James Fox aka Severn Beach
Rose Lipman Community Centre, 65 Downham Road, London N1 5AH
The late Muslimgauze teases in Farsi vox samples and subtle Oud riffs all centred around an immensely weighty classic Roland rhythm section. This isn’t hugely typical of his other stuff but check that to see where Shackleton got a large chunk of his influence from!
Hanggai - Flowers (Auntie Flo Edit) [Afroedits]
Moving even further eastward Auntie Flo took this little known Mongolian bands original track and turned it into one of the best things I heard all year! Feel good vibes!
Ueng Nary - Srey No (Lady Name No) [Sublime Frequencies]
I heard the NTS DJ, Cherrystones play the original 7” recording of this at a party at the end of 2011 and later found it on the incredible Cambodian Cassette Archives compilation. The fact that practically all the 1970s Cambodian pop, rock and folk singers were killed during the Khymer Rouge’s genocide makes the retrospective listening of this bittersweet track even more poignant.
Pannalal Ghosh - Darbari Kannada [The Gramaphone Company of India]
This is the one I put on after a long night out to reinvigorate the soul. 100% uncut classical Indian flute vibes from the master Pannalal Ghosh!
High Plains Drifter - Sholay [Tempa]
This one, sometimes credited to Horsepower Productions, is really indicative of the crossover period between darker garage/early dubstep strains where any influence however obscure was accepted.
Circle Children - Zulu [Strictly Rhythm]
Armand Van Helden on a tribal flex. Nuff said!
Cos Ber Zam - Ne Noya (Daphni Remix) [Jiaolong]
The driving breakbeat, that mysterious vocal, the analogue sounding synth that comes in towards the end! This has been the pinnacle of the Daphni project for me thus far!
DJ Sotofett - Åsså Med Den Derre Fløyta [Wania]
Whilst DJ Sotofett and his Sex Tags Mania crew had an excellent year all round it was this one on a sub-label of theirs that really did it for me. The contrast between that hypnotic flute and colourful percussion section alongside the spiralling lysergic synth fx is next level!
Damask Rose - Vangelis [Universal Music]
From Vangelis’ outstanding Blade Runner soundtrack. But whilst Philip K. Dick’s tale is one of a dystopic future this Vangelis’ synth and vocal work in this track conjure up images of the vast Arabesque landscapes.
Chicago house maestro Amir Alexander is on the cusp of a big European tour! With a bag stuffed with Chicago, Detroit and New York underground hits and rarities, he will be playing all over the continent: from Israel to Italy, Russia to Spain. The tour will also include a very special date at the one and only Panorama Bar in Berlin, on the 9th of December.
08 DEC 2012 PRATEREI > VIENNA > AUSTRIA >
09 DEC 2012 PANORAMA BAR > BERLIN > GERMANY >
14 DEC 2012 CONCORDE ATLANTIQUE > PARIS > FRANCE >
15 DEC 2012 HOTEL OMM > BARCELONA > SPAIN >
16 DEC 2012 DINDADA > SALERNO > ITALY >
25 DEC 2012 JUST A GROOVE > MALMO > SWEDEN >
28 DEC 2012 GYPSY > MOSCOW > RUSSIA >
11 JAN 2013 BUTTERSIDE UP > LEEDS > UK >
08 FEB 2013 DELIS > TEL AVIV > ISRAEL >
Amir’s recent set at famed London afterhours Jaded drew much applause for its originality and inventiveness. Luckily for us, it was recorded!
To book Amir Alexander or check more of his music out, head on over to his TSA page.
Following on from the success of their debut release ‘Baia 2012’, hailed by influential critic and blogger Philip Sherburne as one of the top 50 records of the year so far, secretsundaze resident and co-founder James Priestley and studio partner Marco Antonio return with ‘Speed’, for their second release on the ever-evolving London based secretsundaze stable.
Much in the same way ‘Baia 2012’ did, ‘Speed’ harks back to a legendary time in club land, but this time much closer to home, to Speed at the Mars Bar in London, where the likes of LTJ Bukem were resident in the mid 90s and spun their ‘deep and beautiful rollin drum and bass’. As many of you will know, atmospheric strings, techno inspired basslines and amen breaks were the order of the day. Amen.
‘Speed’ pays homage to those times, but updated for the dancefloors and headphones of today, essentially as a patient, restrained, synth-layered and organic, percussive techno record. A tight 909 kick, Prophet 5 pads and sampled Maracas and shakers, make way for an incessant bassline and nostalgic vocal sample, the same one used by Bukem himself in his landmark track, ‘Horizons’. Marcus Intalex aka Trevino, as a spear head of the liquid drum n bass scene still to this day, with his newly christened Trevino alias, who has quickly risen within the UK House ranks in 2012, was an obvious choice to step up on remix duties. A jungle inspired tribal loop, a rude yet refined bassline, plenty of shaker changes and a super patient and smooth arrangement makes for our favourite offering of his to date, as it heads in more peak time territory, whilst maintaining the broodiness and ethos of the original.
All in all, another essential release from the secretsundaze label showing the production prowess of one of it’s founders James Priestley, alongside partner Marco Antonio, rounding off what has been a great year for the label as well as the parties here in London and around the world. In the words of Maya Angelou, ‘the horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change’. Here here..
Support from Deetron, Sasha, Ame, Craig Richards, Sebo K, Gerd, Skudge, George Fitzgerald, Ben Sims, Surgeon, Will Saul, Ashley Beedle, Vince Watson, Kiki, Karotte, Midland, Paul Woolford, Marcus Worgull, Michael Reinboth, Eric Duncan, Jimmy Edgar, Matt Tolfrey, Clive Henry, Adam Marshall, Ethyl, Flori, Arkist, Guy Andrews, Cottam, Eric Cloutier, & Catz N Dogz.
Brand new november mix from one of The Secret Agency’s newest signings, Youandewan. Having released great remixes for Maya Jane Coles, Dusky, Midland and dOP in the past couple of years, and with a forthcoming release on Hypercolour, it’s safe to say the future is bright for this young producer.
Check out Youandewan’s TSA page here, with upcoming dates, biography, discography and agent contact.