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Single of the Week

Matthus Raman
Swimming With Birds
Musik Gewinnt Freunde

What’s not to love about this debut for the label as Matthus Raman aka French DJ/ Producer Alexandre sequences a teasing, sensual series of engaging electronic notes together with pulsating beats and a surreal sense of occasion. Swimming With Birds is a captivating piece of music gets played over some eight minutes and I’d be more than happy if it was even longer. A first rate remix comes from Jake Chambers who lends the title a darker, more brooding atmosphere care off slightly sinister bass and tougher sounding drums. Next is Ambria which continues the theme of explorative synthesisers alongside probing drum machines, although this time round features repeating minimalist signatures that capture their intended mood perfectly – happy/ melancholy.

Release: May 25
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Matthus-Raman/151987691525396
http://www.musik-gewinnt-freunde.de

MF Hercules
Raindance
Classic Music Company

Yes it’s ridiculously infectious with nagging melodies bounding across your stereo and you could quite easily see/ hear this receiving big-time airplay across the coming summer party-time months? Built upon the breezy vocal refrains along with sassy organ pulses and funky drums and bass this also comes with two spot on remixes. First from Nick Monaco who toughens up the bassline and adds more exotic keys to arrangement offsetting the voices nicely. Plus, from Till Von Sein & Tigerskin Remix who play a shimmering line of Marimba over the enhanced percussion fuelling yet another irresistible take of this.

Release: June 8

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Juliet Sikora
Larrys Garage EP
Kittball

Already celebrating ten years in existence now comes this killer release from Kittball. No surprises for guessing the who, what, why or wherefore behind the inspiration for this track: Larry’s Garage. Or burning Hot House Music as I like to call it. The beats are rough and edgy as the bassline punches deep while you may recognize the voice over which drives it all along providing a serious injection of impassioned energy into this inescapably great track. Tender Trip, on the other hand fuses contemporary Acid lines together with hissing hi-hats and feels all the more melodic in the process.

Release: May 26

Various Artists
Brazilika
Far Out Recordings

This is beautiful. So good in fact that the sun has come out in the north of England. Compiled by the labels very own Joe Davis to celebrate twenty of Far Out Recording’s quest to bring you the very best of Brazilian music this compilation is little short of a joy to behold. Not only because of the rich rewarding musical textures but also because no other music does the things it does to mind, body and soul. The release comes as the individual tracks plus on the second cd via an invigorating mix care off Spiritual South.

Release: May 25
http://www.faroutrecordings.com

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lenny1Your latest single ‘Don’t Believe’ EP for Crosstown Rebels offshoot Rebellion feels like Dance music of the future. Can you talk us through how you produced the title track?

I was in the studio with my mate Joshi and we started playing around with some synths, it was quite abstract and moody at the beginning. I wrote and some 70s progressive lyrics over it and it sounded different & real. A dark record with a warm soul. Music is like cooking, sometimes you need to drop a little cream into the tomato sauce to take off the acid edge.

Where did it all start for you: which Dj’s/ Clubs first inspired you?

I actually started in a radio in Cassino called Radio Jolly I was only 13 I just loved vinyl and they had loads. Then I discovered mixing and it was all over. I played for a long time for a club called Axis and the boss and partner Chris used to go to Ibiza quite often to Ibiza and come back with a lot of Amnesia tapes, we used to love the Balearic vibe, was a great inspiration for us. I ended making quite a few Balearic records and playing quite a lot in Ibiza with Made in Italy.

How did you get into producing? Any favourite pieces of studio equipment you like to use these days?

I got into producing buying my first sampler: an Akai 950. That I actually still have it, seems to be very much in demand for the low sample rate it has, people like dirty stuff these days 😉
My favourite piece of equipment is my voice, now that’s really dirty.

What’s the story behind the re-release of ‘The Magic Room’ due out in May on your own Fine Human Records?

This Magic Room was released very softly in 2014, the artist name was ‘Loden In Ny’ which simply is an anagram of Dino Lenny. The feedback was so incredible that people were asking ‘why isn’t this record a hit?’ So I thought about giving it a proper release getting some good remixes. Doorly’s boosted the original mix and it was so spot on that we decided to use both our names to give it maximum exposure.  I think it deserves it’s quite an eclectic record, I just love the message and the positivity.

How would you compare the Dance Music culture of 2015 to when you first began to DJ/ Produce?

I think it’s all back on track now, we had a few dark years when we thought that people were not going to look back anymore. Evolution & Technology is great but it doesn’t necessarily mean quality. I know it’s strange but sometimes I like Djs that mix slightly out tempo but then put it back in time. I like music with an emotion, with a human factor. That’s why my label is called Fine Human Records.

lenny2Where can people hear you DJ?

I’m going to be playing with Maceo Plex at the Ellum parties quite often.

http://www.dinolenny.com

https://www.facebook.com/dinolennyofficial

https://twitter.com/dinolenny

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Single of the Week

SmokeBombsThe Scrumfrog
Send Wave
Knee Deep In Sound

Excellent new release on Hot Since 82’s label with the original version sounding inescapably big in all the right places. Fuelled by driving percussion and a grinding bassline that feels irresistibly funky, plus with the vocal line adding just the right slice of melody, this soon climaxes via a blaze of synthesiser colouring the arrangement. Remixes come from Mendo who pumps up the rhythm with fresh vocal samples and fiery snares hits, and from Get Physical’s Fabio Gianelli who injects Acid flavour into his first-rate version giving the vocals a new lease of life with an evolving sense of tension crafted from a sizzling blend of synths.

Listen/ buy https://pro.beatport.com/release/send-wave/1497060
https://www.facebook.com/ScumfrogArtist/timeline
https://www.facebook.com/KneeDeepInSound

GD30E.pdfVillanova
Monk EP
Rebirth

You don’t have to love Jazz to dig this but of course you should already do so in the first place! I guess the title track refers to one of great pianists of last century, Thelonious Monk whose innovative genius has yet to be bettered in this millennium. The arrangement is a piecing collection of notes that fall into place as the music evolves with moody pads and edgy atmosphere’s accompanying the jazzy notation to produce a startlingly cool piece of music that also hints at the roots of House. An Evening At Urban Spree happens next with spoken words adding bite to the brutal, snazzy percussion alongside blazing Saxophone. The more organic On The Loose (Feat. Elbi) ends on a deeper tip with soulfully charged vocals feeling bittersweet over a piano adornment, rich in life and cinematic in scope.

Listen/ buy http://www.djtunes.com/villanova/monk-ep
https://www.facebook.com/villanovapage
http://www.rebirth.dj

Nick Varon
Dazzling
Asymmetric Recordings

Two new tracks go to make up this latest release from Asymmetric with the Greek Dj’s Dazzling by name and nature certainly sounding epic. Love the strange concoction of off-the-wall sound effects that lend this a jagged edge while the straight-up drums and rumbling bass supply an inexcusably big punch to the production. Second original, Consistency then fuses gritty Acid synths together with crisp drums again producing music high on atmosphere that sounds even more impactful the louder it gets!

Release: May 11
https://www.facebook.com/nickvaronofficial

ephemerals
life is good
Jalapeno records

Ahh, the sound of summer soul music. Just as the title says: life is good. Spend time and check this raspy, emotive vocal delivery which says something about the state of play that’s actually worth saying. The sassy guitar and drums backing sound all the better with the rousing horn section plus good old bv’s supporting too. Lots of mixes to choose from beside the classy original with special attention going to Technimatic’s blissful yet energetic D&B which is quite possibly even better.

http://www.jalapenorecordsblog.com/?artist=ephemerals

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Single of the Week

wildDJ W!ld
All About You
Robsoul Records

The unmistakable rhythms of DJ W!ld return to the ever excitable Robsoul for yet another breathless journey into repeating beats and grooves. First up is Breakin which comes fully armed with splashing hi-hats and rough-edged bass twisting their way until the breakdown refreshes you via a splash of heated Disco. With You, again hits you with tough drums and unrelenting low-end theory, while dreamy keys seek to add a more soulful flavour to the affair. The excellent Only What I Am is next with super funky bass looping across an inevitable sea of beats coupled with the eventual evolution of the funky sample. The equally excellent, All About You then ends on a more tender note with emotive keys summing up thoughtful, uplifting atmospheres to finish.

Release: May 8
https://www.facebook.com/wildthedj
http://www.robsoulrecordings.com

Jakkin Rabbit
Obsession EP
No.19 Music

The title track doesn’t pull any punches by delivering smoking hot, deliciously sleazy grooves that recline on just the right side of dangerous. Powered by powerful, hypnotic Chicago styled bass and aided by darkly spoken words, that don’t sound all that sensuous, this is best experienced with the lights down low. Energize, proceeds with tougher rhythms that secure the dancefloor with an excitable array of sounds, while third original Love or Money poses the question via breathy French voices and classic Soul vocals over yet more distinct, creative arrangements of sound. Breath-taking remixes come from a typically energetic DJ Sneak who pounds out the beats while highlighting the voices and synth tones, and from Louie Fresco who conversely creates moodier atmospheres most effectively.

Release: April 27
https://www.facebook.com/JakkinRabbit
http://www.no19music.com

Vibe Killers
Some Bang EP
Killer Vibes Records

‘Brought to you from the mean streets of Burnley’ which may not have the same ring as ‘The Big Apple’ but then you could transport these grooves anywhere and they would work just as effectively. Some Bang, kicks things off with rough, tough beats fuelled by brutal low-slung bass accompanied by a voice over plus a tweaked slice of Disco that keeps you guessing. Next, is the irresistibly hot ‘Take House’ which is an altogether funkier affair via its crisp, rattling hi-hats and juicy basslines along with warmer undercurrents that combine into one infectious production. Great début release on this brand new UK label….

Release: June 1
https://www.facebook.com/vibekillers
https://www.facebook.com/killerviberecordsuk

versatileEtienne Jaumet
La Visite EP
Versatile Records

Düsseldorf based producers Die Wilde Jagd remix Etienne Jaumet’s La Visite (taken from his latest album) with such wild abandon it’s startling – You’ve got to love this. Feeling experimental yet making perfect sense its sizzling blend of fizzy electronics, soulful instrumental touches, alongside playful drums and captivating voices make this first rate music. Low Jack then re imagines the while episode care of a heavy dash of Dub sensibility that lets the hypnotic synth tones race free. Leaving the Gilb’R Midnight version of Midnight Man to drop the beats altogether, aiming the controls for (edgy) ambient bliss and producing another exceptional sequence of sounds and thoughts.

Release: May 4 Vinyl.
http://versatilerecords.com/release/etienne-jaumet-la-visite-ep-incl-die-wilde-jagd-remix-low-jack-gilbr-remixes/

HGL001_FIGUEROA_OBANDO_HUSTLE_WAY_EP_ALBUM_ART_FINALDanniel Selfmade & Karretero
Subzhero EP
Say What? Records

Exceptional production in the shape of Subzhero which pulls all sorts of trippy ideas together into a formula that not only feels expansive but also devastatingly explosive. Driven by sassy electronic drums which feel compellingly organic this strives for all sorts of intensity and reaches fever point somewhere along the way via an undulating, twisted amalgamation of rhythm and atmospheric sound. Formatz, then drives harder with repetitive beats and twisted vocal touches all pounding their way into oblivion.

Release: May 4

http://www.dannielselfmade.com
https://www.facebook.com/karreterofficial/timeline
https://www.facebook.com/saywhatrecords

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Adrian Sherwood
Sherwood At The Controls/ Volume 1/ 1979 – 1984
On-U Sound

Perhaps not always a name that trips off the tongue so much these days but none-the-less one the of the UK’s key producers as this first in line re-issue of his work proudly testifies. You only need look at the track list to qualify that statement and to see the calibre of the people he worked with too – all of which, perhaps, makes you feel just that little bit nostalgic. His trademark ‘Dub’ sound is of course very much in evidence but what also astounds you here is the breadth of styles employed across the selection i.e. that not everything sounds identikit. Artists include Mark Stewart, The Fall, The Slits, Prince Far I, and Annie Anxiety’s gloriously difficult Third Gear Kills, and by far sounds like anything as radical as you are likely to hear this side of Ibiza!?!

http://www.on-usound.com
http://www.adriansherwood.com
https://www.facebook.com/adriansherwoodofficial
https://twitter.com/onusherwood

Single of the Week

Josh Wink
Denial
Ovum Recordings

With its ‘Live in the future’ refrain strolling around the arrangement this excellent production from Josh Wink is light years beyond Higher State Of Consciousness (released some 20 years ago!) but which feels just as explosive, albeit in a different way. If its Acid you require then the appropriately named Prise D’acid is inevitably the version you’re after, and won’t disappoint. However, the atmospheric qualities of the original are just as rewarding with emotive pads joining the pulsating rhythm section later on. Meanwhile the Tweak Dub strips it all down to basics via a pulsating drum machine and bubbling synth lines to complete this first rate release.

Release: April 20

www.facebook.com/joshwinkofficial
www.joshwink.com
www.twitter.com/joshwink1

Textures 7AM
Concrete Music Paris

Released as three parts of an intriguing whole this individual edition of the sequence finds itself with the 7AM time-stamp. An ambitious project via the Paris club sees Concrete further establish its diverse identity with four equally striking productions. Chris Mitchell’s intense yet blissful ‘Parallel Symbiotic’ opens with a blur of electricity feeling distinctly emotive and is followed by Lowris ‘C_Crete’ which delivers syncopated edginess accompanied by inviting hints of deepness. Matthew Herbert’s African flavoured ‘Earthenware’ is next composing another captivating listen, while Lazare Hoche’s suitably energetic ‘Spank’ finishes with a creative combination of swirling atmospheric sounds and banging beats.

http://concreteparis.fr/index.php?page=Home

HNNY
Solsidan/Alby EP
Let’s Play House

The idea of revelling in the summer ambience to the intro of Solsidan on loop is very appealing indeed, especially with the sun shining outside. HNNY’s cool combination of jazzy inspired Disco vocals and chords captures the mood perfectly easing you down into recline mode. The Avalon Emerson version pumps up the rhythm with punctuating beats but quite naturally loses the warmer emotion in the process. Second original, Alby replays more classic tones with meandering breezy organ lines playing over crunchy breaks and again feels super sunny, with the Ana Helder Remix re-tweaking the sample for an edgier rendition, though likewise you may still yearn for the more soulful aspects of both originals.

Release: April 20
www.lphnyc.com

Gunman
Purity Ball
Rüttelplatten

Despite the suspect reference of the title this proves to be a cut above the usual House cliques as its undulating funkiness produced by Gunman is all about sparking your imagination. It doesn’t stop there either as engaging vocal cut-ups combine with warm contrasting keyboard surges and a playful arrangement. The Snuff Crew version follows with harder beats and snappy percussion fuelling a 90’s styled organ punctuated instrumental take on the above, and if anything feeling just that bit more urgent.

Release: April 15 Vinyl / 30 Digital
www.shakerplates.com

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superYour excellent new single Ghost of Time is the Superlounge debut on Culprit. How did the relationship with the label come about?

We have been updating him with new productions from time to time. We are really happy to make it onto the label with this EP. The perfect home for the tracks.

Can you talk us through how you produced one of the tracks on the release?

As we’re normally talking about the A Side, we will take the B Side this time. It’s really basic stripped down track we produced with Ableton and Arturia Software without any special tricks. It’s the voice of Forrest which gives the track a special vibe. We already worked with him in the past and he never disappoints. It’s always a pleasure to work with him.

Both tracks feature vocalists. What importance do you place on vocals in Dance Music compared with its other elements?

We really like to work with vocalists, it makes the music more special and keeps the track more interesting. You can always create a certain vibe by using vocals in electronic music. But it’s not a must for us to have vocals on a track. You can get the same feeling with a good arrangement and sound design without using vocals.

Who would you count as your biggest influences from Dance music and beyond?

Our interest in electronic music started very late and was only about the music itself .There was so much good music out in the late 90’s that we started to collect vinyl. We got more inspired by the whole thing without knowing the people behind it. I remember tapes from DJs like Sasha, John Digweed and Danny Tenaglia who influenced us to start mixing.

How would you describe the electronic music scene in Dusseldorf where you are based, any favourite Clubs etc?

We don’t really have a big scene here, as Düsseldorf isn’t that big. But one club called 102 is doing a great job in bringing international DJs to Düsseldorf. During Summer Loco Dice is hosting a weekly Sunday Open Air Party with the biggest names on the scene. Really worth to check if you are here in summer

Where can people get to hear you play next?

You can hear us play next in cities like Istanbul, The Hague, Timisoara, Cairo, Copenhagen and of course, in Düsseldorf just to name a few.

https://www.facebook.com/superloungemusic
https://soundcloud.com/culpritla
https://twitter.com/culprits

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Hippie Torrales Q&A

Posted: 24th March 2015 by gregfenton in Questions & Answers
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hippie1The legendary Zanzibar opened in August 1979. What was it like being a resident there and do you have a particular favourite memory of the club?

I was the opening jock of Zanzibar, so it was probably my most memorable night.

How did you first get into producing?  And can you remember what the studio’s you used at the time were like?

I first got into remixing, before producing and the studios were some of NY’s finest.

Turntable Orchestra’s ‘You’re Going To Miss Me’ is a favourite of many people to this day. What can you tell us about how the record was created?

In the summer of 1988 Joe Rodriguez of Music Village record shop, had just started up his new label Music Village records and asked me if I would do an original song for the label. I borrowed a keyboard and drum machine from my partner, Nelson “Butchie” Nieves, went to my house and started writing. First I did the drums, then the bass and finally the lyrics. That was the first song I wrote. I recorded it at Sensations Studios in Newark, NJ. My engineer and co-writer was Paul Scott.

Can you tell us about the idea behind your software development company Perfonix and how it’s progressing?

hippie2Perfonix grew out of my desire of making Crossover mixing (mixing with just the bass on the crossover up or the highs only) much cleaner. I created or discovered that style in NJ around 1976. It became my trademark. Later my students (David Camacho & Naeem Johnson) took it and spread it to other areas. I wanted to be able to cleanly mix with just the kick drum of a record or just the hi hats. I looked into doing it with vinyl and spent much time working it out. Realized it would take too much money to create new vinyl mastering machines and new turntable to read the format so I shelved the idea (that was 20 years ago). Then I started college about 3 years ago and realized I can do what I wanted much quicker with digital audio files. So I started experimenting and finally worked out a formula and player. Now we have a patent pending and working app.

How did you first people in touch with Radio: which DJ’s and shows first inspired you?

I did not listen to radio when I started DJing. My first experience was a club in Jersey City, NJ called El Central. It was my 8th grade graduation and they allowed us in for that special event. I heard continues music for the first time and it blew me away. I had to find how it was done. A friend of mine knew the Dj and told me I can take you to talk to him. So we went to the Dj booth and DJ Angel (RIP) showed me how it worked. I was hooked from that moment. After that my influences were Flamingo Joe, Richie Kazcor and Tom Savarese.

You currently do a weekly internet radio show on cyberjamz.com (Tuesday’s 10am till 1pm). What makes the show important for you, and why do you think Radio as a medium has lasted such a long time?

I do my show because it allows me to do two things. One, keep up with the new music I get and Two, it is a away of giving back to the club community.

What for you makes a great DJ? And how would you describe your style of playing music?

Great is a strong word. I think there are plenty of skilled and excellent Dj’s. What makes one standout to me is their skill and conscious awareness. By conscious awareness I mean that they influence younger people with their life style and words and choose to be a positive example to them.

Where can people get to hear you DJ next?

I usually put up where my next gig will be on my Facebook page. People can like my DJ Hippie Torrales page and keep up with all I do.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Hippie-Torrales/251703774859445
https://twitter.com/HippieTorrales
https://www.facebook.com/perfonix
http://www.residentadvisor.net/profile/hippietorrales

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Single of the Week

Seth Troxler
Evangelion
Rumors Records

I just happened across this today, by possible accident, and so glad I did. For this is an outstanding production of ideas, sounds and sheer bravado. It’s uncompromising, includes some beautifully random classically-tuned piano along with not so delightfully twisted vocals, and simmers with ecstatic Acid tension painting a climatic, cinematic portrait that sits in a class all of its very own. Matt Jonson & Jesse Heartthrob provide the remix, with bouncy rhythms added to the equation, but for me its just relish in the Original version for now.

Release: March 30 on Vinyl, April 6 on Beatport Exclusive, April 20 Worldwide all stores

https://www.facebook.com/sethtroxlerofficial?fref=ts

Joeski
Erotic Sessions EP
Poker Flat Recordings

Joeski’s fabulous Acid infused XXX Part 1 kicks off this release with a deceptively uncomplicated arrangement, which in actual fact is brimming with creative tension amid a crisp clash of percussion accompanied by understated, brooding effects. Part 2, not surprisingly, continues to build the theme pushing the Acid lines, breathy vocals and caustic fx to the fore while in the process producing tantalising, hypnosis inducing Dance music. The excellent, Come On, finishes with more superb sound effects stretching out the stereo alongside more in the way of unrelenting drums.

Release: April 6
https://www.facebook.com/djjoeski73
http://www.pokerflat-recordings.com

Marlon Hoffstadt & Racquet
Crumble
DHA Records

If this is anything to go by then watch out for Deep House Amsterdam’s brand new DHA Records. The Original version comprises of melancholy, smoky vocals accompanied by fine bluesy guitar and captivating drums sounding both intriguing and compelling. Andre Lodemann’s remix then adds more energy and gritty Techno textures while stripping back the song, as Poupon takes it a step deeper with the more of the Originals’ ambience played out across tougher Dance beats and bass.

http://www.deephouseamsterdam.com

Ellen Allien
ALLIEN RMXS
Bpitch Control

Reimaging two of last year’s tracks from the Freak EP comes this latest release from the artists own Bpitch Control imprint. First up are AUX 88 who riff dark techno notation together with animalistic sound effects plus pulsating drum machines to sound heavy-duty yet infectious on Butterfly. Ejeca’s Acid version of Freak The Night does just that with trippy Acid sounds amid suitably electronic drums for your pleasure, as the Radio Slave remix transforms it all into something altogether more moody and atmospheric. The excellent LA Williams proceeds to turn it upside down again with pumping Chicago rhythms feeling energised and dangerous, with Radio Slave’s Acapella finishing off for good measure.

Buy: http://po.st/bpc313beatport
www.bpitchcontrol.de
www.facebook.com/EllenAllien

Todd Terry
Our House is Your House
Ministry Of Sound

Launching another Mix series for Ministry comes this rough retrospective of Todd Terry’s musical output. I can’t remember who coined the Todd Is God phrase but thankfully that was back in the sad old days of 90’s dance journalism. To put it basically though, Todd falls loosely into the pre and post Missing phase: the former representing those glorious Acid years from 1988 through to the tough Hard-House of the early 90’s and for me it’s that number of classics that are hard to beat – period. Try any of the Todd Terry Project productions and listen for yourself (including a couple of disappointing omissions from the T.T canon on this compilation below). The second CD has a selection of some of his current tracks and remixes, including three new tracks from Terry two of which are exclusive to the compilation: ‘Give Me A Reason’ feat. Robin S, and ‘Go Away’ featuring Martyna Baker. The shuffling rhythms espoused on his infamous Everything But The Girl remix is perhaps what he’s currently most celebrated for, and it’s maybe curious to note that those sounds are still contemporary in today’s climate? For a producer who helped define the landscape of House through the late 80’s and early 90’s (and for some beyond) is a big accolade for anyone to achieve. This compilation gives you the chance to sample that justification for yourself.

Release: March 30

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Single of the Week

wAFF
Fat Gash EP
Hot Creations

waffSo ok, the title grabs your attention. But before you go getting all hot under the collar rest assured that the gash in question actually refers to the artist’s best friend (one Jey Kurmis). Back to the music and the title track is indeed an excellent combination of fiery drums, creative stereo effects, cool pulsating bass plus commanding vocals – an irrepressible production for sure. Next comes, Shabby which drives squelchy Acid bass into Detroit and comes up tasting of Berlin (via Leeds). While leaving the high energy rhythms of Connected to end this great release on a further high, ably assisted again by more captivating vocals, beats and bass.

Release: April 6

https://www.facebook.com/wAFFmusic
http://hotcreations.com

Urban Sound Lab.
Falling
Room Control Records

It’s not so often these days that the more traditional sounds of Soulful House (to use the clique) have anything new to say but these luscious harmonies are simply too hard to resist. Renn Washington supplies the honours with heartfelt abandon and does a first-rate rendition over some cool, shuffling Afro Beats for you to lose yourself in. The Dub is great too playing out the warm backing vocals over the punchy key driven rhythms, while an Alternative Mix adds provides another angle to it all.

Release:March 20

https://www.facebook.com/UrbanSoundLabmusic
https://www.facebook.com/roomcontrol

Sex Judas
Big Sex Thing EP
Marketing Music

Sex_Judas_-_Big_Sex_Thing_-_MLG023_cover-150Ejecting all sense of taste and decency (good) the wonderfully named Sex Judas sets the Disco balls spinning with this trip down into dancefloor ecstasy. Big Sex Thing is all about the feeling and this arrangement of 70’s punctuating synths and rolling bass set the scene perfectly for the baritone vocals to strut their stuff – you either love it, or you don’t I guess. Label head Tim Paris then supplies remix one with a darker infusion of Acid keys giving it all a moody, more contemporary edge, with the second remix from Arttu adding bouncier beats and further Acidic intensity to the equation. Next, Cocksucker Blues again detunes the vocals over fresher sounding twisted, synthesisers amid strains of rocky guitar to deliver another feverish production.

Release: April 6

http://mkgmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sex-Judas/207787179266274?sk=timeline

Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers
I Jool Omo
Freestyle Records

If you love rhythm, and who doesn’t, then you are going to fall in love with this. Life is great when it’s that simple. Historically an important figure with regards to the beginnings of The Notting Hill Carnival along with his own North London venue, Club Iroko. Plus, as an influence on Fela Kuti and having played with The Stones (performing live with them in 1969 at Hyde Park providing the percussion to ‘Sympathy For The Devil’) and Quincy Jones amongst many others. I Jool Omo feeds the percussive fire with a steady stream of sassy beats and life-affirming song, accompanied by horn blasts and raspy Latino flute lines all recorded in the late sixties. Talking Drum is the edgier of the two with less emphasis on harmony and more on banging those drums with horns and rocky guitar adding further tension.

Release: March 30

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Single of the Week

Nacho Marco/ Roberto Rodriguez
That Smile/ Giving It All
Lazy Days Recordings

Celebrating ten years of almost anything these days is, of course, cause for celebration and this two track release continues with the second of the cumulative 10 by Ten series. Beginning with the aptly titled That Smile and Nacho Marco’s soulfully charged Acid grooves, which prove to be almost too hot to handle, this emotive seven plus minutes juxtaposes intense 303 attitudes alongside cool piano notes and feels refreshingly excellent. Next, Giving It All delivers deliciously wonky basslines amid undulating funkiness in the shape of effected keys and percussion, which increase energy levels as the production unfolds with the later introduction of vocals only fuelling the fire.

http://djnachomarco.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roberto-Rodriguez/6171688554?sk=timeline
https://www.facebook.com/fredeverything.lazydays

Nicuri
Orbital Chords
Growin Music

growinI get the sense that this isn’t so much good as great. Partly because it thinks outside of the box as something imagined on its own terms, not for cynicism. Three equally challenging pieces of music co-exist to form this debut release from (the mysterious) Growin Music starting out with the unpredictably beautiful Holding The Four Winds. Underscored by rough edged Techno beats it’s the swirling, soaring synthesisers that captivate the attention and feel little short of epic. Digital Crush, continues the theme again scoring high on atmosphere this time punctuated by drum hits and meandering percussion, leaving the excellent Walks On The Boulevard to finish on classy Deep House tones and a more traditionally executed arrangement of sounds.

Release: April

http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/nicuri

Marsupials & Marcus Raute
Together EP
Large Music

largeNaples based collective Marsupials and London’s Marcus Raute join minds to deliver four addictive slices of House for your pleasure via the always impressive Large Music imprint. The tough-edged title track takes centre stage with gritty beats and organ lines feeling increasingly intense as the addition of punchy stabs and vocal touches furnish the arrangement with all the necessary soul required. The Dub version then proceeds to strip it all back to basics revealing its deeper essence. Unless You Play picks up the pace next with brighter keys and sizzling hi-hats, while the 90’s inspired I Don’t Want You ends with yet more soulful vocals and biting organ hits feeling frisky and funky.

Release: March 30

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