27 December 2015

RINSE FM - SoundCloud

























My cover stint on RINSE FM earlier today is now up on SoundCloud




TRACKLIST

BEST OF 2015 (Part 1)
APHEX TWIN . Diskhat All (Warp)
LOCAL ARTIST . Feelings (Rhythm Section)
MIKE HUCKABY . Circle (Soul Jazz)
DEGO & KAIDI . Backchat For Toprock (Sound Signature)
LADY BLACKTRONICA . Akua’s Heart (Meda Fury)
IN FLAGRANTI. Spiritus Rector (Set 1 / B1) (Codek)
T.ESSELLE . Garibaldi (Wholemeal Music)
ANDRES . Believin’ (La Vida)
JULIO BASHMORE . Knockin’ Boots (Broadwalk)
FOLD . Mr. W00d (Man Make Music)
SAM IRL . Free Two Grow (Jazz & Milk)
NIGHTDRIVERS . Resta Pure Dove Sei (Holic Trax)
2 BIT CREW . 03 (A1) (2 Bit Crew)
LIBERTAS . Song For The End Of The World (La Mission)
JAMES DUNCAN . Voices (The Playground)
ROSS FROM FRIENDS . Biz (Breaker Breaker)
EVAN BAGGS . Blossom (Cabaret)
GAZELLE TWIN . Belly Of The Beast (Tom Demac Remix) (Hype LTD)
SPATIAL . Primitives (Spatial Interpretation) (Broken20)
J.TIJN . Pick Your Battles v2 (Naked Naked)
STRANGER . Learning Curve (Self Reflektion)
YAPORIGAMI . Lunar Steps (Stray Landings)

WNCL RECORDINGS: 2015 SHOWCASE
WNCL026 . J TIJN . HEHF
WNCL025 . WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY . Blonde on Blonde (Dunkel VIP)
WNCL024 . KEVIN McPHEE . TW (C.E.O Remix)
WNCL026 . J TIJN . Fat Controller
WNCL024 . KEVIN McPHEE . TW (West Norwood Cassette Library Remix)

GUEST MIX 1: DON FROTH
TEDDY IRE . We Rule The Border (Harry Recordings)
BARRY BROWN . Land of the Living (Snowbird)
MIKE BROOKS . Night Raver (Archive Recordings)
TREVOR BYFIELD . Burning Bush (Fox Fire)
TREVOR BYFIELD . Burning Bush (Version) (Fox Fire)

BEST OF 2015 (Part 2)
HENRY WU . Neezy (Wok) (Rhythm Section International)
CHAOS IN THE CBD . Observe (Rhythm Section International)
FYI CHRIS . Back In The Millenium (Rhythm Section International)
AJUKAJA & ANDREVSKI . Mesilind (Levels)
FRITS WENTINK . Dwayne Young (Bobby Donny)
IMYRMIND . Tong Po (Tartelet)
ART OF TONES . The Rainbow Song (Local Talk)
SOUND STREAM . Sweep Magic (Sound Stream)

GUEST MIX 2: J. TIJN
NEIL LANDSTRUMM & BILL YOUNGMAN . Gebucht Nach Wien (Feinwerk)
PLASTICMAN . The Lift (Road)
YOUNGSTAR . Dimension X (J Tijn Edit)
SURGEON . Klonk Part 1 (Dynamic Tension)
STUDIO GANGSTER . Step Off (Heatseeker Warheadz)
J. TIJN . Smudge (Unreleased)
MATT TDK . The Roller (Unreleased)
J SWEET . Gutter (Alias Remix) (Marxmen Dubs)

BEST OF 2015 (Part 3)
T.ESSELLE . Garibaldi (West Norwood Cassette Library Remix) (Wholemeal Music)
PHYSICAL THERAPY . Hit The Breaks (Bonus Breaks) (Liberation Technologies)
KASHAWAR . Nobody (Project London Raw)
2ndSUN . Lose Control (West Norwood Cassette Library Remix) (Youngbloods)
LUCA LOZANO . Outer Space (Super Rhythm Trax)
STL . Listen Up! Loop (Mutual Friend Recordings)
EKKOHAUS . New Tricks (Holic Trax)
MOOD TRAP . Make It Better (Gerd Rough Dub) (Lower East)
JC LAURENT . Hoax (Hidden)
MARQUIS HAWKES . When I Get Home (Houndstooth)

GUEST MIX 3: JAMES DUNCAN
THE NECESSARIES . Like No Other (Sire)
MONTANA ORCHESTRA feat. GOODY GODY . It Looks Like Love (Instrumental Sept 1983) (Paul Simpson Mix) (Philly Sound Works)
GARI ROMALIS . Reach (Slow Town)
JAMES DUNCAN . Franklin Stop (forthcoming WNCL Recordings)

OUTRO
ETCH . The Scientists (Breakology) (Soundman Chronicles)


24 December 2015

RINSE FM - 27th Dec

























Merry Christmas everyone!

If you're still able to crawl as far as the dial on your wireless after the big day this week, then tune in to RINSE FM on SUNDAY 27th DECEMBER (10am - 1pm), where I'll be covering for Josey Rebelle.

As well as taking you through my favourite vinyl releases of 2015, WNCL Recordings artists J. Tijn, Don Froth and James Duncan will each be turning in a 15 minute guest mix.

Hope you can join us

22 December 2015

BOXWORK MUSIC





















Honest, reliable and diligent are not often words one would use to describe the often shark infested sea that is music publishing.  At least, not in my experience anyway.


BOXWORK MUSIC is a breath of fresh air and currently handling publishing duties for WNCL Recordings and West Norwood Cassette Library.

You can contact them HERE

18 December 2015

DAVID BOWIE - Guardian





















THE GUARDIAN name check PLASTIC SOUL in Alex Petredis' review of David Bowie's "Blackstar" LP.

"Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) offered pained vocals and skronking jazz over a rhythm based on an obscure late-1990s drum’n’bass track that may well have piqued Bowie’s interest because it was by Plastic Soul, the name he gave to the sound of 1975’s Young Americans."

08 December 2015

WNCL026 - RA

























"...one of his most seductive releases..."

WNCL026 gets the 3.75/5 treatment on RESIDENT ADVISOR

04 December 2015

WEATHERALL II





















Mr. Weatherall repping WNCL Recordings with the inclusion of Kevin McPhee's "T.W" from WNCL024 from his live set for Closure in Amsterdam...

02 December 2015

FUTURE SOUL MONKEYS















My old pal Aldwin Johnson will be showcasing his live outfit, The Future Soul Monkeys, this Friday in support of Water Aid. I'll be spinning some old soul, funk and disco tunes at some point too.

EVENT: Future Soul Monkeys
DATE: Friday 4th December 2015
VENUE: Kabaret at Karamel, London

All details on FACEBOOK

29 November 2015

JUNO CHART - November 2015

It's been a while since my last Juno chart - some months I just can't scrape 10 records together that I like enough.

You'll note a touch of megalomania amongst my selection this month but I make no apologies. If you're releasing records and you don't think they're worthy of being top of your pops then maybe don't release them?

You can hear my latest chart HERE.

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1. J. TIJN . Half Empty Half Full EP (WNCL Recordings)
PRESS RELEASE: J. Tijn makes a welcome return to the Cassette Library for his second EP on WNCL Recordings. Once again, the boy wonder explores musical worlds outside of his perceived comfort zone ("HEHF"), gets his bleep on ("Fat Controller") whilst ensuring the die-hard raving crew are kept happy ("Malaria"). To round things off, we're also treated to the next installment in the beat-heavy Decimated series ("Decimated #8").



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2. WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY . 5th Anniversary EP (WNCL Recordings)
PRESS RELEASE: WNCL Recordings continues the 5th Anniversary celebrations with this appropriately titled 4 track EP of underground goodies from label boss, Bob Bhamra - a selection of unreleased and previously dubplate-only affairs from the Cassette Library vaults...


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3. KEVIN McPHEE . TW EP (WNCL Recordings)
PRESS RELEASE: To help us celebrate 5 years of WNCL Recordings, Kevin McPhee has returned to the label - and this time, he's on the creep...


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4. 2NDSUN . Solar Souls EP (Youngbloods)
FROM Free Breaks BLOG: 2nd Souls serve up some flowing choral bassy techno goodness in the forms of ‘Lose Control’ ‘Revelation’ ‘Peak’ and ‘Come Home’ melodic and stomping at the same, the remixes from the likes of West Norwood Cassette Library add extra sheen to an already polished package.


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5. LUCA LOZANO . Outer Space EP (Super Rhythm Trax)
I've seen "Outer Space" described as a rave pastiche or some such boring, lazy, journo go-to phrase which is to underplay what a fine track it really is. (NB: The juno clips below are the wrong way round).


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6. PHYSICAL THERAPY . Hit The Breaks (Liberation Technologies)
I'm kicking myself for not snapping up some of these tracks for WNCL when I first heard them. But no matter. Hit The Breaks (Bonus Beats) has now taken up permanent residency in my record bag.


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7. MARQUIS HAWKES . Sweet (Houndstooth)
An EP that is crammed with goodness - two solid, killer House cuts in "When I Get Home" and "Sweet" plus a cheekily titled nod to Relief Records which, unsurprisingly in Hawkes' hands, is quite perfectly executed.


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8. AJUKAJA & ANDREVSKI . Looking For Something That's Not There (Levels)
Completely missed this on release but I kept hearing the B side, "Mesilind", on radio without realising what it was. Luckily the penny dropped before they all sold out.


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9. KASHAWAR . Nobody Jams EP (Project London)
It's rare these days to go to a record store, be passed a recommended release from a friendly member of staff and actually agree that it's a 'must-have'. The lead cut is a 2-step, sub bass, scratch up affair that's right up my street. Thanks to Nick at Phonica!


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10. STL . Listen Up! (Mutual Friend Recordings)
Peckham collective snap up some deep as you like STL tracks for their sophomore release. "Wrong" is all kinds of right.


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27 November 2015

WNCL026 - Digital

























WNCL026 is now out in digital formats from the usual suspects...

BEATPORT
BLEEP
BOOMKAT
iTUNES

...or go straight to the source and pick it up from  
BANDCAMP


25 November 2015

WNCL026 - Boomkat

























"...frayed around the edges and bangs where it matters..."

WNCL026 now available from BOOMKAT

24 November 2015

WNCL026 - Juno
























"London young gun J Tijn is back: look out!"

WNCL026 now available from Juno

WNCL026 - Bleep


























"J. Tijn returns to the home of his [sic] debut EP...with another fine outing..."

WNCL026 now available at Bleep

WNCL026 - Hardwax

























"Hard, jacking, distorted Techno"

All the descriptors that were painstakingly avoided for the press release. Sigh...WNCL026 now available at Hardwax

16 November 2015

WNCL026

























J. Tijn makes a welcome return to the Cassette Library for his second EP on WNCL Recordings. Once again, the boy wonder explores musical worlds outside of his perceived comfort zone ("HEHF"), gets his bleep on ("Fat Controller") whilst ensuring the die-hard raving crew are kept happy ("Malaria"). To round things off, we're also treated to the next installment in the beat-heavy Decimated series ("Decimated #8").

LABEL: WNCL Recordings
CAT NO: WNCL026
ARTIST: J.Tijn
TITLE: Half Empty Half Full EP
FORMAT: 12" vinyl / digital
RELEASE DATE: 20th November / 27th November

TRACKLIST
A1: HEHF
A2: Fat Controller
B1: Malaria
B2: Decimated #8

PREVIEW


J Tijn makes a welcome return to the Cassette Library for his second EP on WNCL Recordings. Once again, the boy wonder explores musical worlds outside of his perceived comfort zone ("HEHF"), gets his bleep on ("Fat Controller") whilst ensuring the die-hard raving crew are kept happy ("Malaria"). To round things off, we're also treated to the next installment in the beat-heavy Decimated series ("Decimated #8').
- See more at: http://www.easternblocrecords.com/index.php/j-tijn-half-empty-half-full-ep.html#sthash.6b12qjoO.dpuf
J Tijn makes a welcome return to the Cassette Library for his second EP on WNCL Recordings. Once again, the boy wonder explores musical worlds outside of his perceived comfort zone ("HEHF"), gets his bleep on ("Fat Controller") whilst ensuring the die-hard raving crew are kept happy ("Malaria"). To round things off, we're also treated to the next installment in the beat-heavy Decimated series ("Decimated #8').
- See more at: http://www.easternblocrecords.com/index.php/j-tijn-half-empty-half-full-ep.html#sthash.6b12qjoO.dpuf
J Tijn makes a welcome return to the Cassette Library for his second EP on WNCL Recordings. Once again, the boy wonder explores musical worlds outside of his perceived comfort zone ("HEHF"), gets his bleep on ("Fat Controller") whilst ensuring the die-hard raving crew are kept happy ("Malaria"). To round things off, we're also treated to the next installment in the beat-heavy Decimated series ("Decimated #8').
- See more at: http://www.easternblocrecords.com/index.php/j-tijn-half-empty-half-full-ep.html#sthash.6b12qjoO.dpuf

15 November 2015

STRAY LANDINGS - In Focus





















STRAY LANDINGS put the spotlight on WNCL Recordings for their "In Focus" series.

Read it HERE

12 November 2015

ECLIPSE TOTAL - Guest Mix

























DON FROTH, sometime Cassette Librarian and host of the irreverant ECLIPSE TOTAL podcast, invited me to submit a contribution to the series. I turned in a 40 minute romp through some personal Disco favourites under the heading "CHAMPAGNE DISCO 45s"

TRACKLIST

01.  DUNN PEARSON JUNIOR . Groove On Down
02.  BILLY FRAZIER AND FRIENDS . Billy Who?
03.  BUMBLEBEE UNLIMITED . Lady Bug
04.  JAKKI . You Are The Star
05.  THE O’JAYS . Unity
06.  CLOUD ONE . Happy Music
07.  MIROSLAV VITOUS . New Yok City
08.  AQUARIAN DREAM . Look Ahead
09.  CHARLES EARLAND . Let The Music Play
10.  GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS . Saved By The Grace Of Your Love
11.  UNDISPUTED TRUTH . You + Me = Love
12.  SAPPHIRE . Do You Want A Party Tonight


MIXCLOUD



10 November 2015

HYPONIX - Guest Mix

























“2015 is the 5th anniversary of WNCL Recordings. Alas, 2015 also marks 20 years since the sad passing of legendary UK House producer, Roger “WILDCHILD” Mackenzie. For my Hyponik mix, I wanted to pay tribute to the underground hero whose music has been a constant influence on West Norwood Cassette Library and the WNCL label.”

Gone but not forgotten.

HYPONIK  
SOUNDCLOUD
MIXCLOUD


06 November 2015

2ndSUN - Solar Souls EP

























2ndSUN have just released "Solar Souls" on the YOUNGBLOODS label. The EP features original tracks and remixes including "Lose Control" (West Norwood Cassette Library Remix).

The lavishly packaged 12" white vinyl single is available to buy HERE


03 November 2015

J TIJN - Radar Radio

























J TIJN guests on ALTERED NATIVE's show for Radar Radio. His mix opens the show and including some sneak previews of the tracks on his forthcoming EP for WNCL - full news report on that soon...

LISTEN
TRACKLIST



01 November 2015

WNCL025 - DJ Mag

























"...unpredictable tracks that jack in similar but assorted ways..."

Oli Marlow reviews WNCL025 for the printed edition of DJ Mag. God bless ya, Oli - although after all these years, you still can't spell my surname!

17 October 2015

WNCL025 - Bandcamp
























WNCL025 vinyl (+ free mp3s) and digital now available on BANDCAMP


16 October 2015

WNCL025 - Ransom Note




















"The most stunning aural library once more opens the doors..."

WNCLO25 gets the preview treatment - you can stream "Up Periscope!" in full - over at RANSOM NOTE

15 October 2015

RINSE FM - Data70 pt II



















DATA70 crop up on the HESSLE AUDIO show, RINSE FM for the second time this month. Another cut from  "SPACE LOOPS VOL 3" - blink and you'll miss it!


WNCL025 - Juno

























"...our number-one go-to zone for pensive house music, returns with a smacker of an EP."

WNCLO25 now available from Juno

14 October 2015

WNCL025 - Bleep



"...joins the dots between sunken UK bass vibrations and future-facing IDM robot funk."

WNCLO25 now available from Bleep

13 October 2015

SONIC ROUTER (RIP)

























SONIC ROUTER has always been good to the Cassette Library over the years - from offering me my first ever guest mix, premiering WNCL Recording releases, hosting various free downloads and featuring a number of the artists on the label - which was always a particular thrill for me as I'd been following the blog prior to starting the label.

So, I was sad to read today that Oli has decided to call it a day with the blog, although for perfectly understandable and justifiable reasons.

The blog is currently frozen and you can still access the archive (all the WNCL stuff is HERE) but the label SONIC ROUTER RECORDS, is still going strong

Good luck with your future ventures, Oli!

12 October 2015

WNCL025

























WNCL Recordings continues the 5th Anniversary celebrations with this appropriately titled 4 track EP of underground goodies from label boss, Bob Bhamra - a selection of unreleased and previously dubplate-only affairs from the Cassette Library vaults...

LABEL: WNCL Recordings
CAT NO: WNCL025
ARTIST: West Norwood Cassette Library
TITLE: 5th Anniversary EP
FORMAT: 12" vinyl / digital
RELEASE DATE: 16th October / 23rd October

TRACKLIST
A1: Blonde On Blonde (Dunkel VIP)
A2: Say What? (Ambient Parks Reprise)
B1: Think (It Ain't Illegal Yet)
B2: Up Periscope!

PREVIEW


11 October 2015

WNCL025 - BBC Radio 6

























NEMONE'S ELECTRIC LADYLAND show on BBC Radio 6, debut the next WNCL Recordings release - WNCL025: West Norwood Cassette Library "5th Anniversary" EP - playing the lead track, "Blonde on Blonde (Dunkel VIP)".

More news on the release in a mo...in the meantime, you can listen back on the show HERE

09 October 2015

RINSE FM - Jerome Hill

























I'm a regular listener of the Hypercolour show on RINSE FM and was particularly delighted to hear JEROME HILL taking care of business this week in Jamie Hypercolour's absence.

A cracking show with the additional boast of featuring West Norwood Cassette Library's "Exodus VIP" cut that will be featuring on a release for Hypercolour sub label SNEAKER SOCIAL CLUB in the new year


07 October 2015

XLR8R - 2ndSun

























The artist formerly known as KINGTHING, now trading as CASSINI, is also one half of 2nd SUN.

They have a new EP coming out on the YOUNGBLOODS label which will feature a West Norwood Cassette Library remix of "Lose Control".

Release date is 6th November but you can read more about it now over at XLR8R

06 October 2015

VARIOUS - Patterns Vol 7






















HYPERCOLOUR RECORDS unleash the next in their series of digital only compilations, featuring "Innervisions" (taken from my "8 Track Cartridge" double 12" EP).

You can check out the whole thing on their BANDCAMP page

05 October 2015

WNCL024 - Weatherall
















Andrew Weatherall dropping a TW bomb in France...


03 October 2015

RINSE FM - Hypercolour Show
















Friday night's Hypercolour show featuring a half hour WNCL Recordings 5th Anniversary Guest Mix plus another half hour back to back mix from myself and host Cedric Maison is now up on SoundCloud...

TRACKLIST

WNCL006: WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY . Get Lifted
WNCL026: J TIJN . Malaria
WNCL025: WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY . Think
WNCL022: C.E.O . Zaapp
WNCL015: KAMIKAZE SPACE PROGRAMME . Battery
WNCL020: BOBBY CHAMPS . Kresnshaw (J Tijn's Drum Tool)
WNCL013: BOBBY CHAMPS . Krenshaw
WNCL009: KNOWING LOOKS . Listen To My 45
WNCL017: PLASTIC SOUL . Mint Imperial
WNCL023: DON FROTH . Live Notes
WNCL010: WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY . Coming On Strong
WNCL014: SPATIAL . Set Apart
WNCL026: J TIJN . Decimated #8
WNCL024 . KEVIN McPHEE . TW
WNCL024 . KEVIN McPHEE . TW (WNCL Remix)




02 October 2015

RINSE FM - WNCL Guest Mix

























TONIGHT!

I'll be in the guest mix slot for tonight's Hypercolour show on Rinse FM. A half hour trawl through the WNCL Recordings back catalogue in celebration of the label's 5th Anniversary.

Get locked!

RINSE FM

01 October 2015

RINSE FM - Data70














A MADE UP SOUND was in the guest mix hot seat for the HESSLE AUDIO show on RINSE FM and squeezed in a cut from the DATA70 "SPACE LOOPS VOL 3" double pack. Thanks, Dave!


26 September 2015

FACULTY

























Bristol crew, come down!

EVENT: Faculty
DATE: Saturday 26th September
VENUE: Cosies, Bristol

FACEBOOK
RESIDENT ADVISOR

25 September 2015

WNCL024 - RA

























"...a solid spread of takes on one strange idea"

WNCL024 review over at RESIDENT ADVISOR

22 September 2015

WNCL024 - Remix

























If you've read the last 4000 posts on this blog, then you'll know that Kevin McPhee's new EP - "TW" - is now available on WNCL Recordings.

You can stream the West Norwood Cassette Library Remix over at RANSOM NOTE

18 September 2015

WNCL024 - Bandcamp

WNCL024 - "TW", the new 4 track EP by Kevin McPhee on WNCL Recordings is now available from the label's Bandcamp store...


WNCL024 - Ransom Note



















"...it’s satisfying to see a label pull out a such a fine record to commemorate 5 years in the game."

WNCL024 gets a nod in the "Futureshock" techno round up over at RANSOM NOTE

WNCL024 - Bleep





















"...an unashamed club grenade"

WNCL024 - the new 4 track EP by Kevin McPhee on WNCL Recordings - is now available on BLEEP

WNCL024 - Juno





















"....instantly seductive and hummable..."

WNCL024 - the new 4 track EP by Kevin McPhee on WNCL Recordings - is now available on JUNO



WNCL024 - Boomkat

























"...built to bang..."

WNCL024 - the new 4 track EP by Kevin McPhee on WNCL Recordings - is now available on BOOMKAT