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 – Geospatial EP [MSN026]

It’s Ike Velez aka Ike Release on the jack attack: three super heavy house bombs that have been shutting down our dance for a minute. Chicago born and raised but now living in New York, this is Ike’s first official release for The Mister (though we did put his amazing tune ‘Phazzled’ on our Weekends and Beginnings mix and sampler a couple summers ago).

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Ike Release – Geospatial EP [MSN026]

Ike Release – Tungstan EP [FSS003]

Ike is no stranger to Finale Sessions at all with his release under the guise Innerspace Halflife with fellow producer Hakim Murphy. This time he flies solo under his real name Ike Release. The first cut called “Tangerines M” it takes you for a ride with its rawness and it’s thick pads and morphing keys and its wicked bassline . Track two called “Tungstun M” is another floor stomper with this one with its filtered pads and in and out synths just drooling with rawness.

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Ike Release – Tungstan EP [FSS003]

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]

Ike Release – Dance Equations EP [SMRT001]

Chicago institution Smart Bar launched a new record label with curators The Black Madonna and Argot/Tasteful Nudes boss Steve Mizek, naming it Northside ’82 after the neighborhood and year the club was founded in. The inaugural release comes from Resident Smart Bar DJ Ike Release who sources inspiration from early Midwestern house music for his Dance Equations EP.

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Ike Release – Dance Equations EP [SMRT001]

Innerspace Halflife – Antimatter [MDREAMS015]

”The Antimatter EP appears in the form of four tunes that go into acid, techno, and house through syncopated drum rhythms and playful synth work. This EP continues on the space theme, as the cosmos guides the tunes from concept into some deep floor bangers that vary in tempo and feel, like antimatter which is one of the hardest things to produce.”

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Innerspace Halflife – Antimatter [MDREAMS015]

Ike Release – Noir [MOSLP003]

Debut solo full length from Chicagos Ike Release. Ike is an accomplished solo producer as well as being one half of acclaimed duo Innerspace Halflife with Hakim Murphy, and has a long and fruitful relationship with MOS Recordings. For the last five years or so, Ike has been releasing a mind-expanding brand of analogue rich music that continues in his native Chicago’s fine traditions without resting on the usual tired tropes. Labels like MOS, Machining Dreams and his own Episodes have released it to date and now this full length, Noir, comes as a fully formed artistic statement that lays out his sound in all its glory.

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Ike Release – Noir [MOSLP003]

Innerspace Halflife – Astral Traveling LP [SYNAPSIS010]

The album Astral Traveling by Innerspace Halflife is among us with 9 tunes straight from the universal psyche, yet articulated with the tools of human perception through waveforms. Deeper and deeper the tunes take a listener on a journey of spacey pads, longing melodies, electronic bass notes, and jacking drum programming. In terms of human understanding, the universe is infinite which makes any scenario one can think of possible. With this in mind, Astral Traveling was composed and explores the deepness of creativity as Innerspace Halflife reaches down to pull out sounds using various techniques.

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Innerspace Halflife – Astral Traveling LP [SYNAPSIS010]

Innerspace Halflife – Orbital Maneuvers [MDREAMS012]

Spaced out 4 track project from duo of Hakim Murphy & Ike Release. Emotional & cosmic tunes that focus on outer space themes & share common thread of infinite possibilities. Neo-acid house to straight deep house.

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Innerspace Halflife – Orbital Maneuvers [MDREAMS012]

Murph Tone – Jack Session Remixes [SYNAPSIS009]

Synapsis Records with four Murph Tone Jack Session reinterpretations by Chicago producers Chicago Skyway, G. Marcell, Ike Release, and Steven Tang. Their contributions expand the Jack Session with deep and rhythmic tunes that will rock from warehouse to boats.

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Murph Tone – Jack Session Remixes [SYNAPSIS009]

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]

Innerspace Halflife – 1000 Light Years Of Acid [SKUDGEWHITE003]

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Hailing from Chicago, the latest entry from our new Skudge White series sees Innerspace Halflife venture into some of house and techno’s eeriest realms. When Ike Release and Hakim Murphy joined forces sometime last year, we immediately thought that their very own cosmic take on jackin’ house would be a perfect fit for our label, and boy did they deliver! We won’t bore you with any further description of those four tracks, but we sincerely hope you’ll enjoy the modernity and lushness of what the boys’ve been cooking us!

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Innerspace Halflife – 1000 Light Years Of Acid [SKUDGEWHITE003]

Innerspace Halflife – Village Hidden In The Sound [FS016]

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Chicago producers Hakim Murphy & Ike Velez are bringing the heat with their contemporary take on raw classic Chicago house sounds. Here they give us “Body Flicker”, “Fan Nation”, & “Outer Path”.

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Innerspace Halflife – Village Hidden In The Sound [FS016]

Ike Release – Dream Sequencer EP [MOSDEEP015]

Following on from his increasingly essential work as Innerspace Halflife, Ike Release steps out on his own for a new three tracker on MOS Deep that finds the Chicago producer in a bullish mood. Opener ‘Cosmic Supreme’ is a moody march across the surface of a planet far from here – typically raw, bobbling drums set the tone as a frazzled and drawn out synth line winds right through its core from start to finish. ‘Spells’ is backlit with an ethereal synthy glow as another thick analogue line takes the main focus of the track, all the while as nebulous percussion floats about like a cloud of dust in the background. Finally, ‘Westview’ is a little more propulsive, driven as it is by a lashing, rubberised bassline that sprays about freely, contained only by the itchy and more regimented hi-hats that slice up and down around it. Despite there being a sonic denseness to all three tracks here, a certain emotional gravitas always lurks with in: be it one of introspection or reflection, they are difficult to ignore.

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Ike Release – Dream Sequencer EP [MOSDEEP015]

Ike Release – Chasing Quasars EP [MDREAMS010]

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The no. 10 materializing as an Ike Release 12″ called Chasing Quasars EP on Machining Dreams. The five track project goes backward while looking forward as Ike presents a classic sound using contemporary principles. The sound of this vinyl is quite unique as it maintains its hard edginess yet very emotive and analog. Hakim Murphy comes with the remixe.

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Ike Release – Chasing Quasars EP [MDREAMS010]