Afterlife – Everything Is Now – Subatomic

Music is about feeling. Right? The bottom line is where the depths of emotion reach out to. It may cause you to feel a, b, or c (maybe all three at once). Some music you listen to, you nod your head, and it passes by. Neither really here nor there. Functional cause and effect. Then there exists music like this. So, on that very note: Afterlife.

Steve Miller’s production guise will doubtless suggest certain things to certain people but what he has achieved with this new album is quite breath-taking. In certain part that is down to the sheer wealth of ideas which have been incorporated into this freshly imagined musical equation, defying, then defining expectation. There’s a sense of play here which doesn’t get tied down to any particular notion, or indeed feel tired after the longevity of creating music of quality for decades. There is also a sense of joy as the sounds play on. Take the second track, Back To Mine for example which contains the sort of beautifully executed chord sequence that sends shivers rushing all over the spine – the true indication of bliss. Or even the tougher dancefloor pulses sparking Berimbau to life, follow that by the deep string intensity that sees Celluloid resonate across the horizon. All of this is music exploring everything. Which then brings us right back to the title of the album – a statement in itself. But not before tasting the fragrant African flourishes of Kora, Kora, Kora and the broken rhythms of Shelter, via the Mashti remix of keynote Afterlife number: Speck of Gold, which again retells a story from the artists rich history of reference (another avenue to explore). Back to the beginning. Music is indeed all about reflecting what you feel about life, love and everything.

Release: June 7

http://www.subatomicuk.com
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/everything-is-now/1459942340

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BODDHI SATVA – Deeply Essential – Atjazz Record Company

Shouldn’t music seek to reach beyond what is easily accessible? Whether that is the cause of la-de-da melodies or the over-used words that shape them. In which case you will find as much pleasure in Deeply Essential as I do. Two tracks adorn this latest release from the ever excellent Atjazz and while House Dancer may not win prizes for title subtlety it does for sheer intensity, which isn’t brutal but an intricate, fine mesh of emotive keys and shuffling drums pinpointing the magic. Tribute To Cielo, then adds extra punch to the production in celebration of the New York club via a series of heavy chords infused with deeply spirited appreciation.

Release: May 24

https://www.facebook.com/BoddhiSatvaOfficial
http://www.atjazz.co.uk

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Rowee – Your Eyes – TRYBESof

I have to say there’s something about Rowee’s production that I love. Creatively inspired, forward-thinking sounds which engage much more than just the dancefloor (although of course that’s an important factor too in all this) but which exists in a class of elevated music just like any other. This release, which appears on Lee Burridge’s TRYBESof imprint, has an abundance of those qualities on display opening with the tempting title track, Your Eyes appearing here in two versions. As with all the tracks they are driven by a compelling, rhythmic arrangement of ideas that sequence passion and in this particular case by KnowControl’s perfectly pitched, resolutely emotive vocals. The remaining numbers satisfy a range of possibilities from late night adventures, or an accompaniment to the morning sunshine, with titles such as Days Of Future Past and Sea Whisper. Either way try for yourself.

Release: May 27

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http://www.roweemood.com

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MATTHS – VELOCET – Fat Cat Records

Its unsettling nature also forms part of the addictive charm formulated via the cacophony of fizzy, riotous electronics which fuse the title track together. VELOCET has that dangerous ability to excite and energise the space in-between what you hear and how you react. Brighton-based producer Matthew Hodson’s debut is never less than devastating, defiantly anti-melodic and most definitely does not reference bloody disco (ad infinitum). It feels like something has changed after you listen to it. If I’m not making much sense then you try it. And see. Flipped by the easier experience generated by the chiming repetitions of Loop this is inescapably a highly impressive beginning.

buy: https://MATTHS.lnk.to/outnowPR
http://www.matthsmatthsmatths.com/artist/matths

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junk-E-cat – KREATUR EP – Mutterkomplex

Let’s think of some words to describe this debut: Strange, haunting, spell-binding, alluring, wonderful. All of which are true as junk-E-cat’s brilliant concoction of sights and sounds illuminates the landscape with smoky horizons. Each of the five tracks feels like a story in itself, each offering different duration, each adding unique angles to the given situation. Occasionally jazzy, defiantly individual slices of music which come in a class all of their own. From the horn blasts and insistent voice of Levitation through to the tougher tones of the opening title track I can’t wait to hear all of this and more expanded across an albums worth of material.

Release: May 24

Listen http://smarturl.it/junk-E-cat_KREATUR

https://www.instagram.com/junk_e_cat
http://www.mutterkomplex.media

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Vesy – You Saved Me EP – Morbidyne

Vesy launches Morbidyne with the instantly addictive Barca Route engaging both mind alongside body via drums and bass driving beautiful syncopation all the way home. But more than that it is the creative sense of anticipation informing the production which also compels you here, as an array of subtle, and not so subtle, sounds keep the imagination ignited. You Saved Me, follows with a deeper selection of rhythms moving throughout the stereo, leaving the brisker tones of Disappearing Hours to finalise this impressive label debut.

Release: May 27

https://www.facebook.com/vesy.vesy.vesy
https://morbidyne.com

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Nico Stojan & Timujin – Oktoberfest – Rebellion

Marking their Rebellion debut with three tracks of equal distinction Nico Stojan & Timujin define themselves with elegant, thought-provoking music that does more than most. Beginning with the twisted electricity generated by Oktoberfest you get the feeling that all is not quite all as it seems, with an array of strange otherworldly pulses and haunting melodies. Followed by the deeper, strummed guitar of the beautifully picturesque Satsang and the likewise scenic surroundings of Higher Altitude, both of which again place the mind and soul of the listener elsewhere. Journeys of discovery….

Release: May 24

https://www.facebook.com/nico.stojan.music
https://www.facebook.com/TimurSardarovOfficial
http://www.crosstownrebels.com

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SCSI-9 – Squares & Circles – Apparel Tronic

Anton Kubikov and Maxim Milutenko’s production project SCSI-9 have created that rare thing these days. Music which feels self-defined and original. Spanning eight tracks the moods and atmospheres play with introspection as much as they do positive, forward thinking themes. And they never sound less then brilliantly executed. None of the numbers fall short of the seven minute mark allowing the arrangements time and space to breath and develop the ideas proposed. The other thing very much in its favour is that Squares & Circles deserves to be listening to in its entirety, as one body of work, and how often can that be said these days. As the deep rhythms of the opening track states: No Rush. Although by the concluding, invigorating Detroit styed Onigiri you might beg to differ.

Release: Vinyl, June 7. Digital, September.

https://www.facebook.com/SCSI9

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Yulia Niko, Enzo Leep – Nobusan – Libe Vibe

The next release on Yulia Niko’s Libe Vibe imprint comes packed full of remixes but let’s begin with the Rich NxT version. Nobusan plays like a heady concoction of moods, influences and styles as rave-era stabs sit neatly alongside pounding drums and bass, sizzling Acid tweaks plus spacey effects and vocal edits. Put it this way it’s all about hot, unrelenting intensity from the Fuse resident. Next, the Matheiu Analog Juice take plunges matters deeper with moodier atmospheres, while Giorgio Maulini’s remix contrasts nicely by again rasing the temperature via uplifting pads and insistent drums. Then it’s Saktu who delivers punchy, undulating rhythms with defiant flair across seven plus minutes. And finally we’re back to the original joint collaboration with Enzo Leep which is also excellent in itself. Driven by fierce percussion, pulsating low-end theory and a welcome musical twist this touches all points in quick succession.

Release: May 20

https://www.facebook.com/onlylibevibe

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Luciano – Canción Mapuche – Cadenza

Returning to the Magik Garden Festival late 2019 in Santiago de Chile the artist announces his intentions with this beautifully, haunting song and accompanying hard-hitting production. Expanding across ten minutes the music journeys through a sublime roller-coaster of fiery emotion as subtle percussion underpins the tough bass and kick drum combination. All of which supports Katy Prado’s soulfully charged vocal that says the same universal thing in any given language. A challenging, creative and timeless feeling piece of music, but then would you expect anything less from Luciano.

buy https://www.beatport.com/track/canci-n-mapuche-feat-katy-prado-original-mix/11921677

https://lucianocadenza.com
http://www.cadenzamusic.net

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