San Proper – L.O.V.E. Pt. 3 [DG13003]

SAN PROPER - LOVE Part 3

San ”Dr.” Proper presents his third EP on Dopeness Galore with a selection of kindred sounds and spirits encountered around the earth while on tour. The result is an intriguing six-track EP that documents the musical collaborations that sparked to the pulse of cities like Casablanca, Bogota, Amsterdam and Medellin, straight back to the dungeon of Volkshotel where they fused these tracks in an Amsterdamic fashion. L.O.V.E. part 3 features upcoming artists such as Mr. Cruz, Bobbi, Elias Mazian, and V. Bannier as well as local musicians from studios around the world, moulding a colorful record with traditional Arabique, Latin-Americain and western influences to create that unmistakable Proper sound.

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San Proper – L.O.V.E. Pt. 3 [DG13003]

VA – Lost Archives Special I/V [AERA016]

Amsterdam label Indigo Aera, the brainchild of Jasper Wolff & Maarten Mittendorff, celebrates five years with Lost Archives Special compilation. The five-vinyl box set features 18 tracks from the likes of Skudge, Makam, Don Williams, San Proper & Antal, Ø [Phase], Deniro, Louis Haiman, Antigone, Sterac, Stephen Brown, Joris Voorn and label heads Jasper Wolff and Maarten Mittendorff.

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part I / part II / part III / part IV / part V

VA – Lost Archives Special I/V [AERA016]

Tom Trago – Rise Up / Sky High [RH045]

Tom Trago’s  presents his follow up single on Rush Hour, ‘Rise Up’ / ‘Sky High’. Tom Trago and Cinnaman got together in the studio and out came ‘Rise Up’. They somehow managed to mix freestyle, minimal, low-fi and bass together to create a cross-over house explosion. Based around a quirky bass line and vocal, the track keeps building until a catchy synth stab drops in which elevates the track to the next level. ‘Sky High’ is a late night basement session with San Proper and friends joining in on vocals. A bittersweet love song in which San yearns for a simultaneous high, which is backed up by a deep, silky house groove.

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Tom Trago – Rise Up / Sky High [RH045]

Skudge / San Proper – Dekmantel Anniversary Series Part 4 [DKMNTLAS5.4]

SKUDGE/SAN PROPER - Dekmantel Anniversary Series Part 4 (Front Cover)

Dekmantel’s 5th Anniversary Series has so far been as finely curated and presented as you’d expect from the Dutch label, and this penultimate entry is no different with Skudge and San Proper introducing some dark techno business to proceedings. Swedish duo Skudge are on fine form with “Silent Running” delivering one of their subtly melodic productions that revolves grainily around one repeated and tweaked refrain. Given San Proper’s dedication to the label (he sports a Dekmantel tattoo after all) it’s little surprise the hirsute Amsterdam icon was asked to contribute and “Rattle (Station 2 Station)” is one of the best tracks on the series so far. A grinding, industrial beat mixes with dense vocals, synths, speech samples and plenty more. The end result is a perfect example of the kind of steamy, sweaty haze of late night damage that Mr Proper has made his own.

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Skudge / San Proper – Dekmantel Anniversary Series Part 4 [DKMNTLAS5.4]

San Proper / Aroy Dee – Perfume [MOS016]

Perfume

Aroy Dee and San Proper craft a beautiful four track EP entitled “Perfume” for M>O>S. An EP of more mind-melting or heart warming house sounds you are unlikely to hear because Aroy Dee and his MOS are the true masters of future facing, retro-referencing house music.

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San Proper / Aroy Dee – Perfume [MOS016]

Jon McMillion – Saw You Looking (Remixes) [NEK002]

Four tracks from Jon McMillion’s wonderful eponymous LP get the remix treatment here on Seattle imprint Nuearth Kitchen. San Proper drops remixes of “Saw You Looking” and “Solette Simms”, with the fat chords and claps of the latter proving to be the highlight, although both efforts are worthy of many, many repeat listens. Elsewhere Ukrainian producer Vakula pops up to turn “Climbing Out” into a glacially paced jam replete with cosy pads and Motor City atmospherics. Amsterdam based duo Juju & Jordash turn in a moody analogue refix of “Love Of Parking” to round off an essential 12″.

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Jon McMillion – Saw You Looking (Remixes) [NEK002]