re-release... midland is back with his first original solo material since last year, with the new ep double feature. tracklist a1 stop, don t let the beat b1 double feature here is the forthcoming 12 inch from midland entitled *double feature.* having released two killer remixes this year for the howling and akase, this is the first original midland material since last years *duster* that came out on aus music. *double feature* is set for release on regraded, a subsidiary of midlands own graded imprint intended to focus on sample based disco tinged house which is exactly what this release is. two tracks aimed at the dancefloor featuring live percussion cuts, dreamy strings and midlands signature bassline programming. supported by ben ufo, joy o, jackmaster and gerd janson
ltd 2018 repress , regraded, a sub label of midlands graded imprint focusing on more disco leaning 4/4 music. with just two releases to the labels name from newcomer hubie davison and midland himself, regraded has already enjoyed some substantial attention from the strength of the music. midlands double feature became an overnight summer anthem and hubie davidsons sanctified become a late contender for track of the year. for regrd003 midland is back in the fold with a double header certain to soundtrack all kinds of summer moments. on the a-side final credits takes centre stage with joyous samples and a vocal line that will melt dance floors. on the b-side, vigilante takes on a more reserved menacing persona. dreamy whirling synth lines accent rolling live percussion. both tracks continue the strong run of form the label has been on.
the debut offering from singer mark wystrach, lead guitarist jess carson and bass player cameron duddy, collectively known as midland. midland is the embodiment of seventies california country, all smooth eagles harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. their songs are intoxicating country sung with the twang of george strait. and it s impossible to resist. their no. 1 hit single “drinkin’ problem” earned best country song and best country duo/group performance nominations for the grammys 2018. if there was a perfect country album which combined those traditional sounds with modern hooks for me then this is it! (six shootercountry). this vinyl is only available in the uk as part of record store day.
YOUTH STAND UP! REMIXES (JD TWITCH, MIDLAND, AUNTIE FLO AND GENERAL LUDD REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK21.07.16
four remixes from the youth stand up! album that was released on autonomous africa late in 2015 by jd twitch, midland, auntie flo and general ludd. youth stand up! is a collaborative recording project between glasgos green door studio, lebeha drumming center in hopkins, belize, and the tafi cultural institute based in tafi atome, ghana. all proceeds will go to tafi cultural institute, tafi atome, ghana and lebeha drumming center, hopkins, belize.
after a two year hiatus graded is back with label founder midland at the controls and its been worth the wait. graded003 picks up where midlands 2013 drumtrak left off, left of centre club music for warehouses and basements alike. the a-side blush first aired during a particularly warm boiler room recording in milan last summer. it turned heads on the night and has garnered endless id requests on the recording ever since. stuttering rolling percussion and a synth line as bold as it is unusual make this one a very strong club tool. on the b-side outpost and holdup take a deeper turn, rich in suspense and expertly programmed drums, theyre unmistakably midland productions drawn from the more obscure corners of his sound pallet.
* rust* is the debut single from the new collaborative project between harry agius (better known as midland) and vocalist robbie redway. the project was formed in leeds, written in london and finished in berlin under the influence of ewan pearson. as midland, harry agius has built a reputation for releasing delicately brilliant bass driven house and techno, and over the course of his various releases he has hinted at a desire to explore sounds away from the dancefloor. coupled with the songwriting talents and vocals of robbie redway, *rust* is the first taste of that exploration.
this new ep is no exception as this time he draws out immersive pads and understated melody over the top of percussive grit, in parts channeling some of that irresistible autonomous africa flavour. the release has already garnered support djs and radio alike with jamie xx playing out reflex on both his recent boiler room and bbc radio 1 guest mix, while another early unveiling of pitch drift dropped recently on benji bs show.
harry agius has been making waves as midland since 2010, releasing a series of increasingly impressive 12”s as a solo artist but also collaborating with the likes of ramadanman (pearson sound), breach and pariah on labels such as aus music, naked naked, works the long nights and his own graded imprint. he is also a prolific remixer who has lent his talents to artists such as lone, guy gerber, julio bashmore, dusky and more. we can proudly say he came to many people’s attention via his first phonica 12” ‘play the game’ back in 2010 and he has remained a friend and regular at the shop ever since. midland’s well deserved rise has been a delight to watch from the sidelines and we’re glad to welcome harry back to phonica with the fantastic ‘before we leave’. it starts slowly but surely as reverb soaked percussion comes to the fore, cushioned by the truly beautiful string melody, which we’re sure will be stuck in many a head this year! this could well be midland’s most deftly handled arrangement yet. running back’s gerd janson wisely decides to stick to the original track’s feel, letting the strings weave their magic, yet also brings the bassline and drums to the forefront. delicately but expertly done. midland rounds out the 12” with his barebones drums and percussion-only ‘bonus beats’ version, perfect dj tool material. we wish more records had these!
this is the third autonomous africa ep, the idea being that one ep is released each year and all proceeds are donated to a charity in africa. last years second volume, along with a fundraising night in glasgow and another in london raised several thousand pounds for the mtandika mission in tanzania (more info on that below).
ltd.repress! londons phonica records calls upon new talent midland for its fifth 12inch release, a four track ep that also includes a remix from dexter. the leeds-based producer is set to blow up in 2010, having announced his arrival last month with the >your words matter< 12inch on aus music, a collaboration with pal ramadanman.
following on from the successful launch of his label graded, midland steps back in to the fray to release another set of werido club jams. occupying the middle ground between classic minimal, oddball house and trippy electronica it is an intriguing new addition to his armoury. grd002 artwork by alexander sullivan.
many of the problems africa faces are a result of outside interference by other countries, and as the 21st century progresses we will see the continued pillage of african resources to feed the global capitalist machine on an unprecedented scale.
graded is a new label run by midland. it arrives after multiple releases on will sauls aus imprint and collaborations with pariah & breach. the focus of the label will be on vinyl, with full artwork sleeves, 180 gram pressings and locked grooves, it will however also be released digitally. initially the label will be used as an outlet for his own productions and collaborations, with a view to later releasing music from his peers. the first release contains two tracks which set the tone for the label, left of centre electronic club music.
flume is a 20 year old beatmaker from sydney. he got his first taste for producing at age 13 from the most unlikely of places - a music production program he found in a cereal box. sleepless is flumes debut single and has enough lush pads, chopped and chipmunked vocals, saw synths and awesome percussion to impress any fan of hudson mohawke, flying lotus, seekae or space dimension controller.
PLACEMENT REMIXES EP (LONE REMIX, MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE RMX)
12" Vinyl D14.05.12
hot on the heels of midlands placement ep, aus returns with a remix 12inch featuring lone & motor city drum ensemble. both producers deliver deep, melodic reinterpretations of the originals, with lone accentuating midlands signature sound (whilst flawlessly incorporating his own neon tinged atmospherics) and mcde dubbing out the original, pushing it into throbbing raw cuts territory. both producers are at the top of their game. lone is dominating 2012 with a residency at manchester hot-spot hoya:hoya, a full length dropping in may via r&s that will surely occupy the top of many year end lists, and remixes for radiohead, tensnake & underworld already under his belt. jazz enthusiast motor city drum ensembles sample-based raw cuts series made him a household name within the deep house scene and last years dj-kicks mix set him apart from the pack with its on point mixing and musical diversity. his notable november 2011 boiler room set is considered one of the finest, and is just another example of why mcde has been, and will remain to be, a musical force to be reckoned with. next up on aus will be an ep from bicep & friends with a remix from panoramabar resident steffi.
after his very well recieved through motion ep in 2011 the now londonbased producer returns to aus with the much-anticipated placement ep. staying true to his roots, he delivers four tracks that contribute to the continuing conversation between techno, house, garage and beyond. with a strong focus on intricate detail, lush texture and glacial melody the ep is just as captivating on headphones as it is on the dance floor. the placement ep is currently being remixed by motor city drum ensemble & lone and the fruits of their work will be released as a 12inch single on aus in april so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
no stranger to the cherry-picked pool of talent at somethinksounds, lucky paul now delivers his second weird and wonderful single >elephant island< on the boutique label, backed by a couple of muscular remixes from hyperdub wonderboy ossie and the unstoppable midland.
last year put leeds-based producer midlands (aka harry agius) name on the map with his successful collaboration with hessle audios ramadanman, >your words matter< on aus music. this year, aus label chief will saul has invited midland back to take a solo swing. its an excursion that explores the boundaries of 2-step, uk garage and techno and consists of two original tracks. on the a side >through motion< shows midlands ability to seamlessly take the spirit of uk garage and fuse it with techno. the tracks moody piano melody is punctured by a dark, pitch-shifted vocal and encircled by the warm atmospherics that have become his trademark. on the flip side is >shelter<, a brooding and cavernous affair whose vocals and whispery atmospherics make this the perfect late night tool.
the enigmatic midland brings more joy with his next release on more music, in an experimental workout fusing the intricacies of dubstep with rapturous house sparks and the epic strands of techno, all highlighted by remixes from radio slave and youandewan.
long term friends ramadanman and midland partner up for their first joint ep >your words matter / more than you know< on aus music. together they produce a truly innovative sound – fusing the sounds and vibes of classic house and garage with the sub frequencies and aesthetics of dub step to create something completely fresh.
das britische dj/produzenten-chamäleon midland aka harry agius, der seit 2010 die clubwelt mit surrealen tracks bis modernem pop begeistert und u.a. darkstar, mano le tough und flume remixte, legt mit -fabric live 94- einen faszinierenden mixflow vor, der keinen anfang und kein ende kennt, ständig zwischen verwirrung und Überwältigung, zwischen momenten totaler klarheit und begeisterung hin und herwechselt und als fixpunkte die tracks von roman flügel, lfo und daphni setzt, die dem hörer/tänzer immer wieder orientierung geben.
MR. ROBOT: VOLUME 3 O.S.T. (180G 2X12 LP + POSTER)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK05.01.18
following on from last year’s mr robot volume 1 and volume 2 we are thrilled to bring you the latest instalment of music from emmy winning (and 3x nominee) composer mac quayle. volume 3 improves on perfection with this synth heavy soundtrack from the critically acclaimed hit tv series mr robot season 2.
award winning art director john bergin has gone to the next level with his custom illustrated jacket concept and design.
- 2 x 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl
- gatefold sleeve featuring 16 bit games console artwork and inside gatefold featuring a 16 bit rendering of elliot’s “neighborhood”
double sided 11x11” printed insert featuring digitized show artwork plus liner notes by composer mac quayle
fold-out 11×22” poster of 16 bit mr robot characters
running back veteran mark e returns with a tribute to the uks black country and an ode to the industrial revolution. the images and histories of coal mines, steel mills and iron foundries north and west of birmingham and south and east of wolverhampton lay the foundation of the three track ep (including a work break siren). being a product of his environment, mark e delivers lots of sooty particle house music with a glimpse of sunshine. bostin!
following the recent release of his stunning fabric64 album, international virtuoso guy gerber brings his mesmerizing productions back on to home ground to release on his supplement facts imprint. dop frontman jaw, london based producer midland and footprintz golden boy clarian north step in to lend their artist talents, creating nothing short of a flawless release.
whether on his own or with nick hoppner as my my lee jones has been djing and making music for more than a decade. in 2008 jones released his debut full-length lp “electronic frank” on aus music. his solo releases and remixes have appeared on labels such as aus music, ostgut ton, liebe*detail and cityfox and last year, he did his first ever mix cd for the world famous watergate club. next up from the talented producer is a futuristic 4-tracker on aus, incl 2 remixes from george fitzgerald and midland. for the lead track moment, jones offers up a bass driven house number that hints at his jazz roots whilst pushing forward into garage territory. for the remix, george fitzgerald delivers his most straight up, heads down house production to date. next up is duvel, a characteristically quirky jones production, bouncy and deep all at once but with a bass line that will hold its own at peak time. midland steps up for the remix, twisting it into a moody multi-genre convergence like only he can.
hier kommt die neue jahres-compilation des allerersten danceclubs auf ibiza, das cream amnesia! cream ibiza 2017 beinhaltet zwei cds mit den hits des sommers. 40 top-tracks & mixes von und mit robin schulz, david guetta, jax jones, burak yeter, disciples, james hype, martin solveig, axwell / ingrosso, above & beyond, paul van dyk, ferry corsten, kideko & george kwali
der londoner dubstep-pionier und hotflush-labelbetreiber scuba aka paul rose beweist seine einzigartigkeit mit einem 75-minütigen fabric-set aus 42(!) über- und nacheinander gelegten tracks. unterschiedliche künstler wie pearson sound und patrick cowley, donato dozzy und midland treffen in einer düster-verführerischen atmosphäre aufeinander, so dass man sich zwischen pumpendem lo-fi techno und subsonischen bässen im rave-kosmos verliert.
das aus berlin operierende duo tale of us veroeffentlicht auf renaissance seine erste mit spannung erwarte mix-cd auf dem britischen traditionslabel. das duo liefert uns einen exzellenten mix zwischen house, dark disco und techno. mit an bord sind tracks und remixe von u.a. kollektiv turmstrasse, mathew jonson, roman flügel, simian mobile disco, closer musik, carl craig, robert hood, peter dundov sowie exklusive tracks von tale of us. check it out!
foals answer this by creating a mix which is eclectic, pop, deep, druggy and heavily influenced by the spirit of the early house scene shown by inclusion of the originators, marshall jefferson and arnold jarvis and the modern day benefactors like julio bashmore and tanner ross.theres some digging in the crates - confusion (ma afrika) was ripped from a real tape and comes from apartheid era south africa and a fresher beat from sepalcure - every day of my life (jimmy edgar remix) all in all - the perfect mixtape
viele der antiken heldenfiguren waren zugleich halbgötter oder zumindest gegenstand religiöser verehrung. wie war das noch gleich: god is a dj? spaß beiseite. die zwölfte ibiza-season des cocoon-teams um sven väth hat sich als motto >cocoon heroes< gesetzt. cocoon recordings sorgt deshalb mit der mittlerweile fünften summer-mix-ausgabe für die offizielle einstimmung in diese mega-event-reihe. eines der absoluten highlights in dieser saison ist der auftritt von adam beyer am 25. juli. der stockholmer drumcode-labelboss gehört seit über fünfzehn jahren zusammen mit richie hawtin, jeff mills und sven väth zu den wichtigsten taktgebern der elektronischen tanzmusik. als produzent oft ein garant für stringenten und harten techno, beweist beyer seine vielschichtigkeit mit einem energetischen parforceritt zwischen hypnotisch perkussivem techhouse, dub und acid und überrascht nicht zuletzt mit einer ausgeprägten neigung zu sinn stiftenden vocal-samples. schon bei der opening party im amnesia dabei ist der frankfurter dorian paic, als mit-inhaber der plattenladeninstitution freebase und als label-chef von raum...musik. seit vielen jahren untrennbar mit der rhein-main-szene verbunden. wer dorian paic als dj bereits erleben durfte, weiß um seine beispiellose begabung, mit geschmackssicher reduzierten und dennoch unverwechselbaren techhouse-juwelen eine ganz eigene geschichte zu erzählen.