George Theodorakis – The Rules Of The Game

 

For their third release Into The Light Records continue in their efforts to shine a light on lost gems from the Greek electronic underground scene of the 1970s and 80s; ‘The Rules Of the Game’ highlights the essential works of George Theodorakis, the son of one of the country’s most celebrated composers, Mikis Theodorakis.

George Theodorakis’ music is esoteric and dark in many instances hence never really receiving the acclaim it deserved at the time of its original circulation; it reflected vividly, however, the aural otherworldly atmospheres only accessible to wider audiences via theatre soundtracks, TV series and dance performances of the day.

Listen to the track ‘Rain’ as part of a 1996 dance performance entitled ‘Η Βροχή’ directed by G. Gazetopoulos.

Dynamons, one half of Into The Light Records, talks to Juno Plus and provides a wonderful mix featuring some of Greece’s electronic pioneers – check here

 

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The Stepkids – Wanderers

Fantastic new three track EP courtesy of Connecticut-based trio The Stepkids, released for free via the always reliable Stones Throw imprint! Three beautiful compositions of psyched up, jazz fused experimentalism to feed your head and soul.

Get the free EP here

And catch them live below if you’re US or UK based:

June 26: Bush Hall, London
June 27: Glastonbury Music Festival, Glastonbury UK
August 22: Los Globos, Los Angeles CA
August 23: First City Music Festival, Monterey CA

 

 

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Fatima – Yellow Memories‏

For some listeners  Fatima will be a new name, albeit one who will logically, rapidly establish her place in the neo-soul pantheon with this fully conceived debut, but for others of us her work at the vanguard of the UK’s early 21st Century etchings on music history has already seen her metaphorically anointed, an unquestionable shining light in the dimly lit world of basement clubland and record store, whose unique vocal abilities, joie de vivre as a persona and performer and immaculately chosen collaborators have long stopped needing citation when describing her sheer brilliance.

And Yellow Memories is everything the faithful patiently awaited, everything that soul music, indeed all music, wants as much as needs at this point in time, a time that is somewhat frustratingly seeing less organic nurturing of individual artistry, and less celebration of classicism, and which makes this record and the artist behind it all the more stellar.
It is apposite at this point to shout out her most loyal supporters of all, the label releasing this modern classic, and the two people behind it; Eglo is in rude health in 2014 and sets the contemporary blueprint for how to run a boldly different record label, without too much hyperbole, just an unending supply of passion and integrity.
As an introduction to Fatima, Yellow Memories is arresting, enduring, experimental, introspective and lovely, but it is also something else; a perfectly realised statement.
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THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS OST‏

For the collectors out there, the soundtrack to RZA’s directorial debut “The Man With The Iron Fists”, the Wu Tang leader’s homage to the Kung Fu genre, which received widespread acclaim on its commercial release in 2012, is now available as a limited edition vinyl pressing.

Following a similar narrative path as the highly successful Ghost Dog soundtrack, the record features tracks from the whole of the Wu Tang Clan, in a rare ensemble piece, as well as individual features from Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man, alongside exclusive cuts from Pusha T, Kanye West, Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs and Flatbush Zombies to name just some of the veritable who’s who of hip hop numbering the contributors. 

The multi-talented producer, actor and director also produced the original score and oversaw the  soundtrack, striking something of an equilibrium between quintessential hip-hop know-how and a taste-making ear for what’s fresh and challenging, as all good RZA disciples would expect from the master teacher.
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Allison Chanic – Painlessly In Love

Emergent UAE based imprint Bedouin Records have skillfully woven a somewhat abstract narrative so that a slow-burning anticipation would steadily be summoned after announcing their debut release by Allison Chanic. 

Not to put too much spin on the release ‘Painlessly In Love’ explores polrhythmic ambient electronica, interspersed with eerie desparate vocals that is at once ominously intimate and chillingly sequestered; you could perhaps loosely group this alongside the current trend for reimagining 90s alternative maching music, but it would be doing the unique voice this record channels something of a disservice.
 
The inclusion of the remixby Dublin duo Lakker (who teased fans by including a taster of ‘Painlessly..’ within their own DJ mix for R&S records earlier this year) is also a master stroke, as it effortlessly directs the listeners attention to a host of depth and detail all enigmatically veiled within the original.
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7 Days of Funk – Do My Thang (Teklife Remix)

Chicago’s reknowned footwork pioneers the Teklife crew, better known to their legion admirers as  DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn and Taso have taken what you may call an unexpected turn at reworking ‘Do My Thang’ by 7 Days of Funk, the name under which funk preacher Dam-Funk and Snoopzilla ( AKA Snoop Dogg) operate as a unit.

To say they’ve flipped the script is something of an under-statement as their version comes at you full throttle, laden with bass weight, juke incursions and an inexcusably lairy dancefloor signature!

Check their interpretation above.
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