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OFFMSG/Tee Mango - Millionhands Edits Vol 2

The lads behind the well respected t-shirt brand Millionhands (famous for their collabs with Wolf Music and Tusk Wax) have been dipping their toes in a new market, setting up two vinyl imprints no less under the Millionhands flag late last year. Earlier on I dropped them a line to see if they were up for doing a Sleazy Beats t-shirt together but sadly never heard back from them. Being the touchy Nancy I am that meant I subsequently shunned their releases when they first surfaced, until a few weeks ago someone suggested I should really check out the second release on the Millionhands Black/Edit label. It took all but a few minutes to listen and bag a copy over at Clone, the last place that seemed to have a copy in stock. So there, I got over my petty self, now please send me a medal.

On with the music: two tracks on offer here, the A-side being a  killer 'lights-go-out, heat-goes-up' basement beatdown edit of Roy Ayer's Chicago by OFFMSG, who is a new name for us. It's…

Ben La Desh - Rebound Round EP (Sleazy Beats Black Ops)

**update** just got word that the release sold out from the distributor within three days, so if you want a copy we'd suggest getting on soonish before they're all gone...

Pimping our own releases on here always feels a tad wrong (like having a bit of a wank in front of a mirror) so we'll keep this short and sweet, but we have a new record out and we're really excited about it. It's another release by Ben La Desh, who found inspiration for the tracks on 'The Rebound Round EP' in vintage swaying 90s hiphop, deep African grooves and moody favela flavours. It's one of those records that gets better with every listen and totallly sucks you in when you take the time to sit down and have a proper listen. So we recommend you do exactly that: sit down, put on your cans, close your eyes and enjoy the ride.

Have a listen to snippets of the tracks here:


Available at all the usual spots in limited quantities (500 copies, no repress, no digital), so either head ove…

Jack Fell Down - Another Way EP (Manucci's Mistress)

I'm sure you know the feeling: it's silly o'clock, you're almost at the end of your set and that last beer hit you just a tad bit harder than you expected it to. You had a track in mind to go with the banger that's blaring over the system and the floor seems to really dig, but you can't find it in your bag for the life of you. Meanwhile, you can sense the needle getting dangerously close to the last few bars of the track. You're frantically rifling through your record bag trying to find a decent track, public humiliation and booing is nigh and then BAM it happens: a mustache and a pair of shades peek at you cheekily. Sccucci Manucci to the rescue. After a string of V.A. releases, featuring lovely slow nuggets by Zoo Look, gloopy disco by The Glue, chunky midtempo tackle by Francis Inferno Orchestra and deeper than deep chuggy business by Sahin Meyer and a host of other talented producers, we've developed a bit of a mancrush for he that is also known as…

B-Jam vs Enos - City People (Smokecloud)

While we gear up for what should be a fantastic Record Store Day (but let's face it - it should be record store day every day) this weekend we're perusing some gems we've amassed over the past few weeks and came to the realization as to how many top tunes have been dropping left right and centre as of late. Prime example of this is the spanking 7" that our friends over at Smokecloud have just put out, which has been somewhat of an anthem chez Sleazy HQ. 

In case you're not familiar, Smokecloud Records out of Atlanta has become somewhat of a homegrown name of sorts serving up delectable beatdown dub, hophop, fuzzy disco and dub grooves on wax for the past few years. Run by Dj Osmose aka John Bailey, hardened collector of the black stuff and seasoned dj and producer in his own right - you should expect nothing but the ripest cuts plucked from these genres. For this, the imprint's 7th release, what better format then, than a lovely little 7'' by sleazy fav…

Pittsburgh Track Authority - Rotating Souls #5 (Rotating Souls)

At the end of 2011 we predicted big things for boogie. I think at some point I even went as far as prophetising that boogie was to 'dragonpunch' disco in 2012. Yeah so that totally didn't happen did it? Instead of boogie we got the 90s house and UK Garage revival (which we don't particularly care for) and I proved myself a false prophet. Which is a real shame, as there's a lot to be said in favor of boogie. To a certain extent, it's disco's naughty cousin, with just a bit more spunk or pizazz if you will. See, I love Nile Rodgers to bits but he doesn't have that 'badass factor' Kashif does. And while most disco fanatics rely heavily on the days of yore, producers like Dam Funk, Tom Noble and Inkswell have been pushing new and original boogie for years now, adding their own magic to the glitch and cheek of the sounds of the 80s. I also stumbled upon an ace East Liberty Quarters boogie release on Pittsburgh's Rotating Souls imprint last year, …

Max Graef & Muff Deep - Am Fenster (Tartelet)

If you've been reading these pages for a while you should know by now we're big fans of Max Graef and his branch of dusty, moody house. I keep seeing his name pop up left and right as 'one to watch', so 2013 should be a great year for our German boy wonder.  After picking up the new Melbourne Deepcast record and playing Box Aus Holz 5 to death, I noticed another Max Greaf record eyeballing me from the wall at Oye Records last weekend that I hadn't heard of before on German/Danish imprint Tartelet.


It's another collab affair of sorts, this time with Muff Deep and BAH regular Labuzinski. 'Am Fenster' on the A is a truly incredible sonic voyage, stringing together soft, organic sounding drums, lush muted trumpet stabs, a distant male vocal, sharp claps, trademark Box-Aus-Holzy moody synth lines and and female vocale loop. It meanders, drifts, builds and develops, and it's of those wonderful tracks that keeps getting better and better with every listen…

Luv Thang (Genius of Time Edit) - Verktyg

Just got back from a weekend in lovely Berlin, where I got to stop by Oye Records for a bit of a dig. What an amazing little store with superfriendly staff, I actually felt welcome in a record shop for a change, quite refreshing (take note, douchebag hipsters looking bored/mildy annoyed when people walk into your store ready to spend their hard-earned cash, that 'look' may not be the best way to keep your business afloat). Alongside some new stuff (Max Graef on Tartelet and that Hot Pot Edits thing) I mostly picked up some older bits we missed the first time around (Mystery Meat, Kojak Giant Sounds, Nocturnal and some other classy twelves). I also got my hands on a copy of Verktyg01 though, the first release on a new vinyl-only edit outlet for reworks set up by the Genius of Time fellas. There's a big chance you've already heard (of) Luv Thang, the cut on the A side, as loads of people have been after this since it first surfaced on Youtube about a year ago and it see…