Released 17th June 2018
Killer Smile is an independent multi-genre record label, created by UK-based producer John Morrow (Foul Play, 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Johnny Halo, Skeleton Army) and lifelong friend and electronic music veteran Darran Juzyk.
The first release on label Killer Smile comes from its founder and ex Foul Play member John Morrow aka Skeleton Army.
The "Catchy Schisms EP" features four eclectic tracks firmly rooted in leftfield territory. Vague pads, swarming electronics, deep bass tones and off kilter drum tracks mark a distinct change in style from previous house based Skeleton Army releases. This is John back in experimental mode, not afraid to take a few risks and avoiding traditional dance floor constraints.
Texture and balance is key with fine details like static on sampled drum kicks adding a rich layer to the EP where sound palettes take centre stage. Arrangements are amorphous and organic drifting along without sounding stifled or robotic. Tracks are coherent and soulful yet fuzzy and edgy resulting in an interesting mixture of house and UK bass. The EP also features "Touch", an uplifting house take on the classic Foul Play sound that revolutionised drum and bass in the early nineties.
The "Catchy Schisms EP" is available both digitally and on limited edition sand coloured translucent vinyl complete with black marbled effect and hand stamped label.
a1. Catchy Schisms
a2. Bedlam Jennie
b1. Dynamite Revolution
Release Date: 24th August 2018
One of the most valuable records of the entire House and Techno scene, certainly one of the most deserving of an official reissue, as was the original mix. Finally it comes via the new Italian label 'La Bella Di Notte' courtesy of
Franco Falsini, founder of Interactive Test and Marco Febbraro, music consultant at Strictly Groove.
a1. Model Citizen - The Right To Dance & Learn
a2. Model Citizen - Minority Views
b1. Model Citizen - Raveland
b2. Model Citizen - Dependance & Diversity
Released 12th October 2018
Part 2 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’.
Released 7th September
Dusty grooves from the dunes of Scheveningen! Inspired by myth, legend and scifi; Legowelt conjures up four ancient mysticism and space odyssey themed tracks that will take you on another journey through psychedelic space and paranormal rituals.
a1. Omnibus Babylon
a2. Learning to Fly
b1. Miskatonic Trimester
b2. Golem Memory Bank
Released 17th August 2018
Pop down Shamansbury's, pick up a double pack of Gregorian Chanting. Add water, stir in some Acid and a side of Wonk. Microwave for 2mins. Bingo. Arms aloft fun for the whole family.
a. Unknown Artist - Georgian Monastic Chant (Pill Mix)
b. Unknown Artist - Georgian Monastic Chant (Psychedelic Mix)
Released 10th August 2018
Hugo Massien returns to E-Beamz to complete his hat-trick of releases. This time out he brings arguably his most explorative and refined work to date.
a1. Where Your Body Begins
a2. The Only Constant Is Change
b1. Alien Shapes
b2. Circles (Going In)
b3. Faith In Chaos
Released 10th August 2018
We introduce Comfort Zone, a young producer from Montreal, who has been making music for around 7 years now. He is inspired by "music from late 90s/early 00s video game soundtracks and the occasional snippets of electronic music I heard as a kid". We find that statement very much reflected in this release, as he masters the challenge of blending mysterious samples and different styles to form harmonious compositions.
On one side of the 4-track EP we have 2 groovy House tracks, reminiscent of early 2000s House by the likes of Lance DeSardi, Ian Pooley and Atjazz, on the other side 2 classic Jungle tracks which uphold our tradition of releasing timeless music.
a2. Moonrocks (Rocks Off Mix)
b1. I Want U
b2. Play This One In Toronto
Released 7th September 2018
Next up for Bristol’s Phuture Shock is the fifth instalment of ‘EXCURSIONS’ – via its vinyl-only, ‘Anything goes’ offshoot, Phuture Shock Excursions. Functioning in a similarly eclectic vein as previous V/A issues, ‘EXCURSIONS #5’ presents four genre-hopping cuts - spanning the outer realms of electro, house, techno and broken beat - courtesy of an international roster made up of both up-and-coming and established talent from across the dance music underground.
On board for this latest venture is South Korean DJ/producer DJ Bowlcut, a rising talent and prominent figure of Seoul’s blossoming underground electronic scene, whose career has swiftly gathered pace over the last year. Having debuted with 2017’s ‘Colmena’ EP on local label Honey Badger Records, he’s since racked up a growing number of compilation singles via fledgling imprints including Nerang and Neo Violence. Another relative newcomer with strong promise arrives in the form of Cologne-based producer and DJ Sandilé, here making her debut outing on vinyl, following a handful of digital releases on various labels within her hometown. While signaling a third appearance on the imprint and needing little introduction is bass music veteran Nubian Mindz, offering up his first new material in almost 18 months. And last but not least is Bristol’s experimental beat-smith and composer William Yates aka Memotone, here operating under his dancefloor-leaning guise Half Nelson - a side project that came about last year with a 12” on London’s Breaker Breaker.
Taking the helm on side A is DJ Bowlcut with ‘Aurora Borealis’, an electro-inspired ode to the natural phenomena of the Nordic skies which lends the track title its name; where glacial synth hooks and spectral voice pads interplay against a backdrop of ethereal soundscapes that swirl around skittering hi-hats and muscular beats with an added lo-fi edge. Sandilé takes the reins on the A2 cut with the curiously titled ‘Not Drum & Bass’, a sprightly deep house roller, built around glimmering, jazzy keys and bright synth stabs, anchored by UKG-imbued four to the floor drums and the kind of deep, pulsating subs that suggests an ironic doff of the cap to the genre that the track title alludes to. On the flip things take a more experimental turn, where first up dwells the futuristic bass oddity ‘Madcap Voxist’ from Nubian Mindz; which straddles the borders of bruk, techno, bashment and UK funky through a roving-b-line, filtered piano stabs and crisp, syncopated snares interposed between bleepy electronics, and an onset of guttural rumblings from what might be an extraterrestrial species lurking beneath the surface. Reprising the sci-fi narrative and closing the disc is the sludgy, mid-tempo stomp of Half Nelson’s ‘Alien Future’, where choppy hi-hats and frail 4/4 kicks chug their way through nebulous textures, before converging with a deluge of squelchy, analogue bass and an oscillating synth pattern intent on causing mass disorientation. In short, the soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic vision where aliens have invaded planet earth as we know it and wiped out all human existence.
a1. DJ Bowlcut – Aurora Borealis
a2. Sandile – Not Drum & Bass
b1. Nubian Mindz – Madcap Voxist
b2. Half Nelson – Alien Future
Released 12th October 2018
Part 1 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’.
a2. Oo Licky
b1. See You on Monday
Released 23rd July
Super smooth release on NNY Records full of lush and sensual tracks. On the A side we can listen to Nicson (Flumo Recordings) who delivers an excellent "Straight To Heaven" in a Deep-House 90's mood, full of energy and class; after him F. Vinuesa (Solid Tapes) approaches Lo-Fi and Acid paths with "Highlands", a tune that is is capable of transporting you to another dimension. On the B side Mateis e. aqir (Jungle Gym Records) presents "Natural Sense", a track that also takes you to a different dimension, this time more oriented to open spaces, in a Balearic and New Age mood fused with a leftfield touch which is a delight; and to close the compilation we have the great work of I See You In The Plants, the new aka by Pablo Diskko for productions in an ambient techno-dub wave that absorbs you and catches you. A superb and an essential work.
a1. Nicson - Straight to Heaven
a2. F. Vinuesa - Highlands
b1. Mateis E. Aqir - Natural Sense
b2. I See You in the Plants - Funny Cat Video
Released 20th July 2018
The Drip EP brings together four distinctive producers and one set of sounds - The Drips. The result is a compilation of 4 tracks that bring the swing and sampling of some of Accidental Jnr’s finest to produce a soaking wet dancefloor.
First up is label boss Matthew Herbert with a trademark groove that harks back to his Wishmountain moniker albeit found lurking in the swamp. Cosmo Sheldrake takes a slight departure from his usual multi-instrumentaling live-looping avant-folk to deliver a track that could only be described as travelling circus aqua-techno. Bahraini born, French / US bred and now Edinburgh dwelling video game builder, sound designer and sometime Scottish league football referee Yann Seznec opens the B-side with an absolute stormer of a rain drenched club hook. Sussex based producer Crewdson and builder of such electronic instruments as the Eggiophone and Concertronica closes proceedings with a drizzling evolving 2-step number.
a1. Matthew Herbert - The Swamp
a2. Cosmo Sheldrake - Splosh
b1. Yann Seznec - Droplets
b2. Crewdson - Amphibious
Released 20th July 2018
Mall Grab returns to Hot Haus dropping 3 of his most sought after jams to date. Currently tearing up clubs worldwide Pool Party Music is a snapshot of one of house music’s most intriguing artists, from the 'In Yer Face’ anthemic horns of the opening track to the low slung crunk-houz of B.F.O.D.A.A.S. the EP wraps up with Catching Feelings one of his most in-demand productions.
a1. Mall Grab - Pool Party Music
b1. Mall Grab - B_F_O_D_A_A_S_
b2. Mall Grab - Catching Feelings
Released 27th July
Julius is finally back on his own home Smallville with Along The Coast- it’s the first solo 12“ since his mesmerizing Flocking Behaviour album in 2014. After remixes for Telfort and Lerosa recently, a 12“ together with moomin on his Closer label and some Smallpeople material last year plus a surprising non-electronic album with his band-project Tonight Will Be Fine (together with Abdeslam Hammouda) on Japanese label Mule Musiq, Julius is now back on his own imprint, delivering 3 deep cuts for the dancefloor. Next to running the Smallville record-store and -label, Julius started his own club-night and accompanied stamp-label Down By The Lake (catalogue number 03 is out now) in Freiburg, plus hosting the Smallville & Friends thursday at legendary Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg every month as a Smallpeople residency together with Just von Ahlefeld. They also put out record no. 5 on Smallville-offshoot Fuck Reality recently. Watch out for more good things to come this summer.. As always Along The Coast comes with a full Cover Artwork by Stefan Marx.
a1. Along the Coast
b2. Be Myself
Released 13th July 2018
From the fringe of a dream house music fantasy, Valerie from the Galerie makes their debut with an album of plush, outsider NJ style house music, that cuts the space in between the nu grooves of the Burrell Bros, the Windy City bump of Mr. Fingers and the seductive club gleam of Soichi Terada.
Valerie from the Galerie is dedicated wife and in-house producer for legendary DJ Bob Cuts. Specialising in Hydroxide House, Loose Chignon and The Conk.
a1. Paradis (3:10)
a2. It Don’t Worry Me (3:58)
a3. Hello Goodbye Hello (3:40)
a4. Pretentiousness (2:57)
b1. Trouble & Strife (4:51)
b2. The Razzle Dazzle (3:33)
b3. At the Movies (2:17)
b4. Hallucinations (2:52)