Move D – Building Bridges [AUSLP010]

Move D’s ‘Building Bridges’ is David Moufang’s latest studio album. Close friends and long time collaborators, Thomas Fehlmann, Fred P, Juju & Jordash, D-Man & rEAGENZ all feature alongside Benjamin Brunn. Building Bridges was recorded at reSource, Heidelberg between 1999-2019 except “One Small Step…” which was recorded at Thomas Fehlman’s Space in Berlin. This album initially started out as an entry for the Inside Out series on Aus – based around the idea of collaborations with his nearest and dearest but when David sent me the music and wrote a few new tracks there was such a cohesive, timeless feel to it as a body of work I decided that it had to be a stand alone artist album. These tracks have been written over a twenty year period and involve 6 people but it sounds like it was written in one sitting. This is testament to David’s creative aesthetic and the closeness of the relationship with his collaborators as a common feeling of warmth and smudged soul oozes out of every poor of this record.

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Move D – Building Bridges [AUSLP010]

Tracey – Metamorphosis [AUS137]

Tom Ruij aka Tracey’s palette of influences is wide and far-reaching, from the far-sighted futurism of Detroit and the deep space pulse of electro, to left-of-centre electronic experimentalism and the alien world of British and European IDM all of which are showcased on his Metamorphosis EP.

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Tracey – Metamorphosis [AUS137]

Primitive Trust – Little Love EP [AUS123]

Will Saul and Tee Mango continue the Primitive Trust EP series with their third release. ‘Little Love EP’ is a blissful 3 track package featuring a Floorplan remix. ‘Little Love’ builds warm harmonies driven by syncopated bass grooves whilst Tee Mango’s Dub of ‘Tejon’ heads for the sun with radiant, shuffling chords. For the remix, Floorplan delivers unrestrained rapture on a peak time roller full of cathartic vocal bursts.

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Primitive Trust – Little Love EP [AUS123]

Youandewan – Youandewan EP [AUS1463]

Secretsundaze fave Youandewan (AKA producer Ewan Smith) forged his reputation by delivering house and techno cuts that defied easy categorization. Over the years, he’s variously released robust analogue jams, woozy deep house and wonky late night tech-house. There’s plenty of that variety on this first EP for Will Saul’s Aus imprint. The four tracks variously touch on sparse, soul-flecked deepness (“FM Jam”, which is also impressively remixed by the ever reliable Andres), spaced-out acid (the relentless 303s and late night textures of “Tino”), and Mr Fingers-influenced analogue deep house (the excellent “Alright Son”).

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Youandewan – Youandewan EP [AUS1463]

Bicep – Circles EP [AUS1462]

Jet-setting Irish duo Bicep return to Will Saul’s Aus label with two steady analog techno grooves ready for deployment in either their own wildly celebrated sets or those of any DJ looking for modern dance tracks that are still faithful to the classics. Using gritty, vintage-sounding rhythm sections as solid foundations, each track gradually builds up its own lush, melodic embellishments overtop – ‘Circles’ stays true to its name with a cyclical main melody, shadowy bass and fuzzy house pads, whereas ‘NRG106 sets spacey, dramatic chords and breathy vocals against the insistent, chittering machine percussion. As usual these two esteemed bloggers / DJs / artists / all around polymaths prove themselves to be paragons of taste, but here it’s clear that they are also steadily growing as producers, taking on different styles with aplomb and making it all look much easier than it really is.

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Bicep – Circles EP [AUS1462]

Bicep vs – You / Don’t Ep [AUS1239]

Aus Music presents a new release by London-based, Belfast-born blogger-production duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson aka Bicep. They’ve released one absolutely killer track after another, snaking through everything from deep disco edits to moody two-step to classic New Jersey House vibes with incredible ease, on some of the most exciting labels out there.

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Bicep vs – You / Don’t Ep [AUS1239]

George Fitzgerald – Child EP [AUS1240]

London producer George FitzGerald with a four track EP entitled Child on Aus Music. His productions combine the lush, melodic sides of house and garage with the more intense, jacking rhythms of dubstep and techno. His second EP for Aus fully explores the 4/4 end of his production spectrum to devastating effect with four tracks that are all designed with the peak time dance floor in mind.

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George Fitzgerald – Child EP [AUS1240]

Midland – Placement EP [AUS1237]

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Midland returns to Aus with ‘Placement EP’. Staying true to his roots, he delivers four tracks that contribute to the continuing conversation between techno, house, garage and beyond. With a strong focus on intricate detail, lush texture and glacial melody the EP is just as captivating on headphones as it is on the dance floor.

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Midland – Placement EP [AUS1237]

Cottam – Deep Deep Down EP [AUS1135]

Cottam’s debut on the Aus imprint, with Deep Deep Down continuing the lineage of thick set mid tempo acid explorations. Sprawling luxuriously across the length of the A Side, the title track builds effortlessly from the spacious grooves and alien chug of the opening moments into a sumptuous array of floating sax, twisting acid lines and forever floating pads. Step forward Vakula completely realigning the feel of the track despite retaining some core elements. Cottam completes this excellent 12″ with the quite aptly named “Twang”, a seven minute boogie burner.

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Cottam – Deep Deep Down EP [AUS1135]

George FitzGerald – Silhouette EP [AUS1134]

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FitzGerald once again manages to create a world in which garage, dubstep, house, R&B and a host of other musical influences happily co-exist. On Silhouette hints of warm acid, layered oscillating synth lines, propulsive beats and FitzGerald’s signature use of vocal samples make this a peak time affair, albeit an incredibly lush one. Reset is eight minutes of forward thinking UK Garage combined with the melodic sensibilities of Detroit techno. For the Silhouette remix, Roberts develops a relentless broken groove, occasionally punctured by brief piano interludes that recall the sounds of his 2011 debut full-length on Dial Records, Glass Eights. A breathtaking remix that sounds like nothing else out there at the moment.

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George FitzGerald – Silhouette EP [AUS1134]

Midland – Through Motion EP [AUS1133]

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Midland drops his third solo EP on the esteemed Aus Music imprint. ‘Through Motion’ is led by a smooth tech/house percussive pattern, whilst airy synths rise and fall in the backdrop. The introduction of the deep sub bass kicks the rhythms into real action, soon to be complemented by an unidentifiable vocal sample and the gradual emergence of beautiful chord melody.

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Midland – Through Motion EP [AUS1133]

Joy Orbison – The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow [AUS1026]

"The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow"

Devilishly catchy melodies and basslines, full of feeling and soul, evolve and grow as the arrangement develops to leave you on an almighty high. Big drops, super heavy drum programming and grooves that sound like only Joy Orbison right now. There’s shades of garage, shades of funky, shades of old school R&B.

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Joy Orbison – The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow [AUS1026]