12 June 2015

JUNO CHART - June 2015

My Juno charts have always been a monthly affair but this year I've been having trouble finding 10 records a month that I like enough to want to buy / chart / support etc.

So, for anybody that bothers to read this, apologies for the gaps. My Juno chart for June is HERE. Read on for reviews...

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1. T ESSELLE . GARIBALDI EP (Wholemeal Music)
Whilst the lead cut on this EP is dripping with soul and good times, it's the B side, "Garibaldi", that won me over to the point that I was desperate to sign it to WNCL Recordings. I got to do the next best thing and remix it but the OG, drum and stab heavy jazz funk work out still makes me want to shuffle...



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2. EVAN BAGGS . NOT A STORY EP (Cabaret)
If, like me, you're ready to slit your writsts the next time you see yet another bland, anonymous, soul-less minimal techno track being described as "raw" and "jacking" then it will come as a pleasant surprise to learn that Mr Baggs has turned in a monster of a hypnotic groove ("Blossom") that is actually deserving of both descriptions.



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3. LOCAL ARTIST . FEELINGS (Rhythm Section)
One of many fine labels coming straight outta Peckham, Rhythm Section seem to be on a winning streak right now. This isn't quite their most current release but it is my most favourite. The slightly cranky, off-the-grid stabs and two note sub bass drops make for a winning combo on the lead track of this EP.


 
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4. DEGO & KAIDI . ADAM ROCK DISSED!! (Sound Signature)
Heavyweight names all around. "Backchat for Toprock" wins best track, best title and best use of The New Birth's "Got to Get a Knutt" break for my money.



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5. LIBERTAS . USE MOVEMENT EP (La Mission)
As with all La Mission releases, this one comes packed with trax and bonus reading material. There's a few good remixes on this one too but J Choirboy and Beaner turn in a golden-era Mood II Swing groove to steal the show.



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6. JULIO BASHMORE . RHYTHM OF AULD (Broadwalk)
OK, so there's a hint of peak time Saturday night, a slight flash of handbag, maybe the merest whiff of cheese, but the flip side cut "Knocking Boots" still makes the WNCL playlist for those huge, brazen stolen soulful moments.



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7. ANDRES . BELIEVIN' (La Vida)
Another masterclass in crate digging and cutting up...



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8. 2 BIT CREW . 2 BIT CREW 03 (2 Bit Crew)
The A side groove sits somewhere between cool minimal, stripped back dub techno and warm deep house but, thankfully, it's not half as boring as I've just made it sound.



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9. J TIJN . PICK YOUR BATTLES (Naked Naked)
Don't make me choose...



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10. YU MIYASHITA / YAPORIGAMI . GRIND ANALYSTS FIG 1 (Stray Landings)
Another lavish package making it into this month's Top 10. This one's got a hand stitched fanzine (it's always nice to have something to read on the bus home while you're flicking through your new vinyl, innit?) Interesting sounds throughout but, naturally, I gravitate towards the rhythmic crunch of "Lunar Steps"



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15 May 2015

BIG NOISE - Mixmag































Tomorrow night's (Saturday 16th May) charity event at Corsica Studios is featured in this month's issue of MIXMAG, resplendent with obligatory 'girl on top of trendy guy's shoulders having time of life' picture and 'hilarious' cassette library fabricated anecdotes.

Still, it's all on tomorrow and it's for a good cause - The Big Issue Foundation - so come down, show your support, help the cause, say hello, have a dance etc etc.

Some slight changes. Corsica charitably offered the promoters free use of the whole venue for the night, meaning the WNCL crew were to be hosting Room 1. Corsica are now semi-charitably only offering up half the venue, meaning we're all squashed into Room 2. Should still be a giggle though.

Catch the gang at the following times:

11.30 - 12.15: C.E.O
12.15 - 01.00: SPATIAL (Live Set)
01.00 - 01.45: DON FROTH
01.45 - 02.30: WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY
02.30 - 03.15: J TIJN

FACEBOOK for more details
RESIDENT ADVISOR for tickets

05 May 2015

BIG NOISE FUNDRAISER

























THE BIG NOISE FESTIVAL raises money for The Big Issue Foundation. In order to get this year's festival going, they're putting on a fundraiser at Corisca Studios on May 16th.

WNCL RECORDINGS will be hosting Room 1 with the help of C.E.O, Don Froth, J Tijn and myself on deck plus Spatial debuting his new live set.

Come down, say hello, have a dance, support a good cause and all that...

EVENT: Big Noise Festival Fundraiser
DATE: Saturday 16th May
VENUE: Corsica Studios, London
TIME: 10pm - 6am

DJ's ON THE NIGHT
C.E.O
Spatial (Live)
Don Froth
West Norwood Cassette Library
J Tijn

FACEBOOK for more details
RESIDENT ADVISOR for tickets

22 April 2015

SOLAR FLARES - Reviews









The man from the SOLAR FLARES blog is back and with a rather nice review of the latest WNCL offerings...

17 April 2015

WNCL023 - Complex




















If we're to believe COMPLEX (and I'm not sure that we do), there's an Acid House revival on the way. Must have been a slow news day in the office.

By virtue of the fact that WNCL023 - Don Froth's latest EP for WNCL Recordings - contains the "A" word in it's title, he has become an unwitting member of the revolution.

Still, I'm glad they liked it...

15 April 2015

SPIN CLASS - Re-launch


























The proposed launch of new South London night, Spin Class, back in February was aborted at (quite literally) the last minute due to London Transport's lifeline going on strike.

The night re-launches tomorrow (Thursday) - pray that the buses are running this time. I'll be on deck around midnight...

EVENT: SPIN CLASS
DATE: Thursday 16th April
VENUE: Rye Wax, Peckham
SET TIME: Midnight

More details on FACEBOOK

T.ESSELLE - Reviews

























"the sound of spring, and most likely summer too..."
BOILER ROOM
 
"It's a good time to be a broken beat fan..."
JUNO DOWNLOAD

"...shocking us out of our seats and onto the dancefloor."
PICCADILLY RECORDS

"the WNCL remix with the addition of junglist testicles ... adds a nice injection of diversity to the release"
RANSOM NOTE

"A jumble of Rhodes keys, tossed into a thrum of brushed snares and hi-hats..."
RESIDENT ADVISOR

30 March 2015

J TIJN - Boiler Room
























 J TIJN's back to back set with JOE FARR at the BOILER ROOM from Feb this year is now online.

Somewhere around the 26 minute mark, you'll hear a little preview of some future Tijn / WNCL goodness...



26 March 2015

T. ESSELLE - "Garibaldi EP"






















  


T. ESSELLE drops his debut release on brand new label, WHOLEMEAL MUSIC.

I first heard the B side cut, "Garibaldi" when Mr. Esselle dropped it on an NTS show a few years back. Tried to sign it, couldn't, so did the next best thing and remixed it.

STREAM at BOILER ROOM
REVIEW at RANSOM NOTE
PRE-ORDER at JUNO
BUY IT NOW at YAM 





24 March 2015

JUNO CHART - March 2015

Everything's running late at the Cassette Library this month, so here's a quick dash through my March chart for JUNO for the 3 people that still read this silly old blog of mine...

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1. GAZELLE TWIN / TOM DEMAC . BELLY OF THE BEAST (Hype LTD)
Unashamed, peak-time, dancefloor banger. No chin stroking here and all the better for it



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2. ROSS FROM FRIENDS . ALEX BROWN (Breaker Breaker)
Quirky name, quirky tracks. All 3 are tickling my fancy right now



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3. ETCH . THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW EP (Soundman Chronicles)
Final cut on this EP - "The Scientists (Breakology)" - is an alarmingly precise pastiche of that sweet spot when jungle moved on to the next (tech) step, just before it became wallpaper for the ears. Purely nostaligic but who cares. It sounds great.



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4. SAM IRL . FREE TWO GROW EP (Jazz and Milk)
I was surprised that I couldn't find this record in the few physical record stores remaining in Soho. I'm sure if it was by Andres, the shops would have been stocked to the rafters and all the copies would have flown out the same day.



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5. NIGHTDRIVERS . QUANDO PARTY DOVE VAI? EP (Holic Trax)
The lead cut - "Resta Pure Dove Sei" - has a sample that reminds me of the intro to The Stone Roses "Something Burning". It probably isn't. In fact, listening to it again now, it almost definitely isn't...but it was enough to make me want to buy it.



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6. FOLD . MR W00D EP (Man Make Music)
A side cut for me - good, old-fashioned, no-nonsense, looping House business. This purchase came with a tinge of sadness. Popped in to BM Soho to buy it and the next day, they were closed for business. Another Soho Legend disappears before our very eyes.



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7. LUCA LOZANO . MISTER RIGHT NOW (Unknown to the Unknown)
I can't think why I didn't chart this a few months back as I've had it for a while. Straight up tracking on the main cut with a stab that deliberately throws itself off the grid every now and then - a pleasant headache to mix with.



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8. SPATIAL . PRIMITIVES (12" + DVD) (Broken20)
I've only just started getting into the actual music on this disc as I was becoming slightly obsessed with the DVD of Spatial's glorious light show. Turns out the lead track is a killer too.



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9. APHEX TWIN . COMPUTER CONTROLLED ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS PT. 2 EP (Warp)
I've never particularly prayed at the altar of AFX and his usual sales and marketing high jinx for the latest crop of releases passed me by. Still, every now and then, his records grab my ears in all the right ways, as does "Diskhat ALL Prepared1Mixed 13". I've never been a fan of the silly titles either.



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10. FRITS WENTINK . RARELY PURE NEVER SIMPLE LP (Wolf Music Recordings)
Dance music artist does album featuring vocalist. This is a sentence that doesn't excite me much but turns out Mr Wentink has dragged me out of my comfort zone. Trademark bendy chords, great examples of up and down tempos and the odd (and very odd) moments of quirkiness make this a great package.



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