Credits from OnceWasNow: 320KB is an online archive that is ritually updated every day featuring releases, both vinyl & mp3 or mix format that is considered relevant to the musical era in which we are living today.
Besides being the force behind 320KB, Umberto’s path is aligned with DJing through daily use of software and analog machines which not only assists in deepening his technical knowledge of music, but also improves his selection of records chosen to feature.
The selected music in this mix was put together for Xquisite which is a Lisbon based label producing only vinyl copies of underground electronic music. Umberto’s mix is deliberately chosen from vinyl only, the goal is to create a compilation of timeless tracks which also includes new work that can be found in review at 320KB
Artists & Title:A Guy Called Gerald – How Long Is Now Label:BOSCONI Catalogue#:BOSCONI021 Date:Jan. 2013 Format:12″ Vinyl Country:It
A1. How Long Is Now” A2. Groove Of The Ghetto B1. 202
Bosconi is proud to announce the arrival into the family of one of the greatest legend of house music, the oldskool hero A Guy Called Gerald. The release randomly arrives in coincidence with the definitive closing of another legend, the place in berlin that has been a symbol for years of the cultural renaissance of the german capital after the wall, the Tacheles. When Gerald just moved to berlin, he got his house and his studio inside that very inspiring and artistic place, and as a tribute and homage to his legendary figure, some mysterious writer draw G’s face on the right side of that building with the shamanic enigma above that giant mural “How Long Is Now”, an existential sigh or question that perfectly sums up the uncertain past, present and future of one of Berlin’s most important initiatives, as the Tacheles was, and as the things of our life that we love, as the music, can be, uncertain…But for sure this 3 tracker vinyl is real and it will last for long in our bags, these are 3 deadly club weapons by The Master between bass music, micro funk and soul excursions: A1 gives the title to the EP and it’s subliminal dark and psychedelic after-hours dope session, while on B1 there’s the shady and sexy atmosphere of “Groove of the Ghetto”, a driving and funky house tune sustained by an ultra fat synth bass and enriched by soulful vocals and deep pads, while on B2 the EP ends wih the brutal Uk bass bonus beats monster entitled “202”. Serious Stuff. In memory of Tacheles and the good old days.
Artists & Title: Vera – Attachments Of The Past Label:Hello?Repeat Catalogue#:HELLO021 Date: Dec. 2012 Format:12″ Vinyl Country:Berlin
A1. Attachments Of The Past
A2. Now Not No
Credits: Tracklist A.Attachments Of The Past B.Now Not No For Hello? Repeat’s 21st release, label head Jan Krueger turns to Vera, a longtime friend and fellow Berlin-based DJ who shares his taste for understated grooves. Vera’s production catalog is short but sweet: she’s always been a DJ first and foremost, a skill she honed at Frankfurt’s legendary Omen club and during residencies at Robert Johnson and Monza Club (both in Frankfurt and Ibiza), but the records she has released show an incredible knack for deep and sophisticated club sounds, informed by innovators like Maurizio and Wolfgang Voigt’s Studio1 project. Over the years she’s put out a few solo EPs on labels like Oslo and Cargo Edition, while also teaming up with Maayan Nidam as Mara Trax, a hotly-tipped duo whose last EP, Sensibilia, was one of Perlon’s best in years. Her Hello? Repeat debut shows her doing what she does best, with two cuts of smart and elegant deep house. “Attachments Of The Past” is the kind of track the creeps up on you. At first it feels like a nicely crafted DJ tool-crisp drums, snappy driving rhythm, small textural flourishes-but soon a weird tension emerges, first with with a nervously climbing melody, then the vocal bit that forms the hook: “let go of the attachments to your past.” Suddenly it’s reflective and dead serious, a mood that’s offset by its perfectly funky rhythm. “Now Not No” experiments with composition a bit. Here the bass is thicker, but the four-four pulse is broken, falling into a lurching, slightly stepping motion while delayed snares flutter in and out of view. Abstract vocal bits and hovering pads make make it all the more hypnotic. This is precisely what makes both Vera and Hello? Repeat stand out: a production style that’s at once subtle, propulsive and slightly mezmerizing.