After his highly acclaimed and widely considered all time classic debut album "The Crack Capone" released in 2010 on Planet Mu, DJ Roc returns with a follow up on vinyl, an 8 track mini album titled "Practice What U Preach". Roc is one of the main DJ's at the weekly Battlegroundz meet-ups in Chicago's South Side, where the different crews and dancers flesh out who is the coldest in the game. This special release gives a very good impression of what is happening musically in the eye of the storm. Featuring a collection of pure battle tracks, made without compromise, yet it's variety of modes and moods is breathtaking. This is an excellent release if you want to dig deeper into Footwork's vast landscape of infinite possibilities and enjoy the raw energy of one of todays most exciting electronic dance music styles.
a1. DJ Roc - Lowend Unity
a2. DJ Roc - It Takes Two
a3. DJ Roc - Practice What U Preach
a4. DJ Roc - The Worst
b1. DJ Roc - Destruction
b2. DJ Roc - Ready Or Not
b3. DJ Roc - I Make Gutta
b4. DJ Roc - Got No Crack
Release Date: 13th September
After the success of Aboutface's debut EP on Amirali's Dark Matters Imprint in October of 2015, Aboutface performed his project 'Vaga' the River Wye as a metaphorical representation of the journey of humanity, live at Freerotation (2016), the performance was also broadcast on NTS Radio on 16/7/16. Following this mesmerising and exploratory project, the young London based composer and DJ returns with a new release. 'In The Tepid Shine We Breathe' is due out on the 19th of September.
The three track EP opens with 'In The Tepid Shine We Breathe feat. Darker', Aboutface's subtle skill imbues his work with a stillness and precision even when blending analogue forms of media 'such as 1/4" tape, Cassettes and VHS as a part of the sonic palette,' he is able to create additional depth in his music. Darker aka Jenna Whelan's Vocals gently break the tumbling elements with an airy beauty.
‘There Must Be Chaos Within You To Give Birth To A Dancing Star', the second track on the EP showcases Aboutface's use of field recordings, light rain spatters the ground as a warbling synth line gradually becomes bolder. Eventually this is joined by a simple drum pattern, somehow managing to maintain the eery melancholia Aboutface is so adept at creating.
Redshape steps up for a remix of the title track. He highlights the vocal sample before rearranging the drums into a punchier and more streamlined rhythm. The track morphs into a dance floor heater, perfectly complimenting the slower pace of the originals with a faster and straightforward approach
Release Date: October 2016
The purpose of DM001 was to create a versatile compilation of tracks with the idea of exploring the limitless boundaries of electronic music. For the labels first release it was fortunate enough to work with an array of talented producers from all over the world. Each of which has their own defining sound. DM001 is a non profit release, both vinyl and digital, with the digital release containing more tracks. All profit's made from this release will be donated to the International Rescue Committee in efforts to aid Syrian refugee’s.
a1. unyoun - untittled earth breath
a2. Young Spice - Wake up
a3. JTS1 - One shot learning b
b1. A mower field - mstrd snip
b2. Detach - Got Tha Rhythm mstrd
Nachtbraker is back! It's been a huge year for the Amsterdam deep house juggernaut who returns to Dirt Crew with his all new and colourfully titled Really Ties The Room Together EP.
Constantly on the move, he's found time between touring throughout Europe, Asia and South America to continue to push his a-typical house sound forward with this year's HEIST release and his quirky jam Busy Bee that was featured on our Deep Love 100 Compilation.
This three tracker is jam packed with bouncing club tunes and a whole lot of flange. Things kick off with the title track Really Ties The Room Together. It twists and turns over an unconventional but irresistible groove, shimmying shakers, brass stabs and a serpentine riff work together creating a super tight dance floor cut.
Rew begins somewhere in deeper territory, suspense building beneath the clouds, a rumbling bass rolls in from over the horizon before a glorious funk guitar blows the whole thing wide open, letting the sun's rays burst through and that
familiar Nachtbraker good time energy shine in.
The rerub of Rew is something altogether new from our deep house protagonist, a break beat and casual groove guide gently towards an ever intensifying acid trip. Don't be fooled by the lovely deep chords, things get nasty in the end. It's best to expect the unexpected from our adventurous resident producer, and this EP is no exception.
a1. Really Ties the Room Together
b2. Rew (Rerub
Release Date: Mid September
A second utterance emerges from the tomb of DJ ICE TITS! Who was this ancient priest of Memphis whose sarcophagus lies entombed within the Metaphasic Pyramid, inscribed with the Analogue Hieroglyph? These five recently discovered FM transmissions from the underworld, entitled "Songs about Myrtle Avenue," may contain the key to this mystery.
b2. gas station part 4
b3. song for rdj
Entering with “Cruising into the storm”, a raw synth and bass propelled work-out, Moda squeezes energy in ounces into a midnight ready and sweat thirsty call to action. Channelling his Gang starr influences, break-beats are dug, dusted off and sampled onto “4 my people”. Crackling joyfully and reminiscent of the 90s, A2 is not failing.
The flip side opens with cosmic tones, deep pad works and a rattling top ends from the 909, steering the mother-ship deeper into the cosmos. Interstellar travels deepen via euphoric murky pads, a melting tempo, infectious bass and loose hats on “What I am". Moda ejects off ship somewhere between Neptune and Pluto...
a1. Cruizing Into The Storm (with a coffee)
a2. 4 My People
b1. Language Barriers
b2. What I am (slow jam)
Diggin' Disco Deep's massive RSD 2016 release has been split into 3 separate vinyl releases.
The 3rd & final part features tracks from Obas Nemor, Monsoon Season, Manuel Sahagun & Space Coast Feat. Terry Grant.
Release Date: 30th November
After a refreshing and vibey summer of sun, beats & parties, DEXT HQ is firing up for our next release which is set to drop this Autumn It is an absolute pleasure to welcome back one of our stable artists, Callahan, for the follow up to his well-received DEXT debut Don't Need.
Callous EP shows the same rawness and intensity of his earlier work but with a more polished and refined production sound, focusing on a few key elements that are executed to perfection.
Right from the off, the title track Callous draws you in with its haunting and somewhat dystopian synth line that rides along the track's jagged percussion.
The result is the kind of danceable groove that has become the calling card of the more exciting techno music to come out of the UK in recent years.
With the second track, OB, we are back on more familiar terrain with a straight up four to the floor banger that keeps the energy levels high with a solid groove and
swinging drums made to move the dancefloor.
Next up is another well-loved DEXT artist who has been a massive supporter of our label and the UK scene. It's Lo Shea on remix duties, with the aptly named 4am Strobe Tunnel Remix.
Within 16 bars of the first kick, his reputation for making killer techno tunes is cemented, with this heads down, dark and moody, beautifully rolling techno tune.
This is a remix with a distinctive UK edge, reflecting Lo Shea's reputation for tirelessly pushing the scene through his Hope Works club nights in Sheffield.
Rounding off the EP, Callahan strips things right down for Memorex.
This tune is characterized by staggered 808 bass kicks and a sinister three note hook, the sounds combining to make a powerful peak-time jam for the heads.
Less is certainly more with this tune!
b1. Callous (Lo Shea’s 4am Strobe Tunnel Remix )
Brisbane raised, now Berlin Based LVC keeping things nice, slow and smooth on the A side - Things You Do is a stunning piece of early evening house. With a vocal that is as easy to relate to as it is infectious and with a nice bass line to round it out.
Brisbane local talent Nick "Jawgoh" Jorgensen takes us deep into rhythmic heaven on the B Side - Badu Dreams builds on a winding and hypnotic foundation, when the warm vocals hit the speakers you know it's go time. Guaranteed to evoke emotions and make you feel it.
a1. LVC - Things You Do
b1. Jawgoh - Badu Dreams
Release Date: Mid-September
Debut record from Melbourne record store Cry Baby via Dan White. Jungle, IDM & Ambient all inside.
Shouts to the Salmon boys aka the Lazy Resta, Sauce Master G, WozUFO & djEm, Scrapman, Crimps & The LJs family dancecrew. Nimrod & Mind Twist, Cabbage Brax, Donald, Turner Street, the e4XT, IV Crew, Chippa, Coosey, Bourne n Berry, Mic n Frank, Heads, TGMN, Token, NiMH, Plastic Jam & the Amen, AA, Lorry, the Hams, J Train, Studio Pressure, Babs and Baby Björn.
jungle mania is upon us…
a1. Precognitive Dreams
b2. Fearless Freak
Fresh off the release of his cassette on Drvg Cvltvre’s New York Haunted imprint and an appearance on Run Out Run, Mike Davis delivers a diverse EP for the second 12” from Carousel. Juxtaposing ambient techno sorcery and driving techno inspired by an uncharted journey through the Balkans.
A1. Shadowy Lunar Image
b1. Voyage to the Seventh
Catch Recordings is one of the UK's most interesting underground labels and to mark its 10th release it is back with another essential EP featuring four fresh tracks from Swedish artist, Random Island Records owner, Inter Gritty, who has previously released on labels like RISE and Deep Moves. Not to mention his own Random Islands works. Since the birth of Random Island in 2012 he has carved out a singular sonic niche for himself with various solo EP's and albums and also his partnership with Nihad Tule as NTTA11.
Lead track, 'Urge' is a deep and pulsing techno roller, with far off pulses and wonky synths working you into a hypnosis. Car Park Ranger is a more direct techno track that takes plenty of cues form the mind melting style of Detroit hero Jeff Mills. It is sci-fi and supple, has tightly interwoven drums and synths that travel far into the galaxy.
Viscosity is more spooky and eerie. It feels unresolved with a magical melody gently unfolding and leaving a sense of intrigue in its wake above deeply rooted, rubbery drums. Last of all, DT1 is an absorbing bit of ambient that suspends you amongst watery sounds, warm solar winds and brain soothing synths.
This is a cinematic EP that takes the listener on a journey with its
emotive and vivid techno sounds.
a2. Car Park Ranger
Release Date: October 2016
The EP has both dance floor heft and mood-focused flexes. 'The Hunt' is a solarised, laser-sharpened and hi-hat driven garage/big room hybrid. 8-minute 'M is for Audio' is a workhorse techno slow burner with all the red-eyed melancholy of greats like 'Acid Eiffel' and 'Deep Burnt', acid burnt and stinging at the mid-range. Conversely, 'Rube' abounds with percussive warmth and ear-dancing patterns, as does 'Freshness and Convenience', a bastard union of dusty breaks and a hard funk bassline. The EP ends with ambient cyber walkabout 'Freetown', peripatetic, matte-toned and pulsing with vital signs.
a2. Freshness and Convenience
a3. The Hunt
b1. M is for Audio
At the same time, its dancefloor liturgies and moments of Balearic reflection make Grotti a cryptic and salient permutation of Australian dance music values in 2016. 'Grotto' is thoroughbred Meganesian techno with a boisterous earworm bassline, recalibrating to mirage-perfect funk in the track's close.
Airborne and ruminative 'Laika' is late night Indian Ocean sea shore acid, guided over peaks and troughs with virtuosic restraint.The Gerani remix of 'Grotto' takes that track's subsurface rave inclinations and refracts them for the warehouse, frenetic but with oceanic shimmer; in contrast, DW's 'Digital Bassline fix' deploys Chain Reaction dub chords to explore 'Laika''s low end, shining the most in its final three minutes when it settles into a fathoms-deep scuba lounge groove.
a1 - Grotto
a2 - Laika
b1 - Grotto (Hugo G Remix)
b2 - Laika (DW's Digital Bassline fix)
Release Date: Early October
Strong sounds from Detroit's Sly Fox Records for the forth edition of the Corndogs series. Adventurous house and techno tracks from Appian, Berndt, and Segv.
a1. appian - live in mpls
b1. berndt - whats the first thing that comes to mind
b2. segv - u don't know
Release Date: 14th November
Coyote deliver a standalone EP for Clandestino's second release with the brooding, acidic "Fight The Future" and summery live jam "Engineered Garments".
Fight The Future caters for a ride through the club. Tweaking 303's and bells weave their way round a dynamic 808 rhythm track while the dubbed out FX and melancholic spacey keys reign in the tension, eventually swelling and breaking over a subtle voice pad.
Chida takes things into more late night territory; intensifying the driving groove as the 303's build over a crescendo of thunderous FX sublimely rooted by a deeply cool bass-line.
On the flip side Engineered Garments has live drums and bass hung together with Cuban congas, beachside shakers and slaps & claps while African
marimbas dance atop the poppy piano hook.
The flecked electric guitar coupling with the pulsing lead and Linn drum hits gel into super crisp production perfect for balmy, outside dancing.
Selvy goes for a stripped back rework; the drums and bass coming to the fore as the marimbas are brightened yet sparing allowing the leads to cut through and deliver a polished heads down but hands up dance-floor soaked workout.
a1. Fight The Future
a2. Fight The Future (Chida Remix)
b1. Engineered Garments
b2. Engineered Garments (Selvy Remix)