Sounds of the Universe, the West London Record shop owned by Soul Jazz Records, is starting its own offshoot label of the same name with a gritty underground house workout. ‘Shikaakwa’ comes courtesy of none other that Jamal Moss, aka Hieroglyphic Being. Moss, who is the mystical figure behind Chicago based record label Mathematics Recordings, has been involved in electronic music for the past two decades and is something of a veteran in the shadier and more experimental corners of Chicago. ‘Shikaakwa’, which is the Native American Indian name for Chicago, is a multi tentacled beast, deep and raw with crunchy hissing drums and a queasy low end, it’s hypnotic and melancholic and comes laden with a liberal dusting of mysticism. Look out for it when it is released at the end of January.
Fast rising stars of polished house Renaissance Man are getting ready to take their live show on the road this year. But before they do, there is just the small matter of their Remix Project E.P which sees the Finnish duo’s tracks remixed by the likes of Dexter, Call Super, Teeth, Paul Woolford and more. – more
God fearin’, booty shakin’ house duo Octave One will be releasing an album of remixes later this month called Revisited (Here, There and Beyond) on their own 430 West Records label. Featuring reworks by Vince Watson, Luke Slater and Sandwell District, the source material was over 20 years of Octave One’s productions. Don’t know who – more
In a recent Beatport interview, US techno legend Green Velvet, allowed fans a refreshingly intimate and candid insight into his personal life. The 41-year-old Chicagoan not only revealed his affinity for Christianity, but also the positive effect dance music has had on his life and others around him. Ever frank, Jones reveals why he thinks – more
Melvin Oliphant III is the outspoken DJ, producer and boundary pusher who goes by the musical moniker TRAXX. With a list of collaborations stretching into the hazy distance, he has produced and released music with some of the world’s foremost underground artists, such as James T Cotton and Legowelt, under a clutch of different aliases. – more