Ron Trent – Dancin’ Remixes 12″ – Headphoniq

Q013 (1)Ron Trent’s Bee Gees sampling “Dancin'” gets reworked by a tetrad of producers. All of the remixes are deep-house leaning, though each carry a mood of their own. Fellow Chicagoans Ed Nine and Jordan Fields get things rolling with their contributions. The aforementioned establishes a driving beat before shifting focus to soft chord stabs and a modest, but smooth, and effective bass line. Fields puts some laid-back jack into his remix; it’s nice to hear some grit in his drums.

The B-side finds a couple of producers from Tokyo doing their thing. Tomi Chair seems to play with reverb and layers more than the others. His rework has a light, atmospheric quality to it, but is simultaneously very weighted. The result is textural, and quite heady. Toru S. rounds things out, and shows some talented riffing on the keys.

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Chicago, IL 60657
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All Mi T release party in-store Thursday, February 22nd 2018

Highly respected Chicago beatmaker krushLove is coming through with a new 7″ for the release event this week. The new single “All Mi T” features the vocal talents of Denmark Vessey and original production by krushLove. Samples of the heavy heavy rhythms are available at the krushLove Bandcamp page. It’s a serious followup to his recent stunning full-length effort on International Anthem Flips.

For this event, krushLove will be joined by Azarias from Buy Muy Drugs and Tim Zawada from Star Creature for an in-house jam. Refreshments will be available, as well as 10% off of the All Mi T 7″ and 50% off of all used records & CDs. Gramaphone records is at 2843 N Clark in Chicago.

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Sev Seveer – Smithereens lp – Beats Of All-Nations

BOAN004Recommended if you like Prefuse 73, Seekersinternational, All City, J-Dilla…

This remarkable Chicago beatsmith has been honing his craft through spontaneous and inventive livesets over the past few years. After appearing on a variety of compilations, he strikes out on his own here with a concept album solo debut for the California-based Beats Of All-Nations imprint. You can read more about the theoretical aspects of the release on the label site, and in the extensive liner notes provided with the record.

A regular contributor to the Push Beats collective, Sev Seveer has polished his productions to the point that the album comes off as fluid as a beat tape or live session, yet at the same time it voraciously absorbs a wide variety of styles and influences. Televised Chocolate has a warped cosmic feel but then flows easily into the old-school boom-bap flavour of Seuratcha Sauce. Megiapa contributes on the standout CSG x CSG, a catchy R&B-tinged earworm and standout on the release. Flaunting even more stylistic range, CirkusWerkus fakes left and jukes right: after starting with a sauntering groove, it unexpectedly switches up to a double-time footwork reconstruction.

The splashy, colourful artwork thoughtfully matches the colourful sounds; this album is essential listening for those who want to dig a deeper into Chicago artistry beyond its reputation for house music.

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Clark Street Jams @ The Hideout Inn, Saturday February 17th, 2018

Gramaphone records selectors return to The Hideout Inn for a chilly Saturday social this weekend. While this month Hideout has played eclectic host to the Chicago Psych Fest, including acts like TAL Sounds and the Bitchin Bajas, and a weekly Poetry Open Mic, this show will be more of a crate-digging dance party, so expect a speaker workout, and hopefully a sneaker workout. This is a 21+ event, The Hideout Inn is located at 1354 W Wabansia.
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Kiss & Tell Party @ Bossa Nova Civic Club, Thursday February 15th, 2018

Kiss & Tell Party will be hosting Gramaphone’s own Sassmouth, alongside locals Star Eyes & Beto C for this post-Valentine’s Day-themed event at the Brooklyn hotspot. This will be a free event, Bossa Nova Civic Club is located at 1271 Myrtle Ave in  New York City.
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In Rotation: Ashina Winter 2018

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Miki Miyoshi – 10th Region 12″ – Sovereign State

27141107_10215778372109103_577673689_o.1The opening salvo is effortlessly streamlined, reminiscent of Olaf Dettinger, Jan Jelinek, or early SND. “Doodle” sets the tone for this elegant five-track EP. Miki Miyoshi returns to Sovereign State for a second release, bringing the label back into action after the first two releases hit back in 2016.

After Doodle, the playful Tanuki Suit uses a similar tonal palette but to somewhat heavier effect, with a halting beat faltering under undulating synths. On the flip side, “Green Something” ups the pace to the 140 BPM range with swirling, psychedelic waves of melody and a light breakbeat rhythm, before winding down back down again on “Scanner,” and then spacing out completely with the ambient musings of Automated Poem. It’s an introverted, introspective release that emphasizes synthetic atmosphere more than percussion & field recordings as compared with Miyoshi’s previous 12″.

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Manifest @ smartbar, Friday February 9th, 2018

Gramaphone’s own Michael Serafini will be supporting Fred P, alongside Zooey Glass and Dago. Serafini is a weekly resident on Sunday nights, but this will be an unusual opportunity to catch him in a slightly different atmosphere for the head-down deep house & deep techno vibes of Fred P (Black Jazz Consortium, FP-Oner, Anomaly). This is a 21+ event, the venue is located at 3730 N Clark, in Chicago.
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In Rotation: Justin Ignatius Mitchell Winter 2017

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DM241Playground Productionz – Orgy (XXX) 12″ – Dance Mania
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REKIDS111Santiago Salazar – Aspirations For Young Xol 2xlp – REKIDS

Tevo Howard with Garrett David @ smartbar, Saturday February 3rd, 2018

Gramaphone’s own Garrett David will be supporting Tevo Howard and Noleian Reusse for a heady night of house and techno from three active Chicago producer / selectors at smartbar this Saturday evening. It’s a 21+ event, the venue is located at 3730 N Clark.
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F.F.F. release party in-store Friday, February 2nd 2018

FFF – Fart Session is a new 7″ on Moppy’s Animal Rights records. This Friday, Moppy, CK & TZ will be in-store playing records in celebration of the new music. Refreshments will be available, plus a 50% discount on used records and CDs, and a discount on the new 7″ as well. Gramaphone records is at 2843 N Clark St in Chicago.
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In Rotation: SOLD Winter 2017

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REKIDS111Santiago Salazar – Aspirations For Young Xol 2xlp – REKIDS
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DM1472-Bit Project – Bump That Pussy 12″ – Dance Mania
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BDN015Nene Hatun – Metacommunication 12″ – Bedouin

Deetroit ‎– Back 2 Da Raw Ish 12″ – Unknown Deetroit

UDR888Bumpin, efficient grooves with lots of swing and kinetic action. This is well in line with what listeners have come to associate with the extreme DIY approach and presentation of this series, in this case simply a stickered whitelabel.

It’s the 8th entry into the self-released catalog, all rhythm tracks tuned for maximum impact in a rhythm-leaning house set. Perhaps a bonus here is that the 12″ is stacked in a mix-friendly way, with 3 tunes per side, each four-to-the-floor and each a dry, drum-machine heavy workout. Each track does have a melodic element, often giving a kind of early acid-house sound, without any reliance on the 303 lead that later became a key signifier of the genre.

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Rydim vs DJ Funk – Ghetto Booty 12″ – Hot Creations

HOTC105Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’ Hot Creations is still out there in 2017, and they’ve brought a longtime ghettotech legend into the studio for their latest dance 12″.

Ghetto Booty is a collaboration between Chicago’s DJ Funk and Rydim, a German producer previously better known for his solo productions for contemporary techno imprints like Tsuba and Praterei. The result is something like a slightly smoothed out booty track on the title cut, a festive house party revision by Jesse Perez, and then a kind of bonus Rydim solo track, “Easy As That,” to close out the record. That last one gives a more typical impression of Rydim’s solo work: a bass-heavy, chunky, housey style.

The record pulls in three distinct directions, and almost feels subdued when compared with the big room, peak-time efforts released this year by the busy imprint, especially from artists like Patrick Topping, Latmun, Darius Syrossian, Mihalis Safras, and Andrea Olivia. But while these “party” records rely on head-turning drops, this record might fall somewhat more in  line with the somewhat more oddball Phil Kieran remixes, which included commissions from Matthew Herbert and Andrew Weatherall.

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In Rotation: Adam Rowe Winter 2017

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When Bad People Cook Good Food 12″ compilation – Fresh Meat

FMR63DJ Jes and Studio Nova a.k.a Mazi Namvar hand in a pair of house tracks, each receiving a remix. DJ Jes’ “Genuine Flo” leans in the direction of sampled disco-house, and carries uplifting party vibes. Meanwhile, Garrett David’s interpretation is summery, and in a different vein than the original.

The lighthearted, upbeat, discoey vibes start up again on the other side with Studio Nova’s “The Reason We Took It Underground”. Next up is the MOZA1K remix of the aforementioned track. Some additional pads/keys and less punchy drums make this track seems a little “smoother” or perhaps less raw than the original.

Those looking for house-leaning party jams may want to give this a spin.

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Working Women with Garrett David @ Nowadays, Friday January 19th, 2018

This Friday evening, New York’s Nowadays will feature Gramphone affiliate and Queen! mainstay Garrett David, DJing alongside Working Women. Expect a showcase of disco and deep house at this all-night jam – the bar is open until 4am and the dance continues till 6. Nowadays is located at 56-06 Cooper Ave in Flushing, general admission tickets are 20$.

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Snow Robots Volume 4 12″ compilation – Suction

SUNCTION043Torontonian imprint Suction ressurects their 2001-2003 compilation series Snow Robots with this fourth entry into the sequence.

It’s quite a patchwork of eras, including contemporary stewards of the underground electro sound Beau Wanzer and June, synthpop standby Skanfrom (recording here as Civil Defence Programme), old-school industrial acts Digital Poodle (active mid-80s to mid-90s) and Ceramic Hello (1980), alongside relative newcomers Morah and Celldöd.

Even without that temporal and geographic diversity in mind, it’s a surprisingly coherent collection. It could easily act as a window into the influences of label owners Solvent and Lowfish, as well as an effective introduction to their benchmark record label.

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These Things Take Time @ TBA, Saturday January 20th, 2017

These Takes Take Time is a label from Philadelphia. They’re throwing an event series throughout January, taking on shows in LA, Chicago, and Philadelphia, and incorporating label artists & friends of the crew.

B Hayes, the ringleader, will be joined in Chicago by Gramaphone / Queen! resident Garrett David and Hesperian Sound wizard Leja Hazer. Hayes & Hazer will be performing as the amalgamation “B Hazer.”

There is a 10$ cover at the door, further event information including the location will be available via the These Things Take Time Facebook page.
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