over the course of four unforgettable eps released on throne of blood since 2013, hardway brother sean johnston has cultivated a broad international following for his singular brand of dancefloor fodder. best known as one half of legendary dj team a love from outer space alongside the one-and-only andrew weatherall, johnston’s roots in the dance music scene include a clutch of leftfield 90’s era bangers on labels like sabres of paradise and flashcomm. beyond his original output, johnston has also remixed the likes of man power, the asphodells, museum of love, split secs, clandestino and many more. the laser ep is peaktime hardway bros business. friedman feedback loop revision (a nod to tob boss james friedmans highly-valued opinions) is a masterclass in efficient simplicity, elevating a few basic loops into an exhilarating 8 minute monster. the laser rounds out the a side with a classic electro rhythm/bass/vocal sample combo could easily have landed in retro territory. instead, hardway bros easily flips a clutch of oldschool tricks into an utterly modern execution. the b-side finds tobs label manager max pask injecting friedman feedback loop revision with his love for all things analog and italo. with his impressive collection of synths brought to life by chinatown records brennan green, the song is transformed into an epic set closer thats already devasting dancefloors like berlins panorama bar. the ep closes with afro sirene, a midtempo groover with melodic arpeggios built for the discerning djs warm-up set.
french artist marc nguyen tan released two renowned albums in the early 2003 and 2006 under the artist name colder on trevor jackson’s seminal label output recordings. in november 2015, colder returned after a decade in hiatus with his third, highly acclaimed album many colours followed by two other lps titled the rain and goodbye in 2016. kasper bjorke is one of the most acclaimed and versatile producers and djs hailing from denmark. kasper has released five renowned solo albums over the past decade and remixed a wide range of artists, from rebolledo to weval. the two artists first started working together when kasper remixed colders single ”your kind” - and colder in return remixed bjørke s track ”marbled blood”. the idea to take their collaboration even further was formed when the two of them met in person during sonar festival in barcelona in 2015. in 2016 they then teamed up in the redbull studio in paris for a three day improvised recording session. the result is the black magic ep in stores on september 8th via throne of blood. a collection of five raw, driving post punk / new wave and techno influenced compositions, recorded via the studio ssl desk in paris, using hardware synths and drum machines played through some exotic vintage effects. colder recorded his mesmerizing vocals on the spot along with french drummer julien sabourin and saxophone player thibaut javoy. the ep will be followed by a stellar remix package from the golden filter (optimo music), mutado pintado (paranoid london) and french producer and dj pilooski.
in almost ten years of existence, throne of blood has cultivated a diverse family of musical talent spread across the americas and europe, refusing to settle into any particular sound or scene. foremost among this crew of almost-impossible-to-pigeonhole producers is dissident veteran hardway bros aka sean johnston, known to many as andrew weatheral’s partner in a love from outer space. his third ep for the label, pleasure cry, is characteristic of seans style: a modern sound with sly winks to his rich history in electronic music.
after a relatively quiet 2015 which saw brooklyns throne of blood release the third volume in the moon rock ambient series and a handful of singles from man power, jimi after, and vito & druzzi, things are already heating up for 2016.
with each successive volume of throne of bloods moon rock compilations, the new york label attains a deeper appreciation of electronic musics most chakra-massaging tendencies, participating in a communal dialogue devoted to a new dynamic beyond the confines of the dance floor.
hardway bros (otherwise known as sean johnston of a love from outer space) returns to throne of blood with their second ep. after successfully exploring belgian new beat influences on last years *a/b music / shorty* release, sean continues to explore the darker side of vintage electronic tropes with the sleaze ep.
after teasing us over the last two years with compilation and split ep releases on labels such as lets play house, horn wax and throne of blood/black catalogue, acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker sean dack drops his first solo ep as pixelife for throne of blood. deftly navigating the grey areas in between house, techno and acid, pixelife delivers two original tracks built to move the dancefloor at strobe-saturated warehouse parties. remixes come from druzzi and pittsburgh track authority.
its safe to say that without vito & druzzi, we wouldn’t be here today. indeed, along with the other members of the rapture (ever heard of them?) and james friedman, they founded throne of blood. our histories go hand in hand. after releasing classic albums on labels like sub pop, dfa, vertigo, and motown- and spending more than a decade touring the world with lcd soundystem, soulwax, the cure, interpol, and franz ferdinand to name a few- vito & druzzi have spent the last few years shifting their focus towards djing and production, building a studio in brooklyn and churning out the jams. its been a labor a love and were very happy to present you with the first fruits of their collaboration
this year has been a time for throne of blood to stretch out a bit. following a string of well-received singles exploring the quirkier corners of the dancefloor (dj chloe, brioksi, pleasure planet, bohemian groove, pbr streetgang) as well as moon rock a long-percolating exploration of modern ambient music, we are dropping a springtime megabomb aimed squarely at the big room.
just over a year after their debut single for throne of blood, canadian/finnish trio bohemian groove return with two more slices of gritty, technoid funk on *a musical drama*. remixes come from hieroglyphic being and posthuman.
beat pharmacy is one among several identities employed by brendon moeller. originally from south africa and based in new york, moeller is known primarily for his extensive explorations of dub techno a la basic channel. with eight full length albums and countless tracks released on labels including smilee communications, astralwerks, wave music, deep space, mule electronique, steadfast, connaiseur, apnea, third ear, echochord, eskimo, rekids and more, moeller is returning to throne of blood for his second ep length outing in as many years
for hardway bros first ep for throne of blood, sean looked back to the late 80s belgian new beat scene as well as chicagos storied wax trax imprint for inspiration, turning in two walloping originals that could just as easily soundtrack a gothic club night instead of an acid house rave. on the a-side, a/b musique kicks off the proceedings with a steady lurching rhythm, driving the dancefloor to ecstacy thanks to densely layered synths and the contributions of timothy j. fairplay of the asphodells fame. the flipside features the absolutely devasting rhythms of shorty backed by an utterly epic nine-minute remix by scott fraser which manages to fuse the disparate sounds of new beat and the lush analog house vibes of classic mr. fingers even as it name checks the latters legendary above the clouds lp.
remixes come courtesy of uk duo eskimo twins, who twist music for the lost and dead into an acidic floor smasher, house upstart jonny cruz, clouded vison honcho matt walsh, and australias the finger prince.
gabriel andruzzi, multi-instrumentalist and core member of dfas beloved the rapture, debuts his solo moniker dj druzz vs. omega mus on his own throne of blood imprint. designed for maximum dancefloor impact, >apeman< reveals new shades of primal funkiness hitherto unexplored by man... the title track thumps along with a swagger in its step, while tambourines, deep toms and simian grunts rattle and shake into rhythmic abandon. meanwhile, audacious, finely-detuned synth acrobatics form the backbone of the track and evoke a sense of careening blindly through the jungle canopy.
a relatively recent partnership, harkin & raney draws from years and years spent lost in music. steve raney (known to many as oneauff) came to nyc in 2005 with ten years of djing already under his belt. it was shortly thereafter that he connected with eamon harkin, an irish-born dj who’s become a central figure in the city’s party scene thanks to his hugely influential club nights fun, prime time, mister saturday night, and sunday best.
RED ATLANTIC EP ( AUTARKIC, COSMO VITELLI REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK12.12.17
having made his debut on throne of blood as a contributor to moon rock volume 4, cass. returns to the label with a blissed out 12” that builds upon the low-slung atmospheres of his recent output on emotional response and international feel (in collaboration with jan schulte) to create a heady and modern sound influenced by both balearic and 80’s pop sonics without every losing sight of the dance.
on the heels of last years moon temple ep, throne of blood co-founders vito & druzzi return with the two floor-ready vocal house jams featuring xavier, a veteran vocalist best known for his brilliant version of gimme the night by george benson released on erstwhile nyc disco imprint, a touch of class recordings.
the anonymous man power makes his debut on throne of blood with the labels first release in 2015. closely affiliated with jennifer cardinis correspondant records, hes been making waves across the underground over the past couple years with remixes and releases on labels including hivern discs, eskimo records, ene, infiné, rothmans, and is it balearic? with a debut lp in the can for correspondant and 12inches due on voyeurhythm, renate schalplatten, and discos capablanca, this unknown producer and dj is definitely one to keep an eye on in 2015.
an idea who’s time has clearly come, moon rock volume 1 struck a nerve upon release last spring. a collection of deeply atmospheric ambience, cosmic, and chillout techno, it was the opening salvo in a much longer-term effort by nyc-based throne of blood recordings to establish a platform for a diverse collection of friends and musical fellow travellers to explore composing music for folding time and exploring innerspace. now, just months after vol. 1 hit shelves, moon rock volume 2 is upon us…
throne of blood has been on a rampage of late. from our acclaimed ambient compilation moon rock volume one the the end scene lp from jokers of the scene and the debut single from the rapture’s vito & druzzi, we are on a musical mission and theres so much more in store
over a year in the making, moon rock volume 1 is the first in a series of compilations assembled by throne of blood recordings geared to explore the outer reaches of electronic ambience, cosmische vibrations, and crystalline acoustics. sparked by their shared love of ambient classics, label head james friedman and long-time tob artists cosmic kids put out a call for new and unreleased drones, beatless versions, and arpeggiated chillout tackle.
packed with three headphone jams that work on the dancefloor, animals marks the entry of a new creative force into the throne of blood family and a return to a lighter, more spaced-outvibe than much of the nyc-based imprint’s output over the past year. with an eye towards pushing things forward whilst keeping a foot firmly planted in a shared past spent raving to all sorts of dance music, throne of blood is proud to introduce our latest signing: pleasure planet.
its not everyday that an ep comes your way after extensive roadtesting by none other than a love from outerspace aka andrew weatherall and sean johnston). but an intro email and a gentle nudge from johnston is indeed how milan-based brioskis new ep wound up on throne of blood.
summertime has passed and so has the time for relaxing. autumnal vibes and serious atmospheres are back and throne of bloods latest fits right in. marking the imprints very first collaboration with another imprint, the throne of black catalogue ep sees nyc mainstay pixelife (lets play house, horn wax) dropping two new originals alongside brand new jams from australias carter brothers (black catalogue, defected) and black catalogue mainman monty luke(mothership, planet e, black catalogue)
for its 37th release, throne of blood reaffirms its love for all things french, with a new ep by one of the countrys finest ambassadors: chloe. the kill the dj co-founder found time in her relentless dj schedule to deliver two originals to form the backbone of the aptly named smash ep. two cracking remixes round out the release.
savvy watchers of the throne (of blood) first got acquainted with split secs (the los angeles based duo of alexandre mouracade of sonns fame and west coast house and disco stalwart tk disco) back in december of last year, when they brilliantly remixed waze & odysseys our world. or perhaps it was their incredible work for labels like pacific wizard foundation, jolly jams, or their own machine limited. with the joint ep, they officially join the tob family, and what an entrance!
2012 witnessed the birth of a shadowy transatlantic musical conspiracy known as bohemian groove. taking their inspiration from the infamous bohemian club, a conclave of powerful men who met annually at the bohemian grove campground in california to plan world-changing developments including the manhattan project, this musical axis of evil spans toronto and helsinki, with their base of operations in berlin.
2012 saw waze & odyssey roll onto the scene with their debut release on pet food recordings. since then they have gone on to put music out on labels such as wolf music, body work music, sccucci manucci, trunkfunk, sinq records, disco bloodbath and sunday best.
here is what we know about luv*jam: known to his mum as andrew cole, he is a house producer and dj from wrexham, north wales. enigmatic though he is, luv*jam has revealed more than enough personality between wax grooves. his generous string of white-hot releases on such labels as we play house, phonica, skylax, lany recordings, and his own crow castle cuts do more than enough talking. that sterling track record continues with his throne of blood debut.
following up on his 2010 madhouse pop gem >someone out there<, aka jk (a.k.a. jonathan kreinik, new york producer extraordinaire and long-time live sound engineer for the rapture) returns to throne of blood with >2600 2600<, the title of which may or may not reference a famous analog synthesizer. an appropriate title, as synthesizers indeed abound from the start, flooding the low-end with disorienting deep analog washes before the utterly-infectious vocal enters and the party kicks off in earnest.
known as one of the most adventurous promoters in new york, eamon harkin has cultivated something more than mere parties. mister sunday night and sunday best are the stuff of legends.
following several collaborative singles and remixes as harkin & raney (throne of blood, wurst music, on the prowl), >rigor music< is harkins first ever solo ep.
for the inside job ep, beat pharmacy leaves dub in the background, taking things in a more straight ahead house and techno direction. percussive without being oppressively banging, melodic without excessive nooding, tracks like >inside job< and >comet< nevertheless retain the intense attention to subtle detail that define moellers more dubwise productions. >in a trance in france< takes things into a deeper more hypnotic realm, and >hootin & tootin< toughens things up with an ominous analog bassline and thunderous kick drums sure to ignite a mainroom dancefloor. yet even here, echoes and melodic elements sweep through the mix, lest you forget who was working the boards.
title track >lasers are forever< combines arpeggiating analog squelch, lush synth atmospherics and subtle percussion sequencing to lend itself an uncommon sense of drama, the effect of which is both compelling and visceral. on the flip, >hello darkness< takes a somewhat different approach: an imposing arp 2600 bassline pulses along front-and-center with a relentless acid-tinged snarl, while pounding drums and swelling pads complete this most banging of danses macabres. on remix duties are throne of blood alumni remain & mlle caro, who retain the key elements of their source material only to reveal an entirely different beast lurking beneath: the parisian duo take down the tempo a few notches and let swelling analog filters and unfurling lfos do the rest. meanwhile, get the curse music boss clement meyers deformhaus remix of >hello darkness< tightens the originals percussion to an industrial stomp and introduces a spooked-out synth line every bit as funky as it is uncanny- the end result lands somewhere between the boneyard and the discothèqu
HEAVY HEADY EP (TUFF CITY KIDS / NICK CHACONA RMXS)
12" Vinyl UK31.10.11
the transition from hip hop dj to dance music producer is not always an easy one. it is a path littered with countless fitted caps, baggy jeans, and backpacks. yet throne of blood s oneauff has walked this path and emerged unscathed. originally from north carolina, this long time brooklyn resident is no stranger to tob, having released two singles with production partner eamon harkin (mister saturday night/subway series) as well as remixes for populette, corinne (on the prowl), and the neurotic drum band (wurst music co.). though oneauff (known to the government as steve raney) has also been heard a couple solo releases including a digital-only single on buzzard gulch and a remix for cubic zirconia (dont cry recordings), the heavy heady ep is his most fully realized and developed. it s also among the most gorgeous records throne of blood has ever released.
after a series of classically oriented 12 inches with deep debts owed to old school detroit and chicago vibes, remain & mlle caros release stands out as a thoroughly modern model of analog dancefloor ammunition. while >heat< and >rogue< dispense with homage and go for the jugular with darkside intensity, the remixes hand chosen by remain and caro open things up, revealing undiscovered dimensions to the music. holmar filipsson from thugfucker (life & death records) teams up with neurotic drum bands ulysses to transform >heat< into a mid-tempo disco chugger heavy on the drums and boogie bass. populette unleash a late night dancefloor bomb complete with hypnotic arpeggios for their corking refix of >rogue<.
>saarid wishes to promote peace through human understanding, not politics.<
those words are literally etched into the vinyl of saarids debut single. strong words for a strong new addition to the ever-expanding throne of blood family! fusing 80s drum machines with 90s atmospherics, saarid has crafted a sound that nonetheless feels like right now.
new yorks dream team return with a three tracker of floor-friendly deep house and techno. mr saturday night himself eamon harkin and steve oneauff raney have been relatively quiet since the release of their >word to the wise< ep last summer, but they have been busy. in the few months since harkin & raney released their mix of corinne for on the prowl/scion av, they have been hard at work in the studio, mixing with nick chacona (mood music/wurst music company), djing, and working on solo projects coming soon on throne of blood!
throne of blood present ford inc, mission 1 ... a-side >satire< recalls the deepest moments of classic transmat artists like mayday, pairing uplifting pianos with emotive synths and a propulsive vision of techno-futurism. on the flip, >delirium< lives up to its name, pairing a dissociative bassline with jazzy vamps and organic drums. eschewing the obvious big room crowdpleasing maneuvers in favor of emotional and melodic complexity, the latest on throne of blood marks the arrival of something special in dance music. keep an ear to the ground for more from ford inc later this year.
while cultivating a reputation as one of las most exciting dj duos at parties like the legendary do-over and dam funks funkmophere, cosmic kids started working in the studio, completing remixes for friends like harvard bass. but it was their first original tune that landed them on throne of blood, backed by absolutely tremendous remixes from dear friends juan maclean, classixx and labelmates bicep.
ulysses dj career began in 1991, when he started his universitys first techno radio show. shortly after graduating he returned to his hometown and became a player in the late-90s electro scene in new york, running some of the earliest large-scale electro parties in new york. guests included legends such as alexander robotnick and arthur baker, as well as recent stars like i.f., miss kitten and the hacker and adult. ulysses is not only about party promotion, however, and a close look at his diverse musical career will quickly shatter this misconception. although a long-time advocate of obscure disco and classic techno, ulysses is currently best known for the piano house anthem robotic hypnotic adventure from his neurotic drum band collaboration with john selway. in addition to the ndb ulysses collaborates with thugfuckers holmar filipsson as filipsson & ulysses, who are releasing soon-to-be classic eps of emotive electronic disco on internasjonal and bearfunk records. ulysses still continues to chart his own musical path with an incredible ep of dark pop for internasjonal spesial in the works, as well as some new club-friendly dance tracks on wurst and his solo debut for throne of blood. the acid reflux ep represents the diversity of ulyssess talent, from banging acid tracks to moody downtempo and grooving electronic house. to round things out ulysses recruited prins thomas to deliver an unprecedented nine-minute rerub of >acid reflux< that preserves the originals 303 groove but injects a heaping dose of cosmic atmosphere and live instrumentation into the mix. essential
throne of blood teamed up with the fine irish gentlemen behind feel my bicep to release a couple of brilliant 12 inches worth of originals with some superb remixes. first up is the aptly named ep1, which features two bicep originals and a mega-sized edit by retro/grade (serge santiago & tom neville).
taken from the paris-based bibi tanga & the selenites acclaimed album >dunya<, >be africa< gets the remix treatment from throne of bloods own populette and dfa co-founder and mastermind behind the always-dope loving hand moniker, tim goldsworthy.
this release will be strictly limited and available only on 12 inch!
gavins mix has proven such a favorite, in fact, that it sent populette back into the studio to refine the original so they stand beside one another better.we can think of no greater compliment than that!
THE CONGREGATION OF DISCALCED CLERKS / CONCRETE SKANKIN
12" Vinyl UK07.06.10
after an ultra-busy 2009 year, mugwump is delighted to grace throne of blood, a label they are really digging, with their first original productions of 2010 and a double tracker that fuses a lot of their previous influences, such as italo, ebm, acid-house, techno, classic disco, dub or breaks, all clashing to the sound they ve expertly crafted and produced. get a glimpse of their devastating new club sound.
nice price deal !!! aka jks first release on throne of blood is a reflection of years in basement with sequencers, apartments with macintoshes, van front seats with laptops and international flights with xanex and most importantly his long-standing friendship with the rapture boys, culminating in this vito roccoforte produced stinger. its a world-wide dedication to all his dj friends who rock it out night after night, luring people from their broadband lives to sweat it out and transcend in clubs, bars on beaches and venues across the planet.
loved by dj mehdi (ed banger), dave p (satelite of love), brodinski (turbo, mental groove)... the rapture haben dances with white girls als ersten act auf ihren neuen label throne of blood genommen. die kombinierte wucht aus pfundigen, darken beats und eingängingen oldschool house sorgt für richtig stimmung in der bude