New Releases April 2014

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TERRENCE PARKER
Life On The Back 9
(PLANET E)

Terrence Parker, a native of Detroit and a man who lives and breathes Detroit House Music, releases his third artist album on Planet E – ‘Life On The Back 9’. In his won words “This album is about moving forward through hard times in life to see something beautiful on the other side of difficulties’’. Detroit has been credited as one of the Soul Music capitals of the world, spawning legendary artists like The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross. In the mid 1980s, Detroit’s Underground Music Movement brought rise to artists such as Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes, UR, Jeff Mills, and a host of others. But unlike the aforementioned, Terrence Parker has established himself as a producer, remixer and DJ of the classic sound of Detroit House Music, and is known as the pioneer of the music genre known as ‘Inspirational House Music’. For me this album has a classic yet modern sound and for lovers of purist Detroit sounds be it Techno or house will love this album, this is something that will be on my playlist for a long time.

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DIGGS DUKE
Something In My Soul
(Brownswood Recordings)

Alex Patchwork has conjured up his very own twist on the Diggs Duke single ‘Something In My Soul’, this rework sampling predominantly the hook acts as a very nice fusion between Diggs’ very raw and home grown voice and the attributes of modern dance and electronic music. This serves as an introduction to the genius of Diggs Duke, a taste of what is to come from the prodigious talent. At just 25 minutes long, the record is over in the blink of an eye. Like a brief but captivating firework display, the ten tracks map out the highlights of those self-released EPs (Gravity, Black Gold, Mass Exodus Vol. 1 + 2) and tease ahead to the enormous potential within these sketches. Drawing on influences from the past as much as the present, Diggs Duke name checks the likes of Herbie Hancock, Nick Drake (“It’s like melancholy and joyful at the same time.”), John Coltrane, Thundercat, Flying Lotus and Emily King.

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Marc Romboy
Shades
(SYSTEMATIC RECORDINGS)

In a stellar career spanning over two decades, German DJ/producer Marc Romboy has been virtually impossible to confine to any clear genre. Whether exploring melody, percussive-driven robotics or going deep, the Systematic Records chief has excelled in crafting innovative electronic music always with an eye on the future. On the back of last year’s acclaimed collaborative album ‘Taiyo’ with Japanese techno auteur Ken Ishii, Romboy wanted to present a work that illustrated an even broader sound palette, and thus ‘Shades’ was born. Over 3 C.D’s Marc highlights various solo productions, collaborations and remixes featuring some of the finest names in underground electronic music, including: Stephan Bodzin, Blake Baxter, Robert Owens, The Juan Mclean, Terrence Parker, Tyree Cooper, Max Cooper, Gus Gus, Kris Wadsworth, Gui Boratto, Rodriguez Jr. and in my opinion my favourite Marc Romboy track which sees him collaborating with the very talented KiNK on the amazing ‘Delusion Of The Enemy’ track, a solid collection!

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VIOLENT ROMANCE
I Got A Lot E.P
(SECRET LIFE RECORDS)

Secret Life’s 5th release comes from Violent Romance. The man behind this project is the very talented Danish DJ/producer August Jakobsen who is also 1 half of rising stars of electronic music, ”App” who are currently signed to Get Physicals sister label Kindisch. App are also residents at Fabric in London at the weekly Sunday party Wet Yourself. August Jakobson has also been making beautiful electronica, simply under the name of August for many years as one of the residents at the Stella Polaris Festival in Denmark. Violent Romance made their debut release recently on Shadow Sanctuary which picked up support from the likes of: Droog (Culprit), Jozif and M.A.N.D.Y among others. So here he makes a Secret Life debut with 3 great originals, ‘I Got A Lot’, ‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Need Your Body’  which are accompanied by 2 remixes, first is a mix of ‘I Got A Lot’ by one of the label owners Pete Gooding who keeps it deep, followed by Secret Life regular Robot 84 who adds his trademark Balearic twist!

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TEVO HOWARD
Boing Pop
(REBIRTH)

Originally released on Rebirth in 2010 ‘Boing Pop’ by Tevo Howard gets a re-release on another Limited 10″ due to big demand.
One of the most watched artists to emerge from Chicago’s house scene in the last few years Tevo’s productions have tapped into a rich vein of the city’s deeply rooted heritage and duly attracted a lot of attention from House heads the world over. And Rebirth has been the first European label to release his music. Warm and Emotional with a Raw and Hypnotic vibe like all Tevo’s productions, ‘Boing Pop’ is authentic deep house with a touch of acid, remembering’s of Phuture Trax, perfectly recreated by Tevo with the same kind of intensity as its inventors ! The Original has been edited and re-mastered, and the package include a brand new mix from Melbourne’s man of the moment Francis Inferno Orchestra ! Griffin James is responsible for a great rework cutting the original beats and bass, adding some spoken vocals, and building the track on a subtle piano stab and pads which drive you to heaven

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ROBOT 84
Cosmic Love / Feelin
(SECRET LIFE RECORDS)

Secret Life’s 6th release  is from Secret Life regular Robot 84, who returns with a brand new E.P off the back off his excellent remix of our last release from Violent Romance. There are 2 original tracks on this release, ‘Cosmic Love’ inspired by Lil Louis classic ‘French Kiss’ and ‘Feelin’ which is more of a traditional sounding Robot 84 mid-tempo, Balearic gem! There are 2 great remixes, first up is Craig Bratley who is heavily supported by the likes of Andrew Weatherall gets his hands on ‘Feelin’ keeping it nice and raw and really working the 303 from the original as it chugs along and Sick Elektrik go to work on ‘Cosmic Love’ keeping their eyes firming on the dance floor, enjoy!