It gives us enormous pleasure here at Selador Towers to see the boss (or Sir Steven of Parry as he insists we address him) scaling unprecedented heights with his recent studio output. The frequency, consistency and quality of his productions has grown exponentially over the last couple of years and we believe he’s only just getting into his stride.
Now notching up his 3rd full release on the label, not to mention a selection of outstanding remixes for the likes of Wally Lopez and Rob Hes, his new outing, the deliciously titled Squidfist EP is exactly the kind of thing that gets us out of bed in a morning.
A powerhouse of textbook electronic goodness that draws on over 20 years of dance floor experience and expertise, this one goes straight for the jugular and never lets up. With a nod and a wink and a doff of the cap to Lil Louis’ perennial ‘French Kiss’, it’s bona fide stomper.
First out of the traps on remix duty, we are honoured to have Mr Charles Webster join our extended family. Something of a God around these parts, his name and pedigree is an assurance of class and quality and here is no exception. Deep, dark and deadly.
Next we welcome back James Dutton, aka Athea, whose currency has continued to rise since his Selador debut early last year with his lauded remix for Just Her. Here he opts for a more stripped back approach, a techy roller that glides and grooves in an effortlessly chic manner.
And finally, the proverbial cherry on top comes courtesy of blossoming Manchester duo, OC & Verde who get to grips with Steve’s previous Selador release, ‘303V’. A firm favourite of John Digweed’s who practically wore his copy out such was the extent of his support, this new version is equally potent. Solid peak time roof raising action.
Team Selador – Riding the rhythm.
After two cameo appearances on our Showcase Series (Volumes 4 & 6), Namito now returns for a starring role of his own making with the ’Anakeys’ EP.
For the uninitiated, the Iranian born, Berlin based producer is quite the team player, working behind the scenes on many a wide-ranging project from Marc Romboy’s lauded live orchestral shows to engineering for the legendary Grandmaster Flash!
It’s two solo creations though that form the basis of this EP with the title track leading from the front. A prime example of a tune that works its way into the subconscious unannounced and then stubbornly refuses to budge. A humdinger if ever there was one!
The ’Anakeys’ remixes then come from two fertile hotspots of electronic music, Berlin and Brighton via Kling Klong boss Martin Eyerer and long time friend of the label, Just Her who both bring their A-games to the party with reworks of a truly high calibre.
And finally, not to be overlooked, we’re also very proud to include ‘Little Cheat Treats’ just for good measure. A bonus track that on any other occasion could easily have commanded top billing.
For many, this may even prove to be a show stealer. You decide.
Team Selador – Above and beyond the call of duty
Something that started out as a bit of fun between 3 long time friends has quickly taken on a life all of it’s own as Danny Howells, Dave Seaman & Darren Emerson’s 3D project continues to gather pace.
Following their first gig together at the Ministry Of Sound in London one year ago, the intrepid trio have already left their mark on some of the best clubs in the World and now embark on their first release together as each contributes an original production to this EP.
‘Earthlings X’ is Danny Howells first new original music in 6 years. He readily admits it has been this project that has been the catalyst in inspiring him to return to the studio and promises this is just the start of things to come. It carries all the hallmarks of the Howells sound. Deep and sophisticated, steadily increasing in intensity before you unwittingly find yourself enveloped in a cocoon of warm electronic goodness. Danny & the feel good factor – if that’s not a band name waiting to happen we don’t know what is?! Spot the sample anyone?
Selador’s very own Dave Seaman then returns to the label with another wonderfully titled outing in ’Hired State Of Unconsciousness’ but don’t be fooled by the play on words of Josh Wink’s classic, this is no peak time acid banger. On the contrary. Revolving around an incessant bassline and ‘Mind, Body Soul’ vocal motif, it’s charm lies in it’s repetitive funk. Time to get your groove on.
Darren Emerson has stepped up his musical output quite considerably over the last 12 months with an impressive string of high profile releases for the likes of Carl Cox’s Intec and John Digweed’s Bedrock and that’s all set to continue as he opens his account for 2018 with ‘Brooklyn’. A sharp-as-a-knife, funky techno workout with a relentless, unswerving energy. Hands up, heads down material.
3D – all for one and one for all!
Team Selador – En garde!
Frenchman Antoine Garcin (aka Acumen) will already be a familiar name to Selador fans following his superb ‘Instinct Primaire/ Femme Fatale’ EP last year as well as his remix for Lonya on ‘The World That Disappears’ and an appearance on our 5th Showcase Compilation with ‘Ici Ou Allieurs’. Be warned however, he’s only just getting started!
An artist who falls effortlessly into the ‘prolific’ category, his recent procession of releases for the likes of Last Night On Earth, Einmusika and Non Stop are soon to be followed by an entire album on his own Time Has Changed imprint. In the meantime though, we managed to grab ourselves another piece of the pie and accordingly present ‘The Modernist’ EP as our second outing of the year.
The 4 tracker consists of a brace of originals coming in two very different ‘Pre’ and ‘Post’ varieties whilst remix duties fall to the ever reliable UK producer Simon JOBE and French new boys, Yeuz both of whom we predict are destined for rather large things this year.
Pick yourself a winner.
Selador Recordings – Master modernists.
Hot on the heels of his recent ‘Control Freak’ release the label, bossman Dave Seaman is back flexing his muscles on Selador once more, armed with another bountiful package that signals intent for 2018.
This time Dave shows off a more subtle side as he constructs ‘Virgo Ryzin’ around an incessant lead line that bristles with brooding understated energy. It’s beguiling and vibrant, considered and assured, the mark of a man who’s just celebrated his 30th anniversary in the dance music industry.
Remix-wise, the Audiojack juggernaut rolls into town fresh from their recent chart topping adventures. The Ibiza based UK duo’s star has been in the ascendency for some time and it’s not hard to see why. Another outright winner.
Next we are delighted to welcome Joeski back to the label after his last remix for Dave formed part of the ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ release back in 2014. This time he employs an Afro flavour for a heritage inspired mix that takes us back to our roots. It began in Africa!
Sasha Braemer has been on the Selador hit list for what seems like an eternity, so we’re very happy to say we finally got our man. The ever reliable German adds his considerable pedigree to proceedings with a stylish interpretation that has it’s fair share of surprises.
And completing the line up, it’s another Selador outing for Techno young guns, Loco & Jam. Following their recent success on Suara & Tronic, the Northern Irish duo deliver another slammer for all your all big room, bass heavy requirements.
All bases covered. Another home run.
What a way to start the year.
Selador Recordings – Let the games begin.