Release Date: 30th July 2021
While there is a wealth of young, fresh talent on the house music scene right now, few have cultivated such a polished sound as Mark Laird. Hailing from Ireland but already enjoying success on the international scene, Laird joins Shall Not Fade's Killer Cuts series for the diverse and invigorating Random EP.
First on the 5-tracker is "Bet", and it's an immediate onslaught of breaks and heavy kicks, a chunky melody that follows choppy vocals to create a cheeky bit of dancefloor action. "I Just Wanna" takes on a noughties fidget house style, cascading vocal samples that are somehow hypnotic.
On the B-side, Laird shows the breadth of his production abilities, moving away from the hard-hitting club beats for a moment on "4 Cruisin'" and instead crafting a pulsing, spaced out house track that feels like sunshine dazzling on some far-off beach. This blissful energy grows in the next track, "Woosh" - a euphoric warehouse rave-tinged number that showcases the best of classic piano house. Closing off the EP is the edgy, energetic "Ghetto Booty", with flavours of early American house sounds and a groove that is impossible not to move to.
A1 Mark Laird - Bet
A2 Mark Laird - I Just Wanna
B1 Mark Laird - 4 Cruisin
B2 Mark Laird - Woosh
B3 Mark Laird - Ghetto Booty
Release Date: 20th August 2021
Needing no introduction, NYC-based Baltra rose with the lo-fi house scene and has become one of the most innovative producers to come out of it, constantly pushing for a fresh sound with use of organic vocals and cross-genre experimentation. Returning for a full record on Shall Not Fade for the first time since the hazy sounds of Rendezvous EP in 2019, Baltra's Dreaming Of A Disco EP focuses on impeccable instrumentals and infectious melodies.
The title track carries subtle manipulated vocalisations at the core of the melody which has a touch of romance and, later, just a hint of disco strings adding an 80s shimmer that explodes to the forefront in jangling guitar riffs. By the second number, "Imaginary Laughter", you know this record is party-ready - it is a slow build up of ecstasy, sugary sweet.
Languid keys create a woozy atmosphere in "Private Paradise", a track which is a glittering and understated anthem. EP closer "Sunset Jam" holds more disco influence, channeling Donna Summer into a modern style with tight vocal percussion and 303 stabs for a genre-melting climax.
A1 Baltra - Dreaming Of A Disco
A2 Baltra - Imaginary Laughter
B1 Baltra - Private Paradise
B2 Baltra - Sunset Jam
Release Date: 23rd July 2021
Cinthie Christl is a powerhouse of a DJ, producer, label manager, record store owner and all-round house music aficionado. Shall Not Fade is excited to announce Cinthie is joining the family to mark the 60th release on the label. Free Fall EP shows off the German polymath's expansive musical knowledge, developed through decades of spinning vinyl.
The 4-tracker kicks off with "Offenbach Anthem" bounces along with a varied post-disco inspired beat and oh-so-deep bassline that strikes against the aerated chords of the melody. Dramatic strings add to the disco flavour, the fluid and glittery opener cruises into the tight, 4-to-the-floor business and stuttering stabs of "13 Steps To Heaven".
Rave energy takes over on "Oh No No No"; organ takes centre stage blending with crooning diva vocalisations - releasing the tension of the last track into an overflow of euphoria. "What You Mean To Me" closes the EP with a slice of the super-smooth classic house that Cinthie is known for; infectious grooves and perfect lulls forming a triumphant end to the record.
A1 Cinthie - Offenbach Anthem
A2 Cinthie - 13 Steps To Heaven
B1 Cinthie - Oh No No No
B2 Cinthie - What You Mean To Me
Release Date: 30th July 2021
Swedish producer and one to watch, Fidde, joins Shall Not Fade for his debut Real Love EP. The up-and-comer has gained attention with infectious self-released singles, blending house rhythms with more complex, natural instrumentation to great effect on this vinyl only release.
Subtle echoes of birdsong swirl around a glittering house beat in "Real Love", emotive sax and keys giving a jubilant feel to the record opener that captures the feeling of the early days of romance perfectly. "Limmie" uses hand drums and dreamy guitar loops to evoke hot summer holidays; the echoes of vocals and tinges of electro intonations bring the club energy. A jazzy edge to the EP builds from "Cry", where gentle piano is drawn into focus before the pulse of the dance hits, and melting across to the B-side with "Funky Mr. Cameron" - one long groovy, explorative jazz riff with playful guitar snippets.
Dynamic percussion undulates throughout "Me Without You"; a soulful, hazey song full of romance and complete with sax solo - one for star-crossed lovers on the dancefloor. "Reminisce" serves up high energy to close out the EP, building from the swirling melody into chopped up vocals that become an unstoppable earworm - ending with another delicate touch of that 303 bassline.
A1 Fidde - Real Love
A2 Fidde - Limmie
A3 Fidde - Cry
B1 Fidde - Funky Mr. Cameron
B2 Fidde - Me Without You
B3 Fidde - Reminisce
Release Date: 2nd July 2021
Adelphi Music Factory are a collective hailing from Sheffield, here in their own words to "increase the peace". Their uplifting and addictive house, flooded with nods to the British rave sound, brings people together to dance. The collective has seen a meteoric rise in fame, gaining plaudits from global DJs and their releases repeatedly tipped by Annie Mac as the hottest records in the world.
Their debut on Shall Not Fade in August sold out, with the repress flying out. Now they're back for more; Electric Arc Furnace EP is a ferocious record, cementing Adelphi Music Factory as a northern powerhouse. Like their other releases, Electric Arc Furnace is all about fuelling the dance. "Jive Turkey" kicks off the EP with truly monstrous percussion, pausing only for a euphoric sax solo reprieve, making it perfect summer day party gear.
"Rejoice With Me (I Need You)" is a gospel heater; bouncing beat and strings underpinning textbook praise break vocal tackle, epitomising what Adelphi Music Factory are about - hands-in-the-air house music. Closing out the EP, "Sample Seduction" is awash with second summer of love hardcore vibes simmering over a thumping four four groove. Classic vocal sampledge brings the record to a crescendo, evoking memories of the sweatiest rave you've ever been to.
A1 Adelphi Music Factory - Jive Turkey
B1 Adelphi Music Factory - Rejoice With Me (I Need You)
B2 Adelphi Music Factory - Sample Seduction
Available: 11th June 2021
Laurence Guy returns to Shall Not Fade with the feel good ‘Your Good Times Will Come’ EP.
Laurence follows up the 2020 ‘The Sun Is Warm And Directly Above You’ EP with another cut of pure happiness and good vibes. This four tracker delivers the exact message that’s portrayed in the title, positivity, faith and the ability to change a persons mood. Laurence's use of graceful chopping and cutting, blended with some of his more down tempo style productions creates a real treat of a record.
a1. Laurence Guy - Your Good Times Will Come
a2. Laurence Guy - Experience Health
b1. Laurence Guy - The Spirit
b2. Laurence Guy - Dreamer
Repress Due: 4th June 2021
Laurence Guy makes his Shall Not Fade debut with the luscious "The Sun Is Warm And Directly Above You" EP.
"The Sun Is Warm And Directly Above You" marks Laurence Guy's inaugural release on UK label Shall Not Fade, Laurence takes the listener on a journey of beautiful piano riffs, luscious vocal hooks and laid back, hazy drum sequences.
In Laurence's own words:
"This record is a love letter to sampling, there's something cosmic about being able to express your own feelings through the feelings of others from different eras and points in time. For me, nothing beats the combination of samples and synthesisers and I feel encapsulates this more than any other music I've made".
A1 Laurence Guy - Untitled Needs
A2 Laurence Guy - The Sun Is Warm And Directly Above You
B1 Laurence Guy - This Isn't My Best Light
Release Date: 25th June 2021
Hitting us with a double LP of sublime dance music lingering on the border of ambience, Interstate is the alter ego of DJ Swagger. Earlier this year, he graced Shall Not Fade's Time Is Now sub label in collaboration with DJ Aedidias for four feelgood UKG cuts - now returning for the second album in the Seasons Series, expect something a little different. Dominion Swing is his first LP under the Interstate moniker.
The four sides of vinyl hold their fair share of punchy kick drums and funky melodies, though across them is a blissed out ambient softness that comes to the forefront by the end. "Doublet Doureet" is a low end groover driven by skippy percs, the speedy bass melody chilled out with some lingering natural chords. "Second Mass" is futuristic and clean cut, tickling the ear with panning synth stabs and a powerful electro bassline that cuts through the track sharply, giving memories of the dancefloor while perfectly leading into "Habitat" - the sustained ambient shimmer that closes the A side.
Onto the reverse side, "This Rather Than That" and "Misty" are glitchy, playful evening music, "Misty" leaning into a fun organ ditty. The almost imperceptible bassline of "Two To Get Ready" hangs in the air giving it a dub atmosphere.
More genre exploration is to be found on the C side, from the pulsing but delicate house of "Appliance" to the tranquil guitar-lead journey of "Condone The Drama", ending with a return to blissful, oceanic ambience in "Bubblebath".
The closing side of Dominion Swing stays in this vein - blissed out haze is soaked into summer sundowner "Ascension" and its romantic melodies. "Stigma" is built on misty ambient pads but carries a persistent heartbeat rhythm, fading slowly into album closer "Yosemites" tropical field recordings and scattered drum hits.
A1 Interstate - Doublet Doureet
A2 Interstate - Second Mass
A3 Interstate - Habitat
B1 Interstate - This Rather Than That
B2 Interstate - Two To Get Ready
B3 Interstate - Misty
C1 Interstate - Appliance
C2 Interstate - Condone The Drama
C3 Interstate - Bubblebath
D1 Interstate - Ascension
D2 Interstate - Stigma
D3 Interstate - Yosemite
Repress Due: Q3 2021
- black vinyl repress / comes in orginal full colour gatefold -
Hot on the heels of two EP releases on Bristol label Shall Not Fade, Felipe Gordon is preparing for the release of his debut album on the important UK imprint. With human contact at an absolute minimum, it's refreshing to hear an electronic music record that ventures away from the machine in favour of the organic. Gordon's ability to blend complex jazz instrumentation with acid-licked basslines, golden-age house aesthetics and the cultural sounds of South America is unrivalled; creating distinctive, beautiful and exciting house records from his home in the Colombian capital of Bogota.
"A Landscape Onomatopeya" was crafted through the concept of a painting; exploring shades, changes of tone, use of light. "I found myself making tons of music and wondering how to start an album process", he says, "something with more concept; a long journey between all the different musical influences in my head. I wanted to try to accomplish something with soul, deepness and an inherent melancholia to it. More organic, more human."
The record - which includes the Spanish word Onomatopeya as a Colombian statement and ode to the Latin American house scene - kicks off with the early evening funk of "How Do You Spell That", the distinct sugar cane sweetness of Guaro hanging in the late sunlight. "Wes" ventures into hip hop territory; dusty boom baps, 90's scratching and live guitar provoking a vibe that lies somewhere between Dilla and fellow Colombian AvenRec before the A-side reaches its climax with a cut of Gil Scott-Heron-esque funk on "She Will Come".
The B-side raises its curtain and with it comes two cuts of sublime house, each more colourful than the last. "The Colombian Excursions of House Music" does exactly what is says on the tin; fusing South American drum patterns with the creative innovation of live jazz to create a dimly lit, Latin American energy. "Momma, It's A Long Journey" maintains a more progressive vibe as it meanders through subtle acid stabs, radiant atmospherics and an oxymoronic blend of mournful, hopeful vocals.
Tape throbs and breakbeats make up the C-side as we delve deeper into Gordon's sound palette: think The Cyclist and Kaytranada, but with an Ibero-American vibe. "Howl" meanders slowly through the smoke-filled booths of a jazz cafe whilst the sounds of Detroit and Chicago shatter and break ("Away", "Das Nuyorican Vibes") over the crowd below on, before "Brazil" invites you outside for a post-dance cigarette with itsdowntempo boom-bap and mellow energy.
The record comes to its end with three D-side cuts that perfectly encapsulate its artistic vision. "Like the album itself, the artwork process was all about texture and analog treatment", he says. "We used old pentax cameras with black and white ilford rolls to achieve an intimate feeling. I found that my mind was drawn to a landscape with a house deep inside the Bogota mountains; where I hang all the time with my girlfriend and friends. It's a quiet, emotional place. Far from the city."
Wiggling basslines, vibrant shimmers and bold jazz instrumentals bring a fitting end to a truly beautiful record, and further cements Shall Not Fade's reputation as a label with its finger on the pulse of exciting dance music.
A1 Felipe Gordon - How Do U Spell That Spell
A2 Felipe Gordon - Wes
B1 Felipe Gordon feat. Toro Moratto - The Colombian Excursions Of House Music
B2 Felipe Gordon - Momma, It's A Long Journey
C1 Felipe Gordon - Howl!
C2 Felipe Gordon - Away
C3 Felipe Gordon - Das Nuyorican Vibes
C4 Felipe Gordon - Brazil
D1 Felipe Gordon - A Landscape Onomatopeya
D2 Felipe Gordon - Walking Into The Unknown
D3 Felipe Gordon - Wake Up
Release Date: 11th June 2021
One of Belfast's finest exports, EJECA is no stranger to Shall Not Fade. Initially appearing on the label last year with the infectious hardcore-tinged Polar Nation EP. This time round EJECA demonstrates his knowledge of the harder edge of UK dance music with the weighty Sunburst EP, backed with a killer remix from Cinthie.
The pulsing kick of "Stoke It" is tempting, like the low end frequencies felt echoing out of some dark Berlin club; paired with dramatic analogue synth effects and old-school energy, it pushes straight into high stakes rave callback "Faith". Then closing the A-side is the glimmering electro-disco-beat of "The Basics". Think early Warp Records meets modern space-age drama.
The title track can be found opening up the B-side; unrelenting blissful arps allow space for a slow build-up so that the eventual kick-drum catches you off guard. It swirls towards a cliffhanger drop, forming a beautiful centrepiece to the record. "Looksee" is the slightly more relaxed B2, muted low-end bassline and protracted pads giving a well-deserved breather from previous intensity. Ejeca has enlisted the much-revered Berlin DJ and producer Cinthie on remix duties for the expansive title track; her bouncing house edit reimagines the tense, entrancing production of the original into a seductive groove that closes the driving, dark EP with a bit of sunshine.
a1 EJECA - Stoke it
a2 EJECA - Faith
a3 EJECA - The Basics
b1 EJECA - Free From
b2 EJECA - Looksee
b3 EJECA - Free From (Cinthie remix)
Release Date: 11th June 2021
Brooklyn-based duo Julian Duron and Michael Sherburn are Earth Boys, connoisseurs of heady house music that warms you with soft summer heat. Returning to Shall Not Fade after the success of their sellout LP Earth Tones last year, Automatic EP continues the Bristol label's new Classic Cuts series. It beautifully blends jazz instrumentation with deep house energy, creating sophisticated and unique dance music.
The title track is absolutely not to be missed - it's something a little different from the duo, centralising completely infectious vocals that are guaranteed to circulate your head for hours, a clean cut hit. Jazz sax meanders over the laidback house beat and into the next track "Okokok," which nods to Middle Eastern disco, this time the sax solos pair with a throbbing acid bassline. This acidic edge is brought to the forefront in the hard hitting business of "Revolution 420", a rave ready number infused with laser cut synths and dreamy pads.
Floating flute samples bring in the B side, the hazey natural breaks but disco influenced bassline making "Hush" both muted and danceable. Earth Boys bring master house producer JT Donaldson on board for the closing track, a sound soaked with funk n soul influence in its chunky slap bass and crooning female vocals. "Love Got You" winds the EP to a close with style - both cool and romantic, understated and glittering with character.
a1 Earth Boys - Automatic
a2 Earth Boys - Okokok
a3 Earth Boys - Revolution 420
b1 Earth Boys - Hush
b2 Earth Boys - Love Got You
Release Date: 21st May 2021
After the hugely successful Never Complain EP on Lost Palms, it's no surprise to see purveyor of French groove DJ Psychiatre back for another disc on Shall Not Fade, adding his name to the Seasons Series collection. Expect exquisitely produced house for both day and night, with a splash of rave-influenced heat.
Different Philosophies EP hits like classic house music but breaks rigid conceptions of genre. The title track is a punchy percussive number texturised with hand drum samples that pair imperceptibly with a deep electro melody. "Just Here To Get Ya" opens out with swirling pads but hits hard with a sidewinding bassline in another icy space age cut. Closing out the A-Side, the jazzier "Fantasies" serves up grooving melody and popping ear candy to tease the ear, holding you in a hypnotic haze.
Onto the B-side and a beat you can feel in your chest lets you know "Summer Hit Ready" means business. The tense stabs and half-hidden vocals before the drop give high drama, making way for classic house piano. If the record started with day party energy, this one is straight from the darkness of the rave. More chilled out B2 "Drifting" creeps up subtly to a pulsing 303 roller that builds momentum for the record closer; all raw breakbeats and atmospheric vocal clips, "Time To Go Home" opens into a thoughtful, bass-driven centrepiece that calmly winds down the EP.
a1. DJ Psychiatre -Different Philosophies
a2. DJ Psychiatre - Just Here To Get Ya
a3. DJ Psychiatre - Fantasies
b1. DJ Psychiatre - Summer Hit Ready
b2. DJ Psychiatre - Drifting
b3. DJ Psychiatre - Time To Go Home
Release Date: 4th June 2021
At only 19 years old, French producer THEOS says that last year he decided to dedicate his life to music. Now he has scored his first vinyl EP, continuing Shall Not Fade's new Killer Cuts series that focuses on no-filler dancefloor oriented house music. There's more than a touch of French to the funky groove of We Miss The Crowd, featuring collabs from Denyl Brook, Cosmonection and Romeo Louisa.
Opening out the record, "Lie Machine" is a delicious warm-up for what is to come. The unstoppable bassline and disco guitar samples get your hips moving while vocal snatches get into your head and won't get out. The title track's sultry groove is similarly catchy, with the pulsing kick and deep bass melody evoking a nod to the deep tech sound of UK house music but panning synths adding that filter house edge, sweeping the listener on to "Keep Creating Your World". The hard pulse of this track is balanced with sweeping pads, ethereal and summery. Organic jazzy piano loops take centre stage in the sublime production.
Onto the B-side and three stellar collaborations with some more of the best France has to offer; "Jazzy Cruise" with Denyl Brook is skippy, upbeat day party gear, with classic noughties filter sounds that tease the ears. THEOS and Cosmonection work together on "Unusual Ego"; sweet fuzzy chords but an Ed Banger style melody keep the record pumping for the closer, "Spread Positivity" with Romeo Louisa. Cool and dance floor ready, the climax of the EP is full of nothing but good vibes.
a1. THEOS - Lie Machine
a2. THEOS - We Miss The Crowd
a3. THEOS - Keep Creating Your World
b1. THEOS feat. Denyl Brook - Jazzy Cruise
b2. THEOS feat. Cosmonection - Unusual Ego
b3. THEOS feat. Romeo Louisa - Spread Positivity
Release Date: 30th April 2021
Laurence Guy returns to Shall Not Fade with his much-anticipated third EP, adding to last year's massively successful "The Sun Is Warm and Directly Above You" and "Your Good Times Will Come". The London-based producer has amassed a global audience of listeners, all united in their appreciation for his luscious, upbeat house music and an outstanding discography of releases via imprints like: Ninja Tune, Late Night Tales, Studio Barnhus and Mule Musique. While still unmistakably Laurence Guy's signature style of delicately constructed, sample-heavy dance music, this EP carries a sombre note, reflective of the confusing times in which it was made.
The A-side's "Love Theme For The Morning After" maintains a positive and danceable atmosphere, an ode to the moments of clarity and contentment we grasp in the afterglow. Musically, it is an ecstatic build-up of chords that leave you breathless, with a rhythm that pulses as consistently as a heartbeat throughout. By comparison to this joyfully glittering track, the B-side deals with more difficult emotions. Throughout "Mutual Excitement", barely distinguishable vocal samples overlap each other in a hazy clamour, whilst natural keys play a bittersweet melody, pondering the uncertainty of a new relationship. Guy says of the final track, "Certain (To A Certain Extent)" "2020 was a hard year to be certain of anything, I found myself frozen in pretty much every decision I had to make". The song, a stripped-back melody built from a low fidelity jazz sound palette, is not just an exploration of the sense of uncertainty 2020 gave us, but expresses Guy's acceptance of living without certainty. This soothing message is at the core of the EP, managing to create a sense of hope during an unsettled time.
a1. Laurence Guy - Love Theme For The Morning After
b1. Laurence Guy - Mutual Excitement Is A Wonderful Thing
b2. Laurence Guy - Certain (To A Certain Extent)
Available: 16th March 2021
Bristol based record label Shall Not Fade celebrate 5 years of existence by curating a double LP featuring new unheard tracks from label family members, new and old.
The double LP ‘5 Years Of Shall Not Fade’ was created to showcase the labels ever evolving sound, with the 16 tracks delving deep into a wide range of electronic music. 5 Years Of Shall Not Fade features new tracks from; DJOKO, Adelphi Music Factory, Black Loops, Earth Boys, Matrefakt, Mutual Attraction, Rhode & Brown, Jaymie Silk, Computer Data, Harrison BDP, Module One, Soela, GVRL, Jacques Renault, Tilman, Felipe Gordon, Hanna & Gere.
A1. DJOKO - It All Comes To An End
A2. Adelphi Music Factory - Keep Holding On
A3. Black Loops - Stoner Dreams
A4. Earth Boys - Icey
B1. Matrefakt - Daze
B2. Mutual Attraction - MPC Live Track 1
B3. Rhode & Brown - Ticket To Chicago
B4. Jaymie Silk - CyberPunk
C1. Computer Data - Hannashi
C2. Harrison BDP - The Powerful Play
C3. Module One & Soela - Everything You Need
C4. GVRL - Lovegame
D1. Jacques Renault - This Way That Way
D2. Tilman - Too Tight To Stay
D3. Felipe Gordon - Socorro & Jüpiter
D4. Hanna ft. Gere - Reality Check
Availabe: 26th February 2021
Shall Not Fade welcome London based duo Kassian to the family with their latest EP 'Crush’.
Working out of their Hackney Wick studio 38 East, Kassian have been making a name for themselves with standout releases on both Phonica White & Heist Recordings. Having based their sound on the deeper end of house and club music, the pair put forward a characteristically stylish EP for their debut on Shall Not Fade.
The A1 track ‘All I Know’ is the sub-heavy house track full of vivid delayed synths, intricate wooden drums, and a huge catchy vocal to tie it together, this is undoubtedly the most iconic track on the record. The title track ‘Crush’ is the pair's most minimal jam to date. Complete with garage inspired drums, two warping basslines and a playful hook that sits perfectly in the grooves, this is a heads down, energetic track perfectly balanced between the dancefloor and leftfield.
On the flip, ‘Decades’ and ‘Eastern Arps’ are the undeniable club tools on the EP. Both of the Berlin inspired House tracks evolve from a basic groove and playfully explore an abundance of possibilities within their sound designs and are heavily inspired by the minimal house often found in the boys Balamii radio show. Lastly, the final track ‘Nuances’ has the perfect orchestral warmth and emotional energy to close off the night.
a1. All I Know
b2. Eastern Arps
Release Date: 26th March 2021
LP2 continues his exploration of emotive, dreamy atmospheres, soaked with rich pads and otherworldly arpeggios, juxtaposing it with hectic drum machines, deep bass lines and unusual sampling - evoking industrial music. It’s a slightly warmer and in a way more soothing album than LP1, but at the same time more dance-oriented as well, at some point reminiscent of Earth Trax’s early deep house singles. It’s a fascinating insight in world building, extending the author’s ideas from previous records (either as Earth Trax or Bartosz Kruczyński downtempo releases) much further and treating them more as a starting point rather than reusing them. LP2 again features the gorgeous photography of Kasia Zacharko and design of Kaja Kukuła.
a2. Inside Out
a3. After The Rain
b2. Have You Ever
c1. Ambient Dance
c2. Trust Me
c3. The Complete Trance Induction
d1. After Hours
d2. Lights On’
d3. Dark River
Available: 26th February 2021
Rising Welsh producer // DJ Harrison BDP has been making some serious noise as of late, with a string of stand out releases on Phonica, Berg Audio & Lost Palms. This time making his debut on Shall Not Fade with some of his most weighty productions to date. ‘Sound Expansion Meditation’ takes the listener on a voyage of discovery with spacey synths, dusty drum sequences and floating bass riffs.
a1. Sound Expansion Meditation
a2. My Deepest Regret
b1. Figures In The Smoke
b2. Real Love Don’t Fade
b3. Country Boy
Release Date: 26th February 2021
Felipe Gordon makes his Shall Not Fade debut with the groove-laden ‘The Bacatá Extrapolation’ EP, paying homage to his hometown, Bogotá.
Colombian Musician / Producer Felipe Gordon has been pumping out high quality records as of late with notable recent projects on Toy Tonics, Lost Palms & Razor n’ Tape, amongst others. His latest offering ‘The Bacatá Extrapolation’, is some of the rising producer’s finest work to date, multi instrumentalist Felipe showcases his talent for playing the keys and bass, creating five tracks of infectious House music.
a1. The Bacatá Extrapolation
a2. Deep (For You)
b1. (To) Get My Shit Together
b2. The Five Ohhh Seeex
b3. Manzanero´s Despair
Release Date: 26th February 2021
2020 was a big year for dj poolboi (AKA Adam Ansley); his debut LP ‘it’s good to hear your voice’ and a remix for Moby amongst his achievements - now the Austin native has turned his mind to the UK with a shimmering four-track release on Shall Not Fade. ‘rarities ep’ is the premiere release in a new series, Classic Cuts, which focuses on feel-good sounds of all styles, with a nostalgic edge.
Ansley describes his sound as “music to skate to” and rarities has some of that languid summertime feel to it, but has a vibe that brings to mind a boat party on some sun-baked French coastline more than a skatepark. It opens with ‘Ghosts’; a track as melancholic as the title. Touched with faint vinyl crackle, lingering keys draw you into a driving house beat that is danceable despite its haunting air. Where ‘Ghosts’ has you slowly swaying to the beat, beer in hand, ‘Tu Tienes Mi Corazon’ is a hands-in-the-air banger - all subtle bassline and slow natural breaks. Saxophone melts in and out of the background and the A-side fades away into birdsong. On the B-side, ‘Elope’ leans into the summery day-party energy replete with syncopated organic percussion; it’s a track that ebbs and flows wonderfully.
Closing out the record, ‘Before You Go’ is the most “electronic” piece, a nod to electro that forefronts the earworm bassline. The EP is a balm for the soul that is made for the festival season.
a2. Tu Tienes Mi Corazon
b2. Before You Go
Release Date: 26th February 2021
Shall Not Fade make a very warm welcome to the original tropical cyber-punk, Ruf Dug. The Manchester veteran joins the label for it’s 51st release, 4 tracks brimming with Ruf Dug’s wigged out, balearic energy, one of which is a gorgeous remix from the unstoppable, Shanti Celeste. With a sound that’s hard to pigeon-hole, his role as vibe purveyor is impossible to deny. Over a decade of producing as Ruf Dug, aside from releasing on his own sought-after Ruf Kutz imprint, he’s graced Unknown To The Unknown, Rhythm Section and Music For Dreams, and many more esteemed labels with his midas touch.
‘Addicted’ is a feel-good bubbler - sun-soaked keys, bubbly synth and velvet vocals from the talented vocalist Danielle Moore mixed with a tinge of Ruf Dug’s love for retro sounds glimmering through Peach Disc’s boss and party-starter Shanti Celeste gives ‘Addicted’ a glistening euphoric rework; pacey, wigged out and a bunch of fun - a sound with which she is synonymous. Next up, ‘Manc Sunset’ is a stripped back broken beat number - ravey notions meet dream house vibes. Bringing ‘Manc Sunset’ EP to a close, ‘Lo-Fi Roller’ is a brain-melter - bugged-out vox and kickin’ beat summon that deep in the dance tingling feeling, one to get lost in!
a2. Addicted (Shanti Celeste Remix)
b1. Manc Sunset
b2. Lo-Fi Roller
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Shall Not Fade welcome dance music legend Shadow Child to the family with five rave ready jams for their ‘Basement Tracks’ series.
Shadow Child is an artist who needs little introduction, with a discography dating back to 2012 and notable dance discs for legendary labels such as Dirtybird, Food Music, Unknown To The Unknown, Hot Creations & Super Rhythm Trax, amongst others. His latest outing sees up bring the old school to new school with his debut outing on Bristol based label Shall Not Fade. ‘Bak 2 Skool’ delves deep into all things rave, high energy, dancefloor driven jams through and through.
a1. Shadow Child - FFFound
a2. Shadow Child - 4U
b1. Shadow Child - Crystl
b2. Shadow Child - Have You Seen Mr G?
b3. Shadow Child - Romford
Available: 29th January 2021
Shall Not Fade welcome Spanish musician Paul Rudder to the family with the killer ‘Losing Dreams’ EP.
Paul Rudder is an artist whose been making moves over the past 12 months with a string of high calibre releases for labels such as Lazy Days, Tilly Jam & his own label RDDR, amongst others. His latest outing sees him release on Bristol based label Shall Not Fade, serving up five feel good house jams for their ‘Seasons Series’ project. ‘Losing Dreams’ delves into all things house, oozing with feel good vibes & energy throughout.
a1. Mind Drifting
a2. Losing Dreams
b1. Ah, You Know
b3. Til You Found ft. Hurlee
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Shall Not Fade welcome Rotterdam based producer Kessler to the family with six weighty jams for their ‘Basement Tracks’ series.
Rising Rotterdam based producer Kessler has been bubbling over the past 12 months with a string of high quality releases on labels such as Yellow Island Records and his own KESSLER TRAX imprint. His first full vinyl outing sees him serve up a bass driven masterpiece for Shall Not Fade’s new ‘Basement Tracks’ series. Ambivalent EP is nothing short of spectacular, weighty breaks meet dreamy synth patterns on this killer dance disc.
a1. Lambert Rise
a2. Moonlight Branches
a3. Old Wives Tale
b2. Only A Fool
Available: 15th December 2020
Shall Not Fade celebrate their 50th release after 5 years of the label with an all-time favourite and long-time friend, the inimitable Byron the Aquarius . Returning to SNF for his second release on the label, the keyboardist, DJ and producer marks the labels milestone release perfectly. Sunsoaked house with a penchant for acid lines, jazz inspired keys and a bumpin’ groove, What Up Doe? Vol.2 i s Byron at his best. A sonic homage to the very beginning for us.
Opener ‘ She Want To Work It’ is a masterclass in low-key sass and class, referencing warm, dusty hip-hop beats and daydreams, as it shifts into a luscious, vox heavy kick and clap groove. Futuristic acid lines bubble up on seemingly dreamy dub number, into glitchy electro realms on ‘I Can Feel It’, before imploding into full-blown sci-fi territory on the flip. Here, ‘ Apes of Mars pt.2.’ is all nostalgia inducing samples and jazzy melodies, meandering between crunchy beats. Next up, ‘Cosmic Raindance’’ s enigmatic, sultry sci-fi vibes bring the EP to new levels. MDMA is back with Byron and the pair are on another planet with this post-watershed jackin’ house, bleeping out into the ether. Rounding out the EP nodding to his love for hip-hop and shimmery keys, ‘Can We Do It Again’ is Byron to the bone. Soulful, infectious house music which we can't get enough of.
a1. Byron The Aquarius - She Want To Work It Ft. MDMA
a2. Byron The Aquarius - I Can Feel That (Dub)
b1. Byron The Aquarius - Apes of Mars pt.2
b2. Byron The Aquarius - Cosmic Rainwater ft. MDMA
b3. Byron The Aquarius - Can We Do it Again (Dub)