VernoN – Watched By The Experts [APT007]

VERNON - Watched By The Experts

Previously responsible for some of the best work (and track titles) on the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams label, mystery man VernoN brings his distinct styles and capital N to the excellent Apartment label and delivers their first long player in the process. Allegedly based in Marseille and with a background in Belgium, there’s a degree of opacity to VernoN’s story that suggests it’s wiser to focus your attentions on his music, not his story. If he did spend time in Belgium, he clearly used it researching the country’s rich New Beat heritage, as it’s on display across Watched By The Experts. Six tracks deep, this new beat influences is mixed up with dabs of house, electro and techno with the results an album (of sorts) that will remain in the record box of many a DJ.

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VernoN – Watched By The Experts [APT007]

Phantom Planet Outlaws / Tr One – The Muscle, The Beets [APT005]

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For the latest Apartment release two interplanetary gangs come face to face in a techno battle for the ages.

Hailing from the Phantom Planet we come across Forsh, Bin Man and The Red Defender, a trio of rebel Outlaws whose spaceship is under fierce attack from The Muscle Patrol, the Hi-tech Galaxy’s ultimate and most fearsome tool of oppression. Following wave upon wave of Acid attack, the Outlaws are forced to eject from their ship, landing on a mysterious jungle planet…

Unbeknownst to them, the trio have landed on Huguenot, infamous for it’s ghostly shark creatures which rise up to hunt the living…and they smell fresh meat…

…meanwhile, traveling across deepest space aboard The Viceroy 9-c we find The Dean of Threenie and e-D aka The Beets. They are 2 disparate characters from the planet Tr One, infamous for it’s GreenLight Sector, a nefarious haven for low-life traders and smugglers. The duo traverse the galaxy in search of rare treasures to capture and trade back on home soil. Unlike the Phantom Planet Outlaws, these two know what awaits them on Huguenot…or do they.

Will The Beets save The Phantom Planet Outlaws from the bloodlusting creatures of Huguenot? Will they sell them out to The Muscle Patrol? Or will they join forces to rid the galaxy of it’s most fierce oppressors?

The black gold sat upon your turntable contains all the answers…and more…

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Phantom Planet Outlaws / Tr One – The Muscle, The Beets [APT005]

Bande Apartment – Rita, Kate & You Too [APT042]

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TR One’s Dean Feeney and Eddie Reynolds call on compatriot and singer-songwriter David Kitt to inaugurate the Band Apartment project with this two track release for the Apartment label, fusing disco, P-funk and italo-rock. From it’s back-beat beginnings, the 80s film referencing “Lubricating Rita” builds into an anthemic disco monster of crazy synths, humming vocoders, roaring guitars and a well produced bassline reminiscent of Breakwater’s powerful “Release The Beast” (later famously sampled for Daft Punks “Robot Rock”). “Katie’s Girth” is a little more tropical – a Talking Heads tropical – mixed with wild streaks of disco strings, horns and sultry vocal breaths.

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Bande Apartment – Rita, Kate & You Too [APT042]

Lerosa – No Mad Rush [APT002]

Apartment’s 3rd release comes courtesy of acclaimed producer Lerosa. He delivers 4 electro-based cuts, a rarely seen side to the man predominantly known for his house productions. The sparse and melancholic “Combat” starts off proceedings, before “Titanium”’s throbbing bass, combined with Mr. Rosa’s unique melodic sensibilities, increases the pace. On the B-side “Slavery” is a furious acid jam, constantly rising in energy over hectic percussion and a wall-shaking electro beat. Finishing on “Decisions”, the pace is reduced considerably while the acid stays intact.

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Lerosa – No Mad Rush [APT002]

Tr One – Drum Dance [APT001]

Apartment Record’s 2nd release comes from Ireland’s analogue-obsessed soul assassins, Tr One. On the A-side, “Drum Dance” is a fusion of beatdown with a minimal techno aesthetic, creating a hypnotic journey through the duo’s machines. The B-side serves up 2 alternative takes. John Heckle’s debut remix takes a heaving, lo-fi approach to the original’s drums while layering it with wistful synths, before Juju & Jordash’s Dub version closes off proceedings in their inimitable style; expansive yet claustrophobic at the one time.

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Tr One – Drum Dance [APT001]