Timothy J. Fairplay
The Final Reel 12”
ANDREW WEATHERALL's new vinyl only imprint, BIRD SCARER, launches with this epic 11+ minute piece of electronic music - think JOHN CARPENTER or DORIS NORTON. On the flipside, WEATHERALL himself takes on the composition and remixes it into a consolidated 7 minutes journey.
The Final Reel 12" here:
Reform Club 2LP
After something of a hiatus, Manchester's Claro Intelecto is back to release his third full-length album, Reform Club. Throughout his career, the man known as Mark Stewart has always created lush deep house and techno soundscapes awash with dubby undercurrents. They have previously come on Boomkat's boutique label Modern Love, while his Second Blood EP marked a Delsin debut. It was his first real outing in some time, bar the odd remix for the likes of Depeche Mode, The Black Dog and Delphic, and was well-received by fans of Stewart's past work, including the likes of his stripped-back Warehouse Sessions 12" series. This new album deals in all the usual moods and textures you'd expect from Claro Intelecto -- it's warm and cuddly, comforting and inviting right from the first track, despite the rough edges and well-defined analog details which pervade throughout. Building slowly but surely, it progresses through kick-driven deep house, bounces along on top of stretched-out synth lines and forever keeps the mind occupied, shape-shifting before your very ears like something with a life all its own. There are blissed-out and sun-kissed moments that look to the future right at the heart of the album, but the thing slowly rebuilds to more kinetic but just as soft-edged techno peaks flashed with acid, icy hi-hats and ambient static in the ensuing tracks. Though the whole album is dreamy and sounds deeply submersed in some foggy subterranean world, it stays dynamic and lucid with plenty of serene melodies and celestial emotions offsetting the gently churning beat-tumbles below. Like all the full-length works of Stewart, Reform Club makes most sense when listened to from start to finish: getting lost in its midst is surely to be one of 2012's greatest listening pleasures.
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Dekmantel proudly presents the return of Vedomir to their imprint with nothing less than a full-length album this time. The Ukraine-based producer shows he's getting more mature with every release, delivering a comprehensive artist album that crosses over genres easily. Ranging from downtempo, almost jazz-like slowburners to haunting Chicago house with a true analog feel, and from dark electro stuff to beautiful ambient soundscapes: this record is a piece of stunning musical versatility.
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Dream 2 Science
Dream 2 Science LP
Official re-release of this "lost" 6-track mini album by New Yorker Ben Cenac (of Newcleus fame). Recorded and released in 1990, this is an absolute gem of a record -- very much in the vein of Larry Heard's best recordings. Electronic soul classic! Now available again for the first time in 22 years, remastered plus full artwork. A truly dreamy, beautiful classic deep-house mini-album from the golden post-Larry Heard era. New Yorker Ben Cenac, who was also member of electro pioneers Newcleus (and part of Sha-lor, who had a cool, jazzy garage-house hit in the late '80s), shows a great sensibility and delicacy here in following Mr. Heard's path. His approach is perhaps slightly more sci-fi in the synths and pad sounds, and perhaps a tad less crafted and mercurial in production than the master (i.e. less timeless), but this adds in realness and charm. So, past the classic deep-garage dream "My Love Turns To Liquid" (in the vein of these sultry garage productions from Peter and Vanessa Daou), the rest of the record shows constant quality, with song titles that could have been (or actually have been) used by Mr. Heard himself. There is a content oscillating between warming deep house, sweet acid, lush garage and relaxed space-jazz piano parts, the whole thing also evoking the Beloved's better "rave" moments ("The Sun Rising" etc.)
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Actress & Convextion
Lost In The Streets of NY 12”
The now out-of-print Actress remix finds its way onto vinyl again and an unreleased Convextion re-slap of Terrence Dixon is dug out from the vault -- mad drama style.
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Woe To The Septic Heart
1 of 3 EP's from "THE DRAWBAR ORGAN" series, full of darkly contemplative sonic journeys into all manner of music, but with a generally very menacing downtempo vibe throughout. Beautifully intricate artwork unique to each sleeve.
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Mutant Beat Dance
Let Me Go 12”
Hour House Is Your Rush
Traxx and Beau Wanzer team up for another Mutant Beat Dance release. Together they have produced arguably "the best '80s Chicago house record not made in the 80s." The Mutants call it "jakbeat," inspired by the early days of house music. "Let Me Go" is as intense and rhythmically-inclined as they come. Naughty Wood's sparse vocals cry desperation, almost nearing insanity, which makes up for a pressure cooker-like warehouse anthem. "Rottonfunk" is another intense workout which has a killer groove
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New Nacho Patrol aka Legowelt. Shangaan Electro's BBC on the remix, burning it at 180 bpm!
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Remixes 5 Cosmin TRG / Boddika 12"
Skudge Special forces move on Skudge. Boddika and Cosmin TRG are called up for remix duties. In the hands of Cosmin TRG, "Ursa Major" goes from being a swirling synth experiment into a very heavy and focused piece. Cosmin TRG's remix is similar to a tunnel, where everything never seems to end. Boddika seems to have fallen into a very special mind-set while creating his remix for "Below," where his own attitude and elements mix perfectly into Skudge's stripped and laidback style.
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1/2 of the D&B outfit COMMIX, ENDIAN delivers some chugging 4x4 business, with the pulsing techno of the title cut paired up with the chugging slo mo tech-house of "DBPLT01".
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Mark E/ENVIRONMENT - SNOW WALKER 12”
VA / Dekmantel Ann V5 12"
Distal: Civilization 2LP
Pascual, A: Last Train 12"
Coss: Bliss 12"
Dubkasm: Emotion 12"
Bullion: Love Me 12"
Shackleton/DRAWBAR ORGAN EP #2 12”
Shackleton/DRAWBAR ORGAN EP #3 12”
Tal M. Klein/SLOW DOWN EP 12”
Jay 5ive & Kromestar/DEEPEST FEARS 12”
Shaka/BLOW YOUR MIND EP 12”
Smith & Mudd/SAUNA LOVE 12”
Holger Czukay & U-She/LA PREMIERE 12"
Jee Day/AURA GO 12”
Mad Smooth/BRUTAL BEATS LP
Groove Armada/NO KNOCK EP 12”
DJ Marky & S.P.Y/LAST NIGHT 12”
Mushrooms Project/FLY AWAY-GREY EYES 12”
Daniel Kyo/IT'S ALRIGHT EP 12”
Will Maddams/HANDLE THE CHANGE 12”
Psychemagik/VALLEY OF PARADISE PIC 12”
Members Only/THE MUZIC BOX VOL 1 12”
S.P.Y/LOVE & HATE EP D12”
Seahawks/TENDER ABYSS LP
Stereo 77/RICANSTRUCTIONS EP 12”
Various/PRIZED POSSESSIONS VOL 1 12"
DC Breaks/FIREZ EP D12”
Cure, The/BALEARIC SOUND OF... 12”
Various/SPARGEL TRAX VOLUME 1 12”
Native Underground/CLOSE 12”
Freak Seven/WE BRING.. RALPH LAWSON 12”
PBR Streetgang/AT DEZ 12”
Lil Silva/GOBBLE THAT - WHO HURT YOU 12”
Rapture, The/COME BACK TO ME RMX 10”
Various/GOGO GET DOWN (JOEY NEGRO) 12”