Voice of the Kano project and former percussionist of Eric Clapton, George Benson and Chaka Khan, Glen White in 1982 wrote and arranged “Be Free”, one of the most intriguing and elegant Italian disco / boogie song together with the producer Louis “Gigi” Figini (former member of project “Koxo” alongside the unforgettable Leonardo Re Cecconi). An overlooked gem by the West Indian artist brought back to the musical community!
Love N Music is an original classic Italo Disco with an Hi-NRG touch. The original song starts with a sweet female voice that seemed to be an hymn to love, a strong pre-house atmosphere soon introduces an extravagant synths as a prelude to the hot bass-line combined with the Italian rap of Celeste. Many of you will recognize its melody used in 2002 by Felix da Housecat on his tune “Happy Hour”. RIS is another one superbe collaboration by Tony Carrasco (Klein + M.B.O.) and the always excellent Aldo Martinelli. Remix by the dj and Danish record collector Flemming Dalum.
Coastal Haze welcome the new decade with one of the most exciting artists to come out of the UK of recent in Adam Pits. Known for his intricate productions, this will be Pits’ first release on the label having already gained support from the likes of Ciel, Batu and Call Super. ”International Wafter” offers up four club weapons, two peak time whompers and two ethereal burners.
SOBO’s parent label, Arbutus Records, requested alternate dance mixes of Moon King’s hit album “Voice Of Lovers” from three long time companions: Dane, Cooper Saver and SOBO’s own Patrick Holland. All created and collected for SOBO’s 10th record. Smashing out the gate is Cooper’s mix of “Free Time”. His signature percussion and arp combo barrels down the scope of the song without ever coming up for air. Aptly chosen as the lead single, this mix gets the music video treatment from the elusive Dr. Cool. On the other side of the spectrum, Dane and Patrick rework “6 Months”, into two unique mellow trips. While Dane’s focuses on the groove, Patrick’s aims for the heartstrings.
Inspired by Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’, Patrick Holland dives deep into the ambivalent future with Simstim. Also known for work as Project Pablo, Simstim uses familiar motifs with a more personalized touch. Pointillist melodies lay in a wash of noise artifacts, as pulsating rhythms fray subtly falling between sections, all delicately glued together with blissful harmonies. For the dancer and/or headphone listener alike.
Second reissue of Japanese house music legend Yukihiro Fukutomi on Studio Mule. Title track on A side, “It’s About Time”, was included in the compilation Remix Trax Vol.6 – Japanese New Vibes. “It’s Gonna Be Alright” is an E2-E4 influenced deep house and “Facing Up” is reminiscent of Danny Tenaglia’s harmonica track. Both tracks on B side are taken from his second album which was released on CD only in 1993.
Bradley Zero celebrates five years of his Rhythm Section International imprint with 12″ compilation Shouts Vol. 1 and 2. Vol. 1 represents the more club-ready side of the label whilst Vol. 2 explores more mellow territories. Famed by Mixmag as one of the Top Ten DJs of 2019, celebrated as a “figurehead for the exploding south London scene”, and “responsible for spreading the gospel of the city’s new Jazz sound”, it’s clear to see why Bradley Zero is quickly becoming the taste-maker of his generation and Rhythm Section INTL as one of the most respected outlets for authentic global cuts. A go-to label for the connoisseurs Rhythm Section INTL is a UK staple. The raison d’être has always been to unearth and nurture new talent, not just via the catalog but through the now established network of radio shows, concerts, and club nights Rhythm Section has become known for. The Shouts compilation and accompanying celebratory tour is a continuation of this mission. Shouts is a nod to the online radio culture that birthed the movement. Shouts is the label using its voice to amplify its peers. Shouts: Volume 2 features Duke Hugh, Research Club, Paula Tape, Jad & The, Shy One, and Session Victim.
Bradley Zero celebrates five years of his Rhythm Section International imprint with 12″ compilation Shouts Vol. 1 and 2. Vol. 1 represents the more club-ready side of the label whilst Vol. 2 explores more mellow territories. Famed by Mixmag as one of the Top Ten DJs of 2019, celebrated as a “figurehead for the exploding south London scene”, and “responsible for spreading the gospel of the city’s new Jazz sound”, it’s clear to see why Bradley Zero is quickly becoming the taste-maker of his generation and Rhythm Section INTL as one of the most respected outlets for authentic global cuts. A go-to label for the connoisseurs Rhythm Section INTL is a UK staple. The raison d’être has always been to unearth and nurture new talent, not just via the catalog but through the now established network of radio shows, concerts, and club nights Rhythm Section has become known for. The Shouts compilation and accompanying celebratory tour is a continuation of this mission. Shouts is a nod to the online radio culture that birthed the movement. Shouts is the label using its voice to amplify its peers. Shouts: Volume 1 features Yu Su, Katerina, Lock Eyes, Valesuchi, and Dawit.
On his debut mini-album, Pellegrino goes for a periplus around mediterranean savors, dispensing a multi-flavored cocktail of fast-moving disco groovers, spacey jazz-fusion experiments and sun-bleached funky melters
Antinote and Dizonord present STUDIOLO – Belfiore, Veneto, 1447. Birth of the first “Studiolo” or cabinet of curiosities, these rooms where “rare, new, and singular things”, often exotic, were stored and exhibited. A practice that would spread throughout Europe during the Renaissance.
Northeastern Italy, at the beginning of the 1980s, an entire local scene gathered around a handful of DJs who put their dancefloors in a trance to the sounds of “rare, new, and singular” music, under the strong influence of ethnic and world music. Mixes where German Kosmische clashes with space disco, along with the most experimental side of British new wave, industrial music, creepy funk, deviant rock and pop. All this mixed with Brazilian and Afro music, reggae, ragga, percussions and bhangra… A kind of mixing in total rupture with that of a dying disco for which it is intended as an alternative. A way of playing songs often at the wrong speeds, at 33RPM instead of 45RPM and vice versa, and always the obsession of a slow tempo, between 95 and 110 BPM, while the cruising speed of disco mixes goes up to 125/130 BPM… A haunting rhythm, accelerated or slowed down voices, with experimental and ethnic approaches… the sets by Moz-Art, Ebreo, Roberto Lodola, TBC, Meo, Fabrizio Fattori… are endowed with a baroque, quasi)mystical dimension. Without forgetting the enemy brothers, at the origin of this fusion of styles, Daniele Baldelli, resident of the Cosmic Club in Rimini, who called it Cosmic Style, and Beppe Loda, resident of the Typhoon in Gambara (a small town not far from Belfiore, unsurprisingly) and who referred to his mixing as “Afro Style”. “Afro”, the name that will be adopted by this scene and especially by its fans, recognizable by their post-hippy style, their Citroën DS or 2CV, with car radios fully powered by mixtape cassettes recorded in the clubs by these DJs, then sold in the parking lot of what was still called “the discotheque” at that time. This “Afro” wave mainly involved 3 regions in Italy (Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, and Veneto) and the young Austrians and Germans who would go there on holiday. Among them, Stefan Egger, a young DJ from Innsbruck, received a monumental shock while listening to a set by Daniele Baldelli during his holidays in Rimini. Therefore, he decided to make his Austrian dancefloor resonate to the sound of the Cosmic Style.
While the official history of underground dance music has very quickly and rightly retained the contribution of DJs from Chicago and New York, it was not until the early 2000s that interest in the Afro/Cosmic scene was finally shown. Since then, a lot has been said on this scene, its DJs, their completely crazy and obscure tracklists, while Daniele Baldelli and Beppe Loda are playing Boiler Room sets as well as Europan and Japanese gigs one after the other. But few have shown interest in the moment in time when, at the end of the 80s, these DJs became producers and started creating songs that sounded like their sets, where all their influences would collide, often naively, sometimes with genius, always without filters. Nor to how this scene changed at the beginning of the 90s with a marginal approach to trance and progressive house, when the Italian, Austrian and German DJs of this second Afro period played these trance and progressive records at 33+8, as their elders did with synth wave or post-punk records, always staying within this 100/110 BPM tempo. It is in this last period that this compilation will immerse you, through 8 tracks from the Italian, German and Austrian scenes
Following its 2019 launch with Peggy Gou’s ‘Moment’ EP and a follow up 12″ from DMX Krew, Gudu Records continues its journey with one of the true heroes of the underground, Maurice Fulton. Consisting of three diverse tracks, the ‘Earth’ EP captures a shared love of esoteric experiments in house, disco and funk, delivering a different flavour with each cut.
The EP opens with a collaboration between Fulton and label founder Peggy Gou: ‘Jigoo’ is the sound of both artists in full swing, combining a rolling, infectious bassline with the sort of joyous chords that have won Gou’s previous productions quite so much play. Vintage Chicago house drum work drives the track forward, while a series of psychedelic breakdowns combine to create another understated club anthem in waiting.
On the B side, ‘Not Sure How I Would’ may offer the perfect introduction for those yet to have fully immersed themselves in Fulton’s wonderful back catalogue. A chugging bassline, live drums and guitar plus a barrage of effects invite listeners into a hugely accomplished, utterly unpredictable dancefloor space, one primed to invite full-scale freakouts for heads-down crowds.
Finally, ‘One Itself’ provides the most understated moment on Gudu thus far. Slowly and surely bubbling, yet more raw percussion intertwines wildly with fizzy, analogue manipulations, Fulton engineers a veritable pressure-cooker of slo-mo rave euphoria that could once again leave a dancefloor spinning on its collective head.
Off the back of their debut LP, Sleep D continue to thrive and refine their production skills, this time with the 10th EP on Planet Euphorique, “Smoke Haze”w. 2020 – the future is now, the 4 tracks each offer a glimpse into a distant yet looming world of dark, driving atmospherics; outer worldly electronics perfect for club use. Sticking true to their deep, cosmic constructions, the Australian duo feel to have fully come into their sound, ever progressive and evocative, whilst never forgetting the filth, jack and grit that drives us to move.
A1 “Freezer”, wastes no time, diving in with militant metallic flair, elevated above ground through the syncopated stabs and swirling synthesis. Continuing to build throughout the track with delicate, imperative percussion and rolling delays, bubbling analog voices slipping in and out of consciousness to contrast the 4/4 steadiness. “Green Pond”, the A2 takes off from the opener, bringing a naughty tech-house energy, making it impossible to stand still as the sleazy bass locks in with the drums. Winding high-end technicality balances the playful lows, muffled vocal hooks and decaying leads evoking a sense of hedonism, snapped back to reality by the fierce snare programming.
On the B side “King Tide” teases a slightly lighter mood, with energized melody and floating bounce. Utilizing familiar tones and percussion, whilst experimenting with filters and resonance to take you on a sonic exploration. A state of hypnosis, occasionally interrupted by subtle unexpected contrast, those special desired moments on a dance floor. “Bugger”, the final track on the record, presents a skin crawling anthem destined for the darkest of corners, murked shadows engaging in a heavy stomp. Bass focused, blurring genres, total sludge with a whiplash – commanding your attention.
Each track brings its own unique mastery and mature sound design, built upon a trusted foundation of rolling elation. As the Melbourne X Planet Euphorique partnership continues to develop, the pairing feels particularly ideal, linking in harmony to deliver an innovative, polished record primed to cause havoc.
enderlonious returns with a brand new 4 track EP, seamlessly cooking up a blend of hybrid house and broken beat with his unique analogue productions and signature flute instrumentation.
The title track ’After The Storm’ picks up where 2019 album ’Hard Rain’ left off (Bandcamp’s electronic albums of 2019) – a stormy, atmospheric 4/4 groove, with flute flurries, build the track to a state of euphoria.
The EP continues with G Flex, a tune dedicated to Tender’s mentor Sterling Styles, aka Equinox (Scientific Wax). Broken drum machine loops are brought to life by classic Tender flute and synth solos. Fans of his 2016 ’On Flute’ EP will be feeling this one!
’D Low’ is the 22a squad pick on this cut. Deep house vibes, with a classic London soundsystem style hook, shaking bass lines and twisted synths.
’Broken Heart’s Club’ rounds things up, and may sound familiar to 22a heads. Beefy broken drum machines take centre stage, making way for some more synth magic from Tender’s vast array of hardware. First time on vinyl for a track that’s been doing the rounds for a couple of years!
Part V: Gene looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the sky, and for the first time understood the gentle indifference of the world. He did not know whether he was nearing the end or the beginning, but he did know one thing: no matter what was going to happen next, he wanted to be there.
One of the first visitors to Planet Euphorique, Melbourne-based producer Roza Terenzi makes her triumphant return with the first LP release on the label. A playful yet cohesive collection from post-electro and extra-terrestrial techno to dreamy prog-house and low slung zingers, bumping us into the new decade. Modern Bliss, the sound of Roza Terenzi fully realized.
Never shy to experiment with unconventional sounds or mingle influences, the album presents 9 offerings to suit every flavor of raver. Opener, “Jungle in the City,” takes down-tempo to a new astral plane with blushing pads and tumbling pixels, perfectly poised for a spine-tingling after hours sunrise.The title track “Modern Bliss” featuring Barcelona based singer/producer Ivy Barkakati encapsulates the dancefloor euphoria we have come to expect from Terenzi; in essence the energy of this release, contemporary jubilation and contentment amongst a chaotic world. Flickering percussion prancing above deep rolling bottom end, allowing bubbling stabs and synth sequences to lift Barkakati’s intoxicating vocals to dizzy heights. “Exactly where I need to be, my thoughts create reality” truer words…
Flipping it over to the B side things heat up, “Yo-Yo” chimes in immediately with a tough onslaught of metallic polyrhythms and a pulsating melodic bassline coaxing you down a path less travelled and preparing you for the sexy sub action that demands your attention, “That Track (Rewired Mix)”, buckle up to sweat. Sweet relief comes with the C side “Exhale”, dipping in tempo; esoteric atmospheres to fill your ears, something fresh to absorb with each listen. To close off the record, something old and something new, “Eternal Lust” a delicate ode to the lovers and from the vaults “My Reality Cheque Bounced (Feat. DJ Zozi)” – a raucous party starter serving up that label defining sound, futuristic and bombastic, tipping its hat to the break.
With subconscious salutes to the astrological world of OG maven Fiorella Terenzi, “Modern Bliss” invites you into an encapsulating, electronically ethereal universe. A record to summarize the myriad of diverse and evolving sides to Roza Terenzi, the full length allowing her to capture a moment in time with possibilities to transcend dance music expectations. It’s the listeners’ decision whether to take a personal introspective journey through the sounds – or share the bliss with friends, united strangers and all those who dance in harmony on the tiny Planet Euphorique
This is the first time Lithuanian Pletnev and Russians Panorama Channel have ever officially collaborated. Three originals, two remixes, one consistent immersive vibe that envelops from the start and builds in intensity. “Blavatsky” is all mid tempos and woozy psychedelics. It’s flipped by a sublime remix from You’re Me’s Yu Su, who whips up an ageless nod to the legacy of Two Lone Swordsmen; “Eiffel Tower Syndrome” follows. Intense, edgy, and prone to paranoid flurries over a heavy driving beat before Simple Symmetry’s remix closes things out.
Dusky’s return to Running Back. The second volume of Life Signs continues where its parent left us: on the path to euphoria. A brew of rumbling bass lines, ecstatic dreams, rattling rave signals, and moving melodies that is as sapid as it is substantial. Consisting of four tracks (and one dub), Dusky further cement their reputation of being champions of their (production) craft and the dancefloor alike. While “Fridge”, “Seed Tray”, and “Mushroom Samba” lower the plough with DJs and steppers in mind, “Metropolis” ennobles itself to a higher stand: with or without voice, it is a sophisticated and divinely inspired master class in a perfect hook (bleeps) and eye (bass). And a gentle reminder: function and beauty don’t have to exclude each other.
“Daniel Steinberg continues to have great success on labels such as Microfon, Grandpetrol and Stylerockets and is also the main representative for Front Room Recordings. With his last EP — featuring ‘Keep On Movin’ and ‘Don’t You Know?’ — enjoying such widespread success, we thought we should call upon the remix skills of Roman Flügel and Siopis for this release. Roman has been artistically active since the 1990s with his own labels Playhouse, Ongaku Musik and Klang Elektronik contributing some of the best house around throughout the years. His remixes for the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Human League, Primal Scream and Kylie Minogue have garnered him a worldwide recognition, and now he delivers in true style to Front Room. Siopis, fresh from his Get Physical release Penny From The Lane, has also recently remixed Mr. Static which has further pushed his name into the international dance music vocabulary. His work can also be spotted on some of the most prominent labels like Get Physical, BPitch Control and Crosstown Rebels to name a few. Three quality remixes making one brilliant EP that maintains Front Room at the top of its game.”
2020 repress. Following their self-released debut EP, Flamingo Pier (DJ residents Luke Walker, Dominic Jones, and Bradley Craig) have crafted four dance floor-worthy tracks influenced by the boogie, disco, Afro and classic house. Slick, rolling disco synths and punchy drum machines are woven in with Afro-centric percussion and dreamy vocal chants, for an exotic disco-boogie journey from start to finish. Early support for the EP is already coming from Bill Brewster, JD Twitch (Optimo) and Ray Mang. The EP is being released to coincide with the Flamingo Pier Festival in Waiheke, New Zealand.
One of most popular jazz singers in Japan, Yasuko Agawa’s late ’80s release was originally released as a promo only. It’s finally reissued here on 12″ with remastering by Kuniyuki Takahashi. “Lowdown” is a house cover of Boz Scaggz. It’s a Japanese house classic. “You Bring The Sun Out” is a super mellow electric lovers rock.