Release Date - 17th May 2019
Young Ethics is the new label from Armand Jakobsson, p.k.a DJ Seinfeld, Rimbaudian, and Birds Of Sweden. For the time being, it will be exclusively for Jakobsson’s output.
The debut release, out 17 May, is a 4 track EP from DJ Seinfeld, available on vinyl, digital download, and streaming services.
Stylistically it will follow on from remixes for George FitzGerald, and Prospa, and from his April 2018 ‘Sakura’ EP, which saw support from Aphex Twin, Marcel Dettmann, and Daniel Avery.
Jakobsson released new music via his own DJ KiCKS compilation (July 2018), and Bonobo’s Fabric compilation (February 2019), but the launch of Young Ethics will see the first EP from him for over a year.
a1. DJ Seinfeld - Electrian
a2. DJ Seinfeld - Mono Melo
b1. DJ Seinfeld - Uforia
b2. DJ Seinfeld - Galazy
Released 10th May
Electronic music has been quite obsessed with its past canon for a while. Ongoing trends such as the reissue frenzy or the obsession with vintage equipment make it harder than it should be to find music that feels absolutely contemporary. But Cleveland's 'nDSi' is a prime example of it. His new double EP showcases an evolution of his sound into more minimalist and forward-looking grounds. The crystal-like textures and playfulness are still there, but displayed with a much more ambitious approach. The seven tracks of the double EP are an exploration of futuristic soundscapes delineated with swirling tones, understated rhythms and ever-evolving patterns. Often drawing inspiration from "happy accidents with half broken synthesizers", Andrea Mancini works with the frictions of apparently contradictory ideas to come across a sound that defies the conventions of modern club-ready music without loosing its primary appeal. The textures might be cold but the vibes are warm, the sounds might be technological but the spirit is lively, the structures might be volatile but the impact is immediate. 'nDSi' not only creates a world of its own but also an impressively balanced one. As with any novelty, it might feel awkward at first, but its weirdness manifests itself in a refreshingly na?ve way, dodging any kind of excessive pretentiousness or overproduction. Truly one of the most stimulating works we've heard in a while. The double 12" comes housed in a sleeve by Barcelona based designer Guillermo Lucena.
Release Date 26th April 2019
Freamon is a denizen of the modern world, allegedly hailing from NY, according to some, not relevant, says he. What matters is the music – finely honed and carefully crafted dancefloor gems, served up with love the way they used to be, the way they ought to be.
The Hot Damn! EP is his second release on the mysterious Turbocapitalism label, after 2016's Black Grid EP. This time, he has decided to shine a spine-tingling light on our souls. He wants you to raise your hands and put them together in an overdose of holy joy on this unashamedly celebratory slab of sweet gospel grooving. Can you feel the spirit? One listen to 'No More Crying' will settle any doubts on the subject. It's gospel-funk. Or gospel-not-gospel, which is like a million samples taken from every soul record you never heard, seamlessly stitched together as if created fresh today, with one idea – to meld together into one big explosion of spine-tingling dance floor joy!
The title track takes things down a notch with a heavy kick drum shuffle – stripped back analogue house, making for an intoxicating, dense brew of sounds, feelings and ideas. Fierce, pulsating free jazz sounds, snaking around that deliciously tense, bustling bottom end, creating an infectious groove that is fresh, different and most of all, impossible to resist.
Meanwhile, Madrid's DJF and Damian Schwartz do what they do best: they take that thing straight to the centre of Detroit, let it adjust to the new environment and then freely cruise the boulevards at night.
01. No More Crying
02. Hot Damn!
03. Hot Damn! (DJF & Damian Schwartz Remix)
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 - 17th May 2019
After the 13th tape release, HMD Records has compiled it’s first EP ever - with various artists, from Helsinki and Oslo. The music on the record is made by friends and colleagues of the Oslo based label and party promoter, HMD. Four tracks that vary in tempo and genre according to the artist’s different production styles.
All tracks are connected by deep chords and a passionate drive, labeled with (slightly naive) working titles about various stages of love. Very romantic, keeping in mind that HMD stands for "Hjemme med Dama" that roughly translates to “home with the missus” in a tongue in cheek kind of irony.
a1. Trevor Deep Jr. - All We Need (Is More Time)
a2. Wasserfall & Vaage feat. Cora Suvi - My Love
b1. S.Brand - Think About U
b2. Sagittarii Acid - Stay Here, With Me
Released 12th April
Off The Meds is a Swedish-South African crew based in Stockholm, consisting of producers Adrian Lux, Carli Löf and Måns Glaeser with vocalist Kamohelo Khoaripe. Belter is their first full solo release, arriving on Studio Barnhus 7 months after the band’s low-slung, ethio-jazz-influenced hip-house burner Currency Low appeared as one of the standouts of 2018’s much-lauded label compilation Studio Barnhus Volym 1. A relentlessly catchy party starter, Belter combines classic rave elements with cutting edge production techniques and Kamo’s pitch-shifted rapid-fire vocals. Already a key feature in recent sets by the Studio Barnhus posse as well as London top selector Joy O, the latter took it upon himself to remix the track, turning it into an extended broken techno trip, a few shades darker and dubbier than the original. Both vinyl and digital releases come with a full acapella version for all the daredevil djs out there!
a2. Belter (Acapella)
b1. Belter (Joy O Belly Mix)
Release Date - 26th April 2019
Edmondson adds the fourth instalment to the Newcastle-via-Berlin label, after previous outings with Me Me Me & Hypercolour. Panoramic soundscapes, dusty broken beat & glitchy loops form Lissoms' most dancefloor-focused record yet.
a1. Edmondson - Adapt2
b1. Edmondson - Sud Pacifica
b2. Edmondson - Took
b3. Edmondson - Zionskirche (Vinyl Only)
Release Date - 5th April 2019
Letherette return to Wulf with a selection of DJ edits from last years Mander House Volume 1. The vinyl release comes with 3 extended tracks from the original release as well as an unheard track from the vaults - 'Just For You'.
01. Oh Lord
03. Tell Me That You Like It
04. Just for You
Release Date - 26th April 2019
Ander B is a DJ, producer and live performer based in Barcelona. Originally from the Dominican Republic in Caribbean, his music is increasingly abstract, profound and packed with rhythmic trances.
The sounds he creates are based on classic house, which he melds with thick layers of Detroit and Chicago House, as well as jazz, soul, funk and disco. 'The Black Sun' is his second 12" for Czech label Beef Records, following the Delano Smith + Petre Inspirescu supported 'Outta Space' EP in 2016.
On the flip side we have remix by Lee Renacre aka 100HZ (Oblong, Bosconi). Lee Renacre has been around since early 90ties producing rather abstract odd beat infused grooves. 100HZ delivers wicked reinterpretation of the track 'Free'.
"The Black Sun arose from the concept of a world in reverse" Ander B explains. "If you find earth dull, just the same old thing, then join us. Life is possible thanks to the warmth of the sun and the cold sky. A planet which orbits a black sun is a world in reverse: the sun is cold and the sky is "hot". The difference in temperature makes life possible."
Ander B's studio is located inside the most Barcelona's beloved Discos Edison's record shop, currently owned and managed by his girlfriend, Beta Mas. Discos Edison's is also home to the late Al Matthews' record collection. Al Matthews, who passed away in September 2018, was best known for his role in 'Aliens' and was the first black radio presenter on BBC Radio one in the late seventies. He was also a recording artist and music producer and was an award-winning Gospel radio presenter for London's Capital Radio. Ander B's studio is located inside the Al Matthews Room, a space originally created inside the shop to store Matthews' precious record collection.
a1. Ander B - The Black Sun
a2. Ander B - Galactic Disco
b1. Ander B - Free (Dub Mix)
b2. Ander B - Free (100HZ Remix)
Released 3rd May
Dimitri from Paris & DJ Rocca on Toy Tonics!? Some might wonder, other will understand. The reason: Toy Tonics records is made by the same guys who used to run the (currently sleeping) indie disco label GOMMA. And Dimitri & Rocca did a couple of EPs on Gomma some years ago. Now it’s 2019 and some of their older works sound still/again so fresh that it made sense to release them again on Toy Tonics. That’s why you get this package. Three jams perfectly for the summer: The ultra 1990ies house remix for Italian duo Hard Ton. Then their all time disco superjam Ero Disco Theme and the long time sold out and currently highly looked for Ray Mang remix of Dimitri’s collabo with band Los Amigos Invisibles. That “Glad to know you” version goes for a lot of $$$ on Discogs, so why not put it out again. Have fun with Dimitri & Rocca. Old school house and disco dream team.
a1. Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris - Glad to Know You (Ray Mang’s Flying Dub)
b1. Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca - Ero Disco Theme
b2. Hard Ton - In This Moment (Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca Erodiscomix)
Release Date - 5th April 2019
Mr. Raoul K: After having met quite a couple of times while dj-ing in Greece, Timmy Regisford and Mr Raoul K decided to take their friendship to the next level: do a record together. Say hello to the 'Gongon Alt Mix' of Mr Raoul K's 'Moment Psychedlik'. Their rework adds am overall summery touch and softens the tribal beats of the original towards a more lush atmosphere. You're still welcome to lose yourself in the swirling synth sounds and mellow yet drving beats. Dance on.
01. Mr Raoul K & Timmy Regisford - MP (Moment Psychedelik) [Gongon Alt Mix]
02. Claudio Coccoluto - Funky Now (Trouble Tribal Life)
03. Lehar - Everything I Ever Did
04. Mr Q - Musumeci
Release Date: 3rd May 2019
Exciting first release by Nic de la Haye on Forbidden Concept. This premium 4 track EP comes packed with straight forward house tracks and acidy jazzy melodies. A peak time player with a twist from Den Haag.
a1. The Birth Of Dr. Greystone
b2. Night Shift
Release Date: 3rd May 2019
Italian electronic music mastermind ABYSSY and the Marseille underground hero DONARRA, share for the ALLEY VERSION's 4th release the split E.P. "CLOSE".
ABYSSY aka Mayo Soulomon has, over the years, released records of great interest for Mathematics, New Interplanetary Melodies and many other labels, marked by Detroit and Chicago influences reworked in his personal complex cut.
DONARRA comes to ALLEY VERSION after two beautiful E.P. for Skylax Records and La Chinerie, and recently spotted with its synth-dark-industrial-punk moniker Cardinal & Nun, on L.I.E.S.
a1. Abyssy - Close To Me
a2. Abyssy - Lower Michigan Ave
b1. Donarra - Nostalgie Futuriste
b2. Donarra - Rivières Lumineuses
Release Date - 19th April 2019
FaltyDL debuts on Unknown To The Unknown with 4 elektroid-freak-out jams for the headz. From spazzed out drum work outs to IDM infused downtempo crackers. These show off Drew Lustman’s very experienced but still fresh take on the production game.
a1. FaltyDL - Untitled 111vgr
a2. FaltyDL - Beast
b1. FaltyDL - One For UTTU
b2. FaltyDL - Piano 4_9_18 feux master Erie 25%
Release Date: 26th April 2019
Midnight Tenderness continues to solidify his presence within the Australian music scene following contributions via "Ken Oath" and "OTIS" records, as well as continual growth via his partnership with "Rings around Saturn" as the iconic "Turner Street Sound". ILIO001, his first release on the new imprint, ILIO, explores areas of funk, dub and 80's synth pop, melding warm chords, powerful basslines and captivating drums. An essential for the conscious listener and the caring DJ.
ILIO Records, founded and curated by Hank YM in Melbourne, Australia. Made for those aiming to dig a little deeper and dance for a little longer.
a1. Midnight Tenderness - Selva
a2. Midnight Tenderness - Laguna
b1. Midnight Tenderness - Lago
b2. Midnight Tenderness - Cascada
Released 3rd May
Over a year after his critically acclaimed EP Null 212, Kosh strikes the stores again with a powerful five-tracker EP. This time, the Moroccan producer dives into the depths of more emotional sonic landscapes on one side, and offers 3 different variations of a floor filler on the other. All tracks written and produced in Casablanca.
a1. Keep Hope Alive
a2. When the Story Repeats
b1. In a Maze (Mix 1)
b2. In a Maze (Mix 2)
b3. In a Maze (Mix 3)
Released 12th April
Forever enjoying memories of long nights, brief encounters, bright moments and extreme euphoria. Short periods of anxiety will soon belong to the past. A warm, positive feeling prevails. Music made for emotional situations by Aksel & Aino.
a1. Aksel & Aino - Fading Pictures
a2. Aksel & Aino - Belong Here
b1. Aksel & Aino - Fading Pictures (Extended Version)
Release Date 29th March 2019
Matasuna Records presents another treat with its latest release: an official reissue with two songs of the US funk band "Calender". Both tracks are available on a 12" Maxi-Single for the first time. In addition to the mastered original versions, this EP features great reworks by two of our favorite producers: Mexican disco edit king "Hotmood" and the highly acclaimed Matasuna artist "Voodoocuts".
The opener "Hypertension" is a disco banger par excellence. Kyser's sophisticated arrangements merge thrilling grooves, elegant strings, varied funk elements and soulful vocals to a great and unique joint for every dancefloor. It's very pleasing that the song doesn't get overloaded or cheesy, as it's often the case in disco music.
Hotmood transfers the track, which was created more than 3 decades ago, into the present time. His great disco edit focuses on the instrumental parts of the original. Thanks to his clever arrangement, a tension curve is constantly built up without seeming repetitive.
On the flipside, "Ritmo Latino" takes a different musical direction. As the name suggests, there are all kinds of Latin American influences to be heard: the brass section, rhythm parts, piano sounds and the grooving bass line, which goes straight into the veins. Nevertheless, the song is also strongly rooted in funk & jazz and inspires its listeners with its unique character.
Voodoocuts rework comes up with a monster broken beat and gives the song a dancefloor friendly structure with its new arrangement. Especially the killer break part in the middle of the song will not only make B-Boy hearts beat faster! Additional instruments, samples and effects give the rework an individual and autark touch and prove once again impressively that Voodoocuts is setting the bar higher and higher with his productions.
01. Hypertension (Hotmood Edit)
02. Hypertension (Original)
03. Ritmo Latino (Voodoocuts Rework)
04. Ritmo Latino (Original)