NEW ARRIVALS AND RESTOCKS FRIDAY, JUNE 13
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alright, alright, i know, it’s been HOT out… but guess what, that’s what happens in the summertime! and you know what else? this part of the world gets especially humid too! REALLY! it happens this time EVERY YEAR! that said, you can either sit inside and complain about it or you can grab yourself a cool beverage (i myself prefer water or iced coffee) and ‘STICK IT’ to mother nature and venture out for some COOL sounds (and maybe some food while you’re at it). as promised, this week’s list is super HEAVY on the dance sounds and all of them worth sweating over (but, be forewarned, most of ‘em are single copies and way limited)… and while dance rules the roost, don’t overlook the vinyl reissue’s of rubble volumes one through ten, essential and classic beat/psych soundtracks just waitin’ for a BBQ… just mix up the sangria and go! oh yeah, and for those of you who missed the first round, the ‘african scream contest’ comp is back in… great great summertime sounds… come on by and check ‘em out!!!
as always, many of the titles are in very limited quantity, so if you're interested in anything listed below, feel free to call or email me, I will gladly hold items for up to a week.
prices do not include shipping and handling. for those of you shipping within the continental united states I offer a 5.00usd flat shipping rate for any amount of records and/or compact discs. shipping cost for international orders are calculated on an order by order basis. payments for orders can be made via paypal or with a credit card by telephone between 12-6pm/est.
i also offer bike messanger service via timecycle couriers. for the low cost of 10.00usd i can deliver any amount of records and/or cds you wish to purchase to your center city philadelphia location (this includes some parts of south, west and north philadelphia) within two hours (and for those of you who need your records even faster, we also offer ‘rush’ service for the low flat rate of 20.00usd for any amount of records/cds delivered to you within one hour). of course, we are still more than happy to ship records via the usps within philadelphia. as with the international shipments, orders placed before 5pm/est will ship out that evening and should reach their destination by the following day.
ROCK, POP AND PSYCHEDELIC
JOSEPH PUSEY- IN MY LADY'S CHAMBER LP (mandrax, italy)
* High level psych-folk from 1977, Californian private release but with a sound that has more to do with UK stuff, with some Eastern-influenced parts as well. Pusey, ex-Yellow Autumn, is certainly a very impressive guitar player -- his playing on this album is simply incredible and especially the instrumental parts will knock you out. There's only acoustic guitars, bells, gong, flute and slight percussions, but you won't need anything else. A brilliant record this is, sure to impress any psychedelic folk fan.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 1: THE PSYCHEDELIC SNARL LP (past and present, uk)
*choice u.k. psychotic freakbeat from the sixties. from the original mastertapes. rare, scarce and undiscovered gems. originally issued in 1984 on the Bam-Caruso label It has been re-issued on past & present with recordings from the phillips and fontana labels… tracks: Atmospheres - Wimple Winch; Faster Than Light - Mirror, The Mirror; Woman of Distinction – Caleb; It's All Over Now - Martin Cure, Peeps; Always with Him - The Living Daylights; Never Had a Girl Like You Before - The Misunderstood; Cast a Spell - Open Mind; Spider & The Fly - The Dakotas; Rumble on Mersey Square South - Wimple Winch; Magic Potion - Open Mind; Let's Live for Today - The Living Daylights; I Must Be Mad - The Craig; I Will - Unit 4+2; Grey – Hush; Save My Soul - Wimple Winch; Morning After - The Mindbenders.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 2: POP-SIKE PIPE-DREAMS LP (past and present, uk)
*The second installment from the Rubble series. Originally released in 1986 on the Bam Caruso label, It has since been re-issued on the past & present label with recordings from the Columbia label and some unreleased gems… tracks: Eastern Music – Mode; Marmalade Hair - Wimple Winch; World Spinning Sadly - The Parking Lot; Defecting Grey - The Pretty Things; Kid Was a Killer - Keith West; Indian Thing - Shotgun Express; Tracy Took a Trip – Executive; Lollipop Minds - Wimple Winch; You Break My Heart - The Talismen; Walking Through My Dreams - The Pretty Things; Love - Bo Street Runners; Sweet Love - The Sons of Fred; Bluebell Wood - Wimple Winch; Knocking Nails into My House - The Idle Race; After Tea - The Spencer Davis Group; Rosecrans Blvd. - Gordon Waller.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 3: NIGHTMARES IN WONDERLAND LP (past and present, uk)
*The third installment from the Rubble series. Originally released in 1986 on the Bam Caruso label, It has since been re-issued on the past & present label with recordings from the Parlophone and Columbia labels… tracks: Nightmares in Red – Brain; 10, 000 Years Behind My Mind - Focus Three; Talkin' About the Good Times - The Pretty Things; Fox Has Gone to Ground - Bamboo Shoot; Visions in a Plaster Sky - Wild Silk; (He's Our Dear Old) Weatherman - Mark Wirtz; William Chalker's Time Machine - The Lemon Tree; Barricades - The Koobas; 10,000 Words in a Cardboard Box - Aquarian Age; Mr. Evasion - The Pretty Things; Gardena Dreamer – Executive; Fragile Child - Chances Are; Hold On – Ipsissimus; Shades of Grey - Edwick Rumbold; Model Village - Penny Peeps; Revolution – Tomorrow.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 4: THE 49 MINUTE TECHNICOLOUR DREAM LP (past and present, uk)
*Colours swirl, Patterns collide, Sounds reverberate. Sixties headsounds for Eighties soundheads. Lifted from the original Mastertapes. Vintage vaultage...as used at The Middle Earth. Volume number four, Originally issued in 1984 on the Bam-Caruso label. Contained Recordings from the Fontana & Philips labels… Black Mass - Jason Crest; Wedding of Ramona Blair - The Mirage; Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad – Caleb; Flight from Ashiya - Kaleidoscope, Kaleidoscope; Matrimonial Fears – Cymbaline; On the Beach - Finders Keepers, Finders Keepers; Cooks of Cake & Kindness – Californians; Strange Things Are Happening - Rings & Things; Butterfly - The Fox; 3:30 AM - Unit 4+2; Dream for Julie - Kaleidoscope, Kaleidoscope; Come Alive - Tempus Fugit; Golden Glass - The Misunderstood.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 5: THE ELECTRIC CRAYON SET LP (past and present, uk)
*Fifth volume. Originally issued in 1986 on the Bam-Caruso label. Contained recordings from the Decca label… That's the Way It's Gotta Be - The Poets; Anymore Than I Do - The Attack; I'm Not Your Stepping Stone – Flies; Gotta Wait – Game; Please Please Me – Score; I'm Leaving - The Mark Four; Father's Name Is Dad – Fire; Mother's Little Helper - Gene Latter; Gonna Get Me Someone – Game; House of Love – Flies; Hey Gyp - Keith Shields; Try It - The Attack; I Love Her Still - The Poets; Living Is Easy - Dream Police; Run & Hide – Fairytale; Hurt Me If You Will - The Mark Four.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 6: THE CLOUDS HAVE GROOVY FACES LP (past and present, uk)
*sixth volume. Originally issued in 1986 on the Bam-Caruso label. Contained recordings from the Decca label… Lovely People – Fairytale; Glasshouse Green Splinter Red - The Kinsmen; I Am So Blue - The Poets; Anniversary of Love – Ice; Shades of Orange - The End; Tales of Flossie Fillet – Turquoise; Magic Bus - Pudding Maker; Neville Thumbcatch - The Attack; Red Sky at Night - The Accent; 8 1/2 Hours to Paradise - Elastic Band; Created by Clive - The Attack; Suburban Early Morning Station - Two & A Half; Peacefully Asleep - Life 'N' Soul; I'll Cry with the Moon - The Poets; Beggar's Parade - The Falling Leaves, The Falling Leaves; 20-10 - Tinkerbells Fairydust.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 7: PICTURES IN THE SKY LP (past and present, uk)
*Seventh volume. Originally issued in 1988 on the Bam-Caruso label. Contained recordings from the Pye label… Pictures in the Sky - Orange Seaweed; You Didn't Have to Be So Nice - Glass Menagerie; Real Life Permanent Dream - Orange Machine; Jump & Dance – Carnaby; Harekrishna - New Formula; So Sad Inside – Onyx; Flying Machine - Flying Machine; You Said - The Primitives; You Gotta Be with Me – Onyx; My World Fell Down - The Ivy League; Blue Turns to Grey – Epics; Cloudy – Factotums; Better Make Up Your Mind - The Koobas; I'm a Hog for You - The Earwigs, Erky Grant; Help Me - The Primitives; Within the Night - Velvett Fogg.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 8: ALL THE COLOURS OF DARKNESS LP (past and present, uk)
*Eighth volume. Originally issued in 1991 on the Bam-Caruso label. Contained recordings from various labels… Living a Lie – Yellow; Hold On - Les Fleur de Lys, Sharon Tandy; Prodigal Son - Eyes of Blue; Here We Go 'Round the Lemon Tree - Jason Crest; Lamp Lighter Man - Rick Price, Sheridan; Tumblin' – Jigsaw; On Love - Skip Bifferty; High in the Tower of Coombe – Methuselah; Upside Down - Norman Conquest; Place in the Sun - Jason Crest; Madman Running Through the Fields - Dantalian's Chariot; Daughter of the Moon - Les Fleur de Lys, Sharon Tandy; Days When We Are Free – Mashmakhan; Children of Tomorrow - The Mike Stuart Span; I'm Flying – Serendipity; World Will End Yesterday - Second Hand.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 9: PLASTIC WILDERNESS LP (past and present, uk)
*ninth volume. Originally issued in 1991 on the Bam-Caruso label. Contained recordings from various labels… Celestial Empire – Dragonfly; You Know That I'll Be There - Peter & The Blizzards; Mother No Head - Group 1850; Slow Motion Mind – Tower; Do You Feel Alright – Outsiders; Buses - Sharks & Me; Good Weekend - Short '66; Wedding of 100 Brides - The Motions; Back to the City - Sandy Coast; Lotus Love – Zipps; Girl of My Kind - Bumble Bees; Mini Minnie - The Young Ones, The Young Ones; Swedish Tears - St Giles's System; So High I've Been, So Down I Must Fall - Q 65; Girl Named You – Supersister; Such a Cad – Baroques; That Day - Golden Ear-Rings.
V/A- RUBBLE VOLUME 10: PROFESSOR JORDAN'S MAGIC SOUND SHOW LP (past and present, uk)
*Tenth volume. Originally issued in 1988 on the Bam-Caruso label. Contained recordings from the Pye label… Tamaris Khan – Onyx; Frederick Jordan - Glass Menagerie; We Didn't Kiss Didn't Love But Now We Do - The Clique, The Clique; Step in the Right Direction - The Montanas; Linda Loves Linda - Floribunda Rose; Lady Caroline - Velvett Fogg; Riding on a Wave – Turnstyle; Frosted Panes – Kytes; Running Wild - Fresh Air; Stay a While - Orange Seaweed; Hungry - 5 a.m. Event; Gotta Keep on Moving Baby – Game; She's a Rainbow - Glass Menagerie; Stay Indoors - New Formula; Buffalo - Writing on the Wall; You Can All Join In - Orange Machine.
SILVER APPLES- SILVER APPLES CD (phoenix, uk)
*New, more deluxe version, with special metallic silver foil sleeve (in reference to the original Kapp label pressing, as well as the recent Phoenix LP version), including a replica of original insert in gatefold; this replaces the previous Phoenix CD edition (ASH 3003CD). This is a reissue of the self-titled first album by '60s electronic legends Silver Apples, originally released by Kapp Records in 1968. Fresh off their stint as The Overland Stage Electric Band, Simeon and Dan Taylor formed their own extravagant, two-man electronic space-odyssey, Silver Apples, to pretty remarkable critical acclaim. Their debut enjoyed a 10-week stay in Billboard's Top 100 list, and the album's first track, "Oscillations," made the Top 10 list in numerous cities around the U.S. The music critics loved them. "What's so amazing is that they make absolutely mind-shattering music with all this junky equipment" commented one reviewer, quite possibly astounded over the then-mindbending concept of build-it-yourself electronics combined with rock drums. The debut album features lyrics by poet Stanley Warren who met the duo at the Third Annual Avant Garde Arts Festival in 1968, organized by topless cellist Charlotte Moorman. An absolutely essential piece of musical history from electronic/psychedelic/rock music's ground-breaking legends.
SILVER APPLES- CONTACT CD (phoenix, uk)
*This is a reissue of the second album Contact by '60s electronic legends Silver Apples, originally released by Kapp Records in 1969. This enigmatic duo, armed only with percussion, vocals and an early, specialized synthesizer, is often credited with giving the musical world its first electronic album, as well as having a significant influence on bands which followed in their wake; bands such as Ultravox and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. Silver Apples, named after a W.B. Yeats poem, consisted of electronics wiz Simeon Coxe and percussionist Danny Taylor. Simeon built an impressive collection of electronic paraphernalia (dubbed the "Simeon") which ultimately included a dozen oscillators, six of them tuned to bass notes which he played with his feet, an assortment of sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, lab gear and a variety of second-hand electronic junk. Contact ushered in the band's recorded popularity and a national tour was quickly organized. Several tracks on Contact feature bass lines provided by Simeon's banjo playing, but it is the clever use of the lead oscillator and new-found intensity of the lyrics that sets Contact apart from its predecessor. Such was the level of Simeon's growing electronic proficiency that the intro to the album's opening track, "You And I" more than successfully recreates the sound of an airplane taking off. Silver Apples all but disappeared from the musical firmament when Kapp folded in 1970, only to re-emerge in January 1997 to perform before a celeb-packed audience at the Knitting Factory. Again, the critics were unanimous. As the MC waxed poetic during an introduction to the Silver Apples concert in San Francisco, 1968: "You are about to have probably the most unusual musical experience of your life. The music will enter areas of your mind never before opened until now. At times it may be hard to understand, but if you let the music penetrate, you'll dig it."
AVANT GARDE AND NOISE
RON GEESIN- ELECTROSOUND LP (glo-spot, uk)
*Ron Geesin's album Electrosound was originally released as part of the KPM 1100 series in 1972 by a man famed for his work with Pink Floyd, Bridget St. John and much more. This new edition of Electrosound is issued in a run of 500 copies only, pressed in sky blue vinyl streaked with white and packaged in a gatefold sleeve. Ron Geesin has personally remastered the album from his own original tapes and has written a new sleeve note which accompanies the original words from 1972. The front cover is by Ron's cartoonist son Fraser Geesin and sleeve design is by Iker Spozio, ensuring that this sits well as a companion volume to the Glo-Spot edition of the Delia Derbyshire album Electrosonic.
RON GEESIN- A RAISE OF EYEBROWS LP (earmark, italy)
*restocked… Best known as the co-author of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother, this tape manipulator and multi-instrumentalist released his debut on the Transatlantic label in 1967. The contents of the tracks range from bizarre audio collage ('A Raise Of Eyebrows'), to blistering freeform banjo ('Certainly Random'), to traditional jazz arrangements ('Ha! Ha! But Reasonable'), to odd spoken interludes ('Positives').
TAKEHISA KOSUGI- CATCH-WAVE CD (show boat/sky station, japan)
*Official CD reissue (more recently repro'd by World Psychedelia), licensed from Sony Japan. Originally issued by CBS in Japan-only in 1975, this album has been as difficult to find as either of the original Taj Mahal Travellers' LPs. The descriptive text on the back jacket of this exact repro gives an insight: "sounds speeding on lights, light speeding on sounds, music between riddles & solutions." A devastating, drone-intense record (unlike Kosugi's later solo recordings for Lovely Music or P-vine; Catch-Wave is the closest follow-up recording to his Taj Mahal Travellers group in the form of group improvisation), finally accessible.
FUNK AND SOUL
JOHNNY OTIS & FRIENDS- WATTS FUNKY 2LP (beat goes public, uk)
*key pioneer in the development of R'n'B into Rock and Roll, and as such deserves a blue plaque and other such honours. He discovered - amongst others - Etta James, Esther Phillips and Little Willie John, and his band backed Big Mama Thornton on the original version of Hound Dog. He scored umpteen hits first in the post war rhythm and blues boom and then on Capitol as Rock and Roll took over. Yet it sometimes seems that Mr. Veliotes to give him his real name is a little overlooked in the R'n'R pioneer stakes. Leiber and Stoller, Ike Turner and Sam Phillips get a lot of the props but Johnny is sometimes missing from the plaudits. Ace has for some years been looking to rectify this fault, putting out both Johnny's own Dig recordings and his major label recordings for Capitol - if you don't have them they are scorching. Now BGP has decided to delve where others have never gone before.
The last year has seen a burst of publicity for the work of Johnny's son Shuggie, who started appearing with his father's band at the age of 14. Shuggie made some great records - we have three tracks here, two of which are previously unreleased - but it was only the tip of a large iceberg of work that emerged from Johnny's Hawk Sound studios throughout the late 60s and most of the 70s. Those who like to dance to funk will already be aware of Watts Breakaway, the Vibrettes' Humpty Dump and Vera Hamilton's But I Ain't No More - each pure classics, but our excavations have dragged out potential dancefloor monsters from Delmar and Carla, Doug Wintz and Ice Water Slim. We also get to show you the great sound of Johnny's band throughout the period from the caustic blues-funk of Signifying Monkey through the 'deep funk' classic Jaws to the big band disco of Good To The Last Drop and Don't It Make You Feel Good. And for those who haven't been charmed by his own CD Omaha Bar B Q we have a touch of Preston Love.
So clearly you can see that this is a good album, but even so I've still left out the best track which is an absolute monster, which seemingly came out on a Hawk Sound 45 in 1975 - if you have one I want it. That cut Spells and Incantations is a space soul record that will appeal to anyone who has been touched by the likes of Marlena Shaw, Minnie Riperton or Lorez Alexander. Simply put it is one of the best tracks we have put out on BGP - and that's high praise on an album with Strawberry Letter 23. -Dean Rudland
FUNKADELIC- FUNKADELIC LP (westbound, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… This was the debut album from the weird and wonderful world of Funkadelic and they even released 'Music For My Mother' as a single with the seriously funky 'I Bet You' as a follow up.
FUNKADELIC- FREE YOUR MIND...AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW LP (westbound, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… It's 9 May 1971 and the crowd at the Roundhouse on the Chalk Farm Road, at the northern end of the slightly run-down Camden area of London is fairly typical for the era. Loon pants, trenchcoats and a slight whiff of patchouli oil mingling with perhaps a touch of dope smoke. On the stage there are the requisite stacks of Marshall amps, that will tell you that tonight is going to be a loud experience. However look closer at the crowd and there are a few incongruous bodies in the crowd. There is a smattering of London's soul boys in the crowd. "I guess that they were hoping they might get '(I Wanna) Testify', or some other things like it" remembered Ace's Tony Rounce, a member of the audience, some 30 odd years later. They were about to be very disappointed.
FUNKADELIC- MAGGOT BRAIN LP (westbound, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… This was the third album for Westbound by the mighty George Clinton and his extremely merry band, and they finally wigged out in a serious manner, though they didn't forget the funk - 'Hit It And Out It'.
V/A- AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST- RAW & PSYCHEDELIC AFRO SOUNDS FROM BENIN & TOGO '70S CD (analog africa, germany)
*shop favorite finally restocked… Spectacular package with thick 44-page booklet and slipcase packaging. This CD is licensed for release in the U.S. later in 2008, unsure if it will have the same deluxe packaging... Just like with the label's first two releases -- albums by Zimbabwean '70s bands the Green Arrows and Hallelujah Chicken Run Band -- the essence of Analog Africa is clear yet again: searching in dusty warehouses for forgotten music to keep it alive. All the tracks have been officially licensed, usually from the artists who Ben Redjeb also met with for detailed research. He conducted 16 interviews in various cities in Benin and Togo with artists, producers and sound engineers to reconstruct the history of the '70s music scene for the 44-page booklet which also includes many rare photographs directly received from the artists. Like most modern music in French-speaking West African countries, the music of Benin and Togo was influenced by a few main musical currents: Cuban, Congolese and local traditional music, as well as Chanson Francaise. Additionally, the geographical location of Benin and Togo -- sandwiched between Ghana and Nigeria -- exposed Beninese and Togolese musicians to Highlife music. The cultural and spiritual riches of traditional Beninese music had an immense impact on the sound of Benin's modern music. Benin is the birth place of Vodun (or, as it is known in the West, Voodoo), and some of the rhythms used during traditional rituals -- Sakpata, Sato, Agbadja, Tchenkoumé and many others -- were fused to soul and Latin music as early as the mid-1960s and later to funk. That fusion is the essence of this compilation. In the late '60s and early '70s, rock and soul music started creeping into the region. In particular, the music of James Brown and Johnny Halladay became immensely popular with university students. It was then that the music scene in Benin really started to take off. What made this musical revolution even more interesting is that most of the musicians could not read music. Often the music they made sounded one semi-tone away from being out of tune, but somehow they always managed to bring all the elements together into something new and exciting. One of the greatest bands of their era, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, who are featured on this compilation, took the Afro sound to another level by showing their musical versatility in many forms. Although they were consciously copying Western artists, they would always inject a dose of psychedelic Afro grooves that would make their music unmistakably Beninese. Their biggest song, 'Gbeti Madjro' is believed to have revolutionized the music industry in Benin in the '70s when the country went through a period of political turmoil. The song is full of raw breaks and the hypnotic rhythms as well as screams à la James Brown -- after this song, many bands in Benin started screaming on their recordings, hence the title of this compilation. Latin-influenced sounds are present on this compilation, too. Ouidah, a city on the Atlantic coast of Benin, is home to a large Brazilian community, or, as they are called in Benin, 'Agoudas.' Members of that community are descendents of slaves who returned from Brazil at the end of the 19th century. Their dances (such as Kaléta and Buriyanj) and songs are still being performed and fused into the traditional Beninese rituals. That, too, can be heard in modern Beninese music. The proximity of the giant neighbor Nigeria can be heard on the track 'Djanfa Magni' which features the amazing trumpeter/ saxophonist Tidjani Koné fronting the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo. Koné whose career started in Mali as the founder and band leader of the Rail Band de Bamako, had played with Fela Kuti for a short while hence the strong Afrobeat influence. There are countless stories to be discovered in the extremely well-researched booklet and the music is truly mind-blowing. So delve into the forgotten raw and psychedelic Afro sounds from '70s Benin and Togo and experience the African Scream Contest.
REGGAE, DANCEHALL AND CALYPSO
STEEL AN' SKIN- AFRO PUNK REGGAE DUB 12” (honest jon’s, uk)
*shop favorite finally restocked… From the Honest Jon's 'hood -- Ladbroke Grove, late 1970s -- stomping disco, dubwise reggae and regal steel-band. Three-track EP, released in conjunction with EM Records from Japan, who issued the recent Reggae Is Here Once Again CD/DVD.
HOUSE, TECHNO AND DISCO
DJ D- DO OR DIE/NAKED EYE 12” (a jackin’ phreak, france)
*Side A: The League Unlimited Orchestra (The Human League) 'Do or Die' (Dawsano Edit). Side B: The Alan Parsons Project 'Naked Eye' (Dawsano Edit). AJP is A Jackin' Phreak own limited record label for carefully selected house and disco edits as well as rare or unreleased tracks, by him or friends (here DJ D from London), just for the love of music.
SHLOMI ABER- IN THEORY YES/EFRAT 12” (be as one, isreal)
*Shlomi Aber's relentless conquering of the techno scene is in its full stage. In just a few years, Shlomi has delivered seminal classic cuts of what could be called the 21st century techno generation. His productions are now found in the most various and different record bags worldwide, and his trademark sound has graced only legendary labels like Ovum, Cocoon, & Renaissance. Now, after his latest hits 'Tokyo Shangai' and 'Quivvery' on Ovum, Shlomi is back on his own imprint with another release just in time for the coming summer. In Theory Yes has Aber's trademark written all over and carries the concept we use to call Shlomi Aber style. It is another one of those hypnotic, groovy techno tunes that Shlomi has us used and surely won't miss the hit on the floors! 'Efrat,' on the B-side, offers a deeper approach for Shlomi's techno perspective, as Detroit and old school sounds are mixed up with a smart groove that keep the tune consistent and very effective. Serious DJs looking for their slice of 'smart techno' will surely find 'Efrat' a place in their box.
V/A- ED REC VOL III 2LP (because music, france)
*The 3rd installment Ed Banger compilation. Including exclusive tracks from the entire crew: Mr. Oizo, Sebastian, Justice, Busy P, Uffie. Also features: Mr. Flash, DJ Mehdi, Krazy Baldhead, DSL, Feadz, So Me. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
MAX ESSA- BACK TO THE BEACH 12” (bear funk, germany)
*Now then people, after dropping his super dope midnight garden EP in 2007, beardos, weirdos and slo-mo disco lovers around the world all joined hands and watched the sun go down and the moon come up. Max's blissful Essa magic has also found its way on to other people's music, for whilst working hard on his new LP for Bear Funk, he has also been busy remixing John Daly for John's own Feel Music, Rubies' 'I Feel Electric' for Telle and Coyote, 'Going Out' for Is It Balearic? (Also soon to come on Bear Funk his fantastic version of Arturo Capone's 'Waves'). On this new EP we find the first fruits from Max's hotly anticipated Continental Drift LP due to drop later this year. 'Back To The Beach' pretty much sums up Max Essa -- a melting pot of live bass live guitar, tip top drums, beautiful chord progressions and generous helpings of emotion that always have you thinking and dreaming about the sun. Max also treats us with two more superb wigged out offerings, 'Telepath' and 'Dead Acrobat.' Both have that deep disco wobble that Bear Funk lovers know and love, but the subtle guitar delays and arpeggios have you completely locked in and begging for more. Expect big things from this man in 2008!
ECLIER- BOXON SAY HELLO 12” (boxon, france)
*First EP from Boxon Records' new signing: Eclier. Remixes from Tom Deluxx. Great French electro aimed at the dancefloor.
LEE VAN DOWSKI- THE LAST RUN 12” (bpitch control, germany)
*Lee Van Dowski presents an awesome statement called The Last Run. The Geneva-based DJ and producer has releases on well-known labels such as Cadenza, Soma, Dumb-Unit, and Num Records, to name a few. The title track is influenced by classic British Warp and Rephlex electronica, developing slowly and steadily with fat, organic beats. "Rave Da House" rocks down to the ground. The sound is a bit more clean and organized, but for this reason it's totally hypnotic.
FAMILY TREE/SKYE- FAMILY TREE/AIN'T NO NEED 12” (booton, usa)
*Reissue of legendary bootleg containing two ultra-rare disco soul tracks. These tracks are so rare that not only are the originals not listed in discogs, but the BOOTLEGS are not listed. The old bootlegs sell for $200-400 copies, and Popsike has a listing for an original promo copy of the Family Tree that sold for $1275!!! This is a faithful recreation of the original bootleg, down to the photocopied sheet glue-sticked to the cover. As all you sleepers know, Booton sells out FAST, so stay awake!
V/A- SOUNDS SUPERB VOL. 3 12” (codek, usa/switzerland)
*Third installment for In Flagranti's series of weirdo tracks and edits. This time from the likes of Frederic Sinful, Freddie Mas, Borke Woerter, and the man himself, In Flagranti. Expect an (un)usual dose of dancefloor action with the famous Sounds Superb twist that is garnering this series so much success.
V/A- SOUNDS SUPERB VOL. 1 12” (codek, usa/switzerland)
*restocked… In Flagranti launch a new series of various artists releases: Sounds Superb. Killer selection including In Flagranti himself of course, but also Oblio (with the track 'Escape'), Lobt Noch Irrt ('Heizgas Meter'), and the Codek recording artist Freddie Mas (with the killer 'Tide To The Tide'). Full perfect package. Highly recommended!
FREDDIE MAS- ARC 12” (codek, usa/switzerland)
*restocked… Citing Freddie Mas' biggest influences as 'dreams, coincidences and house parties...,' the Chicago native is determined to forge a new level of expression in popular music. For the last 5 years, he has been introducing a physical dynamic to his productions, collaborations, infamous DJ sets and performances, something that, he feels, has long been missing from a rather stoic NYC dance scene. He describes his sound as 'motion motivated' and considers music as 'inseparable from the phenomenon of gravity, yet a living art capable of greater possibilities beyond.' Freddie Mas' extremely unpredictable performances are heavenly and demonic, often simultaneously. Sometimes dangerous but never stingy, he aims for textural and emotional vistas largely uncharted by his contemporaries. Freddy Mas was previously featured on Codek Records and Tigersushi. The Arc EP features 4 new tracks that were entirely written and produced by Freddy Mas. Not sure how to file this music, but it's somewhere within electro-rock-punk-funk-house.
CONTROL CLUB- FACILE LES FILLES 7” (diamond traxx, france)
*Fresh new single from these two former members of A.S. Dragon. Wicked twister French '60s pop that might well be one of this summer's surprises.
TENSNAKE- KEEP BELIEVIN' 12” (endless flight, japan)
*Hamburg-based artist Tensnake has released on his own label Mirau and Radius. Many people know about him from his remix work for Junior Boys and Alexander Robotnick. The title track is reminiscent of the sound of Norway disco artists like Lindstrøm. "Congolal" is romantic, pure '80s disco-style and "Tavira" is DFA-style disco house.
PETER VISTI- KODEX 205/TOKYO BY NIGHT 12” (eskimo, belgium)
*Space disco? Or cosmic grooves? Balearic it is!! Peter Visti -- from Music For Dreams and Mindless Boogie fame -- offers up an incredible EP on Eskimo after the wonderful Balearic Love, Paraglide/Berlin and Heaven Is A Disco/Fighting James releases. Both "Kodex 205" and "Tokyo By Night" are two amazing tracks in his own unique style. Some essential stuff for your Balearic ears!
LOW MOTION DISCO- LOVE LOVE LOVE PART 2 12” (eskimo, belgium)
*Here is the second part of two 12" releases featuring remixes of Low Motion Disco's "Love Love Love" by two of the hottest bubbling-up names in the scene; Still Going (DFA) and Soft Rocks (featuring Kathy Diamond).
LOW MOTION DISCO- THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER 12” (eskimo, belgium)
*Swiss outfit Low Motion Disco presents "Things Are Gonna Get Easier," a beautiful and delicate track that oozes soulful charm. San Francisco duo Windsurf are Daniel Judd (aka Sorcerer) and Samuel Grawe (aka Hatchback). Their tripped-out version takes us to a deserted beach with bongos and easy grooves under a setting sun. Woolfy's remix utilizes his trademark funky West Coast sound to light up summer dancefloors with a touch of the Balearic.
AEROPLANE FEAT. KATHY DIAMOND- WHISPERS 12” (eskimo, belgium)
*Aeroplane are 2008's next big thing. After two 12"s that created a stir from Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas to Mylo and Laurent Garnier to Danny Howells, here is their next installment, featuring the wonderful Kathy Diamond on vocals. On remix duties are the hottest act of the moment, Hercules & Love Affair, who are receiving high critical acclaim for their debut album on DFA, with their incredible single "Blind." Another terrific package.
EXERCISE ONE VS LEE BURRIDGE- TREAT 'EM MEAN, KEEP 'EM KEEN 12” (exone, germany)
*The second release on Exercise One's guerilla sister imprint for Lan Muzic has again come about through dark forces and mysterious circumstances. Originally planned on Lee Burridge's own imprint Almost Anonymous, the menacing threads of global capitalism unraveled with some dodgy dealings too boot, meaning that by the end of last year Europe was a couple of distributors and rather a lot of decent record labels lighter. A swift plan B was needed and now you need not wait a moment longer for this hotly anticipated record. Treat 'Em Mean & Keep 'Em Keen already found its way on Ewan Pearson's fabulous Fabric mix last year and now it has a loving home on Exone. Starting gently, it reaches a ravey crescendo midway before teasing the crowd by flipping between mean and gentle. What dastardly lotharios are these, hell bent on dancefloor destruction... Enjoy!
LUTZENKIRCHEN- MOONLIGHT 12” (flash, germany)
*After the ironic hit single '3 Tage Wach' on Oliver Koletzki's Stil vor Talent imprint, German producer Lützenkrichen is back with some unpretentious mainroom techno on Koletzki's other label Flash Recordings, that he runs together with Florian Meindl. For Flash, Lützenkirchen comes back to his 'normal' sound and delivers three very classy dancefloor burners. First up, there is 'Enter The Moonlight,' an enchanting piece of thumping peak-time business. A big bass, pumping beats and some great oriental sounds combine with far-out effects create a unique atmosphere. Modern styles meet oldskool feelings! 'On The Shore' is even more oldskool than that. The fat and wobbly bass line pushes the track forward and creates the perfect antagonism to the warm effects and clicky minimal beats. The highlight, however, is the wonderfully-written melodic piano piece that turns this track from wicked into wow! Beautiful and tough, oldskool and fresh, slick and funky -- all at the same time. This one is going to be huge. Listen for yourself! At last there is 'Pokemon Companion,' a more direct and solid piece of minimal tech. A drum'n'bass like powerfully grumbling bass, and yet another memorable synth pattern that seems to grow out of the buzzing loop like a spring flower out of wet grass -- natural and wonderful. This EP shows what Lützenkirchen does best -- to produce his unique sound that is destined for the big room.
EYE OF STYLE- STICK/BURLESQUE 12” (front room, germany)
*This is a release from the sultan of Scandinavian house Style of Eye under the guise Eye of Style. Linus is no stranger to the scene as he has released previously on labels like Classic Recordings, Tiny Sticks, Pickadoll and Dirtybird. Having had great success with tracks like 'The Prophet' on John Dahlbäck's Pickadoll label and The Big Kazoo EP on Claude Vonstroke's Dirtybird, he now brings his skills to Front Room Recordings. This single includes two huge house smashes in the form of 'Stick' and 'Burlesque.' The combination of raw percussion, marauding bass and hysteric effects, give both tracks a unique energy that all DJs can utilize as a deadly weapon in their sets. His releases are being played by underground heroes such as Jesse Rose, Sven Väth, Claude VonStroke, Tiga, and Laurent Garnier, M.A.N.D.Y, and many others. Artists such as Jesse Rose, Solid Groove (aka Switch), Deadset, Trevor Loveys and Daniel Steinberg are just some of the artists that have released on Front Room Recordings in the past.
LOPAZZ- WE ARE 12” (get physical, germany)
*Lopazz presents We Are, enlisting the remixing powers of Rex The Dog and Einzelkind. Rex works in fat analog bass, crazy acid lines and chopped-up drums for an epic re-working -- joyous, bug-eyed and maximal. Einzelkind makes use of the original vocals, strapping them to a tough, taut, tech-house progression, with ascending synth-hooks that recall '80s electro-pop at its dystopian best. The original is dramatic and propulsive, with emotive synths, a mutant R&B vocal, and electronic blips and bleeps. Unmissable.
JUNIOR BOYS- NO KINDA MAN 12” (get physical, germany)
*restocked… "No Kinda Man" from Junior Boys was first heard on their contribution to Get Physical's Body Language mix series. "No Kinda Man" begins with a stormy low-end rumble broken by a repeated, chiming guitar chord, a spacious, dubby 4x4 rhythm and Jeremy's plaintive, quietly imploring vocal. An added 12-bar blues structure is further proof that Junior Boys' music pays no heed to traditional genre boundaries. Classic, yet utterly contemporary. Jona and Chloé provide remixes.
BOOKA SHADE- PLANETARY/CITY TALES 12” (get physical, germany)
*restocked… Booka Shade return to their roots with a 12" of sheer dancefloor firepower. "Planetary" appears on this 12" in two forms: club and dub. The club mix features low-end tweaks, crowd-hyping drums and a melodic stylophone refrain. The dub mix is a darker, more minimalist affair -- serious, seductive and mind-bending house music. Booka's version of "City Tales" is an uncompromisingly dark but delicate scorcher with a sensuous swing. Booka Shade invites you to chase the night and the neon light.
ITALOBOYZ- ZINGA 12” (get physical, germany)
*restocked… Italoboyz aka Marco Donato and Federico Marton consolidate their position as dancefloor alchemists par excellence with Zinga for Get Physical. The title track is based around a looped violin, a fat kick-drum and razor-sharp hi-hats that make it a peak-time monster. The "DRAMAdub" is soaked in echo and delay, while a wraith-like counterpoint curls around it. "At De Stella" is a bleepy minimalist number with a no-nonsense groove and a voice listing food items. Italoboyz are masters of the unfamiliar.
JONA- MANTA 12” (get physical, germany)
*restocked… Jona is back with Manta -- a sick, expertly crafted new EP. The title track is a peak-time club weapon, with a hard kickdrum, kinetic drum edits and pressurized FX while a dizzying synth motif ravishes the listener into submission. "Amon" is all rolling bass line, acidic synth cycles, crisp percussion, jump-up vocal samples and surging narcotic effects. "Exoplanet Dub" features addictive, zig-zagging melodies guaranteed to turn your dancefloor inside out.
ELEKTROCHEMIE- GET YOURSELF 12” (get physical, germany)
*restocked… Elektrochemie is producer Thomas Schumacher and the bewitching vocal presence of Caitlin Devlin. Get Yourself is Elektrochemie's third offering for Get Physical. "Faking" begins in an opiated fashion, flirting with spaced-out tom sounds before a fierce kick-drum gets the show on the road. "No 19" has a clicky 4x4 pattern and is sexy and non-committal. "Get Yourself" features snapclaps, a liquid bass line and synth builds. "My Home" has tectonic bass frequencies and keyboards dubbed to breaking point. Hypnotizing.
RAZ OHARA & THE ODD ORCHESTRA- KISSES 12” (get physical, germany)
*restocked… Raz Ohara delivers "Kisses" -- a love-worn, electroacoustic lament. Three remixes are provided; two by Philip Bader and one by Pantha Du Prince. Bader takes the subdued mood of the original and raises it to fever pitch. An instrumental mix emphasizes dubby elements and kinetic percussion. Pantha Du Prince re-casts the tune as a piece of elegant, cinematic techno. "Party Is Over," exclusive to this release, is an almost beatless track, highlighting naked vocals and the sounds that cloak it.
WOODY- AUGUST/BOOTY BAR 12” (gigolo, germany)
*Although Berlin-based DJ Woody has long been a member of the Gigolo crew, this is Woody's first solo release for Gigolo. Woody is the original sonic funkateer with his own definition of FUNK. Just one listen to "August" and you know how much attention to detail has been poured into the production of these tracks. You'll hear influences of Chicago jack-house, Detroit techno and various electro extracts, as well as minimal changes in the melody which catch every crowd.
FETISCH & ME- DISKOTECKTONIC/BLACK PALMS 12” (gigolo, germany)
*Fetisch & Me, the production team behind Terranova and Lotterboys/Lottergirls, are back with another pumping 12". This release is a real treat if you're in the mood for some pumping old-school action. "Diskotecktonik" is a massive tune with a kicking beat and funky bass groove. Fetisch, with the help of his Terranova colleague & Me, takes in all the best from old-school techno, disco and pure Gigolo roots to make two kicking tunes that are bound to rock the house.
CAPITAN COMMODORE- LOVE MACHINE 12” (gigolo, germany)
*Capitan Commodore aka Mariusz Socha joins the long and illustrious list of International Deejay Gigolos. His influences run through idols such as Herbie Hancock, Kraftwerk, Björk, Matmos and Mr. Oizo. "Love Machine" is a deep, dark house groove custom-made for the dancefloor, combining the smoothness of a lounge tune with the edge of an old-school track. "Another Lonely Night" draws on the 8-bit sound of micro-music but contains broken beats aplenty. Modern, futuristic and forward-thinking music.
RICHARD BARTZ- MIDNIGHT MAN'S REVENGE 12” (gigolo, germany)
*This is Richard Bartz's first solo release on Gigolo since his Midnight Man album in 2005. The single starts with the deep and powerful track "Voyager" and really gets up there with "Minimax 1." "Minimax 2" takes the pace even higher with punchy snare beats and spaced-out effects. Richard draws on many different influences from techno, house, electro and synthcore to hi-NRG, among others.
NIL- COMME UN (PRESQUE) PRINTEMPS 12” (gourmet, france)
*New label and new artist. But well-known family and affiliation. This new label is now signed with Headbanger Publishing/Because Music. Including a Busy P re-edit.
PRESSURE DROP- YOU'RE MINE REMIXES 12” (great stuff, germany)
*This is Volume 5 in Great Stuff's notorious Roots Edition with huge remixes by Kabale Und Liebe from Holland and Kling Klong artist Stephan Hinz. After re-releasing classics by Whirlpool Productions, Nicolette and Rockers Hi-Fi it's up to British DJ and producer legends Dave & Justin aka Pressure Drop now to continue. Their amazing piece of house music was originally released in 1992 featuring the sensitive vocals of Joanna Law and became a massive hit not only in the sets of Kruder & Dorfmeister, Rainer Trüby, Jazzanova and Gilles Peterson. Listening to the original nowadays it's obvious how timeless their production and songwriting was 15 years ago.
ADD NOISE- HANDWERK 3 12” (handwerk, germany)
*Tripping, slightly acidic techno cuts w/ droning background soundscapes.
MARK BOOMBASTIK- PUTZEN 12” (i’m single, germany)
*Mark Boombastik is a human beatbox since the age of 12. Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, he now lives in Berlin. He has produced drums with his mouth for freaks such as: Fischmob, Felix Kubin, Angie Reed, Funkstoerung, Patric Catani and is currently the rhythm section for Khan Of Finland on various festivals across the globe. His debut on I'm Single Putzen (German for cleaning) shows that he is all but the usual hip-hop beatbox. Here's a side of his that will establish Mr. Boombastik on all glitter dance floors with remixes by Nerk & Dirk Leyers (Firm/Playhouse) which sound anything but 'clean' and T.Raumschmiere's new dark techno project Shrubbn (Shitkatapult) meaning 'to scrub' in German and we though that was more than appropriate for this challenging 3rd release on I'm Single Records.
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO- SLEEP DEPRIVATION: SIMON BAKER REMIX 12” (infant, uk)
*Limited edition one-sided clear blue vinyl 12" of the frankly massive remix of the mighty Simian Mobile Disco by Simon Baker. Simian Mobile Disco are currently a huge name on the electronic scene, playing live sets and DJing at some of the largest clubs and festivals around the world. The band asked Simon Baker to supply a remix, and it is another right-on-the-money tech-house excursion. Limited to 1200 copies.
DISCODROMO- COSMORAMA 12” (internasjonal, norway)
*Short about the label: a joint effort between Prins Thomas and Word And Sound -- the idea behind the label is to put out good music and not limiting ourselves to stick with a specific genre, instead opting to stay fresh and individual with each release going in every direction we feel. We're gonna be highlighting new talent, re-releasing some lesser known nuggets and certainly give you some dancefloor killers along the way to. From Japanese techno to California kraut :) just the way we like it... for our 4th release on Internasjonal we bring you Giacomo Garavelloni aka Discodromo. Reminding me both of some '90s lost tribal house record played on a walkman with low batteries or even some of those equal good/weird '90s etno house tracks played by DJs such as Baldelli (yes, do check those late '80s and early '90s tapes to; they're amazing) anyway, I guess I was drawn to this track both because of its chugging quality (that's slow motion dancing for overweight people) and its unwillingness to try and fit in with most of today's new electronic music. Hopefully you'll like it as well. On remix duties you'll find Brennan Green which has spent more than a decade nurturing a sound of his own to. On first listen you might be a bit surprised but give it a second spin and see if you're not bought, just as me. As Carl Craig once said (something along the lines of) 'it's not what you put in but what you take out' I spent some time fooling around with the files to and with the help of a little cheesy drum sample -- voila! -- a third track completing the package now please go and buy this record so we can continue delivering you the good stuff.
LAURENT GARNIER- BACK TO MY ROOTS 12” (innervisons, germany)
*Laurent Garnier delivers his first dancefloor 12" release in five years, Back To My Roots EP, released on Âme and Dixon's Berlin house imprint, Innervisions. This release represents a truly inspirational night that saw Laurent Garnier's welcome return to the club that represents Berlin's electronic music scene to perfection -- Panorama Bar. It's 5a.m., and Garnier, five hours since his set began, is supposed to finish and let Dixon take over. But, the intensity and energy asks him to play on. So he does, for another three hours of magic. 'During that time I played the demo mix of the "Back To My Roots" track, which I'd made that week. Dixon jumped on me to ask what it was. He said that he loved the sound of it and asked me what I wanted to do with it, mentioning that he would really like to release it on Innervisions. I went back home on the Monday and worked straight away on another track, which I named "Panoramix" (a tribute to that night at Panorama). I sent a very rough demo to Dixon via download and received a text five minutes later saying that he wanted it. It happened really fast without me having any plans at all.' - Laurent Garnier. Closely guarded within the Innervisions and Garnier camp, Back To My Roots EP, goes well beyond the hype that it is naturally receiving. An excellent pairing brings one of the most highly revered electronic artists in the world, together with one of the most highly revered house music labels in the world. It works. 'When Laurent played "Back To My Roots" at Panorama, I immediately had the feeling that I was listening to a classic. It's a very unique, timeless production. Not hip, not modern, not old school. It is also a 12 minutes journey that is worth to play for that long. We are very happy that Laurent told me straight away in the club that he would be cool with releasing this EP on our label.'
KLOCKWORKS- KLOCKWORKS 03 12” (klockworks, germany)
*Crafty & purified techno/house cuts.
THE RICE TWINS- THE SIGNIFIER 12” (k2, germany)
*According to Saussure (1857-1913), a sign is composed of the signifier (significant), and the signified (signifié). These cannot be conceptualized as separate entities but rather as a mapping from significant differences in sound to potential (correct) differential denotation. The Saussurean sign exists only at the level of the synchronic system, in which signs are defined by their relative and hierarchical privileges of co-occurrence. It is thus a common misreading of Saussure to take signifiers to be anything one could speak, and signifieds as things in the world. In fact, the relationship of language to parole (or speech-in-context) is and always has been a theoretical problem for linguistics (cf. Roman Jakobson's famous essay 'Closing Statement: Linguistics and Poetics' et al.). He is also important in emphasizing that the relationship between a sign and the real-world thing it denotes is an arbitrary one. There is not a natural relationship between a word and the object it refers to, nor is there a causal relationship between the inherent properties of the object and the nature of the sign used to denote it. For example, there is nothing about the physical quality of paper that requires denotation by the phonological sequence 'paper.' There is, however, what Saussure called 'relative motivation': the possibilities of signification of a signifier are constrained by the compositionality of elements in the linguistic system (cf. Emile Benveniste's paper on the arbitrariness of the sign in the first volume of his papers on general linguistics). In other words, a word is only available to acquire a new meaning if it is identifiably different from all the other words in the language and it has no existing meaning. Structuralism was later based on this idea that it is only within a given system that one can define the distinction between the levels of system and use, or the semantic 'value' of a sign. That much on the topic of semiotics. The Rice Twin's music talks for itself. Please file under emo-house.
TONI RIOS/PAN/TONE- SPEICHER 60 12” (kompakt, germany)
*This is the 60th edition in Kompakt's famous Speicher series. The A-side belongs to Toni Rios, who delivers a nicely sexed-up tech-house tune that reminds of Chicago house, Akufen and Marc Kinchen all at once. Pan/Tone is an old friend of Kompakt's and many liters of spirits have been consumed while contemplating a release on the label. Now that he's moving to Berlin, he leaves behind a cool track appropriately entitled, "Hair Of The Dog”.
GAS- NAH UND FERN 4CD (kompakt, germany)
*The Kompakt label presents the work of Wolfgang Voigt's Gas -- a remastered deluxe package that includes all four of his Mille Plateaux albums: Gas (1996), Zauberberg (1997), Königsforst (1998) and Pop (2000). Wolfgang Voigt, in the past known under a great many pseudonyms such as Mike Ink, Studio 1 or Grungerman, is the driving force behind the rise of Cologne minimal techno and also Kompakt's co-founder and co-owner. In the 1980s, Voigt began working under a concept he named BLEI -- extracting elements from classical, polka, brass music, electronic pop and German schlager sounds to form a distinguished and unique pop music style that would fit in with the subculture at that time. In the early 1990s, influenced by techno, Voigt began to experiment with a timbal marching through strongly alienated, free-floating string loops. These elegiac tracks, their lack of beginning and end, their intoxicating, smooth and partly amorphous structure sounded to him like evaporating gas and thus -- Gas was born. Gas is the vision of a sonic body between Schönberg and Kraftwerk, between French horn and bass drum. Gas is Wagner goes glam rock, and Hansel and Gretel on acid. Gas takes you on a seemingly endless march through the woods into the discotheque. Reducing the material to its basic aesthetic structure by using different zoom, loop and alienation techniques, he releases it from its original meaning and context, creating a kind of aesthetic essence, a cave to get lost inside. There are one or two new tracks and versions, but both Voigt and Jörg Burger decided to keep remastering light, maintaining Gas' purity and authenticity. This 4CD box comes in a special and stylish collector's format, including 4 small artwork prints.
GAS- NAH UND FERN 2LP (kompakt, germany)
*EXTREMELY LIMITED DOUBLE VINYL EDITION - WITH TRACKS TAKEN FROM THE ZAUBERBERG, KOENIGSFORST AND POP ALBUMS, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL TRACK THAT'S NEVER BEEN RELEASED BEFORE - EXCLSUIVE TO THIS FORMAT* This two-disc retrospective anthologises one of the seminal bodies of work in the recent history of electronic music. Wolfgang Voigt's recordings under the name Gas have gone down in folklore as one of the key ambient/techno/drone touchstones of the nineties, providing the Mille Plateaux imprint with some of its finest ever output, which in certain quarters (namely Boomkat HQ) is regarded as just about as good as it gets. First things first, it should be pointed out that 'Nah Und Fern' collects the four principal Gas albums, electing to miss out 1995's Modern EP and other scraps from short-form releases. This should be regarded as a good decision, because the consequent four-part cycle feels very much like its own, self-contained catalogue. The first of these constituents, the eponymous, debut Gas album somehow sounds more current than ever. You can hear the current generation of Kompakt artists striving for the sounds Voigt mapped out 12 years ago: that thunderous bass pulse destabilises the notion that this is ambient music in any passive sense, instead injecting a sense of pace and motion to a music that's otherwise difficult to interpret in any structural sense - and it's certainly far too richly layered and abstract to be filed under the banner of techno along with some of Voigt's other work. 1997's Zauberberg established the Gas language as we currently know it, based around an effulgent blend of samples, noises, treated recordings and clever filtering all locked in place by that stately bass drum pulse. It was this album that started making explicit links between forest imagery and the thicket of sound Voigt concocted, but as signposted by the surreal colour schemes of the album's original sleeve, this is a dream forest - a psychotropic... tropic, with hints towards nightmarish oppression intimated by the deep, dark dissonances that occasionally reach out from the torrent of sound. The last of these albums, 'Pop' takes this forest imagery to its natural conclusion, rendering an environment so verdant and teeming with life you can literally hear it dripping, in all its gooey fertility. Samples of flowing waters intermingle with dense air currents and synthetic landscapes, resulting in a more vivid picture of Voigt's hyper-real forests than perhaps ever before. Pop is probably Voigt's most accessible album, and the record that can most directly be attributed to establishing ground rules for the famed Kompakt Pop Ambient sound. A special mention should be given to 1999's Konigsforst, however. Of all the Gas releases this has to be the most enduring and resonant. Somewhere within that album's configuration of sounds lies a magical balance between neo-romantic orchestration and the more esoteric, electronic ambient elements Voigt brings to the table - and moreover, the individual tracks making up Konigsforst fit together into a single long-form narrative so beautifully, it represents an undeniably special musical voyage. Compiled together in this ineffably wonderful package, and 'lightly' remastered, the Gas catalogue - slightly abridged as it may be - stands as a singular and totemic body of work within the great canon of ambient music. As essential as essential gets. -boomkat
PITCH & HOLD- TWINS 12” (love triangle music, uk)
*'Volta' is an ode to the great Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, after whom the electric volt is named. And it's not hard to see why -- this track literally pulses like a war between electrical appliances. 'Twins' builds an arpeggiated riff into a rich and wonderful soundscape, evoking thoughts of Balearic hedonism & otherworldly exploration! Bringing us back down to Earth, 'Camper' sounds like it was made by Daft Punk circa 1996 -- the rolling bass line and funk-fueled drums setting the scene for an unashamedly fun dancefloor workout.
ERIK & FIEDEL- DONNA 12” (mmm, germany)
*Legendary disco/techno hybrids.
MMM & SOUNDHACK- 10TH ANNIVERSARY 12” (mmm, germany)
*10th anniversary split release.
MOVE D- DRØNE 12” (modern love, uk)
*Move D puts forward the latest limited one-sided 12" on the Modern Love label -- and it's an absolute killer. Based around one long, forever mutating drone, the track comes from David Moufang's hallowed KM20 vaults, the place where he keeps his most devastating vintage analog material. What starts out as a rugged, heaving wheeze of machinery slowly develops into a scattered chug of fearless percussion and frayed engineering of the highest caliber. Strictly limited pressing, and an essential purchase.
ROD LEE- MONEY LOTION #6 12” (money studies, usa)
*Money Studies was recently given access to the vault of a true Baltimore club king, and we emerged with our pockets crammed and enough hand-picked gems to form the sixth installment in the Money Lotion series. Rod Lee needs no introduction to fans of the mid-Atlantic sound, but even the most diehard of Orioles will be seeing most of these tracks on wax for the first time. Let's start from the start. 'Kim's Theme' is about as quintessential Lee as they come without having the man's own voice over the top. Rod chops up Lil Kim's famous opening line from the 'Quiet Storm' remix -- 'hot damn ho, here we go again!' -- with sinister piano and stuttering bass riding underneath. This track has been out of print for years, and we're happy to bring you its very first reissue. 'Family' is another classic, a party favorite with cheese to spare as Rod puts the Bmore boots to Sister Sledge's anthem, 'We Are Family.' Rounding out the A-side's big trifecta is 'Mamma Say,' Rod's MJ-sampling track that's been a club staple for years. New track 'Put Your Hands Up' sets off the B-side with wild drum programming techniques and triggered shouting vocals, followed by the classic instrumental 'Sonic Drop,' where the man gets into some Bambaataa business. Mr. Lee closes things out with a bang, curiously repping both 'Cotton Eyed Joe' and all corners of the continental U.S. on the brand new track, 'Where You Come From' -- gotta hear it to understand.
FORCE OF NATURE- III: EUROPEAN EDITION 12” (mule musiq, germany)
*Finally, after Mule Musiq released 4, Force of Nature's third album called III is released worldwide. In Japan, this album was very successful and many press said it is one of the best albums in the left-field scene. Also supported by DJs such as Rub n' Tug, Prins Thomas, to name a few. 'I-Ight' is Moroder-mannered disco house and 'Kontinents' is their typical cosmic style, It sounds like Vangelis or Tangerine Dream.
REDSHAPE- PLONK 12” (present, germany)
*Heavy jacking techno cuts. Pressed on clear blue vinyl.
SEBASTIEN TELLIER- DIVINE 7" (record makers, france)
*New extract from the highly-acclaimed Sebastien Tellier full-length. This 7" version comes with the original track alongside a Kasper Winding remix.
SEBASTIEN TELLIER- DIVINE 12" (record makers, france)
*New extract from the highly-acclaimed Sebastien Tellier full length. This track comes with remixes from Institubes' Midnight Juggernaught, and Ekler'o'shock's artist, Danger.
LUKE SOLOMON- ROBOTS 12" (rekids, uk)
*Second single from Luke's critically acclaimed debut artist album The Difference Engine. Luke Solomon's band The Freaks were UK Top 10 with 'The Creeps' in September, as well as having the no 1 video in several territories (including the UK). Luke Solomon is the founder of Classic Recordings, one of the ultimate UK house labels, with Derrick Carter. Highly successful releases on Crosstown Rebels, Cajual, dotbleep, Music For Freaks, Distance and Large, before finding his new home on Rekids. 'Robots' is one of the standout tracks from his album. The remix of 'Spirits' is from Prins Thomas, delivering an organic masterpiece. Massive club, press and radio support. Luke will be promoting his album throughout the year at his two residencies including Little Creatures at AKA, London and Moxo, Italy, as well as at Rekids residency nights including Panorama Bar, Berlin.
SMITH N HACK- TRIBUTE 2LP (smith n hack, germany)
*2008 repress of the legendary 2001 debut: Errorsmith meets Soundhack. Disco/funk punk massacre.
SOUNDKIT- SOUNDKIT 12” (soundhack, germany)
*Soundkit refers to the track characteristics of the eight tunes included here. Every track is carefully arranged with all its edits and breaks. Soundkit extends the Soundhack toolbox for the skilled DJ and makes the potentials of wild mixing action grow exponentially! Simply a must-have!
PETER VAN HOESEN- TRUSTED 12” (time to express, belgium)
*Time To Express. This is the 6 am feeling of a jackin', bass-heavy warehouse marathon. Strobes flash, your chest is rattling, salty sweat burns your eyes and you yearn for more. The Trusted EP marks the first release on new label Time To Express, founded by Brussels-based producer and DJ Peter Van Hoesen. Peter has previously released on Lan Muzic and Foton and is known to cultivate a healthy obsession for deep, dark, bass-driven techno. Peter's Trusted EP presents intense warehouse grooves fused with a solid 6 am attitude. Both tracks exhume a gritty, dubby feeling combined with a dark dose of funk. 'New Territory's' hypnotic groove slowly builds up towards a pounding bass intervention. 'Trusted' moves steadily forward, propelled by a grinding bass and a spacious, dubbed-out approach. On remix duty we find Norman Nodge, one of Berghain's stalwarts. Norman has an excellent MDR release to his name and his track 'Native Rhythm Electric' is included on Ostgut Ton's new Berghain 02 compilation. His remix of 'Trusted' takes us into deep techno territory, combining a solid backbone with an abstracted touch of highly addictive dub sounds and a wide-open production. This is a bigger-than-life track, calling out to you for playback on a bigger-than-life sound system.
ANDREA PARKER FEAT. DJ ASSAULT & DJ GODFATHER- FREAKY BITCHES REMIXES: FIRST INSTALLMENT 12” (touchin’ bass, uk)
*Andrea Parker's 'Freaky Bitches,' a collaboration with Miami bass innovators DJ Assault and DJ Godfather was the first release to launch the label. Now 'Freaky Bitches' gets worked-over from four heavyweights of today's bass scene. Essential electro tune in update with 5/5 review: 'supreme punk-electro (not the other way around) and it's only the first installment.' Miami's Alpha 606 is the first to step up to the challenge with his 'Perrata' remix. Starting off dark and brooding, the electro beats are interwoven with live drum patterns, percussion and old skool synths, before the stripped breakdown showcases his signature Cuban-influenced style, pressing all the right buttons for the dancefloor. Kero is next up to the podium, with a squelching, relentless monster to finish off the A-side. With over 20 releases on established labels like Ghostly, and Shitkatapult, as well as his own Detroit Underground Records, it's no surprise that Kero delivers the goods. We're back in Europe for the B-side with Edinburgh's Weedjs and Irish-born Ed Devane. First the Weedjs 'Touchin' Boobs' remix boasts a massive sub-bass under resonating frequencies with mashed-up beats, true Weedjs style. Then, just when you thought it couldn't get any more twisted, Ed Devane presents his 'Tricked Out' remix. This is electronic experimentation at its finest. Cut up and spliced into a sonic waterfall, this is fantastically unpredictable to the end.
GIORGOS GATZIGRISTOS- PROPER LATIN USAGE 12" (wolf skuil, germany)
*Giorgos Gatzigristos, born in 1979, lived in Nijmegen (NL) all his life. As a child he got enthralled by the analog sounds of Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre, which his father sort of pushed on him. Their sounds and compositions got him interested in the way these artists created their music and the vision they had about music in general. His production career toke off in 2004 when he released his first 12" on Wolfskuil Records. It didn't take long for Giorgos to get noticed by the mighty Kompakt empire, where he released 3 successful singles on their K2 imprint. Several releases & remixes on Manual, Channel Music, etc., later he returns to his roots and delivers one hell of a techno stomper for Wolfskuil. 'Proper Latin Usage' is a deep, dark and twisted electronic masterpiece. The track sounds like a ticking timebomb which doesn't seem to go off, but keeps everyone listening in anxious suspense to the coming events. On the flip is an excellent remix from Mikrowave, label owner and International DJ Gigolo protégé, Kevin Gorman. He turns the original into proper floor-filling & bass-heavy mayhem, in the way only Kevin can. Not for the faint of heart!
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