Pedro Sanmartin – Dysania EP – Loot Recordings

Like the clock ticking you know the instant that beautiful music occurs. Pedro Sanmartin’s breath-taking infusion of jazzy/ bluesy notation invigorates all five sense wonderfully as deep chords fuse together with a delicious ambience and punchy drums to strengthen expectations. Melting Pot is a stunning, refreshing piece of music. That emotional rollercoaster continues with the punchier bass strains of Dysania which receives two remixes in kind. Firstly from Death On The Balcony who employ a shuffle of drums and elevating strings to reinvigorate the elements, secondly from Tuba Twooz adding a more synthesized progression into the equation. Finally, Chanking completes the release via Detroit chords along with a probing series of urgency offset by punctuating percussion amid a gathering storm.

Release: January 20 buy


Pedro Capelossi – No One Left Behind – Loot Recordings

Great production from Pedro Capelossi whose latest three numbers occupy the space provided by the always noteworthy Loot Recordings. The title track begins not surprisingly with a probing, introspective arrangement of sounds including tough drums and bass augmented by a timely breath of pads and yearning piano adding tasteful colour. The remix comes from Nhar who adds a funkier bassline to the equation while retaining the originals quiet essence. Next, Vivid Cream continues its attack on the senses with more deep reflection amid expansive atmospheres. This time Nodo supplies the remix by adding a sizzling electronic battery and extra fiery percussion, leaving the outstanding and final original number from Pedro Capelossi, Soul Breaker to end via a smouldering array of late night sounds.

Release: August 5


Nodo & Mule (ARG) – Amistad EP – Loot Recordings

All sorts of words collide to describe this exploration into sound which sits so comfortably upon the Loot imprint. Amistad itself dives headlong into the sort of smouldering melancholy that befits these times as charged, throbbing beats and bass are tastefully complimented by gorgeously rich piano. Its simplicity is its sheer strength, no real words required – in this case. Followed by an uplift care of Ambar which again programmes engaging drums and keys to tell the story, contrasted by a tougher more vigorous Viktop remix. Next, Azahar fizzes with expectation as crunchy percussion excites the nervous system with probing notes sparking a further sense of beauty. Lucefora’s Into The Wild Remix then elevates the originals essence into something even more heavenly, via a breathless intensity.

Release: May 29

Ayala – Ecoute/ Primal – Loot Recordings

As one year closes and another opens Loot again explore the path to rhythmic nirvana, this time via a set of fiery productions from Ayala. It’s all about the drums on Ecoute as they work it up to fever pitch, extracting every nuance of energetic percussion in the process. Only coloured by occasional voices plus splashes of organic sounds but by the time the rugged bassline injects itself you’re already lost in it all. Quatri strips matters down for deeper introspection as the whir of looped keys and emotive chords add a different perspective on this first-rate remix. Primal, then returns to source with chiming arpeggios lending a sense of melody to the punctuating arrangement of breathless ideas. Leaving Rancido’s excellent remix to finish by incorporating a soulful intensity alongside a sprinkling of cutting electronics which pepper the arrangement with spine-tingling possibilities.

Release: January 24


JA:CK – Pervinca/ Never Ending – Loot Recordings

Marking his debut release for the label JA:CK sets the pace running with the decidedly edgy rhythms of Pervinca. Unsettling, even unnerving to a degree and yet underneath it all is a compelling sea of atmospheric sound that reveals itself more on each listen. In a world of sometimes safe, unimaginative blandness this proves refreshing. The beautifully sculpted, Never Ending follows mining another rich seam of emotionally resonate music, this time via a succession of grainy synth lines seeking out something more to life.

Release: July 12

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Julian Prince – Orign/ Smoking In The Girls Room – Loot Recordings

Forming an introspective yet incendiary explosion of music both of these new productions act as the debut release on the label from SXM Festival’s Julian Prince. Beginning with Orign you immediately get drawn into the web of sound that is all at once compelling and inventively challenging, as undulating landscapes of strange, imaginative signatures unfold amid a cascade of breathy voices and shivering guitar. Originality is such a precious thing in electronic music and here you can experience that. The contrasting Daniel van der Zwaag remix then lifts it all skyward via a brighter sheen of colour transforming the emotional content upside down. Next comes the equally excellent, Smoking In The Girls Room which again works over twisted electricity into something altogether tempting with smoky bass alongside a cinematic exploration of stereo to complete.

Release: May 17

Yoni Yarchi – Subconscious EP – Loot Recordings

One of my favourite producers for this past while returns with another blissful, musically rich soundtrack whose very title track may just give the game away before we begin. The Subconscious, sequences startling landscapes across the stereo expanse as impactful drums deliver succinct rhythms to adorn the generous sprinklings of piano, mind-expanding vocals and soaring atmospherics. Exposing a certain fragility Yoni’s compositions stand out for me quite so much as they feel like they’re capturing moments that don’t dwell too long on the past while adhering to the time honoured traditions of life’s melody. Death On The Balcony’s excellent Remix plays with the theme, though adds a more robust ambient intensity via the increased use of trippy vocal alongside warmer bass. Kepler, follows with a picturesque series of chiming renditions, complimented by the darker edges of Don’t Think Loud completing the release with deeper, more electronically charged sounds simmering over pulsating percussion, which produce an almost psychedelic experience of West Coast proportions.

Release: November 30


Mike Kiraly – Si Mani Revisited / We Get Messed Up – Loot Recordings

Mike Kiraly’s brilliantly messed-up production is all at once inescapably funky yet defiantly probing, pushing forward House while also qualifying as an excellent, creative piece of music. Its strange and startling array of sound effects rush across the stereo while vocal hits punch at you amid robust bass and drums. A great production that always seeks to excite and challenge. Martin Landsky supplies the remix of Si Mani Revisited reworking and replaying the elements while delivering a tougher groove from which hot Detroit stabs are soon evolving. The aptly named We Get Messed Up follows with more twisted vocals doing your mind some aural damage as a wealth of ideas are injecting into what is a supremely funky arrangement. Again I can’t help but hear a Talking Heads influence in there somewhere yet this remains resolutely original – compliment! Robin Fett then remixes adding a more sane combination of deep keys and pounding bass.

Release: March 30


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.