after the success of the henry wu & chaos in the cbd releases, rhythm section international present their 9th offering from mancunian newcomer contours. technician is a percussion led rhythmic exploration, spanning 6 tracks which take in down-tempo grooves to up-beat workouts, all held together by a smooth, lucid sonic palette and arresting, unorthodox live percussive elements. already an accomplished drummer and percussionist, contours manages to combine driving rhythm, lush textures and hypnotic melodies to create a sound that feels very much at home as part of the rhythm section imprint, while simultaneously pushing it forward into new, undiscovered territory. one for the heads, one for the dancers, one for the warm up, one for the afterparty.
australian group retiree return to rhythm section intl in 2018 with a new record house or home. the musical project of matt crowley, tori holleman and marco vella retiree have steadily congealed their broad influences into a unique emulsion of strongly rhythmic and emotional music. from two releases, theyve been described as pared back 1980s comfort pop for all occasions, having a whole lot of criss-crossing rhythm containing swirling synth flourishes, languid wistful vocals and strutting drum machines. the albums songs explore the theme of house or home and what that means in present day australia for different people. they journey from an aboriginal tent embassy on the south coast of new south wales, a retirement village, a one room flat in ringwood and a sleepless 17 hour stop over in malaysia.
2018 repress , with the debut release selling out in a matter of days and a repress already flying off the shelves, rhythm section international present their second offering in the form of a remix ep, with reworks of al dobson jr. by polish rising stars ptaki and manchester mainstay ruf dug. eschewing the typical notions of a remix package, rhythm section international offers up 2 new tracks that didn’t appear on rye lane volume one, accompanied by 2 strikingly imaginative remixes. on the a side the polish duo of jaromir kamiń,ski & bartosz kruczynski take al dobson jr’s tribal tom-tom rhythm and extend it into a sprawling disco epic, adding catchy keys and sensuous vocals that aim to tease the most reluctant of movers onto the dance-floor. ruf dug’s rework, named “ ruffy’s 3am canavan’s special” takes inspiration from one of many hazy late night sessions at the infamous peckham pool hall that is home to rhythm section. ruf dug, a rhythm section favourite and huge admirer of dobson’s beats, takes the gentle guitar strokes of the original and morphs them into metallic stabs, layered over an aggressive squelchy bass sound and sharp phasing hi-hats. this mantra is built upon in an effortless style typical of the mancunian producer and is as catchy as it is hypnotic.
rhythm section intl continues its quest to unearth the rawest new talent with this stellar debut from glaswegian duo ‘string theory’. opening up with the majestic ‘dirty high’ we’re treated to a symphony of modular synthesis, swelling strings and the bounciest drums we’ve heard in a long time. rarely has house music been so fun yet so musical. live bass-tip toes over an ocean of synth stabs and piano chords to create an anthemnic track that’s sure to be the soundtrack to long summer nights and early mornings…. we don’t know where the rs crew keep finding these gems, but long may it continue. string theory tick so many boxes we just can’t wait to hear more...
long time friend of the label, neue grafik, steps forth with his most fully realised offering to date. this record has been a long time coming, born out of a encounter in paris back in 2016. this meeting of minds led to a blossoming friendship between fred ( neue grafik) and bradley ( rs intl) which has taken them across 3 continents, countless dance-floors and finally crystallised onto this 12-. the record itself takes cues from the broken-beat sound of london while paying homage to the parisian house dance scene. largely sample based, but also employing much more live instrumentation than ever before, neue grafik s music is informed by movement and in turn offers so much for dancers to respond to.
rhythm section are back with a sizzling eight-tracker from melbourne s hottest ensemble 30/70. melbourne has a lot to answer for. for anyone admiring the citys music scene from afar it would seem fair to wonder if there might be something in the water. 30/70 are the latest collective to emerge from this buzzing scene. elevate is a sublime statement, at once a cry for help and a call to arms, it balances delicate poetry and potent aggression with ease - all of this done with a beguiling pop sensibility. this collection of songs, their second studio effort after their debut lp, ‘cold radish coma , is set to elevate them to the international stage. under the management of wondercore island (hiatus kaiyote, oscar key sung, daniel merriweather) and with the release set to drop on bradley zeros rhythm section intl. (al dobson jr, silent jay x jace xl, henry wu), 30/70 are ready to take their message from northcote to the world.
repress !!! the latest rhythm section international release comes all the way from down under and rest assured it is another beauty! the record oozes jazz, lush orchestral experiments and downbeat, detroit flavour house spread across 4 tracks of sun soaked productions from melbourne newcomer prequel, who makes his debut on this hotly tipped peckham label. early support from gilles peterson, lefto, alex nut, ben ufo, mister saturday night & moxie
after a blistering end to 2016, rhythm section intl begins its 2017 schedule with a second outing from peckham duo fyi chris. sitting firmly left of centre, these 4 tracks manage the very difficult task of being both unconventional and highly functional. highly recommended for fans of similarly difficult-to-categorise artists such as red axes, axel boman and baba stiltz.
coming straight out of melbourne with plentiful attitude, producer/multi-instrumentalist silentjay teams up with fellow hiatus kaiyote backing vocalist, jace xl to present sacrifice, a mini album of epic proportions. at once sincere and heartfelt, the songs do not shy away from the playful influence of 90s rnb - a sound that is a defining influence on this ep, which despite clocking in at just under 30 minutes, attains a level of artistry and conceptual cohesiveness that many artists could only dream of. another very serious record, from an impossibly fertile melbourne scene that is quickly becoming the envy of the world.
as spring dawns, rhythm section international go from local artist to a pair of very * local* artists - peckham’s very own chris watson + chris coupe, otherwise known as fyi chris , who present the ‘back in the millennium’ ep as the labels 5th offering. the ep was born after a rather hazy late night listening session at rhythm section hq, where bossman bradley zero was instantly beguiled by the duos hypnotic and rhythmically complex arrangements. the record begins abrasively with the trance-inducing mechanical stutter of back in the millennium , before shuffling into downbeat number * jeru* and then picks things up with the peak time groove of * need i say more* before bringing us back down to earth with the melancholic acid bump of * dedication*. early support from osunlade, mr.g, ryan elliott & damiano von eckhert. ready for club use.
repress 2018 - rhythm section international proudly presents its 8th offering from local boys chaos in the cbd. born in new zealand, but based in peckham for the last few years (literally just around the corner from henry wu and bradley zero), these brothers have made a real mark on the scene here in london town and with their latest set of productions are set to take this message further afield. having already released internationally on labels such as clekclekboom (paris), hot haus (london) and amadeus (montreal), the duos approach to production has matured immeasurably in the last year, as is evident in the restrained potency and poetic subtlety on the 4 tracks across this accomplished ep, midnight in peckham. taking its title from the locale the boys have come to know as home, the record channels a delicate late night energy - equally indebted to the hypnotic incantations of ron trent as it is to the hazy suburban atmospheres of burial. these 4 classic cuts pay homage to deep house in its truest sense - at once sublime, melancholy and meditative . chaos in the cbd have clearly taken their cue from the mid-west masters of the genre but have not been afraid to let their own influences and environ creep in, and in doing so have created something that is unmistakablely london and infact, timeless.
ltd 2018 repress ... after a string of well received releases on the likes of 22a and alexander nut’s hotep, henry wu steps forth with his most bold statement to date with ‘good morning peckham’ on the rhythm section international imprint. arguably one of the most hotly-tipped producers in the uk right now, wu’s broken compositions and deep jazzy keys have earned him plaudits from scene veterans as well as peers, all keen to see what henry will do next. with a refreshing take on rhythm and a virtuosic musicality born out of years of recording and touring as a session player, henry wu represents a brightly shining light in the already glowing london community. equally adept on the keyboard as he is on the mpc, on good morning peckham, we are also given a further insight into the mind of wu as he takes to the mic - toasting along to the soon-to-be-classic ‘ croydon depot’ and spitting on the intro to the broken beat inspired ‘neezy’. a south east londoner born and bred, henry’s debut on rhythm section has been a long time coming and it seems that it was worth the wait as henry presents 6 tracks of white hot intention. henry wu is a name that we are going to hear a lot more of in the future….
making a splash with rs019 is a newcomer called mallard. discovered by bradley after being front and centre for almost every rs dance since 2016, the south london based producer and multi-instrumentalist makes a serious first impression with his debut ep ‘verte’.
currently studying jazz double-bass at trinity school of music, mallard’s productions demonstrate a keen ear for groove with a level of musicality rarely heard in electronic productions. at just 20 years old, he has already developed a unique sound palette and prodigious production style set to make him a name we will only hear more of in the years to come.
this ep, at once varied in tone and tempo is held together by a strong sonic identity and an overarching artistic vision: from the morphing polyrhythmic percussion of ‘surface’ to the shifting, heady pattern of ‘aquitaine’ via the psychedelic breaks of ‘untitled’ we are taken on quite the trip.
repress 2017 -- following on from a hugely successful 2014, culminating in a nomination for label of the year at gilles petersons worldwide awards, rhythm section international is back with a real statement of intent for 2015
joy, ease, lightness is a 4 track ep aimed squarely at the dancefloor, but with a meditative awareness that reaches far beyond the club. fans of seven davis jr, steve spacek et al, watch out - there’s a new man in town: and he goes by the name of dan kye. yet another stellar release from the rhythm section international crew - undoubtedly the label to watch in 2016.
bradley met duke hugh in amsterdam, when he handed him a green usb stick after a show. he played the promos in the empty club and the first track immediately grabbed his attention - he knew it was something special. when he remembered the hook to green leaf the next morning he signed the release almost instantly. each song has its own essence, there is absolutely no filler and the entire double pack sits together as a perfect whole. flirting with aspects of broken beat, jazz, hip hop and dreamy electronica - duke hugh winds together a most idiosyncratic release equally at home on the peak time dancefloor as it would be for a long road trip. canvas is a big statement from an artist who s here to stay.
rhythm section look to poland once more for two of the most uplifting tracks of the year. earth trax (known for his productions as the phantom & one half of ptaki) and newcomer newborn junior pull two absolute classics out of the bag here that do what they say on the tin. both sax track and flute track centre around ecstatic midi melodies on (you guessed it) saxophone and flute! falling somewhere between the late night deep house excursions of ron trent (circa morning factory era) and more recent retro-leaning breakbeat driven output from the pender street steppers et al, the sax & flute ep is a masterclass in sustain-release. euphoria guaranteed - or your money back!
south london favourites chaos in the cbd come back to rhythm section international one year after their breakthrough ep ‘midnight in peckham’. the original ep captured a moment in time in a way few songs can manage. it was hailed as a masterpiece, capturing the attention of all who listened, as evidenced by the unquenchable demand for the 12 inch
rs intl looks to melbourne and strike gold again with their second outing from prequel. freedom jazz dance builds on the jazz- tinged debut that was lauded by such varied tastemakers as gilles peterson, osunlade, recloose, mister saturday night and ben ufo. the standout track is ‘saints’ - is a poetic take on blackness that simply can t be ignored. another solid ep for the rhythm section camp. don’t sleep, these won’t last long!
rhythm section internationals 12th release comes from another mancunian called tom, this time going by the name of hidden spheres. we are issuing a * feel-good hit of the summer* alert for the title track, ‘well, well’, - a certified, yet sophisticated banger, ready to send that festival crowd one step closer to transcendence. a versatile ep spanning over 5 tracks, well well is a house-tinged, jazzy affair - rich in soulful vocals, summery chords and live percussion. hidden spheres is a seasoned dj and producer, having released on the likes of moods & grooves alongside theo parrish, andrés, mr. g and moodymann as well as producing the inaugural release for lobster theremin imprint distant hawaii. with a wealth of records ready to go, constrained only by pressing plant schedules, rs012 marks the first in a flurry of summer releases on rhythm section international.
al dobson jr. returns to rhythm section international with his debut full length lp. spread over 28 tracks and clocking in at just under one hour, this body of work provides a glimpse into the mind of one of the uks most talented, enigmatic producers. al dobsons debut mini album marked the inauguration of bradley zeros fledgling label back in 2014, proving to be a breath of fresh air to the london scene with its loose, undefinable sound and unique approach to production. as a newcomer, al dobson jr.s music didnt remain a secret for long, with major global tastemakers such as gilles peterson, theo parrish, dego, alex nut and osunlade being early adopters. as with other key releases on 22a and izwid, it didnt take long for rye lane volume 1 to go from obscure debut to cult classic, propelling the artist and the label onto the international platform. at once a continuation and evolution of the sound, rye lane volumes ii & iii offers a deeper exploration into the al dobson jr universe, moving with ease through tempos and textures but never losing that effortless magic that makes adj stand out from the crowd.
drawing from the leftfield avant-pop of arthur russell and talking heads, progressive disco of nile rodgers and contemporary ambient electronica, retiree channel these influences through their own pervasive aura of rum-drunk antipodean sunshine. the result is music that is in equal parts lush, thoughtful melody and meditative tropical rhythm. the ep sees joint international release from peckham label rhythm section international who released the instant classic debut of al dobson jr, and were nominated for label of the year at gilles peterson s 2015 worldwide awards, as well as purveyors of southern hemisphere groove-driven underground pop, plastic world (gl, savoir).
sprung up from his much-fêted clubnight of the same name, bradley zero has enlisted fellow peckham local al dobson jr to inaugurate rhythm section international with this: rye lane volume 1, an 11 track mini-lp stuffed to the rafters with summery goodness. the importance of location on rye lane volume 1 appears both tantamount and inconsequential: many of the titles on offer dot specific points of reference on the map (peru, grenada, cameroon, columbia, peckhams rye lane), but dobson jr does his best to melt these heterogeneous influences down into something definably his own