Singles Club #20


Each week our very own Joe Europe  picks the tracks that have delighted his ear drums and are destined to go on to cause a stir. Joe (himself no slouch on a drum machine/turntable) puts to bed the notion that writing about music is akin to dancing about architecture – a wordsmith of great grace with a mighty fine ear to boot – we at R$N take note of his choices with quasi-religious fervor and we recommend wholeheartedly that you do too… This week Europe is cosying up with some aural pleasures from the likes of Pittsburg Track Authority, Route 8/Dorylus on Bokhari and Charm.

Pittsburg Track Authority Haywire EP (Work Them Records)

Spencer Parkers Work Them Records hit their 10th release with the Haywire EP from Pittsburg Track Authority. This threesome (Adam Ratana, Preslav Lefterov and Thomas Cox) have dropped some pretty special 12s so far and this is no exception. The title track Haywire is a stripped back drum-tool but that by no means diminishes its quality. When you call a track a tool that may make some people think it has less value but from experience these can often have the biggest effect on the dancefloor and are by no means a lesser piece of music.

On the B Side Treated still has that repetitive edge but this time with a lovely rounded analogue bass line and airy chords. Finally Obverse brings the EP to a close with its slower tempo but upfront drums and lush piano chords.

True quality from Pittsburg Track Authority and Work Them.

Out on wax 28th October

Route 8/Dorylus Bokhari 006 (Bokhari)

Two new artists line up to show off their talents on Bokhari Records and the results are 3 tracks of warm and intimate house music.

On the A Side weve got two cuts from Hungarian artist Route 8. These have a simple, classic aesthetic that comes from being jammed straight to cassette with thick pads, analogue bass and 707 drums. Over on the B Side Dorylus offering also revolves around the 707 but this time the overall track has a brighter feel to it. Warm atmospherics and a killer string hook that is simple but captivating make this a well-rounded track to be sure.

Out on wax on the 28th October

Charm With You (Rogue Cat Sounds)

Something a little different now. There cant be many labels based in Stafford putting out cool-as-fuck slow disco, proto-house and boogie but Rogue Cat Sounds are blazing the trail. Theyve clocked up releases from the likes of Rhythm Odyssey and Mind Fair and this latest offering of With You by Charm is a lesson in funk. Chunky drums and slap bass make up a perfect 80s groove and the vocals by Charmaine Baines are something special. On the flip is a remix from Eric Duncan who takes things into more restrained, dubby territory. The mix is built up carefully, piling on layers of delay until hes ready to pull everything back and drop the bass.

Out on wax and digi end of November

Joe Europe