new years deal - compassion crew fires up windows 95 for the three-pronged habitue - the hardy dubliner gets in a huff on habitué i, does it for the trackheads on ii, and stops you in your tracks with the mesmerising, meandering habitue iii
great follow up on basic soul units you knew ep, continuing the remarkable high standard of the current round of new dolly releases. the somewhat mysterious compassion crew brings us two absolute wicked floorburners with this slightly tribal hypnotic feel... sneaky! redshape on remix duties takes things to the techy side of life with a smooth & extended techno rework of v.h.s.s... winner package!
after releases from terriers and new jackson, major problems welcomes the compassion crew, who returns with another session of impeccably sourced cut-and-paste house music. cc’s ‘masters of the gentlemanly art’ is proto-house/nu-beat-ish bruiser, while his ‘panic chicago’ version gets lost in the groove. leisure connection walk the night with a memorable 10-minute-plus psych/dub/house remix. mastered and cut at calyx, this is a vinyl-only release. artwork from simon landrein. support from hunee, new jackson, beats in space, serge, marcel hesse
after two splendid releases of industrial house for amsterdams rush hour, the elusive b.d.i. graces running back with his presence. trading the factory for the holy see, he delivers a triptych that goes across countries, continents, time and space. paper tears is some serious vatican house and the deepest track that the paradise loft never played. coveted with the devoutness that is the tribal tears dub and a new wave whip subtitled same victories, same mistakes, there is a prayer here for every matter. comes in limited super sleeves and unlimited niceness.
following on from the ability ii pressure re-release, major problems and compassion cuts present another in-house favourite from their vaults: the sublime garage/rnb earworm dont tell me (how love should feel) by 2-bmw. a tony humphries/zanzibar favourite, the sole release on life of luxury in 1990 was new jersey producer larry p rauson’s first cut, and never saw a full release. it’s presented with three remarkable dubs from the mysterious man in bed, two of which in turn are flipped by compassion crew and, completing the circle, by larry himself. full colour cover with matt finish. restored and mastered by thomas p heckmann at trope. cut by andreas kauffelt at schnittstelle. artwork by mel keane. larry on dont tell me: tony played the song at zanzibar (on a) saturday night. that sunday morning my phone was blowing up... that weekend gave me the moment of my career. i was an engineer at the local cable company. listening to tony humphries on the radio, not expecting it, tony humphries played my record on his show... i did not last much longer at that job.
after a long hiatus the fasaan recordings crew finally emerges from their basement to break out a second volume of their chalice imprint. functioning as a looser side vehicle to fasaan, chalice is a home for rawer and more uncompromising side projects of the fasaan crew and their extended family. honing in on a murky zone of cheap-sounding machine rhythms and punchy boogie-influenced proto-house sounds, the chalice style is in your face and then out the door just like that: take it or leave it.
los angeles duo split secs return to the world of vinyl-based, dance floor devastation after their recent remix of fomos house of love, which features none other than soul diva supreme, chaka khan on vocal duties.