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I-Robots present Klein & M.B.O.
Last Call
Opilec Music

The next vital release from Opilec is set to be released on this year’s Record Store Day. And if you aren’t already familiar with the heavily influential Klein & M.B.O from the notorious 80’s then here’s your chance to hear just why they were and still are. Appearing as the European Connection Unreleased Instrumental the number bears all the hallmarks of what was to happen next with Dance music with its shimmering bassline and electronics offset by breezy guitar and drum sounds all set to four on the floor. I-Robots provide two new versions that wash the arrangement in swathes of atmospheric synths, while Chicago stalwart Gene Hunt retains more of the originals playful feel with his two takes featuring the glorious syncopated b-lines in full. DJ Skull proceeds to loop it into distraction, leaving Headman aka Robi Insinna to deliver another killer blow maintaining all the Electro/ Italo Disco reference points succinctly.

release: Vinyl April 21/ Digital May 12

https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-ROBOTS/51899406997

Forty Fings Dynamo
615EP
La Dame Noir Records

The new side project from Adrien (one half of Villanova) and Emmanuel aka Solofour kicks off in fine style with the EP’s title track. It’s all about the B-line here (again) with this euro-disco infused nugget sounding supreme chugging away alongside crisp beats and breathy spoken words, all proving dangerously addictive. My Favorite Robot deliver their own version complete with Electro drums aided by a more caustic bass and unsettling synths lending the vocal an altogether more disturbing twist – lovely. Excuse Me is next with more Acid/ Nu-Beat styled rhythms for your delectation with Alejandro Paz’s heavily treated remix providing an interesting alternative. All in all, a fine release of music.

release: April 21

https://www.facebook.com/fortyfingsdynamo
http://ladamenoir.fr

Murk
Dark Beat (Addicted To Drums)
Murk

The title says it all really. Although originally released back in 2003 Dark Beat still retains its distinctive twisted drumming, though drops the melody of the vocal in favour of darker edits. Updated by Danny Daze with tribal pulsating, abrasive beats coupled with moody swirls of synth this feels every bit as hard, heavy and captivating, in either of the two new versions available here as way back then.

http://murkrecords.com

https://soundcloud.com/dannydaze/murk-ft-oba-frank-lords-dark

orrinOrinn
A Man Was Had
Restless Soul

Great new release from Restless Soul with Orinn’s neat fusion of influences sounding just great here. Centred around a tastefully soulful vocal delivery, plus a melodic sprinkling of synth tones and Tom Tom Club like keys, this shines centre-stage with a determined funkiness that has sunshine blazing all over it.

Out now: https://www.traxsource.com/title/302225/a-man-was-had

Dillion
The Unknown
BPitch Control

Dillion’s second album is a rather stunning affair. Opening with its title track, The Unknown the playlist proceeds to ignite your senses via the sometimes challenging array of emotions on display. From melancholy to melodic delicate vocals float their way across poignant piano and electronic sounds producing music that, is mercifully, hard to categorize yet so obviously mesmerizing. Beautifully produced – I wonder how Brian Eno would compliment it – it’s hard to pick out a favourite track. However, in one sense this is all about the resulting ambience created in your own space. The words contain a certain poetic justice delivering a sting in their tail, just as the music does.

http://www.dillon-music.com

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Phil Asher (restless soul) Q&A

For the uninitiated what words would you use to describe your sound?

Phil Asher webVaried Music of many Colours, I make Slower Beats as the restless soul fun Band, Deeper Dancefloor stuff as Phlash, I released an LP in Japan in January 2013, Called “FUN” by the restless soul Fun Band. The 2nd Phlash LP – Phlash is back is out on Archive in the next month or two. Aisling & the Haze 7″ single on R2 came out over 2 months ago. I have remixed, Soulfull Session & Lois & the Love, & the Brand New Heavies…Produced a Wonderfull cover version for an Amazing singer called Adam Glover, I’ve signed 2 release to a new label in Scotland call “Fathom’s Deep” & just mixed down two new cuts for 1Trax, That’s not counting the numerous Re-Edit’s, GDFN & Otherwise. That’s just this year. I probably make a beat everyday. To the layman My Sound can only be described as House Music, to the further informed you could call it Soulful Electronic dance Music. I have been known to make Jazz & Disco infused productions, which vary in tempo from 87bpm to 130 bpm.

You currently run labels restless soul & RSTLSS TRX. Can you tell us about the origins of the names and the concept behind the two different imprints?

restless soul is for the Songs, RSTLSS TRX is for the Tracks. It really is that simple.

Soul Renegades – Now Your Gonna Save Me – Restless Soul

Phil Asher ‘London Style’ RSTLSS TRAX

Who initially inspired your love of Dance music, what clubs/ Dj’s were you first into?

My Parents where my first influence, they both worked at record shop’s when I was very young, they would bring records home, Some of which I still listen to. Dj’s wise I remember Dj Froggy & Steve Walsh being my first Dj hero’s then progressed onto Dj Red Alert & Tony Humphries, Noel & Maurice Watson and John Peel on Radio 1 & My best Mate Ray Whittard, whom I originally started producing Music with.
I still have many DJ heroes, Craig smith, Osunlade, Joe Claussell, Terry Jones, Kenny Dope, Karizma, Dego, Christian Pronovost Etc Etc.

How did your show: The restless soul show originally come about for Mi-Soul radio?

A well groomed Gentleman called Gordon Mac, the Founder of Kiss Fm in the UK, approached me to host the restless soul show on Saturday nights, Musical Freedom was the rule, I agreed and joined the Mi-soul Crew.

What have been working on in the studio recently? What inspires you to create music?

Life, People. Other People’s Music, Places, Time & Space all inspire Me, Lately I have signed singles to Fathom’s Deep, 1Trax & More About Music, Just  Remixed, Urban sound Lab, Soulfull Session & The Brand New Heavies. We are in the middle of recording the 2nd Aisling & the Haze single, I’ve got various projects on the go with Singers & Producers. I’m always working on a Beat.

Do you have any particular favourite pieces of software etc you like use in producing?

I like my Native Instruments, Maschine & Komplete, I also love my MacBook Pro & my Sm58

Can you tell us about the GDFN London project with Martin Lodge?

It’s a Party we do, where we play 70’s & 80’s anthem’s/radio tracks, we do a lot of re-edits for the night mostly from multi tracks that we find in the cloud.
It’s a non house sing along, let your hair down, walk down memory lane type of affair, lot’s of guilty pleasure & Fun – You should pop by one night, Night.
We run the party sporadically, the venue is always different & never more than 200 capacity – Get Down Friday Night.

https://soundcloud.com/gdfnedits

What are your thoughts on the current fashion for Deep House and songs. Do you think people have become more open-minded for soulful sounds again?

As long as people Call it House, I’m happy: deep, techy, spiritual, soulful, Afro, they are all just basically “House Music”.
Song’s & Tracks have both become more accepted by the masses, now it’s time to break the genres down, and go back to living in One House, the way we used to do it.

Where can people get to hear you play over the coming months?

phil aYou can hear me spinning soon in Brixton, Edinburgh, Amsterdam & Italy, Every Saturday night between 11pm &1am on Mi-soul radio, or via restless soul & RSTLSS TRX on the www. I have recently done remixes for the Brand New Heavies, Urban Sound Lab & Soulfull Session.

https://www.facebook.com/PhilAsherLondon

https://www.facebook.com/GDFNLondon

https://twitter.com/PhilAsherLondon

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