Release Date - 21st June 2019
Debugger is a new project from Richard Knight examining the hazy area between late night headphones and early morning dancefloors. Based somewhere in the middle of natural beauty and urban decay in the North of the UK, Debugger creates a hybrid sound of artificial soul with a skewed groove. Making inorganic sound sources seem natural and organic sound sources seem synthetic; the outcome is a concoction that is both deep and laced with absurdity.
Knight has been active with unusual sounds in and around Manchester for several years and can usually be found thrashing hard drives until they produce music. His techno influenced releases under his own name and pseudonyms have received support and airplay from John Tejada and Daniel Steinberg among others.
a1. Debugger - Preserve File Permissions
a2. Debugger - Family Compression Pack
b1. Debugger - Spin Cycle
b2. Debugger - Meta
Released 5th July
Tekvision Volume 1 was a stone cold classic, with Rolling Stone charting it at #3 in their top 20 EDM records of 2017. Two years on, Cornelius ‘Traxman’ Ferguson returns with the second instalment, featuring 7 exceptional new Footwork productions. Traxman isa bonafide OG, with a discography dating back to the halcyon era of Ghetto House in the late 80’s and early 90’s. 30 years on, Traxman is a revered figure in Chicago’s urban music scene, having presided over the evolution from Ghetto House to Juke and from Juke to Footwork culture. Originally released in 1989, Work Dat Mutha Fucker by Steven Poindexter is considered to be one of the most influential tracks from the early days of Ghetto House. Traxman remixes it brilliantly on this release, reworking the stripped back, minimalist drum beat of the original into an upfront Footwork pattern. This sense of continuity is equally evident on Let Me See You Naked feat. DJ Juicy, and Traxman’s remix of To Da Hoooz by DJ Deeon. These productions successfully capture the sexual energy and exuberance of Ghetto House, turbo charged at 160 BPM. Elsewhere on the record, Traxman explores different moods whilst always keeping the dance floor firmly in mind. The opening track it’s Lasting Bass lays an infectious vocal harmony over complex drum patterns and a fearsome bassline. Osaka opens with mellow, sultry keys before introducing a wobbling synth and diced up orchestral samples. 4 Da Lyfe is a soulful and slightly more meditative track, with a vocal loop expressing solidarity and self-affirmation. Wildcard feat. Jana Rush, stands alone as the only track without a vocal element, instead utilising a piercing and insistent synth to create a powerful sonic intensity. Overall this is triumphant record, and a worthy successor to the original Tekvision release, proving once again that Traxman is an unrivalled exponent of MPC-driven footwork energy.
Audio coming soon.
1. IT'S LASTING BASS
2. LET ME SEE YOU NAKED [feat. DJ Juicy]
3. WORK DAT MUTHA FUCKA (Footwork Remixx) [feat. Steve Poindexter]
4. TO DA HOZZZZ (Remixx) [feat. DJ Deeon]
5. 4 DA LYFE
6. WILDCARD [feat. Jana Rush]
Release Date - 24th May 2019
After numerous features and collaborations Obenewa, Kaidi Tatham and dego combine together to form Blacks & Blues.Three song based dance tracks to fill the void of underground vocal club music.
'Spin' is flavoured with S.A house & afrobeatz whilst Obenewa sings about the wonder that is love. 'You Know The Feeling' moves towards the funk that is synonymous with 2000Black and 'Don't Know Why (chant for love)' is purely the marriage between reggae and jazz.
02. Don't Know Why (Chant For Love)
03. You Know The Feeling
Released 21st June
The 4th disc on Young Echo Records is here, and it comes locked & loaded with Jabu re-works from the extended family: SKRS & Jay Glass Dubs at the controls! Pressed to 12′′ with two remixed cuts from Jabu’s Sleep Heavy LP on Blackest Ever Black.
a1. Jabu - Fool If (Jay Glass Dubs Rework)
b1. Jabu - Wounds (SKRS 2nd Cut Remix)
Release Date - 5th April 2019
Mr. Raoul K: After having met quite a couple of times while dj-ing in Greece, Timmy Regisford and Mr Raoul K decided to take their friendship to the next level: do a record together. Say hello to the 'Gongon Alt Mix' of Mr Raoul K's 'Moment Psychedlik'. Their rework adds am overall summery touch and softens the tribal beats of the original towards a more lush atmosphere. You're still welcome to lose yourself in the swirling synth sounds and mellow yet drving beats. Dance on.
01. Mr Raoul K & Timmy Regisford - MP (Moment Psychedelik) [Gongon Alt Mix]
02. Claudio Coccoluto - Funky Now (Trouble Tribal Life)
03. Lehar - Everything I Ever Did
04. Mr Q - Musumeci
Release Date 29th March 2019
Prins Oblonsky (aka Tobias Fredø), is an Oslo-based composer and producer. He got his musical start studying the trombone and the guitar. Then he bought his first sampler at 18 and, inspired by artists like J Dilla and 9th Wonder, he began to make hip-hop beats and earned his chops by participating in beat battles on the Stones Throw forum. Over the years, Tobias developed a love and fascination for analogue sounds and synthesizers, obsessing over them in all his spare time. At 23, he started working with music and soundscapes for short-films, and his sound move in a more electronic, house music direction, inspired by artists like Floating Points, Four Tet, Rival Consoles, and fellow Norwegian Bjørn Torske.
The Dreams On Hold EP is Prins Oblonsky's debut on the Beatservice label, and it packs a warm punch. The title track launches the EP with an understated four-on-the-floor rhythm and a sparkling, distant arpeggiation. The feeling is indeed dream-like, energetic in tempo but soothing in tone. "Dancing On Graves" follows, presenting mesmerizing lo-fi beats while short pad bursts and echoed synth melodies play in the sonic field. Subtle techno elements characterize "Østerdalen", while the funkiest drum sequence on the EP drives the deepness into forward motion. The EP closes with the introspective "A Farewell To Arms", which ebbs and flows mistily around its warm sustained pad and beguiling synth motif. This is deep house for dreamers.
01. Dreams On Hold
02. Dancing Among Graves
04. A Farewell To Arms
Release Date - 1st March 2019
AFAS Records follows up some head turning early EPs with another fantastic offering, this time in the form of the Treating Patient B EP by label founder Mike Chetcuti aka People Places & Things with Gabe Gurnsey on the remix.
Over the last 12 months, People Places & Things has released on the likes of the legendary R&S Records, as well as here on Art For Arts Sake (AFAS) with two releases that soundtracked the Adidas Spezial campaign
Here, two more terrific journeying tracks, inspired by a recent trip to LA get served up, to further cement his reputation.
02. Funf (Gabe Gurnsey Remix)
04. Sechs (Gabe Gurnsey Remix)
Release Date - 5th April 2019
Cell Out lurk in the murk of that Solent Estuarine backwash.
Tense breaks hold the lid on rave licks - padded mists provide audile sanctuary.
Transcendance found in an Oblong Room; the dragons tail of an apocalyptic blowout.
a1. Cell Out - Oblong Room (Original)
b1. Cell Out - Transcendance
b2. Cell Out - Oblong Room (Beats Edit)
Release Date- 22nd February 2019
David Marston is a producer, DJ, musician, and guitarist hailing from the vibrant Caribbean island of Jamaica. He takes a multifaceted approach to his music, and has worked to achieve a sound that is a fusion of multiple genres, including, but not limited to, house, hip-hop, disco, jazz, as well as reggae. During a six-month stint in Jamaica in 2016, Marston reconnected with a close friend and fellow musician, Craig Williamson, and the pair began writing music that would become the basis of Marston's first full length album. With the album set to be released in early 2019, Marston has endeavored to put together a special 12" to showcase the club-friendly side of his music with a selection of the album's dance cuts.
The A-side of the vinyl kicks off with the title track, "Feeling You", which features Williamson's crooning voice over a hypnotic instrumental characterized by a swirling arpeggiated synth, punchy bass hits, and stomping drums. To round off the A-side, Italian DJ and production duo, Lowheads, give the aforementioned track a fresh makeover with their lively classic house remix and dub version. The flip side of the record consists of two instrumental tracks. The first, "Ragamuffin", is a mesmerizing four to the floor tune constructed around an Indian raga sample. The final number, "On My Mind" is an off-kilter house groove with rolling keys, garage style drums, and a soaring lead. Taken together, the 12" album 'sampler' is a robust yet tantalising collection of club-ready tunes.
01. Feeling You (feat. Craig Williamson)
02. Feeling You (Lowheads Remix) [feat. Craig Williamson]
03. Feeling You (Lowheads Dub) [feat. Craig Williamson]
05. On My Mind
Release Date 22nd February 2019
After his debut EP "Bites & Pieces" F. Of Audiotreats follows up with his debut album. After 25 years in the game as DJ and Producer for acts like Dendemann, Joy Denalane, Slum Village, Oddisee, Kev Brown and collaborating with Shuko for the "Cookies & Cream" series on Jakarta and Shuko's For The Love Of It label he is ready for his instrumental release on Shuko's label.
90´s flavour with a Dilla swing and smooth soul & jazz samples are the big part his production style.
01. Birds In The Alley
02. Body Movin
05. Step Off
06. The Bounce
08. Smokin Blunts
09. Old Time Is New Time
12. 73 Skit
14. Brass N Bass
15. Bring It Back
17. Da Punk
19. I Can....
20. It's All Good
21. Keep Rockin
22. Mad Swing
23. Mr. Cooper
24. New Jack
25. Orf Brass
26. Ready Or What
Release Date 22nd February 2019
Rescued from a haze of drugs, alcohol and questionable women comes a potent blend of heavy Chicago Funk, Modern Soul & Psychedelia. Influential recordings from the group's sought-after Funk classics have been sampled by Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Jim Jones, Raekwon & Leaders of The New School.
Previously unreleased Rasputin's Stash from the forthcoming Stash album due out in April. 'Make Up Your Mind' is a contagious rhythm with Jimi Hendrix-style fuzzed out guitar riffs echoing sweet soul vocals and a brass section tight enough to please any Tower of Power fan. On the b-side is a slow-jam Soul-Steppers classic 'You Are My Everything'
Cut directly to vinyl from the recently found master tapes, this music presents material from the band at their artistic peak and the last recordings before Rasputin's Stash members went on to record Crystal Winds First Flight and Attitude, Belief & Determination
a. Make up Your Mind
b. You Are My Everything
Release Date - 14th December 2018
Vinyl will feature Individual, hand illustrated sleeves.
Distraction combines thundering bass elements from darker techno with deeper, emotive pads and flourishes to create a meditative yet driving late night groove. Best used to hush dance floor chatter in favour of getting heads down and putting a shift in.
Static and Choke also play with juxtapositions of light and dark elements, with Choke being the firmer of the two. Both offer sounds ideal for creating trippy and introspective dance floor moments, while not allowing those hard fought for energy levels to drop.
a1. Lifedrawing - Distraction
b1. Lifedrawing - Static
b2. Lifedrawing - Choke
Release Date: 5th October 2018
After 2 years of honing, crafting and sonic manipulation, Books’ debut ‘Station’ album is ready for earthly transmission and this is the sampler to the album. A reimagining of Drum & Bass dynamics, the album will explore expansive depths juxtaposed against impossibly finite intimacy of mind.
a1. Books - Block1
b1. Books – Endless Depths
b2. Books – Anomie (Melody Of The Infinite)
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
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
Release Date: 29.11
Lywood has worked alongside some of the most prestigious names in art, fashion, music and film - from Led Zeppelin to Louis Vuitton, The Venice Biennale to The Serpentine Art Gallery, in a career spanning over 20 years. JUNK sees Lywood stepping into the limelight for the first time with these eight epic psychedelic dance-floor and spaced out instrumental visions.
JUNK is inspired by Vik Muniz’s ground-breaking documentary Waste Land, which tells the story of the landfill site, Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio De Janeiro. Recycling fragments of German electronica, disco and 80’s synth from his childhood and fusing these with new, found sounds, Lywood takes us on a journey through his world of JUNK re-imagined.
Five of the tracks are named after some of the largest landfill sites around the world, and Trash Vortex is named after the swirling mass of plastic waste the size of Texas, in the North Pacific. Lywood stays close to Muniz's mission to “change the lives of a group of people with the same material that they deal with everyday”.
** Cover artwork by Keith Coventry, the celebrated fine artist represented by Pace Gallery**
The debut Cochabamba album comes courtesy of respected sound designer and fine artist Dan Lywood!
a1. Big Trees Are Kings
a3. Fresh Kills
a4. Bantar Gebang
b1. K’ara K’ara
b2. Trash Vortex
b4. An Empty Silence