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Recent Records of the Week #48 // 2015

Highlights of the WeekRecent Records

This week we couldn’t come up with any records unfortunately. Searching for hours there was not a single release that hooked us on his groove, seduced us with outstanding vocal work or re-invented something new. It’s sad out there when it comes to house & techno releases at the moment. Of course it is nice to see all those re-issues popping up and providing us a second chance to buy the records for reasonable prices, instead of paying the discogs sellers that overprice the gems we would like to call our own. On the other hand, it seems like there’s not much left besides those re-releases. All the records sound like records we already own, no one tries to do something different, no one takes his time to achieve his own signature sound. This weeks news felt like copies of tracks that were great in fact, but you don’t need 20 tracks that sound the same. It seems like the young guns, producer like labels, always head for a safe way. A way they know it works when it comes to selling records or for the producer, a way they know it will function on the dancefloor. But that’s not what house & techno is all about, it’s about moving on, trying to invent something, trying to make things differently, creating excitement and emotions. Nothing of this was seen in this weeks news sadly.

 

P.S.: We know that there are labels that provide us with great releases, as well as there are producers that excite us, but both are getting less.

Recent Records of the Week #47 // 2015

Highlights of the WeekRecent Records

NATAN H – ERKLINGEN EP – TAPED ARTIFACT:

The second release on Amsterdam based label Taped Artifact was produced by Natan H. The american already had some output on labels like ManMakeMusic, Altered Moods Recordings and Finale Sessions, always showing his love for the rawer and deeper side of house music. The EP is opened by „Erklingen Dub“, raw drums and a powerful bassline surround the overpowered kicks and function as the scaffold for the rough sound layers that flutter through the track constantly. The opening-track is deep and and bursting with energy at the same time, generating a spacious and mysterious atmosphere. „Te Aro“ ends the a-side, consisting of a crackling bassline and swinging synth sounds. Acid in between combined with hard claps accentuate the feeling of darkness. This dub track brings light into the dark, or is it the other way around? We are not quite sure, but what we are sure about is the fact that this production is exciting all the way. On the flip side „Submission“ offers a calm and rough dub interpretation. Strings float around, crisp drums and soft pads end up in a great groove. Smartly used breaks create time to introduce new sounds and variations and make this one simply beautiful. It has everything a deep track needs. „Orthogonal“, the last track of TA002 is a slow bouncer. Once again pounding kicks, spacious layers and crisp kicks create a raw sounding house track. Lots of reverb and echo is used to extend every part of the tune and make them last forever. This EP might not offer various styles, but it offers four outstanding tracks from the fields of raw house music. The tracks seem a bit similar at first, but if you take your time and listen closer you get to know how specific and diverse every single track is. The „Erklingen EP“ once again shows Natan’s impressive talent for raw and organic sounding tunes. He’s one of the newer producers out there that should be on everybody’s list, simply smart dub and house music throughout his entire discography so far.

[TA002] Natan H – Erklingen EP by Taped Artifact

Natan H – Erklingen EP [Taped Artifact 002] Tracklisting: A1 – Erklingen Dub A2 – Te Aro B1 – Submission B2 – Orthogonal Release date: November 20, 2015 All tracks written & produced by Natan H Mastered by M.A.

 

MR. G – INFRASTRUCTURE EP – PHOENIX G:

There’s nothing you have to say about Mr. G, he’s a legend when it comes to energetic house and techno tracks for years now. That’s why we won’t introduce him, if you don’t know him go and educate yourself. The „Infrastructure EP“ offers you three typical Mr. G cuts. „Guiness Punch (Xtra Wray Dub)“ is the opening track on this EP. Dreamful chords get backed by a heavy sounding bassline and melancholic vocals. Decent snares, organic claps and Mr. G’s signature rides once again create the unique sound everyone knows. The bounce of the track is outstanding, the kicks are on point and the arrangement keeps things simple. It seems so easy, but it’s so hard to create tracks like this and Colin McBean is one of the few that master this art form. „Give Thanx!“ opens the b-side. This track is made for dark basement clubs with it’s pounding acid sounds jumping through the entire track, threatening you. This is one hell of an acid bomb, fitting every techno set perfectly. „Give Thanx!“ is followed by „Invert?“. The second track on the b-side as well takes care of the dark & dusty side of electronic music. The soulful vocal in combination with the shuffled layers and pads is very special and evolves into a nice mix between house and techno. „Invert?“ once again shows the versatility that Mr. G has. The arrangements are simple, not too many sounds are used, but somehow he always creates his signature sound that most of the time crosses borders. Combining acid and soul, hip hop and techno, house and disco. Everything is possible when Colin sits down behind his machines. With the „Infrastructure EP“ he once again has proven that he is an impressive producer for house and techno music these days.

MR G – Infrastructure EP – PHOENIX G at Phonica Records

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Recent Records of the Week #46 // 2015

Highlights of the WeekRecent Records

NAS1 – WOODSIDE EP – ODD SOCKS:

The Bologna based duo Nas1 comes up with their „Woodside EP“ on Odd Socks, after releases on labels like Bosconi Extra Virgin and Crimini Records. 3 raw and organic sounding tracks are offered to all the heads out there. „Kokooo“ opens the record with his crackling drum rack, dreamful layers and stumbling arrangement. The slow tempo fits the warm feeling on this tune perfectly. The second track on the a-side is called „50k“ and carries on with dirty drum sounds, but has a different approach. Highly emotional low-fi house meets sensitively used disco chops and creates a great groover with a unique touch to it. The striking bassline adds a nice drive to the piece and completes the track perfectly. „Exit 12-13“ takes over the b-side of this record and at the same time brings all the elements you’ve heard so far together. Bongos adding a certain feeling of djungle to the track which is accompanied by a weirdly sampled and chopped vocal. Wide sounds create a fluffiness where all the rawer sounds feel domestic and stand out as well. Overall this EP is compiled well, every single track suits the other and turns this vinyl into a nicely balanced work.

ODD009 – Nas1 – Woodside EP by Odd Socks Records

Artist: Nas1 (www.facebook.com/Nas1-193989047355253) Title: Woodside EP Label: Odd Socks (www.facebook.com/oddsocksrecords) Cat no. ODD009 Release date: November 2015

 

S.A.M. AND THE NAFF ARKESTRA – DELAPHINE005 – DELAPHINE:

Samuel André Madsen, also known for his Mandar project with Nick Putman and Charlie Naffah once again proves his magic touch. This lovely two tracker offers some minimalistic and improvisational flicks. The a-side takes you on a trip through lower frequencies, supported by reserved operating hi hats and pitched drums. A strong bassline adds a certain darkness to the tune and is the perfect foundation for the jazzy improvisation on top. Chords pop up everywhere and seduce your ears. This track is everything but average. „Untitled“ on the flip side is a typical S.A.M. track, groovy drum patterns, pounding kicks and powerful chords set every dancefloor on fire. Somewhere located between house and techno this track is a great addition to nearly everyones set. A playful track and some prime time madness meet here and end in a sweet record that’s put together gently.

S.A.M. & The Naff Arkestra – Beyond Synthesis EP (DELAPHINE005) by S. A. M.

Artists: S.A.M. & The Naff Arkestra EP: Beyond Synthesis EP Label: Delaphine Catalogue Number: Delaphine005 Written by: Samuel André Madsen, Charlie Naffah & Pierre Naffah. produced by: S.A.M. & Lazare Hoche in the Mandar Studio. Mastered by: Joel Krozer Format: 12″ Vinyl Year: 2015 Distributed by Subwax Bcn. enjoy!

Recent Records of the Week #45 // 2015

Highlights of the WeekRecent Records

MARQUIS HAWKES – SWEET – HOUNDSTOOTH:

With his EP SWEET Marquis Hawkes delivers a superb 4-tracker on Houndstooth, a label we never recognized so far. When I Get Home starts this beautifully compiled record, an outstanding r’n’b vocal which is filtered and looped just in the right amount to hypnotize you and connect you to the groove. Crisp drum patterns produce a great vibe without being to intense, soft strings carry on the atmosphere and the great feeling on this track. This definitely ist the outstanding work on this record. At the Witness Stand is the second track and adds another facette to the release, pounding drums, a heavy bassline and shuffled vocals take you back to NY and also remind us off the late 80s hip hop tracks. On the flip side SWEET continues with progressive vocal sampling, the repeating „woho“ combined with a sharp bassline make this one a solid peak time track that serves a nice old school touch. What a Relief closes the Ep with overpowered kicks and a lot of percussion use and the small sound snippets almost dance between the programmed drums to make this into a very powerful and strange track that could fit in-between in almost every acid house set.

Marquis Hawkes – Sweet [Houndstooth] by HoundstoothLBL

Taken from the ‚Sweet‘ EP. Buy 12″ from Houndstooth store and receive free WAVs upon release: http://store.houndstoothlabel.com/sweet.html | Download: http://found.ee/SweetDL

 

ALEX SEIDEL – MONEY $EX 04 – MONEY $EX:

Money $ex continues their legacy with releasing another sample based house record. Their fourth installment is Alex Seidel‘ first release and adds another great record to Money $ex‘ Catalogue. The Intro adds unusual sounds to the label, +encounter- is a synth-loaded ambient track that provides dark and suspect sounds. With Groove Attack as the second track on the a-side, things finally go in the known direction. Summerly chords supported by a funky bassline and perfect fitting strings generate a great feel good track that gets every dancefloor going. Smooth sample house at it’s best with well dosed use of percussion. Boogie Down Sessions opens the b-side and this breakbeat really carries you away. This is the exceptional work on Alex‘ 12-inch. Warm patterns popping up everywhere, on point percussions combined with perfect matching acid sounds turn this one into a cosmic dream. The follow-up track Midnight Circle combines all the sounds we heard before into a playful midtempo sample-house track supported by acid basslines, futuristic patterns and looped vocals. The outro w.t.t.d., like the intro +encounter-, depicts dark synth patterns, with industrial sounds and jarring strings which let this record come to an argumentative end.

M$004 – AL€X $€ID€L x OUT NOW by MONEY $EX RECORDS

PREORDER: https://oye-records.com/sgl.php?id=138846&aplay=0 A1 +encounter- (Intro) A2 Groove Attack B1 Boogie Down Sessions B2 Midnight Circle B3. W.T.T.D (Outro)

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