after almost a years hiatus, simple records make a return with their first ep of 2013 from leeds starlet youandewan. ewan smith has been making a name for himself with his deep, dozy and ever so slightly melancholy take on house.
for the final of the simple sounds ep, we bring in the disco courtesy of two of wills favourite fellow artists. putsch 79 take wills album cut >speak & spell< deeper and darker but maintain wills original chord progression. the undulating dark disco mix slowly evolves into a fabulous euphoric crescendo that’s already proving to be irresistible to our feet. on the flip, northern lads 2020 soundsystem, led by ralph lawson and dubble d, re-interpret wills underground classic pause in their signature live style.
on this new ep, sei as strong signature production values remain at the heart of the record, which melds deep and forward-thinking techno with rich textures and moody atmospherics. swedish dj, producer and studio barnhus boss, axel boman steps in to provide a superb remix, which brings the ep to a perfect close.
the london based production duo dusky (a.k.a. alfie granger-howell and nick harriman) debut on will sauls recently resurrected imprint, simple records with the henry 85 ep, two tracks of uk garage infused house music. influenced by everything from classical and avant-garde electronica to uk garage and underground house, this offering is diverse and danceable, and in line with the duos singular aim, to compose electronic music with depth, soul and originality. with support from djs as diverse as joy orbison, zane lowe, annie mac and boddika as well as airplay on rinse fm from loefah and a remix for hot chip imminent on domino, dusky prove theyll be around for a while. on remix duty is fcl, otherwise known as the belgian production team red d and san soda. in early 2010, red d and san soda released their first collaborative ep, the critically acclaimed vocals for everyone via red ds we play house recordings. lets go and more than seven both became huge club hits and dominated charts, parties and playlists for the whole of 2010. they followed it up with the more vocals for everyone ep and a number of remixes for tyree cooper, subb-ann, stuffa and audiojack.
feat remixes by art department, wolf + lamb & sideshow. simple celebrates its 50th single release in the new year (and each one of those 50 have been released on that wonderful black stuff known to old people as vinyl). a release that will see the founder, a&r, label manager and tea boy will saul and his long term production partner tam cooper team up for a limited edition gatefold vinyl double pack ep (yep, theyll loose loads of money but not many people get to 50 vinyl releases without loosing their house, car and mind so we think its worth celebrating. the release will feature 4 new tracks from will & tam with remixes from wolf + lamb & slow hands, sideshow and art department (jonny white & kenny glasgow).
motorcitysoul, mainstays of will saul’s simple records imprint, return with the ushuaia ep, an ode to the ibizian beach club of the same name. the ep utilizes the duo’s analogue programming experience and inherent knowledge of all things house to capture the spirit of day & night at the esteemed beach party.
adultnapper, real name francis harris, is a philosophy phd drop-out with punk rock roots. hailing from suburban las vegas, he has called brooklyn home for the past 9 years - a stretch in which he has gone from >hating dance music<, to establishing himself as an underground dj/producer with a unique sound and a global audience.
one of the most in demand tracks from the >technique< album finally gets a full single release complete with re-fixes from prosumer and kruse & nuernberg. ernestos vocal fully lends itself to the prosumer soundsignature, his mix floats and weaves around ernestos vocal, peaking around his own chords before stripping things back to bare essentials and rebuilding like only he can. the kruse& nuernberg mix is hypnotic, percussive old school house music at its best. they take a small snippet of the vocal and build the groove relentlessly until the whole room is shaking. achim brandenburg aka prosumer lives in berlin where he is resident at panorama bar, weaving together the finest blend of soulful house sounds. an expert in classic chicago house and detroit techno, his first release was in 2004 on 240 volts, followed by playhouse and ostgut, where he released his debut album with murat tepeli in 2008. separately, hamburg based florian kruse & nils nûrnberg have created some of the most interesting deep house around in the past few years, with early highlights incl nils >caught a glimpse< on 8bit, and florians >love hurts< release on om records. since then, as solo producers, but more importantly together as kruse & nûrnberg they have climbed closer to the tree-top with their unique brand of mouth-watering underground house.
absolutely massive dop rework! will and tam went back to their roots and dusted off the sampler for >teddy s back<. strings and vocal cuts bring the soul and their trusty 101 delivers the bass line. as with many of their previous tracks together all the percussion is recorded in live - >because it sounds better and is fun to do<. they set out to achieve something that was heavy, rolling and organic yet with memorable moments that doesnt disappear into a never ending ableton conga loop... the original is already a firm favorite with the wolf + lamb crew and gilbr from chateau flight has also been supporting it for many months from an early version. our parisian friends dop deliver the goods on a major level with their remix. a truly filthy yet undeniably infectious song penned after a recent gig at the infamous berghain is backed by a surefire rhythm track and arrangement that is designed to move bodies. in wills words >not one i ll be playing to my mum<. just how we like it!
motorcitysoul are frankfurt veterans and deep house pioneers matthias vogt and christian rindermann (aka c-rock). vivid follows various successful releases (kazan and space katzle) on aus music, and their first debut studio album >technique< on simple. hailing from germanys own >motor city<, the pair have developed a reputation for creating soulful yet truely futuristic deep house that has a signature sound all of its own. >vivid< is trademark motorcitysoul û resonant evolving chord sequences, beautifully arranged organic percussion and >wild pitch< fx and loops combine to devastating effect. fellow frankfurter roman flugel gives the manheim house sound a damn good run for its money with a tight, loopy groove that locks you from the off. all kinds of detail and sound flourishes pop in once, never to be heard again, keeping the listener on their toesà.the package is completed with a percussion heavy dub that threatens to steal the show. roman flugel needs little introduction. one half of alter ego and one of the collective responsible for legendary labels playhouse and klang and not forgetting one of the finest clubs in the worldàrobert jonson
ian pooley makes his debut appearance on simple to kick start what is shaping up to be a bumper year for the label. german ian pooley hails from mainz but recently found a new home in berlin. ian is well known as a remixer and for his own prolific output bridging the gap between techno and house, creating superb tracks such as the massive >celtic cross< & >chord memory< on the force inc. music works, as well as recording more housier and disco orientated workouts for labels such as john acquavivas definitive recordings, effective records and nrk sound division. ian has also remixed for daft punk, the cardigans, the beloved, green velvet, modjo, nick holder and many more. ian has recorded two albums for v2 records, his debut >meridian< was a classic late 90s pooley album, full of tech-house delights and including the massive >whats your number< as remixed by jazzanova and bob sinclair. followed by huge albums >souveniers< and >since then<, and most recently >in other words< featuring robert owens, tim fuller and perry colo. most recently hes been busy djing across the globe, producing new music for the likes of us and producing for artists such as get physicals dj t. nightscape - a deep, heads down house groove that locks you in with its lovingly crafted percussion and beautifully bouncy bassline, whilst the wistful, melancholic pads are food for the soul. ians experience in production shines throughout the ep, making the tracks as much of a delight on the head phones as they are on a function one soundsystem. difference (jupiter/eight mixes) - intricate percussive rhythms combine with a rubbery bassline and rich poly stabs to set the tone. strings build and release the tension and a delicate piano riff brings the soul. the evolution of the patterns sees a heady crescendo for the floor. for the >eight mix< ian reworks the stabs and bass-line and pushes out a more straight ahead groove
fresh after the release of their debut album on simple, the second motorcitysoul ep in quick succession is as accomplished as we have come to expect from the frankfurt deep house duo matthias vogt and c - rock.
andrés first release for simple records >wanna feel< is all about the resonant, hypnotic bassline that steadily opens out to reveal more layers of harmony. little sounds and licks of melody dance around the bass whilst strings and stabs build the hook into one big crescendo. brooks melancholic strings, cleverly cut up the bassline and an eerie soundscape pushes the vibe of the original into a darker more sinister techno place….this is the lights out, heads down, touch me in the dark kind of groove that we love! finally >move< is an absorbing and patient deep house gem. plunging into a backdrop of prodded keys that subtly shift in shape and tone, a central synth melody climbs to euphoric climax before retiring back to waves of throbbing bass and rolling percussive loops
supported by 2000 and one, anja schneider, jesse rose, loco dice, shlomi aber, trickski, tobi neumann, to name a few.. once again theres a real nod to the old school here in a track inspired by arthur russell. rich, warm analogue pads and subtle fx flashes from the space echo build an enchanting groove. the intensity gradually develops with sounds slowly evolving, lending a deep hypnotic feeling to proceedings, until the chord progression opens out and you cant help but smile. a genuine end of night anthem and when dixon does his own edit you know your onto something special... version: double for your money, with an extra version of the original that doesnt open out into the full stabs and maintains a deeper groove. martin landsky remix: with a tight, tribal tom pattern and straight ahead groove martin landsky achieves a darker more spaced out feeling with his remix. he pushes the pads to a dubbed out climax without fully opening out the progression and this fully hits the spot. martin landsky has been making waves as a dj and producer since the mid-nineties and is one of the key producers at steve bugs excellent poker flat recordings and running his own intim records.. hes compiled many mix cds for labels such as poker flat, systematic and the partysan compilation series. his debut album was >in between< for pokerflat and since then hes remixed the great & good as well as producing several stunning releases and jetting about with his box of records
on this ep is will and tam coopers exclusive new track >out there< and the gui boratto remix of their >sequential circus<. support comes from adam freeland, ewan pearson, jesse rose, pete tong, audiofly, claude von stroke, dirt crew, karotte, konrad black, motorcitysoul..
on this ep is wills exclusive new track 3000 ad and a wahoo remix of one of wills most beautiful tracks from the simple back catalogue. on 3000ad lush, inviting pads drift around the stereo pallet before clicks and bleeps introduce the undulating rhythm of the track. as the resonance of the bassline is opened out to a pulsating crescendo, the haunting atmospherics build in intensity. introspective chords chime around the warped robot voices, creating the soulful yet deeply futuristic sound that characterize will’s productions. for the wahoo remix of mbira who better to choose than the head of wills favorite label (innervisions) for the remix of one of wills best known tracks. dixon keeps the melodies of the original and lends a live and driving percussive feel that his label has become renowned for. his epic arrangement causes maximum dance floor devastation as first strings then stabs are introduced to push the track to its climax. wahoo is the berlin based duo of georg levin & dixon. they have just released their album take it personal on fine records. together they have been busy putting the soul back into house music sin
>chariots<, the simple debut of james priestley and dan berkson, is a luscious house treat. driving percussion and throbbing keys move towards a crescendo through airy synths while the classic piano melody comes in to send the dancefloor to a blissful climax. soul and melody with a tight little groove, everything we at simple love! acclaimed frankfurt duo motorcitysoul, who made their aus debut earlier this summer, turn their hand to the remix. rotating clicks and punches move towards an ever intensifying push, while melodic whispers gather around the central chord progression, combining to create a deep and dreamy finale.
sunburst offers layers of eerie, whispered vocals wrapped around a dark and menacing chord pattern. as the track develops though, the chords open out to bring light to the dancefloor and dramatically change the mood into something wonderfully uplifting. marc also offers a reduced version of >sunburst< as a dub to complete the trip. the alexkid remix brings some proper old school house vibes to the mix. alex and his 909 go to work on marcs stabs to devastating effect. all hands are destined to reach for the lasers when the bass-line drops, and just in time for the summer. parisian alexkid works his magic for the remix. alexkid has in the past remixed everyone from astor piazzolla to george michael, provided serious dancefloor fuel with tracks like >dont hide it< and a number of critically acclaimed albums for the fantastic french label f communications
amazing dark and hypnotic sci-fi techfunk with detroit / old skool electro soundscape... (80s synth sounds)... already huge dj support: troy pierce, magda, shinedoe, kiki, karotte, jimpster, ivan smagghe, ewan pearson , dirt crew, audiofly...
on >pause< a rich, analogue lead line underpins the whole groove, slowly evolving, flitting between octaves and driving the track forward. at only 122bpm there is real feeling of space, allowing the carefully balanced drums and highly detailed percussive loops to add urgency and detail. soulful yet haunting chords are worked into the arrangement, intertwining with the lead line to reach a sweaty, euphoric peak. isolée deconstructs wills chords, initially only using two from the full sequence, allowing him the musical freedom to switch effortlessly from lush melodic pads to acid laced stabs. isolees unparalleled attention to detail creates a slow burning and truly hypnotic deep house groove that is as much for the head as it is for the feet
das original kommt super freakig electronisch jackig daher >> simple und effektiv!!! >> will saul remixed das teil in eine technasia styled techno ebene hinein !! killer tune ... schon in den plattenkisten von matthias tanzmann, tom clark, sasse, claude van stroke...
saufrischer minimaler electronic techno / techno , verfeinert mit remixes von argy & sideshow… schon auf den playlisten von: karotte, dirt crew, mandy, pete tong, martin landsky, james zabiela, rolando, david duriez, andre kraml…
with the a sides mix of tribal chants and live percussion combined with sparkling melody as waves of fender chords invite you to drift off into delicate textures. copicat was inspired by truly soulful melodies of philly legend teddy pendergrass. then onto dj t's mix which draws out the melancholic undertones and percussive nature of the original track and turns into a tribal acid house rework. key dj support: tiga, mylo, m.a.n.d.y, james holden, mike monday, damian lazarus, nick warren. key radio support: pete tong radio 1, the milk run radio 1, dave mothersole kiss fm, tayo kiss fm
tic toc came about after will met ursula rucker after her gig at the jazz cafe. being a gentleman he walked her back to her hotel, they talked about how life throws unexpected problems in your path and the world needing a damn hard kick up the arseà on the flip, swayzak take the track they describe as like sly & robbies work with grace jones remade for the 21st centuryand strip it to a dubby, minimal techno groove. dj support danny howells, m.a.n.d.y ,rich goold , strictly kev / dj food damian lazarus.
understated drums, relaxed percussion and heartwarming strings are immaculately arranged. australia's 'infusion' steps forward to offer a contrasting remix. dj support danny howells, john digweed, damian lazarus (crosstown rebels),m.a.n.d.y (get physical),colin dale, james holden
nice price deal !!! inc a killer rmx by poker flat s phonique & charted by dj t.!!! nice groovy jackin minimal (tech) house... on the flip, phonique delivers a spaced out electro-disco rework thats all about balancing the organic with the synthetic. big with steve bug, john tejada & damian lazarus !!
rich says of the licktown ep that 'its a more soulful organic sound for me. i've been a fan of simple for a while and it's inspiring that will saul is interested in a more experimental breakbeat sound.' dj support meat katie, evil nine (marine parade), lee coombs, soul of man, swayzak, danny howells, rob mello (classic)
ultraphat minimal techn track…on the flip mathew jonson strips the guitar from 'slide' and the pads from 'buttaface' and adds hi sown bouncy ananlogue bass-line, dubby hi-hats and crunchy snares, and re-builds a lush, throbbing and distinctly hypnotic techno groove
feat. tracks from the first 10 simple releases and an exclusive cut from sideshow. seamlessly mixed by will saul a fabric resident and this album is a great showcase for his mixing talent. boasting tracks and mixes from the likes of mathew jonson, fink, christain j, infusion, precision cuts and of course sideshow