prospector 01 presents the experimentations of pit spector, ark and losoul. sharing productions tricks and incorporating many different samples, instruments and hardware, brothers pit and ark create a highly distinctive piece with ‘song for everyone’. quite unlike anything in your current record bag and bursting with a plethora of flavours, this is one of those grooves you just can’t put in a box. ‘red sun’ is a mesmerising techno number. highly addictive and plagued with the voice of the terminator, it sucks you in and sends you spiralling back out. given the losoul treatment it reincarnates itself as the evil twin. darker and more minimal in form, it’s stark persona pushes the 3am dancefloor to the very edge.
some time around 20 years ago, the artist known as dub surgeon made an absorbing album of beautiful dub infused with ambiance, found sounds and horizontal rhythms. the lost future was recorded at the former amsterdam film academy where dub surgeon. the recording engineer for the project was ricardo villalobos. dub surgeon and ricardo villalobos then mastered it together, putting it through several vintage mixers and recording it to 2 inch tape. then, tragedy struck: a storm surged and ignited a fire that ravaged the studio. the master copy was thought to have been lost forever. dub surgeon stopped making music and disappeared into the shadows after just two eps on future dub in 2002/3. but one day 15 years later, totally out of the blue, he received a demo of the lost future. pay attention to this, it said. attached was a demo version of the long lost album and now, finally, it has a perfect and impossibly poetic home on dubais ark to ashes, which is named in homage to the story of lee scratch perry burning down his black ark studio to rid it of demons. sounding as fresh as ever, the lost future is an authentic dub experience with a story as special as the music itself.
(180 gr, purple/pink/white marbled coloured vinyl) morning star is a combination of the sound of the congos and the pura vida sound. it features 6 new congos songs, 3 songs from pura vida and a dubversion called dub love. the album has the vintage lastark sound and was mixed the oldschool way using the mixer as an instrument.
pura vida has been releasing some heavyweight roots albums with reggae legends lee -scratch- perry, the congos, congo ashanti roy... during these years pura vida’s composer and producer bregt -puraman- de boever has made a lot of dubversions, only a few have been released. this album has the vintage lost ark sound and presents 9 new songs + a dubversion from treat me right. it was created using a combination of old analog gear and modern day recording methods. all the dubs are live mixes using the mixer as an instrument. the magic of the moment is in every mix... lost ark studio vibrationz...
this is a collaboration between producer nostalgia 77, synth wizard matthew bourne and maverick drummer tim giles. drum machines and acoustic drums, synths, filters and echos. an irreverent homage to the radiophonic workshops, pierre henri & their kin.
the timeless silverlining - pearl divers track from 1996 gets a re-issue on ark to ashes with 2 fresh remixes from stardub & matt star. this ep goes deep into dub territory. we ll let the jams speak for themselves..
following his tribute of john coltranes love supreme track, french producer guillaume berroyer a.k.a ark is back on his own imprint with two classy & minimal house cuts, serving up his typical deep and funky style. including 2 strong & sophisticated reworks from the one and only pit spector, gare au lyon ! highly recommended.
hidden fire from the ra archives! a double 10” set featuring sun ra recordings from the outer limits and the underground. initially released on2 seperate 10-s back in 2010/13 respectively and both quickly became collectors items. don t miss them this time around...tip! . volume 1 features ‘along came ra’, was a previously unissued live track recorded in paris in 1983. with june tyson in full voice, the arkestra announce sun ra’s arrival on a sleeping planet. the flip features two previously unreleased cuts from the legendary disco 3000 concert tapes, a mind-blowing quartet session that releases the full power of sun ra’s crumar mainman synth. volume 2 lifts three fine selections from the ultra-deep sub-underground series of saturn lps. the transcendent ballad ‘love is for always’ and the driving, rootsy ‘the world of africa’ come from 1974’s live at temple u, while the myth-science poetics of ‘space is the place/we roam the cosmos’ is beamed down to earth from the 1975 what’s new set.
spencer clark hat früher zusammen mit james ferraro alias the skaters noise drone musik gemacht, später auch als monopoly child star searchers weitere sonische abenteuer unternommen, die in der experimentellen musikszene viel applaus bekam. unter seinem neuen namen typhonian highlife veröffentlicht er nun sein neues 8-track werk “the world of shells” als vinyl only release.
the 4th ark to ashes release features various artists. 1st we have a collaboration between 2 of the analog room residents, shadi megallaa & siamak amidi. up next are the leftback boys, michael mclardy & dudley strangeways. the a-side features a new project called apse by shadi megallaa & sasha kaline of alka rex. lastly the ep ends with the linguinis remix of monotax which was previously released on igloo records.
ark & pit spector continue their inspired journey with an extended ep full of groovy jams and absorbing rhythms for hold youth. the frenchmen have formed a potent alliance with a series of expertly-crafted, high-quality releases dropping over the last couple of years. on this new ep they go deeper into their sound explorations with five original works and a remix from their parisian buddy and hold youth member, le loup. first up, we go into bumping jazzy territory with ‘chauffage central’, a mesmerising cut with swirling pads, soulful vocal clips and a jaunty b-line. straight up after that, hold youth rudeboy le loup gives ‘chauffage central’ a funky little rework, throwing live sounding percussion, nubian vocal clips, trumpet parps and a pumping bassline into the mix which gives a totally different identity. the final track on side a, is a cheeky teaser called ‘petite ondée’. rolling out for just under two minutes the track has a muffled, jazz-esque feel to it with a warm rolling bassline and bright, sparkling piano keys. on the flip we kick off with ‘air conditionelle’, a lush, retro feeling with those oh-so-familiar heavy-hitting eighties snare licks. the bassline takes you to a new york city street and the whole atmosphere is that of an old school nyc neighbourhood, while a spoken-word sample adds a human touch just before the track comes to an end. ‘sub tropical’ goes a little leftfield with an unusual combination of sounds in tandem with a pulsating low end, occasional sax licks and punchy percussion to give it plenty of energy. ‘averse et contre tous’ closes out the ep with a slothish ride into the sunset – ark and pit spector show their experimental side presenting an odd union between blues samples, gruff electronic sounds and piano keys. another triumphant effort from ark and pit spector, in fact, some of the finest work to date. make sure you check it out!
s. araw trio xi ist das neue line-up von sun araw band, dem live-action kollaborativen zweig von sun araw. Über den verlauf von mehreren studioterminen im kalifornischen hollywood, haben die -trio- mitglieder cameron stallones, alex gray und mitchell brown (ohne dies vorher wirklich geplant zu haben) erfolgreich einen musikalischen non-dimensionalen soundgarten erschaffen, welchen sie kultiviert und gepflegt haben. bei dem album -gazebo effect- handelt es sich um einen nächtlichen spaziergang durch eben diesen garten. musikalische objekte innerhalb dieser reise sind schwer vorherzusehen, und der garten ist nicht einfach wieder zu verlassen. mit anderen worten ist der gazebo effect eine neue art vom music production system, das es einer performance erlaubt, blockiert und so interpretiert zu werden, während sie gespielt wird.
straight after the last release, discobar keep the momentum with a 10 inch imprints. toba is back in a collaboration with ark for this special release. the experience of the two guys show us how they can create an incredible atmosphere alongside the two tracks.
matches sets the scene alight in the early months of 2015 with this multi-faceted four track burner on arkhive london. having cut his teeth on the east london party circuit as a dj under various monikers, matches has carved a superior workout inspired by some of motor citys foremost ambassadors of dark funk. this package is a full expose of his range as a producer, starting out with some early evening swagger before easing through the gears to a climax of an altogether housier ilk.
the second vinyl release to be taken from thema’s strength in numbers compilation finds the brooklyn label drawing on four master craftsmen of subliminal house music with equal amounts of soul and surprise in their arsenal. stealthy operator earl stine delivers get the curb, which balances the perfect amount of percussive energy and dreamlike synths, impeccably demonstrating the considerable body of work he has turned out under a more familiar name for smallville records, mule musiq and pampa in the past. pressing on transparent vinyl.
for its third release, the already impressive ark to ashes label calls upon three fiends to collaborate with label boss shadi megallaa. as such, the ep touchess on many different styles and behind the beats alongside shadi are tolga fidan, igloo-rec chief dilo and someone known as lucky luke.
albion 04 brings forth one of the true pioneers of the french house scene with a three track ep from the infamous, ark the ep features 3 original tracks which have been dug out from the vaults of his studio deep in lyon. the before now unheard tracks consist of three peak time slammers: funk da police (2013) dunktrain (1994) and liposuccion (1996) all tracks emanate that raw, heavy hitting analogue sound which albion is renown for. on the remix duties its the industrious arttu who delivers a seriously heavy remix which is a real dancefloor weapon.
the crystal ark return with a double pack 12 inch containing some wildly engaging stripped down mixes of 4 tracks off their debut album on dfa. contains new versions of the songs rain, paradise, ascension & we came to.
caramelo is proud to bring you the new ep of the talented artist from vienna, roman rauch. the release contains 4 strong tracks of pure house vibes with collaboration with the quality producer soulphiction and remix by the french house pioneer ark ! vinyl only
shadi megallaa, taimur agha and fahad haider are the 3 wise men behind the second ark of ashes self-titled release. untitled is the deeper cut on their debut 3 track ep, whereas eleven eleven and streets of hope are more big room oriented. ark to ashes is a record label conceived in brooklyn, realized in abu dhabi & fantasizes about the universe. it was founded in 2013 by shadi megallaa.
ark to ashes is a new label brought to you by shadi megallaa. the first release features the linguinis (shadi megallaa & nadir agha aka ostrich). the second track sees the triumphant return of grant dell who brings his usual dub by goodness. the 3rd and final track is a re-release of a coastal commission track titled bring down the walls which was originally released on pacific coast house. you can expect a lot more dub by influenced house/techno on ark to ashes in the future.
swinging from the chandelier and setting fire to the feast, our original raison detre is back to raise merry hell and we couldnt be happier as accessories to the crime. ark was one of the biggest influences on circus company when it first formed from the freakier corners of the paris scene, and since day one he has been a guiding force in maintaining an uncompromising attitude towards house and techno in all its most flamboyant forms
brothers are on the wheels! we can call it a funky family! 4 delightful & demoniac house tracks to rush any kind of place. if you like house you need this supa fresh release. 2 original versions with their dub/club edit, something like a sure shot! enjoy
he has been in the game for 15 years now, and throughout ark has proven he is not one to spread himself thinly. leading up to 2010Æs arkuarium on thema, he had released a string of collaborations that wandered enthusiastically and whose experimentalism culminated on that record. apart from a few celebrated remixes since then, ark has been busy in the studio crafting a new batch of focused heat, mostly alongside his brother pit spector, himself a respected producer and dj known from associations with circus company and minibar. as we finish exploring a heavier sound with our well received re:vision series, the sophisticated deep house tracks on ark and pit spectors new call of the horns ep announce a new direction for the artists and a direction we seek to illuminate as we define the different shades of the spectrum at thema.
ark with more raw house !!! weve been waiting a release on versatile from our long time friend ark. it now done with this * street house ep*, an ode to b-boy house. emba anthem, with its samples from a cult west coast 90s hip hop band, and the bewitching nuark, which mixes deepness, sensuality and odd funky groove, but inna ark unique fashion. big shout outs paris kids!
a limited edition 12 inch on 180gm vinyl with hand letterpress covers by the artist and designer mr kenny: atwopipeproblem.com.
this split release from impossible ark records presents two of the uks most distinctive jazz pianists, matthew bourne and kit downes in starkly contrasting settings.
all tracks written & produced by ark (guillaume erroyer) and pit spector (pierre deniel) 4-track package from exciting new duo ark & pit spector. made up of brothers ark, the parisian known for his pioneering releases on perlon and karat, and pit spector, an up and coming producer, they join forces on their debut ep for eclectic label hold youth. true to the hold youth ethos the ep calls on a number of different influences, from the smooth, funk-led vibes on tournsoul, to the techno-inspired sounds of seuils remix of the nuts. ark & pit spector explore all that is sexy and hypnotic through the subtle but effective all green, while more down-tempo the nuts is verging on 80s-esque wonky-pop. seuil steps up for his take on the latter and delivers a dark, murky and all together sinister version of the original, adding a pulsating bassline to compliment the stripped back edit of the vocal. forward-thinking and open-minded sounds, old futur is another worthy addition to the hold youth catalogue.
zuvor nur in frankreich in einer limitierten auflage veroeffentlicht, ist dieses 5-track mini-album der traum eines jeden reggae-sammlers. jetzt neu aufgeleget, auf 180 gramm vinyl gepresst und laeuft bei 45 rpm!
>we came to< is the 4th single by the crystal ark, the developing collaboration between gavin russom & viva ruiz. the song is a dance music rally cry, profound in its bare bones and raw production, and equally for the spanish/english lyrics, which praise ancestors and call out for liberation. the house and dub versions featured on the single were mixed alongside the album version, which will be released later this year as part of the self titled debut lp by the crystal ark on dfa records.