[Suara 152] Mark Fanciulli – Nostalgia EP

A lovely release is on it’s way from the inimitable Mark Fanciulli on the Suara imprint, as he brings back some old-school flavours with the aptly titled “Nostalgia EP”. Both “Seal Of Approval” and “Detroit What” pay homage to days past, with lovely classic house chords and catchy vocal samples to boot. Included is also a rather tasty remix from label regular Dosem, who puts his unique techy spin on “Seal of Approval”. A solid two thumbs up from us here at WWD!

James Silk – Language EP [Interview]

Liverpudlian James Silk has been turning all sorts of heads in recent weeks with his latest EP ‘Language’. Arriving next week on Hive Audio, an up & coming label run by the the men behind the renowned Hive Club in Zurich, the release has already won the support of dance titans like Sasha, Steve Lawler & Stacey Pullen. The EP represents a fresh take style wise from the rising producer, who was previously recognised as a Disco House connoisseur. We had the pleasure of chatting with James this week, here’s what went down!

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Poker Flat Hold No Cards With New LP

Many labels lose their way after such a long time in the game, but Steve Bug and Poker Flat have managed to keep the quality of their releases to a really high standard for the last 15 years. Their newest release, Four Jacks, continues this unbroken tradition and fits comfortably in line with their well established and respected sound.

It comes in four parts and features a wide variety of artists. Part one features four really diverse tracks from the likes of Tom Flynn, a remix of Steve Bug from Taylor, a remix of Boris Dlugosch from The Organ Grinder and another from youANDme. Part two is comprised of another four tracks from the likes of Sebo K, Josh Wink, Anaxander, Tom Taylor and Gareth Whitehead.

Part one is out now so go pick up a copy! The next three parts will be out in the coming weeks so do keep an eye out for them.

Apollonia – Tour à Tour [Review]

Tour à Tour’ (meaning to take turns, or ‘alternate’) represents the idea of a continuous motion of music between us; a never-ending circle that flows and becomes hypnotic...” – Apollonia

After a big summer staring at festivals around the world, at Richie Hawtin’s Enter! phenomenon and on the front cover of the distinguished Mixmag, Apollonia have finally released their debut LP Tour à Tour. The French trio, consisting of Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky, have justly earned stellar individual reputations in the dance world & consequently their combination has elevated the Apollonia project to another level, bringing greater hype and greater expectations. Thus, we were eager to get our hands on the release from the first day of its mention. After a solid week rinsing the record here are our thoughts!

Tour à Tour is Apollonia from first to last. The brief intro immediately sets the tone, ushering in a finely assembled collection of tunes, which spans beautifully from peak-timers to take down tracks and back. The likes of  ‘Sona’ & ‘Un Vrai Portugais’ are solid dj weapons, upfront and energetic. While on the other hand,  the likes of ‘Piano’ offer a more removed listening experience, this particular cut utilising soft atmospheric touches & delicate piano keys to premium effect. ‘Haight Street’ is of the same ilk, a deep tech track with a distinct urban feel to it. Paris Street beats if you will! Doused with police sirens and riding on an entrancing low-end groove it is for us one of the standout pieces on the release. Other must-mention highlights include ‘June’, another hypnotic slice of tech goodness, and ‘Mercato’, a pumper straight from the start.

Overall, we found that the album has much to offer and certainly warrants more than just the one listen. We encourage you to delve inside and partake in the Apollonia adventure, there are plenty of deep grooves to loose yourself in and with the impeccable production quality & insightful melodic touches you’ll find the journey almost ethereal.

You can catch Apollonia making there Essential Mix debut this weekend! (4AM BST Sat 25th Oct)

Kobhi joins the Maison Rouge family

Budding producer Kobhi features on brand new UK imprint Maison Rouge this week with a killer remix of fellow Irishman Kaily & Manchester’s Ian Blandy.  The Dubliner provides a stellar tech mix, beefing up the original and subbing in a long, winding bass-line.  A quality follow-up to his recents exploits on Subterraneo Records. Also on the remix pack is another quality producer were tipping for a big future, A Lister. The Bradford man comes up trumps with a whopper deep tech blend of his own.

What’s more, the label are on the prowl for new talent, if you’ve got a killer sound in the deep tech domain make sure to hit them up with a demo. All the details you need are below!

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