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

MDS004Skookum – MDS004 7″ – Main Drain Studios
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AMB1706Sw. – The Album 2xlp – Apollo
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HZOS02Reedale Rise – Flux Function 12″ – Hizou
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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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When Bad People Cook Good Food Afterhours Edition release party in-store Thursday, December 14th 2017

In-store DJ sets from Mazi (Studio Nova), DJ Jes, M0ZA1K, and Gramaphone’s own Garrett David will commemorate the latest offering from local Fresh Meat Records. Festivities run from about 6-8pm and will feature refreshments, the aforementioned music, and discounts: 10% off the new release and 50% off all used CDs and vinyl. Gramaphone is located at 2843 N Clark.

In Rotation: Michael Serafini Winter 2017

DM105.1Strong Souls – Hums 12″ – Dance Mania
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SCRS012Appian – Right Of Passage 12″ – Stripped & Chewed
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FUTUREREACTIONS04Byron The Aquarius – 1988 12″ – Future Reactions
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COMET076Tony Allen & Africa 70 – Disco Afro Reedit Series 12″ – Comet
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MG060Jason Hogans – Work The Terminals 12″ – Moods & Grooves

Mr White presents Trusted Pilots – What It Feels Like 12″ – Edgewood Estate

R1112341815102764811365.jpegFor the third release his Edgewood Estate label, Chicago veteran and Gramaphone affiliate Chad White presents tracks from the new Trusted Pilots project (as celebrated at the recent in-store release party featuring twin sets by the label owner and Dossier). Just this year he has already established the Edgewood Estate imprint with its debut release “WTF” and appeared on the Alleviated Records with the legendary Larry Heard, operating as Mr White on both records.

His recording & vocal credits reach back as far as the early 2000s and over that time he has collaborated with acts like Mark Knight, Sugar Caine, Afro Saxon Project, Marcus Worgull, Kaspar, Daniel Kyo, Fred Everything, JT Donaldson, and Phreek Plus One. 2017 is looking to be one of his busiest years yet, with no signs of slowing.

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In Rotation: Joshua Adam Fall 2017

SCS07BPS2AMFM – 2AMFM 12″ – Secret Studio
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RSD007Peter Croce – Agape 12″ – Rocksteady Disco
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SAM002Tunnel Signs – Ultraviolet 12″ – Samo
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HYPELP009DMX Krew – Strange Directions 2xlp – Hypercolour
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SDV16Electrobass Development (Phase II) 2xlp compilation – Subsonic Device

The White Man & The Arab ‎– The Exchange 12″ – The White Man & The Arab

WMA005The White Man & The Arab are BLM and Soho, and the evocative alias foreshadows the evocative sounds: deep house with some grit, some ambient elements, thick sounds, syncopation, maybe even depth.

This is their 5th release in as many years, always on their own self-titled imprint, always with the starkly black and white thematic imagery. As for the music: On The Floor is a shuffly, dreamy expedition; People Say moves towards a more Soul Capsule / NYC garage sound; The Exchange is heavy with atmospheric pads and a straight house beat; and Sideways has a more sombre, wistful feel. They’re all straightforward house tunes with conventional, well-established sounds, but with an earnest approach to the classics that feels disconnected from trend and novelty.

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Jerome Derradji – Brighter Days 12″ – Stilove4music

STILOVE4MUSIC047Label-head Jerome Derradji arrives to the scene with bell bottoms and a disco ball: these edits are feel good sunshine tunes and come ready for the club.

The Chicago-based label & label family has been going from strength to strength lately, with 12″ from Chicago’s Solid Gold Playaz on Stillmusic; The American Boogie Down compilation, Lee Moore’s quintuple pack, and a raft of reissues from Larry Dixon on Past Due; and an album from Al Kent & Devin Dare on Stilove4music.

But even with all of these projects in the works, it’s always a treat when Derradji takes a moment to step into the studio. House heads and disco fans should take note, the versions here navigate a comfortable middle-approach between Soundstream’s deconstructions and GAMM’s gentle retouches. The unmarked black labels make no mistake, the 12″ is aimed squarely at the DJ bags, flight cases, and crates.

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In Rotation: Adam Rowe Fall 2017

MNBN02Strip Steve – Chaos2cosmos 12″ – Man Band
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MGLP103Giovanni Cristiani – Alpha Percussion lp – Mondo Groove
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FFOR011Don Carlos – Mediterraneo 12″ – Flash Forward
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TKD13070Ish / John Tropea – split 12″ – TK Disco
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PF070Gemini – In And Out Of Fog And Lights 2xlp -Peacefrog

Andras ‎– Sanity 12″ – Punp

PUNP01Australian producer & radio host Andras has been remarkably prolific, appearing with full releases on Superconscious, Dopeness Galore, Mexican Summer, Home Loan, This Thing, Growing Bin, and House Of Dad, swinging casually between deep house lite and new agey ambient.

Here, he’s cheeky as ever with the label launching release for his own imprint. The tracks channel a ravey sound that could fit in with oldschool Sheffield bleep or 808 State. Friendly with a capital F.

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Traxman – Tekvision lp – Teklife

TEKLIFE006Chicago underground hero and core Teklife member Traxman presents an eighth album, his first for the young Teklife record label.

While he’s known for his frenetic DJing style, his production chops haven’t lost a step in the 21 years since his debut on Dance Mania. He draws in illicit samples, quick changeups, and a characteristic dry style that shifts dexterously between frenzy and hypnosis. Melodic hooks on tunes like Be Gagen, Twist Da Party Out, Drop It Down alternate with more frugal, intricate percussive approaches on Gone Girl and Let Me Get Up, and then downright raucous tones on Tone Deaf and Whop Line.

All the track tempos are the 150s and 160, and all the 3-4 minute tracks are floor ready and likely well-tested by the active Teklife tour schedules, the full-length comes with download codes so the ambitious digital jockey can cut and paste even newer variations.

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In Rotation: Sassmouth Fall 2017

OKR001Jeff Derringer – Control 12″ – Oktave
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UNLOCK007Franco Cinelli – Cuts From The Vault 12″ – Unlock
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SDV16Electrobass Development (Phase II) 2xlp compilation – Subsonic Device
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BK024Atom TM – Future Nights 12″ – The Bunker New York
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UM003Keckclip, expanse, Dominik Musiolik – compilation 12″ – Unionmaide

Jamie 3:26 – Blessin’ 12″ – G.A.M.M

GAMM111Chicago’s Jamie 3:26, a.k.a. Jamie Watson, hands in a couple of edits for his latest release on Sweden’s G.A.M.M. Side A includes the title track, a catchy and cheerful,10 minute disco edit. “Blessin'” is stripped-down, making it pliable and mix-friendly.

The flip side of the record is reserved for the reworked Italo-disco cut, “Whole Lotta Love” Originally released, by Massimo Barsotti, the palette utilizes drum machine hits and squarish, computer-like, synth lines.

The EP is easygoing, and DJ/party-friendly.

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What It Feels Like release party in-store Thursday, November 9th 2017

Mr White & Dossier will performing DJ sets in the shop to celebrate the new Edgewood Estate release: Trusted Pilots – What It Feels Like. Mr White has appeared on Innervisions, Alleviated, Drumpoet, and Large records, he DJs regularly at Smartbar. This is the third release for his imprint. During the event, Gramaphone offers 50% discount off of used vinyl and used CDs, 10% off of the new Edgewood Estate release, and snacks & refreshments while supplies last.

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In Rotation: Mark Salinas Fall 2017

KON001George Duke – I Want You For Myself (Kon Edit) 12″ – Kontemporary
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PL03DJUnknown Artist – Untitled (Floating Points) whitelabel 12″ – Pluto
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MULEMUSIQ216FP Oner – 7 2xlp – Mule Musiq
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21618224_10214675711343273_994707160_oA New Line (Related) – Reverie(s) 12″ – Kimochi Sound
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RSD007Peter Croce – Agape 12″ – Rocksteady Disco

Blondes ‎– Warmth 2xlp – R&S

RS1710This is an album of chunky beats and swirling, gritty melodies. The tempos mostly hover in the mid 120s, tracks like Tens, Quality Of Life, MRO sound like they would fit in with  Peter Van Hoesen, while KMD and Op Actual sound more akin to leftfield German house.

Blondes is Sam Haar and Zach Steinman. Based in Brooklyn, this duo makes a kind of techno that showcases the influence of modular synthesizers. This is their fourth or fifth album, depending on how you count. This is their first release for the legendary Belgian R&S imprint. With mixes for Resident Advisor and FACT magazine, it’s a production team that’s gotten a fair deal of exposure in the seven years since their first release.

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Gemini – In And Out Of Fog And Lights 2xlp – Peacefrog Records

PF070The UK’s Peacefrog Records reissues this 1997 Gemini album. Here you’ll find a piece of Chicago’s house music history, as well as a bunch of mix-friendly tunes for a dance DJ’s bag. The tracks are straight-forward, stripped-down, and in a style that seemingly still inspires folks today.

Recordings like “Freefall” and “Pelagorium” are bright, mellow, and summery. “Funk” takes the cake for me though; I’m drawn to the crushed, almost mechanical sounding open hat. This two-disc LP is worth a spin for DJs and house heads, and will likely go fast.

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Dego & Kaidi – A So We Gwarn 2xlp – Sound Signature

SS06768Dennis McFarlane and Kaidi Tatham (of 4 Hero and Bugz In The Attic, respectively) are each legendary in their own right. Together, they effortlessly fuse jazz, broken beat, beatdown house, and hip-hop into a lush, high-fidelity, timeless style that’s long overdue a full-length album. They come together on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature imprint.

The tracks here are as much Blue Note as JCR: they focus on instrumental exploration and free floating developments more than house grooves or pop structures. Even when vocals show up in the mix, there’s a cosmic swirl of Sun Ra vibrations. While it’s rhythm heavy enough to boogie, the adventurousness of this funk makes it an enticing home listening excursion for the long winter ahead.

 

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In Rotation: Colin Boardway Fall 2017

UNTHANK011Rings Around Saturn – 011 10″ + 7″ – Unthank
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FFOR011Don Carlos – Mediterraneo 12″ – Flash Forward
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PF043RGlenn Underground – Atmosfear 2xlp – Peacefrog
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OBONIT009OB Ignitt – Bridging The Gap 12″ – Obonit
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synapsis010 (1)Innerspace Halflife – Astral Traveling 2xlp – Synapsis