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!

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.

British born, native Korean, Berlin resident Peggy Gou is a bit of a cultural melange. With her debut “Art of War EP” on Matt Edwards’ Rekids imprint this year making waves, Peggy is following up with a two track single on Phonica’s White Label.

“Six O Six” is the quirky b-side, and a lesson in Korean counting. Subsurface live bongos patter beneath the robotic rotation of a 606.  Hi-hats have been charged through desk pres to the point of white noise, while dueling 303s take on blip and blop duties. All very text book, all very fun, but what set’s the tune apart is the deadpan vocals, and interacting pad parts that give a softer touch to the hallmarks of acid tuffness.

Keep eyes and ears open for a forthcoming release on Rekids, plus Ms. Gou’s illustrations, which are hotly tipped to be released as a new range of tees on Love Hangover.

We’re more convinced that Melbourne is really where it’s at day by day – a pretty shit thought when you realise it’s half the fucking World away. Having given us producers such as Harvey Sutherland, M5K and Andy Hart – the city has firmly garnered a reputation as a hotbed for future-boogie meditations on analogue rhythm and sound. Add to that list Andy Wilson – aka András – whose latest release has just come out on Superconscious Records.

By no means András’ first outing – having released some dreamy EPs on the likes of Dopeness Galore and Mexican Summer – the release is a marked departure from his trademark blissful style with a notable lean to the dance-floor on pitched-up lead track ‘T.N.T.F’. However, it’s the track ‘Gold Coast (House Mix)’ that really does it for us –  a track we think perfectly combines his penchant for a cloud nine jam with his new under-taking to create some memorable post-3 a.m. moments.

Vahagn’s recent Deep Probe EP shows why he’s so much more than a deep house Deej. His productions elicit a prominent musicality, fed by his clear ability to bind & structure a track.  Released around a year ago on Paradise Valley Records, it’s taken a while to filter through to us via a track we first heard on Orange’s BIS mix. We’re glad it has.

Harmonically , the title track is a smooth peak time banger, charged low-end energy, rolling drums climbing on synths to reach a helluva drop. It’s a track to get lost in, the type of which all too often sounds a mess. But no, Vahagn manages the palette well and turns this into the aforementioned smooth peak time banger you want it to be.

Meanwhile on side B, Uralove is an electric harp for martians affair, whilst the 3rd Element is an exploration of pads & piano, beautifully combined.

Stockholm jazz man Seegweed has put together three top edits, forthcoming / nearly out now on the excellent G.A.M.M. records. Have a range back through their catalogue when you get a chance..

Our pick is the souley smooth beauty ‘Save Your Love’. Underpinned by a grooving drum line, the track lets Nancy breathe. Impeccably mixed, the reason this works is that the acid edge is way way down in the mix, whilst Nancy keeps it front and centre. This one’s getting played on Friday at our party…. thanks Seegweed!!!

 

Detroit homeboy Moodymann has coupled up with Carhaart WIP to put out a 7″ limited to 500 copies and some clothes. The collab is a revival of Mahogani Music and a celebration of Detroit by two of the leading exports. We ripped the tracks in low quality so you can listen to them below.

Side A features a short version of the much loved “J.A.N.” which was originally pressed to 200 copies and been steadily rising in price on Discogs for the past few years. It’s always was, and still is, a perfectly formed deep house slice.

Side B features an original track, which heavily references Carhaart WIP and Detroit. “5800 Cass Ave” is the location of the Carhaart store in downtown Detroit, and the track runs for 3 min 13 secs – Eminem EYHO. This one sounds like floating vocals and spacey drums, switching to detroit orchestra arrangement and back.

Thanks to the Carhaart WIP store Old Street for helping us get our hands on a copy. You have great clothes and top nice staff.

Label: Carhartt WIP ‎– CORE 063-2
Format: Vinyl, 7″, Limited Edition

The Very Polish Cut Outs crew are back for what is sadly their very last sampler – we don’t need to tell you to be quick on this one. It’s packed to the rafters with choice cuts from behind the Iron Curtain, carefully state-planned for your audible pleasure and firm proof that the Communist Party really was just that.

Our choice here, and it’s a tricky one, is the Daniel Drumz edit of Na Kolana Pastuszkowie by Laboratorium. No, we don’t know how to pronounce it either – something about shepherds according to Google translate. Anyway, it’s a bouncy balearic number replete with marimba and provides an overall sense that things perhaps weren’t as grey and drab out East as we were made to think.

Strong Dub

Label: Secret Mixes Fixes

Release: FIX17

Long standing edit label Secret Mixes Fixes latest release is one to watch out for. The white label enterprise have been releasing DJ friendly cuts since 2003 and is run by the mysterious Ronaldo Mystique. Since its inception S.M.F have released numerous white labels with Gay Marvine, who now runs S.M.F’s sub label Bath House Etiquette ( a how to guide on gay discos ).

Vol.17 features four choice edits from The Fantasy with our favourites on the A side. A1 is an edit of Caroline Crawford’s ‘Coming on Strong’.  ‘Strong Dub’ is a deep builder, perfect for that peak time rush. While A2 ‘Jerked Out’ is pure purple funkiness that will get everyone grooving to this rework of The Time’s classic ‘Jerk Out’.