hijacked records detroit is feeling inspired after hearing new work from one of our favourite allies in techno, jules wells. we felt it was our duty to deliver this to the people, three new productions from jules with a guest remix from our own antwon faulkner. please enjoy - -silent orchestra.- the title track from jules really set the bar for this release. jules really understands story telling with music and this track transports you to a time in techno that was both hopeful and beautifully heart breaking. a persistent chord progression is wrapped in celestial synth harmonies filing up the space all around you and reaching in. that classic clap is underpinned with a touch of acid, creating an edge. at the 4:33 mark an enchanting and haunting sign wave tells a melodic tragedy. strings come in delicately but wash over you completely. this track is both stunning and devastating.
brand new detroit duo man vs indian man comprises ian finkelstein (of scott grooves’s overdubs fame) and even haywood. complementing each other’s strengths, the pair make the perfect match as they pour out thick viscously barbed future soul in thick gooey doses, both “ice accountant” and “cloud nine” are wrapped in foggy layers of sleepy textures as the falsetto vocals and lean instrumentation cut through with dreamy delight. remixes from the legendary egyptian lover (cosmic electro), fellow detroitian pontchartrain (filtered disco house) and brazilian table daddy (lolloping dream tech).
the spiritual and uplifting music of clifford white is highlighted with two of his most sought after songs, taken from his 1989 album the lifespring, and presented here in a special extended 12inch for the first time. starting in music production at just 15, white could be described as a protegee, however his take is that they were part of a music journey that continues today. with a centre found in electronic music and spirituality, his progress, from simple home use 4-track stereo to working in professional 16-tracks studios was swift, but matched by a deeper appreciation, greater confidence and wider palette of music styles
luv shack records 26th release marks the return of vienna based artist and label regular lesale. the baguette magique ep packs three punchy original tracks plus a remix by deep disco don and vienna resident roman rauch. first off, there s the original version of baguette magique , an uplifting dance opus carried by a tantalising disco sample, a plethora of bleeps and synthetic patterns, evolving into a cosmic, almost-techno piece in the second half. roman rauch s remix takes out the tempo and the quirkiness of baguette magique , instead opting for a laid back 80s tropical groove, turning the original theme into an insanely deep and obscure chord sequence. on the flip, lesale takes things to disco territory with percussive drums, a cheeky filtered sample and a hyperactive synth bass sequence on house rules . jungle breeze wraps up the release, offering a hazy mix of deep pads, tribal drums and oddball flute samples.
der begnadete afro-futurist auntie flo aus glasgow fusioniert elektronische club-musik mit weltmusik-rhythmen und wird gerne in einer reihe mit daphni, four tet und romare genannt. nach zwei alben auf dem glasgower label huntleys & palmers erscheint sein drittes werk nun auf gilles peterson’s brownswood. mit -radio highlife- gelingt ihm seine bislang ambitionierteste arbeit, an der befreundete musiker aus aller welt wie laurie pitt (golden teacher), der senegalesische multiinstrumentalist mame ndiack, uk-produzent/sänger andrew ashong und der kubanische percussionist yissy garcia teilnahmen.
shot at dawn is a scintillating return for a band who have been collectively quiet (but individually busy) for a few years, and (once again) sounds like the music of tomorrow. lyricist leon mayes wills the real revolution to come, morris’s uneasy keys and driving, bittersweet production embodies the uk s collective anxiety/apathy coupled with an impending sense of doom, as we all obediently troop off the cliff like lemmings, while vocalist michelle manetti s melancholy delivery is the perfect foil both, recalling tracey thorn at her best.
peter croce takes the baton back from blair french for rocksteady disco’s 9th release entitled agape. its vision is similar to standing still is an illusion, with peter’s unique take on this afrobrazilian deep house threetracker.
hailing from the rhythm plate multiverse, pressed for time is one of the many outposts carrying the work of matlock s finest house music protagonists. reaching beyond the regular roster of goshawk, yse and the full-blown plate, this latest transmission calls on deep cover uk house crew brs, also known as british rhythm services, who step up with some crucial workouts for sophisticated dancefloors. the quartet of ben vecara, rob evans, steve wilson & dom thompson have a sizable legacy behind them, not least from the early 00s when they were regularly rolling out releases for the likes of 20:20 vision, cyclo and friends & families. after a quiet patch their return is marked out by a broad spectrum of deep house delights locked onto the kind of shuffled grooves that rhythm plate heads should be more than happy with, and plenty of loose, live-sounding keys to boot.
for our second release of 2018 ears have eyes are back with the third instalment of our throng of orbs compilation series. this time around we welcome back old friends, and bring in some new names to the ehe fold, with a collection of tracks spanning deep emotive house music, broken beats and acid dancefloor pressure. first up we have contours, who burst onto the scene in 2015 with an excellent release on the mighty rhythm section, and has put out a slew of great records since then. dither takes time to unfold, but when the fluid acid line emerges from the heady percussion he really sets up the track for dancefloor perfection. for the a2 we welcome back chocky to the label, and he serves up a slice of weighty house music that drips quality and emotion. pickle dat kicks off with an absolute beauty of a groove, understated but weighty, and from there chocky goes on to sprinkle just the right amount of seasoning, with soulful rhodes licks and a wonderful bass line. off the back of their excellent 12- on love on the rocks, elles x violet kick off the b side with yrnyb, a tried and tested dancefloor destroyer. when we heard elles playing this in a dark basement in peckham, we just had to sign it. sometimes a kick drum, an acid line and a half heard vocal is all you need. finishing off the release we have dublin artist replete serving up a lovely slice of hazy, percussive house music that slowly builds to a crescendo. an acidic bassline sits nicely over congas and a warm, rounded kick drum.
argot records was born in 2006 in riccione (italy) from the stable relationship and friendship of the two musicians and djs pepe and giaga. they created it to make their music more freely, without impositions, with an own identity, fascinated on every kind of test.
kicking off the first of two tracks by sondrio night train is smooth and subtle, this melodic low slung groover is made for those warm summer days. the deep tones give the low end just enough attitude to get those boots knocking. give it like is punchy and upbeat, sondrio gives you a dance floor weapon that ll have the punters up in arms. his signature low end notes drive this record with vocal stabs that will fit in any set. first up on b side ant larock drops another groovy house number better think with a mesmerising vocal laid on top of nothing but luscious chords. summer needs records like this, it s what memories are made of. ant also delivers pleasure that feels like a good dj tool perfect to break up those disco vocals with choppy chords, swinging drums and a cheeky vocal to match. house music at its finest.
here it is, the first in a new mini-series from icelandic label borg ltd - homegrown ep vol. 1 marks the label s maiden voyage onto showcasing the local icelandic talent with a three-track release featuring ilo, intr0beatz and felix leifur. the a side is completely owned up by ilo s seventeen minute house-disco journey only someone real complete with a 90 s tinged rave sequence at the tail end. on the b side intr0beatz supplies fu banco, a heady slowed down house groover that keeps his signature sound and atmosphere intact. felix leifur follows with transit, shaping together in his genre bending way the dusty chords, heavily effected samples, tape hiss and other involuntary recording equipment noises into a beautiful coherency fit for both home & club duty. a great first in borg ltd s homegrown series!
marc & oveous bring the classic bruk flavours to atjazz’s label with their new e.p. ‘on again’. the original harks back to the old co-op nights with a tough bass synth and oveous’ soul laden vocals, tied together behind a punchy, syncopated broken beat rhythm. dress to sweat, this one will make the bodies move. first up on the flip side the ‘4x4 dub’ switches the rhythm to a straight up 4x4 house beat, but that subby synth carries through the broken beat touch. the original mixes’ vocals are dropped in favour of one of oveous’ short spoken word monologues before he steps back to let the music do the magic. the ‘dubstramental’ gives you one final interpretation utilising the same dubbed out template as the b1, but reverting back to the original broken beat pattern to give you three different flavours to throw down with.
making his return to the label after last year s springtime favorite, everlast, is dorsi plantar. better listen s twelfth entry in the main run marks their first repeat of an artist, and the copenhagen man does not disappoint. tack farsan is a balanced sample-driven ep intended to milk the last of summer s flavors for the dancefloors enjoyment. the top side hosts sunny disco affairs in the release s title track, and a polished collab with label mate sune. the logo side, on the other hand, explodes into deep latin affairs.
burner! massive! wird bereits von solomun, trikk, musumeci, lehar u.a. in jedem ihrer sets gespielt. hier kommt die erste maxiauskopplung aus mr raoul k’s album “african paradigm”. und was für eine! die a-seite birgt einen killertrack, dunkel aber schimmernd schön. ein wirbelndes pad und treibende beats führen den tack erst in eine dunkelheit und dann geht die sonne auf, wenn sona diabate’s stimme reinkommt. ihr kraftvoller gesang flutet licht über alle schatten und der track schafft den spagat zwischen: “putting you in a trance und raise your hands in the air”. eleganz und energie. auf der b-seite: der kaito remix von “african paradigm”, eine zwölf-minuten freigeistige glückseligkeit mit einem unwiderstehlichen groove. das ist mr raoul k’s trademark: organische sounds, traditionelle instrumente der elfenbeinküste, und funkelnde soundlandschaften - wundervoll geschmückt mit mysteriösen vocals.
public release maintains its coast-switching lifestyle with what is perhaps its most ambitious project—and inarguably its longest - yet, earth boys’ debut full-length, the eboys lp, the logical conclusion to a chain of collaborations that began, a little over a year ago, with the release of their trail mix ep. the two-disc, twelve-track album represents a new high for the pair comprised of michael sherburn and julian c. duron both creatively and technically, ideas they’ve been stewing and simmering since their splash of a debut in 2015 are now presented fully baked here.
new york city house / disco imprint. on a1: well being s remix of detroit jevantte s, mr. piano man is a slamming baseline loop driven groove. next up ari bald and martín miguel, of better listen records fame, bring a summer edit fit for a wbls barbecue. on the b side we have a special filtered out cut with a big low end from tilman. finally on b2, a track from higgins with filtered strings on top of raw house drums.
camelphat and yousef have known each other for many years. much alike one another they ve earnt their stripes, contributing to the dance music industry in a plethora of ways, dj ing, running events, running clubs. naturally, this friendship, teamed with camelphat s admiration and understanding of circus recordings, led to the exchanging of demos that finally manifested in this release. opening track the solution is nothing short of relentless. having had numerous plays out, the track has been dubbed check-mate on the dancefloor . with second track, dmt , yousef was immediately hooked on the way it pushed the boundaries of camelphat s vision further than ever before. indeed, a fully twisted techno work out that sees heavy kicks and driving bass build, amid looping sirens, to not one but two huge crescendos. this ep showcases club music with the heftiest of parameters. undoubtedly, another enormous ep for camelphat and a fitting following to the equally enormous say something by nasser baker already out on circus recordings