Dauwd – Theory Of Colours lp – Technicolour

TCLR021Kompakt recording artist Dauwd appears on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour sub-label for the first time here, on the occasion of his first full-length album.

It’s an opulent take on deep house, one that hearkens back to Truby Trio with its slowly developing composition and elaborately layered instrumentation. There’s some variety of moods and tempos, but no rough edges. While the album mostly it centers around light uptempo grooves, Murmure and the title track offer fully-rendered leftfield excursions.

For fans of Horror Inc’s Briefly Eternal, this might be a nice addition to the collection.

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Christina Chatfield – The Circle 12” – God Particle

Img_1916God Particle’s most recent release features the work of San Francisco’s Christina Chatfield. The EP presents a pair of techno tracks on the A-side and 2 acid-influenced tracks on the flip side. The content is 4-to-the-floor, lively, and geared towards dancing.

“Circadian” is first up with punchy percussion, and a synth line that gives the impression of anticipation or building. “Black Hole” seems especially aimed for peak time; it features kicks of varying frequencies, and hollow percussion. Many people seem to love acid house/techno and sounds of 303s and the like, so the B-side should sit well with people looking for that sort of palette.

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In Rotation: Adam Rowe Summer 2017

FFOR009Key Tronics Ensemble – House Of Calypso II Remix 12″ – Flash Forward
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TABR038John Heckle – Tone To Voice 2xLP – Tabernacle
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MFM015Becker / Stegmann / Zeumer – Ich Traume So Leise Von Dir 12″ – Music From Memory
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UNTHANK011Rings Around Saturn – 011 10″ + 7″ – Unthank
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GOST007Nocow – Ledyanoy 2xLP – Gost Zvuk

K15 – Speed of Life 2xLP 12″ – Wild Oats

WOK1502With releases on labels such as Eglo and Lo Recordings, Kieron Ifill makes another appearance on Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats. The two-disc LP is mellow, sunny-hued, and lighthearted, with jazz, funk, and house influences.

Ifill shows some nice chops on various synths and keys throughout the record. The release as a whole shows quite a bit of range from a production standpoint, but “This Life Is All We Have” is probably my favorite track. It’s held together by a nice rolling bass line and seemingly Afro-Cuban-inspired percussion. The bright synth stabs on “Look Beyond You” seem like something one might hear on Eglo Records, and the downtempo “Truthfully features label boss Kyle Hall. The title track is short-lived, but sports brazen leads, hip-hop beats, and an awfully familiar sounding string sample.

Chill, futuristic, yet nostalgic.

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Ant Orange ‎- Arkupe 12″ – Karaoke Kalk

KARAOKEKALK98Ant Orange fits perfectly within the loose oeuvre of Germany’s Karaoke Kalk imprint. Now nearing their 100th release, they’ve established a quirky, loose-limbed approach to electronic music, drawing from
kosmiche, house, ambient, techno, experimentalism, acoustic, rock, and most often blurring the lines in between these categorizations. The Arkupe 12″ exemplifies this cohesive yet strangely unbound journey.

Little Wing has an electric guitar lead and a lumbering drum set backing, Feld and the title track by contrast are almost nu-jazz, led by bluesy keys and broken beats. Big Lil’s is a space funk disco jam with a slap bass and cosmic instrumentation. It’s been a couple years and a couple records since Ant Orange appeared on Kalk, this rich EP is a welcome return.

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In Rotation: Michael Serafini Summer 2017

COUNT01Studio Mody – Count 01 12″ – Counter 99
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DT04Mike Huckaby – Too Many Classics To Be Left With Little Or No Protection 2xLP – Deep Transportation
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CUP005B From E – Porno TR-XXX 12″ – Copenhagen Underground Posse
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FFOR009Key Tronics Ensemble – House Of Calypso II Remix 12″ – Flash Forward
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USR000Idjut Boys – U Star (Tuff City Mixes) 12″ – U Star

Clark Street Jams @ The Hideout Inn, Saturday July 22nd, 2017

Clark Street Jams goes on the road for the summer – Alex Gonzalez, J. Copes, and Leja Hazer carry the torch over to The Hideout for a vinyl heavy mix, spotlighting some of the gems (and jams) Gramaphone has to offer. There is a 5$ cover for this 21+ event, The Hideout Inn is located at 1354 W Wabansia.
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Magas ‎– Explanatory Denial 12″ – Midwich Productions

MW009Jim Magas is the boss at Midwich Productions and is a legitimate underground legend in Chicago & Detroit circles. See: Ersatz Audio, Bulb Records, Weekend Records & Soap, Lake Of Dracula… The last few years seem to have been a fruitful period for his productions, as well as for his well-received imprint.

Following up on 2015’s Heads Plus mini album, Explanatory Denial is another full foray into the imaginarium of Mr Magas. Each track is its own perverse, raw, gritty, evocative sound. The record shows influences from sci-fi horror movies, Dutch electro, noise rock, and cheeky French lounge groove.  All of this gels together enough to keep the tracks from categorization into any particular pre-conceived genre, making for the perfect soundtrack to a backyard BBQ in a Cronenberg timeline.

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In Rotation: Jacob Hopes Summer 2017

CAMB1703Mr. YT – Brand New Day 2xLP – Apollo
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RHRSS020Ron Trent – Prescription: Word, Sound, & Power compilation 6xLP – Rush Hour
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FW153Kaidi Tatham – Changing Times 12″ – First Word
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MSN026Ike Release – Geospatial 12″ – Mister Saturday Night
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GR1215Glenn Underground – GU’s 70’s Trip 12″ – Groovin

FH:08 compilation 12″ – Finest Hour

FH08EPFederico Benedetti, Claus Voigtmann, Tolga Fidan, and Pablo Tarno all contribute tracks for Berlin-based Finest Hour Records. Onirik (a.k.a. Benedetti) starts things off with Detroit-style pads and fidgety house beats, then Voigtmann closes out the A-side with his minimal perspective.

Flipping the record reveals plenty of interesting sounds and quirky synth work on Tolga Fidan’s techy TER345. A Little Green Lights and Four Inch Faders-esque bass line holds the groove together. Tarno closes out the compilation, using delicate pads to tell a mellow story.

A nice listen, this record is worth a listen for those seeking relaxed, slightly heady material.

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Pure Moods Meets Clark Street Jams @ aliveOne, Wednesday June 28th, 2017

Clark Street Jams is the monthly Gramaphone residency at aliveOne. Pure Moods was a series of shows hosted at Wang’s in 2013 & 2014, themed around an atmospheric approach to dance music, variously featuring Garrett David, Adam Rowe, Garrett & Adam together as Bell Boys, m50, Jay Caston, Taelue (of Perpetual Rhythms), and Zach Lubin (Untilmyheartstops, Ante, 6277). This week Clark Street Jams welcomes a reunion of the selectors and the vibe of the original series.
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In Rotation: Leja Hazer Summer 2017

GR1216Glenn Underground – Moog Vibrations 12″ – Groovin
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CAMB1703Mr. YT – Brand New Day 2xLP – Apollo
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GRA005Riccardo Schiro – Mediterranea 12″ – Gravity Graffiti
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SS063Theo Parrish – Gentrified Love Part 1 12″ – Sound Signature
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APRON31JMS Khosah – Still Human 12″ – Apron

K-Rad & Opcode66 ‎– Centuries 12″ – KNO

KNO003Long-standing Chicago artist Chris Grabowski and Deep Groove Mastering engineer Todd Mariana are currently recording as K-rAd and Opcode 66 respectively. The two collaborate again for KNO’s third installment. The result yields 3 mellow, techy, deep house perspectives.

First up is “Centuries,” featuring hazy and hypnotic vocal snippets, dubby, delayed chords and lush atmospheres. “All I Know” is made up of lingering pads and a contrasting jagged bass line. Sporting some nice rolling and sputtering bass, “Synthesizer Freeway” gives me the impression of something traveling or moving through space with pitchbent pads.

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Mukqs – 11 666 666 666 666 666 666 12″ – Midwich Productions

MW010Maybe it would be tough for Midwich to take a left-turn at this point, so steeped in rawness and experimentalism as they already are. Still, 11 666 666 666 666 666 666 is a bit of a departure from the raucous records that preceded it (Viki’s New Victorian and Magas’ Explanatory Denial).

This time out, it’s a debut from Mukqs, 1/2 of Hausu Mountain and 1/3 of Good Willsmith. The Chicago-based artist records here with a tuneful, minimalist approach to electronic music that’s more Nobukazu Takemura than L.I.E.S. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise for followers of Good Willsmith’s solo projects, Mukqs seems to fall in the middle ground between the haunting & pastoral melodies of TALsounds and the frenetic 8-bit plunderphonics of MrDougDoug.

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In Rotation: Mark Salinas Summer 2017

BEWITH020LPAhmad Jamal Trio – The Awakening LP – Be With
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CPT4921Future Sounds Of Jazz 13 4xLP – Compost
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RS1706Lone – Ambivert Tools Vol. 1 12″ – R&S
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FIFTH004Interval compilation 12″ – Fifth Interval
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KONDI018Anthiliawaters – The Miles Without You 2xLP – KONDI

Octo Octa – New Paths 12″ – Argot

ARGOT019Having previously released on labels such as 100% Silk, Deepblak, and Running Back, Brooklyn-based Octo Octa makes a second appearance on Steve Mizek and Savile’s Chicago-based label Argot.

The title track is subtly joyous, uplifting, yet introspective; it displays dreamy pads over 4-to-the-floor house beats. The B-side hosts Hidden Truth. Clocking in at just under 10 minutes, this track also carries hazy pads and a mellow mood. The emphasis throughout the release is certainly on harmonies and atmospheres. Listeners shouldn’t expect to find “jacking'” house beats here, but if you’re looking for chill, colorful tunes of a techy, deep-house vein, this might suit you.

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Meter @ Wise Owl, Saturday June 18th, 2017

Coming up this Sunday: an outdoor show in the city featuring Gramaphone heads J. Copes, Leja Hazer, Garrett David. These talented trio will be joined by locals Shazam Bangles (Birthday jam), Madeline, and Tamahori. “Dancefloor and bar will be under a tent, so we’re doing it rain or shine.” There’s no cover for this event. Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse is at 324 S Racine, near the Racine Blue Line stop.
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In Rotation: SOLD Summer 2017

3EEPLP201701hm505 – 505 Explorations 2xLP – Third Ear
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CAL010The Other People Place – Saturday Night Live At The Laptop Cafe 12″ – Clone Aqualung Series
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APT027Jerome Sydenham – No Earth Required 12″ – Apotek
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18090481_10102693050891610_729580769_oMr White – WTF (Work Tha Fader) 12″ – Edgewood Estate
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GRA003Yoshinori Hayashi & DB.Source – Square Sun 12″ – Gravity Graffiti

Caveman LSD – untitled 12″ – City-2 St Giga

C2SG002Caveman LSD’s untitled EP bursts open with a super-compressed take on the microhouse aesthetic, bubbling over with ramshackle percussion flowing atop a dubby bass groove. Second up is a ~75 bpm muffled techno song (think mid-era Andy Stott). On the other side there’s a grinding electro-noise track and a song that could be a strange ambient reprise of the A1, a similar sonic space but without the frenetic rhythmic energy of the opener. Of course, no track titles.

City-2 St. Giga is apparently an obscure Japanese label, the website doesn’t offer a lot more to go on at the moment. This is their second record, the first was earlier this year from Pavel Milyakov’s Buttechno project, an outlet which has been getting a lot of buzz on Soundcloud and in the rapidly expanding Russian leftfield house scene.

Caveman LSD, on the other hand, is an ex-Chicagoan with more than a couple aliases and an adventurous approach to music with a clear interest in the history of the sounds as well. Last summer he appeared at smartbar’s Queen event and was involved with a variety of underground parties around the city, both as a DJ and organizer, with ties into the art school crowd and the house music community. While this seems to be the first appearance under this guise, expect more releases in the near future (under one name or another…)

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Aschof Mal – Came Home From Work & Your House Was Missing 12″ – Material Image

MATIMG04Los Angelino via Chicago, Aschof Mal has been part of the Gramaphone organization, helped found the Pure Moods event series with Garrett David and Adam Rowe, and continues to run the Material Image from his home on the west coast.

This record is his first solo offering. After dabbling with a compilation track for Berlin’s LL.M and a remix for Royer’s Day Of EP, the tracks here fit well within his label’s melodic techno template. Aussenwelt and Free Player show evident Dutch influence with the spacey lead and dry bassline cosmic electro workout. A midwest house sound shows itself a bit more on the droning four-on-the-floor jamming on Palais and Doing It Again.

Came Home From Work… was the sole release from Material Image for 2016, this year they’re following it up with a promising record by fellow Californian Force Placement.

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