It's been a crazy year and nothing but smiles and bounciness coming from me as it wraps. Collecting and playing records, discovering old gems, and connecting with people; its a rich feeling. Just want to give a few shouts to some highlights and favorites before we start of the new year.
Better Listen Records, can't stress enough the excitement and fun its been collecting such a rock solid catalog. They just announced their next release by Joe Corti (who is sitting alongside Cody Currie on a new comp on Pusic out in a couple weeks) and its undoubtable that it'll be anything shy of the 'frill less party jams' they're claiming they'll be. Rocksteady Disco and Peter Croce, eye opening stuff from a fantastic dude running it, such a pleasure getting to meet and stay in touch with someone so involved and passionate about music and keeping a culture alive. Razor-N-Tape boss Aaron Dae was so cool and dancefloor's are so much better off with finessed edits from such a consistent label giving some producer's groovy side's a time shine. I could go on and on for days but I'll cut it there and hunker down for a prime winter of chunky bass lovin' and disco warmers. Bye y'all!
This time period is notoriously quiet for new releases and such. You can still grab your gift card and pick up some missed floaty late night gems like the Waldi International EP from Nils Deizel. There also still seems to be plenty of copies of Grant 002 available for anyone with a taste for baselines that come up from behind and squeeze your chest. Everyone is loading their DJ bags up with the big hitters of the year, the undisputed champion of technical dancefloor knockout's is Work It Out OBVS (although ? from KH/Four Tet comes a really close 2nd)! Best album of this year, or many years previous is Silent Stars by Jimpster.
Hope everyone had a sweet holiday season, the real deal cold is setting in around these parts, which means it's time to maximize cozy music listening time. Starting off this week, I initially overlooked the newest release out on Running Back's Super Sound Singles series, Valerie Dore's Get Closer, but was thankfully reminded of this Italo-Disco treat, an apparent reissue with two remixes from Tiger & Woods and DJ Oyster, as well as an edit from Gerd Janson. I could see each mix working at different points in the night to the right space, but don't just take my word, you can listen to all of them in full here. Moving on form that sweet tune, keeping it all balanced, we've got the newest EP from X-Kalay by the Melbourne based producer, Lou Karsh, who manages to balance beautifully lush synths over pounding acid basslines. You can sample that one here or pre-order here if ya like. Aside form those releases, one of my all time favorite skate video makers, lurknyc, released the latest episode in their Mean Streets series. This ones a little bit longer than usual, but still offers the same quality of raw street skating, painful bails, pissed off citizens, etc. all to a boomin' soundtrack. Watch the latest volume here. That'll do it for me pals, have a fun and safe new years and stay positive friendos!