Move D returns to the Electric Minds label next month – stream Endian’s remix of the producer here.
Motor City Drum Ensemble and Efdemin will be launching this year’s Dimensions Festival in London on March 2, and we have a pair of tickets to give away.
The Hydra, the multi-pronged London-based series of events presented by Broken & Uneven comes to an end soon, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to both of the mammoth closing parties.
Move D has taken time out from the Magic Mountain High project with Juju & Jordash to line up a brand new three track EP.
We have a pair of tickets to give away to the forthcoming Electric Minds outdoor summer session in London featuring Âme, Sven Weisemann, Kowton and BNJMN.
We’ve teamed up with ace promoters Electric Minds to offer one lucky Juno Plus reader a free double pass to all seven of this year’s London loft parties.
Those who have followed German imprint Workshop Records will already be well aware of the label’s strong visual and musical aesthetic. Built around a core of artists – chiefly label bosses Even Tuell and Lowtec alongside Move D and Kassem Mosse among others – the Workshop sound touches on melodic, dusty and raw house and techno. The label was launched in 2006 shortly after Lowtec (aka Jens Kuhn) folded his Out To Lunch imprint. Every release since then has been imbued with the deepest of grooves, from the woozy narcosis of Lowtec’s Workshop 6 to Move D’s disco-sampling jam on Workshop 4 and the epic B-Side of Mosse’s recent Workshop 12 release.
A distribution hook-up with Germany’s home of discerning dancefloor music, Hardwax, gave Workshop the platform it deserved, and it has flourished. Given the attention to detail that accompanies every Workshop release – it’s the little things that stand out, like shrink wrapping, hand stamped vinyl and embossed text – it should be of no surprise to learn that one half of the label runs a boutique fashion label, with Even Tuell (real name Paul-David) having launched Airbag Craftworks back in 1995. Juno Plus editor Aaron Coultate caught up with Kassem and Even prior to the recent Workshop Records showcase hosted by London club types Electric Minds.
Like so many organisations before them – Soma, Kompakt and Optimo are but a few notable examples – Electric Minds have developed organically. Starting off as a club night in London’s east end in the middle of the last decade, founder Dolan Bergin decided to set up a label that showcased the work of the artists that perform there. They have managed the rare feat of keeping the quality high with releases so far from established names like Steve Kotey, Ilija Rudman and Yam Who? as well newer artists.
The mysterious GHL may fall into the latter category, but on the evidence of “Good”, it sounds like this producer has been honing his/her skills for years. The title track is a driving, drummy workout, featuring hissing hats, thundering claps and an irresistible swinging groove – and such is the quality of the arranging that these elements sit seamlessly alongside a warm, liquid melody line.
“Show Me Love” sounds like it was inspired more by the UK’s house past than developments in the US. Featuring shuffling drums and a warm, snaking bassline underpinning sweet chords, the influences are made clear, with the rhythmic elements influenced by UK’ garridge’, while the sweet chords capturing classic UK deep house. That GHL is able to operate seamlessly at the middle ground between these classic styles bodes well for future appearances.
Duffstep continues to impress us with his genre-crossing works on both his own label Join The Dots and now Electric Minds. He first came to our attention last year with his superb 12” – “Know You/More Lies” – on Saigon Recordings and the young producer shows no signs of slowing up as we enter 2011. His debut album Getting To Sirius is due out this month and is a fantastic collection of tracks that clearly exhibit Jeremy Duffy’s versatility and creative flair.
Here, in “Close” he blends house rhythms with a dubstep soundscape and a deep, soulful groove. Remixes come courtesy of Hreno & The Mole and Yam Who respectively, who both slow down the tempo and inject their own unique flavour to the track, making for an irresistible 12” release. First up is the 137bpm original, which eases us in to the release with gorgeous swathes of synths balanced tentatively around hissing, relaxed beats and neatly woven, but ever-shifting melodies. It’s got the same sort of fluidity in composition that one might assign to a Joy Orbison track before he went house, with rising crescendos, bass swells and intricate textures and SFX forming the body of the piece.
To counterbalance this, Canadian production outfit Hreno & The Mole team up and strip back the easy-like-a-Sunday-morning vibe of Duffstep’s original and transform it into a shimmering slice of techno-tinged house with rippling b-line and gently pulsating rhythms. Finishing up, Yam Who steps up to the fore with a fun, glitchy boogie venture which encompasses a Jimmy Edgar style soundscape to great effect. Yam Who utlises high-pitched synths, gloopy bleeps and plenty of feisty character. Funky flourishes and frolicking melodies make for an excellent re-lick – a real party starter. It’s another gem to add to add to the record box.
In the latest instalment of our featured chart series, we get the low down on Faze Action’s hottest tunes for November. The disco duo are set to play at a show to launch Electric Mind’s Arthur Russell tribute album, taking place this Friday (November 27) at the Garage in north London. The likes of Maurice Fulton, Yam Who? and Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay will all be DJing on the night.