Dekmantel has wheeled out the big guns for this third volume in their 10th anniversary vinyl series. Mr Consistency himself, Leon Vincent, kicks things off with “UK Spring Vibes”, a pleasingly deep and softly spoken shuffler piled high with attention-grabbing analogue bass, stretched-out chords and twinkling piano flourishes. Legowelt excels himself (as usual) on the darting, synth-heavy intergalactic fun of “Blue Astral Techno”, while Joey Anderson is an ultra-positive mood on the melodious, slightly melancholy, synth-heavy deep house of “Opened Gate”. Central’s “Six Five Two”, a wavy and Balearic-minded trip though gentle, sun-kissed sounds and bubbling electronic rhythms, draws a fine EP to a close with an intoxicating flourish.
Seven years after his last release as Smackos, music making machine Legowelt surprises us all with ‘A Vampire Goes West,’ a brand new and ever-experimental ambient album. It comes on his own Nightwind label and was made in total isolation on the North Sea coast last Christmas. As for the music, it is smudgy and cosmic; an “all out amateur spacejazz spiritual ambient eruption on smudgey cassettetape” that will take you far away from reality across 14 absorbing and atmospheric cuts. It includes some extra fun treats too: a fridge magnet and microzine with a map in ASCII art that has a quest attached to it which, if decoded, reveals a password that unlocks some secret and special prizes.
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Craigie Knowes returns with ‘The Second Annual Fundraiser: War Child’ this December. Similar to its predecessor ‘The Second Annual Fundraiser: War Child’ will donate all profits to War Child International and has recruited another all-star cast to treat us to a sublime collection of cuts. Featuring the likes of Legowelt, Shanti Celeste, Neville Watson and Andy Hart this compilation is set to be another sell-out success. Rather than drown you in copy we’ll let the tracks do the rest of the talking.
BAKK kicks off a new series of records with Plafond 1 made for drowning in the deep end of the pool. Legowelt, SFV Acid and Haron provide you with an eery collection of ambient harmonies and melodic rhythms best served when lying on the floor, gazing in to the abyss.
Legowelt, as Nacho Patrol, is back on MinimalRome with the single Panter 777, already included in the limited edition tape of his LP The Maze of Violence, produced in 2008. The track is an explosion of wahwah funk riffs and juicy analog synthesizers and it comes on the B side with a powerful acid remix by Jared Wilson from Motor City. Don’t miss it, it’s on MRX – Patiendum Est limited series.