ahus debut album from 2017, nord dream, was something of an overlooked gem from that year, but its musical palette of dubwise techno and ambient sounds caught the ears and enthusiasm of many. danny clancy was one such admirer, and in turn brings ahus sophisticated sounds to his dichotomy records label for the ‘atlas ep.
you re alone and you close your eyes. don’t imagine figures of light, make the darkness conscious. it becomes deeper, not eyelids anymore, and then something is around you, but you can’t open your eyes, you’re deep inside them. merge into oneness, not bright above not dark below. something with has no echo. waves and motion, not space and time. if a tree falls in a forest where no one is listening, does it make a sound? there are no signs in the snow. why this dream of something cold? the world is blue at its edges, the colour of that which can never be possessed. blue flames, deep ice, twilight. how do you observe yourself without knowing that you’re looking? the other side of your face. why don’t you let the gap be a gap? i was afraid there was too much space. when you stop focusing the image appears. everything seen at once. turn yourself into a point to get behind the surface. a messenger between two worlds. the hidden meaning behind alchemy: to be born again. you’re not born into this world but out of it. travel by heat, words are too slow. sound knows how to get around edges, wiser than light.
persian ahu karimi is a berlin resident. he began his musical exploits in a punk band in tehran but time and space and inertia have distilled his music into a rare spiritual essence, with a delicacy and evanescence like memory. the five tracks here have a gauze like quality.
paul white produced creepy lushness from ahu (dolly / flying lotus), backed with a typically fantastic remix from dimlite (now again) ....long tipped as a vocalist to watch, ahu steps softly from the shadows of her lauded guest appearances to deliver to:love.
as a contrasting follow-up to our first single from rooteo & mahura’s metta album, the second single on made in green records keeps the format intact with entirely different results. deadbeat’s remix on part one was both respectful and subtly transformative, on part two, new york’s upcoming max mcferren, whose busy 2015 included eps on ultimate hits, allergy season, and 1080p, brings us a startling reinterpretation of album closer harmal very much in keeping with the vein of raw, aggressive house coming from brooklyn since that scene’s resurgence. the original version of harmal finishes the album in fine style, blending tablas, celestial electronics, and short melodica phrases that gradually swell with layers of vocal samples and orchestal pads before reaching a climax and slowly dying away in gradually receding layers of ambient electronics. mcferren’s remix leads off with only a bare framework of techno percussion. the entry of a sampled section of melody from the original signals a rapid transition to more abrasive territory, with sheets of metallic noise slashing through the high end, short vocal syllables stuttering, and an insistent bass pulse building up and breaking down with at least one element constantly in motion.
for the first single from rooteo & mahura’s mett album and our second release on made in green records, we present the standout sincrotune, backed with a heavier interpretation of dub techno mastermind and legend deadbeat. one of the album’s most memorable and experimental pieces, sincrotune transports tinges of the eastern influences from the full-length into a more exploratory mindset, ricocheting bells and detuned, bending string samples moving through layers of alien ambiance and a steady, heavy bass pulse at dancefloor tempo pushing it forward forcefully.
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pat thomas and ebo taylor are the jagger and richards of nigerian highlife. drawn together by a mutual love of the genre – and an equally intense desire to stop it becoming moribund and bereft of ideas – ghana’s two most progressive musicians added a western twist to this traditional form of african music and gave it relevance again.
lahun is a brand new signing to apollo records. he previously remixed milch from lakker on r&s records. as well as being a skilful musician and producer he is also a handy dj who joins the dots between marvin gaye, innerzone orchestra, theo parrish and jay dilla - all artists you can hear as influences on this debut ep.
josh butler returns with the third installment of the kahu series kahu has become a concept that has allowed josh to explore areas of his taste outside what people may expect. the tracks draw influence from tribal rhythms but are manifested within a hard, yet stripped back, minimal style. this limited edition vinyl-only project showcases a darker side to the underground house josh butler has become synonymous with.
josh butler returns with the second installment of the kahu series kahu has become a concept that has allowed josh to explore areas of his taste outside what people may expect. the tracks draw influence from tribal rhythms but are manifested within a hard, yet stripped back, minimal style. this limited edition vinyl-only project showcases a darker side to the underground house josh butler has become synonymous with.
very cool double a side release by kalletti klub and audio stunts & mahumba with massive remixes by drauf & dran and steve cole. polarlicht is a swinging tech-house bomb for the dancefloor. schakale grande is a big n.y. house track to shakin you
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fc kahuna return to the fray with a long summer remix of last years top ten hit five years time by noah and the whale. an odyssey of lo fi dusty synths, live bass, glockenspiels and strings - a low slung 122 bpm groove with big bursts of sunshine. dj/chart support from the likes of aeroplane, prins thomas, the glimmers and lee burridge, as well as radio 1 plays from kissy sell out, rob da bank and pete tong plus record of the week on the queens of noize bbc 6 music show.
when dfc team (persi, collino & gemolotto) started their atahualpa project techno music was far to be a cool trend in the venues. even more innovative was to mash up acoustic, electronic, traditional instruments as peruvian panflutes and synthesizers while evocative voices drive listeners to the world of last inca emperor. it was in 1990 when ultimo imperio by atahualpa topped in several countries around the world becoming a milestone in the dance music history. nearly twentyfive years later dfc label releases 4 amazing new remixes and the story goes on
next up were proud to be releasing indigos debut solo 12 inch for exit. he has been a busy man of late with releases on hypercolour amongst others, but this one sees him return to exit with two quality cuts of 170 freshness. trademark widescreen atmospherics and top notch sound design combined with rough and rugged drums and bass make these tracks stand tall above the crowd. indigo pushing the boundries once again.
black sun empires sister label has had a string of massive releases of late and this, their 16th release is no different. chris su has managed once again put to get this piece of aggressive techno driven drum and bass. on the flip mindscape remixes >datahub< which was a banger in its own right but you wait and see what mindscape has done. if you like your tech, then you will be all over this.
steyoyokes second release truly shows the labels love for eloquent and surprising house music. the labels second release by their own dahu comes in strong with an atmospheric ep called >deep in the woods<, two crisply produced tracks likely to arouse the senses. berlin-based dahu describes his music as >atmospheric house with delicate melodies and bass-driven sound< and with this, his first release on steyoyoke, he certainly stays true to his word. craftily blending a shuffling percussion with a resonating lead, dahu creates a hypnotic journey reminiscent of rustling leaves and a walk through a dark wood at night. an exciting and atmospheric ep from dahu provides a solid second release for berlins newest imprint: steyoyoke records.
today, west coast producer/emcees the alchemist and oh no release vodka & ayahausca, their second psych-rap full length as gangrene on decon. the new record is a follow-up to their gritty decon debut gutter water. al & oh again split their time helming mind-bending beats and spitting tripped-out rhymes. vodka & ayahausca boasts choice collabs from kool g rap, prodigy (of mobb deep), dilated ally evidence, and greneberg ep collaborator roc marciano, who murders the suggestive >drink up<.
jari mrjamäki under his zentex alias creates techno sounds with his very own style thats influenced by both his cool scandinavian and funky latin backgrounds. he has released music in labels like traum, kickboxer, resopal, minisketch, archipel ... in this special 12 inch we find two exclusive new tracks plus remixes by fluxion and javier orduna. zentex has blasted his sound into deep/dub space, adding his personal techno soul.
is kerowacks first follow-up single their acclaimed ep, the first ep. a is a heavy drum and electro synth four. it is partly a sentimental track, communing with one hand with the 90s warehouse techno revival, yet with the other hand, forging forward in the evolution of electrohaus, sacrificing nothing and tripping no cliche. fc kahuna lead the back-side of this release with a live rock acid disco reinterpretation, conjuring up an entirely different waking dream, untamed yet methodical, acoustic, analog, whacked out yet perfectly in control as fc kahuna always is.
killahurtz is made up of mick park of tilt fame and leigh kenny aka kenny shifter. here with maria nayler they deliver the totally summer sounding 21st century lover. the track itself sounds on paper to be crazy. electro basslines and grooves meets housey synths meets strummy acoustic guitars. however, thrown in marias voice to the mix and a hooky vocal you have all the makings of an ibiza summer smash
its been five beautiful melodic years since the creation of french label hungry music, by worakls, nto, and joachim pastor. in order to celebrate this anniversary, the three artists created a special birthday deluxe box including some of the labels best music. this box will include the first ever vinyl & cd releases, special hm5 t-shirts, a hungry music bag, and stickers, as well as a chance to receive one of three vip golden tickets. those tickets will give three winners the chance to be invited to a concert of their choice with backstage access, hotel & dinner reservations, as well as a personal meeting with the artists.
its been five beautiful melodic years since the creation of french label hungry music, by worakls, nto, and joachim pastor. in order to celebrate this anniversary, the three artists prepared the very anticipated, first ever vinyl release of the french imprint. the three label creators will present one vinyl each, offering a selection of six of their best hungry music releases since the beginning.it s been five beautiful melodic years since the creation of french label hungry music, by worakls, n to, and joachim pastor. in order to celebrate this anniversary, the three artists prepared the very anticipated, first ever vinyl release of the french imprint. the three label creators will present one vinyl each, offering a selection of six of their best hungry music releases since the beginning. all three artists are touring extensively throughout 2018 in celebration of the label’s five year anniversary.
continuing the samurai music 10 year anniversary celebrations, decade (phase 2) is a further collection of tracks that map out our distinctive approach to 170 / drum and bass in 2018. commencing with a searing slow burn from ancestral voices, phase 2 features a rare 170 track from asc, a dubbed out contribution from calibre, refreshing beat pattern sorcery from sam kdc and lemna and a crucial collection of half step floor freshness from label staples - homemade weapons, the untouchables, torn, last life, and artilect. shiken hanzo and antagonist make their first samurai music appearances in memorable fashion, while es.tereo makes a return on the cusp of launching his own label. presenting advanced angles on a familiar framework, decade (phase 2) is an entree to the next decade of samurai music.