Playgroup – Previously Unreleased Volume 2 [YW002X]

Following the success of last years Playgroup ‘Previously Unreleased’ album and its critically-acclaimed run of nine weekly 12′ vinyl EPs, Trevor Jackson has compiled a second volume of 20 tracks (11 unheard and 9 previously vinyl only) released as a Limited Edition Double CD and 6 track vinyl sampler on Nov 3rd via Yes Wave records. The music featured is a collection of reworked demos and unreleased recordings. A hedonistic mix of raw Disco, Dub, Funk, Dancehall. Electro, New Wave & Post Punk that all still sound as relevant today as they did when initially recorded for the debut PLAYGROUP album during 1997 – 2001.

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Playgroup – Previously Unreleased Volume 2 [YW002X]

Playgroup – Previously Unreleased Bonus EP [YW00X]

Featuring 6 bonus tracks not available as part of the initial nine EP’s. ‘Dirt Biter’ is a return to the source raw hip hop instrumental, ‘Don’t Stop Dub’ a wild electro-funk workout complete with a demented electric guitar solo, ‘C’mon C’mon’ a decadent slice of sleeping bag style disco dub, ‘No Lube’ a heavyweight hi-nrg sleazy stormer, ‘Perc up’ a sampledelic hedonistic house bomb and Do It! a weirdo post-punk electro jam.

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Playgroup – Previously Unreleased Bonus EP [YW00X]

Playgroup – Previously Unreleased EP 2 [YWP002]

The Previously Unreleased series of Playgroup 12″s from Trevor Jackson returns with a second edition. Echoing the diverse nature of the classic Playgroup album, there is plenty of stylistic swerves in the three tracks that feature here. Up top, “Doin’ It Right” is a low-slung slab of disco chug with a most devious arpeggio conducting proceedings. On the B-side, “Flyte Mode” is a short proto house piece that would work well as an opening track on a DJ mix whilst “Live At The Funhouse” is a fizzing electro DJ tool.

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Playgroup – Previously Unreleased EP 2 [YWP002]

Playgroup – Previously Unreleased EP 1 [YWP001]

Trevor Jackson tends to do things differently, so the recent announcement of nine EPs of previously unheard Playgroup material, to be released in the space of nine weeks, should have come as little surprise. Opener “Move My Body” is particularly strong, and features sampled Robert Owens vocals rising and falling over a classic, late ’80s Chicago house groove. There’s a similar retro-futurist feel to the more acid-flecked Ed DMX collaboration “I Want To Believe”, while “Play The Music” combines similar influences with a touch of NYC proto-house.

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Playgroup – Previously Unreleased EP 1 [YWP001]