Ralphi Rosario – Wanna Give It Up – Glitterbox Recordings

The thing with House Music and its ability to connect with your past is something that will always remain. This, being one of very many, great productions from Ralphi Rosario is a case in point and now receives fresh fuel to revitalise your imagination. I’ll cut straight to the chase as Légo’s Dub from the original release remains as brutally beautiful as always, rocking the bassline and of course Linda Clifford’s achingly, rousing vocals. However, back to the new versions and Dr Packer’s Disco inflected rhythms add a sense of soulful occasion to the affair, while Full Intention retain the same essence although add eighties keys plus punchy handclaps to suit the occasion. Leaving the aptly titled Jamie 3:26 Disco Party version to do precisely that care of a series of funky chops and a shuffling fusion of drums. Class Act.

Release: July 12

http://ralphirosario.com
http://glitterboxibiza.com

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/ralphi-with-linda-wanna-give-it-up/654702-01/

Lego’s Dub from the original release.

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& ME
After Dark
Keinemusik

Excellent double header from & ME who surpasses any notions of decency while heading straight for the jugular with this uncompromising, mesmerising release. The title tracks’ sublime, tribal infused drums pitch themselves at you trance-like with weird synths and captivating voices letting your mind run riot. More off the wall behaviour follows with the equally tantalising, ‘Locust’ and its staccato guitar backed up by pulsating Toms and further twisted treatments combining to make this hard to surpass. If you are looking for music that exists outside of the box….

release: June 20

http://keinemusik.com

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Do You Feel / London EP
Full Intention

What’s not to like about Do You Feel with its tense bassline and cutting, shuffling drums capped off with the title as its vocal. Simple formula but one which they do expertly well, especially with the nagging synth setting it all off against the sharp rhythms. Next, London has a more tech flavour combining stripped down electronics with bubbling Acid lines, which are then offset by rich pads. Whatever takes your fancy?

release: June 16

http://www.fullintention.com

NUDES
NUDES
Zappruder Records

Launching their debut EP the London based duo create music that has you reaching for label’s yet thankfully leaves you tastefully confused. 90’s Depp opens the sequence of events with a sheer fusion of fuzzy electronics, soulful yet mournful vocals and edgy synthesizers. Its emotion stripped bare and I like it. Avec then follows with more emotive vocals draped across expansive keys and drum machine pulses. Remixes come the uneasy rhythms of Plage 84 and the pure electro sassiness of Robert James. With remaining tracks, The Heat and thirteen2thirteen exploring more of those very possibilities. You get the impressive this machine based music would sound all the more impressive live.

release: June 18

https://www.facebook.com/skindeepmusic

Razz
Kill Yourself Dancing
Still Music

If you haven’t already tuned into “Kill Yourself Dancing! The Story Of Sunset Records Inc. 1985-89”, then Still Music is set to release three of the most requested tracks from the compilation. First off, and my favourite, is this killer gem from Razz aka Matt Warren & Ralphi Rosario. Originally released all the way back in 1985 this still packs an energetic punch with its raw-edged production still feeling every bit as vibrant via all those classic electronic sounds from the era. The title track is soon followed by an array of fiery Chicago House workouts with the emphasis firmly placed upon the drums and bass. Essential stuff.

release: June 15

http://www.itstillmusic.com

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SYST0096-6_Digi_CoverMarc Romboy
The Trigger
Systematic Recordings

The very moment the Acid House bassline hits you you’re hooked. Plain and simple. But then The Trigger is so much more than merely retrospective as Möggli’s playful, sassy vocals ignite something altogether more tantalising into the bargin. The bass is backed up by seductive hi-hats and abrasive, undulating stabs giving this an inviting yet nasty punch that begs to be played out extremely loud. Although, with the introduction of warmer pads adding subtlety to the production this is simply referred to as First Rate. The Tool version strips back the vocal and lets the music breathe with the addition of bubbling synths and yet more more cutting edge.

release: September 4

http://www.systematic-recordings.com/2011/index.html

 

6x6-CP038-Justin-Jay-JaguarV2Justin Jay
The Jaguar EP
Culprit

Excellent release from Culprit but then aren’t they almost all. Newcomer Justin Jay tears it up with The Jaguar’s infectious bass and crunchy drums combining in such an effortlessly funky way alongside the emotive guitar which lends it an uplifting Balearic twist. Coldwater, adds vocals to a similar formula to again sound and feel captivating, yet heavy-duty with enough scope to be played poolside or club. Final track, You & Me aims squarely for the latter with yet another big bassline over inventive drum programming, this time offset by unsettling vocals and hints of ambience floating around the arrangement. Class.

release: September 4

https://www.facebook.com/justinjayofficial

https://www.facebook.com/CulpritLA

 

gommaTiedye
Road Less Travelled
Gomma

You’ve got to hand it to Gomma as they set themselves apart by releasing records such as this from Swedish duo Tiedye. It’s so instantly distinctive that you could be forgiven for thinking it was made decades back, ending up as some dusty Balearic classic pre Ecstasy. Road Less Travelled is the kind of excitable Rock n Soul music that you can’t fail to love – full of passion, electric piano and fired-up vocals. DJ Kaos & Sonns provide the first remix that instantly transforms it all into something completely different with punchy drum machines and electronic melodies supplying excellent feelings. The Still Going version opt for a more rave based option with fuzzy synths and pounding beats sounding just the ticket behind the vocal.

release: September 6

http://www.tiedyemusic.com

http://www.gomma.de/

 

stillJerome Derradji Presents
Kill Yourself Dancing – The Story Of Sunset Records Inc. Chicago 1985-89

Created in Chicago in 1985 Sunset Records was another component in the birth of what became labelled, House Music. Indeed in the opening title track from co founders Razz Feat. Matt Warren & Ralphi Rosario ‘Kill Yourself Dancing’ you can hear it all really: from those classic drum sounds to the basement heavy grooves that reference American Disco just as much as they do European New Wave/ Italian Disco. Released as a double LP and CD this again puts the history into perspective but not only that it contains so many energetic pieces of music that stand the test of time. Perhaps overshadowed by the cities Trax and DJ International Records as far as Europe was concerned, although perhaps now the balance will be readdressed. Listen below.

release: September 17

http://www.itstillmusic.com

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/jerome-derradji-kill-yourself-dancing-the-story/495729-01/

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