rq’s debut lp for blu mar ten music, ‘solid ground’, occupies a darkly dreamlike hinterland, located somewhere between the retro-futurism of photek and alice coltrane’s jazz psychedelia. fragmented, distant beats, rippling modal patterns and restrained astral basslines provide rhythmic and harmonic anchors to a constellation of timbres and textures.
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let us say it right away, >the praetorian / rq-170< is breaking new grounds for artist & label equally. stagnation equals death. this to many new side of shed probably presents one of the darker and more experimental sounds of 50 weapons. its not techno. its not dubstep. its not breakcore. its not jungle. its not ambient. its not chill out. its not glitch. its not drone. what is it? epic bass!
inspired by the resounding contrast, the one that maintains the balance in between two concepts. it doesn’t matter how distant they are. leiras delivers a new excursion on this new 12”, exploring the wasteland and the hostile terrains, but somehow luminous, sometimes even pleasing. under this apparent antithesis, the first part of “turquoise tundra” starts in a tipping point.
russian drum & bass producer black barrel is one of the most sought after producers to come through the ranks in recent months. after his discovery by ant tc1, a tastemaker who’s founded the careers of many similarly talented artists, he was brought into the fold of dispatch recordings and has since dropped a plethora of heavy-hitting releases which have solidified his place within the genre. with support from many of the underground scene’s pivotal heads, including break, radio 1’s rene lavice and dlr, his widening back catalogue is finding itself within major clubs globally.
turquoise & black mixed double vinyl in full colour sleeve.
maribou state kündigen mit ihrem neuen album “kingdoms in colour”, das über das ninja tune-sublabel counter records erscheint, ihre erste platte seit ihrem debüt “portraits” aus 2015 an. maribou state, das 2011 als projekt von chris davids und liam ivory begann, haben eine reihe von eps und singles veröffentlicht, bevor ihr debütalbum “portraits” sie von jetzt auf gleich auf die größten bühnen dieser welt katapultierte. mit einer live-show, die sie mit herausragenden festivalauftritten bei u.a. glastonbury, bestival, der secret garden party oder mit einer 32-tägigen europatournee rund um den globus führte, spielten sich die zwei briten im handumdrehen in die herzen ihrer fans. und auch die journaille war sogleich begeistert, wie artikel im guardian, i-d magazine oder vogue zeigen. bis heute sammelte ihr album über 80 millionen streams und zog vergleiche mit acts wie the xx, james blake und mount kimbie aber auch dj koze oder bonobo nach sich. limitiertes türkisfarbenes 180 gramm vinyl plus downloadcode.
berlin based electronic mainstay marquis hawkes has announced details of his second lp the marquis of hawkes. the album will be the producers second lp for us, following his critically acclaimed debut social housing for the label, which was released in 2016. entitled the marquis of hawkes, the new album adheres to a specific sound palette whilst still displaying eclecticism across its eight tracks. opening with the beat-less droning ambience of beton theme, the album takes in a variety of themes from across the house music spectrum, from the deep and dubby meditation of instrument of thought to the body jerking rhythms and retro bass stabs of tough love, the introspective mood of the matrix, to the soulful new jersey styled house grooves with a contemporary twist of sunset building through the optimistic joyousness of ‘hope in our hearts before closing with lidells heartfelt and passionate emotional overload on we should be free. first emerging in 2012, after being sought out by glasgow label dixon avenue basement jams, and having previously been heavily involved with the free festival sound-system culture, the london born artists iconic sound has taken shape with the influence of music from cities like chicago, detroit and new york alongside the uks underground house scene. with both depth and clarity of vision, marquis hawkes second album for houndstooth expertly hones a shining hybrid of classic slamming house and grittily soulful optimism, making for a career-defining piece of work.
the subject of music from memorys latest compilation focuses on suso saizs output as part of the group orquesta de las nubes, formed by suso saiz and percussionist pedro estevan when the two met whilst studying a course on techniques of contemporary composition in madrid.
berlin based electronic mainstay marquis hawkes has announced details of his second lp ‘the marquis of hawkes’, due out 24th august 2018 on fabric’s in-house label houndstooth (home to call super, aïsha devi, special request and more). ahead of this, hawkes will also release a new single featuring acclaimed uk soul singer jamie lidell. the single, entitled ‘we should be free’, features, alongside the low slung but melancholic original version, three reinterpretations of the song, remixed by hawkes himself. both this, and the essential previous single, “don’t u”, which featured the vocal talents of ursula rucker, will appear on the forthcoming album.
marquis hawkes is an alter ego adopted by long time electronic music producer mark hawkins, founded for his house music focussed activities. hawkins decided it was time for a reboot after being head-hunted by old friends dan monox and kenny wasp, who had just founded dixon avenue basement jams in 2012, particularly as the material differed from what hed previously released.
here we are with a new split ep by herzel & nathan surreal. were happy to release 2 original gems by herzel & nathan surreal. as dancefloor driven as ethereal, this ep is a perfect balance between 3am craziness and end of the night pleasures. on top of that, were bringing two remixes by the prolific marquis hawkes. an acid bomb to spice up this already powerful package, and lord of the isles with his beautiful version of where were we.
turquoise, that is turkuvaz, is a french-origin word inspired by the color of the mediterranean, located within the borders of turkey. meaning, blue is the color that plays the green. at the same time it is relative. because both colors are in it, if you love blue you will see blue, if you love green you will see it green. it means heaven and earth. the eternity is turquoise...
after sharing his flair for producing polished house grooves on kwench records’ last ep, philly veteran pete moss returns to collaborate with cassy on the fifth release. this instalment gives two original tracks, and introduces aus music steamroller marquis hawkes into the fold as remixer. keeping to mind that cassy’s motive was to produce with esteemed artists that she personally came to admire, to be enlisted on two eps is a testament to moss’s finesse. for marquis hawkes, cassy’s admiration runs deep into his ability to expertly produce quality house music on many levels. last year he had three critically exclaimed releases on aus music, with ‘the basement is burning’ ep securing its place as a summer smash.
field of dreams are field theorys chris kentish and dj al mackenzie. field theory have recently had tracks on respected labels such as futureboogie and secret life gaining rave reviews and even garnering plays on bbc radio 6 music. al has been a dj since the late 80s, now resident at birminghams great outdoors. he s made numerous records over the years but will probably be remembered primarily for his 90s band d:ream making number one all over the world and remixing for emf and duran duran amongst others. bumping into each other in the street one dayand realising they lived opposite each other, they seized upon the chance to combine their favourite passions, making music and drinking.
next up on apollo is a stunning double header lp between crate-digger, dj and producer glenn astro and cologne dj and producer hodini aka hulk hodn. boasting out electronic explorations and jazz patterns, turquoise tortoise‘ is a masterful, unique concotion that infuses future soul experiments into detroit influenced house, broken beat and even technoid up tempo percussions rounded up with classic boom bap sounds.
CIRQUE DU FREQUE (INCL DEEP CHORD & LOST LAKE RMX)
12" Vinyl US16.05.18
get in the car, we re goin to the cirque du freque, starring normal ones, deepchord, and lost lake. a journey from the murky depths to the boogie caves, from your pals at make mistakes. on the a side, deepchord crafts a driving, shifting, wall of noise. melodic stabs and resonant fuzz coat a pulsing beat and bass. hypnotic and divine, deepchord s take on the original is a potent, psychedelic tool for the late night warehouse dance floor. the original shines bright, a playful groove with an undercurrent of menace. with that sweet, sweet growling bass, and tip-a-tap percs, skittering all about, cirque du freque brings the dirty heat. cirque du freque carries an old school vibe, with modern sensibilities, a memorable jam for sweaty frantic, nights. every time the label features lost lake, he delivers an original, compelling dance floor jam, while retaining a warm, familial vibe. you ll know it when you hear it, as lost lake s pure electro funk works its way through your soul. one of those tracks you drop down into to relieve some pressure in the room, a deep sigh of release in preparation for the next round. as always, make mistakes brings high quality and varied content to the table. cirque du freque is another versatile, high quality record, that any dj can stick in their crate knowing it ll find a way to fill a special moment in any nigh
akokan is a yoruba word used in cuba meaning from the heart, and indeed, every song on the self-titled debut album (march 30/daptone records) by orquesta akokan feels like a heartfelt gift from the band to the listener. assembled and led by cuban vocalist jose pepito gomez, orquesta akokan is a big band collective of the finest musicians on the island, both young and old. it features all-original music and was cut live to tape over a three-day session at havanas hallowed state-run estudios areito. areito is one of the longest operating studios in the world and where important cuban records have been made. the album was produced by jacob plasse and arranged by mike eckroth. comes in a gatefold sleeve with download code included.
direct from havana, cuba daptone records is proud to present the debut single by orquesta akokan. featuring some of havanas most formidable musicians playing with a groove, a tumbao, that hasn t been heard for decades, orquesta akokán is a classic mambo-inspired force of nature. mambo rapidito, a lively up-tempo one-chord vamp in the vein of prado or more, boasts an undeniable energy ripe for a freshly polished dancefloor! on the flip, un tabaco para elegua, describes a tambor (an afro-cuban religious ceremony) over a slow, bubbling groove a perfect compliment to sipping distilled sugar cane. the two massive sides offered up were recorded at the pre-revolutionary 1940s era areito studios in centro havana where the spirit of aragón, tata güines and elena burke still reverberate through the walls.
your 5 day holiday is coming to a heartbreaking end on the magnifique isle of paradiso. as you wait on the pier for your last rendez vous with that special someone, your holiday romance is nowhere to be seen. all that’s left is the memory of shared cherry vanilla slushies, inflatable flamingo races, and the vibes…
these vibes have been conveniently pressed onto the latest slab of wax by your friends at childsplay to remedy your post summer-luv blues.
don’t let autumn get you down, get down to manuel instead.
part 2 of the unreleased gemz series presented by phoenix g. this release features a very special coloured / handstamped 12” with 4 unreleased heavy mr.g cuts. this slice of vinyl contains 4 cuts that represent the different styles g has done over the years. from an emotive vocal laden deep jam to an oldschoolish banger.
modeight presents 4-tracker from the romanian talent raul aka rqz. he seeks out music production ideas from jazz, ambient, the cosmos and human behaviour, and brings it to the dance culture. this comes through in his creations. cutting edge techno and house meets nu jazz, modern minimalistic and funky groove will make your dance attractive.
this record is a collaborative between marq spekt and experimental, proto-new wave musician gary wilson (stones throw). it’s rare that you get the opportunity to work with the actual artist rather than just sampling his records. gary opened his vaults and provided sample soundscapes. some of these instrumentals date back to 1973 and may have been heard before. others may not. the ending result is a pure creative expression and meshes hip-hop, psychedelic, jazz and funk. soak up the vibrations and enjoy!
this is the kind of idea that makes you enjoy the fringes of rap more than what’s in the spotlight. with that said, “broken mazes” sounds weirder on paper than it does in the headphones. gary wilson is an awesomely strange dude with some outré music under his belt, but for this project spekt wisely sticks with the more accessible sides of wilson’s catalog. it’s all breezy jazz-funk with some vague psychedelic touches for extra oomph, a wide-open feld for spekt to run his free-flowing bars. the result is relaxed and enjoyable, if at times a bit unfocused – kinda like a good open-ended improv session by a talented jazz band.
marquis hawkes marks his fifth release for aus with another classy 2 tracker titled, æthe phoenixÆ (part 1 and part 2). the phoenix follows up summer hit æthe basement is burningÆ which saw midland, the black madonna and gerd janson all supporting at festivals worldwide. the phoenix is two takes on one concept. part one takes the disco and house amalgam which marquis has developed in recent times to itÆs logical conclusion, perfectly walking the tightrope between joyous abandon and classy depth, and giving djs the perfect weapon for all floors, from sweaty basements right the way through to much bigger dancefloors. part two then flips the program with the same raw materials and sets up the perfect shot, directed at a big room house/techno crossover, building on the foundations laid by the detroit techno originators by infusing contemporary production values and a more modern twist. the phoenix is something of a landmark ep for marquis hawkes, once again redefining his sound. we canÆt wait to hear what he does next.
SOMETHING ELSE / I KNOW YOU WILL (MARQUIS HAWKES RE-EDITS
12" Vinyl UK17.10.17
leroy burgess - one of the pioneers of boogie, a legendary figure in the nyc disco scene and all-out originator is well known by dance music aficionados across the globe for his output. his logg project from the early 80’s especially has acquired a cult status amongst diggers, released on salsoul in 1981 and boasting mixes from larry levan the lp became an instant club classic that still commands the dancefloor in 2017. salsoul is a label that isn’t afraid to bridge the gap between their hugely groundbreaking catalogue and contemporary dance music. they understand the impact and influence their music has had on dj culture and embrace it wholly. step up uk underground producer marquis hawkes who originally approached salsoul with this set of killer reworkings that had long been private versions that featured in his sets. having dropped ep’s for labels such as dixon avenue basement jams, aus music, houndstooth and many more his name is firmly planted in the minds of record fiends across the nation. adopting a classic us style of production, using analog gear, dope loops and chops and finessing it all with his own grittiness, hawkes seemed a good fit to remix 2 stellar joints from logg s catalogue. something else and i know you will both get cut up, re-edited and laced with rock solid drum programming by hawkes on this sublime 12’’. lovingly tweaked with just the right amount of rawness for the dance this one won t leave your bag anytime soon! pure peak-time sounds here, another example of salsoul embracing the sounds of now and breathing freshness into their untouchable catalogue. essential.
chico buarque construcao revisited by l_cio is a beautiful debut project part of a doc series of releases combining classic brazilian names with doc artists and producers. l_cio (laercio schwantes) the man with the transverse flute known for some of the freshest and unique tracks coming out from brazil is behind this gemstone. increasingly building a legacy of fans following his live performances and recent releases on doc records (vazio, traffic, people talk, schwantes), this man is a non-stoppable 30 hours machine gun. on this long awaited 2-track limited edition vinyl release, l_cio and gui boratto kept the roots of this classic track construcao. however they added all the proper elements of a techno dance floor knockout. by inserting malicious baselines, flutes and strings they generated aggressive melodies while keeping all characteristics of this epic song. voted as the greatest brazilian song by rolling stones magazine, construcao was originaly recorded by chico buarque in 1971 with production by roberto menescal. released during military dictatorship, chico buarque criticizes the way of life of the brazilian workers, comparing them to machines. the song is known for its interchangeable last words, used as if they were pieces of a board game, as said by buarque. generatiions apart, construcao (l_cio & k_ri version) and construcao (l_cio & borattos deconstructed mix) are the first ever authorized remixes in over 45 years. l_cio the latest dance floor brazilian soldier, a menacing builder of beats completes an epic turnnig point by editing and lapidating a classic poetry. with a b side dub version beutifully crafted by label boss gui boratto, this limited edition pearl is finally here for our joy!
with gilles peterson singing their praise and rave reviews from the likes of wax poetics, record collector and songlines, last year, nomade orquestra’s self-titled debut album launched them from humble beginnings to international recognition. nomade orquestra return from the stratosphere via brazil with their second offering: entremundos (between worlds).
pressing on 180 gram vinyl.
optimistic, whimsical broken funk experiments, from wo land impresario mass prod. held together with a distorted metallic sensibility.
“earquake” could not be a more representative album for mass prod, following his debut album “aqwa” on further records and his remix for lukid on werkdiscs.
next up on aus music is the welcome return of a good friend and label regular - the ever ascendant marquis hawkes. having released 4 eps on aus thus far, he makes his return in the form of a blazing, floor-focused 2 track ep which sits neatly with previous outings on the label. ‘the basement is burning’ takes it’s name from a near-fateful experience stemming from an electrical fire in hawkes’ home which culminated in him and his family being evacuated from a 5th floor balcony. having ensured the safety of his family, he made a dash across berlin to make a 10am live show, a few days later with the power back on ‘the basement is burning’ was born. the title track kicks off with splashy, live drum samples that are armoured with electronic layers before a feel-good piano lick glides into the mix. bursting synths are introduced before ducking strings chords bring the track to an ecstatic conclusion. ‘tower block boogie’ then tumbles short funk samples through bold drums as a fervid sense of tension burns throughout.