mercredi 29 octobre 2014

Subb-An - Vapour Trails (CRM136)

After the huge success of ‘Say No More’ featuring Azari & III’s Cedric at the beginning of the year, Birmingham bred Subb-­an is back on board Crosstown Rebels to deliver yet another incredible release. ‘Vapour Trails’ is a solid, driving club track with that distinct Subb-­an sound featuring highly captivating vocals from Amsterdam’s The Million Plan. Also directed straight at the dancefloor with a deep hypnotic breakdown, the ‘Terrace Dub’perfectly fits into the series of ‘Terrace’ remixes the talented producer has released lately. Specifically requested as remixer by Subb­-an, legend Matthew Herbert delivers a completely new musical adaptation with fantastic use of the vocal that plays out as the track constantly evolves. On the b-­side ‘Oasis’leads with swinging grooves, progressing into prominent hats, a unique stabbing bassline and a trippy vocal from Whitney Fierce formerly of Hercules & Love Affair. Released as digital only ‘Black Fire’ radiates a mysterious middle eastern ambience, with Whitney again providing the vocals over a more seductive track.

    Now living in Berlin, Subb­-an is a DJ, producer and one of the most exciting new British live acts of recent years due to his dedication and hard work. His prodigious studio talents have seen him release on Spectral, Crosstown Rebels, Visionquest and Cocoon. He also has another release forthcoming on his own One Records, now in its fifth year which he co­-runs with Adam Shelton. Last year he joined the Crosstown Rebels crew on the 10 Years world tour playing multiple dates. This summer has seen him take his new live show on the road appearing at the likes of fabric, Warehouse Project in Manchester, Panorama Bar and Glastonbury where he closed the Genisys stage.

    Willem de Bruin is one half of the The Million Plan whose vocals feature on the release. They are a duo from Amsterdam who are working on their first EP and are currently working with Sir OJ and Tom Trago

    Musical genius Matthew Herbert ignores all boundaries. Playing the likes of British Sound Library for his Boiler Room show, he also recently took up residence with his band in a special studio in the carpentry of the deutsche opera Berlin to compose, record and mix an album from scratch in a week.

    A classically trained vocalist and DJ in her own right, Whitney Fierce is a tour DJ for New Order alongside DJing for the likes Dior in Paris, Nylon in New York and the Mayor in LA.

  • Label: Crosstown Rebels
  • Cat no: CRM136
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  • Distribution: !K7 / Above Board
  • Released: Mon Dec 1st, 2014


A1. Vapour Trails Feat. The Million Plan

A2. Vapour Trails Feat. The Million Plan (Terrace Dub)

B1. Vapour Trails Feat. The Million Plan (Matthew Herbert Remix)

B2. Oasis Feat. Whitney Fierce


jeudi 16 octobre 2014

Ali Love - Perfect Picture (CRM135)

Frontman, songwriter, musician and straight up entertainer, the inimitable Ali Love has many sides. Aboard a non­-stop thrill ride as part of Infinity Ink and Hot Natured throughout 2012/2013, the dust was only beginning to settle when Ali Love dropped his third solo album ‘P.U.M.P.’ on Crosstown Rebels at the height of summer. Described by Mixmag as “his best work to date” P.U.M.P is the pinnacle of Ali’s life long journey through broad spectrum of music styles. An album that conveys the building blocks for one of the most distinctive voices in UK dance music, Ali’s refusal to stay in his box has produced a piece of work that’s the perfect antidote for modern day ‘track’ culture. ´P.U.M.P.´ spans psychedelic house, cosmic disco and soulful downtempo all with the common thread of Ali’s golden vocals. One of the standout tracks from this cult summer album is next single ‘Perfect Picture’, an uplifting flash back to rave swagger with flashes of old school breaks. Original dubstepper Skream, crossover star Route 94 and close collaborator Luca Cazal alongside Dubka all offer up their distinct interpretations to the psychedelic mixing pot.

     Skream’s epic rework of ‘Perfect Picture’ is a spiralling bass driven strings spectacular taking Ali’s voice to a haunting level. Having been a pioneer in the Croydon dubstep scene and now a BBC Radio host and tastemaker, the unstoppable Ollie ‘Skream’ Jones brings his unbridled energy to this emotive raw driving house cut to cinematic effect.

      Luca Cazal is one quarter of the formidable Hot Natured and one half of Infinity Ink with Ali Love. With a long­-running relationship with Ali in both life and music and a solo alias on the rise, Luca was a natural choice of remixer. Here with ex Cazals band mate Dubka, ‘Perfect Picture’ is given a stripped back techy framework with warping synth patterns for a late night trip.

     Getting named one of Rinse FM’s artists to watch in 2014, Route 94’s rise to prominence has been rapid. Championed by BBC radio tastemakers, appearing at festivals worldwide and producing a track for Katy B’s latest album as well as vocal anthem My Love feat. Jess Glynne (both via Rinse), Route 94’s twist on ‘Perfect Picture’ is another bona fide bomb with a killer build up, heavy low­-end and bleep filled hypnotic groove.

      Ali Love’s last seven releases, whether with Hot Natured, Infinity Ink or as solo artist, were all Radio One Essential New Tunes. Third solo album P.U.M.P was produced and co­-written alongside Steve Dub (Chemical Brothers / Primal Scream) and Mark Ralph (Hot Natured / Hot Chip) and gained accolades across the board from tastemakers and media alike, a tour de force of “sumptuous summer sounds” (DJ Mag) and “willfully weird” and “rarely less than entertaining” (ResidentAdvisor). Ali will be taking the album live on tour in the not too distant future.

  • Label: Crosstown Rebels
  • Cat no: CRM135
  • Web:
  • Distribution: !K7 / Above Board
  • Released: Mon Nov 10th, 2014