No matter which country you call home, the last few weeks and the next few to come are synonymous with holidays. Looks like someone forgot to tell the record industry though, as there’s a particularly strong schedule in terms of 12”s and digital tracks.
Opening the scoring we have Maya Jane Coles and Shenoda, or rather Huxley’s interpretation of their work. Both of which are featured on the latter DJs new 1Trax mix album, so expect two shades of house music, from the depths of tech to groovier pastels.
Then the rather exciting prospect of a new series of singles from Robsoul becomes a reality. Phil Weeks, Chris Carrier, DJ Sneak, Joss Moog, DJ W!ld, and Fries & Bridges are involved via individual cuts, which will drop weekly from August 10th.
Moving forward and August 13th brings with it a new EP from Audiofly, here accompanied by Close Sense - a new alias for a secretive scene stalwart no less - and a vocalist called Daniel Wilde. For those unfamiliar he’s credited with working next to Tiefschwarz, amongst other names.
Digressions aside Promises EP comes on Supernature, with heads down soul being three words to describe the five tracks, remixes, and dubs included in the pack. Meanwhile, for those in search of bassier tones, Untold’s latest for Hemlock Recordings sees the post dubstepper deliver two tracks of typically genre splicing sounds that somehow also manage to span several decades of dance music, stylistically speaking.
All of which is exciting enough, though three days later Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter’s Classic Music Company will unveil an exceptional record from No Dial Tone. Coming with remixes from Mic Newman and Tom Ellis, who take things down old school and jazzy house avenues respectively, the original is something of a leftfield outing, yet still dancefloor focused, standing out as a truly unique offering.
August 20th keeps the standards high too. Rising European stars T.W.I.C.E. (AKA V. Rotz and Photoclick - most associated with the Flumo label) change tact and provide Canada’s finest house imprint, My Favourite Robot, with their Melody Lane EP. Boasting solid fours that verge on techno, the deal will most likely be sealed for most when they learn there’s also an Emerson Todd remix bolted onto the release. Of course the highlights don’t stop there, either, with Subb-an and Adam Shelton’s One Records also lining up some quality music.
Anthea’s Distraction arrives on the imprint in question, and comes with an alternative interpretation from DC10/Apollonia man Dan Ghenacia adding to the international flavours. Expect dubby styles, amongst other things. All of which just about sums it up, except to say that on August 27th Omid 16B’s Sex On Wax will be re-activated, following the return of his other label, Alola. The first tracks of this new era are from Paul Sparkes, a Briton with some 20 years on the scene and an Amsterdam address. His Break You Down promises the kind of techy-ness we used to expect from this organisation. Oh yeah, on top of that Wolfgang Voigt and Jorg Burger’s Mohn project is also back this week, unveiling a remix pack based on their debut LP, re-doing themselves and allowing Terranova a turn too. In short, there’s plenty to go at.
Various videos and reports popping up about the possibility of Pioneer making a move into the vinyl deck market. As you know, they have a digital focused product range, but with vinyl making a comeback of the last few years, is there room for some analogue equipment in there? We think so.
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