Nice, clean techno inspired roller from Victoria artist Monolithium. ‘Motive’ starts out with a subdued, syncopated shuffle, and gains pace into a blistering dancefloor killer. From MM003, the latest release from Calgary label Modern Math, following great EPs from Sanctums and Michael Red. Check out the rest of the EP here.
House of Doors - Bicameral Mind (Max D Mix)
Serious release from Mood Hut's House of Doors, who is also a member of Aquarian Foundation. ‘Bicameral Mind’ is proper, expansive house. From the FT019 split 12”, with another Aquarian Foundation member Kinetic Electronix, out now on Future Times. Label owner Maximillion Dunbar lends his help here in the mixdown.
Jay Daniel - Royal Insanity
Fresh off his immense debut EP for Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label, tech-house prodigy Jay Daniel opens 2014 with this EP on another Detroit legends label. Karmatic Equations is forthcoming on Kyle Hall’s WIld Oats label. This EP is so nice. This track especially has such a nice swing to it.
Kassem Mosse - Untitled (A2)
German artist Kassem Mosse quietly dropped his debut album over the weekend, as it simply appeared on the Hardwax site. Released on his usual home, Workshop Records, the double LP contains nine untitled tracks of killer house excursions. ‘A2’ in particular stands out, with that mutating soft lead synth. Amazing album.
Theo Parrish - Lost Angel
Down the rabbit hole that is youtube surfing, and sometimes you get a cookie that trips you the way you want to be tripped. This classic track is a 10 min coast through subtleties without ever getting bored. Ominous synths, a funky bassline, and perfect analog percussion. ‘Lost Angel’ is a nice reminder of the genius that is Theo Parrish. Released in 2001 on the Music Is.. label.
Ondo Fudd - Harbour
Funky, textured house experiments from Ondo Fudd. Off the Coup D’Etat EP, the latest essential release from the Trilogy Tapes. Love that retro-flavoured saw bass. Not really sure who Ondo Fudd is, by the way.
Sabota - Teacher (Michael Red version)
Spacious, moody rework of Vancouver house duo Sabota, from Low Indigo don Michael Red. The washes of reverb give the track a relaxed, nautical feel. In true dub fashion, no additional sounds were added and the original song structure remains intact. From the Hybridity 2 year anniversary compilation, which also contains great tracks from Nautiluss, Grenier and 8prn. Check out the rest of the release here.
Route 8 - Memory Disorders
Classy video from upstart Greek label Nous Disques. Grainy textures with nice pace and attention to melody. A sort of working man’s house music. The stacked rimshots really give this track motion. Route 8 is a DJ/producer from Hungary. This one is from the Eleda EP, out this week on vinyl.
'Modern rubbish is still life'. Everything here is so charming and weird at the same time. Both nostalgic and futuristic at once. The video is comprised of vibrant, rotating flowers beside our monotone host. Love the spoken word poetry amidst the cascading Casio synth lines in this track. The video perfectly encapsulates the feeling conjured up by Steven Warwick’s disjointed tape music compositions. From the excellent Re-Engineering LP, released last fall on PAN. His previous releases on PAN are also great.
Pender Street Steppers - Openin’ Up
Summer vibrations in these 8 minutes of tropical rhythms from the Pender Street Steppers. This is one to melt into— can’t get enough of those gentle subdued vocal stabs and lush pads. PSS are part of Mood Hut, purveyors of warm electronics here in Vancouver. Recently they have branched out to D.C. labels Future Times and PPU, which ‘Openin’ Up’ is released on. Mood Hut also held Vancouver’s first Boiler Room session last week. Make sure you grab a vinyl copy, cause they’ll be gone soon ;)
House gem from an Undone homie! Brenghetti has been making some great music for awhile now, and it deserves more ears. This track is so laid back— can’t get enough of the gliding horn melody here. Love the subtle detuned parts. The track is backed by some sublime pads, while some nice crunched up percussion gives it motion. Light one up and give this a listen!
This is just the best. The bright debut LP from LA’s Benedek dropped earlier on in January on the People’s Potential Unlimited (PPU) label. PPU has become pretty synonymous with a kind of ‘forward-thinking nostalgia’ in their music. The first track here features Groundislava. Grab the free download of album track ‘Ease Out’ from XLR8R.
Ahead of their debut LP, set to drop February 21 on Hybridity, Vancouver’s Sabota have put out the chilled out ‘Jeans’. Scattered chords circle around carefully spaced percussion on this great deep house track. Sabota are Max Ulis and Robbie Slade.
The latest video instalment from the Edges LP, released in December on New Kanada Recordings. Everything we’ve seen from Graze so far has been top notch. As per usual, stunning visuals from DSMV.
Galcher Lustwerk - Leisure
The track title describes the vibe here perfectly. This tune dropped last summer, and its unapologetically brilliant. Lustwerk’s voice makes this track- that simple monotone chant. From WM003, the third release on NY label White Material, began by DJ’s Young Male and DJ Richard. Theres alot of hype around this label right now, and for good reason. Only 200 records were initially pressed, and there is word that another pressing will follow this year. 100% Galcher, the artists breakout mix, is also essential listening. So laid back.