Unmistakeably James Blake from the moment the first note kicks in, 'Love What Happened Here' sees the wonderboy returning back to R&S, the label that kicked off his skywards career with the deliriously good CMYK' - whose essence is definitely felt in the title-track's warm R&B chop-up style. Elsewhere, 'At Birth' is a mysterious house groover, suppressed and subtly bubbling along waiting for its peak that never arrives. 'Curbside' is a wildly percussive cosmic number, deliciously off-kilter and forlorn. A welcome return from the boy Blake.
This is the debut single for the hugely tipped young London based producer on R&S. James Blake is making some of the most startlingly original music to have emerged from London in 2010 and is a real star in the making. In between studying Popular Music at Goldsmiths and writing a debut album that will take a lot of people by surprise, he has released amazing singles on Hemlock & Hessle, pushing the boundaries of what is expected of ‘dubstep’ music. This underground introduction has made him a star on influential blogs and websites and has now pricked up the ears of more mainstream press. The CMYK EP has been a feature on Radio One on shows by Zane Lowe, Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens, Mary Ann Hobbs and Nick Grimshaw.
"XL Recordings have been returning to their rave roots with a set of EPs from the likes of Powell, Mumdance & Novelist, and Special Request coming in quick succession. Their latest club-minded release is a double EP from Zomby. Recorded in part on new hardware at XL’s studio, the two Let’s Jam EPs illustrate the enigmatic producer’s diversity and continued urge to push his sound into new territories. The first EP sees Zomby channel his energy into rude, raw club belters, including hard-hitting peak-time house cuts, abstract downtempo jams, and dank acid melters, while the second features experimental, emotional grime and dubstep-inspired tracks, need we say it's a massive recommendation this one." - Bleep
Powell's second release on XL Recordings.
Numbers/PC Music affiliate Sophie returns with a double A-sider, "L.O.V.E / JUST LIKE WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE" out 11/27.
Numbers/PC Music affiliate Sophie returns with a double A-sider, "MSMSMSM / VYZEE" out 11/27.
"SOPHIE returns with a new single of feisty, sugar-high bass contortions for Numbers. 'Lemonade' lurches between minimal blips and all out, maximal pop fireworks, its squeaky clean sound somehow making the whole thing more unpredictable and wild. Over on the flip 'Hard' is all toying vocals and sharp, candy-coloured edges, bass high kicks and glossy synths pulled into an excitable whole. Yet another knockout release from the producer." - Bleep.com
SOPHIE first appeared on Huntleys & Palmers, whipping up a storm of synthpop with ‘Nothing More to Say’. This double A-side on Numbers is even friskier: ‘Bipp’ takes a breathy vocal sample (“I can make you feel better”) and lashes it to writhing bass and analogue synth squeals. ‘Elle’ is darker, a slow drum and bass beat that finds a big melodic heart thanks to tuneful strings. - Bleep.com
Emerging from the half-light is the three-track Burial drop, landing down - where else - but Kode 9's Hyperdub imprint. Nearly four years of 'post-Burial' music has passed since the Londoner last gave us solo material, here he is back with a vengeance to remind us what we've been missing. The lead is swarming with that crackle and hiss, spectral far-off rhythms punctuating the gloom, whilst 'NYC' is a skulk through dank 2-step-caverns, the timestretch Burial vox always there. Finally 'Stolen Dog' is a beautiful exercise in handsome beat-minimalism.
Grand Official has been doing their thing for a while. They are traditional or roots Hip Hop. Banging kicks and snares created and crafted by their producer Grip. The two songs are full of amazing scratches and cuts by DJ Hallucin8 who on the song Show & Prove performs a complete 16 bar verse with nothing but scratches and quotes from dope hip hop songs. On another song called The Stand, DJ Hallucin8 once again kills it with the needle, cutting a Fat Joe quote with style. Abadose and Adlife are the MC’s, but on The Stand they bring in two other MC’s. One is Saints from the legendary and worldwide graffiti crew STP. And the other Mc is named Once. His voice is sometimes compared to Tuna Fish of Jurassic. Abadose and Adlife have recorded and performed together for a long time, and you sense their chemistry as they contrast each other perfectly with both voices and styles.
The Jamie xx - Loud Places 12" features remixes by John Talabot, Barnt, Tessela, and Matthew Herbert.
Stunning limited edition 12" picture disc of the single Power from Kanye West's forthcoming album. Housed in a clear plastic sleeve with incredible, memorable artwork. Features the revised album version (edited) and the album version of the song.
Because The Bug is indeed badder den dem, it makes perfect sense for him to have hooked up with one of best Jamaican deejays of the digital era, Burro Banton. Best known for his hits Boom Wah Dis, the aforementioned Badder Den Dem, his work with Massive B, Super Cat, Nicodemus and more, Zim Zim Zim has Burro putting his gruff menacing flow over top a signature dark crawling Bug rhythm. Already a staple of Bug sets it now comes packaged up 7" style with a Zim Version, all in a popping red spot varnish sleeve designed by Simon Fowler. This is the last conflict in the Angels & Devils battle.
On the M+M MIXES 12", John Morales, veteran DJ and one of the originators of the extended mix, supplies his signature treatment to several tracks from Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One's collaborative album Tuxedo. Watch The Dance & Watch the Dub, b/w Right Time and So Good get the trademark M+M mix.
Cold Busted's 100th release is now available on a 12 inch. How does a label celebrate such a milestone? By going one above today’s current wild wild west landscape of digital sampling and officially licensing a legendary '60s-era song that's made its rounds in the golden era of sample based hip-hop. Akshin Alizadeh, the man from Azerbaijan, is the lucky one tapped from the label's roster to remix Marlena Shaw's "Woman of the Ghetto." The producer’s strong funk and nu-jazz influences, as well as his ability to combine funky grooves with punchy hip-hop beats, are on full display once again. Rightfully dramatic orchestral strings give way to bluesy rhythmic wah-wah guitar plucking, slightly cabaret-ish piano, pitch bending keys, and a totally sultry sax. The percussion sounds like signature Alizadeh with a flickering hat pattern, well placed snare rolls, and punchy interplay with the kick. For the DJs needing to spice things up, an instrumental is included. If this achievement is any indication of the new century of releases from Cold Busted then bring on one hundred more!
It’s a meeting of maverick musical minds as the genius of Wiley’s Step 20 is rebuilt from scratch by none other than Zomby. Zomby grew up listening to Wiley, and that shows in this thrilling production that harks back to OG grime whilst nudging the template a step or two forward. Wiley is one of the all time great MCs, and here Zomby lets that show by keeping the fired-up-and-then-some vocal always at the forefront. It doesn’t get better than this.
Hooked up and pumped by BDP in 1987, this hard-to-come by single should not be slept on. The Brothers were down with Boogie Down Productions and had a few singles come out on the notorious B Boy Records label in the late 80s, this one being “You Can’t Win” backed with “Memories”. Both of the selections on this record are pure, raw Hip Hop from the golden era. Layered beat boxing and drum programming with the B Boy posse sounding hungry make this 12” single definitely not one to miss.
N.C.M. is the independent production company/label Napoleon Cherry has been working under since the late ‘80s with releases as Cool Waters and Station To Station. “When You Had The Chance” is from an unreleased slojam session from a few years back.
“It’s well known that People’s Potential Unlimited boss Andrew Morgan has some serious crate digging skills. Even so, he continues to amaze with the obscurity and quality of the releases he chooses to reissue. Serious collectors have long sought out “Let’s Ride” by guitarist Willie Lee Jnr under his occasional Junei alias. Originally released on 7” back in 1987, it’s a killer chunk of synthesizer-heavy electrofunk blessed with some serious eyes-closed guitar solo action. Flipside “You Must Go On” - originally the A-side of the ‘87 release - is fantastic, too, offering a near perfect blend of sun-kissed Balearic attitude and smooth ‘80s soul grooves.” - Juno Records
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‘My Way Home’ is sample driven, Israeli born DJ/producer Obas Nenor's debut on Moodymann's Mahogani Music label. The title track is a mindful house jam based on samples of Gil Scott-Heron's ‘Home Is Where The Hatred Is’, which might upset die hard GSH fans if it wasn’t for the beautifully detailed arrangements, contagious bass lines and innovative use of the sample.
The third installment in the series containing a collection of the most sought after and hard to find disco/boogie breaks, drum loops and sounds. This selection of ready-to-use samples from electro- funk and post-disco records offers a pack of in-demand kicks, snares, clapping sounds, horns, vocals, guitar riffs, percussion, drums, synthesizers and slap bass loops, digitally remastered for your beat making pleasure. The third volume contains under-discovered samples you will never find on any other break records and strictly focuses on vinyl that’s hard to find at your local stores, flea markets or record shows. This comprehensive slice of 80’s club joints is a celebration of evolution from disco and funk to hip-hop and modern deejay dance music. Disco & Boogie: 200 Breaks And Drum Loops is a must-have library for producers and a guide to vivid disco/boogie collectors.
In the world DJ battles, there's only a few brands that constantly resonates with battle records; DJ QBert and Dirtstyle Records in the 90s and Le JAD with the Scratch Science camp within the past decade. Without stepping into the actual DJ battles, Le JAD quickly established himself as the "winning sound" and the most in-demand producer in the DMC Championships by working with countless DJs (Rafik, Unkut, etc.) that have gone on to win the prestigious title. Stereotor Break is Le JAD's first collaboration with Dirtstyle. And for the first time , he brings his unique production style to the USA with a flurry of Stereophonic skratch samples; carefully picked and meticulously edited into the future sounds that battle DJs know him for. This is a must-have for any DJ looking for a piece of Le JAD's production brilliance - the future of turntablism. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide.
Following on from his Nymphs II 12" and a free album Pomegranates, Nicolas Jaar continues to make up for lost time on his solo work with Nymphs III, a 12" comprised of two (lengthy) tracks 'Swim' & 'Mistress' which were both recorded between 2011 and 2015 in New York, released on his Other People imprint. Swishing ambience and gently plinking keys glide over the thumping dance beats on 'Swim', whilst on 'Mistress' the piano moves to centre stage and the dance beats take a step back.
Features extended takes on two highlights off of Jamie xx's debut solo album, In Colour. The lead track `Girl' is a moody mid tempo groover something along the lines of Flume. With the flip sounding like Jamie doing his thing with stuttery drums, deep bass, and sparkling synths sitting on top. The sleeve is also beautiful with pastel hues and Young Turks trademark cut out.