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DJJ - Yn y Ty
Yn y Ty
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (FCR)
11,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
On this new EP, DJJ’s trademark jagged take on filtered French house is still present, but with Chicago bump, techno and more random elements thrown in for good measure.I Keep Trying To Convince Myself is the tougher, more rugged and even funkier cousin to DJJ’s hotly-hyped 2016 summer anthem just a lil. Chi house meets soca in this carnivalesque new classic, which hits the perfect spot between sweetness and dirt.Yn Y Tŷ is fast, jerky funk and almost a new genre in itself. Both melancholy and pumping, think DJ Rush meets the Tetris theme in an oddball, groovy-as-hell work of genius.The cut-up, loopy loops and tough, tribal beats on Apilli are deranged in a good way and – as with the rest of the EP – demonstrate a quirkiness and subtle humour akin to Basement Jaxx's early golden period.A big sample drives the jacking, sweaty, glitz of Upsqwar’s warped take on handbag, which channels the spirit of Modjo and features a ponderous, almost chiptune melody drifting subtly over the top.The EP closes with the Greek flavoured stomper Glas, which wouldn’t sound out of place on Richie Hawtin’s 1999 mix album Decks, EFX & 909. This new EP is first release since jus a lil for Crazylegs, which gained high praise from NPR, Resident Advisor, Indie Shuffle, Mixmag, Dummy, Hyponik and FACT - who commissioned a video and coined the tongue-in-cheek genre name ‘outsider Ibiza’.Comparisons have been made to Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe, Todd Edwards and David Morales - albeit a skewed reinterpretation. Like the punks’ assimilation of rock and roll, DJJ’s fresh and irreverent take on highlights from dance music history make for some of the most exciting sounds since Daft Punk’s first forays.Although distorted and with lowered bit-rates, to call theses tracks ‘low fi’ is to do them a disservice, as DJJ’s manipulation of frequencies, distortion and samples is deceptively simple yet not easily matched. There’s a mastery of sonics and leftfield sensibility at play, akin to fellow EQ tweakers Heiroglyphic Being, Aphex Twin and Adrian Sherwood.DJJ is a member of the Bristol-based label/collective Crazylegs, alongside artists including Gage, Sudanim, Finn (all of whom remixed just a lil). He’s also one half of ISLAND, whose grime-flavoured Nokia EP was release in 2015 - also on Crazylegs.
Ali Berger - Keys The Door Ep1
Ali Berger
Keys The Door Ep1
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (FCR)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder 01.03.2019
Detroit’s Ali Berger joins up with FatCat Records’ sub-label FCR to release four acid-tinged cuts entitled ‘Keys The Door EP1’.Michigan’s Ali Berger has been making music for nearly ten years now and was first introduced to house and techno in 2012 through a party at New York’s Dope Jams. Later that year he went on to release his debut EP on Militant Science and has since gone on release music via Clave House, Isaiah Tapes and Firm Tracks. Ali represents a new wave of producers coming through the US scene earning him regular slots at venues across the country. His ‘Keys The Door EP1’ sees him join Brighton’s FatCat sub-label FCR which launched with two releases from Cottam, in addition to records from DJJ and Project 223.Ali uses mostly hardware from the 90s and early 2000s to make his music and the stripped back nature of production is a constant feature throughout the EP. ‘Badlands’ opens things up with a chugged out groove immersed with weaving 303s and eccentric modulations before rhythmic synth stabs, angelic leads and delicate chords take the focus in ‘Love In This Box’.‘Secrets’ maintains the attractive atmosphere through a lusciously deep bassline, a haunting acid line and inviting oscillations until ‘Sleeves’ finishes things off with a raw drum sequence, illustrious melodies and alleviating pads in the second half.
Cottam - Locked In The Groove
Locked In The Groove
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (FCR)
9,34 €* 10,99 € -15%
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Following Cottam’s critically acclaimed ‘I Can’t Carry On’ EP, which marked the inaugural release on FatCat records’ new electronic sub label FCR, the highly-rated DJ/producer’s new 12” drops on March …, also via FCR.‘Locked in The Groove’ is a groovy, boogie chugger, which powerfully ebbs and flows over nearly 11 captivating minutes, and ‘Sample Heavy Dub’ is all dark ‘n’ heady eastern atmospherics, whilst ‘Dreaming Of Another Place’ is a fathoms deep, epic journey into mystical and majestic dub-house.An avid participant in Preston's early rave scene, Paul Cottam inevitably pursued DJing, progressing to warm up slots for his techno heroes Surgeon and Regis. Tentative steps into production using Ableton were met with such encouragement that Cottam’s debut releases began to appear.A set of four untitled, un-marketed and un-promoted vinyl self-releases created a huge organic stir with record collectors, attentive journalists and DJs including Moodyman, Gerd Janson and Soul Clap.This buzz was helped in part by speculation on his identity, but was primarily due to his simple yet effective, flavour-filled and groovesome tracks that blurred the boundaries between re-edits, reworks and originals, moving between slow-mo chug and more straight-up house, whilst encompassing elements of disco, hip hop, nu soul and afrobeat.Since then Cottam’s reputation has steadily grown, with vinyl releases for Story, Wolf, Aus, Use Of Weapons, Sound Of Speed, Ruff Draft and Versatile, plus remixes for Pattern Select on Delusions of Grandeur and Last Waltz on Endless Flight. Paul has also played DJ sets for Fabric, Resident Advisor, Renate, Arma 17, Melting Pot and Sub Club, plus a residency at Bohemian Grove.Inverted Audio recently summarized Cottam’s form, stating “an unsung herald of a certain underground house quality, he traverses his epoch with equanimity and dedication, rich of a back catalogue that could easily put to shame some of the hottest yet ephemeral sensations of the moment.”
Project 223 - On A Mountain
Project 223
On A Mountain
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (FCR)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The next release on FCR comes from the duo Project 223, the brainchild of friends and music lovers Lee Grainge and Steve Bicknell. A true collaboration, the two-track 12” ‘On a Mountain’ displays the talents of both Grainge and Bicknell in equal measure without the ‘push and pull’ of their respective styles. Both tracks on the release are minimal and full of intricacies that teases the work Grainge has done in Film and the developed output of Steve Bicknell. Be Free opens with a few mystifying words from ‘Horizontal Charlie’ and launches into an acid groove that forms the tracks infrastructure. ‘Open your mind. Be free’, the now familiar pitched down drawl of ‘Horizontal Charlie’ rings out and the listener is launched back into the acid groove. A progressive approach to percussion keeps the listener on their toes whilst simultaneously getting lost in this primitive approach to acid. With the minimal brutality of the 909 snare and clap, Be Free becomes off-centred as if its losing its way, but it rewardingly comes right back to the middle with laser sharp definition and undeniable confidence. Tell Me takes On a Mountain into darker territories with its falling acid bassline and clattering hi-hats. Similar BPM’s and approach to sound-design delivers a coherence between the two tracks that presents the clear vision and focus of Project 223. ‘Tell Me’ feels mutated and warped as if you can hear the studio-session in which these two tracks were conceived becoming increasingly intense. Midway through the track, cinematic atmospherics and call and response vocal introduce a feeling of driving desperation that doesn’t leave the listener until the end of the track.Emotionally, On a Mountain does a great deal with its minimal and defined aesthetic which is hard to achieve with electronic music. Shrouded in an alluring sense of mystery, Project 223 tease the darkness behind their creation, leaving more questions than answers.
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