Release Date: 3rd September 2021
The success of S. Fidelity's sophomore LP "Fidelity Radio Club" (April, 2021) is still culminating. Widely recognized as a highlight for instrumental beat music this year, with recent track placements on Spotify's Editorial Jazz Vibes and Butter Playlists, each with over 1.9M Followers. Now, S. Fidelity teams up with the unmistakable sound of Berlin's Toy Tonics to rework four of FRC's track to perfectly fit dance floors worldwide as they slowly reopen.
Toy Tonics label head Kapote as well as TT label artists Cody Currie, Rhode & Brown and Sam Ruffillo deliver four high quality club renditions from FRC. The EP, only 500 copies pressed, is to be released via Jakarta Records on September 3rd. Musically, the EP combines the feel-good, beat factor of "Fidelity Radio Club" with the dancefloor ready house, disco and funk grooves that Toy Tonics are known for. The EP will be a perfect follow-up to S. Fidelity's previous Jakarta releases, which have gained more than 3.3M cumulative streams on Spotify alone.
The 1st single, "Me At The Zoo feat. Àbáse (Cody Currie Remix) is to be released on August 13th along with announcement of the pre-order for the Limited 12" EP. The upbeat collaboration with Cody Currie – who has more than 2M cumulative streams on Spotify – takes the swinging groove of the original and gives it a Balearic, percussive, dance-ready vibe. Currie, a London-born DJ and producer has been on the rise since moving to Berlin and teaming up with talent from the city's jazz and house scenes. He's released two EP's with Grammy nominated pianist Joel Holmes on Toy Tonics as well as the mini album "Atlantic Exchanges, Vol. 1" with Felipe Gordon on DJ Haus' Shall Not Fade in 2021. This year Currie also shared his first solo 12" on Toy Tonics, "Moves EP", which showcases his sublime ability as a producer to blend elements of feel-good house, disco, jazz and UK garage into each other.
The three other tracks are set to be released as digital singles on the physical release day, September 3rd, in order to maximize playlist reach and hit each of the artists release radars. Toy Tonics head honcho Kapote, a.k.a. Mathias Modica, takes S. Fidelity's boogie tune "Something Good" and spices it with a catchy piano lead line, infectious drum programming and several synth solos. Kapote, with more than 3.5M cumulative Spotify streams and over 97K Monthly Listeners, ran Gomma Records for more than 15 years, where he produced and released the likes of WhoMadeWho and Rammellzee.
Rhode & Brown remix "Presumably Broccoli", a straightforward hip-hop instrumental, which they flipped and "reverso-ed" into a just as straightforward high energy dancefloor gem. The duo from Munich have been delighting house music fans with rock solid productions on such labels as Toy Tonics, Permanent Vacation, Public Possession, Shall Not Fade and their own Slam City Jams imprint, establishing themselves as one of the most consistent house producers groups. Most recently they released their debut album "Everything Is In Motion" on Permanent Vacation. Bologna-based Sam Ruffillo rounds out the EP with a deep and meditative house rendition of S. Fidelity's "Higher" featuring Àbáse on keys and a prolific vocal recording of Steve Arrington. The Italian DJ and producer debuted on Toy Tonics just a year ago with the pandemic inspired EP "Sport House", offering jazzy-house alternatives to dancing while clubs remained closed.
a1: Me at the Zoo (Cody Currie Remix) [feat. Abase]
a2: Something Good (Kapote Remix)
b1: Presumably Broccoli (Rhode & Brown Reverso Mix) [feat. Suff Daddy]
b2: Higher (Sam Ruffillo Remix) [feat. Àbáse & Saint Ezekiel]
Release Date: 24th September 2021
To mark EPM’s 20th anniversary we’ve been releasing a series of EPs, each one focussing on a different genre. In May we brought you a taste of Techno with Robert Hood, Ben Sims, James Ruskin and Mark Broom each delivering their distinct production skills, whilst this September sees the release of our second EP bringing together cuts by some of Electro’s leading lights - The Advent & Zein Ferreira, Carl Finlow, Detroit’s Filthiest and Modulator (a.k.a. Freddie Fresh).
For the third and final EP in the series we turn our attention to House music, and once again we’ve commissioned four brand new and exclusive tracks from artists who we’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years.
First up is none other than a Detroit Techno founding father and the TechnoSoul innovator himself Eddie Fowlkes, who delivers a classy opener in ‘1-2-3’ that’s deep yet vibrant and showcases his legendary status. Next is a fellow Motor City modernizer, Jon Dixon whose musicianship and productive talent takes him from jazz to techno which he skilfully brings to ‘Mack & Bewick’. Motech Records’ founder DJ 3000 brings us the spirit of ‘Summer 1995’ as he briefly steps away from techno to give us this uplifting sun-drenched stunner. Final track ‘The Beat’ comes from Rico & Sonny, the pseudonym of Chicago based DJ duo and production team of Adam Stolz and the talented Tim Baker, recorded before his devastating and untimely passing. His music lives on and we’d like to dedicate this EP to him.
The ‘EPM20’ compilation which features all the tracks from the EPs plus additional cuts from a host of other artists and EPM friends will follow this autumn.
A1. Eddie Fowlkes – 1-2-3
A2. Jon Dixon – Mack & Bewick
B1. DJ 3000 – Summer 1995
B2. Rico & Sonny – The Beat
Release Date: October 2021
Complet label owner and Berlin based DJ and producer Ray Kandinski has been making serious moves over the last few years, both through his ear for curation and his rich, intricate sound design. Inspired by a pool of influences, including; jungle, footwork and house - Kandinski believes the beauty of dance music can be found in its subtlety and range; which can be heard deeply running throughout his debut EP for Lobster Theremin.
Title track ‘Garant’ takes place in a quasi-rainforest beckoned by nature's call. The type of good-natured music that sounds inspired by the evolving world around us; locking us in a groove that could happily last forever.
A ray of sunshine shines through sparse breakbeats in opening track ‘95’, before ‘No love’ follows with a slightly more clubier affair, while still maintaining it's blissful edge through the use of lush and dynamic synth work. ‘Healing’ then closes the A side with it’s minimal grooves, both hypnotic and understated; light refracting from one medium to another in a colourful display of blue and green.
The B side makes its entrance with ‘Zonin’ a choppy house cut with a point to prove, before demonstrating his artistic versatility in ‘The Mack’ blending his way into an electro mutation laced with ravey stabs and punchy drums, combining various influences from around the globe.
A2. No Love
B2. The Mack
Release Date: 17th September 2021
Mom’s Spaghetti returns with the second instalment of club tracks for weak knees and sweaty palms! Once again curveball selections are mixed up and served out with a rich spoonful of techno sauce. Vol 2 breaks into a slightly different territory from the last EP by placing some southern rap classics onto the chopping board alongside some hand-picked cherries from the 80’s disco larder...
A2. Cheated On You
B2. One For The Money
Release Date: 3rd September 2021
Swedish musician and producer DJ Seinfeld (Armand Jakobsson) returns with his
brand-new album, ‘Mirrors’, on Ninja Tune. Recorded between Berlin and Malmö,
‘Mirrors’ sees his music come firmly into focus, touching on everything from UK
Garage to downtempo house to ambient to breaks and is an at times tender, at times euphoric sonic journey with a producer slowly realising his full potential.
She Loves Me
Walking With Ur Smile
U Already Know
The Right Place (feat.
These Things Will Come
Tell Me One More Time
I Feel Better
Song For The Lonely
Release Date: 10th September 2021
Well who would have bloody thought it. 20 releases on Holding Hands. That is bananas to be typing that out. It’s been a hell of a ride and I am over the moon to be able to confidently sit here and say that I still absolutely love every single release that has been put out since the first back in 2017. What a bunch of absolute slammers!
Keeping true to form number 20 comes from a new Harry Wills alias called Brazen and it does exactly what you expect when you turn on a Holding Hands release. Bendy wendy steam rollers that land somewhere between a rail of k and downing a crate of Red Bulls.
Obviously, I am a massive fan of Harrys. I run another label (Sock It To Me) with him and his previous release on HH is one of my all time favourites. When he came to me with a new alias and some fresh tunes it was a no brainers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
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 flight...
a1. Brazen - Aces & Eights
a2. Brazen - Twocking
b1. Brazen - Muck
b2. Brazen - Achey Breaky
Repress Due: 16th August 2021
Rhythm Section International proudly presents it’s 8th offering from local boys Chaos in the CBD. Born in New Zealand, but based in Peckham for the last few years (literally just around the corner from Henry Wu and Bradley Zero), these brothers have made a real mark on the scene here in London town and with their latest set of productions are set to take this message further afield.
Having already released internationally on labels such as ClekClekBoom (Paris), Hot Haus (London) and Amadeus (Montreal), the duo’s approach to production has matured immeasurably in the last year, as is evident in the restrained potency and poetic subtlety on the 4 tracks across this accomplished EP, Midnight in Peckham.
Taking it’s title from the locale the boys have come to know as home, the record channels a delicate late night energy - equally indebted to the hypnotic incantations of Ron Trent as it is to the hazy suburban atmospheres of Burial. These 4 classic cuts pay homage to deep house in it’s truest sense - at once sublime, melancholy and meditative . Chaos in the CBD have clearly taken their cue from the mid-west masters of the genre but have not been afraid to let their own influences and environ creep in, and in doing so have created something that is unmistakablely London and infact, timeless.
a1. Chaos in the CBD - Trust Is Key
a2. Chaos in the CBD - Observe
b1. Chaos in the CBD - Midnight in Peckham
b2. Chaos in the CBD - Luxury Motivation
Release Date: 17th September 2021
Finally, after a long time, a new edition of this timeless classic of deep house music.
Back to Life together with Chez Damier has done a long research work: for the first time all versions of the original EP are repressed on the same vinyl with accurate version names and some hidden gems.
Don't miss it! For true collectors!
A1. Forever Monna
A2. Forever Monna (Deep Mix)
B1. Forever Monna (Ron & Chez Re-mastered Mix)
B2. Forever Monna (Rex Club Mix)
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
Available: 11th August 2021
Down the long driveway at the end of Second Avenue is a single story abode perched on a cliff overlooking the water. The timber constructed house built in the 1950s, is surrounded by native pohutukawa trees whose bright red coloured flowers are mimic'ed by the window frames and detailing of the exterior. As you walk down the narrow path along the side of the property, you can peer into the studio and catch a glance of an older man working away at his desk. Surrounded by books, records and CDs he will be drafting plans by hand for his next project. Continue along the path and reach the edge of the cliff — watch your step as you go down the decaying staircase and arrive at a small landing lapping in the waves of the harbour.
This record is dedicated to my grandfather Jack and the house he built.
A1.All Night, All Right!
Available: 11th August 2021
We are proud to welcome Felipe Gordon on this second episode of the Groovin Unreleased Series! 'Bringing The Old School Back EP' is a tribute to classic house.
With jazz instrumentation, and elements that resemble the musical group format (solos, phrases with responses, etc), Felipe Gordon conceived this release with the idea of being at the height of Groovin reissues, that goes from genre architects like Blaze, or Chicago pillars like Glenn Underground. Drums and rhythmical phrases maintain dancing intention, while Jazz vibes play on top, the combination of elements that revealed in a certain era the musical potential of house, now created through the lens of a new generation prodigious producer.
A1: Bringing The Old School Back (ft. Toro Moratto)
A2: It's All About The Feeling
B1: These New Times (ft. Aroop Roy)
Release Date: 3rd September 2021
New artists on Toy Tonics! Gome are an organic disco duo from Hamburg. Two guys that make good mood disco inspired by the 1980 Italo and Munich Disco vibe and share an addiction to gourmet food. Positive vibes, rolling grooves, catchy melodic bits and vocals and a lot of musicality.
The guys come from Hamburg where they keep strong connections to the other Hamburg disco artists (Erobique, Session Victim..) as well as to Germany’s leading skate crews Cleptomanicx and Lobby.
For one track of the EP they invited one of Germanys most interesting underground rap artists to do a german hip house tune: Tightill. Funkiest guy from Germany on a mic.
gome add a raw energy to the currently growing house vibe. A live energy that real house music enthusiasts might have missed far too long. With an all-hardware / no-computer setup, their sound would best be described as honest and rough Live-House and Disco-Funk. Infused with elements of soul, boogie and synth-wave. Deliberately moving away from clean computerized music, the two musicians regularly pull out their instruments and play live in front of a club audience. Soon hopefully on Toy Tonics Jams worldwide.
A1. Fever (Of The Night)
A2. Bier & Gold (Vocoder Jam)
A3. Bier & Gold feat. Tightill (Extended Version)
B1. Shrimp Cocktail Pt. 1 (Instrumental)
B2. Shrimp Cocktail Pt. 2
Available: 5th August 2021
a1. Nima Gorji - The Great Change (LP1: Lynx)
a2. James Dexter - 6am
b1. NTFO - Synopsis
b2. Politics Of Dancing - Luv Ya
c1. Steve Bug - Maybe Tomorrow (LP2: Cobra)
c2. Markus Homm - Don't Wanna
d1. Mihai Popoviciu - Morning Dew
d2. Dilby & Pornbugs - Lobha
e1. Djebali - Above The Line (LP3: Locust)
e2. Dust Yard - Vapors
f1. Alex Ranerro - Nebula
f2. Sascha Dive - Cala Jondal