Release Date - 10th May 2019
After making a V/A appearance on ‘EXCURSIONS # 5’ via Phuture Shock’s EXCURSIONS sub-label in 2018, rising German talent Sandilé returns, this time on the Bristol-based parent imprint, with a blistering two-track missive entitled ‘Bulla Bulla’.
Having emerged out of Cologne’s vibrant underground house and techno scene over the last few years, the local DJ and producer has steadily built a name for herself with frequent DJ gigs across Europe and a clutch of releases on hometown labels including Like Records and IM IN LOVE. While last year saw the German artist land a production credit on Berlin’s Neovinyl, by way of a notable collaboration with prolific house duo Black Loops.
Here adding to her growing credentials, with her first solo outing on Phuture Shock Musik, Sandilé showcases her versatile, groove-driven style across two club-bound tracks - both of which bridge the gap between the soulful essence of deep house and the unrelenting drive of techno; replete with dark and dubby overtones, whilst also heavily taking cues from the UK’s rich bass music roots.
The opening salvo arrives in the form of the bass-driven ‘Bulla Bulla’, where a rollicking, tom-tom laden groove, sharp hi-hats and driving beats serve as a taut, rhythmic base for a whirlwind of fluttering dub chords, manic rimshots and Jamaican vocal chants that delicately merge with deeply emotive keys and lush pads enriched with the hi-tech soul of Motor City and an air of Bristol melancholy. Maintaining the dancefloor urgency on the B-Side, albeit on a more pensive, heads-down tip is ‘Heavy One’, which unfolds with the throb of hefty 4/4 kicks, bubbling low end and delay-drenched synth stabs that incessantly pierce through layers of skittering percussion and snappy claps, before a cascade of eerie padded chords akin to the 90’s intelligent jungle atmospherics of LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking imprint - takes you on a late-night sonic journey across the dark Metropolis of Berlin via Cologne through to inner city London and Detroit, running deep into the afterhours.
a1. Sandilé - Bulla Bulla
b1. Sandilé - Heavy One
Release Date - 18th January 2019
Hot off the back of a well-received debut 12” - ‘Probabilidades’ EP - published on Phuture Shock Musik some 10 months ago, Damián Botigué aka Karmasound returns to deliver his follow-up release on the Bristol label, by name of ‘Can See Thru You’.
For this second outing, the Barcelona-based producer steps into a collaborative mode and calls up on the smoky vocal talents of upcoming singer-songwriter Jedreck, to present a jazzy, late-night bruk affair with a range of influences that includes Neo soul, Latin jazz, Detroit house and broken beat, all doused in soulful warmth. In addition to the lead track, the release also features two inspired remixes by Bristol’s very own soulful house don Sean McCabe, plus a bonus original track on the B-side to top off the disc.
Opening up the A-Side is the vocal-led broken house jam ‘Can See Thru You’, where featured vocalist Jedreck croons his way over a jazz-infused composition laced with melancholy synthpads, wriggly P-funk synths and skippy, Afro-Latin rhythms that progresses into a low-swung, four-to-the floor bounce sounding straight out of Detroit. Next follows Sean McCabe’s Broken Mind Mix of ‘Can See Thru You’, who reimagines the track into a lively bruk roller geared more towards the dancefloor and injects an infectious feel-good vibe through the supplement of groovy keys and a frenzy of lustrous synths around the vocals, whilst driven by a funky drum pattern and lilting, boogie-indebted bass. Side B of the single is home to the second of Sean McCabe’s remixes of the A-side cut, where he harks back to the 90’s with an epic US garage dub, that trims down Jedreck’s vox and invites new musical elements to the forefront such as uplifting strings, funky synth hooks and a display of dexterous organ solos as the track evolves; altogether anchored by solid TR909 beats and a mighty synthbass groove redolent of Kerri Chandler. Rounding off proceedings is the nocturnal broken grooves of ‘Another Way’ which combines sensuous Rhodes chords and percussive, rolling drums with warm analogue bass and tasty synth licks that evokes the future boogie jazz-funk deeds of genre masters Dego + Kaidi Tatham; coupled with a yearnful vocal refrain sung by Karmasound and sultry backing vocals from frequent collaborator Sara Bee.
a1. Karmasound - Can See Thru You ft. Jedreck
a2. Karmasound - Can See Thru You ft. Jedreck (Sean McCabe Broken Mind Remix)
b1. Karmasound - Can See Thru You ft. Jedreck (Sean McCabe 909 Dub)
b2. Karmasound - Another Way
Released 7th September 2018
Next up for Bristol’s Phuture Shock is the fifth instalment of ‘EXCURSIONS’ – via its vinyl-only, ‘Anything goes’ offshoot, Phuture Shock Excursions. Functioning in a similarly eclectic vein as previous V/A issues, ‘EXCURSIONS #5’ presents four genre-hopping cuts - spanning the outer realms of electro, house, techno and broken beat - courtesy of an international roster made up of both up-and-coming and established talent from across the dance music underground.
On board for this latest venture is South Korean DJ/producer DJ Bowlcut, a rising talent and prominent figure of Seoul’s blossoming underground electronic scene, whose career has swiftly gathered pace over the last year. Having debuted with 2017’s ‘Colmena’ EP on local label Honey Badger Records, he’s since racked up a growing number of compilation singles via fledgling imprints including Nerang and Neo Violence. Another relative newcomer with strong promise arrives in the form of Cologne-based producer and DJ Sandilé, here making her debut outing on vinyl, following a handful of digital releases on various labels within her hometown. While signaling a third appearance on the imprint and needing little introduction is bass music veteran Nubian Mindz, offering up his first new material in almost 18 months. And last but not least is Bristol’s experimental beat-smith and composer William Yates aka Memotone, here operating under his dancefloor-leaning guise Half Nelson - a side project that came about last year with a 12” on London’s Breaker Breaker.
Taking the helm on side A is DJ Bowlcut with ‘Aurora Borealis’, an electro-inspired ode to the natural phenomena of the Nordic skies which lends the track title its name; where glacial synth hooks and spectral voice pads interplay against a backdrop of ethereal soundscapes that swirl around skittering hi-hats and muscular beats with an added lo-fi edge. Sandilé takes the reins on the A2 cut with the curiously titled ‘Not Drum & Bass’, a sprightly deep house roller, built around glimmering, jazzy keys and bright synth stabs, anchored by UKG-imbued four to the floor drums and the kind of deep, pulsating subs that suggests an ironic doff of the cap to the genre that the track title alludes to. On the flip things take a more experimental turn, where first up dwells the futuristic bass oddity ‘Madcap Voxist’ from Nubian Mindz; which straddles the borders of bruk, techno, bashment and UK funky through a roving-b-line, filtered piano stabs and crisp, syncopated snares interposed between bleepy electronics, and an onset of guttural rumblings from what might be an extraterrestrial species lurking beneath the surface. Reprising the sci-fi narrative and closing the disc is the sludgy, mid-tempo stomp of Half Nelson’s ‘Alien Future’, where choppy hi-hats and frail 4/4 kicks chug their way through nebulous textures, before converging with a deluge of squelchy, analogue bass and an oscillating synth pattern intent on causing mass disorientation. In short, the soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic vision where aliens have invaded planet earth as we know it and wiped out all human existence.
a1. DJ Bowlcut – Aurora Borealis
a2. Sandile – Not Drum & Bass
b1. Nubian Mindz – Madcap Voxist
b2. Half Nelson – Alien Future
Release Date: 24th November 2017
Following transmissions from Nubian Mindz and Cyclonix this year, Phuture Shock Musik returns to welcome new signing Damián Botigué aka Karmasound to the fold, who makes his debut outing on wax with the six-track strong ‘Probabilidades’ EP.
Hailing from Buenos Aires, though currently residing in Barcelona, the Argentine musician and producer has plied his trade for a number of years, which has yielded collaborative projects and releases beyond his homeland; including the self-released ‘Magnetic Love’ EP and later compilation appearances on Tokyo Dawn and BBE records as one half of electronic soul act Saturn’s Children - with London soul singer-songwriter Emeson. While further production has surfaced on releases by Spanish hip hop outfit K.A.O.S, collaborative works under the moniker Evan& Damian, not to mention a few low-key efforts of his own.
Here on ‘Probabilidades’ EP, Karmasound widens his highly musical, soulful sound, and delivers an electronic-tinged release, where his South American heritage and Latin musical roots remain at the core, while traversing through broken beat, hip hop, jazz, fusion, funk and Afro-Latin flavours. With six cuts varying in rhythm, tempo and influence, the 12” highlights Botigué’s extremely diverse production style and makes for a perfect introduction to a very fine talent on the rise.
Kicking off side A is the stuttering bossa-bruk rhythms of ‘Compra Pan’ which playfully lopes its way around jazzy keyboard stabs that duet with chirpy synth melodies and supple basslines. The frenetic beats of ‘Flashback’ follows and ups the tempo, while running amok with solid double bass, spacey synths and an infectious Brazilian-infused keyboard groove that brings to mind the classic “samba doido” stylings of Azymuth. Before making way for the future jazz-funk of ‘Summer Rain’, where vocalist and regular collaborator, Sara Bee adds soaring vocal harmonies over syrupy Rhodes chords and a cascade of glowing synths; firmly underpinned by bristling Latin percussion and broken beats. Face down opens up with the beat-driven jaunt ‘Dulce De Leche’, which revolves around a hypnotic keyboard motif, interlocked with rolling synthbass and a tasty clave and cowbell-laden drum track that fluidly morphs between hip hop beats and lilting jazz-fusion grooves. Next up appears the up-tempo cosmic funk of ‘Probabadilidades’, where clunky, shuffling rhythms bordering on jazz jungle, collide with pattering hi-hats and claps, against a backdrop of sophisticated keys and a bulbous bassline that contorts through the arrangement. While rounding off the EP on a laidback tip is ‘Sobremesa Eterna’ - a composition guided by wah guitar licks, balmy Rhodes chords and shimmering organs that cruise elegantly over off kilter rhythms; all of which inhabits a sweet spot between soulful, late-night hip hop jams and the west London sound with a Latin swagger.
a1. Compra Pan
a3. Summer Rain
b1. Dulce De Leche
b3. Sobremesa Eterna
Release Date: 11th August 2017
Fresh off the back of a contribution to the V/A 12” ‘EXCURSIONS’ # 3 via Phuture Shock Excursions, and a release on Talahachi earlier this year, Nottingham producer Cyclonix returns to the fold with his debut EP for Phuture Shock Musik entitled ‘Alien Drug Store’ EP.
As with his previous offerings - that have found a home on the likes of Red Rack’ems Smugglers Inn, Horn Wax, Ruff Draft, plus his co-owned End of Label Boss imprint – Cyclonix continues to explore the deeper and more leftfield spectrum of underground dance music with a futuristic vision. Made up of two original tracks, ‘Alien Drug Store’ EP draws on a host of electronic influences ranging from deep house to Detroit beatdown; alongside subtle hints of acid house and dub techno, whilst both retain the producers trademark sci-fi aesthetic. The release is completed with a sterling remix of ‘You’d Better Not’ from a pioneering legend of the UK underground - 4Hero’s Marc Mac, under his Nu Era guise.
Heading up the A side is ‘You’d Better Not’, a slow-grooving techno cut bolstered by punchy kicks and a rubbery bassline, where foreboding sci-fi vox samples are interspersed with dubbed out chords and crunchy offbeat snares, as the arrangement shifts from one mood to another. The sub-aquatic vibes of ‘Two Face’ follows, which is set to a hypnotic two chord pattern, 4/4 kicks and a lashing of moody synths that gradually entices you into deeper realms through the aid of rippling hi-hats and rhythmic percussion with a submersed quality. On the flip is Marc Mac’s Nu Era take on the 12”s lead cut ‘You’d Better Not’, who transforms the menacing original into a blast of uplifting broken techno, where the soulful musicality of sustained strings and piano chords complement snippets of the original’s vocal sample that drifts atop adept drum programming, bouncy synth bass and a flurry of glistening synth melodies.
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a1. You'd Better Not
a2. Two Face
b1. You'd Better Not (Marc Mac - Nu Era Remix)
Released 24th February 2017
For their first release of 2017, Phuture Shock Excursions venture further afield with an accomplished remix package; featuring two reworks of Nubian Mindz’(Colin Lindo) soulful house gem ‘Somebody Else’ – which appeared in its original form on last years ‘EXCURSIONS’ # 3 split EP.
On this bold occasion the Bristol imprint have enlisted the masterful talents of Cavern of Anti-Matter - the latest side project led by Stereolab co-founder Tim Gane. Having so far remixed songs by mainly indie-rock artists, the Berlin-based outfit turn their hand to the disparate realms of underground dance music for the first time. Also lending their seasoned expertise and going against the grain is Sean O’Hagan – the frontman of experimental indie-pop stalwarts The High Llamas.
Residing on the A-side is Cavern of Anti-Matter’s epic reconstruction, which eschews the synth- heavy kosmische explorations they’re widely known for, in favour for a more dance floor-leaning direction that takes Lindo’s vocals on a funky, kaleidoscopic trip across the galaxy via 80s Detroit. Laced with crisp drum machine beats, groovy analogue synth lines aplenty and lush shimmering chords reminiscent of Gane’s former groop; it sits somewhere between the raw electro-funk of Cybotron and quite possibly what The Neptunes would sound like if they made techno. While on the flipside Sean O’Hagan serves up a dreamy dub, where select fragments of the original vocals float across soothing passages of live instrumentation. Before the arrangement seamlessly flits between moments of jazzy electric piano grooves and swirling organs, through to melodic baroque pop interludes in 3/4 time - that probably wouldn’t sound out of place in the scene of a Pixar animated movie. Shy of just three minutes in length, it’s delightfully short and sweet, yet leaves you wanting more upon every listen.
a. Somebody Else (Cavern Of Anti-Matter Remix)
b. Somebody Else (Sean O'Hagan Remix)
Released 25th November 2016
Phuture Shock Excursions round up four artists for the next ‘EXCURSIONS’ release, which like the maiden 12” is another four-track compilation of genre-bending sounds. Representing this instalment is the ever-prolific bass music trailblazer Colin Lindo, better known as Nubian Mindz, Phuture Shock Musik mainstay Roof Light - who returns following his initial contribution to PSMEX001 two years ago, Graz’s Simon/off aka Sun People under his latest alias Mighty Buha, and emergent Nottingham- based producer Cyclonix - who in the last few years has amassed releases on various labels including his co-owned End of Level Boss, Horn Wax, and Red Rack’ems Smugglers Inn.
All versatile producers in their own right, each contributor is given free rein to showcase an alternative side of their production repertoire across the EP’s four distinct tracks; where some of the styles on offer are seldom heard in their more familiar work within the electronic dance music landscape.
Nubian Mindz leads the tracklist with ‘Somebody Else’, a deep gliding house cut that sees the veteran producer also take on vocal duties via his C.L moniker, and marks a full on deviation from the rugged, bass-heavy fare that he is renowned for. Next up, Roof Light ploughs a similar deep house furrow, but takes a more leftfield turn through a morass of hazy pads, stuttering vocal samples, and crunchy percussion over a crushed 4/4 groove with ‘Hubble’. Flip over the plate and you’ll find the sample trickery of ‘Sunset’ by Mighty Buha; who delivers an irresistibly funky disco edit that’s guaranteed to ignite the dancefloor of any party. While Cyclonix wraps things up on a slower tip with ‘On My Mind’, which harks back to the classic sound of ‘90s downtempo - all bestrewn with mellow keys and soulful vocal snippets, complete with a broken beat rhythm that’s reduced to a languorous tempo. Definitely one to wind down to on a lazy Sunday morning, following the post-raving blur of the weekend.
a1. Nubian Mindz - Somebody Else
a2. Roof Light - Hubble
b1. Mighty Buha - Sunset
b2. Cyclonix - On My Mind
Following last year’s inception of Phuture Shock Excursions, the new vinyl-only imprint returns with a stellar remix package of Bristolian producer OPR8’s ‘Call To Riddle’ featuring Autumn Music, which appeared in its original form on the inaugural EXCURSIONS 12”.
For this release the Bristol label look to both sides of the pacific for their remix commissions, which come courtesy of Californian husband-and-wife duo - Peaking Lights, renowned for their signature fusion of cosmic dub and synth-laden dreampop via critically acclaimed LP’s on the likes of LA’s Not Not Fun and Domino sub-label Weird World. Secondly on board is Tokyo-based Sapphire Slows - an artist borne out of the burgeoning ‘bedroom producer’ electronic scene of her home city a few years ago, who has since built a more global profile having also released music on Not Not Fun and 100% Silk.
Gracing the A-side is Peaking Lights rendition, who elevate the track to Balearic realms, crafting a proto-house inspired re-rub driven by a slow-burning groove formed around a sprinkling of quirky Italo disco-esque synth hooks, dubby bass and remnants of the original vocal, tastefully underpinned by a bed of jaunty percussion, thus creating a hypnotic, tribal motion aimed at the insomniacs of the after-hours dancefloors. While on the flip Sapphire Slows maintains the melancholy essence of OPR8’s original, yet puts an even darker spin on it, adding a sinister synth bass riff interlocked with a skeletal 4/4 drum rhythm, and trading in much of Autumn Music’s original vocals for her own ghostly coos that drift in and out of a haze of reverb and haunting piano notes, akin to being trapped in a liminal space between a recurring nightmare and borderline insanity.
a. OPR8 - Call To Riddle (Peaking Lights Remix)
b. OPR8 - Call To Riddle (Sapphire Slows Remix)
Detroit native Malcolm MacLachlan has been gaining momentum in the world of electronic music under his Appian moniker. He's set to launch his latest LP Aprileft.
In what he describes as "uptempo space-funk," Appian delivers a sound that has been influenced by everything from deep house and techno, to disco, boogie and electro — not to mention the "patented hi-tech soul" of his hometown.
His 2012 debut EP Endomusia was an exploration of abstract sound, and while the new record continues to carve out new musical landscapes, it's a more cohesive effort — which, according to a press release, "explores a higher echelon of the artist's cosmic-tinged sound."
There's definitely an out-of-this-world motif running through Aprileft, on pieces like "Hyperspace Dreams," "Space Beat" and "Satellite," while the sense of sonic adventure is present on tracks like "Digital Fantasy" and "Transient Explorer."
The themes and influences meld together seamlessly on Aprileft, resulting in a polished, engaging and interesting final product.
1. Appian - Aprileft
2. Appian - For Warm Weather
3. Appian - Worries Pt. 1
4. Appian - U & Me
5. Appian - Leavin'
6. Appian - Fixed Expression
7. Appian - Hyperspace Dreams
8. Appian - Space Beat
9. Appian - Digital Fantasy
10. Appian - Satellite
11. Appian - Elegie
12. Appian - Tuxedo
13. Appian - Transient Explorer
14. Appian - Love2