the release starts off with wolfhart, a stripped back groove and exquisitely delayed elements will sure get things going.
next up is ording, named after a city in northeast germany, its dubbed infused chords will take you on an expansive mind trip.
on b side, tschi comes in with some playful hi hats and other wordly sounds that will satisfy the most discerning palates. to round of the ep we get a rework from the master steve o sullivan, which needless to say, needs no introduction.
this summer, my favorite robot records release another of their excellent and immersive full lengths, this time from german production outfit, rework. the trio of daniel varga, michael kuebler and sascha hedgehog aka rework, describe their musical aesthetic as cabaret-independent-house and combine icy minimal structures with catchy euro-girl vocals, anglo-french funk antics and a dash of dance floor melancholy. playhouse, meant and items & things have all released their work, which includes three albums before now. this latest is another musical adventure filled with surprises. this is an effortlessly diverse album that brings a wide range of influences to the table and ties them all together with reworks unique sense of style and cool
a much welcomed reissue of the 1978 idris muhammad gem boogie to the top. released a year after, arguably, idris most well-known anthem, could heaven ever be like this the similarities in style and composition are clear. expertly produced, rich instrumentation, expansive drum fills, gospel tinged full-bodied vocals, all the while epic and life affirming in it s nature - what more could you want? young pulse steps up on the b-side, to add his own subtle touches and tweaks to the original. looping the guitar and echoing out the vocals whilst working in more of the synth lines. the addition of a crisp clap and extra percussion add an element more vibrancy into this mix, keeping the original feel intact whilst revitalising it for 2018.
YOURE SO JUST JUST REMIXES (INC. JOHNNY AUX & EC1)
12" Vinyl UK03.05.18
“today is a good day... rework’s ‘you’re so just just’ formerly released on playhouse is making an exclusive return on leftroom for record store day. one of my favourite records of all time and a firm fabric anthem, i had to ask paranoid london’s johnny aux for a remix and also gave it a go myself with one of my ec1 mixes. there is a limited vinyl run on this so grab it while they are still on the shelves!!!” - matt tolfrey - april 2018
initially paying tribute to the analogue absurdity, sonic diversity and sheer imagination of the early 90s dance music landscape, future four returns after a hiatus of several years, pushing into new eras, machines and ideals with connection. initially a solo project of andy meecham, the brains behind emperor machine, chicken lips, and bizarre inc., connection is the first future four release to feature the contribution of erol alkan as a permanent member, and is a coupled with a remix from i:cube. a veritable powerhouse of synths, vintage drum machines and all man-ner of effects, connection unfolds with minimal tempo and maximum impact, as sequences of unexpected electronics gradually build from every direction, each landing with the razor sharp precision associated with their composers. cascading synths overflow like fizzy drinks, pro-pelling the track along an electronic patchwork of fm synthesis and psy-chedelia. on the remix, i:cube takes the unpredictable rhythm of connection and coaxes its versatile, multiple elements into a timeless slice of boogie house. nurturing the outsider casio feel of the track under a musical heat-lamp, the always forward-thinking frenchman emerges with a cut that could easily soundtrack both sun deck and space station.
packaged in a 7inch format showing the talents of these fresh young artists. fala is a new label from amsterdam, a knekelhuis sister label that will present you with some very delicate surprises in the near future. the kickoff will be a dollkraut rework of the truly beautiful song scheef by eefje de visser. dollkraut captures the magical energy of eefje de vissers creation, turning it into a drum driven dancefloor-ready track. the b-side will contain the original version of scheef released before on her highly acclaimed album nachtlicht. fala!
elcome to smallville, rhythm of paradise. we are big fans of michele lamacchias music since he released paradise on his debut 12 as rhythm of paradise on cosmic rhythm. this track breathens out everything we love about house music- deepest rhythms and dope production, timeless sounds - and the mighty loon. whenever we played this track since it came to light, this was a highlight of the night. we approached michele to send some love for his music and he send over this ep- 3 tracks plus a shimmering remix from his buddy nicola loporchio aka cosmic garden, who is running the cosmic rhythm label. we are delighted to present these as smallville 53, comes with a full cover art by the one and only stefan marx.
EXPLORATION EP (BATTLE REWORK, BLEAK REMIX, ASOK REMIX)
12" Vinyl UK21.09.17
three years in, blackhall & bookless jaunt label is becoming a serious force for forward thinking, fractured techno exploration. on this split ep with chad, the duo take the a-side and present two different versions of links. the battle rework is a tense and dramatic tumble through dub techno soundscapes, while the bleak remix pares the elements down to a more focused, minimalist thrum. chad presents a wholly different vibe on the flip, using rich, warm synthesiser tones to draw you in to afters, and then scenery regular asok takes up remix duties on the track with an immersive version that borders on breakbeat.
cult duo rework are next up on my favorite robot with a five track ep that shows off their brilliantly inventive house and tech style. the production outfit of daniel varga, michael kuebler deal in left of centre and freaky house with a mischievous afterparty slant. they have been active for more than a decade now and have credits on great labels like visionquest, items & things, meant and the institution that is playhouse. the brilliantly sleazy “talk it off” opens things up with popping drums, playful lyrics and a steely sound that is designed for wonky basement parties. “valencia” goes deeper with warm drums and synths surging along next to an elastic groove that is propped up by energetic and incendiary chord stabs. it’s a subtle but high impact track that will raise the energy levels on any floor. “think about you” has vocals coated in echo and delay and trippy synths that are lively and off kilter. it makes for a track that is brilliantly loose and undulating and cannot fail to get under your skin. final track “attractive” heads in a much more techno direction with surging drums and hypnotic slithering synths that burrow deep into your brain and seep into the night. it is trance inducing for sure, and shows another side to this accomplished outfit. this is a versatile ep stuffed with killer cuts for many different moments in the night, and each is as standout as the next.
the fourteenth effort in the attic music series is a full ep by roman artist cristiano balducci under his black catcher alias. gossip is a firm and futuristic sounding bundle of modern day techno which spans 3 tracks.
on the a-side we find the title track gossip which is a scorching haul of tough drum sounds and hypnotizing arp sounds that build throughout.
the opening track on the b side is a remix of the track by cristiano balducci himself of more acidic proportions.
the final cut on this 12 is the original into the void, which showcases a deeper side of black catcher. this track is built around a misty atmosphere and soaring synth patches.
terrence dixon returns as population one, offering an unrivaled, dazzling excursion of late. the move comes with an illustrious, energetic orlando voorn rework on the flip. two esoteric portals into the motor city mindset, top tip! laurent garnier: >oh fuck yessssss heavy rotation for me<
tfbm004 is a special joint venture release with rebirth records to release some stuff we really care about the orginal mix of stop featuring kaysand, now available on vinyl, a special 13 mins rework by our beloved swayzak, and a remix of right now by freaks vs robert owens that really could not stay any longer in our hard drives!
2 raw beauties from tv.out and smallpeople, produced in the owls room, hamburg. plus hypnotic-stripped back borrowed identity rework- don t sleep!
full cover, printed discosleeve drawing & typography by stefan marx
serge born in russia came to the usa in the late 80s, got heavily in hiphop and digging in the crates for breaks and loops as well as production under dj supreme one moniker. he worked with such industrys heavyweights as masta ace, edo g, guru and many more. serge is an avid vinyl collector of soul, funk, jazz, disco, boogie. loads of good music is to come from serge gamesbourg.
after their last release under the labels ornate music (uk) and finale sessions (us), ka one & st-sene are back with a special flyance records release. rework: the action of redoing, correcting or rebuilding that is the spirit they put in this ep with those four house music anthems of those consider today as the father figures of this music. without sampling, replaying all the keyboards and arpeggio, they turned thoses anthems into modern acid and techno vibe. from 1989 to 2015 ka one & st-sene give great tribute at lil louis, mr fingers, kerri chandler and laurent garnier.
vintage house freaks and soul kids: rhode & brown from munich come back on toy tonics with a great, funk driven, instrumental ep. featuring a remix by upcoming producer hodini. rhode & brown come from the growing young, new house scene of munich. since 3 years the kids host their own night at munichs kong club and doing music. after a few remixes (check the one for brooklyn based label good company records) the boys release their first ep of 2015 on toy tonics. the sound? they proudly call it weißwursthouse produced on a stradivari-build mpc 1000 in their beautiful studio in the heart of munich. influenced by old soul records, detroit legends theo parrish and moodymann, as well as new experimental house from the scandinavian labels around studio barnhus. everything with their own unmistakable rhode & brown touch.
as björk continues to make waves in the electronic scene, we are now presented with exclusive remixes by boundary-pushing artists and djs selected by the icelandic artist. the vulnicura remix project will be released in very limited quantities for collectors only, as a series of single-sided etched translucent 12” records including download code, each with their own unique etching & die-cut vulnicura wound sleeves, designed by m/m (paris).
the meant label really is on a fine run in 2015, and now offers up its 3rd release of the year. this one is a brilliant, club ready package from rework and features excellent original material alongside carefully clickbox remix.
following on from their second release by russian producer and dj, tripmastaz, the fledgling barcelona based label drops another blistering ep, this time saturated in acidic 303 lines and crisp 808 percussion by german trio, daniel varga, michael kuebler, and sascha hedgehog, aka rework. having released on visionquest, playhouse, items&things, meant, loveyeah and more, the group continue to reinvent their fresh and funky reimaginings of new wave disco and delve further into sonic explorations.
lexy & k-paul blicken zurück auf die frühe phase ihrer karriere und kredenzen uns ihre größten hits aus den jahren 1999 bis 2005 in neu gemasterten originalversionen und – und das ist der clou! – in neu arrangierten, schwer hittigen 2015er rework-versionen! *love me babe*, *vicious love*, *freak*, *girls get it first* und viele weitere lexy & k-paul evergreens erleben eine wiederbelebung der besonderen art. auf tonträgern bereits lang vergriffene hits und zeitlose hits, die längst zu eben diesem geworden sind: gassenhauer. das 180 gramm doppel-vinyl erscheint inklusive cd mit allen reworks.
whilst he is primarily recognised for his bond with detroit and its varying strands of house and techno, seth troxler is an artist whose taste and collection spreads much further afield. through his own imprint soft touch, seth explores music from way beyond the motor citys borders as he seeks to outlet left-of-centre cuts that touch on interstellar guitar, calypso disco and seductive techno tracks. with the project inaugurated by clarian back in august of 2014, the second instalment comes from the visionquest and playhouse affiliated trio rework who draw from their unique meld of synths and vocals and turn in their lovecall ep
ahead of the release of their third studio album ‘you play’ - out on visionquest in may - rework drop the rise and fall ep featuring two compelling tracks from the album plus a brand new track on the b-side. rise and fall is a full blown dancefloor workout of driving intensity, hypnotic drum patterns and rhythmic vox while ask you demonstrates the bands propensity for a chugging colourful, cosmic groove and a dash of signature anglo-french modern sass. im waiting provides a glimpse into the talented trios deeper style with a moody soundbed of dubby textures and kicking grooves
les disques de la mort is the new and highly anticipated label from ivan smagghe & the ginger prince. their first release is by the true originals rimini maestros margot, featuring a spellbinding remix courtesy the one and only erol alkan. previously released as a very limited white label, this ecstatic 12 inch now gets a full release!
rework praesentieren ihre neue 12inch blackout auf items & things. bekannt geworden durch die frankfurter techno-institution playhouse, erschien 2012 der rework-track tell me why auf der items & things-compilation variables. die hier vorliegende veroeffentlichung bietet vier brandneue tracks der house-formation, die musikalisch erneut an ihrer eigenen mischung aus minimal und euro-girl-vocals festhalten.
if you have a lighter in your pocket, light it up! par grindvik with a huge detroitesc and dark 3 tracker on his own imprint sinister. thats what we call techno! andre kronert takes the light and switched it finally off thru an unstopable rolling and hard hitting rework! sinister!! shrinked.
continuing along their musical path to bring us the most illustrious and innovative electronic music, visionquest welcome talented production trio rework onto the label with touch. four wonderfully distinct and driving cuts combining icy minimal structures with catchy female vocals, anglo french funk antics and a dash of dancefloor melancholy
STEP ASIDE REMIXES (CARL CRAIG, JAMIE JONES & REWORK REMIXES)
12" Vinyl D04.12.12
this time last year, life and death the dream team comprised of modern house heroes tale of us and thugfucker released a dual weapon of stealth killer club tracks ‘step aside. now given the royal remix treatment by super producers carl craig and jamie jones plus rework flexing their minimal funk, the ep gets a whole new lease of life.
far out recordings are proud to present, for the first time on heavyweight 12 inch vinyl, the original full length unedited mix of one of azymuths most known and loved tune, >jazz carnival<, mixed again from original master tapes.
disclosure have made quite a stir with >the face< ep and we are now pleased to announce the remix ep. featuring re-works of >boiling< from dixon and medlar, and joe goddards huge take on >control<, backed with mak & pastemans take on >what s in your head<.
the production outfit of daniel varga, michael kuebler and sascha hedgehog, earned their dance music stripes around the turn of the millennium with a series of strong releases, most notably on frankfurt-based techno institution playhouse. describing their musical aesthetic as cabaret-independent-house, the act forged a distinct sound that combines icy minimal structures with catchy euro-girl vocals, anglo-french funk antics and a dash of dancefloor melancholy. this summer, rework return to the fray with a two-sided affair for paris-based meant records that shows they have not lost the electric energy that characterised their earlier work.
dance music legend chez damier dusts down this past murmur hit by commander in chief geddes and mic newman to produce two house versions. chez damiers alternative remix is already setting the dancefloor of the panorama bar ablaze due to solid support from the ever excellent cassy. with its rolling groove, shuffling percussion and tough drums it looks set to be a staple in many more djs boxes over the following months. chezs flute mix loosens up the percussion and injects a slightly deeper musical feeling and makes it a more than worthy alternative choice.
info: ltd 300 copies.first support by: gregor tresher, reboot, slam, julien chaptal, ilario alicante, brothers vibe, okain, wally lopez, gorge, federico grazzini, sebo k, afrilounge, mendo, feygin, riva star, silicone soul, edgar de ramon, marco resman, alex dee, affkt, tom findlay, remo, varoslav, darlyn vlys, julien sander, samuel dan, oscar sala, sami wentz, piok, isaac fabregat...kiara dont release many, but when they do we can be assured of its quality. once again the spanish label have delivered, and this time its a revisit to their very first release, jairo catelos 2009 smash >yairos concept<...
pelacha has been focused on her playground project in the past few years, with the support of her friends, she now decides to pursue a project that will round up her musical career: the launch of red sonja records, certainly a very personal way of understanding techno, which has been an obvious part of her career up to this date. this passion now results in two releases. and this is just the beginning... the first release contains pelachas cuts in their purest style, techno without additives, a drum and bass line that absorbs the spotlight, led by a line that sets the synth pace - simple and effective. heiko lauxs interpretation gives this track a german touch, tight bass and a touch of surround development sound pure and highly hypnotic.
rapson deliver two fine edits here on one retro future funk 7 inch. first up the carpenters get the rapson treatment. using a loop from the intro of their 1971 track >superstar<, karen carpenters amazing vocal is turned into a wondrous dreamy folk/hip hop soundscape entitled here >long ago<. on the flip possessor of one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century, sarah vaughan, who ranked with ella fitzgerald and billie holiday in the very top echelon of female jazz singers. >mystery of man< is based on the poetry of pope john paul ii. taken from the album >let it live< this edit is mystical and beautiful with sections of sarah vaughans vocal combined with some seriously dope jazzy hip hop drums giving the track extra flavour for the club. superb!