Yours & Mine LP
On the debut album by Berlin-based Dutch DJ/producer Steffi, you will discover an even further developed producer who shares her personal journey. A long period of intense experimentation and self-discovery led to this sensitive, instinctive and extremely insightful long-player. Carefully mixing old and new, warm analog synth and drum textures flow in unison with modern studio finesse over nine tracks, each telling its own story. Ethereal, hypnotic passages and positive, uplifting messages meet temperate, slow-building vibes and heart-wrenching moments. Often, simplicity blurs into satisfying complexity. Moments of sheer joy arise against the backdrop of a rich and elegantly-controlled exploration of sound. The opening track, "Lilo," is a soothing, harmonious forecast of this deep dance music album-- swirling and reduced. A warm solid state thump drives it, however, and it becomes clear that the beauty in Steffi's house music lies in this meeting of classic, emotion-drenched melodies and bold, earthy drums. The tactile "Piem" rises and climbs with a strong late-night intensity before "Yours" featuring Virginia comes to the fore. Striking a clever balance between positive, addictive pop and straight-up club energy, this vocal-led future-classic is a loud and proud testament to how far Steffi has come -- not only as a producer, but as a DJ who understands the need for balance, control and release. Perhaps an ode to the many foundations of house that have no doubt inspired Steffi, "Arms" is a string-led jack track, a slow burner in the best sense, and all the better for it. Similarly, "Manic Moods" sells itself on the strength of its handful of carefully-crafted analog synth lines, slowly fusing to become one while her beats urge us forward. The urgent sci-fi tones and extended soaring strings of "Mine" bring it back to the club as heady images of warehouses past, present and future flash before you. This retro-futurism is then taken further with the muscular "Nightspacer," whose NY house roots are fleshed out by blossoming pads and an unstoppable, throbbing, traveling vibe. Drawing the album towards its close, the deeply spaced "You Own My Mind," featuring Virginia's beautifully smooth vocals, washes over and wraps around you in a melancholic blanket of sound. Deeply personal to the last, "Moving Lips" could be that special last embrace; one more moment to end the night and yet keep you longing for more.
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Fleur EP 12”
Following their stunning "LOVE PRESSURE" debut, this Brooklyn-based duo, who have recorded previously as MACHINEDRUM, release another gorgeous EP of 4 tracks that weave distant chords, soulful vocals, and organic rhythms into vibrant soundscapes that transcend genre.
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RON HARDY EDITS #4 12”
Not On Label
#4 of this jacked up series brings more cuts supposedly from lost Chicago reels. Side A holds a clean edit and an instrumental of "LIQUID LOVE." On the flip are 2 more tracks that have been heard on numerous HARDY tapes that bring out the more 'acid' style of house. This one's the best so far!
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Son Of Sam
Nature Makes A Mistake 12”
It is 1984 all over again. The freshest sound ever, even fresher now. Running Back unearthed a treasure from the UK '80s art funk vaults: "Nature Makes A Mistake," written and produced by Chris Bishop, originally released on a cassette sampler, now restored and remastered for vinyl. Âme (teaming-up with Marcel Dettmann in the mix) maintains the spirit of the original and teleports it onto the dancefloors of the 21st century.
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Well Spent Youth 2LP
After six years, Isolée finally releases his third album on DJ Koze's Pampa Records. "Over the last 15 years, Isolée has managed to create a breathtaking trademark sound. Every note seems lovingly scavenged from the depths of his analog equipment pool, then polished and woven into an abstract, otherworldly, always morphing yet still binding and bouncing sound composition of epic proportions. Well Spent Youth is a chameleon; it assumes different forms depending on the volume it's played. Tunes like 'Taktell,' 'Thirteen Times An Hour,' 'Hold On,' 'One Box' and 'Celeste' set the club on fire, quickly spreading the unique, indescribable Isolée vibe, which imbues the often cold, bleak dancefloor with a unique, clever color. The collective joy at being challenged is ubiquitous. People dance to Isolée's music with their eyes closed -- opened every now and then only to exchange knowing nods. Now, Isolée reminds us yet again what electronic music is capable of -- crossing boundaries and achieving the psychedelic.
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TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 2 12”
2nd volume of this compilation series for TRAX's 25th anniversary features tracks re-edited by some of the contributors to DJ HISTORY. PPF's "JACK FOR DAZE DUB" of "FARLEY KNOWS HOUSE," JUSTIN HARRIS redoes RALPHI's "YOU USE TO HOLD ME," KINK covers "CLAP ME," & JOHN DALY edits "CAN YOU FEEL IT!"
Purchase Trax vs Dj History vol 2 here
Background Series #3
Continuing the string of ultra deep releases, ANTON ZAP brings #3 in this particular series. "KEEP ON MOVING" is a hypnotizing tune with warm pads and a familiar melody sample. "38" on side B keeps the atmosphere deep and chugs with a synth bass and minimal changes.
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Isolee & Robag Wruhme/TAKTELL 12”
Aril Brikha/DEEPARTURE IN TIME 2LP
Calagad 13/I CAN MAKE YOU DANCE EP 12”
Max Essa/MIDNIGHT & DUB DIRECTION EP 12”
Telephunken/ALL THE MAMIS EP 12”
Marcello Napoletano & IFM/RENEGADE...12”
Mizz Beats/ARE WE THE DICTATORS EP 12”
Various/TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 1 12”
Various/TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 2 12”
Various/TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 3 12”
Various/TRAX 25 VS DJ HISTORY VOL 4 12”
JD Twitch/CUMBIA 12”
Boohgaloo Zoo/I GOT 12”
Onur Engin/EDITS VOL. 2 12”
Kay Sputnik/BIPOLAR PROMO CUTZ 5 12”
Chris Simmonds/STILL WORKING HARD EP 12”
DJ Madd/ARPZ 3000 12” SP:MC & LX1/DOWN 12"
1000names/BEFORE SUNRISE 12”
Trujillo/FRUIT PUNCH 12”
DJ Madd/DUB MARINE-KRYPTIC MINDS RMX 12”
Jay 5ive & Kromestar/BASS 96 12”
Lee Foss/YOUR TURN GIRL 12”
Zero G/BRING IT (SUBSCAPE REMIX) 12”
Greg Paulus/CREW LOVE REMIXES 12”
Anton Zap/BACKGROUND SERIES #3 10”
Vakula/BACKGROUND SERIES #4 10”
Mic Newman/LIVE EAST, DIE YOUNG 12”
Relocate/SOUL SURVIVOR 12”
Yasmin/ON MY OWN 12”
Marlow/LOVE KILLS SLOWLY 12”
Danny Byrd & Netsky/TONIGHT 12”
Various/HOSPITALITY D&B 2011 EP D12”
Kromestar/JABBER JAWZ 12”
Andy Ash/ANOTHER WORLD 12”
Marcos Cabral/OTP PARTY BREAKS #5 12”
Genetix/SQUID ATTACK 12”
ASC & VACCINE/MACHINES 12”
Gravious/JUNCTION CITY 12”
VOZMEDIANO: There's A Light EP 12"
SHADOW DANCER: Murder Room 12”
KINK: Leko/Yako 12"
ERNESTO FERREYRA: El Paraiso De Las Tortugas Remixes 12"
GUMMIHZ: Songs From The Continents 12"
ENEMY EARTH: Bardo L
DANIEL STEINBERG: Shut Up 2LP
OMURAH: Paranormal Symphonies 12”
MARCO CAROLA: Groove Catcher 12"
MANIK: Keep That Fresh EP 12"
DAVID ALVARADO VS. LUCA BACCHETTI: The Remix EP 12"
NORTHERN STRUCTURES: Self Similarity 12"
AARDVARCK & KUBUS: Gloom 12"
BENTON: Sinners/Necromancy 10"
NUPHLO: 40 Thieves 12"