Release Date - 25th January 2019
a1. LAS - Uuha (Egoless Remix)
b1. Ago - Why Won't You (Foamplate Remix)
Repress Due 16th November 2018
26 years after its initial release, In The Lab EP by Language receives a reissue via Few & Far Between, a new imprint out of Bristol. Founder of Few & Far Between, Sam Hall, makes the 1992 deep house record the figurehead of his new label, setting the scene for the forthcoming original releases and further reissues in 2018 and beyond.
Remastered and pressed from the original DATs dug out by Language members Alex Swift and Mark Lewis, In The Lab receives a crisp new lease of life with a fresh pressing. Swift and Lewis have been working closely with Few & Far Between throughout the entire process, digging out the treasure trove of quarter-century old DATs that were knocking around in their respective homes. Shocked by the sudden interest of music they made 26 years ago, they have both enthusiastically jumped on board for this reissue.
In the early 90s Swift and Lewis crafted In The Lab from the deep house sounds coming out of NYC that they were picking up in Bristol’s record stores. For kids coming up in 90s South West, the sounds of New York in 1992 formed unverifiable ideas about what club spaces would have looked and sounded like. In The Lab is the culmination of these fantasies, embellished with some distinctive “UK” broken beat tropes that were also flowing through Bristol’s music scene at the time (and still are).
Few & Far Between has made In The Lab the blueprint for its first year of releases. As Language sought to recreate the influential sounds from a far off place, so too do the signees of Few & Far Between; making references to genres nearly three decades old, in an attempt to bring them into the contemporary. For its time, In The Lab is up there with the best produced deep house records of its year and, like the best of them, made on machines by kids attempting to imitate but instead coming up with something that unique and singular.
a1. Breakdown Wo!
a2. Crystal Clean
b1. Tranquility Bass
b2. Lake Placid
Release date - 14th December 2018
Ltd 180g 12" vinyl from loyal Innamind London based producer Karma.
a1. Karma - Bluefoot
b1. Karma - Choose Life
Released 3rd August 2018
The moment we’ve been waiting for. Youngsta’s Sentry Records continues to set the pace and raise the standard with one of the most sought-after artists in the current Dub and Dubstep scene. After releases on institutions such as Deep Medi, System and ZamZam Sounds - Egoless is back for another 12” shell. Revealing the next masterpiece of the Croatian heavyweight, the prolific imprint welcomes its next family member and two mammoth tracks. From vintage FX to on-the-fly arrangements and live instruments - Egoless’ production style encapsulates the Jamaican roots, transferring its spirit into the modern era.
Heading straight into the abyss of ‘Decolonize’, we’re being greeted with tastefully overdriven tape hiss, obscured by reverb. Oriental, sitar-esque string plucks take form, wielding an increasingly inquisitive nature. Alongside the organic, percussive swing the string plucks cease for a moment - a fierce vocal statement excites the air as the full intensity of this sonic weapon hits the speakers and every last fibre in your body. The superbly orchestrated arrangement flows in a continuous groove, led onward by haunting surges and psychedelic flute arpeggios. On top of the stomping foundation, longing spheres conclude the anthem and leave us crave for a rewind.
Turning to ‘Global’ - the alarm bells of an apocalyptic future reverberate into to your ears. Gargantuan drone pulses lead the way for tribal, acoustic drums to stir the dance. A daunting swing hurls its monumental weight. Deeply imbued with rhythm - the meticulously crafted sound design leaves us dancing in awe. Life-like, vibrant flute performances form a harmonic composition of exceeding quality, sure to fire up any dance. Polished by creative vocal sampling and Egoless’ fine-tuned sense of controlling tension & release - these tracks will stand the test of time - for this year and beyond.
a. Egoless - Decolonize
b. Egoless - Global
Expected November 2018
Part 4 of 5 to be released over the coming couple of months. Originally released on the Phono label in 1995/96 the ‘Parts’ series from Matthew Herbert are a much loved collection of house tracks that sound just as original and bold today as they did when they were first released. This series of 12”s were part of an early wave of exploratory dance music that paved the way for the deep house that still works its magic on dance-floors in 2018 some 25 years later. The mix of Herbert’s playfulness alongside expertly grooving production and unusual sounds makes this unique collection of work. The odd few tracks aside this is the first time that these releases have ever been repressed. All newly remastered for this reissue series, the releases include stone cold club classics such as ‘Deeper’, ‘Take Me Back’, ‘Resident’, ‘People That Make the Music’ and ‘See You on Monday’.
b1. Take Me Back