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Metronomy – ‘LateNightTales” September 3rd

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2012 by E.N.

Metronomy cover Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Hypnose’

Featuring Outkast to Cat Power, Doctor Octagon to Autechre

Limited edition vinyl version includes CD and cover art print

Acclaimed pop experimentalists Metronomy compile the latest Late Night Tales, the third of 2012 and 29th in the decade long series.

Metronomy, the effective alias of the talented Joseph Mount, have thus far released three albums, starting with the jagged electro manoeuvres of their debut ‘Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)’, through to their two albums on Because, ‘Nights Out’, where Mount first sang, and last year’s brilliant Mercury-nominated ‘The English Riviera’.

As a pop group, Metronomy are more Four Tet than Fab Four, though with a sense of adventure that would’ve made the Fabs proud. Their outing under the Late Night Tales banner journeys through the inspirations of the bands’ ever moving sound – along with a few surprises.

Mount’s old favourite Autechre is present and correct, but then so are Kate and Anna McGarrigle and the Sun Ra of hip hop Sa-Ra Creative Partners. Joining Sa-Ra on the hip hop front, we’ve got Tweet’s ace ‘Drunk’ from her Hummingbird album alongside OutKast Prototype’, spiced with some Doctor Octagon.

For pure pop, they don’t come more refined than Alan Parson’s Eye In The Sky’, who is buffeted by outbreaks of unsettling weirdness, among them the sadly departed Mick Karn’s supple bass figurines on ‘Weather The Windmill’ or Tonto’s Expanding Head Band – the guys that brought the funk to synthesizers with Stevie Wonder – and ‘Cybernaut’. And just when you think you’ve got it figured, Pete Drake arrives with his 1964 pedal steel novelty hit ‘Forever’. This is a maze rather than a journey.

Naturally enough, there is the Late Night Tales special with a sparkling Metronomy rendition of Jean-Michel Jarre’s Hypnose’. We’ve always had a soft spot for Devon and her cobbled street delights, but seen through the prism of Joseph Mount, it takes on a new hue that makes Brigitte Bardot and that other, lesser, Riviera seem somehow pallid. To paraphrase Buzzcocks: another music in a different riviera.

Label: Late Night Tales
Cat no: ALNCD29
Released: Monday September 3rd, 2012


  1. Outkast – Prototype
  2. Tweet – Drunk
  3. SA-RA Creative Partners – Cosmic Ball
  4. Chick Corea – El Bozo (Part 1)
  5. Dr. Octagon – Blue Flowers
  6. Lonzo & The World Class Wreckin Cru – Cache Vocal
  7. Metronomy – Hypnose (Exclusive Jean Michel Jarre Cover Version)
  8. Alessi Brothers – Seabird
  9. Autechre – Fold4,Wrap5
  10. Mick Karn – Weather The Windmill
  11. The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
  12. Geneva Jacuzzi – Love Caboose
  13. The Lone Swordsmen – You Are…
  14. Tonto’s Expanding Head Band – Cybernaut
  15. Pete Drake – Forever
  16. Appaloosa – The Day (We Fell In Love)
  17. Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Complainte Pour Ste Catherine
  18. Herman Dune – Winners Lose
  19. Cat Power – Werewolf
  20. Paul Morley – Lost For Words Pt.4 (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)


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Various Artists -Movement 2012

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by E.N.

The ground-breaking Movement-Detroit festival celebrates its 13th year withMovement 2012, a collection of Detroit´s newest techno talent, curated by Paxahau Event Productions and D Records.

In the world of electronic dance music (EDM), few places hold the historical gravitas of Detroit. Since the birth of techno in the 1980s, the struggling metropolis has seen innumerable milestones in the realm of electronic music, including the hometown triumph of the Movement techno festival.

As Detroit enters it´s fourth decade as a leader in electronic music innovations (and America experiences it largest ever audience for EDM), it is time to add D Records to the long list of leaders who inspire a global audience of music fans that span generations. The compilation you hold in your hand is but an introduction to the latest future sound of Detroit, soon to receive worldwide acclaim.

Movement 2012 offers a formidable roster of fresh-faces and veteran techno talent who are activating yet another wave of Detroit techno innovation. Core artists on the D Records roster, including Joshua Harrison,Ataxia, Keith Kemp, and Secrets (Matt Abbott), are joined by fellow Detroit techno travelers Brian Kage, YOS, Noel Jackson and Kevin Reynolds, as well as Movement talent booker Chuck Flask, and even a new tune by Paxahau co-founder Jason “Jaos” Clark.

Label: D Records
Cat no: D020
Distribution: Baseware
Released: Tuesday May 22nd, 2012


  1. Joshua Harrison – Dissipation of Heat
  2. Ataxia – INRIhab
  3. YOS & Carrera – Gone Deep
  4. Brian Kage – Past Echos
  5. Noel Jackson – I Gave You Everything
  6. Keith Kemp – Cosmic Grooves (Detroit Mix)
  7. V.S.O.P. – FTV
  8. Eric Sutter – We Keep It Movin
  9. And Low – We Dance In Mud Puddles
  10. T & A – Herbacide
  11. Secrets – Explore My Body
  12. Infospace – Super Melt
  13. Kevin Reynolds – On A Clear Day
  14. Prosthetic Hands – No Turns Unstoned
  15. Erika – A Cellular Meltdown
  16. Homak – Welcome Back
  17. Rob Lloyd – The Gorilla
  18. Jaos – In All The Right Ways


Founded in 1999, D Records began life as the first sub-label of techno superstar Richie Hawtin´s M-nus imprint. Formed by a close-knit crew of friends who had dedicated their lives to the city´s ´90s underground party scene, D came into being alongside the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival, a gathering of electronic music performers and fans that drew an unprecedented number of fans in 2000. Since then, the annual festival (renamed Movement) has served as both a celebration of Detroit techno´s history and a showcase for newly matured talent year after year.

Compiled by label manager Ted Krisko (who also appears as one half of Ataxia), Movement 2012 is a collection of tunes, destined to be heard across the stages of Hart Plaza and in clubs around the world. Some of these names may be new to even the most dedicated techno fan, but rest assured that the same tasteful curators who have managed theMovement Festival for nearly a decade have used their unmatched ear for electronic music to collect only the finest of Detroit´s current crop of unsung producers. One listen will have you convinced that the talent coming out of Detroit in 2012 can confidently stand along side the city´s already sizable list of techno legends.

MAL032: Saucerface 2(stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2012 by E.N.

MAL032: Saucerface 2 (25 BAD ASS TUNES)
From its headquarters nestled in the bustling cityscape of San Francisco, MalLabel Music is poised to unleash an incredible compilation. At a colossal 25 tunes, this whale of an anthology is a perfectly balanced collection of some of the brightest rising luminaries in the business of beats and bass. Artists on the camp are global in origin, ranging from Bay Area heads all the way to South Africa and Russia. Whether you are a seasoned DJ looking for choice new drops to slay the dance or just looking for some boss new beats to get your groove on to, Saucerface 2 is must have.

The musical milieu is impressively robust, the artists and work selected scratch a satisfyingly wide array of musical itches. Off the top, there are some hard hitters on this album worthy of attention such as South African artist Real Mad, who represents his skills with club banger “In the Flow.” Following suit, young badman from the Bay Area Taso adds a sweat inducing, hyper drive bass burner to the mix with “Yogabooty.” The compilation boasts much in the way of progressive, lavish, listenability in tracks such as Bleep Bloop’s deep and sultry “AM,” SF artist Porckchop’s lusciously moody “Purpose,” and Skriptah’s “True Enemy,” worthy of comparison to early Eskmo or Distance. MalLabel resident Skulltrane provides a bit of her token mojo in the mechanical and slithery “Time Machine,” while El Diablo & Mycho kick out a hyphy bouncer with their track “Little Pills.”

Releases of this size can often become less a listening exercise than a simple pocket of different bits of music, but Saucerface 2 is a true music lover’s comp. This compilation is 25 tracks than you can set on repeat and let define the backdrop of your springtime. From start to finish, Saucerface 2 is a testimony to the veracity and staying power of MalLabel music, now living out its third year in full effect with a release schedule that would whet the appetite of any bass junky who could catch a glimpse. Be on the lookout for Saucerface 2 wherever you download music.

Artwork by Ben Keyser.

Late Night Tales – Belle and Sebastian -(Listen Mini Mix)

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Late Night Tales Compiled & Mixed by Belle & Sebastian (March 26th, 2012)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2012 by E.N.

The celebrated Scottish indie pop group Belle and Sebastian are welcomed back for a second Late Night Tales, the 27th in the esteemed compilation series. Belle and Sebastian formed in Glasgow in 1996 where the success of college recorded cult debut album ‘Tigermilk’ led the band to signing to Jeepster for ‘If You´re Feeling Sinister’; listed by Pitchfork at #14 in its top 100 albums of the 90s and is widely considered the band´s masterpiece. Following the critically acclaimed ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’ B&S signed with Rough Trade (UK) and Matador (US) and have released a further five albums, most recently ‘Belle And Sebastian Write About Love’ in 2010. Other accolades include being voted Scotland´s greatest band in a poll by The List in 2005, their own Bowlie Weekender festival, a Brit Award and Mercury Music Prize and Ivor Novello Award nominations. The current line-up is founder Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson, Chris Geddes, Richard Colburn, Sarah Martin, Mick Cooke and Bobby Kildea.

Their scene straddling 2006 Late Night Tales included pure pop, 60s psyche, 70s rock, West Coast harmonies, beat groups, folk balladering, punk, indie, girl groups and bossanova. This new 2012 selection delves deeper into their shared influences and inspirations, along with a subtle nod to digging for rare sampled beats: not perhaps a characteristic usually associated with B&S. World-wise psychedelic breaks thread the mix together; significantly so with two tracks from Broadcast bookending a first half that includes late 60s dreamers The Wonder Who? and Joe Pass, father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, harpist Dorothy Ashby and the 21stcentury beats of Gold Panda.

Following a mid-section detour through dissonant post-punk and deep jazz courtesy of The Pop Group and Stan Tracey Quartet; recent releases from fellow Scots Remember Remember and South Carolina’s Toro Y Moirub shoulders with Ce´cile’s 2002 Cure referencing riddim ‘Rude Bwoy Thug Life’ and Blood, Sweat & Tears classic version of ‘Spinning Wheel’. For the obligatory Late Night Tales cover version, Belle and Sebastian have chosen The Primitive’s 1988 pop-punk classic ‘Crash’, recreated in the band’s own inimitable style. Two beautiful records close the mix: Steve Parks haunting soul vocal ‘Still Thinking Of You’ and an excerpt of the calm improvisation ‘On The Other Ocean’ from David Behrman’s 1977 experimental album. As ever, the trip concludes with our bedtime story with the third part of Paul Morley’s ‘Lost For Words’.

This is music for the Celt in all of us. Holed up in a West End of Glasgow apartment, the wind yowling mercilessly about us, we drift off to the sound of bliss. There is only warmth here and, obviously, a draft or two fired in the direction of Belle and her good friend Sebastien.

Label: Late Night Tales
Cat no: ALNCD26
Distribution: Worldwide via EMI / Balance (Australia) / Southbound (New Zealand) / Beatinc (Japan) / Love Da Records (Hong Kong) / NEWS (Benelux)
Released: Monday March 26th, 2012


  1. Broadcast – Ominous Cloud
  2. The Wonder Who? – Watch The Flowers Grow
  3. Joe Pass – A Time For Us
  4. Mulatu Astatke – Yekermo Sew (A Man Of Experience And Wisdom)
  5. Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges – Tudo Que Você Podia Ser
  6. Marie Laforêt – Et Si Je t’aime
  7. Bonnie Dobson – Bird Of Space
  8. Dorothy Ashby – Soul Vibrations
  9. McDonald And Giles – Tomorrow’s People
  10. Gold Panda – Quitters Raga
  11. Broadcast – Chord Simple
  12. The Pop Group – Savage Sea
  13. Stan Tracey Quartet – Starless And Bible Black
  14. The Lovin Spoonful – Darlin Be Home Soon
  15. Belle And Sebastian – Crash
  16. Roland Vincent – L.S.D. Partie
  17. Toro Y Moi – Still Sound
  18. Ce’cile – Rude Bwoy Thug Life
  19. Remember Remember – Scottish Widows
  20. Trees – Streets Of Derry
  21. Blood, Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel
  22. Pete Shelley – Homosapien (Dub)
  23. Steve Parks – Still Thinking Of You
  24. David Behrman – On The Other Ocean
  25. Paul Morley – Lost For Words

Grime: The Compilation -Teddy Music

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2012 by E.N.

Artist: Teddy Music
Title: Grime: The Compilation
Label: Teddy Music
Release Date: 30.01.12
Format: CD & Digital
Catalogue Number: TMCD001

1. Teddy Music – Grime Feat. Dot Rotten, Ghetts, Lil Nasty & Griminal
2. B-Live – Modern Warfare 2 Feat. Newham Generals, Skepta & Spyda
3. P Money – Hot Ones (O.G’z Madness)
4. JME – JME
5. Stutta – Hype Ting (DPMO) Feat. Mercston, Tinchy Stryder & Ghetts
6. Guvnor – Martian Attack Feat. Scorcher
7. Lethal Bizzle – Don’t Run It Up
8. Ghetts – Salute Me Feat. Badness & Delusion
9. Badness – Silencer
10. Teddy Music – Dat Feat. Trim
11. Tiny – Stratford To Plaistow Feat. Griminal
12. Ironik – Falling In Love Feat. Jessica Lowndes
13. Teddy Music – Confidence Feat. Dot Rotten
14. Tinchy Stryder – Barclays Freestyle
15. Ghetts – We’re Moving Along Feat. Maxsta
16. Skepta – Gingerbread Man
17. Ghetts – My Sperm
18. JME – Over Me (Teddy Music Remix)
19. Stutta – Final Lap Feat. Ghetts
20. Teddy Music – Down With Us Feat. Marcus, Kozzie & Scrufizzer
21. Tempa T – Spray Dem
22. Teddy Music – Doomed Feat. Newham Generals

“So wha’d you know about Grime?” sings Dot Rotten over a 808-led instrumental on the opening track of Grime: The CompilationTeddy Music (formerly known as Silencer) should be one of the producers you’re familiar with if you’ve been paying attention to the UK’s grime scene over the last few years, as his uncompromising sound palette of sinister synths and menacing drum patterns have been a staple on a variety of artist’s albums and DJ sets.

Making his name via the self-released Wow Bass EP series that featured bonafide grime instrumental classics such as World War 4 (which features here on Lethal Bizzle‘s Don’t Run It Up), Teddy Music rapidly became one of the most sought after producers by MC’s and DJ’s alike.

Grime: The Compilation features an all-star cast of Grime’s elite that includes SkeptaJMENewham GeneralsP MoneyTinchy StryderGhetts, Scrufizzer and Kozzie. Theses collaborations speak volumes about his pivotal role in the grime scene and the genuine admiration from his peers, and tracks such as Gingerbread Man, Modern Warfare 2 and Hot Ones showcase exactly why his trademark “Teddy” scream (which appears in all of his productions) is a stamp of quality whenever you hear them.
One of the four exclusive tracks on the compilation features Dirtee Stanks’ Newham Generals on the aptly titled Doomed, where they trade verses over a militant production where squelching bassline stabs create an unorthodox melody. Other new material comes in the shape of Tempa T’s Spray Dem, which is a brutal exercise in lyrical warfare which we’ve come to know and love from the Slew Dem member over the years.
Other notable new cuts come from BBC Sound of 2012 nominee Dot Rotten, as he exercises his vocal chords once again on Confidence explaining how his self-belief has propelled him to greater heights, and Trim who he proves that the one-line flow is still effective when done the witty and playful manner that he does on the zany Dat.
This compilation is a snapshot of Teddy Music’s most essential tunes to date with a sprinkling of new material to give us a hint of where he’s looking to take his music in 2012 and from the evidence on show here his uncompromising style is here to stay.
Check out the brand new video for Doomed featuring Newham Generals by clicking the link below:
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Diskotopia Various Artists Volume One (Diskotopia)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2011 by E.N.


Released date: 6th February 2012
Format: CD / Digital

Coming at the start of a second year of releases, ‘Diskotopia Various Artists Volume One’ is a showcase of the Diskotopia sound.

The label has been grouped together with labels like Night Slugs, Numbers, Hessle Audio, but Diskotopia take a more borderless approach to electronic dance music. Not just for the club, but also made to be appreciated in any setting, the artists represented on this compilation reference a variety of styles from house, techno, UK garage, post-rock, boogie, R&B, grime and even jazz. Although standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the most current and cutting-edge music around, the Diskotopia output has a strong sense of timelessness, meaning that as well as being very “now”, the sound has a longer shelf-life. The label has rapidly been gaining great support and high praise from likes of Addison Groove, Hyetal, Om Unit, Rinse FM, Boomkat, XLR8R, Fact, Numbers.

Set up by UK ex-pat Matt Lyne (A Taut Line) and Japanese female DJ Am Rhein in Osaka in 2005 as a DJ and visual collective, Diskotopia ran frequent events for four years before moving to Tokyo in 2009. BD1982 joined the crew in late 2010, and helped evolve it into a record label. The ethic behind the label comes directly from the premise of the Diskotopia events: a barrier-free approach to quality music. In 2011 Diskotopia released singles and EPs by A Taut Line, Hong Kong In The 60s, BD1982, Visionist, Greeen Linez and Slackk. Diskotopia remixers have included Optimum + Ikonika (Planet Mu, Hyperdub, Night Slugs), Starkey (Ninja Tune, Planet Mu), 80s legendary post-punk act Dominatrix, Royalty, BNJMN (Rush Hour), Photomachine, Murlo, Pacheko.

01) BD1982 – Sunshine
02) Visionist – Tropics
03) Savage – I Want It All (BD1982 Refix)
04) RLP – Kreep
05) Optimum – Ghost House
06) Shy One – 40,000
07) A Taut Line – Clouds At Night
08) Hong Kong in the 60s – You Can Take A Heart (Diskotopia Dub)
09) Awa – She Sea
10) Greeen Linez – Sallot Ski
11) Bun / Fumitake Tamura – Ri
12) LDFD – Wumpa Fruit
13) DJ Maar – Acid Clapperz (Diskotopia Dub)
14) Greeen Linez – Feel The Pressure (The Phantom Remix)
15) Lamin Fofana – Nia Long
16) 80kidz – Miss Mars (Diskotopia Dub)
17) Greeen Linez – Feel The Pressure (Nites Remix)
18) BD1982 – VHS Nite (Starkey Remix)

Crosstown Rebels presents Rebel Rave 2 mixed by Droog

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2011 by E.N.


2011 has been the best year so far for arguably the world’s best underground dance label, Crosstown Rebels. Having released incredible artist albums by Maceo Plex, Deniz Kurtel & Art Department and the sublime ‘Get Lost 4’ mixed by Damian Lazarus, they now release Rebel Rave 2 as a compendium to their most prolific year to date. The album showcases highlights from the year over two discs and features a stunning DJ mix on CD3 mixed by high flying LA threepiece collective Droog.

Rebel Rave returns with another three discs of upfront material from the Crosstown Rebels recent catalogue, in a similar format to the first edition. Featuring some of the most ground-breaking, critically acclaimed and widely loved singles from the Crosstown stable this year; from label stalwarts Jamie Jones, Glimpse, Deniz Kurtel, Dan Berkson and head honcho Damian Lazarus, to a sea of new faces in Russ Yallop, Fur Coat and Subb-an, and outstanding contributions from two of this year biggest artists Maceo Plex and Art Department plus huge releases from Guti & Dubshape, Solomun, James What, Inxec & Droog.

The collection is a great barometer to Crosstown’s triumphant year. The first two discs are unmixed and span buried B-sides, reedits and remixes from some of this year’s biggest releases, featuring work by some inspirational producers such as DJ Harvey, Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles, Dixon, Ewan Pearson, Ivan Smagghe, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Zev (Wolf + Lamb) and many more. Disc three is a superb mix of highlights and fresh material from the imprint sonically sculptured together by LA’s Droog. Hypnotic and alluring, vibrant and exciting, this timeless journey cements a victorious year for both the imprint, and its expanding family of artists.

Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat no: CRMCD016
Distribution: Above Board Distribution
Released: Monday November 28th, 2011


  1. Deniz Kurtel – Music Watching Over Me Feat. Leza Boyland
  2. Art Department Feat. Seth Troxler – Living The Life (ABA Therapy Version)
  3. Maceo Plex – Your Style (Maya Jane Coles Remix) w/ James What – About Love
  4. Riz MC – Radar (Loco In A Box Remix)
  5. Solomun – Daddy’s Jam w/ Fur Coat – Space Ballad feat. Argenis Brito (Acapella)
  6. Russ Yallop – I Can’t Wait
  7. Russ Yallop – Crossroads (Fur Coat Remix)
  8. Art Department Feat. Soul Clap & Osunlade – We Call Love (DJ Harvey Remix)
  9. Damian Lazarus – Different Now (Art Department Remix)
  10. Jimmy Maheras – Space Jam (Matt Tolfrey Remix)
  11. Inxec v. Droog – Westbound
  12. Subb-an – Positive Expression (Dub) w/ Dan Berkson – Anything For You
  13. Deniz Kurtel feat. Mykle Anthony – Best Of (Dixon Remix)
  14. Maceo Plex – Can’t Leave You
  15. Quenum – My Baby Face w/ The Model feat. My Favorite Robot – Still In My Heart (Acapella)
  16. Martin Dawson & Glimpse – No One Belongs Here More Than You (Ewan Pearson Remix)

Born in 2008 as a prolific film series that follows some of the most charismatic and formidable characters of the underground dance music scene as their career takes them around the globe (, Rebel Rave has become a benchmark for a new coming of age for house and techno music. Put together by global pioneers of the industry, Crosstown Rebels, Rebel Rave is a beacon of kudos, keeping a foot firmly in the underground while carving its own path into the mainstream.

The first compilation came from Clive Henry and for the second episode we meet Droog, a unique three piece collective from Lazarus’ new home in Los Angeles. Droog are Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin and Justin Sloe, a dynamic trio of producers, DJs and music lovers that have set about instilling their passion into their beat hungry West Coast environment. Droog are behind the infamous rooftop soirees at LA’s Standard hotel that brought the elite of house and techno to the city for the first time.

Now regularly showcasing the best talent and with Steve Bug, Magda, Dixon and Soul Clap all big fans of the series, Culprit sessions are undoubtedly the superior event in LA for cutting edge music. In 2009, Droog started their Culprit label, initiated with the debut release from Hot Natured. Since then it has supported the careers of local talent such as Kenneth James Gibson and Lee Foss (before his relocation to London) and brought early releases from Matt Tolfrey & Inxec and Ovum star M A N I K.

Damian Lazarus established Crosstown Rebels 8 years ago and has created a covert force of nature that continues to dig up new talent and future heroes. Rebel Rave is the label’s flagship calling card and an annual celebration of its achievements to date. Rebel Rave marks the close of 2011 for Crosstown Rebels, while next year promises to be an yet more prolific, with new albums from Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Art Department & Deniz Kurtel, as well as debut albums from Fur Coat, Amirali and many other exciting new projects.

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Above The City

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2011 by E.N.

Culprit’s first Various Artists compilation has had a two-year genesis. A meticulously assembled collection providing a sonic blueprint to a maturing label realizing its musical identity, ‘Above The City’ is a fantasy soundtrack to the famed LA rooftop Culprit Sessions. 

Joined by the same idea and feeling are some of the most promising young producers around – from Los Angeles’ own Clovis and Nikko Gibler, Londoners Marc Chambers & Soho, Leeds’ rising stars Death on The Balcony through to the Italian contingent of Lula Circus and Nico Lahs, anchored by the experience of label old friends Lee Curtiss & Seth Troxler and Anthony Collins.

A timely release at the tail-end of the label’s summer season of Culprit Sessions, this collection embodies the atmosphere of the imprint’s revered Sunday afternoon rooftop parties – a few golden hours of revelry, betwixt day and night, where friends, lovers and music take on ethereal warmth. The release of ‘Above The City’ is a poignant conclusion to and celebration of Culprit’s most exciting party season to date.

The tracklist of ‘Above The City’ is sequenced to provide a snapshot of an imagined Culprit Sessions soundtrack. A musical guide to the progression of a Sunday afternoon party, which starts out eclectic and jazzy, moves through to deep and dubby, before picking up energy as the dancefloor fills. Throughout, the music remains rooted in Culprit’s modern retro stylistics, both wistful with an acute sense of nostalgia, while still propulsive and funk-ridden. 

Culprit’s vibe is one that has resonated with producers around the world. Some are new to Culprit and have never travelled to LA while others have played Culprit’s parties and been frequent guests of the label. But all have taken inspiration from Culprit and channelled this in their own unique ways. The result is a compilation of tracks that flush with individuality and collectively evoke the close of a California summer.

Label: Culprit
Cat no: CPVA001
Distribution: Above Board
Released: Monday October 10th, 2011


  1. Clovis – The Jean Seberg Special
  2. Nico Lahs – Lost in My Soul
  3. Mark Chambers & Soho – You Don’t Know
  4. Anthony Collins – Inside
  5. Nikko Gibler – Hide From No-One
  6. Lula Circus – Mary Jane Loves Me
  7. Death On The Balcony – Nothing Stays The Same
  8. Lee Curtiss & Seth Troxler – Spending Time


The Wurst Music Ever

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2011 by E.N.

The Wurst Music Co proudly presents its very first full-length release, the aptly titled The Wurst Music Ever. Boasting ten brand new songs from Wurst stalwarts and newcomers to the sausage party alike, the compilation is a bold step forward for the cult New York label. Wurst has always kept us guessing, from its early years trading in much-heralded (and sorely out of print) edits from the likes of Runaway and Lee Douglas to its rebirth in 2009 as a bastion for forward-thinking, original dance music courtesy of Brennan Green and Neurotic Drum Band, amongst others. Label head Roy Dank’s daring approach to A&R has enabled Wurst to garner support from a broad swath of discerning DJs, including heavyweights like Harvey, Carl Craig, James Murphy, Soul Clap, Radio Slave, Tim Sweeney, Laurent Garnier, and Optimo. So it should come as no surprise that the imprint delivers a spectacular set of music unrestricted by genre classification and tempo with its initial foray into long-player territory.

The Wurst Music Ever is that rare commodity in dance music, chock full of personality, and by no means mere dancefloor fodder. That being said, many of the album highlights are sure to fill floors the world over; indeed, more than a few already are. Brooklyn disco ensemble Midnight Magic have been closing their awe-inspiring live sets with their fantastic cover of Native Underground’s soul-drenched “Push 4 Love”, while Lisbon legend Tiago has been test-driving his contribution, “Peanuts Not Working”, to packed crowds at his Lux residency. Fresh off of appearances on Soul Clap’s Social Experiment 002 and Jamie Jones’ Fabric 59, New York upstarts soho808 deliver what is sure to be the pitched down house (or whatever you want to call it) anthem of the winter with “Reach”. Brooklyn house juggernaut Nick Chacona teams up with longtime partner and SF disco hero Anthony Mansfield on “Tase the Wizard”, a Burning Man anthem if there ever was one.

Elsewhere on the compilation, 20 Jazz Funk Greats faves Pink Stallone team up with Strictly Rhythm singer Joey Washington to bring the nasty funk on “Help Yourself”, while Portland performance artists The Miracles Club follow-up acclaimed releases for both Mexican Summer and Cut Copy’s Cutters imprint with, “I Can’t Help It”, a perfect marriage of ethereal pop and classic house sounds. Stockholm studs Name in Lights inimitably channel their rave roots on “Úr Öskunni”, while Chaka Khan’s nephew Great Weekend gets busy on the MPC for the sexy, sample-delic midtempo bomb, “That’s The Thing (To Do)”. Slowing things down for those special late-night/early morning moments are none other than mysterious Mark E protege Chicago Damn, and Wurst alum, not to mention one-half of Neurotic Drum Band, Ulysses, with “Romcom” and “Soular Power”, respectively.

Deftly showcasing an incredible array of talent and arguably amongst the artists’ finest moments to date, The Wurst Music Ever is a bold treatise on dance music’s wildly expansive movements, some of which the Wurst label has been lucky enough to commit to record. To commemorate the occasion, Wurst is hitting the road for album launch parties across the globe. Stay tuned, as they say, the Wurst has yet to come…

title:The Wurst Music Ever
artist:Various Artists
label:Wurst Music Co, USA.
format:CD/ 3×12”

Native Underground: Push 4 Love – Midnight Magic Cover
Pink Stallone: Help Yourself
soho808: Reach feat. Safiyah
Name In Lights: Ur Oskunni
Tiago: Peanuts Not Working – I Am The Automan Version
Miracles Club: I Can’t Help It
Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield: Tase The Wizard
Great Weekend: That’s The Thing (To Do)
Chicago Damn: Romcom
Ulysses: Soular Power


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