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It’s been too long since we’ve heard from our man, Xander Milne… he was a staple around the DB office just a year ago but we lost touch. Well, fear not because the man is back and he comes baring gifts!

First up, we get a bit of a curve ball, a downbeat EP with three, exceptionally head-nod-able, boom-bap styled tunes. The “Message Home EP” sees Milne channel some Dam-Funk-esque electro-boogie on the title cut while he blesses the mic with some deep rhymes on “Rugged Child.” Closing cut, “Beyond The Stars,” is a bittersweet ode to perseverance and staying the course, no matter what obstacles may stray you… if I had to guess, I’d assume we’d have to thank the one and only Bald Head Slick aka Guru for the words of wisdom and encouragement. #rip

Shout out to MARGAUX SOLAND for the collaborative artwork!

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As an added bonus, Mr. Milne keeps all the house heads happy with his latest joint, “Troubles feat. Vera Hall.” This uptempo, deep-house cut utilizes the instantly recognizable hook popularized by Moby in his timeless classic, “Natural Blues.” Here, we get and irresistible revision that features a bouncy, 808 bass line and some slick, filtered chord stabs. Proper dance floor biznezz on this one…. show the man some love for all of his generosity!

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The Detroit Swindle helmed imprint, Heist Recordings, continues it’s spree of releasing quality, disco infused house to the seedy underworld with it’s latest offering from label newcomers, Brame & Hamo. Their “The Parish Rumours EP” is a sinewy offering consisting of three original cuts that touch base on uptempo house heaters, low-slung soulful steppers and hypnotic jazz joints.

It’s available for purchase in the digital realm HERE or on lovely, 12″ vinyl HERE.



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Detroit disco don, Pontchartrain, drops in for global Record Store Day with this dope little 7″ on upstart, motor-city imprint, Rocksteady Disco. Featuring two masterful edits, both chalked full of Pontch’s signature style of combining dubby delays, hard beats and monster bass lines… we get some serious, heart-break dance-floor heat! Hand pressed and stamped in Detroit, individually numbered and with only 500 copies in existence, these bad boys are the perfect addition to any disco loving vinyl fiend.

Buy it HERE.


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Special delivery coming at cha this weekend for global Record Store Day… this brilliant little, “beer-colored” 10inch vinyl courteosy of Brooklyn’s Razor-N-Tape recordings. “Magic In Threes” is the name of the original artist presented here, but it’s also the theme of the release as we have three exceptional versions to tickle our fancies with: the original mix, Freddie Joachim‘s rub and an undisputed cake-taking remix from Dutch bad boys, Fouk. Blissful house rhythms, downtempo jazz-lounge vibes and sunny, strutting feel good breaks… this lil disc has something for all occasions.

Buy it HERE.



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Hot off the presses from burgeoning, NYC collective, Safer At Night, is the debut EP from Peruvian-born producer, Jorge Balarezo. A shimmering and unique debut, the “Influence EP” fits perfectly with Safer At Nights penchant for blending experimental Techno and dance-floor friendly House with the added offering of at least one ambient soundscape per release. The titular tune utilizes chirpy, stuttering percussion, ominous bass swells and subterranean sampling to create an eerie, otherworldly tapestry of tangled beauty.

“Altitude” steps up next to announce it’s intentions of wreaking havoc on dance floors… which it does oh so well. The combination of rocksteady rhythms and pumping bass riffs instill visions of late night gatherings in burned out buildings… post-apcolyptic party goers beating broken slabs of concrete and steel with their jack-booted soles. The ethereal mysticism of “Tropic of Capricorn,” Balarezo’s ambient contribution, draws the EP to it’s close with six minutes of swelling pads, cooing seagulls and cavernous reverbs dripping in dramatic synth lines and mechanical textures.

The “Influence EP” is available now on Beatport, buy it HERE.



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Sydney based stronghold for left field vibes, groovy disco and solid house rhythms, People Must Jam, celebrates it’s fifth release with the latest EP from Liverpool producer, Andy Ash. The “Hurricane Fantasy EP” delivers a wide array of hip-shakin’ sounds and silky melodies that deftly display Mr. Ash’s breadth of production prowess. The lead cut is a breezy, almost Balearic foray into broken-beat jazz that utilizes exceptional sampling and chugs along with an irresistible shuffle… a real winner here. “Move” takes things down the deep house avenue with heavy-swung hats and a unique, beefy stab progression that is hypnotic and driving.

On remix duties, we have the mighty Ron Basejam, of Crazy P fame, put his magic fingers on “Move” in his “Adriatic Excursion” remix. Rolling basslines, classic pianos and string riffs offer a vintage feel to Basejam’s rework while closing number, “Dommah” is an ethereal, romping house number that wraps the whole package up nicely.

Available now on 12″ vinyl HERE.




Ben-Gomori

Coming straight out of London and heading up our next installment of exclusive mix tapes is the very talented, Mr. Ben Gomori. Gomori has been a fixture in my posts over the last year, contributing fantastic EPs for labels like ALiVE RECORDINGS, BMKLTSCH and Stranjjur plus offering exclusive edits via Discobelle (HERE)… it’s a wonder it took us this long to get one from the man.

Here’s a personal note from Gomori himself about this new mix:

“This mix is made up of edits I made for my own sets, for various blogs and websites, for friends’ birthdays, for a cousin’s wedding and exclusives for this mix plus a couple of bootlegs – one from the vaults and one that’s doing the rounds at the moment. I hope you enjoy my takes on these clutch of classics!”

Contact:

Bookings: info@bengomori.com
Remix management: dan@bengomori.com

Tracklisting:

Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy (Ben Gomori’s 3-Way Edit) [via Let’s Play House]
Stephanie Mills – (You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (Ben Gomori’s Second Date Edit) *exclusive
Tawatha – Thigh Ride (Ben Gomori’s Thyroid Edit) *exclusive
Loose Ends – You Make Me Feel (PM Dawn Remix – Ben Gomori’s Touchy Feely Edit) *exclusive
Al Green – Simply Beautiful (Ben Gomori’s Field Maneuvers Edit) [via House Of Disco] *exclusive
Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Ben Gomori’s Chuggy Pug Edit) [via House Of Disco]
SBTRKT feat. Sampha – Gon Stay (Ben Gomori’s All Worked Up Edit) [via Y Este Finde Que]
Stereo MCs – Sweetest Truth (Ben Gomori’s Sweet Enough Edit) [unreleased]
Thievery Corporation – Batucada (Ben Gomori Battered Edit) [unreleased]
Psychik Warriors Ov Gaia – The Key (Ben Gomori’s Unlocked Edit) [via Blossom Kollektiv]
Daft D’lugosch – Phoenix Pushin’ (Ben Gomori Bootlegdit) [unreleased]
Ben Gomori vs Soul II Soul – Back To Nostalgia [unreleased]
George Michael – Fastlove Pt. 1 (Ben Gomori’s Get Down Edit) [via Discobelle]

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The mighty Octopus Recordings has unearthed a special talent to add to it’s impressive roster of Techno droids with up and coming producer, BARBUTO. Born Christian Barbuto, he’s positioned himself as a staple in the Austin dance community as a respected DJ and event promoter and even though he’s contributed tunes and EP’s for labels like Bush and Raise Recordings, his first solo outing for Octopus is certainly a high point. The “Arcana EP” features two original cuts from BARBUTO and showcases his bottom heavy, driving Techno flair and penchant for moody textures and subterranean atmospheres.

The title cut is seven minutes of relentless, pounding kicks, cavernous reverbs and one muscular bass riff….the aneurysm-inducing breakdowns are nothing to take lightly either. On the b-side, we have “Twilight Imperium,’ an equally sinewy affair thats dripping in epic sweeps and dubby chord stabs. Overall, an impressive outing and certainly one to watch as 2015 unfolds… I can only imagine whats next from BARBUTO and Octopus.

Available 4/6/15