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Random Soul – Live For The Moment(album preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2013 by dk

Random Soul - Live For The Moment‘Live For The Moment’ is the debut album from Random Soul, the Australian house duo of Yogi & Husky. The pair have made a big impression in recent years with releases for labels including Strictly Rhythm, Bargrooves, Salted and Large.  The album, released on their own label Random Soul Recordings, presents an effortless journey through 15 tracks that cement their position amongst the most established names in Deep and Soulful House circles, while also showcasing their talent in creating Soul, Jazz and Funk gems.

‘Live For The Moment’ incorporates everything from floating vocals and laidback soulful grooves riddled with live instrumentation, through to bumping, funky club tracks.  The album also highlights Random Soul’s talent as songwriters with a string of captivating vocals featuring strong hooks, often performed by Yogi. Six vocal collaborators include well-known West Coast USA artists Chuck Love and Joshua Heath, as well as Kristen Pearson, Kyla Sexton, Natalie Conway and Louis Hale.  All are close friends of Yogi & Husky, and the chemistry of the relationships shines through: “Working with friends always makes the job seem more fun too, so doing tracks with people like Joshua Heath and Chuck Love, usually meant more jokes and laughing than “work” per say. We enjoy getting other people in the studio as it creates such a different dynamic.”

Listening to these collaborations and the album in full it’s clear to hear where many of Random Soul’s influences lie, with the house sounds of Miguel Migs, Joey Negro, Grant Nelson and Groove Armada providing a strong focus, alongside funk and soul artists such as Rae & Christian and Smoove & Turrell.

The first single taken from the album is ‘Mysterious’ and will feature a Richard Earnshaw remix to be released late January / early February 2013.

Release Date:
4th Mar 2013


Ben Westbeech – There’s More To Life Than This (preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by dk

He hasn’t jumped the gun, that’s for sure. Having spent several rudderless years following the release of his debut album Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life, the re-energised producer, singer and DJ eased himself back in to the breach earlier this year with the single Falling and follow-up Something For The Weekend. Now, finally, the long awaited There’s More To Life Than This album is upon us. Recorded in Berlin, New York, London, Bristol, Munich, Stockholm and Stuttgart with producers Motor City Drum Ensemble, Redlight, Georg Levin, Chocolate Puma, Midland, Soul Clap and Henrik Schwarz, the album marries Ben’s songwriting and soul/jazz instincts with a house edge provided by some of the scene’s leading producers and the result is a harmonious, elegant and above all, individual set.

Finally you can listen this great album as we said before



1. The Book (Produced by Georg Levin)
2. Something For The Weekend (Produced by Danny J Lewis)
3. Falling (Produced by Lovebirds)
4. Same Thing (Produced by Chocolate Puma)
5. Justice (Produced by Motor City Drum Ensemble)
6. Stronger (Produced by Midland)
7. Inflections (Produced by Henrik Schwartz)
8. Sugar (Produced by Redlight)
9. Let Your Feelings Show (Produced by Georg Levin)
10. Butterflies (Produced by Rasmus Faber)
11. Summer’s Loss (Produced by Rasmus Faber)

Also Check :
Ben Westbeech at Nr.1 EMN TOP 30 Promo Chart August 2011 HERE
Ben Westbeech -Something For The Weekend (Video) + Free Download Roska remix +August Mix HERE

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Ben Westbeech -Something For The Weekend (Video) + Free Download Roska remix +August Mix

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by dk

With Ben’s There’s More To Life Than This long player just around the corner, here’s a little taster of what’s to come. Produced by Enzyme Black, Something For The Weekend is a house-inspired, disco-tinged feelgood groove that’s a perfect prelude to the full length set. This first salvo is a taster for the taster, especially for the heads; Gerry Read provides the jazzed-out broken beats while Roska and Ben’s alter ego Breach drop variations on dub step and retro-rave respectively.

The full Something For The Weekend single includes remixes by Breach, Joey Negro, Lee Foss & Robert James, The Revenge, Roska and Gerry Read. Ben¹s new album, There¹s More To Life Than This, will be released on 12th September via Strictly Rhythm.

Download: Ben Westbeech Something For The Weekend (Roska Remix)

Download DEEP MIX AUGUST 2011


1. Candy feat Matt Tolfrey – Lee Curtis
2. Seduction (jimpster remix) – Vincenzo and talking props
3. Popes city (soulful mix) – The Pimp
4. Wilderness (Genius Of Time Remix) – Trickski
5. October Beach (original mix) – Dario Damerini
6. Dirty Haze – Roman rauch
7. i’m lonely [original mix – hollis p. monroe
8. Burning (Fanatix Powerhouse Edit) -MK
9. Everything – Pommer and bark remix
10. Something for the weekend (Lee foss and Robert James remix) – Ben Westbeech
11. Deep In The Three – Thyladomid & Adriatique
12. Entrance Song (SLG Remix) – Eats Everything
13. Hawaiian Air – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix-Friendly Fires
14. Want you in my soul – Lovebirds feat. Stee Downes Want you in my soul

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Akabu – ‘The Phuture Ain’t What It Used To Be'(ZEDDCD020)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by dk

Label: Z Records
Cat no: ZEDDCD020
Distribution: SRD
Released: Monday October 11th, 2010

The debut album from Akabu is a retrospective yet futuristic delivery from Dave Lee, inspired by over 20 years in dance music’s history and touching on live instrumentation, contemporary sounds and dexterous electronic craftsmanship. 

Akabu is the deep house pseudonym of British DJ/producer/remixer Dave Lee who has released under a plethora of other monikers including Joey Negro, Jakatta, Doug Willis, Raven Maize, The Sunburst Band, Sessomatto, and Z Factor. Dave was one of the first artists to incorporate disco samples in house music when he began his production career in 1990. Fast forward 20 years and little has changed – Dave is still experimenting with new techniques, taking inspiration from new artists and using this knowledge of the past in new original creations.

Featuring collaborations with Norway’s’ Boomclap Bachelors (on the album highlight ‘You Want It All’), Andre Lodemann, Foremost Poets, Tony Momrelle, Tanya Michelle and Joel Edwards.The Phuture Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is an ode to an inert love of electronica, “I wanted to call on my love of the first wave of deep warm acidic house like Marshall Jefferson and Larry Heard, combined with some of the contemporary stuff I like such as Carl Craig, Jimpster, Martin Buttrich,” explains Dave.

“Dave has been an inspiration since his release on Transmat. His taste is prime and his music always blows me away whether its as Joey Negro, the Sunburst Band or Akabu. And he does hell-of-a edits too!” Carl Craig, August 2010

Dave’s last studio album with the Sunburst Band was a blend of live disco, soul and funk but Akabu’s longplayer explores a darker and more complex journey. Revisiting the sound of some of his first productions back in the late 80s, Masters of The Universe ‘Space Talk’ and M.D.Emm’s ‘Get Acidic’ (the latter licensed by Derrick May for his Transmat label), and the four earlier Akabu singles released on NRK and Z Records, including ‘Ride The Storm’ and ‘Phuture Bound’ whose Ame remix took the track to a new level, Akabu’s The Phuture Ain’t What It Used To Be’ explores the electrifying analogue sounds of Dave Lee. “After a year producing disco I wanted to do something more electronic and utilize some of the great modern studio technology that’s out there. I’ve still tried to attempt to inject some of the excitement of live players and musicality into the electronic music I produce.”

Awakening the senses with a supernatural atmosphere,Sax My Bitch Up’ introduces some sax riffing from Jim Knight, who has played on many a Sunburst Band track and is also half of the Steely Dan–esque Talc. Norway’s Boomclap Bachelors offer their unique vocals to ‘You Want It All’, a slow burning epic record that builds to a strong climax. Offering a pinch of Detroit with a healthy dose of contemporary input, this release has already seen support from Gilles Peterson & Ewan Pearson to Groove Armada and Laurent Garnier, demonstrating its wide appeal across the board.

‘The Phuture…’ is peppered with mysterious atmospheres and cosmic voyages into outer realms, such as the psychedelic ‘A Little Bit of Kaos’, utilising a recognisable cult sample, and high-energy bass laden ‘Hi Jaxx’. The Paris based Canadian soul singer Tanya Michelle features on ‘Behind The Mask’, a look at changes in personality of people within relationships. “The title of a song is very important to me, Tanya had just ended her relationship a few days earlier and she made the comment “I saw behind the mask”, explained Dave of this retro concoction, “I wanted to do a modern take on the old Murk sound and I thought her bluesy tone would suit that vibe”.

Berliner Andre Lodemann’s involvement on ‘Another World’ came after Dave was inspired by last year’s ‘Where Are You Now’ and approached him to get involved on the album. A stripped back cinematic affair, layered with orchestral strings that simmer with summer vibes, ‘Another World’ compliments the album and adds a mellow side to its bow. The mood turns for ‘Life Is So Strange’ as the album draws to a close, featuring one of the UK’s finest soul singers Tony Momrelle, frontman of Incognito and someone who often draws comparisons with Stevie Wonder. “I wrote ‘Life Is So Strange’ the day after my cat died suddenly,” Dave confesses of this elevating record that takes the depth of soul and elements of early house to create a novel and captivating classic.

Coming full circle the album ends as it began on ‘The Phuture (The Final Chapter)’, closing Akabu’s journey that encapsulates the highlights of the history of house in a new light and mesmerising narrative.


  1. The Phuture Ain’t What It Used To Be feat Joel Edwards
  2. Crystalized feat. Foremost Poets
  3. Sax My Bitch Up
  4. You Want It All feat Boomclap Bachelors
  5. A Little Bit of Kaos
  6. Hi Jaxx
  7. Behind The Mask feat Tanya Michelle
  8. Feelin’ Nervous
  9. Another World feat. Andre Lodemann
  10. Heatwave On Mars
  11. Life Is So Strange feat Tony Momrelle

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