Yoni Yarchi & Tal Tager – In Another Dimension – Loot Recordings

So ok, we’re jumping the gun ever so slightly here as this is not released until January but then again why not, when music is this exceptional you just can’t hold it back. Yoni Yarchi & Tal Tager produced the equally stunning ‘Tel Aviv Morning’ last year for the label and if they’re distinctive, emotionally charged music turned up on your radar then, In Another Dimension will not let you down either. In fact, in ways this takes all that resonates with the pair and pushes it further still, exploring all that fervent sensibility until this appeared. Perfectly formed. The organic appeal of piano and guitar motifs are expressed beautifully as a haunting sense of expectation gathers pace against the backdrop of shuffling drum machines, alongside re-occurring pads and complimenting drones. Two excellent remixes enhance the original beginning with Powel who adds a more pondering application of melancholy accentuating the piano plus chiming, persuasive percussion and redolent dreamy escapes all the way home. Next, Rancido excites the darker aspects with moodier keys playing out across tough drums resulting in yet another great production. I suspect (and hope) there is an album forthcoming to let their imaginations fly free over an extended period of time!?!

Release: January 26. 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/yoniyarchiandtaltager
http://www.lootrecordings.com

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Various Artists – Kindisch 2017 – Kindisch

As the title prompts this is a gathering of the labels finer moments from over the year which to be fair have thrown more than one gem along the way. Highlighting this collection of excellent, important sounds begins with the deeply, heart-tearing strains of ‘Sun Salute’ by atish, Bengal. The rich, beautiful intensity then continues via the apt ‘Magic Footsteps’ explored by Modd which is complimented by the swirling rush of DAVI’s ‘Kayser Soze’ next. Moods then proceed to lift and fall over a total of 17 complimenting pieces of music that include Franck D’s hyper ‘Feelin’ plus Sandro Beninati’s rolling ‘Night Mode’ which also concludes the selection. Typifying a great year for both creative, forward-pointing electronic music and for Get Physical’s sister label. Let’s see and hear just what happens next emanating out of Berlin while moving into 2018.

Release: December 22

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Felix Da Housecat – Founders Of Filth Vol. 3 – Founders Of Filth

This is fucking excellent. Not only do you get to play big time but it’s downright sleazy, injecting a sense of bravado and dare I say it, FUN into increasingly tired dance equations. Warning: it does talk about t**s and Coc**** – fab! Energy, is co-produced by Felix Da Housecat and Clarian while featuring Agata’s teasingly wonderful voice which rocks hard sounding electronically charged with a big, exciting difference. Not House, Not Techno. Who cares? It’s brilliant. Next and with the addition of Jamie Principle is the excellent, They Just Want 2 B U fusing deep bass together with chiming 80’s rhythms to devastating effect. Finally, Color of Rayy sees Aphrohead feel dreamy across up-tempo drums, effected vocals and brutal Acid attitude to round off an excellent number 3.

Release: December 8

Stream and Beatport link – https://lnk.to/FOF003
https://www.foundersoffilth.com

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Chocky – Playtime EP – Dessous Recordings

Returning to Steve Bug’s super good imprint Chocky once again delivers smoky, involving music over the course of travel. Double Dip begins the recession busting selection with a deep, hypnotic combinations of bass and smooth organ stabs offset by addictively punchy vocal hits, plus a heavy dose of soulful intention. Which is much the same for the warm rush of the pad induced emotion care of, Organism. Or indeed the same could be said of, Soul Alive which feels that bit tougher via its flow of uplifting arpeggios and vocals. Leaving the more intense tones of the Playtime Dub to end with Jazzy piano possibilities and filtered hip-shaking skill.

Release: December 8

http://www.dessous-recordings.com/releases/self-knowledge-ep

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Roman Rai – Perceptions Of Delusion EP – Deepwave Records

A breathlessly wonderful production that soars all the way. A genuine flash of brilliance which ignites the stereo skyline with its rich infusion of caustic synthesized lines eventually cumulating in a sizzling array of bright hi-hats, plus ever evolving keys hinting at blissful melodies. A futuristic slice of dance music that touches upon big emotions as well as big, pounding tom toms! Remixes come from a more relaxed Peter Pardeike version, and from a percussion fuelled Ian Metty. Either way both pay great compliment to the original. Second track, Thoughts Are Gone Thoughts Are Gone then provides a wash of cool ambience to refreshingly finish this standout release.

Release: December 18

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https://deepwaverecords.bandcamp.com
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Riuozami – Geometric Shapes – Urban Distortions

As you know it gives me great pleasure to champion music that doesn’t quite so readily slot into neat categories, precise sounding recreations of history. It’s much more exciting looking at what exists towards the edges. Pushing, probing at the electronic potential rather than tireless re-edits of what has already been. A case in point is this refreshing collection of bruising ambience, Detroit references and heightened cinema. Feeling space aged, kind of cosmic and by and large purely instrumental the tracks come in all shapes and forms rushing through tempos, while downplaying moods. In ways it’s the haunting opening, Space Probe Taurus that works best for me fizzing with atmosphere and tension. But maybe that’s just me, try for yourself and seize the distraction.

Release: December 15

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https://urbandistortions.bandcamp.com

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Mr M’s Northern Soul No 1. Oldies Room 1974-1981 – Soul Time

Discussing Northern Soul and all its implications was once described to me like opening a can of worms. Everyone had their own opinion, their own strongly held point of view. And for me having almost zero interest in much music that predated my own youth in the 1970’s it all sounded pretty much like a not so quiet storm in a teacup. Decades later when I came to interview Richard Searling and Colin Curtis about those very differing approaches to what was ‘old’ and what was then ‘new’, with the emergence of Disco and then Jazz-Funk. It did indeed feel like the clash of two era’s, which despite one laying the foundations for the other, evolved into two contrasting scenes via Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca. Personally, I always sided with the latter’s embrace of the new, although of course time has played out well in the formers collection of what are undoubtedly (for the most part) great songs about love and heartache. This compilation focuses on the Casino’s second room, Mr M’s and their defining, defiantly strictly ‘Oldies’ only playlist. Politics – plus questions about over-hyping nostalgia – aside when you listen to all three CD’s, look at the accompanying photographs (that word in itself feels delightfully dated), read the testimony curated from the sleeve-notes and then listen to one of the original DJ’s Dave Evison’s interview, it all breathes a nostalgic sigh of relief. Through the temptations of the music it is just possible to glimpse at the world the dancers experienced as they lived their lives through Saturday night/ Sunday morning. Words contained in songs which sang out to the converted essentially reached back to the origins of the Blues and the redemptive promise of the church, with its keep the faith inspired promise of better days ahead. The first song on the first CD is the highly charged ‘Hey Sah-Lo-Ney’ by Mickie Lee Lane from 1965. The final number from the collection is JJ Barnes wonderful cover of Ace ‘How Long’ from 1977. Preceding that is N.F Porter’s ‘Keep On Keeping On’ (1971). Little else needs saying at that point.

Release: December 8

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product-category/soul-time

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Jackie Moore – I’m On My way – Big Break Records

This timely re-release of the singer’s 1979 album features her most well-known number, This Time Baby but the story digs deeper than that. Sleeve notes are from Malcolm McKenzie who explains it all in detail but for the purpose of this review the nuance is located purely in Jackie Moore’s richly resonate voice, which portrayed a full bodied range and depth of emotions, emanating from Rhythm and Blues though so clearly steeped in the classier end of Disco as that decade finally closed. Whether taking care of slower, reflective ballads such as Joe or tearing up the dancefloor, as any of the other tracks do, the influence of the Philly sound plays evidently throughout and it’s that quality which lends the music such longevity. Try, Can You Tell Me Why for an unadulterated rush of string-drenched excitement. Also of note of course are the additional versions which feature great remixes by John Luongo and Michael Barbiero of the albums other single, How’s Your Love Life Baby, plus a new reworking of the now classic, This Time Baby by Mike Maurro.

Release: December 1

https://www.facebook.com/BigBreakRecords
https://www.cherryred.co.uk


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Los Pastores – Break Down EP – Sanity

Snna and Nacho Arauz return this this super-hot EP which typically fuses smouldering bass together with crisp, energetic drums plus a sense of urgency that you will miss out on if you aren’t already tuned in. The opening salvo that is the title track, Break Down does all of that coming complete with creative vocal touches and richly atmospheric keys. Blocked, meanwhile combines an almost filtered Disco loop over more of those trademark drums and rich bass, leaving the percussion fuelled Conguer to end with further probing explorations of sound to their credit.

Release: December 11

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Psycho Radio v’s LC Anderson – Feelings Coming Back – Rebirth

If you were (un)fortunate enough to have lived through the eighties than you will remember the flash of brilliance that exploded musically across the decade. I only mention that because, Feelings Coming Back barrows heavily from all of the excitement and plugs it straight into the electrical mainframe of the Original version. This is one of those Play It Louder moments that channels Electro and Italo sounds together with LC Anderson’s perfect injection of vocal sass and the results are addictive. The Cosmic Disco pioneer Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi Remix then adds some syncopated drive into the affair, while their Funkadiba take reworks it all over again via a bubbling funkiness alongside a neatly stripped down arrangement.

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https://www.facebook.com/RebirthRecordsOfficial

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