Jalapeno Records has never been tied to any genre. Looking at their past releases you’re as likely to find drum & bass as deep house, lounge tracks as mid-tempo bass. Their catalogue though, is linked by one simple fact. Jalapeno’s mission one might say, is to deliver the funk. The fine folks at Jalapeno have a new compilation showcasing this fact, however their latest explores a housier side of their releases. For this, and the quality the compilation contains, we salute them.
Absolutely loving the new single from PUNKS JUMP UP. The duo are offering a pair of mixes of “Fairlight” for free. The club version is a foray into house music with some large key stabs and bigger kicks while the video version wonders through a realm of robotdisco glistening with filtered synth and tight use of a vocoder.
Watch for a bunch of new material from PJU in 2014.
Getting well pumped for the third installment of Roaring 2020s, a night of electro swing, ghetto swing, gypsy house, Balkan beats, Bulgarian basslines, and breakbeat jive. The last two events sold out by 9:30 (with the help of advance ticket sales) and the excitement for the swinging return is set to continue the trend.
The output from OFF Recordings has been relentless in 2013. Their latest comes from a collaboration between MAT.JOE, one of the most active members of the Off familly, and KEVIN KNAPP, a cosmic heavyweight in Berlin’s underground community.
The EP’s title track takes a quick trip to Chicago and borrows its jackin’ trademark four to the floor percussion, then adds a driving bassline and a few disco elements for a hands-in-the-air dancefloor frenzy. Milan’s DIRTY CHANNELS stir up their mix with a few kilos of beef for an extra meaty dish. “Beneath The Moon” show a more soulful side with a sweet yet savoury appetizer, accompanied by a very powerful performance by Mr Knapp.
With Halloween falling on a Thursday this year we’re getting quite the bang for the buck. Last weekend saw a number of spooky-themed events and even though the holiday will have officially passed, it’s not stopping the festivities.
First, the Symptom Technologies crew are holding their annual party. If you’re into house and techno, this is where you’ll want to be. The night features the talents of Mike Jasper, Nikki Volan, Deir, and a special back2back set from Nathan Zahn + Chris Komus.
Date: Saturday, November 2
Location: The Pyramid Cabaret (176 Fort Street)
Tickets: $10 Event info here
If bass music is what you’re after, the Mixtechs and Music First crews are gathering for Monster Clash. Kimberly O Dot, El Richee, The Silver Fox, Theo Tzu, and James Helwig will bring the boom.
Date: Friday, November 1
Location: Mondragon (91 Albert Street)
Tickets: $5 adv / $10 door Event info here
Finally, the annual Sound Republic Halloween massive, Scream, is the place to be if you’re looking for one of those raves all night dance parties. Headliners are MAKJ, MYSTO & PIZZI, and MAT THE ALIEN along with a tonne of locals.
Date: Saturday, November 2
Location: Wheelies (1010 Logan Ave)
Here’s a pop-ish house number from the London trio, THE WRITERS BLOCK. The three met in uni, soon bonded, and started producing music together. “Dancing in the Dark” features vocals from Anouck who belts out pearly melodies over a smooth yet rumbling bassline.
Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug, better known as KRAAK AND SMAAK, released Chrome Waves (yesterday) on October 28. The long player delves into funk, disco, and house. Let’s step away from that for a bit — because when writing about music, especially with the varied and wildly diverse world of dj culture, it’s easy to get caught up in a genre trap.
This record, released on Jalapeno Records is the fourth from the Dutch trio and shows the band’s (yes, it’s fair and accurate to call this collective a band) roots in funk but it also highlights their growth as producers. With Chrome Waves, they don’t rely on past tools and formulas — that alone has to be one of the biggest elements of talent and progression for any musician. Don’t get me wrong, there are some throwbacks to some of their earlier releases but these 11 tracks launch Kraak and Smaak into the future. Sonically, the album is a masterpiece. The bass notes compliment every snare, high hat, key stab, bleep and bloop perfectly; each layer balanced precisely for both dancefloor and auditory excursion like no other.
Feel free to stream the tracks below or just head over to beatport or iTunes and grab the whole album.