mercredi 27 janvier 2016

Alex Dimou Feat. Black Soda - This Time (RBL033)

Alex Dimou teams up with Black Soda, a multi-platform artist based in Cape Town to produce the mesmerizing 'This Time', set with two dOP remixes for Crosstown Rebels's Rebellion.

South Africa's Black Soda works in photography, writes, sings, produces and performs her music live, both as a solo artist and in various groups. "I met Black Soda almost a year ago through our mutual friend, Echonomist" explains Dimou. "It was probably the easiest collaboration I have ever done as she is a pure talent". Her voice elevates 'This Time' from club weapon to raw ammunition for the highest peaks of the nights.

Notorious French trio dOP bring a delicate sensuality to their 'Early Remix', while the 'Late Dub' sparks with an other-worldly, futuristic aura. Their infamous live show catapulted them to the mainstream and saw them return to the year end charts in the likes of Resident Advisor and Groove, but dOP first cemented their reputation as producers taking their own distinct vision to dance music.

Familiar for releases and albums on Get Physical, Klik and Audiomatique Recordings, Alex Dimou is followed for his stand out lives acts and DJ sets. His first contribution to Damian Lazarus's Rebellion introduces a stunning partnership and more than one promising talent.

1. This Time
2. This Time (dOP 'Early' Remix)
3. This Time (dOP 'Late' Dub)

Released: 11/03/2016
Cat#: RBL033
Distribution: Above Board

jeudi 14 janvier 2016

Serge Devant - Always On My Mind (CRM154)

Serge Devant returns to the forefront with 'Always On My Mind' for Damian Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels, complete with remixes from Kornél Kovacs and Pirupa. First heard on Lazarus's Essential Mix in 2015 and much requested since, 'Always On My Mind' has been causing tremors in its wake. Oceanic waves of melody frame muted vocals from Ali Love, resulting in a chiselled classic bridging the splintered sounds of today.

As Serge says, "The diversity of the remixes really makes this release shine". Pirupa's remix is a shadowy monster with a deviant bassline, allowing the vocal to etch out shards of light. His recent groundswell is undeniable, mapping out a chart-topping string of releases on the likes of Drumcode, Desolat and Noir. Stockholm's Kornél Kovacs has not escaped the spotlight in recent months, be it through his Studio Barnhus label that he runs together with Axel Boman and Pedrodollar, prolific releases on Numbers and Smallville and topping many end of the year charts for 2015. His effervescent remix rolls up its sleeves to distill elegance into the original, extending the vocal and braising the beats and melody.

With this release Serge Devant cements a triumphary year putting him back in center stage after an accident that tore him away from the studio and digs deeper into his production skills, adding to his growing repertoire of recent releases on Hot Creations' sister label Emerald City and Crosstown's cousin Rebellion. Devant mastered his craft at the legendary NYC nightclubs of the late 90s: Tunnel; Limelight And Crobar, carving out consistently compelling and dynamic sets. His production carrer started in 2008 and soon spawned two albums, and a touring schedule that has since seen Serge circumnavigate the globe.

Released: 26/02/2016
Cat#: CRM154
Distribution: !K7 / Above Board

1. Always On My Mind (Original)
2. Always On My Mind (Pirupa Remix)
3. Always On My Mind (Kornel Kovacs Remix)
4. Always On My Mind (Kornel Kovacs Remix Dub)


mardi 5 janvier 2016

Djuma Soundsystem & Yann Coppier Feat. King Ayisoba - Anyimo (CRM153)

Fusing forces from Norway and Ghana for Crosstown Rebels is Djuma Soundsystem & Yann Coppier Feat. King Ayisoba, with the expertly crafted 'Anyimo'. Containing remixes from DJ and producer Jerome Sydenham, and Paranoid London member Johnny Aux who brings his signature acid house sound, Mikkas Skulstad AKA Djuma Soundsystem describes 'Anyimu' as "not just a track but a whole concept. It has taken me over five years and I feel honored to work with such amazing musicians on this project, and also that they gave me trust and freedom to shape it in my vision. I hope people will draw inspiration from it".

King Ayisoba originates from Ghana and has been sharing his modern day twist on kologo music all over the world. Norwegian in origin, Djuma Soundsystem has been creating music and touring the world for over a decade. His sound is not constrained to one particular genre, but rather, whatever he believes to be perfect for that moment. His trademark sounds have graced the stages at festivals such as Exit in Serbia and Sunburn festival in India and led to his co-production 'Les Djinns', still one of the biggest selling Beatport records ever. All of this has resulted in collabs with Noir, Moby, Trentemoller, Uner, Maya Jane Coles, Umek and Lee Van Dowski among others.

Jerome Sydenham entered the music scene as an A&R for Atlantic Records and consequently founded Ibadan Records, alongside DJing and producing himself. His Paranoid London outfit has reached stellar heights over the past few years and become one of the most in-demand live projects of 2015, with highlights including Sonar in Barcelona and Dekmantal Festival.

1. Anyimu
2. Anyimu (Jerome Sydenham's Ibadan Vocal Dub)
3. Anyimu (Johnny Aux Remix)
4. Anyimu (Jerome Sydenham's Ibadan Deepstrumental)
5. Anyimu (Radio Edit)

Released: 12/02/2016
Cat#: CRM153
Distribution: !K7 / Above Board