Released 2nd September 2016
Long-time London based friends and regular collaborators Ethyl & Flori have been foraying between the blurred lines of house and techno with releases on labels like secretsundaze, Aim and Fear of Flying for the last 6 years - and with a glowing reputation under their belt, 2015 saw the duo launch their own imprint E&F Records. This time however, their most recent venture is a release with London label Mutual Friend Recordings and combines the duo’s talent with enigmatic label owners and Friends Of Ours London party curators Our Mutual Friend, their solo EP on Brooklyn’s Voodoo Down Records earlier this year was tipped by such luminaries as Levon Vincent and DJ October. Ethyl & Flori open the package with otherworldy cut ‘Lacewing’, driven by a rolling bass and delicately sprinkled with ethereal chime hits and lingering piano melodies. Up next, Our Mutual Friend deliver a hypnotic, layered remix of ‘Lacewing’, instead laying the focus on down-tempo percussion and glitched samples. Our Mutual Friend open up the flip with ‘Burnside’ which lays down chattering bass hits shuffling alongside soothing melodic chimes, then Ethyl & Flori deliver a toughened remix of ‘Burnside’, injecting some of their relentless techno style by deepening the cut with murky synth notes and dark atmospherics. The new EP ‘Lacewing/Burnside’ from Ethyl, Flori & Our Mutual Friend is out on Mutual Friend Recordings 30th August 2016.
a1. Ethyl & Flori - Lacewing
a2. Ethyl & Flori - Lacewing (Our Mutual Friend Remix)
b1. Our Mutual Friend - Burnside
b2. Our Mutual Friend - Burnside (Ethyl & Flori Remix)
Mysterious hardware tinkerer Stephan ‘STL’ Laubner is back with a 3 track + locked groove EP on the London based imprint Mutual Friend Recordings entitled Listen Up!
Mind Puzzlin is exactly that with a luscious lead line that will twist your head accomponied by STL’s signature rough and overdriven percussion. Smile Function has a more ominous tone with repeated guitar plucks that plant themselves into your consciousness. STL builds the groove expertly whilst retaining an other-worldly feel to the track. Wrong is a real groover with a growling bassline accomponied by weird and wonderful interwoven patterns coaxed out of STL’s synths. The locked groove, titled Listen Up! Loop is a nice bonus for the more adventurous DJ out there.
a1. Stl - Smile Function
a2. Stl - Listen Up! Loop
b1. Stl - Wrong
b2. Stl - Mind Puzzlin