In 1990, Bogus Order released Zen Brakes Vol. 1, the first ever Ninja Tune release. Last year saw the reemergence of Bogus Order with The Bullnose Step EP, released via Ahead Of Our Time, and this year they unveil Zen Brakes Vol. 2, the sequel to a historic debut some 27 years ago.
The artwork for Zen Brakes Vol. 2 was made using ‘Pixi’. A collaboration between Coldcut and Paul Miller,Pixi is a type of visual synthesiser using a new process we term ‘granular visual synthesis’.
The Bogus Order (Pixi version) app is a Pixi Player which uses music from this Zen Brakes Vol. 2 album, each track having a Pixi preset so the user can play tracks and generate visuals to go with them. Pictures can be saved and shared. The source pictures are from Coldcut’s travels e.g. Burning Man, and public domain images. The app also allows the user to take a photo and use this as the source image, so users can remix their own photos.
As the summer season approaches, Get Physical looks to some of the key residents on the White Isle to contribute exclusive new tracks to Get Physical Presents Ibiza 2017, which is all mixed and compiled by Ben Hoo.
UK born DJ, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Hoo is an Ibiza resident with a weekly radio show on Ibiza Sonica that shows off his eclectic style and finds him providing chilled out soundtracks as much as club pumping sets. He is a part of the Get Physical family and is a Kindisch staple artist who has released many EPs and an album, Collected, on the label.
Here he reaches for a fresh mix of contemporary producers including the likes of Nima Gorji, System of Survival, Audiohell, Tania Vulcano & Jose de Divinia and a few of his own great beats.
It all kicks off with Hoo’s stripped back, ambient rework of Tantsui’s ‘Planet of the Apes’, a blissful slice of electronica that sets a laidback scene before a second remix of his, this time of System Of Survival feat. Vhelade, brings some lush vocal deep house grooves to the fore. As the sun sets on the White Isle, Clara Brea, the Acid Sundays & Heart Ibiza regular, gets called upon for her corrugated and bumpy cut ‘707minor7’.
A sleek and slick passage of minimal house follows thanks to cuts from talented newcomer Peter W and Eder Alvarez & Joey Daniel, then a brace of brilliant cuts—collaborative gems from Hoo and Enzo Leep—mark a cerebral and intimate mid section with wandering piano chords and late night drum shuffles all making for a woozy feel. The arrival of tracks from long time Ibiza staple Nima Gorji, Insane and Mosaic resident Alex Kennon and Audiohell in cahoots with Circo Loco’s Tania Vulcano and Jose de Divinia then make for some more bumping grooves and textured tech cuts, but never are there any sharp turns or awkward segues.
The final third of this super smooth and seductive mix finds Peter W, Gorji and Ben Hoo all make more contributions, and the resulting sounds are nicely coloured with distant vocal sounds, jazzy percussive patterns and a certain late night darkness and naughtiness.
Overall this is a fantastic mix of modern house music that shows great balance, selection and sequencing from start to finish.
01 Tantsui – Planet Of The Apes (Ben Hoo’s Full Circle Mix)
02 System Of Survival feat. Vhelade – Kutting (Ben Hoo Remix)
03 Clara Brea – 707minor7
04 Peter W – Movement Control
05 Eder Alvarez & Joey Daniel – I Wanna
06 Ben Hoo & Enzo Leep – Cosmos Excerpt
07 Ben Hoo – Reaching (Enzo Leep Remix)
08 Nima Gorji – Look Back
09 Alex Kennon – Doctor Beat
10 Audiohell, Tania Vulcano, Jose De Divina – Acid
11 Peter W – Lost In Paradise
12 Frank Storm, Nici – A Man Dressed Like A Child
13 Nima Gorji – Delusions
14 Ben Hoo – Reaching (Dub Mix)
15 Ben Hoo – Ibiza 2017 (Continuous Mix)
DJ-Kicks has tapped up Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis for the next instalment in its long running and landmark series, which is due for release on 14th July. The Italian is the first artist to ever be granted not one but two discs across which to showcases his style, and he doesn’t disappoint.
DJ Tennis is Manfredi Romano, a life long music fanatic who has 20 years experience in music and started out managing punk bands, progressed to putting on leftfield events, started one of the most important Italian rock and electronic booking agencies, then started the Life And Death label. Since then it has slowly but surely carved out its own musical niche and has made stars of a number of acts. Tennis’s own recorded output is selective and stylish indeed, often featuring real melodies and a musicality that is frequently lacking in dance music, and includes releases like Make It Good, The Outcast with PillowTalk on Kompakt and EPs with Martin Buttrich on Rhythm Assault and an EP on Omnidisc last year. That knack for the musical and emotive side of things characterizes both cerebral mixes he has put together here.
The mix comes as a double CD and triple vinyl release and features four exclusive tracks. These include a brand new original from DJ Tennis featuring Fink and called ‘Certain Angles,’ plus new Tennis versions of tunes by Pole and Frank Bretschneider, and finally an unreleased track, ‘Paratrooper,’ from acclaimed Tel Aviv duo Red Axes.
Disc 1 is a slow burning seventy minute electronic trip that mixes plaintive piano with suspensory synths, gentle broken beats and textured sound sources with subtle and supple minimal grooves. Never hurried and always thoughtfully composed, the likes of Rephlex’s Bochum Welt, Jon Hopkins, Mouse and Mars, Isolee and Four Tet all get called upon along the way. The result is an expertly sequenced and perfectly balanced selection that is deep and insular and, as such, it will work as well for post cub comedowns as it will for lazy and sombre Sunday mornings.
Disc 2 is more energetic but just as considered, so is perfect for sunny afternoons or long drives. Here, dubbed out atmospheres percolate round house and techno grooves of increasing intensities. Big names like Traumprinz and Robert Hood build the tempo, Kenny Dixon Jr provides soulful party moment and classic electro slickness from The Other People Place help oil things along. Later on, icy ambiance from Biosphere stops the mix from ever getting too hot and sweaty before Tennis zones us out with the blissful final section, including his own excellent and piano laced new cut ‘Certain Angles’.
In programming these two diverse, eclectic and yet coherent rides, DJ Tennis shows off his singular knack for nailing an aesthetic that is subversive yet seductive in equal measure.
Out on July 14th! Pre-order here: https://K7.lnk.to/DJTennisDJKicks
01. K. Leimer – Acquiescence
02. Bochum Welt – La Nuit
03. Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Aurora
04. Jon Hopkins – Vessel
05. Adam Johnson – Anex
06. Pole – Raum 2 (DJ Tennis Technoid Version)
07. Monolake – Pio
08. Byetone – Neuschnee
09. Mouse on Mars & Atom TM – Key My Brain
10. Bauri – Twinkle Stars
11. Rival Consoles – Recovery
12. Oval – Textuell
13. Isolée – Allowance
14. Caribou – Melody Day (Four Tet Remix Featuring Luke Lalonde, Adem And One Little Plane)
15. D’Arcangelo – N-Tower
01. Basic Channel – Q Loop
02. Frank Bretschneider – Go! Said The Bird (Tennis Version)
03. Red Axes – Paratrooper
04. Traumprinz – Intrinity
05. Robert Hood – Escapes (6:47)
06. Kenny Dixon Jr. – Soul Sounds
07. Rhythm & Sound – Mango Drive
08. Marcello Giordani – Perché non Vuoi Ballare?
09. The Other People Place – Let Me Be Me
10. Biosphere – Ikata-1
11. Roby J – Crossed Movements (LOM Extended Version)
12. MBG – Jumping Trip
13. Loscil – Sickbay
14. Maribou State – The Clown Feat. Pedestrian (Axel Boman Remix)
15. DJ Tennis feat. Fink – Certain Angles (DJ-Kicks)
16. Kona Triangle – Astorias Ascent
A1. Traumprinz – Intrinity
A2. Basic Channel – Q Loop
B1. D’Arcangelo – N-Tower
B2. Loscil – Sickbay
C1. Frank Bretschneider – Go! Said The Bird (Tennis Version)
C2 The Other People Place – Let Me Be Me
D1. Bochum Welt – La Nuit
D2. Kenny Dixon Jr. – Soul Sounds
E1. MBG – Jumping Trip
E2. Monolake – Pio
F1. Pole – Raum 2 (DJ Tennis Technoid Version)
F2. Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Aurora
Canadian quartet BadBadNotGood take on creating the ultimate “late night” selection of tracks from their record collections, set for release on 28th July 2017.
The original trio of Matthew Tavares, Alex Sowinski and Chester Hansen formed while studying music at Toronto’s Humber College (they’ve recently added Leland Whitty to the line-up). A shared appreciation of hip hop and instrumental covers of Gucci Mane and Earl Sweatshirt suggested a worldly outlook and reciprocated love from Tyler The Creator and Ghostface Killah, which whom they made 2015’s Sour Soul.
Their last album, the critically-acclaimed IV, turned heads and their collaborators continue to multiply: Snoop Dogg, Kaytranada and Kendrick Lamar among them. You can even hear little bits of BadBadNotGood through this mix, as though they are transmitting parts of themselves through the music they select. Perhaps the keys on Admas’ hilariously expensive ‘Anchi Bale Game’, maybe, or the arrangements on Delegation’s mighty Britsoul tune ‘Oh Honey’ or the groove from ‘Vida Antiga’, Erasmo Carlos’ Brazilian classic. As Janis almost sang, take another little piece of my art.
This is an international effort: Velly Joonas’ Estonian version of ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, Kiki Gyan, Admas and Francis Bebey representing Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia and Cameroon respectively), Les Prospection from France, Scots’ Boards Of Canada and fellow Canucks River Tiber and Charlotte Day Wilson.
Finally, there’s the no-small- matter of the Late Night Tales cover version, in which BadBadNotGood take on Andy Shauf’s ‘To You’ is turned into a mournful delight. while the Queen Of Siam herself, Lydia Lunch, delivers a sexual sermon involving only you, her and Jim Beam.
Badbad, indeed: so good they said it twice.
Release Date: 28/07/2017, Label: Late Night Tales
Boards Of Canada, “Olson”
Erasmo Carlos, “Vida Antiga”
Gene Williams, “Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away”
The Chosen Few, “People Make The World Go Round”
Esther Phillips, “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”
Delegation, “Oh Honey”
Velly Joonas, “Käes on aeg”
Stereolab, “The Flower Called Nowhere”
Kiki Gyan, “Disco Dancer”
Admas, “Anchi Bale Game”
Francis Bebey, “Sanza Nocturne”
Thundercat, “For Love I Come”
River Tiber, “West” [ft. Daniel Caesar]
Charlotte Day Wilson, “Work”
The Beach Boys, “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)”
Donnie & Joe Emerson, “Baby”
Les Prospection, “Lido”
Grady Tate, “And I Love Her”
BadBadNotGood, “To You” (Andy Shauf cover)
Steve Kuhn, “The Meaning Of Love”
Lydia Lunch: “You, Me and Jim Beam”
”Pill Sessions” is a Various Artists compilation, the first on NW records. One might rephrase it as ”encapsulated diversity”. This easily digestive format includes tracks from different styles/artists/people of club/electronic culture.
A pill for the mind and body.
Released May 25, 2017. All tracks mastered by Nikolas The Mute (Nikos Haldoupis).
Limited Edition 16 Gb USB Drive includes WAV, FLAC, mp3 (320 kbps), artists’ bio / HD photos and comes with Nutty Wombat Records logo sticker in black and white.
Following last year’s full-length LP, ‘&’, which saw him extensively collaborate with an impressive host of contemporaries and friends, including Joe Goddard, Prins Thomas and Agoria, Michael Mayer is set to contribute to the legendary DJ Kicks series. Spanning sixteen tracks, the mix finds Mayer is just as generous of a mood, composing a musical journey that spans his ever-expanding record collection, and above all, his defining instinct to share the beauty of music with others.
“On an abstract level, the approach was basically the same for both projects”, observes Mayer. “For & I put together a group of people that are close to my heart. For Kicks it was a group of records that are like friends to me. All of the tracks I used went through heaven and hell with me. They’ve become true companions. Circling in on and bringing together these friends was the only criterion for the making of this mix. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.”
Perhaps unnervingly to some, fifteen years have passed since the debut edition to Mayer’s breathtaking, scene defining mix trilogy, Immer. Not that it’s legacy – Resident Advisor’s #1 Mix of the 00s, one of Rolling Stone’s 30 Greatest EDM Albums Of All Time – has disturbed Mayer’s formidable workload. A catalogue of no less than 23 EPs, 4 albums and 170 remixes informs a near constant level of international touring. Exhausting as this can be, even after all these years, it’s a ritual that informs the delicate construction of Mayer’s contribution to the DJ Kicks series.
“Kicks has turned out to be a pretty international affair, especially if you compare it with Immer 1 or Fabric 13, which consisted almost 100% of German productions”, highlights Mayer. “At that time, there were such incredible things happening in my direct neighborhood and all over Germany. In the meantime, that spark has traveled a lot since then. The sound I’ve been pushing is often falsely described as “minimal”. Minimal used to be a thing in the pre-Kompakt days, mid 90s. After that I took much more interest in an eclectic way of playing music.”
Alongside this consistent, all-embracing attitude to music, ‘Emotive’ is still perhaps the term best associated with Mayer’s leanings as a DJ, and as the man himself once observed, “there is room on the dancefloor for emotions other than euphoria.” Certainly, DJ Kicks delivers on this expectation, balancing wistful passages with frequent bursts of high energy aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
Mayer’s own reliable talent and golden touch for remixing the likes of Kasper Bjørke, Dreems and CSS provides much of the mix’s atmospheric backbone, supported by dispatches from the contemporary underground from the likes of Jon Hopkins, SAVE! and Boreal. Resolutely a forward thinking affair, the Cologne master nonetheless takes a trip to revisit his timeless love of Throbbing Gristle, slides back over a decade for the electro euphoria of Mekon and Royksopp, as well as his good friend Roman Flugel’s Alter Ego persona.
“I’m constantly scanning my record collection for older tracks that could make new sense in a contemporary context”, reveals Mayer. “There’s no system behind it. My record collection is too chaotic for a systematic approach. As much as it annoys me having to search for a particular record and often not finding it – during the search I’d always find 10 other records that deserve to be revisited.”
19 May 2017 / !K7
01. Peter Zummo – The Tape Is Chill
02. Michael Mayer – The Horn Conspiracy (DJ-Kicks)
03. Bvoice,Anrilov, Danilov – Papas Groove (dOP & Masomenos Remix)
04. SAVE! – The Darkness (I:Cube Remix)
05. Justus Köhncke – Feuerland
06. CSS – Honey (Michael Mayer Remix)
07. Alter Ego – Gary
08. Kasper Bjørke – Apart feat. Sísý Ey (Michael Mayer Remix)
09. Lionheart Brothers – The Drift (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
10. Mekon feat. Marc Almond – Please Stay (Röyksopp Remix)
11. Dreems – Mirages (Michael Mayer Remix)
12. Boreal – Canopy Target
13. Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Ratcliffe Remix)
14. Death In Vegas – Consequences Of Love (Chris & Cosey Remix)
15. Idioma – Landscapes
16. Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window (Moderat Remix)
Already celebrated for its influential house & techno output and long running Body Language mix series, Get Physical’s first move in 2017 is a big one: a 16 track compilation of largely new and exclusive material all from South African artists.
South Africa is getting more and more attention from the dance world recently, and for good reason. The country is spawning its own unique club sounds, exciting new artists and dazzling DJs who are making more and more waves worldwide. Black Coffee is the most prominent of these, but now we get introduced to a whole load more thanks to some great A&R from Get Physical who commission new cuts as well as delving into their back catalogue.
Things kick off with the warm and engaging house of Aero Manyelo before the pace picks up with Ryan Murgatroyd who serves up the lush and instrumental ‘Kanna’, a love struck tune that really embodies the balmy sounds of South African house. Celebrated international flag bearer Black Coffee then steps up with his ‘Buya’ as remixed in chunky and club slaying fashion by Loco Dice.
Cape Town talent Thor Rixon, the hotly tipped Blanka Mazimela, Jazzuelle and acclaimed vocalist Lazarusman and BehrEllips Ft. Crazy White Boy all appear to serve up four bumping beats that are awash with sunset melodies, spoken word whispers and loose, tumbling percussive grooves. Each one sounds fresh and seems to truly reflect the country in which it was made.
The wash of first wave South African house talents continues in the second half of the compilation, with the much hyped Crazy White Boy making their second appearance here. Then we have Boiler Room star Floyd Lavine, the Red Bull backed Bruce Loko and newly emerging Gumz all serving up two tracks each and showing that a darker and more mysterious sound also exists in the grooves of the southern hemisphere.
All in all this is an exemplary selection of tunes that serves as a reminder and/or fine introduction to the many talented artists emerging from South Africa’s vibrant house scene. The album also comes with a continous mixed version put together by Ryan Murgatroyd.
Release date: 3 March 2017
01. Aero Manyelo – Mooki
02. Ryan Murgatroyd – Kanna
03. Black Coffee feat. Toshi – Buya (Loco Dice Kliptown Love Remix)
04. Thor Rixon feat. Theresa Toy – Theresa Toy
05. Jazzuelle & Lazarusman – Forget Me (Jazzuelle Winter Solstice)
06. BehrEllips Ft. Crazy White Boy – The Forgotten People
07. Blanka Mazimela – Phezulu
08. Vox Portent – When it’s Clear
09. Bruce Loko – God’s Window
10. Mr Luu – Ryan
11. Gumz – Juelegba
12. Crazy White Boy – Ntokozo (Freddy Da Stupid Tribe Remix)
13. Floyd Lavine – Emogin
14. Gumz – 2 Finger Goblin
15. Bruce Loko – The Arkenstone Of Thrain
16. Floyd Lavine – Ayub
17. Ryan Murgatroyd – Africa Gets Physical Vol. 1 (Continuous Mix)
The first release by the new Brooklyn/London based label trueColors is a various artist package titled Foresight Volume 1. It consists of four groundbreaking tracks touching different corners of the world. Tried and tested on dance floors around the globe, this compilation is carefully curated to represent different styles that refuse to be confined with any of today’s dance music subgenres and includes unique productions from prolific producers Bedouin, Nu, Zigan Aldi and Stavroz.
This new EP will initially be available on vinyl through their store at truecolorslabel.com before global release with bonus digital download cards.
First up is Bedouin, a Brooklyn-based production and DJ partnership between nomads Rami Abousabe and Tamer Malki who are creating their own idiosyncratic spell of melodies and rhythms. They recently put together a stunning compilation for Kindisch and offered up their debut Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1.
They say of the track, “It started in a studio session in London after randomly watching a YouTube video of a brilliant musician playing a rare and strange instrument called the Hurdy Gurdy. A few hours later and after some research, we got in touch with the talented Guilhem Desq and invited him to fly from Toulouse, France to the studio in London where we jammed for many hours. Three days later, ‘No Trace’ was created.” The cut is a deeply intoxicating house track with middle eastern woodwind sounds drifting over a mesmerising rhythm track. Tinkling percussion and rattling bells add more layers of cultural colour and the whole thing really sucks you in.
Nu is next, a nomadic German artist who is a sound engineer with links to Bar25, Circus Company and Crosstown. Often lost somewhere in the world on his travels, soaking up cultures, colours and influences from people as much as the sound of the universe, he is a special artist indeed. His delicious ‘Drug’ is a tender groove rippled with the sound of the hang drum. It’s delicate, subtle and intoxicating as a result and adds another dimension to this superb package.
Zigan Aldi says of his offering ‘Halay’ “… actually the track takes its name from a common folkloric expression of feelings among many ethnic groups like Turks, Kurds, Armenians, Zaza and other minorities reaching from the Balkans along the Black Sea Coast until the Caucasus. In all these regions it symbolises peace, freedom and unity. But for me It was not only a working title. It rather reminded me of the endless feasts on mild summer nights at which one dances without any prejudice and fear from others. No matter who you are, this dance takes you along. I simply had to keep it as the final title. From the beginning it was my intention to integrate some Kurdish and Armenian sounds to my music so I came up with the idea of adding a Zurna to a new production. Being unsure if it would fit electronic music I played it at a club night and realised that it not only made people dance but also let them drift during the whole song. I immediately sent it to Bedouin and they loved it from the first minute…”. On this track, he weaves his intricate magic, layering up soft drums, light percussive sounds and airy vocal samples into something candle lit and hypnotic.
Last of all comes Stavroz, formed in 2011 by IJsbrand and Gert, both DJs and sound engineers looking for a way to channel their musical antics, they say “The track title is a contraction of 2 words from a Flemish saying which points to amazement. Ja – Hallo – the “m” at the end is a typing error, a good one though. It came into existence after some dabbling in the studio. The tour we were on just before making the song was still reverberating through our heads.The song is quite agitated and a filled with a positive tension, exactly how we experience touring. Even Pieter’s vocals express the “dreadfulness” at the end of the song. We hope it leaves you breathless though, like we are when returning home after many miles…” They offer up ‘Jahallom.’ It’s another musical and artistic offering with exotic synths, instruments and wavy beats that sound like little else.
This is a great start to what is sure to be an essential and expressive new series from this exciting new label.
1. Bedouin – No Trace
2. NU – Drug
3. Zigan Aldi – Halay
4. Stavroz – Jahallom
Easing us into 2017 Belgium’s finest, Eskimo Recordings, returns with ‘The Red Collection’. The 6th instalment in the label’s colour series it brings together the best of the label’s recent releases with unreleased gems from their friends and family including Satin Jackets, Atella, This Soft Machine and many more. Across 13 tracks (and a bonus mix CD) ‘The Red Collection’ expertly segues between leftfield electronic pop, disco and house, taking us from the frozen north to the souks of the middle east and beyond.
Providing us with the perfect palette cleanser Icelandic producer Hermigervill opens the compilation’s account with the crystalline electronica of ‘Solitaire’ before passing the baton onto Norwegian duo Atella, whose collaboration with Frøder (herself named on of Scandinavia’s most exciting new talents by NYLON) ‘Closer To Life’ has already been hailed by Clash as a “glittering alt pop belter” and by Earmilk as “dark and enigmatic” with “a sound to rival fellow Norwegians Röyksopp”.
Making a quick detour east to the city of Kazan in Russia fast rising producer Antenna delivers an ode to his favourite hookah tobacco in the shape of ‘Love 66’, a breezy slo-mo disco gem filled with Balearic charm. Returning to Scandinavia Philco Fiction’s Turid Alida Solberg delivers her solo debut as Else Born, the heartbreaking ‘This Time/Remember’ lauded as a “masterclass in modern electronic pop” by The Line of Best Fit upon its original release last November.
As we begin to push the tempo it’s the turn of Japanese based, British producer Max Essa who after critically acclaimed releases for labels such as Is It Balearic?, Lex Wax and Mareh Music makes a welcome debut on Eskimo with ‘Your Cathedrals Reimagined’, a sublime moment of electronic funk. With the party in full swing, it’s time for one of Eskimo’s biggest hitters in recent years Satin Jackets to do what they do best, bringing together their original brand of diva funk and smooth disco and the refreshing vocals of the talented Niya Wells. A perfect fusion of electro-pop, disco and soul.
LA based French duo Blue Motel follow up their recent remix for Else Born with their first original material for the label. Showing just why they’ve already been called upon to add their French touch to the likes of Classix, Poolside and Kraak & Smaak, ‘Lunch With The King’ is the kind of divine House music that French producers do so well, swirling electronic melodies and pulsating bass lines combing to joyous effect.
Next up we have Greek producer NTEIBINT whose ‘Love’ goes to show just why he has become one of Eskimo’s go to artists in recent years, timeless and indelible music for both body and soul. Dutch DJs SHMLSS take time out from running their vinyl only label XXX and curating the disco playlist at 22Tracks Amsterdam to bring us ‘Train Ride to the Middle East’, a heady psychedelic brew of twisted disco and Middle Eastern sounds that hints at the eclectic nature of their own DJ sets.
With the party in full swing Romanian twins The Gemini Brothers take us deep into House territory with the hypnotic bleeps and beats of ‘Travel Inside’ and leaving us with no doubt whilst their productions have received strong support from everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Tiga, Psychemagik to John Talabot. Over to Germany next and producer Rey & Kjavik whose ‘Akya’ draws inspiration from his DJ travels in Istanbul and beyond. The resulting mix of throbbing bass, head spinning synths and chants will leave you in little wonder why he’s considered one of Germany’s most exciting new producers.
Ending the compilation on a high Eskimo turn to two of their regular faces. Australian born, Munich based TSM aka This Soft Machine delivers an outstanding cut of otherworldly disco with a futurist sheen complete with Swedish singer Erik Lindestad aka The Land Below on the vocals and plenty of cowbell. Finally easing us into the night are duo Horixon whose ‘The Beekeeper’ features vocals from Birsen from one of Belgium’s fastest rising acts Hydrogen Sea. For The RedCollection, Horixon’s label friends Atella have reworked the original to create the perfect closing track for The RedCollection.
Since launching in the year 2000, Gent based Eskimo Recordings has gone onto become one of the leading electronic music labels in the world releasing genre defining artist albums and compilations from the likes of Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas, The Glimmers, Optimo, Psychemagik and many more. Since its launch in 2013 the ‘Colour’ series, now in its 6th edition, has continued to build upon the label’s reputation, not only for discovering and curating great music but for great design and the cover for ‘The Red Collection’ features a stunning photo by Berlin artist Julia Baier taken from her acclaimed series ‘Water Matters’.
Apollo / R&S are proud to present a compilation album of a series of classic EPs of timeless vibes and lush percussive excursions from overlooked Japanese innovator Mr. YT AKA Yuji Takenouchi.
The ‘Brand New Day’, ‘Southern Paradise’ and ‘Parfum’ Eps were originally release between 1997 – 1998 on Apollo Records and R&S sub-labels Generations and Global Cuts.
Over the intervening years, the EPs’ heady blend of atmospheric pressure, balmy pads and deep grooves has percolated, gathering fans across the globe, to the point where original copies are in high demand on the secondhand market.
Created in the late 90s on a hardware set up of Roland Super Jupiter, Roland JV1080, Roland D550, Yamaha TX81Z and Akai S1100, Takenouchi was burning with inspiration from the sounds of Ron Trent and Chez Damier, Basic Channel, House of 909, Ian Pooley and Carl Craig.
A video game musician by profession, Takenouchi was used to producing music for specific scenes / sequences – starting from scratch had him baffled. Deciding to set a theme or concept for each EP proved to be the breakthrough he needed, a day of new environment for ‘Brand New Day’, yin and yang for ‘Southern Paradise’ and imaginary fragrances for ‘Parfum’. Looking at pictures related to each of these themes helped to fuel his creativity while producing.
From the sun dappled balearic haze of opener ‘Morning’ to the blissed out bump of ‘Afternoon’, the gauzy euphoria of ‘Ocean In Heaven’ to the cosmic funk pulse of ‘Regard’, the music contained in the ‘Brand New Day’ compilation remains as timely and relevant as the day it was released and should see Mr. YT appreciated alongside the likes of the US and European producers who first inspired him.
Out on 10th March 2017
5. Pacific Jazz
8. Ocean In Heaven