Chris Liebing Relaunches CLR Records

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German techno DJ/producer Chris Liebing has announced the relaunch of his CLR imprint.

Founded in 1999, the label, whose moniker originally stood for Chris Liebing Recordings, went on to sign music by a spate of techno artists such as Tommy Four Seven, Flug and Monoloc during a phase Liebing dubbed Create Learn Realize before going on hiatus.

“Since putting the label on ice in the mid-2010s, I’ve always missed label work and the connections that you have with other artists, especially the possibility to discover new upcoming artists and help them grow by giving them a platform for their music,” says Liebing. “I’ve decided to start Phase 3 of CLR, calling it ‘Create Learn Repeat.’ There are so many talented young ones out there, and it’s fantastic to see and hear what they do and to be able to help them get a foot in the door of this business.”

Liebing’s hard-hitting three-track Bruson EP will kick things off on July 16, and he says he has put together a pipeline of releases. “Besides my own ‘first’ new release, I already have some great releases lined up by artists like Frankie Bromley, Gene Richards Jr. and Hertz Collision and more to come. Fun times ahead, let’s create, learn and repeat.”

In related news, Liebing will release his Another Day full-length album via Mute on November 19. The follow-up to 2018’s Burn Slow features collaborations with Polly Scattergood, Ralf Hildenbeutel, Ladan, Tom Adams and Maria Uzor.

At the end of June, Liebing dropped a visual video for “Something Half Way” off the upcoming release.

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Chicago Footwork Innovator RP Boo Taps Battle Track Mentality on ‘Established!’

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Kavain Space, better known as RP Boo, will release Established!, his fourth album for Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu, on September 17. The album’s opening track, “All My Life,” is now available and can be heard below.

Regarded as one of the founding fathers of footwork, the raw, frenetic offshoot of Chicago house music, Space taps into his ghetto-house roots and takes another giant leap forward on the 12-track full-length that he describes as having a “battle track mentality.”

Big Shot got an advance listen to Established!. Among a selection of exhilarating sample tracks like “Another Night To Party,” we discovered “All Over.” It’s a righteous reconstruction of a famous British musician’s ’80s reimagined from a Windy City perspective. (You’ll have to pick up the album to find out more.)

While Space is coming out with his guns blazing on his long-player, all he wants to do is to spread positivity.  “I want the listeners to really get close to something beautiful, to enjoy with family and friends.”

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Pole Two-Track Vinyl Release Out in August

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German glitch/dub producer and acclaimed mastering engineer Stefan Betke, who records under the Pole alias, will issue a two-track, 12-inch vinyl release titled “Tanzboden” via Mute on August 13.

Betke’s latest effort, which will also be available digitally, came out of loops created during the recording sessions for his 2020 album, Fading, for Mute. “I began working in my Berlin studio,” he explains, “doing research and listening to the single recording sessions of ‘Fading’ to remember what I did exactly and to find out what I think about the recording months after finishing it.”

Regarding the title of the upcoming release, he says, “Tanzboden is an old-fashioned word for a dance floor constructed during the harvest time, mostly outdoors, and ‘Rost’ is the German word for rust which is an interesting connection to Tanzboden. If the dance floor is not really used for a long time anymore it starts to rust, and as the screws and metal plates which are holding the wooden parts together disappear slowly over the years, so does the Tanzboden itself.”

The video for the first track titled “Rost” can be heard below.

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Gift of Gab, of Blackalicious, Dead at 50

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West Coast rapper Timothy J. Parker (a.k.a. The Gift of Gab) has passed away.

“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother, Timothy J. Parker a.k.a. The Gift of Gab,” announced the Quannum crew. “Tim peacefully departed this earth to be with our ancestors on Friday, June 18, 2021. He is survived by two brothers, one sister, many nieces and nephews, countless friends, and fans across the globe. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected as we mourn the tremendous loss of our dear brother.”

During his career, Parker earned a global reputation for his unique lyrical flow and masterful technique.

In 2014, Parker was diagnosed with kidney failure. He underwent dialysis three to four times a week even while on tour. In 2020, he underwent a kidney transplant and remained active throughout the pandemic.

“Our brother was an MCs’ MC who dedicated his life to his craft. One of the greatest to ever do it,” said his bandmate and lifelong friend Chief Xcel (a.k.a. Xavier Mosley). “He’s the most prolific person I’ve ever known. He was all about pushing the boundaries of his art form in the most authentic way possible. He truly believed in the healing power of music. He viewed himself as a vessel used by a higher power whose purpose was to give positive contributions to humanity through Rhyme.”

According to a statement, Gift of Gab left behind nearly 100 tracks for future Blackalicious releases. “Some of those were already slated for the next release, but more of Gab’s lyrical genius will be heard for years to come.”

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