Archive for March 9, 2012

Escort – Why Oh Why (Video Premiere)

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Escort has been setting dance floors ablaze with their disco-infused beats, irresistibly catchy hooks and seductive live show since releasing a series of 12” singles in 2006. Those who have not had a chance to experience the band’s energized live show will have several chances to catch the band at SXSW including the outdoor stage at SPIN Magazine’s show @ Stubbs. The band will also play a special Last.FM “Live In NYC show on March 23. For an early taste of the 17-piece disco party powerhouse, check out the brand new “Why Oh Why” video, created by Marisol Baltierra.


Escort Tour Dates
3/16: SXSW @ Stubbs, (SPIN Party), 1:30pm
3/16: SXSW @ Empire Automotive (Keep A Breast Foundation, Official Showcase), 1am
3/17: SXSW @ Malverde (Bond Showcase), 7:30-8:15pm DJ SET
3/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ DFA DJs, Last.FM “Live In NYC”

2562 ‘Air Jordan’ EP(Preview) [DOUBT002]

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Releasedate: March 19th (vinyl) / 26th (digital)

A year and a half in the making – well, spiritually at least – the Air Jordan EP soundtracks a 2010 roadtrip through a captivating country, just before the instant rush that became last year’s Fever album and subsequent When In Doubt label launch. Based on field recordings taken in various bustling city centres, rugged desert landscapes, peaceful cornfields, lively amphitheatres, abandoned villages and ancient temples, the EP’s four tracks capture glimpses of Jordan’s stark and desolated scenery as well as its warm and vivid spirit, channelled and reinterpreted through a simple recording device and a sampler. We hope you enjoy the results as much as we enjoyed travelling.

A1 Solitary Sheepbell
A2 Desert Lament
B1 Jerash Hekwerken
B2 Nocturnal Drummers

ENA ‘Analysis Code’ / ‘Splinter’ 7even Recordings [7EVEN23](Preview)

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ENA launches with ‘Analysis Code’ and ‘Splinter’ his second 12” on 7even Recordings after his acclaimed ‘Sign / Instinctive’ release on the label in 2011.
A leading figure of the Japanese underground scene and resident at Goth Trad’s Back To Chill event, ENA blends in his Tokyo’s sound laboratory materials from Dub, early Drum & Bass, Rave, Dubstep and Techno, for an uncompromising and unique audio experience. With ‘Analysis Code’ and ‘Splinter’, ENA delivers again two forward-looking cuts of music for the most underground and renegade dancefloors. The studio technique is high, the underground knowledge is tight.

Photek & Pinch ‘Acid Reign’ / ‘M25FM’ Photek Productions [PPRO16VS](Preview)

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Two collaborations between two highly respected producers. Photek’s ‘Closer’ marked the 50th release on Pinch’s Tectonic last year, and some time in the studio together has produced these standout tracks. Acid Reign first appeared in January on Pinch’s FabricLive mix compilation, his ‘dubplate version’ described by Fact mag as “a slow-burning half-stepper with a twisted acid melody fighting for air in an oil spill; as claustrophobic as you like, basically.” M25FM appears on Photek’s instalment to the highly respected DJ Kicks compilation series, it’s another acid-tinged track, taking us into much deeper territory.

Joshua Iz – The Figure (Dream In Audio, DIA001) (Preview Clips)

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Joshua Iz, the seminal deep house producer of Iz & Diz fame (amongst many other things) drops the inaugural release for San Francisco’s Dream In Audio imprint. An ode to his Chicago roots and San Francisco influence, the title track ‘The Figure’ is a hard hitting cut that is all Chitown, while ‘What U Like’ has a melodic edge that is reminiscent of SF circa 1998. This is deep house at its finest, from a master of the craft.

Joshua Iz is a DJ, music producer, designer and slightly better-than- average tennis player. He likes trainers, good design, dub reggae and vodka. Joshua has been DJing since 1986 and has played on 5 continents and been to 6. His music productions have graced labels such as Classic, NRK, Om Records, Nordic Trax and Seasons. He runs his own record label called Vizual which launched in 2010. He currently has DJ residencies in Chicago, San Francisco and London. Joshua also sometimes DJs and makes music with Diz as Iz & Dizand they are currently working on their upcoming debut album. Joshua also makes a killer salsa and is generally fun to be around.

Dream In Audio is a deep house label inspired by late the late 90s sounds of Chicago and San Francisco.

Artist: Joshua Iz
Title: The Figure
Label: Dream In Audio (USA)
Cat No: DIA001
Style: Deep/Tech House
Release Date: 23rd March 2012 (Vinyl) / 13th April 2012 (Digital)

1. The Figure
2. What U Like

 

Funkystepz – Royal Rumble EP(preview)

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Artist: Funkystepz
Title: Royal Rumble EP
Label: F.L.Y
Release Date: 02.04.12
Format: Digital
Catalogue No: FLY007

The prolific collective of Funkystepz keep the flame ablaze for UK Funky with the highly anticipated release of their Royal Rumble EP. After two solid efforts (Fuller and Trouble) on Hyperdub and slew of remix work they return to their own label, F.L.Y, to to showcase 4 unadulterated cuts of UK Funky with a twist.

Opener ‘Warriror’ floats over a percussive drum loop with whirring synths and some gospel-esque piano key stabs. Using squelching basslines sparingly allows room for the track build at it’s own pace and it’s a roller that can fit it to both radio and club sets with ease.

‘Class A’ really takes things up a notch, this time leaning towards a 4/4 time signature and incorporating keys more akin to continental House but Funkystepz still make the sound their own. The playful chords are what really make this one stand out and with the onset of more dread-laden tones as the track progresses, it’s definitely one of their most accomplished efforts to date.

Using a big chunk of the Timbaland-produced ‘Jigga What’ by Jay-Z the aptly title ‘Jigga’ is dramatic as much as it is off the wall. The undeniable traces of Timbaland’s beat patterns are responsible for a great groove but the track is taken to an emotive peak with delayed synths and the inclusion of ravey chords really shakes the directions whole track up.

Title cut ‘Royal Rumble’ finishes off the EP with an intro that promises an euphoric drop but instead we’re treated to an onslaught of doubled up drums and intricate synth play. The guttural basslines work perfectly in tandem with the percussive beat pattern and temperamental melodies, making it one unpredictable trip full of twists and turns that make for a rough ride throughout.

Slick Shoota “8 Bit Beauty” EP on Loose Squares(STREAM)+Free Download

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ARTIST: Slick Shoota
TITLE:
“8 Bit Beauty” EP
FORMAT:
digital EP
LABEL:
Loose Squares
CATALOG #:
LOOSE L704
RELEASE DATE:
March 26, 2012
TRACKLIST:
1. “Love You You You”
2. “8 Bit Beauty”
3. “Hit The Flow”
4. “Eye Turn Red”
5. “Beby”

About

Slick Shoota is a producer from Trondheim, Norway who has developed his own unique musical style—a combination of juke, garage, booty bass, breaks, and old school jungle. He’s already been getting attention for his remix work, covering a diverse range of artists and labels: Fuzzy Logik (Safe & Sound), Dev79 (Slit Jockey), Heartbreak (Mad Decent), Mr. Mitch (Butterz), Joss Ryan (DVA Music), Falty DL (Planet Mu), and more.

His first EP for Loose Squares contains five tracks of forward-thinking, boundary-pushing juke hybrids—from booty-meets-grime party-smashers like “Eye Turn Red” and “Hit The Flow” (featuring up-and-comer5kin&bone5), to the soulful, garage-inspired “Love You You You” and “Beby”. We here at Loose Squares are really excited to present these new sounds. A must have for 2012!

Download:Slick Shoota – Blaze it


Listen EP,baby i love you!

some feedback so far…
“Perfect release!” -Crookers (Fools Gold)
“Finally!! Slick Shoota never fails!” -Munchi (Mad Decent / Enchufada)
“I love melodies and sounds like this. Hot tracks!” -DJ Gant-Man (Dance Mania / Fools Gold)
“This EP is Massive” -Mumdance (No Hats No Hoods / Mad Decent)
“This EP made my day! These tunes are HOT!!!!” -Cardopusher (Frijsfo / Tigerbeat6 / Hyperdub)

Fries & Bridges – Forever This (The Remixes) (The Factory, TF016)(Preview)

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Originally released in 2010, ‘Forever This’ by Fries & Bridges (Phil Weeks & Hector Moralez) was a monster underground hit due to it’s infectious sample and vocal, and went on to be included byNorman Jay (MBE) on his Good Times 30th Anniversarycompilation.

Just in time for Miami 2012 come the remixes and what a line up it is!  Taking in legends DJ Sneak and Doc Martin, current hot properties DJ W!LD and David Glass, and future stars Chemars andAskander, the remixes of ‘Forever This’ see six completely different yet equally playable new versions that should get any self respecting house fan hot under the collar.

Fries & Bridges is the long-standing collaboration between Robsoulboss Phil Weeks and The Factory/Minority Music boss Hector Moralez.  The name originates from their original French (Fries) and San Francisco (Bridges) bases, although Hector’s recent European move means they are both now based in Paris.  Alongside their own labels Fries & Bridges have graced Vista, Nightshift, Music For Freaks and The W Label amongst others.

Dave Aju – Heirlooms

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After a series of successful collaborations and remixes – including an ace one for Nicolas Jaar’s “Space Is Only Noise” here on Circus, we are delighted to present Dave Aju’s second album, Heirlooms.

It’s always exciting to hear new music from Mr. Aju, as he consistently offers fresh approaches to dance music formulas with undeniable soul and handmade artistry. This is especially true with his new album, where Aju has really outdone himself with his most diverse, expressive, and personal work to date.

Crafted with vintage recordings and instruments inherited from his late father, Aju taps into his roots and musical background more than ever on Heirlooms, taking us on a ten-song journey through past and present influences and a variety of moods, from proper heartfelt tributes to spaced-out bliss and straight-up funk.

Much of the allure of Dave Aju’s sound is his distinctive voice, a fixture in his engaging live performances and DJ sets, which he uses in various ways throughout the album – from inspired songwriting in the uplifting cosmic opener “Rise” and the beautiful end of “Revealing”, to memorable character lines in the raw deep house cut “Away Away” and soaring choral notes on the bass-heavy beatdown vibe of “Until Then”.

Plenty of collaborators also appear on the album, including The Invisible Art Trio who bring that unique p-funk-meets-free-jazz voodoo with Aju on the hypnotic “To Be Free” that made their previous track “Be Like The Sun” such a treat. Some fellow Circus freaks also join in as Jaw from dOP finds himself co-conducting vocals on the boogie train of “Caller #7″ and Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts lends a hand on the skins for the party-starting ode to tequila “Ms Reposado.” The Sol Percussion Ensemble, who last worked with Aju on his brilliant Two-Tone EP, also make an appearance on the irresistibly warm Brazilian-flavored jam “Brown & Blue”, while the club-approved “All Together Now” shines as a unique tech-disco hybrid and will also be released with a remix from Amsterdam’s own multi-talented mad scientist San Proper.

Heirlooms is a colorful, refreshingly varied departure from the everyday, rich with emotion and as deeply rooted as they come, offering yet another side of Dave Aju’s musical world to explore and enjoy.

Artist Dave Aju
Title Heirlooms
Label Circus Company
Release Date 07-May-2012
Cat. No CCCD010 + CCS066
Format CD/LP

1 – Rise
2 – All Together Now
3 – To Be Free
4 – Away Away
5 – Until Then
6 – Ms. Reposado
7 – Caller #7
8 – You Gotta Know
9 – Brown & Blue
10 – Revealing

Ayah Marar ‘Mind Controller’(Video)

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Released April 15th, ‘Mind Controller’ is currently daytime play listed on Kiss FM. The remixes by Cutline and Shock One have received over 650k and 210k Youtube plays respectively and DJ support includes the likes of DiploCaspa and Borgorre.

Over the past six months Ayah Marar has released singles on Ministry of Sound and Hospital Records, collaborated with Camo & Krooked and Yogias well as performing at V, Isle of Wight and Lounge on the Farm. Having previously worked with Toddla T, Paul Epworth and Calvin Harris, it’s not surprising she is now been dubbed the ‘The Queen of UK Bass’.??

‘Mind Controller’ will be released on her very own Hussle Girl imprint, and with remixes from dubstep’s new boys CutlineShock OneLV andThunderskank & Trafix, it shows Ayah is fast becoming a star in her own right. ‘Mind Controller’ is the tangible result of Ayah’s toils over the past few years, her collaboration with Yogi (the producer of Wretch 32’s ‘Traktor’) last summer bore the powerful ‘Follow U’.

At the end of 2011, Ayah supported Example on his UK tour, was the only unsigned act to appear on the main stage at UKF’s Alexandra Palace event, toured with Camo & Krooked across Europe, and was declared Woman of the Year by Xfm’s Eddy Temple Morris. ??

Ayah Marar’s debut album is due later this year.

Upcoming UK live shows:
Wednesday 21st March @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London (Gold Dust)
Friday 6th April @ Brixton Academy, London – performing with Camo & Krooked

 

 

FUTURE HIT for sure!

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