(01) (–) Primal Scream – Big Belly Nothing 100% DubMastered1644
‘100% Or Nothing’ has been remixed by Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. “Anton’s mix brings out all the slow motion, claustrophobic, endlessly crushing, paranoid dread of “living together, alone, apart” …we love it, thank you Anton.” Says Bobby Gillespie and he should know.
(02) (–) DJ Shadow – Bergschrund feat. Nils Frahm (Mass Appeal Records)
DJ Shadow’s new single, “Bergschrund,” is a pulsating, icy collaboration with Berlin-based musician, composer and producer Nils Frahm. “Nils Frahm is an insanely smart composer, he created a sinewy, gated vintage synth line which DJ Shadow then expanded upon, with complimentary effect. The track is called ‘Bergschrund,’ an obscure German word for a particular type of crevasse, or ice cliff, usually found on mountains at very high elevations. ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ is DJ Shadow’s first full-length release since 2011 and finds the groundbreaking artist shifting further toward original composition, experimentation, and live instrumentation.
(03) (–) A&N – Nubian Knights (inc. Fred Berthet, DJ Oil and Andrew Claristidge remixes) (La Dame Noir Records)
The brilliant ‘Nubian Village’ opens things is lush and organic slo-mo house style, with 100bpm kicks and whispered vocals making for horizontal grooves of the most inviting order. ‘Infection’ picks up the pace and is a more direct, but still deep and steamy, dark disco track to get floors marching. Disco synths add some vital colour and ‘Alcalin Blue’ is another disco sprinkled house track with shooting arps and proud chords bringing the charm. The sensational last original is ’76 Skyline Bld’, a go-slow groove with frazzled bass and busy synth patterns, gorgeous chords and effortless vocal coos all soundtracking a sizzling outdoor session. Experienced and eclectic Frenchman Fred Berthet remixes ‘Nubian Village’ into a long legged, spangled and modern disco groove brimming with cosmic melody. Dj Oil —a BBE associate—remixes the same cut and keeps things low slung, playfully suspenseful and expertly slow. It’s a spacious track full of twinkles and lastly Acid Washed’s Andrew Claristidge excels with a take on ‘Acalin Blue’ that is expansive, rumbling with bass and crisp in its percussion. A sumptuous selection of slow disco grooves to warm through any crowd, any time, any place.
(04) (01) John Grant – Voodoo Doll (Bella Union)
“Voodoo Doll” gets a quintet of brilliant remixes putting their own distinctive slant on the track. Moshi Moshi recording artist Anna Meredith delivers the most idiosyncratic and individual take while Black Devil Disco ramp up the funk and keep the track firmly on the dancefloor. Wrangler bring a more techy, ‘Voodoo Ray’-style element to proceedings whilst Satellites groove things up with rhythmic guitars, and slap bass. Lastly, Welsh electro-pop Goddess Gwenno delivers a (predictably brilliant) spacey, synth-heavy remix alongside partner-in-crime Peski Kid.
(05) (–) Holy Fuck – Xed Eyes (Innovative Leisure)
(06) (–) Roommates – Roommates EP (Word Up Records)
Roommates are Spirit and Da Saül, a pair of mysterious entities who are elusive and worldly wise, and together make music full of organic drums and soulful melodies. This is their first EP together but is an interesting and inventive testament to their studio skills and dance music vision. The sumptuous ‘Sativa’ opens things up in elastic, playful style with big, swaggering rubber drums and colourful synths dripping like acid rain. It’s a big hearted disco tune with warmth at its core. Once the eastern vocals begin to wail, it’s not hard to imagine this one really going off. The more direct ‘Bangala’ is rippled with abstract, muttered afro vocals by Spirit as big drums pound below. It’s a fat track with frazzled bass, quirky samples and real groove in its mid tempo bones. Last up is the faster ‘RAAW,’ six minutes of lush Moroder synthscapes and slick house beats all working to carry you off into the cosmos. Roommates’ arps and golden percussive patterns are expertly catchy and finish off the track in style.
(07) (–) Dan Wainwright – Kabila Ngoma (Hungarian Hot Wax)
Hungarian Hot Wax welcome UK based producer Dan Wainwright to the family with the wicked Kabila Ngoma! On the flip we have the legend and gentleman that is Felix Dickinson on remix duties. Perfect to add a bit of spice to your summer sets.
(08) (–) Keith Worthy – Abstract Frequencies (incl. Hieroglyphic Being & Steven Tang Remixes) (Aesthetic Audio)
Ghostly synths inaugurate Keith Worthy’s ‘Rarified Air’ originals before a spoken vocal beckons echoing atmospherics and tantalising nuances. Hieroglyphic Being’s ‘Experience 43 Mix’ then warps the original into a cacophony of rugged percussion and enchanted melodies, before Steven Tang concludes the package with his deep and mesmerising ‘Dense Air Mix’.
(09) (–) The Beats Of Science Vol.7 – Boogie Vice (Outcross Records)
Continuing on from the success of his ‘Bel Air’ EP, rising French House producer Boogie Vice releases his dance floor ready 3-track EP, ‘The Beats Of Science Vol.7’ on renowned DJ & producer Miguel Campbell’s imprint, Outcross Records. ‘The Beats Of Science Vol.7’ EP kicks off with ‘Groove On’ (Original Mix). The track is filled with catchy hi-hats, male vocals and a grooving bassline, setting the tone for the EP. ‘La French’ explores Boogie Vice’s love for synths, which takes centre stage in the track, dancing over warped vocals and club beats. Rounding off the EP is ‘Groove On’ (Smooth Mix). Following on from the Original Mix, Boogie Vice takes a mellow approach to this rework. Armed with complex synth melodies and a hazy bassline, the Smooth Mix exhibits Boogie Vice’s immaculate talent.
(10) (–) PBR Streetgang – 12.32 (Futureboogie)
Bonar Bradberry and Tom Thorpe, AKA PBR Streetgang, return to the Futureboogie fold with a gutsy and energetic big room floor filler in “12.32”. The duo ramp up their production aesthetic with swirling acid licks, gnarly bassline waves, pumping drums and searing strings. Clocking in at over the 12-minute mark, PBR are given the space to really work the elements, which result in a magnificent production that will really work some dancefloors this summer. On the remix, London born producer, Fort Romeau, works his magic, keeping the pace and mood pumping, and remodeling the melody riff, Fort Romeau takes us on a deeper, more cosmically energised trip, soaking the synths in reverb and cranking up a touch of distortion to keep things raw and vital.
(11) (02) Marcus Marr – Rocketship (DFA Records)
Marcus Marr is a London-based artist, producer and DJ. Marcus was introduced to dance music via all night parties under Brixton’s St Matthews Church. A regular at Berlin’s famed nightclub Berghain/Panorama Bar, the lifelong music obsessive augmented his already robust vinyl collection of rock and soul with acid house records. He then saw DJ Harvey play one of his legendary extended sets, and knew that dance music was his calling.
(12) (–) Nubian Mindz – Moment of Truth (Vitalik Recordings)
Which ever sonic stylings are at hand, hi-tech machine soul is always de riguer. On this, their debut release on Vitalik Recordings, they pay tribute to the classical house sounds of New York and Chicago. Moment of Truth is spacious and atmospheric. Dissonant, descending pads wash over a heavy kick. The bright electric keys stand in stark contrast to the drunken decent of it’s warbling sound-bed, the result is pleasingly incongruous, head music for house heads. Clive Henry and Alex Arnout make a formidable remix duo on this e.p. Their remix is an airtight groove aimed squarely at the floor. A simple, infectious bass loop filters in and out below the washes of the top line, building the suspense but never peaking, just maintaining that solid heads down dance-floor groove. Path add that U.K. flavour. Big swung beats and an almost exhibitionist feat of audio acrobatics. Samples are twisted and reversed in rhythmic swing. There’s a very special moment midway through that will see this track being dropped at that key moment of the night when the mood shifts gear. Back 2 House is a frenetic MPC workout, acid house on steroids for want of a better description. Furious machine drum crescendos are broken with an incomprehensible but stupidly catchy vocal…. something about house I think. What’s certain is this is a peak time banger, a weapon of mass disco ruction. Center of Excellence eases out the ep with another hypnotic and atmospheric number. Reminiscent of early Gemini material on Peacefrog, jazzy freeform keys meander to and fro, letting the mind wander like a daydream in delta wave.
(13) (–) Da Chick – Chick To Chick Remixes (Discotexas)
These are the remixes EP for Da Chick’s “Chick To Chick”. It features remixing skills by the veterans Pete Herbert and Mason and by the new comer True Blood. Pete Herbert deliver two bombs – a remix and a piano dub. Perfect summer vibes. You can really spot the mood of his sunset DJ residencies in Bali. In fact, these tunes are perfect to listen to while enjoying the sun fading into the ocean.
(14) (–) Easy To Remember – Pescaiola LP (Unclear Records)
Here we see Italian brother duo Elia and Niro Perrone, founders of the label and also notably known for their events at Klang Club in Italy, release their debut long player in the shape of ‘Pescaiola’ the name of the suburbs the pair grew up and paying homage to their musical roots growing up together. Across the duration of the ‘Pescaiola’ LP Easy To Remember serve up a amalgamation of raw and intriguing electronic, house and techno cuts. Opener ‘Hanckora’ lays down a lo-fi infused Hip Hop style to kick things off, while ‘Checkma Dem’ lies in similar territory with the addition of some vocal stylings as well. For the most part though Easy To Remember lay the focus on emotive house music, title track ‘Pescaiola’ plays on multi-layered melodies and retro synths, ‘Hijack Persuasion’ focuses on gritty rhythm and soft atmospherics and ‘Try To Escape’ brings to light ethereal synth leads and snaking bass grooves. The duo instil some funk influence into the LP as well via ‘Feelings’ and some experimental touches as well with their Giulio Etiope collaboration ‘Degolas’ amongst others. All in all Easy To Remember deliver a refreshing take on modern electronica across the project and further prove Unclear is a force to be reckoned with in the underground.
(15) (–) OJPB – E-Lane 2 Troy (True Romance)
E-Lane 2 Troy is an uplifting cosmic mind bender. With its brilliant disco loops and infectious trance inducing melody, this is one that will fill and fire up dancefloors all over. The flipside, Fountains, is a mesmeric funky number which plunges the listener in a pitched down rhythm maze with pitched up vocals and haunting pianos. The story begins at the Heideglühen club in Berlin where the True Romance crew saw OJPB play. In the midst of his set he dropped a mysterious track that completely lit the crowd up, it was E-Lane 2 Troy. In this offering, True Romance introduces Montreal based OJPB. Through this alias, French-born Olivier Borzeix delivers raw and adventurous rhythms sourcing his inspirations in rare funk disco nuggets and the golden age of house music, blending it into what he likes to call: Hypnotic Soul.
(16) (–) Cera Alba – ’89 (Incl. Montel Remix) (Madtech)
Kick starting the release is title cut ‘89’ which lays down a dark and brooding groove via weight percussion and bubbling dub stabs before gradually unfolding into a crescendo of bright piano chords and soul infused vocal lines. ‘Solitary Nights’ follows and retains the eerie aesthetic of the preceding record, laying the focus on menacing bass drones, tension building atmospherics and rumbling subs, while subtly evolving percussion and sporadic vocal licks ebb and flow throughout. Montel steps in to remix ‘’89’ next, bringing shuffled rhythms, chugging bass swells and swirling delayed snippets from the original vocal and piano into the limelight to create a unique twist on the original number. A ‘Dub’ of ‘’89’ from Alba then shapes up the package.
(17) (–) Planet Jackson Gotta Get Up (Suol)
Now in its fourth instalment, the “Suol Summer Daze” compilation has firmly established itself as an annual institution for the Berlin based imprint. So once again, adding to the many things to look forward when summer finally rolls around, here is another bespoke collection of soulful, organic house tracks straight outta Kreuzberg! Amongst the 17 exclusive and previously unreleased tracks, all hand picked by label heads Chopstick & Johnjon, are some perfect examples of this attitude, such as Fritz Kalkbrenner’s “Let Go” and C&J’s “Catamount. Spoken word poetry on a house groove is also a Suol specialty, found here in “That Day” by Kyodai, as is breaking away from the straight four-on-the-floor beat like in Till von Sein’s “PCH Jam”. Other highlights include Larse’s “Honey” and the atmospheric “Clockwork Rainforest” by Atjazz. There are some straight up house jams on “Summer Daze” as well, all of them offering something more than just functionality, rounding off a delightfully varied package of special music for a special summer.
(18) (–) Shaun J. Wright & Alinka – Greed EP (Incl. jozif + Waifs & Strays Remixes) (Lovecrimes)
American producers and DJ’s Shaun J. Wright & Alinka have been steadily on the rise over the past few years with material on their Twirl imprint, here though we see the duo introduced to a new imprint in the shape of Lovecrimes with new material following an EP from Crosstown Rebels and The Classic Music Company. Up first is the original mix of title track ‘Greed’ and in typical fashion from the pair we’re treated to a heady house groove fuelled by spiralling hat rolls, bumpy bass hits, soft stab sequences and Wright’s infectious vocal stylings throughout. ‘Feel You Up’ follows and lays down a more upfront rhythmic approach with bouncing tom toms, choppy percussion and an underlying acid tinged feel via fuzzy bass tones and hypnotic bell chimes while Shaun offers up a seductive vocal contribution to complete the record. On the flip is two remixes, the first of which comes courtesy of London’s jozif who reworks Greed with a low-slung feel via snaking sub bass lines and intricate processing of the original parts before Waifs & Strays closes on his take of ‘Feel You Up’, offering a more stripped back dance floor focused interpretation with sparse percussion and 80’s tinged stab hooks in the latter half of the record.
(19) (03) Marlow – In The Backroom (LP) (Sonar Kollektiv)
Hot on the heels of the musically moving Mius album, the carefully nurtured Sonar Kollektiv label is back with another masterful album of borderless house, hip hop and soul. It comes from long time operator Marlow and features 17 tracks that are deeply absorbing and adventurous. What’s more, plenty of top guests like Pete Josef, Ursula Rucker, Flowin Immo and others all lend their own vocal and instrumental textures to an album that is full of real musicianship and genuine depth. Starting with some weird and wonderful, scattered jazz sounds and great spoken word samples, the album progresses through swaggering bass with creepy oboes, low and slow deep house with vocal star Stee Downes and skewed tech that is full of off time sine waves and jangling synths. ‘Can’t Stop’ is super sweet neo-soul with broken beats and swooning keys, ‘Watch Your Step’ features gentle grooves and thought provoking rap vocals from Capitol A whilst ‘And His Mind Blown’ is a lurching sample heavy soundscape that has hip hop at its heart. The second half of the album lays down summery grooves and colourful melodies, darker trip hop cuts and spacious, eerie downbeat passages as well as cool electro funk and 80s sintered jams that are as emotive as they are interesting. This is a far roaming, compelling piece of work that marries great instrumentation and proper arrangements with subtle grooves. The result is a perfect album that gets way beyond the dance floor.
(20) (–) Loui & Scibi feat. Fourfeet – More Than Enough (inc. Pretty Pink, Deeplomatik, Lou Van and Max Lyzagin & Hugobeat Remixes) (Déepalma Records)
Polish duo Loui & Scibi join up with vocalist Fourfeet for a sultry single featuring remixes from Pretty Pink, Lou Van, Deeplomatik and Max Lyazgin & Hugobeat. The duo’s original mix begins with tranquil notes and echoing moans before an infectious hook joins energetic arpeggios and Fourfeet’s recognizable vocals. Lou Van’s remix exhibits a slightly softer production style whilst heady bells operate throughout, whereas Deeplomatik’s version is more tough and robust in comparison. Finally, crunchy rimshots and gentle guitar licks make up Pretty Pink’s rendition until Max Lyazgin & Hugobeat conclude the package with an upbeat and bubbly reimagining.
(21) (–) Wareika – Bolero EP (Vlad Caia, Egal 3, Boronas & Nihko Remixes) (Visionquest)
Wareika’s original opens up the EP with its impressive arrangement of crisp drums and hypnotic sweeps before Vlad Caia offers up the first remix, stripping back the original and layering driving kicks, lo-fi glitches and subtle nuances over the originals vibrant pads. Next up, Egal 3 brings forth a weighty, dubbed out groove, whilst filtered hats and evolving tones work their way around the tracks heady rhythm. Boronas’ alternative signals the first of two digital only remixes, entering with a blooming composition packed full of winding arpeggios, bumping bass tones and groove fuelled synth lines. Lastly, Nihko’s stripped back take on things centres itself within the percussive elements of the original, reworking intricate drum patterns and off-kilter synth shots to round out the EP.
(22) (05) Golden Bug – Accroche a Moi (La Belle)
‘Accroché à moi,’ is four minutes of sexual deep disco with menacing bass and libidinous French vocals. Tinkling percussive sounds and whirring machines add detail to the groove and are sure to help send dancefloors wild, especially after the airy breakdown and trippy guitar licks at the mid point.
Then comes the equally exquisite ‘Un paradis artificiel,’ which is twice as long and half as slow. It is a languorous, curious number with odd sci-fi sounds, long legged drums and dubbed out vibes that get peppered with spoken French mutterings, acid twitches and oodles of echo and reverb. Dirty and dark, sleazy and subversive, it is a truly unique offering that is full of character.
(23) (–) Infinity Ink – Full Capacity (Different Recordings)
Hey there! Got a BIG contender for the summer of 16 right here, a wonky house bomb …big, bold and just the right amount of weird. Infinity Ink are back in 2016 on [PIAS] electronic label Different Recordings, with an album slated for later this year.
(24) (04) Das Komplex – All For Love (STEP Recordings)
Hailing from Koszalin in Poland, Das Komplex is undoubtedly an artist of many talents, his return marks the first foray into long-play format for STEP and allows Das Komplex to stretch his legs across 8 masterful Disco grooves. Dżem kicks things off to a sunny start with sizzling guitar licks and softly pattering bongos before the slick Italo-tinged ‘Obelisk’ and the richly atmospheric ‘Redukcja Dysonansu Poznawczego’ follow up. The project spreads out towards the jubilant and dreamy ‘All For Love’ which leads into ‘Brukiew’ – an introverted but ultimately feel-good conclusion that wraps up a beautifully balmy collection and another coup for STEP.
(25) (–) Affani – Fusion (Socoloco Music)
Socoloco Music hits release number six in style with a new EP brimming with brilliant beats. Ibiza in My Mind is a slow burning, sun scored groove that is fully horizontal and sets the scene nicely for what is to come. Then comes Larrick Ebanks guesting on No Body’s Watching, a deep and warm house tune with dreamy vocals really adding some heartfelt soul to proceedings. Miss You is a real house roller that goes deep, has magical melodies running up its spine and will really make for some fun times in the sun. Radio features Abigail Bailey and is super sweet pop-house gem with catchy lyrics and lush chords all making you wave your hands and forget your worries, then Sunday is more of a club cut with great strings and feel good vocals from Ella that cannot fail to get you up dancing. Lastly, Pressure is the most dark and direct of the lot, with rubbery kicks and fat synths all conjuring up an intense mood and equally killer groove.
(26) (06) Guts – Eternal (Heavenly Sweetness)
How did Guts, a go-it-alone producer who had only rarely called on other musicians for help since his time with Alliance Ethnik, become the frontman of a live band as he started work on his new album? Well, as his tour ate up the miles around France and Europe, spending many hours on stage, in vans, on planes and backstage, Guts came up with the idea of channelling the energy and unity forged by the tour into a recording, an album that would pool the creative talents of the different musicians, an album with a single voice – the band’s. The foundations were some fairly simple outlines that were then refined during intense studio sessions – refined, honed and pushed into territory they never imagined they would explore. The only rule was that there were no limits for anyone, starting with Guts himself, who decided to reverse the proportions of 20% live and 80% samples and machines that had defined his musical path up to that point. Funk, soul, rap, Cuban, African and Russian sounds – styles that had previously mixed only as five-second samples, infiltrated into the beats and rhythms, were now stirred and shaken by a band playing real instruments. Keyboards were allowed to wander from their acoustic comfort zone and become charged with electricity, and guitars produced precise, incisive rhythms. Everyone pulls in the same direction to create an album where musical styles form criss-crossing hybrid blends or else strike sumptuous poses in their original guise. Wild jazz appears side by side with Japanese-sounding strings, spacy rock gazes down from the stratosphere at pure premium hip hop and its dominant beats, electro funk slugs it out with afro on the dancefloor, while urban Western brass throws down the gauntlet to post-apocalyptic synthesizers that would set John Carpenter’s moustache aquiver. Dense, rich and eclectic, ETERNAL is above all an ambitious record, an album with no restrictions on form or length, every track a door into a different universe from the one before.
(27) (07) Xaõ Seffcheque – KESS002 (Kess Kill)
Born 1956 in Graz, Austria, and residing in Germany since 1977, Xaõ Seffcheque is one of the most compelling and unusual artists to emerge from the Neue Deutsche Welle/post-punk movement of late ’70s – Germany. Compared with his extraordinary contemporaries Liaisons Dangereuses, D.A.F, or, Geile Tiere, Xaõ was considered a curiosity, someone who couldn’t be pinned down. The press labelled him “satirical avant-garde” — limiting his reach to only the most die-hard initiates, and consequentially, transforming his music into an untapped treasure for future generations to discover. Fast forward to 2016, and Kess Kill has signed Xaõ with the intent to present his remarkable, singular music to a world that had thirty years to mature.
(28) (–) Club Hexagon Vol.1 – Varoius ([re]sources)
Parisian imprint [re]sources is back with CLUB HEXAGON, a new compilation that features exclusive « club grime » tracks from new French talents. The 8 tracks explore the different sides of what club music sounds in 2016 in the ears of French producers who are inspired by Techno, Grime and more experimental music. Hexagon shaped France inspires the name and the concept of this compilation which gathers artists from Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and Bordeaux. Liminal Sound affiliated She’s Drunk, Resources’ boss Tommy Kid and newcomers Nunu and Lil Crack deliver a solid combination of heavy kicks and intense sound effects. Chaams, Moke and Dehousy add a tropical twist on their percussive tracks while John Vitesse associates with rising French R&B artist Oklou to end the compilation with an half experimental half future beats track.
(29) (08) Miajica – Der Schlosser EP (LGDZ)
Miajica aka Mario Robles is a very busy man these days, he is part of the group Alma Negra, whose Tabanka EP on Sofrito is one of the hottest releases these days. On this record he is entering Kraut-Techno-Territories. A 23 minute long trippy excursion into sound and groove. Borrowed Identity made a hypnotic Remix for the very very late hours of a party. MUSK did what they are always doing. Blending genres and creating their own little universe between 70s Disco 80s Acid and 90s House. Engyn’s remix focuses on a dubby afterhour vibe and enhances the trippyness with a randomized bassline and chords.
(30) (09) Recloose – Honey Rocks (Aus Music)
Honey Rocks’ brings together three deftly structured dancefloor tracks. All as jubilant and groovy as each other as Soul, Funk, Disco and classic House sounds are melded with ineffable flair and skill in a record that reaffirms Aus Music’s status as a label capable of not only maintaining consistency but also keeping listeners guessing.
(31) (–) Ten Fé – Make Me Better (UNKLE Reconstruction) (Bad Life)
Bit of a lights-on, set-closer for you here as one of the indie contingent on our label gets the UNKLE treatment! UNKLE aka James Lavelle’s remix of Ten Fé’s debut single Make Me Better is a “glorious, simmering” chugger. More suited for your train journeys perhaps than your techno sets but we’re so in love with its euphoric bones, we couldn’t help but share!
(32) (10) Various Artists – The Reverb Chronicles #1 (RvS Music)
It is no secret that RvS is not truly a record label, but is in fact a downy creature of the forests! In keeping with this faunal existence, our whiskered beast has recently returned to the foot of a familiar shrubbery whence it emerged and has begun burrowing fiercely at its roots. In doing so, it has unearthed a vast and dusty tome of innumerable chapters, named the Reverb Chronicles, that details over 20 years of foraging habits. Hence, we present the first four-part volume of the said opus for your perusal and distraction.
(33) (–) Nesta & Silky Raven – Cedar Trees EP (Maouris)
Nabih Esta aka Nesta is one of the most forward thinking heads in Beirut’s electronic music scene and part of the legendary Überhaus and The Gärten family. He met Jakob Seidensticker and Henrik Raabe aka Silky Raven, also well known as part of Wareika, in Barcelona and invited them for a gig in Beirut in 2015. There Jakob and Henrik were introduced to and fell in love with the soulful and oriental sounds of Fairuz and Ziad El Rahbani, as Nabih drove them around the beautiful mountains surrounding the city. The trio realised how well the traditional and modern electronic music matched and so began their musical collaboration. As they experimented with the sound, Nabih suggested they use his grandfather’s best friend’s music, who was the oriental music legend, Wadih El Safi. With the blessing from Safi’s family, the trio sampled his voice and from that, the ‘Cedar Trees EP’ was born.
(34) (11) Rim & Kasa – Love Me For Real (Nik Weston Edit) (BBE)
Having fallen in love with the recent reissues of ultra rare records by Ghanaian afro-disco pioneer Rim Kwaku Obeng, both versions are now extremely DJ friendly. “Love Me For Real” by Rim & Kasa is an instantly seductive disco killer with an ever-growing groove, cleverly looped up by Mr Weston for maximum impact. “Gas Line” has a real funk edge thanks to it’s tight horn section and call-response vocal. Nik’s edit takes it new heights, keeping that addictive groove going and going.
(35) (12) V / Ripperton – Cin Cin 003 (Cin Cin)
Two perfect Newwave/post/proto/dance tracks sure to rekindle the flames of a lost love or sooth even the most broken hearted of souls. On the flip is a man known to many as Ripperton who delivers two slices of his trademark deep and mysterious technohouse music that unfurl with a poise and elegance known only to those with a true mastery of the craft. Glorious Stuff.
(36) (13) Justin Jay featuring Josh Taylor – Make You Mine (Incl. Lee Curtiss & Alex Nazar Remix) (Repopulate Mars)
Sturdy kicks and echoing drones lead the way in ‘Make You Mine’ to generate a ominous aesthetic combined with Taylor’s poignant vocals. ‘Climbing Trees’ then raises the energy as a sultry low-end, mesmerizing atmospherics and infectious guitar licks do their work. Concluding matters, Visionquest’s Lee Curtiss and Alex Nazar’s remix of ‘Make You Mine’ boosts the tempo of the original, incorporating a heady bassline and trippy synths.
(37) (–) Jules & Moss – Here or Here EP (inc. Azimute remix) (Caduceus Empirical)
The opener ‘Here or Here’ uses all of its eight minutes to cast a hypnotic house spell on you. Deep and spaced out, it has freaky synths, gentle percussive clatter and soft rave stabs all fleshing out the rolling drums. The standout ‘Tea Ro’ is more extroverted, with busy drums underpinning big electrified bass stabs in a way that will have any dancefloor pumping. For peak moments, ’My Phone’ is the one, with its busy and unhinged atmospheres, whirring machines and cut up vocal sounds all proving brilliantly disorientating. Finally, with their remix of ‘Here or Here’ Azimute – a pair who play the likes of Watergate and fabric and release on BPitch Control and Get Physical amongst others, masterfully flip the script and ensure this EP is truly varied. It is a dubbed out bit of technoid house with wavy grooves and freaky deep space vibes sucking you deep down the rabbit hole.
(38) (14) Munk – The Bolero Bunuel EP (Gomma)
The Bolero Bunuel: Based on a jazzfunk bassline and some live drumming. The melodies remind you some strange arabian sci-fi things. The Naked Baam: reminding the first Motorbass tracks, back from Paris 1995. Filterfunk! The Oboe Onyx: Boards of Canada could have been somewhere in the studio when this was made. The beat is weird… not quantized. This new Munk EP comes out with Remixes from LAUER and RED AXES.
(39) (15) Der Schlosser – EP (LGDZ)
Miajica aka Mario Robles is a very busy man these days, on this record he is entering Kraut-Techno-Territories. A 23 minute long trippy excursion into sound and groove. He nearly maxed out whats possible on a 12″. Borrowed Identity made a hypnotic Remix for the very very late hours of a party. MUSK did what they are always doing. Blending genres and creating their own little universe between 70s Disco 80s Acid and 90s House. Engyn’s remix focuses on a dubby afterhour vibe and enhances the trippyness with a randomized bassline and chords.
(40) (–) O.B.F Feat Charlie P – Sixteen Tons Of Pressure (O.B.F soundsystem)
(41) (16) Ron & Neil – Pedre Son Éclat (Futureboogie)
In its Original Mix, ‘Pedre Son Éclat’ is a breezy yet sturdy slice of atmospheric synth dance, resplendent with swirling riffs and stammering bass. A thunderous Roland CR-78 drum pattern keeps everything in check, and its sultry vocals flitter between spoken word and harmonious refrains, lacing the track with a superb ‘new wave’ feel. A remix comes courtesy of Man Power, the musical enigma that traded on his anonymity for a couple of years before coming clean as the English DJ/producer Geoff Kirkwood. Having released on labels like Hivern, Throne Of Blood and Correspondant, Man Power takes ‘Pedre Son Éclat’ into even deeper territories, crafting a moody and spacious version that respectfully stays close to the original mix. ‘You Feel It’ ramps up the funk; the tribal rhythms, horn blasts and other micro samples keep the arrangement lively, all the while that bassline really gelling the track together. Rounding off the release is ‘Tears’; tension building strings and beats straight out of the school of Prelude/Salsoul lay the foundation for some grandiose analog arps, soulful vox and funky guitar licks, a super slick offering from the duo.
(42) (20) Tim Green – Only Time Remains (Get Physical)
Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated Body Language mix for the famed Get Physical series, top drawer producer and selector Tim Green offers up two exclusive tracks from it – one original, and one remix. Up first is Green’s own fantastic original, ‘Only Time Remains.’ It finds the artist is melodic mood, with his seductive, rolling beats all overlaid with churchy chords and grand atmospheres that really are epic and absorbing. The bass, too, is big and bold and angelic vocals lend a hypnotic feel to the irresistible groove. The remix of Junge Junge’s ‘Beautiful Girl’ featuring Kyle Pearce shows Green adding his own unique flavours to the track. The result is a tantalising nine minute affair that slowly unfolds and sucks you deep into Green’s spacious and grand world of smeared pads, tender melodies and subtly rising vocals that are emotive, dreamy and spaced out.
(43) (17) The Supermen Lovers – Absolute Disco EP (La Tebwa, Word Up Records)
Absolute Disco is the eighth EP in a series the artist started 15 years ago. It was written in his studio in Paris and is inspired by the “strange atmospheres” of the city in which disco is still very much alive. Made using a mix of analog and digital machines, the stunning opener ‘It’s OK!’ is what you’d call the very definition of a ‘floor filler with its slick and driven combo of kicks and samples all sounding impeccably produced. French Touch at its best, it’s hard not to stomp along as this one goes up through the gears. Then comes ‘Fair Enough,’ which screams its lungs out with the most hypnotic vocoder work and trippiest guitar you could dream of: this is the other side of The Supermen Lovers and is him sounding like a band from Mars playing Pink Floyd in 2016. Next up, the colourful ‘Baroud’ is the ultimate DJ tool thanks to its playful and rubbery tech house feel, whirring machines and pumping groove. This one flips the script again and offers a third and final bit of dancing dynamite that is charming and cheeky at the same time.
(44) (–) Lexsoul Dancemachine – Beef Grinder (Official video)
(45) (18) Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – A Life Worth Living feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell (TruThoughts)
(46) (–) Black Loops – Get Lost EP (Incl. Alexkid Remix) (Gruuv)
Title track ‘Get Lost’ kicks things off with a dub-infused feel via fluttering stab sequences subtly tweaked and processed throughout while a sturdy rhythm and rumbling sub bass carry the infectious groove. ‘Nyna’ follows and flips the feel over to brighter territories with a bumpy Chicago tinged rhythm, intricately chopped disco samples and soft chords stabs creating yet another hypnotic heads down workout. On the flip we have ‘Dub Me Please’ which as the name would suggest leads back to dub aesthetics with sweeping synth swells and minute modulations swirling around a weighty foundation of rumbling subs and distorted drums. To round off the package French producer Alexkid strips back the feel of ‘Dub Me Please’ to a reduced state with sparse low-slung percussion running with fragments of the original number which ebb and flow across the remixes ever unfolding seven minutes.
(47) (19) Alphabets Heaven – Wander (WotNot)
Feeling constrained by the finely-crafted organic sound design of Siamese Burn EP and Everything Stays the Same EP, Alphabets decided that the methods were less important than the sense of play and exploring the possibilities of sound. This serves as inspiration for the EP title. Title track Wander, with its delicate melodies and arpeggios, delivers this especially well. The two opposing sides are well balanced through the EP’s overriding sound palette, and even come together on Party with its driving beat and deep gamelan-flavoured hook. Mogwai marries the Eastern obsession of mid-noughties R&B with grime sensibilities, while two tracks feature vocalists: the cavernous soundscape of Atomic hosts Segilola’s warm intimate tones, while Say What You Mean counters WotNot boss Charo’s smooth vocals with belly-busting bass arpeggios. With these influences in mind, who better to take the remix reins than Brainfeeder and Hit+Run producer Mono/Poly? Much like the rest of the release, the remix moves between the playful and dark, with searing synth leads and hints of trap and footwork.
(48) (–) Haarschnitt – No Rush / Ion (XVI Records)
Queens based Producer Haarschnitt dreams these tunes on his daily commute, gazing over the East River, as his train crosses the Williamsburg bridge, he creates deep, tape saturated oceanic atmospheres in the music, simultaneously maintaining strong, rhythmic dance-floor sensibilities throughout. iON 2A is a groove infused slow roller, combining crisp drums, classic sounding keys and a driving, unrelenting bass-line, the track takes it’s time slowly building momentum before being joined by a swirling synth pattern and haunting reading of Rilke’s classic Poem “Die Blinde” (The Blind Woman) echoing through the haze. No Rush is a washed out, atmosphere drenched soundscape full of dreamlike chords, spiralling pads, rich tones and fluctuating frequencies. It’s skippy, clipped drums take on an almost 2-step feel at times, complimenting the lush instrumentation and making it a perfect tool for sun soaked, summer sessions. We’ve also included a beatless version, so you can really zone out and practise your astral travelling.
(49) (21) Kalyma – LayDown (inc. Aaaron, Florian Busse & Stereo MC’s remixes) (Connected)
In original form, ‘LayDown’ which was “made to enable smooth transitions in the dynamic range of a diverse house DJ set, without losing energy and create a special intimate, percussive vibe”—is the sort of emotionally impactful house track that really makes clubs take note: with its poignant and careful bass notes, tender vocals and shuffling drum it is warm and inviting, pained and moving and makes you sway without realising it. The first remix comes from one of Kalyma’s producer friends, Aaaron, and as a remix is deep and bubbly, with subtle little melodic hooks and dainty synths all making it feel like a late night adult lullaby stitched to a house groove. Germany’s Florian Busse goes for a darker, more troubled vibe with prying bass and glitchy claps making for a menacing groove. The acclaimed Stereo MCs then lend the cut their own touch with another masterful remix. It is slow burning and atmospheric, with spaced out synths and gentle melodies raining down above soft but sumptuous drums.
(50) (23) dOP – Email From A Beelte (Circus Company)
The sound on Email From A Beetle is a full-fat, club ready confection that distills the live energy of dOP into four varied but equally ear-snagging tracks that simply demand your attention. The title track in some ways harks back to the introspection of their earlier material, keeping the rhythmic elements sparse and simmering to lend ample space to JAW’s captivating vocal line, but there’s still plenty of space for Damien’s expressive keys to cut through as the song peaks. “Melancholia” is, as the name suggests, a more reflective piece with a gentle swing and emotive melodic lines, but there’s plenty more fun times to be had as well as the infectious house bump of “Foreplay” takes hold with a hard-skipping beat and rock solid bass line. If there was any doubt that warm, rounded analogue sounds power dOP these days, “Summer Rain” is on hand with its shocking stabs of dazzling synth capturing a feverish mood that calls out to the impending sunny months of the year.