Moodymann - s/t Mahogani Music
Moodymann is a sprawling, psychic journey through KDJ's Detroit State of Mind with the protagonist revealing more about his setting and personality than ever. Like good writing, the length of Moody's tracks (or sentences) fluctuate wildly. The constant sing-speak narrative from KDJ and divergence of styles and tempos makes the record feel like a trip down the dial of a liminal radio. Moody gets an assist from Andres on future classic "Lyk U Used 2," a track that has Kenny ably playing a slightly woozy frontman over upbeat modern soul. The radio effect is amplified by likely and unlikely samples. Jeremy Greenspan appears first on "Have You Ever Been Lonely." Elsewhere, Lana Del Rey and Carl Craig's epic remix of "Delia and Gavin" is used to bear out the album's distinct, schizoid voice. Moody's serpentine 2011 hit "Freeki MF" acts as a recurring riddim before appearing in unadulterated form. KDJ's female counterparts match his idiosyncracies ("Watching U") and he even dabbles in Dennis Coffey-informed guitar psychedelia on "Sloppy Cosmic." The album, as a whole, is a lovesick ode to an unfairly maligned city, seen through the dark glasses of experience.
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Moodymann - s/t Mahogani Music
With his latest release “drive-by” mix mup suspends the principle of causal relation. Together we travel down a road that has lost its destination. the road becomes the actual reason for our motion. Past connecting elements we cruise from one possible interpretation to the next: a view from a car. Mix Mup offers us a plot on the way from A to B, which could be a piece of a secret, perhaps even a great story. in order to decide on this, we must lose ourselves first. lose ourselves in disorder and early sorrow.
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Second in a series of releases based on capturing the energy and culture of UK pirate radio but going way beyond that as the project unwinds. Limited press. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted which celebrated producer is behind this excellent, killer two-tracker - he has had releases out on Planet E, Hot Flush and Phonica too! From the first highly coverted 12", "Lolita" makes a return here, but in 'Warehouse Dub' form (rather than the Warehouse Mix off the first EP - very mysterious). Luckily its a complete re-hash of the track, adding layer upon layer of jungle percussion, half-tempo breaks and twisting the original riff around a mulitude of filters and distortion units. A ridiculously long arrangement unfolds slowly and with purpose, totally sucking the dancefloor into its buzzing plasma ball of electricity. Like a super nova bursting into a black hole right before our ears. New track, "Deflowered" is tweaked here by the in-demand Kassem Mosse and joined by Mix Mup. Mosse is fast becoming synonymous with the slo-mo-techno sound along with Vakula and Juju & Jordash. Sinking the BPMs below the 125 minimum standard of yesterday, These new smacked-out techno cuts will find favour amongst hardened cosmic heads and Detroit beatdown lovers alike and this particular offering is no exception. Unique drum sounds and machine-code rhythms converge on clattering sonic bursts and a rabid energy.
Northern Rae 12"
This is the debut release from Kassem Mosse under his new moniker Seltene Erden. This new incarnation was started when Mule Electronic asked him to make an ambient song for Mule's ambient compilation Enjoy The Silence. The title track is dubby beatdown house -- like Theo Parrish meets The Orb. "Bayan Obo" is taken from Enjoy The Silence Vol. 2, and sounds peaceful and ambient.
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This EP showcases three special remixes of tracks off Steffi's debut album Yours & Mine (OSTGUT 016CD/008LP). Staffan Lindberg's hypnotic, rave-tinged mix of "Yours" weaves an intricate tale for the dancefloor -- nothing is rushed and the classic elements have room to shine in his fluid arrangement. Lone's remix works the Chicago-vibed "Arms" into a magical cosmic future-acid trip. The Analogue Cops' pumping remix of "You Own My Mind" is a perfect example of their trademark rough, tripped-out house vibe.
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Chicago Remixes 12”
With surely one of the most exciting releases ever, Dial presents the heavenly dreamteam of DJ Koze, Portable and Efdemin himself remixing tracks off of Chicago (DIAL 021CD/LP). DJ Koze has always been a part of the Dial family so it was just a matter of time to ask him for a remix. Portable and Efdemin have always exchanged music and friendship. Now they share this beautiful and outstanding first part of the Chicago remixes. Also includes a dub version.
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James Blake DLP
Within the last year this producer has gone from relative obscurity to one of the hottest names in the post dubstep underground. Living up to the hype, this debut album further explores his sonic trademarks of melancholy soul & glitchy electronica. Includes 2 bonus cuts not on the CD!
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Workshop 012 12”