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12 inch die cuts

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 11, 2009 12:35pm | Post a Comment

The art of the 12" company sleeve can really be quite entertaining. The middle sleeve above is not a Big Beat sleeve-- does anyone out there know what company made these? The Alicia Bridges and Travolta sleeves below are not company sleeves, but are good examples of the disco die cut promotional sleeve popular in the early years of the 12". Experiments with the 12" single format began in 1974 and by 1975 a decent amount of promo 12"s had been released. Within a couple of years the 12" single would become the format of choice for promoting dance oriented tunes. By the 80's, 12" records were pressed for most every mainstream hit, dance oriented or not. Springsteen w/  "dub version" b-sides, etc.





Above we have a couple of die cut sleeves used to market LPs, not 12"s. Below there's a Russian example. This sleeve may have been used for either LPs or 12"s, but this particular release is a disco-ish LP.

New Electronic CD Releases 6/25/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 25, 2009 05:16pm | Post a Comment

SHINEDOE

No Boundaries
Intacto

This is the first full-length release for Amsterdam-based DJ/producer Shinedoe on her own Intacto label. True to its name, she has chosen a broad sound for No Boundaries -- one that is always focused on the dancefloor and is never predictable. This record can be seen as the yellow-bricked road right through all the sounds that defined her DJ sets in the past years. The result is a record where rhythmic tracks fluently take turns with organic-sounding jam sessions -- warm and jazzy, deep and funky. "Below" starts it all off with an irresistible minimal groove, a tempting bass line and a warm, soothing synth. "Bounce To This" features a more funk-influenced house sound, just waiting to rock dancefloors around the globe. "Jazz it Up" is a track like you've never heard from Shinedoe, but it leaves you concluding, "why not?" Deep drum rolls build around a funky housebeat and saxophone sample in an almost hypnotizing groove -- just try to stand still for this one. "Finding A Balance" also shows a side of Shinedoe we didn't know before -- it's as if she gave the extremely rhythmic productions from her past a stylish, deep house twist. "No Boundaries" showcases her first collaboration with a vocalist -- guest of honor on this unadulterated oldskool house track is Bumpy, aka Mr. J. On "Higher," produced under her Innersphere alias, we can hear Shinedoe doing what she does best: subtle percussion and airy piano-loops put together in an inevitable dancefloor bomb. With the atmospheric closing-piece "Just For Us," she underlines her border-crossing ambition; warm, jazzy grooves jut against headstrong minimal techno. A brilliant and accomplished release from one of dance music's most organic and future-minded producers.

SMITH & MUDD
Le Suivant
Claremont 56

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 06/20/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 15, 2009 04:21pm | Post a Comment
 

New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Black Meteoric Star 
DEATH TUNNEL 12" DFA2200

Latest project by longtime DFA alumni GAVIN RUSSOM, inspired by Euro-disco, wonky early electronic body music and global psychedelic rock. "DEATH TUNNEL" is a hot club cut just waiting to be unleashed, while the flip "WORLD EATER" is a more mid-tempo groover with a strong EBM lean.

Sven Weisemann SHOVE EP 12" ARTLESS2193 

This 6 track EP is a mixture of deep electronic journeys of dub and tech, with a surprising chunky IDM mover (peep track 5) that comes out of nowhere into the forefront. SVEN never disappoints with his keen ear for digital landscapes and fresh musical concepts.

Amy Winehouse THE SKA COVERS EP 7" AMY7001

Andy Votel ALL TEN FINGERS LP TNXLLP153

Bob Marley FORT KNOX FIVE REMIXES 7" FKX011 

Fort Knox Five Set 000-009 + 017 10X12" FKXBOX0TO9

Lily Allen THE SKA EP 7" LILY7001

Nightmares On Wax WAX ON RECORDS V2 12" WAX12007

DJ Cam's Bouncer Crew SMOKESUM EP 12" KIFHH111

Detachments FLOWERS THAT FELL RMXS 12" TINAE018

Emperor Machine SPACE BEYOND THE EGG DLP DC92LP  

Otto Von Schirach BASS LOW 12" BASSHEAD002

Pet Shop Boys DID YOU SEE ME COMING 12" 12R6772

Purple Brain 3 TRACK EP 7" + MIX CD RVNGMX7SEVEN   

Tombee GODFATHERS 7" JTP018

Pheek & Stefny JAPAN EXCURSION JOINT 12” ARCHPL017

Dj Bone SECOND ENCOUNTER 12” BE002

Unknown Artist TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE VOL. 2 12” TW02

Orphx Division SURGEON & SUBSTANCE 12” SG0936


New House/Disco 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Claude Vonstroke
AUNDY EP 12" DBIRD023

"AUNDY" is a deep track that pays homage to the 90s drum and bass sound of people like LTJ BUKEM. "STORM ON LAKE ST. CLAIRE" is a vibing summer house track, lying between moody house & big room thunder. The feedback is HUGE! APPLEBLIM, CHARLES WEBSTER, DIGWEED, SINDEN all love it.

Reggie Dokes 
CHICAGO PIMP 12" CLSS01

New CLONE LOFT SERIES sees REGGIE drop a dirty house track for peak-time use with "CHICAGO PIMP." On the flip is the fierce "I WEAR THE MASK," with a jumpy beat, staccato keys, balanced bassline, and high emotion that will get em on the floor.

Cabin Fever CABIN FEVER TRACKS VOL.6 12" RKDS007

Cabin Fever CABIN FEVER TRACKS VOL.3 12" RKDS004

Cecilia Stalin AFRO BLUE REMIXES 12" AJABU12004

Joshua Heath DIRTY THIRTY EP 12" DRM064

Inland Knights BAD MAN EP 12" DRM058

Manuel Tur GOLDEN COMPLEXION REMIX 12" FR122 

Manuel Tur ACORADO 12" FR088

Various TRIBE SESSION SAMPLER ONE 12" TRIBEEP001

Basement Jaxx BEST OF VOL.2 EP 12" BOBJ002

Basement Jaxx FLYLIFE (TAYO MIX) 12" JAXX032

Basement Jaxx PLANET 1 YELLOW VINYL 12" JAXL014

Basement Jaxx PLANET 2 RED VINYL 12" JAXL015

Basement Jaxx RAINDROPS 12" XLT444 

Elitechnique MUNICH EMOTIONS 12" CLSS02

Evan Baggs CHOKE CHAIN-RIVA STARR 12" FRANKIE045

James Teej SPENDING LIFE 12" REB027

Loose Shus THREESOME TAURUS 12" SEED030

Magistrates HEARTBREAK REMIXES 12" XLT432

Mano Le Tough WARHORN EP 12" INT008

Mike Rez SECOND SIGHT EP 12" DEVR005

Mina Jackson PRAY-MIKE DUNN REMIX 12" CCS01

Salvatore & Volta WILD BEACH 12" LIEBE028

Silhouette Brown SPREAD THAT-BRUNO E 12" ETHV002

Unknown THE ANSWER & TIMELESS SIGNS 12" UPS002

Various LIVE & DIRECT IBIZA 09-DAY 12" 12C2LD009

Dj Slip AVAILABLE LIGHT 12” THEMA017

Dj Sneak BACK IN THE BOX VOL. 5 12” BITBLP04E

Kerri Chandler ATMOSPHERE EP 12” SHL1004

Lil’ Louis CLUB LONELY 12” CL455

Louie Vega THOUSAND FINGERED MAN 12” VR009

Louie Vega HOUSE OF RHUMBSTEEL CONGO 12” VR010

Louie Vega AFRICA (ISOLEE REMIX) 12” VR011

Mr. V MISS PATTY DA BUMP 12” VR029

Mr. V DA BUMP (AME REMIXES) 12” VR038

Mr. V 
WELCOME 12” VR414    


New Dubstep/Jungle 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Bounty Kill 
TELL DEM (DUBSTEP RMX) 12" CTRLV

A boombastic dubstep remix of "TELL DEM" by dancehall legend BOUNTY KILLA & EINSTEIN is matched on the flip by a more laidback dubstep remix of "CAN'T BE MY LOVER" by JOHN LEGEND & BUJU BANTON. Very limited stock!

D Bridge 
WONDER WHERE 12" NONPLUS001

This haunting track that skirts the frontier between dubstep and D&B is quickly becoming an anthem, with SKREAM closing his sets with it & BURIAL seeing fit to include it on his upcomong "DJ KICKS" mix. On the flip is the similarly genre-bending "NO FUTURE" by INSTRA:MENTAL.

Frohlocker HIPBRASS 12" GALOPP003

Bootleggers PAPER PLANES 12" BLAG002

Current Value & Rodell SPARSE LAND 12" SUBT006

Jus Wan SUBMERSIVE (SCUBA VERSION) 12" NL003

Lion Dub HEARTBROKEN (NOAH D RMX) 12" EAR010

Liquid LIQUID IS LIQUID 12" TVZ005

Sarantis MORE THAN MONEY-STARKEY RMX 12" SENSELESS009

Truth TERROR PLANET 12" LAB006

New Electronic CD Releases 6/12/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 12, 2009 01:04pm | Post a Comment

Ray Mang

Mangled
Mangled

Ray Mang is the disco dance party DJ alter ego of writer/producer Raj Gupta. The moniker was introduced as a vehicle for creating, releasing and spinning anything goes disco-centric party music for collectors, dancers, enthusiasts and Jocks alike. Taking inspiration from the extended disco mixes, dub versions and edits of such luminaries as Larry Levan, Walter Gibbons, Daniele Baldelli, Tee Scott, Began Cekic and Tom Moulton, and the open minded music policies of some of the pioneering early clubs such as the Paradise Garage, the Loft and the Italian Cosmic parties, Ray Mang sets out to help keep the glitter ball shimmering and the disco flame burning into the new millennium!


Abe Duque
Don’t Be So Mean
Process Recordings

THE STORY It’s drawn from an album with artwork and a name that are a sly comment on American foreign policy. But the first track taken from Abe Duque’s new album Don’t Be So Mean, the Obama-sampling "Tonight Is Your Answer," is political but far from pessimistic. It’s a reflection of Abe’s chequered life. He’s been both a US Marine and a resident DJ at New York’s notorious club-kid 90s-club Limelight. He knows how to operate the machine gun on the cover of the album, but wishes there was less call for gunfire. He’s been arrested for potential terrorism -- but for being found with a knife issued to him by the US government itself. Don’t be so mean, as the expression goes … And in the music world, he’s been in and out, up and down, from residencies at Tresor during the height of its first popularity to being so broke in the early 90s that he could barely afford to release his own records. And then he's come back into the limelight again with his own hand-etched vinyl and tracks like "Champagne Days, Cocaine Nights"; "What Happened?" and "Acid" -- not to mention remixes of huge acts like Miss Kittin and the Chemical Brothers. Now he’s back with his third album, Don’t Be So Mean, and first single "Tonight is your answer," backed with "Life is so good to me."

King Roc
Chapters
Process Recordings

Debut home-listening album from one of the UK’s biggest techno DJs. This one’s been building through marketing of collectable one-off 12″s and King Roc’s increasing press presence. King Roc is no longer one of the UK’s best kept secrets. From high-profile remixes of New Order and Future Sound of London, he’s been DJ mag’s “one to watch for 2008″ and touring from Brazil (15 gigs) to China to Australasia to Russia to Europe, as well as gigs right round Europe. He’s half of blindingly successful techno duo Two Armadillos but his main focus for the last two years has been the heavily publicised Chapters project -- five EPs of mood music to trip-hop to techno that have now been totally ripped apart and turned into cinematic home listening for his debut CD.

TK Label Gallery

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 22, 2009 12:01am | Post a Comment





T.K. and its many subsidiaries were a very tangled web indeed. A huge player in the early disco scene, Henry Stone and co. burned out quick-- by 1980 they had to sell out to Morris Levy. I think my favorite design is the Chimneyville label; I really loved collecting these...





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