Abicah Soul & Cordell Johnson ‎– Excursions #2 12″ – Excursions

EXC002Chicago house underground mainstays Abicah Soul & Corcell Johnson come together for a single-sided, stickered whitelabel 12″ on the the local Excursions imprint. Presumably named for Johnson’s the long-running residency alongside James Vincent at Danny’s Tavern, the record has all the hallmarks of the earthy deep house sound associated with their events.

Abicah Soul & Cordell Johnson collaborate on the Woodlawn Groove Drum Dub, which has a warmer sound with the ascending polyphonic bassline and dense patter of drums. Cordell’s solo joint, She Left Me In Detroit is a notably more rugged take with a bleep house style bassline and echoing vocal mantra. Both are ready to DJ and will no doubt be seeing lots of action on the dancefloor in the months to come, the 12″ is a welcome return for the long-dormant outlet.

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2843 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
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In Rotation: Leja Hazer Spring 2018

PFG036Moodymann – Silence In The Garden 2xlp – Peacefrog
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ATH062Ice – Reality 7″ – Athens Of The North
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MXU009Jesus Loves You – Generations Of Love: The Bruce Forest Remixes 12″ – Most Excellent Unlimited
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JD42Ad Bourke / Rotla – Raw (Ron Trent Remix) 12″ – Far Out

Aleksi Perala – Simulation 2xlp – Clone Basement Series

CBS024LPSince seemingly bursting onto the scene in 2015 with Clone’s release of The Colundi Sequence Volume 1, Aleksi Perala has been everywhere at once: remixed by Len Faki for the Berghain crowd, joining new-rave IDMers Bjarki and Roma Zuckerman on Nina Kraviz’ трип, and continuing with even more enthusiasm on his eponymous AP Musik outlet.

But Perala didn’t pop out of nowhere. He’s been building an immense catalog of distinctive works over many years, appearing in the 1990s on Richard D James’ Rephlex imprint under his Ovuca alias, and since then continuously recording under a variety of monikers, even including a collaborative album with Chris Jeffs (Cylob, Kinesthesia). Through all this, he’s explored ambient, abstract, breakbeat, and techno styles, with a recently lauded method-oriented approach.

This release is consistent with his recent higher-profile works, in that it’s often built in variations on a clear theme (the first side of the record is centered around a singular melodic motif), it incorporates his usual characteristic modal harmonics, and has cryptic serial-number tracknames to evade easy reference. But as far as points of reference go: check out NLL561606936 for a Kerrier District style disco bassline groove, NLL561606937 for Border Community dreamscape, or  NLL561606934 for some genuine Rephlex flavor.

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Chicago, IL 60657
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Free Shmoo! release party in-store Thursday, March 8th 2018

With the support of Derrick Carter and the Queen! crew at smartbar, Shmoo launches his production career with the Free Shmoo! 12″ for the Brooklyn-based Love Notes imprint. Having dabbled before with a co-production credit on last years Hodge Podge, he joins forces with Garrett David again, the latter providing an a-side remix on the new EP.

Celebration of the new release will commence at 6pm this Thursday evening, featuring a set from Shmoo, as well as DJ support from Josh Hooten and Ran Darnell. Refreshments + discounts available while supplies last.

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In Rotation: Michael Serafini Spring 2018

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UNI1005Marcellus Pittman – Can’t Forget About You 12″ – Unirhythm
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PFG036Moodymann – Silence In The Secret Garden 2xlp – Peacefrog
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ECHOCORD076Fluxion – Upsides & Sideways 12″ – Echocord
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MXMRK2011The Mr K Edits 12″ – Most Excellent Unlimited

Meowsn’ – Small Edge 12″ – Star Creature

27946722_10216000011169941_943054263_oRussia’s Meowsn’ hands in a 4-track release to Chicago-based Star Creature. The EP as a whole is in the vein of house and quite warm overall. The tracks are straightforward, mellow, yet dance-floor friendly, and modern, but retrospectively styled.

“Be Close Bee” is seemingly very Detroit-influenced in its styling. In terms of sampling and composition, it sports a nice bass line, and makes clever use of a female vocal sample. Meanwhile “Rumble Me” features summery, shimmering chords. This record is mix-friendly, and its familiar and pleasing palette will probably speak to some in search of warm-tempered, four-to-the-floor house beats.

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2843 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 472-3683

Need Your Luvin’ release party in-store Thursday, March 1st 2018

Roy England puts out a big new 12″ of pumping house music on the Denver-based Make Mistakes imprint. Jarvi, who contributed a bleepy acid rework on the EP, will be in-store this week to celebrate with a DJ set alongside Sassmouth and Leesh. Refreshments will be available, and there is a discount on this new 12″ as well as on used vinyl and CDs in the shop. Gramaphone is located at 2843 N Clark, festivities run 6-8pm.

Chris Carter – The Spaces Between lp – Optimo

CS401652-01A-BIGOptimo has picked an interesting reissue project here, featuring the work of Chris Carter of Carter Tutti, Chris & Cosey, and Throbbing Gristle fame. This instance  is a repressing of their 2010 release of the same work, and the mark of an apparent ongoing collaboration between Carter and the label.

Chris Carter says of it: “Originally recorded between 1974 and 1978 at Industrial Records studio in London, ‘The Space Between’ was first released as a 90 minute cassette in 1980 on Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Records label. It wasn’t until 1991 that it was again released by Mute Records on CD. Although tracks from ‘The Space Between’ have appeared on numerous compilations since its release, the album has never been available on vinyl until now.

This new reissue on Optimo Music, now retitled ‘The Spaces Between’, doesn’t include all the tracks of the original album but has been enhanced and remastered from the original two-track master tapes and has new cover artwork especially for this release.”

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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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2843 N. Clark St.
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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2843 N. Clark St.
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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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MULEMUSIQ215Kuniyuki Takahashi – Newwave Project 2xlp – Mule Musiq
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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

RS1702Talaboman – The Night Land 2xlp – R&S
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DM241Playground Productionz – Orgy (XXX) 12″ – Dance Mania
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SIPR019Firma Do Txiga 3×7″ compilation – Principe
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VPR08Color Plus – Color Plus 12″ – Vanity Press
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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

ELP032Jay Glass Dubs – Dubs 2xlp – Ecstatic
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DE171Bezier – Primes 12″ – Dark Entries
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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