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Stupid Human & Space Tricks - World Series One

Our love affair with everything that comes out of Stupid Human's sequencer is never-ending. There's only a handful of producers who can't seem to put a foot wrong in my book, and Stupid Human - or Mark Gilbert, as the postman knows him - is one of them. A new release from camp Human is always something to get excited about, and this new 12" sure is no exception. According to the sales notes we're dealing with all original productions from SH and Space Tricks on this inaugural release of the new 'World Series'. I'm having a hard time finding more information about Space Tricks so it might just be a cheeky alias of SH, but I'm having the interns look into that as we speak.

More importantly, the music is exceptional. Stupid Human kicks off proceedings with 'Zaire', a delicious midtempo slice of chunky, driving deephouse with badass drums, a lolloping afro-groove and playful synth lines. It's ridiculously catchy and most likely the track w…

E-Versions 3 (MERC)

Mark E displays a bit of his magic touch from the days of yore - or Jisco, more like - on the third installment of his cheeky E-Versions series, offering up two loop-driven, pitched down jams. Nobody quite does slouse (thanks Rainer Truby for coining the term, much less cringy than slomo) like Mark E, and it's obvious the grandmaester had an inspired studio session when he crafted this fine pair of tunes.

The Shoe on the A is classic Mark E fare which builds on just a few chuggin loops from Jean Carn's lovely 'Was That All It Was' and sucks you in before you know it. The sloppy claps and the Jean Carn's vocal snips that keep weaving in and out give the track some serious disco flair while the fat bassline will loosen up the hips on the floor.

Flip over for the lush I Don't Know What This Is, an irresistable journey through hypno-balearic deepness. Not sure what the source material is but it has a very 80s feel to it with spaced out synths and vocals. After muc…

Mind Fair - Ceremony (Golf Channel)

I have a bit of a love/hate affair with Golf Channel. The prolific merkin' imprint has released exceptional music over the years and new releases from the GC camp are always worth a listen. My collector's heart bled a little though when they stuck their entire catalogue online last year for the Beatport masses. Yes, we know from experience how hard it is to cover the production costs that are involved with releasing vinyl and sticking to a vinyl-only policy is a bit daft from a business perspective, but it still peeves me a little when a 'vinyl-only' imprint walks over to the dark side after spending a small fortune on those rare and limited records. I just can't help feeling it takes some of the magic away, however petty that may sound.

Thankfully, Mind Fair's 'Ceremony' release is rather enchanting, so all is instantly forgiven and forgotten. I'd never heard of Mind Fair before, which is odd, given the production outfit put out a record on Intern…

Oto Gelb - No. 3 (Oto Gelb)

Don't let the title and catalogue number throw you off, this is in fact the first release on new disco imprint Oto Gelb. You might have seen his name before on Balihu, Daniel Wang's legendary label, on which ole 'Oto' made two appearances over the years. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that we're in fact dealing with Danny 'The Dancer' Wang, who's back in the disco-edit swing of things with his usual flair and cheek.

'Love Comet' on the B1 is a prime slice of swirly 70s disco that has theme-song written all over it, lovely gear, while 'Unafraid' is a chunk of tropical disco (think lots of steeldrums) with a hefty dollop of echo and delay. I don't know the source material of either track but I'm guessing there's not much additional production going on here, it sounds like Wang expertly executed two classy cut, paste and re-arrange jobs here. It's 'When You're Hot' on the A-side that made me shell ou…

Snacks - Purdie EP (Magic Jams)

In the same week our latest missive on Black Ops by Andy Hart shipped out, the debut 12" by Snacks on new imprint Magic Jams also saw the light of day. I don't know much about the german chaps behind Snacks, but judging from their social media presence and their bio ("Think Prince, Jackson 5 mixed with the modern sounds and dance music idioms of artists such as Todd Terje and Jazzanova. A live set of musical SNACKS that goes straight to the hips") they're a confident Berlinite bunch with a fair bit of studio experience. I also don't know much about the label but I have the feeling Noema might have a hand in it, and that usually spells trouble of the best possible kind.

And if we define trouble as delicious leftfield contemporary disco curveballs, we're in knee deep here with 'Purdie'. Rolling drums set the wheels in motion and muted trumpets and fresh synth stabs herald in delicious midtempo head nodding gear with a distinct live feel and a grea…

Lexx - Young Corner (Phantom Island)

Remember us raving about a 12" by Kejeblos on new imprint Phantom Island a while ago? It seems we weren't the only ones that were all over that record: it's changing hands for ridiculous amounts of cash on the used circuit these days. The sophomore effort on the label by perennial Sleazy favourite Lexx (of Bear Funk and Permanent Vacation fame) seems destined to become the stuff of legend too. His 'Young Corner EP' came and went faster than J-Law's fappening pics, so needless to say, we're very happy we got our hands on one of the 250 copies that were pressed up, presented in a lovely screenprinted sleeve starring Lexx as a youngster posing at a high school bash. 
Yes, we're well aware its bad form to write about a record that is sold out everywhere, but sometimes something comes along that is so good you just can't help yourself. Besides, the tunes are available as digital downloads on the label's Bandcamp page, so not all is lost. Believe it…

Inkswel - Graffiti House (People Must Jam)

We've been following Inkswel's rise through the boogie ranks ever since we stumbled upon his first release for Boogie Bash back in 2011 (one of those rare tunes my mrs actually likes). In a few years, the Australian producer's catalogues has grown exponentially with releases on esteemed imprints like Wolf, Hot Shots, Burek and Dopeness Galore, to name but a few. It's been intruiging to see his sound move more and more away from the slick analogue boogie of his first releases - a sound that producers in L.A. seem to be so good at making - to the kind of unpolished fusion of ghetto boogie and raw house that he's pushing these days. While not everything he makes tickles my pickle - I'm not big on those heavily distorted drums he sometimes uses - his productions are always worth a listen and when he gets it right, he gets it RIGHT.

When we caught wind of People Must Jam - one of our favourite imprints around - snapping up an EP by the man, our interest was immedia…