Release Date: 17th November 2017
a2. Form Is Emptiness
b1. Lokal (DAT Mix)
Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone for supporting us so far - 2016 has seen the DEXT label continuing to go from strength to strength, with our Callahan and Mella Dee EP's backed with remixes from Hodge and Endian which have been been super well received. Now for the third EP of the year from our resident comedian Bodyjack.
Bodyjack has been an integral part of DEXT since he remixed Dubspeeka on our 2nd release and headlined our label takeover of Privilege in Ibiza last Summer. We are very excited about his return to the label with this 3-tracker (and our first full solo artist EP!), and we think you're going to dig this...
The title track Cobra Effect is one of those tracks you aren't going forget in a hurry. Intense and brooding, we are hard-pushed to categorise this, but layers of sinister bass coupled with dark, driving snares and eerie synth work culminate masterfully, making this the perfect DEXT track.
Hydra Effect lifts the vibe with a straight up peak-time house jam with a sting in the tail. A raw-but-infectious bassline winds along under Bodyjack's signature killer drum programming, before blasting off with something you aren't going to expect.
Rounding the EP off is Slowine Effect: a proper dancehall workout (reminiscent of Bodyjack's earlier work) and a real cross-genre party starter. The most upbeat of the 3 tracks; this again takes all the elements of what we love about the music from the past and cleverly works them into something special for the rave.
And that's not all for Bodyjack on DEXT this year - he will be back with a one-off Ltd record called "Hot Shot", backed with a very Special remixer...but more on that soon!
On the flip ‘Rivers of Blood’ starts with a deep bassline and keeps on cranking up and piling on the pressure, until the synths wash in after four minutes and the track becomes a tempestuous torrent of Detroitian hi-tech jazz.
b1. Rivers of Blood
Release Date: 19th September
Nils Penner delivers a lovely soulful EP with the mesmerising voice of Emilie Nana. The full spectrum of beautiful inducing vibes, just a great house record charged with emotions that comes right for the summer!
We were simply blown away, when we firstly listened to Nils Penner's latest offering for Compost Black. The follow-up of his Master Petz release (Black Label #121) in 2014 is just a brilliant piece of music! Versatile, soulful and deep in full effect, just the way we love it!
The title track The One features a sublime mesmerising vocal performance by Emilie Nana, who just released her debut album The Meeting Legacy on Compost.
A smoothly waving groover coming still in time for the late summer and suits perfectly late-back beach sessions and pool parties.
The B-side contains Mercury, a proper deep house jam with an afro twist. Tricky percussion works and a playful bass line meet sophisticated orchestral vibes. Epic in many ways.
With the second track Blue Nils shows his true talent as an ingenious arranger. The result is a wonderful instrumental journey, some finest ear milk. The happy end of this romantic EP.
a1. The One feat. Emilie Nana
a2. The One (Dub)
Release Date: 17th October
The first installment of Cacao, Cwhirring loops. Don't Mess gets a deep house treatment from Italo-German pair Black Loops.
Amping up the groove and adding distorted eerie vocals, the remix keeps the initial disco appeal with an added dose of deep tech grit, destined for late night dancentral American rooted label with a knack for refreshing house & techno flavours,
showcases five tracks that ooze exotic dopeness.
The duo K.E.E.N.E. strut their noted production skills, kicking off with the disco house hybrid Don't Mess. With a permeating vocal hook and scintillating synths, a relentless groove shapes the deeply immersive arrangement.
Who Stole The Soul offers up an exhilarating tech house exploration, pairing spacious percussion with undulating synths.
Resulting in a playful and versatile melody with a wandering vocal, the cut comes as is as well as purely instrumental. AND.ID jumps on the remix, increasing the deepness factor and instilling an almost underwater-like ambiance through whizzing synths and e floor antics.
a1. Don’t Mess
a2. Who Stole The Soul (Instrumental Version)
b1. Don’t Mess (Black Loops Vinyl Mix)
b2. Who Stole The Soul (And.ID Remix)
On the A side "Attention" is the big room tech tool, a true attention seeking force not to be reckoned with.
“Delicate Din" strikes a deeper chord with the perfect contrast to the attention grabbing A-side, with the constantly evolving resonant bass and the irregular 4/4 groove.
b1. Delicate Din
White Visitation steps up with his second release for Blank Slate. 013 sees the rising producer stepping into faster, more techno centric realms with a thumping low end and heavily textured layers of percussion. Seriously heavy, high intensity rollers straight from the lab.
a1. Wounds II
a2. Horizontal Dub
b1. Wounds V
Release Date: 19th December
Take a voyage to disco paradise with The Last Trip to Gandahar.
The Last Trip To Gandahar (of City Fly Records) comes correct with his first solo EP after turning some heads with ' R136a1' earlier this year.
Echoes of Paradise is four tracks of sample based disco smoothness. Danceable, jazzy, and pensive all at once.
a1. Bartz Groove
a2. Over Paradise
b1. Share My Love
b2. Profound Experience
Released 6th October 2017
Backlash 002 presents us with a glimpse of the mindset of upcoming production duo Secret Society: Side A (Grind House) is a mysterious roller starting out with swirling percussion and minimal keys and giving way to growling sub bass and a gently menacing atmosphere. Spooked out snare rushes contribute to an already ghastly vibe before dropping into unique amen/sub-bass edits. This tune will undoubtedly leave your mind in a suspicious state. Side AA is an entirely new take on the sounds of South Asia, with a hypnotic future-dub presence taking control on a remix of ZedCopter’s “Tabla Jam”. An initial spaced-out sitar invites a darkly intriguing arpeggio. This soon leads way to deep subs and subdued spoken word, accented by the sting of frigid stabs and Bhangra beats. This is an enigmatic approach to South Asian electronica, and we can’t wait to hear more from this duo.
DJ Support: Nihal, Bobby Friction, Randall, Amit, Outrage, AMIT, Digital
a1. Secret Society - Grind House
b1. Tabla Jam - Zedcopter (Secret Society Remix)
Release Date: 14th November
What more can be said about 2016 for Red Rack'em apart from MASSIVE? In March, he released the instant classic Wonky Bassline Disco Banger which has been one of the biggest selling house tracks of the year, picking up praise and plays across the board from Moodymann, The Black Madonna and MCDE right through to Disclosure and Mark Ronson.
Repeated Radio 1 plays, festival bookings and licensing from Classic soon followed.
WBDB was the first single taken from the Self Portrait LP which is due out in Feb 2017 but before that we have another preview of the first full Red Rack'em
long player in the form of Tomato Pope.
Tomato Pope is a slamming party banger. Somewhere between house, techno, African music and broken beat, the drums are driving, the bassline is huge and the vocal samples get mangled throughout the track. It's another guaranteed floor wrecker from Red Rack'em and gives a tantalising taste of the LP weight to follow.
Ocaj is a demented funky leftfield house jam which twist and turns relentlessly like a Scottish broad without power steering. Imagine a hip hip cats jazzy jam session recorded on a ghetto blaster being diced by a hip hop great. The samples get chopped like garlic cloves in a top chefs kitchen. Bon appetite!
Rhodes House closes the single with a dreamy, drifty promise of greater things to come.
Named in that super descriptive Red Rack'em style, jazz club samples are meshed with super uplifting Rhodes chops to give you that 'aaah' feeling.
You can pull a jazz face to this. It's allowed.
The artwork comes from an old school friend Abby Smith who painted a portrait of
Daniel from a facebook screen grab. x
a1. Tomato Pope
b2. Rhodes House
Sei A is Andy Graham, an ever-evolving producer who has cooked up many different shades of house and techno since emerging in 2008. From dark and melodic to well swung and bass heavy, he is not one to repeat the same trick twice as two former LPs and more than 15 EPs on labels like Turbo, Life And Death, Kompakt and Aus/Simple have proved before now. As if to cement the point, this full length finds Graham straying from the dance floor to cook up a fulsome album that stands up to introspective home listening.
“The LP came from writing a lot of music in a short space of time,” says Graham. “I felt I had grasped a sound and I wanted to expand it further. Musically I was finding that the material had much more space within the sound, with the main structure of it being melodies, therefore giving it quite a rich feel throughout. I was also aiming to expand on writing actual songs that take in verse/chorus, verse/chorus structures.”
And he has sure accomplished that, because with the help of guest collaborators Will Samson and Daudi Matsiko on four tracks, Space in Your Mind is an absorbing listen with many melodies and vocal lines lingering long in the memory.
a1. Sei A - Always
a2. Sei A - In The Light
a3. Sei A - Space In Your Mind ft. Will Samson
b1. Sei A - Kalstar
b2. Sei A - Linear
c1. Sei A - Everytime
c2. Sei A - Ancestors ft. Will Samson
c3. Sei A - Morning Soldier
d1. Sei A - Tides ft. Will Samson
d2. Sei A - Exit ft. Daudi Matsiko
d3. Sei A - Trails Of Gold