Quivver – Lose Your Way

•July 31, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Digweed’s label Bedrock has had a consistent output over the years but its tendency to aim at melodic tunes has made it too often drift towards trance of generic prog house for my tastes. But every so often it releases something a bit more grounded. Quiver’s Takin Over EP provides such a track.

Lose Your Way is a dark, clubby affair, managing to sit somewhere between Berlin and Ibiza. There’s a trippy heart of darkness to the atmosphere, a bit of cool dub techno echo and some righteous stabs of insistent synth. Loving this one.

Of the other two tracks, Takin Over is also worth a listen. It is more focused on sunnier climes, with its oohs and ahhs and hand-waving synth stabs.

Blurb: John Digweed’s Bedrock label is focused on releasing exceptional, forward-thinking electronic music, constantly working with some of the world’s finest artists, whose musical palettes are intensely inspired and musically diverse. Quivver (aka John Graham) is one such true musical innovator, renowned as being one of the scene’s most essential creators since the early 1990’s. Here, he once again returns to Bedrock with his “Takin’ Over EP”, showcasing three stunning new creations.

“With Takin’ Over I wanted to do something for the summer with a slightly old school flavour. It’s the most melodic track I’ve written in a while and I specifically had Ibiza’s beaches in mind in the studio. I wanted it to be a track that would sound good pre-club, post-club and in a club – so the chord stabs are soft and the acid riffs sparse and echoed so it has a laid back feel and I layered some ambient noise in the background so it sounds a bit like it was recorded live at some outdoor beach club somewhere…” – Quivver

The extraordinarily evocative title track is a truly beautiful musical master-class, with a timeless quality that immediately sets this EP apart from so much of today’s disposable mass music production line. “Lose Your Way” ups the energy levels and darkness factor, its filmic qualities taking things into a very different audio-visual realm. In yet more textural contrast, “Time Goes By” displays a deeply euphoric attitude that is uplifting, intelligent and magical. There can be no doubt that Quivver remains one of the world’s standout electronic artists in 2015.

John Graham (Quivver) started his production career in the early 1990’s, and has been a household name within the electronic music scene ever since, operating under various monikers, each representing a different shade of his incredibly broad, eclectic production palette. Not only a worldwide renowned DJ/Producer, as a vocalist, John has collaborated and written electrifying songs for the likes of Hybrid, Planet Funk and also Darren Emerson’s The Low Highs. His new rock/electronic album “Cold Sun” has also just been released.

Four Three Six

•July 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Four Three Six is the new venture for Andy McAllister (formerly of Ground Level). The concept’s a  it different this time. A deliberately slow release schedule that involves a maximum of six a year, with each one being given to an artist to create something wearable alongside.

The first release is from James Mannion and comes with a rather fine T-shirt. Order the shirt and a downloadable code comes with it. Mannion’s thing is a slow, slightly brutal, a bit sinister, bass music. This is especially the case on the crushing Pronto. The T-shirt responds to this with big simple geometrics.

Flux

•July 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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flux

/flʌks/

noun

1. the action or process of flowing or flowing out.
“the flux of ions across the membrane”

2. Medicine: an abnormal discharge of blood or other matter from or within the body.

3. continuous change.
“the whole political system is in a state of flux”

4. a substance mixed with a solid to lower its melting point, used especially in soldering and brazing metals or to promote vitrification in glass or ceramics.

Flux (D.I.S.C.O) is a new demo from Mono Life. I guess the Flux is the flowing out, with a bit of continuous change. This is French disco house, with a solid bass line. Very much a cousin to The Music from the first album. This augers well for the second album.

 

Nightmares on Wax – Aftermath (HOUSEHOLD//BASSLINE Bootleg)

•July 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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These days Nightmares on Wax is best now for a string of mid-90s downtempo classics. But before that phase came a lesser known phase doing rave bleepery on Warp Records. Many of these sound thin by today’s standards and haven’t aged well. Of these, probably the best-known is 1990’s Aftermath. It’s had a rework from Household//Bassline.

The original is a bleepy, ravey 303 fest. It’s drums are a bit thin but it does have a deep bass kick. And that’s what Household//Baseline has aimed at in his bootleg. The drums are fuller and there’s lesso f the dates rave references, leaving something jacking the bass.

The original track

Before dominating the game in chill-out and world music, Nightmares on Wax exploded onto the early-90’s UK rave scene with the first worldwide hit for bass music – the classic ‘Aftermath’.

Check out the original here:

itunes.apple.com/us/album/afterma…9860?i=300569861

HOUSEHOLD//BASSLINE flips it with 303 jackin’ house style.

Download:

click.dj/householdbassline/ni…holdbassline-bootleg

More Click bait

•July 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Actually, more from Click Records Amsterdam, if truth be told. A couple of free downloads. And more quality deep house from the label.

First. Florian Rietze. Jiri is a slow deep house tune, with a minimal kind of vibe. It starts off unpromisingly but by the two minute mark has wormed its way into your consciousness. Very much a home listener.

Secondly, Hans Zimmer. Interstellar (D33P Mix) is more conventionally deep house. A light summer tune, with a waft of spaciness.

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Matthew R Ashcroft is The Egotist

•July 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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It’s been a while since we had acid techno tearaway Matthew R Ashcroft here. He’s back with new two-tracker The Egotist.

It’s more acid bouncing techno. It samples the videogame ‘Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’ and Matthew says “Tohru Adachi is a right arse, but he sounds great over a 303!” The track is in original and clean versions.

I’m a boring middle-aged git, remember?

•July 26, 2015 • 1 Comment

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If you don’t know who Hard Ton is, please do google him. If you’re too lazy to do that, here’s a photo:

Isn’t he lovely? ‘Dimmi Di Si’ (‘Say yes to me’) is a perfect example of Uptempo Gay Dance Music (that’s house, according to Terry Farley, fact fans), best experienced in those dark, sweaty nightclubs full of shirtless men, where you just have to wonder what the are those strange noises coming out of all the closed doors around.Not that I’ve ever been in one of those places, mind. I’m a boring middle-aged git, remember?

Anyway, more info on Soundcloud and if you are on Facebook and have a like to spend Irregular Disco Workers have some fabulous edits to share with you. C’mon guys, I don’t want to open a Facebook account, aren’t there other ways to get them?

Review by Luca.

Blurb:

Here’s something of a surprise: nu-disco veterans Irregular Disco Workers popping up on Otto Kraanen’s Bordello A Parigi imprint. As befits a label dedicated to celebrating Italo-disco, proto-house and synth fetishism, Italofficina is little less than a wholehearted tribute to European and American dance music of the early-to-mid 1980s. They begin with “Dimmi Di Si”, with Hard Ton doing his best Fred Ventura impressions over a breezy Italo groove. “Les Foiles” offers some early Chicago jack, while “Electronic Emotions” expertly joins the dots between chugging Italo and jaunty nu-disco. Finally, “Crisi Mistica” navigates calmer waters, fusing the dreamy melodiousness of deep house with the analogue pulse of Italo.
[Juno.co. uk]

Where else to go for a new slant on Spaghetti Dance than its homeland: Italia! Irregular Disco Workers, Andrea Frittella and Gregorio Assandri, have been delivering their own brand of floor packing neo disco for a number of years. Italofficina sees the duo finally getting the vinyl treatment. Bordello A Parigi alumnus, and fellow countryman, Hard Ton has been drafted in for some extra mirrorball muscle on “Dimmi Di Si”. Expect smiles, tears and shimmying bodies from this love-tinted sherbert-filled romance romp. Lush synth melt and mesh with smooth vocals in this late night outing. Twilight is the time and Irregular Disco Workers are providing the atmosphere. “Les Folies” is soft and nurturing, funk flanked and infectiously grooved. Chocolate covered bass lines, crisp claps with an addictive quality that warrants a health warning. The flip introduces itself with the sun streaked arpeggios of “Electronic Emotions”. Clean shaven the track pulses with energy, gentle builds tumbling into breaks brimming with blissed-out tones. The curtain fall comes with the considered moods of “Crisi Mistica”. Broad bass and steady thump part as a sleek melody is set in motion, bars twirling into a moonlit end. Summer time coming early in the Bordello.
www.bordelloaparigi.com

 

 
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