Release Date - 24th May 2019
After numerous features and collaborations Obenewa, Kaidi Tatham and dego combine together to form Blacks & Blues.Three song based dance tracks to fill the void of underground vocal club music.
'Spin' is flavoured with S.A house & afrobeatz whilst Obenewa sings about the wonder that is love. 'You Know The Feeling' moves towards the funk that is synonymous with 2000Black and 'Don't Know Why (chant for love)' is purely the marriage between reggae and jazz.
02. Don't Know Why (Chant For Love)
03. You Know The Feeling
Released 24th May
Utrecht-based Tala Drum Corps fires off six fresh tracks on his playful debut release. Expect esoteric drum excursions and enchanting acid exercises. These jams can end up in the peak of your set or just when it's time to take a breather. Comes in freshly hand printed artwork by the BAKK Rhythm Regiment.
a1. Clear Fall
a3. Lake Technium
b1. Frog Marches
b3. Modernity (Poisoned)
Released 14th June
Frits Wentink branches out on Clone Royal Oak!! 3 spaced out wobbly house cuts from the man Wentink ranging from the deep burner Filtboi69 to the funk driven jackin Discosizer and the wobbly spaced out title track "Space Babe". The Ep ends with a 'stealthy' psychedelic electro tinged cut. Four fresh cuts from Frits!
b1. Space Babe
Restock coming - 31st May 2019
Gerry Read launches his new campaign to look at Preventing Violence Against Ears in all of its forms. In partnership with the Accidental Jnr corporation, Gerry hopes that this campaign will not just raise awareness but will actively work to prevent these alarming new practices. We urge you to take notice and to assist us by making sure that your peers, foes and family alike listen closely to this important movement. Relevant recordings have been produced and are available now via both 12” vinyl and digital mediums.
a1. Gerry Read - Today or Tomorrow
a2. Gerry Read - Baby It's So Hard
b1. Gerry Read - Lick It Off The Floor
b2. Gerry Read - Preventing
Release Date: 14th June 2019
Perseus Traxx makes his Schrödinger’s Box debut with a 4-track EP of experiments forged in the depths of Northern England. Pristine plateaus and eerie sweeps cover the entire first side, a Perseus Traxx from 2090, shimmering in and out of phase within a murky acidic landscape. Introspective and thoughtful throughout. B1 surges forth with resolute intention, headed straight for the singularity. The UK’s answer to Legowelt – Timothy J Fairplay finishes off the final quarter with a summer-garden Techno banger. Purple / transparent vinyl.
a1. Meeting To Conspire
a2. The Plot Thickens
b1. How The Mighty Fell
b2. How The Mighty Fell (Timothy J Fairplay Remix)
Release Date - 14th June 2019
Berlin producer and DJ Marc Brauner, half of the Traffic Report duo, signs his first vinyl on Houseum Records with a new and more intimate EP, titled 'Sad But Ambitious'. The German delivers his introspective release with 5 tracks whose musical universe fluctuates between classic House, Breakbeat and Deep House. With this catchy title 'Sad But Ambitious', the EP succeeds in transmitting the musical sensibility of the producer.
We start with ‘He Said It’, a sample based Classic House track featuring warm pads, a pumping sub bassline, straight forward drums and a melody driven arrangement. It is meant as a tribute track to Clyde Stubblefield the former drummer of James Brown.
'Reach for You' is an emotional moody House track. It comes with a rolling drum pattern with moody pad sounds and a straight forward acid line finished off with some vocal chops on top. The track has a darker, more melancholic vibe than A1 but is still a dance floor ready tool. The kick drum is used in a different way to create a Breakbeat'ish African touch.
The title track of the EP has its name to mark a time in Marc Brauner's life where he felt sad about his life and work situation but still was ambitious enough to keep working on the tracks that are finally getting their release now. It comes with a nostalgic charm invoked by rising pads and classic drums combined with a deep bassline and a tear drop bell melody. It's a melancholic track, which you can both dance and cry too.
The last track of the vinyl ‘In a Dream’ is a House & Breaks piece. It consists of heavenly pads, a driving bassline, tight drums and a dreamy melody. This Breakbeat mood brings power and energy to the melancholic piece while remaining hope hopeful & uplifting at the same time.
This EP promises a beautiful trip between melancholy sadness and optimism.
a1. Marc Brauner - He Said It
a2. Marc Brauner - Reach For You
b1. Marc Brauner - Sad But Ambitious
b2. Marc Brauner - In A Dream
Release Date - 7th June 2019
Schvitz Edits returns for its third release with two of the most sought after edits of the last year. Having hit the jackpot with contributions from his friends on 002, Nathan Micay returns to provide the heat with two smashers that have been lighting it up in mixes and sets from OR:LA, Roi Perez and many others.
To celebrate the third release, 100% of proceeds will be going to the Humsafar Trust, India’s largest LGTBQ advocacy organization!
a1. A. Yagnik, A. Malik, S Mahadevan - Koi Jaye To Le Aaye (Nathan Micay's Skip & Skatter Edit)
b1. Cam Am Des Puig - I Am That Living Soul (Nathan Micay's Trance Is Eternal Re-Work)
Released 21st June
Coeo have been travelling in Japan and discovered the magic of City Pop: That Japanese Disco movement of the 1980ies. Back then there were amazing dance tracks coming out of Japan. Some with Japanese lyrics others with American vocals. Often so perfectly played and recorded that it was hard to tell if the music came out of NYC basement studios or for real Asiatic studio musicians. Coeo found a lot of rare jams and did edits for their DJ sets. As at the Toy Tonics office everybody is always searching for the rare and unknown the crew was totally excited. And so the decision was made quickly: Let’s put out a few of these rare jams & edits. Here they are.
a1. Japanese Woman
b1. Uber Man
b2. Tibetan Dance
Released 7th June
Alexander Albrecht returns to Francis Harris’ Scissor & Thread imprint under his Melquíades guise for the Excerpts EP. As with his previous release on the label, Blue Caves, the Melbourne producer delivers a rich and affecting release, blending genres and moods with ease. “The idea behind this EP", says Alex Albrecht, “was to capture moments and “excerpts” of my improvised live set. I’ve used field recordings from a number of places from around the world as inspiration (including my recent visit to New York for the last S&T Tour) for the individual tracks - there’s a variety of genres within the release but essentially they were just improvised extended jam sessions. I then chose some interesting excerpts for the record.
a2. Tower Of The Sun
b1. Schaefer Street
b2. Schaefer Street (Patrice Scott Remix)
Released 7th June
Mount Liberation Unlimited are Tom and Niklas, two Swedes from space who have spent the last 5 years carving out a particularly vivid niche in contemporary electronic music. Their previous work has seen them connect with an impressive list of global dance powerhouses: New York’s Beats In Space, Melbourne’s Superconscious and Munich’s Permanent Vacation have all released 12′’ heat from the duo, while their hometown buddies at Studio Barnhus provided an outlet for what has been perhaps their biggest and boldest release yet, 2017’s double smash single Double Dance Lover. Their live shows are fervent, fast-paced and very multi-instrumental affairs, performed non-stop at an increasingly prestigious list of clubs and festivals, serving as prime examples of the MLU boys’ core obsession: the interaction of human rhythm and electronic pulse. They have their own great little radio show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM! Australia loves them! They got their artist friend Tom-Hadar Elde to sculpt their heads for their debut album cover! That self-titled debut, to be released May 31 on Studio Barnhus, has been in progress since the very formation of the MLU project in 2014. It contains some of their earliest work and of course their very latest – all perfected at the Neve desk of legendary Gothenburg studio Svenska Grammofonstudion, in cahoots with mix engineer Christoffer Berg (Depeche Mode, Robyn, Fever Ray).
a1. Clintro Space Funk
a2. Welcome to Organic
a3. Gospel (Makes My Body Move In Sinful Ways)
b3. Climb Me Up
c1. Jaz for More
c3. The One
d1. Techno Thrills and Ecstasy Pills
d2. Air 2 Breathe
Release Date: 7th June 2019
For DMX Krew's first Fanzine release the eccentric producer adopts a much lighter and brighter sound, in line with his recent records on Hypercolour and his classic output on Aphex Twin's Rephlex Records. The EP also comes hot on the heels of the prolific producer's latest album, Glad To Be Sad - twelve wavey cuts of vigorous electronic funk released in March through Hypercolour.
Kicking off the A-side with "Maleko Phase Mod", DMX Krew immediately conjures an effortlessly enjoyable mood. From the opening bars, a bouncing synth line is met with a classic acid house beat - prominently featuring the requisite skipping snares, rustic rimshots and phasing percussion that gives this track its distinctly Chicago feel. Meanwhile, shimmering chords fill the track with sunny warmth and enthusiastic energy.
Next up, "Smoke Stack" matches a groovy acid bassline with vintage drums, clusters of claps and a mischievous marimba-esque lead. Don't let the whimsy fool you, however, DMX Krew is a master craftsman at sequencing intricate synth lines and programming complex drum patterns.
On the flip, "Low Star" imbues DMX Krew's familiar elements bubbling bass, sparkling synths, and a pumping groove with a twisted 80s lo-fi essence. Crunchy claps, distorted hats, and tumbling toms keep the track bouncing at a frenetic pace, while a glossy lead contrasts with solemn pads to create a mood at once exuberant and earnest.
Closing track "Suspicion Ruff Mix" once again finds the producer riding a classic jacking 80s house beat, filling any gaps in the groove with crashing cymbals, rolling snares, and cascading claps. With his squelchy bass, vibrant lead, and oddball melody, DMX Krew concludes the Malekko Phase Mod EP with a sense of effervescent joy undeniably his own.
a1. DMX Krew - Malekko Phase Mod
a2. DMX Krew - Smoke Stack
b1. DMX Krew - Low Star
b2. DMX Krew - Suspicion Ruff Mix
Released 31st May
John Daly resurfaces with an outstanding 4 track house record on Craigie Knowes. Daly has reached an almost mythical status within the house music community; his tracks have been adored by record collectors, DJs and dance floor enthusiasts since the mid-2000s. This record is the embodiment of everything we love about John Daly's sound, and a bit more.
a1. What If
b1. Moving On
b2. For the Sake
Released 31st May
No Moon returns to Craigie Knowes with another spectacular 3-track cosmic exhibition. A journey of electronic voices, strange drum patterns, complementary bass and pads that climb and fall - all executed with a beautiful uniqueness. Superb.
b2. Where Do We Go From Here?
Released 12th July
Master of synthesis Fabio Monesi joins Craigie Knowes for a crazily varied 12". Vintage pads, electronic basslines, 4x4 patterns, broken beats, Italo, Electro, Techno, House, whatever it is - it is excellent.
a1. Strings of Love
a2. Pancho Returns
b1. Flanger City
b2. The Raw Theory
Release Date - 31st May 2019
From the green-fingered Terrarium collective springs its new label, DayNight Savings. Conceived as an interview series, DayNight Savings invites musicians and artists to share the music that soundtracks their daily and nightly routines. In its incarnation as a label, DayNight Savings #001 presents a streamlined and coherent exploration of this theme; an A-side guides you through the day, and a B-side devotes itself to the night. One side for home listening, with club ready music on the flip.
To start the Day, Gary Wilson’s She Makes Me Think Of Endicott sets out with an atmospheric intro that evokes those tender waking moments. The calm is soon broken by an energetic drop into a joyous Rhodes-driven track with a lilting melody and an addictive beat.
Eric Jackson’s Moments steers us late into the afternoon. A scene-setting synth is coaxed along by a Jazz beat in half-time but this is swiftly replaced by something more rhythmically and texturally complex - the virtuosic live drums doing most of the work. Vicky Flint’s trumpet floats effortlessly over the jungle-esque breaks creating a soundscape for focussed daydreaming. File this in between Rhythm Section and LTJ Bukem.
On the Night side, placid acid producer, Tinman, presents his previously unreleased Stay Gold. Analogue thrives and the pH remains sufficiently low. Flying head first into the early hours of the morning, this peak time acid belter will set any dance floor alight.
a1. Gary Wilson - She Makes Me Think Of Endicott
a2. Eric Jackson - Moments ft. Vicky Flint
b1. Tinman - Stay Gold
Release Date - 31st May 2019
A friend of mine got in touch about a year ago to let me know that he had stumbled across a treasure trove of ridiculously sick unreleased music from a guy who rented the studio next to his in Berlin. The guy in question happened to be Fred Quest and boy was he right about the tunes... Sometimes you know you have a killer EP on your hands within 10 seconds of listening to the tunes and this was certainly one of those times. I’ve been spanking these bad boys out in literally every single set since I’ve got my hands on them and they have never let me down. The production is insane and I think Nick Hoppner said it best after I sent them to him before his recent Asia tour.
“I Played two of the tracks every night on tour. I played on a few really bad systems, but his stuff sounded great anywhere.”
OK enough of my blather. Go and listen to the damn things yourself and decide if you like them, rather than trying to work it out from reading a bloody press release you weirdos.
All four tracks are produced and sculpted for the club. They want big sound systems and dark rooms.
Close your eyes, hold hands and experience transcendental space Qlight...
a1. Fred Quest - Wum
a2. Fred Quest - 10961 Allee ft. Low End Activist
b1. Fred Quest - Pearls
b2. Fred Quest - Soul Power
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
Release Date - 24th May 2019
Marco Lazovic made a name for himself for sought-after releases on Lobster Theremin and Jungle Gym records. We are rather excited to welcome him on Beef with our first ever tape release. Ocean Voyage is a 6 track mini-album heavily influenced by 90ties electro, rave and breaks. The album is spiced up with a remix by Tel Aviv based artist Olsvangèr, proper tripped in - spaced out house rework (debuted at Boiler Room few months ago).
Beef Records is a record label and agency, founded in 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Now residing in Prague, Beef is also events-focused, co-running Komiks, huge parties which have been a breeding ground for connecting the world’s best DJs with local Czech talent. Run by Dj Schwa
1. Marco Lazovic - Ocean Voyage
2. Marco Lazovic - Dead Astronaut
3. Marco Lazovic - Eklektic Disko
4. Marco Lazovic - Eklektic Disko (Olsvangèr Remix)
5. Marco Lazovic - Deception Point
6. Marco Lazovic - Lost in Space
Released mid June
This month, Saint Petersburg producer Volta Cab unleashes three tracks of shadowy dance goodness under the name Rambal Cochet. The new moniker is Cab’s persona for producing Goa Disco, a 4-on-the-floor, dark goa-influenced dance music that clearly embraces the best releases from labels like Wax Trax and Nettwerk. The first track “Afro Express” moves your feet with a bouncy tribal house feel, then takes you to the next level with swirling psychedelic synth lines. Things get very energetic with “Haunted Powder Mind”. Its sinister undertones will haunt you and the punchy-driving groove with bring the dance floor to a frenzy. Finally the B-side brings us “Ottoman Empire” A middle eastern soaked EBM number that reminds us all that the dance is rooted in ancient ritual. One of the East’s most sought-after producers, Cab (real name Konstantyn Isaev), has already proven he can work in genres as varying as dub and classic house, but this 3-song 12 inch coming out on Dark Leader Records show he can invent them too.
a1. Afro Express
a2. Haunted Powder Mind
b1. Ottoman Empire
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.
Released 7th June
After their fatter than a 'Deepfried stick of butter wrapped in bacon' Speckbass EP collaboration on Sex Tags Ufo a few years back DJ Fett Burger & DJ Speckguertel team up once again! The full length 'Red Scorpions' album, showcasing their mastery in the studio, is the result. A cornucopia of all that's classy about house and techno rolled into one and spread over 4 sides. Not afraid to use the tried and true ingredients of House music to full effect on 'Red Scorpions' they incorporate all the best from US and Europe's club music into a fresh but familiar package.
02. Red Scorpions
03. Sunshine in the Limousine
04. Enjoy This Limousine
05. 6Drops (Piano Mix)
06. 6Drops (Technocid Mix)
07. Ibiza Ritter
08. Sting Collins
09. Sonnen Ambiente