In Rotation: m50 Winter 2016

15110876_285608441839957_5227140756416081228_oMiki Miyoshi – Distant Memories 12″ – Sovereign State
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psr002Buttechno – Tepliy Stan 12″ – Public Systems
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gauss04Gauss – Numerical Coefficients 12″ – Gauss LTD
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kimochi24Midnight Circuitry – Morphosis 12″ – Kimochi Sound
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tape011Deniro – Painting 12″ – Tape

Javonntte – Mind Over Matter 12″ – Sistrum

cs622834-01a-bigA big favourite around the shop, the latest release on Sistrum is extra housey for Patrice Scott’s deep dance imprint. Javonntte released a pair of 12″s in 2016, the earlier was on Kai Alce’s NDATL.

Here, Jazzmatazz shows shades of St Germain, Theme From Javonntte is a classic Chicago stomp, Capricorn is somewhere in between with a heavy swing and groovy bassline. On the flip, This Melody introduces a vocal lead, following along a hooky melodic theme.

There’s enough variation across the record that it would be easy to imagine each of the songs inhabiting different phases of a single deep house DJ set. As the 30th record on Sistrum, it shows the ten year old label is patiently cultivating its own lineage of club music while incorporating new signings into the mix: for Javonntte it’s only his third solo record (and only the 2nd widely available.)

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Sleep Temple on WNUR, Bi-weekly

Gramaphone techno buyer, 1/2 of Bell Boys, Stripped & Chewed affiliate Adam Rowe has a new radio program called Sleep Temple. It broadcasts bi-weekly at WNUR 89.3 FM in Chicago & online, specializing in ambient, new-age, atmospheric drum n bass, and related sounds. It currently broadcasts on Monday evenings from midnight local time. Full format schedule is available here. An archive of past Sleep Temple broadcasts is available at Soundcloud.

In Rotation: Leja Hazer Winter 2016

perp007Chicagodeep & Taelue – Metaphoric Expressions 2xLP – Perpetual Rhythms
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churchv003Church Volumes 003 compilation 12″ – Church
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fs006Kaidi Tatham – Freedom School DJ Series Vol 3 12″ – Freedom School
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im25Alton Miller – In Flight 12″ – Inner Muse
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dbrv029Aybee – Man Over Machine 12″ – Deepblak

Sketches on WNUR 89.3 FM, Weekly

Phonologue contributor & head of Sovereign State, Ashina has a long-running radio program called Sketches airing weekly at WNUR 89.3 FM in Chicago & online. These broadcasts bridge ambient, techno, house, jungle, and other styles, in addition to original productions and field recordings. It currently broadcasts on Wednesday evenings from 11pm local time. Full format schedule is available here. An archive of past broadcasts is available at Soundcloud.

Simo Cell – Gliding 12″ – Livity Sound

livity021The Bristol tech heads of Livity Sound made a good turn when they unveiled new work from Parisian producer Simon Aussel aka Simo Cell. This month’s Gliding EP, Aussel’s first appearance for Livity and third release in total, is an elegantly latticed set of four pieces; from the deepest downtempo neck snaps of “Obi 1” to the rave drones and patters of “Away from Keyboard,” Aussel commands a disciplined balance of austerity and warmth.

What lingers the longest, however, may be the subtle devices programmed on the title cut “Gliding.” Though the track may flit by the passive ear without the initial grip of the aforementioned pieces, it meanders wistfully through swells of ambient layers and drum machine stutters that arc in a sort of blissed-out aimlessness. The quiet recession of “As Long as We Have Those Things” demonstrates a knack for closure as a long cinematic farewell.

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In Rotation: Adam Rowe Winter 2016

nm009Scott Grooves – Parts Manager Pt. 2 12″ – Natural MIDI
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fs006Kaidi Tatham – Freedom School DJ Series Vol. 3 12″ – Freedom School
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cs60998201abigGarrett David – The Time 12″ – Courtesy Of Balance
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som40Project STS-31 – Spiralgalaxie (Hubble Telescope Series Vol. III) 12″ – Solar One
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gp001Len Leise – Ing 12″ – General Purpose

Clark Street Jams @ aliveOne, Wednesday November 30th, 2016

Gramaphone touts another residents showcase at their new regular, aliveOne. Great dance music selected by great DJs. This is a 21+ event, no cover charge – aliveOne is located at 2683 N Halsted in Chicago.

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Caught Up @ Cafe Mustache, Wednesday November 23rd, 2016

Gramaphone & Smartbar resident SOLD teams up with SoundInBetween for another of their party series at up-and-coming Palmer Square stomping ground Cafe Mustache. Like a ferocious lizard emerging from its cavern of baked-goods, Caught Up fearlessly admonishes soulful weirdos to leave virtuality and enjoy an  omnivorous buffet of house and funk. Mustache is at 2313 N Milwaukee; this 21+ event kicks off at 9pm.
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In Rotation: Michael Serafini Winter 2016

HAWAII004Garrett David – Octagon Blues 12″ – Distant Hawaii
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4w635Octave One featuring Ann Saunderson – Just Don’t Speak 12″ – 430 West
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dbrv006lpAfrikan Sciences – Means & Ways 2xLP – Deepblak
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sp001lpDJ Doom – The Set Up Instrumentals LP – Solo Productions
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SOVR001Sovereign State – Early Inhabitants 12″ – Sovereign State

Chicagodeep & Taelue – Metaphoric Expressions 2xLP – Perpetual Rhythms

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More on the synthetic end of deep house than the recent Boo Williams 12″, these two talented Chicago artists split the space of 8 tracks to delve into the spaces between jacking Chicago sounds and the melodic futurism of Detroit techno.

For the first record, Chicagodeep equally balances drive and big chords, straight ahead classic drums and upfront melodies. No surprises, just a great ear for economy and groove. There’s a bit of a contrast between this and the second record, where Taelue seems to have a bit of a riskier approach by comparison. Sirius B both have the rhythm section pushed a bit to the front; this gives a moody feeling of the disorientation of a shifting center of gravity on Sirius B, on Respect it’s more insistent and sinister. The record closes with the downbeat acid house of Cielo and then the slow-motion atmospherics of Bittersweet.

It’s an album that shows off the consistency, balance, and patience of their DJ sets. The style here is closer to the classic house direction their label has been highlighting with Brian Harden and the forthcoming Donnie Tempo release, further from the edgier, restless sounds of their Ghosts Of The Sky collaboration and the label-launching compilations.

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Boo Williams – The Big Score 12″ – Strictly Jaz Unit Extensions

sjuext001Chicago producer & DJ since the early 90s, Boo Williams gets deep with two versions of a twinkling, rolling house tune for Strictly Jaz Unit Extensions.

Following-up on an early limited orange vinyl version, the black wax is widely available and the sounds warrant a broader audience – while there isn’t much variation between the versions, each is an exploration of refinement of deeply layered sumptuous sounds, with thick synth lines, keyboards, brass, hand drumming, and full-body bassline all seamlessly integrated and meticulously mixed-down into a never-ending jam session. This is the warmest incarnation of deep house, undeniably Chicago and untethered from any particular era.

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Kevin Reynolds – Fembehyaget 12″ – Yoruba

cs623714-01a-medDetroit’s beatdown prince Kevin Reynolds offers an absolutely stunning introduction to his apparently forthcoming album for Osunlade’s Yoruba imprint.

It feels here as if each track is earthier than that before it. Each is more crumbling loose dirt and small stones filtering the water beneath aged roots and moss and larval creatures. Tuneful with syncopated handclaps, hand drums, feet stomping or kick drums, and with the easy slowness of summery breezes and warm beer. Ten years further along, this record delivers on the huge promise of Todhchai.

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Maayan Nidam – Deep Under Sobriety Regime 10″ – Perlon

cs621104-01a-medZip’s Perlon imprint never seems to hit far from the mark, nor often strays far from his core style of funky minimalism. Maayan Nidam (formerly Miss Fitz and sometimes Laverne Radix, Spunky Brewster, and so on…) is an easy fit and has had a relationship with the label for some years now.

This 10″ finds her in fine form, the title track is a bit on the noisier, more chaotic side of her repertoire, playing a lot with different shapes of space and a disconcertingly bleary lead melody. Looking Through A Glassy Mind, by contrast, is right in line with her archetypally Perlon-ish sense of rhythm, delicately dry percussion, and spartan palette.

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Gauss – Numerical Coefficients 12″ – Gauss Ltd

cs623937-01a-bigThe fourth release from the still relatively obscure outfit is delivered on their signature stamped whitelabel edition, this time on red vinyl for a change.

The title track on the A side digs into their breakbeat electro influences for a dark Miami-style tune reminiscent of Gosub or Mass Transit’s DJ MTA. On the flip, curvature is a tumbling, swinging house tune, messily bouncing around, yet seeming to cut a safely straightforward path in the end. They round out the selections with Differential, a looming acid tune with an on-grid rhythm and most of the motion taking place in the relationship between the squelchy riffs and the changing spatial reverberation it inhabits.

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Gemini – Imagine-A-Nation 2xLP – Anotherday

0004adOriginally pressed by Chicago’s Relief Records, this 1997 2-disc LP gets a reissue via Anotherday Records. Firmly rooted in house and techno, the album is home to many a groove fashioned in Kincy’s particular sense of jack.

Disco samples can be heard on “Don’t Look Back” and the quirky, nostalgic “Stand Up”. You’ll find hypnotic arpeggiations on “It’s The Inside That Counts.” “How Can I Chill?” has a mean swing and the eccentric “Falling Leaves” is sure to register with new listeners. This release will likely go fast.

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Metamorphic Expressions Release Party in-store Thursday, November 3rd 2016

This in-store event will be featuring DJ sets from masters of the deep house sound, Chicago Deep & Taelue, who also feature on a debut joint LP on their own Perpetual Rhythms imprint. The 2xLP will be available at a discount, as well as 50% off all used records & CDs. Refreshments will also be offered.

HVL – Bizarre Realms 12″ – Hesperian Sound Division

cs60429101bbigHVL features on the third release for Chicago / LA Hesperian Sound Division. It’s a good range of material, the B side lurches between dense, swampy acid-house and airy, dubby downtempo, the A side has tight tech house paired with a groove bubbling up from underwater.

While these are all beat-driven pieces (to varying degrees) they’re each characterized by a distinct soundworld; perhaps this is part of the theme of the release, in addition to its titular track. As Hesperian Sound Division’s lone offering for 2016, it’s a strong addition to the young label’s catalog, as well as another fine offering for Gigi Jikia’s bustling oeuvre.

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From Chicago To Detroit V4 compilation 12” – Descendants of the Deep

doftd04Descendants of the Deep releases a fourth EP compiled by Jordan Fields. Listeners can expect stripped down four-to-the-floor house rhythms and mellow vibes. Past compilations have seen work from the likes of Gene Hunt, Norm Talley, Africans With Mainframes, and Jordan Fields as a producer and an editor. This record features work by artists from Detroit, Columbia, Japan, and other locations, as they pay homage to sounds commonly associated with electronic music from Chicago and Detroit.

My pick would go to “The Journey” by Encuentros for its syncopated, squelchy-tinged, somewhat challenging synth line. Those looking for sparse, mellow, mix-friendly deep house tools might want to check this out.

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Clark Street Jams @ aliveOne, Wednesday October 26th, 2016

Gramaphone’s Clark Street Jams event series finally returns, its latest incarnation appearing tonight in the back room of aliveOne. The music will be provided by Garrett David (Discovery, Stripped & Chewed, Balance, resident at Smartbar’s Queen), SOLD (resident at Smartbar’s Hugo Ball), and Jake Hopes (Kind Gesture) playing classic varieties of house and techno!

The party runs 10pm-2am, no cover charge, 21+, aliveOne is located at 2683 N Halsted in Chicago.
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