The Penthouse – Debut EP 12″ – Round Town

img_3283Adam Klein and Nick Holm produce four stripped-down numbers that take notes from the “jackin'” house sound. Beats are favored over harmonies and melodies as the focus of the EP. With that being said, the B-side draws more interest for me; B2 or “Knawtie” particularly would be my pick for the record. There’s a little bit of lo-fi crunch, and an appealing synth line that accompanies the groove.

Listeners looking for rougher, almost tech-house tracks, will likely be drawn to the mixing functionality of the other 3.

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Michael Serafini featured in Crack Magazine

Gramaphone owner and Smartbar resident Michael Serafini is featured in Crack Magazine with an exclusive mixset and profile. “Smattered with uplifting vocal tracks and jazz-endebted instrumentation Michael Serafini’s Crack Mix is unmistakably soulful and expertly blended – the work of a seasoned pro.”

In Rotation: Ashina Winter 2016

math093Audio Atlas presents DimDJ – Future Ancient 12″ – Mathematics
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auslp008Youandewan – There Is No Right Time 2xLP – Aus Music
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ysd72Nomumbah – Amanha 2xLP – Yoruba
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kimochi24Midnight Circuitry – Morphosis 12″ – Kimochi Sound
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kompakt354The Orb – COW / Chill Out, World! LP – Kompakt

K-rAd & Opcode66 – 002 12″ – KNO

kno002Veteran producer K-rAd has been in the midst of an apparent renaissance for the past few years: between his self-released 12″ series and getting his modular kit out for live shows, he has been an increasingly visible part of the Chicago musical landscape. Here he offers a second collaborative EP with Opcode66.

The A side is an uptempo groove but with a lot of melody, introspection, and structure. The Frankensynth Jam is just as layered, but this time with a more nonchalant rhythmic underpinning. Taken together, the release gives the impression of a comfortable collaboration, at ease with a balmy, psychedelic techno sound.

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Hotmood – Hotmood Vol. 3 12″ – Tugboat Edits

hotmood3Chicago’s Tugboat Edits looks to Hotmood for another groovy, disco edit release. Expect plenty of mixing pliability; simple, yet catchy midrange riffs; and the kind of basslines disco is known for.

The B-side opens with a track that utilizes a Kurtis Blow sample and B2 centers around another infamous riff. All 3 tracks have feel-good vibes; those looking for a certain style of dance music might appreciate the vocal samples and snippets that Hotmood works over each groove.

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Kaidi Tatham – Freedom School DJ Series Vol. 3 12″ – Freedom School

fs006Kaidi Tatham hands in a trio of tunes for another contribution on Japan’s Freedom School. The energy is laid-back, feel-good, and loungy at times, as jazz, hip-hop, and funk seemingly serve as inspirations for Tatham.

The record has an airy, floating quality to it and grooves nicely. Listeners will find skillful riffing and improvising on the keys speckled over mostly downtempo grooves. This is a pretty, colorful record and will likely go fast.

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Area – Anhedral 12″ – Kimochi

kimochi23Area follows up on Dreamlogicc’s contribution to Kimochi with Anhedral. The record opens with “For HN,” a steady groove, laden with bubbly, acidic atmospheres. This track has a textural quality that reminds me of Area’s remix of Linkwood’s “Love Lost.”

Recent Kimochi contributor Benjamin Brunn turns in a softer yet squelchier remix of “Illegal Numbers,” while Area’s more corrosive original opens the B-side. To polish things off, Midnight Circuity hands in a pair of industrial, rhythmic noise-esque interpretations of the opening track. These make for some fun and frantic mixing beats and serve as an introduction into label newcomer Midnight Circuitry’s palette.

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In Rotation: Jacob Hopes Winter 2016

crc01Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda – Priestess 12″ – Clarity
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fs006Kaidi Tatham – Freedom School DJ Series Vol. 3 12″ – Freedom School
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ffor004Riviera Traxx – Vol 1 12″ – Antima
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pi-156Mike Huckaby – My Life With The Wave 12″ – S Y N T H
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bd051xKing Geedorah – Take Me To Your Leader 2xLP – Big Dada

Garrett David – The Time 12″ – Courtesy of Balance Recordings

cs60998201abigGarrett David follows up on his Distant Hawaii release with a few more deep house tracks. The title track features a big round bass, smoky vocals, and delayed, almost dub techno-esque chords

The Night Sea Journey Remix of “The Time” is more subdued; the boisterous chords heard in the original version get filtered and pushed to the background. Meanwhile “Sea Shell” is whimsical and carries more of a daydreamy quality. This should be worth a spin if you’re looking to add a few pleasant, deep house numbers to you bag.

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SOLD mix featured on Art & Artifice blog

Gramaphone & Smartbar resident, DJ SOLD is featured on the Art & Artifice blog here for a trippy, dark blend of formless shapes. But she says it best here:

“This mix is an agglomeration of thoughts, textures, influences, rhythms, sounds and aspirations. Chicago by far is the biggest inspiration on my DJing: selection-wise, programming-wise, skill-wise. I’ve been a collage artist since high school and with my recent transition to vinyl, the technique really lends itself to my mixing. I got into electronic music as a dancer, and I’m now expanding past the four on the floor pattern I’ve focused on for many years. I’m rediscovering a true love of music and in this mix I’m combining that with sounds that bridge the gaps or make different pieces fit. This mix is an homage to people & friends who have helped me along the way, artists who are shaping my path, and the music that guides me. It is only the beginning of my journey beyond the dancefloor.”

Also available on Soundcloud.

In Rotation: Joshua Adam Winter 2016

sbrmbd001Folamour – Make Believe Disco (Number One) 12″ – Make Believe Disco
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lih019C. Scott – The Pittsburgh Diaries 12″ – Lumberjacks In Hell
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math093Audio Atlas presents DimDJ – Future Ancient 12″ – Mathematics
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cs623937-01a-bigGauss – Numerical Coefficients 12″ – Gauss LTD
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pr10415-PR10 compilation 12″ – Public Release
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Shifty Science – Versions for Modern Dancefloors 12” – Argot

argotssSavile and Steve Mizek have a go at editing 4 of Shifty Science’s tracks. “Get Back” gets things underway with aggressive club beats and vocal samples. Ola is quirky and upbeat, while Crickets features some playful mid-range work. DigiVox probably elicits the most interest for me. Some dreamy harmonies are introduced and they evoke a certain spirit that is redolent of 90’s electronica.

All tracks here are pretty high energy and as the title states, I could see this going over well with some of the younger dance music generation.

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The Deep End on WNUR, Bi-weekly

The Deep End broadcasts on Monday evenings from 11pm local time at WNUR 89.3 FM in Chicago & online. Here, Owner of Gramaphone Records and Smartbar resident Michael Serafini features a deeper, broader-ranging selection than he shows in his many club sessions. These hour-long sets mix deep house, techno, and disco and span early selections to brand new releases.

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