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Hoping For A Repress 05

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, perhaps because there’s been loads of tasty represses since the new year, from Kerri Chandler to Chez Damier, Ron Trent and Mood II Swing, to name but a few. There’s always more records that we’d love to get hold of though and so we’re back to our repress requests.

Ark & Dolibox – Be My Baby (Karat Records – KARAT 40)

Discogs Asking Price: None Available

This is a great record – collaboration of the highest order from Ark & Dolibox and probably my favourite release that either of them have put out. There was a copy on sale for £20 towards the end of last year but it’s gone now – presumably the seller realised this one’s just too good to let go. Okay yes – it’s on Beatport, but sometimes that just doesn’t cut it.

That’s on the A side. I love the way it develops from this stop start beginning into more of a roller while keeping that glitchy feel throughout. The vocals are manipulated to perfection and for most of the track there’s just that one chord breaking them up. This one sets up for the B side very nicely, hinting at a deepness that is just on the other side, but taking on more of a dancefloor filling complexion than you’d normally associate with deep house.

On the B side you get Deep At All. This one for me is a perfect blueprint for deep music – slow development, lovely detail and all kept interesting over the track’s 10 minutes +, allowing you to drift off while being kept firmly tied to the dancefloor.

The track amalgamates all sorts of disparate vocals into its patchwork and slots them beside a deep, almost dubby bassline where they sit comfortably alongside a hesitant beat, melancholic acoustic guitar, jazzy piano and the occasional string crescendo and saxophone blast. The result is that it sounds both organic and electronic with that high note every few bars keeping everything in place.

Omniverse – Venere/ Antares (Antima Records – ANT 004)

Discogs Asking Price – £16.40 – £164.16

Classic release. It sounds just as good today as (I imagine) it did in 1991.

Across both tracks jacking beats, chord stabs, bits of female American vocals and soft melodies in the background combine to create two tracks that make you think of 90s era house music. They don’t sound clichéd, tired or imitated, they just sound great. This Omniverse release has endured for over 20 years because it came before there was a formula for house music. These are the sorts of tracks that had a big part to play in shaping perceptions of how house music should sound and has been imitated countless times with never the same result.

Vinalog – Relative 002 (Relative – RTV-002)

Discogs Asking Price – £28.72 – £41.03

A great release you might recognise played by all the big names in big room techno. That doesn’t take away from it at all though – it’s everything big room techno should be: a wall of low end, a pumping beat and an eerie vibe on top of it all. None of the tracks are too fast, so you can even bring them in to a slower set than you’d usually associate for playing techno bangers. These would cut right through most of the records in my collection in a blend.

The A side boasts Military Field and The “Do” Trip. Both are guaranteed to get a reaction, especially Military Field with its frantic looped vocals. The “Do” Trip is more melodic and haunting. Just a great slab of wax to have. The B side I’ve not heard as much of, but the record is worth getting for the fantastic A side alone.

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Hoping For A Repress 04

It’s all about the classics this time, 3 releases that most people will probably recognise and if you don’t you’ll definitely be happy you read on. Really essential records here that we’d love to see available once again.

Rudoulpho – Sunday Afternoon (Atlantic 7567 85881-0)

Discogs Asking Price: £28.34 – £833.69

Yes, you read that right. Someone wants a 1,000 euro for a piece of wax from 1992. That said, this is a great release on both sides. 2 slices of Chicago House, and that’s the real Chicago house – a jacking, dancefloor friendly beat infused with that feeling of soul and free spirited improvisation.

On the A side, Sunday Afternoon:

It’s the kind of sound I’ve been getting into more and more of recently: jazzy motifs and slippery hi-hats. Over the track’s 10 minutes, things are kept moving forward and kept interesting by the improvisation on the trumpet part and by the little additions to the beat, like that rattlesnake sound and the two low notes every so often. These kind of touches, I always think, are barely noticeable but you could tell if they weren’t there. The synthesizer and the trumpet work together really well, coming together to make a house track that sounds loose and different every time you hear it. This one always transports me to a warm place when I hear it.

On the B side, there’s Touch Me:

The B side is vocal driven, but has a similar sort of vibe to the A side, with almost identical background synths at work. The trumpet is dropped on this one, with the “Touch Me” vocals stepping in to the void they leave behind. The beat is a bit less slippery and a bit firmer. This would be a great one to play in a set that you wanted to take the sting out of, that you wanted to bring some space into.

Schatrax – #6 (Schatrax – SCHAT06)

Discogs Asking Price – £39.99 – £79.99

Truth be told, I’ve only heard the A side of this but it really is good enough that I would buy it blind about the B side.

A1, Restless Nights is an absolute weapon.

Starting off with a pulsating rhythm, the raw bassline comes in moments later, before those high pitched sounds are added to finish off the vibe. Such an effective track, I’ve seen it destroy dancefloors before. A real bassline driven track, its effectiveness lies in its moments of subtlety. It’s somehow restrained, doesn’t peak too soon and is perfectly balanced. Rounding off the A side is Sunshine. Compared to the basement vibes of Restless Nights, Sunshine is an unabashedly happy sort of tune.

On the B side it looks like there’s a dub of Restless Nights, a more stripped back version which sounds like it could be very interesting.

Laid – Punch Up (Symple Sound SYD001)

Discogs Asking Price – £41.68 – £125.05

This record has two remixes of Laid’s Punch Up. On the A side is Frankie Feliciano’s edit, and on the B side a Scott Wozniak vocal mix.

The Frankie Feliciano mix encapsulates what deep house should be about, for me at least. A bassline hook is looped, with the “Punch Up” vocal coming in every few bars. That vocal then comes in, preaching to the dancefloor: “People, move your feet, move your feet across the dancefloor.”  The Scott Wozniak mix from what I can find seems to be quite similar to the FF edit, but makes less use of those soft synth pads in the background.

Here’s Hoping For A Repress 03

When we started this feature, we had no idea how many records in real need of a repress we would end up coming across. For the third edition, there’s releases from Kassem Mosse, Marco Shuttle and M.ono.

Marco Shuttle – The Vox Attitude (Färden Records – VIDD 1)

Discogs Asking Price: £36.81 – £50.58

That’s the A side. You may have seen a Pangaea remix that came out on Marco’s own Eerie imprint quite recently. That version works well, we’ve always been a fan of Pangaea’s productions, but it cannot match the devastating simplicity of the original. The vocal hook is approached hesitantly, with only a tiny segment used throughout the track’s 11 minutes. It is fleshed out alongside the beat and the bassline with the resulting effect that over the track’s runtime, no two moments are the same and the feeling that the track is moving and breathing is never lost. Mesmerising stuff from the Italian: deep, minimal and guaranteed to get a reaction.

On the B side is Spaziale. This side is in the same vein as the A side: it’s a roller that develops more elements as it goes on through its 12 minutes.

Kassem Mosse – Workshop 12 (Workshop – WORKSHOP 12)

Discogs Asking Price: £34.83 – £75.87

This is Kassem Mosse at his best: making tracks that are constantly building, developing and shifting. It’s been charted by the usual suspects: Cosmin TRG and the like, but has also received support from DJs you wouldn’t normally expect to play a bit of Kassem, appearing on Ben UFO’s Rinse 16 CD.

Similarly to the Marco Shuttle track above, the lead on this release, the untitled A1, is built around a vocal sample, with 14 minutes teased out of it. Kassem manages this through building up the beat with plenty of snare around the vocal, which is on a loop for pretty much the entire track, before bringing in a bassline with a delicious groove to it. Amazing stuff.

The B side is not too shabby either. B1 sees languishing synths and bass notes propped up by a driving beat that would happily fit into an early set, and B2 is a bit more frantic with more of a glitchy and mechanical beat that would be a good choice in the mix if you were looking for a transition track.

Probably one of the strongest Workshops, and that’s saying a lot.

M.ono – Easydance EP (Rose Records – ROSE04)

Discogs Asking Price: £67.49 – £84.30

Lush deep house from the man from Leipzig. 4 cuts of textured melodies that work on your mind, while the beat takes care of your feet. You might have heard Holding Back California in sets by the likes of Move D and Moomin. This one is the strongest on the EP, but the other 3 are also worth your time, particularly B2, Hypnotize, which strikes that balance between rolling drums and floaty synths perfectly. Kithara does the same, making use of bongo samples, giving the track an organic feel. A melodic, danceable and above all, deep release from M.ono and Rose Records.

Here’s Hoping For A Repress 02

This time we’ve got tracks from Peven Everett, Marshall Jefferson vs. Noosa Heads and Paranoid London. For an introduction to this feature, take a look at the first edition. You’ll notice that a few of these tracks aren’t that unreasonably priced. But why pay 25 quid for a used record when you can pay about a tenner for it if it gets a repress? Again, none of these records are limited, but they’re sold out everywhere and gotten a bit of recognition, and so discogs inflation sets in.

Paranoid London – Paris Dub 1 feat. Paris Brightledge (Paranoid London Records – PDON 004)

Discogs Asking Price – £25.39 – £67.70

That’s the A side. The B side has a dub (which I prefer to the vocal version) and a track taken from a live set at Warehouse Project in 2008. It’s a rough n’ ready hardware acid creation with bass force and a nice kick drum. This is one of those records that will command a dancefloor to dance to your beat. What I really appreciate about this track is the contrast between the acid bassline and Brightledge’s soulful vocals, which fit together perfectly.

Peven Everett – Feelin’ You In And Out (Symple Soul – SYL 005)

Discogs Asking Price – £169.17

Peven Everett does it again. The guy’s vocals have featured on so many classic house tracks, and he always sounds great. He’s got a real unique, soulful sound. This track is probably my favourite of them all, but I’d also recommend you listen to Put Your Back Into It and of course, Gabriel. What really pisses me off about this discogs asking price is that the record only came out in 2007. I guess it is rare, this is the only copy I’ve found for sale, but this record has increased in value by nearly 17-fold. The Shelter Mix is the one I’d play the most, but Take Away My Sunshine is a nice track for lazy Sunday afternoons.

Marshall Jefferson vs. Noosa Heads – Mushrooms (Soap Records – SOAP 011)

Discogs Asking Price – £23.70 – £71.94

This particular version of the famous track is the one that I enjoy the most. The Salt City Orchestra Remix is a perfect track to play towards the beginning of a set with its slow build up and suspended synths. The famous vocals about a guy having his first mushroom trip are kept intact, with the synths allowed to rise to the fore above a bassline groove. A definite improvement on the original. The B side has a Noosa Heads remake on it, which is more of a peak time roller. The two remixes on this version stay true to the spirit of the original, but take it a little deeper. Its seen so many remixes over the years, but the Salt City Orchestra one gets the nod from me.

Here’s Hoping for a Repress 01

For the first of a new permanent feature on Subsoil Blog, we’re introducing you to three records which are in dire need of a repress.

As much as I can appreciate the “limited” “hand numbered” white label culture, these three records are just regular releases, really good ones at that, which aren’t available anymore apart from on discogs, where the asking price leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth.

Perlon has set the standard in represses for me. Zip seems keen on regularly repressing his releases, as long as there’s sufficient demand of course. A quick browse through discogs reveals the most expensive Perlon to be Soulphiction’s Bust Me at an asking price of about 30 pounds. According to the comments, a repress is imminent. Perlon’s previous represses (see 13, 16, 17 & 22 for a few randomly chosen examples) ingeniously come in greyscale, rather than the full colour design of the first pressing. This preserves a sense of exclusivity for those who were on the ball and bought the record when it first came out. In this way, Perlon rewards its keener fans, while providing its newer fans with the means to buy their back catalogue.

The following three releases are in my mind in desperate need of a repress. All over the internet people are begging for it, and unfortunately, opportunistic discogs sellers are demanding a price about 7 times what it would have cost them in the first place.

#1: Saine – Drifter EP (Must Have Records) Discogs Price: £35-£50

Just a fantastic record. If someone comes to you, shrugs their shoulders and says “What is Deep House?” Play them this record. The title track is a masterpiece in arrangement. Fragments of a groove in the bassline come in and out, as do snares, giving the impression that the track is constantly moving and evolving. Saine’s limited use of vocals and snatches of melody outside the lead groove create a richly textured track which takes your mind to all sorts of places while keeping your feet firmly rooted to the dancefloor.

The A side finishes off with Buccaneer’s Den, an atmospheric slow jam sort of tune that would be the soundtrack of my harem/pleasure dome. All 3 and a half minutes on loop. The B side opens up with Smyles, which does the same thing as Drifter, but sounds a bit more frantic with a more complex beat at the fore of the track. Halfway through the track a real funky slap bass bassline comes in, giving the track a wonderful sense of improvisation and freedom. The EP finishes off with Medium Grind, another jazzy sort of house track based around a short blue chord progression.

2. Slowhouse – Three (Slowhouse Recordings) Discogs Price: £50-£295

The best of all three Slowhouse releases from the unnamed Swiss duo. And also ridiculously expensive on Discogs. A1 is a relatively straightforward kick snare sort of track with a great groove to go with it. Its a lot more than that however, with every element of the track fine tuned to perfection. This would work really well within a set with its irresistible groove and beat which commands your feet to dance. A2 is a slower and more cerebral cut. It’s got a real sense of suspension in the background synths. If I was skydiving, I’d want to be listening to this.

The B side is what really blows my mind. It seems to have been made with dancefloors in mind. B1 sounds like it’s come out of Detroit with that indomitable beat and more of those deep synths which are about as far from cheesey synths as you can get. B2, however, is pretty much alone worth spending 50 pounds on the EP. if I had 50 pounds that is. The simple yet so effective beat, a 4/4 with an added skip every few bars is joined by vocal fragments and terrific overlapping melodics. This is a real good times tune, and trust me, it destroys a dancefloor. I’ve heard it pitched up and it sounds just as good, if not better.

See the Discogs link above for a playlist of all 4 tracks.

3. Andres – Moments In Life (Mahogani Music) Discogs Price: £30-£50

Probably my favourite Andres release. And that’s saying a lot from the man who’s responsible for Skate This Way, Hart Plaza, New For U and Take Off to name only a few tracks. It’s got that amazing style that sits very comfortably somewhere in between House and Hip Hop, which no one else seems to be capable of reproducing.

The title track just puts a smile on my face and a swing in my step everytime I hear it. Have a listen and you should understand why.

I went to an RBMA lecture session in Bristol at the start of the summer with Andres. Asked him about a repress and he replied “I’m a get on Kenny for that.” So whether or not this sees a repress is very much down to Moodymann.