Rogerio Brandão a.k.a. DJ Nigga Fox took the world by surprise back in 2014 with his incredible tribalistic productions that made him some sort of a legend. Last year he headlined a Boiler Room party in Lisbon and set the bar really fucking high.
«15 Barras» is a one sided 12″ that features only one song and still keeps the same primal and hypnotic sound. The song is a mix of afro-house and tribal with strokes of distant voices, acid bass lines and plenty to experience during the 15 minute ride.
Unknown To The Unknown, 2017
Unknown To The Unknown‘s lengthy catalogue has a new fantastic addition.
Realitycheck has only been around for a year but has a solid performance record. His Trafficjamblues 12″ las year was well overlooked and both of his mixes on NTS and Propaganda Sonora are well crafted. «Untitled Love» is the culmination of it all. It’s noisy, rugged and distorted but still incredibly enjoyable. After careful consideration, this will probably end up on many Best Of The Year lists at the end of 2017.
Acid Camp, 2017
The Acid Camp brand name started as a party, then expanded into a podcast and now evolves into a label. And their first release is a pleasant surprise.
«Corot 7-b» starts with the title track, a piece focused on a looped The Field-esque drum pattern and a peaceful pad with some accents here and there that are sort of fantastic. John Tejada‘s natural groove transforms “Corot-7b” into an early night house vibe. The B-side is a little bit different. The synths and rhythm are more aggressive on “SysOp 1” and “Expressway” is ambient farewell. The new record was released both digitally and physically and Simic named it after an exoplanet that is almost 500 years light away from my bed.
Lobster Theremin, 2017
ITPDWIP, or Instant Teleportation Process Detected While In Progress, was recruited by the UK label Lobster Theremin to be their first release of 2017 under the White Label series.
Three original songs plus a remix is almost an insta buy coming from a quality label plus the art is incredibly good. The side A opens up with “Blinded By The Light”, a sweet electronic deep ballad followed by Jeremiah R‘s heavier remix, while the B-side is features a more energetic with some hits of acid experimentation.
Pinkman Broken Dreams, 2017
As stated by Pinkman themselves, the new G String EP is “bare bones blackened machine music” and while it sounds like an overwhelming description it sounds exactly like that.
«Seductive Games» is the embodiment of new wave meets techno. It’s dark and smeared with lonely vocal accents, on “Crystal Daze” and “Seductive Games”, while the closer “Decrypt the Myth” is a straight hypnotic acid production. The Pinkman Broken Dreams sub-label has already released a handful of dark-oriented techno releases and is reading up a new 12″ by Black Merlin next month.
The king of slow-mo electro tracks needs no introduction. Tolouse Low Trax released two of my favourite records of 2016 and definitely bested everyone else with «Rushing Into Water» (my favourite EP of 2016).
Now, «Decades Vol. I» was released on Antinote really late last year, Vol. II just a week ago and I can assume that Vol. 3 will be out later this year. Been waiting for a full length since «Jeidem Fall» but I can’t complain with all the small releases he’s delivered in the past few years.
Vakum Records, 2017
I tried making house music once like 6-7 years ago and failed miserably, then I decided to become a listener. When I was growing up most of the musicians I knew had a hard time coping with electronic music. They used to say that it was easy to make and that anybody could do it because it was practically made by the computer. Well, tough shit, it isn’t. I do agree that electronic music is not for everyone but I always refused to consider it “mall boring music”.
House has been an up and coming genre for decades. Small labels from all over the world release hundreds of releases a year and it’s impossible to keep up. Vakum is another label in the mix. They have been active for a couple of years releasing small compilations of house and acid tracks that are primal and essential. House music is being associated again with underground parties and after-hours nightclubs.