It’s been a mere 4 years since D’Marc Cantu dropped his first solo outing in the form of “No Control”, the second release on Creme Organization‘s offshoot Creme Jak, and it still remains one of the labels most experimental cuts. Cantu focused the dark and psychedelic aspects of classic Chicago Acid through his warped looking glass, stripping everything back to the bone to expose nothing but deranged, skeletal drumwork and nightmarish vocals that would leave both dancefloors and brains buckled in the aftermath. Now in 2011, after 6 solo releases and various work with X2 and 2AM/FM, Cantu is set to rain down Jakbeat dread once again with “Fallen”, a Faustian opus that conjures up scenes of diabolic dealings between Man and Demon from a time long past.
In typical Cantu style, “Fallen” floats between the minimal and the maximal, the restained and the unbounded to create a tense atmosphere that gives the impression that the dark energy contained within could break loose in a split second, with proceedings quickly going in a southerly direction. As Cantu‘s circles of mania unfold, blunt jacking rhythms club the mind and lacerating synthlines leave their indelible mark on the wayward souls who make their way down this backward path. Tracks like “Transmogrification”, “Stand Up” and “Shoot The Fish” show the intent to induce paranioa with their demented, cyclic melodies and reverb-soaked vocals whispered in an unknown tongue, while the relentless hammering of “Oh My”, with it’s decaying bass entering like a rogue element on the brink of breaking away from the rest of the track altogether is about as stark as this album gets. Even a lighter track such as “Say It and It’s Time” still has a fordidding aspect lying underneath it’s polished, driving arpeggiations. The only hope of salvation during “Fallen” comes right at the end with “Fractal”, a welcome relief of delicate pads and bouyant bass that suggests there could maybe be light at the end of this maleficent tunnel we’ve just spent the best part of an hour or so in.
As an album proper, “Fallen” is fully realised thematically and sonically, but while Cantu gives a hard nod to the template of the classic Chicago sound in terms of rhythmical approach, the album never falls into the habit of rehashing old ideas in the slightest. It solidly represents the new direction Cantu and his peers have moved this particular strain of underground sonics in, and not only shows that he is well capable of transcending the 12″ format and delivering a solid and unified work, but is the perfect choice to represent Creme Jak‘s first long player.
D’Marc Cantu – Transmogrification
D’Marc Cantu – Oh My
D’Marc Cantu – Fractal
Last month after his appearance at Thunder, John Heckle had his records stolen while heading home to Liverpool on the train from London. Unfortunately, the Police have been little help in apprehending the thieving bell-end who nicked this fine collection (no surprise there), and the records have still yet to surface. There will be a pretty slim chance that the person who has John’s records will know a great deal about them, so if the perpetrator decides to sell them then it’s possible he/she might try and get rid of the whole lot at once on ebay/discogs etc. If you see any of these records being offered on any sites as a collection, or even being sold separately then please contact John. Even in the small chance that someone reading this may have even been on the same train journey as John and possibly witnessed something, then please get in touch!
As anyone who owns a record collection (rare or not) will tell you, having a good wad of them lost or stolen doesn’t even bear thinking about. John’s contact, the info concering his train journey and the complete list of records are posted below. Thanks!
Contact: [email protected]
Train Journey: 27/11/11, London Euston to Liverpool Lime St (stops include Milton Keynes, Northampton, Crewe and Runcorn)
Complete list of missing records:2 AM/FM – Pt. 1 (Spectral Sound – SPC-34)
3.2.6. – Just Like Heaven (Dance Mania – DM 037)
69 – Sound On Sound (Planet E – PE 69170)
Ace & The Sandman / Jamie Principle – House Of Trax Vol. 3 (Rush Hour Recordings,Trax Records – RH-TX 3)
Africans With Mainframes – Rock The World (Crème Organization – Crème 12-37)
Boo Williams – Home Town Chicago LP (Anotherday Records – 0001AD)
Boo Williams – Midnight Express (Relief Records – RR 721)
Capricorn (3) – I Need Love (Delirium Records – DLM M25970)
Chicago (2) / Anne Clark – Super Disco Breaks Volume 3 (Paul Raymond – PR 137)
Chicago Shags, The – Lost In A Blue Night (Crème Organization – Crème Jak X05)
Da Posse – It’s My Life (Clone Classic Cuts – C#CC18)
DAF* – Absolute Body Control (Dean Records (2) – 601 820)
Fingers Inc* / Robert Owens – I’m Strong (Clone Classic Cuts – C# CC10)
Gene Hunt – Chicago Dance Tracks Part 1 (Rush Hour Recordings – RH 115-LP1)
George & Mike – Make The Music (Trax)
Gherkin Jerks – Don’t Dis The Beat (Alleviated Records – ML-2219)
Giorgio Moroder – Electronic Dancefloor Classics 2 (GMR Entertainment – GMR002)
Hieroglyphic Being – The Acid Test Pt. 1 (Mathematics Recordings – MATHEMATICS-002)
Housefactors, The – Play It Loud (Black Market International – BLMK 3)
Housemaster Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House, The* – House Nation (Trax Records – TXR 6)
I.B.M. – My Life As A Skinny Puppy (Mathematics Recordings – Mathematics -004)
Jackmaster Hater – Your Mind (Passion) (Warehouse Box Tracks Records – WHBTR 01)
Jambo! – Drum Attack (Serious Rope Remixes) (Wonka Beats – WONKA 1012)
Jellybean – EP (Relief Records – RR732)
John Heckle – Extrovert / Introvert E.P. (Tabernacle Records (2) – TABR005)
John Heckle – Hard Sleeper / Ancient Deep (Signals – SIG.MMXI.IV)
John Heckle – The 4th Dimension EP (Mathematics Recordings – Mathematics 047)
John Heckle – The Second Son (Mathematics Recordings – Mathematics 054)
Jungle Wonz – Time Marches On (Trax Records – TX135)
Larry Heard – Dance 2000 (Distance – SUB 4845.1)
Li’l Louis* – Frequency / How I Feel (Dance Mania – DM-008)
M.D.3.* – The Pressure Cooker / Use Me Up (Underground – UN 150)
Marcus Mixx – T.A.P. (Let’s Pet Puppies – LPP 002)
Marcus Mixx – Use Your Mouth 2 Love Me (Unknown To The Unknown – UTTU 003)
Mark Broom – Angie Is A Shoplifter (Pure Plastic – PP008LP)
Mark Du Mosch – Exegesis E.P. (Tabernacle Records (2) – TABR006)
Mike Dearborn – Back To The Future (House Music Records – HMR004)
Missing Channel – Atomic Whirlpool EP (Hardwax – HW 003)
Mutant Beat Dance Feat Eric D. Clark – In A Daze (Discos Capablanca – Disco Dos)
N. Non Stop* – House Nation / Jack My Body (Kstarke Records – KR003)
Noni / D’Pac With Terrance FM* – Be My Friend / I Wouldn’t (Prescription Classic Recordings – PCR003)
Paul Johnson – 11 P.M. Music / 2 A.M. Music (Dance Mania – DM 124)
Robert Görl – Darling Don’t Leave Me (Extended Mix) (Mute – 12 MUTE 31)
Robert Hood – Minimal Nation (M-Plant, M-Plant – M.PM1LP, M.PM1) Disc 1
Saturn V / X2 – Rhythm Relics (Nation – NATION 009)
Sendex – Jams From The Past (Bunker Records – BUNKER 3094)
Steve Poindexter – 190 Octane (Djax-Up-Beats – DJAX-UP-165)
Steve Summers (3) – Lucid Fingers EP (Echovolt Records – EvR002)
Stopp / Magnifique – Automan 8 (Automan – 12 AUTO 88)
Sun God, The – Ancient Echoes EP (Klang Elektronik – KLANG 97)
Traxx (4) – To The Beat Bizarre! (Lumberjacks In Hell – LiH 003)
Two Of China – Los Niños Del Parque (Future Dance, Future Dance – WESTSIDE 22002, 22 002)
Various – Acid: Can You Jack? Vol. 1 (Soul Jazz Records – SJR LP 111 VOL1)
Various – Acid: Can You Jack? Vol. 2 (Soul Jazz Records – SJR LP 111 VOL2)
Various – Forgotten Moments EP (Not On Label – N° #3)
Various – Historical Archives Volume 5 (Members Only)
Various – Jack Trax – The Fourth Album (Jack Trax, Jack Trax – J TRAX 4, JTRAX 4)
Various – Jack Trax – The Third Album (Jack Trax, Jack Trax – J TRAX 3, JTRAX 3)
Various – Paradisco 3000 : Chicago Boogie Sampler 4/4 (Eskimo Recordings – 541416 501169)
Various – Probe Mission 2 (NovaMute – 12 NoMu 10)
Various – Soothing Melodic Masterpieces Vol 1 (Not On Label – LPW-001)
Various – The Deep House Sampler – Volume 1 (Jack Trax – DEPP 1)
Virgo Four – Resurrection (Rush Hour Recordings – RH 113 BOX)
X2 / X* – Photon / Solara (M>O>S Recordings – mos0007)
Long before the inception of This Is Our House, Meschi ran a night with Rick Hopkins, Jonny5 and Auton Love called Dream Machine. They had guests like Neville Watson and Albion. It was hot. They also had a blog with loads of mixes from Meschi and Jonny5. That was hot too. One day Meschi asked me to contribute something for Dream Machine, and after an extremely long wait, this is what he recieved:
01. The Rocket (Intro)
02. Steve Moore – Introduction
03. Coil – Red Birds Will Fly Out Of The East and Destroy Paris in a Night
04. Belbury Poly – The Hidden Door
05. Cluster – Plas
06. David Lynch – The Air Is On Fire
07. Reinhard Lakomy & Rainer Oleak – Raumzeit
08. Michael Bundt – The Brain Of Oskar Panizza
09. Zombi – DMC-12
10. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – 13 Moons
11. Coil – Tiny Golden Books
Ron Morelli has a box crammed with so many blazing discs, it’s hot to touch. And he’s coming to a town near you with it….
L.I.E.S European Tour:
Dec. 2nd-Rotterdam @wORM w/Trackman LaFonte & Xosar
Dec. 8th-Bucharest,Romania @some club w/ Bogdan
Dec. 9th-London @the Drop w/Roots Unit & DMX Krew
Dec. 10th-Manchester @soup Kitchen w/Paul Bennett & Juniper
Dec. 16th-Berlin @ SOJU Bar w/DJ Sottofett and Hugo Capablanca
Dec. 17th-Ulm,Germany @some club w/Bleep Geeks
Check out L.I.E.S on Soundcloud here to see what you have, or haven’t been missing.
The Guild of Calamitous Intent was concieved after Aleks Jurczyk and Richard Thomason decided to work together once again in bringing the finest underground music the world has to offer to the city of Glasgow. This Saturday under the hood of night, in the dead of Winter, we will witness the first meeting of The Guild, and joining them for this inaugural rite will be two very special, and carefully selected guests.
Ron Morelli will be no stranger to dedicated followers of high-caliber underground House & Techno, as his own imprint L.I.E.S (Long Island Electrical Systems) has been hitting us with some of the most solid releases the past year has had to offer, bringing us killer sides from Zombi’s Steve Moore, Legowelt, Willie Burns and Steve Summers to name but a few. Ron also uses the L.I.E.S name as one of his production and D.J psuedonym’s, releasing notable tracks for Echovolt and Future Times this year. To get a flavour of what Ron has to offer in the D.J stakes, check out these two sick mixes for Tim Sweeney’s ultimate Beats In Space radio show and Australian underground transmitters Noise In My Head:
Ron Morelli – Beats In Space Mix
Ron Morelli – Noise In My Head Mix
I won’t bother retreading old ground when it comes to information on Nigel Rogers aka Perseus Traxx, York’s Grand Magus of analogue twiddling and the newest member of this very website. What I will say though is that Nigel’s recent cuts for Boe and Bunker have been melting faces nation to nation. And that ain’t no biased opinion. Nigel will bringing a formidable armoury of machines to The Guild for what should be a most memorable performance. So if you like your live sets actually live, and with the added bonus of being brought to you in full 9.8 stereo-dynamic Traxxsound, then this has to be the surefire moneyshot you’ve been eagerly waiting for. Nigel has given us an exclusive unreleased track for you download in honour of his first appearance in Glasgow. “Electryon” sees Perseus Traxx in full cosmic House mode, so don’t be sleepin and make sure to get on this quick before it melts into the Universe, never to be heard by human ears again.
Perseus Traxx – Electryon
Last, but by no means least, Richard Thomason of The Guild has given us this stellar mix of cold crushin’ classics backed with future freshness that gives us more than a taste of the lads will be serving this Friday coming. Here’s what The Guild’s other half, Aleks has to say about Richard’s solid style of selecting:
“Richard Thomason has been collecting records since 1991 and has always bought the good, deep shit. Without doubt the first guy to play acid-house on Fetlar (it’s one of the Shetland isles, look it up), he’s been hitting parties and clubs in Glasgow since he moved down over 10 years ago. He’s one of my favourite DJs and his knowledge of music is crazy, which is why I asked him to help me start run parties again. This mix was recorded, as always, in one shot, on a pair of Technics, with no digital shit and no edits or effects. Just the way we like it.”
And it’s just the way we like it too.
Richard Thomason – Somethings01. Blackjoy – Untitled (Project Recordings)
02. Vince Halliburton – Something I Feel (Rush Hour Recordings)
03. Dj Sprinkles – Grand Central, Pt. I (Deep Into The Bowel Of House) (MCDE Raw Mix) (Mule Musiq)
04. FCL – Let’s Go (We Play House Recordings)
05. Paul Johnson – My Free Feelings (Peacefrog Records)
06. Dajae – Day By Day (Green Velvet Remix) (Cajual Records)
07. DJ Qu – Party People Clap (Levon Vincent Remix) (Deconstruct Music)
08. Basic Soul Unit – Jak´d Freq (A Made Up Sound – Puur Natuur Mix) (Crème Organization)
09. Cajmere – Nasty (Live)
10. Omar S – Here’s Your Trance, Now Dance!! (FXHE Records)
11. E-Dancer – World Of Deep (KMS)
12. Agent X – Driftin’ (Planet E)
13. H&M – Perception (Axis)
14. Davina – Don’t You Want It? (Extended Mix) (Soul City)
15. Parris Mitchell – Follow Me Ghetto (Acid) (Deep Moves)
I first heard about this record on shitfuckyou.com, the charmingly named online record store whose website looks like it dates back to the birth of the internet, and who stock a strong wad of no-nonsense underground business from labels including the never-failing Restoration Records, Harmonia and Sex Tags, the label who according to a quote that adorns the header of shitfuckyou.com’s site, is one of only 5 things that Omar S actually likes in terms of his musical tastes. Of course, Wania is another one of those labels shitfuckyou.com peddle, and for their second release they’ve really decided to bring out the cannons. It’s not hard to see where Wania and DJ Sotofett are coming from when looking at “Dritfett”. The cover has the contacts for both the distribution and DJ booking enquiries, but no email addresses or websites are neccessary, just a couple of phone numbers will suffice. The label itself is a mixture of random information, including more phone numbers, the TR-909 logo, the words “SO-PHAT-12INCH2″ and a crude illustration of some strongman whose face is on his bulging bicep, as opposed to his head. There’s also a paper insert inside the record informing us of DJ Sotofett’s forthcoming releases, one of them apparently being a “Reggi b/w killer 909-hip-hop-crisp and new-psychedelic-flute-house”. Now, if none of these things sound instantly appealing to you, then you’re probably on the wrong website. Rugged and raw Techno with a decidedly old-school feel is the name of the game here, driven by analogue fuckery, strictly for those that know the script. This is the musical equivalant of my Gran’s homemade Macaroni Cheese. so thick with goodness you could cut it like a cake and serve it slices. I’m not gonna bother banging on and giving you a rundown of each track, because to be perfectly honest, I had more than a few lager products last night, so you won’t be getting any psuedo-academic review about “Dritfett”, because not only will it do the record a supreme injustice and miss the point of it entirely, but also because I really can’t be arsed. The tracks on here speak for themselves. What I will say though is just go out and buy it, and then play it obscenely loud to all your friends who have haircuts. And don’t forgot to watch out for that “”Reggi b/w killer 909-hip-hop-crisp and new-psychedelic-flute-house”.
You can cop this direct from shitfuckyou.com via here
Or you can head over to the Rubadub website and get yerself a copy here
Step Out is a new night run by former members of Fortified Sessions, held in the basement of a lapdancing club, with sole aim of presenting no-nonsense underground electronic music filtered through one of the best sound systems Glasgow has to offer.
For their inaugural event, Step Out have drafted in none other than Neil Landstrumm, a man with the kind of credentials that not many can lay claim to. Ever since being introduced to the world via the “M. Cap” EP on Peacefrog 16 years ago, Landstrumm has been an integral and innovative force in the arena of Electronic music, having graced the grooves of labels like Tresor, Neue Heimat, Sativae, and Music Man to name but a scant few, not to mention being a resident at the infamous Pure parties. My earliest clubbing experiences were spent witnessing Landstrumm tear the fuck out of Alaska at Glasgow’s legendary Test nights, long before the venue was renamed The Buff Club and transformed into a hotbed of shitehawks, and had an adverse effect on me at a very impressionable age. His 1997 “Bedrooms & Cities” album for Peaceforg, chock full of tough, raw DMX rhythms, goes down as one of my favourite Techno albums of all time, and his more recent L.P’s for Planet Mu “Restaurant Of Assassins”, “Lord For £39″ and 2009′s “Bambaataa Eats His Breakfast”, seen him take the templates of Grime, Dubstep and classic Breakbeat biz and mince them through his unique filter to create a hybrid of rough and ready vintage-to-modern sonics. Never one to rest on his laurels though, Landstrumm’s forthcoming collaboration with JD Twitch for Instra:mental’s Nonplus imprint under the guise of Doubleheart, is a sick workout of twisted afro/latin electro beats that buckle under the weight of serious Bass pressure. In short, Landstrumm is a true Scottish veteran, and without DJ’s like him and nights like Test and Pure, i’d probably have some sort of semblance of a successful life. So thanks Neil, thanks for contributing to my no-mark existence in the best possible way. Christ knows I could’ve ended up a right cunt. Neil will be presenting a never-before heard live set consisting of new material, which to use the immortal words of Les Rallizes Denudes, is sure to be heavier than a death in the family.
Entry is 4 quid before 12, and 5 quid after, and no drink will cost you more than 2.50. In these times of economic turbulance, I’d call that a winning combo. Support will come in the the form of J.P, James D and Barrie B, who recently brought the house down at our first Outpost Transmissions party.
Listen to Landstrumm’s new collaboration with the mighty Twitch, Doubleheart here, which is out this Friday via the ever excellent Nonplus Records.
Tonight from 7pm (GMT) on IFM1
According to the Book of Exodus, the original biblical Tabernacle was built by craftsmen said to have been given celestial talents by God, designed to contain the Ark of The Covenant and ultimately the divine sprirt itself. Now it might be a little far-fetched to claim that the gentlemen behind Tabernacle Records are members of a secret society comprising of direct descendants from the Tribe of Judah, on a mission to create a modern-day dwelling place for heavenly presence via underground electronic music, so we’ll leave that shit to Dan Brown. But there’s one thing you can say, which is that these chaps have impeccable taste and a keen ear for selecting the finest unsung delights the underground has to offer. As regular visitors to this site may well know, Tabernacle Records came into effect in the Autumn of 2010, when Andrew Ingram and brothers Joel & Jasper Shaw decided to pool their heat-seeking talents, and since then has been gaining steady momentum and building a solid repetoire with every release, having already graced us with E.P’s from Mark du Mosch, The Analogue Cops, Daniel Andréasson and the mighty John Heckle.
For their 7th excursion, Tabernacle have excelled themselves in drafting in two established acts of formidable talent in the form of Lost Trax and The Connection Machine for a split Mini LP, comprising of three tracks from each. Very little is known about the enigmatic and faceless Lost Trax, a project that seems to be dedicated to unearthing forgotten and misplaced recordings from well-known producers under the veil of anonymity. Having released only a scant two 12″s in the past four years for Silicon Scally’s SCSI-AV label, Lost Trax continue their explorations into classic Techno for the tracks presented here, with a particular focus on the innovations made in Detroit in the early 90′s. “The Eye” is a beautiful example of the deep sonic futurism first purveyed by the likes of Reel By Real and “Infoworld”-era Model 500, the kind of material that served as the template for the first wave of British Electronica and the Artificial Intelligence movement, with it’s enveloping, lush pads, bleep melodies and throbbing sub-bass being driven forward by crisp machine percussion that pefectly taps into the righteous Detroit vibes of old. “Pulp” ups the tempo more than a notch, a storming short-but-sweet lesson in high-style sonic shamanism, and is genuinely one of the best exemplifications of Techno i’ve heard in a long time. The vaporous synthlines are still present, but it’s the colossal morphing bassline and subsequent barrage of claps and hats that makes this track the voltaic dancehall destroyer it is, transporting and updating tried and tested modes into the contemporary underground psyche with deft efficiency, and ultimately proving that the original Techno archetype was furiousely advanced in it’s quest for autonomous sonic discovery. Which is to say, that tracks like this sound like they could easily have been made 15 years ago, but on the same token could be beamed back from 5 years in the future. “The Forest”, the third and final track from Lost Trax, winds down Side A perfectly, a tranquil delight of elated melodies underpinned by metallic rhythms, likely forged from an impressive array of analogue machinery. Side B sees the return of The Connection Machine, the duo of Jeroen Brandjes & Natasja Hagemeier, whose E.P’s for Planet E and U-Trax gained them much deserved praise in the mid 90′s. The three slices of down-tempo electronica they present us with here apparently date back to 2005, a slight departure from 2004′s “Painless”, and more than a massive departure from the rapid-fire Techno of “Black Hole”, but shows that the gears of The Connection Machine are still kept well-oiled and fully functional. The mongoloid funk of “Evil Earth” lumbers in with freaky organs and sparse, marching drums that invoke seedy experimentions in outpost laboratories, where human guinea pigs are subjected to cybernetic tests by miscreant scientists. “Speel” is somewhat of a return to Bitflower-era Connection Machine, 3 minutes of bowling breakbeat rhythms that bring classic Planet E steel to the table, and will make fans of the more unorthodox end of mid-90′s Techno more than happy. Finishing off this blinding E.P is “Keen (On Life)”, a fest of Roedelius-esque empyreal synthwork and warped 303 lines that, like the title, paints a picture concordant with the optimistic outlook electronic music once had.
If somewhow it wasn’t known before, “Lost Connection” has undoubtedly proven Tabernacle’s ability in showcasing some of the finest underground music on offer, and based on previous endeavors, this label is sure to become a byword for quality and integrity in electronic music as the 12″s keep coming.Lost Trax – The Eye Lost Trax – Pulp The Connection Machine – Evil Earth The Connection Machine – Keen (On Life)
Buy “Lost Connection” here
Tabernacle RecordsAndrew’s Mix for This Is Our House Jasper’s Mix for This Is Our House
Coming soon from Abstract Acid… the first in a series of Various Artist releases. ‘Downtown Dirt 1′ is packed full of chicago workouts. Our own brother Jackee features alongside heavy jacking tracks by Interface88, MMMC (Man Made Mechanical Culture) and Steve Summers. Every track is a winner for us here at This Is Our House.
AACID003 > Various Artists – Downtown Dirt 1 by Abstract Forms
Preorder direct from the Abstract Acid website.
Illustration by Andrew Ingram.