Harvey Sutherland, the self proclaimed disco minimalist, has had well deserved success this year after releasing a fantastic single and LP on his label Clarity Recordings with the trio he formed, Bermuda. Now his EP (also titled Bermuda, dude loves shorts) released on Motor City Drum Ensemble's label (MCDE) a couple years ago is getting a repress! Not only that, his other classic EP 'Edges' on Echovolt Records got one too. These two releases (along with his tunes on Voyage Recordings around the same time) really laid the ground work for the stylistic integrity we've come to expect from his sound as it's evolved over the past few years. It's emotive, jazzy, flecked with house, undeniably groovy, it embraces you. Swoon.
Other exciting related repressing's include Motor City Drum Ensemble's illustrious Raw Cuts 3-6. These copies won't linger, gotta act quick on modern classics!
It's all about the warm and fuzzies this week, We need some uplifting summer emotions to get us through the threat of nuclear winter. The Dumond EP from 2Vilas and Tato finally hits stores, with the S.Moreira Rmx being my personal pick! This mix from Vhyce via Sloth Boogie is like a condensed romantic getaway, all smooches and stolen glance's! Go grab his new ep too, he's gonna vocalize your heart. If anyone had told me there was gonna be another Chi-Lites/Beyonce edit that I was gonna feel a mighty need to own, I would have eye rolled hard, but here it is, a fantastic release from Reverend P on the astoundingly consistent Razor n' Tape. Oh, and in the much needed 'good news' category, this year's US DMC winner, for the 1st time ever, was a female! Big ups DJ Perly.
This week, I’m recovering from my most recent trip to the windy city for Lollapalooza, amidst some personal property lose and extreme hesitation to check my bank account, I was able to return to my spiritual home, Gramaphone Records. While here, I was most stoked to pick up a repress of Brawther’s ‘Do It Yourself EP’ released on Secretsundaze. I knew nothing about it before sampling it in the store, but very soon after the needle hit the groove, and I heard the dreamy lead and the familiar vocal sample on the A side, I knew I had to have it. The subdued and staccato percussion on the Deep Club mix of ‘Spaceman Funk’ are reminiscent of Sasu Ripatti’s minimal classic, Vocalcity, and just go to show that you can make really deep records without that many elements. The alternative mix of ‘Do It Yourself’ will surely give your subwoofers and body a nice workout as well. Moving on to greatness that is forthcoming, Purple Disco Machine’s latest sample house hotness, ‘Body Funk’, is getting a vinyl release on Club Sweat next month, and as a lover of all things disco and ringtone rap, I’m giddy just thinking about different ways to mix this with Missy Elliot’s classic and/or the source material. In other universally great news, the pillar of consistency that is Razor-N-Tape will be releasing two EPs from Jacques Renault and Reverend P in the next two months and the snippets for both are sounding mighty funky. Lastly, the elusive Brazilian native, Coastdream’s most recent EP ‘Soft Moon’ is being rescued from Discogs’ sharks with a repress from Redeye Records on the way. One of my favorite producers to come up in recent memory, I’m just a sucker for nostalgic, grimey and deep cuts, don't sleep!