Friday, 26 February 2010

Scope's "Frequencies" EP out next month with Steve Bug remix

Belfast's Ric McClelland, AKA Scope, announces his latest EP for NRK Music, "Frequencies", and the Poker Flat and Dessous label boss, Steve Bug (pictured), has added a remix to the already solid package, out next month.

“Frequencies” is Scope's third single now for NRK Music, and quite possibly will be his “tune to date”. “Frequencies” is a heady mix of deep driving house, Detroit techno soul, and moody European analogue sounds. Destined for the world’s most discerning dancefloors, “Frequencies” is both classic in sound and futuristic in style, and should easily bridge that gap between those who like their house deep and soulful, and those who like an edge. Two mixes of “Frequencies” on this 12”, with “0.003” providing an alternate take, stripping it back to the raw.

Remix duties are ably handled by the one of the Masters of deep house music, Steve Bug. The Poker Flat boss was bowled over by Scope’s original track, and was eager to provide a version. Bug’s “Flying Faders Mix” is a punchy remix, with those building chords and strings and some nice cowbell percs, very reminiscent of a Kerri Chandler moment! Bug remains faithful to the original, yet delivers a classy alternate that will no doubt get rinsed in clubs over the coming months…did someone say a deep house revival?

NRK headhoncho, Nick Harris, also ably weighs in with two heavy, heavy versions. Nick’s “Freaqy Dub Mix” does what it says on the tin, a DJ tool with some heavy pounding drums and some otherworldly twisted synths, whilst Nick’s main remix plunders the same pounding style making the most of Scope’s synth arps and classic chord stabs.

"Frequencies" EP is out on 12" vinyl on 8th March (with the Steve Bug remix + two Scope original mixes) and on Beatport as from 22nd March.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Amir's "Uneasy Listening" EP out now in vinyl!

Amir, AKA Rimah Khalouf, has been bubbling under on the house fraternity for a couple of years, and with a slew of stella releases for high profile labels such as Nick Curly’s 8Bit, Trapez, Great Stuff Recordings and bouq, he debuts for NRK with a cheeky 3 track EP. "Uneasy Listening" EP is out now on 12" vinyl, and will be available as a digital download on Beatport as from 1st March, with all other digital sites to follow a few weeks later.

“Narrativity” is a funky, bass driven workout with some frenetic percussion and shuffling groove, and is backed up on this release by a Justin Drake remix. “Drakey” is no stranger to the NRK label, being one half of house ‘legends’ Peace Division, who recorded for NRK many times over the years. Justin delivers a murky yet swinging remix, holding down some strings for a bit of drama.

“Anekdote” on the flip is a stripped back percussive track, not too dissimilar to that old Derrick Carter style from back in the day, with assorted vox clips, heavy stabs and teasing FX easing the track along. Perfect deep, jackin house.

DJ support;

Paul Woolford (Intimacy) - "Anekdote" is fuckin killer and I'll be playing loads.
Johnny D (Oslo) - I like the rhythms here
Rocky (X-Press 2) - Drake remix is for me
Timo Maas - "Narrativity" is very cool
Luke Solomon (Freaks) - Justin's mix is killer
Stacey Pullen (Transmat) - "Narrativity" is da bomb!
Dylan Hermelijn (2000 and One) - Great Justin Drake mix
Holgar Behn (H.O.S.H.) - Justin Drake is the master of swing and groove! He does it again. Great and will play and support.
Franck Roger (Real Tone) - I love "Anekdote", Blue Cucuracha style!
Dave Mothersole (Ministry Of Sound) - "Anekdote" is a cool track
Nils Nurnberg (8-Bit) - Wow, both original mixes are great, definately in my box! Timeless deep groovers.
Anja Schneider (Mobilee) - Justin Drake mix is very sexy!
Matthias Vogt (Motorcitysoul) - Another strong release from NRK
Alex Tepper (Drumcode) - Great release, will play all tracks.
James Teej (Rekids) - Liking the Justin Drake mix and "Anekdote", got a dope roll to it
Burnski (Back To Basics) - Justin Drake mix is nice and dubby
Stuart Geddes (Mulletover) - Justin's mix is cool
Robert Owens - Very nice vibes

Purchase 12" vinyl from NRK webshop

Monday, 8 February 2010

Dean Mushin (Bearweasel) February Beatport chart

Bearweasel are firing on all cylinders right now, what with recent remixes for Soma, NRK, Classic, Viva and many more. Dean Mushin, one half of Bearweasel, selects his February choice cuts and current Bearweasel goodies for Beatport.

1. Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself "Miss Fitz Rmx" (BPitch)
2. Martyn - Seventy Four "Redshape Rmx" (3024)
3. Freaks - Dance & Re-Ordered "Doc Martin Rmx" (MFF)
4. Mike Edge - Walking Alone (Sistrum)
5. The Persuader & ADNY - Omnipotent Tone (Earthtones)
6. Silicon Soul - Hurt People, Hurt People "Bearweasel Rmx" (Soma)
7. Alexkid & Rodriguez Jr - Le Doigt Africain "Bearweasel Linear Dub" (NRK)
8. Sonotheque - Sugar Blues "Bearweasel Lazy Dub" (Metroline Limited)
9. Beat Pharmacy - Pump "Bearweasel Extended Dub" (Steadfast)
10. MANDY & Bookashade - Donut "Bearweasel’s Lazy Dub" (Living The Dream)

View Dean's chart on Beatport for clips and purchasing

Faith Fanzine's Top 15 Records Of The Noughties

Our friends over at Faith Fanzine ( ran a poll late last year amongst its readers to try and put the years 2000-2009 into some sort of musical context, and select the top house records of the "noughties". So many great tunes over ten years, but of course there are those that have/will stand the test of time, and these are the cuts that filtered through to the Top 15 Records Of The Noughties.

And we are pleased as punch to see two NRK signings (Kerri Chandler's "Bar A Thym" and Quentin Harris "Let's Be Young") right up there in the Top 5!

Thanks to Miles and his excellent blog "Beyond The Stars", you can check out the Top 15 here.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Nick Harris - In The Shadows Of Simian EP - out Monday

NRK Music's headhoncho, Nick Harris, delivers the latest release for NRK on Monday, and Nick's debut for his own label. Three tracks then from Nick, each with a differing vibe and pace to them....

"In The Shadows Of Simian" is a chugging, loopy, tribal affair, with a chant based riff that powers this track nicely. "Shangri La" is a sparse, melancholic deep houser. A throbbing sub bass and heavy kick provide the bed for a slightly abstract percussive cut, lots of atmospherics, and a nagging bass riff.... The third track on this release, "Pony Trekkin" is perhaps the most straight up house cut on the release. Crisp drums, some subtle vocal touches, and one big fat groove on!

Nick Harris set up NRK back in 1993 as an artist management/promtions company, and the NRK label followed in 1996. The label's discography now reads like a who's who of house and electronic dance, so many artists have passed through his doors over the last 14 years. Nick has recently been remixing for a rejuvinated NRK label (Scope, David Durango, Kris Wadsworth) and has been busy recoding original material, much of which will see the light of day in 2010.

Check some reactions from selected Djs;

Paul Woolford (Intimacy) - Great to see & hear Nick flourishing! Great tracks, with 'Shangri La' being the favourite.
Stacey Pullen (Transmat) – “Shangri La” is the one i'm feeling. Good job
Terry Francis (Fabric) - like “Shangri La” . Cool
Florian Kruse (Kruse & Nuernberg) - Proper Deephouse!!! “Shangri La” is my fav here! Another great release on NRK!
Osunlade (Yoruba) - Lovin “In The Shadows..Nice percussion groove!
Lars (Funk D’Void) – “Shangri La” is great
Sasse (Mood Music) - “Shangri La” is a burner, wicked ! Full support !
Tedd Patterson (Vibal) - Love it!. Nick brought the drums back on “Shadows”. That’s the cut for me.
D’Julz (Soma/Ovum) - “Shangri La” is superb
Claudio Coccoluto (Italy) - Fine Tribal, full support
Ed Daveport (Liebe*Detail) - Yeah! Super funky workable grooves from Nick.
Alex Niggemann (2020 Vision/8-bit) – “In the Shadows of Simian” & “Shangri La” are really nice...
Jim Rivers (Global Underground) - Really tasty this...all good, “Simian” is nice and I like the low slung funk of “Pony Trekkin”
Matthew Styles-Harris (Crosstown Rebels) - Nice tracks from Nick, shadows will get the play i think :)
Chris Lattner (Moon Harbour) – “Pony Trekkin” and “Shangri La” are the tracks for me on this EP.
Eli (Wolf & Lamb) - Cool release. “Shangri La” is our fave and pony trekkin is cool too.
Enzo (Circo Loco) - Nice EP, liking In the Shadows of Simian
Mazi (Audio Soul Project) – “Pony Trekkin” will twist some brains in an afterhours
Alex Flatner (Circle Music) – “In The Shadows Of Simian” is amazing...Full support
Patrice Baumal (Get Physical) – “Shangri La” is my favourite here, hypnotic grower.

Purchase from Beatport from 8th Feb
Nick Harris on Myspace

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Kruse & Nuernberg Top 10 for February

German duo, Florian Kruse and Nils Nuernberg, are fyring on all cylinders right now. So many great productions and remixes currently on the market from these guys! And of course, their latest NRK release, "Blunder EP", has been doing really well on 12" vinyl and download (has been in the Beatport Deep House Top 5 since release!).

Here's the tracks/records that are twisting the melons of K&N this month!

01. Kruse & Nuernberg - Mirror Ball (NRK)
02. Kris Wadsworth - Deep Inside (Dark Energy)
03. Ethyl & Flori – Tanqueray (Freerange)
04. Alex Dee – Fireworks (Supplemental)
05. Jimpster – Sleeper (Freerange)
06. Lovebirds - N2 Deep (Lazy Days)
07. Florian Kruse - Be Active “Daniel Kyo Remix” (Brown Eyed Boyz Records)
08. Neighbour feat. Think Tank – Reputation (Kolour Recordings)
09. Scope – Magic (Large Music)
10. Audio Soul Project - In The Tide (Kolour Recordings)

All these tracks are available to purchase from

Kruse & Nuernberg - Blunder EP on 12" vinyl

Scope (Ric McClelland) Top 10 for February

Scope AKA Ric McClelland, compiles his Top 10 tracks for February. Look out for his new single on NRK later this Spring, "Frequencies" with remixes from Steve Bug and Nick Harris.

1. Scope – Magic – Large
2. Marcel Jochmann – Booty Count – Opsm
3. Scope – I Want - Onethirty
4. Delano Smith – Truth – Third Ear
5. Erich Bogatzky – Murex (Phogenic Mix) – Dieb Audio
6. Sanasol – Tambourine Man (Christopher Groove mix) – Fear Of Flying
7. Sebo k – Spirits – Mobilee
8. Yosa – Plastic People – Dirt Crew
9. Scope – This Rhythm - NRK
10. Einmusik – Fountain – Einmusika

All these tracks are available to purchase from