Say hello to the Deli Twins, otherwise known as Future Times co-founder Max D and L.I.E.S. Records boss Ron Morelli. Read the rest of this entry »
Although their appearance in the top label lists for many online outlets (ours included) may have seemed like it came out of nowhere, in reality L.I.E.S. have been releasing music for over two years and have already racked up about 25 releases – the majority of which arrived in the past 12 months.
Flexed-out disco muscle, stomping rave and a beautifully designed ode to Eddie Murphy: DJs, producers and label bosses pick their track of 2012by Juno Plus on 10.12.2012 at 16:11pm
To add some spice – and credibility – to this year’s annual best of round-up at Juno Plus, we enlisted some of our favourite DJs, producers and record label bosses to pick one record that didn’t leave their bag in 2012. We asked the likes of Gerd Janson, Levon Vincent, Veronica Vasicka, Bill Kouligas, Bok Bok, JD Twitch and Ron Morelli to take part, and their selections veered from the rickety techno of Powell to the bass heavy polyrhythms of Soundway Records, Omar S’s Eddie Murphy homage and much more.
Record label and promoters Huntleys & Palmers are turning five soon, and we have a stack of prizes from the label, as well as tickets to their birthday bash in London this December.
Allow us to indulge in a little advance propaganda for the forthcoming Juno Plus 3rd Birthday party with this three hour plus recording of L.I.E.S. boss Ron Morelli in the mix.
We are very pleased to announce we’ll charge our glasses to three years in the editorial game with an intimate party in London this October, featuring DJ sets from Ron Morelli and Will Bankhead.
A lesson in the art of the warm-up set from L.I.E.S. boss Ron Morelli, with a 42 minute mix recorded straight from the mixing desk at the recent Dystopia all dayer in Detroit.
Having barely recovered from the stomping excellence of the most recent L.I.E.S white label from Bookworms, label chief Ron Morelli has offered a glimpse into his prolific label’s next limited release from the mysterious Bad News.
This double vinyl DJ pack from Future Times is most obviously a follow up to last summer’s Vibe 12”, which featured artists from the label indulging in the sort of off kilter, unique dance music that has seen them gather many a fan. Emboldened by this, Vibe 2 sees Future Times expand their remit and can be viewed as the Transatlantic accompaniment to Permanent Vacation’s recently released Zwei edition of their If This Is House series. Much like the tracks included there, Vibe 2 perfectly captures the mood and sound of the underground house network, though the emphasis is mostly on American artists as opposed to the mainland European focus of the German label’s compilation.
The close bond between Future Times and New York’s Long Island Electrical Systems was recently touched upon elsewhere on this site, with the latter’s Ron Morelli revealing the Washington DC imprint had been instrumental in encouraging him to establish what has become one of our favourite labels. The debt of honour is paid back several times over with no less than four of the nine tracks presented here provided by L.I.E.S. alumni.
It’s a joint endeavour between the two labels which opens this release, as Maximillion Dunbar goes to work on “Comeback Dust”, Morelli’s one release as L.I.E.S., which originally appeared earlier this year on the equally impressive Greek imprint Echovolt. Whereas the original used all manner of cosmic melodies to induce hypnosis, Dunbar’s “Big Top Dustheads” remix is much shorter and relies on more prominent usage of the desperate sounding vocal hook amidst stripped down drum rhythms before the kaleidoscopic tones arrive.
From here, Tom Noble’s “Malaco” bridges the gap between the forgotten boogie sounds that invariably surface on Peoples Potential Unlimited and the club tackle that emerged in the days that Ron Hardy ruled the Musiq Box, sounding like it was recorded on reel to reel tape several times over before Noble submitted it to Future Times. L.I.E.S stalwart Jason Letkiewicz makes the first of two appearances here; firstly as Confused House, with the appropriately titled “Concrete (Dub)”, which combines foundation-shuddering drums with jaggedly spraying electro synths. Within these three opening tracks there’s a charming range of tempos explored which continues throughout.
Alexis Le Tan, most commonly known for digging up the strangest of cosmic kraut curios for Permanent Vacation’s Space Oddities series, throws down some deliciously camp hi nrg on “Marathon Man”, whose rugged, breathy throb is in marked contrast to “Uncollected Groove” the sprawling, Utopian electro glisten of Letkiewicz’s second contribution – this time as Steve Summers. Further energetic workout contributions from Amsterdam dwelling Israeli duo Juju & Jordash and Hunee sit either side of Steve Moore’s “Volatile Memory” – a deeply atmospheric production that adds more credence to the thought he would be perfect to re-score Bladerunner.
It’s fitting that Swimmers & Gang, essentially the Future Times all-stars, should join forces to end proceedings with “Sexy”, a heavily diced exercise in disco grit which, along with the opening track, are perhaps the most straight forward contributions to a release that happily twists and turns through all manner of carefree experimentalism without any compromise on quality.