not me, then who the hell am i? am i prins thomas? what is a diskomiks? you ever fuck a mutant? tall guy, weird clothes. first you see him, then you dont. the best mindfuck ever!
detroit enigma sharif laffrey makes a return to paramidas berlin-based love on the rocks imprint with pony ep. the two track ep marks his second release with the label (following key jam (a.c.i.d.) and his third release in three years - something of a roll for laffrey who typically allows years to pass between each outing.over 9 minutes of what sounds like nineties 4/4 indian acid-house bass music - in the best way. surprising vocals & a healthy 3 minute lead in. b-side: pony roger’ if the pony you were riding on the a-side was galloping through a grassy meadow - this pony heads into a dark cave. if the a-side is the never ending story then the b-side is the dark crystal. but with prince instead of bowie. sharif laffrey has been playing records and making music for 20 long hard years. born in detroit, michigan - hes worked on the line checking camshafts for chryslers & at submerge for mike banks - at the same time. he toured asia with juan atkins and once had to chase a grown man through the streets at night, who had crawled into his living room through an open window. an active member in detroits early rave scene, sharif remembers booking all foreign gigs with something he calls a fax machine.
in late 2017, thomas gandey and danny mclewin - known from the popular disco-influenced electronic music collective psychemagik - emerged from their studio in bordeaux, france, claiming to have produced an extended musical arrangement, both entitled, and containing the sounds of, the shakuhachi. furthermore, they insisted, for the purposes of this production, and a further album of related arrangements to be released subsequently in conjunction with the successful german record label kompakt, they should be referred to henceforth as ghost vision. shortly thereafter, the audio recordings described by gandey and mclewin came into the possession of noted los angeles degenerate, dj and nymphomaniac citation needed dirty dave, who was quick to relay the hallucinatory qualities of the duo’s productions to fellow dj and trusted hallucinogenic expert paramida, of esteemed german musical imprint love on the rocks. paramida, recognising the innate quality of the sounds presented to her, decided that such recordings warranted immediate release through her audio distribution channel, and not without remixes. quite without thinking of the origins of the instrument which had given the recording its particular sonic distinguishment, and of course, its title, she enlisted the help of two musicians named alex - one from tokyo, and one from kyoto. both alex from tokyo - teaming up with his colleagues isao kumano & kenichi takagi as tokyo black star, known for their prior releases on popular german label innervisions - and his counterpart, alex from kyoto, better known as al kassian, rising tamagotchi on paramidas love on the rocks imprint, and his own label, planet sundae - turned in striking reinterpretations of gandey and mclewin’s composition.
omer joins the love on the rocks family with a massive underground smash, the not-so-well-kept secret rework thats been doing the rounds recently among a handful of trusted djs, inducing hands-in-the-air hysteria and clocking up more than a few plays in clubs from robert johnson to panorama bar. finally it lands here as the title track of the ep, perfectly tooled for any poolside dance party. phew! finding just enough room for another huge jam to share the same side, omer moves effortlessly into his trademark late night melancholic trip territory with high hopes, leading in with snapping percussion before giving way to a fierce bassline, swirling layers of melody and synths that resonate with warmth and emotion. rounding out the proceedings, back and forth pulses with electric energy from the word go, quickly pulling you into its distinctly neon after-dark atmospherics, with a forboding hook that twists around itself amid spiralling tension, and on into euphoria. you and me to the party, you and me all night. you and me to the party,you and me all night.
occasionally, a record — or sometimes even a dj — simply falls out of the sky, like so many unexplained showers of fish, or midnight deliveries of frozen piss from passing jumbo jets. and so it was when dj steve first came to our attention in 2011 via tim sweeney, who discovered him quite by chance djing in the italian seaside town of tropea.
paramida proudly presents tehran bomb - the first in the new edit series from love on the rocks. this ep represents the first outing for label boss paramida on her own love on the rocks imprint since its debut ep from massimiliano pagliara in 2014. two edits bound to induce air raid sirens and international sanctions from isfahan to tel aviv, a-side beyond katovl channels peak time hi-nrg tension and proto-trance euphoria to send early-morning chills down the spines of unwitting ravers and u.n. delegates alike. b-side ms. bombastic takes the long way home, luring unsuspecting bystanders into a hypnodelic desert march to the outer rims of the after hours, proceeding through the neukölln sahara with a heavy-driving bassline on a seven-minute journey to a hitherto-unknown spiritual oasis. supported by camel herders and snake charmers from here to ahvaz. b-o-o-m.
1 sided + large gravure on other side. love on the rocks is very excited to present sharif laffrey’s key jam (a.c.i.d.). his first release since the sleeper hit turn it up was released on discos capablanca over two years ago. key jam (a.c.i.d.) is the treasure + the mystery. laffrey’s signature raw edit style is in full effect on this 9-minute proto-dance heater. sharif laffrey has been playing records and making music for 20 long hard years. born in detroit, michigan - he’s worked on the line checking camshafts for chryslers & at submerge for mike banks - at the same time. he toured asia with juan atkins and once had to chase a grown man through the streets at night, who had crawled into his living room through a open window. an active member in detroit’s early rave scene, sharif remembers booking all foreign gigs with a fax machine - and would still do it that way, if anybody else had them anymore. he drove a black trans-am from 1990 to 1995. acid, tons of random stuff, tough, sexy, lovely, slow. freak mode. he is dealing with the fame. more to come.
for the 7th release on love on the rocks, we welcome the mexican duo zombies in miami for a three track ep titled snake language. the title track is a raw an haunting drum heavy number. on the flip comes calo with its twisting riffs that wind and turn alongside percussive interludes. yamo changes the pace but is no less impressive with climactic flutes and a driving bass line. with this ep, the zombies in miami are literally on fire!
a summer on the rocks is truly a summer of love. from the light blue sea of indonesia comes jakarta-based jonathan kusuma to redefine the label standards on love on the rocks. highly celebrated for his releases on im a cliché earlier this year, kusuma continues his streak with yet another double a side. buzzing oceancool pads bump into a catchy piano roll on steins way, which is the perfect openair main stage filler on a sunday afternoon. on the flip comes the game changing underpass to celebrate the gathering of a horde of down-tripped mushroom infected goblins in java. the moon looks bigger from the other side.
bucharests own khidja have been an active part in the local nightclub scene over the past years. after first appearing as co-compilers of the romanian jazz lp for sonar kollektiv, it was finally a remix for baris k on emotional especial in late 2013 which put the duo on the want list of many tasteful djs around the world. the time was just perfect to appear with oriental soundscapes having been the most sought-after spice in dance music during that summer period
love on the rocks is back again for the second time in as many months, this time with a true summer release. with eps for sex tags ufo and running back causing a huge stir, telephones goes even fur- ther, offering the beautiful meditiranian house anthem that is lotusland and comes backed with remixes from discodromo and gatto fritto no less. up and coming is definitely a term that can be applied to norways telephones
love on the rocks returns to the floor, with their second ep in what will prove to be an exciting summer of releases. following the success of the massimiliano pagliara produced debut, lotr presents the world premiere of ess o ess - a new venture from london based producers jamie blanco and chris stoker.
paramida, the hostess and dj behind salon zur wilden renates renowned paradisco parties, launches her new label love on the rocks with a classic time-bender, which takes us once more on a night trip beyond the deepest galaxies, courtesy of fellow paradisco resident massimiliano pagliara