Release Date 15th February 2019
With one of the hippest jazz albums of recent years under their belt, Jukka Eskola Soul Trio is back with a fresh new single. It's truly a double-sider of the highest order, as both of the tracks deliver a completely distinct flavor.
"Tiny B" on the A side is a neat bossa jazz number, and as usual in top of the genre, the lightness serves only as a facade. The composition starts to evolve before the listener gets too comfortable, transitioning into a beautiful cinematic section, which is followed by tight solos by Eskola on trumpet and Mikko Helevä on organ. The trio rises beyond its numbers, as the maestro Teppo Mäkynen overdubs his drumming with added percussion and vibes.
Hiding on the B side is a furious jazz dance burner, which sees the trio rise to energy levels that surpass even Five Corners Quintet in their tightest form. "Stick of a Branch" is highly syncopated business that takes its cues from a sound refined by 1970's independent afrocentric jazz groups. It's a style, which is inherently modernist, without a slightest interest in mass appeal, and firmly rooted in the blues.
If you need some no nonsense organic jazz on your turntable, it's hard to go wrong with this single.
a. Tiny B
b. Stick of a Branch
Released 25th November 2016
The first in our our series of reworkings of tracks from Tony Allen's "Lagos No Shaking" album. Not a nowadays-style remix, more an extended mix in the classical tradition headed by Tom Moulton, back in the days when Francois Kevorkian was his teaboy, and there was a cupboard in his office stuffed with Studio One master-tapes. It brings to Afrobeat the dubwise intelligence of the discomix. Beautifully crafted, irresistibly grooving, heavy.
a1. Mark's Mix
b1. Mark's Disco Dub
Back for one more night with Hardmoon London. Fresh new, gritty, mind-altering tracks by way of
Steve Murphy and the eight armed, cephalopod mollusc, DJ Octopus. The Duo are bringing their
ecstatic energy for an exciting break in the the label. Definitely count on some serious hardware
action to create the finest dance-floor melters. Encapsulating only the cream of the contemporary
electronic sounds with the beautiful renditions of classic house just laced with fat sweltering bass
and heavily distorted seizure inducing melodies.
a2. My Earth
b1. Channel 7
Released 7th October 2016
DVA’s new album ‘NOTU_URONLINEU’ marks a strong and brave turning point for his music. Made with the [Hi:Emotions] moniker that DVA has used for a number of remixes in the past, ‘NOTU_URONLINEU’ is very different from what you might know him for, both in its darkness and its abstract ambitions, but the detail and quality of the music is primed to win over new fans. The rhythmic brilliance and use of space that have given his dance floor recordings their distinct character have mutated and undergone re-assembly into deeper and darker shades. A more pronounced ‘off grid’, improvised character has seeped in, lending the record a looser feel to previous work, as if intuition guides it rather than club practicalities.The album was made under some new self-imposed conditions; of the recording process, DVA says ‘I realised before making this album I was most happy when listening to music in the dark like I did when I was at school. So I decided to record the whole album in the dark too’. Along with this, the album hints at themes of online alienation, confusion, control and domination, and is peppered with hints of faux-therapeutic advertising and psychotic jingles - a reflection of the stress of online life. Of the themes, DVA says ‘The album project comes from a short visual story set in a time where a mega corporation named H:E / Hi:Emotions is slowly taking control of everything, and planning to eventually make all people live life under one brand in virtual reality. ‘NOTU_URONLINEU’ puts you at the start of that journey.
05. B It
09. Shutdowncentral 2.1
12. Shutdowncentral 3.0
a1. Cooly G - He Said I Said
a2. Cooly G - What This World Needs Now
a3. Cooly G - Come Into My Room
a4. Cooly G - Good Times
b1. Cooly G - Sunshine
b2. Cooly G - Trying
b3. Cooly G - Playin' Me
c1. Cooly G - Trouble
c2. Cooly G - What Airtime
d1. Cooly G - Is It Gone
d2. Cooly G - Up In My Head
Regular studio sparring partners October and Borai rekindle their ongoing partnership for hometown label Happy Skull, eschewing the conventions of club-ready house and techno in favour of two decidedly dark Industrial interpretations.
a1. October & Borai - Necessary Force
b1. October & Borai - Nine Tomorrows
a1. Cypress Hill - Pigs
a2. Cypress Hill - How I Could Just Kill A Man
a3. Cypress Hill - Hand On The Pump
a4. Cypress Hill - Hole In The Head
a5. Cypress Hill - Ultraviolet Dreams
a6. Cypress Hill - Light Another
a7. Cypress Hill - The Phuncky Fell One
a8. Cypress Hill - Break it Up
b1. Cypress Hill - Real Estate
b2. Cypress Hill - Stoned Is The Way OF The Walk
b3. Cypress Hill - Psycobetabuckdown
b4. Cypress Hill - Something For The Blunted
b5. Cypress Hill - Latin Lingo
b6. Cypress Hill - The Funky Cypress Hill Shot
b7. Cypress Hill - Tres Equis
b8. Cypress Hill - Born To Get Busy
FIT SOUND welcomes Moscow's OL to the label with his debut 12", Lada Passenger. Three late night dance floor stompers that pay special attention to textures of percussion, woven with expert touches of melody and bass. Essential tracks for the working DJ from an artist that is clearly coming into his own!
a1. Lada passenger
b1. Study drum
b2. Life span
The third from Farbwechsel and the first one from Route 8 is back on vinyl. 'Mental Murder' EP is a lo-fi jack gem with four tracks from The Prince himself and a remix from the Houston-based house wizard Miguel Flaco. 'Mental Murder' is a fateful stab wound with a blunt, rusty knife straight to your brain, which causes a kind of lobotomy happiness.
a2. Slim City
a3. Mental Murder
b1. Never Ending
b2. Till Dawn
Fulgeance & DJ Scientist are back with more dope material from their beat laboratory. Last year's debut album 'The Soviet Tape' featured their beat-fuelled take on funk, soul and jazz grooves. For the first release on the newly-established Excursions imprint, 'A Soviet Disco Excursion' follows up with three amazing edits strictly for the dancefloor.
Fulgeance takes on Charaunіtsy (Sorceress), a relatively unknown female band from Belorussia transforming it into a low slung, pure soulful disco flute funk groove that is a guaranteed DJ sureshot. Latvian singer Mirdza Zivere is next with an edit of her classic cosmic disco track "Vienmer but" - a track made famous by the group Modo.
On side B, Scientist edited/remixed Tatyana Kochergina's "Igray, Skripka, Igray (Play Violin Play)" which delivers some Philly and Italo disco flavours - belying it's Soviet-era Ukraine roots to devastating dancefloor effect! This vinyl only release is the first in a series of edits from the London based label.
1. Sorceress - I Wait For You (Fulgeance Edit)
2. Mirdza Zivere - Vienmer But (Fulgeance Edit)
3. Tatyana Kochergina - Igray, Skripka, Igray (DJ Scientist Edit)