After ten years at Tsuba, Kevin Griffiths moved on to fully dedicate his time and energy to reissuing highly sought-after gems and long-lost treasures. With two benchmark represses out in 2016, amongst which Escape From New York’s Fire In My Heart, the end of year was about the perfect time to catch up for a chat and discuss his first year at the helm of Isle Of Jura, selection methods and reissue process.
On their impressive debut for Berceuse Heroique, Czamanski and Shay weave a head trip of anarchic jazz-funk, opiated brass-laden grooves and warped kosmische motifs. The result is a deconstruction of functional dance archetypes and expected rhythmic forms through a digressive string of druggy, mind-altering jams of the finest ilk. Stream I:Cube’s disco remix within.
Former resident at Dublin’s reputed nightclub Twisted Pepper and not-to-miss three-day event Out To Lunch, Barry Redsetta also captains the excellent Major Problems. With a stunning self-titled debut from on-the-rise local producer DJ Après Ski on the horizon, Barry steps up with a polyamorous combine of ganjah-flavoured grooves, Afro-folk polyrhythms and fruity disco nectars. Lock in!
With a debut release on his newborn eponymous imprint still fresh on everyone’s minds, we asked outsider house don Madteo for a special podcast. In return the New York-based producer laid down a killer 2-hour long mix full of bouncy house gems, dusty disco melters and infectious boogie groovers. We sat back to discuss his relationship with the Big Apple, industry matters and forthcoming projects.
Kito Jempere’s new slab for Bahnsteig 23 – the edit-focused imprint helmed by sphinx-like character Ziggy Sternenstaub, follows the steps of eastern European funk-punk and disco through four astutely re-arranged tracks aimed to enhance the original mixes’ bounce. Premiere the EP’s highlight ‘Melnaa’ within.
Back on Jennifer Cardini’s label with ‘Hammocks Go West’, a three-track cosmic epic giving full vent to an infectious solution of quirky disco grooves, raucous technoid modulations and straight up funky staccato riffs, Redondo demonstrates the extent of his production skills with an ever-bold take on club functionality. Stream the italo-inflected ‘Narcotic Luv’ within.
Having debuted earlier this year with a fast-moving, acidic-jazz inflected split courtesy of Marcello Napoletano and Richeart, London-based label Gravity Graffiti glide into hip-hop and disco realms for their sophomore release ‘Tell Me What’, featuring Japanese legend Soichi Terada and Early Sounds Recordings mainstay Whodamanny.
Remarkably enough, the music of sibling duo Hotel Lauer has taken a further trancey turn with the ecstasy-seeking ‘Lauer & Lauer’, their first outing on Stuart Leath’s ever-inspired [Emotional] Especial. Sharing a similar cold wave’y approach to synth melodies doped on beefy electro-bass tubes and crisp, compressed kicks, their sound gained a sheer rave energy and magnitude.