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Goldie – Inner City Life (Burial Remix)

Fresh for Record Store Day, here is Burial’s remix of Inner City Life alongside Goldie’s own 2017 rebuild. Pre-order Goldie’s ‘The Journey Man’ album here:

The xx – A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)

Gorillaz – Andromeda (Bonobo Remix)

Original track taken from the new album Humanz, out April 28. Pre-order / stream here:

Reboot – Are You Loosing My Mind (Ricardo Villalobos Remixes)


In April 2017 Reboot revisits a key cut from his recent album aLIVE on Get Physical, with two remixes from none other than Ricardo Villalobos.

That album, his third, was another expressive statement from the long-time house and techno minimalist. It comes years into his impressive career which has taken him to headline shows all over the world, as well as to labels like Cadenza, Defected and of course Get Physical.

The original included here is ‘Are You Loosing My Mind’, a dubby and ever-evolving track with intricate little sounds, slinky synths and organic textures all run through with intoxicating vocal samples and waify keys. It’s one that really burrows into your brain and makes your body wriggle.

Master minimal man Ricardo Villalobos then serves up two stunning remixes. As ever, with his 24-minute long ‘Hauswiedermischung’ version he has created a kind of detailed sonic chaos in which the track just about holds together without ever losing its underlying groove. Alien sounds, jazzy hi hats and cymbals, wonky sine waves and more mind melting tricks and techniques all scuttle and wrap around each other and tie you in knots.

Next is Ricardo’s equally epic ‘Losing My Miles’ remix, where he really loosens the grip on the track and lets it wander in and out of coherence, taking it and us along for a special ride that only Ricardo can deliver. From beginning to end, you don’t know what to expect, but you know it when it comes because it leaves you in awe.

This is a landmark package that offers some of Reboot and Villalobos’s finest work to date.

1. Reboot – Are You Losing My Mind (Ricardo Villalobos Hauswiedermischung)
2. Reboot – Are You Losing My Mind (Ricardo Villalobos Losing My Miles Remix)
3. Reboot – Are You Losing My Mind

OLSSON – One In A Million (Zomby Rework)


Here’s the new OLSSON’s ‘One In A Million’ rework from Zomby. It’s got a shuffled breakbeat alongside classic piano house stabs and trancey synths, all while honouring the ‘90s garage house inspired original from the Swedish songwriter and producer OLSSON.

‘One In A Million’ is the lead single from OLSSON’s debut album Millions, which is due for release on May 12th through Universal.

OLSSON has worked with the likes of Charli XCX, Seeb, Jacob Banks and more, while he’s also achieved high profile support from the likes of Zane Lowe and Noisey. His forthcoming album effortlessly spans dance, indie, hip hop, pop and more. It’s heavily influenced by the Haçienda and Madchester scene and plays like Kasabian jamming with Jungle or The Stone Roses with Disclosure.

Coldcut x On-U Sound – Vitals feat. Roots Manuva


If Coldcut x On-U Sound’s album “Outside the Echo Chamber” is a modern day Mothership, ‘Vitals’ is its advance dispatch pod, hovering overhead and gripping you in a warm sonic tractor beam, bringing news of joyous, multicoloured musical thunder. Featuring fellow maverick and frequent Coldcut collaborator Roots Manuva, ‘Vitals’ is a spiky rallying cry for Britain’s indestructible musical melting pot.

Forget austerity, Articles and all types of assholery, it seems to suggest. There was a time before all that; a time when fathoms-deep dubs massaged your eardrums, irresistible drums beat onwards like hearts, and soul on fire lyrics told it like it is. That time comes again.

With a true-school dub remix from Dennis Bovell (alongside Mad Professor and Adrian Sherwood, the third column in the Holy Trinity of UK Dub) this is fresh, sharp UK music, looking inwards and outwards at once. Take a step outside the echo chamber – it sounds better out here.

The album “Outside The Echo Chamber” features Lee “Scratch” Perry, Roots Manuva,Ce’Cile, Toddla T, Junior Reed, Dave Taylor (Switch/With You.) and is out on May 19th 2017 on Ahead Of Our Time (Coldcut’s first label). Coldcut celebrate 30 years in the music game this year!

1. Vitals feat. Roots Manuva
2. Vitals feat. Roots Manuva (Dennis Bovell Remix)

Masaya – Borderline EP


With the Borderline EP, the final act of 24th Chapter is unveiled.

Selected from Masaya’s recently released ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ LP, one of the most refined tracks now has its moment in the spotlight, accompanied by reworks from three greats of the house and techno scene.

Initially released on vinyl only last year, Borderline’s signature tension, atmosphere and ethereal vocal lines are reprised first by the internationally renowned Patrice Baumel (Kompakt, Crosstown Rebels, Afterlife). Typically, this Edition is a classy, peak time affair. A chunky groove sets things up before the inexorable climax, setting dancefloors ablaze in the process.

Diynamic artist Johannes Brecht is next up. Fresh from his remix of Moby’s Natural Blues and the chart-topping Voix Grave with Christian Prommer, the multi-instrumentalist producer delivers a standout Edition which is melodic, powerful and hymn-like. This piece presents him at his sophisticated and direct best.

Last onto the stage is Irish-born Berlin émigré Neil Flynn (Lossless, Needwant). His Reduction Edition is a masterclass in minimalism, keeping the listener gripped as vocals evolve into synth lines and back into vocals again, all against a pared down techno backdrop.

The Borderline EP presents a constellation of stars in one of Chapter 24’s most significant outings yet.

Masaya – Borderline (Original Mix)
Masaya – Borderline (Patrice Baumel Edition)
Masaya – Borderline (Johannes Brecht Edition)
Masaya – Borderline (Neil Flynn’s Reduction Edition)

Ost & Kjex feat. Mung – Dirty Mind

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Norwegian duo Ost & Kjex make a welcomed return to Crosstown Rebels with a heady club cover of Prince’s Dirty Mind. Ninja Tune’s Seven Davis Jr. and German producer Basti Grub step up to remix with stellar results.

After label boss Damian Lazarus asked why they hadn’t sent any new music lately, talented pair Ost & Kjex made it their mission to make a new release for Crosstown after 8 years. Delivering the goods, Dirty Mind is a minimalistic bomb with pulsating beats and soaring synths that lead you deep into the night.

“Our version of ‘Dirty Mind’ features our friend Mr. Mung from Mungolian Jet Set on vocals and we couldn’t be happier with our return release. The second track ‘Moviebox’ started of by using sounds from old 80s VHS machines, a sound design affair which turned out to be more melodic and trippy.” – Ost & Kjex

Ost & Kjex are responsible for the huge Crosstown releases How Not To Be A Biscuit and anthem Summertime with Jamie Jones. The duo have been releasing music for over a decade with two albums under their belt and notable releases on Solomun’s Diynamic amongst others.

Best known for his releases on Ninja Tune, Seven Davis Jr. is a trained gospel vocalist, raised on the classic vocal sounds of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince. A fitting remixer for this cover, he delivers a sleazy cut with an intoxicating bassline. Recognised for releases on the likes of Cocoon and Desolat, Basti Grub also makes his first appearance on Crosstown. For his remix he serves up an intricate slice techno for the big room with hypnotic layers.

Dirty Mind
Movie Box
Dirty Mind (Seven Davis Jr. ‘Doves’ Remix)
Dirty Mind (Basti Grub Remix)

Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – I Found You


Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons return to Crosstown Rebels with the iconic I Found You, remixed by Black Coffee and former resident of Trouw Patrice Bäumel.

Lazarus closed his Day Zero festival in Mexico with I Found You back in January, and since then it has become one of his most requested tracks. His magical live project The Ancient Moons was first unleashed in 2014 with Lover’s Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya) and followed in 2015 by the highly acclaimed album, A Message From The Other Side, co-produced with James Ford. Since then, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons have travelled the world with their highly immersive live show, supported Roisin Murphy on tour and played at Glastonbury festival and Melt! amongst others.

The Fader labelled The Ancient Moons “a journey into techno’s dreamiest recesses” and the four piece have been continually shrouded in mystery. Last year Lazarus and his collection of musicians retreated into the Italian countryside and started work on new and self-produced material. The Ancient Moons brings together Zulu on vocals, Ben Chetwood on electronics, and Rob Gentry on keyboards. I Found You is the first fruits of their labour. Continuing a path first started by the band’s anthemic single Vermillion, I Found You is intensely soulful, warm and paired with anthemic vocals from singer Zulu. This the first of a string of tracks from the band in 2017.

Lazarus comments: “This is the first time I’ve created music in a band situation and I loved every moment of it. I decided to make the new music as a collective and the four of us have created magic. The energy that we enjoyed from beginning to end of this process was electric.”

Champion of the South African electronic scene Black Coffee supplies the first remix, and takes I Found You to new dimensions. This is a rare remix outing from this pioneering South African DJ. Amsterdam based Patrice Bäumel is a former resident of the now legendary Trouw and has released on Get Physical, Systematic, Diynamic, Kompakt and My Favorite Robot among others. Patrice adds complexity and takes things deeper and more atmospheric.

I Found You
I Found You (Black Coffee Journey Remix)
I Found You (Patrice Bäumel Remix)

Be Svendsen – Twilight in Tankwa


Be Svendsen gets set to release the enchanting Twilight in Tankwa on Rebellion following his successful remix of NU’s Man O To on sister label Crosstown Rebels. Remix treatment comes courtesy of Berlin native Nico Stojan.

Twilight in Tankwa is a mystical and musical journey that Be Svendsen explains “is the result of decades long intimate relationship with outdoor rhythmic dance experience. The foundation of the track is rooted in a synth hook from the early 50’s. The vocal, inspired by a barbershop quartet, work to give it the character of a true desert hymn.”

The remix comes from Nico Stojan who twists a fresh melody into the original over driving undertones. Having honed his musical style as resident at the infamous Bar25 in Berlin, he has also released on labels like Highgrade, Connaisseur and Upon You records.

Equally alluring, second original track Scarecrow was brought about by AYAWAKE who wrote and recorded the vocals. He generously passed on to Be who honored it as the crown work of his cowboy-tech-tribute to the Ennio Morricone soundtracks of the late 60’s.

Be Svendsen aka Lasse Bruhn Svendsen broke through into the international scene in 2014 with a series of productions and enchanting live performances at some of the most avant garde places to play on the earth, such as BOOM festival, Fusion, Burning Man, Symbiosis, Rainbow Serpent and AfrikaBurn.

Be Svendsen – Twilight in Tankwa
Be Svendsen – Twilight in Tankwa (Nico Stojan Remix)
Be Svendsen & AYAWAKE – Scarecrow