Eddy Ramich and Roman Rauch sign up Kyoto Jazz Massive`s Shuya Okino for a super soulful release on Jazzanova`s Sonar Kollektiv. Israel’s Elado executes an E.P. of ace edits for Brooklyn`s Razor-N-Tape. Crackazat demonstrates his magnificent multi-instrumentalist chops, dropping some jazz juice on Heist. For Phonica, Laussane`s Lea Lisa re-imagines a shot of seriously sought-after old school “rave”. Finally, The Alma Negra Live Band showcase the significant skills that will surely make them future festival favourites.
All words and selections by our four-to-the-floor expert, The Insider.
Created by the Jazzanova crew, Berlin’s Sonar Kollektiv has been around since ’97. This next release on the cornerstone label sees Croatian native, Berlin based, Eddy Ramich collaborate with Austrian producer, Roman Rauch. Dayglow is a soulful house number that features the sweet voice of Bristol’s Peter Josef – who you’ll know from his critically acclaimed album, Colours, on SK back in 2015. This release combines three decades of Eddy’s tried and tested production talents, with Roman’s Detroit specialised lean. Peter’s smooth vocal tones add rich textures to the four-to-the-floor beats, with shining synths and sharp percussion making the track feel airy and feather light. Eddy uses his A&R muscle on the remix bringing on board the man behind the Kyoto Jazz Massive, the legendary Shuya Okino. Shuya-san stylishly adds lashings of jazz and funk plus live bass and tender keys on this massive rework.
Israeli DJ and collector, Elado, is back on Razor-N-Tape with the second edition of his hot-to-trot edit series. Having previously released on GA.M.M, Secret Squirrel, and Eddie C’s Red Motorbike, this ardent record enthusiast and collector has been digging for gold and vinyl treasure about the globe for the best part of twenty years. Elado’s productions take inspiration from the far flung colourful corners of the world, his tracks are full of spicy funk, heart & soul, and dynamic disco joy! A driving force on the Tel Aviv scene where he is well known for his highly skilled turntable trickery, and hot selections of rare gems and dance-floor oddities. Elado once again brings on the heat using vintage cuts to skillfully chop and rework. Baila leads the charge to get the party swinging. There’s something spicy entitled Disco Hummus, and a surprisingly good afrodisco cover of The Beatles!
Ben Jacobs aka Crackazat hasn’t put a foot wrong this year, and he continues to climb to dizzying heights with classy 3-tracker. After dropping banger after banger on various high profile labels, he returns to Amsterdam’s Heist Recordings with a follow up to the Alfa E.P., which he released on Heist some two years back. Demucha sees the Bristol born, Stockholm based multi-instrumentalist / DJ / producer, and highly impressive live performer, in a slightly tougher mode than showcased on his Evergreen album, from earlier this year. This new E.P. is full of beef, with Ben delivering a trio of rich, jazzy, deep house cut, that feel both effortless and compelling at the same time.
Lea Lisa is finally getting the props she deserves. This last year she’s been taken under the wing of the Fina Agency and getting some choice gigs, as well as being courted by some very cool labels. Lea has been playing on the underground scene in France and Switzerland for some time now – as a promoter, and as resident DJ at Lausanne`s Folklor, she has worked closely with Kerri Chandler over the years. Lea`s fans include Jovonn, KC, and Glenn Underground, and she’s released on super cool Wolf Music, and Mona, now stepping out on London’s Phonica Records main imprint with Love To The End. For those that know the Mark Goddard `90s techno gem, The End, Lea has taken direct inspiration from this classic track, and and re-imagined it with her elegant production touch. The Manchester Club Mix is a massive peak-time tune, while the Sunset Mix is a more subtle and introspective approach take on 90s rave. I’ve got a whole lot of respect for this record, and for this hugely talented woman.
Alma Negra are back with more sunshine grooves to nice-up open-air dancefloors and lift spirits from Berlin to Bali, from Bangkok to Bengal. The San Jon E.P is the debut release from The Alma Negra Live Band. While the group has had many international gigs and adventures, this is the first release that the team of talented musicians have laid down as a live ensemble. Mombasa to Lagos kicks off this head-nodding package – a slice of straight up Afrobeat, with electronic influences laced throughout its journey from East to West. San Jon is played out at 3/4 time, with the loose-limbed dancer in mind. Mehmet Aslan then expands the rhythmic variety, with his Soca interpretation resulting in a tripped-out joint to be played deep into the extended hours. Alma Negra’s Night Mix of the title track rounds out the release with a deeper and moodier interpretation of the OG.
Selections from all these releases can be heard on Saturday – 8 til 9PM Japan time, currently 12 noon GMT – when The Insider will be my very special guest on The Remedy, care of FM Karuizawa 77.5 MHZ. Following broadcast, the show will be archived on Mixcloud.
Eddy Ramich & Roman Rauch – Dayglo – Sonar Kollektiv
Cor Ece – Whats The Word – Razor N Tape
Cor Ece – Dance To Keep From Crying – Razor N Tape
K Mo – Spiritual Rhythm – Way Out Records
Crackazat – Sarge – Heist Recordings
Lea Lisa – Love To The End – Phonica Records
Crackazat – Demucha – Heist Recordings
Alma Negra – San Jon (Mehmet Aslan Dub) – Alma Negra Records
Elado – Baila – Razor N Tape