Wednesday, 28 May 2008

NRK Summer Signing #2 – Osborne “Ruling”

NRK Music have picked up the European rights to another essential house record for the Summer. Osborne’s “Ruling” came out on influential US label Spectral Sound earlier this year, and has been racking up some fantastic support already. An emotive piece of lush deep house,

“Ruling” is an unashamed throwback to the early halcyon days of Chicago and New York house music. A perfect slice of deepness for the warmer months….

Todd Osborn has his roots in drum ‘n’ bass, running Detroit’s first vinyl emporium dedicated to the genre, and his own Rewind label. Since 2002, Osborn has turned his hands to all manners of electronic sounds and persuasions, and most recently he has recorded a clutch of forward thinking sounds for Spectral Sound, the off-shoot label of Ghostly International, and home to electronic artists Audion AKA Matthew Dear, James Cotton and Hieroglyphic Being. Osborne’s self titled debut album is out now on Spectral, and is definitely a long player to pick up.

“Ruling” is currently getting the remix treatment from the legendary King Britt, a producer who always brings a touch of class to his mixes, and will get a full release on NRK in September 2008.

Osborne – Ruling

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

NRK Summer Signing #1 - NuFrequency feat. Shara Nelson "Go That Deep"

NRK Music are proud to announce the signing of one of 2008’s most glorious deep house records, “Go that Deep” by NuFrequency feat. Shara Nelson .

“Go That Deep” has been produced by Italian duo, NuFrequency (AKA renowned A&R man DJ Shield and Cristiano Massera) with vocals written and performed by Shara Nelson, the British songstress who provided vocals on the classic Massive Attack singles “Unfinished Sympathy”, “Safe From Harm” and “Lately”. Shara Nelson has also had considerable success with her solo work as well as providing unforgettable vocals to the Charles Webster produced “Sense Of Danger” by Presence in the 1990s.

And so things come full circle on “Go That Deep”, with the aforementioned Charles Webster providing the remix of choice on this sublime deep house cut, with a soaring and passionate vocal delivery from Ms. Nelson. A timeless and spellbinding song, “Go That Deep” has been firmly at the front of many tastemakers record boxes since its initial release on Italian label Rebirth in February. The Charles Webster remix is already being heralded as a future classic by such varied DJs such as Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson, John Digweed, Laurent Garnier and Francois K, and is racking up 5 star reviews across dance publications and blogs worldwide.

NRK are set to release “Go that Deep” after the Summer, with brand new remixes. A full UK TV/radio and press campaign is prepared for the coming months, and big, big things are expected from this great record.

Check the video out the for Original NuFrequency mix

“Go that Deep” (Charles Webster Radio Edit)

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Nick NRK's "Straight Outta Compton Dando" Mix

Fill your boots - download the latest mix from the NRK Captain here

Chymera - Wish (Will Saul & Tam Cooper Ambient Mix) (NRK)
Foster - Quiet Before The Storm (Quarion Mix) (Mule)
Scope - Omoplate (212 Mix) (NRK)
Manuel Tur - Deviate (Drumpoet)
Serafin - The Move (To The Sun) (Mountain People)
Radio Slave - K Maze (Rekids)
Nufrequency ft Shara Nelson - Go That Deep (Charles Webster Mix) (NRK)
Nick Holder - Time (Wahoo Dub) (NRK)
Onur Ozer - Red Caberet (200 And One Mix) (Vakant)
Andomaat 3000 - BND2 (Four:Twenty)
Osborne - Downtown (Spectral Sound)
Steve Rachmand - Rond (Delsin)
Kemistry - Nebula (NRK)
Kawabata - Persuasion (Serafin's Back To NY Mix) (Drumpoet)
Skylark - Saved (Massi DL's Today Is Groovy Mix) (NRK/Saved)
DJ Q - Superclique (NRK)

Will Saul and Peter Dildo remix Chymera's "Wish"

Chymera's "Wish" came out late 2007, and instantly struck a chord with house and techno heads alike. Forging a not too disimilar path to the driving melodies of UR's "Knights Of The Jaguar", Chymera laid out a blissfull deep techno track that was eventually crowned 'Best Single' at the 2007 Irish Dance Music Awards. Held at the Academy in Dublin in early 2008, Chymera picked up his accolade for the stunning "Wish", a track that found big fans in Francois K, Ben Watt, James Zabiela, Nick Warren, Funk D'Void and many more.

These new remixes for 2008 put a little different twist onto the original; Simple Record's Will Saul (pictured) and Tam Cooper have given a deep tech gloss to "Wish", with shimmering keys and warm soft pads that play on the melody from Chymera's original, whilst injecting that deep Simple sound that Will Saul had become synonomous for. A useful "Ambient Mix" is also included here.

Peter Dildo (Trackdown Records) meanwhile strips things back totally, keeping only a couple of elements to produce a beat driven Rawjuice Reshape, a very groovy and swinging tool that Peter Dildo seems to do so well.....

Will Saul & Tam Cooper Remix
Will Saul & Tam Cooper Ambient Mix
Peter Dildo Rawjuice Reshape

Also available at the moment is Chymera's "2 Below" single, backed with "Saphiron". A great DJ support from Ben Watt, Laurent Garnier, Pete Heller, Peace Division and many more...

Chymera - 2 Below
Chymera - Saphiron

Download Chymera's NRK Hotmix from October 2007

Skylark's "i-Panik" album out with added remix pressure!

‘i-Panik’, the debut album from Skylark, AKA International DJ Nic Fanciulli and Andy Chatterley, has been bubbling under for the last few months as a digital only release on Beatport on Saved Records. And with a slew of top remixes being carved out to contribute to the album NRK Music, in conjunction with Saved, are proud to announce the full release of ‘i-Panik’ along with a companion remix disc.

Skylark have built up a more than solid musical repertoire over the years, mostly as remixers, with artists such as Tiefschwarz, Deep Dish, Paul Woolford, Rulers Of The Deep, Kylie Minogue and Steve Lawler receiving the Skylark treatment to full effect. ‘i-Panik’ sees Skylark lay down their own original production roots, and have crafted out an excellent 11 track album, exploring dancefloor and home listening excursions in deep techno, ambient and housier cuts. The pair have been working together for almost 10 years and their credentials are impressive. Last year they were nominated for a Grammy award under their Buick Project moniker, for their remix of Tiefschwarz’s ‘Damage’ collaboration with Tracy Thorn and together have released over 20 remixes and original productions.

‘i-Panik’ is cleverly accompanied by a bonus remix disc. Fanciulli & Chatterley drew up a wish list of remixers to tackle tracks from the album, and each remixer in turn delivered outstanding versions. The roll call includes Funk D'Void, Manuel Tur, Joris Voorn, UNKLE, Davide Squillace and Joe Mull, and the remix disc provides some amazing re-interpretations of Skylark's originals.

Two singles are out this month, 'Saved' (with mixes from Massi DL and Joel Mull) and 'Movin' (with a great mix from Joris Voorn), and the 'i-Panik' double CD comes out on 2nd June 2008. Two further double pack LPs featuring original mixes and remixes, gets a release later in June.

Disc One


01. Too Much Information

02. i-Panik

03. Movin (with H2)

04. Look No Hands

05. Who Cares

06. Lightning Strikes

07. Red

08. Blocked In (with Mark Fanciulli)

09. All I See

10. Escalator

11. Saved

Disc Two

i-Panik Remixed

01. Too Much Information (Manuel Tur Remix)

02. i-Panik (Davide Squillace Remix)

03. Saved (Joel Mull’s Open End Remix)

04. Saved (Massi DL’s Today Is Groovy Remix)

05. Blocked In (Funk D’Void Remix)

06. Who Cares (Stryke's Respect Remix)

07. Escalator (Matt Tolfrey and Inxec's Swings and Roundabouts Remix)

08. Lightning Strikes (Steve Mac’s Smack Mix)

09. Movin (UNKLE’s Surrender Sounds Session #9)

10. Movin (Joris Voorn Rejected Rave Dub)

Peace Division announce Coast2Coast details...

The NRK Coast2Coast series goes full steam ahead into the Summer with a rather ace mix from Clive Henry and Justin Drake AKA Peace Division. The guys have delivered a perfect house mix here that encapsulates the sessions at DC10 that Clive plays a hand in every year. It's got some great swinging minimal grooves on there from producers like Joeski, Nick Curly, Mr. V, Sackrai, kalabrese and loads more. Deep, sophisticated and cool, minimal h0use doesn't get much better than this.

With a tracklist that represents the brightest new producers on the block, Peace Division's Coast2Coast displays their commitment to new talent/music.

01. Sackrai – As If
02. Pablo Bolivar – Closed
03. So Inagawa – Sekito
04. Break SL – Be Strong
05. Sackrai – Close Behind
06. Chopsticks & Johnjon – Birds (Afrilounge Dub Mix)
07. Mr. V – Born Again
08. Alex Attias – Brazilika
09. Joeski – Orgasmic
10. Nick Curly – Forecast
11. Tom Demac – The More Things Change (Agnes Wales Beatdown Reshake)
12. Kevin Over – Talk To Me
13. Daniel Mehlhart – Deep Motion
14. Kalabrese – MakeLoveDisco

The mix comp comes complete with a bonus "unmixed disc", your chance to get hold of full length versions of the tracks included for your own use and mixes. We'll also be releasing two double pack vinyl LPs and there will be a full digital release on this. Peace Division's Coast2Coast comes out late July.

The Return Of DJ Q

DJ Q is back after a four year break, and he delivers here perhaps some of his finest productions to date. DJ Q AKA Paul Flynn, turned out some timeless music in the 90’s for labels like Filter, Dance Mania and Glasgow Underground, and was championed by artists such as Carl Craig and Derrick Carter.

"Superclique" is a refreshingly energetic deep house club track, with swinging beats and lush atmospherics, plus a great little vocal hook.

“Blue Chicago” combines Chi-town rhythms and Detroit musicality, with a heavy nod to the classic sounds of Derrick May and Carl Craig, with enough wobbly minimalism to keep the, er, minimal massive happy.

DJ Q "Superclique" is out on 12" vinyl and digital download (exclusively at Beatport) from 16th June 2008.

Blue Chicago