Amp Fiddler – So Sweet 12″ – Mahogani

MM40Kenny Dixon Jr.’s Mahogani imprint brings some heavy hitters for its second release of 2017. Louie Vega (Masters At Work, Nuyorican Soul, Elements Of Life) does the A-side remix with a peak time classic deep house that hits all of its marks, Chicago style via NYC via Detroit. On the flip side Waajeed (Slum Village) turns the lights down for a sultry r&b groove, complete with an instrumental alternate take. All of this draws from originals courtesy of Amp Fiddler and Neco Redd, and results in some timeless productions.

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Patrice Scott – Soulfood 12″ – Sistrum

SIS029Patrice Scott is a soul man. Patrice Scott is Detroit via Berlin. Patrice Scott is a dope DJ.

Sistrum is Patrice Scott’s label. Sistrum is known for sleek futuristic house music. Patrice Scott’s productions often fall somewhere between house and techno. Soulfood is Patrice Scott’s new record on Sistrum.

Patrice Scott seems to have moved his sound progressively more loose and organic since his Euphonium album in 2015. Patrice Scott’s music is for the hips. Patrice Scott knows how to groove.

Soulfood is a three-track EP of groovy, hip music for the soul. Soulfood is house music. Soulfood is laid back. Soulfood is bumping.

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Nas1 – Band Sky LP – New Boy Shit Trax

NBST006Nas1 is a versatile producer out of Italy. Band Sky is Nas1’s second (mini)album. Clocking in at only around a half an hour, it manages to cram in a variety of moods and textures.

It’s instrumental electronic music, ranging from lo-fi EBM  (Robodance, Sei Venuta A Qui) to downtempo funk (Luce Verde (Cut A Ree), Sparisci) to dusty beatdown house (Bottazzi Antalena, A Beautiful Dinner) and finally the free jazz acid house of Ksclub closing out the record. His DJ sets are similarly multifarious, recent appearances incorporating classic disco, funk, abstract beats, lo-fi house, electro boogie, Detroit techno, and always with an affinity for notably loose timing.

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Convextion – 2845 2xLP – a.r.t.less

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Gerard Hanson a.k.a. Convextion’s latest album finds him in a much different place from last year’s theatrical, sci-fi, ambient release on Acido Records. Here, listeners will find a septet of Techno tracks backed by a beat. The production style often carries a futuristic element; the pads are cool and the percussive elements are sharp, minimal, and bright. Flyby is a great example of the aforementioned description.

The heady Distant Transmissions is my favorite track on the release. Hanson really puts the cool, blue palette that he has crafted for the album to work on this song. He makes great use of what sound like reverse hits, and the pads are delicate and subtle, yet effective.

Given Convextion’s track record alone, I’d say this is worth a listen.

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Hanna – Bounce 12″ – Waella’s Choice

WACH001Following up on last year’s album for the well-established Sound Signature imprint, Warren Harris’ Hanna project has been hitting on all cylinders. In June he’s offered  up 3 EPs: The Never End on Apron out of the UK, a future jazz / broken beat leaning record; Perpetual Rhythms Welcome Hanna on the Chicago label, which is an abstract, beat-scene type vibe; and then Bounce, which launches the Waella’s Choice label.

Bounce is the R&B side of Hanna, he sings on three out of the four songs. It nods towards a deep-house framework, but the focus is much more on songwriting, jazzy chords, and vocal harmonies (maybe think Vikter Duplaix or Jazzanova.) There isn’t a weak song on the record.

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Afefe Iku – Mirror Dance 12″ – Yoruba Records

R1053756514994609839796.jpegOsunlade’s Yoruba Records represses Afefe Iku’s 2008 hit, Mirror Dance.

This is a solid single. However, it was played so much, I actually remember getting sick of it. African-inspired house rhythms and catchy, marimba-like, melodic percussion make up the meat of this track. Osunlade’s additional production and Oveous Maximus’ vocals provide a slightly deeper interpretation for the B-side.

If you’re not already familiar with this song, give it a spin. Fans of Sacred Rhythm Music, Ibadan, Madhouse, or the like will want to pick up this record.

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Ebb Vibe release party in-store Thursday, August 3rd 2017

Gramaphone & Distant Hawaii celebrate the release of Garrett David’s latest EP on Lobster Theremin’s sublabel. The new 12″ combines summery vibes with classic Chicago house feelings. There will be assorted DJ sets, snacks, and beverages availlable, starting off at 5pm at Gramaphone’s Lakeview location.

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In Rotation: m50 Summer 2017

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RN1682Grischa Lichtenberger – Spielraum Allgegenwart Strahlung 3xLP – Raster-Noton
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CPT4951Karim Sahraoui – Gang Of Love 12″ – Compost Black Label
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AS17Lerosa – Niji 12″ – Assemble Music
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ESP046Bartellow – Panokorama 2xLP – ESP Institute

Hanna – Perpetual Rhythms Welcomes Hanna Part 1 Of 3 12″ – Perpetual Rhythms

PERP009Victor Aguinaga and Nick Marshall’s Chicago-based Perpetual Rhythms elects Warren Harris, a.k.a. Hanna, for their latest 12”. The result is a bit of a departure from Perpetual Rhythms’ usual deep-house excursions. Rather one will find a quartet of downtempo, broken-beat, hip-hop, and jazz-influenced recordings; the vibes are mellow, yet bright.

All of the tracks settle into grooves that feature loose, complex rhythms and delicate melodic instrumentation. There is also a sun-drenched perspective throughout. “Wicker Park” makes me think of some of Kyle Hall’s downtempo works, and while the cosmic-sounding chords on “Nuance” might resonate most with me, I think those who come across this record will have a pleasant listening experience across the board.

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Clark Street Jams @ aliveOne, Wednesday July 26th, 2017

Now a franchised affair, the Clark Street Jams Gramaphone DJ showcase is fresh off of a big night over at the Hideout this past Saturday. Back to the last Wednesday of the month at aliveOne, tonight’s cast includes Colin Boardway, Matty Drangus, & J. Copes. They’ll be playing a wide variety of bumping beats in the back room here. There are usually some specials on mixed drinks, so if you want to try something new, musically or otherwise, this could be your night. aliveOne is a 21+ venue, located at 2683 N Halsted, there’s no cover charge and the music starts around 10pm.

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In Rotation: Adam Rowe Summer 2017

ACIDO026Porn Sword Tobacco – [untitled] 2xlp – Acido
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SSH04Terry Riley – Persian Surgery Dervishes 2xlp – Aguirre
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AMB1705Sebastian Mullaert – All The Keys Are Here 12″ – Apollo
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MNBN02Strip Steve – Chaos2cosmos 12″ – Man Band
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Duke158DJVMetamatics – Neo Ouija lp – Hydrogen Dukebox

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 – 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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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