SANKEYS 20TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM BY DARIUS SYROSSIAN

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Sankeys Music is a brand new label set up by the seminal Manchester club and headed by Darius Syrossian. What better way to kick it off than with a banging double CD mix that celebrates Sankeys 20 years at the top of the underground clubbing scene. Disc 1 was recorded live in Manchester (crowd noises included) and is rammed with exclusive and unreleased productions, most of which are from Mr Syrossian. True to his style the tunes are big and bouncy and full of a special energy. Syrossian’s remix of ‘Bigger Than Prince’ is the perfect opener to this full-on party mix. We adore his twisted remix of Todd Terry ‘Bounce to the Beat’, pure funk crowd-please ‘Rise’ and the deep and shexy ‘Jazztime’. So many good tunes on this one and the crowd noises make you feel like you’re sweating it out in Sankeys itself.

Disc 2 pays tribute to the records that made the club what it is today. Loco Dice, Green Velvet, Kerri Chandler and Gemini all feature. The mix starts off with a rave vibe to get the party started. We love wonk-fest ‘Swimmin Wit Sharks’ from Gemini and the minimal-tech sounds of Argy ‘Love Dose (Luciano remix)’. It’s a superb selection full of lots of treats.

A massive release that showcases what the well-loved club is all about. We love Sankeys!

Out now on Sankeys music – buy it here

TIEFSCHWARZ | FIRE IT OUT (WATERGATE)

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Tiefschwarz are back!  Three years after they mixed the ‘Watergate 09′ compilation they now have their first release on the Watergate label – a remix EP by the name of  ‘Fire It Out’.

They kick things off strongly with the ‘Tiefschwarz Extended’ version – a dark and moody adaptation featuring a sweeping melody that comes in and carries you deep into this remix.   You’re then presented with the original which seems far removed from the previous cut with more prominent vocals and layers of melodic tones.

Two further remixes come drom dOP with both a ‘Girl’ (digital) and ‘Boy’ (vinyl) version; both strip down the original and bring in unique elements of their own.  ‘Girl’ has to be our favourite as it introduces piano stabs and soft chords – angelic.  Closing it off is the Fango remix – a pounding techno release that will rattle your brain.

Tiefschwarz – Fire It Out EP is released on Watergate 28.07.14 | details here

TRAUMER | DEDUST EP (DESOLAT)

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Traumer’s latest EP is full of big sounds. The 8-track vinyl only release showcases his strong style and he sounds like he was in his element producing these tracks. I was hooked from the opener, ‘Hoodlum’, an infectious driving track with a killer build/drop moment. Next up, ‘Insolia’, is the kind of tune that would work you into a silly-sweat on a dance floor, followed by ‘Shuttering’ which is raw, energetic and hypnotic. ‘Static Run’ delivers the kind of fuzzy minimal-tech we associate with the Desolat label and ‘Swish’ and ‘Wasp’ sit nicely next to each other offering pulsating rhythms and melodic stomp. ‘Chord X’ brings the rave to the party and ‘Mobius’ rounds off this superb EP with a totally trippy adventure.

Get stuck in. There’s some stuff which will do some serious dance floor damage here!

out now on Desolat | vinyl only | buy here

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JONAS SAALBACH & SAMUEL FACH | GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE EP

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Germany’s underyourskin records continue to impress with another strong release from Jonas Saalbach and Samuel Fach. The title track is an emotive, beautifully crafted deep house tune full of wonderfully moody percussion and dark twinkling melodies that create a magical but mean atmosphere. It gets three equally compelling remix outings from Krink, Yapacc and Thomas Atzmann. The second original track on the release ‘Sometimes’ continues the seductive vibe with delicately layered sounds and more enticing melodies. Digital exclusive ‘Scottish Spaceships’ see’s the pair do euphoric warmth with sweet sounds that make you want to sway with your eyes closed. This EP is excellent; beautiful sounds all round.

coming soon on underyourskinrecords

KITTBALL KONSPIRACY VOL.8 | COMPETITION

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In exactly one weeks time label Kittball will see the release of the eighth instalment of their popular compilation series Kittball Konspiracy. The collection showcases the best music on offer from the Kittball family with names like Fat Sushi, Ikaro and Julian Thomas. This edition has a nu-disco come deep tech sound. We’re especially enjoying the warping warmth of ‘Bodyloop’ from label owner Juliet Sikora & Flo Mrzdk, tech-meets-disco from Ikaro with ‘waxwing’ and Cory Gibbons’ deep spinner ‘gravity’.

WIN ONE OF THREE DIGITAL COPIES!

The lovely people at Kittball are giving TTK readers the chance to win one of three digital copies…the first three people to leave a comment on this post (click on ‘leave a comment’ up to the left) will grab it – it’s that easy. We’ll message the winners and send over the digital copies next Tuesday 15th July.

Kittball Konspiracy Vol.8 is out Tuesday 15th July – preview the release below

GUTI | ROMPECORAZONES (DEFECTED)

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The long wait for Argentine man of the moment, Guti’s, new album ‘Rompecorazones’ is finally over. Never knowing quite what to expect next from such a wonderfully diverse artist I was pretty open minded when first listening. Guti is renowned for his relationship with his piano and this album has a really fresh feel to it with a gentle yet far from subtle classic vibe throughout.

The title of the album translates as ‘heart-breaker’ and Guti has based this album on the move he made from South America to Europe five years ago. The album speaks from the heart which is apparent in the dramatic yet calming tone. Released on Guti’s own label Rompe Corazones, ‘Rompecorazones’ also features close friend of Guti, Miguel de Ipola. For me it’s really impressive to hear that most of the tracks were recorded first time around, something that just makes me love both Guti and this album even more.

The title of the second track ‘Bedtime Stories’ is a fairly accurate description of how this album can be perceived. I can however assure you that having listened morning, noon and night, never once did this album send me to sleep; the intrigue is far too overwhelming for that to happen, each song is like a new chapter of what is a beautiful story. ‘La Salida’ and ‘Desidia’ (the final track) stand out for me – however, I couldn’t pick an absolute favourite.

I can’t recommend this album highly enough. It would appeal to any music lover, whatever genre your preference. Love and respect to Guti. I cannot wait for his next piece of magical, mysterious and creative work.

out now on Defected – buy it here

words | Max

SEB WILDBLOOD | COME INTO MY HOUSE EP (CHURCH)

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We’ve been lucky enough to get  a cheeky listen to the forthcoming Seb Wildblood EP and it’s quite something. Set for release August 11th via Church, ‘Come Into My House’ also offers bang for your buck with six tracks included.

Church are certainly building the anticipation around this release by offering just a couple of soundcloud streams from the EP; the first track, ‘Warm’, comes via a Mixmag premiere and is a gentle house cut with delicate percussive elements, soft melodic tones and atmospheric synths as well as some really dreamy vocals.

The second offering comes via the Church soundcloud. ‘Hunney’ is an uplifting house track with a bouncy bass melody at its heart. With some nice percussive claps the track also has a bit of a classic feel to it.

Having listened to the rest of the EP we can tell you it is well worth the wait. In particular we have fallen in love with the title track of this release, ‘Come Into My House’, but we shan’t say any more.  This EP is well suited to the Church imprint, a label which continues to deliver top notch underground house music.

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=^..^= Tracklist =^..^=
A1/ Hunney
A2/ Come Into My House
A3/ Hunney (Edmondson Remix)
B1/ Warm
B2/ Warm (Apes Remix)
B3/ Come Into My House (Kommune1 Remix)

FABRIC 76 – DEETRON | ALBUM REVIEW

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Fabric 76 comes from Deetron and includes ‘only his favourite tunes both past and present’. So what does one of the artists of the moment dig? Well, it’s a soulful selection with a warm bassline pulsating throughout. There are some meatier dance floor moments, explorations of house and techno and ventures into the leftfield, all tied together with heart and soul. Deetron gets you in the mood for the party, takes you there, makes you sweat, then soothes you into the after-party and beyond.

I know we say this pretty much every time we review a fabric album but this really is another classic! There’s just something about the fabric mix series that makes artists deliver something extra special. Fabric 76 is a wonderful, personal collection of tracks artfully mixed together by a dj who really gets the ‘sound of now’. On our recent holiday to Ibiza we had this one on repeat, it’s a perfect poolside accompaniment/party starter/mood maker…perfect listening.

out now – buy it here

If our review wasn’t enough to sway you just take a look at this track selection!

01 Johnny Blas – Picadillo (Carl Craig’s Breakdown Version) [Ubiquity]
02 Jaime Read – Timewave [Fragmented]
03 Baba Stiltz – Palats [Studio Barnhus]
04 SoulPhiction – Mind & Body [Philpot]
05 DJ Sneak – Who’s Knocking [Magnetic]
06 Juxta Position – Mercy [Misstress]
07 Redshape – Finizh [Running Back]
08 Ripperton – Searchin 4 You [Tamed Musiq]
09 Greg Beato – Who’s The Licho In Charge Ovaa Here [Apron]
10 Tom Trago – Elite [Rush Hour]
11 Seven Davis Jr. – One [Must Have Records]
12 Galaxy 2 Galaxy – Timeline [Underground Resistance]
13 Afefe Iku feat. Osunlade – Bodydrummin [Yoruba]
14 Marquis Hawkes – Honey Kisses [Dixon Avenue Basement Jams]
15 Gemini – New Style Of [Peacefrog]
16 Presk – Rais [Ten Thousand Yen]
17 Ondo Fudd – There Will Be A Time [The Trilogy Tapes]
18 Four Tet & Terror Danjah – Nasty [Text]
19 Seiji – More Of You [Seijimusic]
20 E-Dancer – The Move [KMS]
21 Moderat – Bad Kingdom (Marcel Dettmann Remix) [50WEAPONS]
22 Caribou – Irene [City Slang]
23 Joe – Slope [Hessle Audio]
24 Atoms For Peace – Before Your Very Eyes… [XL]
25 Function – Falling The Same Way (Dommune Version) [Sandwell District]
26 Design A Wave – Weird F [No ‘Label’]
27 Juxta Position – Mercy (Loop) [Misstress]
28 Nils Frahm – Says [Erased Tapes]

PS. a big thanks to Diesel for modelling the cd case for us so elegantly above! 


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KOLSCH | SPEICHER 79 (KOMPAKT)

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Readers of this blog will know that we’re big fans of Kolsch here at TTK.  His album 1977 (review here) was hands down one of the best LP releases of 2013 and his recent performance at London’s Fire club further cemented our love for this talented producer.

Kolsch’s latest EP (Speicher 79) is set for release on 30th June via Kompakt and is a two track piece of gorgeous electronica.   On the A side you have ‘Papageno’ which is a track of two halves – gentle pianos, strings and dreamy vocals meet a bouncy bass melody with electronic whizzes and background noises.  On the flip side you have ‘Cassiopeia’ which has the signature Kolsch sound of energetic and emotive house.  Pounding piano chords and heavenly strings (from Gregor Schwellenbach) combine to create something quite special and reminds us of another Kolsch classic – Der Alte.

Kolsch is currently on tour and will be hitting up the white isle of Ibiza this summer as well as Glastonbury festival this weekend.  Enjoy clips of Speicher 79 below.