Adam Rowe – Hanging Lake 12″ – Night Sea Journey

artworks-000246534491-bher41-t500x500The second release for Night Sea Journey is the first for Adam Rowe. Far from a novice in the studio, though – Rowe has already put his name to compilation work for Talahachi, a co-production for Gramaphone’s in-house label (on the A New Room 12″), and a variety of productions and remixes as 1/2 of Bell Boys (with Garrett David.)

Chicago-based Night Sea Journey presents his debut solo release, one that feels much like a small album. There are a variety of mellow moods spread out across the five tracks. Each is precise, delicate, tuneful. They’re unusual in their earnestness and lightness, reminding of much earlier releases on DeFocus (UK) or Dot (Sweden); probably the closest contemporary point of comparison might be the ambient house of Music For Memory.

Precision engineered naivety.

In Rotation: Michael Serafini Fall 2017

21618224_10214675711343273_994707160_oA New Line (Related) – Reverie(s) 12″ – Kimochi Sound
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PERP010Mystical Institute – Shared Growth 12″ – Perpetual Rhythms
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MULEMUSIQ216FP Oner – 7 2xlp – Mule Musiq
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FFOR014Kerri Chandler – My Old Friend 12″ – Flash Forward

In Rotation: Ashina Fall 2017

WARPLP38RAutechre – Tri Repetae 2xlp – WARP
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AER029Acid Jesus – Interstate 12″ – Ego
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ND25Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande lp – Ndagga
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BORFT135Simon W – System 12″ – Borft
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bwood0158lpHavana Cultura 3xlp compilation – Brownswood

Albrecht La’Brooy – Escape Velocity 12″ – Voyage

VYG09Alex Albrecht and Sean La’Brooy have exploded onto the scene since the 2014 launch of their Analogue Attic out of Melbourne, Australia. They unhurriedly blend ambient techno’s lush atmospheres with varied instrumentation, field recordings, and deep house grooves.

Here, they contribute to another strong Australian imprint, Andy Hart’s Voyage recordings. While it’s maybe a bit spacier than Voyage is used to, it still slots in well with the imprint’s usual deep house groovers.

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Clark Street Jams @ The Hideout Inn, Saturday October 14th, 2017

The fabled music emporium submits a freeform variation on the habitual nightclub offering. Gramaphone operatives concentrate on showcasing underappreciated misfits, and the odd guilty pleasure. The Hideout is at 1354 West Wabansia, located in an industrial area between Lincoln Park and Bucktown; it has been named one of “The Most Important Bars in Chicago” (Thrillist), among “The Greatest American Music Venues” (Consequence of Sound), and one of “Chicago’s 50 Best Bars” (Chicago Magazine).

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In Rotation: Leja Hazer Fall 2017

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BLAKMUZIK001Anthony Nicholson featuring Cara Dawn – Living For Today 12″ – Blak Muzik
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TIME002TIME 002 12″ compilation – These Things Take Time
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YSD84 (1)Oliver Dollar & Crazy P – Loose Beat 12″ – Yoruba

Achim Maerz – Experiments 12″ – Don’t Be Afraid

DBA032Presumably culled from the same sessions as the extended Experiments: Appendix A/B cassette on Don’t Be Afraid, this 12″ finds Hamburg’s Achim Maerz in fine form. Somewhere in the same constellation of electro-leaning deep house as Benjamin Brunn and The Other People Place, these tracks drift along with luminescent, lush melodies. Twinges of sci-fi melancholia emerge on the B side, but much of the darkness comes from a wistful sense of mystery rather than doom.

It seems as if Don’t Be Afraid is continuing to cast an ever-wider net, in 2017 adding to the roster The Room Below, Jason Fine, and Jayson Winters, as well as Maerz. Throughtout these explorations, they’re maintaining a core identity of Detroit-influenced UK house sounds, thoughtfully and gracefully presented.

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Walking And Falling in-store workshop Thursday, October 5th 2017

“Walking and Falling is a DJ workshop week and mentor program for women-identifying and non-binary music enthusiasts. Join us for a free in-store event where mentors and participants will be DJing and digging. 1/2 off all used records and 10% off god particle records during the event. Free pizza and beer while it lasts.”

In Rotation: Jacob Hopes Fall 2017

SJRLP392Space, Energy & Light (Experimental And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88) 3xlp compilation – Soul Jazz
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VIBR010KNLB – Initialize 12″ – Vibraphone
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WACH001Hanna – Bounce 12″ – Waella’s Choice
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COUNT01Studio Mody – Count 01 12″ – Counter 99

Talker – Battle Standards 12″ – Standards & Practices

stanprac001Having seen a couple releases on Regis and Female’s label Downwards, Talker (Karl Meier and Johnathan Krohn) bring three blistering, boisterous techno tunes to the table. This release marks the first for new label Standards and Practices.

The tracks are dense, quite dark, seemingly heavily layered, with overdriven elements, and aimed for sweaty dancefloors or warehouse parties. (Gold) Standard is my pick of the three. Abrasive beats are accompanied by an atmosphere of moody pads. Elements and/or textures from this track remind me of early Mind Over MIDI.

Those looking for some heavy techno ought to give this a listen.

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Clark Street Jams @ aliveOne, Wednesday September 27th, 2017

Last Wednesday of the month, Gramaphone brings the jams. The Clark Street Jams, to be precise. This month the in-house selectors post up in the aliveOne back room from 10 till 2 with a range of rhythmic selections to accompany the fancy cocktail drink specials, full range of beers, and versatile atmosphere. There’s no cover charge and no dress code for the 21+ event, aliveOne is located at 2683 in Chicago’s Lakeview neighbourhood.
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B12 – Electro Soma 2xlp – WARP

WARPLP9RMichael Golding and Steve Rutter’s B12 project, both as a recording entity and a record label, has been more deeply influential than their modest fame might indicate. Via their label, they were able to collaborate with Stasis, Plaid, Kirk DeGiorgio, and Posthuman. Recording under B12 and various other aliases, they pioneered Intelligent Dance Music on WARP records and were notably present on both of the genre’s namesake Artificial Intelligence compilations.

While IDM has mutated perhaps beyond recognition into several different strands of music, their apparent heirs at the moment are more often classified roughly as ambient house. Whereas B12 were most active in the early 1990s, they’ve continued to release music intermittently over the years, and even when they’re not personally involved, their imitations abound with influences to be heard across current ambient-house labels like Slow Life, Acting Press, and S.O.N.S.

Electro Soma and Electro Soma II offer a retrospective view into the duo’s early efforts. Electro Soma was their first major album, originally available on WARP Records in 1993, only a few years into the then Sheffield-based label’s existence. Electro Soma II is billed as “A specially compiled companion volume to the reissue of Electro-Soma, an album compiled predominantly from early 12″s on the seminal B12 Records label by mysterious pseudonyms such as Musicology, Redcell and Cmetric. This sequel delves further into the B12 vaults, containing deep cuts and sought after rarities, including some tracks making their first appearance on vinyl.”

The music seems to beg the question, whether the underlying truism is that good music is necessarily timeless, or necessarily tethered to the moment of its expression. B12’s sci-fi futurism now has a retrospective quality to it that seems to contradict either simple pronouncement.

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Spirits of The Black Lodge Vol. 1 – compilation 12″ – Black Lodge

a0557167849_16Various artists come together for a 5-track release on the Los Angelean newcomer label Black Lodge Recordings. There’s quite a bit of variety in the realm of techno on this release.

Things start out with a lo-fi, acid-tinged contribution from VeXaTioN, and continue with a sparse, minimal number from Brown Irvin. Kosmik’s “The Endless Void” is heady and solid with its sustained pads and murky, meandering synths.

The B-side hosts Frequencia’s big and bold “Fall Traxx”, and is rounded out by Force Placement’s “Missing Words”. The closing track catches my ear the most. The rhythms on the mid-range vocal sample and a few percussive elements make for an interesting listen.

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(773) 472-3683

 

In Rotation: SOLD Fall 2017

DDS025Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – Levitation Praxis Part 4 lp – DDS
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WRWTFWW20Midori Takada & Masahiko Satoh – Lunar Cruise LP + CD – We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want
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HDBLP036Laurel Halo – Dust lp – Hyperdub

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

Gramaphone Records presents: Now That’s What I Call Clark Street Jams: Volume 2. Featuring selectors SOLD and Adam Rowe, the show “presents an open format deviation from the typical club night. Gramaphone staffers focus on sharing unearthed oddities, and the occasional guilty pleasure.”

Adam Rowe is 1/2 of the Bell Boys and a talented recording artist in his own right, as well as being involved in Stripped & Chewed, smartbar, North Side ’82, Night Owl Diner, Sleazetone, Tugboat, and having recently had his production featured by North Middlesex’s Talahachi label. SOLD is a techno buyer at Gramaphone, resident at smartbar’s Soft Machine and Hugo Ball event series, and the host of the Neon Falls series there.

This is a 21+ show, there will be a 5$ cover charge. The Hideout is located at 1352 W Wabansia.
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NYC Volume 1: 2005-2012 3xlp compilation – Dope Jams

DJ580 (1)There’s a lot of sound to get through here: the first side features NYC Garage house courtesy of Groovestyle (a seldom used Eric Miller alias) and Tommye. Then on the flip, Scottish Funk D’Void channels some Detroit high-tech soul and Vil-N-X digs up their 1992 house jam What Cha Gonna Do.

The next disc is a much more modern sound, with abstract and lo-fi house productions from Beige (?), Hieroglyphic Being (Chicago), Analogous Doom (Missouri), D’Marc Cantu (Ann Arbor), and a rework by Slow To Speak’s Francis Englehardt (New York). The third record opens with gospel house courtesy of Kenny Bobien and The Djoon Experience, flips modes to acid house by Tadd Mullinix / D’Marc Cantu collaboration 2 AM/FM. The last side is reserved for leftfield antics, featuring Tom Of England, Invisible Conga People, and the tongue-in-cheek Snow by Christopher Deloach and Nick Hallstrom.

Dope Jams has been a NYC institution for a long time, and they dig into their deep vaults for this expansive compilation and accompanying booklet.

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Force Placement – Sometimes It Seems Like 12″ – Material Image

MATIMG05Force Placement is in Los Angeles, connected with the Black Lodge crew with a radio program on RWD.FM. Force Placement has a track on the new Black Lodge compilation and has released for LA 909 and Kid 606’s Tigerbeat6. Sometimes It Seems Like is Force Placement’s debut solo on vinyl.

Material Image is Aschof Mal’s label, a producer & DJ affiliated with Gramaphone records but located in Los Angeles. This is Material Image’s first record for 2017. The title track opens the record with a track that feels contradictory: simultaneously minimalist and cluttered with sound. It’s a driving tune anchored by an overdriven acid line. Insofar is similarly stripped down, aggressive, techno-leaning with a breakbeat rhythm. The B side feels less insistent, leaning back into slowed-down acid broken beat on Safety, similar attitude and heavy syncopation on Golden Hour.

They’re all weighty tracks, though, and it straddles acid, electro, and mid-tempo techno in a way that should be quite familiar to followers of the Material Image catalog.

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Golf Clap in-store Saturday, September 9th 2017

Bryan Jones & Hugh Cleal make up Detroit’s Golf Clap; the primary home for their recordings is their own Country Club Disco imprint. This year they also contributed to a digital release on Chicago’s legendary Relief Records imprint. Fresh off of their appearances at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival and The Mid nightclub, the dynamic duo will be stopping by Gramaphone for an in-store meet & greet, scheduled from 7-8pm on Saturday evening.

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Oliver Dollar & Crazy P – Loose Beat 12″ – Yoruba Records

YSD84 (1)Oliver Siebert and disco-tinged house group Crazy P, team up for a single on Osunlade’s Yoruba Records. The result is a super DJ-friendly, mellow, disco-influenced house number.

Some of the strings and pads, vocal samples, and percussive elements form a palette that reminds me of Moodymann or Norma Jean Bell. Though I wouldn’t quite put this side by side with either of the aforementioned, the track is definitely pliable and I could see dancefloors gravitating towards it. “Loose Beat” does feature some nice moments on the keys. If you’re looking for groovy, somewhat sparsely produced house with a little bit of grit, this might be up your alley.

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In Rotation: m50 Fall 2017

MW003Uon – Zlo 12″ – Motion Ward
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MDS005Dreamlogicc – MDS005 12″ – Main Drain Studios
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20180060_10214120890713104_590227382_oSkookum – Laudanum 12″ – Tesuji
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MW010Mukqs – 11 666 666 666 666 666 666 12″ – Midwich Productions
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GOOD10Nummer – Second Sight 2xlp – Going Good