Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Lab continues with Paul Woolford

The Lab compilation series was established in 2009, and has since gone on to host some of the electronic music scene’s most revered DJs. Loco Dice, Steve Bug and Seth Troxler have made the series a ‘must check’ compilation brand, pushing new music, new artists and labels to the fore, and allowing the DJs to experiment and mix up the sounds in The Lab. 

 And so the fourth installment of the series is handed to a British producer/DJ who is not shy of musical experimentation himself. Paul Woolford bit the electronic bug from an early age, searching out the latest new sounds on the radio and in magazines and through the bustling club scene around his native city of Leeds. It was here that he came across the now infamous Back To Basics club night, at which his dedication to the music would land him the resident DJ role within a couple of years. Honing his sound and DJ skills, Woolford quickly elevated to land key DJ spots around the world and a residency at Ibiza’s We Love Space. 

 As a producer, Woolford has built up a vast catalogue of dependable, and at times groundbreaking, music on labels like 2020 Vision, Junior Boys Own, NRK Music and Cocoon, under his own name as well as aliases Bobby Peru, Hip Therapist & more… 

 Never one to lay down into one defined style or genre for too long, Woolford has taken huge strides over the last couple of years to lay down foundations in the deepest areas of the underground music scene, and his love of the electronic sound in its purist form has led to new music on cutting edge labels such as Carl Craig’s Planet E Recordings, Hotflush (Scuba’s label) and Phonica, and it is here that Woolford can be found straddling the barriers of techno, dub, deep house and garage. 

 His double CD mix for The Lab brings us right up to date with the Woolford philosophy, where genres are completely secondary to good music. The opening of Disc One is a considered segue, deftly mixing disco moods, electro and sophisticated ambient house from artists like Ashley Beedle, Lando Kal, Shed and Daniel Wang, before the familiar stings of Chez Damier’s all time classic ‘Untitled’ (from KMS049) sends Disc One into a lock solid groove. Not for long though, as Woolford expertly guides us through a huge melting pot of sounds and ideas, all the while keeping the mix flowing and listener engaged. Key tracks from Roman Flugel, Dan Ghenacia, Untold and Skudge work their magic and the first mix comes to a crescendo with another classic from the vaults, this time from Carl Craig’s Urban Culture, and the wonderfully epic ‘Wonders Of Wishing’, still sounding as futuristic today as it did on its original 1993 release date. 

 Without delay, Disc Two gets straight into the groove with the dirty funk of Super Collider and continues to forage deep and pacey techno house from STL, Fabio Gianelli and the first of two appearances from Trevino AKA Marcus Intalex. Analogue sounds and drum machines are the components that keep driving the mix forward, and a raft of new talent such as Billy Shane, Skudge, Yasua Sato and Kausto provide some stunning moments here, whilst scene stalwarts like Chateau Flight, DJ Harvey and Dan Curtin keep the energy levels right up there. 

 As Woolford continues to steer his own personal journey through electronic music’s marshlands, via new imprint Special Request, as well as a renewed global club scene to DJ in, The Lab mix stands as the perfect aural snapshot of a producer and DJ not afraid to take the music where many others fear to go, which is a rare thing nowadays when sticking to the formula often brings the successes that artists crave.   

1.1 Rafael Anton Irisarri – Blue Tomorrows 
1.2 Detroit Urban Gardening Ensemble - Take Root (Ashley Beedle's Dearborn Heights Rework) 
1.3 Lazor Sword - Batman (Lando Kal remix) 
1.4 Mr Beatnick - Synthetes 
1.5 Shed - The Praetorian 
1.6 Daniel Wang - Berlin Sunrise (die Dammerung) 
1.7 Chez Damier - Untitled 
1.8 Hunee – A Study In Wild 
1.9 Roman Fluegel - The Improvisor 
1.10 Untold - Motion The Dance 
1.11 Zakes Bantwini - Wasting My Time (Dan Ghenacia Remix) 
1.12 Skudge - Convolution (2562 Remix) 
1.13 Urban Culture – Wonders Of Wishing (For You) 
1.14 Rafael Anton Irisarri – Blue Tomorrows   

2.1 Super Collider – Darn (Cold Way O’ Lovin’) 
2.2 STL – High Again 
2.3 Fabio Gianelli - Grenouille 
2.4 Trevino - Fred 
2.5 Yasua Sato – Mirage Of The Night Sky 
2.6 Terrence Dixon - Return Of The Speaker People (Kausto's Sudden Aphasia Mix) 
2.7 Château Flight - Baltringue 
2.8 Canyons - See Blind Through (DJ Harvey Mix) 
2.9 Gemini - Movement 2.10 Billy Shane - Fach 
2.11 NB Funky – Riddim Box 
2.12 Trevino - Tweakonomics 
2.13 Dan Curtin – Fly By Night 
2.14 Achterbahn D'Amour - Trance Me Up (Skudge Mix) 
2.15 Aphex Twin – XMD5a

The Lab 04 - Mixed by Paul Woolford, will be available on 2CD Mixed, 2CD Unmixed, limited edition clear vinyl unmixed 12" sampler and digital album bundle.  Release date: June 18th.

15 years of NRK Music at Faith Fanzine

Our dear friends over at www.faithfanzine.com gave us the opportunity to have a good root around the brain cells and pick out fifteen highlights and pivotal moments from 15 years as a record label.

Read the article here 

Forever Underground 3CD out now

NRK's parting shot, the triple CD 'Forever Underground (Artifacts 1997-2012)' is out now.

Not many record labels can lay claim to a 15 year stretch, but NRK Music has been a consistent and trusted source of the finest deep house and tech house music for the last decade and a half. Set up in 1996 in Bristol, UK, NRK Music quickly delivered a hefty slew of releases from the off from artists like Ian Pooley, François K, Dimitri From Paris and Nick Holder, and have never looked back since. Now with over 170 single releases and 45 albums, plus the mix compilation series Back In The Box, The Lab, nite:life and Deep Sensations, NRK prepare to celebrate it's 15th, and final year in the business with “Forever Underground”. 

 A 3CD package, “Forever Underground” collects some of the finest moments from the label’s career to date, and showcases the variety of sounds and trends within the house music scene over the last 15 years. CD1 features such hi-lights as Quentin Harris’ epic “Let’s Be Young”, the sensationally deep Charles Webster mix of Shara Nelson’s “Go That Deep”, Blackjoy’s awesome disco jam “Moustache” and Foremost Poet’s legendary call to the dancefloor “Moonraker”, plus truly memorable deep house cuts from Nick Holder, Sirus and Twisted Pair. 

 CD2 continues the delve into the NRK catalogue, opening up with perhaps one of the defining deep house records of our time, François K’s “Time & Space”, swiftly plucking another bomb from the vaults in Tom Middleton’s remix of Kerri Chandler’s “Bar A Thym”. The underground vibes continue with the luscious King Britt remix of “Innocent”, Nick Holder’s classic “Summer Daze” and DJ Q’s pounding and hypnotic “Superclique”. Throughout it’s 15 year tenure, NRK have always reflected the evolving sounds of electronic dance, and the trio of tracks that round off CD2 are some classic, analogue techno sounds from Paul Woolford, Ed Davenport and the legend that is Carl Craig, confirming that NRK has been a label that stands by quality underground music, regardless of the many sub genres out there. 

 CD3 is a bonus mix CD from NRK founder, DJ and producer, Nick Harris. With not an easy task to pick out a CDs worth of 170 releases and upwards to 700 tracks & remixes, Harris deftly programs and mixes some of the standout tracks from over the years along with various Dub Mixes, Bonus Beats and underground goodies from the vaults. And so, along with many of the catalogue favorites, Harris pulls out tracks and remixes from Spencer Parker, Pete Heller, Kings Of Tomorrow, Trackheadz, Joey Negro and Chris Lattner, creating the perfect mix to encapsulate NRK’s forward thinking music policy and ear for an underground dancefloor bomb!

The 3CD is now available from the NRK Shopify here
Digital download album will be available as from Monday 21st May 2012.

Nick Harris interview on Burlington Project

NRK's Nick Harris explains why he's taken the decision to retire the NRK brand after 15 years in the business.