Skip to main content


Showing posts from April, 2017

Sleazy Peek: Dorsi Plantar - Babesonite (Better Listen Records)

Oh Better Listen Records, you beautiful bastards. Born out of Washington DC, this new label slung itself into the game in December with a masterful 001 from The Last Trip To Gandahar - a scrumptious EP that is still yet to leave the decks. Since then, equally hit-repeat-able follow ups from Ponty Mython and Cody Currie have pricked everyone's ears, ensuring that BLR tops mine and many others' 'labels to watch' list.

So far, the A&R for Better Listen has been nothing short of sublime. The track selection thoughout the first three EP's tied them together perfectly and already these releases have a certain 'sound' to them that you recognise straight away. The 4th disc is set to be no different with Dorsi Plantar taking the reins, the Danish artist who's debut on Kyoku last year left us wanting much more.

Well here we have it, the Everlast EP, and we have the absolute pleasure of Peeking the wonderful B2, 'Babesonite'. Hit play and enjoy.

How t…

Sleazy Peek: Tell - What Can You Do For Me (Quartet Series)

Dutch Don Nachtbraker is expanding his already rather impressive musical empire with yet another Quartet series. While we were still busy penning down a review slash label spotlight to sing the praises of the Bodybuilder series and Scott Franka's inaugural release, Maurits uncaged the beast that is the Trophy Series. He's staying true to his love for juxtaposing the dark and the bright, the moody and the uplifting, but instead of samplers with a rougher and a more polished side, he's opted for two different sublabels. The Bodybuilder Quartet is an outlet for a darker shade of house: ballsy leftfield gear that's a little rough around the edges. The Trophy Series is set to become a different beast altogether: smile-inducing house music aimed squarely at the hips. Which is kind of our thing, ya know?

French Wunderkind Tell gets to kick off proceedings with his 'Faster Than Light EP'. Tell's profile has been seriously on the rise over the past few years with k…

Sleazy Peek: Leon Revol - Far with a Van [Secret Reels]

Here at Sleazy Beats headquarters we believe sharing is caring. So when the new hotness fromSecret Reels dropped in our box we had to spread the love around. For your listening pleasure, we present the next in our series of Sleazy Peeks: Leon Revol's Far with a Van, from his upcoming Astral Plane EP due out the 27th of April.

As we've grown accustomed with Secret Reels releases, Far with a Van is warm, inviting, and chock full o' groove. Leon's sample arrangement is subtle, yet precise. From the count of one the track glides along, adding smooth layers of organ and sweeping background. Much like the solid production on his recent split EP with Laurence Guy on Monologues, Leon really knows how to take you places. This one is ripe for the spring patio for sure, and I for one, can't wait to get my mitts on it.

Oh, and we didn't mention the mighty Admin has also remixed this one? Yeah you read that right. As if Leon's work couldn't get any better, Mr. Admi…

Real J - Stuck In The Realness EP

Monday morning, 7am. The alarmclock goes off and I jump out of bed in a hurry. No time for a shower, chewinggum beats brushing your teeth any day. Shirt. Pants. Really pushing my luck here so I'm going commando.
Time to move or I'll be late. Again.

Now to be clear, I love my job, but it's not something I would necessarily get out of bed in a hurry for.
No, this is a different ballgame.
This is release day.

Having only been in the game since the beginning of last year, Waxtefacts have quickly become an eminent part of the scene. Characterized by exquisite sample-based tunes on both sides, pretty much all of their releases sold out in no time and are fetching near-crazy prices on discogs.
No need to invest in the shark-feeding programme just yet though, represses have been confirmed for the end of the summer.

Taking care of this 5th release in the vinyl-only series, we have the artist formerly known as Real D.

Now Real J., after a brand name clash with an American compan…

Sleazy Peek: Sameed - Someone Like Me (Ele Records)

Ele Records follows up its inaugural release - a proper tour de force by Cottam up there with his seminal early records that sold out in a blink -  with Ha Noi Nights, a four-track sampler celebrating 'the distinct tapestry of street culture pulsating through the capital', according to the sales notes. Vietnam may be breathtakingly beautiful and home to some of the most delicious (street)food known to mankind, but a hotbed for sample-heavy basement house? I got in touch with the guys behind the label, who were kind enough to let us premiere one of the tracks off the new record - Sameed's 'Someone Like Me', our pick of the bunch. They also shed some light on how the label came about, what direction they have in mind for the imprint and offered some words on the significance of that majestic beast, the elephant. 

Hit play and read on below

The label started as a brainchild in rainy Manchester. The owners had been travelling extensively and living in South East Asia f…