contexterrior & tuning spork were launched in the early 2000s by jay haze and soon became critically acclaimed & influential, establishing - along with perlon - the new school minimal house & techno sounds of the 00s.
boxer ist seit jeher eines der athletischsten unter kompakts distributionslabels, bekannt für sportlichen ehrgeiz und wettbewerbsorientierten output. tatsaechlich fühlt sich jedes release, das wir ins rennen schicken, ein wenig an wie ein von meisterhand gebauter, feingetunter rennwagen. da sollte es auch nicht verwundern, wenn unsere ingenieure nur mit den besten groove-forschern und tanzflur-mechanikern konferieren.
belgian producers sierra sam & marcus vector return to their house-oriented project d.i.y. (dumb irresponsible youth) for three more sly, sexy groovers, with contributions from dop, big bully and markus fix.
while sam and marcus are generally known for their more techno-focused productions, last years house tools vol. 1 was a minor hit, with tracks included in ellen alliens resident advisor podcast, jay hazes recent fabric47 mix cd, and m.a.n.d.y.s charts. since then, they ve kept busy with their own toys for boys label, meanwhile sierra sam has co-produced the debut album by bloody mary on contexterrior.
still, they ve found the time to crank out these new elegant-yet-sleazy cuts, and while vol. 1 was purely instrumental, for vol. 2 they ve roped in some guest vocalists. first up is their collab with comrades dop (circus company, eklo, supplement facts). >kilimanjaro< features d.i.y.s tribal bounce combined with dops seedy, trent reznor-on-opiates vocal delivery.
the flipside has two versions of >suck my caulk<: d.i.y.s original elevates thelevel of melody and sunshine, weaving in the voice of big bully (known forhis work on spectral, get physical and vakant). markus fix of cecille offers his own interpretation, bringing the track down into deep house territory. placed in the right hands, these tools can do some serious dancefloor damage!
alex celler has made quite a splash in 2009! since his tuningspork debut ep trapped in dub, hes had a hitrecord la palma for arearemote, and consequently teamed up with fellow londoner anthea of phonica records. as anthea & celler they released a pair of 12?s forfreak n chic and cÚcille, and now their third effort as a duo appears on tuningspork. down with g.o.d. is a chunky and forceful workout, fuelled by jesus juice, with a distorted bass bounce and vaporous dubovertones that just might make the dancefloorbreak down and speak in tongues.
christian hilscher and nico plagemann - three minutes before the start: three double signals are flashing at the starting lights. the pilots are strapped into their cockpits with pinpoint accuracy. windows down, elbow out. the sound system is at the limit, the golden chevrolet is shimmering û a real feast for both the audiences eyes and ears. one minute before the start: the motors start roaring. now only two double lights are flashing at the starting lights. adjust your sunglasses. put in the first gear. the bass is vibrating. 15 seconds before the start: only one double light is flashing. now, the kollektiv is on its own. the last bit is tickled out of the sound system. behind the car, a marshal is waving a yellow flag when suddenly the windows start vibrating with the bass. the speed range is signal-red. start: the last double signal of the starting lights goes out, and for the charming guys from hamburg, five green lights are going on: the start. the pulse rate is rising up to 110. its the point of no return - the race is on..
keeping chicagos house heritage alive since the mid-90s, justin long and mazi namvar dj and co-produce as wasted chicago youth. aside from that, justin runs dotbleep (20:20 visions house imprint), while mazi co-runs fresh meat (part of the brique rouge family). aside from that, their work has surfaced on robsoul, cajual, junior boys own, dessous and many others. chase the devil is w.c.y.s fourth ep, which finds justin and mazi fine-tuning their craft, zooming in on their citys rich musical history, and adding their own personal details to the house tradition. mars or bust kicks things off with an onslaught of booms and snaps, effortlessly juxtaposing dirty beats with precise edits. on the flip, we have the fuzzy bounce of atomic supermen, followed by love thy enemy with its robust melodic interplay coming in and out of focus. another fine addition to the tuningspork catalog, made from 100% free-range, organic, not-from-concentrate funk.
jay haze teams up with d:exter on his latest single, “can’t forget , an homage to mr. lee’s chicago house classic - with remixes from dj sneak, abe duque and fuckpony. jay haze has always been inspired by chicago house, but never more overtly than on his update of the 1987 trax records hit “can’t forget . taken from jay’s latest album love & beyond, the track became a favorite among djs, distinguished by the soulful paranoid from frequent vocal collaborator d:exter. on this new single, “can’t forget” appears in four new iterations, courtesy of “original house gangster” dj sneak, eponymous label owner and part-time gigolo abe duque, philly-based lil dirrty ghetto bastard, and jay himself under his fuckpony guise. several mutant strains of house music are present, from techy to piano-led to deranged acid.
berlin-based belgian producers sierra sam & marcus vector present the debut release of d.i.y. (dumb irresponsible youth), their new house-oriented project. sierra sam (toysforboys, einmaleins, trapez) and marcus vector (toysforboys, nomor, playground) recently released their first joint effort for contexterrior. working together once again, this time around theyve put aside their usual dark techno inclinations, opting instead for uninhibited house led by analog percussion sounds. drumroll, please… >pimp my saw< is a frenzy layers and layers of toms, kicks, steeldrums and clicks. >screw it up< is a more melodic affair, with the classic build-up and tension that defines classic house material, plus a hint of latino finesse. on the flip, >hammer of love< closes things out with a shuffly balance between the organic and the artificial, with looming atmospheric ambience to set a darker tone. these three tracks are the perfect tools to use where the sun dont shine. (that would be the nightclub, you pervert!)
once again, tuningspork records ventures away from its trademark funky house in exchange for something a little more unexpected. last summer, the label issued >free your mind< (tsextra), a baleraric groove crafted by jay haze and ricardo villalobos. now comes another non-sequitur: >comptine d un autre été: l après-midi< (tsultra), mr. tiersens piano composition reconstructed for the dancefloor by jay. french composer yann tiersen has a minimalist approach that many electronic producers could learn from. his piece (the title of which roughly means >nursery rhyme of another summer: the afternoon<) provides the basis for this melancholy track. djs addicted to hyperbolic effects plugins might hesitate to play this - but those who appreciate subtlety will be rewarded here. tiersens original composition is tastefully manipulated into a track that makes sense in a club context, yet sets itself apart from the usual techno/house fare, providing a rare introspective moment on the dancefloor. and it might be worth mentioning: if you play this track and the floor doesnt fill up with ladies, then it probably means youre djing at a gay club. (not that theres anything wrong with that!)
2x vinyl version!! michal ho is back, and this time its album time at tuning spork. with this lp michal ho is bringing you 8 firecrackers which will ignite in every club, worldwide. michal jan tomas holy is one of the hottest young producers in european house music scene. born in switzerland and having lived in south africa during his youth, in the last few years he has made a serious name for himself.
with shyza minellis last 12 still at the front of many bags, and indeed the first track on many worn out cds, tuning spork is back bringing a need for more bagspace and new cds. this time it is blackwell who is grabbing your attention and making your friends jealous of your twisted house music sounds. this time it is blackwell who is telling you that >you are entering the twilight zone<. blackwell is a new producer in the tuning spork family. he grew up in north wales and is half finnish, but rest assured that that is the only thing thats fishy about this man. (sorry). inspired by the likes of luciano, jay haze, and ricardo villalobos, blackwell likes his house music to be minimal, but always funky. we can also reveal that ricardo villalobos himself has tipped this record to be a hit, he is seriously feeling the >you are entering the twilight zone< ep
michal ho returns with a slick and bumping bomb for the tuningspork masses! after his debut as a solo artist on the >frisky< ep (ts18), michal decided to keep to that same infectious stripped down vibe that immediately won over the hearts of such dj/producers like ricardo villalobos, richie hawtin and steve bug. with this ep michal drops things down a notch, and magically becomes an undercover-lover, with this new role in mind he decides to squirm it up with bleeps, beeps, squiggles and lots of jiggles. the end result is a minimal, bleepy, bumping house record !!
bearback is back , this time bigger and better than ever ! not only do they bring the sexy , sleazy funk from the stars on down — this time they even hit it off with a little forward thinking soul on the inside cuts ! some could say that these guys could very well be the most ironic producers in the minimal scene
this is wicked wax , which is definetly an old school meets new school record . you will hear the 303 , 808 morphed together with new machines of this era. 4 songs that rock the floor , both in the beginning , middle and end.(haha) without giving you the names of the people involved on this record , we will give you a clue - - one of them is has been rocking out records since 91 (he is german) the other was once a child superstar whos albums have sold more than 4 million to date (no kidding , he is from south america) and the other is one of the hottest producers in the moment (who recently had a nice haircut)
betrachtet man die bewegte biografie des can-bassisten holger czukay, könnte man zu dem schluss kommen, der experimentierfreudige musiker sei ein exzentrischer und unbändiger freigeist. doch czukay betonte in interviews immer wieder, dass er in seinem schaffen stets auf einen musikalischen partner angewiesen sei, egal ob in form eines konkreten gegenübers oder durch radiowellen und später das internet. doch die meisten seiner partner waren aus fleisch und blut. sein dem kino verwandtes gesamtwerk schmückt sich mit einer besetzung, die der eines scorcese-films gleichkommt: brian eno, phew, rolf dammers, david sylvian, annie lennox, jah wobble, die kollegen von can die aufzählung ließe sich noch weit fortsetzen. viele dieser meisterwerke sind heute vergriffen, und so hat es sich das label grönland, das anfang des jahres zu holgers 80. geburtstag bereits die vielbeachtete retrospektive cinema veröffentlichte, zur aufgabe gemacht, holgers musik in remasterten neuauflagen wieder zugänglich zu machen.
dope archival release of steve rachmads long time side project where he exposes the more funk / electro side of his talents. this is musical machine-head side of the amsterdam electro scene (also purveyed buy the likes of comtron). dense undertones of cybotron/ model 500 on this one. top notch productions from a dutch master. check!
unsere welt ist bestimmt von gegensätzlichkeiten. licht und dunkelheit, gut und böse, heiss und kalt, hart und weich ... man könnte die liste ewig weiterführen und würde zu keinem ende kommen. absztrakkt und cr7z stellen sich der aufgabe einen kreis zu erschaffen, der all das vereint und es in einem gemeinsamen, großen ganzen umfasst. als einheit. sie lassen diese attribute auch manchmal in einem vollkommen anderen licht erscheinen und beleuchten die aspekte der dualität aus verschiedenen winkeln, indem sie sich unter anderem auf ihre tierkreiszeichen berufen. absztrakkt als waage (balance) und cr7z als fische (gegensätze) bewegen sich hier lyrisch in einer sphäre, wie sie so bisher noch nie in rapdeutschland erlebt wurde.
das doppel-vinyl erscheint im klappcover, downloadcode inklusive.
dan le sac releases his debut solo album >space between the words< on sunday best recordings. written, produced and with vocals from dan himself, the album features collaborations with emmy the great, merz, sarah williams white, b dolan, joshua idehen and pete hefferan.
heavyweight double 12 inch release, including code for free mp3 download of the full album included.
ultrahot compilation from the kitsume crew. here are unpublished gems, rarities, exclusives and even stars, featuring the whip, feist, boys noize, hadouken !, whitey, dragonette, thieves like us and many more