Ears Have Eyes are ready to drop their 4th release, this time drawing on the fertile pool of talent available in their adopted home of South East London.
We kick off with the duo FYI Chris who, while not manning the counter of Peckham institution Rye Wax, have been putting together an impressive string of releases on labels such as Church, Lumberjacks from Hell and Rhythm Section.
Nightmare is possibly their darkest offering to date, pairing chugging drums with jagged acid lines.
Up next, the odd and elusive character of Nick Araguay delivers a silky smooth cut of warm, emotive techno.
Hot on the heels of his recent wax on the excellent Peur Bleue imprint, he's definitely an artist to watch out for.
Over on the flip we have Murun B & Ivor E with a fine track of deeply textured techno.
Finishing off proceedings we have a lovely cut of rough yet sparkling house music that shows off the talents of young production duo The Soft.
a1. FYI Chris – Nightmare
a2. Nick Araguay - Crary
b1. Murun B & Ivor E – Cousin Rossiter
b2. The Soft – Mortality Loops
Pedro Abrantes and Valdemar Pereira's intense and cold approach in the next release of E.F.A.E. would fit perfectly as the soundtrack to David Cronenberg's film Crash (1997), guiding the listener through a world of perversion and obsession.
A raw experience, usually of violence, where human nature is expressed through old rhythm boxes and cheap guitar pedals, sounding dirty, fuzzy, with an healthy disregard for rules of fidelity or even functionality. GAM / Coletivo Vandalismo emerges like a sonic terrorist cell, out to implode traditional notions of "dance music" infusing a sense of dread and menace.
a1. You Should Not Resist
A2. Supra Gymnastics
Editorial is back again with another stacked 12 Inch with familiar faces and a new arrival to the label. Art of Tones kicks things off with Bootyshaker, inspired by UK compadre Red Greg. With a driving funky bassline, this jam is a bonafide party starter! The mysterious Barry Prophet surfaces again with a laid back slo-mo boogie vibe on Closer. Flip the wax for Editorial stalwart Matt Hughes and his class funky guitar and bass work on Walk the Chalk. Next up is Italy's Special Q bringing his nu-disco sound proper. finally, The Sellout's close out the ep with a heady downtempo smokey joint.. As you know , this is : The way we groove.
a1. Art Of Tones – Bootyshaker (AOT Under the influence of Red Greg Remix)
a2. Barry Prophet - Closer
b1. Matt Hughes - Walk The Chalk
b2. Special Q- Lost in you
b3. Sellouts – Aint no thang
Junior Reid sings 'Puppa Jammys Nice' in a Rock 'N' Roll style on this dry and bouncy computerized rhythm while Little John showcases his rhythmical performance on a previously unreleased rhythm, which sounds similar to Jammy's classic 'Love Punanny Bad' rhythm.
a. Junior Reid - Puppa Jammy Nice
b. Little John - Jammys Has Come
a2. Corn Maze
a5. Slow Go
a6. We Need A Simple Way
b1. Barber’s Pole
b3. Don’t Talk Now
b4. Cocktail Paint
b5. Real Scene
b6. Goodbye Flute
Hey, do you remember how much dance music owes to experiment and coincidence????? Quirky 7'' release from Lutto Lento is kind of danceable but also raw and harsh, maybe hypnotic? First track sounds like a dark twisted fantasy about carnival in some cheap tropical spa. The other one will reach your guts and throw them upside down. Hell yeah.
a1. My Number One High
b1. Take Me Down The Dunes
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 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: 04.10
Antonio from Pescara, Italy now living in Frankfurt Germany, is doing a 5 killer, no filler experience on the 4th Deeptrax release. Yeah, this guy is on fire, aiming heavy hitting 'tape techno' tracks which are greatly timed.... some with pace, others with that charming Italian passion into it like a madman in a stylish Ferrari. We are very excited with these harsh groovin' but deep basement tracks for these wrenching, pumped up, club nights in abandoned warehouses. Raw Chicago house and Detroit techno on a twist. Mad, dope beats over lovely lo-fi synth sounds, this is no-compromise heaven. Clubbing future should be like this with exciting, straight in your face tracks full of deeper thoughts, eating dance-floors.
Again greatly analogue mastered by Thee J Johanz from Ballyhoo.
b1. Jeffrey’s Bay
b3. Broken Tongue
A1. Decadence & Decay
A2. Outer states
B2. Times of Dependence