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Keyboard Masher - KM Editions Vol. 4

In our never-ending quest for new and fresh music the fifth missive by Keyboard Masher (simply called KM Editions 5) crossed our path, and now making its way across the North-Sea in a fine cardboard parcel as we speak. An amazing record that deserves some serious tender love and care but it's Sleazy policy to only cover records we physically own, so we'll wax lyrically about KM Editions 4 instead. Because that's how the mind of a proper vinyl junkie works right? > Discover new label > jump on back catalogue pronto < So, at the risk of you lot filing this under old news or 'ridiculously late to the party', we bring you "Synthesize". Bits of Todd Rundgren's 'Born to Synthesize', a leftfield experimental acapella number from 1975, are cleverly layered over a slow yet incredibly hypnotising groove with chunky drums, dapper claps and several layers of blissed out synth lines full of spaced out emotion. It's been a while I've been …

Pole Jam Vinyl 01

Got this in a good while ago but our most recent Black Ops release hit the shelves on the same day this came out and I sort of forgot about it. Which is a bit silly, as this first release on Pole Jam Vinyl is a rather splendid one. Not sure's who's behind the label, but the artwork is spot on (looks like something out of Jem and the Misfits from the 80s - if you know what I'm talking about you're an old fart and quite possibly past your prime like me by the way) and the four tracks on offer here prove there is life still in some good old 'schlomo' house (almost sounds like a dirty word though these days doesn't it?). Klar & PF submit Escape and Endless, two silky smooth groovers with glitchy guitar licks and sweet synth melodies on the first and a squelchy analogue bassline on the latter that would do Metro Area proud.



Deep Sound Express pitches in Sunday Morning and After Rain, both a tad more uptempo and of a slightly deeper persuasion, but both very…

Maricopa - The Possibility of an Island (Fools & Fables)

In a few weeks the first release on Fools & Fables by Maricopa (Tusk Wax, Back to the Balearics) will see the light of day, a record that's quite special to us. Firstly, because we think both sides of the release are pure magic, and secondly because we actually have a hand in setting up the label (alongside our good pal Mark Whyte of Isodisco fame). We stumbled upon Maricopa's tracks a really long time ago and immediately fell in love with them. It didn't feel right to sign them for Sleazy Beats or the Black Ops offshoot though, as they're both quite a departure from the usual disco/beatdown fare we love so much. However, our other ongoing love affair - and the one that got us into deephouse back in the day - is downtempo fare, ranging from instrumental Dilla beats to beardy synth workouts with no drums by outfits like Seahawks. See, we're both thirty-somethings, both have two kids and both don't quite nearly spend as much time in clubs as we used to/would…

Pittsburgh Track Authority - Now's Tomorrow EP (Harmony Society)

Pittsburgh Track Authority. Not exactly the name that comes to mind when you're thinking of fresh cut disco and beatdown deephouse is it. Instead it raises imagery of the transit cops on Pittsburgh's downtown streetcars, or their needle exchange program - not two badass music producers. Been hearing more and more about these guys since their ace April Boogie 12" that dropped on Rotating Souls back in spring, but truth be known they've been doing really nice disco and analogue sounding house bits for a good stretch. Since 2011 they've managed to churn out almost a dozen eps on strong labels such as Uzuri and Argot, as well as some other imprints that specialize in the more obscure spectrum of house, and an ep on their own label, Pittsburgh Tracks.

Beast of a package this, their new one that we're on about...likely the best they've done in our honest opinion. It's a three track ep entitled Now's Tomorrow on Harmony Society, containing one of the mos…