Marquis Hawkes Hashtag Life Goals Marquis Hawkes returns to AUS after his second album for Houndstooth, a slew of eps for Unknown To The Unknown and a 12” for Bassiani’s in house label, Horoom. Hashtag Life Goals is a three track EP that's deep, raw and timeless. Aus Music 12" Pre-Order
Khruangbin / Leon Bridges Texas Sun About the album Driving anywhere in Texas can cost you half a day, easy. For example, it’ll take you over four hours just to get from R&B singer Leon Bridges’ hometown of Fort Worth down to Houston, where the psychedelic wanderers in Khruangbin hail from. The state is vast, crisscrossed with rugged expanses of road flanked by limestone cliffs and granite mountains, forests of pine and mesquite, miles of desert or acres of sprawling grassland, all depending on what part you’re in. And it’s all baking under the Texas Sun that lends its name to Bridges and Khruangbin’s new collaborative EP. “Big sky country, that’s what they call Texas,” Khruangbin bassist Laura Lee says. “The horizon line goes all the way from one side to another without interruption. There’s something really comforting about that.” On Texas Sun, these two members of the state’s musical vanguard meet up somewhere in the middle of that scene, in the mythical nexus of Texas’ past, present, and future—a dreamy badlands where genres blur as seamlessly as the terrain. It calls equally to the cowboys bootscooting at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, the chopped-and-screwed hip-hop fans rattling slabs on the southside of Houston, the art-school kids dropping acid in Austin, the cross-cultural progeny who grew up on listening to both mariachi and post-hardcore out on the Mexican borders of El Paso. All of these things, overlapping in a multicolored melange, purple hues as vivid and unpredictable as one of the state’s rightfully celebrated sunsets. A journey through homesick reminiscences, backseat romances, and late-night contemplations, the kind of record made for listening with the windows down and the road humming softly beneath you. Like the highways that inspired it, Texas Sun is guaranteed to get you where you’re going—especially if you’re in no particular hurry to get there. 12" | CD Pre-Order
Dyone Only Love Can Set U-Free (Bicep remix) Bicep’s much-loved, classic remix of Dyone ‘Only Love Can Set U-Free’ gets its first ever vinyl release on the legendary First Choice. Back in ’93 Dyone produced the outstanding ‘Only Love Can Set U-Free’, an uplifting house workout drenched in piano stabs, sweeping strings and Dyone’s alluring vocals laid over the top of a shuffling rhythm. Only ever released digitally the Belfast boys, Bicep loop up Dyone’s chorus vocal whilst honing in on those huge piano chords and beefing up the beat, laying down a fresh set of drums that give that powering, club-ready Bicep touch. First Choice 12"
Denis Sulta Aye Spoake Te Sumwuhn & They Listenhd Super limited gold edition comes as a 2x12” 140g clear vinyl, no artwork gold foil sleeve with gold foil labels and x 2 exclusive special edition insert prints. Denis Sulta-or at other times, Hector Barbour-has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting new prospects from the ever-fertile Glasgow scene. His unique sound has been carefully crafted having earned his stripes and a large part of his musical education and knowledge through working at the internationally renowned Rubadub record store, whilst holding down regular and ongoing sets at the world famous Sub Club, and releasing records on influential labels Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Numbers, and his own Sulta Selects-which has also spawned a revered series of events across the globe, including the upcoming show at London’s iconic Printworks on 9th November. His stand out capabilities have seen him reach incredible heights for someone still so young. A Mixmag cover-star, he has recently joined BBC Radio 1’s Residency show alongside Jayda G, HAAi, Charlotte de Witte and Saoirse, and his music has won him fans in Ben UFO, Four Tet, Bicep and Peggy Gou, to name a few. Ninja Tune 12"
Wajatta Don't Let Get You Down Wajatta - the musical duo of Reggie Watts and John Tejada - return with their second album, “Don’t Let Get You Down”. Coming from different worlds, but sharing a passion for the rich history of electronic music, beat-boxer/comedian/musician Watts and electronic music artist/DJ/producer Tejada bring out the best in each other’s formidable skill sets. Where the duo’s debut album “Casual High Technology” hinted at the broad stylistic possibilities inherent in the marriage of Watts’ elastic, soul-stirring vocals and Tejada’s layered, melodically inventive productions, “Don’t Let Get You Down” makes good on that promise. Brainfeeder CD | LP Pre-Order
Attack The Dancefloor Vol.15 Joey Negro Attack the Dancefloor Vol.15 features four new Joey Negro remixes. First up is his thunderous rework of the O’Jays boogie classic 'Put Our Heads Together' done from the original multitracks in RWL style. The 2020 update of Doug Willis 'Dancin' features rattling percussion and full live disco sound. Sunkids soulful house staple featuring Aretha soundalike Chance receives a powerful bassline driven remix. Whilst the much sampled 'Everyman' by Double Exposure (as heard in Salsoul Nugget) has been give a more up-tempo make over that emphasises the familiar sections of the instrumentation whilst still using the full vocal. An Essential 12 Inch that's for sure. Z Records 12" Pre-Order
Quantic Atlantic Modulations Atlantic Modulations’ brings together reworkings of Will “Quantic” Holland’s critically acclaimed album "Atlantic Oscillations", featuring remixes from Sampology, Dan Shake, Alfa Mist and Quantic himself. EP opener "You Used To Love Me ft. Denitia (Selva Remix)" epitomises Holland's relocation to Brooklyn, building his new recording studio 'Selva' and taking up a bi-monthly residency at 'Good Room' (NY); with the essence of the NY club scene radiating through the Selva Remix. A key figure in London's burgeoning jazz scene, talented pianist, producer and composer Alfa Mist reworks "You Used To Love Me" with the addition of melancholic brass and keys, giving the original a contemporary jazz twist. "September Blues" is granted the heavyweight house treatment by Moodymann-stamped-seal-of-approval, Dan Shake. Adding his well-loved mesh of sparky acid synths, Brazilian samba percussion and itchy groove-funk to the song, fuelling "September Blues" into a peak-time contagious weapon. Brisbane-based producer, DJ, and Worldwide FM resident, Sampology gives "Orquidea" featuring Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Sly5thAve, a delicate touch of tropical-disco and dub-variants, slowing down the brass horns and distorting the bedrock of the track. ‘Atlantic Oscillations’ marked the return of world-renowned British producer Quantic with his most cohesive and intricate album to date; "Atlantic Modulations" cements that release, contextualising it on the dancefloor. Tru Thoughts 12"
DEFECTED PRESENTS MOST RATED 2020 Various Artists House music has enjoyed yet another incredible year, with 2020 looking set to continue providing yet more amazing additions to the genre. ‘Defected presents Most Rated 2020’ celebrates the wealth and variety of house created, played and enjoyed on dancefloors worldwide, showcasing the records that are dominating club sound systems right now, and the future classics that are emerging from this year. Most Rated presents the key tracks of the moment, the heavy hitters of the future and your DJ essentials in one unmissable package of unedited, unmixed and full-length tracks. Defected’s 2020 edition of the compilation brings house heat from key artists like Detlef, Carl Cox, Darius Syrossian and Honey Dijon alongside Defected friends and family David Penn, Sam Divine, The Vision and Purple Disco Machine. Most Rated 2020 features standout tracks like Purple Disco Machine’s remix of Roberto Surace’s ‘Joys’, bringing his signature funk-tinged sounds to the DJ Awards’ Track Of The Season, while adding new life to the track for 2020. Endor’s ‘Pump It Up’ also features on the compilation, another stand-out release from the label. Other highlights from the Defected stable include Felix Da Housecat x Chris Trucher ‘Thee Trk!’ (Honey Dijon Re-Edit), The Vision featuring Andreya Triana ‘Heaven’ (Mousse T.’s Disco Shizzle Extended Remix) and Route 94 ‘Close’. As ever, Most Rated continues to champion releases from other key imprints, with Hot Creations’ boss Jamie Jones’ Re-Edit of Raumakustik ‘Waves’, Rudimental & The Martinez Brothers featuring Faith Mussa ‘Sitigawana’ (TMB Dub Mix) on Asylum Records and Patrick Topping’s club anthem ‘Turbo Time’ on his own label Trick. As expected, the compilation offers a diverse range of house music, from tech-inclined bangers to the soulful vocal cuts that characterise Defected’s sound. DEFECTED CD
NEXUS 21 The Rhythm Of Life Nexus 21's 1989 classic The Rhythm Of Life LP is approaching it's 30th anniversary. For the uninitiated the LP is a perfect synthesis of UK rawness and motor-city funk, b-boy nous and sunrise soaked acid euphoria. Nexus 21's sole LP The Rhythm Of Life is considered a classic for many reasons. Originally released in 1989 on the influential Blue Chip record label, and then purchased by Network when they signed Nexus 21 for (what became iconic) future recordings, the record span all of the above influences and styles into a unique rugged sonic tapestry that caused a sensation with DJ's and dancers on it's release, and for the subsequent 3 decades to follow. Messrs Mark Archer and Chris Peat created an album that bore a handful of club classics, on both sides of the Atlantic. Their association with Detroit, and particularly Derrick May and Transmat, saw them go to the techno mecca to record some later material that will also be reissued in the wake of this 3 decade celebration of all things Nexus 21. The Rhythm Of Life is easily one of the UK's most influential techno records, it's style, sound and attitude has reverberated through dance music across the years and this timely reissue will undoubtedly excite the old-school heads and the new-school appreciators of the real deal techno sound in all it's glorious forms. Now, this incredible album has been repressed and remastered, and spread across 2 high quality slabs of vinyl. This essential reissue has been made with the full involvement of Mark Archer and the legendary Network Records with all tracks being sourced from the Nexus 21 DAT archive for maximum sonic playback quality. A true classic, in a new format, not to be missed. Network LP Pre-Order