Rune Lindbaek has been spinning in & around Oslo since 1984. Nineteen Eighty Four. He’s also been putting out music under his own name, two aliases and as part of fourteen groups, bands or collectives. Whilst he’s not had the breakout success of say, Terje or Thomas, he’s been a slow burning member of the incredible Scandinavian Disco scene since day, who’s having a bit of a moment with recent remixes and releases on the likes of Smalltown Supersound,  Lets Get Lost Japan, Aficionado & International Feel.

Released December 2015 with a catalog number of 001 on his own Norsk Tripping label, NT is a tidy showcase of dubby, funky edits from mr Lindbaek…. thanks Rune!

 

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Having released one of our favourite tracks of 2015 in Dan & Medlar’s ‘Walk’, the Delusions Of Grandeur label are at it again with Ugly Drum’s ‘Like Its OK’ – which forms part of their 50th release: Delusions50.

Kolour LTD regular, Ugly Drums – aka Steffen Baldo – holds court in the middle of the release with a raw, organic percussive number that stomps and shuffles it’s way through 7 minutes punctuated by carefully chosen cuts of soul vocals, huge syncopated bass hits and replete with undulating organs, a sound the label has become renown for. Capped off with long drawn out strings, the only thing that makes us happier than seeing Delusions Of Grandeur hit 50 is to know they’ve done so with such a choice cut.

Ok, Ok, so this album got absolutely hammered when it came out, but we don’t care, we’re off to see him this Friday and we can’t wait. Set to headline live at Dance Tunnel, Soichi Terada will also be joined by Daniel Wang and John Gomez to complete a line-up that’s got us flush with excitement. 

Now it was a tough call which tune to go with, whether ‘Saturday Love Sunday’ for it’s sheer analogue brilliance; ‘Do it Again’ because it’s such an anthem or ‘Love Tension’ – which sounds like a beautiful, lost early-90s 4AM anthem. In the end though we plumped for CPM for that intro and the fact it does nothing but put a smile on our face. We’ll see you down the front on Friday, we’ll be the ones wearing grins.

We’ve been keeping tabs on vinyl only label Rothmans for a while now. Most of their releases have been in a retro vein, keeping things stripped back to a classic drum machines pootling along to infectious synth lines with a bit of sample thrown in for good measure. Certainly a job well done, but we were somewhat surprised to find that “The Mario Tresor Release” featured a b-side remix by Folkestone legend Brassica.

Shamelessly contemporary, the remix is an 8 minute powerhouse that keeps on giving. The acid and trance influenced lines of the original are set atop a driving bass that sustains an unfaltering momentum throughout, but the the real magic lies in the exotic original sound design, phasing vocals and melody. After moments of almost Egyptian flavour, the winding elements converge into chord stabs to lift the veil of mystery into euphoria.

This one’s a bit of an epic, but nonetheless a perfect peak time party tune that transitions through some great places.

Magdy el Hossainy might not be to well known to the western world. An Egyptian keyboardist who once played in the legendary  Umm Kulthum’s band.

Magdy worked alongside many of finest Egyptian musicians around in the 60’s and 70’s. Recording for bands of Abdel Halim Hafez whilst laying down his own work.

Music de Carnaval is one of Magdy’s own productions that has been rereleased by Pépite Records. Pressed onto a 7″, this record has the original track on the A side which exudes that experimental and psychedelic sound that was so rife around the Middle East at that time.

The B side is a fortified funk re-drum by Steven J who has seen the likes of Medlar remix his own original productions.

We were lucky enough to get a copy of this limited pressing so if you do stumble upon one snap it up as its already going for silly money on Discogs!!

Ethereal echo meet Cumbia squiggle. Los Disco Duro (The Hard Disc Drive) ‘recreates classic cumbia themes with vintage synthesizers and modern afro-carribean percussion topped with vocoder enhanced robot vocals. They also write sexy tropical originals for the dancefloor.’ POW!

Los Disco Duro – La Vida Es Un Carnival

What kind of spirit gives rise to this level of DE-formed latin groove? Part of the Disco Mas stable, these lads are reaping spooky funk on the planet from someplace in the future one 7″ at a time! And now for the dub…

Los Disco Dura – La Vida Es Un Versión

All in all a nice one-two latin smash. Play the first one at peak time, then play the other at the afters and double down the vibe!

This one has become a bit of a secret weapon for us over the last two months. Taken from the third installment of Freestyle Records’ popular ‘Black Feeling’ series and available as a limited 7”, The Manuel Azevedo Quartet deliver a rolling melange of irresistible Brazilian jazz and rhythms that will leave even the most stiff-in-the-leg leaping about to it’s bloco beats. The beauty of this tune is it’s raw energy allowing it to sit comfortably during peak-time hours – an absolute gem.

 

Here’s a new feature we’ll be running from time-to-time… it’s a succinct selection of photos from our recent party at The Yard, Hackney. To go along with that we’ve each picked out a track we shared that night, to share with those who couldn’t make it for whatever reason.

At this point we should say mass thanks to all the drinkers, the dancers & the late night romancers

Looking forward to getting stuck back into the Yard at some point in the coming months

Matt
DJ Nori – Happy Sunday (Maurice Fulton Remix)
RB043

Chris
Alexander Robotnick – Problèmes D’Amour
ZZ 20 003

Yusif
John Ozila – Funky Boogie
Vogue 101248

Will
Jack Pattern – Revolting Stud
Release: XXX01

Simon

Red 7 – I Lost My Shoes On Acid
Pressed by MPO

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One of our favourite releases so far this year, Joakim Bouaziz (a.k.a Jimi Bazzouka) works his magic on what is his third edits only release aptly named Edits Vol.3.

The Frenchman has had a prolific producing career releasing original material and reworks since 2002 while starting up his own record label Tigersushi. Edits Vol.3 was released on Crowdspacer Records, a sub label of Tigersushi.

All three tracks on this release are beefed up edits of unearthed African folk songs. The pick of the three has to be ‘So So Ye’, a deep and soulful re-work of Malian duo Amadou & Mariam’s ‘Se Te Djon Ye’. Bazzkouka has stayed pretty true to the original song adding layers of drums and percussion with a warbling bass line. It all builds up to that special moment when the vocals drop. And boy is it something special. We dropped this at our last party and it went down an absolute treat.

Since it’s conception in 2009, Cocktail d’Amore has become an unmissable feature of the Berlin calendar. Started by Italian duo Discodromo with Berghain resident Boris, the liberal air of rulelessness, sexuality and well meaning hedonism sees the baton gratuitously passed from long established parties like about:blank’s Hom-O-Patik. But in addition to throwing wild nights, where hairy bears in harnesses rub shoulders with open minded heteros, Cocktail d’Amore has created a prolific label releasing breakthrough music.

“Spring” is the A-side from Israeli-born producer Omer’s offering of celestial house. The track begins with stripped back carnival rhythms that gradually dissipate into digital drum machines. Enter the exotic arpeggiated synth, running in beautiful euphoric cycles, breaking down to a tranquility further elevated by a tonal riser that could lift the most stoically homophobic of crowds into a swooning mess of campness.

Playful, powerful and beautiful, this track captures some of the unique atmosphere of those dark Neukoelln days and nights. To find out more, check out the liner notes from the last Cocktail d’Amore compilation, written by Balihu label head Daniel Wang sharing his perspective on our favourite Berlin gay bash.