since the beginning we can see an evolution in jose ricos music. his sound is now more powerful than ever and the structure of his tracks have gained in complexity. the rhythms of his tracks, highly influenced by chicago house and detroit in his earlier releases, now are looking at the european 90 s electronica and dub music, slowing down (even more) the tempo. we can say that the his last releases on into the the deep and off minor are probably his best works and most mature, so far. dé,,jà,, vu, the 11th downbeat installment, continues to explore this route. here we find four emotional and spacey tracks, made by old synths and samplers which takes us back to the early 90 s.
vinyl only .. space is most definitely the place as far as the latest vinyl adventure from us here at future reactions is concerned. with galactic references aplenty, futuristic soundscapes and more than a hint of interstellar travel on the analog core ep, the only thing missing is an astronaut suit. manning the controls of this otherworldly craft is josé rico, a key figure in themadrid underground scene through his associations with the downbeat and freebeat labels, who blasts off with the raw emotional electronica of orion. that man rico also features alongside the much-vaunted leonid (dolly/sistrum/statik entertainment) under their joint studio guise of cygnuss. having made their debut on freebeat earlier this year with the well-received long player night drive, the duo are on a mission here to warm-up the dance-floor with their house-not-house rocket journey to outertape. hailing from buenos aires but with a sensibility rooted in chicago and detroit, diego perrisson caught the attention of the more discerning ears as co-owner of the short-lived but not-forgotten label monochromatic. turning heads once again with his new venture, fundamental sounds, perrisson captains a smooth touchdown with the cultured deepness of restless ride.
madrids downbeat have a good name around these parts - now jose rico steps up for off minor with the deep correctness. tip! label owner, gcz, says these three cuts will lead you deep into jose rico s dreams. on first listen you can immediately tell these were made by someone super sensitive and experienced in this thing some call deep house. if you are a dj, youll appreciate this selection, cause it makes your job easy and gets the floor busy in a sec. if you re a human, you ll appreciate it cause it ll make you feel stuff you havent felt in a while. anyway, i m very proud to release this record on off minor. jose rico and i go way back. this is a special record for me. orpheu de jong designed this wonderful sleeve. he has a gift. enjoy!
the first release on the newly formed into the deep label (formally confluence records) is an abstract 4 track ep from spanish electronic artist jose rico. combining downtempo and dubby styles with more dynamic sounds this ep is a merging of abstract territories that lie somewhere between ambient and house.
the first release is coming with 4 high-talented players: skymark, nas1, jose rico and gari romalis. each producer delivers something different on this debut ep, expect crispy acid sketches, running mpc sequences, synths unleashed and a jackin’ low end.
jose rico launches the le disque record stores project: ambiwa records, a label dedicated to abstract house music. * declaration of intent ep* is a collection of songs with a history, 4 pieces of his life talking about hypocrisy referred to poverty, the trivialisation of music as money source, the days in the studio with ron trent, and the night music-workers. beyond any related stories, here you can find all the jose ricos music standards: impossible mpc percussion patterns, black keys, vocal textures, distorted kicks and tons of suspence and tension. this just means… music for the most demanding dancefloors and open minds. as it could not be otherwise, masterd by jose rico.
jose rico unleashes the london calling ep which inaugurates the shubaka label. four cuts of woozy, slowed down house and techno. crusty drums and yearning synths collide to form some properly drugged up afterparty moments, deep in the forests of endor!
g2014 is over and downbeat records, is back with a new release. jose rico and urtzi, come back again with another 4 tracks vinyl. memories from another life and no back memory are two deep house pearls with minimal sequences and emotional synths made by urtzi. at the same time, jose rico is the responsible for the mechanical and powerful aint, and the percussive and ethereal small island, probably one of his best tracks so far. and, as they did with that space is the place ep, they have made here a consistent release, setting their personal view of the dance music.
PARADISE RITMITO CARNIVAL (TRIBUTE TO JOSE ROBERTO BERTRAMI)
12" Vinyl UK27.12.12
indigenous travelers are ron trent and jose rico. they met at the madrid red bull studios to pay homage to jose roberto bertrami the brilliant leader and keyboardist of the brazilian jazz-funk trio, azymuth. the result is >paradise ritmito carnival<, a hot, melodic and percussive house music with afro-brasilian influences. it is presented in a one-sided record with surprise in b side
do machines have soul?? jose rico and urtzi bring us the 7th downbeat release, paying homage to science fiction and exploring the relation between human beings and machines. the result is a solid exercise of researching with hardware, which brings all the label influences.jose rico is the responsible of flight to andrómeda and hiperspace, two obsessive, mechanical but full-of-feeling tracks.moreover, urtzi introduces himself with ouroboros and terra luminae, two synthetic tracks with influences from chicago sound. four dance music tracks which go straight to the heart and brain.
jose rico and dj f are responsible for the second release of eleve label, two of the heads of the madrilian emergent scene of producers. the synths and sequences of 5 minute before and la verdad show that dj f is partial to detroits flavours, specially robert hood, among many others. for the last track, out of the energy, he builds together with jose rico a gem of atmospheric analogue house with claps that remind to chicago. a productive collaboration that has just started off with this release along with freebeat 02.
after being enclosed for several years with his mpcs and synthesizers, josé rico carries out the 5th downbeat 12 inch influenced by detroit and chicago. the record starts with september rain, a classic deep house track with warm percussion, deep synths and a jazzy piano. urtzi reworks it into a mesmerizing theme with spooky synths and a naïve bassline. then its on to stage, with raw drums, hammond and keyboards somewhere between tetrode and deep transportation. the record is closed by ciclico with a super-bass and a catchy melody. absolutely hypnotic. a diverse release for deep house lovers.
in the 3rd downbeat release, the main star is the waldorf sound. this release means the debut of one of the heads of the label, jose rico. his two tracks (restructure again and >about it<) are obsessive, direct and forceful and define clearly his tastes and influences. detroit and above all, detroit. on side b, (the essential) mike huckaby gives us a bright pearl with a piano solo reminding us of his works on deep transportation. slow but sure
SYNTHESIZE THE SOUL: ASTRO-ATLANTIC HYPNOTICA FROM THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS 1973-1988 (2LP)
2x12" Vinyl UK24.02.17
through 18 diverse tracks, this compilation reveals how immigration from the cape verde islands to europe and the united states gave us an alternate history of the electronic music that dominated hearts and minds across the world in the late 1990s. but the story doesn t start in a major western cultural hub, rather in the small cluster of islands 400 miles off the senegalese coast, and offers an unparalleled insight into the longterm cultural splendor catalyzed by migration. movement and mobility are intrinsic aspirations of the human condition. what we ve come to know as immigration is as old as civilization. yet today we measure immigration through a series of cold data. immigrants are either condemned as disposable threats or celebrated as entrepreneurial treasures, rarely occupying a space in between. seldom do we peer back into the past to examine the tangible and timeless creations born from the movement of peoples, overlooking cultural innovations arguably ahead of their time, precursors to consuming global trends. cape verde today is justifiably hailed as an african political success story, but things were different in the 1980s.
space echo - the mystery behind the “cosmic sound” of cabo verde finally revealed! in the spring of 1968 a cargo ship was preparing to leave the port of baltimore with an important shipment of musical instruments. its final destination was rio de janeiro, where the emse exhibition (exposição mundial do son eletrônico) was going to be held.
the double vinyl release is housed in a gatefold sleeve with download code included.
four exciting producers join together to form the fourth instalment of the freebeat series - an essential various artists 12”. plenty on show here including submerged techno, way out atmospherics, chugging astral grooves and trippy ambience! each artist pushing themselves to create something fresh and vital.
as the sun rises a little higher in the sky, above machine emerge from their winter hibernation with the first fruits of their impeccably assembled new release schedule. jonny nash takes on jose manuel s summer wind and, much like the superb melody as truth releases he s penned, sets out a widescreen canvas of tone and melody, as piano and vocal punctuate the sonic plain. twisted tongue take on maricopa s recently unveilied we could maybe feat. nicola kramer. and the result sounds like loose ends operating as in-house band at a speakeasy orbiting a distant nebula the b side has seconds another day beautifully reconfigured for sunrise moments by slo, while b2 has an original slo moment bombora which, much like it s namesake is a gentle balearic breaker washing over the sonic reef... bona fide bottled sunshine people - above machine are back !
the 18th installment from aesthetic audio brings together four deep architects to form a collective that methodically articulates a symphony of sublime textures, lush chords and unique musical visions. keith worthy (detroit - u.s.a.), miruga (japan), jose rico (spain), and michael zucker (orlando – u.s.a.) are the unusual suspects, and they are here to remind us that it is okay being labeled as unorthodox … it is okay to move to your own rhythm … and in fact … it is okay to applaud the unusual.
SUBLIMINAL SESSIONS 2017 - MIXED BY ERICK MORILLO (2CD)
house-dj-legende erick morillo präsentiert die diesjährige ausgabe seiner -subliminal sessions-, dem institutionellen gradmesser für den aktuellen state of house. mit zwei feurigen mixsets aus knapp 30 tracks zeigt der housemaster, wo im house heute der hammer hängt. feat. andrea oliva, mark knight, dean mickoski & roland clark, harry romero, jose nunez, reinier zonneveld, oxia, pachanga boys, kiko, eagles & butterflies, green velvet, thick dick, the deepshakerz und natürlich morillo selbst.
gogo music has been delivering outstanding house music since the turn of the century and became globally renowned for its timeless catalogue, as quality, heart and feeling are present in every release. the label is excited to appropriately celebrate its 15th anniversary by presenting ‘go!!! 15 years of enchanting house music’, a double cd compilation mixed by ralf gum (cd1) and sir lsg (cd2), which will be accompanied by an extensive club-tour throughout the next month. in an era when music labels come and go and where a lot in dance music has become an imitation of what was done before, gogo music followed its very own ethos at all times. 15 successful years in business are an acknowledgement of the label’s success and a milestone worth of note.
having already mixed one of the most standout albums in the series, and with his distinction in the global scene still remaining unmatched, it seem only fitting that 1605s head honcho be the first to return: blending a second round of blistering techno cuts its toolroom knights mixed by umek 2.0
3 cd compilation!fedde le grand & nicky romero feat. matthew koma, deniz koyu feat.wynter gordon, bob sinclar feat. sophie ellis bextor & gilbert forte tommy trash, chuckie & promised land feat.amanda wilson
gilles peterson ist ein britischer dj und musiklabel-betreiber. mitte der 1980er-jahre praegte er den begriff acid jazz fuer einen musikstil, der stark vom jazz und funk der 1970er jahre beeinflusst war, und gruendete 1988 zusammen mit eddie piller das label acid jazz. 1990 verließ er acid jazz und rief das label talkin loud ins leben, das kuenstler wie courtney pine, mj cole, the young disciples, reprazent, 4hero, incognito, terry callier und galliano unter vertrag nahm. seit 1998 praesentiert er die radiosendung worldwide auf bbc radio 1. zusaetzlich produziert peterson fuer verschiedene radiostationen in 15 laendern, darunter radio multikulti (rbb) und fm4 (orf), eine internationale version der worldwide-show . sein musikalisches spektrum umfasst dub, reggae, jazz, nu jazz, broken beat, house, drum n bass und hip-hop.