Zero dB | Click

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Been sitting on this one for ages… it’s a lesson in how to sample, throwing down jazz hi-hats, piano and drum rhythms over a tightly programmed house beat. The filtered voice samples give it a live feeling but the way they’re chopped up reminds you that you’re still listening to something made in the studio. The flip is also top level shit and the wax is dirt cheap.

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YSE | Tomorrows Yesterday

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With only four records out in two years Rhythm Plate’s new label project, Pressed For Time, won’t win any prizes for quantity of output but what has appeared on there has been particularly tasty. They started off in 2013 with a reissue of one of their most memorable tunes LeanFast forward to this summer and the Casual Relief EP dropped from which immediately jumps out a piece of timeless, expertly made house from one half of the duo, Anthony Harrison, working solo under his YSE guise. Its swinging momentum, inviting textures and empowering, delicately programmed synth lines are exactly what we look for in our dance music.

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Greeen Linez | Hibiscus Pacific

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Quite a lot of you may have picked this up the first time round when it appeared on this Cd in 2012 but now, thanks to the NY based Alliance Upholstery imprint, it’s back on vinyl as a reissue in all it’s balearic, sunkissed glory with some classy remixes from the Sorcerer, Jacques Renault and Moon B respectively. Of the three new mixes Moon B’s and the Sorcerer’s are the real killers for us. Moon B operates in his usual breezy house style upping the tempo a little while the Sorcerer presents a mellower take on the source material.

Really though, it’s still the original that holds the most pull; at a leisurely 100 bpm the two Uk producers who are Greeen Linez made a totally inimitable piece of music when they cooked up Hibiscus Pacific. It’s got a breathtaking mixture of sounds and textures that all melt into one another, a melody that stays in your mind long after the track has finished and a low slung rhythm with tightly programmed drums, all of which is smothered in dubby delay and blissed out reverb. Aside from the expert production it’s their ability to capture the feeling of summertime that is most impressive; sparkling blue swimming pools and mojitos, hawaiian shirts and tanned skin… that is what makes this so special. Cop it here.

Original Mix

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Concrete Click | Lyrical Terrorism EP

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90s Boston hip hop outfit Concrete Click only released two records – that I’m wise to anyway – but both are truly special, highly sought after near-paragons of the genre form.

Across four tracks their Lyrical Terrorism EP borrows from, then transcends elements of jazzy early East Coast rap, gritty West Coast gangsta, and creamy G-funk. Timeless shit.

Criminal

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Can’t Get Enough

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Gone With The Wind

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Where You At?

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Herbert | Fishcoteque

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In light of the great producers slightly disappointing addition to his infamous Parts series that came out recently it seems appropriate to share a favourite that still does the business. A little less techno orientated than a lot of his 90′s production it’s got hyper jazzy percussion and soul warming synth work. Not sure if this ever came out on vinyl but you can find it on this Cd. Pretty sure this is an internet exclusive for the full track as well!

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VA | A Throng of Orbs Vol 1 [Ears Have Eyes]

strange eye person on phoneWe were excited to receive a copy of this ep recently from the tight new Peckham based label Ears Have Eyes. It’s made up of four techno cuts that lean towards the weirder, druggier side of the genre… and all four are contributed by pretty much unknown artists. The spacey ambience and rich sonic textures that characterise the record are notably accomplished for producers who haven’t released much (but who presumably have been cooking up tight jams at home for a while). Whilst the whole package is slick there are two tracks that I’ve gone back to again and again.

The first is Muran B’s A Kiss On The Tweeter. Over the seemingly infinitely deep soundscape is built a dark, stripped back groove which periodically gives way to bars of ambient keys before dropping back into the tightly programmed drums and perfect 10 bassline. If you’d played this to me and told me it was a new Move D track I would have believed you, such is it’s complexity and depth of emotion. The other one that I really dig is World of Batter’s The Horse I Rode in On is Dead. It’s not so dance floor ready as A Kiss… but aside from having a top name it’s got a dreamy melody that’s easy to get lost in with sparse percussion that provides definition and keeps things moving forward. This right here is a top record, especially considering that it’s only number 2 for what is still a young label. Get your hands on the wax and lossless digital tracks right here. Tip!

Muran B – A Kiss On The Tweeter

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World of Batter – The Horse I Rode in On is Dead

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2Pac | Pour Out A Little Liquor

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Recently, after realising that the cd changer in my car is mostly loaded with smooth gangsta hip hop, someone asked me if I just cruise around listening to G-funk all the time. Aside from the odd dance promo loaded onto my phone the answer is yes. Along with Dr. Dre’s landmark album The Chronic it’s been 2Pac’s Thug Life Volume 1 that I’ve had on more than anything else so far this summer.

There are a load of timeless tunes on there like Shit Don’t Stop and Bury Me A G but for me it’s always Pour Out A Little Liquor that kills it the most. The poignant subject matter and lucid verses make it one of the best (and probably un-coincidentally one of the most well known tracks) on what is arguably Pac’s creamiest record.

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Traffic | Dream Gerrard

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‘Scuse the lack of post action lately. We, probably like you, have been too busy eating ice creams / swatting wasps / getting tap aff inappropriately. Enjoying the summer, is what I’m trying to say.

Although top notch house and techno records have come to dominate the time I spend listening to or mixing tunes, these months are also ideal for dusting off music of a gentler, more languid persuasion. Traffic’s beautiful 11 minute opus ‘Dream Gerrard’, a track which used to be my alarm clock, still holds a special place in my cold, bitter heart.

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Six Axle Podcast 048 // Owain K [Arthouse, Dessous Recordings, 200, Tsuba Records]

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Mix 048 is here and arrives fresh from the Welsh capital.

At the heart of every city’s music scene there are a few individuals who hold it all together, whose names are always the last on the list but the ones you want to see the most; the guys you’ve seen mix a thousand times but get something completely different from each time. Sometimes these guys run the nights, sometimes they’re the local producer and sometimes they’re just good old-fashioned DJ’s with a proper ear and a bag full of goodies. The thing about these ‘proper heads’ is they’ve been there before, they’ve seen the trends come and go, and their reluctance to be wooed by what’s ‘hot’ ensures they protect the integrity of the city’s nightlife. One of these guys is Owain K. A master selector and steely-eyed producer (literally), Owain’s contribution to Cardiff’s electronic music world cannot be understated.

Aside from his mixing talents, Owain’s production work is tight too. Having previously released multiple records with Jamie Anderson on Dessous, 200 and Outland Records, Owain has just dropped his latest release the ‘Impressions EP’ on Anderson’s own Arthouse Imprint. The EP itself is some top-drawer tackle and Owain proclaims it as some of his best work to date. Be sure to check out the release here and while you’re at it, give the ‘New Horizon’ music video a watch.

As for the mix, it is everything I’ve come to expect from one of Cardiff’s best DJ’s and one of the soundest guys in business. Enjoy.

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DJ Assault | Sex On The Beach

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Ghetto strains of dance music are intrinsically infectious in the same way Uk garage is but like Uk garage they can often be a little formulaic or cheesy, all the art sacrificed for function. Up their with DJ Deeon as a purveyor of booty shaking jams that both slay dance floors and meet critical standards is long-time-in-the-game Detroit producer Dj Assault. This right here is one of his sleaziest tracks.

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Mark Ambrose | Greetings From Madam Dominique

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Scuse me while I count down the seconds, minutes and hours…

Yessir it’s nearly Freerotation, a weekend-long celebration of top shelf electronic music, and without doubt the finest house party on the planet. While Mark Ambrose’s masterly ‘Greetings From Madam Dominique’ doesn’t necessarily fall in line with Freero’s generally more US-indebted ‘classic’ sound, it’s one of many records I’ve been absent-mindedly putting on all afternoon while I box off my festival check list.

See yawl in the dome.

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Waldemar Schwartz | Taza de Oro / Krav Maga Girls

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“I don’t have a drum kit, but laying down a nasty bass line, that’s my job.”

Weighing in on Golf Channel with his debut release as Waldemar Schwartz is NYC native Bogdan Irkuk who has put together a couple of tracks that are both worthy contenders for being THE summer jam of 2014. Each cut is an expertly made piece of modern disco that pretty much makes the entire output of the ‘nu-disco’ scene of the last five years sound like monkeys fucking about on Fisher Price keyboards.

Both tunes are defined by their uplifting melodies and groove heavy percussion with Krav Maga Girls perhaps being the vibier of the two but with a criminally short, under four minute playing time. With it’s slight advantage in length and less breakdown-centric structure Taza de Oro is probably the one we’ll reach for most, deploying those blissful synths for maximum, sun soaked euphoria as and when is necessary. The word on the street is that DJ harvey has been dropping this one in his sets. High praise indeed, not that it’s necessarily needed for a label of such pedigree though. Cop the vinil here.

Taza de Oro

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Krav Maga Girls

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Nature Boy | Prayer

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Milo Johnson is one of the best doing that rough New York sound currently. Top knackers on both the decks and in the studio, the now Bristol-based jock is making tunes as Dj Nature that stand up to even his truly seminal work as Nature Boy in the early 90s.

‘Prayer’ rumbles along like many disco-sampling house tracks have since. But it’s those small differences that separate genius from imitator – the depth and funk of its rough-round-the-edges base and drums, that subtle timeless quality – that render it a particular highlight of a sought-after LP.

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Formule Express | Apple Pie

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‘Apple Pie’ is total electric relaxation, a stripped back French house groover that’s both the finest hour of Adult Only’s excellent early output, and, p’raps more debatably, of its makers – Jef K, Chris Carrier and Guillaume La Tortue.

It’s no secret that French producers in the late 90s / early 00s dealt in some of the best drum patterns house music’s ever seen – but not normally to this sort of blissful, languid end.

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The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra | Vendetta (Mark Pritchard Remix)

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Heads up on the new Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra compilation CD! It brings together a load of remixes from previous twelve inches on the label as well as a bunch of original tracks. Disc 1 is pure, instrumented disco of varying shades and paces that is all bound together by partial adherence to the traditional formula of the late 1970s and also a strong latin American vibe. Disc 2 is full of tidy remixes from people like Marcellus Pittman, Mark E and Theo Parrish, many of which have been previously available on vinyl.

While those names don’t fail to catch the eye and their mixes are top tackle, the one we’ve actually listened to most is Mark Pritchard’s remix of Vendetta. For a guy who has made some pretty bumping grime and techno as recently as last year it’s surprisingly gentle and all unfolds at sub 120 bpm. It does have some gnarly synth work though that gives it a tougher edge which is what ultimately turns it into a potent warm up track or a serious jam for those who keep their sets in the lower tempos.

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