Release Date: 7th November
For those of you wondering what Adesse Versions was doing at our Heist Boiler Room this summer in London, the answer is here. The Push it along EP for Heist is Adesse Versions first appearance on our label and features 4 stunningly raw and warm originals, and an amazing remix by New York's ambassador of funk: Ge-Ology, together with multi-instrumentalist Marc de Clive-Lowe on keys.
After having released numerous records for Jackmaster's Numbers, Local Talk and Toy Tonics, we're happy to welcome Adesse Versions to the Heist family. When he sent us his demo's we had the tough job to choose the right tracks, cause there were just too many. The selection on the "Push it along EP features what we feel are his purest work up to date. With only a small amount of elements, he manages to create such a big and warm sound, finding a great balance between gritty percussion, rich analogue synths and funky sampling work.
Opening track Tout it is built around an ever evolving arpeggiated synth, a dancehall-esque percussive riddim and lovely pad work. It builds up slowly, without ever becoming dull, changing small elements and adding momentum with each step.
E to E is based on a chopped vocal looped to bits (only shouting: E, E, E, E, E..), dancing hi hats and a rolling bassline, whereas Ge-ology flips the high energy original into a classic deep house tune that fans of Larry Heard will love. The steady bassline and triangle-work form a perfect canvas for MdcL's work on various synths, adding layer after layer of melodrama.
The title track goes for the same recipe as Tout it, with fierce snares laying down the rhythm and a faraway disco sample adding the right dose of funk. Ebony Roses is the final track of the EP: A beat less groove built around a spoken word vocal with dreamy piano work around it building up suspense as the track evolves.
We've been playing this EP over the course of the last few months and it's been getting great response, so we're happy to finally share it with you.
Sincerely yours, Lars & Maarten
a1. Tout it
a2. E to E (Ge-ology remix feat MdCL)
b1. E to E
b2. Push it along
b3. Ebony roses
Release Date: 28th July 2017
4 years after the conception of Heist Recordings with the "Break up to make up" EP by label heads Detroit Swindle, they deliver their 4th solo record and release #26 for the label. On the "Can't hold it" EP, the guys showcase their love for lush disco, analogue basslines and leftfield musicians, bringing in NYC native Willie Burns for a remix that shows you the darkest side of Heist yet.
The title track and EP opener should feel like a warm welcome to those who enjoyed last year's "Howsmusic" so much: warm subs, galloping hi-hats and an exotic synth loop that'll get stuck in your head for hours and hours.
"Just not Norma" goes on in a similar manner, this time built around a few simple but effective keys chops and the lovely solo work of Mark de Clive-Lowe, adding a dash of emotional P-funk to the groove.
The B-side takes a jump into more electronic territory with both versions of "Tamarindus hollandicus". The original evolves around a bell-like percussion loop and a roaring Moog bass, with synth, strings and piano loops exchanging their spot on center stage. Willie Burns gets all dark and trippy on his excursion into electro territory. Machinegun-like claps and haunting strings accompany the breakbeat-not-breakbeat and ruthless bassline to give the EP a thrilling finale.
These 4 tracks show you a wide variation of dancefloor moods and hopefully will make you fist pump, strip, get down, jump, scream or do whatever it is you do when you're releasing your energy at a party.
a1. Can't Hold It
a2. Just Not Norhma (Ft. Mark de Clive-Lowe)
b1. Tamarindus Hollandicus
b2. Tamarindus Hollandicus (Willie Burns remix)
Release Date: 3rd October
Detroit Swindle cap off a blazing summer as they return home to their own Heist Recordings and in doing so present a landmark 12" to add to their blooming catalogue.
This is their first addition to the label since the hugely successful In Reverse EP and it comes as a package that fans both old and new will relish: a jubilant record melding the most groove¬laden strands of Disco, Funk, Soul and House.
Oh yeah...and to top it all off, the guys have collared one of the greats for a remix in the one and only Matthew Herbert. 2016 has brought with it a wide range of experiences and subsequent influence for
Detroit Swindle as they've continued on their ascent.
This has certainly added further colour to their musical output as the pair have snowballed through a Heist Recordings Boiler Room showcase, a recent mix for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide series, a live tour through the USA and dj highlights include sets at Prince Charles Berlin, Concrete Paris and Star Festival in Kyoto.
The Circular city EP evinces this as it brings together tracks for varying dancefloor moments and comes rounded off with a typically inventive remix from one of
House Music's most extolled veterans.
Matthew Herbert's remix adds a certain poppy flair to the original as it laces Zilla's sassy croon with mangled synth blobs and hypnotic, circling samples, rounding off a serious coup for Heist Recordings and a fine addition to the catalogue.
a1. Circular City
a2. Circular City (Matthew Herbert's let yourself go mix featuring Zilla)
b1. Sugar Sugar
Release Date: 5th July 2019
After presenting Detroit Swindle’s sophomore album High Life in 2018, we felt it was the right time to serve you up a tasty selection of remixes from all over the world and all over the sound palette. We’ve got some dub and boogie from Australia and the Netherlands, classic deephouse from Detroit, dark and dreamy deephouse from the UK and some high energy house from Germany.
a1. Detroit Swindle ft. Tom Misch - Yes, no, maybe (Sterac Electronics remix)
a2. Detroit Swindle ft. Jungle by Night - Call of the Wild (Cinthie remix)
a3. Detroit Swindle ft. Lorenz Rhode - High Life (Jura Soundsystem remix)
b1. Detroit Swindle - Ketama Gold (Matt Karmil remix)
b2. Detroit Swindle - Ex Machina (Gari Romalis’ Detroit on the move remix)
Release Date: 8th October 2021
Here’s something that will get your senses tingling: a 4-track release by Colombia’s number one house prodigy: Felipe Gordon. His ‘Highly conductive rhythms’ EP has the talented producer showcasing the depths of his sound with classy compositions ranging from jazzy deep house to funky acid.
Felipe is someone who you might call a prolific producer: he’s had 6 releases last year on labels like Shall not Fade, Local Talk, Lost Palms and Toy Tonics and this year he’s already dropped a handful of releases including his spectacular album “A landscape onomatopeya”. Despite this crazy release schedule, Felipe has made sure to deliver a stunning record for Heist, something he’s been dreaming of ever since he started making music.
The lush opener ‘Highly smooth tone’ features the jazzy work of Cuban horn player Julio Rigal, who delivers a sublime performance with his crackling trumpet work reminiscent of St. Germain’s 2001 album ‘Tourist’. There’s a deep bass and fine synth work to give the track some weight, which balances out perfectly with the chopped keys and loose drums.
‘Highly deep and conductive’ takes things even deeper. It’s warm pads and crunchy sub bass support a snare loop that feels like a marching band on its way to the nearest club. The subtle vocal chops (You’re gonna miss my love) are on point in defining the melancholic character of the track. The mid-track arpeggio and bumpy synth hits make for a perfect changeover in a track that breathes deep house to the fullest.
On the flip, Felipe delivers the acid drum workout ‘Highly corrosive acid’. This might seem like unfamiliar territory for the producer, if it wouldn’t have been so expertly crafted. We can almost feel the sweat dripping off the walls of the clubs this will be played in. If this is acid Felipe Gordon style, please give us more.
The final track of the EP is ‘Highly rhythmic pace’: a classic bumpy deep house track with chopped keys, bells, chants and a fair amount of grunt in the bass. This is a groovy finish to a well-crafted and amazingly varied EP. We’re glad Felipe got to release on Heist and this might well be the start of something great.
A1 Highly Smooth Tone feat. Julio Rigal & Equilibrium
A2 Highly Deep and Conductive
B1 Highly Corrosive Acid
B2 Highly Rhythmic Pace
Available: 30th April 2021
Heist Recordings regulars and all-time good guys Fouk are back! Their ‘Blue Steel’ EP is filled with their signature grooves, chords and samples and might surprise a few of you out there. The sound design is top notch as always and there’s some rough edges on these tracks for an added bit of depth and personality. Next to that, the boys collaborated with the talented Dutch saxophone player Rebiere, who features on the title track. The EP holds 3 originals and a beautiful remix by Girls of the Internet. We can assure you that this EP on Heist - their fourth on Heist since their critically acclaimed ‘Kill Frenzy’ EP back in 2015 - is one you don’t want to miss.
The EP kicks off with the gritty live jam ‘Blue Steel’, where Rebiere’s saxophone solo is accompanied by a killer bass line and some lovely off-kilter percussion. It’s deep, it’s jazzy and at the same time it’s a track that packs some serious peak-time punch. ‘Don’t you want to Boogie’ ups the tempo and energy and can only be described as a 100% feel good filter-house track. It’s got loops, loops and then some more loops. Mesmerizing, funky and unpretentious: this one is just here to boogie.
The B1 is reserved for the low end thump of the Girls of the internet remix of ‘Blue Steel’. After having released his album ‘Girls FM’ only a few months back and a remix compilation for UNKLE, we’re glad he found the time to work on the remix and deliver this gem of a track. GOTI goes for an eyes shut, dancing-in-your-bedroom version with smooth keys accompanying the sax solo. Last but not least, ‘Money’ shows yet another side of Fouk’s sound, where we see the boys throwing in some beefed up disco funk.
A1 Blue Steel Feat. Rebiere
A2 Don’t You Want to Boogie
B1 Blue Steel (Girls of the Internet Remix)
A1 – A Kill Frenzy sounds like this might be some maddening chaotic tune, but far from it. This is for you jazz house heads who like a few dub fx thrown in for good measure. The use of percussive space echo fx elements work together with the more traditional house style leads. Main beat structure is at the forefront here, with solid kicks and live sounding high hats, then effected claps and rides kick into add to the overall energy of the track. This is a cool way to start the EP make no mistake about that.
B1 – Lefty’s Bar A more vocal sample based vibe is the mainstay here. This is definitely a summer outdoor feeling, very jazzy lead sounds and laid back groove that would suit any sunny afternoon of chilling and swaying. The use of vox samples here is done with great precision and really adds an authenticity to the piece. The moment where the key sound pitch bends is inspired and those sort of details give tracks like this longevity. The beats are more traditional, snappy and use the main three ingredients of kick, snare and hat. This is one for the summer movers and shakers baby.
B2 – Ken Sent Me The final track of the EP has got the dance floor well in its mind. Of the 3 tracks on the Kill Frenzy EP this is the most uplifting in terms of raw energy. The lead sounds have a more determined and focused feel, they have a kind of cyclic loop effect, which adds drama and urgency. Don’t think because of this that it’s in anyway offensive to the ear as it would fit at the peak time of most sets without being overbearing.
As you would expect the beat work here also follows this formula, really head nodding in its structure and has moments of calm before the storm about it in places. The vocal samples are timely in there placement in the track and give an overall depth and stamp of quality, a great way to end this EP, which is a must have for all you house troopers out there.
a1. Fouk - A Kill Frenzy
b1. Fouk - Lefty's Bar
b2. Fouk - Ken Sent Me
Release Date: 23rd June 2017
Fouk are finally back on Heist after their great 'Kill Frenzy' EP in 2014 and have taken Mount Liberation Unlimited along for a remix.
We've been waiting patiently for new material, challenging the guys to take the signature 'Fouk' sound to the next level. Fouk's brilliance has been obvious on recent work for their own label Outplay and Razor 'n Tape, as well as their respective solo projects. We've kept a close connection, teaming up whenever possible for Heist showcases, with highlights in Amsterdam's "Claire" and Paris' "Concrete". Seeing their work and enthusiasm made it abundantly clear that it would only be a matter of time before they'd show us what the next step would look -or better yet- sound like.
Anticipation ran high but boy, do Fouk deliver. The excellent 'With lasers' EP still very much portrays their own style of loose, live percussion and many layers of funk, but they've expanded their vision and even toughened up a bit.
Their new taste for grit and an interest in the heavier side of funk is probably most evident on the opener 'F3000', where a thunderous arpeggio is supported by distorted drums and lush cosmic synth stabs. Title track 'With lasers' is more of a classic Fouk track, combining a lovely walking disco bassline and their signature drum programming with… erm... lasers. Lots of them.
The B side 'See you on the other side' sets a different pace, carefully blending guitar licks, rhodesy chords and vocal chops into a lovely groove that feels just as carefree and improvised as it feels exciting. Swedish synth nerds "Mount Liberation Unlimited" ran with it and transformed it into a dreamy -Pepe Bradock goes balearic- track where airy echoed guitars take turns with some equally dreamy and evocative pads. A real nice closing to an EP smothered in funk.
Maarten & Lars.
a2. With lasers
b1. See you on the other side
b2. See you on the other side (Mount Liberation Unlimited crying cowboy dubb)
Released 9th November
At Heist, we’re always on the prowl for exciting new music and we’ve seriously found it in the form of new project ‘Kassian’, the brainchild of Joe Danvers- McCabe (‘Danvers’) and Warren Cummings (‘Warren Xclnce’). Both are regulars in the underground and wider reaching London scenes, Warren is a co-founder of Abouttoblow and a previous studio producer at Worldwide FM, whilst Joe came through DJing and running nights in the eclectic world of Bristol nightlife before moving to London. Joe gained considerable attention this year with his ‘Interludes EP’ on Wotnot music, with ‘Aye Ata’ getting played by pretty much everyone from Gilles Peterson to Octo Octa. Perhaps unknowingly, he entered into Heist territory with a Frits Wentink remix on that release. After hearing this release, we got in touch with him and that’s when we heard about Joe and Warren’s plans to launch a new project together. They already had some tracks ready and when we heard them, it had ‘Heist Recordings’ written all over it. The whole EP breathes soul and funk with that dancefloor punch you’ve come to expect from Heist. The Premise EP delivers three originals, each with a hint of soulful, old-school New York House, but with a fresh style and unique character. Finishing the EP is an eccentric and vibey DJ Nature remix. This release marks the start of a new musical path for the duo and we hope they have a lot more music to share with the world. The title track “The Premise” has a special meaning for them: It’s named after the London studio/café ‘The Premises’ where they had their first studio sessions together following a chance meeting at a Peckham party they were both playing.
a1. The Premise
a2. Bad Habit
b1. Love 4:2
b2. Love 4:2 (DJ Nature Remix)
Release Date: 8th September 2017
Across the street from where Trouw used to be, lies a nice little hotel. It was in the basement of this hotel, where a curious meeting happened. Something so coincidental and so unassumingly trivial, that even the slightest event of randomness could have prevented this from ever happening, yet it did happen and here we are.
This curious meeting was the result of an open studio door of Nachtbraker, and the hint of disco coming out the door, where Dr. San Proper just happened to pass by in search of whatever it is he searches for at 10 amon a Tuesday. The good doctor decided to walk in, greeted Nachtbraker in his ordinary weird way and casually grabbed a microphone. Nachtbraker pressed record, Dr. Proper got his inner Mick Jagger on, and behold: Misses, madame, mademoiselle was born: an up-tempo disco groove with Nachtbraker's touch of loose arrangement, and San Proper's amazing vocals. We asked our good friends and great producer duo Session Victim to re-interpret M.m.m. and they gave it a great dreamy-but-groovy twist, adding pads and shuffling hi-hats.
We had already heard Nachtbraker working on a deep house - meets - afro track a while back and he made 2 versions of this track to complement the EP. Hamdi is probably one of the most euphoric tracks in his discography to date, and it's one you're likely to hear a lot in the coming time. With the use of chopped vocals (we'll let you figure out the source material) and a teasing build up, the track breaks down into a lovely chant, adding energy with every bar without ever coming close to being tacky or overproduced. The alternate version is an excursion into 808 booty territory, using different chops, alienating loops and yes, even a siren.
The M.m.m. EP is Nachtbraker's most mature production to date and we're happy to share it with you. Play it loud.
Maarten & Lars.
a1. M.m.m - featuring San Proper's elegy
a2. M.m.m - featuring San Proper's elegy (Session Victim remix)
b2. Hamdi (Bil mix)
They say all good things comes in threes, and with the marking of Nachtbraker's 3rd release for Heist, we can confirm this universal truth once again.
Maurits Verwoerd comes back to Heist with more dancefloor muscle than ever before, and shows us great development of his sound: while keeping his unconventional drum patterns and love for the deeper side of house, he adds some filtered funk flavor along the way. 'Gotta act to react' drives on a saturated bassline, a hypnotizing guitar lick and some seriously loose hi-hats, but really delivers once those hard to place filtered hits come in. 'Pollo con Pollo' is potentially Maurits' most clear attempt at a straightforward groove, with a lovely dreamy guitar loop running throughout the track.
Add his loose sense of arrangement and changeovers, and it's still anything but straightforward.
The B- side gets nice and weird with 2 versions of Intermezz(l)ow, the one being a lovely textured interlude and the other a rough drum workout built around the same theme.
When we asked Maurits who he wanted to have as a remixer, he suggested he'd do a remix himself. We knew better than to argue with him, and since he is who he is, we're not entirely surprised he came up with a great dubbed out acid-tinged flip of 'Gotta act to react'. This EP really shows Nachtbraker's steady rise and will most likely take him out of the shadows he so enjoys, into headline territory and we're glad to support him in this journey.
Sincerely yours, Lars & Maarten
a1. Gotta Act To React
a2. Pollo Con Pollo
Release Date: 10th November 2017
One of our highlights of last year was Nebraska's 'Soften the wireless' EP, with disco stomper Khan's Bargain, and an amazing Tom Noble remix. Since then, we've seen him take on quite a few live shows again, playing at Claire during ADE, and Concrete for our label showcases. He's also managed to find a bit of time to focus on his fresh (new and cool) edit label 'Friends and Relations'. Luckily, since we've been nagging him to do a new EP for Heist just enough for him to still like us, and more than enough for him to want to get it over with, we've gotten our hands on another set of amazing tunes. So we're happy to present his amazing music, nicely packaged in one handy record for your listening pleasure: the 'Metaphor to the floor' EP.
You'll feel a hint of that Nebraska classic 'This is the way' on the lead track 'Affirmation', with its subtle build up and release of energy, looping vocals, and dramatic chords. Aglio e Olio is not only a simple yet tasty Italian dish with of just 5 ingredients, it's also quite the track on this EP, equalling the dish in terms of simplicity and strength. Snares on the 1, Clavi style hits and a loose arrangement give this track a great funk - house crossover appeal.
On the flip, we've got fellow Londoner Laurence Guy, who just released an amazing album on the equally cool 'Church'. His version of Aglio e Olio is a dreamier excursion with filtered pads, acidey licks and more than enough balls in the low end to get you movin' in your dim-lit club of choice.
The EP's final track sees Nebraska turning the energy up a notch or 2 (or 3), with 'Big plate chicken'. It's the sort of track you would imagine Omar S. producing if he would be just a bit whiter, and a bit more British. Whatever that means.
Maarten & Lars.
a2. Aglio e olio
b1. Aglio e olio (Laurence Guy remix)
b2. Big plate chicken
Release Date: 5th December
The Round up part III is here: Our annual cocktail of "Heisty" re-imaginations. With our busiest release schedule so far, we've moved up from a 12" and 10" pack to a double 12" pack, with 7 artists re-rubbing each other's originals in their most personal way imaginable.
Nachtbraker turns Nebraska's sweet and moody 'It won't be long' into a
raw as hell acid stomper.
Ouer and Adesse Versions, deliver a great jackin' take on both their victims and Nebraska adds some disco flavour to Frits Wentink's free handing piano work.
Frits on his turn gets going with the SP404 to add some dusty vibes to our own Future Imperfect while we've turned Obas Nenor's down-tempo excursion with 'Wakee' into an up-tempo Chicago-esque affair, bringing in our Crumar
Performer for some lively work on the strings.
Obas on his turn, gets his MPC fired up and delivers a great Midwest
inspired version of Push it Along.
We've had a truly great year with Heist and have released so much to be proud of, and this Round Up is a great conclusion to it. And as always, special artwork courtesy of Baster.
2 x 180G 12"
a1. Obas Nenor – Wakee (Detroit Swindle Remix)
a2. Ouer – The ascent (Adesse Versions Remix)
b1. Nebraska – It won’t be long (Nachtbraker Remix)
b2. Detroit Swindle – Future imperfect (Frits Wentink Remix)
c1. Adesse Versions – Push it along (Obas Nenor Remix)
d1. Frits Wentink – Rising sun, falling coconut (Nebraska Remix)
d2. Nachtbraker – Pollo con pollo (Ouer Remix)