DJ Rocca, Chris Coco, Danielle Moore – Your Sunshine

DJ Rocca and Chris Coco continue their quest to define their version of music to play at an imaginary Discoteca. Here they team up with Danielle Moore, the singer for Crazy P, for a hazy, summery mid tempo groove that takes you off to an unspecified, loved-up sunshine state. There’s an album of dub house electro afro disco tracks that’s coming later in the year. The duo also plan to set up a few real life CocoRocca Discoteca events in summer 2022. An essential double pack of deep, dreamy rhythm and melody, equally at home at the beach or the club. Buy via Bandcamp (see link below to listen / buy) and all good online services.

Marc Roberts – Marc Roberts Edits

After dropping two fine contributions to the Echo Beach Edits series, Pantai People main man Marc Roberts pitches up on Moton with four more ear-catching revisions. He begins by putting his stamp on a familiar disco favourite, looping up the most impactful orchestral sections before unleashing the original vocals (‘King of Nice Days’), before switching his attention to an early-to-mid-80s disco-boogie number on the glassy-eyed ‘Uno’. ‘Maia Amor’ is a tidy tweak on a summery, sun-drenched, Spanish language disco workout, while ‘Star Max’ sees Roberts successfully turn his attention to a polished, early ’80s AOR disco number of the sort that yacht rock fans will undoubtedly love.

MOTON RECORDS INC/ MARC ROBERTS / MARC ROBERTS EDITS/ OUT ON 15TH APRIL

We had a chat with Marc just before the new EP dropped…

Please introduce yourself to our readers..

Hi, I’m Marc and I live on an island in the far east. I’m a single dad who DJs, makes tunes and is a partner in a DJ agency. I get to the pub once a week as well, but apart from that I don’t have time for much else.

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

Originally from Sunderland but based in Bali for the last 6 years

Is there a sound that is Marc Roberts? How would you define that sound?

A veritable smorgasbord of noise. Disco, afro, latin, jazzy vibes and classic house

Who are the artists that have inspired you over time?

If I had to pick –  Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Gamble and Huff, Frankie Knuckles, ELO, Talk Talk, Grace Jones, Donald Byrd, Juan Atkins, Larry Heard, Tony Allen, Tim Maia… it’s endless

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

Shit that’s tough. Probably jazz

How did you strike up a relationship with Dave Jarvis & Darren House of Moton?

I asked Shine PR if they would send them over to Dave as I thought they were pretty Moton. The boys agreed, and it was a few pints on a trip to London last November and job done. Great as I’ve been a huge fan of the label for years – so was nice to see the music connect

Talk us through the EP a little

It’s a varied bunch – something for everyone. House and funk heads will go for ‘King of Nice Days, ‘4 Star Max’ and ‘Uno’ will keep the Balearic crew keen and ‘Maia Amor’ will keep the sunshine low slung disco mob shuffling away. The originals are all tracks which have a special moment in time of me.

This release is for lovers of …

Ooof that’a a tough one. Sade – Paradise, Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft, Chris Rea – Josephine. Not quite sure what would go with ‘Maia Amor’ – full mental block there haha

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

Donald Byrd – ‘Street Lady’

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

A beach. Drinking Bintang. With an Arak chaser.

What you got coming up in 2022?

A few more edits coming out and finishing some of my own music and looking forward to getting on planes and playing music to people

MOTON RECORDS INC/ MARC ROBERTS / MARC ROBERTS EDITS/ OUT ON 15TH APRIL

BEN SUN – DISTANT MESSENGER EP

With previous releases on Delusions of Grandeur, Voyeurythm and more, UK producer Ben Sun delivers a gorgeous blend of deep textures that hearken back to the golden era of NY and Chicago with his Distant Messenger EP on Razor-N-Tape. On the A-side, Transmission has all the vibey goodness of an early Strictly Rhythm record, while Sable Sun scuba dives into Larry Heard territory with lush pad swells and squelching acid lines. On the flip, the emotive motion of Tremors builds through hypnotic arpeggiated synths, a slow-rolling bassline and crystalline melodies, and the record finishes in proto-house territory with the Peech Boys era Larry Levan-inspired Red Light. This EP may wear its influences on its sleeve, but it looks (and sounds) classy as hell.

RAZOR-N-TAPE PRESENT BEN SUN’S DISTANT MESSENGER EP – OUT ON 8TH APRIL – Buy Here.

We had a chat with Ben just before the new EP dropped…

Please introduce yourself to our readers..

I’m Ben Sun. I make music and sound for the purpose of dance, meditation and escape.

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

I currently live / work / make music in a warehouse space in Limehouse, bang on the river Thames just east of central London. I came to the city from my home country Australia back in 2005.

There is clearly a sound that is Ben Sun. How would you define that sound?

I work with a limited number of core instruments (usually 3 synths, 2 drum machines and an MPC), each has a distinct role… so it’s usually quite raw and minimal. They are mostly analog and I use a valve summing mixer, so I’m aiming for stuff that sounds thick and warm, with a bit of cut-through from a digital FM synth and some nice outboard FX units.

Who are the artists that have inspired you over time?

Ah, the list is infinite and always growing. To name just a small few that get me fired up about making music, I would say… Patrick Cowley, Lil Louis, Severed Heads, Mike Francis, Los Hermanos, Madlib, Mr Fingers, James Mason, Q Tip, Alan Parsons, Four Tet, Gary Bartz, IG Culture, Haruomi Hosono, Drexciya, Pharoah Sanders, Manuel Göttsching, Anadol. I guess I’ll stop there!

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

Ha, jazz of course. Style aside, it’s a philosophy of music that’s based on inventiveness so there’s always something new to discover. Besides it covers most modern music, at the root.

Why did you chose to work with Razor-N-Tape to host your new release?

I’ve known them for many years, we’ve seen each other grow and develop, and I know they really care about what they do – and it’s all for the love of music and spreading good vibes.

Talk us through the EP a little

It’s ultimately a house record, but within that frame… The opening track ‘Transmission’ has a kind of jazz-funk rhythm section with some spacey synth polyrhythms layered in, along with a bit of disco glitter. ‘Sable Sun’ is a musical conversation with my friend Jon Sable; there’s some deep dubby grooves, lush textures and almost acid lines. ‘Transmission’ is house music as simple and warm as I could make it. ‘Red Light’ is definitely inspired by that stripped-back, late night sound you hear on certain Man Friday or Paul Simpson records – congas, bass, loose freestyle chords and a big delay.

This release is for lovers of ….

Damn this is a hard one for me to say. I saw one record store write that it sounds like a cross between Dream 2 Science and the Pet Shop Boys more melancholic moments. The guys at the label hear an early Strictly Rhythm vibe, even some West End style proto house. If you like any of those you’ll probably get along with it okay!

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

Lil’ Louis & The World ‎– From The Mind Of Lil Louis. Whichever side you flip it to – Dance or Romance

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

I think each track has it’s own moment… I’d say eyes closed in front of a nice speaker with a glass of Your Favourite Thing, but I’ll try to play the game:

Transmission could work as the sun dips into the horizon behind a Mediterranean beach, with a salty margherita… Sable Sun flooring the gas along a coastal highway, crisp Autumn night, I’d advise a spliff a fizzy water… Tremors has the energy for a peak time opener under a XXXL disco ball, let’s have a mezcal or a chinotto… Red Light probably late night, when the dance is deep in the cut, glowing and sweaty, don’t give a fuck. Icy cold beer that gets handed around.

What you got coming up in 2022?

I’ve got an EP coming out with London’s Phonica Records this Summer, can’t wait to let that one loose! Currently finalizing an LP with Razor-n-Tape, might be late in the year – but in the meantime I’m trying to sharpen a live show and record some new work. Looking forward to regular radio sets and events over at MFFM (minorfigures.fm) – and coming to spin wax with some lovely people wherever they’ll have me.

RAZOR-N-TAPE PRESENT BEN SUN’S DISTANT MESSENGER EP – OUT ON 8TH APRIL – Buy Here.

Alex Blex – Nice move Peter (Yuksek Remix)

On the surface, Alex Blex has a tidy life. He gets up smiling, wears shirts, eats eggs mayonnaise in the canteen, and works in a grey office with a green plant. His hyper-normal daily life is made up of spreadsheets of figures and slides full of diagrams. Nobody knows, however, that he wears an undershirt under his shirt, and that he travels the strangest corners of the Internet. And his music looks like him, of course. At first glance, everything is normal, stable rhythms and honest chords. And then suddenly, without realizing it, we entered his world, where New Beat rubs shoulders with Pink Floyd, and disco from the fiery Carrère Musique label. The groups Red Axes, Django Django, Nu Guinea, or the label Border Community also occupy a place of choice in this discreet little world. Alex Blex met Yuksek nearly 20 years ago, in Reims, after writing him a private message on Myspace, you have to know how to take the time…
“Nice move, Peter!” is his first solo release – it’s available to stream / buy / download everywhere now

Alex Blex

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi Folks, I am Alex Blex, French producer from Paris. I am about to release my debut EP “Nice move, Peter” on Partyfine. I like to define my music as UDM (Utilitarian Dancing Music), that means I am doing my best to craft tools for you to dance to

What can you see from your window today?

A shiny winter sun, a Baptist church, and a scary Bart Simpson figurine my neighbour put on his balcony.

Tell us about Nice Move Peter!

This EP is a first extract of my recent work, and I am very grateful to Yuksek to release it on his label. The presented tracks are mid-tempo discoid-rare groove pieces. They’ve been written with a limited set up: Juno 106, Prophet 08 and Korg MicroSampler. One of the guiding threads across the tracks is the presence of horns, which is always a touchy exercise when you deal with dance music. (I don’t want to become the new “epic sax guy” meme).

This release is for lovers of …

Todd Terje – It’s album Time, Hubbabubbaklubb – Mopedbart, Nu Genea – Ddoje Facce, Bobby Konders – The Poem

Where is the best place to listen to it and what should we be drinking?

At a fancy cocktail party with a jar of Moscow Mule.

What was the last piece of studio kit that you bought and why do you love it so much?

A microphone! I am not using it for singing but to record lots of stuff, like my glockenspiel and all kind of percussions.

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

Classic album by French duo Air “Moon Safari”.

If you didn’t work in music, what do you think you might have been doing instead?

Actually, music is not my day job. I work in a French design company where I run the finance department (no fake!). In all cases, running a boutique guest house and a table d’hôte in Quercy (French southern region) could be kind of a dream job to me.

What does Alex Blex have in the pipeline?

I am writing lot of new music right now, as well as digging hard drives with older projects and demos to upcycle un-used ideas. This is my creative process. Like wine makers in Champagne, I like to combine actual freshly harvested wines with vintage ones!

Yuksek

NEBRASKA – CHANT DES OISEAUX ft. BEBELLE

Stepping up for his fourth release on Heist, we’ve got sample wizard Nebraska coming in with some lovely chops and a giant curveball of an a-side that has summer anthem written all over it. Curious? Dive into this massive 4 track EP by the London native who keeps on bringing the goods.

The Chant des Oiseaux EP is built around a collaboration between Nebraska and BeBelle. Anyone who’s picked up Nebraska’s 2021 release on his own Friends & Relations label will have already heard a glimpse of what happens when these 2 get into the studio. They have a mutual love for French vocals and we can’t blame them; everything BeBelle says, whispers and chants just sounds syrupy sweet.

This might be most evident on the title track of this single, where modulated Rhodes chords, distant chirping and fluttering of birds and a minimal beat form the foundation for BeBelle’s mesmerizing vocal. The dreamy and contemplative vibe of this track makes you long for those endless days of summer. We’re not sure if it’s a 70’s summer we’re longing back for, or 2022’s summer to look forward to, but with music like this, it doesn’t really matter, does it?

If you were still hovering mid-air on the vibe of the A1, ‘Skelp Tune’ – the second A track – will take you back to the ground and straight into the club. Skelp tune is a Detroit inspired house track (Nebraska sent us a ‘note to self’ saying ‘you are not Moodymann’ along with the first demo of this one). He doesn’t have to be; this track has all the clever sampling and disco energy of a classic Nebraska track, nicely tucked into one hell of a groove.

The flip starts with ‘Cop Show’: A no frills disco house track with a life affirming string section, guitar licks all over and a bottom end to freak out your neighbour’s neighbours.

We round up the EP with another collaboration with BeBelle, with the track ‘Henri Rousseau’. The track is built on a groove that almost gallops along, with strings, outer-worldly vocals and howling soundscapes that turn this track into a covert disco burner on the more experimental side of house music.

On the Chant des Oiseaux EP, Nebraska effortlessly shows off his impressive sampling skills, electronic fiddling, and powerful drum programming, reminding us that he’s not lost an inch of talent over the years and manages to surprise us with his music. Knowing him, this is simply because he’s simply exploring new ways to keep surprising himself. – Releases March 25, 2022 via Bandcamp player below, Juno and all good record stores.

What are you up to today?

Hi – BeBelle and I are up on the north coast of Scotland, taking a break from city life. We’ve been down by the river watching the birds and we’ve been on a beautifully windswept beach with our dog.

Tell us a little about the Chant Des Oiseaux EP.

The EP features a couple of tracks with vocals by BeBelle (who’s from Belgium originally). We’ve been working together a in a way where I find or write a text, she translates it into French, and we record her. Moving the text into a language I don’t fully understand makes it somehow more useable for me. Musically, it’s still all about that hip hop-influenced sampling.

This release is for lovers of …

I guess the title track reminds me a little of Herbert, but I’d resist flattering myself with that comparison. I think a lot of what I do pings between Paris and Detroit in the 90s. Certainly ‘Skelp Tune’ owes a debt to MoodyMann, and ‘Cop Show’ perhaps to stuff on Roulé or Crydamoure.

Where is the best place to listen to it and what should we be drinking?

Oh, I hope much of this is primed for a warm summer evening yet to come. What to drink? I’ll have whatever you’re having.

What is the most recent record that you bought and who is it by?

I absolutely love the recent album by Nala Sinephro. Sublime. I heard on Spotify and then got the vinyl.

What was the last piece of studio kit that you bought and why do you love it?

Truth be told, I don’t hold much at all in the way of hardware. However, the last two pieces of studio kit were birthday gifts from my cousin. A Joe Meek compressor and a tiny drum machine, which is literally just a circuit board. The two together sound great and are really inspiring.

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

An album that nearly brings together a few strands is ‘Mother Nature’s Son’ by Ramsey Lewis. Killer late 60s soul-jazz covers of songs from The Beatles’ White Album with early electronic Moog effects, produced by Charles Stepney. And it’s got breaks. So much of what I’m into on one record… I must go and listen to it again immediately.

What do you like to do when you’re not making music?

Well, I spend a lot of my time making creative work of one sort or another – whether music, visual or written. Outside of that, I love to cook and to eat at great restaurants – of which luckily there are so many where we live. One of my current favourites is Nandine, a Kurdish cafe that does sensational meze boxes. You can eat your way around a good few culinary cultures in London, and that’s a great thing.

ON-LY – ANTHOCHAERA EP

Inner Sauce is the latest label venture from Tribe Records frontman Zepherin Saint. The North Londoner who first defected to Berlin, eventually settling down under in the musical treasure trove that is Melbourne. An accomplished DJ and Producer in his own right, Zepherin’ s Tribe Records has hosted artists that sit within the deep house, warm techno, and tribal genres. The engaging city of Melbourne possesses a vibrant night life and thriving live house scene which he has fully immersed himself in over the course of six years he’s been there. Inner Sauce Recordings has been created with this scene in mind with pure focus on this emerging live house scene coming out this intensely creative city and in particular, the area of Naarm, Melbourne.

For its third release Inner Sauce welcomes On-Ly to the carefully curated roster for his own full release after he appeared on the Inner Sauce Compilation volume 1 compiled by Horatio Luna. On-Ly is the outfit of pianist, producer, and composer Joshua Smeltink. On-Ly is about hard-hitting groove music that crosses nu-jazz, psychedelic, house, spiritual-funk and hip-hop fused with long-form composition and wild improvisations. It’s a balance between the sound of Melbourne’s eclectic underground scene and those of Deodato, Azymuth, Joe Zawinul/Weather Report and Miles Davis, showcased beautifully on the ‘Anthochaera EP’PRE ORDER / LISTEN NOW VIA TRAXSOURCE

Please introduce yourself to our readers..

Hey! My name is Joshua Smeltink aka On-Ly.

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

I am based in Carlton Nth, Melbourne, Australia and I’m from Canberra, Australia.

There is clearly a sound that is On-Ly. How would you define that sound?

Where jazz and sub-genres of jazz/disco/fusion – house, hip-hop, psychedelic – reconnect.

Who are the artists that have inspired you over time?

Joe Zawinul, Kaidi Tatham, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Kiefer, Mndsgn, Shostakovich, Glenn Underground, St Germain, John Scofield, Azymuth, Dilla.

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

A certain brand of Jazz – heavy-hitting, swing-monsters from when the great players are in their prime.

Why did you chose to work with Zepherin Saint and Inner Saucer to host your new release?

The start of a new label, in Melbourne, amongst amazing talent, by a house and dance music don, who is not only legendary but happens to be a total legend… I was left with very little choice haha!

Talk us through the EP a little.

‘That One’ was written in 2018. I remember being inspired by Tenderlonius at the writing of that track. ‘Flush’ was one of the last to be written. I was super inspired by the Tribe Records catalogue at that time, and I think it came out here. ‘How’s That’ is the quintessential rainforest music: reminiscent of drives to the coast from my home in Canberra as a kid. ‘Funky Isolation’, kind of exactly what it’s called. I was isolated at home, I was feeling funky, plus I wanted to shake off the isolation funk – boom. Total flow.

This release is for lovers of ..

St Germain – Tourist, Glenn Underground, Tenderlonius + Dennis Ayler – 8rick City, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock

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

Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters

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

On the dance floor, drinking something colourful.

What you got coming up in 2022?

On-Ly is currently finishing off a residency, where the band will launch the EP, then a string of gigs; got a festival booked and recording two new albums!

SUPER YAMBA BAND – YEN NI AGORO / WO NKOA NA MENDO

Osei Korankye is a master musician and singer from Accra, Ghana. Known as one of the very last remaining Seperewa musicians in Ghana. The Brooklyn-based Super Yamba Band, comprised of Daniel Yount (drums), Evan Frierson (percussion), Walter Fancourt (sax), Sean Smith (trumpet), Eric Burns (guitar) and Prince Amu (bass) have long been students and devoted fans of vintage West African, psychedelic Afro-funk. Super Yamba Band pushes boundaries, always favoring melodies meant to excite and engage larger audiences. It’s difficult to imagine anyone resisting the group’s infectious beats. These songs are a throw back to the classic styles of Afro-Funk in 1970s Ghana. Upon a trip to the United States in 2017 Korankye linked up with Yount for a few gigs in New York City. Yount learned Korankye’s music and played drums on the gigs. “After that I knew I wanted to collaborate with Osei on some of the songs Super Yamba had written in the style of Ghanaian funk.” The collaboration came together effortlessly and the result is two beautifully psychedelic funk tunes made for dancing time!

Releases March 25, 2022 via Bancamp – listen & buy via link below

Please introduce your band to our readers.

We are the six-piece afro-funk group known as Super Yamba Band from Brooklyn, New York. We write and perform all original music, mostly inspired by 1970s funk music from West Africa. We are best known by fans for backing a songwriter from Benin, Leon Ligan Majek, also known as Kaleta, but we are working on other collaborations as well, as you’ll hear in this 45 release with Osei Korankye.

Describe your sound and the origins of the sounds of Super Yamba Band?

Our sound is mostly inspired by the classic recordings of 1970s funk from West Africa. The band has a pretty big sound made up of drums, congas, percussion, guitar, bass, keys, sax, and trumpet. We write original music inspired by artists like Fela Kuti, Orchestre Poly Rythmo, Ebo Taylor and The Funkees.

Tell us about the set-up of your live performance and about the performance and vibe?

Our live shows always turn into sweaty dance parties! We are a big band so some of the stages we play on in clubs in Brooklyn aren’t even quite large enough—we end up kind of spilling out into the crowd with our horn section and some of the rhythm section. We dance, we groove, and as cliche as it sounds, we really feed off the energy of the crowds. There has been nothing more energizing than the feeling of being in front of actual dancing people after a year-plus Covid hiatus. I feel like our music is really best experienced live so being back in a room with a crowd of people out enjoying the night feels so good.

Talk us through your new release.

So, our band started without a lead vocalist. We were a fully instrumental group and many of us have been playing together in different forms for more than fifteen years. We slowly built up the band, adding new core members through 2016. In 2017, we began to look for a vocalist who could really bring our music to life. Think of us as the JBs without James Brown—we really had a solid funky groove and an arsenal of songs, but we knew we needed the energy and performance that you can only get from a front man. So, we were introduced to several people around this time, one of whom was Kaleta, who we’ve been playing and touring with ever since. But around that same time, I was also introduced to Osei Korankye by my friend Seth Paris, who knew him and had played with him before. Osei was in New York, so I met him and played a couple shows with him and Seth. I really loved his sound. when Osei returned to Ghana, I had these tracks that we’d recorded a few months prior, and I just sent them to him. I hardly gave him any direction or notes, just the files, and he wrote, arranged, and recorded the vocal parts. When I got the tracks back, I was completely blown away. I knew how talented he was, but I couldn’t believe how perfectly he dialled in the sound. We sat on the tracks while we were releasing our first LP with Kaleta but when we resurfaced them with Ubiquity Records last year, they absolutely loved them and were psyched to put them out for us. So, this release has really been five years in the making, but most of that was just because we were waiting for the right time, and here it is.

What can you tell us about Osei Korankye?

First off, Osei is an unbelievably kind person. He’s full of life, he’s joyous. Pair that with the fact that he’s also an incredible musician, and you can imagine what a pleasure it was to work with him. He’s well known as a Seperewa player in Ghana, a type of harp from a specific region there. Though I haven’t seen Osei in many years now, I still feel very musically connected to him through this release.

This release is for lovers of…

Fans of classic Afro-funk from the 1970s, artists like Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Marijata, Orchestre Poly Rythmo, King Sunny Ade, will love this album. If you haven’t gotten into Afro-funk but you’re a fan of James Brown, Sly & The Family Stones, The Meters—definitely give this release a spin and check out our other recordings too.

Are there any plans for the band to tour the UK?

We hope so! We were booked at a major festival in the UK (which I can’t name, but let’s just say it’s very well known internationally) for summer 2020 but it was cancelled at the start of Covid. We have a great European agent though so we’re hoping to make it across the pond soon.

What does Super Yamba have in store for 2022.

A few big things. First, we’re really working on re-establishing ourselves in Brooklyn. It’s our homebase but after Covid, things feel kind of new here again. So, we’re playing around town as much as we want and really enjoying being back with our hometown fans. We’re also planning on doing some touring around the US this summer, including some shows out West this year, which is really exciting. We also have another full LP that we recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas that we’re planning to release this year, so keep your eyes and ears open. If you want to stay in touch with us and hear more about what’s coming, please sign up for our mailing list on our website: http://www.superyambaband.com.

UBIQUITY PRESENTS SUPER YAMBA BAND FT. OSEI KORANKYE – YEN NI AGORO / WO NKOA NA MENDO ON 25TH MARCH

PANNA COTTA – Sunrise

For its next release Marcel Vogel’s Lumberjacks in Hell label takes a surprising turn with an eight track LP by Berliners Panna Cotta. This duo came together one summer evening on the legendary Berlin airfield of Tempelhof. Their debut album is the sonically sweet and heartfelt audio delight entitled ‘Sunrise’, produced, and curated with blissed-out, sun soaked, love filled days in mind

Sitting somewhere between sultry disco and polished pop, French-born Alex Arslan, and Italian Riccardo Pirotto, takes the listener on a journey to the blissful planet joy. All of the tracks are composed, mixed, and mastered on vintage analog gear, maintaining a feeling of past, and making for a sublime combination of warm keys and heart beating drums.  The music is inspired by Panna Cotta’s soulful search for instant happiness and long-lasting love through  poetry in musical moments.

Opener ‘Tasting Sugar’ takes us on a psychedelic cosmic journey, while ‘Sweet’ picks up the yacht rock pace a touch.  ‘Childhood’ with its slo-mo vibrations encourage the dancers to sway, while ‘Nobody’ surprises with its broken beat breakdown and impressive drum solo.  ‘I Feel Love’ plays with analogue synths and steady drums, with flecks of acid  beneath the uplifting vocal, all floating along on a killer groove. Track ‘ Sunrise’ allows the honeyed vocal harmonies to take centre stage amidst the blissed-out soundscape, with Marcel Vogel adding muscle and further acid twists with his interpretation, taking us on an even further exploration of Panna Cotta’s cosmic disco universe. Panna Cotta have travelled space and time in search of these poetic moments.

LISTEN & BUY VIA JUNO HERE…

We had a conversation with the sweet toothed duo just before the new album dropped…

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Panna Cotta is a Berlin-based band comprised of Riccardo Pirotto (Drums, Visuals) and Alex Arslan (Synthesizer, Voices). Panna Cotta cooks sweet music which could be defined somewhere between Slow-Disco and Synthwave. We met by chance on the  Tempelhof airfield in Berlin, the place where thousands of people each week, symbolising  the openness and tolerance of the city of Berlin. We share a vision of sexy and groovy music.

What are you up to today?


We just got the keys of our new studio in Berlin next Funkhaus. And we are ready to work on some new tracks.

Tell us about your new release ‘Sunrise’


We wanted a full analog experience, taking the listeners back to a classic sound and letting them revive their sweetest moments in life. The LP “Sunrise” was conceived at the beginning of the pandemic, a time where Music could not be lived freely anymore. The album is an ode to all these beautiful moments and feelings we missed during the first lockdowns, moments we all remember and learn to cherish even more: our Childhood, Love, Sunrise, etc.

This release is for lovers of …


Payfone, Parcels, 70’s Disco, Synth lovers and warm drum sounds.

Where is the best place to listen to this album for maximum listening effect?


Berghain!
More seriously in the car, at the beach, driving slowly with open windows.

What should we be drinking while we listen to it?

Aperol Spritz or Nice beach cocktails

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

listen to?


From the past we love Motown records, Pink Floyd. In the present Air or Wayne Snow.

What do you like to do when you’re not making music?

Cooking and drinking a glass of natural wine.

Do you have any other desserts in the pipeline?

Tiramisu. More seriously, we can’t wait to move into our new studio to invent our next dessert.

HAMZAT LIVE – NO ORDINARY LOVE ( DELANO SMITH, ANTWON FAULKNER, CHARLIE SOUL CLAP REMIXES)

Released 4/3/22 – Listen & buy via Juno now…

We grabbed a few words with Hazmat regarding his new release on House of EFunk…

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hey this the main man Hazmat LIVE. I’m a musician, producer, and Talkboxer from Detroit Michigan. I use drum machines and keyboards to create live house and techno. I started performing deep sequence in 2015 after touring with touring with the Four tops / The Temptations.

Tell us a fun fact about you..

I’m an accomplished Beatboxer and my taco game is ruthless. Also I am totally addicted to fishing!

Talk us through the idea behind your new EP ‘No Ordinary Love’.

Well, I’m a HUGE Sade fan! I did a feature piece for Roland and Reverb in 2018 Talkbox movement !!! Hazmat LIVE at Reverb.com  and I wanted to have something that was unique and completely different than anyone had seen or heard before to showcase the gear. This track give me so much room for interpretation. I had to get it out to the world.   

Who would you love to hear playing this music?

Carl craig, carl cox, moody man, Ummm DJ Holographic , Dj Minx and anybody that wants a true a sonic experience.

What should we be drinking while we listen to it?

This is a song you have to have some water for. As YOU WILL be dancing! Hydration is key.

What artists you into right now?

To truly be honest, I’ve been kinda deep in production mode. I’ve been recording album after album and working on promotional material for my band The No Boundaries Quartet  https://www.facebook.com/No-Boundaries-Quartet-NBQ-174855289739675 I’ve been truly digging into my own artistry and sheltering myself from other artistic influence.

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

If you really  Wanted to get to know me?? You should check out Romantic warrior by Return to forever. I WAS NEVER THE SAME after I heard this album.

What is Hazmat Live working on in 2022?

Well, I’m working on some movie scores and creating improv music. I’m in a place in my life where I’m kinda done playing other people’s music. I want to convey music from my heart to listeners and give them an untainted piece of me. currently I’m working on ambient, disco/boogie records, deep house, and techno offerings too. I can’t wait to share these vibes with you.

Move & Body EP – Manuel Sahagun

Time to welcome back Argentinian producer Manuel Sahagun to Freerange for his follow up to his brilliant 2019 release Awake. Manuel has been putting out quality house music since the early 2000’s and has released tunes on Berlin’s Tooman, UK’s Drop, and Detroit’s Kolour as well as remixing legends such as Warren ‘Hanna’ Harris, Robert Owens and Patrick Chardronnet. He brings a freshness and eclecticism to his productions that fits in perfectly with the Freerange ethos of forward-thinking house music loaded with warmth, bumping grooves and a touch of soul. The three tracks on offer here range from the acid tinged, 707 driven Body through shuffled, Detroit-inspired groove of Move and closing out on the slow-mo blissed-out Balearic mood on Ritmo Pandemico. Some great new music to keep your discerning dance floors bouncing to!

We had a chat with Manuel just before this new EP was about to drop…

Please introduce yourself to our readers..

I’m Manuel Sahagun, Dj, Producer, Audio Engineer. I’ve been in the music business for the past 20 years and I’m very happy to be part of the Freerange family once again with this new release!

Who are the artists that have inspired you ?

I started listening to rock music as a kid, bands like Queen, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, but at a certain point I got hooked on many different black rooted genres like disco-funk, hip-hop, etc. Every kind of music based on rhythm was calling my attention, no matter if it was the radio, a movie or TV. At that time, I was a kid, and it wasn’t easy to get much information about what that music was. It was the early 90s and I remember bands like C+C Music Factory, Mc Hammer, Beastie Boys, Reel 2 Real, etc. Then all those influences converged when I discovered house music in the mid-90s. At that time, it was mostly the USA sound from Chicago, NY, San Francisco… In the 2000s I started getting more inspired by the sound of the UK and France.

There is clearly a sound that is Manuel Sahagun. How would you define that sound?

There have been many changes through the years but now I could say it’s definitely house-music with a mix of deep and funk. It has to sound timeless but also fresh. Maybe that sound is the mix of use of old records samples and modern synthesisers. Who knows what I’m going to do in the future? It doesn’t matter… I’m very happy with my present sound 🙂

Talk us through your new release..

Freerange has been a big influence in my last 15 years so I kinda know what kind of thing Jimpster would like to listen to. A couple of years after my first release he contacted me to do a new one and it was pretty easy. I sent a demo with 7-8 tracks offering different vibes. I like an EP when you can get different vibes and that’s what Jamie wanted too. So, we finally selected 3 tracks making a very balanced EP, “Body” for those who like it more disco, “Move” with a deeper and raw sound, and “Ritmo Pandémico” (meaning pandemic rhythm in Spanish) with a slower tempo and mellow vibe

This release is for lovers of …. 

You would get into this release if you like the music of Till Von Sein, Ben Gomori, Fred Everything, Soul of Hex, Heist Recordings, Sloth Boogie, Quintessentials, etc.

What was the last piece of kit that you bought?

Last year I bought a Novation Peak and it’s a very inspiring tool, very easy to get cool sounds out of it; it’s very handy with all the knobs and faders in front of you and it is sounding great. I recommend it to all those who are looking for a modern synth to make pads-leads-bass sounds

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

This is a tough question, but I would suggest 3 musts: Daft Punk ‘Homework’, Cassius ‘1999’ and I:Cube Adore’. All of them are from France!

What do you like to do when you are not making music?

I spend a lot of time in the studio as I’m not only making music there, I also do music production, mixing and mastering for other artists. But when I’m free I usually study. Over the years I have become a big audio nerd and I read and watch a lot of tutorials, interviews and documentaries about hardware, software and music professionals. My girlfriend is always asking me why I’m still in the studio even when I’m not even working… Well, I guess I love being there.

What have you got coming up in 2022?

After the lockdown I slowly started moving my music to different labels and I have a many upcoming releases for the rest of the year: Armada Music, Get Physical, Love & Loops, Minor Notes, Pomme Frite, DeepBase, Yung Dumb, U’reguay and more to be confirmed.


Freerange Records present Manuel Sahagun ‘ Move & Body EP’ for release on Friday 4th March via BANDCAMP here on via player link above.