“Made with love. No hype. Just underground.” Germany’s Charmin Records distills its mission for releasing quality house music in seven purposeful words on its succinct mission statement. Out of all of the labels I’ve discovered this year, Charmin, which is run by enigmatic producer FM, embodies the epitome of fresh, forward-thinking vibes.
As 2017 draws to a close, the label is about to unveil its final releases of the year, the Nightlife EP, which is set to drop on December 15.
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere Garban’s “Exploitation” from the upcoming multi-artist four-tracker. The Düsseldorf producer sculpts a rollicking, free-flowing analogue jam that will invigorate your soul. Get a first listen to the majestic track below and enjoy.
From his days rapping in The Shamen to co-running the now-defunct London nightclub/label The End to his current solo career, London-born, LA-based DJ/producer Mr. C (a.k.a. Richard West) has remained 100 percent true to underground dance music.
His dedication to exploring the genre comes across loud and clear on his impressive third full-length album, Incidents (Superfreq), which was released earlier in the year. (Fun fact: “Stand Up” from the LP appeared on the #savefabric compilation issued last November.)
This week Mr. C will release “Shape Your Dreams,” which is the third and final single from his recent LP. We’re extremely pleased to world premiere Banco de Gaia’s flawless breakbeat-laden remix. Toby Marks, another talented electronic-music journeyman from the same era, reimagines the cut with acid lines, heavy helpings of digi funk and Mr.C’s trademark vocal.
Listen below and check the full remix EP featuring Bushwacka!, David Scuba and Noël Jackson on December 8.
Luke McKeehan’s Nordic Trax is taking a well-deserved victory lap this month with 20 Years of Nordic Trax, a spectacular retrospective of new and exclusive tracks. The release celebrates the Vancouver-based house imprint’s two decades in the game. What’s distinguished the label is McKeehan’s unwavering dedication to releasing innovative house music, ignoring fleeting trends in favor of supporting music that push the musical conversations forward.
We’re honored to world premiere the exclusive track “Northern Spirit” from Spanish DJ/producer Nacho Marco, a supremely talented artist whose body of work for top labels like Ovum Recordings, Madhouse and We Play House fluidly channels the underground pulse of New York, Chicago, and Detroit.
On “Northern Spirit” the Loudeast Records boss crafts a rousing uptempo masterpiece boasting plucky piano, swirling synth stabs and a smooth groove that’s easy like Sunday morning.
Get a first listen below and pick up the milestone compilation — which features tracks and mixes by Mark Farina, Cristoph, The Revenge, Jon Delerious and Gavin Froome — on December 8.
Deep-house doyen Chocky’s resume includes crafting raw, minimal releases for labels like Big Bait Records, Ears Have Eyes Recordings, Secret Reels and Flumo Recordings. In November he presented the excellent Self Knowledge EP — his debut for Steve Bug’s acclaimed Dessous Recordings. We were pleased to world premiere the title track off the release.
Just a few weeks later Chocky makes a quick return to Dessous with his upcoming Playtime EP. Stylistically the four-tracker picks up where he left off on Self Knowledge and shows more sides to his musical personality.
We’re elated to world premiere “Double Dip” from Playtime. It’s a hypnotic, stripped-down effort that’s tailor-made for late-night/early morning consumption. Chocky’s grooves are tight, his beats are big and crisp and the vibe is deeeeeep.
Get a first listen below and check the full EP on December 8.
From big dreams come amazing things. Back in 2004 venerable German DJ/producer Steve Bug launched Audiomatique as a platform to showcase up-and-coming house and techno production talent. He’s used the label to shine the spotlight on a litany of producers, including Trentemøller, Adultnapper, Gui Boratto, Alexi Delano, Joel Mull and Wehbba.
This week the imprint celebrates its 80th release by way of a standout two-track release from enigmatic mixmaster Renato Rodriguez — a.k.a. Renato (DE) — who delivers a pair of high-quality tech-house scorchers.
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere “This Way” from the Berlin-based artist’s upcoming affair. It’s a hard-hitting jaunt complete with taut percussion, sinewy synths and evocative melodies.
Get a first listen below and pick up the full release on November 24.
This month Swedish indie-pop twosome Tundran dropped their seven-track Morning Moon EP on PRMD Music to a bit of fanfare on the interweb. The duo — Jakob and Felix — draw influenc from disco to’80s electro-pop.
The pair put “All The Love” in the hands of Stockholm-based electro-house producer Jacob Tillberg, which we’re pleased to world premiere. On his blindly good remix, Tillberg embellishes the cut with sleek sounds while maintaining the original’s vibe.
Says Tillberg of his re-rub: “I wanted to make something different and beautiful but still something that works on the dance floor. I think the remix speaks to a broad audience with a mix between future house and some jungle sounding elements. You can both chill out to it and party to it.”
Get a first listen to the remix below by hitting the play button.