Moon B – Udaya [HOOP001]

Moon B takes a step out of his comfort zone with ”Udaya”, giving a lesson on how it isn’t the tools at your disposal, but rather how you use them. A stalwart of vintage analogue gear under normal circumstances, he’s harnessed the full power of his iPad to conjure up 8 cuts of slick, lo-fi boogie that emanate with a smoky warmth. Gone are the genre-hopping sensibilities of earlier releases, replaced with a renewed focus on what really counts: the funk.

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Moon B – Udaya [HOOP001]

Dam-Funk – DJ Kicks [K7332LP]

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A lot of folks feel like they know DaM-FunK, he is laid-back, affable and personable but to truly get the guy, I mean really understand him, is to know a deep love of music like no other. A more suitable reflection of this is his contribution to the beloved DJ-Kicks series. A snapshot into the mind of the pioneer of Modern-Funk music…get to know the man behind the shades. For fans of George Clinton, Madlib, Theo Parrish, Flying Lotus…

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Dam-Funk – DJ Kicks [K7332LP]

Martin Heimann – Salto [CO008]

Frankfurt based producer, DJ and music lover Martin Heimann presents his debut single Salto’ on Carry On 008. Remaining faithful to its name, the small label puts out another piece of limited wax every once in a long while. Enrooted in the soundscapes of 80s proto house the original version of Salto’ is a thriving piece of octave liberation. Consistent changes between harmonics break up the repetitive structure, while FM pads and the 303 are performing a little duet. The release is ennobled by two proper remixes from Moon B (Peoples Potential Unlimited) and Jex Opolis (Good Timin’). While Moon B keeps it bubblin’ with some extra analogue funk bounce and subtle Italo dance floor energy, the B-Side is Jexi-fied with some embellishment to the cords, change in the bassline and a nice 808 snap. On top Mr. Opolis adds some mysterious but cheesy vocals samples that match perfect with the moody 80s orchestral stabs.

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Martin Heimann – Salto [CO008]

Moon B – Measure Pleasure [PULP005]

The title track ”Measure Pleasure” has that buldging funk bass lying underneath some spacey pads and a great rhythm track. Golden Ivy’s version of the title track is emphasizing on the rhythm even more by adding bursting FX and obese kickdrums. Moon B’s Nada Clouds (A3) is a positive yet exotic journey which should be excellent for summer gig’s on rooftops anywhere in the world. For the B1 Moon B continues with the percussion laden ”PV Hills”, this bit has those signature chord switches and vibe changes, that are creating a very melancholic atmosphere throughout. British master of all things melodic ”Fudge Fingas” flips the original completely, making it more streamlined with just a hint more power.

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Moon B – Measure Pleasure [PULP005]

Moodcut – Tame Cats EP [US005]

With prudent timing comes yet another artful release from Greece’s Nous contingent, this time courtesy of Manchester’s Moodcut who muses succinctly on the invisible overlap of Chicago and Detroit’s aural heritages. The Tame Cats EP delves deep into the industrial overtures of each with the melancholy sparseness of sound that characterizes the brutally beautiful aspects of man-machine-music.

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Moodcut – Tame Cats EP [US005]

John Heckle – Desolate Remixes [TABR027]

A new John Heckle release on the Liverpool-based Tabernacle Records. This time around it’s Heckle’s 2013 album Desolate Figures which gets remixed and first up is Greek producer Vercetti Technicolor, who supplies a vamp-heavy and empowering Italo remix of “Inhuman Nature”. Peoples Potential Unlimited artist Moon B goes tropical with a choir of synthesised vocals in his ‘re calc’ of “Power Of Two”, while Call Super proves to be this record’s wild card adding a gorgeous ‘Cyan Stain’ to the track “Love Lies”.

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John Heckle – Desolate Remixes [TABR027]

Neville Watson – Songs To Elevate Remixes [CR1266]

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Hot on the heels of the release of Neville Watson’s Songs to Elevate Pure Hearts album, Creme Organization releases a three track EP of remixes from the longplayer. The first is by Watson’s frequent collaborator, Bulgarian producer and live specialist KiNK. He tackles ‘Songs To Elevate Pure Hearts’ and laces it up with some lazy old rave breakbeats and plenty of lucid synth and melody pattern before Marquis Hawkes takes on ‘Against The Tide’. He imbues it with what is fast become a trademark sonic weirdness, with wrought iron synth bars interlocking with molten synth lines and a slow, purposeful and predatory mood. Finally, American Moon B turns in a trippy outsider house version of ‘Son Of House’ with off kilter claps, see-sawing synths and organic drums.

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Neville Watson – Songs To Elevate Remixes [CR1266]

Moon B – Sussegad [PPU048]

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Atlanta-based Moon B returns to the PPU label with a new transmission called Sussegad! Both the masterfully lo-fi modern funk of his PPU debut and the subsequent analogue thump of Moon B’s Entropic Feelings 12? for newcomers Going Good have been characterized by a nonchalant disregard for the art of the track title, rife as they are with “untitled” arrangements. Lead track “Oof” was apparently inspired by the producer’s performance at Brooklyn event Mutual Dreaming, so consumed with creative urges after the party was he. Complementing this are two of his rugged gems culled from that aforementioned performance at Mutual Dreaming. Essential cuts for fans of modern analogue funkateering.

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Moon B – Sussegad [PPU048]

Moon B – Moon B [PPU043]

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Synth funk album by Atlanta Georgia artist Moon B released on Peoples Potential Unlimited. There’s a strong boogie presence across the 11 untitled tracks, but it doesn’t stop at your usual sleazy fare. There are also plaintive moments of refined introspection, and a constant display of production skills, albeit draped in the crust and charm of those archaic music-making means. If you’re a fan of the likes of Dam-Funk and can’t enough of that heady 80s funk flex, then this record should have you bumping and grinding for months to come.

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Moon B – Moon B [PPU043]