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Showing posts from November, 2012

Frank Booker - Beat Down & Out EP (Sleazy Beats Black Ops)

So here we are after almost 4 months since our last debut release on Sleazy Beats Black Ops: our sneaky little side-project that admittedly still remains somewhat of a clouded mystery in terms of genres, has hit its second release. As label heads however, what we've always been sure of and what we tend to consistently agree on...and this goes since way back in 2009 when we gave birth to the label - is what we think is hot and what's rather erm, not (read: what we'll put out on a piece of Sleazy wax). This synchronicity in tastes is obviously damn helpful when A&R-ing for new material as we live in separate countries and we're forced to spend hundreds of euros on bandwidth every month just to pay for our email banter, nitpicking, bickering and general good-hearted back n' forths. 

Enter stage left, our second release with Frank Booker - a producer we're simply delighted to be able to work with as we've looked up him since his early days. Mr. Booker did a …

Kolour Recordings/Undertones Q&A

Once upon a time, not so long ago and in a land not that far away, record labels shifted thousands of copies of a 'big' house release with relative ease. The world was a much simpler place back in the 90s. Every town had at least one record shop and DJs bought and played records. Twelve inch records. There simply wasn't anything else around, and people like John Ciafone and Masters at Work were underground superstars that could safely quit their dayjobs at the factory and live off music. The advent of broadband internet, file compression, CD players with pitch control, affordable digital production solutions and - finally - software to DJ for you, dramatically changed the landscape. However tempting it is to get sucked into a lenghty analysis of the merits and drawbacks of these developments, we in fact wanted to focus on just a small bit of today's industry instead: the extinction of the 'big' record. There's more music coming out than ever, and loads of …

Soul 223 - Eastern Promise EP (Boe Recordings)

Suffice to say Ben Parkinson from the magical land of Boe is a uniquely talented chap. Seems like his good use of 6 month-long jaunts to India to rekindle his fire for running one of the most stealthy and well-respected but still under-the-radar imprints in house music have paid off; as he seems to move from strength to strength and perhaps more importantly refuses to be pigeon-holed. Since 2007 he's put out close to 20 excellent records, pretty much all of which would do quite well in the bags of top detroit and chicago jocks. Ten releases ago we covered his Deymare ep (BOE09) on these pages and now we come back to celebrate BOE19, a fantastic piece of plastic by Soul 223. 

Without further ado, let's cut straight to the man behind the music. Soul 223 aka Steve Pickton ain't no greenhorn when it comes to studio skills having built a solid stream of releases under other monikers - perhaps the most prolific of which perhaps being 'Stasis'. Under this guise he's r…