austrian imprint luv shack records is opening up yet another chapter in 2018 by welcoming irish house and techno aficionado and misfit resident andrew johnston aka moodtrax and his own-brand of super warm and brooding sound to their stable. the perfect illusion ep opens up with never can get away, a steamy & dreamy cut that sucks you right in to its lair of thick pads and trancy sequences, which are contrasted by a carefully programmed synth bassline and a stomping house beat. the title track immediately evokes early chicago warehouse jam feelings, with bass sequence, detuned chords and classic drum patterns all oozing of old analogue roland machines. the meticulously arranged percussions section and a set of eerie strings and pads make this one definitely stand out from the crowd. running number starts as a no-nonsense house track, carried by a beefy unisono bassline and a 16th note heavy drum pattern, yet it transcends into 80s territory with the help of a deeply emotional chord progression that might just make you forget you re in a club. berlin duo longhair give running number the luvremix treatment, really digging deep into that chord progression and building a melody and synth-bell infused italo-house track around it that should make this years festival crowd weep and rejoice alike.
hard ton, italy s extravagant duo of all things house music are back on luv shack records, unleashing six steaming hot tracks on the -queer nation ep- - a precursor to the first full hard ton album that is due for 2017. -queer nation- has singer max swapping his falsetto with a dark mangled voice, reciting names of queer icons over a dry acid house track that rejoices in repetition, and rightly so. classic music head honcho luke solomon s remix of -queer nation- builds up an intense 707 drum pattern, underlining rhythm guitars and max s voice, ending in a bold acid climax. italian newcomers younger than me also take on -queer nation-, marrying an early 80 s wave touch with a classic house approach.
after the very successful foray into split eps, luv shack records continues to explore this concept with luv013. the ep sees upcoming duo space echo make a return after their smash hit -soul power-, while the b-side is conducted by wahlberliner rotciv. -come back home-, the opening track by space echo, is a slowly building but effortlessly captivating piece of hypnotic house music with a raw funk attitude. the gently evolving synth line and the strong vocal hook are the spine of this anthemic track. the seemingly laid back -hangover- just oozes b-movie sleaze and might be space echos little hommage to 60 s lounge music, with an array of distorted guitars and soft pads coming to good use. that is until the synth theme kicks in mid-track and turns the piece into a late night weapon.
early 2013 brings new niceness from the luv shack. head honcho, simonlebon teams up with other luv shackers, and comes good with his own lick. simonlebon has been providing quality through his djing and productions in recent years, good to see his name at the forefront of this release. buddies help out of course, and first to fly is the collab with jakobin on *cant do with you*.
luv005 already and no doubt another classy four tracker that will top a few sales charts in the coming weeks and months. it has been a wonderful summer for the luv shack crew with every release bettering the last. the response and reaction to the new label has been astounding and beyond a pleasant surprise. with intelligent dance music such as this, it really shouldnt be such a surprise, but in a world of mass mediocre music, it does happen more often than not, that the good stuff doesnt always find its way. the guys though have found a place in a lot of hearts and quite a few tasty dj sets and record boxes with four very consistent releases. so, here we go with what is yet another worthy addition to any half decent djs repertoire me thinks. and it is lee stevens who teams up with local friends to deliver a very crafted set of aural niceness for your distinguished pleasure.
first off, there s up and coming austrian producer demuja, who gives can you feel the love a super deep and funky treatment, brimmed with disco percussion, lush pads and a tight drum pattern. dimitri from paris & dj rocca pair up to deliver an erodiscotique dubstrumental of right now of the highest grandeur bouncy drums, detuned synth stabs, a tropical piano and thined out vocals while going crazy on the handclaps to full effect. nico lahs also takes on can you feel the love, building a classic sounding shuffling house beat around a cheeky string sample that really suits max voice, and really shimmers in the breaks. german combo volksfreude remix hard tons tessio with a full on dramatic house flavor, exploring max vocal in full around a plethora of soft synth strings and vivid acid sequences. v limited press with hand stamp label & sticker.
luv shack records’ newest ep marks the 26th release on the label, and it’s a classic split affair by stalwart artists space echo and jakobin & domino.
dj support from gerd, pete herbert, fingerman, hard ton, alkalino, massimiliano pagliara, lenny fontana, thomas herb, jason kendig (honey soundsystem), hurlee, jacques renault, joyce muniz, tensnake
complementing their eponymous party series, luv shack records have brought together a group of new and regular artists for their first *shack your body* compilation. with an array of nine choice cuts, this compilation offers just the right blend of laid back chuggers, disco stompers and more aggressive house tracks that have made their label nights so popular.
with release nr. 11, luv shack records are once again eager to exalt the diversity of their releases, while keeping up the quality. luv011 is the split ep of the two up and coming electronic music duos manhooker and space echo. whilst both projects are still relatively new to the scene, they have equally made a stir with their first releases. manhooker consists of the two berliners by choice tomasz guido switala and sebastian mavin magassouba. their first release appeared on ostgut ton s sublabel unterton and their second ep was recently released on german heavy hitters sonar kollektiv - a collab with ex new yorker snax, featuring a remix by justus köhnke.
spring zero thirteen finally arrived here in vienna, and with it a busy luv shack schedule to shout about. this time the boys deliver a delicious double header coming in two parts. yes, luv10 comes in two vinyl slices spread out over a few weeks. and you will need all eight tracks too as the label gets really serious with some heavyweight dance music, including a first for them in inviting major guest appearances from the likes of rocco raimundo, mike burns, dj rocca, ben sun & tyson ballard as voyeurhythm, rotciv and radio diffusion. the label is spreading its wings and, it is the right time to invite others to come roost in the shack and spread the luv.
after the glorious debut we go straight ahead ep for luv shack last summer, a welcome return for lesale with his lesexe / symphony release. thumping drums and throbbing bass await prerequisite footwear in lesexe. and you better have a pair of some serious leather that can withstand a night heavy shuffling as lesale gets his boogie boots and swagger on. original gets tight and mighty with a groove that just demand you stomp up a floor or two in search of the booty. aroused and alluring vocals dampen all the right places and also set up for a long night of passion. the guy knows how to sex you up for sure!
it has been a memorable year for the luv shack. release after release, props after props, watching the guys build on a solid foundations and take it up a notch each time. if you listen to their first release (again), and then this new release, you will see just how far they have travelled in such a small time frame. and yes, it started with a couple of mini compilations and eps to see what the reaction would be. the reaction was good, actually no, the reaction was great, the right jocks took to the guys and the early eps and hence since, the luv shack posse have been locked up in a studio ever since. they have been productive, and more to the point, excelling in that production. it is going to be a brilliant 2013.
sixth instalment from the shack and another generous exult in aural pleasing for the intelligent of house heads out there. two original tracks, two in-house remixes, you know the score with these guys…this is how they work. key to the label and artists success is being reliable and consistent with the flow, something obviously being picked up as the label once again is topping the right charts and getting the props from the right people. expect no different with 006.
the boys are back ... back with another banger too. definitely the best little label doing the rounds around these parts of late. viennas luv shack records continue with the good groove venturing once again into suspenseful house and disco.
this time the turn of lesale to pull out the big thick juicy drums and chunky basslines for which luv shack is making a very respectful name for itself. guaranteed heavyweight thump when you flop the needle to the left side every time with the luv shack.