Release Date: 30th April 2021
As life and the world as we once knew it enters a new wave, Phuture Shock Musik continues apace with their first solo release of the year entitled ‘Dub Rockas’ EP, by none other than deep house maestro, Trinidadian Deep.
Widely known for his deeply spiritual and afro-leaning sound, the Brooklyn, NYC-based producer and DJ has remained a dominant force within the deep house sphere for over twenty years, and during this time has released work on a string of reputable labels, including Neroli, Deepblak, Shelter and Ron Trent’s Future Vision imprint, to name but a few.
Now surfacing on Bristol’s Phuture Shock for his latest 12”, Trini combines signature themes of Yoruba mythology, soundsystem culture and his native Caribbean roots, with hints of dub, soca and afro styles across three spellbinding house jams that form the ‘Dub Rockas’ EP. As you can expect from Trinidadian Deep, this is the highest order in hypnotic, tribal rhythms and lush, ocean-deep sonics that will touch the innermost depths of your mind, body and soul.
The A-side opens up with the mystical aura of ‘Dub Rockas’; a deep, percussion-laden roller, centred around a sturdy b-line made to rock up the dance, and as the title suggests is peppered with dub flourishes via heady dub chords, wailing dub sirens and soundclash vocal samples; whilst glistening organ solos of a tropical vibe slither gracefully between cantering soca-style beats that drives the riddim along to militant effect. Named after a low-key backstreet in North West London, ‘Euston Street’ follows next in a similar soundbwoy fashion as the A1 though with a brighter tone, where dense layers of afro percussion and jostling, semi-bruk rhythms prance in unity with a melange of Caribbean-flavoured woodwind licks, atmospheric pads and dubbed out synths; altogether topped off by a nimble display of gospel-tinged organ work that sears thru the track like wildfire.
a1. Trinidadian Deep - Dub Rockas
a2. Trinidadian Deep - Euston Street
b1. Trinidadian Deep - Cultured Roots
Release Date: 29th January 2021
As Bristol’s Phuture Shock Musik strides into its landmark tenth year in action and the next chapter of its journey, the sister arm of the label casts the net a little wider in both a geographic sense and genre wise for its latest vinyl-only compilation release -‘EXCURSIONS # 7’. Rallying up a dynamic force of global talent from as far and wide as South Korea to South Africa through to Europe and the United States, this instalment orbits a sonic dimension where modern, left-leaning strains of house, broken beat and future soul freely collide together across four exclusive cuts.
a1. DJ Bowlcut - Aurora Borealis (Scratcha DVA Remix)
a2. Evan If - 77 Progress
b1. Echln - Come Around ft Amarafleur
b2. Stefan Ringer - Vloss
Release Date: 21st August 2020
For their second release of the year, Josiah Hartley’s Phuture Shock label welcome up-and-coming Manchester producer Szajna to the ranks; armed with his debut solo 12” ‘M41’ EP.
Already bubbling under the surface of Manchester’s diverse music scene for some time, Szajna has been carving out a name for himself far beyond the city of late - as a producer and DJ with a certain penchant for the broken beat genre. In recent years his productions – largely in the form of unreleased dubs and re-edits - have been making waves on the underground; garnering support from DJ’s across the board, including bruk forefather IG Culture and various members of the Selectors Assemble crew. While last summer saw the Manc resident score a V/A appearance on EVM 128 and James Rudie’s Dance Regular imprint.
Picking up from where he left off in 2019, here Szajna steps aboard the Phuture Shock mothership for his maiden voyage flying solo. Titled after the district postcode of Urmston, where the producer was living at the time he wrote the material herein, ‘M41’ EP renders a snapshot of Szajna’s off-kilter production style within three original tracks; merging the funky rhythmic structures of broken beat and 2-step garage, coupled with a cheeky dose of avant-pop melodicism and altogether outlined by the heavy bass lineage of the UK underground to create a somewhat quirky, genre-bending sound. Alongside the trio of originals, the 12” also includes a remix of the title cut by Barcelona’s finest bruk export Karmasound, who returns to the Bristol label hot off the back of his highly praised debut album ‘La Búsqueda’.
Opening up the set is ‘M41’, a melodic, percussion-laced romp, that bounces along to a descending bassline and bruk beats with a playful charm; before a kaleidoscopic wave of cosmic synth hooks and quivering SFX come to the fore, flaunting the chirpy kind of synth interplay that’s far more in tune with the Scandi disco stylings of Todd Terje, than the jazzier flair of the classic West London sound, yet works wonders. Nestled on the A2 is the dubwise skank of ‘Crunchy Landing’, in constrast a more stripped-down iteration of UKG for the darkest-lit club corners. Marked with an understated use of delay and space, it allows room for a deep, dubby bassline to furrow its way in between slick organ stab riffs typical of the old skool house’n’garage sound, whilst crisp hi-hats and galloping snares drive the rhythm forward, in a way that recalls the frenetic, snare patterns of UK Funky.
Maintaining a slight dub aesthetic, B side opener ‘Spooky’ connects the dots between broken beat, grime and dark garage, in turn revealing a much darker side of Szajna’s sound palette. Built around rugged, syncopated beats, and interjected with ice-cold synth motifs and dysphoric pads, the underside boasts a menacing b-line that channels the legacy of Drum’n’Bass and nods to the early works of UKG innovators like Groove Chronicles and Zed Bias. Finally the EP is brought to a vibrant close with Karmasound’s rework of ‘M41’, who puts a more Latin-flavoured twist on the original; retaining much of the percussive ingredients, whilst spicing things up a notch by adding shimmering boogie synths, jazzy keys and even a catchy vocal refrain of his own, all gliding over a decidedly wonky rhythm, that doffs a cap to L.A’s beat scene.
a1. Szajna - M41
a2. Szajna - Crunchy Landing
b1. Szajna - Spooky
b2. Szajna - M41 (Karmasound Remix)
Release Date: 28th February 2020
To kick off the dawn of a new decade and their first release of 2020 in fine style, Phuture Shock Musik very proudly present ‘La Búsqueda’ - the debut album from
multi-skilled musician Damián Botigué aka to the long player format. Barcelona-based producer and Karmasound.
Having released his first 12” ‘Probabalidades’ EP on the Bristol imprint to wide acclaim in 2018, followed by a solid sophomore effort ‘Can See Thru You’ one year later; whilst also contributing to recent projects by label mate Cyclonix and Wolf Music signee Pedro, Karmasound has steadily gained momentum to graduate to the long player format.
Comprised of ten tracks steeped in existential themes, ‘La Búsqueda’ stands out as the producer’s most personal and accomplished work to date, where jazz - particularly of the 70’s Latin fusion/funk variety – is a key source of its inspiration in terms of sound, yet with a contemporary electronic-infused spin and loosely within a broken beat context. Besides taking cues from the above styles, each composition is informed by Botigué’s soulful, interstellar sound that combines live instrumentation with analogue studio gadgetry and a vast range of influences; including hip hop, soul, Afro-Latin, electronica and the forward-thinking sensibilities of the early 00’s West London sound. This rich musical diversity running throughout the LP, strikes a fitting balance between the past and the future that aligns with Phuture Shock’s sonic vision.
a1. Karmasound - Dando Vueltas
a2. Karmasound - Sé Tú Mismo
a3. Karmasound - Lo Único Que Quiero
a4. Karmasound - Constelaciones
a5. Karmasound - Cerca Del Mar
b1. Karmasound - Instantes
b2. Karmasound - Se a La Vida
b3. Karmasound - Bailando Con La Luna
b4. Karmasound - La Búsqueda
b5. Karmasound - Làgrimas De Espereranza
Released 23rd August 2019
On the sixth document of their vinyl-only V/A series ‘EXCURSIONS’, Josiah Hartley’s Phuture Shock label continues its quest to seek and showcase both new and established talent from the adventurous depths of the dance music underground and beyond. Assembling four tracks by a quartet of artists spanning the globe from Brazil to Germany, UK via France and the USA, this versatile collection of dancefloor-orientated cuts largely focuses on the many diverse shades of contemporary deep house.
Leading the charge is Brazilian DJ/producer Nørus, one of São Paulo’s most promising new house music exports on the verge of breaking through, who makes his debut outing on wax with the heavily supported ‘Make A Move’. This dancefloor weapon has been heating up the underground as a digital dubplate – particularly within the international ‘lo-fi’ house scene - for the best part of 18 months, and here finally finds a home for an official physical release. Another fresh face, or rather lesser known talent named Sloppy J is also welcomed into the fold. With one sole release (‘My Jams’ EP) under his belt to date, the low-key Berlin-based Canadian, who also moonlights under the alias Jonattan Levingstone, offers up his first new output since said EP, released on Montreal imprint Parages Music back in 2016.
Making a welcome return, albeit in a remixed presence is Nottingham producer Cyclonix, with a track that first appeared in its original form on ‘EXCURSIONS # 3’. But here gets given a new lease of life from Parisian DJ/producer and D.Ko records co-owner Flabaire, who alongside his label mates, has proved to be a leading light of the revived French house scene in the past few years. Completing the dynamic cast is Ugandan-born, Connecticut/Berlin-based veteran DJ and producer Jenifa Mayanja. Widely known in deep house circles for her efforts on the likes of Underground Quality, Deep ArtSounds, and the three labels she co-helms - Bumako recordings, Sound Warrior and EDJ Records - here she contributes something that taps into her more leftfield impulses.
Freshly mastered for max sonic appreciation, ‘Make A Move’ by Nørus sets off the proceedings on the A-Side; where scuttling hi-hats and UK-style pounding, juggernaut kicks are paired with gnarly bass tones, a sampled vocal loop that drifts in and out of the mix, and a dusty milieu of woozy pads that altogether manages to evoke the hazy nostalgia of early 90’s house and techno raves. Next up the reins are handed over to Sloppy J with the hypnotic, Chicago-influenced workout ‘Lange Nacht’, which is centred around a filtered piano groove that swings forth with jazzy flair over a cacophony of jittery cymbals, fierce offbeat claps and sporadic bursts of bleeps and blips from an unknown planet many light years away. For his remix of Cyclonix’s ‘On My Mind’ on the flipside opener, Flabaire cranks up the BPM with the addition of rolling four to the floor beats and a slinky bassline; leaving just small traces of the original’s vocal sample, whilst sprinkling a melange of techy synth hooks and warm emotive pads as the track evolves into something entirely new and deep into peak-time territory. Before Jenifa Mayanja completely flips the script with the esoteric deepness of EP finale ‘The Deed Is In The Doing’, an abstract house jam for the mind, body and soul of the Room 2 dwellers, where sweeping sci-fi chords and MK-esque MIDI sax licks envelope themselves around a steady 4/4 rhythm track replete with intricate percussion, and a groovy analogue bassline that writhes its way around the track with serpentine splendour.
a1. Nørus – Make A Move
a2. Sloppy J - Lange Nacht
b1. Cyclonix – On My Mind (Flabaire Remix)
b2. Jenifa Mayanja – The Deed Is In The Doing
Release Date - 10th May 2019
After making a V/A appearance on ‘EXCURSIONS # 5’ via Phuture Shock’s EXCURSIONS sub-label in 2018, rising German talent Sandilé returns, this time on the Bristol-based parent imprint, with a blistering two-track missive entitled ‘Bulla Bulla’.
Having emerged out of Cologne’s vibrant underground house and techno scene over the last few years, the local DJ and producer has steadily built a name for herself with frequent DJ gigs across Europe and a clutch of releases on hometown labels including Like Records and IM IN LOVE. While last year saw the German artist land a production credit on Berlin’s Neovinyl, by way of a notable collaboration with prolific house duo Black Loops.
Here adding to her growing credentials, with her first solo outing on Phuture Shock Musik, Sandilé showcases her versatile, groove-driven style across two club-bound tracks - both of which bridge the gap between the soulful essence of deep house and the unrelenting drive of techno; replete with dark and dubby overtones, whilst also heavily taking cues from the UK’s rich bass music roots.
The opening salvo arrives in the form of the bass-driven ‘Bulla Bulla’, where a rollicking, tom-tom laden groove, sharp hi-hats and driving beats serve as a taut, rhythmic base for a whirlwind of fluttering dub chords, manic rimshots and Jamaican vocal chants that delicately merge with deeply emotive keys and lush pads enriched with the hi-tech soul of Motor City and an air of Bristol melancholy. Maintaining the dancefloor urgency on the B-Side, albeit on a more pensive, heads-down tip is ‘Heavy One’, which unfolds with the throb of hefty 4/4 kicks, bubbling low end and delay-drenched synth stabs that incessantly pierce through layers of skittering percussion and snappy claps, before a cascade of eerie padded chords akin to the 90’s intelligent jungle atmospherics of LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking imprint - takes you on a late-night sonic journey across the dark Metropolis of Berlin via Cologne through to inner city London and Detroit, running deep into the afterhours.
a1. Sandilé - Bulla Bulla
b1. Sandilé - Heavy One
Release Date - 18th January 2019
Hot off the back of a well-received debut 12” - ‘Probabilidades’ EP - published on Phuture Shock Musik some 10 months ago, Damián Botigué aka Karmasound returns to deliver his follow-up release on the Bristol label, by name of ‘Can See Thru You’.
For this second outing, the Barcelona-based producer steps into a collaborative mode and calls up on the smoky vocal talents of upcoming singer-songwriter Jedreck, to present a jazzy, late-night bruk affair with a range of influences that includes Neo soul, Latin jazz, Detroit house and broken beat, all doused in soulful warmth. In addition to the lead track, the release also features two inspired remixes by Bristol’s very own soulful house don Sean McCabe, plus a bonus original track on the B-side to top off the disc.
Opening up the A-Side is the vocal-led broken house jam ‘Can See Thru You’, where featured vocalist Jedreck croons his way over a jazz-infused composition laced with melancholy synthpads, wriggly P-funk synths and skippy, Afro-Latin rhythms that progresses into a low-swung, four-to-the floor bounce sounding straight out of Detroit. Next follows Sean McCabe’s Broken Mind Mix of ‘Can See Thru You’, who reimagines the track into a lively bruk roller geared more towards the dancefloor and injects an infectious feel-good vibe through the supplement of groovy keys and a frenzy of lustrous synths around the vocals, whilst driven by a funky drum pattern and lilting, boogie-indebted bass. Side B of the single is home to the second of Sean McCabe’s remixes of the A-side cut, where he harks back to the 90’s with an epic US garage dub, that trims down Jedreck’s vox and invites new musical elements to the forefront such as uplifting strings, funky synth hooks and a display of dexterous organ solos as the track evolves; altogether anchored by solid TR909 beats and a mighty synthbass groove redolent of Kerri Chandler. Rounding off proceedings is the nocturnal broken grooves of ‘Another Way’ which combines sensuous Rhodes chords and percussive, rolling drums with warm analogue bass and tasty synth licks that evokes the future boogie jazz-funk deeds of genre masters Dego + Kaidi Tatham; coupled with a yearnful vocal refrain sung by Karmasound and sultry backing vocals from frequent collaborator Sara Bee.
a1. Karmasound - Can See Thru You ft. Jedreck
a2. Karmasound - Can See Thru You ft. Jedreck (Sean McCabe Broken Mind Remix)
b1. Karmasound - Can See Thru You ft. Jedreck (Sean McCabe 909 Dub)
b2. Karmasound - Another Way
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
Release Date: 24th November 2017
Following transmissions from Nubian Mindz and Cyclonix this year, Phuture Shock Musik returns to welcome new signing Damián Botigué aka Karmasound to the fold, who makes his debut outing on wax with the six-track strong ‘Probabilidades’ EP.
Hailing from Buenos Aires, though currently residing in Barcelona, the Argentine musician and producer has plied his trade for a number of years, which has yielded collaborative projects and releases beyond his homeland; including the self-released ‘Magnetic Love’ EP and later compilation appearances on Tokyo Dawn and BBE records as one half of electronic soul act Saturn’s Children - with London soul singer-songwriter Emeson. While further production has surfaced on releases by Spanish hip hop outfit K.A.O.S, collaborative works under the moniker Evan& Damian, not to mention a few low-key efforts of his own.
Here on ‘Probabilidades’ EP, Karmasound widens his highly musical, soulful sound, and delivers an electronic-tinged release, where his South American heritage and Latin musical roots remain at the core, while traversing through broken beat, hip hop, jazz, fusion, funk and Afro-Latin flavours. With six cuts varying in rhythm, tempo and influence, the 12” highlights Botigué’s extremely diverse production style and makes for a perfect introduction to a very fine talent on the rise.
Kicking off side A is the stuttering bossa-bruk rhythms of ‘Compra Pan’ which playfully lopes its way around jazzy keyboard stabs that duet with chirpy synth melodies and supple basslines. The frenetic beats of ‘Flashback’ follows and ups the tempo, while running amok with solid double bass, spacey synths and an infectious Brazilian-infused keyboard groove that brings to mind the classic “samba doido” stylings of Azymuth. Before making way for the future jazz-funk of ‘Summer Rain’, where vocalist and regular collaborator, Sara Bee adds soaring vocal harmonies over syrupy Rhodes chords and a cascade of glowing synths; firmly underpinned by bristling Latin percussion and broken beats. Face down opens up with the beat-driven jaunt ‘Dulce De Leche’, which revolves around a hypnotic keyboard motif, interlocked with rolling synthbass and a tasty clave and cowbell-laden drum track that fluidly morphs between hip hop beats and lilting jazz-fusion grooves. Next up appears the up-tempo cosmic funk of ‘Probabadilidades’, where clunky, shuffling rhythms bordering on jazz jungle, collide with pattering hi-hats and claps, against a backdrop of sophisticated keys and a bulbous bassline that contorts through the arrangement. While rounding off the EP on a laidback tip is ‘Sobremesa Eterna’ - a composition guided by wah guitar licks, balmy Rhodes chords and shimmering organs that cruise elegantly over off kilter rhythms; all of which inhabits a sweet spot between soulful, late-night hip hop jams and the west London sound with a Latin swagger.
a1. Compra Pan
a3. Summer Rain
b1. Dulce De Leche
b3. Sobremesa Eterna
Release Date: 11th August 2017
Fresh off the back of a contribution to the V/A 12” ‘EXCURSIONS’ # 3 via Phuture Shock Excursions, and a release on Talahachi earlier this year, Nottingham producer Cyclonix returns to the fold with his debut EP for Phuture Shock Musik entitled ‘Alien Drug Store’ EP.
As with his previous offerings - that have found a home on the likes of Red Rack’ems Smugglers Inn, Horn Wax, Ruff Draft, plus his co-owned End of Label Boss imprint – Cyclonix continues to explore the deeper and more leftfield spectrum of underground dance music with a futuristic vision. Made up of two original tracks, ‘Alien Drug Store’ EP draws on a host of electronic influences ranging from deep house to Detroit beatdown; alongside subtle hints of acid house and dub techno, whilst both retain the producers trademark sci-fi aesthetic. The release is completed with a sterling remix of ‘You’d Better Not’ from a pioneering legend of the UK underground - 4Hero’s Marc Mac, under his Nu Era guise.
Heading up the A side is ‘You’d Better Not’, a slow-grooving techno cut bolstered by punchy kicks and a rubbery bassline, where foreboding sci-fi vox samples are interspersed with dubbed out chords and crunchy offbeat snares, as the arrangement shifts from one mood to another. The sub-aquatic vibes of ‘Two Face’ follows, which is set to a hypnotic two chord pattern, 4/4 kicks and a lashing of moody synths that gradually entices you into deeper realms through the aid of rippling hi-hats and rhythmic percussion with a submersed quality. On the flip is Marc Mac’s Nu Era take on the 12”s lead cut ‘You’d Better Not’, who transforms the menacing original into a blast of uplifting broken techno, where the soulful musicality of sustained strings and piano chords complement snippets of the original’s vocal sample that drifts atop adept drum programming, bouncy synth bass and a flurry of glistening synth melodies.
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a1. You'd Better Not
a2. Two Face
b1. You'd Better Not (Marc Mac - Nu Era Remix)
Released 24th February 2017
For their first release of 2017, Phuture Shock Excursions venture further afield with an accomplished remix package; featuring two reworks of Nubian Mindz’(Colin Lindo) soulful house gem ‘Somebody Else’ – which appeared in its original form on last years ‘EXCURSIONS’ # 3 split EP.
On this bold occasion the Bristol imprint have enlisted the masterful talents of Cavern of Anti-Matter - the latest side project led by Stereolab co-founder Tim Gane. Having so far remixed songs by mainly indie-rock artists, the Berlin-based outfit turn their hand to the disparate realms of underground dance music for the first time. Also lending their seasoned expertise and going against the grain is Sean O’Hagan – the frontman of experimental indie-pop stalwarts The High Llamas.
Residing on the A-side is Cavern of Anti-Matter’s epic reconstruction, which eschews the synth- heavy kosmische explorations they’re widely known for, in favour for a more dance floor-leaning direction that takes Lindo’s vocals on a funky, kaleidoscopic trip across the galaxy via 80s Detroit. Laced with crisp drum machine beats, groovy analogue synth lines aplenty and lush shimmering chords reminiscent of Gane’s former groop; it sits somewhere between the raw electro-funk of Cybotron and quite possibly what The Neptunes would sound like if they made techno. While on the flipside Sean O’Hagan serves up a dreamy dub, where select fragments of the original vocals float across soothing passages of live instrumentation. Before the arrangement seamlessly flits between moments of jazzy electric piano grooves and swirling organs, through to melodic baroque pop interludes in 3/4 time - that probably wouldn’t sound out of place in the scene of a Pixar animated movie. Shy of just three minutes in length, it’s delightfully short and sweet, yet leaves you wanting more upon every listen.
a. Somebody Else (Cavern Of Anti-Matter Remix)
b. Somebody Else (Sean O'Hagan Remix)
Released 25th November 2016
Phuture Shock Excursions round up four artists for the next ‘EXCURSIONS’ release, which like the maiden 12” is another four-track compilation of genre-bending sounds. Representing this instalment is the ever-prolific bass music trailblazer Colin Lindo, better known as Nubian Mindz, Phuture Shock Musik mainstay Roof Light - who returns following his initial contribution to PSMEX001 two years ago, Graz’s Simon/off aka Sun People under his latest alias Mighty Buha, and emergent Nottingham- based producer Cyclonix - who in the last few years has amassed releases on various labels including his co-owned End of Level Boss, Horn Wax, and Red Rack’ems Smugglers Inn.
All versatile producers in their own right, each contributor is given free rein to showcase an alternative side of their production repertoire across the EP’s four distinct tracks; where some of the styles on offer are seldom heard in their more familiar work within the electronic dance music landscape.
Nubian Mindz leads the tracklist with ‘Somebody Else’, a deep gliding house cut that sees the veteran producer also take on vocal duties via his C.L moniker, and marks a full on deviation from the rugged, bass-heavy fare that he is renowned for. Next up, Roof Light ploughs a similar deep house furrow, but takes a more leftfield turn through a morass of hazy pads, stuttering vocal samples, and crunchy percussion over a crushed 4/4 groove with ‘Hubble’. Flip over the plate and you’ll find the sample trickery of ‘Sunset’ by Mighty Buha; who delivers an irresistibly funky disco edit that’s guaranteed to ignite the dancefloor of any party. While Cyclonix wraps things up on a slower tip with ‘On My Mind’, which harks back to the classic sound of ‘90s downtempo - all bestrewn with mellow keys and soulful vocal snippets, complete with a broken beat rhythm that’s reduced to a languorous tempo. Definitely one to wind down to on a lazy Sunday morning, following the post-raving blur of the weekend.
a1. Nubian Mindz - Somebody Else
a2. Roof Light - Hubble
b1. Mighty Buha - Sunset
b2. Cyclonix - On My Mind
Following last year’s inception of Phuture Shock Excursions, the new vinyl-only imprint returns with a stellar remix package of Bristolian producer OPR8’s ‘Call To Riddle’ featuring Autumn Music, which appeared in its original form on the inaugural EXCURSIONS 12”.
For this release the Bristol label look to both sides of the pacific for their remix commissions, which come courtesy of Californian husband-and-wife duo - Peaking Lights, renowned for their signature fusion of cosmic dub and synth-laden dreampop via critically acclaimed LP’s on the likes of LA’s Not Not Fun and Domino sub-label Weird World. Secondly on board is Tokyo-based Sapphire Slows - an artist borne out of the burgeoning ‘bedroom producer’ electronic scene of her home city a few years ago, who has since built a more global profile having also released music on Not Not Fun and 100% Silk.
Gracing the A-side is Peaking Lights rendition, who elevate the track to Balearic realms, crafting a proto-house inspired re-rub driven by a slow-burning groove formed around a sprinkling of quirky Italo disco-esque synth hooks, dubby bass and remnants of the original vocal, tastefully underpinned by a bed of jaunty percussion, thus creating a hypnotic, tribal motion aimed at the insomniacs of the after-hours dancefloors. While on the flip Sapphire Slows maintains the melancholy essence of OPR8’s original, yet puts an even darker spin on it, adding a sinister synth bass riff interlocked with a skeletal 4/4 drum rhythm, and trading in much of Autumn Music’s original vocals for her own ghostly coos that drift in and out of a haze of reverb and haunting piano notes, akin to being trapped in a liminal space between a recurring nightmare and borderline insanity.
a. OPR8 - Call To Riddle (Peaking Lights Remix)
b. OPR8 - Call To Riddle (Sapphire Slows Remix)
Detroit native Malcolm MacLachlan has been gaining momentum in the world of electronic music under his Appian moniker. He's set to launch his latest LP Aprileft.
In what he describes as "uptempo space-funk," Appian delivers a sound that has been influenced by everything from deep house and techno, to disco, boogie and electro — not to mention the "patented hi-tech soul" of his hometown.
His 2012 debut EP Endomusia was an exploration of abstract sound, and while the new record continues to carve out new musical landscapes, it's a more cohesive effort — which, according to a press release, "explores a higher echelon of the artist's cosmic-tinged sound."
There's definitely an out-of-this-world motif running through Aprileft, on pieces like "Hyperspace Dreams," "Space Beat" and "Satellite," while the sense of sonic adventure is present on tracks like "Digital Fantasy" and "Transient Explorer."
The themes and influences meld together seamlessly on Aprileft, resulting in a polished, engaging and interesting final product.
1. Appian - Aprileft
2. Appian - For Warm Weather
3. Appian - Worries Pt. 1
4. Appian - U & Me
5. Appian - Leavin'
6. Appian - Fixed Expression
7. Appian - Hyperspace Dreams
8. Appian - Space Beat
9. Appian - Digital Fantasy
10. Appian - Satellite
11. Appian - Elegie
12. Appian - Tuxedo
13. Appian - Transient Explorer
14. Appian - Love2