this year nick harris’ nrk music turns 15. in that time the bristol bastion of house quality has notched up over 100 releases of which they can be proud. rather than following any particular trends, the label has been steered by harris from its bristol bass through the nether regions of 4/4 with names like kerri chandler, peace division, steve bug, dave clarke, global communication, seth troxler, kris wadsworth and ed davenport all either appearing on, or mixing it up for, the imprint in the last decade and a half.
if you read my review of mikkel metal‘s latest ep on tartelet, you’ll know i loved it. looking back through my collection afterwards, i realised i had more than a few tartelet records including those by wareika and brandt brauer frick. newer stuff on the danish imprint from muff deep also sounds great, and so i did the only decent thing… tapped them up for an interview…
if you’re a fan of modern house and techno, there’s a good chance you’ve danced – or better purchased – a record which has graced the hands of this man. jamie russell aka cedric maison co-runs hypercolour, losing suki, glass table and now, on his own, has launched sneaker social club.
time for another hot new label profile… this time i have rather indulged my self with plenty of lengthy questions, mainly because of joe bablylon’s interesting back story… he’s been involved with labels before, was an early player in the california scene and is now producing/releasing some of the most authentic and pleasing house music around courtesy of his new roundabout sounds label.
you have to admire andy butler’s resolve with this label… so enamored is he with the halcyon house days of betwixt ’84 and 95 that he’s birthed an imprint, mr.intl, specifically to re-investigate that period’s aesthetic.
if you don’t know this classy house leaning label or producer, which you may well not, i’d start by reading this review of the first release. now having hopefully got an idea of what the man is all about, read on for the first insight into the mind, music and imprint of cologne’s damiano von erckert: he has interesting things to say about the famously kompakt aligned cologne scene, as well as a refreshingly laid-back approach to life and some earnest ideals when it comes to the value of music and art… (also, keep your eyes open for a teshcast from damiano in the coming days.)
it was never really planned, but teshno seems to becoming a one-stop shop for the lowdown on auspicious new house and techno labels. as such, after an insight into fina and jackoff comes this, a refreshingly candid interview with tim gibney about his new imprint, feelharmonic.
for a reason you need not know, i am the first person in the real world to know of this news and have been given permission to share….
you know space dimension controller, right? well he’s the irish dude who turned in a tidy mix for ra last year, has released a number of analogue house delights on killer imprints like r&s and tours the world as a dj and live performer.
anyway, he here’s an official (albeit low-key) announcement from him…
basic rhythm is a new label from the heart and mind of mr. 8040, also known as space dimension controller.
with a passion for music of all varieties, the label will concern itself with electronic sounds that have a keen melodic side and pleasing sense of funk, groove or rhythm, no matter the genre.
watch out for upcoming releases from a diverse spread of artists.
the first two releases will be born in may and, although it’s not live yet, keep an eye on basicrhythm.net
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leeds, for my money, is the best city outside of london for electronic music fans of any persuasion. the number of (good) regular parties runs head-on into the tens each month, so it always seems a bit odd that there aren’t many labels bar the globally recognised 2020 vision stable run by city hero ralph lawson.
time to draw to your attention a label with which you may not yet be familiar… the giggly named, berlin based imprint born from parties of the same name, jackoff, held midweek at watergate; weekends at new space about blank and randomly around europe in-between.
said parties have featured the scene’s classiest house talents, a number of whom now also have jackoff catalogue numbers to their name, including oliver deutschmann and iron curtis, whilst the next three releases include tracks and remixes from patrice scott and quarion, as well as a couple of my faves in october and john osborn.
in line with planning to post on here more often, one of the new features i intend to peddle your way is this one, label spotlight.
it kicks off with no 19 music, the canadian label run by jonny white which, to date, has released slightly off the wall house and tech (just look at he ghoulsih artwork, below, for pointers) by shaun reeves, jimmy edgar, james teej, the boss himself and a few select others.