“Go!,” the latest single from symphonic-indie-electronic-dream pop powerhouse, M83, seems at first like a characteristically “epic” M83 song. Taken from 2016’s Junk, it opens with breathy vocals from French singer Mai Lan and lyrics that suggests romantic situations that teenagers always seem to find themselves in. Then, out of nowehere, Steve Vai bursts through to play a guitar solo made of glowsticks. Wait, Steve Vai? The legendary virtuoso guitar hero who defined an era? Correct. The mood of the song flips entirely, as his solo becomes the colorfully explosive conclusion at the end of a perfunctory night of fireworks. It feels complete; it feels epic.
Follow up to releases from Fadoul, Ahmed Malek and Dalton on Jakarta Records' sublabel Habibi Funk. Rare Tunisian Disco Including Unreleased Instrumentals, comes with 8 page booklet and download-coupon! When we first decided to start Habibi Funk, a label dedicated to re-releasing „funky" Arabic music from the 1960s to 1980s, a band called Dalton was the first release we worked on. Dalton was a band from the Tunisian capital of Tunis and they played a unique mix of soul & funk with an Arabic DNA. We licensed the release from the band’s composer Fawzi Chekili, and when we spoke to him on the phone in preparation of the release he mentioned another band he was part of, called Carthago. Our work with Habibi Funk is like a big treasure hunt. There are too many great bands that fully vanished into obscurity and didn’t leave any traces in the digital sphere yet. We are so used to the internet providing all informations we might be looking for, but Carthago was one of those bands where the internet largely failed to provide any infos despite the fact that Carthago created some incredible music in the form of an highly infectious Tunisian take on disco music. Luckily most of the members of the 1970s musical scene of Tunis are still around to tell their story. Carthago was founded in the late 1970s as a fusion of Dalton and a second band called Marhaba Band. Both bands frequently played at hotels and night clubs in Tunis and Sousse. They had similar musical influences and despite the fact that they were competition for the most part, they came up with the idea to join forces for a new band. Musically Carthago kept on walking on the musical path of Dalton and Marhaba but incorporated disco music, a new style that was making its way to North Africa from Europe and North America. The band had quite some success on local radio and played a number of big shows with thousands of people showing up. The band’s concerts were a mixture of their own compositions as well as cover versions of the hits of the time from Stevie Wonder to Chicago. At the end of the 70s they went to Paris to record their only, self titled album. For our reissue we picked out two of our favorite tracks: „Hanen“ and the outstanding disco version of the Dalton track „Alech“ which has proved to work on every dance floor we played over the last two years. When I came to Tunis for the first time after the Dalton reissue I met Fawzi in person. He still lives in Tunis and still works as a full time musician though his focus has shifted more towards Jazz over the years. Luckily he did not only keep a spotless copy of the Carthago album but he also kept the master tape of the instrumental versions of the album which to this day were unreleased. Being able to add exclusive content to a reissue is something that is rare and we feel highly privileged to be able to do so. Futher more we are so happy that we will be able to add something new to the bands legacy not only musically but also visually: One day I realized that most of the releases from Tunisia I liked, be it from Dalton, Carthago or Marhaba Band had the same photographer credit. Hassen Turki started taking photos at a young age and when he was 18 he started going to the gigs of the bands of the time that were playing in the Marhaba Hotel which was managed by his father at the time. He became friends with the bands and ended up being the person to be asked when it came to shooting the photos for the covers of the records. After some research I managed to get in touch with Hassen and met him in his hometown Sousse. Luckily he kept most of the negatives of the photos he took so we’re more than happy to be able to share these unseen photos with whoever is interested.
RP Boo returns with 'The Ultimate RP Boo', showing off six brand new cuts that mix a range of styles with his vivid use of samples and improvised drum programming. 'The Ultimate' kicks things off with a sliding synth riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a 91 Prodigy track with cut up rave vocal interjections over Bus trademark pulsing bass. 'Bang with the Funk' crushes the 1-2-3-4-5 Sesame Street song, chopping its samples into hard shapes. Things turn dark and minimal with 'The King' which features a sample from Fresh, with strange atonal tones playing off against spooky chords and a tactile bass. On the flipside 'What Am I? pairs syncopated snares and 4/4 bass pulses while percussion bangs and shimmers over clipped diva refrains and anxious piano. 'Bu'Moon' meshes together some pumping horn blurts and some old fashioned steamy synth wooshes that wouldn't feel out of place on a 50's sci-fi film into a relentless battle track. 'Electric Energy' finishes the EP, sampling an unusual pop source and chopping them over pulsing half time subs that pitch up and down around slipping and sliding drum hits.
RECURSION is the collaborative project of the minds behind Berlin's WERK nights at ://aboutblank. Magic Power is proudly inaugurated with the talents of J.Manuel & Rifts, who deliver Creator / Bound. While Creator hints at classic electro breakbeat with futuristic sound design and thrilling synth-breaks, Bound hammers out the 4/4 beat, combining hyperactive grooves with uplifting pads.
George Evelyn was born and raised in inner city Leeds - a far cry from the Ibizan farmhouse where he currently resides. Heavily influenced by everything from Jazz and soul to dub and reggae, he first came to widespread attention in the late '80s / early '90s with bleep anthems 'Aftermath' and 'Dextrous'. It was the tripped out, hip-hop deconstructing Smokers Delight album - released in 1995 - that truly cemented his reputation though. This was followed up by the equally compelling Carboot Soul album released in 1999. Meanwhile, his most recent full-length Feelin' Good, released in 2013, is an album of sun-soaked jams that oozes summery euphoria. This year has seen N.O.W undertake a heavy world DJ tour and hes just played out at the seventh and most successful Ibiza Wax Da Jam residency. Aside from travelling the world, George Evelyn has become increasingly inspired by a newer breed of artist including Soulection, Kaytranada, Loyle Carner as well as peers such as Moodyman, Andres and Karizma. This new found inspiration has led George to venture back into the studio and get back to the very foundations of Nightmares on Wax, creating the sounds that have made him an influential figure across the production community. This new EP is back to back dance floor jams, though somewhat a departure from his recent work. With this EP and more work back in the studio we're looking towards and exciting year for N.O.W and fans!
We welcome DJ Taye back to Hyperdub for his second EP on the label after last years popular Break It Down EP and a North American tour with Jessy Lanza. The Move Out EP is a masterclass in a distinctly soulful, dusky footwork sound with a melancholic undercurrent thats crossed with a precise eye for detail. Burnin Ya Boa ft DJ Manny opens the EP with a crisp, micro-edited arrangement of tumbling piano, dubbed out chants and a heart-tugging woodwind melody playing hide and seek with racing, ever-changing footwork drum and bass patterns. Go 2 Sleep ft DJ Earl rolls with a narcoleptic woody percussion loop, and a vocal urging Please go to sleep, a request which is challenged with drill sounds, rave stabs, energetic footwork drums, and soft bass tones. The super minimal I Need I Want ft DJ Manny & DJ Spinn takes a house acapella and spins it into something more urgent and compulsive, the vocalists insistent, addicted pleas met with a downcast, tumbling melody. Move Out ends the EP on a brighter note, with big Detroit techno chords and a warm Moog-like solo-cum-melody. The Move Out EP is just a taster for the avalanche of new DJ Taye material forthcoming in 2017.
Actress returns with a new 12" single on Ninja Tune. Please Note - Cold Fresh Air is a vinyl exclusive. HIGHLIGHTS: Heavyweight 180g vinyl LP, includes MP3 download code Artwork by Joe Durnan.
Okzharp and Manthe Ribane return with their second EP ‘Tell Your Vision’, a call and response between Manthe’s vocals and Okzharp’s production. Both bring their unique energies to the mix, manifesting in a raw confidence of new moods and temperatures that were brought out from their first taste of touring and living on autopilot. The EP’s title is a reference to its opener, ‘Teleported’, which was created in Okzharp’s car on an exploratory drive through London and inspired by the art and energy they came across. The track opens with a ferocious bass line, with Manthe’s rumbling vocals rolling rhythmically over the top. She takes us with her as she lets the music possess her as if dancing; quickly spitting the vocals back out, urging the listener to “Tell your vision!”. A much more gentle and reflective turn comes on second track ‘B U’. Okzharp’s slow and soft lullaby melody and Manthe’s warm and inspiring lyrics tug at the heartstrings. In the upbeat and playful ‘Maybe This’, Manthe’s vocals flit between a hum that softly swells over the top of Okzharp’s spacey melody, into an energised and bouncing rap. The EP rounds off with the warm anthem ‘PikiPiki’, with the chorus sung in the South African Sepedi dialect. Okzharp’s long synth lines draw us in with Manthe’s vocals melting and blending into the track. ‘PikiPiki’ has an unmistakably positive vibe, which becomes emphasised when Manthe switches to English, with lyrics that advocate self-affirmation and self-love.
After spending 13 years in Queens, New York, Lewis Parker returned to London in early 2015. Release The Stress is the first new material released since his return. The topic of the song is fairly self explanatory dealing with the everyday pressure of living, in a fast pace modern city environment. Lewis speaks on he's production and how he balances this with day to day life. The production captures the feel of the classic 90's hip hop but with a polished and very musical feel to it. Phat gritty SP drums, deep hypnotic bass lines, lush strings, catchy flutes, a dope late night sax, ill synths and wah guitars make this production up there with Lewis's best work.
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Two of Australia's most promising prospects have collaborated on this stand-alone release. Renaissance beat maker Ta-Ku and Brisbane-based vocalist Wafia present (m)edian. Having previously work together on Wafia's own standout single ''Heartburn'', the plan for a collaborative release was hatched when Ta-ku produced a cover of Estelle's ''American Boy'', aptly titled ''American Girl'' with Wafia on featuring vocals, for a sold out MoMA PS1 live show in October 2015. The result is a five track release that unites the strengths of each artist - a unique, creative and classy exploration of admiration, paternity, compromise and egalitarianism.
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22, A Million is part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion. And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. The album's 10 poly-fi recordings are a collection of sacred moments, love's torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard as coincidence. If Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.
Following the release of his critically acclaimed LP Under the Sun, Mark Pritchard shares a new 12" featuring "Beautiful People" and an impressive instrumental take on the track. "Beautiful People" was a highlight of the LP, featuring the vocals of Radiohead's Thom Yorke. The 12" comes along with artwork from Jonathan Zawada who provided Pritchard with the artwork for Under the Sun, and collaborated with him on a stunning installation for Red Bull Music Academy.
Kevin Martin is back with another 12″ as The Bug on Ninja Tune, which sees him collaborate with two grime MCs: Newham Generals’ D Double E and Roll Deep’s Riko Dan. As Ninja Tune explains in a press release, D Double E team up ‘Box’ was written by Martin specifically for the MC and is a return to a clubbier vibe after his moody 2014 album Angels & Devils. B-side track ‘Iceman’ sees Martin team up with Riko Dan for the first time on a track that Ninja Tune rather boldly claims is being heralded as “the new ‘Skeng'”. According to the label, Martin has more collaborations on the way.
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Hip Hop has never seen another album quite like Ol’ Dirty Bastard's 1995 solo debut Return to the 36 Chambers. With RZA guiding production, the album allowed Dirty the creative license to make one of the most bizarre, entertaining and original LPs in the history of the genre. Return became an instant hit, selling over 1 million copies and earning a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. The album stands as a high water mark in the Wu-Tang Clan's collective creative output and was selected as one of the Best 100 Rap Albums by The Source. In honoring the legacy of one of hip-hop's most innovative releases, Get On Down is proud to present this incredible shaped picture disc. The vinyl features the first two singles, Brooklyn Zoo & Shimmy Shimmy Ya, released from this seminal full-length and is a recreation of the iconic “food stamp card” that serves as the album’s cover art.
Benjamin Ball's "Flash A Flashlight" is the first preview of the next Cultures of Soul compilation, Boogie Breakdown -South African Disco 1980 to 1984. WIth the help of DJ Okapi, Cultures of Soul has tracked down many of the great synth boogie artists of the 80s in South Africa including Benjamin Ball, Don Laka, Al Etto, Neville Nash, Harari, and many others. Benjamin Ball's "Flash A Flashlight" came out just after Brenda & The Big Dudes’ massive hit "Weekend." Ball's unique reggae-tinged synth boogie was nearly as big and became the second bubble gum anthem of the era. Highly respected house DJ/producer and co-founder of the Running Back label, Gerd Janson gives us two nice edits of "Flash A Flashlight." Gerd provides two funked up rerubs of the track, one with vocals and one without. Licensed directly from the artist and housed in a custom disco sleeve these edits won't be available on the compilation.
Everybody Dance... A bonafide dancefloor invitation, this classic cut by Chain Reaction was originally released in 1980 on the P&P affiliate label, Sound Of New York. A project between keyboardist Dwight Brewster (of The Imperials) and percussionist Harold Sargent (of Wood, Brass & Steel fame) Dance Freak provides one finest moments in the entire catalog. A funky disco track with all the elements of a party anthem, it’s no surprise it’s been a favorite of veteran Deejays like Kenny Dope and Danny Krivit. There are many reasons why this track is a must-have for Disco DJs. Outstanding percussions; check. Funky Guitar & Bass lines; check. Catchy chorus; check. Brass accents; very welcomed. Using a synth as a percussive instrument; incredible and most likely lifted from the Patrick Adams Handbook “How to make a hit record”. There really isn’t much more we can say here. We “just wanna Dance with you...”
Vinylmania: As classic disco came bounding through the late ’70s and into the electronically orientated sounds of the ’80s, New York was one of the undisputed frontiers for the latest developments in dance music culture, nightclubs and the art of DJing. At the center of this seminal time for vinyl culture was a store called Vinylmania, set up by Charlie Grappone in the heart of Greenwich Village, Manhattan, just as the culture of 12-inch singles and promo copies was taking hold. From supplying Levan, Tony Humphries and many more with the latest imports to championing the emergence of house music in the mid-’80s, Grappone and his staff played a significant role in New York’s own dance music story. Through the ’90s and up until closing in 2007, Vinylmania was a store that catered to DJs from across the complex mixture of racial, social and sexual demographics that made up New York and its legendary nightlife. Man Friday: As the NYC Peech Boys came to an end, Man Friday became Larry Levan’s newest production project. Fronted by Kofi Morny and Brodie Williams, their dubut single ‘Love Honey, Love heartache’ was released by Vinyl Mania in 1986 with Larry Levan at the helm of the mix. Love Money: In the spirit of most dance music borrowing elements from other sources, ‘Love Honey’ was heaviliy inpired by another Paradise Garage & Loft classic from 1980 and its remix in 1981 by UK Outfit Funk Masters / TW Funkmasters. A dubbed out track big in the Jazz-Funk scene in the UK, it became a hit among underground Deejays in Both NYC & Chicago. Love Honey: No matter what list you look at. ‘Love Honey’ is always attached to Larry Levan’s tenure at the Paradise Garage. All the elements of a Garage Track are here; Dub Echoes, Synth Basslines, Percussions that linger, FX -that one can only dream of hearing on a Richard Long System- and an Organ, because after all, they say the Garage was like going to Church.
The mysterious Evans Pyramid has garnered acclaim from record collectors and DJs alike all over the world including Floating Points, Gilles Peterson, DJ Kon, Soul Clap, Dimitri from Paris, and many others. Deano Sounds tracked down the man behind Evans Pyramid, Andre Evans back in 2012. "Never Gonna Leave You" is a sublime disco masterpiece inspired by an emotional break up, wine, and Marvin Gaye. "Andre was able to achieve an undeniably unique sound by overdubbing rhythmic guitar parts while using the technique of muting guitar strings." The B side "Dip Drop" is a left field party jam for the dancefloor with all the bells and whistles. Cultures of Soul Records is proud to officially reissue the Evans Pyramid 12" housed in a custom full color disco sleeve.
Real hip hop wouldn’t be the same without that classic boom bap 12” single, with alternate versions and instrumentals.This record doesn’t disappoint as it takes two of the best tracks from the new, DITC Studios, album and includes the previously unavailable OG Version of “Connect 3” and instrumentals for all 3 tracks. Limited edition and pressed to heavy 180 gram wax.
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One of the stand out tracks from First Divisions debut album, Overworked & Underpaid, was the DJ Premier produced, “This Iz Tha Time”. As we’re dealing with authentic hip hop we figured we’d put out a proper 12” release, including Instrumental, A Cappella and Bonus Track!
Much of the power of the best films by the cult director John Carpenter can be attributed to their use of music - music that, more often than not, was composed and performed by Carpenter himself. What began as a necessity for the low-budget productions by Carpenter became a major part of his aesthetic, and established him as a pioneering figure in genre-film score work as well as electronic music in general. Now, flanked by his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, and with two albums (Lost Themes and Lost Themes II) of non-soundtrack material under his belt, Carpenter has decided to revisit some of his most beloved themes. This 12" release includes the themes to Halloween and Escape from New York, newly rerecorded by Carpenter and his Lost Themes bandmates. May it serve as a bridge between the Horror Master's legendary, still relevant past and his remarkable present.
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