Thursday, 31 March 2011

Global Communication announce details for Back In The Box

NRK Music's much revered retrospective compilation series, Back In The Box, returns in May with a double mix compiled and sequenced by one of electronic music's most enduring pairs. Not just Back In The Box, but back together, Global Communication, AKA Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard, reunite following a 15 year hiatus to lay down a collection of genre and era defining Techno and Electronica.

Following on from previous Back In The Box entrants (Dave Clarke, Joey Negro, DJ Sneak and Louie Vega), Global Communication dig deep into their record collections to revive forgotten gems, lost classics and personal favourites. A true connoisseurs compendium of records that helped shape the Global Communication sound. Concentrating on the early to mid 90s period of electronic music, their Back In The Box mix spans the downtempo atmospheric sounds to the cutting edge Detroit techno of the day.

A closer inspection of the mix reveals a journey of two halves, where the wildly experimental sounds and sparse, industrial techno dance beats meet the more reflective and intricate delicacies of the ambience and light breakbeats of electronica. Disc One focuses on the more dancefloor orientated sounds, opening up with a headstrong fusion of some of Detroit's finest music, courtesy of Jay Denham (Fade II Black), Derrick May (here with Steve Hillage's System 7), Kevin "Reese" Saunderson, Carl Craig's BFC project and Anthony "Shake" Shakir, interrupted for a moment by Detroit's possibly first, and only, adopted techno son (just popping over the boarder from Canada), Richie Hawtin, here with a F.U.S.E. classic. The mix picks up a pace with the hardcore assault of Lory D, Neuropolitique and DHS before heading for cruising altitude, with a clever re-pitch of Speedy J's classic "De-Orbit" and then heading into more melodious waters with gems from Flux, Balil, Florence, States Of Mind (Hawtin again) and touching down with some blissful techno from Robert Leiner.

Disc Two delves deeper into the electronic underworld, and whilst the BPMs drop, the intensity of the music never let's up. Detroit once again is represented heavily, but showing another side to it's often heavily guarded face. Rare cuts from Yennek (AKA Kenny Larkin, here remixed by Carl Craig's Inner Zone), Octave One (Never On Sunday), Reel by Real (yep, the one sampled by one LTJ Bukem for a d'n'b classic) and that man Carl Craig (Psyche & Urban Tribe here, Global Comm hugely indebted to this man) display more intricate possibilities to the sound, whilst a track from the 'Godfather Of Techno', Juan Atkins, ensures that the Bellevue Three are all here, present and correct (that'll be Atkins, Saunderson and May). The UK cannot be underestimated in this genre either, and fine cuts from our own 'Godfathers' (808 State) are sequenced with UK's As One (Kirk Degiorgio), Balil, Stasis, and the one who broke on through on his own terms, the uncompromising Aphex Twin. Ending the mix with the beautiful ambience of The Irresistible Force (remixing Sven Vath's Barbarella) and Global Communication's Incidental Harmony, the Back In The Box journey is one that transcends continents, tempos and quite possible brain cells as well

Back In The Box is released on a mixed 2CD, DJ friendly unmixed 2CD, 12" vinyl samplers, and digital album. Legendary scribe, Kris Needs, supplies the linear notes on the CD packaging. Release date: 30th May 2011.

Global Communication - Back In The Box (Mixed)
1) Fade II Black : The Calling (Reprise)
2) System 7 & Derrick May : Altitude
3) Reese : Just Want Another Chance
4) BFC : Galaxy
5) F.U.S.E. : Technotropic
6) Shake : Sonar 123
7) Lory D : Sickness (Sounds Never Seen)
8) Neuropolitique : Mind You Don't Trip
9) DHS : Number 9 Bad Acid
10) Speedy J : De-Orbit (TM Outer Limits Salute Repitch)
11) Balil : Nort Route
12) Florence : A Touch Of Heaven
13) Flux : True Feelings
14) Reload & E621 : Ptyzh
15) States Of Mind : Audio Q5A
16) Robert Leiner : Aqua Viva

1) Link - Intro (The Labels)
2) Ismistik - Flow Charts
3) Yennek - Serena X (Carl Craig Inner Zone Remix)
4) Psyche - Elements
5) Never On Sunday - The Journey
6) As One - Amalia
7) Aphex Twin - Tha
8) Stasis - Point Of No Return
9) Balil - Whirling Of The Spirits
10) 808 State - Sunrise
11) Urban Tribe - Covert Action
12) Link - Places of Origin
13) Model 500 - Infoworld
14) Reel by Real - Surkit
15) Ross 154 - Mayflower
16) Global Communication - Incidental Harmony
17) Barbarella - Barbarella (The Irresistible Force Remix)

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Nick Harris - Counting Clouds EP out now on Climatic Sound

NRK's Nick Harris has a new release out now on Spain's Cliamtic Sound label, the imprint run by DC10's resident, Jose De Divina. "Counting Clouds" EP features two new cuts from Nick, "Counting Clouds" and "Paradise Kissed", and remixes are provided by Jairo Catelo and the Climatic team of De Divina, Vivano and Murdok.
Out now on Beatport, the release has been picking up some positive reaction and comment from some of the scene's most revered DJs.

Steve Bug (Poker Flat) - "Oh yes, Counting Clouds is beautiful! Will keep on counting..."
Maya Jane Coles - "Love the Jairo Catelo remix!!!"
Lee Burridge - "Paradise! Looking forward to seeing how it sounds on a decent system."
Danny Howells - "Always pure class from Nick!!"
Ryan Crosson (Visionquest) - "Nice stuff from Nick as always. I prefer the originals here."
Terry Francis - (Fabric London) - "Like Paradise Kissed mix. Will play it!"
Raresh - "Paradise Kissed is def the one for me here."
Nick Warren - "Two cracking originals, and the remixes are spot on!"
Manuel Tur - "Really cool original dubby vibe on Counting Clouds. Support."
Osunlade - "Lovin Counting Clouds!! Deep!"
Andy Cato - (Groove Armada) - "Great EP By Nick Harris. Support from me!"

Out now on Beatport

Nick Harris - Counting Clouds by nicknrk

Nick Harris - Counting Clouds In March (Beatport Chart)

Chris Lattner's "A Pair" EP out now on Beatport

Chris Lattner debuts on NRK after a couple of years of solid productions and remixes on labels such as Moon Harbour, Fear Of Flying, 8Bit, OFF Recordings and Baalsaal Records.

Hailing from Hannover, Germany, Lattner has quickly become one of the masters of the simple, deep, jackin house sound, with many releases and remixes reaching the Top Tens of digital and vinyl charts. His track “Sick” for Fear Of Flying and his remix of Lewis Boardman’s “Mist” on NRK spent many months in the Beatport house Top 10.

On his NRK debut, Lattner provides two new tracks, “One Is Not Enough” and “Two Is A Pair”, that, whilst hardly breaking new ground, are extremely effective and highly polished club tracks.

“One Is Not Enough” is a shuffling, groovy deep house cut with little jazz keys amongst its moody stabs and rising strings. “Two Is A Pair” ups the energy, with little techy fills and incessant stabs that border on acid over it’s rock solid drum pattern.

"A Pair" EP is out now on 12" vinyl and digital at Beatport

Selected DJ reactions so far;

Rocky (X-Press 2) – Superb! Already played on the Ministry radio show
Matthias Tanzmann (Moon Harbour) – 2 bomb tracks!
Tini (Desolat) – Full support from me
Florian Kruse (Kruse & Nuernberg) – classic Lattner tunes! “Two Is A Pair” for me
Huxley - “Two Is A Pair” is a cool track
Kevin Griffith (Tsuba) - 2 very solid house and immensely playable house cuts. nice!
Sasse (Moodmusic) - excellent vibes, love the EP !
Tim Green (Cocoon) - Love Chris Lattner's music. Both great tracks on here. Will play them both!
Nick Curly (8Bit) - another great release from chris...full support!
Nils Nurnberg (Diynamic/NRK) - Another solid EP from Chris... Really into 'Two is a Pair' - great groove and great production!
Moodymanc (2020Vision) – Quality deepness...nice jazzy flavours...diggin em both ta...
Pezzner (Freerange) – Quality house indeed. Both tracks are excellent but I think I'll lean towards "One Is Not Enough"
Stuart MacMillan (Slam) – Two is a Pair for me.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

More Red Lights for Ed Davenport

Ed Davenport follows up his "Curtain Call" EP for NRK Music with a new 3 track EP titled "More Red Lights".

The title track comes in two mixes; the Main Version of "More Red Lights" is a modern fusion of new and old, with its melodious piano hook teasing away over heavyweight broken beats and crashing 909 cymbals. A pitching vocal line might point to some classic UK rave influences, but "More Red Lights" sounds as fresh a piece of techno-house as you will hear all year. The Dub Version is a more subtle affair, opening up the echo chambers on the snares and rims, and using a bouncing pad to drive the track through.

"Basium" keeps the continuity with a decidedly old school UK flavour. A dubby drum workout builds and builds with further female vox snippets and haunting ambience, never once letting up as the energy rises in a well thought out and precision production.

Out on 12" vinyl and digital download from 4th April 2011

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

NRK Music present...Remixology

NRK Music present...Remixology, a collection of classic remixes from the NRK vaults. The art of the remix is deftly handled by some of the biggest names in electronic dance, as original tracks are deconstructed and reconstructed to offer a uniquely different take.

The remixers include Carl Craig, Octave One, John Ciafone, Julien Jabre, Prins Thomas and Radio Slave, all coming through with their interpretations of tracks from the likes of Kerri Chandler, Nick Holder, Foremost Poets, Blackjoy and more.

Hot Lizard - The Theme (Carl Craig Remix)
Jamie Anderson - Time Is Now (Radio Slave Panorama Garage Mix)
Blackjoy - Moustache (Prins Thomas DiskoMix)
Nick Holder - Paradise (Salt City Mix)
Q-Burns Abstract Message - Innocent (King Britt Scuba Remix)
Quentin Harris - Let's Be Young (Julien Jabre Remix)
Kerri Chandler - The Promise (Fish Go Deep Vocal Dub)
Kris Wadsworth - Crushed (Tevo Howard Remix)
Nick Holder - No More Dating DJs (John Ciafone Dub Mix)
Foremost Poets - Moonraker (Magik J Back To My House Mix)
Rocket - People (Chicken Lips Remix)
Terra Deva - Fresh Start (Joshua House Mix)
Akabu - The Way (Octave One Remix)

Out now on Beatport & Traxsource and all other reputable download stores.

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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Nick Harris - We Are Zero Podcast

Nick Harris - We Are Zero Podcast by nicknrk

Tommy Bones - After The Club (Real Tone)
Justin Drake & Kevin Griffiths - Midnight Special (Tsuba)
Claire Ripley - Egos (1trax)
D'Pac - I Wouldn't (Prescription)
Chris Lattner - Two Is A Pair (NRK)
Shonky - Le Velour (FR Late NIte Dub MIx) (Real Tone)
Nick Harris - BizzaRIO (Fresh Meat)
Rick Poppa Howard - I Won't Lay Back (Underground Vocal Mix) (Rush Hour)
Snuff Crew - Feel Inside (Kink & Neville Watson Mix) (Rush Hour)
Kerri Chandler - Get It Off (DJ Deep Edit) (Deeply Rooted)
Partial Arts - Cruising (Battle)
Nick Harris - Turn Down The Lights (NRK)
Sandee - Notice Me (Notice The House Mix) (Fever Records)