Tom Flynn feat. Amp Fiddler – The Future – DIRTYBIRD

A stunning release to polish off the year with. DIRTYBIRD pull out all stops with this resilient, piano led number that is all at once beautifully jazzy, and yet rolling with a tough undercurrent underpinned by Amp Fiddler’s spoken message exonerating the future tense. Excellent, provocative music – the way it always should be. The remix comes from label-head Claude VonStroke who adds extra punch to the production alongside brighter expectations, which accompany the sizzling arrangement of fiery dub effects and infectious rhythms perfectly.

Release: December 21

https://www.facebook.com/Tom.Flynn.Music.Page
https://www.facebook.com/AmpFiddlerMotorCity
https://dirtybirdrecords.com

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Los Cabra – Hayat EP – ZEHN Records

ZEHN’s rising star is set to peak by the year end as this forward-thinking, defiantly funky number gets under way. Los Cabra aka Manuel Sahagun & Christ Burstein twist sassy percussion around a melodic bassline that instantly hooks you into their way of thinking, while atmospheric sequences and flourishes colour the edges of the stereo with mood and passion. A captivating production, Hayat never fails but to determinedly excite. Pepiri Guazu, follows pulsing with Detroit stabs, haunting vocals plus a persuasive sense of reality. And then comes the Pezzner remix. If you read Magazine Sixty you will know the high regard with which we hold the producer and his remix of Pepiri Guazu only demonstrates why. Deep, almost disturbing whirring synth lines are offset by chiming, melodic repetitions that are soon accompanied by the sort of brutal bass which can only cause maximum devastation. But, you really should listen for yourself. LOUD.

Release: December 21

Pre-order/ listen https://www.beatport.com/release/hayat-ep/2447881

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Lagardere – Wild Child – Vanina Hänin

It’s easy to get excited about this. Primarily because the vocal is so resistant to the cliqued charms of soulfulness. So much so that Wild Child tells its own story as abundant, fiery attitude explodes with devilish charm across tough, infectious synthesized motifs and fevered drum machines. And the craziness only gets really crazy the further you get into it. I get the impression Alan Vega would have approved. The contrasting and first-rate remix comes from a low-slung Daniel Zuur who drives the kick drums and sounds in telling fashion, plus there is also an instrumental version of the original should the voices scare too much.

Release: December 21

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Guido Schneider & Daniel Dreier – Liquid Summer EP – Opulence

Love this. Right from the moment the beats hit you know you’re in for a good time. Liquid Summer contains the sort of uber funkiness that you can’t help but move too. Its rolling, effortless grooves come primed with all sorts of atmosphere delights expanding across some ten minutes of mysterious temptation. Remixes come from an excellent Martin Buttrich who adds a darker mood to the equation with a grainy intensity, while reworking it all up on an equally great Sub Fire Dub. Second track, Behind The Curtain sequences an elastic grooviness that again sets the pulses racing with expectations. This time the drums are much tighter allowing space for an ambience that creates intrigue all the way down. Ostrich creates another first rate remix feeling moodier, exploring a startling array of sounds which are never less that totally compelling. Brilliant.

Release: December 16

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https://www.facebook.com/Daniel-Dreier-120928241259293

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Engyn – Jesus Pose – UNREEL

A brilliant, imaginatively precise piece of music from Engyn. Supplying the sort of caustic, grainy electronics that really espouse the word Soul for the 21st century this is a challenging, brutal yet brilliant sound which teases and tears at the edges of melody transporting you to wherever/ wherever. It’s accompanied by an excellent remix care of John Tejada who injects extra bass into the arrangement while channelling the pure, resilient, haunting essence of the original. Mirror Pyramid then twists a crazier sense of sound around undulating synthesizers and chugging bass to complete this stunning release.

Release: December 14

https://www.facebook.com/EngynOutcastOddity
https://unreel-records.com

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No Else – Ground Bwoys EP – Lemon-Aid

No Else aka Gábor Szeles works up a feverish intent with both of these new numbers for Dennis Cruz’s Lemon-Aid imprint. And once again they deliver plenty of attitude when it comes to sheer intensity. Opening with the heavy-duty funk of RockaRolla and its lippy Hip Hop voice announcing the title it’s all then down to the swinging, smoky groves which prove to be irresistibly frisky plus the heady rush of accompying sound. The even more direct Ground Bwoys follows with more of that same attitude driving the vocal, and the drums, on this just as fiery track.

https://www.facebook.com/noelsemusic
http://www.lemon-aidmusic.com

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VONDA7 – Wide Awake EP – W&O Street Tracks

Almost saving the best till last W&O let VONDA7’s killer statement of intent complete December’s festivities in all sorts of tempting ways. Up-tempo beats push this captivating production forward as hints of melody only enhance the experience, while the artists own voice delivers the message you need to hear. There’s something altogether urgent about it all which of course only adds to the anticipation, but that aside this is a distinctive, forming its own unique space, sort of release and as such deserves every praise. A Satisfying Choice, follows with twisted synth lines working their way around punchy drum machines amid suggestive voices, leaving the title track to reimagine a slice of 1980’s sleaze that hits hard and heavy with deep bass plus repeating electronic motifs creating dangerously compelling moods.

Release: December 14

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https://www.facebook.com/WOStreetTracks

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Re.You – Lifting Me EP – connected

Another label to complete the year with further highs sees the brilliant Re.You supply connected with innovative, forward pushing ideas which cumulate into the stunning Lifting Me. Driven by tough, vigorous percussion and moody intonations – both vocal and synthesised – this feels certainly typically special. Next, Calisi revisits Chicago as hot basslines along with caustic keys rework the concept in truly funky directions, while more percussion is heaped upon the closing Calisi with excitable electronic sequences hotly contesting the spaces in-between. Looking forward to 2019.

Release: December 14

http://www.reyou-music.com

https://connected.co.com

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Senzala – Ratio EP – No.19 Music

Another killer release from the label this time has London duo Senzala deliver hot on the promise, percussion fuelled frenzy for your afterhours satisfaction. The title track does just that as funky rhythms incorporate atmospheric swirls of sound, amid punctuating drums, on this uncomplicated yet hard-hitting arrangement. Nitin & Alexi Delano then provide an excellent remix adding more juice to the bass and reworking the percussive elements. Next track, Virus follows a similar template while the throbbing drum machines plus shimmering Detroit stabs of Transmit end on an equally robust series of notes.

https://www.beatport.com/release/ratio-ep/2447850

Release: December 14

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https://www.facebook.com/no19music

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Eraldo Bernocchi – Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It – RareNoiseRecords

RareNoiseRecords co-founder, multi-instrumentalist and composer Eraldo Bernocchi has created a wonderfully evocative selection of music to accompany the new documentary on the life of celebrated American artist Cy Twombly: Cy Dear. It’s awash with rushes of delay and ambient reverberation which makes you feel a certain way. At times poignant, almost lost. At others warmer re-assuring reflecting life’s more gentle echoes. However, always pointedly meaningful. After all those haunting piano hits never fail but to probe inward. I guess what I love most is the sense that you don’t want it to end as each piece unfolds leading you casually astray in a sea of atmospherically charged emotion. We Had A Good Time, pulls at the heartstrings as it does the treated guitar and as much as anything else you will hear releases a yearning for more.

Release: November 30

https://eraldobernocchi.bandcamp.com/album/like-a-fire-that-consumes-all-before-it?
http://www.eraldobernocchi.com

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