after some successful releases on top labels like street edits, giant cuts, boogie caf? or wall of fame, madrid s dj and producer javi frias has decided to start his own label called night shift records, devoted to soulful and deep disco edits and reworks. the first release on the label is called make it happen ep , and includes 4 strong tracks full of love and energy retouched and extended by javi frias to get the maximum dance floor pleasure, covering funky disco, gospel, house and soulful grooves.
a message to all listening: #dontjusttalkaboutitbeaboutit. jamal moss (aka hieroglyphic being, mathematics) invokes his jai/mahl alias with a message in the music. reprogramming club consciousness with 4 transdimensional sonic incantations and rhythmic transgressions of the highest order.
enter the dragon. adding mystique to the techno are these pulsating, arpeggiated, snarling beasts from the italian producer with an ominous-sounding remix by heinrich mueller aka gerald donald of drexicya. track titles refer to the journeys of the sky dragon (a1), yellow dragon (a2) and dragon king (b1/b2) as they soar and serpentine majestically underwater and beyond the clouds
one of the founding fathers of chicago house, himself a grandson to a dj and frequently alongside other greats such as ron hardy on the decks, gene hunt summons a 3-tracker for the midnight shift label. true house and techno direct from the source and in his own words, a rather ‘jungly’ take of it due to the tracks’ chaotic percussion. ‘feeling it’ takes you back to the original old school, with all the classic elements in place, it’s a house lover’s wet dream, 30 years after the fact. spector twists things up while keeping that pumping jacking groove a perfect intersection between then and now.scatter punches through the noise like a clarion call to arms - where are all our jacks and jackies at report to the dancefloor, please.
the midnight shift white label series (mnsw) features full eps from the labels artists. where mood meets melody. following the emotive and personal the journey ep from eddie niguel, kaspar (lisbon, portugal) and former rbma participant in 05 now brings his sisyphean rage ep to the table. of the legend of sisyphus and his endlessly laborious and futile effort this ep is not. instead, it is a remarkable breakthrough for the long-standing artist, with combined light from both detroits jerry the cat and the ever uncompromising kirk degiorgio for the remix.
hot on the tail of two prior releases by tapirus aka rotterdams own charlton, the mnsx series presents its 3rd instalment with none other than yung john heckle from merseyside, uk with a remix by tapirus. three incredible tracks from john heckle make up this blistering hyperactive ep.
moving to a house formation, the fourth release from midnight shift combines the forces of detroit veteran terrence parker with small german hometowner simon hinter, plus an additional remix by turkish philogresz. covering the spectrum of the ever-evolving genre from classic to techy, jazzy to deep, it’s one for both the recently initiated and original house music lover.
amidst the chameleon-like output of his many monikers such as ontal and figure/ground, brooklyn-based brenecki releases as his own name for the 3rd time in 10 years. mutated funk techno under skilled hands, out to thrash pits across 5 tracks reneging against modern technology manipulation.
exceptional return of l/f/d/m aka love’s flacid disco muscle on midnight shift, with a remix by nick dunton of 65d mavericks, resurfacing under his latest moniker d-56m. abrasive acidic trax from the edge.
5 years since midnight shift’s first release in 2012, the label assembles a collective of artists, most of them are in advance of their full eps releasing later. representing the sounds of the label is this manual of secret moves, up in the sleeves. the mystic motley crew also comprises the alternate sides of familiar faces — amato (the hacker), terry lamborgini (marco bernardi), innyster (seixlack), hodge in a new formation with gramrcy, and an electro moniker from an undisclosed artist: thermocline. from abstract acrobatics to the abrasive and the ultimate gob smack to the floor — the midnight manual.
limited capsule collection 2/3 from midnight shift. following the first of the ‘shift ltd’ capsule collection by xhin is an ep by kirk degiorgio with a remix from john beltran. full-bodied tracks fill in every frequency corner - ‘the nearness of flames’ as a headspin stomper, while ‘acid symphony’ weaves an acid line into a rich tapestry. ambient producer john beltran reimagines the original with a sunrise touch.
a homecoming for singaporean xhin as he releases on the singaporean label midnight shift for its limited triptych capsule collection focusing on straight-up techno: shift ltd. a 4-tracker full of asiatic heat bound for the dancefloor from the iconoclastic sound designer. this is the first release out of three.
a tribute to andreas gehm (1972 - 2016), german producer, king of acid and inspiration to many including the artists in this compilation. all proceeds will go towards funding andreas gehm s post-mortem affairs, managed by his best friend, joe kurta. long live the king. vital sales points: tribute album to acid king, andreas gehm, who took his own life in 2016. andreas released one of his last few eps with midnight shift. all artists in this compilation have been influenced by and are deeply saddened by his passing. all proceeds will go towards funding andreas gehms post-mortem affairs, managed by his best friend joe kurta
a personal release for both mr. g and the label, where a friendship was born in temasek, the earliest recorded name of a settlement in singapore. from the stay at the pan pacific hotel with great views of the city centre, to a bespoke cocktail bar and tucking into black pepper crab, the memorable excursion is now forever captured in this ep.
the mns x series returns for its 4th issue after a blistering john heckle ep with one from the spainard mystic: eduardo de la calle. featuring full eps from the label artists, the mns x series plays in the field of the analog, acid and techno.
where are we heading ep is a sequel to the stunning entry by tapirus (rotterdams very own charlton), and offers greater room for the artist to roam, breathe, flex and grow. behind the success of acid love story, which received notable plays by surgeon on rinse.fm and blawan at awakenings, this follow-up effort recalls the signature elements established in the first, while displaying a quest by the artist for refinement and progress.
the second instalment in midnight shifts remix series sees eddie niguel and juju & jordash put their magic touch on already well-received tracks by iron curtis (johannes paluka) and detroit veteran terrence parker.
once upon a time…in the midst of masked identities, artist pseudonyms and the like, midnight shift introduces a creature not even of human form.
tapirus conjures music reflecting the duality of his soul. on one hand, rough and acidic to tell of the terrain of his past. and on the other, pure ethereal sounds borne of another place. this ep, showcasing 3 songs of the tapirus alongside a remix by label artist basic soul unit, is just the introduction to his tale.
the first in midnight shifts vinyl-only remix series sees festival headliners deetron and secret cinema provide their dancefloor interpretation to the labels debut release. basic soul units cool a2 black ice, is re-edited by none other than deetron, the swiss native with a prolific and starry discography to his name. he turns black ice on its head, leading with its running bassline first while letting its crystal notes be polished to a bright, blinding shine.
already much supported by the likes of shackleton, josh wink, bleak and dixon, eddie niguels absolute, has been circling the circuit to great effect. here, netherlands secret cinema aka jeroen verheij pumps the mental factor up sideways with an infectious, relentless groove that holds back just enough to keep you wanting more. coming soon to a dancefloor near you: rmx001.
already supported by agoria, dubfire, ame, claude young, vince watson, chymera, andy baumecker, tensnake ...
midnight shift returns with its sophomore outing shift 002, presenting two artists recontextualised from the conventions from which they came: iron curtis from depths of the deep house realm and one ultrademon, the notorious inventor of the seapunk scene. once again, a notable split ep with each of the 4 tracks owning its unique place in the world.