Repress released 22nd July 2016
Following up their ..Henry 85.. 12″ on Aus sister-label, Simple, in mid-2012, Dusky re-emerge with another four-track EP, marking their first release of the new year. Having only broken onto the scene in late 2011 with their debut album, Stick By This, the profile of dynac duo Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman has continued to rise considerably through a series of strong EPs and remixes for artists including Justin Martin and Hot Chip. Their distinctive brand of off-kilter and purposefully cross-pollinated house-garage-techno has been championed by everyone from Seth Troxler to Loefah to Pete Tong to Paul Woolford. On AUS1345, the pair demonstrate exactly why they have garnered such widespread support. Their masterful weaving of subtle, slow rising vocal clips with penetrating basslines and scattered percussion can be approached, adapted and appreciated by any dancefloor.
a1. Nobody Else
a2. What I Never Knew
Repress released 22nd July 2016
Hot on the heels of Midland’s Placement EP, Aus returns with a remix 12″ featuring Lone & Motor City Drum Ensemble. Both producers deliver deep, melodic reinterpretations of the originals, with Lone accentuating Midland’s signature sound (whilst flawlessly incorporating his own neon tinged atmospherics) and MCDE dubbing out the original, pushing it into throbbing Raw Cuts territory. Both producers are at the top of their game. Lone is dominating 2012 with a residency at Manchester hot-spot Hoya:Hoya, a full length dropping in May via R&S that will surely occupy the top of many year end lists, and remixes for Radiohead, Tensnake & Underworld already under his belt. Jazz enthusiast Motor City Drum Ensemble’s sample-based Raw Cuts series made him a household name within the deep house scene and last year’s DJ-Kicks mix set him apart from the pack with it’s on point mixing and musical diversity. His notable November 2011 Boiler Room set is considered one of the finest, and is just another example of why MCDE has been, and will remain to be, a musical force to be reckoned with. Next up on Aus will be an EP from Bicep & Friends with a remix from Panoramabar resident Steffi.
a1. Placement (Lone Remix)
b1. What We Know (Motor City Drum Ensemble Dub)
Repress released 22nd July 2016
Will Saul’s imprint, Aus Music, returns with the much anticipated Ramadanman and Appleblim single “Void 23″, which comes complete with a re-edit from one of thecornerstones of electronic music - Carl Craig. The original track, which featured on Damian Lazarus’ just released fabric 54 compilation, further fuses the production sensibilities of dubstep with the sounds and vibes of techno to devastating effect. Carl Craig delivers more than just a re-edit, changing the rhythm structure of the original to enable it to work in peak time house and techno settings. Erol Alkin recently declared that the c2 edit “just blew my mind” after hearing Ramadanman drop it at a recent gig. In 2010, Carl Craig could be found working on remixes for fellow artists Hot Chip. Radio Slave and Kenny Larkin. This year, Planet E, Craig’s Detroit based label, released EP’s by Gemini, Sandiego and Urban Tribe, to name a few. Next year, the label will celebrate its 20th year anniversary. Ramadanman co-runs the label Hessle Audio with Panagaea and Ben UFO. He has graced us with several releases from his own imprint as well as esteemed labels SoulJazz , Tempa and Critical Music. Most recently, Ramadanman partnered up with Midland on a joint EP for Aus titled ‘Your Words Matter / More Than You Know’, pairing the sounds of classic house and garage with dub step creating something completely fresh. Appleblim, head of Applepips and co-founder of Skull Disco has been keeping busy as well, with remixes for Paul Woolford and the Ostgut Ton label and the recently released Lipsmacker EP on Aus, a collaboration with fellow Bristol based bass enthusiast, Al Tourettes.
a1. Void 23
b1. Void 23 (Carl Craig Remix)
Repress released 22nd July 2016
Long term friends Ramadanman and Midland partner up for their first joint EP ‘ ‘Your Words Matter / More Than You Know’ on Aus Music. Together they produce a truly innovative sound – fusing the sounds and vibes of classic house and garage with the sub frequencies and aesthetics of dub step to create something completely fresh. Ramadanman (David Kennedy) co-runs the label Hessle Audio with Pangaea and Ben UFO and has graced us with several releases from his own imprint as well as esteemed labels Soul Jazz, Tempa and Critical Music. This will be his second release on Aus following the critically acclaimed ‘Sous Le Sable’ with Appleblim last year, which was licensed to the hugely respected annual Steppers Delight compilation series on Soul Jazz. Midland is an all round music federate and firm believer that genres really are just made up to try and box people in. He aims to create a homogenous sound that people from different musical persuasions can appreciate. You could say he’s a musician who thinks outside the box. 2010 looks set to be a busy year for Midland with this release preceding an EP on Phonica as well as remix work for a number of artists. Definitely one to watch.
a1. Your Words Matter
b1. More Than You Know
Repress released 22nd July
Joy Orbison has been celebrated for finding a sound that marries elements of house, two-step, jungle, techno and dubstep. Alongside the release of the gargantuan “Hyph Mngo” (released on Hot Flush in late 2009 and has topped the end of year charts across the globe) and material on his own imprint Doldrums, notorious mixes for Radio 1 have only served to cement Joy Orbison’s renown. Both ‘The Shrew’ and ‘So Derobe’ pick up where ‘Hyph Mngo’ blasted off… devilishly catchy melodies and basslines, full of feeling and soul, evolve and grow as the arrangement develops to leave you on an almighty high. Big drops, super heavy drum programming and grooves that sound like only Joy Orbison right now. There’s shades of garage, shades of funky, shades of old school R&B. Pete wears his influences on his sleeve yet re-wraps them in his own unmistakable and truly unique style. Actress’s Neu Haus refix is the perfect foil for this package. A raw, almost unconstructed tool that in the right hands will create huge tension on the floor. Actress, aka, Darren J. Cunningham has in the last 5 years of running the Werk label set himself apart as one of the hottest A&R scouts within his field, having discovered and released some of the most widely talked about artists of the emerging bass generation, namely Disrupt, Zomby, Lukid and Starkey. As actress he produced the exceptional “Hazyville LP” drawing cries for a Mercury Award Nomination. He’s remixed the too cool for school Various Production, written for the seminal techno imprint Soma and has recently confirmed an album deal to record on Honest Jons, the British Independent record label created and founded by Damon Albarn.
a1. The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow
b1. So Derobe
b2. The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow (Actress Neu Haus So-Glo Mix)
Released 22nd July 2016
Trevino aka Marcus Intalex joins recent Aus signings Recloose and Cassy with his ‘Casino’ EP.
Marcus Intalex is widely known for making ground breaking drum and bass. In 2011 he started the Trevino alias to feed his desire to get back to his roots and rekindle his 4 to the floor spirit. This new phase of his career propelled him to move to Berlin where he’s continued to develop a hugely impressive discography that’s included releases on Ben Klock’s Klockworks and Martyn’s 3024.
‘Casino’ brings together three deftly structured and dance floor focused tracks that blur the boundary between house and techno in true Trevino fashion.
b1. Casino (Trev's Dub)
Hot on the heels of AUS’ recent releases from Breach, Huxley and Bwana, they ready their next offering from Irish duo and long term label affiliates Bicep. Aptly timed for the festival months, their ‘Just’ EP follows up a series of self-released titles which include collaborations with Ebony and Midland and is an impassioned bundle of broken beats, shimmering synth lines and rapturous piano chords. The title track kicks things off and suffuses a broken kick and snare combo with a poignant sequence and heart-rending synth strings. A vocal refrain drops in and out throughout a lucent breakdown before () lays a soft, filtered croon over a swelling piano motif. Tension is astutely balanced, never quite boiling over and keeping the listener pinned before () drives a tough, gravelly kick under gentle flecks of acid and rich sweeping pads.
a1. Bicep - Just
b1. Bicep - Celeste
b2. Bicep - Back 2 U (Tranz Dub)
Release Date: 4th March 2016
The next installment on Aus Music sees the return of a relatively new addition to the roster Rob Glassett aka Fold. Throughout previous 12″s on Manmakemusic and Electric Minds and on his outstanding ‘Netflix & Chill’ debut for Aus last year - Fold has laced together dusty House grooves built with a classic approach to sampling Funk, Disco and Soul records. Next up - his ‘Lenny’s Jam’ EP starts up with a dub techno groove built with delayed and panned stabs and sharp, pacy drums. ‘Rosie Lea’ lays out a rich and sunny groove as a playful sample filters into focus over deftly treated drum kit samples and a buoyant bass line. ‘Tracksuits and Tennis Shoes’ then follows up with a no-nonsene party jam - a short funk link is set over a booming kick that closes up a nicely varied package.
a1. Fold - Rosie Lea
a2. Fold - Lenny's Jam
b1. Fold - Tracksuits & Tennis Shoes
Sei A is Andy Graham, an ever-evolving producer who has cooked up many different shades of house and techno since emerging in 2008. From dark and melodic to well swung and bass heavy, he is not one to repeat the same trick twice as two former LPs and more than 15 EPs on labels like Turbo, Life And Death, Kompakt and Aus/Simple have proved before now. As if to cement the point, this full length finds Graham straying from the dance floor to cook up a fulsome album that stands up to introspective home listening.
“The LP came from writing a lot of music in a short space of time,” says Graham. “I felt I had grasped a sound and I wanted to expand it further. Musically I was finding that the material had much more space within the sound, with the main structure of it being melodies, therefore giving it quite a rich feel throughout. I was also aiming to expand on writing actual songs that take in verse/chorus, verse/chorus structures.”
And he has sure accomplished that, because with the help of guest collaborators Will Samson and Daudi Matsiko on four tracks, Space in Your Mind is an absorbing listen with many melodies and vocal lines lingering long in the memory.
a1. Sei A - Always
a2. Sei A - In The Light
a3. Sei A - Space In Your Mind ft. Will Samson
b1. Sei A - Kalstar
b2. Sei A - Linear
c1. Sei A - Everytime
c2. Sei A - Ancestors ft. Will Samson
c3. Sei A - Morning Soldier
d1. Sei A - Tides ft. Will Samson
d2. Sei A - Exit ft. Daudi Matsiko
d3. Sei A - Trails Of Gold
Based in Glasgow, Escape is a fledgling talent whose cultivation amongst the ranks sees him now ready to drop the first of several EPs on AUS. His debut EP ‘Just Escape’ is a poignant brew of delicately treated vocals, swooning strings and gut-wrenching melodicism. Backed up by remixes from the mighty Justin Martin and Jacques Greene this is a package that astutely straddles the bridge between pop and underground dance music - a skill which AUS have honed throughout their lauded and extensive anthology.
a1. Escape - Just Escape
a2. Escape - With You
b1. Escape - Just Escape (Justin Martin Remix)
b2. Escape - Just Escape (Jacques Greene Remix)