Wednesday, 10 December 2008

NRK Music's Review Of The Year

As we draw to the end of the year, it's a time to reflect on another busy year at NRK HQ. Whilst the music industry has again taken a year of hard knocks (stores closing, distributors going bust, the decline in sales etc.) this has not stopped some quality music being produced this year, and another busy year in the clubs, with new DJs breaking through and new genres creeping in.

So this month we look at the tunes and albums released on NRK over the last 12 months. Many of these releases are included in our annual Winter Sale, so have a browse around the NRK shop and see if there's a bargain that takes your ear! Many 12" singles are available from £1.50, many CDs and mix comps available from £2.99, and tee-shirts have been reduced to £9.99.

So really, just to wish you a all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, thanks for all the support in 2008, and you'll be hearing from us very soon with some exciting new releases from NRK in 2009.

Check out our Review Of The Year newsletter

Paul Woolford remixes "Go that Deep"

"Go That Deep" has been one of those records that comes along every once in a while, wafting in like a breath of fresh air in a music scene busting with productions of differing quality. The unmistakable voice of Shara Nelson combined with the always on form Charles Webster, as chief remixer for "Go That Deep". Starting life as a downtempo song from Italy's Nufrequency, and picking up legendary deep house status from Webster, the track was also propelled to the fore, courtesy of great club remixes from Redanka and Skylark.

And so we leave the last word on "Go That Deep" (perhaps), to Paul Woolford, a remixer who was chomping at the bit to tackle the quite difficult task of remixing a future classic. Wooly has gone for the jugular on his two mixes here, utilising a part of the original vocal from Shara Nelson, and laying down a heavy and epic production that will certainly grab your ears. Very techno, very big, and hopefully a remix that will blow the socks off the party massive when dropped at the right moment. Wooly road tested this remix during his Ibiza Space residency this Summer, and by the grin on his face when I last saw him, I'd say it has the right effect! And most recently, Pete Tong and X-Press 2 have dropped the remix on their respective Radio 1 and Kiss FM shows!

Wooly's mixes of "Go That Deep" are out on December 15th, exclusively on Beatport.

Listen to a clip of Paul Woolford's "Go That Deep" remix

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Exclusive news of Spirit Catcher's Coast2Coast mix

Belgium’s Spirit Catcher inject some futuristic minimal grooves into the Coast2Coast series with an accomplished blend of tech-soul & future funk from the likes of Carl Craig, Johnny D, Jerome Sydenham & many more… Available from mid-January, Spirit Catcher's C2C mix is the 9th compilation in the series that has so far had stellar contributions from Âme, Kerri Chandler, Miguel Migs, X-Press 2 and Charles Webster and others.

Spirit Catcher have carved out a solid name for themselves over the past few years, with releases on labels such as Freerange, 2020 Vision, SAW Recordings and Mood Music, as well as blistering live sets across the globe. Their unique sound of disco flicked, driving techno house has rocked crowds all over Europe and into South America and Australia, and of late their sound has taken on a more energetic pace.

The Spirit Catcher Coast2Coast offering reflects the varied influences of Jean Vanesse and Thomas Sohet. Respected producers such as Carl Craig and Jerome Sydenham represent musically alongside leaders of the new school, Johnny D, Daniel Stefanik, Peter Dildo, Moodymanc and Johnjon.

An energetic mix, but with plenty of depth and soul, Spirit Catcher’s Coast2Coast comes with a bonus unmixed CD, a must for all CD-DJs and those who like to bulk up their iPod with some choice dance cuts. The double CD is out on January 26th and will also be available as a digital album. Full tracklisting to be announced soon....

H.O.S.H. - Steppenwolf (Jerome Sydenham Mix)
Johnjon - Meanwhile (Kollectiv Turmstrasse Remix)
Matthias Tanzmann - Swim (Peter Dildo Remix)
BLM - Nacho
Motorcitysoul - Fantasy (Daniel Stefanik Remix)

Friday, 14 November 2008

DJ Sneak goes crate diggin for Back In The Box

Chicago veteran, DJ Sneak, has been confirmed as the next DJ to go crate diggin for NRK's popular Back In The Box series. Following in the trusty footsteps of Joey Negro, 'Little' Louie Vega and Dave Clarke, DJ Sneak will delve deep into the record collection to lay down a double CD mix of older house records that rocked the party time and time again, records that have since been left dormant on the shelves, waiting for the right monent to be dusted off (and this is that moment!).

Concentrating on the mid 90s period of disco flecked, jackin bass heavy beats, Sneak's mix looks likely to contain gems from the likes of Blue Boy, Johnny Fiasco, Mood II Swing, Markus Nicolai, Paul Johnson, Basement Jaxx, Daft Punk, Cricco Castelli, Mousse T and many more....

DJ Sneak - Back In The Box will be out in February 2009. Watch this space for more details as we get em....

Back In The Box

Friday, 7 November 2008

Nick Harris (NRK) - October 08 Hotmix

A new mix from NRK's headhoncho, Nick Harris.

Kerri Chandler pres. The Invaders – The Panic “Original Mix”
Matthias Tanzmann - Swim “Peter Dildo Swimming In Deep Water Mix”
Anthony Collins - Rabouine House “Soul Afrikadeep Remix”
Sunburst Band - Journey To The Sun “Dennis Ferrer Dub”
Peter Dildo – Womanizer
Johnny D – Orbitallife
Foremost Poets – Moonraker (Spencer Parker’s Gun For Hire Remix)
Radio Slave – Bell Clap Dance (Slam Remix)
District One - One 2 One
Johnny Fiasco - Conduction
DJ Q – Superclique


Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Nic Fanciulli - October '08 Hotmix

Nic Fanciulli have kindly rustled up a fab 60 minute Hotmix especially for the NRK site. Fanciulli has to be one of the busiest DJs on the circuit right now, clocking up ridiculous amounts of miles a month in order to take his sounds to the farthest reaches of the globe. On this brand new Hotmix, we get to hear some of the recent grooves that have been floating Nic's boat, and rocking crowds and festivals of late.

Nic is also one half of Skylark. Along with Andy Chatterley, the guys have recently released their debut album on NRK Music/Saved Music, and a belter of a project it is too. "i-Panik" contains 11 brand new Skylark productions, touching all areas of modern electronic dance from deep Detroit influences to driving European beats and beyond. "i-Panik" is cleverly accompanied by a bonus remix disc; Fanciulli & Chatterley drew up a wish list of remixers to tackle tracks from the album, and each remixer in turn delivered outstanding versions. The roll call includes Funk D'Void, Manuel Tur, Joris Voorn, UNKLE, Davide Squillace and Joe Mull, and the remix disc provides some amazing re-interpretations of Skylark's originals.

Skylark - i-Panik CD
Nic Fanciulli October '08 Hotmix

Ron Trent "Tribute" Mix

Created in March 2007 to co-incide with the release of Ron Trent's Coast2Coast mix on NRK, this "Tribute" Mix, by NRK label boss Nick Harris, features some classic RT productions and remixes, as well as collaborations with Chez Damier, who partnered Trent in so many classic productions over the years.

1. Inner City - Do Me Right (Ron Trent & Chez Damier Urban Sound Gallery Vocal Mix)
2. Patrick Green feat. Ebony - Flor Del Mar (Trinadian Deep Remix)
3. Ron & Chez - Hip To Be Disillusioned Vol. 1
4. Chez & Ron - Warfare (Chez D Underground Mix)
5. Chez N Trent - The Choice (Windy City Club Mix)
6. Naomi Daniel - Feel The Fire (Chez N Trent Dub)
7. Batidos - Tengo Sed (Ron Trent Mix)
8. Ron Trent - Love To The World
9. Dajae - Day By Day (Chez N Trent Dub)
10. Ron T & Chez D - The Meaning
11. Kreem ft. Jennifer Kendall (Chez N Trent Club Mix)
12. Ron Trent - Altered States

Info on Ron Trent's Coast2Coast

Monday, 6 October 2008

Diggin The Vaults: Brigade Honchos - Mixed by Mazi

Honchos Music, NRK's sub label that ran from 2000-2006, released just shy of 50 releases, including underground goodies from the likes of Ian Pooley & Magik J, DJ Dan, D'Julz, AJ Scent, Noel Nanton, Jamie Anderson and George T. Presenting a more trackier and tribal sound to NRK's polished deep house sound, Honchos Music was a firm favourite with a lot of tech-house and tribal DJs of the day.

Honchos one and only label comp, "Brigade Honchos" was released in 2003, and compiled and mixed by Mazi, AKA Audio Soul Project. A veritable romp through the label's catalogue up til '03, CD01 started the ride on a deeper and diskofied tip, taking in tracks from Tony Thomas, Dirty Gringo, Ian Pooley and Mood II Swing. CD02 went darker and more percussive, with remixes from Peace Division, Dano, Piliavin & Zimbardo and more cranking up the tempos.

Get CD01
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Christian Prommer's remixes of Hot Lizard available exclusively on Beatport

German electronic artist, Christian Prommer, has remixed the classic Hot Lizard production, “The Theme”. Prommer is well known for his output on the labels Compost and Sonar Kollectiv, his highly percussive Drumlesson project as well as his involvement in the groups Fauna Flash, Truby Trio and Voom:Voom. On “The Theme” however, Prommer goes solo for a smooth and pulsating remix; utilising elements of the original mix and the classic 1995 Carl Craig remix with some dramatic strings and shimmering hi-hats.

Prommer's remixes of "The Theme" are available now exclusively on Beatport alongside the Original 1995 Carl Craig remix. A 12" release, featuring Prommer's mixes, and the 19965 Love From San Francisco remix, is available now from the NRK webshop.

Christian Prommer Remix

New Audio Soul Project EP coming soon with remixes from Vincenzo & Scope

Audio Soul Project, AKA Mazi Namvar, makes a welcome return back to NRK this month with a brand new production, "Don't Sleep". Featuring Nathan Drew Larsen on vocal duties, Mazi carves out a great jackin analogue house track that works great with Nathan's deadpan vocal delivery. On the remix duties, Vincenzo from Berlin weighs in with a fabulously deep house working, very atmospheric, floaty and warm. Vincenzo should be no stranger to house heads, with lots of great productions and remixes on labels like Poker Flat, Dessous, Liebe Detail and Naked Music. Also supplying a fantastic remix is Belfast's Scope, AKA Ric McCelland, a producer who is creating some great deep music right now, and has recently had his "Omoplata" track released on NRK.

Don't Sleep gets an exclusive release on Beatport in November. Check out the audio clips below.

Don't Sleep (Original Mix)
Don't Sleep (Vincenzo Remix)

Deep Sensation II - Mixed by Nick Harris - out now

Deep Sensation II collects the varied deep and techy sounds of one of the UKs longest running record labels. Mixed by head honcho, Nick Harris, and accompanied by a bonus DJ friendly unmixed disc, Deep Sensation 2 is crisp and cool romp through the labels recent catalogue, with a couple of older classics thrown in for revival pressure! Available now from the NRK webshop

Cutting edge talent is represented by artists such as Will Saul, Chymera, Wahoo (AKA Innervision’s Dixon) and Scope, who rub shoulders with established producers and long time NRK affiliates, Joey Negro, Nick Holder, Miguel Migs and Foremost Poets. The various flavours of underground house are represented here, but presented with a consistent flow and energy.

Hi-light tracks include Magik J’s recent rub of Foremost Poets (a remix that sat at the top of the Beatport download charts for many weeks), Matthias Heilbron’s techy garage cut “Brooklyn Sub”, Charles Webster’s beautiful deep “Acid Mix” of Shara Nelson’s vocal track “Go That Deep” and Will Saul’s deep, minimal soul sound in his remix of Chymera’s massive “Wish” cut.

Diggin The Vaults: Jon Marsh - nite:life 01

NRK's nite:life mix CD series started in 2000, and we selected Jon Marsh to kick start the series, which ran up to 2004, and featured 20 mix compilations from some of the world's most popular deep house, techno and progressive DJs.

Long since deleted, we bring you Jon's mix in full to download. Featuring cuts from Nick Holder, DJ Spen, Aaron Carl, David Alvarado, Dano and Halo Varga, nite:life 01 captures the Beloved mainman in dancefloor mode, twisting and snaking the deep rhythms with vocals, deep keys and tribal undertones.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Luke Solomon - September Hotmix

This month's Hotmix comes from one of the house scene's most diverse DJs and producers. Luke Solomon has been a fundamental part of the dance scene for over a decade now and his contribution over the years has been nothing short of phenomenal. Now in 2008, his sound is still evolving and his bizarre take on the new underground house sound is very exciting, a master of the groove and never afraid of a risk, his latest productions are arguably his finest work to date.

Forming the legendary Classic Records with Chi-town legend Derrick carter, and carving out a production relationship with Justin Harris for their band Freaks, Luke has had considerable success with "The Creeps" single and other releases on Rekids, Crosstown Rebels and Cajual. A long time friend of the NRK crew, it's a honor to present Luke in the mix for your listening pleasure.... Click here to download/stream

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Dave Clarke - Back In The Box details....

Electronic music heavyweights NRK are back with a new edition in their retrospective “Back in the Box” series and this time have drafted in none other than techno legend, Dave Clarke. Having already seen instalments from MAW’s ‘Little’ Louie Vega and disco-don Joey Negro, “Back in the Box” is an opportunity for a DJ to turn rare secret weapons, b-side bombs and forgotten anthems into a brand new mix compilation.

Clarke’s selection for his “Back in The Box” is built around the sound of late 80’s Chicago house with a sprinkling of Detroit techno and a few classics from the UK’s emerging house scene. It displays an in-depth knowledge of the labels and producers whose pioneering work would go on to lay the pathway for dance music and club culture as we now know it.

The mix flows effortlessly through seminal tracks from the likes of Fast Eddie, Virgo and Foremost Poets, taking in the spaced out techno preachings of Blake Baxter, the acidic sounds of Bam Bam and the jackin’ soul of Ralphi Rosario along the way. To pick highlights from this album is an almost impossible task as it truly is stream of audio gems, many of which have never been included on a compilation before and will only be familiar to those who are used to blowing the dust from their shrink wrapped original Trax pressings.

Morales’ remix of Alternations ‘Feel it For You’ is a cut that has long been overdue for a return to the light as is Ben Mays ‘Lover Man’ and Julian Jonah’s ‘Jealousy and Lies’. Put these little known works of genius together with landmark records such as Pierre’s ‘Mystery Girl’ and T-Coy ‘Regret’, a track that helped launch the fortunes of the Deconstruction label, and you have a compilation that transcends the usual ‘Now that’s what I call Old Skool’ formula moves into the realms of classic status in it’s own right.

Whilst the UK is busy celebrating it’s ’20 years of Acid House’ Dave Clarke has drawn together the threads of dance music history and woven together a mix that truly shows how far back we have look to see where our roots lie. A snapshot of a bygone time that is truly timeless.

01. A Blackman, a Blackman and Another Blackman - I Believe
02. Fast Eddie Smith - Jack The House (Jack Mix)
03. Foremost Poets - Reasons to be Dismal
04. Scram - I Believe (Before The Storm Mix)
05. Virgo - In A Vision (inst.)
06. Bam Bam - Animal Attraction (Dynamic Guvnors Remix)
07. Da Posse - The Groove
08. M.E. - Ride
09. The Rude Boy Farley Keith - Give Yourself To Me
10. Mr Lee - I Can't Forget
11. Julian Jonah - Jealousy and Lies
12. Jungle Wonz - The Jungle
13. Blake Baxter - When A Thought Becomes You
14. Alternations - Feel It For You (Planetary Access Mix)
15. Master C & J - Face It (Club Version)
16. Ben Mays - Lover Man
17. Fantasy Club - Mystery Girl (Set Me Free) (Original)
18. T-Coy - Regret
19. Ralphi Rosario - I Want You (Transcontinental Mix)
20. Gil Scott-Heron - Space Shuttle (Paul Waller Mix)

Dave Clarke's Back In The Box is released on 6th October. the mix CD is accompanied by an unmixed CD; your chance to get some ultra rare house jams without the price tag!

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Skylark and Kemistry remix "Go That Deep"

"Go That Deep" by NUfrequency feat. Shara Nelson gets set for an official release on NRK next month; surely a contender for record of the year, this beautiful and infectious song has picked up a huge fanbase right across the board, with DJs as diverse as Pete Tong, Ame, Judge Jules, Gilles Peterson, Rob Da Bank, Laurent Garnier, John Digweed etc. supporting the many shades that this record comes in. From Charles Webster's mesmerising deep house version to Redanka's early 90's progressive club belter to the Original and Neon Heights laid back Balearica style.....

Nic Fanciulli and Andy Chatterley, AKA Skylark, have supplied a couple of brand new mixes of "Go That Deep"; a full vocal mix that is aimed purely at the deeper dancefloors, and a devestating Club Mix that will get lapped up by fans of Dubfire, Radio Slave etc. Meanwhile, another UK team, Kemistry, follow up their "City Slang" EP on NRK earlier this year with a great tracky remix, evoking shades of Sueno Latino with its infectious melody.

Go That Deep gets a full release on September 15th, with a couple of new extra Charles Webster mixes, Neon Heights and Original mix all available digitally as well as on 12" vinyl. A second 12" disc featuring the Skylark Club and Redanka mixes gets released in October. Your full support is much appreciated, it would be great to see this record do some damage in the commercial charts!

Skylark Club Mix
Kemistry's Shack Music Mix
Charles Webster Remix

Belfast's Scope debuts on NRK

NRK Music welcomes Belfast DJ/producer Scope (AKA Ric McClelland) to the fold, and his debut for NRK has 'epic' stampled all over it. Influenced by producers as varied as Kerri Chandler, Ian Pooley and Funk D'Void, Scope has been making great headway in the production world with some stella works for labels like Urban Torque, Forensic and CR2. bridging the gaps between soulful, deep house and techier territories, Scope has also remixed for the likes of Francois Dubois, Milton Jackson and Little Green men.

On his NRK debut, Scope delivers a great anthemic deep house production. "Omoplata" delivers steady, swinging punchy beats, heavy , thick stabs and dramatic strings not heard since Quentin Harris's "Let's Be Young". Comparisons will be made to Quentin's finest hour, but Scope commands his own style here. The "313" mix gets all acidic on yo ass with some classic old skool pianos giving this mix a nice retro feel.

"Omoplata" gets a full release on digital late September 2008.

Omoplata (212 mix)
Omoplata (313 Mix)

Charles Webster Coast2Coast Podcast

September 8th sees the release of the eagerly anticipated Coast2Coast mix by UK dance veteran, Charles Webster. Available on double mix CD, double DJ friendly unmixed CD, and two very limited edition 12" vinyl samplers, Webster's Coast2Coast project displays two different takes on the his sound.

Disc 1 features a host of exclusive remixes and edits by Charles himself and is an insight into the production sound that makes him ever popular with Dj’s, producers and music fans worldwide. Amongst the artists featured on this disc we have Roy Davis Jr, Henrick Schwarz, DJ Koze and Shara Nelson helping to create an eclectic mix that is shot through with percussive rhythms and soulful melodies. High points include the opening segment featuring Frankie Valentine’s ‘Zumbi’ overlayed with the acapella from Nick Holder’s ‘America Eats it’s Young’, as well as wonderful Webster rework of Justin Martin’s ‘Sad Piano’ – both truly sublime.

Disc 2 is a truly soulful affair which draws its influences almost exclusively from the early nineties with the odd smattering of post millennial recordings. This is like a trip down memory lane taking in some of the forgotten gems of US produced/inspired house music. From the opening cut of ‘Missing You’ by Larry Heard you know you are in for a treat and Webster never fails to disappoint, twisting and turning his way though classics from Groove Committee, Pal Joey, Alex M and Black Orchid to end on the spine tingling ‘Love Break’ by Basic Bastard & Blake Baxter. For those who like a little musicality in their club music it really doesn’t get any better than this. An inspiring selection from a standout DJ and producer.

NRK's Nick Harris caught up with Charles recently in London to discuss the C2C project, and other musical matters. You can download the free podcast here

To purchase advance copies of Webster's Coast2Coast CD, click here

Friday, 1 August 2008

X-Press 2 Balearic Mix

One dance crew synonomous with the Balearic sounds of the White Isle of Ibiza is X-Press 2. The UK trio have been visiting and DJing on the island since the late 80s, and have found it a constant source for their productions and DJ sets throughout their illustrious career. Dig out a copy of the legendary Channel 4 documentary "A Short Film About Chilling" and you will find X-Press 2's Rocky waxing lyrical about the island way back in 1990.

The X-Press 2 guys have very kindly supplied us with an exclusive "Balearic Mix" to this month's NRK newsletter, click the link below for an awesome one hour chilled out session courtesy of the guys.

Listen/download here

X-Press 2's recent Coast2Coast mix is a bumper 30 track comp spread over two discs, artists and remixers present and correct on this comp include Carl Craig, Blackjoy, Los Hermanos, Peace Division, Phuture, Mr. Fingers, Stefan Goldmann, Ame, Dennis Ferrer, Audion and Solomun. Future music blends with old classics, and the guys really impress on this mix. Also available is a DJ friendly Unmixed 2CD and two unmixed 12" vinyl doublepack LPs, all available from the NRK shop now.

NRK shop

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

The Baron Of Techno delves Back In The Box

International DJ and producer Dave Clarke, also known as "The Baron of Techno" (TM) has compiled and mixed the third installment of NRK's popular Back In The Box compilation series. Clarke follows on from Joey Negro and 'Little' Louie Vega's selections, and offers up a blistering selection of early house and acid tunes.

BACK IN THE BOX takes the World’s leading and longest serving DJ legends, and invites them to plunder deep into their collections to those old house records that rocked the party time and time again, records that have since been left dormant on the shelves, waiting for the right moment to be dusted off (and this is that moment!). Dave Clarke transports us back to the late 80s with a heady, sweaty, basement club mix of Chi-town house originals, heavy 909 drum workouts, sleazy vocals, brain scrambling 303 acid patterns and cold, moody synths. Whilst the industry celebrates 20 years of house music, many tracks on this compilation pre-date this with early productions from 1986/1987 coming from the likes of Farley Jackmaster Funk, Fast Eddie Smith, Mr. Lee, Master C&J and a superb early offering from Manchester's t-Coy (AKA Mike Pickering & co.) Underated classics from Foremost Poets, Julian Jonah, Blake Baxter and Pierre's Fantasy Club are mixed up in Clarke's inimitable fashion, and showcases some of his many roots and influences for the music that he has become world renowned for.

Dave Clarke has long been synonomous with the UK's techno scene, having set the foundations for modern techno music with his "Red" series in the early 90s, and with continued success with productions on labels such as Deconstruction and Skint. His electro inspried DJ sets have rocked many thousands across the globe, racking up an amazing gig-ography over the years and playing huge festivals and events. Dave Clarke also built up a great kinship with the late Uk radio legend, John Peel; the man who gave Clarke his well known moniker "The Baron Of Techno".

Dave Clarke's Back In The Box is released on October 6th 2008 on double CD (incl. bonus unmixed CD), digital album release and 12" vinyl samplers. Full tracklisting to be revealed shortly, check out some of the choice cuts included now though on the links below.

A Blackman, a Blackman and Another Blackman - I Believe

Foremost Poets - Reasons to be Dismal
Julian Jonah - Jealousy and Lies
Blake Baxter - When A Thought Becomes You
Ralphi Rosario - I Want You (Transcontinental Mix)

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Charles Webster Coast2Coast out 8th September

UK dance veteran, Charles Webster, compiles the latest Coast2Coast. A double mix treat for lovers of the deep techy sound, with tracks & mixes from Pepe Braddock, Roy Davis Jr, Henrick Schwarz and Chez Damier. Includes 6 brand new Webster remixes, exclusive to this comp.

Charles Webster is the UK based producer/DJ who has quietly and consistently poured out timeless music for three decades now. Uncompromising and committed to doing his own thing, a look across Webster’s CV throws up some very familiar names of which Webster is all responsible for; Presence feat. Shara Nelson (Massive Attack) made one of the 90s most defining house albums with “All Systems Gone”, Furry Phreaks, Love From San Francisco, his legendary (and recently re-released) album “Born On The 4th July”…..

Most recently, Charles Webster compiled & mixed for Defected In the House, and produced a mammoth compilation covering contemporary, influences and historical studio work to huge critical acclaim. Webster also provides the remix on the huge “Go That Deep” by NUfrequency feat. Shara Nelson, set for big things this Autumn.

CD01 concentrates on the contemporary house sound, with mesmerising deep house sounds from the likes of Henrick Schwarz, Pepe Braddock and DJ Koze. Webster also supplies a stunning six new remixes exclusively to this compilation. New versions of tracks by Justin Martin, NUfrequency ft. Shara Nelson and Atjazz as well as new versions of his own productions (Furry Phreaks), making his mix on CD01 extra special. A superb blend of vocals, shimmering deep-tech and organic electronics, the disc ends up on the classic “I’m Your Brother” produced by none other than Berlin’s Basic Channel.

Webster breaks out the classics on CD02, mixing up a great selection of oft-forgotten gems from artists like Larry Heard, Pal Joey, Chez Damier and Victor Simonelli (Groove Committee). The ultra-rare Moodyman remix of Amp Fiddler (under his Jan guise) gets a dusting off as well as does early 90’s cuts from Blake Baxter and Herbert, all sounding as fresh and relevant today as they did back them.

Charles Webster Coast2Coast is out on 8th September 2008 on NRK Music. Formats include double mixed CD and double unmixed CD.

CD01 (Mixed by Charles Webster)

01. Frankie Valentine - Zumbi (Henrick Schwarz Dub Mix)
02. DJ Koze - Cicily
03. Pépé Braddock - 4
04. Kemetic Just - Do You Remember (Charles Webster 2008 Remix)*
05. Justin Martin - Sad Piano (Charles Webster 2008 Remix)*
06. Furry Phreaks - Lament For A Dead Computer (Charles Webster 2008 Remix)*
07. Atjazz ft. Dawne B - Parallels (Charles Webster 2008 Remix)*
08. Roy Davis Jr. - Motion
09. NUfrequency ft. Shara Nelson - Go that Deep (Version Mix)*
10. Greg Gauthier & Tony L ft. Sabrynaah Pope - Someone For You (String Quartet Mix)
11. Furry Phreaks - Want Me Like Water (Charles Webster 2008 Remix)*
12. Ratcliffe - Back To The City
13. Round One - I'm Your Brother

*Exclusive Charles Webster remixes especially created for his Coast2Coast mix

CD02 (Mixed by Charles Webster)

01. Larry Heard - Missing You
02. Groove Committee - Just Play The Music
03. The Mighty Bop ft. Duncan Roy - Lady (Herbert's In The Air Dub)
04. Amp Fiddler - Superficial (Jan Mix)
05. Alex M - It Works
06. Pal Joey - Rat Race
07. Pal Joey - Party Time
08. Black Orchid - Trumpet King (Smooth Mix)
09. Chez Damier - Untitled
10. Family Of Few - Intervoles
11. Basic Bastard ft. Blake Baxter - Love Break

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

The Outer Limits

Part One (Side A)

Black Dog – Virtual
Baby Ford & Eon - Dead Eye
Maurizio - Domina
Infiniti - Think Quick
Basic Channel - Inversion
Kenny Larkin – Track
LFO V F.U.S.E. – Loop
Infiniti – Sunlight

Monday, 23 June 2008

NRK representing at Glastonbury Festival with Radio Slave, Peace Division & more..

Get yer wellies out, it’s that time of year again! The Summer Solstice has just passed, and that means it’s Glastonbury Festival time. Team NRK take the short trip down to deepest Somerset to spend 3 days in the sun/rain/mud (delete as appropriate), although the weather forecast is looking very promising for the weekend.

For any of you going to Glastonbury this year, NRK have a little something special going off in the Dance Village this year, so do slide on up with some rotten scrumpy and smacky pills and say hello!

NRK have helped co-ordinate the DJ line-up for The Igloo, which is like a mini IMAX with 360 degree visuals and 4K system, we've done a couple of parties in there now and it's ace! The Sunday line-up looks like this;

El Harvo : 6.00 - 7.00pm
Ed Karney : 7.00 - 8.00pm
Nick Harris & James B : 8.00 - 9.30pm
Dave Beer & Buckley : 9.30 - 10.30pm
Silver City : 10.30 - 11.30pm
Peace Division : 11.30 - 12.30am
Ralph Lawson : 12.30 - 1.30am
Radio Slave : 1.30 - 2.30am

Other DJs and acts to check throughout the weekend include Derrick May, X-Press 2, Quiet Village, Booka Shade, Danny Howells, Black Dog, Hercules and Love Affair, Nicky Holloway & Trevor Fung,

Spencer Parker – Live From The End

Spencer Parker is one of Europe’s leading DJs, his unique style of house music is in demand the World over, and his productions, remixes and re-edits have been getting big support from such luminaries as Radio Slave, Tiefschwarz, Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, Nic Fanciulli and Ben Watt.

Spencer’s style is simply best described as underground electronic house music. Preferred record labels range from the techno stylings of Oslo, Planet E, Liebe Detail and Rekids through to the uber cool house of Buzzin Fly, NRK, Ibadan, Tsuba and Objektivity.

Spencer’s 2008 activity has been busy so far, with releases on SAW Recordings, Tsuba, Rekids and Buzzin Fly. Check his remix also of Foremost Poet’s “Moonraker”, out on NRK later this year.

Download Spencer’s set from The End, recorded live in April 2008.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

New Christian Prommer remix of Hot Lizard's "The Theme"

German electronic artist, Christian Prommer, has remixed the classic Hot Lizard production, “The Theme”. Prommer is well known for his output on the labels Compost and Sonar Kollectiv, his highly percussive Drumlesson project as well as his involvement in the groups Fauna Flash, Truby Trio and Voom:Voom. On “The Theme” however, Prommer goes solo for a smooth and pulsating remix; utilising elements of the original mix and the classic 1995 Carl Craig remix with some dramatic strings and shimmering hi-hats.

NRK re-released the legendary Charles Webster/ Paul Wain/Gary Marsden production in February of this year, complete with brand new remixes for 2008 by Version (Charles Webster and Atjazz) and a new solo mix from Webster. Available digitally for the first time since its original release in 1995, the package is completed by remixes from Mark Broom and Love From San Francisco.

Prommer’s Remix and Beatless Remix will be released on 12” vinyl, along with the Love From San Francisco Remix, as well as on digital download on Beatport and other digital sites from September.

Christian Prommer Remix

Love From San Franciso 1995 Remix

The Theme (Original Mixes) on Beatport

The Theme 2008 on Beatport

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

This Is Only A Test, Please Do Not Be Alarmed

The classic Foremost Poets track, "Moonraker", re-surfaces for 2008 as a digital download and physical release with new remixes.

Featuring the classic vocal from Johnny Dangerous, "Moonraker" has been a staple in DJ boxes since its original 1998 release, and the King Unique mixes in 2002 took this record to the next level. Now out on NRK Music as a digital download for the first time, we’ve commissioned some brand new remixes from Spencer Parker, Magik Johnson and Sleazy G.

Spencer Parker, a producer/DJ fast becoming one of the UK’s hottest properties, weighs in with a great remix, simple yet effective bendy beats with plenty of bounce, a mix that’s gonna rock dancefloors all over this Summer. Check out Spencer’s other tracks and mixes for labels like Rekids, Tsuba, Buzzin Fly and SAW Recordings.

Also returning to the NRK fold after a short absence, Dick “Magik” Johnson provides a deeper house slant on “Moonraker”, evoking shades of classic Tribal Records tracks and emotive Tenaglia productions. A Magik J Dub ploughs deeper and darker…..

Finally, newcomer Sleazy G get’s his “Moonraker” remix officially released, after causing a commotion on the electro-house scene for many months, and also getting nominated Bedroom Bedlam #1 by Radio 1’s Pete Tong on his Fastrack TV show.

The new remixes of “Moonraker” come out on September 8th, whilst the Original Foremost Poets mixes and the 2002 King Unique mixes are available digitally now on Beatport.

Spencer Parker’s “Gun For Hire” Mix

Magik Johnson’s “Back To My House” Mix

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

NRK Summer Signing #2 – Osborne “Ruling”

NRK Music have picked up the European rights to another essential house record for the Summer. Osborne’s “Ruling” came out on influential US label Spectral Sound earlier this year, and has been racking up some fantastic support already. An emotive piece of lush deep house,

“Ruling” is an unashamed throwback to the early halcyon days of Chicago and New York house music. A perfect slice of deepness for the warmer months….

Todd Osborn has his roots in drum ‘n’ bass, running Detroit’s first vinyl emporium dedicated to the genre, and his own Rewind label. Since 2002, Osborn has turned his hands to all manners of electronic sounds and persuasions, and most recently he has recorded a clutch of forward thinking sounds for Spectral Sound, the off-shoot label of Ghostly International, and home to electronic artists Audion AKA Matthew Dear, James Cotton and Hieroglyphic Being. Osborne’s self titled debut album is out now on Spectral, and is definitely a long player to pick up.

“Ruling” is currently getting the remix treatment from the legendary King Britt, a producer who always brings a touch of class to his mixes, and will get a full release on NRK in September 2008.

Osborne – Ruling

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

NRK Summer Signing #1 - NuFrequency feat. Shara Nelson "Go That Deep"

NRK Music are proud to announce the signing of one of 2008’s most glorious deep house records, “Go that Deep” by NuFrequency feat. Shara Nelson .

“Go That Deep” has been produced by Italian duo, NuFrequency (AKA renowned A&R man DJ Shield and Cristiano Massera) with vocals written and performed by Shara Nelson, the British songstress who provided vocals on the classic Massive Attack singles “Unfinished Sympathy”, “Safe From Harm” and “Lately”. Shara Nelson has also had considerable success with her solo work as well as providing unforgettable vocals to the Charles Webster produced “Sense Of Danger” by Presence in the 1990s.

And so things come full circle on “Go That Deep”, with the aforementioned Charles Webster providing the remix of choice on this sublime deep house cut, with a soaring and passionate vocal delivery from Ms. Nelson. A timeless and spellbinding song, “Go That Deep” has been firmly at the front of many tastemakers record boxes since its initial release on Italian label Rebirth in February. The Charles Webster remix is already being heralded as a future classic by such varied DJs such as Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson, John Digweed, Laurent Garnier and Francois K, and is racking up 5 star reviews across dance publications and blogs worldwide.

NRK are set to release “Go that Deep” after the Summer, with brand new remixes. A full UK TV/radio and press campaign is prepared for the coming months, and big, big things are expected from this great record.

Check the video out the for Original NuFrequency mix

“Go that Deep” (Charles Webster Radio Edit)

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Nick NRK's "Straight Outta Compton Dando" Mix

Fill your boots - download the latest mix from the NRK Captain here

Chymera - Wish (Will Saul & Tam Cooper Ambient Mix) (NRK)
Foster - Quiet Before The Storm (Quarion Mix) (Mule)
Scope - Omoplate (212 Mix) (NRK)
Manuel Tur - Deviate (Drumpoet)
Serafin - The Move (To The Sun) (Mountain People)
Radio Slave - K Maze (Rekids)
Nufrequency ft Shara Nelson - Go That Deep (Charles Webster Mix) (NRK)
Nick Holder - Time (Wahoo Dub) (NRK)
Onur Ozer - Red Caberet (200 And One Mix) (Vakant)
Andomaat 3000 - BND2 (Four:Twenty)
Osborne - Downtown (Spectral Sound)
Steve Rachmand - Rond (Delsin)
Kemistry - Nebula (NRK)
Kawabata - Persuasion (Serafin's Back To NY Mix) (Drumpoet)
Skylark - Saved (Massi DL's Today Is Groovy Mix) (NRK/Saved)
DJ Q - Superclique (NRK)

Will Saul and Peter Dildo remix Chymera's "Wish"

Chymera's "Wish" came out late 2007, and instantly struck a chord with house and techno heads alike. Forging a not too disimilar path to the driving melodies of UR's "Knights Of The Jaguar", Chymera laid out a blissfull deep techno track that was eventually crowned 'Best Single' at the 2007 Irish Dance Music Awards. Held at the Academy in Dublin in early 2008, Chymera picked up his accolade for the stunning "Wish", a track that found big fans in Francois K, Ben Watt, James Zabiela, Nick Warren, Funk D'Void and many more.

These new remixes for 2008 put a little different twist onto the original; Simple Record's Will Saul (pictured) and Tam Cooper have given a deep tech gloss to "Wish", with shimmering keys and warm soft pads that play on the melody from Chymera's original, whilst injecting that deep Simple sound that Will Saul had become synonomous for. A useful "Ambient Mix" is also included here.

Peter Dildo (Trackdown Records) meanwhile strips things back totally, keeping only a couple of elements to produce a beat driven Rawjuice Reshape, a very groovy and swinging tool that Peter Dildo seems to do so well.....

Will Saul & Tam Cooper Remix
Will Saul & Tam Cooper Ambient Mix
Peter Dildo Rawjuice Reshape

Also available at the moment is Chymera's "2 Below" single, backed with "Saphiron". A great DJ support from Ben Watt, Laurent Garnier, Pete Heller, Peace Division and many more...

Chymera - 2 Below
Chymera - Saphiron

Download Chymera's NRK Hotmix from October 2007

Skylark's "i-Panik" album out with added remix pressure!

‘i-Panik’, the debut album from Skylark, AKA International DJ Nic Fanciulli and Andy Chatterley, has been bubbling under for the last few months as a digital only release on Beatport on Saved Records. And with a slew of top remixes being carved out to contribute to the album NRK Music, in conjunction with Saved, are proud to announce the full release of ‘i-Panik’ along with a companion remix disc.

Skylark have built up a more than solid musical repertoire over the years, mostly as remixers, with artists such as Tiefschwarz, Deep Dish, Paul Woolford, Rulers Of The Deep, Kylie Minogue and Steve Lawler receiving the Skylark treatment to full effect. ‘i-Panik’ sees Skylark lay down their own original production roots, and have crafted out an excellent 11 track album, exploring dancefloor and home listening excursions in deep techno, ambient and housier cuts. The pair have been working together for almost 10 years and their credentials are impressive. Last year they were nominated for a Grammy award under their Buick Project moniker, for their remix of Tiefschwarz’s ‘Damage’ collaboration with Tracy Thorn and together have released over 20 remixes and original productions.

‘i-Panik’ is cleverly accompanied by a bonus remix disc. Fanciulli & Chatterley drew up a wish list of remixers to tackle tracks from the album, and each remixer in turn delivered outstanding versions. The roll call includes Funk D'Void, Manuel Tur, Joris Voorn, UNKLE, Davide Squillace and Joe Mull, and the remix disc provides some amazing re-interpretations of Skylark's originals.

Two singles are out this month, 'Saved' (with mixes from Massi DL and Joel Mull) and 'Movin' (with a great mix from Joris Voorn), and the 'i-Panik' double CD comes out on 2nd June 2008. Two further double pack LPs featuring original mixes and remixes, gets a release later in June.

Disc One


01. Too Much Information

02. i-Panik

03. Movin (with H2)

04. Look No Hands

05. Who Cares

06. Lightning Strikes

07. Red

08. Blocked In (with Mark Fanciulli)

09. All I See

10. Escalator

11. Saved

Disc Two

i-Panik Remixed

01. Too Much Information (Manuel Tur Remix)

02. i-Panik (Davide Squillace Remix)

03. Saved (Joel Mull’s Open End Remix)

04. Saved (Massi DL’s Today Is Groovy Remix)

05. Blocked In (Funk D’Void Remix)

06. Who Cares (Stryke's Respect Remix)

07. Escalator (Matt Tolfrey and Inxec's Swings and Roundabouts Remix)

08. Lightning Strikes (Steve Mac’s Smack Mix)

09. Movin (UNKLE’s Surrender Sounds Session #9)

10. Movin (Joris Voorn Rejected Rave Dub)

Peace Division announce Coast2Coast details...

The NRK Coast2Coast series goes full steam ahead into the Summer with a rather ace mix from Clive Henry and Justin Drake AKA Peace Division. The guys have delivered a perfect house mix here that encapsulates the sessions at DC10 that Clive plays a hand in every year. It's got some great swinging minimal grooves on there from producers like Joeski, Nick Curly, Mr. V, Sackrai, kalabrese and loads more. Deep, sophisticated and cool, minimal h0use doesn't get much better than this.

With a tracklist that represents the brightest new producers on the block, Peace Division's Coast2Coast displays their commitment to new talent/music.

01. Sackrai – As If
02. Pablo Bolivar – Closed
03. So Inagawa – Sekito
04. Break SL – Be Strong
05. Sackrai – Close Behind
06. Chopsticks & Johnjon – Birds (Afrilounge Dub Mix)
07. Mr. V – Born Again
08. Alex Attias – Brazilika
09. Joeski – Orgasmic
10. Nick Curly – Forecast
11. Tom Demac – The More Things Change (Agnes Wales Beatdown Reshake)
12. Kevin Over – Talk To Me
13. Daniel Mehlhart – Deep Motion
14. Kalabrese – MakeLoveDisco

The mix comp comes complete with a bonus "unmixed disc", your chance to get hold of full length versions of the tracks included for your own use and mixes. We'll also be releasing two double pack vinyl LPs and there will be a full digital release on this. Peace Division's Coast2Coast comes out late July.

The Return Of DJ Q

DJ Q is back after a four year break, and he delivers here perhaps some of his finest productions to date. DJ Q AKA Paul Flynn, turned out some timeless music in the 90’s for labels like Filter, Dance Mania and Glasgow Underground, and was championed by artists such as Carl Craig and Derrick Carter.

"Superclique" is a refreshingly energetic deep house club track, with swinging beats and lush atmospherics, plus a great little vocal hook.

“Blue Chicago” combines Chi-town rhythms and Detroit musicality, with a heavy nod to the classic sounds of Derrick May and Carl Craig, with enough wobbly minimalism to keep the, er, minimal massive happy.

DJ Q "Superclique" is out on 12" vinyl and digital download (exclusively at Beatport) from 16th June 2008.

Blue Chicago