Jeff Mills | In The Bush

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While I’ve got a huge amount of respect for Jeff Mills, 80% of the time I’m not really up for the sort of fast wormhole techno that he’s best known for. This stripped-down banger is miles away from the nails-on-a-chalkboard likes of ‘Berlin’. Straightforward and to-the-point, ‘In The Bush’ is a career highlight from an influential EP that pairs minimal, loopy sampling with tuff 909 drums for lethal effect. If I ever get to play records in a huge room, this one will be in the bag.

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DKMA | Something About You

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If someone described ‘Something About You’ it’d likely sound cheesy nonsense. It’s euphoric, vocal-heavy, genuinely (cringe) late night ‘hands in the air’ material. But then if anyone’s got the touch to pull of a track like this’un, it’s Dana Kelley, the legendary Boston house producer who died a couple years ago next week.

The trick of ‘Something About You’ lies in it’s drums, chopped, sparse and heavy as all hell. The contrast they create with the track’s wailing diva vocals is a truly beautiful thing. Apologies for the scruffy rip (we haven’t fronted up 50 quid to buy it yet either), but at least now when someone asks for the ‘Dana Kelley drum n bass tune’ you know where to come..

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The Supreme Jubilees | It’ll All Be Over LP

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Massive thanks to Light In The Attic, the Seattle-based reissue specialists responsible for many unearthed obscurities in the funk – psych rock – hip hop realm over the past decade or so. Nowadays I spend most of my music-finding time hunting house and techno, and it’s comforting to know that labels like LITA are taking care of bizness elsewhere.

Their latest is a pretty special repress of gospel-soul band The Supreme Jubilees’ sole LP. Formed from a Californian pastor’s extended family, It’ll All Be Over and it’s themes of a funky Christian afterlife are, as the sleeve liner notes, “both apocalyptic and seductive”. If the my local parish’s music was as sweet and soulful as ‘Do You Believe’ and ‘It’ll All Be Over’… I still wouldn’t bother going.

Do You Believe

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It’ll All Be Over

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Jaylib | Outtakes LP

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Researching some J Dilla tracks recently, I came upon Outtakes, a full album of Dilla-Madlib bombs which didn’t even make it onto The Rough Drafts, much less official Jaylib LP Champion Sound. Best of all, it’s 100% Dilla producing – Madlib/Quasimoto MCing. Therefore, it’s all absolutely mint.

‘Astronaut’ is one of the most beaut Dilla beats I’ve yet heard, arranged loosely enough to break down into some beatless weirdness 45 seconds in.

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‘True’ finds Madlib on top form, the L.A MC wrapping his deep baritone flow expertly round some more Jay Dee magic.

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On ‘Don’t Play’ Dilla chops up some faintly Oriental sounding sample, not his usual source material. It’s just another reason why it’s so tragic he passed in 2006 – since in the late phases of his career he was showing every sign of pushing his vast creative talents in new, interesting directions.

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Soul Capsule | Meltdown

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I’d dearly love to own that Soul Capsule EP, but mostly for it’s B side. Both mixes of ‘Meltdown’ are bob on, but our money’s on the original, a perfectly-pitched choppy bit of minimal tekkers that’d sit beautifully between most tracks. Melchior and Baby Ford at their playful best.

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Micronism | Engaging Cause

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Since one of our fave Nurture records, Micronism’s Steps To Recovery, is getting repressed imminently, it felt right to post up one of the highlights of a beautiful EP.

‘Engaging Cause’ is as delicate and intricate as the New Zealand label’s output gets. This is dub techno set against a Kiwi landscape: moody, melancholic and introspective. Heartbreaking stuff at the right moment.

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Six Axle Podcast 51 | Phil South [Golf Channel Recordings]

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It’s no secret that we are big fans of Golf Channel Records. I’ve written extensively about the imprint in the past and rather than try and re-write what I think about it, I have instead copied the following from a review of a GC release by Loose Control Band that I did a while back; it sums up everything that makes the label great.

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ASOK | 5 Tracks of Personal Importance

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We asked ASOK to pick five tracks that have made some kind of personal impact on him and write a little bit about each one. He recorded a mix for us back in 2013 which came complete with a fairly in-depth interview. Since then he’s been making moves and developing his reputation as a serious techno producer with a full EP on MOS and a remix of Route 8 on Lobster Theremin Private Press. That’s on top of the sterling mix he has just done for the Creme Organisation podcast series. When not making music he’s been pushing other peoples through his label Scenery, putting out one of the chunkiest pieces of techno this year in The Cyclist’s Remix of Bantam Lions’ tune Recollections. The man also knows how to tie together his broad, sometimes disparate, influences; notably the Liverpool based producer and friend of this website takes inspiration from D’n’B, techno, disco and what he describes as Rave, all of which make appearances below. Continue Reading >>

AJ Hunter | Kung Pow

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I spent some of my Sunday leafing through the back catalogue of Parotic Music, an old techno and IDM label from the American Midwest. We’d originally clocked Parotic through Nicolas Lutz’s ace Six Axle mix, which features one of my picks of the label near its beginning.

AJ Hunter’s ‘Kung Pow’ treads similar ground, a strange and beautiful ‘house’ track that sounds much more like golden era IDM at 120bpm. Any and all fans of Aphex Twin, or Drukqs more specifically, should check the release. The whole A side is loovely.

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Cab Drivers vs Vibey | Track Without Bassline

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There are few producers and label bosses with a legacy equal to that of Daniel Paul and Jens Augustowsky, and fewer still that remain as on-point now as in the late 90s. Cab Drivers’ live set still sounds great, and why the fuck not, when they’ve such a strong back catalogue to choose from.

Their übervibey ‘Track Without Bassline’ has long been a favourite of ours, but I’ve only recently been able to get hold of it on record. It’ll pop up for a reasonable price again soon enough. Be patient.

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Shinichiro Yokota / Soichi Terada | The Far East Transcripts EP

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“There’s been a real lack for most people in the current electronic music scene to look at the stuff that influenced today’s producers or even tracks that were completely overlooked. but there’s also an element of just feeling a tiny bit bored of modern production” – History Has A Tendency To Repeat Itself [HHATRI]

We were pretty excited to find out that the new label, History Has A Tendency To Repeat Itself, were reissuing some Far East Recordings material as their debut record. The guys are focused on putting out rarities from the past that maybe haven’t had the exposure or recognition they deserve and are hard to get hold of these days.

They couldn’t have picked a better place to start; we’ve been hoping someone would make work by the inimitable Japanese producer Soichi Terada available again for aaages. They’ve plucked a track of his and three of label alumni Shinichiro Yokota’s from two separate compilations that came out in 1991 & 1992 respectively.

To balance the unashamedly good vibes house there’s also a deeper, techier remix from Fabio Monesi of Do It Again. Unsurprisingly for such a well selected, previously super-rare reissue, this is making waves so don’t wait around to get a copy.

Shinichiro Yokota – Do It Again

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Soichi Terada – Moments of Samples (Alternative Version)

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Dee Jay Nehpets | Na Na Na

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When Dance Mania’s good, it’s great. I could count on one hand the DM records that I’m arsed about, but each one’s a masterpiece of pitched up funk and ghetto nastiness.

Thanks to a perfect storm of quality, rarity and what our pal calls ‘Der Franzmann Effekt’ (Zip plays it), ‘The Funk Child EP‘ goes for $$$ on Discogs nowadays. Let’s all just bask in the warm glow of this scruffy MP3 rip instead.

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Island and Holiday | Living

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I feel like we haven’t posted any filthy italo in a while. This track is exactly that – a hot, jizzy italo funk injection to the nethers from 1984, replete with a nasty bassline, cheesy vocal breaks, dramatic toms and deleriously silly ‘Popcorn‘-style synth werk. Dumb italo-disco-funk for freaks who like to get stoopid from time to time, like the Dominos employee above.

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Moodcut | Space Dub

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We’ve spoken before about the boner we have for Nous Disques, a ‘much-sought-after-buy-on-sight-£200-on-discogs’ sort of label from Greece, known for grubbily downbeat and spaced out deep house cuts. ‘Space Dub’ is a track from their latest offering, an EP of contemplative yet rough-hewn house jams from mystery producer Moodcut (maybe an alias?), complete with a typically dope remix from Moon B (check his Six Axle mix here). This is our pick of the bunch, a track that sounds very much like its title suggests – spacey pads, dubby effects and rolling, hypnotic percussion with a satisfyingly tuff kick.

This post is a bit of a tease – the record was released last month and, unsurprisingly, is sold out at all the stockists I checked. There are, however, some international sellers on discogs hawking it for not entirely offensive prices.

EDIT – repress!

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