The second release from the Italian label 616 Lab, comes with 4 purely analog tracks written and produced in 2020 by the Sicilian artist 616.
Long term Seven Hills friend and collaborator Thee J Johanz returns to wax for the third instalment of our original release series. This release runs close to the heart for Johanz as it was produced in the wake of his mother’s passing and stands as a profoundly personal eulogy for loved ones passed. Where Goes Your Soul? has all the trademark spiralling synth lines and hypnotic rhythm making that we have come to love in Johanz’s music making.
Good Timin’ presents a new EP with five fresh dubs from the hit album “Net Worth” by Jex Opolis, specially mixed without vocals for your homeclub, car, kitchen or quar. Fire up those pretty vape machines and get ready to summon some Medusa’s NRG.
Wet Silk was a rare digression into house music by the legendary star-crossed duo of Lamar Thomas and Judy Taylor. For this sonic liaison, Thomas brought along his high school friend, disco impresario Patrick Adams to co-produce, and the resulting “Let Me Do You Baby” is a slow and seductive sunset soirée with champagne and caviare. The track is skillfully arranged with slippery 808 programming, serpentine guitar, and silky pads, all sliding around Thomas and Lamar’s playfully suggestive vocals. For the first 12” release of this hypnotic track, Mixed Signals have paired it with two other delicious Thom/Tay productions, the rare and dubby house mix of Shelly Pearse’s “If You Want My Love”, and the instrumental end-of-the-nighter “I’ll Be Waiting”.
A banging South African bubblegum tune, with house club mix on the flip! The start of the 90’s brought the final wave of House music that would cement it as the future of South Africa’s music scene. In the years leading up to the new decade, Disco had already naturally evolved into the very early stages of what would become South Africa’s signature House sound, with Instrumentals and Dub Mixes earning themselves spots on the Pantsula records leading the charts of the late 80s, it would be an influx of remixes appearing on import singles that would make the “House mix” the premier b side sound for those bubblegum artists trying to stay relevant in the 90’s.
Native Mexican Leo Leal debuting an 8 LP tracker on Binh’s imprint Time Passages, exploring a dark fractal sound.
Anonymous producer Alphonse returns to Klasse Wrecks for his third release on the label and brings with him a concoction of familiar sounds and flavors. The ‘Beechwood DNA’ EP sounds like a grip of the producer’s influences and inspirations funneled through his sample heavy approach to production, taking wild turns unannounced. Acid licks and unruly breakbeats are definitely nothing new but the producers considered summation of each track is truly original and surprising. The EP rounds off with the title track ‘Beechwood’, a painfully beautiful ode that captures a nostalgic mood and shows off the producers well-informed ear for a catchy sample.
Over his two decades in the game, Philipp Lauer’s work always manages to mix the best of steely German engineering with deep emotion; industrial-strength beats with the warmth of an old sweater. On his new LP “Answers 2 Trouble” out on Permanent Vacation), the Frankfurt-based musician once again delivers the goods: nine tracks stuffed with elite beat making and delicious, 80s-influenced songcraft, drawn together by clever arrangements and expert pacing.
Belarus connect Fitzzgerald delivers a heavy 5 track EP for the 6th physical disc on Planet Trip records. A little something for everyone with the A side serving up two slices of balearic niceness for your seaside, poolside or bathside retreat. The B side runs a mainline direct to the club with 3 cuts suitable for sound tracking dancefloors or various after hours activities relevant to your lifestyle choices.
Ambroise Boret is a French engineer, mixer and producer located in Paris who released material under various guises from the nineties through to the early 2000’s. Here we see his Continental moniker brough back into the limelight, highlighting a selection of material from the Pushin’ It Up EP on Alliance Records. Up first is ‘Flying Dub’, as the name would suggest a dub-infused excursion through gliding chord sequences, snaking bass licks and bright string sequences while swinging analogue drums dynamically evolve throughout. ‘Way U Jack’ follows, introducing a more Chicago leaning attitude rhythmically alongside low-pitched vocal murmurs, fluttering dub chords and a bumpy bass line. Title-track ‘Whispers’ follows on the b-side next, employing ethereal atmospherics, flute like synth melodies, organ bass tones and crunchy, shuffled percussion. Rounding out the EP Cosmin TRG reworks ‘Whispers’, offering a contemporary twist on the original with intricately programmed drums, subtly nuanced introductions of the originals atmospherics, winding low-end pulsations and an overall ornate, dynamic feel.
Two classic Finnish acid house remixes from year 2004 by Jori Hulkkonen. Where the A-side’s remix of unreleased Acid Kings track makes Jori’s rapping sound as embedded as resonance in a silver case – the flip side is deep, driving, juxtaposing pop and underground in a way Manchester’s dance scene was famous for in the hayday-80’s. What’s that sound so fresh and wicked..?
Jordan GCZ takes our minds raving along psychotropic wallpapered hallways of sound with this tight set of emotive belters for Rush Hour. The Juju & jordash / Magic Mountain High keyboard maestro leaves the noodles at home for this EP. After cooking up the hooky, Acid dipped title track, he turns the heat up high over three 90s style techno cuts.
ADSX / Hanoben jump from Berlin to Rimini sul train degli Acidio. “Sina’s Freund” is all fidanzato v 303 303 303. “Werner’s Spiel” acido bumbles, taglia and incolla. “Elvira’s Katzenfisch” inno elettronico Krautrock. Synth anthem. Infine, Mund. Punk slap. Basso. All join hands with…ACEEIID!!
Steve Murphy teams up with his friend and italian Dj Legend, Claudio Di Roma, to deliver this house / disco release for DOMINA TRXXX.
Party starting Berlin trio ItaloJohson have only ever aimed to serve up music to jack the floor. Their own self-titled outlet for this weaponry is now up to a 14th instalment and still it sounds fresh and inventive. These are three more robust tracks with ‘track 2’ particularly getting us going – the bleeping synth riffs, glitchy hi hats and vast, booming kicks are pure basement dynamite. The same can be said of the rock slid ‘Track 3’ which also has some slippery acid lines weaving in and out of the rugged drums. This is form and functioning coming together in perfect harmony.
Andy Ash will drop “Not At Home”, his first (official) full length on Still Music. In more than a decade, Andy’s production has matured and evolved. It is now more sonically subtle, superbly arranged and it seamlessly brings you straight to Detroit, Chicago and New York with the perfect blend of Disco, Garage, Acid and House. “Not At Home” is a LP with 6 songs that showcase how much Andy has mastered his craft while staying true to his roots.
For this episode DJ City leaves his natural habitat and ends up in the jungle. Only what difference does it make? Temptations change, yet stay the same. Making his way through a sea of infinite attractions, senses sharpened seeking sensuality. The constant chirping louder than the occasional roar.
Hong Kong artist Mr. Ho (co-founder of Klasse Wrecks) brings us 4 tracks ready for the dancefloor on Cabaret Recordings’ 26th release.