Ike Release – Prophecies EP [EPISODES009]

Compression and expansion, focus and surrender, tension and release – the elusive state of balance is less of an inert, perfect condition than it is an interaction or moderation over time between polarized points. Rarely is it defined nor clearly prescribed. Through careful examination of the factors and conditions involved can a possible pathway be uncovered, in any particular scenario. The attached transmission is not a declaration of balance, nor a prescription towards it. But rather, it is like a snapshot captured of an object in motion.

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Ike Release – Prophecies EP [EPISODES009]

Ike Release – Watercolors EP [EPISODES007]

The return of the Windy City’s Ike Release to the tougher than solid Episodes label. Mr.Ike Velez makes his appearance heard quickly and loudly from the first bass drum of “Apollo3”, an all-out dancefloor winner with a distinctive US edge, sci-fi sonics and gorgeous hardware tweaks. “Guzzle” is more soulful and chord-heavy, while “Socialite” takes a dusty drum programme and chucks it over a deep house vibe, and title track “Watercolours” wins the beauty show thanks to its pounding beat and majestic waves of synths.

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Ike Release – Watercolors EP [EPISODES007]

G. Marcell – Destructured World [EPISODES006]

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Chicago’s G. Marcell arrives on Episodes bringing a wealth of experience that only comes from a long, storied history with House – the sound and the scene from within the city where it all began. DJ’s all over the world are already familiar with the high quality and endearing character that every track of his embodies. Boldly take this journey into his ‘Destructured World’ which he proudly presents for us here – deep, spacious, lush, and banging!

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G. Marcell – Destructured World [EPISODES006]

Pegasus Heat – XXX Elote [EPISODES005]

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As temperatures rise into the hot ‘n’ sticky in the Windy City, Pegasus Heat touches down with their debut EP for Episodes. The newly-formed Chicago duo ignites the decks with 3 tracks of beating, purely analog jam-outs accompanied by a remix from Ike Release.

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Pegasus Heat – XXX Elote [EPISODES005]

Spirit Of The Black 808 – Analog Funktions EP [EPISODES004]

Chicago’s Spirit Of The Black 808 materializes on Episodes. Having experienced the ebb and flow of the Chicago House scene through many of its eras, the veteran rises up with 3 slices of original Chicago-style machine funk

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Spirit Of The Black 808 – Analog Funktions EP [EPISODES004]

Innerspace Halflife – Astrodynamics EP [EPISODES003]

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The Astrodynamics EP further demonstrates the shared intuition for rhythm and texture that Chicago duo Hakim Murphy and Ike Release have jointly showcased as Innerspace Halflife. Arising on the white label Episodes series, you can’t help but feel impressed from the lead track “Metropolitan” which stealthily expands into a deep groove of analogue patterns and spacious, horizon wide waves of luxuriant synths whose hypnotic powers can’t fully woo your attention away from the excellent procession of rasping drum sounds that drive proceedings forward. Flip over and the tables are turned, with the swampy textures of “Hidden Mist” looking to intoxicate from the off, raw percussion poised tautly fighting for prominence amid the growing presence of other worldly, cosmic melodies. “Cold Fusion” presents a darker, more scattered sounding side to the Innerspace Halflife palette, with nervous jazz influenced keys darting in between the crawlspace between the loose, crunchy drums.

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Innerspace Halflife – Astrodynamics EP [EPISODES003]

Hakim Murphy – Wet Analog EP [EPISODES002]

Following up on his guest appearance remixing “Subsequent” on EPISODES01, Hakim Murphy resurfaces from the abyss exploring a sub-aquatic palette of sounds for EPISODES02. This 4-track EP strips back his sound further while stepping up the funk. Limited to 200 copies, including numbered insert.

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Hakim Murphy – Wet Analog EP [EPISODES002]

Ike Release – Subsequent EP [EPISODES001]

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New Chicago label with some lovely tracks going somewhere between traditional Chicago house, Detroit techno and finer club tracks.  3 tracks of foggy, saturated house hinting only slightly to the past while remaining firmly in the present. Comes with a stripped to the bone remix by Hakim Murphy.

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Ike Release – Subsequent EP [EPISODES001]