las finest peaking lights give bart davenport a dubby synth makeover with a california sunset flavour. after releasing his physical world album on vinyl and cd with us earlier this year, on cassette with the über everything burger records, and subsequently premiering it on pitchfork, bart davenport officially became the king of cool. surely you can t get much hipper than that? the thing is, you can. because lo and behold, we have a remix of el bartos *girl gotta way* by none other than peaking lights. on 10 inch vinyl. with a stick-on beard tucked in the sleeve. okay, no beard. but the other stuff is true. without losing any of the melancholy of the original, our la friends come up with a balearic-via-west coast affair, replacing some of the nostalgic sounding guitars with equally longing keyboards and gorgeous synth lines, invoking the sounds of ryuichi sakamotos *beauty*. score!
barcelonas marc piñol and clip! add some extra oomph to two of the songs taken from pajaro sunrise equally brilliant and hard-to-pronnounce kulturkatzenjammer album.
one of the key tracks on pajaro sunrise latest studio album kulturkatzenjammer, the happy-sad *long forgotten flowers*, gets a hypnotic house treatment from hivern veteran marc piñol. the melancholy disappears to make way for a more hedonistic sound, more than doubling the songs length in the process.
more dance floor action comes from up and coming rbma alumnus clip!, who reshapes the introverted *good to see you* into a straight-up piano house monster.
as if that werent enough, these fine remixes are accompanied by the rather eerie non-album track *guess things happen that way*, a cover of the cowboy jack clement-penned 1958 johnny cash hit. yuri méndez, jr. at his darkest.
stevie kotey and london songstress angie-may hooked up for a fabulous piece of cosmic house, plus top notch remixes by idjut boys, kresy and fabrizio mammarella. stevie kotey, the man who reinvents himself faster than his shadow, and london songstress angie-may hooked up for this fabulous piece of house called capricorn man.
of banks and gangsters - that basically sums up recent spanish history and also the new strand ep called *bankstaz paradise*. accompanied by the banksters and the financial horns, strand also has shuane singing on one of the songs and there is a remix by om unit which is seriously awesome. in addition to fact magazine, it has already been featured on dazed & confused, dj mag, earmilk, playground and dj shadow has said that it rules.
three slices of lush from russia with love. the original track, described by mixmag as *a cross between phoenix and empire of the sun*, gets heavy treatment from swiss future classic and kitsuné,,,,, heroes pharao black magic, who delivers a pounding yet hypnotic, bass-heavy mid-tempo tune. lovemonk darlings space ranger keep it equally hypnotic, but bring back the speed and embed the melancholic vocals in some uplifting, moving yet club-banging sounds.
the weird house music composers from brazil strike again with four slices of spaced-out dance floor sounds. psychedelic is just one of the adjectives that come to mind when hearing brazilian duo colors sound system. on their first single for lovemonk, sao paolo brothers jota wagner and wander a, who call themselves weird house music composers, continue on the path to a higher state of consciousness with four slices of mind-altering disco and house splashed with spacemen 3-like vocals and seventies prog guitars and organs. just listen to the almost eleven minutes of *ar* if you dont believe. or *1974*. or *poeira lunar*, for that matter. the beatless title track is the only one staying under the seven-minute limit, and it is also the last track on the ep, like a much-needed comedown. space is the place, as the great sun ra said.
dead capo is a quartet that fluctuates between the classic sounds of jazz, the attitude of rock and the trepidation of surf. all of this seasoned with the cinema sounds of rota or morricone.
it has been 10 years since their debut lp, díscolo (pueblo records, 2002), made waves with the national critics. their new album is once again surprising and the band sounds as fresh as when they started their journey at the end of the 90s. sale (lovemonk, 2012) combines an extraordinary energy with passages of meticulous precision and goes from wild to calm in a way that is both unexpected yet natural. thelonius monk, cartoons, cinematic landscapes, rocks past, africa, surf and the ballad come together in an album as great as it is as unpredictable.
a delicious six-tracker from our man from a.n.t.w.e.r.p. featuring remixes from fulgeance, cubic animal and joash and even a smashing house tune by the man himself. tall glass of water kbonus takes it slow this time with >dance baby dance<, a ridiculously groovy slow jam featuring vocals by jtothec, destined to get things shaking around the barbie at garden parties around the globe this summer. fellow antwerp producer cubic animal keeps the tempo but adds some funky abstraction, while french beatmaker fulgeance cuts some minutes, toughens up the beat and throws in some arcade game sounds. british compost darling joash then jazzes up the tune with some fine drumming and double bass. bonus track >strength< is a mean house stomper for the wee small hours of the morning. now thats what we call a six-pack.
the fact that they are the hottest band in the buzzing spanish independent music scene in itself may not be enough to stop the presses, nor are all the comparisions to the black keys or the band citing motorhead as their main influence. its hard to break into the crowded new band scene, but let us give you a piece of advice before deciding who should stop the presses - just sit and listen to the album first.
a text like this usually tries to say how great the group is and how new and fresh their songs are. in this case, we are going to try to save time and space, and just talk about the right ons.
three folky tracks burned beyond recognition by three absolute masters of the beats: damian schwartz, mweslee and charles trees. brought to you on a very limited transparent vinyl. and theres some auto-tune on there, too!
barcelona is hip, barcelona is beautiful, barcelona is funky. if you dont believe us, check out these fantastic tracks by cardova. on one hand there is the speedy >baccarra<, the ideal soundtrack to your anxious search for the last tickets for the footy, with a nice little nod to the fab four. and then there is that doo-woppy and soulful cover of, err, omds >enola gaye<. now this is what we call calite!
incarnations are back with an overwhelming 12 inch, just in time for the summer. remix action comes from ilya santana and his trademark spacediscopop, wareika bringing the deepness and rayko offering a shot of synth-driven discoid eighties. >meet me at midnight< is an exquisite hand-crafted pop piece, where you can clearly hear echoes of america (the band, not the continent), among many other things. it has summer written all over it and allow us to say that is the kind of song that makes you a better person.
ilya santana takes the original and drives it deep into space, without losing its amazing pop feel. wareika take over >make you mine< and bring it deeper than deep, close to maurizio, in a superb remix. and last but not least, madrids own edit maestro rayko shows us his powerful approach to the song getting the most out of his synth collection!
super limited 12 inch in screen printed sleeve with bing ji ling and barck+prommer remixes ... limited to just 300 copies, pressed on delicious 180 gram vinyl and presented in a silk-screen printed sleeve, >make you mine< is quite the 12 inch to get your hands on this autumn! the opening track of incarnations forthcoming debut album >with all due respect< is a sundrenched balearic bomb if ever there was one. handsome threesome daniel collas, quinn luke (akabing ji ling) and bart davenport soaked up all the good vibes of the tarifa studio on the south-coast of spain, just in front of africa, where the mediterranean sea and the atlantic ocean meet, and transformed them into little over three-and-a-half minutes of pure loving goodness, reminiscent of the 70s west coast sounds among many other things. on remix duties we have christian prommer and alex >jazzanova< barck taking the track into the late night territory with an epic deep-house stormer, while bing ji ling makes those lazy sofa surfers get up and boogie while the sun is setting with a strong ny flavour.
a glorious live disco workout harking back to the spirit of new yorks heyday when love and inclusivity ruled the dancefloor. featuring additional remix by rahaan. you need this in your life! you know that feeling when you hear a killer melody and it just sticks in your head and makes you wanna dance? call it disco, call it what you want, this song is packed with soul, emotion and a righteous hook, boasting a stunning vocal performance from us singer angela gooden and comes armed with heavy percussion, funky bass, and some serious rhodes. as part of a three track vinyl package on madrid label lovemonk, new york/madrid dj, producer and vinyl vendor oli stewart, better known as casbah 73, goes back-to-boogie-basics on the lead track, along with a b side re-fix by chicago s don of the disco edit, dj rahaan, and a full-on percussion jam instrumental cut. love saves the day is a joyous tribute to open-minded and inclusive clubs past and present with a sly nod to the seminal new york institutions like the loft and the paradise garage. but this record isn t some banal exercise in faithful reproduction, rather a exhuberant slice of soul-disco that reignites the spirit of these underground nightclubs, lofts and warehouses. casbah 73 has handpicked key musicians from around the globe and threaded all these together for a smack-you-on-the-lips belter, reverberating with positivity love really is the message. rahaan s on-the-spot offer to remix love saves the day came about after a chance meeting with casbah 73 in madrid. a couple of days were spent checking out records and drinking wine oli is one of europe s leading disco, soul and jazz vinyl dealers when he played rahaan an early demo. the rest, as they say, is history
nice price deal !!! gecko turners fab >gone down south< albums just keeps on giving. new house-with-soul hero ezel and french dub sorcerer blundetto deliver two rather splendid remixes for the deep house and dubbed soul beats heads. ezel, the dominican house wonder boy, emphasises the prince-esque qualities of the funky >when i woke up< and adds some cosmic synth stabs and amazing house beats to it in the process. in the meantime the afro caribbean vibes of the wonderful >amame, mimame<, a track that has gecko turner written all over, gets an equally laidback, dubby work-over by blundetto, a fantastic remix perfect for your lazing on a sunny afternoon in the summertime.
golden age hip-hop by a multi-talented spanish beatmaker, a french singer and three us mcs. the multi-talented alex rocks is back with his debut album rise n shine! after his 7 inch get em up featuring replife, the madrid dj, musician and beatsmith hooked up with french singer jessica fitoussi and us based rappers sleep sinatra, junclassic, and jack jones. he carefully selected the tracks he felt would sit well with each artist, and they did not disappoint. from the pharcyde-evoking title track to the raw soul on moonlight creedence, the rugged vibe of my time and the fiery all in your mind the heart-made beats are the perfect backdrop for the socially conscious and intelligent lyrics provided by his collaborators.
gecko turner s fourth album, that place by the thing with the cool name is a marvelous journey. a globetrotter lifestyle and the opportunity to share experiences with musicians from remote places are the reason for the exuberant worldliness of this album. first signed to quango, gecko turner released guapapasea
kulturkatzenjammer is the new album from pajaro sunrise, the musical project led by yuri méndez jr. yuri wrote, played, arranged, sang, mixed and produced everything except the drums on a couple of songs. the production on this album is less classic and more contemporary than earlier pajaro sunrise albums, which were praised by uncut, q and monocle among many others. the sound has moved away from the american folk of his previous work and come closer to electronica, which sometimes adds emphasis, and sometimes completely leads the show. however, what hasnt changed is the quality of the songwriting. whether ensconced in electronic sounds or stark and naked, yuris songs are brilliant, moving, brimming with emotion and this, without a doubt, is the pajaro sunrise signature.
the 180 gram vinyl lp comes with a cd-copy of the full album.
space ranger are back on lovemonk. after a highly praised debut album, what about the magnetic fields?, the stuttgart gang delivers a new single, push button bang. they have joined forces with la based good night keaton on vocals to deliver a breezy, everlasting-summer anthem. sun-soaked grooves and roads leading to dance parties on the beach flow into the atmosphere when this is playing. aaron shanahan is the man behind good night keaton and he happens to be miami horrors drummer.
two grandiose remixes accompany the original. the legendary jori hulkkonen applies his wisdom to deliver one of his signature, class aa remixes, while up and coming spanish producer kresy, fresh from a wicked release on hivern, delivers a remix that will leave a certain smile on your face for a while. rounding off the single, space ranger step on it and go straight for the dance floor with intenzo, an immense italo-influenced house track.
after his previous dancefloor corkers on lovemonk and kat records, casbah 73 returns to the fray with four more servings of deep & funky boogie-house.
casbah 73 has had a busy year, whether it is delivering intense detroit-influenced jams & twisted house originals or releasing some essential edits, stripping and rebuilding those disco & jazz bombs for dancefloor duties to great effect. his joints have been supported by names you can trust like gilles peterson, jazzanova, danny krivit or belle and sebastians chris geddes.
if there were any hipster band with actual musical education, better drugs, good taste and, well, a mind of their own, they just might sound a little bit like ginferno. experimental. arty. eclectic. danceable. adjectives, innit? boring clichés, and they have all been used at some point to describe the sound of ginferno. but what can you do? ginfernos sound is ginfernal.
nice price deal !!! for almost a decade now, lovemonk has been releasing classy music and this new 12 inch is no exception. damian schwartz – who has previously released on the likes of oslo, apnea, bass culture and hypercolour as well as running his own a harmless deed imprint featuring producers like marcos cabral and dj f - presents a new two track ep that continues in that good tradition.
pyramid blues brilliant full-length album debut is a collection of ethio-flavoured jazz numbers in sweet balance with latin and cuban grooves, afrobeat echoes and avant-funk vibrations. all of this with the psychedelic astral sound of the pyramid.
the pyramid has a secret inside that only the lucky few are privileged enough to enjoy. oscar martos and his henchmen have deciphered the coordinates of the roots of african music, hiding rough diamonds and priceless treasures. black music is a tree with many branches, and blue pyramid explores its roots, bringing them to us with respect and loyalty.
slowly building, soul-soothing, and disco-fuelled house with a nod to both the great masters from chicago and the new electronic breed. lisbon producer and lux resident ramboiage likes to take it slow to take things further. >del fuego< kicks off modestly with a simple beat and some light percussion, creating and eerie mood. but then some tasty, disco-fuelled heavy house kicks in, and the tune starts to roll unstoppable, riding on a horn hook. funky like a train, as the mighty equals would say. spanish om records darling al velilla steps up the pace a little bit and lets the original float over some tasty discohouse beats and eighties-flavoured synths.
after debuting with the shiny pop gem that was >china es otra cultura< in 2009, and on the back of the remix ep >fabuloso san jose< (with contributions by nite jewel, part time and ruby suns), madrid based songstress ana naranjo, better known as linda mirada, is back with >con mi tiempo y el progreso<. once again, the album sees a young woman paying a heartfelt tribute to all things pop, especially that of the eighties kind, putting even more emphasis on the synth sounds of jan hammer, the feel of the soundtracks of films like >after hours<, and the string of spanish artists that popped up like mushrooms during that decade, so defining for spanish music culture. all that, while at the same time unafraid to speak out her admiration for bands like fleetwood mac, talking heads and new music.
free mp3 download-code for the whole album included.
deep house mestro nacho marco joins forces with sais and fabiani and together they are dropping a balearic house stormer (with a certain jan hammer influence). although they keep the things simple the track relentlessly grows during its whole length to full effect. ooft! is on the remix duties. he speeds up the track, so the purist can call it house without suffering, and he does a great job while doing it, taking the whole thing into deeper territories.
all that on a very limited 12 inch with screen-printed artwork and download coupon. with amazing silk screened artwork by graphic genius pepe medina. includes code for free mp3 download of this release.
casbah73 is back with this wicked eccentric house 12 inch. >i m feeling lucky< is a deep and intense detroit-influenced vocal house jam. a take on the classic muzic box spirit, this one s got that anthemic feel about it and has classic written all over it. over on the flip side >i am the main bitch< keeps the party going. it is a polyrhythmic groovy house number that hits all the right keys to move the dancefloor. also included is a remix of this track, aptly named >in the middle east<, which adds an erm ... middle eastern flavour to the whole thing: a bit psychedelic, yet effective. all that, on a very limited 12 inch with screen-printed artwork and download coupon. with amazing artwork by graphic genius pepe medina.
from valencia to detroit, from detroit to new york via bristol and from there to johannesburg – daniel kyo connects the dots on this gorgeous slice of disco-house meets urban beats. all that, on a very limited 12 inch with screen-printed artwork. young valencia based producer daniel kyo delivers his first single on lovemonk.
code for free mp3-download of this ep included.
space ranger is back on patrol. moving house and a peaktime affair plus a couple of remixes coming from moscow and barcelona. this is a hell of a 12 inch! another set of remixes (the last one) off of their stunning debut album >what about the magnetic fields?<. this time its moscovians lipelis & simple symmetry from the super hip pompeya who team up for an el debarge-style cosmic funk-pop affair, while barcelona resident barbena takes things the deep-house way. you also get the original and house monster >music< in the package. it doesnt get much better than this.
incarnations strike again with a fine batch of reworks of tracks off of the mesmerising >with all due respect< album. for starters, lexx turns love ballad >let love find you< into a haunting balearic jan hammered beauty, keeping bing ji lings vocals and adding some nyabinghi drumming and spectral synths. space ranger then take the uplifting >hindi ko alam< to jacking disco territory while sprinkling their cosmic dust all over it, and kare frisvold & rune lindbaek manage to transform the contemplative >sunset on punta paloma< into a psychedelic dancefloor affair.
as pete isaac from jelly jazz said, makala does tasty club rocking tunes that fuse old school rumba, salsa, reggae, swing and mambo with breakbeats and chugging 4 to tha floor beats. remix action here from our friends and heroes dusty and dubben. both delivering amazing takes on the originals. watch out for makalas new album, coming soon!
two cover versions taken from the essential album gitano real. >i believe in miracles< is an overwhelming take on the jackson sisters classic in a rumba funk fashion. party stomper! and on the other side, a longer trip departing from mcfadden and whiteheads seminal >aint non stoping us now< and touching the revered latin disco version of charanga 76, only to end up as a fabulous clap-driven rumba stormer. two very necessary sun-soaked tunes for any self-respecting dj on neat black vinyl. and yes, its a limited edition!
this is the third single taken from boohgaloo zoos devastatingly good self-titled debut album. >i got< is a relentless disco groover while >come to this< is a slow-mo exotica house bomb (whatever that may mean) with some hints of exotica. two fat and funky joints. this time, the remixes are courtesy of mugwump and aardvark. mugwump takes the original and turns it into an electrifying discoid tour de force. aardvark does his thing, which lately means taking a song, and giving it an electronic shock treatment. those who like forward thinking electronic music will go bananas for this one. post >nameyourfavourite<?
with the >chocolate bar ep< recently out on grande buffo records, space ranger are now firing up for the release of their debut album on lovemonk, set for early 2011. featuring captn k on vocals, the german outfit get the perfect mix of house and disco on this >nightmoves<, with ace remixes by brighton boogie banger blacklodge and madrids rising star pional.
>testify< is the second single taken from boohgaloo zoos stunning self-titled debut album. u-gene goes all out on the vocals while the bassline and synth stabs are clearly in the business of tearing roofs off suckers. heavy 21st century funk! the remixes make sure that those who like to shake their behinds to something more up-tempo get with the program as well - soulphiction goes to work on the track not once but twice in a full-on boogie mix and one that is more on the minimal side, while hot chips joe goddard takes it to very late night club territories.
space ranger comes from the stars. the trio based in stuttgart have a wide experience and an unlimited love for music. in their previous disguises they have done remixes for the likes of kool & the gang, sugababes and kurtis blow, but now they are absolutely focused on this new project. space is the place. he three members their dj careers in late 80s / early 90s and they are strongly influenced by the deep club sound of those days. combining sophisticated production skills, a huge range of analogue equipment and a long-term experience of what works on dance floors around the world they know how to move the crowds. by accessing to samples taken from a huge collection of old-school dance, disco and soul records they are creating the distinctive and sophisticated house and disco sound of today
a slab of latin-tinged breakbeat coolness from the surferest dude on the spanish underground scene. try not to move that behind when the man from zarautz starts doing his thing, we dare you! the b-side is a quite aptly titled tune which combines a cab callowayesque ditty with a tasty hip-hop beat, thus spreading the buen rollo as they say in spain. mr. scruff, anyone?
soothing acoustic guitars, a simple but effective beat and bing ji ling singing about the joys of being home. it doesn t always have to be complicated, you know. home comes with remixes by some of the finest people in club land: jÚr¶me caron a.k.a. blackjoy gives the track an uptempo disco feel adding a superfunky guitar lick and killer bassline, tokyo black star speed it up only slightly on a deep house tip, creating that typical vibe only innervisions artists can, and new york s phenomenal handclap band turn on their moroder-style synths and take the track to the dark side of the moon, only to bring it back to the club just in time for some last minute dancefloor action.
nice price deal !!! soul vigilantes is a worldwide modern soul project led by spanish composer, arranger and producer jose jas alvarez. with collaborations from all around the globe, jas has prepared a varied album touching on many collateral genres. also look out for the album which will soon be released in europe, after its initial release in spain and japan
this is the second instalment in a selection of electronic re rubs of some of the main lovemonksters. stripped down for some atmospheric dance floor dub action by swiss techsoul lover alex attias, german production team dublex inc and garcynoise, hailing from barcelona.
wagon cookin joined xan blacq in salvador de bahia where they recorded this sultry piece of nusoul called the week the weekend.later xan blacq did it again at his london studio in an uptempo style, rerecording everything. result is a great piece of contemporary soul made with the heart to move the feet. original has the distinctive wagster jazz touch, but this time with and slightly electronic feel. flip the side and you will find a broken beat remix of the original brink on dreams included in their amazing last album. electronic but yet jazzy broken production that will rock the place!
los fulanos sind eines der besten dinge die barcelona zu bieten hat. ihre konzerte sind wie eine wilde party, wo afro-latin rhythms mit tausend anderen dingen zusammen kommen, vor allem soul, boogaloo, funk, disco, cuban rhythms, bolero. die los fulanos waren übrigens die studioband bei den aufnahmen des letzten albums für den legendären joe bataan.
yuri mendez jr. has an amazing gift for composing good songs. he arranges them and records them brilliantly, and then groups them together on an album in an unpredictable yet cohesive way (his last album had 22 tracks. this one only has 8). uri méndez jr. is a true artisan in the best sense of the word. this is pajaro sunrises third album, and although the essentials haven’t changed (good songs, great songs), the rest has certainly evolved. yuris voice sounds more and more emphatic, and with an extensive register full of nuances, he sings a story in every song. in doing this, he covers a stunning vocal range that dazzles from the first listen. yuri has been playing together with the same fantastic band for some time now. with them, he has rehearsed the tracks (many of which they were already playing in concerts), and then gone into the studio where almost everything was recorded with everyone playing live. the benefits of having a group that has already travelled together, as well as shared stages and life experiences are evident. and, if this disc breathes anything, its travel, highways, and familiar stories stolen from faraway places that also feel nearby. its a grandiose yet intimate album that thrills and grows with each listen.