September has been a fine month for releases. Mysterious edits, timeless reissues and a whole bunch of new material too. Check out our essential picks from the last four weeks.
Summer is almost over, but don’t worry, we have compiled a list of some of the silkiest and smoothest releases from the last four weeks – ranging from exciting label debuts to reissues of old gems. Check out our essential picks for September 2017 below!
Toby Tobias has been releasing music since the early 90s, on labels such as Rekids and Let’s Play House. He knows his way around the studio but he’s also equally adept when it comes to cutting and splicing. This time he joins the Resista family for this special 12″, re-editing and embellishing this slice of pure sunshine.
Bicep have been taking cues from contemporary artists turning them into their own and the expectations were high when they announced they would be releasing their debut album. The result is an electronic record founded on the blueprint of classic house, techno, electro and Italo disco, but flipped and morphed into a fresh design bearing the unique Bicep sonic signature. Their track ‘Glue’ is best suited for those sunrise moments. Check out the interview and feature on Bicep’s album launch party at Phonica here.
The UK producer returns to Whities for his third record on the imprint. With two previous, successful releases for Whities, this low-key electronic release proves Angus Finlayson aka Minor Science still got it! On ‘Volumes’ he manages to mix crystalline synths with odd vocals and a heavy bassline.
Grant‘s identity remains unknown, but his latest projects have brought him much attention in recent years, through two LPs and numerous EPs. GRANT002 consists of 4 tracks airy, classic, deep-tinged house music tracks. Mixing up unofficial remixes with classic samples and original material, this time featuring Chris Gray on vocals on the track ‘Calibrate’.
Phonica Records Special Editions proudly presents the incredible Quiet Village remix of Agnes Obel’s ‘Stretch Your Eyes’, lifted from the Danish born, Berlin based singer songwriter’s critically acclaimed 3rd studio album ‘Citizen of Glass’. Their slow, dark, dub-heavy atmospheric groove perfectly compliments Agnes’s vocal, with echoes of Massive Attack’s timeless ‘Teardrops’ coming to mind. It comes as no surprise we thought Quiet Village would be perfect for this project!
Deep Cover keeps surprising us, this time with two disco grooves getting manipulated into a rambunctious frenzy. ‘Work That Edit’, a rework of ‘Taana Gardner – Work That Body’, contains seductive vocals and disco boogies. “Two tracks from times past… crude cuts complete with krispy krackle… a pair of edits remembered, rescued and revived.”
Rimbaudian returned to Meda Fury for a late summer release. Houz Low EP has a classy mid-90s NYC style swing. Its euphoric house with dreamy vocals, earth shaking basslines and breakbeats are the order of the day on this no nonsense club destroyer. This one is pressed on limited edition, vinyl only release for DJs.
On this record we are treated to an exclusive vinyl-only release featuring re-edits of two African 80s classics from the Soundly stable. A favourite in many DJ’s record bag, Nigerian disco-boogie king Steve Monite‘s hit ‘Only You’ is given a rework by Sofrito’s own Frankie Francis.
KH‘s ‘Question’ which flew out as a test-pressing gets a full release! Four Tet released this track under his alias KH, an alias he as only used for one edit before. The track was everywhere this summer, played by all the DJs – Caribou, Floating Points, Jamie XX, and so on.
This work of art, originally released in 1987, has gained a near-mythical status over the last few years due to its brilliant and inventive collection of pieces. Known for his numerous albums, soundtracks and collaborations with the likes of Björk, Van Dyke Parks and Elvis Jones, we are extremely happy for this LP to be reissued!