after a wildly successful collaboration on thatmanmonkzs turn it out from the lp, columbus-ing, dave aju suggested they should continue their production streak for a new percussive tracks project. at the same time, aju had finally kept his word to legendary bay area club/underground mc and personality, foxxee aka foxxee brown aka lawrence petty, to work on a track together as well. petty being a core part of the infamous ya mamas house radio show on 106 kmel alongside pete avila and david harness that introduced legions of young bay area djs to real house music, includ-ing aju, in the early 90s.
sheffield soulbender thatmanmonkz teams up with his good pal martín miguels better listen records for his newest ep. the record is inspired by several trips to and dope parties in the district of columbia, home of the quickly rising label.
the second release of secret swat manoeuvre s from the us of a ! after the instant sellout dj nature 12-, swat come through with a devastating & loving homage to the basement boys and amiri baraka s 2001 jam -an american poem- malik ameer is a veteran m.c. in the experimental rap/jazz scenes of california and nyc. ameer is also an internationally published poet with five books of poems to his name, he hosts and curates poets live in paris, france and is the editor for several literary journals based out of new york city. houston born, manhattan based leron thomas is a critically acclaimed writer, artist, and trumpeter who has worked with many household names from a variety of genres including michael stipe, lauryn hill, bobby watson, roy hargrove, bilal and mos def, to name but a few. from 2004 onward he has developed his genre-crossing music incorporating singer/songwriter, jazz, funk, electro-pop and rock, releasing nine solo artist records championed by the likes of gilles peterson etc. malik is a longtime friend and production collaborator of leron, as well as lending his emcee skills to both thatmanmonkz solo work, and their collaborative hip hop project madison washington . amerikkan poem was recorded in sheffield, paris, and new york.
sheffields thatmanmonkz is quite the sonic force to be reckoned with. with an impressive discography across the board, dropping his most recent album columbusing on delusions of grandeur in 2016 and running his own successful imprint shadeleaf, were very happy to welcome him to dirt crew and present his latest ep shade throw. kicking things off rough and ready in true detroit “hight tech jazz style,manna for poppa is a saxed up dance floor bomb ready for the taking. intrinsic divine, a sonically soaring breakbeat outing lightens the mood a little, think classic trip hop meets modern deep house. the cinematic string arrangement is accompanied by freestyle piano and licks of ad-libbed sax over a steady kitspace jam 2017 sees thatmanmonkz team up with new york citys clyde phalanx to create a pure psyched up space house outing. we can picture this one over a sun-drenched balearic scenery or deep in a dark and smokey basement somewhere. jazzy freestyle drums underpin a live guitar improvisation that gets truly nasty on this interplanetary journey. slow and sexy is the tempo for the closing track. evolver is a soulful disco burner reminiscent of idjut boys, grooving along with smooth rnb vocals and salacious keys while intoxicating strings lift the energy to pure cosmic goodness.
uk residents lee dearn & chris james crowther comprise the deep house duo better known as purple velvet. in addition to running their own label, secret reels, the boys have also had releases on labels such as local talk, dirt crew, & large music. their brand of spaciously deep, soulful deep house is a perfect fit for us here at kolour ltd so the combination of forces was inevitable. for extra measure - we ve assigned remix duties to our dear friend thatmanmonkz. fresh off his smashing lp for delusions of grandeur, our boy scott delivers the goods in prime fashion once again to help us round out our 25th release on kolour ltd.
TURN IT OUT / BOOGIE DOWN (DAVE AJU & LAURENCE GUY RMXS)
12" Vinyl UK03.05.16
having unleashed the beast that is his debut lp columbusing, thatmanmonkz grants a couple more heavyweight producers permission to get busy with the sonic manglers for remixes of turn it out and boogie down. first up, one of the vocalist contributors to the lp dave aju (known for his releases on circus company) takes on his own track turn it out, transforming the original from a backyard bbq summer jam into some kind of mutant electro p-funk meets broken- beat fusion. a filtered bass line and bare bones 808 kicks are what this track is all about forming the perfect rhythmic union with the vocal.
following two ep releases on delusions of grandeur the time felt right for thatmanmonkz to get working on his debut lp. the sheffield b-boy is no newcomer to production having been releasing music since the mid-noughties but has seen a definite rise in interest the last few years following essential releases on his own shadeleaf label as well as remixes and productions for the likes of classic, kolour ltd and kon’s startime.
JUS ANOTHA WUNNA DEEZ / TAKE U 2 MY HOUSE (JIMPSTER / GE-OLOGY RMXS)
12" Vinyl UK04.02.16
as we await the release of the debut lp columbusing from thatmanmonkz we’re pleased to give you a little taster of two of the originals plus a couple of brilliant remixes from man of the moment ge-ology and jimpster. thatmanmonkz has seen a definite rise in interest the last few years following essential releases on his own shadeleaf label as well as remixes and productions for the likes of classic, kolour ltd and kon’s startime.
marking its 11th release, leicester-based label city fly welcome philpot regular tim toh to its already impressive roster spanning dj nature, fred p, andres, medlar and basic soul unit. the berlin artist is also renowned for his works on the likes of ornaments music, delusions of grandeur and mild pitch, and his idiosyncratic vision of electronic music is one shared with the discerning minds behind city fly. ‘endlessly’ is a track that melds interlinking rhythms with vocal snippets before easing in to a beautiful rhodes sequence containing all the hallmarks of an absolute floor filler. ‘everything’ then features the beautiful vocals of ranavalona to engineer a track dripping with pure soul, making way for a remix from thatmanmonkz that focuses on rhythm whilst boiling the piece down to a slice of timeless house. finally ‘expectations’ is a number exhibiting toh’s avant-garde approach to music production whilst still focusing squarely on the dancefloor.
thatmanmonkz is certainly enjoying a fine run of form ! heavy duty releases for delusions of grandeur & kolour ltd, alongside a steadily building and essential catalogue on his own shadleaf music label for their fifth outing the label has opted for a split single, with french house royalty ludovic llorca aka art of tones handling a side duties ‘so worried’ marries a spoken word vocal with an irrsesistible clipped organ led and bumpin’ house workout that sounds a lot like fellow frenchman st germain did way back when. monkz handles the flip with the kind of rough and ready sample-house jam the label has championed ‘got to get to’ strings together a handful of live instrumentation & melodies in classic collage style, while the dub strips down and houses up the ingredients for a clonked out finale.
having made a nice splash for himself with his recent outing on delusions of grandeur and recent string of quality releases on his own imprint, shadeleaf, we are proud to welcome in thatmanmonkz for our next release on kolour ltd. he serves up three immense cuts of deep, underground rhythms with that infamous touch of soul that is quickly becoming his own trademark. remix duties were laid upon someone weve had our eye on for quite some time now - glenn astro. his unique musical vision & precise execution is on full display with his remix of remember and the end result speaks for itself. needless to say were very excited to have him in! altogether its an exceptional package of tunes more than worthy for the 16th slot in our kolour ltd catalogue!
time to welcome more new, undiscovered talent to the fold, this time we give you sheffield producer thatmanmonkz with an amazing ep entitled please dont slip, trip or fall off. thatmanmonkz came to our attention last year when his track that would be alright appeared on tone control music. the low slung, bluesy inflections combined with moodymann-esqe vocals and deep pads had us instantly hooked so when he presented us with three brand new tracks for delusions of grandeur we literally bit his hand off.
tone control music proudly introduces thatmanmonkz 2nd ep, overproof. this follow up to debut ep, the man continues monkz exploration into detroit, disco and soul influenced deep house. lead track, overproof takes mid-tempo, modern boogie from soul into darker territories, while right on gives a nod to detroit old and new, before closing out in percussive yoruba style with long time vocalist collaborator, pete simpson. throughout this ep thatmanmonkz utilises his mpc, rhodes, bass guitar and a multitude of synths to raw, rocking effect. martin atjazz iveson lends his hear on mastering duties to complete another solid ep in the series.
tone control music proudly introduces our new signing thatmanmonkz. this debut ep, the man explores detroit inspired deep house with jazz, disco and soul influences apparent throughout. several tracks feature vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, pete simpson (sunburst band) while title track, the man takes a heavier sampler/drum machine based route for darker tastes. ross orton (arctic monkeys/m.i.a.) helps out on mix duties to complete this steel city showcase.
following two ep releases on delusions of grandeur the time felt right for thatmanmonkz to get working on his debut lp. the sheffield b-boy is no newcomer to production having been releasing music since the mid-noughties but has seen a definite rise in interest the last few years following essential releases on his own shadeleaf label as well as remixes and productions for the likes of classic, kolour ltd and kons startime. with his first musical love being hip hop its easy to understand how his approach to house turns out so refreshing.
classic presents re-interpretations 1, the exquisite remix package of tracks from folamours blissed-out umami album, available on 12inch vinyl. session victim introduce a fiercer beat to their devoted to u remix preserving the delicate strings and its progressive style. next up, fellow classic contributor thatmanmonkz pumps up the tempo and lays down heavy percussion in his 8 minutes of funk remix. afrobeat producer austin ato weaves in his influences on ivoire with soft drumming, slow saxophones and a disco-inflected bassline amid echoes of vocal from nigerian singer kio amachree. alabaman byron the aquarius sprinkles a little of his jazz-house sound on look at me or ill steal your eyes ending a truly mesmeric release.
the annual deep love compilation has become one of our most important releases to showcase what dirt crew recordings is all about. it gives us the chance to highlight and welcome new faces alongside the residents who keep the deep music we stand for alive. this year more than ever we have artists from all over the world, from japan to canada and lithuania to austria represented. the man the mythàmr. nightcrawler himself is back with another masterpiece
the mighty shadeleaf pull in a seriously strong u.s team for their twelfth release damon bell from oakland, is a chief connoisseur at heralded deepblak recordings, and stands strong offering a complex variety of sounds that ebb and flow through all of his productions. known for his polyrhythmic, organic, and soul-filled musical releases on deepblak recordings & sound of speed records japan, he has also scored critically acclaimed releases recently on burek, meda fury, and don t be afraid. this collaborative ep with the vocalist (good friend and former oakland, and now berlin resident) khalil anthony, features a production collaboration with shadeleaf s own thatmanmonkz, and a remix from the mighty afrikan sciences as always, top drawer isht another shadeleaf sureshot
vinyl obsessive, renowned dj and leading light of the global edit scene, kon knows a thing or two about good music. his latest project, kon & the gang, introduces a selection of tracks, remixes and edits that the boston native has lent his golden touch to over the years. featuring artists à la mode truccy (compost s rainer trueby & corrado bucci), eli escobar, seven davis jr, medlar and thatmanmonkz, the album gives newcomers to the scene a fantastic taste of the diy disco / throwback house revival which is currently taking the underground by storm.
for fans of: opolopo, joey negro, sadar bahar, dimitri from paris
lay-far s critically acclaimed debut album -so many ways- which took him worldwide gets a friendly treatment from the global music family! in the first installment of the remix series we have artistic versions from atjazz, inkswel, jonny miller and thatmanmonkz! martin iveson kicks off the ep with a masterpiece of a remix for one of the highlights of the album - electronic ballad -stand up- featuring pete simpson. when the strings come in you realize - it s atjazz at his best - conscious boogie for the soul! we believe it may easily become future classics! inkswel s version of -when i m seeing you- is soaked in the warm sound of distorted drum machines and tape delays. be warned - this heavy-hitter can actually damage your speakers! the b-side opens with the deep and sophisticated afro house of jonny miller whose remix of -summer vacation- immediately teleports you to the open air party in the adriatic sea coast. last but not the least we have sheffield s own thatmanmonkz revisiting -that dream-. inspired heavily by classic blaxploitation movies, shadeleaf music label boss comes up with a dynamic soundtrack for the imaginary chase scene. badass!
shadeleaf reaches out to the tribes and comes home with a serious crop to see us through! for their debut v.a selection *please come correct* thatmanmonkz has pulled in some serious talent from the fringes of forward-thinking house.
the long established and critically acclaimed dj-kicks series kicks off 2017 with suitably accomplished dj, producer, vocalist and instrumentalist matthew dear at the helm. a man of many musical hats, texas born, detroit raised dear has a wide reaching discography that takes in face melting techno as jabberjaw, dark avant-pop under his own name and intricate minimal as audion. often with a gothic slant and full of curiousness, his pensive but playful music is an intoxicating distillation of many different influences, often with his own stylised vocals at the centre