Release Date- 22nd February 2019
Rua Sound is pleased to announce we are back in action for of 2019, and a welcome return to the label of Touchy Subject, coming in fresh from his Aurora D Raynes project with Dan Dans K in 2018.
Support from Tom Ravenscroft and Giles Peterson.
The go-to producers for cosmic, rootsy takes on up-tempo 160-170 bass music, Touchy Subject's second four-track 12" on Rua ups the ambition and knocks it so far out of the park its broken windows in the next parish across.
The General EP veers wildly between belligerent, funky takes on dusty 90's boom-bapàla DJ Shadow on "Shudder" and 'Turnt Up', cavernous soundsystem workouts on "Seek and Find", and the febrile halftime (just) jungle (barely) title-track "General" bringing the emotive goosebump vibes.
This is soundsystem music par excellence; cerebral, heady, and rousing.
01. The General
04. Turnt Up (feat. I-Mandala)
Release Date- 22nd February 2019
Shirley Wahls is known as one of the young pioneers of Gospel music. Singing in the church since the age of three, she began her singing career in the junior choir of the Mt Pleasant Baptist Church under the direction of Ruth Jones. Her professional career began with such legendary groups as "The Argo Singers", "The Ward Gospel Singers" and "The Dorothy Norwood Singers" before trying her hand on secular music around the mid 1960s.
Between 1967 and 1976 she had released eight 45RPM singles on different labels such as King, Calla, Smash, Blue Rock, and Giant. The two songs featured on this 45 are probably her funkiest recordings and were long overdue for an official reissue. We'd like to say "Thank You" to Ms. Wahls for giving us the permission to re-release these wonderful songs. This is an essential double-sider which certainly fills any dance floor.
a. Tell The Truth
b. Because I Love You
Release Date- 22nd February 2019
We are super excited to present Al Dobson Jr.'s second "Sounds From The Village" issue on almighty Kutmah's Izwid imprint on vinyl. 23 tracks in total. Artwork by Kutmah. Sleeve design by Brandy Flower of the Hit+Run Crew.
01. Jellyfull (Intro)
02. Chess Theme '06
03. Journey Cakes
04. Who U Think U Are Pt.2
05. Shikimi Greetings
06. Malay Guarter
07. Smoke Break (Interlude)
08. One Mile
09. Corner Crew
10. Norrisville Sounds
11. Little Bahia
12. Bright Moments
13. Alphonso Crates
14. Look At You
15. Seeds (Early Days)
16. Pan Archives '06
17. Reservoir Mix
18. Thoughts & Wishes
19. Tortoise Shell '08
20. Chicken Merry
21. Kabsa Sit Down
22. Players Club Outtake
23. Rotten Apple
Available From 22nd February 2019
Much like a slew of other iconic DEEP MEDi plates, this one has been dominating the dance, the airwaves and the OG forums for a long while, as dedicated fans drink in Commmodo's killer combination of brain rattling bass and delicate melodic motifs.
Release Date: 22nd February 2019
ESS - Sometimes we need to revisit the past to discover the future. That's why we are so happy to present the incredible Electronic Speech Systems 'Capsule Collection' (by Dublin's electro modular warrior DeFeKT). A selection of his finest works from his three only releases in 2011 on 'New Flesh', 'Takeover Recordings' & 'AC Records' have been remastered to form an electro tour de force.
We pull the trigger with his deadliest of weapons 'Trigger My Sequencer'. A full throttled four-to-the-floor doppler dance werk out. The expelling of his drexciyan demons continues with the polar cap melting 'Thermo Drive', a deep dive into aquatic funk & electro dub waves.
On the flip, slicing chord stabs and pulsing signals launch us back into the milky way with 'Halley's Comet'. The fusion of Kraftwerk inspired grooves & pulsing alpha juno synth lines pair perfectly to make it a certified electro cult classic. Lastly JX10 brings it home with a beautiful arrangement and showcase of perfectly executed electronic architecture, leaving us speechless.
a1. ESS - Trigger My Sequencer
a2. ESS - Thermo Drive
b1. ESS - Halley's Comet
b2. ESS - JX10
Release Date 15th February 2019
With one of the hippest jazz albums of recent years under their belt, Jukka Eskola Soul Trio is back with a fresh new single. It's truly a double-sider of the highest order, as both of the tracks deliver a completely distinct flavor.
"Tiny B" on the A side is a neat bossa jazz number, and as usual in top of the genre, the lightness serves only as a facade. The composition starts to evolve before the listener gets too comfortable, transitioning into a beautiful cinematic section, which is followed by tight solos by Eskola on trumpet and Mikko Helevä on organ. The trio rises beyond its numbers, as the maestro Teppo Mäkynen overdubs his drumming with added percussion and vibes.
Hiding on the B side is a furious jazz dance burner, which sees the trio rise to energy levels that surpass even Five Corners Quintet in their tightest form. "Stick of a Branch" is highly syncopated business that takes its cues from a sound refined by 1970's independent afrocentric jazz groups. It's a style, which is inherently modernist, without a slightest interest in mass appeal, and firmly rooted in the blues.
If you need some no nonsense organic jazz on your turntable, it's hard to go wrong with this single.
a. Tiny B
b. Stick of a Branch
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Release Date - 22nd February 2019
Sour Edits is back for 2019 with our first Various Artists compilation featuring four up and coming artists three of whom are new to the label.
We welcome back Marcin Krupa to label with “link in Bio” the Astropical boss delivering another one of his now signature Jazzy pumpers one to get everyone grooving
Aussie upstart Kayroy knocks things down a notch with “Put it in” swirling synths and diva vocals come together to make a proper bouncey chugger
Steel City Dance Disc’s Salary Boy’s “On the Other Foot” is chock-a-block with heart tugging strings and vocals building to a huge dancefloor bomb, you can see why he’s one of the most talked about young producers in the scene.
Longtime friend of the label and all around good one RUADH comes in hard with “hot drums” a percussive curveball for any set, this is their first release but expect many more to come in the near future.
early support from: Sloth Boogie, Loods, Optimo, xxxy,
a1. Marcin Krupa - Link In Bio
a2. Kayroy - Put It In
b1. Salary Boy - On The Other Foot
b2. RUADH - Hot Drums
Release Date - 22nd February 2019
Well Rounded kick off 2019 with the return of 2 artists who previously released on the label.
FOAMPLATE featured on our first ever release with 'Fuzz'. SIBLA joined the party with 'Trial' on WRDubs 03.
Both of these new contributions show further evolutions of particular aspects of their unique styles.
On the A side FOAMPLATE drops a supa-tuff shuffler entitled 'Lost'. This is a shadowy alien musical landscape built upon monolithic, monotonal subbass with subtle innovations. A weird wirey melody appears then weaves between the sharp skankin' snares and dark filtered cymbal textures. These fuse and ride out in the direction of the mid-journey breakdown. From the 2nd drop, splashes of distortion start to subvert the bottom end adding nuff grub to this dub.
On the AA side SIBLA advances his production portfolio with deft sample-sculpting. The near chopped and screwed beat places this track equidistant between hip-hop and dubstep. This brash approach to rhythm is joined by various sonic features including swells of magic harps, mourning melodica and aromatic strings.
Be advised - these all explode into vivid-psychedelic colours in the early stages of the 2nd drop!!
a1. Foamplate - Lost
b1. Sibla - Consonance
Released 8th March 2018
Navy Cut label boss J.Sparrow starts off 2019 with a weighty 2-sided 12" vinyl release which is a taster of the year to come.
Dissonance is a retrospective take on elements of lo-fidelity, breaks, jazz and hip hop sounds resulting in "pure banger business."
The B side is a remix of Jonah Freed's "Guns", originally released through Czech imprint Harmless Youth. A trap-grime-dubstep fusion, featuring the lyrical might of one of the UK's most talented MC's - Rider Shafique. "Step aside watch the ride INI come correct. Place your bets cos every time I make a shot it must connect. You feel like you know me but you no see nuttin yet!"... setting the scene for the style and vibe of the track.
In the first half of 2019, J.Sparrow is set to release his second solo album #00000365 on DEEP MEDi, and further remixes for Distinct Motive, Alter Echo & E3, Danny T & Tradesman, and Fiend.
Splitting his time between the studio and the decks, steadily solidifying his reputation as an authoritative force in electronic music.
b. Jonah Freed - Guns [feat. Rider Shafique] (J.Sparrow Remix)
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Release Date - 15th March 2019
We’ve been fans of Samba for a few years now and have been following his progress as he’s risen to become one of the most sought after producers in the Dubstep scene today. When Sam sent us this EP, we were instantly blown away by the music.
Title track “Kings” has become a huge dubplate within the scene with support from dons like Commodo and Mala. To us the quite melodic 808 bassline harks back to early Good Looking records vibes, while the crisp fresh production and drumwork firmly places this release in 2019.
a1. Samba - Kings
a2. Samba - Paleluv
b1. Samba - Explain
b2. Samba - Haru
Released 29th March
When triangles become circles, that's when you know you're observing the right angles in life. That's exactly what this majestic trio did on SUSAN007. From down under to way up above, Jensen Interceptor meets JEANS and in between it seems they let the dogs out with Axefield. Pretty SAFE to say this is straight fire. From dance floors to ballrooms: Susan ain't naked just yet, so let's get her t-shirt wet before the sun comes up again.
a1. Jensen Interceptor - Em Damage
a2. JEANS - Aquatic Lifefrms Alien Hybrid Evolvd
b1. Axefield - Slapende Honden
Released 22nd March
URA is entertainment for the enteric and libidinal, heads foregone. Sub sonics, sludge-ness and front left atmospherica soundtrack your tsunami-ravaged beach bar cocktails/ cloudy sun bathing/ lounge of a dystopian future. 2K19 - Tripping Not Dipping. Rays of sun break through clouds. Don't forget to call your loved ones. Comes in heavyweight sleeve.
01. Freestyle Rain
02. Bas Mas
03. Shagwize Dub
04. 10 Mile Aroma
08. Close to You
09. Junglist Lament
Released 15th March
JMII makes serious music without the need to take himself too seriously. In 'Modulations', the Barcelona producer keeps building an increasingly solid and personal sound in his more accomplished collection of music to date. Five tracks that display a universe filled with inventive synth lines, smart production and quirky references to the "day to day of producing music and the strange world of those who like to read machine manuals and learn to program new synths". Take 'Synthesize',the EP's opening track, in which he samples every gearhead's favourite YouTube video. But far from relying on a gimmick, the track is a lesson in how to make trance the right way. 'Communication' emerged from the same studio sessions, but has a much deeper feel, blending ethereal chords and melodies with voices that seem to get lost in a black hole. 'Modulation' is probably the boldest track JMII has ever produced. Lead by a nasty bass line and punctuated by martial percussions and menacing strings, it's one of those in-between genres cuts that can cause havoc in any kind of dancefloor. 'Polydays' is another great example of JMII's approach to music: odd enough to avoid the cliche but not too overcomplicated to diminish its primal power. In other words, it's the kind of dance music we should always aim for. The 12" comes housed in a sleeve by Cologne-based designer Christian Schafer.