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?
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 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
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)
Released 3rd May
Glas-Goan-Kenyan producer, DJ and global traveller Auntie Flo (Brian d’Souza) regularly releases music inspired by different places around the globe. In 2014 he released an EP recorded in Cuba under the ‘Highlife World Series’ banner and ‘Hey, Don’t Make Trouble’ a collaboration with singers from the Ivory Coast. 2015’s album ‘Theory of Flo’ featured collaborations with Ghanianan singer Anbuley amongst others, 2017 saw him release the ‘Soniferous Garden EP’ recorded in Uganda on Sofrito records. He’s also released remixes from African legends Baaba Maal and Oumou Sangare. ‘Kabsa’ is a continuation of this trend, this time exploring music from Levantine coastline. In 2017, Auntie Flo travelled to Lebanon to perform at a wedding at the Mir Amine Palace, just outside of Beirut. Not the normal gig, the experience inspired this new EP ‘Kabsa’ on Moscoman’s Disco Halal. Levantine flavours come together with tracks named loosely after dishes from the region, with other trips to Tel Aviv, Marrakesh and Istanbul also inspiring the production. For every Ep, Auntie Flo rebuilds his studio with a completely new set up, helping to create a fresh sound. On Kabsa, all three tracks are 100% analogue jams, mostly recorded in one take on an array of hardware. The main synth is the 1980’s classic Casio CZ5000 used in combination with various effects and loop pedals, a Roland 727 drum machine and MFB drum computer. The result a loose and raw and perfect for club play. After playing Kabsa on Red Light Radio, Auntie Flo was contacted by revered Ecuadorian producer Nicola Cruz who asked if he could remix the title track. The result is not one, but three, killer remixes that are also due out on Disco Halal in summer 2018.
b2. Kabsa (Nichola Cruz 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