Charanjit Singh – Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat (1982)

SERIOUS FIND HERE – 1982 PROTO-TECHNO MADE IN INDIA – AN ABSOLUTE TREASURE TROVE OF EARLY ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC THAT SOUNDS LIKE APHEX’S ANALORD TRANSPORTED TO EARLY 80’S MUMBAI – DO NOT MISS!* Charanjit Singh’s ‘Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat’ is quite easily one of the maddest records we’ve ever had in stock. It was originally made in 1982 by a Bollywood soundtrack composer, intending to capitalise on the disco phenomenon with a combination of centuries-old classical Indian Ragas set to a disco backing. To achieve this Charanjit used a prototypical acid set-up of Roland TB303 bass melody sequencer and TR808 drum computer together with a Jupiter-8 keyboard. He basically created a sound which mirrored, and more importantly, pre-dated the first acid house record – Phuture’s ‘Acid Track’ by five years, and even preceded Chip E’s ‘Jack Trax’ in 1985. It’s no throw-away novelty record either, instead capturing the hypnotic potential of acid music in the most ornate and scarily prescient fashion, making explicit the similarities of infinitely arpeggiated bass sequences and pure electronic pulses that would soundtrack dancefloors for the next 30 odd years. The more cynical among you will probably be thinking this is Ceephax or Aphex Twin delivering one of the most elaborate in-jokes of their career, but with the gatefold sleeve depicting the original sleeve and some in-depth liner notes from the label and Charanjit, our cynicism is waning in favour of absolute shock and awe. ‘Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat’ is vintage futurism of the highest calibre, and made all the more amazing by the fact it came from India, a place hardly renowned for its electronic output! This is a remarkable record and comes with our highest recommendation – AN ABSOLUTE FIND. [Source]




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Boys Noize – Ich R U/XTC (Justice/Chemical Brothers Remixes) (2013)

So proud to have Justice & The Chemical Brothers remixing my tracks “ICH R U” and “XTC” for the 100th release on my label Boysnoize Records. Thank you all for the support! oi oi oi. BNR 100 is out March 18th incl. ltd. 12″ vinyl. “Ich R U” and “XTC are taken from my new album “Out Of The Black”. Buy iTunes: itun.es/i6Dw9gJ. Buy Beatport: www.beatport.com/release/out-of-the-black/972163. Released by Boysnoize Records on March 18, 2013.







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Ellie Herring and Fleece – Facing Planes (2013)

Ellie Herring graced our radar last year with a Social Studies remix that altered the storyline of the original through clever re-arrangements of the vocals, but she’s been an ambient mastermind since her 2011 debut Flailing In Attraction on RACECAR. Her ghostly presence on her debut’s album cover reflects her intuition towards haunted vibes, which she furthers with her contribution to our Friday Night series with the Laced mix. A native of Lexington, KY, Herring is working on an EP entitled Kite Day due in March. She included her collaboration with Fleece, “Facing Planes” as a teaser to the EP. [Source]



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Machinedrum – Sacred Frequency (2012)

Say what you want, Machinedrum doesn’t fit in with the conventional dance music scene. He’s that Aphex breed, with not a clear genre in sight. His latest EP Sacred Frequency released on Planet Mu ranges from wet tribal techno to what Beatport labels as dubstep, but I’d just say it’s a freak mutation of soft indie, speedy DnB, and some screwy future house. Just give a listen, it’s Fantastix. [Source]




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