As the title suggests this arrangement of cosmically fueled sounds lands you somewhere outside of mind and body. However, the title track provides you with a warm return to reality care of its gentle rush of undulating keyboards and uncomplicated drums accompanied by an occasional hint of reassuringly human voice, albeit heavily treated. Oversound, add a moodier quality to their version with a captivating bassline entwining the chords with further cosmic possibilities providing a very cool alternative.
Another notable care of this imprint and indeed a killer production from Ugur Project aka Turkish producer Ugur Altintas. Featuring three tracks and beginning at the sure-fire starting point provided by the excellent Lilium which fuses sizzling, excitable basslines together with brash, fuzzy stabs plus insistent drumming and curiously dark voices. Next, Pump The Beat feels more introspective with its more expansive production rolling out deft percussion amid a fizzy array of synthesizers. Take It Down, then completes in more typically Techno fashion with twisted sounds competing for your attention against yet another provocative arrangement.
Exclusive Release: October 18 (traxsource)
Global Release: November 1
Ok. So what’s not to love. The DJ returns kicking out those tough and ready beats and basslines all over again. Mercifully the title track, Gangster Paradise has nothing to do with Coolio but is in fact more irresistibly hot House grooves that sooner or later just deliver that big, rousing moment. In this case that’s down to the uplifting piano and heartfelt strings of the second breakdown. Ma Tendre Ennemie, hits you next with looped Acid attitude, while the more thoughtful Only Lovers Left Alive proceeds with funkier percussion along with organ driven bass. The contrasting and deeper Please Please Please ends the release with a more playful combination of ideas that flit between a couple of styles to again leaving you fully satisfied.
Release: November 1
The Chimes burst onto the world in the late 1980’s with a sound that fused soulful, soaring melodies together with sure-fire rhythms which at times delved emotional depths, while at others tearing up the dancefloor. The sheer intensity of Heaven blew things wide open when released in 1989 gaining acceptance across the Dance board, not least of all because of the funk-fueled breaks but also, of course, due to Pauline Henry’s superlative vocal delivery. This two CD collection features the hits plus a whole lot more in terms of remixes etc and inevitably includes their excellent version of U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. The package also includes exhaustive sleeve notes from Stewart Allan with full credit due to Mike Peden and James Locke who completed the threesome. On a personal note David Morales Red Zone version of Stronger Together is also featured and is in my mind one of his best remixes to date. An essential release for fans and friends alike.
It takes a particular quality these days to get you excited about Disco all over again when you hear samples played out over House Beats. And that is exactly what makes this certain release from Carlo so special. The original soulful essence of the originals delivery remain intact while the rhythm section gets a creative injection of contemporary energy care of some rather deft drum programming plus additional instrumentation. Venus 9, is a case in point cleverly reworking a classic bassline over a fresh sprinkle of keys. But that’s not necessarily the EP’s finest moment which for me is, Azizi with its infusion of soulful vocals. Or then again maybe it’s the Jazzy notation of There Is No She which sets the room alight. Take your pick below.
The sixth release on his own imprint sees the man get busy reinvigorating the possibilities across the dancefloor with this typically high-octane arrangement of craziness. Typically you’re never quite sure what is about to be unleashed from Edible which is of course a large part of the charm. Girl Power, features two tracks that for once aren’t included in the releases title with the unforgiving Rita’s E demanding to be taken higher against a backdrop of fiery beats, chugging basslines and fizzy keys. The equally pounding, Veronica Electronica proceeds via pounding tribal styled rhythms shaking their thing vigorously behind a succession of stereo enhanced words. What’s not to love!
Release: October 21
Sounding the perfect, resonate note for today’s population Man Power reflects his own taste onto the launch of his brand new label with this debut and self-penned release. Me Me Me, sensibly defies convention with a tale of light, dark and indeed some shade by blending neatly together warm synthesized elements and crisp robotic drums, along with the occasional nod to the classic German electronics of the seventies. DJ Tennis provides a suitably riveting remix care off chiming ambience, weird sampled voices plus probing keyboards. Either way, what more could ask for of a record label in 2016.
This is a killer release, hopefully by anyone’s standards. Two tracks plus two artists grace the pages with Search The Skies from Stellar Wind opening care of a succession of beautifully succinct beats alongside a series of percussive keyboard and drum flourishes on this excellent, no compromise composition. DSC’s Lovers Fall happens next with a more introspective collection of pulsating keys and haunting vocal lines dancing in-between all that rich, powerful atmosphere. This is only the label’s third release yet with music of this quality you get the sense that quality-control is much more than just a byword.
Celebrating: Cathedral Oceans (1997), Cathedral Oceans II (2003) and Cathedral Oceans III (2005) this collection of all three albums now neatly converges into the one single definitive release. The inescapable word defining this shape-shifting landscape of sounds has to be ethereal. Or possibly heavenly – which on first glance seems all the more apt. I find music like this reaches into your soul altering your reactions as it probes and produces a never-ending shift of emotions. Ambient is the easy/ obvious word to describe the atmospheric rushes of sounds which come and go across the synthesized generations of both keyboards and holy voices here. Almost timeless, in the way that only electronic music of this nature along with, say, Classical is. However, in a sense it’s pointless my describing piece by piece the defining qualities of the track-list as each album breathes a fresh sense of occasion into the previous incarnation. It is an inescapably, wondrous journey through the sights and sounds of John Foxx’s imagination which ultimately transcends the timeline between then and now, and optimistically into the beyond. Play this at your exalted leisure.
Release: September 30
Lifted from their new album, ‘EP1’ this simmering, brooding, sometimes dangerous feeling production tears at the fabric of your soul, while creating all sorts of new possibilities in the process. I love its meandering evolution of percussive and synthesized rhythms that leave you guessing as to what might occur next. That, plus the contrasting gentle ambience created by the background of voices appearing occasionally. The arrangement is a high-octane concoction primed for the dancefloor and indeed this must sound epic across the right sound-system. All sorts of influences going on in here too while creating their own definite sound means you’ve got to applaud this. Two versions available, with the aforementioned Tunnel mix plus the slightly deceptive Ambient Mood version which alters the grooves yet still packs a heavy-weight emotional punch.
Achieving a sixth artist album makes for quite an achievement in these days of impermanence. And producing an album’s worth of this quality is more than testament of any artists’ ability and consequentially worth. In abundance then Valor (which translates as courage in Spanish) begins with the emotionally drenched, Acid punctuated ‘Casa’ and ends up at the soulfully charged, Wakame. Love the fact that neither melody or musicality are ignored here while remaining resolutely fresh in terms of combining sounds with more traditional ideas and notions of arranging music to reach its fullest potential i.e. conveying a connection to you the listener. In-between the start and finish Dinky explores the technological edges in ‘Cut’ through to the more joyous revelations of, Milk. All in all Valor plays for an invigorating, life-affirming listen and long may that continue.
Release: September 30
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The first thing that really strikes you about ‘It Wasn’t Meant To Be’ is just how much you miss Strings, as in those emotive, heart-wrenching lines which feel like nothing else. Theo Kottis then twists the emotional resonance up a notch with the additional of its commanding basslines, rousing vocals, and punctuating organ hits. And.Id deliver two equally first-rate versions with their Rave Nostalgia Remix again hitting those strings with reverence alongside commanding piano plus a rounder bass sound to exalt the tracks potential fully. An excellent stripped down Dub follows, with the second original composition ‘Running Nowhere’ combining fresh soundscapes in the shape of shimmering synthesizers and expansive pads accompanied by chiming keys for heightened tension.
Release: October 7
This record represents a kind of brutal, beautiful indication of what’s right with the planet. Feeling introspective for sure, but also there’s a sense of sharing within its thoughtful, thought-provoking rhythms which aren’t regulated, clean, pristine hi-fi but are most obviously soulful in the very real senses of that word – as if reaching out for heaven. ‘Pursuit Of The Orange Butterfly’ not only has an exquisite title but breathes life into all of those tired arrangements that qualify as Dance music today, indeed they surpass them. Slightly reminiscent of the Minimalist composers of the past century this produces an evolving, effortless landscape of sound that opens up your mind to the blue sky of possibilities. Next is Mountains of the Moon which escapes into a series of rapid beats plus against the grain synthesized sounds, which along with final track Neverland prove to just as engaging, although the title remains in a league of its own.
Formats: 12” Vinyl / Digital
Release: September 23
This stunning release from the label engages you on many different levels flying the flag somewhere in-between haunting and spiritual. Black Soda’s unnerving voice only serves to heighten the tension created by youANDme’s dark fusion of terse electronics and while this may not always be a comfortable ride it most certainly is a captivating one. A Dub and Acid mix accompany the original again sitting you at the edge of imaginative forward-thinking atmospheres. The Hyenah remix then explores warmer elements of rhythm on a welcome relaxation of all that simmering tension, while the equally engaging ambience of the Morning Light version provides similar pleasure.
Release: September 30
After the Storm
You could use the adage: method in the madness here but that doesn’t quite get to where it needs to be. Sascha Dive’s forceful repetition drives into the heart of the night with an unsettling combination of whirring, synthesized sounds and undulating bass hits along with spoken echoes plus brisk drums. All of which induces a kind of hypnotic wonder that you will either plug into gaining the sonic rewards, or not. Ion Ludwig supplies the remix with a succession of deep, pulsating low-end notes and a warm rush of keys defining extra possibilities that surprisingly make you forget about which genre to attach to the music you’re listening to.
Lost In The Storm
Excellent production from the main-man Ralph Lawson who sets the controls to stun on this fiercely underground arrangement of sounds. Setting aside the five remixes which accompany the original this smouldering combination of dubbed chords and sizzling drums breathe fresh impetus into the electronic soundtrack, bravely defying your expectations with this percussion fueled gem while satisfying your thirst care of its brooding ‘Storm’ ignited sound effects. The remixes then all play on, and around, the theme with the enviable list beginning with Hector Couto, Barem, Shaun Reeves, Fernandos and ending up with Rui-Z. Leaving you with the suitably abrupt Storm FX to finish.
Gari Romalis begins his own label Future 1701, alongside Subwax Distribution, with the this typically pounding yet soulfully rewarding set of numbers. The Quarentine Mix of People Under The Stairs begins this set of four care off its warm, oversized kick-drum amid a gentle wash of atmospheric keys. Itz Krazy (Word) follows with a perkier tempo which again engages emotive keys alongside the thumping rhythm section. Next, God of Dawn supplies suitably expansive, filtered ambience across this captivating production, leaving the undulating electronics of Hard Limiter (Trading Spaces Mix) to end this notable debut from the imprint.