Andras ‎– Sanity 12″ – Punp

PUNP01Australian producer & radio host Andras has been remarkably prolific, appearing with full releases on Superconscious, Dopeness Galore, Mexican Summer, Home Loan, This Thing, Growing Bin, and House Of Dad, swinging casually between deep house lite and new agey ambient.

Here, he’s cheeky as ever with the label launching release for his own imprint. The tracks channel a ravey sound that could fit in with oldschool Sheffield bleep or 808 State. Friendly with a capital F.

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Traxman – Tekvision lp – Teklife

TEKLIFE006Chicago underground hero and core Teklife member Traxman presents an eighth album, his first for the young Teklife record label.

While he’s known for his frenetic DJing style, his production chops haven’t lost a step in the 21 years since his debut on Dance Mania. He draws in illicit samples, quick changeups, and a characteristic dry style that shifts dexterously between frenzy and hypnosis. Melodic hooks on tunes like Be Gagen, Twist Da Party Out, Drop It Down alternate with more frugal, intricate percussive approaches on Gone Girl and Let Me Get Up, and then downright raucous tones on Tone Deaf and Whop Line.

All the track tempos are the 150s and 160, and all the 3-4 minute tracks are floor ready and likely well-tested by the active Teklife tour schedules, the full-length comes with download codes so the ambitious digital jockey can cut and paste even newer variations.

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In Rotation: Sassmouth Fall 2017

OKR001Jeff Derringer – Control 12″ – Oktave
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UNLOCK007Franco Cinelli – Cuts From The Vault 12″ – Unlock
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SDV16Electrobass Development (Phase II) 2xlp compilation – Subsonic Device
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BK024Atom TM – Future Nights 12″ – The Bunker New York
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UM003Keckclip, expanse, Dominik Musiolik – compilation 12″ – Unionmaide

Jamie 3:26 – Blessin’ 12″ – G.A.M.M

GAMM111Chicago’s Jamie 3:26, a.k.a. Jamie Watson, hands in a couple of edits for his latest release on Sweden’s G.A.M.M. Side A includes the title track, a catchy and cheerful,10 minute disco edit. “Blessin'” is stripped-down, making it pliable and mix-friendly.

The flip side of the record is reserved for the reworked Italo-disco cut, “Whole Lotta Love” Originally released, by Massimo Barsotti, the palette utilizes drum machine hits and squarish, computer-like, synth lines.

The EP is easygoing, and DJ/party-friendly.

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What It Feels Like release party in-store Thursday, November 9th 2017

Mr White & Dossier will performing DJ sets in the shop to celebrate the new Edgewood Estate release: Trusted Pilots – What It Feels Like. Mr White has appeared on Innervisions, Alleviated, Drumpoet, and Large records, he DJs regularly at Smartbar. This is the third release for his imprint. During the event, Gramaphone offers 50% discount off of used vinyl and used CDs, 10% off of the new Edgewood Estate release, and snacks & refreshments while supplies last.

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In Rotation: Mark Salinas Fall 2017

KON001George Duke – I Want You For Myself (Kon Edit) 12″ – Kontemporary
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PL03DJUnknown Artist – Untitled (Floating Points) whitelabel 12″ – Pluto
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MULEMUSIQ216FP Oner – 7 2xlp – Mule Musiq
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21618224_10214675711343273_994707160_oA New Line (Related) – Reverie(s) 12″ – Kimochi Sound
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RSD007Peter Croce – Agape 12″ – Rocksteady Disco

Blondes ‎– Warmth 2xlp – R&S

RS1710This is an album of chunky beats and swirling, gritty melodies. The tempos mostly hover in the mid 120s, tracks like Tens, Quality Of Life, MRO sound like they would fit in with  Peter Van Hoesen, while KMD and Op Actual sound more akin to leftfield German house.

Blondes is Sam Haar and Zach Steinman. Based in Brooklyn, this duo makes a kind of techno that showcases the influence of modular synthesizers. This is their fourth or fifth album, depending on how you count. This is their first release for the legendary Belgian R&S imprint. With mixes for Resident Advisor and FACT magazine, it’s a production team that’s gotten a fair deal of exposure in the seven years since their first release.

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Gemini – In and Out of Fog and Lights 2xlp – Peacefrog Records

PF070The UK’s Peacefrog Records reissues this 1997 Gemini album. Here you’ll find a piece of Chicago’s house music history, as well as a bunch of mix-friendly tunes for a dance DJ’s bag. The tracks are straight-forward, stripped-down, and in a style that seemingly still inspires folks today.

Recordings like “Freefall” and “Pelagorium” are bright, mellow, and summery. “Funk” takes the cake for me though; I’m drawn to the crushed, almost mechanical sounding open hat. This two-disc LP is worth a spin for DJs and house heads, and will likely go fast.

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Dego & Kaidi – A So We Gwarn 2xlp – Sound Signature

SS06768Dennis McFarlane and Kaidi Tatham (of 4 Hero and Bugz In The Attic, respectively) are each legendary in their own right. Together, they effortlessly fuse jazz, broken beat, beatdown house, and hip-hop into a lush, high-fidelity, timeless style that’s long overdue a full-length album. They come together on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature imprint.

The tracks here are as much Blue Note as JCR: they focus on instrumental exploration and free floating developments more than house grooves or pop structures. Even when vocals show up in the mix, there’s a cosmic swirl of Sun Ra vibrations. While it’s rhythm heavy enough to boogie, the adventurousness of this funk makes it an enticing home listening excursion for the long winter ahead.

 

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In Rotation: Colin Boardway Fall 2017

UNTHANK011Rings Around Saturn – 011 10″ + 7″ – Unthank
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FFOR011Don Carlos – Mediterraneo 12″ – Flash Forward
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PF043RGlenn Underground – Atmosfear 2xlp – Peacefrog
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OBONIT009OB Ignitt – Bridging The Gap 12″ – Obonit
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synapsis010 (1)Innerspace Halflife – Astral Traveling 2xlp – Synapsis

2AMFM – untitled 12″ – Secret Studios

SCS07BPSFat, full-on, rumbling acid techno sounds from 2AMFM. The dazzling duo are D’Marc Cantu and Tadd Mullinix (JTC). Since surfacing on Spectral Sound in 2005, they’ve been delivering similarly roots techno assaults sporadically across the world, on imprints like Dope Jams, M>O>S, Nation, and Creme Organization. Here they appear on the Californian Secret Studios imprint.

The a-side sounds like a Snuff Crew acid workout. The b-side is dominated by resounding strings, elevated above machine-gun percussion. Both are driving tunes and smudge the fingerprints of the individual contributors.

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Alton Miller – Orbit 3 12″ – Bass Cadet

OBCR03Orbits is the new series by Bass Cadet records. Continuing on after the closure of their Berlin brick-and-mortar shop in 2016, the label’s focus has been on artists from the US with a certain soulful approach to house music. Earlier entries into the series were Ron Trent and Jenifa Mayanja.

Here, Detroit’s Alton Miller shows his midwest lineage with the earthy beatdown sounds of When The Morning Comes. On the B side, the vibes are a little more uptempo, clone is soulful Detroit house, and With Meaning starts to move into some cosmic high-tech-jazz territory. They’re all lush, beat-driven tunes that show classic Detroit styles are continuing to enjoy international impact.

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Adam Rowe – Hanging Lake 12″ – Night Sea Journey

artworks-000246534491-bher41-t500x500The second release for Night Sea Journey is the first for Adam Rowe. Far from a novice in the studio, though – Rowe has already put his name to compilation work for Talahachi, a co-production for Gramaphone’s in-house label (on the A New Room 12″), and a variety of productions and remixes as 1/2 of Bell Boys (with Garrett David.)

Chicago-based Night Sea Journey presents his debut solo release, one that feels much like a small album. There are a variety of mellow moods spread out across the five tracks. Each is precise, delicate, tuneful. They’re unusual in their earnestness and lightness, reminding of much earlier releases on DeFocus (UK) or Dot (Sweden); probably the closest contemporary point of comparison might be the ambient house of Music For Memory.

Precision engineered naivety.

In Rotation: Michael Serafini Fall 2017

21618224_10214675711343273_994707160_oA New Line (Related) – Reverie(s) 12″ – Kimochi Sound
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FFOR014Kerri Chandler – My Old Friend 12″ – Flash Forward

In Rotation: Ashina Fall 2017

WARPLP38RAutechre – Tri Repetae 2xlp – WARP
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AER029Acid Jesus – Interstate 12″ – Ego
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ND25Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande lp – Ndagga
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BORFT135Simon W – System 12″ – Borft
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bwood0158lpHavana Cultura 3xlp compilation – Brownswood

Albrecht La’Brooy – Escape Velocity 12″ – Voyage

VYG09Alex Albrecht and Sean La’Brooy have exploded onto the scene since the 2014 launch of their Analogue Attic out of Melbourne, Australia. They unhurriedly blend ambient techno’s lush atmospheres with varied instrumentation, field recordings, and deep house grooves.

Here, they contribute to another strong Australian imprint, Andy Hart’s Voyage recordings. While it’s maybe a bit spacier than Voyage is used to, it still slots in well with the imprint’s usual deep house groovers.

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Clark Street Jams @ The Hideout Inn, Saturday October 14th, 2017

The fabled music emporium submits a freeform variation on the habitual nightclub offering. Gramaphone operatives concentrate on showcasing underappreciated misfits, and the odd guilty pleasure. The Hideout is at 1354 West Wabansia, located in an industrial area between Lincoln Park and Bucktown; it has been named one of “The Most Important Bars in Chicago” (Thrillist), among “The Greatest American Music Venues” (Consequence of Sound), and one of “Chicago’s 50 Best Bars” (Chicago Magazine).

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In Rotation: Leja Hazer Fall 2017

RHM023The Abstract Eye – Cool Warm Divine 12″ – Rush Hour
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BLAKMUZIK001Anthony Nicholson featuring Cara Dawn – Living For Today 12″ – Blak Muzik
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TIME002TIME 002 12″ compilation – These Things Take Time
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YSD84 (1)Oliver Dollar & Crazy P – Loose Beat 12″ – Yoruba

Achim Maerz – Experiments 12″ – Don’t Be Afraid

DBA032Presumably culled from the same sessions as the extended Experiments: Appendix A/B cassette on Don’t Be Afraid, this 12″ finds Hamburg’s Achim Maerz in fine form. Somewhere in the same constellation of electro-leaning deep house as Benjamin Brunn and The Other People Place, these tracks drift along with luminescent, lush melodies. Twinges of sci-fi melancholia emerge on the B side, but much of the darkness comes from a wistful sense of mystery rather than doom.

It seems as if Don’t Be Afraid is continuing to cast an ever-wider net, in 2017 adding to the roster The Room Below, Jason Fine, and Jayson Winters, as well as Maerz. Throughtout these explorations, they’re maintaining a core identity of Detroit-influenced UK house sounds, thoughtfully and gracefully presented.

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Walking And Falling in-store workshop Thursday, October 5th 2017

“Walking and Falling is a DJ workshop week and mentor program for women-identifying and non-binary music enthusiasts. Join us for a free in-store event where mentors and participants will be DJing and digging. 1/2 off all used records and 10% off god particle records during the event. Free pizza and beer while it lasts.”