xoa continues to lay out a formidable interpretation of african-infused dance music for the modern age, following on from lauded appearances on shake, one house and soundway. alongside contours, he comes to banana hill with some next level transcendental head-quaking business that reaches from the roots of afrobeat right through to contemporary fx dubbing business. -too much talking- is a proper eyes-closed roller for the hazy moment in the dance, and -express- ramps things up to a strident tempo layered with a barrage of congas and djembes. the hectic pace is offset by swooning melodies, all wistful synth splashes and plucky guitar chops, stirring the soul as much as the feet.
lp maxime daoud, a much sought after musician accompanying forever pavot and his brother adrien soleiman, has released under the alias ojard a first album of soft and delicate instrumental vignettes. if euphonie calls for cinematographic comparisons (vladimir cosma, basil kirchin), the minimalism of the arrangements, the simplicity of the melodies conjure up to erik saties furniture music and brian enos thinking music.
on the corner’s dj tool and eclectic favourite, versus is back for a second instalment. there are some familiar faces occupying this tasty wax and some new comers pushing the needle further-out on the corner. as 2015’s versus sold-out we d already acquired some fresh production talents and sent stems over to new and old friends alike. get your atlases out as we criss-cross the globe introducing you to artists from afar-afield as nairobi, manchester, pune, iringa, detroit, and south london.
delakeyz is swiss producer melodiesinfonieÆs moniker when taking a journey into more housey realms. on this voyage he explores his musical roots in three percussive-driven belters that still manage to maintain the subtle melodic textures that we all love from melodiesinfonies work. manchesters own contours (rhythm section int./ banoffee pies) picks up the more gentle tone of the original in his remix of walkingfree while moony mes (uncanny valley/ lagaffe tales) interpretation of our roots is a full-fledged club heater. early support by marcel vogel, harvey sutherland, s3a, chaos in the cbd, nachtbraker
welcome to gully records second miscreant missive. brighton-based badman etch stepping up and coming incorrect with the chopped beats to make you screw. to be released on clear hand-numbered 7” vinyl as was deemed appropriate. “synapse cluster” is a proper slo-mo headbanger for the downtempo grunge-hop fan. deadly dankness. “labyrinthian contours” takes you on a journey of 3 stages. during the 3rd - time is reinvented. natch. this 7” single is a beautiful piece of work incorporating psychedelic art and cosmic numerology. look out for his full length double vinyl release on gully later this year.
tom burford aka contours, throws a deeply percussive and jazz focused ep for bristol’s shall not fade, featuring soulful, melodic productions with earthy percussion throughout. the ep is topped off with a remix from breakthrough artist ross from friends, whose luscious chords and melodies shine through.
after the success of the henry wu & chaos in the cbd releases, rhythm section international present their 9th offering from mancunian newcomer contours. technician is a percussion led rhythmic exploration, spanning 6 tracks which take in down-tempo grooves to up-beat workouts, all held together by a smooth, lucid sonic palette and arresting, unorthodox live percussive elements. already an accomplished drummer and percussionist, contours manages to combine driving rhythm, lush textures and hypnotic melodies to create a sound that feels very much at home as part of the rhythm section imprint, while simultaneously pushing it forward into new, undiscovered territory. one for the heads, one for the dancers, one for the warm up, one for the afterparty.
for our second release of 2018 ears have eyes are back with the third instalment of our throng of orbs compilation series. this time around we welcome back old friends, and bring in some new names to the ehe fold, with a collection of tracks spanning deep emotive house music, broken beats and acid dancefloor pressure. first up we have contours, who burst onto the scene in 2015 with an excellent release on the mighty rhythm section, and has put out a slew of great records since then. dither takes time to unfold, but when the fluid acid line emerges from the heady percussion he really sets up the track for dancefloor perfection. for the a2 we welcome back chocky to the label, and he serves up a slice of weighty house music that drips quality and emotion. pickle dat kicks off with an absolute beauty of a groove, understated but weighty, and from there chocky goes on to sprinkle just the right amount of seasoning, with soulful rhodes licks and a wonderful bass line. off the back of their excellent 12- on love on the rocks, elles x violet kick off the b side with yrnyb, a tried and tested dancefloor destroyer. when we heard elles playing this in a dark basement in peckham, we just had to sign it. sometimes a kick drum, an acid line and a half heard vocal is all you need. finishing off the release we have dublin artist replete serving up a lovely slice of hazy, percussive house music that slowly builds to a crescendo. an acidic bassline sits nicely over congas and a warm, rounded kick drum.
there may be many northern soul compilations on the market, but there are few as glorious as this. few other collections have such unfettered access to such outstanding catalogues that of tamla motown and chess. these 25 floor fillers are guaranteed to ignite any party and have been tried and tested in clubs the length and breadth of the country from the 60s onwards. compiled lovingly together on vinyl, these tunes - with artists such as the elgins, frank wilson, gloria jones and frankie valli and the four seasons - are timeless examples of this most precious music. the double vinyl release includes a download code.
dj rou & lite orkestra proves to be one of those original, eclectic and interesting projects for the musical research of the current scene. they got to know each other in the summer of 2014 and a character affinity was born immediately, later transformed into a very strong artistic empathy, so much so that in the immediate future they decided to meet often between bologna and verona for jam sessions, sharing ideas. in the summer of 2017, cognitiva records, label runned by sofatalk, became aware of the project and decided without hesitating to press 1.2,3, original tracks of the release “the ambassador’s way ep”. the compositions are a combination of the electronic drums of dj rou (mpc, korg electribe and other gears), the contrabass and the guitar of lachi + thomaspizzini, better known as lite orkestra. the result is a hybrid exuberance between jazz, afro and the experimental flow that derives from the roots of the jam sessions
we are pleased to announce the release of volume 4 of the highly acclaimed motown 7s series. this box set includes a selection of singles which have never before been released on 7” vinyl, including brenda holloway’s ‘can t hold the feelin back’ which sees its first ever issue as a physical release.
limited & numbered box with 7 x 7 inch vinyl plus download code.
laurence guy makes a welcome return to the imprint with possibly his best work to date. the church staple offers up his debut lp saw you for the first time. fans of lg s breakout kojak ep should take a closer look at the track list.Â
ELECTRONIC MUSIC... IT STARTED HERE (GREY 180G 2X12 LP)
coloured 2x12" Vinyl lp UK30.05.17
the artists and inventors, along with the many other notable composers present on this 2lp compilation, are the true innovators in the sounds and science of electronic music and its production. they are the ones responsible for the dawn of a much revered genre, the originators of the musical concepts that have since developed into what we now know as electronica and dance. these are the true pioneers of electronic music.
pressing on grey coloured 180 gram vinyl.
ele returns with ha noi nights, a collection of dusty jazz samples and soulful grooves inspired by the distinct tapestry of street culture pulsating through the capital. the opening track rush recalls our affection of groove chronicles 90 s garage sound, before repelete and bini take centre stage with their infectious soulful summer beauty legislate . resonating with fans of james mason s bassline in the monster nightgruv , the b side welcomes rhythm sections contours and saxophonist callum connell who turn towards the later hours with night shift . finally, sameed returns to the dusty jazz formula with someone like me an infectious blissful sound, built around jazz samples and rhodes solos.
grandioser lp-sampler mit soul-raritäten der 1950er und frühen 1960er jahre. bester blues, r&b, soul von den key-interpreten. 14 killersongs feat. gil bernal, otis blackwell, roy brown, mabel king, slim harpo, don & dewey, u.v.a.
FOR THIS I THANK YOU (MOTOWN R&B, POPCORN & ROCK N ROLL) (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK14.01.14
for this i thank you enthaelt 31 r&b-, pop- und rock n roll-songs aus dem repertoire des legedaeren detroiter motown labels. die zusammenstellung wurde vom journalisten lois wilson (mojo magazin) kenntnisreich ausgewaehlt und mit informationen im booklet versehen. mit dabei sind natürlich fruehe titel von spaeteren superstars wie stevie wonder, smoke robinson & the miracles, marvin gaye, the temptations, diana ross & the supremes, aber auch einige eher unbekanntere namen, die es zu entdecken gilt.
kicking off in detroit, the soul city series explores the music being produced in key centres in the early 1960s, when r&b was evolving into the style that was soon widely referred to as soul. this 2lp vinyl limited edition (500 copies), features 28 tracks selected from the 60-track 2cd set.
midnight moves. thats what comes to mind when you listen to cale parks s n1, preferably at an hour long after dusk has settled around you in some beautiful, insomniac city. parks finds – or more aptly, seeks – beauty and grace in ambience and shadows. n1 starts as pure atmosphere – it feels at first like a sort of lovely sonic nothingness slowly taking form – before growing into the darkly lit, gorgeous moodscape it later becomes. a sensual bassline, a pulsing downbeat, a cinematic piano, strains of italo disco, and the sensation of breezing down a lightless road. if you could make sensuous shapes of the night – imagine kneading the dark itself – it might, at the very best, feel like this. the task of remixing parks s original is taken up by french duo paradis, who can otherwise be heard making music on tim sweeney s beats in space label. the paris-based producers shine a brightening light on parks s dusky creation, quickening its pulse and trading in its darkwave undercurrents for enlivening techno and house. theres an element of floating here – a dreaminess in the rhythms, an astral aspect to the keys beaming through the beats. and with the addition of vocals, sung in french – a pop finishing touch on a song that already feels like an earworm – the transformation is complete. this excellent introduction to cale parkss music is also his debut release on the hakt label.
the very best motown anthems incl. marvin gaye, stevie wonder, diana ross & the supremes, michael jackson, lionel richie, the four tops, the jackson 5, commodores, edwin starr, the temptations and more