Shanti Celeste / Funkineven – SSS [APRON020]

In recent times, Bristol’s Shanti Celeste has proved more than adept at blending tough, body-popping electro beats with picturesque electronics and luscious, eyes-closed melodies. She’s at it again here, following up two excellent outings on Future Times with the brilliant “SSS”. Expect just the right blend of tactile, eyes-closed melodiousness, snappy drum machine work, and a fluid bassline that subtly doffs a cap to Syclops’ “Where’s Jason’s K”. Apron boss Funkineven offers his own interpretation on the flip, bringing it closer to early 808 State territory, while adding some neat, boogie-influenced synth touches and saucer-eyed piano flourishes.

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Shanti Celeste / Funkineven – SSS [APRON020]

Funkineven feat Jay Daniel – Discipline / Abyss [APRON013]

The ever increasing understanding between Apron and Wild Oats and the many artists affiliated with both labels continues to bear fruit for those out there that like their house music raw and rugged. The idea alone of young Detroit talent Jay Daniel getting behind the buttons with suave Stevie Funkineven should set the pulses racing and both “Discipline” and “Abyss” will leave you craving more from this partnership. There’s an effortless glide to “Discipline” as Jay and Funk’ keep the drums to a minimal yet bugged out line of kicks, leaving it to those killer keys and thick set chords to hit you in the gut and the hips. On the flip, “Abyss” finds the duo opting for a more pared back, abstract production where rhythm is kept to a minimum as the space is filled with tweaked out motifs that sound like a paranoia filled John Carpenter.

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Funkineven feat Jay Daniel – Discipline / Abyss [APRON013]

Funkinevil – Ignorant / In The Grid [WOEVIL002]

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Wild Oats present the highly anticipated second collaboration from FunkinEvil aka Kyle Hall & FunkinEven. The duo offer up a 4 track EP with sounds that pull you into the Evil world. This follow-up release ventures into the world of the unknown, and the trapped. “You fear what you do not understand” …

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Funkinevil – Ignorant / In The Grid [WOEVIL002]

Funkineven – Cha / Dracula [APRON004]

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Dope new 12″  from Funkinevil produced with Kyle Hall. The two tracks on it make for a stylistic about-turn from the TV theme funk of the last Apron release Chips & Sweets, “Dracula” is the kind of stuttering 303 acid jam FunkinEven is an expert of, reminiscent of the brilliant “Roland’s Jam”, while “Cha!” is a loose-limbed slice of proto-techno which goes heavy on the unfiltered analogue bass, driven forward with lolloping drum machine beats.

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Funkineven – Cha / Dracula [APRON004]

Funkinevil aka Kyle Hall & FunkinEven – Night / Dusk [WOEVIL001]

The “Funkinevil” project is the collaboration between Detroit’s Kyle Hall and London producer Funkineven. Raw funk recorded to reel to reel, featuring a keyboard solo from Underground Resistance player Jon Dixon.

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Funkinevil aka Kyle Hall & FunkinEven – Night / Dusk [WOEVIL001]

FunkinEven – Apron EP [APRON001]

FunkinEven’s debut release on his own label, Apron Records. Heavy driven drum traxx with distortion, 808, 606, Korg kpr-77, Mpc, 303 & synths. Apron EP is a Raw acid house & techno sound to continue the adventure from his last Monster Release the ‘Rolands Jam’ .

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FunkinEven – Apron EP [APRON001]