28 Mar2011

Slabs 135 - Brian d'Souza

Posted by brian • Mar 28, 2011


“This mix is a combination of my last two Slabs sets, the first at the Bells of our NYE party before David Vunk, and the second closing the Lone night when he had to postpone at the last minute. All vinyl, the mix includes italo party bangers from the likes of Lime, Azoto, The Immortals and Brian Auger; Chicago numbers from Steve Hurley, Fast Eddie, JM Silk; and the odd electro, Detroit and acid track thrown in. This is what my favourite Slabs events have been about – jackin’ parties without the modern hype attached to so much club music nowadays.”

- Brian d’Souza.



Masquerade – Set It Off (Variety Mix)
Electrick Dragon – Davorite
Gaucho – Dance Forever
Brian Auger – Night Train to Nowhere (Instr)
Murphy Jax – It’s the Music
C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat
Model 500 – No UFO’s
JM Silk – Shadows Of Your Love
Wired – To The Beat Of The Drum
Mario Reyes – Girl I Want You Back
Charles B – Lack Of Love
Steve Silk Hurley – Work It Out
Raze – Jump In Your Dance
Lime – Angel Eyes
The Immortals – Ultimate Warlord
Azoto – Exalt Exalt
Jacqui Brookes – Lost Without Your Love
Kenny “Jammin” Jason & Fast Eddie – Can U Jack


22 Mar2011

Slabs 134 - SUICIDE TUESDAY - Movement 1

Posted by AIC • Mar 22, 2011


Join or Recover. Movement 2 to follow…



Crass – Fight War, Not Wars (The Feeding Of The 5000)
Hiram Gordon Wells – Information (Sounds Beyond The Grave – International Compilation)
Sleep Chamber – A Distant Cry (Musik For Mannequins)
Swans – Volcano (Soundtracks For The Blind)                                         
Chris And Cosey – BeatBeatBeat (Exotika) 
Schicksal - Time (V/A – Climax)                                             
Chris Carter – Electrodub 1 (The Space Between)                          
Sleep Chamber – Babes Of Babylon (SixSixSix)           
The Neon Judgement – Schizophrenic Freddy (The Lost Tapes)               
Das Kabinette – The Cabinet (The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume One)                            
The Electronic Circus – Le Chorale (Direct Lines 7”)  


19 Mar2011

Auntie Flo - Goan Highlife E.P.

Posted by Joel • Mar 19, 2011


Our man Brian d’Souza has been keeping himself rather busy up in Glasgow of late.

Whilst continuing to help promote Slabs of the Tabernacle parties, he’s also been co-running a refreshing new club night named Highlife, with previous guests such as T-Williams and Mim Suleiman.

Musically sitting alongside his Highlife night, Brian also runs an excellent music blog called Afro Futures and has further started a series of related podcasts on Radio Magnetic, the first two of which which you can listen to here.

However perhaps the most exciting recent development is the rate at which Brian has been churning out some heavy rhythm-based party tracks under the guise of Auntie Flo. The tracks are full of rich sounds from across the globe that have already been getting played by DJs such as Ricardo Villalobos and Jackmaster.

This first release comes on the brand new Huntleys & Palmers label and is getting released on a limited edition 10” and digital format.

Both tracks on the forthcoming (casio keyboard heavy!) 10” have been given full video treatment that you can see below:

Auntie Flo – Highlife

Auntie Flo – Goa

The vinyl can be pre-ordered here.

10” out 21st March, Digital 1st April.


15 Mar2011

Slabs 133 - Erell Ranson

Posted by AIC • Mar 15, 2011


French artist Erell Ranson discovered electronic music through Laurent Garnier’s ‘RaveMaxx’ show on Maxximum Radio. Since then his own production became heavily inspired by the sounds of Detroit. In 2008 after already releasing on a number of labels like AW-Recordings, Sula Muse and Code 316, he created his own Myself Recordings. He currently has two thoughtful E.P.s out, one on the Dutch label aDepth audio and another on UK imprint Elektrosouls Recordings. Here is a techno selection he sent us.



Erell Ranson – Your Smile (Elektrosouls Recordings)
Erell Ranson – Everything Needs To Be Clear (aDepth Audio)
Erell Ranson – Everything Needs To Be Clear (Rennie Foster’s Deep Clarification) (aDepth Audio)
Leon Roberts – In The Hole (Josh Wink Extended Interpretation) (Shaboom Records)
Chateau Flight – Cosmic Race (Versatile Records)
Gemini – Swimming Wit Sharks (Classic)
Gemini – (Cyclo)
DJ ESP – Slow-Mo (Definitive Recordings)
DBX – Baby Judy (Accelerate)
Abe Duque feat. Blake Baxter – What Happened? (Abe Duque)
Matt Chester – Desertification (11th Hour Recordings)
Rei Loci – Silent Chemistry (Down Low Music)
Paul Johnson – The Music In Me (Relief Records)
Prince – When Doves Cry
Adrian Forciniti – (Syra)
Infiniti – Game One (Metroplex)
Alexis Delano/Jesper Dahlback – A2 (Blank LTD)
Arne Weinberg – The Great Magnetic Field (Meadow Records)


10 Mar2011

Slabs 132 - Pat Mandu LIVE @ Endless Race 19.02.11

Posted by Joel • Mar 10, 2011


This live set was taken from new club night Endless Race, a party in Newcastle that has been set up by Pat Mandu (formerly of the now defunct Road to Rimini) and promoter Yaron Golan.

In Pat’s own words “the idea behind the night is to put on parties with no defining genre or music policy as such, get the best sound we can from our venue, make an effort with the decor and incorporate as many of the types of music and things we like about nights we’ve been to (or have been involved in previously) as possible, dig deep for new tunes and sounds, keep the bookings eclectic, get DJs and friends from around the UK to help with the warm up slots as a kind of residents on rotation idea to keep things fresh (and avoid sausage fests at all costs).”

The recording is Pat’s midnight warm-up set for Bill Brewster and is an excellent mix filled with afro, cosmic bits, 80s influences and old and new house tracks.



05 Mar2011

TABR003 - 72 Bridges E.P.

Posted by AIC • Mar 05, 2011


The third release on Tabernacle Records will be available in all the usual outlets this week. It features tracks from our Berlin comrades – Marieu and Lucretio – true techno soldiers.
Limited to 200 copies worldwide.
The artwork comes from Liverpool based illustrator Adam Paxman. We hope to have more from him in the future.

Here is a review from K-Records in Belgium –

Fledgling UK techno imprint Tabernacle heads to Berlin for their third release, inviting Xenogears aka The Analogue Cops to drop four tracks of raw, sometimes harsh, sometimes odd but always unadulterated machine funk. There’s a lazy swagger to the opening of “crc04” that grabs you as soon as the heavy lines of synths drop over the stuttering drum machine crunch. It’s the mid section crescendo of piercing sonics and crashing layers of percussion that add that extra layer of overwhelming sensory menace. In contrast, “Mino” ditches the menace for a smoother retro Detroit electro flex reminiscent of vintage Model 500, right up to the upwards sci fi synth freakery. The B Side opens with the sonic booms of “livex15” throwing out elastic synth swirls over a big rusted beat, as industrial pressure grows beneath with ominous intent. In a word, magnificent! This excellent and rather limited release – only 200 copies pressed up – finishes on pulsing and quirky form with the subaqueous techno funk thrust of “Dreamsequence.”



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