Das Komplex, aka Marcin £ukaszewicz aka.. what is this guy’s name? Whoever he is, he is fucking slow. But word on the street is, he is super happy, to be slow, and to make records, and build ships, or whatever it is that he does, when he’s not answering our emails. Rumour has it, that Henry is the man who built the Ostbahnhof - with his own bare hands. Before that he was making music. For twenty carefree, happy-go-lucky years. Recently, he started releasing some of it, much to his surprise, on nice, family-themed labels such as Young Adults and Father & Son. This is his first offering for Love On The Rocks. It’s sublime, it’s soft, and it wants you to fall in love, at night, back in the days, under the electric light of your favourite dancefloor, with two major jams on the A-side, and a consciousness-altering, life-changing, dance floor destroying, 13-minute disco trip on the other. Music to microdose to.
Release Date: 14th July 2017
Omer joins the Love On The Rocks family with a massive underground smash, the not-so-well-kept secret rework that’s been doing the rounds recently among a handful of trusted DJs, inducing hands-in-the-air hysteria and clocking up more than a few plays in clubs from Robert Johnson to Panorama Bar. Finally it lands here as the title track of the EP, perfectly tooled for any poolside dance party. Phew!
Finding just enough room for another huge jam to share the same side, Omer moves effortlessly into his trademark late night melancholic trip territory with High Hopes, leading in with snapping percussion before giving way to a fierce bassline, swirling layers of melody and synths that resonate with warmth and emotion.
Rounding out the proceedings, Back and Forth pulses with electric energy from the word go, quickly pulling you into its distinctly neon after-dark atmospherics, with a forboding hook that twists around itself amid spiralling tension, and on into euphoria. You and me to the party, you and me all night. You and me to the party, you and me all night.
a2. High Hopes
b1. Back and Forth
Released 29th July 2016
Detroit enigma Sharif Laffrey makes a return to Paramida’s Berlin-based Love On The Rocks imprint with ‘Pony EP’. The two track EP marks his second release with the label (following ‘Key Jam (A.C.I.D.)’) and his third release in three years - something of a roll for Laffrey who typically allows years to pass between each outing. A-Side: ‘PONY J.A.M.’ Over 9 minutes of what sounds like nineties 4/4 Indian acid-house bass music - in the best way. Surprising vocals & a healthy 3 minute lead in. B-Side: ‘PONY ROGER’ If the pony you were riding on the A-Side was galloping through a grassy meadow - this pony heads into a dark cave. If the A-side is The Never Ending Story then the B-side is The Dark Crystal. But with Prince instead of Bowie. Sharif Laffrey has been playing records and making music for 20 long hard years. Born in Detroit, Michigan - he’s worked on the line checking camshafts for Chryslers & at Submerge for Mike Banks - at the same time. He toured Asia with Juan Atkins and once had to chase a grown man through the streets at night, who had crawled into his living room through an open window. An active member in Detroit’s early rave scene, Sharif remembers booking all foreign gigs with something he calls a fax machine.
a1. Pony J.A.M.
b1. Pony Roger
Totes Preesh make tracks for your ears. Sean Marquand and Patrick Wood of New York City have created these sounds for you and your friends and tooled them to perfection, for your pleasure. Whether you’re at home, or in the club, or driving around in your car, looking for drugs, you can count on these guys to soundtrack your day correctly. They were featured on 2015’s ‘Mangiami - La Compilation’ on Golf Channel Recordings, but this is their first 12”. They are here to make you bump to a cosmic sound that is sexy and pristine, and yet, also feels exactly like two buffalo boys going round the outside, round the outside. Double A-side alert. First up ‘Head Shop Boys’, a kicky, kinky, neon affair, perfect for late-night debauchery; on the flip, ’Haole’ is a straight up trip with some serious old school New York flavour, and will undoubtedly prove to be the world’s first crossover drive-time club banger.
a. Head Shop Boys
For the 7th release on Love On The Rocks, we welcome the Mexican duo Zombies in Miami for a three track EP titled “Snake Language”.
The title track is a raw an haunting drum heavy number. On the flip comes “Calo” with its twisting riffs that wind and turn alongside percussive interludes. “Yamo” changes the pace but is no less impressive with climactic flutes and a driving bass line. El Fuego completes the release as a digital exclusive. With this EP, the Zombies in Miami are literally on fire!
a1. Snake Language