20 April 2018
Limited Edition (150) 12″ Vinyl with screen printed label and sleeve, packaged in a polyurethane bag:
A side – Leviathan
AA side – Electric Sheep
PLUS both tracks digitally downloaded for FREE.
(NB ONLY AVAILABLE WITH VINYL)
Includes unlimited streaming of Leviathan b/w Electric Sheep double-A-side (HM009) + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
‘These sound great. Thanks a lot!’ DANIEL AVERY
‘That was a crazy one, ended up closing Berghain first and I went till 11:30am in Panorama Bar. I played Voynich that night also!’ AVALON EMERSON [NB Voynich is from DALI’s 2017 debut]
‘Ohhhh wahouuuuuuuu. These 2 tracks are awsome …. Loooooove ’em. Thanks a million times. Will play these everywhere’ LAURENT GARNIER (F Com/Worldwide FM, FR/INT.)
‘Absolutely loving the release. Going through the Bandcamp page too, sounding super nice’ DAN CURTIN (Metamorphic, US/INT.)
‘Sounding very heaveeeee. Really diggin Leviathan, which totally lives up to its name…. Nice twerk’ TOM FINDLAY (Groove Armada, UK/INT.)
‘Thanks for that, really like the Electric Sheep one’ BILL BREWSTER (DJ History, LDN/INT.)
‘Good stuff!’ JD TWITCH (Optimo, Glasgow/INT.)
‘This is class, love it’ DOMENIC CAPPELLO (Subculture/Sub Club, Glasgow/INT.)
‘Leviathan is my favourite … groovy track :-)’ MICK WILLS (Stuttgart, DE/INT.)
‘I really like Electric Sheep, I can imagine this sounding big if played at the right time. Great stuff! CEDRIC ‘WOO’ LASSONDE (Beauty & The Beat, LDN/INT.)
‘Electric Sheep is the definitely the one for me’ OOFT (Foto, Glasgow/INT.)
‘I like both of these tracks mate – definitely toward the heavier end of the spectrum for ALFOS but I’m sure that I will find the right moment!’ SEAN JOHNSTON (A Love From Outer Space, UK/INT.)
‘Liking the Electric Sheep side. I’ll get some plays out of that’ JOE MORRIS (Clandestino, UK/INT.)
‘Love it. Both tracks are ACE!’ PATHAAN (Hakkasan/Globetronica.org, ex-BBC and DJMag)
‘Liking both of these! Will play on the show’ SPATIAL AWARENESS (Hottwerk – funky.sx 103.7FM)
‘Leviathan sounding dope’ ETHYL (UK/Int.)
‘Leviathan sounds heavy. Electric sheep had me grooving. It’s quite Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café’ LEONIDAS (lovetoparty, LDN, UK)
‘Leviathan track is a 7am at Berghain kinda track… cool shit’ GARY MAC (Various, EDIN)
‘Tracks sounds really nice, think Electric Sheep works best for me’ JIM THOMSON (Ornate, Juno)
‘I love this release. I will include it on my radio show and upcoming mixes. And i will surely support the vinyl since i only play vinyl in clubs’ OWEN JAY (Underground Quality, Rawax, Batti Batti, Malta/SP)
‘Definitely the best Leviathan with a Hobbesian connection. GARETH SOMMERVILLE (Ultragroove, EDIN)
‘Would be happy to stick either of these in the New Tracks section’ RESIDENT ADVISOR
‘A deep electro cut that wastes no time in unleashing its hypnotic, lysergic synths’ RANSOM NOTE (on Electric Sheep)
‘I really liked DALI’s debut and excited by this new one’ THE SKINNY + Guest Selector Feature
“Not much is known about DALI, but as this release demonstrates, this producer certainly knows his/her way around the studio. The title track is a linear, dubbed out affair that ebbs and flows thanks to smart filtering and tough claps, but ’Electric Sheep’ is the standout track. Revolving around a breaking rhythm track that features dreamy synths and warbling bleeps, if you are a fan of that grey area where deep techno and electro meet, you’ll love ‘Sheep’.” DJ MAG
A side – Web Of Intrigue (Extended Mix)
AA side – Heavy Weather (Balearic Acid Mix)
PLUS all 5 tracks digitally downloaded for FREE:
1, Web Of Intrigue (Extended Mix)
2, Heavy Weather (Balearic Acid Mix)
3, Web Of Intrigue (Original Mix)
4, Heavy Weather (Dawn Mix)
5, Heavy Weather (Acid Rain Mix)
Includes digital pre-order of Leonidas & Hobbes, ‘The Rags Of Time’ EP (HM008). You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
‘Leonidas & Hobbes – Web Of Intrigue is my favourite and my summer anthem. Great release’ (Leo Mas, Balearic legend)
Listen to clips of the whole EP on Soundcloud.
24 March 2017
Strictly Limited Edition (100). Listen to clips here.
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Bandcamp (listen in full; digital included with vinyl purchase)
Vinyl also available from: Underground Solu’shn (Edinburgh), Piccadilly (Manchester), Rise (Bristol, Worcester), Rough Trade (London, Nottingham), Juno and Red Eye in the UK, Deejay and HHV in Germany, Freestyle Online in Japan with digital also via Beatport, Juno DL etc… Worldwide distribution via Diamonds & Pearls, Berlin.
Tired of soulless, plastic electronic music? This is a brand new artist called DALI. DALI has a passion for analogue synths, abstract, hypnotic dance music and all things psychedelic. Don’t bother looking her up on the net, social media etc. DALI is eschewing all that, to let the music do the talking for now.
‘Sounds good, i like STCFTHOTA a lot’ (Ben UFO)
‘Thanks man, digging em both’ (Tom Findlay/Groove Armada)
‘Both decent!’ (Auntie Flo)
‘Loving the sound of STC…!’ (John Heckle)
‘This IS wicked!!! THANKS. Liked both but it was the more techno track I loved.’ (Domenic Capello, Sub Club)
‘Nice one – both sounding really good … first one is probably my fav but maybe just a bit too pumping for me. The other is actually more playable for me … nice and trippy too’ (The Revenge)
‘I love STCFTHOTA. RIGHT up my street.’ (Bill Brewster)
‘The acronym heavy arpeggiator fest is the one for me! (Chris Duckenfield)
‘STCFTHOTA is great man’ (Ben Mono)
‘I really like STCFTHOTA’ (Sean Johnston, ALFOS, UK)
‘Congrats on the release. Sounding great!’ (Masa Sutela, Traveller Records, Finland)
‘I like the whole pack but Voynich is my fave, maybe i’ll put in a mix soon… I put STFCHTOTA in my mix for Rinse FM France. :)’ (Bawrut/Scuola Furano, Madrid/Int.)
‘Voynich is emotional, STC… is more atmospheric. I like it, it’s so nice.’ (Ryota OPP, Meda Fury / Tokyo/JP)
‘STC… – Nice’ (Jon Kennedy, Radio 1 Prague, CZ/Int.)
‘Love the release! Voynich rocks!’ (DJ Kosmos, Nitsa Club, Barcelona/SP)
‘Really like the release. I love Voynich!’ (Alex Ormas, Plastic Club/Rocket Disco Bar, Milan/IT)
‘Interesting release. I like both tracks. Involving sound’ (DJ Minikin, Stuttgart/DE)
‘I really like those tracks’ (Andrew Pirie, Melting Pot, Glasgow, UK)
‘Both tracks are really good’ (Bobby Cleaver, Numbers, Glasgow/LDN, UK)
‘I like STCFTHOTA, it’s nicely warm and trippy’ (Cedric Woo, Beauty & The Beat, LDN/Int.)
‘STCFTHOTA is lovely…. This is 100% FRESH!’ (Yogi Haughton, Scottish Soulful Weekender, UK)
‘Sounding nice and phat. STC… is a beast!’ (Astrojazz, Kelburn Garden Party, Wee Dub Festival, Samedia, Scotland/UK)
‘Thanks a lot! Voynich is brilliant track- huge dancefloor killer, I will play it on my show this Saturday. I like SCFTHOTA, that’s nice deep tune, i like those synth sounds. Nice release!’ (DJ Bert, Polskie Radio – BBC Radio 1 equivalent, Warsaw/Poland)
‘Both great. First one really deep and driving, nice crisp high hats, really awesome. Second more of a laid back groover.’ (Archie Hamilton, Splitworks, China)
‘Thanks for the tracks, I really like them and I can definitely use both of them’ (Gareth Sommervile, Ultragroove etc EDIN)
‘Both tracks are huge, excellent release. :)’ (Keyte, Stepback/Jackhammer, EDIN)
‘Am really digging Voynich. There is something subtle and organic about it. Those synth sounds are lovely’ (Giles Walker, Various, Aberdeen/Scotland)
‘Another solid release! Well done!’ Kris Walker (Wasabi Disco, EDIN)
‘Voynich will find favour with the techno fraternity, but it’s the stunning simplicity of the flip that does it for us’ (Mixmag)
‘STC.. is my favourite, more spacey and funky. Not that the first is bad, it’s better than a lot stuff around at the moment’ (Pat Bensberg,’The Eccentric Selection’, Monday Lunchtimes, Phonic FM, Exeter)
‘Really like those tracks, man! Really good’ (Nick Roberts, Electric Fields Festival, Scotland/UK)
‘Really liking both tracks, full support – thanks!’ (Spatial Awareness, Brighton)
‘These are both great. STCFTHOTA reminds me of Red Planet and a swathe of mid Nineties techno. Great release.’ (Ben Osborne, Slipped Disco, LDN)
‘Voynich – digging it in a hardfloor/old school european techno kinda way. Def has that early trance feel (but obv a lot slower). Nice tension builder. STCFHOTA: This is obv a bit more ‘Detroit house’ (as opposed to techno). Nice beats, quite deep. Reminds me of Layo & Bushwacka.’ (Leonidas, LDN/UK)
‘Loving the STCFTHOTA track. Warm, friendly techno that is equally appealing to deep house aficionados too. Very good. Should get a lot of support. Possibly your best release to date. It just has the right balance of all things. It finishes and you want to put it back on again. Voynich is solid and I’m confident that it will get support, but it’s a proper club track so really needs to be played in the right environment. Great work though. (Felix Oram, aka Flix, ex-We Are Electric/Cab Vol, Scotland/UK)
Here, DALI releases her debut double A-side 12” on Edinburgh’s Hobbes Music label. The producer first appeared on our radar when we heard her remixing Sophie Barker’s track ‘I Do It To Myself’ in an analogue style, a rework that sounded like it could have come out on Trax. This release, meanwhile, has already caught the interest of big names such as Auntie Flo, Ben UFO and Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay, and it’s not hard to see why. We’re intrigued as to what the title of B-side ‘STCFTHOTA’ stands for, but what we do know is that it’s a self-assured grooving house cut with a skipping drum loop, pulsing synth rises and spacey atmospherics; it’s one of those tracks that won’t go stratospheric, but will definitely have longevity. ‘Voynich’ will find favour with the techno fraternity, but it’s the stunning simplicity of the flip that does it for us.
Anybody with a remote interest in ol’ skool House music will instantly sit up and listen to this track as soon as the first bars of ‘Voynich’ are instigated. It’s as if DALIi has taken apart half a dozen ol’ Acid House and Techno tracks and tossed them in the air and restructured them into a new and wonderful musical monument in remembrance of musical days gone by. It’s a new piece of musical architecture using old building materials and I’m a fan of the old and new House sound, so this is right up my street. ‘STCFTHOTA’ is deep, shuffling and hypnotic groove filled with abstract sounds all riding the very laid back and infectious groove. It’s out there, it’s right out there and in stark contrast to the something something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue sound of ‘Voynich’, this is 100% FRESH!
P & C 2017 HOBBES MUSIC
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Mastering: Keith Tenniswood at Curved, East London.
Distribution: Diamonds & Pearls, Berlin
Made in the E.U.
14 November 2014
Autumn Blues is another Various Artists compilation (the fourth/final instalment of the Trouble Remixes series), featuring re-rubs of a selection of the label’s favourite up-and-coming acts from across Scotland by up-and-coming and more established production talents.
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NB Free digital files included for all vinyl supporters (i.e. complete package, including the two, bonus, digital-only tracks).
Selected DJ Feedback
‘Marco’s mix on this one is the standout for me’ (The Revenge, GLAS/Worldwide)
‘My favourite is Marco Bernardi. The Mick Wills one is decent too. Both expertly produced! Only Human has some nice elements’ (Auntie Flo, GLAS/LDN/Worldwide)
‘A bit like taking your favourite new wave ghost on a walk to Vienna. Bernardi takes it to Munich instead. Lovely’ (Neil Landstrumm, EDIN/Worldwide)
‘Really like Marco’s mix, stand out for me’ (Domenic Capello – Sub Club, GLAS/Worldwide)
‘Really nice!’ – Pumajaw/Dimitri Veimar (Sovnger, FR/Worldwide)
‘The Veimar, Wills and Bernardi remixes are all really great’ (Nacho Lovers, Toronto/Canada)
‘Dimitri can do no wrong at the moment, another belter!’ (Matt Walsh – Clouded Vision, UK/Europe)
‘I dig the Bernardi remix, will play for sure’ (Max Ulis, Vancouver/Canada)
‘Wow fav Marco Bernardi on it!!! Also love the Mick Wills remix. Big up’ (dMIT.RY – Neo Violence, Prague/Europe)
‘Marco Bernardi remix is my track here! Thanks for the good stuff’ (Kosmos – Tracy Recordings/Nitsa, Barcelona)
‘I am really feeling the Numbers Are Futile tracks (original and remix)’ (Cedric Woo – Beauty & The Beat, LDN/JP)
‘Love the remixes on the flip. Two solid tracks. Nice varied EP as ever’ (Bobby Cleaver – Numbers, Scotland/UK)
‘Loving the Leonidas & Hobbes mix! Great remix. Nice EP.’ (Mash, Glasgow, UK)
‘I LOVE the Leonidas & Hobbes mixes :o)’ (Ben Osborne – Slipped Disco/Noise of Art, LDN)
‘Mick Wills remix is the one for me. Love the retro disco feel!’ (Geoff Ticehurst – The Plug, Sheffield, Leeds Uni)
‘A fantastic range of sonic weaponary here :)’ (DEMI, UK/Europe)
‘Only Human: Wonderfully atmospheric backing that builds around a heart wrenching vocal… quite beautiful’ (Andrew Pirie – Melting Pot, GLAS/Scotland)
‘A2: I love the EBM/Nu Beaty sounds on this, and the way it kinda chugs along with that sleazy mid-tempo swagger. B1: The track of the EP for me. Only Human (instrumental): I like this, would fit in the void that all the weird odd b-side dubstep tunes left after it went out of fashion’ (Giles Walker – Various/Aberdeen)
‘A1 is WOW! A2: Really like what he’s done. B1: Perfect dance-floor fodder! B2: Menacing basement vibes here. SMOKE MACHINE!!! A cracker to round off a really polished release! This one’s my fav!’ (Kris Walker – Wasabi Disco, EDIN/Scotland)
‘Marco Bernardi – Nice tight groove’ (David Elders, Solar Radio/Cabaret Voltaire, EDIN)
‘I think this is perhaps my favourite release so far! Highlights are: Marco Bernardi remix of Monster. Deep, evocative techno / electronica. The original mix of Monster. Haunting and weirdly wonderful. Kind of like Kate Bush on acid!!! Leonidas & Hobbes Instrumental mix of Only Human. The vocal is too weird in the other mix, but the instrumental works! Overall a great EP… a great slab of electronica taking in a variety of styles and influences on it’s journey’ (Felix – 10 Kilo, LDN)
‘Nice and moody, I just love what Dimitri Veimar has made with that
Pumajaw track,’ (Nemone, BBC 6Music).
‘Sounds ace! Really strong – love all the tracks’ (Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland)
‘I like Only Human remixes. I love the groove/beats. Mick Willis did cool Ubre Blanca remix, I like it too. But Numbers Are Futile is damn good tune – it is not track I would play in my club sets but this is damn good psychedelic tune. Very very good’ (Bert – Last Robots/Czworka Polskie Radio, Warsaw/Poland)’
‘A really mature selection of forward-thinking electronica, 7/10’ (Mixmag)
A1, Plum is Edinburgh solo artist Shona Maguire (now relocated to Brighton), who I first met through the mighty Benbecula label in the early Noughties. Having trained at London’s Point Blank Music College, Shona has spent the last 10 years honing her sound and live performance, chalking up Best Electronic act at last year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards, with her last album The Seed also in many bloggers’ Albums Of The Year lists (2012). She always goes down very well at Limbo, so it was a no-brainer to invite her contribution to this project. Our resulting Leonidas & Hobbes remix of Only Human (the original version of which came out on last Autumn’s ace Betsy Thunder EP) strips back the more claustrophobic feel of her original, highlighting the skanking Augustus Pablo vibe of the melodica alongside a more dystopian synth, while giving her fragile vox room to shine in an electro-dub/techno hybrid. The energy builds via moody bass, 808 snare-fills and claps, the breakdown punctuated by a steadily tweaking acid line, with a dramatic pair of interlocking arpeggios, à la Laurent Garnier et al, rounding it off. An instrumental version is included on the digital package for the heads.
A2, Another act who have consistently impressed at Limbo, Pumajaw are a duo, currently based in Perth after many years in London. John Wills is also a member of lauded 80s/90s psychedelic/drone experimentalists Loop (who recently curated/headlined the ATP Festival), while Pinkie Maclure has her own rich heritage of work with indie labels from the late Eighties and early Nineties. As well as high profile live shows and tours across Europe, they’ve floored Edinburgh Fringe Festival crowds and critics this year and last with their immense Song Noir show. Previously remixed by Various Productions, Crooked Man and (John Peel-favourite) Christ., again they seemed an obvious choice for this project and everyone was suitably wowed when German newcomer Dimitri Veimar delivered the ten-minute work-out of the tremendous Mask (from 2011’s excellent Demonmeowmeow album), which he calls his ‘Turtle‘ mix. A lumbering behemoth of a slo mo house/techno tune, it certainly goes down a treat. After a mutual friend put me in touch with Dimitri a year ago, the German emailed to say how impressed he was with the HM output and would love to put something out via the label. A true pro, he’d delivered his final mix within a few weeks but the nature of release schedules and working with various artists meant I had to sit on it for a whole year. In the mean time, Dimitri’s shifted gears and is currently devastating clubs across Europe with his sound. Daniel Avery, Matt Walsh, Ewan Pearson and Silicone Soul are all big fans, too…
B1, Ubre Blanca are another duo, who boast previous in widely acclaimed Glaswegian acts Shitdisco, Divorce and Remember Remember. Live drums and vintage analogue synths: it’s a simple proposition. Some might say, well-executed, it’s hard to beat, especially when referencing glorious late Seventies / early Eighties touchstones John Carpenter, Claudio Simonetti/Goblin, Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk. A total sucker for Messrs Carpenter, Moroder, Hütter and co myself, it seemed churlish not to ask the guys if they’d like to contribute some material and, the title track from their debut EP (released late 2013 via the ace Clan Destine label), Polygon Mountain was already a bit of a behemoth. Mick Wills is from Stuttgart, excited chatter of whose immense DJ skills originally reached me via Glasgow’s Slabs Of The Tabernacle crew a few years back. His dance floor destroying remix for John Heckle (released via Tabernacle Records late last year) really sealed the deal, though, and he’s not let us down. Wills and studio partner Isabella Venis have honed the eleven-and-a-half-minute original into a more tightly-hewn but no-less-relentless synth wave beast. Guaranteed to get people moving.
B2, Numbers Are Futile are another new duo who combine synths with live drums, plus main man Filipe Bernardo‘s vocals. Originally from Portugal, he’s joined by Greek drummer Panos Baras. The pair have been based in Edinburgh for a few years now but have been taking the local live circuit by storm since releasing their debut EP last year, tearing the roof off every gig they’ve played, not least Limbo back in January and the Hidden Door festival in April. Glaswegian techno/electro specialist Marco Bernardi needs little introduction, with a discography spanning the last decade, including releases for Planet E, Clone, Crème Organisation and Future Boogie, among others. I’ve known Marco for years (we last worked together at one of my Trouble nights at Cabaret Voltaire around ’07-08). He’s always maintained a defiantly underground stance and, needless to say, he stripped the band’s original right back, tunneling deeper down for his remix, which is primed to set pulses racing across Europe and likely to be the highlight of the whole package for some.
Numbers Are Futile’s original version is also included, so you can get a sense of exactly how far it’s been transported by Marco and marvel at the band’s own glorious ability to combine Balkan/Middle Eastern styles with more European synths, drums and vox, creating something fresh and unique. Unfortunately, there wasn’t room for this version to be included on the vinyl EP so this track is a download-only release at this stage…
13 August 2014
It’s been a very exciting first year for Hobbes Music, with praise coming from all corners: Erol Alkan, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Justin Robertson, Ashley Beedle, Maceo Plex, Ivan Smagghe, Domenic (Subculture), JD Twitch (Optimo), Jimpster, TEED, Citizen, Sean Johnston, M.A.N.D.Y., Philippe Zdar, Sinden, Locksmith (Rudimental), Bot (Crookers), Alan Braxe, Alex Metric, Leftside Wobble, Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Mixmag and many more.
Also, i-D Magazine hosted a Leonidas & Hobbes ‘Back To Mine‘ mix on their Soundcloud (April ’14) which has had over 8,000 plays to date and a whole load of love.
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Selected DJ Feedback‘This sounds boss – will play some of it on BBC6, thank you’ (Tom Findlay / Groove Armada – LDN/Worldwide) and he did. ‘The Debukas and Craig’s dub are perfect for me – thanks’ (The Revenge – Glasgow/Worldwide) ‘Digging the the Debukas & Craig Smith mixes. Both are in the bag’ (OOFT – Glasgow/Worldwide) ‘Debukas Remix – will use in my sets. Full support.’ (Patrick Alavi – Germany/Worldwide) ‘What a refreshing EP!!! Such depth and variation of quality!! Thanks for sending, so good to get some great music among the dredges of crap I get sent!! Big up!!!’ (Arveene / Arveene & Misk – Ireland – Europe) ‘This is really the sound of now for me. I truly love the remix! Thanks for the great stuff …. the whole package, but maybe Debukas remix is my fav’’ (Kosmos – Tracy Recordings / Nitsa, Barcelona / Europe) ‘Loving Craig’s mixes and the Debukas one’s a cracker too’ (Chris Duckenfield, Sheffield/Worldwide) ‘Wow – some very nice variety here. Heady stuff, thanks for sending!’ (Jusin Sloe – Cuplrit/Droog/Sloe Jams – US/Worldwide) ‘My fave now is Amstrad Billionare! 4/5! The original one! Feels like the perfect track to put in the middle of a deep set just to give a shake to the crowd!’ (Scuola Furano – Barcelona/Europe) ‘Cool EP, maybe not my kind of style but I like Busted (Debukas remix) and the track from The Son(s) make me think a little bit of a Trentemøller track, good atmosphere’ (Sovnger – Paris/Europe) ‘I like it! Debukas remix is brilliant tune, very groovy. We included it on our monthly Last Robots chart mix. I will play it on my Saturday radio show. I already played it on my show, I also played and I like original version, the one that was digital bonus – it’s very good track. I also play both in clubs and they work very well.’ (DJ Bert, Warsaw) ‘Thank you very much, such a great release! Really love Leonidas & Hobbes and Debukas remixes!’ (Dimitri Veimar – Germany/Europe) ‘Amstrad/Debukas – Fantastic, been playing it out to great reaction’ (Yogi Haughton, Scottish Soulful Weekender/Solar Radio/674 FM – Cologne – Scotland, UK) ‘Lots of really good stuff here! Really like the Debukas remix (amazing robo-funk groove) both the Craig Smith remix (so so deep, love it) and dub (useful tool), the remix of Slow & Easy (great slow jam for downtempo sets) and the original Am$trad Billionaire (love that 80’s electro disco feel). Will be using in warm-ups in Sheffield and Leeds and the slower stuff at any outdoors summery things. Really good EP’ (Geoff Ticehurst – The Plug/Sheffield, Leeds Uni) ‘Really loving all of this EP. Another winner from you lot!’ (Teamy Teamy, Wrong Island – LDN/Glasgow) ‘Solid release as ever. The infectious ‘Busted’ is probably my fav with echoes of Tiger & Woods and 80s boogie. I look forward to playing it out. Got to give a nod to the Leonidas & Hobbes and Craig Smith remixes for lush Balearic vibes. A release with its finger very much on the pulse of underground Scotland and all its forms. Excellent.’ (Kris Wasabi/Wasabi Disco – Edinburgh) ‘Thanks for these. Great energy on the Debukas remix and I love the vibe/wonk of Joe Howe’s remix!’ (Barry Fell/B-Jam – Edinburgh) ‘This is ace… Again, such diversity on here… From the catchy as hell hooks on Debukas’ remix to Leonidas & Hobbes remix of Slow & Easy, which is just pure ethereal dubby loveliness. Kinda brings to mind Weatherall’s production of Beth Orton in the way that it balances acoustic and electronic elements. Craig’s remix is chunky and really warm as well – a really solid package’ (Jacksonville – 20:20 Vision – UK/Europe) ‘Yeah, loving it.’ (Larry Tee, NYC/LDN) ‘Nice. ;o)’ (Ben Osborne – Slipped Disco/Noise Of Art, LDN) ‘Loving HM005, played the Debukas mix on my radio show last week and will probably spin another tune on this week’s show’ (Paddy Freeform, Universal Vibes – LDN) ‘Debukas Remix – cracking bit of kit, will 100% be getting some rotation in my sets – nice strong groove to it. Craig Smith mixes – all useful slates. The Sons – actually really liking this one, got a really Balearic feel to it for me – kinda thing you’d be hearing on some beach as the sun comes up’ (David Elders, Solar Radio/674 FM – Cologne – Edinburgh)
Following April’s second Leonidas & Hobbes EP, HM005 is another Various Artists EP, the third in the series of Trouble Remix compilations, featuring remixes of a selection of up-and-coming acts from across Scotland by some of my favourite Scottish producers.
A1, Am$trad Billionaire is a duo who met in Glasgow (now part-relocated to Stockholm). Busted grabbed me immediately, when I first heard it last year, and its combination of chopped up vox and early Eighties boogie seemed ripe for a remix. Debukas (Inverness via Glasgow) is no newcomer, following his run of great EPs and recent album on 20:20 Vision. In his own words, his remix sounds a bit ‘like Daft Punk and Juan Atkins crashed the party‘. Quite.
A2, Night Noise Team is Edinburgh-based, Gallic-Irish duo Fabien Pinardon and Sean Ormsby, who I’ve known for years. Picking Up The Pieces is one of the highlights from their latest album, Rêver Electrique, far-and-away the best thing they’ve released, exhibiting a deep love of loads of great music (and literature) from the past. Recently one half of the widely acclaimed 6th Borough Project but no stranger to the studio (following countless productions since the late Nineties, having actually originally earned his DJ stripes in late Eighties Edinburgh), Craig Smith has been around the block a few times and shows no sign of letting up. He takes NNT’s original to a very blissed-out place. The dub and reprise are handy club tools for DJs.
B1, Digital Jones are a trio, fronted by the indomitable Nikki Kent (a bona fide stage force majeure!), who have been kicking around the Edinburgh scene for years, playing countless great shows. This remix by Glasgow ‘skweee‘ disciple Joe Howe (aka Ben Butler & Mousepad) was actually completed a couple of years ago but has lost none of its vitality in the interim and gets the party started in a jerky, analogue cutup, Madlibjamming-with-Prince kinda way!
B2, The Son(s) is the brainchild of a solo Edinburgh native, who has been threatening to get a band together ever since he and I first started talking about working together (some three years ago now). Taking the woozy, Ray Davies feel of the original and re-directing it to a psychedelic electronic dub place we like to visit (paying respects to the likes of Orbital, Lee Perry and the early productions of Andrew Weatherall, among others), we recorded this mix during the winter of 2011-12. So, it has taken a while to get out but, given the lyrical content, we felt it had to emerge at this time of year and it arrived just in time for the festival circuit, summertime chilling outside etc. Hope you enjoy it. We certainly enjoyed creating it…P & C 2014 HOBBES MUSIC All rights reserved. Logo & Design: jpmjustice.com Mastering: Kenny Inglis at Eighth Nerve, Glasgow, 2014 (except Craig Smith Dub & Reprise remixes – both mastered by Chris Lyth at Tron Mastering). Distribution: Rubadub hobbesmusic.co.uk Made in the E.U.
28 April 2014
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‘I have those last 12s you sent. Really dug them’ (Erol Alkan)
‘Three uber groovy cuts from the nu class of club cadets…’ (Mark Barton/Losing Today)
‘Really nice EP, that’s funky! I love the Mo’ Moody track, really great, I’ll play it for sure!’ (Fabrice Lig, Planet E/R&S/Playhouse – Beligum/Worldwide)
‘Great release! Mo’Moody is my jam!’ (Moullinex, Lisbon/Portugal/Europe)
‘Wicked release, Turn U Round so good’ (Tiago, Lisbon/Portugal/Europe)
‘I like Sputnik a lot!!!’ (Gunrose, Lisbon/Portugal)
‘I love the release! Thanks for more great stuff’ (Kosmos, Nitsa/Nasty/Boombox/Tracy Recordings – Barcelona/Spain)
‘Another great EP from the dynamic duo… all the grit and dirt one could ask for.. Mo Moody is my fave – thanks for sending!!’ (Thomas Pudell, Black Alley – Berlin)
‘Very eclectic electronic music, deep and funky with smatterings of ol’ skool happenings, There are even some Lil’ Louis moments. Sputnik is one of my favourite things on the label’ (Yogi Haughton, Scottish Soulful Weekender)
‘Turn U Round is my shit!!!!’ (Kay Suzuki, LDN/Tokyo – Round in Motion)
‘Great sounding productions all the way once again. Turn U Round is one track I could see someone like Theo P drop at Plastic People – that kinda vibe. The trippy and haunting Sputnik could cause some mayhem on the floor in the later hours’ (Cedric Woo – Beauty & The Beat, UK/Japan)
‘Deeply into Sputnik. Great EP guys!’ (Dimitri Veimar, Germany)
‘Thank you boys. Sputnik is the one for me!’ (David Varchola, Embryo/We Are Unity, Slovakia/Europe)
‘New EP sounding ace!’ (Debukas – 20:20 Vision, Scotland/Europe)
‘Sputnik is a standout for me, love the 303 bassline. Really big stuff! Love the look of the record as well. All round winner’ (iO Sounds, LDN/Europe)
‘Great – all strong but particularly love the lead track. Top work!’ (Bobby Cleaver – Numbers, Glasgow)
‘SPUTNIK – DOPE!!! All three trax are great… *)’ (Murf, Mongtrax – LDN/Worldwide)
‘Yeah, it’s good. Will try to play it’ (Larry Tee, NYC/LDN)
‘Sputnik is alright, thx.’ (Dmitry Malyshev / NEO Violence, Prague)
‘I liked it. Mo’ Moody is the one for me’ (Ben Martin, High Sheen/Elastic Artists, Glasgow/LDN)
‘Yes really feeling Turn U Around on this release.. very funky and acidic and will be featuring on the show next week for sure. Music is getting better and better from these two..a fruitful partnership!’ (Alex Pewin – Voices, LDN)
‘Mo’ Moody – love that synth line and those deep stabs are cracking. Wicked groove. Love the retro vibe on Sputnik, great acid line, can imagine it’ll do a nice job in the very early hours’ (Geoff Ticehurst – Leeds Uni/The Plug, Sheffield)
‘Sweet! That Sputnik track is killer… The break in the middle is very John Barry. Makes me think of Moonraker’ (Teamy – South Palace Hotel, London // Wrong Island, Glasgow)
‘Really good stuff here!!’ (Jacksonville – 20/20 Vision, Scotland)
‘Nice!’ (Astroboy – Kelburn Garden Party, Scotland)
‘My favorite is now Sputnik. It’s percussive and dynamic in its evolution. Deep psychedelic twist too. Can’t wait to listen to it on a full audio set up!’ (Belle Bete, Beauty & The Beat, LDN/UK)
‘I am into it – I particularly like Mo Moody…the balance between urgency and abstraction seems just right…I would definitely play that!’ (Jeremy Gilbert, Beauty & The Beat, London)
Working together on-and-off at their respective bases in London and Edinburgh, Leonidas & Hobbes have honed a mutual love of soul, acid, house, techno, psychedelic and dub sounds for Mo’ Machines. Their collaborative debut EP, Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups (HM002), won fans across the board last year.
Leonidas has had two collaborative releases out previously through Kay Suzuki’s Round In Motion label (Tokyo/London) and a solo track released as part of the Rhythm Kings Volume 1 compilation via DJ Ionik’s Traveller Records label (Finland), all of which have equally found fans and acclaim internationally.
A1) Turn U Round employs another vintage gospel sample (as per Driftin’ on HM002) alongside a bank of equally vintage synths (ARP Odyssey, Roland Juno 106, Roland SH-101, Sequential Circuits Pro One). However, on this occasion there’s a deeper aesthetic (reminiscent of Penthouse Dub from HM002) and a more sample-based approach, recalling that of the AKAI MPC-loving electronic producers of the last two decades, using a bank of drum sounds from the Roland TR-808. The result is a contemporary take on the Chicago house sound of the Nineties (especially the productions of a certain Curtis Jones, aka Cajmere).
A2) In the spirit of many releases on classic Nineties US labels, Mo’ Moody uses the same rhythm track as Turn U Round for its jump-off point, but creates an entirely new track with a heavier kick and clap (Roland TR-909). It’s got all the funk of Turn U Round but a more traditional, classic house groove for those who like their house music faster and more instrumental.
B) Clocking in at seven-and-a-half minutes, Sputnik is the veritable beast of this EP (in more ways than one): it started life as a one-hour-long synth jam, featuring the Pro One and SH-101 programmed to play a sequence in tandem, to evoke the triple oscillator effect available on a Moog, while Leonidas & Hobbes got busy at the controls. The resulting audio was then given some tape delay treatment via a Roland RE-501. As much of a testament to Leonidas’s engineering skills as the duo’s collective thirst for pushing their respective boundaries in the studio, suffice to say, the result is nothing short of psychedelic.P & C 2014 HOBBES MUSIC
28 October 2013
This is the third Hobbes Music release and the second in a series of remix EPs featuring up-and-coming Scottish artists remixed by well-established and emerging local and international talents. Clips below. Full EP on Bandcamp.
Dawn Chorus will be released by Hobbes Music on Monday 11th November 2013 and available as limited edition (of 300) vinyl 12”s and via all download platforms, with worldwide distribution by Rubadub.DJ Reactions “I really like the first half of the Ali Renault mix. The CAS is quite sweet. The Auntie Flo is a good tool…” (Ivan Smagghe, LDN/Worldwide)
30 August 2013
Pavement K (from the Leonidas & Hobbes debut EP, Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups) featured as the soundtrack for the ‘Spooks’ film by up-and-coming Edinburgh visual artist David Lemm (aka A Little Island) and Spooks has recently been invited as a submission for official selection of this year’s Cut Out Festival of animation and digital art in Mexico (Experimental Category) as well as being selected for a similar screening at Berlin’s Pictoplasma Festival in April.
The work was originally commissioned by Hobbes Music and Go Reborn as a visual installation for their Day Of The Dead ‘secret warehouse party’ event in Leith last Autumn. You can view Lemm’s animation here.
31 July 2013
We did some remixes for the Pet Shop Boys’ new single, Vocal, recently (from new album Electric). We’re really proud of them. They’re currently unreleased but you can check them out below and download them both for free via my Bandcamp. Please leave a comment etc if you’re feeling them. Feedback welcome.
This second label release is an introduction to productions lovingly slaved over by myself and my studio partner/old friend, Leonidas. We started working together about four years ago and this debut collaborative EP demonstrates our mutual love of classic disco, techno, electro, acid, house and UK bass/dub, to create an EP with one foot in the past, one foot in the future and both eyes aimed squarely at the dance floor.
Much like previous release (Midnight Thunder) Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups has been getting some excellent feedback thus far, including a great Mixmag review. Check out the audio clips below or listen to the whole EP in full on Bandcamp. Scroll down for selected feedback/quotes and a bit more info about the music.Selected Feedback ‘Favourite: Jackin Pschidt – An excellent an varied EP, Big support. 5/5’ (Ashley Beedle, UK – Various, Worldwide) ‘All the EP has a lot of originality, driftin and program my favourites. 5/5’ (Bot/Crookers, Italy – Various, Worldwide) ‘Favourite: Driftin – Great to see Hobbes Music taking off. Great EP. 5/5’ (Auntie Flo, UK – Various, Worldwide) ‘Fantastic EP. Particuarly feeling Jackin Pschidt & Driftin…’ (Leftside Wobble, UK – Various, Europe) ‘Thanks man, this is really good. great diversity in there. So much so I am going in again right now. Jackin Pschidt is so good’ (Ben Martin, High Sheen, UK – Various) ‘Thanks for this! Really into Penthouse Dub’ (Dam Mantle, UK – Various, Europe) ‘That’s a solid body of work, more like a mini LP than a EP. I love the warmth of your sound! Program has a very futuristic feeling and could almost convince me to start playing video games. Penthouse Dub is an organic journey into some deep dubbed out outer space, while Driftin has a more ‘classic’ feel to it, with nods to the gospel house sound circa 89, before coming to its own with some killer hypnotic analog goodness. Spellbinding’ (Cedric Lassonde, Beaty & The Beat, London, UK) ‘It is rare these days to get an ep full of tracks, clearly rooted in traditions – sound and aestetic wise – but fresh and forward thinking at the same time… i’m happy to have it in my box!’ (Thomas Pudell, Black Alley, Berlin) ‘I really like Jackin Pschidt: Proper raw, classic acid house feel to it. Synth and percussion both spot on. Pavement K is also a real nice groovy head nodder but with an eerie undertone. Like the half time break-down and then how it shuffles back into double time. Kinda Jimmy Edgar meets Tri-Angle Records. Program is also a pretty sick cut. The drop is dope!’ (Sketchy, Man Make Music/Mixcloud, London, UK) ‘Fantastic stuff I must say! Thank you for sending them on to me’ (Frankie Valentine, UK) ‘Driftin’ really is like nothing else and sets out the stall for this inventive EP… Jackin’ Pschidt is as perfect a piece of acid house as you could find and could have come from the Trax label back in the day. 7/10′ (Mixmag. Full review here) ‘Favourite: Drifin – Very nice production, will try. 5/5’ (Wankelmut, Germany – Various, Europe)‘Favourite: Driftin – I totally love that!!! 5/5’ (StereoHeroes, France – Various, Europe) ‘Favourite: Driftin. 5/5’ (Yuri/Database/Kitsune, Brazil – Various, Brazil) ‘Favourite: Penthouse Dub – Really strong EP full support. 5/5’ (Nick Warren, UK – Various, Worldwide) ‘Favourite: Driftin – uff!!!!!!!!!! 5/5’ (Mousse T, Germany – Various, Worldwide)
A1) Driftin’ employs a vintage gospel sample and a bank of equally vintage synths (ARP Odyssey, Roland Juno 106, Roland SH101, Sequential Circuits ProOne) for a very contemporary, hybrid mix of UK bass and house. This track received early support from Rob Da Bank on BBC Radio 1), has proved popular on Soundcloud and has been dropping extremely well when played out, so we think you’ll agree it’s rather special!
A2) Penthouse Dub is a more spacious composition. Classic disco congas and a delaysoaked guitar line recall the Balearic style of Norwegian modern disco don Todd Terje, then the vintage (Sequential Circuits Prophet T8) synth lines drop… The title is a nod to Heaven 17’s classic album, Penthouse & Pavement - a key reference point during this track’s production.
B1) Jackin’ Pschidt treads a more European path, referencing Belgium’s late Eighties Nu Beat scene via its drum programming and acid line, with a heavily arpeggiated synth for its euphoric main riff and classic Nineties techno claps driving the beat home. A vocal refrain, compelling you to ‘break it down: get into the groove’, is as simple a call to action as any you’ll find in dance music. But, again, it’s the track’s bassline which will really get people moving their bodies: no fuss, few effects, just simple dancefloor dynamics. This mix has also proved popular on Soundcloud and been dropping well when played out. The title is a nod to a certain Chicago legend…
B2) Referencing after-hours parties in dingey warehouse spaces, Pavement K flips the script completely, slowing things down and spacing them out all heavy reverb, plodding kicks and atmospheric toms that ring out like some tribal gong in an old Kurosawa film. The bass stabs are as fierce as anything DMZ have put their name to, while the acid line and skittering hats are closer to early Plastikman. The brief vocal snatches are hardly any less abstract, before more waves of bass wash moodily over you and that familiar voice returns to let you know about ‘a lot of machines, tapes and electronic setups….’ Watch yer bass bins!
Digital Bonus Track: Upping the tempo again to end on a lighter note, Program is an electro tribute to one of our favourite Eighties films, Tron. N.B. Program is not included on the vinyl release and available as a free download exclusively to people who buy the full EP (vinyl or digital – nb purchasing the vinyl includes free download of all digital files) from Bandcamp.More Feedback
Leonidas & Hobbes, Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups is released by Hobbes Music on Monday 3rd June 2013 and available as a limited edition 12” vinyl and via all digital download platforms, with worldwide distribution by Rubadub.