SUMMER SELECTIONS THREE
balearic and downtempo ep
FALLING THAT YOU KNOW (LP)
SUGAR RUSH / TEAR IT DOWN
after their initial 7- back in 2015 the boys have been riding high, riding low and put together 2 more tracks of west coast psychedelic blue eyed soul... galloping percussion ride through tear it down while the harmonies build around the lead vocal that is backed by a wonder rhodes accompaniment that takes on a life of its own and the track builds to crescendo before opening up and allowing the vocal to come back for a final outing... ‘sugar rush is a more downtempo number, tripped out vocals of acid adventures and wonderful big strings to create a trip through mustard yellow fields, purple skies and forests of candy green trees... the flip side see s the cosmic capers of dan wainwright twist sugar rush into a 9 minute epic trip designed for the dance floor
YOUNG MEN DRIVE FAST
12" lp UK
PATIO PASTEL EP
brilliant balearic / cosmic house
over the course of the last decade, black pepper label boss jose manuel has proved to be one of electronic music s finest contemporary alchemists, conjuring percussive, intoxicating and otherworldly musical treats for such labels as tusk wax, kinfolk, kill the dj, optimo trax and music for dreams. the genius of manuel s productions lies in the italian s ability to conjure cracking cosmic compositions out of a diverse range of global rhythms, instruments and influences. rarely has this been more evident than on his debut release for nunorthernsoul, a four-track serving of dancefloor mysticism that puts mind-altering rhythms and saucer-eyed instrumentation front and centre. track, for example, the light and dreamy wrapped sumptuous balearic synthesizer chords and melodies around gentle hand percussion and drifting zambian vocals on the sublime journey in lusaka followed by the feverish, trance-inducing african rhythms, delay-laden chants, psychedelic acid lines and jangling jew s harp motifs of intense opener journey in lusanda , a ritualistic afro-cosmic onslaught ripe for peak-time plays. if the ep opener is all about being flat on your back and staring skywards, the follow up is all about druggy, heads down sweatiness! manuel s deep love of indian music is explored on journey in mumbai , where exotic sitar lines, fluttering clarinets and echoing, densely layered female vocals rise above a thick, tabla-fired groove. it s naturally hugely evocative and atmospheric - a fine dose of emotion-rich spirituality capable of inducing hallucinations in the straightest of listeners. to complete the ep, our hero travels even further east for journey in osaka , a fittingly percussive exploration of japanese music s past and present that also includes audible nods towards the poly-rhythmic drums of west africa. it s a superb combination of traditional instrumentation, 21st century electronics, heavyweight rhythms and mood-enhancing melodic flourishes. like the rest of the journeys in...ep, it s both hugely alluring and impeccably produced
DUSK & DAWN
dusk & dawn is private agenda s most conceptual work to date. sat at a grand piano, the pair composed two nocturnes over the course of twelve moonlit hours, chronicling the allure and mystique of the night. building on an emotive pop foundation, developed over releases on international feel and their own nightshift imprint, dusk & dawn is a deeper sonic exploration that pays closer attention to ambience and sound design. dusk is an enchanting take on new wave pop, referencing talk talk and early simple minds. a drum machine beats a half-time groove while a dusty but characterful synthesizer pulls the track towards it s cathartic dream-pop apex. dawn draws on contemporaries like imaginary softwoods and croatian amor, bringing the listener down to earth into lucidity. beautiful arpeggios soar over reverse guitars, wistful lyricism is coupled with detailed ambience. a blissful meditation to ease you into the day. remixes come from faze action, ron basejam and ian blevins who all add their deft to touch to dawn and offer up flavors from different corners of the dance floor to this adriatic / balearic influenced piece of music.
SELECTED WORKS PART 2 1976 TO 1980
such was the warmth of reception granted nunorthern soul s debut ep of ryo kawasaki music, the label s phat phil cooper has decided upon a follow up. and having made over 25 albums in his almost five decade long career, there s plenty of ryo s music to choose from.
SELECTED WORKS 1979 TO 1983
after the sublime releases of parts 1 and 2 from b.j. smiths between ship and shore 3 part ep series, we take a breather before we get to the final part to bring you these selections from japanese jazz and electronic music legend, ryo kawasaki... we have gone through ryo s extensive catalogue to bring you a section of what we consider are his finest works, but to be honest we could have easily added 20 more to this list. take a small journey through the amazing repertoire of ryo with the 5 tracks that take in sublime jazz through to out there electronic vibes.
BETWEEN SHIP AND SHORE PART ONE (180 G VINYL)
12", 180 g UK
ben smith return with a raft of solo material after his debut release on nunorthern soul back in 2012. the movedrill projects saw ben weave between rock and folk roots and this latest projects sees ben push the folk sound he has become known and respected for. renown as a multi instrumentalist, b.j. smith is perhaps best known for his wonderful dedications to the greats release which have seen him cover mos def, the pharcyde and outkast in his own unique style, ben is also half of balearic super duo, smith & mudd and one third of white elephant with jim and chris from crazy p.
LADY OF THE WESTWAY / IVE BEEN AROUND (7 INCH)
having collaborated in the production duties with brother simon for faze action, robin lee has been quietly working away behind the scenes for some notable artists, labels and various musical projects including the likes of papa records, mukatsuku, peven everett, defected records, candi staton, barbara tucker, shovell and julie mcknight, as well as having been a founding member of japanese dance music orchestra, ahb.
SLEEPDANCING REMIXES PART 1 - RON BASEJAM (10 INCH)
ron basejam with sprititual house / cosmic sounds