clash lion is a mix of three personalities shall ocin. terr and daniel watts. three artists with different musical backgrounds merging forces to create a truly eclectic and open-minded label. after the success of their first release from maetrik firmly putting this label in the spotlight. it was followed by releases from shall ocin and daniel watts. anna who started 2018 with the acclaimed‘hidden beauties ep on kompakt now comes back with a 3 track ep for clash lion. her debut on the label kicks off with suzi in transe. a roaring synth work drives this track into the deep and dark realms of techno. but with an acid element thrown in for good measure. ethereal yet brooding. impression is a track that grows and grows. its classical piano stab perfectly blends into the mix. keeping its dancefloor ready pace right to the end. 80s flare. break beat focused rhythms and an explosive synth riff. into the void is the most futuristic offbeat techno piece we have heard from anna. and makes for a standout new release with three varied and texturally interesting tracks.
jonah sharp & dj spun pair up as the loose control band to drop a punk-inspired single on rekids with remixes from label founder radio slave and shut boss ryan james ford. having released a large body of work as spacetime continuum (astralwerks) or alongside david moufang as reagenz (workshop). not to mention significant collaborations with the likes of terence mckenna. haruomi hosono and bill laswell. jonah sharp is unquestionably a highly respected producer. his seminal label reflective played an important role in the experimental ambient and techno scene during the ‘90s. whilst as a remixer he’s worked with music by nine inch nails. meat beat manifesto and matthew herbert. meanwhile. jason drummond has long been a commanding force within new yorks electronic music scene. such as running his prestigious warm up music series or his all night rong parties with regulars like dj harvey. hes also been djing and producing as dj spun for two decades. appearing on golf channel recordings as well as his own illustrious imprint rong music. which used to release music collaboratively with dfa. i dont understand sees a raw and uncompromising side to both artists as they layer a cacophony of murky bass. twisted melodies and mind-bending bleeps whilst drummonds turbulent vocals bellow throughout the mix. staying faithful to the original. radio slaves remix incorporates a heady rhythm with its rolling beat as screeching effects join a moody bassline. moving into techno territory. ryan james fords akihabara remix features rattling percussion and crystalline synths whilst his hope remix is built on an intricate drum sequence as soaring pads and echoing keys contrast with the originals piercing vocal.
r&s newcomer karim sahraoui delivers an ep of deep. emotive techno that draws on the rich legacy of detroit while staying relevant for the modern era. sahraoui is a globetrotting seeker of musical truth spending time in malaysia. italy and spain as well as his native france. he recorded in the early 2000s to some acclaim as djinxx. releasing prolifically for delsin. cocoon. f-com bedrock. and ovum amongst others. in 2009 he took a couple of years out from the industry. travelling to malaysia to find himself. in 2011 a chance meeting reconnected sahraoui with derrick may. who he originally met in the late 90s. may was reactivating transmat and persuaded karim to let him release his music. but on the condition it be under his own name. the resulting pair of eternal life eps in 2014 and 2016 marked his rich return to form glorious melodic. contemplative techno in the classic motor city mode. his plenitude ep for r&s builds on similar positive themes - from the percolating arpeggios and mystic melodies of spy of the desert. to the anthemic jazzy techo paen of born again or the aching symphonic build of before the 2nd coming its clear that after decades in the business sahraouis talent is only growing rather than diminishing. i wanted to give it more spirituality. musicality and roots with the choice of the sounds. going back in the past and transcribe everything with visionary fusions. sahraoui explains.
after kicking off the year with releases by wheelman and general ludd. were very pleased to announce that naum gabo completes our recent trilogy of releases from glasgow based artists. alongside ivan smagghe. its no secret that optimo have been a huge influence around these parts and having released ivans smagghe & cross project on belters last year. its a huge honour to work with naum gabo - the production partnership of jonnie wilkes (jg wikes of optimo) and james savage (mastering engineer for optimo music). fittingly enough. naum gabo played live at the first ever optimo related parties we attended at the sub club back in 2005 and jonnies influential and supportive presence has been felt over the years as we started to become more involved in the glasgow scene and as the label developed. so it didnt require much thought to do this release before we had even heard these new naum gabo tracks they are absolute slammers of the highest order! really big release. bringing to our minds the likes of errorsmith. belters is a new club-focussed label brought to you by huntleys + palmers.
caibu is paul rose’s first album as scb. the album builds on material from the below the line. old media new society. and engineered morality eps which explored a fictional narrative in which a hypothetical timeline is corrupted by a climate-related disaster. the title of the album itself refers to an imagined surgical procedure where cognitive ability is augmented through transplant from one brain to another. as such. caibu invites the listener to forge their own ideas on the development of society in the context of crisis.
ACCIDENT IN PARADISE (KINK REMIX) / ROBOT (KOELSCH REMIX)
12" Vinyl D17.04.18
2018 repress with black sleeve!
sven väth returns with two of his greatest classics. just in time for the 20th anniversary of the cocoon idea the club-culture pioneer presents two milestones of his first two solo albums accident in paradise (1992) and the harlequin. the robot and the ballet dancer (1994). kink is in charge for remix 1 and we all know how much the bulgarian fancys classic styled house and techno music which makes him the perfect person for the job.
2018 repress - standard cover ... us born and meanwhile in berlin residing kevin mchugh aka ambivalent presents his cocoon recordings single debut. ambivalence seems to the be the musical direction here. daylights is a sheer technomonster. musclepacked and full of dark detroit flavour but the used vocal samples and the harmonic synthstrings cant hide the magic touch of daylights. although the massive techno bassline is the star of this track we are sure it will find its way into the sets of many house djs. too. in contrast to that “swung out” appears way more like pure techno and cannot be filed as house at all. we are hypnotized by the shuffled rim shots and hi hats and ambivalent drives this one straight through the dub universe. techno is the destination and the dark vibe of swung out makes it a perfect after hour weapon.
MARIO (TOFU AKA FUMIYA TANAKA & THOMAS MELCHIOR REMIX)
12" Vinyl D17.04.18
vinyl only release! 2018 repress
galluzzi and schneider: two masters of their craft and two specialists for merging minimal techno with dark house vibes. this particular sound that is high on demand when the club crowd get lost in the middle of night. lost in music. lost in the hot air that makes their bodies sweat. lost in these disco lights that makes us all dazed & confused. this very special sound. based on hypnotic and minimal beats with every bass sound hitting your body and soul.
multinotes is a record label created by lehar. musumeci and olderic and it is open to anyone ready to expose their very own musical point of view. this is not a -family-. this is a private club for modern. open minded people ready to challange themselves and the rules of unknown. multinotes first release it comes from the italian close friend and long time producer enzo elia which delivered an intense three tracker ep written together with his mate gianluca tavaroli (imgl).