Premiere: String Theory by AfterLife | Out 6th of July on Subatomic…

When thinking Balearic, there is a name that should strike you right away. No, not Ibiza itself, but the man responsible for producing and curating some of the lushest sunset music the White Island has ever heard – Steve Miller, perhaps most commonly known as Afterlife. Making a name for himself in the early 2000’s by playing monumental events such as Glastonbury, headlining Cafe Del Mar’s 20th anniversary party and reaching the top of the UK charts by remixing Another Chance from Roger Sanchez, he’s managed a consistency unlike many others in the decade and a half since.

Releasing standout classic albums such as “Simplicity Two Thousand” and “Speck of Gold”, his music has been released on the premiere labels of the time, such as Hed Kandi and Defected, while also being featured on numerous compilations to date. Not only is he a master of his craft, but he’s also managed to attract some of the best in the business to work with him, namely K-Klass, Jose Padilla, Chris Coco and an almost inconceivable amount of others. Lately, Steve has shifted his output to his own record label, Subatomic UK, averaging an album release every two years over the past six years.

Not looking to break that pattern, we’re happy to announce that Afterlife is back with another full length offering entitled “String Theory”. This time, Miller seems to shed a bit more of the White Isle in his productions, with the album presenting a deeper, more introspective angle of his musical prowess. As per usual, plenty of different influences are to be found within, from the impeccable flamenco-inspired tremolo guitar of the title track to the driving rhythm and vivid textures of Give It Up, there is not a single flaw to be found. The album is diverse yet remarkably coherent, rightfully demonstrating why Afterlife is a name that hasn’t faded for 20 years.

This time Afterlife looks to build a bridge to the dance floor, with a pair of remixes released on a 12” with one of the lead singles ahead of the album. ‘Give It Up’ gets the treatment from two of the underground’s current finest. WOLF Music’s Medlar changes up the percussion and gives it a more tropical flare, all the while using the main arpeggiated elements of the original, adding his own airy synth work and groovy bassline that’s just bound to set dancefloors on fire. The second rework comes from Futureboogie’s mainstay Christophe. Choosing to work with atmospheric strings and vocals, this version utilizes plenty of the producer’s own groovy ingredients. Managing to inject some funk into his take, the bassline and disco toms give it a fresh, playful vibe that pleasantly contrasts the original.
The remix 12” is set to hit shops first as a teaser to the full product in mid -June with the album following closely behind.

 

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Premiere : Silken Moon by EARTHBOOGIE | Leng | 16|03|18

It was May 2017 when Earthboogie’s debut release dropped on Leng. The soundsystem-loving East London duo rightly won praise for a fine EP that brilliantly joined the dots between all things intergalactic, terrestrial and tribal.

Having spent the last ten months recording their adventures, Izaak Gray and Nicola Robinson return with “Silken Moon”, the first single from their forthcoming debut album, Human Call.

In typical fashion, “Silken Moon” cannily combines musical elements from a myriad of styles – most notably Afro-disco, samba and mid-tempo Chicago house – to create a humid hybrid that defies easy categorization. There are bouncy organ riffs, undulating acid lines, clipped Afro-funk guitars, tons of tropical percussion and the chanted, carnival-friendly vocalizations of guest singer Nina Miranda.

The release comes backed with remixes from two members of the extended Leng family: long-serving producer Felix Dickinson and Turkish rising star Ali Kuru. Dickinson sticks close to the original of “Silken Moon” with a mix built around gently jacking machine drums and Earthboogie’s sweaty guitar licks while Kuru takes “Human Call” in an altogether more cosmic direction. Pushing the track’s psychedelic TB-303 lines and tropical textures to the fore whilst adding his own mind-altering electronics – most notably a fat new synth bassline – Kuru cleverly re-casts the track as a pulsating, late night throb-job.
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Q&A’s with James Perri | Moods Ep | Imogen Recordings…

James Perri has a deeply interesting & accomplished history. Based now in Zagreb, which makes the connection & collaboration with Imogen Recordings; Ilija Rudman & Antonio Zuza.

Raised in Chicago, music was part of his life early, singing in gospel choirs before going on to be a significant part of the early Chicago House scene. His first record was ‘Libra Libra’ on ‘Chicago Connection’. And Jimi Polo’s ‘Jeanette Thomas”Shake Your Body’ is a Chicago/NYC cult classic.

As the house movement was building in the UK, Perri moved across the pond and hooked up with ‘Adamski’. Together they made one of the earliest and most enduring UK House releases with 1989’s double A-side ‘Free Yourself/Better Days’ on ‘Urban Records’. It was ‘Piano House’ at it’s peak, evident in the amount of times it was sampled.  Joining Paul Oakenfolds ‘Perfecto’, he released ‘Express Yourself’ also in 1992. Close friend to Adamski, they also recorded ‘Never Goin Down’ on MCA.

Other collaborations include Guyman of ‘Daft Punk’ & ‘Masters At Work’ heavyweight Kenny Dope Gonzalez on a remix of ‘Shake Your Body’. Perri’s keyboard talent was recognised by Nellee Hooper & Jazzie B of UK national treasure ‘Soul II Soul’, where James was signed for two years. During this time Soul II Soul won a Grammy.

The ‘Moods EP’ material was originally recorded by James Perri back in the 90s when ‘Jimi Polo’ was a session player in high demand across multiple artists, who at that time were melting the charts. This music has been locked away waiting for the right moment.

’70s Theme’ invokes the mood music of 70s cinema style ‘Black Exploitation’. ‘Brother Beware’ is a sweet and soulful song of faith and unity, the vocal of ‘Lamya’ from ‘Soul II Soul’ who is sadly no longer with us. ‘Express Yourself (Original Version)’ is pure Rare Grooves and was recorded at Brittania Road
Studio’s, London in the 90s.

Q1, Hello James and welcome to a Q&As with eclectics. James you have such an amazing, varied and accomplished musical story which has brought you to be based in Zagreb, how did that come about and how did you meet  Ilija & Antonio (Imogen Records)?

Thank you for having me Croatia was a new beginning for me I had just had my daughter with her being born in Croatia I thought I would give it a chance see what would come out of it. And here we, are Ilija and Antonio awesome good guys, I’m looking forward to doing good things with them in the future

Q2, The 3 tracks for the ‘Moods Ep’ were made whilst you were in Soul II Soul, why is it that they’re only getting released now?
 
The 70s Theme was done in Paris, I lived there for five years at the same time I was working with David Guetta , Guyman of Daft Punk and Martin Solveig. Brother Beware was done whilst I was a member of Soul II Soul, with the great singer Lamya she really taught me lots about vocal harmonies. Express yourself was written after that, It’s time for new start in 2018.
Q3, Who made the best cup of Tea you or Adamski?
Have to say 29 Camden High St. Which is where I stayed when I first arrived in London
Adam definitely made the best cup of tea hands down he was the first one to introduce me to couscous and Le Petit restaurant in Kentish Town.
Q4, James do you have a particular formula to making tracks or is it much more organic than that?
It all starts with what’s in your head melodies you hear what beats you hear that’s where the truth is and the spirit and soul music.

Q5, Is it important for you to make dance music or are you happy to make music that fits in with other genre, is genre even important anymore?
To be quite honest if you are serious musician and composer genre is not important
It’s the feel of the music and also the mood what is it for who is it for being able to set the tone and emotion for it to be visualized or heard.

Q6, James if you could have made the sound track for any film, which film would it have been and why?
Romeo and Juliet because it captures all the emotions of life joy, pain, love and tragedy.

Q7,  Favourite Sunday morning coffee album of the last 10 years and why? (can also be a comp if you wish)
 It captured all the my emotions and brought me to tears and made me laugh and think about life.

Q8, What were the first and last records you bought and have your musical tastes changed much over the years?
 
First record ever brought was the Jackson five ABC,the last record I brought probably a Prince record, My taste in music is always constantly evolving I really do love all types of music if it has emotion it’s affected me truth be told.
Q9, We have all been the victims of a fashion/hairstyle faux pas what would you say was your worst?
 
The 90s flat top haircut.

Q10, I have to ask, what is/was the most memorable club night |  dj set | moment | memory you have from the early ‘House’ days in Chicago?
 
The first time Ron Hardy played Jeannette Thomas shake your body at the music box in Chicago, I had just come out of Tone Zone studio in Chicago where I was working with my partner at the time Tony Bowie, we had made a rough mix and we took it to him just before the music box opened. He played it and said he would add to his set next week which he did, he mixed James brown with shake your body an incredible mix  the crowd went mad and the rest is history about that record.
Also the beginning of the powerhouse club on the southside that was a groundbreaking moment for me also. Well, It’s really where I learned to appreciate and respect and know Frankie Knuckles.

Thank you for having me Grant look forward to seeing you soon…

James Perri ( aka ) Jimi Polo

Presents Vagabond Music.

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