LOVEBIRDS – JUST MUSIC & ME

After a very long break for extensive procrastination and studio gear acquisitions Lovebirds returns with a mighty new EP.

Just music and me” was created 15 (!) years ago in his Hamburg studio at the height of his early production period. It was lying forgotten on the hard drive forever until his best mate SIRS began playing it again and people started asking about it. It’s a synth-disco-boogie-house jamboree, its simple, its fun. and its a banger!

“Straight from the heart” is a fairly new jam – midtempo 80s Italo boogie vibe, lovely arpeggios and as if that wasn’t enough – a lovely vocoder hook drops in the last breakdown.

“For Anna (onward journey)” is dedicated to the late girlfriend of a close friend. It was one of those random melodies that you sing into your iPhone while taking a walk, but this time it was actually turned into a love dripping Patrick Adamsesque slow disco groover. Wet delays, catchy lead synths and huge breakdowns.

Released 23/9/22 – buy / listen here

I am pretty sure every one knows you and the momumental music that have made! But for those of our readers that may be new to Lovebirds, please take a moment to introudce yourself to our readers.

I´ve been producing soulful dance music (with a retro touch) since the mid 90s, first as “Kneedeep” and since 15 years as “lovebirds”.

If you had to put into a few words the type of music that you make, what words would you choose? Or is that just too hard?

Epic soulful music with a hook!

Who are the artists from yesterday that inspire the music that you make today?

Patrick Adams and Quincy jones.

Do you follow music trends? Who do you think is making great music at the moment?

No I probably don’t. Everybody is just copying a different phase of the past, so most of my heroes are from the past.

Is there an album from back in time that touched you soul?

Marvin Gaye – I Want You

What kind of music do you like to listen to when your just chillin’?

I have a (soul) “ballads” playlist on Spotify – that one is on every Sunday!

Talk us through your stunning new EP a little.

“Just music and me” is a very old tune I think its from 2007! I played it out back then and actually for a long time and it worked great. But I was never happy with the sound. I´ve tried to give it a new mix at least 10 times over the last 15 years but there’s something about an original. That energy and vibe that you have when you´ve just put it together – its the best, hard to recreate. So what I ended up doing is more like an edit of the original.

Straightfromtheheart” is one of my most recent tracks. I think I got a new vintage lexicon delay and was giving it a test with my Oberheim OB8. That is the arpeggio in this track. Then I added all the other stuff in an hour or so.

For Anna” is a special tune … Anna was the girlfriend of my best mate Daniel (SIRS) she was very ill with cancer at that time and I went for a morning walk by the river and had this melody in my had. I sang it into my phone like I did a thousand times before but this time I actually did something with it on my laptop at home. I love the epic soulfullness of this track and now its Anna’s soundtrack in disco heaven.

What makes you happy Basti?

Good red wine, good food!

With a name like Lovebirds would you say you are a hopeless romantic?

I´m not. I´m too 😊

What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?

I´ve just told that Brazilian story to some friends by the pool in Ibiza. I can´t publicly lay it out haha.

What’s the most exotic thing you’ve ever eaten?

As much as I love food I´m not really an experimental eater. Can’t even think of anything impressive to mention here.

Where should we listen to your new EP and what should we be drinking?

I guess it would work well on a nice after hour, privately with all the things that are fun 😉

Released 23/9/22 – buy / listen here

GUINU – PALAGOGUINU

Brazilian musician, songwriter and producer Pedro Guinu makes his debut on Razor-N-Tape with PALAGÔ, a record that speaks to the artist’s relationship with his current home – Rio de Janeiro – and the city’s strong connection to the roots of Brazilian music and African rhythms.

Recorded live in-studio, the LP captures the qualities and sonic textures of 1970s era analog recordings, evoking the sounds of Eumir Deodato, Marcos Valle and João Donato. Characterized by tasteful arrangements, improvisations, heavy grooves, and polyrhythms, the sprawling album fuses styles and influences to create something new and unique while maintaining a link to the past.

Released September 16, 2022 – LISTEN / BUY HERE

We asked him to talk us through the tracks of this magical collection..

PALAGÔ

When I moved to Rio, the first jobs I got were in Lapa which is a bohemian neighborhood in downtown Rio. When it rains heavily, the streets of the neighborhood always flood. Palagô is kind of a play on words or a portmanteau of Lapa and Alagou (flooded). This rain that floods, but also that cleans and purifies, is a theme that runs throughout the album.

PORTÃO DE FERRO

My first contact with religions of African origin were in Rio. In Portão de Ferro, I speak of an entity called Exu who in Candomblé serves as a guardian and a link between the human and the divine. This song was recorded in just one take.

HAJA FÉ

I wanted to record a samba on this record so I reached out to some composers I know. My great friend and composer from Rio, Caio Nunez, had this samba that he gave to me to arrange and record. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album.

ELETROMANDINGA

This song started off as an instrumental with a beat that’s like a clave de samba. Through my studies of the African religions, I wanted to introduce the names of the orixás (African entities representing forces of nature). The arrangement presents a Cyberpunk aesthetic contrasted against the idea of the orixás appearing here as a warning sign of our destruction of the planet.

CEU DE SANGUE

This melody was one that was really stuck in my head. I’ll usually record melodic ideas on my cell and I realized that I had recorded the same thing more than once. The lyrics are by my partner, Linne Lira, and speak about racism, struggle and justice.

AMANHA

My time to finish the album was running out and I still wanted one more song. I asked my friend and great composer, JR Bocca, if he might have something. He showed me this and I loved it. The arrangement of this song is my favorite. The lyrics speak a lot about hope.

RARIDADE / LYO

Raridade is a samba rock or classic sambalanço tune in the vein of Bebeto, Copa 7 and Jorge Ben. I co-composed this number with my friend, Caio Nunez.

ACHEI AMOR

Achei Amor is a romantic song with stylistic references to baile charme carioca. It’s a balad typical of those sung by Cassiano and Tim Maia.

JOANA JOA

I’m passionate about rap and I wanted to incorporate it someway into the album but still within the aesthetics of Palagô. I felt like I could have a forró track on the record, so I tried to combine the two styles here. I invited my friends, Floor Polder on Flute and Ellen Correa who provided the rap which tells the story of the wave of internal migration from the North to Southeast Brazil.

CHORANDO PITANGA

Chorando Pitanga is one of my oldest compositions from back when I still only wrote instrumentals. It resembles chorinho combined with baião, two classic styles of Brazilian music, one from Rio the other from the North East of Brazil. The finale is a tribute to the album, Tchokola, by Jean-Luc Ponty, an album I listened to a lot as a teenager, and features American, George Mason, on the violin.

Released September 16, 2022 – LISTEN / BUY HERE

TOM ESSELLE – PRAISE BES EP

Steppin up, steppin in. Tom Esselle, one half of the minds behind the South London
label and former Peckham record store, Yam Records, joins the WOLF Music fam for
his first full length EP. And you best believe it doesn’t disappoint. Following VA appearances on Rhythm Section and his own imprint, he goes all out for this first solo EP outing. Shuffling bumpers, SE LDN jazz-flecked deepness, tough drum workouts and broken beat heaters, all mixed down by Chaos In The CBD main man Beans, this really does have a cut for every occasion and shows an accomplished head
rests on Esselle’s shoulders. Someone who’s been part of the scene for years, slingin’
records and throwing parties, he knows what makes people tick and even better what
makes people move. This is premium grade dancefloor tackle, tinged by a whole host of different influences and genres, strung together with that distinctive South London feel.

RELEASED: 16TH SEPT 2022 – Listen and Buy via Phonica…

Please can you take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers..

Hi! I’m Tom Esselle, DJ/producer and YAM Records co-conspirator.

Tell us where you are based and where you are from?

I was born in south east London but grew up just outside London. I’ve been based back in SE LDN for the last 12 years or so.

There is clearly a sound that is Tom Esselle. How would you best define that sound?

Thanks! I feel like my ‘sound’ is constantly developing but I guess the recurring themes are nice chords, bumpy drums and imposter syndrome?

Who are the artists that have inspired you from the past?

Too many to list them all but honourable mentions go to MAW, Grant Nelson, Kaidi Tatham, Patrice Rushen and Steely Dan.

Who is making great music today that you are impressed by?

K-Lone keeps me guessing with every release. Shy One is killing it right now. Joe is my all-time hero for quality over quantity.

If you had a pick a genre to ‘listen’ over everything else, what would it be?

House Is Life

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

A really tough question and I’m not sure there’s a definitive answer, although it’s probably Derek & Clive (Live).

Where do you think the South London sound began and who do you think was the originator of this sound?

I think it started in a number of places all around the same time – Rhythm Section, 22a, Steez are all notable players – but there were countless people and parties laying the foundations way before the ‘South London sound’ was a thing.

Why did you chose to work with Wolf to host your new release? How did the relationship begin?

I’d met Stu a few times over the years and always loved WOLF’s output, so it seemed like the perfect home for my music. We exchanged a few emails, and 18 months later here we are!

Your new Ep is for lovers of ….

Small clubs with low ceilings, minor 9th chords, hot buttered toast.

Where should we listen to this EP and what should we be drinking?

With your friends drinking an old fashioned.

What you got coming up in 2022?

Working on a couple of EPs and building the studio in my new flat. Keep an eye out for new music next year!

RELEASED: 16TH SEPT 2022 – Listen and Buy via Phonica…

GREG FOAT – PHOTOSYNTHESIS REMIXES

Recorded during the 2020 Lockdown this is the follow up to Photosynthesis this time featuring drummer Morgan Simpson (Black Midi)

Greg Foat is something of a musical polymath, with his various solo and collaborative albums touching on everything from spiritual jazz, library music and soundtrack sounds, to Balearic beats, jazz-funk and deep house.

On Psychosynthesis, Greg Foat delves deep into his love and collection of synthesisers turning out an album that is deep techno plus electronica with his usual Jazz structure and composition.

More than the some of the past. Yet another another unexpected and brilliant deviation for this versatile musical composer.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Greg. Where are you today and what are you up to? 

Hi. I am on the Isle of Wight and today I am taking my son to the beach

Where are you from originally and where are you based these days? 

I was born in Surrey but moved to the Isle of Wight when I was 12. I have lived in a lot of different countries but now I am back on the island. 

Jazz musician, pianist, composer, producer. What came first? 

Pianist came first. 

I guess you played the piano since you were young. Did you train classically initially? 

Yes I had Classical piano lessons from 10 years of age. 

Jazz is something that you just feel. No one can teach you that, you have to be able to feel it right? 

Not at all. I started learning jazz at around 15 years old. I have had some great teachers over the years. Jazz musicians like Gordon Beck, Jeff Clyne and Trevor Tomkins for example. 

Who are some artists from the past that inspire the music that you make today? 

Piero Piccioni, John Klemmer, Hiroshi Yoshimura and Francy Boland.

Who do you think is making great music right now that you keep your eyes on

Charlie Stacey is my favourite Pianist and I also love a new band called Forest Law. 

You’ve been described as something of a musical maverick, your projects spanning  library music, Balearic, jazz and house. Is there a genre that you feel most comfortable in? 

Jazz transcends Genres. A Jazz Musician can play anything.   

You have released on Athens of The North, Jazzman, and your album on Strut Symphonie Pacifique made quite a mark in Balearic circles. Can you tell us a little about that album as if anyone has missed it they need to check it! 

Symphonie Pacifique is a double LP based upon the painting by Henry Valensi. It features Moses Boyd and Clark Tracey on Drums as well as British Jazz Legend Art Themen on Saxophone.

Psychosynthesis comes from your most recent sell out album of the same title this year. Can you give us a brief overview this beautiful and cinematic widescreen project ?

Psychosynthesis was my first real solo album. I made it mostly with drum machines and synths with my friend and studio owner James Thorpe. It is a real stream of consciousness. It reflects 2 years of brief moments and thoughts

You released it originally on Blue Crystal Records. How did you hook up with Ross Allen and Foundation Music? 

I sent the album to Ross and he loved the title track and asked if he could license it for some remixes. I agreed and here we are!

The original track, sounds very Detroit. Can you talk a little more about how this track was born and how was it made?

It was based on a couple of synth ideas on a 1978 Korg MS20

Whose idea was it to get the New Jersey DJ and producer Foremost Poets on board and how do you feel about their remixes? Hasn’t he just worked on the Beyonce album? 

It was Ross Allen’s idea but I am very happy with the result. I had no idea he had worked with Beyonce!

The track is also interpretated by legendary Sheffield producer Crooked Man. That’s quite a coup. Do you give producers direction on remixes, or do you just trust them and let them do their thing?

No I just let them do their thing. 

Being a one man act, how do you feel about collaborating? 

I love collaborating

Is there something you have in the pipeline and who with? 

Yes I have just recorded an album with Gigi Masin which is out next year. 

What other projects are you working on right now that you can share?

This October I will be recording an album with a legendary Saxophonist from Finland and another album in Mykonos with the amazing Greek saxophonist. Sokratis Votskos.  

You’ve devoted most of your life to making music. What do you think you might have done if you didn’t follow this musical path?

If I hadn’t devoted my life to music then I would have probably made some decent money doing something else instead

GREG FOAT RELEASES ‘PSYCHOSYNTHESIS REMIXES’ ON FOUNDATION MUSIC.

The Alma Negra Live Band – San Jon EP

Alma Negra is back, this time with the first release from “The Alma Negra Live Band“. Although the band has had many international gigs, this is the first release that Alma Negra recorded with their musicians live in the studio. Cooperation with musicians has become an important part of the Alma Negra Sound over the past 5 years. “Mombasa to Lagos” is a straight Afrobeat with electronic influences. “Mombasa to Lagos” is a straight Afrobeat with electronic influences. A journey from east to west from Mombasa to Lagos. “San Jon” is a streetprosession in Cabo Verde to celebrate the Saint Jon (John). It’s a 3/4 rhythm played with drums and people dance. Taxi Radio is a wild taxi ride. Uptempo beat, reggae, wild percussions and nasty synths are combined in one track. With his remix, Mehmet Aslan expands the
rhythmic variety with a Soca interpretation of San Jon. The song is a trippy track reminiscent of long club nights. Alma Negra’s Night Mix rounds out the EP with a deep version of the original.

The Alma Negra Live Band – San Jon EP – Release date: 2.9.2022 – listen / buy via Bandcamp here…

The amazing sound of Alma Negra in a live performance. What could be better! How many members are there in your ensemble and what parts do you all play?

We are 5 musicians, we have a drummer (Luca Glausen), keyboard player (Cedric Vogel / Jose Braide), percussionist (Alberto Garcia / Dersu Figueria), synth player (Mario Robles) and guitarist (Sandro Corbart). Since some of the musicians have their own projects we sometimes have backup musicians.

As a live band with many facets, who is the leader? Who takes control when things get out of control?

The twins Dersu and Diego usually do the interviews, but since I’m in charge of the band, it was easier to come out from the background and report. I’m Mario Robles and I have been taking care of the back office (label, some productions etc.). I no longer DJ since I became father, the live band is now my new project in the Alma Negra Project and I organise the sessions and lead the musicians on stage. I play synths and samples from the tracks. And I translate the productions that often come from Dersu and Diego in the Live Show.

How do you handle the decision making process collectively? Does it ever get heated?

Actually not, we are always very much in agreement on the whole and can criticize each other well. Of course, the twins Dersu and Diego tease each other like siblings do. In the beginning we did but now all three of us have an understanding of music we want to achieve.

Who do you think are one of the greatest live bands of all time?


I don’t know there are so many great bands out there. One of the last concerts I saw that I liked a lot is the UK/Sudanese Scoprios (Afro7). The concert was in a small location and was quite a trip. One of the most fun concerts I recall was Baba Zula. And it’s always a pleasure to see Antibalas Live.

What do you think are the elements of a great live performance for you?

When a band has fun on stage, I think that’s more important than when everyone downplays their solos in a military manner.

Do you have a ritual before you go on stage that you always follow?

No, although there is usually a very funny atmosphere before the performance.

Is it hard to convey the live aspect in a recording? What elements do you need to consider?


They are all top musicians, and the productions are usually very mature when we record. That actually always works very well. We usually want to record as many songs as possible in one go and try to move forward as efficiently as possible. If we could we would also have a brass section live. Bodo Maier is our trumpet player whom we also did a remix for his Jazz Band and frequently records for our records.

How do you capture the sentiment and vibe in the studio when recording? What do you do to create the vibe?

We give the musicians a lot of freedom to bring in their style and are open to suggestions. This usually leads to a cool vibe and good results.

There are many live recorded records over time, the sound quality is obviously different. What would you say to a listener to help them to understand more a live recording?

For us, live recordings should usually be more lively, but usually not produced as fat as a computer production. That’s why the record is also called The Alma Negra Live Band. Of course, the same musicians are also recorded on the usual Alma Negra releases, but then maybe only the keys and percussion in one song and the rest produced on the computer.

As a band, do you find challenges in releasing music? What are those challenges?

We waited two years because of corona to release this record. It’s a bit weird to listen now to it. Pressing vinyl has become a challenge as well, that’s why release digital at the moment. But we now release everything on our own label so we can handle our own agenda.

Moving on to your stunning new release. Is San Jon a place? Tell us about the title of the EP.


San Jon is a holiday in Cape Verde that is accompanied with a ceremony of special drum rhythms. The track ‘San Jon’ is our own interpretation of this rhythm combined with synths, bass and drums

Mombasa To Lagos is a killer track. Tell us about how this track came about?


Diego named the track ‘Mombasa to Lagos’ because he was in Mombasa when he had the basic idea for the track. Lagos because the rhythm of the tune is more reminiscent of Nigerian afrobeat. Later we worked it out with the band and added modular synths and live drums.

‘San Jon ( Mehmet Aslan Soca Dub Remix)’ is a track that pulls you to the middle of the dancefloor. What can you tell us about the remixer.

Mario: We started producing together at the very beginning of our music careers and organized parties in Basel before he moved to Berlin. Since then, we have maintained a constant exchange.

Describe to us the perfect setting, for this music to be played?

I would play this music outside in sunny bar, maybe at a beach or a nice place outside on daylight.

The Alma Negra Live Band – San Jon EP – Release date: 2.9.2022 – listen / buy via Bandcamp here…

LEA LISA – Love to the End EP


The ‘Love To The End EP’ takes influence and inspiration from a particular early 90s UK Techno rarity by
Mark Goddard titled ‘The End’ (The Truth EP), a beautiful and emotive take on the classic sound of UK
Techno that’s been much loved and highly sought after for decades, even being a particular favourite
of Aphex Twin. It’s an ode to the original, rather than a remix or cover. The two mixes re-imagine the
sound of soulful and deep Techno, combining driving basslines and drum machine grooves with
atmospheric and nostalgic synth lines.

On the A-Side’s ‘Manchester Club Mix’, the focus is laser focused on peaktime dancefloors with a
slowly building level of euphoria matched with rolling drums until the breakdown chills the mood and
the plucky, earth shaking bassline returns before the tension is released and the melodies float effortlessly around the pounding rhythm.

Over on the B-Side, the ‘Sunset Mix’ jacks up the drums with kicks and claps that shake your spine.
The bassline rolls steadily throughout the mix but the melodic lines this time are more restrained,
introspective and subtle, echoing and harking to past rave memories with ease…

Love To The End EP – Listen / Buy via Phonica – OUT 2/9/22

Please can you introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Lea Lisa, I’m a Dj producer, I’m passionate about electronic music and I’ve been collecting vinyl for more than 25 years, I live in Switzerland.

Who would you say are the artists from the past that inspired the music that you make today?

I am a big fan of Ron Trent, I appreciate his work since the beginning. He’s a producer that has always inspired me. Kerri Chandler too, Larry Heard, Mr G, there Moodymann, François K… They are so many…

Who is making great music now that you are impressed by?

Chaos in the CBD, Session Victim.  It sounds too good, the atmosphere they manage to create, there is a very strong emotional feeling. It’s a real pleasure to play their records. Also have a look at Retromigration, a young producer Based in Amsterdam.

If someone wanted to get to know more about Lea Lisa, what album would you recommend they listen to?

I hesitate but the ones that made an impression on me were Kerri Chander’s “Hemisphere“ album released on Freetown in 1996 and for the second one, the whole Drexciya’s discography. They are very different styles but they characterize me well. 

What is your ideal club night? What club? Where? Who is playing? What track are they playing?

Of course I could talk about my residency at Folklor but that’s not very objective! I love Heidegluhen in Berlin, run by Woody, it’s for me one of the best clubs in the world. The people are receptive, demonstrative, the line-ups are very interesting. If I had to choose, I would put Danilo Plessow, Ron Trent, Session Victim, Kerri, Colleen Cosmo Murphy, there are too many! I have no particular expectations in terms of records selection. I love surprises…

Have you been a fan of Phonica Records and its output over the years?

Phonica is above all the story of a record store that has been around for almost 20 years. It’s an institution. When you go to London, it’s one of the places you have to go if you like vinyl. They also put out some really good records on their different labels. I’m very happy to have their support.

Talk us through this new edit EP a little

It’s a tribute to the 90’s UK scene which inspired me a lot. In particular the Ep of Mark Goddard (The truth). I wanted to produce a record that reminds me of the golden age of this scene because It’s a big part of my background.

This release is for lovers of

For those who seek emotional content in music…

What do you have in the pipeline for the rest of 2022?

I’m continuing my residency at Club Folklor for the second year, I’m also looking forward to all the upcoming dates, I’m trying to finalize a second EP for 2023 but most of all I’m enjoying the present moment.

Where can we catch you playing next?

The next gigs will be at Heidegluhen in Berlin, Brunch in the Park for the Drop BCN parties, Porto at Piano B Club and more to come. I’m really excited!

What makes you happy Lea?

My Family & to be a Dj… This is really a wonderful job.

Tell us something that we would never know about you?

I never drink alcohol, no drugs, I like to keep the connection with the music intact.

Love To The End EP – Listen / Buy via Phonica – OUT 2/9/22

Elado – Elado Edits 2

Everyone’s favourite Israeli digger is back for another round of gloriously rare edit heat on RNT! ‘Baila’ gets the party started with infectious flamenco chants and claps over a churning acidic groove, and ‘Disco Hummus’ rounds out the side with a bit of joyful disco cheek. On the flip, ‘Sun’ turns an unlikely cover of a classic into an Afro Disco banger, and ‘Simba’ rumbles and rolls with restraint toward a hypnotic peak of brass and vocals. Elado has done it again…

RELEASE DATE: 26TH AUGUSTListen and Buy via Bandcamp / Juno

Please can you introduce yourself to our readers?

I‘m Elado. A  DJ for over than 30 years now, just taking my first steps on the global scene.

Tell us where you are based, and where exactly are you today?

I’m from Tel-Aviv, Israel. Born, raised and still live her.

Which words best define the music that you make ?

Groovy, global, disco, analog synths, oriental, obscure, selector, disco, house.

Who are the artists from the past that inspired the music that you make today?

Willian Onyeabor, and Giorgio Moroder.

Who is making great music now that you are impressed by?

Josh Ludlow & Make A Dance, COEO, Dar disku, Captain planet, and Cinthie.

If someone wanted to get to know more about Elado, what album would you recommend they listen to?

‘Choice’ by Louie Vega.

Talk us through this new edit EP a little.

4 tracks. 2 edits, 2 remixes.

BAILA: Spanish flamenco with sleazy vocal and acid lines that will make everyone clap to the flamenco sound.

SIMBA: African deep disco with a dubby feel for the later hours. Sits between disco  & house.

DISCO HUMMUS: Middle Eastern funky disco with Darbuka “Hafla” breaks that will set the floor on fire at the right moment.

SUN: A basic edit of an African cover to a famous song. A guilty pleasure treat for the set finale.  

This release is for lovers of …..

Antal, Nu genea, Folamour, Dekmantel selectors.

What makes you happy Elado?

When a label that I love wants to release my stuff. When a DJ that I admire plays my tune. And when my kids are smiling.

Tell us something that we would never know about you?

I was practicing for the Israeli DMC championship when I was 16 years old. It got cancelled. They re-newed the dj’s Championships in 2002 and I won!

Where can we catch you playing next?
Paris in september, NYC & Texas in october, Amsterdam & Mexico in november, and an Australian tour in 2023!

What do you have in the pipeline for the rest of 2022?

The ‘Gulab Jamun’ official release with a new remix on RAZOR-TAPE, a remix for Tigerbalm on a forthcoming release also on RNT, few edits & remixes, and oriental Israeli remix project im hoping to release next year!

RELEASE DATE: 26TH AUGUSTListen and Buy via Bandcamp

ROMAN RAUCH & EDDY RAMICH – DAYGLOW FT. PETER JOSEF (SHUYA OKINO REMIX)

Eddy Ramich is a familiar name to anyone with more thana passing interest in modern, soulful European electronic music. The Croatian DJ and producer has become a mainstay of the forward thinking and eclectic scene for the past three decades. From his pioneering Kontrapunkt events in Zagreb, to his much loved collaborations with Dus and Yannah, Eddy has always been at the forefront of the movement.

And it’s once again a collaboration that brings Ramich, now based in Berlin, to his hometown label Sonar Kollektiv this summer – this time hooking up with Viennese producer Roman Rauch. This highly respected beat maker and DJ, despite hailing from Austria’s green valleys, channels the raw, deep soul of Detroit and Chicago in his sublime musical productions, and here it’s no different.

The pair’s unique partnership for Sonar Kollektiv is completed with the enlisting of our very own Pete Josef on vocal duties. The blue-eyed soul singer from Bristol has been an integral part of the label since releasing his debut long-player, Colours, in 2015 as well as subsequent remixes and the follow up album, I Rise With The Birds, five years later.

On Dayglow, Pete’s smooth and sultry tones add rich textures to Eddy and Roman’s steadfast four-to-the-floor beats, and a vocal hook that’ll stay with you for some time to come. Bright synths follow its lead and crisp percussion adds a lightness of touch to counterbalance the foot friendly bottom end and make this a future club and beach banger!

On remix duties is none other than Japanese DJ, producer and folk hero – and another regular collaborator of Eddy’s – Shuya Okino. The man behind Kyoto Jazz Massive, and legendary music venue The Room, adds a generous dose of jazz-funk to the proceedings with some serious live bass, tender keys and more restrained drums that’ll make his version a favorite for fans of acts like STR4TA, Incognito and Freeeze. 

Releases August 19, 2022 – Listen / Buy here…

Please can you introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Roman Rauch, a producer and from Vienna. I used to run a few labels too (Secret Crunch and Life is for Living). Also did releases on labels like Quintessentials, Mule, Klamauk, Philpot.

Tell us where you are based, and where exactly are you today?

I’m based in the beautiful city of Vienna and that’s where I am right now.

Which words best define the music that you make ?

Deep, I guess. At least that’s what I try to do and hopefully others get it across too!

What would you say is your most ‘notable’ release to date?

I‘m still very happy about my releases on Souplphiction’s (RIP) Philpot label

Is there a track that you released that perhaps didn’t get the reaction it deserved?

I love the Pizza’n Trumpets EP on my Life is for Living imprint, which i did together with my Studio buddy Peletronic.

Who are the artists that inspired the music that you make?

Loads of inspirations from different genres. From jazzy golden era Hip-Hop from the likes of ATCQ or MF DOOM, to the likes of Herbie Hancock and Don BLackman. Of course legends like Theo Parish, Moodymaann and Soulphiction were a huge influence too.

Who is making great music now that you are impressed by?

Thundercat

If someone wanted to get to know more about Roman Rauch, what album would you recommend they listen to?

As I only have one album its probably the one 😉 So checkout “Heliocentric” on Klamauk.

Talk us through the Dayglow EP a little.

We actually did the instrumental in my studio here in Vienna when Eddy had a stopover here in between giga. As usual he stayed in our flat and we hung out in the studio, jammed and came up with the track. Then Eddy hooked up Pete for the Vocals and Shuya for the remix

This release is for lovers of …..

I’d say its for music lovers who aren‘t looking for new hype genres every other week.

What makes you happy Roman?

This release for example. Always been a huge fan and collector of the Jazzanova / Sonar Kollektiv crew and friends with Eddy amnd Shuya. So this release really feels like family. Besides that I’m pretty basic: Good people, good music, good food.

Tell us something that we would never know about you?

I’m quite a sneaker head besides my record collecting habits!

What do you have in the pipeline for the rest of 2022 that we should watch out for ?

Since the pandemic, I felt the urge less of making much music to be honest at the beginning of the pandemic. In hindsight, it was a much needed change to recharge my batteries after being in the studio and the booth 24/7 before. After a while I found the inspiration again to work on new bits and finish older ones. Some of it will probably see the light soon, so I’d say stay tuned

Releases August 19, 2022 – Listen / Buy here…

SPIRITUAL RHYTHM EP – K.MO

K•Mos Wayout Records returns in August 2022 with a new single, entitled Spiritual Rhythm.

Wayout, helmed by James Kumo, launched as a platform for the Manchester based producer and DJs new guise, K•Mo. Over the past few releases the label has unveiled a debut album under the alias as well as EPs featuring remixes from the likes of Byron The Aquarius, Manakinz, Westcoast Goddess, Leonid Nevermind, Yard One, Mahal and Larry Quest. Here for the labels tenth release K•Mo delivers his latest single.

‘Spiritual Rhythm’ leads the release, a rolling, deep house spacey house groove, organic drums & sprinkles of dubbed out trumpets and key stabs. Main room material.

Following this, three more deep house cuts, first up is ’Chi-Town Jam’, a dub disco influenced jam, featuring Tim Jules on keys. One for the disco and house heads alike.

‘Summer Of 93’, a nineties inspired house track for the summer months on the terraces of Ibiza and beyond.

And finally, we have ‘Harmony’, a percussive heavy dreamy deep house cut, ladened with smooth key patterns, courtesy of Tim Jules.

Release date: 5-Aug-22 – Buy: wayoutrecords.bandcamp.com/

It’s great to talk to you K.Mo. For our readers that are new to your name, please can you take a moment to introduce yourself..

Of course, my name is James Kumo, I’ve been producing since 2007, but more recently recording under the alias K.Mo since 2020, I run my label Wayout out of Manchester UK. DJ’d since the early 90s, so a while 🙂

Tell us where you are based and where you are from?

I’m UK based, currently in Manchester…though I’m originally from Kent/London.

Who are the artists from the past that inspire the music you make today?

There are lots, I take influences from the past and present…mainly from disco, Chicago/NY house, to more electronic music. Producers like Larry Heard, Moodymann, Larry Levan, Carl Craig, Inner City, Tee Scott, Francois K, Ron Trent, so quite US focussed I guess. But of course, I look to people from the UK & Europe, like the late great Phil Asher, then producers like Ashley Beedle, Jimpster, Atjazz & Don Carlos who I look up to. I could go for on for a while 🙂  

What words would you use to define the sound of K.Mo?

Deep, soulful, electronic house music.

What can you tell us about Wayout Records?

I decided to spend a fair chunk of time, during 2020 to kick start Wayout as a platform for releasing my K.Mo material, also to start to invite the odd remixer or musician to contribute to the releases. People like Byron The Aquarius have featured, who played keys over my Space Funk track, as well as Tim Jules out of Amsterdam, a great keyboardist who I’m continuing to work with – actually on this latest release too. Otherwise, I’ve worked with Westcoast Goddess, Leonid Nevermind, Manakinz, Larry Quest, Yard One, Toby Tobias and Mahal.

Talk us through the Spiritual Rhythm EP

‘Spiritual Rhythm leads the release, a rolling, deep house spacey house groove, organic drums & sprinkles of dubbed out trumpets and key stabs. Main room material. Following this, three more deep house cuts, first up is ’Chi-Town Jam’, a dub disco influenced jam, featuring Tim Jules on keys. One for the disco and house heads alike. ‘Summer Of 93’, a nineties inspired house track for the summer months on the terraces of Ibiza and beyond. And finally, we have ‘Harmony’, a percussive heavy dreamy deep house cut, ladened with smooth key patterns, courtesy of Tim Jules.

This EP goes down deep. What are the elements of a great deep house track in your opinion?

It’s gotta have a groove to it, even if it’s a fairly stripped back track. So the baseline is crucial. Chords!…need some deep catchy keys in there, lush pads will go down a treat too.

What was the first deep house record you ever bought?

Oooh, this goes back to around 1990 for me – think it was something like The Underground Solution – ‘Luv Dancin’ on Strictly Rhythm. My mind is a bit hazy!

Tell us your current deep house artist tip?

Clive From Accounts – love his work.

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

Crackazat – Evergreen

When you’re not making music, what do you do to relax?

Dog walks, family, travel, sports.

What you got coming up in 2022?

More music!! Working on a few new projects for other labels. Watch out!

Release date: 5-Aug-22 – Buy: wayoutrecords.bandcamp.com/

Dance To Keep From Crying EP – Cor.ece

Cor.ece is a whole vibe. The LA-based vocalist and songwriter recently exploded onto the scene through an incendiary collaboration with Honey Dijon on her Defected singles “Unleash” and “Work,” and now Cor.ece delivers his own unique musical statement with his solo debut on RNT, the Dance To Keep From Crying EP.

Leading the project is Possibly Impossible, with RNT’s JKriv on production and Dave Giles III on the mic. The A-side fuses airy and expansive vocal soundscapes with a certifiably infectious hook, and shows Cor.ece’s dynamism as a performer and songwriter.

Nothing But Me rides a low-slung groove, leaving room for Corece’s vocal percussion & lyricism, before Sky85 arrives as a moody late-nite R&B burner. With sultry vocal textures layered over a driving machine drum beat and electro bassline, the LA singer delves into darker vocal territory in this song that’s as hauntingly emotive as it is catchy.

The title track Dance To Keep From Crying, produced by JKriv and featuring the keyboard wizardry of Jason Lindner, elevates energy with crisp house kicks and a punchy analog-tinged bassline igniting the two-step, while closing duty comes with What’s The Word’s acidic synth-driven deviance featuring Danny Kane.

With interlude skits from Darrell J. Hunt sprinkled throughout the EP, Cor.ece brings it full circle on his first feature length project.

Releases August 5, 2022 – Listen / Buy here…

Please can you introduce yourself to our readers.

My pleasure, I believe I am a citizen of the world, but I was born in the mid-west of the United states; a haven for blues and soul music. I’ve been an artist since before I even knew what the word meant. I’m so happy that it has manifested itself in a few different forms of creativity, including making music. I currently have a project called “Dance To Keep From Crying” coming out on a super-hot label, Razor-N-Tape, a space that has allowed me to sing, write, perform, and create visual media to support the music.

Tell us where you are based today and where you are from originally?

I live just outside of Downtown Los Angeles, which L.A. is becoming the unexpected creative centre of the United States – a very unlikely cosmos. It’s nice to not only be in the mix, but to also impact it with my own art. Originally, I was born in St.Louis, Missouri and came of age in Chicago. 

There is clearly a sound that is Cor.ece. What words would ‘you’ chose to define that sound?

From the beginning I’ve called my music hopeful-electro-soul. It still remains true. You can listen to any of my records and locate one or more of those themes.

Who are the artists that have inspired you in your life time?

Too many to even narrow down. It also depends on the day. Sometimes I’m thinking about Stevie Wonder or Nina Simone, Peven Everett, Frank Ocean or Rahsaan Patterson – my music would be a lot smaller without the work of these people before me.

If you had a pick a genre to ‘listen’ over everything else, what would it be?

This is a setup. How can I pick one? I think if I was stuck on a one-genre island I’d go with house music because it has soul, jazz, African roots, electronic – so many things. I’d be satisfied with the vastness of that genre.

What is your all-time favourite to ‘dance to’ record?

I just finished a mix for Razor-N-Tape’s podcast and I put some of those on there. Anything by Peggy Gou, like ‘Starry Night’, I love James Brown, Aly-Us ‘Follow Me’ and Mike Dunn ‘If I Can’t Get Down.’ I’ve also been listening to a lot of my friends’ records like Honey DiJon, Dave + Sam and Life On Planets. They are all in my dance mix.

How did you hook up with Razor-N-Tape to host your new release?

I worked with JKriv separately on a Honey DiJon record a few years back. We vibed and casually stated we wanted to create stuff specifically for RNT. Fast forward two years later and “Dance To Keep From Crying,” the EP, was born.

Talk us through the EP a little..

Certainly, it’s full of disco-funk, soul and dance tracks along with an especially emotional song called ‘What’s The Word.’ I worked with so many people I admire on this like producers Danny Kane, Tim K and of course JKriv. It has 5 songs, 2 very special – and funny – interludes. ‘Possibly Impossible’ and ‘Sky85’ were the first two singles, respectively, with the last single ‘Dance To Keep From Crying’ out now. The entire project is about finding a way to do what you need to do to be happy in a world that may not be all that concerned with our personal needs–so guess what? We have to be concerned. It’s thoughtful, yet still about moving and grooving. 

This release is for lovers of …

Good music they can surprise a crowd with.

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to, to know you more?

Kaytranada “Bubba”

Where should we listen to this EP and what should we be drinking?

I hope you are drinking a Mezcal Margarita or some good Whiskey, neat. And you should definitely be listening to this at a discotheque, or at the very least in your living room with all of the furniture moved to the side–so you can dance.

What you got coming up in 2022?

My EP dropping August 5th is my biggest focus, but people can keep up with me across platforms by checking out @Cor.ece – I live on instagram.

Releases August 5, 2022 – Listen / Buy here…