with the summer season well and truly in full step, mosaic returns with two finely tuned cuts of classic dubbed-out minimalism. a side in the night is a typically understated affair from label boss steve o sullivan under his wise caucasian alias. propelled by a bass-heavy tone and lit by layers of percussion that build on each other you ll find yourself getting lost in the washes of sparse vocals, rhythmic stabs and splashes of delay that reach out over the dance floor. far from providing instant gratification, this requires timely and repeated play to uncover the layers of subtle finesse and craftsmanship: perfect for keeping those feet moving at any hour of the night, or day for that matter. on the b side, steve teams up once again with fellow londoner, frazer campbell on rise which goes straight for the full smile effect as the duo conjure up one of those rare pieces of magic. set to a melee of skippy percussion, high-pitched toms and warmly toned melody, the prophetic voice of maya angelou and her timeless poem still i rise resonates supreme, bringing a touch of thoughtful intelligence thats all too often forgotten. as the track hits it peak, you cant help but feel the deep elation a groove like this brings in the darkest of hours.
as mosaic reaches release number 40, steve o sullivan dives into another studio collaboration with his new label mate and expert hand, mike schommer - bringing in the talents of rod modell on remix duties. etching two slices of dub heavy grooves that cover either side of the techno and house spectrum, their first effort emphasises the former on title track -submerged- (b1). it doesn t pull any punches - precision moulded bass takes centre stage around evolving synths and classic delay action. their 2nd -depth charge dub- (b2) leans more towards the latter as the duo focus on the combination of a rolling sub, laidback percussion and subtle stabs that cycle gently around. the cherry on top comes in the form of rod modell s -deepchord s negative-space exploration version- as he takes a 9 min trip to the hinterland of his sonic imagination, elegantly finding new layers and spatial effects. call it what you will, dubbed out house with a splash of techno or dubbed out techno with a splash of house - this is heavyweight material.
deepchord co-founder mike schommer is back from a 15 year hiatus with an entrancing 12 on steve o sullivan s mosaic records. after withdrawing from production for an extended period, the enigmatic producer revives his legacy with an unrestrained session using analog synths, drum machines and cavernous sound manipulations. invitation to love uses minimalist 4/4 percussion and unfurling delays whilst remember when explores echoed synth stabs in a broken beat framework. lastly, tranquil stepper into the night carries floating chords and cyclical melodies through airy acoustics. anamnesis presents three quintessential dub techno methods - offering a masterfully engineered package by one of the genres most revered figures
to the untrained ear a collaboration between mosaic boss steve o sullivan and minimal house maestro ricardo villalobos may not seem like the most obvious sound clash. however, dig a little deeper and you ll find that both these artists have a long history and shared love of stripped back aesthetics and dubbed out rhythms carving out respective sounds that have never strayed far from their roots. sullric is the result of a daylong session at the end of 2016 where the pair plugged in, switched on and set everything to cycle: recording several hours worth of material to tape with an edit of their favourite passage worked into two versions in post-production.
long-time influential techno label mosaic is back with a fine new ep from germany s andre kronert. the odd/even boss has been turning out dubby and atmospheric eps for ten years now, and here he adds three more such sumptuous tracks to his discography. a track called jinx is first and is an economical but effective roller with vast drums, subtle hi hats and a wonky lead synth line that brings a trippy feel to the groove. perfect for basements or warehouses alike, it works on both head and heel in style. bottom line is more forceful and hard hitting thanks to slamming drums and a nervous, twitching, haunted synth sound off in the distance. racing along and taking you with it, the urgency of this one really is compelling. finally, pressure dub is somewhere in the middle, with rolling kicks looping down low, scattered percussive hits up top and unsettling synth motifs all layered up into a smooth dub techno classic. spacious and spooky it is another effortlessly essential cut from kronert and mosaic. available on limited edition 180 gr yellow vinyl only.
the first in a series of special 12inches to mark the 20th anniversary of the labels inception sees much sought after tracks from mark ambrose , kumquat kids and steve o sullivan reissued in remastered and edited versions. deep minimal rollers for those that know.
with spring well and truly in the air and party season in step, mosaic records boss steve o sullivan launches mosaic s 38th release - joining forces with fellow londoner frazer campbell for a new studio collaboration. not content with letting the dust settle from his recent work alongside ricardo villalobos, o sullivan has stayed a little closer to his london home to work with frazer campbell for this latest tag team effort. a dextrous hand in the mix and producer in his own right, campbell has a passion for all things that sit on the deeper end of the house, techno and electronica spectrum. in his own words, thought emoting music is central to his mission having launched open recordings and elliot project records last year: a worthy sparring partner indeed. since the start of the year, the pair had their heads down focusing on finding a happy medium between deeply swung grooves and the airy influences of detroit - shaking out an interesting trio of tracks for their label debut. far from treading the obvious path, the main event a1 hypnotonic revels in a lighter touch as metronomic beat programming cycles endlessly to a held set of notes. off-kilter bass pulses, warped out vocals and effect splashes all intersect to keep the energy input constant as they capture one of those less frenzied moments where the very notion of time seems to hold still. make no mistake, this is a slow burn vibe. head to the flipside b1 soultonic to plunge yourself straight into hip twitching mode when the lights go down. a deep chord, syncopated hats and deftly tweaked synths echo as a full dose of shuffle inflicts its move. simple yet so effective, this track will not let you down. winding things back up a touch, the tougher edge of alleyway funk pushes the feeling on thanks to a thumping kick and a deft nod towards uk garage. met with a soft glisten of a rhodes piano and tweakish melody, the pair round things off in a boyant mood - fans of soul capsule and schatrax will no doubt agree. repeat play of this ep is recommended as its all the more rewarding for it.
ltd 2017 repress ... after a 10 year hiatus, steve o sullivans mosaic label returns under a new guise: mosaic split series. this series will be split between old school artists from mosaic and beyond and artists from the new school. this first release sees mosaic legend jorge zamacona don his urban sombrero for the latest installment in his mosaic efforts series. a deep, trippy, dirty house workout in jorges unique style. in keeping with the whole ethos of this project we have newcomer ben buitendijks offering , > promised land<, on the flip. an ultra-deep dub house/techno track that echoes the mosaic sound of old with a modern twist. melodic and atmospheric, this one deserves to be played from beginning to end.
steve o sullivan s mosaic split series is back with a fresh instalment for you in 2017 as the boss continues to discover and compile music from artists new and old for the well-received series that marked his return a few years ago. focusing on three slabs of high grade deepness for release number six, the a side comes from a firm mosaic favourite dean decosta, a long-time friend and contributor to the imprint. hailing from california, his music has always held a timeless quality and subtlety that is in key with the label and steve s ethos. stripping everything back to basics, recon feels like a tribute to the last days of summer and the warm coastal breeze that inhabits the shore in decosta s native california. filling the space with warm pads and twinkling synths, the bass end neatly pulses and tweaks throughout as it elegantly moves to a spatial groove that seems to freeze the very moment in time you inhabit. complimented perfectly by within without, leeds lad bobby o donnell serves up an instant ace for the b side as he fuses a tough ended kick with dub tinged rhodes chords, pattering hats and swirling melody: evoking the kind of uplifting vibe that won t go amiss with djs and dancers alike. expect some heavy rotation and smiling faces on this. last, but not least, rising swedish producer sean dixon lays down a fusion of omar s styled synth jams to dub driven house. by taking elements of the classic and injecting a fresh angle, dixon creates a unique space in the sound that builds and builds, deserving both your time and attention. with repeated play, you can t but help admire his craft. if you haven t already checked out his catalogue don t get caught sleeping.
repress alert, 180gr white vinyl pressing, 500 copies
only 1 per customer !! mosaic s journey into main room techno continues with three trax from one of the finest exponents of uncompromising hypnotic techno, markus suckut. it has been said that his reduced and minimal sound is designed for heavyweight soundsystems and heavyweight dj s and we wouldn t disagree.. slowly evolving rhythmic and melodic patterns with sub heavy kicks and bass tones are the order of the day: these three cuts beg to be played loud!
limited to 500 copies and pressed on 180g purple vinyl in a special collectors edition sleeve... for the third volume of the mosaic red label series drumcodes alan fitzpatrick provides two slices of perfectly crafted main room jackin techno
a fifth edition of the mosaic split series arrives, pairing up productions from anne errez and clandestine, the production duo consisting of uk house/techno mainstays, neville watson and justin peace division drake. errez, of course, featured on the previous edition of this series and it s clear the leeds-based artist has made an impression on steve o sullivan with her tough stabs and dub flecked groove of * discovery inn* a perfect fit for mosaic. complementing this, the clandestine project looks to be a most promising endeavour for watson and drake on the basis of their two searing contributions with the urgent machine funk flex of * slave to the system* a proper highlight.
MOSAIC SPLIT SERIES: PART FOUR (MARBLED PINK 180 GRAM VINYL)
coloured 12" Vinyl, 18 UK02.04.15
limited 2015 repress, marbled pink 180gr vinyl , just 200 copies , thats it.
part four in the series sees mosaic return to its signature sound of the late 90 s : deep techno-tinged house. first up is uk house legend nail , who was in hiding in london and suffolk for a while , but is now back in his bunker in nottingham making music once again. his offering, -pharoah,- was created on boxing day 2013 especially for mosaic and contains all the hallmarks of classic nail productions of the 90s whilst maintaining a foot firmly in the present. if you like your house deep and sample heavy this cut is definitely worth checking out...on the flip we have two tracks from newcomer annie errez. annie is a resident dj at the mint club in leeds and has been developing her production skills over the last few years with appearances on holic trax , saints & sonnets as well as a very fine release on strobewax which she co-runs with fellow mint club resident bobby o donnell. if deep techno- house is your cup of tea then put the kettle on and listen to the sublime -bell curve- and the dubbed out bass monster that is auguste.- we are sure that you will agree that there is no doubt that she will be a producer to keep an eye on in the future
MID LIFE DUBS (LIMITED TO 500 COPIES 180 GRAM WHITE VINYL)
coloured 12" Vinyl, 18 UK25.09.14
only 1 per customer !!
although known for its more deep and dubbed out vibes mosaic lovers will be aware that there has always been a home for more straight-up techno on the label. we are happy to announce that this september a limited edition series of 12 inches focussing exclusively on main room techno joints will be launched: mosaic red label.
volume 1 of the series sees legendary uk hardgroove techno don, ben sims, return to the mosaic camp after almost 13 years with two tasty slices of quality machine driven funk that are guaranteed to get yer feet and hips moving.
this release will be pressed on limited edition 180g white vinyl in a special collectors edition sleeve
MOSAIC SPLIT SERIES: PART THREE (180 G, ORANGE MARBLED VINYL)
coloured 12" Vinyl, 18 UK15.05.14
limited coloured vinyl , only 1 per customer / nur max 1 platte pro kunde !
the next instalment of this nine part series sees mosaic take a diversion into darker techno territory with contributions from ed davenport, aubrey and ozka.