Released 22nd July 2016
Matthew Dear’s Audion project stands proudly at the intersection between art and hedonism, realised over a decade long dedication to powerful and relevant dance music.
Growing out of the vibrant DIY Detroit underground, Audion and his contemporaries were free to feed off the energy reverberating from UK and European dancefloors, but singular in their desire to create their own sound and spirit. An Audion release is techno in it’s purest sense - whether it’s pushing the bombastic limits, spinning the dancefloor out of control or elegantly toying with just a few sonic elements.
‘Alpha’ is Audion’s first artist album in 10 years and comes at the end of a period of fevered activity. The collective body of work standing as a marker in time and a defining moment in the life of the artist. Drowning out the noise of the outside world, ‘Alpha’ was a puzzle pieced together sonically in the shadows and wildly brought to life in a matter of weeks. The artwork for ‘Alpha’ has again been realised by Will Calcutt, Dear’s long time collaborator, who has a visual plan for the music that matches the sonic vision, completing the final critical piece of the puzzle. Taken from the album, Gut Man Cometh and Destroyer get the remix treatment from UK producers Matthew Herbert and FOLD
a1. Gut Man Cometh (Matthew Herbert’s Feel Right Rub)
b1. Destroyer (FOLD’s Lean Tape Version)
Released 24th March 2017
DJ Koze comes up to task for the next re-construction of Michael Mayer & Joe Goddard’s ‘For You’, following up from the re-interpretation by Diynamic’s Solomun and Pachanga Boys. The maverick of flawless productions develops two narratives for this remix package: The first is a club mix composed of layered, floor-raising chords while ruffling up the original vocals gradually and elegantly. The second is a Mbira remix, filled with African-inspired percussive inklings and sprinkled with effortless melodic flourishes. With two accompanying instrumental versions, DJ Koze takes us to the final curtain, closing the end chapter to Michael Mayer’s acclaimed ‘&’ project.
a1. DJ Koze Club Mix
b1. DJ Koze Mbira Remix
b2. DJ Koze Mbira Instrumental
Released 22nd July 2016
Portable is Alan Abrahams, a South African born artist and producer who is also a celebrated live act.
Emerging more than fifteen years ago with a sound that marries real electronic soul with deep moods and abstract grooves, he is someone who has released his minimal wares on cult labels like Perlon and Live At Robert Johnson, as well as his own Süd Electronic.
Always experimenting with rhythm and imbuing his music with a wide world of influences, this latest work that proves that once more. Portable’s music reached a new level of exposure when the 2014 track “Surrender” received a “Best New Track” designation from Pitchfork, and appeared in re-edited form on DJ Koze’s critically acclaimed DJ-Kicks mix (named the #1 mix of 2015 by Resident Advisor).
Portable signed to !K7, and is to release his sixth full length artist album through the label in August 2016. The 11 track affair is his most personal yet, and as such is a self-titled work that features plenty of his own vocal work, as well as some choice collaborations. The first 12″ single sees Deetron and Bodycode deliver remixes alongside exclusive track ‘Balanese Nights’ that doesn’t feature on the full length album.
a1. Say It’s Going To Change (Original Mix)
a2. Say It’s Going To Change (Bodycode Remix feat. Ursula Rucker)
b1. Say It’s Going To Change (Deetron ‘Space Station’ Remix)
b2. Balanese Nights
Release Date: 14th May 2021
For Jayda G, joy is a state of mind. Whether she transmits it through her upbeat productions or magnetic energy at the decks, the Canadian-born DJ and producer, real name Jayda Guy, is a beacon of empathy on the dancefloor.
It’s no surprise, then, that Jayda G’s DJ-Kicks mix, releasing on 14 May, captures the buoyant spirit of the music that has influenced her most. “DJ-Kicks has been a personal goal of mine for a really long time. I've been a fan for decades now. I remember there was one mix by Chromeo and it had some French disco on it that always stood out in my mind,” she remembers. Clocking in at just over an hour, Guy’s mix takes you on a journey that moves through loved classics and new bubblers.
The mix contains Jayda's Brand new single "All I Need", the follow up to Grammy Nominated breakthrough single "Both Of Us", a slinky house tune co-produced with James Ford that fizzes with shimmering energy. A rallying cry for kinship and understanding, Guy’s insouciant vocals insist “all I need is you to hear me”, gliding across the perfectly swung house beat. “Because the mix was made during the pandemic, I thought, ‘What music makes me happy?’ I want people to feel like they know me. I wanted it to be approachable, still honouring the disco and soul music that I love. I hope that translates in some shape or form.”
A1. Jayda G - All I Need
A2. Fred Again.. - Diana (You Don’t Even Know)
B1. LNS - Bitumen
B2. Jennifer Loveless - In 10,000 Places
B3. HAAi - Good Ol'Fashioned Rugs
C1. DJ BORING - Gardenia
C2. House of Jazz - Hold Your Head Up
D1. Glass Beams - Taurus
D2. Royale - I Want Your Body
D3. Benny Sings - Summerlude