Austin Ato – The Sound Of – Me Me Me

This sequence of four energised numbers from Colin Bailey feels very much like getting your life affirmed all in one listen. There’s something particularly joyous about the beginning He Can Ride which serves the title as a repeating, infectious vocal line against a tough backdrop of deeply pounding drums, bass plus the melodic flair of riffing synths. The inescapably summertime vibes of the electric piano fuelled Dah Dah Dah follows in uplifting procession, leaving the Detroit styled toughness of Maelstrom to compliment perfectly. The infusion of jazz and funk then sits comfortably together as familiar vocals criss-cross the territory of cool horn blasts and loops galore which inevitably seal the deal.

Release: July 13

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Jonathan Kaspar – Panem EP – These Eyes

Let’s start at the eyes which as you can see infuses the cover art with a defiantly cheeky twist on a Surrealist, even Dada-esque sense of the absurd. And if I’m not mistaken that’s a wonderfully serious distortion of a movie star too. The music on the other hand delivers hard and fast immediate and urgent rhythms direct to your stereo. Moody, nagging, edgy synthesizers command the landscape as deliriously funky percussion occupies the mainframe on the opening, excellent Panem. The slightly gentler Apart then explores similar themes albeit with a deeper, more introspective perspective and again conjures up a storyline of possibilities created by a wonderful, igniting array of electronic sounds. Thank you Jonathan Kaspar.

Release: July 13

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Melchior Sultana – Timeless – Profound Sound

Satisfying the quench for the season this new production from Melchior Sultana sees, Timeless reshape the ideals of Balearic over six relatively smooth minutes of hazy escapism. The beats and bass bump and lightly grind but it’s the jazzy flair of the guitar accompanied by the expanding horizon of synthesized pads which generate the real heat. The remix comes care of Dean Demanuele who injects an edgier feel into it all with tougher bass and smoky voices all weaving their own magic. While remaining numbers, the more House charged The Message and I’m Serious both serve up sunnier climbs and life-affirming instrumentation in abundance via Melchior Sultana’s very own label.

Release: July 2
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Tenderlonious – The Shakedown featuring the 22archestra – 22a Records

Jazz. There it is. Just that very word. If it inspires a lifetime of musical potential, a storyline of events and most powerfully the ability to shape your life in different directions, then you’re at the right place. It is always a great pleasure when a music as important as this, which contentedly exists outside the grasp of the mainstream, arrives perfectly formed. Notably recorded at Abbey Road in one straight eight hour session no less! Indeed, 22a Records’ Ed Cawthorne – aka Tenderlonious may be familiar to you beyond this particular world but either way this collection rigorous, richly atmospheric tracks speak for themselves. Whether that’s infused by 1970’s funk as on Togo, or the modern flair of the superb You Decide, alongside the free-flowing improvised suggestion of Yussefs Groove. It’s all up to you.

https://tenderlonious.bandcamp.com/album/the-shakedown-featuring-the-22archestra

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ARP – ZEBRA – Mexican Summer

Not so much a case of you can now breathe easy. Just Breathe. It all in. ARP aka Alexis Georgopoulos’ fifth full-length outing expands his palate of sounds and atmospheres in truly exhilarating directions. Take the opening Halflight Visions for a starting point as chiming percussion underpins the soaring rush of strings and notes which colour the rich landscape of imagination excitedly. And so the sights and sounds continue to enrapture as a world of rhythms open up to you from Africa through to Europe, and beyond the edges to American Jazz. Including even the shortest aspects held within the 19 seconds electronically generated by A Clearing. And then finally care of the beautiful, synthesized pulses of Fiji. Wonderfully defying a label or indeed a genre this is music that exists purely and simply as it is. You listen, feel, and respond.

 

Release: June 22

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Elbee Bad – Crossing Dimensions – Thema Recordings

Part of me wants to denounce Disco as worn out with every possible sample rinsed to death. Every conceivable note ripped apart and re-edited to satisfy safe nostalgic obsession. But then you hear a record like Request Monster and you simply want to get lost in it all over again. In its favour the sting in the tale here, besides the smoky low pitched voice questioning requesting DJ’s, is the piano which neatly offsets what came before via an edgy injection of jazzy fuel care of Joel Holmes. Next, A Lot Of Jazz As A Child (Sun Ra’s Children) reworks a kick drums brutal potential accompanied by trippy voices plus robust bass and brass. If EYE Was From The D (Vinyl Edit) and Crossing Dimensions (In The 5th Edit) then proceed to get lost in space with probing beats and notation all chiming at future possibilities, while nodding out to the past. The percussion punctuated Jami Jam Dubb’d completes with taught drums, swinging piano riffs and a heavy dose of space echo for good measure resounding in bold fashion. You can see and hear exactly why the release has been called Crossing Dimensions.

Release: June 29

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Rammellzee & K-Rob – Beat Bop – Get On Down

Can’t quite remember if I first heard this on The Old Grey Whistle Test or via the Electro 2 compilation from 1983. Either way Beat Bop is a masterclass. Its very uniqueness stands tall from the usual cliqued, lyrical wrath which often (in retrospect) informed similar music from the time. A strange otherworldly sense of sound colours its arrangement, drenched in reverb, punching above the parapet with cutting rhythms talking up surreal New York street life, more than simplistic fantasied girls and materialism. A supremely funky record with an assortment of ‘live’ instruments creating a distinctive escapade, rich in soul, it clocks in at over ten minutes as it glides across the stereo generated by the city in that year. Plus, with the cover Art created by Jean-Michel Basquiat it now gets a timely vinyl re-release from Get On Down. So wired and brilliantly wonderful that you will need to instantly hit Replay.

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Aaaron, Deckert and Valentine Romanski – Moon EP – connected

Another excellent release from connected this time sees the tantalising, breathy delight of Valentine Romanski’s voice ignite the darkly, seductive, smouldering grooves on Prologue (Don’t Panic) which begins. Moon continues the thought as punctuating drum machines underpin a fuller vocal against an array of atmospheric electronics. Energy levels then rise on Point Of No Return which boasts more robust rhythms plus a rugged bassline, all the while offset by more wonderfully emotive vocal lines.

Release: June 22

https://kompakt.fm/releases/moon_ep

https://connected.co.com

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Sasse – Soul Sounds – Raum Musik

Any excuse to hear Sasse’s gem from back in 2012 has to be applauded. Although, the reason is still so blindingly obvious: It’s a masterclass in reach for the stars ecstasy. The drums are tight, the syncopated bass drives into ecstatic release, while those keys only heighten the expectant tension. That’s just one reason of course, but the other is the new set of remixes from Ricardo Villalobos and label head Dorian Paic aka Doric. Reworking the elements while creating a new process of smouldering drums plus low-end bass theory and leaving space for vocal touches, two sublime variations on the theme appear: Main Mix plus Short Mix. Neat.

Release: June 16

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Dark Arts Club – Get Emotional EP – Mirror Numbers

This latest from Bristol’s Dark Arts Club concocts an intriguing brew of the weird, wild and wonderful all in one go. Listening to the title track gives you that strange sense of being somewhere else reliving a dream, yet propels you hard and fast into tomorrow by its force of will. Maybe that’s down to the rush of sheer energy that courses throughout the arrangement raising expectation and emotions via the strident keys and their accompanying sense of musicality pointing to a time past, coupled with the melodic tease of vocals repeating. Label head SEFF then remixes the elements into a fully-fledged, big and bouncing take on nineties styled sounds with his nod to Rave on the 98 Rework. Remaining numbers Open The Box and Day & Night again play with history, although I’m not quite sure if that’s about reviving the dream or trying to make a new one.

Release: June 21 (Beatport Excl) (July 5 Full release)
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www.mirrornumbers.com

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