Idjut Boys & Laj – Slateo [Claremont 56]

This one comes from Idjut Boys and Laj, the latter otherwise known as slow disco maestro Ray Mang, bringing out a deep, dubbed-out groover designed for mojitos by the water. The track floats along in tranquility as the riverbank trees cast moving shadows, caressing the surfaces of your vessel. Music for sailing.
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This slice of paradise first appeared on the 2002 Session Recordings label compilation Solidsession Vol. 2, so, really, there’s nothing stopping you from seeking that one out on Discogs. But then, rather than a gorgeously pressed blue and green one-sided vinyl – of which there are only 350 copies – you get some dusty black records in the post, probably scratched to hell like most of that early 2000s wax that everyone thought was worthless.
Claremont 56 are setting things right, like they always do.
‘Slateo’ is released 11th July 18 on Claremont 56. 350 copies, one per customer – pre-order here

Earthboogie – Human Call [Leng Records]

Earthboogie pull out an assorted bag of playful exotica, disco jazz and Chicago-tinged afro house.

Since the appearance of 2017’s Mr Mystery EP, we’ve been getting excited about Earthboogie’s debut full-length, Human Call. Earthboogie are an East London-based two-piece who derive influence from the latest of parties and the sunniest of far-flung islands, and, having previously been remixed by the likes of Mushrooms Project, they dropped their first full-length this May.

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Human Call is composed around a set of influences nothing short of eclectic; it combines Mediterranean guitar with loungey, broken beat musings on ‘The Getaway’, showcases bebop style brass solos on ‘Stargazin’’  and explores echoes of afrobeat on standout track ‘Silken Moon’, which features Nina Miranda on vocal/chant duties.

Opening track ‘Overground’ is an off-kilter menagerie of jittery percussion, African chants and a ruminating bassline that could have been pulled out of a Chicago house track. Indeed, throughout the record you find that Earthboogie emerge from a place where all the sensibilities of house producers are infused with a passion for the exotic, experimental and esoteric. That’s not to say that Human Call is an inaccessible record; on the contrary, all eight songs on this LP are immediate dancefloor weapons in their own right.

In reinterpreting African and tropical influences into a more psychedelic dancefloor experience, Human Call is somewhat reminiscent of Maajo’s debut LP from our Top Ten LPs of 2017. Earthboogie dab their fingers in tribal paint before touching on all the corners of modern electronic music, and the result is enthralling. Worth the wait.

You can pick up ‘Human Call’ on vinyl and digi at the Leng Records Bandcamp page. I would advise to do so. 

Smith & Mudd – Janet 50 [Claremont 56]

The head honchos at Claremont 56 are back to celebrate ten years of their label. 
Smith & Mudd’s ‘Janet 50’ feels like London today: bright, airy and sizzling hot. It’s been two years since they’ve brought out material under their duo moniker, yet this latest EP, with its strolling groove, hypnotic shakers and rich guitar sweeps, picks up seamlessly from where Gorthleck left off . It has one of those chord progressions that could go on forever, bending and shapeshifting back onto itself while the pair build dense rhythmic layers around it.
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On the flip, I:Cube delivers a stunning dancefloor ready remix that veers as much towards nu-disco as it does towards balearic, but it retains all the blissful, slow-mo madness of the original. Likely to be heard at sunrise sets over the Mediterranean this Summer.
(45turns tip: watch out for a full release from Smith & Mudd later this year.)
‘Janet 50’ is released 30th May 2018. You can get the 12″ or digital version at Claremont 56’s Bandcamp page

Koji Ono – Incognito EP [Chuwanga]

Koji Ono weaves balearic, deep house and boogie influences into a sensual poolside tapestry fit for the laziest of afternoons and headiest of sunsets. For fans of classy, jazz-inflected house stylings.

Four tracks that roll along with a soft breeze and easy lilt. Pitch it down a little and you’ll see what I mean. Sea-soaked synthesiser pads ring out over crisp claps. A record that I can’t help but describe via excessive alliteration. Stunning bass work that sounds anything but synthesised- there’s a real emphasis on ’natural’ feeling sounds used to create a set of deeply immersive mid-tempo cuts.

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Breezy and slightly cosmic, the 45turns way.

Incognito EP is available on digital and 12″ vinyl at Bandcamp

Bruxas – Más Profundo [Dekmante]

I tried to catch Bruxas’ Más Profundo when it first came out in June, but it had already eluded me. This week, Dekmantel have pressed another batch of this transatlantic gem, a balearic Lusophone disco hybrid that is already going down as one of the best releases of the year.
Title track Más Profundo recalls Ibiza beach whispers in sultry Portuguese female vox reels. This track, like the rest of the EP, manages to build itself around balearic sensibilities without ever dropping the tempo. Tropical birds perch on synthesisers; nature floats by in 4/4 time.  Sizzling, swirling and psychedelic, by the time it fades out, you wish it could go on forever.

Luckily, Tropicaçovas kicks it up a notch with the filthiest rhythm section this side of Bahia. Bruxas marry these traditional elements of Lusophone dance music with classic disco-era keys and arpeggiators to dazzling effect.
On the flip, Selva Cósmica stomps and trips along under Baldelli-style synthscapes, whisking you to the darkest of leaf-strewn Amazonian hideaways. Finally, Plantas Falsas digs into a cunning nu-disco workout as the sun drops low.

In 25 minutes of fuzzy balearic disco bliss, ‘Más Profundo’ sums up the entire 45turns ethos. An essential of 2017.
You can pick up ‘Más Profundo’ on 12″ vinyl at Dekmantel. Also like 45turns on Facebook for tons more next-level wax. 
 

Balearic Social – Mushrooms Project [BSR007]

Balearic Social really have built up a reputation with consistently excellent releases that run like water. It was only a matter of time before downtempo psych masters Mushrooms Project made it onto the imprint, and it’s as lucidly head-spinning as you’d expect.

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Emerge, sun-dazed, from the baking humidity of Motolani into the Chillin’Dretti night, where vagabonds wander the steppes in search of little circle-shaped relief. Truly as balearic as you could want.

BSR007 will be out in late 2017. It might be tricky to find online- ask your record dealer. You can keep up to date with Balearic Social on Facebook

Common Edit 012 [CE-012]

Common Edit are a label from Canada entirely dedicated to the art of the edit. As the name suggests, they only release edits, and every time they do, they throw a massive party.

If you find yourself in Edmonton, Canada this October, there’s a definite party going down.

As A1, ‘How About’, shows, Common Edit goes beyond the standard chop and smash usually needed to constitute an edit these days. It’s an electro-boogie beast that flits around the room in an orange burning light, but never veers off track.

Eddie C, known for his Latin-themed work on labels like Barefoot Beats, stays true to his style and delivers an airy,  downtempo rework of some tasteful Brazilian jazz ballad.

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‘Space Up Your Life’ is swirling New York disco-funk with all the slap bass and filter fun you could want on one quarter of a 12” plastic disc.

One can only imagine where ‘Sunny Days in The Chocolate Factory’ came from- it reminds me of Disco Halal’s Brazilian outings, dark, pulsating undercurrents somehow meshing with breezy, tripped out guitars. At some points you could even be on Kraftwerk’s Autobahn- like being thrown out into the atmosphere, disengaged completely yet fixated on a single star while the slow mass of existence moves around it. The 45turns tip.

These Common edits tend not to be so common, so get it from your local vinyl dealer, record shop or online outlet ASAP. 

Nu Guinea – Amore (Ng Records)

Nu Guinea’s Tony Allen remix album from last year has just left the turntable, so it’s lucky that they’re putting out a jazzy little 7” this week on their new label.

‘Amore’ is the one song on this single-sided disc. Apparently, the only copy before now was a privately pressed wedding present. It would have been a real shame to keep it that way (but still a great present).

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‘Amore’ is a tribute to love that winks cheekily through the trees on a tropical beach, puts you on your tiptoes and leaves you hanging there feeling light, lazy and free. A woozy disco/jazz/funk killer, ready to be deployed with equal traction by the pool or on the discerning dancefloor.

Amore is available now, limited to 350 copies. You might find it at Phonica


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