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Our favourite vinyl releases and reissues of April 2021

Electro boogie from Brazil, Broken Beats from London, Electro from Detroit, Techno from Amsterdam and more.

Here are some of our top picks from a fine month in electronic and soul jazz music.

 

Zopelar – Universo (Apron)

Electro, boogie, and deep house combine on the album from Sao Paolo’s Zopelar on the ever-more-essential Apron label from Funkineven. Also, check out Quaid – Dreem Static that came out on Apron this month.

 

K1 / Dopplereffekt – Star Gazing EP (Puzzlebox)

Electro kings Keith Tucker (Aux88) and Dopplereffekt on one record? This couldn’t fail.

 

Kaidi Tatham – An Insight To All Minds (First Word)

Another stellar album from the man known as the UK’s Herbie Hancock – Kaidi Tatham. An artist on an incredible run of form, mixing keys, funk, and broken beats together to produce a truly unique sound.

 

Dego – The Negative Positive (2000 Black)

Kaidi Tatham’s key collaborator follows up 2019’s “Too Much” with a new album mixing up techno, jazz, soul, and boogie. Features a track with Samii who you may recognise from her recent Figuring It Out release on 2000 Black.

 

Moodymann – Taken Away (KDJ)

KDJ’s recent critically acclaimed album finally gets the vinyl treatment and comes backed with a third 12″ featuring unreleased tracks from the “Demos, Cassettes, ADATs & Floppies Pt​.​1” release. Don’t sleep.

 

John Beltran / Nostalgic – Going Home EP (Back To Life)

An essential 12″ of dreamy Detroit techno finally gets the reissue from Back To Life.

 

The Abstract Eye – Epileptix EP (Neroli)

Neroli continues a close-to-flawless recent run of releases with 4 tracks of floating, retro-electro from The Abstract Eye. Pretty different from the labels recent housier releases but the quality remains high. Check out our interview with Neroli label boss Volcov here.

 

Jordan Gcz – Introspective Acid (Rush Hour)

Weirdo techno from one of the most underappreciated producers in the genre. There’s been a lot of talk recently about techno running out of ideas – Jordan GCZ keeps proving otherwise. If you want more of this then check out Jordan’s Patreon account where he “is creating music and teaching improv tools to unblock & unf*ck your music “.

 

Mirror Touch – Balancing EP (Metamorphic)

Dan Curtin’s Metamorphic label introduces another talent in the shape of London-based producer Mirror Touch – a modern update on vintage Detroit techno with a remix from Curtin himself.

 

Francois K – FK EP (Wave Music)

One of the all-time classic house tracks, Francois K’s Hypnodelic gets a reissue alongside 3 other key tracks from the US house legend’s unmatched production catalogue.

 

Love Drop – We Got To Get Our Shit Together (GAMM)

The second release on GAMM from Love Drop delivers two seriously heavy disco cuts aimed straight for the small basement clubs. “We Got Our Shit Together” is a disco jam that just builds and builds with big horns and orchestral strings. The b-side “Let it go” is a warmer vocal affair that drips of soul, funk…and of course mo’.

 

Alfa Mist – Bring Backs (Epitah)

Bring Backs reveals Alfa Mist’s journey as a producer, self-taught pianist and rapper as he takes us on a sonic trip back to his beat-making past on the streets of East London. Bring Backs shows why Alfa Mist remains a driving force behind a young and vibrant scene of UK jazz musicians.

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Quit Quittin – 7 highlights of Move D’s epic discography

“I am old enough to even remember a time before techno and electronic music – the word DJ didn’t mean that much…” —  David Moufang aka Move D

A man of many disguises and a serial collaborator, David Moufang aka Move D continues to amaze his audience today by releasing consistently brilliant EP’s and LP’s, year in, year out. A true veteran of the craft, Moufang has been commercially producing music for 25 years and has appeared on labels as varied as Running Back, Warp, Workshop, Uzuri and Underground Quality.

Moufang is undoubtedly among the artists that people passionate about electronic music should learn about and observing how he develops with time is especially interesting, considering how youthful and curious his sound became over time. Although not essential, it is best to take the time to listen to Moufang’s work in chronological progression as making this investment will help the listener appreciate how Moufang has unfurled over his 25-year career.

His sound isn’t by any means settled in a distinct style and his discography is a testament to his artistic versatility. The beginning of his discography sounds like a sci-fi soundtrack, whereas twenty years later, he produces drum-heavy funk-oriented material that rips dance floors apart. Even today, Moufang’s sound continues to be youthful and inquisitive.

 

 

Move D – Kunststoff

Kunststoff was big when it was released, and there’s no secret why — it’s a masterful blend of very rhythmic, almost IDM-ish Techno and an airy and atmospheric character. There were three represses of the LP in 1995 alone and most recently on AVA.

Move D speaks a lot about how much robotics, technology, and space have influenced him as an artist. These motives can be traced in his earlier work, and Kunststoff is an excellent example of that.

The most memorable feature of this LP is its mood. After giving the album a first listen, you’ll notice how eery and introspective it is. There are many gems on Move D’s debut album that will awaken even a modern crowd, but this minor-scale and self-questioning mood of the record makes it an armchair Techno classic.

Not only does Kunststoff pass the test of time, but it also stays relevant in the current House/Techno ecosystem. Furthermore, for the producers out there, this is one of the valuable examples of a piece of art from the times when plugins didn’t even exist.

 

Studio Pankow – Linienbusse

Linienbusse is a collective effort made by Jamie Hodge, Kai Kroker, and David Moufang. And although this isn’t a solo Move D project, it’s safe to say that this album is among Moufang’s most significant investments towards mastering the craft of electronic music.

The LP is an Electronica/Techno organic masterpiece packed with soul – it progresses, it moves, it breathes. There is a ghost in the machine.

The tracklist reads more like a bus itinerary that moves through a list of locations in Berlin. Musically speaking, Linienbusse does sound like a trip. The name of the album roughly translates from German as “Regular Busses” which suggests that the tracks are dedicated to the artists’ beloved sites in Berlin; after all, we’re influenced by what we see every day.

This breathtaking LP attempts to take its listener to the places where electronic music originated, by showing them its more emotive and meditative side.

 

Magic Mountain High – Workshop xx

Another impressive collaborative project that sees Move D join forces with Juju and Jordash. First seeing life on wax on Workshop in 2012, Magic Mountain High is an improvisational act that was born at the Freerotation Festival and has since been performing all over the world.

The untitled A-side is pretty much a ten-minute analogue excursion, with a profound and bold bass line, abundant percussion, and sound FX that takes you back to the time of “Kunststoff.” The B-side is much more playful. It has the same dense and rubbery drum section, but with joyful and even naïve melodies.

Also, check out the follow-up – Live At Freerotation

Deep Space Network was a collaboration between Moufang and fellow Heidelberg native, Jonas Grossmann which ran across 4 albums between 1994 and 2005. One of the highlights of the partnership is 1993’s Big Rooms.

Originally released on Moufang’s Source Records, it was given 2020 reboot and a long-awaited vinyl release on US label, re:discovery, Big Rooms is an 8 track ambient techno and breakbeat epic that lives up to the Deep Space Network name, as broken drum patterns and worm-hole traversing acid lines intertwine with glacial synths across a wide temp-range. Cinematic electronic music at its finest.

 

Reagenz – Playtime

Another collaboration, this time with Scottish producer and fellow serial-collaborator, Johah Sharp which is some of Moufang’s more club-focused output. The partnership has seen 4 albums with the highlight being 2008’s Playtime on Berlin’s Workshop label. Playtime combines live instrumentation (Dinner with Q), life-affirming anthems (Keep Building with Fred P), off-kilter rhythms (Confidence), and beatless excursions (Freerotation, Shibuya Day) into an incredibly diverse yet singular listening experience.

Also, check out 2014’s techno-focused live album Reagenz – The Periodic Table on New Yorks The Bunker label

 

Conjoint – Berger Hodge Moufang Ruit

The fusion of genres happens typically in very subtle ways. It looks for common denominators. “Berger Hodge Moufang Ruit” doesn’t do that. It pairs very straightforward analogue drums programmed by Moufang and Hodge, while Ruit Kraus plays the guitar, and Karl Berger gloriously plays the vibraphone.

This album wasn’t intended to be a smooth combination of electronic and live instruments, but rather as a clash of the two worlds. With two people programming drums and bass, you can imagine that the LP is strongly percussive and full of life. Rhythmically, this project has a very tribal character and often has a slowed-down and housey drum section.

The Wire magazine said that this album is easily comparable to Miles Davis’ ‘In A Silent Way.’ This serves as a testament to the importance of this LP both in Moufang’s roster and electronic music in general.

Also, check out Conjoint – Earprints

 

Move D – Workshop 13

Move D’s EP on Workshop is among the most exciting projects of his later career. Moufang has developed an affinity for heavily sampled and more classic House tropes, and Workshop 13 is an excellent showcase of his interest in this strain of electronic music.

Considering Moufang’s interest in improvisation and his long-term collaboration with Juju and Jordash in Magic Mountain High, Workshop 13 appears to be a live recording that has been trimmed and polished, rather than a carefully thought out project.

Either way, it’s rich and slightly agitated, but deep and meditative at the same time. Workshop 13 follows an aesthetic not too dissimilar to Theo Parrish. It’s not necessarily easy-going, it can’t be listened to mindlessly, and the sound is quirky and immediately recognizable – we think this a pretty good summary of Move D’s sound over the last 25 years.

Deep Space Network – Big Rooms

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The 30 Best Theo Parrish Tracks

“Music moves in such a way you can’t really talk about an artist using one set of adjectives because that would mean you’ve listened to all of their works; that would mean you’d come to a consensus about what that artist’s work does.” — Theo Parrish

He’s right.

We’ve listened to a lot of Theo Parrish records. If we had to describe his sound it would be that “it sounds like Theo Parrish”. Maybe it’s something in the equipment he uses, the records he’s sampling or something otherworldly. You often hear people refer to his sound as “raw”, but as this interview covers, he also does “nice”.

The Motor City producer has released on some of the best underground labels in the world such as Third Ear and Peacefrog Records and worked with producers both big and small including Carl Craig, Amp Fiddler and Duminie Deporres, as well as his fellow 3 Chairs members: Rick Wilhite, Moodymann and Marcellus Pittman. To add to this he’s produced several killer albums including “First Floor”, “Sound Sculptures Vol 1”, “Parallel Dimensions”, “American Intelligence”, and 2020’s “Wuddaji”. There is a lot to dig through.

One things for sure, he has produced some magical records over the last 25 years and here’s what we consider to be some of his best.

We’ve listed a lot of links where you can buy the vinyl for these releases but digital fans can head over to the Sound Signature website where you can find a lot of these to buy as WAV files.

 

Theo Parrish – The Rink (Buy)

 

Billy Love— Can’t Keep Running Away (produced by Theo Parrish) (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish – When The Morning Comes

 

Theo Parrish – Blueskies Surprise

 

Theo Parrish – Summertime Is Here (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish – Dan Ryan (Buy)

 

LoSoul — Behind Closed Doors (Theo Parrish Remix)

 

Theo Parrish – Soul Control (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish – Sky Walking (Buy)

 

LCD Soundsystem — 45:33 (Theo Parrish’s Space Cadet Remix)

 

Theo Parrish – Lost Angel

 

Theo Parrish — Synthetic Flemm (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish – Hennyweed Buckdance (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish — Early Byrd (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish, Lori, Silentjay, Perrin Moss, Simon Mavin, Paul Bender ‎– What You Wanna Ask For (Buy)

 

Green Pickles Featuring Billy Lo & Marcellus Pittman – Feedback (Produced by Theo Parrish)

 

Theo Parrish — Overyohead (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish – What U Cry 4

 

Theo Parrish – Ebonics

 

Theo Parrish & Marcellus Pittman — Night Of The Sagittarius

 

Theo Parrish – Electric Alleycat (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish – Solitary Flight (Buy)

 

Jill Scott – Slowly Surely (Theo Parrish remix)

 

Theo Parrish – Lake Shore Drive (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish ft. Maurissa Rose – This Is For You (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish – Kites On Pluto

 

Theo Parrish – Heal Yourself & Move (Buy)

 

Theo Parrish – Brain (Buy)

 

Kuniyuki – All These Things (Theo Parrish Remix Vocal Version)

 

Theo Parrish – Lost Keys

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The 20 Best Moodymann Tracks

“I don’t make music for the masses to dance to, I make music for the small majority that listens.” — Moodymann aka Kenny Dixon Jr.

Year after year, we encounter the same thing: the dusty, basement Jazz chords, the 70s and 80s golden-era Soul vocal samples and the bumping 909s. And year after year, no one quite manages to emulate that Moodymann style.

Kenny Dixon Jr. has been killing it since 1994 and along with fellow Motor City cohort, Theo Parrish epitomises the second wave of Detroit electronic music. From his debut album Silentintroduction, released under the masterful eye of fellow Detroit Techno pioneer Carl Craig for his Planet E label, through to the 2020 album, “Taken Away“, there are few artists in electronic music who can match Dixon’s output – this music has an identity that only true artists can achieve.

We felt it was time to celebrate over 25 year’s of greatness with a run through the tracks that we think are KDJ’s finest moments – here are the best Moodymann tracks.

I Like To Know

Featured on both the “Music Is…” and the “Inspirations…” releases, this is 9 minutes of classic Detroit house.

Kenny Dixon Jr. — Outerdrive

One of the stand-out tracks from the 3 Chairs project of Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, Rick Wilhite and KDJ.

Joy Pt 2

An ultimate closing tracks for any house club.

J.A.N

Minimal techno KDJ style with some clever spoken-word Prince samples and a brilliant switch-up halfway through.

I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits

KDJ turns one of Chics most euphoric tracks into a relentless heads-down groove.

Technologystolemyvinyle

A jazz-funk rollercoaster with a helping hand from fellow 3 Chairs member and Detroit producers, Rick Wilhite who also released a killer edit of the track on his 2018 release, The Godson IV.

Dem Young Sconies

Kenny takes an obscure synth record and loops it into a machine-driven, acid house monster.

Tribute (To The Soul We Lost)

Pensive chords, a hypnotic bassline and an abundance of Marvin Gaye samples. A dancefloor tribute to the Prince of Soul.

Track Four

Clattering percussion and some glorious edits show the jacking side of Dixon’s output.

Bosconi

The often-overlooked b-side to Dem Young Sconies; paranoid chords loop over JB’s style funk samples.

U Can Dance If U Want To

Prince-sampling house banger, probably KDJ’s most upfront track.

Amerika

KDJ loops up Idris Muhammed’s ’Turn That Mutha Out’ and layers over some explosive Gil-Scot Heron poetry.

Shades Of Jae

The quintessential KDJ track — featuring the use of Bob James “Spunky”, and another masterful use of a Marvin Gaye sample.

The Thief That Stole My Sad Days (Ya Blessin Me)

Sounds like a multi-musician live jam but we get the impression that instead, this is a collection of some of the best samples he’s ever used.

When She Follows

Deep 18 minute jazz cut on the often-overlooked Black Mahogani II EP.

Misled

The opening track from one of his key albums, Silentintroduction sets the tone for the magic ahead.

Winter Breeze

Bumping, loopy deep house from the classic Soul City label.

Norma Jean Bell – I’m The Baddest Bitch (Moodymann remix)

Long-time KDJ collaborator and key vocalist and saxophonist, Norma Jean Bell gets the remix treatment.

Black Mahogani

The closing track on the 2004 album of the same name – 8 and a half minutes of masterful sampling.

The Third Track

The flip side to the classic Misled on the 1996 “Don’t Be Misled” – a looping disco workout that will fill most floors.

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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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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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The 21 Best Carl Craig Remixes

Just the glimpse of the words Carl Craig remix on the tracklist of an otherwise unremarkable-looking EP will send DJs scrambling for their headphones, ready to have their ears and minds scrambled by the latest interpretation from the man who’s been likened to the Miles Davis of Techno.

Since his first remix in 1988, Carl Craig has an extraordinary 605 remixes credited to his name on Discogs. While not all of these have shown his true skill, the vast majority would make any producer envious of his ability to turn even the blandest pop track into a techno masterpiece capable of sending even the most critical dancefloor into raptures.

To celebrate the Detroit legends numerous gifts to sound systems across the globe, we’ve compiled the best ever Carl Craig remixes.

Cesaria Evora – Angola (Carl Craig remix) [2002]

Organic percussion, psychedelic synth and 909s collide in this killer building remix of Cape Verdean songstress Cesaria Evora.

 

Hugh Masekela – The Boy’s Doin’ It (Carl Craig remix) [2005]

Two historically politically charged cities join forces as Detroit meets Johannesburg as C2 tackles South African flugelhorn player Hugh Masekela.

 

Maurizio – Domina (Carl Craig’s mind remix) [1993]

A true house masterpiece as Craig energises Mark Ernestus and Mauritz Von Oswald’s dub techno with swinging 909s, sub-bass and mind-melting pad swirls.

 

Telex – Moskow Diskow (Carl Craig remix) [1998]

Odd-ball Italo gem from 1979 gets thumped up by C2 in one of his best remixes.

 

Theo Parrish – Falling Up (Carl Craig remix) [2005]

For many, the quintessential Carl Craig remix. Techno meets Jazz with stunning effect.

 

Faze Action – In The Trees (Carl Craig mix #1) [2007]

Opening with paranoid synths bursts, the track goes to the next level as those strings come into play.

 

Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Carl Craig Re-Version) [2004]

Thumping, psychedelic, big room techno

 

Tony Allen – Kilode (Carl Craig’s straight remix) [2007]

Fela Kuti’s drummer, Tony Allen gets transported into the future as a breaky intro full of street vocals leads into a ridiculously funky bassline, and quite possibly the best kick drum in house history.

 

Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig remix) [2006]

C2 turns the playful original into a sinister uptempo soundscape of arpeggio leads, hushed vocals and metallic pads.

 

Rhythm & Sound – Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig remix) [2006]

Craig, Ernestus and Von Oswald join forces again, this time on the Berlin duos Rhythm & Sound project as Craig takes Bobbo Shanti’s vocals out from under the smokey dub haze into the dancefloor stratosphere. Check out our guide to the best Rhythm & Sound records here

 

GusGus – Polyesterday (Carl Craig’s Shot In The Leg Dub) [1998]

A severely underplayed remix that easily stands the test of time despite being nearly 20 years old. All acid-riffs, floaty vocals and rolling claps. The vocal remix is equally as good.

 

Alexander Robotnick – Problèmes D’Amour (Carl Craig Remix) [2007]

The oddball Italo-tinged original gets looped up into a disco-house roller with jazzy drums edits breaking things up.

 

Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Relevee (Carl Craig remix) [2006]

An opening burst of kaleidoscopic synths slowly morphs into a full jazz workout over the space of 11 glorious minutes.

 

Hot Lizard – The Theme (Carl Craig Mix) [1995]

Nearly 23 years old and still sounding like the future.

 

Beanfield – Tides (C’s Movement #1) [2004]

At the time this was possibly a career-high for Craig, as he turns the soul-drenched original into a brooding-and-then-euphoric club masterpiece.

 

Factory Floor – Turn It Up (C2 remix) [2013]

A stripped-down 808-driven DJ tool of the highest calibre

 

Ultramarine – Hooter (Carl Craig / Ver. 1.1) [1994]

808s, tribal rumbles and quintessential Detroit synths collide

 

Incognito – Out Of The Storm (C’s Planet E Special Mix) [1996]

Jazzy, mellow brilliance

 

Directions – Busted Trees (C’s Spacestrumental) [2004]

C2 takes the coffee-table jazz original and turns it into a string-driven wonder that builds over the space of 8 and a half glorious minutes.

 

Dave Angel – Airborne (Carl Craigs Drums Sucks remix) [1995]

12 minutes of beatless Detroit techno

 

Carl Craig Vs. Johnny Blas – Picadillo 7 (A Lo Blas) [1999]

Another beatless excursion, this time on a remix of Latin conguero Johnny Blas.

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The 16 Best Chez Damier Songs

“Vinyl is like a book. Because it was never about making money in the first place, I can now have fun again doing the vinyl bit and leave the digital to those who wanna take it and make it into an empire. I have no intentions of making music into an empire.”  – Chez Damier

Born in a suburb of Chicago, Anthony Pearson, better known as Chez Damier, has been one of the true pioneers of electronic music. From running seminary music establishment, The Music Institute in Detroit alongside Alton Miller and Derrick May, to his involvement in running Kevin Saunderson’s legendary KMS label, through to working with leading producers such as MK, Ron Trent, Stacey Pullen and Saunderson himself, Chez has done it all.

Together with Ron Trent, Chez owned the prolific Prescription label, widely regarded as one of the finest house imprints ever and the duo nurtured; a sound what would eventually become known as deep house.

After his split from Prescription in 1997, there was a lengthy period of inactivity. Eventually, Damier releases started appearing again sporadically until 2009 when he joined the roster of Germany classic house and techno label, Mojuba. Damier now releases exclusively through the label, but past productions have seen the light of day from other essential labels such as his own label Balance, Eddie Leader’s Hudd Traxx, Popcorn Records and Track Mode .

Quite a list of achievements.

To pay our homage to one of the pioneers of house music, we’ve compiled a list of his most notable tunes, true gems and future classics that shall never be forgotten.

 


 

A Work In Progress – Moment Of Truth (Yore)

A collaboration between Priceless One and Chez, this is deep house perfection combining jazzy and organic elements.

 

Chez Damier & MK – The Feeling (Mojuba)

Chez & MK were fairly prolific as a partnership and “The Feeling” is a fine example of the quality of their work.

 

Chez N Trent – All About You

Previously unreleased until 2009, Chez and his long-term production partner Ron Trent drops killer tribal rhythms.

 

Alton M – I Like Havin’ You (Cyren America)

Damier on production duties for another member of deep house royalty, the severely underrated Alton Miller.

 

 

Noni – Teach/Keep Me

Chez and Ron Trent take snippets from Midway – Set It Out and create near perfection. Backed with a quality Kai Alce remix on the flip.

 

Chez Damier featuring Antonie – Close (Balance Recordings)

One of his many tracks that were heavily influenced by jazzy elements – packed full of brass and piano riffs.

 

Chez Damier – Can You Feel It (Club Vocal) (KMS)

The vocal version of Chez Damier’s most notable song. MK’s Dub edit was the reason that took this record all over the world.

 

Chez Damier & Stacey Pullen – Forever Monna (Prescription)

Chez and Detroit OG Stacy Pullen combine for one of the most prizes tracks in his discography.

 

Chez Damier – Close (Distance)

“Close” drops a big vocal showing the more emotional side of Damier’s output.

 

Chez N Trent – Morning Factory (Prescription)

This one should need no introduction. Damier and Trent combine on what is easily one of the best deep house tracks of all time.

 

Chez Damier – Take Me Away (Not On Label)

Released in 2015 via less-than-legal means, this is actually Damier’s edit of David Morales’ remix of none other than Mariah Carey.

 

Chez Damier ft. Leroy Burgess – Your Love (Balance)

“Your Love” with Leroy Burgess on vocal duties was one of first track released after Chez Damier’s comeback in 2004 after a 7 year break.

 

Chez Damier – Help Myself (Mojuba)

Damier’s second release on Mojuba, widely regarded as one of the best deep house records around.

 

Chez Damier & Ron Trent – Foot Therapy (Prescription)

One of Ron & Chez’s finest – thumping, soulful and jazzy.

 

Chez Damier – Untitled B1 (KMS)

Probably Chez’s finest solo moment – the quintessential deep house record with those disco strings.

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The 10 Best Ambient/Electronic Releases of 2018 (So Far)

Introducing Josh Reid, one half of Space Afrika, a dubbed out ambient duo hailing from the north of England.

With releases on Sferic, a recent mix for Fact Mag and a show on NTS, Josh alongside partner, Josh Inyang have developed a unique sound that borrows from the the menace of Berlin dub techno and merges it with beatless ambience to produce a unique, smokey soundscape.

As well as a producer, Josh is a killer selector so for his inaugural post for Sound Shelter, he puts together his favorite recent ambient and electronic releases.

‘It’s never easy selecting my favourite music for the moment but after listening to countless amazing sounds I’ve narrowed it down. I’ve been digging these 10 tracks mostly over the past month or so and chose them based on feelings and moods, That have been consistent with the year so far. Optimistic !’


Pontiac Streator & Ulla Straus – Chat

‘Chat 1’

‘Chat 1’ comes as the third release via the west mineral imprint. More beat focused that its predecessors, ‘Chat 1’ is like a meeting with a Shaman. Tribal elements with murky bass and pads feel as though one is walking through a swamp of sound. Image the idea of an ayahuasca trip taking you through primitive lands. Amazing.

Listen/Buy Pontiac Streator / Ulla Straus – Chat

 

 Rian Treanor – RAVEDIT

‘Untitled 2’

Nothing but feels on this one. Reminiscing about late night raves, this one is sure to make floors move. Quick step vibes and emotive vocal samples create nothing but euphoric moments. Another forward thinking release from Rian Treanor.

Listen/Buy Rian Treanor – RAVEDIT

Topdown Dialectic – S/T

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‘B4’

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Anonymous producer ‘ Topdown Dialect’ brings filtered dread and lost soundscapes with consistency. The addition is the dynamic range in which each sound is defined .’B4′ is slow stepping and Dubby. Kick back with your headphones and enjoy the sound design for a personal listening experience.

 

 Samuel Kerridge – The I is Nothing

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‘Fascination Sustain’

Downwards on form again. Dystopian Techno with unparalleled patterns. Had this one on repeat for some time now. BUY ON SIGHT.

Listen/Buy Samuel Kerridge – The I Is Nothing

 

Madteo – Unrescuable Dense Musik Of The Blah Blahs

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‘Untitled’

This takes you through the mind of Madteo. one of the most interesting artists out there. The cassette channels so many different genres with NY distortion and dirt. Imagine hanging out with a boombox on the corner. Proper

Kareem Lotfy – QTT10

‘Equilibrium’

Delicately laid out pads and soft notes have been the theme to my UK Summer so far. Coming via the great Quiet Time Tapes, this has been the perfect follow up from his release on PAN ‘fr3sh’. Highly recommended this to ambient lovers.

Abul Mogard – Above All Dreams

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‘Upon The Smallish Circulation’

‘Upon the smallish circulation’ is an ambient / modern classic dream. Serious depth and attention paid to each sound leaves the listener transfigured after the track has ended. The automation throughout creates a hypnotic feel leading to afternoon daydreaming.

Listen/Buy Abul Mogard – Above All Dreams

Bovel – Check 4 U

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‘Check 4 U’

A Manchester classic makes it way back into the fold. Killer record. Massive insight into the ‘street soul’ sounds from the mid 90’s. Sweet vocals and cascading bass makes this perfectly enjoyable as a home listen and club environment.

Listen/Buy Bovel – Check 4 U

 

Miss Red – K.O

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‘War’

Experimental Dancehall comes via Miss Red. This is a ecstatic listen into modern club music with production by The Bug. Miss red’s vocals are refreshing throughout and capture Jamaica’s hedonistic genre. Distorted bass and fizzled percussion make this a serious stepper.

Listen/Buy Miss Red – K.O

 

Kutiman – Don’t Hold Onto The Clouds

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‘Behind The Noise’

The Multi talented Kutiman channels new age ambient on this one. A meditative listen with focus on folk and roots. Beautiful percussion with reverb overlays droning pads and falling notes. Perfect evening listen !

Listen/Buy Kutiman – Don’t Hold The Clouds


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The 10 Best Rhythm & Sound Tracks

Rhythm & Sound is one of several projects linked to the mysterious Berlin dub-techno duo Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus. They released a series of 10″ records on Burial Mix and 12″ records on Rhythm & Sound, both labels distributed by Hardwax.

Von Oswald and Ernestus’ Rhythm & Sound recordings are much more dub-influenced and less techno-orientated than the duo’s previous, and more legendary, dub-techno recordings as Basic Channel and Maurizio.

Where those earlier recordings synthesized a Detroit-influenced style of minimal techno with dub-reggae bass lines, the late-’90s Rhythm & Sound productions emphasized the dub-reggae aesthetic.

Here are our favourites from their outstanding discography, where the deep, FX-driven warmth of Jamaican dub meets the ice cold, machine patterns of techno.


Mango Drive

 

Roll Off

 

Rhythm & Sound ft Tikiman – Music A Fe Rule

 

Free For All (Soundstream remix)

 

Rhythm & Sound ft Savage –  Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQkdYkd3HDo

 

Trace

 

Aerial

 

Carrier

 

No Partial

 

Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig remix)

 


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