12 February 2013
Partially funded by Creative Scotland, this debut release is the first in a series of remix EPs marking the tenth anniversary of Trouble (not to mention the fifth anniversary of Limbo) and featuring up-and-coming Scottish artists remixed by established and emerging local and international talents. All told, it’s a formidable package, catering for diverse tastes, as the overwhelmingly positive reactions from international DJs and tastemakers across the board demonstrate (97% positive: 17% 5/5, 44% 4/5 and 36% 3/5 stars). See all the feedback/quotes below.
Midnight Thunder will be released by Hobbes Music on Monday 22nd April 2013 and available as limited edition (of 300) vinyl 12”s and via all download platforms, with worldwide distribution by Rubadub.
Selected Feedback:‘Auntie Flo is big!’ (Justin Robertson, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite Mix: Sun Ritual – Will be following this label close. Great release! (Sinden, US – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘iO Sounds mix is great’ (Alex Metric, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual – Fresh’ (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Like the Auntie Flo track. Nice nod to Primal Scream in there’ (Plump DJs, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual – Thanks men i like this mix’ (Zdar, Ed Banger, France – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite Mix: Sun Ritual – Will download. Thank you for good music!’ (M.A.N.D.Y., Germany – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Wicked package’ (Doorly, Rinse FM, US – Various Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual – great release, top notch in quality and diversity’ (Ben Mono, Berlin/Germany – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Auntie Flo is my fav’ (Arveene, Ireland)’Very nice – love Twitch’s mix’ (Sean Johnston / A Love From Outer Space) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Skippy House flows, we like. good work’ (DJ Locksmith / Rudimental, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Auntie Flo is the jam’ (Maetrik/Maceo Plex, USA – Various, Worldwide)
A1. Edinburgh/Glasgow electronic duo Conquering Animal Sound open the EP with Treehouses, singer Anneke Kampman’s distinctive voice reminiscent of a young Bjork. The band are already a live favourite locally and this track is a highlight from their forthcoming second album (due out via Glasgow indie behemoths Chemikal Underground in March). Dazzling new London talent iO supplies the remix, having garnered props from Mary Anne Hobbs and Mad Decent and currently adding a slew of releases to a rapidly burgeoning repertoire for labels such as Fortified Audio, Mad Tech, Future Shock, Infinite Machine, Diamond & Raw, Symbols, Senseless, Black Butter and Audio Culture. iO fuses a well-honed bass aesthetic with twenty-first century beat programming and a deep house sensibility, maintaining the integrity and melancholic feel of the original without forfeiting the demands of the ‘floor. Early feedback suggests this track has the potential to win fans across the board. An instrumental version will be available on a later release.
A2. On the back of a tremendous year which saw his debut album, Future Rhythm Machine (Huntleys & Palmers), widely acclaimed and tour dates all over Europe, Glasgow’s afrofuturist warrior, Auntie Flo, delivers Sun Ritual (the original of which was released by Cologne electronic giants Kompakt in November). This track has been given a heavy makeover by Edinburgh techno legend Neil Landstrumm (Planet Mu, Tresor, Peace Frog), who harnesses the African groove of the original and infuses it with his trademark industrial/bass/rave aesthetics, doffing his cap to Screamadelica-era Primal Scream in the process. Taking no prisoners, it’s an absolute beast and guaranteed to do the damage in the right clubs.
B1. Another local live favourite, HRH (above photo taken live at Limbo by Scott Carroll) deliver postmodern sleaze in their uniquely punky, electrorockabillyglamraggapop style, thanks in no small way to awe-inspiring front-woman Heather Craig, whose impassioned live performances are like John Lydon crossed with Siouxsie Sioux. Scottish DJing legend JD Twitch (Optimo) turns the dark, moody, DAF-inspired original into a menacing stealth bomber of a club cut, ensuring everyone will be dancing like drones as the metaphorical storm clouds descend. Again not for the faint-hearted, this track has already proved popular with those who appreciate music of a darker disposition! [Twitch’s own formative Nineties residency at seminal Edinburgh club night Pure (more info here) was where I had my schooling in classic electronic music before he went on to transform the clubbing landscape in Glasgow with the still more influential Optimo nights, so this remix lends the project a personal symmetry].
B2. Last, but by no means least, up-and-coming Slovenian star Nightwave puts her highenergy stamp and frenzied beats all over Heavy Weather, my own collaborative production with Leonidas (whose own debut EP, Sequential, has been winning fans in underground clubs across the globe since its summer ‘12 release via Japanese-owned label Round In Motion). Maya Medvesek, aka Nightwave, is a Glasgow/London-based Producer, DJ, Vocalist & RBMA graduate. Classically trained from an early age, her releases on Svetlana Industries, Unknown to the Unknown, Fortified Audio and Seed Records, as well as Ministry of Sound’s ‘Adventures in Dubstep & Beyond’ and the Cassie Tribute album ‘Skydiver’ out on Local Action Records either as Nightwave (or her retired moniker 8bitch) have garnered her international acclaim for a forward-thinking combination of Chicago juke, UK bass, techno, grime & 80s funk. 2012 saw Maya play to a packed RBMA stage at Barcelona’s Sonar festival where her set was heralded by international press as one of the festival highlights. Having supported artists like Rusko, Anthony Shake Shakir, MNDR, Dopplereffekt and Death Grips, appearing at festivals such as Outlook, The Electric Picnic & Exit and guesting on Rustie’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Glass Swords’ with the single ‘Surph’ (which hit daytime Radio 1, garnering support far and wide from the likes of Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Nick Grimshaw and Huw Stephens), not to mention participating in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, it’s not difficult to see why tastemakers have cited her as one to watch.Other DJ feedback so far (11/03/13) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Liking the deep vibes. Great voice too’ (David Cox / AutoKratz, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘I really like the iO Sounds Remix’ (Kruse & Nuernberg, Germany – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Loving this, very emotion heavy and subtle, thanks will support!!’ (Jody Wisternoff/Way Out West) ‘Favourite: Pinky Ring – sounds good’ (Heiko Hoffman, Groove Magazine Editor, Germany)’iO remix is really cool – very nice deep groove going on here’ (Ben Gomori, UK – Eastern Electrics Podcast – radio) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Was a close call between this and Keith’s mix but the iO wins… lovely production… Interesting and varied EP’ (Kevin McKay, UK – Various – Glasgow – club) ‘Neil’s is my pick – really properly tribal but without being cheesy like a lot of ‘tribal’ things are’ (Ollie,Bugged Out, UK – club) ‘Favourite: Treehouses’ (Serocee – Various, Europe – club) ‘Favourite: Pinky Ring – cool mixes’ (Benoit Carretier – Tsugi, France) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Great remix package! Exciting first release!’ (goldFFinch, Belgium, Audio Culture, fm brussels, MND BRatislava – club/radio)
‘Neil Landstrumm remix is fantastic. I’ve been fan of him for many many years, and still…. thanks!!’ (Angel Molina, Barcelona – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual – GREAT. Keep this coming! (DJ Wool, The Glass, Berlin, Germany / Awesome Agency / America – club) ‘Optimo remix is incredible’ (Roy Kerr, aka The Freelance Hellraiser, UK) ‘Neil Laundstrumm does no evil’ (Daire Carolan, Ireland) ‘Twitch’s rmx and Landstrumm’s mix of Auntie Flo are really nice’ (Nacho Lovers – Toronto, Canada) ‘Favourite: Heavy Weather – Badass’ (Justiy, GALACTUS, Italy, Kiss Saturdays, Carrick-On-Shannon/Various, Ireland – club) ‘Top draw EP. Especially into the Neil Landstrumm mix’ (Mister Sushi, UK) ‘Neil on the house road again!’ (Embryo, Slovakia – Various, Slovakia – club) ‘Really like the iO Sounds remix. Nice techy vibe, will use at Plug, Sheffield’ (Geoff Ticehurst – Shuffle, Plug, Sheffield / Freshly Squeezed, Leeds Uni – club) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Support’ (Alex Ormas / MAGNVM!, Juke Box Hero, Plastic Club, Milan – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual Loving this!! Def in my set and prob next mix’ (Mike Mago, Boemklatsch) ‘The Neil Landstrumm mix is ace!’ (Kosmos, Spain, BOOMBOX, NASTY MONDAYS, NITSA-APOLO – club) ‘Love the Neil Landstrumm remix!’ (PMcQ, Glasgow/UK – club) ‘Thanks for this…. LOVE!!!! (Rebecca Vasmant, Ministry Of Sound Word Tours, Resident – club) ‘Thanks for this.. Nightwave mix the highlight for me’ (Dam Mantle, Glasgow – Various, Europe) ‘Thanks, the Neil Landstrumm remix remix rocks!!’ (Ionik/Traveller Records, Finland) ‘Really liking the tracks, well produced all of them’ (Astroboy, Kelburn Garden Party/Various, Scotland) ‘Favourite: Neil Landstrumm/Twitch – Well done, I’m well impressed!’ (Kris Wasabi, Wasabi Disco/Various, Edinburgh)