Ruf Dug is at it again! The BLBC favourite works his magic on what is sure to be one of the top remixes this year.

The man from Manchester cannot put a foot wrong at the moment with a string of remixes and his debut album Island, released last year getting massive recognition. This track is no different with spot on production really making it his own. You can catch Ruf Dug at the Bussey Building on the 20th of May.

The release by Ichisan & Nakova is another strong showing from the awesomely named Cosmic Pint Glass.

We’re heading back to 2011 with this one and the first installment in the adventurous Nublu Records’ quality Istanbul 70 series – which sees native Istanbul DJ and producer Barış K editing some obscure selections of psych, disco and folk from the gateway between Europe and Asia: Turkey.

As Turkey entered an era of prosperity in the ’70s, musicians in the country began looking outwards, incorporating elements of Western music with Turkish styles and Istanbul was a cultural hotbed. Osman Ismen, a resident of the city, was one such musician and pulls no punches on track Ara Muzigi, seamlessly melding an intense 80s boogie streak with Anatolian melodies and instrumentation. And thankfully Barış K has provided us with an edit of this incredible, and what is otherwise a hard to come by record.

With the likes of Barış K’s other successful project, Disco Hamam, and with artists such as Omar Souleyman becoming firm favourites in the west, we can’t help but feel that the west is in turn starting to look back east for inspiration. We certainly can’t wait to hear what else the Middle East has to offer. You can hear some of the tunes we’ve been enjoying from the region with a mix that BLBC’s Yusif did here.

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.

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!!

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.

 

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.

Belgian duo The Dewaele brothers aka Soulwax aka 2ManyDJs’ new record label DEEWEE rolls on this month with another mysterious release – this time from an elusive pair of fellow Belgians called Asa Moto. The info on these two is pretty sparse which leads us to believe it might be the famous pairing who are behind it – indeed the label’s first release by Kranken has widely been called out as having the Dewaele’s fingerprints all over it.

A-side ‘Stay Wake’ is a futuristic slow-jam that reminds us a lot of what Bullion is currently putting out on his DEEK label but it’s the b-side ‘Wanowan Efem’ that really grabbed us. The track reminds us so much of the 80s African electro stuff that’s getting dug up recently – think William Onyeabor, think Awesome Tapes From Africa etc. All lose drums, pummeling analogue bass, chanting vocals, organ stabs and searing synth lines.

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.