Upercent – Vuit EP – microCastle

One of our favourite labels – for too many reasons to go into in a short space – microCastle again continues to delight and scintillate. The EP’s title track does that special thing of grasping for the future while gathering up an array of influences and making definite sense of them all. Yet for any notion of what has gone before there is something specifically 2018, not a moment less, about this mind engaging production of wired and wonderful sounds, rhythms and ideas. Tango follows with a more traditional chord structure in place creating intriguing atmospheres while generating dancefloor tension. Then comes the brilliant Submissive featuring KnowKontrol’s resonating, soulful, inquiring vocal which explores time lost and found over wonderful drums and punctuating electronic sounds. An excellent remix is courtesy of Chaim whose rolling, thunderous beats cause serious damage amid the vocals’ effected treatments.

Release: May 25

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http://www.microcastlemusic.com

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Chaim
Underwater
Visionquest

After a stream of releases on labels like Supplement Facts and Cocoon this stunning production for Visionquest now appears. It’s the sort of music that could played loud or quite and still leave an indelible impression. The title track, Underwater bubbles with energy yet combines an airy sense of ambience alongside a series of unrelenting beats all of which rewards your experience. Forward thinking and emotional music.

Release: September 8

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chaim/107243096306?sk=timeline
http://yourvisionquest.com

 

GUHamburgSolomunArtGlobal Underground Solomun
#GU40 Hamburg

1996 seems like a long way away now but that’s when this series began and now we’re at number 40 with maestro Solomun. The mix opens with an emotive sequence of sounds cumulating in Avatism’s haunting Different Spaces and then develops the mood across the breadth of the first CD with a blend beautifully atmospheric music ending on SOHN’s notable The Wheel. The second CD continues the theme with music from Audiojack and Radio Slave elevating the temperature while providing more muscular productions that end with Ada’s acidic 2 BUM BUM.

https://www.facebook.com/SolomunMusic
www.globalunderground.co.uk

Skober
Step Outside
Secret Room Records

Kostya Skober is a Ukrainian Techno DJ and producer and while this style of music doesn’t usually say that much to me the unrelenting drive of Step Outside definitely appeals. It’s not all down to the beat either as the rich atmospheric layers of sound and funkier touches all lend this something special. Listen below…

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DEXIT001_coverN.O.I.A.
The Rule To Survive – 31st Anniversary
N.O.I.A. Records

Originally emerging from Italy’s electronic music scene of the late seventies N.O.I.A. has been now re-releasing their back catalogue, accompanied by remixers updating it all into 2014 etc. Not that the original of The Rule to Survive needs evolving anyway having been mixed in 1983 by Tony Carrasco it still bears all the hall marks that went on to influence House and Nu Beat, besides sounding excellent in its own right. Prins Thomas Diskomiks is a good choice of remixer and he handles it with due care and affection, there’s also a great version from Baldelli & Dionigi which again expands the originals possibilities. Next is, Time is over, which was from later in the decade and doesn’t sound quite so edgy employing typically popish melodies, although is complimented by a remix from Gaudi & The Orb.

Release: 4th September 2014

http://www.noiarecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/noiarecords

Tom Moulton
TJM- Expanded Edition
Big Break Records (Casablanca Records)

Tom Moulton has been pivotal to the development of Dance music in the 70’s as Christian John Wikane’s eloquent sleeve notes proudly testify. This self-titled solo album was released in 1979, recorded at the Legendary Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia it also featured former Temptation Ron Tyson on lead vocals and also one Arthur Baker who helped to co-write and arrange. Opening with the blistering Disco-tastic, ‘I Don’t Need No Music’ the music trips the light fantastic through the tail end of the Disco era but remains fresh to this day, percussion and melody fuelled. Try the epic ten minute plus version of ‘Storm Warning’ complete with sound effects plus soaring strings and horns for a touch of exuberant Tom Moulton magic….

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/bigbreak-exd.asp?id=2543

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