Bye for now!

Phonologue will be taking a hiatus for the foreseeable future. Thank you very much for your support over the past almost 7 years of updates on new records in the shop, in-store events, and related topics. Special thank yous go to Michael Serafini for overseeing this project, to Jason Bradley for his technical assistance, to Scotty Brandon for launching the Phonologue back in the autumn of 2011, and to all of the contributors.

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Mor Elian – Cymatic Ring 12″ – Fever AM

FAM01Mor Elian is a modern techno producer based in Los Angeles, a host on Dublab, booker at the Into The Woods events, with 5 digits of Instagram followers and an interest in fashion in addition to music. She runs the Fever AM imprint as well as the MYRRH jewelry line, and has a busy international tour schedule including Berghain and festival dates in Germany and Croatia.

The techno on this label launching EP is straight-ahead, sleek, and ready to be mixed. There’s an electro flair on Sparkle Tube (featured in Resident Advisor’s New Tracks section, captioned by Andrew Ryce) and some reverberant depth on Paralysed Focus, but in general there is a crisp energy that would fit well in a DVS1 set or Adam Beyer set.

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Hudson People – Trip To Your Mind 12″ – Hit House

HIT1It’s a fast boogie! It’s a disco hit! Trip To Your Mind was produced by Reg Hudson and originally released in 1979.

It’s a dreamy, summery disco tune that’s been sought after for some time and seen various renewed availability over the past 10 years. For a scene saturated with revivals and retro chic, this is an original that bears revisiting nearly 4 decades on.

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In Rotation: Jacob Hopes Spring 2018

PFG036Moodymann – Silence In The Secret garden 2xlp – Peacefrog
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MXMRK2011The Mr K Edits 7″ – Most Excellent Unlimited
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Kimochi29Conoley Ospovat – Solitude 12″ – Kimochi Sound
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JUSTTHIS018Broken Promises compilation 12″ – Just This
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MULEMUSIQ216FP Oner – 7 2xlp – Mule Musiq

Record Store Day in-store Saturday, April 21st 2018

Gramaphone records will be celebrating vinyl from local labels, artists, and beyond from noon till 8pm. In-store appearances with DJ sets will feature Parris Mitchell from Dance Mania, Garrett David from Night Sea Journey, Chicagodeep & Taelue from Perpetual Rhythms, Tim Zawada from Star Creature Universal Vibrations, Sassmouth from God Particle, Daryl Cura from Eargasmic, and Bai-ee from Secret Studio.

Gamayun – untitled 12″ – Hesperian Sound Division

HESP004Known for their works on Udacha over the past couple years, Gamayun joins the Hesperian Sound Division with some deep and varied spacey electronic sounds that tread in a borderland between abstraction, ambiance, jazz, deep house, and downtempo.

Reverberant piano lines and a layered patter of loose rhythm dominate the A-side, while the B-side focuses more on lumbering percussion and slightly gloomier melodies laced between the beats. It’s a unique mixture of influences, and one that should land well with fans of Yuri Shulgin’s more recent works, or who want to dig deeper into the experimentation offered by Sued, Leleka, and the like. It’s arguably the most daring release to date on the Chicago / Los Angeles Hesperian imprint, and one that possibly hints at even more adventures to come.

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In Rotation: Mark Salinas Spring 2018

MEDIC77LPEtherwood – In Stillness 2xlp + CD – Med School
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HDBLP039DJ Taye – Still Trippin’ 2xlp – Hyperdub
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LVNO13Shmoo – Free Shmoo! 12″ – Love Notes
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MOTDLP001Certain Creatures – Nasadiya Sukta lp – Mysteries Of The Deep
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BSR015Turner Street Sound – Bunsens Vol 1 12″ – Butter Sessions

Miruga – Spirit Garden 12″ – Moods & Grooves

MG061Miruga’s Spirit Garden is very deep house even by Moods & Grooves’ Detroit standards. Based out of Nagano, an area perhaps better known for its Buddhist temple and hot springs than its electronic music, Yoshiki Tsuchiya has established himself as a serious adherent to the house music style, appearing on over a dozen releases in the last 7 years. These have included multiple appearances on Rawthenticity (France / South Korea), Ethereal Sound (Russia), and Rough House Rosie (Germany / Georgia).

His international appeal continues to be evident on this latest release, which will certainly appeal to fans of Patrice Scott and Alton Miller. There are twinkling keyboards, understated basslines, and even a saxaphone riff lacing the undeniable grooves here.

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Run The Length Of Your Wilderness 12″ compilation – Hobo Camp

CS671672-01A-BIGRun The Length Of Your Wildness is an ongoing weekly dance party held every Monday night at Underground SF in San Francisco. It was conceived by Cherushii and Roche in 2015 and continues under the direction of Roche and Experimental Housewife.

In the small overlapping circles of the regional scene in California, Hobo Camp overlaps with 100% Silk and Jacktone, and here presents a compilation of local artists representing a corner of that community. Just over a year ago, it was a community heavily impacted by the Ghostship fire; the A side features two of the higher-profile victims of that disaster.

Cherushii’s track is one of her darkest, a industrial acid techno number. Nackt follows that up with a medium dark, Detroit-leaning beat. On the flip side, Roche has a somewhat less ominous entry, an unruffled shuffle with peaceful synth swells and a deft resonant bassline. The compilation closes on an uplifting note with David Last & Lavender presenting an expansive synth disco treatise, with the feeling of a much longer journey somehow compressed into a runtime of less than 6 minutes.

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In Rotation: SOLD Spring 2018

PGS004Pablo R. Ruiz – Bad Hombre 12″ – Portage Garage Sounds
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HDBLP039DJ Taye – Still Trippin’ 2xlp – Hyperdub
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EGC40211Fuck Acid Part 2 12″ compilation – Eargasmic
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EST8308Stallone The Reducer – Always Late 12″ – Est. 83′
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27141107_10215778372109103_577673689_o.1Miki Miyoshi – 10th Region 12″ – Sovereign State

FUN @ The Whistler, Friday April 6th, 2018

Adding to their already stellar beverage mixology, tonight The Whistler adds sonic mixology to the menu with selectors and true heads Josh Deep and Leja Hazer. Expect tunes well off of the beaten path, anchored in an appreciation for deep house and disco sounds. Music start at 9:30pm and runs till close, The Whistler is located at 2421 N Milwaukee and is a 21+ venue.
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Reedale Rise – Flux Function 12″ – Hizou

HZOS02Liverpool’s Simon Keat offers up the latest for Hizou, a label roughly 17 releases deep, though it’s a bit confusing with their catalog scheme…

Another possible point of mild confusion could be this his inclusion in a discography that seems to focus almost exclusively on a classic deep-house sound, whereas Reedale Rise has been quickly making a name for himself behind a handful of techno-tinged electro releases, even for imprints specializing in that subgenre (see: Frustrated Funk.) In the end, the release shows influences both from his more characteristic sound, and from the pull of Hizou’s in-house style.

“Psyche 6″ has a kind of housey roll under its distinctly electroid synthesizer array, not unlike the vibe of The Other People Place; likewise on “Telemetry” he channels a Drexciyan bassline and the breakbeat is anything but four to the floor. But on “Flux Function” he employs the heavy quarternote kick and more organic drumming, and “Shutter” is a swinging deep house number that can hold its own with most anything else on Hizou Deep Rooted Music’s catalog, even incorporating some understated vocal bits and bobs weaved into the old-school groove.

Reedale Rise manages to stay within his sound, but also fits into the label’s aesthetic, and makes a flexible, understated EP in the process.

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Hanna – Perpetual Rhythms Welcomes Hanna: Part 2 of 3 12″ : Perpetual Rhythms

PERP011Hanna has been prolific, even by his own standards, with this being his 5th EP in 12 months. This second record in his series for Perpetual Rhythms builds on the broken beat jazzy themes of the first.

Opening the record is a track that marks the third time in the series that he’s made a clear allusion Chicago-centrism of the music. The Lake Shore Doctor has the most direct approach of anything so far – the straight kick drum pulse provides the track with an solidly driving introduction before it’s deconstructed in the song’s second movement. Parallel has a charming lilt, and then on the flip side, Gold Coast breaks it down even further, with an almost subliminal shuffling rhythm guiding the floating, wistful melodies throughout. Khords is a bit of an outlier, closing the record with a stuttering beat and pensive melody that would’ve sounded at home on Chicago’s Hefty records.

Throughout, he seems to channel the spirit of house music without ever needing to fall back on its tropes, relying instead building grooves around his jazzy intuitions and making for a progressive perspective on a well-rooted genre.

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In Rotation: Max Rose Spring 2018

PF009Apogee – Tales From The Second Moon 12″ – Peacefrog
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PM002DJ Ice Tits – DJ Ice Tits Is A Reasonable Person 12″ – Partial Magic
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DBC4W190Aux88 – Bass Magnetic 2xlp – Direct Beat
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MS091Rhythim Is Rhythim – Icon / Kao-Tic Harmony (Vince Watson Reconstructions) 12″ – Transmat
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RS1703Space Dimension Controller – Exostack 12″ – R&S

Dreamlogicc – MDS005 12″ – Main Drain Studios

CS678602-01B-BIGThe past year has seen the release of Dreamlogicc’s fourth full-length album (on cassette for San Francisco’s cutting-edge Jacktone imprint) and now he returns to the other side of the bay for more aggressive material on his home bass Main Drain Studios.

The handmade visual aesthetic gives way to a dizzying array of low-end oriented styles: the record opens with a stomping, swirling techno number in Spiraling before switching it up to a pulsating lo-fi mirage in Video Drones. Then, on the flip side The Contra Dub channels a DJ Stingray hyper-electro atmosphere. The record closes with Vivi, a similarly foreboding blue-grey tone, but upping the electro tempo to two-step jungle.

It’s a subtly omnivorous record, taking cues from contemporaries like Auxiliary and Trilogy Tapes and fusing the influences into a bleak, futuristic style.

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Richard Fearless – Night Blind 12″ – Drone

DRONE013Richard Fearless of Death In Vegas fame continues on his recently revitalized Drone imprint with a pair of rough-and-ready tracks for this hand-numbered 12″. While the label seems largely focused on Fearless projects, the B side here seems like a nod to his labelmate D’Marc Cantu, one of the few external signings on his imprint. It’s a dry arpeggio roller called Cancan that has an industrial tinge to the raw drum sounds and stripped-down programming.

The A side is a bit of a contrast. Night Blind is rowdy, maximal even. The lead synth melody builds into cascades of distortion over a machined breakbeat. Overall, the pair make for a couple of colorful modern DJ tools.

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In Rotation: Wesley Groves Spring 2018

ECHOCORD076Fluxion – Upsides and Sideways 12″ – Echocord
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FIT019S & M Trading Co. – Metal Surface Repair 12″ – FIT
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MNQ100.1Waves of the Future 2xlp compilation – Mannequin

Hanging Lake release party in-store Saturday, March 24th 2018

Bell Boys teammember and Gramaphone selector Adam Rowe celebrates a solo debut with the Hanging Lake 12″. Arriving on Night Sea Journey, a label curated by Garrett David & Colin Johnson, it’s a beautifully delicate release that deserves a close listen. The listening session runs 6pm-8pm, refreshments and discounts available for attendees.
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Grant – Perception 2xlp – Duke’s Distribution

DD001Grant’s been quite a productive project for deep house lately. With an album each of the past 3 years, and twice as many singles, this is a production outfit on a bit of a roll, and already with signature if not terribly distinctive sound. That is to say, Grant’s music usually comes off as if it’s channeling the most pertinent bits of Guidance, Paper Recordings, and NRK Sound Division, all in a sort of homage  that makes the result more of a subliminal mode of expression.

Taken together, Perception doesn’t surprise, but neither does it disappoint. Every track here is a heady dancefloor number, sometimes with a thread of spoken word woven through the track, as on “The Wait,” sometimes with truncated diva wails as on “Equilibrium”, but always with that classic production style and propulsive bassline drive. Across the eight tracks, it offers good value as a DJ doublepack; it feels like each side could have been its own dance single.

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Loft – Three Settlements Four Ways 12″ – Wisdom Teeth

WSDM007Facta and K-Lone’s Wisdom Teeth has been treading in what’s quickly becoming well-worn territory: the imprint has more than a bit in common with Bristolian standard-bearers Idle Hand, Punch Drunk, and Livity Sound. A bit younger, though – Wisdom Tooth has been pulling in artists from well-beyond its locale since its launch in 2014.

Manchester’s Loft (formerly of Leeds?) contributes Wisdom Teeth’s third and final release for 2017. Three Settlements Four Ways nails that unpredictable, middle-weight, quirky bass-music sound that’s at once uptempo and leftfield, experimental with shifting syncopations and brief flirts with melody, yet straightforward enough to remain quite functional in some club settings. Really, it fits in quite well to what’s been established as the modern sound of Bristolian bass music.

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