samedi 9 décembre 2017

Rowee - Dharmony (RBL049)

Following on from the Rebellion release at the start of this year, Italian producer Rowee returns to the label with 'Dharmony'. A spiritual offering, the two track EP is a fitting addition to the Rebellion catalogue.

A rich landscape of playful synths, 'Dharmony' is a fusion of melodies and harmonies that set the tone for the EP. Rowee was inspired by the Dharma, 'a key concept with multiple meanings in the Indian religions. There is no single word translation for Dharma in Western languages. In Hinduism, Dharma is the order that makes life and universe possible, the 'right way of living' '.

On the B-side, Rowee manipulates KnowKontrol's vocal into a new dimension. Intricate sounds are layered over the baseline, concluding this otherworldly trip.

Rowee is prolific Italian DJ and producer Leonardo Gonnelli. Fresh from his release on Seth Troxler's Play It Say It imprint and nominated in the category of Best Track at Vicious Music Awards, Leonardo Gonnelli has demonstrated his exceptional talent as a DJ whilst playing at worldwide events such as the legendary Space Miami, Pacha Buenos Aires, BPM Mexico, Dockyard Festival (ADE) in Amsterdam and Sonar.

Having recently remixed Yousef 'Vanity' Feat. The Angel on Crosstown Rebels , 2017 marks the start of a new chapter for Rowee, promising a bright future of what is yet to come.

1. Rowee - Dharmony
2. Rowee Feat. KnowKontrol - Momento

Released: 08/12/2017
Cat#: RBL049
Distribution: Above Board


samedi 25 novembre 2017

Crosstown Rebels Presents SPIRITS (CRMCD035)

Let​ ​your​ ​mind​ ​wander​ ​free​ ​with​ ​the​ ​first​ ​in​ ​a​ ​new​ ​annual​ ​compilation​ ​series​ ​from​ ​Crosstown​ ​Rebels, allow​ ​us​ ​to​ ​introduce​ ​Spirits.​ ​Label​ ​founder​ ​Damian​ ​Lazarus​ ​has​ ​compiled​ what​ ​he​ ​describes​ ​as​ ​“a​ fresh​ ​psychedelic​ ​journey​ ​into​ ​the​ ​mind”,​ ​aiming​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​together​ ​a​ ​collection​ ​of​ ​new​ ​artists​ ​from​ ​both his​ ​imprints.
dubspeeka​’s Lyssa opens the album with a sturdy bassline, eerie synths and a haunting melody reminiscent of yesteryear. Followed shortly by Audiojack​’s Reverie; a heavy kick from the start is succeeded by spoken word on the subject of meditation. Rowee and Know Kontrol ​incorporate poignant wooden percussion in the intro to Amarantro, the song features absorbing lyrics and a delightfully oblique melody. Be Mine by Siopis featuring Ellbee Bad gets straight into the action with hard-hitting reverberated low notes, steadily building up through sentimental vocals and enticing synthesis. A minimalistic xylophone and drawn out synths form the intro of Magit Cacoon​’s Nonsense. Jonathan Kaspar​’s Zarun is a sensory delight, littered with unique percussion, a muted kick and siren-like midi sounds.
Alice Rose seduces in Another Way produced by Raw District​. Her voice, similar to that of Bjork, perfectly encompasses the heavy bassline and hard-hitting percussion. Robbie Akbal has an ear for a great intro, mysterious sound effects and gradually building drum sounds form the basis for Tavarua. Nico Stojan & David Mayer have gone balearic with Killing Your Lover, featuring vocals from the incredible Jan Blomqvist​. Dance Spirit featuring Fab Morvan are up next with Voices, a journey through spiritual vocals and bassy reverb to a rolling kick and percussion-heavy ending. Finally, Pale Blue finishes the album on a high with Journey Into Light, a gradual intro leads the way for an exquisite, yet minimalistic melody and enchanting female vocals.
Skeleton label owner Dubspeeka has seen huge success since the release of his debut album Population 50201, just over a year ago. Leeds based Audiojack are rapidly rising on the house and techno scene, the duo recently enjoyed musical outputs on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, as well as the revered Mobilee. Receiving a nomination for Best Track at the Vicious Music Awards not long back, Leonardo Gonnelli has been rapidly building momentum in the scene producing and performing under his new alias Rowee. Siopis, or you might know him as Silversurfer, returns to Crosstown Rebels once more after co-producing the label’s very first release back in 2003. Juggling his time, the Berlin-based producer also runs his own imprint MANGALI.
Quickly becoming one of the most admired female artists on the techno scene, Magit Cacoon has recently remixed the likes of Steven Wilson and Dast. Cologne based producer Jonathan Kaspar has wowed audiences with his groovy sets worldwide and most recently remixed David Mayer on Objektivity. Formerly Vernon&DeCosta, since 2013, Vernon Bara Massimo DaCosta have been producing deeper, darker house music under the alias Raw District. Alongside releases on established labels such as Souvenir Music and Defected, the duo have played renowned Belgian festivals such as Extrema Outdoor and Wecandance.
Long time friend of Lazarus, Robbie Akbal has had the privilege of living through various generations of house music. On the scene since 1993, his productions have evolved over time and the quality kept him at the top of his game. House music forerunners Nico Stojan and David Mayer have been causing a stir on dancefloors worldwide this year. LA duo Dance Spirit have appeared at several Get Lost events and previously released on sister label Rebellion. Set to release further music on Crosstown Rebels, Pale Blue have risen to the top since the launch their debut album The Past We Leave Behind, most recently they have released on Man Power’s label Me Me Me.

lundi 20 novembre 2017

Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons - Fly Away (CRM191)

Hot on the heels of this summer's anthemic release 'I Found You', Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons return with another heavy hitter: 'Fly Away' complete with stupendous Dennis Ferrer remix. 'Fly Away' is another great beguiling, soulful masterpiece by Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, featuring the inimitable vocal talents of Afronaut Zu, who transcendent vocal leanings underpin the lush evocative production of the effortless string laden grooves.

On the flip and Dennis Ferrer delivers a monster of a remix; jacking the groove, dubbing Zu's vocal and mesmerizing the dancefloor to maximum effect !

1. Fly Away
2. Fly Away (Dennis Ferrer Remix)

Released: 15/12/2017
Cat#: CRM191
Distribution: Above Board

vendredi 27 octobre 2017

Crosstown Rebels Presents Spirits (CRMLP035S)

A four track vinyl sampler of the new compilation series from Crosstown Rebels, allow us to introduce Spirits. Label Founder Damian Lazarus has compiled what he describes as "a fresh psychedelic journey into the mind", aiming to bring together a collection of new artists from both his imprints.

Opening up is Audiojack's "Reverie"; a heavy kick from the start is succeeded by spoken word on the subject of meditation sets the scene appropriately. Dubspeeka's "Lyssa" is next up with a sturdy bassline, eerie synths and a haunting melody reminiscent of yesteryear.

On the flip and Alice Rose seduces in "Another Way" produced by Raw District. Her voice, similar to that of Björk, perfectly encompasses the heavy bassline and hard-hitting percussion. Finally, "Be Mine" by SIOPIS featuring Ellbee Bad gets straight into the action with hard-hitting reverberated low notes, steadily building up through sentimental vocals and enticing synthesis.

1. Audiojack - Reverie
2. Dubspeeka - Lyssa
3. Raw District Feat. Alice Rose - Another Way
4. SIOPIS Feat. Ellbee Bad - Be Mine

Released: 24/11/2017
Cat#: CRMLP35S
Distribution: Above Board

jeudi 19 octobre 2017

Crosstown Rebels Presents Spirits

Damian Lazarus' label Crosstown Rebels is starting a new annual compilation series called Spirits.

Lazarus describes the new endeavor as "a fresh psychedelic journey into the mind". its first entry, which lands in late November, is made up of 11 tracks from the likes of Dubspeeka, SIOPIS, Robbie Akbal, Magit Cacoon and Pale Blue.

Lazarus & company will celebrate the start of Spirits next month with launch parties in Berlin, Warsaw & London.

1. Dubspeeka - Lyssa
2. Audiojack - Reverie
3. Rowee - Amaranto (Feat. KnowKontrol)
4. SIOPIS - Be Mine (Feat. Ellbee Bad)
5. Magit Cacoon - Nonsense
6. Jonathan Kaspar - Zarun
7. Raw District - Another Way (Feat. Alice Rose)
8. Robbie Akbal - Tavarua
9. Nico Stojan & David Mayey - Killing Your Lover (Feat. Jan Blomqvist)
10. Dance Spirit - Voices (Feat. Fab Morvan)
11. Pale Blue - Journey Into The Light

Released: 24/11/2017
Cat#: (CRMCD035)
Distribution: Above Board

mercredi 18 octobre 2017

Denney - Stranger Things (CRM190)

Releasing on Crosstown Rebels, Denney & D Ramirez invite the listener into an electronic dream. Aptly titled "Stranger Things", the old friends deliver two original tracks with Dubspeeka supplying the remix. Debuted by label founder Damian Lazarus at Day Zero, immerse yourself in an otherworldly fantasy.

"Stranger Things" open the EP, immediately setting the scene for what is to come. The duo has created an enticing world, thrusting them into the forefront of electronic music. Heavy in synths and cosmic sounds, Bristol based producer, Dubspeeka demonstrates complete understanding of the original, whilst catapulting the track into a different sphere. The ethereal female vocal takes center stage in "Afraid", concluding the EP and marking the end of a captivating journey.

Hailing from the north of England, Denney kickstarted his career with a residency at the historic Back To Basics night. Now a global figure in the dance scene, he regurlarly plays at the biggest venues, with releases on Jackathoin Jams, 2020Vision, VIVa, Hot Creations among others. With a career spanning over twenty years, D. Ramirez is a top of his game. The Northern DJ and producer has been nominated for an Ivor Novello, played in every continent, and five of his releases making the Top 20.

1. Stranger Things
2. Stranger Things (Dubspeeka Remix)
3. Afraid

Released: 03/11/2017
Cat#: CRM190
Distribution: Above Board


dimanche 24 septembre 2017

Satori - MAKTUB (CRMLP034S)

Satori returns to Crosstown Rebels with his atmospheric album MAKTUB. Here is a four track vinyl sampler from the album, including a live unreleased vinyl only version of 'While I Miss You'.

Music flows through the veins of Satori. No ordinary artist, he is creating deeply spiritual music through a range of instruments and production techniques. MAKTUB, his debut album on the illustrious Crosstown Rebels pulls the listener into an exotic world, blurring the lines between electronic and meditative music.

At the core of MAKTUB is Satori's desire to touch people with his music, and his vocals shine through from start to finish, as he guides the listener on an Arabian Nights inspired journey. Afetr the success of 'Imani's Dress' and 'Umama' singles, Satori's album is a work of sonic beauty. This four track sampler features four diverse cuts from the album that will each beguil, inspire and enthrall.

He has created a twelve track masterpiece that will linger in your memory long after it finishes 

"When recording this album, I rented a farm in Belgium and locked myself. I disconnected from the world and was completely alone for one month, with only my music for company. I didn't want to make 'just an album', with some cool beats and world music samples. It had to be an experience". Satori.

1. Shotgun
2. Dive Into The Mystic (Feat. RQUE)
3. Ylam
4.  While I Miss You (Live Version)

Released: 20/10/2017
Cat#: CRMLP034S
Distribution: Above Board

Tracklist (Album)
1. Sherazade And Her Never Ending Stories
2. Umama
3. Dive Into The Mystic (Feat. RQUE)
4. Shotgun
5. Imani's Dress
6. Ylam
7. Ten Golden Dinars
8. Plato's Dream
9. Tree Of Life
10. While I Miss You
11. All Is Theatre
12. Shoeless (Feat. Hugo Oak)