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pothOles- Polaroids EP (Common Labour)

One of the main perks of running a blog is that we get sent records every so often. We know from experience how hard it is for small independent labels to get the gen pop and music journos to take note of a new project or release, unless you're Moodymann, sell your soul to the PR devils or are willing to fork out serious money for a remix by a big name. Now, there's only one KDJ, PR people have a tendency to pick the wrong media outlets over and over and getting a 'big' remixer on board usually means there's zero chance of ever breaking even. Most small label owners we know used to rely on digital promos to get the word out, but even us minor figures on the circuit get so swamped with promos we stopped downloading them altogether a good while ago, so that's another route that will just cost more money and cause more frustration (oh the horror of being able to track exactly who opened what and seeing nobody bothers to listen or give feedback any more..). That l…

Simba - Tales from the Green Room EP (Shadeleaf) /w Exclusive Guestmix by Simba

Our good pal That Man Monkz is doing a terrific job curating his Shadeleaf imprint. The man from Sheffield has never been one to toot his own horn, but he's been quietly building a killer catalogue over the past few years, developing that rare thing: a signature sound that is instantly recognizable and refreshingly authentic. Deep, moody basement club tackle that's a little rough around the edges but soulful at the same time, more often than not by enlisting proper vocalists. It usually takes a few listens for a Shadeleaf record to really sink, always a sign of music with a decent shelf life in my book.

The label welcomes Simba (Chris Grant) to the fold for its 10th outing. The Preston-based producer isn't the most prolific of producers, with only a handful of releases over the past few years on labels like Stripped & Chewed and Home Taping Is Killing Music, but a few skips through his Tales from the Green Room EP are enough to establish we're dealing with a produ…

People Must Jam - Label Special /w exclusive mix by Riccio

In a scene that seems to get more beige by the day, Australian imprint People Must Jam continualy keeps us grumpy, picky buggers on our toes and at the edge of our seats. The label's output ranges from moody deephouse (Mark Seven) to lush Balearics (Ptaki) and chirpy and upbeat disco (Frank Booker, Andy Ash). There's simply nothing they can't tackle genre-wise, and when they do they're on point taste-wise too, picking out the cream of the crop from artists' demo folders. Matt Trousdale - who runs the imprint and is also on the industry's nicest chaps in the game - got in touch a few weeks ago with a mix Riccio had just finished in support of his forthcoming EP on the label. He'd also just sent us an advanced copy of an EP by Kid Sublime's that's slated for release later this summer, so we figured we really should be doing the needful: a proper label spotlight with Riccio's mix thrown in as a special treat. We've covered a bunch of the previ…

Balearic band-aids

Our apologies for the radio silence everyone, life has been getting in the way a little. To be quite frank, we've also had a hard time finding new music that truly stands out these past few months. Don't get me wrong, there's a ton of decent disco and house tackle doing the rounds - and we picked up our fair share of them as always - but apart from Tom Noble's recent missives on Superior Elevation and Arcane (as Diamond Jackson) nothing seems to really amaze me at the moment. I've hit patches like this before and they usually entail foraging into forgotten hiphop or jazz for a few weeks, but this time around it's balearic tackle providing the sonic band-aids. I've always had a serious soft spot for beardy adriatic fare but this stuff is really tickling my pickle at the moment. Have a listen to some of the bits we picked up over the past weeks. Oh and rest assured, blood is thicker than water, we'll get our groove back soon enough.

L.U.C.A - Niagara / RO…