So Cruel (Orchestral Variant)

•May 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Here’s a rework of a track from Slighter’s New Familiar Ghosts album. The track So Cruel has been given an orchestral rework by Per Lichtman. Orianna Herrman’s vocal gets an even more sparse setting for her brittle vocal of pain and endured cruelty. Available as name your price.


Forerunners – Lifecycle (Foundation Rework)

•May 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment


I don’t normally go for anything that’s trancy but Lifecycle by Forerunners stays the right side of trance with its spiralling, chilled sounds.


Solarstone’s Pure Trance movement has helped redefine the trance landscape since it’s inception in 2012. Pure Trance Progressive is it’s newest extension – focusing on promoting the resurging deeper, slower side of the Pure Trance sound.

PTP006. Forerunners Lifecycle was originally released on Deep Blue Records way back in 2007. Label boss Solarstone pronounced it as his favourite ever signing. Fast forward 9 years and Solarstone has commissioned a selection of new mixes of this gem, one of which finds it’s way onto PTP as our 6th release. All the beautiful, subtle melodies are in place, but are embraced by a deep, flowing progressive production with sparse instrumentation and spacious construction. Late night listening for the discerning ear.

Forerunners – Lifecycle
1. Foundation Rework

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it’s cold out here (interlude)

•May 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Ferrari dashboard

Continuing complaints about the weather, here’s Sleepytanuki’s it’s cold out here. This is chilled brittle ambient. As delicate as a snowflake, as chilly as ice crystals. All piano and fractures.

From the album last October, which is available for ‘name your price’ on Bandcamp.

Steve Cobby – Boule De Suif

•May 2, 2016 • 1 Comment

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Dammit. I try to keep up with Steve Cobby’s amazing downtempo output but it’s a hard slog you know. This one came out in April and I missed it. [hangs head in shame] It’s part of a release on the excellent Paper Recordings.

The track is Boule De Suif. I could work out that this means ball of suet (dumpling, I guess) but I didn’t know it was a famous short story by Guy de Maupassant about a prostitute of the same name. It’s a short story about morality and hypocrisy. More here.

The track is part of a three artist release alongside Flash Atkins and Crazy P. But Steve’s track is all I really care about. This is an electronic funk gem. All analogue sounding synths, a tad Herbie Hancock but with that lazy, unhurried vibe in which Steve specialises. When you’ve recovered from how brilliant it is, go get yourself a copy (here).

Blurb: A – Crazy P – Last Knockers
AA1 – Steve Cobby – Boule De Suif
AA2 – Flash Atkins – Rivers of Jordan (PAP200 Edit)

Oh boy, that came around quick! One day we’re faxing giant penises to magazines and the next we’ve got kids and are on our 200th single release. It’s been 22 years since we kicked things off with Salt City Orchestra’s The Book and In the intervening years we’ve hopefully carved out our little corner in the pantheon of house music. We’ve lived by our first “hidden” message on PAP001 “Look Forward Not Back” and have been keeping on keeping on with barely a glance over our shoulder but this is chance to buy ourselves a pint.

PAP200 will be three tracks from friends new and old on a limited edition 12” released on Record Store Day in numbered brown paper bags. Crazy P(enis) return to the fold for the first time since 2003 and it’s good to have them back. Last Knockers has got their trademark stripped back electronic funk with Danielle Moore adding the disco fizz. There’s plenty of wonk and roll as it builds over 10 glorious minutes.

When Steve Cobby was asked what Paper meant to him he said “Northern Musical heritage” and we’ll take that. He has been knocking it out the park over the last couple of years and this is his debut release for the label. Boule De Suif is a trip through funk and soul that is timeless but of it’s time. It’s what Herbie would sound like if he grew up in Hull.

Finally Flash Atkins goes down a more conventional route and it’s got his trademark layered sound. What starts as a straight forward deep house track evolves with trippy vocals and a chorus that brings the hairs up on the back of your neck. Mixmag liked it so much they gave it their Disco Single of the Month.

Life coach kitteh is away. Pilates Pusseh steps in

•May 2, 2016 • 2 Comments


Life coach kitteh is away exploring his energy vortices on top of the garden shed, so instead we have Pilates Pusseh. She says:

“It’s Monday. Do the cat yoga position several times today to tighten your core and to really get to grips with your downstairs excuse mes.”

It’s a public holiday here in the UK. Should be nice and warm but instead it’s been cold and nasty. Snow even. But I want to forget all that with Ametrine’s Purity II. This offers wave-washed pleasures and a flush of chords that give an ambient synth house sugar rush.

Blurb: Progressive house producer coming out of New York. Began making music as a hobby back in the summer of 2012 and has been addicted to it all ever since. To date releases have been with Pineapple Digital, with much more to come. Main genre is melodic progressive house music, but enjoys making ambient / piano music just as much.


A Bridge too chilled

•May 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Lance Nexo knight

If you need to get chilled might I suggest that you start right here. Koresma’s Bridges is based on the idea of bridges as connections. But the only thing you need to connect into here is the lazy acoustic guitar, the gently shuffling hip hop beats and the sense of total abandon. All the worries of the world are behind you. All that matters is now. And it’s a free download. Zzzzzzz

Blurb: This song was inspired by the idea of how bridges connect people and places, while walls divide. I choose the first option. This theme ties back to the music because unlike many other things in this life, music brings people together regardless of race, language, culture, or beliefs. The power of music is limitless


•April 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Benevolence is the new jazzy drum and bass album from Syncopix. He says “This one is for all dnb crew spreading some love and smoothly lightening up the dark sides of this crazy world. This is “benevolence”.” And that’s all fine and dandy. After all, benevolence comes from the Latin bene “well” and velle “to wish”. But did you know it has another, darker meaning? In English history, this was the name given to forced extra-legal loans or contributions to the crown, first started in 1473 by Edward IV, who “asked” it as a token of good will toward his rule.

Two album tracks for you. I Love Her is a jazzy love song that mixes some dark bass and harder beats with a syrupy vocal and some soulful elements. The title track meanwhile is a lovely tune. All skippiness on the beats and washes of tones all around.


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