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Austra – Spellwork (MNDR Nighttime Remix)

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The “Spellwork (MNDR Nighttime Remix)” is featured on the new Austra ‘Sparkle’ 12inch (Domino/Paper Bag). This release compiles a killer collection of remixes from Austra’s debut album ‘Feel It Break’. ‘Sparkle’ is out July 25/26 digitally and August 23 on gorgeous vinyl.

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Arkist & Kidkut – One Year Later /Vanilla Imitate (Hotflush)(preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2011 by E.N.

Hotflush presents the debut collaborative release from Arkist and Kidkut, both based in Bristol, UK. The title track is a four to the floor deep cut, adorned with subaquatic atmospherics, warm contours of bass and subtly stirring melodies, a magnificent pairing with Scuba’s imprint. On the flip side, “Vanilla Imitate” maintains the vibe and amps the energy with a smart infusion of shuffling UK garage flavors and emotive soundscapes.

Arkist’s solo productions have been recently released on Appleblim’s Apple Pips label, If Symptoms Persist, and Deca Rhythm. Kidkut is the mastermind behind the Immerse Records label, which has been releasing quality bass music since 2006. His solo productions can also be found on Apple Pips and Well Rounded Records.

Out on vinyl and digital JULY 25TH.
Kidkut & Arkist – Vanilla Imitate

Arkist & Kidkut – One Year Later

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Bristol In:Motion Presents 2011 Series

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Line Up
Featuring: Rusko, Jamie XX, Toddla T, Pearson Sound, Andy C, Pinch, Jamie Jones, Heidi, Soul Clap, Floating Points, Joker, Midland, Scratch Perverts, Henrik Schwartz, Maya Jane-Coles, Crazy P – live, Martyn, 2562, Ms Dynamite, Elijah & Skilliam, Pinch, Darksky
Date: Sat 01st Oct, 2011
Time: 10pm – 6am
Location: Motion Skate Park, 74 Avon Street, Bristol
Price: Various

 Bristol In Motion

The new jewel in Bristol’s crown, Motion re-opens its doors in October for another season of the highly-charged and hugely loved ‘In:Motion’ series.  Still reeling from the success of last year’s sell-out autumn events, 2011 sees them come back bigger, better, stronger, louder with the hottest electronic acts of the moment gracing the infamous Bristol ramp skate-park, turned rave haven. 
2010 marked the birth of the In:Motion series when the Bristol based promoter team joined forces with the countries most esteemed music brands, bringing with them the finest talent of the underground music scene to the West Country. Creating a succession of unparalleled parties, each one delivered a mind-blowing night of sensational sounds and immaculate production placing In:Motion firmly on the musical map.   As a slew of fresh and talented artists continue to bubble up from the beating heart of Bristol such as Julio Bashmore, Redlight, Eats Everything, Baobinga, Waifs & Strays, Bowski, just the last year alone, the city continues to draw attention and attract producers and DJs from outside. Everyone wants a piece of the sounds and skills that are evolving in the West Country’s musical.
Bristol’s renowned musical heritage, coupled with the strongest brands in the country has resulted in some of the most highly innovative and respected musical programming out there. Those who’ve devastated the Motion dance-floor last year, triumphantly return: Hospitality, BLOC, Annie Mac Presents, Bugged Out!, Run and local heavy-hitting party starters Shit The Bed and Just Jack who collectively brought with them High Contrast, Claude Vonstroke, Simian Mobile Disco, Jamie Jones, DMZ and Joy Orbison.  Joining the In:Motion fold for the first time bringing more interstellar acts to the table throughout the autumn season, we welcome Hessle Audio, FWD Rinse, Field Day Night, Jamie XX, local boys Futureboogie XL, Blowpop and Invisible Circus.
As a venue Motion is carving itself out to be one of the most exciting and unrivalled clubs around. Now nearing festival-calibre this year, they expand into yet more areas of the huge sprawling skate park creating a warren of separate spaces all hosting their own unique party. The raw confines bore witness last year to the magic of man of the moment Seth Troxler in the main Skate Park, Roska and Untold in the Tunnel, Tensanke lighting things up in The Cave with the addition of the stunning Waterside Terrace providing the perfect backdrop. Now with things being pushed even further into the double warehouse as well as outside in the car park which comes equipped with food court, heated seating area and photo-booth, you can let yourself get lost in Motion’s wondrous world of entertainment and outstanding music. Check out everything that Bristol has to offer on RA’s Real Scenes series HERE

Seconds out, round 2. Further announcements and line-ups to follow.

Strangeloop – Fields

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Released 25/07/2011

Fields is not such much an album as it is an evolving A/V experience, an environment, that leans more in the direction of a Steve Reich inspired minimalist piece than the beat-heavy territory of earlier Strangeloop releases.

Inspired directly by an experience while in an altered state of consciousness, Strangeloop heard a composition which he tried to create directly after, the result being a fluctuating subliminal epic in three sprawling and unique movements : 1. “Plants Inside”, 2. “Ghostlines” and 3, “Becoming Fields”. The movements correspond to three movements within a psychedelic trip; of initial birth and constellation, through to death / dissolution, and then finally a transcendental union of both.

Strangeloop is known mostly for his live-visual executions accompanying an unending list of artists: Amon Tobin, Flying Lotus, 12th Planet, and most of the Brainfeeder roster to name a few. The producer and video maker explores new lush and organic visual worlds in his latest release, available both for purchase with the EP, and as a part of an interactive A/V experience online.

The release features additional synth work by Strangeloop’s long time friend, collaborator, and fellow Brainfeeder, Austin Peralta, as well as sparse vocal revelations by Singapore based vocalist Vanessa Fernandez and Portland based vocalist Anna Gariby. It was mastered by Daddy Kev, and features visual collaborations with artists Gavin Gamboa, Ben Olsen, and Brandon Tay.

1. Plants Inside 
2. Ghostlines 
3. Becoming Fields 

Kid Koala —Space Cadet: Original Still Picture Score

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Released 19/09/2011

He’s the guardian robot programmed to protect the sweetest astronaut on this (or any) planet. But when she blasts off on a solo mission of outerspace adventure, he left to wonder…what now?

A tomorrow-days lullaby about finding your place in the universe, Space Cadet is a 132-page graphic novel drawn entirely on etchboards. It is accompanied by a “still picture score” of music composed and recorded by Kid Koala. This charming story of an adventurous space cadet and her guardian robot touches on the relationship between technology and isolation, and celebrates the idea of connectivity through family and the cycles that build generations.

1. Main Title Theme (Open Your Book)
2. Goodbye (Page 8)
3. Remembrance (Page 10)
4. Window (Page 25)
5. Today Tomorrow (Page 37)
6. Expedition (Page 45)
7. Birthday (Page 71)
8. Void (Page 86)
9. Dawn (Page 97)
10. Cardboard Stars, Sea Shells (Page 100)
11. Speed of Light (Page 102)
12. Recyclotron (Page 110)
13. Hope (Page 115)
14. Connectivity (Page 129)


Memory Tapes – Green Knight (CREEP Remix)

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The latest video from CREEP is for their remix of Memory Tapes “Green Knight.” Check out the video directed by Ellen Frances

Soma Records – 20 Years

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When Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle decided to name their fledgling imprint Soma Quality Recordings, they were being more uncannily prescient than anyone could have imagined during the heady, post-acid electronic eruption, whose volcanic ash continues to disrupt services and belch up astonishing new talent on a regular basis through to the present day. Through sheer natural instinct and passion, the word ’Quality’ has remained Soma‘s essential mantra, resulting in many of these names gravitating to the label over the last 20 years.

Soma was born out of the insanely euphoric celebrations taking place at the DJ duo’s club held in Glasgow since a track by Phuture named them and their night Slam. Along with manager Dave Clarke and fellow founder Glenn Gibbons (both still at the helm), they had little idea that, out of the countless clubs and labels flourishing during that magical period, they would be the one still holding strong two decades later, Soma now acknowledged as the UK’s longest-running dance label and one of the most consistently-dazzling electronic imprints in the world.

Relentlessly DJing at the world’s foremost cutting edge dance venues, Orde and Stuart have kept their fingers on electronic music’s rapidly-evolving pulse, experiencing on the front line what makes crowds scream, dance or cry, constantly pushing the boat out with their work as Slam, while carefully planning and introducing fresh new names to the mothership label.

Above all, they have never forgotten that intoxicating magic, which spawns the strongest memories while changing outlooks, careers and even lives forever. So many of those cavorting on their Glasgow dance floors over the past two decades have gone off to start making their own music; a direct lineage from the punk movement which gripped the Slam boys earlier in life (and which they readily acknowledge with the occasional post-club Clash session), along with other key historic elements, from acid house to New York boogie to Detroit’s symphonies to Berlin minimal stalkers and beyond.

There have been epoch-making discoveries and landmarks, such as wide-eyed greenhorns Daft Punk, who released their first three EPs with the label before leaving to take over the world, intoxicating one-offs like Scott Grooves’ ‘Mothership Reconnection’ and fabled roster mainstays, which saw Lars Sandberg, aka Funk D’Void, score major success with ‘Diabla’ along with the ever- astonishing Silicone Soul scoring with ‘Right On‘. As an unashamed trainspotter, I have and have listed every vinyl release from SOMA001 (a shared 12-inch between Slam and Rejuvination) up until around SOMA250 and the digital revolution; too many to mention but many which will be represented, often re-upholstered, in the anniversary celebrations culminating in this marvellous collection. Of course it helps also having memories of Slam bringing the Arches to its delirious knees in the mid-90s with ‘Positive Education’, or the day I heard The Black Dog had started cocking its leg against the label’s fence, but Soma now stands as both electronic institution and unquenchable spirit, well-entitled to enjoy the biggest party yet as it hits its 20th year. That Slam and their mighty label now stand tall in the same hall of fame as their original inspirations speaks for itself. That they are still firing on all cylinders is even better. As I said recently while reviewing volume five of the highly successful Soma Coma series (I’ve written about Soma more than any other label in the last 35 years); even when trawling the past, this towering label can’t help thinking about the future.
(Kris Needs, May 2011)


Compiling a Classics CD that covers 20 years of releases (310 singles and 90+ albums) is not an easy task. There are the obvious tracks that had to be included in such a compilation, like Slam’s Positive Education, Silicone Soul’s Right On, Right On and Funk D’Void’s Diabla. There are others like Daft Punk’s remix of Scott Grooves and Slam’s first ever track on Soma Records, Eterna, which quite literally took the dance music world by storm. Eterna was ultimately the track that started Soma Quality Recordings. This was in 1991; the year after remixing the Edinburgh band Botany 5 on Virgin Records, and the year before collaborating with The Orb on the Close Encounters track (taken from their debut album, U.F. Orb). These are quite simply the foundations of both Slam and Soma.

Then there are tracks like Sharkimaxx’s (aka Felix Da Housecat) Clashback and Percy X’s X-Traks, which still fuel dancefloors around the world in exactly the same manner as when they were first released (both, some 16 years ago). Joris Voorn’s Mix of Samuel L Session is (quite rightly) one of the biggest tracks on Soma Records in the last 10 years, so it would have been foolish not to include on our classics compilation. We also had to include the flip of that. The tracks that were never about selling by the million; they were about a time, a place and a state of mind. The Black Dog’s Cost II (originally on the GPR imprint in ‘93, but signed to Soma in the late ‘00s) was the sound of a time, just like the Desert Storm release, which was first heard in a railway tunnel in Glasgow at one of their many Desert Storm Sound System parties of the early ‘90s.


Slam are, of course, the corner stone of Soma Records. Here since day one and until day zero. Their countless releases over the years not only include their Slam productions, but also their work as Pressure Funk, G7, Freelance Science and Counter Plan, plus many collaborations and co-productions. It can be said they are not just corner stones of Soma Recordings, but also of UK Techno in all its glory. Today in this collection of CDs though, Slam look forward to the future, as they have persisted in doing throughout their 20+ year career. Orde and Stuart have gone through all the remixes, revisions and reconstructions of past Soma gems that we have worked on throughout the last 12 months, and moulded a DJ mix of where Slam stand in this current climate. One that shows depth, groove, jack and grind in a 65-minute show down. Having run their various club nights for these 20 years, they have played at all points of the night; from doors opening to doors closing; warm-up to peak time. This mix encapsulates this perfectly.


The legendary production and DJ duo of Graeme Reedie and Craig Morrison (aka Silicone Soul) have been at home on Soma since their first release 13 years ago. Before the guys signed to Soma, being native Glaswegians, they religiously attended the legendary Slam nights at both the Arches and the Sub Club in the early ‘90s. When this all started Graeme and Craig did the PR for the club events, getting to know Dave Clarke, the event promoter. Becoming closer over time, Dave offered them their first ever Arches DJ on their respective birthdays. Quite a present had you ever attend these nights. They soon started their own label, Depth Charge, where they released their first two singles, pressing and distributing their own vinyl. Quickly they were signed to Soma with heir The Strip EP. The rest as they say, is history. Their DJ mix is a representation of the tracks they saw from the dancefloor, be it the first record they bought; Otaku’s (Ralph Lawson, Fraser Brydson & Carl Finlow) Percussion Obsession, or DJ Q’s masterful mix of Counter Plan’s 90 Degrees. Peppered through their mix are snippets and a capellas like the beautiful keys of Daedalus or the vocals from Inspiration and Light, Tonight, and U Dig. You’ll also see Mark Henning’s Last Night, a personal favourite of the boys from the last few years of Soma stock.



01. Scott Grooves (feat. Parliament / Funkadelic) – Mothership Reconnection (Daft Punk Remix) 02. Silicone Soul – Right On, Right On 03. Slam – Azure (Part 1) 04. Funk D’Void – Diabla (Heavenly Mix)
05. Slam – Positive Education 06. The Black Dog – Cost II 07. Samuel L Session – Can You Relate (Joris Voorn Flooding The Market with Remixes) 08. Percy X – X-Trak 1 09. Sharkimaxx – Clashback (Demented Aphrohead Mix) 10. Desert Storm – Desert Storm 11. Slam – Eterna


01. Slam – Groovelock (Deepchord Atmospheric Rebuild) 02. Eastmen – U Dig (Loco Dice Remix) 03. H-Foundation – Slayin’ the Dragon (Klartraum Remix) 04. Hatikvah – In the Spirit (Rod Modell | Deepchord Vector and Velocity Mix) 05. Slam – Human (Oxia Remix)
06. Silicone Soul – Right On, Right On (Nick Curly Remix) 07. Pablo – Turn the Page (Alex Under Remix) 08. Vector Lovers – Computrfnk (Sebrok’s Funk You Remix) 09. Itamar Sagi – One Million Oaks (Mark Broom Remix)
10. H-Foundation – Passage of Time (D1Julz Remix) 11. Master H – Magic K (Paul Ritch 31 Trudaine Mix) 12. Silicone Soul – 3am (Maetrik Jazzersize Mix) 13. Slam – Lifetimes (Pan-Pot Bass Times Mix)
14. Slam – Stepback (Mark Henning Remix) 15. Slam – Positive Education (Zero T Remix) 16. Slam – Stepback (Adam Beyer & Jesper Dahlback Remix 17. Tony Thomas – Beginnings (Gary Beck Remix) 18. Funk D’Void – Diabla (Christian Smith and Wehbba Remix) 19. Funk D’Void – Diabla (Joash Remix)


01. [Intro] Percy X Vs Bloodsugar – -3 (Emissons 2) / Scott Grooves feat. Roy Ayers – Expansions (Vocal) 02. Counterplan – 90 Degrees (DJ Q Mix) / Scott Grooves (feat. Parliament / Funkadelic) – Mothership Reconnection (Vocal) 03. Otaku – Percussion Obsession 04. Chaser – Destination Unknown 05. Mark Henning – Last Night 06. Alex Smoke – Chica Wappa 07. Desert Storm – Scoraig ‘93 08. Schatrax – Mispent years (Silicone Soul’s Darkroom Dub) / Hatikvah – In The Spirit (Vocal) 09. Rejuvination – Requiem 10. Slam – Positive Education 11. Universal Principles – Inspiration & Light (Vocal) 12. Slam – This world (Wighnomy Bros. & Robag Wruhme Dub) / Silicone Soul – The Snake Charmer Edit (Vocal) 13. Funk D’ Void – Diabla (Heavenly Edit) 14. Silicone Soul – Chic-O-Laa (H-Foundation Remix) 15. Eastmen – U Dig (Vocal) 16. Silicone Soul – Right On, Right On (Original Mix) 17. [Outro] Hatikvah – Daedalus / H-Foundation feat. Aion – Tonight (Vocal) [Until The Sun Edit]

Get Lost 4 Mixed by Damian Lazarus

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2011 by E.N.

In a stellar year for the Crosstown Rebels that saw them become the most groundbreaking underground dance music label in the world, surpassing even their own expectations their illustrious founder and musical director Damian Lazarus picks up the baton for their infamous Get Lost series and delivers a perceptive fusion of future dancefloor classics, illuminating the reason they came to be the most important label of the moment and unveiling the next chapter of their story.

Following in the wake of Dinky and Jamie Jones Get Lost albums, and due to public demand the series is reignited with Get Lost´s ringmaster Damian Lazarus. Now a notorious 17 hour event at Miami’s WMC that features the whole army of Rebels artists (21 artists in 2011), Lazarus now captures some of its magic on CD.

Damian Lazarus is a visionary, a caped crusader for underground music with an eye for detail and an ear for true talent. Since cutting his teeth as music editor at Dazed & Confused, to his days as A&R at legendary London imprint City Rockers spotting the likes of Felix Da Housecat and Tiga, through to more recently introducing Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and Art Department to the world via his Crosstown Rebels imprint, Lazarus has continually shaped the face of underground dance music as we know it.

The fourth episode of Get Lost while typically broody and eclectic steers heavily into Lazarus’ dancefloor nature, unraveling a hybrid blend of dubby, rumbling cuts touching on everything from deep house to UK garage, techno to futuristic bassline mayhem that each journey into the spirit of his enigmatic brood of artists. Lazarus makes characteristically calculated risks with his track selection, a largely unknown collection of exclusive records that give foresight into the next generation of Rebel artists, introducing an arsenal of fresh faces in Left, Fosky, and new Toronto talents Nitin and Iranian Amirali (with an album coming next year on the label). He also calls upon old label friends Dinky and Nico Purman and some peers from his past in Avey Tare of Animal Collective, dOP offshoot Aquarius Heaven, Ostgut Ton’s Dana Ruh and Caribou’s Daphni, fresh from their remix of Art Department.

Featuring ten exclusive tracks including an unheard track from 2011’s biggest newcomers, Art Department who give a hint at their future evolution in a grand vocal climax. Delving into his own future material as an accapella over Berlin cult figure Acid Pauli, set to release an album on Nicolas Jaar’s label later this summer), Lazarus carefully balances the experimental with the insightful in this intricately woven mix.

Damian gave birth to his own imprint, Crosstown Rebels 8 years ago with the intention of nurturing a younger generation of talent and bringing them to the forefront of global consciousness. The label has gone since beyond its intentions, releasing the debut album from Jamie Jones, one of the first records from Seth Troxler and in 2011 three of the best dance albums of the year came from the Rebels camp; Maceo Plex; Deniz Kurtel; and Art Department. Damian’s Rebel umbrella now encompasses a global booking agency, various sublabels, and even a film series about the group of musical misfits.

“I’m so excited to relaunch the Get Lost mix cd series. The album has so many highlights for me and it seems to get better and better with each listen – and believe me I´ve heard it many times. I have taken a lot of risks in introducing unknown artists in the selection and I am confident some of these guys will be household names before long. I am very proud of the Get Lost series and I think this session, number 4, will mark a beginning of the next level for our music.” Damian Lazarus

The collection of unreleased tracks made exclusively for the album will also be available as a limited double vinyl package. Damian Lazarus and his Crosstown Rebels vessel are true vehicles of reinvention and Get Lost 4 is their finest voyage.

Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat no: CRMCD015
Distribution: Above Board Distribution
Released: Monday September 19th, 2011


  1. Amirali – My Way
  2. Nitin – Blink Twice
  3. Aquarius Heaven – So Low
  4. Left – Please Don’t Come Alone
  5. Mikael Stävostrand & Cesare vs Disorder – Massive Attack (Makael & Cesare Rework)
  6. Kowton – She Don’t Jack
  7. Fosky feat Shiva – Shiva (Original Mix)
  8. Nico Purman – Fade Away
  9. Dance Disorder – Metallic Italic (Massimiliano Pagliara Remix)
  10. Dana Ruh – Night Till Dawn
  11. Dinky – Owls
  12. Acid Pauli – Japan
  13. Daphni – Ye Ye
  14. Avey Tare – Oliver Twist
  15. Art Department – All Mine
  16. Kashyyyk – Mario & Vidis

Emeli Sandé – Heaven (STREAM)

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If you Like Katy B,you will like this to ,”Heaven” is released on Sunday 14th August 2011
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101 Things To Do In Bongolia (Out Now on Electric Cowbell)+free downloads

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2011 by E.N.




Initially the vinyl-oriented 45RPM Electric Cowbell record label politely shunned any concern that their singles be made available digitally until our family members and friends without turntables began asking how they were going to get a chance to hear the songs. This formatting issue, coupled with the label’s intrinsic desire to promote and disseminate the bands and their music to a wider audience, has been resolved by offering digital album version-also available as CD-of the label’s first year of singles. 101 Things To Do In Bongolia is a sonic brochure of  Electric Cowbell’s first batch of singles from 2010-2011 with the addition of some bonus tracks and remixes from the label’s current releases.

All of Stuart Bogie’s super group’s-Superhuman Happiness-45′s are represented here as well as his only-in-New-York collaborations with Sierra Leone-born vocalist Sahr Ngaujah who played the lead of Fela Kuti in Bill T. Jones production Fela! on Broadway. Ex-Black Flag guitarist founder Greg Ginn’s Electric Cowbell 45 gets an unusual remix treatment here by the promiscuous electronica outfit ENE that deftly combines both sides of Ginn’s 45 to make an entirely new song Freddie’s Tea. The synth pop-driven Amazing Ghost marry Arthur Russell’s Buddhist disco with latter-era Eddy Grant’s electric funk and escort Shuggie Otis on a milky waltz with their two singles: I Gettupa and Tiny Raindropz. Bio Ritmo is a one of a kind phenomenon in today’s hard-bitten indie salsa world – a band with both a healthy adventurous streak and a solid underpinning of authentic sabor criollo. On this comp they weigh in with their singles La Muralla and Dina’s Mambo as well as a tasty remix of Majadero by the Brooklyn-based production team That Little Chimps of Concent Productions. New York’s only boogaloo band Spanglish Fly gets their B-side Let My People Bugalú get mixed up by the dynamic and always soulful production squad of Clay Holley and Jeff Dynamite from Truth and Soul Records. Free jazz felons Talibam! deliver scrambling shape-shifting disco manoeuvres that cross-pollinate Brainiac and Lady Gaga with Captain Beefheart and Salem in the astral post-jazz firmament with Cosmic Attidude. The exhilarating eleven-piece Ethio-groove collective from Boston known as Debo Band are largely inspired by the unique sounds that once filled dance clubs of 1970s Ethiopia but they are by no means just a retro outfit as evidenced by their rendition of Adderech Arada and it’s remix by Kiddid which echoes a Madlib production like Dr. No’s Ethiopium. One of the highlights for Electric Cowbell last year was Barbes Records licensing the label the hauntingly beautiful chicha track Silbando from the highly anticipated Roots of Chicha 2 compilation for a 45 that got a tasty remix by the ever reliable Greenwood Rhythm Coalition. The Brooklyn Chimp (Concent Productions) extended remix of CSC Funk Band’s A Troll’s Soiree‘ rounds out the sonic portrait of the Electric Cowbell family.

Download:Los Ribereños -Silbando (GRC remix)

Download GMYL – Superhuman Happiness

Electric Cowbell Records came about very quickly in Brooklyn in 2010 when drummer/percussionist Jim Thomson (GWAR, Alter-Natives, CSC Funk Band, Bio Ritmo) felt the urgency to document and commit his instrumental experimental psych/funk group-CSC Funk Band-to a big hole 45RPM record. Guerilla-style recording plans were hastily put in place to record two songs- each under five minutes-in a Bushwick basement by guitarist Colin Langenus (USA Is A Monster). The group had to tame its experimental jam band leanings of playing 20-minute songs at loft parties and condense the essence of their sound to the pithy template of the big hole 45RPM format. Within 6-weeks the group was hocking a tangible, physical object at their shows and to local independent record stores in New York City. Boom. Electric Cowbell Records was born. The rush and excitement that followed this release led to the idea of Electric Cowbell becoming an old-school singles label that releases music in the 45RPM format, kind of like a sound gallery of small (audio) paintings for a group show. All the bands that have output on the label are natural extensions of founder Jim Thomson’s extended musical family of friends and associates culled from his 30 plus years of making music, promoting shows, producing records, and booking tours. In the age of the zip files, mp3′s, file sharing and the general deluge of the digital download, the retro reaction to return to a simpler, physical format allows for listeners to pause and reflect and hold something in their hands. They have to get up and put the records on the turntable then drop the needle. This act becomes more of a ritual event and a welcome reprieve for people who can’t even seem to keep up with their lives let alone process the constant inundation of digitized music made available these days. Invariably the single-or 45-puts the emphasis on the song and the quality of what’s contained and released from the grooves rather than quantity factor that defines digital age.

Along with horn wizard and NYC-based producer Stuart Bogie (TV On The Radio, Antibalas, Iron and Wine) and keyboardist Marlysse Simmons (Bio Ritmo), label boss Jim Thomson steers Electric Cowbell as an independent, artist-run label that produces and releases unique records that their friends and people can connect with. Being that there’s no business model to run on or venture capitalist lurking in the shadows, the label relies more on the old-fashioned word of mouth method of marketing. It also gives groups and musicians between full-length releases an opportunity to get something out there in the meantime. Although there’s no genre-specific agenda in terms of releases, there’s a soft focus on the funkier side things. DJ’s tend to prefer the often fetishized 45 format as well and Electric Cowbell likes to think that the label’s records could be dropped and go off well on a dance floors and parties.

1. Superhuman Happiness
    Track: Human Happiness
2. Debo Band
   Track: Adderech Arada
3. Spanglish Fly
    Track: Let My People Bugalú
4. Bio Ritmo
    Track: Dina’s Mambo
5. Superhuman Happiness
    Track: GMYL
6. Amazing Ghost
    Track: I Gettupa
7. Los Ribereños
    Track: Silbando
8. Superhuman Happiness
    Track: Hounds
9. Bio Ritmo
    Track: Majadero
10. Amazing Ghost
      Track: Tiny Raindropz
11. Talibam!
      Track: Cosmic Attidude
12. Debo Band + Kiddid
      Adderech Arada (Kiddid Remix)
13. Bio Ritmo
      Track: LaMuralla
14. Superhuman Happiness vs. Sahr Ngaujah
      Track: String Theory (GRC Vocal Remix)
15. CSC Funk Band
      Track: A Troll’s Soirée (Brooklyn Chimp Remix)
16. Greg Ginn and The Taylor Texas Corrugators vs. ENE
      Track: Freddie’s Tea (Dif Juz DUB)
17. Superhuman Happiness vs Sahr Ngaujah
      Track: Gravity


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