vendredi 18 septembre 2015

Aphrohead - Grown Man Cryy (CRM149)

As Aphrohead's first full-length in a decade sees a release, one of the standout tracks 'Grown Man Cry' sees a single release complete with a classic Carl Craig's 'Brainy Grimlin' rework.

The sounds of Detroit can be heard in the Aphrohead classic 'Grown Man Cry', fittingly reworked by the master of techno scene Carl Craig into a pulsating anthem suspended in time. The original cut (as put into words by DJ Mag) acts to "remind the world of the depths of talent and personality that made Aphrohead such a perennial force previously".

Aphrohead created a precedent in 90's techno on halcyon labels Bush, Global Cuts, Power Music, Thee Black Label & Radical Fear. His Felix Da Housecat alias went on to form the epicenter of the electro-clash scene and it was through this alias his friendship began with Crosstown Rebels pioneer Damian Lazarus, then at City Rockers. Stallings has remixed some of the biggest selling artists of the past few decades including Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna and Gwen Stefani.

Carl Craig is a key player in Detroit's techno sound, recently releasing 'The KMS Remixes' and consistently delivering on his own Planet E label. He began recording at the turn of the 90's, using a number of aliases to release innovative ambient, techno, breakbeat and future jazz sounds including BFC, Psyche, Paperclip People, 69, Designer Music and Innerzone Orchestra. He is also the co-creator and artistic director for the widely successful Detroit Electronic Music Festival.

Crosstown Rebels started their mission in 2003 powered by a modern electronic canon spearheaded by Damian Lazarus. the label ha sinspired countless unforgettable dancefloor moments and nurtured many universally adored music makers including Jamie Jones and Art Department. It remains the electronic pioneer of the past decade.

1. Grown Man Cry
2.Grown Man Cry (Carl Craig's 'Brainy Grimlin' Remix)

Cat#: CRM149
Released: 30/10/15
Distribution: !K7 / Above Board


vendredi 11 septembre 2015

Lee Van Dowski - Quasar 27.3 EP (RBL031)

Dark prince of electronic music, Lee Van Dowski, is the next to make is mark on Crosstown Rebels sub-label Rebellion with his high hitting 'Quasar 27.3 EP'

"Do you remember the song that was playing the night we met ?. No but I remember every song I have heard since you left". Lee Van Dowski.

First up "If Only Jack Was Here" is dark and powerful, building with intensity for an epic experience. Title track "Quasar 27.3" takes a deeper turn, with spacey synths that rise from the roots and penetrate the atmospherics amidst a captivating vocal hook. 'Bango Bango' is all about the percussion, a straight up raw kick and thundering bass is enhanced by random FX as a female vocal sweetly hums the melody. 'Odds And Sods' is yet another standout track that follows the same path with prominent percs and dominant synth melodies, constantly rising with sonic energy.

Renaud Lewandowski AKA Lee Van Dowski was originally born in France but now resides in Geneva. With a long musical background he first came to the forefront with a release on Cadenza with Philippe Quenum in 2004. He then went on to release on a wealth of labels such as Cocoon, BPitch Control, Suara, Rekids, Mobilee, Wagon Repair and Soma with a list of supporters ranging from Ricardo Villalobos and Sven Väth to Damian Lazarus and Adam Beyer.

His long and mesmerizing DJ sets see him regularly play at home of the world's most celebrated nightclubs including Panorama Bar, Watergate, Goa, Rex Club, D Edge, The Arches and many more. He also runs two successful record labels, Num, alongside Quenum, and 60sec, with Agnès. releasing dozens of records from the likes of Butane, Mike Shannon, Alex Attias, Exercise One, Pan-Pot and Dario Zenker amongst others

1. If Only Jack Was Here
2. Quasar 27.3
3. Bango Bango
4. Odds And Sods

Cat#: RBL031
Released: 23/10/2015
Distribution: Above Board


jeudi 3 septembre 2015

Drum Talk - Lose Again (Feat. Josa Peit) (CRM148)

Damian Lazarus signs another classic from the enigmatic DrumTalk, a revered producer who brings in the sublime singing talents of Josa Peit, signed to Brandt Brauer Frick's label for the invigorating and anthemic 'Lose Again'.

"Josa is a friend. She's got soul. We'd never worked together before so when she suggested we try something, I said yes. No-brainer. Any time I enjoy myself that much when working on something, I know I'm on to do a good thing."

Championed by Gilles Peterson of late and attracting a large, loyal and diverse following from James Holden and Skream, 'Wildcard' shows DrumTalk's sinister sneer, a techno weapon shooting to kill. 'Gamma' makes playful experiments with sounds to great effect, a unique and eloquent record that sways with grace.

As said in his own words, 'DrumTalk is the sound of machines being controlled by a human. Or maybe the sound of a human controlled by machines ? Digital, analogue and acoustic. High-Fi and Low-Fi. Synths, drum machines and echo units, hand claps, finger snaps and banging on a drum'.

DrumTalk is an East London-based producer and DJ. Inspiration comes via the musical lineage of London, Chicago, New York and Detroit, Lagos and Accra. Elements of house, techno, bass culture and the rhythms of West Africa and the Caribbean are all to be found here. His productions and remixes for More Music, Sofrito, Soundway, Get Me! and Huntleys & Palmers have been making an impact far and wide, garnering the attention and support of DJs such as James Holden, Jackmaster, Gilles Peterson and Skream, amongst a host of others.

1. Lose Again (Feat. Josa Peit)
2. Wildcard
3. Gamma

Cat#: CRM148
Released: 16/10/2015
Distribution: !K7 / Above Board