For years, the Alchemy compilations have helped establish Confession as the industry-wide flagship for exclusive cuts from some of house music’s most promising, underground talent. Having kicked off the near year and decade with the release of the Alchemy VI compilation, Tchami and his globally-recognized Confession imprint are closing the curtain on the iconic series with the next installment, The Final Alchemy. There’s a little bit of everything in The Final Alchemy, ranging from the hard-hitting bass in Confession favorite MASTERIA & AceMyth’s “Do It,” the breakbeat vibes in ZOOTH & ESH’s “Ride or Die,” and the seductive vocal samples and rhythm prevalent throughout JC Ordonez’ “Bounce That.”
Dive into the full tracklist and check out the compilation below:
“One More Song” is a breezy and upbeat affair of lush sounding tropical disco that urges us to beat the melancholy and remind us to “hold on”.
“We’ve been big fans of Roosevelt for years now and I think we align on the importance of feel-good dance music as a form of expression. The song started the way a lot of our collaborations do, which is entirely different than the final production. We sent an original demo that Roosevelt wrote to and then we built a brand new framework around his vocal. The drums are pretty compressed and there is a live bass pass inspired by Louis Johnson. Most of the keys were done on our Juno 106”
2020 marks a decade of collaboration between Nottingham’s very own Chris Sylvester – perhaps better known as Inxec and Los Angeles based production/dj trio (also Culprit label bosses) – Droog. The successful creative relationship started back in 2010, at the infamous after-hours den & studio space, The Bunker and that very first session produced much of what still remains this collaboration’s signature release – the “Westbound” EP that was released on much-acclaimed label Crosstown Rebels. Over the past decade, stops have been made on labels such as Get Physical, Last Night on Earth, Supernature, My Favorite Robot, No. 19 and others as the quartet convened and reconvened for intense exchange of ideas, usually in Los Angeles and always shoulder-to-shoulder.
Now we get Inxec & Droog’s second release on Culprit, coming hot on the heels of last year’s release “Din.” The new single “Crenshaw” continues to explore the emotive soundscapes of the deeper strains of techno and house.
The B-side title track “Crenshaw” is on offer as a premiere right here on Discobelle – the 10-minute long track is named after the landmark boulevard traversing Los Angeles – and on it, we find a sound that manages to incorporate a subtle symphonic touch to the grooved out and highly hypnotizing track.
“I’ve always had a weak spot for music that has a real physical impact – when you put it on, it urges you to move. Dare I say that ‚Drop The Pressure’ is a perfect example of a house track that you simply can’t resist: too funky not to trigger a physical reaction.? I’m not only talking about the obvious workout or gym motivator – no, ‘Drop The Pressure’ is far more powerful than that. While in the library or at a funeral, I felt my blood swirling and my spine tingling – I must dance to this! The uncontrollable sensation! I know you know that feeling too”.
Emerging Iranian/American producer/dj Nick AM just premiered the video for his hypnotizing track “Take It Back”. The video features rare archival footage of pre-revolution Iran and marks a new sound for Nick — he bridges contemporary electronic influence and traditional Persian music to create anthems for a new wave of revolution. His “Utopia” EP is set for release on March 17th.
“Not too long ago in Iran, tradition and modernity were more balanced. ‘Take It Back’ is meant to instill pride, provide hope, and soundtrack the new wave of revolution in Iran and around the world. Take back your rights, your identity, your country.”