Inward Content 2LP
Meanwhile unveils Inward Content's highly-anticipated album project for 2011. Recorded specially for the label by a couple of highly-regarded Dutch producers, namely Niels Luinenburg (Delta Funktionen) and Samuel van Dijk (Mohlao) made together over the course of a two-year period. Following a string of dancefloor and critical smashes for the likes of Delsin and Ann Aimee, Niels Luinenberg has found a challenging, like-minded collaborator in Mohlao, who debuted for Meanwhile early in 2009 with his neon-lit Ambrose EP. In some ways, this double pack album could be seen as continuing the label's exploration of the "Leuwarden sound," furthering its fascination with the Netherlands crew. And while comparisons to the Conforce epic Machine Conspiracy set from 2010 are inevitable, Inward Content find themselves preoccupied with another area of techno research entirely: inner and outer space. The clue lies in the intriguing name and title: Inward Content -- somewhere in between the rich double meaning lies what is both concealed and self-evident. This is magnificent techno, no-nonsense, driving four-fours, immaculately swung rhythm. A sound informed by heritage. On "Halogen" you find yourself at home on a rain-streaked night-time drive or all day any day on the largest sound systems. The blatant ascetics of "Austere" are simply destined to detonate off concrete, bounce from brickwork. "Quantum Mechanics" transitions into "Continuum Mechanics," which takes us right around the Möbius strip with a softly-growling bass line rising in intensity, insistent, digging bass drum and ever so gradually, inside some mystical inner space, the hi-hats introduce themselves, a delight restrained for several minutes. As we progress from the haunted disembodied vocal on bass-weighted killer "Gravitational Collapse," all appears to dissolve back into itself into "Dust." All-day dance music at its best. All tracks by Niels Luinenburg and Samuel van Dijk. Mastered by Rashad at Dubplates & Mastering.
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Single from the upcoming album on Salon - "Devotion" is an ultra deep affair with Tin Man's signature vocals. Tobias Freund remixes "Love Sick" for an atmospheric acid cut. "Lost In LA" sees a brilliant remix from Antislash.
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A Universal Crush 2x12"
Cosmin TRG drops his third release for Rush Hour, this time a 4-track EP. As he moves away from his dubstep/funky roots, he heads more towards 4-floor techno and house; yet, he keeps his crisp drum programming and sharp synth lines, which makes his productions sound fresh and gives them a future feel. With this release, Cosmin TRG proves that house music still can be an inspiring and amazing genre of music.
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World Wide Wet 12"
Smash TV's Holger Zilske and Kai Preussner have been in the game for quite some time, yet this is their first release on Leena. With releases in the past on labels such as BPitch Control, Diynamic and Get Physical, now they are here to present World Wide Wet! All three tracks come with the producers' high-energy dancefloor trademark, while, in spite of its suggestive title, "Eating Bullets" takes it a bit deeper and gives you some space to kick back to.
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Full length double LP from Stockholm's biggest sound, Skudge. Formed in the summer of 2009, the duo has moved out of near anonymity to become precious favorites of deep, warehouse-styled house and techno fans. Their output to date has molded together classic ideas and modern aesthetics with a keen sense of minimalism: their looped soundscapes are often bare, but never lacking, and the intersection between house and techno seems to be the point at which the duo most often find themselves. As a result, that's the area most explored on their debut album, Phantom, which conjures up exactly the sort of adjectives you should imagine, given its title. It kicks off with eerie chambers of grainy sound, synth melancholy and frosty mists that hang in a beatless air for just over three minutes. From there the thumping beats swing until the end of the album -- sometimes accompanied by a little trippy sonic color, sometimes devoid of anything but filters, echo and decay, and sometimes paired with cavernous claps, but always with a solid, ground shaking resonance and, more importantly, a noticeable analogue vitality. Although the bold forms Skudge produces are optimized for maximum dancefloor impact, there's also a deftness to their designs: sounds and vocal snippets are subtly, selectively employed to imbue each loop with an extra infectious sense of swing; or to underline a groove or accentuate an emotion. Once you enter into Phantom, you'll be in no hurry to get out the other side.
Read my exclusive interview with Skudge here!
Purchase Skudge - Phantom here
Tiger & Woods
Girls Like Boys 12"
A favorite from one of their recent podcasts, TIGER & WOODS bring this mysterious disco track to a limited one-sided 12" that many have been on the hunt for. Cut and spliced, this tune carries a funky groove with choppy vocal bits and a serious bump. 500 copies with etched flipside. Tip!
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Mean Streets Part One 12"
Extremely limited pressing on 180g vinyl with full pic sleeve! One of the most hotly tipped producers on the electronic underground graces LOEFAH's SWAMP 81 label with a lush 3 track EP of soul and downtempo sounds on the first 2 cuts, and a 3rd of retro/futuristic beats. Miss at your peril!
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Four Tet / Caribou
Pinnacles/Ye Ye 12”
The A-side's "PINNACLES" by FOUR TET moves effortlessly along an extended house groove before the intro of some gorgeous spiritual jazz piano. "YE YE" from DAPHNI (aka CARIBOU) is a dancefloor nugget with 4/4 rhythms and dirty techno chords. Extremely limited stock!
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Do You Believe 12”
This is the debut from L.A. production duo Poolside with their tune "Do You Believe?" Big piano keys, whispered vocals, a light drizzling of 303 acid served at 105 bpm over a thick summer disco groove, with remixes by Jacques Renault featuring Tiffany Roth from Midnight Magic, James Curd and Cosmic Kids. It was debuted by Aeroplane in their January 2011 mix for BBC Radio 1.
Purchase Poolside - Do You Believe here
CHRISTIAN BURKHARDT: Stopover Goa 12"
JACEK SIENKIEWICZ: On The Road Again 12"
CLAPZ II DOGZ: Clapz II Dogz EP 12"
SOLOMUN: Love Recycled EP 12”
FOG: Diggler's Romance 12"
MODESELEKTOR (FEAT. NAZIZI & ABBAS): Monkey Flip 12”
ARTTU: Fear Diluted 12"
PELE & NICO STOJAN: Belladonna 12"
JONNY ROCK: Edits 12”
HUMANDRONE: WPH Yellow 12"
NICOLAS JAAR: A Time For Us/Mi Mujer 12"
GREG PAULUS: Nightime EP 12”
VA: Various Artists #1 - 2010 12"
MARLOW/SCREEN AGE: Love Kills Slowly/What You Do To Me 12"
Snoretex/STRANGE AEONS SJU REMIX 12"
97 Upbeats/TOR (AUDIO REMIX) 12”
Rusty Egan,J Kohncke & Bottin/ATZARO 12”
Trap.Avoid/PRESENCE NICK CHACONA RMX 12”
33HZ/UNDER THE SUN PRINS THOMAS RMX 12”
Various/SUPER SOUND SINGLE VOL. 4 12”
Various/DISCO BOOGIE CLASSICS VOL 1 12”
Drop Out Orchestra/PART 1 12”
Moodymann/I CAN'T KICK THIS FEELING 12”
Double Hill/WANNA GET 12”
They Live/CANCEL STANDARD LP
DJ T/BURNING FT NICK MAURER-REDSHAPE 12”
Max Sedgely/SUPERSTRONG 12
Moodymann/IT'S 2 LATE 4 U AND ME RMX 12”
Noni/BE MY FRIEND 12”
Stanton Warriors/NEW YORK 12”
Daphni Edits/VOLUME 1 12”
Unity Love Vibe/INFO TRAC-DOOM LOOP 12”
Stac/GLORY ASHLEY BEEDLE REMIX 12"