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 isnt...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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20 March 2015

YAM RECORDS IN-STORE























TONIGHT!

I'll be joining T. Esselle and friends for an in-store session at YAM Records in Peckham, to celebrate the launch of WMM001 (more news on that in a bit).

Free to get in, kicking off around 6ish...

FACEBOOK EVENT
DIRECTIONS


16 March 2015

WNCL006 - BBC6

























You'd be forgiven for mistaking this blog as a Stuart Maconie Fan Site but, what can I say, Mr M continues to support the Cassette Library cause. Must send him some flowers or something.

This time he's plumped for WNCL006 - "Get Lifted" (Karenn Remix), broadcast on last night's Freak Zone show. Nice to hear the old ones are still getting rinsed by Auntie Beeb.

Check the whole show HERE

09 March 2015

WNCL019 - BBC6

























Stuart Maconie repping the Cassette Library once again on his BBC Radio 6 show last Friday with an airing of "What's That Sound" from WNCL019

Shouts to Ben Rugged Vinyl for having his ear to the ground (or to the wireless)...

Catch up on the show HERE