Release Date: 26th November 2021
YOUR GOOD TIMES ARE HERE! This record is a celebration of things starting to approach a sense of normality in the world (for the most part anyway). It's celebrating being able to do your favourite things again, it's celebrating being able to dance in your favourite clubs again and it's celebrating being able to see your favourite friends & family again.
The ever-popular Laurence Guy chalks up his fourth vinyl release on Bristol's Shall Not Fade, sharing four tracks which span the breadth of his production skill. After a year which started with the stunning Mutual Excitement is a Wonderful Thing, and saw Guy remix rising artists like Dermot Kennedy & Sofia Kourtesis, it is a delight to see him return to the label which has become something of a home for him.
Your Good Times Are Here EP's title track is a reprise to the sun-soaked filter house of 2020's "Your Good Times Will Come", leaning on the club sound palette harder than its forebear and making subtle explorations into acid grooves. "I Know You Feel Sad" strikes a contrast, its slowly stuttering rhythm and vocals stuck on repeat giving a sombre sense of reflection - the party vibes quickly returning for "Yeh Good, You?" a pacey 303 number which pauses just enough for a distorted, breathless breakdown. Making reference to the outing on Shall Not Fade from early 2021, "Mutual Disappointment is a Terrible Thing" closes the record on lingering piano melodies and eerie vocals - a delicate reflection upon its sister track.
A1 Laurence Guy - Your Good Times Are Here
A2 Laurence Guy - I Know You Feel Sad
B1 Laurence Guy - Yeh Good, You?
B2 Laurence Guy - Mutual Disappointment is a Terrible Thing
Release Date: 19th November 2021
Marcel Vogel has cultivated a reputation for smooth, consistent and infectious Detroit-influenced dance music with attitude. The Amsterdam-based polymath blends live instrumentation and samples into groove-heavy beats, releasing across many popular labels while also running two of his own and touring across continents.
Having teamed up last year with Dutch producer and key-player Tim Jules for the raw single "Take Me Back", the two return with a fresh pressing on Shall Not Fade showing off their authentic soulful sound. Each track features a different vocalist, each bringing their own skill to the fore; in the title track, Alessandre's honey-sweet and porcelain-smooth vocal caress the playful keys for an instant earworm. "This is When I Leave" strips the sound right down until only the drum, like a heartbeat, and Khadija's wistful vocals remain, making for an intimate experience.
The B-side focuses on high-intensity instrumentals put together by Vogel and Jules: a breathless funk and rhythm workout begins in "Why Don't You Leave Me" with Hector Wijnbergen's infectious, powerful words taking centre stage. This headsy beat continues in "Like a Fish In The Water", LYMA's crooning subtly making an entrance and complemented by delicate guitar lines, building to a crescendo.
A1 Marcel Vogel & Tim Jules feat. Alexandre Arslan - If You Don't Love
A2 Marcel Vogel & Tim Jules feat. Khadija - This Is When I Leave
B1 Marcel Vogel & Tim Jules feat. Hector Wijnbergen - Why Don't You Leave Me
B2 Marcel Vogel & Tim Jules feat. LYMA - Like A Fish In The Water
B3 Marcel Vogel & Tim Jules - Why Don't You Leave Me? (Instrumental)
Release Date: 3rd December 2021
Rising star of summertime dance music, Barry Can't Swim, is the perfect fit for Shall Not Fade's Classic Cuts series. His delicate and classy take on house is a breath of fresh air and ideal for the new, hot weather, teasing the reopening of clubs and return to freedom that this summer hopes to bring.
His debut release on Shall Not Fade, Amor Fati EP is a perfectly curated four tracker of jazz with a modern twist, as shown on the opening track and first single "Lone Raver" and its bittersweet chords that blend with melancholy vocals and open out into a euphoric dancy beat. The anthemic trance overtones carry through to "Rah That's a Mad Question", which takes classic piano house vibes and more summertime heat with its Balaeric energy.
"Jazz Club After Hours" is a triumphant, high sheen lounge roller with intricate jazz instrumentation and playful percussion to boot. EP closer, "El Layali" shows the breadth of influence on this record, as it all coalesces into a catchy house number best suited to Mediterranean dances in the sun.
A1 Barry Can't Swim - Lone Raver
A2 Barry Can't Swim - Rah That’s a Mad Question
B1 Barry Can't Swim - Jazz Club After Hours
B2 Barry Can't Swim - El Layali
Release Date: 29th October 2021
Shall Not Fade welcomes Melbourne based DJ and producer Loure to the family for Memories In Strobes EP, four tracks of elated and explorative house. The Australian has cultivated an enigmatic presence with his jazzy, deep-house style, although the listener will hear hints of influence from electro to breakbeat on the new EP.
The opening track, "Grip", shows off the best of Loure's skills. Glorious sweeping pads and faded breaks make for a blissed out vibe in this intricately produced hands-in-the-air favourite. It melts into "Two Dimes Deep", which continues the spaced-out deep house energy but with more bite, teasing bits of electro in its firm bassline.
"Inner-Side" is pushed forward by driving house rhythms, covered by French-style filtered vocals to create a euphoric club track. Closing it out is "Breath of Light", constructed from a shuffling and constantly moving beat and euphoric pads which swoop down from above, with a growling acidic edge battling against them for centre stage.
A1 Loure - Grip
A2 Loure - Two Dimes Deep
B1 Loure - Inner-side
B2 Loure - Breath of Light
Release Date: 19th November 2021
Returning to continue Shall Not Fade's Season Series with a second LP, Joe Newham serves up harmonious and glimmering jazz infusions under his Gavinco moniker. The Brighton-based producer saw success with his Dumont LP earlier this year, and fans will recognise his smooth composition immediately on Beriza.
"West Horizon" begins the record, an expansive slow burner with haunting vocals, leaving room for a club beat that sets the tone going forward. Field recordings feature prominently on the title track, a laid back style which evokes tropical heat and lazy evenings, easing you into "Savoy's" dance floor grooves complemented by syncopated hand percussion. Hints of sax and strings provide the ear candy on
"Momento", a gentle poolside jazz exploration. "Like This" is punchier, tight funk riffs contrasting discordant piano bits which swirl to an uptempo rhythm. "Creative Times" centres its flute melodies while the rumble of sub bass slowly swells into a perfect pairing of dance music and jazz. The closing track continues this energy.
Hypnotic sax solos and sparkling piano arps take the record to a hazey, housey end.
A1 Gavinco - West Horizon
A2 Gavinco - Title Beriza
A3 Gavinco - Savoy
A4 Gavinco - Sunrise
B1 Gavinco - Momento
B2 Gavinco - Like This
B3 Gavinco - Creative Times
B4 Gavinco - Flicker
Release Date: 8th October 2021
Byron the Aquarius (aka Byron Blaylock), an accomplished keys player as much as he is a producer, has a deep love for the organic side of music. This shines through in his creations, back to his debut EP in 2007. More recently, Blaylock's skillful jazz beats have found a home on the one and only Jeff Mills' Axis Records. From his birthplace in Birmingham Alabama, Blaylock has grown into an international figure of acclaim for his explorative compositions.
Already having two successful EPs with Shall Not Fade under his belt - most recently marking the labels' 50th release with What Up Doe? Vol.2 - Byron the Aquarius returns for a gorgeous double LP. Expect the smoothness of deep house, melodic instrumental hip hop production of the J Dilla creed along with tight jazz pieces.
The New Beginning LP showcases range and expertise from the off, exploding with pulsing discordant jazz in "Amaya's Voyage". Psychedelic g-funk is the MO of "Smoke One For Huckaby", before a B-side milieu of jazz and hip hop reminiscent of Guru's Jazzmatazz. The album settles into a deep groove across its C-side, the highlight of which is the percussive workout of "Underground Was Black", complemented delicately with dazed pads and buoyant but smokey lounge jazz sounds in "Cosmic Jazz". Off kilter hip hop shines through in "Last Time We Gonna Do This" and its eclectic sound palette, then we are blindsided by the heavy electro distortion of "The End Of The World". The record closes with a collaboration of the genres explored throughout, pieced together into the pumping "Lost People of Tron". The album feels like a lap of honour around all the influences in Byron The Aquarius' sound - it's yet another artistic triumph.
A1 Byron the Aquarius - Amaya's Voyage
A2 Byron the Aquarius - Smoke One For Huckaby
B1 Byron the Aquarius - Dilla 4 Life
B2 Byron the Aquarius - Distant Lands
B3 Byron the Aquarius - Universal Insanity
C1 Byron the Aquarius - Underground Was Black
C2 Byron the Aquarius - Cosmic Dub
D1 Byron the Aquarius - Last Time We Gonna Do This
D2 Byron the Aquarius - The End of The World
D3 Byron the Aquarius - Last People of Tron
Release Date: 15th October 2021
Swoose makes his return to Shall Not Fade, joining the new Classic Cuts series, a year after his extremely popular Introspective EP. The Irish producer is known for his explosive nineties influenced style of house; think blissed out vocals over a headsy nightclub ready beat.
Bloom EP starts off with a bang, the title track a percussive trance of arpeggiating synths and a touch of nineties nostalgia with a classic sample. "Algo" is equally hypnotic; floaty melodies that glide across the deep bass edge of this sundowner party track.
"Polypore" hits hard with a purposeful kick drum, driving home the sidewinding acid inflections and making for a glitchy tool for dark club nights. The closing track changes things up; "Allure" takes natural piano loops and organic breaks to create a haunting piece of music which is a peaceful end to the EP, demonstrating Swoose's range and ability to move away from his comfort zone in production.
A1 Swoose - Bloom
A2 Swoose - Algo
B1 Swoose - Polypore
B2 Swoose - Allure
Release Date: 3rd September 2021
Following their debut on the imprint in 2020, Kassian step up for a second outing on Shall Not Fade, this time via the Basement series. Their return to the label takes a deeper, heavier direction than their previous releases, more suited to a warehouse over an intimate club setting.
As Kassian have continuously pushed their sound forwards, they've gained recent accolades such as contributing to BICEP's Feel My Bicep mix series, playing Mixmag's LAB London live and notable coverage from DJ Mag and more in the last year alone.
Their latest EP 'Breathe' is perfectly placed for the long awaited return to nightlife. The A1 delivers what a true A1 should, a peak time driving track with undeniable energy. "Aerial" pulls back the pace slightly, it's a deep and rolling effort with a classic trance influence. Rounding off the EP is "London Orbital", clearly inspired by the sounds of London that the duo are so familiar with, the track switches up the pace and presents a breaks focussed sound.
A1 Kassian - Breathe
A2 Kassian - Aerial
B1 Kassian - London Orbital
Release Date: 17th September 2021
Established and loved member of the Shall Not Fade Family, Felipe Gordon turns up the jazz influence on a fresh new EP for the label. The producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Colombia is known for his complex compositions and infectious beats, and Keepin' It Jazz does not disappoint.
The record kicks off with "Analog Only" - a highly textural beat forms the core of this bass-heavy groover that cruises along at a laid back pace, drawing the listener further in. Similarly gentle but hypnotic, "Continuous Develop" has the heady ambience of the chillout room, but Gordon brings in his intricate dreamy instrumentation and acid hints to great effect.
The second half centres a tasty bass solo that will get all heads nodding along. The title track is the chunkiest of house rhythms paired with delicate jazzy piano, a gliding summer party anthem. "Looking Your Reflection In The Water" is artful, perfectly emotive and gently rising like a tide from poolside piano into a hip-moving danceable pulse. The record closes out to "What You Say?"; funky house with attitude, a rude bassline and heavy swagger.
A1 Felipe Gordon - Analog Only
A2 Felipe Gordon - Continuous Develop
B1 Felipe Gordon - Keepin' It Jazz
B2 Felipe Gordon - Looking Your Reflection In The Water
B3 Felipe Gordon - What You Say?
Release Date: 27th August 2021
German DJ and producer Marc Brauner returns to the Killer Cuts series which he kicked off for Shall Not Fade back in February, sharing five tracks of hard pumping house to lose yourself in.
Patience EP starts as it means to go on with "Your Heart"; a hot cut of anthemic earworm organ house that doesn't hold back on the summertime rave nostalgia. Brauner explores 2-step on searing A2 "Optimist" which is riddled with deep house energy and a syncopated bassline that'll put a swing in your step.
"Be Patient" channels how we have all been feeling this past year waiting for the return of the dance; it carries Strictly Rhythm influence and a prescient vocal motif. The record closes but doesn't fade away, ending with "Faster", where momentous uplifting synth stable tumble forwards to great effect. The digital bonus track is "In Love", another playful, hypnotic bassline complimenting the consistent feel good vibes.
A1 Marc Brauner - Your Heart
A2 Marc Brauner - Optimist
B1 Marc Brauner - Be Patient
B2 Marc Brauner - Faster
Release Date: 30th July 2021
While there is a wealth of young, fresh talent on the house music scene right now, few have cultivated such a polished sound as Mark Laird. Hailing from Ireland but already enjoying success on the international scene, Laird joins Shall Not Fade's Killer Cuts series for the diverse and invigorating Random EP.
First on the 5-tracker is "Bet", and it's an immediate onslaught of breaks and heavy kicks, a chunky melody that follows choppy vocals to create a cheeky bit of dancefloor action. "I Just Wanna" takes on a noughties fidget house style, cascading vocal samples that are somehow hypnotic.
On the B-side, Laird shows the breadth of his production abilities, moving away from the hard-hitting club beats for a moment on "4 Cruisin'" and instead crafting a pulsing, spaced out house track that feels like sunshine dazzling on some far-off beach. This blissful energy grows in the next track, "Woosh" - a euphoric warehouse rave-tinged number that showcases the best of classic piano house. Closing off the EP is the edgy, energetic "Ghetto Booty", with flavours of early American house sounds and a groove that is impossible not to move to.
A1 Mark Laird - Bet
A2 Mark Laird - I Just Wanna
B1 Mark Laird - 4 Cruisin
B2 Mark Laird - Woosh
B3 Mark Laird - Ghetto Booty
Release Date: 20th August 2021
Needing no introduction, NYC-based Baltra rose with the lo-fi house scene and has become one of the most innovative producers to come out of it, constantly pushing for a fresh sound with use of organic vocals and cross-genre experimentation. Returning for a full record on Shall Not Fade for the first time since the hazy sounds of Rendezvous EP in 2019, Baltra's Dreaming Of A Disco EP focuses on impeccable instrumentals and infectious melodies.
The title track carries subtle manipulated vocalisations at the core of the melody which has a touch of romance and, later, just a hint of disco strings adding an 80s shimmer that explodes to the forefront in jangling guitar riffs. By the second number, "Imaginary Laughter", you know this record is party-ready - it is a slow build up of ecstasy, sugary sweet.
Languid keys create a woozy atmosphere in "Private Paradise", a track which is a glittering and understated anthem. EP closer "Sunset Jam" holds more disco influence, channeling Donna Summer into a modern style with tight vocal percussion and 303 stabs for a genre-melting climax.
A1 Baltra - Dreaming Of A Disco
A2 Baltra - Imaginary Laughter
B1 Baltra - Private Paradise
B2 Baltra - Sunset Jam
Repress Due: 10th December 2021
Cinthie Christl is a powerhouse of a DJ, producer, label manager, record store owner and all-round house music aficionado. Shall Not Fade is excited to announce Cinthie is joining the family to mark the 60th release on the label. Free Fall EP shows off the German polymath's expansive musical knowledge, developed through decades of spinning vinyl.
The 4-tracker kicks off with "Offenbach Anthem" bounces along with a varied post-disco inspired beat and oh-so-deep bassline that strikes against the aerated chords of the melody. Dramatic strings add to the disco flavour, the fluid and glittery opener cruises into the tight, 4-to-the-floor business and stuttering stabs of "13 Steps To Heaven".
Rave energy takes over on "Oh No No No"; organ takes centre stage blending with crooning diva vocalisations - releasing the tension of the last track into an overflow of euphoria. "What You Mean To Me" closes the EP with a slice of the super-smooth classic house that Cinthie is known for; infectious grooves and perfect lulls forming a triumphant end to the record.
A1 Cinthie - Offenbach Anthem
A2 Cinthie - 13 Steps To Heaven
B1 Cinthie - Oh No No No
B2 Cinthie - What You Mean To Me
Release Date: 30th July 2021
Swedish producer and one to watch, Fidde, joins Shall Not Fade for his debut Real Love EP. The up-and-comer has gained attention with infectious self-released singles, blending house rhythms with more complex, natural instrumentation to great effect on this vinyl only release.
Subtle echoes of birdsong swirl around a glittering house beat in "Real Love", emotive sax and keys giving a jubilant feel to the record opener that captures the feeling of the early days of romance perfectly. "Limmie" uses hand drums and dreamy guitar loops to evoke hot summer holidays; the echoes of vocals and tinges of electro intonations bring the club energy. A jazzy edge to the EP builds from "Cry", where gentle piano is drawn into focus before the pulse of the dance hits, and melting across to the B-side with "Funky Mr. Cameron" - one long groovy, explorative jazz riff with playful guitar snippets.
Dynamic percussion undulates throughout "Me Without You"; a soulful, hazey song full of romance and complete with sax solo - one for star-crossed lovers on the dancefloor. "Reminisce" serves up high energy to close out the EP, building from the swirling melody into chopped up vocals that become an unstoppable earworm - ending with another delicate touch of that 303 bassline.
A1 Fidde - Real Love
A2 Fidde - Limmie
A3 Fidde - Cry
B1 Fidde - Funky Mr. Cameron
B2 Fidde - Me Without You
B3 Fidde - Reminisce
Release Date: 2nd July 2021
Adelphi Music Factory are a collective hailing from Sheffield, here in their own words to "increase the peace". Their uplifting and addictive house, flooded with nods to the British rave sound, brings people together to dance. The collective has seen a meteoric rise in fame, gaining plaudits from global DJs and their releases repeatedly tipped by Annie Mac as the hottest records in the world.
Their debut on Shall Not Fade in August sold out, with the repress flying out. Now they're back for more; Electric Arc Furnace EP is a ferocious record, cementing Adelphi Music Factory as a northern powerhouse. Like their other releases, Electric Arc Furnace is all about fuelling the dance. "Jive Turkey" kicks off the EP with truly monstrous percussion, pausing only for a euphoric sax solo reprieve, making it perfect summer day party gear.
"Rejoice With Me (I Need You)" is a gospel heater; bouncing beat and strings underpinning textbook praise break vocal tackle, epitomising what Adelphi Music Factory are about - hands-in-the-air house music. Closing out the EP, "Sample Seduction" is awash with second summer of love hardcore vibes simmering over a thumping four four groove. Classic vocal sampledge brings the record to a crescendo, evoking memories of the sweatiest rave you've ever been to.
A1 Adelphi Music Factory - Jive Turkey
B1 Adelphi Music Factory - Rejoice With Me (I Need You)
B2 Adelphi Music Factory - Sample Seduction
Available: 11th June 2021
Laurence Guy returns to Shall Not Fade with the feel good ‘Your Good Times Will Come’ EP.
Laurence follows up the 2020 ‘The Sun Is Warm And Directly Above You’ EP with another cut of pure happiness and good vibes. This four tracker delivers the exact message that’s portrayed in the title, positivity, faith and the ability to change a persons mood. Laurence's use of graceful chopping and cutting, blended with some of his more down tempo style productions creates a real treat of a record.
a1. Laurence Guy - Your Good Times Will Come
a2. Laurence Guy - Experience Health
b1. Laurence Guy - The Spirit
b2. Laurence Guy - Dreamer
Repress Due: 4th June 2021
Laurence Guy makes his Shall Not Fade debut with the luscious "The Sun Is Warm And Directly Above You" EP.
"The Sun Is Warm And Directly Above You" marks Laurence Guy's inaugural release on UK label Shall Not Fade, Laurence takes the listener on a journey of beautiful piano riffs, luscious vocal hooks and laid back, hazy drum sequences.
In Laurence's own words:
"This record is a love letter to sampling, there's something cosmic about being able to express your own feelings through the feelings of others from different eras and points in time. For me, nothing beats the combination of samples and synthesisers and I feel encapsulates this more than any other music I've made".
A1 Laurence Guy - Untitled Needs
A2 Laurence Guy - The Sun Is Warm And Directly Above You
B1 Laurence Guy - This Isn't My Best Light
Release Date: 25th June 2021
Hitting us with a double LP of sublime dance music lingering on the border of ambience, Interstate is the alter ego of DJ Swagger. Earlier this year, he graced Shall Not Fade's Time Is Now sub label in collaboration with DJ Aedidias for four feelgood UKG cuts - now returning for the second album in the Seasons Series, expect something a little different. Dominion Swing is his first LP under the Interstate moniker.
The four sides of vinyl hold their fair share of punchy kick drums and funky melodies, though across them is a blissed out ambient softness that comes to the forefront by the end. "Doublet Doureet" is a low end groover driven by skippy percs, the speedy bass melody chilled out with some lingering natural chords. "Second Mass" is futuristic and clean cut, tickling the ear with panning synth stabs and a powerful electro bassline that cuts through the track sharply, giving memories of the dancefloor while perfectly leading into "Habitat" - the sustained ambient shimmer that closes the A side.
Onto the reverse side, "This Rather Than That" and "Misty" are glitchy, playful evening music, "Misty" leaning into a fun organ ditty. The almost imperceptible bassline of "Two To Get Ready" hangs in the air giving it a dub atmosphere.
More genre exploration is to be found on the C side, from the pulsing but delicate house of "Appliance" to the tranquil guitar-lead journey of "Condone The Drama", ending with a return to blissful, oceanic ambience in "Bubblebath".
The closing side of Dominion Swing stays in this vein - blissed out haze is soaked into summer sundowner "Ascension" and its romantic melodies. "Stigma" is built on misty ambient pads but carries a persistent heartbeat rhythm, fading slowly into album closer "Yosemites" tropical field recordings and scattered drum hits.
A1 Interstate - Doublet Doureet
A2 Interstate - Second Mass
A3 Interstate - Habitat
B1 Interstate - This Rather Than That
B2 Interstate - Two To Get Ready
B3 Interstate - Misty
C1 Interstate - Appliance
C2 Interstate - Condone The Drama
C3 Interstate - Bubblebath
D1 Interstate - Ascension
D2 Interstate - Stigma
D3 Interstate - Yosemite
Repress Due: Q3 2021
- black vinyl repress / comes in orginal full colour gatefold -
Hot on the heels of two EP releases on Bristol label Shall Not Fade, Felipe Gordon is preparing for the release of his debut album on the important UK imprint. With human contact at an absolute minimum, it's refreshing to hear an electronic music record that ventures away from the machine in favour of the organic. Gordon's ability to blend complex jazz instrumentation with acid-licked basslines, golden-age house aesthetics and the cultural sounds of South America is unrivalled; creating distinctive, beautiful and exciting house records from his home in the Colombian capital of Bogota.
"A Landscape Onomatopeya" was crafted through the concept of a painting; exploring shades, changes of tone, use of light. "I found myself making tons of music and wondering how to start an album process", he says, "something with more concept; a long journey between all the different musical influences in my head. I wanted to try to accomplish something with soul, deepness and an inherent melancholia to it. More organic, more human."
The record - which includes the Spanish word Onomatopeya as a Colombian statement and ode to the Latin American house scene - kicks off with the early evening funk of "How Do You Spell That", the distinct sugar cane sweetness of Guaro hanging in the late sunlight. "Wes" ventures into hip hop territory; dusty boom baps, 90's scratching and live guitar provoking a vibe that lies somewhere between Dilla and fellow Colombian AvenRec before the A-side reaches its climax with a cut of Gil Scott-Heron-esque funk on "She Will Come".
The B-side raises its curtain and with it comes two cuts of sublime house, each more colourful than the last. "The Colombian Excursions of House Music" does exactly what is says on the tin; fusing South American drum patterns with the creative innovation of live jazz to create a dimly lit, Latin American energy. "Momma, It's A Long Journey" maintains a more progressive vibe as it meanders through subtle acid stabs, radiant atmospherics and an oxymoronic blend of mournful, hopeful vocals.
Tape throbs and breakbeats make up the C-side as we delve deeper into Gordon's sound palette: think The Cyclist and Kaytranada, but with an Ibero-American vibe. "Howl" meanders slowly through the smoke-filled booths of a jazz cafe whilst the sounds of Detroit and Chicago shatter and break ("Away", "Das Nuyorican Vibes") over the crowd below on, before "Brazil" invites you outside for a post-dance cigarette with itsdowntempo boom-bap and mellow energy.
The record comes to its end with three D-side cuts that perfectly encapsulate its artistic vision. "Like the album itself, the artwork process was all about texture and analog treatment", he says. "We used old pentax cameras with black and white ilford rolls to achieve an intimate feeling. I found that my mind was drawn to a landscape with a house deep inside the Bogota mountains; where I hang all the time with my girlfriend and friends. It's a quiet, emotional place. Far from the city."
Wiggling basslines, vibrant shimmers and bold jazz instrumentals bring a fitting end to a truly beautiful record, and further cements Shall Not Fade's reputation as a label with its finger on the pulse of exciting dance music.
A1 Felipe Gordon - How Do U Spell That Spell
A2 Felipe Gordon - Wes
B1 Felipe Gordon feat. Toro Moratto - The Colombian Excursions Of House Music
B2 Felipe Gordon - Momma, It's A Long Journey
C1 Felipe Gordon - Howl!
C2 Felipe Gordon - Away
C3 Felipe Gordon - Das Nuyorican Vibes
C4 Felipe Gordon - Brazil
D1 Felipe Gordon - A Landscape Onomatopeya
D2 Felipe Gordon - Walking Into The Unknown
D3 Felipe Gordon - Wake Up
Release Date: 11th June 2021
One of Belfast's finest exports, EJECA is no stranger to Shall Not Fade. Initially appearing on the label last year with the infectious hardcore-tinged Polar Nation EP. This time round EJECA demonstrates his knowledge of the harder edge of UK dance music with the weighty Sunburst EP, backed with a killer remix from Cinthie.
The pulsing kick of "Stoke It" is tempting, like the low end frequencies felt echoing out of some dark Berlin club; paired with dramatic analogue synth effects and old-school energy, it pushes straight into high stakes rave callback "Faith". Then closing the A-side is the glimmering electro-disco-beat of "The Basics". Think early Warp Records meets modern space-age drama.
The title track can be found opening up the B-side; unrelenting blissful arps allow space for a slow build-up so that the eventual kick-drum catches you off guard. It swirls towards a cliffhanger drop, forming a beautiful centrepiece to the record. "Looksee" is the slightly more relaxed B2, muted low-end bassline and protracted pads giving a well-deserved breather from previous intensity. Ejeca has enlisted the much-revered Berlin DJ and producer Cinthie on remix duties for the expansive title track; her bouncing house edit reimagines the tense, entrancing production of the original into a seductive groove that closes the driving, dark EP with a bit of sunshine.
a1 EJECA - Stoke it
a2 EJECA - Faith
a3 EJECA - The Basics
b1 EJECA - Free From
b2 EJECA - Looksee
b3 EJECA - Free From (Cinthie remix)
Release Date: 11th June 2021
Brooklyn-based duo Julian Duron and Michael Sherburn are Earth Boys, connoisseurs of heady house music that warms you with soft summer heat. Returning to Shall Not Fade after the success of their sellout LP Earth Tones last year, Automatic EP continues the Bristol label's new Classic Cuts series. It beautifully blends jazz instrumentation with deep house energy, creating sophisticated and unique dance music.
The title track is absolutely not to be missed - it's something a little different from the duo, centralising completely infectious vocals that are guaranteed to circulate your head for hours, a clean cut hit. Jazz sax meanders over the laidback house beat and into the next track "Okokok," which nods to Middle Eastern disco, this time the sax solos pair with a throbbing acid bassline. This acidic edge is brought to the forefront in the hard hitting business of "Revolution 420", a rave ready number infused with laser cut synths and dreamy pads.
Floating flute samples bring in the B side, the hazey natural breaks but disco influenced bassline making "Hush" both muted and danceable. Earth Boys bring master house producer JT Donaldson on board for the closing track, a sound soaked with funk n soul influence in its chunky slap bass and crooning female vocals. "Love Got You" winds the EP to a close with style - both cool and romantic, understated and glittering with character.
a1 Earth Boys - Automatic
a2 Earth Boys - Okokok
a3 Earth Boys - Revolution 420
b1 Earth Boys - Hush
b2 Earth Boys - Love Got You
Release Date: 21st May 2021
After the hugely successful Never Complain EP on Lost Palms, it's no surprise to see purveyor of French groove DJ Psychiatre back for another disc on Shall Not Fade, adding his name to the Seasons Series collection. Expect exquisitely produced house for both day and night, with a splash of rave-influenced heat.
Different Philosophies EP hits like classic house music but breaks rigid conceptions of genre. The title track is a punchy percussive number texturised with hand drum samples that pair imperceptibly with a deep electro melody. "Just Here To Get Ya" opens out with swirling pads but hits hard with a sidewinding bassline in another icy space age cut. Closing out the A-Side, the jazzier "Fantasies" serves up grooving melody and popping ear candy to tease the ear, holding you in a hypnotic haze.
Onto the B-side and a beat you can feel in your chest lets you know "Summer Hit Ready" means business. The tense stabs and half-hidden vocals before the drop give high drama, making way for classic house piano. If the record started with day party energy, this one is straight from the darkness of the rave. More chilled out B2 "Drifting" creeps up subtly to a pulsing 303 roller that builds momentum for the record closer; all raw breakbeats and atmospheric vocal clips, "Time To Go Home" opens into a thoughtful, bass-driven centrepiece that calmly winds down the EP.
a1. DJ Psychiatre -Different Philosophies
a2. DJ Psychiatre - Just Here To Get Ya
a3. DJ Psychiatre - Fantasies
b1. DJ Psychiatre - Summer Hit Ready
b2. DJ Psychiatre - Drifting
b3. DJ Psychiatre - Time To Go Home
Release Date: 4th June 2021
At only 19 years old, French producer THEOS says that last year he decided to dedicate his life to music. Now he has scored his first vinyl EP, continuing Shall Not Fade's new Killer Cuts series that focuses on no-filler dancefloor oriented house music. There's more than a touch of French to the funky groove of We Miss The Crowd, featuring collabs from Denyl Brook, Cosmonection and Romeo Louisa.
Opening out the record, "Lie Machine" is a delicious warm-up for what is to come. The unstoppable bassline and disco guitar samples get your hips moving while vocal snatches get into your head and won't get out. The title track's sultry groove is similarly catchy, with the pulsing kick and deep bass melody evoking a nod to the deep tech sound of UK house music but panning synths adding that filter house edge, sweeping the listener on to "Keep Creating Your World". The hard pulse of this track is balanced with sweeping pads, ethereal and summery. Organic jazzy piano loops take centre stage in the sublime production.
Onto the B-side and three stellar collaborations with some more of the best France has to offer; "Jazzy Cruise" with Denyl Brook is skippy, upbeat day party gear, with classic noughties filter sounds that tease the ears. THEOS and Cosmonection work together on "Unusual Ego"; sweet fuzzy chords but an Ed Banger style melody keep the record pumping for the closer, "Spread Positivity" with Romeo Louisa. Cool and dance floor ready, the climax of the EP is full of nothing but good vibes.
a1. THEOS - Lie Machine
a2. THEOS - We Miss The Crowd
a3. THEOS - Keep Creating Your World
b1. THEOS feat. Denyl Brook - Jazzy Cruise
b2. THEOS feat. Cosmonection - Unusual Ego
b3. THEOS feat. Romeo Louisa - Spread Positivity
Release Date: 30th April 2021
Laurence Guy returns to Shall Not Fade with his much-anticipated third EP, adding to last year's massively successful "The Sun Is Warm and Directly Above You" and "Your Good Times Will Come". The London-based producer has amassed a global audience of listeners, all united in their appreciation for his luscious, upbeat house music and an outstanding discography of releases via imprints like: Ninja Tune, Late Night Tales, Studio Barnhus and Mule Musique. While still unmistakably Laurence Guy's signature style of delicately constructed, sample-heavy dance music, this EP carries a sombre note, reflective of the confusing times in which it was made.
The A-side's "Love Theme For The Morning After" maintains a positive and danceable atmosphere, an ode to the moments of clarity and contentment we grasp in the afterglow. Musically, it is an ecstatic build-up of chords that leave you breathless, with a rhythm that pulses as consistently as a heartbeat throughout. By comparison to this joyfully glittering track, the B-side deals with more difficult emotions. Throughout "Mutual Excitement", barely distinguishable vocal samples overlap each other in a hazy clamour, whilst natural keys play a bittersweet melody, pondering the uncertainty of a new relationship. Guy says of the final track, "Certain (To A Certain Extent)" "2020 was a hard year to be certain of anything, I found myself frozen in pretty much every decision I had to make". The song, a stripped-back melody built from a low fidelity jazz sound palette, is not just an exploration of the sense of uncertainty 2020 gave us, but expresses Guy's acceptance of living without certainty. This soothing message is at the core of the EP, managing to create a sense of hope during an unsettled time.
a1. Laurence Guy - Love Theme For The Morning After
b1. Laurence Guy - Mutual Excitement Is A Wonderful Thing
b2. Laurence Guy - Certain (To A Certain Extent)
Available: 16th March 2021
Bristol based record label Shall Not Fade celebrate 5 years of existence by curating a double LP featuring new unheard tracks from label family members, new and old.
The double LP ‘5 Years Of Shall Not Fade’ was created to showcase the labels ever evolving sound, with the 16 tracks delving deep into a wide range of electronic music. 5 Years Of Shall Not Fade features new tracks from; DJOKO, Adelphi Music Factory, Black Loops, Earth Boys, Matrefakt, Mutual Attraction, Rhode & Brown, Jaymie Silk, Computer Data, Harrison BDP, Module One, Soela, GVRL, Jacques Renault, Tilman, Felipe Gordon, Hanna & Gere.
A1. DJOKO - It All Comes To An End
A2. Adelphi Music Factory - Keep Holding On
A3. Black Loops - Stoner Dreams
A4. Earth Boys - Icey
B1. Matrefakt - Daze
B2. Mutual Attraction - MPC Live Track 1
B3. Rhode & Brown - Ticket To Chicago
B4. Jaymie Silk - CyberPunk
C1. Computer Data - Hannashi
C2. Harrison BDP - The Powerful Play
C3. Module One & Soela - Everything You Need
C4. GVRL - Lovegame
D1. Jacques Renault - This Way That Way
D2. Tilman - Too Tight To Stay
D3. Felipe Gordon - Socorro & Jüpiter
D4. Hanna ft. Gere - Reality Check