Rhythm Plate | Lean

party micsI’ve had my eye on the original pressing of this for a while now but haven’t quite plucked up the courage to spunk £30 on it yet. It’s a protracted piece of druggy techno that unfurls slowly with indelible snatches of vocal that always begin with “I got sunshine…” worked into the mix like another instrument. A few minutes in, the loopy groove begins to give way to a breezy sax passage that precedes a breakdown with moments of silence that were made to be filled with a crowd cheering. Even the outro with it’s chunky bassline and intense acid synth is a major event in itself. As a bonus there is an serious Atjazz remix that works a totally different loungey house tip on the flip (we’ll put that up soon as well, it deserves its own post).

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Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada | Low Tension

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I don’t know where to start with this one… It’s an accomplished bit of house that can be found on an ultra-rare compilation called La Ronde that came out in 1991 on the Japanese BPM records, a sublabel of the infamous NYC imprint King Street Sounds. It’s got all manner of loungey deep gems on it, most from unfamiliar artists who have only a few records to their name. For me Low Tension is the track that stands out a little more than the others; it’s dreamier, breezier, the bassline is so well done and the arrangement ensures danceability without incurring penalty points for predictability.

That’s not the only reason I’ve picked it out from the others though. I wanted to make a point of highlighting Soichi Terada as a producer as well. While this is a collaborative effort with Manabu Nagayama (who has seemingly released little music and on whom there is little information), Soichi’s catalog is a little more developed with a series of interesting, well made house releases throughout the 90′s on his own label Far East Recordings. Despite a singular track appearing on a Creme Organisation reissue recently most of his music, like the compilation Low Tension appears on, is unobtainable or prohibitively expensive. If you are reading this Soichi then consider this as us officially registering our interest in a more thorough series of represses.

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ZSA Gang | Beehive Rhythms B1

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The new Off Minor record is another high grade addition to Jordash Jordan’s label (of Juju & Jordash fame) that he inaugurated last year with his own outstanding Crybaby J 12″. It fits with the roughish, machine orientated sound that I’m starting to associate with the imprint after the previously unreleased Move D tracks from the great man’s early years and the Magic Mountain high tunes that made up the previous two releases respectively.

ZSA Gang is the alias of Jordash and Max Dunbar of Future times and I’m told that the EP also features Juju and PISSFLAPS on a couple of tracks, although I don’t know which ones (or who PISSFLAPS is). The music on the record is raw and a little abstract, both qualities you might expect from the names I’ve dropped so far. While the A side tracks are both very suitable for deeper, freakier dancefloors it’s the slower paced first tune on the b-side that is most enchanting. The textures are warm and spacey, verging on cinematic. The structure is free flowing and irregular with swathes of piano and a plaintive synth flute. It’s deep and introspective, perfect home listening material but equally worthy of being worked into the set of a creative selector. Find a copy here.

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Tevo Howard | 5 Tracks of Personal Importance

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New 5 Tracks in the house from long time Six Axle favorite Tevo Howard. It’s short but sweet and follows on from his ultra-sleazy addition to our podcast series waaaay back in twenty twelve where he mixed, back to back, the tracks from a super rare Razormaid compilation of hi-nrg, italo and wave. We were expecting tunes more in that vein for this feature but were pleasantly surprised by the soulful, funkier selections that he has turned in with classic party business left, right and center. Catch the man on an all star lineup in London this weekend at LOST playing alongside Jeff Mills, Francois K, Steve Bicknell and Hieroglyphic Being. We’ve seen him spin before; he’s a wicked DJ who plays with a lot of energy and drops all kinds of eclectic bombs, playing house and 80′s madness that you won’t find in the bags of many other selectors. The party’s already sold a lot of tickets but there are a few left here and here. Now, over to him…

1. Mtume – Juicy Fruit

“This track is the ultimate sexual enuendo. It is a classic structure in lyrical composition complete with stylistic choice in metaphoric personification… Loved this track as a child, and only later learned to know its sexually potent lyrics… The title, JUICY FRUIT, is actually a stick of Wrigley brand chewing gum that was the alternative to Wrigley’s other flavor, Spearmint. “Candy rain, coming down, taste you in my mind, and spread you all around,” is the perfect love jam potion, classic… Biggie Smalls’ lyric over the core and sample of this original is no match, ultimately.”

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2. Sylvia Stryplin – Give Me Your Love

“I always loved all of this track: incredible unmatchable bassline, and I know because I’ve never been able to play this one on bass guitar because of its difficulty… Multi meaning very African American double entendre: Do you want me, Do you want me in the way? Very much, I would like you in my way in all kinds of ways…”

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3. Stevie Wonder – All I Do

“A classic texture in tonality for Stevie in a disco texture… Stevie has always been able to spark the sort of emotion that can bring romance to any couple, and babies to the plate.”

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4. Taana Gardner – Heartbeat

“Since childhood this was always a special track, demanding me to dance at first occurrence.. This is one of the tracks that make Chicago worship the DJ, including me when others play this jam.”

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5. Status IV – You Ain’t Really Down

“One of the leading house vocals of all times. A staple that nearly every native Chicagoan would know by heart.”

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Troy Brown | Feelin Love

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All time classic jam up in hurr. Our pick of Troy Brown’s much-loved Urban Hustlin EP, ‘Feelin Love’ just perfectly nails that sweet spot between house and US garage. Sweaty grins all round when the bass comes back in at the third minute mark.

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Vin Sol | Edges of a Vortex

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I’m yet to properly explore the majority of Vin Sol’s still young back catalog but after originally checking this record for the DJ Stingray track on it I turned over and fell straight in love with this on the flip. It’s a short but sweet piece of banging techno with ghetto-electro inclinations and the most going off bassline you’re likely to hear all weekend. It’s been seriously slept on and even though it dropped last November you can still get copies here.

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STL | Neurotransmitting Clouds On The Secret Freeway

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11 minute Laubner spesh, ’nuff said.

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Ron Maney | Bring It Home

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Most of the time Discogs’ (over)pricing pisses me right off, but sometimes, certain records justify a crazy price. ‘Bring It Home’, just about the stand out cut from Ron Maney’s 2 Entities EP, genuinely warrants £40+.

A shimmering, transcendent 7 minute trip of a club track, ‘Bring It Home’ is just total and utter perfection in arrangement and execution. Like Maney himself, once more commonly known as Dj Skull, now sadly one of many largely forgotten Chi-town greats, the record’s somewhat obscure, particularly on this side of the Atlantic. Fuck buying it for its perceived ‘rarity’ – the record is pure sonic weaponry from start to finish, that’s all that really matters – but when the hunt is as long and tricky as mine was in search of the 2 Entities, the end result’s that bit more satisfying.

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Black Ice | My Love Is Underground

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There’s few things I can think of that are more enjoyable than walking the dog on the beach, in the sunshine, while listening to warm, superlative house music. ‘My Love Is Underground’, one of the high points of Black Ice’s cl-aaassic Dance Traxx EP, was today’s pick. Pitch her down just a little bit.

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NYDC | Up In This House

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This is a proper belter that I don’t reckon that many of you will have heard before. NYDC is Deepdish & Danny Tenaglia who are not really artists we’d normally be that into. The record came out on Tribal, a label that was well respected among tribal house aficionados in its 90′s heyday but which mostly just released dance music that is slightly too fast and loopy for our own tastes (basically the kind of stuff DJ Sneak still thinks is cool). There are of course a few exceptions, Up In This House being up there with the best of them. It’s got a booming, go big or go home bassline, lush chords and the sassiest vocal out, all of which scream PARTY, dancing and perspiration. As a bonus there’s a tight dub mix on the record as well for those who can’t handle the vocal.

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Beautiful People | I Got The Rhythm

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Ohhhh man, ‘I Got The Rhythm’ just pushes all my 90s NY house buttons. Killer swinging drums, deep romantic chords, total and utter fruityness. I’m even into the, ok-alright, slightly OTT piano solo 5 mins in.

Sorry to roll out the “they don’t make it like this anymore” shite, but there’s very few producers making house music as playful, strange and interesting as this nowadays.

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Pépé Bradock | Vermeille

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This is hands down one of the Frenchman’s best tunes. It’s deep, danceable house music at it’s best that’s extremely well produced (like all of his work is). The vocal sample is soul melting stuff that everyone feels like they know even if they don’t. There’s a delicate balance between the bottomless, loungey chords and the sharp synth work. It’s got sunny weather and festivals written all over it but sounds just as good at any going off party.

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Atom Heart | As She Left

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I’ve been into Uwe Schmidt for way longer than I realised – his funny, freaky Senor Coconut project used to do it for me before I was even particularly into dance music. Nowadays, it’s his work as Atom Heart that I can’t switch off.

‘As She Left’ is just about the finest part of Uwe’s special, and irritatingly rare, Milagro EP. There’s not much here really that can be usefully described – the track contains all the component parts of top knackers house music (and I guess generic house too) – but it’s not often that drums, chords and samples hang together this effortlessly.

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Six Axle Podcast 044 // Gnork a.k.a Black L3GO ft. Mr Fiel [Legendary Sound Research / Freakyhouse / Blind Jacks Journey]

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We’ve been pretty excited about this mix since we got the ball rolling for it back in October. For those that don’t know Gnork, he makes fresh analog-y dance music that’s mostly deep, often vibesy, and sometimes influenced by 90′s jungle. Based in Budapest he’s part of the burgeoning electronic scene of the easterly regions of Europe that is also home to peeps like fellow hungarian Route 8 [1] [2] [3] and the more established Vakula who hails from neighbouring Ukraine. He caught our attention with his extra special contributions to the Dream House twelve inch series that ran on the boutique Blind Jacks Journey imprint from 2012 through to conclusion at the end of last year. The original head turning tune for us was his vibe laden Blorp 93, a hands down bomb that also got love from the louche boys who dropped it at the end of their Boiler Room session and the Thunder lads who included it in their own Six Axle mix (as well as reportedly giving it some air time at their sweaty basement parties in the Dalston Dance Tunnel). A couple more sonic highlights that you’d be silly not to check out include The Unofficial Chords of Planet EE, his other standout track on BJJ, as well as his deep party edit of M-Beat’s classic nineties jungle track Incredible.

In an exciting twist of fortune and good timing this mix for us has been recorded under his Black L3GO guise to coincide with the release of his outstanding Simple Things EP, made under the same alias and which just dropped on Legendary Sound Research. This so far little used moniker is reserved for the more soulful, Detroit house affected side of his sound. Previously it has only cropped up once or twice alongside his regular output on the local Budapest label Freakyhouse (we highly recommend checking them out as an especially convenient starting point for tapping the Hungarian scene btw). The mix stays faithful to the sound Black L3GO was created to represent; the vibe is smooth, deep, funky, jazzy and soulful. The tracklist reads like a who’s who of pedigree deephouse artists, old and new. As well as featuring tracks from the new Ep there are cuts from peeps like Norma Jean Bell, Phil Weeks, Jason Grove, Toni Lionni, Max Graef, Nicholas, Fantastic Man, Sound Stream and Mike Grant among others. It’s definitely one of the slickest, most danceable contributions to the series so far showing that Gnork is just as talented a selector as he is a producer. Listen and download below…

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Pender Street Steppers | M Flight

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Peoples Potential Unlimited have been putting out some heat over the last few months. This track is from the debut ep of Canadian double team Pender Street Steppers and chronologically it sits, among a load of other releases, somewhere in between the hip-hop, boogie & electro funk of Benedek’s spaced out Untitled long player from the end of last year and Legowelt’s forthcoming Los Alamos Motel twelve. With a delicate funk and distant, delay smothered vocals it’s a beautifully nuanced track that easily rivals any of the fruitier disco leaning material from the Sex Tags stable. It’s been slept on for sure and there are still copies left. Find one here.

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