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giovedì 17 aprile 2014

BOOT AND TAX - Fusci Ep - Optimo Trax

discosafari - BOOT & TAX - Fusci Ep - Optimo Trax

Boot & Tax return with their second EP following the success of the sold out "Acido" EP which received a multitude of plays from a plethora of djs in a profusion of discotheques.
These Milanese maestros deliver four dance floor delights in their own inimitable and distinctive style. Working across a range of tempos and incorporating more of Boot's great vocalising they also manage to weave a Jaw's Harp solo in there and make it seem like a potential replacement for the TB 303.
This also takes us to 50% of Optimo Trax so far being of Italian origin. We're not entirely sure how this happened but despite rumours to the contrary, we are open to releasing music from other countries within or outwith the EU.

Optimo Trax OT 008 is released on 12" and digital June 2014. Distribution by Kompakt and Rub A Dub.


Tracklist:

A1 - Fusci
A2 - Confuzed House
B1 - Occhi Blu
B2 - Il Canto


mercoledì 2 aprile 2014

CHRISTIAN LOEFFLER - All Comes / Notes - Ki Records

discosafari - CHRISTIAN LOEFFLER - All Comes / Notes - Ki Records

Before his upcoming extended EP Christian Löffler returns with this seven inch sized record. Just like its unusual format this release features two unique pieces of music and an artwork created by Löffler himself.
As on his debut album “A Forest“, he teamed up once more with Danish vocalist Gry Bagøien. The result is an outstanding and beautiful house track born by her fairylike singing and gloomy chord stabs. A more than worthy follow-up to their first collaboration, “Feelharmonia” on the debut album,
The B-side to the vinyl is a dark interpretation of Löffler’s work. As a massive fan of Monokle, who has previously released on Ki-Records, Christian was very happy to have him remix “Notes”. With his very own aesthetics Monokle gives it his sinister touch establishing himself as one of the most interesting remixers around.
The original track “Notes” will appear on the upcoming Christian Löffler EP.


Tracklist:


1 - All Comes
2 - Notes (Monokle Remix)


lunedì 31 marzo 2014

MUSHROOMS PROJECT - Psilocybe Odyssey Pt 1 & 2 - Opilec Music

Discosafari - MUSHROOMS PROJECT - Psilocybe Odyssey Pt 1 & 2 - Opilec Music

Next up on the hard working Opilec Music label is a two-part EP from Psilocybe Odyssey, aka Italians Giorgio Giri and Marco Lentano. This pair has worked together for over a decade; take their inspiration from the likes of the Idjut Boys and Mateo & Matos and have DJ’ed in top clubs in Ibiza, the UK and Berlin.
In 2008 they started producing music and soon hooked up with labels like Bear Funk, Electric Minds and Under The Shade, today Mushrooms Project is a name known around the globe as a go to for slo-mo electronica. The pair do deep, druggy, chunky mid tempo grooves, sometimes more Balearic, sometimes just hypnotic, but always with plenty of charm. Their first album has just been released by Leng Records but here they drop a rather special selection for Turin based label Opilec Music.
All tracks here are long musical journeys that are made from acoustic instruments like flutes (played by Luca Roccatagliati, a member of Italian duo Ajello and Dimitri From Paris collaborator), hang drums (by Marco Selvaggio), bass, guitars (by Ivan “King” Torelli and Francesco Copelli) and percussion and make for truly magical and soothing listening.
‘Odyssey I’ (another version of which was included in the We Are Opilec...! Vol. II compilation) is a lush bit of summery sound awash with lazy, rippling guitar riffs, twinkling cosmic soul and blissed out Balearic vibes. It swells and flows perfectly naturally, with big and dramatic bass notes dropping in to change direction just when needed.
‘Odyssey II’ is a more purposeful track with a compelling mid tempo kick drum driving the whole thing along. Above it various drum hits, echoing guitar riffs and silvery bits of percussion all help to create a truly soothing, cosmic bit of music.
‘Odyssey III’ is a perfect slow-mo chugger of the sort that DJs including Andrew Weatherall and Ewan Pearson will no doubt love – it’s deep and full of reverb, is peppered with rich sounding percussion and glowing guitars. It transports you to a heavenly place as soon as it starts playing and goes through many subtle evolutions throughout its 15 minutes run time.
Last but by no means least, ‘Odyssey IV’ flutters and sparkles as it lazily rolls on lumpy drums. The distant sound of vocals bring plenty of human atmosphere to proceedings as golden strings and low-down riffs all work you into a hip swaying place of musical heavenliness.
This is pure and perfect music that sooths mind, body and soul in a truly magical fashion from start to finish.


Tracklist:

Pt. I - 1. Mushrooms Project - Odyssey I
Pt. I - 2. Mushrooms Project - Odyssey II

Pt. II - 1. Mushrooms Project - Odyssey III
Pt. II - 2. Mushrooms Project - Odyssey IV



MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE - Raw Cuts Remixes - MCDE

Discosafari - MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE - Raw Cuts Remixes - MCDE

The label say: "It's been 6 years since Danilo Plessow aka Motor City Drum Ensemble first emerged on the scene with his debut 12inch released on his own MCDE Recordings imprint. Appropriately titled "Raw Cuts", the two tracks would start a series of raw house jams Danilo made in his studio using old school samplers and drum machines, a sound that at the time was far away from being status quo. Having been heavily influenced by Soul, Jazz, House and Techno emerging from both the Motor City and beyond, Danilo found his signature sound: sample-based, raw, emotional and mature tracks.

MCDE released two more "Raw Cuts" twelve inches in the coming years and it wouldn't be wrong to call them modern house classics - each of the records found support from all over the globe, from Moodymann to Gilles Peterson, and especially the last record of the series (Raw Cuts #5 & #6) was just everywhere in the year 2010.

What better way to end a concept series than to invite some people to remix those tracks? People that inspired him to do this music in the first place: Marcellus Pittman of 3 Chairs fame, Mike Huckaby, one of Detroit`s house heroes and synth nerd per excellence, and lastly Recloose, whose unique approach to the Detroit sound has been a favorite of Danilo for years.

With a package this strong we will not bore you with more praise - just listen and enjoy."


Tracklist:


1. Marcellus Pittman Remix
2. Mike Huckaby Remix
3. Recloose Remix


HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club - Ghostly International

discosafari - HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club - Ghostly International

Psychic 9-5 Club marks the beginning of a new chapter for HTRK. It's an album that looks back on a time of sadness and struggle, and within that struggle they find hope and humour and love. It's Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang's first album recorded entirely as a duo—former band member Sean Stewart died halfway through the recording of their last LP, 2011's Work (Work Work).
Though the record is instantly recognisable as HTRK—Standish's vocal delivery remains central to the band's sound, while the productions are typically lean and dubby—they've found ample room for exploration within this framework. Gone are the reverb-soaked guitar explorations of 2009's Marry Me Tonight and the fuzzy growls that ran through Work (Work Work). They've been replaced with something tender, velvety and polished. This is HTRK, but the flesh has been stripped from their sound, throwing the focus on naked arrangements and minimalist sound design.
The album was recorded at Blazer Sound Studios in New Mexico with Excepter's Nathan Corbin, who had previously directed the video clip for Work (Work Work) cut "Bendin." Inviting a third party into their world was no easy decision, but in Corbin they found a kindred spirit. The LP was then refined and reworked in Australia at the turn of 2013, before the finishing touches were applied in New York during the summer.
Of all the themes that run through Psychic 9-5 Club, love is the most central. The word is laced throughout the album in lyrics and titles—love as a distraction, loving yourself, loving others. Standish's lyrics explore the complexities of sexuality and the body's reaction to personal loss, though there's room for wry humour—a constant through much of the best experimental Australian music of the past few decades.
Standish explores her vocal range fully—her husky spoken-word drawl remains, but we also hear her laugh and sing. Equally, Yang's exploratory production techniques—particularly his well-documented love of dub—are given room to shine. They dip headlong into some of the things that make humans tick—love, loss and desire—with the kind of integrity that has marked the band out from day one. Psychic 9-5 Club is truly an album for the body and for the soul.


Tracklist:

01 Give It Up
02 Blue Sunshine
03 Feels Like Love
04 Soul Sleep
05 Wet Dream
06 Love Is Distraction
07 Chinatown Style
08 The Body You Deserve


venerdì 28 marzo 2014

FANTASTIC MR FOX - On My Own - Black Acre

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Fantastic Mr Fox returns home to deliver his most ambitious work to date. Here combining with much hyped new folk voice Denai Moore to produce a heart break anthem with genuine emotional impact. Fantastic Mr Fox underpins Denai's electronically warped siren song with soaring choral stabs and desolate bass-work.
Already leaked by none other than Jamie XX late last year, overwhelming demand has drawn this song into the light. On the flip Fantastic Mr Fox returns to familiar territory with cheeky club smasher "Broke" drawing heavily on his break jacking roots in Hip Hop.
Very soon on Black Acre!


Tracklist:


1. On My Own feat. Denai Moore
2. Broke



Podcast #20 - Hurri Cane at Kundaluna


Escape from the city and drive until you get lost in the mountains. There’s a place where nature still rules gently on everyday life and where strange creatures move through the woods remembering you to love and be loved. In that place, there’s a valley hidden in the embrace of rocks and streams and there you can find peace. There you can find strength and inspiration and joy! Just go through the doors of a magical place called Kundaluna. Open your dj bag and spin some tunes for 3 hours without thinking to anything else, just led by the music you hear inside. Now this music came back to the city and it’s ready to make you feel good!
Listen & Download this pure live recording made by "Hurri Cane" at Kundaluna, featuring Lou Reed, Suuns, Munk & Rebolledo, Metronomy, Moodymann and a bunch of other masters of our times.


Francesca Basile