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$.

In Rotation: Justin Ignatius Mitchell Fall 2017

RS1702Talaboman – The Night Land 2xlp – R&S
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FB5127LPEl Michels Affair – Enter The 37th Chamber lp – Fat Beats
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DM262DJ Clent – 100% Ghetto / We 2 Ghetto 4 Ya! 12″ – Dance Mania
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SIPR019Firma Do Txiga 3×7″ compilation – Principe
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Hodge – No Single Thing 12″ – Livity Sound

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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Mogwaa – Deja Vu 12″ – Star Creature

SC1206Chicago-based Star Creature features work by Seoul’s Mogwaa for its recent release. The EP showcases 6 recordings. The vibes are chill and retrospective; the record is looking back at the early 80’s for much of its influence.

Though listeners looking for laid-back grooves could certainly gravitate towards any number of these songs, the title track probably stands out most to me for its unique use of scale and melody. What seems like lo-fi, thunder sound effects appear throughout the track, adding a sense of silly charm.

Fans of throwback boogie vibes and Star Creature will likely want to check this out.

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Damon Wild – Cosmic Path 2xlp – Infrastructure

INF024LPDamon Wild has been been mounting a comeback in the last couple years: after 5 years without a solo release, he put out We Left The Planet with Steve Stoll in 2016 (the title may be a hint as to his absence.) Since then, he’s followed up with a couple more EPs on his Synewave homebase and now a full-length on David Sumner’s Infrastructure label. It’s only the third album over a career spanning 3 decades, that is – the third under his primary alias. Over the years, he’s collaborated on dozens of projects and used a wide array of aliases, even appearing on Infrastructure in 1998 as 1/2 of 303 Systems.

Truly, his vaults would be a library in themselves, but this album gives a peek into the style of techno he’s championed throughout the years. It’s a combination of the weighty drive of Ostgut, combined with a tunneling depth and bass energy and often incorporating sonar-like hypnotic resonant tones, like a clubbier Mika Vainio or a mellower Tresor sound. Function even pops into the studio to contribute an edit for the track Space Race, his version a notably cosmic electro breakbeat affair. Every track on this release is a belter, save for the pensive ambient outro “Friday’s Orbit”.

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Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald present Borderland – Transport Remixed 12″ – Tresor

Tresor298Legends of the game Juan Atkins (Model 500) and Moritz von Oswald (Maurizio, Basic Channel) have been collaborating across two Borderland-branded albums so far on Tresor. Now they offer up their source material for a chain-reaction of reworks.

First, Carl Craig from Detroit’s Planet E gives a deep remix treatment, adding his trademark sizzling hats and hard-edged bassline to the polyrhythmic dub techno foundation. Then DJ Deep and Roman Poncet rework Carl Craig’s version, pumping up the intensity for a zippy dancefloor effort.

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In Rotation: Joshua Adam Winter 2017

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SS06768Dego & Kaidi – A So We Gwarn 2xlp – Sound Signature
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COMET076Tony Allen / Africa 70 – Hustler: Disco Afro Reedit Series Vol 1 – Comet
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SAM002Tunnel Signs – Ultraviolet 12″ – Samo

Andy To Andy split 12″ – Cryovac

CRYO017A clever play on their shared first-name, this split release between Andy Garcia and Andy Vaz is a functional matchup. Andy Vaz runs Yore records out of Cologne. Although he comes from a minimal house sound, his label has drifted more towards more dense, organic house with artists like Rick Wade and Kez YM filling in the gaps. On the other hand, Andy Garcia co-owns the Detroit-based Docile imprint, which focuses on productions by himself and Jason Garcia, and a certain kind of minimal house that might coincide well with the Detroit ethos of early M_nus records.  Their combined 12″ appears on Cryovac, a sublabel of Docile that for the last 9 years has been open to a wider variety of contributors, such as Sierra Sam, Pascal Hetzel, Kimyon Hugginns, Kero, Keith Kemp, and Annie Hall.

Andy Vaz gets the A side, and with “Dangerous” channels 9 minutes of Terrence Dixon’s jazzy discordant techno. Andy Garcia’s two tracks on the B side seem to dial in towards a closer focal point: the percussion samples and vocal syllables are drawn to the fore, while the droning chords are a little hazier backdrop. All three are four to the floor, mix-friendly tracks with enough rhythm quirk and personality to go beyond simple fodder.

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Garrett David – Live From The Dog Cave 12″ – Lobster Theremin

Stripped & Chewed, Gramaphone, and Queen resident, Garrett David wears many hats, but perhaps none more jauntily than his producer cap. Between his solo outings and his work as 1/2 of Bell Boys, he’s been quite prolific and 2017 has been his busiest year yet. Having already released two records on Lobster Theremin’s Distant Hawaii sublabel lately, he’s now been welcomed into the young empire’s home base.

On Live From The Dog Cave he keeps the house rolling and light, Sample Sesh has a bit of a Hamburg feel; Ooh Aah is more Chicago bumpity, but with more synth buoyancy and less horn samples. Two Nineteen has the Detroit strings, and then Touched is more of a roller.

Even incorporating contributions from Colin Johnson and Adam Rowe, the record stays close to its core sound. Taken together, it shows a producer integrating more and more influences and producing some well-balanced house music as a result.

In Rotation: Jacob Hopes Winter 2017

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DM105.1Strong Souls – Hums 12″ – Dance Mania
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SS06768Dego & Kaidi – A So We Gwarn 2xlp – Sound Signature
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MULEMUSIQ216FP Oner – 7 2xlp – Mule Musiq

Queen! @ smartbar, Saturday December 23rd, 2017

This unusual Saturday night edition of smartbar’s Queen residency features Gramaphone selectors Michael Serafini & Garrett David alongside heavyweight DJs Patrice Scott and Derrick Carter. They’ll likely be playing all manner of deep disco, house, and Detroit techno sounds. This is is a 21+ show, cover is 20$. smartbar is located at 3730 N Clark in Chicago.
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Sw. – The Album 2xlp – Apollo

AMB1706SW’s debut album comes after 6 years of steady releases, slowly building a distinctive voice and a zealous following through his constantly evolving approach to electronic productions. As one half of Sued records, this release first went through a couple pressings on its home imprint before being picked up for re-release by Apollo, ambient sublabel of the Belgian behemoth R&S.

SW.’s sound here has a humid, languid quality to it at times, imbued both by the ambiguously organic sound palette and the limber rhythm work. The tempos and atmospheres vary, from uptempo techno to low-slung tribal house to wavey beatless ambience to breakbeats to slow liquid jungle. But through all of this variety, there’s a timeless quality that sounds perhaps indebted to defunct fore-bearers like Pork Recordings and Rephlex, as well as to early R&S, which makes this a kind of homecoming.

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In Rotation: Leja Hazer Winter 2017

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VR172E.O.L. Soulfrito – Upright Love 12″ – Vega
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CS60998201ABIGGarrett David – The Time 12″ – Courtesy Of Balance

Appian – Rite Of Passage EP 12″ – Stripped and Chewed

SCRS012Chicago-based Stripped and Chewed welcomes 4 tracks from Sly Fox Records’ co-founder Appian. The release as a whole is airy, light-hearted, and deep house-leaning.

The title track opens with classic house drum-programming and cool chords, before diving into keyboard riffs. “Flight” features a nice groove, and more mellow atmospheres. The Bell Boys add more classic house flare to the title track, and “Memories” is centered around a quirky bass line.

This should land well with Appian and Stripped and Chewed fans, and is worth a spin for anyone looking for mellow, housey tracks.

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Clark Street Jams @ The Hideout Inn, Saturday December 16th, 2017

The Hideout Dance Party at The Hideout presents Gramaphone’s regular series: Clark Street Jams. This wintry weekend features a pair of smartbar darlings all night long. Garrett David from Sunday night’s Queen weekly, and SOLD from the Neon Falls residency will be sharing selector duties all night long. This night is themed: “an open format deviation from the typical club night. Gramaphone staffers focus on sharing unearthed oddities, and the occasional guilty pleasure.” There is a 5$ cover, the party kicks off at midnight, following Campdogzz & Wet Mouth, who will be having a release party earlier in the evening. Hideout Chicago is located at 1354 West Wabansia.
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bvdub – Heartless 2xlp – n5MD

MD258LPbvdub is a fixture in ambient circles. Brock Van Wey has released over thirty albums, as well as contributing to the renowned Echospace imprint, Kompakt’s archetypal Pop Ambient series, and James Healy’s Air Texture series.

Today he finds himself on an almost hometown label in the n5MD imprint. His new full-length available on CD and 2xLP. It’s the billowing, placid atmosphere he’s known for, and additionally incorporates sung elements into many of the songs. Throughout, there’s a persistent, full-spectrum wash of reverberation, creating a dense bright fog through which wisps of vocals, piano, and basslines occasionally emerge.

Over on A Strangely Isolated Place there’s a remarkably in-depth interview where bvdub describes the thought process behind the name structure for this collection.

“So the album takes heartlessness as an overall concept, and tells the story of a specific time in recent years when I really was… heartless. For once I acted with no heart, no regret, and with a total disregard for another person’s feelings – basically the way most of the world seems to do just fine. But it didn’t do what I thought it would. I didn’t feel liberated… I felt like shit. But I wondered – and I still wonder – if it was actually “wrong.””

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In Rotation: m50 Winter 2017

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STILOVE4MUSIC047Jerome Derradji – Brighter Days 12″ – Stilove4music
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21618224_10214675711343273_994707160_oA New Line (Related) – Reverie(s) 12″ – Kimochi Sound

Jeff Mills – Lost In Space 12″ – Axis

AX075Adding yet another to his collection of releases, Jeff Mills continues on his quest of concocting sci-fi atmospheres. The record comprises 5 tracks. As usual, Mills welcomes a fair amount of dissonance, resulting in a cold, strange, yet comforting listen. The A-side features the delayed drums of “Reflectivity” and shimmering arpeggiations of “Planet X”.

I’m more partial to the B-side of the record. While Mills seems to be drawn to polyrhythms, “Exploding Stars embraces some particularly heady ones. Subtle sputtering percussion, and mechanical, almost dial tone-like sounds add interest. “Gliese 436b” also spends time exploring arpeggiated synth lines, and plays with some interesting ambient details, which at times sound like alien fauna. “Carbon 14 Plus” ushers us out with a relaxing, yet possibly anxiety-inducing, hypnosis.

The record makes for an imaginative and interesting listen.

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