livity sound continues to be one of the most innovative labels of its era with another essential release, this time in the form of a debut long player from forest drive west. this extended 2 x 12” and digital release, apparitions lands in october 2018 and is a fascinating further development of the producer s intricate fusions of techno, dub and jungle. * the acclaimed uk artist has released two eps on the label before now, as well as on its sister label dnuos ytivil and the likes of hidden hawaii, appian sound, and london drum & bass outlet rupture. little is known about the london based producer but in just a couple of years he has established his own unique blend of complex rhythms and tactile sound design, distilling a rich history of uk musical influences into fresh new forms. * this record continues in that tradition with a mix of sparse rhythm tracks that contrast heavy weight drum programming with rich and deft sound design. from menacing and mysterious, to cinematic and hypnotic, it makes for a compelling and immersive experience. apparitions is a landmark release for one of the uk s most exciting new producers.
* integral records proudly present the latest project from head honchos artificial intelligence. introducing the series -–season 1. as the title suggests, this fresh bunch of emotive and futuristic cuts comprises four unique listening episodes that will take you on an exhilarating journey spanning across soulfully-refined molten liquid jams, and signature a.i. heaviness. stay locked for the season 2 premiere!
drum and bass pioneers flex record release their first vinyl since the chart topping ricky force -real love/ nice & easy. the 2x 12- offered up here is an amalgamation of 2 years work, showcasing the worldwide talent involved in this unique package. black hole is uncompromisingly dark, with new and old flavours seamlessly interlinking, daring the listener to listen deeper and look into what the black hole contains.
a brand new, debut ep from a formidable talent, sunny & deck hussy bring the authentic old skool hardcore sound back and do it right. all 4 tracks on this ep show both versatility and innovation, while continuing knitebreeds mission to bring new artist to the forefront of the burgeoning new “old” rave scene. all 4 tracks are deceptively simple, but do the damage where it counts – on the dance floor or loud at home. having completed this ep, they were asked by pete cannon to remix a track from his top selling n4 ep, and you can be sure you will be hearing more from this dynamic duo…
since this year still hot are proud to welcome martin to their artist rooster. with his new -treat me bad- banger he finally makes his ep debut on still hot and proves his -all in- aspiration yet again. the title track -treat me bad- is an impressive demonstration of how striking electronic music can be when elaborate percussion and sound quality come together. massively powerful and just as smart -treat me bad- promises to have a salient impact on international dancefloors. with gorge we are glad to have another heavyweight on board who gave -treat me bad- a looser and more spherical vibe, however just as danceable as the original.
in the late 80s i started listening to uk radio stations when i was a little kid and i instantly fell in love with the acid sound and rave movement that was portrayed on those uk dance shows. when i got old enough to attend clubs and warehouse raves, to experience the movement first hand, it was a nobrainer for me that the music and the lifestyle was my call. lately…. in my dj sets and when producing music… i have been time travelling back to those days. back to how i remember the music i fell so deeply in love with and that is exactly what you hear on this “done/undone” release. for the “done” track i teamed up with cari golden to have a female spoken word and a great message to build the music around. i always prefer to do original vocal recordings rather than using samples. cari understood 100% what i was after and i love the lyrics and execution by her. the spoken word is centered, very clear and deep to contrast the constantly building intensity of the acid patterns and thumping beats. “undone” is instrumental and has a more straight forward flow to it. it’s quite simple although the shifting groove patterns might surprise some. i was torn between two different acid patterns and decided to drop one of them as a surprise change. playing the track in clubs i quickly learned that the change of dynamics had a great effect. both tracks have been wrapped in dark-themed chords and atmosphere. both tracks have my take on the sound i fell in love with years ago and obviously still love today. i hope you like what you hear.
the third release on this frankfurt based imprint features three locals throwing down an intense banger and acidic hypno train on the a side, followed up by darker and jellyfishlike escape pods on the flip side.
blond ambition, madonna’s provocative and controversial first world tour since 1987, coincided with her huge-selling like a prayer album and the release of the dick tracy movie and soundtrack, combining sexual and catholic themes, it saw her performing to huge audiences in north america, europe and asia, and generated both admiration and condemnation. in 1993, madonna embarked on her fourth world tour, the girlie show, in support of her sexually charged erotica album, a blend of cabaret, circus, burlesque, disco and more, igniting controversy wherever it went. this collection of madonna’s greatest hits, consist of tracks from live performances at the reunion arena, dallas in 1990 and the fukuoka dome, tokyo in 1993, broadcast on radio and tv. presented here on 180 gram vinyl with background notes and images.
andrea ferlin exploit in beirut along side 3lias and jool give birth to no longer human. the trio deliver a sophisticate classy and futuristic jazzy track. aleandro remix gives a twist for the dance floor not loosing the special touch of the original. sleep is commercial meets tribe. and the family grows.
hailing from barcelona, the 12tree crew fire up their own in-house label hot piroski with a sterling opening round that s already garnering support from the likes of pete herbert, crazy p, psychemagik and more. the original track on the a side, -sugamomma,- is a well-rounded, full-fat dancefloor burner that should sit comfortably with fans of hot natured et al, given an extra boost with a sample of a young stevie wonder. on the flip, afrobeat classic n gwode by aleke kanonu gets a respectful edit that injects just the right amount of extra groove without diluting the loose, infectious soul of the original
coming next from adult only: the repress of one of the most sought-after 12s from the label back catalogue. ao19: “formula express – main course” was originally released in 2002 and featured guillaume la tortue, jef k and chris carrier.
this is actually some of the last records ever produced by the mysterious guillaume la tortue, one of the pioneer of electronic music in france, who’s quoted by laurent garnier in his infamous “electrochoc” book as one of his main influence back in the days.
the record opens on the “main course”: a classic tech-house number with a beautiful 909 beat and a tasteful use of various samples and fx all through the track. the funky vocals still sound fresh today but the secret here (as often with chris carrier’s related work) is the groove – the kind of groove that reminds you summer days in the park while the strong bass-line announces already the next track.
on the flip, “starter” stands out as the perfect dancefloor killer with an infernal groove and a real fat analog bass-line that will keep you moving whether you want it or not. add just a few crispy tribal percussions on a classic raw 909 beat and you got the simplest and dubbiest song of the record but also the most efficient dancefloorwise.
the last cut, “apple pie”, might be the deepest of them all. spacy melodies and trippy vocals in the background make you first feel like you’re chillin on some extraterrestrial beach far away from earth. it starts as a nice breakbeat building the atmosphere before slowly evolving into a more 4-4esque tech-house with the bass coming in only after a couple of minutes. even if the sound was resolutely analogic, the whole ep is extremely well produced with a special care for details. at many levels this three-track ep is a landmark in the label history.
time for repress.
yama music return with their second instalment on their own self-titled label, with yet more trippy minimal house music. as with the first record, yama music 002 brings 3 original cuts which are stripped back groove aimed at the dancefloor. the uk based label kick things off with “outstore”, eerie pads sit on top of tight stripped back drums which have a glitchy atmospheric synth adding to the cosmic feel of this record. the b side are two tracks that follow a similar pattern but retain their individuality. the first of these is “who what space”, this track is propelled along with a bone shaking yet infectious bassline, crisp percussion and an otherworldly synth. “who what toms” wraps up the ep with delicate shuffling percussion, a tight kick drum and a sexy bassline ready to make the dancefloor hum. a well placed vocal and a synth that sounds like it’s taken from the starship enterprise rounds off a great return for yama music.