Release Date - 1st March 2019
96 Back, aka Evan Majumdar-Swift, returns to CPU with his debut album 'Excitable, Girl'. Bringing his thoroughbred Sheffield electronic heritage back into the spotlight, this album raises the bar in terms of quality and diversity. DJs and discerning home listeners will find plenty of favourites on this long player with dance floor igniters jostling alongside ambitious ambient moments. Lush Plaid-like melodies throughout will keep you hooked.
Evan firmly established himself in 2018 and is one of the hardest working artists on the scene, this album will only strengthen his presence on the electro grid.
01. I'm Lost
03. Excited, Boy
04. Ghzel Tea
05. Lezi (feat. Happa)
06. Digi Trigger
08. Tripp'd Isle
09. Celsius Loss
11. Excitable, Girl
12. Vennsate (Reprise)
Release Date - 1st March 2019
Following on from last year's releases by Neue Grafik and Selectors Assemble, CoOp Presents step into 2019 with a new 4-track EP courtesy of Oliver Night; a DJ, producer & singer born and raised in North London.
This four-tracker illustrates Oliver's diverse range of influences, from the initial inspiration of his Jamaican uncle, musician Hughie Izachaar (who worked with Lee Scratch Perry & others), through to his passion for London's broken beat movement. Oliver's sound epitomises tru-skool UK sound-system ethics; grounded in reggae and dub production sensibilities, whilst built solidly for the bruk and house music dances of today.
01. Make Believe (feat. BB.James)
02. Swing for Life (feat. Jay Phelps)
03. U Got To (Cengiz Remix)
04. U Got To (NameBrandSound Remix)
05. Make Believe (Radio Edit) [feat. BB.James)
Release Date - 1st March 2019
25 years strong and still going steeply. Compost will release an anniversary 10 x 12" box set April 2019. Here comes the very strictly limited, serially numbered, stickered white label Overture Record 3 sneak preview. Compost classics by Fauna Flash, Marbert Rocel, Shahrokh Dini and Trueby Trio remixed by Recondite, Joakim, Delano Smith and Zenker Brothers. Some smart techy stuff.
01. Fauna Flash - Tel Aviv (Recondite Remix)
02. Marbert Rocel - Dance Slow (Joakim's Blood Moon Remix)
03. Shahrokh - Owl Flight (Delano Smith Remix)
04. Truby Trio - Galacia (Zenker Brothers Esotheric Remix)
Release Date - 1st March 2019
AFAS Records follows up some head turning early EPs with another fantastic offering, this time in the form of the Treating Patient B EP by label founder Mike Chetcuti aka People Places & Things with Gabe Gurnsey on the remix.
Over the last 12 months, People Places & Things has released on the likes of the legendary R&S Records, as well as here on Art For Arts Sake (AFAS) with two releases that soundtracked the Adidas Spezial campaign
Here, two more terrific journeying tracks, inspired by a recent trip to LA get served up, to further cement his reputation.
02. Funf (Gabe Gurnsey Remix)
04. Sechs (Gabe Gurnsey Remix)
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.
Release Date- 22nd February 2019
David Marston is a producer, DJ, musician, and guitarist hailing from the vibrant Caribbean island of Jamaica. He takes a multifaceted approach to his music, and has worked to achieve a sound that is a fusion of multiple genres, including, but not limited to, house, hip-hop, disco, jazz, as well as reggae. During a six-month stint in Jamaica in 2016, Marston reconnected with a close friend and fellow musician, Craig Williamson, and the pair began writing music that would become the basis of Marston's first full length album. With the album set to be released in early 2019, Marston has endeavored to put together a special 12" to showcase the club-friendly side of his music with a selection of the album's dance cuts.
The A-side of the vinyl kicks off with the title track, "Feeling You", which features Williamson's crooning voice over a hypnotic instrumental characterized by a swirling arpeggiated synth, punchy bass hits, and stomping drums. To round off the A-side, Italian DJ and production duo, Lowheads, give the aforementioned track a fresh makeover with their lively classic house remix and dub version. The flip side of the record consists of two instrumental tracks. The first, "Ragamuffin", is a mesmerizing four to the floor tune constructed around an Indian raga sample. The final number, "On My Mind" is an off-kilter house groove with rolling keys, garage style drums, and a soaring lead. Taken together, the 12" album 'sampler' is a robust yet tantalising collection of club-ready tunes.
01. Feeling You (feat. Craig Williamson)
02. Feeling You (Lowheads Remix) [feat. Craig Williamson]
03. Feeling You (Lowheads Dub) [feat. Craig Williamson]
05. On My Mind
Release Date - 8th March 2019
After releasing some sleeper classics and essential cuts you never knew you needed on primo-labels such as !K7, Futureboogie, Hypercolour sibling Losing Suki, and Optimo’s Bucky Skank imprint (to name but four) Jabru comes correct for Tha’ Purp with his debut LP - Ill Conceived ; far and away the most extensive and vibrant exploration of his unique sound thus far.
From broken beat experiments and heart breaking neo soul ballads, to extended spaced out dubs and the odd dancefloor slammer - all aided by some top shelf vocal collaborators - there’s nary a sonic stone left unturned across the album’s comfortable runtime. This is no “jack of all trades” grab-bag of unrelated sounds optimised to appease jittery streaming types mind you. Nah. The record is curated deftly across its two act span (to a degree bordering on obsessive) to ebb & flow very much in the sequence it is presented in and not on “shuffle” but, should you chose to chronologically defile our product, you’re still in for a winner; as the entire album is held very much in blissful unity by Jabru’s deft ear for soulful colour, emotive arrangements, Proper Songs and a downright smutty thumping groove.
Defiantly released on lovingly crafted yet financially suicidal gatefold double vinyl Ill Conceived is not just an album title: It’s an album title and / or accurate assessment of trying to make a living from producing physical music in 2019).
a1. Jabru - Conflict of Styles (Intro)
a2. Jabru - Church Redux ft. Joel Culpepper
a3. Jabru - Recollider ft. Moss Isley
a4. Jabru - Egress ft. Joshua Idehen
b1. Jabru - Breathe Stars ft. Adjua
b2. Jabru - State of Flow ft. JMan
b3. Jabru - Year of the Horse ft. Jessie Banks
c1. Jabru - Oddity
c2. Jabru - Into My Arms
c3. Jabru - Ms Jones & I
d1. Jabru - First Place Loser
d2. Jabru - In Limbo (Tails Out)
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 March 2019
Melbourne party troupe, Animals Dancing return with the label's sixth disc, Psytube; a mind-melting trip from Lyon duo, The Pilotwings. The synth-heavy house pair, synonymous with the BFDM label channel their digi synth euphoria into trance not trance and acid atmospheres across a four track EP.
From the subtle breaks and pan flute/acid combo of Trance En Aubrac, steady synth flutter of Future Glouglou to the full tilt restless psychedelia of Yakado and cinematic acid stepping Gig in the Ocean, The Pilotwings once again showcase their tongue in cheek nods to the past with production launching into the future.
01. Trance En Aubrac
02. Futur Glougou
04. Gig In The Ocean
Release Date 15th February 2019
The latest transmission from Francis Harris' exquisite Scissor And Thread imprint showcases the many talents of Tokyo's Tomi Chair aka Tominori Hosoya. The DJ and producer goes by both names, and here presents five tracks of lush, emotional music veering between ambient excursions and dance floor heaters.
The original version of title track 'Tropical Imagination' opens the EP, and is a deep and thoughtful dance floor number. Elegant chords set the tone while the percussion adds a silky funkiness that's impossible to ignore. The 'Dream Version' strips the track down to its pads and atmospheres. Next up is Tomi Chair's 'Heat Exhaustion' - an exceptionally beautiful beatless piece that drifts through droney pads and occasional fragments of minor key melody. Using the Tominori Hosoya moniker, side B begins with 'We Are Here' - another powerfully restrained piece that merges woody percussion with low key pads and field recordings to create a magical whole. Francis Harris adds his touch to 'Heat Exhaustion' with his respectful Reform version, adding skittering percussion and underpinning the piece with a leftfield ambient house edge that builds and builds.
Another essential addition to the Scissor And Thread catalog
01. Tomi Chair - Tropical Imagination
02. Tomi Chair - Tropical Imagination (Dream Version)
03. Tomi Chair - Heat Exhaustion
04. Tominori Hosoya - We Are Here
05. Tomi Chair - Heat Exhaustion (Francis Harris Reform)
Release Date 22nd February 2019
It's rare to come across a debut album that delights and surprises in equal measure, but that's exactly what you can expect from Human Call, the first full-length excursion from daydreaming dancefloor fusionists Earthboogie.
The East London-based duo of Izaak Gray and Nicola Robinson has previous form when it comes to creating beautiful, funk-fuelled fusions of soundsystem-ready rhythms, humid instrumentation and intergalactic audio explorations. To date, they've released a pair of fine EPs on Leng, both of which did a splendid job in showcasing their unique musical vision.
Even so, this vision has never been clearer than it is on Human Call, a vibrant eight-track missive that fixes the sticky tropical cheeriness of African and South American dance music – be it Afro-disco, Afro-funk or samba – with a wide range of complimentary sounds, styles and influences, from spacey analogue electronics, sun-kissed Balearica and hazy West Coast jazz-rock, to chunky dub disco, snappy retro-futurist house and bouncy, dub-fuelled club workouts.
Throughout, Gray and Robinson showcase an impressive level of musicianship, variously combining crunchy drum machine hits and dusty old synthesizers with razor-sharp electric and acoustic guitars, rich bass, cascading saxophone solos and hazy, life-affirming vocal harmonies.
The result is a string of memorable highlights, from the sticky tropical-house-meets-dub disco futurism of "Human Call" and fuzzy disco-funk righteousness of opener "Overground", to the post-punk disco jauntiness of "Stargazing" and samba-infused dancefloor bliss of Nina Miranda collaboration "Silken Moon". Cheery, absorbing, imaginative and hugely entertaining, Human Call offers a perfect snapshot of Earthboogie's distinctive musical world.
02. High Minded Man
03. Silken Moon (feat. Nina Miranda)
04. The Getaway
05. Human Call
06. Northern Light
07. Stargazin' (feat. Nina Miranda)
08. Broken Rules Arrangement
Release Date 22nd February 2019
BENJAMIN FINGER, JAMES PLOTKIN and MIA ZABELKA craft a mesmerizing sonic world that buzzes and drones, glitches and slithers, eventually careening into unexplored musical territory.
"Pleasure-Voltage" was born in the mind (and studio) of BENJAMIN FINGER – a composer, electronic music producer, DJ, photographer and film-maker based in Oslo / Norway who in recent years has become quite a prolific artist, expanding his stylistic palette from piano miniatures and off-kilter pop experiments to lysergic, dream-like sound collages spiced with gentle warmth and sublime melody.
These ingredients are also characteristic on this latest work where FINGER set the musical frame before passing it on to his inspired collaborators: MIA ZABELKA who for decades now has been involved in countless projects, be it as musician (violin / electronics), curator or founder of the international sound art centre klang.haus and who has worked with a.o. JOHN ZORN, FRED FRITH, ELECTRIC INDIGO, ROBIN RIMBAUD (SCANNER), DÄLEK or PHIL MINTON. And last but not least there's JAMES PLOTKIN who entered the scene with his first band OLD LADY DRIVERS (or OLD) on EARACHE in 1987 and later was a member of KHANATE (with a.o. STEPHEN O'MALLEY) while also exploring the areas of dark ambient and electronics by working with or remixing SCORN / MICK HARRIS, K.K: NULL and many more.
On "Pleasure-Voltage" which had its live-premiere at the REWIRE festival 2018, the trio craftsa mesmerizing sonic world that buzzes and drones, glitches and slithers, eventually careening into unexplored musical territory somewhere between ambient / drone / psychedelia.
01. Hostile Structures, Pt. 1
02. Hostile Structures, Pt. 2
03. Hostile Structures, Pt. 3
04. Kaleidoscopic Nerves, Pt. 1
05. Kaleidoscopic Nerves, Pt. 2
06. Kaleidoscopic Nerves, Pt. 3
Release Date 15th February 2019
The latest from the Galdoors stable: Cafe Nostalgia takes off, a pumping slab of bubbling bleeps and bass with creeping pads to chew on as you go. Conclusions Like Curtains keeps up the pace on the B-side – driving arpeggiator-tech with FM tweaks and washes taking it deeper. Looped-up rounds off, with layers of restless, twittering snippets wrapping you up in a wigged out groove.
One-to-watch from Junes on his own imprint.
a. Cafe Nostalgia
b. Conclusions Like Curtains
Release Date: 22nd March 2019
In tandem with Feel Fly aka Daniele Tomassini's debut album on Internasjonal we invited DJ Sotofett to do his thing over a track of his choosing. Head honcho PT on side B. Pressed on 45 for maximum pleasure/pressure.
a1. Feel Fly - Dromo Celeste (DJ Sotofett's Fusion Rock Dub)
b1. Feel Fly - Il teorema del delirio (Prins Thomas Versione Tenace Acido)
Release Date - 1st March 2019
Pessimist has never been afraid to push the boundaries of what might loosely be referred to as drum ’n’ bass, but never has he been so willing to deviate as on this new EP for Osiris.
The record opens with ‘New Age’ — a hypnotic pulse that gradually layers up over crawling beats, before disintegrating into the glacial ambience of ‘Kabadaro’, with its inner-rainforest atmospherics and barely-there rhythms. Flipping sides, the eponymous ‘Austerity’ scurries along with nervous energy and hi-hats that offer the only glimpse into the artist’s junglist past, before JK Flesh steps in to serve up an utterly brutal reconstruction of ’New Age’. Finally, everything is brought to a close in the shape
of ‘Progression’, a short-and-not-partiuclarly-sweet drone that feels like the whole tale collapsing in on itself, returning — almost — to the sepulchral tone the EP opened with.
If you had Pessimist pegged as an artist comfortable exploring the outer reaches of bass music, consider this release affirmation that he's well and truly crossed the frontier — and that the five cuts here represent the newest transmissions sent home from this unknown and beguiling territory.
a1. Pessimist - New Age
a2. Pessimist - Kabadaro
b1. Pessimist - Austerity
b2. Pessimist - New Age (JK Flesh Remix)
b3. Pessimist - Progression
Release Date: 1st March 2019
For his Studio Barnhus debut, Laurence Guy connects the dots between the lo-fi ambient investigations of his 2017 album Saw You For The First Time, the warm club sounds heard on All I See Is Her (last year’s standout 12′’ for Tokyo’s Mule Music), and the London-based dj/producer’s long roots in deep drum’n’bass and dubstep soil. Those roots, always present as subtle rhythmical traces on Laurence Guy records, now appear more explicitly than ever, boosting the typically graceful harmonies and sooty samples of Guy’s music with a new, profound energy. From the unswerving neo-jungle of Wildlife, through My Brain Is A Scrambled Egg with its dusty rave euphorisms, onwards to the hypnotic guitar ballad It’s Good To Try, this six-track EP is chock-full of the sort of unrestrained musical enthusiasm that Studio Barnhus is always on the lookout for. Making Music Is Bad For Your Self Esteem is at once Guy’s most experimental and most personal record yet, an essential addition to both artist’s and label’s catalogues.
a2. Missing In Reaction
a3. I Have The Feeling I've Been Here Before
b1. My Brain Is A Scrambled Egg
b2. Are You Fine?
b3. It's Good To Try
Release Date - 22nd February 2019
Second release for the Decouple ][ Series, a project that aims to showcase artists working, in their own ways, at the bold fringes of electronic composition, experimenting around the topics of increasing complexity, dependencies and miscommunication in a media-saturated digital era.
British producers Dale Cornish and Sim Hutchins join the project, the former playing with an anti-sober, almost eccentric euphoria, the latter with nostalgic and slighty eerie ambient feel. The thinness of reality is made of transparent things and refractions – external and internal points of view of the same subject.
Croydon’s prodigy Dale Cornish joyously plays here with a terse, oblique, abstract, almost candid, almost brutal TR- 909’s ‘floor friendly pattern. Not immune to unpredictable subtle fractures, the witty nine minutes of percussive repetition stretches out beyond its physical form, hinting at moments of climax but never overwhelming its voyeuristic nature. Saturated handclaps and hi-hat pan-pots widen top-end frequencies while classic 909 claves incursions, cowbells and tambourines counterpoint. What sounds like a recording of Dale’s own voice lasciviously recurs so to become the track’s title itself – ‘California’! Playfully pointillist explorations, pulse and percussive deconstructed gestures place this track into the elusive territory between dance-floor and experimental.
‘The product of a bleak winter night, cold fingers gripped tightly on restraint/release controls. Red wine sipped from a mug in lieu of adequate central heating. Stifled sense of euphoria inferred by subtle melodies not brave enough to visibly cross frozen pads, instead opting to lurk in the chill of closed hats and hollow bandpasses. Though unable to procure the resources required to stoke the internal flames of creative thought, I powered through instead and struck tipsily at chords, and at the red-skied February dawn ‘Druk Pak’ was the end result’. No better words than Sim Hutchins’ own to describe a tune of potential somnambulism, obscure awarness and future nostalgia for the present-day. Another time his vision, sounds and impulses set markers of contemporaneity.
All cover pictures for the Decouple ][ Series are taken from Alice Bonfanti’s ‘Transparent Things’  courtesy of the artist.
a1. Dale Cornish - California
b1. Sim Hutchins - Druk Pak
Release Date: 22nd February 2019
Clutching At Straws is a brand new label established by Brian Ring. Born in Cork, Ireland. Ring has been residing in Berlin for over 4 years, during which time he has lent his dancefloor-focused, predominantly house sounds to a range of renowned labels including Freerange. Running Back and Bordello A Parigi. A producer who values a vehement quality-over-quantity approach, Clutching At Straws represents the first time Ring has helmed his own imprint. Featuring two originals as well as a remix from London producer Kiwi, the Reflections EP is most definitely deserving of the wait.
We kick off with ‘Acid Sunrise’, a classy house cut that envelops the listener in a warm glow from the off. Full of colourful motifs throughout, it’s part acid/part Balearic-tinged sound is the perfect antidote to Europe’s current climes. Characterised by a nimble, catchy-as-hell baseline, this one is pure dynamite of the sort that will sound at its most pronounced as the first signs of morning begin to enter the dancefloor.
Next up is Kiwi, a producer who’s been making power moves of his own lately thanks to a host of well-received cuts for the likes of Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondent, Tennis’ Life & Death and Optimo’s Optimo Music. His dramatic reinterpretation of Ring’s ‘Forest Walk’ , is a highbrow gem that’s full of gorgeous melodies and all-round positive vibes, with the man in charge changing the narrative quite exceptionally toward the track’s final phases.
Culminating the record is the sounds of ‘Emergency Tool’, a real statement track that’s sure to leave DJs and dancers in a frenzy over the next few months. An upfront banger of the sort that wonderfully incorporates both house and techno elements, it starts off on a fairly innocuous tip before unfurling into an uptempo beast. Full of clever bells and a vocal that demands us to “move!” (as well as a wailing cop siren that only heightens the sense of mania), ‘Emergency Tool’ is a track that’s destined to be used by discerning DJs when they really have to step things up a notch.
a1. Acid Sunrise
b1. Forest Walk (Kiwi Remix)
b2. Emergency Tool
Release Date: 15th March 2019
X-Ray records’ catalogue is as under the radar as it is rich and ahead of its time. Releasing between 1992 and 1994, most of the label’s outputs were produced by Raymond Castoldi.
Although people primarily know Castoldi for being the music director and organist in Madison Square Garden, he also has a lesser known chapter of his life. In the early 1990s, Raymond released 6 EPs on his imprint X-Ray Records. By coupling his musical education with a four-on-the-floor club pattern, Castoldi managed to create a jazzy vibe with spaceous sounds and keyboard jams, all coalescing into a relaxing atmosphere that would eventually become the signature sound of 90’s deep house.
In partnership with Castoldi, Kalahari Oyster Cult delivers the goods once again: 11 tracks from the X-Ray catalogue over a 3LP for your deejaying pleasure.
a1. Cycles Of Life
b2. Feel The Rhythm
c1. Feel The Piano
c2. And God Made A Woman
d1. The Solo
d2. In Orbit
e1. The Nightflight
f1. The Deep And Slow
f2. Absolute Time