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It’s been a while since we’ve heard the schizophrenic sampling styles of Jean Nipon, one of the core members of the now sadly deceased Parisian Institubes label.

Now he’s resurfacing with a new release on the increasingly prolific Silverback Recordings label – “The Girl Complex” EP.

Complete with one heckuva remix from Night Slugs alumni Jam City, the package also comes with a minimalist little re-edit from the boys in Voltron – a blissed out piece of melodic electronica with drums popping up and fading away in the background that sounds like a 3ball guarachero rhythm that’s been given a shot of morphine. You can grab the Voltron remix for free below:

Jean Nipon – Girl Complex (Voltron Minimalist Refix)

Also, revisit the Voltron “Freshmen EP” on Juno if you missed it the first time around!

I once saw Surkin in an arcade in Japan. I’d been living there for a few months and was in an arcade in Shinsekai (the only neighborhood where you can still run into a bloodied mob member and transexual dance troupe on the same block) losing a game of Tekken 6 against some teenager who was playing as a gigantic panda. Surkin walked by past my console just as the panda kicked my character in the face, and I was temporarily stunned to see the prodigious producer doing who-knows-what in a grimy arcade far from France.

But hearing High Powered Boys’ (Surkin + Bobmo) first offering on Sound Pellegrino, Surkin’s presence in Japan makes a bit more sense – “Udon” feels like a tribute to the crowded arcades and crammed walkways of Shinsaibashi at night, packed full of turbulent noise and voices layered on percussion layered on more voices.

Julio Bashmore’s reworking is more like walking the streets of Shinjuku right at the moment at 5am when exhausted ravers are stumbling home on the train at the same time that the businessmen are going to work. Bashmore centers the beat around a sole saxaphone solo coming out of the shadows, Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” style.

Meanwhile, “Work” and it’s accompanying Tom Trago remix are both bouncy firestarters that make devastatingly effective use of an infectious beat and crooning “oh girl” sample.

As a sad counterpoint to this amazing release, inspirational and trendsetting former Sound Pellegrino mother label Institubes has announced that it will be closing shop.

You can read more about the end of Institubes from their post here, which cites “a post-apocalyptic, terminally pauperized landscape, complete with irradiated A&R zombies and mutated eyeless bloggers” as well as a defective “post-Napster economy” as some of the reasons they’re calling it quits. Sound Pellegrino will now be operating as an independent entity, and Bobmo, Para One and Surkin just announced the birth of their new label called MARBLE, home to their (many) upcoming singles, including a new EP coming from Das Glow.

So, if you’d like to do something to ensure that the labels that shaped your influences and inspired you can survive through following years, consider grabbing the new Sound Pellegrino release here.

High Powered Boys – Udon

High Powered Boys – Rippin Off Canvas Mix (via Sound Pellegrino)

Sound Pellegrino Podcast Episode 16 (featuring Bobmo & Surkin of High Powered Boys)

(Thanks to XLR8R for Udon)


Jan 9 2011

French producer/dj Jean Nipon dives into techhouse territory with the release of his new EP “International Meek” (drops tomorrow on Institubes) and we’ve got a freebie from the EP for you. “Cairo” is a sinister, squealchy synth driven monster of a track that’s bound to be massive on dancefloors this winter.

Jean Nipon – Cairo (ge.tt)

BONUS: A mix that Jean Nipon made in preparation for the releaseparty.

Jean Nipon – International Meek Mix (Megaupload)

Tracklist after the jump,

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In anticipation for the new Bobmo EP “Bring It” that will be released August 31st, we get a summer holiday treat from Bobmo in the form of this splendid mix.

Bobmo – Summer Mix 2010 (Mediafire)

“A couple classics, Bobmo’s favourite tracks of the moment, and a glimpse at the immediate future for Institubes, Sound Pellegrino and our Berliner friends. Enjoy!”

Tracklist after the jump y’all.

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Producer/dj and dancemusic maestro Surkin is one of the top young producers from France and should need no further introduction. A few months ago he dropped his third EP on Institubes, the excellent “Silver Island EP” (it has gained alot of recognition from top dj’s around the world) and is currently hard at work with his debut album which should be coming out in the fall.

Discobelle in conjunction with Institubes and Phunk Promotions now give you a chance to win a smashing price package and also give you a special never before seen mix that Surkin recently did for Japanese brand Revolver and booker Ganban (Surkin x Revolver x Ganban collaboration tee coming very soon).

Two lucky winners will receive the “Silver Island EP”, a Surkin Fireworks t-shirt each and one pass each (+ camping access) for the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden (passes are valid Wednesday June 30th to Saturday July 3th, Surkin is playing on Thursday July 1st)!

Just e-mail us your name, contact details and the answer to this question before midnight CET on Monday June 28th for a chance to win:

What is Surkins real name?

And while you’re at it, listen to the banging mix below.

Tracklist after the jump.

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Teki Latex together with the Sound Pellegrino/Institubes team just provided us with the remix parts for this remix competition for his Noob produced WMC hit track “Dinosaurs With Guns”, an infectious track which is guaranteed to get its own dance before the summer has started.

Here are the details:

Deadline is May 19th meaning that you’ll have exactly 3 weeks to turn in your entry.


Third place: Love, glory and respect all over the internets
Second place: The above + a voucher on the Institubes online store
First place: A spot on the “Dinosaurs With Guns” remix package to drop on Sound Pellegrino this summer

Judges are DJ Orgasmic along with Teki Latex himself.

Upload your remix to drop.io and send your link together with contact details to this address. Now get cracking!

Teki Latex – Dinosaurs With Guns (remix parts) (Mediafire)

Synth 1 (wav file) (Mediafire)