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Byron The Aquarius drops new album Ambrosia on Jeff Mills’ Axis Recordings

The US-based producer Byron The Aquarius drops “Ambrosia” on Jeff Mill’s Axis Recordings in October.

Described by Mills as “…a fantastic mix between Soulful House and Jazz Music with a touch of Blues”, the forthcoming album features collaborations with live musicians including drummer “Lil John” Roberts, trumpeter Dashil Smith, and flute from Rasheeda Ali.

When discussing his choice of Byron – real name Byron Blaylock – for the album, Mills said: “I was convinced that he had all the qualities that might be needed to create a groundbreaking album and after a few discussions we agreed on a game plan that would stretch over about 18 months.”

The album was recorded in a two-day session, and then due to travel restrictions, mixed down across 3 different US regions – Chicago, Miami, and Byron’s home in Alabama – using state of the art web technologies.

Blaylock is a serial collaborator as well as an esteemed artist of his own, having featured on world-class labels such as Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature, Eglo, and BBE. He’s also contributed to releases from Atlanta-based House DJ/Producer Kai Alce and played keys on Flying Lotus’s seminal “Roberta Flack” from the LA-based producers “Los Angeles” album.

Tracklist:

A1. New Beginning (Original Mix). Keyboards/Synth and all other programming: Byron The Aquarius, Flute: Rasheeda Ali

A2. Space & Time (Original Mix). Keyboards/Synth: Byron The Aquarius, Drums: Lil John Roberts, Trumpet: Dashill Smith, Bass Guitar: Chocolat Costa, Rhythm Guitar: Sheldon Ferguson

B.    Edgewood Ave. Keyboards/Synth: Byron The Aquarius, Drums: John Roberts, Trumpet: Dashill Smith, Bass Guitar: Chocolat Costa

C1. Spirit Of Juju (Original Mix). Keyboards/Synth: Byron The Aquarius, Flute: Rasheeda Ali, Drums: Lil John Roberts, Guitar: Sheldon Ferguson

C2. Space & Time (Jam Session). Keyboards/Synth: Byron The Aquarius, Drums: Lil John Robert, Bass Guitar: Chocolat Costa, Guitar:  Sheldon Ferguson

D1. Timeless (Vocal Mix). Keyboards/Synth and all other programming: Byron The Aquarius, Vocals: Byron The Aquarius, Trumpet: Dashill Smith, Flute: Rasheeda Ali

D2. Timeless (Alternative Dub Mix). Keyboards/Synth and all other programming: Byron The Aquarius, Vocals: Byron The Aquarius, Trumpet: Dashill Smith, Flute: Rasheeda

Byron The Aquarius – “Ambrosia” will be out via Axis Records as double-vinyl and digital on October 16th, 2020

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Theo Parrish’s new album Wuddaji is here

The Detroit house icon returns with Wuddaji – the follow up to 2014’s American Intelligence

Anyone who picked up the vinyl release of Theo Parrish & Maurissa Rose – “This Is For You” will have noticed an exciting message on the outer sleeve – Taken From The Forthcoming Album Wudajji. And the wait is finally over.

Following the challenging “American Intelligence” album which split opinions, samples of Theo’s new album have surfaced on Soundcloud and it sounds magnificent.

His recent output on his Sound Signature label which includes the three-part “Gentrified Love” series, saw him call in appearances from artists such as Australian soul outfit, Hiatus Kyote,  vocalist Jovia Armstrong, and Detroit producer Waajeed, as well as previous collaborators Amp Fiddler, Duminie DePorres, and Craig Huckaby. No word on collaborators yet but we expected Parrish to have leant on a stellar array of musicians for the new LP.

After finishing the second decade of the twenty-first century with the immaculate “This Is For You”, it seems like Theo is going to start the third decade in a similar fashion.

Release date is 18th September 2020.

Tracklist

1. Theo Parrish – Hambone Capuccino
2. Theo Parrish – Radar Detector
3. Theo Parrish – This Is For You with Maurissa Rose
4. Theo Parrish – Wuddaji
5. Theo Parrish – Hennyweed Buckdance
6. Theo Parrish – Angry Purple Birds
7. Theo Parrish – Who Knew Kung Fu
8. Theo Parrish – All Your Boys Are Biters
9. Theo Parrish – Knew Better Do Better

Sound Signature · Theo Parrish – Wuddaji

Explore the complete Theo Parrish discography on Sound Shelter

 

 

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Introducing the new Sound Shelter app

Over the last few months, we’ve been working through all that 2020 has thrown at us. Through all the worry, fear, hope and transformation, music has continued to be a positive constant. The industry that surrounds music has unfortunately turned out to be far more negative than we ever expected, but the most important thing – the sound that comes into your ears, and the feelings it generates – continues to thrive and will exist far beyond everything attached to it.

It’s been a difficult time, and independent artists, labels, and record stores have felt this especially.

The goal of Sound Shelter has always been three things:

– help music fans to find more music, and better ways to buy it.
– generate new exposure (and record sales) for independent artists and labels,
– help independent records thrive by driving new customers to them, and to keep the underground music culture alive.

To keep the journey going, we’ve been busy building a brand new Sound Shelter app. It’s kind of like Tinder for finding new music.

On the app, you can swipe through hundreds of thousands of new and old records, listen to audio clips of each one, and then when you find the one you like, we’ll match you with a record shop that has the record in stock.

We have 30+ of the world’s best record stores listed, and adding new ones all the time – we only list stores that ship fast and use great packaging. We’re also adding download stores, including Bandcamp.

You can also follow your favourite artists and labels and get an instant notification as soon as they release a new record – perfect for avoiding the Discogs sharks.

We hope this app can help you find some new records for your collection, and also help keep the doors open at stores.

The app is iOS only at the moment, and we would love to hear your feedback/ideas on how we can make it even better. Any reviews on the app store would be greatly appreciated too.

You can download below

Special shout outs to Filippo Mursia and Miranda Jean for their expert guidance along the way.

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Moodymann’s announces new album Taken Away

The Detroit house icon returns with Taken Away – the follow up to 2018’s Sinner

Following last years killer “Sinner” EP which featured standout tracks I’ll Provide, I Think Of Saturday, and Downtown, “Taken Away” promises to be a great addition to KDJ’s enviable back catalogue.

The album is out now and you can listen and buy on Bandcamp right now.

Explore the complete Moodymann discography on Sound Shelter

 

 

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Stream 28+ hours of music by Ron Trent

We’ve compiled the whole Spotify back catalogue of the legendary US house producer.

 

There aren’t many producers who’ve influenced house music as much as Ron Trent. From his early work like “Altered States”, his collaborations with fellow hall of famer, Chez Damier, through to his skilful A&R and artistic contributions to the seminal Prescription label, Trent has continued to push a level of quality that has kept his candle burning bright.

Trent’s first release came out nearly 30 years ago, The Afterlife on Warehouse Recordings, and he’s continued to be a prolific artist and remixer with hundreds of tracks. So to give you an overview of his masterful discography, we’ve built a 28+ hours Spotify playlist featuring both original work and remixes.

Get the playlist here

 

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Andrés drops new album ‘IV’ on Moodymann’s Mahogani Music

The Detroit producer will release his first album in 8 years on 25th November.

Following his recent ‘All U Gotta Do Is Listen‘ on Hizou Deep Rooted Music, Andrés – real name Humberto Hernandez – is set to  release a new 16 track album.

The fourth instalment in his album series continue his exploration of soul, funk, and latin influences and features a mixture of brand new tracks and recent hits including the Earth, Wind & Fire sampling ‘Might Tribe’ as well as a new version of 2012’s killer hit ‘New For U’.

As well as recording under the Andrés alias, Hernandez also DJ’d in J Dilla’s Slum Village as well as appearances in Detroit supergroup The Rotating Assembly which features Motor City artists including Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, and Rick Wilhite.

Buy Andres – Andres IV on Sound Shelter

Tracklist

01. Back In The Old Times
02. Mighty Tribe
03. I’ll Wait 4 U
04. What’s Ur Name Again
05. Truth Serum
06. New For U
07. Illuminate
08. Free
09. Waist Deep
10. Learn 2 Love (Yoruba Love Dub)
11. Run Dat Shit
12. Pleasure
13. King
14. New For U (Live)
15. What’s It Gonna Be
16. Jungle Pain

 

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Clark returns to Throttle Records with new EP, Branding Problem

The Warp legend takes it back to the source with 2 riff-heavy dancefloor movers.

UK producer Clark – real name Chris Clark – will return to his Throttle Records in November with two tracks showcasing his strong influences and world class production ability.

The title track takes nods from Detroit, Chicago, Belgium and the M25 rave circuit while “Legacy Pet” focuses more on hardcore, jungle and rave.

Clark said “I’ve been quite amused at how easy it is to stream background music these days. How accessible it all is and how entitled we all feel to it, like it’s some sort of air freshener you spray in your Uber.

For some reason I’m imagining a future where Elon Musk does a streaming deal, so he can prance around controlling nano implant VR chips for 1 million amortal coastal elites, while the rest of us don’t have electricity and only manage one rave a year – to a sound system powered by rationed candles. This is music for that fantasy scenario, ha. “

Clark – Branding Problem will be released on Throttle Records on 22nd November 2019

 

 

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Stream 23 hours of music from Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label

We’ve compiled the whole Spotify back catalogue of the legendary Detroit label.

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone who knows Sound Shelter that we are huge fans of Theo Parrish and his Sound Signature label.

Since it’s inception back in 1997 with Parrish’s “Musical Metaphors”, the label has gone on to release music from some of the world’s finest underground artists including Alton Miller, Byron The Aquarius, Omar S, Specter, as well as 3 Chairs – the Detroit house supergroup featuring Moodymann, Rick Wilhite, Marcellus Pittman, and Parrish himself.

As a homage to the inspirational music that’s come out over the last 20 years, we’ve gathered together a 23+ hour Spotify playlist of the Sound Signature back catalogue for you to stream.

Get the playlist here

As always, if you like the music, get hold of a physical copy. You won’t regret it.

You can dig through the Sound Signature vinyl discography on Sound Shelter

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Reggie Dokes makes his MATE debut with the “From Detroit to Madrid” EP

The Atlanta-via-Detroit producer joins Spaniards Manuel Costela and Rafa Santos for the Madrid based label’s third release

 

Following recent appearances from top deep house producers, Javonntte and Gari Romalis, Spanish label MATE continue their impressive A&R with a new 12″.

The release features the trademark leftfield deep house sound of Dokes, alongside more upfront efforts from Spanish producer Manuel Costela, and label boss Rafa Santos.

Reggie Dokes has released on essential house labels such as his own Psychostasia, People of Earth, and Patrice Scott’s Sistrum, while Madrid based Costela has output on his Bucketround label.

Reggie Dokes / Manuel Costela / Rafa Santos – From Detroit to Madrid will be released on MATE by the end of 2019.

Check out our recent interview and mix from Reggie Dokes

 

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Sassy J curates Patchwork compilation for Rush Hour

The Dutch label taps up one of the world’s most underrated selectors for a new compilation.

Swiss selector, Sassy J has collaborated with Rush Hour for a new compilation based upon the ethos of her Patchwork night. The 13 track release – 10 of which are unreleased – from producers covering the deeper spectrum including Larry Heard as Mr Fingers, Hanna, Dego as 2000Black, as well as Flying Lotus collaborator Georgia Ann Muldrow.

The Patchwork night sees the Swiss selector – real name Judith Biffiger – invite her favourite DJs to her home town of Bern as well as slots in London, and has seen appearances from the likes of Theo Parrish, Floating Points, MF DOOM, and Moodymann.

Patchwork comes out on 12th December 2019 on vinyl, CD & digital.

Tracklist

1. Farrah Boulé – Mother Of Mantras
2. Warm – Blue Sunrise
3. 2000Black – Plastic Jam
4. Hanna – Spaceland
5. Alex Attias & Sassy J Present OJA – Jelly Bubble Rise
6. Nu-Era – Mirror Images
7. GB – The Projector
8. Aardvarck – Aap Noot
9. Mr. Fingers – Survivor
10. Georgia Anne Muldrow – Always
11. Carlos Niño & Friends – Mushroooooomslive feat. Jamire Williams and Josh Johnson
12. Ivan “Mamão” Conti – Amazon Orison
13. WaH-ChU-KU – Phereo In The House