Having spilt up from Azari & III, III of Azari & III, know to you sir as Alixander III, is serving up a nice line in deep and acidic classic House. Returning to the Toy Tonics label he’s about to release a collaborative EP titled Heavy Friends EP II. The first track to break ground from the forthoming release is Broken Promises. The tune features work from Italian fellow House heads Marsupials and although the EP is said to be inspired by the early Techno sounds of Detroit, we can hear a lot of Chicago in there too.
Broken Promises is deep and dark, but with a solid groove, like all good Detroit Techno should be. A six minute beast that counters undulating Techno beats with Warehouse Acid and Disco strings. Dropping those Disco loops into a bubbling Acid track gives it a nice little twist while all manner of intoxicating 303 hooks, House organ and filtered arpeggios dance around the track. Set to a solid mix of 909 kicks and 808 purcussion, Broken Promises is a heady floorfiller for late night underground parties.
♫ Alixander III And Marsupials – Broken Promises
Alixander III’s Heavy Friends EP II is released 14th September.
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Hot on the heels of his last release, Disco Machine, Dutch analog Disco factory Auxiliary Tha Masterfader has just released his latest. Titled Dark Side Of Disco (judging by Aux’s past efforts and that title I’m sure you know what to expect!) the single is out now in Nein Records and features reMixes from Martin Dubka, Tronik Youth and Horse Meat Disco’s DJ Severino. Aux’s last release was a Cosmic fuelled slab of future Disco, but on this record he inject a sinister vibe into his synthesizer grooves. Check it out.
Six minutes of impending dancefloor doom. That’s what you get with Dark Side Of Disco. An Acid injected slab of Italo Disco that works the murmuring apreggios and sustained synth string to their creepy fullest. Building dancefloor tension with snapping 808 snares and a pulsating bassline until the break, Aux relieves some of the nervousness as the track launces back in with majestic leads to fill your head. Dubka goes full-on Acid Techno with his reMix. A track that could easily find it’s place on late 90s/early 2000’s dancefloors in dodgy London warehouses as Acid Techno took over the free party scene. An unrelenting juggernaut of squealing Acid riffs and thunderous drums all wrapped up in a mind-bending hypnotic groove. This is one to truly hammer yourself on the dancefloor to and just get lost.
♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Dark Side Of Disco
♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Dark Side Of Disco (Dubka reMix)
Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s Dark Side Of Disco is out now
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We’re a bit late to posting about this one; although it’s been in our headphones for a while now we appear to have accidently had a little hiatus. Our weeks have been crammed with paid work stuff and our weekends full of fun adventures so the poor old ‘zine has been a little neglected. No matter though, we’ve never been that bothered about being the first to post about something (who remembers the days before Hype Machine when no-one cared about being ‘first’ and people just wrote about music they felt passionately about? Good times!). So anyway, here we are with the new(est) release from Danny Ashenden A.K.A. Earl Grey. Arabian Nights is the title track from his new(est) EP and takes us further down this one time Cosmic Disco don, as part of The C90s, ‘s journey into the realms of the dark and twisted.
With each release and reMix from Earl Grey we’ve seen him delve deeper into the world of stripped down, analog grooves. His initial releases giving a nod to his Cosmic Disco roots but opening up a moody Italo sound pallet, it was inevitable that he would end up with both feet firmly planted in the world of strobe-lit Acid. Now, we don’t pretend to hid out love of Acid House, a burbling 303 gets us going (we’re still waiting for Acid Disco to properly become a ‘thing’) so the Earl’s hypnotic synths are right up our street. Arabian Nights plays around with the forms a little, layering 303 lines for added Funk value and mixing up a little old school Electro and Detroit Techno into the mix Juan Atkins style. As ominous as it is groove, Arabian Nights brings the late night, exotic, mysterious, synthetic vibes hard.
♫ Earl Grey – Arabian Nights
Earl Grey’s Arabian Nights is out now.
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One of Switzerland’s finest Nu-Disco and House export, Ryan Riot, is set to release his newest single next month via Y Este Finde Qué’s imprint. The release sees him teaming up with Ay Wing for Broken Doll which is due out at the end of July. Not only is it a smooth as hell slice of warm House but it comes backed with a killer reMix from London’s Punks Jump Up to boot!
Deftly integrating vintage Disco mirrorball shimmer into a big Piano House track, Ryan Riot and Ay Wing serve up a soft focus floorfiller. Ryan pulls out his whole arsenal here, from the Warehouse beats to the Topical keys everything is placed for the maximum dancefloor potential. The big hooks and big, yet slightly quirky, diva vocals are present and correct here and keep the track’s energy levels high. For their reMix, Punks Jump Up strip back the groove and morph it into a late-night Acid-ish jam that is vintage sounding Chicago gold, practically a strobe light made audio. Check out those deep, warbling synths; love it!
♫ Ryan Riot & Ay Wing – Broken Doll
♫ Ryan Riot & Ay Wing – Broken Doll (Punks Jump Up reMix)
Ryan Riot & Ay Wing’s Broken Doll is released 23th July.
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The amazing collaboration between Punks Jump Up and Earl Grey, Call Me Up, a retro slice of brilliant bassline House, have gone and got itself a fresh new music video. Peep this.
The clip was directed by STVN/STRM and has got that Punks Jump Up style to it with crazy, vintage looking animations.
PJU & Earl Grey’s Call Me Up is out now.
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Rex The Dog’s new single, Sicko, finally turned up on 12”. So we’re happy. The single is out now on Kompakt and should be a must listen for anyone who a fan of synthesizer music.
Rex and Jake have put together this awesome video for the track. Part music clip, part live studio performance and part demonstration of Jake’s DIY RTD-001 modular synth that Sicko is played on; it’s all synth porn.
Rex The Dog’s Sicko is out now.
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Jake and Rex are back in the game and going home. Their new single sees Rex The Dog returning to their original home, German Techno label Kompakt. Easily one of the finest producers out there, Jake Williams and his four legged friend combines his love of 80s SynthPop with analog Disco grooves and twisted DIY Techno to create a sound unlike any other. This uniqueness will only be enhanced by Jake spending the last couple of years learning how to build synths. Sicko was composed on this home-made equipment, check it out.
Sicko is a spacious tune, but the stripped down elements it works with are used to their fullest to deliver a rich and full sound. Innovative arpeggiated rhythmic modulated voice sampling provides a unique and compelling core for the track; which then accessories with vintage Electro beats and Techno effects. This is the space that Rex works best in, taking eclectic instrumentation and turning into something effortlessly funky. Over it’s six minute length Sicko just keeps delivering the surprises, so dive on in. Fire up the strobes lights and raise the dog with laser eyes, Rex is back to wreck shop.
♫ Rex The Dog – Sicko
Rex The Dog’s Sicko is released 2nd March on Kompakt. Pre-order the 12” here, we have!
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Consistently awesome House duo Waze & Odyssey are gearing up for the release of the next EP. These workaholics art dropping new sounds at the end of this month in the form of the Ways Of The Underground EP. As per-usual these guys pour whatever the fancy into a retro dancefloor melting pot and the results are classic dance music gold. Check out the EP’s lead track, Feel On Fire’ below.
It’s bit Chicago, a bit Acid, a bit Deep House, a bit Rave. Feel On Fire rocks a punchy and deep Bleep House bassline against Warehouse beats, Acidic burbles and Rave leads in a concoction that hits the spot. Nostalgic and upfront, this track draws on peak moments in dance music’s history and delivers them in a fresh package. Intoxicating dancefloor magic.
♫ Waze & Odyssey – Feel On Fire
Waze & Odyssey’s Ways Of The Underground EP is released 23rd February.
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In what must be one of the most exciting collaborations in recent years, London club giants Punks Jump Up have teamed up with one half of The C90s Danny Ashenden A.K.A. Earl Grey. The fruits of this meeting of minds is to be the début release on new Exploited sub-label, Exploited Ghetto, a single titled Call Me Up. These guys have known each other for a while and share a deep love of early Chicago House and analog synths; and if you a fan of either of their musics, or a fan of raw, synthesizer dance music, you’re in for a treat here.
Call Me Up kicks off with a low filtered bass playing a pattern that immediately let’s you know what you’re in for. Channelling warehouse sounds with a hint of Acid; Call Me Up is actually as Detroit as it is Chicago, with a strong Juan Atkins feel to some elements. The hard Roland beats, the robotic vocals, the utterly infections bassline; all this adds up to a track made for strobe lights in dingy clubs and sweaty dancefloors. Only time will tell if a track is classic, but Call Me Up has the chops to stand shoulder to shoulder with the tunes that influenced it; and that’s high praise indeed.
♫ PJU & Earl Grey – Call Me Up
PJU & Earl Grey’s Call Me Up is out 16th March.
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Italian/German label Slow Motion Records are celebrating being in existence for five strong years with the release of their first ever compilation. Titled Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno), the record will lay out a selection of label boss Franz Underwear’s secret crate weapons from the likes of Clap Rules, Riders Of The Lost Arp and this stormer from Italian analog Disco/ElectroPop maestro Bottin. Check it out.
Even before pressing play, Acid Disco (No Fear) had out interest piqued. We’ve made no secret in the past of our love for slick Disco mixed with Acid burbling, we feel it’s a sorely underexplored musical avenue, so a title like Acid Disco made us sit up and take notice. Bottin really delivers with this one. It’s a strong retro Disco tune, loaded with vintage synths. An infectious bassline and stabbing keys ride a beat that veers between Disco and House. Running alongside this is a deft 303 hook, slickly filtering in and out of the track, giving it that extra kick. RoboDisco with a twist. Awesome stuff!””
♫ Bottin – Acid Disco (No Fear)
Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno) is released 27th January.
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